Why do you think there was no 'there' there? I know that the problem was real because of the work done in advance to quantify the threat (or lack thereof). We wouldn't have brought programmers out of retirement to fix the problem if there was no threat - especially since we've been operating in a 'do more with less' environment since the Reagan years. It's one thing to have masses of credit cards not working for a day, it's something else entirely to have confused nuclear missiles...thankyouOB wrote:but there was no there there; as in there was no problem to fix.AndyH wrote:Hey now - don't diss Y2K - that was real! A whole lot of people worked their butts off before the 31st. I was a USAF systems administrator at the time and we had the plan to fix the problems, and two back-up plans in case it failed. And most of the military sysadmins (and I suspect most of the civilians as well) were on duty through the night to respond it necessary.thankyouOB wrote:y2k
That business is somewhat like a cloud operator - nobody notices all the calm days, but they certainly raise hell when all the hacked pictures hit the web.
it never materialized. it is not as if all those plans to fix the problem were needed. they just went away.
(as an aside, i wish i had a nickel for every dollar the USAF has wasted, and not just on hardware that cant fly an hour without 100X that in down time. I could buy manhattan.)
Yes, there's waste - just as there's waste in anything touched by humans. What I find interesting is that the things perceived as waste from a civilian perspective are very different from the things we criticized from the inside. I'm not convinced most civilians really understand what it takes to perform most of the work our military does day in and day out.