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nickthehunter

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Posted: 12/29/11 09:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you now use a GPS how would you like it if it stopped working?

Some things you might want to be aware of:

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Posted: 12/29/11 09:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wonder what the effect woul be on Canadian signaling!


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Posted: 12/29/11 09:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It'll never happen. Besides the military using GPS for many things, location services, such as 911, use it too. No way the gov't is going to allow it.

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Posted: 12/29/11 09:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like my GPS...it works now and now is when I am using it.
I use to have an 8 track music system, I use to use floppy disks...well, you get the picture.

Besides, there is very little I can do about the future of GPS's.


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Posted: 12/29/11 09:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The more technological dependent people become the more chaos will ensue WHEN it stops working.......

Look at what happens when a power outage occurs.......commerce comes to a instant halt, cash registers can't be opened, people panic, don't know how to function etc.

I don't 'need' GPS (don't use it), computers/cell phones (nice to have but don't need them) or any of the other techy stuff (don't know what it is cause I don't have any......cell phone & laptop are it).

Chaos......that's what will occur.......everyone/everywhere is TOO dependent on techy stuff.
If evolution was true.......man will evolve into two thumbs and an eye.

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Lightsquared has already launched a satellite and has entered into agreements with a number of communications companies. Being a professional surveyor, I have been following the discussions about how the Lightsquared equipment has been demonstrated to interfere with high accuracy GPS that is used for surveying applications. Lightsquared maintains that GPS receivers are not sufficiently filtered to reject the Lightsquared signals which are supposed to be transmitting within their assigned bandwidth. They say that existing GPS receivers will all need to have the filters added to them and new receivers will need to include them.

It is in the hands of the FCC to decide where it will go from here. I assume that being there has been much invested by Lightsquared already they will have a good chance of getting approval. He who has the deepest pockets wins.

The Lightsguared system is said to be the next step in 4G mobile communications and will utilize satellite communications rather than cell phone towers. It will be able to put broadband access into areas that have not been able to gain access. They mount small radios on utility poles which in turn connect users to the rest of the world via their satellite.

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I've been watching this as well, and it's amazing that the FCC has allowed Lightsquare to get as far along and introduce the totally weighted testing they have done to this point. Their contention that the portable units need better channel filters may be correct, but we're beyond that. There are WAY more uses of the GPS constallation than people could imagine, and all of it is in jeopardy if the commission approves Lightsquare's application. So many that I'm just sitting back to see how stupid the commission and Lightsquare really are, because sooner or later they will be shut down and lose the entire investment. This will end up as the 21st century version of the Boston Tea Party. Buy your tickets now!


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Posted: 12/29/11 10:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds more likely that 'lightsquared' wont be providing internet via broadcast.


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Posted: 12/29/11 11:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I really get sick of technology improvements costing me more money (pout). I own several GPS units and they're handy gizmos to have, especially when I'm out wandering in the woods. But the thing that scared me the most in those articles was the mention that LightSquared also interferes with the technology that keeps planes from crashing into terrain..... eeeks!

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Dufus wrote:

There will always be a need for cartography.
I guess someone will keep printing books and checks too.

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