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Google is convinced that Caffeine will give users just the search fix they're looking for.  (Source: Google)
One search and you'll be hooked, feels Google

Out with the old, and in with the new Google says.  After months of testing, Google served users a steaming hot cup of Caffeine, rolling out the new version of its web indexing system.

Web indexing is at the heart of every search engine.  Microsoft recently debuted Bing, which employed a indexing system rewritten from the previous MSN Search.  That indexing service has received somewhat positive reviews and has been embraced by Yahoo, making it the second largest player in the market.

Google, which holds an extremely dominant position in the search market, made some major modifications including changes to its search results page layout which rolled out last month.  Now it's promising "50 percent fresher results for web searches" than those found with its last indexing service.

In a blog Google explains the need for Caffeine, writing, "Our old index had several layers, some of which were refreshed at a faster rate than others; the main layer would update every couple of weeks. To refresh a layer of the old index, we would analyze the entire web, which meant there was a significant delay between when we found a page and made it available to you."

It details the awesome abilities of the new unified indexing engine, stating, "Caffeine lets us index web pages on an enormous scale. In fact, every second Caffeine processes hundreds of thousands of pages in parallel. If this were a pile of paper it would grow three miles taller every second. Caffeine takes up nearly 100 million gigabytes of storage in one database and adds new information at a rate of hundreds of thousands of gigabytes per day. You would need 625,000 of the largest iPods to store that much information; if these were stacked end-to-end they would go for more than 40 miles."

Google suggests that those interested in search technologies visit this page, which explains in simple terms how search engines work.

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By Smilin on 6/9/2010 4:20:01 PM , Rating: 2
Google sat on their laurels until Bing came along and called them out on it.

I switched. I'm happy. Very.

As soon as Bing makes the same mistake I'll leave them...but not until then. Sorry Google.

RE: Bing
By MasterBlaster7 on 6/9/2010 5:21:17 PM , Rating: 2
Google forever!

Yah, I tried out your "Bing". It left me unimpressed. The only thing I kinda liked were the relief maps in their directions section. But the rest...meh.

If you are having trouble deciding between the two search engines, consider this. Googles motto is "do no evil". They practically give away extremely useful stuff such as google earth and a bevy of other useful items dreamed up in their beta department. Google is environmentally conscious and puts their money where their mouth is. Frickin Bing is Micro$oft a.k.a. "the evil empire". I dont think you guys need me to go into their garbage can. So, when you think Google v. Bing...thing Good v. Evil and the company you want to support.

Oh, lots of big numbers and similes were thrown around in this discussion above. Another thing I would like to add to that is--one billion government is 4 dollars. Ill explain. Every time you hear big government throwing around the B word, remeber, that is about 4 dollars of your taxes. For example, my gosh! the government just spent 8 billion dollars on that frickin widget!. Yah, thats 8 bucks out of the taxes you payed. So, dont let the spin doctors get in your head like that. Always use the 4 dollar rule.

RE: Bing
By hughlle on 6/10/2010 5:33:19 AM , Rating: 2
yeah, think of it as "that's only $8 from my taxes" and let's not think of it in terms of "that $8 billion dollars that could have been spent on healthcare, transport, schools....

but who cares about the big picture right, it's only $8...

RE: Bing
By DominionSeraph on 6/11/2010 12:07:42 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like the government should spend a few more $4's on education.

4x8 does not equal 8.

RE: Bing
By Mike2038 on 6/11/2010 10:43:06 AM , Rating: 2
That depends on where you went to school.

RE: Bing
By deeznuts on 6/9/2010 6:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
The best thing about Bing is bing cashback.

Funny enough, I use google to search for "bing cashback" True story.

Yes I can type, but I'm lazy. Bing is essentially a booty call.

RE: Bing
By FaceMaster on 6/13/2010 5:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
Google sat on their laurels

I don't think that Google has ever sat on their laurels...

By ixelion on 6/9/2010 11:16:07 AM , Rating: 5
If you filled 2GB SD cards with Caffeine indexed data, and stacked them vertically, you would have enough to make another pointless descriptive simile.

RE: wow
By Yawgm0th on 6/9/2010 12:02:04 PM , Rating: 5
....six. Give this poster a six.

100 Million Gigabytes
By zephyrxero on 6/9/2010 12:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
C'mon Google...why not just say nearly 100 Petabytes?

RE: 100 Million Gigabytes
By cplusplus on 6/9/2010 1:45:11 PM , Rating: 3
Because only nerds know what a petabyte is. And to prove my point, Firefox just thought petabyte was a misspelling.

RE: 100 Million Gigabytes
By freeagle on 6/9/2010 1:50:19 PM , Rating: 2
and it sounds less awesome. General public is impressed by numbers, not units

RE: 100 Million Gigabytes
By EricMartello on 6/11/2010 9:19:49 PM , Rating: 2
How big is this index in football fields.

Meanwhile in the real world....
By Tony Swash on 6/9/10, Rating: 0
RE: Meanwhile in the real world....
By MasterBlaster7 on 6/9/2010 5:25:06 PM , Rating: 1
look at this M$ shill haha.

By troysavary on 6/9/2010 6:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
You didn't just call Mr Swash here a MS shill? Haha, he is beat only by reader1 when it comes to Apple fanaticism.

RE: Meanwhile in the real world....
By bug77 on 6/9/2010 6:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
This would put Google at odds with the interception laws of the 30 countries that the system was used in, it added.

I call that bull. If you're broadcasting information on an unsecured network (wired or not) and then complain that someone got it, you might just as well complain about people hearing you speak.

RE: Meanwhile in the real world....
By Tony Swash on 6/9/10, Rating: 0
RE: Meanwhile in the real world....
By hughlle on 6/10/2010 5:29:31 AM , Rating: 2
erm, more like leaving your curtains open and having someone look over your fence through your window.

whether it was wrong of them or not, i can't say, but i don't think they should be prosecuted, it is as easy as 123 to protect your entwork even on the most basic level, and yet people are getting pissy that their unsecure wifi is being tapped into. but hey, humans are stupid, it's what we seem to do better than anything else

That's a lot
By Souka on 6/9/2010 11:16:52 AM , Rating: 2
That's sure a lot of porn to index!

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