Aug 2010
23

No seriously, just give me your house number and postcode…

Yes, I understand that the turn is half a mile past the big field, but my GPS knows that, too.  This would be easier if you weren't about to ask me to repeat it all back to you.

XKCD original alt text : "Yes, I understand that the turn is half a mile past the big field, but my GPS knows that, too. This would be easier if you weren't about to ask me to repeat it all back to you."

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve had this conversation. I don’t care where the entrance to your street is, or if there’s this tricky little junction by the pub – if I don’t know how to get somewhere, I use a satnav which knows where you are.

The only two exceptions are if you live at number 23, which is hidden between number 3 and number 81, round the back of number 42, or if you happen to live in a house that was built in the last 12 months.

Besides, the satnav is less likely to miss out a junction and inadvertently put me onto the one way system from hell. Or tell me to turn left at the Rose and Crown, forgetting that the bloody thing burnt down in 1981 and it’s now a scrap yard.

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    Wed 25th Aug '10
    16:44 UTC
    Diemgee

    Satnav just takes all the fun out of navigating, using maps, street/road signs, the sun, common sense and (occasionally) blind faith/chance!

    When I was young we managed very well with some or all of the above, and sometimes the ‘scenic route’ was a better alternaive. Though I must admit those days did have their drawbacks too. Ask your wife is she recalls the 2 hour ‘short cut’ on the way to one holiday destination made in an attempt to avoid waiting a half hour or so in traffic…

     
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