President and Congress Reach Compromise on Y2K Billgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Here's the first story to come out about this:
President, Congress Reach Y2K Compromise (Robert MacMillan, Newsbytes)
-- pshannon (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 29, 1999
The compromise bill still tries to lessen the amount of Year 2000- related lawsuits that may be filed by forcing plaintiffs to allow defendants between 30 and 90 days, depending on circumstances, to acknowledge and fix the problems caused by Year 2000-related breakdowns. This is done to encourage alternative dispute resolution.
It's also done to allow slackers more time. It will also encourage scoffers to "fix on failure".
I don't make many predictions. :-) But I'm going to go out on a limb here: a decade from now, this provision of the bill will be viewed universally as one of the worst things that could have been done at this time.
-- Lane Core Jr. (email@example.com), June 29, 1999.
If you can't succeed fairly, change the rules!
-- Mr. Adequate (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 30, 1999.
Thanks for the heads-up ps, as usual...
Any of our hounds got a link to the actual document? I doubt it will matter much. Get ready for a tidal-wave of Mumbo-Jumbo. AT&T, IBM, MS, etc. can generate a whole bunch of M-J... <:)=
-- Sysman (email@example.com), June 30, 1999.
So if my power, water, and phone are off for up to 90 days, no problem, right?
-- Mad Monk (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 30, 1999.
Yes, Patrick, thanks for the link.
When anybody finds a link to the text of the bill, please post it. :-)
And, while I'm out on that limb, one more prediction: a decade from now, it will be arguable that this bill (if enacted) actually tended to increase the amount of Y2K litigation rather than to decrease it.
-- Lane Core Jr. (email@example.com), June 30, 1999.