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  1. I think Keyword Research doesn't work at all. Prove me otherwise!

    Keyword Research and SEO are entire industries today. There are tools like ahrefs and semrush that promise to give you "trending" topic keywords for a sum of monthly subscription money. However,...

    Keyword Research and SEO are entire industries today. There are tools like ahrefs and semrush that promise to give you "trending" topic keywords for a sum of monthly subscription money.

    However, you can discard all their claims using a similar logic that you use to discard the claims of Astrologers, Voodooists, Stock Experts who "recommend" stocks, etc:

    1. If an Astrologer knows the future of everyone, wouldn't they profit massively from it themselves using the information rather than telling the trick to everyone else (just for a pittance)?
    2. If a Stock Expert knew that a stock's price will go up (and how much), won't they invest thousands and make millions themselves instead of giving those "tips" to "subscribers" and again, earn only a pittance?
    3. If SEO and Search Marketing companies knew exactly which keywords can rank your blog or site in the Google Search Engine, won't they write articles on those topics/keywords themselves and profit massively with the page views instead of revealing that secret to you for merely a few cents!
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  2. Comment on After ruining Android messaging, Google says iMessage is too powerful in ~tech

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    We should ALL unitedly support XMPP based open source software like jitsi. That's the only way to escape these walled gardens.

    We should ALL unitedly support XMPP based open source software like jitsi. That's the only way to escape these walled gardens.

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  3. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but unlike other ecosystems like Github and NPM (where all contributors work more or less individually), the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) works as one unit. Since Log4J...

    Correct me if I'm wrong but unlike other ecosystems like Github and NPM (where all contributors work more or less individually), the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) works as one unit. Since Log4J is maintained and published as an Apache software, they must have some responsibility too?

  4. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    Is that really a fix though? What if the "big bad corporation" simply agrees to comply with GPL terms ;-)

    fix that makes your code unavailable to big bad corporations while extending the rights of users and small businesses: the GPL license.

    Is that really a fix though? What if the "big bad corporation" simply agrees to comply with GPL terms ;-)

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  5. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    The thing is that we all depend on the skills and talents of millions of unnamed people every day without even realizing. Right from the Uber driver on who's driving skills you depend on to the...

    The thing is that we all depend on the skills and talents of millions of unnamed people every day without even realizing. Right from the Uber driver on who's driving skills you depend on to the anonymous pilot dude who safely shuttles your flight to that anon chef who prepares your dinner, you don't know any of their names. They can all turn out to be Maraks some day by doing a strike and causing "immediate effect on your business"! The question is are they ethically justified in doing so?

    A similar maintainer of Log4J Java package recently brought down the NHS systems. Does the problem lie with NHS in this case? The ethical problem with these devs is not coming off clean with their intentions. Contributing to the society was clearly never the intention of these guys, it was going after these corporations for money. This was never the ethos of open source at all, why not they form their own corporations or even dual license their code to keep commercial entities away (like JetBrains does)?

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  6. Comment on Bitcoins - can't it only go down from here? in ~talk

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    I certainly don't claim to be an expert on bitcoin, however, this is my take: But the other side says that bitcoins can be fractioned and divided to whatever extent you want unlike fiat currency....

    I certainly don't claim to be an expert on bitcoin, however, this is my take:

    Only a certain number of bitcoins can be mined

    But the other side says that bitcoins can be fractioned and divided to whatever extent you want unlike fiat currency. For example, 1 BTC has a million satoshis and you can send half, quarter or even a tenth satoshi to someone if you want to!

    Bitcoin is already consuming so much energy that countries are starting to actively discourage mining

    Again, I don't know much about this but from what I've heard, even sustainable energy sources (like nuclear or solar or wind) can be used for mining.

    This implies that any substantial increase in bitcoin price will result in substantial regulation of the bitcoin industry as it impacts the supply and price of electricity to other industries

    Even assuming that's true, bitcoin is probably just the first chapter in the story or journey of blockchain technology. There are many other crypto currencies (like Nano) that don't need to burn electricity to validate payments. If I'm not mistaken, this is the area where the crytpo technologists are looking forward.

    A significant portion of bitcoin investors are speculating on an asset rise

    But there are also a significant number of blockchain enthusiasts who are here for the technology, not the asset or dollar value of BTC. These enthusiasts are only found on reddit forums and github PRs, not on BBC/CNN which is why you don't get to hear about them. But in reality, these enthusiasts are the real drivers of BTC and blockchain technology, not the Wall Street people!

