### A simple Solution for Y2K.

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The biggest problem is that the electricity might go out. This can happen because in the powerplants measurements are being made at various locations and times, and they are compared with preceding measurements to determine the increases. The time increments are always plus, except when 2000 comes, then suddenly a time increment, which normally would be 1sec, could come out to be be -100 years, which leads to nonsense decisions. So now assuming, that the time increments they are needing for all those calculations and decisions are of the order of a few seconds, the solution would be to switch off the whole powerplant one minute before the century and to leave it off for about 5 minutes, and then to switch it on, again.

-- Obin (Obin@fla.net), January 01, 1999

Oblin: you're obviously new at this. For a perspective on the problem, here is what the power companies themseves have to say:

Texas power co. y2k statement

-- a (a@a.a), January 01, 1999.

Obin,

As you've noticed, negative time intervals can lead to "nonsense decisions". For info about other Y2k problems in the utilities industry, I recommend "POWER"-ful Prognostications at the Westergaard Year 2000 site.

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