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2012-12-10 11:44:24 AM
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ThunderChild: So they're having problems with finding strangers in the Alps?


You are mixing up Australia with Austria, which seems to be a common mistake for some reason. One has Barbies and boxing kangaroos and the other has leather pants and Hitlers. They both start with "Austr", but one ends quickly with a "ia" and the other kinda stretches out. They have similar names because Austrailia was settled by prisoners from Austria and they wanted to make it feel like home, but that was a long time ago (in the BC era) so they people evolved over generations to become shrunken dark dudes with bones in their noses and no shirts (or "Outbacks") to better survive the harsh desert like conditions. And finally, Australia is almost twice the size of Austria and about 1,000 miles away (in any direction cause it's on the other side of the Earth).
2012-12-10 05:29:29 PM
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BullBearMS: BStorm: Umm, no. Google Maps had nothing to so with the death.

Umm, yes. Google's Maps had the exact same fatal issue as the GPS unit this woman was using.


There's absolutely nothing in TFA or in the quotes you used to indicate that Google Maps was using the same exact database information, that the entire Park Rangers service was involved in trying to contact Google, or that they ignored the attempts to have the maps corrected.

The only things you can gather from the statements you quoted yourself (without making something up from your imagination) are that there were errors in Google's Map data for the Death Valley area, the person trying to contact them never spoke to someone from their mapping department in person, and that it took longer for them to correct the errors than it did for TomTom.

For all you know their maps had correct information showing that specific road was not in service but other information was incorrect; there's simply nothing in the article or in any other accounts I can find to indicate either way. The failure to respond directly to the ONE RANGER'S requests to correct whatever bad data was present was unprofessional but in no way an indicator that they were ignoring anything; they may have already been in the process of correcting the data on their own, as they had just canceled the contract of the data provider who had been supplying them with information and were updating their database using other sources.

Furthermore, your statement was "It appears the issue in Google's maps caused a fatality". That statement as it is worded looks like a claim that Google's maps being incorrect directly led to the fatality. I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure a statement like that could be considered defamatory. Using 'It appears' might give some wiggle room in a court of law, but the statement taken as a whole seems to accuse Google of being responsible.

If you're looking for a reason to bash Google there are plenty of others that have basis in actual fact and don't require making unfounded assumptions.
2012-12-10 12:04:56 PM
1 votes:

aagrajag:
You got me. I owe you a beer if you ever find yourself in Nagano.


Well, I don't think I'll ever travel to China, but if I do I'll take you up on that beer!

:-P
2012-12-10 11:52:39 AM
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aagrajag: BigLuca: ThunderChild: So they're having problems with finding strangers in the Alps?

You are mixing up Australia with Austria, which seems to be a common mistake for some reason. One has Barbies and boxing kangaroos and the other has leather pants and Hitlers. They both start with "Austr", but one ends quickly with a "ia" and the other kinda stretches out. They have similar names because Austrailia was settled by prisoners from Austria and they wanted to make it feel like home, but that was a long time ago (in the BC era) so they people evolved over generations to become shrunken dark dudes with bones in their noses and no shirts (or "Outbacks") to better survive the harsh desert like conditions. And finally, Australia is almost twice the size of Austria and about 1,000 miles away (in any direction cause it's on the other side of the Earth).

Upon checking your profile, you are most decidedly *not* new here. Maybe you just don't come around as often.

It's a very stupid meme.


I play up that meme at almost every opportunity and there is always someone that doesn't get it and tries to "correct" me. I just wanted to see how the other half lived for once.
2012-12-10 11:36:13 AM
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Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified," the police concluded.


At least it didn't send them to Miranda
2012-12-10 11:27:58 AM
1 votes:
A few weeks ago I asked Apple Maps to direct me to the IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ. It directed me to the end of a dead-end street, underneath an overpass, a good five miles away from the IKEA, and then cheerfully informed me that I had arrived at my destination. That was pretty sketchy.

I like the new iOS, but since then, we've been relying on my wife's Android phone for GPS navigation. Apple Maps simply was released half-baked and not ready for primetime. Very un-Apple-like to release such a shoddy product.
2012-12-10 11:25:16 AM
1 votes:
Is Apple's map app really that bad? I don't use a map app much, so I can't really judge. I have played with Apple's new map app and I was surprised at how much more accurate the GPS is. Google Maps could get me in my neighborhood, but only rarely within a block of my house. Apple's not only places me at my house, but on the correct side of it, if I'm out in the yard. So I'm guessing the main problem is poor map metadata?
2012-12-10 11:24:37 AM
1 votes:
Where have I seen something similar?

remote.lohudblogs.com
 
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