April 6th, GPS Bug threat, was real or fake news?

April 6th, GPS Bug threat, was real or fake news?

Did you have to update your GPS

You remember last year the Internet was flooded of alerts concerning certain GPS that could become unusable with this April 6th, 2019 bug. It was a kind of bug in the year 2000 that would affect some GPS on April 6th, 2019. The problem was concerning you if your car had an older GPS, or if you were using a GPS case of a few years old.

The cause was a simple computer coding problem. The weekly number counter used by location systems can only “count” to 1024, so it returns to zero every 1024 weeks.

This event, known to specialists as the WNRO or (Week Number Rollover) was scheduled to happen on April 6th. The previous reset occurred in 1999 when GPS was not too popular.

Inability to calculate arrival time

In fact, the “bug” should not prevent the devices to locate you, calculate routes or guide you, according to professionals interviewed. Only the internal clocks of certain devices can be impacted.

The most common inconvenience may be the disappearance of the clock or the date and the inability for the device to calculate the arrival time of your trip.

The latest generation GPS, the ones they have been offering on the market for three to five years, already include a patch to avoid this problem to come back.

It is amazing that after publishing so many alerts all over the Internet, the newspaper, alarming more than 20 million people, that as of today no-one is offering a simple statement of what happened on April the 7th, 2019.

You probably remember reading some almost apocalyptic articles like these:

Predictions of a Possible GPS Meltdown on April 6, 2019, some people were saying they would never fly on this date…

 Predictions of a Possible GPS Meltdown on April 6, 2019

The y2k-like issue could cause major GPS problems on April 6

 Your GPS Devices May Stop Working on April 6

The y2k-like issue could cause major GPS problems on April 6

Experts fear the Y2K-like glitch could spark chaos for millions by resetting calendars on old computer systems on 6 April.

On April 6, a Y2K-style bug may cause GPS systems around the world to crash. … Y2K might have passed without incident, but this event on April 6, 2019, might actually live up to the hype. ..

A frightening computer bug could cause a transportation nightmare… afraid to fly April 6, the day a computer calendar “roll-over” to zero is…

This type of news went over and over again for months prior to the D-Day (April 6th, 2019.)

Even today you can check on the Internet and read hundreds of alarmist articles like these.

I don’t know if you are like me but I am getting tired of these “End of The World” type of news that is predicting the worst as well as the worst of the worst over and over again.

I am a proud advocate defending, the fact that people need to be informed it is not a privilege, it is a fundamental social right but I think the problem today’s come from the fact that there is too many so-called specialists of everything and nothing.

this type of news seems to be the norm in our days to be flooded with this type of information and it is becoming harder to make the difference between the real news that can impact our lives and some trashy information.

I don’t know if you are feeling like me but I would have appreciated that at least someone in authority somewhere in this world, would have at least the decency of telling us what really happened with this so-called bug but no-one has shown up to provide some kind of explanation as of today.

My own Opinion…

I think we should all be blaming the big Tech Companies that seem to take for granted the consumers who buy their products.

If I take the example of Car Manufacturers when they realize that there is a problem with one of the components they act in a very pro-active way and issue massive recalls to solve the problem. They do not tell us to go under the hood or into the fuse panel or anywhere else and change them by ourselves.

These large Tech Companies should act in the same way. In the case of the bug of 6 April 2019, they knew the problem from the beginning but instead of acting responsibly they preferred to leave the consumers to themselves endangering the security of several transport companies and others. If they are selling craps at least they should have the decency to replace it at no cost or little cost. They could have proceeded to recall these defective products, replace them, fix them and resale them instead of them doing nothing about a well-known problem.

Please put your pants on

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