Morlock Elloi on Sun, 23 Sep 2007 02:44:35 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> search engines on the move

Unrelatedl, I recently made a few hours worth of survey of alternatives to
google (I looked at about dozen, colleced from "X top non-google search
engines" around the 'net.)

There are really none.

The only real problem with google is monopoly, and the only resulting real fear
is that google may be biasing search results. I couldn't care less about
parasitical ad or SEO industry, I'm interested only in search results.

What do alternatives do to alleviate this fear?

Nothing, except to clutter the interface with dotcommish
this-is-how-CEO-thinks-web-page-should-look clutter. The implied intent is, I
guess, that explicit advertizing means no hidden advertizing via biasing. The
problem is, there is no way to easily find if the search results are also
biased or not.

All of them have commercial backing, so I simply don't see a business model
without either selling eyeballs or biasing search results or both.

The rest of claims, like heavy graphics, yet another AI interface etc. are
simply silly. I compared them with google's advanced search (the only one I
ever use) and there is no comparison. Of course, some retards may do better
with specialized "AI" engine tuned to finding viagra, but since when is it
ethical to help retards remain in the gene pool?

The solution is, naturally, a cooperative distributed P2P-based open source
search engine, without central server, where each user contributes to both
spidering and querying of the index. No single choke point. Unfortunately, such
engine does not exist. It is a multimillion development and maintenance effort.

Pro bono non-commercial efforts should go towards this goal, and not trying to
out-interface google. Be realistic - if you figer out a better interface via
noncommercial effort, google will eventually adopt it.

(of original message)

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