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SubjectRe: BitBucket: GPL-ed KitBeeper clone
Ed Vance <> said:
> On Wed, Mar 12, 2003 at 5:32 PM, Horst von Brand wrote:
> > Werner Almesberger <> said:
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > > Real time is still useful, if only as a hint to users.
> >
> > Lots of things would be useful to have, but you just can't get them.
> > There is no guarantee that the clocks of the machines are
> > even remotely
> > near synchronized (don't get me started on that).

> You mean like my legacy SPARCstation 1+ that runs in 1997 (days of week
> match) so my "lifetime" licenses for apps from long ago dead companies don't
> "expire" anyway, due to a Y2K bug in the license handler?

I've seen reports of ridiculous bugs in Win98 that make it crash if you try
to set our timezone (Chile/Continental), so they run it on UTC and fix up
the time for summer/winter, if they even care about the right date (many
people just don't bother setting up the clock of their systems). A large
site around here had a hard time analyzing a breakin because their server
systems were all running on wildly inaccurate clocks, so that correlating
logs was a huge pain. For laughs, just check the origin date of the email
you get.
Dr. Horst H. von Brand User #22616
Departamento de Informatica Fono: +56 32 654431
Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria +56 32 654239
Casilla 110-V, Valparaiso, Chile Fax: +56 32 797513
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