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Phred (5358)

Phred
  fredNO@SPAMtaperfriendlymusic.org
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Fred is a Perl and PostgreSQL geek. He has made some very small contributions to a few cpan modules and mod_perl.

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Tuesday October 02, 2007
11:55 PM

1-800-GOOG-411

[ #34595 ]

I was out for a quick walk to take a break from coding tonight when I saw the 1-800-GOOG-411 billboard. I couldn't resist trying it out, so I dialed the number and said 'San Francisco, California' when it asked for my location. When it asked what I was looking for I said 'beer'.

There was about five seconds of computing noise (you know, like in the movies), and it said 'Piercing - is that what you were looking for?'. I chuckled briefly and said 'go back', and repeated my query. 'Pier - is that what you were looking for?'. On the third query I got 'Theatre'.

Judging from the responses to my query, it's obvious that this service was tested by someone other than the engineers :)

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