[tz] Google public NTP servers to 'smear' leap seconds.
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Fri Dec 2 17:39:38 UTC 2016
Brian Inglis wrote:
> Careful with systems that are subject to any audit, legal or
> regulatory requirements
As I understand it Google wants to smear leap seconds the same way major cloud
providers do, the idea being to come to a working consensus that could
eventually become standard and legal. In a sense, this implements McCarthy and
Klepczynski's proposal to do away with leap seconds -- a proposal that crashed
and burned in the ITU -- in a different and arguably better way.
I wonder who first proposed and implemented the 24-hour linear scheme that
Google plans to switch to next time. It's not always that easy to change
Google's collective mind. Was it someone at Akamai? Amazon? Microsoft?
Come to think of it, we should document leap smearing. Proposed patch attached.
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