Talk:407: Cheap GPS

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In an inversion of Title-text, I did actually make a Perl script for Geohashing which (for a given target) gave a bearing and distance to target from the interogated GPS USB dongle's idea of my current location... But the bearing was absolute, with no way of determining which relative direction I (or at least the laptop/dongle) was facing. (I had decided that direction of travel could not be reliably worked out from the last pair or trio of locations, given that when it mattered most I was probably tramping quickly back and forth over moorland looking for some specific feature of vegetation or drainage matching up with the aerial photos). Examination of moss on stones or trees (or satellite TV dishes on houses, for the urban environment) was occasionally needed to narrow down orientation. Or approximating the old analogue watch-hands trick with the sun, in my head (having only the digital time). 00:13, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

Hey, look at this: 06:39, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Hit the pot[edit]

Is the game Topfschlagen known outside Germany? There is only a German entry on wikipedia (as of today). For me this kind of game is actually also the first thing that came to mind. Usually besides hot/cold ("heiß", "warm"/"kalt") comparative forms of these adjectives are used to indicate the current direction: e.g. warmer ("wärmer") if the seeker currently gets closer to the goal. --Chtz (talk) 21:39, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

I actually don't know, but this forum entry on the dictionary site confirms that the cold/hot scale is used in games in English, too, so I thought it was worth mentioning at least one of them. If someone knows another such game that is better known internationally, feel free to substitute that. --Das-g (talk) 20:48, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
The concept comes up in various games, although I can't quite pinpoint exactly where it came from. My earliest memory of anything of that sort is an Easter egg hunt. --Quicksilver (talk) 04:29, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
Hot and Cold does not need a special explain, everybody knows. So, my latest explain should be enough.--Dgbrt (talk) 19:54, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

First (only?) comic where the number is the date (407 = 4/07 = April 7th). Misterblue28 (talk) 15:59, 29 May 2018 (UTC)misterblue28

a bit unrelated but in a village in tenerife there's a sign that reads "caution: gps error! road isn't through this street!" An user who has no account yet (talk) 02:14, 6 September 2023 (UTC)