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How would you self describe the general search quality of DuckDuckGo, excluding the (brilliant) Instant Answers?

How do you evaluate the general search quality?

Do you have any focus on expanding crawling in general? And localized content in particular?

Our long-term focus is really on the instant answers, and we hope to really build up the DuckDuckHack platform to a point where the majority of searches have instant answers on par or better than the links.

Of course, basic link quality is still par for the course. We have worked a lot this year on better language support so if you type say in Finnish we recognize that and adjust the results appropriately. For truly localized stuff (like restaurants, transit, for example), we really want to attack that via the instant answers.

In Sweden - the current interest rate is 1%. This is financed by the state and is low because of a multitude of factors. One being that it is practically impossible to default on the loan. It will stick around.

(The tuition is free for higher education in Sweden, but you can choose to take out a loan for your living expenses during your study period).

I respectfully disagree. No one is forced to take out a loan and go to college or university. You said it yourself, they do have options.

There might however be a lot more traction on one of the paths as compared to the other.

You're presenting this proposition as that the only way someone can make it, is by pursuing a higher education (with severe debt). I, again respectfully disagree. It is not that binary.

First of all, the path of not going into higher education is not as ridiculous as you make it sound.

Secondly, there are many variations of how to finance your higher education. You do not have to take out a loan. Especially not for the full duration of your studies.

And it might be worth knowing that the two mentioned companies (Filimundus AB, M Brath AB) in the article - each have about 10 employees, according to 2014 official records.

I'd say that it's quite hard to extrapolate that the whole country is going the same way as these two companies.

Parts of some large municipalities and hospitals (City of Gothemburg, for example) are trying it at a much larger scale than these companies, and the results will be much more interesting. It's still not widespread though.

It might be worth noting that the two companies (Filimundus AB, M Brath AB) mentioned in the article both have about 10 employees each, according to official records from 2014. Both companies have been running since approximately 2011.

I think it's pretty safe to say that "Sweden" is not moving to a 6 hour work day yet. This is two, incredibly small companies that are doing so.

If it was Ericsson AB or any of the industrial companies (Sandvik, SCA, Volvo, SSAB ie Swedish Steel) however...

This did for some reason wake a bit of nostalgia in me from the earlier days of the public Internet. I bet it's the spartan design and the lack of anything else other than the to-the-point content. (That said, fascinating content - might try it out!)

Just made one this morning after reading the article. Super easy and works like a charm! What fun

It's also worth mentioning that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) also served the non-profit Internet Archive (IA) a National Security Letter (NSL) in 2007.

After a joint lawsuit filing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging the NSL, the gag order and the constitutionality of the NSL on behalf of the IA - the FBI withdrew the NSL as well as the gag order. [1]

As such, the gag order and NSL was never invalidated in IA, Brewster Kale (ACLU, EFF) vs. FBI.

[1] https://www.aclu.org/internet-archives-nsl-challenge


I can highly recommend watching the 14 minute long video at the top. The video in itself is in my opinion very well done, but of course the content is what is incredibly spectacular.


Another example - Sweden's National Bank: http://www.riksbank.se/en/ (See the Repo rate).


Unfortunately, blip.tv is gone. There's no sure indication that all the content will be migrated, but the odds are low - there was a lot of content at blip.tv. Luckily, most of it is archived and being uploaded to archive.org and will be available sometime.



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