Google's Uncertainty Principle (was Re: [a-z]grep)
On Thursday, Jan 16 2003 at 12:13, Wouter Eerdekens wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 15, 2003 at 05:22:35PM -0500, H. S. Teoh wrote:
> > I've never fully realized the extent to which 'grep' has become a
> > household word amongst *nix users, until today I got an idea for another
> > grep variant. To avoid a name conflict, I searched Google for agrep,
> > bgrep, cgrep, ... etc..
> > To my horror, I found that *every* letter of the alphabet has been used!!
> > There is a variant of grep from agrep all the way to zgrep (and possibly
> > more with a >1-char prefix). Some of these are actually DOS/win32 versions
> > of grep. Reminds me of that UF comic about the evolution of human
> > language, where it started with "uga", "ug" and ended up with "sed, awk,
> > grep". :-P
> You could use yagrep (yet another grep). Searching for yagrep on google
> returns no hits at all...
...but it's no longer the case:
Being initially true, it becomes false when "observed" by google.
Seems to be some sort of uncertainty principle acting here...
And of course, resistance is futile, sooner or later you will be googled