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259 comments

Don't need it (5, Funny)

Sax Maniac (88550) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728231)

Sorry, I already have this. I just log into my bank account's website, look at the recent charges, and that tells me where my wife is.

Re:Don't need it (5, Funny)

von_rick (944421) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728615)

But does it tell you who she is with? Now if you were tracking your best friend AND your wife, you'd know why those things listed in your account statement never show up at your house.

Re:Don't need it (3, Funny)

ani23 (899493) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729165)

i don't charge her for the services man. so ur outta luck

I don't think it means what they think it means... (3, Insightful)

mnslinky (1105103) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728237)

How the article reads:

This would be good for people wanting to let their friends know where they are or for parents wanting to know where their children are at all times.

What it really means:
This would be good for girlfriends wanting to know where their boyfriends are or for parents wanting to know where their children are at all times.

Re:I don't think it means what they think it means (5, Funny)

pm_rat_poison (1295589) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728291)

Don't kid yourself. The women who know where their men are are called widows.

My generation was lucky (5, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728389)

We didn't even have cell phones when I was a teeneger. Of course, there were no child molesters or terrorists. All we had to fear was Russia throwing nukes at us.

Yes, there were probably as many pederasts as today, and anyone in Great Britain knows there were terrorists then, but the media didn't hype them like they do today. I'd bet kids are SAFER now than we were then, but you wouldn't know it from the mainstream media.

Re:My generation was lucky (4, Informative)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728691)

I'd bet kids are SAFER now than we were then

You're very right. [sho.com]

Re:My generation was lucky (1)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728781)

Penn and Teller: a reliable source of statistical information!

Re:My generation was lucky (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728849)

They hardly ever give statistics themselves, they leave that to the experts who come on the show. :)

As Penn says -- "We may be biased as fuck, but we're fair."

If you want more information, it's up to you to do more research; they have to squeeze all that into a 1/2 hour show.

Re:My generation was lucky (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729201)

So where's your proof it's not true?

Considering how much the media loves pedo stories you sure don't see too many in the news.

Secondly it's statistically more likely to be a family member or someone close to the kid that molests them. So the last thing you should be doing is locking the kid up in the house around its family members.

Re:My generation was lucky (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728799)

>> Of course, there were no child molesters or terrorists.

If you honestly believe that statement you should move out of the rock you live under and take a shower. Just because its in the media NOW doesn't mean it never happened before.

Re:My generation was lucky (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728885)

if you honestly believe he was being serious you should hit yourself in the head with the rock he lives under ;)

Re:My generation was lucky (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728917)

Rock? I'll have you know I live in a two story basement!

Re:My generation was lucky (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729043)

I know this is slashdot and you're an anonymous coward, but even so this is a new low. If you had bothered using even 10 seconds of your "valuable" time reading any of his second paragraph, you would know that he already said the same thing.

This is like not even reading the whole title on slashdot, never mind the summary or TFA.

Re:I don't think it means what they think it means (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728731)

Since using GPS in this way can be a contentious issue, Google have given Latitude users the ability to restrict location information on a contact-by-contact basis; alternatively it will let you enter a false position manually

--AndroidCommunity [androidcommunity.com]

I wonder what they mean by "false position" exactly.. hmm.

Re:I don't think it means what they think it means (2, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728753)

Current location:
Your mom.

Re:I don't think it means what they think it means (5, Funny)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728929)

Current location:
Your mom.

Yep! Google confirms it. Since my mother is 60, I appreciate you paying attention to her. And even though she considers you to be only a small appetizer, you do keep her from calling me for about 3 minutes.

Re:I don't think it means what they think it means (1)

Haoie (1277294) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728761)

Good for all you stalkers [and part time stalkers] out there too. Woot.

Re:I don't think it means what they think it means (3, Insightful)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729207)

This would be good for girlfriends wanting to know where their boyfriends are or for parents wanting to know where their children are at all times.

