MUMPS Re: Remember Y2K?
MUMPS did that; crashed on the 32768th say of the last century ..
165 posts • joined 15 Dec 2011
Way back then, a prof told Intel about flaky FDIV; he was ignored until the web exploded. Not a security issue.
A few weeks ago, a mother told Apple about flaky FaceTime (her son hit the problem); she was ignored ("go pay for a developer license 1st") until the web exploded. Very much a security issue.
I once had to add someone to a US health insurance program, who did not (yet) have a social security number. 0000.. was no go. Playing with the last digit was no go. I then noticed a tax form that had a grey 222222... where the SSN has to go. I typed that in -- bingo!
At one place, half the people complained it was too hot, half that it was too cold. The AC people ran round&round with a thermometer.
They never checked humidity; but one person would ride her bike to work, put her sweaty sweatshirt on her chair to dry -- and after 9+ hours it would be still sweaty.
I suggested they replace their thermometer with an astrology book -- more fun, and equally misleading.
Dialog re: bluetooth
me: use the 'phone # of the girl that would have been your girl firiend if only she had said yes
Turner Whitted (yes, him!): 722...
Me: hey that's a Seattle 'phone #!
Turner: I didn't specify the area code ...
This was the home 'phone of young Kathy Pappas, who is now (&has been for a while) Kathy Whitted.
At one place, a guy had a degree from a university they did not recognize. They asked for a letter from that university, to verify the degree was really a degree. I suggested they also ask for a 2nd-order letter to verify the letter, a 3rd-order letter to verify the 2nd-order letter, ...
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