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[3]: Sabatoge?
by elsewhere on Wed 31st Dec 2008 22:33 UTC 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[4]: Sabatoge?
by Noremacam on Wed 31st Dec 2008 23:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Sabatoge?"
Noremacam Member since:
2006-03-08

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. ;)


See that was my first assumption, but that still leaves the question open of why just the 30GB model?

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RE[5]: Sabatoge?
by DigitalAxis on Fri 2nd Jan 2009 01:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Sabatoge?"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

The 30 GB Zune is the original Zune, and likely does have rather different hardware than subsequent Zunes.

I recall some amazement in DAP circles when Microsoft actually released firmware updates to bring their first-generation products all the bells and whistles of the second generation (unlike, for instance, Apple and pretty much all other manufacturers, other than Samsung and Cowon...)

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