The number of sites basically using the ODP - and then claiming 'revlolution in tech or information retrieval' is staggering, imho.
It always amazes me when somebody throws up a search box - and then, customizes LWP::UserAgent wiht their own url, and calls it 'new & innovative' technology.
Not saying these blokes are doing the same, but the number of truly innovative search engines to come along in the last year, can be counted on fingers alone.
The number of 'also rans' that have some far fetched dream of 'internet gold rush' perhaps forget that it's 2003, & not 1996?
PFI has yet to be proven as a significant revenue stream for any index, perhaps barring Yahoo, but even they went to CPC deals to drive revenue higher (they face pressure to perform as a public company, though) & by it's nature, PFI pollutes an index & gives a bias towards commercial stuff, when people are sometimes after information, or fun, or educational stuff - that won't be found in a paid only database.
Thanks for the heads up on the user agent.