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Do You Remember the Y2K Bug?

Slashdot - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:34
harrymcc writes: In the late 1990s, lots of people were concerned that the Y2K bug could lead to power outages, financial collapse, riots, and worse when the clock rolled over to January 1, 2000. Hundreds of books about the problem and suggestions on how to respond (quit your job, move to the country, stockpile food) not only capitalized on this fear but helped to spread it. Over at Fast Company, I marked the 20th anniversary of the "crisis" with a retrospective on the survival guides and what we can learn from them. The article calls them "an eternally useful guide to how not to give people advice about technology and its role in their lives... They provided a brief layperson's guide to the origins of the problem, and then segued into nightmare scenarios." They had scary titles like Time Bomb 2000 and The Millennium Meltdown. Their covers featured grim declarations such as "The illusion of social stability is about to be shattered... and nothing can stop it" and garish artwork of the earth aflame and bombs tumbling toward skylines. Inside, they told readers that the bug could lead to a decade or more of calamity, and advised them to stockpile food, cash, and (sometimes) weapons. There were hundreds of these books from publishers large and small, some produced by people who turned the topic into mini-media empires... Spoiler alert: When January 1, 2000, rolled around, nothing terrible happened. By then, techies had spent years patching up creaky code so it could deal with 21st-century dates, and the billions invested in the effort paid off. Some problems did crop up, but even alarming-sounding ones -- such as glitches at nuclear power plants -- were minor and resolvable. On December 31st, 1999, Roblimo posted a call for comments from Slashdot readers, writing "This thread ought to make an interesting chronicle of Y2K events -- or non-events, as the case may be." But NBC had even filmed a made-for-TV Y2K disaster movie (which Jon Katz called "profoundly stupid and irresponsible.") And one survivalist videotape even featured an ominous narration by Leonard Nimoy.

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Coca-Cola cancel final stop on 2019 Christmas truck tour due to 'planned protests'

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:26
The truck stopped in two different Essex locations this week
Categories: Essex News

Fancy being neighbours with Princess Anne? Cottage close to royal's estate goes on sale for £120K

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:21
A pretty two-bedroom home in the village of Stroud is going under the hammer from tomorrow, and it's down the road from Princess Anne's sprawling Gatcombe Park residence.
Categories: UK News

Danish-French actress Anna Karina who became an icon of New Wave cinema dies of cancer aged 79 

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:09
Anna Karina, the legend of French cinema, died in a hospital in Paris after living with cancer aged 79. 'French cinema has been orphaned. It has lost one of its legends,' France's Culture Minister said today.
Categories: UK News

Here are our nativity photos for 2019

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:00
OUR 40-page nativities supplement was featured in the Gazette on Tuesday.
Categories: Essex News

Essex third luckiest place to live for Postcode Lottery

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:00
ESSEX has been named the third luckiest place to live in the UK.
Categories: Essex News

LETTER: Pedestrianisation shouldn't just be about making town a place to eat and drink

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:00
While reading through the Braintree and Witham Times (December 5), there were two items which caught my eye.
Categories: Essex News

Here are our nativity photos for 2019

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:00
OUR 40-page nativities supplement was featured in the Gazette on Tuesday.
Categories: Essex News

Essex third luckiest place to live for Postcode Lottery

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 2019-12-15 12:00
ESSEX has been named the third luckiest place to live in the UK.
Categories: Essex News

Michael Gove GUARANTEES the Brexit transition period will NOT be extended

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:56
The UK is due to leave the EU by January 31 and there is then due to be a stand still transition period until the end of 2020 when the two sides will hammer out the terms of the future trading relationship.
Categories: UK News

Supermarkets are 'conning shoppers into paying more for fresh turkeys slaughtered in November'

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:55
The British Frozen Food Federation called for greater transparency from retailers, such as Sainsbury's and M&S, for selling 'fresh' turkey slaughtered last month and kept deep-chilled.
Categories: UK News

Growing numbers of millennials struck down with painful 'selfie wrist' from taking photos on phones

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:51
A growing number of 18 to 35-year-olds are at risk of developing selfie wrist', a painful nerve condition that is a form of carpal tunnel syndrome, according to consultant plastic surgeon Dr Raj Ragoowansi.
Categories: UK News

Lithuanian airport displays Christmas tree made of confiscated items

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:48
A Lithuanian airport has created a 'Christmas tree' made of dangerous confiscated items from passengers including blades, knives and bullets, in order to send an 'educational message' .
Categories: UK News

Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris Johnson he cannot 'lock Scotland in a cupboard'

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:41
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon teed up a pitch battle for the future of the UK claiming Boris Johnson will be 'subverting democracy' by refusing a ballot.
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Clacton Lodge Close: A man has been stabbed after being approached in an alleyway

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:39
Essex Police are taking action after a man was stabbed
Categories: Essex News

54,000 evacuate Italian city as experts diffuse British WWII bomb

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:24
Nearly two-thirds of Brindisi's residents - including 217 prisoners - have left a mile-wide blast radius, gas pipes within a half-mile have been cut off and even some air traffic has been suspended.
Categories: UK News

Abseiling ecologists scale Blenheim Palace's historic Grand Bridge to monitor bat colonies

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:23
The survey is taking place ahead of a multi-million pound restoration project on the estate in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. All UK bat species as well as their breeding sites are protected by law.
Categories: UK News

British Airways pilots reported smelling fumes in their cockpits five times in just seven weeks

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:19
Two of the incidents required BA flight crew to wear oxygen masks, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) revealed.
Categories: UK News

Senior officer at police watchdog suspended over alleged affair with a junior colleague 

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:19
Jonathan Green (pictured) headed up the inquiry that cleared five Scotland Yard detectives after the Met bought into false allegations of a VIP child sex ring made by Carl Beech, known as Nick.
Categories: UK News

Marc Jacobs becomes the latest fan of high heels for men

Mail Online - Sun, 2019-12-15 11:18
Towering platforms for men are becoming increasingly de rigueur, with designer Marc Jacobs sharing several photos of himself wearing soaring heels in recent weeks.
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