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Mysterious email sent from 1969 plagues some iPhone 4 users. WTF???

 
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Mysterious email sent from 1969 plagues some iPhone 4 users. WTF???
I just came across with this article reporting a weird glitch on iPhone 4 OS:

As if the iPhone 4 didn't have enough troubles, a mysterious software issue has been plaguing some users. There's a flurry of discussion on the Apple forums about blank email messages appearing on the iPhone that can't be deleted. Even more strange is the date that appears on those messages: December 31, 1969.
Almost as soon as iOS4 became available, some users began seeing emails appear in their MobileMe or Gmail accounts with no sender, no subject, and no content. The date on the messages was shown as 12/31/69 (though some users saw 1970). Weird, certainly, but not that inconvenient — until they discovered that, like the poncho, these unwelcome visitors from the 1960s couldn't be deleted permanently.
A number of forum members have suggested fixes ranging from the simple (just go to your Sent folder and go back) to the laborious (one user posted a 34-step process). Some have even been successful at fixing the problem, but it's often temporary. We contacted Apple to see if there's any official word on this email-from-the-'60s problem. If we hear anything we'll update this post. In the meantime, we suddenly have a hankerin' to listen to some Hendrix…

A screenshot of the reported email:

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 Quoting: Dvice


That's the possible (and plausible) explanation provided by an ATS user:

Apparently, it's a UNIX glitch. On UNIX systems (which is most servers), time is counted starting from Jan 1, 1970 (that's when times begins according to UNIX). IMO, these dates are too close to be mere coincidence (< 1 hour, could be time zone differences or even daylight savings). I'm not sure if OS4 is based on UNIX but I know that the flagship Apple operating system, OS X, definitely is. Regardless, the servers that process the emails are most likely run on UNIX. Again, this is probably due to a glitch with UNIX, seeing how the UNIX clock begins with that date.

As far as Apple being glitch free with their ground-breaking gadgets, I wouldn't go that far, though they are usually very good at getting them fixed, quickly.

--airspoon

[edit on 21-7-2010 by airspoon]

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 Quoting: airspoon


However, if we consider some basic issues, even with this very logical explanation, still some crazy stuff in the air:

I've seen UNIX glitches before in computers and they concern the day that the platform started to run in the server. Plus I really doubt that Apple/iPhone 4 developers, were programming its OS in a 1970 UNIX platform and I doubt no less, that the email servers that sent this msg, run a 1970 UNIX platform. I mean, it doesn't make any sense.

Just weird!!

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FUCK Steve Jobs and his sheeple cult. Goddamn idiots.
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is john titor sending messages from the past now? that guy just can't keep still
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Re: Mysterious email sent from 1969 plagues some iPhone 4 users. WTF???
1+6=7
6+9=17

5a
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1+6=7
6+9=17

5a
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The prime number is 7 if that's what you're dancing about.
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1+6=7
6+9=17

5a
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What kind of math is that?
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Maybe it's from the future?
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1+6=7
6+9=17

5a


What kind of math is that?
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Psssst.....6+9=15
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That is a default date...nothing mysterious here. Happens all the time.
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I think DARPA had some kind of messaging system at the time, but it was very primitive.

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they run OLD equipment in bunkers for EMP survival eg terminator 3

a proportion of infrastructure will therefore survive
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I had a pic on my computer that changed the year of itself to 1969 by itself.
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1+6=7
6+9=17

5a
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1018066


Fail, second problem equals 15.
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last day of 1969

wanting or warning is the question
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the internet began 1969
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they run OLD equipment in bunkers for EMP survival eg terminator 3

a proportion of infrastructure will therefore survive


Fortran compilers. They still work just fine.
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There is nothing mysterious about it. It was just a glitch. Some internal variable used inside de software used a "zeroed" date -1.

In POSIX systems like Linuxes, Unixes, iOS, Android, etc. the "zero" date is January 1st, 1970. Taking one from that you get back to the "mysterious" date. There is no hidden message, directed code or conspiracy going on. Just software glitch.
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However, if we consider some basic issues, even with this very logical explanation, still some crazy stuff in the air:

I've seen UNIX glitches before in computers and they concern the day that the platform started to run in the server. Plus I really doubt that Apple/iPhone 4 developers, were programming its OS in a 1970 UNIX platform and I doubt no less, that the email servers that sent this msg, run a 1970 UNIX platform. I mean, it doesn't make any sense.

Just weird!!

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 Quoting: UndercoverAlien


Mac OS used by Apple is UNIX.

It is based on NeXTSTEP UNIX.
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There is no hidden message, directed code or conspiracy going on. Just software glitch.
 Quoting: IH20 5312791


i blame the hardware, but thats just me
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Re: Mysterious email sent from 1969 plagues some iPhone 4 users. WTF???
There is nothing mysterious about it. It was just a glitch. Some internal variable used inside de software used a "zeroed" date -1.

In POSIX systems like Linuxes, Unixes, iOS, Android, etc. the "zero" date is January 1st, 1970. Taking one from that you get back to the "mysterious" date. There is no hidden message, directed code or conspiracy going on. Just software glitch.
 Quoting: IH20 5312791


Don't spoil it for them...

Sometimes it fun to watch idiots run round in a circles for no reason.

This could have been at least 20+ pages of a waste of time.
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There is no hidden message, directed code or conspiracy going on. Just software glitch.
 Quoting: IH20 5312791


i blame the hardware, but thats just me
 Quoting: Sugarelf


Could be. Software consequently misbehaves when hardware fails.
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BTW: OP, how did your 100% proof of false flag at the London Olympics 2012 games work out for ya?

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