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haberman 454 days ago | link | parent

> And all it takes to store a time like that is a 64-bit integer and it is very convenient. And a lot of software do precisely that. Most timestamps are just that: they don't care about "real world" details like leap-seconds, {23,24,25}hours per day, etc.

Your claim that using Unix Time saves you from worrying about leap seconds is incorrect. Unix Time goes backwards when a leap second occurs, which can screw up a lot of software. Check out Google's solution to the problem, which is to "smear" the leap second over a period of time before it actually occurs: http://googleblog.blogspot.in/2011/09/time-technology-and-le...

Practically no software uses true seconds since the epoch; if it did then simple operations like turning an epoch time into a calendar date would require consulting a table of leap seconds, and would give up the invariant that every day is exactly 86,400 seconds. Whether this was the right decision or not is debatable, but it is a mistake to think that using Unix Time saves you from all weirdness surrounding civil time.




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