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Google ate my homework
Authored by: jonathon on Sunday, June 10 2012 @ 04:58 PM EDT
Google Search is incredibly bad.

There are two ways to create a better search engine:
* Focus on a specific niche;
* Scan more of the "Dark Internet";
# Roughly 70% of the Internet is so dark, that nothing even hints at its
existence;
# At least 80% of the Internet has never been touched by a search engine;

For reasons best known to themselves, the majority of would-be competitors to
Google refuse to either focus on a specific niche, or scan more of the
"Dark Internet" than Google.

The issue that Microsoft is facing, is that a SOHO can setup a search engine
that within 30 days will outperform Bing, using nothing more than Open Source
Hardware that runs Free Libre Open Source Software.

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

Google ate my homework
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 10 2012 @ 05:36 PM EDT
The idea that Google, with a large percentage of the search
market has special, monopoly like, obligations is interesting.
Yes people can switch in seconds to competition. But it
is still an effort, and the cost of this effort has to be
calculated in the end price.
I think it should be extended to, especially large, shops. And
increase that way consumer's freedom. Being in a shop, the
shopkeeper has at least a temporarily monopoly. For many offered
things it would be highly inefficient to select a product from an
other shop. Price/quality would never improve enough to
compensate for the time and costs of going to an other shop Let
alone the costs to compare the items in different shops.
One may think in the long term that may be solved, you would not
return to the a shop that misused his monopoly. I am not that
sure that is always possible. It may be complex to compare taking
in to account all products, demanding them self to much time,
there may be practical problems,..
One may think on-line shopping solves it. Well many on-line shops
I visited took just too long to get all relevant information.
So I would not be against some obligations for shopkeepers that
can get in some kinds of monopoly situations.

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