As I read through this article, I found myself a bit shocked at what I was reading. While I expect some level of friction between Google and Bing, I found the comments made by Google about Bing to be a bit antagonizing.
Perhaps there is some substance in what Google has said? Maybe it is possible that Bing’s setup is flawed somehow and that Google’s data centers are superior? Even if this is true, why does Google need to flaunt this unless Google has some fear of Bing. Based on what I am seeing with the previously linked article, I think it is quite possible.
While each of Google’s arguments presented seemed plausible, I personally came away feeling like they were merely whining about Bing and its inept abilities.
Maybe it is just me, but it seems like policy must have suddenly shifted or something. A few years back, we had Google presenting at Linuxfest Northwest in Bellingham, WA and I was the guy brought on to do the filming for the event. Well, I was told clearly and in no uncertain terms that when images of the Google servers appeared in the data center pictures, I was NOT to film that part of the event. I did as I was asked.
The video, long since gone into obscurity as no one is really watching anything in .rm format anymore yet the events of the day are still fresh in my brain. Then I found this today.
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To be honest, I am a bit miffed that NOW Google gives folks a shot into the inner workings, yet at the time video of IMAGES was forbidden! Seriously, what is the big deal. I mean, location, I get this. How it works, again, I understand the secrecy. But all I wanted was to get shots of the stupid IMAGES, not the real thing. Today, I am really peeved…but still found the video interesting nonetheless.