webshit weekly (2021/07/21)

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the third week of July, 2021.

Valve Steam Deck
July 15, 2021 (comments)
Valve (business model: "Uber for Gamestop") leads the latest attempt to inflict Linux on unwitting consumers. The story gets one of the highest vote counts of the year and sixteen hundred comments of Hackernews bickering about all of the other hardware devices Valve has introduced and then abandoned. Someone finds out that the device is built to run Arch Linux, and that comment thread immediately turns into a Slashdot re-enactment. The rest of the comments are either Javascript programmers with strong opinions on laptop hardware or people who seem to think Valve is attempting to bolster the production of native games for Linux, which is the opposite of what Proton in fact does.

Google Drive bans distribution of “misleading content”
July 16, 2021 (comments)
A Hackernews submits Google's support documentation as something to bitch about. The scare quotes around "misleading content" signify that the submitter considers permission to lie to you to be more important than living in a functioning society. Hackernews are libertarians until corporate policy conflicts with their immediate goals, at which time they fervently support nationalizing, you know, whatever is inconveniencing them. The "Hacker" "News" moderator steps in a couple times to remind people not to be impolite to shitposters.

Looking Glass: Run a Windows VM on Linux in a window with native performance
July 17, 2021 (comments)
Some Internets like video games, but not enough to run them in the correct operating system. Hackernews is unfamiliar with virtualization technology that isn't subject to Amazon Web Services billing practices, and the resulting comment threads constitute several requests for features that have been reliable and mature for years, and are univerally inferior to just running the supported configuration.

Assange case: Key witness admits he lied
July 18, 2021 (comments)
Hackernews chews on some propaganda, which is focused on the misapprehension that anyone in the United States justice system gives a fuck what Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson has to say about anything. Hackernews is mostly convinced that there's a sinister global conspiracy to silence a brave hero who did nothing at all to anyone except encourage an emotionally unstable foreign intelligence operative to commit treason for his own personal gain. As this behavior remains illegal, the United States remains interested in discouraging it.

Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise?
July 19, 2021 (comments)
Hackernews gleefully converges on an opinion article from a respected medical publisher which gives them an excuse to disregard medical research journals. The comments focus on all the times that scientists did something to piss off Hackernews, to which experiences the only resonable response appears to be utterly discounting all formal research which is not directly funded by Google or SpaceX. Hackernews declares that medical research is mired in a sea of distractions from financiers and overhyped fads, which doesn't affect the crucial cryptocurrency and machine learning research coming out of the computer science fields.

Our lawsuit against ChessBase
July 20, 2021 (comments)
A business fights another business about copyright violations. Hackernews copyright cultists are excited about it.

Kubernetes is our generation's Multics
July 21, 2021 (comments)
An Internet doesn't like some of the currently popular job control software. Hackernews does, for the most part, and the ones who don't can't really imagine any other approaches. As a result, most of the comments are discussions about which AWS services should be replaced with which other AWS services.

webshit weekly (2021/07/14)

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the second week of July, 2021.

All public GitHub code was used in training Copilot
July 08, 2021 (comments)
Another Internet is still mad about Microsoft's code randomizer. Hackernews is by now so bored with this story that they begin speculating on the nature of artificial intelligence, moving on to questioning the concept of intelligence itself, and whining that massive corporations have more access to resources than they do. Later, Hackernews starts bitching about Hackernews' own response to the story they're tired of.

NDA expired, let’s spill the beans on a weird startup
July 09, 2021 (comments)
An Internet rats on a bunch of fraudsters. Hackernews is glad their particular brand of slime is developing a long and storied tradition, and exchanges anecdotes about other dirtbags they've nearly worked for, or been.

EU withheld a study that shows piracy doesn't hurt sales (2017)
July 10, 2021 (comments)
Hackernews is still mad about the European Union wanting to see our emojis, so they dig up an old story about the European Union being dicks about something unrelated. Hackernews, having completely forgotten the pearl-clutching and well-I-nevering they were just doing about Microsoft trampling over their copyright licensing, is absolutely fucking furious about the various media industries' attempts to protect their copyrighted data.

