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Ask HN: Do you trust Facebook after lying?
9 points by sonier  7 hours ago   10 comments top 4
milkshakes 7 hours ago 1 reply      
I'd love to see this. So far I've heard a lot of people make this claim yet nobody has produced any evidence of it.
autophil 2 hours ago 0 replies      
No. I don't trust Facebook, but then again, I haven't trusted Facebook in a long time (which is why I deleted my account).

Except that my account isn't deleted even when Facebook said they would after 14 days. That's just one example.

But the reason why the very liberty of citizens of the United States is under threat is because people aren't willing to stand up to what is right if it's inconvenient for them. They will instead rationalize and look for more proof and stick their heads in the sand.

HN is chock full of these people.

yen223 6 hours ago 0 replies      
That...is a really loaded question.

Like many people have mentioned, no one offered any proof that the "leaked" messages were actually private, rather than wall-to-wall posts that they assumed were private.

zem 3 hours ago 0 replies      
if you still trust facebook after all the changes they've made to the privacy system, i don't see why lying about this should change much. i think many facebook users (and almost certainly the majority here on hn) use facebook because that's what their friends and family are talking on, but don't trust it.
Ask HN: Job board for remote hackers
2 points by olalonde  3 hours ago   1 comment top
kahfei 3 hours ago 0 replies      
not sure if you already know about this site?
It aggregate only remote job from other job board. The format sometimes(most of the time actually)is off though.
Ask PG: Is there a "startup success recipe"?
13 points by scheff  13 hours ago   11 comments top 8
pg 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Start with two or three founders who are determined, sufficiently smart, and work well together. Work on an idea that grows organically out of your own experience. Launch fast and iterate, using growth rate as a guide. Don't be dismayed when it turns out to be hard.
dchuk 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm going to expand this blog post into a book: http://www.layeredthoughts.com/startups/12-rules-for-buildin...

The goal is to create essentially a framework for startup ideas that can set you up for success in the best way possible.

benologist 13 hours ago 0 replies      
There is a very precise recipe necessary for success. These are the exact steps you need to take, pay special attention to the order because it's very important you follow it exactly.

1. Succeed

Unfortunately most funded, incubated, accelerated, bootstrapped, unfunded, unincubated, unaccelerated and other startups fail to follow these very simple instructions.

freshbreakfast 10 hours ago 1 reply      
The first adjective that pg used was "determined". It's also essentially saying the same thing as his last sentence. I'm guessing that's not an accident.
pcolton 13 hours ago 0 replies      
playhard 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Learn everyday
hbbio 13 hours ago 0 replies      
1. Have luck.

2. Or: Pivot. Have luck.

3. Or: Pivot. Have luck.

(This assumes you know how to build a startup)

App Engine vs Heroku
7 points by fleclerc  11 hours ago   3 comments top 3
bcarlson 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I've switched from app engine to heroku. Even if you can get past the vendor lock in, carefully review the limitations: file-size, collection size, etc. They may have good reasons for these, but I spent more time working/thinking around these than I expected.

AppEngine is a great platform for getting an app off the ground, and for a POC... but beyond that I wouldn't recommend it.


outside1234 7 hours ago 0 replies      
App Engine is a disaster - go with Heroku and Rails or with AWS/Azure/Linode with Rails on IAAS. :)
rbanffy 10 hours ago 0 replies      
The free tier of App Engine (I'm only familiar with the Python platform) is somewhat accommodating. If it becomes too expensive, you may choose to move your app to your own machines running Typhoonae or Appscale. Neither of those is easy to install.

Heroku runs more portable things you can easily deploy on your own boxes.

Ask HN Freelancers/Contractors: What rates do you have?
5 points by samuellevy  9 hours ago   3 comments top 2
andymoe 9 hours ago 1 reply      
When I worked at a consulting firm we liked a single rate. Don't paint yourself into a corner and waste your time by having a complicated set of rates especially if you are a one man/woman show. Take what you are considering as your highest rate, double it, (because if you are like 90pct of people I know your are probably under charging) and use that. (I'm only half kidding here)

The overhead to keep your complicated rate structure straight can be difficult for an organization and especially hard for an individual or one man show. More importantly it makes the sales process more complicated. You spend time laying out your complicated rate plan instead of getting them to agree to a proposal and SOW and giving you a nice chunk of money up front based on that estimate. If you are freelancing you absolutely should get a percent of the money up front especially for a new relationship. You can always offer people a discount rate for larger commitments of work if you like - now you are doing them a favor. Set the expectation of availability early for short term emergency work and don't do an hourly rate at all for this if you can help it. Get good at estimating and give them a (high) project based price that reflects your costs for bumping them to the front of the line.

kposehn 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I charge a straight hourly rate for all, with it multiplied by 1.5 for off-hours and 3x for emergencies. The only type of work with a higher rate is knowledge transfer.

I don't get many off-hours or emergency requests, but when they happen they are almost always events which clearly require it. Overall, it has been a great structure.

Ask HN: Reference or Reading materials for Learning Hadoop
5 points by vbv  12 hours ago   1 comment top
eshvk 8 hours ago 0 replies      
So learning Hadoop can be split up into several pieces:

1. Learning the idea of Map-Reduce. This is fairly easy and you could browse through the original research paper and figure that out.

2. Learning the weird, wild animal called Hadoop (with its multiple API clusterfuck). This is going to be much harder. Presuming you know Java, the first thing you want to do is get a Cloudera VM (because you don't really want to spend time learning how to install hadoop at first) and start figuring out how to build Word Count inside the VM. This should give you some insight (not much though) in how the API works.

3. Figure out more complicated stuff you want to do with Hadoop and start working on it. Get a copy of Tom White's Hadoop book (From what I remember six months back, the API was hopelessly outdated but the ideas are awesome) and Jimmy Lin's book on text processing with Map Reduce ( http://lintool.github.com/MapReduceAlgorithms/ ). Personally, I loved Jimmy's book not because of the machine learning content but because of the design patterns for Hadoop that he had embedded in there.

Ask HN: How to deal with losing interest in your passion?
75 points by sun123  1 day ago   65 comments top 36
reverend_gonzo 1 day ago 3 replies      
Take a break.

I had the same thing when I was 25. I ended up quitting my job and buying a one-way ticket to Europe. I didn't think I would ever write code again. I spent about three months backpacking Europe, then came back and spent a few more hanging around and doing odd jobs around town. Eventually, I started code in my free time again, and about a year later, came back into the profession refreshed.

Now I know what I need to do to prevent burnout again, and it's primarily that I keep other hobbies, and I have friends that aren't work-related. It lets me get away when I need to and still stay interested in what I do the rest of the time.

But that's more maintenance, sometimes you need to shotgun into that stage by cutting out everything for a lengthened period of time. If you really are a hacker at heart, and it sounds like you are, you'll start writing code again soon enough, and you'll know you're back.

You'll also have stories and other life experiences as well, which make you a better, more rounded person.

peteforde 1 day ago 3 replies      
I went through the same thing you're describing, and I came to a very simple conclusion (in hindsite) that the other commenters haven't touched upon. I quietly suspect that I'm right, and it makes me sad that it feels like such a dirty secret.

When I was a kid, I loved coding. From the ages of 6-19 I didn't really want to do anything as much as hack on cool projects. The only thing that would make my life perfect " obviously " would be to get paid to code, so that I could do it all of the time and pay bills, too. I'd be the luckiest guy on earth.

So, why was I horribly sad (not depressed, btw - that's a disease which you don't bring upon yourself) as a professional developer at 25? I used to be so engaged, but then I could hardly concentrate on what I was doing, and it was very difficult to get started each day.

One day it hit me like a lightning bolt: the reason you do something impacts whether you can enjoy doing it or not. That's why being a prostitute is not generally considered the best job ever; I found that coding other people's ideas was like not getting to choose who, when or how to have sex.

For me, the solution was to gradually move out of coding day-to-day into a more pure consulting role while reintroducing lots of fun personal coding projects, which are mostly just as fun as I remembered from when I was a teenager. 8-9 years later, I simply don't take on paid coding projects.

