'Around 2002, a team was testing a subset of search limited to products, called Froogle. But one problem was so glaring that the team wasn't comfortable releasing Froogle: when the query "running shoes" was typed in, the top result was a garden gnome sculpture that happened to be wearing sneakers. Every day engineers would try to tweak the algorithm so that it would be able to distinguish between lawn art and footwear, but the gnome kept its top position. One day, seemingly miraculously, the gnome disappeared from the results. At a meeting, no one on the team claimed credit. Then an engineer arrived late, holding an elf with running shoes. He had bought the one-of-a kind product from the vendor, and since it was no longer for sale, it was no longer in the index. "The algorithm was now returning the right results," says a Google engineer. "We didn't cheat, we didn't change anything, and we launched."'
 From "In the Plex" by Steven Levy https://books.google.com/books?id=V1u1f8sv3k8C&pg=PA60
My browser (and by my browser I mean YOUR browser) is sending the header 'accept-language: en-US,en;q=0.8' on every request, because it is configured to prefer pages in English.
Therefore, THIS is not what I want to see when I load a page: http://imgur.com/AcugEjZ
Please stop detecting language based on IP when there's a perfectly good setting for it. People travel, you know? You do it on Blogger too - shame on you. :/
I am from Spain, but often strongly prefer to search for stuff in English (for example for news, as I want to avoid the hyperpartisan Spanish media). No matter what I do: even if I have the browser configured in English, Google configured to use English, and I go to google.co.uk instead of google.es, I type e.g. "Trump" in the search box and most of the results are in Spanish. I do get some English results, but on page 2.
The world is multilingual, actually there are estimates that over 50% of the world population is at least bilingual (even if this is not the case in the US, where the proportion is about 25%). You have an awesome search engine, is it that hard to add an option to choose the language or languages in which to search (possibly changing between searches, as we actually use different languages for different stuff, e.g. I teach in Spanish but do research in English) and then showing results in those languages unbiased by language?
PS: funnily enough, I see this particular page about the gnome in English.
My OS is set to French and Chrome ask me to translate English webpages in French.
and deselecting `Offer to translate pages that aren't in a language you read`. Or maybe you tried it and it didn't work as expected?
I'm in Denmark, the browser sends en-IE.
MPH would actually make sense here but they don't even use that. Really strange.
[EDIT]: I just tried it in a private tab and sure enough get Fahrenheit and MPH. It can't be that hard for them to localise this.
Not useful for the Google April fools joke though.
The current behavior might make more people happy, at least in the short term.
And such people most certainly know how to change the setting, or that the setting in question exists. After all, they did change the locale in their OS (or installed an English version of it, instead of the one localized for their market).
Used to be you could use Google.com, and later Google.ca or co.uk (because .com started auto-redirecting to your local tld), but not anymore.
Edit: In fact it might inject more fun again if Google and everyone else only showed the pranks up until midday based on your location and if you were interested you had to find them before then or you wouldn't get to see them live.
Also, locking pranks by timezone won't work on the internet. At most it would just frustrate people in (for example) PST who want to play with or see the pranks that people in EST get access to.
I mean, just imagine the sheer number of personhours needed to create the Google Maps Pac Man game.
That being said, this money is a drop in the ocean for them, and the fact that it gets coverage on plenty of places, it's probably a pretty solid marketing move.
However If the project has nothing to do with your current job your manager might have you work at 120%. And you are still responsible for your job and on top of that you can do the side project. However unlike other companies google will fund the project.
(Disclaimer I work at google and have been granted to take a week off work for a 20% project. And done the whole 120% time for a project)
"if the project is related to your job" -- the whole point of 20% time was that _you_ choose what you work on, not the manager that defines the boundaries of your job.
"120%"? Isn't that the same as "not paid to work on this, but company owns it"?
I think you've drunk the koolaid.
A good example of this is people using Google servers to analyze all the code on GitHub to patch sec vulnerabilities. Or adding Easter eggs to Google search. There's also one team building a full fledged flight simulator from scratch and google is paying for the space, workshop, computers, and some raw supplies.
I don't see what's changed from a 20% project of past.
Or maybe the "jokes" could only be served over http, not https, and would gradually fade into the background.
I love geolocked April fools even better than the regular ones.
That captures best my feelings about these tech gags. You wanna be silly and funny? Awesome, do something silly and funny. But don't wait for the Corporate-Approved Silly Day, and then just run the formula ("take product X and dress it up like endearing or ridiculous product Y"), and then expect me to be delighted by the joke, which I didn't participate in, and I could have predicted at this point since 2008.
Instead, you can go and "ask" google directly to do something for you.
Actually, for those using other calendar systems, is April fools day today or some other day?
It's an April Fool's Joke..
I mean, I know it is a joke.