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IT security lessons that Australia can teach us
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The Australian economy — under the guidance of prime miniester Julia Gillard and her federal team — is carving out a name for itself in the IT security arena. While this may sound surprising, it comes against the background of Australia's relative youth as a country and the fact that it has around 22 million citizens — big enough to make its weight felt, but small enough to be flexible in the modern world of IT matters. More

NASA captures Venus transit
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Absentee training is not mentoring
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Land Surveying has traditionally been based on mentoring. Generally speaking, people are proficient in what they love to do; it makes them happy. Likewise, we tend to love to do what we are proficient in. A complementary relationship between self and love is pervasive within the human ego to the extent that the human ego maps its "self" directly back to the "self." But what about your "self" in the annals of history? More

GPS/GNSS IC market to reach 1.8 bn by 2016

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A new study from ABI Research demonstrated the continued expansion of the GPS/GNSS Integrated Circuit (IC) market that is forecast to reach 1.8 billion shipments by 2016, representing a market worth over $3.3 billion at the end of the period. More

Easy upgrade
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By Gregg Marshall

My wife is not a power user. For years she could check email (using the icon with the label "Email"). If she wanted to create a document in Word, the kids would help. But she's getting better. She can create her own Word documents, print them, even find things via Google. Since she's not much of a power user, her last upgrade was to a single core Pentium desktop with 1GB RAM and a CRT monitor, running Windows XP. It was never a fast computer, but it kept up with her needs. And we protected it by not allowing family members to install new software on it, so we minimized the about of plaque that might have built up on it.

Survey Summit 2012 fast approaching

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Have you registered yet and made your hotel reservations? Go to to check out the rich program offered at the summit and other opportunities you will have if you attend. More

Trimble Dimensions 2012: Call for speakers
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Speaker submissions will be accepted through June 29. Trimble Dimensions 2012 International User Conference will be held at the Mirage and the Treasure Island hotels in Las Vegas on Nov. 5-7. Trimble Dimensions UC sessions focus on enabling businesses gain competitive edge through the use of advanced positioning solutions and latest information technology. Interested presenters are encouraged to visit The deadline for speaker proposals is 5 p.m. June 29. Abstracts must be submitted online at

3-D GIS: City redevelopment features visualizations for land-use planning
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In December 2008, the Valley Metro Light Rail system debuted in the Phoenix Metro area. In the months following that opening, the lone station in the city of Mesa recorded the highest number of passengers. When this trend continued, Valley Metro decided that the next expansion of the light-rail system was to be through downtown Mesa. This announcement came as a great victory for the area's revitalization efforts. More

10 things to know about starting a GIS consulting business
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After working for three different GIS consulting companies, Atanas Entchev launched his GIS consulting business six years ago. He shares what he has since learned. Hint: It has a lot more to do with business than it has to do with GIS. More

Discovering the next dimension: How LiDAR data is changing the Geospatial Workflow
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Today, geospatial data is used in critical decision making across industries and applications — from disaster response to defense and intelligence and natural resource management. When using geospatial data to make critical decisions, it is increasingly important to understand an area of interest from all angles in order to make the most informed decisions possible. More

GPS receiver specifications
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What emerged during the LightSquared controversy as an effort to protect GPS spectrum has evolved into a wider discussion about receiver standards and certification. But it's not the first time the latter subject has come up. In the following commentary, a long-time GPS policy expert suggests an approach to framing the issue. More

Innovation: Coming soon
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GPS has always been a real-time positioning system. From the outset, GPS was designed to provide virtually instantaneous position, velocity, and time, anywhere in the world, 24 hours per day. Its real-time positioning capability is achieved, in part, by measuring pseudoranges on multiple satellites simultaneously and by using the satellite orbit and clock data transmitted by the satellites themselves. More

Federal CIO pushes government data into the app economy
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The federal government's CIO, Steven VanRoekel, sees the government's voluminous data stores as an untapped resource which, once unlocked, can help launch a new phase of the app economy, he told the Journal. Within 12 months, every government agency will be obligated by executive order to have at least two information systems available in machine-readable, Web API formats, allowing companies to extract data. More

Bankrupt wireless firm LightSquared cuts employees, but not lobbyists
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Wireless startup LightSquared has laid off nearly half its workforce and filed for bankruptcy, but isn't parting with its extensive network of Washington lobbyists. Philip Falcone and his investment firm, Harbinger Capital Partners, invested billions of dollars in LightSquared's plan to build a high-speed wireless network that would have served more than 260 million people, but federal regulators denied it permission to launch in February over concerns that it would interfere with GPS devices. More

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