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Old 05-04-2017, 08:59   #1
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GPS - pay $120p.a. or be 100 metres out !

Can anybody tell me is the following article for real or is it ''fake news''.....

GPS - Soon Pay to Play For Increased Safety
US Announces Selective Availability For GPS Devices

April 1, 2017 by John Konrad


At a joint press conference today at Schriever Air Force Base, the United States Coast Guard announced a new feature to the GPS system they will start rolling out as early as January of 2018.
The “new” feature announced is referred to as “Selective Availability” and promises to improve GPS accuracy by “a factor of negative 200%” according to a press release issued by the USCG’s Office of Research and Development (RDT&E).
Those familiar with the history of GPS will remember that “selective availability” (SA) was a feature of early GPS systems which added intentional, time varying errors of up to 100 meters (328 ft) to the publicly available navigation signals. This was intended to deny an enemy the use of civilian GPS receivers for precision weapon guidance.
“The increase in terror activities around the globe have caused us to re-evaluate the GPS system. Said Captain Brian Winters, head of RDT&E. “We were mandated by the White House in April to develop a system to thwart the use of America’s GPS systems by terrorists and enemies of the state”.
Selective Availability was turned off by a mandate from President Clinton in May 2, 2000. Todays announcement did not explain why an old system of encryption – was reactivated rather than developing a new, more secure, system like eLoran but the answer likely lies in the large cuts to the USCG budget announced by the White House earlier this year.
A statement from the White House confirms the news. “The President thanks the USCG and Air Force for developing a system that will make America stronger with ZERO cost to the tax payer. This is Win-Win!”
Inside sources tell gCaptain that after SA is reactivated the USCG will be allowed to sell the Selective Availability decryption key to civilians at a moderate price of $9.99 per month. The USCG did not specify if that price was per device or if it will allow users to activate multiple devices on one account.
“We realize that 328 ft accuracy will invalidate many of the GPS features people rely on for use in their iPhones and Andriod devices which is why the White House is asking that we offer SA decryption keys for sale to the public.” said Winters. “The SA decryption keys will be sold by the same vendors that currently handle Transportation Workers Identification Cards (TWIC) card applications. This is a plug and play solution. People who want to purchase SA decription keys will simply have to visit their local TWIC center, be fingerprinted and apply for the special key that will decrypt the SA signal. Those fingerprints will allow any mobile phone with a built in scanner to decrypt the key and receive GPS signals within a 4 meter RMS (7.8 meter 95% Confidence Interval) horizontal accuracy.”


In a series of tweets today President Trump wrote:

“We built GPS for 3.6 trillion $$ and we are giving it away for free. Crazy!!”

“”We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for these encryption keys. People from around the world will love them. It is an exciting time for our country!”


“This SA Plan is brilliant! It will pay for the entire Mexico Wall AND will allow us to start work on my next BIG project… a Canada Wall!”


Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, responded to the presidents tweet with this remark “Thats ok, our phones work just fine with the European Union’s Galileo positioning system.”


US Announces Selective Availability For GPS Devices – gCaptain
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Old 05-04-2017, 09:13   #2
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Re: GPS - pay $120p.a. or be 100 metres out !

'Twas an April 1 joke.
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Re: GPS - pay $120p.a. or be 100 metres out !

hoping this is chikkin little stuff, but 100 meters out?? same aas now. big deal. i use eyeballs and only use gps for open waters.
inland it is only a reference. nothing more.
too many get hung up on the fact the gps is as are lifelines--guidance--not to keep you on the boat or exact location. they never were exact.
learn to read a real paper chart and augment your gps pix with those for better accuracy-- so what is different?

so big deal. the sky is only falling if you allow it to fall.
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ps--if april fools joke-- ye gotta realize the day is coming-- prepare early and donot be fooled in real time.
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Send me the cheque every April Fools Day
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Re: GPS - pay $120p.a. or be 100 metres out !

It was not an April 1 joke. The info is genuine, not a joke.

I will send you the ACC details by a PM.

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It was not an April 1 joke. The info is genuine, not a joke.

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OK, let's make it 119,55 - but you must pay cash ...

C'mon mate: if you quote DO NOT remove the funny part!

OK?

Or should I PM my ACC details to you too ??? ...

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Another idea to repost in 'how to make money while cruising' eh?

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It was not an April 1 joke. The info is genuine, not a joke.

I will send you the ACC details by a PM.

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ok here it is again, nothing removed, where's the funny part ?
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ok here it is again, nothing removed, where's the funny part ?
What account details do you think he will supply by private message for the gullible to pay into?

(Is that a bit less subtle? )
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ok here it is again, nothing removed, where's the funny part ?
Barnakiel to receive USD120 wires for licensing the gps system is, imho, hilarious!

I have re-posted this part of this thread in 'how to make money while cruising' thread. I can see French sailors living off licenses on the Effel Tower and Brits cruising on the profits they will make on licensing the Big Ben, NewYorkers the Statue of Liberty and black africans making money selling Kilimanjaro.

Who said third wave economy is all AI and robots?

Caring is sharing ;-)

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Re: GPS - pay $120p.a. or be 100 metres out !

Barnie, you're a genius! I plan to start a licensing program for new enhanced NOAA weather forecasts. Anyone not paying my $10 per month fee will get weather forecasts from this time last year.
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Barnie, you're a genius! I plan to start a licensing program for new enhanced NOAA weather forecasts. Anyone not paying my $10 per month fee will get weather forecasts from this time last year.
just as accurate most of the time
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... too many get hung up on the fact the gps is as are lifelines--guidance--not to keep you on the boat or exact location. they never were exact. learn to read a real paper chart and augment your gps pix with those for better accuracy-- so what is different?

so big deal. the sky is only falling if you allow it to fall.
happy sails.
This lesson in navigation can also be generalized to getting all your news from a single source. This is how people get fooled in early April, or by Russian bloggers. Open your eyes, learn how to read your chart, get multiple bits of information on where you are, and don't get fooled by someone trying to pick your pocket. Sorry for off-topic, just seemed to apply.
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just as accurate most of the time
That's the beauty of the scam -- people will curse the inferior, unreliable "old" forecasts they're getting, and decide to pay for the shiny new enhanced versions. . . .
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Has anyone actually tested the forecasts for accuracy?

I mean what is the average accuracy of:

- one day forecast?
- two day forecast?
- three day forecast?

If we had such data, it would be very easy to tell how soon the forecast goes below 50% accuracy which is to say we might just as well toss a coin and derive our sailing plans from there.

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