Interesting watching CNN news do a piece today on distorting imagery within Google Earth and Microsoft’s Live Local Search. Its become apparent that the same areas are not obscured on both mapping sites. For example, The White House is blurred in the Microsoft app yet it appears quite clear in Google Earth.. there are also blurred images in Google Earth that appear un-touched in the Microsoft application. According to the report, the two companies will likely have to come together and have their commerical imagery providers provide blurred out imagery for the same sensitive areas.. sounds like some job opportunities to me! See http://intl.local.live.com/ & http://maps.google.com/
Archives for May 18, 2007
A reminder came my way from the USGS — More from the RollaDailyNews regarding the USGS and their plans for the move… Despite a protest from the Denver U.S. Geological Survey team preparing its proposal to be the permanent home for the agency, the Rolla USGS team is moving forward to make its formal presentation on June 18… they continue – “Formerly, the USGS had four locations, one each in Reston, Va., Menlo Park, Calif., and the Denver and Rolla sites. Both the Virginia and California sites have since been closed. The closure of the Rolla office, which had been forecast last Sept. 31, was pushed back at least a year. Closing the Rolla facility would leave about 100 workers unemployed and result in a loss of $13.74 million in annual payroll.” See http://therolladailynews.com/articles/2007/05/18/news/news01.txt
LibTiff (http://www.remotesensing.org/libtiff/) maintainers have started work on LibTiff 4.0, the next major upgrade of the time-proven TIFF (http://www.awaresystems.be/imaging/tiff.html) codec. This upgrade will include support for the new BigTIFF file format. It is planned a preliminary version (LibTiff 4.0alpha1) will be operational by June 15, 2007. Testing and final release improvements for LibTiff 4.0 will be completed by July 30, 2007. For more information on the BigTIFF file format, we recommend AWare Systems’ BigTIFF page at http://www.awaresystems.be/imaging/tiff/bigtiff.html
Wow, looks like I’m not alone… Vodcasts and videocasts are great… audio podcasts though.. sorry… looks like James has quite a few readers commenting that also aren’t to hot on Pocasting. Simply put, they really aren’t that conveneient it appears – pretty interesting! http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/2007/05/15/stop-posting-the-podcasts/ – Remember… video killed that radio star – enter YouTube!