I have already used the name for *MY* programming language #9

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by fmccabe:

I have been working on a programming language, also called Go, for the last 10 years.
There have 
been papers published on this and I have a book.

I would appreciate it if google changed the name of this language; as I do not want to
have to 
change my language!
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Comment 2 by fmccabe:

If you google (sic) francis mccabe go you will find some references.
I published the book on lulu.com

Comment 2 by fmccabe:

If you google (sic) francis mccabe go you will find some references.
I published the book on lulu.com
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Comment 3 by reidellis:

I think Mr McCabe's language is called "Go!". Here's the Lulu link:
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/lets-go/641689

Comment 3 by reidellis:

I think Mr McCabe's language is called "Go!". Here's the Lulu link:
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/lets-go/641689
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Comment 4 by niral.n95:

reidellis: is right! its "Lets Go!" or "Go!". This is google "go", "The Go 
Programming Language" Bigg Difference.. :)
P.s. Anyone hearing the release of Google "go" would have picked up their book that 
never sold and started finding the work "GO" and as they would find their 1st "GO" 
they wil go , Eureka! :)

Comment 4 by niral.n95:

reidellis: is right! its "Lets Go!" or "Go!". This is google "go", "The Go 
Programming Language" Bigg Difference.. :)
P.s. Anyone hearing the release of Google "go" would have picked up their book that 
never sold and started finding the work "GO" and as they would find their 1st "GO" 
they wil go , Eureka! :)
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Comment 5 by fmccabe:

My language is called Go!. The book is called Let's Go!. 
The issue is not whether or not Google's go will be well known. It is one of fairness.

Comment 5 by fmccabe:

My language is called Go!. The book is called Let's Go!. 
The issue is not whether or not Google's go will be well known. It is one of fairness.
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Comment 6 by zhenshe41:

In Go! , can the IDE know the differences between Go! and go ?

Comment 6 by zhenshe41:

In Go! , can the IDE know the differences between Go! and go ?
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Comment 7 by shirish4you:

ah... Google should change the name...

Comment 7 by shirish4you:

ah... Google should change the name...
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Comment 8 by marcio.andreeta:

"In Go! , can the IDE know the differences between Go! and go ?"
I don't know about the IDE, but I just tested and google search engine sure can't.

Comment 8 by marcio.andreeta:

"In Go! , can the IDE know the differences between Go! and go ?"
I don't know about the IDE, but I just tested and google search engine sure can't.
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Comment 9 by spronkey:

Indeed they should. Full support for you, Mr. McCabe. It's not that hard to find 
references to your language online either - it was on the first page of Bing, second 
of Google for 'go programming language'.
In fact, the title of the Google go tutorial page is even "Let's Go".
It would be pretty poor for you folks Google to keep this name given your "do no 
evil" slogan!

Comment 9 by spronkey:

Indeed they should. Full support for you, Mr. McCabe. It's not that hard to find 
references to your language online either - it was on the first page of Bing, second 
of Google for 'go programming language'.
In fact, the title of the Google go tutorial page is even "Let's Go".
It would be pretty poor for you folks Google to keep this name given your "do no 
evil" slogan!
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Comment 10 by nofakesallowed:

Google should totally change the name, fmccabe you should find a (cheap) lawyer just
in case...
Google has deep pockets.

Comment 10 by nofakesallowed:

Google should totally change the name, fmccabe you should find a (cheap) lawyer just
in case...
Google has deep pockets.
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Comment 11 by nofakesallowed:

btw, what's up reddit

Comment 11 by nofakesallowed:

btw, what's up reddit
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Comment 12 by alex.salkever:

fmcabe -- could you contact me at alex @ dailyfinance.com? Might want to write a
little article about this. Thanks.

Comment 12 by alex.salkever:

fmcabe -- could you contact me at alex @ dailyfinance.com? Might want to write a
little article about this. Thanks.
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Comment 13 by edward.benson:

Google, here is yet another tick along the wood block: are you a giant corporation or a
collection of geeks. If the 
former, ignore fmccab and be grouped with MS and every other conglomerate, if the
latter, change the name of 
this language to something new.

