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    Re: millenium - 2000 or 2001?
    From: Paul Baechler
    Date: 1999 Dec 26, 7:33 PM

    >Craig wrote:
    >  >
    >  > Officially, the new millennium begins Jan 01, 2001, according to the US
    >  > Naval Observatory, the OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER of the US, and the same of the
    >  > Official timekeeper in the UK, and also by those that believe
    >it's important
    >  > to have 1000 years in a millennium instead of 999.
    >
    >Are you saying that the year 1900 was part of the 19th century?
    
    Yes.
    
    >The OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER of the US is an individual with a nose, a
    >belly button,
    >and an opinion just like everyone else.  I really doubt he found the
    >answer thru
    >one of his telescopes.
    >
    >Those of us who had to really analyze number systems in order to design
    >computers have always recognized that one started counting at zero.  (Although
    >there was a misguided bunch who had both negative and positive zeroes in their
    >implementations.)
    
    So when you get change for a $100 bill do you expect the counting to
    start at zero and to get back 99 $1 bills.
    
    >There not only wasn't a year zero.  There wasn't a year 1000 one
    >millennium ago,
    >even if you allow a couple of years slop.
    
    On what do you base this statement?
    
    Paul Baechler
    pbaechle{at}bellsouth.net
    

       
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