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  •  Same people think economy didn't need rescuing (0+ / 0-)

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    by loblolly on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 09:45:05 AM PST

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    •  Right (0+ / 0-)

      Another example--people like to scoff at the fuss over Y2K (the turnover to the year 2000) when computers and banking systems were supposed to go kablooey. There was very little problem in the end, so they point to this as an example of hype over nothing. Of course, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of person-hours went into solving this software glitch and fixing it before the deadline. The public doesn't see this, so thinks nothing happened.

      "We did not come here to fear the future, we came to shape it." --BHO "Grab a mop." --BHO

      by sillia on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 11:03:46 AM PST

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      •  Complication here (0+ / 0-)

        is that the real Y2K problems didn't involve the media-hyped possibility of massive crashes at the stroke of midnight; they involved systems that had to be made ready to deal with dates spanning a century boundary, and had to be able to do this well before 2000. Without that work being done, there would have been plenty of chaos in the last half of the 90s.

        There is nothing so practical as a good theory—Kurt Lewin

        by ebohlman on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 01:06:21 AM PST

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