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Claim: MSN's MapPoint service displayed an unusually long route between two Norwegian cities.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: Of the many free on-line services that have sprung up on the Internet, one of the most indispensible is the type (offered by a variety of different providers) that allows
The user who went to the MapPoint Get Directions screen and requested information on a route from Trondheim, Norway, to Haugesund, Norway, found that those cities were
Yes, as MapPoint plotted it, the trip from Haugesund to Trondheim was an arduous two-day journey that involved crossing the North Sea, the English Channel, and the Baltic Sea; traversing seven different countries (the U.K., France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden); and traveling a grand total of
Since February 2005 the bug in MapPoint has been appearing intermittently. Sometimes MapPoint displays the circuitous route displayed above, and sometimes it displays a much more reasonable route:
Good thing they're getting that corrected, because if I took my wife on a two-day excursion to drive
Last updated: 4 February 2005
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