links for 2008-08-13

Martin Belam  by Martin Belam, 13 August 2008

It seems Delicious have increased the character limit for 'notes' from 250 to 1,000. I'm not sure if I didn't actually prefer the enforced brevity of the former...

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Martin - the 'fooling google' story is a bit of an odd one, as really it just proves that the algorithm wouldn't pass the Turing Test. This bloke decided to try and "fool" Google News by posting a spoof to a news site and then got over-pleased with himself when Google didn't see it was a joke.

But then: if we expect Google to somehow know when something is satirical, would we then demand for it to know when, say, the story it's listing is based on unattributed sources? Or from a column which often publishes made-up stuff which it pretends is genuine?

And isn't a satirical jib at a major story a valid piece of reporting on the story anyway?

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