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Offline mikep

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Problems with search engines
« on: October 31, 2020, 10:09:03 pm »
For a while now I've found that parameters in my searches (eg: +UK, -$) have no apparent effect. Neither does checking 'United Kingdom' in Duckduckgo. Same with google.

Am I missing something? Is it me? Or is it happening to everybody?
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Re: Problems with search engines
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2020, 02:22:57 pm »
Mikep

I also use DuckDuckGo (daft name!) and have had the same experience. 
I think it's something to do with Google since, as far as I understand, DDG uses Google as the search engine simply to isolate the user from Google's tracking.  We just can't escape G's tentacles. 

There is a British search engine called Oscobo (https://www.oscobo.com/ that I believe is an independent service that doesn't track, but not as all-encompassing as G. There is also SwissCows (I kid you not) at https://swisscows.ch/ that also doesn't track but I don't know if it uses Google. Not too sure of all this, so you'll need to check. 


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Re: Problems with search engines
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Re: Problems with search engines
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2020, 09:57:23 pm »
Thanks Keith.

At least now I know I'm (probably) not going mad.

Gotta love google. I keep expecting to wake up and find a note from them on my pillow...
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