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Ask HN: Best books or videos to get better at sales?
108 points by zabramow  6 hours ago   55 comments top 40
thinkdevcode 5 hours ago 3 replies      
The one piece of advice I was given years ago:

There is no such thing as "sales", and you aren't a "salesman". You provide a solution to a problem. Listen, understand, and then offer a solution.

I forgot who told me that but it's fantastic advice. As far as understanding people, the de facto book to read is "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. I'd highly recommend that.

dragon88 35 minutes ago 0 replies      


Best insight: The biggest misconception is that extraverts are better salesmen cause they're slick talkers. Actually, it's the exact opposite. It's better to let your prospect to most the talking while you listen. Ask them open-ended questions. The more you learn about your prospect, the more effectively you can explain your product solves their specific problems.



Neurolinguistic programming techniques - can be manipulative if used the wrong way but in sales, they really help you gain an advantage or maintain control. Includes how to build rapport quickly, how to maintain your frame regardless of how the other person acts, etc.


Money is the follow-up - creative ways to keep the convo alive without annoying your prospects

nivals 29 minutes ago 0 replies      
Big fan of the http://www.salescoach.com/ methodology. Ive done their in-person trainings and online materials.

After reading lots of sales books this is the technique that works best for me. Companies should do themselves a favor and pay for their teams to level up with better sales skills.

vezycash 2 hours ago 1 reply      
Hope you see this.

I'm not going to recommend a book. Pick any book recommended here.(They all give similar advice). And go a step further.

Learn how to use Anki.

Use Anki while reading the book and I guarantee you this - you'll master sales at least 10x faster because..

Because you'll remember to use them instead of jumping from book to book and from course to course.

Hope you heed this advice - you'll be glad you did.

jaboutboul 37 minutes ago 0 replies      
Secrets of Questions Based Selling: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Question-Based-Selling-Powerfu...

Great book that helped me learn the psychology behind sales.

mindcrime 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I'm a fan of The Challenger Sale, The New Solution Selling and all three books by Jeff Thull: Mastering The Complex Sale, Exceptional Selling and The Prime Solution. I really like Thull's approach, especially his "always be leaving" mindset, as opposed to the old "always be closing" idea. Thull's thinking is much more focused on providing an authentic and honest experience, and genuinely trying to help the customer - as opposed to stuff about how to "trick" the customer into saying yes.

I also like a lot of what I've read from Jeffrey Gittomer and Grant Cardone.

Oh, and The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes as well. He (Chet H.) did a series of videos with Anthony Robbins that is really good. I really recommend watching those.

MangoDiesel 5 hours ago 1 reply      
"Sales" is a very broad topic. What aspect of sales are you looking to get better at? The initial prospecting and sourcing of qualified leads? Turning leads into opportunities and proposals? Closing opportunities? Or something else such as preventing churn?
ccockerhamkc 4 hours ago 0 replies      
I can't recommend "The Little Red Book Of Selling" by Jeffrey Gitomer enough. I have a copy in my desk right now.


JSeymourATL 5 hours ago 0 replies      
There have been several worthy recommendations in this string. Keep in mind, the more you read-- the more data you compile and master the subject. Here are a couple not already mentioned--

The best book I've read in ages on prospecting and business development, New Sales, Simplified by Mike Weinberg. If you read nothing else, Chapter 14: Planning & Executing the Attack is pure protein! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15863998-new-sales-simpli...

Here's a video presentation by Matt Dixon on The Challenger Sale. It's a bit long, just over an hour. But give it 15 minutes-- you'll see it's solid material. Good insights on how marketing supports & equips sales. Read the book!


dkyc 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Y Combinator Sales Summer School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-K2DHi99oI&list=PLb1c0oEEXW...

This is basically Sales 101. Lecture by Steli Efti, YC founder of the close.io CRM. Insanely valuable.


Y Combinator "How To Start A Startup" Sales: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHAh6WKBgiE

This is held by one of the founder of YC startup Clever, with an emphasis on the earliest stages of sales in a startup.


Tons of specific sales advice on http://blog.close.io , you can find the best by googling "site:blog.close.io" and follow through the links. There is a ton of things I learned from Steli Efti (the guy behind www.close.io CRM and the Sales Summer School), be sure to attend their webinars as well if you're curious.

vchamakkala 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Definitely check out the Enterprise Sales Guide created by Mickey at Work-Bench. A ton of insight into the art of enterprise selling.


mbesto 5 hours ago 0 replies      
These are great books for starting off with the why and how of sales:

Daniel Pink - To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others http://www.amazon.com/Sell-Human-Surprising-Moving-Others/dp...

Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends & Influence People http://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Friends-Influence-People/dp/06...

As you understand the macro details of sales, the more micro things (tactics, strategies, best practices) are probably best served by specific industry or specific aspects of sales. For example:




I also really like Jason Lemkin and his SaaStr blog: http://www.saastr.com/ Loads of SaaS sales practices on there.

austenallred 5 hours ago 0 replies      
"Sales" is very broad.

My favorite book about the act of selling (i.e. pitching) is "Pitch Anything" - http://www.amazon.com/Pitch-Anything-Innovative-Presenting-P...

If you're looking for an overall sales primer/bible, your best bet is probably The Sales Acceleration Formula http://www.amazon.com/Sales-Acceleration-Formula-Technology-...

ingen0s 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Check out anything by Zig Ziglar -> Napoleon Hill -> Andrew Carnegie and Tony Robbins.

People miss that sales is not just technique or what you say but state of mind, belief and confidence.

Stay away from sales only focus books.

If you really want to learn something check "Mastery" by Robert Greene.

selleck 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I just finished New Sales Simplified:


If you are responsible for getting new business, it is probably the best sales book I have read. Walks through defining your target customers, creating appropriate messaging to reach out to those customers and how to structure discovery and presentation calls.

rishi 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Grant Cardone's The Closer's Survival Guide.

Get it on Audible:http://www.amazon.com/Closers-Survival-Guide-Third/dp/B00K1O...

I've read a ton of sales books and this is by far the best one. Actionable stuff - no fluff. Great for founders who have trouble getting the deal closed and the cash in the bank.

dave_sullivan 4 hours ago 1 reply      
There are 3 books you should read: SPIN Selling. The Challenger Sale. The Charisma Myth. In that order. You will learn so many jedi mind tricks.

