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Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow wikileaks.org
639 points by mvbrasil  6 hours ago   393 comments top 36
tokenadult 5 hours ago 16 replies      
I'd really like to see Wikileaks devoting more of its time, energy, and fund-raising into breaking news about government-operated surveillance programs in the last two countries where Edward Snowden has been located, namely China and Russia. As an American citizen and voter, I'm still mulling over what I think should be the correct policy response to the revelations about NSA claims about NSA data-gathering programs, but I have deep ties to China as a speaker and reader of Chinese and a long-time student of the language, culture, and history of China, and I have similar connections, less thoroughly developed, to Russia. People everywhere just wanna be free. We ought to be hearing a lot more about all the various governmental data-gathering and surveillance programs, everywhere in the world, and of course we should also be learning more about the actions of private business corporations to gather data on all of us. That Wikileaks tells us much more about the United States federal government than about any of those other entities tells me something about Wikileaks, and perhaps tells me something favorable about the United States.

If you really want to be an idealistic but hard-headed freedom-fighter, mobilizing an effective popular movement for more freedom wherever you live, I suggest you read deeply in the publications of the Albert Einstein Institution,


remembering that the transition from dictatorship to democracy described in those publications is an actual historical process with recent examples around the world that we can all learn from.

AFTER EDIT: Good catch by the readers who noticed the non-American English in the Wikileaks press release here (mentioned in other comments in this thread). The press release kindly submitted here is plainly not Edward Snowden's verbatim words, but more self-publicizing from Wikileaks.

eblume 5 hours ago 7 replies      
It's probably too late now, but I feel like it was a mistake not to release a public encryption key along with his initial effluence of records. I for one believe that this was written by Snowden, but it seems like an obvious use of some basic form of identity signing.

Edit: It now seems like there is some reasonable doubt that this notice was forged. I still remain confident this is no forgery, but the point I'd like to make is that there may in fact be an identity question -- and that is a problem with a technical solution that unfortunately seems not to have been leveraged.

olefoo 5 hours ago 3 replies      
It's almost as if he's deliberately provoking the most rabid response possible from the United States Government.

Regardless of what happens to him; he is writing himself into the pages of history.

His actions have opened the possibility of Western Europe defecting from the US led coalition that has dominated world affairs for the past 70 years. Which is not a result anyone could have predicted.

mpyne 4 hours ago 2 replies      
He's not still complaining about his passport, is he? Did Assange tell him to say that too?

A passport means that the host nation is comfortable with the person traveling abroad. For what should be obvious reasons the U.S. would rather he be back home (to stand trial). Even if you disagree with everything the NSA has done or will do, he technically broke the law. If the U.S. considers itself to observe the rule of law, then they have to pursue him as much as they'd pursue anyone else.

The U.S. has stripped persons of their citizenship for things as mundane as fraud, so this is hardly a made-up case for Snowden.

In fact, it's so not made up that there are existing procedures for when a passport may be revoked [1] [2]. Note that despite the foia_reading_room in the URL of [1], it is simply the U.S. Attorney's Manual, which is accessible directly from http://www.justice.gov/usao/index.html .

[1] http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usam/tit...

[2] http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppi/info/info_870.html

Edit: Also, since when did a conversation without an exchange of consideration or an agreement to perform certain actions become "wheeling and dealing"? This is the kind of stuff that has turned me off from Assange a long time ago; he's just as willing to distort as a government, as long as it suits his purpose.

jgrahamc 5 hours ago 13 replies      
He's not a 'stateless person'. His passport has been revoked, but he remains a US citizen.
javajosh 5 hours ago 4 replies      
It occurs to me that there is a kind of deep hypocrisy for those who make the rules to claim that someone broke the rules. Rules require focus and diligence to apply, and they favor those that apply them regularly, vs those to whom they are applied.

I suspect that the Obama administration broke may of their own rules rushing through the a change in status that fast - a bureaucracy the size of the US doesn't process anything quickly without breaking the rules.

The Russians are clearly using Snowden as a pawn, probably because Russia is threatened by people like Snowden just as much as the US is. Snowden threatens those who make the rules, and then apply them fully to others and not at all to themselves and their cohorts.

For the third time in my life (the first two courtesy Bush Jr.) I'm deeply ashamed of my government.

Kylekramer 5 hours ago 2 replies      
Accusing the United States of depriving him of the right to seek asylum seems like a tautology to me. If the United States wasn't attempting to bring him back to the US for a trial, he wouldn't need to seek asylum.

Does this mean every country who attempts to prosecute people who subsequently seek asylum is violating "a basic right"?

abalone 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm not taking sides here but Snowden is wrong on the facts about passport revocation. It is perfectly within the established law to revoke the passports of fugitives with federal arrest warrants. It doesn't make you a "stateless person" or "exile" you -- you're still welcome to return voluntarily.

The relevant U.S. law is 22 CFR 51.70 and 51.72 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-1999-title22-vol1/xml/CFR-1...

He does have a point that restricting travel does make it harder for you to seek asylum. But that's nothing new.

jusben1369 5 hours ago 2 replies      
Obama is saying "You broke the law. We want you back. We won't wheel and deal for you with any country who wants to use you iike a pawn to win some other concession or just enjoy sticking it to us. Take him in at your own risk" Nothing new here or deceitful. Pretty standard operating procedure.
jgoodwin 3 hours ago 0 replies      
One thing that concerns me is that many Americans are adopting what is essentially a Tory/Loyalist attitude towards these events, without understanding the Tory/Loyalist political philosophy of dissidence, which differs from 'civil disobedience' and 'non-violent resistance' (those are the other guys).

Don't get me wrong -- we can't all be Patriots and Revolutionaries -- but our history has ill-fitted us to be good at being Tories and Loyalists. Those were the bad guys in all our grade-school stories ... and now we are those bad guys.

The classical Tory theory of dissidence is called "Passive Obedience." This doesn't mean bending over and being a wimp. It means being obedient to higher authority (God and Constitutional Law), while seemingly disobeying usurpers and tyrants, who are themselves violating the higher Law -- constitutional, moral, and natural. The "Passive" part is an old word meaning suffering (like the Passion of Christ).

Edward Snowden has given us a very good example of Passive Obedience -- if he is correct the programs are indeed unconstitutional. He certainly is suffering for his beliefs, and is fleeing, not resisting or rebelling against the State. Failure to obey the commands of usurpers and tyrants, or to obey bad law in defiance of the dictates of one's conscience, are not required even of Loyalists and Tories.

The fact that Tories and Loyalists, which the American people have become, are condemning his actions, shows only that we have forgotten how to be good Redcoats, as well as most certainly having forgotten how to be good Patriots.

As good Tories (not good Patriots though), Loyal to the American State, we have the right to petition our sovereign -- the American People, not its representative Government -- i.e., to request a constitutional convention to strike down these Star Chamber courts, redress the alleged tyranny, and end the usurpations against our Sovereign's previously constituted declarations, and granted Bill of Rights.

As far as Snowden's flight is concerned, Sir Thomas Hobbes gives a very clear explanation of both Passive Obedience and the right of the dissident to flee, in an attempt to evade the sure punishment he would otherwise receive with or without justice (however if he is caught he must meekly accept his Passion and martyrdom, without resistance -- Civil Disobedience and Resistance are the contrary of the Tory doctrine).

Time to pick sides -- but if we are going to be Tories all, let us not be bad ones. These are the times that try men's souls.

cletus 5 hours ago 2 replies      
There are several interesting aspects to this story.

The first is obviously the revelations about NSA "overreach".

The second is that this guy could've remained hidden but he put his name behind the revelations rather than choosing the far safer path of being an "anonymous source". This lends his revelations more credence and you have to respect the guy for standing by his convictions. Maybe he would've been found out had he stayed in the shadows but he certainly didn't try to do that.

The third is that the US is very much two-faced here. It seems clear that the surveillance is being justified by a technical ruling to do with US vs foreign persons, a classified ruling no less. While this might be a fine legal argument, it doesn't engender support amongst foreign powers when you tell them you have every right to spy on their citizens but oh, by the way, can you do us a solid and hand over that fugitive?

In what world does the US think they'll get cooperation from anyone when they aren't treated not even as equals but with simple decency? So the foreign policy apparatus resorts to bullying tactics.

The fourth is that both China and Russia were blatantly thumbing their noses at the US. I see no world in which Russia hands the guy over so the actions of the US have done little more than force a guy in possession of Top Secret information to be harboured by a rival. Congratulations on that statecraft, Obama, Biden and Kerry.

What's more it's made the US appear internationally weak.

The last is that the various players on Snowden's side do seem to have screwed the pooch on this one by both issuing a letter of safe passage and not having some kind of contingency when the US did the predictable thing and revoked his passport. This could hardly have been an unprecedented move.

So good luck to you, Edward Snowden. I hope your sacrifice hasn't been in vein. The optimist in me hopes that a future president will pardon you and otherwise reverse this self-destructive course the US is on.

brown9-2 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Serious question: how has the US been "extrajudicial"?

Isn't it common to revoke a passport of someone you want to try of a crime and have extradited?

Does one expect the government to assist in your asylum attempts?

I don't believe one has the right to not be charged with a crime, especially one you have admitted to.

jpdoctor 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Article 14 - Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.


falcolas 3 hours ago 1 reply      
A meta comment.

It reflects strongly on the state of our world now that I was more concerned about the fallout from visiting wikileaks.org than I was by the latest information coming from Snowden.

webghost 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Just an FYI:

Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela is in Russia right now. He flies not the national presidential airplane but a cuban plane.

Rumor has it, he visited Russia with the intention of giving Snowden a ride back to Venezuela.

We'll see.

Kapura 5 hours ago 5 replies      
I very much doubt that the United States government is afraid of me. Snowden is a real drama queen.

I don't think that he deserves asylum either. I think he should come back to America, have a public trial with media coverage, and then we can firmly establish if what he did was wrong.

Edit: It appears that I'm unable to reply to the various comments on this, so I'll try to refine what I'm saying:

I do think that whistleblowers are necessary, especially in large, secretive organisations. But I think that Snowden's limbo isn't providing the requisite closure on the matter. I think that he should be compelled to explain his actions in court. I think all whistleblowers should, just as I think that anybody who kills somebody under a make-my-day law should still have their actions examined. Whistle blowing isn't something that somebody does lightly, and i think that should be doubly true for matters of national security.

Additionally, trying to vilify the government in a press statement is silly. Let their actions speak for them, and let your own actions speak for you.

kbd 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I love that he included his middle name in the signature, after the US bungled its extradition request by getting that wrong.
paul9290 3 hours ago 1 reply      
Is the world a different place after 9/11 .. heck yes!

How can the govt. prevent such an event from happening again or at least attempt to prevent it from happening again? Only way I can think is to invade every citizen's privacy of every nation, as they have done.

It seems for us the US there is no win win and with human nature there never is. If another 9/11 happens we'd be crying why didnt the govt. do more though the govt. is doing more and now we are crying what the hell are they doing?

Humans..we're never satisfied!

mililani 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Damn, we live in a shitty world. And the comments in here are not much better. I wish him the best. It's sad that Ecuador is wavering. What a joke their leader is. First, they're posturing and puffing out their chests, now they look like fools.
cpursley 4 hours ago 0 replies      
If there were ever a case for a second passport, this is one.

You can get buy one for $135,000. This is what Derek Sivers did. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3944339



snicklepuff 3 hours ago 1 reply      
To imply that the US is somehow out of order to pursue his extradition makes no sense. What does he expect them to do?

IMHO, he should not have run. I don't think he would have any trouble convincing 12 people that what he did was the right thing. Running was bad form.

I don't like this guy, and I don't trust him.

isaacb 2 hours ago 1 reply      
"and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile"

Okay, so this guy keeps saying some pretty strange things. If he came to the States, he would no doubt be tried in the legal system. He is putting himself into an extralegal position. I think it's probably the best thing for him to do at this point, but to say that the government has in any way forced him out of the legal system is pretty silly.

arbuge 5 hours ago 1 reply      
There is little doubt he is winning the war of public opinion at this point - certainly overseas, and possibly back at home.
thufry 5 hours ago 0 replies      
This reads like the statement of someone who realizes it might be his last.
vijayboyapati 4 hours ago 0 replies      
This young man is a true American hero.
SkyMarshal 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I wonder what exactly happened with Hong Kong. Did he get wind that the HK govt intended to end-run its own laws and asylum process and extradite him, or something similar?
spickelmier 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Exposing US surveillance of US citizens is clearly whistleblowing and a good thing. Taking government laptops with NSA information, telling the Chinese what sites of theirs the NSA hacked, and then releasing information about NSA listening in on others (outside of the US) goes well into the realm of breaking the law and should have consequences. Of course, taking a tour of our adversaries doesn't help his cause much...

Also, I find it hard to swallow those who are up in arms about NSA spying on non-US citizens... seriously??? What do they think the NSA was formed to do??? That should not be a surprise...

I do worry that Wikileaks is pretty much hijacking his agenda and substituting their own...

suyash 5 hours ago 1 reply      
What is the proof that this Statement came from Snowden directly?
jabits 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Thank you Edwin Snowden. In the end, you have made us more free.
jabits 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Thank you, Edwin Snowden. In the end, you have made us more free.
mcarlin 5 hours ago 0 replies      
stcredzero 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Is there a way we can send cash to Edward Snowden?
rolfwind 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I wish him the very best.
guard-of-terra 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Best read if you can imagine a voice in your head a-la Diablo III, how various spirits of past talk.
dmead 2 hours ago 1 reply      
why would he date it d/m/y instead of m/d/y?
diminoten 5 hours ago 5 replies      
For someone who doesn't want the story to be about him, he sure talks a lot about himself...
Tell-all telephone Six months of phone metadata visualized zeit.de
518 points by danielhunt  18 hours ago   66 comments top 16
drpancake 16 hours ago 2 replies      
You can infer some amazing things from simple metadata. I spent six months in an R&D team at a large mobile telco, with the task of trying to infer as much as possible from anonymous customer data just like this.

Figuring out where you live and work, to a reasonable accuracy, is quite easy; you simply look at where the most outgoing calls/SMS originate from at certain hours of the day over an extended period.

We built up our own social graph. You treat calls and text messages as directed edges and phone numbers as nodes. These were fascinating to look at.

You can even try to guess when someone gets off a plane. When a plane lands you'll suddenly see lots of incoming undelivered text messages as people turn their phones back on. If a node was last seen in a far away cell, but then reappears in this group, you can cross-correlate with arrival times and make a reasonable guess.

tripzilch 14 hours ago 2 replies      
Well, if location data is considered part of this "metadata", then I don't see how anyone could argue against the dangers of this.

My physical location in the real world I consider way more private in matters of wide scale tracking than what I write or say.

For instance, I hardly ever let my browser determine my location and send it to some site, it's none of their business where I am, and if I want the local weather they can get the name of the city I'm at.

But I was hoping this article would be about another, way more dangerous, because way more information-rich type of "metadata": Social graphs and contact lists. The problem with this is, humans underestimate the depth of this kind of data because we're not really well-equipped to reason about them.

If you have a table that consists of (time, location) records, it's pretty easy to envision what sort of information could be extracted from this data. Add a few more fields, and it becomes harder, maybe you need some creativity and statistics, but it's all basic detective work.

A free form directed graph (such as a social graph or collection of contact lists) doesn't look like a table at all (well, you can represent it as a table, but that won't make you much wiser). It's in fact a very high-dimensional object.

The older generation out here, may remember when they first encountered the WWW, when you could only navigate it by clicking links. I got this sense of vastness, perhaps even helplessness. They don't call it hypertext for nothing. The sense of vastness comes because clicking and navigating those links gives an idea of moving through a space. Except this space is in some sense "larger" than our usual 3D space. Every door (link) can open into every room, regardless of whether it would be possible in a physical space.

This is why those "graph of (part of) the Internet" pictures you sometimes see are generally always a tangled clutter of strings, usually vaguely ball-shaped. This is because there is no sensible representation of this type of inter-connected data. You can't make a hierarchy or a map, at least, not in the general case (and the thing you want to reason about is the general case, most of those graphs are exponential small-world graphs, highly inter-connected).

Same thing for social / contact list graphs. Except they usually don't have web-rings or directories (you can sometimes make them like FB does, but they aren't generally available, again the general case).

So okay we're not really good at keeping large graph networks of "friends of friends of friends" and other relationships in our heads and reason about them. We're really not. What you think you can reason about those graphs is just scratching the surface.

Computers, however, and Big Data Machine Learning algorithms in particular, have no problems at all with this type of data. An algorithm never lived in a 3D space, it doesn't care if a dataset makes no sense as a physical configuration of nodes, in order to navigate it and extract information from it.

Another important distinction is, people tend to think of these social graphs as labeled nodes with edges between them. Which is correct, in a sense. But it gives the impression that the labels are more important than they actually are. This may sound weird, in the building/room analogy, if you have millions of rooms, and every room is directly connected to 50-200 other rooms, somehow the shape of the paths between the nodes and way they are connected becomes a vastly more information-rich data source than the actual values of the labels of the nodes themselves.

They don't need your name or your photo, the local shape of your social graph is a highly unique fingerprint of whoever you are.

And you can delete Facebook, but on the next social network you sign up for (or any of the other social graphs you're generating, email/IM contact lists, etc), this fingerprint will echo, and in many cases be similar enough to clearly indicate this is the exact same person. No names necessary. (this may be a bit harder if you have a strictly separate business persona and social persona, but there are still some unexpected artifacts to pick up for a ML algo even in these cases) If you're not on a network at all, your presence can be extrapolated from the "hole" in the graph you left (all your friends are there, with their particular local graph shapes, but one node is missing), that is even if you have nothing to hide, you will be leaking info about those who do.

rayiner 16 hours ago 5 replies      
The argument isn't that meta-data can't be used to get a lot of information about someone. The argument is that in the U.S., meta-data isn't protected information. Call meta-data is not your information, but information the telephone company keeps about you. In the U.S., the 4th amendment does not protect those sorts of records: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_v._Maryland. Your cell phone, which you use voluntarily, gives the phone company tremendous information about you, and under U.S. law nothing keeps the government from getting that information from the phone company.

Does call meta-data give the government a lot of information? Yes. Does it give the government too much information? Quite possibly. But arguing shrilly about how collecting call meta-data is "illegal" is counter-productive. Maybe it should be illegal, but you can't start the process of making it so by proceeding from an incorrect premise. And you can't dismiss the goal of making it illegal, by arguing that the government is already ignoring the law, with reference to activity where the government is clearly attempting to stay within the law, even if it is pushing the boundaries as much as it can.

skwirl 11 hours ago 1 reply      
"Metadata doesn't matter" to me seems to be a really poor strawman. Maybe a small minority of people think that, but I'm pretty sure most people are smart enough to realize that if it "didn't matter" the NSA wouldn't be collecting it to begin with.

Also, I don't believe that it has been shown that location information has been collected. That claim is conjecture only. We've seen a lot of conjecture related to these leaks that has been taken for fact. Sometimes it is hard to tell them apart.

mtgx 16 hours ago 1 reply      
And that's just from the phone metadata. Imagine how much more they can do with all your online info from all the services you're using, all the blogs you're commenting on, and so on.

The same person being talked about above wrote this article in NYTimes yesterday:


grey-area 16 hours ago 0 replies      
What a remarkable visualisation - this is a clear demonstration of just how intrusive these metadata records can be. If they're not controlled by law, they should be.
lazyjones 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Let's not forget that combined metadata from millions of people allow much greater detail than this (who you meet, talk to regularly, share interests with, are likely to run into ...).
qwerta 16 hours ago 0 replies      
What do you thing that graph databases with trillions of connections are used for? The real fun will start after someone leaks couple of terabytes of tracking data.
blackdogie 16 hours ago 1 reply      
Malte Spitz (the guy who's data you see) is a German Green Party politician and did a TED presentation in 2012 http://www.ted.com/talks/malte_spitz_your_phone_company_is_w...
moreentropy 16 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm afraid the actual definition of "meta-data" is up to interpretation in the context of IP communication.

What if the NSA considers not only IP source & destination as "metadata" but also anything down to the application layer that is not strictly content? Like the HTTP GET line or HTTP headers.

binarymax 16 hours ago 2 replies      
Does anyone know if these work as advertised? http://www.ebay.com/sch/items/?_nkw=cell+phone+signal+block&...

I rarely receive calls on my mobile - and only really carry one just in case I need to make a call.

teeja 3 hours ago 0 replies      
People might think that (apart from GPS) signals to one tower only are unlocalizable. Add the variable of signal strength (with fairly uniform xmit pwr) to that single vector and it gets more interesting.
lifeisstillgood 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Eventually, all the social and location graphs will be mapped for all of humankind - and we shall find out that everyone, on the whole planet, is exactly 42 feet from Kevin Bacon.
Bosence 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Of course it matters, otherwise they wouldn't collect it.
mikecane 15 hours ago 3 replies      
Given the remarkable intel that can be gathered, I'm surprised the NSA/CIA/FBI aren't giving away smartphones to targets as anonymous presents or under the pretense of winning a contest.
SourApples 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Just me or, anyone else just throw up a little bit.

Almost overwhelming.

A Dark Room - minimalist text-based game doublespeakgames.com
494 points by NeekGerd  3 days ago   230 comments top 72
mjn 3 days ago 3 replies      
The style of a minimalist interface that starts sprouting things, somewhat ASCII-game-ish yet also rather dynamic, reminds me a bit of Candy Box: http://candies.aniwey.net/ . It's an interesting UI and 'reveal' style for a game, and glad to see another one using it. Feels somewhat refreshing.

edit: Ah ok, if you view-source it mentions Candy Box as an inspiration.

networked 2 days ago 1 reply      
This reminds me less of parser-based text games and more of the 1990s hyperfiction like Afternoon, a story [1], Victory Garden [2] or 253 [3] and net.art like My boyfriend came back from the war [4]. Give those a look if you liked this. The hypertext novel 253, which looks in the life of every passenger on a London Underground train, is probably the best starting point.

Edit: Oh, and also Fallen London [5] and other StoryNexus games. In fact, in terms of mechanics A Dark Room is probably the closest to Fallen London of all the games of which I can think.

[1] Sadly, the HTML sample at http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/pmaf/hypertext/aft/ appears to not work in modern browsers. It was created in a pre-HTML hypertext system called Storyspace; you can see what it is supposed to look like on its native platform at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djIrHF8S6-Q.

[2] http://www.eastgate.com/VG/VGStart.html

[3] http://www.ryman-novel.com/

[4] http://www.teleportacia.org/war/

[5] http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/

Aardwolf 2 days ago 2 replies      
Here's something I consider a problem:

If you're in the cave, and something attacks you, at the end if you press "eat meat", sometimes, exactly at the point when you want to click it, the buttons become "leave cave" instead, and you accidently press that. Then, a next fight may begin, and you're at low health.

Please provide some consistent way to heal yourself before a next fight.

hawkharris 2 days ago 0 replies      
This highlights the importance of game mechanics. I was hooked for about six or seven hours on gameplay alone, even without graphics or sound.
pdknsk 3 days ago 3 replies      
In case anyone wants to accelerate the game slightly, but still play it as intended, set this in the Chrome console.

window.Engine._incomeTimeout = setTimeout(Engine.collectIncome, 500) // default 1000

IMO it's not a cheat, because it just shortens somewhat tedious waiting early in the game, but doesn't alter it otherwise.

spodek 3 days ago 1 reply      
I got eaten by a grue.
ams6110 3 days ago 7 replies      
Seems to use the psychological technique of intermittent rewards to encourage continued clicking of "stoke the fire." Unfortunately after about 4 stokings with no new developments in the game, I got bored and quit.
pearjuice 2 days ago 1 reply      
I progressed with a rather slow pace but after the Egyptians came and asked me whether I wanted to help build a new pyramid for their current Pharaoh - as apparently I was a top architect known far-and-wide - things became interesting very quickly. With the gold I earned I could buy my own workers and I am now comfortably running a rivaling empire battling the Pharaoh which employed me earlier. I do seem to have trouble with foreign spies passing on weaponry I research. Guess I have to raise the bounty for those who turn in traitors.
ISL 2 days ago 3 replies      
Perhaps "Embark" should be "Explore"? I thought I would leave my town forever. Didn't leave until I'd maxed out every property of armor etc.
hawkharris 3 days ago 1 reply      
This is probably a simple question, but I'm new to JavaScript: How did you create the side-scrolling animation effect that happens when you switch between locations?
ajuc 2 days ago 1 reply      
Fighting is funny - it's beneficial to keep all old weapons with you, then you can attack with 2 swords, shoot rifle and laser and use bayonet before the first sword timout finishes.

Very addictive game.

ynniv 2 days ago 1 reply      
I played this to completion a week ago. It can feel a little tedious st times, but this is usually because I missed something, and is ultimately well written at all stages. Keep with it and you won't be disappointed!
ancarda 1 day ago 1 reply      
I have been spending more time than I care to admit playing this. Seriously. Hours on end. Possibly the most addictive game I've played since Tiny Wings. No idea why.
croikle 2 days ago 1 reply      
Warning: while the first part of the game works fine in a touch-based interface, a later section requires a keyboard. You'll be annoyingly unable to proceed on a touchscreen.
talmir 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I started playing, stoked the fire twice, realized that this single playing game had a "wait until you can click again" mechanic that was purely there to waste my time (I want to play, not wait. This isnt farmville). So I quit. It is probably a great game somewhere. But design like that puts me off.
taternuts 3 days ago 0 replies      
This is pretty damned cool, and it looks like there is a lot of thought out content backing it....I thought I'd look at it and move on, but I've been playing it for awhile
Jhsto 2 days ago 0 replies      
Is there any other way to share the game state than copying the local storage? Even though I use Chromium with linked Google accounts between Windows and Ubuntu, it does not save local storage data. And that is not even possible on an iPad, for an example.
socillion 3 days ago 0 replies      
Interesting game, but I'm surprised it doesn't work better on phones - it seems like a perfect game for the medium.
irishcoffee 3 days ago 0 replies      
This is pretty awesome.
efnx 1 day ago 1 reply      
Got all the way to embarking on my iPad. Now I'm stuck! Wish I could transfer my game to my laptop.
reledi 2 days ago 1 reply      
Any idea what 'charm' does? I haven't found a use for it yet.
cupcake-unicorn 2 days ago 0 replies      
I really enjoyed this, and it introduced me to Candy Box as well. This is saying something since I suffer from pretty severe issues with concentration and haven't been able to play games for some time. Thank you very much.
nandemo 2 days ago 4 replies      
How do you avoid the beasts that keep killing your guests?
psbp 2 days ago 3 replies      
Is there anything cool after getting the spaceship? I can't keep playing, but I will if I can get more of a fix....
jwatte 1 day ago 0 replies      
The pace is set reasonably well, but after a while it gets too slow and I have to give up. Mad props for good amount of polish, though!
vinceguidry 2 days ago 2 replies      
I'm having a serious problem later on in the game when I have four different options on the screen during a fight. The hover resource-display obscures the action button and reduces the clickable area to a tiny sliver. I'm losing battles that I should be winning, a lot.
jmuguy 3 days ago 0 replies      
Stuck in an empty office expanding a RAID. This will do nicely :)
tempestn 2 days ago 1 reply      
And there went my whole night.
djrconcepts 1 day ago 0 replies      
Speed up the cool down when gathering wood or checking traps. Paste this code into chrome console.

Button.cooldown = function (btn) {var cd = btn.data("cooldown");if(cd > 0) {$('div.cooldown', btn).stop(true, true).width("100%").animate({width: '0%'}, cd * 10, 'linear', function() {var b = $(this).closest('.button');b.data('onCooldown', false);if(!b.data('disabled')) {b.removeClass('disabled');}});btn.addClass('disabled');btn.data('onCooldown', true);}}

dantheman 2 days ago 0 replies      
This game is great, I'm really enjoying it.
Tichy 2 days ago 0 replies      
Is this point and click adventures for people whose first encounter with computer games was farmville?
PButcher93 3 days ago 0 replies      
I've been at it nearly an hour. Very good indeed.

Love the minimalist interface.

neil_s 1 day ago 2 replies      
I'm stuck in civilisation where I need steel to make the next set of items. Is there any more efficient way of producing steel than buying it in exchange for scales and teeth? Like a steel mine or a person like a tanner that can convert iron into steel?
Aardwolf 2 days ago 1 reply      
Pretty neat! I found a bug though. I think all my villagers got eaten by a best :( But it keeps saying "3" next to "gatherer", even though there are 0 people, it gathers 0 wood, it says 0/4 population, and the up arrows to increase other resources don't work. Very confusing.
S4M 2 days ago 2 replies      
I feel slightly stuck at some point, because it's too hard to get large quantities or iron to build new things, and fur is worth nothing...
mateuszowski 3 days ago 0 replies      
I really like the source code for this game! It's quite readable and good fun to look over :-) Now I remember this was my original reason why I was interested in programming - wanted to figure out these mysterious listings for test-based adventures on Atari. I really like how all the possibilities are encoded there, but you can't entirely picture the game until you actually play it :-)
ipodize 3 days ago 1 reply      
I just bought a compass, and entered "A barren world" on my iPad... And I'm stuck. What are the controls for this part of the game?
dropdownmenu 3 days ago 0 replies      
This is a very cool use of html as a medium to tell a story and keep the player involved. Defiantly want to see more games in a similar style!
newsmaster 2 days ago 0 replies      
Very good game! I refrained from cheating for a few hours but got bored waiting for furs n things. Poked around JS for unlimited ammo and just completed the game minutes ago. Glad I cheated because otherwise I know I'd be playing it for days on end.
glomph 2 days ago 0 replies      
snogglethorpe 2 days ago 1 reply      
How do I get leather...? I have a tannery, I guess I need a tanner, but I don't know how to get one...

"Tanner: 0", "Hunter: 0", etc, have little icons next to them, but clicking does nothing...

I've maxed out my village etc (and am accumulating huge quantities of wood I can't use for anything anymore), but can't seem to advance until I get some leather!

ISL 3 days ago 1 reply      
Is there a way to pause?
ruxkor 1 day ago 0 replies      
A very nice game!

Another automatic click script, clicking the buttons only when necessary:

var checkAll = setInterval(function() { var bn = ['stoke','gather','traps']; for (var i=0; i<bn.length;i++) $('#'+bn[i]+'Button:not(.disabled)').click(); }, 500);

KennyCason 1 day ago 0 replies      
Lol played through 2 full times hoping it wasn't just in repeat haha
Zikes 3 days ago 0 replies      
This seems like it could make for a fairly successful mobile game.
mathattack 1 day ago 0 replies      
Wow - can I have my evening and morning back?
Splendor 1 day ago 0 replies      
Well...there went six hours.
scotty79 2 days ago 0 replies      
I hate when game makes me wait to click things. That makes me semi-immune to Zynga-type pestilence but makes it hard to find fun thing to play.
jmuguy 3 days ago 1 reply      
Anyone figured out how to explore the "landmarks" on the dusty path. Like I see the caves but I can't enter them, move my guy over them but no matter what key I press he won't enter.
vog 2 days ago 2 replies      
It seems to run on Chrome but not on Firefox. If that is on purpose, it should be clearly stated as such at the beginning.
mihaifm 2 days ago 1 reply      
it seems to have a bug...if you close and revisit the page again, all the timers are reset...so you can gather stuff instantly
comet 1 day ago 0 replies      
Wow.. This is poetic.. It didn't feel like a game but a story I was part of. I'm still stroking the fire, gathering wood, and the checking the traps. Just beautiful. Thank you! :)
whathappenedto 2 days ago 1 reply      
I played through the whole game but can't figure out what bait was ever used for. My trapped made it but there didn't seem to be any use for it. Anyone know?
anigbrowl 3 days ago 0 replies      
I'm hooked.
m-r-r 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Wow. This game is really addictive.
MrBra 2 days ago 1 reply      
is this just some js and jquery or there is more behind it? browser db? angular js? I am not familiar with those technologies so I can't be sure I can recognize them, so please just answer...
alexkehayias 2 days ago 0 replies      
Dammit I've been playing this for 2 hours straight...
jmuguy 3 days ago 0 replies      
Hmm, it would nice to know what the items from the workshop do. WTB leather.
Ashuu 2 days ago 1 reply      
Is there any way of saving the game like Candy Box?
gcatalfamo 2 days ago 1 reply      
I started playing on my nexus and now, with over 60 villagers, I'd like to move my game on the pc. Anyway I could export my game state?
parsabg 1 day ago 0 replies      
just putting this here :) setInterval(function(){$("#trapsButton,#gatherButton").trigger('click')}, 2000);
phragg 2 days ago 1 reply      
Fun but easily hacked if you change the class in DevTools to not be disabled, then click click clickity.
larkarvin 2 days ago 0 replies      
took me 3 hrs to finish! but a really great game nonetheless. I enjoyed every part of it. kudos!
thealistra 1 day ago 0 replies      
this game has the timers for activities so long, that I worry that it'll start offering me in-app purchases any time soon
srikarg 3 days ago 0 replies      
Amazing game! Thanks for sharing.
Rustan 2 days ago 0 replies      
Played, donated. Thanks!
mavlee 2 days ago 1 reply      
does anyone know what to do with alien alloy?
sarquah 2 days ago 0 replies      
Great game. I'm having fun
ssyphon 2 days ago 1 reply      
How can I save for real? :S
Perrydu 2 days ago 0 replies      
refreshing page.. get more stuff..
frozenport 2 days ago 1 reply      
Stroke fire takes too long. After waiting for the first one and getting a second wait, I quit. You should make it faster until you have acclimated the user to the slow pace.
gnosis 3 days ago 7 replies      
Unfortunately, this game seems to be browser-based and requires javascript to work -- so I'm going to pass.
A Hacker's Replacement for Gmail dbpmail.net
438 points by dbpatterson  2 days ago   209 comments top 37
LeafStorm 2 days ago 8 replies      
While I don't necessarily trust an external company with all my emails, I also don't trust myself to maintain the myriad daemons involved in this setup without doing something subtly wrong that results in my server not sending/receiving all the mail it should -- or, worse, being used for spam.

What would be useful is a pre-assembled virtual machine image or other form of appliance that allows you to deploy and test a mail server within about an hour or so, without having to duct-tape any of this together yourself.

magic_haze 1 day ago 4 replies      
To play the devil's advocate, what exactly is the practical use of all this if most of your family and friends are on Gmail (and couldn't be arsed to figure out pgp)? From what I can see, your emails will now be sent in the clear over the internet, instead of staying within google's servers. Either way, the government's going to get your data, but at least you're protected against... /more/ unscrupulous people snooping on your stuff?
exratione 2 days ago 3 replies      
Setting up a server in any hosting environment at this point comes with the assumption that its contents can be read at any time by the operators and whoever they let in without you ever knowing about it.

That's still a lot better than Gmail.

Setting up your own mail server is not a terrible woe-inducing undertaking if you have a working recipe to follow and are comfortable with the Unix command line (e.g. http://www.exratione.com/2012/05/a-mailserver-on-ubuntu-1204...).

Organization and categorization are the sticking point features, given what I've seen of most open source webmail applications. But worth looking around. If you have a basic mail server image, you can keep trying out applications on top of it to see what works for you.

Going beyond that to something with a whole lot more encryption and less of an ability for hosting providers to read your data would really require a product dedicated to that end: that is hard to get right.

just2n 1 day ago 2 replies      
I did this for a long time, but it's really annoying:

1. If your provider goes down, you lose mail.

2. If you are conversing with people who are using an insecure mailer, such as gmail, Yahoo, etc (which is probably > 99.9% of all e-mail users), your e-mail is still accessible to the NSA, or to some Fortune 100 advertising company.

3. It's only a matter of time before the "big dogs" in email abuse the position and decide who is and isn't allowed to send/receive email outside of their little oligarchy, either on their own or at the behest of governments.

Like so much else that has been corrupted, we need to scratch the current architecture as too insecure, and build something truly secure for the future. This isn't in the interests of the Googles of the world, and it's actively in the worst interests of the NSA/FBI/CIA, so it's probably the right thing to do.

p4bl0 1 day ago 0 replies      
When I saw the link's title, I immediately thought that it would be another webmail client hosted by someone, especially given the domain name. Because almost everytime I see a "hacker's X" or "X for hacker" title on HN I'm just afflicted by the content, so I got used to it.

But here, what a pleasant surprise. The post is actually describing a real hacker's replacement for Gmail (which coincidentally is almost my setting, except I use mu [1]instead of notmuch). I'll keep it as a reference to send people asking for alternative email hosting.

[1] http://www.djcbsoftware.nl/code/mu/

brongondwana 2 days ago 9 replies      
I'm not sure why you can't do those things on FastMail.

(disclaimer: I work for FastMail)

Sure we have folders rather than tags, which means you can't add multiple of them to the same message. Probably the biggest lack is that you can't manage IMAP flags via the web interface. Otherwise, our search is now very powerful (since about March this year) and allows you to build filters that show messages from multiple folders in a single view.

mjn 2 days ago 1 reply      
Nice stringing together of unixy tools to get this working. I had not heard of notmuch and its related ecosystem (afew, alot, etc.), so that's a useful discovery on my part.
kefs 2 days ago 0 replies      
While k9mail is a must, I suggest linking to the repo, which is usually lightyears ahead of public releases on the Play store.


On a side note, they seem to have just hit v4 two days ago.

Second side note, if you decide to use k9, be sure to turn off the signature under composition settings for each account you add.. it's turned on by default.

nvarsj 1 day ago 0 replies      
I had a similar setup a couple of years ago. The main problem I had was the maintenance required. If you have any machine publicly accessible you have to be on top of security updates and proper system hardening. I gave up after my exim4 Debian system got 0-day rooted.

If doing it again I would avoid a Debian based distro. I'd probably use openbsd. And the less ports open the better.

csense 1 day ago 1 reply      
I always thought a big part of the reason people used gmail was for the snazzy web-based UI that was one of the first popular AJAX-based web applications.

I eagerly read the article to see what alternative to this feature the author was suggesting, so I was surprised to see he's reading the emails with a standalone client...in fact, it's an emacs plugin!

hcarvalhoalves 1 day ago 4 replies      
Normal people definitely don't want to manage a mail server though. Life is too short to waste figuring out why you're banned on Spamhaus for the 93th time.

GMail sucks, but a home-made contraption is not the alternative.

alemhnan 1 day ago 1 reply      
We could push a step further: "EMail Server as a service for common people". Somehow like http://instantserver.io/ .

Or like Heroku: you create your "managed" mail server with a click.

t0 2 days ago 1 reply      
>handing an advertising company most of my personal and professional correspondance seems like a bad idea

That's your main complaint? Google is an advertising company. People buying ads on Adsense don't have access to your personal information. This is simply not true.

cwp 1 day ago 2 replies      
I ran a set up similar to this for many years. It's not that hard, for those with a little unix experience. As moxie mentions, email is very forgivingyou have to break it badly and leave it broken for a long time before you start to lose messages.

What eventually drove me to GMail was spam. I tried a bunch of different filters, and never found one with good-enough accuracy. Finally I decided that the independence and privacy wasn't worth the time I spent fiddling with filters and dealing with misclassified messages. As far as I can tell, Gmail is 100% accurate. Problem solved.

cdjk 2 days ago 1 reply      
I've thought about doing this, but email is important enough I don't trust myself to provide as much uptime as a commercial email provider.

You probably should add SPF records too, if you don't want your outgoing mail marked as spam.

mwcampbell 1 day ago 0 replies      
I think more of us need to run mail servers. For ourselves, for our families, and possibly for others who are willing to pay. Email is far too centralized now, at a handful of companies, in a handful of data centers. So in that regard, running a mail server on a VPS at one of the popular providers is kind of missing the point.

My local cable ISP doesn't allow incoming or outgoing connections to port 25, nor incoming connections to port 80. So at least for now, I can't run a mail server in my home. I've thought about switching to DSL, but then I would take a major hit in speed, in both directions.

Luckily, I have another option. There's a hosting provider where I live (Wichita, Kansas) that offers KVM-based virtual machine hosting. So I'll get a VM there, and if the service is any good, I'll move there from Linode. The pricing isn't competitive with Linode, let alone DigitalOcean, and I doubt that the connectivity is as good, since the server will be in a building here in Wichita rather than a real data center. But I'm willing to try it, in order to support a local business and fight the centralization of the Internet.

ishbits 2 days ago 2 replies      
Many of us did similar in the 90s. I might go this route again but would use Postfix and Dovecot. I'd do this for my wife and kids as well - but if I get hit by a bus, email eventually not working is not something I should burden my wife with.
voidlogic 2 days ago 1 reply      
Hmm... It sounds easier to just run an instance of Zimbra community edition in a VM.


_oxford 1 day ago 0 replies      
I see a couple of problems here:

1. It's likely he's storing emails on the VPS. This puts us back at square one. A third party has a copy of your emails. And we know email does not garner the same privacy protections as postal mail.

2. You need a domain name. That system (DNS), as it is currently implemented (i.e., everyone setting their root zone to servers they do not control), is highly centralized -- few people maintain their own root zone, despite being easy to do. Domain names are susceptible to false allegations copyright and trademark infringement by private parties, not to mention easy censorship by the US gov't. When you lose your domain you lose email. (Though you shouldn't have to: email works fine with IP addresses in brackets.)

So what's the solution:

1. Get a reachable IP (e.g., through ISP) or get a VPS. But if you get a VPS only use it to pierce NAT (how is left as exercise for reader - hint: supernode), not run a mail server. Don't store sensitive data like email on a VPS, or route sensitive data through it.

2. Use IP addresses not domain names. Alternatively, set up your own DNS that is available as a peer-to-peer service, or have your email contacts use a DNS server and root zone you collectively maintain: free domain names that you control. No one can censor your DNS (phonebook), except you.

rst 2 days ago 2 replies      
Was hoping to see more discussion of backups. There are a bunch of possible approaches (depending on level of desired security, what the VPS provider offers, and how much you trust them), but for a mail server, there ought to be something...
philjackson 1 day ago 0 replies      
Interesting. I remain a step behind this one in that I'm using offlineimap to sync local maildirs from google's servers and then using mu and mu4e in emacs. Means I get to use the Gmail Android client which is actually very good.
cliveholloway 2 days ago 1 reply      
I would have thought a client side encryption plugin that will seamlessly encrypt/decrypt all your Gmail sent between yourself and any other user running said plugin would be a simpler option. Adding common mail suppliers as it goes forward.
fredsted 1 day ago 0 replies      
Why make it so hard? Why not just install virtualmin [0] on a Debian (or whatever Linux you prefer) server and get it over with. You also get web hosting, DB hosting, mailing lists, webmail and more as a bonus. And you don't have to worry about security updates. Just install and create your virtual host, and modify DNS for your domain. Couldn't be easier. Oh, and it's completely free.

[0] http://www.virtualmin.com

anemitz 2 days ago 1 reply      
Out of curiosity, what was the reason for not picking a more traditional Dovecot + Postfix setup?
daurnimator 2 days ago 3 replies      
Does anyone have a gmail exporter?

i.e. something that imports email from gmail WITH labels.

richdougherty 1 day ago 2 replies      
It would be incredibly useful if there was a mail service that received email over SMTP, encrypted it straight away with a public key, then just dumped the encrypted email into a general-purpose online storage solution (e.g. an S3 bucket).

That would IMO provide a good base for encrypted client-side apps to build on top of. Open source would better be able address the problem of writing a client once the money needed for hosting and storage is taken out of the equation.

spo81rty 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you want a really good and really easy to setup mail server I would recommend SmarterMail. It is also free for 1 email user. I have used their product for about 10 years. Note that it is Windows server based.


ramblerman 1 day ago 0 replies      
An interesting solution if you have something to hide I suppose.

As has been stated time and again, most people don't. The danger lies in politicians, ceo's and other figures of authority who do and can be blackmailed. Rather than a few hackers setting up their own SMTP servers I think a more powerful solution lies in keeping focus on the actual problem, the out of control NSA program.

shunter 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've started defining 'hacker' as someone who's willing to 'eat their own dogfood' as it were. Someone that is willing to spend time working on the nuts and bolts that lead to some kind of productivity rather than just being productive with the tool / service to begin with.

I used to classify myself as a 'Hacker' and still do when it's something I want to learn more about. Most of the time, however, I'm more interested in just getting the benefits rather than tinkering with the internals. Sometimes, I'm a Hacker, sometimes I'm a consumer.

tbrock 2 days ago 2 replies      
It's definintely time for an open source alternative to GMail... but I think everyone knows this isn't it.

These tools like exim, horde, dovecot, etc. have been around and worked for decades but wouldn't it be great to have fresh solutions that weren't so ancient and archaic?

drdaeman 1 day ago 0 replies      
Why use notmuch when one can have standard (RFC5228) Sieve support?
peterlongnguyen 2 days ago 1 reply      
Just a general fyi, there are $10 credits for Digital Ocean if you decide to sign up. The one I used this month was OMGSSD10, but it may only work for this month.
bstx 2 days ago 1 reply      
Another relatively painless way to set up a mail server on your own box is http://www.iredmail.org. ( + http://z-push.sourceforge.net/soswp/ for ActiveSync push mail) So far I am fairly happy with it.
lazylizard 1 day ago 0 replies      
as for antispam..http://www.mxhero.com/ is auto and easy, and i think http://spamcheck.sourceforge.net/ is very nice. u don't get as many controls but it sends quarantine digests, and runs much lighter than mxhero. http://www.scrolloutf1.com/ looks nice too. at work we sell spamtitan, which i admit is really nice..tons of config with nice gui, good defaults, easy setup..but its non free...
snambi 1 day ago 0 replies      
awesome... its time move away from proprietary, snooping services such as gmail. Hopefully setting up such a service should become easier ( may be less than 5 steps ) with better cloud VMs. Then even non-tech savvy people can have their emails away from snooping.
lazylizard 1 day ago 0 replies      
linode has nice guides...e.g. https://library.linode.com/email/postfix/dovecot-mysql-debia... though for postfix, having something like postfixadmin makes it nicer.. or perhaps something instant like http://www.xeams.com/ will do..
Zash 2 days ago 0 replies      
Run your own server FTW
"Disable Javascript" option removed in Firefox 23 mozilla.org
421 points by joallard  1 day ago   352 comments top 53
gkoberger 1 day ago 5 replies      
Here's a very relevant blog post by Alex Limi of Mozilla: http://limi.net/checkboxes-that-kill/

Most sites these days that arent just displaying content will fail in interesting & mysterious ways if you dont have JavaScript enabled. For the general population, Firefox will appear broken.

And yes, I know that some people have reasons (privacy, web development) to turn off JavaScript. There are many add-ons that can help with thisbut its not something that we should ship to hundreds of millions of users.

(EDIT: this is the relevant quote, but worth reading the whole article)

Osmose 1 day ago 1 reply      
Here's the bug where the option was removed: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=851702

Limi's blog post "Checkboxes that kill your product" is cited in the bug as a good explanation of the motivation behind this: http://limi.net/checkboxes-that-kill/

The option has been added to the DevTools for developers who find it useful: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=864249

And of course addons like NoScript or js-switch are available if you still want this in your UI: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/noscript/ and https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/js-switch/

sergiotapia 1 day ago 3 replies      
I like this! The option is still there for power users (who most likely _know_ why they want to disable Javascript) and normal users can't accidentally disable it. Win-win!
kijin 1 day ago 2 replies      
I supppose too many people accidentally disabled Javascript in recent months while trying to disable Java. As long as there's an about:config option that does the same thing, I don't think it's a bad move to remove that option from view.

I will, however, miss the "Advanced" button next to the "Enable JavaScript" checkbox (if that button is going to go away, too, which the article isn't clear about). I use those Advanced options all the time to prevent websites from messing with my neatly tiled windows and trying to prevent me from using the right mouse button. Here in South Korea, the majority of blogs and forums have right-click protection enabled (and refuse to display any content if you disable Javascript altogether) due to ridiculous defaults in popular platforms, and every other website feels like they have the right to go full-screen. Firefox is the only thing that makes this stupid trend bearable. I guess I'll have to go and check whether NoScript has a similar option.

gnosis 1 day ago 3 replies      
A few months ago, I switched to using w3m inside emacs as my primary browser.

w3m is not capable of handling Javascript at all. And you know what, for 90% of the websites I visit, it doesn't matter. They function fine and look fine without Javascript. And if w3m could manage to make most websites look fine without Javascript, so could Firefox -- if its developers cared.

As for non-technical users -- they're probably not going to be opening Firefox's Preferences dialog in the first place. And if they do, they probably aren't going to start randomly checking and unchecking stuff to see what it does. That's something an adventurous geek might try, but certainly not your typical non-technical user.

If Firefox developers wanted to additionally protect the average user from this dangerous button, they could have simply stuck it in the Advanced tab of the Preferences dialog, or added a scary warning about being doubly sure that the user knows what he's doing (like they do with about:config).

That said, I'm happy to use NoScript for this functionality anyway, as it's far more flexible than a blanket "turn off Javascript everywhere with no exceptions" button.

camus 1 day ago 6 replies      
I exclusively surf with javascript disabled by default. I only turn javascript on on websites that i trust or the site has to give a good reason to do so. i wont turn on javascript to display your crappy jquery menu or slideshow.

So many pages are totally broken without javascript. You dont need javascript to have a good layout, a complexe menu or display images. Yet some "professional" sites dont even work without javascript on, All you see is a blank page.

And by the way, there is a tag called noscript , but it seems webdesigners that only think about demonstrating their "html5" talents dont know their basics.

Javascript is the new flash. Stupid cheesy animations , heavy pages , memory leaks that kill your browser, javascript intros that you cant skip ,broken parallax scrolling , slow scrollbars so it feels like you are on ipad , it will be worse than flash when designers start abusing Adobe Edge on all their websites.

So long firefox...

aaron695 1 day ago 1 reply      
> This destroys a non-technical user's grasp of the differences between static HTML and programatically manipulated HTML.

I think this line says it all.

Non-technical user don't even know what HTML is, the concept they'd ever "grasp of the differences between static HTML and programatically manipulated HTML"? Do these people live in the real world?

kondro 1 day ago 10 replies      
I can't remember the last time I wrote an application that didn't rely on Javascript for even parts of its basic functionality.

I simply don't understand why you would want to browse the web without JS enabled and the average user definitely would never turn it off except in error, causing them to think the browser is broken.

Every single common-use browser on the Internet supports Javascript, there is no reason to assume it is not there as a developer.

bad_user 21 hours ago 2 replies      
Firefox is the most customizable browser available. It's about time they cleaned-up their Preferences panel and leave that stuff for extensions to tackle.

I personally never disabled Javascript from the Preferences panel because I never find anything in that panel. To disable Javascript, I use the Web Developer toolbar, which is much more convenient, although not convenient enough - since one might want to enable/disable Javascript automatically on a domain basis, which is why this should be best handled by extensions that are free to innovate the UI.

And while we are at it, I wish Firefox would add a search box in that Preferences panel. Its usefulness has been demonstrated in Chrome's Settings and Windows' Control Panel.

Also, Firefox rocks and I'm so happy to see it improve.

BoyWizard 1 day ago 1 reply      
> This destroys a non-technical user's grasp of the differences between static HTML and programatically manipulated HTML. It hides the setting amidst hundreds of other obscure settings, and does not emphasize the extremely powerful tool that JavaScript is, and the fact that it is optional.

Most 'non-technical users' don't have a clue about HTML, Javascipt, static features, etc. To them the internet consists of Facebook, Google and Youtube.

Arguably users who want to disable Javascript could be classified as 'technical', at least enough to be able to Google either a) how to do it from within Firefox, or b) install a plugin such as NoScript to do it for them.

philbo 19 hours ago 3 replies      
The following rant is somewhat tangential but, as a front-end developer that takes pride in progressively enhancing websites I work on, I think this is a shame for a different reason.

So many times when speaking to employers/product owners about progressive enhancement of JavaScript components, the answer I get back is along the lines of "we don't care about that" or "we don't have the time". Sometimes in conversations with other developers too. I think this change will contribute to an increase in that attitude.

Progressively enhancing a website enables you to still deliver a whizz-bang, fancy-pants UI but ensure that it degrades to a sane text document when viewed in, say, lynx [1]. And it doesn't mean doubling the development time of every feature, which I often hear cited as an argument against. Often it can involve providing a very cut-down equivalent that takes relatively little time to build.

Should we care about people that turn off JavaScript or use a non-JavaScript browser enough to write code for them? Given that the web is an open, standards-based platform, I think we should.

[1] http://lynx.browser.org/

ksec 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Way too many Geeky answers here. I could understand that, after all this is Hacker News.

But Majority of Users, My guess that is 60-70% of them, wont even know what Javascript is or mean.

My bet is that there is Less then 10% of users who cares about this. And less then 5% who just cant stand to disable it in about:config instead of UI.

And It is true what Mozilla have pointed out, Disabling even some totally unrelated Javascripts like tracking will somtimes make a mess of Websites. I have seen it far too many times with Ghostery.

For those 5% who REALLY cares about Disabling Javascript for any reasons because you think you know so much. I dont see why using an Add-On or going to about:config searching for Disable Javascript is such as big hassle.

And if you DO have such a big concern over a missing UI features, you can always go to Opera.

CyberDroiD 1 day ago 4 replies      
Javascript is not required to read articles on the web. It's optional. That's why "Reader" mode is so handy, just show me the article so I can read it. Sometimes I don't like waiting for my browser to struggle with poorly written JS.

It sounds like a classic noobie mistake... "Why are users able to turn off Javascript?" "No idea." "Remove the feature!"

If anyone says Javascript is not optional, they are trying to sell you something: probably web apps!

ck2 21 hours ago 1 reply      
This is unnecessary panic/upset.

It's only being removed from the UI

The backend ability is still there.

Extensions like no-script and yes-script (I prefer) will still function.

PavlovsCat 1 day ago 4 replies      
Okay, since Opera seems to have gone the way of the dodo: Is there a browser for power users? I mean, good luck to Firefox and Chrome, but considering I rarely use flashy websites, I really would rather use something that only works with half the sites, but has the experimentation and hunger for ideas for the sake of ideas more than for the sake of market share these so sorely lack.
bdcravens 1 day ago 0 replies      
Is it just me, or do most of the commenters here seem to believe that it's no longer possible to disable JavaScript, as opposed to it simply being removed from the UI?
alister 1 day ago 2 replies      
Wow, how times change. The smart advice was to never use Javascript. (Years ago pg even wrote, "I would not even use Javascript, if I were you. Most of the Javascript I see on the Web isn't necessary, and much of it breaks." ) Javascript has gone from horribly flaky -> occasionally useful -> necessary -> mandatory.
ilaksh 1 day ago 3 replies      
One aspect of this that I haven't heard people get into very much: the idea that a lot of people have, including (probably) most developers at Mozilla and many web developers such as myself, is for the web platform to be a ubiquitous way to deploy applications.

The idea is that JavaScript allows a relatively safe way to do that in a sandboxed environment (the browser) that is available on almost every computer.

The developers who really want the web to just be a bunch of static HTML are actually inhibiting that vision of a web platform. Because if disabling JavaScript were to become popular, that takes away that capability of web browsers to run applications. The conversation would go from something like "we can use JavaScript and this application will run for anyone who has a new version of Firefox, Chrome, or IE10/11, or Safari" to "we can deploy our application to the latest browsers, but we will have to first present a screen asking users to enable JavaScript on our site" or something along those lines. It goes from being a ubiquitous cross-platform solution to one that will only run for people who like JavaScript.

JavaScript in the browser is by far the best option we have now and in the foreseeable future for easily deploying applications across different types of operating systems and even devices.

Its amazing to me how many people don't appreciate that goal or really take it into account.

SkyMarshal 9 hours ago 0 replies      
This is a heavy-handed solution that could be better solved simply by adding more explanatory tooltips. Something like:

[x] Disable Javascript. This will break or significantly reduce the functionality of many websites, but will also prevent them from gathering marketing and other data on you. [Details](http://www.mozilla.org/javascript)

Make the primary tradeoffs clear, supply a link to a mozilla.org site with a more comprehensive explanation of what you give up and gain.

Programmers like to simplify, abstract, and modularize, but that isn't always the best strategy with language. Sometimes, even with control panel tooltips, it's better to be a little bit more verbose, take up a little more screen real estate, if it saves your users some trial-and-error time or a trip to Google.

