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  • Mapping autonomously: The cost of helping a self-driving car get around the city

    12/04/2019 1:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 2, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    In the highly competitive race to get self-driving cars to the market, most companies hold their secrets close. But when it comes to helping those cars figure out where they are on the road, some experts are ready to open up. Argo AI, based in the Strip District, and Aptiv, based in O’Hara, publicly released some of their own data sets earlier this year in an effort to further advancement in the field. The companies shared parts of their own maps of cities where they are testing self-driving cars, including Pittsburgh. That may seem strange considering the abundance of applications...
  • Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai

    11/17/2019 5:02:08 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 36 replies
    Although the American ship’s GPS signals initially seemed to have just been jammed, both it and its neighbor had also been spoofed—their true position and speed replaced by false coordinates broadcast from the ground. This is serious, as 50% of all casualties at sea are linked to navigational mistakes that cause collisions or groundings. When mariners simply lose a GPS signal, they can fall back on paper charts, radar, and visual navigation. But if a ship’s GPS signal is spoofed, its captain—and any nearby vessels tracking it via AIS— will be told that the ship is somewhere else entirely. Nor...
  • GPS and the Early Space Program

    I recently was on the Cold War Conversations podcast discussing my book “GPS Declassified” and my father’s role in the early space program and the invention of GPS.
  • GOP investigators seek Nellie Ohr's research for Fusion GPS on Trump family

    07/21/2019 3:48:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/19/19 | Daniel Chaitin
    Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, is under scrutiny again. GOP lawmakers in the House seek Ohr's opposition research on members of the Trump family, according to Fox News. In testimony to lawmakers late last year, Ohr said she gathered information during the 2016 campaign about President Trump, his wife Melania Trump, and his children for Fusion GPS, the same opposition research firm that was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign for British ex-spy Christopher Steele's anti-Trump dossier. The Republican investigators want to know if Ohr's Trump family research made it...
  • Dozens of vehicles are left in 'muddy mess of a field' after Google Maps offered drivers [tr]

    06/26/2019 1:19:25 PM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 26, 2019 | Staff
    Dozens of vehicles struggled through a 'muddy mess' of a road on Sunday after they followed directions from Google Maps that offered a short cut to the Denver International Airport. Connie Monsees, a Highlands Ranch native, used her Google maps app to divert around a traffic jam on Pena Boulevard on Sunday. She soon wound up on the muddy off-road. 'It eventually took me to a road that...became dirt,' Monsees explained on an ABC News podcast. 'I was not the only one, there was probably a hundred cars out there.'
  • Robert Mueller exploited cellphone GPS to track Trump associates

    06/10/2019 6:35:32 PM PDT · by bitt · 60 replies
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 6/8/2019 | rowan scarborough
    Robert Mueller says he was able to pinpoint security company executive Erik Prince’s precise location for several hours in January 2017 by matching his mobile phone signal to a cell site near Trump Tower in New York City. The special counsel’s report discloses the use of this investigative technique, by which police determine a suspect’s location via a cellphone’s GPS signal. The Prince narrative is one instance in unredacted sections of the report in which Mr. Mueller’s team explicitly discloses cellphone tracking. It raises the question of whether the FBI applied the process to other investigative subjects — a phone’s...
  • Lee Kuan Yew's Other Legacy: Why Singapore Has One Of The World's Toughest Militaries

    03/27/2015 8:28:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 58 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 24 2015 | Alberto Riva
    When Lee Kuan Yew died Monday at age 91, the founding father of Singapore did not leave just his legacy as the prime minister whose authoritarian policies shaped a backwater British colony into the world’s fourth-wealthiest nation. He also left Singaporeans with one of the most formidable armies in the world. The tiny island state of 5.4 million, with a land area far smaller than New York City’s, has more fighter jets than Spain, Poland or Sweden. Its army has as many tanks as Italy, which is more than 400 times the size. Its navy boasts the only stealthy ships...
  • Top Democrat's wife may have gained 'illegal private benefit' from his committee activities

    05/20/2019 7:57:30 PM PDT · by bitt · 61 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 5/20/2019 | alana goodman
    A charity run by the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee and could have been used illegally, according to an IRS complaint filed by an ethics watchdog group. Cummings, 68, a Maryland Democrat, is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His wife, Maya Rockeymoore, 48, is the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and briefly ran in the state's gubernatorial race last year. The couple married in 2008. Cummings was once heavily in debt — in part due to hefty child support...
  • GPS Inventor’s 98th birthday

    04/30/2019 10:36:19 AM PDT · by Richard from IL · 33 replies
    Today would have been my father’s 98th birthday. Here’s the video which was played in 2006 at the banquet after he received the National Medal of Technology from President Bush. There are more details at my website.
  • Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps

    04/25/2019 8:06:50 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 100 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 24 April 2019 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai |
    “I can absolutely make a big traffic problem all over the world,” the hacker said. On some cars, the software has the capability of remotely turning off the engines of vehicles that are stopped or are traveling 12 miles per hour or slower, according to the manufacturer of certain GPS tracking devices. By reverse engineering ProTrack and iTrack’s Android apps, L&M said he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up. ProTrack is made by iTryBrand Technology, a company based in Shenzhen, China. iTrack is made by SEEWORLD, a company based in Guangzhou,...
  • Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

