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Posted at 10:56 a.m. PST Thursday, November 18, 1999
Euro deputies warn Y2K could cause atomic disaster
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - The European Parliament voted Thursday to ask countries to shut down their nuclear weapon alert systems over New Year to avoid accidental launches caused by the millennium bug computer problem.
Deputies said they would appeal to the United States and Russia in particular to guard against possible errors in computer systems that cannot recognize the date change to 2000.
U.S. and Russian military officials are due to spend New Year's Eve together in a special command center designed to avoid accidents caused by the millennium bug.
The parliament voted to ask countries with nuclear power stations to shut them down over New Year's Eve unless they had been shown to be millennium compliant.
Deputies said their appeal would be aimed specifically at countries in central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Russia and members of the former Soviet Union.
-- Homer Beanfang (Bats@inbellfry.com), November 18, 1999
What a bunch of pathetic doomers.
-- Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 18, 1999.
Let me get this right. You think that taking a 1 night holiday from the nuclear arms race is a bad idea? Are you such a hardcore polly that you're willing to risk nuclear war because you're certain all the early warning systems in the world are infallible? Please tell me what part of this I don't understand, because if what I stated above is what you think, I'd have to say you're the pathetic one.
-- cavscout (email@example.com), November 18, 1999.
I think Dave was being sarcastic.
-- Sarcastic Dedector (nukesR4wimps@fisticuffs.com), November 19, 1999.