LinkedIn maybe, but I've deleted (very useless) account there, and hate them from the depths of my soul. Someone called LinkedIn a virus and I tend to agree. I'd also trust them far less than those two you've mentioned, solely on their technical incompetence.
"From start to finish Devon wasted my time for nearly 6 months, teased me with a demo, then went AWOL, then came back from holiday without advising me and then still didn't provide any communication. I chased him for two months and been very patient but the lack of comms on his part was very frustrating. I would never deal with him again, as I cant trust his judgement and would not be confident for him to complete any work on time.
Noting that the other reviews by the same person don't fit that pattern:
Most of the other work for which you have positive reviews are for smaller dollar amounts.
Reason for the negative feedback?
Can you tell us about anything you've worked on in the past?
It's ok to not be up-to-date with every technology choice. No matter how smart you are, please realize that front end engineering evolves at a dizzying rate, with new hyped up libraries, frameworks, techniques, and best practices emerging all of the time. Even if you do front end stuff full time you'll go mad trying to use half of what you read about.
I think that the best way to learn this stuff is to pick a problem that you want to solve and learn the pieces necessary to solve it in a logical fashion. You'll start out with HTML, try and style it with some CSS, and then add a touch of interactivity with some JQuery. Then you'll start to have more and more code and you'll logically reach out for tools like Sass, and RequireJS and others to organize things when it becomes overwhelming. Then once you start solving bigger and bigger problems you'll eventually look into Backbone, and maybe other frameworks once you can't build a maintainable solution with what you know. Learn stuff as appropriate to solve the problem you're working on.
I processed the images in lightroom to give them the look I wanted and delivered a large set of high quality jpegs. The post processing / sorting of files takes a lot of time, so not having to do that would lower the price. Digital wedding photographers take a lot of photographs so sorting them can be onerous. Play that the fact that you'll sort and post process yourself.
Plus some photographers don't want to give you all the photos as invariably some are Out of Focus or not great.
Your on the right path negotiating before hand. Expect to pay extra for the rights and images. If you find a photographer that will give those to you, expect the cost to be baked into the price. Its Still better than having to go back to the photographer for every print.
The flickr thread linked to in another response ( http://www.flickr.com/groups/weddingphoto/discuss/7215762943... ) seems to be full of photographers explaining why customers are just plain wrong to want raws, and encouraging each other to never provide a customer with raws (lest it set off a trend, perhaps).
This presents a fantastic opportunity for any halfway decent photographer who isn't precious about the 'magic' involved in their work. Haughty self-comparisons to painters being told to provide incomplete work, and film photographers handing over 'unprocessed film' do them no service - these are fatally flawed analogies.
I can think of several compelling reasons for wanting original (raw) as well as maximum resolution touched up jpegs. None of the reasons anyone has offered for withholding raw files is compelling.
First of all, he has no control how the raw files will be processed, so if your post processing is poor then someone else asks who shot your wedding, you'll reply with his name. Don't forget you've got the ability to change the end result of his work with raw files and with that goes his reputation.
Additionally the raw files aren't always great straight out of the camera, great pictures emerge after cropping, straightening and balancing the entire image. His perceived skill will be greatly reduced when you see unedited images that are in need of work.
You are paying for his all-round skills to deliver great images not for someone to press the shutter & deliver raw files.
It's the equivalent of asking an artist for his practise sketches & tubes of paint or asking a chef for the raw ingredients, cooking whatever you want with them and the chef still having his name attached to the quality of dish that you create. He may have intended to create a souffl but you may end up creating scrambled eggs and there's nothing he can do about it.
Personally we find that images at 300dpi are optimised for prints (12x8) we scale our print files around 3600 x 2400 pixels. This is around 8 to 9 megapixels. We also provide low-res files too for sharing on Facebook, e-mailing etc.
Perhaps there's some misunderstanding between file size (2.5 megabytes) and 2.5 megapixels - that's more of a sensor size e.g iPhone equivalent.
If you do get raw files, then please prepare them for print correctly, image labs won't accept them at that size.
Instead of asking for raw files, just ask for a larger size jpg and specify 3600 x 2400 pixels for your high res files, that should make it clear what you want and it protects his work too.
You're dealing with an old school photographer who expects to cover his costs (salary, rent, equipment, etc.) from print and album sales, rather than scare you away with a large initial cost.
