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(Some Guy)   Authorities ask people not to use gimmicky apps like "What Three Words" when calling for rescue, instead stick with GPS coordinates or nearest Pokemon Go gym   (keswickmrt.org.uk) divider line
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yms
2022-08-30 3:36:25 PM  
Nuts, Slats, Chair.
 
2022-08-30 3:40:07 PM  
What. The. Fark.
 
2022-08-30 3:43:14 PM  
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2022-08-30 3:44:52 PM  
///lengthen.elevate.wiggly
 
2022-08-30 3:46:07 PM  
Oh yeah, wow. That did not reverse well  (The joke was supposed to be that I chose B*tchfield, Lincolnshire)
 
2022-08-30 3:48:08 PM  
Yo Mamma Fat.
 
2022-08-30 3:48:34 PM  
Around, Find, Out.
 
2022-08-30 3:57:48 PM  
I like "What Three Words". It's not everyday practical in the First World, but my friends have used it in undeveloped countries as was its original intent. Also, I've broken the ice at bars with it as a wingman for friends trying to make conversation with nerds.
 
2022-08-30 4:01:22 PM  
///embiggen.cromulent.avoision
 
2022-08-30 4:04:31 PM  
///klaatu.barada.nikto
 
2022-08-30 4:11:01 PM  
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"Where's your manager?!"
 
2022-08-30 4:12:26 PM  
Anyone using an app like this deserves to stay lost.
 
2022-08-30 4:14:19 PM  
USNG is easier than GPS and nearly every SAR team in the US should know how to find you using it.  FEMA adopted it as their standard in 2015: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FEMAD092-5_dated.pdf

https://usngapp.org/ on your mobile, or download one of the USNG Apps.
 
2022-08-30 4:15:19 PM  
 
2022-08-30 4:17:20 PM  
I just bring along a Telegraph Machine. All I need to do ishiat2-***---
 
2022-08-30 4:20:58 PM  

yms: Nuts, Slats, Chair.


Hit. Lights. Door.
 
2022-08-30 4:22:46 PM  

HailRobonia: ///klaatu.barada.nikto


Veni, Vidi, Vici!

/*squeak*
 
2022-08-30 4:25:02 PM  

DJ-Pyro: USNG is easier than GPS and nearly every SAR team in the US should know how to find you using it.  FEMA adopted it as their standard in 2015: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FEMAD092-5_dated.pdf

https://usngapp.org/ on your mobile, or download one of the USNG Apps.


That is only slightly less stupid than the three words thing. What's wrong with GPS? Why reinvent the wheel?
 
2022-08-30 4:26:34 PM  
Howard.  Fine.  Howard.
 
2022-08-30 4:27:18 PM  
 
2022-08-30 4:30:30 PM  
Rescue me, I'm just east of the three fish

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2022-08-30 4:37:34 PM  

Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: [Fark user image image 425x239]
"Where's your manager?!"


Penis. Goes. Where
 
2022-08-30 4:44:51 PM  
What Three Words can fark right off. They coded tenses and plurals into the wordlist. The idea, I think, is that you're supposed to type in what you thought you heard and then hope that it'll get "did-you-mean'd" to a unique location in the geographic region you expected, but I've sure never heard from an emergency responder who thought that was super cool.
 
2022-08-30 4:45:29 PM  
FTFA: "close enough to be believable but wrong enough to be useless"

Precisely the sort of thing I strive for when answering questions from kids, co-workers... okay, okay, anyone, really.
 
2022-08-30 4:45:55 PM  
In that situation (someone using What3Words, whatever that is, for their location) rescuers should be allowed to just let the person die.
 
2022-08-30 4:48:09 PM  
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If you look at the left sidebar of a location in Google Maps, you'll find its Plus Address.
That's the Plus Address of Fark.
 
2022-08-30 4:50:49 PM  

DJ-Pyro: USNG is easier than GPS and nearly every SAR team in the US should know how to find you using it.  FEMA adopted it as their standard in 2015: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FEMAD092-5_dated.pdf

https://usngapp.org/ on your mobile, or download one of the USNG Apps.


USNG is useful for something wide scale.

If you see a house on fire, a car accident, etc, your first responders will appreciate GPS over it, or hell, "A bit past mile marker XYZ" and be able to work with it.
 
2022-08-30 4:51:57 PM  
A. It's proprietary, so nobody should be getting used to using it unless they're willing to pay for access at some point.

B. It's totally, completely random pretty much to the point of being meaningless unless you have access to their algorithm, which, since it's proprietary, you'd have to pay for. That's opposed to addresses, or lat/lon coordinates, which everyone understands and you won't ever need a subscription to figure out.

If the words followed some kind of pattern to where a location could be derived without needing access to a proprietary lookup, then it would be more useful.
 
2022-08-30 5:04:06 PM  
I am BP ---Between Popeyes

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2022-08-30 5:16:18 PM  

wxboy: A. It's proprietary, so nobody should be getting used to using it unless they're willing to pay for access at some point.

B. It's totally, completely random pretty much to the point of being meaningless unless you have access to their algorithm, which, since it's proprietary, you'd have to pay for. That's opposed to addresses, or lat/lon coordinates, which everyone understands and you won't ever need a subscription to figure out.

If the words followed some kind of pattern to where a location could be derived without needing access to a proprietary lookup, then it would be more useful.


Yep, super useless - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mongolia-adopts-address-system-that-uses-three-word-names-180959439/

Related: The iPod sucks and dropbox is unneeded. It's different, therefore it sucks.

BTW, you actually have to pay for access to up to date and accurate USPS addresses. when you're just looking it up you don't care, when you are doing the shipping or creating the lookup tool, you pay for it.
 
