Web searching died the day they invented SEO
The truth is out there but you’ll never find it
By Alistair Dabbs 2 Feb 2018 at 09:03
Something for the Weekend, Sir? You can find anything on the internet apart from the specific thing you’re looking for.
No wonder the boffins at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are bigging up the enormity of the task of decoding data from its recently rediscovered zombie satellite. They probably did a web search for the old system and came up with a blank.
Horror of horrors, this means they’ll have to reverse-engineer the whole thing. What a nightmare. I mean, no one programs any more, they just nick code snippets off Github and for the rest throw in a heap of lard-arsed libraries. Now they’ll have to recreate it all from scratch.
Hang on, though. Surely, surely someone somewhere at some point saved references to the necessary source code in a document, and surely these ended up in a digital repository that can be accessed on the internet. Why can’t they find it?
I imagine they found references to references. They probably unearthed news stories about the satellite, along with images, timelines, background information and so on. But not the program itself.
I repeat: you can find anything on the internet apart from the specific thing you’re looking for. It’s Dabbsy’s Principal Law of Web Search.
Sure, I can find links generally related to what I’m hunting very quickly. Internet searching has never been so easy or reliable as it is now. However, I always seem to end up wading through stuff that’s generally related to the prize I’m after, rather than the prize itself.
Surely the internet is big enough to contain all human intelligence. So why is it so difficult to find precisely the right thing when you need it? Truth or otherwise, as the gender-pay-imbalanced Mulder might say, it must be out there.
Perhaps I’m not searching the internet properly. This might be a reflection on my inadequate search skills. Like the public at large, I have grown lazy with unrefined web searches. Operators? Nah. Tags? Maybe next time. Quote marks? Such a pain. Boolean? Do me a favour.Read More