Re: Y2k compliance

Jan Echternach (
Mon, 7 Dec 1998 15:50:51 +0100

On Sat, Dec 05, 1998 at 04:32:56PM +0100, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Fri, 4 Dec 1998, Chris Chiapusio wrote:
> > now, if we were to 'spin down the earth' we wouldn't have to worry
> > about all this leap year mumbo-jumbo.
> Actually, you'd need to spin UP the earth by about 0.068%,
> so you'd better start pushing :)

Wrong. You're missing the difference between the rotation of the earth
around its own axis and the rotation around the sun.

We'd have to put the earth on a lower orbit to eliminate leap years.

Spinning it up or down could help with leap seconds.


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