July 31, 2007

Updated "Grub" crawler code available, more Wikia Search(ploitation)

Uncommon echo: updated "grub" crawler code available, though the source is in very raw form.

Kudos to Michael Zimmer's detailed questions about privacy, and attempts at getting answers.

He said it, not me: Wikia's Outrageous Exploitation of the Human Race:

Google, Microsoft, AOL, AltaVista, Yahoo! and thousands more have something in common, can you guess what it is? That's right! They all pay for their crawlers, power bill, servers, and everything else! So why does Wales think he gets to exploit billions of computers around the web for no reason other than to make him money?

Because that's the Web 2.0 way: "Community" for the digital-sharecroppers, cash for the A-listers.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in wikia-search | on July 31, 2007 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Excellent post Seth. Sharp and to the point.

When will the hagiographies stop? When will the blatant back-scratching between Boing Boing, Wales, Benkler, EFF etc. end?

Can Lessig resist the ego rush of walking into a room full of gushing CC masochists? Will fighting corruption in Africa provide that?

What's that sound? Wales, Benkler et al. laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: anon at August 1, 2007 03:43 PM