Data mining-based machine #translation is indeed a #privacy nightmare, but for a lot of stuff sometimes we just have to pick our poison. But recently I've seen that #DuckDuckGo has also started offering this service as one of their instant answers functions.
I have no idea what backend they are using and how privacy-friendly it is. What do you think about it? Would you use it over, say, googletranslate or would you rather use something else?
Some of those rackets are well-known, like #JediBlue, the market-rigging conspiracy that Google and Facebook colluded on:
But thanks to the antitrust trial, we're learning about more of these. #MeganGray - ex-#FTC, ex-#DuckDuckGo - was in the courtroom last week when evidence was presented on Google execs' panic over a decline in "ad generating searches" and the sleazy gimmick they came up with to address it.
15 ans de DuckDuckGo.
Voilà 15 ans que DuckDuckGo défie Google sur le terrain de la recherche en ligne, mais avec un argument de poids : pas question d’exploiter vos données personnelles.
DuckDuckGo est un moteur de recherche (comme Google et Bing).#DuckDuckGo https://lsdm.live/modules/news/article.php?storyid=4488
so i get to the point of this thread:
Google has corrupted all web search
#DuckDuckGo, the "best" alternative has huge SEO corruption problems from companies like Amazon, Alibaba, Ebay.
it's worse if you are looking for images:
it just keeps on and on spreading itself thru every single TLD they can get their hands on: .com .org. .net. ca. fr. .es .de. jp. .com.mx. .au. .com.au.
it's absolutely awful...
How Google Alters Search Queries to Get at Your Wallet
Opt out: use #DuckDuckGo or other search engine.
I donʼt know how often I have to say this, but #DuckDuckGo is Bing.
Apparently not that private:
Related, specifically the #DDG browser giving your data to Microsoft:
I just canʼt trust them, which is why I switched to @Mojeek after 11 years, 11 months of using DDG as my default.
And don’t get better if you change the terms you use in your search
If this story blows up, it destroys google’s credibility as a useful search engine
Go #DuckDuckGo! 🐤
"...it hadn’t even occurred to me that Google just flat out deletes #queries and replaces them with ones that #monetize better." – #MeganGray, a former #FTC official who "battled Google" in an official capacity, and executive at #DuckDuckGo, a good quality #SearchEngine alternative
I'm so done with Google's invasive and dishonest shit.
Here’s how it works. Say you search for “children’s clothing.” Google converts it, without your knowledge, to a search for “NIKOLAI-brand kidswear,” making a behind-the-scenes substitution of your actual query with a different query that just happens to generate more money for the company
And you can use browsers like https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new
💡 DuckDuckGo, il browser più sicuro al mondo compie 15 anni
DuckDuckGo compie 15 anni: le sfide future di un browser focalizzato sulla privacy in un mondo sempre più sorvegliato
When I turned off #DuckDuckGo safe search feature, I didn't realize that meant being bombarded with NSFW fan art when looking for images of female characters.
Why do all of my #DuckDuckGo searches suddenly require me to prove I'm not a robot on sites like LinkedIn and Amazon
The thing I hate most about #DuckDuckGo : "Not many results contain the search term you were looking for, so we're going to ignore it, because otherwise you'll have narrowed down to the results you want, and what fun would that be?"
15 useful tips for #duckduckgo search users 👇️💡️
Das ich schon lange keine andern Browser nutze, als den Safari, habe ich bereits erwähnt. Was immer Nutzer von Chrome oder Firefox als Vorteile anführen, die User-Protection-Features des Safari-Browsers sind ungeschlagen.
Nun habe ich auch seit mehreren Wochen meine Standard-Suchmaschine auf Duckduckgo umgestellt und bin sehr zufrieden. Duckduckgo ist eine Suchmaschine die grundsätzlich jedes Tracking ablehnt und ist sehr zu empfehlen.
#macossonoma #safari #duckduckgo
The appeal of #kagi for me lies in the whole package:
- ability to block/bump/pin domains in my results
- personalized bangs across all my sessions (e.g. phone and all computers), + compatibility with #duckduckgo bangs
- Better support for code-related searched, so all symbols are taken into account
I feel lucky to be the target for this product :)
Same goes for #duckduckgo ...
Which is a good external tool ;-)
#til the duck in the #DuckDuckGo logo is called Dax Brown
#DuckDuckGo aggregates a wide variety of sources, plus its own crawling of the web. Good! But:
That web is increasingly filled not only with crap, but with sites that *actively subvert* the usefulness of search results.
> Engineers [are] not trying to cure cancer […] they're trying to engineer ways to force you to click on things you don't wanna click on, basically, technological forms of mind control, and also find ways to avoid legal responsibility for that.
Happy birthday #DuckDuckGo — my default search engine for well over 10 years... I think... :)
‘Unprecedented’ Secrecy in Google Trial as Tech Giants Push to Limit Disclosures - Efforts to seal testimony have increasingly raised questions as the federal antitrust cas... - https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/26/technology/google-antitrust-trial-secrecy.html #antitrustlawsandcompetitionissues #computersandtheinternet #courtsandthejudiciary #justicedepartment #giannandreajohn #searchengines #microsoftcorp #corporations #duckduckgo #mehtaamitp #googleinc #appleinc #cueeddy
15 years of DuckDuckGo
Happy Birthday, DuckDuckGo!
