paraphrand , in Internet developments have gone from exciting to dreadful.

Capitalism ruins everything. Even if you can argue it’s what made it.

Kevin11 ,

The invisible hand giveth and the invisible hand taken away

Duckef , in Internet developments have gone from exciting to dreadful.

Currently use the internet for Steam, Lemmy and streaming I cut down from Gigabit to 12mbps because I just don’t use it any more.

LilDestructiveSheep , in Internet developments have gone from exciting to dreadful. avatar

Well. Those corporations took their money and threw it in. Basically fusions of different services. Besides that you have a lot of clickbaits and cheap stuff like dropshops and so on.

You gotta be very picky on what services you use. Lemmy f.e. is amazing for me. It does not feel like someone wants to get money off me.

The internet basically became what the analog world was before and it’s anything else than amazing.

Edit: in short terms: Capitalism took the internet from the people.

Anticorp OP ,

Edit: in short terms: Capitalism took the internet from the people.

Well said. The Internet was certainly a lot more fun before anyone figured out how to make money on it. But it’s insane that these companies make more money now than even the largest giants did when I was a kid, and it’s still not enough for them. I’m just flabbergasted by their insatiable desire. They could keep a good product and still pull insane profits, but they’re willing to burn it all down for another percentage point on their quarterly return. I guess that’s a change to the world in general now too. There used to be a common wisdom that if you built a great product, and made your customers happy, you’d be successful. The prevailing attitude now is that the success that comes from that isn’t enough anymore. You need to make the worst product that you’re still able to sell, and then make sure you sell it to the same people multiple times. It’s gross.

TheBenCommandments , avatar

It’s the cancer that capitalism truly is. If you’re not growing, you’re failing and enshittification is an inevitable late stage consequence of capitalism.

It’s just pump and dump.

Serinus ,

enshittification is an inevitable late stage consequence

Maybe, but I don’t think it is. Enshittification is a direct result of our tax policy that encourages cashing out, only looks at the short term, and requires constant growth.

There was a time when companies built a reputation and held onto it for a hundred years. We could go back to that.

Tax the rich.

TheBenCommandments , avatar

Agreed. We need to revert to meaningful tax brackets and apply some new ones to prevent billionaires.

GregorGizeh ,

What they do is the essence of capitalism. More growth. More profits. Enough, or the same as last year, is not sufficient. It must be more, the numbers must go up. And any publicly traded company is legally bound to pursue gains for its shareholders, they actually cannot stop. What makes a corporation is the same thing that makes them hellbent on yet another fraction of a percentage in profits.

The whole system is utterly ridiculous and fundamentally incompatible with reality, once you actually think about these things. A system demanding infinite growth in a finite world.

LilDestructiveSheep , avatar

Yup. Wikipedia is a good example for an instance that solely exists to support people.

There are plenty sites of this. Take a look at some websites that are teaching you skills without asking for money and so on.

That’s how I remember the internet. Sharing knowledge. Of course bigger sites need to make ends meet somehow and that fine with me. But as you already said - more more more.

adespoton ,

I’d say that the old Internet is still there. It’s just sharing space with the much bigger, much more mainstream, capitalist juggernaut now, with limited overlap.

Other than online shopping, my Internet use hasn’t changed all that much since 2008, other than having to add a bunch of anti-tracking stuff to my web browser.

LilDestructiveSheep , avatar

Yeah. I just know that forums aren’t a thing any more. Old fashioned browser games are rare.

Otherwise a lot of valuable news sites became clickbait ad bloated monsters. Only a few are still good.

But yeah… it gets easily overshadowed

tryagain ,

You need to make the worst product that you’re still able to sell, and then make sure you sell it to the same people multiple times.

This is a lovely summary of modern capitalism. The carnival barkers would have you still believe that excellence rises to the top, but it doesn’t. What wins is the appearance of excellence, as a facade for the least effort possible, like you said.

Share markets created this perverse incentive that rewards businesses for appearing successful even if they produce fuck all. I’m thinking of Jack Welch era GE or today’s preeminent carbon credit trading firm, Tesla Motors.

