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    Sadly, I think "Big Stupid" is running the show right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Killjoy View Post
    Sadly, I think "Big Stupid" is running the show right now.
    "Running" is a strong word. Maybe "flailing at."

    I'd like to see this extended into two dimensions like the scariness of the name vs scariness of the thing. In this case, sinister/silly rating on the X axis and actual sinster/silly on the Y. I nominate Big Corn as having a silly name for a sinister influence on a broad spectrum of life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgie_leech View Post
    "Running" is a strong word. Maybe "flailing at."

    I'd like to see this extended into two dimensions like the scariness of the name vs scariness of the thing. In this case, sinister/silly rating on the X axis and actual sinster/silly on the Y. I nominate Big Corn as having a silly name for a sinister influence on a broad spectrum of life.
    While I agree that a 2-dimensional representation would probably be better, I think that delving too far would quickly result in political discussions.
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    This was probably intentional on Randall's part, but the top google image search result for "wheel" is in fact a bicycle wheel today. I'm curious whether the bike wheel was the first result before today, of if it rose to the top after all the xkcd readers searched "wheel" and clicked on the first bike wheel they saw. It would be interesting to see Beret Guy attach a wheel of cheese to his cars, or a ferris wheel or wheel of fortune for that matter.
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    Google search results are personalized to the user. Two different persons will get two different top results.
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    The first page of DuckDuckGo image searches (which are not personalized) does include bicycle wheels, though they aren't first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Google search results are personalized to the user. Two different persons will get two different top results.
    That's what I thought after I first did the search, but then I immediately tried again in an incognito window, which should have prevented personalized results, and I still got the same bicycle wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrimino View Post
    That's what I thought after I first did the search, but then I immediately tried again in an incognito window, which should have prevented personalized results, and I still got the same bicycle wheel.
    From what I understand, incognito just stops the results you gain and the cookies and whatnot during that session from being recorded. It still reads the cookies and stuff that already exists on your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataNinja View Post
    From what I understand, incognito just stops the results you gain and the cookies and whatnot during that session from being recorded. It still reads the cookies and stuff that already exists on your computer.
    Are you sure? I was under the impression that incognito windows didn't read cookies or anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrimino View Post
    Are you sure? I was under the impression that incognito windows didn't read cookies or anything.
    Well, I've gotten results that seem excessively personalized based on my past stuff before - and different than other people experimenting with the same thing - when we did some testing in that regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrimino View Post
    Are you sure? I was under the impression that incognito windows didn't read cookies or anything.
    Incognito mode only prevents people on your computer from seeing your browsing activity, it does not prevent websites from seeing cookies already stored in your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrimino View Post
    That's what I thought after I first did the search, but then I immediately tried again in an incognito window, which should have prevented personalized results, and I still got the same bicycle wheel.
    Incognito stops your search history from being recorded in your computer (well if you know your stuff I think you can still access it). It has no effect on Google’s servers.
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    Incognito mode prevents a web site from accessing any record of anything on your computer that happened outside the Incognito window, and prevents other windows on your computer from accessing anything that's recorded in the Incognito window. This means Google cannot access your browser history or cookies.

    Incognito mode does not, as far as I know, prevent access to things like that you're using Chrome, what version you're using, what your screen resolution is, and many other bits and pieces of information like that, which can be used to create a "device fingerprint" that is mostly stable (so it will be the same in an Incognito window as in your normal browsing or a previous Incognito session) and is very likely unique when considered as a whole. Incognito mode certainly does not prevent a web site from recording things on its own servers, and Google could (I don't know if they actually do) save your device fingerprint on their servers and use it to look up your search history in their records even in Incognito mode.

    Incognito mode also does not hide your IP address, which might rarely change and could be used to track you with a bit less certainty.
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