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    The system will not collapse as long as the people are willing to make the necessary adjustments. If most people are willing to stay at home in lockdowns, order stuff online through Amazon, etc.,...

    The system will not collapse as long as the people are willing to make the necessary adjustments. If most people are willing to stay at home in lockdowns, order stuff online through Amazon, etc., even work from home and tutor their kids through Youtube, etc. (you guys even have degree colleges that offer online courses like Penn Foster, right?), it's possible that the system might hold good.

    In my country (India), about 80% of population stays in rural areas and doesn't know a thing about online systems. Most systems are manual and happens through files and papers. Lockdowns aren't easy to impose, the administration has to invoke strict laws like Section 144 for a curfew, and deal with the angry public. I often wonder how such a clumsy system can still be holding at all during a pandemic! If this can hold, I'm pretty sure systems in US/EU should hold fairly easily!

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  8. Comment on Let's reclaim the blogosphere now! in ~tech

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    Sorry about that, I'll keep that in mind. Should I delete this one?

    Sorry about that, I'll keep that in mind. Should I delete this one?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Biden accuses Trump and his allies of holding ‘a dagger at the throat of America.’ in ~news

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    Not necessary. There are Gandhians and followers of MLK (Martin Luther King) who hold the position that violence can never be justified against anyone (Govt. or otherwise), and that all protests...

    Not necessary. There are Gandhians and followers of MLK (Martin Luther King) who hold the position that violence can never be justified against anyone (Govt. or otherwise), and that all protests should be of non-violent and diplomatic means.

  10. Comment on Frugal living 101: Huge list of ways to curb your home expenses during COVID times in ~finance

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    There are some good apps for selling second hand stuff like OLX, Quickr, etc. but not sure they work in your country or not. You can probably even try the "Facebook Marketplace".

    There are some good apps for selling second hand stuff like OLX, Quickr, etc. but not sure they work in your country or not. You can probably even try the "Facebook Marketplace".

  11. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    md-editor - A simple web-based markdown editor to convert raw markdown text to HTML. I wrote this in pure HTML+JavaScript+Bootstrap as I need this conversion because I habitually write my blog...
    • md-editor - A simple web-based markdown editor to convert raw markdown text to HTML. I wrote this in pure HTML+JavaScript+Bootstrap as I need this conversion because I habitually write my blog posts in markdown format in a text-pad which I must post to blogging platforms like Blogspot in HTML.
    • tux-drive - Many moons ago when I used Linux (Ubuntu), I wrote this command line program to interact with my Google Drive. These days, they have the official desktop client for Linux too, but writing one in Python has its own thrill, isn't it!
    • sqlite-gui - Needed to brush up my C# skills, so I coded this.
    • enforce-git-message - This is a boon if you happen to use git versioning system and want to enforce custom rules (like commits should be in conventional format i.e. fix: some message or build: just deployed version 1.2).
    • vtscan - I don't use a proper memory resident anti-virus but often times, I get suspicious of certain EXE/DLL/ZIP files. Instead of uploading the file each time to Virus Total (a web-based service that scans a file using multiple AVs), I just wrote this python program that sends the file hash using VirusTotal API and fetches the results using command line!
    • randombits - Just a little python program that adds some random bytes to README file and commits it to my git repo. Useful to have this when you're busy doing something and still want to keep your github history active!
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  12. Comment on Man against marketing in ~tech

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    I think the solution to this lies in the past and the evolutionary history of human race; why did we have such longer attention spans to begin with? Was it because in the good old days we were...

    I think the solution to this lies in the past and the evolutionary history of human race; why did we have such longer attention spans to begin with? Was it because in the good old days we were habitual to consuming longer content formats like novels and published books instead of blog posts and short videos? If so, can we try and correct the present anomaly by again cultivating the habit of longer content formats? Maybe, we also need to be more vigilant of at least some components of modern tools like social media which are designed to unwittingly absorb "every nugget" of our attention? These are perhaps some questions in the direction of solving this.

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  13. Comment on Twitter may be working on Twitter Blue, a subscription service that would cost $2.99 per month in ~tech

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    They are probably just testing waters before bringing some more useful features under paid subscription. Making things paid will result in enormous loss of users for any platform so its risky,...

    But, I just don’t see the point of these features. Being able to organize your “favorite tweets” and having a bookmark organizer, it seems like a lot of fluff.

    They are probably just testing waters before bringing some more useful features under paid subscription. Making things paid will result in enormous loss of users for any platform so its risky, even Facebook tried experimenting with making WhatsApp paid for a while but it didn't work.