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Desc:Millenium Bug 2
Category:Accidents & Explosions, Educational
Tags:unix, Numberphile, comical errors
Submitted:Old_Zircon
Date:02/01/13
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jreid
And then there are less than 292,277,024,583 years left until 64-bit Unix time rears its ugly head. When will these boffins learn that their band-aid solutions just won't cut it.
Discordia
I'd give you six stars for your comment but my buffer overflowed.

glasseye
Clearly this video needs more stencil buffers. And perhaps a bouncer.

SolRo
I survived Y2k, I'll survive Unix2038!

Oktay
I was affected by Y2K. I have an elisp function that returns the current date when generating headers for new source files, and for a while, all my new files claimed they were created around 1900. Luckily, I was able to fix that bug within a couple of years.

fluffy
Slight gripe: an unsigned 8-bit integer has a maximum of 255, not 256.

Also the RTC does keep on counting up seconds even when the power is off, via the RTC battery.

Upgrading your computer to 64-bit has very little to do with fixing this problem though. 32-bit CPUs can do 64-bit math just fine. But a lot of things, like filesystems, databases, etc. have 32-bit timestamps stored in a fixed-size column.

Hopefully most things out there that use a 32-bit time_t are only using it for interval computations, and not absolute storage. Interval computations are good as long as the interval itself is less than 2.1billionish seconds long.
Old_Zircon
0-255 is 256 values BOOYA

Black Napkins
The dreaded of by one. Now on poetv!

fluffy
Of course there are 256 possible values, but he said that an 8-bit number "goes from 0 to 256." Multiple times, even.

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