Microsoft's earth deletes Apple HQ

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    Applespider

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    Microsoft wipes out Apple :eek:

    Spotted this on the Register earlier - Microsoft's Virtual Earth shows a more or less empty lot at Infinite Loop, Cupertino. Wishful thinking?

    Microsoft Earth deletes Apple

    More distressing, they're out of date enough to still be showing the Twin Towers...
     
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    Saw that... I actually thought it kind of funny... probably the best idea they've had at Microsoft for years... :p
     
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    If ya can't beat 'em, DESTROY THEM!

    Mega-MS deathray, go!

    :p
     
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    emw

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    What's interesting is that the image of my house is exactly the same on Google and MSN - I can tell because the cars on the road are the same in both images.

    So do they both get images from multiple sources?
     
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    devilot

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    Haha, I think it reeks of a sore loser. Winners don't have to stoop to such tactics. :cool:
     
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    g4cubed

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    I guess that's one way to get rid of the competition.
     
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    And people say that Steve has a reality distortion field.... :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't think they've actually deleted it. Seems to me that they just have old images.
     
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    Not only pre-9/11 NYC imagery, but pre-Apple Cupertino imagery?

    Sounds like they need to buy some new satellite photos.
     
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    Yah MS’s satellite picts are obscenely out of date. The freaking Met center where the MN North Stars use to play is still standing and the Maul of America is still being built. :eek: Terraserver was good at the time for casual browsing but if you are going to link sat photoes to mapping software you need something that is a little newer then 10+ years.
     
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    ham_man

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    I think that the 9/11 part is what we should be talking about...

    As for Infinite Loop being destroyed, can Apple put a blank spot on Redmond? :rolleyes:
     
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    On the Google maps my High school was just beginning construction. And that was about 5 or 6 years ago! But Apple's HQ has been there for a while. There is something fishy about this.
     
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    as usual with anything from Microsoft, one should wait for the service pack. ;) Its junk until at least rev 3. And of course, in typical Microsoft fashion, they are little behind the times...
     
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    A little... yikes. Cupertino HQ was built in '92-'93. Those are OLD photos, or somebody had some fun.
     
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    Nothing fishy. MS's maps are just out of date. Also satellite photos aren't taken overnight. Many of the pictures even on google's sites span at least a decade. Heck take a look at Washington DC. You will see adjoining areas that are under construction in one area and are newly renovated in others. Its just the way things work until Google can take a snapshot of the entire world all at once. Damn that would be cool.
     
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    The maps are from http://terraserver.microsoft.com/

    Apple Campus

    Image Information:
    Projection: North American Datum 1983 / UTM Zone 10N
    Provider: U.S. Geological Survey
    Resolution: 1.000 meters per pixel
    Size: 600 pixels wide by 400 pixels high
    Type: Digital Ortho-Quadrangles (digitized and othro-rectified aerial photographs)
    Aerial Photo 10/30/1991

    MS has had terra server around for years. They simply slapped the data that was on it into their mapping software and called it crap....
     
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    An early frontrunner for "quote of the week" honors. :)
     
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    nagromme

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    I'll take maps.google.com any day. A great system.
     
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    am I the only one that found M$'s virtual earth really, really counter intuative? Maby I've just used google maps too much but the the M$ version didn't seem to want to operate very smooth/easy.
     
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    Geez, talk about paranoid. I mean honestly, they had to have some sort of meeting where they discussed not showing Apple HQ. Its not like it is Area 51 or something :rolleyes: .
     
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    What do you know? :eek:
     
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    Indeed. I'm quite certain that MS has nothing to do with this.. but it is funny that if you go east 15miles, the ortho photos are a little more recent (1998).
     
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    IIRC, the terraserver aerials are old Soviet spy satellite data, so most of it will predate 1990. Google seems to have better and more recent coverages.
     
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    Microsoft's Reality Distortion Field has arrived!

    (eat your heart out Steve Jobs)
     

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