The Y2K glitches start being reported

Neil J. McRae neil at
Wed Dec 29 14:43:43 UTC 1999

I've seen this personally, I've also see a POS machine crash hard
around a year ago when my renewed VISA card with a 00 expiry date
was swiped.

> And it begins, the early reports from England on a particular POS machine.
> Although this glitch was related to Y2K, POS machines are flaky on the best
> of days.
> >There have been some problems with a small percentage (5%) of point of sale
> >terminals (the card readers in shops that are used to process credit and debit
> >card transactions). The affected terminals show an error message which simply
> >needs to be cleared to allow the transaction to be processed. Although there
> >is a simple workaround, details were not immediately available to all affected
> >retailers, so consumers were inconvenienced yesterday. Now that the details
> >have been widely disseminated, consumers are much less likely to be affected. 
> >
> >The problem is restricted to some of the machines produced by Racal Electronics
> >plc. Although the fault relates to the Y2K bug, it will disappear on 1.1.2000.
> >
> >This is only a minor glitch. It is typical of the sort of problem that it was >expected would need to be dealt with over this period. This problem does not >affect any other point of sale terminals, ATMs, the cards themselves or other >methods of payment, and does not lead us to expect any significant problems in >the financial sector. 

Neil J. McRae - Alive and Kicking.
neil at DOMINO.ORG

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