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  • Driver Smashes into Santa Clara Fire Hydrant, Lands Car Inside Pizza Parlor

    10/22/2016 5:08:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    A car collision early Saturday in Santa Clara sent a powerful stream of water shooting several feet into the air. The crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. when a driver plowed into a fire hydrant before eventually landing the vehicle inside Stuft Pizza located near the intersection of Homestead and Woodhams Roads, officials said. Firefighters spent roughly 30 minutes shutting off the water, officials said. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot before being apprehended near his home several blocks away, officials said. No one was injured and the Santa Clara Police Department is currently investigating the...
  • New Directions

    07/04/2016 7:31:35 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 24 June 2016 | KONSTANTIN KAKAES
    On the way to Desert Storm, U.S. troops stopped in California in order to buy consumer GPS units at local stores.... Mr. Milner is a brisk and funny guide to the bureaucratic and technological infighting in the U.S. military, which created GPS over the course of several decades beginning in the immediate aftermath of the 1957 launch of Sputnik, the worldís first artificial satellite. GPS predecessors included Transit, built by the U.S. Navy to track its nuclear submarines, and Timation, built by a different part of the Navy. A rival Air Force program called 621B was underfunded, Mr. Milner says,...
  • Geocaching, Anyone?

    06/19/2016 7:52:22 AM PDT · by CaptainPhilFan · 49 replies
    Hi FRiends. I started Geocaching this week; downloaded the app and bought a 3 month membership. Looked for 6 hides in the last few days and DNF any but I'm rather hooked! LOL. Anybody else got the bug? I thought this might be fun to do with grandbabies but ohmylanta! are the ones around here tricky! In Roanoke VA for another few weeks visiting, then back up to Yankee country. So looking forward to finding something and hoping I don't screw up the hide! :) I'd really like to hear any other experiences anyone has had. I don't know anyone...
  • FAA Warns That Mystery Military Tests May Lead To Widespread West Coast GPS Disruptions

    06/09/2016 4:47:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Jun 7, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Starting today, and continuing for the next month, the FAA has warned airplane pilots that GPS signals on on the West Coast, and especially over California and Nevada, may be impacted. The reason why is not exactly clear, but as Gizmodo notes, the US military will be testing a device or devices that will potentially jam GPS signals for six hours each day. Officially the tests were announced by the FAA but are centered near the US Navyís largest installation in the Mojave Desert, China Lake, located "just down the road" from Area 51. The Navy has kept silent about...
  • FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast

    06/07/2016 9:25:27 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 84 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 06/07/2016 | Matt Novak
    FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast
  • Cops: Lost couple cuts chain to enter nuclear plant property

    05/30/2016 4:38:22 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 79 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 29 May 2016 | AP
    DELTA, Pa. (AP) ó A couple who got lost in Pennsylvania while driving to New York entered the property of a nuclear plant by cutting a chain at a gate, apparently in a quest to get back on the right road, authorities said. The Chesapeake, Virginia, couple were driving from Baltimore on Friday night when they got onto an access road at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, owned by Exelon. The driver told police he didnít see two ďNo trespassingĒ signs when he cut the chain on the gate, The York Daily Record ( reported. Exelon spokeswoman Krista Merkel...
  • Man Sues Indiana, Road Contractors After Wife Killed When Car Drove Off Cline Avenue Bridge

    05/14/2016 11:51:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | May 11, 2016 | Steve Miller
    (CBS) ó A Chicago man is suing the state of Indiana and its road building contractors blaming them for a fiery accident on the Cline Avenue Bridge that killed his wife 14 months ago. It was March of last year when Iftikhar Hussain and his wife were driving from Chicago to West Lafayette, Indiana. Hussainís attorney Timothy Schafer says the couple took the Indiana Toll Road and then the Cline Avenue exit, following the GPS in their Nissan Sentra. Schafer says even though the road was closed because the bridge ahead was demolished, the barricades had been removed and the...
  • Kitchener woman follows GPS right into Tobermory, Ont., harbour

