It's obvious that Google replaced "ny" with "New York City", while Bing replaced it with "New York State". If you're searching for [new york], Google will show information about the city, while Bing's data refers to the state.
To disambiguate your query, you need to search for [ny city population] or [ny state population] and both search engines will return similar answers.
What if you search for [ronaldo age]? Here's what you get: 28 years (Google) and 36 years (Bing). Google mentions that the answer is for Cristiano Ronaldo, but Bing doesn't.
Both answers are OK because there are two football players known as Ronaldo: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (born 18 September 1976, retired Brazilian player) and Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985, Portuguese football player - Real Madrid). Most of the top search results from both Bing and Google are about Cristiano Ronaldo.
To make things more confusing, Bing also provides information about Cristiano Ronaldo:
To sum up, it's a good idea to disambiguate your query and to check the answers provided by search engines.
Jill sez, "Exciting study samples new books for sale by Amazon and asks: Why are there three times more books initially published in the 1850's than books from the 1950's? The chart on page 15 is eye-popping, showing graphically decade-by-decade how many more new books initially published before 1923 are currently available than those published after 1923 [the magic public domain date]. The music and YouTube data are also compelling!"
With all these freeze frame posts, I give you the single best in joke that flashed for less than a second on BBC Comedy.
See, Sean? Funny.
I know that E = m(c^2), but I still read it as McInstein
WELL THIS SUCKS
Sometimes it's the simple things that just make me smile.
I did something a bit like this the other day.
Jeffrey sez, "A fascinating article about what causes traffic jams, and how to drive differently to help ease 'stop and go' traffic. It is interesting to see how basic human instincts (or maybe just the way we have been taught how to drive) can turn a crowded road into one that is jammed with stop and go traffic. It is probable that self-driving cars will eliminate many of these issues before many humans have time to learn these techniques. However, it is very encouraging to hear the author's anecdote about how he was able to singlehandedly erase a traffic jam in his own lane:"
On a day when I immediately started hitting the usual "waves" of stopped traffic, I decided to drive slow. Rather than repeatedly rushing ahead with everyone else, only to come to a halt, I decided to try to drive at the average speed of the traffic. I let a huge gap open up ahead of me, and timed things so I was arriving at the next "stop-wave" just as the last red brake lights were turning off ahead of me. It certainly felt weird to have that huge empty space ahead of me, but I knew I was driving no slower than anyone else. Sometimes I hit it just right and never had to touch the brakes at all, but sometimes I was too fast or slow. There were many "waves" that evening, and this gave me many opportunities to improve my skill as I drove along.
I kept this up for maybe half an hour while approaching the city. Finally I happened to glance at my rearview mirror. There was an interesting sight.
It was dusk, the headlights were on, and I was going down a long hill to the bridges. I had a view of miles of highway behind me. In the other lane I could see maybe five of the traffic stop-waves. But in the lane behind me, for miles, TOTALLY UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION. I hadn't realized it, but by driving at the average speed, my car had been "eating" traffic waves. Everyone ahead of me was caught in the stop/go cycle, while everyone behind me was forced to go at a nice smooth 35MPH or so.
When it comes to great light painting photography, we’ve had cause to mention Darren Pearson on more than one occasion. His dinosaur light paintings were well-received, and his skeleton skater light painting animation was just plain cool.
So rather than continuing to pull bits and pieces of Pearson’s work to show you every time something catches our eye, we’ve decided to introduce you to him and his work as a whole, and let the light painting enthusiasts among you follow to your heart’s content.
As he put it while speaking with Thrash Lab (below), the air is his canvas. His work consists of dinosaurs, skateboarders, skeletons and animals he draws with his lights. Based out of San Diego, he’s also put together a series of images dubbed California Soul — a sort of ode to California culture.
Here’s that Thrash Lab profile mentioned above. Fair warning: he does use a little bit of inappropriate language:
Visiting his Flickr account or website is the best way to see everything. His light paintings are split up into sets, with subjects ranging from fossils, to spirit animals, aliens, angels and daemons. Below you’ll find a selection of some of our favorites:
Although his work is whimsical and fun to look at, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s also easy to create. It takes skill to transfer the image in his mind onto that canvas of air he mentioned, and more often than not, it also takes a lot of trial and error:
I won’t stop until I get what I’m looking for. I may do something a hundred times, because I have a vision that I kind of go into something thinking ‘ok, I’ll get this particular shot,’ and if I don’t get that particular shot, I’ll obsess over it.
To see a lot more of Pearson’s work with light (as well as a few sets that have nothing to do with light painting) check out his Flickr profile or head over to his website Darius Twin by clicking here.
Image credits: Photographs by Darren Pearson and used with permission.
Buzzfeed's Hunter Schwarz revisits 1998's "Scholastic Beanie Baby Handbook," which predicted values of Beanie Babies in 2008, and compares them to the current-day eBay clearing price for these same speculative items. For example, the Stripes the Dark Tiger doll, which retailed for $5 and traded for $250 in 1998 was predicted to rise to $1,000. Today it can be had on eBay for $9.95. And the $4,000-$5,000 estimated 2008 value for the Violet Teddy was also way off, though Violet is today a $700 item ($700 was also what it traded for in 1998).
"Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights and Goya's Saturn Eating his Children."
The last time I was in Madrid, we went to an annexe of the Prado which was showing Guernica. When we left, I saw this absolutely stunning full-length portrait of a woman but my wife wanted to leave so I couldn't go back and find out who it was by or of. I was hoping to see it again today, but I didn't. I can see it clearly in my mind, and it strikes me as being in the style of Raimundo de Madrazo (who had some brilliant portraits on display). I'm no closer to identifying it, though.
After the Prado, I went to the Queen Sofia Museum, which features modern art and is the current location for Guernica. It had a Dali exhibition on, but apparently my asking for a ticket that would give me entry to it was no sufficient to gain me a ticket that would give me entry to it, so I missed that. Still, it was worth it for Guernica.
Do not go to Madrid Airport expecting to pick up some last-minute gifts to take home. The shopping here is rubbish...
Microsoft is paying developers up to $100,000 (£64) to get their applications over to the Windows Phone 8 platform, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. This is in addition to a promotion the company is running where it will pay any developer to get their app into the Windows Store ASAP in an effort to catch up to the iOS and Android app stores.
Microsoft first instated the broad $100 (£64) Visa card reward in March, offering the bounty to any developer or studio that managed to get its app in by 30 June. The rewards were capped at $2,000 (£1,270) per developer.
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