News Story Prototype search engine peers into future
Sure, looking for news stories with a search engine can tell you about the past, but a new application might act more like a very comprehensive crystal ball. A search engine prototype created by Yahoo's Barcelona lab lets users look into the future -- sort of.[ATTACH]16945[/ATTACH]The [URL="http://fbmya01.barcelonamedia.org:8080/future/"]application[/URL] was revealed this week as part of the [URL="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/ryenw/hcir2010/challenge.html"]Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval challenge[/URL], which uses more than 1.8 million New York Times articles from 1987 to 2007 as its data set. The application is also part of the European project [URL="http://livingknowledge-project.eu/"]LivingKnowledge[/URL]. The Yahoo researchers call their creation "Time Explorer" and describe it …
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News Story 1234567890 it is UNIX Time!
Did anyone else get just a wee zing of excitement at 11.30pm (GMT) last night? I will admit to raising my glass and downing a large Jim Beam Black in order to celebrate the fact that UNIX Time had hit 123 billion seconds. OK, so I am a geek, what can I say? Other than, perhaps, I was most certainly not alone. Indeed, [URL="http://www.1234567890day.com/"]UNIX Epoch Time parties[/URL] were springing up all over the planet, it would seem, in order to celebrate that milestone. What bloody milestone you might be wondering, and the answer is also a little geeky. You see …
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