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The problem with pharma in 5 whys (plus unrelated complaining)

It’s pretty much the same problem we have with the financial sector, the auto industry, political consultants, marketing…

Actually, this scenario already feels anachronistic for some reason.

When did lawyers decide to become arrogant assholes? I’ve had to consult a couple lately and they all have a tendency to talk down to you, cut you off in the middle of a sentence when they jump to the wrong conclusion and generally act like you’re taking up their precious time.

Is it just New Jersey or did they all decide to become insufferable pricks at the same time?
About iPhone maps that atrios wrote about this morning: I have an iphone. It’s my only phone. I am rarely separated from it. When I’m in the car, I use my TomTom to navigate but when I’m in the city, I use my iPhone to figure out where the nearest metro station is and to locate restaurants and other businesses. So, when I heard that apple was replacing the google maps app with its own mapping app, I was initially optimistic that it would be as good or better.

As it turns out, it’s not. That’s too bad. I was really looking forward to the transit information being on the new app. Apple says it will be eventually as more transit systems add their data.

But just because we’ve grown used to looking stuff up on our iPhones doesn’t mean that we’re incapable of using a schedule. My grandfather was a bus driver and even he made me learn the hard way how to navigate the PAT system in Pittsburgh. You just gotta do it and figure it out as you go along.

Nevertheless, taking the transit and business information out of the app is a giant step backwards. Sure, you can still figure stuff out the hard way by sitting for an hour for the next bus when you might have just walked or called a cab or another ride. But when the information is out there and isn’t incorporated, well, it’s just a missed opportunity to get more people to take mass transit.

Somehow, I don’t think Steve would approve. The app isn’t ready for release yet and I don’t care how many times the phone bugs me, I’m not updating to the new version until I hear that apple is taking the issue seriously.

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  1. I suppose there are lawyers who aren’t pricks. But, it’s been a required course at Law Schools for many years.

    • I’m seriously considering switching lawyers. I don’t like it when men talk to me like I’m an idiot when they haven’t even let me finish my sentence.

      • You absolutely should find another lawyer — I’m sure he has plenty of competition. We’re treated that way too often in situations where we don’t have control. When we have ALL the control, we shouldn’t tolerate it.

      • Sounds like you have a Grade-A mansplainer. I’m sure there is a respectful, competent woman in the area who can mind your affairs.

      • It isn’t just male lawyers. I had a female attorney pull that behavior on me when I was trying to determine if I had a legitimate case against my former employer. I wasn’t experienced enough to recognize that I needed find another attorney immediately. Instead, I wasted my opportunity trying to get her to do something on my behalf.

        To this day, I wonder if she had worked some kind of deal with my former employer, a large private university that dominates Winston-Salem, to sabotage people like me who need help against the powerful. She never billed me for her hours; perhaps she felt double-dipping was tacky.

  2. I don’t take the bus anyway. In Cleveland we have a really crappy RTA system and you get a lot of shady characters that ride those mother f*ckers. You gotta look like you’re crazy as hell and wear plastic bags and mumble to yourself if you’re gonna ride the bus around here, that way no one will bother you.
    I miss my iphone. Tragically, it was stolen from me at work a month or two ago.

    • Damn! that sucks. I just saw a report tonight that says that iPhone/ipad theft is on the rise in NYC. It’s an epidemic. I don’t know if turning on “find my iPhone” is helpful since you don’t exactly want to confront the people who stole it and the police are unlikely to get involved.
      I know there are crazy people on buses. But I’m going to try to use them anyway.

      • Well, my lil’ toyota corrolla (her name is baby mama) gets great gas mileage so my conscious is clear at the moment. I’m pretty sure the person who stole my phone is a prostitute and a drug addict. She got fired before I could even confront her about it anyway. She also stole my really nice hoody, which I am also pretty steamed about.

      • Too bad there’s not a “stink bomb my Iphone” feature whereby if the Iphone was stolen you could push a button which would instruct the Iphone to “release the putricine or butyric acid” or whatever suitable stench agent the Iphone was armed with.

  3. Looks lika Apple ts taking it seriously:

    This morming:
    Apple – A letter from [CEO]Tim Cook on Maps

    To our customers,

    “At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better…”


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