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B.C. Hydro left red-faced over Y2K test WebPosted Thu Jul 15 14:52:54 1999
CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. - New Year's came early to a generating station on Vancouver Island Tuesday though it wasn't exactly a celebration. B.C. Hydro was testing some of its equipment to see if it will stand up to the so-called Y2K bug. But when computer clocks turned to the year 2000, a lot of faces turned red.
The plan was to have the hydro station in Campbell River shut down unit G2 and restart it, just to prove that it's ready for Y2K.
They set the clock just before midnight on New Year's Eve. With unit G2 offline, the switching station in Duncan, 190 kilometers away, was going to bring it back online. But the best laid plans... B.C. Hydro's clocks didn't synchronize. It takes until 22 minutes into the theoretical New Year pass before unit G2 is back in operation. "Well there was a communication error in the test, but it's not an equipment fault by any means," explained James Richardson, spokesman for B.C. Hydro. In fact, as far as B.C. Hydro is concerned, the Y2K test was a success except for that one tiny communication problem. Duncan was using the wrong computer. The upshot seems to be that it's not the computers we have to worry about: it's the people.
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Yeah, I trust the computers more too.
Watch six and keep your...
-- eyes_open (email@example.com), July 16, 1999
The people in a position to know what is really going on have such irresistable incentives to lie (and in many cases a documented history --FAA, IRS, etc.) about Y2K compliance progress/prospects that it has gotten to the point that all I'm inclined to believe is bad news from people with motivation to tell only good news.
-- MinnesotaSmith (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 16, 1999.
no kidding, the computers are only going to stop or spew bad data or er, well, maybe explode stuff in ruptured pipes and reactors, ahem, but people are trouble, specially if they think they can get away with it.
afterwards maybe history will get it right and record what % of the mayhem was computers and what % was peoples' reactions and mob hell raisi
-- oo (email@example.com), July 16, 1999.
Well as this is from my "back yard" I am at least happy that they are testing now rather than finding out about it during the rollover.
-- Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 16, 1999.
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-- orP K2Y (email@example.com), July 16, 1999.
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-- Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 16, 1999.