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However, on a serious note, this pandemic is turning out to be a bigger scam than Y2k was.
1) Y2K wasn't a "scam" - it took me six months of hard work to ensure that all company systems would operate properly post 01/01/2000, and a lot of that time was finding a data-compatible replacement for the elderly UNIX box running the company accounts system - which would have failed, and temporarily crippled the company cashflow while it was sorted out.
Y2K looked like a scam because a heck of a lot of people in a heck of a lot of fields worked damn hard to make sure that nothing untoward happened (except under controlled conditions to prove there was / wasn't a problem). If we had all ignored it, the company would have returned to work in early january to find the only way to find out if a £10M+ turnover company that traded world wide through a distributor network was owed money, and if so by who, and what for was to go through the mountains of paperwork in the archives and start cross-correlating again ...
2) Covid is not a joke: it may be a "minor inconvenience" for the young and fit, but they can still infect others, and older, more vulnerable people do not have an easy time ot it, if they even survive. And that includes your parents, grandparents, their friends, your older coworkers, your neighbours, the people who sell you stuff, clean up after you, stack the shelve so you can buy crap, and on, and on ...
If you aren't young, fit, and healthy this is a killer, or if not makes you wish it had - and remember that athletes have been struck down and even killed: Here Is The List Of Sports Stars Who Died Of COVID-19[^]
The attitude of "I'm all right Jack" is fine, but when you assume it's a scam and a joke you mean "I don't care about anyone else but me" and that stinks.
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Yeah, and we just celebrated our 40th year of 'torture' in isolation.
Which wasn't so bad. We dislike most restaurants as they are too noisy and all the same.
We are very good cooks and made an amazing Salmon Wellington for our dinner.
And all the wine we wanted as we didn't have to drive home.
"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."
They are saying that this may end up being an annual virus like the flu or common cold. So, in that respect, you are correct. Of course the death rate is about 4 or 5 times that of the flu (may be higher), but people will get use to it and take it for granted. History is a bitch; even when death is on the line, people learn to accept what they can not change.
I have been doing research on many subjects resonantly. Did you know that approximately 39 thousand deaths in the USA can be contributed to MSG additives in foods. That is higher than the average number of people dying from the flu each year. Of course that was a shallow research dive and I do not know if that is correct, but it is amazing what people will accept (or ignore) and take for granted.
"Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence." - Edsger Dijkstra
"I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. " - Daniel Boone
I've considered setting up a browser in a VM and saying yes to every notification/push request I get there. I wonder how long it would take for it to become totally unusable because of the notifications coming in.
How many people say yes to them? Must be enough to make it worthwhile.