youtube.com/ watch?v=bJWGB TXLWeA and https:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=RyPZl dmAAG8 for examples of how various systems dealt with the 2002 leap second
Although, it's just another second, the leap second
cannot be absolutely dismissed: The previous leap second
in 2012, was almost eerie and apocalyptic for the tech world with some even comparing it to a 'Y2K' scenario.
However, the rotation speed of the Earth fluctuates unpredictably, and has been found to even slow down due to friction caused by the ocean tides -- hence the need for a leap second
are added to clocks worldwide to compensate for the slowing of the planet's rotation, affected due to friction caused by ocean tides.
When they measure a sufficiently large lag in the Earth's movement, they then announce leap seconds
, as they did earlier this year.
In some cases it appears that some techies only guessed that the problem was related to the leap second
because it happened to occur precisely at the moment of midnight UTC/GMT.
Melbourne, July 2 ( ANI ): Sites like as Reddit, Gawker, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Yelp crashed after a "leap second
" was added to the universal clock on June 30 in order to keep up with the Earth's rotation.
Specifically, they were debating whether to abolish the leap second
, which scientists occasionally add to the atomic clock to sync it up with Earth's rotation.
" gets a reprieve, for now Diplomats from dozens of nations met this week to debate whether it still makes sense to occasionally add an extra second to the world's clocks to keep them in sync with the Earth's rotation.
"Once again, our list of monthly tie-in ideas is a diverse assembly of National and International observances," explains company spokesman Brian Geary, "beginning with the arrival of Atlantic Hurricane Season, the sobering remembrance of D-Day and finishing with the legendary Paul Bunyan Day." Some much needed cosmic housekeeping is also performed in June with the Leap Second
Adjustment Day which coordinates atomic and astronomical time.
When you switch on a GPS device it will relay to you GPS time which drifts away from UT every time a leap second
is inserted into our calendar.
As 2009 was ushered in, the pair were focused on ensuring that the dock observed a "leap second