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  • 2015's 'Leap Second' Could Scramble Computers

    01/12/2015 7:45:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | | January 09, 2015 07:38am ET | Kelly Dickerson, Staff Writer
    This will be the 26th leap second added to a calendar year since the practice began in 1972. In the past, the extra second has messed with computer systems. The last leap second was added in 2012, and it caused problems for big companies like Reddit, LinkedIn, Gizmodo and FourSquare. The problem is that during the leap second, the computer clock shows 60 seconds instead of simply rolling over to the next minute, or shows the 59th second twice. The computer sees a leap second as time going backward, Matsakis said. The machine registers this as a system error, and...
  • This Eye-Opening Infographic Shows How Prepared Every State Is For A Natural Disaster

    11/29/2014 11:21:05 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 11-29-2014 | Matt Johnston
    Matt Johnston November 29, 2014The folks at have put together some crucial data about how safe we all are in one big and wonderful infographic. The first graphic below shows a map of the United States and the disasters most likely to hit certain parts of the country. also poured through the data to look at how each state is prepared for disaster. This is measured by each state's disaster budget per capita according to The results are very telling. Texas is in the worst shape, according to this data. They are ranked as the least safe...
  • Man emerges from bunker 14 years after Y2K scare

    12/17/2013 10:48:36 AM PST · by Daffynition · 81 replies ^ | December 11, 2013 | Peter Oldring
    January 1, 2000 was the day that our computers were meant to fail us and change our lives forever. It was also the day that 44 year old Norman Feller headed into his underground bunker over fears of the fallout from the Y2K virus. Remarkably Mr. Feller spent the next 14 years in isolation only to emerge this past September. In this touching documentary, Peter Oldring visits with Norman to learn more about his unbelievable decision to live underground.
  • Biblical Prophecy - Coast2Coast AM 09.05.10

    09/05/2010 4:46:13 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    Dr. Joye Pugh has been actively researching biblical prophecy for more than 30 years. She'll join George Noory for a discussion on the Mayans, the Holy Grail, King Arthur, Israel, Hitler, the Apocalypse, 2012 and the End Days.
  • Y2K and the Collapse of Modern Civilization

    12/28/2009 8:09:37 PM PST · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 818+ views
    The Progress Report ^ | c. 1999 | Fred E. Foldvary
    We now know how civilization could end, and exactly when. Not with a nuclear war, not with famine, and not with pestilence. No, the collapse of civilization might be caused by a ridiculous computer error. Something bad will happen on January 1, 2000. The problem is called the "millennium bug" or "year 2000" or Y2K, K meaning 1000. The problem began back in the 1950s when computers first came into use. Back then, believe it or not, computer users did not have TV- like monitors. The input medium was punched cards which held 80 characters. Those 80 characters were called...
  • Dallas-Fort Worth's 'modern survivalists' are ready for layoffs - or war

    04/06/2009 10:24:14 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies · 2,348+ views
    Dallas Star-Telegram ^ | 4/5/09 | MELODY McDONALD
    "I refer to myself as a modern survivalist, which means I don’t do without," Spirko explained. "I have a nice TV; I have nice furniture. We are not living in the sticks, but I take all of these things very seriously."
  • Urgent Help Needed 4 Freeper Kids 2,5,6,&9 What webs 2 rely on to know when to go 2 high alert?

    02/24/2009 8:56:11 AM PST · by steve0 · 46 replies · 1,344+ views
    Hey, I have 4 kids and I need to provide and protect them, as much as I can, from harm and hardship. There is too much conflicting information for one man to sort out. I have read that I should: 1. Watch news on the US. Treasury Auctions, as if less buyers or China doesn’t buy then I am justified in resorting to panic? 2. Panic when intrade World Crisis Index hits 75? 3. Panic when US service on debt gets close to or exceeds US revenue receipts? 4. Just before Obama nationalizes(which is imminent) the banks? Isn’t that...
  • Secret "closed door" meeting with Congress (3/14/08)

