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Old Today, 10:40   #3676
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And what happened ... nothing (or nearly nothing).

What was the response - what a waste, all that effort and nothing went wrong what a waste vs phew, we did it, nothing went wrong, money well spent.
I am confused.

Are you saing it's a waste because nothing went wrong?

Or you saying people will perceive to have been a waste precisely because nothing went wrong as a result of the problem being addressed?
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Re: Brexit

That confused me too. I think he’s saying different groups of people said one thing or the other about the millennium bug, and different groups of people will likewise say one thing or another about Brexit.
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Countries such as Italy, Russia, and South Korea had done little to prepare for Y2K. They had no more technological problems than those countries, like the U.S., that spent millions of dollars to combat the problem.

Due to the lack of results, many people dismissed the Y2K bug as a hoax or an end-of-the-world cult.
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Re: Brexit

Y2K was a known problem with a known solution. It isn't a hoax or a myth, it was a programming issue people understand. No one can tell you precisely why some systems were less vulnerable than others without understanding how that system handled dates and the consequences to those systems of the dates being wrong. However anyone who maintained such systems at the turn of the century would have had first-hand knowledge of what they needed to do and what the consequences would have been had they not. There are literally people out there who directly would have seen these things.

The article linked above points out some of the possible problems. The Italy/Russia/South Korean thing is a red-herring since we don't really have an idea of how much software they had to maintain at a state-level rather than using private companies which fixed the issue or working from software written in countries which deployed patches to systems running in those countries.
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Sounds like some country's didn't have a market for snake oil
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Re: Brexit

I worked for a major hotel company at the time, which tested its reservation system and discovered it would just stop working when the date flipped over. There was a real problem that cost time and money to fix. However it was a very well understood problem several years ahead of time so planning and implementing the fix wasn’t the end of the world; not fixing it, however, would have had serious repercussions for a business with global operations employing tens of thousands of people.

Nevertheless there was a Y2K operations room staffed all night of the millennium. It did not have to deal with any problems but that’s because everything had been identified and patched.
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Think this has gone a bit off topic. However don't blame anyone tbh !
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