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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.

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allene222

StartLine Sailing Racing Android App

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StartLine is a stand alone GPS based app that runs on Android phones and tablets. As readers of L-36.com know, I tried several apps and GPS assisted technique for starts and they all had serious issues. It was the lack of an viable alternative that led to the development of StartLine. It was developed on the race course over the season and we kept changing it until it actually got us to the line on time in real race conditions. It has large high contrast readouts so you can see it in daylight conditions on a phone. It is on the Google Play store -- search StartLine (one word). There is a flexible waypoint capability included. The screen shows direction and time to the mark as well as speed and heading so that it is our complete race computer. But it is the starting part that was the main driver for the app. The display shows time to the start, time to the line, time to burn, and time to a selected layline. The thing that makes this app work is that you calibrate your speed to the line in the pre-start and that speed and direction are the basis of the time to the line conversion from distance. Thus, you can be heading away from the line and the app will still read how long it will take you, traveling that speed, to get back to the line. The time to the layline allows you to set up well in advance of the start as it is better to burn time early than kill your speed right at the line. As an example, assume you are heading away from the line, when the time to burn is equal to the time you know it takes to turn and accelerate, you tack back and will be at the line at the gun. A lot or work went into the accuracy of the GPS position calculation including interpolation between GPS readings and velocity compensation of position. I have complete instructions at http://L-36.com under the Android SatrtLine tab.

 

I hope you enjoy it,

 

Allen

L-36.com

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So I went to the L36 website -- can't find the exact name of this particular software. Went to the Google Play store -- cant find it.

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So I went to the L36 website -- can't find the exact name of this particular software. Went to the Google Play store -- cant find it.

 

See this thread about how the lawyers kilt it...

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Nice to know what happened but so freaking sad. I have to laugh. One of the reasons I bought a new Nexus phone this year was so I could get Allen's app! I figured he decided the support was too much of a pain. I never dreamed it was the legal BS. I still love my Nexus phone so no big deal and I can't see it in the sun with my polarized sun glasses on any way. Besides we'd just have a more accurate way of knowing were late to the line every time.

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