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Nicaraguan Army Relies On Google Maps to Its Detriment

Technology is a wonderful thing. Except when it's not.

This morning, Lowering the Bar reminds us of the lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed Google Maps made her walk into traffic. And now brings us the news that unthinking pedestrians aren't the only ones putting blind faith in Google's map service -- apparently, so are Central American military commanders.

Yes, the Nicaraguan army crossed into Costa Rica last week, and then the troop commander blamed Google Maps for the error. To its credit, Google has admitted that its maps were off "by up to 2.7 kilometers." Well, sort of. The Google spokesman felt the need to point out that the issue "arose in the compilation of the border source data with the US Department of State."

Way to almost start a war, Secretary Clinton and Mr. Schmidt. Oh, right. To have a war, you need both countries to have armies.


Posted by Eric Lipman on November 10, 2010 at 12:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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