### A Forum Survey: What's your Paul Milne Toast Factor?

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It's been quite a while since I've seen a survey on the forum. Before the rollover it was on a scale of 1 to 10 according to how bad you thought Y2k was going to be.

Now that the rollover has come and gone, I thought it would be interesting to come up with a new index. This is based on the sig line of Paul Milne, a famous poster (well at least prolific) whose sig line went something like: "If you live within 5 miles of a 7-11, you're toast" and the Paul Milne Toast Factor is based upon his sig line.

The way it is calculated is to take 5 miles and divide it by the distance you live from the nearest convenience store (I don't know if 7-11 is universal, so QuikTrips, etc count the same). For example, I live 1/2 mile from a 7-11, so my Paul Milne Toast factor is 5/0.5 = 10. One mile is 5/1 or 5, 10 miles is 5/10 or 0.5. If you live next door to a convenience store, let's limit the scale to 100.

Mikey2k PMTF=10

-- Mikey2k (mikey2k@he.wont.eat.it), January 10, 2000

"Now that the rollover has come and gone......"

Mikey, You are an ass. January 1st has come and gone but the effects of the unremediated code have not only NOT passed but are only just getting started.

Paul Milne

Clinton: "I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"

bks: "It was not overt lying. It was overgeneralization for rhetorical purposes."

-- Paul Milne (fedinfo@halifax.com), January 10, 2000.

A whole big can of woop a*s is going to be opened up soon and most are asleep, Y2k is just getting warmed up. 3 nuke plants hard down, 777 in england down for y2k bugs, marines in Palm springs helping out airport with ground Radar, awacs planes helping out air traffic control on both coasts, Chemical plants starting to go bonkers, Power spikes in the grid in the South east and mid west. Were lucky so far the bugs have been workable, but it's early in the month. Dont give up your preps just yet. Data coruption is occuring in big systems world wide, Big money knows it and is taking profit before the supply chain machine brakes down. Year 2000 land of opportunity and unknowns the elephant may just show up a little later than expected. March will be the pivotal month for better or toast. We were given a miracle on New years the gift of more time to finish preps we could afford to get. Get them and if by march if we dont go bust we can declare y2k over and resume our normal lives a little better prepared for what ever nature may bring. Remember the parable of the 10 virgins, 5 prepared and 5 did not. 5 lives were saved by our Lord 5 were not. You know not when it will occur so be prepared spiritual first than physically.

-- y2k aware mike (y2k aware mike@ conservation . com), January 10, 2000.

Honestly? Before hand I was a wondering worried 10. With what I've seen this week fritzing out, now I'm certified: 10. And, my view: there will not be any mere escalation in problems, but a logarithmic expansion, adumbration. Hey, remember chaos theory? a butterfly flapping it's wings in France might ... just might initiate a chain of events and cause a hurricane in South America? Natural systems are far more forgiving than that ... but the idea really does have application to man-made systems, and especially computers. So how fast will the error compound themselves and the databases crossfeed and infect Bable into Babylonia? REAL FAST. ... and folks will SUDDENLY find themselve unable to transact e-commerce; access accounts on line (already some US Bank online software failed in Oregon) or verify balances. Inventory and billing snafus are isolated, yet "everywhere" and appearing as if unpredictably. A 777 stalls on the runway, with a crahsed on-board computer ... a replacement airplane has to be rolled out to the runway. DOZENS, HUNDREDS OF REPORTS; HOW MANY FIRMS ARE STILL HUMPING HOPING TO GET A FIX?

Wait till next week: this week.

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-- (squirrel@huntr.com), January 10, 2000.

There ain't no 7-11's in Maysville, KY, and I'm mucho miles from the AmeriStop. IF the Milne scenario plays out, I think his scale is right on.

Get ready to scrape off the carbon...

Kook

-- Y2Kook (Y2Kook@usa.net), January 10, 2000.

...given the humiliation you've suffered so far, I can't believe there are still apocalyptic freaks out there.

Notice that the fish-wrap known as Milne has quietly removed his 7-11 tag line?

-- No Comment (no@comment.com), January 10, 2000.

I agree with Paul. Mikey is an ass.

It's all coming down hard. It won't be long now. You'll be dead soon.

-- (oscar@crethmek.org), January 10, 2000.

Sine ou aske in a semi serious manner sir. I will answear in a serious manner.

From both my sourses of information, and my personal research. I find nothin to brighten infomagic's conclusions. And much to reinforce them.

To paraphrase an another's words "Set recovery on"!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Shakey~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

-- Shakey (in_a_bunker@forty.feet), January 10, 2000.

I live about one half mile from a 7-11 and I had toast for breakfast. Maybe that's what he meant. I was a 7-8 on the 'old' scale and have seen so far a 1-2. So where does that put me and the rest of us GI's? With lots of extra food and water, I guess!

-- Gail (fialkow@erols.com), January 10, 2000.

Who give a rats butt about the 7-11? I'd be scared if I lived within a half-mile of Paul Milne.

-- (I'm@pol.ly), January 10, 2000.

To Paul:

The hostility within your reaction is scary indeed....maybe we've beaten the bug, maybe we haven't; if we haven't, you know what?? We will!! And when that happens, what will guys like you have left to get on your soap box about?? Most of the rest of us will have gotten on with our lives by then. You're a scary dude!!!!

-- LJ (ljgoldberg@worldnet.att.net), January 10, 2000.

We're still listening to a pig-farmer on IT issues?????

Some folks never learn.......

Deano

-- Deano (deano@luvthebeach.com), January 10, 2000.

mikey2k check out a former thread by anti-tax form filer Paul Milne, who admits he files for tax refunds!

this buffoon is one of the funniest clowns in all of y2k-kookdom.

-- LMAO (at@fools.like.milne), January 10, 2000.

I guess Paul's sense of humour needs some remediation -- if he had any it didn't survive the rollover. My other posts on this forum suggest that I'm willing to consider that future problems may develop. However, I'm not near a terminal where any flaming death train stops.

As far as Paul's suggestion, that part of me survived the rollover intact. But I wonder if Paul's did, since he obviously has a lot of frustration to get rid of. Talk about Club Dead!!!!

Mikey2k

-- Mikey2k (mikey2k@he.wont.eat.it), January 10, 2000.