To Catch a Thief…..Use GPS!

A merchant in Indianapolis got tired of having his woodworking store burglarized (and as a budding wood worker, I can tell you some of that stuff costs one HECK of a lot of money!). In fact, he’d become a victim 5 times in ONE summer! What was his solution? Plant GPS devices in some of his merchandise. Well it turns out it was a good idea because his sixth robbery has lead the police to a suspect. They’ve pinpointed the merchandise to two locations and have linked the suspect to both. As of yet he’s still at large, but at least the property is recoverable.

Ten Most Polluted Places

National Geographic has a photo essay/article about the top ten most polluted places on Earth. It’s unfortunate how many of them are located in the former Soviet Union areas. I found the photo of the cemetery of radioactive vehicles near Chernobyl to be the most disturbing. With luck, Chernobyl will be a one time event. The number of vehicles contaminated by the event is astounding.

Leica updates Titan

ltLeica is rolling out the updates to Titan fairly regularly including today’s release which includes Terrain support, a custom drawing toolbar that includes KML export, and a navigational compass. I have to say that I was surprised that terrain support was on the bottom of the list in the announcement email as this is a fairly significant bit for the geoviz part of Titan and is definitely a type of data that people are interested in sharing (or at least using what is shared). Either way, the new update means I need to log on to my Windows box that is sitting neglected in the corner to look at the new goodies.