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Re: Too Much Information - Google in Trouble?

__/ [John Bokma] on Sunday 16 October 2005 15:12 \__

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> URL:
>> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051016/ap_on_hi_te/india_google_terror
>> Title: Google Satellite Photos Worry India Leader
>> <snip>
>> The governments of
>> South Korea and Thailand and lawmakers in the Netherlands have
>> expressed similar concerns.
> Since I left the Netherlands they become more and more crazy every day.
> Each province had a "disaster map", with objects that could be a problem
> to the people who live there, if something went wrong with those objects.
> Of course, those maps have to be removed off line, since a terrorist could
> blow something up.
> Incredible! I mean, a terrorist just has to go to a train station in one
> of the main cities, and blow himself/herself up. Besides, if a terrorist
> wants a map, he/she gets it. No need for Google maps.

Google Maps and similar services make that easier though. I ought to point
out that the Internet contained maps for a very long time (since I was 17
at the least), satellite maps included. I was playing about with these. The
maps didn't have a big "G" at the top-left corner of the page and there was
no Google watermark either. I find these watermarks somewhat vain, I have
to say.

Be ready for some legal actions because everybody wants a little bit of the
Google bucks. There is a certain company in north-west America that could
teach us a lesson or two on legal implication of invasion to territory of
other companies.

In fact, on a completely valid and related note, here is something I read
just 5 minutes ago:



The Dashboard is home to a new kind of application called Widgets. Widgets
are mini-applications written in JavaScript that are designed for fun as
well as function,? writes Apple on its website. Very cool - except it is a
direct rip-off of Konfabulator, a $25 Macintosh program which has been
doing this for the longest time. Shame on you Apple!


>> South Korean newspapers said Google Earth provides images of the
>> presidential Blue House and military bases in the country, which
>> remains technically at war with communist
>> North Korea. The North's main nuclear facility at Yongbyon is among
>> sites in that country displayed on the service.
> Yeah, and before that nobody had a clue where it could be located.

Well, it's only make believe...



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