Monday, May 25, 2009

short quote: glad I never spent money on this technology

Wherein if a map and a compass were good enough for the Donner party they're good enough for me

GPS close to breakdown:
US government officials are concerned that the quality of the Global Positioning System (GPS) could begin to deteriorate as early as next year, resulting in regular blackouts and failures – or even dishing out inaccurate directions to millions of people worldwide.

The warning centres on the network of GPS satellites that constantly orbit the planet and beam signals back to the ground that help pinpoint your position on the Earth's surface.

The satellites are overseen by the US Air Force, which has maintained the GPS network since the early 1990s. According to a study by the US government accountability office (GAO), mismanagement and a lack of investment means that some of the crucial GPS satellites could begin to fail as early as next year.

"It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption," said the report, presented to Congress. "If not, some military operations and some civilian users could be adversely affected."

The report says that Air Force officials have failed to execute the necessary steps to keep the system running smoothly.


Blogger XWL said...

I'm pretty sure that article is just wishful thinking from the communist over at the Guardian.

Alarmist accounts of pending disasters if funds aren't immediately procured are standard operating procedure. Plus the GAO always seems to find mismanagement everywhere they look. All agencies are mismanaged to one degree or another. Seems like good management and government work aren't synonymous (until we let the feds take over health care, cause that they'll get right).

5/27/2009 03:15:00 AM  

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