Posted by: geonarcissa | December 12, 2010

GPS in the news

GPS helps lazy people destroy their brains.

Russia’s GLONASS system (their answer to GPS) has experienced a pretty serious setback due to a botched launch that caused the loss of three satellites.

Happy 20th Birthday to the first GPS satellite in orbit!

Smartphones are outselling dedicated GPS units. No surprise there, but I’m still not inclined to pay the data fees for a smartphone.

There’s a lot of outrage about a firefighter who was fired after his employer used GPS to track him.

In other disturbing but not shocking news, the proliferation of GPS devices is contributing to an increase in stalking incidents using these devices. The law has traditionally been very slow/reticent about dealing with stalkers, and I wonder if the new techno-stalking will spur faster action.



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