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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Wednesday September 18, 2002
03:41 AM

Pinpointers

[ #7801 ]

Today I stumbled across this web site, which allows you to track mobile phone user's whereabouts. For £1 a day it will email you when the mobile phone moves, and the email includes a map of where it moved from and to, right down to the street level.

I'm not sure if this is awesome or really really scary.

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  • As the first thing that greeted me was a popup saying "This site has been designed for internet explorer!", I'd vote for the "really scary" option.

    -Dom

  • I want one for my kids. I'd love to put one on a money belt inside William's clothes, so I can put him into his car seat then go back in the house without the nightmares of having him 'napped being quite so potent.

    --Nat

  • For a second there I thought they'd figured a way to track a phone as it moved from Cell tower to Cell tower.

    Luckily you've got to use their phones. I can see some great uses for this.

    Of course here in the United States of Bush, there's a law that all Cell phones must provide trackable GPS information by a certain date, to enable "Emergency Services" to find you when you dial 911.

    Now THAT is scary.