The Yanny/Laurel “debate” is a sign of the times

Another inanity sweeps the world. Another vacuous Tweet makes international headlines.

The Yanny/Laurel “debate” is surely a sign of the times we live in.

It is a “debate” devoid of nuance, encouraging more us vs. them mentality than independent and critical thought. Everyone is ready to jump into the fray, picking sides and st… Read more

How to replace the default search icon with a custom Ionicon in an Ionic 3 Searchbar

The icon for the Ionic 3 Searchbar is a hard-coded SVG written in SCSS rules. In particular, they are saved under the following variables:

$searchbar-ios-input-search-icon-svg: "<svg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 13 13'>
  <path fill='fg-color' d='M5,1c2.2,0,4,1.8,4,4S7.2,9,5,9S1,7.2,1,5S2.8,1,5,1 M5,0C
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Facebook launching dating service, maximizing social dysfunction

Facebook’s announcement of dating features on its platform deserves a genuine laugh.

The platform notorious for increased social anxiety, psychological manipulation and damage, invasion of privacy, and erosion of public discourse, thinks it can “solve” the matchmaking problem.

I suppose it’s a valiant attempt at exp… Read more

The brainwashing is real: Jeremy Lam, “his” culture, and the prom dress

Cultural Marxism rears its ugly head again in the social media cesspool.

This time, Twitter user Jeremy Lam (@jere_bare) had the wherewithal to speak on behalf of 1.5 billion Chinese (and apparently me included). Stereotyping anyone with Chinese ancestry to great irony by grouping us all as like-minded thinkers and not individuals, he accuses a stranger … Read more

“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy” — this is what western propaganda looks like

This video perfectly points out the extreme irony and hypocrisy of mainstream media, the seed that has helped grow today’s cult of group-thinking “news” watchers, reflexively regurgitating platitudes, smug in their presumed “informed”-ness but ultimately incapable of individual and critical thought.

Unless you a… Read more

Netflix jumps quarterly always on subscriber numbers, but never on profitability and sustainability

The pack leader in this debt-driven bubble, Netflix, made another 8% leap today with glowing media reports everywhere noting that subscriber growth beat analyst estimates in the latest earnings report.

If there’s any indicator big enough saying how much risky speculation is fueling this stock market, it is today’s wall-to-wall media co… Read more

Hack to make Ionic 3 Menu component static (keeping the menu open and ignoring backdrop and content clicks)

The current behaviour of the Ionic 3 Menu component doesn’t allow the menu to stay open if the user interacts with other content in the app.

There are a couple of reasons to want a static menu, with the content still in full view:

  • Desktop web apps have sufficient space to show a menu and content simultaneously and we want a drawer to mimic a SplitPane
  • Mobile
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Zuckerberg and Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica “scandal”: two wrongs don’t make a right

Despite the revelations of the obvious, that is, the implicit admission of censorship, privacy invasion and bias after Ted Cruz’s “grilling” of Zuckerberg, one has to be weary of the pitfall that this Senate hearing aims to achieve: merely passing the baton of corruption from a private corporation to the needlessly growing federal go… Read more

Subtle Ionic 3 gotchas: don’t import and push the page module you are trying to load lazily

With a page you want to be loaded lazily and not eagerly, don’t fall into the subtle trap of trying to push the module onto the stack rather than just the name of the module as a string.

In your page you wanted to have lazy loading, you probably added the decorator (or ionic CLI may have generated this for you):

@IonicPage()

right before:

@Component

In these … Read more

Facebook incriminates itself, but that doesn’t matter when the lawmakers are on your side

Consider it a shareholders meeting.

With Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of the U.S. Senate in what is looking to be the frontrunning dog-and-pony show of 2018, it is laughable to see the feigned concern of government officials in the wake of Facebook’s antics that include but are not limited to censorship, biased algorithms and selling privacy … Read more