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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours 148

An anonymous reader writes "In an unprecedented total disruption of a fully operational GNSS constellation, all satellites in the Russian GLONASS broadcast corrupt information for 11 hours, from just past midnight until noon Russian time (UTC+4), on April 2 (or 5 p.m. on April 1 to 4 a.m. April 2, U.S. Eastern time). This rendered the system completely unusable to all worldwide GLONASS receivers."
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

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  • I don't miss them. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Thursday April 03, 2014 @09:23AM (#46648351) Homepage Journal

    I used them along with the US GPS satellites, until a couple months back, but found I was having some serious accuracy issues. Disabling them resolved the issue and I haven't used them since. GPSr unit: Garmin Oregon 600

  • Re:Warning Shot (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Thursday April 03, 2014 @09:25AM (#46648359) Homepage Journal

    Careful when you shoot across bows. World Wars are easy to start, not always so easy to finish the way you want them to.

    I doubt the US would do it, if we did want to disable it for any reason, such as missile guidance, we wouldn't tip our hand so casually.

  • Re:Warning Shot (Score:5, Insightful)

    by schnell ( 163007 ) <me.schnell@net> on Thursday April 03, 2014 @01:10PM (#46650849) Homepage

    If you dont think this is intentional then you are nuts

    Of course it's intentional but not for the reason you think. The reason that Detroit, Trenton and (at least previously) DC were/are cesspools is because of the evil force known as democracy. The residents of those cities and states voted for crap politicians who drove their respective areas into the ground economically. Nobody from outside imposed Marion Barry or Kwame Kilpatrick onto their cities, and nobody had to nefariously conspire to make them suck, they did that perfectly well on their own. Externalities can hurt a city or state, but to get it into Detroit territory you have to actively keep making it worse on your own - and the residents of those areas have nobody but their own votes to thank for it.

    Seriously... not EVERYTHING is a gubmint conspiracy. Sometimes it's just stupid people electing terrible leaders, and that's the downside of democracy that comes along with all the other good stuff. Ask the people of Venezuela how electing people who promise free goodies works out in the long run.

Air is water with holes in it.