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fireside 141 Mar 17, 2013 at 04:47

Has anyone else noticed that google search gets more useless by the day? They have me tied up with all their mail, youtube, etc, and they have completely dropped the ball on searches. Their ad blocker is also missing a LOT of ads lately.

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fireside 141 Mar 17, 2013 at 05:19

OHHH, I got hijacked. Had to uninstall and reinstall. Much better.

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tyree 102 Mar 17, 2013 at 14:40

for the most part I stopped using google. when they announced they would only include companies that advertise with them in their search results. and they block entirely too many sites.

google stopped being a search engine years ago its just a marketing company. but a lot of google users are like apple users. for their users google and apple can do no wrong.

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fireside 141 Mar 17, 2013 at 15:31

Yeah. Can’t argue with that. I use them because of gmail, but I’m starting to think about looking around for someone not so interested in ads and tracking. They do some cool things, but the ads are getting out of hand. Even on youtube, people are putting all their ads in their videos now and wrecking everything. Those things start out ok, but commercialism soon ruins them. Remember when cnet was a reputable download service? I thinks that’s how I got hijacked. You have to turn off all this “extra” free software now to download something. They’re just ruining for everyone because people become more and more afraid to download. It seems like the only downloads I can trust are open source because they aren’t trying to make an extra nickel on everything. Agencies are even taking those and adding “free” software to them and offering downloads, so you have to make sure you are download from an org where they develop the software.

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TheNut 179 Mar 18, 2013 at 01:35

What really bothers me is that Google tracks your clicks on search queries. They no longer link you directly to the site, instead you go through their redirection engine, which they use to trace what you’re doing. It’s quite invasive and I’m surprised the company is doing this. They can tout benefits all they want, it’s quite unwarranted.

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fireside 141 Mar 18, 2013 at 05:18

I doubt there are any search engines not doing the same thing, though. That’s how they make their money. They sell what we do to companies so they know how to market, and they sell ads. The ads were all right for a while, but got tiresome. I don’t see very many on searches anymore, most of the time there’s only one product in the commercial column. I noticed Google is starting to can projects so their profits must be down. They’re going to stop their reader, not that I ever used it.

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tyree 102 Mar 18, 2013 at 09:44

there are search engines that dont track what your doing. more than a few actually. just simply matching an ad to the search type is all anyone needs to do for marketing. but it has gone much further than that.

people have become so bold with tracing they tell you with the add. what location your in. I started using proxy software, that doesnt just show a different city. but a different country.

I dont know how anyone goes online without adblocker software. the adds are in css now which can get around adblocking since its native html. but making a change to your ablock software should correct it

keep in mind all the browsers supported plugins until recently. and the user could block all ads with a plugin. but now browsers claim we dont need to support plugins anymore. which lets the computer/browser be turned into a tv which you have no control over

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Reedbeta 167 Mar 18, 2013 at 18:16

@tyree

keep in mind all the browsers supported plugins until recently. and the user could block all ads with a plugin. but now browsers claim we dont need to support plugins anymore.

It’s only Microsoft that’s doing that, and who uses their browser anyway? :) Firefox and Chrome still support plugins as much as always.

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tyree 102 Mar 19, 2013 at 05:40

but its become common place to wrap plugins in containers now. for those that do. which is there to contain the plugins. anyone that gets online uses a browser of some sort

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Reedbeta 167 Mar 19, 2013 at 05:47

@tyree

but its become common place to wrap plugins in containers now.

Yes. That’s so if a plugin crashes, it doesn’t take down the whole browser, just the container exe, which can be restarted without you losing all your tabs and such. Obviously the browser still supports plugins if it has a plugin container.

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tyree 102 Mar 19, 2013 at 06:08

which interferes too much with the plugins themselves. they run terrible within containers. thats support I find unneeded