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    Google may have a serious flaw in their database structure and design.
    Google has used an 4-byte unsigned long integer to store the document ID
    (every page in Google's index). In Linux (which is what Google uses), this
    variable is 4-bytes long, and has a maximum of 4.2 billion (4,294,967,296)
    before it rolls over to zero. Full story

    This may explain the "6 month shakeup" that google guy talks about on webmasterworld. It could also explain the august problems. Good read.

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    Not really, he bases everything on the original white papers which are many years old at this point. More likely, the company was recently focused on the IPO.

    And you would not need to recreate the index if this was the issue, adding secondary field would work fine and then youcould just change the programs accessing not the entire index - which if needed is changed or was changed monthly, again not the end all he makes it out to be.

    And if pagerank stinks so bad, why does yahoo now have something similar?

    Chet

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    So you are throwing out the theory because the whitepapers are old? It’s obviously still a possibility.
    You don’t think it’s strange that the google homepage number is stuck at 4,285,199,774?
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> adding secondary field would work fine <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    From a programming and database structure point of view that is not a good long term solution.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> And if pagerank stinks so bad, why does yahoo now have something similar?
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Is yahoo using it to show users what they think or are they using it in their algo?

    I think those are lame reasons to throw the idea out the window. Unless of course you have google stock.

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    I just think the world is filled with plenty of google haters and he does not show a depth of knowledge, nor have recent information to base his claims on. I am sure he will find plenty of supporters as half the webmasters in the world hate google and have theories on why their hate is justified.

    Chet

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    There was a thread on this at WMW months back. It's old news, and a non-issue.

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    My sites are like Jello... There is always room for them.

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    google now searching 4,285,199,774

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