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'Been looking for the expected draft of Ed Yourdon's upcoming testimony at his Website. I thought it might have been posted by now. Did I miss something?

Also--details regarding the hearing have not yet been officially posted on the Senate site. Is the hearing still scheduled for May 25th?

Just curious.


-- FM (, May 17, 1999


The hearing is definitely on; I've gotten a letter of invitation from Senator Bennett himself. Paloma O'Riley, from the Cassandra Project, is one of the other panelists; there will also be representatives from two community-preparedness groups. The hearing begins at 9:30 AM in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in beautiful downtown Burbank ... er, um, I mean Washington.

Several people have suggested to me that it would not be a good idea to post the drafts of my testimony on the forum, or anywhere else on the Internet, because it create a feeding frenzy for the trolls and lurkers. I've sent the first draft to approx a dozen colleagues, plus members of my family, to solicit their feedback and suggestions.

I'll definitely be posting my written testimony on my site on the day of the hearing.

-- Ed Yourdon (, May 17, 1999.

Thank you kindly.

Now, in the hope that those of us outside the beltway don't have to wait to "read all about it," how about if we all send a request for coverage to C-Span? Even if you've already sent an email, now that the event is close at hand, another might help.

The email address is:


-- FM (, May 17, 1999.

I sent my email. Just waiting for a reply.

-- y2k dave (, May 17, 1999.

Ed: DON'T DO IT! I thought you were a smart guy. You've been around the block enough times to know how Washington works. Why aggravate yourself and waste your time? You think they are going to listen to you in your five minutes of fame? Half the bozos will be napping or taking a leak. The other half will be on the phone.

They will thank you, and maybe get together a report around, say, 2000-11-25. You expect them to do anything timely and that makes sense? You said it yourself in one of your essays: [Essentially] it's the 9th inning and the bozos are behind 100-1 and they're going to pull the game out of the fire? It could happen (in your dreams), but that's not the way to bet. Sheesh!

-- A (, May 17, 1999.

Ed - Add the notes/comments from the latest thread showing "big business's lack of progress" - I think more than anything else, this follows exactly the scenario you outlines two years ago in TB 2000, establishes your "predictions" are coming out exactly as noted then, and that perhaps as much as 25% losses of the Fortune 500 could occur.

Also, add the latest two threads on CA county readiness, and the ones on Atlanta's absurb lack of progress to an appendix; these independent new stories can help show that real problems will occur at every level where remediation is late or incomplete.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (, May 17, 1999.

Shhh. Be vewy, vewy quiet. Don't inadvertently tip off the the lower level government pukes that something is wrong (some might hear your testimony). Let them frickin' DIE We need a revision of the productive/parasite ratio.

-- A (, May 18, 1999.

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