New Microsoft Bug Found
May 20, 2000 6:21 PM   Subscribe

New Microsoft Bug Found This one's pretty serious. Because it affects the whole world.
posted by PaperCut (13 comments total)
I found this at Risks Digest. They have some interesting stores on computer/technology security issues.
posted by PaperCut at 6:26 PM on May 20, 2000

stories,,, stories.... :P
posted by PaperCut at 6:26 PM on May 20, 2000

Yep, they do.

This actually got mentioned a couple of weeks ago... I think it's been decided that someone was fooling around and got *Earth's* rotations switched; Microsoft has it right.
posted by baylink at 7:31 PM on May 20, 2000

What TV news program was it that made the same mistake several years ago?
posted by harmful at 8:22 PM on May 20, 2000

posted by baylink at 9:19 PM on May 20, 2000

I did search the archives for this story, and couldn't find anything, but it was kind of old. Shoulda known.

I'm not ready for posting. I'll just comment.
posted by PaperCut at 9:47 PM on May 20, 2000

I don't know if anyone remembers the book "RingWorld" by Larry Niven. The first edition of that book had the Earth spinning the wrong way -- a quick rewrite for later versions got it right. (It's during the part where Louis Wu is trying to extend his 200th birthday beyond 24 hours.)
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:54 PM on May 20, 2000

David Langford had already reported this in his fanzine, Ansible.

posted by aurelian at 10:25 PM on May 20, 2000

By "this", I guess I should elaborate: Both Microsoft's boo-boo, and the coincidence of Niven's mistake way back when...

posted by aurelian at 10:27 PM on May 20, 2000

Physics In Science Fiction, detailed equations to create your own Ringworld.

posted by PaperCut at 10:55 PM on May 20, 2000

from the MS site: "we are researching this problem"... ummmm... yeah, and? How much research does it take? Have they put together a Task Team to identify some Action Items? Lets all have a big round of applause for "QA done to the tune of marketing schedules."
posted by katchomko at 2:38 AM on May 21, 2000

Heh, Steven, that was the first thing _I_ thought of, too!

harmful, it was NBC News who had a spinning "digital" globe in their titles. They tried to, uh, "spin" and claimed that it was supposed to be the effect of looking down on the globe as you spun around it in a satellite, but within a few months they revised it. That must have been around 15 years ago... whew.
posted by dhartung at 3:01 AM on May 21, 2000

The time frame for the NBC news thing sounds about right. IIRC, their virtual globe was spinning the wrong way for a few months before some high school geography teacher wrote in to compalin.
posted by harmful at 8:01 AM on May 21, 2000

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