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Microsoft To Launch 'Question' Site

Zonk posted about 8 years ago | from the bandwagon-getting-crowded dept.

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prostoalex writes "Microsoft will try to make the search process more social, Business Week reports, by creating a question-and-answer Web site. They certainly are entering a quite crowded niche." From the article: "It's one of the many ways that Web companies, including Yahoo and Google, are trying to set themselves apart with social search, a targeted pursuit of information that's influenced by the preferences of a person's peer group. Social search is a method whose time has come, Osmer says. Microsoft research shows that generic search engines can't answer 50% of queries asked, he says. The new tool, whose name he didn't disclose, will be 'one of the larger projects for us' this year, Osmer says."

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Name? (5, Funny)

matt4077 (581118) | about 8 years ago | (#15135057)

Hopefully not amateursexchange.com. Sounds like pain.

Re:Name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135308)

> Hopefully not amateur-sex-change.com. Sounds like pain. .....No comment.

Re:Name? (1)

noc_man (917321) | about 8 years ago | (#15135618)

Wait Is that amateur sex change . com or amateurs exchange . com Either can be painful I suppose.

Re:Name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135811)

And another joke shot down by a Slashdotter. Thanks for the information, dude. :-p

licensing (0)

zotler (112180) | about 8 years ago | (#15135060)

maybe there will ba a Q and A about the ms licensing fiasco...

Re:licensing (1)

Ucklak (755284) | about 8 years ago | (#15135149)

You'll get an answer like
"We try to offer a feature rich application base that our customers want with innovative design and function. We are the leader in this area and have been the leader for quite some time. We have different products to match your lifestyle and technical ablility. It is our goal to make licensing of our flagship OS the easiest possible purchase you can make."

Perhaps generic questions (3, Informative)

mrowton (828923) | about 8 years ago | (#15135067)

Has anyone ever used one of these answer services?

Its probably more suited toward generic [google.com] questions than technical [google.com] questions.

Seems like niche forums/mailing lists are where most of the action is. Not sure what search engines are trying to accomplish here.

Re:Perhaps generic questions (1)

iwsnet (946715) | about 8 years ago | (#15135333)

I tried Yahoo's question service and they made you login to answer anything. I skipped that and haven't visited it since.

Re:Perhaps generic questions (1)

debiansid (881350) | about 8 years ago | (#15135563)

Not sure what search engines are trying to accomplish here.

This database of PAQs (Previously Asked Questions) becomes a reliable knowledgebase that search engines can index to provide quality content as responses to searches, thus increasing relevance (and quality) of search results.

As of now experts exchange has the largest database of such "questions". Somehow google answers just doesn't seem to be generating as much furore (neither is yahoo answers) compared to experts exchange.

I'm guessing that's because experts exchange is free.

Re:Perhaps generic questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135609)

Any story that considers "experts-exchange.com" to be something useful can be completely discounted as a sham. All they do is google spam to get themselves at the top of the list when you search for a problem, then make you "sign up" to see the supposed "answer".

Where to start? (4, Insightful)

Glowing Fish (155236) | about 8 years ago | (#15135069)

There are so many questions to ask about this...my first response is that attempts to make information more friendly don't seem to have that great of a track record. Does anyone remember "Ask Jeeves"? Compare how its interface competed with the super-minimalist interface of google.

Anyway, there is this one quote:
Microsoft research shows that generic search engines can't answer 50% of queries asked, he says.

What type of questions were they asking it? Were they factual questions, like "What is the Capital of Burundi?", or were they process oriented questions, such as "How can you make cookies that are not too hard, but are cooked all the way through?" The first question, if you type "capital Burundi" into google, you get an answer for. Trying to search for information on the second would be much harder, I imagine.

Re:Where to start? (3, Informative)

VJ42 (860241) | about 8 years ago | (#15135180)

I typed your exact phrase without the quotes into google, and got this: http://www.baking911.com/cookies/chocolate_chip.ht m [baking911.com] on the first page.

Re:Where to start? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135205)

How is parent troll? GP said that information on cookies would be hard to find, Parent disproves it, mod informative, not troll.

Re:Where to start? (0)

rawyin (870144) | about 8 years ago | (#15135875)

No no, you have it all wrong! Microsoft is trying to group everyone into their lousy search process by saying that they can't answer 50% of queries. I'd say 9 times out of 10 I find what I'm looking for on Google.

