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[#] Thu Sep 28 2017 04:27:57 EDT from fleeb

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Yep, this is exactly what happened with me.

[#] Thu Sep 28 2017 10:24:42 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Work hard fleeb. You can become an overlord!!

[#] Fri Sep 29 2017 10:12:27 EDT from zooer

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Good luck with the job interview.



[#] Fri Sep 29 2017 10:13:19 EDT from zooer

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If that is what this is.



[#] Sat Sep 30 2017 12:52:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I wonder what else Google needs to know about you before they offer you the job quiz.  I'll bet they've got a big profile already collected on everyone who gets it.



[#] Sun Oct 01 2017 22:14:24 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Yeah. Probably including your search history since 1999. Which makes me wonder what they have on fleeb. <GRIN>

[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 12:04:37 EDT from kc5tja

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Googling for those terms does nothing for me. Maybe they know I'm already employed by their #1 or #2 opponent in the market.

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 15:53:10 EDT from fleeb

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Heh.

Well, it's a fun game, at the very least.

Funny, to me, that they'd trigger on that particular account, rather than the one I've been using since gmail was nascent (with a considerably larger search history, which would include all the geeky things I've sought over the decade or more).



[#] Fri Oct 13 2017 11:09:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I tried disabling the "Google" app on my Android phone, with disastrous results.
It turns out the Google Now launcher depends on the Google app, so the home screen just went dead. I rebooted the phone and it got stuck on the splash screen. So it seems Google doesn't want you not Googling. You must Google.

Turns out the other background apps had still started. So I went to the Google Play website on my computer and told it to install a launcher on my phone. A few minutes later the phone sprung to life again. Nice.

By the way, I've been searching with DuckDuckGo for about a month now. Unlike my previous experiments with DDG, this time I haven't given up on it after finding the search results unusable. It's gotten a lot better, and is now a perfectly good replacement for Google Search.

[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 21:35:15 EDT from bennabiy

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It uses Bing as a backend, just stripping the tracking. (If I remember correctly)



[#] Sun Oct 15 2017 21:36:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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https://duck.co/help/results/sources

Search results are blended from a lot of different sources.  Bing is one of them.



[#] Tue Oct 24 2017 19:14:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yowza. GoogleHitler just sent me a big fat AdSense payment. Evidently my generator video got a lot of views during hurricane season. I love hurricanes!!

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