BETTER THAN GOOGLE?….After hearing Bill Gates’ recent comments about Microsoft’s new search engine, Brad DeLong writes:

The computer scientists I know are overwhelmingly of the opinion that Gates is either (a) using mirrors and smoke to confuse his audience, or (b) genuinely has no clue how hard the problems of “natural language and contextual semantic approaches” are. Amazon has a lot of information about my taste in books. It has proven unable to use it effectively even in its own limited scope.

Bill Gates is a very smart man and he knows more about computers than practically any human alive. I would say that (a) is almost overwhelmingly certain to be the correct answer here. Judging from the title of his post, Brad seems to agree.