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Thailand's military is not going to make the deadline for Y2K compliance according to its top brass. Major-General Kharavuth Khemayodhin said that the country's missile launching computers would be taken offline before the New Year, to avoid shooting down passenger jets by mistake. A representative of the MoD said that the UK's military was well on target and would not be shutting things down because of the millennium bug. "We are working closely with our NATO partners on the issue of millennium compliance, and non-compliance of other nations is a factor we take into account when planning for the date change." But Karl Feilder, chief executive at Greenwich Meantime - the Y2K investigators - said that this doesn't really solve anything. "I am particularly concerned about the former Soviet Union and China," he said. "They are well developed counties with nuclear arsenals, but Russia, for example, has spent only $80 million on the problem. Estimates suggest that they need to spend $2 billion, money that they simply do not have." ®

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