Dishonesty, Dishonestly

It’s funny how all the disclosures about the NSA’s PRISM spying programme have mentioned specific things that companies don’t do, such as handing user content over to the US Government, but don’t mention what they were accused of: sending communications metadata in bulk. Read the disclaimers: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook… they all say much the […]

On Search Engines

The search engine,when you think about it, is a pretty magical thing. Really, they are essentially full text searches of ultra-massive databases, serving mind-boggling numbers of queries every second. And there are hundreds of them. Google, of course, is the Big Daddy of them all, with 60% of the market. The impressively poorly named Bing […]