This item needs to be updated to say:
Microsoft has said social search has come because they can't seem to get it right.

One more note:
How are they going to automate this process? One would think the only logical solution would be to have users agree to be personally tracked into social groups and have their searching and browsing habits tracked and reported to a database at Microsoft. I'm sure Microsoft wouldn't see the dollar signs in that. And I'm sure the ACLU and EFF wouldn't see the privacy concerns.

Peer group? (3, Insightful)

Chemisor (97276) | about 8 years ago | (#15135073)

> targeted pursuit of information that's influenced by the preferences of a person's peer group.

Excuse me, but when I am looking for information, finding only what my peers think is good for me is the last thing I would want. Social conformity is the death of truth.

Re:Peer group? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135203)

I think the point is that if YOU search for, say, Kerberos, whereas an English Lit grad student searches for Kerberos, you are likely to get websites about user authentication and the other guy will get Greek mythology.

not always (1)

Aurisor (932566) | about 8 years ago | (#15135324)

A lot of times, especially in work environments, knowing what your peers think is very important. Whenever we're talking about some kind of new project or device or program or whatever, the first thing I do is figure out what the standard, accepted way of doing things is. Most of the time, and especially in terms of technology, the approach of a majority of your peers is going to be the best-documented and -supported approach.

Thinking outside the box is always nice, but it's important to know where the box is and have a good reason for rejecting what others have done before you.

Re:Peer group? (1)

Nitewing98 (308560) | about 8 years ago | (#15135438)

Social conformity is the death of truth.


Those who actually seek truth have known for a long time the one, immutable truth: Truth died in this country a long time ago. When Madison Avenue found that they could not sell truth at any price, the corporations decided truth had to die.

Thus we have WMD, Enron, big tobacco, and Martha Stewart.

And the idea that Microsoft would be even distantly involved with truth is ludicrous.

Re:Peer group? (1)

Josh teh Jenius (940261) | about 8 years ago | (#15135789)

Social conformity is the death of truth.

I might go one better, and suggest that *ANY* voting/popularity-based system can easily degenerate into mob rule. See also: democracy.

But isn't this exactly what our beloved Google does? Isn't this exactly how a PR works?

for example: I am *the* trusted source for cartoons (not really), because everybody links to my sig. That doesn't make my page *good* or *true*, simply *popular*.

The remaining 50% (1)

Motherfucking Shit (636021) | about 8 years ago | (#15135077)

Microsoft research shows that generic search engines can't answer 50% of queries asked, he says.
In other words, every search engine answers queries for "free porn" just fine...? Sounds to me like everything's working properly!

Dear Microsoft, (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135084)

Why do you suck so much?

Sincerely,
Anonymous Coward

Re:Dear Microsoft, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135151)

Why do you suck so much?

Because.

Thank you for using Microsoft(tm) Search.

Your time has come... (1)

Rxke (644923) | about 8 years ago | (#15135085)

>Social search is a method whose time has come, Osmer says.

Coming from Microsoft, this sounds like a threath to me, heehee...

If Microsoft has a question (3, Funny)

hackstraw (262471) | about 8 years ago | (#15135100)


I have the answer.

NO!

Re:If Microsoft has a question (0, Flamebait)

app13b0y (767720) | about 8 years ago | (#15135326)

Dear hackstraw,

since you are a /. member, we have to ask.
have you ever been laid?
are you even straight?

oh wait, you already gave us the answer, you're a gay virgin.
what a stereotypical /. user

thanks for sharing some of your most intimate secrets,
Microsoft

I have a question for you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135854)

Why is there a picture of you in the defilition of "asshole" on wikipedia?

I am a first year doctor and am specializing in proctology. If that is what I have to look forward to, I think I should change professions now.

Re:If Microsoft has a question (1)

slowbad (714725) | about 8 years ago | (#15135445)

Dear Microsoft,

Why do I have to have to run Internet Explorer every 30 days on the second Tuesday of the month,
in order to fix Internet Explorer ... which, if unbundled, wouldn't be a systemwide security problem?

My first search.... (1)

BladesP9 (722608) | about 8 years ago | (#15135103)

Here goes... Why doesn't Microsoft dedicate resources to finish Vista instead of doing things that are already being handled well by others.