Shank 1 day ago 1 reply      
There was a talk (or podcast?) that discussed how cluttered with vestigial options Firefox and other browsers are. One of the examples was JS - if you turn it off entirely it makes the entire web seemingly broken. As long as the option is there for power users, this is the kind of thing that removing will probably cause less headaches for people in the long term.
overgard 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm surprised that checkbox hung around as long as it did. I imagine only maybe .001% of browser users actually really cared enough to turn that off, and if they did, they were probably already running something like NoScript since toggling it in the preferences all the time is way too blunt an instrument anyway.
gcb0 21 hours ago 1 reply      
Didn't gnome3 taught us a valuable lesson on dumbing things down on the expectation that users are dumb/can't read?
dmiladinov 22 hours ago 0 replies      
As long as you can still disable JS via about:config or NoScript, this is hardly worrisome.
grannyg00se 1 day ago 0 replies      
The bug was resolved as invalid with no explanation. I hope that by the time this makes it to regular release the transition is handled better.
protomyth 17 hours ago 0 replies      
At this point, I'm fine with disabling options if the program is sufficiently scriptable / programmable to allow someone to write a plugin to duplicate the "turn off" behavior. For browsers, we seem to be in a plugin replaces options universe. If a browser plugin cannot duplicate the behavior, then the browser needs to be changed to allow it or the option needs to stay.
holalala 1 day ago 0 replies      
disabling javascript is the most effective method against XSS, so it's really bad choice to not be able to do it simply.not that firefox would be that security-minded in other areas regarding to javascript (XSS + form autofill without SecureLogin addon = fun & profit for hackers)
joeheyming 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Maybe Firefox can replace it with a don't tender html checkbox </sarcasm>
srikarg 1 day ago 0 replies      
That's a good move to make considering the numerous JavaScript-dependent web applications present today!
Fuxy 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Well JS can be disabled with the help of plugins however I find it ominous that you have to be an expert user/programmer to disabled javascript.

There are a lot of websites out there that use javascript for less than reputable purposes so not being able to disable it when you know you might run into them is insecure.

Like say using tor where having JS enabled is like asking to be tracked.

I know disabling JS is not an option on the modern web but then ship with something like noscript instead don't just leave users exposed.

This is not a feature that can just be removed it needs to be replaced instead.

Ankaios 1 day ago 1 reply      
If Firefox's developers are worried about people not understanding why a page doesn't work, another potential solution would be to provide users with some feedback. For instance, if Javascript is disabled but present in a page, perhaps show a (simplified?) small debugger box showing the next lines of Javascript which would have been executed and some sort of an obvious Run / Play button to start the script.

I'd prefer if browsers treated the Web as less of a black box, and if they erred more toward helping users understand the world they are exploring.

DigitalSea 18 hours ago 0 replies      
It makes sense to me. You can't even do Internet banking these days without needing Javascript enabled and to disable it you'll always have the plethora of addons that allow you to disable Javascript anyway. I think this is a welcome removal from Firefox, it's 2013 not 1925, Javascript is everywhere.
dangayle 18 hours ago 0 replies      
I commented on this elsewhere, but to all the people who assume that developers can just build websites and assume that JS is enabled, please Google "Section 508".

FWIW, I don't think we should avoid educating users. Pandering to the dumbest common denominator only makes dumb things in the long run.

pschastain 18 hours ago 0 replies      
I can't stand engineers who assume that they know better than those who use their products. Not just hiding the ability to easily disable javascript, but RE-ENABLING IT AGAIST THE USERS EXPRESSED DESIRE via an update - seriously, your head is so far up your ass you'd have to shit twice just to see daylight.
saejox 21 hours ago 0 replies      
There are more people who disable JS unintentionally than those who do it intentionally.

This is a good move. Option still exists in about:config.

marco-fiset 15 hours ago 0 replies      
The thing is that non-expert users generally leave javascript on, because they don't even know what it is, let alone disabling it.
leoc 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Look on the bright side. At least we'll never, ever have to hear about the Principle of Least Power again from Mozilla/HTML5 advocates lionising the "Open Web" against smartphone apps, Native Client or what have you.
rocky1138 15 hours ago 0 replies      
The title isn't entirely accurate: it's been moved not removed.
philliphaydon 16 hours ago 0 replies      
WOOOOHOOOO Best knews I've heard for Firefox! Now if only every other browser would do it.
dewiz 21 hours ago 1 reply      
many web sites don't work without cookies either, specifically the authentication.

if the functionality of "modern" sites is the only rationale, it is simply a wrong decision by Mozilla.

drdaeman 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Not surprised. Mozilla, being an important entity in JavaScript ecosystem, obviously wouldn't disapprove web developers willing to shove JS down everyone's throat.
ID_10T 21 hours ago 0 replies      
As a Firefox user, I feel like most of the people complaining are Chrome users just looking to pick a fight.

Hey, Chrome folks, Firefox has this great thing called NoScript. I realize Chrome doesn't have that, so you have to manually disable/enable JavaScript. We just use NoScript, as we have for years, which does a lot more. Firefox users don't rely on the "Disable JavaScript" option, nor ever did.

This is a nonissue, but continue to make it more than it is.

holalala 1 day ago 0 replies      
Looks like the reason behind the move is that preferences UI has become incomprehensible ... which actually doesn't have anything to do with javascript.Perhaps a move towards Eclipse-like preferences would be a wiser choice?
frontsideair 18 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm surprised no one has posted this xkcd strip yet.


aerolite 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Stop disabling Javascript, you Luddite. The entire web depends on it.
sampk 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Classic Brendan Eich.
crististm 20 hours ago 0 replies      
That spencer guy really sounds like a smartass; I mean, we're too stupid to be around him and not seeing the light that shines through his ass; vent off
wooptoo 20 hours ago 0 replies      
About time. JS is an integral part of the web experience.
swiftin 1 day ago 7 replies      
Why is taking away features "in" now?
ID_10T 21 hours ago 0 replies      
This will obviously receive a lot of hate from the tech community.

Fortunately they are the 1%. For everyone else in the world, this is a welcomed change. Most people don't even know what JavaScript is.

mattbeck 9 hours ago 0 replies      
It's about time.
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How Google is Killing Organic Search tutorspree.com
409 points by akharris  11 hours ago   164 comments top 49
jcampbell1 11 hours ago 12 replies      
The auction model for ads basically ruins internet searches in transactional categories. If you want to win at the "italian restaurant" search game, you have to bid the highest for the ad, which means you must have the highest margin. The best way to win is to open a restaurant with ridiculously high margins (over priced wine and cheap ingredients).

Want the "cheapest car insurance"? Google is zero help. It sends you to Geico or a bunch of lead-gen sites, and no matter what, you will end up at an insurance company that makes the biggest margins.

If you really want the cheapest car insurance, you need to find a company that doesn't advertise, and is non-profit, that way your premium is spent buying insurance, not TV ads and Berkshire Hathaway's stock appreciation.

Whenever I see a SERP full of ads, I search for something different. When there is nothing but ads, Google is sending you to high-margin crap.

ChuckMcM 10 hours ago 0 replies      
This is true of course, Google doesn't make any money on organic search, nobody does, so it gets the short shrift.

At Blekko we built a search engine (crawler, extractor, ranker, fetcher, the whole stack) and let people know exactly how we rank things, for users who created an account and logged in they could turn off everything except organic results. We have been moderately successful (we were the first to use a 'masked results' option [1] to show how much better our results were than Google's in contested searches) but there isn't enough outrage about that yet to build a business yet.

Most of our business (people who pay us money) comes from folks who either want to figure out how to game Google's results, or want some organic results to create a 'search like experience' much as Google does. When you think about it with only 7% of the page dedicated to organic results that is like 2 or maybe 3 actual search results and the rest of the page is a carefully crafted advertising vehicle. Sort of like a free 'newspaper' which has one article of editorial content and the rest are all ads. You can serve that market quite effectively with a relatively small index (a couple of billion URLs).

If you look at Google's financial performance over the years you can see how this evolution has affected their bottom line. Today you see it in declining revenue per click sorts of things. It feels to me as it did when banner ads went from this massive cash cow into something less useful.

One thing is true though, the world is changing yet again.

[1] http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/21/be-the-mark-in-blekkos-3-en...

saalweachter 11 hours ago 4 replies      
Nit: this article is really criticizing a UI change which makes local results more prominent (in that they take over the entire page). The local results at the top of the page when you search for "Italian restaurants" are all still organic. In fact, whenever there's a map on the right-and side of the page, it's displacing ads.

Now, you can be against Google ever making a UI change, or even against Google showing different results for "Italian restaurants" in New York and Chicago, but this doesn't really have anything to do with "organic" search results.

sethbannon 11 hours ago 4 replies      
DuckDuckGo is far less cluttered, which makes sense considering they have less things to push aside from the results: http://i.imgur.com/OnBJHkS.png
sologoub 10 hours ago 1 reply      
Maybe this is a misconception on my part, but isn't local search listings and map info a form of organic search, just derived using different signals for authoritativeness and relevancy, of which proximity is only one variable?

If the above is true, Google is dedicating way more real estate to organic than ever. It's just a different form of organic.

brudgers 10 hours ago 2 replies      
I turned on my television and none of the programs were organic. Instead all the content was controlled by my cable provider. I'm beginning to suspect that they just put on those shows to make money off the advertising.

It's rather simple.

When you type terms into the search box, just imagine the words, "Please show me advertisements for " in front of it.

andrewljohnson 11 hours ago 2 replies      
I'm typically a Google fanboy, but spot on. Here's a search for sushi for me: https://www.dropbox.com/s/q3epmld2ffqzg3f/Screen%20Shot%2020...

It's like full circle back to Yahoo.

Maybe this is a result of listening to the data too much, and not depending on the greater vision enough. Or maybe it's the future and you're gonna love it.

ChrisAntaki 11 hours ago 1 reply      
There is a way to increase the percentage of organic search results on a Google page, with relative ease. Just scroll down.
programminggeek 11 hours ago 1 reply      
What you don't understand is Google's been doing this for almost a decade now. It's about profit optimization while not pissing off your users, or sometimes helping them even.

A paid result can be a useful thing and might even be better than an organic result in many cases, but both have their pitfalls and it's not surprising for them to keep going this route more and more.

Google is a company, not a nonprofit. They are in it for the money. Why is anyone surprised?

kenster07 42 minutes ago 0 replies      
I disagree with the premise. "Organic" search will not exist, barring a radically new business model. Any search engine with the resources to produce good search results must carry auction-based advertising in order to fund the quality of their results.

Good luck finding that business model, and being able to reap the profits from it.

andrewjshults 11 hours ago 0 replies      
The first result for mobile is organic as far as I can tell (it just happens to be a google property when looking for Italian Restaurants in Tribeca). Try switching the query for mexican restaurant and just a few blocks to the west in SoHo (hi Aaron) a menupages result is first. Also, on the mobile front, I believe the quick results are from places and not Zagat, since with the same mexican restaurants query there are a number of places with just ratings and not "Zagat" ratings (you can see this in the blog's screenshot for Olive Garden as well).

I actually don't mind this on mobile (but I also generally use something else for finding restaurants) since the majority of restaurant websites are basically impossible to navigate on mobile and all I really need to know is 1) where are they 2) what's their phone number. How organic that database is, I'm not sure, but it doesn't seem to be showing specifically paid placements.

wicknicks 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm not convinced with the arguments in this post. Auto Mechanic and Italian Food are both vague queries. Auto Mechanic could mean the definition of the term or places around you or even . And its not super hard to get rid of advertisements. If you really want better "organic" results, type in a better query -- "Auto Mechanic, Bay Area" or "Italian Food, New York".

I think its almost taken for granted that all search is interactive. If the first try is not precise, refine the query and try again. Its not correct to compare the Google of today with the "organic" search engines of a decade ago. The world, and the web have changed tremendously since. It can be argued that Google is trying to help the consumer by showing multi-faceted search for vague queries (which can potentially narrow search requirements) or provide cues about forming the next query -- and if a company can make money doing that, whats wrong in it?

j45 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Google is becoming like a newspaper. A connecting point between people, ideas and information.


1) Google has steadily moved away from optimally presenting search results which they possess.

2) In being this connecting point, ads increasingly have taken over the space where organic results are published, much like ad space is sold first in a newspaper and articles are squeezed in around it.

Everything changes, or does it? Content is king, except finding content is a new king.

3) Google generally has the content we seek - in the form of search results. The results are squeezed around ads. This creates a cognitive cost to separate ads from results, instead of just finding what we need, which was the original promise of Google. This implies, at some point we're giving into reading the ads like they were the results?

Users have only ever been interested in search results from a search engine, not ads. In a way, good search results was a promise shared by AltaVista and Google. Being able to easily access them is what is changing.

Last year I was irritated enough to build my own search interface, focused on presenting results how I wanted to see them.

4) The cognitive cost had added up to be too much to scan Google constantly to find the one weather, or movie link I have looked at for the last 10 years, and becoming increasingly harder and harder to find.

My thoughts come back to the announced shuttering of AltaVista, in wondering whether we really ended up ahead. Google certainly has done things no one else has, getting search so good, and now finding what we want is a little more work.

5) Google is a business, and need a financial engine. As much as advertising currently seems to pay for the internet, I wonder if a day is coming where we're more willing to put our money where our mouth is.

It may take some time, for the majority of internet users to have 10+ years of online experience of doing the same searches and finding them harder to find.

What to do? I feel like brushing up my custom search interface and use it a little more.

sengstrom 19 minutes ago 0 replies      
Those percentages don't add up to 100%. Seems disingenious to count the white space in the display just to make a point.
VMG 6 hours ago 0 replies      
The numbers are somewhat misleading: they don't add up to 100% because whitespace is counted as well (although not displayed). I personally like the whitespace on the results page.

Also the ads on the right side are delineated very liberally - one could argue that the actual area is half as wide.

jmarbach 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I agree with the arguments here on the whole. However, if you declare a local search on your own, by simply including "italian restaurant in tribeca", Google offers far more organic results. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/32342947/Screen%20Shot%2...
chaz 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Measuring the usefulness of a page by percentage of screen real estate only seems useful if the user is looking or clicking randomly around the screen. The structure, layout, and clarity of communication are far more important.

> 7% is all thats left for the entrepreneurs and restaurantuers who believed Google over the years when they were told that good business with well structured pages would be able to get in front of potential customers searching the internet.

I'm really curious how the author would propose to fix this. Even with all of the other stuff cut away, there are only still 10 blue links to give.

thecosas 10 hours ago 0 replies      
This is making the arguments based on only things "above the fold". There are plenty of people that have dispelled the myth that content NEEDS to be above the fold (1)(2).

That said, the implication with Google results is that the higher up on the page the link is, the more relevant that link is to a user's search. In my experience, very few people ever get to the second page of Google Search results. I'm all but certain that if we looked at heatmaps of clicks across all Google search pages, we would see this quite clearly. It's the entire reason that SEO has been an industry at all.

It gets more troubling with products like Google Cars (3)(4). It is literally another layer of PPC results specific to cars. I've got to think that other car retailers (including manufacturers) can't be too happy about this.

(1) http://iampaddy.com/lifebelow600/(2) http://blog.kissmetrics.com/why-the-fold-is-a-myth/(3) http://www.drivingsales.com/blogs/InvestigativeReporting/201...(4) http://searchengineland.com/google-tests-new-car-leads-produ...

Afforess 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I wonder if there is interest in someone building a search site that uses the google custom search API to search. The CSE that Google provides does not include advertising or local results unless specifically requested. The only problem would be that it costs money for large volumes, so you might have to charge or use ads to pay for it.
Eclyps 11 hours ago 1 reply      
For some reason I was surprised to see bing's results even more cluttered and useless... http://i.imgur.com/kuRTMhO.png

You would think that bing would be trying to win the popularity contest by actually providing more relevant searches in the short term and then expanding ads in the future...

lmgftp 10 hours ago 0 replies      
This article seems to make a point of showcasing Zagat's rating in search above others, somehow indicating that Google is unfairly manipulating search results to it's own gain (as Zagat is Google, Inc. owned).

However, there's an important point here to be made, which has been said in numerous antitrust arguments against Google, and that is, "what if the product in No. 1, Google's, is in fact preferred by consumers and therefore is, to use language of the tutorspree authors 'organic'?".

It's an interesting question. I find much of the article interesting and of course the screen space dedicated to search is a hot topic, and Google's minimal style still remains in my favor, I just wanted to briefly object to the claim that somehow showing a non-ad Zagat page is "0%" (in the author's numbers) organic search.

_jmar777 7 hours ago 0 replies      
This feels somewhat disingenuous. Naturally a site making it's money off of ads is going to give them an above-the-fold and prominent position. Just scroll down... the value add is in the qualify of the organic results (which is still there), not in the absence of scrolling.

If you think the ratio is off, then write an article about it... but this is hardly "killing organic search".

davidedicillo 10 hours ago 0 replies      
To be fair searching for "italian restaurants" in San Francisco the first result returned is a Yelp link on mobile, so I guess that the Zagat one wasn't a way to show necessarily a Google owned property. Everything else is the same.
wyck 10 hours ago 0 replies      
It gets even worse, on some searches I have to scroll a full page down, just to see a result not pushed by a google asset (ads/map/etc). In essence it takes up about 90% of screen space on a large desktop.

Example: http://imgur.com/AJtOPkf this is zoomed down to 65% to capture all of it....)

They need to remember that there are alternatives just a click away, and serving too many ads degrades the entire internet.

achille2 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I see lots of comments bashing Google, ads are evil, all that. But honestly how many people search for "italian food" on the web expecting global results to be relevant locally? Google is providing exactly what people are looking for when they google for Italian.
ZanderEarth32 11 hours ago 0 replies      
While this is true, users are still clicking organic results much more often than the paid options even though the organic results real estate keeps shrinking[1].

Even with the shrinking organic screen space, the first three results still capture the vast majority of the clicks, so results 4-10 receive fewer clicks regardless of the amount of space given to organic results.

I'd like to see a study where organic results 1-10 all appear on the page above the fold, giving users the ability to see all the results without having to scroll and measure click through rates at that time.

1. http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2200730/Organic-vs.-Pai...

hcarvalhoalves 10 hours ago 0 replies      
To put it simply, if you're top 3 on organic results, Google is useless for your business. And sometimes not even being top 3.

Nowadays you're supposed to buy ads to stay competitive. Google grew so much that it's now a monopolist behemoth, and that's why they're swimming in money. But because they keep all the nerds in love with them, they manage to get zero flak for it.

dennisgorelik 7 hours ago 0 replies      
What kind of startup could exploit that situation with Google SERP?

My guess would be that some sort of rating site that better answers questions like "what car to buy?" should benefit from Google removing organic results from searches like that.

philhippus 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Let them greed themselves into irrelevance I say. That leaves the door open for some YC startup to implement some type of peer to peer search protocol that will leave google in the dust.
zokier 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I just tested this myself, and got 43.8% of organic results (I'm counting the image result preview as organic results), 18.9% of google UI (the bars on top), and 35,2% whitespace. They do not sum to 100% because I just roughly measured stuff at photoshop. Zero ads or curated content on either search, logged in with my personal google profile.

I guess adblock and not living in US has some advantages.

arbuge 10 hours ago 0 replies      
The rub is that a paid result can be just as useful from the consumer perspective as an organic result. If that's the case, Google will show the paid result every time.
lazyjones 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Do results from https://startpage.com work for people in the US? I've been using it for a couple of weeks now (I'm in the EU) and it seems like it works very well (it claims to get its results from Google, but without affecting privacy). It shows some display ads, the percentage of screen real estate used is much smaller than for Google itself.
nostraspamus 2 hours ago 0 replies      
To reduce the amount of useless clutter that Google displays in search results, try verbatim mode.

You can turn on verbatim mode on the search results page. Click on the Search Tools menu, then look in the All Results menu for the Verbatim option.

The verbatim option tells Google to use all your search terms, as-is, and (at least at present) the search results are much less cluttered.

To always use verbatim mode, remove the search terms from the URL in the address bar (leaving intact the other parameters that turn on verbatim mode) and create a bookmark.

Don't tell Google about this feature... I depend on it!

mattbarrie 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Panda and Penguin are euphemisms for Google A/B testing revenue.
anizan 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Before Google, people used to use Yahoo directory to find links.The only all encompassing directory in competition now with Google search is Wikipedia (not even its intended purpose)

People can use Yelp to find Italian restaurants in San Francisco but try typing the same in Wikipedia.

Is there any personalized search engine which lets you choose Yelp/Zagat/Tripadvisor when you type in that keyword? and maybe pull down Google map so Google doesnt feel left out ;)

mydpy 10 hours ago 0 replies      
From a network centrality metrics perspective, is there such a thing as "organic search"? Is the premise flawed or is the Page Rank metric considered organic?
gojomo 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Big dog's gotta eat.
api 10 hours ago 0 replies      
dakimov 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I would use a paid search service with a quality search, no ads, no tracking, and no selling my data to third-parties.
sctt311 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Great article! Sad in a way how Google continues to dominate and impose it's will on us.
wxspll 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm happy with Google because no ads while using www.google.com ( not .hk ) in Mainland China where Google quited from. Thanks Google! :
benradler 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Google == advertising companyGoogle != search engine
limejuice 10 hours ago 1 reply      
On desktop, set http://duckduckgo.com as your search provider. Problem Solved.

Even when I !g to see google results, I see 100% organic results because I have Adblock Plus plugin installed on firefox. Problem Solved.

Make sure you have 'Hide placeholders of blocked elements' option enabled, otherwise AdBlock will show a blank rectangle where the ads used to be.

gordaco 8 hours ago 0 replies      
This is why I block ads.
teeboy 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Adblock,FTW ! Never seen an ad in several years now.
marban 11 hours ago 0 replies      
goto.com anyone?
igorgue 6 hours ago 0 replies      
scroll down.
soundgecko 11 hours ago 1 reply      
There's the other problem of decreasing contrast and lack of borders separating the last ad and first organic search result.



A few years ago this was the style http://www.ismoip.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Screen...

Before that http://cdn.userstyles.org/style_screenshot_thumbnails/58617_...

Now http://i.imgur.com/Wmdd0.png

Some of those keywords are worth tens of dollars per click so no wonder,the colors have been A/B optmized to get the most clicks from people not knowing they are ads.


Google: #fff7ecBing: #f9fcf7Yahoo: #fafaffDuckDuckGo: (255,212,0,0.18)

Not to say that Bing, Yahoo etc. are much better but I expect more from the "Do No Evil" Google rather than increasing the next quarter's earnings instead of targeting older people and people with bad monitors and hurting people who did a lot of good work to come in the first few in organic results but don't and/or can't pay Google for expensive ads. Also, Bing and the rest continue to mostly lose money and they can't afford to separate ads while the big guy continues to reduce the difference between ads and search results.

"Study:Contrast sensitivity gradually decreases with age"http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=818&strict=0&morphol...

Why discussions on cyber snooping have been so painful for us medium.com
400 points by mh_  2 days ago   218 comments top 29
nkoren 2 days ago 9 replies      
The Declaration of Independence states that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Gendered language aside, the idea of the founders was clearly that rights derive from one's innate humanity, and do not derive from government largess. This was the ideal which provided America's inner light; for all of America's mis-steps, the proclamation of this core ideal fanned the flames of some sort of tendency towards goodness.

This ideal is all but gone. Today, the American government baldly proclaims that rights do not belong to human beings, but are conferred only by citizenship. the starkest example of this remains John Yoo's rationale (embraced by the Bush administration) for why the Geneva Convention does not apply to the Taliban: that the rights guaranteed by the Convention were not human rights, but rights granted to combatants of UN member states. Yoo argued that human rights did not exist, and that rights derive solely from citizenship.

To be fair, the roots of that doctrine long preceded the Bush administration, and have continue to grow since. But when I look at framing of debate about rights -- and this applies not only to the NSA spying, but also to the outrage over the fact that the US President would order the drone assassination of, gasp, American citizens (as opposed to the thousands of other non-combatants he has killed in the same way) -- when I see this, it becomes clear that the ideals which inspired the declaration of independence are long since gone.

UVB-76 2 days ago 6 replies      
I was going to write a comment to this effect on one of the many threads related to this subject, but figured it would fall on deaf ears.

Americans should not underestimate the damage this scandal has done to the American 'brand'. Growing up, I was the Americophile of my friends. I loved American culture, I aspired to live the American dream, I fully intended to pursue American citizenship later in life.

This is only the latest in a long line of realisations, but my view couldn't have changed more. I don't even want to visit the US again, let alone pledge my allegiance to it.

grey-area 2 days ago 1 reply      
The other dangerous thing about this attitude of, oh, it's only foreigners, is that GCHQ and other US allies routinely sweep up communications from all over the world (in the case of GCHQ probably mostly from the US). So if you send information to Europe from the US, you're being spied upon, and the information relayed back to the NSA. The same goes for citizens of the UK subject to NSA spying who have data or contacts in the US. This distinction between us and them is used to tranquillise dissent in the US even as the NSA blithely ignores their own rules.

In our increasingly connect world, does it even make sense to define rights based on where a person lives, or what country they happened to be born in? We should expect the same basic rights (right to a free trial, right to a free press, protection from torture) to apply to all people even if citizenship of a nation confers certain privileges.

rmc 2 days ago 2 replies      
That's one thing that has annoyed me about the tech world's outrage and objections to the PRISM spying lark. They appear outraged that US citizens are spied on, with the implication that it was ok when non us citizens were spied on. Do I, a non us citizen, not have a right to privacy?
Derbasti 2 days ago 2 replies      
The sad thing is, we don't have international law for these things. Thus, it is usually easier to ask a foreign intelligence agency if they could spy on a domestic suspect than to deal with it within the country.

And this hurts so much, because the internet is perceived to not be bound by countries and borders, while still residing mostly on US soil. But the rules for spying are most certainly governed by borders; This leads to this weird asymmetric situation where one particular domestic intelligence agency is able to collect almost all international data.

What we really would need is citizenship for data. In a way, it does not make sense that Facebook owns my data. My data should be my own, and thus be governed by whatever jurisdiction I happen to live in.

Or put differently, one way out of this is to host your own email, backup, syncing, etc. That way the data is yours, and governed by the same rules as you. This is what I am doing.

Or maybe, Google should split up into several legal entities that each are accountable for the data for one country. But clearly, that would just leave us all flocking to Iceland or the Vatican or something like that...

Sami_Lehtinen 2 days ago 1 reply      
I totally agree, I have been watching this totally pointless discussion about domestic spying all over the net. I was going to write about the topic, but someone did it already. My conclusion is that at least 95% of US population are so bad in geography that they don't know that they represent only less than 5% of world population. After all, it seems that only people who are voting in elections do matter at all. Maybe it would be a good time to vote with our wallets. It's also really funny how scared Americans are about Chinese manufactured hardware & backdoors. I just guess it takes a one to know one. Btw. WatchGuard firewall registration is very revealing, they want to know way too much about what the firewall is being used for.
dbuxton 2 days ago 1 reply      
I went to this expecting to find a slightly puzzled reaction along the lines of, "even given the leaked surveillance, we all know that our own governments are doing similar stuff to us all the time and that we are protected neither by law nor by convention against it".

I know that's a bit of an overstatement but it's particularly amusing to see Snowden sheltered by two of the world's most enthusiastic users of surveillance, namely Russia and China.

FWIW I'm in the UK, where we're a lot luckier than most in terms of accountability, oversight and convention, but don't have an explicit constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. That said, it often bemuses people in Europe to look at the US and see almost no protection for what we understand as a basic right of "privacy".

obviouslygreen 2 days ago 5 replies      
This outrage at American reactions is terribly hypocritical. Yes, people -- regardless of nationality -- should be upset when they realize their privacy is being grossly violated without cause, by any government.

However, people seem to think Americans should be more concerned about other people's rights than their own, when the real problem is the violation of everyone's rights. Despite this, all anyone is really interested is their own rights, which is quite obvious considering the central complaint here is that Americans are wrapped up in themselves while the rest of the world has the same issue. How is that rational? Your rights are being violated, and that's supposed to matter to me more than the fact that my rights are being violated by my government in the same way? Yes, it's selfish, but it's also self-preservation. If people don't stand up for themselves when they need to, they will not be around to stand up for anyone else later.

Many of us wring our hands at the various European financial crises; many of us worry about North Korea's potential to harm its neighbors; many of us anxiously watch for improvement in Middle Eastern politics. But just like anyone else, when we find out things where we live are worse than we thought, we look inwards to our own problems; that they effect others is terrible, but it's irrational and unreasonable to expect that to be our primary motivation.

znowi 2 days ago 1 reply      
I see a lot of disillusion in Europe about the US. It's been going since the Iraq, but now it's a real wake up call. What's more alarming, it's slipping into anger and open opposition. This is not the change we've been anticipating.

Americans are in a tricky situation now. Who do you elect at this point to make things right? Does it even work? I think we've reached a major milestone here. I'm both frightened and curious as to what will happen. I believe what we do now will define our lives for decades to come.

drawkbox 2 days ago 0 replies      
Yes but this is happening in other countries for both citizens and non-citizens, it is naive to think otherwise. Just as it was for Americans after 9/11, and even before. If there is lack of backbone on the people to stop it and they allow giving up rights with no fight or questioning it, it will continue. It is not distinct to the US, this is happening everywhere.

Now we know factually (previously assumed) that it happens in the US as well, I think most people here in the US are just surprised it is also happening to them. That was the last place people assumed privacy, as a citizen. You'd expect intel agencies in every country to gather as much information as possible unless the people of that country object loud enough, I am not for it at all but it is the new game.

I am sure this is also happening at gov't levels all over the world in addition to private companies. Business ideas and data stolen everyday, gov't intelligence agencies sifting right off the lines.

The age of digital privacy just seems to be over sadly, too many technology tools to not abuse out there. Changing it will be difficult, encryption doesn't even help. Personal servers, computers etc are the easiest thing to get into. The only real protection would be at the service/cloud level and having stronger security/monitoring like financial + trading markets have. But then you have the situation where gov't intel agencies just go to them to gain access. Not even sure how to change it. Explicit protections in the Constitution are footnoted away with executive orders and fear based legislation.

The permanent record your teachers used to warn you about, that exists now for real.

nnq 2 days ago 0 replies      
Nothing will change until all Americans get it once and for all that the attitude of being at war with the world and planning to win at all cost is actually opposite to being competitive and fighting hard to be the best in the world.

We the foreigners that buy into the american dream always think of the latter as the "american attitude" whereas US gov and corporations always go for the first. And they only coincide in very restricted contexts, basically in fewer and fewer contexts as the world changes and becomes more homogeneous. To "win the war" when you're well above everyone else tends to equate to playing fair most of the time, you just use what you have and what you have is always better so you always win, but when the economical and cultural ground levels, if your goal is still to "win the war", you end up playing dirty and forgetting about human rights and values.

...the USA's attitude will only change when they wake tf up and realize that there is now war to be won, it's just about competing in a healthy "jungle". The current US gov's attitude to everything seems to us foreigners similar to your classical story of the PTSDd Vietnam war veteran that gets home after the war and keeps fighting imaginary wars, butchering his family and blowing up the neighborhood in the process, just because that's all he's good at.

Yver 2 days ago 4 replies      
What hurts me is that people are acting surprised that spy agencies are spying on people. Their job is to collect intelligence. If they can read your emails, they will.


TimJRobinson 2 days ago 2 replies      
As an Australian this is exactly how I feel. Over the past few weeks I've been moving many of my business systems off the cloud and onto self hosted servers and using less and less American servers because they clearly have no issue with taking foreigners information and with tens of thousands of contractors and employees able to access that information I wonder how long it's going be before big companies are able to effectively spy on competitors through having a 'friend' with access to prism.
bobbydavid 2 days ago 0 replies      
Practically speaking, context matters in privacy. For instance, if a person invades my privacy to learn my sexual orientation, I would feel violated. But if that person was my boss, I would feel much more violated.

For an American like myself, domestic spying is scary for the same reason. The US government is my local government. They run our children's schools. They make me send in reams of silly tax documents. They make me wait in line at the DMV. They patrol the streets of my neighborhood with guns. When I call 911 (the emergency number), it's the US government who answers. In short, the US government -- my government -- is in a great position to abuse the knowledge gained from spying. It's this immediacy that heightens fear of domestic spying.

Another thing to note is that there is a subtle but important distinction for Americans between the CIA and the FBI. The connotative equivalent of the FBI is the police and the connotative equivalent of the CIA is the army. Thus, watching the CIA spy on Americans feels ominous and sinister. It's the spying equivalent of martial law.

What Americans don't realize, I think, is that for foreigners it is an issue of respect. That is, the underlying context of domestic spying outrage is that US citizens were _not_ outraged by foreign spying; that it's perfectly acceptable to spy on the foreigners as long as we protect our own privacy.

In the end, privacy is about perception. To those who, like me, feel their privacy is being violated, please continue to make your feelings heard, both inside and outside the US. The more voices (especially tenacious ones) the better.

ExpiredLink 2 days ago 1 reply      
> we all bought into the dream..

The American dream didn't even work out for most US citizens. Merely the upper class. The rest of the world bought into practical consumerism more than into a diffuse dream.

stormbrew 2 days ago 0 replies      
Interestingly, it seems as if a lot of my fellow Canadians are pacified by this line of thinking, perhaps not realizing that they're fair game.
tehwalrus 2 days ago 1 reply      
The way the US talks about non-citizens has convinced me more and more of my (rather controversial) opinion that in order to have rule of law, we need one legal system for the whole world. I am skeptical of the idea of a world government, of course - it would have too much power, but I do think that governments need to be put on trial as frequently as citizens, in an international court system. I've blogged about this before[1], although I intend to rewrite much of what's on that old site since I don't think it's communicated very well.

I will (when time allows) be stopping my use of American cloud services one by one as a result of this scandal. Gmail, Dropbox, and so on. It will take a while for me to write/borrow my own implementations, and self host them, so that all my stuff works the same way (or similar enough). It was nice while it lasted, but I'm now going to have to start taking my skepticism of US law seriously, and avoid coming into contact with it where ever I can.

[1] http://politicomaniac.net/category/internationalism/

bsaul 2 days ago 2 replies      
Funny how citizenship seems to be a thing of the past to many people. Another weird side effect of globalization...
mahmud 2 days ago 2 replies      
Ugh! I cringed reading that.

We wear blue jeans, drink Coke & eat McDonalds. We favor American companies (hands down) when we make purchases

Well, thanks, but as an American I'd rather if people didn't have this subservient attachment to the U.S.

freshhawk 2 days ago 0 replies      
Perhaps it's because I'm Canadian and have lived in a world of "constantly aware of US politics but not governed by them" but I find the attitude the OP is now discarding to be superbly and painfully naive. Basically delusional. Imagine the feeling you would get when someone tells you "I entered by credit card number in that 'check if your credit card has been stolen' banner ad and it said I was safe, so that's good news". Same feeling.

So while I'm glad the realization has been had, and the childish notion has been discarded, I'm really worried that this is some kind of common idea among educated non-Americans. Is the ability to read newspapers or follow politics (actual politics, not the circus of party politics) of any kind in that much of a decline?

cpursley 2 days ago 1 reply      
I'd argue that there are several countries that are more free than the United States in both terms of social issues and economics that make better role models.

This might all be 'news' to the tech community - but Libertarian circles have been talking about this trend towards totalitarianism since what, the 70s? It might feel like it all started after 9/11, but this framework has been building up for decades. In fact, it's the natural trajectory to unopposed empire.

The only thing I hope is that foreign nations accept us liberty loving Americans into their arms when the expatriation wave begins and are able to distinguish us from the assholes. It's coming - just look at the uptick in expatriation: www.nestmann.com/expatriation-statistics There's even publications dedicated to this like www.sovereignman.com and www.escapefromamerica.com/about

belorn 2 days ago 0 replies      
> George Bush famously proclaimed: Youre either with us, or against us. He asked foreigners the world over to choose. The wholesale spying on foreigners says how we chose made little difference at all..

Maybe we should just create the "terrorist party", as in, we are all terrorist in the eyes of the US, so we might just have to get comfortable with the label.

throwit1979 2 days ago 2 replies      
This is going to be a little inflammatory but it's true.

Why I will never take seriously foreigners' reactions to our wars, surveillance, human rights violations, etc:

You people, and the governments and central banks who represent you, keep buying our debt and financing all of this. The US Government would be incapable of funding these programs and wars at low cost without YOU stepping up to the plate every single auction to buy up our treasuries at ridiculously low yields.

I'll believe your outrage when I see action behind it.

mosselman 2 days ago 0 replies      
Why so black and white? US vs the rest? I don't care about what government says or does something, I care about what people do to each other, because in the end we are all people. It is not ok for a group of people to take it upon themselves to hurts everybody's privacy like has been done now. We'd have to stop whoever is doing this.
kenbellows 2 days ago 0 replies      
Just to put it out there, while I agree that the sheer volume of snooping being performed by the NSA, why is it a surprise to anyone, anywhere, that any government is snooping on as much foreign traffic as they can? This is, and has pretty much always been, standard operating procedure for every major intelligence agency in the world.
juanre 2 days ago 0 replies      
Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos), Woody Guthrie:


The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon,

A fireball of lightning, and shook all our hills,

Who are all these friends, all scattered like dry leaves?

The radio says, "They are just deportees"

Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards?

Is this the best way we can grow our good fruit?

To fall like dry leaves to rot on my topsoil

And be called by no name except "deportees"?

This is some time after 1948. Then, just as now, there were people who saw non-citizens as barely humans, in the US and everywhere else. But then there was Woody Guthrie as well, and the many people like him who saw the human in the foreigner.

What has changed in recent years is the reach of the mightiest power, and sheer number of people who find ourselves in the wrong end of its struggle for control.

alanning 1 day ago 0 replies      
Foreign citizens have a very powerful ally when being spied on by the U.S. government: your own government. When the U.S. government is spying on its own citizens, who do we have to turn to?
pasbesoin 2 days ago 0 replies      
Many in "our" community assign a fair amount of credence to the statement: Information is power.

We see the trend. A... -- I seldom haul out this word, but I will now -- "neo-Fascist" [1] regime absorbing a potentially exponential increase in information while seeking to increasingly restrict our access to and control over same.

That is, I think, in good part what it boils down to.

dusanbab 2 days ago 0 replies      
Brilliant and succinctly put!
An open MySQL bug receives a real Birthday cake mysql.com
396 points by ted_turner  3 days ago   78 comments top 22
famousactress 3 days ago 7 replies      
I think gittip is great, and I understand this is the opposite of their philosophy, but I want a well-used bounty program for these things.

I mentioned some Django bugs that are huge for us that were finally fixed in 1.6 in another thread [1]. I'd have personally pledged a couple hundred dollars to have them fixed, and probably could have gotten considerably more pledged from my company. Does this tool/platform exist and I just don't know about it?

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5958281


Thanks for the replies. Pledgie and bountysource look interesting and I suppose really close to what I was imagining, in spirit. Fundamentally, I'd like to see something well-executed help formalize the process behind what motivated Andrew's awesome Django migrations kickstarter [2]. I really like the way that came together because it had the buy-in of the team, and there-by inspired confidence in potential backers.

[2] http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andrewgodwin/schema-migr...

aspensmonster 3 days ago 1 reply      
The video bringing cake and ice cream to this bug's 7th birthday:


It's got a real Joker laugh going on toward the end.

fletchowns 3 days ago 1 reply      
Using compressed air to blow out the candles was a nice touch.
yxhuvud 3 days ago 0 replies      
I cried a little on the inside when I saw the proposed C regexp 'solution'.
gkop 3 days ago 1 reply      
The conventional workaround:

  $ mysqldump -d my_database | sed 's/ AUTO_INCREMENT=[0-9]*\b//' > dump.sql

binarymax 3 days ago 0 replies      
For those unclear of the reasons this is bad (aside from the assumption that the pure raw data structure should not have any artifacts of custom data definition) - it is probably something in code or, more likely, initialisation data, that is expecing the Id to be something. This may be a file of SQL inserts that is run after the database is created, with hardcoded primary keys. This is an antipattern of course, but it doesn't excuse the fact that pure structure dumps should remain as such. (disclaimer - I have little experience with mysql, but have seen these same antipatterns in SQL server, oracle, and db2 data init scripts far too often).
morgo 3 days ago 0 replies      
I have a rudimentary knowledge of MySQL Internals, so I am going to take a guess why it has taken so long.

They want to implement this feature server side, which means that they either have to add:(1) A new server setting (SET SHOW_CREATE_TABLE_FORMAT = Blah)-or-(2) New syntax (SHOW CREATE TABLE NOAUTOINC mytable).

Adding new settings is always evil, and adds to product confusion/complexity.

Adding new syntax is a bit evil in MySQL's case since they use a generic yacc parser, and might have to add a new reserved word (truthfully, I'm not 100% sure on that one). There is also a preference to only add reserved words to major new versions.

josh2600 3 days ago 2 replies      
Personally, it's the guy's laughing that does it for me.

What does this bug cause?

nodesocket 3 days ago 1 reply      
Today is my actual birthday, me and bug #20786 should share that delicious cake and ice cream.
pud 3 days ago 0 replies      
erikkay 3 days ago 0 replies      
Of all of the things I've done in technology, this was not near the top of the list of things that I thought would be on the top of hacker news (no, I didn't do the cake, just filed the bug 7 years ago).
dmourati 3 days ago 1 reply      
If any MySQL bug needs a cake it's this whopper I just ran into: http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=1341
druiid 3 days ago 2 replies      
Sadly MySQL has a history of bugs like this. There are a few we have run across that have probably been open longer than this bug, and yet have not been fixed. I'd have to look the bug numbers up from e-mail, but yeah.. there are tons of mines out there in MySQL just waiting for you to hit them, and upon further discovery, someone else found out about it years ago!
AaronBBrown 3 days ago 0 replies      
While I agree it has potential to be annoying in some environments, it's also trivially simple to work around.

    for tbl in $(mysql -BNe "SELECT DISTINCT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS WHERE EXTRA = 'auto_increment' AND TABLE_SCHEMA = 'mydb'"); do      mysql -e "ALTER TABLE ${tbl} AUTO_INCREMENT=1" mydb    done
Run that just after importing your new schema.

Note: That code will require a bit of modification if you make the mistake of having spaces in your table name.

bcoates 3 days ago 2 replies      
I don't believe in autoincrement so I'm not up to date on the evil things you can do with it, so I'm unclear why this bug matters: All it does is change the arbitrarily chosen start value for new rows, what could that break?

The existing behavior makes more sense anyway, as it preserves 'truncate table' <=> 'restore nodata dump' equivalence better.

ars 3 days ago 0 replies      
I store the dump of the database in source control, so several years ago I made a small program mysqldump_ddl to strip out all ephemeral data that clutters up the changes:

    #!/bin/sh    mysqldump --no-data $* | sed 's/ AUTO_INCREMENT=[0-9]*//' | egrep -v '^-- (MySQL dump|Server version|Dump completed on)'
Now the database diff only has actual changes. (Mostly - sometimes new versions of mysql change other things.)

lcampbell 3 days ago 0 replies      
Well, I just took 10 minutes to write an ad-hoc parser that will probably fix the bug (it works around the tricky test cases in the thread)[1]. I don't really understand why they want to move stuff onto the server-side, there may be some other trickery I'm missing.

Please feel free to use as-is and integrate it into mysqldump. I can't be bothered to create an account on bugs.mysql.com.


[1] http://pastie.org/8092330 EDIT: The parser wasn't fully correct, use [2])

[2] http://pastie.org/8092403

bashinator 3 days ago 0 replies      
Yep, I've been hit by that bug numerous times over the years. Sed works fine for editing the dumps. Happy Birthday!
pagekicker 2 days ago 0 replies      
I just had occasion to use mysqldump --no-data a few days ago, and then came across this today. Not a good feeling! C'mon, mySQL devs ... fix it already.
_mpu 3 days ago 0 replies      
The speed at which they get regexps out is kind of frightening, I find...
aylons 3 days ago 0 replies      
Is this bug still present in the MariaDB fork?
DamnYuppie 3 days ago 0 replies      
Damnit, now I want cake and ice cream!
15-year-old girl invents flashlight powered by the heat of your hand extremetech.com
366 points by evo_9  2 days ago   119 comments top 24
pocketstar 2 days ago 7 replies      
Wow, her dad is my coworker and I heard this casually mentioned at work the other day that his daughter was working with Peltiers and I should consult with her because I am also working with Peltiers for characterization of phase change materials.

Also note, calling the device a Peltier is a misnomer, her flashlight is a thermoelectric device utilizing the Seebeck Effect, similar but opposite to the Peltier Effect. Peltier has just become the connotation for thermoelectric devices.

The Seebeck effect only works with a temperature gradient, the flashlight will begin to heat up when held and the Peltier will produce less power. The next step is to add a heat sink and fan to maintain a temperature gradient for operation longer than 20mins.

ISL 2 days ago 1 reply      
Very clever!

I'll state for the purposes of prior art that, if you can get enough power to add a little fan or other air-moving mechanism to the circuit to pull air through the tube/heatsink, it will operate in still air for as long as a human can keep it warm.

This opens the mind to a realm of interesting body-powered devices, especially in environments where heat sinking is easy, like for divers, motorcycle riders, and sailors. Want a wetsuit or jacket that lights up or operates sensors on its own? Easy peasy.

gdonelli 2 days ago 0 replies      
She is more eloquent and capable of public speaking that a lot of adults.

More women should see example like these, it is a great example of woman in engineering kicking ass.

Anonymous238 2 days ago 2 replies      
Invented is a strong word when these already exist.


mbell 2 days ago 4 replies      
Looks like she's just using the Peltier effect to power some LEDs. I doubt the flashlights would work well, if at all, at room temperature but would be useful in a cold climate.
Ellipsis753 2 days ago 0 replies      
My favourite part of the article was:"The flashlight maintained a sufficient level of light for over 20 minutes, definitely enough time to find the candles in the dark when the power goes out."

Why not just put the candles where the flashlight was in the first place? (or just put a reliable battery powered flashlight there.)

It sounds like it's saying "this flashlight should last long enough for you to find your better flashlight".

qwerta 2 days ago 3 replies      
Did you read the comments under the article? I usually do not buy sexism in tech, but this got me.
Qantourisc 2 days ago 1 reply      
Not to complain, but how much light does it really produce ?Cause this would be very neat ... but I still need to be able to light the room :
nessus42 2 days ago 3 replies      
First I have to say that this is very cool indeed!

Practically speaking, however, I'm not sure that it would have any advantages over the flashlights that you crank for a while. Though perhaps those crank flashlights use a rechargeable battery that degrades over time, and this new flashlight would have a longer shelf-life? Though I should think a good capacitor instead of a battery would solve that potential problem with the crank flashlights.

bobsy 2 days ago 1 reply      
As someone with poor circulaton to the extremities I fear I would be walking around in the dark holding the flash light with cold hands.

Its a really nice idea though. Its stories like this that make me wish i paid a bit more attention in science when i was younger.

twodayslate 2 days ago 2 replies      
Put this in phones to charge them when you aren't using it?
juandopazo 2 days ago 0 replies      
I guess this is a consequence of the development of the LED. LEDs being so efficient allows for very low power sources and a thermocouple seems to be enough to light them. Pretty cool!
MojoJolo 2 days ago 4 replies      
Can this technology work in an airconditioned room? I was thinking if this technology can provide enough electricity to even just lighting up a single room. It can use the heat outside, and the cool air (form air condition) inside the room.

All in all, very good invention! And also inspiring. I hope more teens will be involve in inventing things. I hope she wins. Also, (totally unrelated) I think she's cute. :)

rikkipitt 2 days ago 0 replies      
Blean (n.)

Scientific measure of luminosity : 1 glimmer = 100,000 bleans. Usherettes' torches are designed to produce between 2.5 and 4 bleans, enabling them to assist you in falling downstairs, treading on people or putting your hand into a Neapolitan tub when reaching for change.

~ Douglas Adams and John Lloyd

kondor6c 2 days ago 4 replies      
It's a great idea and a great science project, I just don't see how practical it would be due to how little light it would produce. Even if I kept it in the back of my car to aid in a possible road repair (perfect situation for a no battery device) I don't know how effective it would be. Perhaps that's just the skeptic in me?
stormbrew 1 day ago 2 replies      
She should be using blue LEDs. I swear those things can send light through a wall.
kailuowang 2 days ago 1 reply      
There is an old Chinese saying: I wish she was my daughter.
samsquire 2 days ago 1 reply      
I can't help thinking of a full body suit to harvest the entire heat output of the human body. Maybe you could use assisted sweat evaporation to provide for the cold tile?

It could be like a Fremen suit so they can pump the water coolant around and potentially and power electronics.

hcarvalhoalves 2 days ago 0 replies      
Way to go. Good to see a girl that age interested in science and engineering.
kirchhoff 2 days ago 0 replies      
Reminded me of the Seiko Thermic, a wristwatch powered on the same principle.
circuiter 1 day ago 0 replies      
For anyone interested, here's the list of all the finalists this year - most of them much more impressive.


Architech0 2 days ago 1 reply      
Sounds similar to the fiber optic cable material found @ Roswell, NM. 1947...
phy6 2 days ago 2 replies      
She should call it the Fleshlight
skriticos2 2 days ago 0 replies      
So if she is using the power of the human body to power a flashlight when she is 15, does that mean she'll design the technical foundation of the Matrix when she is 30? (which had the purpose to harvest the human energy)

Sorry, could not resist. Great to see our youth being creative.

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359 points by mikecane  9 hours ago   135 comments top 47
lukejduncan 8 hours ago 6 replies      
Facebook has value, but no matter what your privacy settings are set to, no matter what you delete, always assume that anything you write or do on Facebook - in any context - will be embarrassingly public. 1) Because it will and 2) because it just makes life easier.

When my wife and I were first dating, for religious and cultural reasons her parents didn't know. Her parents are conservative Muslims and mine conservative Christians. She had a picture of the two of us as her profile picture, and it was set to private (that existed once). More importantly in the picture she wasn't wearing the hijab (the head scarf).

One day Facebook removed the ability to have private profile pictures - automatically converting every profile picture to public. Her sister saw the picture and long story short that was the last time she talked to her parents. That was 2+ years ago. Facebook can't be blamed for the cultural and relationship issues at play here, but they can be blamed for how they went about this. And we can be blamed for trusting them.

I still use facebook. I don't blame them for trying new things, pushing the boundaries, etc. I have however learned that no matter what that data isn't mine. It's facebooks. And whenever facebook decides to innovate they will do whatever they want with their data to try doing it.

novum 8 hours ago 6 replies      
FB has, over the years, gradually lost my trust until I deleted my account in November 2010 after having been a member since late 2004 when FB was college-only.

As a 20-something living in SF, it's a daily thing now: I don't get invited to parties, I don't know about birthdays, I don't see my friends' photos, I don't have any contact with anyone from high school or college anymore.

There is a real social cost for someone in my situation to not be on FB. I struggle to quantify the harm, but it's there. I struggle too to explain to my friends why I'm not on FB. And yet I still think I'm better off without it.

The whole situation contributes to the isolation I already experience as an introvert and someone who doesn't much care for bars, clubs, or alcohol -- though I suppose I don't need to remind this audience that being alone != loneliness.

I guess it doesn't matter much anyway, since FB is still collecting information on me (and other 'shadow profiles' of users not on FB).

yid 6 hours ago 4 replies      
I find rants like this quite interesting, especially when they end with lines like this:

> That is why I may delete my Facebook account. And that is why you should too.

"May". In spite of this pretty egregious behavior/bug, it's still a "may delete my Facebook account". That alone says something about the longevity of the business.

sgrenfro 3 hours ago 1 reply      
My name is Scott Renfro, and Im a software engineer at Facebook working on security and privacy. I thought I'd post the comment I submitted on the original blog post here as well. Weve put a lot of work into making deletions permanent, so I can imagine how frustrated you must be. Im pretty sure those story deletions are permanent, and I cant think of any place where we can or do automatically restore user-deleted content months later.

If you happen to have any more details about specific stories that reappeared, Id love to try and figure out exactly what happened. Admittedly, that may be difficult now that several months have passed.

As one of the other commenters mentioned, your Activity Log is a better place to get a full list of your activity and delete it item-by-item. It also shows posts that Timeline omits and includes other types of content such as likes and comments. This help page may be useful https://www.facebook.com/help/activitylog and you can find your Activity Log at https://www.facebook.com/me/allactivity?privacy_source=activ...

I couldnt tell from your description, but one possibility is that you only saw and deleted the stories rendered on your Timeline, which is just a summary of your activity.

devindotcom 7 hours ago 1 reply      
There seems to be a philosophical difference in how users versus services view ownership of data and posts like this. If you write status "foo" and someone else comments "bar," who owns what? Do you own the comment because it is subordinate to your post? If your post was just a letter, and someone wrote an essay in a comment underneath it, do you own that essay and can you delete it without permission from its creator?

No, we shouldn't trust facebook. But no, we also shouldn't pretend that the word delete means the same thing on your personal computer as it does on a shared resource like facebook. It's way more complicated than that. It should be simple, but it isn't, at least not yet.

Also, not upvoting this because of the eye-rollingly overdone "merriam-webster defines..." line. God, I can't stand that!

randartie 10 minutes ago 0 replies      
Timeline shows only popular posts you make. If you delete the posts on timeline then only a subset of your posts are deleted AND they will get replaced by other less popular posts you made in the past. You'd need to go into user settings and delete items directly from the activity log. This clearly isn't a huge usecase (1 by 1 item deletion).

This is just another case of user misunderstanding/error which gets blamed on facebook.

dangerlibrary 8 hours ago 1 reply      
I deleted my Facebook account a few years ago. The whole deal - waited the requisite month or so to ensure that it was gone, and any further login attempts wouldn't re-instate the account.

Six months later I signed up with a different email address, and Facebook forced me to confirm my account with my phone number. Javascript Error - that phone number is associated with another Facebook account. I click OK, and I'm redirected to my "new" account with all my old Facebook friends (on the opposite side of the country) showing up as "people I may know."

Nothing is deleted from Facebook, ever.

pyvek 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Another thing to note is that they don't want their users to delete stuff or do any action that may suggest abandoning the platform. I thought that I deleted my profile 1.5 years ago but I tried logging in last week (after seeing a similar HN thread) and was surprised to find that it was all there. It occured to me that I must have deactivated my profile. Then I tried looking for delete option but couldn't find it anywhere. All I could find was a _deactivate_ button. I had to use a third party (Google) to find out about how to delete my profile.

Facebook has made it unnecessarily hard to delete accounts and instead pushes the _deactivate_ option in a very psychologically manipulative way. Even after using the delete option, I'm sure that they're going to retain my data for as long as they like. I still did it for my own sake, prevent myself from using it at all.

baddox 7 hours ago 0 replies      
While I agree with the gist of the argument (Facebook shouldn't bring back user-deleted posts, and you shouldn't trust Facebook), the semantic arguments over the term "delete" are frivolous. It's not unreasonable for Facebook to keep storing things that I delete. Windows has the Recycle Bin, word processors have undo, databases have backups, etc. The problem is restoring the content without the user's permission. Citing a dictionary definition then overfitting your argument to that specific definition is something I expect from a high school speech class.
mahyarm 8 hours ago 1 reply      
This is the frustrating thing about facebook. They often have bugs that make things suddenly become public, or settings for visibility of new posts all of a sudden reset to 'all friends' or public. G+ handles this kind of stuff far better.

I really wish there was an auto-delete items older than X months. Most of the value of facebook goes away after a month, anything older than that is usually negative history digging and stalking by others.

speeder 6 hours ago 1 reply      
I just remembered a very interesting tale.

There is a social networks for some stuff that you don't want known (for example, sexual fetishes, or gay stuff, or anti-government stuff, and so on).

I know a case where someone (that was never found out who, although there are some suspects) in one of those social networks started to attack some other people there. Until things started to get out of hand, with the person finding the Facebook profiles of those involved (even if they had completely fake profiles) and posting on that network, and then getting their profile in that network and posting back on Facebook...

Then the attacker posted on the niche social network the Facebook profiles of children of the victims, stuff escalated to the point of people hiring private investigators and professional assassins (some of the victims were soldiers and/or military police shock troops, and were not amused at all at threats toward their family... and happily supported plans for a assassination).

Happily the attacker suddenly gave up, and things de-escalated... But it made me much more aware that social networks can be VERY dangerous...

Of course (considering the tone of social networks here, professions of those involved, and that people wanted to do illegal stuff) I cannot explain better or give more information.

ten7 8 hours ago 3 replies      
Perhaps the way to delete the information in the account is to replace the status posts, comments, photos with junk. Words and sentences that don't mean anything; photos that are noise. Perhaps there's a way to do that in an automated fashion. I'd use that.
junto 7 hours ago 4 replies      
If I hadn't seen exactly the same thing with my own eyes then I would be tempted to believe you.

I said this previously in another Facebook related thread:

  Facebook don't properly delete content that you choose to delete.   Photos, check-ins and posts are just archived. I've been through   and deleted everything manually on my timeline back to 2007. I noted   that certain pages still showed the "counts" of content that had long   been deleted:    - http://i.imgur.com/zdwTl.png    - http://i.imgur.com/27RFG.png
Recently I went back to delete some of the newer content. To my surprise, ALL of my previous posts, and comments had returned.

