Until Trump, Feds Were Still Doing Paperwork on Y2K Bug

For the last 17 years, thousands upon thousands of man hours have been spent — no, wasted on continuing preparations for the year 2000 when all the computers in the world were supposed to stop function and spiral us straight into the apocalypse. That, of course, didn’t happen. But why stop spending taxpayer dollars needlessly?

  • Millie_Woods

    I remember seeing seeing ‘Y2K compliant’ stickers on all the light switches in a hospital I did IT work for. That said, I made some decent coin off the Y2K hysteria. It was practically ‘money for nothing’. I assuaged my guilt by telling myself I was providing clients with peace of mind. Seriously, you couldn’t convince them that everything was going to be fine, the bureaucrats just wanted a sticker on everything that used electricity.

    • El Martyachi

      I was there too. On new year’s eve, the last thing I did before leaving the server room was log into the Y2K-coordinator-who’d-been-up-everyone’s-ass-forever’s machine and change the date on her computer to 1980. She never told anyone.

      • Millie_Woods

        Good one!

  • tom_billesley

    There’ll be another panic in twenty year’s time.
    The clock started ticking in 1970 for the Unix operating system. It cannot represent date and time after 03:14:07 UTC on Tuesday, 19 January 2038.
    That’s when the signed 32 bit integer is “full”.

    • El Martyachi

      Yeah mostly embedded devices people forget are even computers that have 32 bit time.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Why not? It’s other people’s money that’s paying for this.