As a corollary, I'm really into film photography and I flat out refuse to get paid to shoot, because I have no interest in difficult brides or screaming babies. I figure that I deserve a passion that isn't corrupted by my need to pay a mortgage. It's like an endless chain of discoveries and happy accidents that brings me mental calm and occasionally professional (consulting) opportunity.

I recently went to the Luminance photography conference in NYC, and during breaks I met as many people as I could. Every working photographer seemed stoic and anxious, and all of the aspiring photographers verbally differentiated between their "arty" work and the stuff they had to shoot in order to pay the bills. Not one of them thought that there was any hope of them having fans that would appreciate them the way a painter would. [Granted, painters often have patrons... but I digress.] I found it all quite sad.

Needless to say, I suggested that they all learn to code as a career so that they could take photos out of love. I said that if they needed to pay their bills with their camera, they would develop an increasingly abusive relationship with photography.

Don't worry about "coming back with a bang". You only live once, so stop hitting yourself.

mrcharles 1 day ago 3 replies      
Find a hobby. Something that is completely mindless, and won't use any of the centers of your brain that you use for programming. If you do love programming, you may just be burnt out; if you are like me, you spend long stretches coding for most waking hours. Eventually you'll run risk of burning out.

Me, I build plastic robot models. It's no brain power at all, just precise physical motions. It's mindless and enjoyable, and at the end of the day you have something to show for it.

There's a lot of posts here saying take a break, but you really have to make sure that you are truly taking a break, and not just substituting programming with something else that uses the same parts of your brain.

edit: Here's one of the first models I built. Unpainted just to see what it looks like. http://www.flickr.com/photos/37553996@N07/sets/7215762298535...

krschultz 1 day ago 0 replies      
Passion can be rekindled, but doubling down on the subject is not the right way to do it. You are probably a little burnt out and a little jaded. Pickup a hobby far away from programming and use that as your fun time for a few years. When you get back to programming as a fun thing, you will enjoy it far more.

Snowboarding has been my passion for about 10 years. I snowboard 50+ days a year, I moved out to Colorado for a time just to snowboard absolutely as much as possible. I race, I go into the park a lot, I jump off cliffs, I go into the backcountry, I worked at a ski shop, I read all the magazines, buy the DVDs, and I watch the weather forecast incessantly.

But I'm burnt out on it. I moved back to the east coast, the mountains and weather aren't as good, and I'm totally jaded. If its not fresh snow, steep trails, perfect weather I feel like I'm wasting time and money. Unless I live at the mountain, I can't get any better than I am now (whereas before I enjoyed the challenge of getting up the learning curve). So I just decided to stop.

I picked up surfing instead. I'm terrible at it, but the challenge is thrilling. Now I can enjoy the learning curve again and I don't need 'perfect' conditions. It's fun just to get out there and do something.

And I'm sure when I do go back to snowboarding in a few years, it will be far more interesting.

So for you, I would say make programming your job, and something else your passion/hobby. Take a couple years off from programming outside of work, and come back to it with renewed purpose.

taude 1 day ago 0 replies      
Having worked in software engineering for 17+ years, I've learned a few things (and gone through at least two-bouts of serious burnout). One was at the end of the first dot-com boom when getting engineering jobs was nearly impossible, so it was a forced long-term vacation. I went to Europe for a bit.

1) In my 20s, I worked all the time. Didn't live a very balanced life, this lead to burnout, especially if you're working in a startup environment where you think you'll retire at 30.

2) I quit engineering twice (but after 6+ months off, new developments in technology that stimulated my imagination eventually brought me back)

3) I've learned to manage not working the burn-out dream, that likely in the long run, your 80 hours weeks aren't going to pay out. It's proven to me that there's plenty of successful people and companies who work realistic hours.

4) Hobbies. I prefer those where I get excercise (like cylcing). Gives me time to clear my mind and keep my body fit and invigorated. I also enjoy gourmet cooking.

5) Managing workload, prioritizing things that are important and recognizing things that you think are work but really procrastinating.

6) Learn other professional skills than typing text into your favorite editor/ide. Speaking at conferences/local user groups, managing project budget, managing teams, managing bigger teams. Doing these other things makes you appreciate the few hours of coding you have left in the week.

campnic 1 day ago 0 replies      
There is a misconception, extremely prevalent on HN and in the startup community, that you're dead at 35. Really, if you are 25 and not certain about what you want to do, the real 'risk' you should be taking is trying something completely different.

Don't set yourself up for a miserable life. Become a well rounded person. Try something else and see if it clicks for a while.

hluska 1 day ago 1 reply      
TL;DR - Aging is weird, but it beats the alternative.

Other commenters are giving you excellent advice about burnout. I agree with what they say, but want to toss in a different perspective.

When I was in Grade 9, there was a hip hop group called Kris Kross. At the time, I thought they were great. So great, that I went out and bought their CD, put it on repeat and listened to it for weekend long BBS marathon.

Today, I'm a little embarrassed to admit I was that passionate about the wack emcees who wore their clothes backwards. I haven't listened to them in years. Yet other bands that I worshipped in Grade 9 (ie - Bad Religion, NOFX and the Dead Kennedys) are still extremely important to me.

I'm 35 now and my passions have ebbed and flowed through the years. They are more fixed now, but they went a little wild between my teens and mid 20s. Heck, in high school, I was a straight edge post punk who wouldn't be friends with people who dared to smoke pot near me. By my third year of university, I was conducting pharmaceutical experiments on myself at raves.

We ebb and we flow. We change just as constantly as the landscapes that surround us. We fall in and out of love with new ideas, people, sounds and pursuits.

Take a deep hard look at whether or not you may be burned out. Try new things, immerse yourself in whatever seems exciting, and read new books. Learn to climb. Scare yourself half to death. Write a book. Get tattooed. Your passion for programming will likely come back. Or, it may be gone forever. Embrace the changes, my friend, you're going to learn an awful lot about yourself over the next few months!

Best of luck and remember that smooth seas never made a skilled skipper.

tzaman 1 day ago 1 reply      
I think every developer faces the same problem at one point. What helped me personally was actually working less and find new hobbies (that don't involve computers), and one thing in particular: running. It's hard to keep your enthusiasm at a high level if all you see is work - despite the fact that you might enjoy it. Go out, meet your friends, eat well and excersize.

EDIT: Recently I was attending a startup meeting and there was this video, where one developer said Sleeping and eating are overrated. What a load of crap - following this advice is the best way to burn out. We are not robots.

steve8918 1 day ago 1 reply      
After graduating from college, I completely immersed myself in computers, programming, networking, system administration, etc. I taught myself how to program, got a job programming, learned just about everything I needed to learn. I would work, and then when I came home, I would sit in front of the computer learning. It got to the point where if I didn't spend time learning, I would feel guilty.

This helped me immensely, because I accelerated in my career and knowledge really quickly. But then, after about 10 years, I had gained about 50 lbs, and suffered through some personal issues. I was completely and utterly burnt out. I stopped being curious about technology, and couldn't bring myself to even turn on a computer after work, except to play games or online poker. This period lasted for about 5 years.

What rekindled everything for me was that I found something new to be passionate about, namely algorithmic trading. The entire topic absolutely fascinated me and continues to fascinate me, and that's where I regained my passion. I've been spending a lot of time on this topic over the last few years.

My advice to you is just take a break. You're probably burnt out. Give it some time, and you'll probably go back to doing it, or you'll find something new to be passionate about.

personlurking 1 day ago 0 replies      
Another angle unfortunately without a solid solution.

If I told people to associate me with one word (a subject), pretty much anyone who knows me would say the same word. I've spent over 10 years learning about it but I've become jaded because just like any subject, you can study about it and you can do it. It's the doing it that has made me jaded and that has effected my will to study it as well.

