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Google Loses Santa To Bing

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the who's-been-nice-to-whom dept.

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New submitter Sebolains writes "Unlike previous years, NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has decided to use Bing maps to track Santa's journey as he goes around the world delivering presents. Starting Christmas eve, one will be able to go to the official NORAD Santa tracking site and use Bing maps to see where Santa is delivering presents at that time. In previous years, NORAD has always gone for Google maps to track Saint Nick. The reason for this switch were not disclosed, but since nearly 25 million people are expected to use this tool come this Christmas, this will definitely benefit Bing in the ongoing competition for online map applications."

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I tell my kids he uses Apple maps. (5, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278615)

And that's why no presents, he got lost.

Re:I tell my kids he uses Apple maps. (5, Funny)

durrr (1316311) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278703)

The mayans predicted the disaster that is Apple maps. The end of the era is due to Santa using his iPhone to navigate and strays into NK airspace, being mistaken for a US spyplane and swiftly shot down.

Re:I tell my kids he uses Apple maps. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42278769)

The NK rockets only hit the ocean by accident. They weren't aiming for it.

Re:I tell my kids he uses Apple maps. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280339)

"We got a Red Sleigh down, we got a Red Sleigh down!"

Re:I tell my kids he uses Apple maps. (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278777)

And that's why no presents, he got lost.

"No presents this year, little Timmy. Also, I just got off the phone with the Australian Authorities who said they found Santa dead in Murray Sunset National Park [slashdot.org] . Unfortunately it looks like Santa had a new iPhone for navigation and was forced to eat eight of his reindeer. Then there was apparently a struggle between him and the last reindeer. After several blows, it broke free and eventually flew off to leave Santa to bleed out in the dirt from gory antler wounds. These are sad times but we still have each other, just no more frivolous Christmas gifts -- ever again!"

*walks away nipping on a fifth of bourbon*

Re:I tell my kids he uses Apple maps. (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279455)

Ironically, while the initial problem and police warning got a lot of press coverage, neither the fact that Apple fixed their directions by the very next day [technobuffalo.com] nor the fact that Google Maps has had an ongoing similar issue (Australian police also issued a warning for Google Maps this week, since it's routing traffic, including buses, down a one-way dirt track through the wilderness [yahoo.com] ) have been reported very much.

I know the saying is that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can put on its shoes, but that applies to things like this as well, it would seem. Everyone is quick to latch onto issues with Apple Maps (which definitely do exist, don't get me wrong), while ignoring the fact that Google Maps had similar issues when it started and continues to have similar issues today. Google Maps is simply a more mature product that has less of these issues overall (which is why I still use it most of the time), but Apple Maps is already solid enough that none of the people I've talked to who use it on a regular basis have had any issues, nor can I remember having any problems, other than a few funky looking buildings when I tried out their 3D view on the day it launched.

Of course, the fact that Apple Maps strands people in the middle of nowhere may explain why I haven't been able to talk to the people who are having problems...

BA-DUM-tish

Re:I tell my kids he uses Apple maps. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42281565)

Ironically, while the initial problem and police warning got a lot of press coverage, neither the fact that Apple fixed their directions by the very next day [technobuffalo.com]

Good news! The courier sent to deliver that press release has been found. You'll never guess what happened....

But the reason the switched from Google.. (0, Redundant)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278817)

...is they didn't want Santa to die going the wrong way [inquisitr.com]
or accidentally flying over a major airport Google does not show [flickr.com] .

Re:But the reason the switched from Google.. (1)

Sylak (1611137) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279385)

There's a fair chance that Google was asked to hide the airport though...

Re:But the reason the switched from Google.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279651)

Hide an international airport? Why would they be asked to do that? Are you drinking again?

Re:But the reason the switched from Google.. (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280829)

I can't find KATL either. If I search for it I just get a hotel, which happens to be on the premises.