    05/14/2016 9:23:12 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 33 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 13, 2016 | Kate Bueckert
    Police in Tobermory, Ont., pulled a red car from the harbour early Friday morning after a Kitchener woman followed instructions from her GPS and drove down a boat launch and into the water. Ontario Provincial Police said the woman was following her GPS "when she took a wrong turn into Little Tub Harbour" late Thursday night. It was raining, dark and foggy at the time. Combining "weather conditions and the driver being new to the area, a fully submerged vehicle was the result," police said in a release.
  • Dying felon robbed Walmart, pizza manager 4 months after Va. governor's pardon

    03/26/2016 1:31:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | March 23, 2016 | Mark Bowes
    John Saul Miller was dying of cancer when the convicted felon managed to commit two armed robberies last year after being pardoned by Virginia's governor. When he was arrested after the second holdup -- the gunpoint robbery of a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chesterfield County -- he was still wearing a GPS tracking device that he was required to wear as a condition of his pardon by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Miller, 29, who has since died, had asked for absolution of earlier crimes based on his medical diagnosis and declining health, and McAuliffe granted his request on June. 3. But...
  • Scientists develop new app that uses your cellphone to detect earthquakes

    02/14/2016 12:19:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/12/2016 | Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II
    Users who download the app will be sending data to scientists when an earthquake as small as a magnitude 5 hits. By harvesting information from hundreds of phones closest to the earthquake, scientists will be able to test a computer system that could, in the future, dispatch early warnings that shaking is seconds or minutes away to people farther away from the earthquake’s origin. For instance, if a quake started in San Bernardino, cell phones there could register the quake and quickly help send warnings to smartphone users in Los Angeles. "This is a citizen science project," said Richard Allen,...
  • 'Death by GPS' in desert

    02/11/2016 8:31:39 PM PST · by Utilizer · 181 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 30, 2011 12:00 AM | Tom Knudson
    Five harrowing days after becoming stuck on a remote backcountry road in Death Valley National Park in August 2009, Alicia Sanchez lay down next to her Jeep Cherokee and prepared to die. Then she heard a voice. "I called as I approached, asking if she was okay," wrote Ranger Amber Nattrass in a park report. "She was waving frantically and screaming, 'My baby is dead, my baby is dead.' " In the SUV, Nattrass found Sanchez's lifeless 6-year-old son Carlos on the front seat. "She told me they walked 10 miles but couldn't find any help (and) had run out...
  • GPS LOS in Texas yeaterday

    02/06/2016 10:36:06 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 23 replies
    n/sa | Patriot777
    While traveling in the Dallas / Ft Worth area of Texas yesterday afternoon, we experienced a complete LOS on GPS. We had traveled to Irving to get a new bulb for our projection TV, and right afterward had the LOS that lasted well after 9 PM yesterday evening. We eventually were able to find 635 W and then find 80 and I20 E, which placed us back home around 12:30 AM. Needless to say, I was glad I never leave home without my oxygen concentrator--even on good days, but I still ended up getting sick in a gas station restroom...
  • ULA sits out Air Force launch competition

    11/17/2015 11:34:03 AM PST · by Rockitz · 14 replies ^ | November 16, 2015 | Stephen Clark
    United Launch Alliance said Monday it did not submit a proposal in a competition to launch a U.S. Air Force GPS navigation satellite, apparently relinquishing the contract to rival SpaceX, the only other company certified to launch the mission. The Air Force wanted both companies to bid on the launch, setting up the first competition for the launch of a national security mission since Boeing and Lockheed Martin merged their rocket programs in 2006 to form ULA. ULA cited requirements in the request for proposals, which the Air Force released Sept. 30, and a congressionally mandated ban on RD-180 engines...
  • Naval Academy Reinstates Celestial Navigation: ďAfter All, You Canít Hack a SextantĒ

    10/14/2015 1:30:23 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 72 replies ^ | October 14th, 2015 | Capital Gazette
    With regard to the statement below, about shutting down GPS during a national emergency: The U.S. can Via: Capital Gazette:Officials reinstated brief lessons in celestial navigation this year, nearly two decades after the full class was determined outdated and cut from the curriculum.That decision, in the late 1990s, made national news and caused a stir among the old guard of navigators.Maritime nostalgia, however, isnít behind the return.Rather, itís the escalating threat of cyber attacks that has led the Navy to dust off its tools to measure the angles of stars.After all, you canít hack a sextant.
  • New safety measures in place at Arizona State University

