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3D Map of Bournemouth with shockingly high detail

Ordnance Survey has completed a three year project, compiling data from 700 million laser beams and creating a highly-detailed map of the town.  The laser data was combined with 2D maps and with photos taken from the air.  The final result can be seen in the video below:

With this map, Bournemouth claims to be “the best mapped place on the planet”.  That may be partially true, but a map via YouTube can only do so much.  If they can push this data to Google Earth, or at provide some kind of viewing software, it’ll be a different story.

The service will be rolled out to the rest of Britain eventually, but likely not for at least five years while they perfect the new method.

Various privacy complaints about StreetView in Australia

The Daily Mail has published an article today with a variety of complaints that people have aired against the new StreetView imagery in Australia.

The first one is quite interesting.  A guy lost his best friend in a boating accident, and drunk himself stupid to dull the pain.  When he got home, he collapsed on the grass and fell asleep, where Google snapped his photo.  The image has since been removed, but you can see a screencap of it here.

Others include a woman who saw her recently deceased father in front of his house (which “renews the raw loss”), and another woman that was pleased to find herself in the imagery, working hard in the garden.

StreetView is coming to Britain soon, and they’re already calling it a “gross invasion of privacy”.

Do you agree with that?  Or is it acceptable because it’s all taken from public property?