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2012-01-08 04:26:18 PM
7 votes:
Eh, whenever I think I might be in a highly-pigmented area, I just search Google maps for nearby rent-to-own rim stores and check cashing agencies. If theres more than 2 hits in a 1-mile radius, I search for the nearest frozen yogurt place and head in that direction.
2012-01-08 05:07:42 PM
3 votes:
Somebody is eventually going to get the idea of crowdsourcing data on where the police cars are at any given moment. When that's available, I look forward to the "avoid cops" GPS feature.
2012-01-08 04:27:19 PM
3 votes:
I can understand not wanting to drive thru a shady/shiatty looking neighborhood for the sake of having to feel you gotta watch your back, but how often do we hear stories of people getting mugged, raped, shot, or stabbed because of the route their GPS took them?
2012-01-08 04:26:16 PM
3 votes:
I replaced my Tom Tom after it tried to kill me. It routed me through a part of Oakland that I clearly should not have been in. Further inspection of the route it gave me on Google maps later revealed that there was no logical reason for this route. It did the same thing in San Jose.

I gave it to my ex wife.
2012-01-08 04:03:11 PM
3 votes:
Does it sound an alarm anytime you are near MLK Blvd?

"You know what's sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don't care where you are in America, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there's some violence going down."
-Chris Rock
2012-01-08 03:54:04 PM
3 votes:
Sued for racism in 3...2....1...
2012-01-08 09:29:41 PM
2 votes:
What if they live in the ghetto? They'll never be able to make it home :(
2012-01-08 07:44:41 PM
2 votes:
Makes sense to me. Avoid the high crime areas, which just coincidentally happen to be poor areas, which just coincidentally happen to be disproportionately minority areas. Things are already skewed plenty in favor of minorities - preferential treatment in universities, hiring, etc. for anyone of equal or even lesser education and skill - so the only thing keeping minorities down right now is really themselves, helped of course by liberal indoctrination. Trust the state, ignore self-reliance. Don't bother with education, you're bound to win the lottery or become a highly-paid rap or sports star. The two-parent, married family is outmoded, the strong single black mother is the new big thing. Never cooperate with the police. Etc. There are plenty of examples of successful blacks and neighborhoods that grew a community and cleaned themselves up, why aren't the others doing it too?
2012-01-08 06:27:02 PM
2 votes:
BarbadoSlim:

jjorsett: Somebody is eventually going to get the idea of crowdsourcing data on where the police cars are at any given moment. When that's available, I look forward to the "avoid cops" GPS feature.

THIS THIS THIS, A THOUSAND TIMES THIS!


I don't have any problems with cops since I don't drive like a ninny, but this feature has existed since the 1960's, it's called "CB Radio channel 19." It also features real-time traffic updates and detailed how-to-avoid advice as well as updates on cute chicks in convertibles.

But no, it's not available on your iPhone.
2012-01-08 05:49:42 PM
2 votes:

here to help: Also... if ya'll had stopped sh*tting on minorities after the civil rights movement and actually gave them a real chance they'd probably be less stabby and shooty.


Also, This.

We'd have alot fewer problems if we had worked harder to integrate, educate and respect African-Americans after the Civil War rather than being forced to grudgingly do it in the 1960's by federal law. However, people don't really like to hear that said much around here.
2012-01-08 05:46:25 PM
2 votes:
Oh pluhleese.....this app will certainly help the suburban drug seekers find their fun of choice. I lived, 10 years-in between two bars, in a blighted, crack, meth, coke, prostitute, serial killer neighborhood and lots of mommy's Volvos, Jersey tags, downtown 9-5ers were there morning, noon, night looking for their fix-sex and or drugs. Oh gosh, you all are afraid of a ghetto tag????