Re:But the reason the switched from Google.. (1)

_xeno_ (155264) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279899)

or accidentally flying over a major airport Google does not show [flickr.com] .

Google Maps does show the airport [google.com] .

Click on that link anyway. It includes a search for "airport." When I did it originally, it came up with Los Angeles International as the only result. Clicking on it again to make sure the zoom level is the same shows me Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia as the top hit, followed by San Fransisco International Airport. At least Google's got both coasts covered?

It's weird because there's a "Denver Airport" place marker on Google Maps, but I guess it doesn't count for some reason.

Doesn't show in search results... (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281663)

Click on that link anyway. It includes a search for "airport."

Right, that's zoomed in - you could see the shape of it also on the image I linked. But you couldn't see any sign that shape was the airport - if you were a traveller you would not know where to zoom in, when I travel I just zoom out from the city and search for "Airport" all the time. If you zoom out on your link you'll find that none of the search results are at that location although at least they are in the same city!

I was actually pretty astounded that this error existed in Google, as this kind of vague contextual search that should use past searches by lots of people to guess what the user is really looking for, should be right up Google's alley. You'd think that searching on an airport code would be better, but this morning a search for "DIA" took me to somewhere in France... it works better now but the main result for DIA is not the airport.

Interestingly at iOS6 launch , that "airport" search pulled up the wrong airport in Denver. But after about a month (I did submit a correction) DIA was properly the featured airport for any kind of wide search. That is why I say that competition is good for both map apps, because it is bringing to light flaws that have been in Google a long time and should not have been, and those will probably get corrected faster now than they were.

It's weird because there's a "Denver Airport" place marker on Google Maps, but I guess it doesn't count for some reason.

Why could that possibly be? That makes no sense to me. It really makes you question the advantage of Google having all these great placemarks (which they do) if they are not used all the time by map search.

To me the interesting thing about comparison results from Google Maps to Apple, is that Apple while being sometimes too cagey with results ("found nothing"), Google is often too permissive with results ("I found nothing but perhaps you'll enjoy this random set of locations that have nothing to do with your search whatsoever"). No-one ever questioned that behavior of Google much before but I think they may start if other mapping apps get better at returning the most relevant point of interest.

Re:I tell my kids he uses Apple maps. (1)

Omnifarious (11933) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280511)

I agree. I've had horrible luck trying to find places the few times I've used Bing. It's an awful service.

Multi angle aerial shots (3, Informative)

sorensenbill (1931240) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278659)

I've never used them for navigation but Bing maps(furnished by Nokia I believe) have much better aeriel photos. I can see my house from 6 angles on Bing, which is mostly blocked by a large tree on Google. That being said I still use Google maps for pretty much everything else just because I'm used to it.

Re:Multi angle aerial shots (3, Informative)

Grand (152636) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279521)

You can do multiple angles on the satellite images on google maps. It is not as intuitive as Bing, but you have to drag 'N" that surrounds the Pan tool to the different cardinal directions to get it to rotate. I will agree with you though that Bing's aerial images are better (at least in my experience).

Re:Multi angle aerial shots (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280179)

I didn't know Bing had maps.

Then again....I've not seen Bing since I think they came online and everyone took a look a them....

Re:Multi angle aerial shots (1)

admdrew (782761) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279715)

I can see my house from 6 angles on Bing

Source?

Re:Multi angle aerial shots (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42281703)

Ohh ho ho, nice one sir.

Re:Multi angle aerial shots (1)

magarity (164372) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280659)

I've never used them for navigation but Bing maps(furnished by Nokia I believe) have much better aeriel photos. I can see my house from 6 angles on Bing, which is mostly blocked by a large tree on Google. That being said I still use Google maps for pretty much everything else just because I'm used to it.

You know you really need to step away from the computer and get outside more if seeing your own house on the screen makes you so happy!

More appropriate? (5, Funny)

Sesostris III (730910) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278715)

I'm not exactly sure why, but when it comes to mapping some non-existent being's non-existent journey, Bing seems somehow so much more appropriate than Google.

