June 9th, 2010

mini me + poo

Google coming up blank

Is anyone else having an issue with google.co.uk at the moment?

When I do a search, 'I'm feeling lucky' takes me to what would be the top result ok, but a standard search just shows a blank page. Looking at the source shows some javascript has been loaded, but it's not coming up with actual content.

The URL of the result page has changed too: http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=armani+jeans&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&fp=823a29e425d505ae is one example - note the 'hello script' # at the start...

Firefox 3.6.3, on Linux Mint (a Ubuntu derivative), with AdBlockPlus (but it happens with this disabled too).

Edit: Grrr, it looks like this is Mint being naughty. One of its very few downsides over 'normal' Ubuntu is that it installs a FF addon that identifies you as using Mint when using Google, presumably for the money. I had disabled that (it's as easy as it should be - you cannot uninstall it via the addon manager, for example) but it looks like some subsequent change caused a problem. Re-enabling it means Google works again.

I can see I am going to either have to rip it out entirely or get the FF source package and get rid of it there. I do not mind people wanting to make money from Google - that's what the quick search box in a standard FF install is there to do! - but I do want to be able to say 'no'.

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