I don't think Facebook are playing fair. Delete means delete, and I want to delete it permanently.

If they archive the data instead of deleting it, then they should say 'archive' on the damn button.

I also no longer trust Facebook at all. I don't post on it, and keep the account only for OAuth testing purposes (and lurking).

If my deleted posts mysteriously appear again I plan on updating every single one to gibberish. Maybe quoting loremgibson.com or 1984.

hamoid 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I wonder if I could get my account really deleted and my data put offline by breaking the terms [1] (posting ads and logos or sharing my password for example).

I'm afraid it would not work, though. Probably they delete the recent content, leave the rest online, and refuse me to log in...

Did anyone try?

[1] https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

ultimoo 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I wonder what facebookers who are HNers have to say about this. Do you guys have any opinions about this -- it is by design? Are there ways around it? Will there be ways around this?
tedsanders 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I think the title is an overreaction. Just because something can and has violated your trust doesn't mean you should never trust it. Never is a very strong word.
pothibo 8 hours ago 1 reply      
I understand this is not good. I do.

But I'm surprised people think entity like Facebook, Google and any other web businesses delete records permanently. It's not worth it on so many level:

- People that actually want to retrieve their stuff,

- It's harder to implement a full delete than it is to add a flag,

- They would have to give up on data-mining assets.

I don't endorse, but I understand.

PavlovsCat 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I am not going to waste time deleting all of my content a third time.

I did that once, there's a Firefox extension (the name escapes me at the moment sorry) you can use to create macros. Sure it's useless in a way, but it's also fun in a way :D If it pops back, it's macro time again -- better than nothing, right?

kailuowang 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Thank you. I didn't know that you can actually delete your facebook account until I saw you post. The only option I knew was to deactivate the account. From the UI, I couldn't find any other option, but a single Google point me to the delete account form. Thanks!
jorgecastillo 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Every time this sort of articles come up, I feel glad I don't have a Facebook account. As I see it if you care enough about somebody, you have their phone number and their address.
johnjlocke 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I always think back to that time when Zuck was on stage a couple of years ago, and he was talking about user-generated content, and he slipped, and referred to it as Facebook's. There you go. Anything you put on their site is their property, to do with as they like. I really think their days are numbered. Not anytime soon, but eventually, they are going to become as obsolete as Friendster, Bebo, and MySpace are now, but first a new social network that is built in that same style must emerge.
grandalf 6 hours ago 2 replies      
I think this is far more likely due to incompetence on the part of Facebook than malice.
diminoten 5 hours ago 0 replies      
For the 100th time, the only reason any of us are on Facebook and not Google+ or MySpace or Friendster or whatever is because all of our friends are on there with us.

Facebook can and will do whatever it wants to abuse this fact, and as long as they provide the most convenient way to communicate with other people, there is nothing we can do about it, period.

So rant away, my Internet friends, it's all we can do anyway.

marknutter 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I've had similar issues with Facebook. After it became clear they were using my "likes" and profile information (favorite movies, books, tv shows, etC) to serve me ads I removed every single "like" I had ever done and all information from my profile. Yet I still get targeted adds based on that information.
D9u 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I stopped using FB over a year ago, and I deleted my account there last December.

Once you delete your FB account your profile remains visible for another two weeks, provided you don't login during the interim.

Today I can happily say that I am no longer on the publicly-available Facebook site, but who knows if FB maintains an LEO version of the site for use by the fascists (spies) and other government entities...

shadesandcolour 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I wonder if this is the case because those wall posts aren't specifically yours. You posted those onto another user's timeline, and thus it's probably not within your power to delete them. I'm not saying that this is the right thing to do, but it fits with the available data. If you removed all your photos and they're still gone, but wall posts are still there, it's an issue with how Facebook view data ownership. If you delete status updates or relationships, work etc, they stay gone too I imagine.
rinon 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Perhaps FB automatically decided that the deletions were in fact unauthorized tampering with the account and nicely restored the "damage?"
capkutay 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Personal story, but nevertheless humiliating and tied to facebook. I was never able to get an explanation or even contact FB's support about it.

Within a matter of hours, I lost over 150 facebook friends. Somehow, it was also tied into instagram and I unfollowed all my friends. Not sure how this happened. But you could imagine that it's embarrassing to have to re-friend people on facebook and explain that you didn't do it on purpose. I'm sure there are some people I forgot to refriend who think that I just de-friended them for personal reasons. This just ties into the fact that whatever happens to you on facebook will be broadcast to your entire social network.

boi_v2 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I bet when you "delete" something facebook (and many others) just marks it as "hidden" so you will think it is gone.

The same happen to me but with yahoo, I had an old account that was long unused, because I didn't want to lose any contact that could happen I redirected it to another email, then, after a couple of years, I decided to delete the account because only spams were being redirected. A year later I notice that emails started to come from this "deleted" account again and so I tried to login and for my surprise it was active.

So don't expect to "delete" anything, and I think we shouldn't expect to have our rights respected, these companies provide a service that is not really for us.

jmandzik 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Facebook lost me a while back when the Android app first came out. Logging into the site and finding contacts that had no account in my facebook "phonebook" felt like a breach of trust. I figured they'd act in good faith and enrich Android contacts with facebook data. I did NOT think they'd yank my contacts the other way, doing who-knows-what with it. Shame on me for not reading the app permissions with more scrutiny.

Leaving facebook removed a distraction I did not realize I was weary of. At risk of sounding dramatic, it felt like I got a few minutes a day of my life back.

Duhck 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Clearly they have a bug, but as far as actually deleting your data; I am willing to be it'll never be deleted.

They couldn't possibly manage the data if you could remove pieces, since everything on facebook is intertwined (likes, comments, shares, etc).

aka this doesn't surprise me.

donniezazen 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Not having facebook makes you look like an anti-social element irrespective of what it does to your mental health and well being. At the end of the day, I feel like make a small circle of friends that engage with you on deep level and not just superficially. What kind of friend it would who couldn't or forgets to text or call you?
rshm 7 hours ago 2 replies      

I deleted my twitter profile picture as well as account in 2008. I had a url of the profile image saved. After five years the the link works and image is still there.

mililani 7 hours ago 1 reply      
Just create a fake FB account for things like authentication, or getting coupons, etc...

I don't trust FB, but I do need it for certain things. Keeping in touch with friends/family is definitely not one of them

nadahalli 6 hours ago 0 replies      
The only reason I am on Facebook and also not use AdBlock on Google Search is, I am in the internet business. And if you are in the internet-business, you do have to be a part of the system: all in.

I do not want to mull over a social media monetizing idea and wonder if Facebook has already figured it out. I just need to be there and know it myself.

Sad reason, but that's the way it is.

ziko 8 hours ago 1 reply      
I'll give you a little advice that's been working wonderfully for me so far - don't ever post something that is politically/ethnically/whatever questionable and you'll be fine. Even better than that, it'll play in your favour.
alariccole 4 hours ago 0 replies      
"That is why I may delete my Facebook account. And that is why you should too."

We should also do something that you're not even certain you're going to do yourself?

shmerl 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Just use better alternatives like Diaspora.
Arnor 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Regarding:>> Or is it? If Facebook doesnt understand what should happen when I delete my wall posts, whos to say that if I delete my account, it wont come back too?

I thought I had deleted my account in 2009, but I was curious when I saw this. It turns out I can still log in. Curious...

eyeareque 6 hours ago 1 reply      
So if you break their T.O.S. bad enough, will they delete you for real?
kimlelly 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Is this real life?

Do you really think it's still necessary to state that you should not trust a company that works with the NSA?

Does anybody do any thinking after reading the news?

What exactly do you need to wake up?

EDIT: :-D just keep downvoting and burry your heads deep in the sand...

h2ohno 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I did the very same thing with my account, and also noticed everything that I deleted still showing up in the timeline. Pissed me off.

Need I remind everyone that Zuckerberg himself said people were "dumb fucks" for trusting him with their data?

dysinger 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I just went and looked too and all my content going back to 2007 which a painstaking hand deleted is back(!)

I hope mark zuckerberg ends up broke doing LAMP consulting.

marcelocamanho 4 hours ago 0 replies      
It is probably issues with cache and/or data replication.
cliveowen 7 hours ago 2 replies      
One thing that has always bothered me it's that if you ever decide to post a comment on a site that uses the Facebook commenting system and you decide not to publish that comment on your timeline, then you have no way of recovering it (and thus deleting it, if you ever decide so). You have to resort to search engines that behave poorly for this kind of things.

I admit that after some mishaps Facebook has greatly improved the privacy controls on the site and allowed user to more easily control what they share and with whom, but I guess pretty much everyone would agree that it's not enough yet. We need the ability to delete the very content that we create, everyone has the right to be forgotten should he decide so.

3327 6 hours ago 0 replies      
wow after reading this I went and closed account.
talhof8 7 hours ago 1 reply      
Do you think facebook is going down?
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354 points by anateus  1 day ago   143 comments top 37
hooande 1 day ago 6 replies      
The current venture capital model is all about social dynamics. Almost everything that VCs do is intended to remind founders that they are the supplicants asking for money, and the VCs are the wealthy financial professionals who are the gatekeepers of their social class.

If you've ever been to a major VCs office you'll know exactly what I mean. The decor is all marble and old money. It's designed to let visitors know that the VCs are rich, powerful and important, more so than the founder who is coming to seek capital. It's not that the VCs are bad people, trying to manipulate founders with psychological mind games. It's that this is the way things were done for most of the 20th century and most VC firms are still playing by the old rules.

Most of the things that pg complained about specifically fall into this category of social dynamic reinforcement. Why do VCs make raising money into a ridiculously drawn out process of months of email after email? Because only the powerful side of the negotiation can do that. Those who are serious about getting a deal done answer the phone when it rings. The boss can afford to wait until they have time on their schedule.

Why do VCs compel founders to accept more investment money than they might need? Again, it's a power thing. When you go to the bank and ask for a loan they don't convince you to take $5MM more than you asked for. This is because bank loans have become a commodity and they need your business as much as you need their money. VCs are fighting commoditization with everything they have. They like a system that makes them much more important than the other side.

The kind of VC that pg said would get "all the best deals" is one that valued founder's time as much as their time. That placed the founders financial needs on the same level of their financial needs. Well, what VC wants to play that game? It's smarter to preserve a system that you are firmly at the top of than it is to lower standards to get more deal flow. Right now the Sequoia brand is worth it's weight in platinum, which means that they get to dictate terms entirely. It will be a long time before they change the way that they do business in order to cater to the needs of any given founder.

I'm not saying that VCs are malicious or evil. They are generally very intelligent, capable and good people. It's just that they are they are caught up in an antiquated system that places too much value on social status and position. Most VCs worked their lives to get there, they aren't going to give it up even if it's the right thing to do.

I think the real question is: Why doesn't Paul Graham start this mythical founders first VC firm? People trust him with money and he's proven that he can put common sense over his ego. He has the respect of the community and as he said himself, if he followed his own advice he could get all the best deals.

jacques_chester 1 day ago 2 replies      
> One thing we can say for sure is that there will be a lot more startups. The monolithic, hierarchical companies of the mid 20th century are being replaced by networks of smaller companies. This process is not just something happening now in Silicon Valley. It started decades ago, and it's happening as far afield as the car industry. It has a long way to run.

I think this is predicted in part by Coase's theory of the firm.

As the transactional cost of coordinating between firms falls, the size of a firm necessary to sustain complex projects and processes shrinks.

For example, it used to be that getting computing done meant leasing mainframe time. IBM wouldn't deal with small-fry, just too much work for too little return. So to get started, you needed mondo capital.

Later, provisioning a server meant some faxes, phonecalls and maybe some emails; followed by sending some staff to a data centre to meet a shipment from the manufacturer and install it. This meant that you needed several actual people in the company to do this. Usually the founders and a few other people, on a weekend.

These days? I type a command. My computer talks to a remote computer and they set up any amount of computing that I need.

Now I need to jump in here and point out that it's not simply sticker cost. It's the full transactional cost -- cost of search, cost of integration, cost of coordination etc etc -- that is falling on many fundamental inputs to software development.

The other thing that predicts the fall in firm size is the increasing productivity of developers. One of the principal ways to improve the productivity of labour is to use capital, and the past decade has seen an accumulation of capital that is stunning in its breadth and scope.

For example, a decade ago, Rails didn't exist outside of 37signals. Neither did the vast ecosystem of tools that has grown up around it. Collectively these represent amazing amounts of capital that any individual can access and apply.

jfarmer 1 day ago 2 replies      
"I think one of the biggest unexploited opportunities in startup investing right now is angel-sized investments made quickly. Few investors understand the cost that raising money from them imposes on startups."

Oh lord yes.

Having been through the fundraising process a few times, it's hard to describe the sheer relief when you find an investor willing to give a quick yes or no. The best I can describe it is like the feeling of getting a Christmas present you really, really wanted but didn't think to ask for.

SV Angel and a16z are two of the best I've ever interacted with in this regard. It's clear both firms deeply respect entrepreneurs' time.

7Figures2Commas 1 day ago 5 replies      
I don't disagree with all of PG's points, but I always find it intriguing that in discussions of the current startup landscape and the future of startup investing, there's almost never any mention of the impact of the easy money policies of the major central banks over the past several years.

Cheap money on an unprecedented scale has affected just about every asset class, including VC, so to discuss the future of startup investing without even considering the extraordinary monetary policies we've seen implemented since 2008 is interesting to say the least.

JumpCrisscross 1 day ago 0 replies      
"If there were a reputable investor who invested $100k on good terms and promised to decide yes or no within 24 hours, they'd get access to almost all the best deals, because every good startup would approach them first. It would be up to them to pick, because every bad startup would approach them first too, but at least they'd see everything."

Sounds like a classic intermediation problem.

The classic intermediation solution is a market maker who defaults to funding any start-up that meets pre-posted requirements. The intention would be to off-load the illiquid stake as soon as possible. The thesis is that liquidity conditions are restraining venture capital flows more than any shortage of risk capital. The plan may still achieve escape velocity if net transaction efficiencies outweigh the information asymmetry costs, i.e. the "6 weeks" liberated from fund-raising enhances valuations fast enough to make up for the duds accepted in the name of speediness. ROFRs and other anti-transfer mechanisms diminish the appeal of this idea.

kapilkale 1 day ago 0 replies      
One thing I suspect will change for VCs is the 2/20 model.

Because the cost of building a startup is going down, and assuming the opportunity lies in early stage investments, VCs are going to have to make more early stage investments than they are now.

VC operating expenses are covered by a 2% management fee levied on assets under management. This incentivizes VCs to create megafunds so that they can have proportionally mega salaries.

Seed stage investments come at a totally different operating cost.

Seed-stage investing is pretty hard with a megafund because they are so expensive operationally. VCs would much rather write a 50M check in a growth round for 33% of a company than a 100 $500K checks for 5% of each company. They might have to talk to 20 companies for the growth rounds to make 1 investment, but they'd probably have to talk to thousands to make the 100 investments in seed rounds. That means they need a bigger staff and that 2% model won't work.

In fact, I've heard VCs say that the only reason they write small checks in seed rounds is so that they have a strong relationship with the founders and pro-rata rights if the company happens to blow up.

I suspect that VC salaries will go down like crazy, and they'll be forced to rely on carry for the funds earnings. Which is probably a good direction for VCs to go.

Chris Dixon outlined the problem here too: http://cdixon.org/2009/08/26/the-other-problem-with-venture-...

adventured 1 day ago 0 replies      
"If there were a reputable investor who invested $100k on good terms and promised to decide yes or no within 24 hours, they'd get access to almost all the best deals, because every good startup would approach them first"

Mark Cuban does that, and you can email him at will. I've dealt with him and his team, he's extremely fast in deciding (an email or two), and his team is extraordinarily easy to work with. Cuban also doesn't care where you're located. The only catch is that he has to be personally interested, generally speaking, in what you're doing.

However I don't think Cuban gets access to all the best deals. Being located in San Francisco or Silicon Valley is clearly a substantial benefit to having access to a lot of the best new startups. I think location will continue to matter in that regard.

bryanh 1 day ago 1 reply      

    Right now, VCs often knowingly invest too much money at the series A     stage. They do it because they feel they need to get a big chunk of     each series A company to compensate for the opportunity cost of the     board seat it consumes. Which means when there is a lot of competition     for a deal, the number that moves is the valuation (and thus amount     invested) rather than the percentage of the company being sold. Which     means, especially in the case of more promising startups, that series     A investors often make companies take more money than they want.
Seems like this is a plausible explanation of what happened to Color (http://www.crunchbase.com/company/color-labs)?

Also, I rather enjoyed reading:

    Which means the first VC to break ranks and start to do series A    rounds for as much equity as founders want to sell (and with no    "option pool" that comes only from the founders' shares) stands to    reap huge benefits.
As I always thought the big, required option pool that so heavily diluted founders/early employees was a bit out there. Seems much more sane to practice JIT dilution.

jbapple 1 day ago 2 replies      
"[5] This trend is one of the main causes of the increase in economic inequality in the US since the mid twentieth century. The person who would in 1950 have been the general manager of the x division of Megacorp is now the founder of the x company, and owns significant equity in it."

What economic evidence is there to support this claim about the causes of economic inequality?

natural219 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm more skeptical. That there will be "more good startups" seems more like a wish than a prediction. Why will there be more good startups? Based off of what evidence?

I'm not necessarily disagreeing, I just wonder why he thinks so. That there will be more startups in general seems obvious, but "good" startups seem to be increasingly more elusive, at least to me.

dave1619 1 day ago 0 replies      
Seems like PG is advocating the following to VCs:

1. Don't grow pessimistic over the growing number of startups because there will be a growing number of great founders. If you focus on finding them, you can make more money than before.

2. To find them, you need a competitive advantage which could be doing what founders want/need: smaller Series A rounds and quick decisions.

He's practically daring the VC community to see who will step up.

earbitscom 1 day ago 2 replies      
Oh man. This may be my favorite startup quote in all of history. "Investors make more money as founders' bitches than their bosses."
jseliger 1 day ago 0 replies      
There are still a lot of people who'd make great founders who never end up starting a company. You can see that from how randomly some of the most successful startups got started. So many of the biggest startups almost didn't happen that there must be a lot of equally good startups that actually didn't happen.

This is also true of a lot of writers; I wrote some about it here (http://jseliger.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/links-the-time-for-...), and will quote from Tim Parkss Does Money Make Us Write Better?:

When they are starting out writers rarely make anything at all for what they do. I wrote seven novels over a period of six years before one was accepted for publication. Rejected by some twenty publishers that seventh eventually earned me an advance of 1,000 for world rights. Evidently, I wasnt working for money. What then? Pleasure? I dont think so; I remember I was on the point of giving up when that book was accepted. Id had enough. However much I enjoyed trying to get the world into words, the rejections were disheartening; and the writing habit was keeping me from a proper career elsewhere.

John Barth and William Goldman almost quit too and have written about it. How many anonymous but important artists got within a hair of success but couldn't make it over that line, who, instead of being artists who "almost didn't happen," didn't happen? The Internet is enabling a much more direct way of judging artists, much as it does startups, and I'm struck by the comparisons between artists and startup founders that run throughout pg's essays.

6thSigma 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Once the JOBS Act regulations go through and companies can crowd-fund for equity, early rounds should go lightning fast.

The problem is it will be difficult for the crowd-funding websites to organize and adapt with regulations and the new marketplace that is being created.

For instance, if there are 1,500 investors in the Seed round, how do you decide who the official advisors are? Will people be wary investing in companies without a known advisor or investor already "in?" And if so, will that mean that crowd funding won't be necessarily all that helpful to companies struggling to find that first investor?

netcan 17 hours ago 0 replies      
"The monolithic, hierarchical companies of the mid 20th century are being replaced by networks of smaller companies."

"There might be 10x or even 50x more good founders out there. As more of them go ahead and start startups, those 15 big hits a year could easily become 50 or even 100."

I wonder how those two things work together. The first predicts a world with more, but smaller businesses. The second seems to predict no change in the threshold for success. If the future really does allocate a larger portion of the pie to medium seized companies (say, 100 - 500 employees to take an arbitrary definition of 'medium'), isn't that definition of success and associated financing model problematic? There isn't much of a market for medium sized tech companies that have moved past rapid growth. Without that market, VCs can't get their money back.

The essay talks about opportunities for more risk tolerant investors at the bottom of the pyramid (earlier stage, smaller investments). That seems to cover the idea of more, cheaper, riskier startups. But, the other idea about a higher resolution economy implies (I think) a need for smaller lower risk investments too.

rdl 1 day ago 0 replies      
If investors don't do the option pool shuffle, don't have mandatory minimum amounts to invest, don't waste everyone's time, and don't dick around for control provisions (board seats, etc.), I wonder if that ceases to be a "Series A" and is just followup very large seed rounds. i.e. does calling it a "Series A" when in fact it has terms closer to seed make it more or less likely to happen?

Doing two seed rounds (maybe one for $1-2mm, and a later one for $5-10mm) seems like an easier way for this to "just happen without conscious thought" than redefining A rounds themselves.

I've certainly heard of people raising <$500k early on genuine seed terms, and then $5mm+ on "seed rounds" which are essentially Series A minus control. Then you end up with crazy $100mm Series A rounds happening later.

sdoowpilihp 1 day ago 2 replies      
The article was a good read. Through out the article though, I couldn't help but feel that Paul Graham wants to change how startups are invested in, specifically the 24 hour turnaround on investment decisions and the A round change, and framed it as "I see x as a trend that is developing". It makes me wonder if a sufficiently influential person in a given industry claims to see a trend that is closely tied to human behavior, could that trend become a reality?
newnewnew 1 day ago 6 replies      
And this is all bad, bad, bad news for recruiting. These companies will all be fighting over the same talent pool that is growing only slowly.
beat 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Another little concern I have, and not touched on in the essay... will M&A activity keep up with the increase in the number of startups? The trend toward acqui-hires is distressing. The practical definition is buying out a startup for their staff, not their product. IPO is not the primary outlet for software startups. Most successful exits are from acquisition by larger companies.

So while pg clearly illustrates a situation in which founders are gaining power over investors, I think we're looking at another, worrisome situation where potential buyers have more power over startups. Competition will be up, and prices will be down. Worse, handing more power to the relatively slow, cautious big corporations will encourage their already bad habits of dithering.

brudgers 1 day ago 0 replies      
A pyramid is a lousy model. It fights gravity. A better model with a similar shape is a funnel. With seives. Gravity does most of the sorting, though sometimes the apparatus needs a shake to keep things flowing.

YC doesn't select stones to set on top of other stones. It filters a stream. It amplifies what makes it past the interviews. It reduces friction to help companies keep moving.

There's less statefullness than in pyramid construction. HN is a scouting network, not a quarry. The process doesn't chisel companies to the desired batter. It develops talent and sells it on. Like Ajax.

A pyramid is an anti-pattern for disruption.

beat 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I worry about this a little, not because I think pg is wrong, but because what he's saying is what I as an early-stage founder really want to hear. Anytime someone is saying something I really want to hear, I turn on the extra radar, to make sure I'm not wishful-thinking.
ubershmekel 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm very curious about the VC/Angel probabilities of success. Of the 511 startups, how many bootstrap or above? How many die after the first investment?

From the post we know ~2% will grow to a ~billion usd valuation.

kevingibbon 1 day ago 0 replies      
It will be interesting to see if VCs take Pauls advice. Recently a lot of VCs have been offering value add services like design expertise and recruiting. I hope they also include quick decisions and less dilution.

Why does it take some VCs so long to make a decision? Ron Conway makes a decision to fund a founder within 10min of meeting them.

balsam 6 hours ago 0 replies      
i think the most interesting takeaway, that none of the comments touch on, is PG thinks there are a finite number of good ideas (even though this is currently larger than the number of good startups.) this probably means that (he thinks) that the number of good ideas is a simple function of the number of technological breakthroughs in a given year. so, in fact, it might be possible to comprehensively list all of the good ideas, in a RFS, for example.
utnick 1 day ago 1 reply      
Interesting article

As an outsider, it was surprising to me that seed investors don't have access to a company's revenue numbers. I would think there would be some kind of quarterly report that goes to all investors.

jpdoctor 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'll add a major forward-looking issue: The Federal Reserve has been issuing free money, and that party is over.

It won't affect the next A or B rounds, but exits in about 3-5 years are going to dry up much like they did the last time the Fed tightened.

quackerhacker 1 day ago 0 replies      
there's a third: start your own company

I'm going play the role of semantics really quick. I like how PG differentiates between a startup and a company. What I've learned while coding, and dealing with Angels are the differences in stages...so I'll share my definitions (with dev examples)

  1. Idea: just a concept, like an app  2. Project: the investment (usually time) we as entrepreneurs put in, like coding an app  3. Startup: just launched/deployed and ready to improvise as you grow, now your in the App Store and are out of beta  4. Business: your in the black, or at least have a projected growth rate of being there (u made angry birds)
I see why the startup stage is the greatest risk/reward investment, because in my eyes, it's like you just turned on the engine, everyone hears the growl, but you haven't spun the wheels yet.

falicon 9 hours ago 0 replies      
With a larger number of startups, there will likely be some amount more of hits per year, but I think the cap (or even large percent of growth) is not actually determined by this.

Rather, I suspect that the 'about 15 big hits a year' is actually more about the public (and how many 'new' things the masses will actually adopt a year) than it is about the overall number of new startups each year.

csomar 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Right now the limiting factor on the number of big hits is the number of sufficiently good founders starting companies, and that number can and will increase.

I do share this opinion. Creating value has no limits. You can create as much value and wealth as you can.

mathattack 1 day ago 2 replies      
"When I graduated from college in 1986, there were essentially two options: get a job or go to grad school. Now there's a third: start your own company."

This is an important observation. 20 years ago, the smartest people went to large companies. Now it's a question of "Join someone else's startup or start my own?" The alternative of career paths at large companies no longer exist. It isn't just social acceptance and lower cost of entry, it's that the alternative is long gone.

yarou 1 day ago 0 replies      
I don't find the trends to be too surprising. After the major bubbles of the dotcom era and the 2008 financial crisis (I wasn't alive for the LBO bubble), a lot of energy is focused in creative pursuits, rather than those simply engaging in wealth transfer. Bootstrapping will become easier as time goes on, with the advent of b2d/open-source toolkits, as well as the perpetual cost-savings of Platform-As-A-Service providers such as Heroku and AppEngine.
CleanedStar 1 day ago 0 replies      
"This trend is one of the main causes of the increase in economic inequality in the US since the mid twentieth century. The person who would in 1950 have been the general manager of the x division of Megacorp is now the founder of the x company, and owns significant equity in it."

Boy, is this a load of bollocks. I guess the 20th century war against socialism ("the means of production in the hands of those who work it") and worker's organizations and parties doesn't come much into play into these analyses. Up to the bickering a few months ago in Wisconsin with Walker - although we're so far down the road, that example isn't very useful as a specific case.

Yes, the entrepreneurial middle manager starting his own business, this is the source of income inequality! Meanwhile, half the Forbes 400 inherited their way onto the list. Where's the plucky entrepreneur in that equation? Even "self-made" people like Warren Buffett had a congressman father and a grandfather with a chain of stores. Not exactly a guy pulling himself up by his bootstraps.

I mean, the fact that this speech was made to investors is a signal. Not the tone, but the fact that it's investors who are the ones who sit and hear these things. The programmer in the trenches, working 50-60 hours a week creating wealth is not a part of these decisions on production.

There's a good documentary called "Born Rich" that is on Youtube right now. I would recommend people watch it. This is who the money goes to, not the plucky, hard-working entrepreneur. Blogs are filled with stories of angels and VCs backstabbing founders. As is HN. And the founders usually get the best deal in the company, far better than schlub programmers. Even hackers of the caliber of Jamie Zawinski have attested to this.

This idea of income inequality happening because some hard-working founder gets all of the money is a complete farce. Propaganda even.

If we want to really get into a discussion of this - just who are the "limited partners" the VCs are raising money from, and where did they get their money? We always see a fresh-faced Mark Zuckerberg or Drew Houston, or a Paul Graham or even a Ron Conway, or John Doerr or Michael Moritz. But who are the limited partners they're raising money from? Who is calling the shots on how money gets spent?

wilfra 1 day ago 1 reply      
"investors make more money as founders' bitches than their bosses."

Hall of Fame quote right there.

captiva12 1 day ago 0 replies      
It makes sense to invest in a company where the founders want to control the ownership. That really means the strongly believe in what they are doing. And other thing they should look in for founders is Perseverance.
Eduard 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm curious about the n algorithm, and what n stands for with respect to batch size.
lnsignificant 1 day ago 1 reply      
I wish someone would redesign Paul's site. I always think I click the wrong link when I initially land on it.
garry 1 day ago 2 replies      
You're new here, so I thought I'd let you know: Hacker News is about actual conversation and debate, and not a contest on who can be most negative or contrary. There's not enough to be learned from that, and we might as well not have that conversation at all.

It's not enough to say something is bullshit. Why is it? What part? How do you know?

NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program washingtonpost.com
318 points by hermanywong  2 days ago   86 comments top 19
pvnick 2 days ago 2 replies      
Wanted to take yet another opportunity to mention the nationwide Restore the Fourth demonstration happening this week. http://restorethe4th.net I hope everyone reading this attends their local rally.

It also needs to be said that another leak is coming soon that details a program that collects/stores the contents of 1 Billion cell phone calls every single day [1]. I submitted the link earlier but it got buried after only a few upvotes.

[1] http://www.businessinsider.com/greenwald-nsa-store-calls-eve...

rasterizer 2 days ago 1 reply      
Interesting. Some insight, some contradiction and confusion especially when compared to earlier reportings on the first slides:

- The "direct access" claim is replaced with "FBI interception unit" which is "government equipment on private company property to retrieve matching information from a participating company" that detail isn't mentioned in slides but provided in annotations.

- The case format notation points to "real-time notification" when a target logs in or sends emails/IM/VOIP etc:

"Depending on the provider, the NSA may receive live notifications when a target logs on or sends an e-mail, or may monitor a voice, text or voice chat as it happens (noted on the first slide as "Surveillance").

The "Depending on the provider" bit is interesting as it suggests that there are potentially different levels of "participation".

- "On April 5, according to this slide, there were 117,675 active surveillance targets in PRISM's counterterrorism database." can a FISA order cover a target across service providers or each provider requires its own order? the number of targets could dramatically be revises downwards depending on that.

samd 2 days ago 6 replies      
The supervisor must endorse the analyst's "reasonable belief," defined as 51 percent confidence, that the specified target is a foreign national who is overseas at the time of collection.

US citizens make up less than 50% of the world population. So given any target I can be more than 51% confident that they are not a US citizen, knowing nothing about the particular target whatsoever.

eightyone 2 days ago 4 replies      
From the article:

"The program is court-approved but does not require individual warrants."

So does this mean that the number of government requests released by Facebook, Microsoft, etc. within the last few weeks are essentially meaningless in regards to PRISM and most likely other top secret government spying programs?

md224 2 days ago 4 replies      
"The FBI uses government equipment on private company property to retrieve matching information from a participating company, such as Microsoft or Yahoo and pass it without further review to the NSA." (emphasis mine)

Is it just me or is this a fairly bold claim? I don't see anything about government equipment on private company property in the slides... wondering if this is additional testimony from Snowden, or info from supplementary docs that they haven't released.

Also: "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court does not review any individual collection request." Could I get some perspective on this statement? Is this as bad as it sounds? Or are they saying the court approves monitoring on an individual and doesn't need to give approval for every single collection request on that individual?

grey-area 1 day ago 0 replies      
When looking at these new slides with commentary, I find them hard to reconcile with the Google statements about access, but they're not completely contradictory. This line from the slides commentary in particular is new (I wonder if it summarises other slides considered too compromising to reveal?):

Washington Post - The FBI uses government equipment on private company property to retrieve matching information from a participating company

The statements by Google seem to contradict this on first reading:

Larry Page - "Second, we provide user data to governments only in accordance with the law. Our legal team reviews each and every request, and frequently pushes back when requests are overly broad or dont follow the correct process. Press reports that suggest that Google is providing open-ended access to our users data are false, period. Until this weeks reports, we had never heard of the broad type of order that Verizon receivedan order that appears to have required them to hand over millions of users call records. We were very surprised to learn that such broad orders exist. Any suggestion that Google is disclosing information about our users Internet activity on such a scale is completely false."

David Drummond - "Now, what does happen is that we get specific requests from the government for user data. We review each of those requests and push back when the request is overly broad or doesn't follow the correct process. There is no free-for-all, no direct access, no indirect access, no back door, no drop box."

The slides and accompanying commentary from the WP imply that these statements above are at best misleading and misdirection, but not necessarily untrue in a strict sense. There are various qualifiers and ambiguities in the Google statements which mean they could still be claimed to be true - the placement of the apostrophe on users data, which could be taken to mean all users as a plurality rather than just a few tens of thousand, the use of broad, and on such a scale to limit the denial to activities similar to those at Verizon which was reporting all activity. They may well not have heard of a PRISM program as there would be no reason to share the codename with them. Taken together those denials could be taken to be simply denials of participating in complete surveillance (with broad being defined as every single user) or giving access (in some limited sense) to their servers - I'm not sure they've ever denied access to data. The only thing which does puzzle me is that they've claimed their legal team reviews each and every request - that would be hard to do in an automated system or one in which the NSA has their own equipment, though perhaps they do it in bulk or retrospectively.

So these statements could be true in some limited sense, but it'd be nice if Google didn't feel the need to couch their denials in lawyerly evasions. The main reason they have to do this and cannot release more data is that they're not allowed to talk about these secret programs - that enforced secrecy is the most damaging thing here, both for Google and for public debate - we can't talk about them because they're secret, and neither the people affected, nor even the US Congress are given the facts to decide whether they even approve of this behaviour by the NSA/FBI, because the programs are secret. No-one can have a meaningful debate on these programs without more information.

moskie 2 days ago 1 reply      
"On April 5, according to this slide, there were 117,675 active surveillance targets in PRISM's counterterrorism database. The slide does not show how many other Internet users, and among them how many Americans, have their communications collected "incidentally" during surveillance of those targets."

I think something is inferred there that isn't necessarily true: there being 117,675 PRISM records does not necessarily refer to 117,675 different people being targeted. The slides imply that there would be two different records for the same person's Gmail account and their Facebook account. So the number of individual people being targeted would actually be a good amount less. Yes, still tens of thousands of people... but less that 117,675.

bulatb 1 day ago 1 reply      
The way this is presented really isn't cool. If the Post has evidence to back their annotations, they should cite it or at least say it exists in other sources they have access to.

If the annotations are correct, they basically confirm the worst and most extreme interpretations people could come up with when this story broke. But there's no evidence presented in these slides, at all, to support the notes they've "helpfully" added. Where's this information coming from?

dmix 2 days ago 0 replies      
They also posted a great diagram breaking down the process in simpler language:


antoncohen 2 days ago 3 replies      
The Washington Post articles keep referring to companies/providers as "participating", but no where in the slides does it say that internet companies are knowingly participating. It seems very likely that the companies listed are unaware of the surveillance, and the dates listed are when the NSA was able to tap and decode their data streams. I would really like to see evidence that companies are knowingly participating, otherwise this may be defamation by the Post.

Tech: All the companies listed have multiple sites/datacenters. While they use SSL/TLS to encrypt client-server connections, they may not be using encryption to protect server-server connections. Most of the database replication systems don't use encryption by default. Companies use circuit switched connections between sites, they don't own the fiber between two datacenters. That fiber is owned by the big telco providers, and passes through equipment owned by the telco providers.

We know big telco providers like AT&T and Verizon are very willing to give the NSA access to everything without putting up a fight. It seems very possible to me that the NSA is surveilling these companies without their knowledge.

For example it was reported that Dropbox was "coming soon" to PRISM. I don't believe for a second that Dropbox is knowingly giving access to the NSA. "Coming soon" may mean that the NSA has tapped Dropbox's communication, and they are working on decoding it, and converting it into a usable format for PRISM.

jka 2 days ago 0 replies      
Architecturally, it sounds remarkably similar to commercial social media monitoring platforms - not too surprising, since both are essentially about watching and searching the behavior of people around certain topics/groups/keywords.

Queries ('selectors') go in one end, are presumably translated into appropriate queries at each of the external 'data sources' (best-effort translation of the original selectors into whatever the source supports query-wise) and then the results are either alerted on in real-time (surveillance) or kept longer-term (stored comms).

Content returned varies on what the provider can support.

Finally there is a search interface on top (although it looks very basic in this case - simple boolean AND/OR) to provide historic search over the data collected.

rsingel 2 days ago 0 replies      
The FBI as the conduit makes sense. They've got a very sophisticated set of private fiber connections to ISPs and phone companies.

So far as I can tell, this article from 2007 is the only comprehensive look at the FBI's private spy architecture.


logn 2 days ago 0 replies      
Facebook blog: "Growing Beyond Regional Networks (June 2 2009)"https://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?topic_id=216284525139

Facebook joined PRISM on June 3, 2009.

leoc 1 day ago 0 replies      
The old parts of the WaPo's notes don't seem to have been revised. For example, the 'PRISM' name probably doesn't have anything to do with fibre-optic taps, since the You Should Use Both slide indicates that the PRISM name refers only to the Web-company "direct collection" operation rather than the "upstream collection" from the network. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5887627 This Washington Post page still doesn't seem to have any mention of the You Should Use Both slide, probably for the bad reason that it was the Guardian's scoop.) Similarly, the Introduction slide seems to be mostly relevant to upstream collection rather than PRISM.
leot 2 days ago 0 replies      
One question I've been wondering about: did the NSA/gov't ever ask the operators of large webmail providers to not deploy PGP/PKI?
andy_ppp 1 day ago 0 replies      
To me the most interesting thing about all this will be the level of integration between the systems and their ability to filter and record information, figuring out who is likely to have done/said/thought what (using very agressive machine learning algorithms) and tying that in to an email address as the key. There is no court order needed from an operative I'm certain to get my Internet history from the fibre optic side; why would they even need to bother requesting info from google etc. directly of they can just start filtering on certain cookies in real time. SSL might be difficult to break, but I can see that you could easily proxy SSL connections at the network level... Maybe someone can explain to me how a man in the middle attack against SSL can be prevented?
segacontroller 2 days ago 6 replies      
So why didn't Apple just take P9?
sixothree 2 days ago 0 replies      
What is interesting is the cost of the program is surprisingly low compared to their budget.
stefanix 1 day ago 0 replies      
From the last slide it appears M$ pretty much volunteered first, ahead of everybody else.
U.S. bugged EU offices, computer networks yahoo.com
307 points by 1337biz  2 days ago   122 comments top 28
sentenza 2 days ago 3 replies      
I think this one hit home. Judging from what I can see right now, these revelations have stirred up some unrest among EU politicians[1], most noticeably among the generally US-friendly right. Probably the most significant consequence of this is that it will now definitely be a hot issue for the German election, which is held in autumn. There are three likely outcomes:

One possibility is that German politicians take a stand against surveillance while campaigning, making promises, thus causing Germany to become more of a pro-privacy hardliner. This would be a good outcome.

Another possibility is that mainstream politicians fail to do so, but the Pirate Party will manage to get the 5% necessary to enter parliament, thus needling them for years to come. This would also be good.

The third possibility is that mainstream politicians will ignore it and the Pirate Party will fail, causing the political leadership to see the "privacy vote" as negligible. This would be bad for both Germany and Europe.

[1] http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=...

mtgx 2 days ago 0 replies      
Was it here that I saw people lashing at Falkvinge for accusing US of spying on EU officials [1]?

Ok, he didn't show any real proof at the time, but was it that hard to believe it would happen? I don't know about you, but I'd rather be paranoid than naive this time, especially since we have no idea what else NSA is hiding, and what's the real extent of their spying operations. It seems to me being naive would hurt more, at this point.

[1] http://falkvinge.net/2013/06/24/the-united-states-wiretapped...

uvdiv 2 days ago 8 replies      
Isn't this the explicit purpose of the NSA, to spy on the communications of foreign governments? And aren't EU members' governments doing the same thing against the US?
antr 2 days ago 6 replies      
I'd be curious to know how would U.S. citizens' reactions be if it were the EU spying on U.S. diplomats and citizens.

I can only imagine.

UVB-76 2 days ago 0 replies      
Earlier today US national security adviser Susan Rice claimed the diplomatic consequences of the Snowden revelations were not that significant [1]

She was wrong. This is a diplomatic disaster for the US.

[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/29/edward-snowden-p...

ck2 2 days ago 6 replies      
The crazy thing is - what are they doing with all this "intel" anyway?

It's not like the US can make unilateral decisions (except for a president declaring war). Congress has to make decisions and that's like herding cats.

Somehow before they were taping everyone's phone calls and internet traffic they produced the report "Bin Laden determined to strike" [1] yet nothing was done with that intel.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin_Ladin_Determined_To_Strike_...

gnosis 2 days ago 3 replies      
Sooner or later, the vast treasure-trove of data that has been collected will be exploited for the purposes of blackmailing, intimidating, harrassing, stalking, or stealing the identities of powerful individuals.

And sooner or later, news that this has happened will leak to the media, and there will be widespread fear and outrage among the powerful.

Then, and only then, can we expect anything meaningful to get done.

Until that point, expect a lot of talk, but no walk.

Some years back, it was revealed that the US had bugged the offices of foreign dignitaries at the United Nations. It was just just a blip in the news. Sure, there was some grumbling, but nothing was done. And now we can see that the practice continues.

Besides, all these countries spy on each other. What do you think their spy agencies are for? Do you really think that their spying is only reserved for their "enemies"? Do you think they can resist using their sophisticated spying technologies to spy on their allies? Is anyone really suprised?

I personally would be surprised if they didn't spy on their allies -- just as I would be if the US suddenly started using swords on the battlefield because they were more honorable weapons than guns which kill from a safe distance.

Welcome to the world of Machiavelli and realpolitik. We don't live in Disneyland.

Smrchy 2 days ago 1 reply      
What could you do with all this money the US is spending on making the rest of the world (its targets?) hate them more with every new revelation?Like throwing your garbage over to your neighbors lawn every day and building higher and higher fences because you sense that they might be starting to hate you. Obama wake up already!
dobbsbob 2 days ago 0 replies      
Guardian ran an article how GCHQ/NSA installed keyloggers in all public cafes during a g8 event hosting in the UK in hopes of capturing diplomat traffic. They also ran Stingray fake towers galore to capture cell traffic and hacked every blackberry device they could.

For some reason they were really interested in spying on Turkey and South Africa of all places.

Surprised these internet cafes still aren't using a disposable VPS for every customer to prevent easy keyloggers though I would imagine they can probably smash right through a hypervisor and bug the host and guest.

alan_cx 2 days ago 0 replies      
MI5 spends a lot of its time and energy keeping an eye on US officials in the UK. Presumably the opposite happens too.

This is the "legit" spy game that mostly I find acceptable. Again, its merely about understanding intention. Each side has to verify good intention to proceed with confidence.

fiatmoney 2 days ago 1 reply      
There is a continuum between "keep track of what you happen to see", to "penetrate networks and install bugs", to "recruiting human agents in their government" and beyond. It's in general the job of agencies like the NSA to keep track of all foreign governments, but the degree of escalation and hostility is a political decision and not a technical one.

If the US government has decided to treat the EU as an adversary, it doesn't exactly bode well for, eg, NATO cooperation, or access to the EU market for trade (particularly in computer services). If the NSA is doing this simply because they have the ability, then they're usurping decisions that properly belong to the democratically elected civil government, such as it is.

at-fates-hands 2 days ago 0 replies      
After I keep reading all of these stories, I remembered reading the book: "The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen" where the book talked about the illegal wiretaps he found the FBI involved in.


"As a fugitive, Poulsen needled the FBI by hacking federal computers and revealing details of wiretaps on foreign consulates, suspected mobsters, and the American Civil Liberties Union. He also hacked into the details on FBI front companies. At the highest levels of U.S. law enforcement"

I'm wondering what he knows or thinks about all the stuff coming out now. . .

3327 2 days ago 0 replies      
This is embarrassing...This is no different than Soviet behavior, and a huge break in trust for the Obama administration. How can a nation host the UN if it is abused and bugged. Just disgusting.
a3n 2 days ago 0 replies      
That's a very unfriendly act.

I would love to see Obama have a town hall with European citizens and explain to them why this is a good thing.

rwmj 2 days ago 3 replies      
Maybe Belgium can offer Snowden asylum now.

More seriously, who uses public internet terminals for anything? I would never log in from one.

I would (and admittedly not very carefully) use a public internet connection with my own laptop. If I was carrying state secrets, I'd hope that my state would have given me a very well-configured laptop which would just use the public internet for a VPN, and would allow no DNS or anything else to be consumed from the public resource.

auctiontheory 2 days ago 2 replies      
Perhaps Snowden will not have to make the long flight to Ecuador after all. In light of these revelations, perhaps London or Paris or Berlin would provide (and will provide) a more agreeable sanctuary.
gerhardi 2 days ago 0 replies      
If the documents reveal who are behind this, would USA be willing to extradite the suspects to Europe for trial and punishment?
kalms 2 days ago 0 replies      
Should have been ousted just before Obama's rather tame speech in Berlin - That would have made his speech a bit more interesting.
stephengillie 2 days ago 2 replies      
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?

The document explicitly called the EU a "target".

leke 2 days ago 0 replies      
Finally, EU citizens might get some justice now that our leaders have been spied on.
rdtsc 2 days ago 0 replies      
Pretty soon I expect stuff like "US _doesn't_ monitor <X>'s communication" to become the news. The fact that US is monitoring everything will become the default state.
brown9-2 2 days ago 1 reply      
Does anyone want to speculate what Snowden's motive is for leaking these particular documents?
Uchikoma 1 day ago 0 replies      
The NSA argues to fight terrorism, bugs EU offices, EU officials are terrorists?
popee 2 days ago 0 replies      
You non-americans are hypocrites! Why, the hell, should americans think about your problems, you only think about yourselves, bla, bla, bla >:-
twodayslate 2 days ago 0 replies      
How is this news and why are people surprised at this?
AlexeiSadeski 2 days ago 0 replies      
Shocking. Absolutely shocking.
chmike 2 days ago 0 replies      
So what ? This is to for the terrorist thing, as they claim.
woah 2 days ago 0 replies      
How can Yahoo's mobile layout be so broken?? This is a major internet company!
Secret Documents: NSA monitored 500 million connections in Germany translate.google.com
305 points by susi22  1 day ago   147 comments top 21
susi22 1 day ago 3 replies      
Original (this is on the front page of Spiegel today):


This was also posted yesterday (was on yesterday's front page of Spiegel):


Article says that the NSA used bugs to spy on EU offices.

Both articles, the comments of SPON (SPiegel ONline): Germans are pissed (We take privacy serious [1]). They're expecting the EU and chancellor Merkel to do something or she's going to have a really tough time being re-elected in the fall.

Thers is way more comments on this article than many other front page articles. From experience they usually accumulate around 50-100 comments. This article has more than 650 as of now. People are definitely not amused.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Street_View_privacy_conc...

mtgx 1 day ago 6 replies      
This would be a good opportunity for Germany/EU to give Snowden asylum, if only to show US that they screwed up so much, it's EU itself, their ally, who will give him asylum.
vidarh 1 day ago 2 replies      
That headline is blatant editorialising and whether or not you consider what the NSA is apparently doing as an indication they view Germany as an enemy, the text of the article does not in any way support that the NSA itself sees it that way.

(in case it is modified, this is the headline as of writing: "NSA: Germany considered an enemy. Intercepting 500mill messages per month")

ck2 1 day ago 0 replies      
War on terror my a

It's a "spy-on-everyone including our own citizens under whatever excuse we can get away with".

weinzierl 1 day ago 2 replies      
"A confidential classification shows that the NSA considered the Federal Republic does as a partner, but also as an attack target. Thus, Germany is one of the so-called third-class partners. Specifically excluded from espionage attacks are Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand, which are performed as a second category. "We can attack the signals of most foreign partner third class - and to do so," it said in a presentation."
beedogs 1 day ago 1 reply      
And this is how the US treats its "allies".

I can see this having far-reaching consequences in international relations, all of them negative, for America.

susi22 1 day ago 0 replies      
Little update at:


Politicians of all major parties are pressuring chancellor Merkel to react. One party is proposing to question the American ambassador.

flyinglizard 1 day ago 0 replies      
In light of this, EU countries should have come forward and offer an asylum for Snowden. I'm sure there could be some legal way to do so, given the hostility of US intelligence.

Not that I'm not one bit surprised by any of this. Every government with the technical capability to spy, does so. On allies, on enemies and on civilians; everyone is a fair target. NSA was just caught red handed.

norswap 1 day ago 1 reply      
Interesting that Germany seems to be the only place where there is real outrage over the situation. Go Germany.
weinzierl 1 day ago 2 replies      
"Germany is similarly strong monitored such as China, Iraq or Saudi Arabia"
julianpye 1 day ago 2 replies      
Don't forget that the 9/11 attacks were planned out of Hamburg and that some of the WTC bombers of 1993 were living and captured in Germany.
mathieuh 1 day ago 2 replies      
Yes it's terrible, but I'm amazed that people are surprised at all this NSA stuff. Look at America's history, it's been a global hegemon since the 1940s. I don't think they're likely to stop any time soon.
syjer 1 day ago 0 replies      
So I guess us, the innocent people, are collateral damage in the interception business?

These terrorist cell must be quite chatty if they intercept 500M messages per month.

froh42 1 day ago 0 replies      
I am so pissed about this. Born in 1969 I've been growing up in a Germany where we viewed the U.S. of America as a friend. An example in freedom and democracy where we have had failings of our own.

Now it turns out our friend betrayed us. It views us as the enemy. Everything imagined as a paranoid bad joke is true.

But the worst of all: In the USA there is no outcry. The people don't even care about this. Thus: We are not seen as friends.

Greatly done, USA. From now on you are alone. Fuck yourself.

e3pi 1 day ago 0 replies      
ex-NSA off-grid Edward(!) `Brill' Lyle, (aka `Harry `The Call' Caul' The Conversation (film) 1972 (~prequel)) in Enemy of the State (film) 1998 (~sequel), teaches us a way to get reins on NSA's wild horses is to bug(1) and wiretap Clapper's and Kieth Alexander's homes. In addition to heroic(martyr?) whistleblowers, the world needs angry and experienced curmudgeon tradecraft operatives:

(1)"...will find them and have the NSA start an investigation. Lyle also deposits $140,000 into _______'s bank account to make it appear that he is taking bribes.

chj 1 day ago 5 replies      
Seriously, what has Germany done to harm America after the war?
lttlrck 1 day ago 0 replies      
Its the government equivalent of Angies List/beenverified.com.
spitx 1 day ago 0 replies      
This has got to be

1) a decoy outfit whose entire purpose is meant to deflect criticism from China and Russia - who are in all likelihood the biggest receiving parties of American intelligence attention - which often complain about America's far-flung surveillance activities.

2) a conventional operation, by the NSA, involving "listening station" activities for the entire European region ( like at RAF Menwith Hill in the UK )that listens to chatter and helps thwart terrorist threats in conjunction with mainland intelligence agencies.

3) some other unknown listening operation that keeps tabs on primarily homegrown threats from militant Islamists and converts to Islam, in Germany.

a. CIA is said to have recruited Danish agent (and convert to Islam) Morten Storm to find a bride for radical anti-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Croatian Muslim convert 'Aminah' - born Irena Horek - was recruited on Facebook by Morten Storm who claims he worked with the CIA to infiltrate al-Qaeda and became a matchmaker to the terrorists. )




b. The members of the Hamburg cell were the key operatives in the 9/11 attacks. Around 4.3 million Muslims live in Germany, one of the larger compositions in Europe (5.4% of the population) or in any Western nation.






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jgreen10 1 day ago 3 replies      
What have they ever done to deserve that?


popee 1 day ago 0 replies      
It's all clear now, prism is German project. There are also theories that NSA could potentially be German project also. Nazis.
Motorola cell phones are regularly phoning home beneaththewaves.net
285 points by freejoe76  7 hours ago   67 comments top 20
speeder 6 hours ago 4 replies      
Since lots of this data is sent through not encrypted HTTP, this means that NSA (and any other intelligence agency) can also get all this data...

Then people wonder the "nothing to hide" well, you might not, but will everyone you know be bothered you are sending their e-mails around to intelligence agencies?

adrinavarro 5 hours ago 1 reply      
This seems related to Motorola's MOTOBLUR system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motoblur

In all fairness, it seems that the implementation uses a middle server (pretty common in big companies where good engineering isn't a requirement) where log in data is sent, is stored in the users' profile and where timelines and other content is parsed before being sent back to the user's device, in a "dumb" format that the BLUR system can understand.

Nokia has a bit of the same for their low-end phones (understandably) and BlackBerry used to do much of the same. Yet, in those days, and in an Android phone that can easily connect to social networks on its own, this seems like a very unfortunate techncial decision.

In other words: the official Gmail app, Twitter or Facebook apps are unlikely to be "compromised".

antoncohen 6 hours ago 2 replies      
I noticed that my Droid 4 running 4.1.2 was opening an XMPP connection to Motorola servers a month ago. I was watching the logs trying to diagnose another problem, and the XMPP connection happened to be failing at the time. The XMPP connection is no longer failing.

    D/CheckinProvider(  507): insertEvents Process tag not allowed: XMPPConnection    I/XMPPConnection(  772): Preparing to connect user XXXXXXXXXXX to service:        jabber1.cloud2.sdc100.blurdev.com on host: jabber-cloud2-sdc100.blurdev.com and port: 5222    E/PacketReader(  772): at org.jivesoftware.smack.PacketReader.parseXMPPPacket(PacketReader.java:503)    D/CheckinProvider(  507): insertEvents Process tag not allowed: XMPPConnection    I/XMPPConnection(  772): Shutting down connection for user XXXXXXXXXXX to host jabber-cloud2-sdc100.blurdev.com    W/System.err(  772): at org.jivesoftware.smack.PacketReader.parseXMPPPacket(PacketReader.java:503)    E/XMPPConnectionManager(  772): Failed to connect user 'XXXXXXXXXXX' to host         'jabber-cloud2-sdc100.blurdev.com on port 5222: Connection failed. No response from server.:

dendory 6 hours ago 1 reply      
If true, it's surprising that it took so long for someone to find this. Isn't it trivial to check on what your phone is sending off if you use wifi with a network scanner?

With that said I bet this is all for their social networking integration, some engineer thinking it would be cool for them to aggregate all your social data in the cloud, with no concept of the privacy implications.

javert 6 hours ago 2 replies      
Wait, am I understanding correctly that your Facebook password (for example) is being shared with Motorola?
qwerta 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I thought this is well know information. Motoblur always restores your accounts with passwords after factory reset. It is not even possible to start phone without logging in to your Motoblur account.

Anyway Cyanogen solved problem on my Defy.

smegel 4 hours ago 3 replies      
Isn't that the whole point of the Blur service...it logs into all these social services and combines them to produce a unified presentation? How else could it work?
teeja 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Why did it take someone 2 years to spot this????? Doesn't anybody care to watch what's going in/out of their appliances any more?

Furthermore, if this report is true: why aren't there more tools out there so that there are more eyes watching this stuff? Or is everyone just too busy being "social" ??

ww520 1 hour ago 0 replies      
What are some of the good tools on Android to monitor all network traffic incoming or outgoing of the phone? Like a super sniffer app for TCP, SMS, 3G/4G data.
javert 6 hours ago 0 replies      
> Fortunately, I already removed most of those apps when I first got the phone (it was loaded with enough bloatware),

Lucky you. I can't remove, for example, my NFL application (which came installed by default), without rooting the phone. I do enough Linux stuff everyday that I really don't want to bother with it on my phone.

Honestly, this kind of stuff makes me want to get as far away from engineering as possible. I simply do not want to make complete shit and sell it to people for a living. I'm very thankful that Steve Jobs showed us that there are still people who want to make beautiful products.

eknkc 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Account passwords?! WTF?

Just curious, were these devices manufactured before or after Google acquisition?

msoad 6 hours ago 0 replies      
This is unacceptable!
josephpmay 5 hours ago 1 reply      
The author seems perplexed that Motorola is not collecting information from Google or Gmail accounts. This is probably because they already have the information: remember that Motorola is owned by Google.
chenster 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Fuck you, Motorola. Why do you want my login and password information for?? Your EULA is nothing but a fraud. I smell lawsuit.

Wait, isn't Motorola owned by Google now???

D9u 3 hours ago 0 replies      
[from the article]

    *" I was using my personal phone at work to do some testing related to Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. In order to monitor the traffic, I had configured my phone to proxy all HTTP and HTTPS traffic through Burp Suite Professional - an intercepting proxy that we use for penetration testing - so that I could easily view the contents of the ActiveSync communication.    Looking through the proxy history, I saw frequent HTTP connections to ws-cloud112-blur.svcmot.com mixed in with the expected ActiveSync connections."*
Whoever said that this has nothing to do with ActiveSync; You are being disingenuous.

antitrust 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Basically, I need to make all of my technological tools out of raw steel, silicon and wood and then I'll be OK, but otherwise, somebody's monitoring me. Right?

