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(Fox News)   Treasure trove of fossils unearthed at a Silicon Valley construction site. Finds reported include 8-bit graphics processors, 64k memory chips, and COBOL and FORTRAN programmers   (foxnews.com ) divider line
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2014-07-08 08:39:31 AM  
Fortran is still in everyday use. Nothing beats it for large scale scientific computing.
 
2014-07-08 08:49:37 AM  
Good grief.  They found Cobol programmers?  I used to work for Micro Focus, so they probably dug up some of my cow-orkers ;)
 
2014-07-08 09:00:48 AM  
30 million years? I'm thinking vacuum tubes.

/or MUMPS developers
 
2014-07-08 09:03:50 AM  
I know someone who still has the original Altair 1k RAM board.
 
2014-07-08 09:49:22 AM  
Oh, you mean what I have support in government facilities and projects...
 
2014-07-08 10:29:10 AM  
COBOL is still in everyday use. Nothing beats it for large scale business computing.
 
2014-07-08 10:40:45 AM  
We still have one COBOL programmer on staff. Nothing beats it for large scale business computing.
 
2014-07-08 10:45:58 AM  
COBOL, it's got what large scale businesses crave.
 
2014-07-08 10:47:58 AM  
i291.photobucket.com

We still have one KOBOL programmer on staff. Nothing beats it for large scale business computing.
 
2014-07-08 10:56:12 AM  
Wait. ?..they're building a dam in Silicon Valley? It's state reps from areas like Silicon Valley that prevent dam building in the Central Valley.
 
2014-07-08 10:57:41 AM  
How about computer magazine ads offering 64K of ram at the blockbuster low price of ONLY $10,000?

(have one of those from 1978)
 
2014-07-08 11:00:44 AM  

limboslam: Wait. ?..they're building a dam in Silicon Valley? It's state reps from areas like Silicon Valley that prevent dam building in the Central Valley.


If you don't want to take the dam tour, get off the dam bus.
 
2014-07-08 11:08:13 AM  
Need to dig deeper.  They will find a few mainframe operators down there, too.  But don't get greedy and dig too deep.....
 
2014-07-08 11:09:19 AM  

urger: Fortran is still in everyday use. Nothing beats it for large scale scientific computing.


Watt four?
 
2014-07-08 11:10:20 AM  

rogue49: Oh, you mean what I have support in government facilities and projects...


Came here to say this.

Consider the alarm rung: When state (and lower) level IT falls completely apart in 8 years and costs are laughably high to fix, don't say you werent warned.

IL's IT system is a joke. A very expensive and inefficient joke.
 
2014-07-08 11:11:40 AM  

RyansPrivates: Need to dig deeper.  They will find a few mainframe operators down there, too.  But don't get greedy and dig too deep.....


...they may run into a Great Old One

web.mit.edu
 
2014-07-08 11:16:56 AM  

limboslam: Wait. ?..they're building a dam in Silicon Valley? It's state reps from areas like Silicon Valley that prevent dam building in the Central Valley.


Looks like they're replacing an existing dam at the outlet of the Calaveras Reservoir in the hills above Fremont.

Could be that the streams in those hills don't have endangered fish like the waterways in the Central Valley do.
 
2014-07-08 11:39:52 AM  
Koval is still in everyday use. Nothing beats it for large scale Las Vegas gaming.
 
2014-07-08 11:46:31 AM  
Anyone else kinda disappointed when they clicked the link and found out they were talking  actual fossils and not a bunch of old hardware like  subby claimed?
 
2014-07-08 11:52:20 AM  

Weidbrewer: Anyone else kinda disappointed when they clicked the link and found out they were talking  actual fossils and not a bunch of old hardware like  subby claimed?


[Thatsthejoke.jpg]
 
hej
2014-07-08 11:53:31 AM  
The last job I worked still had a core team of COBOL programmers on staff.  Nothing beats it for causing pain and suffering to everybody who has to integrate modern systems with it.
 
2014-07-08 11:55:00 AM  
I only use COBOL and Fortran ironically.  Nothing beats them for uhhh......something or other... ...hipster.....neck beard.....

/nullpointererror
 
2014-07-08 12:22:42 PM  

hej: The last job I worked still had a core team of COBOL programmers on staff.  Nothing beats it for causing pain and suffering to everybody who has to integrate modern systems with it.


Same here.  Worked for an insurance company.  Every attempt to replace their legacy COBOL applications with something modern just created a hybrid that was even more unwieldy.  Too much business logic was tied up in the COBOL code base to implement and debug.
 
2014-07-08 12:59:34 PM  

Desmostylus, a hippo-like amphibian

Courtesy of the Museum of Bad Photoshops:

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

 
2014-07-08 01:08:13 PM  
10 Print "Who needs COBOL?"
20 Print "That system is SO outdated."
30 Print "When are you losers going to get with the times?"
40 End
 
2014-07-08 01:15:14 PM  
When I was a high school student they introduced the first computer course at my high school. FORTRAN was the teaching language, although the teacher had the fore-sight to teach a bit of BASIC, and COBOL was the must-have language for those going on to work in the field. We did our practical lab work at a near-by multinational on dumb terminals and made our programmes up on punch cards which compiled on a card reader.

