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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

An Open Source Google

"With the hope of returning at least one corner of the web to its non-commercial roots, Google watcher Daniel Brandt, who curates the NameBase archive, has released the source code to a Google scraper. Brandt has been making an ad-free proxy available for two years using Google's little known minimal 'ie' interface. By using this proxy, users bypass both Google's notorious '2038' cookie (that's when it expires) and the text ads."

I knew that Google is blocking the web pages of Chinese dissidents in China. What I didn't know is that they are also blocking the Abu Ghraib torture pictures. Search Google for "Abu Ghraib" and you see this. Yahoo, hides nothing. These pictures are part of a major story. They're searchable by the other major search engines and referenced in all the world's media - it's not like they're some big secret; far from it. So what gives, I wonder? Link.

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