Yes, there is such a thing as sales. But do yourself a favor and don't sell shitty products. There's a wide range of incomes among people selling the best products, and the difference is stuff you can at least read about in those books.

davemel37 3 hours ago 1 reply      
Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer is by far the best sales book I ever read.

His basic premise is that the outcome of any negotiation(especially sales) is inversely proportionate to how intimidated you are by the other person.

His solution is to invest in creating a strong image before selling and using takeaway selling, which is basically taking away the opportunity to do business with you so that they stop thinking about whether they want to buy and start thinking about how to get you to sell to them.

On a side note, Dan Kennedy says,"if you lose a sale because of price, you lose that sale long beforehand." your job is to differentiate yourself and craft a powerful image so they can never even start to compare you to others.


Mz 3 hours ago 0 replies      
You might find books on social psychology helpful.

At one point in his career, my ex was a military recruiter. They get world class sales training. He borrowed my textbook from the social psych class I had taken and I didn't see it again until his tour of duty as a recruiter was over.

I will also recommend "Getting to yes" which is research based and a quick read and "The mind and heart of the negotiator", which is also research based but meatier. I believe there is a free version of the latter available online. These were both required texts for my class on conflict management and negotiation.

rdl 3 hours ago 0 replies      
For books: realize there are multiple kinds of selling.

1)There's things like used cars. Single, moderate sized transactions, one-time. You want to extract the last dollar, force the close, and generally be like...a used car dealer. I know nothing about this.

2) There's consumer products -- worry about the "funnel", advertising, etc.

3) There's the stuff I like -- high dollar, high-complexity, repeated/ongoing transaction. The best books, hands down, are Neal Rackham's SPIN Selling series: http://www.amazon.com/Neil-Rackham/e/B000APLFJK

sachitgupta 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Zero Resistance Selling: http://www.amazon.com/Zero-Resistance-Selling-Maxwell-Maltz/...

on the mindset of sales.

revorad 4 hours ago 2 replies      
Read and listen to everything Steli Efti says -


His book - http://www.startupsalesguide.com/

The Predictable Revenue Guide To Tripling Your Sales by Aaron Ross and Jason M. Lemkin - http://www.saastr.com/the-predictable-revenue-guide-to-tripl...

blumkvist 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Free books and videos[1]. He looks like a guru... and in a sense he is. The difference is that he doesn't sling cheesy ebooks and mastermind sessions. He doesn't even have a mailing list. The only product that he sells is custom made corporate programs.


hajrice 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Sandler sales - its the book I give to all my new sales reps. Highly recommend!
erikstarck 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Pitch Anything goes in to detail on the psychology of the pitch. It talks about the concept of framing and how you must control the frame to close the deal. Highly recommended. Just read it (well, listened to it) and I feel like reading it again just to catch up on any missing details.

Book homepage is http://pitchanything.com

funwithjustin 1 hour ago 0 replies      
_Codemonkeyism 5 hours ago 1 reply      
1. The best book I've read on sales is:

"How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling"(1952) by Frank Bettger

2. Everything at Heavybit is excellent,

their sales videos are very nice:


And an must see video for me was:


elorant 5 hours ago 0 replies      
A couple ones I've read and found quite useful:

Make your contacts count


The science of influence


wunderlust 4 hours ago 0 replies      
"To Sell is Human" by Dan Pink. It doesn't so much teach you how to sell as to take the perspective of people whom you may want/need to convince or persuade.
fierycatnet 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I think anything by Zig Ziglar is really good.
ardemchenkov 4 hours ago 0 replies      
edoceo 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Mike Bosworth - Solution Selling - it talks all about consultative selling, listening and walking prospects through a 9 steps process from introduction to close
erikcw 5 hours ago 0 replies      
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes is fantastic.
codehotter 5 hours ago 0 replies      
"Let's get real or let's not play" by Mahan Khalsa and Randy Illig
bliti 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Im partial to spin selling.
curiousjorge 4 hours ago 2 replies      
I've read SPIN selling and now reading Challenger Sales.

SPIN is much easier to read, know and understand while I found Challenger Sales a lot difficult to follow and put into practice.

Challenger Sale's major premise is the assumption that SPIN selling doesn't work anymore for some reason because of the 2008 recession. I'm not sure how true this assumption is but I'll leave this up for the real sales people.

I'm interested in hacking enterprise sales. ANother HN user's blog on the subject here is excellent as well: http://doanhdo.blogspot.ca/

verkter 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Zig Ziglar
ashwn 3 hours ago 0 replies      
nickswan 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Tell HN: Clickable domains and other new features for story quality
287 points by dang  1 day ago   154 comments top 30
greenyoda 1 day ago 3 replies      
The "past" link is a nice feature, but what I'd really like to see is a way of weeding out duplicate stories before they're posted. For example, today there were 9 similar stories posted (so far) about Facebook's new "dislike" button[1], causing none of them to receive a significant numbers of upvotes. Could we have a feature in the "submit" dialog that displays similar stories in the last 24 hours and then asks the user if they really still want to submit theirs?

[1] https://new-hn.algolia.com/?experimental&sort=byDate&prefix=...

shortlived 1 hour ago 1 reply      
Any chance of changing the table background color from #f6f6ef to something that has sharper contrast with white page background? I look at comment distance with this border to find new top level comments, but it's hard when one is white and one is light grey.
grecy 1 day ago 5 replies      
Any chance we can have collapsible comments without a greasemonkey script, or bookmarklet?
chmaynard 1 hour ago 0 replies      
New feature idea: At some point, merge duplicate posts and their comments into a single master post. Create forwarding links as needed.
minimaxir 1 day ago 1 reply      
Very good improvements!

However, the green-URL-for-noob-domains may be problematic. The green is used to give an indication for potentially low-quality content, but public startup/project launches would all fall under the noob-domain heading.

nkurz 1 day ago 2 replies      
Maybe add a link to 'cached' in addition to 'web'? You could either do your own caching when the link is submitted, or use a service. The link will be useful immediately if the site goes down over load, and keeping an archive will keep the comments comprehensible for future readers if/when the link erodes.
brudgers 1 day ago 1 reply      
I have the feeling that creating a new domain is going to be a way of growth hacking one's story toward the HN front page. Green is a big bump in a world of greys.
snake117 1 day ago 0 replies      
So far I like the feature that new links are posted in green. That will give new sites the opportunity to standout against the larger, common sites posted (like bbc, wired, nautilus, etc). I just hope some users won't take advantage and scurry around for new sites to take advantage of this new feature.

