June Will Be 1 Second Longer

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story imageIt's a dreaded day for many Internet companies: On June 30, an extra second will be added to the clock, creating the potential to wreak havoc on computer systems not equipped to handle the change. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems (IERS) announced an extra second will be added at the end of June to account for a discrepancy between Earth's rotation and the atomic clock. The extra second will be added as the clock strikes midnight universal time, meaning the extra second will come for people in the United States at 8 p.m. EDT. There have been 25 instances since 1972 of an extra second being added.

It's possible that programs not equipped to handle the extra second could have an issue. When the last leap second was added on June 30, 2012, it caused issues with a number of websites, including LinkedIn and Yelp. Mozilla, Reddit and Foursquare all experienced system crashes. Qantas was hard hit, too, with a failure of its check-in system creating flight delays across the network.

Re: A bit embarrassing... software developer for years.... (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-05-28 15:52 (#9YEF)

Thanks, I hadn't read that and it appears that the problem is:
Computers traditionally accommodate leap seconds by setting their clock backwards by one second at the very end of the day
The "Time moved backwards by more than 1 second" error from dovecot now makes perfect sense. That this can lead to locking and concurrency issues demonstrates leap seconds are incorrectly implemented. As we are no longer in Nineteen-Seventy-Fucking-Nine; I stand by my original point!
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