    08/19/2015 4:05:03 PM PDT · by donna · 6 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Justin Pazera
    TEMPE, AZ - The Arizona State University Police Department is ready for this yearís round of students. More than 80,000 start classes Thursday and police want them to stay safe. This year students can request a security escort from their cell phone on the schoolís Live Safe app. Friends and family can also track a studentís steps with GPS. ďIt kind of leaves bread crumbs as you can see them walking to their location,Ē says Sergeant Daniel Macias with ASU Police. ďIn addition, what happens when you get there, you press one button and that says Iím home.Ē Macias says...
  • War in Space May Be Closer Than Ever

    08/11/2015 10:34:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | August 10, 2015 | Lee Billings |
    Low- and high-Earth orbits have become hotbeds of scientific and commercial activity, filled with hundreds upon hundreds of satellites from about 60 different nations. Despite their largely peaceful purposes, each and every satellite is at risk, in part because not all members of the growing club of military space powers are willing to play by the same rulesóand they donít have to, because the rules remain as yet unwritten. ...Satellites race through space at very high velocities, so the quickest, dirtiest way to kill one is to simply launch something into space to get in its way. Even the impact...
  • [Red] China launches two satellites as it builds GPS rival

    07/27/2015 11:24:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | Julhy 26, 2015
    The satellites are the 18th and 19th launched by China as it develops its domestic navigation system Beidou, or Compass. They take the total number launched this year to three. Beidou is currently centred on the Asia Pacific region but is slated to cover the whole world by 2020. "The successful launch marks another solid step in building Beidou into a navigation system with global coverage," the satellite launch centre was quoted by Xinhua as saying. Beidouónamed after the Chinese term for the plough or Big Dipper constellationówas announced in 2012, joining the US's GPS, Russia's GLONASS and European Union's...
  • Request for Freeper Help - Major GPS Screw-up

    06/23/2015 9:46:40 PM PDT · by goodn'mad · 33 replies
    Vanity ^ | June 24, 2015 | goodn'mad
    Requesting help from Fellow Freepers. Major screw-up. Flew in from S. Korea and tried to update my TOMTOM GPS in order to help me find my way around the Sumter, SC area. To make a long story short....I think I corrupted and/or deleted files actually embedded on the GPS. Now can't get it to do anything. Does anyone have a link to software that can restore the GPS to factory settings? I'd be happy with that. Or, maybe a POC of someone who specializes in restoring GPS devices? Thought they would be plentiful but I guess not. The GPS is...
  • Worker fired for disabling GPS app that tracked her 24 hours a day

    05/13/2015 2:04:06 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 49 replies
    mail ^ | Updated: 18:30 EST, 12 May 2015 | Myriah Towner For
    A California woman claims she was fired after disabling an app with a GPS function that was required to run on her company iPhone and tracked her 24 hours a day. Myrna Arias was working for money transfer service company, Intermex, last year when she claims her boss, John Stubits, 'bragged that he knew how fast she was driving' at certain times after she had installed the app, Xora, according to the lawsuit. She then objected to being monitored during non-work hours claiming it was an invasion of her privacy and 'likened the app to a prisoner's ankle bracelet'. Arias...
  • Police: GPS may have told couple to drive off Cline Avenue bridge (East Chicago)

    04/05/2015 5:28:43 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies ^ | 28MAR2015 | Joseph S. Pete
    A woman died and her husband was injured after they drove off the ramp to the demolished Cline Avenue bridge, which has been closed since 2009. Zohra Hussain, a 51-year-old woman from Chicago, died of burns at the closed Riley Road exit of Cline Avenue, according to the Lake County coroner's office. Her husband, Iftikhar Hussain, 64, survived the plunge of 37.5 feet off an elevated section of highway. He was able to get out of their 2014 Nissan Sentra after it smashed into the ground below, on property owned by BP. But the car erupted into flame while his...
  • Fed up with Garmin GPS -- any suggestions?

