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Any ideas how to get around this?
Any ideas why they did it?
I've done it many times before and its only today that it doesn't work anymore.
I've tried manipulating the pic in photoshop, sharpening it up, taking screenshots of screenshots, cloning parts of it, resizing it in various ways...
It still has the funny distortion. I think Google has implemented some kind of anti screenshot technology...
Not sure why though!
I've just pinged a colleague who is a part of the Traffic Estimator team, and she says that nothing has changed on this end.
I wonder if the Universal Odd Problem Fix will help. You may have heard the old saying "When in doubt - reboot". It has (inexplicably) worked for me countless times. ;)
Google - who has made a name for itself on Wall St for *not* giving guidance - wanted to make sure that investment types couldn't take traffic estimator seasonal trend data and use it to figure out how their quarter was going, hence the scramble.
The photography was generally from the USGS.
Anyway, at that time, certain photos if I hit PrintScreen and pasted into, say, PhotoShop, the screen would look normal but the area with the photo would be blank grey with an embossed USGS logo repeated within it. Now this was a site run by Microsoft, viewed in Internet Explorer, so perhaps that's no coincidence.
Quite annoying. I'm glad we've come so far past that.
I just did some screenshots of the Traffic Estimator on an ancient quirkly PC and they came up fine in different viewers including IE. I used a robust freeware tool I downloaded over 5 years ago.
Like Netmeg, the only thing I question is the usefullness of the data returned by the TE.
Look within your PC and its apps, IMHO, Groove -- or buy a new PC if yours is old. They're cheap now ;)