Here's the geospatial-related geonews discussed over Slashdot during the last two weeks, in batch mode:
Slashdot discusses a story named NATO Exercise Banned From Jamming GPS.
Their summary: "A major NATO exercise off the coast of Scotland has been ordered to stop using GPS jamming technology after complaints that to do so would endanger the lives of fishermen and disrupt civilian mobile phones. The exercise — called 'Joint Warrior' -planned to disrupt GPS for 20 miles around each warship"
Slashdot discusses another GPS tracking privacy story, this one called GPS Tracking of State Worker Raises Privacy Issues.
With this summary: "How far can state government go in keeping tabs on its employees? That's the question a mid-level appeals court will consider in the wake of a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union against the state Labor Department, in the case of a fired state worker who was tracked with a GPS device that investigators secretly attached to his personal car. ... State officials tracked Cunningham's whereabouts by secretly attaching a GPS device to his BMW. The electronic tailing went beyond what would normally be termed Cunningham's work hours, since the device was on for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They even tracked him on a multi-day family vacation."
That's probably our biggest "geonews in batch mode" issue ever. That's the price I have to pay for three weeks of holidays! ;-) I tried to keep only the most pertinent geonews. After reading this unusually long entry, you and I are back to being up to date in terms of geonews.
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This is an older story in Miller-McCune, but since I've just discovered Slashgeo I wanted to share it:
"The Revolution Will Be Mapped: GIS mapping technology is helping underprivileged communities get better services — from education and transportation to health care and law enforcement — by showing exactly what discrimination looks like."
[Editor's note: this article is dated December 2009, but we haven't mentioned it at the time and it may certainly interest many of our users]
A story discussed over Slashdot: Court Orders Gov't To Disclose GPS Tracking Data.
Still in catch up mode, here's the last three weeks of geospatial open source news in batch mode.
This is a fascinating story about the discovery that GPS can be used to detect illicit nuclear weapons testing. The authors postulate that this discovery will help to justify ratification of the Comprensive Test Ban Treaty. Here's a quote from the story: "We hope that the discovery, which grew out of our efforts to improve the planet's global positioning system (GPS), will be useful to the test-ban organization as a supplementary means of detecting clandestine nuclear tests. It may even give the United States more reason to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty."
[Editor's note: a bit more from the article: "GPS might at first seem like an unlikely source for nuclear test detection. But if the technology was designed for location purposes -- and it has found many such purposes in the pursuit of science -- GPS signals have always been especially sensitive to atmospheric disturbances. GPS radio waves must pass from transmitters on satellites high above the planet down to ground-based receivers. Air molecules in-between -- more specifically, electrons and other charged particles in the ionosphere -- interfere with the signal, generating position error."]
That's the name of a discussion over Slashdot: How Does GPS Change Us?
Their summary: ""People have talked for a while about the effects of GPS on our driving ability and our sense of direction; one researcher at McGill has even been developing an exercise regimen to compensate for our supposedly atrophying navigational ability. But is GPS reshaping our lives in a more fundamental sense? The author of this new essay draws on science, sociology, and literature to argue that GPS is transforming how we think about travel and exploration. How can we discover 'the new' in an age when everything around us is mapped?" My own experience is that GPS has made me much more aware of location, by showing me the bird's-eye view, and letting me instantly compare alternate routes."
Christina Hoag reports that the once tranquil hills around the Hollywood sign are now gridlocked with tourists trying to find the best view of the famous landmark. Local residents claim that their out-of-the-way streets were quiet until GPS units recently began directing tourists right to their doors.