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  • I see what it did there. Quotes around the title help any?



  • Would be funnier if his book was a sci-fi novel about traffic collisions before cars were a common thing, but he had actually died horseback riding in the late 1800s. Or if he were still alive.



  • What's Error'd about this? I'd never heard of the guy, but it seems that he was run down by a van and eventually died from the injuries.

    It's an interesting thing to put in a box, for sure. But more, wow...that's pretty cool, like it understood the query and put some facts together, than :wtf:.



  • Look at the Wikipedia result. "Death of the Author" is a famous essay written by Roland Barthes. People are more likely to be looking for information on the essay (which is what the person who found this out was doing) than looking for how he died.


  • sockdevs

    But it's also correct that he died because of a traffic collision. So I'm still not sure this is a :wtf:.

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    So?

    If you tell it you want "Death of the Author" as a phrase it works properly. Without quotes it's trying to infer what you actually want.

    While I'd prefer that there is a switch for "listen, I know how to use the damned engine, stop helping!", I don't see anything wrong with it's behavior as it is.


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    I was going to show how useful that feature is for finding quick facts, like:

    But now I'm mildly impressed that it also came up with heights for other actors who are typically compared to Tom Cruise in case you're curious how he measures up.


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    @Yamikuronue said:

    I was going to show how useful that feature is for finding quick facts

    Oh, don't get me wrong, I like some of those features. But sometimes they just get in the way and I want them the hell off!

    A separate issues, but: I forgot the actual query, but I was trying to search for some info on a bit of poorly documented functionality in Asterisk once. Spent 45 minutes rummaging through same sites and forums as ever, finding only people who were asking about the same thing and getting no answers.

    Later in the day I was sitting at another computer waiting for something / someone and, out of boredom, typed in the same search again. Third result had the answer. The difference? It was a site I never before visited, and since I was on another computer Google didn't know that so it didn't prioritize the other useless results.

    Yes, I know, incognito / private mode, but I didn't expect that it's preference tracking would fuck me up that badly so I didn't even try.

    Or, better yet: a button to turn all that shit off, if only temporary. And no, the "global results" or whatever it's called one doesn't always help either.


  • sockdevs

    You can disable Google's search results learning thing stuff data collection crap; I've done that on my Google account. Don't know how effective it is though…

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  • i was expecting "length of tom cruise's penis"


  • sockdevs

    She left that for you to search for :stuck_out_tongue:

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  • @Yamikuronue said:

    But now I'm mildly impressed that it also came up with heights for other actors who are typically compared to Tom Cruise in case you're curious how he measures up.

    TIL Nicole Kidman actually outdoes him by quite a few inches.

    @Onyx said:

    Oh, don't get me wrong, I like some of those features.

    Like... the calculator. And... well, the calculator. That's about it.


  • sockdevs

    @Maciejasjmj said:

    @Onyx said:
    Oh, don't get me wrong, I like some of those features.

    Like... the calculator. And... well, the calculator. That's about it.

    Unit and currency conversions come in handy sometimes ;)

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  • @Onyx said:

    Oh, don't get me wrong, I like some of those features. But sometimes they just get in the way and I want them the hell off!

    ""query seems to work and not screw up the results.

    @RaceProUK said:

    Unit and currency conversions come in handy sometimes

    Ah, yeah, I though those were done by the calculator too.



  • Well, what do you know...



  • Well, I'm the one who took the screenshot. Probably some A/B testing shit.



  • I think you just hit some kind of natural language processing edge case...



  • Also, my inability to spell "Leonard" is no impediment to Google's wisdom.



  • @Maciejasjmj said:

    Like... the calculator. And... well, the calculator. That's about it.

    @RaceProUK said:
    Unit and currency conversions come in handy sometimes
    "What is my ip?" sometimes.


  • sockdevs

    That reminds me: I use the define: syntax quite a bit too

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  • This isn't a :wtf: - that query is valid in Google for both "I want to know how he died" and "I want to know about his essay called Death of the Author". You got results for both.



  • Google's name for that result format is "information card". <!-- You MUST use the full name, because "InfoCard" is the trademarked name of a failed Vista-era Microsoft product. --> On mobile, it's called a "Google Now Card". In Soviet Russia, information cards you.


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