Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 31st Dec 2008 17:12 UTC
Bugs & Viruses "Judgment day has arrived for owners of 30GB (and only 30GB) Zunes. The music player inexplicably entered a worldwide coma last night, and players are completely non responsive." [Kroc: I wonder if this is anything like the bug that caused Windows 98 to crash after 49 days when the tick-count exceeded 32-bits :P]
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RE: Sabatoge?
by Gryzor on Wed 31st Dec 2008 21:24 UTC in reply to "Sabatoge?"
Gryzor
Member since:
2005-07-03

What kind of foolish paranoia is that; what makes you think that every Zune model has the very same software? Having different hardware, it means different chips. One might be defective. Inside a Zune there's not only software programmed by Microsoft, there's much more. Just like inside an iPhone, iPod, iDontKnowWhat…

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RE[2]: Sabatoge?
by Noremacam on Wed 31st Dec 2008 21:33 in reply to "RE: Sabatoge?"
Noremacam Member since:
2006-03-08

I'm not paranoid. I don't own a zune or care. I just do not see any correlation between the date and storage size. What code could possibly need to run at 6 am on new years eve of 2008, just on zunes that have 30GB?

It's probably not sabatoge, It just doesn't make sense to me.

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RE[3]: Sabatoge?
by Gryzor on Wed 31st Dec 2008 21:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Sabatoge?"
Gryzor Member since:
2005-07-03

Don't worry; Microsoft itself doesn't make sense most of the time ;)

Happy New Year.

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RE[3]: Sabatoge?
by elsewhere on Wed 31st Dec 2008 22:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Sabatoge?"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

I'm not paranoid. I don't own a zune or care. I just do not see any correlation between the date and storage size. What code could possibly need to run at 6 am on new years eve of 2008, just on zunes that have 30GB?

It's probably not sabatoge, It just doesn't make sense to me.


It's likely that a developer somewhere in Redmond forgot to account for a leap year in some esoteric portion of firmware code, and the system choked upon discovering a 366th day in a 365-day year.

Not a nefarious conspiracy, just poor QA, and a clusterfsck overall. ;)

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RE[2]: Sabatoge?
by sbergman27 on Wed 31st Dec 2008 21:37 in reply to "RE: Sabatoge?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Inside a Zune there's not only software programmed by Microsoft, there's much more.

And the search begins for someone else (other than Microsoft, whose name is on the hardware) to blame it all on.

When I was growing up we had a game item called "Hot Potato". It was in the form of a (plastic) potato and you wound up its timer and start passing it around. The one caught holding it when the buzzer went off was the loser.

There was also a similar game item called "Time Bomb", which was pretty much the same, except that it was black and spherical, with a fuse on top.

This fiasco is just starting to remind me of those games. I'll bet we'll see more of this.

Edited 2008-12-31 21:39 UTC

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