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British Telecom Posts 320 Gigapixel Photo of London

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February 25, 2013 7:06:24 AM

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February 25, 2013 7:12:32 AM

yeppp...give it some time...but we'll probably forget
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February 25, 2013 7:13:12 AM

Noticed two things. One, a number of moving cars look like they were torn in half. Two, no one seems to be in any of the buildings (couldn't see anything naughty through the windows :)  )....and I couldn't find Waldo either.
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February 25, 2013 7:24:33 AM

bnot said:
Noticed two things. One, a number of moving cars look like they were torn in half. Two, no one seems to be in any of the buildings (couldn't see anything naughty through the windows :)  )....and I couldn't find Waldo either.


Speaking of cars, for a city of 10 million I don't see terribly many. It kind of resembles North Korea.
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February 25, 2013 8:08:48 AM

Wow so cool. You can spin around and around and around. And you can zoom in so far that you can practically see the gleam in people's eyes. Just don't look down or you'll see the abyss.
(and it'll stare back at you)

This image file must be about 10 TBs in size.

Also, is it ever sunny in London?
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February 25, 2013 8:15:49 AM

MisterZSpeaking of cars, for a city of 10 million I don't see terribly many. It kind of resembles North Korea.


1) Public transport
2) Olympics, people were encouraged to not take their car because of the traffic (make london look better etc).
3) People will be working, they wouldn't be out and about.
4) More residential area, people at work -> not at home, few cars.
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February 25, 2013 8:41:26 AM

10 million people is Greater London, this is just City of London, the furthest point on the picture is around 6 miles. Driving a car is stupid so most people use the tube or buses
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Nobody will be in a window, because as a general rule if it is light outside and dark inside all you will get is reflection from the glass
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No, it is never sunny in London, it has been dark, overcast and raining, usually with a pea-soup-thick fog at night everyday since the 1800's - don't you watch movies?
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February 25, 2013 8:55:47 AM

I don't mean to be an ass or anything but this article is overdue by at least a week.
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February 25, 2013 9:09:05 AM

bnot[/nom....and I couldn't find Waldo either.

I can't find Waldo, either. I'm gonna lose sleep over this!!!
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February 25, 2013 9:16:47 AM

merikafyeah said:
Wow so cool. You can spin around and around and around. And you can zoom in so far that you can practically see the gleam in people's eyes. Just don't look down or you'll see the abyss.
(and it'll stare back at you)

This image file must be about 10 TBs in size.

Also, is it ever sunny in London?


Are you serious? A 320 GP photo would 'only' be around 100GB in size. Nowhere near even 1 TB.
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February 25, 2013 9:24:34 AM

I knew my 27" Ultrasharp would come in handy one day. Holy shit it's gorgeous.
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February 25, 2013 9:35:42 AM

iamtheking123 said:
I knew my 27" Ultrasharp would come in handy one day. Holy *** it's gorgeous.


This photo should be viewed on a 4K 84" TV. Anything less would not be doing it justice.
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February 25, 2013 9:45:50 AM

MisterZAre you serious? A 320 GP photo would 'only' be around 100GB in size. Nowhere near even 1 TB.


Okay, 10TB may be 10x too large, but 100GB is about 10x too small. Uncompressed images are quite large in case you didn't notice. This 9 GP image is about 25 GB:
http://www.howtogeek.com/127363/9-gigapixel-photo-captu...

Scale that up to 320 GP and you have an image that is "nowhere near" 100GB, and is actually quite close to 1 TB.

Next time you decide to call someone out for pulling numbers out of his @ss, make sure you're not doing the same.
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February 25, 2013 10:19:13 AM

Close to the bottom of tower, theres a large round garden of trees, zoom down and theres a person in a chicken suit hahhaha, awesome and a guy wearing a 'the one show' t-shirt looking dead straight at the camera :)  Ps there are people in the windows
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February 25, 2013 11:21:03 AM

What a depressing looking place!
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February 25, 2013 2:18:30 PM

aredeeceeWhat a depressing looking place!



Wow, where do YOU live that is so much better ?
Big city is big city... lots of concrete and asphalt and very little nature and green.

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February 25, 2013 2:29:29 PM

Why don't they just release one large jpeg output instead of the flash UI for viewing it? it would be interesting how browsers handle an image of that size. (and more interesting to see how smartphones will handle it.
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February 25, 2013 2:34:06 PM

merikafyeahWow so cool. You can spin around and around and around. And you can zoom in so far that you can practically see the gleam in people's eyes. Just don't look down or you'll see the abyss. (and it'll stare back at you)This image file must be about 10 TBs in size. Also, is it ever sunny in London?


The abyss is actually there in real life, folks there call it the hell gate.
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February 25, 2013 2:41:30 PM

freggoWow, where do YOU live that is so much better ?Big city is big city... lots of concrete and asphalt and very little nature and green.

Of course, London does have:-
St James's Park
Green Park
Hyde Park
Kensington Gardens
Regents Park
Richmond Park
Bushy Park
As well as lots of smaller green areas like Wimbledon Common and Finsbury Park, to name but a few
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February 25, 2013 3:20:46 PM

Sorry, could only find 3 Waldo's in the picture
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February 25, 2013 3:39:32 PM

JacekRingThe size is very different to determine based on just the pixel resolution. You also need to know the byte depth, and what format they are storing it in. If it's in RAW format, there is a LOT of extra information stored to allow for gamma corrections, exposure corrections, etc, etc.But let's assume they save it as a Lossless JPG, zero compression with a byte depth of 32 (means 4 bytes per pixel). So 320 GigaPixels x 4 bytes = 1,240 GigaBytes or 1.21 TB


A JPEG with no compression isn't a JPEG at all... Its a bitmap. A bitmap with no compression and just enough metadata to be usable in a modern sense is a TIFF.
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February 25, 2013 6:26:33 PM

back_by_demand10 million people is Greater London, this is just City of London, the furthest point on the picture is around 6 miles. Driving a car is stupid so most people use the tube or buses...Nobody will be in a window, because as a general rule if it is light outside and dark inside all you will get is reflection from the glass...No, it is never sunny in London, it has been dark, overcast and raining, usually with a pea-soup-thick fog at night everyday since the 1800's - don't you watch movies?


Just to help you clarify the City of London from London http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrObZ_HZZUc

The City of London is actually the old Roman trade post and only 1.12 sq mi. Just an FYI.
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February 25, 2013 9:21:07 PM

Contest..... or social experiment on the deterioration of privacy? I wonder if that guy knows that I know he has only 13 hairs left on his head?

Neat picture nonetheless
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February 25, 2013 9:52:43 PM

I found Waldo!!!!
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February 26, 2013 1:43:17 AM

wow I found what looks to be a human skull sitting on a dresser in front of an apartment window.. It doesn't look like a posed or staged shot either.. creepy! Very cool picture though. I love checking out these multi-giga pixel pictures. This one is far and away the largest one!
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