Thanks for the changes. I'll definitely send feedback along the way.

kaolinite 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm not sure how the UI for this would work, and perhaps it's best left as an idea for a browser extension, but I like the idea of showing a selection of the five or so most recently submitted stories on the homepage, separate from the main articles. It wouldn't be enabled by default, only when an option is selected in the user profile.

I never visit the new section of HN. I really wish I did but I always forget about it. However, if there was a little section for new articles on the homepage (perhaps at the bottom or the side of the page in a box) I'd definitely check some out and upvote the interesting articles.

jacobolus 1 day ago 1 reply      
I dont mind the use of green (as compared to some other color) to indicate 'new site', but could you tone it down a little bit, or give users the option to disable it? On an otherwise neutral page, the green stands out and is quite distracting.

Maybe use something like #6a8966 (http://www.colorpicker.com/6a8966)?

voltagex_ 1 day ago 1 reply      
waterlesscloud 1 day ago 2 replies      
Clicking the domain to see other submissions from that site is the best feature HN has added in years.
kawera 1 day ago 1 reply      
Very good improvements, thanks.

I think the dupe detection would be even more useful if done during submission.

codezero 1 day ago 1 reply      
Minor feedback, if you look at "past" for a domain that's a YC company that often posts jobs to HN, the results are littered with those postings rather than other content from the site which may be more relevant.
Osiris 1 day ago 1 reply      
What about a way to merge stories that are duplicates but with slightly different URLs that didn't get caught in the filter? Perhaps comments from all the articles could get merged together under the post with the most upvotes.
coldpie 1 day ago 0 replies      
Pretty please fix the url parsing so it doesn't include the angle bracket after a link, like this URL <http://google.com/> embeded in a sentence.
niico 1 day ago 1 reply      
@Dang, I once posted a link and then someone reposted the same link but added /# to it. HN treated that as a new URL and that link, because karma -I think- got to the FP. Any solution to that?
JeffreyKaine 1 day ago 2 replies      
What does everyone think about links opening in a new tab rather than the parent tab? I'll often find myself getting off on a wikipedia tangent (or some similar learning loop) and HN will be several back buttons back. I now open every link in a new tab manually to solve for this problem.
hyperpallium 1 day ago 1 reply      
Dup detection didn't seem to be working a couple days ago. Bug or just the changeover? Details: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10211499
some1else 1 day ago 1 reply      
Nice to see some new features! I hope it's not rude to ask if there's a special reason the URLs in Ask HN submission text aren't hyperlinks?
keyle 1 day ago 0 replies      
What I really miss is the score against comments.
hoopism 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'd like to see stats of first time URLs pre and post greenification.

I suspect we may see more green links on front page than prior... just a hunch.

ClintEhrlich 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'd like to suggest a very basic fix that will help new users.

People need to know about rules before they can reliably follow them. And Hacker News makes that surprisingly hard for new people.

Above the submit button, there is a line that says: "If you haven't already, would you mind reading about HN's approach to comments?"

I wanted to make sure I followed the rules, so I clicked the hyperlink and began reading a new page. It began, "Hacker News is a bit different from other community sites, so we'd appreciate it if you'd take a minute to read the site guidelines."

I thought that was the page that I had just clicked through to, so I continued reading. And it seemed like I was right: I learned about the rules against crap links, rudeness, etc.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. The first link took me to the 'welcome page' which provides some guidelines for using the site, but not all of the rules. If you want to learn the rest of the rules, you have to know to click on another hyperlink to reach the site guidelines page. I found this counter-intuitive, and I doubt I'm the only one.

If you want people to learn the rules, please consider placing them beneath the existing text on the welcome page, so everyone will realize they exist. Or, at minimum, place a link to the guidelines page directly above the submit button, instead of just sending people back to the welcome page. And maybe add a "Rules" tab to the top navigation bar.

Thanks for your help!

alpb 1 day ago 0 replies      
This change just broke the Chrome extension Georgify for HN.
maerF0x0 1 day ago 0 replies      
Would love the ability to fold comment threads.
malnourish 1 day ago 1 reply      
Why Google and not DuckDuckGo?
stevoski 1 day ago 8 replies      
These other features you've added are good. But years after I started using HN, I still accidentally downvote when I want to upvote because the mobile experience is...well, you know. You all probably often use HN on a mobile device.

Please, please, please, can we have a mobile-friendly layout?

Kinnard 1 day ago 1 reply      
More information about internal policies like how much karma you need to downvote and other thing people don't even know exists would be nice.
captainbenises 1 day ago 6 replies      
When are you going to fix the mobile css? Surely that'd take about 4 minutes.
tranthuc 1 day ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: Why is Facebook Messenger so unstable?
2 points by revskill  1 hour ago   3 comments top 3
paulrpotts 1 hour ago 0 replies      
What do you mean? Can you be more specific?

I use the iPad version pretty regularly, and I've never seen it crash or misbehave.

kirbyk 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I don't know, but facebook.com seems to be down.
lingua_franca 1 hour ago 0 replies      
what do u expect from a sweat house full of fresh grads?
How to delete HN account completely?
5 points by ausjke  6 hours ago   3 comments top 2
trcollinson 1 hour ago 0 replies      
gexos 6 hours ago 1 reply      
As far as I know you can't just delete your account completely, deleting all your comments would be unfair, since the whole discussion would likely break apart.

But you can try to send an email either at info@ycombinator.com or pg@ycombinator.com and ask to make your account inactive, you could also change your email and delete any personal information.

Ask HN: How to Find Open Source Projects to Contribute To
2 points by hanniabu  6 hours ago   5 comments top 3
mdibaiee 7 minutes ago 0 replies      
This is how I do it:

First, I made a habit of contributing to open-source everyday, it might be hard in some situations such as traveling, etc, but it helps you learn A LOT. You won't believe how much I've learned by contributing to open-source.

First, explore GitHub, using http://github.com/explore or by just browsing people's profiles, etc.

