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Comment: Re:So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 2) 107

So, a long time ago (1996 or 1997), I had made a statement to a friend that "If it's on the Internet, I can find it." This was back when Lycos and Webcrawler and AltaVista were the best search engines. He challenged me to find out how much a bullet fired from an M-16 dropped at 500 yards (back then, it took me 45 minutes to find). He was ex-Marine, so this was information that he already knew.

So, I used that same concept to test your theory. My exact query was:
-- how far will a bullet drop at 500 yards

The Google results were very heavily weighted to a 308. The Bing results included multiple caliber rounds. I think the Bing results are more comprehensive for this query and it is sufficiently non-simple.

I'm sure there are plenty of queries where Google is better, but there are also queries where Bing is better. Which is why I use every tool available to me.

Comment: So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 5, Interesting) 107

A company tries to get their product to be more popular. Sounds like a good strategy. If it works, bully for them. If it doesn't, they'll try something else. Either people will use it or they won't. Bing isn't a terrible search engine......in fact, there are some features that Google buried related to Image search that Bing still keeps up front. Anyone who just uses Google is actually missing out. I use more than one tool to accomplish my task (Google, Bing, and Yahoo plus a few obscure search engines for specialized searches). Each one offers up results that the other doesn't.

Comment: Re:Shouldn't they be after Google? (Score 1) 148

by SQLGuru (#49223971) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

At Mobile World Congress this year, Kyocera was showing off a demo unit running Windows Phone....their first Microsoft device in years. What's the over/under on that unit failing to make it to market........or conversely what's the over/under on Kyocera pushing MORE Windows Phone units in order to save money on the patent settlement?

Comment: Re:Yes, but... (Score 1) 252

by SQLGuru (#49016941) Attached to: AP Test's Recursion Examples: An Exercise In Awkwardness

When I was learning recursion (eons ago, it seems), I was informed that both head and tail recursion could be "unrolled" to a loop of some sort (for, while, do....while, do...until, etc.) And recursion imparts a lot of overhead (push to stack, context switch, process, pop from stack), so you should unroll recursive functions as often as possible.

So, in this example, I don't think most people would think to use recursion at all --- head, tail, or mid recursion.

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