Well, things are busy and chilly here in the Northeast–so much for global warming, eh? 27 degrees in some places last night, with people running around in their Uggs putting pots, pails and garbage bags over their carefully tended plants, put in early as a result of an early spring.
But I digress. I have been exceedingly lax in posting of late and for that I apologize. There is so much to post about but I am tending to the business of life and trying to get some things taken care of before any more time goes by, for we know not what the future holds in these United States. With virtually no border security, and those attempting to guard their borders being persecuted for doing so, the world economy collapsing, gold rising to $1,222., our Gulf becoming a giant, leaking oil tanker and an illegal alien in the WH–Oh, DUH! So THAT’S why this regime is so offended by Arizona’s attempts to enforce the laws against illegal entry…haha, one of those little AHA! moments here…
Well, I AM rambling a bit …just so much to contend with here in these 21st Century United States…it’s definitely not a ride for the faint of heart, soul and mind!
However, the title of this post leads me to simply paste when I found when I went to my trusty Scroogle site this morning. Google has HAD IT with people trying to do research without being tracked, so they have prevented sites like Scroogle from helping us to protect our right to privacy. Thought you’d like to know…maybe some of you more brilliant techies out there can work on finding alternatives, thereby helping the rest of us to maintain our privacy and keep Google’s nasty little record keepers from crawling too far up our backs.
We regret to announce that our Google scraper may have to be permanently retired, thanks to a change at Google. It depends on whether Google is willing to restore the simple interface that we’ve been scraping since Scroogle started five years ago. Actually, we’ve been using that interface for scraping since Google-Watch.org began in 2002.
This interface (here’s a sample from years ago) was remarkably stable all that time. During those eight years there were only about five changes that required some programming adjustments. Also, this interface was available at every Google data center in exactly the same form, which allowed us to use 700 IP addresses for Google.
That interface was at www.google.com/ie but on May 10, 2010 they took it down and inserted a redirect to /toolbar/ie8/sidebar.html. It used to have a search box, and the results it showed were generic during that entire time. It didn’t show the snippets unless you moused-over the links it produced (they were there for our program, so that was okay), and it has never had any ads. Our impression was that these results were from Google’s basic algorithms, and that extra features and ads were added on top of these generic results. Three years ago Google launched “Universal Search,” which meant that they added results from other Google services on their pages. But this simple interface we were using was not affected at all.
Now that interface is gone. It is not possible to continue Scroogle unless we have a simple interface that is stable. Google’s main consumer-oriented interface that they want everyone to use is too complex, and changes too frequently, to make our scraping operation possible.
Over the next few days we will attempt to contact Google and determine whether the old interface is gone as a matter of policy at Google, or if they simply have it hidden somewhere and will tell us where it is so that we can continue to use it.
Thank you for your support during these past five years. Check back in a week or so; if we don’t hear from Google by next week, I think we can all assume that Google would rather have no Scroogle, and no privacy for searchers, at all.
— Daniel Brandt, Public Information Research, scroogle AT lavabit.com
R.I.P. Scroogle…until we can get this resolved. And Thank you for all you do/did in furtherance of our Constitutionally recognized right to privacy from Google I mean Big Brother.
In the meantime…use www.ixquick.com and hope for the best.