You'd think the kilometer-wide phase "Google review policy is crap", cut into the greenery of Takht Pari Forest near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, alongside a gigantic sad face, would be visible from space. But this is, of course, visible only on Google Maps.
A sly easter egg was added by someone apparently wanting to make clear how easily-fooled the service is into adding things that are not in fact there -- and how potentially unsafe it may be for those depending on it for accurate information.
The discovery—posted to Hacker News by user ilamparithi—comes not long after a huge Google Android robot was spotted urinating on an Apple logo, also near Rawalpindi.
The pitfalls of allowing anonymous editing notwithstanding,
the snarky virtual lawnmowing is also suggestive of the sprawling nature of Google's international services, recently in the news due to its domination of European search markets.
Google Maps surprises have included penises and secret swastikas, but those were real landscape features revealed by the technology. Lost cities are uncovered, too—though sometimes turn out to be glitches, such as these mysterious, Atlantis-like markings under the sea.
Trap streets are historically added to maps to expose copycat publishers, but this is the first example of a crap park being added to expose the original's own shortcomings.
Maria Farrell admits that comparing smartphones to abusive men (they try to keep you from friends and family, they make it hard to study or go to work, they constantly follow you and check up on you) might seem to trivialize domestic partner violence, but, as she points out, feminists have long been pointing out […]
Trump wants to roll back regulations that promote low-power light bulbs, even though at this point the industry has moved on and isn’t likely to do much in the way of modernizing incandescents. His interest is, as always, deeply personal: he thinks LED lights make him look orange. “The light bulb,” the president began. “People […]
The wonderful folks at Paleotronic (previously) have rounded up scans of articles from 1980s-era computer magazines that advised new computer users on navigating the burgeoning world of dial-up BBSes.
Studies have shown cannabidiol (more popularly known as CBD) to be effective in two main areas: Pain relief and stress relief. Both of those make the non-psychoactive, cannabis-derived compound a natural for topical creams. There’s no shortage of CBD products out there, but here’s eight of our favorites, all specifically designed for dermatological use – […]
If you’re part of the maker community, you know Make:. Though Make: magazine is off the shelves as of this year, the eBooks and resources put out by Maker Media are still a fantastic resource for the new generation of tinkerers, hackers, and robotics geeks. If you’re in that tribe, listen up: they’ve released a […]
Life isn’t getting any less hectic, and pressure cookers are a quick, healthy solution for a growing number of kitchens. But if you thought your Instant Pot was versatile, there’s a major upgrade on the market: The Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker. If you’ve somehow never used a pressure cooker before, try […]