Our society is single-threaded. What's your guess on each of these events?greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
It may be a very slow process to get the country working again if we have to wait for each dependent source to be remedied in a single-line fashion. If you are far enough "downstream", it may be weeks before you can even BEGIN to even discover errors in your company. One example of the chain may be an ATM machine's software at a Bank. Let's say the ATM's are down. What are your takes on how long each of the following takes??
Electricity, Heat(possibly), Security systems to get in the door, Operating systems working to get PC running, Network software working properly to get to host machine, Begin fixing potential problems.
Now lets say it takes 1 day to get electricity up, work without heat, maybe an hour for the security people to somehow let you in the door, at least 2 days for the System Admins to get a work around if Operating systems fail and implement a fix from the manufacturer, half a day for Network to be corrected, then you start working on the REAL problem that may take much longer than any of the above.
Granted, these are guesses, but you can see how everything is single- streamed! The majority of people will be waiting on someone else to correct a problem before they can even BEGIN their's. Society is a hierarchical pyramid with Electricty at the top! I can see this country taking at least 1 month to get back on it's feet!
-- Shawn (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1999
Suppose, because of electricity or programs, or chips the ATM's don't work. No problem just go to the bank, get a little extra because of the inconvience. Banks have cut tellers to the bone. Lines form, this is noticed. People have heard the term bank run in recent months. Could go down hill from there.
-- none (email@example.com), December 17, 1999.
Shawn: I can see this country taking a year to get back on its feet. I can also see it taking a decade.
-- cody (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1999.
I have never EVER put a network back together in 4 hours.
-- STFrancis (STFrancis@heaven.com), December 17, 1999.
Whenever I have to fix a network that a reboot didn't fix I go and stock up on coffee, snacks and cigarettes. Then I inform family and friends that they probably won't see me for a few days.
-- Simon Richards (email@example.com), December 17, 1999.
Ditto to the OS. 1 week is more like it. As was stated before in another thread Windows 95, 98, and NT are non-compliant out of the box. To imagine all institutions attempting to download a fix on the same day look at the US Post office on April 15th.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1999.
You don't get it, maybe? We're NOT getting back on our feet. Stop believing the things are eventually going back to the way they were. Televisionland will soon be but a legend, like Arthurian Britain, Gondwanaland, The Golden Age of Greece of which the great philosophers spoke, Atlantis. The next million years of humanity will have to deal with the Forbidden Regions where air and earth and water are fatally poisonous, and your great-great grandchildren will tells horror stories to their children about the folly of NUMBERS.
-- StanTheMan (email@example.com), December 17, 1999.
Great answer ... STAN the MAN !! Your the closest to the truth , as I know it . Eagle
-- Hal Walker (e999eagle@free wwweb.com), December 19, 1999.