Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
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Precise enough to be a little disturbing

Thanks to marysdress, who pointed out that Microsoft now has its own version of Google Maps. It has its flaws, but I'm taken a bit aback by the precision of the pictures. At the finest resolution, Google Maps shows a blurry outline the shape of our house. But the Microsoft version not only shows the house crisply, I can even see the bird feeder in the back yard, and can tell that the picture was taken before we bought the house, because that isn't our car in the driveway. Speculation at work is that they must be doing their pictures by airplane rather than satellite, based on the resolution.

Useful in its way, but I do wonder how long it's going to be before someone comes out with the first murder mystery that hinges on being able to see a snapshot of time with such high precision...
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