Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Sep 2010 18:53 UTC
Google Hold on to your security blanket, people, because Google is rolling out a pretty big change to its search engine. Not too long ago the internet was in a shock because Google rolled out a new feature that allowed you to pick a background image for the Google home page, just like Microsoft's Bing. Google went a lot further today, and has launched Google Instant, adding search-before-you-type results to the Google home page.
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Carbon footprint?
by Savior on Thu 9th Sep 2010 07:34 UTC
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Funny that Google should introduce this feature now. A year or so ago, the news were full of articles where scientists argued that the carbon footprint of Google searches is too high. This is from the top of the (Google) result list: "performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle" (http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article54...).

True or not, Google actually felt compelled to answer/counter these claims (see http://www.google.com/corporate/green/datacenters/), though I'm not sure they succeeded completely.

And now they introduce a feature that (for a two-term search string) replaces one query with 5-10? All so that Thom won't have to press the enter key (though actually he has to move the mouse more because of the query candidates)? I don't think you have to be an extreme environmentalist to see that the pain far exceeds the gain in this case.

As for the feature I actually find it obtrusive and useless, but it's beside the point.

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