Daily Archives: 2024-05-14

Google now offers ‘web’ search — and an AI opt-out button

Source: The Verge - All Posts

Article note: One of our new features is a tool to ... turn off many our obnoxious new features, potentially rolling back some of the effects of years of enshitification.
An illustration of Google’s multicolor “G” logo
Illustration: The Verge

This is not a joke: Google will now let you perform a “web” search. It’s rolling out “web” searches now, and in my early tests on desktop, it’s looking like it could be an incredibly popular change to Google’s search engine.

The optional setting filters out almost all the other blocks of content that Google crams into a search results page, leaving you with links and text — and Google confirms to The Verge that it will block the company’s new AI Overviews as well.

Screenshot by Sean Hollister / The Verge
This is the new Web button. You know, for all your Web searches.

“Isn’t every search a web search? What is Google Search if not the web?” you might rightfully ask.

But independent websites like HouseFresh and...

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VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion pro go free for personal use

Source: OSNews

Article note: Hm, that's in the same vein as the license situation on VirtualBox's extensions: "Have these nice features for personal use and... our lawyers will eat you if you use them commercially without paying up." It's kind of reasonable for a Virt product.

After Broadcom acquired VMware, there’s been a steady stream of worrying or outright bad news for people using VMware products at home, for personal use, as enthusiasts. The biggest blow to the enthusiast market was the end of perpetual licensing, forcing people into subscriptions instead. Finally, though it seems we’re getting some good news.

The most exciting part is that Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro will now have two license models. We now provide a Free Personal Use or a Paid Commercial Use subscription for our Pro apps. Users will decide based on their use case whether a commercial subscription is required.

This means that everyday users who want a virtual lab on their Mac, Windows or Linux computer can do so for free simply by registering and downloading the bits from the new download portal located at support.broadcom.com.

↫ Michael Roy on the VMware blog

This is definitely good news for us enthusiasts, and it means I won’t have to buy a cheap VMware license off eBay every few years anymore, so I’m quite satisfied here. However, with VMware under Broadcom focusing more and more on the enterprise and squeezing every last penny out of those customers, one has to wonder if this ‘free for personal use’ is just a prelude to winding down the development of enthusiasts’ tools altogether.

It wouldn’t be the first time that a product going free for personal use was a harbinger of worse things yet to come.

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The new APT 3.0 solver

Source: Hacker News

Article note: The rpm (with dnf and zypper) and dpkg (with aptitude and this) ecosystems getting faster, _less_ prone to strangling themselves, and more cooperative with introspection has been nice. I'm very accustomed to pacman, and some of the new declarative, or compositional or otherwise unconventional package systems are ...interesting if not always desirable... , but there are a lot of tasks the old standbys and their ecosystems are a good tool for.
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