Because we ALL know there are no obsessive, jealous, and insecure males of the species, right?

So, kind of like Britekite? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728245)

Sounds remarkably similar to the services offered by Brightkite [brightkite.com] .

Re:So, kind of like Britekite? (3, Informative)

scubamage (727538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728345)

And Loopt. [loopt.com]

Re:So, kind of like Britekite? (3, Informative)

BlueOtto (519047) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728541)

And Mologogo [mologogo.com] .

Re:So, kind of like Britekite? (5, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728771)

No guys! This is GOOGLE! It's new and innovative!!

Re:So, kind of like Britekite? (2, Funny)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729063)

And Heroes! [heroesfanatic.com]

Re:So, kind of like Britekite? (0, Redundant)

lethalp1mpslapper (238264) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728919)

This was possible back in 2006 or so with Mologogo [mologogo.com]

Re:So, kind of like Britekite? (1)

bigman2003 (671309) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728377)

This is something I have been looking for on my phone. Integrated with Google Maps would be great.

Re:So, kind of like Britekite? (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728685)

Write your own. http://calum.org/location/ [calum.org] . I worked for a mobile telco until recently, so had access to the location info direct, but now I just run a GPS app on my phone, and it's much the same.

Re:So, kind of like Britekite? (1)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729217)

You appear to be standing in a field near a castle(cary) in sw england, or maybe you dropped your phone in the park.

Sweet! (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728255)

Oh man, I hope my girlfriend gets on this! It will make it SO much easier to track her. I am so sick of hiding in the bushes across the street from her house for three hours just to find out she wasn't even home! And this is going to save me a fortune on text messages...I won't need to text her every 3 minutes asking where she is if I have Google Maps to tell me!

Seriously, this is going to revolutionize our relationship. I know we're going to be so happy with this new tracking technology! The restraining order says no, but your Google Maps icon says yes!

Re:Sweet! (2, Insightful)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728487)

Oh man, I hope my girlfriend gets on this! It will make it SO much easier to track her.

Funny, but you raise an important point... This could be used by abusive spouses to keep tabs on the other person, particularly because there doesn't seem to be a "keep my location here no matter where I go" - so turning it off or setting it to the city-location mode could trigger angry accusations.

Re:Sweet! (3, Insightful)

fracai (796392) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728675)

Because clearly there wouldn't have been any pre-existing problems in such a relationship.

It's like Science Fiction. It's not really about the technology; the tech just provides an interesting framework to examine the real issues.

Re:Sweet! (1)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729183)

It's like Science Fiction. It's not really about the technology; the tech just provides an interesting framework to examine the real issues.

That would make a great signature for email, or for the issue tracker at work for that matter.

Re:Sweet! (1)

gharris (188182) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728763)

According to the privacy settings help page, you can do just that:
http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?answer=136650

Set your location. Manually select a location on the map that will be shared with friends

Doesn't look like you can do that per-contact though.

Re:Sweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728819)

Except for the fact that you can set your location via the PC to say "I am HERE", and then simply not run the app on your phone.

Re:Sweet! (1)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729053)

It is possible to set your location by hand, and tell Maps to never update automatically. I'm not sure if it allows you to set separate locations for different people, but there's nothing stopping you from making a "safe" account and a "real" account

Re:Sweet! (1)

makapuf (412290) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729099)

leave your phone to a friend/leave it at home.
don't answer phone or redirect line to your secret phone. solved. (in a "geekier than you" way, that is)

Big brother knows where you are (2, Insightful)

RoCKeTKaT (1456287) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728263)

What prevents Big Brother from knowing where you are at all times ? eh, children ?

Re:Big brother knows where you are (4, Insightful)

scubamage (727538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728373)

Sadly I think most of today's generation has forgotten why 1984 is scary. Especially if you wrap it up in pretty colors and throw a 2.0 and a medallion that says "BETA" on it.

