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Ask PG: I submitted a story now I can't access HN from my home ip address
32 points by andrewhillman  1 hour ago   9 comments top 5
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dmaz 35 minutes ago 1 reply      
It's excusable to mistake that post for spam.

No paragraphs, repetition, generic audience, then ends with a speculation.

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fourk 28 minutes ago 1 reply      
Are you unable to access HN from https:// as well as http://? I know of some recent issues where some Comcast ip ranges in San Francisco were unable to access the site without switching to https.
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AznHisoka 3 minutes ago 0 replies      
I don't care about you getting banned, but the story you submitted yesterday is quite interesting. I had similar experiences in the past. Of course if you want to be uber paranoid, don't participate in Google Analytics either. Don't google for your site yourself, don't do any site: commands for your own domain, etc, etc. Also, don't do any spamming of your site from your own Gmail account! They're watching you!
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tbsdy 30 minutes ago 1 reply      
I'm slightly unsure why this is so highly voted :(
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ricardobeat 36 minutes ago 0 replies      
weird story (both of them)
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"Unknown or Expired Link" - A failure in gauging user intent
9 points by unconed  4 hours ago   6 comments top 5
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sycr 3 hours ago 0 replies      
This has been discussed before. Here is the conversation:

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3098756

And pg's explanation:

It's not so much that it's ahead of its time relative to hardware as it is something you do in the early versions of a program.

Using closures to store state on the server is a rapid prototyping technique, like using lists as data structures. It's elegant but inefficient. In the initial version of HN I used closures for practically all links. As traffic has increased over the years, I've gradually replaced them with hard-coded urls.

Lately traffic has grown rapidly (it usually does in the fall) and I've been working on other things (mostly banning crawlers that don't respect robots.txt), so the rate of expired links has become more conspicuous. I'll add a few more hard-coded urls and that will get it down again.

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gregjor 3 hours ago 0 replies      
The closure explanation would make more sense if paging through lists of links/articles wasn't one of the oldest solved problems of web site UI. Closure may be a quick & elegant rapid prototyping technique but probably not as quick and useful and doing what thousands of other web sites already do in a few lines of code.
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brudgers 1 hour ago 0 replies      
>"The only logical explanation I can think of is that it's some sort of masochistic way of keeping people from wasting too much time on HackerNews."

My understanding is that the logical explanation is that it works well enough for the intended purpose - i.e. it's functional.

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jmitcheson 2 hours ago 1 reply      
What's the big deal? Hit F5 before clicking "More" or open the "More" link when you start your session, and keep it open in the background until you need it.
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adir1 4 hours ago 0 replies      
I just got that 2 times in a row, I wonder if they just don't have budget to improve the site?
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Iran Shuts Down Major Websites and Https Protocol
383 points by Sara70  1 day ago   144 comments top 36
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peterwwillis 1 day ago 3 replies      
I haven't checked yet whether they're using layer 7 filtering or just blocking ports, but assuming it was a lame combination of the two, you can try tunneling through HTTP on port 80.

Download proxytunnel and follow this guide to set up Apache (or whatever server you prefer) to http proxy ssh connections to port 22: http://dag.wieers.com/howto/ssh-http-tunneling/

Then run ssh with proxytunnel as the ProxyCommand (as shown in the guide). It will make a plaintext HTTP connection, request a CONNECT yoursite.com:22, and if they aren't inspecting "too deep" you should be able to get an ssh connection.

If that doesn't work there's always icmp tunneling (hans), dns tunneling (iodine), and various other options. See if you can make a udp connection over port 53 to a remote host and transmit non-DNS packets; if they aren't intercepting DNS traffic, just make an openvpn udp connection over port 53 for your tunnel.

I actually have a whole paper on circumventing captive portals and firewalls and a crappy tool to probe them if anyone wants it.

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charlieok 1 day ago 1 reply      
TOR has a blog post up about exactly what they've been able to determine about what Iran is doing:

https://blog.torproject.org/blog/iran-partially-blocks-encry...

Regarding HTTPS, it appears they detect and disrupt the SSL handshake.

For those who can't access TOR's site, it may be useful to quote their post in full:

“Over the past two days we've been hearing from, and working with, a number of Iranians having difficulty using Tor from inside Iran. It seems the Iranian government has ramped up censorship in three ways: deep packet inspection (dpi) of SSL traffic, selective blocking of IP Address and TCP port combinations, and some keyword filtering. For instance, they have partially blocked access to Tor's website, torproject.org, via IP address (such as 86.59.30.36) and port 443 (which is the HTTPS port). The third level of blocking is by keywords, such as searching for the word 'tor' via regular, non-encrypted search engine websites.

The blocks on SSL are not complete and not nationwide. Where blocking is in place, initial investigations show they are identifying the beginning of the SSL handshake and simply interrupting the handshake. We continue to research and investigate solutions with the assumption that SSL will eventually be blocked nationwide inside Iran. Our goal is to defeat their dpi signatures and allow tor to work by default.

The Iran Media Program has posted their thoughts on what is happening from a journalist's perspective.

So far, it seems the majority of Tor users are not affected by these blocks. Iran is still the #2 country based on direct usage, https://metrics.torproject.org/users.html?graph=direct-users.... This number is on the decline, however.

More details to follow as we have them.”

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csomar 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm grateful for the Tunisian revolution. Internet Censorship (including ports disable) is at 0. The court justice has ordered to censor a few pages (because of some reasons) but the Global Internet provider in the country did not accept. The head of this agency is also working that the law prohibits any kind of censorship for any reasons. He was responsible for censoring content in the Ben Ali era, but he now thinks that it just doesn't make sense.

The problem is, with the people (in the court or the gov.) who don't understand how the Internet works.

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ya3r 1 day ago 2 replies      
I live in Iran.

The fact about the shut down is correct. I would also add that secure connection to servers inside Iran is possible. I've tried some, and they work. But trying to connect to services like Github and PivotalTracker, which we relay on in our starup, results in no response.

Also I will note that the ssh protocol is the same. I can ssh into my university machine (inside Iran) but I can't access my rackspace VPS with ssh for example.

One thing to add is that `Sara70` creator of this thread, mentions some non-related reason for this (The reason for this horrible shutdown is that the Iranian regime celebrates 1979 Islamic revolution tomorrow.) which is wrong.

Here nobody officially said anything about this. But as this shutdown is getting more attention in the media, I suspect this issue to get resolved soon.

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soult 1 day ago 2 replies      
FYI, Jacob Applebaum just asked[1] people to set up TOR bridges using a new protocol called obfsproxy[2].

1: https://twitter.com/#!/ioerror/status/167922546807812096
2: https://www.torproject.org/projects/obfsproxy-instructions.h...

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bwarp 1 day ago 3 replies      
This is why good old analogue amateur or personal radio should still be a powerful force for people who are rebelling against their governments and corporate overlords.

The Internet is easy to kill, as are digital cell-based radio networks. Proper amateur radio is not.

Jamming is not that effective over a large area before anyone suggests that.

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jcr 1 day ago 3 replies      
As it so happens, I've spent the last day trying to break in through the
technical restrictions of a regime from the outside. There is a country
with a very oppressive government that prevents outsiders from observing
them. It's a tiny island monarchy that doesn't matter much in the grand
scheme of things, but you may have heard of them; it's called the
"United Kingdom" or "Great Britain" or whatever.

If you don't live within their control, they don't want you to see the
propaganda they put out on their "British Broadcasting Corporation"
(BBC) television stations and web site. Needless to say, there are ways
around their entirely pointless technical restrictions.

(Note_To_Self: As somewhat dyslectic person, I'll never forgive patio11
for nick-naming his product "BCC").

I would like to say that by-passing government sanctioned Internet
restrictions is simple and easy, but it's not true. Doing it safely can
be impossible at times, and considering the rather severe punishments
for getting caught (i.e. death), it may not be the smartest choice you
could make. If you want to take your chances, there are often
technically possible ways to by-pass the restrictions. It's not easy,
and it may not be entirely safe, but usually, it is technically
possible.

There are free solutions out there like Tor ("The Onion Router"
https://www.torproject.org/), but they mostly suck. If you don't believe
me, then just try using them. The other problem with the free solutions
is a lot of government filtering knows about them and adjusts
accordingly (when possible). There is also a lot of monitoring an
profiling done on the traffic on the free solutions like Tor since the
traffic is interesting.

If you need a solution that sucks less, you'll need to pay for it. As
much as many would like to believe otherwise, bandwidth and servers are
not free, so when a service is unable to support itself through
advertising, then you'll need to pay for it. The commercial VPN vendors
are more reliable and have far better security, privacy and performance
than the free alternatives.

I've been a paying customer of https://www.tunnelr.com for over a year,
and really enjoy their service. I'm on friendly terms through email with
the two founders, Daniel and Jared, so I'm probably guilty of some sock
puppetry or fanboyism. They also run the "devio.us" free shell provider
service which is very impressive.

The thing to realize is the people responsible for controlling the
network you are on and enforcing the restrictions probably have a way
out of their own. It could be that their "day job" gives them access to
the "other" side of their censorship filters, or possibly they've left a
few holes here and there that they can use to by-pass their own
filtering system. If the latter, it's probably done with a VPN of some
sort.

In the case of a good commercial service like tunnelr.com, you don't
need to worry too much about figuring out where things were left open.

Typically, if UDP traffic is found going to port 53, most people expect
it to be DNS lookups from client systems. Again typically, if TCP
traffic is going to port 53, most people expect it to be DNS lookups
done by DNS servers. Of course, if you see TCP traffic going to port 80,
you'd expect it to be going to a web server...

The common expectations are not "wrong" in most situations, but these
expectations can be wrong if things are configured differently.

In the case of good VPN services, things are configured differently!

For example, I can use TCP and connect to port 80 but establish a SSH
connection, or use UDP and connect to port 53 but establish an OpenVPN
connection.

This kind of trickery will not fool filters with the capacity to do
"Deep Packet Inspection" ("DPI" e.g. protocol profiling), but the vast
majority of filtering tech out there can't do deep packet inspection all
of the time. It requires too much computation to be effective on fully
saturated links, so it slows things down terribly. There are a few
products out there that can do DPI at "wire-line" speeds, but they are
hellishly expensive and fairly difficult to manage properly.

BTW, if you go the SSH route, check out dsocks by Dug Song. It runs on
most UNIX systems, on MacOS, and on MS-Windows through cygwin.

EDIT: I totally forgot about countless the payment options you have
available in Iran (i.e. none). If that's an issue for you, contact me
privately (email address is in my HN profile).

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pooriaazimi 1 day ago 0 replies      
Almost all websites that worth visiting are either blocked by Iranian government or by US export laws (SourceForge, Google Code, ...) so people rely heavily on VPNs and proxies. One of the most used proxies is YourFreedom[1] that offers a special service for Iranian people (a free 512 kbps socks proxy). It sounds great, but unfortunately they have been compromised. About 10 months ago, I contacted them (they didn't respond, which makes me a little worried).

It looks like Iranian government uses a transparent proxy, so all connections to ems01.your-freedom.de (ems01 through ems24) first redirect to iran.ir and then go to YF's servers!

(YF is blocked right now, so I can't re-do this test right now. These images are from my email to YF 10 months ago)

http://www.imeezo.com/v/images/49229825994939115647.png

http://www.imeezo.com/v/images/46490363986030440278.png

A page accessed without a VPN/proxy:
http://www.imeezo.com/v/images/98155525346546936123.png

The same page, but with a VPN:
http://www.imeezo.com/v/images/30239946359511647325.png

In the third image, the response is from iran.ir's transparent proxy, not YF servers...

[1] your-freedom.de

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humanfromearth 1 day ago 2 replies      
They control the physical network. As long as they have that control they will be able to do what they want. The only way to deal with these fuckers (not just Iran) is to start using collectively Ipsec or something similar. All SSL movement is just the beginning. I'm sure every big service will try to encrypt it's traffic more and more to protect itself from governments that try to criminalize their users.

Forcing countries like China, Iran and US to go into dark ages if they don't use the new all encrypted networks.

It's a shame that we are so paranoid as a species that we need to do that, but I don't see any other way.

I know this is extreme, but I don't want to see the freedom I enjoy right now taken away by these obsolete power hungry entities.

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lorddfg 1 day ago 0 replies      
That sucks, in Pakistan they're banning websites left and right, most of the websites can be accessed with Proxy but I have to use VPN just to upload files now. It's not only the porn websites they're banning, websites like pastebin etc. are getting axed as well.

In short, if any website goes against their stupid and yes effed up ideals they will ban it. The ISP's can't do anything because they're forced to comply.

Forget ACTA or SOPA, these idiots just do whatever they wish.

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sepent 1 day ago 2 replies      
Moreover, SSH has stopped working, too. But, finally I found a way to circumvent it. A simple twist in the client side, could simply bypass the filtering.

I wrote a simple script to do this, and I would like to share it with all of my countrymen:

https://launchpad.net/~mohammad-sepent/+archive/ppa/+package...

