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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 …

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Well,

Thats me "refreshed" on this dull morning..

Milky milky....

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Well that's one way to get folk to learn mathematics.

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Paris Hilton

I just type in xhamster or pornhub usually...

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It's not a bug

It's a feature.

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Fixed ..

.. for the UK site. The google.com still gets some dodgy links, but mostly in Chinese or Russian.

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Joke

There's porn? On the interwebs?

Who knew?

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Re: There's porn? On the interwebs?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbfCy1r0v4c

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Re: There's porn? On the interwebs?

Yup. More and more people are turning to "The Cloud" to store their porn rather than waste valuable hard drive space.

Paris, wasting valuable space...

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Re: There's porn? On the interwebs?

Can't do 'tube (geddit?) from work, but I'm hoping that's Avenue Q.

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Re: There's porn? On the interwebs?

upvoted for Ave Q ref

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Re: There's porn? On the interwebs?

Nope, that link wasn't Avenue Q.

But this one is : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-TA57L0kuc

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It's a feature

Google figured that anyone who searches for those terms needs to get a life.

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Trollface

A new Wheatley

"This! sentence! is! false!"

"Umm.... porn! Yeah, I will download porn"

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FAIL

I must be mad, I tried it

It gave me a page with further links to "Mental Health".

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Re: I must be mad, I tried it

Should have dating sites. Because anyone trying it probably needs to get laid. (I would try it, but I'm at work.)

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Breaking News!

It doesn't really matter what search terms you put into google, you will get a link to some sort of porn within a page or so of results.

In fact, a contest to find a search term that *doesn't* result in porn might make a better story?

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Re: Breaking News!

Spatulifier!

What do I win?

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in re Spatulifier

I just searched for that word on google.co.uk, and got two links where the word is used 'genuinely', and one to a report of a Googlewhack.

No prize will be awarded in this instance, I suspect.

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Anonymous Coward

Doesn't Google make a nice bit of dosh from all those ad-ridden porn sites? No wonder it's the "default" answer.

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Not via AdSense at least

"Sites with Google ads may not include or link to: Pornography, adult or mature content".

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They've even stopped using 6 dimentional physics

Unfortunately they have fixed this as well but meters to the 6?

http://blog.ergatides.com/2012/03/12/stick-of-butter-half-cup-according-to-google/

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complex fourth roots of minus 4

The complex fourth roots of minus 4 are the solutions for x of the equation: x^4 + 4 = 0

They are:

x = +/- (1 + i) and x = +/- (1 - i)

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Re: complex fourth roots of minus 4

*Moans with pleasure*

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Crudely blocked?

Now if you search for "1 2" -1 you get a blank screen... but wait a minute... it flickered...

Press the search button again repeatedly and you'll still see the results for a slit second presumably before a bit of JavaScript sets the DIV for the results to "display: none".... hmmm

If I refresh fast enough I can still see the answer for the search "1 2" -2 is in fact Lilly, and Escort from Denver with a 308 ... phone number...

G ;-)

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Re: Crudely blocked?

I am guessing SLIT second was an honest spelling mistype and not some freudian slip based on all this talk about pr0nz0rz!

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Completely contradictory result

Typing the first of these search arguments into my version of LInux Chrome, with Google as default engine, produces a majority of hits as quotes from the the Bible: Jonah, Proverbs, John, Judges, 1st Peter, James, Matthew, Moses, 1st John and so on. Not a naughty bit among them.

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The bug is also triggered by other such implausible query strings, such as "1 2" -2,

Is that the string for 1 cup, 2 girls, both take a number 2?

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@ Alpha Tony...

Obligatory XKCD link: http://xkcd.com/467/

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Awesome

Now i can search for pr0n at work and have a clean search history and claim i was genuinely looking for a result to a complex math problem , and keep a clean search history :D

Cheers to the guy who found this :)

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All the smart ones

work in porn...

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I think

a lot of grumble websites seem to take the search term and incorporate it in their returns. It's just for sensible searches, the real finds outweigh the rankings of the grumble sites. Try searching for something really obscure or a spelling mistake. It's really hard to googlewhack these days because of it (yes, I don't have enough to do)

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"And the answer(s) to -4^(1/4) is +/-sqrt(2)i"

So you get links to SQuiRTing movies - whos suprised ?

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Can't believe....

... that no one has mentioned that this was originally posted on Sophos' Naked Security blog.

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Boolean NOT Goolean!!!!!!!

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Makes sense actually

More than once, I've watched one of those videos and said to myself, "No! That's not possible!"

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Shocked...

...simply shocked, that there's a search term that causes Google to return with links to porn...

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INTERNET SCUM

THIS IS WHY INTERNET SHOULD BE BANNED FOR UNDER 18 SO U HAVE TO SHOW ID AND NO PORN ALLOWED. MAKE THE INTERNET SAFE COS I SAID SO

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Re: INTERNET SCUM

Is Big Dumb Guy 555 tampering with your keyboard? Screen lock is advis(z)ed when getting more beer from the fridge.

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RE: Re: INTERNET SCUM

I wonder if the OP isn't one of JIM THE BSOS' (you have to troll CW's Shark Tank to get the reference) altered mind egos.

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Still works if you switch to video search, but not on web or picture

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More than once I've noticed a lot of websites out there respond to ANY search term you plug in even if they don't contain what you searched for and yes they tend to be for dodgy virus infected sites or sites that say YES WE HAVE "your search term", Just $5/month to access our files which contain "your search term" download now!!!!

*sigh*

Surely it's just a variation of this? yes the search should return null results, EXCEPT the dodgy sites that whore themselves to the top of the page simply echoing your search term regardless?

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"Divide by 0"

Input that, and you have at least 30 minutes of reading entertainment and some interesting pictures... that the most filthy minded would relate to porn. Full circle, no pun intended.

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