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Google Delivering Factual Answers

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the delphi's-oracle-jealous dept.

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nam37 wrote in about a Macworld article which reads: "Google Inc. on Thursday began delivering factual answers for some queries at the top of its results page, to save users from having to navigate over to other sites and look for the information. For example, if a user enters the query 'Portugal population,' Google returns the answer -- 10.5 million -- along with a link to the Web page where the information came from, which in this case is the population page of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's Factbook. The query 'who is Jane Fonda?' triggers the answer '... is an Academy Award winning American actress, model, writer, producer, activist and philanthropist' and provides the link to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia's entry for the actress. A small percentage of queries currently trigger these factual answers, but the service, called Google Q&A, is in its early stages, said Peter Norvig, Google's director of search quality."

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AFP vs Google News (5, Interesting)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171039)

This is no doubt a good service for users, but will it attract complaints from site owners like AFP [slashdot.org] ?

Personally I would rather get the answer without going into a site and read through things to find it, and if I want to, I can click on the link and find out more from the site. However the content providers will certainly want you to come to their sites as soon as possible, look around and maybe explore other sections?

Re:AFP vs Google News (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171084)

it probably works quite similarly to mit's START [mit.edu] natural language processor. reading mostly creative commons sites like wikipedia.

EXAMPLE: What is a first post? (5, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171261)

google query: what is a first post.

answer:

"First Post!" is a phenomenon of Internet discussion groups (notably Slashdot and LiveJournal), where participants strive to be the first person to add a comment ("post") to a new article or discussion thread. The phenomenon is largely confined to sites that have reached a high degree of popularity, such that users are genuinely surprised to see an article without any associated comments. There is also the necessary condition that comments are displayed in chronological order (meaning the first ...

Re:EXAMPLE: What is a first post? (5, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171285)

Web definitions for Goatse Query: What is goatse?

google answer:

Goatse.cx (usually pronounced "goat-see dot see ex", often truncated to goatse, often referenced by one of its current URLs, goat.cx, occasionally called goatsex) is one of the most infamous Internet shock sites. Its front page contains a sexually explicit picture, hello.jpg, featuring a man wearing a gold ring on his left hand (and nothing else) manually stretching his anus and rectum to a diameter roughly equal to the width of his hand. Below the anus, the man's dangling penis and testicles ar

Factual Answers? (0, Offtopic)

squall14716 (734306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171044)

Wow, is this in fact the first post?

I guess not.

And? (4, Interesting)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171052)

I know I'm just playing devil's advocate here... but...

People criticize Wikipedia for being something that gets information from online sources. At least Wikipedia has a fellowship of users to prevent abuse, or misinformation from being on a topic.

Yes, I know some of the answers will be coming from Wikipedia (And people wonder why google is supporting them). But what about the other sites?

Of course, there's a link to the site in question, but as is asked of Wikipedia all the time, what level of accountability is there that this information is correct?

Also, how does it determine which sites are authoritative in this manner? Is this relevance automated, or are Google employees entering in sites that they see as authoritative on the matter. For that matter, what is their criteria for deeming a site accurate?

Google may be cool, but most of its algorithms and technology are closed. We have no idea how accurate the information will end up being, and also, how corruptible.

After all, who trusts what the CIA tells us about anything? :)

Re:And? (2, Insightful)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171063)

But, at the same time, they retrieve the rest of your search results. It's not like they tell you they've got the only answer, they just give you what they consider their best answer. Much like, say, a lucky button or something. Only non-optional.

Re:And? (4, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171088)

> Of course, there's a link to the site in question, but as is asked of Wikipedia all the time, what level of accountability is there that this information is correct?

Shh! The first time someone asked Google that, the damn thing went into recursive mode and blew out three server clusters before the sysadmin team could shut it down!

Re:And? (4, Funny)

rk (6314) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171350)

What was scary was I asked Google "Is there a God?" and it replied, "Yes. now there is a God." [alteich.com]

Re:And? (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171361)

Nah, the American version of Google uses only sites mentioned in the Bible as trustworthy to get its facts from.

Re:And? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171114)

Google may be cool, but most of its algorithms and technology are closed. We have no idea how accurate the information will end up being, and also, how corruptible.

How do you trust information from Google?

The same way you trust ALL information you find on the Internet. YOU DON'T!

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET!

Re:And? (2, Interesting)

np_bernstein (453840) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171138)


Google may be cool, but most of its algorithms and technology are closed. We have no idea how accurate the information will end up being, and also, how corruptible.

