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[Bug 11616] UTC began at 1961-01-01T00:00Z, and there is no such thing as proleptic UTC. Therefore the Nero example is ill-defined.

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Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> changed:

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--- Comment #2 from Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> 2010-12-30 21:01:24 UTC ---
Proleptic UTC is logically problematic, given that you wouldn't know which
years had leap seconds.  So assuming you had some unambiguous way to identify a
particular second in history, there might not be a well-defined algorithm to
associate it with a UTC timestamp.  But this seems like a rather academic
objection, because nobody is tracking things back to Nero's birthday with
second- or minute-level accuracy.

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