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Cuil - still pronounced "Cool" - has apologized for its quantum porn, blaming the incident on "a serious corruption of [its] files." After serving up random mid-masturbation graphics (NSFW) in response to searches for a Grenoble-based quantum computing researcher, the strawberry-and-muffin-fueled search engine now sees the error …

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Boffin

Pun on!

Surely the pictures were just illustrating stimulated emission.

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Coat

Oldest one in the book...

An atom turns to his mate in the bar and says, "I think I've lost an electron!"

"Are you sure?"

"Yes, I'm positive!"

Mine's the one with four full electron shells. Or am I just being Iron-ic?

Taxi!

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Missed a few

Charming. This strange thread is truth-fully beautiful. After all, both tops and bottoms like to get a bit of the old up-and down.

Then get exotic: add some gluons for ornamentation, a bit of string to restrict allowable states, a bit of color to charge things, a bit of a spin to explore the hidden dimensions of particle exchange. If quarking like a duck is your bag, go for it - whatever your fevered brane can come up with.

Mine's the 6-dimensional Calabi–Yau manifold.

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@ David D. Hagood

You forgot flavor.

Could this "mistake" have been Cuil's attempt to actualize the old truism of publicity, "any publicity is good publicity"?

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Not the best of the times

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This is not the best time for Google. Another search engine is growing very fast among scientists..www.Vadlo.com

I checked, same simple, powerful, and resourceful.

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Unhappy

Stop ragging on Cuil's name.

"Cuil" is an Irish word that means "knowledge."

it's a very apt name, and It's pronunciation is a lot like the English word "cool".. somewhere betwen "cool" and "coo-ill."

and no.. I don't work for them.. I'm bloody Irish ya gobshites!

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Cooly?

I like Anonymous Irish Coward's take on Cuil but not being Irish myself I keep reading Cuil as Cooly. Ya, I know it dose not match the spelling but the word is so unfamiliar that at a casual glance I don't quite know what to do with the 'i'.

I'd be curious to know how others are pronouncing this word to themselves as they read it.

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Happy

Reading too fast

made me see "a serious corruption of tits files." Though it didn't seem to be tits so much...

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A good pun ...

... is its own re-word.

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V

still got inappropriate pics

I did a quick lookup on my name and it still has a naked man in bed with a naked woman next to a link to an (otherwise innocuous) post to a mailing list on Japanese keitai.

So their problems ain't fixed.

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Silly word, silly way of saying it

Until I read it should be 'Cool', I was mentally pronouncing it 'Quill'. Write on.

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@ Simon

That's the right pronunciation - the cuil pronounced "cool" has an accent on the 'u'.

And @ Irish AC: so am I; I've never heard that translation. 'Rear', 'corner', 'goal'; yes. 'Knowledge'? Never.

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Serves them right

Shouldn't be running a search engine on Windows Home Server in the first place. Everyone know it's pants;

http://www.crn.com/software/205203806

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NT

In certain areas...

... of the UK Midlands, 'cool' is in any case pronounced 'coo-il', or more often 'coo-ul'. And usually used every three or four words, in between likes.

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Anyway...

Who says cool these days?

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probably just me

But cuil or whatever still reminds me of the French word for Arse

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Let me guess

The file corruption was caused by a race condition. Only manifests itself under heavy usage. Something that's probably taught in Servers 101. But these guys got all their back-end PHP coding done by a spotty summer temp who isn't paid enough to care and wouldn't understand anyway.

Am I getting close?

@This Guy

Spot on!

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It fails the "dildo pretty labrador" test

Oh for pity's sake you perverts.

In order to get this post, try it with the "flying commas" in Google and read the article. And then try

dildo pretty labrador

In Google 81,000 results

In Cuil 9 results

When you're that far behind the company you're claiming you can whip, I'd kinda shut up.

If you're a VC investing in Cuil, please get in touch with Register readers. I'm sure we've got some ideas that might almost work. If you've invested in this h@lf-@rsed sh!t you're going to love us.

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@ Goat Jam

Uh, you link to a page nearly a year old and the problem is now patched? Your point being?

On the Cuil topic, I'm ever so disappointed I don't get my own porn pages when I cuil myself...

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Joke

Hehe

Ya know I saq the article the first time and laughed, then it hit me....both those guys are hung more then me and I then felt sad.

