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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling What has kept me from using DuckDuckGo for years is the search results page.....here is why. 3 years and 1 month ago
You might be able to solve your particular problem by retheming your DDG in Settings (https://duckduckgo.com/settings).

But I agree, this is something that needs to be fixed. I also think DDG needs to add support for rich snippets (as I believe, probably incorrectly, they are called) so as to add more hints to the user that that result is what they are looking for.

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling new image search results. 3 years and 1 month ago
Yeah, this annoys me too.

Images and videos (and news and about and meanings and all that other stuff) are Instant Answers (or IAs). They are search specific meaning from one search to the next, you can never guarantee that the same IA will be there. Of course with Images and Videos you can (because they're practically pinned) but this is not true for all IAs and thus it must not be a priority for the DDG team.

In the mean time you can try adding "images" to the end of your search to auto show the Images IA.

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Privacy not protected 3 years and 1 month ago
[http://snag.gy/C8QEK.jpg]

If you're talking about the Russian website "odnoklassniki.ru," remember that DDG compiles results from various search engines including Russia's Yandex. Thus there could be higher relevance for Russian things.


To <hidden> who started his post with "lol" - Please, don't try to catch people on a technicality in what they say. It's not a good argument and it doesn't create a good atmosphere.

Cheers,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Like the images and video tab,please include a news tab. 3 years and 1 month ago
"op anon down" (with and without spaces, with and without "news") is one example. There are hundreds of others (but I couldn't find them right now).
a reply to a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Like the images and video tab,please include a news tab. 3 years and 1 month ago
It needs better triggering though.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Chromebook + Chrome + DuckDuckGo 3 years and 2 months ago
I know... However, the best part about NoScript is you can selectively allow JavaScript you need/want/trust.

Thanks for the link. I've know about this for quite some time but never realized that it was actively pursued. That's why it's good to get Ghostery or something similar.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Questions Re: Privacy, Sorry For Being a Newbie 3 years and 2 months ago
DuckDuckGo really only protects your privacy for the moments that you're on their search page (basically when you see their logo in the top-left corner and see "duckduckgo.com" as the domain name). This is similar to how Google most directly violates your privacy when you're on their search page, branded with the Google logo "google.tld/search/*." (Replace ".tld" either with ".com" or your country's domain ending).

Google, however, reaches farther. They do unbranded powering of site specific searches (I don't know what CNN's search uses, but for all I know, it's Google). When you change the default search engine in your browser, you're simply changing what URL or domain you direct your search to (in Google's case to "https://google.com/search/?q=[query]"; in DDG's case "https://duckduckgo.com/?q=[query]"). You could personally go to Google and search from their search page and you would, in that case, get Google results. If Google were your default, you could go do DuckDuckGo or Chrome and get theirs. And you can go to CNN with any default you choose and still get results from whatever search engine CNN uses.

Whenever you go to a website, you are bound by the privacy policy and terms of service of that website. Often (but not always) you can see these terms at thatdomain.com/terms or thatdomain.com/privacy. So, upon visiting CNN, you are bound by http://www.cnn.com/terms and http://www.cnn.com/privacy.

I love reading ToS (seriously, I do) and if you're concerned about your privacy on a website, you should too. However, if you want to generally protect your privacy, I would suggest:
- If you haven't already, get a browser like Firefox or the TOR browser.
- Get NoScript for Firefox; NoScript blocks JavaScript on a page which means that that page can't track your activities on that page (though they can track you when you go to another page).
- Get Ghostery and/or PrivacyBadger; These add-ons block third-party trackers, meaning that when you visit CNN.com (which has at least three trackers) it blocks and lists all three of them. However, tracking done directly by CNN.com is not blocked.
- Delete all cookies and change your cookie policy; This will help stop websites like CNN.com directly tracking you as they will no longer be able to easily connect two requests. (It's still possible by IP or browser finger-printing, but it's no longer for the amateurs).

If you're feeling really good, get TOR. (I haven't yet done this step, but I plan to some day). The NSA has called TOR "the king of internet privacy" and TOR certainly deserves it. It sends all your requests through a complicated series of encryption layers, making sure that the end website has no idea where the request came from.

If you need any help or want to ask any more questions, please do.

Good luck,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Chromebook + Chrome + DuckDuckGo 3 years and 2 months ago
Google does not claim to do so (nor do they claim not to). However, if you read their privacy policy or terms of service, you'll realize that they reserve the right to and that you can't do anything about it.

My suggestions:
- Get Firefox or another open source, non-Google browser; I don't know if you can with Chrome Books, but it's worth looking at.
- Switch OS; if possible, switch to another OS (or even another computer). I personally use Ubuntu, an open-source flavour of Linux. It's quite user-friendly (almost annoyingly so). If Ubuntu's not the fit for you, there are dozens of others.
- Get some privacy add-ons; I personally have NoScript (which blocks JavaScript), PrivacyBadger (which blocks trackers violating DNT) and Ghostery (which blocks trackers).
- Start deleting cookies, using Private Browsing or get TOR.

Good luck,
MyUser
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Help Describe Instant Answers! 3 years and 2 months ago
https://duck.co/ia/view/ask_ubuntu

Shows answers to searches that have been asked and answered on the popular Ubuntu StackExchange forum, Ask Ubuntu.



https://duck.co/ia/view/bitcoin

Returns the Bitcoin Exchange Rate with Buy And Sell in dollars. It is returned for queries such as "bitcoin," "bitcoin eur" and "bitcoin cny."



https://duck.co/ia/view/calc_roots

Calculates the nth root of a number. This IA is returned in searches like "square root of 9" or "seventh root of 9."



https://duck.co/ia/view/coin

Randomly returns either "heads" or "tails" for searches such as "flip a coin" or "heads or tails."

You can also flip multiple coins by searching "flip # coins." For example, if you wanted to flip 4 coins you could search "flip 4 coins."
a comment on the Instant Answer Idea Bike rack at (X) college 3 years and 2 months ago
If it were possible, it would be cool if you could search "bike rack at [place]" and find out if there is and where it is. That would be AWESOME!
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