It appears that, as of Summer 2020, only inbound links from Google Scholar can trigger a public PDF download from Academia.edu. Other public download attempts, if not logged in to the service, get a “404”. Readers may wish to update any link-lists accordingly.
Oh dear, it’s 2020 and the biggest and most AI-powered services on the planet are still relying on dumb keyword-blocking. AbeBooks reports that the pulp sci-fi double-bill paperback Mask of Chaos/The Star Virus has been classed by Amazon as a “medical device” and banned from sale.
Ironically, Amazon is still listing bat faeces sent from China, delivered to your door here in the UK. Apparently medical pseudo-science believes it to be a remedy for poor eyesight.
“On the Persistence of Persistent Identifiers of the Scholarly Web” is a new paper from Los Alamos, finding that many DOIs in a 10,000 random sample are unreachable…
“consistently across request methods, more than half of our DOIs fail to successfully resolve to a target resource”
Despite the misleading “2004” tag on the page identifier tag, the paper was actually presented in March 2020 at the CNI Spring 2020 Project Briefings.
The UK’s government’s completist and public Social Media Archive is now reported to be fully operational and primed, after its 2014 soft launch. Although a quick test shows that ‘exclude word’ still doesn’t work, in terms of removing results…
The Peter Lowe ad-blocking list is obviously now worthless, due to its over-reach and scattergun blocking of all sorts of legitimate things. Back in June I found it blocking Harvard. I’ve since found all sorts of similar blocks on things that should not be blocked. I’ve unsubscribed my browser’s ad-blocker addon from the Peter Lowe list, and I suggest that you also consider doing so.
Google Search’s captcha’s are becoming intensely annoying. You can’t seem to go more than five pages of results deep with the same search before Google throws up a captcha, even with a relatively unsophisticated verbatim search such as “author name” “annotated”. And it’s not happening because I’ve been hammering the service in other ways.
A demonstration of the limited range Google.com can offer, these days. One of the top all-time greats in science-fiction literature, at page six of the results on his distinctive name. The results dribble away to spam and essay-writing services, at a mere six pages and 103 results. Searching for the name with capitals, as “Clifford Simak”, makes no difference.
Ooops. Harvard’s Astrophysics Data System server, a huge public repository of astronomy and space flight papers and books, blocked because… it has ‘ads’ in the URL? Does ad-blocking get more block-headed than this? Thankfully, I see it’s now possible to tell uBlock to ignore the rule, which didn’t used to be possible.
Update: The Peter Lowe list is obviously now worthless, due to its scattergun blocking of all sorts of legitimate things. I’ve since found all sorts of similar blocks on things that should not be blocked. I’ve unsubscribed my Ad-blocker from the Peter Lowe list and suggest you do so as well.
The Knowledge UChicago repository for the University of Chicago appears to have recently changed its primary URL path for records.
All such URLs now give ‘404’ with no redirects, though are still present on Google Search for now.
Now appears to be: /record/
Ooops. Apparently the EU’s police plods are demanding that Archive.org take down all of the Project Gutenberg content…
“Included in the list of takedown demands are a bunch of the Archive’s “collection pages” including the entire Project Gutenberg page of public domain texts, its collection of over 15 million freely downloadable texts”
These form-pushers obviously have no clue that this will have quite the opposite to the intended effect. Instead of suppressing it, they will cause the material to become even more widely available and known. Partly through all the publicity, and partly through the efforts of free-speech activists to mirror an uncensored Gutenberg. They’re also politically clueless, having managed to instantly bring into disrepute the EU’s new laws.