After all, who trusts what the CIA tells us about anything? :)


Paranoia aside, the CIA world fact book in an amazing resource. It's created for US diplomats, congressmen, and government employees as well as the general american populace. It contains pretty acurate, up to date information about different countries in the world. Honestly, I'm guessing that the CIA doesn't really care enough to doctor the listed ratio of women to men under the age of 25 for peru.

Re:And? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171145)

Of course, there's a link to the site in question, but as is asked of Wikipedia all the time, what level of accountability is there that this information is correct?

Usually from a free service, there is no accountability. If you need an answer to a question, and you need to hold someone accountable for that answer, there are a number of paid research organizations that are willing to find what you need for money.

Re:And? (5, Insightful)

Vombatus (777631) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171186)

Also, how does it determine which sites are authoritative in this manner? Is this relevance automated, or are Google employees entering in sites that they see as authoritative on the matter. For that matter, what is their criteria for deeming a site accurate?

Basic research skills

Do not trust one source of information - always corroborate it with another source.

If one website says that the population of Portugal is 10.5 Million and another one says 20.5 Million, then there is obviously an error somewhere. If the second one says 10.1 Million, then you could probably live with the difference.

Of course, how many 'average users' trust everything they read on the internet blindly and would never think to question the information?

Even Pi is Suspect! (5, Funny)

wsanders (114993) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171210)

Type in "pi" and you get "pi = 3.14159265"

EVERYBODY knows it's 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375 10582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706 79821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081 28481117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381 96442881097566593344612847564823378678316527120190 91456485669234603486104543266482133936072602491412 73724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364 36

I hate it when they fudge data like that.

Re:And? (1)

DoraLives (622001) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171233)

what level of accountability is there that this information is correct?

In the end, very little actual accountability.

It's the web, after all.

They're working on it.

Re:And? (1)

RexRhino (769423) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171305)

Then don't use Google. Google is not REPLACING any source of information, it is simply offering another information source. People are free to choose what and where to get information. Google is doing a great thing.

What might be disturbing, is if there are not enough alternative sources of information to Google. But that is not Google's responsibility, that is the responsibility of competing companies, organizations, services, user groups, etc..

Just like Wikipedia is great, it is just too bad there isn't also Alternapedia and Free-o-pedia and Encylotron to choose from.

What is..... (0, Offtopic)

tussey (824182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171053)

goatse?

Re:What is..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171215)

Just ask google! [google.com]

Not quite. (5, Interesting)

Chess_the_cat (653159) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171065)

Try searching for "Who was the President of the United States in 1996" and you get Pat Choate. What a joke. Try it. [google.com]

Re:Not quite. (5, Informative)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171123)

I did try it. When I read the sentence, it said, "Pat Choate was the 1996 Reform Party of the United States of America Vice President candidate."

It is not saying the person is the answer to your question, though I guess you might have to actually read what it says to discern that.

Re:Not quite. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171141)

And the included snippet says:
"Property: ... was the 1996 Reform Party of the United States of America Vice President candidate."

So obviously it's not right. But if you read the single sentence snippet you shouldn't have received a failing grade in your 4th grade class for writing about the wrong person.

So what's your problem?

Re:Not quite. (1)

thundercatslair (809424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171144)

What?!?! He wasn't the United States President in 1996?

Re:Not quite. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171162)

What world are you livin' in? Pat Choate WAS the US Prez in 1996.

Bugs in newsoftware?? (1)

Senjutsu (614542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171171)

What're the odds?!

Google's new math: What is 1/0 ? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171068)

Re:Google's new math: What is 1/0 ? (1)

Omniscientist (806841) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171096)

Do you dare question the Google calculator?

Re:Google's new math: What is 1/0 ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171172)

Do you dare question the Google calculator?

That depends. Is Google powerful enough now to re-write the laws of mathematics?

Re:Google's new math: What is 1/0 ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171318)

it is google

Re:Google's new math: What is 1/0 ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171327)

Ever read 1984 ?

If google says 2 + 2 = 5, it is.

Future and AJ (1)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171069)

This sounds extremely similar to Ask Jeeves, although it isn't as pronounced of a service as AJ. I have a feeling though that this is the true future of websearch, Q and A verses trying to come up with clever keywords to get the results you want.

No clue what about a henway (2, Funny)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171072)

at least when I asked it.




What's a henway? Oh, about 3-4 pounds. Nyark, nyark, nyark.

Re:No clue what about a henway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171311)

Or "Whats a piecost? About 80 cents."

