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Y zero K

People act like the year 2000 problem is a new disaster brought about by our technological age, but the world doesn't change. It's only the details that change. Believe it or not, civilization faced the same problem 2000 years ago...

Dear Cassius:

Are you still working on the Y zero K problem? This change from BC to AD is giving us a lot of headaches, and we haven't much time left. I don't know how people will cope with working the wrong way around. Having been working downwards forever, now we have to start thinking upwards. You'd think that someone would have thought of it earlier and not left it to us to sort out at the last minute.

I spoke to Caesar the other evening. He was livid that Julius hadn't done something about it when he was sorting out the calendar. He said he could see why Brutus turned nasty. We called in Consultus, but he said that continuing downwards using minus BC won't work, and as usual he charged a fortune for doing nothing useful. Surely we won't have to throw out all of our hardware and start again? Macrohard will make yet another fortune out of this, I'm sure.

Of course, the money lenders are paranoid. They've been told that all usary rates will invert and they'll have to pay their clients to take out loans. It's an ill wind...

As for myself, I just can't see the sand in the hourglass flowing upwards. I heard that there are three wise men in the east working on the problem, but unfortunately they won't arrive until it's all over.

I also heard that there are plans to stable all horses at midnight at the turn of the year as people fear they will stop and try to run backwards, causing immense damage to chariots and possible loss of life. Some say the world will cease to exist at the moment of transition.

Anyway, we're still continuing to work on this blasted Y zero K problem. I'll send a parchment to you if anything further develops. If you have any ideas, please let me know.


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