The Second Insert Worries Many, But Certainly Not a Linus Torvalds

These days we have heard enough of the second insert (leap second), a setting of a second that as outlined in the Wikipedia “is necessary to keep synchronized with civil calendars, whose base is astronomical standards”.

The problem is that this second place already caused serious problems in 2012, When had to add for the last time. For example in the airline Qantas, whose computers began to fail in a precipitous way one sunny morning July 2012. The computer systems of the airline – developed by the Spanish company Amadeus IT Group – were affected because of the old conception of time which had the original UNIX systems.

That system makers tried to conform to the civil calendars by adding that second insert to the standard UTC – base of watch you wear on your wrist – every four years, but some computer systems don’t take that into account properly and as happened with the legendary 2000 problem, possible consequences of a bad time management they could be serious for certain scenarios.

Linus to the rescue

But if anyone knows this, that is Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel – based operating system which is often called by the same name – which did not give him too much importance to the problem. Torvalds regretted the tragic decision from the creators of the POSIX standard, which defined a day with an exact number of 86.400 seconds, and then they contradicted themselves by forcing computers to use that second place that he applied to the UTC estanar.

In an interview to Wired Torvalds stated that There were much more serious problems in this segment: “things like time zones are currently a mess quite horrendous”. Although he admitted that this second place cause some problems on systems that have to pay attention to differences in the long term, “but 99.9% of all software (and of course 99.9% of all the users) will never have to worry about it”.

Torvalds also explained how the problems that occurred in 2012 had been corrected subsequently, and that “the people invested enough resources to ensure that the system worked well then.” We hope that all that served something.” The creator of Linux had it clear: there was no give much importance to the subject, and in fact had an original idea on how to deal with it:

For the rest of us, the second insert could be an excuse to organize a small party without regard to your closest friends. Get stupid hats, get a sign that put “Party of the day of the trial end of the second insert” and get drunk. You parpadearéis and ready, but at least you’ll have a hangover the next day will bring you memories of that glorious but fleeting second extra

Linus in its purest form. As you know, id preparing the party for the next 30 June 2015. And nothing flashing at 11:59 PM and 60 seconds. To see if the end is going to escape that second interlayer.