Disclaimer: This is an American-centric post, though I would be interested to hear what other countries do in this situation.
This morning, for some strange and unknown reason, I was thinking about Social Security #'s (SSN for short) and how that might be the next Y2K problem. It is conceivable that the population may exceed the total number of SSN permutations (SSN is
Anyway, I was just wondering what the US would do when it got to that point? Would they add a 10th digit? Would they extend the digit definition to include alphabet characters? And just thinking about that unleashes the impact the change would make, from the database schemas to the web forms.
I get the same type of frustration/thinking when I try to register online and it doesn't accept my
Bah -- hopefully I'll be retired by then and won't have to work on the problem, though like those Y2K Cobol/Assembly programmers back in 1999, we may be called back to hack on such antiquated technologies as MySQL & Perl & PHP to fix the problem at a nice profit. I just hope it doesn't interfere with my Social Security checks...