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I've been getting a lot of really strange results from Google Maps recently.

 

Most of the time when I type in "Main Street Cincinnati" it takes me to Sharonville's Main Street instead of Cincinnati's.

 

When I typed in "Liberty Street Cincinnati" today, it took me to this tiny little section of Liberty Street in Lower Price Hill / South Fairmont rather than the main section in the West End or OTR:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Liberty+St,+Cincinnati,+OH+45204/@39.1147778,-84.5473845,813m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x8841b426a5089da3:0x2a2877fb104b42ba

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^I live on Main, and I had to change my "Home" address in Google Maps because even though I used the 45202 zip code in my home address, Google didn't save that and kept thinking I wanted directions from Sharonville. I had to start using Woodward. That has worked well for me since it's such a small street and right by my apartment. Really frustrating though.

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Anyone else on here blown away by the quality of the latest iteration of Google's 3D maps? I used to make chamber of commerce maps in the late 90's when map making was just going digital from films and placing type by hand. I saw the days of paper maps for travel info coming to an end but had NO idea stuff like this was just about 15 years away. I explore a different city almost every day. Cant wait to get my own Google Cardboard and virtually tour.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Munich,+Germany/@48.1353946,11.591059,186a,20y,218.63h,79.68t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x479e75f9a38c5fd9:0x10cb84a7db1987d!8m2!3d48.1351253!4d11.5819806

 

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Up until recently Google Maps was still showing Jack Casino Cincinnati as "Horseshoe Casino". I submitted a correction and they have now changed it to "Jack's Casino".

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I noticed that the streetcar's robovoice stop call out says Horseshoe Casino too. I wonder if that is in the works to change too? People here probably realize the change but it may confuse out of towners.

 

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Anyone else on here blown away by the quality of the latest iteration of Google's 3D maps? I used to make chamber of commerce maps in the late 90's when map making was just going digital from films and placing type by hand. I saw the days of paper maps for travel info coming to an end but had NO idea stuff like this was just about 15 years away. I explore a different city almost every day. Cant wait to get my own Google Cardboard and virtually tour.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Munich,+Germany/@48.1353946,11.591059,186a,20y,218.63h,79.68t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x479e75f9a38c5fd9:0x10cb84a7db1987d!8m2!3d48.1351253!4d11.5819806

 

 

 

The first aerial map online that I recall was TerraServer, later Microsoft TerraServer.  It first appeared around 1999 and you could not scroll continuously (that first appeared around 2005 maybe).  There were arrows and you had to arrow in cardinal directions.  I spent a lot of time once or twice assembling large areas on photoshop...something that all of these programs do automatically now.  TerraServer's imagery was all black & white and nothing like the resolution we have now.  There was no measure tool or anything like that.  But it was a quantum leap over what was possible before. 

 

 

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^ Haha Yep i remember terraserver well. I did the old school assembly and would print sections out and tape them together for my own amusement too. Hard to believe that im only 40 and something i did for work (like update maps by visit planning and zoning departments to hand draw streets for new subdivisions from plats in big flat files) is laughably outdated. As much as hearing my dad used card files and later reel tapes for computer info storage when i was rocking a 2.2mg floppy disk for school.

 

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^ Haha Yep i remember terraserver well. I did the old school assembly and would print sections out and tape them together for my own amusement too. Hard to believe that im only 40 and something i did for work (like update maps by visit planning and zoning departments to hand draw streets for new subdivisions from plats in big flat files) is laughably outdated. As much as hearing my dad used card files and later reel tapes for computer info storage when i was rocking a 2.2mg floppy disk for school.

 

 

I lost my scholarship because I got a bad grade in my first graphic design class because my SyQuest Disk corrupted.  I lost an entire weekend worth of work (like 20 hours) and had to turn in the most recent version of a project that I had printed out, which wasn't close to being a finished project.  The teacher didn't care even though I had sign-ins and sign-outs at the computer lab.  So I lost thousands of dollars in scholarship money because a 50mb removable hard disk corrupted. 

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^ Haha Yep i remember terraserver well. I did the old school assembly and would print sections out and tape them together for my own amusement too. Hard to believe that im only 40 and something i did for work (like update maps by visit planning and zoning departments to hand draw streets for new subdivisions from plats in big flat files) is laughably outdated. As much as hearing my dad used card files and later reel tapes for computer info storage when i was rocking a 2.2mg floppy disk for school.

 

 

I lost my scholarship because I got a bad grade in my first graphic design class because my SyQuest Disk corrupted.  I lost an entire weekend worth of work (like 20 hours) and had to turn in the most recent version of a project that I had printed out, which wasn't close to being a finished project.  The teacher didn't care even though I had sign-ins and sign-outs at the computer lab.  So I lost thousands of dollars in scholarship money because a 50mb removable hard disk corrupted. 