It reminds me of the feedback loop engulfing the major LLMs as they consume more and more of their own content and start outputting lower and lower quality: the original goal of rewarding the best is long lost, replaced by making line go up at all costs.

PuppyOSAndCoffee , avatar

The 90s were worse imo when it came to quarterly returns

Rentlar ,

Yeah, for all of Lemmy’s shortcomings, it’s the best thing to happen to my internet in the last year.

A decently thriving online community of thousands of active users, not run by an entity or corporate board intent on sucking every last cent from people? Hell yeah!

mrmule , in Internet developments have gone from exciting to dreadful.

I totally agree with you here. Now it feels like bots (AI) making content for bots (crawlers) and the only thing we a getting programmed to use is Google, where your question is answered without the need to even visit the website it took the data from.

It’s just boring and I’m a website developer 🤷‍♂️

Anticorp OP ,

Google has been trying very hard, for a very long time, to be the only destination on the internet. They want all the traffic. They started with site summaries at the top of the search page, then they moved to AMP, where they’re in charge of serving the content that others create, now they even show Reddit chains on their home page, and who knows what they have planned next. By serving content that other people created they get to serve their ads and keep 100% of the revenue, rather than sharing a pittance with some small AdSense publisher. They announced to the world that their values had changed when they changed their motto from Don’t Be Evil, and they’re certainly ignoring it now.

lvxferre , avatar

Even before it changed its motto, the idea of a company saying “don’t do evil” is on the same level as a cat saying “don’t scratch furniture”.

krey ,

those instant answers are wrong for me 4 in 5 times tho. when using google, 2 in 3 times i have to switch on Search Tools -> Verbatim, visit the results and ctrl+f my search terms. unfortunately startpage and bing also have decayed and don’t have a switch like that. my hope is the new searches will be usable again. there are a few bubbling up.

Anticorp , in X Faces Potential FTC Scrutiny Over Missing Ad Labels, While Creators Complain of Ad Revenue Share Errors

See those words “potential” and “scrutiny” are why Musk is boldly flaunting the law. Those words need to be replaced with “certainly” and “criminal charges”. Fines are just a line on an expense report for people like Musk, especially when they’re only a “potential” outcome.

mhzawadi , in Internet developments have gone from exciting to dreadful.

Not sure the mega corps have it all, there are still small sites that people run, I my self run some stuff. My lemme instance for 1.

The way I see it, is the mega corps have the budget to make hosting with them cheaper that running at home.

Anticorp OP ,

What I meant is that they killed the ways we used to communicate (blogs, forums, etc.) by consolidating everything into a few sites, and then after ensuring the deaths of those platforms, started squeezing the new consolidated platforms for everything they’re worth. Yes, people chose to move to the new platforms, and slowly abandoned the old ones, but this has been a very engineered outcome. This is always where they hoped the road would lead. They offered the bait, and then sprung the trap.

mhzawadi ,

They only killed the old tach off cuz the masses moved in, in the early days (think dialup) you had only the tech savvy online. You had to wait for everything, email, blogs, news the lot. Then the alway on internet landed and all that stopped, now you can reach anyone anywhere. all the non-tech savvy joined and the mega corps saw the rich gold mine.

The real issue is the lack of tech savvy people making small sites, the mega corps have the platforms and thats where everyone went. Its cheap and easy to be on a mega platform then to run your own site, anyone who does run a site will not see much traffic as its hidden by the big names

rhythmisaprancer , in Apple's iPhone 12 woes spread as Belgium, Netherlands and Germany weigh in avatar

My work phone is one of these I think. The article doesn't really say what, if any implications exist from this radiation. How much electromagnetic radiation could a mobile phone possibly emit?

Slotos ,

They don’t measure emission but body absorption. Body limit is 2 W/kg, limbs limit is 4 W/kg. Apparently only the latter limit is violated.

For meat sacks like us it primarily translates to heat. At frequencies used, this radiation can nudge molecules a bit, which directly translates to heating up. If it was in a hundreds of watts, we’d be approaching microwave ovens territory.