To use it, just replace ssh command with issh like this:

issh user@hostname [other-ssh-options]

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forcer 1 day ago 2 replies      
I am really passionate about this problem. We are currently working on the VPN solution for consumers and I could dedicate some of our servers for this to develop a VPN that would work when governments shut down encrypted connections. where should we start? it it even feasible to do a secured tunnel hidden in normal traffic undetected?
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mrud 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you can't believe that governments are using deep packet inspection and block access to popular sites have a look at the 28C3 talk How governments have tried to block Tor
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX46Qv_b7F4 it covers different governments and how they tried to block access to the TOR network
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tetha 1 day ago 0 replies      
So its time to grab our steganography handbooks and build a cute little animal picture channel patch for open ssh.
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sycren 1 day ago 1 reply      
Are there any solutions for web browsing like Onlive (http://www.onlive.co.uk/) does for video gaming? It would be significantly harder for them to datamine a video stream..
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dutchbrit 1 day ago 1 reply      
And here I was, about to ask HN to force SSL on the login page..
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ck2 1 day ago 3 replies      
Maybe http://m.gmail.com ?

What about ssh tunneling over an alternate port?

Gosh I cannot believe governments that do this to their people.

I wonder if they are ironically using American engineered equipment and software to do the block too.

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deno 1 day ago 1 reply      
Is it possible to bypass their physical network altogether? For example, is satellite Internet available/legal over Iran?
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teopeurt 1 day ago 0 replies      
Realise ALL encryption handshake are blocked but Maybe this might work.

https://github.com/stealth/sshttp

You do need a server on the 'outside' though. (oh bugger, github uses https)

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ilaksh 1 day ago 0 replies      
The invasion of Iran has been planned for many years. The occupation of the two countries immediately to the west and east of Iran were preliminary steps in the same long term military campaign.

I assume that this level of internet censorship will go away because it is playing into the hands of Western imperial propagandists who are working hard to "justify" or motivate the next major invasion.

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zckevin 1 day ago 1 reply      
We Chinese use VPN or SSH port forwarding.
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wyck 1 day ago 0 replies      
Most posts here are about tunneling, which is akin to whacking a mole and not a solution.

The only solution is in space, or a mesh net run by citizens, http://www.reddit.com/r/darknetplan/

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corford 1 day ago 0 replies      
Would running through a socat tunnel (http://freecode.com/projects/socat) defeat the DPI?

If yes, you could setup a tunnel on port 80 and then run openvpn through it.

I did this for a friend in China and it worked.

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rorrr 1 day ago 0 replies      
So no more online banking, no more credit cards? Whatever businesses they have are fucked, when it comes to secure communication.
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saizai 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've tested this as of today (2/10) and have technical details of exactly what filtering is going on, and what isn't.

tl;dr: Iran gov't is the actor, not ISPs; filtering most but not all SSL in a couple different ways; specific targeting of privacy tools & Google.

See here (will be updating it soon w/ more): https://plus.google.com/u/0/103112149634414554669/posts/PT3e...

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jetpackjello 1 day ago 0 replies      
Hello! You can use encrypted Secure SMS for Android. The app is free, and available at:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.atomcloud.metrobud...

The instruction manual is at:
http://web.atomcloud.com/apps/metrobuddy-secure-sms

the app needs no licensing, so can be passed from phone to phone via SD card.
Good Luck!

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siculars 1 day ago 0 replies      
Shutting down the borders in advance of military action. They don't want sensitive data getting out.
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cicloid 1 day ago 1 reply      
Is Tor still working?
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rd108 1 day ago 4 replies      
Does anyone know how they "shut down https"?
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antihero 1 day ago 0 replies      
Can you get a virtual server with SSH running on port 80?
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l0nk 1 day ago 0 replies      
Hi,

Just let you know that I used that when I'm in "not-really-freedom-friendly-country" =)

http://nihilex.com/obfuscated-openssh

Slow but works =)

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bbrizzi 1 day ago 0 replies      
Pure speculation here, but would it be possible to use some kind of exotic Content-encoding HTTP header to avoid the DPI checks?

Of course it would also have to be implemented on the server-side but that's another problem.

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i_love_rabbits 1 day ago 1 reply      
Would it be possible to DDoS the deep-packet-inspecting routers with fake SSL handshake requests, or some partial part of it? Sort of like a TCP-SYN attack at the SSL level, and force them to give up DPI?

In other words, if we know that they are cutting off the handshake at the ServerKeyExchange phase, for example, couldn't we generate large amount fake SSL traffic that stops one step before that, cause the router to hang?

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alkasir 1 day ago 1 reply      
Do SOCKS proxies work at all? One can test if they work. Xroxy.org is a good place to start.
Email me at admin(at)alkasir.com to send you free socks proxy servers for testing.
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chrismt 1 day ago 0 replies      
All the companies who provide censorship knows hows to Iran should be banned for ever.

To download Hotspot Shield, TOR or Ultrasurft

Visit http://www.unblocker.co.nr or http://www.proxysoftwares.co.nr

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jacklei 1 day ago 0 replies      
aaawwwww mannn... :(
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Show HN: SWYM - Share what you make
42 points by revorad  14 hours ago   25 comments top 13
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city41 12 hours ago 1 reply      
It's a good little MVP and already seems to be gaining interest. There are other similar sites out there such as about.me, virtualrockstars.com, etc.

I'd love to see you take it "all the way": profile pics, markdown support, screenshots and embedded videos of the projects, etc.

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jeffclark 13 hours ago 1 reply      
I start typing in what I used to build it, then you didn't have "Stripe" yet. OK, no problem.

So I click "add a new one" and it takes me to a new page, deleting the stuff I've already entered.

Come one, man! New window at the very least.

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revorad 14 hours ago 0 replies      
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DanielRibeiro 8 hours ago 1 reply      
It is nice, and I'd wonder why I would use this instead of http://coderwall.com/ ?
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aespinoza 13 hours ago 1 reply      
I think this is a really cool idea. But I do think it needs a description field. I saw that some of the people put the description of the application in the name field. It is difficult to know what the app is about.

Really cool idea though... :D

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revorad 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Thanks a lot everyone for the comments and sharing your awesome projects!

For those of you who don't have anything to share right now, but are interested in following other cool new projects, you can now sign up to the mailing list on the homepage - http://swym.me. It might encourage you to share yours too at some point.

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p3rs3us 12 hours ago 1 reply      
The idea is great but I think there are a few things that you should look into.

1. What if there are so many entries in the main page, that eventually it becomes just noise?

2. There should be some way that I could follow/know more about one who shared his/her work, so that in future if he creates something new I am notified.

3. Wouldn't be better to give some kind of rating system and a search box.

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transmit101 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Looks great Hrishi. Nice work.
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beaumartinez 14 hours ago 1 reply      
It's a cool idea"but I think it'd be even more awesome if you could post without having to sign up.
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rokhayakebe 13 hours ago 1 reply      
SWYD (Share what you do). My name is ___________, I am a ________, specialized in __, __, __. I worked at ____, ____, ____.
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benjlang 13 hours ago 1 reply      
FYI have you checked out http://geekli.st?
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sidcool 12 hours ago 0 replies      
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mattslight 14 hours ago 1 reply      
I like the concept - but what's the big picture?
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Ask HN: What is the secret of Reddit's success? Early adopters?
31 points by zeynalov  5 hours ago   55 comments top 19
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citricsquid 5 hours ago 1 reply      
They faked it until they made it, they created fake accounts and submitted / commented to pretend there was activity when there wasn't. A community needs people to work.

Alexis has some good stories / info on his blog: http://alexisohanian.com/how-reddit-became-reddit-the-smalle...

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daimyoyo 15 minutes ago 0 replies      
The community is what attracted me to, and what has kept me going back to reddit. The comment threads there are full of people who genuinely seem to care about one another in a way I have never seen in any other site.
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eli 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I don't mean this in a bad way, but I think Luck was the single biggest factor.
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zmmmmm 3 hours ago 1 reply      
For me it was the UI / commenting system. I had been a lurker on slashdot for years but never made a comment. Then I went to reddit and was commenting 5 times a day because it was so light weight and easy and was totally pseudononymous. (re: the last point - I have not made one single public comment on Google+, while I have made thousands on reddit. Reddit has just the right balance of pseudonymity). I also think that making it possible to edit or delete your comment after writing it, which was quite radical at the time, improved the average quality of conversations enormously. The very few poor quality posts I made were either voted to oblivion, edited to improve them within 5 minutes or deleted if I realized I should never have opened my mouth.
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kolya3 3 hours ago 1 reply      
Most people hate their jobs. Give those people a safe way to waste time at work and they will. The Reddit spartan UI (blue links/white background) looks like you are being productive even when you are not.
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petercooper 5 hours ago 0 replies      
A great way to digg into this topic is by reading interviews and listening to podcast interviews with Alexis. For example, if you're a Mixergy member (or have been subscribed to the podcast to see this interview still in the feed), http://mixergy.com/no-reddit-didnt-copy-digg-heres-how-it-wa... was a great interview.
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gchucky 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I believe the big surge to Reddit was when Digg put up version 4 and a drove off a lot of its members. A lot of the older members of Reddit tend to lament how it went from a decent place to what it is now (reposts, etc.) which is why I think the Digg implosion was so important to Reddit's success. My guess, then, is that part of why Reddit is popular is because of the hands-off approach of the site's owners and moderators as opposed to sponsored posts and that sort of thing. The mods there step in really only when absolutely necessary and haven't really messed with the way the site runs.
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lutusp 4 hours ago 2 replies      
The interface is part of the reason -- it's easy to navigate, and conversational threads are clearly laid out. There is an alert icon that tells you if someone has replied to one of your earlier posts, something missing from many social-media sites. You click the alert icon, and all the replies are listed in chronological order, simplifying the management of multiple conversations.

The public "font page" display is also intelligently laid out, with posts that have been read and upvoted ranked according to popularity.

And there is a voting scheme -- although controversial, the voting "karma" system allows the system to rearrange posts by popularity without any effort or intervention.

The site is broken into forums, and users can create a new forum if they care to.

I used Usenet for many years before there was a Web, and Reddit reminds me in some ways of those days (but it has a better interface).

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avar 3 hours ago 2 replies      
One thing that makes them successful is that they weren't trying to build "something between X and Y". Why would anyone use your community portal instead of just creating a subreddit or discussing things on Facebook / Google+ / etc.?

Why would anyone use your site instead of other online discussion forums? Once you can answer that you have a shot at being successful.

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gte910h 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Subreddits (anyone can have their own reddit...on reddit) and the messaging/reply system in my opinion.
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bootload 4 hours ago 1 reply      
If you are talking popularity, the sale to Condé Nast has to factor. Without this sale Reddit might have made it. The sale turbo charged user adoption ~ http://techcrunch.com/2006/10/31/breaking-news-conde-nastwir...

The biggest single factor is probably applying to YC.

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doctoboggan 4 hours ago 1 reply      
In my opinion the idea that made them take off was subreddits. Where previously I would have joined many different websites/forums for my varied interests, on reddit I can just join the subreddit.
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leak 3 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm going to have to say it was two parts luck and ease of joining the conversation. You can create an account so easily (no email required) and that probably allowed a lot of people to chat about subjects that they would normally not put their name/identity on. That's my guess.
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fufulabs 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I think the biggest factors are:

- unique user flows / user interface

- persistence (team + Conde Nast parent)

- big stumble of Digg

everything else is a result of these

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mkramlich 2 hours ago 0 replies      
UI convenience helps. I'm still frustrated by HN's posting usability compared to Reddit. Reddit sets a high bar in terms of my expectations now.
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lukasb 4 hours ago 1 reply      
The UI is easy to use, but I wouldn't call it simple. There is a lot of information, and there are a lot of ways to interact with the content. Every comment has at least seven clickable links and three pieces of metadata, compare with HN (four and two.) They just did a good design job so it doesn't seem overwhelming.

The UI probably has something to do with the composition of the userbase. reddit feels not just interactive but malleable. That appeals to geeks raised on videogames.

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prawn 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Regular content makes it a daily (or more often) read for procrastinators and people looking to share new links with peers. I think that's a big part of it.
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mkramlich 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Personality. Personality goes a long way.
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jayzalowitz 2 hours ago 1 reply      
1. Mascot
2. Mascot
3. Bacon
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StartupBus - 7 Cities Announced, applications still open
10 points by mceoin  9 hours ago   2 comments top
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BrianCurliss 9 hours ago 1 reply      
Anyone have an invite for a Buspreneur?
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Ask HN: Ever had a game changing idea while working for a startup?
4 points by pisequal2np  6 hours ago   5 comments top 2
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gamechangr 2 hours ago 2 replies      
That's not kosher!! Don't forget that you've been paid every month by your employer for that leaving curve. It maybe tempting, but it's not honest.

Pretend you left and started your own company, how would you feel about paying an employee for a year to learn your model and have them become your competition?

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doctorwho 6 hours ago 1 reply      
Do you have an employment agreement or contract with your employer? Most will ask you to sign something that says all the ideas you have while working for them (related to your job) belong to them, regardless of when you come up with them. While the enforcability of such clauses may be questionable they can probably tie you up in court long enough to make your idea worthless, or at least to give themselves long enough to run with it.
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How to go about getting freelance jobs?
5 points by dhaivatpandya  9 hours ago   5 comments top 2
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twog 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Whats your skill set? I run a small design agency, where occasionally I need help with frontend/backend projects. Drop me a line if you want to chat
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eburley 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Don't be deceived. 10$ an hour on freelancer.com may seem like the norm, and you may well take some jobs that end up paying about that, but:
1. Not all skill areas pay that poorly. Look for an underserved area and exploit it.
2. Those low paying initial projects can turn into long term good paying clientele. I did exactly that with six iOS projects in 2011. The effective hourly rate on the initial jobs was 20-30, but once I had proved myself to the client, I would quote at 80-90 an hour, with no objections.
3. You're a student who can't take a fulltime job. In that situation 10$ an hour work from home isn't a bad deal.
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Ask HN: Does my website properly represent me (through the eyes of an employer)?
3 points by darxius  8 hours ago   5 comments top 2
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JoachimSchipper 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Assorted comments:

Introduction (above photo): try to fit some "do" words ("free thinker"..."reading"..."fan of"...). I figured you'd want mail to [max] at domain, which seemed unlikely. Why not set up a max at maxmackie address as well? If nothing else, Google Apps makes this cheap.

