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Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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The GPS system doesn't recognise or use leap seconds. If you have an NTP device giving out correct UTC info from a GPS time reference it must also have a way to get leap second data from somewhere (presumably the Internet.)

Leap seconds can't be predicted, they result from measurement of the Earth's spin. Presumably a committee then issues a decree on vellum, or something. In theory leap seconds can be added or subtracted but so far they have all been added. Last time I looked UTC was about 12 seconds ahead of GPS but it may well be more now.

(Just checked - the committee is run by the International Earth Rotation Service. I presume they have a very large brass key to wind the old girl up when she is slowing down.)

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