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  • LightSquared admits it will knock out 200,000 sat-navs

    07/01/2011 11:40:09 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 1 July 2011 | Bill Ray
    Wireless broadband firm LightSquared has admitted that its original plan would have knocked out most GPS sat-nav kit, but argues that its new plan will only leave 200,000 users lost. Reporting on the results of several months of testing, involving 130 different GPS receivers, LightSquared admits that operating in the neighbouring band to GPS satellites will knock out a significant proportion of location-finding kit. But the company reckons its revised plan, announced last week, avoids interfering in all but the most-sensitive GPS kit: which LightSquared pegs at 200,000 devices around the USA. Those are important devices, installed in aircraft to...
  • GPS leads women into water

    06/16/2011 6:35:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 111 replies
    upi ^ | June 15, 2011
    BELLEVUE, Wash. - A trio of Washington state women said they were lucky to escape injury when their GPS device directed them to drive into the water. The women said they were driving in Bellevue when the GPS instructed them to make a U-turn that took them down a boat ramp and into Mercer Slough, KIRO-TV, Seattle, reported Wednesday. The women, who were visiting from out of town, received a ride back to the hotel from firefighters.

    05/17/2011 1:06:52 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies · 1+ views
    self | May 17, 2011 | swampsniper
    On the 6th of this month I sent my 7 or 8 year old GPS72 to the Garmin service center in Kansas. It had been a reliable tool but was showing signs of failure and died on a recent trip to Fort Benning, Georgia.I got it back today, looks and works like new again and it only cost me about 70 bucks including UPS to Garmin.I know I could have bought a new one but I like the old beast just fine.
  • Testing of new wireless network could cause GPS outages

    05/15/2011 1:12:19 PM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 50 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 14 May, 2011 | Karoun Demirjian
    A warning for night drivers: If your GPS navigator gives out on you this week, don’t despair. What you’re experiencing is only a test of the emerging broadband system. Starting Monday, broadband developer LightSquared will start testing its planned 4G speed wireless network in the Las Vegas area. The test will run after midnight for several hours for 10 days, and if it works, Las Vegas could become one of the first U.S. cities to get on a super-high speed Internet grid that’s independent of any particular service provider. But if it fails, government agencies warn that it could compromise...
  • Travelers warned not to rely only on GPS (Darwin Award nominees)

    05/13/2011 8:44:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Reuters/WSAU ^ | 5/13/11
    Travelers in the western U.S. should not rely solely on technology such as GPS for navigation, authorities said, after a Canadian couple were lost in the Nevada wilderness for 48 days. Albert Chretien, 59, and his wife Rita Chretien, 56, sought a shorter route between Boise, Idaho and Jackpot, Nevada during a road trip from British Columbia to Las Vegas. Rita Chretien drank water from a stream and rationed meager supplies until hunters found her on Friday. Albert Chretien has been missing since March 22, when he went to seek help. The Chretians mapped the route on their hand-held GPS,...
  • DOJ Pitches GPS Surveillance Case to Supreme Court

    04/16/2011 9:28:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    legaltechtoday ^ | April 15, 2011 | Global EDD Group
    Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the life sentence of a Washington area man named Antoine Jones, saying the government violated Jones’ privacy rights in clandestinely tracking his movement for a month in a drug trafficking investigation.
  • L.A. officials want to track building inspectors by GPS in wake of FBI sting

    04/12/2011 4:26:45 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 12, 2011 | David Zahniser
    Days after two city inspectors were arrested by the FBI on suspicion of taking bribes, officials at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety called Tuesday for the agency to electronically track the whereabouts of its employees. Building and Safety spokesman David Lara said his department sent a series of recommendations to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, including a move to activate the GPS tracking devices contained within each inspector’s cellphone and laptop computer. “For us, it’s mostly about making sure our inspectors are where they’re supposed to be,” Lara said. “With the latest turn of events, it’s too bad that...
  • Planned wireless Internet network threatens GPS

    04/06/2011 4:41:56 AM PDT · by Jonah Hex · 32 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2011 | Joelle Tessler
    A new, ultra-fast wireless Internet network is threatening to overpower GPS signals across the U.S. and interfere with everything from airplanes to police cars to consumer navigation devices. The problem stems from a recent government decision to let a Virginia company called LightSquared build a nationwide broadband network using airwaves next to those used for GPS. Manufacturers of GPS equipment warn that strong signals from the planned network could jam existing navigation systems. A technical fix could be expensive — billions of dollars by one estimate — and there's no agreement on who should pay. Government officials pledge to block...
  • Sex offender caught after ditching GPS bracelet

    03/17/2011 10:11:43 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/17/11 | O'Ryan Johnson
    State police captured a “sexually violent predator” from Milford who was freed despite being convicted last year of aggravated rape, rape and abuse of a child, and indecent assault and battery among other offenses, according to state records and state police. Brian M. Addeo, 32, cut off his GPS tracking bracelet Friday in a Tewksbury parking lot and tossed it in the back of a pickup truck, state police said. Addeo remained on the run until last night, when the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension team captured him in Augusta, Maine, state police said. “We’re thrilled we got him,” said...
  • Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    03/12/2011 2:04:19 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 141 replies
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2011 1:58 a.m. EST | By Kevin Voigt
    The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis. "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude...
  • N.Korea Still Jamming GPS Signals (disrupting civilian airplane's GPS)

