a reply to a comment on the General Rambling FOSS 2011 donation nominations
6 years and 11 months ago
I would say EFF,it is the free internet I would like my kids to have for the years to come.
a comment on the General Rambling Search oddity with !ducky and sponsored links
7 years and 20 hours ago
I was wondering why a search such as this
correctly redirect to the interested website (first search result), but this one
redirects through msn to a bogus website! I tried different search terms BTW with similar outcome.
I guess what happens is that in the second search !ducky goes to the first link too, but it is a sponsored link (an ad).
Apparently Linux Mint referral gets a sponsored link before the search results, great but !ducky in my opinion should dodge that (something like feeling lucky button), or maybe it is only me using this feature :(
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Sign in problem
7 years and 2 days ago
Ok I found the problem :)
I had to clear my cookies, apparently after the community platform was launched my old cookie was giving me trouble!
Can I use the same username and sign up for the community platform? I tried signing up there and still cannot do that!
The username you have given is not valid! Don't try to log in with your email or your jabber address, just use the username before the '@'.
Thanks for your registration, you can now login.
So how is that it thanks me if it did not work, and BTW I used "dashesy" for username
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling How did you first hear about DuckDuckGo?
7 years and 6 days ago
Almost the exact line of thought I had, I read about Mint dealt with DDG on LWN, then I realized it is at least partially open source (and going to that direction), then I read the privacy statements!
It was some time I had enough of Google instant, LHS bar, URL obfuscation, ...
But what kept DDG as my homepage (and default search engine) was its great quality, loved the bang mechanism, math engine, ... it is not as fast as Google but who cares about ms delay especially when Google instant is the ultimate distraction.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Averages
7 years and 8 days ago
Wow it works great!
Is it possible to enhance factorial:
Simple ones like 5!
already works but something like (3+5)!
does not work on DDG yet.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Tech question about adware/spamware/etc on smartphones
7 years and 8 days ago
No response so I give my experience: do not install those "malicious, fishy, bloating software"! that is the only effective way, i.e. increase vigilance!
I have not installed any anti-virus, anti-malware, ... for the past 4-5 years and have had no problem at all, although I have cleaned many viruses, crapware, malware from friends and family computers.
Just make sure nothing is installed without your permission (no auto-runs, and no next-next-next application install), read before installing anything, do a quick research on validity of the website and usefulness of application first.
Even the best anti-viruses usually misses new threats, and threats are not threats if they are outdated anyways.
The only thing anti-virus software gives is a false sense of security (increasing the chance of getting infected) and it eats more CPU than viruses themselves! maybe because good viruses/malware do not want to be detected and are written by better programmers.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Yelp Integration (please help me! :)
7 years and 8 days ago
Works great for SLC area.
One question: "closest movie theatre" works but not "movie theatre nearby", maybe because it is a two word phrase?
Funny how spelling is important: "movie theater nearby" works but "closest movie theater" does not!
Overall it works great, I will use it anyways.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Press throws rotten tomatoes at DDG for being "No Better Than Bing"
7 years and 14 days ago
Don't be Evil !
It was not hard to predict the backlash from big guys, after all they should have predicted the rise of a true search engine that does search properly rather than abusing their once popular platform to promote their otherwise crap services no body wants.
It was OK if they advertised their services (similar to other ads on the screen), but bundling them with every single search query AND result pushed their once popular service to the point of ultimate ridiculousness. They were not satisfied to provide a tool users could search and vanish, they wanted to keep them in for longer wasting their time, like how department stores create lengthy exit routes to sell their junk!
It is even worse, you have to be signed in if you want to opt-out of some of those nasty settings!
Loading multitude of irrelevant queries (instant) and unwanted websites (eyeglass popups) and censorship (localization) to keep advertisers happier and increase profit to the last bit!
It seems they do not care for what is left of their search engine remains, so why not tolerate the only competition after we users were crying for it.