Today’s 2nd Public Transport Nuisance: It’s the last stop, stop here driver!

You’re getting back to back editions of the Public Transport Nuisance, and it’s another one that’s dear to my heart. Yes that’s right folks, it’s the passengers who press the bell on the last stop of the route.

For crying out loud, it’s going to stop there regardless! It’s not like the bus driver will miss the stop and then no-one can get off. Where will he go next? Back to depot with a bus full of passengers? This happens some of the time on the bus routes that I’ve been on, and it’s just a bit annoying…alright a bit might be undermining how I’m feeling. But yeah, it’s ending it’s route there and hence you really don’t need to press the stop button to get off there!

Today’s Public Transport Nuisance: Follow The Leader

DISCLAIMER: Please take this light hearted, don’t in anyway take it 100% seriously.

Welcome to a first in a series of rantings about the wonderful thing known as public transport, or public transit to our American readers.  Today we’ll start on something I’ve experienced on the bus that some bus drivers in this great city tend to do.  You heard it folks, it’s follow the leader.

So here’s the scenario…your bus is 10 minutes late and you need to get somewhere very quickly.  If you were a bus driver, you would try any means to get your bus back on time without resorting to not picking up passengers. That’s illegal anyway, and I’d admire bus drivers who will go out of their way to pick up passengers regardless if they’re running on time or not.

But there are just the minority of them, yes just a small minority who think it’s a great idea that we’ll follow the lead bus on the road and stop at every stop it stops, without even picking up passengers.  Now come on, I’m trying to get somewhere here.  Using the bus infront as a ploy to not pick up passengers on the stops after is just really poor…really really poor.  What’s wrong with picking up some passengers? Isn’t that the purpose of public transport, to carry everyone efficiently to their destination? This folks is not efficient, it’s just plain stupid.

Podcast Review: The 404 on CNET

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What first strikes me about this podcast is the chemistry between the hosts.  Wilson, Justin and Jeff just have this chemistry that in my opinion is unmatched.  There is no episode of The 404 where it felt awkward, boring or empty.  The conversations between the hosts is what keeps this podcast interesting.

Second is the content of the show.  As I said, this show doesn’t just talk about the tech news of the day.  They discuss them in-depth, but not in some kind of professional analysis.  Just in straight talk in everyday conversation that you have with your mates if you were talking to them about technology.  In addition, they discuss non-tech topics which in my opinion gives a great contrast of topics, and thus appeals to a broader audience than the typical technology podcast.

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