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Google looking at buying microdrones? What for? This article "outs" G even before the facts are in. jastra msg:4184525 11:50 pm on Aug 9, 2010 (gmt 0) After Google Street View and their admitted storage of data from all those WiFi networks, people are very suspicious of Google with respect to personal privacy. So much, in fact that this article outs Google's perceived intentions before the facts are known. [ ...] blogs.forbes.com The potential for these microdrones is enormous: Law enforcement Intelligence (police, government, industrial) Traffic Management Battlefront fire and maneuver And on and on. Is there any wonder that Google has been associated with this technology? There's an old saw: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean somebody isn't watching you. But remember, Eric Schmidt was an advisor and substantial contributor to the Obama campaign, and still is an advisor to his administration. This thread could be interesting.
g1smd msg:4184533 12:34 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
Stuff StreetView. Imagine the GardenViews(tm) you can get on a hot Summer's day from, say, 50 metres up. Crikey! It won't just be faces Google will have to obscure from their images. jastra msg:4184549 1:02 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
Yep. This thing is at once Orwellian and comedic. I think of the drones in The Terminator, hunting down humans. And I can envision the Tax Man surveilling my property to see what additions to the house I've added that may not be included on the tax rolls (Oh wait; Google Earth already does that). Then, always the optimist, I've checked and the domain nudebeacheslive.com is available. I'll get a second mortgage to finance my own fleet of microdrones. Maurice msg:4184748 11:58 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
diy images for google maps and earth probly cheaper than paying for satalite or ariel phtography. Maurice msg:4184749 11:59 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
@jastra you dont live out in the borders of Northern Ireland do you :-) jastra msg:4184788 1:38 pm on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
Nope, coastal North Carolina. But my daughter had an adventure visiting Europe last summer and driving a manual transmission for the first time, in a rental car from Dublin to Ballycastle.