06 November 2010

Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps

Approximation of a sexy Nicaraguan commander.
In the never ending battle between geeks and their ways of expressing things vs. the military, the geeks actually miss-assign blame to Google, when it belongs with the commander.  I don't give a shit whose military you are in, you use an official map for operations and The Google is not an official map.  Granted, during the US liberation of Grenada some units used tourist maps of the island and they were vetted by somebody.  In the case below, Google did not cause a conflict, the Nicaraguan commander did.

Slashdot | Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps (see Slashdot story for links):
"'An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America. A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica (Google translation of Spanish original). The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory.'"


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