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WARNINGS OVER MILLENNIUM BUG II: THE LEAP YEAR

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The millennium bug's baby brother will get its chance to bite today, according to The Financial Times (p4). ...
The millennium bug's baby brother will get its chance to bite today, according to The Financial Times (p4).

Experts say the leap year could cause problems for businesses that throught they had survived the Y2K computer date change unscathed. But this time the warnings - which the FT says had an apocalyptic edge in the run-up to the new millennium - are relatively understated.

Robin Guenier, who as head of Taskforce 2000, an independent watchdog, was the millennium bug's chief prophet of doom, said: 'Widespread problems are possible but unlilkely.'

IT consultants say some of the consequences of the extra day in the calendar could be banks short-changing customers to the tune of one day's interest, employers paying their staff nothing for today; security systems refusing to admit staff on Friday, instead of Saturday, and databases failing to register information input under today's date.
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