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Web Development / Re: Fast Wordpress theme
« on: Today at 01:36:49 AM »
>but this gives some idea

Hadn't considered spam filtering, good point. Think the calculations may need updated wrt more spam, more efficient hardware, more efficient software networking with epoll etc and probably a more hefty sized spam filter. gmail's web ui is also a fairly heavy page.

Layman thought, wouldn't a bloody huge magnet be able to nick the stream of electricity? Might not need the hugeness but you get the idea. Perhaps that would need an equivalent force, I do not know.

Not read the finer details but guess it's most feasible if the line of sight is several hundred metres above ground level.

Web Development / Re: Fast Wordpress theme
« on: August 04, 2020, 04:18:24 PM »
>efficient monitors/paperless billing

Any chance that's referring to desktops? My laptop is consuming 15 Watts, can't see how viewing a bill for a minute is going to consume more energy than the creation/purchase/delivery of the paper. The postman is probably going to consume that amount of energy lumping the letter to your house in food energy, and more energy if he's driving.

Water Cooler / Re: CV: The rugrat scenario
« on: August 01, 2020, 04:57:08 AM »
Schools in Scotland are re-opening in ~10 days with no restrictions at all for kids. Teachers will have to socially distance but kids will otherwise have a 'normal' school experience. Cases here are bottoming out so we'll see how it goes.

Water Cooler / Re: fr## sp##ch ?
« on: August 01, 2020, 04:52:14 AM »
>Analogies are rarely useful

So much agree, these should actually be outlawed.

Don't agree with the mask thing. I think it's simply a small sacrifice for the greater good and people getting all uppity about their 'rights' have too much time on their hands. It has to be law or the minority who flout it would undermine the whole point of it.

Wonder how many of people who are 'anti-mask' would mind if I smoked and farted in the supermarket... perhaps within 2metres, after all the chances of either killing them is pretty tiny.

>doggedly bullied

That's annoying isn't it. Think unfortunately there's people with brains and open minds and for those who don't, doesn't really matter how long you talk, educate or whatever- they'll continue to think the same things.

Water Cooler / Re: Christian nationalism & COVID-19
« on: July 31, 2020, 04:52:54 PM »
Another great schism. Not the Pope's fault this time

Water Cooler / Re: New, Good Media
« on: July 29, 2020, 08:56:15 AM »

Well worth a look, very well made

Peaky Blinders is decent, the British mob in the interwar period mixed in with the Communist uprisings in Brummie land

Traffic / Re: Neeva search engine
« on: July 09, 2020, 10:38:16 AM »
Another one that might be of interest

Must be using Google's custom search

Traffic / Re: Neeva search engine
« on: July 05, 2020, 10:18:36 AM »
>DDG contract

They moved their servers from Amazon to Microsoft in the past 10 days. Reckon that they get their Bing API data for free rather than $3/1K and the tie in will be ever present.

>Crawling and building a database isn't really prohibitively expensive

I've seen an estimate that reckons a true competitor to Google would have to invest around ~£22 billion to do so. Still, lots of upside.

What happens when you get a bunch of out of touch politicians who know nothing about the Internet writing the laws.

Privacy implications aside, what are your thoughts on it?

Mojeek was one of the parties asked their opinion and we said we don't believe it necessary for Google to share that kind of data. Nonetheless it would be useful for things like autocorrect.

Im summary

The CMA has proposed that within the new regime a ‘Digital Markets Unit’ should have the ability to:

    enforce a code of conduct to ensure that platforms with a position of market power, like Google and Facebook, do not engage in exploitative or exclusionary practices, or practices likely to reduce trust and transparency, and to impose fines if necessary.

    order Google to open up its click and query data to rival search engines to allow them to improve their algorithms so they can properly compete. This would be designed in a way that does not involve the transfer of personal data to avoid privacy concerns.

    order Facebook to increase its interoperability with competing social media platforms. Platforms would need to secure consumer consent for the use of any of their data.

    restrict Google’s ability to secure its place as the default search engine on mobile devices and browsers in order to introduce more choice for users.

    order Facebook to give consumers a choice over whether to receive personalised advertising.

    introduce a “fairness-by-design” duty on the platforms to ensure that they are making it as easy as possible for users to make meaningful choices.

    order the separation of platforms where necessary to ensure healthy competition.

Lots in there but one thing that caught my eye

Google's index is roughly 500-600 billion documents

Bing's is 100-200 billion.

Lengthy read but may be of interest

1 July 2020: We have published the final report of our market study into online platforms and digital advertising. We have found that competition is not working well in these markets, leading to substantial harm for consumers and society as a whole.

We recommend that the government passes legislation to establish a new pro-competition regulatory regime.

One random quote from the report

Google explained that removing all Wikipedia results from the Google Search results would cause Google’s Information Satisfaction number to drop by 0.6 points.

Looks like people put a lot of trust in wikipedia.

I deleted my family/friend orientated account and re-signed up to ogle on the SEO groups. Might have been in the wrong ones but it was just full of egos and superficial nonsense, ended up just arguing with them and deleting it again. Think the fact my 2nd account only had two "friends" affected my credibility. Amusing how if you don't have the social background "ammo" folk think they can lay into you. Totally not worth it any ways.

No FB for me and I have a dormant Twitter account, look at LinkedIn occasionally. All full of hot air and projection, mostly. Maybe I've seen enough cat pics to not humour it any more.

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