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    Re: millenium - 2000 or 2001?
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 1999 Dec 28, 7:20 AM

    On Mon, 27 Dec 1999 23:55:50 -0800, Tony wrote:
    >Huh? Is there a nit here?? It is simply an allusion to what is
    >stated by USNO and RGO in their explanations ...which I consider
    >more authoritative. Don't you?
    As I said before, I regard them as authoritative with
    respect to time keeping. This includes leap second
    insertions and the like. It is important to keep date/time
    designations consistent for the use of almanacs, etc. So,
    for consistency, we agree to call this year 1999, so
    everyone will know which volume of the almanac to use for
    sight reductions, etc.
    If almanacs were labeled something like  "Almanac for the
    third year of the fourth century" we would need the
    timekeeping authority to publish clearly what that meant.
    Since they are never so labeled, what century or millennium
    you call this is a scientific and practical "don't care."
    If you, or anyone else, wishes to say that the year 19xx
    belongs to a different century than other years beginning
    with 19, I say that is your priviledge, because it has no
    consequences. The same for a year 1xxx being in a different
    millennium from other years 1xxx.
    The digit-flipping of Y2K has, as others have pointed out,
    the same significance as the odometer rolling over in a
    car. Celebrating a the millennium shift that occurs at a
    new year without a millennium-digit shift, is like
    celebrating 100,001 miles, which is, at least, palindromic.
    How about 2002?  :-)
    Rodney Myrvaagnes                   J36 Gjoa
    Associate Editor           Electronic Products
    My oyster knife is Y2K compliant

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