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Comment: Re:Slightly OT: Obtaining current imagery? (Score 1) 535

by Cus (#26755011) Attached to: Google Earth 5.0 Silently Changes Update Policy

Not sure why you've been marked funny, unless my 'dry humour' detector is playing up.

If you go to and view the Satellite imagery in there, even if it's out of date, it'll have a (c) notice for who supplied the data. eg If I zoom to NW of Flagstaff, The imagery is (c)2009 DigitalGlobe, GeoEye. If you get in touch with them they may be able to help you trace which companies they've supplied the latest data to (or even when the last flyover they did was). Once you know that, try contacting the companies who write the mapping applications who use the imagery and play the charity card to see if you can get even a trial version of their software with the latest imagery. At least it gives you *something* recent to work with.

I work on mapping systems in the UK and while typical users often ask why they should pay for the software I've worked on, saying they could just use Google/Virtual Earth, part of my remit is to provide the latest monthly data drop from the OS and that's often a big chunk of what you pay for.

There's a tremendous effort involved in stitching together photo imagery and companies like DigitalGlobe are only going to release it for free (or on a restricted license as they do to google) if it means that there's benefit in selling the *very latest* imagery to other companies. I doubt very much that Google does the stitching - they'll drape the geo-located imagery over their globe and that's it.

Comment: Re:Stephen Fry... (Score 4, Informative) 282

by Cus (#24843321) Attached to: Stephen Fry Helps GNU Celebrate 25th Birthday
He's talked about Open Source a fair bit in his 'Dork Talk' section in the Guardian, with a particular article entitled 'Deliver us from Microsoft'

"The two great pillars of Open Source are the GNU project and Linux. I shan't burden you with too much detail, I'll just make the outrageous claim that your computer will be running some descendant of those two within the next five years and that your life will be better and happier as a result."

All constants are variables.