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It doesn't matter how we feel, what the polls show, what the corporate/government spinners say or do about Y2k. Computers don't care. They just execute the code..working or not.
-- fatanddumb (email@example.com), November 29, 1999
No??? Are you making this up?
-- P.A. (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
'Tis why I dislike "polls" about the situation....
"...computers don't read no polls."
-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Marietta, GA) (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
Yes the polls do matter. Even if every Y2K bug in the world was fixed, but people thought they were enscrewed, then public panic could cause its own problems. The polls are just a pathetic attempt to keep the pulse of society on this matter.
-- C. Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
The analysis of the polls is also a way for TPTB to tell the sheeple what they should think because by golly thats what everybody else thinks and aren't you one of us.
Tricks like asking, "Do you feel that the President is responsible for the US not being at war with China?" Hmmm well I guess so.
95% of Americans love the President and think he is doing an outstanding job on foreign policy - reads the headline.
There are three kinds of liars Liars, Darn Liars and Statiticians.
-- squid (Itsdark@down.here), November 29, 1999.
HOWEVER !!!! If you read the latest from techno-guru Raymond Kurzweil -- author of The Age of Intelligent Machines, and the 1999 not-quite bestseller The Age of Spiritual Machines, you might be persuaded otherwise (I sure wasn't!) to believe that machines can think and will soon be able to synthesize emotional states (yuk, yuk) and so might be imagined to care about what's going on now. The question then would be, what are they thinking about Y2K and how does it make them feel? We need a man-in-the-street reaction from the mainframes themsleves .....
Makes you wonder about Kurzweil's love-life.
Squirrel Hunter >"<
-- SH (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
Exactly. Now if we can get everyone to understand that no matter what our president or his Y2K guru say, it is still the computers that will have the last statement...
-- Mad Monk (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
True if you thought that the potentially enscrewed were randomly distributed in the population!
-- Z1X4Y7 (Z1X4Y7@aol.com), November 29, 1999.
Indeed, it is a very simple truth: Bad computer code does not care.
-- Jack (jsprat@eld.~net), November 30, 1999.