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Leap Second Could Cause Computer Troubles

Category: General News
Posted: 01:20PM

This year will have a leap second, an extra second that will be recorded at 11:59 pm on June 30 to allow the spin of the Earth to sync with atomic clocks. Atomic time is constant while the Earth is slowing down at a rate of two thousandths of a second per day. A leap second last occurred in 2012 and negatively impacted a large part of the Internet, taking down a number a large websites such as Reddit and Yelp, and also hit the Linux Operating System. As more computers are being synced to atomic clocks to maintain accurate time, the number of potentially affected systems increases. Google managed to avert the leap second last time around by updating its servers to anticipate the event and will take the same action this year. If you are worried then it may be best to avoid your computer during that time frame.

Source: USA Today

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