Wednesday, February 14th 2007

Daylight-saving glitch threatens mini-Y2K

Daylight saving time arrives a little earlier — March 11 — and stays a little later — Nov. 4 — this year. And it’s bringing a problem along with it that could affect everything from stock trades to airline schedules to your BlackBerry.

Software created before the law mandating the change passed in 2005 is set to automatically advance its timekeeping by one hour on the first Sunday in April, not the second Sunday in March. Congress decided that more early evening daylight would translate into energy savings.

The result is a glitch reminiscent of the Y2K bug, when cataclysmic crashes were feared if computers interpreted the year 2000 as 1900 and couldn’t reconcile time appearing to move backward. If banks and other institutions aren't properly prepared, automatic stock trades reportedly might happen at the wrong hour, buildings that unlock at a certain time could stay shut, and airline flight schedules could be scrambled.MSNBC
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9 Comments on Daylight-saving glitch threatens mini-Y2K

#1
Namslas90
Most large companies have "Windows Automatic Updates" enabled. I don't see this as a problem for any major company. lol:roll:
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#2
Alcpone
The server governs what the workstations think the correct time/date is, so aslong as they have the correct patch/update installed then there shouldnt be any issues! Blackberrys connect like a pda and they update time/date fine!

I aint worried ;)
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#3
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
ill be looting and plundering. who is with me?
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Im with you ::rofl:: I do not believe this will be a problem. However, this is the first Ive heard of an earlier dst and later dst. (march as opposed to April and November as opposed to October.)
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#5
Completely Bonkers
This isn't just a "windows" issue. As a result of last years legislation, there is a change to the calendaring of summertime. It will impact ANY calendar/time/date system, windows or not.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: WarEagleAU
Im with you ::rofl:: I do not believe this will be a problem. However, this is the first Ive heard of an earlier dst and later dst. (march as opposed to April and November as opposed to October.)
haha it is in march so maybe we can get some free r600's out of it :laugh:

yea this year is much earlier. im pretty sure that here in the US they are completely getting rid of it next year. heads up.
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#7
kakazza
This is only for the US and Canada if wikipedia is right.

Good ol' Europe uses the good ol' system. (and will hopefully stop that shit by 2008)
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#8
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
LOL the US will fix it. This is pretty bad, but I hope I get something good out of this.
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#9
kwchang007
brillant!! now people might actually remember when daylight savings starts to change their normal clocks. people like me :)
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