Another small page in the Search Engine wars
I just watched Kung Fu Hustle again today. I really enjoy "enhanced movie watching" on my computer, where I can learn so much alongside the movie between Rotten Tomato critiques, and then looking up terms.
But while lots of my searches are just lazy and almost impossible for Yahoo to miss, sometimes a few surprises pop up.
According to one review, "mo lay tau" (special quotes use here, read on) is supposed to be a kind of "I refuse to give up even though you defeated me in the material world" attitude. Neat. Off I go to Yahoo (Aka Bing) (take that, Google!). But then ... well ... Yahoo failed me.
Turns out the reviewer made a spelling mistake. This is where the art of second order searching begins. I spend a modest amount of time "yelling" at search engines because I'd type in something obscure, only for it to give me some completely different set of results based on it thinking it knows more than I do. Made up example: Suppose there was a little known allegorical phrase "Miles of Cypress" (trees). Back comes "Showing results for Miley Cyrus. Click a second time to actually show the results for Miles of Cypress".
Then when you actually do that, all these weird pages that are beyond turbo-optimized to respond to basically any set of words show up. But occasionally you do need the search engine to guide you. But, heed this Microsoft, *suggest* what you think it is, don't re-write the search and then say "re-click here to actually search what you typed in."
The results from yahoo were (with some skipped for drama):
Showing results for mo lay thai
Search instead for mo lay tau
Mo Lay Thai - Video Results
(followed by a bunch of results)
Lai_tau Mo | LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/pub/lai-tau-mo/6/439/902
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Surname: Given Name(s) Date: Age: Other: Publication: LAY: Raymond: 2013-12-08: 90: Herald Sun (Melbourne) LAY: Walter Raymond (Tas) 2009-08-14: Herald Sun (Melbourne)
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Microsoft, you beat me. But I will not give up!
Off I go to the Sauron Castle of Google:
Did you mean: mo lei tau
Bingo. (And off we go to sensible results.)
To make things worse, Startpage claims to offer "search results from Google in complete privacy". Well, I can only take their word about the privacy, but the resulting returned items are some bastardized mess that definitely isn't Google! It did barely pick up the Wiki page, but no more.
Anyone know of a really crisp way to search Google in privacy?