Pointing North: Updated

On the subject of yesterday’s LG Qiblah mobile phone post
– it seems that the compass isn’t actually an active one. You simply
select your location from a pre-programmed list of cities, and then the
compass display’s Mecca’s direction. So it doesn’t use any fancy GPS or
less fancy magnetic forces – which precludes entertaining pirate
related text exchanges with your friends, as so:

“WHRE B YE, M8-E?”
“RRR. I B 3 LEAGUES SOUTH-WEST OF YE, M8-E.”
“RRR”
“WILL YE B SETTN SAIL SOON?”

“RRR. “
“SPY U SOON. RRRRRR.”

Also, I googled Qiblah, to see what it translates as. According to this Glossary of Islamic Terms, it is the direction that Muslims face when they do their salaah. It is in the direction of the Ka’bah in Mecca. Sort of a no-brainer name, really…. 

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