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

To this day, I bet you’ve never heard of leap seconds – seconds, not years. Since 1972, we have occasionally added a second to our global clock to account for variations in the Earth’s rotation speed. As it decreases, we add a second. So far, we’ve added 27.

You might think this has no impact on you (or be happy to have an extra second free), but if you remember not being able to access Reddit in 2012 or dozens of Cloudflare-supported sites that went offline in 2017, then you I looked into the cold, hard face of a leap second.

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