* sigh *

Well, if I must...

jorgecastillo 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Motorola has never been one of my favorite cellphone brands but after this I am never buying a Motorola phone.
steven777400 6 hours ago 0 replies      
This reminds me of the Nokia HTTPS proxy incident.
helloworld99 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Google getting even snoopier. Is that to "liberate us," like Google glass?
D9u 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I believe that the keyword here is "ActiveSync," which is another Microsoft product.

Since I made a conscious effort (years ago) to remove all Microsoft products from my life, ActiveSync is another app which I have never used.

Who needs it?

Drugs and the Meaning of Life (2011) samharris.org
283 points by rosser  1 day ago   253 comments top 19
JumpCrisscross 1 day ago 3 replies      
I recommend David Nutt's Drugs Without the Hot Air [1] on the subject. Nutt, a British psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist, headed up the U.K.'s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (a British DEA/FDA hybrid). He was canned when he suggested that alcohol may be more damaging than many controlled substances.

Amongst the goodies from the book are this chart [2], which plots dependence risk against toxicologists' ratings of physical harm for various psychoactive substances. Nutt memorably compared the "20 drugs considered in the ISCDs 2010 report, ranked by overall harm" with their legal Class and "found a correlation of 0.04 which means that there was effectively no relationship at all."

Also: "Francis Crick, who discovered the double helix structure of DNA with James Watson, and Kary Mullis, who invented the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), had both taken [LSD], and attributed some of their understanding and insights to it."

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Drugs-Without-Hot-David-Nutt/dp/190686... Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs by David Nutt

[2] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Rational_...

Xcelerate 1 day ago 9 replies      
I find it odd that the author of the article assumes his daughter is going to try drugs one day. Personally, I never have, and never plan to (23 years old). In fact, there's plenty of people I know who don't even drink -- not because of any moral or legal reason, but simply because they aren't interested in it. To clarify, I don't care what things other people try (I encourage everyone to make their own decisions), but it strikes me as odd that he just assumes she's going to go ahead and try all sorts of things.

I get the impression that people who have tried drugs before are incredulous that there exist people who are simply apathetic about the whole experience.

easy_rider 16 hours ago 0 replies      
I think the problem with drugs in society today can definitely be largely attributed to governments setting the bar to "dangerous, addictive and illegal" and smart people have to move down from there and educate themselves.Alexander Shulgin who synthesized and researched around 150 phenethylamines and tryptamines said it pretty well:

"had been brought about by a fraction of a gram of a white solid, but that in no way whatsoever could it be argued that these memories had been contained within the white solid ... I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit. We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability."

He is also responsible for introducing MDMA and later 2CB to psychiatrists. Even recreational drug users are now using "Shulgin trials" and overall I feel a lot of my peers try to educate themselves, but unfortunately are often misinformed.

You can actually only a good idea on how to use certain drugs responsible if you are aware of at least the most important biochemical functions such as P450 liver enzyme, MAOis and especially the monoamine transport system. You need to be aware of for example drug interactions with SSRI's and serotonin releasing agents.For example:grapefruit juice is a weak MAOI inhibitor and can potentate the effect of certain drugs. Stronger MAOIs could pose lethal danger.St Johns Wort also has a lot of interactions as it works as a SSRI, and sold over the counter as a supplement here. It is found in trials to be as effective as benzo's in cases of anxiety.

Mostly, psychedelics are looked down upon by society, while we feed our kids methylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, l-amphetamine, lithium, a whole scala of benzodiazepene's, tryptans, and antipsychotics.Hey people, they work on exactly the same neurons... dummies.Maybe we should start banning essential and non essential amino acids, and antioxidants. OR maybe we should start educating about proper their benefit of preventing drug induced neurotoxicity as a neuroprotective agent and as replenishment of used up GABA, serotonin, dopamine etc.

I'm 26, live in the Netherlands, using mushrooms a dozen times from my 15th-18th, never touching anything else except for smoking weed and alcohol, I found it mind-opening, I really felt reborn after I experienced an ego-death and my mind melted into nothingness. It was like this feeling of bliss and comfort and letting-go, there is nothing that ever compared to it. I would say the occasional binge drinking we did at parties en masse would be considered a lot more harmful by doctors, but guess which one got the ban?I would consider my drug using peers often cautious, seemingly educated but often ill-informed, which I perceive to be due to the 'evil' bias that is often noted.They now know about the good and bad effects of certain drugs, but not HOW they work. If they would have this information more readily educated they could be made aware of responsible use and harm reduction, and then make their own choices.

Parents could also be able to make their own choices of putting their kids on synthetic cocaine or amphetamines. Hey weed worked for me, and it is frowned down upon.Also L-Theanine+caffene (i.e. tea, but it doesn't contain a lot of theanine per cup) is proven to be really effective in focus, and relaxation. It lowers blood pressure, ups dopamine, and therefor it works great in treating anxiety.St Johns Wort is also proven to be as effective as benzo's in treating depression.L-Tyrosine is a precursor to dopa as well, and replenishes the neurons. 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin/melatonin.I'm often upset with people taking melatonin and ruining their chemical balance. Let your brain synthesize it for you please.. or it will stop doing it altogether!

hristov 1 day ago 14 replies      
It is really annoying that drugs proponents ignore the obvious negative effects of drugs. Pretending that LSD is harmless is utter utter bulshit. There are so many cases of serious mental problems including permanent insanity caused by psychadelics. And of course there are also the thousands of people that are not exactly insane but have their brains pretty much fried and are just not very good for anything useful anymore. I get to meet a lot of those in LA.

To mention one of the more recent fruits of psychedelics -- the guy that shot that US congresswoman in the head fried his brain on mushrooms.

Yeah the drug war is horrible but people that promote dangerous drugs and lie about their safety are almost as bad. A convenient lie is a very dangerous thing. Because if people want to believe something they are much more likely to believe it. So I bet this disgusting essay will cause a bunch of kids to try LSD and a percentage of them will be completely fucked because of it.

There are a few writers that have tried drugs and are completely honest about them, but they are very few. It is very hard for a drug user to be honest about drugs. I would recommend Philip K Dick. If anyone wants to try hard drugs, please read "A scanner darkly", and then read a Philip K Dick biography to see that he knew what he was talking about.

ignostic 1 day ago 2 replies      
>"Some are illegal; some are stigmatized; some are dangerousthough, perversely, these sets only partially intersect"

I'd say stigmatization and legalization tend to correlate well, but sadly neither law nor cultural attitude have much to do with actual danger.


LSD remains a Schedule 1 drug, even though it's about as dangerous as caffeine.

>"...if I knew my daughter would eventually develop a fondness for methamphetamine or crack cocaine, I might never sleep again. But if she does not try a psychedelic like psilocybin or LSD at least once in her adult life, I will worry that she may have missed one of the most important rites of passage a human being can experience."

I couldn't agree more; reading the statement above made me want to stand up and cheer.

josscrowcroft 1 day ago 0 replies      
Reading other comments here: don't get hung up on his opening gambit: "Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness.". That's just an introductory point.

I recommend reading the whole article, which is a beautiful balance of science and spirit, while being totally upfront and honest about the risks involved, even to the spiritually 'serious'.

As for me - psychedelics changed everything, but I stayed the same (or maybe everything stayed the same, but sad parts of me continue to be stripped away).

They continue to burn what is not real, as long as the heart is directed squarely at Truth and the mind is kept sharp and open. The trend is towards greater compassion, deeper love and surrender, coming more fully into the wholeness of being!

_yosefk 1 day ago 3 replies      
"Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues."

We study and work for the purpose of altering the bits representing our bank account balances. Is that equivalent to hacking the bank and altering the bits directly?

We make friendships "to feel emotions like love". To what degree is it sane to misrepresent yourself and otherwise deceive people to make them your "friends"?

There's a contest for the shortest program printing itself to the screen. Is opening the file with the source code and copying the code to the screen really as good an entry as any other?

Any sane person and even most varieties of the insane person realize that the signal you're receiving is a means to infer that something is happening out there, not an end in itself.

This is not to say that there should or should not be a War on Drugs (which, since I'm not an American citizen, is really none of my business.)

tunesmith 1 day ago 2 replies      
The same complaint he makes about "drugs" can also be applied to terms like "legalization" and "regulation" and "prohibition". People react to the terms without coming to a common understanding of what the terms mean, and the conversation doesn't evolve.

For instance, one person can be anti-legalization, and another pro-legalization, and have an argument without realizing that they are both against prison sentences for non-violent crimes against the self. Also, for one person legalization might mean that every substance is openly available, whereas for another it might mean openly available in a highly regulated form, whereas for another it might mean that you have to have a license to ingest, or even an approach like Portugal's where you can still be apprehended(!) and made to appear before a panel even though it's without risk of a prison sentence.

I also think there's a lack of respect for our own proven cognitive biases, and our interconnected societies. I know several medical social workers that have first-hand experience with the negative impact that drug users have on our communities even if the users are technically only ingesting products into their own bodies, aren't dealing, and aren't negatively impacting immediate family members. People might think they are making responsible independent choices when they put some of these substances into their bodies, but that doesn't mean they're always correct - and the burden of these choices can then be put on the shoulders of larger society.

aestetix 23 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm kind of amazed nobody has mentioned MAPS yet (http://www.maps.org).

Psychedelics are a tool like any other. There is no such thing as "safe" use, which is why organizations like MAPS, DanceSafe, Erowid, etc all encourage the phrase "drug harm reduction." I have personally witnessed LSD destroy someone's life, and yet I have witnessed the same with alcohol (and am happy we have AA) and tobacco (cancer). The key, as with anything, is moderation and education.

That said, there has been a long trend of disinformation in the US, that has permeated all over the world. As a starting point, if people want to learn more about the crusade against cannabis (marijuana), check out Hank Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger). For a more recent example, take a look at Rep Jared Polis questioning DEA Administrator Leonhart about why some drugs are illegal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFgrB2Wmh5s.

With regards to scientific inquiry into measuring the effects of these drugs, thanks to the efforts of Roland Griffith at Johns Hopkins (and others), we're beginning to overturn 40 years of prohibition with studies into the effects of psilocybin (shrooms) and MDMA (ecstacy) for end of life experience and PTSD therapy.

Some links to that research:http://www.maps.org/research/mdma/http://www.maps.org/research/psilo-lsd/

If this interests you and you ask "why hasn't this been done before?", I recommend searching for interviews with Rick Doblin, PhD (founder of MAPS) where he explains his long battle with the DEA, and how they eventually turned to the FDA, which focuses more on the science than the politics.

So yes, it is fair to say that there hasn't been much scientific research done into this, but to no fault of the scientists. I look forward to the next few years as the results of these studies come out and the US hopefully begins to permit these substances to be used in therapy.

cristianpascu 1 day ago 5 replies      
"Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness."

I very much respect Sam Harris for taking the consciousness problem seriously. It poses a real problem to (his) atheism, and he, obviously, rejects the substance dualism, which would logically lead to a religious view on us.

However, without a conscious soul, meaning itself loses meaning. What's the ontological support for meaning to rise on?

One thing that is little known about Christianity (as an example) of the first millenium is its fierce fight with illusions, hallucinations and misleading spiritual experiences. Contrary to popular beliefs that religious spiritual experiences are quickly taken for granted for their emotional gratification, this was really not the case. Spiritual experiences were not looked after. They were not provoked. On the contrary. Great care was taken as to discern real experiences from illusory or, worse, misleading ones. The same goes with miracles.

Discernment, the ability to discern over what's real or not, was the most important virtue. Something that modern Christianity, in many areas, has lost. And with it, its credibility.

CamperBob2 23 hours ago 2 replies      
Wow. From the article:

  On my first trip to Nepal, I took a   rowboat out on Phewa Lake in Pokhara,   which offers a stunning view of the   Annapurna range. It was early morning,   and I was alone. As the sun rose over   the water, I ingested 400 micrograms   of LSD
I can't imagine what it must be like to be someone who would do something like that. I just... can't. Is that a sign of good judgment, or of cowardice?

lettergram 1 day ago 0 replies      
Personally, I feel more gratified after working hard and increasing my ability/achievements than doing drugs.. Perhaps I haven't done the right drugs (though I've done my fair share)? I've never had something happens where the world suddenly made sense, nor have I felt some spiritual connection with the cosmos or my soul. I feel that the one true way to understand myself and the world is to live in it unaltered.
casual_slacker 1 day ago 0 replies      
LSD makes very smart people get hung up on trying to pull logic out of strange old metaphors. I always felt it was a stimulant for the mechanism in our brain that makes new connections. Metaphors represent connections that are kept around because our culture gives value to vague non-conclusions.
StandardFuture 1 day ago 3 replies      
I don't think people are fully reading this article looking at the top comment...

>There is nothing that one can experience on a drug that is not, at some level, an expression of the brains potential. Hence, whatever one has experienced after ingesting a drug like LSD is likely to have been experienced, by someone, somewhere, without it.

>I cannot account for why my adventures with psychedelics were uniformly pleasant until they werentbut when the doors to hell finally opened, they appear to have been left permanently ajar.

It is quite obvious this guy is someone who has well experimented with psychedelics and is actually urging people to avoid them if their approach is based on falsifiable reasoning e.g. 'opening their eyes to true reality/life' or some unscientific bullshit like that.

And WTF is all this commenting about how alcohol should be considered SO bad for a healthy society. Wine and beer in moderation is actually perfectly healthy. It is the lack of control for moderate consumption that creates a weakened human/society. However, this lack of self-control can appear in numerous other areas (food, internet, TV, work, etc.).

makeset 1 day ago 6 replies      
I'd never mess with mind-altering drugs. You don't tweak a Ferrari.

EDIT: Guys, relax. It was a joke. You think anyone goes and calls their own mind a Ferrari seriously? Jeez.

hkhanna 1 day ago 0 replies      
This man's writing is such a pleasure to read.
andrewcooke 1 day ago 5 replies      
i would like to try lsd, but i don't know of a safe, reliable, legal way of doing so. it just occurred to me that perhaps someone here might?
philthesong 1 day ago 0 replies      
I don't find that taking a drug is any different than eating food or drinking water. You get hungry, so you eat and gain energy and feel fullness on your stomach, which leads you to drowsiness. Of course, conventionally, taking drugs(like smoking weed or taking MDMA) is done for different reasons than just survival.
ajackrabbit 1 day ago 1 reply      
Every human generates DMT, every night.
New PRISM slides say the program allows NSA to eavesdrop on live conversations gigaom.com
271 points by llamataboot  1 day ago   53 comments top 12
yk 1 day ago 3 replies      
I think this does clean up some of the language of Googles prism statement. [1]

    First, we have not joined any program that would give     the U.S. governmentor any other governmentdirect     access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does     not have direct access or a back door to the       information stored in our data centers. We had not     heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.
So they did not hear of the NSA codename for FBI operated equipment. ( And note that they do not deny wiretapping, just 'direct access' and 'back door.')

    Second, we provide user data to governments only in     accordance with the law. [...] Press reports that     suggest that Google is providing open-ended access to    our users data are false, period.
That seems to indicate that here Google defines 'provide user data' as a specific database access. Which seems to be reinforced by

    Until this weeks reports, we had never heard of the broad     type of order that Verizon receivedan order that appears     to have required them to hand over millions of users     call records.
Note they talk about records, not about live interception. ( And the order against Verizon seems than to indicate that Verizon did not participate in live wire tapping.)

IMHO, this points in the direction, that there is FBI equipment in the Google datacenters. This equipment is tapping into the network connections and pipes them to the NSA. So the Guardians allegations [2] that

    "Collection directly from the servers of these US service     providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL,    Skype, YouTube, Apple." 
means that there is nothing between the servers and the wiretapping equipment. While the companies take the view, that only a account on a database server constitutes 'direct access.'



coldcode 1 day ago 3 replies      
Wait until your phone call winds up on youtube. Think it can't go that far? Imagine an NSA contractor or employee with a gambling problem who needs cash. Your data is now their ticket out of trouble.
kahirsch 1 day ago 0 replies      
The FBI's Data Intercept Technology Unit is a group of people. See, e.g., this memo.[1] Does the Washington Post have some other information that the FBI's "interception unit" is technology on the premises of the private companies?


kristopolous 1 day ago 0 replies      
The only thing I do on the phone now is yell into it "fuck communism" and hang up.
babesh 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Snowden didn't 'make up' these slides. These are government slides. I would trust them over what the government is telling you now if only because the government decided to outright tell you nothing prior to Snowden revealing this information.

Whenever you want to know the truth, just go to original sources instead of someone's 'interpretation' of it.

tzs 1 day ago 0 replies      
The slides do not say that. They only show real time monitoring of chat login/logout and email send/receive. The content only appears to be accessible to the analyst through the paths on the right side of the slides, which are for accessing stored data, not live data.
hartator 1 day ago 1 reply      
Does someone keep the raw materials somewhere (the slides and others non-article stuffs) a la wikileaks?
ChikkaChiChi 13 hours ago 0 replies      
If you are looking for a job, simply type into any comment field on the Internet "HEY NSA I WANT A JOB" and someone will contact you shortly.
PavlovsCat 1 day ago 2 replies      
That's the one I have no problems with. Whenever I rant on the phone about politics, I hope someone of those I actually mean by that, instead of just a friend who did me no harm, is listening to it. The same goes for any other medium (as phone conversations don't seem to be included in this)

Well, let's say I would have no problems with it, if I wouldn't worry about the chilling effects it would have on others.

pasbesoin 1 day ago 0 replies      
This sounds like CALEA, to me. Inasmuch, it doesn't surprise me, even if it doesn't entirely please me.


The questions I have are whether they are indeed doing it wholesale, e.g. widespread "phrase monitoring" and whether they are archiving (particularly, wholesale) the content [1] without a target/content specific search warrant in place.

P.S. Also, whether they are doing it to political and/or economic ends.


[1] We already know about the disposition of the so-called "metadata".

teeja 1 day ago 0 replies      
Be sure to make a direct reference to the boys listening at some point in each call so that they can feel good that they're not being ignored. Remember, one of the most important aspects of networking is about establishing a warm relationship.

Right, boys?

kimlelly 1 day ago 0 replies      
There is something we all have to do now:

Never give 1 cent to these companies, again.

Our only vote with them is our dollars.

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School theatlantic.com
268 points by tokenadult  12 hours ago   181 comments top 36
learc83 11 hours ago 8 replies      
School is half education and half babysitting. The problem is that schools aren't aware of that, and they try to cram too much learning/work into a day at school. Kids just don't have the attention span. College isn't taught this way. Colleges realize that even young adults can't handle 40 hours a week of continual instruction, why do we do this kids can?

I think the reason, is that we're always behind other countries trying to "catch up"--50 years ago it was the Soviets, 20 years ago the Japanese, now it's the "global workforce".

In our frantic rush to compete with everyone else we end up forcing an overambitious curriculum on kids. How much time can kids really spend learning everyday? A few hours at the most?

I have a friend who teaches 1st grade, she knows kids at that age can't spend time on focused learning for more than 20 or 30 minutes, but the school districts forces here to teach in 1 to 2 hour blocks and spend almost 6 hours out of the day instructing

(they get 15 minutes, no more, of recess; 30 minutes lunch, many times in silence because the lunchroom gets too loud; and on some days 45 minutes of focused PE).

What 6 or 7 year old can possibly sit still and study for 5 or 6 hours each day?

speeder 11 hours ago 2 replies      
Although I was a generally calm student (I am introverted and not into causing mayhem or attracting attention), I never copied from the blackboard, don't did my homework, slept during classes, or instead kept drawing, or later writing ASM code or toying with physics formulas, or I just outright spent my time chatting about video games with whoever was nearby.

Every time I had a new teacher, my parents were called into the school, and warned that I had some sort of problem (and my parents went into full denial hell not of course my child is not crazy... later I found out I DO probably have Aspergers, seemly inherited from the father of my mother), my parents reply were: "Alright, wait until the tests, and if he fails, THEN you can call us."

Unfortunately to those teachers, and me, I did not failed... Meaning I had to endure them, and they had to endure me. Specially because I completely ignored their lessons, and in the time of the tests I answered correctly but in my own way, this was specially bad related to hard sciences because I would use formulas I invented on the spot, and I wrote in totally random patterns, forcing teachers to spend LOOOOOONG time to figure what I did, also my calligraphy is horrible, thus all my teachers hated reading my tests, yet they could not just zero them, because I always passed, so if they did that, they knew I would send the test to their superior and would get them punished.

So yes, I can totally relate to the article.

Also I STILL don't sit still, right now as I type I am vibrating one of my legs. (I guess this is a way to keep energy burning considering I stay sitting the entire day).

kenster07 9 minutes ago 0 replies      
-This article strikes a chord with me. I remember I was placed a year ahead in math, in Algebra I Honors, and the class was so easy that I would bring little toys into class and play with them while still getting A's. The teacher, a female, sent me back to Pre-algebra as a result. In hindsight, that reaction was so patently absurd. If anything, she should have tested whether I should have advanced to Geometry Honors.

-I don't think anyone is surprised that the article claims that boys perform better under conditions which simulate actual adult workplace conditions.

-A bigger issue is really the education system targeting the median student. That means those students with the highest potential have to fight against the system to reach it -- if they ever reach it at all. And holding back the brightest people, when the economy is advanced by that small percent of bright people, sounds horribly ineffective.

This educational system is an artificial structure imposed on people with disparate learning capabilities, trying to fit every peg under the sun into a square hole, and I think we've missed out on a lot of value because of that.

Hopefully, as automation increases, this is something we'll be able to improve upon.

joonix 10 hours ago 6 replies      
Are there any private all-boys[1] schools that embrace this side of childhood? Look at tiger cubs and what not: they play, they bounce around, they fight, they figure out the world around them through investigation and exploration.

I spent so much of my time outside as a kid, but I also spent a lot of time inside on the computer. Both were amazing worlds where your imagination could run wild; especially in the early days of computers and the internet... being a part of a "wild west" frontier at the age of 10 was a special privilege.

My point is that learning and running around in the mud are both very valuable and can be balanced to create well-rounded people who have confidence with technology and the outdoors.

Has any institution figured out how to balance these two in a formal curriculum? Spend half the day exploring the woods and classifying wildflowers, the other half back inside working with math formulae and reading lessons.

Some might say there's not enough time in the day to spend half of it outside, but I disagree. The kids will be more efficient in their inside learning time if they've spent half the day learning outside.

[1] I'm not saying that girls wouldn't appreciate the same type of learning. I suspect that in an environment that harvests the physical energy (horseplay, outdoors activities) of boys to improve learning, even in a positive and productive manner, might alienate some young girls who might feel uncomfortable, so perhaps it's better to separate the genders in this sort of environment?

thezilch 9 hours ago 1 reply      
I had a H.S. teacher admit to my mother that she was grading me on a scale that included how "distracted" I was by my girlfriend in the class. Little did she know that we had broken up months prior, and every guy in the class was probably distracted by her at some point.

I had a second teacher that was giving myself and my friends lower grades in computer class, because we were "goofing off" -- making websites, chat portals, playing with VB, etc. After completing our weekly assignments in the first day of the week, we were applying ourselves to higher levels of computing, which she equated to us not doing our work; in reality, she had no idea what we were actually doing or what a computer could be made to do that wasn't outlined in her spiral-bound curriculum. Let's take it out on these meddling kids!

jasallen 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I really like this article. It looks at a severe problem (that traditional education is only reaching a small fraction of the students 'smart' enough to excel) and it suggests both a new way at looking at the problem (at least one I hadn't considered), and an approach to improvement that can be taken iteratively, without a sweeping change or expensive program.
yason 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I was one of the calm and orderly boys in school. However, this was because merely being at school where I didn't want to be made me mostly lethargic. I didn't have any energy left to make a scene as I was busy counting hours until the day ended. To be precise, since the first week of the first grade I practically counted days till the end of high school when I knew this suffering would end.

I did get good grades not because I was interested but because school was way too easy. I never even studied for exams except the last evening before, and that was mostly glancing at the books, yet I was always among the handful of best in the classroom. That is, until teenage when I realize I don't need all this bullshit and deliberately began to focus only on the few interesting subjects the school had to offer, and defocus on everything else. Didn't do too bad even after that.

I still think it was such a waste of years, and I'm trying to imagine a better way to waste it. I can come up with lots of ideas but very few of them would fit all people. I would've enjoyed a more fast-paced and in-depth classes of my favorite topic at the expense of the subjects I wasn't interested. I think different people ultimately need different kind of environment to be taught in, and I think that the current homogeneous standard schooling is likely to kill more of natural curiosity than sow it. I don't think any standard schooling works for all, unless it's so reduced down to the very, very basics (reading, writing, basic arithmetics) that everyone absolutely needs and which they can build on top of.

parennoob 10 hours ago 0 replies      
One of the things they used to do for this at my school (in another country) was to have 50 minutes of compulsory physical activity or drills in the morning, at least three out of five days. (This was excluding separate gym/physical training classes.)

I feel like this could go a long way into giving boys an outlet for their physical energy. I definitely know that even as one of the most talkative and fidgety kids in class, I used to fidget a lot less if I had returned from a bout of running or whatever.

Also, I am somewhat acquainted with some of the teachers in the US school system, and have found their knowledge about the subjects they are supposed to be teaching (specially science) to be severely subpar. Kids can often perceive this very accurately, and will respect a teacher less if he or she seems to be unsure or vague regarding what they are teaching.

ameister14 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I had a horrible middle school experience which led me to the opinion that primary and secondary school is a much better system.

It's not just punishing students for not sitting still, though a friend was almost flunking because he couldn't sit through a class. It's teachers eating separately from students, no time for recess, and no adult to talk to without social ostracism.

Then I went to a New England Prep school; 3 sports a year, teachers eat with and openly question students, everyone feels like members of the community and people have a stake in things, and the Headmaster knows everyone's name. I can't thank that school enough; I went from failing with almost perfect test scores to really good grades and a sense of belonging.

I don't understand why at least rural schools can't follow the same model. The teachers are paid less but get better results; the students are cared for and more disciplined, and the academics and athletics are generally better. It's not about the student body, either; we had tons of kids on scholarship that outperformed everyone.

smokeyj 11 hours ago 2 replies      
Public school is essentially an obedience camp. Is it any wonder boys are lagging?
Spooky23 11 hours ago 2 replies      
One of the guiding objectives of the current cohort of education thought leaders is to focus on girls. So, we're focusing on girls. Boys, time for your pills.

My personal goal is to figure out how to make enough money to keep my children out of the insanity of public schools.

joelhooks 11 hours ago 2 replies      
At least one of my three boys would have an incredibly hard time with this. He's definitely "aspie" in a lot of respects.

The decision to home educate our 4 children is hands down the best decision we've ever made. Highly recommend it, if you are able to pull it off logistically. Very rewarding experience so far.

dllthomas 11 hours ago 5 replies      
As a youth, I was only able to sit still by focusing on sitting still. If I was paying attention to the teacher, I was fidgeting, and would be told to pay attention...
swamp40 4 hours ago 0 replies      
I have a 6 year old daughter in a Montessori school. After a class observation I noticed the teacher spent a significant portion of her time just dealing with a few rambunctious boys, while all the girls in the class worked quietly.

Afterwards, I asked the teacher why they just didn't separate the boys from the girls, since they were obviously two different species at that age (at all ages?) It seemed to me that a class with only girls in it could learn faster w/o all the silly distractions.

The teacher got quite serious and told me that girls and boys are a form of yin and yang. The classroom dynamic was an absolute necessity to the healthy social upbringing of each.

dccoolgai 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Reading this article, for me, is just a reminder of what an awesome effect a really good teacher can have... In this teacher's writing I see a lot of positive qualities reflected from some of the teachers that made a huge impact on my life and disposition. In the end I suspect that - just having a teacher that is even willing to think or write about this - has much more of an impact than any rote following of procedural formula about "how to teach boys".
DamnYuppie 10 hours ago 2 replies      
I am surprised to see that none of the comments really comment or reflect upon the issue this article brings up, which is that for boys to thrive they need to be taught differently. If we can actually create ciriculum that allows them to excel why would we not do this? I know that the main point against it would be that young girls perhaps would not thrive in such a system. Yet I think we have to find a balance between them if we want true equality and what is best for all of our children.

Mayhaps it is time to reaccess if we should not have separate classes for boys and girls..food for thought...

anigbrowl 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I grew up (in Ireland) with single-sex schooling until age 12-3 (primary) and mixed secondary. That has its own potential pitfalls (eg bullying, more playground fights) but I think there are benefits too. Also, in primary school it's the same teacher all day for a full year (or two) at a time, which makes it a lot easier for the teacher to know each pupil and manage the classroom appropriately.

I'm unsure why American schools are so tied to the lementary/ middle/ high model. It doesn't confer any particular benefit that I can see.

rayiner 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I don't see why we still have co-ed education in the early grades. It does boys no good to be told they're behaving badly for not being able to sit still in class, and it does girls no good to have boys disrupting class while they're trying to learn.
cafard 10 hours ago 1 reply      
During the baby boom there appeared to be an odd dynamic at work: in the primary grades, the neater, more docile girls were the teachers' favorites and got the better grades. Somewhere around or after puberty, they started to fall back behind the boys. Some of this was certainly socially motivated; a cousin said that boys didn't like to date girls they thought smarter. Some of it may have come from the teachers.

Just my two cents..

easy_rider 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I got this problem in elementary, still got almost the highest possible mark on our CITO test (which is an indication of your education level here in the Netherlands), went to one of the best Gymnasiums, and essentially got kicked out of 80% of all my classes because of my ADD disorder, and refusal of treatment (i.e. not wanting to take Ritalin). It also ended up me being easier to calm the class by making an example out of me. I had to drop out of this school to a lower grade, which I passed without pretty much doing fuck all, cause it was too easy.

People should learn that distracted kids crave stimulation, and the stuff you teach them is probably not stimulating (i.e. boring, easy)

beachstartup 11 hours ago 1 reply      
i remember i always got shitty 'citizenship' grades because i wanted to talk to my classmates all the time.

talking - what a terrible thing for a child to do.

StacyC 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Its unnatural for most any human to be expected to sit and focus on tedious crap for hours on end, especially children.

We live in one of the top school districts in Texas, and three years ago took our two boys out to homeschool them. No religious motivations, just got fed up with the bullshit custom we continue to call education in this culture.

They are learning, thriving, curious, creative and happier than ever.

cjdrake 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I definitely recommend clicking on the "related story" link to "The War Against Boys", written by Christina Sommers in 2000. American education has been failing boys for quite some time now. All parents have a responsibility to educate themselves on this topic.
gatekeepr 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Every time I read an article about schooling I think about the best piece I ever read on the subject.

The 7-Lesson Schoolteacher (1992) by John Taylor Gatto


cynoclast 7 hours ago 0 replies      
As a boy who still cannot sit still at 30, the only way I survived being forced to sit still at school was by programming my enormously overpriced graphing calculator.
nether 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Stop pandering to the internet crowd of "misunderstood" nerds, Atlantic [0]. You clearly know your audience and you've got your litany of "I was really smart but teachers kept me down" testimonials here on HN and Reddit, but this really adds nothing new to the discussion.

[0] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/13/business/media/13atlantic....

Houshalter 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I got in trouble a lot for fidgeting at school all the time. I got diagnosed with ADHD and had to take medicine for it, mostly because of the fidgeting. One teacher made me put a giant a big inflatable cushion on my seat everyday and it was humiliating and didn't help at all.
Alex3917 10 hours ago 1 reply      
"While Reichert and Hawley's research was conducted in all-boys schools, these lessons can be used in all classrooms, with both boys and girls."

Not true, research shows that girls do worse when their performance is evaluated in relation to others (competitively), as opposed to when their performance is evaluated against an objective standard.

fierycatnet 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Overseas I used to go to school from 8am to 1pm with 40min classes(and I received much better education). In US I had to sit for over an hour per classs and until 4-5pm. Is this any wonder that kids can't sit from 8 to 4 with very small brakes in between? I didnt learn much in American HS, it was torture most of the day. All I wanted to do was to get my work done and gtfo /go home, but that system made it very difficult to do. In fact, I didnt care much for school as a result.
tenpoundhammer 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Kids should spend have instruction for a while and then pushed out to play for a while. Alternating back and forth, maybe an hour each way. Then we wouldn't have as many fat kids and we wouldn't have so many kids disrupting classrooms. Our children aren't automatons, they need plenty of time to be kids. There is a lot of value in play.
codereflection 9 hours ago 1 reply      
As a father of two boys, I cannot agree enough with this article. I just wonder how I can send this article to the teachers at my boys schools without offending them.
jvreeland 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I felt like they were describing me that whole time. I was diagnosed with learning disabilities and told to sit still countless times. Thankfully some teachers realized keeping me in extra circular activities would offset my energy but when I moved from that school the situation changed.

The frustrating part for teachers was that I typically scored higher on exams than my peers, including standardized tests. They then saw my scores and consistently lectured me about how if I just _applied_ myself I'd be doing so much better.

I always treated exams as a challenge I sit here for 1, 2 hours at a time and try and score as high as possible.

ryanmarsh 9 hours ago 0 replies      
This is why I will homeschool my son.
JulianMorrison 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Or girls.
tlogan 11 hours ago 1 reply      
And we wonder why smart kids are all introverts...
camus 11 hours ago 4 replies      
Yeah , stop trying to teach kids discipline, especially when there is none at home ...
Refactoring GitHub's Design ianstormtaylor.com
264 points by ianstormtaylor  3 days ago   92 comments top 35
bretthopper 3 days ago 2 replies      
I really like this. One of the changes not mentioned in the article was merging the file path into the repo name at the top. Since the file path ALWAYS starts with the repo name anyway, this makes a lot of sense and eliminates redundancy.

It's a shame he didn't add the language colour bar into the final comparison screenshot. I thought that was one of the best changes. It's quite jarring where it is right now.

edit: The one issue with this redesign is it clearly goes against a philosophy which GitHub has recently embraced: quickly seeing the status/overview of a repo. Moving the Commits, Branches, Tags, and Contributors from up top to the right sidebar definitely reduces some clutter, but it makes them much less of a focus. And I'm pretty sure this is something GitHub wouldn't want.

jbail 3 days ago 3 replies      
This, like the iOS icon teardown post before it, are excellent. Tons of content. Well written.

I have a question for Ian: How do you find time to do such in depth teardowns and UI refactors of other people's apps? Actually let me re-phrase that: How do you justify spending time on these blog posts instead of focusing on your own application?

Maybe it's just a calculated cost you incur to get traffic? Even so, how did you determine this to be the highest value activity as a start up cofounder?

sauravc 3 days ago 3 replies      
"And at the same time, we can de-emphasize the branch switcher since its so rarely used."

WRONG. This is why designers shouldn't be "redesigning" stuff they don't use.

Branching and merging with ease is what makes distributed scm's so much better than the previous generation. Why would one want to de-emphasize this?

And let's talk about what really used. Github is great for viewing code easily and making comments. So what did they do to the code view div in the latest redesign? They made it smaller! Unbelievable!

So now I have to use a Chrome plugin to fix it:https://github.com/sauravc/github_wideload

These "designers" aren't entirely to blame though. A lot of what the author suggested makes things better. Unfortunately, coders are a tough crowd to please.

dreamdu5t 3 days ago 6 replies      
I cannot fathom why such a visually jarring thick bar of color representing the languages used is the most prominent visual element on the page.

It makes no sense. Especially when you consider that you already likely know the primary language the project you're looking at is written in.

Udo 3 days ago 3 replies      
I like most of the ideas, but:

  Cloning a repository happens rarely, but in the old interface   it was one of the first things on the page.
Is it really happening so rarely? It's one of my primary interactions with a foreign repository. Am I atypical?

jasonlotito 3 days ago 0 replies      
As someone that uses GH enterprise more than GH proper, I'll address the changes here from that perspective.

1. Pushing the branch changer off to be so subtle hurts. I change branches, a lot. Browsing code and changing the branch is something I frequently do on GH.

2. Lack of clone url is annoying. If all I have to do is click Clone and that's it, then I can live with that.

3. Clown, Download, and Watch are too far down the screen. I usually have a big screen, but not always, and I have my monitors maximized.

4. The ordering of the links on the right are odd. I click Watch, Clone, and Download far more than Contributors. Still, the ordering is off. Pulse is at the top, but we start off with Code? With very little thought, I'd order them Code, Commits, Pull Requests, Issues, Branches & Tags, etc.

5. The Wiki link is hidden. It really should have a better place. While the rest of the links on the right relate directly to code at some level, the Wiki does not. It's documentation mostly. Being disregarded like it is, it should be removed. Either that, or found a better home.

6. Stars and Forks should be Star and Fork. They are labels for buttons that perform an action, not state.

7. Code, I assume, takes up a lot more space! Yay!

8. The top is clean, making it easy to see exactly where I'm at.

These are just initial thoughts. Overall, the design is more open. I think for me, the layout of some of the interactions need to be thought out a bit more, and need to take into consideration more than just your basic free github user.

JCB_K 3 days ago 1 reply      
Minor nitpick, it was Path who first started using the cover photo. Facebook did the same only a few months later, and then many other services followed.
josephlord 3 days ago 1 reply      
Nice article and a very slightly opportunity for a couple of minor Github annoyances to come out of me. All of which I think apply both to the old and new design.

Does it bug anyone else that the Github commit count tops out at 1000+ commits making it completely useless after that point? A repo last updated date would be more useful (I know I only have to scan the directory modified dates but a consolidated one would be nice).

It would also be great if they could show the unmerged branches at the top of the branch selector and allow branches to be kept but marked as obselete so they weren't offered with the other unmerged branches but could be kept rather than completely deleted.

My final wish would be for a couple of things bitbucket has in its diff views, namely side by side diffs and the option to show additional lines around the diff to give greater context. Bitbucket is sorely missing Githubs great network view though.

dansingerman 3 days ago 2 replies      
Is cloning a repo that rare? Isn't that kind of the point of GitHub?
ajanuary 3 days ago 1 reply      
It's worth noting a lot of the design decisions in the article are based on assertions about what is/isn't used.

Which is fine - it makes reading through the design process more interesting and insightful.

It would be interesting to compare that with actual usage statistics that one assumes github have (to one degree or another) and see if some of the differences in the design are due to flawed assumptions in the article.

calpaterson 2 days ago 0 replies      
In this discussion he makes several assumptions like "we can de-emphasize the branch switcher since its so rarely used" and "The Clone in Mac button was a perfect example of an under-used feature" and "Cloning a repository happens rarely" all of which do not chime with my personal experience.

Our disagreement is to be expected - no two people completely agree about an interface - but it is extremely disappointing that he makes no mention of testing on real users (or at the very least, speaking to them) in order to gauge whether these features really are unimportant. If you want to know the reason why so many site redesigns are unpopular with users, here it is: you didn't test them.

I'm not trying to take this to absurd conclusions like "every change has to be tested" but the central idea of this guy is faulty: design of the user interface, like design of software, is NOT to be done by anyone in isolation. You need to involve real users in major changes before they happen.

I hope Github ran user testing before they released these changes.

btipling 3 days ago 0 replies      
My opinion of GitHub's redesign from a user's point of view is that it has been difficult to adjust to the point it has made me angry and frustrated. The pull request UI change is a regression.
imperialWicket 3 days ago 0 replies      
These are good notes. You can quibble over some of the specific details and their assigned importance, but generally they show great logical enhancements.

To add to the language bar discussion - I rarely care about the languages in my own repositories (or repositories I'm watching or have starred). This is one of the new features that I enjoy for repository review, but if I'm in a repo I actually use, I rarely care about any of the data here (including commit numbers, tags, branches, contr.) Rather than moving this data about the page, I'd like to be able to remove it entirely based on circumstance or settings.

reledi 3 days ago 1 reply      
Thanks for blogging this. I like the overall changes of your refactor, but there are a few minor nitpicks:

- Why did you change "Star" and "Fork" to "Stars" and "Forks"? The before and after have different meanings.

- The colour bar is missing from your final design. You mentioned in a comment that you forgot to add it and then added it, but I still don't see it :).

- The right side navigation section is prematurely cut off at "Settings".

- Your "Clone" and "Download" buttons could use some more whitespace between the text and icon.

rg3 2 days ago 1 reply      
I really like the refactoring done here. Congratulations to the author. He did an excellent job, IMHO.

There's one thing missing that I always wanted to have: put the contents of the README file _above_ the file listing. The truth is, many people in Github don't use the Pages feature and rely instead on the README being the main project page containing the description, instructions, etc. And sometimes you have to scroll a bit to get to that information. If the README was on top, the main project page at github.com would be given the importance many projects give it.

Variations of this idea: let the code be on top but only after a single click to expand the repo contents, unless the project lacks a README file. In that case expand the repo contents directly.

aristidb 2 days ago 1 reply      
"Cloning a repository happens rarely, but in the old interface it was one of the first things on the page."

No. It does not happen rarely. I do it all the time.

(I realize that other commenters have expressed the same sentiment among other things, but for me this is the key element to emphasize.)

jimmaswell 3 days ago 1 reply      
I really don't like the trend of simplified interfaces. I have absolutely no problem with interfaces with options and buttons all over the place. Is there any real productive purpose to changing interfaces when users are used to the old one and fine with it? I see it like forcing users to switch to dvorak. Anyone who spends a reasonably amount of typing can probably get a fine 100wps on qwerty, they might get slightly more if they spent a long time learning dvorak, but the marginal return wouldn't offset the benefit, because most of the time you're not typing at your full speed anyway - you're pausing between shorter bursts of typing to think of what to type, use your mouse, or something else.
c0mpute 2 days ago 0 replies      
Really well done.

I think I was one of the few (perhaps?) who did not like the new redesign of github. I did not like the content above that red/color bar at all. It is that much real estate taken away from me to see the code/commits/documentation of the page. I often use last commit and all commits to compare and see what is going on. I also quickly switch branches on the UI to compare stuff. The current github just feels its a always one extra click or I am searching for something. Somehow it doesn't feel minimalistic at all.

Ian's redesign makes it elegantly simple and minimalistic.

joshmlewis 3 days ago 0 replies      
This is an interesting example of a 're-design' that isn't all about new colors, graphics, and everything else but just a combining of elements, some more uniform styling, and just doing something that makes sense. This goes to show every redesign doesn't have to be fancy new colors and layouts, just thinking logically about everything you need.

This also shows the importance of going beyond pretty colors into meaningful design.

jrochkind1 3 days ago 0 replies      
I like seeing design critiques like this, especially when done from actual design experience, and with respect.

But, I came to say: Is the branch lister/switcher really one of the least-used parts of github? It's one of the parts I use the most, actually!

tmzt 3 days ago 0 replies      
Well got automatically switched to the new Github layout. I tried switch the Git URL to git protocol but was unable to do so.

When I first saw github, the option of choosing ssh or git protocol, as well as http, helped to establish it's credentials as a company that "gets it" when it comes to technology. As developers that tends to be important to us because it suggests that other features are going to work the way we expect.

I think the new design is lacking in a number of areas that the old design got exactly right. The git log tells you quickly when the last update was made, but without hiding the tree view too deeply.

My preference would be for the features of the old design to be restored as best as possible, even keeping the new design as a whole. I would also like to see something like the Android application's interface, including the "news feed" like view added to the web interface.

zobzu 3 days ago 0 replies      
Reducing an interface until only the absolutely necessary elements remain is one of the most satisfying tasks in design.

Now I understand the issue with design :P

Now I think the GitHub redesign is okay - but i also think "absolutely" is too strong of a word. The "usual tasks" for "most people" should be part of the UI IMO. Many products go with "absolutely vital" and then the UI sux because you don't get the buttons u needed, in the name of simplicity.

sgdesign 3 days ago 0 replies      
I hate that language bar so much (I work on a lot of 100% JavaScript projects) that I installed Stylebot (http://stylebot.me) just to get rid of it.
JohnDotAwesome 3 days ago 0 replies      
Great piece, but...

One thing bothered me. He said it took a double click and cmd+c to copy? That's not true at all. Single click auto selects. I think the hiding the of the URL is kinda lame because the URL _was the design element_ for "clone" for so long. I see the URL and I know I can click it to select, CMD+C, paste it into my terminal.

Ian certainly has some valid points, but in the end, I think he's not appreciating the full-range of use cases that everyone has. Github has a lot of different kinds of users. Enterprise development flows are a bit different than the open source ones. And those are the flows that bring in the money.

Though, I'm sure they use Github enterprise, so maybe he does appreciate that use case as well.

mekishizufu 2 days ago 0 replies      
I think it is an improvement except for the right menu. The list is harder to parse and the order is just completely wrong. The four most important links (Code, PR, Issues and Wiki) should always be on the top of the list.
w-m 3 days ago 1 reply      
Here are the two sidebars (new github vs. Ians design) side by side: http://i.imgur.com/e2w6TkT.png


- got rid of the color indicator

- got rid of the separation lines

- is truncating the list

- has three identical buttons where there were two

- has more indirection. Cloning is autofocused for me, it takes one click+cmd-c. Also, when I'm scanning the page for a way to clone by URL, I'll find the actual URL much faster than the button that says "Clone".

I like the general idea of the redesign, but I think it would make the sidebar much worse.

ricardobeat 3 days ago 0 replies      
It's a nice improvement (specially with the huge language bar gone), and the header image would look great, but I still think the two-column layout is a step back. Right-hand menus are a bit weird, and it makes everything below "the fold" left-aligned, total waste of screen area.
zoowar 2 days ago 0 replies      
I love to hate the "refactored design". If it's truly just "completely reorganized to emphasize the commonly used features," then it's just a theme. Let the user choose the theme, don't force it on them.
Heliosmaster 2 days ago 0 replies      
Really nice insights on design. You might want to chat with the guys that make GitLab :)
Demiurge 3 days ago 0 replies      
I like the final refactor much better, I wish they just do it :)
philliphaydon 3 days ago 0 replies      
For me, about 30% of the changes were bad choices. Its harder to navigate around now than it used to be. While the other 70% of the changes are great.
beatboxrevival 3 days ago 0 replies      
As a designer that codes, i'd really like to remove most of github's grayness. They seem to do a lot of excessive bordering and gray layers. You could remove almost all of it, without making the UI harder to use.
rlx0x 3 days ago 1 reply      
I can't even see all repositories of a user, just the "most popular" the same with gist, no quick overview anymore. I really hate the recent changes and can only laugh at this pretentious bs article.
CatMtKing 3 days ago 0 replies      
I'm very impressed by the result. His refactor looks great.
djs070 3 days ago 0 replies      
Is it just because I'm on iOS or have some of these suggestions been implemented on github?
Ask HN: Who is hiring? (July 2013)
254 points by whoishiring  15 hours ago   306 comments top 257
thisisnotmyname 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Codified Genomics - Houston TX (remote OK)codifiedgenomics.com

Software you write at Codified will directly influence healthcare decisions for thousands of patients. We're looking for experienced software engineers who are up to that challenge, and who have a track record of working in an environment that demands a high level of quality.

We do clinical genomic variant analysis. We take whole exome sequence data and predict clinical outcome for the variants we observe in patients, which is then used by clinicians to inform treatment. To do this, we aggregate large amounts of additional data on individual genes and variants, and apply a series of proprietary algorithms. We started with seed funding and are currently profitable with revenue from our first customer.

We're hiring our first engineer. At Codified your responsibilities will be wide - you will probably end up touching every piece of software we write, with an emphasis on the user facing applications. We are currently using GWT and mysql with some scripting in Python. Additionally, you'll help us grow our team over the next few months as we continue to add engineers.

We have a large number of interesting projects under active development, spanning natural language processing, machine learning, user interface design and of course sequence analysis.

We're looking for someone who is experienced, flexible and willing to work outside of their comfort zone. A willingness to learn is more important to us than a Biology background, but the job will require you to learn the basics of the Biology that we're working with.

We're willing to consider remote work for experienced candidates, but preference will be shown to candidates in the Houston area.

We are offering 70k+ salary and equity. Contact us at codifiedgenomics@gmail.com

ejdyksen 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Mutually Human - Grand Rapids, Michigan



We are a small team of software craftsmen (10 of us right now) passionate about making people's lives better through software.

A little bit about us:

  - We write custom software of all shapes and sizes for clients all over the US    - Though everyone here is fluent in Ruby, we're more concerned with using the     right tool for the job. In the past two months, I've worked with Objective-C,    Javascript (Backbone+PhoneGap), and a little bit of Java and C#.    - We practice a sustainable pace. We recognize that we each have lives,    activities, and families outside of work. Late nights and > 40 hour weeks are    rare by design.  - We're agile, but not dogmatic about it. Our process evolves to suit our needs.    - We offer competitive salaries, health/vision/dental insurance, 401(k) + match,     quarterly profit sharing, weekly catered lunches, and a top-floor office with    snacks, guitars, and your choice of standing or sitting desks.
A little bit about Grand Rapids:

  - 2.5 hours from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Detroit, less than an hour to the beach.    - Lots of great beer. Founders Brewery (a mile from our office) has 3 beers in    the Beer Advocate top 15. HopCat is a World Class bar on BA.     Just look here: http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/43    - Affordable housing. If youre renting anything larger than a breadbox in the     Bay Area or NYC, you can afford a house here (or a much nicer rental). I bought     a nice house with a mortgage payment drastically lower than the rent of my     1 bedroom apartment in Mountain View.    - A growing economy driven by technology, healthcare, and a growing list of    startups. The energy here around the growth in technology and the support    for entrepreneurs is infectious.
A little bit about you:

  - You love writing software, and you have a few years of experience doing it.  - You learn new stuff quickly. Youve used a lot of technologies, but youre not    afraid to use more. It would be nice if you use and love Ruby, but not required.    - You believe software is written for humans, not computers.    - You want to come into work every day and enjoy the people you work with.
If you're interested, send me your resume/CV and a little bit about why youre interested:


nrp 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Oculus VR - http://www.oculusvr.com/careers - Irvine, CA

Were a well-funded startup based out of Irvine, CA. Our vision is delivering immersive, wearable, and affordable virtual reality technology to the world. We launched on Kickstarter in August 2012 and now were looking to expand the team.

Were looking for the best and brightest engineering minds passionate about building the next generation platform for virtual reality gaming. As an engineer at Oculus, youll have a direct hand in solving the incredible array of challenges around virtual reality and human computer interaction. Were looking for software, embedded systems, and hardware engineers to build the full hardware and software stack that comprises our product. You can check our careers page for specific positions we have open.

Email us at careers@oculusvr.com with HN in the subject line. Looking forward to hopefully chatting with a few of you soon!

sethbannon 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Amicus (YC S12) is hiring Javascripters and Rubyists in NYC.

- We helped win marriage equality: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/the-soci...

- We're well funded: http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/13/amicus/

- We work on interesting problems, for example: Open source projects, including our own in house, soon to be open sourced, real time Model View Presenter javascript framework with bi-directional data binding

More details at http://jobs.amicushq.com/ or shoot an email with your github profile and why you might be a good fit to jobs+july@amicushq.com

fredley 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Cambridge, UK -- Image Processing Research Engineer -- Skin Analytics

Skin Analytics (http://skin-analytics.com) is looking for a resourceful Image Processing Research Engineer, to complement our existing team and collaboratively apply the latest research to our product to solve the complex problems that invariably arise when implementing cutting-edge computer science. As well as offering a flexible working environment, we are giving you a chance to work on a cutting edge project with a great team and be instrumental in defining the future technical roadmap of the company.

Job Responsibilities

* Work with our existing team to identify promising research techniques, assess them for applicability then apply them to Skin Analytics products

* Work with our Scientific Advisory Board to ensure the medical validity of our system

* Collaborate to design and implement a video based mole image capture system

About You

* You are a Researcher with a burning desire to apply the latest research to new, groundbreaking services. You are open-minded, inquisitive and love a challenge

* You work well in a small team and enjoy the added responsibility of being able to influence and shape the direction of startup

* You enjoy working with others but are capable of getting on and getting through a problem alone

* You have experience in Image Processing and Computer Vision, good C/C++ programming skills and a solid mathematical background

To apply, please send a CV to recruitment@skinanalytics.co.uk

snowmaker 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Scribd (YC '06), San Francisco - H1B, FULL-TIME, and INTERN are all welcome

Scribd (social publishing & eBooks, top 100 website, 35 people) is hiring talented hackers and other technical people for a broad range of technologies.

We've hired FIVE full-time people and TWO summer interns from these "Who is Hiring" threads, including one just last month ... it really works!

We're looking for people who want to work with:

* Ruby on Rails (we're the #2 largest rails site, after Twitter)

* Javascript (well, we use Coffeescript)

* iOS

* Machine Learning / data mining / recommendations

* Back-end infrastructure: scalability, web crawling, big data, analytics

That said, we care way more about your personality and general hacking skills then what languages you've used so far, so if you haven't used these but want to break into mobile or web development, this could be a good opportunity for you. We've hired people from these threads with everywhere from 0 to 10 years of experience. We're profitable, very well funded and have a really fun office environment (go-karts + a rock climbing wall!).

Scribd alumni have gone on to found 4 other YCombinator companies, more than from any other startup. We think this says something about the kind of people that we like to hire.

We are always looking for international people interested in moving to the US and can help you secure a visa.

Scribd's vision is to build the digital library of the 21st century. Just as Wikipedia built the successor to the encyclopedia, we want to build the successor to the library. It is a big vision and we have a long way to go, but I'd be happy to tell you more about what we're working on now and how we plan to get there.

See more at scribd.com/jobs and feel free to email me directly: jared at scribd.com

asolove 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Webs: Washington DC (Silver Spring)

Webs is the rarest of all birds: an actual consumer web company in DC. We don't do contracting, work for the government, or apply for grants. We sell a product to real people that makes them happy and helps them make money.

Webs helps small and micro businesses get online with our in-browser web site builder and Facebook engagement tools. We do the hard technical work so that our customers can easily and beautifully build a site, improve their SEO, increase their site stats, and sell their products online.

We're always looking for excellent developers, whether you're front-end, back-end, or full-stack. You'll get to work with other smart people, have input into the product, contribute to open source, and enjoy our hackathons.

Our front-end is a great new architecture with Backbone, Less, RequireJS, and all the other new hotness. Plus our main product (a WYSIWYG website builder) is interactive enough to actually need these things to provide customer value. Our back-end is a mix of Java, Groovy, Rails and Node, with Oracle and Mongo holding the data. We have a lot of fun projects coming up.

Email me at adam@webs.com and we can see if there's a good fit.

greghinch 13 hours ago 0 replies      
We Are Pop Up - London, UK - Web Application Developer (full-time)

We Are Pop Up is a community-driven marketplace for short-term commercial property leasing. While we certainly didn't invent the concept of a "pop up shop", we're embracing it whole-heartedly as a solution to two social problems which have arisen in our time: 1) How can we lower the barrier-to-entry to enable a new generation of retail, food, and creative entrepreneurs to operate as easily in the offline world as businesses currently do online? 2) As commerce increasingly moves online, vacant property is left behind, which can have detrimental effects on both the nearby businesses and the greater community alike. How can we find new ways of filling that space? The missing piece which transforms these two real problems into mutual solutions is an excellent software platform that removes the time and overhead typically associated with commercial leasing. We Are Pop Up officially launched this platform near the end of 2012, and has already given numerous creative entrepreneurs around the UK opportunities to engage the offline world in ways they never had before.

We're looking for an experienced Web Application Developer to work directly along side our Lead Developer and Creative Director, building features and scaling the platform. Someone who's comfortable working with the whole stack, understands the principles of excellent software development, and wants to treat their code as their craft. We're primarily in a Django/Python environment, but any relevant experience is great, as long as you are willing to learn Python. The number of years you've been working professionally isn't too important (though it should be at least "a few"), but what you've done is. Being an expert in SQL will get you a lot of points. We follow Agile development practices, and you'll be shipping features frequently.


