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The US DoJ has reduced its demand to 50,000 URLs and 5,000 search queries from Google. Whether this will be enough to prove that child protection features work is debatable, but the following strikes me as rather odd:

Ware said that the reduced demand, coupled with the government's "willingness to compensate Google" for up to eight days of its programmers' time, had convinced him to grant the Justice Department at least some of what it had requested.

Eight days? That must be a mistake. It might take eight days for the jobs to run to get the logs off of tape, but eight days of programmer time to set up the jobs? No way! Also, the actual code to pull the queries and either take the top 5,000 or some random 5,000 shouldn't take anywhere close to that.

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cellio
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
That would be way out of proportion, yes. My guess is that the government, not Google, came up with the number.

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