Re:More appropriate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280997)

You win! :D Best comment on this thread!

Re:More appropriate? (4, Funny)

high_rolla (1068540) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281341)

All so it can be viewed by Bings non existent users.

Re:More appropriate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42281615)

I'm not exactly sure why, but when it comes to mapping some non-existent being's non-existent journey, Bing seems somehow so much more appropriate than Google.

Special note: Christmas will be in March this year. The good news is it will coincide with the release of the new Surface skateboard while the fat man shouts "programmers programmers programmers".

What's Bing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42278731)

Anybody heard of it before?

Re:What's Bing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42278833)

I think it's a snack food.

Re:What's Bing? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42278859)

The correct question is "Who's Bing?", and the answer is that he starred in White Christmas with Danny (effin) Kaye, so using Bing is entirely appropriate.

Re:What's Bing? (1)

JustOK (667959) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279047)

You're thinking of David Bowie.

Re:What's Bing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42281107)

Only David Bowie could play the goblin king.

Re:What's Bing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42281199)

Did you say 'Hello'?

No, I said "'elo", but that's close enough.

WTF! Imaginary Satan Clause?! (0)

zenlessyank (748553) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278737)

Excellent slashdot fodder. Can we use imaginary lego(fuck trademark) supercomputers instead?

Er... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42278751)

Bing maps is slow, inaccurate, and all-around ugly. Why would they dump what is indisputably the best and most reliable package?

On the up side, maybe this will finally put an end to M$ posturing over maps when they blow it.

This is what they get for the new filter settings. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42278763)

It has made Santa very mad that he has to specify the pictures he is looking for... naughty or nice...

Google Maps Pricing (1)

Ashenkase (2008188) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278797)

The reason for this switch were not disclosed, but since nearly 25 million people are expected to use this tool come this Christmas

Google Maps pricing probably forced them to Bing which at this point is still cheaper by an order of magnitude compared to Google Maps.

Re:Google Maps Pricing (2)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278925)

that or Microsoft offered it for free or is paying for it just to get the publicity.

Re:Google Maps Pricing (1)

dj245 (732906) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279073)

that or Microsoft offered it for free or is paying for it just to get the publicity.

I'm fine with that. Bing web search might suck but Bing maps are really Nokia maps. Which are quite good. Better than Google maps in some cases.

Re:Google Maps Pricing (4, Insightful)

morcego (260031) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279531)

Also, it is not like Google is the small kid that needs to be protected against Microsoft.

Whatever the reason for the switch, in a nutshell we can simply say: Google dropped the ball.

Re:Google Maps Pricing (2)

Nyder (754090) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281689)

Also, it is not like Google is the small kid that needs to be protected against Microsoft.

Whatever the reason for the switch, in a nutshell we can simply say: Google dropped the ball.

My guess is MS made an offer ($$) that Santa (NORAD) couldn't refuse.

Re:Google Maps Pricing (3, Interesting)

Lehk228 (705449) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280755)

their data may be ok but their software that interfaces it is horribly out of date, it would have been acceptable during the era of streets and trips '97

with google maps i can put a search string (such as a business name town and state; or even something more generic like Gas town state) in as a destination address and it will automatically retrieve the address if it has it, if there are multiple matches it pops up a (did you mean) dialog then plugs them in for you.

Re:Google Maps Pricing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279133)

I guess NORAD is offering corporate sponsorships now. Here's their "team" of contributors: http://www.noradsanta.org/en/team.html

So, that answers that... (5, Funny)

John Pfeiffer (454131) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278819)

NORAD, using Microsoft products... Well, at least we know how the world ends.

Re:So, that answers that... (2)

brianben (965786) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279209)

Gives new meaning to BSOD

Reminds me of "Windows for Warships" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279251)

... left an Aegis cruiser dead in the water for several days

Re:So, that answers that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279299)

Yeah, right, like Microsoft could ever design smart and adapting software.

