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(Uproxx)   Marine walks 5,000 miles across Asia using only Google Maps. Apple Maps is still pretty sure they can get you out of Scranton   (uproxx.com) divider line 27
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2012-11-27 06:44:15 PM
Nothing can get you out of Scranton. The border of Scranton is like the event horizon of a black hole- at that point, time stops, and not even light can escape.
 
2012-11-27 07:15:59 PM
And I would walk 5 thousand miles and I would walk 5 thousand more....
 
2012-11-27 07:20:24 PM
Don't use Apple Maps while driving big rigs near Scranton. I know one guy who lost thirty thousand pounds of bananas in a wreck.

/squashed bananas
 
2012-11-27 07:21:34 PM
Here in Japan, everyone lost their minds when iOS6 hit. In a country with very few street names where GPS navigation has been in use a long time and the people have just recently begun to turn on to Apple products, it was sort of a shiatshow. Two weeks after the release, I still couldn't locate the Tokyo Apple Store in farking Apple Maps. Nor most train stations.

It's still horrible, and I would say that more than 60% of the locations I had bookmarked previously don't exist, visually, on the new maps. If you're trying to search for something and you don't have any idea where it is, you're totally boned.

However- if you DO know where you're trying to get to, the turn-by-turn directions are next to perfect and totally reliable. It's actually a pleasure to use in that case. A weird trade-off, but as I start adding my own locations in, it's been growing on me.
 
2012-11-27 07:23:28 PM
Fiore walked across Brunei, China, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam

Across or to?
 
2012-11-27 07:29:37 PM

Ambivalence: And I would walk 5 thousand miles and I would walk 5 thousand more....


www.newsbiscuit.com

Thanks for the copyright money, otherwise we'd be binmen.
 
2012-11-27 07:44:56 PM
Apple Maps is still pretty sure they can get you out of Scranton

I don't know about that but Apple Maps did get Richard Williamson out of Cupertino, CA.
 
2012-11-27 07:46:20 PM
Google needs to update their satellite images of South Korea. There are old military posts which have been shut down and plowed under for a few years, but they're still there and operational according to Google maps.

/wait...
//what's that?
///they weren't supposed to show us those images?
 
2012-11-27 07:52:48 PM
You wouldn't even be in Scranton if you hadn't been using Apple Maps and trying to get to Albuquerque.
 
2012-11-27 07:57:40 PM

Fark Me To Tears: Google needs to update their satellite images of South Korea. There are old military posts which have been shut down and plowed under for a few years, but they're still there and operational according to Google maps.

/wait...
//what's that?
///they weren't supposed to show us those images?


Could be intentional; enemies end up wasting resources on targets which no longer exist.
 
2012-11-27 08:02:06 PM
I need more pics to see if he's just hitable or fist of god.
 
2012-11-27 08:04:25 PM

r1niceboy: Ambivalence: And I would walk 5 thousand miles and I would walk 5 thousand more....

[www.newsbiscuit.com image 470x368]

Thanks for the copyright money, otherwise we'd be binmen.


came for proclaimers reference. left satisfied.
 
2012-11-27 08:09:27 PM
FTFA: "and did it with the stuff we have in our pockets. And Marine training"

ahhhh, I hate that crap. Marine training taught him how to walk?

Asia isn't a barren wasteland where you need years of survival training to make it.
 
2012-11-27 08:26:00 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: FTFA: "and did it with the stuff we have in our pockets. And Marine training"

ahhhh, I hate that crap. Marine training taught him how to walk?

Asia isn't a barren wasteland where you need years of survival training to make it.


Might engender a certain familiarity with the land though. I can speak French decently enough to make it around Paris without being thought American (someone asked if I was from Belgium, so I'll take it as a compliment), and I've never been to Asia. I doubt I would be able to accomplish such a feat.

More than anything, I bet this was simply the product of lots and lots of planning and research, with the added bonus of prior experience and skill to make it the success it was. Funny how articles always fail to mention that part.
 
2012-11-27 09:23:28 PM

t3knomanser: Nothing can get you out of Scranton. The border of Scranton is like the event horizon of a black hole- at that point, time stops, and not even light can escape.


This is why despite being on the map, no one has ever been to Scranton. According to scientists it's not even there. The common theory is that Scranton is just the result of an old cartographer's watermark that propagated through the ages. Has anyone here ever actually been to Scranton? No. Of course not. No one has.

/rum kicking in
 
2012-11-27 09:34:44 PM
That's a long way to go without food or water.
 
2012-11-27 10:07:20 PM

Peki: Might engender a certain familiarity with the land though.


well, the "land" would be the road he was walking on. Apparently he was a couchsurfer also, so he his training would require him to walk from one town to another.

