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Jan 17: Who needs the Mountain, Y2K was no fake crisis and other letters to the editor

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16.01.2020

Y2K threat was real

The crisis that wasn't (Jan. 11)

Let me, a computer engineer with 30 years' experience, assure Rob Howard that Y2K was no "manufactured crisis."

There's an old joke in I.T. circles — "To err is human. To really screw up royally requires a computer." Bug-free software is extremely difficult to develop and when software goes wrong very, very bad things can happen. We don't need to look any further than the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

It is undoubtedly tempting for someone who doesn't know or understand the details to minimize the threat of an unexploded bomb after the bomb disposal expert has done his or her job. The Y2K threat was averted by many years of effort by many highly skilled people. It is a huge mistake, not to mention a disservice, to demean and deride their efforts.

Derek Elliott, Hamilton

Conservatives need schooling on environment

Conservatives must lead on climate change (Jan. 10)

In this commentary Alan Keeso states how Conservative leadership has gotten the world out of past environmental threats, but then is only........

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