Re: Re: Re: This word you keep using, Google does not think it means what you think it means
In any case, I have to disagree. What you have described IS innovation. Take an idea that someone else had and improve on it. Based on your logic Google's image search is inferior to Bing's because MS had the idea for the infinitely scrolling search and then Google copied the idea.
That's also not what I believe happened here. Rather, MS is looking at user behavior. User searches for a word or phrase in Google or any other search engine and then clicks on links A, B, and F (having decided that C, D, and E are just blog spam). When the search is done on Bing it takes into account that people were clicking on A, B, and F but only a few were clicking on C, D, and E and they didn't stay if they did. When it ranks the results C, D, and E are ranked lower as a result.
Basically, it brings humans into the ranking process to provide more useful results. Digital computers are not nearly as good at recognizing patterns (and thus filtering out junk sites) as the human brain. In some ways, it is sort of like Yahoo did in its early days. Also bear in mind that even after Google engineers fed Bing lots of fake data and fake clickthroughs on nonsense words they still only managed to get Bing to show the site they wanted a like 6 times out of 100 attempts. In other words, using a bullshit scenario that would never happen in real life they were only able to trick Bing a whopping 6% of the time.
I wonder how long before they start banning things like large breast implants on board planes. After all, someone could get implants but have them filled with several lbs of some sort of explosive gel instead of silicone or saline. I bet they would be hard to tell apart by touch or the nudie xrays.
"I'm sorry, ma'am, we can't let you board the plane. Your breasts are too big."
Somehow, it kind of reminds me of this from Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
It is of course well known that careless talk costs lives, but the full scale of the problem is not always appreciated.
For instance, a human (see Earth) named Arthur Dent who, because of a Vogon Constructor Fleet, was one of the last two humans in the Universe at the time, once said "I seem to be having trmendous difficulty with my lifestyle." At the very moment that Arthur said this, a freak wormhole opened up in the fabric of the space-time continuum and carried his words far far back in time across almost infinite reaches of space to a distant Galaxy where strange and warlike beings were poised on the brink of frightful interstellar battle.
The two opposing leaders were meeting for the last time.
A dreadful silence fell across the conference table as the commander of the Vl'Hurgs, resplendent in his black jewelled battle shorts, gazed levelly at the the G'Gugvuntt leader squatting opposite him in a cloud of green sweet-smelling steam, and, with a million sleek and horribly beweaponed star cruisers poised to unleash electric death at his single word of command, challenged the vile creature to take back what it had said about his mother.
The creature stirred in his sickly broiling vapour, and at that very moment the words I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle drifted across the conference table.
Unfortunately, in the Vl'Hurg tongue this was the most dreadful insult imaginable, and there was nothing for it but to wage terrible war for centuries.
Eventually of course, after their Galaxy had been decimated over a few thousand years, it was realized that the whole thing had been a ghastly mistake, and so the two opposing battle fleets settled their few remaining differences in order to launch a joint attack on our own Galaxy - now positively identified as the source of the offending remark.
For thousands more years the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across - which happened to be the Earth - where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.
Hahaha! I love the fact that they published his email address. I'm sure all the spambot scrapers will have it in their databases within a week. This poor sap is about to get spammed to death. Still, I wonder if some enterprising folks couldn't manage to get him signed up on some tasty mailing lists; you know, bestiality pr0n and the like. :)
Mike's not disputing Prince's right to distribute the album how he wants. Just pointing out that doing it that way and then claiming the Internet is dead and over makes no sense. More specifically he is pointing out that UK Newspapers are pointing out that it makes no sense.
Re: peeved ... I would have expected insane NAMELESS.ONE style rants at this point ...
I'm not sure that there is no future for the AP or an organization like them. I think there is PLENTY of future for such an organization, it just will take a different form. Let me explain.
Newspapers and other news orgs are hurting right now, many of them are going to go the way of the dinosaur. Think of as the internet is to traditional news and media what the Chixulub asteroid was to the dinosaurs. A mass extinction is coming. I'm sure many of them will die out, but not all of them are going to disappear. Some have already started to get it, they are evolving to fit into the new ecology along with other new species that are evolving to fill the holes left behind by the old dinosaurs (ie birds and mammals replacing dinosaurs). The news orgs of the future are going to be smaller and more streamlined than the giant dinosaurs that died out.
We are awash in news today. Not only from traditional news sources but new ones such as blogs and local media too. There is far too much out there for any news organization to reliably keep up with. I think the future of an AP type organization is going to be more like a paid news aggregation service. They will comb the internet and various other news sources for stories. Of course, they could use a simple web spider for that. That just gets you the raw news though. The valueadd here is that this organization would then have HUMANS look at the content and catalog it (we are still better than machines at some things) so that if you have 15 identical copies of the same story with no new information they get lumped together on, say, level 2 of the story. If a site had additional information it had dug up on a story then it would get added to level 1 of the story, etc.
Haha, with any luck the AP or Reuters or someone will pick up on it and report it.
Too bad we can't get someone with enough balls and money to go to court and ask for a declaratory judgement in the matter. Think about it, it could be a win either way. Either the court rules that such uses ARE fair use and takes all the wind out of their sails or the court rules that it ISN'T fair use and the AP and other news orgs find themselves in a world of hurt for "stealing" content from others without attribution. Then they could start getting sued by blogs and each other. There is a good chance that many of the lawsuits would be a low enough amount to fall into small claims court and they would be hemmorraging money trying to defend against small claims lawsuits all over the coutry.
This makes me wonder. Many times radio stations (here in the States at least) will do remote units. They will send out a truck and a radio personality to a remote location (often in conjunction with a sale at a store or some other event). When they do they set up a PA system playing their station outside. Would they be expected to pay TWICE to do this? Or would the business end up getting sued for it?
That is only true if the term "public" includes horses. These are the same asshats who tried to sue a stable for not paying a license for playing the radio for their HORSES! Then there was the garage that got sued because a mechanic was listening to his radio while working on cars in the garage area which was NOT open to the public. I could go on and on but it would get boring.
While I hate this whole patent nuclear war thing, sometimes it can be almost amusing. I just hope that if they do this that Google has something to smack them back with. Microsoft too since I believe I read something about them supporting this open standard as well. And I know THEY have a nice portfolio of video encoding patents.
If I buy A book in NJ for 10.00 and pay 5% tax I just paid 10.50, but now I have to pay NC another 5% use tax so now its 11.00.
If I buy the same book in NC for 10.00 and pay 5% tax I pay 10.50 total.
If it worked that way then you would be correct, however I don't believe that it does. Instead I believe that you are responsible for paying the DIFFERENCE in tax. I.e. if your neighboring state charges a 2.5% state tax rate and your state has a 5% state tax rate then you are responsible to pay the difference of 2.5% to your state. I believe it only deals with the state tax rates as well, not the local tax rates.