RIP Leap Second: Time Fix to Be Scrapped by 2035

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Though unnoticed by most people, the occasional one-second adjustment can cause problems for systems that require an exact, uninterrupted flow of time.

Reddit, for instance, was down for 40 minutes in 2012 when a leap second confused the company’s servers; four years later, Cloudflare’s DNS services were interrupted due to the miniscule time change.