"Projects": link to institum is broken

"Resume": where is the PDF you talk about?

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RubyGems.org is down
4 points by matthewsinclair  18 hours ago   discuss
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Ask HN: What are the strongest moral arguments against piracy?
13 points by csallen  1 day ago   16 comments top 7
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_delirium 11 hours ago 1 reply      
I find it slightly easier to look at arguments justifying copyright. That's related to arguments opposing piracy, but the latter can be more complex. For example, if you've established (via an argument justifying copyright) that it is ethical and correct for a country to have copyright laws, why it's unethical to pirate then boils down to why it's unethical to violate just laws, which is a whole argument in itself (social-contract arguments, deontological arguments, utilitarian arguments, etc.).

That might be too fine a distinction, but in any case, there are two main varieties of arguments justifying copyright (though there are also some others, advanced less often):

1. Utilitarian arguments, that copyright improves well-being in some important way. These divide (as I see it) into a more strongly stated utilitarian-ethics approach, and a more weakly stated public-policy approach. The stronger approach argues on utilitarian grounds that it is ethically required to have a copyright system, because of the moral good it produces. The public-policy argument makes the more limited argument that a country adopting a copyright system will improve the country's society, so it ought to do so (but is not necessarily being unethical if it chooses not to).

2. Right-of-the-author type arguments that argue for a property or quasi-property interest in ideas, or some ancillary things around ideas. This is somewhat more prevalent in French thinking than Anglo-American thinking, as suggested by the French translation of the word "copyright", droit d'auteur. The quasi-copyright category of "moral rights" is related to this, and can support some middle-ground positions, such as a belief that copyright itself is not a right, but that being accurately identified as the author of a work is a right (i.e. some kind of anti-intellectual-theft position, where it's ethical to copy a book, but not ethical to copy a book and claim you wrote it).

There's an extra level of complexity when you look at contract law, corporate copyright, and transferability. For example, some of the droit d'auteur based approaches consider it an immutable, untransferable right of the original author specifically, who can enter into licensing arrangements for the work, but cannot transfer or sign away their fundamental moral rights.

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chrisbennet 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Basis for argument:

I am probably not in the minority in thinking that I own the fruits of my labor. If I raise some corn in my garden, I own it.
I, and I alone, possess the right of disposal of that corn. Would you agree that the following factors would not change that:

(a) It's easy to steal. (There isn't a fence around it.)
(b) It (seems) easy to make. (Just drop some seeds in ground.)
(c) I sometimes give my corn away.
(d) Other people sometimes give their corn away.
(e) Some people can't grow corn but really like corn.
(f) I have lots of corn.
(g) Historically, people couldn't sell corn.
(h) People who stole my corn liked it so much they told their friends and their friends bought my corn.
(i) Growning corn is an outdated way to make a living in the 21st century.

Expansion on the above:

Suppose I create a cake recipes instead of corn. I can come to an agreement with someone else to control the distribution of that recipe. Anything from: "Here is my special recipe dear, please keep it in the family." to "In exchange for $X dollars you can use my recipe for a year."

How is stealing/copying my cake recipe by taking it from my kitchen any different than taking corn from my garden?

Notice that the above argument does not depend on patents, copyright or some definition of "intellectual property".

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onlawschool 3 hours ago 0 replies      
The file-sharing/theft analogy is a fairly sound one. If I steal tangible property--say, a pack of gum--very few people would argue that my decision to do so was ethically defensible. Given that intangible property--say, a song--may be much more expensive to produce and arguably adds much more social value for having been created, why should we treat intangible property any differently?

Lets keep analogizing...

Like the manufacturer of the pack of gum, the song's creator has invested time and money into the development, production, and distribution of that product. And like the gum, the song has some intrinsic value (or else why would I take the time to download and listen to it?). Why should I be able to realize that value for my benefit without compensating the person responsible for its creation any more than I should be able to enjoy a delicious pack of bazooka joe without ponying up to the candy store?

One might argue that the ability to reproduce the digital download without imposing any cost on the creator of the intellectual property differentiates the intangible from the tangible. If my friend has 10 apples for sale at $1 a piece and I eat one while he isn't looking, he now only has 9 apples that he can sell, limiting his maximum gross revenue to $9. This feels wrong because the product is tangible & the loss quantifiable. On the other hand, if my other friend records a digital video that she is selling and I download it for free, she can still sell 10 more copies of the song and earn $10. However, had I paid for the download, she would have $11 rather than $10.

In each case, my unauthorized consumption left the person who had spent their own resources (both human and capital) with $1 less at the end of the day.

I might try and justify having downloaded the video for free by telling myself that my illicit consumption whet my appetite for her films, making me more likely to make purchases from her in the future. However, the same could be said for the juicy apple that I took from my other friend. Perhaps because I stole my first apple I will now come back and patronize his fruit stand regularly. Ultimately he will sell more fruit because of my indiscriminate apple theft, yet my original sin still feels unethical. As well it should.

When Curebit allegedly violated the intellectual property rights of 37 Signals, they suffered quite the backlash here on HN (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3523024).

Of course, it is easy to distinguish between downloading someone's intellectual property for personal use and misrepresenting another's intellectual property as your own, especially for commercial purposes. Yet, at their core, both acts simply represent varying degrees of the same unethical behavior.

Like it or not, your gain, whether tangible or intangible, comes at the expense of the counter-party to the would-be transaction. Further, if enough people felt justified in their apple theft, it would be harder to find a decent fruit stand. Fruit vendors would close up shop or begin selling cheaper, lower-quality apples in order to minimize their losses to theft. Similarly, if enough people feel as though misappropriating intellectual property is acceptable, it is much more difficult for creators of such to continue to afford create.

The ability to monetize one's work, whether it be apple mongering or song writing, incentivizes and finances the production and distribution of higher quality apples and songs. Remove those incentives and both the artist and the entrepreneur will ultimately be unable to sustain their efforts in the long-run.

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SteveJS 1 day ago 1 reply      
Fairness/cheating: It violates reciprocal altruism with respect to the artist. The act of taking without compensation implies the work has no value.

Authority/subversion: Arguments that the compensation is indirect (and therefore excuses taking without payment) implies artists do not have the right of entering into contracts to support themselves. (This dimension is with respect to the law. Anyone arguing for piracy already values respect for the law less and may actually value subverting authority instead.) (Arguing for alternate payment models is arguing not for piracy but for a valid alternative that is not piracy.)

Your moral argument for piracy will likely rest on Liberty/oppression, implying the requirement to pay for something that has low/no marginal cost is oppression. That may or may not be true, but it is independent of fairness/cheating.

Loyalty/betrayal: This dimension speaks to self sacrifice. I don't think it comes into play here.

Sanctity/degradation: This speaks to whether altering content is moral or not. (Think about a your favorite song being rendered as elevator music ... very immoral. Or someone altering Star Wars so that Han Solo didn't shoot first.)

And I grabbed these dimensions straight from here: http://faculty.virginia.edu/haidtlab/mft/index.php

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pavel_lishin 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'll take a thirty second stab at it - piracy is unsustainable. It costs money to create music, movies and games - movies like Transformers, and video games like Portal are unlikely to be created without a significant amount of funding. While piracy doesn't directly take money away from the creators, it can potentially subtract from their income.
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iamds 17 hours ago 0 replies      
The main argument I have against piracy is this...

If you create something (movie, song, naked pictures of your wife, whatever), you do not have to show it to other people. You don't have to sell it. You don't have to give it away. If you want, you can keep it just for yourself and not show it to anyone.

Or, if you choose to you could allow other people to see it if they give you something that you want for it. You don't have to allow others to see/use it. And if they don't want to give you what you want for it they are not forced to take part in this transaction.

If you ask for a million dollars in exchange for watching your film, I can either pay you a million dollars and watch your film, or not pay a million dollars and not watch your film, simple. If you say that you want twenty dollars for your song, and I am only allowed to play that on my zune, and not on my iPod, then, again, I have a choice, I can pay you twenty dollars and take your song and use it according to your rules, or not. No one is forcing me to buy your song, and you have no obligation to let me have it.

What I can't do is say "A million dollars is too much, I know I'll just download and watch the movie anyway". I also cannot say, "I hate DRM so, I'll just bit-torrent the song so I can use on my iPod". And of course I cannot say "I really want to see your wife naked, but you won't show me your photos, I'll just take a copy off your computer anyway". If I don't like the terms of use, then I just shouldn't use it.

This is how the free market works, when you realise that no one is buying your film, because you're asking too much for it, you can lower the price and hope more people buy it. When you realise that no one is buying your music because they want to be able to play it on all their devices - not just their zune, you can sell it without DRM in the hope that more people will buy it. But, you don't have to, and if you don't I can continue not buying it for as long as I want - but I can not just say, "I don't like your terms of use, I'll just pirate it anyway".

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pjdorrell 1 day ago 1 reply      
This is a very leading question. "Piracy" is immoral within the context of copyright. But if the copyright system itself is immoral (because, for example, the successful enforcement of copyright is in total conflict with important digital freedoms), then we should get rid of copyright. Or maybe reduce it in some way. In which case the term "piracy" will lose meaning, and we will just call it "copying".
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Ask HN: How to report hours as a contractor?
6 points by Kluny  1 day ago   8 comments top 6
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brudgers 1 hour ago 0 replies      
When I work hourly, I like to use a bound weekly calendar and write in my time with a colored pencil.

I'll generally describe the task using contract language if there might be confusion.

When I invoice, I do the addition within the calendar in ink.

Then I file the calendar at the end of the year.

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dangrossman 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I don't need to do time tracking, but I've always wanted to use this -- http://letsfreckle.com/

The author is here on HN and an all-around cool person.

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polyfractal 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I recently started using Toggl (https://toggl.com) and have been enjoying it a lot so far. Type in a description of what you are doing, hit start button. The usual features like multiple clients/projects, billable vs. nonbillable, reporting, etc.

Harvest and Freshbooks also get a lot of love. If you just need a really simple timer, SlimTimer is lightweight and easy.

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jmilkbal 1 day ago 2 replies      
If you use emacs, it has org-mode which is very capable. It'll handle task organization, prioritizing, time clock, scheduling, invoicing and more.

Look here at http://orgmode.org/ and http://doc.norang.ca/org-mode.html for brief and in-depth use information.

Good luck.

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jdwhit2 1 day ago 0 replies      
Be diligent in describing how the time you have spent has resulted in a benefit for your client.

I found that our clients are interested in quarter of day granularity. E.g

  Thursday 2nd Feb 2012, 4 hours, Installing and configuring Operations' Team new Wiki website.
Thursday 2nd Feb 2012, 3.5 hours, Fixed problem where the CEO's iPhone wouldn't sign in to the reporting website.

To see what works for you, send your client your best effort on a time sheet for the first two days or so, and get their feedback. Its better than waiting an entire month to find out your reporting process isn't up to scratch.

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sinhpham 15 hours ago 0 replies      
yast.com is pretty nice. I've been using it for 3 months and have no complains.
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Ask HN: What's the best company to buy SSL certificates from?
116 points by cioc  5 days ago   70 comments top 26
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ck2 5 days ago 1 reply      
Don't feed the SSL cartel

Free SSL cert accepted by all modern browsers https://www.startssl.com/?app=1

They are owned and operated by http://www.startcom.org/

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jvdh 5 days ago 3 replies      
StartSSL.com offers free yearly simple SSL certificates, and are supported by all major browsers. If you want higher-grade, you'll have to pay.
They're very open about wanting to provide free simple certificates for everyone.
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8ig8 5 days ago 1 reply      
FWIW, Stripe recommends DigiCert:
https://stripe.com/help/ssl

> We recommend DigiCert " their certificates have very wide acceptance (for example, Facebook uses a DigiCert certificate). Other options include NameCheap and GoDaddy. They have slightly lower acceptance but their basic certificates cost $10 to $20.

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ofutur 5 days ago 0 replies      
Get the best SSL cert for the job...

If you just want to secure a login page for your own personal use, get a free cert from StartSSL.

If you need to give access to the page to more people, it's best to get a cheap cert from Comodo, etc. because they're compatible with more mobile devices. Don't spend more than $15

If you intend on selling something from the site, I'd recommend getting some form of company validation on top of the standard domain validation which is performed when buying cheaper certs. GeoTrust, Comodo, Globalsign, etc. can help. It should cost less than $100.

The best certs to get to re-assure your customers are the EV ones. No need to go full Verisign and waste ton of money on them, you can get them cheap-ish from Globalsign, Comodo and Geotrust resellers.

If you're getting a cert generated by an established certificate authority, it doesn't really matter who you buy it from. Aim for the best price for the level of support that you want to get.

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conanite 5 days ago 3 replies      
Side question: what's the best company for SSL certificates where you're hosting multiple distinct domains for various clients on the same server? I've read about SAN certs, but I haven't found any documentation ...
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finnw 5 days ago 0 replies      
I cannot recommend Comodo.

I paid for one of their certificates (through a re-seller) but they refused to issue it on the grounds that they could not verify my phone number. It was true that it was not in the directories they referred to, but they did not make that clear before selling the certificate.

