Year 2000 Problem Not So New

The following correspondence was recently discovered in a Latin scroll, dated 2BC.

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 happily downwards forever, now we have to start thinking upwards.
You would think that someone would have thought of it earlier and not
left it to us to sort it all out at this 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 simply said that continuing downwards using
minus BC won't work and as usual charged a fortune for doing nothing

Surely we will not have to throw out all our hardware and start again?
Macrohard will make yet another fortune out of this I suppose.

The money lenders are paranoid of course! They have been told that all
usury rates will invert and they will 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 an hourglass flowing upwards.
We have heard that there are three wise men in the East who have been
working on the problem, but unfortunately they won't arrive until it's all

I have heard that there are plans to stable all horses at midnight at
the turn of the year as there are fears that they will stop and try to
run backwards, causing immense damage to chariots and possible loss of

Some say the world will cease to exist at the moment of transition.
Anyway, we are still continuing to work on this blasted Y zero K
problem. I will send a parchment to you if anything further develops.

If you have any ideas please let me know,


Updated at 15:48 EST on Tue Apr 11, 2006