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Subject: Chinese GPS Open For Business
SYSOP    1/14/2013 5:40:31 AM
 
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RtWingCon       1/14/2013 9:12:04 PM
The Chinese want to make a buck on Beidou? Good luck. As a consumer i would have the choice from GPS with a proven track record, GPS/Galileo(still from democracies), Glonass(from a paranoid nation) or Beidou from the PLA that loves to censor everything. Which system will least likely be messed with when i need it the most? I would assume nations with a similiar distrust of the  PLA will ask themselves the same question.
 
 
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forester    Good luck   1/18/2013 12:58:07 PM
You're free to boycott the system, but most GPS users are completely ignorant about how the system works, much less who launched and operates the satellites.  To further complicate matters, most low cost receivers are one-size fits all where the user doesn't have a multiple choice checklist of which system to use.  As mentioned in the article, if you want a dual-system device, you're usually getting GPS/GLONASS...and paying >$1000 for it.  These are devices for professionals, not some teenagers cell phone. ;)  As a professional GPS user, I'll accept greater accuracy...no matter who provides it, as long as it works.  Practicality overrules politics most of the time.
 
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Belisarius1234    Be aware...   1/18/2013 3:46:38 PM
That the US knows how to defeat its own system, and by extension, any competitor's. There's nothing magical about the networks. They all  operate rather much the same exact physical way.  
 
These "commercial" systems are first and foremost "MILITARY."
 
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