Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Researchers Develop 3-D Search Engine

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the etch-a-sketch dept.

GUI 140

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have developed new search engines that can mine catalogs of three-dimensional objects, like airplane parts or architectural features. All the users have to do is sketch what they're thinking of, and the search engines can produce comparable objects."

cancel ×

140 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

So... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887001)

3-D Search Engine is it good or is it wack? Frosty

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887267)

Help, I've got a 3-D search engine up my ass!

hey hey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887009)

shout out to jase yallz!

So... (0, Offtopic)

daishin (753851) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887010)

Now I can fly around the "Search" button?

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887034)

In related news... the Etch-a-Sketch people's patent lawyers are revving their engines :-)

Is this a good thing to be releasing? (3, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887020)

How long until we hear about an "architectural piracy" case over the design of small-city houses...

Depends too much on (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887021)

the user's ability to sketch. I used to teach an amature art class, most people can't even draw a recognizable hand.

Re:Depends too much on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887042)

Damn amatures kant spel eether.

Re:Depends too much on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887132)

And even if they can sketch, they're only going to draw "what they're thinking of".

ie. pr0n, all the time ("amature" indeed!).

Re:Depends too much on (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887173)

the user's ability to sketch. I used to teach an amature art class, most people can't even draw a recognizable hand.

What a coincidence. I used to teach a Spelling for Amateurs class, and most people couldn't even spell the name of the class.

Re:Depends too much on (1)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887348)

I used to teach an amature art class, most people can't even draw a recognizable hand.

"Armature: A protective covering, structure, or organ of an animal or a plant, such as teeth, claws, thorns, or the shell of a turtle.

However, when they graduated, they could draw claws like a pro.

Re:Depends too much on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887462)

Is there such a thing as a professional speller? I didn't think it was a career option...

Re:Depends too much on (1)

Patris_Magnus (771993) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887474)

I'm sure I can type the word corinthian faster than I can draw a corinthian column

Re:Depends too much on (2)

Black_Logic (79637) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887555)

I thought the same thing. But what about someone who's building/creating something new, especially someone without knowledge of lots of existings part types in database x, each time they do drawing for each little part in their design, run it through the search engine to see if it's something that's already been fabricated. Probably not the intended use though.

Re:Depends too much on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887664)

Sketching the human body is considered one the hardest things to draw. If you really teach art, you'd know that. I know many people who teach art (some even teach drawing) and it's a well known fact. Perspective drawing is many times easier. Most people learn to draw circles and squares at a very young age. Of course this search engine is for people who can do drafting, so I don't think the user's abilities will be much of a problem.

--
One AC deserves another.

Dupe (3, Informative)

Zagar (610861) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887026)

Didn't we have a similar article about 3D searching a week ago?

Re:Dupe (1)

Esekla (453798) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887257)

Slashdot editors are beginning to remind me of Patent Officers. Prior Art(icle) anyone?

Re:Dupe (1)

VeryAngryGuy (208363) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887361)

Didn't we have a similar article about 3D searching a week ago?

Don't we see a similar post about there having been a similar article attached to EVERY FUCKING SLASHDOT ARTICLE?

God damn it! The only thing more redundant than Slashdot's articles is the redundancy of people pointing out that redundancy!

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887411)

Except in this case, it's about the SAME RESEARCH (i.e., the research being done at Purdue).

Re:Dupe (1)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887514)

*easy one* If only those scientists developed a dupe-searcher... in 2d or 3d : I dont care ;)

Re:Dupe (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887642)

What's the point in having a 3d search engine when people won't use the search engines we already have?

Jesus Tits (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887027)

Didn't Slashdot run the story LAST FUCKING WEEK????

again ? (1)

rxvt (768390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887028)

i've seen it before on slashdot i guess

Re:again ? (2, Informative)

Xeo 024 (755161) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887105)

i've seen it before on slashdot i guess

Well it's not exactly the same thing, the article posted before was about Purdue's shape searching engine [slashdot.org] while this article is about Princeton's 3D model search [princeton.edu] . Same topic, different search engines.

Finally... (4, Funny)

Unnngh! (731758) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887029)

...I can have the computer search for my keys for me.

Oh, wait

Joke? (1, Funny)

cflorio (604840) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887030)

I didn't get the memo about the April Fools jokes going on ALL APRIL?

