An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the last week of October, 2016.
October 22, 2016 (comments)
Hackernews is extremely pleased with and/or bored by a television show depicting the shitty world they are all frantically working to implement. A few Hackernews jaunt off to explore the idea that the Borg, an amoral cybernetic race incapable of independent thought or the slightest trace of empathy, may be the manifestation of evolutionary perfection. There is no apparent irony (or even self-awareness of any sort) on display.
October 23, 2016 (comments)
Apparently the rest of the sentence is "ssh into it from your phone over usb." The author is very pleased with the ability to type commands. At one point the author bemoans having to write things down because a phone was not capable of letting the author read Wikipedia articles into a voicemail. Hackernews applauds and suggests more systemd commands to run the next time the author is stupid enough to take a laptop to the Himalayas.
October 24, 2016 (comments)
Elon Musk jerks off some unemployed spaceflight enthusiasts while Hackernews watches.
October 25, 2016 (comments)
An idiot types a password into someone's website. An internet takes over the gmail account and attempts to harvest more passwords from the idiot's coworkers. Google's automated systems turned out to be more competent than anyone working at the idiot's organization. Hackernews remembers to talk about two-factor authentication but can't decide if it would have helped here.
October 26, 2016 (comments)
A Hackernews starts a business helping people to fill their online calendars with random shit. Hackernews immediately dives into a form of folk-dancing wherein everyone links to a random idiotic program that claims to help losers do things. The pack-dominant Hackernews hold forth with lengthy philosophical treatises describing the correct methods of writing down things you intend to do instead of just fucking doing them.
October 27, 2016 (comments)
An internet releases a new version of some video editing software, which is written in C++. He posts a blog full of excuses regarding the lengthy delay between releases of this video editing software, which is written in C++. Hackernews responds by saying that programming is engineering, but it's nothing like other kinds of engineering; it is its own very special kind of engineering. Writing a piece of software is compared to building a skyscraper, constructing the Panama canal, designing a real bridge that alive people use, designing a house, a vacuum cleaner, the actual biological process of evolution, and painting a picture. Hackernews seems to think that civil engineers still design infrastructure with drafting tables and pencils. In accordance with federal law, someone talks about rust. The commenter pretends to mean iron oxide, but we can tell the meaning is the programming language because the quote is "it doesn't matter if there is some rust," which is the best possible description of the entire Rust project.
October 28, 2016 (comments)
Some tiny-ass webdev shop told each other how much money they make. Hackernews either doesn't see the point or totally predicted whatever happened. Some government workers show up and explain that the government has been doing this by law for a really long time, except one government worker who thinks that open salary data means nobody can get promoted. Nobody explains the causal relationship between a pay grade and the number on the website.
October 29, 2016 (comments)
A Seventeen Sigma God-Emperor Warrior color codes the random values assigned to meaningless statements. Hackernews, gleaning that they are being told to run a business like a business, is outraged. They explain that startups should be based on genius and cunning, and hold up large government procurement programs as examples.
October 30, 2016 (comments)
A mathematics implements a tileable map projection. You can buy maps about it. Hackernews rants about Cartographic Privilege and Google Maps.
October 31, 2016 (comments)