Subscribe to Changelog Nightly which sends you a daily digest of interesting github repositories. https://changelog.com/nightly/

Also look for other places to contribute, such as Mozilla, you can contribute to Mozilla products easily, they mentor you (the mentors are friendly and great) and you will learn a lot working on big projects (There are a lot of opportunities to work on using JavaScript, see whatcanidoformozilla.com)

As you go further, you'll even find more ways to contribute.

Don't forget that creating something and publishing it as an open-source software is a contributon and it's great! So if you find an idea which might help people, code it, open-source it, share it!

Good luck!

gexos 6 hours ago 1 reply      
First think to consider is what you're interested in, there are many places to look at, like github.com, sourceforge.com (lot of orphaned projects), openhatch.org, google code of course and you should also check http://open-advice.org, is somewhat different from the others:

"Open Advice is a knowledge collection from a wide variety of Free Software projects. It answers the question what 42 prominent contributors would have liked to know when they started so you can get a head-start no matter how and where you contribute. "

Good luck!

Amir6 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm not sure if I can help you but just wanted to say thanks for thinking about donating your time and skills for the community. Maybe my friend Sallar (@sallar in twitter) can help you with finding a good project.Cheers!
Ask HN: Which CSS/HTML frameworks should I consider for modern web development?
17 points by SeanAnderson  1 day ago   6 comments top 4
ciokan 3 minutes ago 0 replies      
Def. worth a try: http://www.semantic-ui.com

devcasts.io is my website using it and I can't tell you how many hours it saved me with the rich set of widgets and features it has

RUG3Y 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I like using Materialze or Bootstrap, depending on what the client needs.Lately I've been going very minimal and going without frameworks.My favorite tool right now is harpjs.
sudo_bang_bang 16 hours ago 2 replies      
I love React, it really does make development more straightforward. I was skeptical for a long time, but React + Redux is a great way to go. As for grid system, you can't beat Bootstrap. For a material design spec, I would check out this set of React components:http://material-ui.com/#/
achairapart 10 hours ago 0 replies      
These days I use mostly Basscss[1] as my front-end framework. It's more than a utility layer than a framework, built on OOCSS principles. It has grid/type/colors systems, flex utils and basically everything you need for modern development.

It's a swiss knife if you are into fast prototyping and it's light. Actually, it's less than 12Kb minified and gzipped.

[1] http://www.basscss.com/

Ask HN: How do you manage your contacts?
27 points by mdevere  2 days ago   12 comments top 8
rdegges 2 days ago 2 replies      
I started working as a Developer Evangelist about a year and a half ago, and was having a pretty nasty problem dealing with contacts myself. I keep meeting people all the time, and want some way to:

* Have their contact info auto-imported if I add them as a friend in SOME WAY: either by emailing them, tweeting them, messaging them, whatever.

* Have all my contacts synced into one centralized data store (Google Contacts, in my case).

* Merge and remove duplicate contacts so I don't have to deal with 50 entries of people...

What I ended up settling on is really working well for the past year or so.

I use Google contacts as my primary datastore. I then use FullContact (free): https://www.fullcontact.com/

FullContact will hook into everything, eg: Google / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / etc., grab EVERYONE'S contact info, and merge it into one record, then merge that back into Google contacts =)

Would highly recommend it.

Rafert 2 days ago 1 reply      
Get everything in Google Contacts and use the webapp (https://contacts.google.com/) to merge contacts. It has the ability to suggest merges and it's easy to do the leftover ones manually.
sciencesama 2 days ago 0 replies      
https://contacts.google.com/u/0/preview/all the new google contacts can help you in categorising contacts finding duplicates and delteing them aswell
JSeymourATL 2 days ago 0 replies      
I tend to combine personal & business contacts together.

Recently came across the Free Hubpsot CRM, while I've yet to give to get it a test drive, the demo looks interesting > http://www.hubspot.com/crm

ruraljuror 1 day ago 0 replies      
Google contacts as well. They have greatly improved the integration with maps in the last year or so.
tagabek 2 days ago 0 replies      
Given that I keep a very close group of friends, the default iOS Contacts app w/ iCloud works.

For those with large groups of people/information, go with Google Contacts.

crishoj 2 days ago 1 reply      
iCloud contacts synced across several Macs/iPhones. I use GMail through in the IMAP interface and keep the contacts syncing here disabled.
zepolen 2 days ago 0 replies      
Google Contacts, synced everywhere. Liberal use of fields for organizing/grouping/searching.
Ask HN: How do I search source code of popular projects only?
8 points by zb3  1 day ago   4 comments top
madhouse 1 day ago 1 reply      
You can limit your search to certain repositories on GitHub, with advanced search: https://github.com/search/advanced

You will need to enter the repositories by hand, though. Mind you, writing a small tool that'd list the most popular/forked/starred/etc C repos, and do a search for you in those should be a few minute task.

Ask HN: Why were names of other passengers appearing in my flight details?
32 points by scottmcdot  2 days ago   13 comments top 3
nachi 2 days ago 1 reply      
This is most definitely a bug on Google's side in parsing the passenger names out of the booking email from Germanwings.

I experienced something similar, Google thought that the Geschftfuhrung (management) at the bottom of the booking email were my co-passengers:

http://i.imgur.com/I8V4ZQN.png(In this case, Thomas Lindner and Dr. Jochen Wallisch)

rdancer 2 days ago 1 reply      
It's a software bug. If you buy multiple seats on a single ticket, those other names would be the other people travelling with you -- that's why it's formatted correctly. However, the programming logic deciding whether those people are on the same ticket must've gotten screwed.

Since you're probably on the plane at the moment, have you found out if those people are with you on the plane?

dragonbonheur 2 days ago 1 reply      
Airlines overbook tickets, apparently...
Ask HN: Why is Apple still releasing 16 GB phones?
14 points by JTon  2 days ago   24 comments top 17
tankerdude 2 days ago 1 reply      
Contextual pricing perhaps? Kind of akin to this:


Snippet from the classic experiment:For instance, a small popcorn would be $3.50. A medium-sized bucket of popcorn would be $7.50 and a large would cost $8.00. The mindset here is that for only 50 cents more you can get a much larger portion of popcorn. The same is true for fountain drinks at gas stations. Small = $.99. Medium = $1.49. Large = $1.59. Which sells more? Almost always the large for just 10 cents more.

coldtea 2 days ago 2 replies      
Because people still buy them. It's that simple.

