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Old December 29th 17, 03:06 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
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On December 31, 2017 at exactly midnight, all computers running Windows
8.x and Windows 10, will crash and never work again. Microsoft never
told anyone that Windows 8.x and 10 expires on this date. As these
computers crash, the entire internet will fail and all electrical
service will cease to function worldwide.

Prepare now. Buy ice chests and ice for your beer, and have a few
flashlights available so you can grab the right kind of beer from the
cooler.....

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Old December 29th 17, 07:10 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
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On 12/29/2017 12:17 PM, Mr. Man-wai Chang wrote:
BTW,*Y2K*problem*back*then*didn't*create*an y*major*chaos*as.


I wrote an accounting application in 1992 to 2005 and Y2K was an issue
to us. Minor, but probably not as bad as some companies. Our dates
were stored as # of days since 1760 I believe. So 1999 was day 239 and
2000 was just one more 240.

The real issue was display and user input. We stupidly programmed the
engine to just assume 19xx years. How were we to think of 2000 when
the engine was developed back in 1970 or so. Anyway we had to apply a
30/70 rule to dates that 12/31/17, 17 was less than 30 years in the
future so thus it was 20xx, but 12/31/90 was greater than 30 years thus
19xx. And we had to create a special format for MM/DD/YYYY as we
always only displayed 2 digit years.

The application was written in a 4GL proprietary code and was
interpreted by the engine thus no real applications had to be changed
except where users demanded the 4 digit year.

Boy those were the days. Months of testing for such a simple one more
day in the life of humans. :-)

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Old December 30th 17, 06:31 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
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On 12/29/2017 04:20 PM, Wolf K wrote:

[snip]

Don't eat yellow snow!


That line comes after "Watch where the huskies go".


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Old December 31st 17, 05:44 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
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On 30/12/2017 02:10, Big Al wrote:
The real issue was display and user input. We stupidly programmed the
engine to just assume 19xx years. How were we to think of 2000 when
the engine was developed back in 1970 or so. Anyway we had to apply a
30/70 rule to dates that 12/31/17, 17 was less than 30 years in the
future so thus it was 20xx, but 12/31/90 was greater than 30 years thus
19xx. And we had to create a special format for MM/DD/YYYY as we
always only displayed 2 digit years.


I did a similar job with an old Foxpro/DOS+Netware information system.

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Old January 3rd 18, 03:09 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
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On 29/12/2017 22:25, Rene Lamontagne wrote:
On 12/29/2017 12:29 PM, Paul wrote:
wrote:
On December 31, 2017 at exactly midnight, all computers running Windows
8.x and Windows 10, will crash and never work again. Microsoft never
told anyone that Windows 8.x and 10 expires on this date. As these
computers crash, the entire internet will fail and all electrical
service will cease to function worldwide.

Prepare now. Buy ice chests and ice for your beer, and have a few
flashlights available so you can grab the right kind of beer from the
cooler.....


Who needs an ice chest ?

It's -20C outside. You stick your beer outside
for 20 minutes, and "it's ready".

The coldest spot in Canada right now, at this very
instant, is -46C (a place between Yukon territory and BC).
An excellent time for these experiments.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpemba_effect

*** Paul


I had not heard of the Mpemba effect. Thanks for the pointer.

There is a puzzle in the first sentence of the wiki page:

"The Mpemba effect, named after Erasto Batholomeo Mpemba (b.1950) in
1963, is the observation that, in some circumstances, warmer water can
freeze faster than colder water."

Although the original observation was made in 1963 (if you do not take
into account Aristotle's observation some 2300 years earlier) when he
was still at school, the experiments and joint publication with Dr.
Denis G. Osborne did not happen until 1969. "They published the results
together in 1969, while Mpemba was studying at the College of African
Wildlife Management."

How could an observation verified in 1969 have been named after Mpemba
in 1963?
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Old January 3rd 18, 08:41 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
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occam wrote:
On 29/12/2017 22:25, Rene Lamontagne wrote:
On 12/29/2017 12:29 PM, Paul wrote:
wrote:
On December 31, 2017 at exactly midnight, all computers running Windows
8.x and Windows 10, will crash and never work again. Microsoft never
told anyone that Windows 8.x and 10 expires on this date. As these
computers crash, the entire internet will fail and all electrical
service will cease to function worldwide.

Prepare now. Buy ice chests and ice for your beer, and have a few
flashlights available so you can grab the right kind of beer from the
cooler.....

Who needs an ice chest ?

It's -20C outside. You stick your beer outside
for 20 minutes, and "it's ready".

The coldest spot in Canada right now, at this very
instant, is -46C (a place between Yukon territory and BC).
An excellent time for these experiments.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpemba_effect

Paul


I had not heard of the Mpemba effect. Thanks for the pointer.

There is a puzzle in the first sentence of the wiki page:

"The Mpemba effect, named after Erasto Batholomeo Mpemba (b.1950) in
1963, is the observation that, in some circumstances, warmer water can
freeze faster than colder water."

Although the original observation was made in 1963 (if you do not take
into account Aristotle's observation some 2300 years earlier) when he
was still at school, the experiments and joint publication with Dr.
Denis G. Osborne did not happen until 1969. "They published the results
together in 1969, while Mpemba was studying at the College of African
Wildlife Management."

How could an observation verified in 1969 have been named after Mpemba
in 1963?


One of the reasons I provided that article, is the absurdity of it all.

Other properties of water have been studied with great precision. That
one, not quite as much.

When I was younger, some effort went into debunking this one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywater

We know a great deal about ice, because studying the phases
is something you can do while drinking coffee :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice

"Subjected to higher pressures and varying temperatures, ice
can form in 16 separate known phases. With care, all these phases
except ice X can be recovered at ambient pressure and low temperature
in metastable form."

That means you can throw an "unstable ice cube" in your drink.
I wonder if the grocery store sells bags of those ? With
a best before date. "Product may have settled... due to metastability"

Paul
 




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