. . . and I Just Got a GPS

Just my luck.

The Guardian reports that the system is developing cracks in the foundation. The satellites are aging and may start to fail before they can be replaced. The full story is here.

Now, I don’t care all that much. I like maps.

I bought the GPS with credit card rewards points as a toy.

But what are all the kids who can’t read maps and can’t plot a course going to do?

An excerpt is below the fold.

    The satellites are overseen by the US Air Force, which has maintained the GPS network since the early 1990s. According to a study by the US government accountability office (GAO), mismanagement and a lack of investment means that some of the crucial GPS satellites could begin to fail as early as next year.

    “It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption,” said the report, presented to Congress. “If not, some military operations and some civilian users could be adversely affected.”

    The report says that Air Force officials have failed to execute the necessary steps to keep the system running smoothly.

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