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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Email 4 years and 4 months ago
Thankfully, as the internet becomes more monopolistic, technology allowing for things like self-hosting have gotten a lot better as well.
I've been looking into http://www.raspberrypi.org/ + https://arkos.io/

I have no idea what to do for ISPs, America's broadband sucks (and I think everyone should get the internet from satellites for free, we just don't because there's no money in it).

Also, holy flying fuck https://fiber.google.com/about/ GOOGLE IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Unusual Character Rendering in Search Result 4 years and 4 months ago
I can confirm it's fixed for my specific search.
Thanks!
a comment on the General Rambling Instant Answer for "Firefox Addons" 4 years and 4 months ago
Well, this is odd.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Let's kill Google with its own weapon... :) 4 years and 4 months ago
That quantum computer idea just might work...
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Email 4 years and 4 months ago
For now I have gmail through thunderbird so I don't even need to look at google, which prevents me from accidentally creating an account by simply being logged into my email.

For me the scariest thing about Google is not their gross privacy violations or monopolistic ambitions. It's the fact that there's a pervasive public perception of them as a company composed of kindly nerds immune to commercial corruption, the whole "don't be evil" bullshit. People buy the character they created for themselves.

It's sad because I remember using Google in the early 00s, the company grew up with me. Now it's becoming a monster. They have their own operating system, their own phone, Analytics is everywhere. What's next, Google Broadband? God that would be terrifying, now that net neutrality is dead...

And have you heard Eric Shmidt's remarks on privacy? Very concerning.


There aren't any free private email services, you need actual computers storing data, not just algorithms, and it would be very expensive to buy data for anyone who asked without making money off them.

Self-hosting is really the only alternative.
a comment on the General Rambling Unusual Character Rendering in Search Result 4 years and 4 months ago
Okay, this is odd.

I was looking for information on "草泥马挡中央" (Chinese homophonic pun used to protest government censorship because it sounds like "f your mother"), and the characters rendered in gibberish with a DuckDuckGo search.
When I searched for other things with Chinese characters this did not happen.

Is this just me...?
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Email 4 years and 4 months ago
Thanks, do tell if this changes in the future, because I checked the options and the services aren't free.

Also, there's a "are you serious?" loop in Roboduck that you might want to fix, if you say no it keeps repeating over and over. And it would be nice if when you type past the "Say to Roboduck box" the text scrolled with you instead of becoming obscured by it.
a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Email 4 years and 4 months ago
So I'm trying to wean myself off google in favor of open-source and non-profit services (I find the new integration of google products with g+ terrifying), but I have one problem. Gmail. It's the only thing I can't get rid of, and though I would love to self-host mail completely, I have no money or authority to buy a raspberry pi or get a linux.

With that being said, will you guys ever host your own email? Or um... duckmail? Quackmail?

I NEED TO FREE MYSELF OF THE GOOGLE.

Thanks, some dumb teenager.
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