Skills and Attributes We're Looking For (being 100% in all is not required, but candidates who are will receive preference)

* Experience building web applications from the bottom, up. Django/Python experience preferred, but Rails/Ruby, PHP, etc. is also great, so long as you're a quick and willing learner

* Solid knowledge of SQL and related best practices. We use Postgres, but are happy with MySQL or similar experience

* Ability to work in Javascript/HTML/CSS. We use YUI 3 and Bootstrap. You certainly don't need to be a designer, but you should be able to take on a feature and fully implement it, including all relevant front-end code

* General understanding of Solr/Lucene search

* Experience deploying basic server infrastructure and with the Unix command line (being an expert SysAdmin is not required)

* Familiarity with code profiling and optimization

* Interested in things like Agile development, TDD, and pair-programming

* Work equally well in close coordination with others and independently/self-directed. We're a small team, so we'll always be working closely, sometimes in pairs, but often you'll need to be able to take on things on your own

* Legally eligible to work in the UK (mandatory)

What We're Offering

* Competitive salary, based on experience

* Meaningful, early-employee equity

* Regularly attend some of the coolest pop-up events and parties in London

* Work on a developer-driven software team, where your contributions will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of others

More About Us

We're a group of Brits and Americans who came together in the spring of 2012 to take on an ambitious idea cooked up by 2 of our co-founders in a pub one evening (where all good ideas start). We're artists and environmentalists, consultants and entrepreneurs, engineers and educators. Collectively we've worked with Fortune 500s, government and the public sector, universities, creatives, small businesses, and (other) start-ups. We're alumni of Springboard Mobile in the fall of 2012 and we're looking to change the world.

Principals only, no recruiters

Please submit your CV, a paragraph summarizing your relevant experience, and links to your work on Github, Bitbucket, etc. to jobs[at]wearepopup.com, with the subject "Hacker News candidate for your Web Application Developer role"

We look forward to hearing from you!

pixelmonkey 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Parse.ly - Remote Work [ideally, close to Eastern Standard Timezone (EST)] - Dev Ops



We're a fully distributed team (see http://bit.ly/distributed-teams for a post by me, the CTO) -- which is to say, a merit-based, technology-forward, super-bright team of Pythonistas who happen to collaborate using the same methods of major open web projects like Wikipedia, Ubuntu, and Mozilla.

We're looking for a full-time Dev Ops lead. You should be comfortable with Git & have some familiarity with Python. You should be willing to learn, or already know, technologies like Fabric, Chef, MongoDB, Redis, Solr, Storm, Rackspace Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and OpenStack.

You should be extremely handy at a UNIX command line, possessing all the skills of a sysadmin.

If you join us, you'll be part of a well-funded and high-revenue SaaS analytics company that is rewriting the rules of online media. Our software aggregates data on over 5 billion pageviews per month of traffic, and we work with major media companies as customers, such as Reuters, The Atlantic, & Arstechnica.

Get in touch with us directly at hello@parsely.com if you are interested -- mention HN and ask for Andrew.

anbu5 26 minutes ago 0 replies      
Orange Harp Inc - San Francisco, CA. Full time.

We're redefining shopping. We're working on a mobile platform to make shopping more relevant and fun.

We believe in building an amazing product, writing great code, learning from each other and having fun along the way!

If you're a hacker at heart with hands-on RoR and Python experience, care about the user experience and want to be a part of a great team, email us at anbu@panacheup.com.

amitt 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Union Square, San Francisco, CA. Full-time. Full-stack Engineer, All Levels.

Red Hot Labs (RHL) is looking for full-stack engineers at all levels that want to work on cutting edge mobile games and services for other mobile developers.


    - Write both server and client-side mobile code for iOS and Android apps.       (We can teach you this!)    - Actively learn and work with new technologies. Theres a very good chance        youll pick up experience with a new language / technology stack here!    - Collaborate closely with myself and the rest of our team to develop       products and services with a high quality user-experience.     - Architect and own big parts of our infrastructure. 
=Your skills=

    - REQUIRED: CS degree or significant experience in a low-level language (C, C++).          - We're trying to hire smart folks that have a solid CS foundation.    - REQUIRED: Prior experience working with Javascript required.    - REQUIRED: Ability to pick up new languages and frameworks quickly.    - PREFERRED: Prior experience developing either business intelligence or games.    - PREFERRED: Prior mobile experience in either iOS or Android.
=Why Red Hot Labs=

Were a small 6-person FUNDED startup founded by the guys who made FarmVille and CityVille. Were building mobile games and supporting services that we think are missing from the mobile ecosystem. This is not our first startup; our last one was acquired by Zynga and led to them being able to IPO using our core-tech and games.

Our company culture is one built on learning and the belief that everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher. We want to work with folks that inspire us to learn more and do our best work. We invest in our employees and want to help you grow in both your core skill-set and other areas you may be interested in. We can afford to do this while were small.

We focus on shipping quickly and constantly (our first game was built in 6 weeks with no pre-existing client-side code), so this is a great place to experience shipping multiple products. Our product development process is a full-team collaborative one based on a healthy balance of metrics and design intuition. We care A LOT about good design and are always striving for putting out products were proud of both technically and visually.

Our tech-stack is built on accelerating the ability to ship. Weve developed a unique client/server architecture that we use for all of our apps that allows us to write new backend connected mobile apps without having to write modify any server code. This backend combined with our unique embedded-JS frontend allows us to deploy fully featured cross-platform apps very quickly. Our first-game was featured on Google Play and was built in about 6 weeks.


    - WORKCATIONS! Were a small company so we do unscalable things such as       rent a house for the whole team and spend a week working from a Ski-house Tahoe       or in a beach-house in Hawaii.     - Early-stage startup equity grants    - Health/Dental/Vision insurance 
=Our stack=

    - An advanced client-side architecture written in C++ and       using embedded-JS bound to Objective-C/Java for our iOS and Android apps.    - Redis, Couchbase, Rails for our backend API.    - Mostly AWS with a little bit of Heroku for our hosting.    - AngularJS, jQuery, Underscore for our dashboard and web apps.    - 3rd party services: Twilio, Mailgun, Mixpanel, Crittercism, Testflight
=Relevant press=

About our culture:http://gamesauce.org/news/2013/05/31/red-hot-labs-sons-of-zy...About our strategy:http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2013/02/28/zynga-veteran...About our funding: http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/28/red-hot-labs/


Send an email to jobs+HN@redhotlabs.com with a little bit about yourself and what youre looking for in a new role and we can chat a bit more about what were up to in detail. We look forward to speaking with you!

-Amitt (Founder/CEO)

makmanalp 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Cambridge, MA - CustomMade (http://www.custommade.com/)

Full-time devs. Python work, would likely be working with Django. Django could be more or less often depending on the type of position.

Boilerplate about stack / team here:


Tech blog here:


We're a two-sided marketplace that does matchmaking between professional artisans / craftsmen and buyers. You post your dreams, we find someone to make it real. People come up with some crazy ideas like a custom made quidditch set / proposal ring: http://blog.custommade.com/portfolio/a-very-harry-potter-pro...

We're funded by Google Ventures and a ton of others: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/custommade-ventures so paying you well is not an issue. We just raised an 18 million series B!

We're right at the point where all the graphs are hockey-stick shaped and we're breaking our own records every week. Of course, with that comes scaling challenges. But it's all part of the fun.

We have a great team and a great environment that focuses on customers and product development.

When I'm working on product stuff, I get to collaborate with product / UX / support people day to day to build a product that meets a real business need, and makes everyone happy. But when I just need to bang out some code, people leave me alone. When I'm working on platform or architectural stuff, I get great advice and feedback from my coworkers. Expressing opinions and having discussion is encouraged.

Fridays are refactoring / innovation day to scratch your good code itch.

Work / life balance is great. Bureaucracy is at a minimum. Opensourcing is encouraged. Tech blogging is encouraged.

More about our stack / team here: http://engineering.custommade.com

You're a low-ego programmer who is always learning, has pushed code to production innumerable times, and doesn't cringe at the prospect of collaborating with a team of non-techies every so often. You know the modern web stack well, and specialize in at least one part of it.

Rarely, we'll do a remote position. Get in touch with me at mali -at- custommade dotkom

sgrove 12 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA - Zenbox. Software Engineer. [LOCAL]

We're a YC company wrangling SaaS to work together (as they should), starting by bringing the biggest apps our customers use right into Gmail.

We work with dozens of API's to show our users profiles of their customers without having to jump out of the email flow - imagine having http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtzqRSlgqkw available when helping customers.

Thousands of people use it every day for hours on end, and are happy to pay for it to make sure they can continue using it. But there's still so much polish and improvement possible.

Looking for an engineer who loves the craft, who cares about building product, and is excited about helping customers.

We also explore some pretty awesome ways to escape from getting crushed under the heel of complexity, and we're all excited to start toying around with ideas like http://clojure.com/blog/2013/06/28/clojure-core-async-channe... for the frontend.

This is both UI and backend work.

Languages: Clojure, Clojurescript, Ruby, Javascript.

sean @ zenboxapp


ryguytilidie 8 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA. Full time.

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

Many people believe that science is too closed, and too slow. We are trying to change that. There are 4 things we are trying to achieve with Academia.edu - ways in which we are trying to re-shape and accelerate science:

- Instant distribution. Right now there is a 12 month time-lag between submitting a paper to a journal, and the paper being published. We need to remove that time-lag and introduce instant distribution of scientific ideas.

- Better peer review. Right now the peer review process takes 12 months to complete, and only surfaces the opinions of two academics - academics who may be biased, uninformed about the subject area, or just in a bad mood when writing the review. 2 people is too small a sample size. We need a faster and more robust peer review system, one that surfaces the opinions of the entire scientific community, across a variety of dimensions, and in real-time.

- Multi-media. Right now, scientists only share papers in PDF form. We need to bring about a science where scientists are incentivized to share data-sets, code, videos, blog posts, and comments on all these media. Right now 50% or more of the worlds scientific output does not get shared, because the system of credibility metrics only rewards one kind of format, the paper. We need to change this.

- Open access. We need to bring about a world where a villager in India has the same access to the worlds scientific output as a professor in Harvard. When you open up access to the worlds scientific literature to the 2.5 billion people who are online right now, magical things can happen.It's an exciting time for science. Science is transitioning from a 17th century way of sharing ideas, based on the journal system, to a faster system of sharing ideas on the web. Science is a foundational part of global growth: almost every innovation in medicine and technology has its roots in a science paper.

We need talented and passionate engineers to help us accelerate science. We have made a good start: 2.9 million academics have joined Academia.edu, and 13,000 join each day. We're a 12 person, engineering-driven, team based in downtown San Francisco. Technologies we use include Rails, PostgreSQL, Redis, Varnish, Solr, Memcached, and Mongodb. We have raised $6.7 million from Spark Capital, True Ventures, Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Ubuntu), and others.Familiarity with our technologies is a plus, but it's not essential. It's far more important that you are a quick learner who can pick up new technologies quickly. We are looking to hire a range of positions:* full stack engineers * growth engineer (optimizing our growth and retention channels)There is more information about the company on our hiring page, at http://academia.edu/hiring. There is more on TechCrunch about our mission here http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/05/the-future-of-peer-review/ The Future of Peer Review) and here http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/29/the-future-of-science/ The Future of Science)

We want to hire world class engineers. We want you to join us in building the future of science whether you are based in San Francisco, New York, Delhi, or Beijing. We will handle re-location, including visas, though unfortunately we are not currently hiring remote employees.

If you are interested to learn more, please email Ryan Jordan at ryanj [at] academia.edu

adw 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Flipboard (http://flipboard.com/), a social magazine service, is looking for people who do ... lots of things. Infrastructure engineers, mobile developers, designers, editors. Full-time/permanent hires, full healthcare benefits, the works.

Palo Alto, CA (with a satellite office in NYC). We prefer local over remote.

(In particular, if you're into big-data/search infrastructure, we really need to talk...).

http://flipboard.com/careers/ or email me: andrew at flipboard.com

sv123 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Leafly: Seattle, WA

Who We Are:

Were Leafly (leafly.com), a growing startup dedicated to building a comprehensive, useful directory of cannabis strains and dispensary locations to help patients safely and securely find the best solution for their particular needs. Our web and mobile visitors browse strain ratings, study reviews, read recommendations, and find trusted dispensary locations.

What We Need:

Were looking for a senior level software engineer with an understanding of the full stack, web generalist and a ridiculous enthusiasm for joining an exciting, growing startup with employees who work hard, have fun, laugh a lot, and are dedicated to providing the best directory for cannabis patients on the web.


-Build out new, exciting projects for the Leafly community

-Design, implement, benchmark and deploy simple, elegant, high-performance code

-Work on the full stack, web and mobile web client and server development

-Interact with designers, content providers and others to build products people will love


-Experience building large-scale ASP.NET MVC web applications (or equivalent platforms such as RoR)

-Experience with document databases, like RavenDB, MongoDB or CouchDB

-Ability to work with latest MV* Javascript front-end frameworks

-Proficient in markup

-Knowledge of the latest HTML/CSS trends and technologies

-Familiarity with responsive design best practices

-Understanding of good user experience and what constitutes good design

-Good communication skills with an ability to communicate complex ideas easily and quickly

-Strong CS background

memset 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Classic Specs, New York, NY, Full-Time

We have been designing and building high-quality prescription eyewear in Brooklyn since 2010. We have a number of high-end fashion brands for which we design and sell eyeglasses.

We're building a company to last - we have revenue, a loyal client base, sustained and expanding growth. Were backed by all-star group of investors and folks who have built some of the most successful fashion brands in the world. Now we need someone to help build our technology.

Come work with us team to design and implement a white-label software for managing eyewear websites and order fulfillment across multiple brands!

We're looking for engineers who are interested in building everything - from inventory management infrastructure to A/B testing our website - for selling eyewear online.

Our team is small. As an early developer, well ask you to look for things in our business that can be made more efficient and use technology to improve them.

You will completely own a feature, from choosing which technology to use, implementing the frontend, interfacing with our back-end database, and then measuring its impact on the business.

When you build something cool, we'll open-source it. When you learn something new, teach us! Help us mentor interns.

Our back-end stack is mostly Python + Flask, using uwsgi on nginx. Our current project is using mongodb on the backend.

Feel free to email me: jay@classicspecs.com, or apply via: http://careers.stackoverflow.com/jobs/36399/python-developer...

MichaelSalib 13 hours ago 1 reply      
MediaMath -- Cambridge MA and NYC NY. Fulltime. H1B.

We're looking for software engineers, especially with systems experience. We're also looking for a UI dev and a QA team lead.


We're working on lots of big data challenges in the online advertising space. MediaMath bought out Akamai's ADS division a few months ago and most of the Cambridge office consists of those folks. I'm happy to answer any questions: msalib@mediamath.com.

I personally work on our high performance streaming data analysis language that compiles to LLVM and runs on Hadoop. We're definitely looking to hire in my group.

r4vik 14 hours ago 0 replies      
London, UK - Pitchup.com - Python Developers

We're looking for Python developers (one senior, one more junior) atour start-up in Chiswick, http://www.pitchup.com - we sell pitches ataround 600 campsites.

The site has been going for almost four years and, assuming the suncomes out, we're expecting about 1m users/month over the summer,before pushing into new markets during the autumn/winter.

Our small team of developers work mainly in Python and Django,achieving multiple awards and great reviews for ease of use and speedhttp://www.reviewcentre.com/Travel-Agents/Pitchup-com-www-pi.... Behind the scenes we've built some pretty nice features to helpcampsite owners manage their vacancies and encourage them to sign up.

Pitchup.com was cited at the recent W3C/ODI/OKF Open Data on the Webevent http://www.w3.org/2013/04/odw/ : we're aiming to go beyond thetypical travel site by integrating POIs like public transport, touristattractions and pubs. We were also among the early users of Twitter'srecently-launched product cards and autocomplete.

We're looking for a couple of people to work on things like payments,international expansion, testing and personalisation, mobile and geo(backend stack is Python / Django / Postgres / Celery / nginx / S3).

The business is profitable and was founded in 2009 by formerlastminute.com staff with a background in the holiday park sector.We're regularly featured in the national press, and our lively,friendly team is based at the Barley Mow Centre off Chiswick High Roadin west London.

Please drop me a line if you're interested in more information, orapply at http://www.pitchup.com/jobs .


    * Expert in Python, with knowledge of at least one Python web framework (ideally Django)    * Good PostgreSQL experience    * Very strong JavaScript skills    * Familiarity with Linux server environments    * Willingness to undertake sysadmin work    * Some remote working is possible, and some on-call evenings and weekends will be required
See our Stack Overflow page for office and team pics:http://careers.stackoverflow.com/company/pitchup-com/ .

Contact info

* Apply: http://www.pitchup.com/jobs

* Telephone: 0208 123 4450

* No full-time telecommuting

* No headhunters!

lovitt 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Washington DC, New York, or Remote.

Vox Media is a technology-driven media company and the publisher of The Verge, Polygon, and SB Nation. Do you care about the future of journalism? We're working hard to solve the problem of scaling and sustaining high-value journalism & storytelling. We're hiring a front-end engineer to hack on Chorus, our publishing platform (built on Ruby & Rails, among other tech).


More about Vox:

* Read about our team and projects at our product team blog: http://product.voxmedia.com/post/25113965826/introducing-syl...

* Episode 2 of Press Reset, the documentary our video studio made about the development of Polygon, our gaming site (good behind the scenes footage of what it's like to work on our product team): http://www.polygon.com/gaming/2012/9/5/3293687/press-reset-e...

* Video from Vax, our recent hack week where the Vox product team flew to Austin, took over the 20th floor of a downtown building, and made a bunch of neat things: http://product.voxmedia.com/post/44715740828/vax-13-document...

* Photos of our new HQ in DC: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clockwerks/sets/721576334439387...

Vox was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday in March 2013. Our investors include Accel Partners, Comcast Interactive Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Allen & Company. Together our properties have a monthly audience of over 30 million.

jboggan 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Factual is currently hiring engineers and data lovers of all levels in the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Shanghai.

Factuals location platform enriches mobile location signals with definitive global data, enabling personalized and contextually relevant mobile experiences. Built from billions of inputs, the data is constantly updated by Factuals real-time data stack. We were recently named one of "50 Disruptive Companies in 2013" by MIT Technology Review (http://www2.technologyreview.com/tr50/2013/). We have a terrific team that is still fairly small and an incredible CEO who was previously the co-founder of Applied Semantics (which was bought by Google and became AdSense). Factual has venture funding from Andreessen-Horowitz and our partners/customers include Facebook, Yelp, Foursquare, Trulia, and Newsweek.

There are many challenging problems to work on at all layers of the stack: data cleaning and canonicalization, storage, deduping, serving, APIs, improving data using machine learning, etc. If you love data, Factual is the place to be. Our main criteria are that you're smart and get things done, but you'll get bonus points for experience with Clojure (http://www.factual.com/jobs/clojure), machine learning, NLP, algorithm design, or Hadoop.

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

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

zmb 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Ambitious engineers wanted to solve privacy for consumers.

KeepSafe is a place for your personal things. 12 million people trust KeepSafe the mobile app to give them control over who sees what. We're making it so you can pass your phone with photos around the Thanksgiving table and not have to worry about grandma swiping accidentally to your last raging houseparty.

Be the fourth team member and help us think through challenging privacy issues like how to let individuals privately sharing documents, photos, messages and retain distribution control over the data we might share to our friends on Facebook or Twitter?

We want everyone on our team to constantly be learning new things, building great technology, and helping build KeepSafe to be a great company.

Particular areas we need expertise in:SecurityBackend iOS & AndroidWebData Science

Heres why you should join us:

(1) Impact* - At KeepSafe everything you do counts. When you join, you will get to see and impact every aspect of the business.

(2) Challenge - KeepSafe shows how a small team can leverage software to serve millions of happy customers. Were building on this one specific product to grow a universal solution for the fundamental privacy problem.

(3) Freedom - KeepSafe is the most fun time weve ever had because we have the freedom to work in a way that suits us best. You are free to decide with what tools you use and equipment you need.

(4) Earlybird - We boast millions of customers but our team is small. Now is a rare opportunity to join a startup with significant traction and still be early enough to come along for the full ride.

(5) Longboards & Beer - Before thinking about starting a company together, Philipp and Zouhair were already close friends over their mutual interest in beer. We make sure that our fridge is always stocked. When a friend left his board in our office, we discovered that starting skating at age 30 is not so hard and we fell in love with longboarding. When you join, a board will be waiting for you. Jamann!

Requirements:Code speaks stronger than degrees.- You have a strong understanding of computer science- You get excited about startups- You like learning- Programming experience in at least two languages

Bonus, not necessary:- You have experience in cryptography and security engineering- You have experience in building iOS apps that are in the App Store- You have experience in working with Android and Java- You know what it takes to scale a system to millions of users

We get extra excited to see:- Contribution or launch of an open source project- Mobile apps, web apps you have made- You build mobile apps that have good traction in the app store- Your hacker news and stackoverflow profile that shows deep and intelligent Q&A

We offer:- Very competitive salary- Very competitive equity- Benefits (Medical, dental, vision)- Set up your workstation any way you want.- Ownership of a product that millions of people use

Contact: jobs@getkeepsafe.com

bdotdub 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Timehop http://timehop.com/jobs - NYC

Lead iOS Engineer - We're looking for a super technical iOS engineer who knows the ins, outs, and annoyances of the iOS platform.

We're a venture backed startup (Spark + OATV) that is making reminiscing online fun by taking your digital exhaust (ditial photos, tweets, checkins, etc) and showing you the most interesting things you've done on this day in history.

In an age where we're creating more digital data than ever before, we're trying to take the 90% of stuff that isn't real time and searching for the important signals and making it useful again.

Our stack is mostly Rails with PG (and decommissioning Mongo). As of late, we're adding more and more Go into our stack.

As the lead iOS programming, you'd be leading the iOS efforts on all fronts: making major decisions about how the codebase progresses (libraries, code conventions, etc), major part in hiring, and managing the iOS team. Since we're a small startup, you'd also have a huge amount of input into the product.

We're also looking for junior iOS folks as well!

Shoot me and email, I'd love to hear from you! benny@timehop.com (tech cofounder)

hurdleress 9 hours ago 0 replies      

South San Francisco, CA with various positions in the field (http://jobs.counsyl.com)

Our goal is to make the human genome practically useful for life-altering decisions.

We've invented the Counsyl Test, a breakthrough diagnostic intended for parents planning to start a family. The test won the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Medicine, was named one of Scientific American's "Top 10 World Changing Ideas," and was featured in the New York Times. Our test is now prescribed by physicians for more than 2.5% of all births in the United States.

Recent TechCrunch article: http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/23/counsyl

Upcoming Tech Talk on 7/18: http://genomicsbigdata.eventbrite.com

We're looking for people who are excited about solving the practical last mile problems needed to actually achieve a return on our society's multibillion dollar investment in the Human Genome Project.

Hiring for Software Engineers (https://www.counsyl.com/jobs/software-engineer/)

You should have a BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science (or equivalent) and significant independent programming experience as demonstrated by Github account, personal web page, or prior employment.

You should also be a generalist, interested in rotating through the engineering team and working in one or more of these areas:

- Genomics: design, validate, and optimize clinical genomic assays for rare Mendelian variants

- Machine Learning and Data Science: extract meaning out of one of the largest clinical genomic datasets in the world

- Robotics: automate and scale our backend to do more clinical sequencing and genotyping than anyone has ever done before

- UI/UX: design the first widely adopted user interface for the medical genome

- Clinical Integration: solve the wide variety of practical issues associated with translating genomics into a clinical context

- Infrastructure: build and deploy the hardware and software systems that support secure, large-scale computations on genomic datasets

From a skills perspective, you should have familiarity with several of the following technologies. We obviously dont expect you to know everything on the list, but you should be nodding to yourself by the end of it.

- Python: Django, Numpy, Scipy, Cython

- HTML/CSS/JS: Coffeescript, Backbone.js, Twitter Bootstrap 2, HTML5, Chrome Web Inspector

- C++: STL, gcc/g++, Boost, C++11

- Functional Programming: Haskell, underscore.js, functional reactive programming

- Data Science and Visualization: D3,GNU GSL, Netlib/LAPACK, graphviz, R, Matlab, Matplotlib, Numerical Recipes

- DevOps/System Administration: Amazon Web Services, Puppet, nginx, nagios, Apache, Fabric

- APIs: REST, JSON, SOA, and all that jazz

- Biological Databases: NCBI, UCSC, 1000 Genomes, Hapmap, UK10K

- Sequencing/Computational Biology: NGS pipelines, GATK, FreeBayes, samtools/pysam, bedtools/pybedtools, SNPEff

- Unix/Linux: bash/zsh, emacs/vim, git, GNU toolchain

- Databases: PostgreSQL, psycopg2, hstore, replication

Again, please consider these guidelines, not absolutes. For example, if you know Chef, we figure you can learn Puppet, and if you know Ruby, we figure you can learn Python.

What you'll do

- Move fast without breaking things :)

- Start in the areas you're familiar with, and grow to work on the full stack

- Work closely with a small, tight-knit team

- Develop algorithms and code for all aspects of clinical genomics, from machine learning to supply chain optimization to insurance billing

Apply Online: https://www.counsyl.com/jobs/software-engineer

We're also hiring for:

* Automation Engineer(https://www.counsyl.com/jobs/automation-engineer/)

* Clinical Account Executive (https://www.counsyl.com/jobs/clinical-account-executive/)Location: Syracuse (NY), Long Island (NY), Orange County (CA) and Los Angeles (CA)

* Billing Operations Manager (https://www.counsyl.com/jobs/billing-operations-manager/)

probst 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Kaiserslautern Germany, Software Engineer at Aircloak - REMOTE

My name is Sebastian, and I am the CTO at Aircloak.Aircloak is a young and well-funded startup working on privacy preserving data processing and analytics. We are a spinout from the German Max-Planck Institute for Software System research institute, where we also currently have our offices.

Our technology allows us to process highly private streams of data and only ever make fully anonymous data available to our customers. One of the features that make our system unique is that no one, including operators, customers, and ourselves, ever has access to the sensitive raw data. This property holds true even after we update the software running on the machines processing the sensitive data!

You should:

    - be intelligent    - have a good sense of humour    - be an amazing programmer    - wish to change the world
Our system spans many machines and services, with major components written in Erlang and Java, in addition to components written in C, C# and ruby. Knowledge of functional programming is a plus. Experience with web development is not going to hurt either.

We are:

    - recent University of Cambridge graduates     - one director at the Max-Planck Institute
The work environment is highly international and diverse, and we would like to keep it that way.We are looking to hire two more full time engineers. You can either work on site with us in our offices in Kaiserslautern, Germany, or, for the right candidate, remote. We offer good and stable salary, generous equity and great facilities.

We hope to hear from you. Please email us at jobs@aircloak.com if you have any questions!

You can find more on our website: http://www.aircloak.com/join.html

10char 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Propeller (http://usepropeller.com/) - San Francisco, CA - Full time.

We're building the next generation of native mobile app creation. We dabble in iOS (RubyMotion/Objective-C), Android (Java), JavaScript (Backbone), and Rails, and are solving Really Tough problems across the board.

We also do tons of open source work (https://github.com/usepropeller), and we're anxious to share even more of the tech we build with the community.

We also just announced our first funding round: http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/27/propeller-gets-1-25m-from-a...

If what we're up to sounds interesting and you want to know more, shoot a message to jobs at usepropeller.com

jonbischke 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Entelo - San Francisco, CA - http://www.entelo.com/jobs

We're a fast-growing startup generating meaningful revenue and helping companies with their #1 barrier to growth: Hiring in-demand engineers, designers, data scientists, marketers and salespeople. We're backed by two top-tier VCs (Battery Ventures and Menlo Ventures) and based in Mission in San Francisco.

In addition to the standard competitive salary, generous equity and great benefits (100% of employee health care premium) we throw in some great bonuses like matching donations to non-profits (up to $1,000 annually), free UberX rides from the office to/from Cal-Train or BART and TaskRabbit gift cards.

We're currently looking for the following:

* Engineers - http://www.entelo.com/jobs/engineering

* Marketers - http://www.entelo.com/jobs/marketing

* Salespeople - http://www.entelo.com/jobs/sales

* Executive Assistant

If you're interested, please send an email to jobs@entelo.com or feel free to reach out to me anytime (I'm one of our founders) at jon@entelo.com.

P.S. Of course we're using Entelo to hire our team as well! :)

devinfoley 13 hours ago 2 replies      
IFTTT - http://ifttt.com/jobs - San Francisco, CA

IFTTT is looking for experienced engineers to help build the next generation of its platform. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the core architecture of one of the webs most innovative and exciting services. Youll get to work on challenging technical problems alongside a small but driven group of developers, and play a key role in shaping both the product and team culture.

IFTTTs mission is to help people to create connections between the services and devices they use every day. Weve built a system that enables users to set up simple if this, then that-style recipes, which allow activity from one web service to trigger activity in another. The current system supports over 60 unique services and runs nearly a hundred million recipe-handling tasks per day, and we plan to dramatically expand on our flexibility and scalability. Under the hood, this translates to building a platform that can talk to and move data between virtually any API you can think of, all in realtime and at massive scale.

Were hoping to find candidates who speak fluently about distributed architectures, databases, and ops, who enjoy rolling up their sleeves and writing code at all levels of the stack, and who have the confidence and depth of knowledge to take ownership of long-term projects. IFTTT currently runs on a polyglot mix of technologies, including EC2, Rails, Node.js, MySQL, Redis, Memcached, and Chef. Experience with these is a big plus, but were constantly evolving, and we value creative problem-solving and desire to learn over domain knowledge.

We recently secured a new round of funding, and we work hard to do right by our employees. New hires at IFTTT enjoy competitive salary and equity, full benefits, sane work schedules, and a flexible vacation policy. Much more than that, we offer interesting, deep projects and an amazing team experience. We operate on the philosophy that the best job perk is fantastic teammates, and to this end weve assembled a staff of intensely curious, well-rounded, talented people who happen to be great engineers. Were hoping you can be the next one.

cjoh 14 hours ago 1 reply      
The Department of Better Technology just raised 460k from the Knight Foundation to make technology for government not suck. We're looking for employees #1 and #2 -- a ruby person with good front-end skills, and a sales-person with government experience. hello@dobt.co
ladon86 14 hours ago 0 replies      


ClassDojo is used by over 8mm teachers and students to manage behavior in the classroom, using real time feedback and rewards that can also be shared with parents. We're an edtech startup with $1.6mm in funding some of the biggest names in the valley (Jeff Clavier, Ron Conway, General Catalyst, Mitch Kapor...), and we're one of the fastest growing education companies of all time.

We're the only non-YC company that Paul Graham has invested in. We've built a product that makes a real difference and gets huge engagement with millions of kids, and we're about to take it to the next level, hopefully with you on board. If you're a strong hacker who wants to use JavaScript to change the world, apply here:

  --------------------------  https://classdojo.wufoo.com/forms/join-classdojo/    --------------------------    
Or email jobs@classdojo.com. You can read about the work and environment here:http://www.classdojo.com/jobsWe are looking for:

  * Full Stack Engineer  * Front-end Engineer    * Android/iOS Engineer    * Backend and Database Ops  
If you think you're a good developer but don't fit into those buckets, get in touch anyway.

dave1010uk 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Bournemouth, UK. Base are looking for a full-time Midweight Front-end Developer to join our team.

About Base:

We build user-centred digital products and services for businesses, using data they already have. Every business generates data. We help our clients uncover the stories hidden in their data and transform them into something new and valuable. Clients include Timex, Garmin and Nottingham City Transport.

At Base you will be part of a team of makers and doers, working across a variety of projects and clients. We're agile, but not dogmatic about it. Our process evolves to suit our needs.

We value and support CPD, actively seeking clients with a like-minded desire to push boundaries, providing you with an opportunity to build your experience and skills. We practice a sustainable pace, recognising that we each have lives and families outside of work. Late nights and > 40 hour weeks are rare by design.

About the role:

1st class front-end. You will be used to working as part of an unsilo'd production team, where designers work alongside developers, in agile sprints where they're useful. Your main skill set is bringing concept artwork to life, turning designs (as Photoshop & InDesign files) into working HTML/CSS, using JavaScript. You'll be comfortable with canvas, SVG and graphical JavaScript libraries such as D3.js (and may have dabbled with WebGL). You'll be familiar with PHP and have experience with front end development for dynamic content/apps, using JavaScript libraries like Backbone.js, AngularJS or Ember.js.

Visualising Data. You'll have a keen interest in visualising datasets, with a good understanding of what makes information beautiful. You'll know that an infographic is only as good as the moment it was created. Turning great designs into live visualisations showing real data will be something that excites you.

Open all hours. You'll have a keen interest in the way openness in technology (and in particular open data) can change things. And you'll have ideas that mash one set with another, whether you've realised them yet or not. Our developers come up with projects for our clients, rarely the other way round.

More details: http://www.wearebase.com/BaseJobSpecificationMidWeightFront-...

snikolic 9 hours ago 0 replies      
SocialWire - San Francisco, CA - full stack engineer, javascript hacker, data scientist, "office manager plus" http://www.socialwire.com/#jobs

Online ads suck. But advertising keeps the web free (as in beer), and we want to keep the internet free. So rather than hating on advertising, we decided to do something about it.

At SocialWire, we are taking a new approach to advertising: building a recommendation engine for ads. Our system generates product-level ads and hyper-targets them to exactly the right audience. We do this at scale and automatically across a retailer's entire catalog. We want our ads to be so good that people discover interesting products through them, and find them to actually be useful.

With this comes a boatload of difficult data, analytics, machine learning, optimization, and scalability problems. We're formally hiring a full stack engineer, but we'd also love to talk to anyone who writes beautiful python, elegant javascript, or loves to look at data - we're open to contracting/part-time work for the right candidates. On the non-engineering side, we're looking for an "Office Manager Plus" run our office, finances, and HR while shaping and growing our awesome culture.

We have sweet digs in Potrero Hill; we've raised $3mm in seed capital from First Round Capital, 500 Startups, and a crew of other top tier investors; we've got an impressive client list and real revenue; we've got a talented team of hackers, designers, and burners; we've got a bright blue pool table, a fridge full of Pliny the Elder, an airstream trailer full of Stumptown espresso, and all the sushiritos you can eat.

Drop a line to stefan@socialwire.com and let's chat.

Some press:http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/13/socialwire-gets-2-5m-from-f...http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/02/socialwire-seed-extension-n...

adamgibbons 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Moveline (TSNY12) is transforming an industry older than the internal combustion engine.

Were looking for a solid full-stack javascript engineer who loves Settlers of Catan, remote development, and can tell the difference between an IPA and a Lager...


Were passionate about building software that dramatically improves the customer experience, end-to-end, around moving. Our web product is at the heart of it.

We are also working with a world-class set of investors and advisors, who youll have the opportunity to meet and interact with on a regular basis.


- You are fluent in Javascript our stack is MEAN: Mongo/Express/Angular/Node.js (and Backbone)

- You are passionate about code and elegant solutions, and want to work with others who are similarly so. You cant sleep at night knowing you left something not DRYd.

- You have architected and developed end-to-end products that are currently running business applications on a production environment.

- You have an obsessive attention to detail.

- You thrive when you are working closely with others on a small team.

- Want to build stuff that solves real human problems

- Have a panic attack if you dont push code before noon

- Dont care that the moving industry isnt sexy

- Would rather make money than make the front page of TechCrunch (though we do that too)


Market salary and meaningful equity is available. Were based in New York (Flatiron FTW) are also accepting remote applicants for this position.

https://www.moveline.com/careers#senior-engineer or founders@moveline.com

SatvikBeri 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Lattice Engines - Boston MA - QA Engineerwww.lattice-engines.com

Work as part of a team of world class engineers to develop QA tests and automation for the implementation of our SaaS based enterprise 'Big Data' predictive analytics engine. You will be an instrumental member of one of our agile/SCRUM teams designing and developing our core technology. You will join a fast growing team driven by excellence in quality. You will work with the latest test and QA automation technology and help to define the processes and standards by which QA operates. Excellent teamwork, collaboration and ability to work in a fast passed environment are required.


Develop reusable test designs and test cases within an agile modelFocus is on automation, but some manual test planning work is requiredParticipate in the agile/SCRUM process and collaborate with development and production team throughout all stages of the SDLCProduce and maintain useful and usable documentation of work, and contribute regularly to the general Engineering body of knowledgeExecute deep-dive QA forensics - providing extensive issue analysis & decompositionDefine and refine solutions to big-data technical challengesIdentify test priorities across an n-tier technology stack


Bachelors Degree or an equivalent combination of education and work experienceHands-on expertise with automation frameworks (e.g. STAF, Jenkins, etc.) and test scripting tools (Selenium, Junit/Nunit, Watin, SOAPUI, etc.)2 to 4 years experience as a Software QA Engineer testing multi-tier web applications, ETL experience a bonusStrong knowledge of SQL and relational databases requiredExperience with testing SaaS based solution considered favorably.Experience with using one or more automation tools such as QTP or SeleniumUnderstanding of software engineering skills and QA/Test and automation methodologiesPassionate about QA and keeping current with industry trends and best practicesExcellent written and verbal communication skills

About Lattice EnginesLattice is revolutionizing sales and marketing through the power of Big Data. Our Big Data for Sales platform, salesPRISM, delivers real-time, predictive and actionable insight to sales and marketing professionals wherever they are so they can engage the most receptive customers in the most compelling ways. Fortune 500 companies such as ADP, Dell, EMC and SunTrust rely on Lattice to generate 75 percent more pipeline, triple conversion rates, and double win rates. Lattice is privately held and backed by NEA and Sequoia Capital with headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

mikeklaas 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Zite (http://zite.com) is a company with machine learning and data at its core: our goal is to use deep personalization technology to give people news they wouldn't be able to find any other way. We're looking for engineers eager to dig into big data, both on the scalability front and on relevance. We think that personalization technology should be used for more than optimizing your google queriesit should instead be at the core of a product (think Pandora).

  Web, android, scaling/distributed systems - SF   More info here: http://zite.com/jobs

augustflanagan 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Trulia - San Francisco, Full time, (H1B transfers)

Trulia is one of the largest real estate search platforms in the United States with over 30 million unique visitors across our platform every month. We're solving interesting problems and building cool things in nearly every software engineering discipline.

We've got lots of large scale projects to tackle including:

- Building our next generation of APIs (for both internal and external consumption)

- Creating new mapping and data visualization experiences

- Improving our web experience using a JS MVC framework and our new CSS UI library (similar to Bootstrap)

- Innovating on our top ranked mobile apps (we're looking for iOS and Android engineers of all levels)

- Diving deep into the terabytes of housing and user data we have in order to tailor custom experiences for our users

Our core web stack is a traditional LAMP stack, but we use a ton of other technologies as well including: Python, Java, Hadoop, Solr/Lucene, CouchBase, Backbone, d3.js, Sass, Git, and a whole lot more.

I've been an engineer at Trulia for just over a year now and can honestly say that it is a really fun company to work for. There's a great culture of letting people run with projects that really interest them and drive the entire engineering organization forward.

The compensation and perks are fantastic including:

- Great health benefits

- Unlimited vacation

- Great location in downtown San Francisco (1 min from BART, 10 min from Caltrain)

- Monthly transportation and "well being" allowances

- Kegs on two out of three floors (including one in our penthouse/rooftop patio)

- Stocked kitchens

- Lots of happy hours

- Quarterly hack weeks

You can checkout all the open positions and apply here - http://trulia.com/jobsIf you have any questions or want to chat you can also email me at aflanagan[at]trulia.com

Ovid 15 hours ago 1 reply      
Hanover, Germany. Work Permit/Blue Card and Relocation Assistance Provided.

Several positions available:

- Two strong Perl developers with testing, refactoring, and "Modern Perl" experience.

- A DevOps person. As DevOps, not only will you be responsible for keeping their systems up and running, youll also have the ability to shape the operations management product all your colleagues are using. You will be there working with the dev team to help them build the right ops management system.

- A front-end developer with a keen eye towards Web site design and implementation. Expert with HTML/CSS/Javascript (jQuery). Also, either knows Perl or isn't afraid to learn it.

We're recruiting for a company in Hanover, Germany. They're stable, profitable and they've been in business for years. Hanover is a beautiful, bike-friendly, mid-sized town in the north of Germany. The cost of living is low and the quality of life is high. It's a green-friendly town and hosts one of the largest Oktoberfests in the world. While we're listing "desired" skills, keep in mind that the company is happy to be flexible on most of this so long as you can convince them that you can help improve their systems.

See http://www.allaroundtheworld.fr/vacancies.html for more information (we don't yet have the front-end developer position listed). You can email us at jobs@allaroundtheworld.fr. Please include:

Your name, your timezone (helpful when scheduling interviews!), your CV, where you heard about us and why you want to live in Germany!

jakemcgraw 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Refinery29 -- New York, NY. Fulltime.

Refinery29 is the cornerstone of fashion, beauty, and shopping for a new generation. In an industry dominated by traditional print publications with lackluster digital offerings, R29 has broken away and created a successful (profitable) all-digital personal style destination. We're expanding our engineering team, and require some talented, experienced individuals to help us improve the process and infrastructure which powers our high traffic website.

Please reach out to me via email: jake.mcgraw@refinery29.com or Twitter: @jakemcgraw if you're interested or have any questions.

* Senior Test Engineer *

We're still in the early phases of a more formal QA process at Refinery29. We know what we want, just not how to get there. Your job is to show us the way, help us implement a rock solid QA process. Here are some loose guidelines we came up with, but as I've indicated earlier, we're open to suggestions on how we should run this.

* Stabilize, expand and automate our testing process and infrastructure.* Lead our software development team in designing testable code, which will primarily be in PHP using PHPUnit.* Design a system for testing client-side functionality, Selenium, PhantomJS, whatever you want, it's up to you.* Design test plans for larger software/architecture projects.* Assist in legacy code documentation and setting documentation standards for future development.

* Senior Devops Engineer *

Over the last 7 months we've made huge improvements to our infrastructure to handle the high volumes of traffic we've received (30 day peak: 550Mb/s). We'd be hiring you as our first in house, dedicated Devops/Systems engineer to help us execute the improvements necessary to handle even larger traffic spikes.

* Design, optimize, monitor and maintain the server infrastructure for production, development, deployment and testing.* Build tools to optimize infrastructure resources for our development team.* Assist in cost projection for server infrastructure.* Manage projects currently being executed by consulting systems team.

Again, please reach out to me via email: jake.mcgraw@refinery29.com or Twitter: @jakemcgraw if you're interested or have any questions.

hardtke 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Bright -- San Francisco, CA. Software Engineers, Data Scientists (NLP and Search focused), SEO, VP Marketing

Have you ever wanted to disrupt an established industry and give it a much-needed tech makeover? At Bright, this could be your chance! This is an opportunity to make your mark in the job search space by developing new tools for job seekers and employers alike. You won't be inheriting existing code that needs to be maintained you will be building these tools from scratch.

Bright harnesses the power of Big Data to help eliminate the noise in the hiring process - efficiently connecting job seekers to their best opportunities, and employers to their top prospects.

We aren't just innovating the online job search we build technology that moves the entire labor market, faster.

For a list of jobs and to see which you best match using our Bright Score technology please visit:


capkutay 6 hours ago 1 reply      
WebAction (www.webaction.com) in Downtown Palo Alto - Full Time- Hiring Front End Developers and Platform Engineers

Jobs@WebAction.comWebAction is an enterprise infrastructure software company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing the first Real-Time Big Data Server; a platform that will enable the next generation of real-time, data driven applications. Founded by a team of Silicon Valley veterans with proven track records, WebAction is backed by some of the most respected names in Silicon Valley.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits package, generous equity for the right candidates, and (of course) a kitchen stocked with snacks and drinks. If you want to join our cutting-edge team, grow as we do and share the excitement of an early start-up environment please apply today.

Job Description: You should be a self-starting web UI developer with a desire to lead and mentor others. You excel in a fast-paced agile environment and will be able to collaborate with back-end engineers to design interfaces and architect interaction models, and with the product team to wire-frame and prototype ideas.

Desired Skills & Experience for Front-end Position:

-JavaScript knowledge necessary please be prepared to show us examples of your work

-Experience with HTML5/CSS3

-Experience with JavaScript frameworks (jQuery, Backbone, etc.)

-Experience or interest in learning visualization frameworks (d3, processing.js)

-Know how to build drag and drop web diagramming UIs (such as mxGraph, gliffy, drawio)

-Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

-Must be able to function well in an early stage startup environment

-Must be able to multi-task

Pluses:-Experience in user interaction design and user experience

-Knowledge of back-end web frameworks

-iOS or Android experience

For the Platform Engineering position, we ask that you have experience writing clean code in Java and have a strong desire and skills to implement a scalable, highly optimized data processing infrastructure.

If this sounds like you, shoot us an e-mail at jobs@WebAction.com.

davidjgraph 15 hours ago 0 replies      
JGraph Ltd (www.jgraph.com) is hiring senior JavaScript developers to work both our core JavaScript diagramming application, mxGraph, and our main example, draw.io (www.draw.io).

You will need strong skills developing complex JavaScript web applications, as well as good knowledge of SVG (VML would be useful, but optional). The work is pure JavaScript only, if you're hoping for CoffeeScript and the like, forget that here.

As a company we built the first native JavaScript diagramming library back in 2006 and have grown steadily as a company since then focusing tightly on this single technology.

This job is REMOTE only, but we're based in Europe (WET and CET). Your location isn't a critical issue, but lining up with our time zones is, i.e. being East of us and working late or West of us and getting up early are options.

Apply to jgraphjobs@jgpd.com

nkoren 14 hours ago 0 replies      
London, UK -- Full time -- Lead JavaScript developer

Podaris Ltd. is developing a revolutionary next-generation urban/transport planning and design application. Our core product is a browser-based collaborative design platform, written entirely in JavaScript. We are seeking talented, passionate, experienced individuals to make this a reality. We offer competitive salaries and excellent equity to qualified candidates, and aim to create a fun and inspiring work environment in the heart of London!

The lead developer will be responsible for defining Podaris' core architecture and managing the rest of the development team. The most important qualification is robust experience designing, developing, and deploying large, complex web applications. This can be a technical co-founder / CTO position for the right candidate, with significant equity available.

Key requirements:

* 5+ Years experience developing and deploying large & complex web applications.* Expert knowledge of web application software architecture, including AJAX, REST, SOA, and API design* Experience managing teams of programmers using utilising agile methodologies.* Deep understanding of the JavaScript ecosystem, both client-side and server side.* Experience with BDD and TDD development methodologies.Knowledge of SQL, preferably Postgres, and ideally PostGIS

Bonus points for:

* Experience with mapping, GIS, CAD, BIM, 2D vector graphics or 3D modelling programs both as a user and as a programmer.* Experience with using the Google Maps API and other web-based geographic service APIs.* Experience with microsimulation and agent-based modelling systems.

More information at http://www.podaris.com/ -- email jobs@podaris.com if you're interested!

buro9 14 hours ago 0 replies      
London, UK - Microco.sm - Front-end Developer

We want to fix forums. We don't think it should require any technical knowledge to create one, be a member of one, and it should work on mobile, and be accessible, and be a joy to use.

We've built a killer back-end http://microcosm-cc.github.io/ and we're looking for someone to help us build a killer front-end for it.

We've got out first pass done, and it uses Bootstrap 3, a sprinkling of jQuery, some nice HTML forms, all basic stuff. Help us make that great, help us improve the UX, help us make it work everywhere, and help us then iterate faster and improve it.

Contact details in my profile.

blo 11 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA - FULLTIME + INTERN - Early-stage (0.5-2+% equity)

Vurb (http://www.vurb.com), a Max Levchin funded startup - featured on TC this year - http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/20/contextual-content-engine-v...

We're creating a better way for people to search, browse, and interact on the Internet, by connecting the different online services we all use together in a way that's more usable, efficient, and social (e.g., no more having lots of windows/tabs open to assemble the information you need). We do this through unique UX/UI combined with search, machine learning, big data, and other fun technologies.

We're looking for people who are interested in:

* Mobile (iOS, Objective-C) - leading our development of native apps on iPhone and Android

* JavaScript (node.js, backbone.js) - generalist / full-stack development

* Search / Data Science - search / classification / ranking, machine learning, NLP

We haven't launched but raised funding from Max Levchin, Drew Houston (Dropbox), Naval Ravikant (AngelList), Michael Arrington (CrunchFund), and many others

If you're looking to join a small team that solves complex problems and is making something people will use daily, then come find out what we're up to.

Email us: jobs@vurb.com | http://vurb.com/jobs

ecaron 9 hours ago 0 replies      
TrackIF - Minneapolis, MN - https://trackif.com/pages/careers - Looking for a senior (i.e. team lead) developer!

We recently finished a $1M seed round (http://www.crunchbase.com/company/trackif) and are looking for a great Ruby or a great Node.JS developer to come join our team. We've got a physical office by the Ridgedale mall, and are thinking about getting space at Coco uptown. You'll have a chance to work with many of Minnesota's top business advisors, as well as play a crucial role in the future of our service.

Interested or questions? Email me at eric@trackif.com. I'll drive to wherever you are, we'll have coffee and geek out :-)

jmvoodoo 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Granicus - San Francisco/Chicago

2 full stack engineers, front-end engineers with a desire to learn Rails would be considered as well.

Granicus is changing the way that people interact with government. From your local city or school, to the US House and Senate, we work with every level of government to bring data to the masses and get your voice heard. In today's disconnected political environment, this mission is more important than ever, and we need great people to help us execute on it.

We are looking for talented people that can demonstrate above average skill at their craft. No degree required, no level of experience required. If you know your shit and can prove it, we want to talk to you.

You will be a member of our "CTO team" a small, agile time within the company responsible for creating our new products, and solving hard problems within our company. This position is not advertised on the website, and we will not work with recruiters. email javier at granicus for more info or to send over your info (resume, github, portfolio page, whatever you feel represents you best)

pytrin 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Binpress, Mountain View, CA, Full-Time

We are the marketplace for commercial open-source, connecting open-source developers with businesses and enterprises through commercial licensing, support, customization and integration services.


We are in the 500startups accelerator program batch #6 (ending August 1st), and have already raised half of our seed round. We're generating significant revenue and are trying to change the way software is being developed.

We are looking to fill out a few positions:

* Growth hacker - paid / organic acquisition person (PPC, SEO, SEM, Content marketing) with creative, out-of-the-box thinking for acquiring new customers and publishers.

* Developer evangelist / community manager - an outgoing developer who loves to attend meetups, hackathons and engage people on social media and offline. You will be doing all of that as well as active outreach to find our next top developers on the marketplace.

We're a small and extremely agile team. You'll be one of our first hires, and you can expect significant equity in addition to a competitive salary if you produce results.

We'll be in the 500startups offices in Mountain View until the end of August, and then move to an office in the bay area. If you join before the end of the program, you'll have access to all the program events and network.

Please apply via AngelList at https://angel.co/jobs?startup_id=2506

TLCooksey 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Badgeville- Senior Operations Engineer- Redwood City, CAApply at: engjobs@badgeville.com

Badgeville, Inc., is looking for a Senior Operations Engineer Are you the one?

We build the leading SaaS platform for gamifying and measuring behavior across the web, mobile, and applications, serving tens of millions of requests per day. We are looking for bright, resourceful engineers with in-depth Linux Sys Admin experience and good working knowledge of Open Source Technologies such as Puppet, Chef, MongoDB, MySQL, Redis, Apache, Keepalived, Memcached etc. and have mind-set to maintain, manage and monitor a virtualized cloud infrastructure in the cloud. An ideal candidate would be a self-starter, always learning and have following skills.

Why would you want to be our Senior Operations Engineer?

We sit right at the spot where websites, mobile apps & enterprise SaaS smack full-speed into big data analytics. Gamification is the big idea of 2013 and its only getting bigger. At Badgeville, youll be surrounded by the speed and flexibility of a start-up team while working to support some of the worlds biggest companies. Do you love brand-new offices featuring overstocked kitchens, games & outings, bike & jogging paths, unbeatable views and ridiculous gyms with climbing walls? Sure weve got all of those. But you want all of that while you get to work with the latest systems in one of the hottest emerging markets around. You want to be in a position where the way you lead your team determines how the company performs every day. Thats why you want to be at Badgeville.

Requirements and Skills:

A minimum of 5 years hands-on Linux & package management experienceSolid understanding of Internet working and security fundamentalsExtensive experience with automation tools Puppet & ChefGood understanding of underlying protocols & web interfaces TCP/IP, JSON, REST, HTTP(S)Confortable with Linux shell scripting Bash, Perl, PythonStrong Systems Knowledge storage subsystems, performance tuningAbility to quickly solve problems and automate routine tasksGood working knowledge of DB Systems (MongoDB, MySQL)Excellent written and verbal communication skills (ability to explain a problem/issue)Excellent team player and comfortable interacting with developersPreferred Knowledge and Skills:

Good networking knowledge multilayer load balancing, BGP, network traffic analysis, firewalls, routers, switchesExperience in an Enterprise level Network Operations Center a plusBenefits/Perks

Competitive SalaryStock OptionsFull medical, dental & vision benefitsBrand-new office space bursting with tasty treats, games, and jogging/bike pathsFully paid gym membership (for code-crushing forearms)Company-provided CalTrain passLots of fun team events & outings About Badgeville

Badgeville, the Behavior Platform, makes it easy for business leaders, marketers and innovative technologists to use smart gamification techniques to increase user loyalty and engagement across eCommerce, Media & Entertainment, Health, Education, Services and Enterprise web & mobile experiences. Using Badgeville, brands can reward users with real-time achievements and reputation, while at the same time driving user behavior, achieving specific business goals, and measuring and optimizing user engagement. Badgeville customers include Samsung, CA Technologies, X.Commerce, NBC, Bluefly, Interscope Records, Deloitte Digital, and The Active Network. Founded in 2010, Badgeville is based in Redwood City, CA, with offices in New York and Europe.

dmarble 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Travelzoo - Mountain View, CA (remote considered)

Mobile lead architects / senior developers: iOS, Android, and mobile web

Mobile UX and/or visual designer

I recently joined Travelzoo after being co-founder/CTO of a few startups, and am putting together a small team to craft our mobile future. Perhaps you have also worked on a couple startups or freelanced, or perhaps you have a small team of friends and are looking to join a profitable company where you can launch a product with global impact (we have 26+ million subscribers and 2+ million app installs).

Travelzoo is mostly spread across North America and Europe (offices in NYC, Chicago, London, Hamburg, Miami, Los Angeles, and several more), but product development happens mostly in our small Mountain View office of around 50. We're listed on the NASDAQ, have been profitable for more than a decade, and are loved by our customers for what we do best -- offer exclusive, high quality travel and local experiences at a discount.


Mobile Lead Architects

iOS (iPhone and iPad ideal), Android, or responsive mobile web

You've shipped stuff

You know how or will thoughtfully find ways to do TDD and architect a code base that a team doesn't find painful to work on.

You're nice, straightforward, and occasionally humorous

$100K+ (DOE)


Mobile UX and/or Visual Designer

Ideally you've done UX design and/or visual design for iOS / Android / responsive mobile web products that have gone to market.

I want a true UX person on the team to help craft our future products, so may be open to filling 2 positions if I find excellent specialists. If you're an expert at both UX and visual design, I bow to you.

Full-time or contract-to-hire, depending on experience


Let's chat. Send me anything you think might be relevant to my username at travelzoo.com

TLCooksey 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Badgeville- Senior Frontend Developer- Redwood City, CAApply at: engjobs@badgeville.com

Badgeville, Inc., is looking for a Senior Front-End Developer. Are you the one?We build the leading SaaS platform for gamifying and measuring behavior across the web, mobile, and applications, serving tens of millions of requests per day. If youre a smart, motivated developer with 4 - 6 years of proven, hands-on experience with the front end of large-scale web applications, you might just be the key person were looking for. Our driven, highly talented development team builds the front-end infrastructure and related tools for our hosted platform, and were growing. Fast. We need someone whos passionate about delivering first-class products and who wants to have a significant role in and impact on our success.

Why would you want to be our Senior Front-End Developer?We sit right at the spot where websites, mobile apps & enterprise SaaS smack full-speed into big data analytics. Gamification is the big idea of 2013 and its only getting bigger. At Badgeville, youll be surrounded by the speed and flexibility of a start-up team while working on projects that support some of the worlds biggest companies. Do you love brand-new offices featuring overstocked kitchens, games & outings, bike & jogging paths, unbeatable views and ridiculous gyms with climbing walls? Sure weve got all of those. But you want all of that while you get to work with state-of-the-art technologies in one of the hottest emerging markets around. You want to be in a position where what you do directly affects company performance every day. Thats why you want to be at Badgeville.

Responsibilities: You will collaborate to help specify, design, and develop software meeting company and product requirements, with lead responsibility for different areas of the architecture. Youll also be responsible for communicating with senior leadership around these areas and projects.