/Pussies
//Wankers
///Legalize it all. Now.
2012-01-08 05:10:28 PM
2 votes:
It's nice to know that the person stealing my GPS won't be able to use it to go home.
2012-01-08 04:48:23 PM
2 votes:
I don't understand why people automatically associate ghetto with minorities. There's plenty of trailer parks and projects around here that are predominently white that I wouldn't want to drive by either.
2012-01-08 04:42:23 PM
2 votes:
"Detroit not found."
2012-01-08 04:38:42 PM
2 votes:
Whiteys driving thru the ghetto are presumed to be drug seekers, especially if they have out of state tags.
2012-01-08 04:25:11 PM
2 votes:
Turning this feature off to be called the "day option" and turning this feature on is the "night option"
2012-01-08 04:24:24 PM
2 votes:

thermo: Does it sound an alarm anytime you are near MLK Blvd?

"You know what's sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don't care where you are in America, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there's some violence going down."
-Chris Rock


This made me laugh. Have an MLK BLVD in my town, don't want to go there.
2012-01-08 04:22:40 PM
2 votes:
Any road named Martin Luther King Blvd. ?
2012-01-08 04:22:23 PM
2 votes:
Come on. We all know that anyone who would actually use that feature already has a superhuman awareness of their proximity to what they think "ghetto" is.

"Hold up there, honey. I think I see a black guy about a quarter-mile down the street. He's wearing a tie, but let's not chance it. Besides, I need to go home and change underwear again."
2012-01-08 02:53:20 PM
2 votes:
locally dubbed "Avoid Renton" :P

j/k (not on that team.. no idea what they're calling it)
2012-01-09 03:42:04 AM
1 votes:
You guys are absolutely hilarious! I've lived in what most of you would consider a "ghetto" my entire life, and it's nothing like the wild, murderous battlefields many of you make them out to be. Is it sunshine and happiness all the time? Helll no, but I felt just as comfortable and worry-free driving through those streets as suburbanites do through theirs.

/LOVING all the black jokes, by the way
2012-01-09 02:55:58 AM
1 votes:
Ah, the good old USA. The wealthiest country on the planet. Fantastic science, the cutting edge of the arts and social sciences, home of amazing engineering feats and medical breakthroughs...

and yet, it's still necessary to plan to avoid the ghettos.
2012-01-09 01:15:51 AM
1 votes:

Mugato: jjorsett: Somebody is eventually going to get the idea of crowdsourcing data on where the police cars are at any given moment. When that's available, I look forward to the "avoid cops" GPS feature.

Now THAT would be useful.


Waze does just that.
2012-01-09 12:15:06 AM
1 votes:

Longtime Lurker: There's an element of truth to this though. Here in Chicago, the moment a neighborhood's crime statistics come down, the white hipsters move in, and lower-class ethnic neighborhood residents are priced out because they're suddenly surrounded by all organic sushi bars.


There was a similar incident here in atlanta, all the black people in one area were complaining because new people had moved in around the corner and were making reports to the city that people werent taking care of their houses or sidewalk(homeowners responsibility in atlanta at that time)

It was hilarious seeing these people try to get all the council members on their side only to be bombarded with all the lobbyists from gay rights groups, apparently atlanta is also a gay mecca along with a black mecca, never knew that until that time. They had a point though, clean up your shiat. The crackhouses had to move out as well since the landlords were starting to be cited for violations as well, the gays went in a cleaned up the ghetto! Never cared who lived next door to me, just keep the yard we can see farking clean dipshiat, you bought a house so take care of it.
2012-01-08 11:29:43 PM
1 votes:
Why would I want a feature that won't show me how to get home?

/live in an 'ethnic' part of town
//not actually a ghetto
///lotta shootin' and stealin' though
2012-01-08 11:14:31 PM
1 votes:

video man: Hah. Reminds me of a time when the roommates and I took a trip down to KC to go to Worlds Of Fun. Apparently, the quickest way there is through a really crappy part of town with boarded up windows and abandoned buildings.

/And I rode the Patriot 15 times in a row.
//That's 3 fives, and that's awesome.


