Re: [ba-ohs-talk] Organic Growth of Knowledge
Just to be argumentative: your example is an example of a bad
query, not of a bad google. Where are the nouns in your query?
You've got to have nouns. (01)
Say your press is (I'm making this up) a Linotype X15-24P. (02)
Stick that in your query. It will help. (03)
On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, Eric Armstrong wrote: (04)
> Google is "almost" the best thing since sliced bread, in that
> a) It *is* the best thing since sliced bread if you the query you
> are asking reflects the moat popularly-asked question.
> (The odds are good, because it is in the nature of a popular
> question that many people ask it.)
> b) If the question you are asking is *different* from the popular
> one, Google isn't much help at all.
> Let's see if I can construct a concrete example. (I've encountered quite
> a few, but haven't recorded them.)
> Let's consider a search on something like "stopping a printing process".
> Since most Google users are computer geeks, if you want to know
> how to cancel a print job, you'll come up with lots of great hits right
> But if you're trying to shut down the newspaper's printing press, you're
> going to have a huge collection of false positives to get through before
> you find something relevant. (05)
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