millennium bug

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millennium bug:

see Year 2000 problemYear 2000 problem,
 Y2K problem,
or millennium bug,
in computer science, a design flaw in the hardware or software of a computer that caused erroneous results when working with dates beyond Dec. 31, 1999.
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millennium bug

Computing any software problem arising from the change in date at the start of the 21st century

millennium bug

Millennium Bug

A common term for the Year 2000 problem. When punch cards were converted to electronic databases starting in the 1960s, the year field was carried over and stored with only two digits. On January 1, 2000, countless systems would have failed had this not been corrected in the prior years. For more details, see Y2K problem.

A Bit Melodramatic
Nevertheless, had billions not been spent to upgrade computers and information systems around the world, January 1, 2000 might have caused immense problems. This was the cover of a special supplement in the December 1996 issue of PCWeek Magazine.
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However millennium bug minister Margaret Beckett dismissed claims that the crisis had been over-hyped and said Britain owed a debt of gratitude to those who helped avoid a New Year computer crisis.
The point that has been missed here was that the money and the countless hours of skilled IT staff's time were spent precisely to ensure that the millennium bug became such a non-event.
The more hysterical among them fretted that the Millennium Bug would erase as much as 500 years of material progress.
They were originally told they were in the low risk group because the millennium bug meant that incorrect ages had gone into the risk assessment.
Angela, 42, choked back tears yesterday as she said: "Because of the stress of the Millennium Bug, Jeremy felt that he needed a bit of a break.
The show centres on naughty creepy-crawly Millennium Bug who lives in an abandoned computer in a wood.
evangelist also released a Y2K video, "A Christian's Guide to the Millennium Bug," which he sold for $28 through his "Old-Time Gospel Hour" program.
There are millions of things that can go wrong with such systems but it does not necessarily mean they are related to the Millennium bug.
But if the Millennium Bug does bring chaos, he and Judy may have chosen the wrong part of the country for their hideaway.
I have to admit I am not very hopeful about finding real solutions to this millennium bug any time soon.
Apart from contingency plans, the government set up a National Control Room in New Delhi on Wednesday to cope with the millennium bug.
Action 2000, the government group created to dole cut advice on how to combat the millennium bug, has sent 26 million homes a copy of What Everyone Should Know About the Millennium Bug One thing they should know, according to Action 2000: The U.