i've been checking out google maps versus yahoo! maps, evaluating the best nz coverage
google gets cred for a hot flight sim built into google earth and for not lying to dutch tourists about opanuku road joining up with scenic drive. when dutch tourists are deceived, they end up breaking their rental cars on the bullbars of my clunkery old diesel, and that sux. -10000 points to some nz mapping providers for their mapping badness.
but today we're looking at yahoo!, who are predicting (note contrast between coastline in satellite pic and inlay) either severe global warming, or a catastrophic dambreak at the huia dam
what else have we learned from the mapping madness?
- yahoo has ok pics, but responds to requests for specific nz addresses with "do you mean waitakere, or waitakere?" then it sends you to waitakere township either way
- yahoo has lots of black areas across nz, and pretty much no street map ... maybe this whole yahoo!xtra thing will change that ... but would you trust xtra for directions to the corner store?
- any mapping provider gives better results than nz posts postcode finder, which still insists that piha doesn't exist, try paihia. i cannot find a single piha road that nz post know about. such a pity, given what a nice chap the postie is ...
- google maps are pretty damn good so far!
i'm building this at the moment, so don't expect it to work just yet :)
If a human pulled this, s/he'd SO get locked up in a moment. Picture this:
Guy visits 25 patients, spends a couple of hours with them. 100% fatality rate.
Think he's going to be winning internet fame for his contribution to society? Perhaps a wall plaque for his "compassionate hospice care" to hang over his extra saucer of milk?
Well, George the (Killer) Cat does exactly the same thing, and is applauded for being cute while doing it. At least it doesn't look like he beat up on the teddy for too long before sending him to the other side.
Foolish humans. Don't you know what they're planning?
Cat grows plump on human souls, and we write interest stories.