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A lazy fix 20 years ago means the Y2K bug is taking down computers now

A lazy fix 20 years ago means the Y2K bug is taking down computers now

×Parking meters, cash registers and a professional wrestling video game have fallen foul of a computer glitch related to the Y2K bug.The Y2020 bug, which has taken many payment and computer systems offline, is a long-lingering side effect of attempts to fix the Y2K, or .Both stem from the way computers store dates. Many older systems express years using two numbers – 98, for instance, for 1998 – in an effort to save memory. The Y2K bug was a fear that computers would treat 00 as 1900, rather than 2000.AdvertisementProgrammers wanting to avoid the Y2K bug had two broad options: entirely...

August 12, 2020
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