This seems great, but it pisses me off that the lawyers have to get involved. It seems shockingly bad to me that we accept that there has to be lawyers too. That's how deeply they've embedded themselves into software licensing.
But when are they the right tool to use? I can't figure it out, because they are never best on anything.
When writing plain text, many texteditors are much better. Textpad, vim, emacs and textmate are just a few examples on texteditor that are very good in handling text.
When it comes to fancy papers, like posters, school newspapers etc. Other programs like MS publicher and scribus are a much better tool.
When it comes to textlayout, longer texts, theises etc. latex or docbook are to prefer for a good and flexible format.
Despite this the wordprocessors are still very popular. Why? Because they can be used to everything with a good (but not best) result? Why do you use a wordprocessor?"
The company is allowing concerns about its public image to influence the search results it dishes up. The upshot in this case may be salubrious, but what kind of precedent is being set here?
And, perhaps more important, what does it tell us about what's inside the Google black box that determines how most of us find information on the web most of the time?"
He suggests that the common perception that Google results merely reflect the opinion of the public is threatened when Google tweaks the results for its own ends, and this may ultimately erode trust in the internet giant."