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This goes past belief ... we are doomed ... but the fall is too funny!
Laughing down the path to mass death ...
Civilization is embarking on a Dodo Doom:
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Ohio Boy Stopped From Y2K Solving
Tuesday, 30 March 1999 20:02 (GMT), (UPI Focus)
MAYFIELD, Ohio, March 30 (UPI) - An 11-year-old boy hired this month by an Ohio school system to make its computers Y2K compliant, will not be allowed to complete his task. The state Bureau of Employment Services says (Tuesday) that, except for certain jobs, children must have permits to work in Ohio and work permits for an 11-year-old can't be issued while school is in session.
Laughing & groaning too much to type the obvious questions
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-- Leska (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 30, 1999
This one takes the cake.
-- Ashton (email@example.com), March 30, 1999.
UM, I don't see a problem with the logic. I see a problem with putting an eleven year old boy in charge of remediating. Leska if you don't you seriously need to stop smoking whatever it is that causes you to be so obtuse. Work is work and you can't put a kid in the Y2K remediation staff and ecpect everything to be okay no matter how much of a computer "Doogie Howser" he is. I sure as hell wouldn't want eleven year old in charge of fixing gas station computers. The absurdity of this situation is that they had the kid doing any work at all.
-- (`@``.com), March 30, 1999.
I can vouch for the original story, though. It came off the AP wire. I tried myself to scan the article onto this forum but I'm not talented enough for that. The article was published in the Ashtabula, Ohio Star-Beacon about a week ago.
The jist of the story was that this kid would be paid minimum wage to do no more than pop in a floppy into all the class-room computers to check for compliancy. None of the school system's "system" computers were to be tested by him. Several teachers and parents protested the whole thing. I'm glad to see this idiocy was ended, myself.
Dang...I wish I could've figured out how to post the original.
Long time lurker, shy poster... Christa
-- christa (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 30, 1999.
We're not smoking anything and we're not obtuse. It's a bizarre & funny-sad article in many ways. Of course there's more to the story, but the way UPI presented, short, is a hoot.
Just got back from the first City of Portland Year 2000 Council Meeting. Oh dear, everything discussed on this Forum is coming to pass out there in the "real" world. Well-meaning systemic-clueless industry spokespeople glossing over the monster lurking around the corner. Paul Milne really is correct in urging all who can to get out of the cities. At least we'll die laughing, and we'll never come back :-)
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-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (email@example.com), March 30, 1999.
Look at the bureaucratic response to well-meaning (maybe poorly executed, but well-meaning) "solution" to a real-world problem.
Have knowledgeable kid (the teachers can't do it?) put floppy disk in (old) PC's at school. Find out which may fail due to Y2K issues. (Bureacratic response after floppy is inserted = "We are ready....." but that is a different story.)
Government types find out kid is doing something useful - want useful work stopped.
And you wonder why I feel government bureacrats are incapable of responding to the millions and millions of failures that will be coming? They don't (in general) know how to respond to anything "out of the book", and don't want (in general) to make decisions "not by the book."
So what happens when the "book" fails?
-- Robert A Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (Cook.R@csaatl.com), March 31, 1999.
Hi Leska! Totally off topic, but I was just wondering if you have seen the new Hospice stamp? It's really sweet.
-- Gayla Dunbar (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 31, 1999.
Gayla, hi there :-) No, haven't seen it, didn't know about it. Will check Post Office next time. Thanx
-- Leska (email@example.com), April 01, 1999.