[Novalug] [OT] Google takes heat for using pre-Katrina imagery
mstone at mathom.us
Sun Apr 1 15:48:05 EDT 2007
On Sun, Apr 01, 2007 at 03:15:34PM -0400, Alan McConnell wrote:
>On Sun, Apr 01, 2007 at 12:33:43PM -0400, Michael Stone wrote:
>> On Sat, Mar 31, 2007 at 08:29:05PM -0400, Alan McConnell wrote:
>> > Pete, you are very ready to jump on the Congress for getting
>> > after Google. But I would first ask: why did Google switch
>> > from a depiction of the present state of affairs -- which AFAIK
>> > continues shamefully bad -- to a pre-Katrina depiction.
>> Why should we ask that?
> <LOL> Because it takes a certain amount of political programming
> for such an obvious question not to spring to mind.
It takes a certain obstinancy to find conspiracy in spite of reason.
> We all have a copy of the Constitution, right? Check
> Article I, often subtitled, Powers of the Congress. A hint
> as to the Section: its number is a power of the only even
You can either choose to have a sensible conversation or not. If you
want to play games you can play by yourself.
> As for paranoia, I plead guilty. Paranoia on the part of
> private citizens is, these days, the citizen's highest duty.
That's ridiculous. Paranoia is a sign of insanity, not a virtue. It's
certainly not equivalent to informed vigilance.
> I don't know what this is all about. If you don't think New
> Orleans is a "special case", that's your right. Most people
> view New Orleans as the preeminent natural disaster -- in terms
> of property damage, lives shattered, etc -- that the U.S. has
> been hit with in at least the last several decades.
Blah blah blah...what does that have to do with a guy progamming an
algorithm to choose from available data sources? Of do you really wander
aimlessly through life, trying to apply a list of hot button issues to
everything you do? Perhaps you have breakfast, wonder how Katrina
affects it? Then you take a walk, wonder if it somehow is affected by
Katrina? Well, most of us don't live like that. I sincerely hope the guy
responsible for the map selection algorithm at google lives better than
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