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Iran Plans To Launch an 'Islamic Google Earth'

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the hope-they-can-come-up-with-a-better-name-than-that dept.

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Shipwack sends this quote from the Guardian: "The Iranian authorities have long accused Google Earth of being a tool for western spy agencies, but now they have taken their attacks on the 3D mapping service one step further — by planning the launch of an 'Islamic' competitor. ... The minister, however, gave little information on what he meant by an Islamic 3D map. 'We are developing this service with the Islamic views we have in Iran and we will put a kind of information on our website that would take people of the world towards reality Our values in Iran are the values of God and this would be the difference between Basir and the Google Earth, which belongs to the ominous triangle of the U.S., England and the Zionists [a reference to Israel].' Experts, however, have serious doubts about the project. An IT consultant who has worked on Iran's national internet project in the past said the announcement was merely an excuse to obtain funds and secure working contracts for the future. 'They have claimed to run their service in four months and said their data centre capacity will reach Google's size in three years,' he said. 'Three-year project, no business model and only relying on government funding, a piece of cake indeed. To have a data centre with such capacity and security level they need power stations, cooler systems, bandwidth, etc, which will require billions of dollars of investment that doesn't fit with Iran's sanctions-hit economy.'"

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good article (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415651)

good i'm from http://123warnii.blogspot.com/

That's how they will do it (5, Funny)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415661)

They have long wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the map and this is how they will do it. Just make their own maps and pretend they don't exist. Now if only they would do support virtual terrorism instead of real terrorism.

Re:That's how they will do it (1)

sethradio (2603921) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415711)

Quixotism at its best.

Re:That's how they will do it (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415883)

Their plan for world domination was stalled fourteen centuries ago - by the French, of all people (mind you, even the French were different 14 centuries ago!) - so they want at least a tiny teeny virtual simulation of what it would be like.

Re:That's how they will do it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416069)

Their plan for world domination was stalled fourteen centuries ago - by the French, of all people

The Moors were stopped from entering France by the Basques, who had just a few centuries prior, prevented the Franks from invading Spain.

Basque: a small group of intractable fuckers whose 2500 years of foreign policy reads like a Grumpy Cat meme.

Re:That's how they will do it (4, Funny)

jitterman (987991) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416513)

The Moors were stopped...

Oh no, I'm so sorry it's the Moops. The correct answer is the Moops.

Re:That's how they will do it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416791)

I'm sorry but that's not true. The Moors were defeated at the battle of Tours / Poitiers, which is already inside France and has nothing to do with the Basques.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tours [wikipedia.org]
Pretty sure the Sueves and Visigoths didn't just let them waltz right in and go straight to the Franks.

Re:That's how they will do it (4, Informative)

r1348 (2567295) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417231)

You are aware right, that Iranians are not Arabs?

Re:That's how they will do it (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415887)

So, basically they will redraw the map of the region to what it looked like before the Brits showed up?

Re:That's how they will do it (1)

kdogg73 (771674) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415943)

+1 Brilliant.

ALL RIGHT we'll create our own Google Earth! (5, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416065)

Without BLACKJACK!
Or HOOKERS!


or Israel.
or gays.

Re:ALL RIGHT we'll create our own Google Earth! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416135)

Until anonymous gets bored enough and inserts some of 4chans favorite artistry into Basir.

Re:ALL RIGHT we'll create our own Google Earth! (1)

Alsee (515537) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416777)

Or porn.
Or anyone using it.

-

Re:That's how they will do it (1)

erroneus (253617) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416093)

I was going to go with something "flat earth" but this is much better. Well done.

Re:That's how they will do it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416393)

All those street level images with women in them, they will al be photoshopped to put bhurkas on them.

Re:That's how they will do it (1)

Ken_g6 (775014) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416445)

Now if only they would do support virtual terrorism instead of real terrorism.

I rather hope they don't do that either. Did you see the next story? [slashdot.org]

Re:That's how they will do it (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416485)

That was honestly what I was thinking when I read the summary.

So it will have burkas instead of smudges? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415665)

Someone up for a corn field portrait of a certain prophet?

Re:So it will have burkas instead of smudges? (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415813)

I think they plan to have lots of virgins there.

Re:So it will have burkas instead of smudges? (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416645)

I think they have lots of virgins here.

FTFY.

Re:So it will have burkas instead of smudges? (1)

Kittenman (971447) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416839)

I think they plan to have lots of virgins there.

