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Google killer-robots.txt (google.com)
135 points by yueq on July 2, 2014 | hide | past | favorite | 23 comments

I find Google's techie Easter-eggs like this delightful.

My favorite, by far is: http://www.google.com/#q=recursion


Edit: found the original interview:


Starting at 13:45, Sergey and Larry try to explain recursion and idempotentence on Fresh Air.

Try just clicking (or hovering over) "I'm Feeling Lucky" without typing a search, and the button changes to something random.

How is that an Easte...OOOH now I get it! +1

I don't think this is a coincidence, exactly. There was a protester shouting over the recent I/O keynote that Google is "a totalitarian company that builds robots that kill people" in reference to Boston Dynamics. Folks who think that the accusation is overblown have been joking about Google's "killer robot" program, so this easter egg is likely Google poking fun at the allegation.

It's an odd allegation, given that robots built by Unit Handling Systems have killed more people than Boston Dynamics.

What about Schmidt? He can fight T-1000 and T-800 by himself?

Apparently Google is not the only one on the internet fighting against killer robots. I found this a few years back...


Well, technically this one is protecting killer robots, isn't it?

Webfusion's always amused me: http://mirrors.webfusion.com/robots.txt

I guess the other models (T-850, T-101, etc) are free to go after Larry & Sergey?

Great example of whitelists vs blacklists. :)


What does killer-robots.txt mean. And what do /+LarryPage links point to? (His google plus profile?)

This is a joke: the robots.txt is a file on websites used to give instructions about their site to web crawlers.

Disallow: tells the robot that it should not visit those particular pages on a site. Or in this case, terminate those individuals.

This is probably a joke with a reference to Terminator, where T1000 and T800 are "killer" robots. So if those robots obey web standards, they should not kill Larry Page or Sergey Brin when they destroy Google.


Not everybody here is technical, and not every technical person necessarily has web development experience.

I've personally worked with some brilliant embedded software developers and compiler writers who likely wouldn't know what a robots.txt file is, because they've focused their skills and talents elsewhere. Despite not knowing what a robots.txt file is, they're still far more technically capable than even the best web developers I've ever encountered.

Is this a joke?

No, it's deadly serious.

For now.



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