Archive for the ‘GPS’ Category

Your iPhone Spies On You

April 23, 2011

Your iPhone Spies On You

Software in the iPhone tells Apple where you are now and where you have been. Best reaction so far:

“iPhone Secretly Tracking How Dull Your Life Is,” SatireWire



DC Box Turtle in Drug Bust

August 2, 2008

A District of Columbia box turtle (Terrapene carolina) known to authorities only as “Number 72,” led police to a marijuana field in the city’s Rock Creek Park, just south of the Maryland state line. The “Tattle-Tale Turtle,” outfitted with a GPS transmitter by a National Park Service researcher, “rolled over” on her 19-year-old associate, Isiah Johnson, of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

“Rolling over” is quite hazardous for turtles, due to the difficulty they face in flipping over and getting their legs back under them.


iPhone 3G Lacks Features

June 11, 2008

iPhone 3G Lacks Features

Apple’s Steve Jobs unveiled the long-awaited iPhone 3G this weekend at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco and, like others. NotionsCapital is disappointed. Certainly the device is cheaper and faster, and the complimentary white cotton gloves keep the touchscreen from smearing, but the new model still lacks features Real Guys want. Okay, it does have a GPS and a better camera, and the new cigar clipper is an elegant touch, but that’s about it.


New Year’s Blast

January 3, 2008

New Year's Blast

Mike DeBonis of the City Paper blog greets the New Year with the All-New, Google-Map-enabled, 2008 Model Nuclear Blast Simulator (High Yield Detonation Effects Simulator or HYDEsim).


Where in the World is Ron Paul’s Blimp?

December 18, 2007

Where in the World is Ron Paul's Blimp

The Ron Paul Blimp website now has a GPS readout in a Google map-satellite-hybrid format so you can track its stately progress as it wafts through the aether towards a luminescent Libertarian tomorrow.

Or something.

The blimp is still back in Elizabeth City, NC. It apparently sleeps 5 meters off the ground, tethered to a pole, and might make a good weathervane, though a bit ostentatious for my taste.

Image by Mike Licht, still undecided. Carmen Sandiego is leaning towards Obama.

Olympics® Travel Tips for Americans

October 6, 2007

I can’t wait to see the Great Wall of Walmart . . . .

The 2008 Olympics®  in Beijing are less than a year away, but many Americans will want to start preparing now for travel to the quadrennial contests and sightseeing in exotic China. Another reason to prepare for the journey in advance: the U.S. dollar is pretty much worthless paper.

I outlined some Olympics® side trips earlier, but I can’t send you on your way without a few travel tips: 

If you travel by bus, try to avoid vehicles where other passengers are transporting fireworks.

Bottled water may be counterfeit. Check labels for the stamp of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. Of course that may be counterfeit, too.

Bring your own toothpaste.

If you have difficulty breathing during a U.S. Red Air Quality day, bad news. China’s city’s have lots of Purple and Maroon Air Quality weeks. Try not to breathe.

Do not rely on your GPS when you drive in Shanghai, as many GPS maps are counterfeit. Counterfeit GPS maps are so prevalent that massive urban-renewal projects were undertaken just to make some neighborhoods and roads correspond to the counterfeits.

Shanghai is often called the New York City of China.  Remember that when someone offers to sell you the Lupu Bridge.