For a parent buying for a smaller kid, a business/organization buying for its employees, or a senior citizen who just runs a few apps, it's ok.

It's obviously not for people wanting to record videos in 4K (or record videos in general -- lots of older people only record a few minutes or so a year, some grandchild's birthday or such).

If you do that a lot, you get a higher end model.

skygazer 1 day ago 0 replies      
In recent years, Apple doubled iPhone storage levels while keeping prices the same: the middle tier 32gb became 64, and the high end 64gb tier became 128 -- however, the 16gb remained untouched. There is no longer a 32gb offering. I think this is telling.

If Apple had doubled the 16gb to 32, then many of the prior middle tier purchasers would now be drawn to Apple's cheapest tier, and Apple would lose that revenue, $100 per unit. At the same time, those that feel stifled by the 16 have more incentive to upgrade to the 64, at the same price as the prior 32.

Why is this still the case, years later? I think the issue is that 32gb remains the sweetspot for more than half of the potential customers, and if they offered it, their low end product will cannibalize their mid tier sales and cost them billions.

trengrj 2 days ago 3 replies      
I just had a look at the storage on my iPhone and saw I had used 4.9 GB on a 64 GB phone. I'm sure that Apple has data showing that this type of usage makes up a decent percentage of users.

Not sure why I use so little. I take photos but generally use streaming music services rather that have a large collection of mp3s. Also I find the screen too small to watch movies.

rajacombinator 2 days ago 0 replies      
There's a lot of people for whom 16GB is sufficient.
Khaine 2 days ago 0 replies      
Because the iPhone is sold worldwide, and this makes it more affordable for the middle class of India, China, and other developing nations
skorecky 2 days ago 0 replies      
It's a pushed to get more users to rely on iCloud. This still sucks though because you can't store apps in the cloud and it nice to have music locally (though Apple Music seems to cache) when riding on the subway / dealing with AT&Ts poor connections.
CyberFonic 2 days ago 0 replies      
A lot of consumers have no idea how much storage is required per picture or per minute of video. So they just see the price tag and buy the cheapest to get admitted to the iClub.

It happens all the time at parties. People try to take a photo, there is no room and they ask "What's wrong?". Their eyes glaze over when I try to explain how all those pix on their phone are using up the storage. Then they suggest deleting a couple SMS messages .... as if :-(

smacktoward 2 days ago 0 replies      
It lets Apple run ads that say "iPhone 6S: starting at $649."
kleer001 2 days ago 0 replies      
Another reason: Because those chips are still cheap and being made. I'm sure if 8GB would work with iOs they'd sell those too. But then again I'm not a phone manufacturer, that's just an educated guess.
mod 2 days ago 0 replies      
I just bought an 8gb Android phone. It does have a microSD port, but I don't expect I'll need to use it.

Maybe some people use phones differently than you.

DarrenMills 2 days ago 0 replies      
It may exist only to push the consumer to a higher price. 16GB is a low-friction pain point that pushes many people into to an option with more profitable margins for Apple.
emocin 2 days ago 0 replies      
businesses might not want their employees putting 125gb of music or photos or games on the phones they provide.
allsystemsgo 2 days ago 0 replies      
Obviously people still buy them, otherwise they wouldn't continue to sell them.
ratfacemcgee 2 days ago 0 replies      
opposite of the anchor price, i guess?
lessthunk 2 days ago 0 replies      
ashwn 2 days ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: What technology/products do you use for home automation?
9 points by sk2code  2 days ago   9 comments top 6
dangrossman 2 days ago 0 replies      
I have z-wave door locks (Schlage), a ton of zigbee light bulbs (GE and Cree), two wifi garage door openers (Chamberlain), the Nest thermostat and the Nest Protect CO/smoke detector. I used to have some sensors and other security stuff, but it was unreliable compared to a hardwired system, and wasn't worth the effort for me to build my own security system. I sold them off on Amazon Marketplace.

I used to use a Vera hub. It has an ugly, difficult to use UI but exposes an API, and doesn't require going through the internet, which is nice. Once I got tired of tinkering and building my own dashboards (e.g. http://www.dangrossman.info/wp-content/uploads/home2-1024x51...), I just bought a Wink which ties together all of the wifi/zigbee/zwave products in a very nice mobile app that everyone in my home is happy to use. Sold the Vera.

I have a cheap Android tablet mounted on a wall that has it open. My Amazon Echo also connects to Wink, so lights and switches can be voice controlled. IFTTT also has Wink channels.

tmuir 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you're looking to program this stuff yourself, node-red (nodered.org) is a good place to start. You can run it on raspberry pi or beaglebone, in addition to any desktop platform. Its a browser based programming environment that allows you to interface pretty much anything to anything. There are all sorts of built in nodes for all of the big names in IoT, like Hue, Wemo, Insteon, etc. There's also a ton of networking protocols built in. Additionally, you can access the shell, which means you can have it run any program/script/whatever you have local to your machine.

The end result is that it's every simple to do stuff like make make GPIO changes trigger SMS/email/Push/HTTP etc, as well as the inverse, have network traffic change the state of GPIO.

Best of all, its all javascript, so it should be very easy for most HNers to get started.

pjungwir 1 day ago 0 replies      
I have a Raspi and have been researching how to control my sprinklers with it. The old sprinkler control box is flaky, failing, and inflexible, so I'd like to replace it, and it seems like a good excuse for a Raspi project. I have 13 lines, each controlled by a 24 VAC solenoid. The Raspi GPIO pins put out 3.3 VDC. So I need to convert 13 GPIO signals from 3.3 VDC to 24 VAC. If it were one line I'd buy a relay and be done, but I don't want to buy 13 relays. I think a couple of these will do the trick:



But I'm pretty fuzzy on electronics stuff.

If anyone wants to confirm that I'm on the right track that would be nice. :-)

TimLeland 1 day ago 1 reply      
I wrote a post on wirelessly controlling power outlets. This works great for lamps. http://timleland.com/wireless-power-outlets/
dirktheman 1 day ago 1 reply      
I made a self-watering plant container a couple of years ago: a moisture sensor senses the moisture level in the soil. When it gets below the treshold it sends a signal to a small pump, which extracts the water from a little container in the pot. I had plans to make a water level sensor so that I would get a SMS when it was time to fill the container, but I never got around it. Arduinos rule, BTW!
hyattjon 1 day ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: How does email tracking work?
7 points by markwaldron  1 day ago   13 comments top 4
zhte415 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Most email clients block these by default, at least in a business setting. My advice is to check your audience first.

