23.03.2006 17:53 - Getting Your Priorities Right
So, Google have seen fit to release "Google Mars"
You can now zoom round the surface of Mars, clicking away merrily, discovering where the mars Rovers are, and various other expensive lumps of non-operating space junk.
I imagine it's really, really useful if you happen to be working for NASA.
However, for the rest of us, it is COMPLETELY FUCKING USELESS.
I don't know about you, but I think that the time spent building this brilliant but ultimately useless service could have been better-spent finishing off Google Maps. For example, putting in all the bloody street data for Germany, for starters, because without that data, Google maps is completely useless for the geolocation service that I'm writing at the moment. What's the point of basing a geolocation system on a service which says "we don't have any information for this area at this moment" when you want to look at streetmaps? Go and have a look here, zoom into Cologne and have a look at the rich detail. Or lack of it. It's not as if they don't have that information, because Google Earth has it. So maybe, no-one has got around to it yet... or maybe they were all goofing off building Google Mars, because that's "cool", rather than "boring". Bugger "Do No Evil", Sergy and Larry, how about "Do some work" instead?
Perhaps someone needs to take a big stick to the back of someone else's cranium sometime soon.