I would have made a chargeback, but was paranoid about them informing other CAs of the fact - it would be a disaster if I was never able to get another SSL certificate.

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ibejoeb 5 days ago 0 replies      
Also, you might be interested in the trust relationships between the major CAs.

- https://www.eff.org/files/colour_map_of_CAs.pdf

- https://www.eff.org/files/DefconSSLiverse.pdf

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hencq 5 days ago 1 reply      
Slightly off topic, but how are people using SSL with App Engine? Last time I checked they didn't support SSL on your own domain. I'm not sure if this is similar for e.g. Heroku. I presume most non-trivial apps would have some kind of secure login.
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leftnode 5 days ago 1 reply      
I get mine through DNSimple. I'm sure they're a reseller for another company, but $20 a year for a single domain SSL and $100 a year for wildcard.
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citricsquid 5 days ago 1 reply      
What's your goal? There are all types of certificates, some cheap and some expensive. If you're aiming for cheap, companies like Namecheap and GoDaddy sell them for peanuts but they're "cheap" certificates, not with bells and whistles.
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charliesome 5 days ago 2 replies      
I like Gandi. You get a free SSL certificate for a year with your domain, and it's $12 a year after that.
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charliepark 5 days ago 0 replies      
I get ours through our registrar (who also does our sideproject hosting), DreamHost. They have $15/year certificates (via Comodo), and you automatically get both the root and the www. subdomain of the certificate, included in the price.
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crististm 5 days ago 1 reply      
I can imagine the SSL cert sellers laughing at those buying them. How is it that money can BUY TRUST is beyond my comprehension.
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plaes 5 days ago 0 replies      
I use cacert.org (free) on my private stuff. Unfortunately they are not included with Mozilla, so leaning towards startssl.com for my public project.
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ibejoeb 5 days ago 0 replies      
I like https://www.alphassl.com/. It's one hop down the chain from the Global Sign root.
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shocks 5 days ago 0 replies      
I use http://exoware.net/ They're a small company, but they care and they do a good job so we get along just fine. SSL starts at £15 a year and goes up. £70 per year for a wildcard.
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XERQ 5 days ago 0 replies      
We've used Comodo certs for our projects, given out for free by our provider SSD Nodes (http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1122631). I think the certs by themselves are $9-10/year if you decided to get them on your own.
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georgelawrence 5 days ago 1 reply      
A little off topic, but I'm thinking of using CloudFlare's "Easiest SSL Ever"... Is anyone here using it?

http://blog.cloudflare.com/easiest-ssl-ever-now-included-aut...

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foobarbazetc 5 days ago 2 replies      
Ignore anyone in this thread telling you to use StartSSL.

When you care about your cert (validated, EV, etc): DigiCert.
When you don't care that much: RapidSSL from Namecheap.

The end.

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getsat 5 days ago 0 replies      
Digicert is ballin'. Using them on a few sites.
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dshep 5 days ago 0 replies      
I had a good experience with StartCom.
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josephb 5 days ago 0 replies      
NameCheap has been great for me, for SSL certificates and domains.
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blakdawg 5 days ago 0 replies      
startssl.com is free.
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qedeshbala 5 days ago 0 replies      
I would definitely advice to you startssl.com, they offer free ssl certificates.
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tyrelb 5 days ago 0 replies      
name.com
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oblasco 5 days ago 0 replies      
Comodo with PositiveSSL is bargain for 9$ USD
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Ask HN: How do you manage license keys in your software?
6 points by singer  1 day ago   4 comments top 3
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SyneRyder 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Not sure about web & mobile, but on the desktop Armadillo was a big player: http://www.siliconrealms.com/ Armadillo would handle code generation / management, while e-commerce services with Armadillo support would handle the other half.

The downside of any common license system is that it becomes a big target for crackers, since cracking the one system unlocks lots of software. Some developers are happy to deal with that, others not.

If you're rolling your own, make sure you've checked out Brandon Staggs' article on Partial Key Verification (PKV):
http://www.brandonstaggs.com/2007/07/26/implementing-a-parti...

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nhebb 18 hours ago 0 replies      
There are quite a few companies that provide online activation service (just search for "software license management"), but the other features you list aren't as common. I think you'd need to spend some time Googling related phrases and do your own analysis to get a better feel for the market.
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dchest 1 day ago 1 reply      
Welcome to the shareware registrars business!
http://www.blackcatsystems.com/regservices/

Some of them have SDKs and can manage license keys.

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Ask HN: Wefunder has been invited to Washington DC. What should we ask?
10 points by zapnap  2 days ago   2 comments top 2
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anonhacker 15 hours ago 0 replies      
This thread is important, i hope it gets more attention.

Ability to fund start-ups is a start, you might also need a parallel start-up type visa so foreign entrepreneurs can create jobs and great products.

Just for the record for me a good investor visa:

-Tie the visa to the start up, if it fails they have to leave, cant work for other companies. As a corollary they cant take a job that previously existed, they can only add jobs.

-Reduce or remove current capital requirements 500,000-1m is way overkill.

-Keep the 'must create n jobs' requirement, but give more time to create the n jobs. Forcing start ups to hire 5/10 people in one year is not cool.

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WillyBoy 2 days ago 0 replies      
If the legislation passes, will the intermediary companies be responsible for educating the roughly 230 million new investors in the country or will the government take an active role in this process?
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Show HN: Project management software for movie production
5 points by wj  1 day ago   1 comment top
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wj 1 day ago 0 replies      
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Ask HN: Where next to take my startup, Junto
17 points by marcymarcy  3 days ago   15 comments top 7
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junto 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Personally I don't like your choice of name! As an early adopter I have a collector like penchant for the moniker.
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revorad 3 days ago 1 reply      
As others have said, you need to more clearly define and say what exactly you do.

From a quick look at the projects and ideas you currently have, it appears to me that this is a really slow way to go about building products and may even lead people down the wrong path. Couple of things stood out for me:

Spending days on logo design and "testing" - you really can't afford to do that. It is better instead to build something and put it out. You can get 10 people to use a bad product, but literally no one will use your logo. This must be against lean, no?

Testing assumptions such as "People are comfortable dating within their extended friend group" - that's taking things too far. It's good to be skeptical of one's beliefs but you can't completely throw gut feeling and common sense out the window.

Doing such things may give one the illusion of progress but it is a waste of time.

I'm also wondering who the project founders test their assumptions with. If it's not with the intended users of the final product, then it's worthless.

Everyone loves giving product advice (hi!), but you can safely ignore most of it if their answer to the question, "Will you use this?" is No.

Making new products is hard. But you can't change that by asking everything to the users. You do have to trust your gut and build stuff. Regardless of what people say, their actions don't follow.

Making decisions with more than 75% of the information is by definition hesitation. - Josh James

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jnorthrop 3 days ago 2 replies      
That's a clever idea and I like the concept of getting feedback "early and often."

I do have some questions though. It is unclear whether I can take advantage of your service without hiring Polymathic. Is it just an environment for companies you are building? Also, I couldn't register (http://thejun.to/registration ends as a 404) so I'm unsure, other than offering feedback on logos and such, what I could do on the site.

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noeltock 3 days ago 1 reply      
Cool project & a good concept I think works well for the people you are targeting.

Notes:

- Front page is tough to understand. Feel like you need a block clearly outlining the concept right at the top, and then jumping to the current projects. You've done great work with other illustrations on the site, why not a visual flow of the junto process (unless I missed it)?

- When I first saw the funding amount, it felt like kickstarter (not sure if that's a good or bad thing for you? :) )

- Project pages are really nice and clear, well done.

- I like seeing faces for projects, gives it more credibility, but what about your team?

- Recent commenters, gravatar?

As for the primary concern, tough one. Don't think there's any easy/cheap way to acquire a ton of users so early on. Think you'll just need to bridge the gap with your gut feeling till it gains more traction.

Good luck, really like the idea!

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helen842000 3 days ago 1 reply      
Hey, I just started a thread [1] offering detailed feedback on projects. If it's helpful I can write up some thoughts on Junto & mail them across to you.

[1]http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3568752

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aymeric 3 days ago 2 replies      
Sorry I went on your website and couldn't understand it is about.
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Blocks8 3 days ago 1 reply      
Clickable: http://thejun.to
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Ask HN: I have $100k in cash. In what kind of startup should I invest it?
20 points by zeynalov  2 days ago   22 comments top 10
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Aloisius 2 days ago 1 reply      
Are you asking what startup to invest in or to start?

Startups are extremely high risk and the only way people make money investing in them is to invest in a lot of them. Given the amount of money you have, investing in startups would essentially be gambling. If you had 25x that amount, you could diversify enough to maybe see a positive return in 5 years, but even then it would be a gamble especially if you don't have any experience evaluating startups.

If you want to start a company, well that's different. I still wouldn't invest more than say, a quarter of that, but at least you'll have enough money in the bank that you don't have as much pressure on you.

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hkarthik 2 days ago 0 replies      
Wow 7 years of graphic design, 5 years of piano, and 10 years of study as an oral surgeon and you're only 25!

Sounds like you should pick up some skills in Mobile Development and solve a problem that you've encountered through out your extremely diverse life experiences. I recommend mobile because the distribution mechanisms are straight forward and more accessible.

Don't worry so much about whether some of these problems have already been tackled by others, but think about how you could solve them better.

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danso 2 days ago 0 replies      
I recommend reading Atul Gawande's books:

The Checklist Manifesto
http://www.amazon.com/Checklist-Manifesto-How-Things-Right/d...

Better
http://www.amazon.com/Better-Surgeons-Performance-Atul-Gawan...

He's a New Yorker writer and practicing surgeon. His books contain lots of insight about ways that medicine could be vastly improved by innovation. Unfortunately, few techies are doctors.

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mattacurtis 2 days ago 2 replies      
Whenever you get frustrated about a tool, a process, a company, a product, or an interaction you have (basically anything that is not a personal relationship), write it down.

Keep a list of these. Come back to them once a week and think about what you would like to be different or how you would make your experience better. Cross off any frustrations that you would not pay money to fix.

Refine this list by determining if:

a) Others (people) have similar frustrations to you

b) Others would pay money to fix or reduce their frustrations

That should get you started in the right direction.

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longlistener 2 days ago 0 replies      
You need to consider what you want out of that money -- if you really want a fiscal return on your investment then you should stay away from startups. But if you serious...

First you should probably not consider being a simple angel investor unless you really know what you're doing. Unless you fully expect to lose all that money, with little to show other than a business card. The experience of being an angel investor will only really benefit you if you expect to have another infusion of cash in 6 months that you can blow through.

A more prudent course is to find a partner who might have an idea and an advisor who has been through the world of startups and stock before (they could be the same person, but just make sure the partner is not taking you for a ride). Then build it! Know that you can go for sometime without raising money, paying your bills out of the savings. Odds are you will still lose your money, but you will have learned a lot in the process -- including some learning that will really help you to be an angel investor in the future.

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mikehuffman 2 days ago 0 replies      
If I understand you have $100k burning a hole in your pocket and you want to use it to fund a start-up in some way. If you want a riskier way but more input and ownership, you can post on angel list. You can post on HN for potential start-ups that need funding. You can invest in many project on kickstarter and spread the risk. Also, I personally have several niche start-ups that could use funding and man-hours to move a little faster.
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roschdal 2 days ago 1 reply      
> Professional Oral surgeon ( 2 universities, 10 years of study, doing my MD now)

Invest in a way to help people maintain their teeth better. Any improvement in technology in this field would benefit a very large amount of people, and reduce pain and discomfort for people. This is something people would be very willing to pay for. Perhaps you can imagine some areas within dentistry where you could improve things? If you have a good idea to improve people's oral health, then I would be interested in investing the same amount as you in your idea.

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senoff 2 days ago 1 reply      
Could you tell me how you did 10 years of study for Oral Surgery and yet you're 25 yo?
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dholowiski 2 days ago 1 reply      
If you don't have an idea or a burning desire to start something _right now_, then you're probably just going to end up burning 100K really fast. Why not just put it in a savings account, earn a bit of interest, and keep it handy for when you come across that brilliant idea?
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Dnguyen 2 days ago 1 reply      
I have a couple of friends who are oral surgeons. There are many pain points in the software and process they use. Being in the field, I'm sure you can find some start up ideas to alleviate the pain?
I'd suggest start with what you know and your background. If you don't do a start up, at least you can find companies that are in your industry to invest in.
Remember, don't put all your eggs in one basket!
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Ask HN: Launched. #1 app in my category. Now what?
6 points by andreyvit  2 days ago   7 comments top 3
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ohgodthecat 2 days ago 1 reply      
Can I ask since you've given the name of your app: why does it "work with a great many [text editors]..." instead of all text editors?
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ig1 2 days ago 1 reply      
patio11 has written extensively about his experience promoting and selling software apps, I'd recommend reading through his blogs.
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tylerwl 2 days ago 1 reply      
What's your app?
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Ask HN: Who is Hiring? (February 2012)
249 points by whoishiring  10 days ago   228 comments top 38
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dogas 4 days ago 0 replies      
PipelineDeals
http://www.pipelinedeals.com

REMOTE, FULL TIME

Join the team of happy hackers at PipelineDeals! We're looking for a talented junior/mid-level Rails developer preferably in the Philly/NYC/DC area, but remotes are welcome as well.

Perks:

- Work at a well-established small company that's 5 years old, bootstrapped, profitable, and proud!