Re:Joke? (1)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887183)

"April Fools' jokes" only applies to jokes.

Re:Joke? (1)

mrwonton (456172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887226)

Yeah, April 16th is April Dupe's Day.

Yay (5, Funny)

f0d0 (140677) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887031)

A 3D haystack!

Maybe something for ./? (5, Funny)

Colonel Sponsz (768423) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887035)

If Slashdot started comparing the general shape of submitted articles maybe we would avoid a couple of dupes... [slashdot.org]

How long before (4, Funny)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887036)

How long before the porn industry capitalizes on this one?

The possibilities are endless.

pr0n (3, Interesting)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887044)

And they developed this for searching for "industrial objects". Riiighht.

Seriously though the pr0n industry is an extreme early adopter of most technologies, I'm sure that the researchers could fund research for the rest o their lives by creating an adult search engine.

John.

Re:pr0n (3, Interesting)

theM_xl (760570) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887090)

Are you capable of drawing any female pornstar so that she looks different enough from the others that the search engine can find her? More important, would you actually CARE if it came up wrong? :D

Re:pr0n (0, Troll)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887131)

> Are you capable of drawing any female pornstar
> so that she looks different enough from the others
> that the search engine can find her?

Damn, you've uncovered by secret super-power. Oh, you didn't think there was an X-man with the amazing porn star drawing mutation? How wrong you were...

John.

Re:pr0n (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887248)

What would be cool is the ability to load a pic of your fav pr0n star and have it find more pics of said pr0n star.

Re:pr0n (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887308)

How about loading it a pic of anyone and it generating a nude photo from the face. This would be fun masturbation material, whacking off to my stalking victims!

Re:pr0n (1)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887095)

And if 3D search engines work like real search engines, you'll end up drawing a picture of a Ford Explorer, and the top six sites will all be redirects to www.longurlincludingwordslikehotandpussy.com.

damn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887235)

Safari can't open the page "http://www.longurlincludingwordslikehotandpussy.c om/" because it can't find the server "www.longurlincludingwordslikehotandpussy.com&#148 ;.

Had to check.

Re:damn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887253)

Really?? They must have let it lapse... now's your big chance!

I'm not too good at sketching, (3, Funny)

darkonc (47285) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887126)

but I can give you her measurements....

Re:I'm not too good at sketching, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887400)

Like the article, this comment is a dupe!

What next? In Soviet Russia, you dupe Slashdot jokes? :)

Re:pr0n (4, Insightful)

wwest4 (183559) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887228)

> And they developed this for searching for
> "industrial objects". Riiighht.

I'll take the sinister uses with the good on this one. This is really exciting for engineers and tinkerers alike, because it means less time reinventing the proverbial wheel.

Let's say I need gizmoX but it's not manufactured anymore. Fuck! No knock-offs, either. The local CNC shop says they can make it for me but they need a model. 3D modeling could take a while unless you have something similar to start with.

So instead of PORING over an industrial parts catalog and missing the one close-enough part you needed but didn't expect to find under "444_T91_fillets" or whatever, you just search for matches using dimensions, materials, etc. Just a few minor tweaks to the mesh, export, send to the shop, and you just saved a lot of time.

That said - the design and manufacturing industries have been writing ad hoc programs for searching for parts and tooling since the proliferation of computers, but it's nice to see that a general-purpose algorithm that could be more or less universally applicable is evolving from the efforts thus far.

Absolutely wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887284)

And what would the instructions say about how to draw "lesbian" for example? Searching for porn is a monumentally stupid application of this technology. 95% of the people out there would only get results which include penis or breast, and anything drawn more complex than that would all return a link to the goatse guy. In the five seconds it takes to type in the exact kind of pr0n you're looking for (eg: at sex.com or some other search engine) you wouldn't even be able to draw a stick figure representation of the same thing, which is indistinguishable from just about every other crude drawing. Not to mention that you'd need some kind of applet/ActiveX/whatever to allow the user to do the crude drawing via mouse.

If you don't believe me, then please try this exercise. Grab a pen, a piece of paper, and a stopwatch. Now, start the timer and begin drawing mature granny lesbian bondage with piercings and anal penetration. Go. How long did that take?