People Staring at Computers
July 11, 2021 (comments)
An Internet got hassled by the cops for a while. Hackernews is divided: there are those who enjoy a good Streisand Effect story, and those who are outraged that someone would contradict the will of Apple Computer, to include comparing the author to a murderer of children. The rest of the comments are the Hackernews Mock Trial Club incorrecting one another about irrelevant laws.

Tesla’s $16k Quote for a $700 Fix Is Why Right to Repair Matters
July 12, 2021 (comments)
A Tesla (business model: "Uber for Yugo") owner has the temerity to allow a car to be repaired with parts that did not come from Tesla. Hackernews sneers at the idea that someone who leases a car should be allowed to dictate the terms of its repair. Several hundred comments constitute a half-assed and hazily-understood engineering analysis of the repair in question, and the rest constitute a series of increasingly complicated misinterpretation of contract law.

The worst volume control UI in the world (2017)
July 13, 2021 (comments)
Hackernews reads a four-year-old Reddit thread, then bitches about user interfaces, many of which other Hackernews wrote.

The unreasonable effectiveness of just showing up everyday
July 14, 2021 (comments)
An Internet reports Rule One. In this case, unfortunately, Rule One is applied to boring nonsense, but it's still effective. Hackernews has had brief run-ins with Rule One, but prefers instead to trade recommendations of airport bookstore fodder. Later, Hackernews argues about vegetable recipes.

webshit weekly (2021/07/07)

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the first week of July, 2021.

Purelymail – cheap, no-nonsense email
July 01, 2021 (comments)
Some Internets experiment with disrupting Silicon Valley business practices by offering a service in exchange for money. Since the service in question is email, Hackernews picks up the megaphone and declares that only Google or Microsoft are capable of operating an SMTP service, much less arcane magic such as IMAP. The service vendors arrive in the comments to be informed that their business is impossible.

Copilot regurgitating Quake code, including sweary comments
July 02, 2021 (comments)
Somebody on Twitter is mad at Microsoft's Markov chains. Hackernews assumes the traditional vestment of the Copyright Clergy and proclaims that Sandalphon is watching, and those who do not decry the Infractor will not have their prayers carried to the Most Holy Lord of Intellectual Property. Since every single Hackernews has seen a copyright notice, they are all experts in legal matters with impeccable credentials, and we're subjected to six hundred comments' worth of the sorts of opinions you'd expect. No technology is discussed.

I do not agree with Github's use of copyrighted code as training for Copilot
July 03, 2021 (comments)
Someone[who?] is so mad about yesterday's Markov chain fiasco that drastic changes are made: a dozen small programs are removed from GitHub and put somewhere else. Microsoft's stock price immediately fell six hundred percent and all English-speaking internet users ceased to use GitHub immediately. Sorry, no, what happened is that Hackernews posted all the same comments they posted yesterday, often directly linking to those comments in the process.

Is Alexandra Elbakyan in real trouble this time?
July 04, 2021 (comments)
Someone had something to say about someone else, but I didn't bother working around the paywall. Hackernews pasted a link to such a workaround, but I couldn't be bothered to click on it. Hackernews splits its time between inventing pedantic methods for avoiding the laws of a country the person at hand does not occupy, whether or not scientific journals should be suffered to exist, or angry rants proclaiming the entire concept of science itself to be a vast conspiracy to enrich postdoctoral students.

No More Movies
July 05, 2021 (comments)
Some asshole has opinions about the film industry. We are never treated to a specific reason we should care. Hackernews insists that real cinema is only found outside of the United States, or in the pages of specific home media vendors. Hackernews has other opinions, but none of them are any more novel or valid than the original article's. No technology is discussed.

European Parliament approves mass surveillance of private communication
July 06, 2021 (comments)
The European Union wants to see your emojis. Hackernews does not want them to see your emojis, and instead questions whether "human rights" exist. Unable to get to the bottom of that quagmire -- too many dictionaries -- Hackernews turns to the question of whether "human rights" should exist. One Hackernews is mad at the BBC. The rest of the arguments are about whether encrypting the emojis will save us.

Npm Audit: broken by design?
July 07, 2021 (comments)
A webshit is mad at a program. Hackernews sympathizes, but explains that the reason the tool sucks is that the entire culture around computer security is based on the needs of hysterical attention-seeking jackals, who outnumber actual professional practitioners about a thousand to one. Hackernews then informs us that this is for the best.