Where, exactly?

Re:So it will have burkas instead of smudges? (3, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417169)

/. sure has a lot of them.

Hey, nobody said anything about them having to be female, right?

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415685)

what else is there to say?

Islamic 3D Earth (3, Funny)

Burpmaster (598437) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415695)

So it'll be flat?

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

sethradio (2603921) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415759)

No, It'll be round, just wearing a burka.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415825)

I think Burpmaster was referring to the fact that in the Qur'an, the earth is said to be flat. Unlike for Christianity, where the bible doesn't have divine origins, in Islam, the Qur'an does, and therefore, once it states something, nothing - not even scientific proofs - can negate it.

But on TFA, that brings to mind a different question. Iran will claim that it's the Islamic Google Earth, but will Sunnis - who are 90% of the world's Muslims and which Iranians are not - will Sunnis accept the Iranian claims? I could easily see the Saudis, the Egyptians, the Malaysians come up with their own version and claim THAT to be the true Islamic version, and where does that then leave Iran? Maybe Iran should start a war against Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrein and Qatar and prove to them that their Islam is the true Islam. Or vice versa.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

scsirob (246572) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415991)

So, what would be the point of creating a 3D image of a proclaimed 2D world?!?

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416035)

More polygons?

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416189)

More polygons?

Don't you mean more cowbell?

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416347)

OH GOD THEY TOOK CHRISTOPHER WALKEN HOSTAGE????

Quick, someone go to Tehran and pretend to make a movie!

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417351)

OH GOD THEY TOOK CHRISTOPHER WALKEN HOSTAGE????
Quick, someone go to Tehran and pretend to make a movie!

no one would believe you want him as an actor in your movie.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416425)

Wasn't that what Iraq tried to do when it invaded Kuwait? We all know how that turned out.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416433)

Unlike for Christianity, where the bible doesn't have divine origins

Maybe not the entire thing, but according to a Mormon friend of mine, Genesis is the direct word of God.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417181)

Really? That dude is THAT incoherent and inconsistent?

No wonder the world's such a mess.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (4, Funny)

magarity (164372) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416577)

the fact that in the Qur'an, the earth is said to be flat. ... therefore, once it states something, nothing - not even scientific proofs - can negate it.

OK: what impact (pun intended) does that have when an islamic rocket scientist tries to calculate an ballistic missile trajectory?

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416863)

Unlike for Christianity, where the bible doesn't have divine origins,

Incorrect. Christian fundamentalists insist that the Bible is inerrant, and the divine/inspired word of God. Many other Christians will insist it is inspired by God (which sounds like "divine origins" to me). These two groups probably comprise the majority of Christians in the USA.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43417117)

And they all can be slapped down hard with any one of the thousands of contradictions in the "inerrant", "divine/inspired word of God".

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417265)

"These two groups probably comprise the majority of Christians in the USA."
no,. they don't. There just the loudest sects of that particular cult.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416879)

I think Burpmaster was referring to the fact that in the Qur'an, the earth is said to be flat.

Are you sure about that? The Earth was understood to be round before Islam. I don't know if that understanding was in the Arab world at the time.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (1)

Ch_Omega (532549) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417243)

I think Burpmaster was referring to the fact that in the Qur'an, the earth is said to be flat.

Are you sure about that? The Earth was understood to be round before Islam. I don't know if that understanding was in the Arab world at the time.

Yes [answering-islam.org] .

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415761)

No.

Re:Islamic 3D Earth (3, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417095)

I think an Islamic 3D Earth is a great idea! The big difficulty in the plan will be convincing the Islamic folks to go live there . . .

Filtered Perspectives (1)

donut1005 (982510) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415705)

I would love to see the Conservapedia.com article on this project.

I know what it will look like... (3, Insightful)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415731)

It will look something like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T_and_O_map [wikipedia.org]

Only, it will probably be centered in Mecca.

Is this from the Onion or SNL? (1)

Camel Pilot (78781) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415733)

It reads like it was written by an Onion "journalists" ...

Although I will tell you it is scary when some says "Our values in Iran are the values of God" It is odd how the values of God always seem to take on the values of the subject adherent.

Re:Is this from the Onion or SNL? (1)

h4ck7h3p14n37 (926070) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417341)

I tend to like that sort of statement. It allows me to quickly identify those who most likely do not share such values.

