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Internet & Networking Remember when Altavista was the search engine? Or Yahoo? They stuffed their search pages with useless, distracting crap, and using them became unpleasant. And then, bam, along came Google, with a simple, clear search page and uncluttered search results. However, now that Google has become this massive behemoth, tracking our every move, and tailoring our search results, leading to only being fed those pages you agree with - isn't it time for something new? Something simple? It might be, and you've undoubtedly heard of them: DuckDuckGo. I'm switching. Update: Just got an email from Gabriel Weinberg, the guy behind DuckDuckGo. The OSNews !bang (!osnews) is now live!
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marblesbot
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2009-12-25

2. Can you site some examples where this "power shift" has proven to be hurtful for citizens.

Really? An entire tribe of people ran out of Africa because of Pharaoh! Or, have you heard of the Dark Ages in Europe? Do you know why the Renaissance was so important? Did the American and French revolutions just slip your mind? Do you know anything about slave trade? You should learn Chinese history. They were about 2000 years ahead of the western world, until one day... How about modern times? Nazi Germany? Look at USSR under Stalin, or China under Mao (is that controversial?). Democratic People’s Republic of Korea? We could just look at the USA since September 2001, or even earlier. November 1963? March 1929?

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Woah there. You've listed a lot of exciting moments and epochs, but cast the net a bit broad I feel. The Dark Ages were a period of transition from a central Authoritarian power (Rome) to anarchies and local powers, which gradually became kingdoms. How does that fit the topic in question? And at what moment did China become, and then cease to be, 2,000 years ahead of Europe, and why? China was about five hundred years ahead of Europe for about five hundred years, then entered a period of decay that lasted over four hundred and fifty years, ending with the murderous Mao. I don't see you point.

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