    03/31/2008 3:40:27 PM PDT · by RobRoy · 270 replies · 22,259+ views ^ | March 14th, 2008 | Liveleak
    Sent: Friday, March 14, 2008 4:20 PM Subject: CLOSED Congress Session Last Night: Only 4th Time In 176 Years ! SPECIAL "CLOSED SESSION" OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISCUSSED A LOT MORE THAN THE PENDING SECURITY SURVEILLANCE PROVISIONS! This was only the fourth time in 176 years that Congress has closed its doors to the public. What was it that they were discussing that they do NOT want us to know about? Word has begun leaking from last nights special, closed-door session of the United States House of Representatives. Not only did members discuss new surveillance provisions as was the...
  • Apocalypse Then - Remembering the Y2K Hysteria

    01/07/2009 11:27:20 AM PST · by XR7 · 60 replies · 2,203+ views
    Pyromaniacs ^ | 1/7/09 | Phil Johnson
    xactly ten years ago this week I preached in our church's morning service...It being the first Sunday of 1999, I decided to preach an appropriately forward-looking message on Matthew 6:34 and its context: "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself." In those days, the evangelical world was at the peak of the Y2K insanity, so I made reference to that issue in my message. At the time, Gary North was operating a heavily-trafficked website that included this: We've got a problem. It may be the biggest problem that the...
  • Microsoft's Zune players freeze on New Year's Eve

    12/31/2008 4:01:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies · 1,286+ views
    AP Technology ^ | Wednesday December 31, 6:15 pm ET | Jordan Robertson,
    Happy New Year from Microsoft Corp.: Your Zune is dead. Thousands of Microsoft's Zune media players -- the software company's answer to Apple Inc.'s iPod -- unexpectedly conked out Wednesday and showed users an error message, prompting references to "Y2K for Zunes." The problems appeared when people tried to start up their devices. Frustrated users lit up Microsoft's online support forum for Zunes with more than 2,500 messages by Wednesday afternoon. Late Wednesday, the Redmond, Wash.-based company said the outage affected only the 30-gigabyte Zune models and was caused by a problem with their internal clock. Microsoft expected the problem...
  • History's 10 biggest disappointments: from Y2K to Jar-Jar, don't believe the hype

    12/07/2008 3:18:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 45 replies · 1,739+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 7, 2008 | Reed Tucker
    When was the last time you waited 15 years for something? Besides the N train, that is? It's been a decade and a half since Guns N' Roses released its last album, but last week (no doubt in a bid to win himself a free bottle of Dr Pepper) mercurial Axl Rose finally unleashed "Chinese Democracy," and the result was . . . general indifference. Sorry, Axl. Maybe America was too busy watching that crazy person Britney Spears. Which is not to say "Chinese Democracy" doesn't have some decent songs. It does. But it is far from the world-devouring success...
  • Thousands Expect Apocalypse in 2012 (imspired partly by Mayan Calander)

    07/06/2008 2:33:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 119 replies · 426+ views
    AOL News ^ | July 6, 2008
    - Survival groups around the world are gearing up and counting down to a mysterious date that has been anticipated for thousands of years: Dec. 21, 2012. Across the United States, Canada and throughout Europe, apocalyptic sects and individuals say that is the day that the world as we know it will end, reports. Ancient Mayan societies, known for their advanced mathematics and astronomy, followed a "long count" calendar that lasted 5,126 years. When their charts are translated to the Gregorian calendar, the international standard used today, time runs out on Dec. 21, 2012. Believers say there are other...
  • Energy fears looming, new survivalists prepare

    05/24/2008 11:30:31 AM PDT · by decimon · 105 replies · 191+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2008 | Samantha Gross
    BUSKIRK — A few years ago, Kathleen Breault was just another suburban grandma, driving countless hours every week, stopping for lunch at McDonald's, buying clothes at the mall, watching TV in the evenings. That was before Breault heard an author talk about the bleak future of the world's oil supply. Now, she's preparing for the world as we know it to disappear. Breault cut her driving time in half. She switched to a diet of locally grown foods near her upstate New York home and lost 70 pounds. She sliced up her credit cards, banished her television and swore...
  • The Two Things To Know Before Your City is Nuked By Terrorists

