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    Re: Who's on Facebook?
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2011 Mar 20, 21:08 -0700

    Philip:

    One thing about FB that strikes me strange is it's or their ever changing Privacy Policy. This would or should be a simple thing to arrange, amounting to one or the other of the following.

    1. FB does not/will not release subscribers personal information, absent their written consent/permission/authorization or a valid court order to anyone.

    2. Your personal data, once it enters our hands is viewed by us as ours, to do with as we please.

    I might be terribly old fashioned, but I still believe that 2 + 2 = 4.

    As to some objecting to the use of GPS, that's for the individual to decide, however I will note the following. Celestial Navigation, being a hard learned and classical skill is worth keeping, though some, possibly most will opt for GPS, as it is much quicker and more accurate, it's cheaper too.

    Having said that, and I play about with both, finding ones position to within a couple of NM using a marine sextant along with whichever set of tables or books one might chose, strikes me as a lot more interesting than having an electronic device tell me where I am within 10 or so feet. Also, one can never tell when that GPS unit might "give up the ghost", or the system otherwise going "tits up", via either accident of knowing and deliberate action on someone's part.

    As an old, departed friend of mine used to say, he was a licensed master, I believe all tonnage, steam and diesel, all oceans, "my sextant doesn't need electricity."

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