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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #425 on: August 28, 2019, 09:40:57 PM »

Not crazy, but one can figure the Google car, including the camera mast, is shorter than 11 ft 8 in because it fits below the Norfolk Southern/Gregson St overpass :sombrero:.

We can further constraint the size of the Google car. In addition to the above, we can figure the Google Car is (barely) narrower than 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) because it managed to squeeze through the "Physically impossible entry" street in Granada, Spain (unless they have done that with the Trike, in which case the previous statement is null and void).

As of this past Saturday, I can confirm the Streetview car, at least the one driving around western Monmouth County, NJ, is just a tealish CR-V. It passed by me whilst I was out on my bike twice (once on Millstone Road south of 33 and again on 527 near Millhurst).
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #426 on: August 29, 2019, 11:37:31 PM »

Not crazy, but one can figure the Google car, including the camera mast, is shorter than 11 ft 8 in because it fits below the Norfolk Southern/Gregson St overpass :sombrero:.

We can further constraint the size of the Google car. In addition to the above, we can figure the Google Car is (barely) narrower than 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) because it managed to squeeze through the "Physically impossible entry" street in Granada, Spain (unless they have done that with the Trike, in which case the previous statement is null and void).

As of this past Saturday, I can confirm the Streetview car, at least the one driving around western Monmouth County, NJ, is just a tealish CR-V. It passed by me whilst I was out on my bike twice (once on Millstone Road south of 33 and again on 527 near Millhurst).

I kept seeing the Apple Maps car driving around the neighborhood for several days in a row a few weeks ago.  Shame I can't see the images.  :confused:
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #427 on: September 10, 2019, 06:55:04 PM »

I saw this in Havertown, PA. Immediately over the city line from Philadelphia. It looks like somebody's house was fuzzed out for whatever reason:

https://goo.gl/maps/oUhke1SMfkj6Xncx7
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #428 on: September 11, 2019, 09:27:19 AM »

If you're one of those crazy privacy types, you can request that Google blur out your house.

Here's one I knew of, although that house has since been torn down.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #429 on: September 12, 2019, 12:24:26 PM »

If you're one of those crazy privacy types, you can request that Google blur out your house.

Here's one I knew of, although that house has since been torn down.

Oddly enough, if you go to the far side of US 6 there, it's not blurred. Should the GSV drive by again, do they just blur out the rubble?

(EDIT: Nevermind, they didn't)
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #430 on: September 12, 2019, 11:19:01 PM »

I saw this in Havertown, PA. Immediately over the city line from Philadelphia. It looks like somebody's house was fuzzed out for whatever reason:

https://goo.gl/maps/oUhke1SMfkj6Xncx7

Happens more often in Europe where images of buildings can be copyrighted.  For some reason, The Berlin Wall Museum by Checkpoint Charlie is fuzzed out in some views, but not others.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #431 on: September 13, 2019, 08:28:08 AM »

If you're one of those crazy privacy types, you can request that Google blur out your house.

Here's one I knew of, although that house has since been torn down.

It may have been blurred because it has been demolished. Google also routinely blurs houses of well known people and crime scenes, for example this one.

I actually have one photo of a house that is censored in Google Maps. I won't say which one nor show that pic due to privacy and/or security concerns.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #432 on: September 13, 2019, 02:52:19 PM »

If you're one of those crazy privacy types, you can request that Google blur out your house.

Here's one I knew of, although that house has since been torn down.
It may have been blurred because it has been demolished. Google also routinely blurs houses of well known people and crime scenes, for example this one.

Unlikely, since the house was removed to turn the lot and adjacent property into a car dealership, and it was blurred before that even happened.

Also, no one of any import is going to live in Waukee, Iowa. :-D
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #433 on: September 13, 2019, 06:50:43 PM »

Ironically, since so few houses are blurred like this, doing so draws more attention to them. What do they have to hide? After all, we wouldn't be discussing that house in Iowa if they hadn't blurred it, it'd be just another house in Iowa.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #434 on: September 14, 2019, 03:29:47 AM »

Obviously you haven't seen Belgium. The inaugural stage of this year's Tour de France holds the record of most censored houses I've seen on a single cycling stage: I counted more than 50 in 121 miles. By contrast, I counted a grand total of about 10 blurred houses on the entire Vuelta a España.

Then I know the case of a house somewhere in Catalonia, which is censored in earlier photos, but not in later. Maybe the house changed hands and the new owners asked Mr. Google to stop blurring it.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #435 on: September 15, 2019, 08:35:26 AM »

You'll find a sh!tload of blurred houses in Germany as well, because we are so concerned about privacy (unless it's CCTV, selfies from every room in our house, etc), which is also why StreetView is limited to only a few metropolitan areas with imagery that is almost a decade old.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #436 on: September 15, 2019, 11:09:58 AM »

Odd! It's just that the one I came across in Havertown, PA (just over the city line from Philadelphia) was the first time I had ever seen the blurring.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #437 on: September 16, 2019, 03:59:51 AM »

You'll find a sh!tload of blurred houses in Germany as well, because we are so concerned about privacy (unless it's CCTV, selfies from every room in our house, etc), which is also why StreetView is limited to only a few metropolitan areas with imagery that is almost a decade old.

