Thursday, July 01, 2004

Why you can't have a closed Coke can on an Air Force base

According to this post on Techdirt, it's because of a potential GPS threat.  That's right, GPS threat!  The new promotion that Coke is running says that all you need to do is pop the top of a winning can of Coke and the can will send a GPS locator signal out to the prize patrol who will bring your prize to you.

To be a little more clear on the winning process, a red button on the can must be pushed in order for a GPS signal to be sent, but the military doesn't seem to think that bringing any sort of GPS receiver onto a secure installation is an ok idea. 

I wonder what they do with all the E911 cell phones with GPS capabilities.

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