Comment 13 by edward.benson:

Google, here is yet another tick along the wood block: are you a giant corporation or a
collection of geeks. If the 
former, ignore fmccab and be grouped with MS and every other conglomerate, if the
latter, change the name of 
this language to something new.
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Comment 14 by matthew.m.mckenzie:

google should change!

Comment 14 by matthew.m.mckenzie:

google should change!
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Comment 15 by senthil.nayagam:

maybe name it Goo or Foo

Comment 15 by senthil.nayagam:

maybe name it Goo or Foo
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Comment 16 by mail2ankitgupta:

A company claiming to capture world's info, missed it!!!

Comment 16 by mail2ankitgupta:

A company claiming to capture world's info, missed it!!!
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Comment 17 by terence.stuart:

Let the language with the most users keep its name.  
Er... That's not yours, is it?

Comment 17 by terence.stuart:

Let the language with the most users keep its name.  
Er... That's not yours, is it?
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Comment 18 by blair.briggs:

Go, find a new name. ;)

Comment 18 by blair.briggs:

Go, find a new name. ;)
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Comment 19 by josecamporro:

I agree with majority on this. Google should change the name of this language...
Francis McCab is right, Go! and Go are not that different. And he went first, public.

Comment 19 by josecamporro:

I agree with majority on this. Google should change the name of this language...
Francis McCab is right, Go! and Go are not that different. And he went first, public.
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Comment 20 by sebastian@realpath.org:

Google should consider a different name simply for the reason that "Go" is just a too
common word and it might eventually become difficult to google for references and
examples about this language. A somewhat more unique name can have its benefits.

Comment 20 by sebastian@realpath.org:

Google should consider a different name simply for the reason that "Go" is just a too
common word and it might eventually become difficult to google for references and
examples about this language. A somewhat more unique name can have its benefits.
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Comment 21 by Afro.Systems:

I think lango would be a great name and I am hereby to give away to google any
copyrights for the name.

Comment 21 by Afro.Systems:

I think lango would be a great name and I am hereby to give away to google any
copyrights for the name.
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Comment 22 by ismetdere:

Goo, whould be just fine.

Comment 22 by ismetdere:

Goo, whould be just fine.
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Comment 23 by QrczakMK:

Goo is already taken too, although it has been dead for a few years I think.

Comment 23 by QrczakMK:

Goo is already taken too, although it has been dead for a few years I think.
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Comment 24 by zak.wilson:

Goo is the name of a Lisp dialect.

Comment 24 by zak.wilson:

Goo is the name of a Lisp dialect.
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Comment 25 by daniel.kolman:

Both Google and fmccabe should find a new name, "Go" is silly name for a programming 
language.

Comment 25 by daniel.kolman:

Both Google and fmccabe should find a new name, "Go" is silly name for a programming 
language.
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Comment 26 by brett@webtrotter.com:

how about GOOP = Google Object Oriented Programming?
mccabe- personally, I agree with you, but while you may be first, and you may be
published, your issue title begs not to take you seriously regardless of your actual
stature.
I do hope this is resolved in your favor though.

Comment 26 by brett@webtrotter.com:

how about GOOP = Google Object Oriented Programming?
mccabe- personally, I agree with you, but while you may be first, and you may be
published, your issue title begs not to take you seriously regardless of your actual
stature.
I do hope this is resolved in your favor though.
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Comment 27 by jwb.public:

how about ogle?

Comment 27 by jwb.public:

how about ogle?
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Comment 28 by srikumarks:

Given that is derives from Limbo, "Bo" would be short and sweet as well. They can also 
use "boroutines" :P

Comment 28 by srikumarks:

Given that is derives from Limbo, "Bo" would be short and sweet as well. They can also 
use "boroutines" :P
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Comment 29 by ismetdere:

Goo is gone too? damn..  what about Goat?

