Fri, 16 Oct 1998 14:28:31 +1000
At 12:20 PM 10/16/98 +1000, Tony Barry wrote:
>This sounds like an urban myth but that the thought that you could leave
>something learning on a keyboard and bring down an economy is worrying.
>Nearet I've come to it is continually getting phone calls from a mobile
>phone in a handbag which kept getting bumped.
>>From Net News 16 October 1998
>A mystery plunge on July 23 in the value of French bond futures was
>precipitated by a wave of 145 separate sell orders out of London, which
>price into freefall. Investigators have now found the reasons - a Salomon
>Brothers trader who leant on his keyboard, unknowingly triggering the
Well, several years ago in a great National Library (that shall be
nameless) a disgruntled worker jammed a pencil against the Enter key,
turned down the brightness on the monitor, and went home. This
resulted in several thousand empty records being added to a database,
which took considerable time to locate and delete.
Strange things - computer systems.