2022-08-30 5:21:01 PM  
For when you want to pretend to be helpful but you also want to make sure everyone knows you're a pretentious coont.
 
2022-08-30 5:22:07 PM  

Ragin' Asian: I like "What Three Words". It's not everyday practical in the First World, but my friends have used it in undeveloped countries as was its original intent. Also, I've broken the ice at bars with it as a wingman for friends trying to make conversation with nerds.


It's useful for bookmarking food trucks.
 
2022-08-30 5:27:22 PM  
One thing that needs to be improved is the difficulty of telling which 10 metre square you are in or on in a multi-story building. I can just about indicate the awning of our building, but close to my apartment there is a really good 3-name but I can't be sure if I am in it. The door it will have to be, but what is the address of the back door? I also tried the nearest pharmacy but I am not quite sure where the door is and the door of my bank is even harder to get exactly right.
 
2022-08-30 5:31:47 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Ragin' Asian: I like "What Three Words". It's not everyday practical in the First World, but my friends have used it in undeveloped countries as was its original intent. Also, I've broken the ice at bars with it as a wingman for friends trying to make conversation with nerds.

It's useful for bookmarking food trucks.


Example: Tacos El Bronco food truck on White Plains Road, near Pelham Parkway subway stop:

https://w3w.co/coherent.venues.thick#TacosElBronco
 
2022-08-30 5:49:08 PM  
Rescue people:  Do not use this to describe where you are

Normal people:  Why didn't the dispatcher ask for a better description of the location?
 
2022-08-30 6:06:35 PM  
I thought 911 had the ability to get your phone's GPS coordinates.
 
2022-08-30 6:16:55 PM  
I just googled what What Three Words is and it's so dumb I'm shocked it has nothing to do with crypto or blockchain.
 
2022-08-30 7:00:32 PM  
Oh so when I spend all day loitering in the police station because it's a Pokémon Go Gym, that's an offense, but when I need them to come someplace they need the Pokémon Go Gym.
 
2022-08-30 7:10:27 PM  
just learn how to properly read a map. JFC humans have been doing it successfully for hundreds of years. Maps and map grid systems work, for real. No apps or batteries needed.
 
2022-08-30 7:13:10 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: DJ-Pyro: USNG is easier than GPS and nearly every SAR team in the US should know how to find you using it.  FEMA adopted it as their standard in 2015: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FEMAD092-5_dated.pdf

https://usngapp.org/ on your mobile, or download one of the USNG Apps.

That is only slightly less stupid than the three words thing. What's wrong with GPS? Why reinvent the wheel?


I don't know about the USNG thing, but my understanding of the three words one is that it's not a grid, so they act as a sort of checksum.

If you mishear a word, you get a location that's on the other side of the country, not like what would happen if you misheard one of the smaller decimal points in GPS and it might only put you a few miles away.
 
2022-08-30 7:27:03 PM  
GPS coordinates?
Oh, you mean Latitude and Longitude.
/Pet Peeve
 
2022-08-30 7:31:45 PM  

SumoJeb: just learn how to properly read a map. JFC humans have been doing it successfully for hundreds of years. Maps and map grid systems work, for real. No apps or batteries needed.


Some humans have done it successfully. Others end up lost in the wilderness and die.

I can't remember where I parked my rental car sometimes. Makrking a 10 foot by 10 foot square with What3Words helps with that.
 
2022-08-30 7:33:34 PM  

Russ1642: I thought 911 had the ability to get your phone's GPS coordinates.


They can get a rough estimate of your location based on which cell tower you connect to, but that's not very accurate, nor, I'm guessing very speedy.
 
2022-08-30 7:33:42 PM  

Betep: GPS coordinates?
Oh, you mean Latitude and Longitude.
/Pet Peeve


Nah.

GPS is decimal Lat/Long.

Real Lat/Long is degrees/minutes/seconds/arcseconds
 
2022-08-30 7:36:03 PM  

hlehmann: Russ1642: I thought 911 had the ability to get your phone's GPS coordinates.

They can get a rough estimate of your location based on which cell tower you connect to, but that's not very accurate, nor, I'm guessing very speedy.


E911 either uses GPS or delay time to multiple towers to triangulate.
 
2022-08-30 7:41:14 PM  

wxboy: Yo Mamma Fat.


Your mom's so fat her location cannot be described in 3 words.
 
2022-08-30 7:53:51 PM  

DJ-Pyro: USNG is easier than GPS and nearly every SAR team in the US should know how to find you using it.  FEMA adopted it as their standard in 2015: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FEMAD092-5_dated.pdf

https://usngapp.org/ on your mobile, or download one of the USNG Apps.


Civil Air Patrol uses latitude& longitude because that's what airplanes use.
 
2022-08-30 7:58:09 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: DJ-Pyro: USNG is easier than GPS and nearly every SAR team in the US should know how to find you using it.  FEMA adopted it as their standard in 2015: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FEMAD092-5_dated.pdf

https://usngapp.org/ on your mobile, or download one of the USNG Apps.

That is only slightly less stupid than the three words thing. What's wrong with GPS? Why reinvent the wheel?


The issue isn't GPS, it's how location data from the GPS is reported or displayed.

Latitude and longitude, the international grid system, the US National Grid, etc. Google has one, and w3w is another.

There are plenty of cheap or free apps that will display your location on any system you want.
 
2022-08-30 8:04:05 PM  
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Ah yes, I suppose that could be trying.
 
2022-08-30 8:14:37 PM  

traylor: wxboy: Yo Mamma Fat.

Your mom's so fat her location cannot be described in 3 words.


That's a good point.

They only have 3m precision.
 
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