    08/15/2007 4:41:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 253 replies · 7,277+ views ^ | August 15, 2007 | Douglas MacKinnon
    1.) Tragically, horrifyingly, but quite predictably, it’s going to happen. The only question being which American city or cities? In a recent conversation with a former high level intelligence operative of our government, I raised the possibility of terrorists successfully detonating a nuclear weapon within the United States. His response was sobering in its hopelessness. First, he stressed how grateful he was that he did not work in Washington, DC, and that his family lived far enough out to survive the coming nuclear blast. When I pressed him as to why he was so sure that Islamic terrorists – with...
  • Weak dollar prompts record foreign buyouts of U.S. companies

    10/02/2007 1:16:48 PM PDT · by LM_Guy · 42 replies · 218+ views ^ | 10/02/2007 | Robert Weisman
    European, Asian and Canadian companies are taking advantage of the weaker dollar to buy their U.S. counterparts at a record pace, increasing investment in the United States but also raising fears about a potential loss of jobs and autonomy. "We could be looking at the world's largest tag sale if we continue to see declines in the dollar," said Donald Klepper-Smith, chief economist at DataCore Partners. In the latest large deal aided by a weak dollar, Commerce Bancorp, which is based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, agreed Tuesday to be acquired by Toronto-Dominion Bank of Canada in a cash-and-shares deal...
  • Stop the US daylight saving madness!

    02/06/2007 11:44:25 AM PST · by snarkpup · 254 replies · 4,118+ views
    The Register ^ | Feb. 6, 2007 | (Pinsent Masons)
    US plans to change daylight saving hours this spring could wreak havoc on computer systems, Gartner claims. The analyst firm said utomated systems could run haywire this March. Disruptions could affect calendars, billing programs and security systems as well as undermining automated trading systems.
  • Year-End Computer Glitch Worries NASA

    11/09/2006 1:31:55 PM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 479+ views
    CBS News ^ | November 9, 2006
    Space shuttle Discovery was moved to the launch pad Thursday to await a launch that could be as early as Dec. 6 — an effort to avoid potential New Year's Eve computer glitches. The worry is that shuttle computers aren't designed to make the change from the 365th day of the old year to the first day of the new year while in flight. NASA has never had a shuttle in space Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. "We've just never had the computers up and going when we've transitioned from one year to another," said Discovery astronaut Joan Higginbotham. "We're...
  • Y2K-Like Fears Create Shuttle Scheduling Crunch

    11/06/2006 2:44:20 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies · 875+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-6-2006 | Kellt Young
    Y2K-like fears create shuttle scheduling crunch 22:07 06 November 2006 news service Kelly Young The shuttle Discovery is being prepared for a December launch in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Florida's Kennedy Space Center (Image: NASA) NASA hopes to get its next space shuttle off the launch pad and back on the ground by the end of 2006 in order to avoid the spectre of problems once ascribed to 'Y2K'. It is now considering moving the shuttle Discovery's planned lift-off ahead by one day, to 6 December. The space shuttle's computer software is about 30 years old and does...
  • Solar Flares Will Disrupt GPS In 2011

    09/29/2006 2:38:15 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies · 1,247+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9-29-2006 | Jeff Hecht
    Solar flares will disrupt GPS in 2011 14:29 29 September 2006 news service Jeff Hecht Navigation, power and communications systems that rely on GPS satellite navigation will be disrupted by violent solar activity in 2011, research shows. A study reveals Global Positioning System receivers to be unexpectedly vulnerable to bursts of radio noise produced by solar flares, created by explosions in the Sun's atmosphere. When solar activity peaks in 2011 and 2012, it could cause widespread disruption to aircraft navigation and emergency location systems that rely heavily on satellite navigation data. Particularly intense solar activity occurs roughly every 11...
  • Networking: Y2K hangover finally ending?