My old job had a terminal there, which we purchased from a big shipping company. Had a cross dock and a maintenance facility and all that... got it for cheap. The business was inter-modal transport... Combination of trucking and rail on those containers you see on the big freight ships that do international shipping. So I'm there setting up the new place, deep in the middle of pulling cable out of the ceiling and running new lines, and configuring the network to get everything up and running for the next week. It's Friday, at about 4:30PM, and I'm a few hours from being done. The manager tells me: "You have to leave at 5 sharp." I ask him why, cuz I am from Omaha and got nothing better to do. I'd rather get this done and go home than sit on my thumbs and wait till Monday to finish the job. He looks at me like I'm stupid and asks: "Did you happen to see the neighborhood you came thru to get here? Security leaves at 5, and so do you."

/Went to Worlds of Fun to kill the weekend
//miss that job.
///was a good family owned company.
////boss was a cock.
2012-01-08 10:27:15 PM
1 votes:

Ikam:
I remember when I was a kid in the early 80's driving through the south-side with my dad and going through some really rough areas (he worked on the south-side and we lived in the south-burbs). He'd always tell me not to tell my mom that we had taken whatever way home we had taken, which would have likely made an 'avoid ghetto' gps device explode.
/why yes, that car is on fire, why do you ask?


I remember when I was very little and we lived in L.A, the whole family was going to the circus. But we never made it, because on the way there my dad heard on the radio that there were riots going on, and we passed a burning car. So we turned around and went home.

It was the Watts riots of 1965.
2012-01-08 10:03:38 PM
1 votes:

Great Porn Dragon: cousndick: Barakku: cousndick: I can understand not wanting to drive thru a shady/shiatty looking neighborhood for the sake of having to feel you gotta watch your back, but how often do we hear stories of people getting mugged, raped, shot, or stabbed because of the route their GPS took them?

This is for pedestrians, it's a lot scarier when you're not in a car, and safety and comfort are premium services.

Fair enough. Car will always give you far better advantage if your safety is ever threatened.
It must be me b/c I like, never hear about stories where someone was hurt or killed because of the route their GPS took them.

The only cases where I've heard of someone getting killed due to GPS routing have (to a one) NEVER involved accidental "ghetto routing".

Rather, the cases I know of that involved "death by GPS misrouting" involved people driving through rural areas--typically National Forest Service or BLM lands--where the GPS led them along a unused or nonexistent Forest Road, their vehicle runs out of fuel, and they die of starvation or dehydration. (There was a case like that not too terribly long ago involving a vehicle NOT stocked with desert survival gear that ended up like this in Death Valley, in fact. Probably about a case or two of this a year tends to make the press.)

That said--you should never rely solely on the GPS--familiarise yourself with the route (using other mapping tools, travel resources, etc.) and only use the GPS as a tool that helps you get to a specific destination. Among this is knowing the limitations of a GPS device. :D


And for farks sake, if you end up on something that's a 1.5 lane dirt road and don't see any mileage markers after going a mile or two, turn the fark around! It's not a real road and could go for a hundred miles before stopping in the middle of nowhere.

/lots of mountain logging roads up here.
//useful during flooding though
///not a shortcut
2012-01-08 09:40:41 PM
1 votes:
Great Porn Dragon:

Gods, but we (or more properly, a friend of mine) could well have used this several years back :D

Very long story short--friend had recently moved to Arlington, VA from the Pine Barrens, had another friend from Baltimore with us, was happy to drive us back...unfortunately, he took the wrong exit, and we ended up in ANACOSTIA.

Now, mind, I'm fairly blase about Bad Parts of Town. I grew up in a part of town which was known as a bad part of town even then and now is best described as Guadalajarita. I've been in the rougher parts of Chicago after dark, even.

That said--even I knew that (comparatively speaking) even the Bad Parts of Town I was familiar with were Hobbiton and I was Bilbo GPD in comparison. Baltimorean friend, who is very familiar with Anacostia's rep, is pretty much saying the Lord's Prayer AND the Hail Mary between cries of "OH FARK WE'RE GONNA DIE THEY SHOOT PEOPLE IF THEY STOP DON'T STOP AT TEH TRAFFIC LIGHTS OH FARK ME". Even the SO is freaking out. The only calm one in the vehicle is our blissfully-unaware driver.

