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Get Ready for the 2038 'Epocholypse' (and Worse)
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7/31/2017 | 1:14:09 PM
Flying Without Technology
While I suspect this will ultimately be fixed through some well-written code to manage patching systems to either relieve us of time-related services or getting creative with real-time hijacking of 32-bit time functions with 64-bit (can't wait to see that), I think the cautious will familiarize themselves with what infrastructure could be affected.  Case in point, transportation that utilizes embedded technology that could be affected by this issue could be brought to a halt.  While an unusual thought these days, anyone with access to low-tech infrastructure, planes in particular, could still get around thanks to enterprising business leaders who will quietly set up a "shadow" low-tech infrastructure in anticipation of the need.  Planes, trains, ocean liners - anything whose safety could be compromised using current embedded tech could be replaced with low-tech versions, or re-vamped to remove reliance on these systems.  Of course, the more I read about this issue, the more I'm hoping the fix is already in the can.  Other things that are airborne and rely on embedded tech include missiles and satellites...

   


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