Comment 29 by ismetdere:

Goo is gone too? damn..  what about Goat?
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Comment 30 by killercore:

I'd go for JAgo: Just Another go

Comment 30 by killercore:

I'd go for JAgo: Just Another go
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Comment 31 by jason.lee.quinn:

Goat Special Edition

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Goat Special Edition
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Comment 32 by nikola.tepper:

It is completely absurd to use name of an already existing language. Hey Google, 
couldn't you, i don't know... google it? Oh right, the name is so generic, that is 
almost impossible to get relevant matches. If this language catches on, it'll be a 
nightmare to search for problems and solutions.

Comment 32 by nikola.tepper:

It is completely absurd to use name of an already existing language. Hey Google, 
couldn't you, i don't know... google it? Oh right, the name is so generic, that is 
almost impossible to get relevant matches. If this language catches on, it'll be a 
nightmare to search for problems and solutions.
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Comment 33 by Linnsey:

There are so many hobby and specialist programming langues it's always a struggle to 
find a name that's not taken.

Comment 33 by Linnsey:

There are so many hobby and specialist programming langues it's always a struggle to 
find a name that's not taken.
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Comment 34 by jsykari:

May I humbly suggest "go2"?
Even C++ got away with naming the language after an esoteric feature of C -- perhaps
naming a language after "goto" isn't that bad.

Comment 34 by jsykari:

May I humbly suggest "go2"?
Even C++ got away with naming the language after an esoteric feature of C -- perhaps
naming a language after "goto" isn't that bad.
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Comment 35 by Linnsey:

There are so many hobby and specialist programming languages it'd be hard to find a 
name that's not taken.

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There are so many hobby and specialist programming languages it'd be hard to find a 
name that's not taken.
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Comment 36 by arnabdotorg:

How about "Cy" (given the C and python influences)?

Comment 36 by arnabdotorg:

How about "Cy" (given the C and python influences)?
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Comment 37 by david.kitchen:

@33 Disturbing but funny... I can imagine the logo now: 3OE
@34 Look at the dates of these things, it would appear that go started around the
same time that the book was being written (but Go! already existed). I wouldn't be
surprised to learn that due diligence was done at the time but simply that since then
it just hadn't been revisited.
@36 http://xkcd.com/292/

Comment 37 by david.kitchen:

@33 Disturbing but funny... I can imagine the logo now: 3OE
@34 Look at the dates of these things, it would appear that go started around the
same time that the book was being written (but Go! already existed). I wouldn't be
surprised to learn that due diligence was done at the time but simply that since then
it just hadn't been revisited.
@36 http://xkcd.com/292/
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Comment 38 by patla073:

Why not just name it Golang?
Erlang - "Ericsson Language"
Golang - "Google Language"

Comment 38 by patla073:

Why not just name it Golang?
Erlang - "Ericsson Language"
Golang - "Google Language"
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Comment 39 by drc.uvic:

Does anyone use 'Go!'? If yours is better, or has a decent user base then a name change
might be the right thing 
to do.  If you're bringing it up for academic pride then I don't see why they should
have to change anything.

Comment 39 by drc.uvic:

Does anyone use 'Go!'? If yours is better, or has a decent user base then a name change
might be the right thing 
to do.  If you're bringing it up for academic pride then I don't see why they should
have to change anything.
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Comment 40 by abouthors:

Jago is already taken by a program to play the game of go.

Comment 40 by abouthors:

Jago is already taken by a program to play the game of go.
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Comment 1061 by joseph.wecker:

+1 for "issue #9"  Everything has been said already here, but the longer the delay the
harder it will be to rename.  And there's no doubt that it needs to be renamed.

Comment 1061 by joseph.wecker:

+1 for "issue #9"  Everything has been said already here, but the longer the delay the
harder it will be to rename.  And there's no doubt that it needs to be renamed.
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Comment 1062 by aliloko:

Come on. Do not destroy the lifework of fmccabe.

Comment 1062 by aliloko:

Come on. Do not destroy the lifework of fmccabe.
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Comment 1063 by claudio.naoto:

"Issue9". It is a name that remember "Plan9" and better to search.