    03/25/2015 10:18:15 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 125 replies
    3/26/15 | Me, myself, & I
    I have a Garmin GPS in my car, about 3 years old. I think it's the 1490MT. It has led me to wrong places. It has not told me to turn until it's too late. It gives me a great deal of trouble trying to find a business. It will list a bunch of the stores of a chain except the one I want, for example. I recently updated it on my computer, so that's not the problem. I am just totally fed up with this thing and want to first smash it with a hammer and then scatter the...
  • Man's iPad stolen, mysterious photos appear in iCloud

    01/18/2015 10:43:52 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    click2houston ^ | 1-16-15 | Phillip Mena
    HOUSTON - A River Oaks man says mysterious photos have begun appearing on his iCloud account, a week after his iPad and other items went missing from his truck. Randy Schaefer said he awoke Jan. 8 to find his iPad, laptop, checkbooks and cash gone. He immediately filed a police report but had little else to go on. Then, Jan. 16, while looking at old photos on his phone with his girlfriend, Randy said about a dozen pictures of two men he'd never seen before appeared in his iCloud folder. he pictures were of two men holding large amounts of...
  • Minnesota May Start Taxing Drivers

    12/29/2014 2:31:13 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    SeeBS ^ | 12-25-14 | SeeBS
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ó Gas prices are finally falling, but those savings might not last long.At least 18 states, including Minnesota, are considering taxing drivers based on distance. Gas prices arenít the only reason for the idea, since newer cars get better gas mileage. Oregon has a pilot project that will start next year to test the idea. Theyíre having 5,000 volunteers pay 1.5 cents per mile instead of the 30-cents-per-gallon tax.An electronic device attached to their vehicle will report how far they drive in state.
  • Taliban Invent & Deploy Bird Bomb in Northern Afghanistan ...

    11/29/2014 1:51:33 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | Sat Nov 29 2014, | MIRWAIS JALALZAI
    Police defuse a bird bomb in northern Afghanistan For the first time Afghan police discover and defused a bomb which was planted in a birdís body in northern Faryab province. Faryab is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, which is located in the north of the country bordering neighboring Turkmenistan. According to local police, the suspicious bird was flying over a police check point on Faryab- Jawzjan high way in Shereen Tagab distract, when police start tracking it. ďThe bird which also had a GPS on the top of his head was used by unknown sources possibly Taliban against...
  • Dark matter could be seen in GPS time glitches

    11/19/2014 4:56:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    New Scientist ^ | November 17, 2014 | Hal Hodson
    GPS has a new job. It does a great job of telling us our location, but the network of hyper-accurate clocks in space could get a fix on something far more elusive: dark matter. Dark matter makes up 80 per cent of the universe's matter but scarcely interacts with ordinary matter. A novel particle is the most popular candidate, but Andrei Derevianko at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Maxim Pospelov at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada propose that kinks or cracks in the quantum fields that permeate the universe could be the culprit. If they are right,...
  • The Knowledge, Londonís Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS

    11/10/2014 4:11:45 PM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2014 | JODY ROSEN
    The examination to become a London cabbie is possibly the most difficult test in the world ó demanding years of study to memorize the labyrinthine cityís 25,000 streets and any business or landmark on them. As GPS and Uber imperil this tradition, is there an argument for learning as an end in itself? At 10 past 6 on a January morning a couple of winters ago, a 35-year-old man named Matt McCabe stepped out of his house in the town of Kenley, England, got on his Piaggio X8 motor scooter, and started driving north. McCabeís destination was Stour Road, a...
  • Third Circuit gives narrow reading to exclusionary rule

    10/02/2014 2:37:59 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 2, 2014 | Orin Kerr
    Iíve blogged a few times about the Third Circuitís litigation in United States v. Katzin, a case on the Fourth Amendment implications of installing a GPS device. Initially, a panel of the court held that installing a GPS device on a car requires a warrant and that the exclusionary rule applied because there was no binding precedent allowing the government to install the device. Next, DOJ moved for en banc rehearing of just the exclusionary rule holding, which the Third Circuit granted. That brings us to the new development: On Wednesday, the en banc Third Circuit ruled that the exclusionary...
  • Deputies pull man from car at gunpoint after GPS mixup

