"The Destination of this bus is FILE_NOT_FOUND"





  • Click for full size. Yes, it's a crappy photo--it was hard to get a shot with my cell while driving. Yes, it's not the OMG kewlest WTF evar, but it made me chuckle when I saw it.


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    I saw a bus drive by once with the LED panel scrolling "911 - Call Police."



  • @joe.edwards said:

    I saw a bus drive by once with the LED panel scrolling "911 - Call Police."

    That scores two negative marks in error design: one for using a magic error number instead of something useful and one for including a note to personally contact the developer.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    That's a Torrance, CA bus, is it not?

     

    Edit: No, those are white with red stripes. DC? I swear I've seen one of these fuckers before.



  • @Weng said:

    That's a Torrance, CA bus, is it not?

     

    Edit: No, those are white with red stripes. DC? I swear I've seen one of these fuckers before.

    Boston.



  • @Weng said:

    That's a Torrance, CA bus, is it not?

     

    Edit: No, those are white with red stripes. DC? I swear I've seen one of these fuckers before.

    The black T in the white circle is the logo of the MBTA, Boston's public transit agency. That particular model of bus, the RTS-II, is in fairly common usage throughout the United States, though, so I'm sure you've seen them before even if you've never been to Boston.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    Yes, it's a crappy photo

     

    It's a lovely, moody photo, as if straight out of a movie. It makes me feel romantic. Will you buy me dinner?

     

     Then again, most American environments look so subtly odd compared to my own, that most town pictures look as if straight out of a movie anyway.



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  • @joe.edwards said:

    I saw a bus drive by once with the LED panel scrolling "911 - Call Police."

    Me too. I have to wonder if anyone ever does when they see that.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

     @Someone You Know said:

    The black T in the white circle is the logo of the MBTA, Boston's public transit agency. That particular model of bus, the RTS-II, is in fairly common usage throughout the United States, though, so I'm sure you've seen them before even if you've never been to Boston.
    I was referring to the logo and paintscheme. Maybe I just know way too many bostonites.



  • @toth said:

    @joe.edwards said:
    I saw a bus drive by once with the LED panel scrolling "911 - Call Police."

    Me too. I have to wonder if anyone ever does when they see that.

    That reminds me of when I was in Tampa, there was an afternoon program called the Kyle Ed show.  This old redneck calls up and says his radio told him to call this number.  IIRC he thought he had won something.

    I said "WTF?" until Kyle Ed told us that on these new radios, text comes along with the signal to be displayed on the radio display.  It's been around for a while, and I first saw it in 2003 or so.  In this case, the text to be displayed was "call xyz" and this guy interpreted that as his radio telling him to call.

    So given that, I'm sure there are quite a few people who call when they see that displayed on the bus.  "The bus told me to call.  What did I win?"



  •  ♪♪

    The wheels on the bus go
    FILE_NOT_FOUND,
    FILE_NOT_FOUND,
    FILE_NOT_FOUND

    ♪♪

    Sorry, couldn't resist.



  • @Nether said:

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
     

     

    :D



  • @Someone You Know said:

    @Weng said:

    That's a Torrance, CA bus, is it not?

     

    Edit: No, those are white with red stripes. DC? I swear I've seen one of these fuckers before.

    The black T in the white circle is the logo of the MBTA, Boston's public transit agency. That particular model of bus, the RTS-II, is in fairly common usage throughout the United States, though, so I'm sure you've seen them before even if you've never been to Boston.

     

    All the buses around here are humpbacked-hybrids. You'd normally only see a diesel-only bus if the humpbacks are all in the shop. They all look like this:

    Or this:


     Real ugly bastards.

    (BTW how many times do you think the Community Transit driver went back and forth trying to get his bus exactly within the parking lines for their photoshoot? Heh.)



  • @blakeyrat said:

    All the buses around here are humpbacked-hybrids. You'd normally only see a diesel-only bus if the humpbacks are all in the shop. They all look like this:
     

    If we're playing bus show-and-tell, here's what they look like in DC. First, we have the classic ones:

     Then we have the newer ones:

     Both types could be CNG or diesel, although there are some of the newer model that are hybrids.

     And then we have the really new models, complete with the new paint schemes for Express and Local, all of which are going to be hybrids:

     

    And that's before we get into the stuff like MetroExpress and REX (limited stop services affiliated with Metrobus) and RideOn (Montgomery County, MD's additional transportation service):



     

    See?  Easy.  Now you, too, can get lost in the nation's capital!

     


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

     Wait, you mean there are places to go that aren't within walking distance of the metrorail?



