Friday, April 13, 2007

The Year 2100 Problem: a simple solution, 1997

Since, by [2100], software will be even more difficult to fix than it is today, I humbly propose that it would be simpler to fix the erroneous definition of the "second" than to fix the software. According to my calculations, by lengthening the second by only 0.00001312449483, which surely will be not noticeable, leap-years will occur every four years without the clumsy and error-prone corrections necessitated by the poor mathematical abilities of medieval monks. (Recall that the meter was recently changed so that the speed of light is exactly 3,000,000 meters/second).

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