One of the latest ones gave me a quick laugh though. A video on Natural Language Processing had it’s title clipped by an algorithm down to “Practical Applications of Natural Language Processing in Ass… “, which if there were any natural language processing going on with the syndication feed, it might have realized there was a problem.
Wish I could have gotten some picks, but it was moving pretty quick. I was in San Carlos today to pick up some items and it went tearing down a sidestreet. Can’t wait till there are more of them out on the road.
Looks like things will be changing a bit for CNET. They wanted to be a media company. Now they’ve got a really big media company to let them know how it’s done. I’m interested to see what kind of changes come out of this.
Can’t say that I’m really all that impressed. It wasn’t the shockingly better experience that I remember Google was when I first came across it. Some of the searches that I tested out seemed to be slightly better than Google, but I had to use contrived examples that I wouldn’t really use in everyday activities. These searches were simply designed to test Powerset’s strengths.
Couple this lack of noticeable improvement in search results along with the poor user experience due to site speed and I can’t say that I’ll be making the switch any time soon.
Found another one of those gotchas when debugging caching with multiple servers. Don’t make the assumption that ntpd is working properly and that the time is synchronized on all of the servers. I just spent a whole lot of time to finally discover that somehow a server had its times off by an hour. This caused some very weird effects to trickle out.