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1368 clicks; posted to STEM » on 28 Sep 2021 at 12:30 PM (4 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-09-28 12:36:45 PM  
The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle
 
2021-09-28 12:47:21 PM  
Live down a road that the google van will never go down
 
2021-09-28 12:52:25 PM  
Covered mine in tinfoil so now it looks like another google car so they blurred it out.
 
2021-09-28 1:08:00 PM  

montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle


Unfortunately, since its a government entity doing it, they'll just ask Google "You have the original for that?" and Google will gladly give it to them without subpoena or warrant. And it won't be a picture of The Rock, either.
 
2021-09-28 1:11:18 PM  

Dick Gozinya: montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle

Unfortunately, since its a government entity doing it, they'll just ask Google "You have the original for that?" and Google will gladly give it to them without subpoena or warrant. And it won't be a picture of The Rock, either.


If they actually want to see my property, sure.

But they are just running software that flags changes they should look into - driveway, pool, missing trees. Things like that.

I doubt the 2010 blur looks different enough from the 2021 one to be noticed

Only risk would be if someone complained and they decided it was worth looking into. But they might just come see me. Or look at my file and see over 20 permits so far and decide I'm probably kosher
 
2021-09-28 1:11:46 PM  

montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle


And you think a blurred home isn't going to trigger an algorithm designed to flag changes?

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2021-09-28 1:11:55 PM  
My boss has a neighbor who wanted a religious message to be shown on Google Maps for his house, so he painted a big "John 3:16" message on his roof.  Not being the sharpest tool in he shed, he painted it on the north-facing side of the roof, so it's upside-down.

Bonus: He was arrested in August for participating in the January 6 Capitol riot.

/CSB
 
2021-09-28 1:12:07 PM  
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Actual Google Street View of my house before the city finally came out and trimmed their trees.
 
2021-09-28 1:14:05 PM  
your not that important
 
2021-09-28 1:14:34 PM  

BretMavrik: montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle

And you think a blurred home isn't going to trigger an algorithm designed to flag changes?

[Fark user image image 230x156]


Don't see why it would. Every image in the system going back to the first is blurred in such a way as to look identical to my eyes - and there's enough normal variation (cars, sports equipment, seasonal differences, decorations....) that it should never be exactly identical
 
2021-09-28 1:22:31 PM  

montreal_medic: Dick Gozinya: montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle

Unfortunately, since its a government entity doing it, they'll just ask Google "You have the original for that?" and Google will gladly give it to them without subpoena or warrant. And it won't be a picture of The Rock, either.

If they actually want to see my property, sure.

But they are just running software that flags changes they should look into - driveway, pool, missing trees. Things like that.

I doubt the 2010 blur looks different enough from the 2021 one to be noticed

Only risk would be if someone complained and they decided it was worth looking into. But they might just come see me. Or look at my file and see over 20 permits so far and decide I'm probably kosher


Or look at your file, see you've done 20 permit worthy changes to your property in the last 10 years, and decide "This guy is averaging 2 per year; how many others has he done without permits?" and decide you're not kosher.

Maybe you live in an awesome place full of reasonable and sensible government officials. In my case, bureaucrats gonna bureaucrat. I could spend hours regaling you with personal tales of my local officials farking up permits, losing them and accusing me of illegal work, improper and unsolicited inspections, and so on.

My original point was really just to say that blurring your house out on Google maps because you're worried about being spied on by your government probably isn't going to do jack shiat to keep them from doing exactly what you're trying to prevent by blurring your house. But it made you feel better about yourself, so I guess that's something. Rock on, dude.
 
2021-09-28 1:22:39 PM  

montreal_medic: BretMavrik: montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle

And you think a blurred home isn't going to trigger an algorithm designed to flag changes?

[Fark user image image 230x156]

Don't see why it would. Every image in the system going back to the first is blurred in such a way as to look identical to my eyes - and there's enough normal variation (cars, sports equipment, seasonal differences, decorations....) that it should never be exactly identical


If my job was to use software to identify possible code violations, one of the first things I would do would be to contact the developers to flag any blurred homes. I'm not saying that they're actually doing it, but I wouldn't count on them not doing it.
 
2021-09-28 1:29:15 PM  

montreal_medic: BretMavrik: montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle

And you think a blurred home isn't going to trigger an algorithm designed to flag changes?

[Fark user image image 230x156]

Don't see why it would. Every image in the system going back to the first is blurred in such a way as to look identical to my eyes - and there's enough normal variation (cars, sports equipment, seasonal differences, decorations....) that it should never be exactly identical


They could just set the system to flag blurred properties, and those would just be added to the list of in-person inspections they go out to do with all the other flagged properties.  It won't be that many, at least until enough people figure out the secret.
 
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2021-09-28 2:20:13 PM  
Just cover it in dicks. Drawings, I mean, not actual dicks. Though that would probably work too.
 
2021-09-28 2:46:28 PM  

ltdanman44: your not that important


My not that important what?
 
2021-09-28 3:04:32 PM  
Good luck selling your house. If I saw a blur like that I'd immediately go looking elsewhere.
 
2021-09-28 3:18:04 PM  

Dick Gozinya: montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

Not because I don't pull permits - I do. But I disagree with the approach on principle

Unfortunately, since its a government entity doing it, they'll just ask Google "You have the original for that?" and Google will gladly give it to them without subpoena or warrant. And it won't be a picture of The Rock, either.


Do they not have code enforcement where you people live?
 
2021-09-28 3:25:13 PM  
Why would I care about this?  I don't care if you see my house.  What I care about is having every bit of information about me on the internet, so that any old stalker can look me up in about five seconds if they know my full name.
THEN they can look and see what my house looks like.

Are they offering to do away with aggregating all of our personal information on sites that track you?  Well, no, because that's how Google does business.  You can blur out your house, silly human, but everyone still knows everything about you.

Fark you google, once again.
 
2021-09-28 4:42:34 PM  
That's a pretty stupid thing to do, honestly.  Your home is already visible to anybody who drives down the street.  Blurring it on Google Maps will only draw more attention to it and make people wonder what's so special about that specific house that would make the owners want it blurred.  Streisand Effect and all.
 
2021-09-28 4:44:35 PM  

montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out


That was dumb, and you made a huge mistake.
 
2021-09-28 4:48:06 PM  

ThatSillyGoose: montreal_medic: The second I heard that my town was using a software solution to flag changes to the home and property for possible code infractions (changes without pulling a permit) I blurred mine out

That was dumb, and you made a huge mistake.


Perhaps.

I am however fully compliant with all the bylaws, pulled permits for everything I've done, and play hockey on the same line as the mayor.
 
2021-09-28 5:36:51 PM  
My house isn't on Streetview anyway, too far from the road and hidden by trees, so I'm not bothered.

It is odd that the process can apparently never be reversed by Google, even when they update the images to newer ones. As someone in the comments says you could create a bot that just picks random addresses and completes the blur request, and after a few years every house will be blurred and Streetview will be useless.
 
2021-09-28 10:54:55 PM  
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