Sunday, December 25, 2005

New Year? Second time around

(Harold Lloyd, Safety Last)

There may be disagreement among the world's newsdesks about whether this is an "extra second'" or a "second delayed" (Google News), but there's no quarrel over the fact the times they are a-changing. No doubt about it. When? Depends where you are. According to the press release at Hong Kong Observatory:
New Year's Day, at 7:59:59am on 1 January 2006 Hong Kong time, a leap second will be added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The Hong Kong standard time, which is exactly eight hours ahead of UTC, will be delayed by one second accordingly. The whole process will be completed in 2 seconds, i.e., at 8:00:00 A.M. Hong Kong Time on that day.
Keep the computer spic-and-span? For local computer time synchronicity of UTC + 8, time synchronize thanks to the Hong Kong Observatory Time Server (XP users: HKO XP synch).
Meantime, some points to ponder: What is time? Does time exist when nothing is changing? Is the future real? Further pondered at Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Time

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