People think Google is a good search engine because when they type their query it finds what they want. I am amazed so many nerds can't grasp this and think people want something else from a search engine - and attempt to code it.
As for Google being a corporation and making money, they are guilty of that.
As for Streetview, you can get higher res pictures of streets by walking down them. Molecules are smaller than pixels. Thus far.
Indeed; the British government never underestimated the IRAA. Thankfully, the permanent ceasefire brought peace to Northern Ireland. Or rather, it stopped IRA bombs going off in England, which is all the British Government (and the British public) ever cared about.
I'm just glad I live in Britain - yes, the IRA used to be a threat to me, but the RIAA never will.
from the who-isn't-these-days dept.
Decius6i5 writes "Caltech grad student Virgil Griffith has launched a search tool that uncovers whitewashing and other self-interested editing of Wikipedia. Users can generate lists of every edit to Wikipedia which has been made from a particular IP address range. The tool has already uncovered a number of interesting edits, such as one from the corporate offices of Diebold which removed large sections of content critical of their electronic voting machines. A Wired story provides more detail and Threat Level is running a contest to see who can come up with the most interesting Wikipedia spin job."