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Nov 30, 1997

Countdown to Chaos

The end is nigh. There are under 800 days left before the new millennium

Any handbook on the millennium bomb should have 'Don't Panic' in very large print on the cover. Apparently the beguilingly simple problem of computers that think '00' is the year 1900 could result in scourges ranging from environmental disaster to the collapse of the financial markets. And it's not just technology companies at risk: it's everyone. The millennium bomb, like Zaphod Beeblebrox's spaceship, was initially rendered invisible by a 'somebody else's problem' cloaking device. Everyone

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