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Why I’ll use Wolfram|Alpha just after the Sun freezes

Posted by Preston on 2009-05-20

There’s been a great deal of discussion over Wolfram|Alpha’s new search or “computational” engine over the last few months.

What’s just starting to hit the blogosphere however is their restrictive terms of service. They may as well have boiled it down to “anything we tell you, we own”.

Groklaw has some excellent coverage of the odious terms here.

I realised early on in coverage that Wolfram|Alpha is not meant to be used as a “search engine” as such, but hadn’t quite realised that it wasn’t meant to be used for anything at all that might “belong to me”, so to speak.

And people complain about Facebook’s terms of use!

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