    06/08/2006 2:24:39 PM PDT · by 2Jim_Brown · 12 replies · 517+ views
    UPI ^ | June 5, 2006 | UPI
    Remember the Y2K panic back in 1999? That was the largely unfounded and shamelessly hyped by rapaciously greedy computer companies fear that all computers would cease functioning on Jan. 1, 2000, at midnight, due to somewhat inept programming and planning back in the early days of the digital age. Never happened. But what did happen was that corporations all over the globe stocked up on computers. Lots of computers. Servers. PCs. Workstations. You name it. They wanted to be ready for the big breakdown at the millennium. Then, the computer business stalled for a few years. Now, sources are telling...
  • Thoughts On Urban Survival (Post-Collapse Life in Argentina)

    10/29/2005 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 187 replies · 11,738+ views
    Frugal Squirrels ^ | Oct. 20, 2005 | Fernando, an Argentine Architect
    Thoughts On Urban Survival (Post-Collapse Life in Argentina) My brother visited Argentina a few weeks ago. He’s been living in Spain for a few years now. Within the first week, he go sick, some kind of strong flu, even though climate isn’t that cold and he took care of himself. Without a doubt he got sick because there are lots of new viruses in my country that can’t be found in 1st world countries. The misery and famine lead us to a situation where, even though you have food, shelter and health care, most of others don’t, and therefore they...
  • Let's Stop Scaring Ourselves

    12/14/2004 7:13:54 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 42 replies · 1,831+ views
    PARADE Magazine ^ | 12/5/04 | Michael Crichton
    This year I turned 62, and I find I have acquired—along with aches and pains—a perspective on the world that I lacked as a younger person. I now recognize that for most of my life I have felt burdened by highly publicized fears that decades later did not turn out to be true. I was reminded of this when I came across this 1972 statement about climate: “We simply cannot afford to gamble…We cannot risk inaction. Those scientists who [disagree] are acting irresponsibly. The indications that our climate can soon change for the worse are too strong to be reasonably...

    09/12/2004 7:36:34 AM PDT · by Keyes2000mt · 41 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Southern Illinoisan ^ | 09/12/2004 | Jim Muir
    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- Speaking with the fervor of an evangelist at a tent revival, Alan Keyes, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, made a campaign swing through Southern Illinois last week, marking his first visit to the area. Keyes made appearances in Marion and Mount Vernon to rally downstate support in his race against Democratic candidate Barack Obama. During both stops Keyes said Democrats are in for a surprise on Nov. 2. "I don't care what the pundits say. This state on election day is going to go Republican up and down the ticket," Keyes predicted. Keyes joined the race...
  • Have nukes will travel

    09/03/2004 12:46:25 PM PDT · by MikeJ75 · 12 replies · 686+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 28, 2004 | James Gordon Prather
    Soon after the Warsaw Pact collapsed in 1989, Bush the Elder began retrieving the thousands of "tactical" nukes we had forward deployed in NATO countries for use against invading Warsaw Pact armies. Did the Soviet Union follow suit? Well, no. It turns out that, although the Soviet Union had more than 15,000 tactical nukes for use against invading NATO armies, none had ever been deployed outside the Soviet Union. Apparently, we are the only nuke power that has ever based our nukes – tactical and strategic – in foreign countries. Why bring that up now? Well, President Bush has just...
  • Y2K WSJ: Millenium terrorist plan thwarted by plain luck - Officials "blindsided"

    04/11/2004 2:51:23 PM PDT · by nwrep · 11 replies · 179+ views
    Wall Street Journal | Mar 8, 2000. | Neil King Jr. and David S. Cloud
    Some important points in the article below: 1. Clinton officials refused to act on intelligence memo which warned of possible terrorist attacks "specifically targeting American citizens" citing lack of specifics. 2. Clarke were blindsided by the customs agent apprehending Ressam, by their own admission. 3. Clarke's so called "Millennial Plan" focused on overseas threats only. 4. Despite his obsession with overseas threats, Clarke could not predict or stop USS Cole 9 months later. ***************************************************************************************************** On High Alert: Casting a Global Net, U.S. Security Forces Survive Terrorist Test By Neil King Jr. and David S. Cloud. Wall Street Journal....
  • (reprise) DFU SONG: Christmas 2003 - The 12 Days of Christmas (FReeper gonzo and Y2K)