The big things were 1) a text-based video game that was the first thing of its kind in computing many years earlier and 2) ASCII art including such wonders as ASCII porn, the Mona Lisa, kittens, and that stupid picture of dimbulb there, whatzhername, Farrah Faucet Drip Dry.

Some of us knew about hackers who could make the big tape drive machines walk. Once a guy was killed that way--crushed between two washing machine-sized drives made to walk remotely by hackers.

I always find the name of Bender's favourite tipple, OLD FORTRAN, mildly amusing because I get the reference and because it does sound like a kind of cheap whiskey. FORTRAN is an acronym of Formula Translation.

Yes, back when Bill Gates was a pimply-faced teenager and thousandaire, I was writing code and realizing that computer science was not for me any more than accounting or other detail-oriented work was.

 A computer is just a microwave oven with a cellphone attached. I can remember when they had really flimsy drink holders built in.

WHY THE HELL DID NOBODY EVER MAKE THE CDROM DRIVES STURDY ENOUGH TO HOLD A BEVERAGE?  Seriously. It's the most obvious invention in the history of the world. Especially back in the day when you could wash your keyboards in a dishwasher. You can't do that with most keyboards nowadays. Too many built in gadgets.

J'ai plus de souvenirs que si j'avais mille ans.--Charles Baudelaire
 
2014-07-08 01:47:29 PM  

SpinStopper: Good grief.  They found Cobol programmers?  I used to work for Micro Focus, so they probably dug up some of my cow-orkers ;)


We still have some Cobol programmers.....and I have a few PC's using micro focus...oh how I hates it....

/a whole separate image because of that crap....*sigh*
 
2014-07-08 02:05:12 PM  
Fox reporting fossils that are 20 Million years old? When did Noah get around to putting into the ground before the earth was ever created?
 
2014-07-08 02:10:49 PM  
COBOL is still in everyday use. Nothing beats it for large scale business computing.

this, suck it COBOL-haters.
I sure miss coding COBOL and writing JCL
 
2014-07-08 03:00:50 PM  

brantgoose: WHY THE HELL DID NOBODY EVER MAKE THE CDROM DRIVES STURDY ENOUGH TO HOLD A BEVERAGE?


There are dedicated cup holders for 5.25" bays that you can buy.  Now with bonus cigarette lighter.

images.geeksimages.com
 
2014-07-08 04:37:43 PM  

brantgoose: When I was a high school student they introduced the first computer course at my high school. FORTRAN was the teaching language, although the teacher had the fore-sight to teach a bit of BASIC, and COBOL was the must-have language for those going on to work in the field. We did our practical lab work at a near-by multinational on dumb terminals and made our programmes up on punch cards which compiled on a card reader.

The big things were 1) a text-based video game that was the first thing of its kind in computing many years earlier and 2) ASCII art including such wonders as ASCII porn, the Mona Lisa, kittens, and that stupid picture of dimbulb there, whatzhername, Farrah Faucet Drip Dry.

Some of us knew about hackers who could make the big tape drive machines walk. Once a guy was killed that way--crushed between two washing machine-sized drives made to walk remotely by hackers.

I always find the name of Bender's favourite tipple, OLD FORTRAN, mildly amusing because I get the reference and because it does sound like a kind of cheap whiskey. FORTRAN is an acronym of Formula Translation.

Yes, back when Bill Gates was a pimply-faced teenager and thousandaire, I was writing code and realizing that computer science was not for me any more than accounting or other detail-oriented work was.

 A computer is just a microwave oven with a cellphone attached. I can remember when they had really flimsy drink holders built in.

WHY THE HELL DID NOBODY EVER MAKE THE CDROM DRIVES STURDY ENOUGH TO HOLD A BEVERAGE?  Seriously. It's the most obvious invention in the history of the world. Especially back in the day when you could wash your keyboards in a dishwasher. You can't do that with most keyboards nowadays. Too many built in gadgets.

J'ai plus de souvenirs que si j'avais mille ans.--Charles Baudelaire


That's not how any of this works!
 
2014-07-08 04:41:42 PM  
I trust they've thought this dam thing all the way through...

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-08 06:14:53 PM  
mumps, dear god, our old accounting system was written in mumps.
 
2014-07-08 09:57:10 PM  
I'd happily hire 10 good iSeries/COBOL programmers and 10 good mainfame/Assembler programmers right now.
 
2014-07-09 05:47:01 AM  

Benny_Hill: I'd happily hire 10 good iSeries/COBOL programmers and 10 good mainfame/Assembler programmers right now.


That's the kind of line that's just ASKING for a Yakkity Sax theme song.
 
2014-07-09 07:45:23 AM  

Qaiwolf: That's the kind of line that's just ASKING for a Yakkity Sax theme song.


Indeed :-)

Still a true statement though.  I've got a team of 40 or so COBOL programmers and a bit under half as many Assembler programmers right now, I'd love to have at least 10 more of each.
 
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