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[ale] OT - alright... google is fun...



Seems like, since they index everything else, they could index flight paths 
(or shipping routes) also. Say, if Lufthansa always flies out of NY to go to 
Berlin, but Air France might fly out of both NY and ATL, but only goes to 
Paris? This might be more of another layer for Google Earth though.

Seems that Google could probably wring out a few more advertising dollars if, 
when they detected an ocean in the way, they injected flight/shipping 
listings instead of swimming directions.

-George


On Friday 13 April 2007 12:03:32 Jim Popovitch wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-04-13 at 10:36 -0500, Preston Boyington wrote:
> > 1. http://maps.google.com/maps
> > 2. click on "get directions"
> > 3. type "New York" in the first box (the "from" box)
> > 4. type "London" in the second box (the "to" box)
> > 5. scroll down to step #23
>
> I saw that a few weeks ago.... at that time, as now, I thought this was
> nothing but laziness on Google's part.  Rather than intelligently
> determining if point-to-point travel can be completed, they inject
> waterways into the process.  Note: it would be interesting to know why
> they don't make up waypoints too, instead of routing you to the nearest
> city on the coast before injecting the waterways.  I mean really, if man
> can travel across water so easily, why direct his travel along roads and
> highways in the first place?
>
> -Jim P.
>
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