Re:Absolutely wrong (1)

AllenChristopher (679129) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887643)

"Grab a pen, a piece of paper, and a stopwatch. Now, start the timer and begin drawing mature granny lesbian bondage with piercings and anal penetration. Go. How long did that take?"

Just under two minutes... but then, I play a lot of iSketch. [isketch.net] The main bottleneck was coming back to make sure I hadn't missed any terms from your description.

Two minutes is a long time, but if the search engine could work off my picture then I would get the pose in it, instead of just ANY picture of lesbian grannies tied up and penetrated. It's a trade-off. The time I saved with a good sketching engine would come in not having to look at so many pictures to find the right one. With the description you gave, I'd like to look at as few as possible.

Personally, I doubt it would pick up on the granny bit, because it would have to ignore wrinkles in case the artist is just shaky. The Gary Larson granny glasses were a nice touch, though.

Of course the real search engine in the article is for 3-D mechanical parts, not 2-D pictures of human parts.

Now the question is... do you want the picture? *wink*

Easy (1)

freeweed (309734) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887382)

I can even do it with a textbox interface:

Looking for female porn? Enter (*)(*).

Male your flavour? Try 8=====) (or 8==========) if you're looking for a more "exciting" experience).

Pattern match, and boom! Instant porn results.

And no, I cannot believe that I actually posted some ascii pr0n on Slashdot :) Just imagine what the poor search engine would have to do to match that horrible goatse ascii *shudder*. Maybe it'd return some astronomy websites dealing with singularities.

Re:Easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887681)

Looking for female porn? Enter (*)(*).

No luck [google.com] at google.

Ooo its you draw what you want... (0)

daishin (753851) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887048)

So now I get to draw the porn I want, wank to that, and then get to see the porn I want! OMG! Wait doesnt Google already have this feature? They have everything else /:

Re:Ooo its you draw what you want... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887158)

If you could draw the porn you wanted, you wouldn't actually need Google or anything else. You'd just draw the porn you wanted, no?

Just like people did in the Middle Ages and Renaissance...

accuracy.. (3, Insightful)

zeruch (547271) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887049)

...will be the most critical part. i could easily see people doodling in the dark trying to get an object they desire, but are not sure how to visually detail out.

Re:accuracy.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887112)

How exactly *does* one draw 36-24-36 anyways?

Hrrm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887052)

The editors already seem to be unable to "mine a catalog" of text.

i dunno about you, (2, Insightful)

trmj (579410) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887055)

but I rarely see stuff come out of MS Paint that resembles what it's supposed to be.

Of course, this could be used to search from a scanned in image, which would be good for things like finding car parts, which we had a story about a couple of days ago. Old news, slightly different subject.

Re:i dunno about you, (1)

Dok Fenderson (650034) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887614)

Frolixio [somethingawful.com] always seems to do a good job!

Dok

Previous /. article (4, Informative)

jwbing (447164) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887057)

New slogan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887150)

Seems like Slashdot needs a new slogan: Dupes for Nerds, Stuff that Mattered.

Seriously though... is it me, or are a lot of people submitting previous stories in order to expose the "editors" for what most of them are: a bunch of overpaid geeks who have no clue what editing is really all about.

Prior Art (1)

weeboo0104 (644849) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887067)

I believe it's called "Where's Waldo?"

obligatory pr0n usage (1)

plams (744927) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887068)

So all I have to do is sketch a woman with big boobies?..

is it really easier to use? (2, Insightful)

zome (546331) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887072)

it's alot easier to type "fireplace" than draw it.

Re:is it really easier to use? (2, Insightful)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887216)

it's alot easier to type "fireplace" than draw it.

It's easier to sketch the part than to remember that the guy who created the drawing called it a "3/8ths Gripley"

Shit... (3, Insightful)

AstrumPreliator (708436) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887073)

My drawing skills are something to be desired. I'm not exactly sure how they can compensate for poor artists...

Picasso? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887133)

My drawing skills are something to be desired.

Your english skills leave something to be desired.

Re:Shit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887198)

Has anyone even read the article? It looks like this "3D search engine" will be used by people who CAN draw (ie. people who are designing the parts and whatnot). Obviously if you can't draw for craps, then you'll just stick to the text based search.

Note to Slashdot editors: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887078)

Note to Slashdot editors: Smoking weed causes short term memory issues.

