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Friday, December 16, 2016

Initial speedups

Some recent posts at Gab concerning Infogalactic:
  • The daily traffic at #Infogalactic is steadily growing. 
    • +34.4 % October to November 
    • +43.5% November to December 
  • Jimmy e-mailed me many times pleading for me to donate again to Wiki. Wiki is compromised, infiltrated by underemployed SJWs w/ too much free time. Wiki is losing a donor. Out with Wiki. In with Infogalactic. Migrate over if you're right of Karl Marx.
If you're using Infogalactic to replace Wikipedia - which you can now do as your default search engine in Brave, or by typing :i in the URL bar - you've probably noticed that it is considerably faster than it was a week ago. Click a few times on the Random Page link to see the initial improvements in page load times.

We're still working on the Search and Image Fetch database functions; the latter is the primary culprit with regards to the persistent slowness of both, but we have made considerable progress there as well and expect to have those speedups implemented within a week. I'll be sending out an update to both the Burn Unit and the Phase Two donors with an explanation of what IG's Techstars have done, what they are doing, and what they'll be working on next, as soon as this first round of speedups are in place. Please note that as a general rule, I try to avoid unnecessary communiques that contain no actual information.

If you haven't joined the Burn Unit or jumped the donor ship from Wiki to IG yet, I would encourage you to do so now for two reasons. First, the Alt-Tech revolution is the only way out of being permanently walled in by the converged technology giants, and second, the planetary knowledge core is only going to keep getting better from here.

As you may have heard, Apple is still playing politics with Gab, attempting to keep the Gab app out of the Apple Store on spurious and hypocritical grounds, and Twitter has banned API-related access by Gab, which tells you that Big Tech is already alarmed by the rapid rise of the Alt-Tech. We not only can win, we will win, but we do need those who are on our side to support us rather than continue to support those who hate them.

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38 Comments:

Anonymous DeplorableCodeMonkey December 16, 2016 8:06 AM  

Twitter has banned API-related access by Gab

And meanwhile, cucks and libertarians will continue to play the useful by saying "their property, their call" in an age where it is ruinous for a mom and pop shop to turn away the wrong customers. But but but taking away their freedom won't make us freer. You're right! Not in the short term. The cure to Socialism isn't to persuade the nomenklatura of the wrongness of the system, it is to ensure that they get a taste of the misery good and hard until they agree to stop it.

Blogger Orville December 16, 2016 8:27 AM  

Vox, just sent you an email re: Gab and WordPress. There are over 100K active users of the various Twitter plug-ins on WP. Gab needs this as much as access to Twatter's API.

Anonymous Steveo December 16, 2016 8:33 AM  

Everyone, when you're on Gab - and need some relevant info to support your post; grab a page from Infogalactic to get the word out & keep it in front of the community. Alt-Tech is mandatory for the survival of Western Civ & YOU are an important part if you choose to act.

Blogger Fenris Wulf December 16, 2016 8:45 AM  

How does the "dynamic fork" concept work? A lot of recent additions to Wikipedia (new movies, recent political events, etc.) are missing from Infogalactic. Is this a matter of getting more editors on board as they jump ship from Wikipedia?

I ask because I'm profoundly lazy and I tend to use Wikipedia to look up random pop culture stuff. I had to disable the InfoSextant extension because I was getting too many outdated pages.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 16, 2016 8:52 AM  

WOW! The second law is playing out before my very eyes.

http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-will-fact-check-label-fake-news-in-news-feed-2016-12

Blogger VD December 16, 2016 8:56 AM  

How does the "dynamic fork" concept work? A lot of recent additions to Wikipedia (new movies, recent political events, etc.) are missing from Infogalactic. Is this a matter of getting more editors on board as they jump ship from Wikipedia?

It's all automated. We're not actively trying to recruit new editors yet, and the new content issue will be resolved as soon as we implement the dynamic forking. That's the next thing to come after this first round of speedups.

Blogger Fenris Wulf December 16, 2016 8:58 AM  

Awesome!

Blogger The Kurgan December 16, 2016 9:15 AM  

I don't understand how the dynamic forking will work.
Is it a case of sucking up the first instance of a Wikipedia page but not the updates?

Anonymous hoots December 16, 2016 9:15 AM  

Good call prioritizing the speedups. It's by far the biggest barrier to adoption IMO. The performance has to be comparable to Wiki.

Anonymous DissidentRight December 16, 2016 9:17 AM  

I want to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine, can I make Brave replace the Wikipedia search results with Infogalactic ones?

Blogger VD December 16, 2016 9:18 AM  

The performance has to be comparable to Wiki.

In some ways, unfortunately not visible to the user, the performance is considerably better than Wikipedia's. What they're doing through a lot of very expensive caching, we're doing through efficient database management. This won't help the user experience, but it allows us to provide similar performance at considerably less expense.

Blogger VD December 16, 2016 9:19 AM  

I want to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine, can I make Brave replace the Wikipedia search results with Infogalactic ones?

That's a DuckDuckGo issue, not a Brave one.

Blogger Michael Neal December 16, 2016 9:25 AM  

I am doing my part to help Gab grow but it needs to somehow broaden the audience because everyone on there is so obviously alt-right. Try making more normal profiles so it appeals to more people is my suggestion otherwise it will just be an alt-right haven. I also am remaining on Twitter, no reason to cut off that potential audience. I think the effort will be more effective if people are a little less obvious in my humble opinion, less is more. When you speak more people will take notice if you are not 100% in political mode all of the time.

Anonymous Mark Auld December 16, 2016 9:32 AM  

We must fight the left's attempt to take over all media,or Orwell and Huxley will be proven correct .

Blogger Cail Corishev December 16, 2016 9:33 AM  

I want to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine, can I make Brave replace the Wikipedia search results with Infogalactic ones?

Write to the DuckDuckGo developers and recommend that they offer Infogalactic results as an option somehow. Point out to them that Infogalactic's ethos of open access to information that's not being monitored or filtered according to the opinions of a small group of editors matches up well with DDG's goals.

Anonymous Just another commenter December 16, 2016 9:35 AM  

"Alt-Tech to Ground Control! Ground Control, come in!"
"Ground Control. Reading you five by five, Alt-Tech. Go ahead."
"Taking heavy flak. Locked out, laughed at, and slowed down! News is getting worse by the minute!"
"Then you are over the target for sure, Alt-Tech. Bombs away, and good hunting!"

Blogger VD December 16, 2016 9:37 AM  

I am doing my part to help Gab grow but it needs to somehow broaden the audience because everyone on there is so obviously alt-right. Try making more normal profiles so it appeals to more people is my suggestion otherwise it will just be an alt-right haven. I also am remaining on Twitter, no reason to cut off that potential audience. I think the effort will be more effective if people are a little less obvious in my humble opinion, less is more. When you speak more people will take notice if you are not 100% in political mode all of the time.

Stop cucking. We don't need less Alt-Right, we need more of it. You clearly don't understand politics or human psychology. Playing to the uncommitted middle is exactly how conservatives lost to the Left in the first place.

Your advice is exactly wrong.

Anonymous DS December 16, 2016 9:47 AM  

Excellent - I've been a bit perturbed by the load times, but have kept in mind that growing pains are part of the process. I also approve of ":i" - effective semiotics.

Anonymous DissidentRight December 16, 2016 9:48 AM  

That's a DuckDuckGo issue, not a Brave one.

..

Write to the DuckDuckGo developers and recommend that they offer Infogalactic results as an option somehow. Point out to them that Infogalactic's ethos of open access to information that's not being monitored or filtered according to the opinions of a small group of editors matches up well with DDG's goals.

Okay thanks.

Blogger James December 16, 2016 9:54 AM  

Outstanding Improvements in Info-Galactic. You managed to do what none of the big software companies are able to do anymore. You actually improved the product rather than just adding features. Bravo.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 December 16, 2016 9:58 AM  

Had no problem posting on Gab and having it sent to Twitter.

Anonymous hoots December 16, 2016 9:58 AM  

Presumably the database efficiency will allow future growth without having to constantly re-tune and patch for performance. I imagine Wiki spends a lot of resources on that kind of thing if they rely on caching.

Blogger Nick S December 16, 2016 9:58 AM  

Click a few times on the Random Page link to see the initial improvements in page load times.

5 iterations from 3 to 11s with a 100Mbps connection and a 4.2GHz clock. Could be server load. I'll check again later.

Blogger Michael Neal December 16, 2016 10:03 AM  

Yea maybe you are right I am still in the process of being fully red pilled

Blogger Paul December 16, 2016 10:29 AM  

Speaking of converged technology giants, while we're working to move reference info from Wikipedia to Infogalactic an opportunity has immediately presented itself to monkeywrench one of the major players in totalitarian SJW.

I'm speaking of Facebook and their new "fake news" policing.

Well, as it turns out, FB is crowdsourcing its effort among its own users.

