Wednesday, August 02, 2006

This Time the Europeans Have Gone Too Far: Qaero, Anyone?

Folks, with all the heartache and madness raging around us these days, it's nice to find a news article that has us laughing until we're in stitches, but here goes. Just when you think the chips are down, really down, human nature rides to the rescue.

It was reported the other day that the Europeans, not to be outdone by the likes of Google and eBay are pooling their resources and $2.2 billion (yes, you read it right, that's B for billion) to launch an 'Airbus of the Web' to show the philistines of yankeedom, that's right, H.L. Mencken's yokels, how the internet is done, Euro-style. Good idea, but they're ten years behind the power curve in the place where the internet was invented-and not by Al Gore, either, but by those wise folks at DARPA.

What we are talking about, of course, is "Qaero"....the name of which has interesting pronunciation connotations for the backwoodsmen and frontier rustics of America who of course, have to be shown definitively how 'it' is done with style.

The rustic in me says that the article provides some measure of relief and clarifies things greatly. For a moment there I thought you said ....


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