Re:Big brother knows where you are (2, Insightful)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728643)

Get back to us when Google sends you to Room 101 for refusing to use there service. Until then the comparison falls a wee bit short.

Re:Big brother knows where you are (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728989)

Just wait til Megan's Law 2.0, when all babies are chipped at birth with RFID GPS chips! *tinfoilhat*

Re:Big brother knows where you are (1)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729203)

Does it really, now? Is *wanting* to give away your freedom, as it were, really better than having it taken from you?

I think not.

Re:Big brother knows where you are (2, Interesting)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728719)

Except on Slashdot, where 1984 has to be referenced regardless of whether or not it's applicable. (For the record, I don't recall it being the case in 1984 that the whereabouts of citizens were tracked at all times.)

I'm not entirely sure what the concern is here? Is grandparent poster thinking that the government will be circumventing the requirement that people enable the "Track Me" service? That Google will allow them access to or retain the data contrary to their policies? (That at least seems more likely.)

You are aware this is already quite possible on the individual level, yes? The technology is not such that it's convenient to track the movements of everyone, unless with this new service, Google gave them that information.

Re:Big brother knows where you are (1)

BeerCat (685972) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728857)

Except on Slashdot, where 1984 has to be referenced regardless of whether or not it's applicable. (For the record, I don't recall it being the case in 1984 that the whereabouts of citizens were tracked at all times.)

"BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU" [liferesear...versal.com]

Seems to me like they were tracking everyone at all times

Re:Big brother knows where you are (2, Insightful)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729181)

See, I would recommend actually reading 1984, rather than quoting a single line from it and saying, "Seems to me...".

Re:Big brother knows where you are (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728419)

Big Brother can't already track you, and somehow, Google adding this stalking system, will allow Big Brother to do track you?

Can I live in your fantasy world? It's better than my real world, where Big Brother tracks me easily without any help from Google.

Re:Big brother knows where you are (1)

Klaus_1250 (987230) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728813)

Big Brother can already track you through with cell-phone triangulation.

I'm wondering more when Google will add all the cars to the roads. Where I live (Netherlands), they're planning to equip all cars with GPS-units so they can tax drivers by the mile (kilometer).

Abuse (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728271)

Does anyone see the irony in allowing a 3rd party to keep sophisticated data on your and your friends' whereabouts? Given the government's predilection for snooping [wikipedia.org] and the current lack of openness [metagovernment.org] in government, it seems somewhat frightening to allow even the overly-beloved Google this sort of power over your friends.

Re:Abuse (4, Interesting)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728395)

I'm not sure about the irony, but for $15/week, I'll feed and care for your phone, take it everywhere with me. I even promise not to take it to any meetings of subversive groups, or atheist meetups.

The government will be happy that you are an active social part of society, and you can rest assured that your privacy is perfectly secure.

In fact, your tracking data will look exactly like that of 17 other lucky folks who have signed up before all the openings are gone. I just have one space left, so hurry. If you call in the next 10 minutes, you'll also receive photo frame skin for your other phone that holds a picture of the tracked phone so that you'll never miss it, normally a $29.99 value, but you'll get it absolutely free.

Sign up now, hurry, available spots are going fast.

Re:Abuse (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728485)

You may be joking, but you should probably patent that idea fast!

Re:Abuse (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728613)

If you're looking for employees in about 15 years, give me a call.

Re:Abuse (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728769)

so, your time is only worth $270/wk??

Re:Abuse (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729077)

No, that's just all he could fit in his briefcase and still carry actual work in it.

So that means (5, Funny)

Bruiser80 (1179083) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728293)

when I get a phone call or text message from my wife, I have to drive back to work before answering it and giving her my location? Awesome. The bar won't be happy :-)

Re:So that means (1)

Bruiser80 (1179083) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728533)

Well, looks like I'm saved - I don't have a new enough phone.

They work on a bunch of blackberries and other high-end phones, but they're still a bit dodgey with phones that only run java for apps.

Here's to a few more weeks of drinking!

