Originally posted by FrostForests
I think, however, for at least a good portion of these types of people, and not all by any means, that the december 2012 idea at least really sparked
something in them, game them that push to prepare, and perhaps, is the number one reason that they prepare.
But no one will admit it. It's a taboo topic for prepper types.
The other possibility is that it is a Straw Man argument you made up, and now you can't accept the fact that people are telling you that's not true.
Instead, you claim they are lying about it. In any scientific test you have to be able to accept the null hypothesis, but you won't do it because
your mind is made up that December 21st is a driving factor. Not-Good-Science, my friend.
RE: The idea that "Y2K is lame" (from another poster.)
Not true at all. That was much more of a real threat than 12/21/2012. I worked on the issue. Millions of hours were put in by people like me to ensure
nothing happened. That single event was probably responsible for more computer upgrades than any other reason in history.
In the early days of computing: the 50's, 60's, 70's, and even the 80's computer memory was EXTREMELY valuable. You guys running around with
multi-gig hard drives and a few gigs of RAM have no idea. As late as the early 80's a 300 megabyte hard drive cost $45,000. Mine is 500 gigs, over
1600 times bigger, and cost, what? $100? That's like $66 MILLION in 1980 terms,
Every byte was valuable territory so if you could store the date with two digits instead of four, you did it. If you didn't, you'd get fired for
being wasteful. To store the number "19" in a date was considered superfulous because nobody thought their computer programs would still be running
in the year 2000. And everyone set up the entire computing infrastructure to accommodate the 2-digit year.
I myself had written an accounting program that was affected. In my case, it was a simple fix in the code I just worked around, bit the point is I had
to discover it and touch it to fix it, and that's what thousands of people did all over the world.
So, no, Y2K was VERY real, and the issue was not "lame" at all. It's only from today's myopic perspective. where we wallow in free memory and
can't conceive of a time when it actually cost real money, that anyone would suggest such. That was a real disaster diverted by the nerds of the