Elec. Telegraph: Ignoring Y2K Bug = Jobs at Risk

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ISSUE 1531 Wednesday 4 August 1999

Ignoring Millennium bug 'puts jobs at risk', By Robert Uhlig, Technology Correspondent JOBS are at risk because a "hard core" of Britain's small companies are failing to take action against the Millennium bug, a Government adviser has warned.

Gwynneth Flower, managing director of Action 2000, said: "This could be the downfall of British business, this lack of perception of the risk shows a worrying short-sightedness." The hotels and restaurants industry was particularly at risk, and Ms Flower said that almost half the firms in that sector were unlikely to be ready in time.

Companies which do not eradicate the bug from their computer systems could find themselves unable to undertake simple operations such as checking customer records, taking orders or sending out goods. They may not even be able to open their premises or operate lighting or heating systems.

Action 2000's latest State of the Nation survey found that about 80,000 medium-sized businesses have not done enough to tackle the computer problem, saying that the stubborn few were foolishly putting their employees' and share- holders' interests at risk.

Ms Flower said: "I have led the business horse to water, I have even kicked it up the backside, but I cannot make it drink." She said people were mistaken if they thought that most Millennium bug problems would strike on the New Year weekend.

"There will be a series of degradations. Problems might not be picked up until the end of the month, the end of the quarter or when end-of-year results are being compiled."

13 July 1999: Millennium bug may hit financial institutions 9 July 1999: Millennium bug threat to councils 7 July 1999: BA 'bug-free 1 July 1999: Passport crisis blamed on Millennium bug 24 May 1999: Millennium bug leaflet intended to quell panic 18 May 1999: Scotland Yard in Millennium bug computer row 17 May 1999: Millennium bug 'will hit 999 services'

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), August 04, 1999


What are we even discussing this for??? There are only 90 work days left to the Roll!!!

Whatever is going to happen is COOKED IN THE CAKE!!!

There is only enough time to hit the banks for cash withdrawals, buy Peanut Butter and beans, fill the bathtub with H2O or Gin and kiss your A** goodbye!!!

(www.tasc.dot.gov/Y2K/ for the Federal Days to the ROLL. Private employer?? Add one (1) day. ROTFLMAO!!!)

-- K. Stevens (kstevens@It's ALL going away in January.com), August 04, 1999.

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