[tz] [PROPOSED 3/3] Vanguard form now uses subsecond precision

John Hawkinson jhawk at alum.mit.edu
Mon Aug 1 02:50:54 UTC 2022

Paul Eggert via tz <tz at iana.org> wrote on Sat, 30 Jul 2022
at 13:01:08 EDT in <4b52574b-92b9-8967-b857-e63d471ac8ff at cs.ucla.edu>:

> It's conceivable (though unlikely) that in the future some impractical
> politicians may rebel against the Western concept of "Universal Time" and
> insist on a non-integer UT offset. Something like this happened briefly in
> Beijing in 1949 (which attempted to impose apparent solar time, Qing dynasty
> style!), and there was a milder echo in 2015 when the North Korean
> government rebelled against JST. If a Beijing-style revolution occurs
> somewhere in the future it would break a lot of software, ours included; but
> if the revolution's leaders merely choose a non-integer UT offset we'll have
> an easy fix for tzdata.

I would be concerned that leaving the code in-tree encourages such "rebellion," and that is not a technical good.


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