Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: To a layperson like myself it seems extraordinary that the millennium bug problem has occurred. How can the designers of such complex and clever machinery have failed to accommodate something as basic as the date change? After all, we have had 2,000 years' warning! One wonders whether it is all a massive con, designed to line the pockets of the computer industry.

However, as they have been so long forewarned, such serious omission surely amounts to negligence. Presumably, therefore, anyone who is adversely affected will be entitled to sue the manufacturers.

KEITH O'NEILL

London SW19

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