I should have started with this:
I am working on a search engine #babelia. Unlike a todoapp, it requires more hardware, having an idea of how much people are willing to spend upfront or by subscription renting a server will help me figure what kind of hardware I need to acquire to be able to test the algorithms.
Thanks for you cooperation! (and please boost!)
I think your low numbers are too high, both for hardware and subscription.
I pay less than 10 bucks for mobile Internet. Yet, somehow, the search engines and all the ad-loaded pages (plus all the hundreds of layers of ad maf... industry) make a living from eating my bandwidth.
It should be 1€. 3 max.
Thanks to chime in!
Pay-per-search does not work as the only revenue to cover infrastructure because you need to pay for hosting / renting anyway so that it is available when someone needs it.
You made me remember that the server sits idle most of the day: if they are 5 persons doing 100 queries per day where each query takes less than 1 second, the server will be fully busy, all cpu core maxed out, 500 seconds per day that means there is still 85900 seconds available (~23.86 hours) on all CPU cores...
What if the server provides more "services" or "applications" like #NextCloud? Would 10€ per month per users makes sense?
The features only of the search engine part: https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/babelia
At that does not include taking into account user feedback to be able to program the crawl from the search e.g. via a feed reader.
Also it does not mention interop between search engines which we dive in https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/peacesearch
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