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I don't see any of that crap, but to be fair I'm running Adblock Plus, Adblock Plus Element Hiding Helper, and NoScript. I see no ads toward the top or along the right side. Ah... the Web as it was meant to be, without distractions. Gotta love Adblock and NoScript. Edited 2012-09-05 23:55 UTC
Same here - with the additional mixins of Ghostery to cut down on being tracked, and Certificate Patrol to keep and eye out for "funky stuff".
Ah yes, and DnsCrypt - I'm not entirely sure if getting DNS from a for-profit .us company is better than the somewhat hypothetical risk of getting DNS poisoned/snooped, though
Well, with OpenDNS your DNS-packets do travel further, over more networks. So the chance of poisoning/spoofing increases. DNSCrypt does solve that.
Maybe you are not aware, but there is also DNSSEC.
DNSSEC is the only solution in the long run.
You should also look at DANE.
I agree - I see too many sites like any other adware sites.
Afterall they need money - they running the search service to show ads & make money. They are not running for free service.
With competition from Bing,Yahoo,...etc I think, the margin in ads are going down to make that up they are now showing more ads.
It would be great to see the comparison between Bing & Google for couple similar results.
The article includes whitespace, navigation elements and even the browser as "ADs", that's a very shifty move to artificially increase the supposedly-bad area.
The comparison with "old" Google proves the point, by including a big area of whitespace as part of the search results, and not showing the browser. And the search terms are different, so actual results are not compared for accuracy.
Also, the ads are usually relevant to your search, so don't think they can simply be dismissed like random flashing ads next to unrelated web contents, e.g.: an airline ad above this very OSNews article!
A more honest comparison would be:
- In old Google, without scrolling I can see 7 ranked results and 2 sponsored results.
- In recent Google, without scrolling I can see 5 ranked results and 3 sponsored results. But there are also navigation items, which can help me easily filter results by different criteria to quickly get better results.
So I don't think Google has become as useless as the article implies. Maybe the article could have proved its point with less impact but more honesty; but how can I trust anything in there when I see such glaring spin?
Wow... I am used to being modded down for an unpopular comment on occasion, but that is usually on a personal opinion post....
Did some coward really just mod me down for posting facts??? A counter argument would be nice.
I for one, don't like that they changed the search expressions, now try to infer the country and language for the searches based on your IP location and browser settings.
I need to keep telling Google not to do it, if I want to look what I search for.
Being a foreign in another country, while looking for information in multiple languages, this is a pain.
Yeah, that's been bothering me a lot lately. I live in the French part of Switzerland and I speak French, but 99% of my web search are English queries related to technical stuff. I have my browser with English set as the primary language, an English OS. Jesus, I even have English set as my first language in my damn user account.
Yet, I get the fucking search results in French (they aren't really good when doing an English query).
But it's even worst than that. They have no coherence across their properties. The other day, I got the account settings page in German (I don't speak German, but some parts of Switzerland do). And when I go on G+, it's always in English. Seriously, how hard is it to just pick the language the user selects. I know better than some half-assed geographical based algorithm.
I totally agree.
Google must be very careful with your API, search engine and google.com site. The bing API is a lot better for developers (duckduckgo, for example) and Microsoft is improving the search engine a lot.
The google competitors are improving, and google is still better... but how many time?
I know... the business of google is Ads and user data, but if Google dont make usable and atractive your service, others can take your 1st possition as search engine. Edited 2012-09-06 09:38 UTC
Take a try to https://duckduckgo.com
Not is Google, ok, but don't works bad... and uses the bing api. Seriously, try it. :-)
The bing name is veeery bad, maybe a product of a hard night of the marketing team. hehe.
Duckduckgo tuning (themes, settings):
And some spam:
Google has mastered advertising without making users feel like they are bombing you with ads. I bet most people don't even notice that they only get 18% of the page dedicated to the search you actually did. LOL.
I'm not using any ad blocker, script blocker.
Search for the term "Help desk" and put the screenshot again.
By the same criteria, a scroll of the page nets you 100% search.
This page is really interesting, it compares the search results of Bing vs Google.
In my search queries Google won big time:
http://imagebin.org/227444 Edited 2012-09-06 18:08 UTC