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GPS version of Y2K

Ah yes, 19 years past that "dreaded" event when all digital transactions would stop, planes would fall out of the sky, production lines would come to a screeching halt and life as we know it would radically change. I was racing around the DC beltway for months going from one customer to the next testing, patching, sometimes replacing hardware to make sure they could function on 1 Jan, 2000.  I made a lot of money off of the build up.

 

That was a sleeper.

 

Now the GPS industry seems to have their own version of Y2K and it could prove to be interesting.  Industry and the Feds have known for a while and should have been responding to the alerts. We shall see.

 

My duck blind buddy is managing the project that is changing out the navigation systems for airports to a GPS based system.  I shared this information with him yesterday, 10 Mar 2019, and he was surprised by it. 

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Re: GPS version of Y2K

> Flyslinger2 (Contributor III) posted a new topic in Tech Talk on 03-11-2019

 

> Ah yes, 19 years past that "dreaded" event when all digital transactions would
> stop, planes would fall out of the sky, production lines would come to a
> screeching halt and life as we know it would radically change.

 

Yeah, I remember the last time it happened. Planes didn't fall out of the sky, but Tokyo traffic was a serious mess. (The Japanese had started using GPS in a serious way a *lot* earlier than we did, due mostly to the chaotic nature of the Tokyo non-grid and the fact that Tokyo addresses are a complete mystery and mostly non-existent.)

 

I'm surprised any of those "short field" GPS systems survived that round ...

 

(And remember, original UNIX systems are due to run out of time January 19, 2038. At 3:14:07 am. UTC.)


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Re: GPS version of Y2K

Well apparently Russia has been doing this for some time - so GPS and Satellite systems are not secure.  So what will be done about this - a similar situation and almost comparable to DNS and its inherent insecurities.   https://www.darkreading.com/risk/russia-regularly-spoofs-regional-gps/d/d-id/1334262?_mc=NL_DR_EDT_D...

 

Regards

 

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