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Opening day for this month with Obob has officially come to a close for me.

 

Now back to our regular occult affairs. 

 

New avatar courtesy of Warren from months past...thanks :D

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Same query, same search engine, different results:

 

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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post
 

Wow...just...wow.

 

That's what happens when you turn SafeSearch off while searching for Japanese tea tables, I guess. :D

 

SafeSearch? Mine is always off. :veryevil: 

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Well our search habits are quite a ways different perhaps. Perhaps the neighbours are to blame as well - sometimes they hook on to the wrong wireless connection and search up weird stuff like spy drones prices on amazon and the likes. Must be Star Wars fans.

 

Here is the same query in DDG!

 

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I just checked, and mine was off as well. Maybe there's some other setting that's different. Or does Google filter the results based on demographic information? I signed out and did the search that way for the screenshot, just to make sure it wasn't anything account-specific, but I get the same results either way, so if Google is altering the results it's doing so with location data.

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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post
 

Well our search habits are quite a ways different perhaps. Perhaps the neighbours are to blame as well - sometimes they hook on to the wrong wireless connection and search up weird stuff like spy drones prices on amazon and the likes. Must be Star Wars fans.

 

Here is the same query in DDG!

 

 

Umm...stuff...um... (Click to show)

 

 

Wow, DDG returns the results somebody doing that search for real might actually be looking for....

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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post
Or does Google filter the results based on demographic information? ... so if Google is altering the results it's doing so with location data.

They do do that as a rule of thumb.

 

Heh. Dodo. Feces.

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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post

 

Wow, DDG returns the results somebody doing that search for real might actually be looking for....

Yep. It's great for non-filtered, relevant info, less so for the obscure specific-logic searches. I'd use it more if I could dynamically switch between the two (google and the duck) - working on that with a greasemonkey script though surfraw sort of does it for me already.


Edited by TwinQY - 10/2/13 at 3:13am
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I've flirted with the idea of going with DDG many times, but it just doesn't seem to produce relevant enough results. I'd love to be able to switch between Google and another engine easily as well. Google scares me. What's unnerving is the way they just slipped their way into my digital life, little by little. Who would have thought 15 years ago that you'd have an account for your search engine? Once I got a Gmail account, though, it just kind of happened. And then they quietly started linking YouTube and Gmail accounts, always playing up the convenience angle. It's astounding when I think about it how much of my Web experience is filtered through Google. And how disrupting it would be if I wanted to do anything about it. I'd have to accept inferior search (or else use Yahoo/Bing, which just does the same information mining crap but for Microsoft in the latter case), give up the convenience of subscriptions on YouTube, and tell all the people who send stuff to me on Gmail to use a new address elsewhere. Doable, yes, but in most cases Google is the best (and often only realistic) option.

 

And when I can no longer avoid having to buy a smartphone, I sure as hell won't be getting anything from Apple, so whom does that leave? Google! I highly doubt Ubuntu or FirefoxOS is going to have much success penetrating an already mature market, and BB has finally made its predictable exodus from relevance, so we're pretty much where we're going to be moving forward.

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I for one, welcome our google overlords.
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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post
 

And when I can no longer avoid having to buy a smartphone, I sure as hell won't be getting anything from Apple, so whom does that leave? Google! I highly doubt Ubuntu or FirefoxOS is going to have much success penetrating an already mature market, and BB has finally made its predictable exodus from relevance, so we're pretty much where we're going to be moving forward.

 

There is always Microsoft. Although that's probably a problem too.

 

I do however believe there are essentially Google free Andriod ROMs around.

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True. MS had better get some apps, though. Or, a better way of putting it would be MS had better give developers a reason to care enough to put effort into designing/porting apps for the MS platform.

 

The thing is, I'm like the worst sort of person when it comes to this stuff. I know the potential for abuse here, and yet I still use Google services (for many of the reasons listed in my previous post), and when it comes time to get a smartphone, I'll get an Android-based one like everybody else and I probably won't try to put a special version of said OS onto it. Convenience and compatibility end up being more important. I know that the latter is less of an issue on Android since you can get apps from places other than Play, but at the end of the day it's a lot more simply the way Google has snuck up on us all that scares me than any one thing they're doing. It's enough to make me raise my eyebrows and start watching my back a bit, but not enough to make me go full-on anti-Google. They haven't done anything bad to me yet*, but it's getting to be increasingly like sitting in a cage with a tiger. Sooner or later....

 

*Well, apart from the incessant degradation of the YouTube interface

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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post

I for one, welcome our google overlords.

 

It's so convenient. I have Chrome on my Jellybean-running tablet and phone, and on three computers, so all my bookmarks, etc., are there when I need them. And I'm not a raging lawbreaker, so I don't need to worry about the secret police bashing in my door over what I look at online....lol.

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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post
 

True. MS had better get some apps, though. Or, a better way of putting it would be MS had better give developers a reason to care enough to put effort into designing/porting apps for the MS platform.

 

The thing is, I'm like the worst sort of person when it comes to this stuff. I know the potential for abuse here, and yet I still use Google services (for many of the reasons listed in my previous post), and when it comes time to get a smartphone, I'll get an Android-based one like everybody else and I probably won't try to put a special version of said OS onto it. Convenience and compatibility end up being more important. I know that the latter is less of an issue on Android since you can get apps from places other than Play, but at the end of the day it's a lot more simply the way Google has snuck up on us all that scares me than any one thing they're doing. It's enough to make me raise my eyebrows and start watching my back a bit, but not enough to make me go full-on anti-Google. They haven't done anything bad to me yet*, but it's getting to be increasingly like sitting in a cage with a tiger. Sooner or later....

 

*Well, apart from the incessant degradation of the YouTube interface

 

I have no issue with Google, but I am resolute in my feelings about something else.....

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For me, it would have been less startling had it been earlier in the night and I wasn't so sleepy (Not true, baby :tongue_smile:is fixin' to get it! Why else do we watch horror flix?!).


Edited by Silent One - 10/2/13 at 6:31am
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