Amazon now searches the full text of books, but apparently Google had been planning similar things as well. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a showdown?

Simon has joined a number of others in bemoaning the current state of basic computer security, with a particular focus on how difficult it is for an “average user” to keep their PC relatively up to date. It’s an interesting debate, but I would worry that Microsoft will decide to try and monopolise the anti-virus, anti-trojan etc market, rather than fixing the elemental security flaws in its software itself. More security blankets for users who know no better. Saying that, CNet news doesn’t think so.

Rereading that last paragraph, I realise that Microsoft will never give me a job, just based on my blog posts. That’s OK — I don’t particularly want a job with them, at least not now. On the other hand, this poor guy did and he got fired for what looks to me like a pretty innocuous blogpost. I hope whoever made that decision sees the amount of bad publicity it’s causing the company.