03-28-12 - The Internet is Broken Part 714

I've given up on Google; the search seems to get worse every day. It's so annoying the way it "fixes" what I'm searching for. (eg. I was doing some searches about "flashing" (the metal strips used to keep water out) and it wants to give me results about fucking Flash).

So I'm trying a full switch to DuckDuckGo. A while ago the horribleness of Google as a home page motivated me to make my own home page. Now the search box in my custom home page is :

<form method="get" action="https://duckduckgo.com/" name="z2">

    <input type="hidden" name="kb" value="n"/>
    <input type="hidden" name="ki" value="-1"/>
    <input type="hidden" name="kp" value="-1"/>
    <input type="hidden" name="kz" value="-1"/>

<input type="text" name="q" size="70"
 maxlength="255" value="" />

        <select name="sites">
          <option value="" SELECTED>Duck</option>
          <option value="cbloomrants.blogspot.com">cbloomrants</option>
          <option value="thepiratebay.se">piratebay</option>
          <option value="www.youtube.com">youtube</option>
          <option value="en.wikipedia.org">wikipedia</option>
          <option value="www.amazon.com">amazon</option>
          <option value="citeseerx.ist.psu.edu">citeseerx</option>
<! input type="submit" value="site" />


So far the experience is kind of meh. On the plus side, Duck doesn't "fix" your search, and it doesn't give your phone number to marketers every time you use the internet. On the minus side, it's slower and the quality of search results is slightly lower. (though, while it has slightly less good results, it also doesn't have so many fake advertising/spam/stub results as Google, which is very prone to search- jackers).

For my reference, the way you set your Firefox URL line to be an "I Feel Ducky" search is thusly :

"https://duckduckgo.com/?q=! "
      (note the space at the end)

In other "the internet is fucked" news, OMPF went away a while ago and took lots of good information with it. Sadly I can't get archive.org to find it's data. (and of course OMPF.org is domain-parked with some fucking spam site, and archive.org has made a very poor choice of defaulting to giving you the current site when they don't have it in the archive; so if you go trying various URL's to try to find the goods, you get handed to the spammers; great).

In particular, at the moment, I want these :


but more generally I would like a full download of ompf.org at its latest good time.

And the more general point about internet fuckage (which I have made before) is - What fucking good is a URL ? The content keeps changing or even disappears. It's like giving directions to a sand painting in the Sahara. Oh thanks, by the time I actually get around to wanting to read it, it will be gone.

Is there no fucking way to download web pages? Am I the only person in the world who thinks the internet was better when it was plain text? (this is without even getting into the horror that is Flash or even HTML5 or web pages with mouse-over menus; anybody who puts mouse-over menu drop-downs in a web page should get punched in the cock)

And finally in this edition of "god I hate the internet and yet I cannot stop suckling on its sweet sweet teat" is the change to piratebay. Piratebay now only provides magnet links in some misguided attempt to delay prosecution. (it is inevitable that they will be shut down by the forces of American business, acting through their proxy the American government). This is personally very annoying for me, because I download torrent files from various machines but then only actually run bittorrent on my server; with magnet links you don't get the torrent files to pass around (unless you actually run a torrent client and manually extract the torrent file). Bleh.

(BTW / semi-unrelated rant / the entire way that computer security is designed is so fucking retarded for the way 99.99% of the world actually uses computers. Having separate user accounts is useless and creates all kinds of annoyance and problems. But if you just had a "sandboxed web browser" and a non-sandboxed web browser, that would eliminate almost every security breach that real people actually face. How about just a "hmm, this exe I downloaded might be iffy; run it in supervised mode where anything it tries to do to my registry or settings or whatever I get to manually okay". WTF, no of course you don't get the simple obvious solutions like that)

(and why in fuck do we still let web browsers make popups, redirect, or resize windows? How can you possibly think that's a good idea? It's like having a feature in an iPod to let the music electrocute you. Some jackass is of course going to use that feature in a bad way, so just fucking take it out.)


nothings said...

and why in fuck do we still let web browsers make popups, redirect, or resize windows?

According to me, "This is why the web sucks, but you just don't know it. It sucks because your experience interacting with the web could be vastly better, but browser authors are instead caught up in enhancing the abilities of content creators to enhance your experience, instead of directly enhancing your experience."

Or maybe "Some time, a long time ago, the Mozilla developers got it in their head that they were developing an application platform, and they've never lost that drive".


Andrew said...

I don't know if you've already discovered it but Jakob Bikker has setup a temporary ompf2.org website located here: ompf2 with the idea being to reform the community and eventually to either move back if ompf returns or to try and rescue it's archive.

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Unknown said...

RIP ompf.org :'(

old rants