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    Alternatives to Google?

    Just looking for search engines other than google.

    Already found http://duckduckgo.com/

    Call me paranoid, but I just want to stay away from google.

    There were tons of alternatives back in the day, but it looks like most of them have been rubbed out.

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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    Another is ixquick, but Google as a search engine is really miles ahead of everything else.
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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    Quote Originally Posted by cbanakis View Post
    There were tons of alternatives back in the day, but it looks like most of them have been rubbed out.
    Yep, we used to have millions of search engines, but they were all junk. I remember using an aggregator (Dogpile?) that tried to use a couple of dozen search engines and mash them into one decent set of results. Man the web was bad in the early days.

    You could always use Bing or Yahoo (lol).

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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    Quote Originally Posted by cbanakis View Post
    Just looking for search engines other than google.

    Already found http://duckduckgo.com/

    Call me paranoid, but I just want to stay away from google.

    There were tons of alternatives back in the day, but it looks like most of them have been rubbed out.
    You're not paranoid... not yet at least.

    Just be educated on what bugs are (tracing your browsing 24/7 with all your info and stuff) and THEN you will be paranoid!

    Switch away from Google searches is quite hard anyway: you need to be aware that you will take some step back on the results quality... but there's some sort of satisfaction when you feels less reliant towards specific products.


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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    The only one that comes close to Google is Bing, so I would use Google and remember no one really cares about the web sites you click on.
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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiNZ View Post
    The only one that comes close to Google is Bing, so I would use Google and remember no one really cares about the web sites you click on.
    Its not just the information logging that bothers me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Google View Post
    In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act,
    we have removed 1 result(s) from this page.
    If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at
    ChillingEffects.org..
    This is what really gets me.

    I gotta wonder what is being hidden from me.

    I understand the idea is to block piracy, but how do I know what has been blocked, if its blocked?

    Could be a video of a political figure playing "The Most Dangerous Game" for all I know.

    And if such a video exists, I feel I have the right to know about it.
    Last edited by cbanakis; September 5th, 2012 at 11:19 PM.

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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    Law compliance is not optional
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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    I was around before google took over. There were a lot of search engines, yes. But there really weren't any "alternatives to google". Google took over because it was really good, unlike the other crap that was around (looking at you, go.com). Before google, searching the web was very difficult as it was based only on keywords and most of the results were really useless. All while you had to stand the ads.

    The huge mistake everyone was making before google was that web search was a trivial thing. You just needed spiders and servers and lookup on tables by keywords. What google brought to the table was an actual algorithm that was barely able to rank pages by relevancy. Or rather an actually good way to measure relevancy. It was really a whole different product than what "search engines" were offering then.

    PS: The DMCA claim actually shows you the stuff that was removed from google. See the "Allegedly infringing URLS" section.
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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiNZ View Post
    Law compliance is not optional
    What do you mean by that?

    There is no law requiring google to filter search results. (SOPA did not pass)

    The whole idea behind the DCMA, is that companies like google are protected from legal action.

    I think they just do it to avoid confrontation.

    And prefer to use a search engine that does not do that.

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    Re: Alternatives to Google?

    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiNZ View Post
    Law compliance is not optional
    True.
    However startpage.com adopts a strict privacy policy, the details of which may be read here.
    The search results when compared to Google are comparable.

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