My best theory is that I simply never defined it for what it is and has been: a goal. In effect, I summited and now I just feel like I'm at the top looking at the view. The solution, it seems, will inevitably be to search out another mountain to summit.

bougiefever 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm a programmer, 15+ years, and I took up beekeeping. It's nice to do something so completely the opposite of what I do at work. Bees are captivating because they are such complex creatures, but they are almost completely driven by instinct, so they are somewhat predictable. They drive what I need to do to help them succeed, but I still need to use my brain to figure out what help they need. It's a nice balance from writing code and being completely in my head all day.
chris_wot 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm no psychologist, but is it possible that you are suffering from a bout of depression? I have found that my depression caused me to lose interest in most things. It came back, but it took a while...
nasmorn 1 day ago 0 replies      
I wanted to quit computers several times but always gravitate back to them eventually. I even did a whole masters program in economics to find something different. I personally am just the type to cycle between workaholism and hedonism. After putting too much into work I get really appalled by it and need to spend time travelling and just generally living life. Every time I spend 6 weeks not working I have a burning desire to do and learn again. Maybe you just did too much.
The hardships of travelling are vital for me because at first everything is so great and you really need to do it until it isn't anymore. Eventually you will long to get back to your passion.
Kurtz79 1 day ago 0 replies      
Make programming a mean, not the end.

There are countless fields where what you have learned over the last 5 years can be of use, and feel fresh again.

Let's say you have spent the last years learning programming for web applications. Find a job (or star a personal project) where programming is applied to embedded systems, or medical devices, or videogames, or finance, or whatever.

And do not think that because you have been learning about "programming" you have to be a "programmer" if you don't want to. Try to have an experience in sales, management, design. You might lack specific knowledge in the role, but will have much more knowledge in the technical details than other people with specific experience in the role.

If you have been working just on private projects (say, a start-up), find a job as an employee in a good-sized company. Or the other way around, if you have some savings.

You are so young there is plenty of time for finding where you want to set, do not feel constrained by what is expected of you.

aleprok 1 day ago 1 reply      
Currently in the same position. I am only 22 and still studying in university about computers, but I have not touched to vim now for 3 months even though I used to write few hundred lines of code everyday as a hobby since i was 15 or something like that.

Most likely my dilemma is that I seem not to be able to decide where to specialize and programming alone has become quite boring. I kinda want to do everything and can not decide which is the most fun of games, web, mobile, desktop or security.

3amOpsGuy 1 day ago 0 replies      
Been through the same too, it was about your age at the time too - wonder if that's a common theme.

I fixed it with a change of direction. I'd been tackling a bunch of stuff that my heart wasn't in, figured out what i did still like (turns out i wasnt doing any of it day to day), engineered a change of circumstances at work and popped out the other end feeling happy again.

End to end about 4 months. Did involve a fair amount of persuasion - what i wanted to do didn't fit with the organisation at the time.

outworlder 1 day ago 0 replies      
It could be temporary. As others have commented already, this could be burnout.

There are other angles that you should consider. Is it only affecting your job, or are you apathetic on other things too ? If it is the latter (specially since you said 'everything'), it could indicate depression.

In my particular case, a mild form of depression always sets in whenever I am sleep deprived. This can go on for months if left unchecked. Go out, have some fun, sleep a lot and see if it helps. Have your health checked (physical and mental).

If everything checks out, you might just need a change of scenery. Another city, another job, a slightly different area, etc.

troels 1 day ago 0 replies      
In my early twenties I got tired of programming and started studying history at the university instead. I lasted about two years, at which time I had so much freelance programming work that I couldn't focus on the studies enough to pass tests. So I dropped out and got back into programming.

Not only did I regain my passion for programming, but I actually like to believe that the skills I learned there made me a better programmer to boot.

TLDR; You're young - Try something different for a while.

SatvikBeri 1 day ago 0 replies      
There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding exactly how passion works and what causes people to enjoy their work. Cal Newport wrote a very good book that dispels many of the myths surrounding the idea of passion and loving your work that might help you diagnose what's bringing you down and how to get past it: http://www.amazon.com/Good-They-Cant-Ignore-You/dp/145550912...
endymi0n 1 day ago 0 replies      
It gets everyone who's really passionate from time to time. I'd recommend Richard Feynman, who (as a Nobel Laureate) also completely lost interest in physics at a time - here's an abstract about the subject, but the whole book is gold and funny as hell on top: http://loooongway.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/my-english-is-ver...

For me, it's about composing and IT. When I studied musicology, I couldn't compose anymore and just wasn't creative. Then I changed to studying physics and soon burned my interest in the same way. Both of them definitely came back, and by now, I try to keep my interests more balanced!

helen842000 1 day ago 0 replies      
TL:DR - Stop, be ok with taking a break. Give yourself chance to discover what's left.

The thing to remember is that it's ok to have changes in interests. If our interests never changed we wouldn't make progress.

It sounds like you've got to a point where you are super comfortable with what you know.

Personally after I finished my CS degree I took a big break (2 years) from technology, building things and fixing things. Actually I felt like I hated all of it and that worried me a lot. I wanted to let all the learning settle & see what interest in the field I was left with - if at all.

After two years I made the decison to go into the applications support side of things as I realised I still loved the people part of it. Being the bridge between customers & developers, fixing things & I'm still doing that now. Even my interest in development has come back and I'm building things in my spare time again.

Also my partner & I have transitioned from taking photographs as a hobby, to professionally. I find that each time we get a photography job there's a little 2 month cycle where it goes from being great fun to just being 'done' with it. At that point we take fewer personal photos.

After a little time, the interest comes back we start photographing for fun again and then we get another job and it goes full circle.

I think you can only force creativity so long before it becomes work with obligations etc - that's when the interest fades.

chrisbennet 1 day ago 0 replies      
The "take a break" is spot on but I think a lot of burnout/loss of passion is related to what sort of work you are doing. If you are "paying your dues" in job that doesn't interest or challenge you it's going to be hard to stay excited. I look forward to going to work (almost) every day and I've been a software developer as long as you've been alive. At one point I was getting burnt out doing C++ and then C#/.NET came along and all the "newness" reinvigorated me. Maybe you need to change jobs or technologies?
rossjudson 1 day ago 1 reply      
I went through this a lot later in life, and what worked for me was "going academic". I hit Lambda the Ultimate and started challenging myself to learn a lot of really advanced stuff. I'd pick out papers that were hard to understand and go through them step by step, as many times as necessary.

I'd also recommend learning to do something complicated in your personal life, like flying, or diving, or fixing cars. Complexity doesn't exist just in software; it's all around us. Embrace it in your personal life and it will balance what's in your professional life.

justinhj 1 day ago 0 replies      
Change is as good as a rest. I've certainly found that to be the case when these sorts of feelings manifest. Working on a different team, a different project, a different boss or company down the street often completely refreshes your outlook.
gdonelli 1 day ago 0 replies      
Short answer:
Take time off (a few months) and then work on your project.

Long answer:
I worked for 4 years at Apple as a software engineer and I exactly felt like you. When I quit to find my passion again, I could not touch a computer for more than 3 months. It was really hard. I loved engineering and design so much. It felt like I lost the most important thing in life.

I was seriously burned out. I spent time with family, travelled and started appreciating life again. After 5 months off, I was eager to get back in technology. I am now working on my own thing (http://beta.shoeboxify.com) and love my life again.

realrocker 1 day ago 0 replies      
I dated a Biochemist for a while to get out of my burn out. The effects were chemically soothing.
unobliged 1 day ago 0 replies      
Grad school is a popular choice, and many would favor candidates with 3-5 years of work/project experience. The application process also helps you reflect on what your goals are, why you did what you previously did, and so forth. Taking an exam like the GRE/GMAT/LSAT/etc can also be good mental exercise and give you something mindless to do in between introspection for essays/apps.

