GPS, et al.
Steven Featherkile (madwolf@EARTHLINK.NET)
Mon, 27 Jul 1998 18:54:08 -0700
I'm the guy that wrote about the pink-eye problem. Here is my take on
the whole GPS-Cell-Ham controversy.
I beleive in being able to do things the hard (old) way, because the
batteries may burn out. When I was in the Navy, even though we had GPS
that was accurate to 10 feet, we still took daily star sights, Local
Appearant Noon, Moon sights, did dead reconing and visual piloting. As
our Captain said, the stars don't lie. We also used the GPS and LORAN.
When the fixes did not agree, we found out why. This way, we maintained
our proficiency in all methods of Navigation. There are tactical
reasons for doing this that I won't go into.
GPS is a tool. Cell phones are tools. The Ham radio is a tool. Like a
compass. Taking your argument to the extreme, we should leave our
compasses at home because they are high tech compared to using the
stars. We should leave our lighters and matches at home because they
are high tech compared to flint and striker. Heck, we should leave the
flint at home because that is high tech to capturing fire from lightning
strikes. Perhaps we should leave our backpacks at home because they are
high tech compared to a blanket roll. Do you use a chemical stove.
Leave it home and use fire (from lightening strikes, now).
They are just tools, to use like all tools. The problem comes not from
the use of a particular tool, but from relying on a single tool, to the
exclusion of others.
I take them, use them only when necessary (once), and rely primarily on
the Mark I Mod A Human Brain set in calm mode to get me out of most
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