Thursday, June 12, 2008

Google Maps Easter Egg

Eric Veach of Google just spoke here at Waterloo about Google Maps in the J. W. Graham medal seminar. He told us about various strategies involved in making Google Maps work, including prerendering the maps, and dividing the work up so it can be done in parallel, with more processors allocated to denser parts of the world.

He also revealed the following easter egg: try getting driving directions from San Francisco, CA, to Sydney, Australia. The resulting itinerary takes about 41 days, but that's because much of the trip isn't by car.

4 comments:

Cary said...

Link to the easter egg in action... for the lazy.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see more details from such a talk, if available. - MG

Anonymous said...

Putting aside the issue of whether God exists -- and if so, in what form -- do you think parents have an incentive to raise their children in a religious environment even if they do not believe in their religion at all?

Parents might view it as a way to have more control over their children's behavior and also as a way to ensure their children will take care of them when they are old.

In other words, parents don't care so much about their children's afterlife but care more about how their children will treat them here on earth.

Sage said...

What in the world does that have to do with Google Maps Easter Egg?

You're trying to make a point to people who won't read past your first sentence, nor care.

And you are a sad person if you believe that parents introduce their children to religion for the sole purpose of ensuring personal gain.