Fortunately, we were followed very quickly by a police car, who apparently saw the out-of-area plates, and followed us until we were safely out of the Scary Part Of Washington, DC. Suffice it to say I have NEVER been so very thankful to have a cop-car on my arse as I was at that moment...


Heh... I used to work as a tech for WSSC, and as part of that I visited every one of their facilities on a regular basis. Guess which sewage pumping station required a 16' razor-wire topped fence around it? That would be Lower Anacostia.

Thankfully I had my urban assault vehicle then... A '71 Sedan de Ville badly in need of a paint job. I kept a ratty blanket in the back to throw over the computers and whatnot I was taking in and out. The fact that *I* was rather scruffy looking helped as well.

My first time there I managed to miss the U-turn and instead had to take a side trip into the neighborhoods along 295, and yeah, it was pretty much how you'd imagine urban post-apocalypse. Burned out buildings, cars on blocks, and a bunch of old men warming their hands around a trash barrel fire.
2012-01-08 09:11:45 PM
1 votes:

Great Porn Dragon: Gods, but we (or more properly, a friend of mine) could well have used this several years back :D

Very long story short--friend had recently moved to Arlington, VA from the Pine Barrens, had another friend from Baltimore with us, was happy to drive us back...unfortunately, he took the wrong exit, and we ended up in ANACOSTIA.

Now, mind, I'm fairly blase about Bad Parts of Town. I grew up in a part of town which was known as a bad part of town even then and now is best described as Guadalajarita. I've been in the rougher parts of Chicago after dark, even.

That said--even I knew that (comparatively speaking) even the Bad Parts of Town I was familiar with were Hobbiton and I was Bilbo GPD in comparison. Baltimorean friend, who is very familiar with Anacostia's rep, is pretty much saying the Lord's Prayer AND the Hail Mary between cries of "OH FARK WE'RE GONNA DIE THEY SHOOT PEOPLE IF THEY STOP DON'T STOP AT TEH TRAFFIC LIGHTS OH FARK ME". Even the SO is freaking out. The only calm one in the vehicle is our blissfully-unaware driver.

Fortunately, we were followed very quickly by a police car, who apparently saw the out-of-area plates, and followed us until we were safely out of the Scary Part Of Washington, DC. Suffice it to say I have NEVER been so very thankful to have a cop-car on my arse as I was at that moment...


Similar thing happened to me in Dallas. I was stationed at Ft. Riley, KS and took one of my colleagues back to Dallas where he was from to pick up his car. We were in neighborhood and he all of a sudden realizes where we were and starts sweating bullets and looking for the door locks and was screaming for me to NOT stop at any red light. I'm like "Relax, dude. WTF? You call yourself a soldier?" I was driving my Cavalier with a manual tranny and I messed with him a bit by making it lurch like it was going to die soon. Good times, man good times.
2012-01-08 08:54:49 PM
1 votes:
Eh, the minority neighborhoods aren't that bad. I've lived around a bit. Currently in a lousy Arizona bordertown. Lots of hispanics and white trash. I've also lived in the sticks and the inner city, too.

Crime rates are higher in minority areas, but the people are fine. Don't give anyone shiat and if you smile and say hi you're fine.

The only group that gives me crap is white trash. The hick town I lived in was full of meth and incest (I was a public defender and dealt with the meth and incest every day) and everyone was vicious towards "cityfolk." You were constantly being told that "you think you're better than us." I was even given grief for driving a battered old Escort. Apparently, I was trying to "show up" the locals by not driving a truck.

My current city isn't as inbred, but there's still white trash around. Typically wearing dudebrodouche clothing and driving tinypenis trucks. These are the ones who yell insults at random people who aren't interacting with them.

The local hispanics are zero problem. A smile and some of my bad Spanish makes friends.
2012-01-08 08:48:49 PM
1 votes:
I don't even want to hear all the pc farkers whining about this. I think its an amazing idea. Just the other day my fiancee had to drive to a town that was already pretty bad on its own. The gps however took her on to a st called "terrace ave". Terrace ave is a place where if you drive through it, the police will send you a letter informing you to stay away. Its a haven of drugs, murder and extra murderous murder.

