"Jo Anne Effect" defined

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There was a question about the "Jo Anne Effect" in another thread. In case anyone's interested, here's a link to a succinct definition of the JAE:

Jo Anne Effect

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.com), January 07, 1999


If this is to be the official definition of the JoAnne Effect (and I assume that it is if Ms. Slavin is retaining the copyright), then I submit that it is a definition not worth having as it is too narrowly focused.

The effect as described in the article referenced above is limited to a very narrow subset of a much larger class of problems, namely the improper handling of future date information greater than or equal to 1/1/2000. To limit the description of the effect to accounting purposes is to deny that the problem can (and indeed already has) occured in a host of systems not related to financial applications. It makes it sound like an isolated problem when in fact it is a problem that presents the chance of Y2K failure before 1/1/2000 in each and every system that projects dates into the future.

-- Paul Neuhardt (neuhardt@ultranet.com), January 08, 1999.

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