3 views of how Y2K "ready" China is...greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
The first article was posted here a few days ago, still on the Infoseek Y2K news page. Things didn't look good for China on the 11th of this month. Another story on the same day says that business is OK in China, but the State is in trouble.
Today, 2 days later, we have another story about Y2K and China, again on the Infoseek Y2K news page. Seems that they are OK, but it's everybody else that they're worried about. Where did I hear that before...
Looks like the Doomer vs. Polly debate is spreading. What's a person supposed to think? <:)=
China Lags On Y2k Bug, Foreign Firms Worry
China logs progress on Y2K, but state firms shaky
Hong Kong Fears Y2K Infection From Neighbors
-- Sysman (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 12, 1999
One of the most frustrating things about y2k news stories is that on one line you will read XYZ COUNTRY IS Y2K READY! On the same page you will see XYZ COUNTRY SAID TO LAG BEHIND OTHER COUNTRIES WITH Y2K READINESS. Am I right?
-- citizen (email@example.com), August 12, 1999.
How could China be even close? Purely wishfull polly-ester spin.
-- kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 13, 1999.
You're absolutely right. Remember when they were saying somthing like 3/4ths Cinas software was pirated --- you don't heae that repeated or addressed in these positive stories.
Either Y2K was a total farce from the beginning (including by the pollies --- virtually everyone) or its not and won't be fixed --- especially in China, Russia. I, for one , am sick of all these so called experts coming accross as "It was the end of the world, but we sat down for 5 minutes on 10% of the worlds computers and fixed it all for you, aren't we great?"
-- Jon Johnson (email@example.com), August 13, 1999.
Have you ever considered that China may not wish to be close?
China currently is responsible for the production of a whole mess of goods in high volume to the western world. The have built a massive infrastructure for doing this and depend to a high degree upon human labor. Isn't it a little chilling how China more closely resembles pre WWII America in it's manufacturing capacity than present day America?
What if they don't ever intend on fixing all the Y2k problems? What if they're just laying in wait?
-- Michael Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 13, 1999.