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The Man Who Killed Google Search
  • Just for some perspective, if you want to know how little reach the fedi post with the link to this blog post got: the first post in this thread already has more likes and boosts after less than a hour since posting it than my blog post ever did that he felt the need to confront me over.

    The author is probably weren't aware that their blog post get a huge engagement on hacker news and the ceo got a lot of flak there, which was probably why he felt the need to reach out and "correct" the author.

  • The Man Who Killed Google Search
  • As a concept, paid search engines is actually a good idea. It incentivize the company to produce great result so their users won't search over and over (which reduce their profit), unlike google which incentivized to reduce search quality so their users have to search over and over and see more ads (per the article). If it's not kagi, I hope other paid search engines start to appear in this space. Indexing the web is expensive, and after seeing what happened with google, it's clear that free ad-suported search engine is not the way to go now.

  • The Man Who Killed Google Search
  • In the March 2019 core update to search, which happened about a week before the end of the code yellow, was expected to be “one of the largest updates to search in a very long time. Yet when it launched, many found that the update mostly rolled back changes, and traffic was increasing to sites that had previously been suppressed by Google Search’s “Penguin” update from 2012 that specifically targeted spammy search results, as well as those hit by an update from an August 1, 2018, a few months after Gomes became Head of Search.

    Search engagement is declining, so the obvious fix is to make the search result worse which means people have to search more to find what they need. Engagement metrics went through the roof! Crisis averted!

    Thanks to this fuck up, competition is a thing again in search engine space. Other search engines are getting better and start to capture the fleeing users.

  • PSA: If you're going to write software for piracy, put it on I2P!
  • Benefits of Tor over I2P: C, not Java (ewww)

    Benefits of I2P over Tor: Java, not C (ewww)

  • South Korean military set to ban iPhones over ‘security’ concerns
  • It's kinda make sense that the military would want to use homegrown product (in this case, samsung) so they can fully control what's running. They seem to want a fully locked down device, with wifi, usb, tethering, mic and camera disabled while in premise.

    The reason is purportedly because iPhones do not fully comply with the restrictions outlined by the National Defence Mobile Security, a mobile device management application operated by the military authorities.

    For instance, when activating the security app, it begins to restrict several smartphone functions, including the camera, Wi-Fi, tethering, USB functions and the microphone.

    However, Apple does not allow third-party apps to control iPhones’ inherent features, except for the camera.

  • Fisker now expects to go bankrupt within 30 days
  • The automaker released the Fisker Ocean SUV in June 2023. During the company's earnings call last week, it warned that Fisker might not have enough funds to survive 2024.

    Seems like the company is going down even without the bad review.

  • Land Rover EV conversion packs in-wheel motors, weighs same as original
  • So, where did they put the brake? Is it converted to electric regen braking?

  • DIY software KVM (keyboard-video-mouse) switch
  • Wow, I never thought of using usbip to work around wayland issue with kvm apps. Sounds useful as a last resort to get kvm working.

  • Older patient gamers: what is your preferred gaming platform?
  • Unfortunately, with the current popularity of digital downloads, consoles aren't great for patient gaming because they rarely give a good discount for older titles on their online stores (especially nintendo).

  • Server behind CGNAT - Reverse VPN? Or how to bypass?
  • Yes, but autossh will automatically try to reestablish connection when its down, which is perfect for servers behind cgnat that you can't physically access. Basically setup and forget kind of app.

  • Server behind CGNAT - Reverse VPN? Or how to bypass?
  • If this server is running Linux, you can use autossh to forward some ports in another server. In this example, they only use it to forward ssh port, but it can be used to forward any port you want: https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2022/ssh-and-http-raspberry-pi-behind-cg-nat

  • Osama Bin Laden's PSN Account
  • It's strangely looks like the styling on phising/scammy sites. Or maybe it's the other way around, phising sites actually aim to look like cia site.

  • How are you making services remotely accessible?
  • By "remotely accessible", do you mean remotely accessible to everyone or just you? If it's just you, then you don't need to setup a reverse proxy. You can use your router as a vpn gateway (assuming you have a static ip address) or you can use tailscale or zerotier.

    If you want to make your services remotely accessible to everyone without using a vpn, then you'll need to expose them to the world somehow. How to do that depends on whether you have a static ip address, or behind a CGNAT. If you have a static ip, you can route port 80 and 443 to your load balancer (e.g. nginx proxy manager), which works best if you have your own domain name so you can map each service to their own subdomain in the load balancer. If you're behind a GCNAT, you're going to need an external server/vps to route traffics to its port 80 and 443 into your home network, essentially granting you a static ip address.

  • systemdeez nuts
  • haha why does debian bother adding this rule if the system will be left in broken state anyway

  • Can you live without YouTube ?
  • Someone actually did a comparison recently. Pretty interesting if you got the time to read it: https://danluu.com/seo-spam/ . tldr: google and bing bad.

    There is also a recent study by researchers on Leipzig University that confirm google is getting worse : https://downloads.webis.de/publications/papers/bevendorff_2024a.pdf

  • Can you live without YouTube ?
  • If you didn’t use YouTube then you would still use another Google entity to find it.