Re:So that means (1)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728593)

They're working on it (J2ME and Blackberry programming isn't too far apart), but most J2ME phones can't run apps in the background anyway

Re:So that means (1)

GenP (686381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728737)

Which Blackberry doesn't only do Java?

wife's location? (4, Funny)

Ritz_Just_Ritz (883997) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728325)

As long as my wife doesn't use it to track my girlfriend. Then I'd be really f00ked.

Re:wife's location? (1)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728953)

As long as my wife doesn't use it to track my girlfriend. Then I'd be really f00ked.

In which case, the girlfriend will be redundant, so it's all good, right?

Bubblin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728327)

There's already an app on the iStore for this, it's called Bubblin, and you can invite people into your space and see where they are, and they can see where you are. I've used it a few times to get hold of friends, but it isn't made by Google, so I for one welcome my Googlin overlords! Their app looks sweet

My hobby (2, Funny)

godrik (1287354) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728369)

drawing smiley on google maps with my friends and our GPS

Re:My hobby (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728503)

drawing smiley on google maps with my friends and our GPS

http://youtube.com/watch?v=mCQvqUlMe4g

It's Stalkerriffic! (0, Redundant)

wiredog (43288) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728371)

Now I just gotta get that Cute Girl who thinks I'm creepy to turn it on so I'll always know where she is. Maybe I can call her from inside the house.

Skip the Fox 'news' link, and go to the source (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728375)

Here:

http://www.google.com/mobile/default/latitude.html [google.com]

Could be useful for companies who are looking for cheap geolocation of, say, their truck, service engineers...

Google maps works well for me with GPS and surprisingly well just using tower triangulation...just wish it had 'turn by turn' voice direction for when I'm driving.

I'm sure others here will discuss the privacy concerns better than I could.

I'd like the opposite please (2, Insightful)

spaceman375 (780812) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728381)

Can I have my location copywritten? I want NO ONE to have access or the right to use my location in any manner without my explicit approval. Feds and local law enforcement included.

Re:I'd like the opposite please (2, Informative)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728567)

Can I have my location copywritten?

Well, you can write a copy of your location but you can't have it copyrighted any more than you can copyright your phone number. So, no. Sorry.

Re:I'd like the opposite please (1)

makapuf (412290) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729115)

however, it can be noted that copy detection will be quite easy. "Why are you following me?"

Can't copywrite OR copyright a location, but... (2, Funny)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728621)

Can I have my location copywritten? I want NO ONE to have access or the right to use my location in any manner without my explicit approval. Feds and local law enforcement included.

"Copywritten" is the past participle of "copywrite", a verb meaning to compose text for an advertisement [wikipedia.org] . This has nothing to do with "copyright", a verb meaning to secure exclusive rights in a work of authorship. Besides, your location isn't a work of authorship, so you can't copyright it either.

That said, local privacy law may give you some rights to exclude use of your location. Case law in the United States, for one, recognizes privacy rights based on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. But still, based only on the text of the article, I would guess that the subject (or possibly the minor subject's parent) has to opt in before the subject gets tracked: "Google is doing its best to avoid a backlash by requiring each user to manually turn on the tracking software and making it easy to turn off or limit access to the service."

Prior Art (4, Insightful)

Detaer (562863) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728405)

There are many applications that do this for people already. I would rather go out of my way to turn this functionality on, rather than go out of my way to turn it off.

Re:Prior Art (4, Informative)

dino2gnt (1072530) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728479)

Good thing that Latitude is entirely opt-in and not opt-out.

Re:Prior Art (2, Informative)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728547)

1) Where does it say that this is in any way, an opt out feature?
2) What does Prior Art have to do with anything? The article isn't 'Google patents putting dots on map' its 'Google is implementing such and such a feature'.

Friends (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728443)

With friends like that, who needs enemies?

But does it run... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728463)

on Android?

Not yet!

