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A brief vid has popped up on YouTube purportedly showing a pranged Street View spymobile in northern India. A still showing the crashed Street View car in a rocky gorge The 22-second clip also features someone venting his spleen at the Great Satan of Mountain View by lobbing rocks at the wrecked Orwellian black Opel, as you …

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Hmm

The guy was probably using google maps as a GPS

"Turn Right now"

what? SHIIIIIIIIII-------

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Was this one of their...

...self drive cars that never have accidents?

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Re: Was this one of their...

No. No, it wasn't.

For two reasons:

1) Google don't have (nor have they ever claimed to have) 'self drive cars that never have accidents'

2) Any self-drive cars Google do have are being tested in San-Francisco and, more recently, Nevada. Incidentally, they appear to be performing very well.

Some might argue that the self-driving car was jumping the gun when they've still to invent the self-typing keyboard that never posts retarded comments...

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Re: Was this one of their...

You mean retarded comments by people incapable of spotting obvious (albeit a poor attempt) humour? Like, say, yourself?

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Re: Was this one of their...

Hrm.

Was your sense of humour surgically removed and replaced with heavy doses of smugness and self-righteous delusions of grandeur?

I mean... you're commenting on a semi-humorous article on The Register. You're not providing peer review in a scientific journal.

That high horse... best come down off it before you break your fool neck.

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Re: Was this one of their...

& dumb-bunny Google-Shills that infiltrate blogs...

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That wmnguyen guy probably has a point. I mean, cars don't actually ever crash? His explanation is much simpler.

One time I thought I saw a car crash, but later I realised They had just implanted the memory.

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eh

Why is this news worthy?

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Re: eh

Because it was comment worthy....

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Re: eh

Since when did ANYTHING on the Reg have to be "news worthy"?

Just give folks something else to make fun of.

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Re: eh

What's that you say? Never heard of Bootnotes?

Welcome to the Register!

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Why is every car with a camera automatically a Google car, when other people do the same thing?

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The mind Googles...

"Why is every car with a camera automatically a Google car, when other people do the same thing?"

This one has a sign saying "Google" on the door, which is a bit of a clue really.

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Re: The mind Googles...

"This one has a sign saying "Google" on the door, which is a bit of a clue really."

But if you were a Pakistani agent or Mosad or whatever the KGB is these days would you put that on the doors or would you pretend to be Google?

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Re: The mind Googles...

Do you really think they would drive around in a car with more VDMs than you can shake a stick at?

I think not. It would make their movements far too visible.

(VDM: visually distinguishing mark)

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@JDX

Seriously?

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Good Info

New Google Streetview feature: " And this is what it would look like if you crash at this location... ambulance response time...."

;)

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Mean while unruley teen attacks car unprovoked!

Oh please let google get this guys face and sue him for criminal damage; that'd make my day

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Re: Mean while unruley teen attacks car unprovoked!

They might have a job working out which of the dents he caused.

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I read that headline as "Google Street View skymobile crashes spectacularly". Only twigged when I realized it was an Astra in the picture and not some kind of light aircraft which is what I was expecting.

I'm a little disappointed, if I'm honest, but oh well.

Wonder how fast they were going? If they were taking pictures, I would expect them to be going slowly, unless they were fleeing an anti-Google mob...

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spectacularly

"I'm a little disappointed, if I'm honest, but oh well."

I was expecting something like what you see in an old movie...

Through the guardrail, down a steep embankment, driver jumps at the last second before the car goes off a cliff (it he is the good guy), bursts into flame, crashes into the rocks at the bottom, then explodes, and explodes a few more times just to make sure.

This was hardly spectacular.

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The car does look a little small compared to the driver, but humans have an annoying habit of not being a standard size.

More importantly - where is the car supposed to have come from? The camera man is stood on a narrow ridge. Is the car supposed to have fallen off the ridge, or driven up the other side at high speed?

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Annoying Habits

"humans have an annoying habit of not being a standard size"

You sir, owe me a keyboard. I'm adding this to my email signature (with appropriate attribution of course).

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The Flickr picture is date 14th July 2011 (although the upload is dated 23rd July 2012.. Camera could be wrong I guess but otherwise, it's REALLY old news..

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Wow.... you think he might not of just set the camera date wrong?

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To be fair

the exif data on the pic says it was taken with an Olympus SP570UZ which is a compact 20x zoom camera but also indicates it had a fixed focus Panasonic Lumix lens. It isn't just the date that's wrong, someone has been playing with the exif data.

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CIA Geo Surveys?

Why do folks put up with these spy buggies canvassing their neighborhoods? It's so easy to just run them out.

