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Traffic / Cloudflare Introduces One Button AI Bot Banning
« on: July 03, 2024, 05:43:40 PM »
Declare your AIndependence: block AI bots, scrapers and crawlers with a single click

To help preserve a safe Internet for content creators, we’ve just launched a brand new “easy button” to block all AI bots. It’s available for all customers, including those on our free tier.

Interesting stuff in that post.

The AI war has begun.

Traffic / Mastodon has new Byline Feature to Attract Journalists
« on: July 03, 2024, 10:30:04 AM »
Twitter/X alternative Mastodon appeals to journalists with new ‘byline’ feature

Water Cooler / Passenger Rail and the Midwest
« on: June 29, 2024, 10:35:24 AM »
Overlaying Spanish Rail Network on Midwest, imagine Chicago to Detroit in 2 hours, or Chicago to Minneapolis in 3.5 hours.

The two areas are roughly comparable.  No pesky mountains in the Midwest.

Water Cooler / Cricket in the USA?
« on: June 02, 2024, 08:49:47 AM »
Cricket might be gaining a foothold in the US.  We will see.  Also, I didn't know Canada played.

USA beat Canada in T20 World Cup opener

Even if it catches on in the US at a grass roots level it will be decades before we can take on cricket superpowers UK, India and Australia.

Traffic / Testing occidental search engines on site - Jack Yan
« on: May 05, 2024, 09:05:35 AM »
Testing occidental search engines on site: again: Mojeek, Bing more normal

I find the observation that Google prefers HTML pages vs. php, interesting.

Sources are a bit weak but the rumor is:

Maybe even this month, May 2024.

Monetization / That Ad Infested Flow
« on: April 12, 2024, 06:52:11 PM »

Traffic / It's now 2500 search engines.
« on: March 27, 2024, 10:13:50 AM »
When I get bored I browse through the comment spam on my WP blog.  It quite amusing.

So remember the old "Submit your URL to 1500 search engines" spam we used to get by email?  Well recently I got comment spammed to "Submit your URL to 2500 search engines".  1. Here +20 years later and with Google as the only search engine this spammy pitch is still making the rounds, 2. the alleged number of search engines is now at 2500 so we have search engine inflation.

It was interesting seeing this old old spam still making a rare appearance as a blast from the past.  Some others like time shares seem to have completely died out.

Water Cooler / Segway makes more affordable robot lawn mower
« on: March 19, 2024, 09:31:26 PM »

Brave: Sharp increase in installs after iOS DMA update in EU

"Maybe that's why Google still hasn't implemented a browser choice screen on Android."

Traffic / Proper UK Search Engine That's NOT Mojeek
« on: February 28, 2024, 03:08:08 PM »
Search for a pint by price.

(With so many really good British beers, it shocked me that anyone in the UK would drink Bud Light.)

Hardware & Technology / Flatfile CMS - Blog Script Spotted
« on: February 27, 2024, 11:01:09 PM »
Bludit  - 

Create your own Website or Blog in seconds.  Simple, Fast, Secure, Flat-File CMS

It looks pretty complete.

Bubble Car EV.

Europe only.  American's need not apply.  We are not allowed to have neat things.

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