Alternatively, it can also be cathartic to do some volunteer work. It certainly would put a smile on someone's face and perhaps provide some different perspective on life.

alexrbarlow 1 day ago 0 replies      
I found a break and then working on what I only found interesting (playing around with weird languages, open sourcing things etc) was the trick, it got me really excited again about what will always be my life
nsheridan 1 day ago 0 replies      
I lost interested in everything for.. a while, right around when I was diagnosed with depression. After eventually getting on the right brain medicine, I found my desire to work on the things I enjoy came back with a vengeance.
Now I just need to make sure it doesn't happen again :)
epo 1 day ago 0 replies      
Youthful enthusiasms subside, tastes evolve, you mature. Programming is cool as an unpressured activity, less so with bosses and customers demanding results. Do something else, you may not come back to it.
domokun1979 1 day ago 0 replies      
Similar story but unlike the brave travellers in this thread, I switched to a related profession instead.

I was a Search Engine Optimser and worked for several large companies and agencies, leading teams and getting results.
Over the course of about 12 months, I felt my passion fade, wither and then die.

I (wrongly) decided to keep focused on the money and was able to extend my career by about 18months. 18 miserable, unsatisying months.

Knowing that I like the web and feel like I know what works, over the course of several months I developed a sideline in WordPress development. I then slowly built this sideline into an income that would help me ditch SEO for good. It's now what I do full time.

So my advice is this:
Be truthful to yourself, if you don't have the passion, don't stick it out hoping it'll come back.
Change track, take a break, do something unexpected to give you a refresh/restart
If you have responsibilities, try to develop a side project, or several, to give yourself a new direction

bretthardin 1 day ago 0 replies      
You need to take a vacation/sabbatical where you don't touch anything electronic. Get your head out of the game, your passion may return.
ionicwalrus1 1 day ago 0 replies      
Last time I felt like that I had a serious vitamin B12 deficiency. Not that I agree with all the responses here but you could also get you annual medical checkup
orangethirty 1 day ago 0 replies      
Take a vacation from it.
rkthkr 1 day ago 0 replies      
I started Scuba diving, now I got two passions..
rex_mundi 1 day ago 0 replies      
Read Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson.
Ask HN: What do you want out of the next big social utility?
6 points by methochris  16 hours ago   5 comments top 4
codegeek 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I personally would like a "real time" social utility (website/app whatever) that lets me directly interact with experts in particular areas including accountants, plumbers, mechanics and being able to get simple questions answered in real time. I know there are websites like ask.com etc. but not good enough for me.

Once I have an answer or response, it could be viewable or sharable by others who are looking for similar stuff.

proksoup 15 hours ago 0 replies      
An interface like pulse and flipboard.

An architecture like tent.

And a monetization strategy like app.net.

tehwebguy 16 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm always interested in knowing exactly how posts and articles spread and eventually reach aggregators like HN. Maybe that's been done to death but some sort of timeline showing exactly how an article popped would be cool.
lsiebert 13 hours ago 0 replies      
increased relevance to what I'm doing. Like Foursquare shows me tips from friends, or google shows me google + posts related to my search, but better somehow.
Ask HN: Would you pay for this?
4 points by dgunn  14 hours ago   11 comments top 4
dangrossman 13 hours ago 1 reply      
I wouldn't pay for this. The only mails where I care about tracking open rates are programmatically sent (either transactional e-mails from an app, or bulk mails to some kind of newsletter/list). Open tracking is a free side benefit of the platforms that offer transactional and bulk mailing (SendGrid, MailChimp, etc).

I don't care whether my personally sent mails get opened or not because there's no new action I would take if I knew that information. Not being opened is the same as being opened and ignored.

If I wanted my personally sent mails to have open tracking, I'd just point my mail client to Sendgrid's SMTP server and they'd add the tracking pixel to all my mails for me.

You're talking about building a business around what's simply a feature at other existing businesses... and you can't compete on price because it's already free except for large volume clients where they can add more value in other ways.

dougbarrett 13 hours ago 1 reply      
It's a pretty easy thing to get going. I made a 'pixel tracker' that is essentially what is a clear image on a website, but you put it in your email. The image actually runs a process on the server that can increment a number, track IP's, etc. etc. and it will return an image.

For an e-mail, you would want to include a company logo, signature, or something to entice them to "Show all images" because I know if I got an e-mail and there was no image that popped up, I'd think there is something fishy going on.

thomasvendetta 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Have you checked out Airtime? airtimehq.com
OafTobark 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Please stop with the video tutorials
51 points by drivingmenuts  1 day ago   41 comments top 25
armored_mammal 1 day ago 0 replies      
I hate video tutorials. I don't even have audio at work so if there's a video, I'm gone.

But even when I do have audio, I feel like I'm spending 6 minutes to get 30 seconds of information, which drives me nuts. The worst part is that if I need to reference something minor from the video later, I can't ctrl-f, I have to waste time seeking back and forth.

So yeah, people who make video tutorials I think should probably have their own special circle of hell.

arocks 1 day ago 2 replies      
If you have been into teaching you would realize that there are different kinds of learners. Some prefer verbal material, others prefer more visual, while some others like written material. The vast majority however prefer a combination of the above.

While you can pour over tutorials on how to use Emacs; just watching a video of a power user using Emacs gives you a different impression. It is really a completely different experience.

Sometimes it is faster to produce a set of video tutorials than to prepare well-written documentation. Hence they make a call. However, I agree that written documentation is the best medium for long term (i.e. smaller, searchable etc)

So, rather than asking for one medium of instruction to stop, I would rather encourage the plurality. Let the end-user pick and choose whatever he/she likes.

ckdarby 1 day ago 1 reply      
Why is this thread comment so unfocused? Firstly this has started with stating a broad statement of video tutorials suck which would appear to be for link bait reasons, but this broad statement is followed by a specific statement that shows he's talking about product tour videos and then it is recapped near the end with stating that video tutorials for programming suck. Lets me straight here...product tours are not video tutorials for starters and anything that focuses on a product aside from training of how to use a product are product tours and I personally believe they are tutorials at all.

- I can read faster than you can talk.
Probably true but the question this leads me to is can you listen faster than you can read? If the video is HTML5 you can set the speed of the audio. At 2x speed I am becoming doubtful that you can read as fast as listening to the audio.

- I need information, not personality.
Ignore the personality and take the information that you are in fact receiving still unless you're stating that the videos you have watched do not provide any information & only personality.

1. Headset, I didn't think people showed up to the workplace without these.

2. You are "scrubing" just with your eyes over the text; I am sure you reread something over & over until you fully understand it. This isn't that video tutorials are crappy but the UI of whatever is allowing you to watch the video sucks.

"guarantees I have to give up 4-10 minutes of my life that I will never get back, without any guarantee of getting the information I need."
This also applies to the text version as well because there is never any guarantee that the information you are seeking is going to be there. If you want to argue out that the chances of the information being there in the text version is higher I'd agree but that isn't what you listed.

Perfect example of where a video tutorial trumps text...
Udemy with Learn Python the hard way: http://www.udemy.com/learn-python-the-hard-way/
Way faster than reading the whole book especially when I was able to set the speed at 2x.

I don't believe this topic is even hacker news quality.

gadders 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Agreed. Don't give me video tours of your product, either. Give me screenshots with text.
amarcus 1 day ago 1 reply      
It really depends on the target audience. I, for example, love to read documentation rather than watch videos. However, the users of my webapp (not technical at all) prefer video tutorials. We provide a large number of knowledgebase articles as well as video tutorials. Our video tutorials have 4x the click-through than our knowledgebase.

I think the tech community does prefer docs over video but, the rest of the world loves watching videos.

anonymouz 1 day ago 0 replies      
I would add:

3. I can search through text or skim it to see if it even contains what I'm looking for, and to skip the parts I already know.

MikeTaylor 1 day ago 2 replies      
In general: totally agree.

Exception: when what's being taught is essntially visual. One example that's been relevant recently for me is a video showing how to solve a particular puzzle in Portal 2 (a video game). Describing the solution in prose would have been horrible.

PhotoShop tutorials can also work better as video than as text.

mrgreenfur 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'll take this time to plug my startup: http://tutorialize.me

It lets you quickly and painlessly add tutorials to any page, without taking users off the page. Not the same as a video tutorial, but in many ways better.

If you hate video tutorials, try ours and let us know what you think!

rm999 1 day ago 0 replies      
>I can read faster than you can talk.

