netscorer1 t1_jdzqzab wrote

There’s no easy solution. Someone’s commute will be miserable, no matter what. If you split the difference, both you and your wife would struggle. If your NYC office days are consecutive, consider renting a hotel room for two nights to stay in the city close to your office because the grind of the commute from central CT is going to be unbearable after a few initial weeks. You can also look for another job.


netscorer1 t1_jddbbkv wrote

A casual acquaintance at the beach and few beers shared together should not provide basis for power dynamics to develop and become a factor. Age difference makes it a statutory rape, but there’s a huge difference in a young girl being assaulted by a dominant male at the beach and a teen boy not fighting back when he has all the opportunity and necessary strength to defend himself.


netscorer1 t1_jaaygf1 wrote

I would like to have a word with your agent who out of all things to see in US would suggest Connecticut coast line. First of all, Connecticut doesn’t even have a proper coastline as it faces Long Island sound for most of its stretch. Secondly, Connecticut cities and towns are very poorly suited for exploring on foot with a possible exception of downtown New Haven. Thirdly, if you want to see proper New England, Boston and the surrounding towns and communities are way more exciting than anything you may find in Connecticut. If you want to see New England, choose Boston as your base and then plan your trips to various surrounding coastline communities. You will also find plenty of exciting night life in Boston neighborhoods.


netscorer1 t1_izytc5k wrote

No private company owes anything to anyone, unless they are regulated. But Google derives a shit load of money from built-in advertising on their Google Maps and from the constant tracking of the drivers on the road, so they can push even more ads their way. So, in a sense, they would be smart to actually build a useful truck mode that all truckers would be all too happy to use. As for switching between the apps, I guess you never sat in a commercial truck seat. There is already an overload of information that you need to pay atention to. Commercial truck dashboard resembles much more airplane front panel then your typical Toyota Corolla. To have also multiple GPS units try to talk to you at once and directing into potentially two completely different directions is too much distraction even for a seasoned driver. Again, I have several friends who practically live on the road, driving trucks. And they all use Google Maps, whether it’s right or wrong.


netscorer1 t1_izylvi6 wrote

One more thing - I talked to a truck driver about GPS units (not on this specific topic, but in general) and he mentioned that many commercial GPS units are not well suited when pickup or delivery needs to take place at private residence. They are mostly designed for truckers who move containers from warehouse to warehouse. As this driver is a home mover, he might have been previously discouraged to use commercial GPS unit because of that limitation. As for Google (an other popular GPS apps to some degree), I agree to disagree. Having built-in truck mode is not that difficult and there is no excuse that they ignore one of the largest driving communities on the road for so long.


netscorer1 t1_izyg7mu wrote

First of all, it does not matter if you are ‘pro’ or just a soccer mom. On the road you have the responsibility to read all the signs. Second, no driver has time to read the entire multi-line sign (15 fricking lines of text on that board that you have to absorb in a split second you have to look at it). Third, what is the first thing that you are trained to pay attention to? - orange or red signs as they show caution or restriction. Not white informational signs that usually have no meaningful information to you as a driver. On the board we see one orange sign that says that there is a construction ahead. And this is what you would probably see if you just glanced at the sign while preparing to merge into highway traffic. Fourth, there are well established studies that show that drivers can absorb much easier iconographic signs, rather then texts. You know, like a picture of an actual truck crossed with a red line. And in most of the world you are expecting to see exactly those kind of signs, but because most drivers in US are too lazy or stupid that they can’t learn iconographic signs, you have to spell it all out for these bums. Fifth, restricted highways are really rare in US. Most drivers that do not live in North East are not familiar with them and so have no expectation to look for them. And lastly, if Google Maps app would have truck setting, the driver would not have to be put in this situation at all.


netscorer1 t1_izy5ucq wrote

I put a blame on GPS. In this day and age to not have a truck option on Google Maps or Apple Maps is just plain stupid. Yes, there are commercial GPS units that have proper routing, but most truck drivers I know still rely on their smartphones most of the time due to convenience, better traffic reporting and just smarter routing in general. If the driver is not local, he may not be aware of ‘parkways’ and not pay close attention to the signs that he does not expect to see.