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Links for 2019-07-14

  • Terrifying thread of Google Maps fails

    ‘This takes you over Hayden Pass Rd. “It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice.” “There is a very narrow section of shelf road before you get to the top that is very dangerous if icy. There are no rocks to stop you from sliding off the side. This section should not be attempted if there is any ice at all.” I’m a little surprised that Google gave this route to me with no warning. It’s also comical to say you can get the drive done in 30 minutes.’ [….] ‘A couple of years ago I did a drive from Port Headland (Northwest Western Australia) to Perth. When we got onto Nanutarra road (Near Paraburdoo), the maps decided we should take a road that was actually the Lyons River – if we were foreign tourists it would have led us into a spot where we could easily have died. Unfortunately in outback WA, many tourists have experienced this and succumbed to it.’

    (tags: driving safety google-maps google mapping routing fail via:danluu)

  • excellent Twitter thread about Brexiteer attitudes to Ireland

    as one commenter notes: ‘Ireland as Britain’s Taiwan, not a real country but a renegade province that must be brought to heel and reclaimed for the Motherland’

    (tags: brexit britain uk ireland politics)