- Join a tightly-knit small team of very talented coders to help drive the product.

- We are very progressive with the technology we use. Chef, kiji-ruby, authlogic, Backbone.js, etc. We implement the things we find promising, and encourage all developers to help bring ideas to the table. Let your voice be heard and your opinion be respected!

- Our team is very test- and spec-driven. We typically use a peer-review model to ensure that none of us are going off the deep end with a solution. We are striving towards continuous deployment. We have our CI server run our test suite upon each push to the remote repo. We measure almost everything.

- You are encouraged to contribute to open source, and we have open source Fridays!

- Relish in the fact that the projects you will be working on will be used directly by thousands of our customers worldwide!

- Reimbursement for conferences or meetups you would like to attend, books you want to buy, screencasts you want to watch.

- Great benefits package, a competitive salary, and lots of room for growth. Our goal is to ensure you are comfortable so you will be productive.

Requirements:

- We are looking for a relatively green go-getter who's chomping at the bit to make a lasting impression and eager to learn new things.

- Must have at least a year of experience working directly with ruby, either with a company, or via open source. Past contributions to open source projects, or maintaining your own, are looked very highly upon.

- At least a year's experience working with Rails, either your own or at a previous company.

- Experience with jQuery and (double rainbow bonus) Backbone.js.

- Solid familiarity with git or other distributed version control system.

- Enough SQL to understand what rails is doing in the backend.

- A good sense of humor is a strict requirement. Company culture is very important to us, and we are absolutely NOT a bunch of straight-laced, profit-driven, cubicle-sitting curmudgeons.

- Remote work OK, but it is highly preferable if you are located around the Philadelphia area. You will be expected to be at our Philadelphia office sometimes. We do get lonely.

Check out the site, play with the demo. http://www.pipelinedeals.com

Interested? Email Grant Ammons at grant@pipelinedealsco.com. Look forward to hearing from you!

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RichardPrice 10 days ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA. Full time.

Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.

It's widely held that science is too closed, and too slow. We are trying to change that. We believe that faster sharing of research will lead to an acceleration in research innovation: faster innovation in medicine, biology, engineering, economics, and other fields. Faster sharing in biology and medicine, for example, could lead to cancer being solved 12 months before it otherwise would have been, which would lead to millions of lives being saved.

Academia.edu has over 950,000 registered users, and over 3 million monthly unique visitors. Both of these metrics tripled in 2011. Over 4,500 papers are added to the platform each day, and over 3,000 academics join each day.

We need talented engineers to come and help us accelerate the world's research. We believe that there is a chance to make a big impact.

We just raised $4.5 million from Spark Capital and True Ventures http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3297812. Some of our angel investors include Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Ubuntu) and Rupert Pennant-Rea (Chairman of The Economist).

We have a strong engineering culture. We're a 6 person team based in downtown San Francisco. The site is Rails, and other technologies we use include PostgreSQL, Redis, Varnish, Solr, Memcached, Mongodb, Beanstalkd.

Familiarity with our technologies is a plus, but it's not essential. It's far more important that you are a quick learner who can pick up new technologies quickly. There is more information about the company on our hiring page, at http://academia.edu/hiring.

The kinds of things you would be working on include:

... building new features (a conference feature, a discussion feature for papers)

... enhancing existing features (News Feed, Profile page, paper upload tools)

... building back-end infrastructure to scale the site

What we're looking for are:

☀ 2+ years of web development experience

☀ Experience with the full engineering stack

☀ Passion for engineering

All the strategic decisions in the startup are made collaboratively, whether they are about hiring, new feature development, user growth, user retention, funding, or revenue. You can participate in those general startup decisions as much or as little as you want. We have found that our decisions are much better as a result of everyone contributing to them. If you like having an impact, you will enjoy the Academia.edu culture. There is more information here http://academia.edu/hiring.

H1B candidates are very welcome. We will take care of the visa process.

If you are interested to learn more, please email Richard Price at richard [at] academia.edu

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pitdesi 10 days ago 0 replies      
FeeFighters

INTERN OR FULLTIME

Rails Developers or Intern (Chicago or Remote) and a Marketing Intern (Chicago only)

http://feefighters.com

Looking for a Rails developer. We're a startup working like mad to disrupt a multi-billion dollar financial industry and cut out tens of thousands of inefficient middle-men. Customers include Fog Creek/Stack Exchange, Photojojo, Weebly, Kickstarter, Make a Wish Foundation, tons of awesome startups, and even some public companies! And... we're just getting started.

We recently launched a new product called Samurai into public beta. (http://samurai.feefighters.com) It's an all-in-one all-in-one solution for taking payments online. It has come out of the gate swinging - there is a ton of pent-up demand to fix this industry and we're excited at how many people have been interested in our new product. We have a few more AWESOME tricks up our sleeve and need developers to help build them out!

We have passionate users, awesome investors and partners, and products that our customers love. We enjoy a very fun and stimulating work environment in our new office in River North. Much of the Samurai dev team was early on in another payments startup that grew to be a $2Billion company (including the CIO of that company). Here are bios of some folks that you'll be working with: https://samurai.feefighters.com/about We're still finishing up our job description - but here's a start. http://feefighters.com/jobs/rails-ninja-developer/

Email josh at feefighters with your interest. Also looking for a marketing intern to help us with social media and PR. Lots of fun stuff!
http://feefighters.com/jobs/kickass-marketing-intern/

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dotBen 10 days ago 1 reply      
Austin, TX [US/Canada/EU remote ok] - WP Engine (http://wpengine.com)

The only managed WordPress platform invested in by Automattic, hosting WordPress for the likes of Foursquare, Asana, Soundcloud and many big name household brands. Security and scalability is what gets us going, along with being part of the WordPress and OS communities.

We're still a small (~7 person), funded startup looking to expand the team due to the tremendus growth we've seen over the past 12 months. We currently have positions for:

PHP Software Engineers

* Bringing the highest level of quality and best-practice to PHP engineering.

* Developing both WordPress-code (some of which will be submitted to the open source project) and internal customer-facing projects.

Linux Server Admins

* We run our own bare-metal hardware because we're so optimized for speed, yet we deploy new servers all the time due to our growth.

* You are confident working with high-availability SOA clusters of memcache, varnish, nginx, apache, mysql, etc.

* You want to automate the shit out of everything - we do too!

You can find out more about what we do, how we do it and why we do it at http://wpengine.com/careers/ - where you can also find out more about our positions.

As you would expect we offer a competitive salary, equity, benefits, and a fun environment to work in.

You can email your resumes to ben [at] wpengine .com

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pquerna 10 days ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA " interns, remote, h1b, whatever…..

Rackspace
http://www.rackertalent.com/san-francisco

Here at Rackspace in San Francisco we are hiring across the board. We are looking for Python/Django Engineers, Front-End Javascript Engineers, Pyhton/Twisted Engineers, Node.js Engineers, Test Devleopers, DevOps. Project Managers, you name it.

We have an awesome new space in the SOMA district of San Francsico, and we have lots of room!

We are open to hiring interns, remote workers or candidates on H1b visas depending on the role.

We are working on some very exciting cutting edge products that are highly visible and will be products used across our entire organization and be used by all of our customers.

If your interested please feel free to reach out to me <paul.querna@rackspace.com> or Blake Haggerty <Blake.Haggerty@Rackspace.com>.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/17/...

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bartman 10 days ago 0 replies      
Berlin, Germany (Remote considered) FULL TIME

NVIDIA ARC GmbH is looking for a senior software engineer to join our GPU cloud computing project. We're building a rendering solution that greatly reduces the upfront costs for rendering and design studios by seamlessly integrating cloud computing into the 3D modelling and rendering workflow. User response so far has been great - see these (slightly outdated) videos to get an impression: [1] [2]

We're a team of five engineers looking for an engineer with outstanding C++ and network programming abilities to take over the client-side part of this project. You should be familiar developing in multi-threading applications and integrating with binary protocols and RESTful APIs. Experience with EC2 and HTML/Javascript/Coffeescript is a plus.

Technologies we use are AWS EC2, (unbiased/consistent) real-time raytracing, C++, CoffeeScript/Javascript, Python, PHP, HTML, Flex, RESTful APIs, single-command deployments. You'll have a lot of freedom in working with technologies you like and prefer.

We prefer somebody who's in Berlin or willing to move, but are willing to consider remote as an option for the right candidate.

Personally, I've been with NVIDIA for 4 years and enjoy the flexibility and freedom I'm given, both on as an engineer and employee (for example, moving to the US to study abroad & transfer to NVIDIA US for that time was encouraged and quite easy).

Feel free to email me (see profile) or apply online at [3].

[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSHkJfDrsf8
[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4CoC1HL0Eo
[3] http://careers.nvidia.com/pljb/global_jsp/applicant/DisplayJ...

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mpakes 10 days ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA [Remote Considered] - Coffee Table (http://coffeetable.com)

Coffee Table is looking for iOS Developers to join our team in changing the world of retail commerce. We're a small, driven, entrepreneurial team, so you'll have an opportunity to make a big impact. Catalog shopping is a $270B industry with 20B catalogs sent every year, and we believe that Coffee Table has a unique opportunity to transform the industry by introducing a new, engaging way to shop using mobile devices.

Our only hard requirements are that 1) You're smart, 2) You get things done, and 3) You have experience with application development in C, C++, Objective-C, Java, or C#.

iOS Development experience, ideally with one or more apps in the App Store, Experience with Objective-C, Cocoa Touch, Core Foundation, Core Animation, and Design/UX skills are highly preferred, but not strictly required.

If this describes you (or anyone you know), contact us at jobs@coffeetable.com.

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robinwarren 10 days ago 0 replies      
Haven't seen anyone post this yet (seemed helpful last month) so will jump in with a summary of startup/developer job boards from around the world, most of them are broadly recruiter free:

NB: Max Masnick has a big round up of developer jobs boards here:

http://www.maxmasnick.com/guides/jobs/

======================

World wide:

Github http://jobs.github.com

Jobs Tractor (Developer Jobs - run by me) http://jobstractor.com/

======================

US:

Crunchboard http://www.crunchboard.com/jobs/

Startuply http://www.startuply.com/

YC Company Jobs: http://news.ycombinator.com/jobs

======================

UK:

CoderStack http://www.coderstack.co.uk/startup-jobs

Mind The Product (Product Management Jobs) http://mindtheproduct.com/jobs/

Work in Startups http://www.workinstartups.com/

Enternships - (Startup Internships) http://www.enternships.com/en/enternships

======================

Germany:

Berlin Startup Jobs http://berlinstartupjobs.com/

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Canada:

StartupNorth http://jobs.startupnorth.ca/

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vnorby 10 days ago 1 reply      
Menlo Park, CA. Full time.

Lead Designer at Everyme (YC S11)

Everyme is the best way to keep in touch (https://everyme.com). We are looking for an extraordinary designer who has designed for mobile devices and the web. Experience with HTML/CSS is NOT necessary. You will be paid market salary and you will have generous equity. You will be treated like a god and your designs will be followed to the pixel. You will work with a team of 5 amazing engineers. Last month we hired a web engineer from the who's hiring post.

Please email me at vibhu@everyme.com with your portfolio.

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apaprocki 10 days ago 0 replies      
New York City / London - Bloomberg LP (http://www.bloomberg.com/careers)

We aggregate, scrub, produce, analyze, distribute all of the data in the world that drives our market economies. We know how to process data efficiently and at an enormous scale. We apply the same principles of dealing with market data to other sectors such as government, law, and even sports. We hire people that thrive on challenges and can hack on systems to meet these challenges in the best way possible.

We run our own datacenters, containing the biggest/best hardware available in the world. We run one of the largest private networks in the world and connect to more primary data sources than anyone else. Incoming market data rates exceed 45 billion messages a day.

If these challenges interest you, check the listings online for something that sounds interesting, apply mentioning me, and e-mail me to get in contact.

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makeramen 10 days ago 1 reply      
Mountain View - drchrono.com (YC W11) [full time and interns]

We're looking for more engineers and salespeople to help us revolutionize healthcare through mobile and web interfaces. Our stack includes Python/Django, iOS, and Android, but you don't need to be an expert, just ready and willing to learn fast!

Our product supports thousands of doctors who depend on our systems daily to provide quality care to their patients, iPad in hand.

The usual startup benefits included: competitive salary, healthcare, whatever hardware you need to be most productive.

email: jobs@[our-domain-name]

http://drchrono.com/jobs/

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ismarc 10 days ago 0 replies      
Austin, TX, Fulltime, Invodo (http://www.invodo.com/html/about/jobs/)

We are a startup that's growing customer-wise and employee-wise. If you're interested in one, feel free to email me directly at work (mbrace@invodo.com) if you prefer it to be handed off, but we're small enough that you can feel comfortable just sending it to careers@invodo.com.

For developers, the skills listed for each job is pretty long. However, this isn't just a list of buzz-words to catch folks, these are technologies/etc. that we actually use. Some of the systems we're looking to move away from as they're from systems written before we got traction (which means an entirely different business model) that are slowly being replaced.

Software Development Engineer (UI) -- Javascript, Actionscript, working on player framework utilized by our customers. Skills we're looking for:

* Desire to create fast, light, clean, maintainable code that works great, regardless of browser

* Excellent JavaScript development skills, including
JavaScript and CSS optimization and minification techniques

* Experience embedding code in 3rd party sites (HTTP&HTTPS)

* Asynchronous loading techniques

* Experience using RESTful APIs from the browser and Flash runtime JSON/P and XML

* ActionScript 3 development

* Extensive CSS and HTML development experience

* Familiarity with embedding code in e-commerce pages

* Familiarity with web video streaming (FMS, HLS, etc.)

