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Traffic / Re: GooglePlus to Shut Down, Nobody will Notice
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:20:33 PM »
Privacy was pretty poor on their platform, especially after looking under the hood at gmail.

You could do a lookup to [google backend url] and see whether a) google knew the email address and b) whether the email had a g+ profile. I haven't looked at gmail behaviour lately but it doesn't look hugely different.

Hotmail had a similar setup, but they had a FB and Twitter feed, you'd see the data tied in with senders. With them there was no magic backend URL, but since their email product was so poor you could send 00000's of email spoofs to your own address of choice to map email addresses to linkedin/twitter.

That said all of them can be mapped to social profiles given large/clean email db's.

The recent 'leaks' are just an accentuation of how much information the public is leaking by being affiliated with these platforms, regardless of the tech blips

Traffic / Re: Roll your own search engine?
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:10:09 PM »
I had to rename the thing as this forum software doesn't like .html attachments.

No worries RE: coding it up, part of my recent remit is some algo tweaking and this fitted in with it. Apart from bit fiddling, I wanted to see any glaringly obvious missing results.

I've grabbed a few thousand from the major engines and hope to compare, but the UI stuff is good for a gut feel.

If you look at the source you shouldn't have much bother customising the engines or adding new ones, let me know if you need a pointer

Traffic / Re: Roll your own search engine?
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:37:02 AM »
Wee resurrection of this thread

code up with some iframes and javascript

Brad, I think you mentioned potentially having a use for this. See the attached which I've knocked together for Firefox. Some engines have content-security and iframe policies that require a little tweaking before they work in iframes.

Traffic / Re: New EU based Search Engine -
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:41:39 PM »
Feels quick. Looks like it uses gigablast under the hood as you say. There's definitely a thriving ecosphere for the 'alternates'.

Apparently this one has been around a fair while.

Web Development / Re: Cloudflare moves into the domain reg space
« on: September 27, 2018, 05:26:17 PM »
Pretty much how I feel. There's the couple of grand it costs for the privilege of being a registrar + the cost of DNS, emails, admin for complains on domains etc. The markup shouldn't be much.

But for the likes of CF the upsells may cover it, in the end someone is paying.

Traffic / Re: Dehumanising Speech on TW
« on: September 27, 2018, 08:58:48 AM »
They can't all be ninjas

Water Cooler / Re: PSA - ISO 8601
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:34:14 PM »
The UK tends towards dd-mm-yyyy but as you say, for sorting and general ease of use yyyy-mm-dd seems much simpler to use.

We've all likely wasted a small chunk of time scanning through data with multiple rows, trying to figure out the lottery of how the dates are constructed

Traffic / Re: Dehumanising Speech on TW
« on: September 26, 2018, 04:47:19 PM »
Perhaps not if the creators of it consider themselves superhuman

15 percent of queries are ones we’ve never seen before.

I guess the toolbar and autocomplete have helped homogenise queries, IIRC the last time I heard that stat 3-4 years ago it was closer to 25%

Traffic / Re: Roll your own search engine?
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:29:18 PM »
Getting the word out is much appreciated.

>rally behind

Sometimes American eyes see the value better :-) DDG recently got some more funding, and they're little more than a skin.

Traffic / Re: Roll your own search engine?
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:50:14 PM »
Brad, your feedback was received and greatly appreciated, cheers. It's all taken on board. One of the things I'll be helping out with is to try squeeze a bit more room in indexes to increase overall index size...

Did you notice the knowledge graph stuff? I'd put a bit of that together.

Marc (the founder/owner) has a fair idea of the value of traffic, he's looking simply to get the search numbers up before thinking more about monetisation.

Water Cooler / Re: Gonna have a breeze
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:20:49 PM »
Intense. Hope all concerned find themselves out the way.

Water Cooler / Re: Continuing Education for SEO
« on: September 08, 2018, 08:55:26 AM »
a steady stream of sh**, sounds like there's a consultancy fee involved

Water Cooler / Re: OPINION >>> Content no longer maters
« on: August 26, 2018, 08:06:11 PM »
Ergo, my G comments was very much tongue in cheek as I see their algo as a black box, they could perhaps have some weighting towards authorities or 'well curated human resources' outside G, I di not know. Of course, they did invest in freebase which is very much similar to wiki.

Being the arbiters of information is ultimately subjective, the issue is G, FB et al pretty much being black boxes. Wiki is great in the sense that their whole decision making process is transparent. The talk pages apparently reach a consensus for more important topics. People reporting stuff or being blackballed on social networks seems more like a black box.

>Neil De Grasse Tyson

Comes across as immensely smart and sociable, but for me Seth Lloyd is very much more eloquent in sharing his wisdom, purely IMO.

As I said in the previous post, it seems things are too centralised, there's a bottleneck at these huge portals. The ideas of consensus, personalisation, AI, filter bubbles surely all play a part- I very much like the idea of information availability being a transparent process. Nightmare for potential spamming mind you.

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