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On 1/16/2023 at 2:43 AM, barefootjeff said:

So how do you explain this when I'm standing at the water's edge with the waves lapping over my feet?

 

The geoid at your position is approximately +25 m.  That means that sea level at your location is 25 m above the WGS-84 ellipsoid. So if your GPS has no geoid correction, it will read 25 m elevation at sea level, which agrees with your observation.   I would be very interested to hear the brand of your device, because (as I mentioned before) I am aware of no modern GPS that does not do the geoid correction.  But your observation is good evidence that yours does not.

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2 hours ago, fizzymagic said:

I would be very interested to hear the brand of your device, because (as I mentioned before) I am aware of no modern GPS that does not do the geoid correction.  But your observation is good evidence that yours does not.

 

As I said, it's a Samsung Galaxy A52 purchased new in mid 2021 and running Android version 13 with all the updates applied. Here's another screenshot taken this morning at Ocean Beach near that locality in my Broken Bay Sands AL and a photo of my position in relation to the water:

 

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My Oregon 700 reckons the sea is only 2 metres above sea level, which is about as close as I'd expect it to get, though it also has a barometer augmenting its altitude display. But in any case, people can't use their Garmins to do ALs, they have to use their phones, so I still think asking an AL question about displayed altitude would be problematic.

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On 1/13/2023 at 1:13 AM, fizzymagic said:

Getting to an interesting historical spot and having a question like "What is the stamp on the bolt holding the sign?"

 

If you ask about the sign itself, especially if the sign is a historical marker, then the answer will probably be available online which may allow the seeker to answer the question without actually visiting the location.

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On 1/12/2023 at 4:29 AM, Mausebiber said:

Who determines what's good for the game?  Is it you who wants to change current procedure to fit your needs, your idea how someone else should play this game?

What would you say, if most user's like it exactly as it is?  I don't know if this is true or not, do you know?

 

Most drivers would prefer there be no speed limit and no speeding tickets.

 

Doesn't mean it's a good idea.

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On 5/22/2023 at 4:47 AM, JL_HSTRE said:

Most drivers would prefer there be no speed limit and no speeding tickets.

 

Doesn't mean it's a good idea.

 

How exactly is it that people somehow "cheating" at ALs will get people killed?  Analogies make for poor arguments.  I will continue to insist that the consequences of people "cheating" at ALs are only two:  annoying purists and contributing to the general decline of honesty in society.

 

For the former, I submit that somebody "cheating" at getting an answer to an AL that is relevant to the AL means that they very possibly might have learned something, which is kind of the point of the AL.   The insistence on using irrelevant answers in ALs makes the consequences of "cheating" worse, not better.

 

But what would be the point of this cheating, anyway?  Unless there is somebody out there insane enough to consider another non-geocache smiley valuable, I can think of none.  This whole discussion seems more about the people who want to throw up punishment for people not doing things their way than about any real-world issues.

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13 hours ago, fizzymagic said:

How exactly is it that people somehow "cheating" at ALs will get people killed?  Analogies make for poor arguments.  I will continue to insist that the consequences of people "cheating" at ALs are only two:  annoying purists and contributing to the general decline of honesty in society.

 

Ah, the old "well if it's not killing people it doesn't really matter" argument. What is this, COVID?

 

As for the boded text: anyone who needs to have it explained to them why that is a very bad thing is part of the problem. A scrupulously honest society would solve so many other problems as a byproduct. 

 

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