a really passive aggressive GPS


The plan began with an idle thought.

Glancing at a map earlier this month, Owen Delaney realized something funny: Seen from above, the Diana Fountain in London’s Bushy Park bears a striking resemblance to the bulbous nose of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — at least, it would if that famous nose of his were blue. At any rate, that fountain-nose would look better if seen in the context of a full face.

So, Delaney decided to do it himself.

Using Strava, a social network that allows athletes to track and share the routes of their workouts, he traced the path of his run through Bushy Park using GPS. The result was a squiggly (and probably sweaty) take on a favorite holiday character, seen from a bird’s-eye view.

Dancer, Prancer, Runner — And Artist? Holiday Cheer, Courtesy Of GPS

Images: Owen Delaney/Courtesy of Strava


Uber always seems to be tracking your location — and the company is blaming an iOS feature

  • Uber has come under a lot of fire recently for both remotely and physically stalking the hell out of its users.
  • And most recently, some users found that the app was tracking their location data even though they hadn’t hailed an Uber in weeks.
  • The culprit? Uber says it’s not its fault — it’s Apple’s.
  • “For people who choose to integrate ride sharing apps with iOS Maps, location data must be shared in order for you to request a ride inside the Maps app,” an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch
  • But BGR reported that Uber’s excuse may not hold water.
  • According to “several Uber users” who noticed that the Uber app was collecting its location data days since it had been used, the explanation didn’t add up: They hadn’t opened the app nor enabled the Apple Maps extension. Read more

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Anonymous said:

A really passive aggressive GPS

why did I even install this

  • Pureblood: HA! I have invented this device that will hold a focused light better than a candle without having to use Lumos all the time!
  • Muggleborn: Flashlight
  • -------------------------------------------------------------
  • Pureblood: See I can send a quick note across class without an Owl
  • Halfblood: *pulls out cell, and pushes a few buttons*
  • Muggleborn: *takes out cell and looks up* Cell Phones
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  • Pureblood: Lets go for a country ride
  • Halfblood: Sure
  • Pureblood: Good, I'll get the carriage set up should take only 10 minutes
  • Muggleborn: *drives up* Car is ready
  • -------------------------------------------------------------
  • Pureblood: *pokes head through the floo* Hey guys!
  • Muggleborn: *sits back revealing computer screen* Hey, I was just going to add you to the Skype conversation.
  • -------------------------------------------------------------
  • Pureblood: Hey i just found out this cool spell that plays music!
  • Halfblood: Ipod
  • --------------------------------------------------------------
  • Pureblood: My mom has this clock that tells her where we are
  • Muggleborn: GPS Phone Tracker
The secret life of a GP: a family doctor is there for everyone else’s before their own | Anonymous
The best thing about my job is the patients. I could do without the doctor-bashing in the press, though
By Anonymous

And the worst things about it? The passive privatisation of general practice. The daily doctor-bashing in the press. The promises from government that you will be able to see your family doctor from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week. As you can see from the plight and strikes of the junior doctors, we do not have government support right now. Instead, we are vilified and made out to be money-grubbing if we complain about our working conditions. We have all gone through years of training as junior doctors to become GPs in the first place and urgently need the next generation to stay in the health service. It is getting increasingly difficult to recruit and our roles are continually changing, which is deeply sad because it is without a doubt a vocation: you simply wouldn’t do it otherwise.

It is hard missing out on your own family milestones – first days at school or the nativity play – because surgery can start at 7am and go on until 7.30pm, when your children are already in bed, where they were when you left for work that morning. Ironically, being a family doctor means you are there for everyone else’s before your own.

Explains the ups and downs of GP in a nutshell.


I might rely on GPS way too much