It's true that photographers prefer to withhold RAWs because they're unprocessed and in bulk, but that's not your photographer's issue.
I also mention upfront that I only provide web-quality images for the quoted cost, as I believe I can offer my expertise to provide better quality prints when requested, or any other image processing needs (slideshows, albums, collages, etc.). This also provides me with another much needed revenue stream, albeit it's often perceived as greed. I should note, however, that I charge much much less than $4k, as I am in a different market.
What do you intend to do with the RAW files if you get them?
Ultimately, we posted a detailed ad on Craigslist and (in-between hate mail and being flagged several times) were contacted by several interested photographers. The woman we hired did exactly what we wanted, for a fair price, and did a phenomenal job. We could not have been happier.
My advice is to post an ad on Craigslist detailing specifically what you're looking for. Prepare yourself for many prickly responses, and prepare to re-post after it gets flagged. You'll eventually find someone.
As an aside, we also required that the photographer assign copyright in the images to us, though we did allow her to use any images not containing people or names for her own promotional purposes.
Best of luck!
I would never give a client the RAW files, neither do most photographers. RAW is incomplete and they require processing, which is part of the service offered. It's like asking a film photographer to provide the negatives.
But you should expect to get the full-rez processed .jpeg files with personal use rights.
Also found this discussion amongst photographers:http://www.flickr.com/groups/weddingphoto/discuss/7215762943...
Most don't want to give away RAW files as they aren't the "finished product" or they aren't a format most people can view. Many just want more money for them.
He's trying to scam you - simple.
Lots of discussion around how it was achieved.
IMHO there is nothing "new" about the NSA fiasco.
I considered using an exploit to remove some data, but that would shot in my head. And it's patched now anyway
I've restarted once because something in Safari locked the whole phone. Some apps are broken (Podcasts), or look wonky in spots (Find My Friends). Everything mostly works, though. Even the Pebble app to connect to the Pebble watch. I figured if anything would break, it would be that.
If you want everything to work all of the time, never put the first iOS beta on your phone. Something is always not right. (Last year I was at WWDC, and the new maps app wouldn't render maps for me, just a grid. Not knowing SF that well, that was a major breaking change for me. <G>) Wait until beta 3 or so if you need reliability.
I can deal with all the other issues, but terrible battery life is a dealbreaker. I'll hold off putting it on my primary phone until it improves.
As for bugs and such, I haven't encountered any that would stop me from using the beta or are frustrating. The only app I have right now that crashes on my is Google+.
Have had a few issues with apps, most notably the Apple podcast app which is completely broken. Had one incident where the lock screen was totally blank other than the top bar but was fixed by a restart.
Pros ~ Two words - Control Center. I can easily change anything that I want without jailbreaking. It seems like they are moving towards an SBSettings-like iOS. For reference, SBSettings is a jailbreak-only package that allows you to change nearly every aspect of your iDevice.
Cons ~ Some apps are broken and will just not really work (ie. Alien Blue) with iOS 7 yet. Lag is very small but just enough to be noticeable. Restoring from a backup may take overnight, depending on the amount of data you already have. Some features can take some getting used to before you feel comfortable (ie. displaced 'delete' button when typing in passcode).
1. When I see a domain name with the keywords you are targeting, I associate it with spam. My advice is to come up with a memorable name that is less than 10 letters. Think along the lines of Kayak, Hipmunk, Expedia, and Orbitz for inspiration.
2. Figure out why your site is different, and make it your focus. Why should I use this site over Kayak? For example, in addition to Kayak, I will check StudentUniverse, a travel aggregator that focuses on students because they offer discounted rates for my age group.
3. Pick a niche to start with. For example, one niche is Americans who want to travel to China. Many Americans do not know about Elong, Qunar, or Ctrip. If you make it easy to discover these sites, this will provide value for your users.
4. Once you figure out why you are different and you have a picked a target demographic, start driving traffic to your site by contacting people through email, forum posts, and partnerships.
Let's stick with the example above about Americans going to China. I would first email Americans living in China that are writing blogs, and ask them to let you do a guest post about your site. Write about how it is hard to book hotels in China when you are new to the country, and why your site could be helpful for their readers. Second, I would respond to posts where people have questions about booking hotels in China (Thorn Tree Travel forum, R/China, R/travel, Quora, Twitter). Do not spam or you will get deleted. Provide valuable information as a subject matter expert. Third, set up strategic parternships. For example, trade links with websites related to travel in China but in different industries, such as businesses focused on day tours like visiting the Great Wall.
