Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Google Street View has come to Houston.






Hey... That's not Humberto, is it?

update: via comments, a collection of google street view links [scary!]

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Check out this list of the "alleged" Google Street View privacy invasions already discovered in the US:

http://streetviewgallery.corank.com

There is even a Google Street View capture of a woman going in for an HIV test!

Steve Bates said...

Oh, goody! No, that's not Humberto, because Humberto never came here. But I think that SUV or wagon on the right of this view almost sideswiped me a few days ago...

anonymous, out of curiosity, how do you know she was going in for an HIV test? Maybe she was a clinic employee? I mean, I share your concern (boy do I ever), but aren't you making an assumption of exactly the sort the abusers of this technology might make?

Steve Bates said...

I confess I'm enjoying this. I don't know if I'll show my home, or if it's even on their route, but here is where I went to elementary school. So, I'm told, did Walter Cronkite, though we weren't there at the same time. :)

Steve Bates said...

Heh. Fortunately, my street isn't on their routes yet. But in the good not-so-old days, I did a fair amount of business at the bicycle shop behind this cluster of trees, just a few blocks from where I live. Hey, the mean guyz have my address already anyway...

hipparchia said...

steve, those were cool. thanks for the screen shots. i lived west of there, out of the reach of google's cameras. lot of fun looking at other people's houses, but not so much when it could be your own.

Steve Bates said...

As long as the shots are out of focus that much, I'm OK with it. I'm quite sure I couldn't recognize any individual in them. Maybe they provide the good stuff only to the No Such Agency. :)

Cronkite's biography names a different elementary school. But I was told many times, by many people, when I was growing up, that he went to that school. Maybe he's ashamed of us or something. He shouldn't be; the quality of public education was excellent there and elsewhere in Houston in those days.

Steve Bates said...

BTW, not screen shots... Google provides URLs to take you to the same location, orientation, etc. as I was viewing.

hipparchia said...

you're right, i was a bit haphazard with my wording.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Will the expansion of cyber space ever slow down?

hipparchia said...

well, i'll admit that there are parts of cyberspace i like to see expanding --- blogging-for-all has been a godsend for me --- but there are other parts i'd like to see reined in too.