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(Engadget)   New commercial imaging satellite holds the promise of Google Maps showing details as small as ten inches. No more naked sunbathing for Subby   (engadget.com) divider line 43
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2014-08-12 10:42:03 AM  
Pianist.
 
2014-08-12 11:06:44 AM  
I'm safe

what? It's cold!
 
2014-08-12 11:08:36 AM  

gilatrout: I'm safe

what? It's cold!


You were in the pool!
 
2014-08-12 11:11:17 AM  
Interesting.

Google monetizes Maps. If they were to take a picture of my backyard with me in it, at this detail, could I then sue them for using my likeness without my permission? Did anyone ever try that with a street view image?
 
2014-08-12 11:21:32 AM  

skozlaw: Interesting.

Google monetizes Maps. If they were to take a picture of my backyard with me in it, at this detail, could I then sue them for using my likeness without my permission? Did anyone ever try that with a street view image?


Doubt it, they blur everyone's faces. Also your likeness appearing isn't how they make money from maps, so I doubt you'd be able to put a meaningful value on it... unless you work to put some kind of huge photo of yourself in your garden, so it comes out well enough on maps for it to a famous thing that people log on just to see.

Even then I doubt it, since they have a bajillion lawyers and you have... me!
 
2014-08-12 11:22:50 AM  
I'm still pissed that the Street View car decided that the day I set my old couch out by the road to be picked up would be the best day to take pictures.  Now my house is permanently redneck online.

At least both the washing machines and the fridge on the front porch were fairly clean and only unbroken blocks are under my truck.
 
2014-08-12 11:24:43 AM  
images on the web tend to be 72 pixels per inch (printed materials are 3 or 4 times that.)  This satellite is going to be 1 pixel per 10 inches.

Someone correct my math, but doesn't that mean a 6' tall person (72 inches) would appear as 10 pixels;  or, on your computer screen, less then 1/7th of an inch?

I wouldn't worry about sun bathing.
 
2014-08-12 11:28:21 AM  

StroboscopicCamel: I'm still pissed that the Street View car decided that the day I set my old couch out by the road to be picked up would be the best day to take pictures.  Now my house is permanently redneck online.

At least both the washing machines and the fridge on the front porch were fairly clean and only unbroken blocks are under my truck.


Not permanently; there is approximate a 2-3 year refresh rate;the picture for my house looks to be at
least from 2012 (on a Wednesday, since my garbage can is out in front), and the picture for my office
shows that it is still under construction, which dates it from early to mid 2012.
 
2014-08-12 11:29:10 AM  
It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby
 
2014-08-12 11:41:28 AM  

skozlaw: Interesting.

Google monetizes Maps. If they were to take a picture of my backyard with me in it, at this detail, could I then sue them for using my likeness without my permission? Did anyone ever try that with a street view image?


One guy in England, I think it was, decided he needed to loose weight based on the satellite image of his blobish figure. Can't find the link though
 
2014-08-12 11:42:32 AM  
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/8133138/Man-loses-seven-s tone-after-seeing-himself-on-Google-Street-View.html
 
2014-08-12 11:57:46 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: StroboscopicCamel: I'm still pissed that the Street View car decided that the day I set my old couch out by the road to be picked up would be the best day to take pictures.  Now my house is permanently redneck online.

At least both the washing machines and the fridge on the front porch were fairly clean and only unbroken blocks are under my truck.

Not permanently; there is approximate a 2-3 year refresh rate;the picture for my house looks to be at
least from 2012 (on a Wednesday, since my garbage can is out in front), and the picture for my office
shows that it is still under construction, which dates it from early to mid 2012.


I actually haven't looked at it lately and don't live in that house anymore.  The porch/truck line was just me being a smartass if it wasn't obvious, but they did take the picture with the couch out front.
 
2014-08-12 12:03:41 PM  
Just checked and it is a more recent picture of that house.  Interestingly, my current street has no Street View image.  I didn't think that was possible anymore.
 
2014-08-12 12:04:16 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Not permanently; there is approximate a 2-3 year refresh rate;the picture for my house looks to be at
least from 2012 (on a Wednesday, since my garbage can is out in front), and the picture for my office
shows that it is still under construction, which dates it from early to mid 2012.


But the couch is still there.
 
2014-08-12 12:16:40 PM  
Higher-res photos will help track large farms, spot mineral deposits and otherwise deliver a clearer view of our planet that has previously been limited to the government

For our safety, right? Same with GPS. They could be more accurate, but the gov't says "no, thats only for us to use"
 
2014-08-12 12:17:34 PM  

vudukungfu: DjangoStonereaver: Not permanently; there is approximate a 2-3 year refresh rate;the picture for my house looks to be at
least from 2012 (on a Wednesday, since my garbage can is out in front), and the picture for my office
shows that it is still under construction, which dates it from early to mid 2012.