Killer App (2, Funny)

women (768472) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887079)

I believe that the killer app for this technology will be for 3d desktops. Unfortunately, the killer app for 3d desktops probably doesn't exist.

Re:Killer App (1)

corngrower (738661) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887290)

I've already got a 3-D desktop. The killer app is the monitor & keyboard that sets on top of it.

Do I need to wear my 3D blue-red glasses? (0, Offtopic)

xv4n (639231) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887085)

Haven't been used for a wile since like Jaws 3D.

Even 3D developers will be confussed (2, Informative)

Wellmont (737226) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887088)

Personally i've been freelance developing 3D art and models for companies for a few years now, and i've learned a couple of things.
Turbo squid is better [turbosquid.com] for artists.
And 3D objects don't get better with age (at least not yet)

This will be GREAT for the production industry (which has moved off shore) as users will be able to forget their skills of automatic recall when it comes to part recognition and sucumb to the all mighty 3D shape database.

Porn (0)

iswm (727826) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887097)

What a great new way to search for porn!

Now if only... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887100)

Now if only they could come up with something similar to search new submissions against previous Slashdot stories, so we could avoid duplicate stories like this

~xt

Any neural net people here? (3, Interesting)

Thinkit4 (745166) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887102)

I've been curious if there has been a hyperelegant neural network solution that can do everything from recognize handwriting to faces. Completely different applications would only require retraining. So you wouldn't hear about specific applications like this, but one breakthrough that can simply, elegantly be applied anytime recognition must be performed. Are there any real (not patent or such) related reasons this doesn't exist?

Re:Any neural net people here? (3, Interesting)

nacturation (646836) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887425)

I've been curious if there has been a hyperelegant neural network solution that can do everything from recognize handwriting to faces. [...] Are there any real (not patent or such) related reasons this doesn't exist?

Aside from the fact that about a third of the brain (if I remember correctly) is dedicated to visual processing and that the brain has a hundred billion neurons, each neuron firing at up to 1KHz and with thousands of connections to other neurons? :)

It's an enourmously complex task to be able to do this reliably. Recognizing a straight-on photograph and matching it up with a corresponding mugshot is a whole lot different than seeing the side of a person's half-shadowed face from slightly behind them and recognizing that as the same Alice who held up the convenience store on Tuesday.

Handwriting recognition is orders of magnitude easier to do, since it's a lot easier to recognize similarities between a sample of writing and previously analyzed samples. In fact, there's a lot of research into this [ibm.com] already. Facial recognition is slowly getting there, but people are still stumbling over the same mistakes that were made decades ago -- attempting to formalize facial recognition by defining a set of rules and matching to those rules. Much like spam filtering, this works to a degree until the differences between the one you want and the one you don't no longer fits within the rules.

Neural net + genetic algorithms/programming to refine the net's connections and behavior is probably a good approach. Finding a means of populating, storing, and computing hundreds of billions of nodes in the network is the real challenge I think. Of course, take everything I've said with a huge grain of salt as this is a subject I'm fascinated by but have little practical experience with.

So now... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887107)

all Taco has to do is to draw goatse?

Sorry to drag Bush in to this... (1, Funny)

Neko-kun (750955) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887149)

And if somebody *ahem*Bush*ahem* drew a WMD, it'd still give him this [blueyonder.co.uk]

dumbass (0)

pizza_milkshake (580452) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887163)

"I think this," he said, "is the beginning of the information age."

this from the chief scientist. what an idiot.

Clippy for the drawing impared (5, Funny)

Craptastic Weasel (770572) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887166)

Ahhh I can see it now. The marketing types will have a field day with this one. Maybe they could incorporate Clippy into the program, to help out the drawing impared.

"I see you are trying to draw a monkey wearing what looks like a condom on it's head... May I assist you in finding such an item?"

"Click'

"Find books about Monkeys With Condoms on their Heads at Amazon.com"

"Find the lowest priced Monkey with Condoms on their heads with Price Grabber"

Bring it.

Re:Clippy for the drawing impared (2, Funny)

Jardine (398197) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887410)

Being a curious little monkey and not having the man with the yellow hat around to stop me, I searched amazon.com [amazon.com] for this.