  Google Latitude is available on the following mobile devices wherever Google Maps for mobile v3.0 and above is supported:

- Android-powered devices with Maps v3.0 and above. G1 users in the US will be receiving Maps v3.0 in a system update soon.
- Most color BlackBerry devices
- Most Windows Mobile 5.0 and above devices. Note: Some Windows Mobile devices don't support cell-ID location detection.
- Most Symbian S60 devices

Coming soon!
- iPhone and iPod touch devices with the Google Mobile App (in the US)
- Many Sony Ericsson devices

Note: Some older versions of these devices cannot support Google Maps for mobile version 3.0 and above and will receive the most recent compatible version without Google Latitude.

http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?answer=136640 [google.com]

FaIlz0rs? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728493)

Turn off your phone... (1)

Neanderthal Ninny (1153369) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728497)

If you really are paranoid then turn off you phone so no one can track you.
Boy, from the current responses you should be on "Cheaters" TV show. Also this will put the private investigators of this show out of business since you in theory can track anyone you want without the trailing them and the fancy gear they have.
But you can turn off the tracking feature on all phones except for E911, in which that case you really wanted to be found if you call 911.

Re:Turn off your phone... (5, Insightful)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728705)

No, if you're really paranoid you DON'T CARRY A CELL PHONE IN THE FIRST PLACE. Think about it: if you don't have a phone, you can't be tracked through it, period.

Re:Turn off your phone... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728729)

If you really are paranoid then turn off you phone so no one can track you.

Not good enough, you have to remove the battery on many phones.

Also this will put the private investigators of this show out of business since you in theory can track anyone you want without the trailing them and the fancy gear they have

I doubt it will put any PIs in Illinois out of business, as there is no legal sanction against adultery here. Adultery is grounds for divorce, but according to my divorce lawyer you pretty much have to have photos of your wife fucking the guy, and even then there's no penalty to her - she still (usually) gets the kids, part of your pension, and child support.

In Illinois it's legal to fuck your congressman's wife, but it's not legal to attempt to pay her for it.

Foe Tracking (2, Funny)

Rob Riggs (6418) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728537)

Who needs friend tracking? What we need is Foe Tracking (tm).

Re:Foe Tracking (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728639)

As seen on scrubs when the janitor eats the homing beacon.

Re:Foe Tracking (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729151)

What we need is Foe Tracking (tm).

Try here [gopass.com.tw] .

They claim you can lie (4, Interesting)

professorguy (1108737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728607)

Google claims that the tracking client has the ability to lie--that is, report your location as an address you type in. Problem is, if your boss is tracking you to an address, he'll know you're lying because you instantly appear at the destination.

.

So the first thing we need is a google application that can update this "lie" info in real time. I want to type in a start address, an end address and have it automatically update the lie with intermediate locations that correspond to a realistic speed. Then even if your boss is watching you, it'll look like you are following instructions (even though you are at the bar).

That way, when it is inevitably used by assholes, we can salute and chime "Sure thing, boss!" then ignore him with impunity.

Re:They claim you can lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26729135)

Seems that one could easily write a script to do just this for you.

No Current Plans to Advertise... (1)

Dekortage (697532) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728651)

FTA:

There are no current plans to sell any advertising alongside Google's tracking service, although analysts believe knowing a person's location eventually will unleash new marketing opportunities.

C'mon, Google income is totally based on advertising. You know they're going to use the info somehow. Maybe they won't advertise alongside the tracking service, but their other services may offer more intelligent ad targeting based on your location.

Already exists (1)

v0x31 (1469323) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728663)

This already exists so you can track your friends etc -> http://www.mindfeed.co.uk/ [mindfeed.co.uk]

not good for tracking (1)

patmfitz (517089) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728717)

According to http://google.com/latitude [google.com] , you can spoof your own location by setting it manually, so I don't see how this can be used for tracking someone who didn't want to be busted.

J.K.Rowling thought of this first (1)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728725)

Definitely prior art! And I like her design better, with the arrows and dial, I wonder how long it will take before someone makes a fully functioning copy of that.