Yeah, its a ghetto. And when I found out that she actually went down that street I got mad at her. But truth be told, how often do we really pay attention to exactly where we are being told to go? And even if we do, how do we know what kind of place it is. God farkin speed microsoft.
2012-01-08 07:17:25 PM
1 votes:

cmb53208: BigRightRear: I travel a lot and whatever city I'm I just aviod MLK Blvd. It rang true last week as a local pro fisherman was shot in the face and killed on MLK in Belle Glade.

Actually not every MLK Boulevard is a pit: The MLK Blvd in Madison, WI is a 3 block stretch downtown lined with government offices, a Starbuck's, and a couple of restaurants. The MLK Blvd. in Goldsboro, NC is an expressway with strip malls and chain stores on the frontage roads. The one in Chapel Hill, NC is a tame main drag.


For Chapel Hill, that is a ghetto.
2012-01-08 07:03:18 PM
1 votes:

ecmoRandomNumbers: Next up: Cross-country driving with "Avoid Texas™" Feature.


It's called Interstate 80.
2012-01-08 06:55:28 PM
1 votes:
Thinking that this has to do with race says more about you than them. As a white guy, there are white trash neighborhoods that I could really use a transfer route away from.

In fact, I rolled through Compton several times and it was rather pleasant. Kenneth City, L, roll 'em up.
2012-01-08 06:52:12 PM
1 votes:

jehovahs witness protection: Sounds like a damn good idea.


Yeah, my GPS keeps taking me through bad parts of Oakland. Being purely based on shortest/quickest route really makes the GPS pretty much useless when you're certain cities. I agree it is a good idea.
2012-01-08 06:50:08 PM
1 votes:

Generation_D: here to help: Also... if ya'll had stopped sh*tting on minorities after the civil rights movement and actually gave them a real chance they'd probably be less stabby and shooty.

This is what Liberals actually believe.


I'm not a liberal or a conservative.

I'm a realist.
2012-01-08 06:39:26 PM
1 votes:

12349876: jst3p: I replaced my Tom Tom after it tried to kill me. It routed me through a part of Oakland that I clearly should not have been in. Further inspection of the route it gave me on Google maps later revealed that there was no logical reason for this route. It did the same thing in San Jose.

I don't trust any GPS for where to go. I'll use it to make sure I don't miss a turn or if an accident has the highway shut down, but trusting it for a good route is just stupid. They're much worse than Google and Bing and even they'll give you stupid routes sometimes.


You're probably right, and I don't have a GPS, but my daughter told me yesterday, though, that she and her friend got back to school in extra-quick time. When I asked her which route they took - we're always looking for faster ways to get there - she said they just took the way suggested by her friend's GPS. It was not one of the several established routes, just kind of an amalgam of different streets cobbled together.
2012-01-08 06:29:39 PM
1 votes:

here to help: I've only been to North Carolina once but somehow I get the feeling it's probably one of the nicer and saner states to live in.


It's not. I'd blame the farking government, but it just listens to the people, who want more restriction and regulation and want to pay for it. Take any concept of urban planning and hack it to pieces. They believe in trees, not signs. There are laws protecting the trees statewide and in every municipality.

There are too many trees; they're all you can see, no matter where you go. Billboards are usually illegal, as well as any sign over ten feet high. As a result, everything is a secret. Need gas? Get farked. There's a barber near your house? Secret. Great restaurant? Secret.

Every city has a grid-based downtown that lasts for less than a dozen blocks. After that, it's strip malls, suburbs and highways. And trees blotting out all of them. Getting to another side of town is like taking a trip in a bendy straw. Don't make a wrong turn. If you make a wrong turn, you are farked. You have to turn around and go back to where you came in, because the roads either aren't connected, lead into a labyrinthine suburb neighborhood or are dead ends. Don't take a wrong exit off the highway, either, because access roads are few and far between and not connected. And nothing is "right off the highway" even if there's a highway off the other highway. All the road names are the same.

