An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the third week of April, 2020.
April 15, 2020 (comments)
April 16, 2020 (comments)
Stripe (business model: "Uber for PayPal") celebrates another half-billion dollars of debt. Stripe Actual shows up to hobnob with the clients. Hackernews is mad that their stock options must now take a back seat to the half-dozen or more investors who showed up late to the party. Several comment threads are Hackernews comparison-shopping between credit card processors (nobody is happy with any of them). The rest are either trying to figure out how money works or complaining about exchange rates. Stripe Actual wanders around the thread implementing brand engagement.
April 17, 2020 (comments)
An Internet notices that programmers are no longer held accountable for their work. Hackernews agrees this is a problem, and collectively has every possible opinion on when exactly Things Went Wrong. Lots of Hackernews are disgruntled about lock screens. Other Hackernews are mad about websites. Still other Hackernews are mad that programmers keep changing shit from one version to the next. Every single thread results in a reconstruction of user interfaces from first principles, followed by bickering about where the right place is to stop.
April 18, 2020 (comments)
A loan shark has strong opinions on national infrastructure. Hackernews wants desperately the rich person to notice them (noticing them being the first step toward showering them with money), so we're treated to all of the profound thoughts on civilization that Hackernews has grunted out during four to six weeks of plague isolation. Hackernews' assessments of the loan shark's screed turn out to be surprisingly diverse, but they're all centered around the same theme: Hackernews, having mastered economics, medicine, and civil engineering, are the only people on earth qualified to have the correct opinion on nation-building, and they're not afraid to let us know. After all, you can't spell "socially distant" without soi-disant.
April 19, 2020 (comments)
Some Internets have extremely strong commitments to some software. Hackernews likes the idea of making computers do something stupid, but the topic isn't actually interesting so the discussion is sparse and desultory. Technology is discussed, but none of it is interesting.
April 20, 2020 (comments)
Webshit machine learning still sucks. Hackernews holds forth on just how hard not sucking is, then attempts to reverse engineer Google's revenue streams in an attempt to understand why they insist on sucking. This is obviously boring and pointless, so Hackernews debates whether Google's image search is racist, then whether it's racist against white people. The rest of the comments are mourning the good old days when Google's search algorithm returned useful, accurate results, instead of the morass of garbage that Google's search algorithm has caused to be.
April 21, 2020 (comments)