    04/13/2019 9:30:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 April 2019 | JENNIFER VALENTINO-DeVRIES
    When detectives in a Phoenix suburb arrested a warehouse worker in a murder investigation last December, they credited a new technique with breaking open the case after other leads went cold. The police told the suspect, Jorge Molina, they had data tracking his phone to the site where a man was shot nine months earlier. They had made the discovery after obtaining a search warrant that required Google to provide information on all devices it recorded near the killing, potentially capturing the whereabouts of anyone in the area. Investigators also had other circumstantial evidence, including security video of someone firing...
  • Schools are cracking down on apps that let parents listen in on students

    04/17/2019 6:11:28 AM PDT · by bgill · 41 replies
    kxan ^ | April 17, 2019 | Chris Davis
    Parents have been using apps and GPS devices to keep track of their kids for years, but now a local school district wants to prohibit parents from using one feature while their students are in school. Lake Travis ISD's board will vote Wednesday on a policy change to prevent parents from using devices to listen in to their kids while they're at school. It's a legal issue, the district told KXAN. Parents who are discreetly listening in to their kids might also be listening in on other children, and in addition to raising privacy concerns, the practice could violate federal...
  • The Russians are screwing with the GPS system to send bogus navigation data to thousands of ships

    04/14/2019 7:21:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/14/19 | Jim Edwards
    On May 15, 2018, under a sunny sky, Russian President Vladimir Putin drove a bright orange truck in a convoy of construction vehicles for the opening of the Kerch Bridge from Russia to Crimea. At 11 miles long, it is now the longest bridge in either Europe or Russia. As Putin drove across the bridge, something weird happened. The satellite navigation systems in the control rooms of more than 24 ships anchored nearby suddenly started displaying false information about their location. Their GPS systems told their captains they were anchored more than 65 kilometres away — on land, at the...
  • Russia Is Tricking GPS to Protect Putin

    04/03/2019 9:25:54 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    Researchers at a Washington-based think tank have noticed that a funny thing happens whenever Russian President Vladimir Putin gets close to a harbor: The GPS of the ships moored there go haywire, placing them many miles away on the runways of nearby airports. According to a new report by security experts with the group C4ADS, the phenomenon suggests that Putin travels with a mobile GPS spoofing device and, more broadly, that Russia is manipulating global navigation systems on a scale far greater than previously understood. “Russia continues to act as a pioneer in this space, exposing its willingness to not...
  • Ex-Uber driver charged with rape held on $100K bail (Mass.)

    04/01/2019 5:04:03 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 1, 2019 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A judge told a former Uber driver accused of raping a passenger in his car near the iconic Hatch Shell to “please knock it off” when the widowered father of 12 began sobbing uncontrollably at his arraignment today. Mayanja Daudah, 37, of Waltham, whose lawyer said has 12 children, including three sets of twins, was ordered held on $100,000 bail by Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott pending a May 1 pretrial hearing. Sinnott further ordered the Ugandan citizen to surrender his passport and be fitted with a GPS tracking bracelet in the event he’s released.
  • Fusion GPS researcher (Ohr) admits she would turn down a request to do oppo research on Hillary

    03/31/2019 9:39:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/30/19 | Rowan Scarborough
    A key anti-Trump researcher for dossier orchestrator Fusion GPS told Congress she would shy away from conducting similar Russia research into Hillary Clinton, according to an interview transcript. “Because I favored Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate,” Nellie Ohr testified in October before a special House Judiciary-Oversight task force. Ms. Ohr is the wife of Bruce Ohr, a former associate deputy attorney general. He turned out to be the messenger to the FBI for ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the dossier, and Fusion, which paid Mr. Steele with money from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
  • Russia backs global use of its alternative SWIFT system

    03/25/2019 9:56:15 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 10 replies
    Investing ^ | March 19, 2019
    MOSCOW, March 19 (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers on Tuesday backed the international use of a Russian alternative system for the global financial messaging network SWIFT designed by Moscow to eliminate the risk of Western sanctions. Russia has held talks with China, India, Iran and Turkey about joint use of Russia's financial messaging system, said Anatoly Aksakov, who heads the Russian Banking Association and a financial committee with the lower house of parliament. "As the system has proved to be viable and efficient, it draws interest from both Russian and foreign players, it is proposed to give any legal entities, Russian...
  • Used IPad and GPS

    03/25/2019 7:15:51 AM PDT · by rey · 53 replies
    25 March 2019
    I work for a Cal Fire dozer contractor and would like to have a GPS system on the dozer. We are often in heavy smoke, in the dark, on mountainous terrain and having a GPS that shows a topographical map might be a life saver. I am thinking of a used IPad because there are a number of them available in the $50-$150 range (This will almost certainly be a throw away use as the vibration of the dozer and the filth we work in will likely kill it. Because it is a throw away, I am looking at inexpensive.)...
  • GPS Flaw: Security Expert Says He Won't Fly April 6

    03/08/2019 7:02:08 PM PST · by cba123 · 83 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | Paul Wagenseil
    Don't look now, but there's another Y2K-like computer-calendar problem on the way, and this one arrives in just one month: April 6, 2019.
  • Track Your Chicken's Whereabouts Before Eating It: With GPS & Face Recognition

    02/24/2019 10:59:23 AM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 44 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 24, 2019 | Martha Ann Overland
    It's not as absurd as it sounds, says Robyn Metcalfe, a food historian who teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. A GPS tracker strapped to the leg of a chicken, says Metcalfe, means "that people who potentially will buy that chicken will know every step that that chicken has taken." ZhongAn Online, a Chinese insurance company, has already outfitted more than a 100,000 chickens with trackers. The sensors upload information, such as how much exercise each chicken gets and what it ate. They are also working on facial-recognition technology so that consumers can one day make sure the...