But the couch is still there.


No way.  Between a great roads department that would pick up anything and the local "scavengers"*, if you left something within 6' of the road it would be gone within an hour.  That's why the couch really pissed me off.

*crack/meth-heads looking for something to sell or sleep on
 
2014-08-12 12:19:11 PM  

LemSkroob: Higher-res photos will help track large farms, spot mineral deposits and otherwise deliver a clearer view of our planet that has previously been limited to the government

For our safety, right? Same with GPS. They could be more accurate, but the gov't says "no, thats only for us to use"


Pretty sure GPS is just about as accurate for civilians as military nowadays.
 
2014-08-12 12:21:05 PM  

dennysgod: It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby


I believe subby was clearly implying that he was not safe, which is almost certainly due to the fact that he had at least 10 inches of something about which to be concerned.
 
2014-08-12 12:24:42 PM  

This Looks Fun: dennysgod: It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby

I believe subby was clearly implying that he was not safe, which is almost certainly due to the fact that he had at least 10 inches of something about which to be concerned.


Yeah, that really wasn't all that clear. I'm an exhibitionist, so it really won't matter to me.
 
2014-08-12 12:27:52 PM  
Didn't see what you did there.
 
2014-08-12 12:40:19 PM  

This Looks Fun: dennysgod: It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby

I believe subby was clearly implying that he was not safe, which is almost certainly due to the fact that he had at least 10 inches of something about which to be concerned.


That's a hell of a nose, Pinocchio.
 
2014-08-12 12:44:55 PM  

LemSkroob: Higher-res photos will help track large farms, spot mineral deposits and otherwise deliver a clearer view of our planet that has previously been limited to the government

For our safety, right? Same with GPS. They could be more accurate, but the gov't says "no, thats only for us to use"


The straight civilian GPS signal is accurate to 10 meters, but in practice good receivers with some fancy tricks can be as accurate as centimeters, more accurate than military GPS, in fact, when leveraging "augmentation systems".

Military GPS uses a second signal that allows them to correct for atmospheric errors, which gives vanilla military GPS a higher accuracy than vanilla civilian GPS, but practically there's no difference anymore. The government is currently moving toward opening up that second signal for civilian use.
 
2014-08-12 12:52:58 PM  
All I know is that there's a 5+ acre field that I could lawnmow one heck of a message to the world into with 56" brushstrokes. Not *quite* Nazca lines, but...
 
2014-08-12 01:14:53 PM  
heh.. planes kept flying over the nude beach on the weekend. I  mean sure.. a pair of binoculars and I GUESS its enough detail..but isn't the stuff on the internet cheaper?  ( or just walking on the beach? )
 
2014-08-12 01:18:15 PM  

kvinesknows: heh.. planes kept flying over the nude beach on the weekend. I  mean sure.. a pair of binoculars and I GUESS its enough detail..but isn't the stuff on the internet cheaper?  ( or just walking on the beach? )


When it comes to looking at naked people, it's not always about quality. Sometimes it's just about the novelty.
 
2014-08-12 01:28:53 PM  
That's more than we really wanted to know about your areolae, subby.
 
2014-08-12 01:30:48 PM  

StroboscopicCamel: This Looks Fun: dennysgod: It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby

I believe subby was clearly implying that he was not safe, which is almost certainly due to the fact that he had at least 10 inches of something about which to be concerned.

That's a hell of a nose, Pinocchio.


Ha! I'm not Subby. I'm hung worse than a picture in an earthquake. I'm just a lame joke-explainer.
 
2014-08-12 01:33:28 PM  

StroboscopicCamel: This Looks Fun: dennysgod: It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby

I believe subby was clearly implying that he was not safe, which is almost certainly due to the fact that he had at least 10 inches of something about which to be concerned.

That's a hell of a nose, Pinocchio.


Dammit! I just got your joke. Sigh... if only someone was here who liked to explain jokes...
 
2014-08-12 01:33:33 PM  
Subby is perfectly safe.
 
2014-08-12 01:49:40 PM  

This Looks Fun: StroboscopicCamel: This Looks Fun: dennysgod: It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby

I believe subby was clearly implying that he was not safe, which is almost certainly due to the fact that he had at least 10 inches of something about which to be concerned.

That's a hell of a nose, Pinocchio.

Dammit! I just got your joke. Sigh... if only someone was here who liked to explain jokes...


Hah!  Been there; there's a reason I don't post too often.
 
2014-08-12 02:00:15 PM  

StroboscopicCamel: This Looks Fun: dennysgod: It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby

I believe subby was clearly implying that he was not safe, which is almost certainly due to the fact that he had at least 10 inches of something about which to be concerned.

That's a hell of a nose, Pinocchio.


Ha!
 
