Arts student logic

Slashdot had a link to a vacuous page about Java's recent comeback that contained a great example of why we shouldn't let arts students loose with numbers:

Before the inevitable complaints ("But it never went anywhere!") start, let's remember that everything is relative. A "Googlefight" on, say, Java vs .NET tells us that all has not necessarily gone Java's way just recently. A "mere" 66 million "Java" hits...versus 388 million for "NET" - but that may all be about to change.

By this logic, the THE operating system (the first operating system to use semaphores) is more popular than Linux. Indeed: a mere 95 million "Linux" hits versus 5.8 billion for "THE" — but that may all be about to change.

Here's a rule of thumb that many – arts students and science students alike – should bear in mind: if a result seems unlikely, it's probably wrong.