Not so bad, the country of Greece is using google to look for pools
for increasing property taxes in the thousands per homeowner, now
thats where it can hurt, a re evaluation of value, but those images
are often years old.
They're rarely more than a year old, at least what I've noticed when
searching for something. But if there was a pool there, there's still
a pool there in 99% of the cases. Greece checked into it because such
things are self-reported, and something close to 100% of the pool
owners forgot to report their pools.
I half-remember something about the income tax in Greece has a minimum
threshold and when they started looking into it, because of the
economy's meltdown, they were shocked to see how many doctors and
lawyers were below that threshold. Doctors in tony sections of the
city, where their office rent was more than the minimum threshold,
were reporting that they were earning less than the rent.
Not around here. The GE satellite views of my house, well aren't.
That makes them at least three years old (probably about that, since
the earth moving has begun and there are a couple of houses in our
development). OTOH, the street views clearly show our house.
Good for Riverhead's chief building inspector for finding their cheats and
thieves! I wish other municipalities would use the simple technology at
their fingertips for similar stings.
From the article: "A representative for Google said she did not know
of any other community using Google Earth as it has been used in
Riverhead. She did not respond to a question about whether Google has
any concerns about how the town is using the service."
What a crock. I had 2/3 of my lawn turf removed. First I met with the
contact from the water authority, so I could get the rebate money for
taking out the turf.
The contact shows up with a google earth color 8x10 (?), then he
measured the turf, said I would get a check in the mail and then left.
Homes built since a few or more years ago cannot have a turf lawn in
the front yard. Rock / desert style is now the norm.
..."Program saves billions of gallons
The Water Smart Landscape rebate program has helped the community
upgrade more than 142 million square feet of lawn to water-efficient
landscaping, saving the community billions of gallons of water."
Oren, please explain a little deeper. I, also took out the grass at two of
my Vegas houses. Each time, they sent a rep who took pictures and
measurements. The Google Earth feature can be useless in lots of cases.
We moved to Utah in 2007. The pictures on there right now are 2006. Before
that, I wanted to go riding in this area, and Google Earthed the area around
here. It was one of those images that is really fuzzy. Finally, about a
year later, clear pictures were put up and one could see the roads. So,
they posted 2006 imagery in 2008.
When I go to my houses in Vegas, I get imagery date of may 29, 2010. I
guess they change the pictures a whole lot more there in Vegas than they do
here in rural Utah.
How much per square foot did you get. IIRC, we got $1 per square foot.
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Still, you've got to wonder what would happen if:
A. You covered your pool-containing backyard with camouflage netting, or
B. You erected a 20x30' silver tarp with a diving board drawn on it.
Regarding "A" above, what if you could find out when the Google camera is
scheduled for your property. You'd only have to cover your pool for a
relatively short period.
Or you could cover the pool during the day and confine yourself to nighttime
pool-parties (unless the Google bird has a really big flash).
Jes thinkin' out loud...
I read a long time ago that towns were using planes to spot
unpermitted pools, this is clearly a cheaper way to do it. I just was
looking out a commerical airliner last week and could spot pools from
two miles up easily.
The scary thing is going to be when the military starts surplussing
theirs and the cops get them or they simply become a hobbyist item.
I suppose there will be a thriving market in jammers that bring these
There is also (at least in the US) a well-developed case law line that
says there is no expectation of privacy in a public place. Thus (as an
illustration) if the paparazzi can stand on the sidewalk and take a
picture of you sunbathing, that is legal. However, they can't put a
ladder on the same sidewalk and take pictures over your 10 foot high
Same basic principal here. If anyone in an airplane can see as they
go overhead, there should be no expectation of privacy. (This is also
why celebs lobby the FAA to make areas around their weddings, etc., no
I want to find a voracious, small-minded predator
and name it after the IRS.
Get ready for new housing codes, and massive inspections, proly costing the
avg homeowner TENS of thousands of dollars, if not more, in fines as well as
the cost of the work itself. Will be a boon for contracting, dats f'sure --
who will be "fee'd" to death, as well.
It's for your safety.
And when we roll over and acquiesce to DAT, we might as well just grab the
nearest fallen tree branch, and fuck ourselves in the ass with THAT.
Surgery will proly be cheaper and less painful than the Municipal Home
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