OpinionCome on, http://www.wolframalpha.com - we want to query you to death!
      – BorgClown, 2009-05-08 at 03:31:42   (21 comments)

On 2009-05-08 at 03:32:56, BorgClown wrote...
Launching this month, it's supposedly a new trend of searching, with the site actually answering questions instead of just providing links. I want to see how much over-hyped it is.
On 2009-05-08 at 11:35:46, Thelevellers wrote...
well it's broken atm! lol... I think it's what 'askjeeves' was meant to do, but failed fairly monumentally, didn't help that jeeves is full of ads either... If it's an improvement on that I might like it... :)
On 2009-05-09 at 06:37:40, BorgClown wrote...
Sorry, gave the wrong link: http://www.wolframalpha.com It should work any day now, it's may 2009 already.
On 2009-05-09 at 06:52:58, BorgClown wrote...
Interesting tidbits here. Google is not sleeping: http://www.technologyreview.com/web/22585/page1
On 2009-05-09 at 15:50:42, Lee J Haywood wrote...
There are lots of Google killers out there, and they all fall by the wayside for one of three reasons - either they have a tiny database, they don't have Google's clean interface and results pages, or worse they put poor results at the top whereas Google often succeeds on putting the most relevant first.
On 2009-05-09 at 23:28:02, BorgClown wrote...
WolframAlpha is not hyped as a Google killer, but as a new way of researching. It supposedly will try to infer what you need and give you processed data, not links.
On 2009-05-09 at 23:29:31, BorgClown wrote...
So Google for webpages, and Wolfram for facts (and their corresponding links for corroboration).
On 2009-05-10 at 08:54:27, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Right, like using Wikipedia when you know it will have an article/answer for something specific. That could work for w*a but it doesn't have a memorable name, so it'll be tough for it to become popular.
On 2009-05-10 at 23:11:56, BorgClown wrote...
The name is cumbersome, yeas. I suspect it will be shortened to just Wolfram.
On 2009-05-11 at 22:03:21, Thelevellers wrote...
I have already been calling it Wolfram myself... It does look very cool for research though... :) Might need it next year at college! :)
On 2009-05-18 at 20:30:10, BorgClown wrote...
It's online now. It is interesting, and very different from Google indeed. I asked for "sun betelgeuse" and it gives a ream of comparisons, including a star chart as seen from my hometown. Nice. http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=sun+betelgeuse
On 2009-05-18 at 20:46:43, BorgClown wrote...
It's supposed to learn what words mean, so I can't blame it if it chokes on "penis size", or even "hand size". It interpreted "world size" as "world area", so I tried "penis length" just for kicks. No good. Well, I gotta go back to work, let's see what can I get out of it later.
On 2009-06-13 at 05:08:25, BorgClown wrote...
OK, slightly funny: http://www29.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=where%27s+my+car
On 2009-06-13 at 10:45:16, Thelevellers wrote...
Huh, made me giggle anyways... :)
On 2009-06-13 at 23:57:26, BorgClown wrote...
The examples are interesting, even if I have no clue about what an n-gram is http://www29.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=n-grams+%22it+was+the+best+of+times+it+was+the+worst+of+times%22
On 2009-06-14 at 07:39:24, BorgClown wrote...
Hooray, my first practical use of Wolfram! I was corroborating the solar power per area we get on Earth. It took a couple of tries, but it was fun: http://www32.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=solar+irradiance+at+the+earth
On 2009-06-18 at 17:49:37, Baslisks wrote...
http://www21.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=penis+length
On 2009-06-18 at 18:03:00, Thelevellers wrote...
Heheheh, nice...
On 2009-06-19 at 02:29:07, Baslisks wrote...
best part.. they give you length in 3 a batteries.
On 2009-06-19 at 20:08:31, BorgClown wrote...
Impressive. I tried the same query on comment #12, and it didn't know what to do. WA is supposedly a learning system, although the improvement might come from the popularity of this particular query.
On 2009-06-19 at 20:11:18, BorgClown wrote...
LOL, Turkish are in bad shape: 12.7 cm