Google Street View Helps Find Kidnapped Child

from the well-who-woulda-thunk? dept

You may remember that a couple months ago an advocacy group was trying to whip up a storm about Google’s Street View service. The claim alleged that child predators would use Street View to find where children live and then kidnap them. Well, it turns out that Street View did assist with a kidnapping.

Only, not as the worriers predicted.

Instead, a smart cop was able to use Street View to help relocate a kidnapped child. In fact, in conjunction with the GPS data for the child’s phone, provided by the cellular provider, the officer was able to use Street View to remotely find what he thought may be a motel in Virginia. Furthering Googling confirmed Street View and local police were able to find the child. Obviously, stories like this will be far and few between — but so will ones where bad guys use technology in an evil way. That’s the reality: technology can be good or bad, it depends on the user. Luckily, in this case, we had a clever cop using technology for the best.

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John Doe says:

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I am sorry your reading comprehension is not up to the task here. There is a subtle difference in what the article says and what I say. The article says that technology can be either good or bad depending on the user. What I said is that technology is agnostic, it is solely the user that is good or bad. Does that clear it up for you?

Please says:

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Save you anal semantics for where they are actually needed please.
The two say the same thing.
The OP states that “Technology can be good or bad”
not that it is inherently either one or the other.
Cant you simply state that’s its nice to see a kidnapped child rescued through the use of modern technology without trying to impress us all with your obviously superior grammar skills?
BTW It sure is nice to see a kidnapped child rescued through the use of what I personally consider to be “Good” technology.

John Doe says:

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You got yourself into this discussion so here goes one more try. As you quote, the OP says technology can be good or bad. Technology cannot be good or bad, only indifferent. It’s use is what is good or bad. So I was only clearing up a subtle difference. Then you jumped in to congratulate me on repeating the OP, which I clearly did not.

So please follow your own advice next time and simply state that it is nice to see a kidnapped child rescued. That would be much better than making snide comments that turn out to be wrong and then getting huffy about it.

Anonymous Coward says:

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By saying technology can be good or bad is just an informal way of saying its agnostic and the it depends on the user (which the original article states). So thanks for clearing up what everyone knew the original article meant but didn’t need to waste time on.

The guy arguing with you was just pointing out your nitpicking and that most intelligent individuals would infer the same meaning as what you think the ‘correct meaning’ is. Only idiots and anal retentive folks would say there’s a difference.

Sean says:

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“technology can be good or bad, it depends on the user.”

“Technology, like anything else, is not good or bad. It is the use of it that is good or bad.”

Perhaps the article could have read, “technology can used for good or bad,” but to quote an oft-used phrase, I think a moron in a hurry would see no difference in the two statements.

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