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Google 'bug'

Post: # 142451Post DaFoxx
Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:42 pm ... earch_bug/
An odd bug in Google's search algorithms appears to be benefiting XXX-rated websites.

Searches for impossible pages - such as the contradictory search term -4^(1/4) which means "Find me pages containing a 1 next to a 4, but which do not contain a 4 - return web-page results liberally sprinkled with links to online grumble flicks.

The bug is also triggered by other such implausible query strings, such as "1 2" -1 and "1 2" -2, according to curious web surfers who stumbled upon the glitch.

Jeremy Hoffman, a Google software engineer, contributed to a Quora discussion thread that revealed the bug, and noted that contradictory searches should return zero results.
weird stuff some people seem to have the time to find

Beware of Geeks bearing GIF's :shock:

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Re: Google 'bug'

Post: # 142454Post Aspman
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:45 pm

Indeed, I thought, "Naw, bull". But no I get pron listings using this.

And I have no idea how to block them other than manually going through the results.
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Re: Google 'bug'

Post: # 142456Post chaosclown
Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:37 pm

LOL...I know longer have to clear my google search history :nurse:


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