New Year 2000 Computer Problem : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

I found information about a new type of Year 2000 problem I didn't know about before. The Crouch Echlin Effect. A detailed report is available, at Has anyone heard about this?

-- Paul Dengler (, December 08, 1998


Yes, it's been discussed here before. Look for post referencing 'TD' or 'time dialation' (the other name by which Crouch-Echlin is known).

I have not looked at this controversial topic closely but my impression from the discussions here is that this is not one of the 'bigger' problems to worry about. MIS departments should probably be paying some attention to this though.

Some of the other participants here are much more knowledgeable as to the details and potential ramifications of TD.

It's not on my top 10 list of concerns though (at least at this time).


-- Arnie Rimmer (, December 08, 1998.

And, its still quite controversial as to whether TD really is a genuine problem. Or, even if it is, if it is in fact a true Y2K problem, or whether it would occur regardless of what the date is set to.

Still, I don't want to come across as trializing it. In the post Y2K world to come, people are just plain not going to trust computers for anything, period. So any report of even a chance of TD being real should be taken seriously, and if it ends up being de-bunked, then all the better.

-- Jack (, December 08, 1998.

My take on Crouch-Echlin Effect is that it's real but probably rare.

Related threads:

TD - Looks like the jury's still out

TD update

-- No Spam Please (, December 09, 1998.

The two threads to which I link above are in the "Techno-geek questions" category of Older Messages. The following are in the "PC/Home computers" category:

Time Dilation

Time Dilation -TD - The other Y2K problem

More on Time Dilation

TD - Harlan Smith verifies that its real

-- No Spam Please (, December 09, 1998.

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