Portable general timestamp format, not 2038-limited

Roedy Green see_website at mindprod.com.invalid
Sun Jul 1 17:14:20 CEST 2007


On 25 Jun 2007 18:46:25 -0700, Paul Rubin
<http://phr.cx@NOSPAM.invalid> wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted
someone who said :

>You cannot accurately compute
>the number of seconds between Nixon's resignation and 1800 UTC today,
>unless you take into account the leap seconds have been occurred
>between then and now.

There are two valid answers to those questions.  In a court of law,
say did some document arrive before  deadline, you must use civil
time.  Arguing leap seconds would not fly.

On the other hand, if you used civil seconds to computer satellite
orbits, tiny errors mount up quickly in the calculation.
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