[Loadstone] Some feature suggestions.

monty at loadstone-gps.com monty at loadstone-gps.com
Wed Jul 11 14:30:05 BST 2007

Hello Dave,

Thanks for explaining the "Cartesian direction".  If I understand your 
proposal correctly this is essentially based on standard Pythagoras 

Although we could certainly implement this, the returned distance values 
would lose accuracy when relating to points far apart from each other. 
This is because the Earth is a spheroid rather than a perfect sphere.  We 
may however be able to use our current formula to improve accuracy in 
these situations.

Thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming!  We try and carefully 
consider every suggestion from users!

Best regards,

  On Wed, 11 Jul 2007, Dave Mielke wrote:

> [quoted lines by Shawn Kirkpatrick on 2007/07/11 at 03:28 -0700]
>> The key 5 will have to be sorted out one way or another I guess.
> While it certainly has its flaws at the moment, I'm still glad that it's out
> there for use so that feedback can direct its final implemenation.
>> Can you provide an example of the cartesian direction? I don't know what
>> that would look like or how it's calculated.
> It'd display something like "5.2 kilometers west 3.9 kilometers north". The
> first number, i.e. the east/west distance, would be along the first latitude
> from the first longitude to the second longitude. The second number, i.e.  the
> north/south distance, would be the distance from the first latitude to the
> second latitude. Now if it's decided to announce the north/south distance first
> then the east/.west distance would logically have to be along the second
> latitude. I think the east/west distance hsould be first, though, since the
> horizontal distance is conventionally given first.
>> I have to say you'd get an "a" for creative thinking for copying points from
>> one database to another.
> :-)
>> That method would be rather complicated and could have a major problem. If any
>> of the id and userid fields of the point you're copying overlap with a point
>> in the target database then you could be overwriting data in the target
>> database. This probably won't happen in normal opperation but if you're
>> generating databases manually then the risk for that goes up.
> I understand, and thank you for the cautionary warning.
>> We'll look at putting in some kind of export checkpoints function.
> Thank you.

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