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2038 doomsday cult

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Next year, when the 2012 Mayan end-of-the-world prophesy comes to nothing there'll be a need for another prediction of doom and catastrophe based on the teachings of the ancients.

What better choice of tenuous premise to base this on could there be than the teachings of those long-gone architects of Unix which have led some to the interpretation that some things may go wrong in 2038?
hippo, Dec 13 2011

http://en.wikipedia...i/Year_2038_problem [hippo, Dec 13 2011]

http://www.theguard...lem-the-new-y2k-bug [hippo, Dec 17 2014]

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       Naturally, I propose we form a 64-bit doomsday cult, as not only does this give us a few billion more years to set our affairs in order, but it also means that the world will end on my birthday.
Alterother, Dec 13 2011
  

       Are we still going to be using 32 bit Unix in 2038? I'm a little more worried about the 2036 "99942 Apophis" bug.
DIYMatt, Dec 13 2011
  

       Well, it's well after 9pm and everything here is still fine, so I guess we can cross this one off the list.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 13 2011
  

       If there are any still-living priests of the Mayan religion, they will no doubt explain the small error in their calculations, and give us a new end-of-world date to look forward to.
mouseposture, Dec 13 2011
  

       //If there are any still-living priests of the Mayan religion, they will no doubt explain the small error in their calculations, and give us a new end-of-world date to look forward to.// When 12/21/12 passes without the world ending, I'm sure the History Channel will be able to find aformentioned priest.
DIYMatt, Dec 13 2011
  

       //it also means that the world will end on my birthday//   

       That's a coincidence. As far as I'm concerned the whole world ends on my deathday.
AusCan531, Dec 13 2011
  

       Physics is a 64 bit doomsday cult :)
theircompetitor, Dec 13 2011
  

       You are such a buzzkill.
Alterother, Dec 14 2011
  

       2038, huh? And I was naive enough to think we were OK until the "Year 10,000 problem".
phundug, Dec 15 2011
  

       Children generally have no memory of anything that occured before they turned 2. When 2016 rolls around, you can start recruiting people who have no memory of the Y2k Bug. This gives you 22 years to accumulate your following until it is time to revise the calculations.   

       Between now and 2016, you may need to focus on turning Unix from a computer language into a cult. (Claiming that the name is a corrpution for the term applied to men who have been "fixed" may or may not help.) Good luck!
ye_river_xiv, Dec 16 2011
  

       //focus on turning Unix from a computer language* into a cult// The punchline is left as an exercise for the reader.   

       *<pedantry>Operating system</pedantry>
mouseposture, Dec 16 2011
  

       //most folks will remember that the Y2K scare was a let-down//

That'll be because we were warned about it well in advance and took steps to mitigate it. If only we had treated the Mayan End of the World prophecy with as much seriousness we wouldn't all be about to die horribly with the laughter of the Gods ringing in our ears as we shuffle off our collective mortal coil. Oh, why didn't we listen! Why!?
DrBob, Dec 17 2011
  

       What [mouseposture] said.   

       Particualrly with reference to the pedantry.
8th of 7, Dec 17 2011
  

       Why not 2048?
wagster, Dec 19 2011
  
      
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