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I was standing in front of my house outside Vancouver, BC today when I saw a grey Chevy with California plates drive down my street. It had a rig on the roof which looked like a bicycle/ski rack complete with a 3 foot mast and a GPS unit mounted on the trunk. It seems that Google is taking the unprecedented step of taking pics using a 360 degree camera... Just imagine if MS and Google partnered, it would make for one heck of a low level flight. Anyway, seems pretty cool.http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/eye-on-you/goog...rica-279222.php

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It is my opinion that the proliferation of cameras is one of the reasons that the population of this planet is driving itself mad.

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"It is my opinion that the proliferation of cameras is one of the reasons that the population of this planet is driving itself mad."LOL! Substitute 'Mobile Phones' for cameras and I would agree whole heartedly.Mike

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What's the point of this Google program?Where's the value in it?I can see GPS mapping software being of use, especially for ambulances, etc., but do they really need a picture of my house?Bryan

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Maybe not your house, but views of small shops could be handy. If you're planning to drive to a new store you've looked up in Google, this would give you a preview of what building to look for as you travel down the street.On the other hand, there have been lots of privacy concerns raised, e.g. "Why is my best friend Bob's car parked in my laneway while I'm away at work?" or "Isn't that Bob coming out of the triple-X shop?" Google says that it's not recording anything that isn't already visible from a public street, but there's an inherent difference between a fleeting moment and capturing it for all time.Edit: Back to original post, it would be cool if they could automatically use the images as a texture source to map on 3D models of buildings. Then your (very) low-level flying would be able to show some amazing detail.

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> it would be cool if they could>automatically use the images as a texture source to map on 3D>models of buildings. Then your (very) low-level flying would>be able to show some amazing detail.Now that would be very cool. :-rotor Maybe we'll see this in the future?

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They should pass a law that every building/ house must submit a computer 3D moldeled replica of the structure. Then we can truly have a 3D world, LOL, that would be crazy.

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