Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Mar 2015 23:19 UTC
Internet & Networking

In April, one of the open source code movement's first and biggest success stories, the Network Time Protocol, will reach a decision point. At 30 years old, will NTP continue as the pre-eminent time synchronization system for Macs, Windows, and Linux computers and most servers on networks?

Or will this protocol go into a decline marked by drastically slowed development, fewer bug fixes, and greater security risks for the computers that use it? The question hinges to a surprising degree on the personal finances of a 59-year-old technologist in Talent, Ore., named Harlan Stenn.

Amazing how such an important protocol hinges on just one man.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by piotr.dobrogost on Sun 15th Mar 2015 13:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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Rather, atomic clocks work by funneling super-cooled cesium atoms down a tube and exposing them to precisely-tuned radio waves. If the frequency is just right, the atoms resonate and change their energy state.


To get precise frequency on output we need... precise frequency on input. This looks like paradox. How can this be explained? Generally how can more precision be obtained starting with less precision?

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