In our last look at the construction of the new Apple headquarters building, and the drone flyover video by Duncan Sinfield, I wondered whether this was the right thing to do or not, whether it was an invasion of privacy or a public good to be able to see the construction progress. We did a poll and 76 percent of responders thought it was the former. But this video is even more spectacular than the last; Sinfield flies so low, almost into the courtyard, and you really get a sense of the scale of this building, it's huge.
There are a lot of interesting architectural elements that appear.
Here is looking down into the theater, probably for the last time as the roof structure is being installed.
Look at the size of this dirt mountain, scraped off the site and preserved for re- landscaping.
An overall high view.
The video is amazing, but still worry about the privacy implications. Perhaps I won't have to for much longer; in Kentucky a judge recently threw out charges against a homeowner who blasted a drone out of the sky over his home. The Wall Street Journal quotes Judge Rebecca Ward:
"I think it’s credible testimony that his drone was hovering from anywhere, for two or three times over these people’s property, that it was an invasion of their privacy and that they had the right to shoot this drone,” Ward told the courtroom. “And I’m going to dismiss his charge."
No doubt this will end up in higher courts; given Apple's penchant for secrecy, I suspect they will have a real interest in the case; imagine how they might react if a drone came flying over while everyone is having meetings in the park here.