Missing link (0, Redundant)

vinlud (230623) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171076)

Google [google.com]

Re:Missing link (1)

FalconZero (607567) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171165)

Oddly enough, if you punch the query string into 'google.co.uk' and specify worldwide (ie 'the web' option), it doesn't work.

I could understand google.fr not giving an english description, but google.co.uk?!?!, you guys havn't changed our language that much :p.

But can it tell me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171078)

how to get a girlfriend?

Re:But can it tell me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171197)

Even a beowulf cluster of Google servers couldn't answer that for you.

Slashdot effect (2, Interesting)

d3matt (864260) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171079)

Link [google.com]
Google knows about the slashdot effect.

How is this different? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171082)

This doesn't seem all that different from the Ask Jeeves site.

2 + 2 = ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171087)

So, 2 + 2 does equal 4! Barney the dinosaur was right!

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=e n& q=2+%2B+2&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Ontologies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171089)

"A small percentage of queries currently trigger these factual answers, but the service, called Google Q&A, is in its early stages, said Peter Norvig, Google's director of search quality.""

So what role is Ontologies playing in all this?

Peter Norvig? (2, Funny)

fdicostanzo (14394) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171090)

The AI Peter Norvig? He works for Google? Ok, I'm impressed.

I need to get a job there. Where is the math problem that gets me a job?

Re:Peter Norvig? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171247)

Yes, welcome to like 5 years ago.

Prove P=NP and you're in.

Re:Peter Norvig? (2, Informative)

Sexual Ass Gerbil (728400) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171258)

I took a double take too. It's the same Peter Norvig [norvig.com] all CS guys with some AI background should recognize by name. Google is one company that deserves to employee PhDs, and I'm sure guys like Norvig do well in Google's research environment.

Re:Peter Norvig? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171259)

Peter Norvig was a coauthor of my AI textbook. What the hell is his obsession with Hunt the Wumpus???

Re:Peter Norvig? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171276)

He has a pretty cool CV too. Check it out:

http://www.norvig.com/vita.html

Besides his Google gig, he has been Division Chief of Computer Sciences at NASA, a senior scientist at Sun in the early 90's, a researcher at Berkeley, and a prof. at USC.

He's also famous for creating Powerpoint slides for the Gettysburg Address:

http://www.norvig.com/Gettysburg/index.htm

the lazy just got lazier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171097)

great, searching for porn should be easier

OK to remove tinhats... (1)

kizzbizz (870017) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171101)

'... is an Academy Award winning American actress, model, writer, producer, activist and philanthropist' and provides the link to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia's entry for the actress.' Conspirary theories as to the nefarious purpose of Google's aid to Wikipedia may now offically end.

If you ask Google... (3, Funny)

mpupu (750408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171105)

Query: What is Slashdot? Google: "... is a site full of geeks with no life" ;) Actually, it tells you what a slashdotting is.

Re:If you ask Google... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171301)

Press releases can often trigger increased interest in a certain topic and if a web site link is provided in the release this can translate to increased hits to the web site. If the increase in traffic is so dramatic that it causes the server to be completely unreachable the server is said to have been "slashdotted." The name came into being after October 1998 when a press release was published on the Slashdot.org web site resulting in a major surge in traffic to another web server causing it to go down.

They act as if it only ever happened once O_o

Web definitions (2, Insightful)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171106)

Google has been doing something like this for a while, with their "web definitions" entries. When you ask What is a monitor? for example, you get display consisting of a device that takes signals from a computer and displays them on a CRT screen and a link to the definition in context.

I don't know that "factual" is a good term for a lot of the stuff on Wikipedia, especially "contested" articles that tend to go through revert wars and lots of vandalism.

Web definitions:CyC. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171137)

I'm waiting for them to use CyC. That and a "Smart Web(TM)" should be interesting.

Satisfactory answers. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171115)

what is the answer to life, the universe, and everything? [google.com] although it comes from the Calculator, not from Q and A.

Re:Satisfactory answers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171188)

START [mit.edu] knows that too and knows the average air speed velocity of an unladen swallow

Heh (5, Funny)

Sheepdot (211478) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171127)

My query:
"Which search engine is the best?"

Google's response:
"AskJeeves."

Re:Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171295)

I did.

It said "Try the new MSN Search! It's more precise and powerful find just what you're after!"

So I did.

This may take a while.

Re:Heh (2, Funny)

MAdMaxOr (834679) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171321)

I asked Jeeves:

Try The New MSN Search
It's More Precise and More Powerful Find Just What You're After

Search for "whom all your base belong to?" (1)

xv4n (639231) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171130)

google: "Us"

You mean (1)

evanbd (210358) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171131)

they've been delivering fake answers all this time??

