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Readers respond: IBM Watson, Nokia-Microsoft, and Facebook privacy

Computerworld Staff | Feb. 17, 2011
How do IT news and reviews affect your life? Be you CIO or CTO, vendor or client, developer or helpdesk tech, we want your opinions and arguments on the latest Computerworld stories. Here are some comments that caught our eye this week:

In response to What makes IBM Watson so smart?:

I'm not sure that I would call Watson smart. I would not call a library smart. Both contain a great amount of information, yet neither has much of an ability to do anything with it. While much development has gone into giving Watson the ability to understand a question and pull an answer from its massive collection of data, it is unlikely to be able to apply that skill to routine everyday tasks. Comparing Watson's "brain" with the human contestants is like comparing a car with a human runner. The car is going to be able to outrun most humans, but what exactly does that prove?

Justin W
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In response to Mike Elgan: Why Nokia is toast:

Part of the problem why Nokia failed was the way how the Nokia-Symbian partnership has been set up many years ago, followed by the purchase of Symbian probably a few years to late. Developing software across to organisations creates even more complexity, bureaucracy and slows you down. I am wondering why Nokia thinks that the Nokia-Microsoft partnership will be any different.

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In response to Verizon's threat to throttle speeds of heavy data users could be empty:

Instead of nickel and diming its customers, Verizon should instead focus on staying relevant! Everyone else is upgrading their networks and focusing on new technologies. Yes, Verizon, 4G LTE is a good step, but to make it, you have to stay one step ahead of the competition who has had 4G for a year now instead of playing catch up.

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In response to Lies, damned lies and search engines:

While I'm generally supportive of what the EU tries to accomplish in terms of rights of the individual ... the Internet is the ultimate form of free speech and free market, neither of which should be restricted by ISPs or governments. If a corporation has servers behind a firewall that is only locally accessible, then that's a perfect reason not to have it searched or accessed without authorization. But to request information be deleted is too Orwellian for my tastes -- especially when it's for the most pretentious and pitiful of reasons such as being offensive.

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