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Did you get lost while out driving in December? If you did, blame the solar flare that zapped signals sent out by the GPS satellite network to keep travellers travelling in the right direction. According to researchers at New York's Cornell University, two major solar flares observed on 5 and 6 December emitted blasts of …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Solar Warming

    It's obvious what's going on here. Solar flare activity has been increasing ever since mankind developed radio technology. Obviously we're polluting the solar system's electromagnetic climate, and we must be stopped!

  2. Mike Richards

    A new excuse being formed right now

    Sorry I'm late. Bit of a bugger on the way to work - solar flares interfered with the GPS.'

    But it does offer a (literal) get-out-of-jail-free card for the MoD when it comes to explain why our boats ended up in Iranian waters.

  3. Paul Hurst

    Pay as you Drive

    So when all our cars are locked down with Pay-as-Drive (tracking) systems, and our cars won't start because the GPS network is floored. Then what are we supposed to do? Sit on the drive and admire the dash-panel?

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