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Sir: This week you have printed two letters displaying a degree of ignorance about the year 2000 computer problem.

First, whilst there is an option to all users to sue the supplier this will not correct the problem, nor will it provide enough compensation quickly enough to fund the changes that will be required. If a company wishes to be in business after 31 December 1999 it needs to check its computer systems now, not get involved in a court case that will finish in the next decade.

Secondly, the problem is mainly connected with old code on mainframe machines. AD2000 compliance is a real issue that will effect real people's lives and jobs. There are no clever answers or quick solutions. This is a serious business, and your readers need to wake up to the fact.

Graham Evans

Northampton

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