Comment 1063 by claudio.naoto:

"Issue9". It is a name that remember "Plan9" and better to search.
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Comment 1064 by themusicalguy:

I think Issue9 (i9 for the compiler) would be a great choice!
It seems to really fit with the sense of fun that Google likes to promote in its 
workplace. It gives credit to Plan9 and it also, it really is very convenient to type.
I like companies with a sense of humour!

Comment 1064 by themusicalguy:

I think Issue9 (i9 for the compiler) would be a great choice!
It seems to really fit with the sense of fun that Google likes to promote in its 
workplace. It gives credit to Plan9 and it also, it really is very convenient to type.
I like companies with a sense of humour!
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Comment 1065 by Aub676:

issue #9 for the win.

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issue #9 for the win.
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Comment 1066 by kevwil:

Boss says to learn a new language this year. I'm tempted to pick this one, but not until 
the name is changed. May have to pick Scala instead.
+1 for Issue9

Comment 1066 by kevwil:

Boss says to learn a new language this year. I'm tempted to pick this one, but not until 
the name is changed. May have to pick Scala instead.
+1 for Issue9
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Comment 1067 by arsenepark:

How about "GOAL"? Meaning enthusiasm, victory, happy...

Comment 1067 by arsenepark:

How about "GOAL"? Meaning enthusiasm, victory, happy...
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Comment 1068 by droden:

It’s amazing how much time it takes for people to understand that there is no voting
involved here.

Comment 1068 by droden:

It’s amazing how much time it takes for people to understand that there is no voting
involved here.
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Comment 1069 by jin.leona:

The name 'go' will be very hard to google when have issues = =.
e.g. awesome window manager...

Comment 1069 by jin.leona:

The name 'go' will be very hard to google when have issues = =.
e.g. awesome window manager...
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Comment 1070 by jin.leona:

Forgot to mention, I vote 'issue #9' !

Comment 1070 by jin.leona:

Forgot to mention, I vote 'issue #9' !
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Comment 1071 by gengyong:

"issue #9" is a cool name!

Comment 1071 by gengyong:

"issue #9" is a cool name!
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Comment 1072 by aigleflem:

I love issue #9, just like Plan 9 ;-)

Comment 1072 by aigleflem:

I love issue #9, just like Plan 9 ;-)
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Comment 1073 by newptcai:

I love "issue #9", it's a cool name.

Comment 1073 by newptcai:

I love "issue #9", it's a cool name.
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Comment 1074 by karuna.murti:

come on google, at least let us know something.
do you have to wait for lawsuit?

Comment 1074 by karuna.murti:

come on google, at least let us know something.
do you have to wait for lawsuit?
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Comment 1075 by gothedistance.crs:

"boooooo" to google for not doing their due diligence.  So much for "do no evil"

Comment 1075 by gothedistance.crs:

"boooooo" to google for not doing their due diligence.  So much for "do no evil"
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Comment 1076 by lishali12345:

Google, come on, give some words

Comment 1076 by lishali12345:

Google, come on, give some words
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Comment 1077 by Zealot0630:

"The Go Programming Language" ==> GPL

Comment 1077 by Zealot0630:

"The Go Programming Language" ==> GPL
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Comment 1078 by fuzzybyte:

I'd prefer lang9 over issue9.
as long as it's something unique and searchable..

Comment 1078 by fuzzybyte:

I'd prefer lang9 over issue9.
as long as it's something unique and searchable..
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Comment 1079 by Frank.Rast:

Just change the name google. Do not make it worse.

Comment 1079 by Frank.Rast:

Just change the name google. Do not make it worse.
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Comment 1080 by wt345qa:

googling for information about "go" language is already a big problem. google should 
name it "the" language or "language" language to make this situation even worse.
btw, "issue9" is awesome name

Comment 1080 by wt345qa:

googling for information about "go" language is already a big problem. google should 
name it "the" language or "language" language to make this situation even worse.
btw, "issue9" is awesome name
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Comment 1081 by matoltalk:

I do not think Google needs to change the language.
Go! What a creative, passionate, dynamic name. Google is simply the most perfect 
interpretation of the language.

