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    Re: Silicon Sea
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2006 May 20, 07:12 +1000

    > Renee wrote:
    > I hadn't even considered bringing the problems up to 2007.
    Anyone actually practising nav, or learning, can be expected to have access
    to almanac data for the current year. While data for other periods is
    certainly available, accessing it steepens that learning curve, already
    steep enough, unnecessarily. Are you familiar with the nav problems included
    in each issue of 'Ocean Navigator'? They are based on the format of a
    nautical tale that may go back a century or more but the problem is always
    posed so current year almanac data can be used for resolution.
    > I think that, with suitable almanac extracts...
    We'd need to be careful about copyright. One idea is to present a page from,
    say, the nautical almanac with relevant data circled, as an example of how
    to extract info needed. Getting permission for that should be feasible, and
    in any case that sort of quoting is specifically allowed for. We could
    certainly supply the needed data as well for each problem, as well as
    suggestions for alternative ways to access almanac information (eg; online).
    > I know creating the problems was a big project, and I assume that redoing
    > them all would be another big project.
    Big enough, yes, but should be doable one leg at a time, which is how they
    were created. Its going to be quite a learning experience for us as well.

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