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In a final squeeze of Olympics juice from London's triumphant summer of sport last year, British Telecom has released a world record-breaking panoramic photo of the city taken from the top of the BT Tower. A 360 panorama of London taken from the BT Tower Click to view the map The 320 gigapixel snap is made up of 48,640 …

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What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

Just askin' ...

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I click

I click I tried I failed.

Fatal Error Message, it's just tooooooooooooo big to be of any use.

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Re: What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

320 GB - No, like google skyview it just gives you what you need.

I don't comprehend why it drags in the wrong direction.

Fantastic.

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Re: What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

*Phew* I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks the controls are reversed.

Pretty impressive, even more so given they used those plastic Canon cameras ;-)

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Re: What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

Plastic? Canon 7D's have magnesium bodies.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/CanonEOS7D/Images/magnesium.jpg

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Re: What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

It isn't dragging, it's panning.

You move the mouse in the direction in which you want the "camera" to pan, hence the arrow that appears.

If you were dragging it you'd get the grabbing hand cursor, I'd have thought.

Big Brother because I've not yet found anyone doing anything untoward in any of the windows......... But I'm going to keep looking. :-D

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Re: What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

At last! I have always thought it was me being the odd one out. I too think the intuitive way to drag these images should be the reverse of what seems to be the norm - there are certainly enough comments to suggest we are in the majority.

Anyway - What a great photo!

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'Click to view the map'

Do you really expect me to click to download a 320GB jpeg over my puny broadband?

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Re: 'Click to view the map'

Same thoughts here, but I clicked anyway. it takes you to a BT site and a fully panable and zoomable application that I think is pretty damned good.

I wonder, though, what the local residents will think when they see that views through their bedroom and bathroom windows are being presented to the world's Peeping Toms?

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Re: 'Click to view the map'

"I wonder, though, what the local residents will think when they see that views through their bedroom and bathroom windows are being presented to the world's Peeping Toms?"

That last click of the zoom is a surprisingly BIG jump in magnification. You can easily identify the pot plants on the window ledge inside a room.

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Re: 'Click to view the map'

Where did this 320GB figure come from? It's a 320Gp image so ~1TB of raw image data (320G * 8b * 3c). I'd be surprised if that image didn't compress down to ~10% for a JPEG and ~5% is plausible... so that'd be a 50-100GB JPEG file.

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Re: 'Click to view the map'

Do you really expect me to click to download a 320GB jpeg over my puny broadband?

Do you really expect that they'd be able to afford the bandwidth costs of sending out the whole image file to everyone that clicks?

It's like google maps, it only loads the bit you need to see at one time. each time you pan or zoom it loads the next bit of view for you.

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Re: 'Click to view the map'

Silly me, I thought of putting the 'Joke Alert' icon on the original post. Maybe we need a 'slightly sarcastic comment just in case people are a bit sleepy' icon

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http://d.pr/i/sbQe

No HTML5 compatible images found.

hmmf.

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Jamie 5, is this too simple for you????

just go to this address!!

http://btlondon2012.co.uk/pano.html

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Re: Jamie 5, is this too simple for you????

> ERROR:

> Adobe Flashplayer 10 or higher needed

Funny, because I've got HTML5+ECMAScript which in many respects is higher than "Flashplayer 10", whatever that is…

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They need to call Mr Google.....

.....and ask nicely to borrow the car reg/face pixelation software, though god knows how long it would take to trawl through 320 giga-pixels.

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Re: how long it would take to trawl through 320 giga-pixels.

Probably about five minutes given a decent machine and competent software?

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Well, that was quick.

You cannot access the following Web address:

http://btlondon2012.co.uk/pano.html

The site you requested is blocked under the following categories: Malicious Sites

You can:

Temporarily override filtering on this computer if you have an override name and password. (Note that your administrator may be notified that you've bypassed filtering.)

Use your browser's Back button or enter a different Web address to continue.

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Re: Well, that was quick.

Nope, that what happens when ALL of the reg's readership attacks the website at once!!!

the one thing that is reliable these days, is 'we underestimated the demand'.... LOLOLOL

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Re: Well, that was quick.

and I think your blocker is so tight its cutting it the browsers circulation!!!, or its just a clever message to pretend it is 'working' ...

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and for a bonus point - was that BT's web-blocker / firewall message?

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Flash!!!!

Why the fuck is this done in flash? There are plenty of decent ways of doing this kind of thing in html5 and there are better technologies that don't have that jarring effect when it switches resolutions as you zoom in.

Why in all these panos is 50% of the image sky? 160 Gigapixels of grey clouds; great.

The zoomed out images are horribly sharpened, makes it look like someone has drawn round the outlines of the buildings in marker pen. When you zoom all the way in and the image switches to the full resolution original it suddenly looks much better (although never in the same place as you were actually zooming to)

The image pans left when you drag the mouse left, sounds sensible when you write it down but this is the wrong way round. When you drag your mouse left the image should move left (pan right)

It's such a shame when all that time and effort put into constructing the thing and the viewing of the image is flawed. Perhaps they should speak to Gigapixel or Microsoft who both have technologies for doing this kind of thing that don't suck.

