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Microsoft's GPS 'Avoid Crime-Ridden Areas' Feature For Walkers Raises A Stink (Then Go Get Mugged!)

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AHAHHAHAHHAHA -- that's right by my house!

Microsoft recently patented a feature for GPS systems that allows pedestrians to choose a walking route that avoids crime-ridden and bad-weather areas and a bunch of folks are getting up in a huff about it because some jackass at CBS News Seattle dubbed it the "avoid ghetto" feature and now everybody thinks that's what it's called. You dummies.

More from a document filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office: "A route can be developed for a person taking into account factors that specifically affect a pedestrian,"such as being in an unsafe neighborhood or in an area subject to harsh temperatures.


"What is unclear, at least from my reading of the patent -- which isn't written by anything resembling a human hand or mind -- is what kind of crime statistics the GPS might choose to use," writes Chris Matyszczyk of CNET.

Granted it would be Microsoft's responsibility to be diligent about the type of information they use to dub an area unsafe, but I really don't this is that bad an idea. I'd probably walk eight extra blocks to avoid an area notorious for muggings. I bet if it was nicknamed the "Batman's Parents Memorial App" people wouldn't be having such a f***ing problem with it.

Microsoft's 'avoid ghetto' patent destined for failure? [washingtonpost]

Thanks to GW's Lover, who -- oh God please tell me I'm not a disappointment.

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  • and that article....

    "It's pretty appalling," Sarah E. Chinn, author of Technology and the Logic of American Racism, told us. "Of course, an application like this defines crime pretty
    narrowly, since all crimes happen in all kinds of neighborhoods. I can't
    imagine that there aren't perpetrators of domestic violence, petty and
    insignificant drug possession, fraud, and even theft in every area."
     

    She also points out that because white-collar crime wouldn’t
    necessarily register on the app, crime statistics would be products of
    race and class identity. "

    .....if that critic doesn't understand that muggings and stabbings are an entirely different class than white collar fraud especially when it comes to gps walking and driving through the area shes got the iq of a cup of chi tea.
    ...tea that the barrista pissed in.

    oh no don't drive or walk through maddoff's neighborhood you could get your retirement fund embezzled somehow if you're dumb enough to give anybody your account numbers for some weird reason. and i think those kids smoke small amounts of the potweed in the school bathroom... its dangerous.

  • I agree GW. if those oversensitive fucks want to get mugged they can turn that feature off.  I'm not getting stabbed and if some jackass wants to make a stink and get offended i din't care.  

    Its a good feature, all gps should have it. 

    those pc people are the ones being racist anyway.  if you hear that you can avoide crime and imediately jump to "those racist bastards depriving the hard working black man his main source of income" THEY are the racist ones.  It didn't say avoid black people it said avoid crime.
     if the pc people take offense at avoiding muggings because everybody knows all muggers are black....

  • Johnathan Weisner 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand It's probably a coalition of muggers that is causing the uproar."We'll be out of business and possibly worse! We might get arrested when we try moving into more safe areas!"
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    Eddie Chien 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand
    The jackass at CBS News Seattle should take a walk through "the
    ghetto" then if he feels so inclined to get mugged. What the moron.The tech is perfect for non-street-wise tourists in South Africa that stick out like sore thumbs by the way they act!
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    Cathenia McNitt,
    Digital arist, blogger, mother of two crazy boys, army wife,
    anime/manga lover, vampire enthusiast, tattooed, pierced: nerdy and
    awesome 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand I think it is an excellent idea and that safety is far more important than being politically correct[/quote]
    ++1

  • I love the avoid ghetto feature, its something we have talked about for a while now. but I have a solution that would not only solve this dumb "problem" but also improve each and every one of our daily lives. allow us to highlight portions of cities/roads that we wish to avoid in the future, of course included with this feature must be a way to allow blocked area's button.  this allows us to use our own definition of "crime areas" and allows us to avoid those roads the GPS for some reason thinks we should be on, and we are for the 2,494th time wishing we had not listened to that stupid sexy Ausie sounding machine. and for there ridiculous PC bull it takes defining a ghetto out of their hands and puts it into ours. I want a job that pays me to identify and fix dumb ideas. and for every dumb idea i fix i want the creator fired and half of their salary.  

  • My Garmin once took me right through an open air drug market. I was less worried about the dealers than some cop pulling me over because I might be a potential buyer. I watch Cops man ... it happens!

  • It's probably a coalition of muggers that is causing the uproar.

    "We'll be out of business and possibly worse! We might get arrested when we try moving into more safe areas!"

  • Eddie Chien

    The jackass at CBS News Seattle should take a walk through "the ghetto" then if he feels so inclined to get mugged. What the moron.
    The tech is perfect for non-street-wise tourists in South Africa that stick out like sore thumbs by the way they act!

  • I think it is an excellent idea and that safety is far more important than being politically correct. Even though it would probably red flag my entire area since the town I live in has light restriction codes and is too cheap to even put street lights in most neighborhoods. Not to mention I heard gun shots not more than twenty minutes ago. C'est la vie.

  • as long as  it helps me to avoid trailer parks and anywhere else I'm likely to run into people whose idea of a fun night is hanging me from a tree or tying me to the tailgate of their Ford F-150 (hiya Davie, FL), then I don't care what you call it.

    I might even be convinced to move back to North Carolina. :)

  • Spencer Fair

    it will also avoid all apple stores

  • Guest

    I just look at the buildings (looking out for poor maintenance/lawns and fiery pits) and immediately know that this isn't a safe place to take a stroll to get coffee.

  • That's by your house? Video of you next to it or it's not real!

    You the man, GW, but I want proof!

  • Rayn_A

    I'd rather be politically incorrect than mugged.

  • rikster81

    so oakland, ca should not be on that gps

  • Call it the Ghetto avoider... whatever... idiots are too politically correct these days. If you don't want people referring to you that way, clean up your neighborhood ya damn hoodrats.
     

  • I wonder if you can program it to go SPECIFICALLY into crime ridden areas, instead of avoid. Then we can give it to cops... or people dressed up like superhero's

  • raditzzzz

    or people looking for drugs?

    ZING!

  • raditzzzz

    batman's parents memorial app

    u so clever gw

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