As Y2K headlines fade, possibility for trouble isn't going awaygreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Y2K bug's biggest risk
was never to power grids, missile systems or
telephone exchanges but rather to the
complicated backroom systems on which the
world's corporations and governments run.
And that's why the vast majority of Year 2000
computer problems won't turn up for days, weeks
or even months, information technology experts say.
. . .
For early examples, consider a few of the
failures from Monday, the first U.S. business
day of the new millennium:
--Driver's licenses could not be issued in
nearly half of New Mexico's motor vehicle offices.
--A vital payroll computer died at an Alabama company.
--Doppler weather systems shut down for a few
minutes in Chicago.
--A small part of a Danish bank's payment system was erased.
-- spider (email@example.com), January 04, 2000
Remember that the media is going to cover what people want to hear. In a large portion of the public's mind, y2k is over. Also, much of the news would be technically dense which tends to be a turn off.
-- brent (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 04, 2000.
The "none-event" has also not spelled the end to International Organized Crime, fascist tendencies in our demockracies, and exploitation by international corporations, WTO, etc.
If the slow degrading of systems does indeed happen, then my argument in Organized Crime and Y2K still holds a royal flush.
Don't have a link handy but the Sacramento Bee published recently a poll showing that fully half of Californians polled were quite pessimistic about the future in Calif. And the more educated, the more likely to be pessimistic.
-- johno (email@example.com), January 04, 2000.
"the more educated, the more likely to be pessimistic"
More educated == more toys == more to lose == more likely to be protectionist == pessimistic.
Doesn't mean smarter.
-- Servant (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 05, 2000.