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One of my key research tools when developing a story is Google Maps.....or rather, it was.
Google Maps had a Wikipedia layer that brought up links to Wikipedia articles connected to the region you were surveying. It was a brilliant way to learn about locations you have not yet visited, or to delve into an area's history.

A week or so ago, and apparently with no warning, Google removed this function and have now been flooded with complaints.

Is it just me or are big name companies growing increasingly incapable of doing ANYTHING right?

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Skr7 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
just WHY
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914four Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A complex system that doesn't work invariably evolved from a simple system that worked well.
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Mew-seeker Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Don't worry, I am sure it will come back... through DLC! >: D
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I certainly think GOOGLE is growing increasingly incapable of doing anything right, starting with the shutdown of iGoogle - yeah, let's take a very useful portal interface and wipe it out, with nothing practical to replace it, apparently for the sole reason of forcing users to litter their desktops with multiple tools that will inundate them with more ads than practical content. Google is becoming this decade's Micro$oft, with less and less attention paid to the way people work with their computers. I'm not really seeing how alienating your users, so that they not only don't pick up all your ad-driven junk but actively shun your whole ecosystem, can possibly increase your revenue.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
If I recall correctly, in the beginning you could actually zoom in pretty far with it as well. Then all of those pyramid vids came up. And then the zoom got nerfed.
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DeROSAart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dammit.
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SortenUld Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They did put a TARDIS in the streets of London.. that you can enter...
and it's bigger on the inside :la:

That's at least one thing done right. In my opinion!
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Crowbarofjustice Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
have you found out why this happened yet?
maybe it is actually a bug and completely unintentional.
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kungforlith Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
for a second there i thought u were talking about Microsoft and XBOX ONE
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Taijj Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda think big companies grow more and more "stupid" because the major public is going along. I don't want to believe the major public is stupid, but sometimes things just shake that believe. Either that or someone with a huge pile of money or some reckless manager, wanted the feature out. Has google explained the situation?
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CromeWolf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its like they have a button that turns their brain off somewhere in the building. And they let a little monkey manage it and they rub banana paste over the button every day. 

But that doesn't explain they're thought that monkey + paste = good.
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Gx3RComics Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I'm not sure why companies are pumping out stuff only to remove nice features later, some things make SOME sense like the PS3's backwards compatibility in later models made them cheaper to make but features in programs?

Flash you used to be able to export .eps files (vector) they took out the option ...even though you can still do it by changing the name to file.eps when you're exporting.
If that didn't make sense it used to be a selectable option, now you have to go around.
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alphamule Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
If they had planned it right from the beginning, they could have had a chip like a FPGA but that was optimized for running games. It wouldn't get removed, because it would be a crucial part for playing PS3 games and scaling Blu-Rays and so on.
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Misterichart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist
for sure...... 
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anakure Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you  and my example of company incapable is CAPCOM. Before it was trademark of respect in videogames environment but now are fucking the most important sagas it has with bushleague developments and looking for more money instead of view for interests of gamers.
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TimeTravelerEon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Capcom is all about pushing out zombie games and the same fighting game three times every year it seems.
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anakure Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, CAPCOM games seem like those FIFA games lauched every year :( (Sad) 
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GanondorfEvilKing Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well..that would be fairly useful for my novel. That sucks. Need to find out more about the area I have it based on...well I will just search it up.
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furstreak Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
The owner of wikipedia actually requested that the function be removed because it was causing an overflow of traffic to their website. As you may or may not know, wikipedia doesn't use advertising to create revenue to keep their site online. They do it through donations only. So you can understand why it was giving them a headache. It was causing a serious dent in their wallet.
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alphamule Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Ah, so I was right. Yeah, the only way it would be fair is if Google offered to host CDN nodes or something.
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furstreak Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Yea, I wish they would. It would help out in quite a few ways.
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TEcHNOpl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Maybe they are preparing for their own Wiki/Research tool.
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alexrees Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
How about a mass migration to Bing?
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:iconwillcraft:
willcraft Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My shoe has a hole in it! I had better remove my leg! Pass me the saw, please.
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alexrees Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Hehehehe!!
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MattDark Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Given some of the things google has done, like paying an ad-blocking company to NOT block ads that google is been paid to show, im not surprised.
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kittyanya Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
www.theguardian.com/technology…

They've been having some issues. Another report came up as well just a few weeks ago.
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jaguar94able Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I normally try to play the devil's advocate when big name companies make decisions like this.... but this is unexcusable for Google to do.
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pythix21 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I like the title of this post, as that seems to be Google's main methodology lately. Pop-out youtube videos into arbitrarily resizable windows? Too convenient. Google reader? Too popular. Emoticons? Not ugly enough yet.
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Asalis Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think it's a case that they're incapable of doing anything right, but more of a matter of do they even really care anymore. So assured of their own position amongst the masses that they can feel they can do whatever they want and get away with it no matter how much they complain. and if anyone does it would probably justify in their own minds on why they should not only do it but probably make it worse, because "if they complain too much we'll show them just how much more worse it can get until they learn to shut up about it and accept what they still have."

but since that's way too morbid I think I'll just settle on the idea that neither hand knows what the other is doing and probably doesn't care so long as the money keeps coming.
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Fawkes-Winchester Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do they show any intention of putting it back? Because this feature sounds absolutely indispensable!
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JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Abysmal and out of touch as they might be compared to its smaller, know-your-customers-by-name local competitors... I'll take a big biz over the government any day of the week.  Twice on Sunday.
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alphamule Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
And even better: Get YACY and bypass the middle men.
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Damatee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013   Digital Artist
But Jack that would be Implying that Big Companies are capable of actually doing things right!
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The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Tell me about it. *coughYOUTUBEcough*
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Oracle-of-RavenJay Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Google keeps doing that with YouTube too. Oh, everyone likes it how it is? Fuck that! It's like we're a big petri dish to experiment on.
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True-Nine-Of-Spades Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're only just now realizing this...?
Those in power have been using the general population to experiment on for centuries.
Why isn't anyone just cool with it by now?
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Mephitinae Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
The difference is that now everyone can freely voice their opinions on the internet, and whistleblowers and critics are harder to silence.
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boborly713 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
money



that is all
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CKentavr Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I swear, Google is all about dangling awesome tools and then not actually selling them to us.
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coelacanth1938 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
You should see what Yahoo did to Yahoo groups. 
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MSpaintdog Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They really aren't getting any worse, they were counter-intuitive asshats all along.
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xangreigor Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
"Is it just me or are big name companies growing increasingly incapable of doing ANYTHING right?"
Nope, it's not just you, it's pretty much every one of them.
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah-fucking-men  to that....I swear it's as if theres a centralized asshat in every company waiting to strike!
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Zeikier Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh they'll do it right, if you pay them.
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Cocoaprints Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ctrl+w is taking over all the things.
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:iconangry-cat:
angry-cat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wait... why?
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:iconcocoaprints:
Cocoaprints Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Because it is EEEVVVIIILLL, sworn to make creative people die a little inside everywhere. 

Jack knows.
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angry-cat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Try to draw something and press Ctrl+W.
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:iconlevia-the-dragon:
Levia-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Huh... well why the hell did they do that I wonder...
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