5. I think there is a lot of good literature out there for Google Search Adwords, so I will focus on Google Display Ads. Use the feature that allows you to add a list of sites to display your ads on. Make a list of 250 websites you want target that are relevant to your niche, and only displays ads there. Then track which sites are sending you people that are converting.
I hope that helps for now. Feel free to email me to discuss further.
But now I look closer, you only seem involved to make a 'quick buck'. You haven't taken long enough to look at Adwords to turn off the 'Display network' ads, and then went on to blame Google and pester their staff rather than RTFM.
The problem you're solving isn't very interesting in itself, which is perhaps why I sense so much urgency to make money, not to solve people's problems. Maybe work on something you actually care about? 50 of free credit to market a whole startup isn't exactly pushing the boat out.
I might have more constructive things to say if you actually care :)
How? Perhaps try surveying completely random (non-friend, non-related) people (at a cafe or perhaps a wifi park. Say something like "Hello, I'm John. I'm conducting a survey and I only need __ seconds of your time. <Show them a tablet/laptop/internet device> If you wanted to compare <name of two hotels> what would type in google/bing/duckduckgo/whatever?"
Be sure to record what they search for and look for trends.
2) Ask a follow up question, what site(s) do they go to when they're preparing/researching for a trip.
3) Thank them for their time!
It'll cost you an afternoon or two but you'll definitely gain more insights than looking at google analytics.
Lots of new users here don't understand that.
If you spend any time on the internet, you're quickly trained that discussion forums are places for combat. The goal is to look as smart as possible while tearing everybody else down. To have an unrefuted comment is to win, and nobody is going to let you do that so they'll tear your comment apart line by line. Naturally, that person is a moron and needs to be told so, preferably by turning his own trick against him and tearing his comment apart. Stop me if this sounds familiar.
That explains why the hardened slashdot veteran gets such a strange reception here. Have you ever been at a party where there was a guy who just didn't belong there? The belligerent know-it-all butting into conversations? The drunk guy in a room full of sober people? The uninvited casual racist? We've all seen what happens. People drift away from him wherever he goes, sometimes stranding some poor soul talking to him, but generally trying as best as possible to continue the party as normal and hoping he doesn't disrupt it further. Nobody wants to confront him and ask him to leave directly, but they all sure hope he'd get the hint on his own.
That's where we are here today. Except it's a big room and there are quite a few uninvited intruders behaving badly. You'll notice that that guy at the party often doesn't realize that he's out of place. Look through this very thread and you'll spot a few of him, justifying their belligerent behavior and complaining that the rest of us don't get it because this is The Internet and that's how we're supposed to behave.
But we don't behave that way. That's why it's so good here.
My various attempts to post an Ask or Show HN have mostly gone unnoticed. I think it would be great if there were a place that Ask / Show / Tell / etc. posts could get more traction in general.
Just watching a feel-good cartoon flick with the kids (Ratatouille) and there's this little gem at the end. I'd like to meet the guy who wrote that in. It sums it all up right there.
Really, the best thing you can get from HN is probably refining your skill at being able to separate useful criticism from non-useful. And a thick skin and confidence in your idea and execution, which is a pre-requisite for being able to digest constructive criticism and perceive who are just being Comic Book Guy haters.
But what about: "Why do I have to login to Facebook to see this?", "There are too many typos for this to be taken seriously?", "The font/colors are really hard to read", "It's broken in Firefox", "Facebook tried this in 2009 and they had [such and such] kinds of problems, what are you doing differently?"
I dunno...Maybe people have different expectations when doing a "Show HN?" If you've worked hard on something, of course you should be encouraged ...but if you're pitching it as a viable startup idea...then you, IMO, shouldn't just want "atta boy/girl" comments...constructive criticism now could save you a lot of pain later on.
There's nothing worse than throwing good at a bad idea only to one day realize you've wasted your time, money, and effort.
If one cynical comment is enough to derail your ambitions, you shouldn't be doing a startup.
I feel that if you want to have your ego stroked and have some exposure for your project, the best place to post it would be somewhere like Reddit. If you want to show some good minds in the field and get valuable advice, then post it here.
The first most disappointing thing was that I failed to capitalize on the attention to the extent that I had hoped.
