Thursday, September 30, 2010

David Patterson

David Patterson (of Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach) gave a lecture today at Microsoft about his ROC project.

Among other things, I learned two things:

...Peres's law

“If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact, not to be solved, but to be coped with over time”

    — Shimon Peres
...and that Bing is now a better search engine than Google.
For the last several months I was using Bing and Google more or less interchangeably, but Google was always an authoritative source. So when a few hours after the lecture I wanted to quote the Peres's law to a co-worker, I went to Google first. I typed in the following query: "unsolvable problems Shimon Peres facts cope". To my surprise, the quote was nowhere to be found:
I was really surprised, and tried Bing. Both of the top two results pointed to the quote.


Anonymous said...

Ha ha! Did you know that Google tries to confuse you the Bing team by returning low quality results for IP addresses on the Microsoft corp campus?

Also, one result does not a better search engine make.

Sergey Solyanik said...

A few problems with your statement:
(1) I am not on the Bing team
(2) Bing is not located on the corp campus
(3) I repeated this search from home for this article, so the snapshot you are seeing was generated in Seattle. You can reproduce this result yourself
(4) Google is not this evil :-)

Dzembu said...

Peres no solution

Gave me first hit in google. there is no word insolvable so that may explain why google did not gave results, even so they probably have both as synonyms, but relevance algorithm probably prevailed this time for you, as they got more links that scored better for your words.

Till Bing can index MSDN and CodeProject better than Google who is one I will use is clear to me and last few month having Bing as defualt I came to conclusion that I have to Google almost every single time when I need help om Microsft technology :-)

but sure tng Bing is getting better :-)

Sergey Solyanik said...

It appears they did (finally!) index MSDN properly - I tried a few functions, and the API definitions came properly on top in both engines.

Anonymous said...

ok, now /I am using only bing...