Re: Remaining critical bugs (IMHO)
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- Subject: Re: Remaining critical bugs (IMHO)
- From: Kevin Dalley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: 02 May 1997 11:07:58 -0700
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- In-reply-to: Mark Eichin's message of 30 Apr 1997 14:18:00 -0400
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Mark Eichin <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > This is (should be) a configuration issue. People who aren't involved
> > in Sun style networking but are involved in astronomy (for example)
> Well, I'd like to hear Susan chime in on this since she's our resident
> astronomer, but if this were true, astronomers wouldn't be using *any*
> unix systems.
Well, for the astronomy applications which I work on (for the SETI
Institute), it is necessary to know the correct time. Of course, this
can be determined as long as you can look up a leap second table. For
our current applications, it is even more important that 2 computers,
and their associated telescopes at different sites be synchronized.
This is impossible with the current 20 second bug. We don't currently
use Debian for a production system, but we may some day.
The reason that we need correctly synchronized time is that we are
looking at differential Doppler shifts for a given star to determine
whether a signal is really coming from the observed star or is coming
from another source, and is probably of human origin.
Frankly, I agree that this bug is a critical bug, and therefore should
delay release of the system if it is not fixed. Late discovery of a
bug does not make a critical bug non-critical.
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