As someone who goes out of his way to comment on every Show HN thread he sees, I believe most users are not cynical. I can see why most people could be considered harsh; this is why I try to specifically say I'm being constructive.
I think the best way to go about giving feedback is to start with the negatives (the most glaring, preferably) and then end on a positive note with what the developer is doing properly. This tells the creators that they're doing good work and that they shouldn't abandon their babies (yet), they might just need to tweak things here and there.
Conversely, tearing someone to pieces is mean and not productive, even if the points are valid. There are arguments for this that generally go along the lines of some Darwinian thinking where they shouldn't even be trying if they can't take criticism - that's unrealistic and unfair to expect of people. We all need to start somewhere. Help out fellow members.
Hacker News is not a trial by fire - nor is it meant to encourage a death march. Those are two extremes. A comfortable middle ground where both criticism and praise are given is optimum. And I find there is rarely a submission so bad there's nothing good to be said about if at all.
Discuss here - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5831504
There are also sites which focus more on specific topics... if you're into server-side Java stuff, there's http://theserverside.com, if you're into programming language research, there's http://lambda-the-ultimate.org, etc., etc.
And a lot of the more niche subreddits are actually pretty good. Stay away from /r/funny, /r/politics and the other "big" ones and check out /r/machinelearning, /r/compsci, /r/systems, /r/math, or /r/compscipapers, etc.
There are some other worthwhile tech communities on G+ - just visit https://plus.google.com/communities and do some searches, e.g. for your favorite programming language, platform, or framework.
And many other subreddits besides.
The title was in reference to the number of companies coming out against this, which is definitely great! But the large telcos and ISPs dominate the public forum and ultimately our dissemination of this topic.
The only way I have been able to combat it thus far is... educate educate educate. It seems to be the solution to all of our problems!
My name is now out there as a patriot, Hi NSA.
Why this is so is left as an exercise for the reader.
Some cuts to benefits, food stocking, etc should be expected if you're seeing a major shift in direction. They may have to hunker down for a slow period where they don't acquire new revenue or raise new funding as they figure out where they're headed. It makes absolute sense that they would try to preserve some cash during this time and the things you mentioned are a lower impact way of doing so.
If you believe in the leadership behind the company, then stay on and see it through. But if you think they're wandering aimlessly, then prep your CV and get out of there.
Are you disappointed in how the company is run from a business point of view, or is this about the coffee and yogurt? I doubt you joined for the food, but that and a change in health care (annoying /= reduction) are all you point to. Did they cut vacation? Salary?
Of course startups try to offer some extras to attract and retain if they pay below market, but most who stay longer term probably aren't as concerned about these things.
A plug in / extension / script to allow users to filter certain topics would be brilliant, I think.
Allowing mods to limit the number of topics would just cause a great deal of meta outrage. It's bad enough when people flag. It'd be awful if mods controlled the front page.
I found it in a comment from a few days ago ( https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5846416 ). It's a bit outdated, you should add "Snowden" to the filtered words.
(hint: To read the HN comments, click on the points/comments numbers.)
1. That to place a limit on the number of articles on a particular topic on the homepage you must be able to group articles into topics.
2. If you can group articles into topics why not implement either: (a). a filter control which filters out topics based on user selection or (b). a second "diversity of topics" page HN which includes only the top articles on HN per topic (a log plot of HN).
Some sort of topic filter, or a tagging system might help (or use hnapp.com or whatever third party thing is available), but putting a hard limit on something that other people want to talk about is pointless censorship.
It's a discussion forum, and this seems to resonate with the community.
I think this is more to do with a persons engagement on the topic in question. Hacker News works by following the consensus of what the majority want to see. So I think it is working correctly.
If you want to edit the filter 1) change parameters, 2) click preview to see new filtered results, 3) click save to get a link to the new filter.
Update the removal list in the URL as necessary (or go to http://diff.biz for an old default removal list).
My site has been dead for a while (I think crawlers are crawling my site causing it to hit HN, but then HN blocks me due to over requesting), but I unblocked it today. We'll see how long it lasts.
Prism is all about getting the information directly from the service providers - no need to "steal" it using compromised user credentials.
What else would you put in this - a credit card number. Again - why would the NSA need to get your credit card number this way? Surely they can just ask the fucking bank directly and/or request info via FBI/CIA/etc. Credit Card companies already cover purchases from stolen cards/card numbers, so in the unlikely event some rogue NSA goon steals your CC number and buys a heap of tin foil hats, you're covered.
