[LINK] RIP Google Maps Contour Feature

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Tue May 4 21:54:28 AEST 2010

Finishing my previous thought ... the upside of the Geosciences 
Australia maps is that (a) they don't come with privacy invasion, and 
(b) they include placenames that Google ignores - like places on tracks. 
Eg: Kedumba Crossing (on my list but not yet walked) appears on GA and 
not on Google.

(I think I'm heading for a Google ban, given the company's rampant and 
shameless tax evasion)


Roger Clarke wrote:
> I'm a fairly frequent user of Google Maps (particularly for walking 
> in Australian, Swiss, Austrian and Italian mountains).
> But my time left using Google Maps may be even shorter than my time 
> left doing 1000m walks.  So it looks like I need to go looking for an 
> alternative.
> And I'm a realist:  there aren't any at this stage that are anywhere 
> near as good.  (Even though all they're doing is cleverly processing 
> obscure-looking national data and cleverly displaying the results in 
> accessible formats).
> Why is my time up?
> Because Google has just withdrawn the valuable Contours feature.
> They've replaced it with Earth, sold as '3D'.
> (So we need goggles to go with our Google viewing now??).
> But of course that sucks you in ('bait and switch', as the Yanks say).
> It requires you to download software which does who-knows-what.
> And I'd have to delve deeply into various places to try to work out 
> what the terms and the privacy policies are, and what they mean;  and 
> I'd have to monitor them as well;  and I expect that I wouldn't end 
> up liking what I found.  (I've got all the tools I need at my 
> disposal, so I'm well set up to do the analysis;  but this becomes 
> very boring after a while).
> As demonstrated by recent posts from multiple sources, Facebook has 
> been, well, almost bare-Faced in the trickery it's prepared to use to 
> exploit its users' data.
> To be fair, Google's practices aren't quite as pernicious as Facebook's.
> But there's more than enough evidence to support an extension of 
> Google's own proposition that 'Google knows a lot about you ...' to 
> include '... and Google intends knowing even more'.

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