Leap seconds are announced months in advance
i.e. with less warning than the revalidation time for a lot of safety-critical systems.
Anybody who knows about problems with leap days?
Well, aside from the Zune infinite looping...
Leap days (which we call leap years, because consistency is hard) are predictable. Software written 40 years ago will have the extra days at exactly the same times and with exactly the same frequency that the designers thought that they would. You never have problems where some parts of a distributed system got the update and others didn't. Either the code is working, or it's broken. It's also really easy to test.
You do understand that the navigation is ALSO intrinsically tied to the astronomical positioning of things, right?
Today? Mostly (for anything where accuracy matters to the degree that leap seconds will make a difference in under a few hundred years) it depends on the GPS position, or some equivalent. GPS time, unlike UTC, does not have leap seconds.
And anyway... "News flash, giant multinational project sees schedule slip - details at 9!"
Multinational? But the headline says that it's French! I thought it was only a multinational project in stories with a positive spin.
Well, nothing aside from convincing the USSR to spend so much on defence that their economy collapsed, shortly followed by their political system.
Oh, and those intelligence agencies that are now crying for a greater ability to spy on us so that they can protect us from terrorists? They were completely surprised and thought that the collapse of the USSR was a hoax.
Unfortunately it has not chance of dislodging R,
The places I've seen Julia make the most inroads, it's been displacing Fortran, not R. And anything that displaces Fortran makes me happy.
They are already popular despite that not happening yet. Wrong guess. Maybe try something other than a guess next time?
Where are you getting your numbers from? That's why we bought them, and it's why the companies that I talk to who buy them in lots of a thousand buy them. In the P4 days, we were buying Opterons almost exclusively. I think it's been five years since we last bought one.
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