There's no water. Rivers just aren't there and lakes are nowhere near civilization. Parking is inexplicably a biatch unless you're in strip mall territory.

I liked Wilmington (though it was just as hard to cross) and Charlotte was a little more grid-based but appeared to be a hole. Do not live in Durham unless you enjoy driving and poverty.

Oh and nowhere is as cheap as it should be. I live in a college town and most places want more than $1000 for a two bedroom. Taxes are high, and they're generally getting higher. Public transport is fairly crappy because the cities are so poorly laid out. The only upside is there's not generally a lot of traffic unless you're in Raleigh.
2012-01-08 06:22:07 PM
1 votes:

fanbladesaresharp: I don't need GPS to tell me I'm farked. The abandoned homes, meth heads and gunshots will suffice.


I think the idea is that this tech would steer you clear of the abandoned neighborhoods besot by methheads and gunfire well before you set foot in them.
2012-01-08 06:13:30 PM
1 votes:

namatad: I LOVE watching/talking to subtards who have to drive in on the Ike. bwhahahahahahaaha
"but it goes through really bad areas, right??"


I remember when I was a kid in the early 80's driving through the south-side with my dad and going through some really rough areas (he worked on the south-side and we lived in the south-burbs). He'd always tell me not to tell my mom that we had taken whatever way home we had taken, which would have likely made an 'avoid ghetto' gps device explode.

/why yes, that car is on fire, why do you ask?
2012-01-08 06:13:19 PM
1 votes:

jjorsett: Somebody is eventually going to get the idea of crowdsourcing data on where the police cars are at any given moment. When that's available, I look forward to the "avoid cops" GPS feature.


THIS THIS THIS, A THOUSAND TIMES THIS!
2012-01-08 06:13:12 PM
1 votes:

ZAZ: Avoiding dangerous areas is obvious. What's the novel part of this invention?


Actually going and doing it, apparently.

It's kind of funny how you call it 'obvious' when, in an industry that's been around for a pretty dang long time, NOBODY else has been struck by this 'obvious' tool.

I think you're confusing that feeling you get when you hear an idea that just "makes sense" with "being obvious".
2012-01-08 06:12:20 PM
1 votes:

Cat With Two Heads: Has anyone considered the fact that creating computer algorithms to avoid economically depressed areas is actually contributing to their economic status? Oh, so we're just gonna roll with the racism instead of any social introspection? Great.


Well, if an area is high crime to the point where even GPS systems route around it, it likely will be very hard for it to get any activity due to having a bad reputation in the first place. You don't build tourist traps in slums on the chance that GPS systems might route well off people through them. It will take quite a bit of intervention to get these places back on their feet, and routing hapless people through them and getting them killed will not help a case to improve the economy of an area rather than just up police in the area.
2012-01-08 05:57:56 PM
1 votes:
I dont mind the ghettos... i want an "avoid the plaza" feature.
2012-01-08 05:57:34 PM
1 votes:

WhitePac: So how do I get to the dodgers games.
/not that I go to that shiat hole often


and that's the million dollar question. Everywhere that's worth a shiat goes through 'those areas'... including many of the nation's finished universities and colleges.

/getting 'south african security firm and gated community' vibes
//we don't need to rush headlong back down that route
2012-01-08 05:52:42 PM
1 votes:

PsiChick: Is everyone joking, or is there an actual area in a real live city where you could get shot just by driving through?

/Reno doesn't have ghettos
//Although trailer trash...


There are some neighborhoods in some cities where you simply do not want to be, regardless of your skin ton. The FBI puts out a list every year of the most dangerous cities, so you can start there as a reference. For me locally, I live in the Waterbury, CT area which is a ghetto, but not dangerous enough that I would be worried. There are most certainly sections of Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport that I would not even be willing to drive my car through however. New Haven in particular is an odd one in that in does have some significant culture and affluence in the area sorrounding Yale, but the rest of the city is such a dump that it causes New Haven to regularly appear on the most dangerous city list.
2012-01-08 05:51:45 PM
1 votes:
Has anyone considered the fact that creating computer algorithms to avoid economically depressed areas is actually contributing to their economic status? Oh, so we're just gonna roll with the racism instead of any social introspection? Great.
2012-01-08 05:50:00 PM
1 votes:
i39.tinypic.com
2012-01-08 05:39:53 PM
1 votes:
Also... if ya'll had stopped sh*tting on minorities after the civil rights movement and actually gave them a real chance they'd probably be less stabby and shooty.
2012-01-08 05:38:58 PM
1 votes:
So how do I get to the dodgers games.
/not that I go to that shiat hole often
2012-01-08 05:37:16 PM
1 votes:

