Shooting the messenger

It was only a matter of time before real-world border disputes would spill over into the virtual world of Google Earth. On Google Groups:

Tibet is not china (“please should someone correct the border in the earth google database?”)

Kashmir shown as part of Pakistan???? (“It has really hurt the Indian Sentiments.”)

The problem, of course, is that with the level of detail Google Earth manages, it’s rather harder to fudge borders. Perhaps a layer containing all disputed territories is in order?

Or perhaps we could resort to virtual wars on Google Earth rather than on the real thing. Anyone for a game of Google Earth Risk? Now that is a hack I’ll patiently wait for. (As it turns out, somebody seems to be working on a version for Google Maps. And many more games besides.)

3 thoughts on “Shooting the messenger”

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