The limits are there because there’s a limit to how much heat a body can efficiently dissipate, and quite a few sources of it. There’s also a concern that localized RF heating can cause cancer, which is not empirically confirmed. I personally care more about a confirmed issue of the nuclear ball in the sky causing one.…/amp/

PS: Totally forgot, just by existing and occasionally eating, you’re generating roughly 1W per kilogram of body mass, probably a bit more.

skullgiver , avatar

Sending high doses of EM into the body can cause cells to overheat, which can cause localised cell death, micro scarring, and from the body’s repair issues, skin cancer.

The iPhone won’t harm you unless you have some kind of heat dissipation disease, and that’s because the limits were intentionally chosen to be much lower than actual dangerous levels.

However, if we ignore rhse safe levels because they’re not directly harmful, every phone would use higher and higher radiation doses to get better reception. The regulations are there for a reason and every company has to abide by them.

The iPhone 12 (just the 12, not the Pro/Max/Mini/whatever) sends 5.74 W/kg into the body, where 4 W/kg is allowed. Normal muscle operation coincides with about 3-5 W/kg. That means that you could get specific tissue issues when you’re exercising on a hot day, as you’re basically dumping twice the heat of normal body operation into a small part of your body.

It’s not like you’ll get cancer immediately, but if you use smartphones for years, this limit becomes a more pressing issue. Unless something changes drastically, we’ll probably be using mobile wireless devices for the decades, and there’s a good chance those devices will radiate the same small area for years (for example, the skin next to your pants’ pockets).

Furthermore, this measure only considers raw energy transfer. Molecules are sensitive to very specific electromagnetic frequencies (for example, water really likes 2.4GHz, which is how microwaves work). This actually makes the effect potentially worse than the W/kg limit may suggest, but the high safety margin should still protect you.

Another interesting point: the SAR limit in the EU is 4 W/kg, while the acceptable rate in India and the USA is 1.6 W/kg. The measurement methods aren’t exactly the same, but every country agrees to take a rather conservative limit, for good reason when it comes to long term exposure.

harry315 , in Apple's iPhone 12 woes spread as Belgium, Netherlands and Germany weigh in

Nice. Time to buy a used one for a steal

eee , in Apple's iPhone 12 woes spread as Belgium, Netherlands and Germany weigh in

oh no, they can no longer sell a phone that’s 3 years old, how will they survive?

ZeroCool OP , (edited )

a phone that’s 3 years old

Correct. This article pertains to the three year old iPhone that was discontinued two days ago. You understand that Apple doesn’t just sell base model iPhones for one year, right? They are sold for two additional refresh cycles. So the iPhone 12 was still being officially sold by Apple until two days ago. Just like how the iPhone 13 will continue being sold until next year when the iPhone 16 comes out.

reddig33 ,

The next question is if these countries will require apple to refund or replace each of these devices.

jmcs , (edited )

If this is confirmed they will probably need to recall and replace a significant percentage of all the phones they sold 3 years ago. in the last 3 years.

Edit: made comment more accurate.

Bye , in Hyperloop in 2023: Where Are They Now?

Ok so this video convinced me hyperloops are a bad idea because vacuum is difficult to maintain

well then what’s a good idea that can go faster than airplanes? What am I supposed to be excited about instead? I love trains and the hyper loop sounded like a really fast train, which is cool.

gomp ,

Faster than current planes? Past planes that have been retired because they weren’t as efficient

darkghosthunter ,

You can check the brief story of the Concorde.

infeeeee ,

Maglev, they hold the current rail speed record with 603 km/h:

By comparison the cruising speed of a current airliner is ~900 km/h

amju_wolf , avatar

The actual speed that matters should be calculated including any on- and off-boarding, so planes aren’t all that fast for short distances (considering most people probably need at least an hour before flight in the airport and at least like 20 minutes after arrival).

mayonaise_met ,

At least 20 minutes is not enough to get to a place you want to visit though, while trains in many places ride straight into the city.

andruid ,

Some more modern cities air ports near the centers as well

erwan ,

Maglev is expensive both to build (because you need magnetized rails) and to operate (uses more energy overall than a shinkansen).

