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  1. Lunatik

    Well I never...

    "Company pulls allegedly popular cartoony figurehead to self-proclaimed brouhaha only to reinstate it a year or two later, claiming 'our customers demanded it/him/her came back!'"

    PR puff by numbers.

  2. M Gale

    But does he still prefer the term "Jovial"?

    See title.

  3. TexVik


    Only reason Ask has any market share at all is because of all the toolbars they keep bundling with other software downloads, and people not paying attention when they install and get their search provider and home page changed to

  4. John Tserkezis
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    Toolbar anyone? Creators of the toolbar?

    Google (snigger) it. Not one redeeming feature, everyone hates it, and many go on to say that is useless anyway.

    The toolbar is bundled with a variety of software (any way to make a buck regardless of how much we piss of our users), and in many of those cases is NOT opt-out. It is forceibly installed regardless of what the user clicks.

    I learned to hate it a while back after finding MANY google returns to queries, coming from that were entirely, completely useless.

    If they think they can improve this with their newfangled Jeeves, then good luck to them. I on the other hand have given up a long time ago.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Question: How is babby formed?

    It sent me to Encyclopedia Dramatica for the answer. I guess that makes sense...

  6. Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

    Light dawns

    I guess this is why I now get a completely blank screen from ask on Firefox with NoScript?

    Shame. It was my 1st choice search engine because of Ask Eraser. Ask nearly lost that status when they made all their sponsored ads clickboxes. That is really annoying because you click what looks like blank space to put focus back onto firefox and wham you've clicked through.

    Now they've made it totally useless without giving them script permission it's time to say buh bye. I'm going to have to move on to something else. Not google obviously, think untrustworthy raised to the power of unscrupulous.

  7. Anonymous Coward



    surely that should be a Valet rather than a butler!


  8. Zolkó Silver badge
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    Actually, I *do* use

    Actually, I *do* use as my default search engine. I'm no fan of BigBrother-hood, so I tend to avoid Googliasaur & Co. And when sometimes I compare, is as good as Google.

  9. Ole Juul

    I use

    Sorry, I can't think of anything to say about Ask.

    1. Gotno iShit Wantno iShit
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      @Ole Juul

      "I use"

      Cheers for the tip. Good privacy policy and crapsite filters

  10. Anonymous Coward

    that's not Jeeves

    That my former manager.

    Id know that glistening bald dome anywhere.

  11. Jerome 0

    Welcome to the Uncanny Valley

    Cripes, the new mascot is pretty damn scary.

  12. tom 24

    ...or was that Usenet Oracle?

    So it's basically the Internet Oracle, but instead of one person giving you an inane answer, you have dozens of them?

    Meh. I liked Jeeves. is just annoying.

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