I've known a lot of brilliant assembler programmers and I have to admit, I've always admired them for their skills. Even so, I can get a whole lot more done than they can using C/C++. I'm sure for a lot of projects someone else can get a lot more done than I can using Python but they will probably not have the same level of understanding as the assembler guy.
While I'm sympathetic for all the folks who want to drop the leap second, given an appropriate amount of time the difference will add up. It seems to me the problem is quite simple which is to publicize the leap second a bit more than it is now. It is an education issue -- at least no more or less than leap days and that seems to work just fine all in all.
Perhaps Facebook can create a viral leap second post. Much better than viral kitty posts.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the police have no responsibility to protect you. This came about when (as I recall) a lady was in a position where someone was shooting at her. She called the police. The police came and then sat around waiting for it all to end. She sued. The Supreme Court ruled that the police only have responsibility to society as a whole. So in other words, if you are in a shoot out or someone is breaking into your house, the police can go write parking tickets instead of assisting you as that too serves the public's safety.
The Supreme Court actually got this ruling right. Otherwise, the police would be responsible for each and every murder (or other crime) that occurred since they obviously weren't there to stop it.
In the case of my brother, his wife was home alone in Freemont CA. Someone tried to break into their house and she called the police/911. The person tried for over 45 minutes to get into their house (without success) and the whole time, his wife was on the phone with 911. All 911 would say is hide in a closet. After an hour, the police showed up -- after the person had left. My brother threatened to go to the media and amazingly, the police had enough time to do drive bys past their house each and every hour for a week.
As the old adage goes: "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away."
"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell