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[–] [email protected] 103 points 3 weeks ago (3 children)

Five years ago this was valid. Hell even two years ago.

Today..... You're most likely to get a bullshit sales pitch disguised as a blog that doesn't actually answer any question you asked but has one word in it from your question sentence.

[–] [email protected] 22 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

God, this is so infuriatingly true. A few months ago I searched for info on types of spiders in my province, because I wanted to learn more about my many housemates. All of the top links were SEO blog spam that were clearly duplicate pages rebranded for different keywords (something that Google's algorithm used to penalize but apparently no longer gives a shit about). I know this because, no, black widows are not fucking native to Manitoba, Canada.

Not to mention that goddamn annoying way of writing that SEO blog spam uses where they are so obviously reaching for long tail keywords. My job used to involve some of this stuff back when the search engines pretended to care about good content - when you were at least nominally rewarded with page rank for content that read like it was written by a person with a soul. Now it's just a wasteland of mechanical prose. There's still good stuff being said out there, but good like finding it with a search engine.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

Sorry my dude, but according to this they are.

There are two species of black widow spider in Canada: the western black widow found in parts of BC through to Manitoba (mostly restricted to areas close to the southern Canada-U.S. border) and the northern black widow in southern and eastern Ontario. On occasion, black widow spiders occur outside of their ranges by hitching a ride on produce such as grapes.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

Well, crap. Now I'm going to be irrationally afraid of a run-in with an illusive grape-riding Black Widow.

I did know about foreign spiders hitching a ride on produce. I just didn't know that these dudes could take root in our cold wasteland. Nonetheless, thanks for the link!

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

No worries, if your heart is in decent shape, you're actually not in much danger from a black widow, as far as I know. It's mostly the elderly and the really young who die from their bites these days.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago (1 children)

Good to know. Nevertheless, I hope to never be in a situation where I get to find out. I'm guessing they're suuuuper rare here. I checked the iNaturalist app and there were no observed sightings of either type mentioned in that article.

There's probably just a colony in the back of a supermarket somewhere.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago (1 children)

I'm from Vancouver, and there was definitely a few that lived out back of my dad's house when I was a teen. TIL my dad's house was a supermarket!

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago (1 children)

I can see them surviving in the wild in Vancouver, but here in MB it regularly gets to -30 to -40 for several months in the winter. I'm not sure they'd like that too much.

That said, maybe your dad's house is a supermarket. Does he have lots of food in it?

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago

Well....he's definitely a better cook than my mum, but I'd say more like regular amount of food?

[–] [email protected] 9 points 3 weeks ago

There is one correct result and 60 million repost trying to grift.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

I've found best search results with either DDG or Startpage, no ads, (probably) more private than Google.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

People are having successes with Brave as well.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

The only thing I can applaud brave for is that they at least try to have their own web index.

[–] [email protected] 50 points 3 weeks ago (2 children)

You mean Google it then go to the 10th page to find a sketchy site with an article that agrees with you?

[–] [email protected] 41 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 14 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

What is this GIF from? It's a perfect representation of my comment hahaha

[–] [email protected] 8 points 3 weeks ago

You’re right

alt-textA cake with a message written on it in pink text that says "DID IT HURT? when I told you to SearXNG IT and I was right." The cake is decorated with swirls of white frosting and colorful sprinkles around the edges.

[–] [email protected] 20 points 3 weeks ago

If someone gave me a cake every time I got something wrong I'd be dead.

[–] [email protected] 16 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

With this comment posted, the thread of prophecy is severed. Restore a saved game to restore the weave of fate, or persist in the doomed world you have created.

[–] [email protected] 14 points 2 weeks ago

"I googled who was the captain in titanic? Google said " Eat 1 smooth rock a day for better results." So you were wrong.

[–] [email protected] 10 points 2 weeks ago

Please don't ridicule people for being wrong. It only incentivizes them to avoid admitting mistakes.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago

algorithms of oppression. noble.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

That's a victory worth celebrating

[–] [email protected] 0 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) (1 children)

Did it hurt?

When I shoved this cake right up your arrogant ass.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago (1 children)

Try not to take shitposts too seriously.

[–] [email protected] -2 points 2 weeks ago (1 children)

But that would make me a tryhard.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

Would it? Hmm

[–] [email protected] -3 points 3 weeks ago

You couldn’t be further from the truth

[–] [email protected] -5 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) (2 children)

that should end in a question mark, not a period...

best not to make simple gramattical mistakes when rubbing someone's face in your having been right

[–] [email protected] 21 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] -2 points 3 weeks ago

Hooray. Finally, someone got the joke.