This is my biggest problem with video tutorials, and why I skipped so many lectures in college. I found a good compromise for me is to listen to video lectures at 2-3x speed. I'd prefer a textbook style format, but as arocks mentions it's often faster to produce video lectures, so I find there is a lot of great information out there on video but not in any kind of text/book format.

burntwater 1 day ago 0 replies      
Video, whether it's tutorials or product demos, are useless to the deaf, heard-of-hearing, and blind. Transcripts or captioning go a long way, but they are very rare.

You may think this is a small market, but more and more people are becoming hearing-impaired, and at increasingly younger ages.

As a hearing-impaired person (since birth), if all you have are uncaptioned videos with little text (and often NO text), I'll just be moving right along, your website is useless (to me).

Update: Just to be clear: For tutoring videos, I spend my money based on what's captioned. There are plenty of online video training sites: codeschool.com, treehouse.com, lynda.com, etc. I pay for the ones that are captioned, and look longingly at the ones that are not, as some of them look quite good otherwise. Ditto for streaming video - Amazon doesn't support captioning, Netflix (finally!) does.

lumberjack 1 day ago 0 replies      
Everything in moderation. Long intro videos are annoying and off-putting but so is a very big chunk of text. Why not a little of both? A short paragraph, or better yet a list of that your services are, and a short <45s about your services.

You can provide more information and longer videos afterwards in a specialized section, when the user has been successfully engaged and is willing to invest time in learning about your services.

bryanlarsen 1 day ago 0 replies      
I hate video tutorials, but people seem to love those things. How about the best of both worlds a la RailsCast / AsciiCast?
paulclinger 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm on the fence about this. I was teaching an introductory computer science class last summer and used case studies as one of the main elements of the class (this is when we discuss how to solve a problem and I would code the solution in front of the class; usually 10-15 minutes or so). It worked very well for the class, but several people indicated in the exit survey that they would prefer a recorded version (even though they would lose the interactivity) as they could refer back to the things they missed or didn't quite understand.

I also recorded several short demos for the IDE I've been working on (http://studio.zerobrane.com/) as demonstrating live coding or live debugging seems to be much more effective when you can see it in action rather than read about it: http://studio.zerobrane.com/tutorials.html

antihero 1 day ago 0 replies      
Good for you, but please understand that there are others who learn much better with a video tutorial.
endemic 1 day ago 0 replies      
Yeah, video tutorials are the worst. I can either view the video full screen in an attempt to read the code which is being presented (while losing the ability to type along in my editor), or squint and type. Even in a primarily visual program (such as Unity3D) I prefer text-based tutorials.
Morendil 1 day ago 0 replies      
Possible counterexample: http://xiki.org/screencasts/
dventimi 1 day ago 0 replies      
By my lights, the most effective application of "video tutorials" is not as tutorials at all, but rather as marketing tools, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. In the best cases, watching a mercifully-brief video "tutorial" gives me a sense of what it actually looks like and feels like to use some tool/framework/language/whatever. That helps me decide whether it's something I want to dig into deeper (say, by using ACTUAL tutorials, reading docs, etc.), or whether it's something I can safely ignore.
russelluresti 1 day ago 1 reply      
I... what... you need to give me back the time I wasted reading this post. You talk about product demos, learning tutorials, and demos. These are not all the same thing, and have different use cases.

Remember that not everyone learns the same way. Some people are visual learners. So if you're saying that video is bad for teaching people a new concept or technology, then you're just wrong. It works extremely well for a massive amount of people.

countessa 1 day ago 0 replies      
yes. advantage 3... text is still easier for search engines....so it's nicely indexable and as a result, more likely to land up in your search results.
reefab 1 day ago 0 replies      
I concur and I do understand why they do make those kind of videos for the portion of the population that prefers watching videos to reading but I don't get why it so seems to be such a dichotomy.

I often see videos tutorial/documentation by themselves even if videos and text complement each other very well. Once the script for a videos is written, a good part of it could be reused for a text blurb.

owenfi 1 day ago 0 replies      
This applies to kickstarter projects (for me) as well. The majority of projects I've backed (32) I do so before ever watching the promo video (if I do at all).

As mentioned in other comments, everyone has their personal taste. I feel I'm probably an outlier regarding kickstarter, but nevertheless it is a good reason to keep your write ups high quality.

expralitemonk 1 day ago 0 replies      
Video information cannot (yet) be indexed so you cannot look up the information on Google.
googlengine 1 day ago 0 replies      
You are a piece of worthless shit because you don't know how to use your stupid mouse drag to move around. You are probably a kid because half of the written tutorials are poorly written leving necessary things behind
bjpcjp 1 day ago 0 replies      
+1. I almost never make it through a video tutorial. The only exceptions are Railscasts, and my batting average there is only .500.
dsolomon 1 day ago 0 replies      
Go away troll.
Dear Internet: please move the share buttons from the web page to the browser
90 points by jacobn  2 days ago   89 comments top 42
codeka 2 days ago 1 reply      
The problem is, they work (for a certain definition of "work").

On one website that I work on, implementing one of those stupid "like us on Facebook" popups (in the lower right of the screen) almost doubled the number of likes the page had over a couple of weeks.

Now, whether the number of Facebook likes your page has is a useful metric to you is another matter, which is why I put the word "work" in quotes above...

fredsanford 2 days ago 1 reply      
Can we just remove all the share crap that allows these so-called "social media services" AKA amoral data collectors to collect data on any and everyone who happens to load a page?

Call me a luddite, but... I got along for 30+ years without Facebook, Myspace, Twitter et al.
We had gopher and we liked it!

What we didn't have (or didn't notice) was a bunch of AOL style butt-heads shoving useless advertising at us.

For what it's worth, I try to filter them out but keeping up with the filtering is getting tiresome.

esolyt 2 days ago 2 replies      
"(yes, there needs to be some open bring-your-own-service functionality like we already do for search)"

There is, actually. At least on my mobile operating system.

Tomek_ 2 days ago 0 replies      
Use Ghostery (http://www.ghostery.com/) or Do Not Track (http://www.abine.com/dntdetail.php), or various others addons like these, and you will have the problem partially solved.
abcd_f 2 days ago 1 reply      
Not going to work.

A website operators won't take a gamble that a visitor may or may not have a sharing widget built into his browser, so it's a safer bet for them to keep the sharing buttons on the page.

Skalman 2 days ago 1 reply      
There was an effort to put sharing into Firefox. I'm not sure of the current status - it looks like it may have gone stale.

See https://wiki.mozilla.org/Labs/F1 and http://f1.mozillamessaging.com/

drivebyacct2 2 days ago 0 replies      
Why has no one mentioned that this already exists.

Web Intents, borrowing in fact from Androids ability to share from anywhere to anywhere. (and it is actually rather Android unique)

nicholassmith 2 days ago 0 replies      
Well, latest version of Safari has gone along this road which is nice but completely limited, but I've found that I prefer being able to use bookmarklets from the Bookmark Bar to have sharing, but then that's dependent on the user having X installed for Y and there's no clean way to check. Plus you'd need the ability to rapidly update for multiple services, deal with sharing changes and so on, so it's a sticky issue.
darklajid 2 days ago 1 reply      
One way or another people will opt out.

Betting on the integrated browser's support for sharing might be better than plastering ugly overlays over interesting content. Most 'this makes the site unreadable' stuff these days are 'Share on ..' widgets.

Today, most people around me (somehow inspired by my rants) block this stuff, unconditionally. Because it is 99% crap and the 1% where you want to share something there's the old way of copying the url to your social platform of choice.

So - I'd put it different: Dear Internet, please restrain yourself in the use of obnoxious "share" widgets and thingies or people will treat them just like ads. By ignoring or filtering them.

NZ_Matt 2 days ago 0 replies      
Windows 8 tries to solve this problem with sharing built into the OS, similar to how intents work in Android.
theone 2 days ago 0 replies      
It would be great if the sharing functionality is built in browser, but the control on what sharing services to show remains with developers.
This could be achieved with some meta tags, or something. But it'll make sense if the developer can choose which all sharing platform link should be shown while sharing.

