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Subject: Position Ambiguity [was] Re: [aprssig] findu.com Location off...

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Jun 12 12:46:13 UTC 2006

Yes, the intent of trademarking the APRS name was exactly
for that purpose.  To discourage short-cut applications that
undermine the integrity of the original APRS network from
dragging down the network to only the simplest-lowest common
denomminator of code.

Which is exactly what is happening.  Too much code just
treats "APRS" as if it is a map plot of ICONS.  This overlooks
a lot of the complexity of the networking and channel sharing
code, hides the RF network from the users, and ignores a lot
of the human interface...  This makes messaging, instant DFing 
and other fundamentals of APRS either inefficient or non-existant.    
de Wb4APR, Bob

>>> kc2mmi at verizon.net 06/08/06 2:34 PM >>>
Thank you, Bob. I stand corrected then, the APRS spec already provides for this
and (as you've said so many times about so many things) it is just so much of
the software and hardware out there that is not supporting what you've provided
for in the APRS specs.

Maybe it is time for you to adopt a new spec, or register a trademark (or is
APRS a registered mark?) and simply not allow the use of it to any company not
fully meeting a compliancy spec for it. It would be way less confusing if "APRS"
meant "fully APRS compliant" rather than "well, some of this stuff is something
like what APRS might be".<G>

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