System Failure

Kesterbaum, David
January 2000
New Republic;01/17/2000, Vol. 222 Issue 3, p12
Discusses the year 2000 date conversion (Y2K) problem and the involvement of the press in publicizing it. Erroneous claims made about Y2K by the press; Scientific reality of the effect of Y2K on computer systems and programs; Lack of understanding of the technical issues involved, as evidenced by the press; Effect of Y2K problem on the accounting and billing systems, which have to endlessly calculate cash flows by subtracting the current date from one in the future.


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