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Y2K38 is Coming: Let’s Panic Just for Fun!

December 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Thankfully, we have another reason to panic. When Y2K didn’t turn out to be all we had hoped and feared, a lot of us who were hoping for the end of the world we very disappointed. But the new kid in town is Y2K38. In 2038, the Unix system is going to run out of numbers at 3:14 p.m. on January 19. All the systems in place using the same time counting format as UNIX will experience the opposite of full self awareness on that day.

Don’t throw away those freeze-dried foods and canned meats just yet.

(Expert geeks tell me that most systems will likely be using a 64-bit operating system by that time. That will delay the problem for at least 290 billion years… but it’s fun to pretend, eh?)

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