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1078 clicks; posted to STEM » on 20 Oct 2022 at 9:35 PM (14 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-10-20 9:43:31 PM  
That's farking backwards you idiot, you use it the first time or two to memorize/familiarize the route and/or area, then you don't need it anymore
 
2022-10-20 9:46:40 PM  
My GPS failed me just when I needed it, and I had to navigate on memory and sheer luck.  I've gone back to hand-sketched maps on scraps of paper.  I can get between cities with just a list of highway numbers.

What I really don't need is a GPS that's been programmed by someone else with the wrong destination, who then proceeds to ignore me when I say that I can get us where we're going without some halfwit algorithm giving directions.

/what were we talking about, again?
 
2022-10-20 9:52:41 PM  
I use it when I don't know where I'm going, or if I don't go somewhere often enough to memorize. After that, I use it for real-time traffic updates.
 
2022-10-20 9:57:08 PM  
If I hadn't pulled up maps and looked at the routing for my last tech job, I'd have gotten lost attempting to get there, as it may have been within a stone's throw of the freeway, but it wasn't particularly easy to get to FROM that freeway. And yes, the first couple of times I went there I ended up pulling over and pulling up maps on my phone because the end of the route was a bit confusing.

I'm not so vain as to refuse to ask for directions, and the phone in our hands can do that without ego.
 
2022-10-20 10:02:35 PM  
This guy thinks training wheels don't help you learn to balance, and that you only learn to balance once you take them off. That's his analogy for claiming that using GPS doesn't help you learn how to get around your city.

This guy should speak for himself, and stop using the word "you" so much.
 
2022-10-20 10:15:16 PM  
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2022-10-20 10:21:28 PM  
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2022-10-20 10:56:29 PM  

greatgodyoshi: I use it when I don't know where I'm going, or if I don't go somewhere often enough to memorize. After that, I use it for real-time traffic updates.


I use it every day to go to work just for the traffic rerouting updates. Very handy.
 
2022-10-20 11:00:46 PM  
I don't need GPS to get places.  Even here in mostly rural New England, I not only can get theyah from heah, I can do it five different ways... none of which are direct, thanks to all our winding scenic roads.  I do appreciate, though, that my phone has some awareness of traffic and can tell me which of the 5 indirect routes is likely going to be the fastest.
 
2022-10-20 11:01:03 PM  

krispos42: [imgs.xkcd.com image 740x243][imgs.xkcd.com image 740x243]


I don't need to read the linked article to remember the bad old days when dipshiats would give you directions that included "drive about 15 minutes until you get to a turn signal then turn right by the old Turley place" or "go through 5 lights (you hit one instantly on pulling out, and after the fourth one there is at least 3 times the distance that all the other ones were spaced)
 
2022-10-20 11:17:54 PM  
I hate using GPS. But I more hate the grief my wife gives me when I pull on to the side of the road and whip out my sextant and astrolabe every 25 miles.
 
2022-10-20 11:26:19 PM  
Do I want to be utterly dependent on Google? No
Do the want to go.back to the bad old days of Thomas Guides and gas station road maps? Hell no
 
2022-10-20 11:27:37 PM  

KingBiefWhistle: That's farking backwards you idiot, you use it the first time or two to memorize/familiarize the route and/or area, then you don't need it anymore


Well I guess we know who submitted this article
 
2022-10-21 12:27:36 AM  
I was using... let's call it a low stress alternate route. But for the first time to use in months, one road was closed for major culvert replacement. It goes up and turns and goes through a name change. So I had to backtrack and find another road that should intersect with my alternate. But where the other crossed another, it was the wrong name. So I didn't make my turn to get back on the route. I was all "screw this, I'm going for tacos and going home!" The GPS got me from being lost to being familiar.

