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09 December 2010 @ 04:50 pm
Next "end of the world" prediction?  
The current end of the world date is sometime in 2012 when the Mayan calendar rolls over.

Assuming that the world does not, in fact, end, what's the next date after that?
 
 
 
Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Catpernishus on December 9th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Well, if I had perfect vision I'd say 2020...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 9th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
*grin*
glinda_wglinda_w on December 9th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
*peanuts*
Syona aka the Silicon Shamansiliconshaman on December 10th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
*targeting peanut cannon*
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The watcher over there: hee!dafydd on December 10th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
"The world really ended on December Thirty-First, 1999. It's just that everyone was too drunk to notice."

(I don't remember where I saw that quote. Douglass Adams, maybe?)
Peter Engdornbeast on December 10th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
No idea, but I know it isn't entirely true. If it ended, I just slept through it.

Personally, I'm going with the theory that the world has already ended, but the paperwork is holding up closing everything out.
Shadow/Brookekengr on December 10th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Year_2038_problem

In 2038, the unix timestamp will require more than 32 bits to represent. Any system that uses a 32-bit variable to store it will have the date/time roll back to the first second of 1970.

There have been previous instances of this sort of crash. One was when it first required 32 bits to store. And system that used a *signed* 32-bit integer (which uses the "highest" bit to store the sign) had the value go negative, resulting in a date around 1902.

In fact, darn near every time the value has needed to use another bit, *some* system has had problems, usually because some programmer decided to use on of the "unused" bits in the variable for something else.

In 2108 anything using the MS-DOS style time stamps will have trouble, because the year will roll over to 1980.



suzilemsuzilem on December 10th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
yup. Will make Y2K look like nada.
Jim Hetleyjhetley on December 10th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
I think that 1902 date hit Maine's automobile registry software . . .
Stephen Harrissweh on December 10th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
In theory any good code is written using time_t and so should just require a recompile.

In practice... bwaahahahahahah.

*ahem*

I hope to have retired before then!
suzilemsuzilem on December 10th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
2098/7/6 5:43:21
Jon Reidcrossfire on December 10th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
According to Nostradamus, the year 3797.
QKat: Milky Way Galaxyladyqkat on December 10th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I have it on very good rumor that the 12th of Never is a strong contender.
The Renaissance Manunixronin on December 10th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Eh. The doomsayers will come up with something. Does it really matter what?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 10th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
No, not really; it just came up in conversation today and I was curious.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on December 10th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
It's not just "sometime in 2012", it's specifically Dec. 21, 2012.

Which also just happens to be Russ' birthday.

As if I didn't already have a hard time dealing with his Birthday Blues every year. (Lots of bad childhood memories -- being that close to Christmas but not on it is even worse than being on Christmas.)

OTOH, at least it'll give us an excuse to have a Party Like It's The End Of The World party.
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman: Chaos Panic & Destructionsiliconshaman on December 10th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Apparently the first full power run of the LHC, using lead ions instead of protons is scheduled for then.

Personally, I think someone decided to yank the doomsayers chain!
Miche: eternitymicheinnz on December 11th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
They've already done full power runs of the LHC with lead ions.
Syona aka the Silicon Shamansiliconshaman on December 10th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
Well, if the Apothsis asteroid lives up to it's name the world will end on 2029, or 2036 or maybe 2037...