Friday, December 31, 2010

You say that like it’s a good thing…

Originally published March 12, 2008

You say that like it’s a good thing…

mood: In fear for the Republic

If you’ve been reading the Dragonfly for any length of time you will no doubt recal a post I put up several months ago called An Orwellian Nightmare.  This evening CNN is reporting many of the things I predicted in that post, all fleshed out and given a positive spin. 
2. Your car will talk to the road and the road will talk back

It's one thing to have a car that senses other vehicles, but something else entirely to have the road itself know where your car is at all times. To make that possible, city governments and automakers are joining forces to launch new Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) systems. Using short-range wireless signals, vehicles will be able to communicate not only with each other, but with all the infrastructure on the road.

Transportation agencies in cities across America currently have plans to install DSRC technology at major intersections and high-accident areas. In response, major auto manufacturers will offer DSRC support for their cars.
But there are plans to go even further. According to DaimlerChrysler, old satellites (accurate to about 3 feet) could be replaced with much more powerful Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, which could pinpoint your vehicle to a few centimeters. And while there are only 30 active GPS satellites in space today, engineers hope to have as many as 50 in the future.

Isn’t it wonderful? The road will know where you car is at all times! Woohoo.

Translation: The government database will know where your car is at all times.

There’s more, but I’m too depressed to go through and fisk it myself right now.

Read this article then go back and reread my post. Compare and contrast. Then contemplate that a lot of otherwise intelligent people may be handing this power to Barrack Obama come November.

Weep for our Liberty in its waning hours.

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