alerts us to a story a few months old that has been getting a lot of play recently. A Seattle blogger, Dan Twohig, was browsing in Microsoft's Virtual Earth when he accidentally came across a photo of a nuclear sub in dry-dock. Its propeller is clearly visible — this was a major no-no on the part of someone at the Bangor Sub Base. The designs of such stealth propellers have been secret for decades. Twohig blogged about the find and linked to the Virtual Earth photo
on July 2. The debate about security vs. Net-accessible aerial photography has been building ever since. The story was picked up on military.china.com
on Aug. 17 — poetic justice for the Chinese sub photo
that had embarrassed them a month before. On Aug. 20 the Navy Times published the article
that most mainstream media have picked up in their more recent coverage. Twohig's blog
is the best source to follow the ongoing debate. No one has asked Microsoft, Google, or anyone else to blur the photo in question. Kind of late now.