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    The UK is reviving the idea behind the "longitude prize", (in 1714 an Act of Parliament was passed offering a prize to anyone who could devise a method of determining a ship's position at sea accurately). Back then the prize was 20,000, today it is 10 million but unlike back in the day there is no one crucial problem to be solved and to decide which problem the prize should be offered for they are having a vote. There are 6 areas they are considering, details at the link below:

    http://www.longitudeprize.org/

    whichever one gets picked it should be interesting to follow...


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    Is GPS no longer a thing?


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    It wasn't in 1714 when the first prize was offered (and named)...
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    Maybe they should call it the latitude prize instead if it's not about finding ships and stuff, yet still want to do the homage thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    It wasn't in 1714 when the first prize was offered (and named)...
    Took them a looong time to pay John Smith.
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    It certainly did, a government going back on it's promises! Say it ain't so!
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    john smith? or john harrison, who they took a long time to pay.
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    You're right I mis-read it and assumed it was Harrison as that's what I was expecting a reference to...
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    Either Smith or Harrison, he could have an accurate record of how long the government was taking to pay, Smith with more interest, and Harrison at 5 beats per second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    You're right I mis-read it and assumed it was Harrison as that's what I was expecting a reference to...
    Harrison, my bad. You knew who I meant, this is what counts. I would very much like to have one of his chronometers.
    I have a small collection: Longines, IWC, Patek Phillipe and Vacheron Constantin, all from the late 1800's They are amazing, they work perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    You're right I mis-read it and assumed it was Harrison as that's what I was expecting a reference to...
    Harrison, my bad. You knew who I meant, this is what counts. I would very much like to have one of his chronometers.
    I have a small collection: Longines, IWC, Patek Phillipe and Vacheron Constantin, all from the late 1800's They are amazing, they work perfectly.
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