Alpha indeed (4, Interesting)

pherthyl (445706) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171134)

"Portugal population" works, but "portugal population" does not, neither does "population of Portugal"

So it's not very robust yet.. But it looks promising.

Re:Alpha indeed (2, Informative)

akorvemaker (617072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171185)

Also it doesn't work when searching from a one of the localized googles, such as google.ca. The search needs to be done at google.com.

Re:Alpha indeed (1)

Jameth (664111) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171218)

Yes, they do work.

Re:Alpha indeed (2, Insightful)

thogard (43403) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171266)

And its a different system than the one that copes with "speed of light". Its missing stuff like "price of oil" or "price of gold". It gets "area of missouri" but not "area of germany". It seems to be triggered on a small set of keywords and an associated set.

Re:Alpha indeed (1)

Avenger337 (840754) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171268)

What? I just did all three, they all work.

Theoretically, at least, the order you put words into the search engine shouldn't affect anything -- and google disregards "of", so those three strings should be exactly identical.

Re:Alpha indeed (1)

compm375 (847701) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171304)

They seem to work now. Maybe they read slashdot...

Gigablast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171136)

Gigablast (www.gigablast.com) has claimed to offer this kind of service for a while, using its 'Giga-bits' - but they aren't always entirely accurate. On the plus side Gigablast provides more than 10 answers so you can find those that corroborate. Perhaps the Google service only gives an answer if it finds it on more than one (or a set threshold) site...? Doing it like this would help reliability.

The other thing to note on reliability is that the maany users will take the imformation on the top link in Google as correct anyway.

At 7:41 pm eastern time... (4, Funny)

PakProtector (115173) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171139)

So, how long do we think it will be exactly until the Google Pidgeon Clusters become self aware and begin to correlate all this data only to come up with 42, and a recipe for a nice cup of tea?

I'm completely unimpressed (5, Funny)

Da_Biz (267075) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171155)

It doesn't answer one of the most important questions of our modern times:

"What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

Re:I'm completely unimpressed (4, Funny)

TWX (665546) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171175)

Funny enough, ask.com used to. You'd put in the question and the first reply would be, "What do you mean, an African or European swallow?"

I think that as ask.com has come to be increasingly corporate that they've removed this unfortunately.

Doesnt work on google.co.uk (1)

Hackeron (704093) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171158)

... why doesnt it?

Re:Doesnt work on google.co.uk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171278)

maybe reading the article would help

Re:Doesnt work on google.co.uk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171352)

where does it explain this in the article?

What is the slashdot effect? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171163)

The Slashdot effect is a particular example of how a popular website can cause a smaller site to slow down or even temporarily close after causing a great increase in the number of visitors going to the smaller site. The huge influx of web traffic is a result of it being mentioned on Slashdot, a popular technology news and information site. Typically, less robust sites are unable to cope with the huge increase in traffic and become unavailable either their bandwidth is consumed or their servers are unable to cope with the high strain.

Hmm... (2, Funny)

themoodykid (261964) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171178)

What is the Matrix? [google.com] doesn't seem to give the right result.

Great! (4, Funny)

Anita Coney (648748) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171180)

I've been curious about Britney's actual breast [lycos.co.uk] size for a long time now. Maybe Google will help us end this debate [liquidgeneration.com] once and for all.

I wonder if... (1)

Timmy D Programmer (704067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171182)

Google can do "The Great Carnac"

And answer the question before the query???

Doesn't work now? (1, Informative)

DJStealth (103231) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171190)

Umm.. I've tried the queries in the comment, none of them seem to work for me. Maybe cuz I'm using google.ca?

Re:Doesn't work now? (1)

DJStealth (103231) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171219)

Looks like it only works on the normal google.com site, not on any of the localized sites (google.ca, etc.) for now.

Jane Fonda (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171192)

Q: Who Hanoi Jane?
A: Traitor to America

Google really is God (0)

Mick D. (89018) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171195)

My days of atheism are behind me. Google must be GOD, because I just asked it for the square root of pi [google.com] and got back "square root(pi) = 1.77245385". No one but GOD should ever be able to know that answer...hmm...wait a minute, now I know the square root of pi. Does that make me God too?

Man a man thinks he knows something about the world.

One day an atheist,
the next moment a monotheist and
now a polytheist.

