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the y2k bug come to my mind. on a 8bit computer one byte per date is a huge space optimization, but i don't believe that mainframe COBOL programmers had to be that careful.
also, i remember reading about an "optimization" of the old day ms-dos assembly programmers using the inability of i8086 to address more than 1MB so they wouldn't mind generating segment:offset addresses that past the megabyte barrier, because it will roll over and map into the address space of the zeroth+ segment. this of course caused latter compatibility issues.
there was a similar man made "optimization" problem on the first mc68000 Amiga's, but i don't recall enough info to check what was the trick there.
As a bit of a sock nazi I DO actually miss one feature in my current socks:
- which socks belong together,and could help sort them out
I struggle each morning to find two matching socks.
They're all black, of the same fabric, and the same product line, but some are older than others, some are shorter, some have been worn on my left foot and others on my right...
Sometimes I grab two socks, try them on both my feet, and then put one back and try another.
If only my socks came with a color code so I could keep them together (like a red/green/blue L on one and a same colored R on the other, that's "smart" enough for me)
Stoneyowl here: The latest Chrome browser does not show a login/password text box, so I had to login using my Facebook account (which I almost forgot I had).
Regardless, to comment on OG's IoT item: Working remote from home, and living in south Florida, I have not worn socks in over 2 years (except when my wife requires it) - flip flops are my foot apparel of choice
BTW: I just checked the login, and it works fine for me: I signed out, then signed back in via the email/password combo with no problems, and that is using Chrome Version 72.0.3626.96 (Official Build) (64-bit)
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Turned off AdBlock for this site, login works now. I would swear (&&%^#) that I had AdBlock on the previous machine Chrome browser, but I may have been running an older version
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long
Meanwhile, in the land where you don't fork out £16 per pair of socks, it's possible to have enough socks that you can wear a different pair each day, and put them in the wash when you've worn them once, rather than scrabbling around to find a pair that are "clean enough" like you're still in University.
"These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined." - Homer
who needs an app... I have a big Excel spreadsheet where I record the order, despatch and receipt date of all my socks, the dates on which I wore them (and with which shoes, including a link to the shoe sheet), the wash dates (and which socks were washed together, plus washing machine settings), plus of course a count of wearings and the date at which holes were first detected and eventually deemed "end-of-life".
and it was about 5 years later when the first one crashed (excluding hijacks) and even that was put down to crew missing / misreading a warning light. Barely any issue can be attributed to equipment failure (almost none if you disclude sub-par maintenance & repairs), and of those equipment failures most are engine issues.
These days we know better: modern testing measures, test to point of failure, automated testing, pre-release test audits/checklists/signoff etc etc etc and ...
...they not only knew how to build properly back then, but how to test too.
50 years on and still safer to fly in a 747 than cross a road.
(50 years ago cars' brakes were not as good as today, but OTOH back then we were smart enough not to bury our faces in them stoopid smart phones.)