Yes indeed. On June 30, 2015, everyone world wide will get an extra second in their day. It happens every now and then because, apparently, the rest of the universe is not accurately aligned with our manufactured clocks that measure our concept of time.
Of course, this extra second does present programming challenges. In 2012 this extra second caused a number of server crashes. This time around, solutions are in place. From wikipedia:
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Instead of inserting a leap second at the end of the day, Google servers implement a leap smear, extending seconds slightly over a time window prior to the leap second. Amazon has announced it will follow a similar, but slightly different, pattern for introduction the June 30, 2015 leap second, leading to another case of the proliferation of timescales, which is a concern noted in this article’s section entitled “Proposal to abolish leap seconds”.
We would like to assure you that Sooke PocketNews will be fine. We are working hard to implement a leap snooze. The entire team will probably sleep through the event and wake up to a fully functioning world.
I personally hope to get an extra second of sleep. And you? How will you spend yours?
– Britt Santowski
- Leap second – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- “A single second to be added to world clocks this year” ABC article