Feeds

Russia cheerfully refutes Y2K anarchy predictions

US State Department sneers

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Opinions vary on the question of whether Russia is to be plunged into darkness and chaos on 1 January as its computer clocks roll over to double zeroes.

Russian officials have made light of the problem recently, announcing publicly, and most courageously, that they "have solved the Y2K problem."

Meanwhile, a pessimistic US State Department has issued a travel advisory discouraging Americans from tramping about Russia during the periods immediately preceding and following the rollover. That certainly means no drunken revelry in Red Square on New Year's Eve, and thus a bit of a blow to the Russian tourist industry.

The Department has also released all non-essential workers from obligation to remain in country during the crucial period. The truth undoubtedly lies between the two extremes. It is rather difficult to picture the lights going out all over the country in a single stroke, accompanied by the widespread meltdowns of nuclear reactors and accidental launches of atomic weapons.

It is equally difficult to believe that a country as overconfident as Russia has proven herself to be time and again is likely to get through the rollover without a hitch. The question is which end of the scale the truth will favour. Certainly anyone up for a gamble is sure to have a surprise in Moscow on 1 January. Whether a pleasant one or not, we wouldn't dare say. ®

Related stories

Johnny Foreigner Y2K laggards named and shamed
China refutes Register Y2K story
Y2K bug eats Japanese PM's backbone
Y2K bug eats into South African economy
The man who ate the Y2K bug

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer quits Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.