15th century time machine to suffer from millennium bug

Robert Harley (Robert.Harley@inria.fr)
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 18:19:56 +0200 (MET DST)


We're doomed after all:

http://www.techserver.com/newsroom/ntn/info/060598/info19_4748_noframes.html

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15th century time machine to suffer from millennium bug

Copyright 1998 Nando.net
Copyright 1998 AFP

LONDON (June 5, 1998 00:50 a.m. EDT http://www.nando.net) - The oldest
time machine in the world destined to suffer from the millennium bug
has been found in a museum in Liverpool in northwest England, it was
reported Friday.

The 400-year-old instrument, which predicts the position of the
planets, will stop working at the dawn of the new millennium, unable
to accept the date of January 1, 2000, like many unadjusted computers
around the world, museum curators said.

The equatorium, built by an unknown craftsman in 1600, predicts the
position of the Sun, Moon, other planets and even eclipses through a
system of rotating discs and arms.

But the last date inscribed was 1999. "It must have seemed like an
eternity at the time," said curator Martin Suggett.
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