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The Telecom Digest for August 23, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 202 : "text" Format
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Re: Another chapter in history (tlvp)
Re: Converting Lat/Long from degrees-minutes-second to decimal degrees (Neal McLain)

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Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 04:32:36 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Another chapter in history Message-ID: <p74oc3nosrci$.19dcsf0q5jqz6.dlg@40tude.net> On Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:55:06 -0400, redacted@invalid.telecom-digest.org wrote: > Today marks the start of the thirty-second year of continuous publication > for the Telecom Digest. All hail this 2^5-year marker :-) ! And may we all reach the next 2^5-year marker sound in mind and body, and in good health! Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:12:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain@annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Converting Lat/Long from degrees-minutes-second to decimal degrees Message-ID: <6b744f6b-bf57-4f0f-870b-da80c813c8a8@n19g2000yqc.googlegroups.com> On Aug 21, 7:13 pm, Bill Horne <b...@horneQRM.net> wrote: > On 8/20/2012 5:57 PM, Barry Margolin wrote: > > > In article<k0sebh$ld...@grapevine.csail.mit.edu>, > > woll...@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) wrote: > > >> In article<E1T3Iqi-0003JI...@telecom.xen.prgmr.com>, > >> <b...@horne.VALID-IF-THIS-IS-ELIDED.net> wrote: > >>> Here's a great FCC site that converts Latitude and Longitude in > >>> Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds to or from Decimal Degrees. > >>> > >>>http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/DDDMMSS-decimal.html > >>> > > >> Of course, with no disrespect to Dale Bickel, it's also trivial to do > >> with a calculator. > > > And if you don't need much precision, it's not too hard to do in your > > head. 10 minutes is .167, 20 minutes is .333, 30 minutes is .5, etc. > > I think you guys want to drag out the slipstick that's on display, IIRC, > in the M.I.T. AI Lab: the one that's mounted in the fire-extinguisher > case, with the label that says > > "*In*Case*of*Power*Failure,*Break*Glass*". > > (Pause for laughter to finish). > > Now, I agree that, if I were the captain of a square-rigger rounding the > Horn (pun intended), I might want to have an Astrolabe on hand, or to > have the table of logarithms memorized the way Bowditch did it. > > I am, however, only occasionally in need of such expertise, and I'm > content to let a machine do the calculation for me. The late Michael > Crichton (1942-2008) was on my side: he wrote an essay about why he > flunked a math course at Harvard Medical school because he refused to do > calculations by rote after calculators had been invented. > > OBTelecom: There was a researcher at Bell Labs who pointed out that > measures of traffic load for exchanges could be done more simply (and > faster) by merely recording the power consumed by an office during the > desired time period. He was told that it would take too much effort to > retrain workers who were used to tallying call counts and using Poisson > tables. > > Bill > > -- > Bill Horne > (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) I find it handy to use Wikimapia. Place the "+" over the desired target, click the coordinates in the lower-left corner, and you get a table with the coordinates in three formats: 38.8897428, -77.0088561 38.8897428N 77.0088561W 38°53'23.0741''N 77°0'31.882''W http://wikimapia.org/ Neal McLain
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