 

Oh, and I forgot to mention that our entire graphic design class was in black & white.  Our computer lab didn't have computers good enough to run color on Photoshop 2.0 or Quark (Illustrator didn't exist yet).  So our print-outs were all monochromatic. 

 

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^ 20 years later and i still have design school flashbacks like that but luckily didnt live them in real life. Ouch. Zip drive disks may have cost a half days pay but at least they were somewhat stable. You were just on the curve ahead of me in the electronic graphics world, it may have taken hours&hours to render simple scenes in 3d but at least we had photoshop & color.

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Yeah, you had a lot of time to think while computers were rendering back then.  It was a lot different working with computers before the internet because there wasn't a constant distraction luring you in its direction. 

 

The area where computers and the internet are the most distracting is in recording music.  I hate having an illuminated screen and the distraction of phones in a band setting.  It's hard to get the guys to concentrate on the task at hand.  It used to be the case that when you recorded (or just practiced) you were quite isolated from the outside world, not unlike working in a photo darkroom. 

 

 

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It flat-out ends up taking longer to jam. Now you pretty much have to block out 3 hours for it minimum since there will be so much stopping to deal with s/o texts. It's a lot harder for 3-4 people to find 3 hours in their 30s than in their teens/early 20s.

 

Or, oh God, mowing grass -- now that takes a century since people always pick that time to text the crap out of you.

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It flat-out ends up taking longer to jam. Now you pretty much have to block out 3 hours for it minimum since there will be so much stopping to deal with s/o texts. It's a lot harder for 3-4 people to find 3 hours in their 30s than in their teens/early 20s.

 

People wonder how all those ska and swing bands came out of nowhere so quickly in the mid-90s and it's because marching band guys know how to practice.  They can put 3-5 songs together in three hours no problem.  Meanwhile the druggie guys who have some natural swag simply can't organize a practice, let alone a song. 

 

 

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It's funny that Google has gone to excruciating detail to add detailed mapping and Street View photography to random parking lots. Surely this is connected to their self-driving car efforts in some way.

 

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The google streetview cars are performing other tasks as well, like scanning to wifi hot spots.  I had *two* 1099 jobs eliminated by the google cars -- the first was a job walking neighborhoods taking photos of every single building (which I loved), and other driving every single street in each zip code with a device hooked up to by cigarette lighter that scanned for wifi. 

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The google streetview cars are performing other tasks as well, like scanning to wifi hot spots.  I had *two* 1099 jobs eliminated by the google cars -- the first was a job walking neighborhoods taking photos of every single building (which I loved), and other driving every single street in each zip code with a device hooked up to by cigarette lighter that scanned for wifi. 

 

Is there a legit purpose for that?

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The google streetview cars are performing other tasks as well, like scanning to wifi hot spots.  I had *two* 1099 jobs eliminated by the google cars -- the first was a job walking neighborhoods taking photos of every single building (which I loved), and other driving every single street in each zip code with a device hooked up to by cigarette lighter that scanned for wifi. 

 

Is there a legit purpose for that?

 

Phones use nearby wifi networks to triangulate their location. There is also a free service called WiGLE that does this, it's pretty interesting to zoom in and see network names on the map.

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The google streetview cars are performing other tasks as well, like scanning to wifi hot spots.  I had *two* 1099 jobs eliminated by the google cars -- the first was a job walking neighborhoods taking photos of every single building (which I loved), and other driving every single street in each zip code with a device hooked up to by cigarette lighter that scanned for wifi. 

 

Is there a legit purpose for that?

 

Phones use nearby wifi networks to triangulate their location. There is also a free service called WiGLE that does this, it's pretty interesting to zoom in and see network names on the map.

 

Looking at that map, why are there so many dots that are along freeways?

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The google streetview cars are performing other tasks as well, like scanning to wifi hot spots.  I had *two* 1099 jobs eliminated by the google cars -- the first was a job walking neighborhoods taking photos of every single building (which I loved), and other driving every single street in each zip code with a device hooked up to by cigarette lighter that scanned for wifi. 

 

Is there a legit purpose for that?

 

Phones use nearby wifi networks to triangulate their location. There is also a free service called WiGLE that does this, it's pretty interesting to zoom in and see network names on the map.

 

Looking at that map, why are there so many dots that are along freeways?

 

People that have the WiFi hotspot turned on on their phones.

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I read from a tech blog a while back that stated on the Android version of google maps/google navigation that in some cities the speed limits were being displayed. Has anyone on here seen this?

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The Google Streetview car has barely visited some easily accessible cities in the US. Wheeling, WV is still mostly not mapped. Only a couple of state/US highways are able to be viewed on streetview

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The Google Car doesn't make it through most of Appalachia very much. I think they focus on areas that people look up often. People in that region spend a lot of time on Facebook rather than on the rest of the internet.

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There are suburbs of Cincinnati that have had residential streets mapped 3 times. We don't need updated streetviews on quiet residential streets. I would much rather have some of these medium-sized cities like Wheeling mapped out.

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