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Re: CIA Geo Surveys?

Because its a useful service? I'll bet most of the people who complain about not liking their house appearing on streetview are quite happy to use it to look at other peoples.

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Personal Defense Weapon, Google Sir?

May I recommend Heckler & Koch MP5 compact version. Can be kept in the glove compartment. This also very nice, Fabrique Nationale P90, has patented linear magazine, very maniable. Keeps people away. No more stone throwing.

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Re: Personal Defense Weapon, Google Sir?

Go for the p90 and AP rounds.

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Re: Personal Defense Weapon, Google Sir?

OVERKILL,.....

it's an Astra. You can kill it with paintballs or Nerf bullets.

W.r.t the location, was probably stolen and driven there for a bit of "off-roading" by the tea-leaves.

Has anyone ever attacked the cameras on the Google cars with a paintball gun?

Spray cans? Plastic bag pulled over the cameras?

Am I giving someone ideas? :-)

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Re: Personal Defense Weapon, Google Sir?

"May I recommend Heckler & Koch MP5 compact version. Can be kept in the glove compartment. This also very nice, Fabrique Nationale P90, has patented linear magazine, very maniable"

Both MP5 and P90 are available to you in "Far Cry", which, if it weren't for a few nasty bugs that CryTech was never able to squash, might be the best FPS ever released.

Then again, the P90's in my Gibson ES-137P were very very nice too.

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Re: Personal Defense Weapon, Google Sir?

A bit dated.

H&K has an MP-7 which fires a smaller round yet at a higher velocity. Depending on the projectile, you can easily penetrate body armor and metal.

With respect to FN, you want the P92 which is the full auto version. And you'll want the steel core rounds which again are capable of penetrating body armor.

Then there's the Kris which fires s .45 ACP round.

All are limited to military and LE purchases, so maybe stick with a tried and true M1 which fires 8 rounds of .30-'06? (While not a PDF... still fun to shoot.)

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Re: the P90's in my Gibson ES-137P

Single coil rules OK.

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Every IT project in India ends with a crash....

... were they trying to avoid an Holy Cow?

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Re: Every IT project in India ends with a crash....

A... 'a' Holy Cow.. the H, followed by a vowel, means the 'h' is ignored.. usually.. but definitely in this case..

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Re: Not if you're posh?

I've heard, "an hotel."

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Re: Not if you're posh?

You heard it from a idiot then. Alan is correct here....

Go on Nazis.... Take the bait!

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Re: Not if you're posh?

With a word starting in "hol*" I would use an, so you don't say a-hole to someone.

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Re: Not if you're posh?

Where you off on an holiday recently?

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Technically, it depends how it's spoken...

...which is a bit tricky when written down, granted. If the h is dropped (try saying "An 'oly cow" in your finest Terry Jones accent) it would be written as 'An holy cow' - just as you would say "I'll be there in an 'our" but write 'I'll be there in an hour'.

(I'm assuming you don't actually pronounce the h in hour...)

"A historic occasion" sounds great in received pronunciation but crap in cockney: "An historic occasion" is vice versa.

The only time to haul people up on it is when they write 'an herb'. Not because it's wrong per se, but because it means they say "an 'erb" and therefore need a good slapping on general principle.

</phonetic pedant>

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I'm surprised the camera gear and laser rangefinders are still on it, that stuff is worth more than the car!

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I'm pretty certain the rules of maritime salvage don't apply here! Or I don't think it's an Antonov An-12 filled with illegal arms that a certain arms dealer wants shot of.

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3d joy ride

Oh please say it was stolen and still recording, can you imagine the evidence?

"At this point your honour the vehicle was travelling at 72.39mph on a heading of 145'30" narrowly missing the home of Mrs Gupta who was composing an email to her daughter.....", "Unfortunately we were unable to identify any of the people who stole the car or those who were passed on the way, though it is believed one road-side witness may have had a horses head."

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and we do have Mrs Gupta's email on disc.

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"Hello... You got the data? Excellent. Let's go home."

"Waddaya mean we left the driver behind?"

Mine's the one with the dodgy GPS receiver in the pocket...

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Why is there always some twat

who thinks its funny to smash stuff up? Ok , the cars off the road but does the idiot in the video really think he's clever or amusing by throwing rocks at it - has he only just evolved from a chimp or what? It amazes me with the sheer number of morons on this planet how any social evolution ever managed to happen.

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Re: Why is there always some twat

Throwing rocks pre-dates social evolution.

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Re: Why is there always some twat

"Throwing rocks pre-dates social evolution."

Whoooosh.....

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