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(MIT Technology Review)   Google is 1) trying to figure out what you are thinking, 2) sending you search results based on what you are thinking, 3) having to really, really redefine safe search   (technologyreview.com) divider line 36
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2012-11-28 10:42:33 AM
TFA: "What did you want to know recently?"

How to have her bathed and brought to me. Figure it out, minion. Notify me when it is completed.
 
2012-11-28 11:56:45 AM
Well, what was I thinking about.. My girlfriend... 2 seconds later, more thoughts about her.... 2 seconds later, squirrel!
 
2012-11-28 12:01:19 PM
I'm already a random thought googler. Usually the things I want to know revolve around word spellings or word histories. Sometimes I read some one's cool name and wonder what their surname origins are.
 
2012-11-28 12:05:22 PM
Google really doesn't want to know what I'm thinking. They're not immature enough to handle the silliness
 
2012-11-28 12:09:06 PM
Why do my kidneys hurt? Am I going to die? Why do I keep having graphic images of my infant son dying in horrific ways? That's effed up, brain, for real. I'm trying to be a good dad. I need to lose some weight. Maybe I'll sign up for the boot camp they're offering. I don't know if I can afford $125 over three months. I really want a Coke. No. I have willpower, goddammit. When's lunch? Twenty-five more minutes. I wonder if I can look up the FAQ on where to find Deadshot's bullet in Arkham City here at work. Boo. I hate filters. I need to get some exercise.
 
2012-11-28 12:11:10 PM
What is the flame front temperature of sulfur (Sx)? Also couldn't find a place to order an oem engine cover for a 2007 Vauxhall VXR8. My google-fu was off yesterday.
 
2012-11-28 12:12:35 PM
I just want to know if Superman needs to eat, piss, shiat and sleep, Google. But you failed me.
 
2012-11-28 12:17:05 PM

moothemagiccow: I just want to know if Superman needs to eat, piss, shiat and sleep, Google. But you failed me.


Yes, yes, no, no.
 
2012-11-28 12:19:57 PM
Google News: 100% of the population has ADD (or is it ADHD?)
 
2012-11-28 12:22:25 PM

yves0010: Well, what was I thinking about.. My girlfriend... 2 seconds later, more thoughts about her.... 2 seconds later, squirrel!


She should probably trim a bit, then.
 
2012-11-28 12:28:20 PM
I really like the fact that google auto completes searches for me really efficiently, but saves me from embarrassment by not putting any of my regular porn related searches in the drop down. Occasionally I'll have someone round who will ask me to search for something and there's always that moment of hesitation when the search starts with something like 'b' and I think 'please don't drop down 'breasts' or 'big breasts' or something even worse.

/Thank you google for not revealing my pervy searches!
 
2012-11-28 12:40:40 PM

The sound of one hand clapping: I really like the fact that google auto completes searches for me really efficiently, but saves me from embarrassment by not putting any of my regular porn related searches in the drop down. Occasionally I'll have someone round who will ask me to search for something and there's always that moment of hesitation when the search starts with something like 'b' and I think 'please don't drop down 'breasts' or 'big breasts' or something even worse.


balls
 
2012-11-28 12:53:07 PM

cgraves67: I'm already a random thought googler. Usually the things I want to know revolve around word spellings or word histories. Sometimes I read some one's cool name and wonder what their surname origins are.


This! I google so much random shiat that if you tried to use my history for....well anything....it's not going to work very well.

ctually I chuckle at the ads that Fark sends up sometimes for me.
 
2012-11-28 01:07:12 PM
Dear Google,
Here's my day: Go to work. Dable in some work. Check Fark. Dable in work again. Check gunbroker.com for a sweet deal. Rinse repeat until about 4pm. I don't internet at home.

Thanks, make money off that if you can.
 
2012-11-28 01:07:13 PM
"When will retards fix the shiat sandwich called Android 4.2 and please don't tell me about 4.2.1 which is hotfix for an issue only mongaloids who F5 AndroidPolice all day give a fark about"
 
2012-11-28 01:10:53 PM

kumanoki: Why do my kidneys hurt? Am I going to die? Why do I keep having graphic images of my infant son dying in horrific ways? That's effed up, brain, for real. I'm trying to be a good dad. I need to lose some weight. Maybe I'll sign up for the boot camp they're offering. I don't know if I can afford $125 over three months. I really want a Coke. No. I have willpower, goddammit. When's lunch? Twenty-five more minutes. I wonder if I can look up the FAQ on where to find Deadshot's bullet in Arkham City here at work. Boo. I hate filters. I need to get some exercise.


The fact that you're trying to be a good dad is the reason you have have these images... and the associated feelings of horror that go with them. You don't want anything bad to happen, and you're brain is sending you messages that say 'This is how you would feel if anything did happen to him, so make sure to be within arm's reach for the first dozen months or so.' I have no doubt that you're gonna be an awesome dad.

I carried my son in a snugli while I cooked, and I used to worry about the knife slipping as I was slicing vegetables.

The brain is the cruelest organ of all. It knows your weaknesses.
 
2012-11-28 01:12:02 PM
I wonder how many people go "WTF how did google read my mind?!?!" whenever they start typing in their search queries.
 
2012-11-28 01:18:48 PM

LegacyDL: I wonder how many people go "WTF how did google read my mind?!?!" whenever they start typing in their search queries.


They do actually do a good job of it. It knows, instantly, based on whatever algorithm when I want to search for "Tatooine" as opposed to "Tattooed butthole" and vice versa right after I type "T a t". It's spooky.
 
