Google fanboy eggs homes of those who opt out of Street View

Respecting ones privacy is something that Google has always said it enforced with public data. Despite its notable slip ups, one thing Google has allowed users to do is to opt out of its popular Street View service. If you live in Germany and decide to opt out, your house may be targeted by Google fanboys. 

According to the BBC, "homes in Essen, West Germany have been pelted with eggs and had 'Google's cool' notices pinned to their doors. The properties involved have all chosen to be blurred on Google's Street View service." Google stated that nearly 250,000 homes in Germany have opted out of Street View and that this incident appears to be isolated.

Google has caused quite a stir in some areas with its Street View service. Many complain that it invades their privacy because unauthorized photos of their property are being publicly displayed. Google combated this complaint by allowing individuals to opt out of the service, despite Google arguing that all photos were taken on public property.   

Image Credit: BBC

 

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While I think it's dumb to egg someone's house over it, these uppity people having their house blurred to begin with are just as dumb if not more so.

Nogib said,
While I think it's dumb to egg someone's house over it, these uppity people having their house blurred to begin with are just as dumb if not more so.

It's dumb of you to say such a thing. "oh no someone opted out of street view they must be dumb" if they don't enjoy the service and would prefer not to be a part of it then they should be entitled to opt out thats why google provided it it's called a choice

Ently said,
Pic not related?

It is.. In a pretty condescending and stereotypical way.. And btw.. it's funny to Germans but a lot of peeps in the rest of the world don't get the irony and take it seriously. They shouldn't. [political-mode: off ]

speedstr3789 said,
what if i called someone on this forum a Neowin fanboy?
Oh, well, like the old saying. Do as I say, not as I do......

You'd get a warning? Did you do the egging?

“What nutters want to cause riots? Why do people need to shout abuse and cause riots?"

“I don't understand it. There's no need for it and there must be something wrong with you if you want to do that.”

- Harry Redknapp

Kinda like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum -- understandable at that age because they haven't yet developed a sense of a universe that doesn't solely revolve around what they think they want. Perhaps they'll run into a homeowner with the same sort of temperament & get cured real fast?... or a big dog.

I don't get it.
Next it's better to those persons to put a black blanket (or something similar) around their houses so no one films, photographs or anything similar, their houses...
Better yet, they should really demand to the Germany government to remove their houses from their air photograph pictures databases...

onesolo said,
I don't get it.
Next it's better to those persons to put a black blanket (or something similar) around their houses so no one films, photographs or anything similar, their houses...
Better yet, they should really demand to the Germany government to remove their houses from their air photograph pictures databases...

the whole thing about not having the front of your house in a world wide database is fear that someone would not have to physically "case the hood" to figure out how to get in a house unoticed, avoiding any cameras or outside alarms

APAstyle said,

the whole thing about not having the front of your house in a world wide database is fear that someone would not have to physically "case the hood" to figure out how to get in a house unoticed, avoiding any cameras or outside alarms

If you live in the US, I am willing to bet I can look your property up from your county auditor's webpage....A static picture does not help "case the hood". It gives no indication of neighborhood activity, traffic patterns, etc...Where this true, businesses should have seen tremendous increases in break ins when they started showing their stores on the web.

Albert Bonici said,
and I always thought google used crappy vauxhall cars.

that picture would be awesome if it showed something real... does it?

InsaneNutter said,

Probably got a phone on contract and has no idea what Android is.

So you are insinuating all Android phones are free from contracts?

So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

MindTrickz said,
So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

Good point.

MindTrickz said,
So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

Yes, you are neither a mod, news submitter, admin or anything comparable. You just abide by the rules, not create or modify them.

MindTrickz said,
So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

I second this. Lets try and at least keep everything professional as can if you are going to be doing a Front Page Story. People have been warned due to this in the forums countless times.

MindTrickz said,
So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

headshot.

Rodrigo said,

Yes, you are neither a mod, news submitter, admin or anything comparable. You just abide by the rules, not create or modify them.

The best way for people to abide by rules is to have those that put them into motion or more specifically anyone within the reach of the organization that the rules may affect should lead by example..

There's countless other words he could have picked instead of fanboy such as: supporter, zealot, enthusiast, fanatic, and obviously "fan".

MindTrickz said,
So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but unless you are directing that term to someone on the site, you're not banned from using the word.....

Blasius said,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but unless you are directing that term to someone on the site, you're not banned from using the word.....

Every time I said "Apple fanboy". I got a warning ... Explain that.

Wanderermy said,

Every time I said "Apple fanboy". I got a warning ... Explain that.

Dunno. I'm not a mod, and discussion of warn levels in public is frowned upon. You can always contact a supervisor for clarification.


We're not going to turn this news article into a why was I warned discussion.

MindTrickz said,
So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

The headline doesn't refer directly to any specific Neowin members. The rule covers personal attacks on Neowin members.

Blasius said,

Dunno. I'm not a mod, and discussion of warn levels in public is frowned upon. You can always contact a supervisor for clarification.


We're not going to turn this news article into a why was I warned discussion.

Not really, the heart of the matter is that it's okay for you or any of the mod to use the word but as soon a memeber use it ... the get a warn. It's backward. It's like saying when the president does it, it not illegal.

Wanderermy said,

Not really, the heart of the matter is that it's okay for you or any of the mod to use the word but as soon a memeber use it ... the get a warn. It's backward. It's like saying when the president does it, it not illegal.

Again, as I have stated, you should only have got a warn if you directed it toward someone on the forums. I'll look into your warn.

Wanderermy said,

Not really, the heart of the matter is that it's okay for you or any of the mod to use the word but as soon a memeber use it ... the get a warn. It's backward. It's like saying when the president does it, it not illegal.

Context, context, context...

Calum said,

The headline doesn't refer directly to any specific Neowin members. The rule covers personal attacks on Neowin members.

How do you know none of the eggers are not Neowin members?

SoulEata said,
How do you know none of the eggers are not Neowin members?

See, it's the fact that you'd ask this question that makes ideas like "Neowin Guild!!" sicken me.

SoulEata said,

How do you know none of the eggers are not Neowin members?


We don't, which is why we can't assume this person is directing the 'fanboy' comment at a Neowin member; ergo, we can't assume it's breaking the rules.

The only reason that the term "fanboy" can't be used in the forums is because a good 80% of the active posters are fanboys, and that many people getting butthurt at once might throw the Earth out of its orbit.

MindTrickz said,
So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

Only if you direct it at a person. I used to use fanboy every now and then and only got talked to when I directed it at someone. But I dont use the word anymore since I find it a foolish word to use.

MindTrickz said,
So we are not allowed to use the term "fanboy" in the forums for whatever reason, but it is okay to use it in headlines on the frontpage?

This reminds me of those cases in which people are banned for discussing unreleased software yet everytime there's a leak of some sort (IE9 being the last one), they announce it on the front page and are like: install at your own risk.
DUH.

Julius Caro said,

This reminds me of those cases in which people are banned for discussing unreleased software yet everytime there's a leak of some sort (IE9 being the last one), they announce it on the front page and are like: install at your own risk.
DUH.

Doesn't happen.

rm20010 said,

Nothing. Eggnorant lot, all of them!


Eggtually I think they are just crybaby fanbois who'll also opt-in to the new beta of FlatView, where you can walk into people's houses from your couch!

No, but seriously, this is eggxaggerated!

GS:mac