Not trying to take away from what he did, it was pretty cool, wish I could do it.

I just can't stand that if someone is in the military and writer attributes whatever they do their military training.

also, I've spent months backpacking all over asia, you don't need any special training to do it.
 
2012-11-27 10:47:01 PM

Fair_Poopsmith: Here in Japan, everyone lost their minds when iOS6 hit. In a country with very few street names where GPS navigation has been in use a long time and the people have just recently begun to turn on to Apple products, it was sort of a shiatshow. Two weeks after the release, I still couldn't locate the Tokyo Apple Store in farking Apple Maps. Nor most train stations.

It's still horrible, and I would say that more than 60% of the locations I had bookmarked previously don't exist, visually, on the new maps. If you're trying to search for something and you don't have any idea where it is, you're totally boned.

However- if you DO know where you're trying to get to, the turn-by-turn directions are next to perfect and totally reliable. It's actually a pleasure to use in that case. A weird trade-off, but as I start adding my own locations in, it's been growing on me.


I thought the Maps app blew ass before, too. I live near Kyoto and that damn thing got me lost all the farking time. I stopped using my iPhone for directions in favor of an Android tablet a long time before iOS6 hit... It was a piece of shiat before, it's a piece of shiat now.
 
2012-11-27 11:59:07 PM

Likwit: Fair_Poopsmith: Here in Japan, everyone lost their minds when iOS6 hit. In a country with very few street names where GPS navigation has been in use a long time and the people have just recently begun to turn on to Apple products, it was sort of a shiatshow. Two weeks after the release, I still couldn't locate the Tokyo Apple Store in farking Apple Maps. Nor most train stations.

It's still horrible, and I would say that more than 60% of the locations I had bookmarked previously don't exist, visually, on the new maps. If you're trying to search for something and you don't have any idea where it is, you're totally boned.

However- if you DO know where you're trying to get to, the turn-by-turn directions are next to perfect and totally reliable. It's actually a pleasure to use in that case. A weird trade-off, but as I start adding my own locations in, it's been growing on me.

I thought the Maps app blew ass before, too. I live near Kyoto and that damn thing got me lost all the farking time. I stopped using my iPhone for directions in favor of an Android tablet a long time before iOS6 hit... It was a piece of shiat before, it's a piece of shiat now.


Works great in Tokyo.

Of course I ain't updated. Turn by turn eats up too much juice.
 
2012-11-27 11:59:56 PM
Good thing he avoided England

Link
 
2012-11-28 01:20:09 AM

doglover:

Works great in Tokyo.

Of course I ain't updated. Turn by turn eats up too much juice.


I have to agree- I thought the old maps app was great- whether in bumfark Shikoku in some backwoods village or in the middle of Tokyo, it never failed to locate somewhere for me, plus it was equally reliable whether using Japanese characters or romanized spelling. The new one seems to only recognize 10% of the locations, and there's no rhyme or reason to whether they will come up in kanji or romaji. farked, I say. 

That being said, turn by turn is really only useful for drivers, which I assume you aren't doing in Tokyo. Out here in Gifu a car is sort of a necessity, so if I'm using the turn-by-turn, I'm plugged in anyway.
 
2012-11-28 09:23:55 AM
I recently tried to use Apple Maps turn-by-turn navigation to get me to the IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ.

It took me to the end of a dead-end street underneath an overpass about five miles away from the IKEA, and then informed me that I had arrived at my destination. Seriously.

Apple has a lot of work to do to make that thing functional.
 
2012-11-28 09:39:30 AM
Thanks Devil Dog, you are a true American Hero.
 
2012-11-28 01:41:53 PM
Cut the BS and tell us about the women already.
 
2012-11-28 01:57:47 PM

Doc Daneeka: I recently tried to use Apple Maps turn-by-turn navigation to get me to the IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ.

It took me to the end of a dead-end street underneath an overpass about five miles away from the IKEA, and then informed me that I had arrived at my destination. Seriously.

Apple has a lot of work to do to make that thing functional.


To be fair, the app thought you wanted cardboard to sleep on, so it took you to the home of the nearest streetperson...
 
2012-11-28 04:52:48 PM

t3knomanser: Nothing can get you out of Scranton. The border of Scranton is like the event horizon of a black hole- at that point, time stops, and not even light can escape.


As someone that lives near the rumored border to Dunmore, I concur.

Yes. I live in Scranton.

Someone has to.

/'RailRiders'? Screw you, Yankees.
//can be found in Northern Light some evenings.
///slashies.
 
2012-11-28 04:58:45 PM
I feel I should prove my whereabouts.

i.imgur.com
 
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