Hmmm pun....pun....pun

A rapist, a pedophile and a Priest walk into a bar......and thats just the first guy.

Ok not a pun but im sure it would bring up some interesting "hits" if you searched for something Cuil :)

/im going to hell for this post though im sure there will be a picture on Cuil of me as well

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@JOB

That's the best bar joke ever.

Two pigs are walking through the desert one turns to the other and says "I'm bakin'".

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It's not just the jokes that are antiques here.

That excuse from Cuil themselves is drawing it's pension these days.

If I had a quid for every time I'd heard some spotty oik in a call centre attempt to prove that their company wasn't a sack of shit with the excuse: "It's not our fault, it's a computer error", I'd be typing this on a beach in the Seychelles.

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Files still seriously corrupted

Gay porn may have been reduced somewhat, but my band's page still shows up with the Looney Tunes Christmas album cover. I'm just waiting for Warner Bros to sue...

And I agree with the Irish AC's assessment of the name as totally appropriate. But only because I also suffer from the same issue of Dave, where I always read and pronounce it as 'arse' in French. Seems far more appropriate still.

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Kwil

I don't even speak Irish and I knew they spelled it wrong

Cuíl *might* be Kool. cuil is Kwil

ban and bán are different. One is woman and one is white. the / on a letter very important.

I tried it for a few things that came on 1st few hits on Google, and found not all on Kwil.

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Paris Hilton

Irish search engines

If you're looking for an Irish search engine, there's been one around for ages and its feckin' great...

http://www.doogle.org/

Paris coz she'd use it

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Competitor's logos

Well it now no longer displays a competitor's logo on search results for our company, which was a bit of a snafu to start with.

-Matt

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still the wrong pics

Well, despite e-mailing them a while ago, they've still got someone elses pictures by entreis for my pages. If they keep this up, they're going nowhere fast.

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No competition

They really aren't close to hurting Google are they? If you search both Cuil (I agree with the French arse comments, btw) and Google for the term "cuil", Cuil has a hundred thousand results to Google's four million. Plus Cuil only has 250 results for the word "the"

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If they can't get the name right....

As an Irish Speaker it's annoying me no end that Cuil are directly lying about the translation for... Cuil. I ran an intranet at work called Eolas which means Knowledge. Fios would be the correct term in the context of the story behing it. Cuil on the other hand means rear, and can be used with a number of works to mean other things. But a rough translation of an irish phrase "Pog mó Cuil" would be to kiss my rear. You would think that they would have consulted the first Irish dictionary for something as important as their name.....I fear something amiss, perhaps their investors are looking at a Cuil and not recognising it for what it is....

Reminds me of the Far Side when the Lone Ranger looks up the meaning of Kemosabe and realises it means horses rear end.

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@Mage

Nope,

"Cuíl" would be pronounced "koo-eel". "Cúil" is what you're looking for, although not even I could face a DNS that allows accents.

"Bean" means "woman".

That is all.

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Anonymous Coward

Mr Bean!

No?

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Looong way to go

Searching for "criminal defense attorney los angeles" returns 28 results ... none of them attorneys. I'm sure you can imagine how many defense attorneys are in Los Angeles ... and 28 ain't it. Removing "criminal defense" leaves us with over 112,000,000 results. So, according to Cuil: over 112 million attorneys in LA, and not one of them criminal defense.

This may be the longest public beta ever. Look for a working engine by 2020. I agree with the posters who claim that this early hype will kill this absolutely immature company. They'd better be socking some of that $33M away for when they fail to get additional funding...

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Unhappy

Cuil reviewed by the Comic Book Guy

Unfortunately, a search engine company has one chance of making an impression, and Cuil has lost it.

Here's what the Comic Book Guy (from the Simpsons) said:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anirudhkoul/2728387587/

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Happy

name check

found a odd site via cuil.com

http://liwww.googlism.com

it uses Google to check for your name's meaning.

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cuil! unkewl!

Well, google returns 4,470,000 results for cuil, cuil returns a little over 121,000.

No match again. Can't even find more references to itself (yes, and everything else containing the word cuil, I do know that) than google!

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Name Origin

Whats the bets that they asked an Irish guy what the Irish word for "Knowledge" was and he told them "Cuil" as a joke?

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