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Really? Are people REALLY that stupid?

Full disclosure - I'm damn close to a Luddite.  I'm perfectly happy to use technology as both a tool and a toy, but there are WAY too many people out there who appear to be perfectly happy to turn their brain over to their device.  Why think for yourself when there's an app for that?

I just read an article about how for the last year and a half some poor woman in Pennsylvania has been turning away drivers from her driveway on a *clearly marked* dead end road (and it amuses me that one of the signs at the front gate reads "Due to price increases on ammunition, do not expect warning shot" - and they ignore that subtle hint), because Apple Maps says that it's the best way to get to the ski area at Roundtop Mountain.  And they ARGUE with her.  But that's not the part that knots my knickers.

No - that came in the comments section.  I really have to stop reading internet comments.  They make me weep for humanity.  One of them said in part:

"Google maps on the cellphone seems to be a little more on the ball, when I have 3g or 4g available... but not really a full-time option until they coume out with an offline maps edition."

Hey moron - there IS a full time, offline edition.  It's called *RAND-MCNALLEY.*  They sell them in in bookstores and gas stations and even online, and they work with any platform or operating system.

Oh my God, I drive on the same highways with these idiots...

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isabeau_lark
Mar. 1st, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
But that's PAPER!!! We can't use PAPER!!!

Yeah, I get it. I use it sometimes, but damn, common sense has to be used as well. Oh, and comments sections are the evil!
bytchearse
Mar. 1st, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Comments sections are funny!
And they're the simplest way feel superior to most of the human race!

FYI, several online mapping tools tell you to get to the Balfar's Challenge site from the opposite end of that same road...the end that is an apple orchard.
kls_eloise
Mar. 1st, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Comments sections are funny!
Yep - I knew that.

I also have to admit that once upon a time I slavishly followed a paper map past a sign that read "Road Not Maintained Past This Point." I will say that *I* thought that meant that it wasn't plowed in the winter, but it quickly deteriorated to something that could probably only be traversed by Jeep Wranglers and mules. In July. Dorigen extracted us.

And now I know what a dotted line means in that particular atlas.
anarra
Mar. 4th, 2014 03:55 am (UTC)
I just bought the coolest map of Great Britain. It's plasticized so I can write on it with a grease pen. It took me three hours to work out our itinerary for the summer and where we were spending the nights. Go off line maps!
pippagrey
Mar. 11th, 2014 04:34 am (UTC)
I have had to help several people every year with the fact that North Road in Groton is no longer a through road, and hasn't been since before we moved to Groton over 16 years ago. For some reason the a lot of the GPS systems never received that particular update.

The new thing for the online maps is to have everyone use a private road to get to us from 117. I'm sure if a tree blocked the main road, the owners wouldn't mind us using their drive, but it's NOT a public road, and I'm not even sure it's paved the whole way.
galingale
Mar. 13th, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
There's a similar thing in Guilford -- the AAA map shows a road going through from one valley to another. But in reality it is very clearly a landowner's service road. The fence is a dead giveaway...
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