Ars Technica is reporting about a bill introduced by a California legislator about a month ago making it a crime to not blur out government buildings, including schools and churches. The bill would make the punishment for non-compliance $250,000 per day and a minimum of a year of jail time for the company’s executive officers.
Sony released around 60 terrabytes of raw log data to a group of researchers for analysis. Lots of different disciplines appear to have mined the data looking for interesting patterns. The data spans four years and 40,000 players. What strikes me as particularly noteworthy is none of them seem to be geographers even though some
The Sydney Morning Herald has an interesting article heavily quoting Google Earth’s project head John Hanke, “We’re not the bad guys.” The article goes on to heavily quote Hanke concerning the issue, but the gist of it is that technology is morally neutral. You can use it for good and bad things and it’s up
PCPro in the UK is reporting that Google may unveil a new product in its family of mapping tools – Google Ocean! The application would feature topographic layers of the ocean floor, underwater photos, and even points of interest like famous ship wrecks. For those intreguied by the inner space, this should be great! Now
If you’ve been curious as to exactly how bad a problem this foreclosure business has become, perhaps this heat map might give you an idea of the severity and location. It’s published by RealityTrac and gives a good indication of county by county level data. However, sometime more interactive might be nice. Well, if you
Hot Hardware (a most excellent computer/techie site, by the way) is reporting an interesting proposition by the Governor of Oregon. Apparently Oregon is having a bit of financial difficulty, what with all the people trying to save on gas and the associated decline in gas tax revenues. Governor Kulongoski’s proposal is fairly simple – let’s
Time Magazine online is reporting about New York’s Rat Map online. The project is a tad over a year old. The project features a nice participartory GIS component as residents (and presumablly visitors as well) can report rat infestation issues. Definately one of the most intersting mashups I’ve seen! And a tad icky too
Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winning economist, has predicted the end of the US auto industry. Although this has been widely reported elsewhere, I think it’s interesting to note the reason Krugman quotes: “It will do so because of the geographical forces that me and my colleagues have discussed…” So if anyone gives you flak for
Ars Technica has a pretty nice summary article on a few crime mapping and mashup sites around the web. We’ve reported one or two of these in the past, but there are a few I hadn’t heard about. It’s interesting to see Toronto releasing all if its homicide information on the web for all to
We’ve talked about these devices before and they’re pretty cool. They were used a lot in this past election. The Daily Show with John Stewart has a pretty funny take on touch screens. It’s a pretty funny mix of technologies, the media, and a surveillance society. Note, parts are PGish, so watch in appropriate company.