Y2k silly season
hank at att.net.il
Fri Dec 24 05:13:49 UTC 1999
At 03:52 22/12/99 -0800, Sean Donelan wrote:
In regards to self fulfilling prophecies:
The phone companies won't admit it but they are scared that at 1 second
past midnight, everyone will say to themselves, "Hmmm, lights are still on,
I wonder if the phones have stopped working?" and then within 1 minute,
millions of people will be lifting their phones off the hooks to check
dial-tone. You know what happens when that happens. :-)
>As Alan points out, it looks like silly season will be in full swing. Here
>is a site claiming it will check the top web sites in the world, and if 5%
>aren't responding at 1 minute before midnight (pick your time zone) a major
>disaster has happened.
>As has been pointed out before, many sites plan to shutdown their web
>disconnect from the Internet over the New Year's weekend. Which I guess is
>a self-fulling prediction. The Internet is still considered an "extra" and
>not a necessary connection like the telephone or ATM. I haven't heard anyone
>suggesting they would turn off their ATMs, even though they are Y2K ready,
>to be safe.
>You can read ATM as representing either acronym.
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