COBOL Terminates CA Pay Plan
Not since the Terminator got crunched by that machine press has Arnold Schwarzenegger been so abused by retro-technology.
Schwarzenegger wants to slash the pay of state workers in California, but it's really hard to do because of the ancient COBOL systems that handle payroll.
From the NYT: "David J. Farber, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said using Cobol was roughly equivalent to having 'a television with vacuum tubes.'"
It's worse than that. TVs are easy to replace. COBOL systems, not so much -- and they are more-widespread than people think.