Time to Play

August 22, 2012

If I worked for a .gov kind of place (and I do), and had access to a couple of megawatts worth of computing power for a while (and I don’t), I would turn it all loose to roam the internet and look for my shopping list of keywords.  Next I would construct a map of where the keywords  had the good fortune to be cross-linked from site to site.  Sort of like the way Bloggers have the habit of passing around links to other Bloggers’ stories, you know, just as an example.  If there was just a handful of sites where, say 75%  of these links intersected, I would focus my attention, starting with the biggest one, to make a word map of what that site contained.

And here is where my computer programming prowess would find time to play.  On this unsuspecting site, in a story where a goodly number of high-profile words turned up, I would let my program join in to a posting thread, with a made up poster handle like “str8tsh00tr”,  to start asking some innocent beginner level questions, and wait for any responses.  When a response turned up, my program would use some words from the high-profile word list, to start some kind of rambling dialog that generated a high word count by basically rolling around the same key words repeatedly and finally conclude by saying that whomever responded last was unclear in their answer and/or it was sufficiently lacking in detail.  All the while my program would be grammatically and syntactically proper.  Hyphens, apostrophes, tense agreements.  Most of all it would never show anger or disgust, and not appear too flippant or trivial with its responses.  Just a persistent and narrow focus.  And it would tirelessly and relentlessly rehash the few precepts it originally created when it first made its appearance.  The program, of course, has a built-in word count limit and once that was exceeded it would move on to another high-profile site where those keywords were still intersecting daily.  And there it would, once again, engage.

“Well, why on earth would you make a computer program to do that and what would you expect to get out of it?”

This is 4GW, plain and simple.  This program is nothing more than that dip stick you pull out of your engine every once in a while, trying to deduce what’s going on in there by looking at the oil.  How much oil is in there?  What is the quality of that oil?  In fact, I could rightly call my program “The Dipstick” program.

If “The Dipstick” program engaged a cooking site, for example, using the keyword “organic yeast”,  it could present a question about using organic yeast, and banter endlessly about the desirability of organic yeast and tease a lot of responses by claiming nobody is actually answering the questions it originally posed on organic yeast.  The data collected by “The Dipstick” program would be the total number of responses, the total number of words in each of those responses, and a list of who made them.  Wouldn’t actually matter about the quality of the responses.  It’s only building a weighted list of keywords in the responses and then identifies who made the most responses, because they were obviously proficient in cooking and  obviously were actively engaged.  That particular bit of information might be of value to a human in the business of making products containing organic yeast.  Mission complete.  Move on to next site.

In another example, a little closer to the bone maybe, would be if “The Dipstick” program engaged a site using the keyword “patriot”.  After the ensuing riot settled down, similar data would be garnered.  Only this time it might be your name at the top of the list.  And we usually don’t talk much about cooking with organic yeast here.

“Is The Dipstick program real?”

Sun Tzu said,  “Make your enemy fight where you are not.”

Time to play.


stop it makes my brain cry


4 Responses to “Time to Play”

  1. […] Tensmiths muses about a 4GW tactic. […]

  2. SameNoKami Says:

    Time to buy more organic yeast for the cook-off. 🙂

  3. The Walkin' Dude Says:

    Yikes! 😀

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