Ikam: Living in a fairly good Chicago neighborhood, but close to some fairly bad ones, I'm looking forward to the convoluted routes to my apartment that the GPS will be suggesting shortly.


but for the suburban tards the avoid ghetto tracker would for them to avoid chicago altogether.

I LOVE watching/talking to subtards who have to drive in on the Ike. bwhahahahahahaaha
"but it goes through really bad areas, right??"

bwahahahahahahahaha
2012-01-08 05:35:58 PM
1 votes:

PsiChick: Is everyone joking, or is there an actual area in a real live city where you could get shot just by driving through?

/Reno doesn't have ghettos
//Although trailer trash...


There are places where, with sufficient contrast between your skin tone and that of the locals, at certain times of the early morning, you will be in grave danger.

/ Pasty-white and wound up making a 1:30AM stop at the police station near the former Cabrini Green to ask directions back to the Loop. Never saw a cop that surprised or frightened before.
2012-01-08 05:34:18 PM
1 votes:

DeathByGeekSquad: I wonder how quickly they'll get sued if someone gets into trouble....


Immediately. This is a terrible idea from a legal point of view.
2012-01-08 05:32:48 PM
1 votes:

Zoomaster: Teen Wolf Blitzer: Eh, whenever I think I might be in a highly-pigmented area, I just search Google maps for nearby rent-to-own rim stores and check cashing agencies. If theres more than 2 hits in a 1-mile radius, I search for the nearest frozen yogurt place and head in that direction.

======

Rule of thumb here is, once you start hitting more than one fried chicken and / or check to cash places a block, it is time to turn around

/NOW


Even more simply: When you notice people noticing you, you might want to get to somewhere else.
2012-01-08 05:31:33 PM
1 votes:
Is everyone joking, or is there an actual area in a real live city where you could get shot just by driving through?

/Reno doesn't have ghettos
//Although trailer trash...
2012-01-08 05:30:41 PM
1 votes:
Well, I'll be damned. The feature works!

i158.photobucket.com
2012-01-08 05:27:55 PM
1 votes:

Mugato: zombiegoat: Has anybody commented yet on what a great idea this is?

/fark the ghetto

It may sound a little un-"PC" but "the ghetto" isn't really race-specific, at least anymore. There are just as many whites, latinos as blacks in crime ridden neighborhoods. And if you're in "Big Trouble in Little China", you want to stay away from the Chinamen there too.


What, do they pee on your rug?

Reminds me of an old iPhone app that would give you suggestions of threat based on crime statistics in local areas. I think that app ended up dead or not updated ever again though.

In any case, patenting avoidance based on crime statistics of an area is a horrible thing. The idea is great. That it's patented means it won't end up on other phones or GPS systems without a huge license fee, so it probably won't end up on them at all. What would be an interesting idea is if a GPS system based on user data like say, Waze, watched when overall people either avoided routes that go through certain places, or ended up going off route near a certain place, and learned to route around the places people refused to go.
2012-01-08 05:12:48 PM
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cousndick: Barakku: cousndick: I can understand not wanting to drive thru a shady/shiatty looking neighborhood for the sake of having to feel you gotta watch your back, but how often do we hear stories of people getting mugged, raped, shot, or stabbed because of the route their GPS took them?

This is for pedestrians, it's a lot scarier when you're not in a car, and safety and comfort are premium services.

Fair enough. Car will always give you far better advantage if your safety is ever threatened.
It must be me b/c I like, never hear about stories where someone was hurt or killed because of the route their GPS took them.


