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Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

Friday, April 1, 2005
17 years ago

I saw this earlier and couldn't help noticing the digs at Google Print:

Well, scanners are cheap these days. Really cheap. When you combine a few $60 scanners with some willing Ph.D interns, we expect the entire book scanning project to take no more than 4 weeks and $6,000.

And also Google's "20% Project" concept:

Everything else is being built on our existing infrastructure by a few engineers during their "slacking time." At Yahoo!, engineers sometimes spend parts of their weekends and holidays slacking off. Now, those engineers are encouraged to spend 20% of that slacking time working on the Yahoo! Slacker project.

And their Misspelling Suggestion API seems to really work – http://developer.yahoo.net/web/V1/misspellingSuggestion.html – even the response fields are mispelt (i.e. "Reslut" and "ReslutSet").

Fairly amusing, as was the "Google Gulp" and "Jeeves9000", but MSN wins my vote for this year's April Fool's contest...

Caleb [PersonRank 0]

17 years ago #

Was that MSN's work or just a parodizer?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

Caleb, I think it was actually MSN's work.

Check WHOIS in Google, and enter the domain into the whois-box. It reveals:

   Registrant:
   MICROSOFT CORPORATION

I think the Jeeves9000 videos were really funny.

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