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Offline Machiavelli

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« Last Edit: May 04, 2014, 12:55:06 PM by Machiavelli »

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Re: Spy Plane Fries Air Traffic Control Computers, Shuts Down LAX
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2014, 01:05:15 PM »
*snort*

When the computers glitch, they glitch hard. They are SUPPOSED to ignore anything above 45,000 feet.
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Re: Spy Plane Fries Air Traffic Control Computers, Shuts Down LAX
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 01:27:59 PM »
Sounds like there was a serious bug somewhere in the software that didn't surface until the system was stressed in a way the designers never thought to test it with.  slightly reminiscent of the Y2K problem - something that seemed reasonable at the time:  only referring to years by the last two digits because, after all, the year 2000 was, like, years away, suddenly became a big problem because the question of how dates should be represented was never revisited and new systems simply picked up that original assumption without ever questioning it.


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