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Missed It!

VileReynard
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Missed It!

At the third stroke, the Unix time will be 1234567890
At precisely 23:31:30 GMT tonight, Unix time hits a unique milestone.
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But computer scientists dread the digital apocalypse that is yet to come

See http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5727189.ece
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Ready to party like it's 1234567890? Computer lovers certainly are.
That’s because at precisely 23:31:30 GMT tonight (Friday), the ten-digit clock used by Unix computers - which includes the servers that run everything from the internet to air traffic control - will display all ten decimal digits in sequence.

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But after the brief flash of joy, comes the dread. Computer scientists fear the worst for the next major moment in Unix time - some time in the year 2038, when the Unix clock will run out of seconds it can count. On that January day, computers will fail to compute time, and crash. Your computer could shut down. Vehicles may pile up as traffic lights fail. Planes could fall out of the sky. The advice is to party now, because the digital apocalypse may soon be upon us.

See http://coolepochcountdown.com/
Sounds familiar?  Grin

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Registered: 11-08-2007

Re: Missed It!

bad luck.  i caught it.
do you really believe that there are no contingency plans to forestall such a catastrophe?
VileReynard
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Re: Missed It!

You mean like aeroplanes not flying on the eve of the rollover?
Or nothing going wrong at all, like on the last such scare / money-making opportunity?  Cheesy

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Re: Missed It!

i doubt it will be another scam like the y2k firago.  some of the bright open sourcerers will get to grips with it long before the event and start something new.
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Registered: 08-06-2007

Re: Missed It!

The advent of using a 64 bit integer to store the time since epoch will mean that the sun will have burned out well before we stop counting time Wink
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