Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Jan 2011 20:15 UTC
Google It seems like the content industry has managed to score another hit in its 'fight' against piracy, and this time, it's a big fish. Announced a few weeks ago already, Google has started censoring its auto-complete and instant features for an arbitrary set of search terms - such as 'bittorrent', 'torrent', 'rapidshare', and any terms derived from those (e.g. 'ubuntu torrent' is censored as well).
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RE: Funny
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 27th Jan 2011 21:34 UTC in reply to "Funny"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

It's utterly retarded. Google is going to lose users over this. Since I just switched to Windows Phone 7 anyway, I actually pondered starting using Bing.

Fcuking Bing I tell you.

Edited 2011-01-27 21:35 UTC

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RE[2]: Funny
by abcxyz on Thu 27th Jan 2011 21:45 in reply to "RE: Funny"
abcxyz Member since:
2009-07-30

Yeah, I almost miss the good old simple days, when Microsoft was evil and Google said it won't be. Well, I've been getting this sense for a while that big evil is not to be found in Redmond, WA any more (I still stay clear of their products, but it's mostly matter of personal preference and what enables me to be efficient/productive rather than fight against evil at this point). Well, I've switched my default search engine to Bing now, we'll see how that goes.

BTW. Thom, you're style might be hard to swallow for some (even though really that is probably just lack of perspective and sense of humor on receiving end), but over all, good job on dragging big contents and their plots to open daylight. Appreciated.

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RE[2]: Funny
by righard on Thu 27th Jan 2011 21:48 in reply to "RE: Funny"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

I don't want to use Bing because of dogmatic view of the world, but are there actually any good alternatives?

I know many other search engines but they only seem useful if you'd like to find pictures of Britney Spears, want to know the recipe of cake or want to know if that lump is malignant while being to lazy to visit a doctor.

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RE[3]: Funny
by jack_perry on Thu 27th Jan 2011 22:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Funny"
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

I've found Yahoo!'s search engine to be okay. They're not as good as Google's, but they usually get the job done.

Of course, this is where someone tells me that they're evil, too.

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RE[3]: Funny
by Laurence on Thu 27th Jan 2011 23:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Funny"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I don't want to use Bing because of dogmatic view of the world, but are there actually any good alternatives?

I know many other search engines but they only seem useful if you'd like to find pictures of Britney Spears, want to know the recipe of cake or want to know if that lump is malignant while being to lazy to visit a doctor.

Aside Google, Yahoo and Bing, the only other search engine I know of that doesn't just echo a feed from the aforementioned is Ask.com

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RE[3]: Funny
by helf on Thu 27th Jan 2011 23:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Funny"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

This is my personal favorite - http://duckduckgo.com/

Its great and constantly improving.

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RE[3]: Funny
by Neolander on Fri 28th Jan 2011 11:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Funny"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I mostly use DuckDuckGo on my main PC. AFAIK, it's based on yahoo, but the interface is much, MUCH cleaner. Also, I like their privacy statement.

Works well for text searches, no image search functionality yet though.

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RE[2]: Funny
by Soulbender on Fri 28th Jan 2011 00:00 in reply to "RE: Funny"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Uh, do you actually use the autocomplete feature? It's not like you don't get results back from searching for torrents.

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RE[3]: Funny
by WereCatf on Fri 28th Jan 2011 04:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Funny"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Uh, do you actually use the autocomplete feature? It's not like you don't get results back from searching for torrents.


It doesn't matter whether we use it or not, there's plenty of not-so-technical people who do. Besides, once Google starts censoring stuff it's only a matter of time before the amount of censorship escalates. THAT is the thing people here are so adverse to, including me.

EDIT: Tried to straighten up my English. You shouldn't be writing comments in the middle of the night after been awake for 20+ hours and after carrying 3 truckloads of stuff to new apartment.. :S

Edited 2011-01-28 04:40 UTC

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