The first book that comes up: "The Trouble with Islam : A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith". I have no idea what this means, but it has to be significant in some way.

Very Funny, Almost Ridiculous (1)

osewa77 (603622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887167)

Where's the sata they will use to build their index? WHo has the experties to actually construct a search query?

Beta Results (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887180)

The researchers have released the most popular sketch submitted by beta testers who were asked to sketch what they're thinking of:

+---------+
| |
| (.Y.) |
| ) ( |
| ( Y ) |
| |
+---------+

Re:Beta Results (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887339)

Try searching for (.Y.) or ( Y ) on google.

Re:Beta Results (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887481)

Well, the second result is for a breast cancer link. I guess it worked?

3D Search Engine Screenshots (3, Informative)

CHaN_316 (696929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887287)

Larger screenshots of the 3D search engine can be found here [purdue.edu] and here [purdue.edu] .

Old News.. (1)

dustinbarbour (721795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887296)

I thought we had already covered this. Must be a slow news day..

Obvious use... (1)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887312)

I was wondering if the inventors had thought about this application of this technology to porn.

The I saw the term "architectural features" and relized that they already had.

Sketching... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887322)

All the users have to do is sketch what they're thinking of

How does one go about sketching "Better Job" ?

I can see the techs now - wiping marker-pen of the monitor...

dupe? (1)

canavan (14778) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887356)

i think this was posted as "search by shape" ages ago

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/04/1423 21 0

Glad this got posted (1)

crushinghellhammer (727226) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887377)

When I tried submitting this story two days ago, linking it to a report on an Indian portal, the story was rejected.

Still, I'm glad this submission was accepted. The next thing we need is a robust audio search engine.

Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887380)

Interesting.

By the way, Lou Dobbs is a faget.

try it. (2, Informative)

invein (647527) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887387)


3d model search engine [princeton.edu]

Re:try it. (2, Informative)

Dok Fenderson (650034) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887658)

I drew what I thought was a fairly respectable stomach (respectable if it had been done by a 10 year old with Down's) and it found a chair, a cabinet, and a "Euro Head". Methinks there was a breakdown in communication somewhere down the line.

Dok

Intangibles (1)

hode (771261) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887391)

What if I want to search for wind or existentialism?

Where was this when I was in 8th grade... (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887405)

...and spending countless hours at the hardware store trying to find just the right parts to make the coolest bong in the school district?

Re:Where was this when I was in 8th grade... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887535)

You should have been shopping at Pier One, or as I like to call it: Bong World.


I made a great vaporizing hooka out of a big glass bowl 'thing' they sold there. Called it 'Godzooka'. Even filled it part way up with those decorative glass marbles they sell. Very pretty, very communal, very effective.

News? (1)

neonstz (79215) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887431)

Is this news? I read about this in an ACM magazine or something like that a year or to ago...

image (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8887432)

Stupid CNN and their useless tiny images. Somebody google us up a link to a real description of this thing, with normal sized screenshots (I'm too lazy).

Great! (2, Funny)

JohnnyBigodes (609498) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887473)

Now all they need to do is a similar engine for pr0n. That way I can draw the perfect tits to look for :D

4D engine, anyone? (1)

jabbadabbadoo (599681) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887477)

I'll be more impressed when I get my hands on a 4D search engine. My first movie sequence search would be like: "guy fucks women in the * "
Booble?

I like the idea (1)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887478)

Ramani expects his search engine will serve huge industrial companies whose engineers often waste time and energy designing a specialized part when someone else has already created, used or rejected something similar.

It seems they target the industries only,
but somewhat earlier I've been thinking too that we need some other way to crawl / search data then we've been doing so far or at least a more advanced way to get specific data. (granted; google does what it does, and does it extremely well)

Consider a world where you have stuff recording your life [slashdot.org] and creating lots and lots of data of which you can't manually analyze, categorize, pinpoint a certain piece of data you have in mind , the typical naming of digital pictures; Im000931.jpg - Im001069.jpg.


B: Pinky, Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?
P: Well, I think so, Brain, but "apply North Pole" to what?

Easier to describe by words (2, Funny)

bdigit (132070) | more than 10 years ago | (#8887543)

Say I want to look for some weird industrial part. I open up google and type "long hard metal round"

And I come up with plenty of usefu... oh nm
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>