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tsed
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re: Arguing with a phone
tsed   7/29/2011 7:50:34 PM
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Correct spelling is "Schaumburg."

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resistion   7/20/2011 2:17:16 AM
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I really enjoy this piece for its humorous angle. Maybe it can be the basis for some produced skit. Though it must not have been immediately humorous for you during the ride!

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The MicroMan   7/19/2011 8:27:21 PM
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Excellent story. Hilarious. Done that. Your last comments was right. "Cabbies once were institutional knowledge machines..." And if they weren't, they'd pick up the Motorola 2-way and the dispatcher would direct them. Nowadays, cabbies act like I'm responsible to know where this place is, or if it's by the river. Heaven forbid you say, "is there a good place to eat Italian around here?" Last time I practically had to steer the car to guide the guy to a place 3 miles from the SJC airport. And they talk loudly on the phone in some odd language, hands supplementing the conversation on the phone, all while I'm paying them not to hit that car or run that light, let alone get where we're going in a straight line. Argue with your brother-in-law while you’re waiting for a fare, buddy. I once went into the hotel and brought out the door man to get the cab fare multiplier back where in was supposed to be. As for GPS, I'm not sure how great they are. I already have a wife who tells me to slow down, there’s a better way to go on the freeway, and I should have turned back there. Putting a GPS map on a phone? Why not use the phone as a phone and call Home Depot and say, "hey, where are you?" Arguing with the phone/GPS? About as useful as arguing with the wife. Very well written.

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CBurkeBtB   7/19/2011 1:56:59 PM
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My smart-phone GPS has been dubbed "Lorelei," after the Siren of mythology... "Turn left-- into the rocks-- now-- boys..." Still, it never hurts to have that old stand-by paper map in the car for those days when your battery dies, when Lorelei spasms, or when you need to see the "big picture."

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David Ashton   7/18/2011 1:58:38 AM
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There's a universal law that applies to this: To err is human. To really foul it up takes a computer. Works every time...as much for Chicago cab drivers as for Air France flights in mid-atlantic.

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Sheetal.Pandey   7/17/2011 2:07:57 AM
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Its amazing to see how much dependant these cabbies are on their GPS, if you are lucky the cab driver can find out route if the GPS doesnt work else you better know the route or be ready to pay some extra bucks.

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jaybus0   7/16/2011 1:11:26 PM
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I have had several such instances with GPS in my own driving. However, a few years ago it found the remains of a 19th century mining camp in the desert 30 miles or so from Tuscon, AZ. Cities are constantly evolving, whereas the desert has not changed much in the past few centuries.

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nibor   7/15/2011 7:50:47 PM
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Google "training for a London cabbie" They are amazing.....and should be. VE7DFI

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agk   7/15/2011 5:55:57 AM
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The address is just not sufficient to inform the cab. We need to collect prior information like nearest popular location,distance from airport, direction of travel from airport and all the extra information from the destination point. I do this extra work during my travel plan because i feel safe.

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old account Frank Eory   7/14/2011 10:52:36 PM
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The video is a nice touch Brian :) Your story also reminds me of the new Geico commercial that asks, "Do people use smartphones to do dumb things?" and then proceeds to show us some guys in an office doing about the dumbest things you can do with a smartphone!

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