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    Re: Silicon Sea 87: a recap.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2003 Nov 14, 17:08 +0000

    This is a bit of Nav-l history.
    Silicon Sea 87 appeared on 10 June 03 (though the subject line read
    "Silicon Sea: Leg 78", presumably an accident). "Silicon Sea: Leg 87
    Answers" was posted on 16 June.
    On 22 August, Peter Fogg posted a message under the heading " SS: Leg 87
    questions", outlining his problems in understanding the second part of
    SS87; just exactly as members are requested to do. No response was
    forthcoming from the list.
    On 5 Sept, in a different thread, Peter complained-
    "Some weeks ago I posted my go at one
    current Silicon Sea exercise and then details of a problem I was having with
    the one before, and I have yet to hear a peep from any expert."
    On the 6 Sept., Peter restated in detail his problems with SS87, under
    "Silicon Sea  No 87 problem".
    On that same day I posted a note to back him up, stating-
    "And yet up to now there's been no response to his plea, about a problem
    which puzzles me too, when I look at its wording. So I wish to add my voice
    to his, and ask for a bit of further explanation (or perhaps
    reconsideration) about that problem and the way it was posed."
    For all that, NOBODY in the Silicon Sea backup team, and nobody else
    either, has made the slightest response to those requests for help.
    Since then, Mike Burkes has tried SS87 as an exercise, and has come across
    the same difficulties. Although the three of us have got together to try to
    make sense of it, we have been unable to do so. Is it a failure of
    understanding, of all three of us, or is it the way that SS87 has been
    posed, which makes it, in part at least, insoluble?
    It's clearly an unsatisfactory state of affairs, to leave that problem
    unresolved. So I ask Nav-L members, and PARTICULARLY THE SS BACKUP TEAM,
    the following questions.
    Does ANYONE claim to have completed SS87, whether or not they were in
    accord with the "official" answers: or even got so far as answering its
    second question?
    If so, what did they take to be the Greenwich date and time of the Sun
    observation referred to in that second question, and the Sun coordinates
    that were asked for?
    Is anyone out there prepared to have a shot at explaining that second
    question to us?
    If there's any response, then on request I will be happy to repost the
    relevant parts of that question and its answers, as a reminder to anyone
    who may have binned it.
    George Huxtable.
    contact George Huxtable by email at george@huxtable.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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