Friday, April 3, 2009

This village has lost its idiot

From the BBC News today:

Angry residents in Milton Keynes (England) blocked the driver of a Google Street View car when he started taking photographs of their homes. Police were called to Broughton after residents staged the protest, accusing Google of invading their privacy and "facilitating crime".

Some people are not happy unless they are complaining and protesting about something. We have had Google Street View for a couple of years in the US and it’s invaluable when you are trying to understand directions.

Resident Paul Jacobs was one of the first residents in the village, which is part of Milton Keynes, to challenge the Google car. Mr Jacobs said he saw the vehicle driving past his home on Wednesday and his first reaction was one of anger. "I don't have a problem with Google wanting to promote villages. What I have a problem with is the invasion of privacy, taking pictures directly into the home," he said.

Does this guy even know what Google Street View is? What is he talking about? Google promoting villages? He must think it’s a documentary about village life! If he took a break from peeking around his net curtains to actually look at Google Street View, he may realize that it is not possible to see into people’s homes – the image just will not zoom in that much (believe me, I have tried ;-). I don’t see what the fuss is all about. Besides, it has created a whole new kind of game, Streetspotting, as described on the below link. Can't complain about that...

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