Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Time2 Library and CrNiCKL now in Maven Central

The projects artifacts are now deployed to Maven Central. It is not necessary to specify a repository in the settings or POM files any more. Using this software with maven is now 100% straightforward.

Time2 Library
CrNiCKL database

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Is it broke? Can we fix it?

This is an update to a post from last year. The post itself has not been updated. You can find the complete article on

Experts met on January 19, 2012 at the International Telecommunication Union to decide whether to abolish leap seconds. Due to a lack of consensus among participants it was decided to postpone the decision (BBC News). It was a classical standoff between those who want sharp, systematic solutions and the advocates of if it ain't broke, don't fix it. A few months later, on June 30, 2012, yet another leap second was added, causing problems at some websites. Wired reported it under the dramatic sounding heading The Inside Story of the Extra Second That Crashed the Web. The discussion is open: is it broke? Can we fix it?