[aprssig] Ambiguity due to GPS

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sat Jan 7 17:22:14 EST 2006

>> You really should reconsider the transmission 
>>rate your product permits
>...take it up with the users doing the abuse not 
>the writer of the tool  they use to do the abuse with.

When we say the software should limit the abuse that
the software can produce if used wrongly does not
mean that users should not be allowed not to do
certain things, it means that an ever increasing degree of
warnings should be given when users select those

I agree that some software should  be able to do certain
things, but if it is done right, then the user is made
accutely aware of what he is doing and how it may
be damaging to other people.  In APRSdos, the highest
level of warning to an abusive setting was a screen
disabling prompt every time each packet went out.
Yes, he was allowed to do it, yes, there are times
when we need to do certain things, but software
should give the user feedbck.  That is I think what
we mean when we say that APRS software should
hve "limits" on what users do...


>>> aprs at pe1rdw.demon.nl 01/07/06 1:43 PM >>>
Bill Diaz schreef:

>operators to use.  UiView has an option to limit the number of packets gated
>to RF in a 1, 2, or 3 minute period.  Shouldn't be difficult to hardcode
>some reasonable limits in the firmware of your product.  This would limit
>the harm caused by excessive or abusive transmission rates.
>Bill KC9XG
If you hardcode limits then you make it unusable for fast updating 
telemetric units on a seperate qrg.
Blaming abuse by users on opentracker is like blaming Mirc for alowing 
users to write war scripts for irc.

It´s the same discusion as that of igate operators gating half the world 
to RF, you can´t blame that on the software too.

73 de Andre PE1RDW

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