Facebook wants to kill the leap second – a scoundrel messing with our lives


Until today, I bet you never heard of leap seconds — seconds, not years. Ever since 1972, we’ve been occasionally adding a second to our global clock to account for variations in the speed of the earth’s rotation. As it slows down, we add a second. So far, we’ve added 27.

You might think this has no impact on you (or be thrilled that you’ve got an extra second free), but if you remember being unable to access Reddit in 2012 or dozens of Cloudflare-supported websites that went offline in 2017, then you’ve stared into the cold, hard face of a leap second.



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