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After work last night i went home and put my laptop on. I can't remember what I was doing at the time but came accross a search competition from MSN. They are offering 500 for one of the top 10 in the scoreboard. All they did was give you a question and you have to find the answer on msn search, and you got points for the speed you did it at.
Quite a nice way for them to work out if the search engine is working well and finding out the way users search for particular questions.
I can't remember how to get to it now. Has anyone else seen this?
If no one has seen it, i'll post it later tonight when i get back home.
Think you're a good searcher? Can you beat Search Supremo, MSN's search champion?
Use new MSN Search to help answer ten quirky quiz questions in a row, against the clock.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:46 pm (utc) on Mar. 18, 2005]
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You play the game and find some of the answers in the time. You think to yourself, wow, that was a hard game, but I did find some of the answers. Then next time you need to find an answer, you will think, hey MSN had a search engine and I could find the answers to hard questions. I bet it will be a snap to find the easy questions I have (or I bet I can find answers to me hard questions, too)
I played twice already, the first time I didn't realize that a wrong answer stopped the contest.
The second time I was doing very well after 7 questions (700,000+), and I got a question about the distace from the earth to the sun... Well, I forgot that the earth's orbit is eliptical, we are not 150 million kilometers (my quick guess, based on reading a quick blurb). I later found out that the average is 108 million :(
* You need a web browser that is W3C compliant, e.g. Internet Explorer 5 or higher, Netscape 6.1 or higher, Firefox or Safari.
Does anyone else find this a little funny? In fact I think it's quite funny. W3C compliant, e.g. IE 5?! Neat to see them recommending FireFox or Safari, though.
I tried the test but found the prize was in British currency. Is L500 a lot of money? (Their search engine stinks; I couldn't get beyond the third question! ;) )
Sorry but I'm afraid your PC does not meet the system requirements you need to play Search Supremo.
- Please adjust the resolution in your computer's desktop settings
Wrong. Search Supremo just cannot tell what resolution my Mac monitor has... In fact, I have never used anything but 1024x768 on my iBook.