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Old 08-03-2010, 04:40 AM
 
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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- A town on New York's Long Island is using Google Earth to find backyard pools that don't have the proper permits.

The town of Riverhead has used the satellite image service to find about 250 pools whose owners never filled out the required paperwork.

Violators were told to get the permits or face hefty fines. So far about $75,000 in fees has been collected.
FOXNews.com - Backyard Scofflaws Found on Earth -- Google Earth


Big Government is watching you!
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Big Brother really is watching. Not that an aerial survey couldn’t have been done any time since the invention of the airplane. The difference is that Google is free and has an automatic address correlation.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I love Googe earth and I use it all the time with my government job.


The sad part is that we had to wait for a private company to put out a free program to even be able to see our city from above. How's that for "big brother" at work?

Oh, and the solution to your invasion of privacy? Plant trees.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:19 AM
 
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I dunno if other states are like this, but my dad built a pool when I was a kid and New York actually has really strict laws about building pools, so this is no surprise.
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