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8:35 pm on Jun 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[theage.com.au...]

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The time has come for Google to "give something back", Wayne Rosing, the company's vice-president of engineering, told students while on a recruiting drive in Melbourne last week.

"There have been a lot of conversations in the company in the past two months about (how) . . . it's time for us to give something back. So our technical director, Craig Silverstein, has started a project to look at all the Google code and start figuring out what parts of it we want to give back," Rosing said.

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hmmm I really would love to use the GFS...
10:50 pm on June 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Nice bit of public relations before the IPO.
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I thought they were already giving me something back - like crawling my websites for free and giving me worldwide exposure.

Any chance of indexing my new site and keeping the code for later?

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google triples its workforce and possibly opens R+D in Melbourne.....:D
where is that CV of mine.....
5:49 am on June 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'd like to have the PageRank and the algorthm, please Google ;)

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a couple of hundred servers wouldn't hurt, if they really wanna give stuff away ;)

or some class b shares :)

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I think a more accurate summary of this article would be
"We need to have the tools out in the universities so the next generation can build on our work, too."

Maybe I'm wrong here but from what I understand this is their plan: Release their code to universities and let some students study it. If any of those students eventually goes to work at Google, they will have partially pre-trained employees. Smart move by Google but I really don't think they're being the good guys here.

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Google gives code to the community?

Very dangerous: some programmers could become Super-SEO's

Maybe I'm wrong here but from what I understand this is their plan: Release their code to universities and let some students study it. If any of those students eventually goes to work at Google, they will have partially pre-trained employees. Smart move by Google but I really don't think they're being the good guys here.

Even when that seems almost paranoia, your hipotesis is perfectly possible. Personally, I don't think G is so tricky.

Greetings,
Herenvardö

PS: GGuy, would you give us a small preview? I'm very curious about Google's code ;)lol

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Whatever code they give away, it's hardly going to be something that helps people improve their rankings is it? They aren't idiots
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Shouldn't the title of this topic be something like Google announces it might release vapourware

If they actually release some code, that might be worthy of comment.

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Very dangerous: some programmers could become Super-SEO's

No, that would require the algo and they won't be giving that away.

They'll give away part of the index and retrieval system I suspect, together with some technology on cluster networking with databases.

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For those look for the old PageRank formula here it is: PR(A) = (1-d) + d (PR(T1)/C(T1) + ... + PR(Tn)/C(Tn))

I expect that they will not be handing out any ranking tidbits, rather some non-seo but interesting programming that will help other aspects like organizing data, running large networks etc.

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I seem to recall from a talk by one of the top technical guys at google a year or so ago, they were talking about releasing code back into the Linux community that they were using to maximise throughput running disks utilising all the availble buses on each machine. I think it was running at about 80% at the time and once they had tweaked it a bit they were keen to release it back to the Linux community.

I would imagine it's that kind of stuff they'll be releasing rather than algo related info.

Just my 2 cents.

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