Worries about DST changes

Justified   4 votes - 80 %
Overblown   0 votes - 0 %
I'm a Luddite and prefer my trusty sundial   1 vote - 20 %
5 Total Votes
The change is working though by Herring (4.00 / 5) #1 Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 05:36:19 AM EST
I notice much more daylight than there was only a few weeks ago.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

Cobol and Y2K by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 05:44:58 AM EST
In the mid-90's my cousin in Seattle decided that she'd rather stay home and be a full time mother than go to work. Since her husband made more than she did (and she wrote software for the medical field) she could afford to.

In 1998 various former co-workers started mentioning her to their employers. She knows Cobol, and has programmed in it. Job offers started coming in. Large consulting fees were waved in her face.

She put the kids in day care, went back to work and, by January 2000, the kids college funds were fully funded. The retirement fund was in pretty good shape too.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Cobol by duxup (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Mar 15, 2007 at 01:04:51 PM EST
When I was growing up a friend’s father said You wanna make money?  Learn Cobol, in a few years you’ll be able to name your price.  Had I known he was going to be as right as he was I would have done it.

I wasn’t interested in programming, but as soon as I entered the workforce full time I ended up in a job where it was explained that when the systems programmer talked everyone listened and helped him, when the systems programmer wanted to come to work he did, when he didn’t he didn’t, all because the people at the bank were terrified he might leave.


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Yep by theboz (4.00 / 2) #3 Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 08:50:14 AM EST
I can see both sides I suppose. The bottom line though is that people don't seem to understand that when there is a risk of problem and you do something to avert the problem, that doesn't mean there was never a risk. This seems to be some sort of weird cultural fatalism where society prefers to sit back and let everything else happen to them instead of participating in their environment to shape it as they see fit.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
Y2K by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #4 Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 09:08:15 AM EST
I spent time on alt.computers.y2k (or whatever it was) back in 1999. It was amusing, especially the guy who liked to tell people that their entrails would be torn out by wild dogs after civilization collapsed.

At the same time, I personally fixed a number of bugs, including one that would have had the large retail chain I worked for utterly unable to collect sales data from their stores. (Anything with a date of "00" would have been dumped.) I did miss a couple bugs...a couple minor reports said "1900" the day after. This was C code, not Cobol.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

The biggest problem by debacle (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 02:08:08 PM EST
Was that our payroll app doesn't support the pre-DST version of JRE. It runs fine on that version, they just disable functionality so you have to patch.

Vera sounds like a cunt.