Articles tagged “funny”

Learning about world cultures via Google Autocomplete

Out of curiosity, I was looking how a browser interacts with the Google Instant backend. While looking the HTTP exchanges via Firebug, I first asked myself why they’re encoding HTML and JS with \xYY escape sequences, then why the very same JS functions are sent back and forth on every request, and later I stumbled upon the JSONp service.

Give it a query, and it’ll return the suggested related phrases that are used to build the menu under the search input while using suggestions and/or instant (didn’t dig too much in all the other parameters).

Anyway, what’s interesting is that, of course, the suggestions are customized on a per-country basis. To show the differences explicitly let’s ask the service the simplest query possible, a:

For Italy you’ll get:

$ curl["a",[["ansa","","0"],
["alice","","1"],["alitalia","","2"],["alice mail","","3"],
["apple","","4"],["agenzia delle entrate","","5"],

hum, let’s scrap the JSONp and parameters out:

$ curl -s | ruby -rjson -ne 'puts JSON($_[19..-2])[1].map(&:first).join(", ")'            
ansa, alice, alitalia, alice mail, apple, agenzia delle entrate, audi, aci, autoscout, atm

For the US you’ll get:

amazon, aol, att, apple, american airlines, abc,, amtrak, addicting games, aim


argos, amazon, asda, asos, autotrader, aa route planner, aol, apple, amazon uk, aqa


aer lingus, aib, argos,,, asos, aa route planner, amazon, aldi, aib internet banking

Lastly, because I’ve been there lately and it has been a profound experience, Cuba:

asus, antonio maceo, amor, amigos, ain, antivirus, avira, alba, aduana, as

I’m sure @nhaima is smiling while seeing these words, because hell yeah, over there they really google antivirus software (avira is one of them) a lot because it’s a world without the Internet, thus without free software: you’re condemned in using Windows stuff, and you take what you pay for. Antonio Maceo has been an hero of the 19th century revolution, and it’s in the heart of Cuban people. Amor, Amigos! :-)

Anyway, looks like that simple queries like this really give an insight on what a population thinks and/or needs, because they’re surely generated by the search trends, thus are the “most searched words”. Am I discovering hot water? Maybe, but it was funny to rediscover it. Just make sure not to hammer the /s service with too many requests, because they’ll anyway be handled by the same cluster of machines, thus you’ll be banned early (I’ve been :-p).

Posted at 20PM on 09/16/10 | 0 comments | Filed Under: development number 42

Notice to all employees

( As read on full-disclosure )

Subject: Notice to all employees
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:06:14 -0500

Dear employees,

Due to the current financial situation caused by the slowdown
of the economy, Management has decided to implement a scheme
to put workers of 40 years of age and above on early retirement.

This scheme will be known as RAPE (Retire Aged People Early).

Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to management to be eligible
for the SHAFT scheme (Special Help After Forced Termination).
Persons who have been RAPED and SHAFTED will be reviewed under the
SCREW programme (Scheme Covering Retired Early Workers). A person
may be RAPED once, SHAFTED twice and SCREWED as many times as
Management deems appropriate.

Persons who have been RAPED can only get AIDS (Additional Income
for Dependants & Spouse) or HERPES (Half Eamings for Retired
Personnel Early Severance).

Obviously persons who have AIDS or HERPES will not be SHAFTED or
SCREWED any further by Management.

Persons who are not RAPED and are staying on will receive as much
SHIT (Special High Intensity Training) as possible. Management
has always prided itself on the amount of SHIT it gives employees.

Should you feel that you do not receive enough SHIT, please bring
to the attention of your Supervisor. They have been trained to
give you all the SHIT you can handle.


The Management

( I hope you enjoyed this :) There is also an USAF version from 1997 ).

Posted at 23PM on 03/02/09 | 0 comments | Filed Under: number 42 politics

Chuck Norris in Ruby

intinig ported Chuck’s roundhouse kick power to ruby! Have a look..

It’s a proof-of-concept, of course :).

Posted at 12PM on 06/13/08 | 0 comments | Filed Under: number 42

Urinals in amsterdam

Via reddit

In Amsterdam, the tile under Schipol’s urinals would pass inspection in an operating room. But nobody notices. What everybody does notice is that every urinal has a fly in it. Look harder, and the fly turns into the black outline of a fly, etched into the porcelain. It improves the aim. If a man sees a fly, he aims at it. Fly-in-urinal research found that etchings reduce spillage by 80%. It gives a guy something to think about. That’s the perfect example of process control.
Posted at 14PM on 05/05/08 | 0 comments | Filed Under: number 42 politics

Google Maps (part I of "The Googling")

Ever had some concerns about Google Maps and how much that app can see about your house, your car, yout neighbours and … maybe … yourself?!? Well, maybe you are right! Have a look at this video from the vacationeers ...


Posted at 03AM on 02/14/08 | 2 comments | Filed Under: number 42

Ruby 1.9 has got the answer to life, universe and everything

 22:33:24 vjt@voyager:~$ irb19 -f
irb(main):001:0> Symbol.all_symbols.grep /^the/
=> [:the_answer_to_life_the_universe_and_everything]

! :)

unluckily, the answer isn’t 42:

irb(main):002:0> _.first.object_id
=> 5048


Thanks for this strange finding, nextie! :D

Posted at 22PM on 12/22/07 | 0 comments | Filed Under: number 42


tks nextie


Posted at 14PM on 11/13/07 | 1 comment | Filed Under: number 42

Medieval Helpdesk


Posted at 17PM on 10/29/07 | 0 comments | Filed Under: number 42


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