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Most everyone reading this is familiar with the Y2K crisis where lots of computer systems simply weren’t going to work after December 31, 1999. Many conspiracy theorists believe it was a scam to earn more money and that there never was a crisis. The theorists are wrong. IT workers put in millions and millions of hours fixing things incompetent management was too greedy to fix. They were all too busy laying off workers they needed trying to cash in on an honest to God criminal scam called “Rightsizing” and sometimes “Right Sizing.” That was and still is a financial fraud of biblical proportions where many pushing it should have went to prison just like the heads of banks whose deliberate criminal activity gave us “The Great Recession.” Well, we have…

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Okay, we are going to cover this one last time. If you are new to C++ programming you probably don’t know the doo-doo storm I kicked off bringing the subject up earlier in this series of posts. There are a few things which will start a bar fight among programmers. The first is declaring a single editor as the greatest editor of all time. (Besides, you will always find one grizzled troll declaring vi to be the greatest editor and that is an editor from a time when programmers lived in caves and ate their young. Nasty doesn’t begin to describe it.) When it comes to C++ programmers, the constructor initializer list also kicks off such a fight. Be careful what you declare as a shop coding standard. When theory…

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I’ve been sitting on this stock forever, well, since some time in 2000. Actually, I had made some money with it in the prior year or so, got out, then started getting back in as it started to climb again. They used to be called Quest Products Corporation. This was back during the Hay Day of the DOT-BOMB fiasco when Pump & Dump and stock Churn scams ran rampant. Day traders were doing more caffeine and spending more time in front of computer monitors than computer programmers. It was nothing to hear about someone who claimed to be a millionaire one week then sleeping on a friend’s couch due to eviction a few weeks later. People were betting wildly with money they didn’t have and when the margin calls came…

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Scammed this from a message in comp.os.vms –2010 Date Recognition Problems (January 5, 2010) German payment cards are not the only technology to be hit with problems recognizing dates in the new year. (See story below.) Smartphone users running Windows Mobile are getting text messages dated 2016. Symantec’s Endpoint Protection manager is labeling signatures dated in the new year as being out-of-date; until the problem is addressed in an update, new malware signatures will be dated 12/31/2009 with increased revision numbers. Other vendors affected include Cisco, SpamAssassin. ISC: http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=7870 http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=7873 http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/The-year-2010-is-causing-I… http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/05/symantec_y2k10_bug/

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