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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Haha. Wow 12 years ago.
    Practically forever in 'net terms.

    For 2-3 years, it was "doomsday' ... and actually had far more chance of that happening, considering it was based on a programming limitation and workarounds that ended up poised to bite the entire 'net in the ass. Cobol programmers found it a virtual goldmine, since they could write their own salaries to fix the problems. I actually had acquaintances on the 'net who were talking of buying generators and holing up in their storm cellars; one day in an e-mail circle, the topic was whether or not they'd be willing to shoot neighbors who tried to steal their water, in order to protect their families. *doh*

    And then it fizzled out. Barely a blip. Kind of funny.
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    Jennifer... seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Practically forever in 'net terms.

    For 2-3 years, it was "doomsday' ... and actually had far more chance of that happening, considering it was based on a programming limitation and workarounds that ended up poised to bite the entire 'net in the ass. Cobol programmers found it a virtual goldmine, since they could write their own salaries to fix the problems. I actually had acquaintances on the 'net who were talking of buying generators and holing up in their storm cellars; one day in an e-mail circle, the topic was whether or not they'd be willing to shoot neighbors who tried to steal their water, in order to protect their families. *doh*

    And then it fizzled out. Barely a blip. Kind of funny.
    The stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me. I remember the doomsday predictions, but no one I knew was that concerned about it, probably because we had a pretty good idea of how things actually worked.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    The stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me. I remember the doomsday predictions, but no one I knew was that concerned about it, probably because we had a pretty good idea how things actually worked.
    Yeah. I'd say most of the people in that email chain were average or slightly over; all of them did have religious beliefs including the Book of Revelation (so they were reading their apocalyptic leanings into the events in question); I was only really disappointed in one of them, because he worked in IT and was obviously bright, and I just couldn't understand why he was letting himself take a less than balanced/knowledgeable approach to that situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Words of Ivory View Post
    Jennifer... seriously?
    uh.... yeah.

    It was back when I still didn't want to be rejected, or otherwise I would have laughed openly at them. I remember being really frustrated at the crazy talk but felt that I couldn't say much directly about it. The one guy I think spent some decent time and money ordering backup generators, just to make sure he was totally prepared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Anyone remember the Y2K scare?
    God... my neighbor's parents were buying boxes and boxes of bottled water for when Y2K were to happen.

    During that time? Us kids were playing outside like we normally would that age.

    72K scare ended, and those bottled water were used in time.

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    What is this another Y2K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rail Tracer View Post
    God... my neighbor's parents were buying boxes and boxes of bottled water for when Y2K were to happen.

    During that time? Us kids were playing outside like we normally would that age.

    72K scare ended, and those bottled water were used in time.
    I think that scares like that are often about testing government systems, cover for impending cyber attacks by agents on other or emergent nations and also lame attempts to get private citizens to stock up because emergency services just got their budgets slashed.

    Seriously, you know that volunteer training in the US for auxillaries to emergency services begins with "dont expect a government response" or "no one is coming to rescue you".

    The bird flu pandemic panics from a few years ago, which are coming back again now, interested me because apparently to get ahead of the actual super virus government researchers in China and the US had to create it, that's right, to study how it could develop, they had to engineer it. Isnt there something suspiscious as hell about that? Or unnerving that its those two players who've done it?

    Pandemics and disease warfare are even more plausibly deniable than proxy battles fought with terrorists or phony agitators like anonymous etc.

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    @Lark I think you need a tinfoil hat.

    It's just the media making a bigger deal out of things to get attention. It's how they make money. There is no giant conspiracy going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Words of Ivory View Post
    @Lark I think you need a tinfoil hat.

    It's just the media making a bigger deal out of things to get attention. It's how they make money. There is no giant conspiracy going on.
    Its reported on BBC Radio 4 and usually the world service, not exactly grossing media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Words of Ivory View Post
    Lark I think you need a tinfoil hat.
    it's just the media making a bigger deal out of things to get attention. It's how they make money. There is no giant conspiracy going on.
    No no, no, it has to be a media conspiracy, working as an extension of the US government. You know how all of that works. The American liberal government is up to no good. It cannot be trusted. Haven't you seen the movies?
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