search engines, web browsers, privacy, machine learning
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Use OpenAI's CLIP neural network to search inside YouTube videos.
• Find the images that best match the search query
You can also try my other project to search from 2M photos on Unsplash using natural language queries:
Either the actions of the market have failed consumers and some form of public action is necessary to address aspects of this failure, or the situation is so desperately broken and beyond help that the legislature is performing a largely ineffectual action that serves more to disclaim any residual responsibility on the part of the public sector for the mess that we’ve created than to actually achieve a tangible outcome.
This is not a recent shift, but it’s certainly taken off in recent years as chip costs plummet, chip power consumption falls, battery technology improves, and our ability to embed digital capabilities in all kinds of devices just keeps on improving.
If we really don't have a good understanding of how to operate a safe and secure digital infrastructure within the current computing environment with its diversity of support and security models, its mix of proprietary and open-source code bases, and the increasing complexity of the roles where we deploy such devices, it feels like sheer madness to then adopt a model of truly massive production and relentless cost shaving to embrace the world of the Internet of Things.
Editor’s Note: Last week, Microsoft endorsed an Australian proposal that would require tech gatekeepers like Facebook and Google to share revenue with local independent news organizations.
Microsoft’s Bing search service has less than 5% market share in Australia, substantially smaller than the 15-20% market share that we have across PC and mobile searches in the United States and the 10-15% share we have in Canada and the United Kingdom.
The United States should not object to a creative Australian proposal that strengthens democracy by requiring tech companies to support a free press.
As consumers of information, we are left to our own devices when it comes to figuring out what to trust and how to evaluate the quality and credibility of the information we encounter.
Consider the search engine our first exploration into empowering the consumers of information to make better decisions about what to trust.
We aim to develop more tools to help readers get better information.
I know most of us hate ads, but it’s this ad money that powers Googles free services, including Gmail and their popular browser Google Chrome.
Like many I have mixed feelings about Chrome, but Chrome is the most used web browser, and their browser engine now powers many of the popular alternative browsers like Microsoft Edge, Brave, Opera and Vivaldi.
One might suggest that open source approach can work, but Firefox and other Firefox forks are the best example, that even with open source support and even getting millions of dollars in donations, they are still unable to keep up with the development of a commercially backed browser, and time and time again they have shown to fail in competing with Chrome.
9 The switch to the Suburus in June 2018 also helps explain why notoriously secretive Apple gave TechCrunch such a deep look inside its vans earlier that month—i.e., because it was about to start phasing them out and switch to the Subarus.
(Upon revealing all of details about Apple’s vans, TechCrunch declared: “This is their coming out party.” But in retrospect, it seems to have been their going away—and I can’t find any reports of Apple Maps van sightings after 2018.)
10 Given how many years of imagery that Apple has captured, it’ll be interesting to see if Apple eventually offers a feature similar to Street View’s “Time Machine” feature:
Three weeks ago, the official Terraria Twitter account publicly pleaded with YouTube for some kind of resolution to a recent Google account ban.
On one hand, this makes it easy for users of one Google service to try other Google services, but it also leads to ridiculously disproportionate punishments if a user gets hit with an account ban.
For many people, a Google account ban is an online death sentence, and it's also a punishment doled out without much recourse for the victim.
Mighty speeds up Chrome on your laptop by streaming it from a more powerful computer in the cloud—that makes your browser & other apps run significantly faster.
Unlike regular Google Chrome, it doesn't slow down if you have too many tabs open.
When you have many tabs open, it will help you quickly find a tab.
• A video element needs to ignore the request to enter/exit fullscreen before the current fullscreen mode change is completed (r271377)
• Fixed picture-in-picture video subtitles that stop updating when Safari is backgrounded (r271737)
• Fixed SVG reference filter chain with errors applying only some of the filters and producing incorrect output (r271785)
By the time it was complete in 2016, we had improved Power Editor so much, with better features, more stability, speed and ease of development for partner teams, that over 50% of all Facebook’s revenue was spent through it.