    09/05/2014 5:31:24 PM PDT · by rey · 38 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 5, 2014 | JULIE JOHNSON
    A misstep by a company that tracks stolen vehicles using GPS sent authorities chasing after the wrong truck Friday, causing a multi-county pursuit that briefly stopped traffic on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa where deputies held an innocent man at gunpoint, CHP officials said. GuidePoint, a stolen vehicle recovery system firm headquartered in Michigan, apparently installed GPS tracking devices on a fleet of company vehicles and alerted authorities Friday afternoon that a gray Dodge Ram 3500 had been stolen, Officer Marcus Hawkins said. The company activated GPS to track the gray Dodge, but because of an unknown mix-up, they instead...
  • Four DARPA Projects That Could Be Bigger Than The Internet

    07/14/2014 11:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Defense One ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick Tucker
    Forty years ago, a group of researchers with military money set out to test the wacky idea of making computers talk to one another in a new way, using digital information packets that could be traded among multiple machines rather than telephonic, point-to-point circuit relays. The project, called ARPANET, went on to fundamentally change life on Earth under its more common name, the Internet. Today, the agency that bankrolled the Internet is called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which boasts a rising budget of nearly $3 billion split across 250 programs. They all have national security implications...
  • Pug Found Tied to Pole Reunited With Family

    06/11/2014 5:37:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 | Marcus Riley
    Dog ran away from home 2-1/2 years agoA Washington D.C. family will be reunited with its lost dog this week after a Chicago Police officer found the pug tied to a pole in Rogers Park Monday afternoon. The officer discovered the 8-year-old dog named Prince Charming in the 7300 block of North Clark Street, where he had been tied up for five hours. The officer took Prince Charming to Felines and Canines, a pet adoption center. "He was pretty overweight ... it looked like he hadn't missed very many meals, but he looked pretty sad," adoption counselor Paula Grabow said....
  • GPS in teddy bear leads Athens police to thief

    06/06/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    OnLine Athens ^ | 6-5-14 | Joe Johnson
    A GPS device hidden inside a teddy bear on Tuesday led police to a thief. Athens-Clarke County police said that Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall. To combat the thefts, a company manager concealed a GPS device inside a teddy bear and he placed it in a bag of clothing that was then tossed into the collection bin, according to police. At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move, headed toward Timothy Road. An officer in the...
  • Robbery Suspect Tracked by GPS and Killed

    05/19/2014 3:35:50 PM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    Relying on a GPS device placed in a decoy pill bottle, police officers tracked an armed man suspected of robbing a pharmacy on Friday afternoon and fatally shot him during a confrontation on the Upper East Side, police officials said. The decoy bottle was among a cache of drugs taken in an armed robbery about 1:30 p.m. from HealthSource Pharmacy, at Second Avenue and East 68th Street, according to a police official, who was not authorized to speak about the investigation. The suspect, identified by the police as Scott Kato, 45, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was believed to have robbed...
  • Moscow to suspend American GPS sites on Russian territory from June

    05/13/2014 3:31:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 20 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-13-2014
    Russia is going to suspend the operation of all American GPS sites on its territory, starting from June 1, said Russiaís deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries. "Starting June 1, we will halt the work of those stations on Russian territory,Ē Rogozin said. Rogozin pointed out that American GPS ground stations are located in Russia under an agreement that dates back to 1993 and 2001. ďUnder this agreement there are 11 GPS stations on the territories of 10 [Russian federal] subjects,Ē he said.
  • Sen. Introduces Bill To Test Out Taxing Motorists For Every Mile They Drive

    05/06/2014 6:50:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 61 replies ^ | 5/5/2014 | unknown
    The California Legislature is looking at a voluntary program that would tax motorists for every mile they drive. KCAL9ís Bobby Kaple reports that Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the stateís gas tax was no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles.
  • When Hitting ĎFind My iPhoneí Takes You to a Thiefís Doorstep