I said so, because there are a different kind of audience for different websites, so generic sharing options wouldn't be a good idea.

dasil003 2 days ago 1 reply      
Flock tried it, a bunch of different ways. People just weren't all that into it.
wiradikusuma 2 days ago 3 replies      
So who gets to decide which buttons should be in browsers by default? Sure, Facebook, Google+, Twitter are obvious. How about Pinterest? Or X, Y and Z which might be not popular in US but popular elsewhere?
erikpukinskis 1 day ago 0 replies      
The trouble is that the Long Tail of Social Services is there for a reason. Yea, maybe you are happy having your users share on Facebook and Twitter, but Jane's Buck Hunter Haven wants to have a RateVenison share link on her blog posts.

Closer to home, how many posts on Hacker News have an actual "share on Hacker News" link on them. Quite a few. How are you going to know which buttons go on which sites?

user24 2 days ago 4 replies      
They can already live in the browser by way of addons - if you use delicious then install the addon. If you don't, don't.

The solution is not for browser makers to host the share buttons, but for content creators to stop treating users like push-button monkeys and realise that if I want to share it on facebook I'll do that of my own volition and if I don't then a little blue and white f in a box at a cute angle is not going to sway me one iota.

Web page creators: It is not your job to make sharing easier.

anonymouz 1 day ago 0 replies      
I agree with the idea, but please don't put them into the browser but in a "social media" extension. I have never clicked on one of these buttons (in fact, I block them), so cluttering the default interface of my browser with them would be very annoying.
hendrik-xdest 1 day ago 0 replies      
I can already hear our customers ordering page enhancements that show an arrow or a bubble pointing somewhat in the direction of where that FB button should be in the current visitors browser.

We know that problem with the "Add page to your home screen" button. Of course, it has to disappear when the user opens your website from home screen. And god forbid Apple changes anything - like releasing an 8" tablet.

If we'd always get what we wish for, live could be so easy. And boring, probably.

AhtiK 2 days ago 1 reply      
Just combine two browser extensions in Chrome:

1. Adblock Plus [1] to remove in-site social widgets [2] and ads.

2. A social extension, pick your favorite, there are too many.

[1] https://adblockplus.org/en/

[2] https://adversity.googlecode.com/hg/Antisocial.txt

aorshan 1 day ago 0 replies      
Rockmelt actually does this. It's a browser built on top of Google Chrome. Along with a bunch of other features, it has one button in the top right where you can take any page you're on and post it to Twitter, as a Facebook status, or on a friend's Facebook wall.
denzil_correa 2 days ago 1 reply      
I think we would soon have sharing in-built within the OS. Mountain Lion already has it while it would not take much time for Windows 8 to implement this into their OS as well (if they already do not). The lines between a tablet/phone OS and a desktop/laptop OS are blurring and we can very well see that with Mountain Lion and Windows 8. Therefore, not just the browsers but every bit of functionality in the OS which needs a "Share" will have it by default.
kinlan 1 day ago 0 replies      
Chrome canary and Dev channel have a built in Share button that fires a Share webintent
kintamanimatt 2 days ago 0 replies      
This would essentially lock out new "social media" sites as the effort of manually installing a share button is going to be too much effort.
gte910h 1 day ago 0 replies      
Why don't browser operators just suck it out of the page?

It's not like the page can display something the browser doesn't want it to.

chanux 2 days ago 0 replies      
I thought adblock can do this until things get better. Apparently I'm correct
hugoroy 2 days ago 1 reply      
These buttons are sources of data for Facebook, Twitter etc. That's how they track their user over the Web. So no incentive for them to remove them
Achshar 2 days ago 0 replies      
I am surprised no one mentioned web intents. It is happening and it is happening quickly. Launch chrome canary to see some UX (although not completely working yet)
zerostar07 2 days ago 0 replies      
A good start would be to have the user's identity to be managed by the browser (with something like browserID). The rest could just be extensions, for those who care.
fudged71 2 days ago 0 replies      
We have them on Android and iOS (probably Windows Phone as well). OSX 10.8 now has tweet and facebook functionality as well. Are the other operating systems and browsers social enough? Should they be?
sprobertson 2 days ago 2 replies      
What I'd like is an extension that just removes them entirely (an anti-social browser?)

For one, I don't use them. For two, they cause a cluttered mess. For three, I don't want all those little snippets tracking my page loads.

marckremers 2 days ago 0 replies      
Working on a portfolio site now and managed to convince the clients not to have any share buttons. It looks so much better.
patrickaljord 2 days ago 0 replies      
Latest chrome comes with a share button that works with webintents.
chrismorgan 2 days ago 0 replies      
... so that I can disable them (easily).
dansimau 2 days ago 1 reply      
Your dream is never going to become a reality in the way you're asking.

As a feature of the desktop browser, users could turn share buttons off. Embedded in the page, they can't. That is why the site operator put them there in the first place: to maximise exposure.

skimmas 2 days ago 0 replies      
Dear internet please remove share button from the web. From EVERYWHERE. :)
pierrend 2 days ago 0 replies      
As a user I would love to agree but I can't. On a https website Chrome blocks additional JavaScript. Thus I don't see another way than having share button on the web page. Am I wrong?
jpswade 2 days ago 0 replies      
Share buttons are part of the the content, not the chrome.
html5web 2 days ago 0 replies      
I have installed Tweet extension in the morning. Chrome canary version installed share button on the right side of navigation bar, it's very useful feature!
axian 2 days ago 0 replies      
It's already built into modern operating systems. (OSX, iOS, Android)

Your request should really be "Please get rid of share buttons from websites"

joshka 2 days ago 0 replies      
Just like "Would you like fries with that?" this is just: "would you like to advertise my page for me?". It'll only get worse before it gets better.
tomus 2 days ago 0 replies      
What about sharing option in Android, and now in Windows 8? It seems to be more versatile to embed this functionality into OS rather than a browser.
We're getting there in my opinion ;)
brennenHN 2 days ago 0 replies      
Try RockMelt
Ask HN - Do you use hunger for productivity? (Life Hacking)
3 points by factorialboy  15 hours ago   5 comments top 4
ryanfitz 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Look into intermittent fasting diets. They go by various names leangains, renegade, warrior diet, but all follow the same principles of 12 - 20hours of fasting and then a small eating window at night to get in all your nutrition. I've been doing various forms of intermittent fasting for about 3 years with great results. During the workday, which is the middle of your fast, I experience lots of energy and great focus.
hvass 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I fall to an extreme, but I do not eat much during the day on weekdays. Much higher alertness.
garbles 15 hours ago 1 reply      
I definitely find that my focus is greater prior to eating. In fact, on days when I'm coding, I usually end up skipping lunch because, though I'm hungry, my brain is much more engaged in the process at hand.

Here's an idea: write a simple script to record key strokes during the time that you're coding; monitor your calorie intake; graph that shit. Science!

Tipzntrix 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I know it certainly slows me down to be full, but I'm often very distracted when hungry.
Ask HN: Understanding C# Events
3 points by Floopsy  18 hours ago   2 comments top 2
IanDrake 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Can't think of a good article, but here's my take:

Delegate == singlecast. Meaning it can only point to one function at one time. Calling the delegate calls the assigned function.

Event == multicast. Meaning an event is essentially as list of delegates. When the event is fired, each delegate is called synchronously in the order they were added.

That is the functional difference. Hope that helps.

Ask HN: What's with the term 'Pinterest-like?'
2 points by flexxaeon  13 hours ago   2 comments top
mtgx 12 hours ago 1 reply      
People are forgetting how many websites on the Internet are "inspired" or based on each other's design. Heck, pretty much every website has the basic structure of the very first websites, so in a way they are already copying those.

I understand saying something like this when it may be a complete rip-off, but people get up in arms these days even if something is 5% similar to something else. That really bothers me, as that world actually works like that. Everyone creates "new" stuff based or other people's work or inspired by them, so of course they will be at least somewhat similar. But they are acting as if the world doesn't work like that.

