Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Feb 2014 16:43 UTC
Internet & Networking

When Gabriel Weinberg launched a search engine in 2008, plenty of people thought he was insane. How could DuckDuckGo, a tiny, Philadelphia-based startup, go up against Google? One way, he wagered, was by respecting user privacy. Six years later, we're living in the post-Snowden era, and the idea doesn't seem so crazy.

In fact, DuckDuckGo is exploding.

I wonder what the future holds for DuckDuckGo. Will there be a point where people leave Google Search completely, instead of just casting curious glances at DDG?

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RE[4]: Privacy vs convenience
by WorknMan on Fri 21st Feb 2014 01:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Privacy vs convenience"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

What you say regarding privacy is true, although a legitimate counter argument would be that privacy should be a default online


Right, and a legitimate argument could be made that people shouldn't pirate either. But hey, this IS the internet. It is designed to share data, and it doesn't discriminate between what you want to be made public and what you don't, so trying to keep stuff private that isn't encrypted is a hard problem to solve. Maybe even impossible. Even if you intend to keep something private, it doesn't always work out that way. Just ask Target.

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RE[5]: Privacy vs convenience
by M.Onty on Fri 21st Feb 2014 10:41 in reply to "RE[4]: Privacy vs convenience"
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2009-10-23

Right, and a legitimate argument could be made that people shouldn't pirate either. But hey, this IS the internet.


Which raises an interesting question based on my previous comparison:

If the postal service was used to transport vast number of pirate DVDs, so much so that they started to take up a significant amount of space in each postie's van, would that legitimise opening envelopes to see what kind of mail it was? I don't know. Anyway, I think we may have drifted slightly from the topic.

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RE[6]: Privacy vs convenience
by WorknMan on Fri 21st Feb 2014 16:28 in reply to "RE[5]: Privacy vs convenience"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

If the postal service was used to transport vast number of pirate DVDs, so much so that they started to take up a significant amount of space in each postie's van, would that legitimise opening envelopes to see what kind of mail it was?


AFAIK, they already do this in such cases where they have a reasonable suspicion that there's drugs (or similar) inside the package.

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