Re:My first search.... (1)

Agret (752467) | about 8 years ago | (#15135248)

Because Microsoft are a huge company and have more than one department? They have a depart for OS development and that is working on Vista. This would be their Search department working on this I assume.

Re:My first search.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135528)

Because they already jettisoned the only useful feature of Vista -- file system database :(

What a neat and novel idea! (1, Troll)

Lumpy (12016) | about 8 years ago | (#15135104)

Maybe shashdot should do this as well!

We could call it "ask slashdot"!

Once again we see the excellent innovations coming from micrisoft!

So Taco what do you think?

umm...it's time has come? (4, Interesting)

padriec (926110) | about 8 years ago | (#15135108)

Haven't librarians been doing this since time out of mind? I don't see what all the hoopla is about. Ask a librarian and you'll get good, timely, factual information and a lot of it. Ask one of these services and I shudder to think what you'll get.

Innovation (2, Interesting)

munehiro (63206) | about 8 years ago | (#15135109)

Not to be a Redmond basher (well... I am).... but are they going to produce something innovative sometimes?
Because it seems that microsoft shut down the R&D department so long ago. Or maybe they never had one...
Probably they have a C&P department... who knows?

Re:Innovation (1)

weg (196564) | about 8 years ago | (#15135297)

Because it seems that microsoft shut down the R&D department so long ago.

Well, it's more like everybody else (HP/Compaq, Bell Labs, etc.) shut down their research labs, while Microsoft has been expanding them in the last 10 years..

Audit Collection Services? (1)

cyberkahn (398201) | about 8 years ago | (#15135113)

My first question will be when is ACS coming out? The release of this product is becoming synonymous with Duke Nukem Forever.

Filtering is the problem, not the answer. (3, Interesting)

expro (597113) | about 8 years ago | (#15135124)

The filtering and social assumptions in searches seems to be the problem, not the answer.

Under Google's leadership, real raw search capabilities have regressed, and we are supposed to be happy with Google interpreting a simple search in a way that supposedly makes most searchers happy (happy compared to what?).

IMO, before further filters and dumbing-down are useful, you need a powerful basic search engine that allows you to ask advanced search questions.

Of course, this sort of open capability of search engines might reduce Google's proprietary control of the searches.

What if you could do a honest search that did not factor in the prior popularity of the site, but relied on other criteria, so that a new site with unique content might have a chance of getting found? What if you could make advanced characterizations of the sort of content you were looking for? What if any third party could make these characterizations for you so there could be competition in usage of the dominant search engines -- for example a better Froogle produced by just formulating advanced Google searches for users.

Re:Filtering is the problem, not the answer. (2, Insightful)

Deep Fried Geekboy (807607) | about 8 years ago | (#15135230)

What if you could do a honest search that did not factor in the prior popularity of the site, but relied on other criteria, so that a new site with unique content might have a chance of getting found?

Oh, you mean, so my search results would begin with nineteen pages of splogs? Bright idea. I wonder why no-one's thought of it before.

Honest Filtering Works. (1, Interesting)

twitter (104583) | about 8 years ago | (#15135497)

IMO, before further filters and dumbing-down are useful, you need a powerful basic search engine that allows you to ask advanced search questions. Of course, this sort of open capability of search engines might reduce Google's proprietary control of the searches.

You are entitled to your opinions, but most people think Google's Pagerank [wikipedia.org] goes a long way to forfilling Google's mission, to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." The system does allow for "advanced search question" of course and most people get what they are looking for. Numerous attempts to manipulate the results have failed, as should be obvious every time you pull up a page of results that's not covered with porn and other spam.

Microsoft's search results and filtering practices have been questioned before [slashdot.org] . Their mission is to make as much money as possible by any means. Their results are generally filtered along those lines, which further reduces the value of their already inferior algorithms. Even if M$ were allowed to use better algorithms or invented one superior to Pagerank, their basic nature would ruin it. An astroturfer like M$ is going to try and turn everything into it's own advertisement and you can never trust anything they do.

Yes, Google has a patent on it's algorithm and software patents are bad. The control Google has over Pagerank, however, does nothing to reduce the quality of results.

What if you could do a honest search that did not factor in the prior popularity of the site, but relied on other criteria, so that a new site with unique content might have a chance of getting found?

