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Old June 23 2013, 02:50 PM   #16
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The fuck I need a GPS for? I got a map!
I've used a sat-nav for when I was a field employee and I might be in a different location every day/week. It was a useful tool to find a specific location in a place I had never been. But I sill looked at road signs and checked if I could turn down a road, it might have changed since the sat-nav map I was using.

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While that GPS made some poor decisions, lately, I'm sure it has the greatest enthusiasm for its mission.
And I'm sure it enjoyed working with humans, and would continue to do so even if sperated by great distances.
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Old June 23 2013, 03:19 PM   #17
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Dave....my GPS is going. I can feel it. Daisy, daisy, give me your answer do...
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Old June 23 2013, 08:16 PM   #18
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I have had several people get wrong directions to my place of work, then argue with me about what was there.

"Can't you see the sign, lady?"

Carto craft used to make such nice mapbooks too.
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Old June 26 2013, 05:12 AM   #19
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The article is a little unclear. Was it instructing her to cross the tracks and for some reason her car got stuck? There are plenty of railroad crossings that don't have the arms that come down, but it doesn't look like a proper crossing from the pictures. If it was a rural area it could be more difficult to tell, possibly.

She doesn't sound like a complete idiot. I mean, she realized her mistake, realized she was stuck, and got out of there with her kids. Making a mistake doesn't mean she deserves to die.
I'm with you on this. The article is unclear about a few things. Just because she followed the GPS's directions doesn't mean she's an idiot. The fact that she was using GPS at all suggests that she was unfamiliar with the area; how was she supposed to know that she was going to be crossing an uncrossable railroad track?

People calling her an idiot are acting like they've never made a wrong turn before. At least she had the sense to get everybody out of the car.
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Old June 26 2013, 07:01 AM   #20
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I'm with you on this. The article is unclear about a few things. Just because she followed the GPS's directions doesn't mean she's an idiot. The fact that she was using GPS at all suggests that she was unfamiliar with the area; how was she supposed to know that she was going to be crossing an uncrossable railroad track? .
What uncrossable track? It's a perfectly normal crossing. Where the tracks sink into the road... and there are arms and and lights and signs and everything. Look at the picture. A GI Joe toy could drive through it. She turned onto the tracks as if they were a road. That's why she got stuck.
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Old June 26 2013, 08:00 AM   #21
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I thought the article made it quite clear, when her sat nav instructed her to turn right she did so right onto the railway tracks. If she had used her eyes she would have noticed that there wasn't a road there on which to turn onto.
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Old June 26 2013, 12:20 PM   #22
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^ Which was the point of my linking to the Office scene, though that was the aftermath.

The GPS told Michael to take an "immediate right turn", which was a lake.
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Old June 26 2013, 09:19 PM   #23
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Do Sat navs go wrong, yes of course. It might have an out of date map, or it might have your location yards away from were you actually are. That's why they are driving aids not to be taken as gospel.
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Old June 27 2013, 03:58 AM   #24
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Old June 27 2013, 04:55 AM   #25
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The fuck I need a GPS for? I got a map!
Same here. I don't trust these newfangled gadgets. The old Thomas Guide road atlas was good enough for my grandpappy and it's good enough for me!



(OK, so maybe that one is a little out of date.)
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Old June 27 2013, 06:24 AM   #26
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It looks like they call it "your final destination" for a reason, apparently.
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Old June 27 2013, 05:39 PM   #27
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I wonder, historically, how many people had crashes because they were fiddling with a roadmap while driving.
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