An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the third week of September, 2017.
September 15, 2017 (comments)
Mozilla duplicates existing "Profile" functionality in an extension. Hackernews invents six thousand possible responses to a keystroke. Each Hackernews is surprised the others do not arrive at the same conclusion, which is admittedly how Hackernews generally works. Nobody can figure out what the difference is between "containers" and "profiles."
September 16, 2017 (comments)
September 17, 2017 (comments)
September 18, 2017 (comments)
Corey Doctorow slowly beings to realize that the internet, like everything else, exists at the convenience of people with money. Hackernews, all of whom work for the companies that lobbied for web DRM standards, ruefully shake their heads; there was no possible way to avoid this. The only way forward is to commit all available resources to web development.
September 19, 2017 (comments)
An internet notices that some Mac software was written by idiots. The idiots' quick reversal of course is hailed as heroism. Hackernews dithers about when it is appropriate for terminal emulation software to undertake its own network traffic. Nobody suggests 'never.' The software in question has been sending random shit over DNS queries for at least two years.
September 20, 2017 (comments)
An internet compares a search engine to a freelance surveillance apparatus. Hackernews likes the search engine, except for the search results, and decides they cannot survive without the surveillance apparatus, because it saves them a small amount of money for email hosting.
September 21, 2017 (comments)
A software project posts a changelog. Hackernews has strong opinions about relational databases, because those are the closest thing to data structures Hackernews knows about. Many hours are spent arguing about performance trivialities and the finer points of password authentication. Some Hackernews spend time imagining software they would write, and then finding bugs in their imaginary software.