Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Feb 2010 11:29 UTC
Google Well, this was pretty much inevitable. With Google having pretty much a monopoly in search, it's not surprising to see authorities putting the company under a microscope, and this is exactly what the European Commission is doing. The EC has launched a fact-finding antitrust probe into Google. However, looking at where the probe originates from, some might have a sense of "ah!". Update: more bad news for Google.
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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Are you 5 years old?

"Timmy does it, so why can't I?"


Pardon me?

Come back when you have a sensible, mature and non-rude comment on how one should actually define an anti-competitive practice in the search market.

The buying search users and the selling higher page rankings certainly sounds to me like a good place to start.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The buying search users and the selling higher page rankings certainly sounds to me like a good place to start.


You are trying a classic argument: Microsoft is doing X, so why should we look at Google for doing X? You are trying to downplay the accusations against Google by pointing at Microsoft and saying "but they do it too!".

That's the argumentative skill of a 5 year old.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"The buying search users and the selling higher page rankings certainly sounds to me like a good place to start.


You are trying a classic argument: Microsoft is doing X, so why should we look at Google for doing X? You are trying to downplay the accusations against Google by pointing at Microsoft and saying "but they do it too!".

That's the argumentative skill of a 5 year old.
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Google don't do what Microsoft do. They don't sell page rankings, for example.

In fact, Google go to considerable lengths to protect the integrity of their page rankings:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb

There have even been contests to try to corrupt Google's page ranking algorithms, because Google protect it as closely as they do. "nigritude ultramarine" and "seraphim proudleduck" are phrases that are relevant to that topic. The idea behind these contests was to try to sell the winning method discovered to companies that wished to increase their Google page rankings.

To Google, this reeked of corruption, and of mis-representing something to the public. To Microsoft, it seemed like a good idea to just sell the high page rankings directly.

As for your argument and debating skills, what you are doing is invoking the fallacies described as (1) red herring, and (2) ad hominem.

http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/red-herring.html
http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/ad-hominem.html

I'm sure many 5 year olds have far greater skills than you are using, and would be appalled if I compared your techniques to theirs.

Edited 2010-02-24 14:01 UTC

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