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Thread #59418   Message #2030028
Posted By: Amos
19-Apr-07 - 11:15 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads

The conquest of the Western world -- admittedly not a high-precision operation -- and the mastery of the briny oceans was accomplished with magnetic compasses whose accuracy was on the order of anywhere between 50% and 90%. Granted, a lot of ships got lost through the centuries, while we figured out means of correction for deviancy in the process. But I am sure Lord Nelson would have given his right eye for a precision of 1%.