The only cases where I've heard of someone getting killed due to GPS routing have (to a one) NEVER involved accidental "ghetto routing".

Rather, the cases I know of that involved "death by GPS misrouting" involved people driving through rural areas--typically National Forest Service or BLM lands--where the GPS led them along a unused or nonexistent Forest Road, their vehicle runs out of fuel, and they die of starvation or dehydration. (There was a case like that not too terribly long ago involving a vehicle NOT stocked with desert survival gear that ended up like this in Death Valley, in fact. Probably about a case or two of this a year tends to make the press.)

That said--you should never rely solely on the GPS--familiarise yourself with the route (using other mapping tools, travel resources, etc.) and only use the GPS as a tool that helps you get to a specific destination. Among this is knowing the limitations of a GPS device. :D
2012-01-08 05:12:42 PM
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The most interesting part is the advertising bit. It's scary to think your walking route could be manipulated to take you past certain adds. VERY scary. This is why it's important to actually know the city you live in, not just own a cell phone.
2012-01-08 05:09:48 PM
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spman 2012-01-08 03:13:59 PM
Honestly, this feature would be much appreciated, especially here in Connecticut where at any time you can be on one street filled with McMansions, then all of a sudden turn right into Crackton.

If it's like Kansas City, they wanted the maids to be within walking distance of the mansions. Presidential fundraisers on Ward Parkway, Missouri's Most Murderin' Zipcode on Prospect.
2012-01-08 05:09:27 PM
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jjorsett: Somebody is eventually going to get the idea of crowdsourcing data on where the police cars are at any given moment. When that's available, I look forward to the "avoid cops" GPS feature.


Now THAT would be useful.
2012-01-08 04:54:59 PM
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spman: I don't understand why people automatically associate ghetto with minorities. There's plenty of trailer parks and projects around here that are predominently white that I wouldn't want to drive by either.


In Omaha, we hole the white trash up in a magical place called "East O". You may have driven through it if you've ever flown here.

/Ghetto thread? Ghetto thread.
2012-01-08 04:41:40 PM
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I'm sure some will blame this for making them feel bad about themselves.
2012-01-08 04:37:24 PM
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Next improvement - it uses the front-facing camera on your phone to determine your race, and then suggests a route that sticks to areas where your group is in the majority.
2012-01-08 04:29:13 PM
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Martin Luther King is black so obviously his stretch of road is going to be longer and penetrate deeper into any city so it's always bound to go through some dangerous areas at some point.
2012-01-08 04:26:36 PM
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What do they put on black peoples' GPS systems?

"You are entering a non-rhythmic area."
2012-01-08 04:26:36 PM
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The Haberdasher


I assume you have to turn that feature off if you want to get anywhere in Atlanta.


No, they just keep you on Peachtree until you get to your destination.
2012-01-08 04:25:49 PM
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LegacyDL: So much for walking in Philly Camden.


Philly isn't all that bad really and isn't high in the crime of `negros looking to kill innocent white people'. Philly is actually pretty chill for the most part. (during the day).
2012-01-08 04:25:36 PM
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The Southie Projects and the Bunker Hill projects in Boston were mostly white dangerous areas, but I guess only housing projects with minorities are dangerous.
2012-01-08 04:23:27 PM
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It's from Microsoft: it should come with a bulletproof vest and run-flat tires.
2012-01-08 04:20:44 PM
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Hah. Reminds me of a time when the roommates and I took a trip down to KC to go to Worlds Of Fun. Apparently, the quickest way there is through a really crappy part of town with boarded up windows and abandoned buildings.

/And I rode the Patriot 15 times in a row.
//That's 3 fives, and that's awesome.
2012-01-08 03:35:58 PM
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jehovahs witness protection: Sounds like a damn good idea.


me too. I hope that becomes a standard feature in every GPS package.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-08 03:35:45 PM
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Avoiding dangerous areas is obvious. What's the novel part of this invention?
bow [TotalFark]
2012-01-08 03:16:32 PM
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I think this GPS would self-destruct in Toledo.
 
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