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Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-fallout-map dept.
mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."

Comment: Re:Such a great love for Google Maps (Score 1) 143

by WankerWeasel (#42361483) Attached to: iOS 6 Adoption Rates Soar Following Google Maps Release
You're right, Google doesn't make much off Android. They made about $540 million in revenue off of it from 2006-2011. Apple makes that in PROFIT from the iPhone in 1 week. Additionally, Google makes about $2 on advertising from each Android user while they make just over $6 from each iPhone user.

Comment: Comcast No Longer Enforcing (Score 1) 353

by WankerWeasel (#42337707) Attached to: ISP Data Caps Just a 'Cash Cow'
Comcast is no longer enforcing their 250GB/month cap. From a friend that still works at Comcast. "I know there used to be one on your Comcast.com Account page but when they started letting people stream via XBox, it kinda screwed with those numbers because they said it wasn't going to impact customer's bandwidth cap. I tried pointing it out as in "how are we going to tell what is streaming traffic on Xbox vs someone's normal useage when it's all coming from the same IP?" They "assured" me they had it covered. The enforcement of the "data consumption threshold" was pretty much suspended after they found there wasn't an easy way to determine what traffic was what..... We keep being told something is coming but not sure when. They do actually have a different bootfile for the modem that I believe should be providing an individual IP for the Xbox (like the phone has it's own IP/provisioning as well) so eventually they may be able to figure something out but I've not heard much more on it recently. For the longest time the only way we could see any useage was to log into CMTS and look at modem's raw useage since it was last rebooted."

Comment: Hidden Charges Everywhere (Score 1) 65

by WankerWeasel (#42278161) Attached to: Startup Launches Open Wi-Fi, Challenging ISPs
Watch out, they're full of hidden charges on their "free" 500MB/mon 4G service. If you don't use at least 10MB/mon, they charge you a fee. Data is rounded when it's used so it keeps rounding up. If you go over 400MB and don't have at least $10 in your account with them, they charge you so you have money in your account. Basically you have to use at least 10MB but less than 400MB a month to keep things free and with the data rounding that becomes very hard. Additionally, while they say they refund the price of the device deposit when you return it, you are charged an additional $10 restocking fee. Checkout the huge thread on slickdeals with lots of people upset about their service and all the hidden charges. I was about to pull the trigger on one but luckily read the info on all their charges and decided otherwise.

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 1) 82

by WankerWeasel (#42193011) Attached to: Google's Schmidt: Patent Wars Harm Startups
You're looking at a startup as a single person or partners that share the pay from the buyout. What about the people that worked tirelessly at the small company but may not get a cut in the cash? You're also believing that the #1 motivator for everyone is money. Many would like to see their baby grow and see the impact it can make on the world. Invent a cure for cancer, take the payoff and walk away without ever getting to see how it changes the world.

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 1) 82

by WankerWeasel (#42192893) Attached to: Google's Schmidt: Patent Wars Harm Startups
You're assuming the one being bought out is the startups founder, not the employees that get nothing more than laid off. Also your logic is that you'd rather have a partial lobotomy than a full. The lesser of two bad things. Why not have a good outcome rather than the lesser of two bad ones? For most it's not all abut the money. Seeing something you worked hard to build be taken and thrown in a bin never to see the light of day sucks. This thing you worked so hard on will never get the chance to show how awesome of an idea it really was.

Comment: It's simple (Score 1) 162

by WankerWeasel (#41948283) Attached to: Nike+ FuelBand: Possibly a Big Security Hole For Your Life
How about you just don't cheat on your partner and you should be fine. I have an UP. It's great (other than they break all the times requiring them to be replaced by Jawbone. I'm on my 10th). No worries about privacy. I choose to share the info I choose to share with others. Just like I choose to share the pictures I choose to share on Facebook. Should I lost my UP (pretty hard when it's firmly wrapped around your wrist all the time), people can't get the info from it. If you plug the band into a new iPhone, the app will alert you that the band has not been synced with that phone before. It then gives you the option to sync it with the new phone (which wipes any previous data) or to cancel.

Comment: Don't supersize (Score 0) 660

by WankerWeasel (#40713325) Attached to: Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!
Best friend is all about having a bigger and bigger phone. He wants a small tablet to carry around basically. I'm perfectly fine with the current size of my iPhone and would like it to stay that way. I want a phone I can carry around in any type of pants (jeans or dress). I have a tablet but I don't want to carry it with me everywhere.

Comment: Meh (Score 3, Insightful) 171

by WankerWeasel (#40555457) Attached to: First iOS Malware Discovered In Apple's App Store
It was also available in the Google Play store too. With the hundreds of thousands of apps that they have to review, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Plenty of apps grab your address book info including the Facebook app. What it does with them Apple has little control over. Facebook could choose to spam them on their server side and Apple couldn't prevent it (other than no longer allowing apps to access contact info).

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

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