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    Re: Researchers spoof GPS signals to alter superyacht'scourse
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2014 Apr 28, 15:44 -0700
    People who have sailed with me would recognize me with my "hockey puck" compass hanging from the lanyard around my neck all the time. When I am asked what it is I tell them it is a magic amulet and that it keeps rocks out of the bilge. If there is something out there that you can take a bearing on then take the bearing and see if it makes sense when you look at the chart. If there is any doubt then investigate until you are absolutely sure that you are not approaching a danger. Am I an old fuddy-duddy?


    From: Alan S <NoReply_AlanS@fer3.com>
    To: garylapook@pacbell.net
    Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 3:31 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Researchers spoof GPS signals to alter superyacht'scourse

    Dan M:
    The problem you describe, or certainly past of it might be put as follows. Some people desire, from minimal input, maximal results, or in other words, A Free Lunch, same being unavailable. Possibly, the students you mentioned and encountered have no real interest in old fashioned Celestial Navigation, as it used to be practiced, preferring to get answers without input.
    I'm as lazy as the next guy or gal, and re other studies, I have played the same sort of silly games, invariably finding that it doesn't work. One gets no more out of something than one is willing to put into that thing.
    Possibly, and this is simply an uneducated guess, some of the fault might lie in and with the controlling agency, the Coast Guard, which correct me if I'm wrong, establishes requirements/qualifications. Perhaps they need to review the requirements that they at least play a role in establishing. Like I said, the foregoing is imply my uneducated guess. I find fooling around with a sextant interesting. Not everyone agrees.

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