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2018-02-06 02:03:37 PM  
I once accidentally typed "ethnic midget transsexual bear wrestling porn" instead of "usb hub" and the results were not disappointing.
 
2018-02-06 02:07:21 PM  
Is this the British website where we now doubt stuff exists or the one that is always 'there'?
 
2018-02-06 02:24:51 PM  

MordenkainensFaithful Hound: Is this the British website where we now doubt stuff exists or the one that is always 'there'?


Nope, that's the Daily Mail.
I'm betting some of these are not accidents though.
 
2018-02-06 02:27:11 PM  
Is it just me, or has google search been kind of braindead the past year or two.

EX: Searching for an address (to see what company is there)

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And why did they get rid of the advanced operators, to the point where using them now results in errors.

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And since this is in the same folder of screenshots, have this google maps roundabout as a bonus gift.
Google recommends the 77 mile route because it's 2 minutes faster than the 53 mile route.

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// farking algorithms
 
2018-02-06 02:30:32 PM  

lordargent: Is it just me, or has google search been kind of braindead the past year or two.

EX: Searching for an address (to see what company is there)

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And why did they get rid of the advanced operators, to the point where using them now results in errors.

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And since this is in the same folder of screenshots, have this google maps roundabout as a bonus gift.
Google recommends the 77 mile route because it's 2 minutes faster than the 53 mile route.

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// farking algorithms


Well, yeah, you have to make two extra left turns on the 53 mile route. Can you imagine the horror?
 
2018-02-06 03:06:02 PM  
lordargent:
Google recommends the 77 mile route because it's 2 minutes faster than the 53 mile route.
// farking algorithms


Are you saying the numbers are wrong? Because if the long road is a highway and the short one is a curvy narrow mountain road, the time difference would not be odd.

Or are you complaining they didn't choose YOUR favored variable over another?
 
2018-02-06 03:07:44 PM  
Battle slippers ...
 
2018-02-06 03:10:07 PM  

lordargent: And why did they get rid of the advanced operators, to the point where using them now results in errors.


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I speak Boolean.  What are you trying to achieve with that search?
 
2018-02-06 03:18:24 PM  

Dr.Fey: I speak Boolean.  What are you trying to achieve with that search?


"+A and +B" only gives results with both A and B.

"A B" can quickly trail off into results that have A OR B.

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/ holtran is a nonsense word I used to deliberately get few complete results
 
2018-02-06 03:34:45 PM  
I do like the Tom Tanks.

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2018-02-06 03:34:56 PM  

jaytkay: "+A and +B" only gives results with both A and B.

"A B" can quickly trail off into results that have A OR B.


You don't want [A and B] and you don't want [A or B]?  So you want neither term?  Use minus signs as prefixes.

If you are looking for variations, the asterisk is a "wildcard," and you have to put the search term (including the asterisk) in quotes.

I'm still not sure I'm groking for what you are searching.
 
2018-02-06 03:40:34 PM  

Dr.Fey: You don't want [A and B]


Wrong. That is exactly what he was looking for.

"+A +B" = "A and B"
 
2018-02-06 03:41:47 PM  

Dr.Fey: jaytkay: "+A and +B" only gives results with both A and B.

"A B" can quickly trail off into results that have A OR B.

You don't want [A and B] and you don't want [A or B]?  So you want neither term?  Use minus signs as prefixes.

If you are looking for variations, the asterisk is a "wildcard," and you have to put the search term (including the asterisk) in quotes.

I'm still not sure I'm groking for what you are searching.


He wants that one
 
2018-02-06 03:53:42 PM  
Okay, does a Google search of

"compile" "scanbd"

achieve the desired result?  (The quotes should keep you from getting [ compiling and scanbd ], for instance.)
 
2018-02-06 04:11:52 PM  
I just noticed there is a Google Advanced Search page where it's easy to control the search terms

https://www.google.com/advanced_searc​h
 
2018-02-06 04:11:58 PM  
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2018-02-06 04:20:40 PM  
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2018-02-06 04:25:41 PM  

Dr.Fey: I speak Boolean. What are you trying to achieve with that search?


Google used to allow you to use a plus (+) or minus/dash (-) in front of a keyword to explicitly include or exclude a word or phrase from the search.

It was great because you could really fine tune your search results (especially useful when you're searching for technical help articles on terms that have multiple meanings/uses.

But then, they got rid of that functionality, and searching for some things has been a PITA since then.
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Dr.Fey: Okay, does a Google search of "compile" "scanbd"


Yes, the double quotes is the way to do it now ... but after having used those operators in infoseek (before google was even a thing) and then in google for years. It's kinda ingrained in my head and I tend to forget.

// not to mention the fact that it now takes two characters, placed at opposite ends of the term

// and as a slap in the face, negating a term now means you have to do -"term".

// and the kick in the nuts is that they didn't re-use the plus sign for any additional functionality. So there isn't any real technical reason for removing it. If someone actually wanted to search for a string that contained a plus sign before, they could have used "+term" to explicitly search for it.
 
2018-02-06 04:31:10 PM  
 
2018-02-06 07:33:14 PM  

lordargent: // and the kick in the nuts is that they didn't re-use the plus sign for any additional functionality. So there isn't any real technical reason for removing it. If someone actually wanted to search for a string that contained a plus sign before, they could have used "+term" to explicitly search for it.


The real technical reason for removing them (and other usefulness) is that finding exactly what you want and then moving on doesn't make you click through result page after result page, try more and more fruitless search attempts, or give them a chance to sell you something. Profit is always technical.
 
2018-02-06 07:38:35 PM  
Left the "r" out of Gary Oldman. Oops.
 
2018-02-06 07:39:37 PM  

lordargent: and the kick in the nuts is that they didn't re-use the plus sign for any additional functionality. So there isn't any real technical reason for removing it. If someone actually wanted to search for a string that contained a plus sign before, they could have used "+term" to explicitly search for it.


According to the article you posted they did; just a self-serving one.  They want + to be a search term for Google+ and related profile searching.  Sort of like Apple using iPhone, iMacs, iPod, etc... I guess.
 
2018-02-06 08:05:47 PM  

feanorn: The real technical reason for removing them (and other usefulness) is that finding exactly what you want and then moving on doesn't make you click through result page after result page, try more and more fruitless search attempts, or give them a chance to sell you something. Profit is always technical.


Dr.Fey: According to the article you posted they did; just a self-serving one. They want + to be a search term for Google+ and related profile searching. Sort of like Apple using iPhone, iMacs, iPod, etc... I guess.


IMO, those fall more under 'business reasons' than 'technical reasons' but business reasons and technical reasons are often intertwined.

A technical reason would be more like ... 'providing this functionality consumes more CPU than other searches'. The business reason for it would be 'this costs too much money to support'.
 
2018-02-06 09:00:47 PM  
Butternut Squanch:

Do more!
Is there a whole site of these?
 
2018-02-06 09:50:24 PM  
So, what would happen if someone hired two private investigators to follow each other?
 
2018-02-06 10:00:23 PM  

rebelyell2006: So, what would happen if someone hired two private investigators to follow each other?


Depends on whether you tell them they will be being followed or not. Either a very boring standoff as they sit watching each other, or the best game of hide and hide ever.
 
2018-02-07 03:23:36 AM  
 
2018-02-07 03:48:11 AM  
Google, you racist.

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At least they're equal opportunity....

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