    The thing is I don't use google anymore to search these days now that other search engines noticeably produce better results.

  • Can you live without YouTube ?
  • Many of those information are also available in other places. When I need to fix something, I'm usually able to find what I need on the web (manuals, blog posts, etc) before resorting to searching youtube videos on how to do it. Some truly niche stuff are only available on youtube though (e.g. some dude filming himself doing his niche job), but I can count on one hand the instances I needed one of those.

  • Can you live without YouTube ?
  • While I have revanced on my phone and smarttube on my chromecast, the last time I watched a youtube video for an extended amount of time was two month ago. I did open those apps a few weeks ago, but only to see if youtube finally blocks them. So yeah, I guess I can quit youtube cold turkey now.

  • Microsoft’s VASA-1 can deepfake a person with one photo and one audio track
  • Combine this with an LLM with speech-to-text input and we could create a talking paintings like in harry potter movies. Heck, hang it on a door and hook it with smart lock to recreate the dorm doors in harry potter and see if people can trick it to open the door.

  • A Spark Extinguished
    chinabooksreview.com A Spark Extinguished | China Books Review

    At the height of the Great Famine in 1960, a group of students exiled to the countryside launched a magazine that dared to tell the truth. Their convictions, and the love they bore for one another, were put to the test.

    A Spark Extinguished | China Books Review

    > At the height of the Great Famine in 1960, a group of students exiled to the countryside launched a magazine that dared to tell the truth. Their convictions, and the love they bore for one another, were put to the test.

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    Features lost across versions of macOS
    talk.tidbits.com Features lost across versions of macOS

    Article Do You Use It? How TidBITS Readers Install macOS Updates - TidBITS says that “Some people even wait until Apple announces or even releases the next macOS version, under the theory that it somehow isn’t fully baked until then.”. I wait until the next major release, but not under that theory. ...

    Features lost across versions of macOS
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    TIL you can improve your google search result by adding "before:2023"
    mastodon.social Grant Gulovsen (@[email protected])

    Someone recently posted a hot tip about adding "before:2023" to Google web searches and I forget who it was but wow what a huge difference it makes. So thank you to whoever that was. It gets rid of so much AI-generated SEO crap.

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    OpenAI and Elon Musk
    openai.com OpenAI and Elon Musk

    We are dedicated to the OpenAI mission and have pursued it every step of the way.

    OpenAI and Elon Musk

    OpenAI's response to Elon Musk's claims.

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    How Does BlueSky Work?

    Interesting post about BlueSky’s underlying federated protocol (AT Protocol)

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    PSA: Update your docker installation. Leaky Vessels flaws allow hackers to escape Docker, runc containers
    www.bleepingcomputer.com Leaky Vessels flaws allow hackers to escape Docker, runc containers

    Four vulnerabilities collectively called "Leaky Vessels" allow hackers to escape containers and access data on the underlying host operating system.

    Leaky Vessels flaws allow hackers to escape Docker, runc containers

    > Snyk team has found four vulnerabilities collectively called "Leaky Vessels" that impact the runc and Buildkit container infrastructure and build tools, potentially allowing attackers to perform container escape on various software products.

    > On January 31, 2024, Buildkit fixed the flaws with version 0.12.5, and runc addressed the security issue impacting it on version 1.1.12.

    > Docker released version 4.27.0 on the same day, incorporating the secured versions of the components in its Moby engine, with versions 25.0.1 and 24.0.8.

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    Apollo dev released a youtube app for Vision Pro
    christianselig.com Introducing Juno for Apple Vision Pro

    YouTube is probably one of the parts of the internet I consume the most, so I was more than a little sad when YouTube announced that they don’t have plans to build a visionOS app, and disabled the option to load the iPad app. This leaves you with Safari, and the website is okay, but definitely doesn...

    Introducing Juno for Apple Vision Pro
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    The man who owes Nintendo $14m: Gary Bowser and gaming’s most infamous piracy case
    www.theguardian.com The man who owes Nintendo $14m: Gary Bowser and gaming’s most infamous piracy case

    The hacker whose involvement with anti-piracy software ended in a jail sentence has emerged from prison struggling to make rent as he starts paying his fine. ‘It could be worse,’ he says

    The man who owes Nintendo $14m: Gary Bowser and gaming’s most infamous piracy case
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    Order/license chaos for VMware products after Broadcom takeover
    borncity.com Order/license chaos for VMware products after Broadcom takeover (Jan. 2024)

    [English]These are currently difficult times for customers and resellers of VMware products who want to reorder, extend licenses or simply activate product licenses. After the Broadcom takeover, absolute chaos reigns. Dealers have been terminated, orders via OEMs are sometimes impossible, and the en

    Order/license chaos for VMware products after Broadcom takeover (Jan. 2024)
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    Single Board Computer (SBC) Collection
    multimedia.cx My SBC Collection | Breaking Eggs And Making Omelettes

    A stroll through my personal collection of (mostly) ARM-based single-board computers (SBCs)

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