Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"John Wick didn't kill all those people because they broke his toaster." -MickAK

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Even in the Best Case, Over Five Million GPS Units Will Be Frelled by LightSquared

Federal testing has shown that three-quarters of marine and automotive GPSs will be fucked by LightSquared's proposed 4G network. The government has not yet finished testing of aviation and high-precision GPS devices.

LightSquared is, of course, outraged. They say that "only 10%" of GPS units will be unusable if they can build their network. When you count installed units, portable units and cell phones, I'd guess that would mean that fifteen million or more GPS units would be fucked up, even with LightSquared's optimistic figures.

So tens of millions of people would have to replace their cell phones and other GPS units, all so that some billionaire hedge-fund asswipe can make even more money.

3 comments:

Nangleator said...

I can think of a new hobby for when I'm lost.

And since I know the government won't be able to track my location, given that my surveillance device is not operational, I'll have an alibi.

montag said...

75% or 10%. If one of the units frelled is yours the number really doesn't make any difference. All you care about, if you are not lost, is who will pay for a new one.

NoName said...

The solution is obvious. LightSquared should be allowed to build their network but should be required to replace all of the devices that break because of their network. Making a device obsolete is a cost of building the network and it seems clear to me that the builder of the network should bear that cost.