  • @Weng said:

     Wait, you mean there are places to go that aren't within walking distance of the metrorail?

    Oh, you silly, silly man.  You've let this map fool you:

     

    When in reality Metrorail's service map looks more like this:



  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    As I said - there are places worth going that aren't within walking distance of the metrorail? Parking along the orange line, the tourist zone in the goddamn middle of it all (all within walking distance), and a couple restaurants out along the red line in Bethesda. That's uh, DC.



  • @Weng said:

    As I said - there are places worth going that aren't within walking distance of the metrorail? Parking along the orange line, the tourist zone in the goddamn middle of it all (all within walking distance), and a couple restaurants out along the red line in Bethesda. That's uh, DC.

    Not if you live or work there, like millions of people do.  Don't start getting cocky just because Baltimore fell to #2 behind Detroit in murder rate per capita.



  • @bstorer said:

    Don't start getting cocky just because Baltimore fell to #2 behind Detroit in murder rate per capita.

    I don't really have a need for the capital or anything within a 100 mile radius of it.  Same for New York, honestly.



  • I seriously advise to not enter the DC metro system without your ghoul mask. That's really handy because you can effortlessly sneak behind a feral ghoul and shoot his block off with the expendable hunting rifle ammo.

     

     



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @bstorer said:

    Don't start getting cocky just because Baltimore fell to #2 behind Detroit in murder rate per capita.

    I don't really have a need for the capital or anything within a 100 mile radius of it.  Same for New York, honestly.

    And it wouldn't affect me one iota if Boston and the surrounding counties were burned to the ground.  But I assume that the people who live there might care.



  • @dhromed said:

    I seriously advise to not enter the DC metro system without your ghoul mask. That's really handy because you can effortlessly sneak behind a feral ghoul and shoot his block off with the expendable hunting rifle ammo.
    That's what the Chinese stealth armor and a good knife are for.



  • @bstorer said:

    @morbiuswilters said:

    @bstorer said:

    Don't start getting cocky just because Baltimore fell to #2 behind Detroit in murder rate per capita.

    I don't really have a need for the capital or anything within a 100 mile radius of it.  Same for New York, honestly.

    And it wouldn't affect me one iota if Boston and the surrounding counties were burned to the ground.  But I assume that the people who live there might care.
     

    It wouldn't? Imagine the money the Federal Government spent on Katrina-- now multiply that by ten!

    Unless you're not in the US at all, in which case I guess you're right.



  • @dhromed said:

    I seriously advise to not enter the DC metro system without your ghoul mask. That's really handy because you can effortlessly sneak behind a feral ghoul and shoot his block off with the expendable hunting rifle ammo.
    Will you people quit making me want to buy that game?  I have loads of other games I should finish before spending $50 on a new game.

    In other news, for the same effect, play TF2 and be a spy.  People on the other team really believe you're an engineer on their team if you just put a mask on.  I've been trying that in RL with other people's wives -- putting on masks of their husbands -- and it doesn't quite work as well.

    It's only $30 and bundled with a bunch of other games.



  • @bstorer said:

    That's what the Chinese stealth armor and a good knife are for.
     

    Ch. Stealth Armor is only in Broken Steel, I believe. I don't have any DLCs. Investing in Sneak has paid off so far, though, and I'll take the Silent Running perk soon. Night Person is also excellent, because the PER effects are significant without the penalty described in Tactics.

    My next character will be entirely Unarmed/Melee based. Going to be fun.

    @belgariontheking said:

    Will you people quit making me
    want to buy that game?  I have loads of other games I should finish
    before spending $50 on a new game.

     

    I'm sorry. It's true that, if you're an Immersive World type gamer rather than a System Learner type gamer, you'll be stuck with Fallout3 forever.

     



  • @blakeyrat said:

     

    It wouldn't? Imagine the money the Federal Government spent on Katrina-- now multiply that by ten!

    I don't think we'd need that much money for marshmallows to roast.



  • @dhromed said:

    Ch. Stealth Armor is only in Broken Steel, I believe.
    Operation: Anchorage, actually.

    @dhromed said:

    My next character will be entirely Unarmed/Melee based. Going to be fun.
    You can find the schematics for a Deatclaw Gauntlet (and a deathclaw to get a hand from) very early in the game, which makes it much easier.



  • @dhromed said:

    Ch. Stealth Armor is only in Broken Steel, I believe.
     

    It's in Operation Anchorage. A sneaky character with silent-running and that armour is a bit game-breaking though.



  • @dhromed said:

    Ch. Stealth Armor is only in Broken Steel, I believe. I don't have any DLCs. Investing in Sneak has paid off so far, though, and I'll take the Silent Running perk soon. Night Person is also excellent, because the PER effects are significant without the penalty described in Tactics.

