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8:28 am on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This man, more than any other I can think of, has caused me more grief and trouble than any man deserves. The telephone is an insidious device spawned straight from the Gates of Hades.

So can it ever get worse? Yes!

Now someone has developed a network to help you track the location of friends with cell phones. GPS technology. That means you can no longer hide out on the cereal aisle, or in the coffee shop, or even your back porch. They can find you, even if you don't answer your phone.

Mobile virtual-network operators Helio and Boost have developed services to automatically track and alert people about their friends' location. Other services, such as Groundspeak's Geocaching, let cell phone users participate in a mobile scavenger hunt. And Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and Disney Mobile have offerings that help parents track their children's cell phones.

Arrrrghh!

Here's the story. [news.com.com]

9:36 am on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I assume that there will be an option to turn this off?

I don't want my wife knowing how long I spend in the pub ;)

12:15 pm on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't want my wife knowing how long I spend in the pub

Or why you are in the girl next doors house :) lol

12:29 pm on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Too old for that now. I'd rather have a fish supper ;)
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Too old for that now. I'd rather have a fish supper

Just me that needs to worry about these things then...

1:05 pm on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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.. or why she is at my house. And no, I'd rather not have the fish supper.

Is there really any good that can come from all of this intrusion? It's still fairly safe, I suppose. You have to become someone's buddy to track them. It won't be long before some bill collector finds a way around that and bushwhacks you on a dinner date.

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My main worry for this would be evil people getting they're hands on where people are or something along them lines...
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As far as I know, the only way to avoid being tracked is to either turn off your phone, or foward your calls to another number, and the location of that fowarded phone will tracked.

It is a simple triangulation of mobile phone towers. The main uses that can be seen is for making sure your kids are where they say they are, and for tracking the movements people under investigation by the police.

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or foward your calls to another number, and the location of that fowarded phone will tracked.

Would be cool to have a setting on your call forwarding to automatically forward calls to incoming phone number. That whay when someone tries to track you, it will ring their phone and shows their location :)

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They can find you, even if you don't answer your phone.

Nah. They can find your phone. They can't find you if you don't have your phone with you.

Surely I can't be the only one to make a conscious decision every time I go out to take the mobile with me or leave it behind?

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>>>Mobile virtual-network operators Helio and Boost have developed services to automatically track and alert people about their friends' location.

Google bought some company a couple years back that did exactly this, can not remember what it was called.

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Surely I can't be the only one to make a conscious decision every time I go out to take the mobile with me or leave it behind?

I don't know about that, but I usually manage to unconsciously decide to leave it behind. :)
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Google bought some company a couple years back that did exactly this, can not remember what it was called.

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8:08 am on Nov 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It is a simple triangulation of mobile phone towers.

Not anymore.

Using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the application automatically updates the location of a user's "buddies" and displays the information directly on a map on the phone. Alerts can also be sent to notify subscribers when a friend is near.

Well now, so what good can come of this? Here's a scenario. Perhaps we will come to the stage where someone 'beeps' when they approach you, signaling a friend. If someone approaches and they don't beep, beware, it could be someone after your money.

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the application automatically updates the location of a user's "buddies"

I don't want to restate the obvious, but it does nothing of the sort. It updates the location of the user's "buddies"' cellphones.

I imagine people will just get multiple mobile phones to deal with this, if it ever becomes a problem.

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recently i had to swear out a warrant for someone's arrest...stolen property and they took off out of town. law enforcement got the person's cell phone number and located them 400 miles away. got my property back and now the offender is in jail.

so folks, i know for a fact Big Brother is watching us.

in this particular case i am extremely grateful...but this is a slipperly slope.