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Re: [ba-ohs-talk] Organic Growth of Knowledge

Yes, you're being argumentative. Stop it right now. ;-)    (01)

But you support my point that hands-on expertise is required in this
scenario. The human factor is the point of failure, and any solution which
ignores this will fail, at least until we have effective artificial
intelligence. Producing elegant and powerful programming solutions is
laudable, but only part of the solution.    (02)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Dent" <cdent@burningchrome.com>
To: <ba-ohs-talk@bootstrap.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 8:38 PM
Subject: Re: [ba-ohs-talk] Organic Growth of Knowledge    (03)

> 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.
> Say your press is (I'm making this up) a Linotype X15-24P.
> Stick that in your query. It will help.
> On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, Eric Armstrong wrote:
> > 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
> > away.
> >
> > 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.
> --
> Chris Dent  <cdent@burningchrome.com>
> "If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are
> opportunities to change things, that hope is possible, then hope may be
> justified, and a better world may be built. That's your choice.''
>    (04)