Bounce-back report tracking could be useful if you're checking emails are delivered. I've used this when emails that have to be delivered are delivered. This was mainly for compliance reasons - whether they're read or not, or end up in whatever user folder, was of little importance. That these emails are delivered successfully was paramount. The bounce-back reporting showed where customer contact failed and secondary measures were necessary to get back in contact.

Your use-case may be different, but if anyone reading this is in a similar situation to ensure delivery but not readership, implement a simple server-side delivery/non-delivery report.

davismwfl 1 day ago 3 replies      
I have designed a few of these over the years and worked on others implementations. The common one I see the most is taking a 1x1 transparent image in the email with query string parameters to provide the specific data. Usually something like a this img src="/domain,com/imagename.png?i=UID. Also sometimes we will use the company logo as the tracking image, simply because it doesn't look like a "tracking pixel" by default.

The other way that I just did was basically the same thing, but the image doesn't really exist, like img-uid.png where uid is the uid I care about for tracking purposes. Then in my webserver setup I pass the details to a server side component to manage the tracking and return a generic 1x1 transparent image. There are lots of ways to do that, but it protects you for those cases where an email client strips query string params on img src's.

Of course if the user doesn't allow the images to load you get no tracking, so that is a limitation but most systems have that limitation. So you should also have link tracking etc.

detaro 1 day ago 1 reply      
Basic version is anything that can look at a logfile of a webserver. Each mail gets a specific URL for the image, HTTP request to there turns up in the log.

Or you put some kind of server side app on the server that tracks the request in its own log.

iqonik 1 day ago 1 reply      
It is normally an image like others have said, however, Google's caching inside gmail is causing some problems:


So I would say it is not 100% anymore, but, no alternative approach is out there either.

Ask HN: What is the license of comments here?
9 points by rsy96  2 days ago   9 comments top 3
eli 2 days ago 0 replies      
Presumably each comment is copyrighted by its individual author and all rights are reserved unless they tell you differently. Sites like SO that explicitly require comments to be licensed CC are the exception.
maddayou 2 days ago 0 replies      
Hi, I am one of those who use; parts of sentences, sentences, topics thoughts, of HN comments/commenters, from the web generaly, but i never asked.Often it's the provoking, or funy, or.... -stuff, i use. Everytime i finished something "postable" i share it with a cc-nc-share alike-licence, which i think is in the motto of educate, enlightenment, and "share". i hope that i did nothing wrong or intolerable...

it is a direct linking and dev-art doesn't like but risk a look find something dau-related here: http://orig11.deviantart.net/c302/f/2015/257/1/4/_en__by_imm...

adultSwim 2 days ago 1 reply      
I would assume users retain full rights to their comments. I wasn't aware I had agreed to anything else.
Ask HN: I own mrrobot.io Should I build something on it or sell it?
4 points by raviojha  2 days ago   8 comments top 4
notahacker 2 days ago 1 reply      
You're not likely to make a non-trivial amount of money from selling the name, so it's more down to whether you're sufficiently enthused about the idea (the idea isn't likely to be a money-spinner either, but maybe it's a great fun project for you)
tagabek 2 days ago 1 reply      
If you can manage to get any offer above $XXX, sell it. The show's popularity could very well be at it's peak, given that maintaining or even increasing television ratings after the first season are rare. Otherwise, it could be a fun side project worth sentimental value.
lewisgodowski 2 days ago 1 reply      
You could create an ARG la Halo 2's ILB (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Love_Bees), but for Mr. Robot.
cdvonstinkpot 2 days ago 1 reply      
My first thought was that it would be good for a smart contracts platform, automating things for people/companies.
Ask HN: Is there any reading material for Mach-O?
3 points by zatkin  2 days ago   3 comments top 2
ksherlock 5 hours ago 0 replies      
The Mac OS X Internals book has a few pages on Mach-O and Fat Binaries. The most recent material will always be the xnu source code.
lcr 2 days ago 1 reply      
Have you checked out this list? :


Ask HN: Anyone in Tokyo want to hack?
3 points by caser  2 days ago   1 comment top
Paulods 2 days ago 0 replies      

Sure i might be interested in doing something time allowing. I also could potentially introduce you to some people in the startup community if you want.

If you are free also join us at Tech Crawl Tokyo event - https://techcrawl.doorkeeper.jp/events/31206?locale=en

Tell HN: The submission dupe detector apparently has been disabled
11 points by minimaxir  3 days ago   2 comments top
dang 3 days ago 1 reply      
We've been experimenting with adjusting it, but that was a bug. No one wants identical links on the front page.
Ask HN: Why don't publishers serve ads from their domains to thwart ad-blockers?
36 points by akc  2 days ago   83 comments top 19
ConSeannery 2 days ago 2 replies      
Here's how a typical banner/adspace currently works:

1. The ad/banner space downloads a javascript file

2. Javascript runs, collects browser+cookie+other identifying information and sends it on up to an ad exchange

3. The ad-exchange systems cross-reference the information it receives with other information it already has (think huge low latency k/v store) in order to try to identify you further, perform cross-device identification, save more information

4. The ad-exchange system then rolls all this information together and fans out this package saying "here is a male aged 25-35 who likes ponies and bick shaving cream" to dozens or hundreds of partnered ad providers

5. Each ad provider looks at their content, finds a close match, and then bids on how much they would pay in order to serve content to this person

6. Ad-exchange receives all the bids and picks the second highest bidder (no idea why it's the second highest)

7. Ad-exchange then sends this second highest bidder's ad URL back to the waiting javascript running in the users browser, and ad-exchange marks the winning bid so it knows who won/who has to pay at the end of the month.

