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Concerning y2K, I think it was Wired a few months ago that had an article on programmers who are becoming survivalists because of their fear of the Y2K problem, which they don't feel is being addressed properly.

One of the weaknesses they see is with the power grid. Apparently, the equipment at nodes does include date information, and when there is an anomaly, a node shuts down and reroutes the power to other nodes. The system is apparently rather fragile, and it does not take too many node losses to overload the system.

A group that is interested in this whole subject right now is "new heaven, new earth" or nhne, out of Sedona (they do get into some new age stuff, but the editor is trying to educate himself and his subscribers on Y2K).

I wonder if the reinsurance business could be hit by Y2K claims in a couple of years, or are they somehow insulated against it? Anyone venture a guess?
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