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#11 2019-11-08 11:24:21

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

zero wrote #319986:

It’s interesting and despicable what they’ve done to Mercola

Great article. I contacted them and suggested they mention Ecosia instead of StartPage in the closing statements, since StartPage results are “Powered by Google” now by default.

This reminds me of the short TED talk that (I think) Yiannis linked to a while back, but deserves another mention on the morality of search engine bias.


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#12 2019-11-09 19:05:10

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

I guess we can plant more trees (if we use Ecosia). I too must utter a general ugh at Chrome’s direction.

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#13 2019-11-11 09:17:55

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

I use Vivaldi (which is based on Chromium) for its customisability but more and more these days I start wondering if I should switch to Firefox.

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#14 2019-11-11 23:19:05

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

I use Firefox as a browser, but I have always had other browsers to look at stuff through. Maybe test stuff. Despite my thoughts on Chrome I realize Im stuck having to remain involved in making sure my websites (including TextPattern ) are compatible with Chrome.

Algaris wrote #320000:

I use Vivaldi (which is based on Chromium) for its customisability but more and more these days I start wondering if I should switch to Firefox.

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#15 2019-11-12 06:18:51

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

Even FF is problematic as Mozilla gets much of its funding from Google. I am also hugely sceptical of their recent, aggressive expansion to the cloud.


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#16 2019-11-12 09:03:48

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

colak wrote #320011:

Even FF is problematic as Mozilla gets much of its funding from Google. I am also hugely sceptical of their recent, aggressive expansion to the cloud.

hmm, yeah their Cloud (cloudy?) business is not that nice. And their attempts to force the DNS-over-HTTPS down everybody’s treat is downright ugly. On the flip side their Tracking Prevention is very interesting – when set to strict it obviates the need of an ad blocker (!). I still prefer Safari by far.

I don’t have Chromium browsers installed anywhere, except on my iMac where I have Brave to test websites on that rendering engine. I certainly would not install Chrome itself.

Edit: some links on DNS over HTTPS.

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#17 2019-11-12 16:33:05

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

Another Google acquisition of personal data

I recently had a hernia repair paid by the National Health Service performed at a private hospital (private hospitals perform many operations cos of public health services being so busy. They then bill the NHS). I was called to see the anaesthetist before the op and he knew all about me, had all my records on his computer but was worried I wasn’t taking any drugs. He was covering his back and I had to sign a form to allow him and the surgeon to do whatever they saw fit.

What’s interesting is that the private hospital had my medical records that went back at least 20 years, whereas when at public health places, GP surgeries etc, I am forever having to repeat my details because it seems that one department does not pass on personal details to another department. I say seems because the doctors might be able to view all my details whereas the admin staff are paid to follow protocol. I’m not bothered either way but perhaps I should be? Now that Google has access in USA, it will not be long before they have access in the UK, especially if the right-wingers win the election coming up in a month’s time.

Knowledge is power and Google’s purpose appears to be to collect all the information of 8 billion people, for starters.


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#18 2019-11-13 10:01:42

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

I realise my post is a sidetrack from the original topic, so apologies in advanced.

phiw13 wrote #320013:

I still prefer Safari by far.

I’ve tried Safari a few times but I find it’s less customisable than other browsers and doesn’t have all of the plugins that I use in either Vivaldi or Firefox. I do however love the integration Safari has with macOS.

zero wrote #320027:

…especially if the right-wingers win the [UK] election coming up in a month’s time.

Yeah I’m worried about that too.

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#19 2019-11-13 23:12:06

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

zero wrote #320027:

Another Google acquisition of personal data

And now it seems thy’ll go into banking (are technica link, as I had this one at hand) as well (checkin accounts). But promise in all cases “we won sell your data’. Right, don‘t laugh, that is bad for blood pressure.

Naked Capitalism has an item on that health records issue. It appears they didn’t even had a contract (prolly because their search engine is so bad).

Incidentally, Zero, that Naked Capitalism site is another victim of Google agressive filtering out of information that does not match the established truth.
(and they are such a middle of the road site)

Knowledge is power and Google’s purpose appears to be to collect all the information of 8 billion people, for starters.

Yeah, that has been the purpose since day one – we want to know all about you – but they never made so clear as now what that actually mean.

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#20 Yesterday 01:08:46

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Re: Fook Google and it's fookin' AMP

i sense my soul is being googled

evil bastard wankers


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