Bug chaos stops city (computer problem)

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A COMPUTER system installed to beat the millennium bug brought a city to a standstill.

The pounds 11,500 system caused commuter chaos in the historic city of Chester, sending traffic lights flashing on and off during the rush-hour

The computer, installed by the county council to stop a breakdown on New Year's Eve, went haywire.

Thousands of people were late for work and courts had to be delayed for an hour.

It was three hours before engineers could restart the system.

A council spokesman said: "It was chaos."

-- Homer Beanfang (Bats@inbellfry.com), November 19, 1999


Nah. That was just a bump.

-- quit exaggerating already (lisa@work.now), November 19, 1999.


It wasn't Homer who called it chaos, it was the council spokesman. He was there. For all you know he is a polly like yourself.

Go back to work now, you'll need all the money you can save.

-- Says Who (betterlate@thensorry.com), November 19, 1999.

Leave Lisa alone. She's my pal.

-- semper paratus (always@ready.now), November 19, 1999.

dat was sarcasm.

-- ya know (lisa@work.now), November 19, 1999.

Technically, it wasn't a bump in the road;

....more like a glitch above the road.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), November 19, 1999.

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