Web siteGoogle Latitude is so cool - http://www.google.com/latitude
      – BorgClown, 2009-03-29 at 07:27:05   (14 comments)

On 2009-03-29 at 07:35:17, BorgClown wrote...
I installed it on my phone, and even though it lacks a GPS, it can track my location with varying degrees of uncertainty. This is done by cooperation between Google and my cell phone provider, who know about where I am triangulating my location between the antennas that see me. I've still to read how exactly is this done, but so far it has turned my phone into a GPS with satellite view. My wife, my older sister and I are sharing locations, and knowing where each one is a few keys away. It's so cool that I can follow my sister real-time when she's traveling on bus to another city, just zoom in the satellite map and see more or less the scenery she's seeing, although from a bird's eye viewpoint. Also, when I'm on the road, I always wonder what's on the other side of a fenced or tree-obscured terrain. Now I can just pull over and check it out from above. It's amazing now, but in a few years it would be quite normal. I think GPS-only gadgets are going the way of the PDAs (and the Dodo) soon.
On 2009-03-29 at 07:36:47, BorgClown wrote...
Excuse my bad English, naughty me didn't proof-read.
On 2009-03-29 at 15:57:19, Thelevellers wrote...
Cool, I love that kinda geekery... My mate doesn't have GPS for his car, he has an inverter and a usb dongle for his laptop so he uses google earth as his GPS. The only downside is that there isn't very good wifi coverage in most of the areas he drives in, so you can't zoom in with sattelite imagery on... If you got mobile internet for the laptop it would be cool though! :) I guess that's where google latitude comes in... :-)
On 2009-03-29 at 17:54:46, Baslisks wrote...
I keep my gps on my phone off. I want no tracking.
On 2009-03-30 at 05:57:36, BorgClown wrote...
@Thelevellers: Right, as more and more cell phones come Internet-enabled, I believe connections will become as usable as residential broadband, so you'll essentially carry your permanent connection. There's so much convergence on cell phones these days.
On 2009-03-30 at 05:59:37, BorgClown wrote...
@Baslisks: Did you miss the part of my post about tracking through antenna triangulation, no GPS needed? Unless you take out the battery of your phone, switching it off is no guarantee of privacy.
On 2009-03-30 at 08:31:12, Lee J Haywood wrote...
My mobile came with mapping software and route planning, but amusingly needs a bluetooth GPS to work as a SatNav (although I can still play the directory of speech samples, which is also amusing). @BorgClown: Did you know that your provider would triangulate the mobile's position before you installed Latitude?
On 2009-03-30 at 12:47:40, Baslisks wrote...
@BorgClown: recently had a falling out with my girlfriend so I have had my phone taken apart as I fix and repair and not communicate with her.
On 2009-04-01 at 06:56:48, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Yes, that's where my privacy topic came from. At least now I can use that information, before that only my provider and law enforcement agencies could.
On 2009-04-01 at 06:58:51, BorgClown wrote...
@Baslisks: Did I read that right? You took apart your phone so your ex-girlfriend would not bother you?
On 2009-04-01 at 08:56:03, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I read it as his current girlfriend, and thought how important communication is - deliberately not communicating seems like a path to disaster.
On 2009-04-01 at 12:31:39, Baslisks wrote...
meh.... Supposedly it makes whatever contact we have significant and amazing... I just feel lonely.
On 2009-04-01 at 14:26:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I guess you might think it's safer to not communicate because then you cannot make things any worse. But you'd hope a strong relationship would be based on good communication where things are less likely to blow up in the first place. It's tough when you're actually in a relationship though, as it's almost impossible to get perspective.
On 2009-04-01 at 14:39:03, Baslisks wrote...
Yeah... Thinking of ending it as she expects too much from me right now... How did they end up figuring out how to find latitude anyways? Was a plot point in one of my books but it ended before the trick was realized.