Also the reason Mr. Google decided not to take Street View images in Germany anymore. There's nothing beyond the initial rollout.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #438 on: September 16, 2019, 08:08:08 AM »

Serious question: how do all these people prevent their houses from being looked at in real life?
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #439 on: September 16, 2019, 12:25:29 PM »

Serious question: how do all these people prevent their houses from being looked at in real life?

The internet has an exponentially bigger potential audience, and it's a lot easier to "look at houses", if that interests you, without arousing suspicion. The argument could be made that, if you get your house blurred on Google, then people are curious, and if they live nearby maybe they'll drive by to see what's up. But that might be 5 or 10 people that have now seen your house. Doesn't even touch the billions that could see it online if they wanted to.

So if your objective is maintaining your privacy and reducing the overall number of people viewing your home and property, it's a guaranteed win. I don't think anybody with that attitude cares that much about their own neighbors seeing them - more just random people snooping from thousands of miles away - but I could be wrong.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #440 on: September 16, 2019, 01:34:20 PM »

I suppose the other question would be: who cares if some random person online can see what the road-facing side of your house looks like?  Especially if they have no idea of who you are and/or that you live in that house?
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #441 on: September 16, 2019, 07:52:20 PM »

Serious question: how do all these people prevent their houses from being looked at in real life?

The internet has an exponentially bigger potential audience, and it's a lot easier to "look at houses", if that interests you, without arousing suspicion. The argument could be made that, if you get your house blurred on Google, then people are curious, and if they live nearby maybe they'll drive by to see what's up. But that might be 5 or 10 people that have now seen your house. Doesn't even touch the billions that could see it online if they wanted to.

But those billions don't want to—only a very view persons will be interested, if any (assuming they even realize what there is to be interested in). On the other hand, the many fewer people who can see the house in person, for the most part, can see it any time the want—once, or even several times, per day.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #442 on: September 18, 2019, 12:15:57 PM »

I suppose the other question would be: who cares if some random person online can see what the road-facing side of your house looks like?  Especially if they have no idea of who you are and/or that you live in that house?

I suspect in many cases it's the other way around.
That is, they're not worried about you happening to see their house, being curious with what you see, and trying to find out who they are. They're worried about you already knowing information about them (and/or their home/property), possibly from an online presence, from run-ins with the law, from their license plate, etc, and using that to try to track down where they live.


But those billions don't want to—only a very view persons will be interested, if any (assuming they even realize what there is to be interested in). On the other hand, the many fewer people who can see the house in person, for the most part, can see it any time the want—once, or even several times, per day.

Adding to the above point: you're likely to feel safe in your own neighborhood, having shared knowledge about the people who live there and being fairly aware of what is and isn't suspicious relative to normal. Online, though, there's a lot more unknowns. You don't know who's looking at what, when they're doing it, and with what motive. Sure, it's usually benign, but you have no way of knowing, tracking, or controlling it if it isn't.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #443 on: September 19, 2019, 09:55:22 PM »

But those billions don't want to—only a very view persons will be interested, if any (assuming they even realize what there is to be interested in). On the other hand, the many fewer people who can see the house in person, for the most part, can see it any time the want—once, or even several times, per day.

Adding to the above point: you're likely to feel safe in your own neighborhood, having shared knowledge about the people who live there and being fairly aware of what is and isn't suspicious relative to normal. Online, though, there's a lot more unknowns. You don't know who's looking at what, when they're doing it, and with what motive. Sure, it's usually benign, but you have no way of knowing, tracking, or controlling it if it isn't.

So those two points don't go together well. But regardless, the question is just what do these people do to prevent their house from being looked at in real life? I'm not really looking at how safe people feel, because that's something that's probably statistically measurable, independent of feelings.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #444 on: September 20, 2019, 12:33:05 PM »

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But those billions don't want to—only a very view persons will be interested, if any (assuming they even realize what there is to be interested in). On the other hand, the many fewer people who can see the house in person, for the most part, can see it any time the want—once, or even several times, per day.
Adding to the above point: you're likely to feel safe in your own neighborhood, having shared knowledge about the people who live there and being fairly aware of what is and isn't suspicious relative to normal. Online, though, there's a lot more unknowns. You don't know who's looking at what, when they're doing it, and with what motive. Sure, it's usually benign, but you have no way of knowing, tracking, or controlling it if it isn't.
So those two points don't go together well. But regardless, the question is just what do these people do to prevent their house from being looked at in real life? I'm not really looking at how safe people feel, because that's something that's probably statistically measurable, independent of feelings.

Fixed quote for you.
I think the answer is, they don't try to stop people from looking at it in real life, because they're probably an internet rando that doesn't care about real life as much as whatever's going on in the far and/or extreme corners of the internet. I could be wrong, though.
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #445 on: September 20, 2019, 11:06:45 PM »

I think the answer is, they don't try to stop people from looking at it in real life, because they're probably an internet rando that doesn't care about real life as much as whatever's going on in the far and/or extreme corners of the internet. I could be wrong, though.

Well, that can't be*. There's no way somebody would go to such lengths to prevent their house being seen by evildoers who are a great physical distance removed, but not by evildoers who are literally standing right next to it.

*(It might be, but it can't be.)
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Re: Crazy things you've found in Google StreetView
« Reply #447 on: September 22, 2019, 07:15:44 AM »

Psychedelic GSV in rural southeast Alabama

So that's where D12 did the outside shots for their 'Purple Hills' music video.
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