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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Slashdot | US Satellite Plan Could Knock Out GPS and Radio

"Otago University researchers are concerned by US plans to protect satellites from solar storms... "The approach, which is being considered by the US Air Force and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, involves using very low frequency radio waves to flush particles from belts and dump them into the upper atmosphere over either one or several days". The plan could disrupt GPS signals and high frequency radio over the Pacific for up to a week. "The disruptions result from a deluge of dumped charged particles temporarily changing the ionosphere from a "mirror" that bounces high frequency radio waves around the planet to a "sponge" that soaks them up.""

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Flickr about to add Geotagging functionality?

This user stumbled across this on Flickr this morning..."That panel prompted me to set my default geotagging permissions for new photos (that is, who can see the geotagging information). After selecting "Everyone", I was presented a map to which I could drag and drop photos, thus tagging them with latitude and longitude information."

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Sony's new GPS gives you photos that know where they were taken

It's a little GPS receiver that stamps your photos with the location they were snapped, a much easier method than carrying around a GPS receiver and pencil. Your photos can be placed across a map with "virtual pushpins" via Sony's Picture Motion Browser.

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Undead Silicon Valley Icons Hitchhike Across the US

A new, rather high mark has been set for those hoping to secure lasting fame here in Silicon Valley. You have to die, be modeled out of wood, have a GPS device secured to your back and hitchhike your way around the country.

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