0407: "Cheap GPS"

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Re: Cheap GPS

Postby imMAW » Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:10 am UTC

From hot to cold, with no warm in between? I always knew teleportation was possible, but no one would believe me.

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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby TheKhakinator » Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:21 am UTC

I just find that these GPSs have shithouse pathfinding. Even Google Maps isn't always to my taste, but it's pathfinding is usually worlds better.

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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby Syphon » Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:18 am UTC

The Tagger wrote:
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Also, am I the only one who thought of Holiday in Cambodia? Cold Hot Cold Hot Cold Hot!


I think you were!

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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby scarletmanuka » Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:13 am UTC

Syphon (emphasis added) wrote:...Really? The Dead Kennedys have awful annunciation.

What... they're introduced poorly at concerts? Not really seeing the relevance here. :?
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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby mrbaggins » Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:19 am UTC

I enjoy thinking of my GPS's personality as a variation of GlaDOS... a bit passive aggresive. "fINE. iGNORE mY aDVICE. sEE iF i cARE."


This reminds me of some awesome ideas my mates and I had whilst smashed one night.

Make a set of GPS themes.

While a GlaDOS one would be awesome, we came up with

Steve Irwin
Angry Midget
Adolf Hitler (Or any feisty German type voice)
and a few others.

But I would so purchase a GlaDOS voice/theme for a gps (which I would also need to buy) if they existed.
"That building you just passed looked remarkably like a cake. This information will be stored for later use. Storage is full, your destination information has been discarded to allow new data to be saved."
*Randomly on a straight highway with no directions for 30+ seconds* "No one loves you, you know"
"The previous version of this software flooded vehicles with a deadly neurotoxin. The latest upgrade stops this from occurring in most situations, but unless you want to find out how deadly the deadly neurotoxin is, I wouldn't drop below 50mph any time soon."
*Whilst stopped at traffic lights/roadworks/accident* <Cake sphere voice> "One 250g packet chocolate cake mix, 2 cups flour, ... 2 cups rhubarb - on fire, ... etc"
<curiosity sphere voice>"Oh my, what's that over there?"
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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby VectorZero » Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:32 am UTC

TheKhakinator wrote:I just find that these GPSs have shithouse pathfinding. Even Google Maps isn't always to my taste, but it's pathfinding is usually worlds better.


This seems reasonable. IIRC, pathfinding sites like Google Maps or Whereis or whatever improve their paths over multiple analyses, variant origin/destination pairs over the same roads, etc, in other words they get better with use. How's your solo system supposed to stack up to the might of a network processing millions of paths and 'learning'?
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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby Sprocket » Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:47 pm UTC

tradiuz wrote:I don't like voice directions, they're a distraction. I prefer to listen to my music, and not have some high and mighty voice tell me I'm driving wrong.


Seriously. I already have my dad's voice eternally in the back of my head for such things. I think voice directions would just make me feel incredibly irked after awhile...but in a way, when you know where you're going and she's telling you you missed a turn or whatever, and you get there fine anyway you can be all "see, toldya, bitch."
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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby PluTonyum » Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:13 pm UTC

that GPS would work great for me, but until i get one like it:

googlemaps for direction
and fly around the destination in Google earth until i have the lay of the land, for when i inevitably miss a turn due to annoying traffic.

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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby ItGoesSplat » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:56 am UTC

I love this comic, I never really saw much point in buying an expensive piece of equipment, when I could just print a map of mapquest or Google maps.

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Re: Cheap GPS

Postby Dobblesworth » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:25 am UTC

@imMAW: It could be a result of timing lag of the "hot/cold/warm" announcement combined with the car's velocity. Perhaps as the car was approaching, the GPS had that window of opportunity to announce "warm" between cold and hot, yet as the car moved away, it had finished saying "hot!" too late for it to have that available time in the "warm" band, so it went straight to "cold."

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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby Mental Mouse » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:44 pm UTC

I sent this comic to my non-techie Mom -- she loved it! She uses her car GPS (pretty good, actually) a lot -- she calls it "the Lady", while my stepfather dubbed it "She Who Must Be Obeyed".

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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby zenten » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:47 pm UTC

ItGoesSplat wrote:I love this comic, I never really saw much point in buying an expensive piece of equipment, when I could just print a map of mapquest or Google maps.


You can install software on most new cellphones now that let you do this.

And the point is for when you've missed a turnoff that you didn't plan for in a confusing city, or for when you didn't expect to have to know how to get somewhere while on the road. Also, many people no longer have printers anymore.

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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby pruwyben » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:14 pm UTC

Leela had that in her wrist-lojackamator.
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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby mrbaggins » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:07 pm UTC

And if she gets bored, it has tetris!
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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby GCM » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:24 pm UTC

CatProximity wrote:
tradiuz wrote:I don't like voice directions, they're a distraction. I prefer to listen to my music, and not have some high and mighty voice tell me I'm driving wrong.


Seriously. I already have my dad's voice eternally in the back of my head for such things. I think voice directions would just make me feel incredibly irked after awhile...but in a way, when you know where you're going and she's telling you you missed a turn or whatever, and you get there fine anyway you can be all "see, toldya, bitch."


Except, unlike a person, telling the GPS "Toldya, bitch." has no effect on it. Which makes it less satisfying.

pruwyben wrote:Leela had that in her wrist-lojackamator.

mrbaggins wrote:And if she gets bored, it has tetris!


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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby randomname4y6423 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:13 pm UTC

mrbaggins wrote:Make a set of GPS themes.

While a GlaDOS one would be awesome, we came up with

Steve Irwin
Angry Midget
Adolf Hitler (Or any feisty German type voice)
and a few others.


Aren't you forgetting someone?

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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby Lenary » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:41 am UTC

http://gizmodo.com/382410/honda-gps-warns-drivers-of-high-crime-zones

It seems someone has tried something similar, only whith it telling you about crime rates rather than distance to location... which presumably would be stupider, cos then how r u going to find directions to get out?

unless you reprogram the zones to your destination...
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Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Postby tradiuz » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:59 pm UTC

WhiskyTangoFoxtrot wrote:
tradiuz wrote:I don't like voice directions, they're a distraction. I prefer to listen to my music, and not have some high and mighty voice tell me I'm driving wrong.


Not married I take it?


Divorced actually... More a matter of her cheating than telling me I was driving wrong, however.
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Re: 0407: "Cheap GPS"

Postby Monox D. I-Fly » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:06 pm UTC

Why is it only "hot", warm", and "cold"? Where's "cool"? Sorry for my nitpicking.
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Re: 0407: "Cheap GPS"

Postby rmsgrey » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:52 pm UTC

Monox D. I-Fly wrote:Why is it only "hot", warm", and "cold"? Where's "cool"? Sorry for my nitpicking.

This sort of GPS is never cool...


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