Evan Martin (evan) wrote in evan_tech,
Evan Martin
evan
evan_tech

leap seconds

With everyone throwing down leap seconds links, here's the best one I've seen, written by the inimitable DJB: UTC, TAI, and UNIX time. Not only full of info, but also choice quotes like:
[...] POSIX is a ``standard'' designed by a vendor consortium several years ago to eliminate progress and protect the installed base. The behavior of the broken localtime() libraries was documented and turned into a POSIX requirement.

Fortunately, the POSIX rules are so outrageously dumb---for example, they require that 2100 be a leap year, contradicting the Gregorian calendar---that no self-respecting engineer would obey them.
Subscribe

  • your vcs sucks

    I've been hacking on some Haskell stuff lately that's all managed in darcs and it's reminded me of an observation I made over two years ago now (see…

  • ghc llvm

    I read this thesis on an LLVM backend for GHC, primarily because I was curious to learn more about GHC internals. The thesis serves well as an…

  • found my bug!

    Not too interesting, but this has been bugging me for a week. Been working on a toy program that proxies a TCP connection. It was working fine for…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments