Bizarre google map/image

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jb60606, May 23, 2008.

  1. jb60606 macrumors 6502a

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    Click the image
    Go two clicks north
    Pan left and look at the kid next to the car

    South Oakley Ave
     
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816

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    wow the google vans catch some much, i hope the cops should get on that
     
  3. geekgirl macrumors regular

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  4. jb60606 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    looks real to me after zooming in.
     
  5. Lunja macrumors 6502

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    Are Google photographing the streets of whole cities?!

    I'm quite shocked by this! Is it really neccessary to take photos of people's private properties and post them publicly on the internet? What is the benefit of this over a simple street map?

    Surely there are some ethical issues here...
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    well they're taking pictures of the streets, to further help people find their way around by the use of landmarks and visuals, which is useful quite a lot of times.

    is it necessary? no.
    is it helpful? yes.

    ethical issues? none so long as they make sure to respect the privacy of any individuals who happen to be captured by blurring their faces and license plates out.

    the EU, i know, has warned them already that privacy rights must be upheld.
    they started this months ago btw...


    and it doesn't look like a real gun to me.
     
  7. jb60606 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know the "Google van" in this picture is white, but has anyone noticed any black vans with the camera turrets on top? I see them nearly every day now, where I am, and I wasn't sure if they were from Google, or something else.

    They look similar to this, but shorter in length and with one-way mirrored black windows. 360 degree domed turret on top, w/cameras.

    I'll try and get a picture the next time I see one, but it's definately getting a little too "enemy of the state" for my comfort around here.

    my paranoia/imagination is fascinating isn't it...
     
  8. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    Oh, it's really hard to tell if that's a real gun or not. If you use your imagination it could go either way. One thing's for sure, though: if you look closely you'll notice the other kid is not a kid at all but a martian:

    [​IMG]

    If it wasn't a real gun we should give him one. We must arm all our children against this new Martian Menace.
     
  9. jb60606 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    martian or not; the kid running away appears to be wearing a jock strap on his head.
     
  10. adk macrumors 68000

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    I've always though google street view was really cool. Then they took a picture of my house, and I'm a little less fond of it now.
     
  11. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    In the US, you can be photographed in a place where you don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Walking down the street certainly isn't one of those places. Still, I understand that Google will alter the Streetview photos on request.

    This is a great tool for our work. Practically a miracle.
     

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