Required Skills

4 - 6 years of proven, hands-on success in the front-end of large-scale web applicationsAt least 6 years experience in programming in JavaScript, HTML and CSSAt least 2 years experience with AJAX-based web applicationsAbility to provide concrete examples of user interfaces where you led design and developmentAbility to articulate the reasoning behind choices in the design and discuss alternativesKnowledge of full-stack web developmentDemonstrable experience taking significant projects all the way from spec to release


Competitive SalaryStock OptionsFull medical, dental & vision benefitsBrand-new office space bursting with tasty treats, games, and jogging/bike pathsFully paid gym membership (for code-crushing forearms)Company-provided CalTrain passLots of fun team events & outings

About BadgevilleBadgeville, the Behavior Platform, makes it easy for business leaders, marketers and innovative technologists to use smart gamification techniques to increase user loyalty and engagement across eCommerce, Media & Entertainment, Health, Education, Services and Enterprise web & mobile experiences. Using Badgeville, brands can reward users with real-time achievements and reputation, while at the same time driving user behavior, achieving specific business goals, and measuring and optimizing user engagement. Badgeville customers include Samsung, CA Technologies, X.Commerce, NBC, Bluefly, Interscope Records, Deloitte Digital, and The Active Network. Founded in 2010, Badgeville is based in Redwood City, CA, with offices in New York and Europe.

robg 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Want to hack the body and brain?

Neumitra is hiring full-time hardware and web engineers to join our founding team. We build wearable, mobile technologies to use data from your biology to transform how we all live, work, and play.

Email us hello@neumitra.com

We look for people who love building things, strive for craftsmanship, and use data to iterate. Founded by a neuroscientist (me!), a rocket scientist, and a biotechnology engineer, we aim to control our own destiny with a dedicated, like-minded team.

Boston, MA at Copley

Uber_Tech 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Uber - https://www.uber.com/jobs - San Francisco, CAFulltime, H1B, full-stack engineers

We are ambitious, engaged and excited about disrupting the transportation industry across the world. Not just another social web app: we are moving real assets and real people around their cities. Do you like our service and want to bring them to the next level? Do you have a beef with our app and want to fix it? Then you should apply to join our team.

Here are the kinds of engineering projects we are working on at Uber:

- Demand Prediction

- ETA Estimation

- Dynamic Pricing

- Node.js Dispatch

- Multi-threaded, real time support systems

- Visual Operational Tools

- God View

- Operations support projects

- Data Distribution/storage systems

- Geofencing


See more at uber.com/jobs or email directly jonathan at uber dot com

jasonrr 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Mountain View, CA - full-time designers and mobile devs

Khan Academy's mission is to provide a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Over 1 billion math problems have been done on our site and 2 million more are done each day. Here's some stuff we've been working on lately:

  *  creating adaptive assessments to accurately measure student knowledge  *  running new A/B tests every week to learn how best to teach students and grow our userbase  *  building infrastructure to allow us to scale up our content creation efforts  *  internationalizing our entire website to enable pilot implementations in Mexico and Brazil
If this sounds interesting to you, we'd love to hear from you. Right now, we're focusing on hiring product designers and mobile developers. Come build with us:


kstenerud 12 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA (full-time, H1B welcome)

MindSnacks - http://www.mindsnacks.com/


We build wonderful educational games in San Francisco. If you are nice and want to help us make splendid products, we'd love to hear from you.

Voted Educational App of the Year by Apple. Funded by Sequoia Capital.

We're hiring in lots of areas! Here are a few:


* Android Engineer - http://mindsnacks.theresumator.com/apply/35CRVW/Android-Engi...

* Game Designer - http://mindsnacks.theresumator.com/apply/19JX7q/Game-Designe...


To apply, visit http://www.mindsnacks.com/careersFor more info, email us at jobs@mindsnacks.com

jroll 10 hours ago 0 replies      
ZeroCater - San Francisco, CA - Software Engineers, Lead Software Engineer

Come help us feed the world! ZeroCater is a team of foodies working together to help companies feed their employees. We're looking to expand our small engineering team to tackle hard problems and build awesome things. Our stack is a pretty typical Python/Django stack running on AWS. Experience with these specific technologies is not required, as long as you can learn fast and ship product.

Some challenges we're facing at the moment:- Automatically creating and sizing menus to fit a company's dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, allergies, "I don't like onions").- Matching vendors to companies that are compatible in terms of budget, distance, and dietary restrictions, while ensuring variety from day to day.- Scheduling one-off meals without heavy account manager involvement.- Scaling our platform to keep up with our growing business.

We're cash flow positive and backed by investors like:- Y Combinator- SV Angel- Justin Kan- Paul Buchheit- Keith Rabois- Yuri Milner (in addition to the start fund money)

We offer:- Competitive salary- Stock options- Daily lunch from the best local restaurants, caterers, food trucks, and popup kitchens- Health, Vision, Dental Insurance- Team-building activities like wine tastings and cooking classes- 5 hours of your very own Executive Assistant through EXEC (http://iamexec.com/) for personal use each month- Fine Alcohol Fridays and Reginald the Kegerator (Reggie to his friends.)

For more info on the jobs, the perks, and to apply via Jobscore (resume preferred but not required), check out http://www.zerocater.com/jobs/.

joecar 2 hours ago 0 replies      
PayScale - Seattle, WA http://www.payscale.com/about/jobs

Looking for two developer postions, one more full stack/front-end oriented and one platform/backend oriented. In Brief:

What would you do if you had over 457,000,000 facts about workers around the worldhow they are paid, where they work, their commute times, benefits, years of experience, gender, job satisfaction and more? How would you collect, organize, display and mine such a large database? These are some of the challenges we face at online compensation company PayScale, where we have the worlds largest online database of detailed compensation data mined continuously with real-time analytics.

See positions for more info about our stack/technologies but really we are just looking for great developers, also definitely open-minded about incorporating new things. Great problems to solve, people, and work-life balance.

If you are interested apply online or just send me an email, joec@paycale.com.

greyhat 12 hours ago 0 replies      
San Mateo (San Francisco Bay Area), California

Coupa Software - Procurement and Spend Management for business, in the cloud.

Looking for...

    - Ruby on Rails developers     - iOS developers    - integrations engineer (connecting enterprise financial systems)    - UX & visual designers
Our product is built on Rails, and helps businesses save money, and helps all of their people who do purchasing and expenses to have much more efficient and enjoyable jobs. Our customers love our product, because we work extremely hard on to improve and protect the user experience, design, and overall coherence of the product.

Current goals and challenges include building new features, improving our automated testing, and maintaining a solid foundation for the product. Your workload in a given month might include bugs, a feature or three to build by yourself or with a few others, improving our technology stack, or implementing your own ideas to improve the product. We like people who are full stack, and like learning about all areas of the product.

I am a full-stack dev, so I do everything from tuning database queries to Rails to JavaScript to visual design on my features, its pretty damn rewarding and interesting.

Working on the product development team is pretty great. I enjoy working and spending time with everyone on the team, and we have smart people from lots of different backgrounds and locations. We have a neat office space in downtown San Mateo that is open and perfect for a team of programmers (we keep the noise down when we're working). We are two blocks from the San Mateo CalTrain station, we have plenty of room for bikes, and free parking passes if you want to drive.

We have had remote developers for a long time, across the country and world. We also allow for working from home as needed for local people (or wherever else you are productive), and we strongly encourage people to go home and rest if they look tired or don't feel well.

We offer good pay, great health / dental / vision insurance, unlimited vacation, extremely flexible hours (pretty much be in by 11am if you are local). We have "field trip" lunches on Wednesdays to get the team together and relax, and other days we might walk to the park or somewhere downtown for lunch.

Please email a quick intro and your resume, website, or github to * brianfarr@gmail.com * if you are interested or have any questions.

If you seem like a good possibility, your resume will be seen by my manager and the team early this week. If not, I will try my best to point you to someplace you are a good fit, or connect you with recruiters I know. Also, if you are new or looking to move to the SF Bay Area and want to talk to someone who did it last year, from the midwest, send me an email too.

(P.S. - We have already hired one Rails engineer from an HN Who's Hiring post).

wiredd 13 hours ago 0 replies      
ZipRecruiter - Santa Monica, CA - perl and/or python - full time/intern ok

ZipRecruiter is a small (~40 employees/10 programmers) internet software company focused on the jobs industry. We have two successful products: a job posting/distribution/applicant-tracking service and a job-search/email-alerts service.

We're bootstrapped (have never taken investment) and profitable, and we're growing rapidly. We're looking for programmers (or sysadmins or DBAs who like to program a little) to help us in these areas:

- ZipRecruiter web site (primarily perl + catalyst)

- search engine & related backend services (python)

- database (mysql) and EC2 infrastructure (linux)

We're a very relaxed group of talented people, with a lot of autonomy and a minimal amount of meetings and process. Two of our staff have written books on programming.

If you're interested in learning more, please email me at will - at - ziprecruiter.com or apply:


twog 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Banyan (http://banyan.co) is seeking a Full Stack Rubyist to join our team. We're looking for a versatile engineer who wants to join the team to take on a wide range of technical challenges. We are based in Chattanooga, TN, but you can be anywhere.


* You thrive in a fast paced startup environment, and hate micromanagement.

* You can quickly pick up new technology and effectively apply it.

* You love dealing with multiple programming languages, web services, analytics, databases etc and connecting them all together.

* You feel right at home in a full stack environment.

* You enjoy doing something that nobody else has done before.

Nice to haves:

* You have a MS/PhD & have published research during your time in academia.

* You are comfortable with a variety of languages and consider yourself a generalist.

* You value user-experience & user-interface design, even if you cant design yourself.

* You are comfortable with HTML5 (Haml), CSS (Sass), and JS (Backbone).

* You have a deep understanding of Git & other Version control systems.

Why you should work with us:

* A chance to revolutionize science.

* Competitive salary & benefits in a well-funded, early stage startup.

* Close-knit engineering team who loves pair-programming, agile development, and code review.

* We re-invest in our employees and focus on personal and team development.

* Transparency and honesty. Within the company, everything is open to discussion.

Salary is dependent on experience & ability. We will pay for relocation if you're interested. Compensation package included. To apply contact toni (at) banyan.co, or tweet me @twogiraffes

frabcus 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Liverpool, UK - ScraperWiki - CTO

ScraperWiki is a Silicon Valley style startup, in Liverpool, UK. Were changing how data science is done together on the Internet.

We're hiring a CTO.

If you were doing the job, you'd describe it like this

I'm <insert your name here>, and my job title is Chief Technology Officer.

I make sure our platform works well.

There are trade-offs between our resources and technical quality. Features, lack of bugs, performance, security and backups all matter. I pick what matters most.

I do this by leading technically the platform team. We use Extreme Programming (XP), and I pair program much of the time. I'm confident with open source Unix technologies, have used a wide variety at all levels of the stack, and quickly learn new ones.

I recruit new members of the team, and help them become better programmers by example and by coaching. I organise any out of hours on-call that we need.

I keep track of technologies, both open source projects and proprietary hosted services, so I know which are most suitable for ScraperWiki. I advise on technical aspects of possible acquisitions and partnerships.

I make programmers who use the platform happy by making developer APIs that are a joy to use.

More broadly in the company, I promote a culture of excellent and professional software practices. For example, guiding design of libraries and use of tools amongst data scientists.

I like giving talks and writing technical articles, to communicate what we do. I'm comfortable in commercial situations, and describe the key benefits of the technologies we use in ways customers find compelling.

To apply, send the following:* A link to the code of a piece of software you've signficantly contributed to.* A link to your rsum/CV* Any questions you have about the job

Along to francis@scraperwiki.com with the word swjob9 in the subject (agencies only if you can find someone I know on LinkedIn to recommend your agency).


joeroot 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Pact Coffee - London, Full Time Lead Developerpactcoffee.com

We're opening the world of small-batch, fresh roasted and better tasting coffee to a global audience, not just those lucky enough to live in Shoreditch. Join an incredible founding team and help the world fall in love with coffee again.

We face a huge array of creative challenges in tying together a physical product with its digital counterpart. In doing so were looking for an experienced Lead Developer to help confront these as part of a great founding team. This requires a strong technical knowledge (especially in Ruby), a creative approach and the ability to work with the right languages and tools for the job. You will be joining the team to lead on all things tech, and as such, were looking for a generalist with Ruby experience, who will both guide and work on features and tools across both product and operations.

Generalist: Our stack is currently made up of Postgres, Rails, HTML, CSS (+ SASS) and JavaScript. Due to the challenges we face, this list is constantly growing and evolving, and were looking for a Lead Developer whos comfortable in our current stack, but has the technical breadth and knowledge to change and move things forward as our needs develop.

Creative: You will help define product direction and be the voice for technology in the room. We want to re-approach classic e-commerce challenges in innovative and exciting ways. Be it applying cutting edge research to make sure people get the right coffee for their palette or experimenting with Arduinos and electronics to make sure they never run out; a strong technical background combined with an ability to think creatively are essential to us fulfilling that ambition.

Technical chops: You will be leading on forward thinking solutions which will likely push you into areas unknown! Youll need to be comfortable with the stack we already use whilst also being able to pick up new skills and tools quickly in order to lead the team forward.

Product: You will help define our product roadmap, speak to customers and lead on the implementation of user facing features. You should feel comfortable in proposing and validating ideas before going ahead and building them out yourself or with the team. Once those features are live, you should be at home making data-based decisions about their future direction and flaws.

Autonomous: Though decisions are made as a team, youll be in charge of making sure we deliver on all things tech. As a small team, everyone needs to be comfortable working together whilst also taking individual responsibility and ownership for their area. As an e- commerce company, tech sits at our heart and as such your role is mission critical to the success of the business. You should feel comfortable with this. Ultimately as the companys technical voice, noone will tell you how to run things or which tools are best for the job, thats up to you!

Interested? Email stephen@pactcoffee.com

kanwisher 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Thomson Reuters (matthew.g.campbell@thomsonreuters.com), we are looking for GO hackers to build one of the largest instant messaging servers in the financial market, we are supporting multiple protocols including SIP and XMPP. We have started to open source parts with more to come. https://github.com/ThomsonReutersEikon/go-ntlm
AdamGibbins 5 hours ago 0 replies      
London - TIM Group. Relocation assistance available.

We're looking for a Senior Linux Systems Administrator/Operations "DevOps" Engineer to join our team in London.

The ideal candidate would be passionate about refining and perfecting the way web applications are deployed and managed.

Full job spec here: http://www.timgroup.com/careers/current-vacancies/senior-dev...

Please give me a shout if you've any questions. I'm part of the team, not a hiring manager.

adrianpike 8 hours ago 0 replies      

  We're looking for the next great hacker for a tight-knit, highly skilled webapp team here at Moz.  About you:  ---------  - You like to ship delightful and exceptional software.  - You've been building web software for 5+ years, and are very good at it.  - You're a generalist, able to move wherever in the stack you might be needed.  - You love to learn new techniques, languages, and tools.  - You're comfortable working in a *nix environment.  About the team:  ---------  - We use Node.js, Backbone.js, and CoffeeScript, with a dash of other languages and frameworks to taste.  - On the backend, you'll find Cassandra, Redis, MySQL, nsq, and any other tool that solves our problems effectively.  - We iterate and ship fast. Days are the norm, but we strive for hours.  What we'd love to see:  ---------  - Open source projects or contributions.  - A portfolio of some projects you've built.  If you're interested, drop me a line at adrian@moz.com and let's chat.

keven 10 hours ago 0 replies      
SpaceList Vancouver, BC Full-time http://spacelist.ca/engineering

SpaceList is the leading marketplace for commercial real estate in Canada. Finding office, retail and warehouse space is a painful process for businesses, and we have a unique opportunity to make their search faster, more accurate and more enjoyable.

We are a group of experienced entrepreneurs, real estate processionals, designers and engineers. We hire intelligent and humble people who are focused on doing great work that makes people happy. We work hard, and we have fun.Each day we come up with new ways to make commercial real estate data more accessible, useful and actionable. At SpaceList the entire team is involved in strategy, contributing ideas and developing solutions.

-------- The Role --------

We are hiring an intermediate rails developer to build and ship great software. You will be working closely with a team of six that includes: a senior rails developer, a growth hacker, a data scientist, a marketing team & the founder.

---------- About You ----------

We don't want a short order cook, we want a chef.You need to be able to put yourself in our users shoes, understand their issues, and design a solution that will make them happy. You must draw great insights from feedback and get your ideas across clearly & concisely. You are not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to get done... whether it is a quick bug fix or a customer support call. Above all else you are an excellent communicator & collaborator.

- BS CS/CE or equivalent experience

- Excellent writing skills

- Ruby on Rails, Rspec

- Html / css

- Javascript (Bonus: experience with backbone/meteor/angular)

- Postgres (Bonus: experience with mongo/redis)

- Unix

jordo37 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Perfect Audience - SF, CA - Dev Ops

About the Position:One of the most important roles in the build-out and maintenance of this system to fill is the dev-ops / automation engineer role. We need someone to help us assemble the airplane as it is taking off, so we need a strongly independent candidate that understands teamwork and compromise. You'll have a lot of autonomy in this role, and will be making big choices on a rapidly scaling application. Don't read this as you will not be supported, quite the opposite. Read this as we value your opinion and work and expect you to be deeply integrated within our team. We need to be able to depend on you, and you need to be able to depend on us.

What we are looking for:

- Our concurrent code is built in Java and handles thousands of requests a second, 24/7. We need help keeping it happy and behaving well from deployment, to scaling to everyday operations.

- We run on a variety of Amazon Web Services like DynamoDB, EC2 and SQS - we need to get the most out of it. Prior experience here is a huge plus.

- Our code handles thousands of dollars worth of transactions a day, and is up 24/7 so we need to monitor everything. We like Scout, Nagios and Graphite. If you have strong feelings about why these are the wrong tools, we would love to hear that too.

natethames 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Senior Rails Developer

DevOps Engineer

UX Designer

All positions full time in Cambridge MA. Remote a possibility for the right candidate.

ActBlue powers the fundraising of the political and social left. If youve ever given online to a Democratic candidate or organization, chances are youve used our software. We are growing like crazy! We need a few more good software engineers who want to influence politics and online organizing. ( https://secure.actblue.com )

We use best in class tools and methods:

Backend: Rails 3.2 with Ruby 1.9, NodeJS, PostgreSQL, Redis

Frontend: Bootstrap, jQuery, Sass, D3, Highcharts

Operations: Chef, Rackspace cloud and AWS

Tools: Github, Tddium

While this is a list of what we currently use, we are open to hearing from great people who come from different stacks.

You'll be an essential contributor to a small team of professionals in our Davis Square office. You'll have significant responsibility right out of the gate and a voice in designing our architecture. We offer autonomy, responsibility, an amazing workplace (full of people geeking out about politics and tech all day) plus these benefits:

Extremely competitive salary

401K matching

100% paid medical, dental and vision benefits for you and dependents!

Unlimited paid time off

Public transit pass (Charliecard or Commuter Rail)

Professional Development (conferences, classes, etc...) 100% paid

Choose your own computer setup

Family friendly flexible schedule

Healthy and not-so-healthy snacks

Some neat things about us:

ActBlue is a political non-profit that is well capitalized. This gives us the freedom to explore new electoral technology without influence from big donors or investors.

We are an established 9 year old organization. We have a startup / political campaign mentality without the pressure and long hours. Sustainability is valued.

Our employees have lives outside of work. We have parents, dog owners, marathon runners, RC plane pilots, Artisan Asylum members and german linguists.

We sponsor RailsBridge Boston, a workshop designed to encourage more women to become Ruby developers in Boston.

ActBlue is the software and operations engine that powers the fundraising for thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and committees. In the 2011-2012 election cycle we moved over $175 million for nearly 5,000 campaigns with an average contribution size of $48.90. Our fundraising software is used by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and countless Senate, House, State and Local campaigns in all 50 states.

To start the conversation email techjobs@actblue.com and copy me at nate@actblue.com

wellingtonwu 14 hours ago 0 replies      
50onRed in Philadelphia, PA is looking for Python and Java Engineers. (Open to Relo)

To Apply: Follow this link http://bit.ly/10usP95 OR send your resume to wwu@50onRed.com

50onRed operates a premium ad network and serves over billions of online ad impressions each month. We work with large advertisers such as Groupon and eHarmony, and develop innovative products to monetize many of the web's largest shopping, dating, and social websites.

As a Software Engineer, you will join our extremely talented engineering team comprised of some of the sharpest developers in the area. The core development team is the beating heart of the company as a whole, creating highly scalable, innovative products used by some of the largest advertisers on the web and seen by millions of people each day. The core development team works closely with the business lines and the Network Ops team to deliver cutting edge software that revolutionizes the way our clients can monetize the web. Our products are built using the latest and greatest open-source tools and technologies. We identify the solution and implement it using whichever language is best for the job.

What you'll do everyday:

Design, Develop and Test new software in an Agile environmentBuild custom software from ground upfrom Database to front-end Javascript

Technologies we use include (but not limited to):-Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript-MySQL, Redis as well as other datastores to fit the current problem were trying to solve-Flask, Django, SQLAlchemy-EC2, Cloudfront and Opscode Chef, Git-Effectively manage products at any point of their life-cycle-Work closely with the core dev team and Director of Engineering to prioritize work flow on a daily basis


-Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related field-Strong experience working with a variety of languages to solve complex problems involving high availability and highly scalable applications. (Must be able to code something in the interview)-Solid understanding of persistence databases and no-SQL datastores-Experience working with HTML, jQuery as well as raw JavaScript, without libraries, on large-scale, customer-facing websites-Knowledge of Source Control and best practices-Experience with Unit Testing-Basic working knowledge of Unix/Linux and an interest in devops-Must have excellent inter-personal communication skills and can work effectively within a team in an open-air environment


-Experience scaling web apps-Experience building browser extensions is a bonus

50onRed is a great place to work. We have a high energy, creative and smart team. Were located in the Cira Center next to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and were a short walk from Center City and easily accessible by public transportation. Employees enjoy competitive salaries & benefits, a casual work environment, Friday Summer Hours, Gym Membership, catered lunch, 401(k) program and flexible hours.

pashields 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Adzerk - http://www.adzerk.com/job-openings/ - Durham, NC

We're looking for software engineers, both senior and junior. Our needs are all over the place, from UI to data warehousing, so there is a lot of skills you can bring to the table and many areas to play around in. We've got 10 people on the team right now and we are planning to grow!

Adzerk is a Durham, NC startup thats helping content publishers make more money from their ad inventory by building a revolutionary ad serving platform. We serve ads for reddit, stackoverflow, and other sites you've probably heard of.

snoshy 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Planet Labs Inc. - http://planet-labs.com - San Francisco, CA

We provide universal access to information about the changing planet. We'll soon operate the worlds largest fleet of Earth imaging satellites to frequently image the entire planet and provide open access to that information. We have a big mission and we seek highly performing and accountable people who care deeply about the art of creation.

We're primarily looking for strong software engineers interested in working on geographic information systems, embedded systems, spacecraft commanding, mapping, and imagery. While we expect you to have a strong background in building software systems, no prior experience in these specific systems is required. You'll code in Python and C++, among other languages.

See our open positions and apply at https://planetlabs.recruiterbox.com/.

Come help us build a spacecraft network!

flyscripter 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Riverbed Technology, Cambridge, MA, Full-Time

Python/JS Guru

DevOps style developers needed to join a small but growing team at Riverbed Technology that is building out a new open source SDK and applications for customized visibility and control of the network infrastructure (see http://github.com/riverbed). This is your chance jump in and put your years of experience to work setting the direction of this new initiative of programmable infrastructure.

The strong candidate...- Reads Hacker News before breakfast- Tries out new packages just because they sound cool- Enjoys the challenge of balancing "elegant" and "functional"- Relates to fellow coding experts as easily as junior engineers- Wishes there were more hours in the day just to code- Understands that technical compromise can be a good thing- Always wants to see the bigger picture

You will have the opportunity to work at multiple levels, from low-level REST APIs in Python to single page applications in JavaScript, from data analysis modules to new visualizations. This open source project will demand strong skills in API development, modularization, clean code, testing and documentation. You will be faced with the challenges of creating complex new features with a simple and usable interface that the non-coder can use and the advanced developer can extend.

This will be a fast paced environment looking to leverage new open source packages and methodologies, picking the right tool and the right library that can be leveraged by our customers.

Nuts and bolts required:- Years of hands on development experience- Strong programming and debugging skills in Python- Strong understanding of OO principles- Some experience with JavaScript- At home in a Linux development environment- Comfortable turning technical requirements into a functional specification- Some network background - at least an understanding of basic network concepts

Bonus points:- Strong design and architecture experience- Experience with JavaScript / UI Frameworks such as extjs, d3, node.js, bootstrap- Automation experience - unit testing, Puppet, Chef, Jenkins- Strong networking background- Exposure to cloud services

Riverbed Technology, Inc.'s Cascade office is located in Cambridge, MA. Riverbed offers excellent salary, options and benefits. We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V


kevinburke 13 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA. Full-time.

We're looking for a lead engineer to drive construction of the latest and greatest Twilio API. We just raised $70 million to help scale as demand for Twilio products grows.

Our team is generally on the bleeding edge, for internal tools and trying new things inside the company. HTTP nerds highly welcome.

Contact me at kevin at twilio dot com.

If API engineering isn't your cup of tea, a ton of other positions are open, see if anything catches your eye here: http://www.jobscore.com/jobs/twilio/

wellingtonwu 14 hours ago 0 replies      
50onRed in Philadelphia, PA is looking for a Javascript Engineer (Open to Relo)

To Apply: Follow this link http://bit.ly/12BAdM9 OR send your resume to wwu@50onRed.com

50onRed is seeking an experienced Frontend Engineer with a strong understanding of object-oriented, unobtrusive Javascript to fill a key role in our growing development team. We are looking for a frontend engineer who understands how to bridge the gap between the functionality being built on the backend and the experience being created by our UX team. The right person for this position will have a deep understanding of how Javascript interacts with the browser, and will be capable of using Javascript for functionality beyond simple aesthetics. In this role you will be responsible for working closely with the development team and product manager, gathering information on how to enhance our UI across all products. If you like working in a fast-paced environment where you can allow your creativity to prosper, then this is the place for you!

Were a fast-growing and innovative online marketing company. We create a number of advertising based products to help make it easy to monetize the web. Were located in the Cira Centre next to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Were a short walk from Center City and easily accessible by public transportation


Develop and deliver front end-design assets (graphics, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript etc.)Interact with the product team and all developers on daily basisDevelop UI /UX improvements across all our productsContinually make improvements based on user feedback Required Skills:

-3 + Years Experience as a frontend developer with emphasis on usability, user interface design, and user experience best practices.-Must be able to describe problems and solutions in a concise and objective manner to both developers and non-developers-Portfolio and/or code samples with current examples of work-Knowledge of usability, human factors, and the UX process-Experience with HTML, CSS, and Raw JavaScript-Motivated, Creative, and Passionate

Desired Experience:

-Backend Experience with Languages such as Python or PHP (plus)-Experience with Advertising Network, Adwords, traffic platforms (plus)

50onRed is a great place to work. We have a high energy, creative and smart team. Were located in the Cira Center next to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and were a short walk from Center City and easily accessible by public transportation. Employees enjoy competitive salaries & benefits, a casual work environment, Friday Summer Hours, Gym Membership, catered lunch, 401(k) program and flexible hours.

martian 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Thumbtack - San Francisco

Thumbtack is a new way to find and hire local services like DJs, photographers, house cleaners, French tutors, and contractors. Over 250k small businesses around the country have joined Thumbtack, and we're making real money from connecting buyers and sellers.

Thumbtack's people are down-to-earth, practical, and intelligent. Everyday for lunch we all sit down to a meal cooked by our in-house chef. On Wednesday nights, we stay late for a hot dinner, some wine, guests, and great conversation. Sometimes we drink beer that we've been brewing in the back closet.

Thumbtack's gotten some good press recently because Sequoia just invested. (Very exciting.)

Our tech stack is a combination of Python, PHP (think Facebook, not Wordpress), Mongo, Postgres, AngularJS/Backbone.

Ping me (chris @) if you want to learn more, chat, etc. Happy to meet up for coffee if you're in SF.



freyfogle 14 hours ago 0 replies      
London (EC1), UK http://www.lokku.com full-time - Frontend developer.


The fun/intellectual benefits of a start-up, the stability of a profitable business.

treitnauer 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Wellington (NZ), remote OK, Content Marketer (full-time) at iwantmyname

You love to write. Your content would appear on the iwantmyname blog, guest articles on other sites, marketing copy, emails, or our FAQ. You're a true storyteller and inspire others to be awesome at what they do.

iwantmyname is a small international start-up (there's 6 of us at present) where creativity, transparency and happiness are the company's core values. Our team is a bunch of geeks who love building the most awesomest domain management service on Earth. We are frequently involved with local user groups, conferences/events and have a large following in the developer and design community globally.

Full details: https://iwantmyname.com/jobs/content-marketer

robbiemitchell 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Knewton - New York, NY (Union Square) - full-time

Knewton's mission is to bring personalized learning to the world.

Knewton is the world's leading adaptive learning technology provider. The Knewton platform makes it possible for anyone to build applications that provide real-time proficiency estimation, activity recommendations, analytics, and more. The world's largest and most innovative learning companies use Knewton technology to improve student achievement in K12 (e.g.,Houghton Mifflin), higher education (e.g.,Pearson), global English Language Teaching (e.g.,Macmillan), and other markets. Knewton has been recognized globally as a "Technology Pioneer" (World Economic Forum in Davos), one of the world's "50 Most Innovative Companies" (Fast Company), and one of "The World's 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs" (Goldman Sachs).

Knewton has about 115 employees, over half of which work in technology, data science, and adaptive instruction, including machine learning.



Some specific openings:

* Business Development Director - http://bit.ly/10uusn3

* Marketing Manager, Growth - http://bit.ly/16JH5eW

* Data Scientist - http://bit.ly/12yWm1X

* Software Engineer - Big Data - http://bit.ly/14IsjUm

* Senior Security Engineer - http://bit.ly/14lqxJY

* Senior Product Manager - http://bit.ly/14lqyxv

--> For more follow http://twitter.com/knewton_jobs

sstrudeau 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Anywhere USA

Haven't posted a formal listing yet (will edit later) since this just opened up today.

We're for a strong back-end web engineer to join our small, distributed tech team building two large (combined audience > 15 million uniques/month) consumer-facing web sites. Ideally:

* strong ruby experience

* interest in image processing and/or "community" tech (comments, forums, contests, etc)


* strong front-end skills (e.g., with a framework like Backbone; w/ responsive design techniques)

* experience w/ search tech (e.g., elasticsearch)

* a design sense (not a designer role but good to have an instinct for what is good/bad visually and in UI)

Full-time, work from anywhere. Must be a strong communicator via email/chat; team-oriented. Strict "no assholes" hiring filter.

email scott@apartmenttherapy.com for more info.

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endlessvoid94 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Bloc (http://www.bloc.io) - INTERN, REMOTE

  * We're building a vertically integrated education platform.  * We're looking for generalist developers (we're a Ruby shop)  * We're a small team of 6  * We pay market salaries and offer early-employee equity.  * We have traction, revenue, and funding  * Located in a really nice office in SOMA, San Francisco  * Health, Vision, Dental + 401K
We work hard and take pride in the products we ship, but we also realize that building a strong culture and team is the most important thing we could do to have lasting impact. A few highlights of our culture:

  * You have a lot of ownership and opportunities to pursue your ideas  * We value the pursuit of knowledge, which means we're pretty nerdy and frequently     get into conversations about philosophy, science, etc.  * We're firm believers in enabling all of our employees to continue to grow and     master skills they're interested in developing.
Let me know if you're interested: dave [at] bloc.io

ahhrrr 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Technologists Wanted to Create New Apps for Our Cities!

Are you a hacker with a huge heart? Code for America is looking for developers, designers, researchers, and product managers for its 2014 Fellowship.

If you want to make a difference while doing what you love to do, this is your chance build apps that help municipal governments work better.

Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology. Thats why Code for America is connecting talented technologists with municipal governments to create and implement new web apps and explore new ways of resolving local challenges.

During previous years fellows have tackled problems such as criminal justice in NYC, economic development in Santa Cruz, Calif., and 311 in Chicago.

CfA fellows come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences from high-profile positions at Google, Apple, and Microsoft to smaller startups to municipal government.

Why Become a CfA Fellow?- Gov 2.0 Training. You will start with a crash course in municipal government and gain practical understanding of the vital intersection of government and technology.- Connections. The biggest names in the tech industry and the Gov 2.0 movement will provide you with unparalleled networking, mentoring, and support.Professional Development. You will develop lasting relationships, learn new skills and languages in a fast-paced, startup atmosphere.- Autonomy. Working in small teams with talented individuals youll decide what you build and how you build it from start to finish.- A Labor of Love. Youll not only accomplish a lot and make the world a better place, but youll have a lot of fun working with other passionate people.

Applications are being accepted until July 31, 2013. This is an 11-month, full-time fellowship located in San Francisco. See http://codeforamerica.org/fellows for more information.

Apply online at: codeforamerica.org/apply

RebeccaStills 3 hours ago 0 replies      
[HIRING] Fastest Growing YouTube Partner (Python and JS) Engineers ALL LEVELS! ZEFR Why We're Awesome: http://bit.ly/WEfCZQ http://tcrn.ch/11Jjz03 http://bit.ly/UIA3oQWhat Were Working With: python-2.7, javascript (+ libraries), coffeescript, django, postgreSQL

Check out our jobs page: http://hire.jobvite.com/j/?cj=opDQWfwy&s=HackerNewsEngineering Office locations: Venice, CA Boston, MAIndustry focus: CMS Adtech YouTube platform Video distribution / monetization / optimization Entertainment

fredoliveira 14 hours ago 0 replies      
We're hiring at Dashboard.io (remote is fine - we have a distributed team).

Our product was first started as a data and communications platform internal to 500 Startups. Today, we're serving several other networks too, including Seedcamp, NXTP, Union Square, AOL, Angelhack. We're doing some pretty interesting stuff in the intersection of community and startup data/metrics. We're mainly looking for:

1) Ruby developers with a particular interest in data and metrics. If AARRR means something to you, or you like the idea of mining data for insights that help entrepreneurs and funds kick ass, get in touch.

2) User experience designers or front-end developers interested in crafting great products.

If you fit one of these two profiles, you'll find my contact information in my profile. We're funded and have a stellar team working with some of the greatest accelerator programs, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs out there. Looking forward to hearing from some of you.

crb 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Stoneburn - London, UK (sorry, no remote workers required) - http://www.stoneburn.com/

Stoneburn are a Google Enterprise premier partner & consultancy. We take businesses on the journey to the cloud, primarily using Google's enterprise offerings (Google Apps, Google Search Appliance, Google Cloud Platform/App Engine etc).

We've doubled in size and revenue the last two years and are looking to do the same this year. Now would be a great time to join!

At present I'm looking for developers and pre-sales consultants with experience in either Google Apps Script or Google App Engine. Please e-mail hiring@stoneburn.com if you think you might be interested, and mention HN in the subject.

itcmcgrath 15 hours ago 2 replies      
2x Developers - Denver, Colorado

Rocket Software will be hiring 2 developers to help us develop an exciting new product in the database industry.

Aside from Java/GWT and Python skills, we are looking for someone with an eye for UX design. Being knowledgeable on both relational and NoSQL databases is a plus. You should have some familiarity with Linux/Unix environments along with Windows.

For you, software and technology isn't just a job, it's a calling. We're looking for someone who's passionate about creating great technology.

You'll be working in our Denver Tech Center office with expensive views of the Rocky Mountains from the 11th floor. Rocket Software gives some great benefits: http://goo.gl/Ry5jG

I'll post a link to the official job posting once we have ti up today or tomorrow, although as I'm the hiring manager you could also contact details in my profile.

jack7890 15 hours ago 0 replies      
SeatGeek -- New York, NY -- Full Time

We're a search engine for tickets and live events. Think "Kayak for sports/music/theater tickets."

Frontend Developer -- A big focus on Javascript, HTML/CSS, and crafting (but not visually designing) user experiences and interfaces. Details here: http://seatgeek.com/jobs/ui_developer/

Web Engineer -- We're looking for someone who loves building web apps. Everything else (professional experience, where in the stack you fit, the languages you've used) is up for debate. Details here: http://seatgeek.com/jobs/web_engineer/

ryporter 14 hours ago 0 replies      
AMA Capital -- Palo Alto, CA. Full time. H1B okay.

AMA Capital trades billions of dollars per day in the foreign exchange markets.

We are all engineers, and we all do a little bit of everything. We design and implement our own trading strategies and infrastructure, down to the networking code that ties us in to financial markets. We are a very small team (I am the only employee) and are looking to add one or two engineers who will focus on strategy or on infrastructure.

No experience or specific knowledge of finance is required. However, you do need to be at least interested in financial markets and to be able to implement your strategies carefully in C++.

An example of a project that a member of our infrastructure team could work on is a system for logging to non-volatile memory. We generate large logs that cover everything from prices to transaction data. NVDIMMs are a form of RAM that survives power loss. Hardware like this has been on the horizon for a while, but it is just now becoming available to early adopters. Writes to NVDIMMs will be nearly instantaneous and immediately durable. This project will be to develop an NVDIMM-based system that simultaneously functions as a log, an IPC mechanism, and a searchable database for analysis. Making this work will involve a number of pieces: kernel drivers, CPU cache control, lock-free synchronization, a daemon to write everything back to long-term (i.e. less expensive) storage, and more. If this works well, we plan to open-source all the pieces.


streeter 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Educreations (http://www.educreations.com) - Full Time in Palo Alto, CA

Want to use your skills as a force for good to improve education for all? Here's your chance.

At Educreations, we believe that the world's best teachers should be available to all students.

As a first step, we've made it extremely easy for teachers to teach online. Our top-100 app transforms the iPad into a mobile lesson recording studio, and hundreds of thousands of teachers and students are using it daily to learn from each other anytime, anywhere.

Educreations is looking for some sharp, passionate people to help us redefine online teaching and learning. We were part of the first cohort of Imagine K12 and are funded by Accel Partners, NewSchools Venture fund and other top angels.

We've set out to make a dent in the future of teaching and learning and if this sounds like something you're interested in, get in touch.

We are looking for:

    Strong Python or Objective C Engineers    Lead Visual Designer

radikalus 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Greenlight Trading (Chicago, ???) -- Full Time, Intern

We're one of the many, many HFT startups in Chicago; we're looking for C/C++ people who love sockets (TCP/UDP not wrenches) Hardware design skills are a plus.

If you instead feel more comfortable talking about multivariate time series, subspaces, manifolds, volatility surfaces, or just general data analytics, we'd also love talking to you.

Financial industry and/or low latency experience are not musts. Drop me an email if you're interested: green at glt-llc.com

mva 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Amsterdam, Netherlands, sales executives, Usabilla.com

We are looking for full time ambitious native speaking sales executives, who can actively sell our SaaS-tools Usabilla Live and Usabilla Survey in the UK, Germany and France.

Usabilla is a fast growing Software as a Service company that offers website feedback tools to big online players like: Vodafone, Booking.com, Tele2, G-Star and T-Mobile. By continuously innovating our frameworks and using the highest possible technical solutions, we make sure that we keep ahead of the leading edge of the technology curve and remain the standard in user feedback.

Full job description: http://blog.usabilla.com/we-are-looking-for-sales-executives...

Apply or more information: jobs@usabilla.com

alpha_ori 12 hours ago 0 replies      
SwiftStack (http://swiftstack.com/jobs/) is hiring software developers at all levels of experience.

Why Join SwiftStack?

Youll work on a product that touches millions of peoples lives even if they dont know it. The number of businesses using OpenStack in general and Swift in particular grows and grows, and it includes big names that make products that are used by both your little brother and your grandmother. Youll work on a product that makes core OpenStack technology accessible to businesses of all kinds.

Youll get open-source experience in a big way. At SwiftStack, were committed to strong participation in the OpenStack ecosystem in general and to contribution to Swift in particular. Youll be a contributor to one of the most important Open Source projects currently active.

Youll confront interesting problems every day. Writing a system like Swift and building a software ecosystem to surround it is the road less traveled. We arent writing yet another glorified CMS or social app or phone game. Whether its figuring out better algorithms for data placement, confronting a firehose of monitoring data, or determining how to integrate most flexibly with customers systems, there are always new and unusual problems to solve.

Interested? Send us an email at jobs@swiftstack.com. Send us your github profile, your LinkedIn account, a link to your website whatever will best display the work that youve done. Tell us in a few lines of text why youre interested in SwiftStack, and why well be interested in you. Well be back in touch shortly to get the conversation started.

wiwillia 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Teespring - San Francisco, full-time rails developers

We want to change the way the world thinks about creating & selling physical products. By removing key pain points and delivering high quality products Teespring aims to make merchandising the simplest way for groups to make or raise money.

We've been growing like crazy since we launched last April, and are now generating over $1MM per month in revenue.

We're looking for rails devs to join our small team of 6 developers and instantly make an impact to our million+ monthly visitors. Our requirements are simple, we're looking for motivated ruby developers who are excited about what we're doing. Everything else will fall into place!

IF you're interested please shoot me an email directly at walker@teespring.com and we can take it from there!

suitabletech 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, CA or REMOTE (but willing to use remote presence, and work during Pacific time zone business hours)

Suitable Technologies - http://suitabletech.comContact: jobs@suitabletech.com

Suitable Technologies is a growing startup building remote presence technology (aka telepresence robots). Were shipping product, and we have funding, strong compensation, and a fun work environment, including free lunch and snacks. We provide top-of-the-line development hardware, adjustable desks, and will get your workspace just right. Were looking to fill a few technical roles:

Expert C++ generalist -- Someone who knows how to design, build, and optimize highly performant and memory-efficient applications in C++, and is up on the latest in C++11. Experience with audio, video, Qt, or networking is a plus.

Expert Python/Django web engineer -- A test-first, scalability-minded backend web engineer to help us take our service global. Our stack includes Django, MySQL, Redis, Memcached, Fabric, etc. Front-end skills are a plus.

Server operations admin and engineer -- A network administrator to support our product and software development teams, implement and maintain our production web-based environment, and maintain our internal corporate network. Linux, Python, Nagios, Munin, Nginx, etc.

Videoconferencing engineer -- A software engineer with strong domain expertise in audio and video codecs and standards.

squirrel 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Notting Hill, London, England.

Our web application is at the heart of our busy e-commerce business; every day it serves millions of product images and handles thousands of purchases - but we can and do update the live site with new code anytime we want without missing a beat. Our systems are written on the LAMP stack and we are migrating to Symfony 2 as our MVC framework. Developers choose the tools that work best for them - for instance, we have a mix of Linux and Mac workstations in the team. We are adopting and adapting agile development techniques such as test-driven development, pair programming, and continuous integration. We hold regular retrospectives to improve our working environment and lightning talks to share cool ideas whether work-related or not. Our developers are generalising specialists whose typical day may include refining an algorithm, writing a tricky integration test, tuning a SQL query, and discussing feature nuances with a product manager. Our team is growing fast and we'd like to hear (at careers@secretsales.com) from any of you who'd like to join us; we're hiring for all technical roles.

Established in London in July 2007, Secretsales.com is one of the UK's leading private shopping clubs, offering limited-time online sales with current name-brand goods at deep discounts. Brands include fashion, beauty, homeware, and lifestyle categories, many familiar from the high street. The company has about 80 employees and a substantial annual turnover. The firm is growing quickly after a recent investment round.

jnfr 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Twitter, Inc. - San Francisco, CA. Full-time.

I'll keep this short and to the point!

About us: (Looking for my team specifically.)

- internal tool used by almost all engineers and execs in the company

- we hold giant impact and value for engineering at Twitter

- Javascript (backbone.js, in-house charting library), RoR

- we solve big problems up and down the stack

- UI, UX, data viz & data science challenges are in abundance

- work with a small team of 3, Kanban style. we work fast!

Do you think you would be a good fit? Shoot me an e-mail and let's chat! jyip at twitter.com

ahultgren 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Stockholm, Sweden - FULLSTACK DEVELOPER - Frjd Interactive

I'm a developer at Frjd, and we're looking for more colleagues. Frjd is technical web agency, which means that we focus on building websites (and sometimes other apps) for other companies, and leave the visual design and strategy stuff to other agencies. Everyone at Frjd knows how to code (even the PMs) and you can expect to work in all ends of the stack; from pixel-pushing to server setup. From Wordpress to EPiServer. At frjd you'll do it all.

Since it vacation time right now, we're looking for people who can start by august/september (/october).

## About you

  * Experienced as a developer (at least 3 years, more is better)  * You know any or all of the following really well: PHP, .NET, JS, node.js, Ruby, Java... (etc, I'm sure you get the point)  * And you're willing to learn what you don't know  * Experience with development for mobile  * You want to work in a team of awesome developers  * You want to grow and take responsibility  * You live in Sweden
There are some more formal requirements that will make the HR ppl happy in the official ad, check it out: http://careers.stackoverflow.com/jobs/35773

## What we offer

  * Hackday every second week  * Ping-pong every day  * Friday beer every friday  * Office in very central Stockholm (drottninggatan)  * Yearly allowance to go to conferences, seminaries or buy books    * 6 weeks of vacation
Follow the link above to apply or email jobs@frojd.se.

PS; we're also looking for Technical Directors and Project Managers. Have a look at http://frojd.se/en/career

speek 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Boxfish \o/ - Palo Alto, CA - Full Time -> Data Scientist (you can call yourself whatever you want, as long as you're up to snuff with ML) - H1B OK (visa sorted)

Boxfish captures and indexes every word spoken on TV. Our mission is to harness this vast resource and deliver on our platform, beautiful and inspiring consumer focused products that reimagine TV discovery. We launched our product, 'Boxfish Live Guide' on iPhone, iPad, and Android (mobile + tablet), which a TV discovery app and remote control and are continuing our march onto GoogleTV and connected devices.

We're a team of 9 and growing, with a position open for an exceptional data scientist.Long story short, we're looking for developers to build the index of TV, semantic processing pipelines in realtime, distributed services for trending, + metrics and search applications (stack: AWS deployed Redis, MongoDB & ElasticSearch).

If you're interested, get in touch -> marc@boxfish.com

Ovid 15 hours ago 1 reply      
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Work permit and relocation assistance provided.

We want developers who like to have fun and socialize outside of work, but care about their jobs, too. We're looking for UX designers, front-end and back-end developers.

UX designer: use Photoshop, Gimp, or whatever makes your socks roll up and down and you know how to make Web and/or mobile applications work for customers. Knowledge of HTML, JavaScript and CSS also needed.

Front-end developer: you can make Web sites do exactly what you want them to do, regardless of the browser or operating system the web site is running on. Knowledge of HTML, JavaScript and CSS required.

Back-end developers: you know what it takes to power the back-end of large web sites. You understand scalability issues and can explain the difference between an inner and outer join. You know what O(log N) is and why it's important. Your programming language history isn't important because you're good enough to learn a new language if needed.

All positions: not looking for rock stars. Looking for competent technical talent who are willing to move to Europe (unless you're already here). We have many expats working here and we'll even help pay for Dutch lessons, if you want them.

We also like people who understand business because you'll be expected to make many of your own decisions without having to ask permission from management for every little thing that you do. You will have the power to get stuff done, work with a great bunch of people and be able to spend your five weeks of vacation time cruising across Europe and discovering why Amsterdam is such a beautiful city.

For more information, see http://www.allaroundtheworld.fr/vacancies.html

Send email to jobs at allaroundtheworld.fr. Please include:

Your name, your timezone (helpful when scheduling interviews!), your CV, where you heard about us and why you want to live in Amsterdam!

joshyeager 15 hours ago 1 reply      
Swift Software - Frederick, MD (Near DC) - Software EngineersAre you tired of commuting to DC or Northern Virginia? Swift Software is a growing product-centered technology company seeking talented developers to join our product team in Frederick, MD. Our flagship product is JobTraQ, a task management and workflow system that offers vastly more flexibility and power than any other product in our market segment, and is significantly less expensive and easier to configure than big "BPM" suites like MetaStorm and Lombardi. These advantages are allowing us to disrupt both markets.

You will create new features in JobTraQ and enhance existing functionality. Youll help us build advanced visual design and administration tools, augment the product's business intelligence capabilities, improve performance and scalability, and use customer feedback to enhance all parts of the system.

Our team has an enjoyable and collaborative culture in a creative environment. We interact positively and openly and emphasize learning and professional development. These attributes have enabled us to produce an industry-leading product with a globally recognizable and satisfied client base. Our environment is relaxed and fun, we play everything from Total Annihilation to Alien Swarm at our game nights, and we equip everyone with new quad-core Thinkpads with SSDs and dual monitors. Our policies and benefits are family-friendly, with generous vacation time, good health insurance options, and flexible work schedules.

For more information about this position, see the link below. If you are interested, please email your resume to resumes@swiftsoftware.com.


zukhan 12 hours ago 0 replies      
FULLTIME or INTERN. Offices in San Francisco, Menlo Park, and Boston

Delphix is a data virtualization company that is doing for databases what VMware did for servers - this is a massive market, and we are on track for similar success. We're looking for software generalists to help build our full stack, from the operating system and filesystem, to the Java management stack, and the GUI.

The engineering team at Delphix is composed of the inventors and architects of the VMware platform, ZFS filesystem, DTrace, Oracle RAC, DataGuard, and Flashback.

We've built an engineering culture where anyone with a good idea can have a voice and drive unique projects. Whether it's developing new abstractions in the filesystem, designing an architecture to interoperate with a novel database, or developing a new cloud paradigm for virtualizing data, there is no lack of hard problems and opportunities at Delphix.

The Delphix platform has already established itself as the premier platform for structured data management in the enterprise world. In our first year of selling, we added 50 large corporate customers, including many from the fortune 500 (Proctor & Gamble, RBS, Fidelity, Deutsche Bank, Comcast, Staples, Qualcomm, among others).

We have offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, and Cambridge, MA.

Check out our technical blogs at http://blog.delphix.com.

News coverage: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/delphix-raises-25-mi...

zinxq 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Refresh, Inc. - Mobile Engineer - Android/IOS - Palo Alto, CA

http://www.refresh.io - jobs@refresh.io

Refresh is a funded silicon valley startup focused on bringing real-time insights about people you're meeting every day. Our team is comprised of ex-googlers, ex-linked-in-ers, and start-up veterans.

We're looking to add a Android and/or IOS engineer to take our app to a whole new audience.


- You've delivered. You have one or more Android and/or IOS apps in the store. - You're a crack-shot at either Android/Java or Objective-C (or both). - You have an innate sense of design and user-experience. You brag about your apps not only because of how awesome you know they are on the inside, but on how great they make your users feel.

Email jobs@refresh.io with questions or your resume!

glou 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Racevine.com - Los Angeles - Ruby on Rails Engineer - Full Time

Our motto is "I heard it through the Racevine": We're building a Yelp and Ticketmaster for endurance races (5K's, marathons, triathlons, etc). With society becoming more and more concerned about fitness/wellness, endurance racing has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world, yet it lacks a goto source of information. We are building the world's first comprehensive index of races and creating a community where people can connect and share their amazing experiences.

We are part of the inaugural class of the USC/Kleiner Perkins Startup Accelerator (ending August 16th). We're in the accelerator's LA offices until the end of the summer then plan to move to an office in the bay area shortly after. If you join before the end of the program, you'll get access to all the events and network the program has to offer.

You are ideally a full stack rails engineer with a passion for creating amazing consumer web experiences and would relish the opportunity to disrupt an industry traditionally underserved by tech. You'll be our first hire, so there's tons of room to make a big impact. Bonus points if you've ever done a race before! Contact greg@racevine.com for more information.

ivanzhao 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Notion San Francisco.

The goal is to democratize software. Quite a shame that 30 years into personal computing, an average person's interaction still caps at word-processing. We'd like to change that.

A beautiful loft/artist office in the Mission. Best investors out there. Right now just a few of us.

You need to be able to make things and think conceptually. Experience with system or programming language design would be great.


rohall 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Cambridge, MA - Bluetrain Mobile - Senior Engineerhttp://www.bluetrainmobile.com/careers-senior-software-engin...

About the Opportunity at Bluetrain MobileBluetrain Mobile is a Cambridge-based cloud software company whose platform helps marketers build brilliant websites to engage customers and drive lead generation. Beginning with our mobile website platform offering and with any-screen solutions soon to follow, Bluetrain gives marketers at small and medium-sized enterprises a new level of power to deliver engaging online experiences on every device while maintaining creative control over their brands online.

Working at Bluetrain Mobile is an opportunity to join an entrepreneurial team with a proven track record of success and to be part of a company positioned for rapid growth. It is a place where we work hard, take initiative, and innovate. We are highly selective in our hiring process, seeking individuals with track records of demonstrated excellence in their professional and academic backgrounds. We look for smart people who are passionate about technology and the mobile web, who care deeply about their careers, and who want to work hard and have fun.

Description of RoleAs a Senior Engineer at Bluetrain Mobile you will be directly involved in the development of the core platform. You will work as part of a team to plan, design, and develop functionality ranging from backend enhancements to user facing and device specific features. Your role will involve close collaboration with other Engineers and members of the Bluetrain team to share ideas, problems, and solutions.

ResponsibilitiesDevelop new features and core components of the Bluetrain platformParticipate in architecture planning meetings and code reviewsWork as part of an Agile teamProduce well documented and tested codeAttend and contribute to product meetings which further evolve the vision of the platform

Required Skills and ExperienceBachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science with a minimum of 6-8 years of programming experience with 5 years in web-based technologiesStrong background in Ruby on Rails, Javascript, HTML5, and CSSUnix system administration (experience with Amazon AWS is a plus)Experience with SaaS development is a plusExperience with Agile methodologies and Test Driven Development is a plusFamiliarity with version control (Git or SVN preferred)Familiarity with software design methodologies

Non-technical Skills and ExperienceAbility to collaborate closely with other functional teams within the organizationStrong analytical, writing, and presentation skillsKeen design sense, experience working directly with designersExceptional relationship and communication skillsWell-developed problem-solving ability, research, and critical thinking skills

CompensationCompetitive salaryAttractive equity package

BenefitsBenefits include health, dental, vision and 401k

ApplyPlease send resume to: careers@bluetrainmobile.com

thenanyu 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Everlane - RoR Engineer - Full time, San Francisco, experienced.

We are building a fashion retail company from the ground up. We are stepping into the massive space occupied by the likes of the Calvin Kleins and American Apparels of the world form the angle of E-commerce first.

We compete in a real way on design, exclusivity and price.

We are profitable, and we are looking for engineers to help us build our e-commerce platform from the ground up (we run an entirely homegrown stack)

There is lots of freedom here to work on side projects, and really get involved in the business side of things as well, based on your preference.

Some of our biggest marketing initiatives are engineer-drivenhttps://www.everlane.com/whereitravelhttps://www.everlane.com/canada

Here's our recent feature in the NYTimeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/business/global/fair-trade...

Contact nan@everlane.com

voberoi 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Harry's (http://www.harrys.com). Fulltime or Intern. New York City.

A bit about us:

We built Harrys with one simple belief: everyone deserves a great shave at a fair price. As such, we seek to provide our own brand of exceptional shaving products direct to our customers online. We launched on March 13th and have been humbled and flattered by the early customer response, and we're now looking to bring on more talented engineers to help make every one of our customers happy and change the world, one 5-o'clock shadow at a time.

We're looking for outstanding full stack engineers and data engineers who want to solve thorny e-commerce problems in {customer marketing, web performance, customer experience/support, operations, supply chain management} in innovative ways.

Technologies: our web site is built on Rails, we're hosted on Heroku, our data is stored in Postgres, and we write a lot of Python to consolidate data from various sources and analyze it.

For the full stack engineer who thrives on shipping features in the face of complex problems and processes:

Our custom e-commerce platform powers the entire business, from the HTML on our homepage all the way down to our supply chain. Weve got fun problems to work out every day, at every level of the stack, all with the hope to make purchasing and shaving with us the best experience out there. Were looking for someone genuinely excited by the opportunity to make millions of peoples lives easier and build the Harrys platform of tomorrow. Your primary responsibilities will include:

* Design and implement core features of the production website

* Build infrastructure to support various external features and other units of the business

* Think about performance all the time, and proactively make changes to make our platform better

* Determine ways to operate more efficiently (e.g. optimizing our inventory and shipping algorithms)

For the statistically inclined engineer who communicates with data and hacks on data problems:

Data plays an integral role at Harry's, informing every facet of our business. We are constantly working to understand the behaviors of tens of thousands of customers, tailoring offerings to them so that we can make them happy and drive continued demand. To that end, we're looking for a statistically-inclined software engineer who is well-versed in building data systems and wants to use data to inform decisions at Harry's in a forward-thinking way. Your primary responsibilities will include:

* Build infrastructure to automate data collection, storage, processing, and presentation.

* Instrument our website and marketing communications to gather the data we need.

* Test changes we make to our site, emails, packaging, shipping options, -- everything, really -- relentlessly.

* Produce, analyze, and present data to users in a context that allows them to make meaningful strategic decisions.

* Use your sheer intellectual horsepower to figure out and communicate how to better delight our customers.

If interested, email jobs@harrys.com with why you're interested and relevant links (e.g. Github, projects, LinkedIn).

jakestein 13 hours ago 0 replies      
RJMetrics - rjmetrics.com/jobs Philadelphia, PA fulltime. H1Bs welcome.

