David Hall, who has studied the embedded chip problem in considerable detail, says that the major threat is here. Fixing noncompliant programs is 20% of the job.
If he is correct, then this will be the ultimate application of Vilfredo Pareto's 80-20 rule. Sadly, the percentages are against us. Hardly any remediation work is being done on the embedded chip problem.
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Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 10:28:43 -0600
From: David Hall
Subject: Re: Airport Y2k Remediation
In addition to Martyn's notes, I don't see anything about testing their embedded systems or public infrastructures for Yr2K problems. If normal averages hold, that will be about 80% of their problems and their costs. Failure of the embedded systems will make fixing the mainframe stuff worthless. (Or at least worth less, I don't want to irritate the mainframe gurus on this maillist too much.)
Dave Hall firstname.lastname@example.org