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As the new millenium approaches the biggest fear everyone has is over the Y2K bug Y2K stands for yyear 2Ktwo thousand The fear is that on Dec 31 1999 at twelve o clock all computers around the world will go crazy Every mechanical device that is computer controlled could go on the fritz Social Security checks could be cancelled along with car payments mortgages could read 100 years Telephone conversations could be calculated mistakenly to have lasted for a 100 years What is causing this big computer scare The big problem is when computers were first designed the makers only put a two-digit dating system instead of four This is because the programmers did not have the money for a four-digit system The two-digit system only reads the last two numbers in the year For example 1999 reads 99 The four digits would interpret this as 1999 When the New Year approaches the computers will read 1900 instead of 2000 This is not computer industry hype this problem affects everyone and it could have some dire consequences if its ignoredB Hall Sun Sentinel pg1If this bug is not corrected it could ruin the whole computer industry The bug could effect everything from bank accounts to retirement funds Air Travel could be shut down because the computer will think that the airplanes are a century old Certain payments could be mis calculated for being a hundred years old People knew this problem existed but were too lazy to fix it Sun Sentinel pg2 There is no clear-cut way to solve this problem yet Although our own computers will be effected certain software such as Windows 95 and Windows NT can deal with it It can handle dates from 1980 to 2099 It will cost about 110 million per line of programming code or an estimated 30 million per company for most Fortune 1000 companies sun sentinel pg2 Who will be the people who do fix
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