* Familiarity with HTML5 and emerging HTML5 video standards

* Understanding of video SEO (sitemaps, Open Graph, etc.)

* Experience using CDN's

* Basic graphics production (Photoshop)

* Experience programming in and/or working against a Java stack

Senior Software Engineer (Java) -- Senior developer, some Tomcat applications, some embedded Jetty, some applications that aren't web based at all (Netty based, written in Scala), really needs a really good understanding of the JVM. Technologies actively in use (even if we're trying to phase some of them out) and skills needed:

* Grails

* Java EE / Groovy / Scala

* Spring

* Hibernate

* HTML, CSS, Javascript

* Flash video

* Tomcat & Apache

* Linux (Redhat / CentOS)

* Database/MySQL

* Performance modeling and analysis

* REST web services

* High availability Internet applications

* Cloud computing (e.g. Amazon EC2/S3)

* Content Delivery Networks

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dabent 10 days ago 0 replies      
Santa Monica, CA (Los Angeles area)

TRUECar.com - TrueCar shows consumers how much people actually paid for a particular new car in their area, then guides them to dealers we've certified. When someone buys from a dealer we've sent them to, we get paid. We already have solid revenues, are well funded and and are growing rapidly. We need lots of technical talent to help us grow.

* JAVA - We are looking for Java architects to design and build the technology used to power our production websites, APIs, widgets, and internal tools. This is a chance for you to join a growing company and build something that's going to scale to support millions of users/visitors and provide them with all kinds of data.

* Python/Django - Our main site is in Django, which means we need serious talent to help it scale and expand as we continue to grow. Plus, you'll get to work with me.

* We also have other technical positions for Front End, Senior Linux Systems Engineer, QA engineer, Java developers and more. If you're local (in and around Santa Monica) and interested, let me know (email is in profile).

* We also have some non-technical openings for senior positions in marketing, customer retention, HR, finance and accounting. Email me for details.

My story - moved from Atlanta all the way out to Santa Monica after stopping by the TrueCar booth at PyCon 2011. I started here three month ago and love it. I'm working with a great team that knows how to develop software and for management who seems to "get it" with regards to software developers.

The Python team in an open workspace that has a view of the ocean (http://picplz.com/user/dabent/pic/tpc4v/), and all the Santa Monica offices are blocks from the beach. They have great benefits, including company equity, 100% paid family medical, dental, vision, and a healthy 401k. They also offer gym membership reimbursement ($50 a month), 12 holidays, career training, 3 weeks PTO and have a kitchen stocked with fruit, snacks and such. I've honestly never had a job this good. If you're interested, send me your resume. My email is in my profile.

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jayp 10 days ago 0 replies      
Mountain View, CA. Both Full-time and Interns.
http://patterninsight.com/company/careers/

Pattern Insight - a booming startup making code and log analysis tools for a customer base that includes many titans of the tech industry - is hiring software engineers and interns in sunny California. (Relocation options available for full-time positions).

We are looking to expand our engineering team by hiring both developers (both systems and application) and QA. For job-specific skills, please see our career page: http://patterninsight.com/company/careers/

Our data mining and static analysis technologies have strong research roots, as we grew out of research done at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Relatedly, our core engineering team is extremely strong, and as a whole, published over 100+ articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences.

Come join us, we are still tiny and looking for people ready and willing to make decisions for our future.

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stefanobernardi 10 days ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA. Full time. Interns. (H1B ok for the right candidates)

Betable

We're building a platform for developers to easily implement real-money betting in their games and apps.

Stack is Rails/jQuery/PG/Node but expanding VERY fast, so as long as you're super smart we're interested in meeting you no matter your favorite tools of the trade.

Looking for:

* Platform/Backend Engineers

You ideally have experience working on APIs or web services, mastery of either Ruby, Python, Perl or Scala and an advanced knowledge of RESTful services, OAuth and JSON.

You will help us build the whole platform and the developer-facing APIs.

* iOS/Android Engineer

You should have experience building SDKs in objective C, Java or C++
Game development experience and advanced knowledge of RESTful services, OAuth and JSON are big pluses.

--

We're working on some seriously hard and interesting problems, and need help with it. Our product is still in private beta but the demand is crazy and we already need to scale fast, and as one of our first engineers you'll have a strong impact on the code and product. We can guarantee a fun ride.

We're very small but are well backed by the best-of-the-best so you get the best of both worlds: an amazing team, generous equity, a competitive salary and health/dental. A fully stocked kitchen, team-cooked lunches, new computer/monitor and team trips to Vegas make up the rest of the package.

Shoot me an email at stefano [4t] betable.com if you're interested.

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squirrel 10 days ago 0 replies      
London (UK) and Boston (US).

We're a 100-person financial-software firm committed to learning and improvement as well as great web software and agile development.

We use Java, Scala, and some Groovy; we always write tests first and pair on most coding tasks. Developers have Linux workstations with at least two monitors. We have weekly lightning talks that cover finance and technical topics.

Some of you may know us from our sponsorship of Hacker News meetups in London. See http://devblog.timgroup.com and http://www.timgroup.com/careers for more about us.

Note we recently changed our name from youDevise to TIMGroup but we're still the same folks!

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js2 10 days ago 0 replies      
Mountain View, CA. Full time. On-site. RockMelt has a few browser developer positions open. RockMelt is based on Chromium.

* Mac OS X: Objective-C/C++

* Windows: C++

* Extensions/platform: Javascript

* UX: lead-visual designer

http://www.rockmelt.com/jobs.html

Mail me at jay@rockmelt.com if interested.

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itay 10 days ago 0 replies      
Seattle, San Francisco, Cupertino (and other places), FULL-TIME, INTERN, H1B

A lot of people think Splunk must be a terrible place to work at because they think it is an "enterprise" company. But the truth is, we have great jobs for a lot of people. Want to work on awesome visualizations for gigabytes and terabytes of data daily? We got it. Want to work on building a development platform for an extremely powerful data analysis tool? We got it. Want to help make the core server that powers our extremely fast indexing and performance better? We got it.

For example, my project for the past couple of months has been to develop our new Node.js/Browser SDK, including pulling some of our propietary UI components and sharing them with the world. We also do a lot of work with customers to best help them use Splunk. One of the projects I was involved in included analyzing social data using Splunk (like Twitter/Foursquare).

Whether it's UI, core systems engineering, dev platform or anything in between, we likely have something for you. I personally work on the development platform in the Seattle office, but I'm happy to answer questions about anything. Feel free to shoot me an email (in my profile), or comment here.

I wanted to highlight a few specific positions we're looking for:

* Dev. Platform Software Engineer: This is the team I work on. We strongly believe that there is a use for Splunk outside of logging, and we're enabling the usage of the technology for dealing with large quantities of data, whether it's for social network analysis, cloud management or anything in between. http://www.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAGK3?jvi=oHkCVfwi

* Frontend engineer: We're trying to present a lot of data (some might even call it big data :) in a human-understandable manner. Help us implement the next wave of visualizations: http://www.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAGK3?jvi=okO3VfwQ

* UI/UX Designer: For many of our customers, they spend a great deal of their day in our web UI, and even more importantly, they spend time there when something is going wrong and they want to find out what. Help us make the UI/UX as easy and intuitive to use as possible: http://www.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAGK3?jvi=okQ4VfwT

* Cloud Software Engineer: we're developing the next stage of our product, which is a hosted version of Splunk in the cloud, with all the benefits you'd expect (like automatic elastic scaling). Come help us make this a reality: http://www.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAGK3?jvi=o4U8VfwL

* Hadoop Software Engineer: Usage of Hadoop is exploding to do batch-oriented processing on massive quantities of data. We think there is a lot of value to be had by combining the power of Splunk and Hadoop, and we're developing solutions to make this possible. http://www.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAGK3?jvi=oqCaWfwS

* Software Engineer in Test: Splunk is a complex machine, deployed in a distributed manner, many times being used for different things. Our testing team is top notch, and helps us deliver quality releases. http://www.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAGK3?jvi=o5ZvVfwe

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klochner 10 days ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA - RentMineOnline (FBFund '09, SeedCamp '08)

We're revolutionizing the marketing industry for apartment communities. Our company is small, growing and profitable.

We're looking for an on-site rails developer (we won't complain if you also like to write javascript).

Our stack is:

   * nginx
* passenger/rails
* redis
* jquery, prototype
* amazon rds/sdb/s3
* hosted at slicehost
* facebook/twitter/linkedin integrations
* code hosted on github

Come join our team in the Presidio and start pushing code from day 1. As one of three in-house developers (+2 remote devs), you will have exposure to all aspects of our business, and you will see your work have an immediate and important impact on our operations & bottom line.

email kevin@rentmineonline.com

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sequoia 10 days ago 2 replies      
I'm sure this has been done but out of curiosity I wrote a (highly unscientific) little script to count the times that some languages are mentioned herein[1]. The results:

    java: 53
python: 28
ruby: 16
php: 14
node: 9

Winnah: Java! :)

EDIT: Thank you goo!
Take 2, maybe it will work better:

    java: 42
python: 38
javascript: 34
ruby: 24
php: 16
node: 15

[1] https://gist.github.com/1718350 [updated for]

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ashrust 10 days ago 0 replies      
YC W12 Company Looking for Frontend Engineer, Mountain View - Full time.

We're looking for a talented and determined front end dev to lead our UI efforts.

Skills: HTML & CSS, OO Javascript (we use Backbone), Git

Nice to have: Photoshop/Illustrator, for slicing and dicing designs | PhoneGap/Trigger, for our mobile apps | Python, or a desire to learn quickly (we use Django) | Heroku experience

What we're doing: We're building simple tools for business to communicate with their customers. We have hundreds of users and are sending thousands of messages a week.

What you'll be doing: Working closely, and at speed, with our small team and toolset to take our rich mobile and desktop clients to the next level, in time for demo day. This will likely mean you'll be learning a lot and most of it will on the job.

Our Philosophy: We believe in building wonderful products and taking care of our people. We expect a lot of each other but we wouldn't want it any other way. We're hungry and we need you to be too.

We're based in Mountain View, CA, and while we're flexible on remote working, you'll need to be around the office.

If you're interested in being more than a cog in the machine, please drop us a line: ash [at] ashrust [dot] com

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pretzel 10 days ago 2 replies      
Qubit
Fulltime - London (Soho)

At Qubit - http://www.qubitproducts.com/ - we're helping some of the biggest companies in UK understand their data and providing them with actionable intelligence. Founded by 4 ex-Googlers 2 years ago, we're looking for Front-end/Infrastructure/Statistical engineers to help build our core infrastructure to find deeper insights into our huge data sets.

We mainly use Java, to develop our Hadoop pipeline on AWS, and JavaScript, both in browser and on our nodejs/redis servers, with a bit of R, Python and what not in the mix.
2012 is going (to continue) to be an exciting time for our company and we'd love to have a bunch more people help us grow!

Have a chat with us at hiring+yc@qubitdigital.com and let us know what you are looking for to get the ball rolling.

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aguynamedben 10 days ago 1 reply      
San Francisco, CA or Portland, OR - Engineers and business people

Urban Airship is hiring all kinds of engineers and business people in San Francisco and Portland. We have a travel program between the cities, so you'd get to know 2 badass cities.

Urban Airship helps mobile developers send push notifications at high volumes across iOS, Android, Blackberry, WP7, Kindle, etc.

- 10 billion push notifications sent. We're sending about 2.5 billion per month now.

- Our systems are engineered to send about 50,000 push notifications per second. We want to "light up a stadium in a second".

- We have huge customers like The New York Times, ESPN, USA Today, Groupon, LivingSocial, BET, etc.

- We're about 50 people and just raised $15M from Intel, Verizon, and SalesForce.

- Working on advanced segmentation of users to send smarter push notifications.

- Great, hardworking leadership, one of the most important things in a startup.

- Ping pong showdowns. Lagunitas keg and bourbon in the office. Fun, connected, smart, and badass co-workers that are 100% startup.

The formal job listings are here: http://urbanairship.com/company/jobs/ but we're hiring smart engineers with a broad range of skills.

Hit me up at ben (at) <companyname> (dot) com if you're interested!

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bjelkeman-again 10 days ago 0 replies      
Amsterdam, Netherlands [UTC-9 to UTC+2 remote ok] - Akvo Foundation (http://www.akvo.org)
Full time or part time.

Akvo is a small non-profit foundation, but we are not your ordinary NGO. We develop open source web and mobile software, which we run as a service, and build networks of skilled partners that can change the way development aid is allocated, reported and monitored.

There is tremendous interest in our services and we are actively working with hundreds of NGOs, governments and large institutions, like the Worldbank, UN and corporates. For a flavour, check our blog out: http://www.akvo.org/blog/?cat=3&paged=2

We are a small team (20), well funded, and are expanding our technical team to cope with all the new and exciting stuff.

