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Old 09-05-2013, 10:19
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No streetview where I live. They don't do the sticks.
They don't do some entire countries. They've declined to visit Austria because of the country's privacy laws. Which has considerably increased my admiration for Austria.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:00
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i used it twice, once to see if my house was on it and then again to see if my house have been blanked out as i have asked.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:02
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i used it twice, once to see if my house was on it and then again to see if my house have been blanked out as i have asked.
And did they blank it?
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:07
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i used it twice, once to see if my house was on it and then again to see if my house have been blanked out as i have asked.
Why did you want your house blanked out?
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:18
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And did they blank it?


Yes
Why did you want your house blanked out?
Because i don't want my house being shown on the net.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:20
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Yes


Because i don't want my house being shown on the net.
Why, what do you think will happen?
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:37
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Because i don't want my house being shown on the net.
Why not? What'yer growin' in der, man?
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:18
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I spent a few hours one sunday afternoon, going along Hollywood boulivard.

I have also used it to find places after a crime, like the taxi driver in cumbria who went on the shooting spree, and after the shooting at the cinema in America last year.

I think its nice to be able to virtualy walk down a street anywhere in the world .
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:20
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Wouldn't having one house on a road blanked out make it more suspicious?
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:22
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Because i don't want my house being shown on the net.
More likely to draw attention to it surely? Rather than just being another house on a street.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:47
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Its a really good tool and I used it to find my property in Gran Canaria. I 'knew' the area but with Google I could effectively drive past and look at the Ariel view; it certainly saved me a lot of time.
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Old 09-05-2013, 14:22
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I think it's great and have also spent a lot of time "travelling"

And yes, whilst I agree some of it is dated, they can't really be expected to update it everytime someone buys a new car or changes their curtains
Yeah, what a daft idea.
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Old 09-05-2013, 15:25
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I have to use it in my job sometimes.

It can be quite frustrating when it goes through a housing estate but doesn't go into the cul-de-sac off the main road.
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Old 09-05-2013, 21:26
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Why, what do you think will happen?
Why not? What'yer growin' in der, man?
It is my choice at the end of the day, i am not growing anything, a bit difficult to grow stuff on stones and concrete.


For a start it was possible to see right through my window and secondly i don't want google taking photos of my house.
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Old 09-05-2013, 21:28
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Wouldn't having one house on a road blanked out make it more suspicious?
More likely to draw attention to it surely? Rather than just being another house on a street.
Not really, google street view just goes right past it, i been told that there is a whole village in England somewhere that been blanked out.
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Old 09-05-2013, 22:14
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Our cat's gone global! She was sitting on the doorstep when the photo was taken.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:18
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my dad used to like going to see his childhood home on Street-view, but now some of it has been taken off, by request of the residents there, I suppose.....shame really...is it such an invasion of privacy?
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:34
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my dad used to like going to see his childhood home on Street-view, but now some of it has been taken off, by request of the residents there, I suppose.....shame really...is it such an invasion of privacy?
About as much as someone standing on a road and looking at your home quite legally. If people really don't want others looking at their home, I'd suggest building a 2m+ wall and asking their MP to get the Government to introduce a new law allowing residents to buy the road leading up to their home so they can gate it off and make it a fully private road to keep everyone out. Actually, knowing this Government, they're probably already planning to privatise the road network anyway.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:38
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You can't nosey around India. I've tried!
You can't go to Disney either, I've tried!
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:48
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There are some houses where the only approach is by footpath. Obviously they are not covered by Google streetview.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:29
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Can't see my house on street view because the drive is a quarter of a mile long.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:37
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You can't go to Disney either, I've tried!
That's true, but FWIW in Disneyworld (Orlando) you can visit the roads connecting the various parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, etc), and the parks themselves are very well served by user-supplied photographs on Google Maps, and of course there are numerous other sources for photographs of the parks.

StreetView has generally very good coverage of the US and Canadian national parks including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Icefields Parkway, but there are some notable gaps, for example Zion's scenic drive. There are even StreetView photographs of some of the hiking trails in the Grand Canyon NP taken with backpack-mounted cameras.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:42
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my dad used to like going to see his childhood home on Street-view, but now some of it has been taken off, by request of the residents there, I suppose.....shame really...is it such an invasion of privacy?
Not really, not at all to be honest; it would be if 'they' could see inside your home. My house in Wales is not on there down to the fact that its a long private track to reach it but my place in Gran Canaria is and I couldn't care less to be honest.

I've done a lot of virtual touring, looking at places all over the globe I've lived in and its bought a lot of (mainly) happy memories flooding back. At my age I've seen a lot of advances in technology and I still get a buzz from being able to sit down at home and view the world, send an instant message, email, have a video chat with friends thousands of miles away, edit video, even write and print a document. At a guess, my home computer is faster and has more storage than NASA had to put men on the moon, the calculator in front of me is more powerful than the computer on the Apollo moon missions...I'm still a wide eyed School boy at heart so when something like Google earth or W8 comes along I embrace it, play with it and if its good keep on using it

For people under thirty a lot of this stuff is what they've always known which in a way is sad.

I get a bigger buzz though 'working' someone, talking to another radio ham on short wave
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:49
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Our cat's gone global! She was sitting on the doorstep when the photo was taken.
My sister's dog is permanently sitting by her gate watching the Google van go by
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:54
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a buddy of mine is pictured outside his garden in one view and the next he is on the other side of the road.
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