BigShinyThing has got het up about Facebook. Which seems to be a fair position to take. But in the same article, which is one of those oh-so-paranoid-oh-so-activist pieces they do so well, they mention the Google Will Eat Itself project (fantastic idea!):
We generate money by serving Google text advertisements on a network of hidden Websites. With this money we automatically buy Google shares. We buy Google via their own advertisment! Google eats itself – but in the end “we” own it!
and the ‘hypothetical’ Amazon Noir, “which uses a crafty bot to steal digital copies of books from the retailer”:
The bot will outwit Amazon’s “search inside the book” system, making up to 5,000 inquiries per book and assembling the individual parts afterwards to compile entire books. This would allow users to “legally” copy and redistribute copyright books from amazon.com
And it amused me.