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Google sucks

MrHanky (141717) writes | more than 5 years ago

Google 9

It's almost impossible to find information on hardware you consider buying, due to the volume of sellers that Google consider more important. Of course, all these sellers provide 'reviews' of all their products, to fuck up the keywords. Hey, Google, I do not need any help to find people willing to sell me stuff on teh intarwebs. What I want is information.

Sadly, Bing seems even worse. Or is that actually sad?

It's almost impossible to find information on hardware you consider buying, due to the volume of sellers that Google consider more important. Of course, all these sellers provide 'reviews' of all their products, to fuck up the keywords. Hey, Google, I do not need any help to find people willing to sell me stuff on teh intarwebs. What I want is information.

Sadly, Bing seems even worse. Or is that actually sad?

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No, it's an opportunity (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 5 years ago | (#28768181)

I share your pain, having failed to get to decent hardware reviews, in particular, gear running under Linux.
The challenge is that information drives the marketplace. If we want good information, there has to be a business model to support having the site blow off all the ad revenue.
It's the economic equivalent of gravity, and all we want to do is fly...

Re:No, it's an opportunity (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 5 years ago | (#28769417)

Getting information on whether hardware supports Linux is usually not all that hard in my experience. It depends, of course, on type and on what information you already possess: a WLAN card may be supported for a certain iteration of the card and not the next, but if you know what chipset sits on it, then you will know whether it's got Linux support. Laptops often seem to have rather good information concerning Linux compatibility.

I just had to buy a new monitor. Ordered a BenQ G2220HD, but considered spending more money on higher resolution (Samsung have a couple of tasty 2048x1152 22" screens). It's dirt cheap and many buyers seem happy with it, but then what do they know? Nothing; they don't have any experience with good screens (and neither do I, tbh). Finding good monitor reviews isn't easy.

Price of freedom (1)

shanen (462549) | more than 5 years ago | (#28777885)

Freedom is about meaningful choice, but the balance point is interesting. If you have too little information, you can't make any meaningful choice and so you have no freedom. If you have too much information, you also can't make the meaningful choices, and again lose your freedom. In the extreme case, if you think God is omniscient, then you must conclude He has no freedom.

I think the real threat of Google is that they are collecting too much personal information about too many people. There are solutions, but too far afield from the current topic.

Feh (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#28781777)

Millions of hardware review and manufacturer sites with tons of info. You're just being lazy. Also, for certain things, Google should not be your first stop.

Re:Feh (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782029)

Any suggestions for alternative first stops for hardware reviews? They don't do me much good if I don't know about them.

Re:Feh (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#28782919)

They don't do me much good if I don't know about them.

Hand in your geek card then! Anyway, Tom's Hardware's a good place to start. I'm also the kind of person who'll deep trawl customer reviews on sites like Amazon or Newegg to get the full "flavour" before I buy. I'm sure you'll find more after that.

Re:Feh (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 5 years ago | (#28784585)

Customer reviews are more often than not done by clueless morons. I would only trust negative reviews. But yeah, I started out on that kind of site, and found nothing. Newegg haven't got the monitor I ended up buying, Amazon has no reviews of it, Tom's hardware nothing helpful (and what little there was did show up in Google anyway).

You're not very helpful and obviously not particularly competent either.

Re:Feh (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#28785435)

Customer reviews are more often than not done by clueless morons. I would only trust negative reviews.

You're only thinking surface. Reviews will often highlight things, for good or bad, that cannot be found in any "official" copy, and helps greatly rounding out impressions on the item.

Newegg haven't got the monitor I ended up buying, Amazon has no reviews of it, Tom's hardware nothing helpful (and what little there was did show up in Google anyway).

Ahhh, bitching about hard to info on hard to find items. Your JE was disingenuous at best.

You're not very helpful and obviously not particularly competent either.

And yet I've still contributed more to this discussion than you have. Interesting.

Re:Feh (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 5 years ago | (#28786167)

Hard to find items? It's got more than half a million hits on Google. Which was my complaint: Google will happily flood me with commercial information and bury the technical information beneath it.

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