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Probably not. Typical, we're a nation of complete wankers.
Personally i'm all for it, and i really cant see how a picture of the front of someone's house can be used for crime? Surely the burglar can easily walk down the street and see it all for himself?
Also, if someone stood outside your house for half an hour studying your doors and windows, and estimating the value of your property, you or your neighbours would get suspicious. But there’s no way of knowing whether someone is doing that on the internet.
On the other hand, while I can understand people’s concerns, I’m pretty sure there was a quote recently which confirmed that US police forces hadn’t noticed a rise in burglary rates since Google Streetview came in over there.
we're a nation of ignorant, apathetic twats who've stood by as our civil liberties and privacy have been eroded.
gmaps is not in real-time, infact it's some months old and pretty useless as surveillance of any kind whatsoever.
as there's scaffolding on my office that disappeared last september and everyone is walking around in short sleeves.
if you don't want your house on it then just get it deleted.
google streetview is pretty much the greatest thing ever to appear on the internet.
I'm still finding it hard to give two shits and a fuck about cctv y'know. I mean - I certainly wouldn't call myself lessaiz faire or apathetic, just can't quite seem to care if someone is watching me when I'm in public.
Shitloads of people can see me when I'm out in public.
I mean police cars can help police deliberately run over orphans, which would outrage me, but I'd still be for police cars.
i'm looking at san francisco! it's like really being there!
ok, it's not, but it's at least slightly lifting the crushing depression of being in my office!
ok, it's not, but it's at least better than doing any work!
"If they were simply going to view the street as a street scene rather than drive almost into people's drives and take pictures of the houses - I think that's a different issue."
By “drive almost into people’s drives” I take it he means “drive past people’s houses, like any other car on the road”? Talking nonsense does one’s campaign no favours.
"I'm not capable of having a second, so I just rolled with it"
If they are indeed using it for that. They should just STFU.
some people are total fucking retards. What do they think is gonna happen? Pricks.
"When a scene is viewed from street level it is acceptable but this camera is intrusive because it can peer into gardens and into the windows of homes."
Only in Britain could someone advocate that a better solution would be a Google Street View that's set an inch off of the tarmac.
And it'd still receive complaints as people recognised their shoes.
I just had a look around bits of Cambridge and London. You can barely see in any windows because it's either too dark or there are reflections on the windows. And anyway, it's a bit too much to expect for someone to sit in front of their computer, continuously pressing the 'Up' key on your keyboard and suddenly pick one house out of thousands and think "yeah, let's case that joint" because it had a nice-looking door knocker or something. I thought it was generally accepted that most burglaries are due to opportunism anyway?
The only way I can see any burglars using Google Street View is to scan out specific areas. But even then, you'd have to be a pretty shit burglar to not know where the best local areas are to burgle.
would be able to research escape routes and shortcuts without arousing suspicion.
In the grand scheme of things I doubt that it'll make much difference.