We're helping some of the most exciting online businesses in the world make their data actionable and understandable.

We're hiring for developers, DevOps, account managers, customer success team, product manager, inside sales, and a VP of Sales.

jtchang 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Dishcrawlhttp://www.dishcrawl.com/San Jose, CA

Looking for first engineering hire to work on Python/Django. Dishcrawl is about creating cool food experiences. Candidate should have experience with JS/CSS and background in web development.

Questions? E-mail me directly - jeff.tchang@dishcrawl.com

gentschev 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Tribune Media Services - San Francisco, Chicago, upstate New York, REMOTE (for exceptional candidates)

We're looking for engineers, not programmers.

Join us to work on challenging problems in entertainment data processing with a small, non-hierarchical team inside a stable, profitable company that's a leader in our space. We work hard while we're at work but don't maintain startup hours, so you can have work/life balance (or use that time for a side project). We offer competitive salary, full benefits, and the opportunity to manage your career towards technical team management or domain/technical expertise.

We're looking for engineers with good problem-solving skills proficient in any language but willing to work primarily in Ruby for this position. We're also looking for a Database Architect and DevOps Manager. See the full listings here:


If you're interested, email ggentschev tribune com.

thecodemonkey 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Washington D.C., Full Time Front-End Developer

Engage is an interactive agency that provides technology and strategy to Fortune 500 companies, political organizations, and nonprofits, and we're looking for a Front-End Developer to join our bullpen of developers. All of our development and creative work is produced in-house, so youll be working directly with our team of designers and developers.

This is a full-time position and you must be able to work on-site in Washington, DC. This is an immediate opening, but we're willing to let people who live in other parts of the country temporarily work remotely until they can relocate.

We prioritize proven work, so please make sure to submit work samples with your application (links to live projects preferred). You'll probably need at least 2 years full-time experience in a front-end development role to meet the qualificaitons below, but we're not opposed to hiring a prodigy.


  * Strong experience with CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript and able produce clean, standards-compliant markup  * Experience with several (ideally all) of the following: jQuery, Backbone, Underscore, RequireJS, Twitter Bootstrap, Media queries/Responsive design, Cross-browser compatibility, testing & support  * Not a designer but good design instincts -- strong UI & UX skills  * Understands and pursues pixel perfection for every site & project  * Skilled with Photoshop & the Adobe Creative Suite  * Comfortable with version control - Git preferred  * Experience with Vagrant  * Comfortable working on tight deadlines and in a team environment  * In general, a nice person to be around who enjoys tackling challenges and learning new skills
Bonus points if you:

  * Have experience with Facebook Connect, Twitter Login, OAuth, etc  * We occasionally use open source and third-party CMS, so some experience with WordPress, Expression Engine, and/or Drupal is helpful  * Have a basic understanding of PHP or MySQL (but your primary experience/interests should be in front end work, not back end)

  * Small team -- tons of opportunity to work on projects for high-profile clients, add to your skillset & advance within the company  * Competitive salaries  * Annual performance bonuses  * Generous benefits package  * Team outings (last time we played tourist in DC and rode around on Segways)  * Free snacks  * Free energy drinks -- these days it's Lo-Carb Monster but won't hate if you're a Red Bull person  * Paid hackathon and conference attendances  * Dog-friendly office  * Located on a cool street with tons of bars and restaurants  * Very close to 395 & the Metro (Blue and Orange lines)
To apply, please include your resume, work samples, link to your GitHub profile, and a brief description of why youre interested in the position. Apply here: http://engagedc.theresumator.com/apply/VzN338/Front-End-Web-...

natgordon 13 hours ago 0 replies      
BabyList, San Francisco CA, Full time

BabyList (http://babyli.st) is an online baby registry with a large and rapidly growing userbase of passionate parents-to-be who are making important purchasing decisions for one of the biggest events in their lives. The baby industry is massive and ripe for disruption. We recently raised seed funding, and are now looking to bring on our first key hires.

We're looking for a senior developer. Our stack is Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Javascript, jQuery. We're looking for someone who has a lot of coding experience and expert-level fluency in at least one programming language (you don't have to be great at Ruby right now).

We're offering meaningful equity and a competitive salary.

Email me at natalie@babyli.st

audaxhealthsol 5 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco - Audax Health http://www.audaxhealth.com/

Audax Health is looking for a strong software engineer whos a seasoned Java developer with some familiarity with Scala. Be part of a fast growing startup that wants to improve & enhance peoples lives by exploring the ways health & healthcare can be advanced using modern web technologies & a heavy focus on user interactions. More info can be found here: http://www.audaxhealth.com/#/careers

We're also looking for a mobile developer (Android). We feel that a mobile experience is a core component of an engaging wellness program and your contributions will directly improve the lives of millions of people trying to live healthier lifestyles. Learn more here: http://www.audaxhealth.com/#/careers

nedwin 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Tweaky.com - San Francisco or Remote - H1B welcome

Tweaky.com is a marketplace of marketers, designers and developers that help small business owners improve their business online.

We launched 12 months ago with funding from the founders of 99designs. We are profitable, growing 25% month and month and in the process of setting up an SF office.

We're now hiring our second engineer who will work with the CTO to scale the business and on new feature development.

The tech stack:* Ruby on Rails* MongoDB* Backbone.js* Rspec/Capybara* Heroku

We are looking for great people over a specific role, and great hackers over experience with any specific language.

We are mostly from Australia so happy to sponsor international candidates looking to move to the Bay Area.

Want to make a big impact at a small, fast-growth company? Send me anything you think might be relevant to ned@tweaky.com

Peroni 15 hours ago 0 replies      
London, UK. Full-time Ruby / Rails Developers

globaldev.co.uk are the team behind the worlds leading social discovery and dating company.

You'd be hard pushed to find another environment where you get to work on such a range of challenges. Everything from everyday web development, through to full on engineering on our RabbitMQ based email system that pushes out millions of emails every single day.

Our team regularly speak at various tech events and one of our engineers was one of the headline speakers at EuRuKo last weekend so you'll be working alongside engineers who actively participate in improving the Ruby community.

We have a development team based right next to Waterloo station in London and our HQ is in Windsor, Berkshire. We don't mind what office you choose to work in.

You can find a full job spec here: http://globalpersonals.theresumator.com/apply/3BSEPp/Ruby-En...

We're also on the lookout for a full-time, permanent developer in test to join our team so if you know anyone, send them my way.

Email me if you'd rather not apply on our site or if you just want to find out more about the role or the company: sbuckley@globaldev.co.uk

bdickason 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Shapeways, New York NY - Full time

Shapeways is a platform for anyone to make, buy, or sell anything they can dream up using 3D Printing. You can upload a 3D Model, make it available for sale, and never have to worry about inventory, etc. We offer materials such as Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel, Ceramics, and handle all aspects of manufacturing, supply chain and distribution.

In other words, we're building the tools that let other people design physical products.

We're looking for a User Interface Designer who can take ideas from idea to execution. Ability to prototype a must.

Full job listing: http://www.shapeways.com/jobs/user_interface_designer

To apply, please send resume and portfolio to: jobs@shapeways.com

illsorted 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Endicia (Palo Alto, CA or Fargo, ND):Openings:

- Web Developer (details below)

- Project Manager

- QA Engineer

- QA Manager


As a Web Developer on our Web team working from either of our 2 offices, Palo Alto, CA or Fargo, ND, your primary job will be to architect, develop, and maintain high-performance Endicia sites. These include Web sites, mobile applications, intranets, CMS, and e-Commerce solutions. This role requires a responsible individual who can balance multiple projects that involve working with database interfaces, customer-facing account management applications, internal applications, and reporting systems. The technology stack was recently rebuilt using jQuery and ASP.NET MVC as the primary platforms. Building new features and evolving the system will be your primary duty. You will be interacting with other project resources such as user interface, database and systems engineers and will need to be able to help manage the flow of work.

Your expertise with ASP.NET, C#, SQL, HTML and JavaScript will be critical as the primary developer of this highly scalable site. Solid knowledge of front-end technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX and preferably, development experience with ASP.NET MVC or other enterprise scale .Net architectures will round out your technical skill set. Recently, your focus should have been at least partially on building pixel perfect public-facing transactional sites or applications that can scale to accommodate millions of users. Previous experience developing enterprise level web based software, and superb written and verbal communication skills, will serve you well. You will meet with fellow team members to understand client requirements; pair with an internal design and project management team to facilitate development, and write technical specifications and other documentation for the best-in-class site(s) you will create. Your ability to see the big picture and design and implement cost-effective solutions will ensure your professional growth here. You will position yourself for career advancement by integrating seamlessly into our tight-knit team and taking the lead on development efforts. This is your opportunity to join one of the top internet companies in the nation and create best-in-class sites that will be viewed by millions of users.


- 5+ years of applicable experience

- Professional and possess excellent interpersonal and written communication skills

- Passionate about technology and have a strong desire to learn

- Knowledge of HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and have hand-coded pages.

- Knowledge of the latest front end packages / libraries used in the .Net world (jQuery, MSAJAX, Teleric, etc.) and have recent experience with ASP.NET MVC Framework.

- Excellent skills in C# .net and good experience with coding complex business logic with terabytes of data

- Proficient with Microsoft T-SQL or other SQL language. Comfortable with architecting and specifying database structures

- Deep knowledge of object-oriented design and programming (OOP) techniques.

- Desire to work with the best of the best web team, a variety of leading brands, the latest technologies

- Experience with Enterprise CMS Packages is a big plus

- Experience developing enterprise class Web applications either as a consultant or in house BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent and relevant work experience

Please have good examples of your previous work to show.

Submit resume/samples/questions to neils@endicia.com

nfriedly 8 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco

Sociable Labs is looking for a platform engineer. We're on a Java / PostgreSQL / EC2 stack - not the sexiest, but rock solid.

Our service is essentially smarter, better-integrated Facebook widgets offering things like login, commenting, event RSVP, etc., all appearing as if they were a built-in feature of the site.

Our customers love us - from Warner Brothers to L'Oral Paris, No More Rack to NFL. We aim to make our product dead-simple to deploy and have multiple case studies showing significant ROI.

Benefits include unlimited vacation, work-from-home-Fridays, paid conferences, weekly office happy hours, and an awesome, dependable team.

We love open source and we're happy to give back whenever appropriate.

See http://www.sociablelabs.com/careers/ for more info or email nathan@<company site> if you have any questions.

mdilawari 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Backend/Big Data Engineer - Boston, MA

http://www.localytics.com jobs@localytics.com

Critical Role to help us architect our Big Data solutions. The backend's team primary language is Scala, however we write a lot of ruby as well.

You will work on our data processing pipeline and internal APIs which handle hundreds of gigabytes every day from millions of phones. This is a chance to work on challenges of scale in a motivated, fast growing team. This is an important role that will have a significant impact on the direction of our product and technology.

We value passion and ability over experience so while we are looking for candidates who have a background in big data and distributed systems, we are willing to invest in a team member with a passion for learning. Saying that, here are some requirements:

* Bachelors in Computer Science / related field or equivalent work experience

* Experience with some or all of the following: Amazon Web Services, Analytics, Big Data, Chef, Distributed Systems, Hadoop, MongoDB, Scala

* A focus on scaling horizontally rather than vertically

* Passion for and ability to thrive in a fast-paced start-up environment

* Ability to learn quickly and work independently

* An understanding of data structures

* Ability to reason about performance tradeoffs

niklas_a 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Android, Windows and OS X developers @ Instabridge, Stockholm, Sweden remote OK, full time, intern ok

We're building the world's best wifi client and the largest wifi network on the planet. We're looking for great developers to join our team. You'll be one of the first hires at a well funded startup backed by some of Europe's leading investors.

Is that you? Contact us at thatsme@instabridge.comhttp://www.instabridge.com

SendGrid 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Anaheim, CA (Orange County/OC) or Boulder/Denver, CO (full-time)

SendGrid http://www.sendgrid.com


We've revolutionized the cloud-based transactional email space by efficiently powering the infrastructure for tens of thousands of companies that rely on us to send millions of emails every day. We have been growing really fast since launching in 2009, and we want you to be part of the awesome company we are building.


All Jobs - http://sendgrid.com/careers.html

Software Engineers

DevOps Engineer

QA Engineer

Technical Writer


Ruby on Rails, Python on Twistd,, MySql,Linux, SOA, Agile (We are technology agnostic - doesn't matter what you currently code in)


If you don't see what you're looking for here, reach out to us. We're always looking for talented, happy, hungry, honest, and humble people.

-Socrate- soc@sendgrid.com

wellingtonwu 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Philadelphia, PA - Leadnomics, Philly's fastest growing company is hiring Node.JS Developers! (Open to Relo)

To Apply: Follow this link http://www.leadnomics.com/about/#hiring OR send your resume to wwu@leadnomics.com

Leadnomics is a fast-growing, innovative, online marketing company. We generate customers (leads) for large companies including financial institutions, online schools and insurance companies. We employ industry standards for best-practices and deliver high volumes of quality leads at competitive prices. Our team represents some of the leading minds in search, email, social, development and more. We dont punch a clock or work in suits but each person knows their role and has the power to influence the direction and success of our company everyday.

Leadnomics is one of the fastest growing start-ups in Philadelphia. We launched in 2008 and have grown our revenue at over 500% per year. Our office is conveniently located in the Cira Centre next to 30th Street Station. We are a short walk from the heart of Center City and accessible by public transportation.

Position Overview:

We are looking for a Sr. Software Engineer to take on a role on our core dev team. Our team is comprised of talented engineers who are passionate about designing, creating and delivering highly scalable solutions for our core, lead management platform. Leadnomics is recognized as not only the 26th fastest growing company in the country, but as an industry leader in the on-line marketing, lead generation space. We cultivate and deliver real-time leads through targeted ad campaigns via our publisher network to some of the top companies in the Financial Services and Auto Insurance verticals. Our platform currently handles hundreds of thousands transactions each day from our partners all over the world.

Your job:

-Design and develop high-performance distributed services for our next-generation platform-Assist team in delivering solutions to fuel growth, scalability and sustainability of our platform.-Generalize and simplify technical solutions to solve multiple needs using the best-in-breed tools and technologies.-Consistently research, innovate and implement improvements to expand the capacity of the platform.

Your background:

-Experience designing, writing and deploying scalable software-Experience hand-coding server side Javascript-A track record of solving problems and getting things done-Strong proficiency with data structures and back-end systems-Experience dealing wtih scalability issues-Professional experience with low-level optimizing, tuning and debugging for performance-Top-notch expertise in at least one relevant technology-Highly productive developer in open source languages, with functional programming experience

Your toolbox:

Node.jsAWSHerokuJavascriptasynch I/OPHPMemcachedLinux

Our Environment:

We're a small company with an awesome view of the Philadelphia skyline, a fully stocked refrigerator and snack cabinet, catered lunch on Mondays, a plethora of office toys, and (weve been told) the best office parties in Philly!

Benefits include:

Highly competitive compensationGenerous paid time offPremium medical and dental insurance for employees401(k)Catered LunchesFully stocked kitchen w/ craft beers too!Friendly Fun, Diverse, Hard Working Environment

johnabowen 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems http://tyvak.com Irvine, CA Embedded Software Engineer

Tyvak provides Nano-Satellite and CubeSat space vehicle products and services that target advanced state-of-the-art capabilities for government and commercial customers to support operationally and scientifically relevant missions.

We build high performance small satellites using commercial off the shelf components running Linux. Our team is currently 11 engineers in various disciplines. Youd be the 12th and the second with a full time embedded software focus.

Were looking for someone with specialization in embedded software development, preferably with experience in mobile and low-power SOC platforms, such as OMAP, DaVinci, and SAM series.

A full job description is available at http://tyvak.com/careers. Please respond to HR@tyvak.com if youre interested.

markhelo 8 hours ago 0 replies      
WELLO - San Francisco, CA - UX Design Lead

At Wello (https://www.wello.com), we are rethinking how people get fit. We are bringing the Gym to your home over live video. The fitness options today work for the highly motivated but not for the rest which is evident in the rising obesity rates in the country.

We want you to come help us design our user experiences. Our users are across all age groups, some who are fit and some who are wanting to be more fit. Our design challenge is to build a product that makes it really easy for users to do a workout from end-to-end by getting out of their way and wowing them with the experience.

We think any of our team mates should have the following traits. Hardworking, analytical and a great sense of humor. They should be serious about their work, but not take themselves too seriously. We recommend that you try our product so you can tell us how you can make us better.

Our customers love us. Every 2 out of 3 users who works out with one of our trainers comes back for more. We graduated from Rock Health in Spring and have some great investors who get marketplaces such as ours. We make money when users pay to workout with a trainer. And our prices are a fraction of the gym costs thanks to efficiencies we provide. This also means we are lowering the cost for our customers.

We use our own platform to keep ourselves healthy. We are a small team, so your impact and influence on our culture will be huge. We love the Netflix philosophy of context and control.

Contact us at jobs@wello.com or ping me at amol@wello.com with your resume.

leif 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Lexington, MA - Tokutek (http://www.tokutek.com/)

Full-time testing/QA engineer. Use whatever you like to break our software in interesting ways. We want someone who can build out and own testing for the long term. MySQL and/or MongoDB experience would be great. C/C++ even better but definitely not necessary.

You'll be responsible for designing and implementing new test infrastructure for both correctness and performance, you'll be in direct contact with our VP of Engineering, Tim Callaghan, as well as most of us engineers.

We're a highly technical storage systems company, with two flagship products that share a highly-tuned core: TokuDB, a storage engine for MySQL, and TokuMX, a fork of MongoDB. We currently have 6 core engineers, plus Tim.

Email us at {leif,tim} at tokutek dot com.

Tell your friends!

nfelger 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Interaction / Interface Designer EyeQuant.com Berlin, Germany

EyeQuant is a SaaS company that uses neuroscience and machine learning to optimize interfaces for higher conversion rates. We're spun out of Caltech, our customers include Google and Spotify and we're backed by some fantastic investors.

We're now looking for our first full-time designer to join our team of 7 in Berlin. You'd be responsible for all interaction and visual design in our products.

Here's what we think is important about the role:

     Code  You won't be expected to write production code, but you should know      your medium well: what's possible with HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and what's easy       or hard. Most importantly, you know how to communicate effectively with your       developer peers.     User research  You should care deeply about the people you're designing for,       and willing to get involved in research. If you're passionate about running       guerilla user research for the team yourself, that's great, but not a       requirement.       Interaction vs. visual design  All else being equal, we prefer someone who is       great at organising information and making complex flows feel simple over       someone whose core strength is crafting beautiful interfaces. We're a small       team though, so you will be doing a bit of both. 
All that said, none of us come from a design background, so we'd love to hear from you if you disagree with any of the above and think you'd be a fit!

You should come with an interest in quantitative evaluation of design efforts - both with our own products and A/B testing. If you think that's heresy, you won't be happy at EyeQuant. If you believe that design and science have a lot to learn from each other, you'll have a shot at shaping the very industry itself.

Get in touch at: niko@eyequant.com

khinrichs 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Mobile Application Developer -- iOS and/or AndroidFull-time Position

BrickSimple LLC (http://bricksimple.com) is a leading developer of next generation web, mobile,and wearable computing applications. Our talented creative team develops custom solutions andproducts that leverage current mobile/tablet computing and powerful emerging technologies.

If you're an Android, iOS, and/or HTML5 developer that wants to build some awesome stuff, BrickSimple is a great place to do it.

Core Tech Skills:

o Android, iOS, and/or HTML5o Java and/or Objective Co SQL, Databases, Storageo Web service experience (JSON/REST)o Responsive web design is a pluso SCORE MULTIPLIERS: OpenGL, AR, Glass Mirror API, Custom Kernels

Other Requirements:

o Excellent Communication skillso Self-directed learner - ability to pick up new technology/frameworks/skill sets/etco Ability to work individually or as part of a tight talented teamo 3 years+ development experienceo 1 year+ mobile development

Our main office is located in the heart of downtown Doylestown, PA. Public transportation(SEPTA bus and regional rail) is available. Our employees can walk out the front door to morethan two dozen dining options.

As a company that's been around for more than a decade, we offer a competitive salary andexcellent benefits (heath, dental, 401k). If you're tired of the cube life or being a consulting loneranger, give us a shout. BrickSimple is committed to innovation and its a great opportunity to workwith a talented team.

Corporate Culture:

o Open bullpen office modelo Tech Lunch discussions of new technologieso Corporate Movie Outings, LAN Gaming eventso Conference participation including WWDC, Google I/O, GDCo Technical executive team that still writes code


o Salary is commensurate with experience and competitiveo Healthcare, Dental, Life/Disability, 401k

If you're interested, please send your resume along with why you think you'd be a good fit to jobs@bricksimple.com

mikek 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Streak - San Francisco, CA

Front end, back end and mobile devs


ivyirwin 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Austin, TX. Python Web Developers. Andrew Harper LLC

For 34 years, Andrew Harper has been the leader in high-end, unbiased, luxury travel reviews. We are starting a new chapter in our business focusing on changing the way travelers research, book, and enjoy extraordinary trips.

Technologically this translates to ambitious projects founded on our core data, exposed via an open API. With this foundation we are building a suite of rich HTML5 apps, intelligent machine learning algorithms, and cutting edge products and services for the sophisticated traveler.

Were hiring two full-stack python developers to help lead our growing web team. Ideal candidates will be able to contribute to the vision of our development roadmap, translate functional requirements into technical specifications, and understand how to prioritize features to deliver top notch products on deadline.

Andrew Harper offers competitive salaries and great benefits -- including a personal travel fund. Please send inquiries to isentilles[at]andrewharper.com and include HN in the subject line to be considered.

noahbrier 10 hours ago 0 replies      
New York, NY. Full time. We're looking for jr & sr python engineers and jr & sr frontend (js/backbone) engineers.

Percolate is a very quickly growing SAAS company in NYC. We are building a tool that helps brands create content across social. What makes us unique is that we're the only platform that doesn't already assume a brand knows what to say. To help them figure that out we pull data from across the web and make recommendations on interesting content (whether their own or third-party) that might be interesting at any moment.

We're looking for backend (all levels) and frontend engineers (we run backbone.js alongside our RESTful API) to join the team (the company is 50, product team is currently at ~20). On the backend, we're especially interested in folks with good experience working with lots of data and excited to build real-time systems.

Here's thirteen reasons why you should come work here: (1) Your chance to work with big data (2) You come in early: We're only a year-and-a-half old (3) As we get bigger, you will be able to focus on what you are good at (4) We are all different and we love it (5) GPL compliant company (6) You choose your workstation (7) You choose your tools (8) No worries, free your mind: NY salary + medical + dental (9) No vacation policy (we don't count the # of days you take in a year) (10) Company invests in you: Fly to PyCon and other conferences (11) We prefer quality over quantity: Focus on clean code and test coverage (12) Your voice will be heard (13) Every employee gets salary + equity

Lots more info about us at our new about pages: http://percolate.com/about

If you're interested email us at jobs@percolate.com or apply at http://percolate.com/about/jobs/

If you have any questions you can email me (I'm co-founder and CEO) directly at noah@percolate.com. Thanks.

ryen 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Ochre, Inc - New York, NY - INTERN www.theochre.com/jobs

You will work closely with our engineering team to develop the next generation in online video. You'll have the ability to work on projects that immediately affect our clients and partners in the media and advertising industries.

We use Python/Django for web server side tasks and a host of other technologies to get the job done. Our custom video delivery system utilizes the latest in HTML5 video (and Flash where appropriate) for web and mobile devices. The successful candidate will have the ability to touch all areas of our client and server technology solutions.


- Enrolled in a CS program, or related discipline at a 4-year school

- Knowledge of the Python programming language preferred or similar server-side dynamic language

- Knowledge of Django web framework or similar frameworks.

- Basic knowledge of Unix/Linux command line and ssh.

- Ability to learn quickly and work independently

Stipend available for qualified applicants Send your resume to info@theochre.com

farhanlalji 12 hours ago 0 replies      

Where there's muck there's brass. We're a London based startup in the engineering supplies or Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) industry - glamourous isn't it?

Truth is, this is a billion pound market with a huge opportunity to be disruptive and take market share from slow moving incumbents.

Why work with us? In the equally glamourous Vauxhall area of London we're building a community and a company for the ages and we're hiring!

What you should be confident with:C# and ASP.NET HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XMLVisual StudioSQL Server 2008 R2 - including database creation, design, alteration, stored procedures, triggers, index optimisation, bulk import and exportIdeally:JQuery, AJAX, JSON, XSLT, XQuery, MVC, cXML, HTTPS

Competitive salary and more

rubyrescue 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Inaka is hiring iOS and Android devs in Atlanta, GA (and Buenos Aires, Argentina). We build very popular mobile apps for funded startups and media brands.I'm setting up an Atlanta office and we're looking for our first development hire in the US. If you like mobile apps, wouldn't mind the idea of travel to Latin America (or North America if you're in Argentina), email me - chad@inaka.net.
gabeh 13 hours ago 0 replies      
WellTok, based in downtown Denver, is hiring experienced full stack Ruby on Rails engineers to work on a real problem that will require innovation: fix healthcare. You will have the opportunity to directly affect many peoples lives in positive ways. Welltoks pioneering Social Health Management solution CafWell makes it fun and more rewarding to get and stay healthy through incentives; social networking; advice from experts, peers and veteran professional athletes; fun health challenges with family members and co-workers; and reliable health and fitness information.

We are a well-funded, rapidly growing, early stage company still building out the core-engineering group in which you will have a real impact. We are not looking for someone who just follows orders and writes code, we want someone who is passionate about collaboration and influencing features in our products. We believe our small cross-functional teams working in short iterations with direct involvement with the business are major ingredients to our proven value.

You are able to design and build solutions at multiple levels of the technology stack. You will be supported by a strong engineering team that will push you to become better at your craft.


You are proficient working with Ruby on Rails; were currently on 3.2.x and we like CoffeeScript and Haml.

You are passionate about testing your code, not only to catch bugs but as a process that produces better design; we like rspec.

Proven experience developing web-based applications which are used by real people right now.

You have a solid understanding of Computer Science fundamentals and distributed, scalable systems.

You know the operating systems (*nix) you use to develop and run your code on intimately.

You are able to identify and solve problems related to the development and production operating systems your code runs on; we use AWS for most of our infrastructure needs.

You are personable and enjoy working and socializing with colleagues. You work well in a team and enhance the performance of other engineers by sharing and educating them on the areas you have the greatest expertise in.


We respect you more than to try to lure you in with promises of MacBooks, snacks, or any of that junk (dont worry you will get a MacBook and snacks). We will pay you what you could get elsewhere and then make joining us an easy decision with a generous, well-defined bonus program. On top of this we offer the kinds of benefits that help us hire and keep the best people, like: Health/Dental/Vision Insurance, 401k, etc.


Introduce yourself (resume, websites, github profile, etc.) to gabe.hesse@welltok.com. If were interested youll hear back from us within 48 hours.

mzone 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Machine Zone - Mobile Gaming Startup (YC 2008) - Fulltime in Palo Alto, CA


We are focused on creating the most engaging free-to-play mobile social games in the world. After launching in 2008 with Y Combinator, Machine Zone has seen explosive annual growth with its highly successful free-to-play games, including iMob, Original Gangstaz, Global War, iMob 2, Race or Die 2, and new releases on the horizon. To date, the company has well over 40 million downloads of their iPhone games. We operate profitably and have raised two rounds of funding from Anthos Capital, Baseline Ventures, and Menlo Ventures.

Winner of the Crunchies Award (Techcrunch), we are a unique, highly talented and ambitious team of free-to-play game experts and rock-star engineers, all focused on building highly engaging mobile experiences for its gamers. We continue to expand our teams and look for top talent around the world to build not only the most exciting technical and social projects in mobile gaming, but to help create the best gaming company.

We are currently looking for any and all sharp, driven engineers but are particularly interested in people with backgrounds in:

-DevOps/Systems Engineering

-MySQL Database Administration or Business Intelligence

-C++ Game Development

-SDK Architecture

We pay competitively and have excellent perks (including catered dinners, free massages and house cleaning services, snacks, etc.)

If you are interested please shoot a quick email with your resume and any relevant links to akoike@machinezone.com

JshWright 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Systems Administration - Remote

Silent Circle is looking for a (Debian Linux) systems administrator. We're cool with remote (we currently have folks in half a dozen different countries).

Feel free to email me (josh@silentcircle.com) if you have any questions, or just send rsums etc to jobs@silentcircle.com.

salar 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. No remote work must be able and willing to work at our Amsterdam office.

Silk (www.silkapp.com) is looking for Full-stack and Front-end engineers. We're looking for people who enjoy and know how to build great things that in run in the browser in Javascript.

We're building a product that makes it easy for people to create sites with content that is easy to query, visualize and share. On a deeper level, our vision is to bring the semantic web to the masses and build an amazing company around that.

We're working on many interesting and challenging problems, with a custom-built Haskell graph-database on the back-end and a cutting-edge Functional Reactive client-side framework in Javascript on the front-end. We are well-funded by top-tier VCs (NEA and Atomico) and are located in the city center of Amsterdam.


paulormg 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Chaordic Systems (http://www.chaordicsystems.com) - Florianpolis, Brazil | Full-time, intern, work permit (H1B-equivalent) and relocation assistance provided.

Chaordic is a fast-growing but already established Brazilian startup leading the field of online recommendations in Brazil. We currently serve tens of millions users and billions of requests per month from all over Brazil. Sounds interesting? We're hiring passionate and fun people from all over the world. :-) We're also open for internships of master and PhD students.

We have a multidisciplinary and diverse team, composed of engineers, computer scientists, designers and researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence, mathematics and user experience. Want to work with the latest distributed systems, big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence technologies? Have a look in some of our open positions:

- Full Stack Developer (https://chaordic.recruiterbox.com/jobs/21194/)

- Big Data Scientist (https://chaordic.recruiterbox.com/jobs/10317)

- Back End Developer (https://chaordic.recruiterbox.com/jobs/20345/)

- Front End Developer (https://chaordic.recruiterbox.com/jobs/20350/)

Other positions and application available @ https://chaordic.recruiterbox.com/

Lots of nice perks including free food, health and dental care, a fun office and startup-like atmosphere in one of Brazilian top surfing and ecotourism destinations, Florianpolis: http://brazilecojourneys.com/about_florianopolis.php

Still interested? :) Have a look in our new office, with a complete BAR with beer fridge, video games, pool and poker tables, located in the coolest neighborhood in town: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.506441866066436.107...

Want to know a bit more about us or have any questions? drop me a note on paulo.motta ^at* chaordicsystems.com



lancenl 11 hours ago 0 replies      
GlobalSign - Portsmouth, NH - Full Time Technical Support

Who we are:GlobalSign was formed in 1996 as one of the Internets original trust service providers (you probably know us as a Certificate Authority). Over the years we have issued millions of digital certificates that have been used to secure commerce and communication on the Internet. Our solutions take the pain out of using cryptography and help organizations solve complex problems with increased productivity and peace of mind.

What we are doing:How trust is bootstrapped on the internet hasn't changed much since 1996 -- we are fixing that!

We're looking for someone fitting these characteristics:Fanatical about customer service & love working directly with customers and end users.Tech Geek and troubleshooting expert. Your friends and family always call you with their computer issues.You have a voracious appetite for learning and teaching technology. (Bonus points for any completed Coursera, Udacity, edX, or other self-directed learning courses)Versed in both corporate IT environments as well as modern web technologies. (Serious bonus points for REST API experience!)You enjoy working to bridge gaps between business requirements and technical capabilities.Excellent communicator youre known for your high degree of empathy and listening skills, but also to your ability to explain complicated concepts and ideas to a wide audience in both written and spoken methods. You have suburb organization and time-management skills. Your inbox is a hallmark of productivity.Design minded you think about why processes, interfaces, products and systems are designed the way they are and youre constantly thinking about ways they could be better.You can operate successfully without explicit direction on required tasks to achieve general objectives. Youre able to view the organizations' goals in context and tailor your efforts and direction appropriately.

Please email jobs@globalsign.com for more details.

Robingow1 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Addepar is Hiring - Engineers - Mountain View, Ca

Who we are: Engineers rebuilding the infrastructure that powers global finance. Current technology in the space is broken and opaque, it empowers scandals like Bernie Madoff to go on for a decade while $64 billion vanishes from the economy, affecting endowments, institutions, and notable individuals. Our platform provides increased transparency, allowing for better decisions and furthering meritocracy in the multi-trillion dollar wealth management industry. We free data from disparate silos and build tools for advanced analysis and decision making.

Addepar is an engineering-led company. Weve designed our perks around enabling great technologists to build. Hiring Ember.js developers and generalist engineers.

Join us: Careers.addepar.com Or email R2 [at] Addepar [dot] com

jermy 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Forbidden Technologies - Wimbledon, London, UK

We're still looking for an R&D manager to take over the technical lead and management of a growing team working on developing FORscene, the market leading professional cloud-based video editing system.

Technology is a combination of C/C++ for video compression and processing, Java for editing interfaces (Web applet and Android), and python for everything else.

Wimbledon has good transport links, and ideal for anybody based in the South-West of London and not wanting to commute into the city. Competitive salary and share options (we're a listed company - FBT on AIM).

See http://www.forbidden.co.uk/company/jobs/ for more details.

fblp 14 hours ago 0 replies      
>>> G'day.

Sydney - Australia - http://feedbackloop.com.au/jobs - seeking front end developer with UX flair and/or javascript mastery.

Remote or we'll help you come work in Sydney (we currently have Europeans and Americans in our Sydney office)

We make software that helps business build trust and increase sales with testimonials.

We've been funded by government, universities and we've got a bit of press (see our last newsletter at http://fbk.io/fbknews1)

We sometimes dress up as Kangaroos to sell our software. Photos at http://www.facebook.com/feedbacklp

* testimonials from our team and apply for more awesome at http://feedbackloop.com.au/jobs

kanny96 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Boston - Cognii - Full-time, Intern

NLP Engineer

Cognii is an ed-tech startup solving the assessment problem. We are seeking a very bright and talented NLP engineer. In this role, you will be responsible for advancing the state of the company's automated grading technology to solve practical problems in the educational technology. The position demands a person who has broad interests and is motivated to design and implement improvements to the companys system. Some of the responsibilities include:

Design and implement algorithms for educational assessment

Do data analysis for different requirements.

Write different scripts and tools to measure the performances

Maintain the assessment system.

Contribute to technical documentation of data analysis systems, solutions and results


The ideal candidate will have the following:

MS or PhD in computer science or related discipline

Strong background in statistical modeling and machine learning

Extensive experience programming in C/C++

Proficiency with SQL, Ruby and Matlab.

Experience in analyzing data using statistical/psychometric techniques

Demonstrate a willingness to learn and apply a wide range of technologies

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Please send your application with the CV to jobs@cognii.com with the title "[NLP Engineer] YOUR NAME"


nathanh 11 hours ago 0 replies      
New York, NY (full-time)

Mobile Engineers

Kinsa - We're on a mission to track and stop the spread of disease. http://kinsahealth.com

Did you ever wish you could save lives by doing what you do best? At Kinsa, you can. Were looking for help transforming how people care for themselves and their families.

Please contact nathan@kinsahealth.com if you're interested and check out http://kinsahealth.com for a bit more background.

monological 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Hi all,

I created an HN Job Board at http://hnjobs.org/

I posted a few of the jobs from here already. Please check it out and tell me what you think.

rvivek 13 hours ago 2 replies      
Interviewstreet (YC S11) is hiring in MountainView & Bangalore.

Our mission is to connect great talent with great opportunities in the fastest and efficient way.

We have two products -

a. One for enterprises (interviewstreet.com) which helps companies to screen programmers effectively using coding challenges. It's used by leading technology companies like Facebook, Amazon, Walmart, Box, Evernote, Palantir, Groupon, etc.

b. Build the community of programmers in different domains of Computer Science at hackerrank.com. Every hacker has one type of challenge in a particular domain (AI or ML or functional programming, etc.) that really intrigues him/her. We are building the centralized platform for the most interesting problems across these domains from novice to real-world.

Fast forward 3-5 years, we will be a company with thousands of technology companies as our customers and a million programmers in HackerRank building one of the most effective and fun platform for talent. The result is much bigger than just jobs but an aggregation of the "brains" of all the problem solvers - hugely powerful.

We are well-funded by YC, Khosla ventures, Jawed Karim and many more. We are a team of 23, fast growing and hiring across different roles - hackers, sales, marketing, etc.

If you're interested, please e-mail team [at] interviewstreet with your strongest forte and biggest failure. We'll take it forward from there.

Looking forward to working with you - Vivek, co-founder, interviewstreet

bootstraponline 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Boston, MA. Senior QA Engineer Automation

This role participates in a new enterprise-wide software quality assurance function that will drive SQA automation and promote the adoption and sharing of best practices across multiple business units that are engaged in software development.


The successful candidate will work with business units to create automation and promote the sharing and adoption of best practices. To accomplish this, the Engineer will engage in a variety of functions:

- Participate in tool selection and create an automated test framework.

- Build automated (and some manual) tests for web and mobile solutions (iOS, Android, Windows).

- Develop and execute detailed test cases and automated test scripts.

- Establish automated functional and regression testing procedures.

- Create automated performance testing plans and test scenarios.

- Assist in defining Quality Assurance policies and process improvements.

- Train and mentor QA team members in automated testing and best practices.

Experience & Expertise

- Minimum three years quality assurance experience with web and mobile technologies / platforms.

- Strong experience with automation tools, preferably Selenium WebDriver, Ruby, Appium, Node.js, and other open-source tools. Focus on coding rather than record/playback.

- Knowledge of QA Procedures and Methodology, and Agile / SDLC.

- Performance testing experience is strongly preferred.

- Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

- Ability to set priorities and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; and

- Ability to successfully work independently and in a team environment, build peer-to-peer relationships; typically work with several departments in the organization.

Location: Boston, MA

About Aquent: For 20+ years Aquent has led the way in transforming how companies find and utilize marketing and creative talent to execute their brand strategies. Aquents pioneering approach to staffing and services has helped thousands of companies -- including two-thirds of the Fortune 500 and 90 of the Fortune 100 -- build their internal marketing and communications capabilities. Today Aquent has 45 offices across the globe and is headquartered in Boston, Mass.

How to apply

Email your resume to nkotsifas@aquent.com


khitchdee 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Part-time / Full-time, Allahabad (India) rohit@khitchdee.com http://www.khitchdee.com 4 years old. Building an iPad recording studio app for Indian music.
mjewkes 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Halifax, Canada. Canadian needed. REMOTE possible.Twisted Oak Studios is looking for a strong developer interested in project management for our 4 year old worker-owned consulting company.

Our company's focus is high-tech interactive projects. Over the past year, our work has included game development (particularly in Unity 3D), graphics/shader programming, and language and audio processing. Were mostly platform agnostic (mobile, desktop, embedded, custom hardware). We dont do much web tech.

We're interested in working with people who care about their craft. Ideally this includes thinking at both the design level:

- data driven work estimation

- keeping long term technical requirements in mind

- thinking about how a piece of work contributes to product/project end-value

And the implementation level:

- code standards

- readability

- maintainability

- exploring new effective development paradigms & techniques.

For this position wed like to hear a little bit about you, see something that youve worked on that youre proud of, and hear about how you approach large-ish projects with a team.

We offer strong compensation, prioritize developer quality of life (limiting work-weeks, flexible hours), and do varied interesting work. Lots of opportunities and support for professional development and side-projects.

Lastly, if the relationship is great after 6-12 months, well want to transition away from wages in to shared-ownership.

Hit me up at jobs@twistedoakstudios.com. Im committed to responding to every serious note I receive.

micahalles 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Detroit MI - Atomic Object http://atomicobject.com/detroit

Give a shit.

Make great things.

Love your job.

* Developer (http://detroit.atomicobject.com/software-developer.html)

* Designer (http://detroit.atomicobject.com/software-designer.html)

* Managing Partner (http://detroit.atomicobject.com/img/AtomicObjectDetroitManag...)

Apply at detroit.jobs AT atomicobject.com

psychometry 11 hours ago 0 replies      
doggyloot in Chicago is hiring a Director of Technology/Lead Rails developer:

doggyloot is the leading website for the discovery of dog-related products and has hundreds of thousands of members that visit its website. doggyloot is a well-funded, VC-backed startup that was founded within the Startup Foundry at Sandbox Industries in early 2011.


nckpark 6 hours ago 0 replies      
NYC - iOS / Mobile Developer - Incomparable Things

We are a three person team just out of the Nike+ Accelerator powered by TechStars and moving fast towards launch. Our product provides a new way for people to discover and share outdoor adventures that get them active and feeling alive.

You are an engineer with proven experience on iOS, as well as a passion for taking on new technologies across the stack and learning fast. You want a position that offers a significant role and responsibility in shaping product, opportunities for growth and leadership, and meaningful equity.

We're looking for the right fit to grow our team and contribute to our culture. Contact nick@incomparablethings.com for more information and to get to know us a little better.

tsandall 12 hours ago 2 replies      
JOB TITLE: Application Software Developer

LOCATION: Telecommute, Petaluma, San Francisco, Vancouver (Canada)

DEPARTMENT: Engineering


As an application software developer at Cyan you work in an agile development environment and thus are enabled to make an immediate contribution to our products and customers. Newly developed features could be released to a live production site in a matter of days. We are looking for smart people to solve hard problems. You will handle a wide array of tasks ranging from prototyping new techniques and technologies, to developing test automation, and supporting our growing customer base. You are expected to write quality code with high availability for large-scale applications in a carrier-class networking environment. You will have the opportunity to work with newer technologies including Python/Django, Graph/NoSQL Databases, Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and HTML5.


Cyan is looking to hire numerous developers with varying experience levels. Please apply if you satisfy most of the following:

A solid foundation in computer science, with strong competencies in data structures, algorithms, and software designExperience with both static language (e.g. C/C++/C#/Java) and dynamic languages (e.g. Python/Ruby/Perl/Lisp/JavaScript)Experience with programming in LinuxExperience in large systems software development or client application developmentExperience with database systems and multi-threaded / multi-process applicationsProficiency in web server architectures is desiredExperience in an Agile Development Methodology is desired

Employment Visa Status: Candidates currently authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply.

Contact jobs[at]cyaninc.com or visit http://www.cyaninc.com/

Thank you for your interest!

adnam 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Barcelona, Spain - yuilop.com.

We're looking for engineers to work on our real-time communication software, hacking Java, erlang, SIP/VoIP, Android and node.js. More info: http://yuilop.com/intl/jobs/

Must have permission to work in EU. Contact adam -(at)- yuilop`dot`com

stuherbert 13 hours ago 0 replies      
DataSift in Reading, UK - C++, PHP, Technical Architect, Product Management, Operations, QA, and more

For details, follow this link: http://jobvite.com/m?3rPiWgwf

DataSift helps you find the social conversations that you're interested in - in real-time, or from our historics archive. We are one of only three companies in the world currently licensed to resell the Twitter firehose, and across all of our sources, we handle over 6,000 new pieces of data a second. We've grown out of Tweetmeme, the inventors of the 'retweet' button. We've raised 30 million USD in funding to date. Our engineering is based in leafy Reading in the UK, with our sales and corporate HQ in San Francisco.

We're technology-agnostic - if it works, we're using it - and you can see our technical architecture diagram on Slide 13 of this presentation: https://speakerdeck.com/stuartherbert/storyplayer?slide=13

We're successful and growing fast, and are looking to hire in multiple areas!

* Technical Architect, to work on scaling our Hadoop cluster to the next stage

* Senior C++ Engineer, to work on the runtime engine of our realtime filtering enginer

* PHP Engineer, to work on a variety of internal services supporting our data pipelines

* Senior Developer in QA, to work on our in-house testing tools

* Operations Engineer, to work on managing our servers and deployments

... and many more roles besides: http://jobvite.com/m?3rPiWgwf

Like everyone else on this thread, we think we're a great place to work ;-) with an extremely low turnover of staff. But most of all, what we can offer is the opportunity to work on one of the largest and most interesting platforms of any startup here in the UK, as part of one of the highest-quality teams of any startup here in the UK.

Any questions, ping me on Twitter: @stuherbert

billyvg 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Woopra (http://www.woopra.com/) - San Francisco, CA Leading customer analytics company.

We just moved to a new bigger space in the heart of SoMa SF (1 block away from the caltrain station). We're looking to fill a few positions:

* Frontend Engineer

* Sysop Engineer

* Software Engineer (Java)

* UI/UX Designer

* Sales Specialist

To apply, visit http://www.woopra.com/careers/ or email us at careers@woopra.com.

clieu 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Clustrix - San Francisco or Seattle

Clustrix has developed a scalable relational database from the ground up, leveraging massively parallel processing and distributed computing to help solve one of the harder problems in modern IT -- how to scale a database. Our solution requires no sharding, no specialized application code, and applies the latest and greatest in computer science to building a database currently being deployed in a variety of world-class applications.

We are currently looking for a Senior Software Engineer with significant experience with systems-level development in C and solid systems experience in one or more of: File systems, Linux kernel development, Compilers, writing a web server, developing a game engine, working on a database, developing a caching engine, a media server, proxy server, or similar.

It's a fun and smart environment with an amazing product. We're growing and there are a lot of interesting problems to work on.


nsfyn55 7 hours ago 0 replies      
ClearSwitch - Philadelphia, PA


We are a newly minted startup in Center City, Philadelphia. Our goal is to help consumers make better decisions about where their energy comes from. We have an excellent, seasoned leadership team and we are hiring developers.

A few details:- Our code base is tiny. Lots of room to make a big impact

- Our stack is Backbone, Python/Flask, MySQL deployed on Ubuntu(AWS).

- Our need is a few passionate software engineers who want to work in a lean software outfit in the city.

If that sounds like your bag we can offer competitive salary and benefits plus we just moved into a great spot in the heart of Old City.

more details: http://www.clear-switch.com/careers

contact: careers@clear-switch.com

farolino 13 hours ago 0 replies      
London, UK - M7 Real Estate - Full Stack Web Developer

I am Oli the Technology partner at M7 Real Estate and I am looking for a full stack web developer to work from our London Office. I can't accept remote workers for this role, but you'll be working from our 7th Floor Office in Marble Arch with awesome views of Hyde Park.

You will be the first dedicated developer to join the business, reporting directly to me who has been the sole developer to date. Due to the small nature of the team I really need someone self-motivated who is keen to take on new challenges and is happy to just get stuff done to help us drive our business forward. This is not a heavily structured development team environment and you need to be comfortable with that.

You need to be just as happy working with relational databases, querying them and also hand coding the standards compliant HTML / CSS to sit on top of them. Typical projects involve PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JQuery. Experience of CakePHP would be brilliant, as would any C# experience but neither of these are deal breakers. Source control is GIT and the rest of your tools are broadly up you.

As well as our internal systems, we also provide outsourced web development services to 3rd parties so you will get to work on a diverse range of projects. Our core business is in the process of going through a rapid period of expansion and to support that we are starting to create a more formal dev team and you will be a pivotal part of that both in terms of how we operate day to day and who we hire as and when we need to grow.

M7 Real Estate is a company of 30 people, led by a partnership of 11. Most of the partnership has worked together over 3 different businesses over the course of the last 15 years. We are a close team that finds the right people and then hangs on to them. We are in the process of opening offices in Glasgow, Amsterdam and Denmark and Germany is forecast for later in the year. If this is of interest and you want to find out more about who we are and what we do, then drop me an email oli.farago@m7re.co.uk

bijanv 13 hours ago 0 replies      
EventMobi - Toronto, Canada - Full-Stack Software Engineers - http://www.eventmobi.com/about/careers/


EventMobi is an app building platform that allows event planners to create engaging apps for their event or conference in only a few minutes. Were based in Toronto and are committed to using the mobile revolution to completely transform the events industry.

Our apps allow event planners to distribute content to their attendees, keep them engaged with the event, and help them learn and network with other attendees. EventMobi apps have been used at over 1500 events, 2 Million users, and are served for events in 15 languages across 5 continents.

Were not your typical startup, were completely self-funded and yet with no outside capital were massively profitable and on an incredible growth path with companies like Intel, Disney and the Olympics IOC using us for their mobile event app needs.

We embraced HTML5, cloud architecture and cross-platform mobile web apps before any of them were fancy buzz words! Come and join Torontos fastest growing self-funded tech start-up and be part of something amazing.


We're looking for a Full-Stack Software Engineer to join our team and help build out the platform we need to innovate this space. This is a very fast-paced role, and we need energetic individuals that can build large-scale SaaS systems, as well as care about UX and be involved with the end consumer facing product. This is a great career opportunity to grow with a young startup, get your hands dirty in all aspect of cloud services, mobile and web development and help with every aspect of a startups technology infrastructure.

Experience with the following would be helpful: - JS frameworks (we use Angular and Backbone) - Python / Flask - MySQL / Redis / MongoDB

If you would like to chat further about the details feel free to email me at bijan@eventmobi.com

koblas 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Mountain View, CA - Tubular Labs - http://tubularlabs.com

We've made the a platform for YouTube channels to understand their audience.

Hiring Engineers - Backend/FrontEnd/Full Stack - Python - BackboneJS - RabbitMQ/Redis/MySQL - Impala

The only real requirement about you: - You're smart and like to get things done

Interested or questions - email me: david@tubularlabs.com

colinschlueter 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Berlin, Germany - http://www.sofatutor.com/ - Ruby/Rails - full-time

We're looking to grow our technical team and are searching for one or two great Ruby on Rails developers. Additionally we're hiring for several positions in our product, marketing and editorial teams.

sofatutor.com is an educational video platform, one of the largest education startups in Germany and has recently been named one of Europe's top 3 EdTech companies. We're a small technical team building a fast-growing online platform to help students study for school and university, using Ruby, Rails, Amazon Web Services and a bunch of related tools and services.

We've got a cool office and a fantastic team here in central Berlin and are building an international team, so we'll help with the German bureaucracy, residency status etc. for anyone who'd like to join us from abroad.

Full job descriptions (in German and English) at http://www.sofatutor.com/jobs, but feel free to contact me (CTO & Managing director) directly if you're interested, know someone who might be or simply have any questions (colin@sofatutor.com).

kmano8 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Monetate - Conshohocken, PA (Philly suburbs) - No remote, but we will relocate.

Monetate helps digital marketers make their content more relevant. Weturn data into action on our clients' sites by doing real-time dataanalysis and DOM manipulation to put the right experience in front oftheir users. Were looking for engineers who want to do highlyvisible work on great brands and solve tough problems with greatcoworkers.

What we're looking for:

* Problem solvers who like to code - we take things apart, figure outhow they work, then build software to solve our users' problems.

* People who like to ship - we're focused on building and shippinggreat products - if you like to see your work in production quicklyyou'll see it here. We ship often, and iterate.

* People who like hard challenges - we have great problems across ourproducts - huge data sets, UX, 3rd party Javascript, high volume / low latencyAPIs - we have no shortage of fun problems to work on.

About us:

* Founded in 2008

* Respect - it's our core value. We have a great team and we work welltogether. Our vacation policy is the same as Netflix (we don't haveone). Our technical teams are self-organizing and have full authority over (andresponsibility for) the problems they work on.

* Open source - Google Closure, Python, Hadoop, Mahout, Solr andLucene - we're open source across our stack

* Funded by First Round Capital and OpenView

* Market rate salaries

We've hired great people from HN in the past. We're looking for peoplenot positions. We have people who have joined the team with nobackground in our primary languages and people from non-traditionalbackgrounds.

Check out our blog at http://engineering.monetate.com/

Send me a message anytime if you have questions or want to apply: karl at monetate dot com

derricki 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Salt Lake City, UT - Lucidchart

Lucidchart is building world class graphical applications in the browser and on mobile devices. We're rapidly growing in every dimension of the business and need people of all experience levels to join the product development team. Talent and ability to learn are more important than specific skills.

BACKEND SOFTWARE ENGINEER (all experience levels) - Lucidchart runs with various decoupled services in a Linux environment using Scala, MongoDB, AWS, and MySQL. At Lucidchart your responsibilities would include enhancing existing services, building new services, integrating with 3rd party applications and ensuring services are highly available, secure, and scalable.

Requirements:* Talent

Recommended experience:* Building large products / applications* Scala or Java* MySQL or other relational database* NoSQL databases (MongoDB especially desirable)* Opscode Chef or Puppet* Cloud computing (AWS)

FRONTEND SOFTWARE ENGINEER (all experience levels) - We build killer graphical web applications that push the boundaries of what's possible in the browser. Lucidchart is powered by one of the largest Javascript codebases on the Internet, optimized so that the user experience is indistinguishable from an installed native application. Come help us show the tech world what can be done on the web.

Requirements:* Talent

Recommended experience:* Building large products / applications* Javascript* Google Closure compiler/library* CSS/HTML/DOM manipulation* jQuery* node.js* Native app development on Android and/or iOS

All applicants email resumes to jobs@lucidchart.com.

helloburin 14 hours ago 0 replies      
TripCase / Sabre Holdings - Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (Southlake)

TripCase is looking for Rails and JavaScript application devs.

Our tech stack: Ruby on Rails for the service layer and desktop app with RSpec and Capybara for testing. JavaScript/HTML5 for the mobile clients (Backbone.js, Require.js, PhoneGap, Grunt) with Jasmine for testing. Sass + Compass for styles.

TripCase is an app that helps you manage your travel itinerary. We notify you when your gate changes or when your flight is delayed, and provide helpful messages and tools during your trip.

How we work:

* Git has changed the way we work, and our development/deployment process is heavily influenced by it

* We're an Agile shop and pair pretty frequently and watch each other's backs

* Our product manager and designers are integrated on our teams

* Stories aren't done until they have automated test coverage

* Our Rails folks write mobile client code and vice versa

* We use Trello and Campfire to stay on top of things

* Our Joel on Software test score is about 11.

* Test-driven development

* Macs

Some things we have on our plate:

* Automated CSS tests (with Sass + Compass making it so easy to refactor and author CSS, it's also super easy to break stuff. We are getting tired of +R all day)

* Automate all the things

* Automated/continuous iOS and Android builds

* Vagrant VMs with Chef Solo for development

If you want to learn more, just ping me: burin.asavesna [at] sabre.com

More Info


App Pages:

* Android App - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sabre.trip...

* iOS App - https://itunes.apple.com/app/tripcase/id309620151?mt=8

Our Job Postings:

* http://bit.ly/14Fxsym

paulc 14 hours ago 1 reply      
New York, NY OR REMOTE - DailyBurn.com

Hi, DailyBurn is hiring for a full stack web developer position and an Android development position.

We are open to people in NYC (we work out of the IAC office in Chelsea) or Remote. We have several development team members that work 100% remote and have been doing remote work as a company since day 1.

Youll have the chance to work on a variety of products and platforms (web, mobile, TV, and other media platforms), and will help scale our products to a rapidly growing audience.

Your skills:

Android: We're looking for a solid track record of delivering Android apps. Experience with other technologies is a plus since we work on a lot of platforms (Roku, Xbox, Web, iOS, etc.) in addition to Android.- Full listing: http://www.jobscore.com/jobs/dailyburn/android-developer/aHB...

Full Stack Web: Experience building and launching production software with Ruby on Rails (or similar web frameworks)- Full listing: http://www.jobscore.com/jobs/dailyburn/ruby-on-rails-develop...

Technologies We Use:

- Our web stack is Ruby on Rails, Nginx, and Unicorn.

- We use Node.js for real-time services

- We use Go for background processing

- We store data using MySQL, Redis, and MongoDB.

- Platforms we run on: iOS, Android, Roku, Smart TV, Google TV, Xbox, and more coming.

DailyBurn brings fitness and nutrition to members, anytime, anywhere, by streaming HD-quality workouts in a variety of disciplines from dance and high-intensity cardio to yoga, kettlebells and strength training. Our focus is creating and delivering amazing in home workouts.

If you're interested feel free to apply to the listings or email me directly: paul@dailyburn.com mention the HN posting :)

francoisdelame 13 hours ago 1 reply      
KnowItOwl - New York, NY. Full-stack engineer/CTO. Fulltime.

We're looking for a full-stack engineer/CTO to love the hell out of this problem. You'll be the 4th member, and technical lead, of an incredibly talented team with a track record in insurance, startups, consumer marketing and design/UX. We have had a successful alpha phase and are already revenue positive.


Do you want to solve:

A problem with scale. Insurance is a $2 trillion industry. Thats 36 times larger than Google and Facebook combined. Insurers pay their aging sales force a mint to sell insurance the old-fashioned way (with paper, face-to-face). Were going to change this.

A problem thats socially important. Nobodys helping people figure out insurance and thats bad. Under-insured medical problems contribute to over half of all personal bankruptcies and home foreclosures. Were going to deliver social impact.