I get my tacos and the battery almost doesn't start. So I took city streets to not be "that guy" on the freeway, and consulted GPS to find an easy route across town. It ran to my preferred parts store near my house. I stop and they don't know if it's a type 48 or 94, a tenth of an inch difference. But the number is under a fuse block. So the counter guy uses his best judgement of a whole six months and gives me the 48 when I needed a 94. I got home, took things apart for access, and under the fuse block it tells me the bad news. I used GPS to check the shortest foot path. I humped a 60 pound battery in a rucksack three miles to and back from the store.

GPS is handy for a consult when you don't know where the heck you wound up. But Gmaps should have told me that road was closed.
 
2022-10-21 12:46:19 AM  
CSB 1: The first time I ever used GPS was on a business trip to Switzerland around 2009, before it had become commonplace in phones. It was an option for the rental car and I'm damn glad we had it. Getting from the airport in Zurich to the hotel in Lucerne would have been a real pain without it. Hell, getting from the hotel to work four miles seven kilometers away would have been a pain without it.

Amusingly, the rental agent input the wrong setting so that it avoided toll roads, so we wound up taking a very winding scenic route though every little podunk Alpine village on the way.

CSB 2: Last year we visited my brother in Texas at his farm NE of Dallas. We don't go there very often so I just rely on GPS to get us there and back home to the Tulsa area. When we left his house, for some reason this time we weren't getting any signal on our phones. I knew which way to go initially so I just figured I'd drive until we picked up a signal. Except we didn't. Nevertheless I persisted, relying on my hazy memory of where to turn and which roads to take and made it home without incident. And we had just been talking earlier in the day about how we used to go halfway across the country using just a Rand-McNally road atlas and a Best Western hotel guide.

Finally rebooted our phones which fixed the problem, but we never figured out what caused the problem in the first place.

CSB 3: Not really a CSB (not that what I wrote above is either) but just something I like to say when I talk about using GPS. I like to say in my best crazed Southern cracker voice, "Ah gits signals from space that tells me whar ta go."
 
2022-10-21 12:49:15 AM  

Fano: krispos42: [imgs.xkcd.com image 740x243][imgs.xkcd.com image 740x243]

I don't need to read the linked article to remember the bad old days when dipshiats would give you directions that included "drive about 15 minutes until you get to a turn signal then turn right by the old Turley place" or "go through 5 lights (you hit one instantly on pulling out, and after the fourth one there is at least 3 times the distance that all the other ones were spaced)


I remember painfully having to ask people what streets I was looking for.

"I DUNNO"

Then I guess I'm not going there, because I am not going to be playing the 12 step instructions game.

I don't blame you for having a shiat memory, I have a shiat memory. But sometimes it was like pulling teeth visiting people. You want me to visit in 2 weeks, take 20 mimutes out of your day and take a drive.
 
2022-10-21 1:45:25 AM  

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2022-10-21 2:49:48 PM  
The people using GPS for absolutely everything now are the same people who got lost all the time before we had it. Take your "dying art" lament and shove it.

Asking for directions? I didn't mind asking for directions but half the time they sent me even further into nowhere.
 
2022-10-21 3:41:32 PM  

psychosis_inducing: The people using GPS for absolutely everything now are the same people who got lost all the time before we had it. Take your "dying art" lament and shove it.

Asking for directions? I didn't mind asking for directions but half the time they sent me even further into nowhere.


People still get lost with GPS.  They're the ones that input a destination and then blindly follow the directions without checking to see if they're even going to the right place.
 
2022-10-21 3:45:33 PM  
No offense, poets, but most of the time the destination is better than the journey. GPS today and self-driving cars asap.
 
2022-10-21 8:22:20 PM  
Headline of the year.
I SAY.
 
2022-10-22 1:59:39 AM  
When I was just a wee soldier, long before GPS was a thing, I learned how to read a map and navigate without a compass.  Compass being kinda useless when sitting in a 60 ton steel box, we navigated using a topo map.  Contour lines and landmarks were your friend.
 
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