Sept. 98 for 2000ish uid sounds about right. I (very vaguely) recall that I started reading slashdot in the fall of '98 about the time I first got interested in linux. I don't recall when registration started, but Alot of people joined in late '98 and uid's grew pretty rapidly.
An edge-on view of Uranus' rings, possible only once every 42 years, shows that the dust distribution has changed significantly since Voyager 2 took photos in 1986. Keck and Hubble observations show the inner rings more clearly as the bright outer rings dim, and may discover new moons that shepherd the ring debris. Link to Original Source
No matter what the disaster -- hurricane, earthquake, terrorist attack -- the nation's first responders get to the scene soon after. Which is why it's such a crime when these people can't communicate with each other.