Apple Map app

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...


for their map app

From WPTV (West Palm Beach TV) ...

... "Tech blogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash was especially critical of the new maps, which he called "pretty but dumb," and of Apple for releasing what he said was a flawed product. "Apple made this maps change despite its shortcomings because they put their own priorities for corporate strategy ahead of user experience," he wrote. "That's a huge change for Apple in the post-iPod era, where they've built so much of their value by doing the hard work as a company so that things could be easy for users."

"Apple did not respond to requests from comment from CNN. But in a statement to tech blog All Things D, the company preached patience ..."

Apple statement:
"Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service," spokeswoman Trudy Miller said. "We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn-by-turn navigation and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better."

By all accounts, Apple Maps is a giant embarassing flop. A huge screw-up. Their released prepared statement by their "spokeswoman" (i.e. PR bullshitter) is nothing more than Apple corporate PR spin. They are really saying, "we won't acknowledge that we screwed up and we definitely will not admit that we screwed up royally, even though we did, and we certainly won't reveal that it may take 3-5 years to fix the screw-up, if we can fix it at all".

Meanwhile, Apple wants to thank you for drinking its Kool-Aid.

Congratulations, Apple, this week, for your map app, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

Bloomberg soda ban

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg

for his ban on big sodas

From the New York Times, "Seeking to reduce runaway obesity rates, the New York City Board of Health on Thursday approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters, the first restriction of its kind in the country. "

"Asked about the soda industry’s well-financed campaign against his plan, Mr. Bloomberg responded with an amused look. “I just spent roughly $600 million of my own money to try to stop the scourge of tobacco,” the mayor said, as a round of laughter began to rise in the room. “I’m looking for another cause ..."

I think he found it. Big sodas. A threat to the lives and livelihood of every New Yorker! Yeah, right. Mayor Bloomberg is a control freak! A mayorial extremist. A rich liberal. And a complete a-hole! The government should mind its own business and keep it's nose out of mine!

Banning sodas. Really? Amid high unemployment, huge budget deficits, high taxes and high prices the City of New York is spending the taxpayers' time banning big sodas. Really? It's stupifying!

Is New York a Nanny state? Yes. Will the soda ban spread to other cities? Undoubtedly. Is it dangerous to personal freedom of choice in America? Very. Is New York's ban on big soda un-american? Quite.

Is America the land of the free and the home of the brave? Not any longer.

Congratulations Mayor Bloomberg, by restricting personal freedom of choice in New York, the largest city in the U.S., you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

Barack Obama (again)

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

Barack Obama

for the direction of gas prices

FACT: In December 2008, 1 month before Obama took office, gas prices in L.A. (where I live) were $1.61 (regular).

FACT: Today, September 9, 2012, 3 months shy of Obama's first full term as president, gas prices (regular) in L.A. are now $4.17.

FACT: That is an increase of $2.56 a gallon. That is a 159% increase in gas prices under Obama. An average increase of nearly 40% a year under Obama.

FACT: The average number of miles driven by Los Angeles residents per day is 23.

FACT: According to the L.A. Times (2011) the average mpg for new cars is 22+ (let's call it 23 for Los Angeles)

23 miles/day = 1 gallon /day

1 gallon x $2.56 increase in price = $2.56/day

$2.56 x 30 = $77/ month

$77/ month x 12 months = $924

Obama now costs Los Angeles drivers an extra $900+ a year each, out of pocket, for gasoline.

If you are rich, an extra $900 a year doesn't matter. On the other hand, 1 out of 6 Angelenos are living below the poverty line. Having to pay an extra $77 a month, an extra $900 a year, for gasoline, is taking food out the mouths of their children.

Blame Obama!

Congratulations President Obama, by not supporting domestic drilling and, instead, supporting a 159% rise in the price of gasoline, the lifeblood of America. For that you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!