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NSPS 2012 elections
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The 2012 elections of officers and directors to serve on the NSPS Board will be by paper ballots. Members will receive their ballots by mid-January and are expected to return them by Feb. 17. A very impressive list of nominees has been assembled. This list will be posted shortly at and complete biographical information will be published in the December issue of the ACSM Bulletin. Watch this space!

U.S. Saws Break and Take Magnetic Manhole Removal Tool
Products’ Features: Use rare neodymium magnets that don’t wear out - Impact protection guards around the magnet - Durable aluminum handle assemblies - Storage tray for mobility during transportation; Affordable and long-lasting - Optional magnet offered for Little Lifter model for increased lifting capability - Range of models for various applications from light duty to grate removal to 500 pound lifting capacity. MORE

Summit highlights role of g-tech in sustaining environment
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"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it," said explorer Rob Swan O.B.E as he concluded hi... More

ICO expresses concerns over use of LBS data
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The U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office voiced concerns over the growing pervasiveness of location-based services and th... More

SBIR and STTR reauthorization passed by Congress
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Last week, Congress passed legislation to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs, which were set to expire. The programs were included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that is now on the way to the president's desk... More

Small, medium and large
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At the end of the last millennium, the most common screen resolution was 640 by 480 pixels. Most websites at that time were being designed for 800 x 600 screens, which was rapidly becoming the standard. Desktop, and laptop, resolutions have been climbing ever since. If netbooks hadn't become popular a couple of years ago, it is likely websites would be designed for 1,200- to 1,400-pixel wide screens. More

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
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Dec. 15
Outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Communications Daily, PC Magazine, AV Web, Inside GNSS, National Journal, Farm Futures, Fierce Broadband Wireless and The New York Post all report that federal officials said last week that recent testing of LightSquared's proposed service still would knock out a "majority" of GPS devices. Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office for Spaced-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing, as well as the Departments of Transportation and Defense, issued a release saying that while no significant interference with cellular phones was shown, the testing did show that LightSquared signals caused "harmful interference" to the majority of other tested general purpose GPS devices. The statement noted that separate analysis by the FAA also found interference with a flight safety system designed to warn pilots of approaching terrain. GPS World posted the statement in full.

LightSquared issued a statement in response saying the company "profoundly disagree(s) with the conclusions drawn with respect to general navigation devices." The statement also states that LightSquared has a legal and regulatory right to use the spectrum, and that the GPS interference problem is of the GPS industry's making.

Dec. 20
Communications Daily and TR Daily report that the Senate approved appropriations for fiscal year 2012 including $340 for the FCC. The measure was passed in the House on Friday and the Senate on Saturday. Both articles note that the bill includes language aimed at protecting GPS from interference from LightSquared.

Reuters reports that LightSquared could run out of money during the second quarter of 2012, according to the company's financial statement. "There is a need to raise substantial capital beyond the beginning of the second quarter of 2012 in order to have sufficient liquidity," the company's statement said. The article notes that a LightSquared spokesman said the company "has cash through the next several quarters."

Another Forbes piece notes that Clearwire shares appear to be getting a boost from the news that LightSquared could run out of money.

Ask Dr. Map! 'That which we call a rose'
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Q: Are there maps that can help me understand French wines?

A: Cartography has long been centered on the sense of vision, but there are four others, and long neglected has been that of gustaoception, or taste. While geography has occasionally ventured into the world of viniculture (for example, Wine: A Geographic Appreciation by Harm J. De Blij), other than the occasional wine stain on a map there has been little to expand on the usually gaudy guide maps to wine country.

Bridging the gap with geospatial PDF
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A critical issue for land surveyors and other geospatial professionals is communicating the geospatial data they develop to the client. For many clients, this is accomplished simply by plotting the map or exhibit on paper and mailing it. The more technically adept clients are looking for documents to be digitally transmitted, via email or FTP. Further, they would like to interact with data. More

The GeoWeb mindset
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Imagine explaining to someone born in this century that cellular phones did not used to have internet access, and they weren't able to determine where you're standing or what direction you're facing. And, for that matter, autonomous global positioning itself didn't even exist when cell phones were first in use. That youngster would be, like, RME (rolling my eyes) or even ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing). More

The top GIS stories of 2011
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Each year, Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg of Directions Magazine picks out 10 events, ideas, themes, products, etc., that stood out over the preceding 12 months. This year, she found just nine. More

First Galileo navigation satellite begins broadcasting
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Engineers are analyzing the first signals from a Galileo navigation satellite after its payload began switching on last week for testing, according to the European Space Agency. So far, the navigation system on the first satellite to be tested has checked out fine. Several more weeks of testing are planned before officials move on to the second satellite. More

Maps of all kinds can chart a course in learning
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For many centuries, atlases sat mostly on the shelves of libraries and the wealthy, says Richard Panchyk, author of "Charting the World: Geography and Maps from Cave Paintings to GPS." In addition to exploring the colorful and profound history of cartography, Panchyk's book includes many related activities, including how to make a treasure map, create a nautical chart of a puddle and discover the myriad origins of city and street names. More

More than 100 tablets introduced — why you can't name them
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The year 2011 will go down in history as a great year for tablets — mostly for Apple's iPad. Not all tablet vendors fared as well as Apple. It's not a lack of products that prevented Android tablets from taking market share away from Apple this year. By our calculation, more than 100 tablets have been introduced since the iPad; however, we defy even the most tech-savvy of you to name more than a few of them. More

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