2014-08-12 02:06:44 PM  
These are probably pretty crappy cameras, by Earth standards. The tech that goes up on sats tends to lag everything else because: It takes so long to design them; It takes so long to harden stuff against radiation; It takes so long to be sure it won't need human maintenance since that's almost never possible.

Also true of rovers, probes, whatever else. You can always have fun pointing out the shiatty "calculators in 1992 had more memory than this and weighed less" technology in space equipment, but IT'S IN SPACE AND YOUR iPAD IS NOT MOTHER FARKER.
 
2014-08-12 02:23:43 PM  
Fark like a Barsoomian:

These are probably pretty crappy cameras, by Earth standards. The tech that goes up on sats tends to lag everything else because: It takes so long to design them; It takes so long to harden stuff against radiation; It takes so long to be sure it won't need human maintenance since that's almost never possible.

Also true of rovers, probes, whatever else. You can always have fun pointing out the shiatty "calculators in 1992 had more memory than this and weighed less" technology in space equipment, but IT'S IN SPACE AND YOUR iPAD IS NOT MOTHER FARKER.


blog.mistersquid.com

This, however... Is.
 
2014-08-12 02:43:06 PM  
maxheck:

Fark like a Barsoomian:

These are probably pretty crappy cameras, by Earth standards. The tech that goes up on sats tends to lag everything else because: It takes so long to design them; It takes so long to harden stuff against radiation; It takes so long to be sure it won't need human maintenance since that's almost never possible.

Also true of rovers, probes, whatever else. You can always have fun pointing out the shiatty "calculators in 1992 had more memory than this and weighed less" technology in space equipment, but IT'S IN SPACE AND YOUR iPAD IS NOT MOTHER FARKER.



Somewhere around here I have an RCA databook dating from back when RCA made semiconductors all about their SOS line. Silicon on sapphire. I'm not even going to pretend I know how to radiation-harden semiconductors through a carborundum substrate, but I did spend an interesting while working for one of the spooky groups that took pictures from space.
 
2014-08-12 02:48:04 PM  
Subby will blind the camera with the glare from his pasty white skin.
 
2014-08-12 03:22:16 PM  
Subby will be fine, he'll look like a Ken doll.
 
2014-08-12 04:12:37 PM  

StroboscopicCamel: ..............................................

Pretty sure GPS is just about as accurate for civilians as military nowadays.



Nope. It is way, way more accurate for the government. Down to MM.
 
2014-08-12 04:30:22 PM  

StroboscopicCamel: I'm still pissed that the Street View car decided that the day I set my old couch out by the road to be picked up would be the best day to take pictures.  Now my house is permanently redneck online.

At least both the washing machines and the fridge on the front porch were fairly clean and only unbroken blocks are under my truck.


Is "don't have anything embarrassing facing the street because you never know when the Google StreetView car will come by" the new "wear clean underwear because you never know when you'll have to go to the hospital"?
 
2014-08-12 04:39:02 PM  

foxtail: Nope. It is way, way more accurate for the government. Down to MM.


You can easily find civilian GPS units that have a 5mm CEP at the 95% confidence level, but they're made for scientific surveys and they cost thousands of dollars.

The military does not have guys running around in the field with sub-cm accuracy GPS on their belts. When you need accuracy below a meter, but above a few cm, and you've got a differential GPS (which civilians now have access to), the primary accuracy problem becomes signal processing, not physical. Once you need accuracies of a few cm, the problem is once again physical, so to get accurate measurements (sub-centimeter) you set up a calibrated tripod and wait for your GPS unit to collect a lot of data from a lot of GPS sats.
 
2014-08-12 09:45:59 PM  

Fubini: foxtail: Nope. It is way, way more accurate for the government. Down to MM.

You can easily find civilian GPS units that have a 5mm CEP at the 95% confidence level, but they're made for scientific surveys and they cost thousands of dollars.

The military does not have guys running around in the field with sub-cm accuracy GPS on their belts. When you need accuracy below a meter, but above a few cm, and you've got a differential GPS (which civilians now have access to), the primary accuracy problem becomes signal processing, not physical. Once you need accuracies of a few cm, the problem is once again physical, so to get accurate measurements (sub-centimeter) you set up a calibrated tripod and wait for your GPS unit to collect a lot of data from a lot of GPS sats.


They are not on the belts but they are out there and they are now very important. I was part of R&D on one project.
 
2014-08-12 11:30:56 PM  
I thought the main difference between civil and military GPS capability was that the military used a different band, allowing them to selectively deny access on the civil bands without affecting their own systems.
 
2014-08-13 12:38:42 AM  

This Looks Fun: dennysgod: It said "with detail down to the 10-inch level" so you're safe subby

I believe subby was clearly implying that he was not safe, which is almost certainly due to the fact that he had at least 10 inches of something about which to be concerned.


Elephantiasis of the scrotum can be really humiliating.
 
2014-08-13 01:29:18 AM  
 
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