This of course all assumes that the NSA breaks the AES256 encryption on your keychain.
I really cannot understand the number of people going batshit crazy over a Crypto-Intel agency spying on people (shock fucking horror, what did you think they do all day?), but happily using search/email/document storage/etc from a for-profit company that freely states "we are going to scan all your email and track all the shit you do, so we can create a profile of your entire life, so we can target you with better ads"
Iceland seems a safer place to me from a democracy standpoint.
Right now the problem is "the cloud" not the country for the US anyways...
Protests probably won't do much, hitting the sponsors of politicians would be good though. You'll note that MoveOn/etc haven't really made much noise about this so might be good to call them out as the sockpuppet that they are. I'd say protest against the taxes that pay for this kind of thing, but that seems antithetical to a lot of people...
Populate the surveillance database with junk data by being unpredictable each and every day. Make it more difficult and expensive to build a profile about you.
Use TOR for your web browsing.
Make everybody aware of the issues and why they are important and get them to spread the message further.
For my online transactions I use prepaid cards that are easy to dispose of, and this card was used solely for linode.
Couldn't the online card issuer be to blame? How do we know you haven't mistakenly used it for anything else? The fact that you use prepaid cards for online purchases seems fishy to me in the first place (which is just as baseless of a claim on my part as yours is here).
How do you use a online generated CC for groceries and cheese??
Credit card numbers in our database are stored in encrypted format, using public and private key encryption. The private key is itself encrypted with passphrase encryption and the complex passphrase is not stored electronically. Along with the encrypted credit card, the last four digits are stored in clear text to assist in lookups and for display on things like your Account tab and payment receipt emails. We have no evidence decrypted credit card numbers were obtained.
TL;DR - This is unfair to Linode and I think the community (who uses their service quite frequently) would appreciate if you took it up with them first, before you start a smear campaign.
I no longer have any VMs on Linode. It's unfortunate that a company I trusted behaved so oddly and non-transparently over the course of the incident.
This card is tied to Linode, Amazon, and one or two other large merchants. Sure looks like Linode CC numbers were breached.
I can't be 100% sure that my card was compromised because of linode, but there is a good chance that it was.
Thankfully the transactions were not captured, so I'm not out any money, but it still sucks.
If it's a prepaid card, I'm assuming that you have to load it with money. Since you're just using it for Linode, you couldn't have loaded that much money on it (unless you're paying for huge Linodes). I'm wondering how large these large amounts were and why they didn't simply empty out the amount on the prepaid card.
Besides my confusion (if I were using your system, I would load $20 or whatever onto the card each month and then the maximum I could lose if the card was stolen was $20), I would also like to point out that while prepaid cards are easy to dispose of, Credit Cards typically provide better fraud protection.
With credit cards, there is normally a $50 liability if the card is stolen and no time limits around reporting it. With debit cards, there are time limits around reporting the card being lost or stolen. With prepaid cards, they are not subject to the jurisdiction of the FDIC and consumer protections are voluntary on the part of the issuer.
Why do merchants really need to store CC numbers? From the consumers' standpoint, there would be no difference if, during the first transaction, the merchant is issued some alterate key with which to charge the account. Each merchant would be issued their own key, so there would be no risk of a security breach spreading outside of the merchant.
Visa and MasterCard both have updater services, which are available to some (but not all--I'm not sure what exactly the requirements are for access) merchants that accept their cards. The updater service allows the merchant to inquire about a particular card number and receive back a status that can be one of: no info available; card still valid; card replaced and here is the new card number and expiration date; account closed.
So they'll need to start offering encryption solutions as benefits that we know can't be accessed or even cracked by the NSA - OTR, ZRTP, PGP and so on.
gdb --pid=$(cat /var/run/sshd.pid)
But open source your work so if you make mistakes the ideas you have can be improved upon by others.
Considering this, my choice would be to start with a believable pseudonym and generate a gpg- and/or rsa-key to sign stuff and tie it to that psudonym.
If something goes wrong you simply revoke and nothing happend. For the rare occasion of success you can still prove your are that person.
It is more secure than you would think - see
it prevents from saving the drafts well. What is not yet iplemented are signatures
As for key exchange, that shouldn't be handle by an extension. If you want to encrypt your e-mail so the other party can read it, encrypt it with their public key, which by definition is public and can be uploaded to a keyserver.