Nicaragua invades Costa Rica due to Google Maps error

By Emil · 132 replies
Nov 4, 2010
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  1. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    This sounds like professional political spin to me... Hmmm... Then again, I have never visited either country, much less the area in question, though it still sounds like a fishy story to me.
  2. LOL, the was funny, may be Nicaragua can sue Google for this mistake, since they are talking about take this problem the International Court.
  3. ZipZpZowie

    ZipZpZowie TS Rookie Posts: 26

    ROFL! Holy crap! Now that's funny! It's happened to me with finding a simple soccer field.
  4. Jetatt23

    Jetatt23 TS Rookie Posts: 28

    So long as no lives were lost, that is pretty hysterical, but it could turn serious quick
  5. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I really hate to play the role of a grammar policeman, but, in your last sentence you missed a period.

    See what I did there?
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,020   +2,548

    This would only be of interest or concern, if compu4 was one of Sara Palin's daughters.
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184


    Someone should inform the Nicarguan army of the standard disclaimer: Check before you blindly follow directions from your nav system (or, in this case, google maps!). Maybe someone could post some signs for 'em similar to this

    <Darn! I can't post images here. I guess you'll all just have to click!>
  9. Nicaragua was never Guanacaste, Guanacaste Costa Rica decided to join on her own, read a little history. Costa Rica does not want the rio san juan, you just want to stop cutting down trees and pull sediments in Costa Rican territory
  10. Nicaragua eliminated its own official maps!!!
  11. funny as it seems unfortunately this article has nothing to do with the reality.
    First of all, how can a former commander command an army to invade a piece of land?
    Eden Pastora was a commander in the revolution in the 70's, but haven't since had a position in the Nicaraguan army.
    So him saying that he ordered "his" army to invade because of google maps makes no sense at all...
    besides the central american court has just ruled in favour of Nicaragua in a case against Costa Rica concerning the piece of land "occupied" by Nicaragua in the Rio San Juan area.
  12. this is a serious matter, would have been your country, It'd be no laughing or mocing is obsecence from military to do this, specially when thet "military" is a bunch of starved, unducated, chovinist ignorang brutts who find manhood on the barrel of a gun...
  13. Hahaha... a former guerrilero leader ... hahaha...

    the best and most actualized map on Rio San Juan in cooperation with the city friendship Nuremberg - San Carlos on the
  14. Google maps is gonna start WW3 due to disputes over borders :p
  15. this is really funny and crazy the nicaraguan politicians seem to be as inept as Eden Pastora, erasing their own maps ?¡?=)=?, it really points to the fact that they did make a mistake and don´t want to accept it, really, anyone can be a politician, the dummer you are the better, poor nicaraguans ROFL
  16. The Nicaraguan army has just made a state of the art upgrade to Bing Maps hahaha
  17. stan4

    stan4 TS Rookie Posts: 34

    Notas de un Nicaragüense.

    1- Too bad techspot joined Costa Rica in their campaign for destroying our country's reputation, with misinformation and mocking.

    2- The cleaning of our River is not being carried by our army, it is part of a touristic development project carried on by private enterprises; the plan is to restore the caudal of the river to allow ships to enter from the sea right into the great lake.

    3- The CostaRicans are envous and affraid of the touristic and economical growth that the Nicaragua Canal would bring us.
  18. The official maps of Costa Rica and Nicaragua say that this area belongs to Costa Rica. I have both maps.
  19. I actually work for Google and find some of the comments on this page mean and nasty - how are we supposed to know where the border is if we are not allowed into the area - guesswork ? anyway - who really cares ?
  20. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    They're seriously trusting Google maps for military intelligence? Wow...
  21. peteyhawkins

    peteyhawkins TS Rookie Posts: 19

    That's great! Just really fortunate they did not run into the costa rica military and have a firefight, otherwise there would be another war.
  22. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    That is a lie. You don't need to be allowed into the area in order to graph important landscapes such as country borders. Microsoft uses satellite images that it then converts into the image you see in the article, so that it remains as accurate as possible with the real thing. Or they use official, native maps of the area to accurately represent landscapes and/or places' names that a satellite imagine can't. That's also what Google does, most of the time that is.

    So yeah, you do work for Google, but at home right?
  23. Stan4:
    Costaricans have nothing to envy Nicaragua. There are more than half a million Nicaraguans that have emigrated to Costa Rica because they can work there, have free education and free health services. Their families (that still are in Nicaragua) can make their living because of the money they receive regularly from their relatives in Costa Rica. Nicaraguans come and work hard in my country because there are more opportunities for them and they also benefit from that.
    Why should we envy Nicaragua then?
  24. gruesomeA

    gruesomeA TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Too bad the author of this article can't help but turn the aritcle into a Bing advertisement.
  25. white2010

    white2010 TS Rookie

    I think can not blame for others with your own fault

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