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21 May 2005

New GPS-based bus tracking will replace the never-accurate ‘countdown’ system based on roadside beacons starting in two years’ time, the BBC and Silicon.com report. I wouldn’t mind paying a small fee to get a text message when a bus is about to arrive at the stop nearest me, although these days they arrive so often we never have to wait long…

A bit like voice over IP now that I think of it – it became easy to talk to people over broadband just around the time that conventional telephone rates here using alternative providers (who probably use VOIP anyway) sank to nearly zero anyway making free computer to computer calling not nearly as advantageous…


  1. But isn’t free computer-to-computer talking still useful for overseas calls?

    Comment by Reid — 22 May 2005 @ 6:47 pm

  2. Overseas calls actually can cost me less than calls here in the UK! It costs me 1p (2.3 cents CDN) to call the US or Canada so why bother with VoIP? The main reason I am tempted by Skype is that 1) it allows me to see who is available and 2) it makes me equally available wherever I am (as long as I am online) instead of requiring people to know where I am to call me…

    Comment by David Brake — 27 May 2005 @ 2:26 pm

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