"Privacy-first search aggregator DuckDuckDuckGo has grown a whopping 600 percent . . ."
Seems their company name has grown by 40% to go with it : )
Privacy-first search aggregator DuckDuckDuckGo has grown a whopping 600 percent since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden began revealing the extent of the US spying apparatus. The search engine uses sites including Wikipedia, Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing and Yummly and offers users bare-bones search results without the personalisation …
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Wolfram is a computational engine, more than search, it lets you find answers rather than URL's.
Wolfram is very useful for really hard problems like: https://what-if.xkcd.com/62/
Try this one: If you had to ingest 5000 8kB files per second all day and store them for 24 months as well as ingest 10,000 32kB files per second all day and store them for 12 months, then how many IOPs and how much bandwidth do you need, how big will the namespace (number of files) get and how much capacity will you need?
That's the sort of thing Wolfram can help you figure out.
Too bad they still suck at searching for what I type and not some morph of it, just like Google et al. And can't filter results by date :-\ The !Bang syntax could be useful for searching specific sites without having to load those sites with all their overhead, but usually I don't know what site would have the info I'm looking for (generally technical info).
Yes, I wondered about this too.. Piggybacking Google et al will be fine until Google closes the tap....
Duck Duck are not a search engine, they are more of a search engine federator/filterer which is definitely not the same thing...
Everyone actually benefits from Google, Business and Users, the price to pay is your "habits"... If someone came up with an ad-free search engine that you have to pay but were guaranteed privacy for then I presume that no one would pay.
"Which means they are essentially piggybacking on the work of others?"
If they are (making no judgement here) Google will have a hard time doing anything about it. They can't make Google search harder to access without shooting the golden goose that's made them billions over all these years, and I don't think they want to open the can of worms that any sort of lawsuit around profiting off the work of others would bring (people in glass houses and all that.)
Which means they are essentially piggybacking on the work of others?
Care to name anyone in the IT business that doesn't? Not many companies out there that build their own computers from discrete components and write software in machine code today.
The concept behind DuckDuckGo is not new… I remember one back in 1997 called DogPile that did something similar: aggregating search results from other search engines. (This was back in the days when search engines had multiple text fields for individual keywords or phrases, and either drop-down lists or radio buttons to select "AND" and "OR" operations.)
Wait - you mean there's some way to go to a webpage directly, without passing through Google? But isn't Google what we call the Internet?!? </sarcasm> Seriously, the tiny bit of faith in humanity I have left dies a little more every time I see yet another person who doesn't seem to have the faintest idea what that long text field at the top of the browser window might be for...
So they only way they will make money is by allowing sites and companies to PAY for search relevance positions? IE they pay to make sure their page appears in your search even if it is not relevant. Sounds bias to me as some companies can pay MORE than smaller ones
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