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Old 12-07-2008, 02:00 AM   #1
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Do you rely on your GPS?

   
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:45 AM   #2
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GPS units may be evolving into some form of artificial intelligence, scientists warn. While it is too early to say for certain, directing people into dangerous slums could indicate the early stages of a GPS sense of humour.
I knew there was a reason I have refused to get on the GPS bandwagon. (-:

   
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"Hopefully, they'll quickly move on to a 'post-ironic' stage and think it's funny to send us where we want to go."

Sure sure ... right after Windows gets there.

   
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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Out on the Lleyn peninsula in North Wales, where my family comes from, there's a turn off from a main road onto a subsidiary road that has a road sign showing a satellite dish and a lorry with a red line across it.

Apparently it's to discourage lorry drivers from thinking it is a good shortcut when they follow their GPS -- they end up stranded.



http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/28/w...nti-gps-signs/

   
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:47 PM   #5
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We could do with one of those around here - lorry drivers who use Post Code based GPS to find us end up down a muddy track with no turning space the wrong side of a small mountain.

   
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:37 PM   #6
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That's their problem ? <g>

   
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Some of them seem to blame us when they finally get here!

   
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Yes, for giving me lat/long and elevation information, and occasionally a compass reading. NOT for navigation - mine doesn't even do that!

   
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Ditto. I use my GPS in concert with Google Earth (I use G.E. to plan the route, then enter G.E. coordinates as waypoints into the GPS)--I've found the combination to be very accurate.

   
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I use the sat-nav system in the car almost all the time. Even if I know the way to somewhere it does have the advantage of remembering where I'm supposed to be going.

Before I had a sat-nav I did used to forget where I was going. One day I set out to have lunch with some friends and ended up 200 miles away in Bath rather than Hereford.

Some people suffer from that sort of problem in old age but, for me, it's not a recent phenomenon - I just get in the car and start driving forgetting all about where I'm going or why I'm going there.

I just wish I had a sat-nav that would take care of the rest of my life.

   
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