You do realize that you can find "unpopular" and "undiscovered" sites on Google by starting on page 20 of the results, don't you? When you have 100,000 sites to work with, you can be sure that you have not heard of 99,990 of the results.

Another fine example. (2, Informative)

twitter (104583) | about 8 years ago | (#15135517)

I forgot to link in this study [slashdot.org] which showed M$ manipulating their results to favor IIS. The silly games those people play.

What's the last digit of pi (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135140)

What's the last digit of pi, as best as can determined?

M5 Unit...working

Did you want an answer? (1)

expro (597113) | about 8 years ago | (#15135207)

It is 3 if you write the digits in order of ascending significance.

It is 1 (or 0 depending upon when you quit writing implied 0's) if you write it in base Pi. There are many other competent representations that have a last digit

In base 10 descending order, it is foo.

Or were you just asking to be rhetorical?

Re:Did you want an answer? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135244)

When was the last time "expro" got laid?

Answer: (waiting for exporo to first get laid)

The last digit of pi (1)

alienmole (15522) | about 8 years ago | (#15135491)

I'm glad you're willing to accept "As best as can be determined". We don't have the exact digit yet, but the latest work has narrowed down the last digit of pi to a fairly small set of digits. At this point, it's looking as though the last base-10 digit of pi is either 4, 6, or 2. However, analysis indicates that it could also be 9, 5, or 1. Finally, there's a chance that it could be 8, 3, 0, or 7. So we don't know exactly, but we're pretty sure it's one of those.

What's that you say? Pi has no last digit? Don't be silly, that would mean the digits just go on forever!

First question... (1)

Kaptain_Korolev (848551) | about 8 years ago | (#15135143)

Is Steve Balmer really a monkey?

social search (1)

fredg (69098) | about 8 years ago | (#15135158)

if this type of "social search" is anything new, it could be hot. take something like multiply or myspace, blend in the hardware and software geeks that hang out here, it could be hot.

Experts Exchange Blows (3, Informative)

VxJasonxV (792809) | about 8 years ago | (#15135163)

Experts Exchange is the most worthless tech site ever, for 1 reason:
Their policy.

I don't like seeing your results on my google searches, and teasing me with a question, and no answer.
I don't want to register, I don't like 'hit and run' registering.
I don't like you.

So what I did instead... is signed up for a google account, and filtered your site out of all of my searches.
COMPLETELY.

And guess what I'm doing?
I'm getting my answers elsewhere. For free. With no, god knows what privacy problem, registrations.

Experts Exchange... eat me.

Re:Experts Exchange Blows (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135206)

Instead of clicking "subscribe" just scroll down on the page and lo and behold there is the answer.

Re:Experts Exchange Blows (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | about 8 years ago | (#15135278)

Indeed, their huge text "subscribe to read the answer" is a bit misleading, but I have found reasonable useful stuff in there for free after I found it the answer is actually there at the bottom to read for free. I guess I would just sod them just like the GP if they didn't show the answer, and would just move on to someplace useful. But what I think is the main plan is to remove the free answers at the moment that they have enough momentum to survive un paying subscribers. If that will ever happen of course.

Re:Experts Exchange Blows (1)

Kangburra (911213) | about 8 years ago | (#15135240)

I don't want to register, I don't like 'hit and run' registering.


If you have an infreuqent question then don't register. If you're always asking questions, Googling for stuff it's worth the time it takes to register at EE.

My $0.02

Re:Experts Exchange Blows (1)

kitkatsavvy (921998) | about 8 years ago | (#15135368)

hey - you know that you CAN read the answers on experts exchange! just keep scrolling and scrolling PAST all the ads, and then RIGHT down the bottom is where the thread starts!

you don't have to pay for a DAMN thing! :) good stuff

Re:Experts Exchange Blows (1)

PhxBlue (562201) | about 8 years ago | (#15135420)

Has EE changed their format recently? When I've searched in the past, the replies were about a page below the question--I've never had a problem finding an answer. And I've never bothered joining.

Re:Experts Exchange Blows (1)

debiansid (881350) | about 8 years ago | (#15135613)

Experts Exchange doesn't ask you to register all the time. They have some random nag wherein you are asked to register to view their answers only once in a while. Quite often their answers are available in the first go.

Either ways, its a very good place to get questions answered; well worth the registration.

