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Comment: Re:Yes, I agree, but no shortage of stupid GUI (Score 1) 550

by TapeCutter (#49176627) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions
My biggest beef is they changed how default file search operates in explorer on win7, old search just looked at filenames, new one looks inside files. Complete pain in the arse, I'm the gate keeper for a large cvs repository, I don't want a list of 5000 .c files when I'm searching for a particular .h file, I want a list with just the .h file in it. If they must try and compete with grep then a simple "look inside files" checkbox on the old dialog would have been better. Or better still put the search feature from Visual Studio into explorer as a separate "search in files" right click option.

Personally I think MS's tendency to kill useful stable features and move the carcass to a different UI location is a 'plot' to sell more MS training courses for non-technical staff.

Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 5, Insightful) 201

by TapeCutter (#49164911) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Not asking permission is theft.

I'm a fan of U2 and I can see how some people might consider what they did rude or presumptuous, but theft? - No, just leave the contorted 'theft' analogies to the MAAFIA. No offense intended, but they are much better at it than you are.

Comment: Re:YES (Score 2) 373

by TapeCutter (#49160877) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
"Fact" engines such as Watson normally produce several results (facts) with a confidence rating on each and can show their "reasoning" step by step. The step by step reasoning is much more useful as a confirmation method than the source code. Source code won't help you much unless you have a solid background in statistical analysis.

Comment: Re:Search Neutrality? (Score 3, Interesting) 373

by TapeCutter (#49160681) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

Maybe there should be a concept such as Search Neutrality.

Search is already neutral, it's the order of results that upsets people because by definition, ranking cannot be neutral. An intelligent search engine such as IBM's Watson gives a confidence rating on it's "facts", it can produce multiple answers each with a confidence ranking. They can also explain in excruciating detail how they arrived at the answer, and they can do it better than humans. Technology is a tool, a hammer that can be used to build or destroy a civilization.

There are three kinds of people: men, women, and unix.