If you are good at a combination of (any combo will do): Java, Google Web Toolkit, Google app engine, python, Django, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, dev/ops, Linux sys admin, QA, Wordpress (themes/plugin building/php); tech doc, well, then I have open positions. Half time to full time. Working from home. If you like a more formal job description we have them here:

* Front-end web designer and developer (HTML / CSS / Javascript)

* Developer / system administrator

* Java developer

* Quality Assurance (not listed on jobs page yet, but coming)

http://www.akvo.org/web/jobs

Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

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SatvikBeri 10 days ago 0 replies      
San Jose, CA; Austin, TX; New York, NY; Boston, MA - Lattice Engines (http://www.lattice-engines.com)

(Software, Data, and Design roles-see http://www.lattice-engines.com/company-careers.htm)

Lattice Engines is the leader in B2B sales intelligence software enabling Fortune 5000 companies to Sell Smarter and achieve a 6-14% increase in sales productivity within one year of deployment through Intelligent Targeting, Contextual Conversations and Measurable Execution. Lattice Engines software integrates internal, external and Lattice Engines proprietary data to identify customer patterns and trigger
events that influence buying decisions. Our software is powered by predictive analytics, advanced mathematical algorithms tuned specifically to B2B sales and marketing objectives. Our solutions integrate seamlessly with existing CRM and Marketing Automation systems to deliver B2B sales intelligence directly to your reps.

Please contact sberi@lattice-engines.com with the subject line "Hacker News"-you'll be given preference over applicants who apply normally through the website.

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knerd83 10 days ago 2 replies      
Knewton: New York (NYC) funded startup seeking software engineers interested in functional programming, machine learning, distributed systems, and "big data" problems. +ONSITE, +REMOTE, +FULLTIME, +INTERN. I am not personally sure (I'm a software engineer) about H1-B but I will refer any visa questions to someone who can answer them.

Investors include Peter Thiel (Founder's Fund), Reid Hoffman, and Pearson, a leader in educational publishing. We were recognized as a Technology Pioneer for 2011 by the World Economic Forum in Davos and one of the top 25 best places to work by Crain's New York Business.

We have about 80 employees right now. We pay full market salaries plus stock options, and you can take as much vacation as you need. Hours are typically 40-50 per week.

Our product is an adaptive learning platform, which means we use machine learning and "big data" techniques to deliver an individualized education to each student. Our eventual goal is to make a high-quality, adaptive education available to everyone in the world. The product is used by Arizona State University right now, and we recently signed a deal with Pearson to power many of their products.

Our code is a mix of Python, Java, and Scala. Most of our existing code is in Python, but we're working to scale up in a major way, which involves a migration to the JVM. Currently this involves a mix of Java and Scala, but our long-term goal is to move toward Scala. Consequently, we're really hot for Scala talent right now. Anyone who has experience taking Scala into production we would love to talk to right now.

You can reach me at knerd83 at gmail.com, and I'm a software engineer so I'll be able to answer any of your technical questions (e.g. why we're interested in Scala). Reach out if any of the following interest you:

* Using technology to democratize education.

* Machine learning and data mining, including approaches such as probablistic graphic models (PGMs), Support Vector Machines (SVMs) and Monte Carlo Markov Chains.

* Functional programming (cf. Scala and Python).

* The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) internals and performance optimization.

* NoSQL databases (Cassandra and Redis).

* Thrift (the RPC protocol).

* Cloud computing (Amazon Web Services, Unix) and distributed systems.

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jackowayed 10 days ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, CA; San Francisco, CA; remote for some positions

Cloudera is hiring for everything. Lots of cool distributed systems problems to solve, plus some unique opportunities like being a trainer--live anywhere, travel all over for free.

I interned there last summer, and I was totally blown away. Everyone there is brilliant, and they get to work on technical problems that are at their level, not just making another webapp.

And they're completely exploding. They're aggressively establishing themselves as the Hadoop company. They just signed a big deal with Oracle that should help legitimize them even more in the places that matter (ie. with big companies that are willing to pay big money): http://www.cloudera.com/blog/2012/01/oracle-selects-cdh-and-...

The culture is great. Fun people to be around, they really appreciate that taking care of engineers is vital to the company's success, management is deeply technical all the way up to the CEO, and they have regular all-hands meetings where they say just about anything you could want to know about the company.

I was so impressed that I've kept working on-and-off when I have the time, and I convinced my brother to apply and take a job there.

http://www.cloudera.com/company/careers/

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bentoner 10 days ago 0 replies      
We're looking for a UI/UX designer in Melbourne, Australia.

Full-time preferable; part-time or intern possible.

We're a startup based in Carlton. We're working on a web/email app that makes it easier to write documents with other people. It automatically keeps track of what changed and who did the work, without requiring people to modify how they currently do things, whether it be by passing attachments around by email or by sharing documents in dropbox. It's not launched yet.

Design is really important to us and you'll be our first dedicated designer. (Right now our team is approximately 4 developers and a business guy.) We're running into lots of design challenges and need someone to take the lead on these, in addition to designing the overall experience. As an example, this week we are thinking about how to show the changes between two Word documents in a clearer way than the Word compare view (which is horrible!).

We dream of hiring a junior version of Ryan Singer. We want someone who's quite analytical about the design process. Regarding technical stuff, you need to be able to work in HTML and CSS, have a good understanding of what's possible to do with Javascript, and know or be willing to learn git.

Get in touch with me (ben@contextualsystems.com) with any questions, or send a CV and link to your portfolio to apply. I'll put a more detailed job ad up at http://contextualsystems.com/jobs/ soon.

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dman 10 days ago 0 replies      
Enthought - www.enthought.com

Python development for scientific applications, financial applications and Python toolset development.

Enthought has offices in Austin, New York, Cambridge, Mumbai.

If you use Python and love numpy / scipy then Enthought would be a great place for you. Come work with numpy / scipy hackers on solving interesting scientific analysis and data visualization problems. Also we are building the next generation of Python development tools, so there is no shortage of interesting problems to work on. Send applications to jobs@enthought.com and mention that you saw this on the hacker news Feb 2012 thread. Looking forward to working with some of you.

If you have any questions about Enthought, what jobs are on offer and what problems keep us up at night feel free to reach out to me at dsharma at enthought dot com

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TimothyFitz 10 days ago 0 replies      
New York, NY - Software Engineer - Fulltime

Canvas (USV Funded) is looking for engineers #3 and #4 to join a small close team building the rich-media community platform of the future.

The job title says "Software Engineer" but really we're looking for "Software Entrepreneur" or a "Startup Engineer". Yes, your day job will be writing code. But that's the only similarity to a big company software job.

You'll be challenged to take big ideas and turn them into concrete testable hypotheses. Shipping a great feature is important, but positively changing user behavior is the ultimate success criteria. Built-to-spec takes a backseat to moves-the-metrics.

More details and how to apply http://canv.as/jobs

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vtrac 10 days ago 0 replies      
Austin, TX / NYC, NY / London, UK

Bazaarvoice is hiring for a bunch of positions - big data software engineers, front-end engineers, DevOps, etc. Ping me for more info.

DevOps Spec:

Who We Want:
Bazaarvoice serves traffic on some of the biggest websites on the internet. Every day our content is served to tens of millions of people making tens of thousands of requests per second, resulting in tens of thousands of gigabytes of traffic. Our request logs alone add up to almost 1TB daily. If the thought of doubling these numbers excites you, we'd love to hear from you.

Responsibilities:
* Develop internal tools and processes to maintain stability and performance of our infrastructure
* Work with Development teams to build applications in an Operationally sustainable way
* Design cross-datacenter, world-wide systems with a high availability mindset
* Research, analyze and propose new technology solutions for Bazaarvoice's infrastructure
* Make things go faster

Skills and Experience Necessary for the Role:
* Bachelor's degree in CS, EE or MIS; or equivalent experience
* 5+ years experience with LAMP development/administration
* Hands-on scripting with shell & Python/Ruby/Perl
* Thorough understanding of TCP/IP networking & DNS
* Excellent project management, communication, prioritization and analytical skills
* Strong customer service mindset

Technologies:
* Linux
* Tomcat
* Solr/Lucene
* MySQL
* Amazon Web Services (EC2, S3, VPC)

Bonus experience:
* Puppet/Chef
* Hadoop/BI/Big Data
* Cassandra/Riak
* OpenStack/Eucalyptus
* Open source contributions

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randy 10 days ago 0 replies      
Ridejoy (YC S11). San Francisco, CA. Full time.

Lead designer and engineer number one.

Interested in fundamentally changing the way people travel or, as one of our users said, "restoring people's faith in humanity"?

http://ridejoy.com/jobs

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cameldrv 10 days ago 1 reply      
Austin, TX

DocBookMD (www.docbookmd.com) is a funded, revenue generating Austin startup changing the way doctors communicate using smartphones and tablets.

We're looking to bring on a full-time iOS developer to help us make a beautiful, highly functional app.

You:

* Have at least one app on the app store.

* Have a strong sense of pride in your work, and want to write efficient, maintainable code.

* Are passionate about making interfaces that are highly functional, yet quick to learn and use (physicians are very busy and are impatient with software)

* Have a strong work ethic

We offer:

* Competitive compensation

* An exciting, fast growing work environment

* Huge opportunity for professional growth as the company grows

* A product that actually matters. DocBookMD already has saved lives by getting the right information to doctors quickly, so they can make better decisions.

kammeyer at docbookmd.com

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lpolovets 10 days ago 0 replies      
Bay Area or Los Angeles or Shanghai strongly preferred, but remote work is possible for exceptional candidates (must live in the U.S.). Full-time only. H1B is okay. We also have several summer internship opportunities.

Factual's vision is to be an awesome and affordable data provider, so that developers, startups, and big companies can focus on innovation instead of data acquisition. We believe in openness and transparency rather than proprietariness and obfuscation.

We have a terrific team that is still fairly small, and an incredible CEO (he was the co-founder of Applied Semantics, which was sold to Google and became AdSense). In late 2010, we raised a Series A from Andreessen-Horowitz, and our customers and partners include Facebook, Newsweek, Loopt, and Blekko. We have lots of challenging problems to work on at all layers of the stack: data cleaning and canonicalization, deduping, storage, serving, APIs, etc. If you love data, Factual is the place to be.

We currently have about half a dozen job openings, from data engineering to software engineering to system administration. For the software engineering position, you would ideally know Java, Clojure, and/or Ruby, and you'll get bonus points for experience with machine learning, NoSQL, algorithms, infrastructure, and/or Hadoop.

If you're interested in the Bay Area office, it just opened in December of 2011, so you'd have a significant influence on the culture there.

You can email me personally at leo -at- factual.com, or view our job postings and apply directly via Jobvite:

Palo Alto Software Engineer: http://hire.jobvite.com/j/?cj=oTR1Vfwq&s=Hackernews

Los Angeles Software engineer: http://hire.jobvite.com/j/?cj=oQR1Vfwn&s=Hackernews

Los Angeles Data Engineer: http://hire.jobvite.com/j/?cj=oSS1Vfwq&s=Hackernews

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drusenko 10 days ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA - Weebly (http://weebly.com/jobs.php)

Front-end Web Engineer
HTML5 Mobile Engineer
Android Engineer
Back-end Web Engineer
MySQL DBA
Web Designer

We're a bit different than your average startup. We're a small team that loves what we do. We only hire others who love what they do, too.

Even though we're very profitable, we don't hire just for the sake of it; we hire the best people, then trust them: it's the thinking behind our no-limit vacation policy and company credit card for everyone.

We love building things and we focus on being productive, not the amount of time you spend in the office. We hate meetings, so we only have one per week.

We put a lot of effort into making Weebly a fun place to work for people who like getting things done.

Our millions of users love us (check out our blog comments). We have a net promoter score over 80% (higher than Apple's).

Running 2% of all of the websites on the Internet presents some interesting technical challenges. Making a complex task super simple and intuitive is also an ongoing challenge.

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ahuibers 10 days ago 0 replies      
Mountain View, CA - Full Time and Intern

Want to work on a product that is used and loved by millions?

Bump Technologies is the developer of the Bump app available on iOS and Android. Bump allows users to exchange contact info, photos, and more, simply by fist bumping phones together. We now have more than 75mm downloads and are growing quickly. Objective C, Cocoa, Java, Scala, Python, Diesel, Redis, Riak, and Haskell are just some of the languages/technologies we use.

* Android developers

* iOS developers

* Backend (python) developers

Internships in Android, iOS, backend, data analytics, product, and design.

At Bump, we offer a fun, collaborative working environment. You will be challenged to come up with creative solutions to interesting problems and own your own project. The designs you make and the code you develop will be used by our tens of millions of active users. We have been working on some new products and features that we are planning to launch in 2012, so it is a really exciting time to join our team. Check out our tech blog and intern blog on our website to read about some of the cool things we are working on.

For more information and to apply online, visit our website http://bu.mp/jobs.

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heyjonboy 10 days ago 0 replies      
New York City, NY - ParkWhiz

Lead Designer: http://www.parkwhiz.com/about/jobs/designer/

ParkWhiz creates software to help parking owners manage and market their parking using the ParkWhiz website, mobile apps, and data APIs. Our platform currently processes millions of dollars in transactions, and we're growing fast. Our stack is PHP, MySQL, nginx, and Redis, with a dash of Python on the backend, and jQuery/LESS/HTML5 on the front-end. We're a small team, and we work smart and fast.

Contact me directly if interested: jon@[company].com

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scraplab 10 days ago  replies      
London, UK. Full time.

Designer & Front-end Developer at Newspaper Club.

http://www.newspaperclub.com

We help anyone make and print their own newspapers. We believe the web is too important to be left to screens, and that newsprint is a highly evolved technology too. We build things that combine the two, using each medium for what it's best at.

We're looking for a great designer + front-end developer to work alongside our co-founder and engineer (me, @tomtaylor) and form the start of a tight knit development team.

