Y2K bug strikes back sending draft notices to men born in 1890s

Posted on Monday, Jul 14 2014 @ 10:39 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Hexus reports the Millennium bug continues to cause problems. The bug caused major concern in the late 1990s and now a double digit date calculation issue at a US government agency caused it to send notices to over 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897 to prompt them to register for the nation's military draft.
The agency realised that there had been a mistake when it started receiving calls from confused relatives last week. The error occurred as the state uses a two-digit code to indicate year of birth (eg. "93-97" instead of "1993-1997"). This resulted in the computer mistakenly sending notices to all males in its database born between 1993 and 1997 AND those born between 1893 and 1897.

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