Szentigrade writes "Popular Science is running a letter by Daniel Engber of the online Slate Magazine in which he offers the US Presidential nominees advice on using the full potential of the Internet upon their election into office. Some examples discussed in the letter include: a project already being developed that speeds up the patent approval process, a UK site that aims to improve government-citizen interactions, and perhaps most importantly, a call for government information to be 'presented in a standardized and widely used data format, like XML, so that anyone — in or out of government — could use and reconfigure it however they pleased.' Will 2009 be the first year of the E-President?"
You don't know what you're talking about...FAST powers web search engines for lots of sites. CareerBuilder, Dell, IBM (at one point, probably OmniFind now). Their technology easily scales to terabytes of data using commodity servers. I should know, my employer uses it as our main search engine for all of our web sites. And the technology is built on a lot of open-source pieces with some proprietary glue and slick language processing. It's definitely one of the major search technologies in the enterprise search arena.