01 March 2010

It's Not A Game: PS3 Firmware Bug Affects Product Worldwide

"No offline game play" appears to be the result of a firmware bug, according to CNET's coverage of a worldwide glitch affecting almost all Playstation 3 (PS3) game consoles.  The bug, reported by the console software as "error 8001050F," (this site offers a humorous "fix" video) is variously reported as caused by a calendar problem or by issues with "trophy support."  A calendar issue, either direct or indirect, could be suspected due to longstanding issues with weak software testing of leap year conditions.  A recent example appeared in a preview version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

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