__/ [ Jim ] on Saturday 13 May 2006 13:40 \__
> remember the guy who sued Apple because he couldn't get his iPod to play
> Realmedia files (or something equally daft)?
This tends to remind me of the lady who sued McDonald's for selling her
> "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust authorities on Friday rejected
> concerns that a search feature in the new version of Microsoft Corp.'s
> Internet Explorer browser would give the company an unfair advantage
> over Google Inc..
> The Justice Department said it had investigated and found no basis for
> concerns voiced by Google that a new search box included in the Internet
> Explorer 7 browser would give an unfair advantage to Microsoft's MSN
> search service.
> <snip />
I fail to see a clear correlation to the scenario above. However, I can
assure you that many amateur users will use MSN/live.com search by
serendipity, until the next-door neighbour changes the settings and
*suddenly*, Lo and Behold!, search is perceived as something valuable. I
gave Yahoo a test run yesterday. Still no good*. MSN is even worse.
Wikipedia is the best bar none (default in my Firefox search bar),
_provided an article matches your search phrase_. But, then again, it's
not a search engine... just a site with a search facility and external
*Results are too broad. They don't crawl deep enough and they index very few
pages in comparison to Google, who recently had storage problems and dropped
many duplicates to entail quality degradation.
Roy S. Schestowitz
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