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Daily Notes - February 8, 2019

8:35pm - Uber app disappoints again  

For the second time this week, my Uber driver app suggested I go to a designated area to become eligible for a "consecutive trip bonus."  This area was outlined in blue and the "navigate" button appeared - tempting me to the promised land of rides and bonuses a plenty.  It ended up taking me to the absolute middle of nowhere - a dark, empty parking lot for the Longshoreman headquarters located on a lonely stretch of road with industrial buildings on one side and Meadowlands swampland on the other.

Below is the app directing my next turn into the Longshorman's parking lot.  


Uber app navigation bug

I made the turn and it said "You've arrived."  A few questions: What the hell is "ct_map_marker", why am I in the middle of nowhere and how can this app suck so bad?  I half expected a group of Uber drivers to be there, anxiously awaiting a flood of passengers to appear from the weeds like ballplayers in Field of Dreams, but it was only me.  There were no open businesses, residences or events nearby so I guess "ct_map_market" indicates the worst place in north jersey to find a trip on Friday night.  Of all the shortcomings I've seen in the driver app, this was the worst - a half-baked new feature that does nothing but waste your time.

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