Re: Let the chuckles ring out!
I spent a good deal of my working life dealing with the results of suggestions on how to get good information on which to make decisions, starting with science and technology, which was fairly well supplied with publishers and database suppliers who actually checked their material and had good tools to improve the quality of searches.
Of course that was when the quantity of information available was relatively limited and was well organised.
Then came the computer, long before my time I must say, but it's application to information retrieval was generally well invested and genuinely improved quality.
Then came the claims that the computer could solve everything..... we know that wasn't and isn't true, but it didn't stop the claims.
The came Autonomy, out of the brains of Oxbridge, no less, based on the brains of a vicar from the 18th century, or was it the 17th?
The claims were outrageous, unless the datasets were simple stuff, such as names and addresses, and even there there were hiccups. All grist to the Autonomy mill, as long as you paid money to have your dataset massaged to fit the software. Even more outrageous claims were the result.
The funniest part of the story is that HP, the darling of the garage sales, or was it the garage size? paid seriously outrageous money in $ which were worth something at the time, to add Autonomy to their stable. Problem was the horse couldn't run....