Re:So, that answers that... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279565)

Yeah, right, like Microsoft could ever design smart and adapting software.

You've never seen the way Windows has adapted over the years to swallow the resources of decent computers and render them useless?

Re:So, that answers that... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279321)

I haven't coded to either in about two years, but at the time Bing maps had superior APIs and were much nicer to work with from the dev standpoint. Quality of the maps themselves were pretty comparable. In our app we used Bing for that reason (nicer APIs).

Re:So, that answers that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42281357)

Let me guess...you used Visual Studio to code this and Visual Studio is the most awesome software ever? Visual Studio.

Re:So, that answers that... (1)

Rattenhirn (1416947) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279865)

NORAD, using Microsoft products... Well, at least we know how the world ends.

The software worries you, but not the fact that they spend their resources to fictionally track a fictional character, possibly making gullible people (children) believe it's real? Makes you wonder what other information they fake, if you're a conspiracy theorist at least. :)

Re:So, that answers that... (1)

ByteSlicer (735276) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281279)

at least we know how the world ends

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Microsoft: king of fallacy (1)

alexandre (53) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278835)

Well, useless fantasy information ending where it belongs? ;)

Use Bing or we'll shoot this elf (1)

Tough Love (215404) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278913)

Microsoft simply made an offer nobody could refuse.

Re:Use Bing or we'll shoot this elf (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279465)

Somebody woke up with a reindeer head in their bed. On a more serious note, WTF is wrong with people that they go to this much trouble to lie to children?

yeah? (2)

Triv (181010) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278927)

"But since nearly 25 million people are expected to use this tool come this Christmas, this will definitely benefit Bing in the ongoing competition for online map applications."

Yeah? Prove it.

Re:yeah? (2)

Nyder (754090) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281701)

"But since nearly 25 million people are expected to use this tool come this Christmas, this will definitely benefit Bing in the ongoing competition for online map applications."

Yeah? Prove it.

I imagine the first kid that says "I binged Santa's flight last night" is going to get laughed at by rest the school kids.

Seems like a great fit (1)

Revotron (1115029) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278931)

After spending the last few years watching their users' every move, they've moved on to tracking other imaginary beings.

Re:Seems like a great fit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280901)

Er, they are switching away from Google...

No surprise a saint does not want Google involved (-1, Troll)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278935)

What with the Google Maps iOS app claiming Baptists are some kind of cult demon worshippers [flickr.com] , I wouldn't want Google tracking me either were I St Nick.

Re:No surprise a saint does not want Google involv (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280011)

Wait... they're not? I've been fooled for years!

Bing Maps, the ONLY thing better than google Maps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42278943)

bing maps is about the ONLY thing bing actually does better than google. they typically have better address geolocation data and their 'Birds Eye' aerial view uses data from flyovers, not just satellites, in many areas.

bing search, on the other hand...what a joke...

Boycott Christmas! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42278951)

It's a sad day when Santa sells it's soul to the gigantic, monopolistic human-rights violating bucket of broken glass that calls itself Micro$oft.

Re:Boycott Christmas! (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278993)

Ah, memories. Thanks for taking me back to the 90's. When you make it to the present, don't forget to say 'Hi!'

Re:Boycott Christmas! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279339)

Sure, and they'll bring your sense of humour with them as well so you can re-acquaint.

Well... (5, Funny)

empty_other (1116615) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278979)

Well payed, Microsoft. Well payed..

Re:Well... (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279181)

+1 Zing!

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279615)

+1 Zing!

Ned? Ned Ryerson? Bing!

Coming to age (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year and a half ago | (#42278985)

Now Santa won't be your parents anymore. Now will be your Big Brother.

Gag me with a bar of soap. (0)

fredrated (639554) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279131)

Do we really have to feed the insanity?

Freedom of information request? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279261)

I would like to see the actual decision making process behind this....