There is a reason why Japan built a prototype decades ago but never built a commercial line.

sugar_in_your_tea ,

Wasn’t the hyperloop just a vacuum tube for cars? As in, it would have the same density issues that cars do, it’s just faster.

The better option is ultra high speed trains, like the bullet train in Japan.

infeeeee ,

It’s just a propulsion/transportation system, so the size of each car is not defined. Like a bus and a personal car use the same system…

Maybe you think about his boring tunnels which are just normal tunnels for normal cars: ……/Las_Vegas_Convention_Center_Loop

For hyperloop only prototypes were built, not for real usage. Considering the price of maintenance and construction of the vacuum tunnels, bigger cars will be used in normal operation. It’s also a separate system from any other current transport method, so there is no benefit of smaller cars, maybe something like a RORO system

sugar_in_your_tea ,

Ok. I thought the original proposal was a pneumatic tunnel system connecting major cities (e.g. LA & SF) catering to individual passenger vehicles. So essentially a RORO, but smaller scale for transporting passenger cars.

The LV system always seemed like a demo of the concept, but without the pneumatic system.

tankplanker ,

Ideally with the ability to transport cars and lorrys like LeShuttle.

ColonelPanic ,

Even more ideally there should be ample public transport at either end of the high speed line so a car isn’t necessary, and freight trains are far more efficient than carrying a lorry containing a single container.

Eurotunnel is relatively unique as it bridges the UK to the rest of Europe, and the only other realistic option is a slower ferry journey. Where continental journeys are concerned there’s no need for them to be able to carry vehicles in my opinion.

infeeeee ,

It’s not that unique, RORO trains aka rolling highways are used throughout Europe, but for freight only:

ColonelPanic ,

We’ll, guess I learned something today and stand corrected. Thanks

Firipu , avatar

You don’t need a car everywhere. Most non US developed countries have a robust public transport network. A car is actually less practical than public transport for like 90% of use cases if you live in Metropolitan areas. Same for tourism. Don’t need a car to go visit Paris. Jump on a local tgv and be in center Paris just a few hours later from most of western Europe. Why would you bring a car…

KyuubiNoKitsune , (edited )

Because I want to visit the hardware store damnit, and it’s 1h away by train/bus vs 15min by car, and I have to carry all the stuff with me on the train, man, I miss having a car sometimes…

Firipu , avatar

My local hardware store ships to my house for a very reasonable fee.

Blame shitty public transport networks :(

KyuubiNoKitsune ,

That’s very lucky, mine wants to charge €200 for a €70 piece of wood.

tankplanker ,

Not everywhere has this, for example regional France does not, not does regional Japan. Also it’s completely unhelpful to get people out of cars and into public transport without realising that people need to take baby steps towards this. Dictating the end state without having sensible steps to bring people along with the process is just beyond dumb, especially when a lot of countries e.g., the UK have absolutely shit public transport that requires decades of investment.

Firipu , avatar

Oh yeah, ofcourse. No discussion there. But one can dream :)

willybe , in Hyperloop in 2023: Where Are They Now?

So there is still time to get in at the ground floor.

Sibbo , in Hyperloop in 2023: Where Are They Now?

Hyperloop tubes are now used as spaghetti storages?

(I didn’t watch the video, just looked at the thumbnail)

harry315 ,

Least insane use case I’ve heard of yet

warmaster ,

Well, how else did you think we were going to feed King Kong so he can protect us from Kaijus?

kevincox , in Malicious Google Search Ads can now fake the displayed URL to push malware downloads avatar

This has been a feature of Google Ads forever. It isn’t even “found a way” it is just a box to fill in the ad manager.

Presumably this is so that they can use tracking links to analyze the performance of the ad without making the URL “ugly”. But it is easy to abuse. (Although I think Google attempts to do some checks, but of course those are always going to be unreliable.)

30p87 , in Malicious Google Search Ads can now fake the displayed URL to push malware downloads

Google/big tech: Why are people using adblockers? We will block you!
Also them:

nyakojiru , in The Reddit Protest Is Finally Over. Reddit Won. avatar

“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.” Sun Tzu

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