Comment 1081 by matoltalk:

I do not think Google needs to change the language.
Go! What a creative, passionate, dynamic name. Google is simply the most perfect 
interpretation of the language.
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Comment 1082 by jordigh:

C'mon, Google, do it already. "issue #9" is an awesome name, proves you still have a
sense of humour, is very uniquifiable, and would abbreviate nicely to i9.

Comment 1082 by jordigh:

C'mon, Google, do it already. "issue #9" is an awesome name, proves you still have a
sense of humour, is very uniquifiable, and would abbreviate nicely to i9.
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Comment 1083 by Frederic.Dupre:

So, go is the language written by fmccabbe. Google language so rapidely called go is at
this moment the "no name language". This is a paradox if I considere etymology. So I
troll with you happily and purpose you "paradox9".
+1 for issue9

Comment 1083 by Frederic.Dupre:

So, go is the language written by fmccabbe. Google language so rapidely called go is at
this moment the "no name language". This is a paradox if I considere etymology. So I
troll with you happily and purpose you "paradox9".
+1 for issue9
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Comment 1084 by hemilton.m:

Why google dont calle your language as G++?

Comment 1084 by hemilton.m:

Why google dont calle your language as G++?
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Comment 1085 by lost.goblin:

Everyone complaining about 'Go' not being a searchable name should use:
http://go-lang.cat-v.org/go-search

Comment 1085 by lost.goblin:

Everyone complaining about 'Go' not being a searchable name should use:
http://go-lang.cat-v.org/go-search
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Comment 1086 by guidoderosa:

+1 for issue9 (and *.i9 as a file extension )
Also, the coincidence with Plan9 is really striking ;-)

Comment 1086 by guidoderosa:

+1 for issue9 (and *.i9 as a file extension )
Also, the coincidence with Plan9 is really striking ;-)
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Comment 1087 by cheetomonster:

I love, love the direction the language is heading.  But I agree the name has to go.
I'm not too sure about "issue9", but it certainly searches better than "go".  (@1089:
good info, thanks for the link!)

Comment 1087 by cheetomonster:

I love, love the direction the language is heading.  But I agree the name has to go.
I'm not too sure about "issue9", but it certainly searches better than "go".  (@1089:
good info, thanks for the link!)
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Comment 1088 by russell.bernhardt:

Why are you all still talking about this? It's been seven months...

Comment 1088 by russell.bernhardt:

Why are you all still talking about this? It's been seven months...
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Comment 1089 by ranguvar13:

Because Google still hasn't fixed the bloody problem.

Comment 1089 by ranguvar13:

Because Google still hasn't fixed the bloody problem.
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Comment 1090 by eriflo:

Wow, still haven't solved the issue.

Comment 1090 by eriflo:

Wow, still haven't solved the issue.
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Comment 1091 by akosma:

Will Google ever bring an answer to this problem? I don't think so. They should do it
just for their own business: searching for info about a language with such a name is
simply impossible.

Comment 1091 by akosma:

Will Google ever bring an answer to this problem? I don't think so. They should do it
just for their own business: searching for info about a language with such a name is
simply impossible.
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Comment 1092 by zbowling:

the only reason why I'm not using go is that google doesn't know how to google.

Comment 1092 by zbowling:

the only reason why I'm not using go is that google doesn't know how to google.
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Comment 1093:

The naming similarity is unfortunate. However, there are many computing
products and services named Go. In the 11 months since our release, there
has been minimal confusion of the two languages, so we are closing this
issue.

Status changed to Unfortunate.

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Comment 1093:

The naming similarity is unfortunate. However, there are many computing
products and services named Go. In the 11 months since our release, there
has been minimal confusion of the two languages, so we are closing this
issue.

Status changed to Unfortunate.

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Comment 1094 by jrobbins@google.com:

Labels changed: added restrict-addissuecomment-commit.

Comment 1094 by jrobbins@google.com:

Labels changed: added restrict-addissuecomment-commit.

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