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Google Provides "turning point" in a Felony Arrest
interesting...
Seattle_SEM




msg:166008
 4:03 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Teen's Felony Case Thrown Out - Wired [wired.com].

"McFall, Robertson's attorney, said the tipping point in the case came when Robertson's mother uncovered new evidence last week that proved he didn't write the story's initial paragraph. After searching for the first sentence in Google, Kathy Robertson discovered the paragraph was part of a template that came on a CD-ROM for an Adobe PageMaker textbook."

I hope if I'm ever accused of a felony, that Google will vindicate me ;-)

 

Chndru




msg:166009
 5:44 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

wtg google...

mattglet




msg:166010
 6:12 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Google never ceases to amaze.

Net_Wizard




msg:166011
 8:31 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Anybody care to repeat Robertson's mother search query? I couldn't find it in the article. Did I miss it anywhere? Does the same query came up differently from the other search engines, say Alltheweb or even Alta Vista? Have anybody verified that this is such a unique query that only Google have it? If so, Google be praise ;)

Just kidding around :D

Maybe, this might be a better reading about Google -> Is Google the next Microsoft?(The Inquirer, UK) [theinquirer.net]

RBuzz




msg:166012
 9:15 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Anybody care to repeat Robertson's mother search query? I couldn't find it in the article. Did I miss it anywhere?

--

Yus. It says in the article that she searched for the first sentence of the first paragraph.

Net_Wizard




msg:166013
 1:01 am on Sep 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Okay :)

Let's say "If the order is given to evacuate, you must do so immediately." is the query...

Using exact search
Google -> 1 result
Alltheweb -> 1 result
Alta Vista -> 1 result
(I didn't try other SE)

all results are similar

So what's the amazing thing with Google? What if she happened to use AltaVista in her search. Would that make AV amazing? Would this Board would have such flowery glorification...

Alta Vista Provides "turning point" in a felony case

FYI, Google did not provide the turning point or tipping point or whatever of a case. It is her(Robertson's mother) discovery that leads to an evidence...

[in fact if you look at the Google results there's no indication that the content came from a cd of Adobe Pagemaker which I can only surmise that by her following the 'leads', she found out that that it did came from Adobe]...

Which provides the crucial evidence that the paragraph did came from a template.

Did Google provide the template? At best the title of this thread is very misleading, implying that Google have 'direct' involvement in that case, what a stretch of imagination ;)

Dolemite




msg:166014
 11:58 am on Sep 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Whoa...I think you guys are missing the real story here.

An 18-year-old kid was charged with a felony for writing a paper.

This kind of thing reeks of the Patriot Act, but an Oklahoma state statute is actually at fault.

Either way, the 1st Amendment seems to have died long ago.

John_Creed




msg:166015
 12:21 pm on Sep 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

I agree. The entire case was a joke.

Net_Wizard




msg:166016
 12:42 pm on Sep 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

That's exactly my point :)

Why make this news as Google news? Too much infatuation with Google that even just a passing remark about somebody using Google becomes a major PR announcement...

and as Dolemite have pointed out, everybody lose perspective of the real point of that news article.

chiyo




msg:166017
 12:58 pm on Sep 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

There is too much spin about about google, as if it is a step apart or a magic genie. As far as i can see you could use many other engines including ATW to get "turning points" like this. The point is really how much search services have improved as a whole, rather than google being the end-all and be-all.

Sure, Google shook up the industry and SE technology has always been improving anyway, and certainly Google is one of, if not the, best.

But more interesting to me is how these days access to information for all is much cheaper, easier to find, and much more effective, than pre-Web days.

aroach




msg:166018
 5:09 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

This story has made up my mind. I will be homeschooling my children.

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