A Solution to the Gender-neutral Possessive Pronoun

As I presume you know by now, English doesn’t have a gender-neutral possessive pronoun. The default has long been to use the masculine or the technically incorrect plural. Here’s an example of using the masculine. The sentence is in a presentation on computer security, slide 21:

Tiny issues / differences in initial state (single bitflips) can make a machine spin out of control, and the attacker can carefully control the escalating error to his advantage.

Perhaps the presenter was drawn to the idea that most attackers are men, or just preferred not to use the singular “their.”

Here’s another solution: Change the subject to plural!

Tiny issues / differences in initial state (single bitflips) can make a machine spin out of control, and the attackers can carefully control the escalating error to their advantage.

The plural isn’t always an option, but when I can use the plural, it’s the option that I prefer.