Monday, January 22, 2007

Google giving wrong results?

I was trying to search for some info on Paula Abdul, one of the judges of the American Idol show. When I searched for Paula Abdul in Google, to my surprise i get IMDb results on the first place, instead of her official pages or her wiki page. I guess its ok. But look what i got on the 2nd result.

An official fansite of Mandy Moore?! How on earth could that be related to Paula Abdul? Both are singers? Well that's no good to get into 2nd rank. There is no mention of Paula Abdul in that site either. So it doesn't make any sense. Either the Google got it all wrong in its search algorithms or perhaps the Mandy Moore Fansite did some dirty trick to fool Google. In either case the results are very wrong to say the least. If it is some dirty tricks by Moore Fansite, which I don't think it did, then Google should be able to correct it by now, or it may be exploited more by other sites to get higher ranks. If it is some problem with Google's search algorithms, then we got serious problem.

Other search engines gave desired results. So i believe this is problem with Google only. What if Google, the most trusted search engine started to give wrong results? What if Google results were full of scammers? Scary...

Friday, January 12, 2007

New Nepal. New way maybe

Not much of a politician, but then we are talking about a new Nepal.

One of the restraining factors in the development of a developing country like Nepal is the fact that the power has been centralized for centuries in the central regions; precisely speaking, the capital, Kathmandu. So the logical way out is to decentralize the power around the country. That's why all the talks about independent states seem logical.

But one major drawback that I feel this would have for a small country like Nepal is while the states may be declared independent, with the major power still existing in the urban areas, the rural areas with lesser resources will always lags behind, possibly drastically. To stop that, we could transfer the central power to a remote location. Or to say we could transfer the power source, or so called the cabinet in Nepal, to a more remote place, or an underdeveloped place. With a simple logic where there is power, there will be development.

Nepal Map

With the country divided into five development regions, one way ahead would be to introduce a five year initial plan followed by a long term plan, depending upon the five year outcomes. We could then start off with the least developed regions first, hence the far western region. This will be the new power central in the country, with the cabinet, for one year. All the elected candidates will also be shifted in this region for the particular year. For their convenience and adaptation in the new region, there will also be a separate mini cabinet in each development regions, which will be controlled totally by the people within that region only. So there will be five mini cabinets in five regions all this time for the first five year plan. These mini cabinets will be independent of their own and will provide the guidelines for the actual cabinet. Next year the cabinet shifts to region 2, then region 3 in 3rd year and so on.

The mandatory part will be that all the members of the regular cabinet will be relocated to the new region as it shifts there. Meanwhile the other four regions will be continuously monitored and reported by the independent mini cabinets.

Not sure such shifting cabinets are practiced anywhere else in the world, but I feel it will give a better development environment for current Nepal.