exactly as clean and renewable as gasoline
Which is... not at all?
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With such headings as "Automatic Data Collection", "How we use the information we collect:", and "How the information we collect is shared:" it's kind of hard for me to see how there was any ambiguity?
On the other hand, I know most people never bothered to read the privacy statement but that is by no means Pandora's fault. They provided the information - if users failed to actually read it, that's on them.
Why indeed?What reasonable motivation could he have to poll a well-established base of computer experts for advise?
Maybe they should just hire one of these "computer experts" who knows the answer instead of someone who can't even seem to use Google?
Seriously, they're paying him to get the job done. If he doesn't know how to find this information for himself and make an informed decision, he should not have accepted the job in the first place.
Let someone who has the requisite knowledge have the job (or contract) and get the job done using well established procedure and expertise.
Even if he does know, he should come to the table with options and ideas and ask (say, on a forum) for some expert opinions about specific products (or at least brand names/vendors!) This shows that you have at least done some homework.
Almost any map or photo will have *some* common aspect that relates to current day. Right now I am working on a project of cataloging old (back to 1937) aerial photographs of the county I live in.
I use ESRI's ArcMap, a ruler, an excel spreadsheet and some brainpower. I pick sensible coordinates (PLSS corners make the most sense when available, as well as street intersections) and then locate them on a more-or-less current day satellite/aerial overlay in ArcMap. Once I decide on my corners, I just measure the physical map from each common point/corner to the map edge (twice for each corner- one for x, one for y). Then pick two points and measure between them and compare your measurements in the "real world" to come up with a scale (this is why excel is handy). Then you just go back to your GIS software and move each of the corner points the specified "real world" distance!
This DOES take time but it is probably the most accurate method you'll find for older maps (or aerials).
If you simply pick one or two points and rubbersheet or affine, you'll often end up with frustratingly bad results for these. Those advanced methods require many, many links with a higher accuracy than you'll be able to achieve. My method also has the benefit of accounting for rotation/skewing/etc (not all the aerials/maps will be the exact same orientation, dimension, and scale... in fact, it's rare that two have even one or two of these elements relatively close).
The finest eloquence is that which gets things done.