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/g-639.pdf

and any and all emails from any Microsoft employee associated to this decision.

WTF? (2)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279371)

How on earth does NORAD not have its own satellite imagery that they could use?

Re:WTF? (1)

Quince alPillan (677281) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280193)

I'm sure they do have the imagery. On someone's hard drive. In a vault.1

Google / Bing have the technology that makes it far easier to implement over the web. Why reinvent the wheel when you can have the professionals do it?

Re:WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280647)

How on earth does NORAD not have its own satellite imagery that they could use?

Why would they? NORAD maintain a chain of UPWARD-looking radars and telescopes.

The NRO probably have petabytes of satellite imagery, but all classified.

Marketing to cover weakness (1)

MarcAuslander (517215) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279387)

The story prompted me to look at bing maps. Very first direction request produced a poor route. When dragging the route to change it gives less time and distance, you know it's not the source to use! There is no way to reset a drag! etc. etc. I'll stick with google.

But one wonders how this government agency was co-opted.

It's funny though (1)

rk (6314) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279425)

It's much better now, but for a while I had a heck of a time with Google Maps crashing where Bing Maps worked great. This was in Google Chrome... on Linux. I use both now, and the Google Maps app on my Android phone is getting laggy and crashy enough that I put Bing on it as backup. Still like the Google Maps interface better on Android though.

FSM uses Google maps (4, Funny)

olddoc (152678) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279493)

I read on some gold plates that the Flying Spaghetti Monster uses Google Maps for His flying.

Re:FSM uses Google maps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42279739)

I assume they were also translated by the gift and power of FSM?

Re:FSM uses Google maps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280463)

He showed me the golden plates AND touched me with his noodly appendage!

NORAD got their heads up (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279753)

their asses.

Microsoft is just part of the story... (1)

Matt Amato (2494) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279879)

In addition to Bing Maps, NORAD is also using a new open source, WebGL-based, 3D globe called Cesium: http://cesium.agi.com/2012/11/30/NORAD-Tracks-Santa-Tech-Preview/ [agi.com]

This is one of the most significant uses of WebGL to date and will hopefully do a lot to increase awareness of the technology.

Disclaimer: I work on Cesium.

Bing Maps? (1)

MMC Monster (602931) | about a year and a half ago | (#42279933)

Am I the only one surprised to find out that Bing has a map application?

I always assumed they would use Yahoo Maps for some reason.

Re:Bing Maps? (2)

Lehk228 (705449) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280809)

they have a crappy knockoff of everything Google puts out

Chose Bing Maps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280043)

In order for Bing Maps to have been "chosen", a significant amount of shekels likely changed hands. Nothing MS make rival anything Google make. Google Maps are the industry standard and for good reason. Google Maps colours are easy on the eyes. Everyone else has hideous colouring on their maps. My .02p anyway...

It could be worse (1)

maroberts (15852) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280061)

If Santa was using Apple Maps, your presents would be delivered down someone's chimney 7 miles away......

Re:It could be worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280503)

Naw, we can put Santa right down a pickle barrel:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norden_bombsight

Now just WAIT a minute! (1, Redundant)

miltonw (892065) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280069)

Santa is a completely fictitious figure who does not go flying around on Christmas Eve!

And NORAD is not tracking a real thing!

And anyone, can make up a "track Santa" map application!

WTF?

If having a "track Santa" map is important to Google, I'm sure they can create just that. This story makes no sense at all.

Re:Now just WAIT a minute! (2)

magarity (164372) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280859)

Santa is a completely fictitious figure who does not go flying around on Christmas Eve! And NORAD is not tracking a real thing! And anyone, can make up a "track Santa" map application! WTF? If having a "track Santa" map is important to Google, I'm sure they can create just that. This story makes no sense at all.