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Re: Flash!!!!

ROFLMOA ROFLMAO .... Are one of the LAZY devs that wont stop moaning about flash, BUT wont bother to make a decent easy to use replacement for it using 'html5' ??? or just one of those idiots that thinks it is just so easy????

If you have done ANY research, you will know 'html5' is only a very small part of the solution ... look at how they do without flash on the iphone.. it is more 'streaming video' using a remote flash server, all provided by youtube, adobe, etc... until you find a website that does not use it... this is why there is STILL plenty of help for jelly bean users to get flash loaded... :)

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not feeling the half HDR baked effect. Once your zoomed in 90% of the way it drops back to normal standard looking photo style

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Impressive!

You can almost make out car tax discs.

I feel like I'm in one of those films where they say things like "zoom 1000x" and "enhance".

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Huge invasion of privacy !

Hope you weren't up to anything you shouldn't have been doing !

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Re: Huge invasion of privacy !

Funnily enough you can read number plates, didn't Google get a good bashing for doing the same thing with their streetview application???

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Come on London!

Well, there's about 10 million Londoners,and about 100 million windows in this picture, so how long before a Reg commentard spots someone mooning to the BT camera? About 10 minutes? Don't disappoint me now!

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Re: Come on London!

It's actually a rather large "Where's Wally?" puzzle - he's in there somewhere, but I'll let someone else point him out

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Re: Come on London!

Hmm - perhaps I should've clicked on it first - there's 3 Busby's hidden in there, according to the blurb...

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Re: Come on London!

try over by Buck Palace for the busbys...

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Re: Come on London!

Isn't there a guy who tried to be in the photo twice? Once on the roof of St Pauls... the other somewhere in Bloomsbury.

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3 Busbies

more of a "spot the birdy" than "watch the birdy" photo then.

Tux? This is not the bird you're looking for

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One Buzby is...

When facing directly north, one is between the bottom left corner and the circular clump of trees.

Then...

Enter the competition by giving away your email address, and you'll get free spam your life!! Yay...

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"For that how-many-Olympic-sized-pools daft measurement moment, if the pic was printed out (on your gigantic printer) it would be 98m (320ft) across and 24m (79ft) tall, so nearly a "Buckingham Palace" then."

That wouldn't stop some of the aging knuckleheads I work with attempting to print it.

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"if the pic was printed out"

If the pic was out it would be so and so big. At what DPI? 72?, 200?, 300?, 600?, 1200? 2400? 4800?

It does make a difference.

The fact is I can print a photo the size of the palace with my phone. Granted, I'd be getting something ridiculously low (below 1dpi I guess), but then if I stood far enough away, It would still look 'sharp'. I wouldn't be able to move in closer to look at details though.

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Re: "if the pic was printed out"

My thoughts exactly.

Of course you can get a print out of any size, depending on the DPI chosen.

The article should mention what resolution has been used in the calculation.

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Re: "if the pic was printed out"

Presumably the printout figure was based on standard 300dpi

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Re: "if the pic was printed out"

300dpi? Is that with your 'letter quality' 24-pin dot-matrix printer?

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Hmm, I wonder how many good candid camera moments are in this panorama

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Shame the sun didn't come out

Or is London always covered in cloud?

Good effort otherwise.

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Re: Shame the sun didn't come out

This was shot last year, where the rainfall was measures in kilometers per month, and sunlight measured in minutes per season.

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Re: Shame the sun didn't come out

My initial thought was "couldn't they have waited for a sunny day" too... but thinking about it... the sun moving across the sky several times during the 4000-and-odd exposures would have created a stitching nightmare. Methinks the uniform lighting was requisite.

Could have brightened the finished montage up a bit afterwards though...

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Re: Shame the sun didn't come out

....is London always covered in cloud?

Of course not. The sun came out in 1997, it was on a Tuesday IIRC.

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Saw this on the ONE show last night

Truly an awesome image - can you spot the same guy twice?

He's wearing a one show T shirt and waving at the top of St Paul's

Can you spot where he is again?

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Re: Saw this on the ONE show last night

Sort of "Where's the Wally"?

I agree it is awesome, despite the way the mouse works.

I've spotted a disembodied car bonnet (probably just coming back from the future) and a flat roof that seems to have collected 20-30 footballs over the yeras.

Must stop now, more constructive things to do.

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Re: Saw this on the ONE show last night

I've found the guy (by a fluke) : http://tinyurl.com/aosdkbh

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Re: Saw this on the ONE show last night

"I've spotted a disembodied car bonnet (probably just coming back from the future) ..."

This guy?

http://btlondon2012.co.uk/pano.html?view.hlookat=107.7887&view.vlookat=42.2527&view.fov=1.9425&imarkerath=107.7887&imarkeratv=42.2527

No blurred out number plates here.

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Re: Saw this on the ONE show last night

And here is the smallest car in the world:

http://tinyurl.com/amua478

Great pic though.

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