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28th Sep '17 7:52:11 PM Jacob175
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* ''After [=Y2K=]''. Obviously. The world becomes a ''MadMax'' wasteland after the [=Y2K=] bug destroys civilization, ultimately leading to the reinvention of all technology based on vacuum tubes instead of integrated circuits. The final plot arcs of the series involved the Techno-Talking Babes using TimeTravel to transmit an "inoculation" against the bug to the internet of 1999, and author Arthur C Clarke taking the world hostage with his "Real Millennium Bug" -- an attack which shut down all mechanical devices -- in order to force the world to acknowledge that the Millennium didn't really start until 200'''1''' (Which millennium is the "real" one has nothing to do with the [=Y2K=] bug: Clarke was just being pedantic.)

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* ''After [=Y2K=]''. Obviously. The world becomes a ''MadMax'' ''Film/MadMax'' wasteland after the [=Y2K=] bug destroys civilization, ultimately leading to the reinvention of all technology based on vacuum tubes instead of integrated circuits. The final plot arcs of the series involved the Techno-Talking Babes using TimeTravel to transmit an "inoculation" against the bug to the internet of 1999, and author Arthur C Clarke taking the world hostage with his "Real Millennium Bug" -- an attack which shut down all mechanical devices -- in order to force the world to acknowledge that the Millennium didn't really start until 200'''1''' (Which millennium is the "real" one has nothing to do with the [=Y2K=] bug: Clarke was just being pedantic.)



* In ''Webcomic/TheSuburbanJungle'' Dover arranged for Tiffany to get hired as a Y2K debugger. When she pointed out that she had no idea how to fix it he explained that the Y2K Bug is just a scam to ensure job security for programmers.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheSuburbanJungle'' Dover arranged for Tiffany to get hired as a Y2K [=Y2K=] debugger. When she pointed out that she had no idea how to fix it he explained that the Y2K [=Y2K=] Bug is just a scam to ensure job security for programmers.programmers.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' also had some fun [[https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/12/29/the-boy-aint-right with this]].



* The US government still required that its agencies report on their Y2K preparedness as late [[https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-15/trump-orders-government-to-stop-work-on-y2k-bug-17-years-later as 2017]]! That is, 17 years after Y2K came and proved to be a bust, and 5 years after the MayanDoomsday itself came and proved to be a bust.

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* The US government still required that its agencies report on their Y2K preparedness as late [[https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-15/trump-orders-government-to-stop-work-on-y2k-bug-17-years-later as 2017]]! That is, 17 years after Y2K [=Y2K=] came and proved to be a bust, and 5 years after the MayanDoomsday itself came and proved to be a bust.
21st Sep '17 1:46:16 AM RAMChYLD
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* Despite the doomsayers, banks were never in any real danger. The only reason a bank wouldn't have fixed the issue in 1975 when programs to generate 25-year documents started producing garbage was because they had already fixed it when programs that generated 30-year documents started doing it in 1970. However, the other Wiki says that a number of post-office run [=ATMs=] in Japan ceased working upon rolling into the year 2000, creating a minor inconvenience for those needing to withdraw money.

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* Despite the doomsayers, banks were never in any real danger. The only reason a bank wouldn't have fixed the issue in 1975 when programs to generate 25-year documents started producing garbage was because they had already fixed it when programs that generated 30-year documents started doing it in 1970. However, the other Wiki says that a number of post-office run [=ATMs=] in Japan ceased working upon rolling into the year 2000, creating a minor inconvenience for those needing to withdraw money.money until those machines were upgraded.
21st Sep '17 1:45:31 AM RAMChYLD
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* Despite the doomsayers, banks were never in any real danger. The only reason a bank wouldn't have fixed the issue in 1975 when programs to generate 25-year documents started producing garbage was because they had already fixed it when programs that generated 30-year documents started doing it in 1970.

