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post #51 of 84 (permalink) Old 06-14-2019, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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I use Google Auto / Navigator from my phone, and it does the lane assist and traffic stuff too. Just seems easier to use for me.
I ran the wife and son up to Minneapolis to put them on a plane to France. Coming home I was coming down Rt 35 along the Mississippi. It's a numbered road, but pretty minor. Mostly tiny little towns along it. I had Google Navigator running, and it does a good job of warning where traffic is backed up by showing the road in red. Generally that is only useful in the city, but it also lets you know if there is road construction.

Well, I'm in the middle of nowhere, and I notice that up around the bend there is a little spot of red showing on my screen. And as I round the bend I see ... a local cop has a speeder pulled over. How did it know? I guess a few cars with Android phones slowed down enough there to alert the Google Servers? Really helpful I suppose, and a little big-brother scary.


It also knew 35 was closed in Fountain City, and routed me on very minor roads around it, instead of the official 80 mile detour.

That freaking Google Navigator is an awesome tool. Good luck to Garmin beating it
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All the mobile phone location apps are of course dependent on turning on the location services in the phone, and many apps which don't have any apparent connection to location also report out location information. Recent news articles describe how everyone with a mobile phone is being tracked and the information being sold and trafficked. We are being stalked by cell towers (not very accurate), GPS (more accurate), and now Bluetooth (even more accurate).

I've completely turned off my mobile phone location services and its Bluetooth functionality, as far as I know. Where I go is no one's business, even though I have nothing to hide. I intend to buy a separate GPS device for the rare occasions when I have use for GPS. In the meantime, it's still compass, maps, common sense, and a decent sense of direction for me.

Having said that, the Ulysse Speedometer app looks cool.

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Having said that, the Ulysse Speedometer app looks cool.
It's made in China, by the same folks that brought us Huawei, so ... oh damn, I don't know, maybe the Amish have a point. I just take solace that I don't have a identity worth stealing.
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All the mobile phone location apps are of course dependent on turning on the location services in the phone, and many apps which don't have any apparent connection to location also report out location information. Recent news articles describe how everyone with a mobile phone is being tracked and the information being sold and trafficked. We are being stalked by cell towers (not very accurate), GPS (more accurate), and now Bluetooth (even more accurate).

I've completely turned off my mobile phone location services and its Bluetooth functionality, as far as I know. Where I go is no one's business, even though I have nothing to hide. I intend to buy a separate GPS device for the rare occasions when I have use for GPS. In the meantime, it's still compass, maps, common sense, and a decent sense of direction for me.

Having said that, the Ulysse Speedometer app looks cool.


If you are really worried about such stuff, just “stick it to the man”. Turn on all location services and duct tape your cell phone to a freight train. That will give them a bunch of useless data!
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I got to use my Zumo 396 this wk/end on a 300mi trip. It gave me two choices on my routes, easy to see/read screen and not dependent on cell tower service area. Damn thing has more bells & whistles than I'll ever use but for my needs I am very happy with it.
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Now, I know my preferred GPS might be a bit highbrow for you folks, but here is a photo of the extremely high tech gadget I use for directions...
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Now, I know my preferred GPS might be a bit highbrow for you folks, but here is a photo of the extremely high tech gadget I use for directions...


Everyone should have some directions to that general area of East TN/West NC.
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Everyone should have some directions to that general area of East TN/West NC.
Some of the best riding to be had on two wheels! Those were my directions to The Dragon Raid.
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If you are really worried about such stuff, just “stick it to the man”. Turn on all location services and duct tape your cell phone to a freight train. That will give them a bunch of useless data!
Then I'd be arrested by the railroad police.

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Then I'd be arrested by the railroad police.


Well don’t get caught. You could always put it on a semi and get the same effect. Even better get two or three cheap phones in your name, and place them all on semi trucks.

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