[time-nuts] Story in the Economist about GPS jamming

J. Forster jfor at quikus.com
Tue Jul 30 09:05:11 EDT 2013


I'm unconvinced Clarke's Law is operative here.

A more appropriate model is the Swiss Army Knife...  a single tool to be
all things to all people. In reality, such a tool or program does nothing
very well. Examples abound.

YMMV,

-John

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> Any competent engineer could have told the powers that be that a satellite
> system based in LEO has a relatively high risk profile from the
> Universe/hostile activity/spoofing and jamming
>
> Yes GPS is/was oversold.
>
> Trouble is Clarkes law applies here (any sufficiently advanced technology
> is indistinguishable from magic).  And this applies double to the
> technological illiterates in DC
>
> See Sen 'Tubes' Stevens for the canonical example
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 29, 2013, at 12:46 PM, "J. Forster" <jfor at quikus.com> wrote:
>
>> It seems to me that GPS has been oversold as the be all, end all system
>> that made all other systems obsolete and GPS has become all but an
>> indespensible utility.
>>
>> Reports like this, could well be used to promote a backup, like LORAN or
>> eLORAN, just as public buildings have backup generators.
>>
>> YMMV,
>>
>> -John
>>
>> ==================
>>
>>
>>>
>>> http://www.economist.com/news/international/21582288-satellite-positioning-data-are-vitalbut-signal-surprisingly-easy-disrupt-out?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/outofsight
>>>
>>>                                -Bill
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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