I don't do google ... but ...
Has anyone tried "Scunthorpe"?
Google's "Instant" search engine includes a blacklist for words and phrases involving what the company considers "violence, hate, or pornography." Unveiled on Wednesday in the US, Google Instant serves up search results in "real-time" as you type. If you type "w," for instance, it gives you results for "weather." If you type " …
"The bug is not universal. When you type "fucc," you get results for "Fuccillo,""
And I'm sure that if you type "slui" you'll get some information about sluices and the like. (I haven't tried it though)
It's not a bug. When you type the second 'c' in 'fucc', it no longer predicts that you're looking for 'fuck'.
OK, it would be better if they filtered the results rather than not returning anything, but I definitely wouldn't call it a bug.
The block "shit" but when you get as far as shit recommend "shite".
They allow "bollox" and block "bollocks".
Sounds like their list of naughty words isn't very comprehensive. Anyone got a copy of Roger's Profanisaurus they can send to Google?
McShit and "pink darth vader" aren't blocked. I can't recall any others.
Is it just me, or is the whole idea of hiding "rude" words just a way to compound the issue?
As a schoolkid I went out of my way to look up the banned words in dictionaries and encyclopaedias (and eventually Encarta), because we weren't supposed to.
I'm sure there are plenty of "think of the children!" people who would disagree, but why is preventing a kid from seeing a word we consider rude so bad?
If they know it already, there's no issue; if no don't, they're hardly likely to see [whatever] and know that we consider it rude...
My school network had an 8 drive CD-ROM* server attached to it. One of the CD-ROMs was a European language dictionary. Oh how much fun we had looking up our fine mid-teens vocabulary of profanity in as many European languages as it supported. We were soon fluent in multi-lingual swearing and we even learned some new phrases!
* Yes CD-ROMs to those not familiar they stored a whopping 700 Mb each (or one CD's worth of data to use BBC News units). Access was via the 10BASE2 Ethernet sub-net that linked 15 daisy chained computers to the server via co-axial cable. It was the early 1990s. Those were the days.
Try typing in "knob e".
Some very interesting results instantaneously returned for that, including an Urban Dictionary entry compiled (it would seem from the search page) by someone called "titwanker" as the second item.
I'm sure there are more and this could be a long comments section..........oh look! "Bollo" returns some fun things from the googly instant world too.
Damn! Like I wasn't busy enough today already.....
although they're obviously taking the piss, the dailymash article raises a good point - why exactly do we _need_ instant search? is it really saving us that much time and effort?
And of course Boris Slutsky, the Soviet poet, is another person, and a poet of great merit, incidentally, to get short shrift by the Google blacklist.
Well he survived Stalin and his reputation will survive this.
(Link to his poetry here, for those able to cope with Russian poetry:
So in order to protect delicate minds we cannot type SLUTsky, and I presume the ice dancer SLUTskaya also; but the old "christianity is" still gives us, in order: bullshit / not a religion / a lie / a cult.
Which raises the interesting question about how can autosuggest justify filtering certain words "slut" while permitting others "shit" and actually providing obscenities in other suggestions "bullshit". This is wildly inconsistant and is only going to annoy people by appearing to look like half-asses censorship for the sake it it.
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