billshurv wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:08 pm
Of course these days apple/google/facebook etc all know where people are far more accurately than the telco. I remember firing up google maps once in about 2010 and it pinpointing my flat exactly despite no GPS on the device I was using.
I'm always being geo-located by Wifi.
Just last week I saw a van that appeared to be mapping Wifi APs.
It had a GPS dome just behind the front windshield, a high-gain cell antenna that was roof-mounted and then these two flat panel antennas pointing sideways looking towards our houses.
Dark tinted windows and no markings.
No camera lenses anywhere.
I've seen Google Streets mapping our house and its obvious what they're doing.
This van was driving fairly slowly.
The last time I saw a white unmarked van with antennas and dark windows it pulled up to my house and stopped.
I was outside and thought wow, this is strange and going to be interesting...
The windows looked to have been replaced and there were ports in them with small doors like an armored Brinks transport vehicle.
Maybe the the Deep State has come to kill me after all.
The passenger door opens and out pops this hot blond babe in a short black dress identifying herself as a KXAS reporter.
It was an ENG van. She was wanting to ask questions about our airshow.
When I told her that we loved it it wasn't something she wanted to hear and left. (Which is why I call them "Fake News 5.")
This van was different.
There were no cable ports and the GPS dome was far enough forward that it couldn't have been an RPU antenna on a hydraulic mast.
Most service vehicles and traffic blow through our 25 mph street at 50.
This one drove slowly and deliberately.
It could have been a cell site tech - we're on an escarpment and a utility right-of-way about a 1/2 mile north is prime cellular real estate.
Just about every carrier known to man has a site along the Kiestwood Trail.
My instincts and the slow speed of the vehicle tell me this was a WiFi mapping survey.
After seeing it I pulled up what I had on the security cam: