Y2K was the biggest nothingburger ever.
#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-16 12:02 PM | Reply
Y2K was a nothingburger because people prepared for it, to the tune of $300B. Your statement sounds an awful lot like saying "Smallpox is a nothingburger, why no one has died of it in decades" while ignoring the vaccine that prevented the disease from spreading.
Not as big as a bunch of leaches still living off of it.
#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-06-16 01:12 PM | Reply
Which leeches are still living off of Y2K? If your implication is that someone is making big money over a requirement to provide an update on Y2K preparedness, I think you are overestimating what that report might look like. Assuming anyone bothered to continue reporting it, I'm certain they simply copied the last report and sent it. More likely, people simply stopped reporting it, no one noticed, and since it isn't causing any additional work for anyone, no one bothered to go back and get the requirement removed. These kinds of things exist in every large organization. It's great to remove them, but there isn't any money getting saved here. Wait, here it is in the article:
"The agency didn't provide an estimate of how much time is currently spent on Y2K paperwork, but Linda Springer, an OMB senior adviser, acknowledged that it isn't a lot since those requirements are already often ignored in practice."
umm the implications of this are a bit weird, in that our government still uses computers from the 20th century.
#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-06-16 07:02 PM | Reply
I think you're reading a bit much into this. See my reply to Sniper above. It also shouldn't surprise you if there are some computers from the 20th century in use in the government, as there are in many university labs and even some large corporations. Quite often, there are pieces of equipment that are still very useful, but can only be controlled by older computers - they require a special interface, or the company that wrote the software went out of business and therefore didn't update it for modern operating systems. It's simply more expensive than it's worth to try and replace as long as the machines still work. Some of the government offices I've been in still have desks from the 50s.