That it didn’t and that we moved mountains of code doing the horrible, inglorious work of rewriting hundreds of thousands of lines of spaghetti code in production while people used the product, while also building an infinitely better product, is the most satisfying period of professional work I’ve ever been fortunate enough to experience.
A huge thanks to all the amazing people I worked with on that crazy project, you’re the best team I ever worked with, and I’d hop into the trenches with you again any time!
I keep seeing the captchas more and more whose obvious purpose is to train their self-driving NN, and they're getting out of hand.
Sometimes I have to work through 5+ images.
How is that legal that they can just interrupt me on a whim and ask for me to do work for them?
It’s not even possible for a news channel to run for four hours a day and have truly important things to report–there simply aren’t that many important things going on in the world.
So by reading the news, you’re hitting yourself in the face with largely negative commentary on things that don’t matter to you and that you’re not going to do anything about, and as a result lower your effectiveness for the rest of the day.
Given all the things you could be spending it on, the news pales in comparison to the literature or history you could read, to people you could spend time with talking about things bigger than current events, and to creating things that improve other people’s lives.
One of the easiest things I did to help curtail some of the data I was sharing was changing my default web search to DuckDuckGo, and after a year of using it, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on it.
One of the opinions I’ve heard from others about switching to DuckDuckGo is that they believe Google provides better search results.
If you want excellent search results that aren’t used to target you with better ads, use DuckDuckGo.
Today, the company has announced that it is adding a useful new feature to its in-house mapping and navigation service – route planning.
Thanks to the newly expanded scope of route planning in Petal Maps, users will now be able to see multiple routes and check out details such as journey duration quite easily.
Petal Maps already offers some neat tricks such as the ability to save certain locations via cloud sync for quick navigation route access, interactive 3D Maps (with support for pan, tilt, and zoom gestures), and real-time traffic information with turn-by-turn navigation guidance.
A new startup called Insight is bringing web browser extensions to the iPhone, with the goal of delivering a better web browsing experience by blocking ads and trackers, flagging fake reviews on Amazon, offering SEO-free search experiences or even calling out media bias and misinformation, among other things.
In total, the company has around one hundred extensions already created, but it offers tools that allow anyone — even non-developers — to create their own, too.
Since launching into beta testing in December 2020, the app’s top 10% most active users have been averaging over 1,000 pageviews on Insight per day, which indicates some loyal customers have perhaps shifted to using the app as their preferred mobile browser.
The internet isn't one size fits all, your mobile browser shouldn't be either.
With Insight, create extensions easily and quickly on your phone, and we suggest the most useful ones as you browse.
Search only sources you trust; block ads, trackers and junk.
When I worked at Mozilla in 2010 around the time an early version of the WebExtensions format was being developed, and despite being a "restriction" on what browser extensions could do, the simplified spec actually made extensions much more stable and accessible to a larger pool of users.
But when you think of what extensions do for the user, we surveyed existing extensions on the Chrome extensions store and realized that most of them fit one of these patterns:
We're excited to share these extensions with you and even more excited to see what you all build and share (join our slack community)
Thus the impossibility of doing history in the narrow sense of an archival search for documentary traces gives rise to a richer practice of history as the imaginative channeling of the past for present purposes, in order to gain more certain bearings in the present world.
We are, in short, discovering ever more ways to apprehend the world around us as a document, and each new such discovery obviates the old distinction between the discipline of history as the study of written records about particular past events and people, on the one hand, and on the other hand the speculative reconstruction of the past in general, which in the early modern period was sometimes called “universal history”.
I now know that in the case of the “No Nukes” concert I got several things factually wrong — I mixed in some Cold War anxieties that were strictly out of place; I put a t-shirt on an older boy who, in retrospect, could not have been a fan of Black Sabbath and James Taylor at once —no one was!—, as the scene in my memory would have him be.
Maps play a critical role, helping Lyft figure out where drivers and riders are, how best to connect them, and estimate how long it will take to get to the destination.
Can Lyft support the OSM community and contribute to making the map better?
Though we had a strong intuition that OSM offered a complete road network, we didn’t know how well the map matched the real world — so we ran a study.