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Old 01-16-2013, 07:48 AM   #21
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Re: woman drives 900 miles in wrong direction

My wife has done something similar to this, not 900 miles, but she relied on the GPS none the less.

A 45 minute drive took her almost 2 hours. She was supposed to meet me at a friends house. Her explanation was the same as in the story, she did not pay attention and just kept driving.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:47 AM   #22
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Re: woman drives 900 miles in wrong direction

I hate using GPS, when I did use them for the first few times, it would send me the longest way possible.

For example, I was looking for the nearest bank branch and I knew it was close, but couldn't remember exactly where. So I punched it into the GPS, it wanted me to go 17 miles north....passing up like 5 different branches of the same bank chain...
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:54 AM   #23
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Re: woman drives 900 miles in wrong direction

this also reminds me of this (iPhone's GPS for lost iPhones)

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Wayne Dobson is one unlucky guy. Thanks to an apparent location-tracking software glitch affecting some handsets in the Las Vegas area, he’s had numerous people turning up to his home over the last two years insisting he has their lost device.

Nevada resident Wayne Dobson has had trouble getting a decent night’s sleep lately. It’s not because he has any particular worries on his mind, or that a noisy neighbor is keeping him awake. It’s because he keeps getting people knocking on his door demanding the return of their mobile phone.

Dobson’s woes are reportedly the result of a glitch with some handsets’ location-tracking software, which uses GPS and triangulation from mobile phone towers to determine the location of a missing device. In this particular case, it seems that the issue is related to a number of Sprint handsets. The company is said to be looking into the problem.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, 59-year-old Dobson has been visited on numerous occasions over the last two years by people demanding he return their mobile phone.

“They’ve yelled, shown him evidence, called the police – sworn that their phone is in his house,” the Journal said. He’s even had the police on domestic violence calls mistakenly directed to his home.

“It’s a hell of a problem,” Dobson told the Journal this week. Indeed, the situation has become so serious that he’s posted a sign on his front door which reads, “No lost cell phones!”

Dobson said on one occasion a visitor searching for her phone became extremely agitated when he insisted he didn’t have her handset.

“I’ve got pictures of my grandchildren,” she told him. “I can’t replace them. I need them. All I want are my pictures.” According to the Journal, Dobson called the woman’s cell phone provider, Sprint. A technician reportedly explained the problem, but didn’t offer any solution at the time.

In December last year, Dobson decided that the situation had gone “from a nuisance to a danger” when four men banged on his door at 2.30am demanding the return of a handset. Another incident, also last month, involved a scary confrontation with someone prowling outside his home with a flashlight at four in the morning.

Location-tracking technology has proved a useful way for owners of mobile phones to locate their missing device – when it works properly. Last year there were several stories of how the Find My iPhone app led to the arrest of a number of criminals.

As for Dobson, the poor man must be going out of his mind. “It’s like Pavlov’s response now,” he told the Journal. “I dread the thought when I hear a car drive by that they’re going to be pulling in and knocking on my door.”

Hopefully the issue will soon be resolved, allowing Dobson to once again get a restful night’s sleep



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Old 01-16-2013, 11:01 AM   #24
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oldfart becomes distracted with little boys playing while he is driving by. im sure it can happen to anyone.


Well that explains quite a bit...

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I'm actually amazed that in 900 miles and over the course of 2 days driving she didn't kill anyone.
It's not if, it's how many she did kill and nobody has noticed yet.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:56 AM   #25
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I hate using GPS, when I did use them for the first few times, it would send me the longest way possible.

For example, I was looking for the nearest bank branch and I knew it was close, but couldn't remember exactly where. So I punched it into the GPS, it wanted me to go 17 miles north....passing up like 5 different branches of the same bank chain...
I love them - but you still have to use your brain If going on a longer trip I always zoom out to check that the route makes sense or if I have to add a waypoint or two. The theoretically fastest route might be through a city but if I know it's rush hour I'll go around. Or if the route comes up as way longer than it should be, goddamn check that your destination is indeed the correct one.

It's not that hard but like smartphones, a GPS is only as smart as its user
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #26
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I love them - but you still have to use your brain If going on a longer trip I always zoom out to check that the route makes sense or if I have to add a waypoint or two. The theoretically fastest route might be through a city but if I know it's rush hour I'll go around. Or if the route comes up as way longer than it should be, goddamn check that your destination is indeed the correct one.

It's not that hard but like smartphones, a GPS is only as smart as its user
steven tried to use his SVS finder on his GPS and it didnt work.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #27
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steven tried to use his SVS finder on his GPS and it didnt work.
Oh no, it worked alright...































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Old 01-16-2013, 12:53 PM   #28
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i forgot about that
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:01 PM   #29
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How do we know you went the right way and you're in Texas?
I'm in kansas.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:03 PM   #30
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i forgot about that
Not me, I'm still in a wheelchair...
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #31
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Not me, I'm still in a wheelchair...
put on more weight so you can fight back!
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:22 PM   #32
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But I like the feeling
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:31 PM   #33
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Re: woman drives 900 miles in wrong direction

You guys bring those gay jokes to an uneasy level.

I know, I know... who's joking, right?
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:33 PM   #34
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I was just gonna say...

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:07 PM   #36
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That's awesome.......that's like if I was taking a drive down to the Jersey shore and wound up at Road Atlanta lol
That is good justification for driving 900 miles. I love that track
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