Good response to the piece on Google and second superpower that I picked up on yesterday. Lots of people are responding to Orlowski's piece, which does qualify it as thought provoking, although most seem to be more upset than it warrants. Flame wars are moderately entertaining, as long as you're not in the direct line of fire, but they're not terribly productive. It's one of the reasons I prefer blogging to threaded discussion. It helps keep the discussion more civil and more focused on the content instead of the rhetoric. If you want to have intelligent conversation, you need to dial the volume down, not up.