8. From 1 to here usually has an SLA of occurring in less than 170ms

9. User's browser then loads up the response URL and the ad displays

Asking website operators to host their own thing is feasible, but perhaps not worthwhile. The big money maker in adspace is targeted advertising, and small sites will never have the infrastructure to be able to really identify anybody but perhaps their core users. Others have mentioned reverse proxies to make content appear as if it came from the target site, and that may exist, but the reality is whatever these guys do is currently being defeated pretty handily by community driven ad blocking. Perhaps we will eventually see what you're talking about though

austenallred 2 days ago 1 reply      
Generally ads pay up to an order of magnitude more if there is some level of tracking and targeting available, and that's what most ad blockers target. Paying a bunch of money to show ads to who-knows-who who-knows-how-many-times isn't very valuable. Paying money to show ads to owners of Shitzus that make over $100,000/year is worth $12/click.

I'm pretty certain that as ad blockers grow there will be a lot more work-around (doing the work on the backend and serving up static HTML or a lot more native ads), but ad blockers aren't quite to the level that it's worth it to make those changes.

0x0 2 days ago 1 reply      
I guess one of the "benefits" of serving ads from a third party site is that you can cookie the user on the thirdparty domain, and build a profile as the user moves between participant sites. ("Re-targeting"). Serving ads from a first party domain likely loses this information since there won't be a shared cookie? Also it might complicate installation (you'd need to install some server side software that fetches ad content from the ad network, and probably some custom development to integrate it without being caught by a one-line rule in adblock?)

Also! With more and more ads running javascript based animations, you really don't want shady ad-network-provided JS running in the context of your main site. (XSS)

wvenable 2 days ago 3 replies      
We do that but Ad-blockers block even those ads. We have our own text-based adds like Google Adsense text ads which are just <div> tags and those get filtered out as well.
dmritard96 2 days ago 1 reply      
Counting Impressions.

A different model is needed if the publishers servers have to get the ad first and then give it to the client because the ad server then needs to trust the publisher to report impressions honestly and the publisher has an incentive to inflate that number.

lolatu54 2 days ago 3 replies      
Ads have many specialized requirements that you wouldn't really want to build yourself. Tracking, tokenization of url parameters, rotating ads to meet impression goals, and typically advertisers have build their ads to be served by major ad networks, so you would have to replicate their systems to support those ad units. Ads are way more complicated than most people realize.
eevilspock 2 days ago 0 replies      
I believe a website is responsible for everything that is delivered and all tracking that happens when they publish a page and deliver it. They don't get to segregate their content from ad content and wash their hands of responsibility for any lies or misuse of data by the later.

So forcing domains to host the ads they insert and all the tracking that goes with makes that more explicit and thus a good thing.

as1ndu 2 days ago 1 reply      
The reason is one. And it is because ad blockers actually do not affect both the publishers and ad companies that much. About only less 5% of the internet users world wide have ever employed ad blockers (http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/in-bringing-ad-...). I am sure they will move ad serving to the backend when they get better reasons to shun of client side technology. Its just not worth it....yet.
georgeott 2 days ago 4 replies      
Who counts the impressions, to pay the ad client?
elorant 2 days ago 0 replies      
Because advertisers don't trust publishers. They need a third party agency with no immediate interest in the game that could guarantee reliable reporting. For example if the ads are served from the publisher then the advertising network has no way of identifying fake clicks/impressions made by botnets.
r1ch 2 days ago 1 reply      
Tried this once. Ad block maintainers went out of their way to create custom filters for our site.
nickporter 2 days ago 0 replies      
If I made an ad system that needed to track a user, I would want to use my own domain because then I can save the user's state between websites using my own domain's local storage.
harshreality 2 days ago 0 replies      
Ad blockers don't just block domains. They also block (full) url patterns, which are easily adapted to sites (and there are many) which host ads for themselves.
Scoundreller 1 day ago 0 replies      
Slightly OT:If more publishers defaulted to SSL, they would thwart lots of corporate ad filtering that strips out Adsense and the like.
seunosewa 2 days ago 0 replies      
It doesnt work. If your site is popular enough, ad blockers would still target the ads on your website using site-specific rules.
mbesto 2 days ago 0 replies      

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donavanm 2 days ago 0 replies      
chkuendig 2 days ago 0 replies      
1.) cross-domain tracking

2.) ease of integration

3.) independent analytics

chinathrow 2 days ago 0 replies      
What are you working on?
15 points by nyddle  1 day ago   44 comments top 33
akbar501 20 hours ago 1 reply      
GrockDoc.com: Technical documentation

It's a hobby project. I currently publish 3 new articles per day.

Some example docs:

Cassandra: https://www.grockdoc.com/cassandra/2.1/articles

Android: https://www.grockdoc.com/android/5.1/articles

Rmilb 1 day ago 3 replies      
In the home stretch of my Tiny House construction.https://goo.gl/photos/dPnx7jttphUvQXcj8
Zelmor 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I left my job this Monday, and decided to leave app support jobs behind for good. I am getting up to speed on python, bash and linux for a start and try to get a position more oriented towards sysops. I will be making some smaller projects related to automation. Nothing extraordinary, just a guy turning 30 this year looking to turn his life around for the better.
shady_trails 1 day ago 0 replies      
Continuing work on an online course on React JS, found here: https://www.udemy.com/learn-and-understand-reactjs/?couponCo....

I had some challenges with the course at the started, but refocused my efforts in making sure I was creating a product that a beginning developer could work through and then feel confident to build their own apps. Once the quality content was in place, reviews, revenue, and engagement soared.

Revenue is up over the last two months, and I plan to write a blog post in the next few weeks regarding that topic. In addition, I plan to also release a new course covering React Native in the next week.

the_impossible 1 day ago 2 replies      
I'm working on finding a co-founder in NYC.


Finding a co-founder is close to number 1 on the list of things a founder has to do, because the number 1 mistake that kills startups is being a single founder. Therefore learning from other people's search in finding a co-founder would be learning what to look for yourself.

I can easily imagine finding a co-founder to be a startup idea itself if done right.


AwesomeFaic 1 day ago 0 replies      
A few random things, a game with a couple friends (http://www.craterkings.com), a funny little Craft Beer Generator still very much in-progress (http://chrisgermano.github.io/CraftBeerGenerator/), and a very rudimentary stock trading bot http://stockbot.infinityclub.us/ add "#[symbol]" [no quotes] after the / to follow a specific stock, it starts with 10k if there's no existing data, unfortunately you need to keep the window open for it to keep "thinking"
mindcrime 1 day ago 0 replies      
As always hacking on Quoddy[1] and Neddick[2]. Beyond that, I've been dabbling with a number of new languages, tools, libraries, etc. See [3] for all the details. The tl/dr; though, is this - working my way through Machine Learning for Hackers and Practical Common Lisp, and starting on an AI bot[4] to give me a playground to mess with AI and Machine Learning techniques. Right now it's just AIML[5] and doesn't do a whole heck of a lot, but I just started on this a couple of days ago. Right now it can chat over XMPP and basically say "hello" and give you the current time.

