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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Class Project: Google and the Academy 5 years and 20 hours ago
I completely respect what you're doing.
Conspiracy theories piss me off but I find Google's ambitions concerning.

Now I'm an extremely cynical person, mostly due to growing up in an era of unprecedented incompetence (Unnecessary Wars, Wall-Street Corruption, Congress). It amazes me that no one minds about companies (and the government for that matter) storing their information.

I came to duckduckgo because privacy doesn't seem to matter anymore. The first time facebook introduced face recognition everyone freaked out, the second time no one cared. They killed special protection for minors. So I deleted social media, good riddance, but the new google site integration was beginning to bother me—they're practically requiring personhood on the internet. I just don't want people to be able to look me up and know my information, given that I want to go to college and there's so many people searchity gadgets around today. So I deleted chrome (even chromium is connected to google), got firefox, installed privacy addons, including duckduckgo. I heard about it on some best privacy addons site. So.... yeah. Apparently they don't track me.

I'm suspicious about the digital space in general. The Cloud? Yeah, we're basically giving them the rights to our crap for convenience. Thermostats linked to internet? Hell no. Google Glass? Why don't you just cut out my optic nerve and give it to google for duck's sake. What frightens me most about google is their claim to be above evil, to be preserving humanity's information (more like exploiting it for ad revenue). They make themselves out to be a motley group of kindly nerds. But they're not. They're businessmen. No corporation should have an innocent public image.

As for duckduckgo, the community is great, instant answers is very convenient, and of course it's all private.

My school does not use gmail, we have our own domain.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Help us find false positives in our instant answers 5 years and 5 days ago
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Ungoogleable 5 years and 11 days ago
Have you heard that google wouldn't let the Swedish Language Council make ungoogleable (ogooglebar) a new word?
a comment on the General Rambling AIM (Aol Mail) Privacy 5 years and 11 days ago
I know this is hilarious, but I'm trying to quit gmail (STOP SCANNING MY DUCKING MAIL), and because I got no money and I'm a child I can't get the equipment to self-host.

So, I thought of an alternative..... aol mail.
Yeah, I know.
I remember when you needed to pay for that crap. My mom had an aol, my first email was yahoo.

So, I checked out their privacy policy.... and... it's too good to be true.

"AOL may use information about your use of certain communication tools (for example, AOL e-mail or AOL Instant Messenger); however, AOL does not read your private online communications when you use these communication tools without your consent."

So... they use metadata? Who cares? The NSA does that already.

How do they even make money? Should I be concerned?
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Boolean Search Terms Quick Reference Key 5 years and 19 days ago
Boolean operators could be accessible from the DuckDuckGo Plus extension.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Email 5 years and 19 days ago
Nikola Tesla designed the Wardenclyffe Tower to provide people with free electricity and wireless tranmission, but some dick who realized he couldn't profit off it withdrew funding.

Our broadband sucks. Our telecommunications suck.

I have no problem with corporations, capitalism is fantastic—when there's competition. I have no problem with government, democracy is fantastic—when our representatives aren't paid off by special interest groups.

It would be so easy to give the world free internet, without corporate or even government control. There used to be public television, now analog is unsupported and you need to pay for digital cable.

If anything should be free, it's information.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling instant answers. 5 years and 19 days ago
It works when I add my location, but not without.

I still think that active weather warnings should be displayed, they aren't now, just the forecast.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling instant answers. 5 years and 20 days ago
The weather one doesn't work for me, could that be because I have location disabled?
a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Mortality Rates! 5 years and 20 days ago
I'm always glad to help!
a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Instant Weather Warnings 5 years and 20 days ago
Thanks, Zac!
You're the nicest person I've never met.
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