We want to overhaul our existing in-browser newspaper layout tool + API, launch a print-on-demand marketplace, and develop a number of products and services that use completely personalised newsprint in smart ways.

Things like the Postcode Paper we built for Data.gov.uk. http://blog.newspaperclub.com/2009/10/16/data-gov-uk-newspap...

Or the prototype Telepaper, which turns Readability + Instapaper content into a delivered newspaper. http://telepaper.newspaperclub.com/

You'll need to be able to go from sketches and conversation, to working code in browser yourself. We like generalists who can think both like designers + engineers, with a good sense of product intuition. Someone who can code their own designs, and enjoys working closely with a backend engineer.

Bonus points if you have a solid understanding of how to build well structured Javascript web apps, using frameworks like Backbone.

You've probably got a few years experience working on public sites, either for yourself or others, and can show us sample projects you've worked on. We value code over experience, so show us what you've done.

We run a small, friendly ship, in a relaxed environment we share with interesting folks in Shoreditch. We've got a proven business model, and are generating real, actual, genuine profit, with very little investment. We're doing this on our terms, and building the kind of organisation we'd like to work for.

All of which, I'll be honest, completely astounds me.

In return, we can offer a competitive package of salary and equity, in varying proportions.

If you're interested, drop us a line at jobs@newspaperclub.com, with a note about yourself and links to things you think we'd find interesting (eg. Github account, CV, portfolio).

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Ask HN: Do you know a good resource for large data scraping job?
6 points by hugo31370  2 days ago   8 comments top 3
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devs1010 2 days ago 1 reply      
I'm not sure exactly what sort of answer you are expecting. Unless the data you want is in a standardized format (such as a standardized XML schema), any effort to extract data would require writing custom parsers for each set of data that has a different structure. I'm not sure if you are asking for advice on which technology stack to use for writing this or are looking for a pre-made tool that can extract this for you? There may be some tools that can "attempt" to do this without requiring you to write custom code but I am not sure how effective they would be.
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ig1 2 days ago 1 reply      
The typical way of doing this is to use mechanical turk, there are some third party services (their name escapes me) which are built on top of mturk to provide reliability.

The typical way they do this is to have two different people enter the data and when there's a mismatch have a supervisor decide which is right.

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polyfractal 2 days ago 1 reply      
You might have good luck just hiring some cheap Virtual Assistants to do this work for you. oDesk or elance are pretty good for these types of administrative tasks
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Show HN: Private RubyGem Server
8 points by rykov  2 days ago   2 comments top 2
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eaurouge 1 day ago 0 replies      
I could use this but I won't say I 'need' it. It would be nice to just 'gem install' without having to go thru the packaging process.

It's probably most useful for developers that frequently use multiple machines or have built lots of private gems. But with Github at $7+ a month, I couldn't justify paying $9/month.

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davidz 2 days ago 0 replies      
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Ask HN: Can you relate to what this investor says?
5 points by hacker_jumper  2 days ago   2 comments top 2
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chris_dcosta 1 day ago 0 replies      
She's also reasonably popular with the BBC - featuring on their Dragons Den reality TV series, and now in the online version.

I think it's very easy for VCs who court the media to rely on statements like this. They don't have to do the work. But I also think it's pretty irresponsible: it seems to suggest that success requires this level of effort and that if you don't commit yourself to a 90 hour working week, you'll fail. I'd hate to see someone take on a 90hour working week for any extended period without suffering mental and physical issues.

I've no doubt passionate people can live and breath their projects, but that's a different thing altogether. We all know that you can feel like that when you believe in your project and it's going well.

My advice, for what it's worth is give it your best shot, learn when things don't work out, and be prepared to evolve your idea to overcome hurdles.

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hugo31370 2 days ago 0 replies      
Every time a person talk of hours of work as a requirement or measurement a puppy dies. I think she's trying to convey that passion and dedication are key, but the 90 hours reference is unfortunate. Why 90 and not 100 or 80?

Efficiency is they real metric. I know people who can do in 2 hours what for others would take 4 or 5 hours.

Now, I do think if you're passionate about your idea, you're constantly thinking about it, and you're going to spend a lot of sleepless nights in order to build it. I think passion and dedication is a requirement but I don't like the hour mark.

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Ask HN: Hunting Python/Django programmers to join an ambitious project/business
18 points by akitchell  4 days ago   discuss
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Freelance "Business Guy"
4 points by Eddyelo  2 days ago   4 comments top
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ig1 2 days ago 1 reply      
What have you personally achieved in those roles ?

(i.e. how much money have you raised using your pitching material, etc.)

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Ask HN: Facebook Credits Alternative?
2 points by zackmorris  1 day ago   1 comment top
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Keverw 1 day ago 0 replies      
Second Life does something like this using the Linden Dollar. Also the rate changes based on factors, kinda like how the Euro value will change over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Second_Life might be a good read to see how a real company is doing this. Also in the TOS(http://secondlife.com/corporate/tos.php?lang=en-US#tos5) basically says the own all the money. So depending on the legal wording maybe the lack of insurance isn't that big of a deal but it might cause trust issues. I'm not a lawyer so i'm not really sure, just think the Linden Dollar might be a good example to research before creating your own type of money.
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Ask HN: Webapps you can't live without?
95 points by ameen  11 days ago   74 comments top 23
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dangrossman 11 days ago 2 replies      
Someone asked this 3 days ago (with few responses), so I'm copy/pasting this from then:

* http://www.rackspace.com/apps/email_hosting/ IMAP/webmail)

* http://www.sendgrid.com (transactional email)

* http://www.snapengage.com (sales/support chats)

* http://www.zendesk.com (basic KB & support tickets)

* http://www.github.com & http://www.repositoryhosting.com (public & private repositories)

* http://www.geckoboard.com (dashboard of financial state of the company)

And I'm a power user of my own SaaS products:

* http://www.w3counter.com (realtime visitor analytics)

* http://www.w3roi.com (ad performance tracking)

* http://www.dialshield.com (automatically calls high fraud risk customers during the checkout process on my ecommerce sites)

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j45 11 days ago 4 replies      
- http://www.diigo.com - I was never able to use any online bookmarking service for the last 10-15 years. Diigo got online bookmarking right. I would frantically pay someone to re-build diigo for me if it ever went away. I can't process, organize or navigate the internet without it.

The best feature is it's highlighting. We don't save bookmarks in our minds, but specific sentences or paragraphs. Diigo lets us highlight those and saves them right into my Diigo account/stream. I can then simply search diigo not only by keyword or bookmark, but the phrases that stuck out to me in the first place to make me want to bookmark it.

The second best feature is being able to publish the links to multiple groups so effortlessly.

- http://www.fogbugz.com (hosted) - keeps my consulting and product dev flow going.

- http://www.freshbooks.com - Trivializes the slippery slope of managing billable hours not only for you but for sub-contractors.

- http://www.bitbucket.org - Free, unlimited private repositories. Beneficial to someone like me who has a lot of small projects. I hope Github gets this soon.

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csomar 11 days ago 2 replies      
in order

- gmail (moving to own hosted email with Thunder in a couple of week, though)

- Skype (all communications)

- trello (manages all my projects now)

- bitbucket (all private code, it's free)

- dropbox (all files)

- prgmr (hosting, and email)

other essentials but can switch easily

- Google Analytics

- Google Translate

- SpringPad (they have a good Android app)

- Google Reader

It's amazing that I don't depend on any mobile app or on my smartphone and can go without it.

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Symmetry 11 days ago 0 replies      
Since the others I use have already been mentioned:
http://piperka.net/
It's a webcomic aggregator, gives me a list of all the new comics that I haven't read yet.

Also Hiveminder
http://hiveminder.com/splash/
for a really awesome to-do list site, with nice collaboration tools.

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bantic 1 day ago 0 replies      
instapaper -- saving articles for when I truly have time to read them (as opposed to when I first see them -- while browsing HN during a mini work break) has been a huge timesaver for me.
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herrherr 11 days ago 0 replies      
The really interesting part is actually to recognise how hard it is for a new app to enter my daily-use list. It's almost impossible. Some make it in there for a few days or weeks but will vanish quite soon.

Either I need the app for my daily work or it is a fire-and-forget service that I once signed up for and that doesn't require any active input from my site.

Anyway, here is my list:

- pivotaltracker.com

- github.com

- dropbox.com

- olark.com

- gmail.com

- google.com/analytics

- hipchat.com

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bleakgadfly 11 days ago 0 replies      
* Github (http://www.github.com) - This and HN/Reddit for fun. I use Github to review my previously comitted code, marking comments in the code of ideas and thoughts so I can correct them when I get home (for profit), and exploring different languages, profiles and projects (for fun).

* Workflowy (http://www.workflowy.com) - Dump all the stuff I might need to remember or note about a project or task here.

* Trello (http://www.trello.com) - Scrum-board for my tasks, planner for the summer vacation, my wedding, etc.

* Diigo (http://www.diigo.com) - To save bookmarks, notes on pages, highlights of stuff I might need to reference, etc

* Toggl (http://www.toggl.com) - To keep track of how many hours I work on each project

EDIT: Typo/format

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chaz 11 days ago 2 replies      
This list of startup resources was posted to HN not too long ago:

http://startuptools.pbworks.com/w/page/17974963/FrontPage

HN Story: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3077206

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zalew 11 days ago 0 replies      
* google, gmail & co

* http://bitbucket.org

* http://mixcloud.com

keep it simple, that's how I be.

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potomak 11 days ago 0 replies      
* Gmail (http://gmail.com)

* GitHub (http://github.com)

* Tomatoes, pomodoro technique productivity tool (http://tomatoes.heroku.com)

* Reddit, procrastination (http://reddit.com)

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jeffcapeshop 11 days ago 0 replies      
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kolev 11 days ago 0 replies      
http://www.workflowy.com/ kicks butt! Gmail, Google Reader, Google Voice, Google Docs, but everybody uses them...
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gnufs 11 days ago 1 reply      
NewsBlur for reading feeds

http://www.newsblur.com

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slig 11 days ago 0 replies      
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evanhamilton 11 days ago 0 replies      
Here at UserVoice, we're in love with:

* http://trello.com Easy card management for tracking all of our projects and bugs. We've got boards for every department.

* http://hipchat.com Fantastic way to chat in rooms or with individuals. Keeps our two offices connected.

* http://argylesocial.com Fantastic social media monitoring, publishing, and most importantly, measurement.

* http://airbrake.io Error collector, which we publish into Hipchat. (More info: http://blog.airbrake.io/awesome-airbrakers/uservoice/)

* http://optimizely.com/ Simple and powerful A/B testing tool

...and probably a bunch of others I'm forgetting. Thank you for creating these wonderful apps, everyone!

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bretthellman 11 days ago 0 replies      
I love....

- dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/

- gmail: https://mail.google.com

- KISSMetrics: https://www.kissmetrics.com

- Google Analytics (real-time tab): https://www.google.com/analytics

- Github: https://github.com/

- HALL.com: https://hall.com/

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chauzer 11 days ago 1 reply      
* RescueTime (http://www.rescuetime.com) - time/productivity tracking

* Mint.com (http://www.mint.com) - personal finance/budgets

* Blueleaf (http://www.blueleaf.com) - tracking the performance of my investments

* Fitocracy (http://www.fitocracy.com) - personal fitness and weight lifting logs, also integrates with other apps like RunKeeper

* Producteev (http://www.producteev.com) - tasks management

* Quora

* Google Reader

* Google Music

* Gmail

* Dropbox

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marketmonkey 11 days ago 2 replies      
Gmail, Mailchimp, Basecamp, Highrise, LivelyStocks, Twitter, Github, TradingView, Various Google Tools including (Analytics, Adwords, Adsense, Reader)

http://www.gmail.com

http://www.mailchimp.com

http://www.highrisehq.com

http://www.livelystocks.com

http://www.twitter.com

http://www.github.com

https://www.tradingview.com/

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aymeric 10 days ago 0 replies      
http://weekplan.net (7 habits weekly planner I have made)

http://hackpad.com (real time wiki)

http://gyazo.com (take screenshot and upload automatically)

http://envolve.com (add live chat to your web app)

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metaclass 7 days ago  replies      
I've switched from Google to Zoho services two years ago(I hate that "conversation view" in gmail)

Zoho Mail turned out to be an excellent webmail app. BTW, their other apps(Docs, Planner, Sheet) are definitely worth a try too.

http://www.zoho.com

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Ask HN: Built a startup, took a real job, now seeing lots of interest. Now what?
7 points by dmillar  3 days ago   7 comments top 4
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jaddison 3 days ago 1 reply      
The best route for you is to spearhead it yourself and make another go of it - but it's assumed from the tone and wording in your posting that you're not in this frame of mind...

Suggestion: don't let go of something with promise! Look to partner with someone who's expertise matches well, but keep a significant stake in the company. Look to create a vesting agreement with a potential partner that has a 1 year cliff with bonuses for performance. (Talk to a legal expert!)

My point is that rather than selling it off, you could 'pay' someone in shares for performance-based work. They would end up with n% of the company after m years plus p% bonus. They would have you as an advisor/co-founder resource.

There should also be buyout provisions should either of you want to take on the company full time again, perhaps.

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twog 3 days ago 1 reply      
This seems really interesting, and right down my alley. Would you like to have a talk offline about it?
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revorad 3 days ago 1 reply      
I'm experiencing something similar. Makes me value persistence even more.
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polyfractal 3 days ago 0 replies      
Also sent you an email :
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