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    Wolfram Dell JV Search Engine

    My new home page for today

    Wolfram Alpha

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    Is Wolfram Alpha the new answer to Google? | News

    A radical internet search engine designed to take on Google has been launched.
    Wolfram Alpha allows users to enter questions rather than simply typing keywords. For instance, a user can type in Gordon Brown' and get a basic biography of the PM. However, you can also type in “how old was Gordon Brown when David Cameron was born', and receive the correct answer (which is 15 years, seven months and 19 days, apparently). Its makers say that by giving more specific answers it will be easier to use.
    It also comes as Google's search engine yesterday hit several major technical snags, cutting off millions of users for several hours from both its search engine and email service. “We want to give our users an exact answer rather than just a page of links,“ said Conrad Wolfram, one of the founders of Wolfram Research.
    “It does at first glance look like a normal search engine, but in fact we have 10,000 computer processors behind the scenes working out an exact answer. It will really change the way we get our knowledge, and we hope it will change the way people search online.”
    The technology behind the site was originally developed for solving mathematical puzzles and has been under development for 23 years. It is currently widely used in the city for running risk analysis predictions. “We have been doing this for a very long time and we hope that expertise will show through,” said Mr Wolfram.
    The engine also constantly updates its answers, for instance type in “moon” and it will tell you the distance from the Earth to the Moon. But it's not just the average distance you would find with a search engine, it's the actual distance right now, which varies from hour to hour.
    However, Mr Wolfram did admit the firm had been surprised by the level of interest in the google beater. “We think we are ready, but there is a lot of interest, so we will have to wait and see I suppose.”
    Experts say the site is likely to be used alongside google, rather than replace it. “This is a long way from being a Google killer,” said Tom Dunmore of Stuff magazine.
    “However, it is definitely the start of the next generation of web searching. While Google is about showing you the information online, Wolfram Alpha tries to make sense of it, and that is very exciting.”

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    It has some great features! Thanks for the link
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarezz View Post
    It has some great features! Thanks for the link
    Are you sure ?

    If so maybe I should restore as my home page

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    Sounds interesting but I went to the site and it didn't even finish loading by the time I gave up. Thanks but no thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by britishguy View Post
    Are you sure ?

    If so maybe I should restore as my home page
    It doesn't function as a real search engine but more as a Google-Wikipedia website. You search and you get a sort of Wiki results

    It won't be my new homepage, but I like how it shows peoples' age.. I didn't know the age of Travis Barker before
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    it's sounds interesting

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    Thx Pete!
    Well, it takes ages to load, so...

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    Thanks for the link. It's really great. Although it's yet far from reaching google or replacing it, it still is a great amusement

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    I think this will be a major (alternative) way of searching into the (near) future. Perhaps not in the current form but integrated into existing search engines some or another way.

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    I also saw this today on some guy blog. It looks interessting

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