FACE­BOOK GETS CON­FUSED ON YEARS

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Bran­don Bai­ley

san francisco » Face­book is making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are.

The so­cial net­work sent au­to­mated mes­sages Thurs­day invit­ing some users to cel­e­brate “46 years of friend­ship on Face­book” with one or more of their on­line friends.

That’s odd, be­cause Face­book started in 2004. Some peo­ple who got the mes­sage are in their 20s and 30s.

Face­book blamed a soft­ware bug. It didn’t of­fer de­tails, but com­puter ex­perts spec­u­late the prob­lem stems from a quirk in Unix, an op­er­at­ing sys­tem used in big data cen­ters where com­pa­nies such as Face­book store in­for­ma­tion. The glitch starts the in­ter­nal cal­en­dar on some com­put­ers at mid­night, Green­wich Mean Time, Jan. 1, 1970.

Face­book said its en­gi­neers are fix­ing the prob­lem “so ev­ery­one can ring in 2016 feel­ing young again.”

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