Kinda, Sorta

H.264 GPU Decoding in Flash Player on Mac OS X is live [ by Thibault Imbert ] – “We just pushed a few minutes ago a new version of the Flash Player containing a nice feature that was in beta until now called ‘Gala’. Yes, H.264 GPU decoding in Mac OSX is now officially enabled in the Flash Player.”

Well kinda, sorta, it does not work on any of the three Macs I have, the number of graphics cards currently supported is quite limited. Right now this is a fail for me.


Information Retrieval: Implementing and Evaluating Search Engines

A book well worth getting if you are in the information retrieval field:

Information Retrieval: Implementing and Evaluating Search Engines: ” Information retrieval is the foundation for modern search engines. This textbook offers an introduction to the core topics underlying modern search technologies, including algorithms, data structures, indexing, retrieval, and evaluation. The emphasis is on implementation and experimentation; each chapter includes exercises and suggestions for student projects. Wumpus, a multi-user open-source information retrieval system developed by one of the authors and available online, provides model implementations and a basis for student work. The modular structure of the book allows instructors to use it in a variety of graduate-level courses, including courses taught from a database systems implementation perspective, traditional information retrieval courses with a focus on IR theory, and courses covering the basics of Web retrieval. Additionally, professionals in computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering will find Information Retrieval a valuable reference. After an introduction to the basics of information retrieval, the text covers three major topic areas — indexing, retrieval, and evaluation — in self-contained parts. The final part of the book draws on and extends the general material in the earlier parts, treating specific application areas, including parallel search engines, link analysis, crawling, and information retrieval over collections of XML documents. End-of-chapter references point to further reading; end-of-chapter exercises range from pencil and paper problems to substantial programming projects.”

Yahoo Japan Acts Googley

I was very surprised to see that the transfer of tech was going from Google to Yahoo Japan. I say this because I recently did some research which involved very limited testing on how various search engines handled Japanese searches and I found that Yahoo Japan did the best job of the six I tested (namely Yahoo US, Yahoo Japan, Google US, Google Japan, Bing US and Bing Japan). Albeit it was very limited testing and I am not a Japanese speaker, but I checked the various behaviors with a Japanese speaker and they told me that Yahoo Japan was the ‘best behaved’:

Under the terms of the new alliance, Yahoo will use Google’s search and advertising platform technology to power its site, matching Google’s superior tech with its own, highly popular content portals. In Japan, Google hasn’t quite enjoyed the success it has elsewhere around the world, trailing Yahoo in search dominance. This new deal makes it the cock of the walk; according to the New York Times, Google and Yahoo together comprise 90.5 percent of the Japanese search market. (If you’re wondering why Yahoo would cut against Microsoft like this, the answer is that Yahoo is actually a minority owner in its own Japanese property; the biggest shareholder is the cell phone company SoftBank.)


(Via Beyond Search.)