Re:Experts Exchange Blows (1)

DavidD_CA (750156) | about 8 years ago | (#15135661)

EE upsets me as well, for the same reasons you listed. If I see the question on EE, it's usually not more than a few more clicks until I can find the right answer on some message board and get it for free.

And with EE, you never know if the "answer" is exactly what you're looking for or will even work right.

My question though, how the heck did you tell Google never to include EE in your searches? I know the -site command, but how did you make that default?

They sure are trying hard (1, Flamebait)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 8 years ago | (#15135166)

I wonder if microsoft has finally met a market they cannot buy, strongarm, or sue themselves into. Seems they are worried about being left behind and trying to wedge themselves into the search engine market any way they can. Maybe they are just finding it harder to make people think they are the only game in town.

chair? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135167)

where can i buy a chair?

Another simple idea (1)

Frozen Void (831218) | about 8 years ago | (#15135241)

If a question doen't has answers(i assume they will get to answer alot).reformulate question into terms search engines understand.

How do fish swim? google:fish swimming
Or if you are confident it has real answers: Just :"How do fish swim"
Though it filtersvaluable information too.

Re:Another simple idea (3, Insightful)

Woldry (928749) | about 8 years ago | (#15135280)

I can see you've never worked a library reference desk. Sadly, half the time the person asking the question doesn't understand the terms they're using to ask. Rule number one in reference work is never to trust what the patron gives you.

I've had people come in asking:

Where are your car books? (they wanted a bio of Mario Andretti)

"How do you burn stuff?" (they wanted info on pyrography)

"What do you have on crafts?" (they wanted to know how to carve pumpkins)

"I need a map of the world." (they wanted to plan a trip to Egypt ... and thought they could drive there)

"Where is that ambulance book?" (they wanted the World Almanac)

"What can you tell me about Greece?" (they wanted the price for a 1943 coin from there)

Now, being a librarian, I can ask clarifying questions and figure out more precisely what they're looking for. Thus far, search engines have proved to be very very bad at doing this. If Microsoft's upcoming site proves to be better at it, more power to it. But all the hype about AI notwithstanding, computers have a very long way to go to be able to do it half so efficiently or perceptively as a human being.

Putting the burden on the seeker to "reformulate the question" probably works well for most Slashdotters (given that they tend to show above average intelligence and articulation), but assumes far too much intelligence on the part of the average seeker.

Re:Another simple idea (1)

Frozen Void (831218) | about 8 years ago | (#15135395)

Turn a question into description of data source you search,Categorize,remove ambiguous parts.

Searching the answer to question "How to port between Foo and Bar with these libraries?"
Becomes " +Porting + Foo +Bar " and the solution may not involve libraries at all.

Re:Another simple idea (1)

Woldry (928749) | about 8 years ago | (#15135494)

Nope, still doesn't help. First of all, the "ambiguous" parts might be the only useful info in the patron's question. The person who asked for "How to burn stuff" used a very ambiguous term -- "burn" (flambes? CDs? refuse? butter for frosting? rubber? the midnight oil?). Yet that term was the only clue in the question as to the real nature of the answers the patron was seeking. (For that matter, there are no UNambiguous terms. Not one. So how does the computer figure out which ones to eliminate?)

Second, most people don't know how to formulate a question so another human being can understand it. No matter how you fluff up the question and massage the language in it, the questions that most people formulate will never be understandable by a computer, at least not by any computer that our technology has been able to produce to date.

+Crafts will not readily yield instructions on pumpkin carving, nor will +Ambulance ever in a million years yield up the World Almanac.

Solution (1)

Frozen Void (831218) | about 8 years ago | (#15135687)

Categorize all knowledge?
1.Identify Knowledge Domain (The field)
2.Indentify category of Question(The subject)
3.Remove ambiguous data which can change
for similar questions of this domain.
4.Search for matching Data sources in the Category,With subject only.
5.refine search by looking up it in the data source(*which is usually site dedicated to knowledge domain question asked).

Of course searching a Book by its visual appearance or Pumpkin carving "craft" in
google is useless.
We need a way to search data By tags or categories.Classify the web sites.

Something like Dmoz.org just Larger,User-friendly,MUlti-category and Wiki-like features.Sort of WikiWeb.

I have a question too (2, Funny)

Launchpad Mcquack (968072) | about 8 years ago | (#15135258)

Why did you release the 360 knowing it could heat a 10x12 room.

