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Comment: Asking the right questions (Score 1) 356

by sidney (#34868580) Attached to: Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study

Acting as if I really wanted to know the answer, I tried the Google query, chose the first hit, which was the product page for the Frigidaire FPHC2398LF (at this point if I were really doing this I would have had the clue to enter my own model number), which below the flash stuff has a navigation bar that has a button for Guides/Manuals. Click on that, click on download the English User Guide which is a PDF, and "Bing!" there in the table of contents is has "Changing the Filter" on page 15

The Bing hits for the question has as the first hit the home page of the Frigidaire web site. If I went there maybe I would think to click on the filters & accessories tab, which is a blind alley for this. Maybe I would click on the Refrigerators link and get clue that I want to look for my own model number and eventually get to that same page that was Google's first hit. The other hits on Bing had a number of reviews and links for Frigidaire appliances other than refrigerators.

I guess I would rank Google and Bing as being equally useless if I ask a question that is not specific enough to give the exact answer I want and if I am too clueless to use the results I get to track down the answer or figure out how to refine the question. In this case, Google got me about two clicks from the exact answer, Bing got me pretty much nowhere.

If as a result of this experience I realize that what I really want to search for the user manual, and next time I try that, and also indicate that I want a professional series refrigerator rather than, say, an oven, (search term frigidaire professional series refrigerator user manual) Google gets me results on the Frigidaire web site in the first two hits, Bing gets all third party sites and reviews on their first page of hits.


Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-A-negative-personality dept.
trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

Comment: Your whois lookup is wrong (Score 1) 296

by sidney (#28156067) Attached to: New Mac Clone Maker 'Quo' To Open Retail Store

From TFA: "The Quo Web site is being worked on now and is set to launch next week."

From a whois lookup directly on the site:

      Domain Name: QUOCOMPUTER.COM
      Registrar: DOMAIN CONTENDER, LLC
      Whois Server:
      Referral URL:
      Name Server: NS1.IZDIGITAL.NET
      Name Server: NS2.IZDIGITAL.NET
      Status: ok
      Updated Date: 16-mar-2009
      Creation Date: 29-jan-2009
      Expiration Date: 29-jan-2010

    >>> Last update of whois database: Sun, 31 May 2009 06:16:55 UTC


+ - Fox News' FTP Password Anyone?

Submitted by Paris The Pirate
Paris The Pirate (799954) writes "Jeff Goodman writes "While browsing around the Fox News website, I found that directory indexes are turned on. So, I started following the tree up, until I got to /admin. Eventually, I found my way into /admin/xml_parser/zdnet/, in which, there is a shell script. Seeing as it's a shell script, and I use Linux, I took a peek. Inside, is a username and password to an FTP. So, of course, I tried to login. The result? Epic fail on Fox's part. And seriously, what kind of password is T1me Out. This is just pathetic." Anyone want to suggest a password policy to Fox?"

+ - Vista DRM: Longest Suicide Note in History

Submitted by enos
enos (627034) writes "Peter Gutmann describes the consequences of Vista's DRM including the intentional crippling of functionality, unnecessary burdens on hardware manufacturers as well as unintended side effects. For example, Vista automatically and silently reduces the quality of audio and video on untrusted devices when "premium" content is present. This can have life threatening consequences when used in medical imaging where the compression artifacts can be misinterpreted."

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