    05/05/2014 4:26:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 74 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5-3-14 | Ian Lovett
    WEST COVINA, Calif. ó After a boozy Saturday night, Sarah Maguire awoke the next morning to find that her iPhone was gone. Her roommateís phone was gone, too. Were they at the bar, she wondered, or in the cab? Using the Find My iPhone app on her computer, she found that someone had taken the phones to a home in this Los Angeles exurb, 30 miles east of her West Hollywood apartment. So Ms. Maguire, a slight, 26-year-old yoga instructor, did what a growing number of phone theft victims have done: She went to confront the thieves ó and, to...
  • Iran missiles sharpen aim with U.S. technology: Chinese give 'ecstatic' Tehran GPS system

    08/20/2004 2:36:56 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 30 replies · 679+ views ^ | Friday, August 20, 2004
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps last week demonstrated the integration of a system that turns the Shihab-3 intermediate-range ballistic missile from a flying metal tube into a deadly weapon against Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service. The Shihab-3's problem has not been its range, but its accuracy. With a range of 1,400 kilometers, it can reach anywhere in Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia. But the missile, based on the North Korean No Dong, was not accurate. The Iranians appeared to have changed all that. Tehran has procured and integrated a Chinese missile...
  • Police say accused California serial killers wore GPS trackers while committing crimes

    04/15/2014 11:35:45 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | fox/ap/LAT
    The two paroled sex offenders who authorities in Southern California believe raped and killed four women allegedly wore GPS trackers while committing their crimes, and investigators believe there may be more victims. Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said Monday that Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were wearing ankle tracking bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year. The chief added that data from the devices "was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together." Authorities at the news conference did not explain how Cano and Gordon allegedly...
  • Denied by US,India launched its own GPS

    04/05/2014 10:11:41 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 7 replies
    SRIHARIKOTA: When Pakistani troops took positions in Kargil in 1999, one of the first things Indian military sought was GPS data for the region. The space-based navigation system maintained by the US government would have provided vital information, but the US denied it to India. A need for an indigenous satellite navigation system was felt earlier, but the Kargil experience made the nation realise its inevitability. On Friday, the Indian Space Research Organisation took the nation closer to the goal, which it would achieve in less than two years. The result, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will be...
  • GPS pioneer warns on networkís security

    02/13/2014 5:25:29 PM PST · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | Sam Jones and Carola Hoyos
    The Global Positioning System helps power everything from in-car satnavs and smart bombs to bank security and flight control, but its founder has warned that it is more vulnerable to sabotage or disruption than ever before Ė and politicians and security chiefs are ignoring the risk. Impairment of the system by hostile foreign governments, cyber criminals Ė or even regular citizens Ė has become ďa matter of national securityĒ, according to Colonel Bradford Parkinson, who is hailed as the architect of modern navigation. ďIf we donít watch out and we arenít prepared,Ē then countries could be denied everything from Ďnavigationí...
  • Ford Exec: ĎWe Know Everyone Who Breaks The Lawí Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

    01/09/2014 10:06:54 AM PST · by billorites · 131 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jim Edwards
    Ford's Global VP/Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, said something both sinister and obvious during a panel discussion about data privacy today at CES, the big electronics trade show in Las Vegas. Because of the GPS units installed in Ford vehicles, Ford knows when its drivers are speeding, and where they are while they're doing it. Farley was trying to describe how much data Ford has on its customers, and illustrate the fact that the company uses very little of it in order to avoid raising privacy concerns: "We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it....
  • Obama bans construction of GLONASS stations in US without Pentagonís approval

    12/31/2013 1:39:58 AM PST · by vertolet888 · 6 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 30 December 2013
    US President Barack Obama has signed a bill hindering the construction of GLONASS stations on the US territory. The document rules that the matter requires the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence to report the case to Congress first. Under the Republican-proposed bill, the Pentagon and CIA chiefs are to provide assurances that GLONASS stations will not be used for spying against the US or for improving the efficiency of Russian weapons, the New York Times says. The signing was preceded by protracted debates between various US agencies and departments. The bill reflects their authorsí suspicions towards...
  • Could GPS Rockets Put an End to High-Speed Police Chases?