    12/19/2003 7:03:16 AM PST · by doug from upland · 2 replies · 154+ views
    DFU CHRISTMAS SONGS | Christmas 2003 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    Bringing back a song for my pal gonzo. He was the FReeper most prepared for trouble during the Y2K hype. This is destined to be a Christmas classic. MIDI - 12 DAYS OF GONZO - 1st version On the 1st of Y2K at gonzo’s house you’ll see…a sniper nest up in the tree On the 2nd of Y2K at gonzo’s house you’ll see 2 .45s…and a sniper nest up in the tree On the 3rd of Y2K at gonzo’s house you’ll see 3 Remingtons…2 .45s…and a sniper nest up in the tree On the 4th of Y2K at gonzo’s house...
  • (Pat) Robertson defends Liberian president; blames US State Department

    07/10/2003 8:47:18 AM PDT · by mhking · 62 replies · 492+ views
    MSNBC / Washington Post ^ | 7.10.03 | Alan Cooperman
    July 10 — Charles Taylor, the Liberian president who has been indicted by an international court for crimes against humanity, has few remaining supporters in the United States. But one prominent American who has stuck with the West African leader is religious broadcaster and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson. IN RECENT BROADCASTS of his cable TV show “The 700 Club,” watched by an estimated 1 million households, Robertson has defended Taylor as a fellow Baptist and Liberia’s “freely elected” leader. The “horrible bloodbath” taking place in Liberia, he has repeatedly said, is the fault of the State Department. “So we’re...
  • Alleged terrorist missing after being deported

    03/04/2003 2:30:14 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 199+ views
    Canada Press ^ | March 4, 2003 | BRIAN DALY
    MONTREAL (CP) - The family of accused terrorist collaborator Mourad Ikhlef said Monday they fear for his life after he went missing following his deportation to Algeria. Ikhlef, who was flown to Algiers from Montreal on Friday, had claimed he might be killed if he were sent back to his North African homeland. An official with the federal Immigration Department, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Ikhlef's deportation on Monday, adding the department didn't know his whereabouts. "I don't know what the situation is," said the official. "I'm not even going to speculate why he hasn't shown." Ikhlef's brother,...
  • State of the Union: A Libertarian Response

    01/30/2003 9:43:59 AM PST · by Undecided · 100 replies · 537+ views
    This isn’t the first time in our history that we’ve had the possibility of dangerous weapons in the hands of a leader we didn’t trust, and this won’t be the first time we’ve responded to this possible threat with a military assault. In 1992, the U.S. federal government conducted a military siege at Ruby Ridge, ultimately killing Randy Weaver's dog, son and wife. Mr. Weaver was suspected of being a cult leader, hording weapons and ammunition for anti-government purposes. The government was never able to prove their allegations, but ends-justify-the-means justice was the explanation for the loss of life. Did...
  • Papa Smurf runs for Senate

    10/05/2002 11:28:59 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 2 replies · 361+ views ^ | 10-05-02
    Papa Smurf Runs For SenateLibertarian U.S. Senate candidate Stan Jones, speaks Sept. 23 during a debate at the Great Falls Civic Center in Great Falls, Mont. Jones has a distinct blue-gray skin color, the result of taking too much of an anti-bacterial form of pure silver. (CBS) GREAT FALLS, Montana — Montana's Libertarian candidate for Senate has turned blue from drinking a silver solution that he believed would protect him from disease. Stan Jones, a 63-year-old business consultant and part-time college instructor, said he started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that Y2K disruptions might lead to a shortage...
  • Y2K leftovers.........who's got some? VANITY

    04/23/2002 11:39:46 AM PDT · by MomwithHope · 84 replies · 511+ views
    vanity | 4/23/02 | MomwithHope
    As I was using up some of our last dozen canned vegetables, I remembered all the threads prior to Y2K. People were stockpiling all kinds of stuff. I remember someone posting that they had 500 rolls of toilet paper in an outdoor shed. So I thought it might be fun to see who still has any Y2K leftovers and maybe share creative ways we are using them up. Speaking for our house, the canned vegetables have come in handy as we like stews and homemade soups. About a dozen cans is all we have left. Did you have leftovers you...