Less than five months after initiating his 'Project Damocles', Year 2000 guru Peter De Jager has put an end to his campaign to make Y2K bugs in embedded systems more visible.
Project Damocles was set up to collect data relating to embedded systems from people around the world and make the problem reports freely available to the manufacturers of the devices in question. By alerting the press about his activities, but without citing the names of the companies concerned, De Jager wanted to put pressure on the manufacturers to "do the right thing".
In an open letter on his Web site, (http://www.year2000.com/archive/demise.html) De Jager now says "Project Damocles is no more". The reason is simple - he has been warned by lawyers thar he risked being subpoenaed as an expert witness for any trial about Y2K problems.
"I have no desire to be subpoenaed for the rest of my life. The airline seats over the past three years have been bad enough, and I have no intention of subjecting my weary bones to uncomfortable wooden benches for the duration of the ensuing lawsuits," he said.
In his letter, de Jager lashes out at the legal system in the US, referring to it as the "insanity which has corrupted the concept of 'justice' into that of a state sanctioned lottery system". And he adds that "Project Damocles should be a government managed endeavour. It would protect us from the embedded systems that are broken, but which we can't fix because the information is not freely available."
In a postscript, De Jager adds that all the information he ever received in the course of Project Damocles has been erased from his computer.
Jose Delameilleure is editor of Datanews in Belgium.
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