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    Cyburbian stroskey's avatar
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    Blurred areas in Google Maps

    What is this blurred area in Madrid Spain?

    Just north west of "6 av de Miraflores Madrid Spain"

    Are there other blurred areas in Google Maps?

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    You forgot to post the link of area.

    Blurred spots or poor resolution areas are almost always (over land) areas that a government does not want you to see. Like military posts, intelligence installations and the like. The US does not bother to block these areas as far as I can tell but US instillations in Germany (look north of Vilseck, Germany as an example) do.

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    Quote Originally posted by stroskey View post
    What is this blurred area in Madrid Spain?

    Just north west of "6 av de Miraflores Madrid Spain"

    Are there other blurred areas in Google Maps?
    I am sure there are more out there but this particular one looks to be the clubhouse in the middle of a private golf course. Maybe there is some nude sunbathing going on?

    I know that when Cheney was VP the Naval Observatory in D.C. was obscured but it no longer is.


    Edit: After checking again, the Naval Observatory is still blurred slightly compared to the surrounding area but not as significantly as the address you listed in Madrid.

    Here's a list of some other obscured places: http://www.itsecurity.com/features/5...e-maps-071508/
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    Muy Interesado! It appears to be the clubhouse area for a country club. By any chance, is where the Madrid Tennis Open is being played?
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    Camp David is not fuzzed out but perhaps they dr'ed it some other way.
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    censorship. You know those spaniards love their nudity.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    I am sure there are more out there but this particular one looks to be the clubhouse in the middle of a private golf course. Maybe there is some nude sunbathing going on?

    I know that when Cheney was VP the Naval Observatory in D.C. was obscured but it no longer is.


    Edit: After checking again, the Naval Observatory is still blurred slightly compared to the surrounding area but not as significantly as the address you listed in Madrid.

    Here's a list of some other obscured places: http://www.itsecurity.com/features/5...e-maps-071508/
    I thought Google blurred the Naval Observatory because nobody should want to see Dick Cheney sunbathing nude...
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    Simple, it's so that we make absolutely certain that the bad guys know EXACTLY where to focus their nefariousness.



    BTW, aerial images of New York State on Google are chocked full of that 'fuzzing', while the similar, and in many ways better, NYS images on Bing Maps are clear.

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    I think we should demand that they blur out all the "dirty parts" of the world. Lake Titicaca, Grand Tetons, Beaver Falls, Owens Sound (and any other city known as the A-hole of ....), just to name a few.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    I think we should demand that they blur out all the "dirty parts" of the world. Lake Titicaca, Grand Tetons, Beaver Falls, Owens Sound (and any other city known as the A-hole of ....), just to name a few.
    I nominate Gary, Indiana. Besides, who wants to look at the hellhole at any distance.
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    The Westchester County, NY government went completely overboard with blurring "critical" sites in aerial maps. They blurred out the county office building, the social services center/homeless shelter across the street, as well as the Westchester County Center, a small arena known mostly for its dog shows.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=...-8&sa=N&tab=wl

    I mean, I know the twin tower bombings happened 30 miles away, but this seems to fall into the "don't flatter yourself" category of excessive security precautions.

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    I'm going to ask them to blur my pool deck area before the next update. There are some things the public doesn't need to see.

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