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incrediBILL - 7:22 pm on May 20, 2010 (gmt 0)Google maps is based on spy satellite technology.
|I don't really expect many will be able to discern the difference as the Google-love is too strong here to be objective. I guarantee you that if the government was doing this, your responses would be decidedly different but they don't have an adsense like program. |
Google-love? Let's be adults here.
Government is all over this technology already:
The internet was created by the military,
GPS was also created by the DOD.So the government is doing all of this, we're running on military inventions.
I certain don't see any complaints from anyone using those technologies today.
If you used Android phones you would already know this:
|Why is Google collecting this data? |
The data which we collect is used to improve Google’s location based services, as well as services provided by the Google Geo Location API. For example, users of Google Maps for Mobile can turn on “My Location” to identify their approximate location based on cell towers and WiFi access points which are visible to their device.
It has nothing to do with AdSense or any other thing, it's all about faster navigation without waiting on sluggish GPS location.
Additionally Google phones include a magnetometer not found in iPhones for similar reasons:
|Once you have a phone with a compass ("magnetometer"), a plumbline ("accelerometer"), and you can pinpoint your position (using GPS) and your time (using a clock), that's enough to work out which direction you're pointing in the Universe. |
Therefore, if you include cell towers and known wifi hotspots into that fray you're locating your spot in the universe even faster.
Google is merely attempting a leg up on all the GPS only navigation systems using cell towers and wifi, something I find very useful on a day to day basis.
Technology is advancing at a rapid rate and the Luddites with their archaic rules and paranoia will not slow us down!
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