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Water Cooler / Re: Gigablast Kaput
« on: May 22, 2023, 04:50:35 PM »

It is a bit. Just 1% of the market is about 90m queries a day, at $5CPM that's $13.5M a month. Google make about 10x that with their critical mass of advertisers.

The gist I get from Neeva is that they were unfocused, and flouncing between fads.

Haven't heard anything from or about Gigablast though.

The customer acquisition thing is definitely key. And convenience. I'd say to people, especially tech people- if they could donate 1 of 100 searches to another source, it'd promote some more competition. G have it pretty much wrapped up as the browser defaults etc.

Water Cooler / Re: Gigablast Kaput
« on: May 21, 2023, 02:10:14 PM »
Neeva also set to disapppear

As the founder is an ex-Googler, it might get some more attention.

Water Cooler / Re: Gigablast Kaput
« on: May 17, 2023, 05:22:24 PM »
We put up a blog post about it, and someone posted it on HN

It's sort of amazing how little talk there is about disrupting the status quo.

Doesn't surprise me one bit.

Use puppeteer, use residential proxies and the only remaining fingerprint is tracking and behaviour. If data is public, just a case of how much is it worth jumping through the hoops for the bot to complete its job.

Seen a few alt search engines that don't even bother having their own bot and just crawl masquerading as browsers, and only observe googlebot robots.txt rules etc.

If a page isn't paywalled it's public and a bunch of the time, re-used for purposes you probably wouldn't like. Bit of a free for all.

Water Cooler / Re: UK: Like the US, the old grid can't cope.
« on: May 09, 2023, 01:47:25 PM »
The Ripple Energy co-op I'm in looks like it may be held back by a few months due to grid connection, not as bad as the decades long issues some other projects are facing.

Sounds like reform is definitely needed, especially if nefarious outfits can fill the backlog with projects that'll never happen. The process is definitely outdated and maybe partly a consequence of US/UK grids being older.

Without papabaer what can you do.

Less excuse nowadays with so many templates but some of them include so much guff. I'm still getting to terms with .scss


"In the NYT today, Cade Metz implies that I left Google so that I could criticize Google. Actually, I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google. Google has acted very responsibly."

Second guessing myself lately replying to comments on forums/social media etc wondering whether there's a human behind them.

Knock on effects for the other metas, seems to be a Bing API thing. Good to see Brave finally acknowledge using other indexes

Water Cooler / Gigablast Kaput
« on: April 13, 2023, 06:25:33 AM »
It's been down for over a week. Domain and IP still there, just nothing listening on ports.

IIRC they were a bit of a thing shortly after Alltheweb and Google were fighting over who had the largest index, probably when they gained the most notoriety.


Microsoft has warned some Bing-powered search engines that it will revoke access to the company’s search index if they continue to use it as the foundation for their AI tools, according to Bloomberg.

Original un-paywalled report from Bloomberg

Water Cooler / So much for the Oracle
« on: March 20, 2023, 03:28:25 PM »

ChatGPT has stopped working, with users around the world complaining about issues with OpenAI.

Website health monitor Down Detector logged hundreds of reports from ChatGPT and GPT-4 users, who complained that OpenAI is down and the chatbot was not working.

>Sodium bicarbonate is quite acidic

I thought it was alkaline? (caveat, I searched and clicked on a few results, I don't know and just presumed it was).

Had read an article saying so, but can potentially be acidic when reacting with sea water (no source).

Water Cooler / The Camera Shy Hoodie
« on: February 27, 2023, 07:35:45 PM »

The Camera-Shy Hoodie is a DIY adversarial garment designed to give the user the option to anonymize themselves within the recording of a night vision security camera.

I can't help feel this might attract attention in some unintended ways... unless lots of people wear one.

Hardware & Technology / Re: ChatGPT is a data privacy nightmare.
« on: February 09, 2023, 01:15:39 PM »

Hardware & Technology / Re: ChatGPT is a data privacy nightmare.
« on: February 08, 2023, 05:12:58 PM »
I seen an article on SEL about blocking chatGPT and it said blocking common crawl.

It failed to notice that you can ask chatGPT about websites and it'll be crawled by MS IPs. Seen examples where it scrapes about 3-4 pages a second then grabs robots.txt last. So you can't rely on honourable robots.txt blocking based on that.

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