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Friday, August 31, 2007

The Math Tourist column at the Mathematical Association of America website today ponders if those rectangular states in the U.S. are rectangular and how many sides they actually have. It’s a nice diversion from other geographic pursuits as we head into a long holiday weekend.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 08:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As locals examine the response of the Greek government to a rash of fires that devistated many rural forest homes, technology has been identified as a limitation. Two years ago the Prime Minister promised regular imagery would be gathered to insure forest development was not occuring. That didn’t happen. Firefighters note that a lack of imagery hindered responses, too.

- The Economist

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 07:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It was the big story earlier in the week: Who would get the nearly $2 billion contract from FAA for the new system that would use ground relayed GPS information to allow, ideally, more planes in the air. The old/current system uses radar. The new system is aimed to up and running in 2025.

- Chicago Daily Herad
- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 07:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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He’s off to college with a new car (which he got in trade for an unlocked iPhone) and now will tackle adding location information to Apple’s hot phone.

Hotz new project is a GPS for the iPhone that uses triangulation from the cell phone towers. He says he believes the towers are public record and you can use an AT command to get signal strength.

- Digital Media Wire

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 07:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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The Federal Communications Commission said it proposed fines totaling $2.825 million against Sprint Nextel, Alltel Corp and United States Cellular for failing to meet the new standards [to locate mobile phones].

And, they failed by a lot. This is becoming such a joke.

- Reuters

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 07:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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