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

Scott McGrath scmcgrath at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 08:50:53 EDT 2013


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

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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
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>> http://www.economist.com/news/international/21582288-satellite-positioning-data-are-vitalbut-signal-surprisingly-easy-disrupt-out?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/outofsight
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>>                                -Bill
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