    My next character will be entirely Unarmed/Melee based. Going to be fun.

     

    Maybe I'm crazy, but I find I get the best bang-for-the-buck by investing almost solely in "Intense Training" as a perk, and upping my SPECIAL attributes. Most of the perks kind of blow, although there are a few gems in the selection. ("Bloody Mess" is actually more annoying than anything. Only get that if you don't mind constant slow-slow-mo in VATS.)

    I can say this: avoid all the perks that increase your leveling rate since:

    1) You level very fast in the game anyway, and

    2) You could pick a more interesting and useful perk instead

    Unless you're just out to complete the main campaign as quickly as possible, there's no point to increasing your leveling rate.

    @dhromed said:

    I'm sorry. It's true that, if you're an Immersive World type gamer rather than a System Learner type gamer, you'll be stuck with Fallout3 forever.

    I don't find it as addictive as Oblivion, personally. Of course, Oblivion is software crack.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Maybe I'm crazy, but I find I get the best bang-for-the-buck by investing almost solely in "Intense Training" as a perk, and upping my SPECIAL attributes. Most of the perks kind of blow, although there are a few gems in the selection. ("Bloody Mess" is actually more annoying than anything. Only get that if you don't mind constant slow-slow-mo in VATS.)
    If you have Broken Steel and are extremely methodical, you're better off not bothering with the Intense Training perks.  Use them on something else, get Almost Perfect at level 30, and then collect the bobbleheads to wind up with 10 in everything.



  • @bstorer said:

    @blakeyrat said:

    Maybe I'm crazy, but I find I get the best bang-for-the-buck by investing almost solely in "Intense Training" as a perk, and upping my SPECIAL attributes. Most of the perks kind of blow, although there are a few gems in the selection. ("Bloody Mess" is actually more annoying than anything. Only get that if you don't mind constant slow-slow-mo in VATS.)
    If you have Broken Steel and are extremely methodical, you're better off not bothering with the Intense Training perks.  Use them on something else, get Almost Perfect at level 30, and then collect the bobbleheads to wind up with 10 in everything.

     

    Yah I was just reading that on the wiki. I'm not planning to buy the DLC, though-- too expensive for what you get.



  • @bstorer said:

    And it wouldn't affect me one iota if Boston and the surrounding counties were burned to the ground.

    Are you kidding?  You'd lose the benefit of my prolific posting!

     

    @bstorer said:

    But I assume that the people who live there might care.

    True, but I only really hate a few cities and DC, NYC and Chicago are the big 3.  Of course, I've never been to Detroit or Nebraska, so there are still plenty of other potential cities to hate.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @bstorer said:

    Baltimore fell to #2 behind Detroit in murder rate per capita
    Wait really? When the hell did THAT happen?

    Full disclosure: I don't ACTUALLY live in Baltimore, I'm actually 27 miles outside the city on the north end - a few miles short of Pennsylvania. The majority of my clients are in Pennsylvania - York, Harrisburg, Lancaster primarily or, bizarrely, California. The last time I was actually inside the Baltimore city limits was almost 7 years ago. The other business (secure electronics disposal) I'm involved in operates out of, bizarrely, a truck terminal/warehouse in the middle of Amish country. For the future I recommend using the Amish angle, because it's funnier than the Baltimore angle.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @bstorer said:
    And it wouldn't affect me one iota if Boston and the surrounding counties were burned to the ground.

    Are you kidding?  You'd lose the benefit of my prolific posting!

    Remind me of the downside again?



  • @Weng said:

    @bstorer said:

    Baltimore fell to #2 behind Detroit in murder rate per capita
    Wait really? When the hell did THAT happen?

    Full disclosure: I don't ACTUALLY live in Baltimore

     

    We could solve both problems if you moved back into the city and took up serial killing as a hobby.



  • @bstorer said:

    @Weng said:

    @bstorer said:

    Baltimore fell to #2 behind Detroit in murder rate per capita
    Wait really? When the hell did THAT happen?

    Full disclosure: I don't ACTUALLY live in Baltimore

     

    We could solve both problems if you moved back into the city and took up serial killing as a hobby.

    You're assuming he doesn't already have serial killing as a hobby and that the falling murder rate is due to him being too busy with projects.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

     mutter something about correlation not implying causality and shamble off to clean guns



  • @bstorer said:

    If we're playing bus show-and-tell, here's what they look like in DC.

    <snip>

    See?  Easy.  Now you, too, can get lost in the nation's capital!

     

    Not to mention the ones like this:



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