    03/10/2011 4:35:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/10/11
    N.Korea Still Jamming GPS Signals North Korea has been jamming Global Positioning System signals in South Korea since last Friday, it emerged. "The North kept jamming GPS devices as of Tuesday," a senior government official said Wednesday. "The attack isn't common knowledge because there's been no tangible damage, but it continues." There was one report that the GPS equipment of civilian aircraft near Incheon International Airport was faulty last Sunday. The official added the government identified Kaesong and Mt. Kumgang as the sources of the jamming attack. Interfering signals are sent out constantly, "so we can't say exactly when and...
  • N. Korea jams GPS signals to disrupt Korea-U.S. drills: sources

    03/05/2011 10:43:38 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 03/06/11
    N. Korea jams GPS signals to disrupt Korea-U.S. drills: sources SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea recently jammed GPS signals in South Korea in an apparent bid to disrupt Seoul's annual military drills with U.S. forces, government sources said Sunday. GPS signals in Seoul and nearby cities, including Incheon and Paju, were temporarily disrupted on Friday afternoon, causing mobile phones and certain military equipment in the area to malfunction, the sources said. "My understanding is that errors were detected in a very few equipment within the telecom industry," a defense official said. "Some measurement equipment in artillery units was...
  • Massachusetts Legislature Considering Putting GPS Locators In Firearms

    03/05/2011 8:54:06 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 22 replies ^ | 03/05/11 | Gun Nut
    Last Thursday, 03/03/11, we reported that there is a bill under consideration in the Connecticut legislature that would require confiscation of all magazines with a capacity of over ten rounds that remain in the state 90 days after the bill becomes law, if it does. Now, the geniuses in Massachusetts are proposing going Connecticut one better. Its a state commission to study the feasibility of requiring Global Positioning Systems (GPS) locators in firearms. Here is the bill:
  • Simple Tips To Protect Yourself From ‘Geo-Stalking’

    03/01/2011 4:01:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    CBS) ^ | March 1, 2011 1:29 PM
    Through a combination of Web technologies and cheaper, more ubiquitous devices, we are now witnessing what could be the golden era of geo-stalking. Certainly, having a GPS inside your phone is convenient. But, because of GPS data embedded in pictures taken with cell phones, those pictures may also share information with strangers that allows them to track you all the way to your front door. For more information on how to protect your information and turn off your GPS photo function....
  • 1 in 4 cancer cases missed: GPs send away alarming number of patients, delaying vital treatment

    02/27/2011 7:44:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/27/11 | by Sophie Borland & David Wilkes
    A quarter of cancer sufferers are being sent away by GPs with their early warning signs dismissed as minor ailments, a study reveals today. Tens of thousands of patients are initially told that their symptoms are ‘nothing to worry about’ or advised to take painkillers or antibiotics for months. They have to make repeated trips to their doctor before being given a correct diagnosis, the report concludes. Britain has one of the lowest cancer survival rates in Europe despite billions being invested in treatment over the last decade.
  • Schools use GPS to track students who skip

    02/18/2011 8:04:35 PM PST · by Immerito · 30 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 18, 2011 | Rosa Golijan
    Skipping class, though frowned upon, is practically a rite of passage for young teens, but thanks to an elaborate system involving GPS being used by some school districts, it is practically being eliminated completely. The Orange County Register reports that the Anaheim Union High School District in California is currently participating in a pilot program which involves using a combination of Global Positioning System technology, automated telephone reminders, and one-on-one coaching to cut down on truancy. It's similar to programs being used in Baltimore and San Antonio. Basically any students in the seventh- or eighth-grade who have four or more...
  • Sweetheart deal for billionaire could cut off GPS service

    02/10/2011 12:20:19 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 69 replies
    FCC bending the rules for obama's internet service. Throw your GPS's in the trash.
  • EDITORIAL: Obama to America: Get lost--Sweetheart deal for billionaire could cut off GPS service

    02/07/2011 5:37:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2011 | Editorial
    In the past decade, millions have come to depend on the seeming magic of the global positioning system (GPS) to guide them to their destination. The navigational gadgets in cars, cell phones and other hand-held devices can even be a lifesaver. Now the system may be undermined by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision last month to allow a well-connected company to exploit a slice of the airwaves in a way that potentially blocks GPS signals. The FCC bent the rules so the Reston-based firm LightSquared could offer a new wireless Internet service that fulfills President Obama‘s high-profile push for...
  • Missing dog finds way home after 5 years - even to owners' new house!

    01/20/2011 12:29:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | Wednesday, January 19th 2011, 6:20 PM | BY Lauren Johnston
    You'd almost think this little dog had a built-in GPS. A shaggy-haired Shih Tzu named Prince - missing for five years - has found his way home even though his owner moved four times since he disappeared. Myrna Carrillo got the cute pooch when he was just a puppy, and had him for three years before he went missing from her mother's house in Delano, Calif., NBC News reports. "It was sad you know, because I was really attached to him," Carillo said. Carillo got married, had two children and moved four times in the five years that Prince was...
  • FLIGHT ADVISORY: GPS Testing [spooky timing?]

    01/19/2011 8:23:34 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 27 replies
    Federal Aviation Administration ^ | January 19, 2011 | Anonymous
    FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FLIGHT ADVISORY GPS Testing CSFTL GPS 11-01 January 20-February 11, 2011 February 15-February 22, 2011 Brunswick, GA The Department of Defense will conduct GPS tests on January 20th through February 22nd, 2011. During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable. A. Location: Centered at 304906N/0802811W or the location know as 105.25 degrees and 52.1 NM from the SSI VOR. B. Dates and times: GPS testing is scheduled on January 20th through February 11th, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily and February 15th through February 22nd, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily. These tests may not be concurrent...