Technology companies and government agencies have offered to give up temple seconds -- they cause serious computer system malfunctions

Technology companies and government agencies have offered to give up temple seconds -- they cause se

Google, Microsoft, Meta* and Amazon, with the support of two state-owned organizations from the United States and France, launched a public initiative to move away from the temple seconds being introduced to synchronize the clock with the rotation of the Earth, which is slowed by the melting of glaciers and other factors.

Since 1972, 27 seconds have been added to the International Atomic Time benchmark, usually instead of changing the position from 11:59:59:59 a.m. to 00:00 a.m. at midnight, another second has passed as 11:59:60 p.m. And this causes computer malfunctions that synchronize their clocks with specialized service servers to launch scheduled tasks, and technology engineers say that such adjustments do more harm than good, and since the Earth's speed has changed only slightly over time, temple seconds can be abandoned at all.

Meta* Ahmad Byagovi, a research worker, is essential because scientists and governments are involved in the translation of the clock, not private enterprises.

Viscos seconds are indeed capable of causing serious failures in computer systems: a 30-40-minute clock transfer in 2012 rendered Reddit unaffordable, with similar problems facing Mozilla, LinkedIn and Yelp resources. In 2017, some of Cloudfare's client-owned resources went offline: the service's software platform compared hours from two different sources, found that time had reversed, and failed to process the result correctly. Some technology companies, including Meta* and Google, have now decided to deal with the problem of bypassing: the viscos second is being washed out over a longer period — in the case of Meta* it is 17 hours.

Viscos seconds are not the only problem of computer systems caused by human shortsightedness. The first major failures were predicted in the year 2000 because in some systems the number of the year was given only two digits. The same two numbers threatened to cause problems when the hundreds of versions of Chrome and Firefox browsers were released this year. Another difficulty could occur in 2038, when the 32-bit-time resource from 1 January 1970 was exhausted.

* Listed on the list of voluntary associations and religious organizations in respect of which the court has taken a legally enforceable decision to abolish or prohibit activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Act No. 114-FZ of 25 July 2002 on countering extremist activities.