Dear Apple Support
2 points by mullacnbg  12 hours ago   discuss
Screenwriting Startup looking for Node.js Intern
3 points by larryapple  15 hours ago   2 comments top
opendomain 15 hours ago 1 reply      
How do I contact you?
Ask HN: What physical thing would you build?
3 points by dholowiski  22 hours ago   13 comments top 10
shanelja 22 hours ago 2 replies      
A bridge from Europe to America, I just think it would simplify travel from where I live, I've always wanted to travel to America and never had the money and adding an extra mode of transport would likely reduce the cost and difficulty.

It could have rest stops every 20 miles or so, more than average lanes, with an emergency services lane and a midway city, between the two continents.

beatpanda 15 hours ago 0 replies      
GPS bike tracker that aggressively tries to break into and intercept all communications coming from the immediate vicinity of the bike once it's been stolen, both for recovering my own bike and ruining the lives of bike thieves.
anujkk 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I would like to work on BCI(Brain Computer Interface)[1] and improve it. I have many functional applications in my mind that can be made possible if the technology matures :

1)brain-to-brain communication between people or between animals and people. It will be so wonderful to know what animals are thinking.

2)feeding knowledge directly into brain through skill modules like Martial Arts, Programming, Boxing, Cooking, etc.

3)Direct connection of brain to google or wikipedia or blah.

4)Brain Network.


P.S. : Like any technology, it can be used for both good and bad. If your brain is connected to a public brain network some evil guy may hack your brain and control you.

dougbarrett 16 hours ago 0 replies      
I just thought of this today. A NFC reader that works as an input device (eg. keyboard, barcode scanner, etc) when plugged into a computer.

Websites have "NFC login" enabled pages, where you can go to the page, and it will wait until your phone is wiped over the NFC reader attached to your computer.

On your phone, you have an app that you load up, choose the site you want to login to, and your are magically logged in.

It's a secure method of logging in, and it would basically use a hidden input field that is populated with a random hash that is created when you select the site you want to log into that talks back to the site via an API and registers that has in the user database as a valid NFC login token.

biplavs 12 hours ago 0 replies      
A device which can record my thoughts, articulate it, store it and play it back. I would rather love to build a similar device if i can use it to see other peoples thought process too, obviously with their permission.
michael_miller 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Electric plane which could take off and land vertically. I hear Elon Musk is working on this.
orangethirty 15 hours ago 0 replies      
A miniature version of the universe. Just so I could run my own little simulations in it.
Corvus 17 hours ago 0 replies      
A machine that can turn garbage into useful raw materials.
waivej 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Electric sports car
shouyatf 22 hours ago 0 replies      
a machine which could simulate itself.
Safari has no secure site indicators for popup windows
2 points by ozzzy  20 hours ago   discuss
Ask HN: What can i do to stop an identified spammer?
2 points by ddorian43  23 hours ago   2 comments top
JoachimSchipper 23 hours ago 1 reply      
Spam-fighters have been dealing with those issues for years. A good first approach is to fill out http://www.spamcop.net/anonsignup.shtml, which well send a standard mail to the people selling him bandwidth etc. You can also report him to various blocking lists, which will make sending mail harder for him. Etc.

It is desirable to be anonymous while doing the above - spammers are generally not nice people, and tend to get rather angry when you cut off their livelihood.

Ask HN: What services do people pay for online?
6 points by akumpf  1 day ago   13 comments top 11
ig1 1 day ago 1 reply      
Basically only two types of (online-only) consumer subscription businesses are making significant amounts (7-8 figures) of revenue: content businesses (hulu, spotify, ancestry.com, etc.) and network businesses (eharmony, match.com, xbox live).

There are some productivity apps (DropBox, Evernote) which generate subscription revenue from consumer, but these figures are likely to be minuscule compared to revenue from business users.

lucaspiller 1 day ago 0 replies      

* £10/month Spotify

* £6/month Netflix

* $20/month Linode

* $1/month S3 (backups)

* ~£30/month Steam (not a subscription, but I spend a lot on it)

My company:

* Hipchat

* Basecamp

* Adobe Creative Cloud

* Typekit

* Nexmo

* Dropbox

* S3

* Linode

(OT - Is there a way to make multiple lists nicer?)

dholowiski 1 day ago 0 replies      
What kind of market are you looking for?
I think if you look at the HN crowd, probably the things we want are pretty big (infrastructure & functionality wise) because if it's small we would have already created it.

But if you ask 'normal people', you'll probably get dozens of ideas. The problem with normal people is they often don't know what they want until you tell them.

junto 1 day ago 0 replies      
Spotify monthly subscription
Hosting monthly
Dropbox yearly
Google Drive yearly
Flickr yearly

The vast majority of my costs are related to cloud storage it would appear.

If I had access to Hulu or Netflix, then I would be happily paying for those too, however, they don't seem to want my money (yet).

akumpf 1 day ago 0 replies      
To start things off, here are some services I pay for online:

$2.50/month: Google drive storage space (hosting lots of shared photos)
$10/month: Netflix (and I'm about to cancel)
$50/month: Rackspace cloud servers and CDN storage
~$50/month: Comcast internet hookup to residence (lame, but kind of table-stakes)

I'm sad that all of those are with really big names -- I want to support the little guys, but haven't found much reason to actually use them as a day-to-day service (beyond pitching in a few dollars here or there to donate/support the cause).

damian2000 1 day ago 0 replies      
$10/month usenet

$29/month online developer training courses (Pluralsight)

$20/month web hosting (old school apache shared hosting with unlimited domains)

robertha 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, some of Google services.
codegeek 1 day ago 0 replies      
1) Freshbooks for invoicing
2) Small business accounting software (using Wave which is free but will gladly pay for a good one. still looking. Dont ask me to use Quickbooks btw. Not useful in my case)
sainttex 1 day ago 0 replies      
Rdio $10/mo

Netflix $8/mo

Typekit $50/yr

Github $7/mo

Basecamp $20/mo


Pingdom $10/mo, but am in the middle of replacing it with https://github.com/sainttex/tentacle

Hosting for http://postheat.com $170/mo

rabidonrails 1 day ago 0 replies      
Papertrail $7/month
ggalan 1 day ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: Review EventDroid.com
4 points by eventdroid  1 day ago   9 comments top 4
eranation 1 day ago 1 reply      
Human curated or machine generated? I had this idea for a couple of years, and I hearing it from so many people, that I keep asking myself, why isn't there a decent solution? My thought was that doing it via machine learning, is very hard, and somewhat competes with Google / Facebook in their own field, but doing it manually (e.g. just reading the sites / magazines and updating) is not scaling in the eyes of VCs, so it's doomed to fail, although it's MUCH needed, and there is no real good solution. just beware that you are going to have tons of competition based on all the people I hear that are working on this.
eranation 1 day ago 1 reply      
+1 for not using the bootstrap default by the way
looks good.
missing: favicon, and how you are going to monetize?
nice to have: API for event creators (certified ones) to add events so you don't have too
nice to have2: use open graph to identify events
nice to have3: google maps integration
must have: mobile app :)

but keep going, so many have the same issue, and no one did it right, so being the first with SOMETHING is great

one last thing - the thing that kills such things is content
have great content that is up to date, people won't care about features or how it looks

mapster 1 day ago 0 replies      
I would like an event recommendation app where I can connect ME + FB FRIEND(S) + PLACE + DURATION (i.e. friend visiting my town for weekend + kids. what to do?)

FB friends would be used to scrape their and my interests etc., to form intelligent recommendations.

aw4y 1 day ago 2 replies      
weird name for this era...
A super simple way to improve HackerNews
4 points by austenallred  1 day ago   6 comments top 5
JoachimSchipper 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Google "Hacker News collapsible".
gregcohn 1 day ago 1 reply      
build this as a plug-in and we'll all use it.
tommy_ 20 hours ago 0 replies      
There is a greasemonkey script that does this. Just google it.
exelib 1 day ago 0 replies      
I really don't like expired links. Especially on slow mobile connection this drive me crazy...
Ask HN: What do you use for chat?
9 points by colinhowe  2 days ago   17 comments top 13
DavidPP 1 day ago 0 replies      
Why not use Hipchat through XMPP?

