ReHacked #105: Google Removes Pirate Bay Domains from Search Results, Microsoft’s new Windows prompts try to stop people downloading Chrome, Public Domain Works in 2022 and more

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ReHacked #105: Google Removes Pirate Bay Domains from Search Results, Microsoft’s new Windows prompts try to stop people downloading Chrome, Public Domain Works in 2022 and more
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Google Removes Pirate Bay Domains from Search Results Citing Dutch Court Order * TorrentFreak #copyrights

Google has removed The Pirate Bay and more than 100 related domains from its search results in the Netherlands. The search engine points to a local pirate site-blocking order that was forwarded by anti-piracy group BREIN. The order targets ISPs and doesn't name Google but the company chose to voluntarily comply.

While search engines are extremely helpful for the average Internet user, copyright holders also see a massive downside.

The fact that infringing sites show up in search results has become a source of frustration and Google has been asked to “do more” on several occasions.

Microsoft says its own Edge browser is more trustworthy than "so 2008" Google Chrome - Neowin #software

Over the last few months, Microsoft appears to have become pretty desperate in trying to make people use its Edge browser more regularly. In fact, the company also acknowledged that it was doing it with purpose under certain "improper redirection" scenarios.

In the latest related news, when someone is trying to download Google Chrome from Edge, Microsoft seems to be reminding such users with a popup that its own browser is built upon the same (Chromium) technology as Chrome, suggesting that there's no need for a new browser.

What Will Enter the Public Domain in 2022? – The Public Domain Review #copyrights

Due to differing copyright laws around the world, there is no one single public domain — and here we focus on three of the most prominent. Newly entering the public domain in 2022 will be: works by people who died in 1951, for countries with a copyright term of “life plus 70 years” (e.g. UK, Russia, most of EU and South America); works by people who died in 1971, for countries with a term of “life plus 50 years” (e.g. Canada, New Zealand, and most of Africa and Asia); and works published in 1926 (and all pre-1923 sound recordings), for the United States.

Facebook reverses Kyle Rittenhouse policy - BBC News #internet #censorship

Facebook has reversed a decision to block searches on its platform for a US teenager who was acquitted of killing two people during unrest in Wisconsin.

Searches for Kyle Rittenhouse resulted in a list of blank pages since shortly after the shooting in August 2020.

Facebook said it would "still remove content that celebrates the death of the individuals killed in Kenosha".

But "we will no longer remove content containing praise or support of Rittenhouse", a spokesperson said.

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Germany: New government plans 'right to encryption'. #privacy

The coalition contract of the new German government (SPD, Grüne, FDP) satisfies a lot of expectations by digital rights activists. A 'right to encryption', 'a right to anonymity', 'increased IT security', 'public money for public code' are just some of the digital promises contained in the contract that give reason to celebrate to all privacy enthusiasts.

LEGO has designed a set that can't be taken apart | Brickset: LEGO set guide and database #fun

Traditionally, LEGO sets are designed to be assembled and, should you wish, taken apart to allow you to use the pieces for your own creations.

However, the company's latest release, 75313 AT-AT, has broken from this tradition and some sub-assemblies within it are impossible to dismantle without resorting to using sharp metal implements.

BREAKING: Carlsen Wins Game 6, Longest World Chess Championship Game Of All Time - #news #games #chess

GM Magnus Carlsen defeated GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in a record 136 moves in game six to score the first win of the 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship. The world champion's victory came after five draws in the championship that has a €2 million prize fund.

A tool to install, manage and use Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) in Mozilla Firefox #software

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are web apps that use web APIs and features along with progressive enhancement strategy to bring a native app-like user experience to cross-platform web applications. Although Firefox supports many of Progressive Web App APIs, it does not support functionality to install them as a standalone system app with an app-like experience.

This project creates a custom modified Firefox runtime to allow websites to be installed as standalone apps and provides a console tool and browser extension to install, manage and use them.

Hypertext Style: Cool URIs don't change. #internet #history

When you change a URI on your server, you can never completely tell who will have links to the old URI. They might have made links from regular web pages. They might have bookmarked your page. They might have scrawled the URI in the margin of a letter to a friend.

When someone follows a link and it breaks, they generally lose confidence in the owner of the server. They also are frustrated - emotionally and practically from accomplishing their goal.

Enough people complain all the time about dangling links that I hope the damage is obvious. I hope it also obvious that the reputation damage is to the maintainer of the server whose document vanished.

The IMPOSSIBLE skilift that actually exists - YouTube #engineering

Traditional skilifts cannot turn in all four directions due to the way they are built. And yet there is one to defeat this limitation with a surprisingly simple invention. Discover the Hohstock skilift, built in 1982 and the very last of its kind located in Switzerland.

Sarco suicide capsule ‘passes legal review’ in Switzerland - SWI #medicine #psychology

Some 1,300 people died by assisted suicide in Switzerland in 2020 using the services of the country’s two largest assisted suicide organisations, Exit (no connection to Exit International) and Dignitas. The method currently in use is ingestion of liquid sodium pentobarbital.

After taking the drug, the person will fall asleep within two to five minutes before slipping into a deep coma, followed soon afterwards by death. Sarco offers a different approach for a peaceful death, without the need for controlled substances.

Strange Horizons - "It Will Prove Invincible" – Blade Runner 2049 and the Dreams of Philip K. Dick By Mazin Saleem, By Eli Lee #culture #literature #scifi

Blade Runner 2049 references Pale Fire a number of times: we see a copy of the book in one shot, and Robin Wright’s character Joshi quotes it, too. Her replicant replicant-hunter K/Joe (Ryan Gosling) tells her about a memory that he already knows is an implant, of a toy horse he hid from bullies in a furnace. But in that Dickian way of about-faces and circles within circles, the sequel to a story about a human who might be a replicant is a story about a replicant who might be a human, or almost. An information blackout sends K on a trail that leads to the furnace where he finds the toy horse. The memory was real, he therefore is real, in the sense that the film defines it—born and not made. But later, the replicant rebel Freysa (Hiam Abbass) tells him he’s misread a meaning into what was just a diversionary tactic of the fugitive replicants Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Rachael (Sean Young). Though the memory is real, it’s not his; it’s the memory of the true-born replicant Ana. He is downcast to learn that he's not special, but persists in saving Deckard all the same.

Finally, a Fusion Reaction Has Generated More Energy Than Absorbed by The Fuel #technology

A major milestone has been breached in the quest for fusion energy.

For the first time, a fusion reaction has achieved a record 1.3 megajoule energy output – and for the first time, exceeding energy absorbed by the fuel used to trigger it.

Although there's still some way to go, the result represents a significant improvement on previous yields: eight times greater than experiments conducted just a few months prior, and 25 times greater than experiments conducted in 2018. It's a huge achievement.

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