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NTP Glitch Reverts Clocks Back To 2000 179

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-about-that-time-again dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It seems a glitch of some sort wreaked havoc on some NTP servers yesterday, causing many machines to revert to the year 2000. It seems the Y2K bug that never happened is finally catching up with us in 2012."
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NTP Glitch Reverts Clocks Back To 2000

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @04:14PM (#42046667)

    Why do people keep pretending that it wasn't? It was a real issue, that required real work to fix. If none of that work had happened, it would've hit and it would've hit hard. Celebrate success on occasion, sheesh.

  • by asdf7890 (1518587) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @04:22PM (#42046775)
    Unfortunately most of the general public think that because nothing really went wrong there was not a problem in the first place, and that it was all hyped up by the media. Some of this is the simple truth that it was over-hyped by the media who over-hype everything so people are growing desensitised, some of it is people not bothering to research their opinions or properly engage their critical thinking abilities.
  • The Y2K bug (Score:5, Insightful)

    by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @04:23PM (#42046779) Homepage Journal

    did happen. The Y2K disaster did not thanks to a lot of money and a lot of people working to fix the bug.

  • by mellon (7048) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @04:27PM (#42046825) Homepage

    We have a built-in bias against successful disaster planning: since the planning was successful, the disaster didn't happen, and hence to the average observer, it looks like there wouldn't have been a disaster. The reasoning is flawed, of course, but apparently very hard to resist. This is why governments are only ever harmful—if they do any good, things would have gone well anyway, so they didn't need to spend all that money and go to all that effort. This cognitive flaw is why people who do diving catches are respected, and people who plan for the future and avoid problems are ignored, and why blithering idiots keep getting control of the reins and breaking things.

  • by c0lo (1497653) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @04:33PM (#42046919)

    Why do people keep pretending that it wasn't? It was a real issue, that required real work to fix

    "the Y2K bug that never happened" != "the Y2K bug that never existed".

    So, what's your point again?

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.