"...Facebook says it's working with fact-checking groups to identify bogus stories — and to warn users if a story they're trying to share has been reported as fake.

Facebook also says it will let users report a possible hoax by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post and choosing one of four reasons they want to flag it — from "It's spam" to "It's a fake news story.""

The four choices are

It's annoying or not interesting

I think it shouldn't be on Facebook

It's spam

It's a fake news story

The way it works as I understand it is that those articles tagged "It's a fake news story" are forwarded to Facebook's internal Minitrue where it's then "fact checked".

But of course articles selected for "fact checking" aren't fact checked before the fact. Their first line selection is up to the Facebook user - who can tag any article they choose "It's a fake news story", thus forwarding it to the growing load to be officially "fact checked".

Clearly, Facebook anticipates this load to be both manageable and composed solely of Alex Jones offerings. What a mess if something else turned out to be the case.

Certainly, Facebook could retaliate and send a message by stomping on the accounts of users who forwarded articles Facebook unilaterally determined to be "clearly not fake news", like NYT or WaPo editorials. In the meantime, though, imagine the fun seeing Facebook "fact checkers" forced to behave like Lucy on the ever-faster chocolate factory assembly line.



Blogger VD December 16, 2016 10:36 AM  

5 iterations from 3 to 11s with a 100Mbps connection and a 4.2GHz clock. Could be server load. I'll check again later.

That's the initial improvement. It used to take 90 to 180s for some functions. One step at a time.

Anonymous cheddarman December 16, 2016 10:40 AM  

My Leige,

Does Infogalactic have an evil theme song or ring tone? I would suggest something along the lines of the Imperial Death March, but more evil.

Blogger VD December 16, 2016 11:02 AM  

Panik Kontrol, presumably.

We manage it.

Anonymous ben December 16, 2016 11:32 AM  

Need UWP app for Gab.

Blogger synp December 16, 2016 12:51 PM  

ben wrote:Need UWP app for Gab.
You mean a Windows 10 Mobile app? Because browser-based interaction works fine on "real" Windows.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 16, 2016 1:45 PM  

Click a few times on the Random Page link to see the initial improvements in page load times.

This is fast enough to be serviceable for most users. Kudos.

Anonymous Post Alley Crackpot December 16, 2016 1:47 PM  

DeplorableCodeMonkey @1: Let me optimise that for you -- the terms "cuckitarian" or "libercuckian" are much shorter and require little explanation.

"Libercuckist" also works well in this regard.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 16, 2016 1:47 PM  

VD wrote:The performance has to be comparable to Wiki.

In some ways, unfortunately not visible to the user, the performance is considerably better than Wikipedia's. What they're doing through a lot of very expensive caching, we're doing through efficient database management. This won't help the user experience, but it allows us to provide similar performance at considerably less expense.


This is also why they will fail. Throwing money at a tech problem is a monkey's idea of a solution.

Blogger Dave December 16, 2016 1:48 PM  

Write to the DuckDuckGo developers and recommend that they offer Infogalactic results

Good suggestion; sending email now.

Anonymous Post Alley Crackpot December 16, 2016 2:04 PM  

DissidentRight @10: If Brave supports Greasemonkey, you can probably find a template script to modify that would let you change URLs from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ to infogalactic.com/info/ ...

Then you'd be able to apply the change to all Web pages uniformly, not just DuckDuckGo search results.

A Brave add-on would make this much more robust.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 16, 2016 3:44 PM  

Signed up for a $10 per month donation.

Blogger napari December 16, 2016 4:26 PM  

I was pleased to make another donation to Infogalatic.
ty for the update(s).
Best!

Anonymous Scott December 16, 2016 5:34 PM  

...and in other Wikipedia-related news, there's this:

https://news.slashdot.org/story/16/12/16/1631223/wikipedia-exceeds-fundraising-target-but-continues-asking-for-more-money

They're still begging for money, even though (1) they've blown through their fundraising goal for the month halfway through, (2) Jimmy Wales promised the begging would end if the goal was met early, (3) the Wikimedia Foundation is sitting on nearly $100 million in assets already and (4) has an annual hosting bill of only $2 million, and (5) the people who provide Wikipedia's content aren't getting paid for it. Where's all that money going? Does the Wikimedia Foundation really need to have multiple decades' worth of expenses covered?

(One more thing: I had to post this through Internet Explorer. Neither Chrome nor Brave are working right to post here. I have a bunch of add-ons in Chrome that might keep it from working, but Brave is pretty much as-shipped...it doesn't even have add-ons available.)

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