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CaretCursor... Hydrabyte is currently seeking to spawn the collaborative contribution of everyday Internet users in creating a pioneering semantic search engine, called C^ret (Caret, like the name of "^" symbol). The ^Cursor (CaretCursor) application is the Web crawler component of C^ret in which volunteer users can opt to run a customizable semi-crawler on their own Internet-enabled devices as a background process. This enhances the retrieving and processing of websites that will eventually assemble search queries.

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  • Lowers the environmental footprint of current search engine technologies
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Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Borlox
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You would have to insane to run this.

You're being asked to donate network and processor bandwidth to a for-profit entity with no compensation.

The application downloads content from unknown sources using your connection, and sends it to an unknown destination. How do you know it isn't child pornography? You could be an accessory to a crime without knowing it.

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Angela75
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Features list says that only text source of websites are downloaded, that means no pictures, no videos.

If this is really a company for profit and they are not completely nuts, they know that they have to reward donations somehow. They may be working on it already.

Just for the records: have you ever heard of Yahoo, Bing or Google being sued because their search engine cached unlawful content? The answer is no. However, they might assist federal forces to close such sites, in case they find one. But trust me, such sites are well hidden and are not to be found by search engines.

Borlox
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"Features list says that only text source of websites are downloaded, that means no pictures, no videos."

Thanks, that's a relief. If the feature list says so, it must be true. I can relax now. Especially since it's impossible to encode pictures, videos, or any other kind of data as text. And there isn't any text that I might not want to be blamed for transmitting, such as, say, communications between terrorists.

"If this is really a company for profit and they are not completely nuts, they know that they have to reward donations somehow. They may be working on it already."

Yes, of course. What was I thinking? There's nothing on the developer's site about compensation, but they just have to be working on it. Or at least, they may be.

"But trust me, such sites are well hidden and are not to be found by search engines."

Sure, you've earned my trust. The fact that certain sites are well hidden and can't be found by Google means that this unknown application can't find them either, even if the developers are working with the site operators. Got it.

Angela75
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The support page has a nice diagram about the architecture that serves URLs for CaretCursor. I'd say they seem to know what they are doing. Check it out here: http://caretcursor.com/support/img/CaretCursor_Arch.png

If you are still worried, you can still sniff the network traffic the application creates and see for yourself whether it does only text or not.

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Downloads 670
Version Downloads 670
License Free
Date 01 Mar 2010
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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