Google blames US for Nicaragua's invasion of Costa Rica

By Emil ยท 39 replies
Nov 7, 2010
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  1. Google has admitted to the boundary error that caused a dispute between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The search giant says the United States government is to blame for the inaccurate data.

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  2. thedrelle

    thedrelle TS Enthusiast Posts: 61   +12

    does this mean the US is going to get involved in this border dispute?

    I find it amusing that the US is getting blamed for a military general taking advantage of what is essentially a 3rd party source of information. If its that easy to annex territory, why haven't we done it sooner? we could have half of Mexico and Canada in no time. if they complain, just show them google maps.
  3. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 195   +9

    Why does the state department have to supply the data?
    Just sounds like Google trying to cover its own ***, by pointing the finger to the government.

    I don't like the sound of the headline "Google blames US for Nicaragua's invasion of Costa Rica
    ", when it was the stupid Nicaraguan military commander who used Google map as a pretense for the action.
  4. OneArmedScissor

    OneArmedScissor TS Enthusiast Posts: 50   +7

    "we could have half of Mexico and Canada in no time."

    And we'd want those, why, exactly? Thank you for helping make Americans look so SMRAT to the rest of the world.
  5. @ichu12

    So if you bought a map from your US department to take your friends on a road trip and you ended up lost because the map was wrong, by your logic, you would be the person to blame for getting lost. Is that what you are saying, that a company or department should not be responsible for the information/product it is giving out?

    Whatever mate.

  6. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    No way is he saying that at all. If there is something wrong and you get lost you'll tell them and they'll fix it. What he is saying, and you should also, is under no circumstance should a government invade a place that is based on intel that isn't their own and most especially intel supplied by a public company thousands of miles away. Hell, I do more research buying a video card than they apparently did before mounting a invasion.

    As for his google comment, google is making a business out of providing maps, the burden is on them to validate this. If me and my friends are in costa rica I can guarantee you that I'm not gonna go to the US DOS for my map information.
  7. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    I don't get why US is to blame. Google is the culprit.
  8. gruesomeA

    gruesomeA TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Does the author get a bonus for every Bing plug made?
  9. Does anyone really believe the General? If I looked at my property on Google maps and it showed a boundary different from what I thought, that would prompt me to perhaps do further research. I would not go, "OMG!!!! Free propertyzes!!!" and build a shed on the property in question. If I were talking about the boundaries between countries, the level of care would be heightened that much more. Yet, this General thinks Google maps justifies grabbing land he knows is occupied and has long been claimed by Costa Rica?

    Nonsense. It's a pretense for aggression.
  10. To begin I wanna say that it wasn't my fault, just in case someone past me the ball.
  11. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 162   +15

    i agree with sMILEY4ever. it seems like google is pulling an apple, by putting the blame somewhere else.
  12. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Why is it that US is involved in every dispute / conflict? :p
  13. omega00

    omega00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    I blame Nicaragua for not perform its own due diligence. To say the least, they did not research thoroughly the boundary issues, and I don't believe it would have been difficult to do. For example, how difficult is it to contact the appropriate department in the Costa Rican government who is responsible for maps.
  14. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    lol and when I read this article there was a ad for Bing between the article and the comments section....
  15. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    I pretty much see it like this.

    Google blames US = Google can't be bothered to verify anything

    Just blame someone else, it's best to do finger pointing. Why not actually check with each country, and see if maps actually match up? More work in the long term, but it makes things more accurate. So we don't have complete *****s at times, depending on what many deem as the best company ever.

    Sad thing is I said that, while keeping a straight face.
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I'm most certain that they knew of this, but used Google as escape goat. No one can be THAT stupid... although people can always surprise you.
  17. compu4

    compu4 TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Didn't the commander know that something was amiss when he saw the Costa Rican Flag on the territory?

    Also, why is bing's data accurate? From what source does microsoft get its data?
  18. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    Certainly it wasn't a stupid move... Altought everbody think it is.

    It seems that all Google's mistake are coming up these days. I wonder what's gonna say the blonde lady Marissa (oh, yes! I remember her name!) after this episode hehe! I'm going to send a request to Google for recheck the boarder line between Argentina and Chile, I'm sure Chile wants a piece of our cake! xD
  19. we have a bing fanboy here.

    the article is nonetheless a PR stunt to attack google. if i'm a general, you must know your territory. since a General position will likely to be old age, i dont think he uses google maps before. real maps are used before. so likely he knows that there is an error in google maps.

    its a win-win for the general and bing for using a technological error to invade a territory and not using common sense. good job for this pr stunt and to the author obviously a bing fanboy.
  20. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    I love how Google always has something to retaliate against anyone or anything that blames it for something, gives me the feeling Google is above the Gov.
  21. shortie

    shortie TS Rookie Posts: 18

    This still makes me giggle ;D
  22. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,654   +1,092

    This topic has been going for way too long. Why are people making such a big case out of this. it's not like they'll start hating google more than they already do or that they'll look at other competitors for similar services.
  23. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +168

    You mean that Google should have assumed that the US Department of State is supplying wrong information? Who would you consider a more reliable source in these matters?
  24. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Ohh, that's a tough one...
  25. This is for you and for me. Now US can sell more weapons, and I hope it will fix the economy!

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