Blighty surrenders to Street View
95% coverage goes live
Blighty today surrendered to Sreet View's all-seeing eye as Google extended the service's coverage to encompass 95 per cent of the UK.
The news will come as no surprise to El Reg's eagle-eyed readership, who kept a close eye on the search monolith's Orwellian black Opels as they prowled Great Britain. Here's our Web 0.2 spymobile sighting mashup...
Let me get this in early...
Shock news, I actually like Street View, it's really interesting.
Oh and I dont find the fact that someone can see the front of my house on the net any more scary than watching someone walk by my house.
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Is it just me, or does everyone else find this to be a staggering achievement?
To have street level imaging available for the majority of the country, in high quality, is something that would have been a pipe dream a handful of years ago.
To have it free at the point of consumption (yes Ad supported, yes, google is evil etc) is even more astonishing.
I remember the first forays of public imaging with world wind, mapquest in the early 2000's. How far we've come now!
Nic 3 didn't say they minded people watching them, they said they didn't mind a Google Street View camera taking a photo of the front of their house and chose to equate it to someone walking past the front of their house and looking at it as they did, which, thank God, isn't *yet* wrong and is in fact a far cry from the popular definition of "watching" somebody or something. In case you're having trouble with the definition, I, personally, like to think of myself *looking* at a static photo and *watching* a video.
Do you understand? Do you even think you understand?