Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Year 10,000 problem
The year 10,000 problem or Y10K is the collective name for all potential software bugs that may emerge as the need to express years with five digits arises. References to any year 10,000 or Y10K problem cannot at face value be taken to be serious or in jest as there are both legitimate reasons to plan for far in the future dates as well as a number of humorous references.
Practical relevance: This may not be a problem in the year 10,000, as it is highly unlikely that any of the technology or software in use today will still be active at that time. However, it is already a problem today for long term analysis programs, such as software that examines proposals for the long term handling of nuclear waste. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Year 10,000 problem". This entry is a fragment of a larger work. Link may die if entry is finally removed or merged.