Since we mostly use OSX, we configured Adium with an inline image plugin : http://www.adiumxtras.com/index.php?a=xtras&xtra_id=7926

We also use a group chat theme that replicate hipchat look and also support "system message" formatting : https://github.com/davidpaquet/hipchat-adium-message-style
(I forked it to add "Bitbucket" and "Trello" as system messages senders but the real work is from Seth Chisamore).

I'm pretty sure you could achieve somethign like this with Pidgin.

adrianhoward 2 days ago 1 reply      
[apologies for lack of decent punctuation and caps - shift key broken]

skype when i have to.... but generally i try to avoid chat completely. much prefer to just talk to somebody face to face or on the phone. if it's not important enough to warrant that then it's probably just a way for me to avoid actually doing some work.

rpwilcox 1 day ago 1 reply      
My current team uses http://www.jaconda.im for chat. Before that most teams just used Skype chat groups.

Why Jaconda is cool:

  1. Web interface OR it works over GChat. So I can use my native IM client
2. There's a pause chat feature, which pauses the chat from your perspective, for heads down work.

aliukani 1 day ago 1 reply      
Not a company guy, just a student at Northeastern University's CS school. We have an IRC channel, but it's tough to explain to freshmen how to ssh into a university box and use screen+irssi, and then get them to keep doing it. If they use Windows you also have to show them how to set up PuTTY. I'm not against teaching people how to do this, but teaching this doesn't scale. That's why our IRC channel is mostly upperclassmen and alumni.

Now whenever we need to coordinate for student groups (like ACM) we use Facebook groups and Facebook chat (which is XMPP, so I plug my account into Adium).

I'm working on a guide to screen+irssi to get more people on our IRC server, but still I'd trade our IRC&Facebook setup for something like Grove.io or Hipchat.

AdamGibbins 1 day ago 0 replies      
Openfire XMPP Server + http://candy-chat.github.com/candy/ + one of the many clients (Pidgin, Empathy etc).
AdamGibbins 1 day ago 0 replies      
IRC + qWebIRC + your choice of desktop client.
Ship out a preconfigured client so its easy for the non-techies.

Paste code into a pastebin then link from IRC.

anujkk 1 day ago 0 replies      
I occasionally use gtalk(inside gmail) and facebook to chat with friends and family. That is once in 2-3 weeks.

I use IRC more often.

I don't use desktop/mobile applications to chat. I don't need code pasting features in chat.

waxjar 1 day ago 0 replies      
To chat with my friends I just use Facebook. I configured Messages (OS X) to receive its messages (Facebook uses Jabber).

I also hang out on IRC, which I do most of my chatting on.

tunnuz 2 days ago 0 replies      
Skype on MacOS, Windows Phone 7, Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Sucks a bit on Ubuntu.
andyhmltn 2 days ago 0 replies      
Google chat using the messages app in OSX ML.
hansy 1 day ago 0 replies      
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jpswade 2 days ago 0 replies      
Factory Data Reset of Samsung phones triggered from Internet browser
2 points by moystard  23 hours ago   discuss
Facebook publishes your friends' private messages as wall posts
14 points by atestu  1 day ago   9 comments top 6
janeesah 1 day ago 0 replies      
Um it was on mine... I just had to go hide them all. WTF FACEBOOK.

*edit: I'm in the U.S.

wilfra 1 day ago 2 replies      
No way this is true, or you wouldn't need to post some obscure French source to prove it - it would be on CNN.
KThornton 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm pretty sure I had this issue - changed a bunch of my privacy settings, and tried to go find specific posts that were in fact DM's from the past, publicly displayed on my timeline, but couldn't. Also saw this response from FB on TC:

A spokesperson told Constine:

“Every report we've seen, we've gone back and checked. We haven't seen one report that's been confirmed [of a private message being exposed]. A lot of the confusion is because before 2009 there were no likes and no comments on wall posts. People went back and forth with wall posts instead of having a conversation [in the comments of single wall post.]“

Previously Facebook issued the statement:

“A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline. Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users' profile pages. Facebook is satisfied that there has been no breach of user privacy.”

dhaval2025 1 day ago 0 replies      
just saw it on my profile, for the year 2008, had to go hide it all. I am in the US
j15e 1 day ago 0 replies      
Crazy, everyone has stop working at the office ;p
pkandathil 1 day ago 0 replies      
Just checked, this not happening. At least not for my profile and I am in Canada.
IFTTT.com forced to pull Twitter triggers
105 points by robgough  5 days ago   28 comments top 10
fudged71 5 days ago 3 replies      
Sorry Twitter, but Fuck You. You went from being useless to useful then back to useless.

I had set up 10 different actions using the Twitter IFTTT interaction. These actions specifically notify me of emergency alerts and breaking news through the Pushover Channel.

I have alerts for breaking news from local media, I have emergency alerts from my university campus, and I have emergency weather/safety-related alerts.

Without much technical knowledge, I know of no easier way to receive these alerts, since they are being posted specifically to Twitter.

I didn't care too much about the restrictions on 3rd party clients. But this is directly influencing how I perceive my personal safety in this tech-filled world. As soon as we convinced people to post important messages to twitter, we remove the ability to notify ourselves of them? That's malicious.

driverdan 5 days ago 3 replies      
The terms in question:

"You may export or extract non-programmatic, GUI-driven Twitter Content as a PDF or spreadsheet by using "save as" or similar functionality. Exporting Twitter Content to a datastore as a service or other cloud based service, however, is not permitted."

So do I own my tweets or not? If I own them, can't I decide what to do with them, such as storing them in a cloud service? Twitter can't have it both ways.

graue 5 days ago 0 replies      
Suggestion for anyone pissed off (at Twitter) by this: Check out https://rstat.us/ . It's a completely open microblogging platform, and at least for now, you can log in using your Twitter account (via OAuth) and cross-post all your Rstat.us updates to Twitter.

I've been meaning to try it for some time and this news compelled me to do it. Seems to work fine. You can follow me there if you like: https://rstat.us/users/graue (not really trying to promote myself though, my updates are pretty boring) Also, I have no relationship with the people who made this site, but they seem pretty passionate about open platforms.

I don't think IFTTT supports Rstat.us right now, but it would be great to see them add it.

AdamTReineke 5 days ago 1 reply      
This is really annoying. I've been using IFTTT to e-mail all of my tweets and mentions to a dedicated e-mail address for archival purposes. Looks like I need to quit publishing via Twitter if I can't keep backups.
seltzered_ 5 days ago 1 reply      
If I'm understanding this straight:

google+: a network that restricts that people _write_ via their website/apps.

twitter: a network that is now starting to restrict people to _read_ only via their website/apps.

technology does evolve and diverge in lots of directions.

ColinWright 5 days ago 0 replies      
See also the discussion here:


mehdim 5 days ago 0 replies      
Net Neutrality is the reason the Internet has driven online economic innovation. It protects our right to use any equipment, content, application or service without interference from the network provider. With Net Neutrality, the network's only job is to move data " not choose which data to privilege with higher-quality service and which to demote to a slower lane.

This would be the same for APIs, which are too often driven only by business when investors strategies come in the place.
Stay open for an API without discrimination and tiering on data access and re-use is giving trust to all your ecosystem for building future business on it.
Don't respect it is enfrenging the API neutrality concept.

More on what would be API neutrality here : http://api500.com/post/31465739810/what-is-api-neutrality

biot 5 days ago 0 replies      
Presumably one can still get the content from http://gnip.com/ just not directly via Twitter's API?
proksoup 5 days ago 0 replies      
No new information here, surprised this didn't hit sooner when twitter first changed their policy?
guscost 5 days ago 0 replies      
It's war! Kinda.
How does someone powerful help you?
6 points by dinky  2 days ago   discuss
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