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* Despite the doomsayers, banks were never in any real danger. The only reason a bank wouldn't have fixed the issue in 1975 when programs to generate 25-year documents started producing garbage was because they had already fixed it when programs that generated 30-year documents started doing it in 1970. However, the other Wiki says that a number of post-office run [=ATMs=] in Japan ceased working upon rolling into the year 2000, creating a minor inconvenience for those needing to withdraw money.
20th Sep '17 12:13:24 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* One episode of ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego'' took this even further when [[EvilGenius Dr. Belljar]] was worrying over this:
-->'''Dr. Belljar:''' Bad news, Carmen: My processors think 1999 will be followed by the year 0!
17th Sep '17 6:03:08 PM nombretomado
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* ArthurCClarke's ''The Ghost from the Grand Banks'', set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, features a protagonist who made a fortune writing and selling anti-[=Y2K=] software to everyone. The book was published in ''1990'', years before any popular scrutiny of the phenomenon. (It's termed "century syndrome" as the name "[=Y2K=]" hadn't been coined yet.)

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* ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''The Ghost from the Grand Banks'', set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, features a protagonist who made a fortune writing and selling anti-[=Y2K=] software to everyone. The book was published in ''1990'', years before any popular scrutiny of the phenomenon. (It's termed "century syndrome" as the name "[=Y2K=]" hadn't been coined yet.)
16th Sep '17 6:33:59 PM Statzkeen
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* ''Film/OfficeSpace'' mentions the [=Y2K=] bug as one of the reasons that the company won't be looking close enough at their finances to notice the protagonists' plan taking place.

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* ''Film/OfficeSpace'' mentions the [=Y2K=] bug as one of the reasons that the company won't be looking close enough at their finances to notice the protagonists' plan taking place. Based on one of his conversations with Joana, apparently Y2K preparedness was a big part of Peter's job at Initech.
16th Sep '17 4:25:58 PM grumpyghostowl
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* Many goverment-run hospitals in Western Australia used a system called T.I.M.S. (Telephone Information Management System) to - just as it says on the tin - manage their telephone systems. It allowed for monitoring, billing and directory services which were utilised by the Commmunications Centres and Switchboard operators. The systems was identified as being non-Y2K-compatible and was replaced. At least one hospital kept theirs running just to see what would happen, and on 1 January 2000, it failed, processing no call data and refusing to return information or display the directory. Since it is not humanly possible for a switchboard operator to memorise 3,000 telephone extension numbers and writing them all down on pieces of paper would have been impractical, it was a good thing for all concerned that the system was replaced.

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* Many goverment-run hospitals in Western Australia used a system called T.I.M.S. (Telephone Information Management System) to - just as it says on the tin - manage their telephone systems. It allowed for monitoring, billing and directory services which were utilised by the Commmunications Centres and Switchboard operators. The systems was identified as being non-Y2K-compatible and was replaced. At least one hospital kept theirs running (in parallel with the replacement system) just to see what would happen, and on 1 January 2000, it failed, processing no call data and refusing to return information or display the directory. Since it is not humanly possible for a switchboard operator to memorise 3,000 telephone extension numbers and writing them all down on pieces of paper would have been impractical, it was a good thing for all concerned that the system was replaced.
16th Sep '17 4:24:33 PM grumpyghostowl
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* Many goverment-run hospitals in Western Australia used a system called T.I.M.S. (Telephone Information Management System) to - just as it says on the tin - manage their telephone systems. It allowed for monitoring, billing and directory services which were utilised by the Commmunications Centres and Switchboard operators. The systems was identified as being non-Y2K-compatible and was replaced. At least one hospital kept theirs running just to see what would happen, and on 1 January 2000, it failed, processing no call data and refusing to return information or display the directory. Since it is not humanly possible for a switchboard operator to memorise 3,000 telephone extension numbers and writing them all down on pieces of paper would have been impractical, it was a good thing for all concerned that the system was replaced.
16th Sep '17 9:41:07 AM bikergeek66
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's 1999 single "All About the Pentiums" references the [=Y2K=] bug in one line: "I ain't afraid of [=Y2K=]."
12th Jul '17 3:10:29 AM jormis29
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* ''PalladiumBooks'' produced yet ANOTHER post-apocalypse game in the late 90s, ''Systems Failure'', which dealt with both the software and literal versions of bugs appearing and wreaking havoc.

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* ''PalladiumBooks'' ''Creator/PalladiumBooks'' produced yet ANOTHER post-apocalypse game in the late 90s, ''Systems Failure'', which dealt with both the software and literal versions of bugs appearing and wreaking havoc.
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