    12/05/2013 9:06:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Dec 04 2013 12:56 pm | Dan Springer / Happening Now
    Could GPS rockets help put an end to high-speed police chases? The new technology allows a police officer to fire a dart-like device from the grill of his cruiser. All the officer needs to do is get close to a fleeing suspect before firing the rocket, which then sticks to the other car with super sticky glue. When that happens, the pursuing cops can stop their chase and watch where the criminal stops via GPS. Ö
  • My new book on the history of GPS has been published

    11/24/2013 6:57:53 AM PST · by Richard from IL · 11 replies
    My new book, GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones, has just been published. It has gotten good reviews: ďAs an introduction to GPS, its history, uses, issues and concerns GPS Declassified canít be beat.Ē ďGPS Declassified is a carefully researched, well written, fast-paced, and thoroughly enjoyable book. It offers an excellent mix of science, technology, history and culture. Kudos to co-authors Richard Easton and Eric Frazier for their outstanding contribution to space history. This book is highly recommended.Ē You can listen to the audio of our Space Show interview and review primary source materials at our website...
  • State Department: The Greatest Enemy to the United States

    11/19/2013 9:05:21 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/19/13 | Jim Emerson
    –ď–õ–ě–Ě–ź–°–° (GLONASS) Russian GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), is a space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. It is the Russian version of America¬ís military GPS and is currently the only alternative navigational system in operation capable of global coverage. GLONASS first become operational in 1982 and achieved global coverage in 2011. During the first reign of Vladimir Putin, GLONASS became the first priority of the Russian Federal Space Agency, consuming nearly one third of the Agency budget. It was, after all, imperative to duplicate the accuracy of America¬ís GPS system. State Department In 2013,...
  • A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears

    11/16/2013 5:39:47 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 16, 2013 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON ó In the view of Americaís spy services, the next potential national security threat from Russia may not come from a nefarious cyberweapon or intelligence gleaned from the files of Edward J. Snowden, the former security contractor now in Moscow.
  • Court: Warrant needed for GPS tracking

    10/22/2013 1:24:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 22, 2013 | Brendan Sasso
    A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that police need a warrant based on probable cause to attach a GPS device to a suspect's car. The Supreme Court ruled last year that attaching a GPS device to a car qualifies as a "search" under the Fourth Amendment, but the justices stopped short of declaring that police need a warrant. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held Tuesday in a two-to-one decision that attaching a GPS device to a car without a warrant is an "unreasonable search," and therefore unconstitutional. The decision involved a man, Harry Katzin, who was under suspicion of...
  • Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

    07/31/2013 11:02:00 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 39 replies
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal aviation officials have advised all foreign airlines to use a GPS system instead of visual reckoning and cockpit instruments when landing at San Francisco International Airport in the wake of the deadly Asiana Airlines crash.</p>
  • GPS Leads Woman Onto Railroad Tracks, Minivan Destroyed

    06/20/2013 12:16:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 45 replies
    BELMONT, Mass. ó A woman and her two children, ages 7 and 10, narrowly escaped serious injury when a train smashed into their minivan after a GPS device led the driver onto MBTA train tracks Tuesday night. The woman was driving southbound on Brighton Street shortly before 9 p.m. when the GPS device directed her to make a right turn which placed her vehicle directly onto railroad tracks. Apparently the woman was unable to drive off the tracks, forcing her to flee the vehicle with her children. Shortly thereafter, an MBTA Fitchburg bound commuter rail train carrying 70 passengers slammed...
  • Rogue EPA Staff Spies On U.S. Farmers, Releases Data

    06/12/2013 7:02:06 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Privacy: As long as we're talking about leaks that should be prosecuted, let's consider the leaking by the Environmental Protection Agency of the personal data about farmers to their environmentalist opponents. We saw such leaking of data compiled on one group to its political opponents in the IRS scandal. In that case, the IRS leaked the 2008 confidential financial documents of the National Organization for Marriage to the rival Human Rights Campaign. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the HRC. Solmonese also was a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman. Now a...
  • Tech companies urge U.S. to ease secrecy rules on national security probes (PRISM: A Love Story)

    06/11/2013 11:14:34 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-12-2013 | Craig Timberg and Cecilia Kang
    <p>Technology companies stung by the controversy over the National Security Agencyís sweeping Internet surveillance program are calling on U.S. officials to ease the secrecy surrounding national security investigations and lift long-standing gag orders covering the nature and extent of information collected about Internet users.</p>