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    Re: From whaling to piracy
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2018 Mar 21, 16:10 -0700

    And here's a puzzle for you:
    What is the connection between the Niantic and modern piracy (and even modern celestial navigation)?

    Step ONE: where is the Niantic today and how did it get there? Hint: pyramid(s)!

    The Transamerica Pyramid Area of San Francisco

    Step TWO: what modern entity is named after the Niantic?

    Niantic, Inc

    Step THREE: can you name the game?

    Yes (I don't want to spoil it for others)

    Step FOUR: can you cheat the game?

    Apparently so using GPS Spoofing and something called an internet bot.

    Step FIVE: how can you defeat the cheater?

    By programme mods and eventually by banning cheaters.

    At least a photograph of a painting of Niantic is readily available.  When I was constructing a presentation on William Bligh, I really struggled to find a picture of HMS Providence, his lead ship for the Second Breadfruit Expedition.  Fortunately, a photograph of a postage stamp showing her was available from St Helena of all places.  How accurate it is, I'm not sure. DaveP. 

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