Re:I have a question too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135348)

If nobody mods up this comment
I will kill myself.

Re:I have a question too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135815)

Nice knowing you! ...

Actually, it wasn't. Goodbye.

It's called a newsgroup (1)

PizzaFace (593587) | about 8 years ago | (#15135276)

But I guess the problem with newsgroups is that their nntp protocol doesn't give make enough provision for advertising. Yes, that's one reason I like it.

Re:It's called a newsgroup (1)

caffeination (947825) | about 8 years ago | (#15135339)

Have you used usenet lately?

Re:It's called a newsgroup (1)

PizzaFace (593587) | about 8 years ago | (#15135409)

I use newsgroups every day, but they are usually hosted by a software company, not on Usenet. They are generally excellent sources of quick, reliable information. Microsoft's newsgroups [microsoft.com] are among the worst because most questions there are left unanswered.

yahoo's answer (2, Interesting)

escay (923320) | about 8 years ago | (#15135327)

Yahoo's answers [yahoo.com] service is very neat - large community, quick replies and decent indexing. it's, AFAIK, the model solution for social search where you can ask arbitrary questions with no efficient formatting and still get results (if not a definitive answer) - because, let's face it, software (search engines) hasn't evolved to the level of understanding that a human has.

a few of mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135375)

  • So how many gas stations ARE there in the United States?
  • Fill in the blank: Vista ain't done 'til ___ don't run
  • Was there any damage when Steve threw that chair?
  • How does Jim Allchin's admin assistant keep busy?
  • What will management do with Mini after they catch him?
  • How many people are on the "BSD as the new Windows" skunk works project?
  • Has Bill had to call in Best Buy's "Geek Squad" to fix his wired house?
  • If Paul Allen is Bill's Woz, why doesn't he show up at Microsoft events?
  • What are the best lunch spots in Bangalore?

Speaking of the Experts Exchange site (2, Informative)

kitkatsavvy (921998) | about 8 years ago | (#15135389)

hey you guys! one guy posted that you have to register in order to read the experts exchange website > no you don't!

All you have to do is scroll down and scroll down the page, past all of the ads, and THEN the thread starts! I don't really think they are "experts" if all you do to read the thread is to just scroll down the entire page - pretty STUPID to me!

also, one last thing on 'real search questions'.. i think MS and that are trying to match your question theory with an answer - most websites don't really PUT the question first - they usually just give you the answer - that is why searching is so difficult.. if websites had more text on them, and they actually wrote questions and answers on them, then searching might be a tiny bit easier. I hope that webmasters out there should be more conscious of what phrases, questions and answers that they write on their website. hopefully that might improve searching a WHOLE lot better!

Go Orion search!

Unanswerable questions? (1)

deranged unix nut (20524) | about 8 years ago | (#15135398)

How can I configure so that it doesn't crash at inconvenient times, so that it doesn't need a dozen security updates every month, and so that it will work like marketing claims it will?

Where can I find linux?

Why does Vista look so much like OS X?

Re:Unanswerable questions? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135665)

"How can I configure so that it doesn't crash at inconvenient times" - - by deranged unix nut (20524) on Saturday April 15, @10:59AM (#15135398)

Linux monkey - if you had 1/2 a brain with an IQ greater than your present amount (10 below plantlife), you could manage it. Most others seem to be able to, so your lame "Pro-Linux/UNIX F.U.D." attempts are just that - bullcrap.

"so that it doesn't need a dozen security updates every month" - by deranged unix nut (20524) on Saturday April 15, @10:59AM (#15135398)

That happens because of lamos like yourself who run a 2nd class operating system that only runs 1/2 of the hardware and software Windows NT-based OS do.

You losers are SO upset your 1/2 baked "OS" hasn't done what you always are saying it will, which is take over as the most used OS there is. We've all been hearing your lies for a decade or more now, and still they prove falsehoods.

It's good that in your angst your kind hacks/cracks away @ Windows based OS, because you only do Microsoft a favor really!

Thanks!

You find the holes, and MS' patches 'em fast.

AND, let's point out that your precious UNIX and Linux (and other unix variants) showed more security holes and vulnerabilities on them and their wares than Windows NT-based OS combined in 2005, via Secunia, shall we?

