News Burst: Programmer wants Y2K fix payback

A 49-year-old Californian computer programmer who patented a widely used year 2000 bug fix is now hoping to get a slice of the estimated $600bn (£372bn) that US businesses have spent fixing the problem.

Bruce Dickens, who works for Boeing, developed a very commonly used "windowing" technique for making computers year 2000 compliant more than 20 years ago. Now he is asking US companies that used the technique to pay him for the privilege.

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