tedster - 5:02 am on Mar 15, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 1:15 am (utc) on Mar 16, 2012]
Maybe this language bug is really showing us some crossed wires in Google's infrastructure - crossed wires that have something to do with that mysterious "zombie traffic" phenomenon.
Bill Slawski (the patent guy) has been covering a series of Google patents over the past year that have to do with which regional data center Google might route any given query to. reference [seobythesea.com]
Each regional data center would have certain standard records, but coupled with other records that emphasized regional/local interests.
...this system will attempt to predict how likely it is that relevant information may be found at a particular producer node, and may or may not take into account particular topics or subject matter that may be relevant to the query. Remember, this is a "prediction" before the query is processed, so as much that can be done without actually finding all results to predict whether or not the query may have to be sent to more than one producer node, the better.
But what happens if this prediction goes haywire? I'm not saying I've got it nailed down, here - but I am catching a whiff of something or other.
[edited by: tedster at 1:15 am (utc) on Mar 16, 2012]