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The Year-2038 Bug - The year-2038 bug is similar to the Y2K bug in that it involves a time wrap not coped for by programmers. In the case of Y2K, many older machines did not store the century digits of the date year, hence the year 2000 and the year 1900 would appear the same.

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Surfer Wrote the following on 01/16/2005 3:37 PM :
*cough* *bullshit* *Cough*


Sky Wrote the following on 01/16/2005 5:48 PM :
Exactly, Surfer. They fail to mention that that Jan 1, 1970 date is what is known as the epoch UNIX. The 2038 date is only applicable for 32-bit UNIX implementations. All commercial UNIX flavors are now 64-bit (128-bit is coming down the pike), which means they won't have problem with the system clock untill something like 11,000,000 CE.

I wonder if anyone ever calculated exactly how much money people got screwed out of on the Y2K "problem." I know that Congress gave a $30M special appropriation to the agency I worked for to get our equipment up-to-date.


Surfer Wrote the following on 01/16/2005 5:53 PM :
Companies and programmers just didn't expect old computers and software to just keep going the way is has. That plus the overused "memory was too expensive" line. Bah. Just keep my computer running, give me porn, broadband, bread, popcorn and soda and I'm happy. (well, not really, but... you get the idea).


codewolf Wrote the following on 01/16/2005 6:21 PM :
I know when I have to use a high date for a logical compare I usually will choose one well into the future so I'll be long dead before my program breaks :-P


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