[Beowulf] 10GbE Adapter Market

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Fri Nov 15 11:57:43 PST 2013


Well in all fairness, I checked, and yes the actual google result (not for
SOHO but) for "Define: soho" is that definition. And well down the results,
but on the "first page", is "Small Office Home Office", the probable source
of the definition. So I'm guessing now that google knows that the majority
of searches for "define: soho" is for that computer related one, and not
the searches for "soho" itself. So I've learned something. Usually want
definitions of words I go to en.wiktiionary.org; for acronyms I go to
en.wikipedia; and for phrases, I use Google. This is a fourth way, sorta.
Peter


On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM, Peter St. John <peter.st.john at gmail.com>wrote:

> Well that's amusing. The link has a clever animation of someone googling
> on my behalf, and comes up with what I assume is the correct definition:
> (from https://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=define%3A+soho )
> "relating to a market for relatively inexpensive consumer electronics used
> by individuals and small companies."
>
> That's great, but there are two funny things about the page. It follows
> the definition with the actual google results for "soho", none of which
> mention anything even related to the given definition. The other funny
> thing is that the definition does not mention the acronym, or strictly
> speaking, the etymology of the "word".
> So I'm still mystified, and I don't know how an automatic dictionary
> system using google got that definition when none of it's search results
> get that definition. Any "pick best answer from the results" AI that I
> might write would retrieve "South of Houston" &c.
> So this is a put-on, right?
>
> So my actual bandwagon is that people should take the time to say what
> they mean; I don't mind looking up unfamiliar words, and I had (otherwise I
> wouldn't have known about the holotronic architecture idea). And if SOHO
> means COTS but nobody remembers the acronym, then I suggest sticking with
> COTS.
> Peter
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM, Ellis H. Wilson III <ellis at cse.psu.edu>wrote:
>
>> On 11/15/2013 12:28 PM, Peter St. John wrote:
>> > I missed the 4-letter acronym; my grasp stops at TLA's :/
>> > By SOHO you don't mean "self organizing holons" although that idea is
>> > germane to distributed processing. So what's a SOHO?
>>
>> Just because I find this service so snarky/funny:
>>
>> http://lmgtfy.com/?q=define%3A+soho
>>
>> No ill will intended :D.  In your defense I also had to look it up.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> ellis
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