LINUX/UNIX TOPS CHARTS FOR VULNERABILITIES IN 2005:

http://it.slashdot.org/it/06/01/05/0027219.shtml?t id=172&tid=218 [slashdot.org]

QUOTE EXCERPT:

"Linux/Unix (including Mac OS) had almost three times the number of OS-specific vulnerabilities reported last year compared to Microsoft Windows."

Argue with the numbers & facts + findings from a gov't. organization that specializes in that area... you'll see it's better than your F.U.D. attempts & puny attempts @ it.

(So much for that puny attempt @ F.U.D. spreading again)

"and so that it will work like marketing claims it will?" - by deranged unix nut (20524) on Saturday April 15, @10:59AM (#15135398)

Oh, you mean like Windows NT-based OS supporting more hardwares and drivers than Linux and UNIX by far, AND having more available higher quality software for more purposes possible than can be found on the loser's platform in UNIX/Linux?

"Where can I find linux?" - by deranged unix nut (20524) on Saturday April 15, @10:59AM (#15135398)

Uhm, in the "loser's section" of the store, where there is nearly no software available on the shelves for it. LOL, pack all the 1/2 baked wares you want to into your distros, and STILL you are in last place no matter what.

Hilarious - no matter WHAT You losers do? You can't seem to win, you don't get it. You're the 2nd-class citizens of computing.

"Why does Vista look so much like OS X?" - by deranged unix nut (20524)
on Saturday April 15, @10:59AM (#15135398)

Your name fits you - you must be deranged, or blind. It doesn't look a damn thing like it!

Why does KDE look like Windows desktop though?

LOL!

(You've been out-thought, out-smarted, & just outclassed by a Windows user Linux boy... just like Microsoft has done to your FREE OS, which is hilarious - even IF Linux is free? It still hasn't taken over in more than a decade... why is that??)

Re:Unanswerable questions? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135881)

AAAAWWWWWW.

I am soooo sorry about your little penis.

Microsoft Project Size (1)

slashbob22 (918040) | about 8 years ago | (#15135435)

The new tool, whose name he didn't disclose, will be 'one of the larger projects for us' this year, Osmer says."

Without Vista or Office being released this year, I suppose Vole had to release at least something. Unfortunately for Microsoft this is another prime example of follow the leader. I sincerely hope that Microsoft will start developing their own products instead of quereying Google Answers "What other products do you have the we should make?".

The two things that appear to spur adoption in IT products Innovation and Monopoly. Monoposoft has the one figured out.

I Dunno, I've had Good Results with Google (2, Interesting)

Greyfox (87712) | about 8 years ago | (#15135436)

It doesn't always work butI find that if you enter a plain english question as your google search, it often gives you better results than trying to think up the right keywords. I've tried it for questions as mundane as "Where can I find a breakfast burrito in boulder colorado?" to ones as esoteric as "Why does asparagus make my pee smell funny?" Sometimes you'll find out something suprising. Like it turns out there are a rather a lot of people who ask that second question.

A lot of beginners have problems coming up with good search terms, so I usually tell someone just starting out that they should try entering a plain english question before they try to get too fancy with their searches.

Well, if i take the "ask question" part .... (1)

aix tom (902140) | about 8 years ago | (#15135464)

... in the MS Office help as reference, I would estimate the service will sucessfull answer 0% of my questions.

The only way to find something there is via the keyword search. If it doesn't work on content where they have controll over the content, I can't imagine it working when they don't have controll over the content

Googles biggest flaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135492)

The biggest flaw of google is the lack of filtering options for the search. I want to do things like "only search this type of sites", where type can be shopping-eu, shopping-us, educational...

And they should really have an option for blacklisting those blasted sites that contains a whole lot of keywords, but no contents. Particularly certain xxx sites are famouse for such sites.

Old tech in new clothing (1)

debiansid (881350) | about 8 years ago | (#15135592)

The feature will let users direct questions to a specific universe, such as a group of friends, rather than to get automated lists of results from a generic search engine.

Forums anyone?

Question Site? (1)

1336.5 (901985) | about 8 years ago | (#15135593)

Wouldnt that be the entire microsoft.com domain?

Ever tried to browse their web page... and now they have one for questions?

The web is becoming redundant...

You forgot to include Questionville. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15135622)

It's free too, just needs some more users.
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