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Joe Stanganelli
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5/5/2016 | 7:33:58 AM
Re: Devil's advocate
@vnewman: The doodles were fun when they were rare.  Scarce.  Now they are no longer special.

The very day after the National Teachers Day doodle was another doodle for someone's 100-somethingth birthday.

I've genuinely stopped caring about the doodles.  They're so commonplace these days that they just get an eyeroll from me now, no matter what they're for.
jastroff
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5/4/2016 | 11:10:17 AM
Re: Devil's advocate
Excelllent point -- Limited to Google only? We need more search engines, or a better way to find things on the net. That would also be nice

>>  But it's still useful, it offers diversity of top results, and its maps solution seems to be a heck of a lot better.
tjgkg
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5/4/2016 | 8:53:42 AM
Re: Devil's advocate
I can't say I have ever found any search results from Google racially charged. The thing that does drive me crazy about most of the searches is the ads are placed first. But for the most part I think the search experience is better on Google in getting to the heart of the search and easier to navigate than Bing which can really be too busy.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/4/2016 | 7:02:05 AM
Re: Devil's advocate
The basic UI is (usually -- see my discussion of Doodle overuse) is definitely no nonsense, but in general no nonsense?

Google now has a feature where there will be a featured best answer to certain searches -- particularly ones with straightforward answers.

But I have frequently found these featured "straightforward" answers to be at times loaded, at times incorrect, and at times completely inappropriate (even racially charged).

 
Joe Stanganelli
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5/4/2016 | 6:54:08 AM
Re: Strategic?
@jries: I am reminded of when I worked in the box office of an equity theatre many years ago one summer in my youth.

One afternoon, I overheard a conversation between the theatre's General Manager and the Box-Office Manager.  (For those not in the know, the two head honchos of any theatre are the General Manager and the Artistic Director.)  They were talking about ticket subscriptions, and how they needed to sell more subscriptions to raise their profits.

Naive teenage me piped up, "But I thought we were not-for-profit."

The General Manager, a big, burly old man, let out an enormous boffo, put his hand on my shoulder, and said, "Kid, every business is for profit."
tjgkg
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5/3/2016 | 12:53:04 PM
Re: Strategic?
And when you consider all the "Microsoft millionaires" out there people are less likely to be tolerant of MS trying to monetize every single pixel on a website.
tjgkg
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5/3/2016 | 12:51:07 PM
Re: Devil's advocate
Bing is trying hard to be everything to everyone. MS purchased other search sites from other countries so it is also incorporating this data into their application. The result is sometimes information overload. The appeal of Google was the no nonsense interface.
tjgkg
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5/3/2016 | 12:48:06 PM
Re: Strategic?
Absolutely. MS wants to keep everything "in the family". But like with Office, all the best applications are not necessarily contained in the same package.
tjgkg
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5/3/2016 | 12:44:26 PM
Re: Devil's advocate
It's not really that bad, but it is quite busy compared to Google which is pretty much no nonsense. It's sort of like the "Metro" screen of searches! Still I will use it if i do not get what i am looking for with Google.
tjgkg
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5/3/2016 | 12:41:21 PM
Re: To Cortana or Not to Cortana ....
Agreed. I do not use Siri let alone Cortana.
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