Re:Google really is God (1)

PakProtector (115173) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171336)

If the ability to know the Square Root of Pi makes one God, does that mean Mike was right the whole time? "Thou art God?"

Different sources have different presentations (4, Informative)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171202)

Compare the formatting for the question from the article, who is jane fonda [google.com] , with another question: what is google [google.com] .

You can do a similar comparison between a couple of search terms from other postings: what is the slashdot effect [google.com] vs. who was president of the usa in 1996 [google.com] .

Google (currently) appears to format answers it's sure about (what's google, what's the slashdot effect) with an icon and a link to "define:term". Fuzzier matches (Jane Fonda and the putative president) get the nonsequitur text "Property:" and an "According to:" disclaimer.

This looks like something interesting, but clearly still in the early beta. Which is *great*! I love getting a peek behind the curtain.

familiar... (1)

CloudDrakken (582681) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171216)

I remember this movie only the guy forgets everything and then destroys the machine that predicts the future at the end because when it predicts a war we create one and a plague etc google is awesome and this q/a thing is awesome, hopefully google can predict the future soon without making millions at the box office ...moral of the story: stay in school

offtopic: Two requests for Google... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171221)

1. Have a source code based search. I want to be able to choose the language, syntax, keywords that might appear in comments, and some expressions that can be used to determine whether or not the keywords are showing up in the body of source code (or just explanations), whether or not the pages return ONLY source files (a la browsing a CVS repository via the web), etc.

2. Stop messing with my keywords. If I write a verb, don't give me results that only have the participles (-ed, -ing) of the verb. I specified "t" and "d" separately so don't give me html table tags. It's extra work to keep you from obfuscating my results. I know you're trying to be helpful, but it's inconsistent, and for people who've been using your service for years, I can plainly say it's quicker the old way, when you took my keywords at face value.

What is Yahoo?? (1)

ectotherm (842918) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171223)

A second rate, often inaccurate, search engine... ;)

It correctly answered... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171226)

"What is a juggalo?"

Re:It correctly answered... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171249)

You call that correct? I don't see the words "complete moron who listens to suck-ass music" anywhere in the answer.

"What is pr0n" (3, Informative)

syntap (242090) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171230)

Pr0n is written leet slang for pornography.

pr0n: //. [Usenet, IRC] Pornography. Originally this referred only to Internet
porn but since then it has expanded to refer to just about any kind.

I'm impressed (0, Redundant)

Timmy D Programmer (704067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171255)

Those guys are gooooooood.

Do no evil is right... (5, Interesting)

Momoru (837801) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171269)

Well I guess they really are out to do no evil, as this idea is completely counter-productive to the current way they make money, which is by essentially getting people to click paid for search results. If the answer i'm looking for is told to me right at the top, random people will be less likely to click "Find more Jane Fonda at Ebay.com"

Qoogle: Primum non nocere (2, Insightful)

omb (759389) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171272)

I continue to be impressed with the quality and real innovation comming from Google, it is now very good and suddenly getting much better

If I were them I would negotiate with AFP, Reuters so that the indexing Robot obeyed a delay time, since even slightly stale news, say 15m for FOREX and Equity prices makes the information unusable for trading.

But, very good, keep it up Google, and show M$ what real innovation is about.

Mistakes? (1)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171290)

Google better be careful. What websites do they rely upon? Are these carefully screened to be factual? Imagine searching for "Holocaust" and getting some retarded white power crap as an answer.

It works! (0)

Moderator (189749) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171299)

Okay, I'm a skeptic, but I tried it and it works!

Me: What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

Google: 42 [google.com] .

Amazing.

don't bother (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171319)

"penis size"
does not work.
nor does
'name' "breast size"

Only works on Google.com (1)

Kewjoe (307612) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171330)

Tried these test samples on Google.ca and I such no such facts. Had to switch to Google.com to get it to work.

Not too impressive (1)

DaFrogg (867427) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171341)

I asked it where the tv remote was. It didn't tell me. Damn, now I gotta dig behind the cushions again.

Is there a God? (3, Funny)

StarsAreAlsoFire (738726) | more than 9 years ago | (#12171344)

"There is now."

(Stolen from one of the best short stories ever)

its very random and unreliable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171351)


for some queries it returns ok or for more obscure it just returns

The following words are very common and were not included in your search: "Which is the"

or
The following phrase is very common and was not included in your search: "how do i"

if it stopped stripping out those words it might be more accurate

Sparrow Speed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12171362)

It does not know the speed of a sparrow. Didn't even ask if I wanted American or European sparrows.
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