• Subject: Year 2000 woes solved? -Reply
  • From: Scott Cornell <CORNELLS@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 10:09:26 -0400

>>> "Joe Teff"  wrote>>>
A 14-year-old New Zealand boy says he's
come up with a solution to the Year 2000
computer problem - but he's not showing his
stuff until he gets a patent in his pocket.

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Just because I dread the night of Dec 31,
1999 (no New Year's parties for us
propellor heads that night :)), I'll
reserve judgement on this...but my initial
gut feeling response is "When pigs fly!"

Besides (delving into yet another region
where I'm totally ignorant, so please no
flames if I'm wrong :)) aren't things (e.g.
machines) patented and intellectual
property (e.g. software) copyrighted?  If
the kid and the writer are accurately
reporting what's going on (a big
assumption, I know), then pursuing a
"patent" implies that the kid has designed
a Y2K compliant *machine*.  Well heck, we
in the AS400 community already have one of
those - it's the #%$@ programs I'm sweating
about.

Scott Cornell
Mercy Information Systems
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