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    Leap seconds
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Dec 30, 23:34 -0000

    Here's a thought, though perhaps a silly one.
    Say I'm speeding, tomorrow night, and pass a speed-camera around the stroke
    of midnight Two time-stamped photographs are taken, stamped at (say) 23:59
    hours and 58.0 seconds on 31 December 2008, and 00:00 hours and 02.0 seconds
    on 01 Jan 2009. What would be the legal time-interval between those
    pictures, four seconds or five? Would one need to enquire whether or not the
    camera had automatically allowed for the leap second? I wonder if they do.
    These things are sitting there, snapping away automatically all the time, so
    the question must arise somewhere, when a leap-second occurs.
    Another silly scenario, perhaps...  If an intelligent enemy decided to make
    a rocket strike which bridged a leap-second transition, would he catch any
    defensive system with its trousers down?
    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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