[LINK] Google did it!

Ambrose Andrews ambrose-bulk at vrvl.net
Tue Nov 9 17:25:37 AEDT 2010

On 9 November 2010 16:47, Tom Koltai <tomk at unwired.com.au> wrote:
>> But their commander, Eden Pastora, told Costa Rica's largest
>> newspaper, La Nacion, that Google Maps was used to
>> <http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=U
> TF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.nacion.com/2010-11-04/El
> Pais/NotasSecundarias/ElPais2577867.aspx>justify
> the incursion. Nicaraguan government officials have also blamed a
> "bug in Google" for the error.
>  [article shows two different maps: Google and Bing]
> The reason for the contretemps is obviously that the Nicauraguan
> Government has the same cost control on information charges as the
> Australian Government for maps.
> In other words, you wanna map? Then pay please.
> E,g,:

This doesn't necessarily apply to map *data*, however.

(I think the GA catalogue referred to physical paper maps)

Federal government GIS data is often free:


Eden Pastora, the army commander referred to in the original article
has something of a history of flamboyant military acts - he used to be
called 'commandante zero'.  A self-indulgent former 'contra' rebel
against the previous Sandinista government.


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