NORAD has been doing this tracking Santa gimmick annually since the 50's, well before just anyone could make a map app, when a published wrong number caused kids to call them instead of a department store. The base commander who answered the first calls had a sense of humor, liked children, and thought fast enough on his feet to give a "tracking report". It gives people serving in uniform a chance to talk to citizens they're protecting while on duty on a holiday and vice-versa. I suppose you would have yelled at them to stop wasting your time with nonsense?

Re:Now just WAIT a minute! (0)

miltonw (892065) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281167)

I suppose you would have yelled at them to stop wasting your time with nonsense?

LOL! I have no idea where you got that from! That's too funny!

For you, I'll make my point very, very simple: Maybe this is a popular map but NORAD does not own "Santa" or the idea that Santa flies around on Christmas Eve. Also, because the "data" is fictitious, they don't actually own "Santa's track data". With me so far?

So, if this "map" was important to Google, nothing can stop them from creating their own "map of Santa's travel". So there is no actual problem for Google. Hence, this story is kind of silly.

I said nothing about it being a "waste of time". On the contrary, I suggested more people could easily get involved in this fantasy. Are you OK now?

Re:Now just WAIT a minute! (0)

miltonw (892065) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281245)

NORAD has been doing this tracking Santa gimmick annually since the 50's.... It gives people serving in uniform a chance to talk to citizens they're protecting while on duty on a holiday and vice-versa.

You are, apparently, unaware that they don't do this any more. The Bing map doesn't allow conversations between service members and the public. That's all done with and has been for quite a while. I really don't know why you are upset.

Re:Now just WAIT a minute! (2)

huntes (533085) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281491)

They actually do still have phone banks on the 24th, and the public can call up and speak to real volunteers. It is certainly not "all done with".

Re:Now just WAIT a minute! (1)

miltonw (892065) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281597)

Nice. Glad to hear some of the old stuff is still going on.

Re:Now just WAIT a minute! (1)

PhxBlue (562201) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281499)

You are, apparently, unaware that they don't do this any more.

Apparently, NORAD is also unaware that they don't do this anymore, because they're advertising the program and asking for volunteers again this year [csmng.com] (.pdf).

Re:Now just WAIT a minute! (1)

miltonw (892065) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281581)

Wow! Cool. I didn't know that.

Re:Now just WAIT a minute! (1)

Nyder (754090) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281743)

Santa is a completely fictitious figure who does not go flying around on Christmas Eve!

And NORAD is not tracking a real thing!

And anyone, can make up a "track Santa" map application!

WTF?

If having a "track Santa" map is important to Google, I'm sure they can create just that. This story makes no sense at all.

wow, I imagine you are just super festive around the kids!

Better title (5, Funny)

miltonw (892065) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280149)

I think a better title for this story would be "Apparently, NORAD owns 'Santa' and has now sold him to Microsoft"

who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42280369)

Who gives a flying fuck?

meh (1)

hurfy (735314) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280403)

A little less impressed with Google maps when it didn't have the TOWN i was looking for listed. Bing and Mapquest were both able to show me but Google comes up with nada. Tough to find the cars hidden in barns hidden in the middle of wheat fields when one has no clue where the town in the ad is at for the start point! To be fair they all found the actual gravel road and Bing also lists it as next city over. Google just doesn't label or recognize the small old town nearest it.

I say good! (1)

alexo (9335) | about a year and a half ago | (#42280405)

Google is definitely getting too big and powerful.
It's good to show people that there are alternatives.

Have we already forgotten this [slashdot.org] ?

Good! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42281097)

Santa on google/NORAD stinks. It feels like an early 90s POS. Same shit each year, with a token lame video. Anyone with kids will know how shit google's effort has been, especially when a 5 year old points out it's the same as the previous year. Hopefully MS will up the game and make it more exciting for children that still go alone with the story.

At least... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42281351)

...Santa isn't using an iPhone for navigation this year.

Bing? (1)

Holammer (1217422) | about a year and a half ago | (#42281411)

So wassat? something cool? Lemme google that!

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