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The Year 2038 problem is an issue for computing and data storage situations in which time values are stored or calculated as a signed 32-bit integer, and this number is interpreted as the number of seconds since 00:00:00 UTC on 1 January 1970 (the epoch). Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038, a problem similar to but not entirely analogous to the Y2K problem (also known as the Millennium Bug), in which 2-digit values representing the number of years since 1900 could not encode the year 2000 or later. Most 32-bit Unix-like systems store and manipulate time in this Unix time format, so the year 2038 problem is sometimes referred to as the Unix Millennium Bug by association.
The OP source says it's in embedded systems designed to last the life of the product such as ABS braking systems in vehicles or aircraft guidance systems. It's not much of a concern with separate computers.
originally posted by: Tempter
Who runs a 32-bit Unix platform? Anyone?
Even if you run a 64 bit system, the same type of problem will happen all over again 292 billion years from now, at 15:30:08 UTC on Sunday, 4 December 292,277,026,596, so you better upgrade to at least a 128 bit system before then.
originally posted by: odzeandennz
a reply to: wtfatta
by statistical definition, this couldn't happen a second time
originally posted by: midnightstar
Umm 2018 now so 20 years from now . Ok so how many 20 year old pc still around ?
you realize by that time 0101010101010 will no longer be in use as quantum computers gain main stream 64 bit 124 bit lol
thous computers wont be using a bit of anything .
New computer tearm coined Mega chunks lol ( sounds like the computer is puking lol .
Titor first popped up on July 29 1998, through two faxes sent to Art Bell, host of the overnight talk show Coast to Coast AM. The faxes tell of the discovery of time travel in 2034 and devastation following the Y2K disaster. Art Bell reads the second of the two faxes on air: Let me explain, Mr. Bell. I sent a fax with this opening on July 29 1998. As I said then I am a time traveler. I have been on this world line since April of this year and I plan to leave soon. Typically time travelers do not purposely affect the world lines they visit. However this mission is unusually long and I've grown attached to some of the people I have met here.