Posted by Matthew on Friday November 14, 2003 @07:25PM
from the stranger-than-fact dept.
Matthew writes: Popular search engine Google was arrested early this evening while apparently attempting to dump the body of Alta Vista, a competing search engine eclipsed by Google’s sudden rise to stardom in the search market.
Details are sketchy at this point, but police reports indicate that Google was interrupted in the act by a Police Officer that noticed a large number of semi trucks parked at Moss Landing, near Monterey Bay.
“There were a lot of trucks there. I don’t know how Google really expected to get away with it. When I walked up, hundreds of servers were being dumped into the bay, along with rack rails, hard disk drives, desktop computers, office chairs, cubicle partitions. Everything was taken apart–dismembered really. It was a mess. Of course, I immediately took Google into custody.”
According to preliminary statements taken at the scene, Alta Vista showed up at google in an incoherent state, dressed to look like google, spewing inconsistent and meaningless search results and thrashing about wildly. According to Google, they struggled over market share, but Google quickly gained the upper hand and overpowered Alta Vista. At the end of the struggle, Google had killed Alta Vista and apparently dismembered the search engine in a panic and called friends to help dump the body.