Post by J. P. Gilliver (John) Post by Sam Plusnet
2. Any idea if this is anything to do with the delayed Millennium bug -
where some software systems were crudely patched to kick the problem
down the road by 20 years (i.e. 'til 1 Jan 2020)?
(As mentioned by "The Register")
I hadn't heard of that specific suggestion; I know there's another date
coming up (unless we've passed it already), but it wasn't a nice round
date in human terms - it's something like 2^32 seconds from 1900, or
similar, on (some?) Unix systems.
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2020 23:31:13 +0100
Subject: The Ghost of Y2K hits Hamburg (Hamburger Abendblatt)
The city of Hamburg in Germany has 120 new DT5 trains - and 95 of
them still won't work after the new decade has blown in. As soon as a
train reaches the end of the line and has to reverse its direction (and
the train driver must turn it off and walk to the other end to drive it
back), it won't turn on again. At all.
The Hamburger Abendblatt reports in that an informer told them that this is
attributable to a date problem, with the year flipping from 19 to 20.
All the trains stopped dead in their tracks, so to say. They have
managed to fix the software on 25 of them, but so many are missing
they are having to run short trains in the hopes of even keeping
up with the schedule.
A bit later in the article an update is mentioned as being at fault, the
rest of the article is politicians blathering on.
Their troubles don't stop there: a passenger purchased a ticket on 1 Jan
2020 that is not valid until 1.1.2040. Picture included.