Goldman Sachs sets the Netflix trap

The pump-and-dump is on.

Back when BitCoin and other cryptocurrencies were ascending to unprecedented and irrational highs, I churned out article after article detailing all the analysis from first principles why the real valuation of cryptos is zero, and not $20,000/BTC.

I started writing about the cryptocurrency bubble when BTC was hovering around $… Read more

Angular 2/3/4/5: change detection on data-bound array push/unshift, pop/shift or splice

Suppose you have a component and have bound an array variable to an input property, like so:

<myComponent [arrayInput]="myArray"></myComponent>

Suppose you were to modify the contents of myArray via its standard array methods such as push(x), pop(), unshift(x), shift(), or splice(i, c). You may notice that myComponent does n… Read more

Solr 7: match exactly one TextField, fuzzy search the others

Disclaimer: I just recently started tinkering with Solr, so this may not be the “textbook” solution to this problem — but it works!

Say you wish to categorize your documents in a hierarchy. For example, you want to have a pet search engine, and you want to bucket the pets accordingly:

Dog (mammal)

Dogs are domesticated mammals, not natural w

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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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