[LMB] OT: Prime News
sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 15:07:52 GMT 2017
On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 8:56 AM, Federico Bergstein <
almirantenaismith at gmail.com> wrote:
> When the programmer's revolt takes power (any day now), everybody will be
> forced to use YYYYMMDD under pain of death.
> The amount of man-hours devoted to fixing problems caused by the damn date
> formats amounts to little genocide already.
And yet it is the programmers of yore who started the yy-mm-dd problem,
creating ambiguity between 1960 and 2060. Little problem with expensive
memory bits, which people today don't understand at -all-.
I have a student doing a paper on how technology changed the world, and he
literally does not understand that once cell phones did not have apps.
House phones, of course don't, but what's a rotary phone? People used to
actually 'dial' numbers, now we don't but the word remains.
Sylvia, waxing nostolgic
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