A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2020 Mar 3, 19:24 -0800
The monopolistic elephant in the room in all of these things is Google. One can enter latitude and longitude coordinates in a Google search, either in the standard search or in a map search, and Google will interpret the coordinate rather intelligently and take you there. For example, you can search on 36.8 N, 12.0 E, and Google will happily take you to the hills on the island of Pantelleria between Sicily and Tunisia. You can enter coordinates in sexagesimal degrees, minutes, and seconds, too, and Google's backend code will figure it out. But you cannot enter longitudes over 180°. For example, that spot in the hills of Pantelleria is exactly equivalent to 36.8 N, 348.0 W, but if you enter that, Google falls flat. The code doesn't recognize longitudes above 180.
Virtual tourism is loads of fun thanks to the penetration of Google Street View. And we can visit that exact location 36.8 N, 12.0 E. The Mediterranean looks nice out there in the distance.
I'm intrigued by the map of the world in Street View. In some countries the tiniest alleys have been covered. In other countries, there is almost nothing. What do Germany, Austria, and Bosnia have in common that distinguishes them from the rest of western Europe? ...almost no Street View coverage.