It is Battle of the Bands! (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415741)

We have the Axis of Evil and they have the Ominous Triangle.

Who can rock hardest?!!!
Who can guitar solo the longest?!!!
Who has the most gonzo drummer?!!!

It is like Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey but everybody forgot to be excellent to each other!

Re:It is Battle of the Bands! (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416175)

The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla is strangely appropriate here.

Re:It is Battle of the Bands! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416185)

No mod points, but I LOL'd.

Quickly! (3, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415745)

Time to draw some giant Mohammed cartoons in the desert, Nazca-style!

Re:Quickly! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416583)

Infidel. [hilavitkutin.com]

Say what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415751)

I wonder if it will show the mountain that floated over to Mohammed. I always wondered where that was.

I will do this anonymously, of course, lest a mortal from the Religion of Peace decide infinitely powerful God needs help to murder me for my insolence.

Re:Say what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415903)

No one is planning on doing anything to you for possibly doubting the Prophet (PBUH).

Now, where did you say you lived again?

So there's "Islamic" geography now? (1)

n5vb (587569) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415771)

Is that like extremist "Christian" geography? (Or astronomy, for that matter?)

Re:So there's "Islamic" geography now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416735)

Is that like extremist "Christian" geography? (Or astronomy, for that matter?)

Would that be the geography where the earth is at the centre of the solar system and the stars are fixed to crystal spheres? You should take a look at Christian geology it's interesting what people will do to cram the entire geological and paleontological history of the earth in to the 6000 years postulated by Bishop Ussher.

a tool for western spy agencies? (1)

CanadianRealist (1258974) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415799)

I'm pretty sure western spy agencies have access to much better tools than Google Earth. You probably could claim that Google Earth is a produce of tools for western spy agencies. That doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with Google Earth.

... we will put a kind of information on our website that would take people of the world towards reality

Wouldn't it be much simpler to just point out what part of Google Earth does not represent reality?

Re:a tool for western spy agencies? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415889)

Yeah, it was Apples' maps that didn't represent reality [slashdot.org] .

Re:a tool for western spy agencies? (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416477)

Easily explained. Jobs died, the reality distortion field stopped working, the world stopped conforming to the TRUTH(tm) contained within Apple maps.
You thought the RDF was just a metaphor, you silly person.

Re:a tool for western spy agencies? (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417149)

Oh Jesus Chris, I already read iJobs. I really do not need to hear the phrase "reality distortion field" one more time in my life.

Re:a tool for western spy agencies? (2)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416187)

Actually, the system we used in Iraq recently made me WISH for a siprnet google earth.

Re:a tool for western spy agencies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416635)

Google Earth is a spinoff of software developed by Keyhole, Inc., which was primarily a defense contractor at one point.

Kinda like how the internet started as ARPANET and went public later on. Not exactly a bad thing.

Or Maybee... (1)

slash.jit (2893213) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415827)

Or maybe they just want to develop their own software to automate nuke attacks on other countries with drones :)

I'm confused... (5, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415841)

Is this just a huckster trying to make a few bucks off nationalist suckers by offering to draw a map with a few contentious names and borders modified(the sort of thing that a script kiddie could do by hacking together a KML layer for google earth in about 10 minutes; but I digress...) or is there some sort of 'Islamic geography' that has serious issues with basic tenents of what we know about our dear home geoid?

I'm honestly curious... It certainly isn't uncommon to have mere nationalist spats over mapping; but that's just standard political bluster.

Religious convictions that are seriously opposed to empirically demonstrable facts about the world, though, tend to be fairly amusing and sometimes quirky. You've got your flat earthers, your YECs, your geocentericists(does the Tychonic system get any love anymore?), your 'baraminologists', faith healers of a zillion different flavors, people who are pretty sure that Jesus and/or the 'lost tribes of Israel' ended up in North America, you name it, we've got it...

Is this just the tedious nationalism, or does folk islam have some weird bug up its ass about the-world-as-observed-from-orbit?

Re:I'm confused... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416099)

Maybe they can get together with conservapedia to create a brave new alternate reality.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416229)

It is probably to maintain and further their own truth.

For instance, look at Chinese maps. They are drawn as if most of Southeast Asia already belongs to China, including all those disputed islands all over the place. Chinese children have been taught this as truth for decades, so nobody can touch those territories because China will obviously gladly 'defend' them.