[1]: https://github.com/fogbeam/Quoddy

[2]: http://github.com/fogbeam/Neddick

[3]: http://mindcrime.github.io

[4]: https://github.com/mindcrime/LearningAIML

[5]: http://www.alicebot.org/aiml.html

alphast0rm 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on an MVP for online shell history (bash/zsh) as a service. Source a script, add a command to your $PROMPT_HISTORY, and all your shell history will be available online.

It will also provide some graphs along with insights/advice, for example, suggesting possible aliases to save time. Looking to get it out in the next week or two, would love to hear if you guys would be interested in something like this!

IdleChris 1 day ago 0 replies      
My little Side Project: http://www.BetterSnipper.com

A screenshot utility that is more powerful than the free Greenshot, yet less expensive than the over the top SnagIt. (Free unlimited trial, $5 to buy, Donating 10% to my favorite charity).

Its got a lot of great features, and a lot more in the works. (I've now started building a light-weight editor... Learning the 'Command pattern' for Undo/Redo'ing)

shanedevane 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://newslinn.com (beta)Share photos of Local News with Local Journalists with a simple email in real-time - combining real-time photo validation with user authentication.(end marketing pitch)

still a side project, using Python PyKE as the rules engine is anyone is familiar with that??, and socket.io, node and mongodb for the "real-time" stuff.

emilburzo 1 day ago 0 replies      
Upgraded the db master node to a SSD server (yay no more seeks) for my Android app, Graticule[1]

Used the opportunity to get better acquainted with ansible, finally no more manual configurations.

On the hardware side, I did my first breadboard to perfboard transplant[2]. It's a basic circuit, the layout is not so great, the soldering is messy, but it's mine.

[1] https://graticule.link/

[2] https://goo.gl/photos/DkzE63ZfrHpR2VC3A

thecodemonkey 16 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on reinventing static site generation/hosting at http://Spudpress.com
brudgers 1 day ago 0 replies      

 Machine Learning via Ng's course. Modeling for Discreet Optimization using MiniZinc with Stuckey. Devops via Managing Remote Teams on Edx Edge. Org Babel.
Thinking about:

 Construction industry economics and processes. Who could be a cofounder. CQRS, event sourcing, testing, actors. Sheds. Tiny Houses.

huevosabio 21 hours ago 0 replies      
A Whatsapp chat analytics web app: http://groupstats.io/

Basically, you upload your chat history and we show some nice visualizations (no, we do not store your chat).

BitHunter 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've been polishing a game jam game from last weekend. We won best art style, but having lost our lead programmer half way through we barely got a working build finished to present.

2D Split-Screen Capture the Flag. One player assumes role of Firewall, robotic-security guard, other assumes role of the androgynous Cracker. Cracker has to break into the corporate system and take down the mainframe to start the cyber-revolution, while Firewall has to catch them before they do so and escape. We have some fantastic Darude-esque electronic music and a cartoony art style.

maz1b 1 day ago 0 replies      
Working on Songfari - you can call it Product Hunt for new music. :)


twunde 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm working with a friend on a PHP framework, specifically helping with the docs: https://github.com/spiral

The coolest thing about it is IDE autocompletion of db fields. Other cool stuff is UML generation for Mongo/RDBS, and a storage abstraction for s3, ftp, etc so switching providers is just a config change.

tixocloud 1 day ago 0 replies      
Helping retailers and franchises in the United States and Canada find good locations: http://getinsightico.com
thephyber 1 day ago 0 replies      
Recently finished personal project (Dog Food price comparison + ratings website) and working on SEO and PPC: http://www.best-cheap-dog-food.com/

Working on a startup demo using React Native (still learning Node+React and native mobile).

siscia 1 day ago 0 replies      
Unlimited email address for everybody, not too far to a Beta version...


swissRF 1 day ago 0 replies      
Working on iOS app for Quotesy: Read memorable quotes from your favorite movies and TV shows - http://quotesyapp.shyahi.com

Launching on 21st September

bemmu 1 day ago 0 replies      
Trying to keep the baby alive, candy subscribers supplied with sweets and when I have a free market ment, writing a subscription box ebook.
nyddle 1 day ago 0 replies      
A simple cloud call center solution. In search for the first users.http://try.dialbase.com
vikp 1 day ago 0 replies      
Building a way to learn data science online, using python -- https://www.dataquest.io
gbarnes 1 day ago 0 replies      
A local restaurant reviews site for the Albany, NY region. http://www.noshlocal.com
ninetax 1 day ago 1 reply      
http://bandsoftheweek.com/ - make a playlist of the bands coming to town.

Recently got some attention on reddit. It was fun to do, and Clojure worked quite well under traffic.

sjs382 1 day ago 0 replies      
A mobile word game. Really re-working the game mechanics, and re-skinning prior to launch. Hopefully it launches very soon.
snyff 1 day ago 0 replies      
Monetising https://www.pentesterlab.com by creating an online version of the exercises...
jyu 1 day ago 0 replies      
Wife and I made a joke political t-shirt. http://teespring.com/get-dump-trump
DrNuke 1 day ago 0 replies      
Putting together the mvp (protocol + example) I need to support my application for YC W16!
detaro 1 day ago 0 replies      
reworking my network-lab-slash-home-network.
krapp 1 day ago 0 replies      
Just started a Coursera course on game development[0]

I've been building Space Invaders in C++ for almost a year now. It's been an excuse to learn things like building an entity-component system, messing with fonts, creating spritesheets, etc, and currently i've taken a week-long tangent into vectors and collision detection. It's more of a journey vs. destination kind of thing, otherwise it could have been "done" a long time ago.

I decided to wrap most of my Github projects into a small, threaded PHP forum, which is currently a HN clone because I can't be arsed to care about style right now. I've got lots of little things like related links generation and thread folding and sorting working. It will probably never actually see the light of day.

Since I just graduated from technical school, I have to find actual work so that's taking up a lot of time too.


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