webshit weekly

An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the third week of October, 2017.

US telcos appear to be selling non-anonymized access to consumer telephone data
October 15, 2017 (comments)
An internet is surprised and angry that the companies who provide a pocket internet connection and GPS location service are selling shitloads of information about their users. Hackernews, every single one of whom subsists on the profits of nearly identical business models, is consumed with righteous fury. Obviously the first hurdle to cross is simple: reconstructing the concept of human rights from first principles. From there it becomes a powwow on how the enlightened and cosmopolitan Hackernews community can most effectively lecture random strangers about telecommunications policy. A sidebar discussion is held: trying to ascertain if 'ethical behavior' is even an achievable goal.

Key Reinstallation Attacks – Breaking WPA2 by Forcing Nonce Reuse
October 16, 2017 (comments)
An academic finds a problem and produces a sales brochure for it. Hackernews can't decide if this development is the fault of hardware manufacturers or consumers. One Hackernews believes that changing programming languages will help. Most of the comments involve asking which hipster Android distros have a fix released. The rest are arguing about VPN services.

Show HN: Metaballs
October 17, 2017 (comments)
A webshit does some trigonometry. Nobody knows why. Hackernews bikesheds it anyway.

Documenting the Web together
October 18, 2017 (comments)
Mozilla stops pretending they are capable of independent thought and just gives Google and Microsoft commit access to their documentation. Hackernews, a website populated primarily by web developers, misses the old non-web documentation Microsoft used to provide. Some time is spent discussing the finer points of using search engines to bypass idiotic webshit.

DevDocs API Documentation
October 19, 2017 (comments)
An internet pastes everyone else's documentation into a webshit. Hackernews stuffs the webshit into their text editors.

Iceland's attempts to replant its forests
October 20, 2017 (comments)
Apparently absolutely nothing occurred on the twentieth of October, so Hackernews threw a dart at a newspaper: Iceland would like to stop being a wad of mud. Hackernews is certain that it cannot. Most of the comments are people explaining Norse culture to each other, and the rest are people explaining ecology to each other. Someone dives deep into the etymology of the word 'desert,' to nobody's benefit. Another group argues about lyme disease transmissibility.

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3
October 21, 2017 (comments)
An internet would like to help you fuck your whole house up with bad computers. Hackernews has been doing it for years, and has many suggestions for other terrible programs to integrate with this awful idea, but they're too busy arguing about how and when to turn lights on.