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Now I understand Google's business model and how they make money. I understand the same for Bing. But what is the money behind DuckDuckGo and the others? What is paying for all the processing power and connectivity?

 

At the moment, I'm much more comfortable with the ones I understand.

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DuckGoGo may well be a honeypot, but even if it's not, I wouldn't use it, because it sucks, really badly. It's the worst search engine I've used since AskJeeves.

 

Sure, Google keeps records of my search history, and it uses that to improve the search results I get, it works out for both of us.

 

I'll just be careful not to search for tips on safely disposing of a corpse.

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It also uses it to improve the "quality" of the adverts it provides you on other sites, which is what pays for everything.

 

I'd only worry about that if you actually have a corpse to dispose of. If you are interested in forensics, or are thinking about becoming an author, that's a perfectly sensible thing to be searching for.

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True, but I doh't see the problem with that.

 

If I'm going to see adverts, I'd rather see ones for something that I might actually be interested in buying. I'm absolutely aware that as a user of their services, I'm Google's product rather than their customer, but it seems beneficial to all parties.

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I agree, I have no problem with that at all. If anything it gives them a huge incentive to be really careful with my data.

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So Opera 15 is out for Windows (and Mac?) and for now, it's basically Chrome minus Google (but also minus Opera's UI and a few often useful rendering features). That the Linux version is delayed is a blessing in disguise.

Apparently (since only Windows and Mac builds have been released) Opera 17 will bring back some of the distinctive Opera features like gestures. Maybe in a couple of years, Opera will be as featureful as it was.

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So, with Firefox 57 breaking a truckload of good extensions, is anyone going to switch? I checked mine and all but X-notifier will die. Most dev's I've seen will abandon it because 57 will not allow the deep digging they require.

I'm a bit sad frankly. :(

 

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To answer my own question, Waterfox will continue down the XUL/XPCOM trail, so support for addons will continue there. Mine are working at first glance. If the addon-devs will keep up and continue remains to be seen

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My Waterfox started behaving badly on some sites, different Google services especially ground to a halt.

Found (inferior) substitues for my extentions on Firefox.

It's bloody fast, I'll give it that.

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Quite pleased with Vivaldi so far.  Quick, and doesn't feel as resource heavy as Chrome. Little section top left to keep notes as I flick between tabs for work is a godsend as well. 

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