I suppose this Islamic map must have a similar goal.

Re:I'm confused... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416255)

Addition: in Europe maps are drawn with Europe in its center. In America maps are drawn with America in its center.

Re:I'm confused... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416437)

Addition: in Europe maps are drawn with Europe in its center. In America maps are drawn with America in its center.

Nah, Most US maps have North and South America on the left, Africa dead center and Eurasia sprawled atop her. (Like the cheap whore it is.) Oz is in the right bottom, Anartica center very bottom and islands peppered around the continents.

Re:I'm confused... (2)

Nimey (114278) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416475)

This just in: Australians are bottoms.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

Millennium (2451) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417287)

We do tend to draw pictures of globes with America in the center (or top-center), though.

Re:I'm confused... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43417299)

Most US maps have America, with big blank areas above and below where Canada and Mexico should go. Just watch any TV news for an hour and you'll see one of these.

Re:I'm confused... (3, Informative)

Rogue Haggis Landing (1230830) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416587)

... is there some sort of 'Islamic geography' that has serious issues with basic tenents of what we know about our dear home geoid?

Many years ago I knew a Lebanese Muslim cartographer, who worked with one of my relatives (a geographer), and I actually talked to him about this sort of thing. The short version is that most of the the modern world maps he worked with were exactly the same as Western maps, centered on the Greenwich meridian because of the conventional measure of longitude and so as to avoid splitting up big landmasses. The avowedly Muslim ones would be just the same, only centered on Mecca or, more often, on the point on the equator due south of Mecca.

Centering the map on Mecca generally means cutting off Antarctica and the southern end of Argentina. Mecca is at about 21 N, so you can potentially get the north pole down to about 48 S (Tierra Del Fuego ends at about 56 S). The more normal practice of centering on the equator south of Mecca means that the edges of the map run through the eastern Pacific and cut Alaska off from the rest of the US, putting it and Hawaii at the far right of the map, while the Yukon stretches to the left edge of the map. That's not a huge difference from the standard Western map. It looks like it because of the distortions of the Mercator projection, but it's not generally a big deal. Centering the map on the Greenwich meridian is a convention; centering it on Mecca's meridian is a different one.

(It's interesting to note that maps are centered on Greenwich simply because latitude is measured from there, and yet the Greenwich meridian is very close to being an ideal central spot if you're interested in avoiding splitting any landmasses. A map centered on a Hamburg or Tunis meridian would perfectly split the Bering Strait, but Greenwich is pretty good. The world's mapmakers got lucky with that one.)

One would of course assume that an Iranian map would have some, shall we say, "provocative" interpretations of national boundaries and place names in the eastern Mediterranean.

On a semi-related note, in the geography-related fields it's demographers who are most prone to the nationalist (etc) political difficulties and shenanigans. My relative's department had a demographer from somewhere in East Africa who in the 1980s had to leave his home country after making population estimates that showed the wrong tribe as having a very high population. It's a lot easier to insist on lies about population numbers than on lies about the contours of the planet Earth.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about a year and a half ago | (#43417343)

...(It's interesting to note that maps are centered on Greenwich simply because latitude is measured from there...

Dude --

Re:I'm confused... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43417279)

This isn't as stupid of a question as you think. Islamic geography is every bit as real of a thing as feminist geography. (Yes, that's a thing too). Typically it is the study of the geospatial distribution of culture, but I have seen some interesting cartography projects. Typically physical geography is typically not covered in this realm, but it might be interesting to see the direction they take it.

America (5, Funny)

Pallidrone (1423085) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415859)

I wonder if it will show a crudely drawn America with the caption - "Here be dragons".

Re:America (1)

Doug Otto (2821601) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415965)

Not dragons, infidels.

Re:America (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416625)

Prior art. [wordpress.com] Assuming they have injunctions against that, and for those who don't get the ref.

Re:America (1)

Alsee (515537) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416859)

I think you misspelled 'Satan'.

-

Spain (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415893)

So will Spain be replaced by the Caliphate of Córdoba?

Re:Spain (2)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415937)

It's called Al-Andalus, you insensitive clod.

This Just In! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43415907)

We have breaking news Mike! It appears that the country and religious view that you currently ascribe too are infact the right and correct view. All other countries, religions and fashions are in fact ridiculous. It is totally laughable that another nation could ever accomplish all the glorious things that yours has. They can not do anything right. As a matter of fact Mike, it is soo laughable that it is in fact ridiculous.

