Have you ever seen a global positioning system (GPS) receiver in a car or taxi?
GPS helps drivers to find their way, a bit like a talking map. The system works by using satellites to find out where the GPS receiver, and the car it is in, is.
Thieves who stole GPS receivers from a warehouse in New York state were caught after police turned on the tracking devices to find out where they were!
The 14 GPS receivers were stolen from a warehouse in Babylon, New York. The town had planned to use them to track its vehicles.
Police and city staff said they turned the GPS receivers on by remote control and were led to the home of one of the culprits who was found fiddling with one of them.
“The GPS device is quite [useful] when we are looking for something. Within 48 hours, we had the [people] under arrest for this [crime],” said Inspector Robert Casagne.
The thieves believed they had stolen cell phones and planned to sell them, he said.
(Catherine Thomas , staff writer with AFP)
1. global adj.
全球的 (quan2 qiu2 de5)
例: Global warming is a worry for all of us.
2. position v.t.
放在適當位置 (fang4 zai4 shi4 dang4 wei4 zhi4)
例: Sally positioned her trophy on the mantlepiece.
3. satellite n.
衛星 (wei4 xing1)
例: Do you have satellite TV?
4. remote control n.
遙控器 (yao2 kong4 qi4)
例: Has anyone seen the remote control for the air conditioner?
5. culprit n.
罪犯 (zui4 fan4)
例: The headmaster caught and punished the culprits of Friday's practical joke in class.
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B: I envy your friend. I’d love to work from home. A: He doesn’t mind not being able to meet his colleagues face to face every day. Still, even he occasionally misses the office buzz and ability to socialize. His wife finds the situation more difficult, though. B: Why? She doesn’t like him hanging around the house all day? A: No, she has a job, too, with many international clients, and she’s used to traveling overseas on a regular basis. She’s finding the situation a bit disorientating. B: 我好羨慕你朋友喔，我很想在家工作。 A: 不能每天跟同事見面，他並不介意。可是他偶爾還是會想念辦公室充滿活力的氣氛，可以跟大家社交。可是現在這種情況對他太太來說比較難熬。 B: 為甚麼？他太太不喜歡他一天到晚都在家晃來晃去？ A: 不是，他太太自己也有工作，而且有很多國際客戶，以前常常出國。現在這種情況讓她覺得有點無所適從。 （Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯） English
I certainly won’t miss the commute! (4/5) 我對通勤是絕對不會想念的！（四） B: Urban planners are going to have to massively rethink how cities are designed. Business districts will go out of the window. Office buildings will have to be repurposed. Commuter routes will become a thing of the past. A: They will be able to make open, green spaces for people to work in, which will be easier now with all this wireless connectivity. It’s going to be great! B: Careful what you wish for. We might not be tethered to the office, but we’ll still be tied to our mobile devices. We’ll still need to be contactable 24/7, slaves