Re:J.K.Rowling thought of this first (1)

BeerCat (685972) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728915)

Definitely prior art! And I like her design better, with the arrows and dial, I wonder how long it will take before someone makes a fully functioning copy of that.

I'd get worried if it could tell me when I'm in Mortal Peril

Google sucks (4, Insightful)

Murpster (1274988) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728815)

This company is beginning to honestly frighten me. I was a fan when they were an up & coming search engine, but I started to get concerned about the near monopoly they're getting in search... and the tentacles are spreading. Gmail, Google Maps, AdSense, Android, Analytics... now this crap? I think it's time for me to begin using alternatives.

G1! No! (3, Interesting)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728863)

I find it odd that it'll work on Blackberries and other phones, but not the G1 phones yet. Must have been something that's been in the works for a while and they haven't had time to rework it for the G1.

The G1 actually already has an app (on the market, Locales I think it is) that will watch your location and enable and disable features on the phone. I use it to set my phone on vibrate at work automatically, and turn it back on afterwards. It turns my Wifi on at home and off everywhere else.

It shouldn't be too hard to make another app that replicates the 'friend gps tracking' functionality on the G1. And if you lose your phone, you know where it was last time it was on. :D

One more thing to subpoena... (1)

htmlapps (875185) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728925)

...as I'm sure the T&C's state.

Re:One more thing to subpoena... (2, Insightful)

Murpster (1274988) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729045)

Oh I don't fear the government taking advantage of this, they can already find your location via cellphone if they want. What scares me about this is the abuse potential by employers, or people turning it on for family/lovers without them knowing it ("I think Bobby is cheating on me, he's in the shower, this is my chance to turn on Latitude!"). Most insidious though is that this could make surveillance seem "fun" and by getting people used to the idea it could open the door to all kinds of stupidity.

Ah Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728937)

now to secretly get this on my boss's cell phone so I can look like I'm working when he comes by.

Can turn off (1)

PadRacerExtreme (1006033) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728969)

According to the story at CBS News [cbsnews.com] the person can turn it off on their phone at will. The video shows a test with a family. The reporter says the kid can disable it when ever they want and the parents say don't tell the kids that!
Some interesting results, one try showed the dad in the middle of the river!

Thank God They Didn't Have This Way Back When (2, Funny)

aquatone282 (905179) | more than 5 years ago | (#26728975)

I doubt my parents would have been happy to discover I was in the Downtowner buying cigarettes instead of third period social studies. . .

HELIO!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26728985)

Helio is already doing this and has been for 2 years now. Its called the Buddy Beacon and its not new.

APRS (3, Informative)

autocracy (192714) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729031)

It saddens me that none of you have mentioned APRS [aprs.fi] . It's a long-standing and open protocol for doing positions reporting.

Slashdot needs more HAMs. ~KB1PNB

Re:APRS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26729123)

I was thinking the same thing but lets face it, APRS is obsolete. Why use APRS when you have a full blown high-speed Internet connection supported by expensive radio towers, WiFi, etc. with huge coverage. Packet radio is friggin slow and the coverage sucks. Plus with the commercial restrictions you can't use it to do cool things like track your pizza as it's being delivered and stuff.

Re:APRS (1)

swb311 (1165753) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729153)

I would mod you up if I had points.

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Re:APRS (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729191)

I used APRS but stopped since so few people I knew were using it.
I was only the third person in SE Wisconsin.
And the punchline is that was in 1992, only 17 short years ago.

Google is using their elite area 51 UFO technology to build a time machine?

A year ago I tried APRS again and was fairly shocked at seeing at least a hundred folks on in my area...

de N9NFB

I Swear That I Was Out Bowling (1)

walkerp1 (523460) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729219)

So, I wonder if I'll be able to do a WGet --post-data on this to let the wife know that I'm "really" at the bowling alley after all.
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