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[–]d3rr 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (6 children)

Does anyone know if a real independent search engine exists? I thought searx was one, but they just use other search engines' results just like DDG.

[–]hennaojisan[S] 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (5 children)

Very good question and I can't answer it but maybe Corbett will. I'm going to watch it now and will let you know. Nope, he didn't answer your question and maybe there is no "good" search engine out there. I'm using Start Page and Duck Duck Go but almost everyone knows about them. Making a search engine is no simple matter I'm sure. If someone tries to build a fair engine, they will probably be bought out by someone else. Meantime, do I have an Alexa? No way. I have tape over the microphones and camera of this machine but it still hears what we say. I'm thinking of trying puttty but it will probably gunk of the mike when I need to use it.

[–]d3rr 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

It turns out that there are a couple of independent alternative search engines! This decentralized one YaCy looks awesome, I'm gonna have to dig in a bit.

Found here:

[–]hennaojisan[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

You should post this for sure. Thanks.

[–]d3rr 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

[–]FormosaOolong 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

I've never tried this, but I read ages ago that you can cut off the plug of old headset or whatnot, and block the mic's access with it. There's some workaround that serious bad people can still use (I forget what) but it's got to be better than nothing (or putty.)

[–]hennaojisan[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Maybe the magnets in the headset will block the action of the microphone since microphones also contain magnets. Thanks for this.