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Name: Steve
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Interesting Facts About Google Search Engine


But how does Google build this index- and how does it ‘populate’ it with accurate and meaningful results data that will be useful to users? Even Google has to start somewhere, so it uses software programs known as spiders, also commonly referred to as crawlers or Googlebots. These useful little crawlers are sent out initially to the most logical places on the web. If you search for ‘Marmite’, most likely the first site the spider will have compiled your search results by visiting will be www.marmite.com, so no rocket science as yet. This first stage of website search is known as the ‘seed’ level.

After we pass the seed level we start to branch out. The spiders will then crawl outwards further and follow links from the initial pages that it finds and start to weave a web of interconnected websites that share relevance in terms of content. The spider builds up a pattern of pages linked to pages, which must be recursively revisited in order to ensure they still contain content relating to the original search. Pages are revisited based on frequency ‘policies’ that are set by software that resides on Google’s servers. But what we need to remember is that the web is so vast and changeable that no spider will ever capture all the information out there.

So let’s start with a search. Say we want to look up ‘toasted cheese sandwiches’. We type in those three words and press Return. Google’s query processor software then gets to work filtering through its indexes to decide which links to present. But hang on – what’s to stop us getting results on cheese making, results on toaster-buying advice and results on the Earl of Sandwich? Well, Google asks questions. More than 200 questions in fact. You could say that Google’s software uses a little artificial intelligence fiere because it tries to apply human logic to the vast lumps of raw data that it has to wade through.

To decide which ‘toasted cheese sandwich’ website to present to us, Google asks whether the words appear in the website’s title or URL. Google asks how many times the words appear in the correct order on any given website. Does the page include synonyms for ‘toasted cheese sandwich’ such as ‘grilled Cheddar buttie’ or ‘hot cheesy panini’. Discussing the mechanics of how to describe a toasted cheese sandwich might sound silly, but it’s all logical to the guys who run Google’s data centre.

more at link above

Tell us how proud you are of your kid(s)

Go ahead, brag a bit. I love my son dearly and he's turning out quite nicely, I think.

Record Low Temperature for March 26 -91 °F "Concordia" Antarctica


Nation by nation, speak your mind about....Zambia


Zambia /ˈzæmbiə/, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest.

Originally inhabited by Khoisan peoples, the region which comprises modern Zambia was colonised during the Bantu expansion of the thirteenth century. After visits by European explorers in the eighteenth century, Zambia became the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia towards the end of the nineteenth century. For most of the colonial period, the country was governed by an administration appointed from London with the advice of the British South Africa Company.

On 24 October 1964, the country became independent of the United Kingdom and then-prime minister Kenneth Kaunda became the inaugural president. Kaunda's socialist United National Independence Party (UNIP) maintained power from the 1964 until 1991. From 1972 to 1991 Zambia was a single-party state with the UNIP as the sole-legal political party, with the goal of uniting the nation under the banner of 'One Zambia, One Nation'. Kaunda was succeeded by Frederick Chiluba of the social-democratic Movement for Multi-Party Democracy in 1991, during which the country saw a rise in social-economic growth and increased decentralisation of government. Chiluba selected Levy Mwanawasa as his successor; Mwanawasa presided over the country from January 2002 until his death in August 2008, and is credited with initiating a campaign to reduce corruption and increase the standard of living. After Mwanawasa's death, Rupiah Banda presided as Acting President before being elected president in 2008. He is the shortest serving president, having held office for only three years. Patriotic Front party leader, Michael Chilufya Sata defeated Banda in the 2011 elections.

In 2010, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world's fastest economically reformed countries. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is headquartered in Lusaka.

Never been there. Anyone been there ?

Barry White rocks !

World Highest Temperature for March 26 Diffa, Niger 111 degrees F


Reminds me of summertime Florida, ugh.

question about the origin of NHS in UK, please

Hello all nice DU'ers in the fair green land of UK !,

I read somewhere that the devastation of WW2 was a huge contributor to the genesis of the NHS. Is that correct ? Thank you for your patience, as always.


Nation by nation, speak your mind about....Zimbabwe

SwampGtr's old thread about states inspired me to start this series:


Zimbabwe /zɪmˈbɑːbweɪ/, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. The capital is Harare. Zimbabwe achieved de jure sovereignty from the United Kingdom in April 1980, following 14 years as an unrecognised state under the conservative white minority government of Rhodesia, which unilaterally declared independence in 1965.
Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona and Ndebele being most common. The present territory was first demarcated by Cecil Rhodes' British South Africa Company during the 1890s, becoming a self-governing colony as Southern Rhodesia in 1923. President Robert Mugabe is head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Renowned as a champion for the anti-colonial cause, Mugabe is also viewed as an authoritarian responsible for Zimbabwe's problematic human rights record and substantial economic decline. He has held power since internationally recognised independence in 1980: as head of government since 1980 and head of state since 1987.

I've never been to Zimbabwe, having only been to Egypt many miles to the north. I love to travel, so I'd like to go there. Ok, your turn......


new host for this group: me :)

I promise to be a nice guy.

Now, back to the weather ! A very lovely cool day here in Florida !


Weather Watchers is lonely !


I'll be the host, if you don't mind Thanks, and keep up the good work.

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