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#307468 - 20/02/2008 02:21 Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy
FireFox31
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Registered: 19/09/2002
Posts: 2491
Loc: East Coast, USA
While planning a weekend, I found Google Street View. This is some astonishing and creepy technology. Just zoom in on people's faces, license plates, and more. Just when it got old to find quirks in the Google Maps satellite view, now we have StreetSpooting.

Honestly, I can't wait for this to cover more of Europe. It would be great to look around cities that I plan to visit. Crazy technology....... Just wait for the advertising integration: click the image of McDonalds to be taken to their homepage!
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#307470 - 20/02/2008 04:07 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: FireFox31]
Robotic
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Registered: 06/04/2005
Posts: 2026
Loc: Seattle transplant
I found this by accident a couple of months ago while looking at a google map of San Francisco.

Since then I've 'toured' several people down Lombard Street from the comfort of my office. LOL
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#307484 - 20/02/2008 15:49 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: Robotic]
burdell1
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Registered: 14/01/2002
Posts: 930
Loc: Minnetonka, MN
I actually found my car on StreetView. Creepy, but also cool.

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#307750 - 29/02/2008 03:00 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: burdell1]
Daria
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Registered: 24/01/2002
Posts: 3932
Loc: Providence, RI
I wasn't at the coffeehouse and my car wasn't home. I have no idea where I went that day.

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#307756 - 29/02/2008 13:29 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: Daria]
tonyc
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Registered: 27/06/1999
Posts: 7058
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
The weird one for me is that they actually drove into my parking lot at work and snapped pictures of the cars there (mine included.) I can understand the appeal of street view, and have found it useful myself, but really, guys, a parking lot?

Several of my friends have located their cars on street view as well. Nobody I know has located themselves walking around, though.
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#307757 - 29/02/2008 13:41 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: Daria]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
Originally Posted By: dbrashear
I wasn't at the coffeehouse and my car wasn't home. I have no idea where I went that day.

You assume that all of the pictures were taken simultaneously. That would seem to be an invalid assumption.

For example, my house shows SWMBO's car, but not mine, and the garbage can is on the street, which makes it a Wednesday. But my office parking lot is empty, which makes it either a weekend or a holiday. Those two things cannot have happened on the same day.


Edited by wfaulk (29/02/2008 16:09)
Edit Reason: added example
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#307761 - 29/02/2008 15:09 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: tonyc]
hybrid8
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Registered: 12/11/2001
Posts: 7738
Loc: Toronto, CANADA
Personally, I think Google should have the responsibility of editing out all people (at least faces) and license plates before putting any images (containing such) live. This can be automated with existing tools. Unless they stop and ask each and every person who's face they capture to sign a model release, this is the only right thing to do.
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#307762 - 29/02/2008 15:25 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: FireFox31]
Robotic
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Registered: 06/04/2005
Posts: 2026
Loc: Seattle transplant
Here's a good article on the basics-
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4232286.html

and here's the wikipedia info-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Street_View

Whacky lookin' camera, that one!

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#307923 - 05/03/2008 11:40 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: Robotic]
morrisdl
enthusiast

Registered: 21/08/2000
Posts: 346
Loc: Rochester, NY USA
I was out jogging last summer and got scanned by a google car a couple times. They have not published my city yet, but I remembered where my appearances should be and look forward to being immortalized ;-)
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#307952 - 06/03/2008 01:42 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: FireFox31]
SE_Sport_Driver
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Registered: 05/01/2001
Posts: 4903
Loc: Detroit, MI USA
They caught us having a yard sale!



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#307953 - 06/03/2008 01:45 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: hybrid8]
SE_Sport_Driver
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Registered: 05/01/2001
Posts: 4903
Loc: Detroit, MI USA
Originally Posted By: hybrid8
Personally, I think Google should have the responsibility of editing out all people (at least faces) and license plates before putting any images (containing such) live. This can be automated with existing tools. Unless they stop and ask each and every person who's face they capture to sign a model release, this is the only right thing to do.


Not quite what you wanted, but looks like they'll remove faces upon request.
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#308122 - 13/03/2008 00:37 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: FireFox31]
FireFox31
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Registered: 19/09/2002
Posts: 2491
Loc: East Coast, USA
Google Street View totally helped me out this weekend. I used to find landmarks and a visual of my hotel in Philadelphia. When I arrived, after dark and in the rain, I was able to get to the hotel a few blocks away without a single wrong turn from memory.

But yeah, it's still a little creepy. What's next, Google Inside Your Office Building View?
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#308140 - 13/03/2008 12:09 Re: Google Street View - amazing, yet VERY creepy [Re: SE_Sport_Driver]
Redrum
old hand

Registered: 17/01/2003
Posts: 994
While useful I have a feeling that the pictures on street view will remain for years without being updated.

However with the economy down the tubes maybe new building will not be an issue in the next few years.

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