2012-11-28 01:36:40 PM
*Hmmm, I wonder if that dude has any weed.*
 
2012-11-28 02:30:36 PM
They should find a way to index the deep web.
 
2012-11-28 02:51:55 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-28 03:39:34 PM
boobs.


that's pretty much what I'm thinking all the time.
 
2012-11-28 04:03:06 PM
People still use Google for searching?

startpage.com (ixquick)

Essentially you use them as a Google proxy. You type in your search string, they send your search to Google and return the results without recording your IP, without using tracking or ID cookies, and without logging your searches. SSL is available, so your ISP can't see what you search for, and they offer free proxy service as well. They even anonymize your image searches.

Why would you use Google?

Isn't the whole idea of using a search engine to tap into the hive mind anyway? Why would I want a search engine that mimicked my brain if my brain can't come up with the answer to whatever it is I am trying to find out? No, I would want a search engine that acted like it has the cumulative knowledge of all brains. When I am trying to figure out how to determine the area of a curved surface, I don't need it suggesting I watch more curvy naked bodies.
 
2012-11-28 04:06:55 PM
www.toddalancrain.com
 
2012-11-28 04:12:43 PM
imageshack.us
It's like Google is reading my mind. Are Google a wizard?
 
2012-11-28 05:37:40 PM
What if it became like Pandora, but instead of music it was search results? Not sure it would go too well...

Google: "Here is some astronomy pr0n"
*thumbs up*
Google: "Here is some pr0n"
*thumbs up*
Google: "Here is some pr0n of astronauts awkwardly trying to fark through spacesuits on the moon"
*thumbs down*
Google: "Here is some pr0n of aliens awkwardly farking by using their hair"
*THUMBS DOWN*
Google: "Here is some pr0n of furries awkwardly farking with furry suits"
*THUMBS DOWN THUMBS DOWN THUMBS DOWN FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU*
 
2012-11-28 05:44:58 PM

LegacyDL: I wonder how many people go "WTF how did google read my mind?!?!" whenever they start typing in their search queries.


It doesn't just use cached search history, I think it probably correlates IP addresses with their own cache recent searches.

Someone mentioned ixquick...it's pretty cool, I tried it for a while. But it doesn't seem to return the same results probably because Google blacklists known proxies and doesn't bother serving dynamic content to them. One, because that's against their business model and two because it would probably be a privacy law violation to serve search results based on another person's search history to other people who are using the same proxy.
 
2012-11-28 06:31:15 PM
Oh good, just what we need: Google further compartmentalizing our access to knowledge and information based on what it thinks we might want or like will get us to click on the most ads and visit those links reserved for the top of the search results.

That whole article read like a giant plug for Google products and services. They're trying to control what data you have access to so that you'll be more manageable as consumers. That's it. Why the flying fark is this being glorified? If Google decides what information we see and hear because it thinks we are more likely to agree with one thing over another, or are more interested in this product over that, doesn't it follow that Google can than manipulate unsuspecting users into thinking a certain way or develop certain habits over time? This isn't progress, this is repression plain and simple.

Sometimes I feel like I'm the last sane person on Earth because no one else seems to give a shiat about personalized search.
 
2012-11-28 06:40:35 PM
The last thing I need is my phone being spammed by porn.
 
2012-11-28 09:07:02 PM

Theaetetus: yves0010: Well, what was I thinking about.. My girlfriend... 2 seconds later, more thoughts about her.... 2 seconds later, squirrel!

She should probably trim a bit, then.


I was actually texting her at the time from my desk at work that over looks several large oak trees that squirrels live in. So it is often that I think about her while I stare outside the window till I see a squirrel and I laugh.
 
2012-11-28 09:53:42 PM

The sound of one hand clapping: I really like the fact that google auto completes searches for me really efficiently, but saves me from embarrassment by not putting any of my regular porn related searches in the drop down. Occasionally I'll have someone round who will ask me to search for something and there's always that moment of hesitation when the search starts with something like 'b' and I think 'please don't drop down 'breasts' or 'big breasts' or something even worse.

/Thank you google for not revealing my pervy searches!


Not sure how it is for non-Nexus phones, but Chrome mobile should have the "Open Incognito Tab" option like my phone. Saves no search info or browsing history in that tab.

Not, not remembering to close that tab before you show someone your phone is another issue (almost got busted that way). Close those Incognito tabs!
 
2012-11-28 10:32:14 PM
Here's the deal Google. When I'm reading Fark or anything else online and a see a name or word or place that I don't recognize, I google it. What you have compiled about me is a list of things I've never heard of.

I don't know what you're going to sell to me with that information.
 
2012-11-29 12:27:14 AM
I can't seem to shake the Google redirect virus. It's kinda like the herpes of the internet.
 
2012-11-29 07:39:32 AM

r1chard3: Here's the deal Google. When I'm reading Fark or anything else online and a see a name or word or place that I don't recognize, I google it. What you have compiled about me is a list of things I've never heard of.

I don't know what you're going to sell to me with that information.


www.finebooksmagazine.com
 
2012-11-29 08:38:42 AM

Thunderboy: r1chard3: Here's the deal Google. When I'm reading Fark or anything else online and a see a name or word or place that I don't recognize, I google it. What you have compiled about me is a list of things I've never heard of.

I don't know what you're going to sell to me with that information.

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And I think those would be more accurate then what you might find on the internet too. maybe cause they do something like fact finding by the best in the field and such.
 
2012-11-29 09:57:19 AM

Pumpernickel bread: I can't seem to shake the Google redirect virus. It's kinda like the herpes of the internet.


Download and run tdsskiller. . It's kinda like the Valtrex of the internet
 
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