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Here's the first of my two contributions for the evening (before I collapse for the night). Quoting from myself at:
45% Of Britain's Top 1000 Businesses Haven't Even Completed Embedded Chip Inventory Yet
(London Sunday Times)
This is not good news:
**ALMOST half of Britain's top 1,000 companies look set to fail in their attempts to prepare for the millennium computer bug.
**Taskforce 2000, an independent adviser on the problem, and Dibb Lupton Alsop, the law firm, are expected to reveal on Tuesday that about 45% of the companies have failed to complete an inventory of embedded computer chips in their organisations, which means they are a long way behind schedule in solving the problem.
**The largest survey into business and the bug, conducted by Business Strategies, a forecasting consultancy, is also expected to reveal that just 44% of companies have spent more than 60% of their millennium time bomb budgets and that 10% of companies did not even start tackling the problem until last year.
**Robin Guenier, Taskforce 2000's director, has long said almost the entire budget should have been spent by now to allow time for testing and further remedial work before the clock strikes midnight on December 31.
I will say again, as I have many times before, that Britain is supposed to be a Y2K leader. If this is the state of affairs there, what's it like in other countries?
Drew Parkhill/CBN News
-- Drew Parkhill (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 1999
thanks Drew. I wish my browser had a button that could roll up your article and shove it up Declan's ass.
-- a (email@example.com), January 18, 1999.
There's a small chance I may go back to the UK from the US for rollover - now I'm not so sure, have been watching the UK for a while and there are a lot of problems - there are many many entities in the UK that won't make it.
Two digits. One mechanism. The smallest mistake.
"The conveniences and comforts of humanity in general will be linked up by one mechanism, which will produce comforts and conveniences beyond human imagination. But the smallest mistake will bring the whole mechanism to a certain collapse. In this way the end of the world will be brought about."
Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, 1922 (Sufi Prophet)
"We're doomed I tell ye, doomed!"
Private Frazer, Dad's Army, Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard, 1939 (Undertaker)
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), January 19, 1999.
If I recall correctly, Paloma O'Riley, head of the Cassandra Project, left Britain for the US because she preferred to be here for Y2K.
-- Drew Parkhill/CBN News (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 19, 1999.