Tuesday, June 01, 2010

GPS Warning

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Glitch shows how much US military relies on GPS

”DENVER — A problem that rendered as many as 10,000 U.S. military GPS receivers useless for days is a warning to safeguard a system that enemies would love to disrupt, a defense expert says. “

”James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the glitch was a warning "in the context where people are every day trying to figure out how to disrupt GPS." “

”The Air Force said it took less than two weeks for the military to identify the cause and begin devising and installing a temporary fix. It did not say how long it took to install the temporary fix everywhere it was needed, but said a permanent fix is being distributed.“

Less than two weeks to fix it, huh? The volcano in Iceland only shut down some European airspace for 6 days. That cost the airlines $1.7 billion.

Why am I reminded of a famous quote from a movie? “The more they over-think the plumbing...”

Don Brown
June 1, 2010


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