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Old 26 December 2009, 01:13 AM
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Computer BING = Because It's Not Google

Comment: OK, so I just heard that the new
search-engine-slash-supposed-to-do-a-whole-bunch-of-stuff "Bing" is
actually an acronym standing for "Because it's not Google". In fact,
there's a Facebook group based on this. I'm not so sure of that, however.
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Old 26 December 2009, 01:30 AM
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According to Wiki:

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The word "bing" is an onomatopoeia, a word that imitates the sound it represents. Through focus groups Microsoft decided that the name Bing was memorable, short, easy to spell, and that it would function well as a URL around the world. The word would remind people of the sound made during "the moment of discovery and decision making.” Microsoft was assisted by branding consultancy Interbrand in their search for the best name for the new search engine. The name also has strong similarity to the word 'bingo', which is used to mean that something sought has been found or realized, as is interjected when winning the game Bingo.
Nothing about "Because it’s Not Google"
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Old 26 December 2009, 02:01 AM
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Nothing about "Because it’s Not Google"
Alright! I never knew you could get Microsoft insider info on Wikipedia.

Personally, I prefer "Bing is not Google".
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Old 26 December 2009, 03:56 AM
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Alright! I never knew you could get Microsoft insider info on Wikipedia.

Personally, I prefer "Bing is not Google".
Microsoft is particularly garrulous about products that it really wants to succeed. Bing is just one of those things.
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Old 26 December 2009, 04:07 AM
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I have a hard time believing they'd be garrulous (nice word!) about choosing a name based on a trademark of a competitor. I can easily see it starting as a joke between the folks who chose it and the higher-ups saying "Bing - yeah, like the sound of satisfaction when you find what you want! Let's go with it." (Meanwhile the folks who thought it up are stifling their snorts.)
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Old 26 December 2009, 06:06 AM
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In my experience working with in the field of engineering. If management comes out with a new acronym. Several new and more colorful definitions for the acronym will be passed around before the ink is drys on official memo.
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Old 26 December 2009, 01:55 PM
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In my experience working with in the field of engineering. If management comes out with a new acronym. Several new and more colorful definitions for the acronym will be passed around before the ink is drys on official memo.
When I started there, IBM (yeah, yeah, I know, it's an initialism and not an acronym) was internally referred to as "I've Been Moved," because of the large number of people who had to relocate. Nowadays, it's "Indian and Brazilian Manpower."
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Old 01 January 2010, 01:46 AM
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I B M
U B M
We all B M
For I B M!
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Old 01 January 2010, 05:40 AM
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When British firm ICL (International Computers Ltd) was formed with some sort of Government intervention the joke backronym was "It Can't Last".

Since what's left of it has long since been swallowed by Fujitsu-Siemens arguably it didn't

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"Because It's Not Google" - is the rest of the sentence "therefore it's unlikely that a significant number of people will use it."?
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In my experience working with in the field of engineering. If management comes out with a new acronym. Several new and more colorful definitions for the acronym will be passed around before the ink is drys on official memo.
Like the german joke about BMW: Bei Mercedes Weggeschmissen (Thrown away by Mercedes). Although, it wasn't the people at BMW, who came up with that, I bet


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When I started there, IBM (yeah, yeah, I know, it's an initialism and not an acronym) was internally referred to as "I've Been Moved," because of the large number of people who had to relocate. Nowadays, it's "Indian and Brazilian Manpower."
A friend of mine from the USA once said: IBM stands for "I buy Macintosh"


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There's a Pine St and an Elm St near me. I always think "Pine Is Not Elm."

And then there's Bits Of Engines In Neighbor's Gardens (sorry Seaboe!)
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The networking team had some trouble implementing RSA on some servers. Caused them headaches, and us. I'm not even sure if it is an acronym or what it really stands for, but around here, it's Real Sh!tty App.

My company name is also an acronym and there are a lot of colorful interpretations. But I won't go there here.

Also, FTR, I do not like Bing. We have IE here so it's my default, but about 90% of the time I end up going to Google.
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Old 09 April 2010, 01:22 PM
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I always had the mind that it was a cool joke for how answers showed:

Bada-Boom, Bada-BING

But, I never thought I had an inside track on how it was named.
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The networking team had some trouble implementing RSA on some servers. Caused them headaches, and us. I'm not even sure if it is an acronym or what it really stands for, but around here, it's Real Sh!tty App.
If it's public key, it's just 3 guys names.

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I B M
U B M
We all B M
For I B M!
See, BM to me stands for bowel movement. Which sounds... interesting.
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The networking team had some trouble implementing RSA on some servers. Caused them headaches, and us. I'm not even sure if it is an acronym or what it really stands for, but around here, it's Real Sh!tty App. .
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If it's public key, it's just 3 guys names.
Yep, if it's "RSA Security" then it's named for the RSA crypto algorithm, which is named for Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman, its inventors.
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Old 09 April 2010, 02:21 PM
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Yep, if it's "RSA Security" then it's named for the RSA crypto algorithm, which is named for Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman, its inventors.
It is, and I do remember reading that now, thanks. My head was convinving me that the SA has to be security algorithm or something. I probably should know that, considering how often I use them. I have 3 that I use on a daily basis.
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When I started there, IBM (yeah, yeah, I know, it's an initialism and not an acronym) was internally referred to as "I've Been Moved," because of the large number of people who had to relocate. Nowadays, it's "Indian and Brazilian Manpower."
I've also heard IBM as the "Itty Bitty Machine Company". (From people at competing companies, obviously).

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Also, FTR, I do not like Bing. We have IE here so it's my default, but about 90% of the time I end up going to Google.
I always use Firefox at home, but the other day some page working, so I tried it in IE. This was the first time I'd opened up IE since I can remember. I was not happy when it told me another application had "corrupted" my default search engine, and it was setting it back to Bing, without giving me a choice.

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GNU stands for "GNU's Not Unix"

We need more recursive acronyms.
TLA = "Three Letter Acronym" is almost but not quite recursive.
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Around here there is a credit union called Washington Telephone Federal Credit Union. Outside their branches they used to have signs proclaiming them to be WTF CU They recently changed their name to Signal financial
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Yeah, I would be inclined to think the acronym came after the name. Every name gets the treatment, eg:

Uncle
Sam

Ain't
Released
Me
Yet

And even backward:

Yes
My
Retarded
Ass

Signed
Up
-----
Never
Actually
Volunteer
Yourself

When I interviewed with BASF in Carolina, the inmates informed me that it was the Big-Ass String Factory. They made yarn for carpet manufacturers.
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