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World's most detailed fail

Jun 30, 2009 by Joseph Reeves

Picked up by the BBC here:

Global Digital Elevation Map covers 99% of the Earth's surface, and will be free to download and use...

"This is the most complete, consistent global digital elevation data yet made available to the world," said Woody Turner, Nasa programme scientist on the Aster mission.

What does it look like? This is pretty exciting stuff! I quickly click to the website, eagerly anticipating the gigabytes of free data that I'll be able to enjoy!

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80040e4d'

[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Too many client tasks.

/index.asp, line 3


The most complete, consistent global digital elevation data yet made available to the world, failing to be provided by a Microsoft Access ODBC driver. NASA put folks on the moon, then chose Access to deliver an enormous dataset via the Internet. Fail.

Screenshot proof here.



Comments:

Utterly fabulous, yet depressing, at the same time...

Posted by Jo on June 30, 2009 at 03:37 PM GMT+00:00 #

Do they really need a license for every concurrent access from the web server? I'm glad they spend their money on the data!
What's left now is putting those data on a data base unrestricted from any license hassle...

Posted by til on June 30, 2009 at 06:05 PM GMT+00:00 #

Sounds like a normal slashdotting... Given the media coverage, I'd assume that just about any other server setup would give similar results. Pity that the Nasa people didn't do more load testing.

Posted by oliver on June 30, 2009 at 06:27 PM GMT+00:00 #

Gah! Where the heck do you even find the download link? That page just leads to a maze of ever more confusing pages.

I'd love to get my hands on that data...

Posted by Bugsbane on July 01, 2009 at 02:35 AM GMT+00:00 #

Just click "Data" on the left sidebar, then "Obtaining Data", then "Existing Data" etc...

Posted by snogglethorpe on July 03, 2009 at 08:13 PM GMT+00:00 #

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