Reno - 4:10 pm on Nov 3, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: Reno at 4:11 pm (utc) on Nov 3, 2010]
Yes all these things are challenges but they are doable ~ NOT easy, but definitely possible. Who has the money? The venture capitalists, or even a country. It makes perfect sense to me that a country would want to fund this ~ to my way of thinking, the data that Google is accumulating is getting very close to a national security asset. Another country may see it the same way and decide it's worth a ton of money to get the same for themselves. So suppose the Chinese for example decided to dedicate their best programmers to this challenge, and put up the money to make it happen? Suppose they bought storage/servers at the fastest backbone hubs across the earth? IMO, Google would be foolhardy to think that could never happen, so again I say, they'd be wise to pay attention to all the negative press (especially about privacy), and they'd be wise to not shrug off webmaster complaints. Yes it's true, we are not their target audience, but we are the canaries in the coal mine, and right now, the canaries are not happy.
[edited by: Reno at 4:11 pm (utc) on Nov 3, 2010]