There is in fact no need to travel to the strange lands and foreign peoples to see them first hand. Here at the 'On Point News Network' we will give you a more comprehensive analysis of the situation then you could ever possibly develope by going there or talking to people from that strange backward place. We have done this analysis, and are happy to report that you are in fact better then them. You truly live in a blessed time. If you had been born just 20 years ago, your world point of view would be completely different, and in fact wrong. Yes you would be beating up black people just for the hell of it. How ignorant would that be.

Now, back to our breaking story on Lindsy Lohan. This is important, our viewers do not want to miss it...

Re:This Just In! (1)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415959)

Thank God, I was starting to worry that the right answer was "Kali Cultist".

in photoshop? (2)

Faisal Rehman (2424374) | about a year and a half ago | (#43415917)

will they use gimp or photoshop?

Re:in photoshop? (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416687)

will they use gimp or photoshop?

No, they would never use such un-Islamic tools. Of course the maps will be hand-drawn.

I would God would create a PKI... (2)

Beeftopia (1846720) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416031)

... so that I could confirm with a trusted third party that when someone claims to be speaking for, or doing the will of God, that I can reliably confirm it instead of just having to take the original individual's word for it.

Our values in Iran are the values of God

it's thetans, all the way down... (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416441)

No, really, there were golden tablets! Given to me by an angel! You need a special magic stone to read them. The angel gave me one of those, too. Oh, well, I can't show them to you now, they, er, seem to have disappeared. I mean, only I can see them.

Re:I would God would create a PKI... (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416457)

I think, the best course of action when someone is claiming to speak for God, would be to A) run far, far away, as fast as you can, and if possible B) have their loony asses committed.

For the good of the species.

Let me guess (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416063)

It's two dimensional and has depictions of water falls on all sides.

Re:Let me guess (1)

harrkev (623093) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416881)

What about the four elephants on the back of giant space turtle?

Terrorist view (4, Funny)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416077)

They could replace street view with Terrorist View, showing all the best places for terrorist bombings.

Yes, I know not all people from that part of the world are terrorists. But that is a lot less funny.

Re:Terrorist view (2)

Iniamyen (2440798) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416195)

They could replace the magnifying glass cursor with a crosshairs cursor.

Islamic Google Earth (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416287)

1. The Earth turns around Mecca.
2. There is no Israel. :-P

Sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416299)

MPAA/RIAA, is that you?

Introducing mullaearth (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416329)

I think it is great to have more countries get off their collective asses and start publishing competing geospatial datasets and stop smooching off the devil/great satan/colonial empire..ad nauseum.

The problem is if your an Iranian citizen you are likely to be better off with the spookes behind google earth vs mullaearth from the perspective of local oppression especially if "competition" really means we're also going to block google earth so you have no choice.

Google data center (2)

booch (4157) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416413)

So they're going to be bigger than Google's data center in 3 years? That's interesting, because nobody really knows how big Google's data centers are. I'd be willing to bet that most of the server admins at Google have no idea how many servers they have. The current estimates are approaching 2 million servers though. I have a very hard time believing that Iran is going to be able to build 2 million servers and the required infrastructure to run 2 million servers in the next 3 years.

I'm also curious why they'd need that many servers to run a mapping service. Their service would pretty much be guaranteed to have fewer users than Google, and provide only a fraction of the services that Google does. So I guess they're admitting that they don't really know anything about utilizing servers effectively. Or perhaps we should assume the more likely scenario -- that they're completely making all of this up.

Re:Google data center (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416579)

That is physically bigger! Just imagine 1 GIG scsi drives from 1990 that are 2U in height!

Re:Google data center (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416897)

Take a server. Move it outside. Congrats! Your "data center" is now bigger and has more capacity than google's. In fact, it could and does fit all of google's data centers in it!

Re:Google data center (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43417227)

The servers will be all PS3s.

The main difference will be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416557)

in this one, the Earth will be flat.

Apple Maps (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43416837)

Looks like Apple found a buyer for it's map app after all.

Real reason is probably the firewall (3, Insightful)

lamber45 (658956) | about a year and a half ago | (#43416921)

Right now, GMail, YouTube and Maps are all mixed together (not necessarily 100%, probably possible to do IP filtering, but Google may be moving away from that) ... take maps away and it's easier to block the other two.
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