@dymaxion The fix is simple:
* Install add-ons/extensions like https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/invidious-site/ or https://libredirect.github.io/
* Cancel YouTube subscription
* Live happily without ads and tracking.
I can be and I am willing to pay for a service to not be bogged down by ads and tracking. But I will never ever trust Google to really care about my privacy. They are consistently trying to privacy washing their business misleading users they care about your privacy. So I do all I can to avoid using their services as much as possible. They don't deserve their users and their trust how they have behaved the last 10-15 years.
Account isolation doesn’t just have to be on the device level, but can also be done on the software level like the #browser.
The benefit of using multiple browsers is that #cookies cannot cross browsers: making the pesky #trackers be browser bound and making browser fingerprinting harder to achieve. This will give oneself an edge on personal data protection.
Some browsers have the option to use containers, though it can feel like the overview is quickly lost and potentially it could be a bigger strain on the device.
I've been using DuckDuckGo for a good number of years now, but I'm starting to see a decline in the quality of results - bunch of spam and local government websites that are absolutely unrelated to my query.
I've so used to bangs though. That's hard to give up.
Brave is making strides in search as well. Happy to see competition in this space rising.
I've finally switched to DuckDuckGo. I can't stand how bad Google results have gotten.
I made an explicit search for my own obscure website and it was well below all the payola "SEO" bullshit. Simply typing the name produced the desired result in DDG.
I know it's not perfect, but the other products are unusable.
Somewhat inspired by @theprivacydad's most recent blog post, here's a list of privacy-friendly software that "just works" about as well as (if not better than) more invasive alternatives, even for the relatively non-tech savvy:
For now, I’m using #DuckDuckGo as my #Google #Search replacement. It’s not amazing, honestly, but it’s good enough. By comparison, Google Search has been getting worse. It’s so commercial and gamed by SEO that I sometimes struggle to find impartial information. I was also very upset by the introduction of the #Bard #AI Search tool. I used it for a while, and I’m now very confident: I don’t want that, it makes Search worse, and I’m embarrassed / concerned that they would test something like that publicly. Overall, I feel like Google Search has an agenda now, it’s not for my benefit, and I don’t want to participate in that.
Got it instantly via #DuckDuckGo.
And since the #EU not only bans #anonymous #SIM cards (from domestic providers ofc, otherwise they'd brick roaming like Turkey does for every device longer than 30 days (based off IMEI & IMSI), you basically have a mandtory #GPS #Tracker on everthing that is legally a #Car and made after 01/2017.
One way #DuckDuckGo could set itself apart is to clearly label content that's behind paywalls, login walls or "Disable your adblocker" walls. Public vs. gated web.
Trying out #DuckDuckGo as the default search engine in Firefox. Pretty good for general searches, but not very good for doing any searches against the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission website, which is something I do regularly. ☹️
#Vivaldi bzw. auch Klon in meiner Mastodon-App, auch, wenn mich ärgert, dass Vivaldi in vielen Browser-Statistiken und Browser-Detection-Tools als angeblich "Chrome (Google)" gelistet wird. Ich helfe also statistisch dem größer werdenden Feind ;-)
Gelegentlich #DuckDuckGo-Browser, weil der da so bequem erreichbar rumdümpelt.
My #firefox and #duckduckgo experiment is going well. But email feels like a bigger commitment along this #degoogle path. I looked at the usual suspects like Proton, Mailfence, Fastmail,etc. I also ran across #disroot (https://disroot.org). This is much more than just email! They offer #NextCloud #Cryptpad #Jitsi and all sorts of other stuff. A group of loosely aggregated open source stuff, and feels less seamless as a result. But definitely interesting. Anyone have any experience with them?
I drafted a new article about DuckDuckGo's reliance on Bing. Shortly after drafting, and before editing, I read that TechCrunch had been blacklisted/de-indexed by Bing. I suppose the timing was good for the article but it created more work for me. (Obligatory note that NLJ is de-indexed by Bing, and as a result, invisible to DuckDuckGo.)
Play Store -> @fdroidorg
And for full-blown liberty: @yunohost :)
@baldur That’s interesting. I had noticed the decreasing quality of Google, but not Bing yet.
My standard search order was always DuckDuckGo -> Google -> Qwant but am contemplating DDG -> Qwant -> Google.
Perhaps I should look into Qwant -> DDG -> Google instead.
@cusick I know that feeling.
The kicker is threats to delete our unused accounts. We have to login regularly.
You might like forwarding accounts, multiple email addresses with one real email. The pseudo accounts are really easy to control.
#DuckDuckGo has one I think works this way (haven't tried it). I'm using another.
Why on earth does the #DuckDuckGo Browser not have an extensions API!?
I really liked the idea of it but not being able to extend it even for simple things like adding my password manager to it just sucks a lot :/
ALGORITHM IS NEUTRAL MY ASS
this is why SEO is a scam. it has given Google, Bing and whomever is left in search, millions of hours in FREE LABOR for what is the crapshoot possibility of a crawl & link; forget about the first page placement.
that privilege is for sites owned by parasites corps.; willing to negotiate rankings off the books, and not a ±20 yrs-old indie blog like Techdirt