jm + gps   11

Internet mapping turned a remote farm into a digital hell
I think this a bit of a legal issue for MaxMind:
The trouble for the Taylor farm started in 2002, when a Massachusetts-based digital mapping company called MaxMind decided it wanted to provide “IP intelligence” to companies who wanted to know the geographic location of a computer to, for example, show the person using it relevant ads or to send the person a warning letter if they were pirating music or movies.
maxmind  fail  location  ip  geodata  gps  mapping  kansas 
april 2016 by jm
Care.data and access to UK health records: patient privacy and public trust
'In 2013, the United Kingdom launched care.data, an NHS England initiative to combine patient records, stored in the machines of general practitioners (GPs), with information from social services and hospitals to make one centralized data archive. One aim of the initiative is to gain a picture of the care being delivered between different parts of the healthcare system and thus identify what is working in health care delivery, and what areas need greater attention and resources. This case study analyzes the complications around the launch of care.data. It explains the historical context of the program and the controversies that emerged in the course of the rollout. It explores problems in management and communications around the centralization effort, competing views on the safety of “anonymous” and “pseudonymous” health data, and the conflicting legal duties imposed on GPs with the introduction of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act. This paper also explores the power struggles in the battle over care.data and outlines the tensions among various stakeholders, including patients, GPs, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the government, privacy experts and data purchasers. The predominant public policy question that emerges from this review centers on how best to utilize technological advances and simultaneously strike a balance between the many competing interests around health and personal privacy.'
care.data  privacy  healthcare  uk  nhs  trust  anonymity  anonymization  gps  medicine 
august 2015 by jm
GpsMapIreland
This topographic map represents Ireland. It is designed for "hillwalking". The contour lines are extracted from SRTM public data provided by NASA. These files contain a digitized ground represented by points. The sample rate defines a grid resolution for Ireland around 90m in northing and 60m in easting. In major cases, digitized points do not correspond with summits. Carrauntoohil (1039m, the highest summit of Ireland) does not appear in SRTM data. The altitude reaches only 1018m.
Data were obtain from space with a radar. Because of the relative position between the radar and the earth, a shadow appears in some conditions (along ridges, behind summits...). This shadow matches with a gap in data (Imagine you with a flashlight in a dark room. It is hard to see what is in shadow). To close these gaps, you need other data or you can do interpolation. The second solution is applied in our case. There is one square degree per SRTM file with a sample rate of 1200x1200 points/square degree at Ireland latitude. [...]
All in all you obtain contour lines pretty sufficient for walking.
hillwalking  walking  ireland  gps  garmin  open-data  srtm  maps  hiking  via:alan 
november 2014 by jm
Eircode postcodes will cost lives, warn emergency workers
A group representing frontline emergency staff has warned lives will be lost unless the Government reverses its decision on a new national postcode system due to be rolled out next spring.

John Kidd, chairman of the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association, said the “mainly random nature” of the Eircode system would mean errors by users would go unnoticed, as well as cause confusion and may be “catastrophic” in terms of sending services to the wrong location.

[....]

Neil McDonnell, general manager of the Freight Transport Association Ireland, said he understood Mr Kidd’s concerns. “Take, for example, two adjacent houses in Glasnevin, Dublin,” said Mr McDonnell. “One could be D11 ZXQ8, the other one D11 67TR. The four-character unique identifier is completely random, with no sequence or algorithm linking one house to the other.”
eircode  fail  postcodes  ireland  geo  location  gps  emergency 
october 2014 by jm
Spybike
This is brilliant. 'covert bicycle GPS tracker; Notifies you by SMS if your bicycle moves; Online tracking'. 'Spybike is a covert tracking device that is hidden inside your bicycle steerer tube. The device is disguised to look like a normal head set cap to avoid suspicion. If someone steals your bike, you can use SpyBike to track their movements online and on your mobile.' More details: http://www.integratedtrackers.com/GPSTrack/pdf/Spybike_Instructions_2.pdf
spybike  cycling  theft  gps  tracking 
july 2013 by jm
BBC News - Sentinel project research reveals UK GPS jammer use
GPS jamming was this commonplace? I had no idea. '"We believe there's between 50 and 450 occurrences in the UK every day," said Charles Curry of Chronos Technology, the company leading the project, though he stressed that they were still analysing the data.' [...] "Most of them are used by people who don't want their vehicles to be tracked." (via Tim Bunce)
via:timbunce  jamming  gps  uk  location  chronos 
february 2012 by jm
Dublin live bus arrival times
on a zoomable map; not all stops/routes are covered yet, UI needs work for mobile devices, and hopefully there's an open API -- but still useful already (via Oliver Nash). Sample single-stop result page: http://dublin.acisconnect.com/Popup_Content/WebDisplay/WebDisplay.aspx?StopRef=01279
via:olivernash  dublin  busses  transit  public-transport  gps  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
The Reverse Geocache Puzzle Box
this is fantastic -- a (physical) puzzle, which must be brought to a specific location on the planet to be opened
geocaching  cool  electronics  geolocation  gps  hardware  puzzles  arduino  from delicious
september 2010 by jm
Contributing to Open street map with an iPhone
suggests using the OSMTrack app, start driving, upload and that's it
openstreetmap  osm  apps  iphone  gps  open-data  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
iPhone 3GS GPS suddenly stops working? here's the fix
via a forum on MacRumors -- blow away the locationd cache. Worked perfectly for me after my GPS crapped out halfway through my holidays :( Requires that the phone be jailbroken first
iphone  gps  software  3gs  reliability  bugs  macrumors  jailbreaking  locationd  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Pricewatch - The route of the problem
great article about Dublin Bus' shortcomings, featuring an interview with Antoin! Very interesting to hear about the upcoming GPS-based accurate bus timetabling service to be visible via their website, that'll be fantastic
gps  busses  dublin-bus  dublin  mass-transit  commute  travel  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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