Y2K Bug.. Or bad programming?

I was recently surfing the net and came across my government’s Department of Defense website. I couldn’t help but notice the date being off by about 1900 years:

Department of Defense

So I was thinking this must be due to some Y2K bug, that somehow escaped everyone’s attention for the last 7.5 years. Fred pointed out that it is actually something to do with the way the site was programmed and it clearly wasn’t tested with Firefox. So I tried it with Internet Explorer when I got to work (no Windows boxen at home), and sure enough, the page shows up with the correct date using IE. The weird thing is, that most of the subpages at that domain work fine in Firefox, so just the front page is broken. It’s a sad thing that even the government isn’t ensuring that their pages are compatible with other browsers. Oh well, it makes for a good laugh.

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FredApril 24th, 2007 at 00:19

Eh, yeah, that’s weird. I’ve seen that before, and it’s a Javascript coding mistake. Weird enough that they even use JS up there since the rest of the page is clearly generated by some sort of content management system which probably also allows to display the date.

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