evil_C wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:21 pm
Am I the only one not to know what's going on in that picture?
It's never funny when you have to explain it...but...
Once upon a time, when International Business Machine (IBM) was just starting off to become the business automation giant of the world, it used what would be called IBM cards to transfer data in and out of large main frame computers.
Normal citizens might get one of these cards with their bills, and they were stamped with the words "please do not fold, spindle or mutilate"...as doing so would keep them from being read by the automated card readers and slow down the processing of your payment toward your bill. This would be the opposite of the desired effect of automation, which was to speed up payment from the customers to the businesses.
And yes, I worked with these machines in high school and at university, writing programs in COBOL (common business-oriented language)...a time without exploited program vulnerabilities...
I'm so old I scare myself.
Original 1978 Fluted Afromosia LP12, Ekos 2, Lyra Kleos SL and lots of other stuff from the 70's that still work fine.