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    a few thoughts...

    Now that Verizon has dropped the price of their mobile-broadband network to $59/mo, I'm *very* tempted to pop for this for in-car networking. That, combined with Google Earth + GPS subscription would seriously rock.

    BTW, y'all do know this is the reason why Google wants to do a global rollout of WiMax, right? It's not to provide free networking, per-se, but to provide the ability to deliver Google Maps in your car. Think about it. Right now, Google delivers targeted ads based on what you search for. With an in-car GPS telling google where you are physically, Google can display pop-up advertising (think virtual billboards) for every store or business that you drive by. Of course, the personal privacy issues are nothing short of a nightmare...

    In the meantime, you can purchase the entire Google Earth database and software installed in a rack mount enclosure. I think it's a few grand for the base system that allows "only" a few hundred connections. Not practical for most installations, but I'm sure someone might try it.

    Personally, I've been very tempted to access the basic google maps through a t-mobile internet connection (only $20/mo for unlimited access) to provide a navigation system under Linux, but I haven't been able to connect to *any* of the Google services through my t-mobile connection since I first thought of this a few weeks ago. Gotta see what's up with that...

    -p.

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    I do have internet in my car but it is dial-up speed so the maps don't load the greatest in it.
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    I can't imagine that Burger King, McDonnal, KFC, ... start popping up around lunch time while I am cruising down the empty freeway ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatrixPC
    I can't imagine that Burger King, McDonnal, KFC, ... start popping up around lunch time while I am cruising down the empty freeway ....
    hehe that would be cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatrixPC
    I can't imagine that Burger King, McDonnal, KFC, ... start popping up around lunch time while I am cruising down the empty freeway ....
    Besides the fact I'd start to get real hungry when they did start popping up!!

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