A problem in desperate need of a new approach. The consumer problem in insurance is deceptively simple: insurance is hard to sell because people dont want to think about bad things like death and illness. Insurers just throw money at the problem: advertising, hefty commissions, pushy sales agents. Were introducing a new approach.

Were looking to build our team with people who understand the importance of what were doing and want to apply their talent and energy to solving a Big Problem. Were searching for Davids ready to take on Goliath. Come join Virgil and the KnowItOwl team to bring the $2 trillion insurance industry into the 21st century.

Hitpost 7 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA. Full-time.

Hitpost is revolutionizing the sports world. We're a fast-growing, well backed startup and are focused on building social, design forward, mobile apps for the ever expansive sports market. The opportunity ahead of us is huge and we're looking for the right team members to join us.

We love what we do and we love what we are building. A challenging problem is what excites us.

We are looking for:

* iOS Developer

* Python/Django Developer

* Android Developer

Join us. Email jobs@hitpost.com

Read more about us and our team at http://www.angel.co/hitpost-1

ViktorasJucikas 7 hours ago 0 replies      

  YPlan - NYC & London. We're making people go out more.  Stack: Python & Django on AWS. Native iOS & Android.  Data Scientist / Growth Hacker - NYC. Senior role, supervising the team and working on three main themes:    a) data collection & business insights    b) personalisation & targeting    c) building hypothesis & a/b testing product  Product Manager - London. Senior role, owning the product.  Backend devs - NYC. Medium / Experienced - all things backend.  Ping me at viktoras at yplanapp.com.  More details about YPlan here: techcrunch.com/2013/06/04/yplan-series-a/  About roles here: http://yplan.theresumator.com/

klistwan 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Kira Talent (https://www.kiratalent.com) - Toronto, Canada

At Kira Talent, we help employers spot high-performers earlier in the hiring process through timed video interviews.

A bit about us:

  * Were a small team (youd be #7), based in the heart of downtown Toronto  * Were well funded and have had paying clients since day 1 of the company  * Were hiring designers and all types of devs -- mobile, frontend, backend  * We think even enterprise software can be beautiful, and pride ourselves on our design.
Fun Fact: Every single one of our developers has committed code within their first day at work; some within their first hour.

Heres some stuff weve been working on lately:

  * Building infrastructure to allow us to scale our video recording and streaming  * Re-building the UI-heavy sections of our product using AngularJS  * Designing and creating our mobile suite for both job candidates and employers alike  * Presenting analytics data captured in our product to the end user, and our team interally
We use Python/Django, AngularJS, ActionScript, MySQL (and some MongoDB), but youd be free to choose your own tools and libraries.

If this sounds fun, lets chat! My name is Konrad, and you can send me a note at konrad@kiratalent.com. :)

matslina 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Spotify's Service Infrastructure (SI) team in New York City is hiring.

We, the SI engineers, are on a mission to act as force multipliers for all Spotify engineers. We build and maintain software components that allow our feature teams to move fast without breaking things. Some examples of what SI engineers are currently working on:

- Core authentication systems for Spotify

- High-performance inter-system messaging software

- Core storage technologies (Cassandra, PostgreSQL)

- Service discovery and orchestration

The NYC-based SI team is just booting up and we're still quite small. New team members can expect to have a significant impact on our projects. Our mission is to revamp how Spotify deploys backend services and while we're currently looking at LXC, nothing is set in stone. As the team grows we'll start to branch off into other areas of the Spotify infrastructure universe. Lots of fun will be had.

If we are the right team for you, and vice versa, then you're probably a bit like us. Here are some of the traits that we share:

- a passion for programming and computing in a large scale distributed environment with millions of users

- significant familiarity with GNU/Linux or other UNIX-like systems

- knowledge of a couple of programming languages, typically including Python or Java

- an urge to KISS, to iterate, to deliver and to produce high quality software in the process

Does this sound like a place for you? If so, please reach out to us. We'd love to get to know you. Send us your CV (if you have one), a link to your hobby project or github and perhaps a short message to further explain who you are. Mention HN and we'll pay extra attention to your application.


ILIKEPONIES 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Brooklyn, NY. Full stack engineer at Bondsy, a new way to trade with friends.

Bondsy is looking for an experienced engineer who is passionate about building a great social network.



- You consider youself to be a senior-level developer

- Mastery of Ruby, Rails, Git, Redis, PostgreSQL, and Heroku

- Interested in taking ownership of the server-side

- Experience creating systems that scale for long-term growth

Some recent press:




theo 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Pascal Metrics, Washington DC (Georgetown)

We're a healthcare startup focused on improving patient safety in hospitals.

Our software platform enables clients to detect, track, and analyze patient safety issues across hospital systems.

Looking for:Systems Engineer - Engineer to build scalable infrastructure based on puppet. Linux and scripting experience required. Configuration management experience a plus.UI Engineer - Front-end developer with knowledge of CSS, HTML5, Javascript for our SaaS platform. Knowledge of MVC frameworks and CSS organization desired.

Check us out at http://www.pascalmetrics.com

Full job listing: http://www.jobscore.com/jobs/pascalmetrics/list

If you're interested in getting involved with healthcare, improving work culture, and tackling hard technical challenges, please feel free to reach out to me directly to chat in detail.

theo at pascalmetrics.com

securingsincity 13 hours ago 0 replies      
PlatformQ - Needham Ma

PlatformQ has launched the first generation of a revolutionary online event model to deliver unique and valuable content using the latest video, networking and Web 2.0 technologies. The companys current online event platform offers audiences live, video-based interaction with content providers and peers. It also provides leading edge tools for marketers, to help them attain their branding, lead generation and sales goals.

We are currently looking for software professionals and it could be you if:


You can do anything with HTML/CSS and JavaScript( Backbone, jQuery, Require)You believe in ORM and have dabbled with NoSQLYou care about unit tests You know design patterns and when to use them (MVC, IoC, AOP)You code in JavaYou commit code constantlyYou understand that responsive design is not new but it's time has comeYou thrive on building applications used by lots and lots of peopleYou believe in your heart that agile is betterYou contribute, care, speak up, listen, enjoyBenefits:

Medical coverageDental coverageVision coverageHealth & wellness benefitsGenerous vacation policy401K matchingLong-term disability coverageGreat location walking distance to Commuter Rail and Needham Center

PlatformQ, LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices.

In addition, candidates should be familiar with working locally or remotely as part of a team.

feel free to email me at jhrisho AT platformq.com

stevem-newrelic 13 hours ago 0 replies      
New Relic - Portland OR/Seattle WA/San Francisco CA (http://newrelic.com/jobs)

We make the best application performance monitoring solution, and deliver the only serious SaaS APM. >40K users can't be wrong. It gives deep visibility in production apps running on Ruby, PHP, Python, Java, and .NET (with more on the way) -- AND provides an open platform with which you can integrate customized plugins to monitor your entire stack (newrelic.com/platform) .

Making it easy for our users, however, is hard work for us. Our answer is to hire top notch people, give them whatever they need, and turn them loose to solve tough problems.

We're looking for a number of technical positions (check out the Jobs page), including engineers with skills in Ruby, Node, Python, C, PHP, .NET (to name a few). H1-B transfers and relos welcome.

We also take our company culture seriously -- Best Place to Work and all that, of course. But we also provide an unusual and exciting development environment, one where managers are working to enable developers, not the other way around.

More about us:www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZL7mMI-CKUhttp://newrelic.com/nerdlife

Come take a look at our jobs. http://newrelic.com/jobs

cilo 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Qualcomm - San Diego, CA - Application & System Administrator

To apply: http://bit.ly/10uvgbD

Qualcomm is always hiring but this post is specifically looking for an application and system administrator. The position is a 12 month temp req and while we're hoping we can turn whoever fills this roll into a full time employee after the 12 month period we can not guarantee that.

We're looking for someone experienced in enterprise application administration. Ideally in the ETL or BI space. The application you would be working with primarily would be Informatica PowerCenter [http://www.informatica.com]. The job posting gives a run down of the various skill sets we're looking for.

That being said the reason I'm posting this here is that we haven't had much luck finding a good fit for this position using the traditional avenues. I'm a big fan of the community here and I'm sure there's more than a few people here that would be right for the job.

This goes for all job postings, but even if you don't feel you meet all of the requirements, apply anyway. When it comes down to it, we're looking for talented, smart people with a passion for technology and an eagerness to learn. If that's you, we're looking forward to hearing from you.

ZachTwoSigma 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Did you know there's a company based in Soho that has enough technology to be considered among the world's Top 250 supercomputing sites? One that imports over 5TB of data every single day, and has alumni from Google, Intel, and Microsoft?

You might think I'm talking about some stealth-mode startup, but I'm talking about where I work: Two Sigma Investments. At our core, we're a technology company applying our talents to the domain of finance. We've created a system that combines artificial intelligence and keen human insight a system that's constantly improving and advancing. We're looking for a diverse set of technologists to join our team. Our challenges require mastery of areas such as kernel level development, machine learning, and distributed systems. Our team includes a Unix Lifetime Achievement winner, Putnam medalists, ACM Programming competition finalists, and International Mathematics Olympiad medalists. We are proud of our individual pedigrees, but even prouder of our teamwork.

We tend to hire people with at least a bachelors degree in a technical or quantitative field and experience with C or languages that target the JVM, but we are open-minded in our search for critical thinkers who are passionate about technology. We analyze the data-rich domain of finance, but financial experience is not a requirement. We hope to hear from you!

Zach Weinstein zachary.weinstein@twosigma.com http://www.twosigma.com/careers.html

zmillman 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Magoosh - Berkeley, CA - Junior Rails Developer

-- The company --

Magoosh is a small company delivering online test prep for grad school exams. We focus on high quality content and great customer support.

-- The position --

Were looking for a friendly programmer to join us. Youll work with Zach (https://github.com/zmillman) to expand and maintain Magooshs various applications on the web, Android, and iOS.

Our development philosophy is to ship early and iterate with feedback. We have fun all the time, and meetings only when absolutely necessary. Were a small company, so youll have plenty of freedom and responsibility. An interest in educational statistics, web applications, and startups will serve you well.

-- Apply --


0cean 8 hours ago 0 replies      
WeBRAND - http://webrand.com - Los Angeles, CA


WeBRAND is a platform that allows brands to collaborate with their audience to monetize their digitalinfluence through limited editionproducts, risk-free.

Who we're looking for:

We're looking for a front-end developer with experience with:

   Javascript    User Experience Design    jQuery    HTML+CSS    Github   Bootstrap     Ruby on Rails
For more information on the company and the open position, please visit:


If you're interested, you can contact michael@webrand.com

bwb 15 hours ago 0 replies      
2 Work From Home Positions

We are 100% work from home as a company and currently a distributed team of 104 from around the world!


1. Senior Systems Engineerhttp://www.jobscore.com/job_seeker/jobs/job_posting?job_id=b...

2. Ruby on Rails Developerhttp://www.jobscore.com/job_seeker/jobs/job_posting?job_id=d...

Specific info on our software development team, our open source projects, and what we build :) -> Eng5.com

adam0101 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Travelers - Hartford CT

As an Automation Engineer you will work as part of a team responsible for developing automation solutions for Travelers. In this position you will develop and maintain automation infrastructure and scripts, author and maintain documentation for the infrastructure, and work with other engineers to gather requirements for new solutions. A successful Automation Engineer is creative, team-oriented, technology savvy, and driven to produce results. This discipline requires a combination of software development and testing skills.


Strong understanding and ability to apply concepts related to computer architecture, data structures and standard programming practices. Experience with Enterprise automation and administration tools: BMC Atrium Orchestrator, Microsoft Orchestrator, Microsoft System Center Config Manager, etc Experience programming in at least one major scripting language: Python, Perl, etc Strong oral and written communication skills are essential. Experience developing automated tests and automation infrastructure. Experience using more than one OS platform. (Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, etc.) Ability to work collaboratively within a team of other engineers

baspland 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we dont need. - Tyler Durden, Fight Club"

Mobile DeveloperDowntown Mountain View, CA

Be part of the team that develops the top paid iOS app in more than 128 countries and an Android app with more than 100M installs on Google Play! Using your start-up mindset and your experience developing native mobile apps, you will create new, awesome features used by millions of current WhatsApp users. We are looking for mobile developers for all our platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Nokia.WhatsApp is the #1 paid social networking app in all countries.

Please email me Directly @ baspland@whatsapp.com

dannyroberts1 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Cambridge, MA

Dimagi - http://www.dimagi.com/

Where else can your passion for programming and open source tools take you? At Dimagi, literally anywhere. I've worked at Dimagi for two years and it's a breath of fresh air. We're looking for talented, adventurous coders to dive in to one of our core mobile health platforms already affecting hundreds of thousands of the world's poor and underserved. Our team of top-notch coders has on-site experience in over 25 countries covering East Africa, Central Asia, South America, and the Indian subcontinent, and travel is an important part of every developer's experience. Dimagi's prioritization of global impact and employee growth and satisfaction over the bottom line makes Dimagi a continuously fresh, exciting, and genuine place to work, and keeps us all honest about what we're in it for.

We're always open and ready to try something new. What else would you expect from the company that packed up and moved to Brazil for the 5 coldest weeks of the Boston winter? http://bit.ly/JSerBp

Come join us: http://www.dimagi.com/careers

aaaron 13 hours ago 0 replies      
AdRoll. San Francisco, CA. H1B welcome.

Turns out ad tech has some of the most interesting problems you'll find anywhere. AdRoll's engineers are conquering problems in big data (HBase), machine learning (Mahout), real-time processing (Erlang/Storm/Kafka) and UX (Backbone). We make this stuff work for almost 10,000 customers. We're looking for smart, hungry folks across the board.

* In recent weeks, we were named the "Best Place To Work" in SF (mid-sized tech). http://blog.adroll.com/best-places-to-work-sf-biz-times

* Our tech stack was featured on the Amazon's AWS blog a few weeks back: http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2013/04/real-time-ad-impression-b....

* We were recently ranked the fasting growing private company in California by Inc magazine: http://www.inc.com/profile/adroll

Email us at jobs.engineers@adroll.com or visit http://www.adroll.com/about/careers.

paulaminc 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Watertown, MA; Technical Sales Engineer @SoftArtisansWhat We Do: We develop innovative and scalable enterprise software. Our products are OfficeWriter http://www.officewriter.com/(an API for reading and writing Microsoft Office documents) and FileUp http://fileup.softartisans.com/ (a secure and easy-to-use File Transfer API).

Who We Are:-We are a close-knit and agile team-We work hard: crafting beautiful code while solving challenging problems-We play hard: office foosball, board games, cookouts, and company retreats

As a Technical Sales Engineer http://www.softartisans.com/technical-sales-engineer, you'll provide the technical aspect to our Sales team in interacting with our pre-sales customer base of Developers and IT Professionals who are using our products to add functionality to their ASP.NET, Reporting Services and SharePoint applications. You will provide assistance in creating Proof of Concepts and technical demonstrations for our pre-sales customers.

Interested? Send your resume to hr@softartisans.com

davidkopf101 11 hours ago 1 reply      

Hi HN Reader,

We are looking for a full stack or backend engineer and a growth person (the word "hacker" seems to offend some) to join our team of 12. If you would like to apply, please send me your linkedin and preferably github profile.


David | Cofounder, Remind101 | David@remind101.com


Remind101 is solving a major communication problem in education by connecting teachers with students in real time and keeping parents involved. Used in over 10,000 schools, we are one of the fastest growing, venture-backed startups in education and believe we can enrich the lives of students by making teachers more effective.


Full Stack / Backend Engineer: http://www.thesourcery.com/jobs/540

Growth Person: Fill the funnel, improve conversion. Experience with SEO or event based email marketing a plus.



GiselleDarlene 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Full-Time | Chicago

Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm and new business foundry, is looking for passionate people to join our portfolio companies.

Director of Technology - doggyloot.com ---> http://www.sandboxindustries.com/contact-us/job/leading-rail...

Business Development Manager - GetAFive.com ---> http://www.sandboxindustries.com/contact-us/job/business-dev...

Production Assistant - GetAFive.com ---> http://www.sandboxindustries.com/contact-us/job/production-a...

Please shoot me an email at giselle@sandboxindustries.com if you have any additional questions.

TheTaytay 10 hours ago 1 reply      
YouNeedABudget.com (YNAB), REMOTE, Full Time Javascript Expert

Were a profitable, bootstrapped, growing company. We create beautiful personal finance software thats changing how people think about their money. Our software is named You Need a Budget, but everyone just calls it YNAB. For years now, lots of people have been buying YNAB and then telling their friends how awesome it is. (Google us and youll see.)

Now we're moving it to the web! We need a JavaScript/Ember expert to work with our small, passionate, fully remote team to make this app our best work yet.

Full Description:http://www.youneedabudget.com/blog/2013/we-need-a-full-time-...

weddingtonway 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Weddington Way - San Francisco, Full Time, H1B Transfers

Weddington Way is a rapidly growing, venture-backed San Francisco start-up building a new collaborative shopping experience for wedding parties. We are passionate about creating a fun, collaborative and rewarding experience for friends coming together around one of lifes most important events. We've seen 5x growth in revenue from 2011 to 2012 and are on track to see the same type of massive growth this year.

We are hiring a full-stack engineer. If you are a kick-ass engineer who thrives in a fast-paced environment where you have ownership over the software stack and the metrics that drive the business, then Weddington Way might be the place for you! This is an opportunity to be an early engineer at a fast-growing startup. There is a LOT of room to jump in and have an impact very quickly. And then there's the opportunity to grow as the company grows.

Our current technologies include Ruby on Rails, MySQL and Solr.

You can find out more about the role and apply here: http://www.weddingtonway.com/jobs/software_engineer

bluelu 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Trendiction in Luxembourg/Europe: http://www.talkwalker.com (http://www.trendiction.com/en/careers)

No remote. We will help with work visa if needed (for exceptional candidates)

Looking for java developers in the field of:

- distributed large scale crawling, content extraction- data analysis.

If you need more info, just send me an email (t.britz@trendiction.com)

omarish 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Priceonomics -- Full Time, San Francisco, CA

We're hiring python hackers to join our team in San Francisco. Competitive salary, early stage equity (we're pre- series A), and the opportunity to work on some very interesting problems.

More information here:


or email me directly: omar+hn0713@priceonomics.com

jcater 14 hours ago 0 replies      
SteepRock is seeking a full-time, experienced Python engineer based in the US to help us deliver high quality applications to the pharmaceutical industry. This job is REMOTE only.

We are a fast-paced, client-focused company; we want to continue our success and don't mind working hard to get there. We're looking for someone who's got great attention to detail, loves writing Python code and solve challenging problems on sometimes challenging deadlines. Sounds good? Please apply to join our energetic team!

SteepRock (http://www.steeprockinc.com) is an established software and services firm in the Pharmaceutical industry that has an immediate opening for a Python developer. In this position, you will be working closely with the CTO and other senior developers.

REQUIREMENTS:- 2+ years of enterprise scale software development experience.- Extensive direct experience developing, delivering and maintaining a multi-user browser-based application - Commercial Python experience and complete command of the language- Ability to write and read SQL, including complex joins and optimization- Solid understanding of JavaScript fundamentals- Solid understanding of HTML and CSS

Apply to jason.cater@steeprockinc.com. Please include resume and salary expectations.

morley 8 hours ago 0 replies      
New York, NY - Fulltime

OkCupid is hiring!


We use math to get you dates. As an OkCupid Developer, you'll be responsible for building the interface that millions use to meet new people. We are always looking for people who love to make products.

What we're looking for:* Javascript Developers* UI Developers for our latest project, DateHookup

If you have questions about what we work on, our software stack, or anything else, feel free to email me (I'm the lead developer):



raybesiga 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Kampala, Uganda. Remote, Intern or Full Time.

Sparkplug is a business to business custom software development startup firm based in Kampala, Uganda but building software for clients from all over the world. We are hiring a developer or two with strong Python or Ruby foo.

If you're looking to make a move to East Africa, or would love to work with us remotely, contact us.

Details about the gig can be found here: http://sparkpl.ug/jobs/2013/05/27/hiring-software-developer/

beethousand 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Borderfree, New York, NY Full-Time

We are the market leader in international ecommerce, operating a technology and services platform that enables U.S. retailers to transact with consumers in more than 100 countries worldwide, with more than two billion potential customers. Using Borderfree, U.S. retailers can rapidly develop their global ecommerce business across all dimensions. We take care of every single aspect of the international order lifecycle, including multi-currency pricing and payment processing, landed-cost calculation, customs clearance and brokerage, global logistics orchestration and international fraud management.

We are looking for Frontend, PHP, and Java engineers who are interested in building heavily intelligent and scalable solutions using the best technology available.

Our stacks include Play 2+ framework, Java/Scala, PHP, Angular, D3, LESS, jQuery, Heroku, Salesforce, Redis, Nginx, Solr, CouchBase, Git, SVN and more.

View our openings to apply: http://www.borderfree.com/careers

dmritard96 14 hours ago 0 replies      
ChannelIQ - online retail intelligence


Downtown Chicago (River north - near groupon, 1871 and numerous other startups/tech companies)

- BIG problems in data acquisition, transformation, storage and analytics

- Current technologies - storm, redis, hadoop, mongo, etc.

- Hard problems - machine learning, plenty of algorithmicly complex scenarios/challenges

- Fun environment - nerf guns, video games, happy hour, etc.

- More coding less meeting

- Growing fast

- Biggest challenge right now: keeping up with demand, one of the best problems any startup/small company could have


Feel free to contact me at dmyers a t channeliq.com

bowmanb 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Arc90, New York, NY, Remote-friendly

Arc90 is hiring for a few positions in NYC. More details about the jobs and our culture here: http://arc90.com/jobs

- Java Developer

- Jr Web Designer with front-end skills

- Linux Systems Administrator

- Python Web Developer

- Web Designer

Please email jobs@arc90.com with a code sample or two if you are interested!

ryanhalper 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Seattle, WA - Gratafy - Fulltime/Onsite - Hiring Backend/Full-stack Devs

Gratafy is well-funded year-and-half old startup located in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood that likes to have fun while also creating top-notch software and user experiences.

Gratafy is transforming the way people gift by making experience-based items from restaurants and other local merchants instantly available to send and redeem digitally in venue. We're seeking talented engineers to help us expand our growing platform to people across the country. We value engineering a great deal and thrive on solving complex problems for the betterment of our product and our overall customer experience. Gratafy is a highly collaborative, agile, and fast-paced environment your contributions will be noticed and will make a difference.

What Youll Work OnBack-end Architecture and server side application development to support consumer IOS, Android, Mobile-web, and Web apps under constant product iteration.You will enhance the system that powers Gratafys end-to-end gifting platform spanning consumer apps, merchant tools, and point-of-sale integration.You will work on our own API, and integrations with Facebook and other social networks APIs to build new valuable features for our customers.You will create solutions to make our system faster, more reliable, more flexible, and more scalable.You will work alongside our engineers, developers, designers, founders, and other employees in a collaborative format in order to learn and teach.You are smart with excellent critical thinking skills and you ship.

SkillsExpert LAMP stack developer.Expert REST Web Services and API designExperience with Facebook Connect, other API'sSome exposure to cloud platformsExposure to .NET environments.HTML5, JavaScript/JQueryExposure to IOS and Android mobile developmentGit

Please send resume and github info to work@gratafy.com. Candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview at the Gratafy offices. Competitive cash salary, equity, and benefits (medical insurance, vacation, office snacks/drinks, choice of computer hardware/setup).

parsabg 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Front-end developer in Dublin, Ireland (full-time):

Hi HN, we are a Dublin-based Semantic Web startup. We are small, skilled, focused and lean.

We are looking for a new team member with following qualities:

- Proficiency in JavaScript/CoffeeScript/ClojureScript

- Knowledge of MV* family of JS libraries/frameworks: Backbone.js, Knockout.js, Ember.js, Angular.js, etc OR strong MVC background

- Experience in working on large modular JS codebases

- Proficiency in CSS and HTML and experience with responsive design and CSS frameworks (e.g. Bootstrap)

- Fluency in Python/Django, Ruby on Rails or NodeJS is a plus

- Knowledge of a functional programming language is a plus

No educational/work experience is required.

Let's talk: parsa [at] aylien [dot] com.

TLCooksey 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Badgeville- Senior Backend Developer- Redwood City, CAApply at engjobs@badgeville.com

Badgeville, Inc., is looking for a Senior Back-End Developer. Are you the one?We build the leading SaaS platform for gamifying and measuring behavior across the web, mobile, and applications, serving tens of millions of requests per day. If youre a smart, motivated developer with 4 - 6 years of proven, hands-on experience with the back end of large-scale web applications, you might just be the key person were looking for. Our driven, highly talented development team builds the back-end infrastructure for our hosted platform, and were growing. Fast. We need someone whos passionate about delivering first-class products and who wants to have a significant role in and impact on our success.

Why would you want to be our Senior Back-End Developer?We sit right at the spot where websites, mobile apps & enterprise SaaS smack full-speed into big data analytics. Gamification is the big idea of 2013 and its only getting bigger. At Badgeville, youll be surrounded by the speed and flexibility of a start-up team while working on projects that support some of the worlds biggest companies. Do you love brand-new offices featuring overstocked kitchens, games & outings, bike & jogging paths, unbeatable views and ridiculous gyms with climbing walls? Sure weve got all of those. But you want all of that while you get to work with state-of-the-art technologies in one of the hottest emerging markets around. You want to be in a position where what you do directly affects company performance every day. Thats why you want to be at Badgeville.

Responsibilities: You will collaborate to help specify, design, and develop software meeting company and product requirements, with lead responsibility for different areas of the architecture. Youll also be responsible for communicating with senior leadership around these areas and projects.


4 - 6 years of proven, hands-on success in the back-end of large-scale web applicationsAt least 6 years of daily experience in programming in Java, Scala, and/or C# (at least one required; multiple preferred)Ability to provide concrete examples of systems or sub-systems where you led design and developmentAbility to articulate the reasoning behind choices in the design and discuss alternativesKnowledge of full-stack web developmentDemonstrable experience taking significant projects all the way from spec to release


Competitive SalaryStock Options Full medical, dental & vision benefitsBrand-new office space bursting with tasty treats, games, and jogging/bike pathsFully paid gym membership (for code-crushing forearms)Company-provided CalTrain passLots of fun team events & outingsAbout BadgevilleBadgeville, the Behavior Platform, makes it easy for business leaders, marketers and innovative technologists to use smart gamification techniques to increase user loyalty and engagement across eCommerce, Media & Entertainment, Health, Education, Services and Enterprise web & mobile experiences. Using Badgeville, brands can reward users with real-time achievements and reputation, while at the same time driving user behavior, achieving specific business goals, and measuring and optimizing user engagement. Badgeville customers include Samsung, CA Technologies, X.Commerce, NBC, Bluefly, Interscope Records, Deloitte Digital, and The Active Network. Founded in 2010, Badgeville is based in Redwood City, CA, with offices in New York and Europe.

cwilterdink1207 14 hours ago 0 replies      
New York, New York. Full Time.

Conductor, Inc. is a fast growing, Series C startup looking for software engineers, QA engineers and UX Designers. Our product is a marketing analytics platform that processes 4TB of internet search data each week. Conductor clients are marketing teams at some of the largest well known enterprise companies and they use our product to optimize their online marketing campaigns.

Our tech stack leverages some of the newest opensource tools like Hadoop, Thrift, backbone.js and Kafka. We're a fast-moving, iterative team and we thrive on collaboration.

Engineers should have a good understanding of Java and/or Javascript depending on which side of the stack you would like to focus on.

QA Engineers should have work experience in open source automation tools like Selenium and LoadUI.

UX designers should be awesome at data visualization and have a good understanding of the concept of service design.

You can learn more about the company and our careers at: www.conductor.com/about/careers

karlkatzke 12 hours ago 0 replies      
We're hiring developers (Among other things). POSSIBILITY OF REMOTE (within US), but not guaranteed. Offices in Austin, Indianapolis, and north of Miami. Ruby and PHP with Postgres & Oracle. New projects may use Big Data, but aren't at the moment.

Very forward-looking, rapid development environment with great management. There are some frighteningly good developers working here, including some people who were well known in the open source world before they started focusing on the myraid problems in the healthcare industry. There is quite a bit of legacy code, but part of the job is writing the replacements for the legacy code, which is where we need good hackers.


dawson 14 hours ago 0 replies      
howareyou.com Shoreditch, London. Front-end developer, onsite.

We're hiring for a senior front-end developer (JavaScript, Angular.js, Node.js for tooling and LESS, to name a few technologies), someone who is not reliant on frameworks, who understands performance implications of a given solution (especially on mobile) and who is comfortable with terminal and scripting languages.

We are behind howareyou.com https://howareyou.com/, an award winning online health record completely free to NHS professionals and patients.

We are committed to building the best clinical API https://api.howareyou.com/, highly available and secure. Our API is a collection of services distributed across multiple infrastructures (including AWS).

Our approach:

   - RESTful APIs - including the hypermedia component   - non-web Ruby services - we're big on EBI (Entity-Boundary-Interactor)   - non-Rails apps - we are slowly phasing out Rails   - client-side apps - our newest apps are all Angular.js talking to APIs   - Service Oriented Architecture   - hybrid infrastructure   - Redis and Riak - masterless clusters is where we're heading
You will be working alongside the best in their field (including regular speakers at Ruby Manor and other leading conferences) from Google Campus, less than 5 minutes walking distance from Old Street station.

For the best contractors, we are willing to pay 450 per day. All candidates are encouraged to get in touch with us on jobs.hn@howareyou.com

cullenmacdonald 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Handshake - New York, NY

Handshake is a venture-backed, rapidly-growing startup changing the way brands sell to retailers. Think of every product that ends up on a shelf in a retail store; moving those products from the brands to the stores is the space we're transforming.

Its kind of a big deal.

If you like the idea of building and shipping something that people are crying out for, changes the way they do their jobs, and is growing faster than the number of people riding the L train each morning, we'd love to hear from you.

We're currently looking to fill a few roles.


I'm just an engineer here, but it seriously is an awesome company, with awesome employees and a seriously awesome engineering team.

adkatrit 8 hours ago 0 replies      

Enigma Technologies. enigma.io

Recent Techcrunch startup battlefield winners.

Brand New Office Space in SOHO.



Backend Engineer

Systems Administrator

Frontend Engineer

Database Administrator


email: jobs@enigma.io

twitchtv 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Twitch.tv in San Francisco is hiring engineers.

At twitch we work with the largest people in the gaming industry. We've rocketed to the top of the gaming industry food chain - all within 2 years of our launch. We're looking for talented engineers that like building the right things in the right way.

Feel free to hit me up if you're interested / have questions, I head up our engineering team:

ossareh at twitch.tv

We're looking for full stack engineers (Ember.js on the front end, rails on the backend) and Dev Ops engineers (help us scale our data tier, help us move over to jruby, we already serve thousands of requests/sec across our infrastructure - help us reach millions!).

bretthellman 12 hours ago 0 replies      
HALL - Business Messaging - Very well funded - Mountain View, CA


Technologies: Android, iOS, JavaScript, Rails, Redis, node.js, coffeescript, AWS, Chef, Capistrano...



* Backend Engineer

* Frontend Engineer

* Dev Ops

* Visual Designer

* UI Designer

* VP/DIR of Content Marketing

--Contact me at brett@hall-inc.com--

appscript 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Montreal, QC, Canada - Outpost (INTERN, LOCAL OR REMOTE) - http://outpost.travel

We're super early stage (only 3 months in), a team of 2 (one dev, one business guy) and have attracted top VCs and Angels in Canada. We're in the process of raising our first round soon.

Outpost (http://outpost.travel) aggregates P2P listings, and shoves them into one website. Think KAYAK for P2P.

We're looking for a PHP developer (for crawling and scraping) and a Backbone.js engineer (for the frontend architect). You need to have an IQ of 190+ to join and willing to eat ramen everyday.

collinjackson 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Apportable (YC W11), San Francisco - H1B, FULL-TIME, and INTERN are all welcome

Our SDK cross-compiles Objective-C applications, allowing iOS developers to reuse their existing code on Android devices as well.

We're growing quickly (team of 33) and are looking for an engineer to implement missing Objective-C frameworks, wrap third-party Java and Objective-C libraries, improve our Xcode integration, and help successful iOS developers bring their titles to the Android market.

Languages: Objective-C, C++, Python



brianschwartz 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Sookasa - Sunnyvale, CA. Full time. H1B friendly. We're looking for experienced generalist engineers who love to get their hands dirty.

Sookasa is a SaaS based security and compliance company that transforms consumer cloud services like Dropbox into enterprise-level solutions. Our goal is to enable professionals to enjoy their favorite cloud services at work by making their data fully managed, secure, and legally compliant. We are funded by the leading expert investors in Big Data, but still very small with huge growth opportunities.

Check us out: http://www.sookasa.com/

Email me for more info: brian@sookasa.com

jhuckabee 10 hours ago 0 replies      
REMOTE, -0400 UTC to -0800 UTC

Cyanna Education Services [1] is building a web-based business workflow platform to service the education industry. We are looking for a Rails developer to assist in bringing this product to the next level. If you are a self-starter and knowledgeable code wrangler, please email us a little bit about yourself, including resume, salary requirements, and github username, to jobs@cyanna.com. No recruiters please.

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

merinid 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Enigma - New York, NY

- Front-End Engineer- Hacker / Polymath

We just won Techcrunch Disrupt in May. Exciting times around here. Amazing group of people solving complex problems. Fun new office space in Soho and a great working environment all around.

adminattcxio 9 hours ago 0 replies      
TCX - Burbank, CA - Senior Front End Developer, in-house

Coming soon here: http://tcx.io

Bring your passion and your talents. LA-based media start-up seeks senior front-end developer.

We're a hybrid of a start-up environment with the solid backing of an established firm (ie we're fully funded). Our team is made up of enthusiastic people looking to build a platform for the future of multimedia storytellers.

We're an ambitious, yet friendly and team-oriented group of people that are motivated by great design, tackling fun new problems and providing a top-flight user experience to the public.

Your skills: All the usual HTML5, CSS3, JS, JQuery, PHP standard but ambitious LAMP-stack stuff. High preference for someone skilled in angularjs or willing to learn it and master it High preference also for someone with knowledge of Symfony You love building beautiful products that people can't stop using You write hand-coded, cross-browser compatible, standards-based code You are 100% comfortable building scalable, responsive, optimized websites from start to finish

Contact us at devs@tcx.io

grrrando 15 hours ago 0 replies      


Brooklyn / NYC / Philadelphia

Looking for: Lead/senior Rails engineer, Senior front-end developer (JavaScript at an expert level).

RT+P is a full-service ad shop based in Philadelphia, PA. We're seeking smart people who are interested in building apps that help people reach their goals. Agency experience is not required.

Brooklyn positions: We operate a small development outpost in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn office is small - currently just myself. You'll be working directly with me, but also be a part of a larger, but still small, organization of creative people. Some travel (mainly to Philadelphia, once every couple weeks) will be expected but will be fully covered.

Please contact me at interactivejobs@redtettemer.com

rlei 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Berkeley, CA - One block from Berkeley BART

Shirts.io is a t-shirt printing and fulfillment platform. Our company currently makes a million shirts every couple months and is growing rapidly.

We are looking for:

* A back-end (Django/Python) developer

* A front-end developer

You'll get a competitive salary and unlimited t-shirts. To apply, send an email to jobs@shirts.io.

vimeojobs 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Vimeo NY, NY and LA, CA

Check out all our jobs: http://vimeo.com/jobs

- PHP Engineers - NY

- Search Engineer (Solr) - NY

- Hadoop Data Engineer (Hive / HBase) - NY

- Frontend Video Engineer (AS3, JavaScript) - NY

- Payments Engineer (Vindicia, Stripe, or Braintree, etc) - NY

- Site Reliability Engineer - NY



- Communications Director - NY

- GM, Subscription Services - NY

- Director of Strategic Sales - LA

Stuff we use: PHP, Python, MySQL, Mongo, Redis, AWS, Solr, Hadoop, nginx, node, Vertica. And pretty much any mobile platform.

Feel free to email our Tech Recruiter, tyler at vimeo dot com.

victortrac 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Austin, TX | San Francisco, CA | New York City, NY -- Full Time

Bazaarvoice is something you interact with daily if you ever shop online. Come help us build services that are used by over 450m unique people per month. We're 100% cloud, operating in three AWS regions, and our internal cloud tools gives Netflix a run for their money (and are itching for you to help open source).

We're hiring for just about every engineering position: developers, devops, dev managers, QA, etc.

Contact me if you have questions about BV, questions about positions, or just want to chat tech:victor@bazaarvoice.com | @victortrac

Open positions:http://keepaustinbazaar.com/

jconnolly 14 hours ago 0 replies      
TheLadders - New York City, USA - Full time - Front End Developer(s). H1B possible

We're looking for some bright, curious developers to help us build out the latest iteration of our responsive, backbone-powered front end. Our mission is to find the right person for the right job. If you have an opinion about whether media queries are a hack, you don't share Peter Griffin's opinion that CSS is analogous to broken horizontal blinds, and that perhaps it's possible that JavaScript may indeed have some Good Parts, contact me at jconnolly@theladders.com. While you're at it, check out what we're doing at http://dev.theladders.com/

PolisMetrics 11 hours ago 0 replies      
D.C. Based Startup Looking For Developer To Join Staff Full-time.

Industry: B2B Restaurant, Hospitality, Point of Sale, Data Solutions

Opportunity to join on ground level. Company already has MVP product built, beta client users, backend built and mobile UI Built. Strong industry relationships and advisory in place.

Developer would be working with founder to continue to build out and complete product suite and deliver the most reliable product and easiest user experience to clients and grow company.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

a) Overall System Maintenance: General troubleshooting and Uptime.b) Desktop UI Development: Basic Features/ Data Visualization/Report Generation.c) Integration: Develop new polling software and FTP processes as needed.


User Interface Development: HTML5, CSS, JavascriptMobile: 2+ Years of JQuery based frameworkDatabase: MySqlBackend: .NET API / WebAPI / WCFOther: Ruby, Ruby on Rails

Misc: Driven, self-starter who is comfortable working in Startup environment, and open to the opportunities and challenges that come with it. Strong desire to win and grow professionally. Not afraid to reach out when challenges arise to get to the solution as quickly as possible.

Start Date:ImmediatelyCompensation:Competitive; DOELocation: DC Area ideal, NY, BOS Contact:Hello@PolisMetrics.com

benburton 14 hours ago 0 replies      
New York City, NY - Neo

We care more about passion and curiosity, less about knowledge of one particular framework. So you dont need to know Rails or iOS but you do need to have experience in familiar frameworks, and you need to be willing to learn either or both. Languages and frameworks can be learned, passion cannot.

Our development process is based on XP with an emphasis on individualism and pragmatism. We pair a lot, but not all the time. We test a lot, but not all the time. The key is being able to explain your practices with rational argument. Ultimately, we care more about building the best products we can, less so about being dogmatic about our process.

Contact: jobs.nyc@neo.com

jaclynkyre 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Scopely-Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT US: Scopely is a rapidly growing social mobile gaming startup founded by proven entrepreneurs and backed by distinguished investors. Our sunny Los Angeles office is fueled by an abundant supply of coconut water, coffee, and camaraderie -- with an irrepressible dash of mischief. In case you dont live in LA or youre not a US citizen, we consider relocation and/or visa costs to be a small price to pay for world-class talent.

ABOUT YOU: We set the bar extremely high at Scopely, but that's the type of environment you crave. Your ambition to build something significant and lasting is exceeded only by your desire to be surrounded by coworkers who are equally relentless. If you are itching to be involved in a startup that's going places and where you can have a considerable impact, then you just might have found your calling at Scopely.

TO APPLY: Check out the latest openings and apply here:http://www.scopely.com/jobs/

iball 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Rap Genius (Brooklyn, Full Time)

* Rails and iOS/Android developers

* Designers who can front-end develop / front-end developers who can design

We pay insanely high salaries and it's fun!

michaelochurch 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I wrote Cognii a couple months ago and got nothing back. No rejection letter. Just silence. My advice: Do. Not. Waste. Time.

(Sorry, but if people don't speak out, then shitty behavior continues.)

andreipop 11 hours ago 0 replies      
HumanAPI (Palo Alto), looking for another API hacker/engineer (http://humanapi.co). We are building the human health data infrastructure layer.
thatcherclay 11 hours ago 0 replies      
TruEffect (http://www.trueffect.com/careers/) - NYC - Full time

TruEffect is an ad tech company that provides ad serving and advanced analytics to some of the most sophisticated digital advertisers in the country. We are looking to hire data scientists, big data engineers, and data visualization experts.

stephenbennyhat 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Amantys (www.amantys.com) - Cambridge, UK


Looking for an embedded software developer with interest on working down to the metal, but also linux kernel, apps, scripting and so on. To join a small friendly team in a nice office in Cambridge UK.

steve_w 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Manchester, UK. Senior Developer & developers.

Skylab has an awesomely talented team, a great culture and has digital innovation at its core.

We are looking for an experienced senior developer with sys admin experience to join the team and play a leading role in developing both the coding team and our websites, apps and cloud based infrastructure projects for clients. This role will be a mix of:

- Architecting solutions

- Hands-on development

- Mentoring the team and setting standards and processes

The senior developer will need to understand the concepts of service-oriented architecture, dependency injection and will have ideally used this in a commercial application. Additionally, practical experience of test driven development will be beneficial.

Experience of using an MVC framework is critical, as we use the Symfony PHP framework, both 1.x and 2.x.

Experience of Wordpress and ExpressionEngine will also be useful (but not critical), as we use these CMSs to drive some of our clients websites.

Developers will be expected to show experience in and around the following topics:

- Development cycle, processes and tools

- Quality assurance

- Security

- Performance

- Standardisation

- Software architecture

More details: http://www.studioskylab.com/journal/item/senior_developer_an...

cerberusnyc 7 hours ago 0 replies      
New York City, NY. Full time

At Visual Revenue (an Outbrain company), we collect, analyze, and visualize tons of data think billions of pings a month. We feed this data into our ever-hungry predictive analytics engine, which (with a little help from some super clever algorithms) then provides online publishers suggestions on how to best promote their content on their website. As our newest frontend engineer, you'll help us constantly improve, tweak and develop our dashboard, API and automated modules there is loads of room for scope here, so bring it ON! You'll get to work with the team to figure out big ticket items ranging from mobile apps, responsive design, 3rd party javascript and tonnes of other awesome frontend stuff.


What you'll bring:- Passion for building anything frontend- Awesome at JS/HTML/CSS and writing legible code- Ability to find the right tool for the job. Quickly evaluate different libraries but not afraid to roll your own stuff- Extra points: Experience with CSS transitions, JQuery, Google Closure toolkit, Java, Python, and Selenium- Bonus: eye for design, experience in Agile development

Stuff you'll do:- Participate in design and implementation of new features- Evolve frontend architecture- Develop UI and frontend logic- Integrate and expand backend APIs- Build apps and automation modules- Develop and extend internal tools


What you'll bring:- Hardcore programming skills- Architectural and data modeling- Experience with building big data systems- BS or MS in Computer Science (or related field)- Extra points: Experience with EC2, S3, EMR/Hadoop, MongoDB, Redis, Nginx, Storm, and Kafka- Bonus: Experience with Python, Java, Machine Learning and Agile development

Stuff you'll do:- Scale existing backend- Design and develop new features- Build internal tools for engineering and account services- Integrate with external data sources- Expand and evolve APIs

Email us @ jobs@visualrevenue.com

Alex PoonVP, Engineering | Visual Revenue, an Outbrain company

janjongboom 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Seen all the fuzz about Firefox OS today? Be part of it! Telenor Comoyo is looking for people that want to contribute to the Firefox OS Core. That means spending your time in collaboration with Mozilla and Telefonica on building the awesomest mobile operating system! Position is on site in our offices in Amsterdam, NL or Oslo, Norway. Of course we offer relocation.

Who doesn't want to get paid to work open source? Drop me a line at jan@comoyo.com!

jcberk 14 hours ago 0 replies      
edo Interactive | http://edo.theresumator.com/

  * BI Director, Nashville  * Analytics Manager, Chicago  * Data Scientist, Nashville or Chicago  * Data Analysts, Nashville or Chicago
Work with gobs of anonymized credit/debit card transaction data, using Hadoop/Hive, Postgres, Pentaho, R, Tableau, etc.

We're a 100-person funded startup providing an easy way to personalize offers and make them automatically available through credit or debit cards and mobile devices. We work with major national advertisers, and with 180+ banks and three of the top six card issuers. TechCrunch called us the anti-Groupon - we take the hassle out of deals. See how it works at http://www.edointeractive.com/type/product-demos/ .

Apply at the website above or email michael.doran at edointeractive.com (not all these specific roles are posted yet) - say you came from HN. Happy to answer questions at jennifer.berk at edointeractive.com.

stevennorton 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Upthere (www.upthere.com) was founded by Bertrand Serlet, who was the brains behind iOS and OS X.

They are looking for creative and talented engineers and product designers with experience in technologies like C/C++, Objective-C, Node.js, and JavaScript; platforms like iOS, OS X, and Android; knowledge areas like storage, database, security, and user experience; or System Reliability and Quality Assurance.

Very exciting company and they are looking for generalists who can contribute to multiple areas of their custom stack.

jwillgoesfast 11 hours ago 0 replies      
crossfleet -- Fayetteville, AR (Remote doable) -- Fulltime & Parttime

Developer, Generalist -- with some combination of skills in:--frontend, web apps--backend, REST & SOAP APIs--Mobile, Android & Services

We are an enterprise SaaS company approaching our 1 year mark. We have paying customers and a full stack v1.0. Now, we need you to help us scale. Our customers are some of the largest corporations in the world and our market is transportation/logistics. Northwest Arkansas may seem like a random place for a tech startup, but we have half of the top 30 supply-chain & logistics companies just down the road and its a great place to live and raise a family.

Offering cost-of-living stipend + equity on a 1 year vesting schedule.

Shoot me and email and lets chat! jeremywilliams [at] crossfleet.com (tech cofounder)

dberg 11 hours ago 0 replies      
HuffPost is hiring (NYC). Especially on the backend, looking for solid Scala engineers to lead the charge on a big paltform rebuild.


DGCA 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Punchkick Interactive :: Full-Service Mobile Agency :: Chicago, IL


iOS developers

Android developers

If interested, contact jobs@punchkickinteractive.com

velikos 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Washington, DC - Opower. Javascript/Node.js Engineer [LOCAL]

Opower builds software and services to motivate everyone to use less energy. Utilities from around the world provide energy usage data for tens of millions of their customers to Opower which we then analyze and aggregate using the latest software technologies to motivate consumers to use less energy.

Opower's web team is reinventing the framework that powers our utility-branded web applications which make consumers energy usage understandable and provide personalized ideas and advice on how to reduce usage. You'll be part of a team of fun, friendly, and technically skilled JavaScript engineers developing our client-side MVC platform using Angular, automating complex tasks with Grunt, and building open source libraries using Node.


    * Expert with JavaScript as a first-class language. Excellent CS fundamentals.     * Experience creating large JavaScript projects with a team in an agile environment.     * Experience with Angular, Ember, Backbone, or Knockout. Experience with SASS, LESS, or Stylus.     * Experience with Zurb Foundation or Bootstrap. Experience with Mocha, Karma, Jasmine, QUnit, or other unit testing framework.     * Experience or interest in learning Git. Solid understanding of JavaScript prototypes, callbacks, promises, performance issues.     
=About You=

    * Passionate about JavaScript tools and frameworks and the future of JavaScript because of projects like Node, NPM, jQuery, Backbone, Grunt, etc.     * There's a special place in your heart for jQuery but you have moved on to MVC-like frameworks such as Angular and functional programming toolsets like Underscore/Lo-dash.     * You understand how to modularize large JavaScript projects and handle project dependencies.     * You welcome having your code reviewed regularly, and can provide meaningful code reviews for your co-workers.     * You have been using Node, Grunt, Yeoman, Github, or have been wishing you were using them.     * You think that creating pull requests for open source projects is an exciting way to participate with the community.     * Learning a new framework isn't enough for you - you want to build something and mentor others with your new knowledge.     * Passionate about the technology as well as the product, UX, and the general quality of what you build.     * Self assured, confident, inquisitive, persistent and willing to argue your point  but at the same time, willing to take on the opinions of others and revise your stance based on the facts at hand.

jscalisi 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, CA.

Be a Palantir Infrastructure Quality Engineer for a day! Try debugging a customer issue we encountered on serverdebug.palantir.com

rnsharma 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Endurance Lending Network, San Francisco CA, Full Time[Local], On Site

We are a financial services tech startup based in San Francisco and are looking for full stack and front end engineers. We currently use RoR, mongoDB and knockout.js. At Endurance Lending Network, we merge a financial services focus with a tech startup feel for a productive, cozy, and energetic work environment.

More details @ https://www.enduranceln.com/careers

About Us:The small loan approval process is slow, antiquated and fraught with unnecessary bureaucracy that discourages small businesses from opening or expanding. Endurance Lending Network is replacing this manual, paper based process with modern, well-designed, lovingly-crafted, amazing software. Our vision is to automate the approval process so a small business owner can be approved within hours of applying. All while keeping our loan quality high through rock solid analytics that leverage non- traditional data sources. We're armed with deep financial services and software industry experience, $5 million in the bank from strategic investors, and strong ties to capital providers looking to invest in a better model. Come help us create the future in small business financing. Be a part of making the traditional banking model obsolete.

We offer all the usual bells and whistles but beyond that this is an opportunity to be one of the key engineering hires at a well-funded startup. You'll get in on the ground floor of a startup that has a mission you can feel good about, and you'll help shape our company. Here are some of the bells and whistles:

   * Full healthcare benefits   * Stock options   * Opportunities for advancement as the company grows   * Competitive salary   * Access to our Fat Tire keg and unlimited foosball playing 
Drop us a note @ rohit[at]enduranceln.com with a resume and github/blog.

ajayrinse 15 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco CA Full Time Technical Lead (VP of Engineering)

Rinse (www.rinsenow.com) is a consumer-service start-up that removes the stress that comes with dry cleaning & laundry and gives you back control of your busy life. We are creating a seamless customer experience through a combination of technology, incredible customer service, and strong back-end partnerships. Customers can schedule a pick-up on their mobile device; we then pick-up, clean, and return their clothes at their convenience. We have received a strong response to date and are growing the business (and team) quickly to help more customers recapture some of their precious time!

We are looking for someone who is excited about joining a start-up early and helping to build something special. We want someone who is excited to tackle immense technical challenges with total freedom on how to execute. We want someone who wants a seat at the table; who is interested in having his/her voice heard in major strategic discussions and board meetings; and who wants to contribute with way more than just beautifully written code. We want someone who wants to drink from the fire hose, have an immediate and substantial impact, and wants to work closely with a high-caliber team and accomplished advisors. We are moving fast and we want someone who is ready to run with us.

You- Are itching to join an amazing company on the ground floor and have a major impact within the first couple months- Crave freedom to operate and decide how you want to build the core technology that supports the business- Are passionate about solving complex and dynamic challenges, and building highly scalable systems- Are capable of and excited to recruit a world-class team of engineers to work with you- Have experience developing, releasing, and maintaining large-scale software applications- Have a Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science from a leading institution

We- Value respect, integrity, judgment, and positive energy over job-related experience and technical chops- Work hard because we love what were doing, but also believe in balance- Plan to invest heavily in technology to streamline business operations, in addition to having a world-class consumer-facing mobile application- Are based in SF, which is where we have initially launchedbut our ambitions extend well beyond the Bay Area.- Are moving quickly, are well capitalized, and want someone who will come in and hit the ground running- Are led by two co-founders with substantial experience in start-ups, dry cleaning, and consumer focused companies.

We are looking for someone who is strong technically but who can also be a leader and culture carrier for Rinse. The right person will be granted a substantial equity stake, cash compensation, and will have the chance to help build an amazing company from the ground up. If you are interested, e-mail your resume to Ajay Prakash at ajay@rinsenow.com to learn more.

cristoirmac 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Message Systems - Columbia, MD - Application Software Engineers (limited openings)

Headquartered in Maryland, Message Systems had our humble beginnings here. The company started out with just a handful of engineers, wholly focused on creating a best-in class solution for managing digital messaging and now has multiple offices throughout US, Candada, Asia, and Europe. Engineering is still based in Columbia, MD.

The application team operates in a Scrum/XP environment using various web technologies (PHP, Perl, Python, Javascript, etc) so we are looking for versatile, hard working, team players that love to write great code and know the importance of automated testing and continuous integration. While taking our work seriously, we also take time for fun with hackathons, tech talks, weekly lunches, and regular outings.


Check out our list of fantastic customers on our homepage including Facebook, Linkedin, Zinga, Paypal, and Groupon


gabe_r_at_m 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Lead front-end developer for iOS

Mission Street Manufacturing is an early-stage startup based in sunny Santa Barbara, CA that is producing a simple, easy to use, fully-integrated 3D printing experience for non-technical consumers.

We are looking for talented iOS developers with some back-end experience to join us as our second full-time software engineer, and help us turn our prototype into a shipping product.

You have built up a portfolio of high-quality software for iOS and other platforms, and are comfortable in OpenGL. You are equally effective when working independently and as part of a team. You communicate clearly, and are excited about 3D printing.

Salary in the high 5-digits; equity percentage in the single-digits, negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Email a resume & cover letter to jobs@missionst.com

pcdgroup 9 hours ago 0 replies      
PCD Group (http://pcdgroup.com/) - Portland, Oregon - Full time in-house (and freelance)

Web Application Developer (Software Engineer)

We need a Web Developer to assist in the development and support of full lifecycle web applications. Responsible for a variety of projects ranging from private intranet web applications to large scale, public facing Internet sites; including front-end web development and back-end CGI programming. We specialize in the strategic, creative and technical delivery of websites as well as custom web applications such as CRM, CMS and other web-based business applications.

Amazing team, competitive salary, a strong emphasis on professional development, amazing benefits package and fantastic river view. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, alternative care, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan with employer contribution, sick leave and paid time off. We look forward to hearing from you.

To Apply:https://www.pcdlinktrack.com/jobapp/1?referrer=hn&position=s...

Job Description: http://pcdgroup.com/careers/engineer/

silverthorn 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Angaza Design - http://www.angazadesign.com/ - Palo Alto, CA

Angaza develops energy metering and payment solutions for the billion+ people living off-grid, initially targeting East Africa. These markets are moving beyond conventional centralized grid generation, becoming the center of development for the resilient, distributed, renewable energy systems that will replace it. Robust low-cost metering, financing, and payment technologies form the key to making those systems possible.

We are a technology company for an unconventional market, a market that demands unconventional technology solutions.

Angaza is looking for a talented electrical engineer to join our team in Palo Alto, California. Responsibilities include designing and optimizing hardware for intelligent solar energy generation; supporting ongoing manufacturing; assisting with firmware development; contributing to collaborative research in low-cost distributed metering, including novel digital communication systems; traveling occasionally to field sites across the world; and helping to solve any of the unforeseen and exciting challenges that emerge in a rapidly changing startup environment.

If hired, you will become part of a small team creating a new approach to energy in emerging markets. You will receive both a salary and equity stake in the company. Contact us at careers@angazadesign.com.

teddymarrufo 5 hours ago 0 replies      
ZEFR is hiring for our Venice, CA (LA) office!Work with SMARTER, COOLER people in a SICK SPACE!

http://bit.ly/15BU5pt | http://bit.ly/12O0VFy | http://bit.ly/18rEA50

We work with an awesome tech stack: Python/Django, JS, PostgreSQL

APPLY HERE: http://zefr.com/jobs/

michaelbrittain 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Housebites London, UK Lead PHP Developer

Were looking for a lead PHP developer to join Housebites, one of the hottest startups out of London: http://mashable.com/2013/05/22/london-startups/

Youll be joining at a very exciting time in our history, as we launch our new home dining service that will help people to unlock their creativity in the kitchen. Working as a lead developer, you will helping to deliver and support a world class product within a fast paced, agile environment. Your tasks will be varied and could include development on any one of our systems (web, mobile, social booking, reporting).You should be a self-starter, as demonstrated by your own project work outside of studies or employment.

PRE-REQUISITES-PHP development experience-Experience of at least one PHP framework-Understanding of MVC architecture and Object Oriented programming-An entrepreneurial spirit and passion to work in an awesome team!

DESIRABLE:-Familiarity with Codeigniter-Experience using the full LAMP stack-Front-end Ajax/JQuery/HTML/CSS experience-ORM and data modelling-Experience of agile processes-Understanding of revision control systems (svn, git)

Please e-mail mike@housebites.com if youre interested, with HN in the subject.

RedstageHoboken 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Redstage (www.redstage.com) - Hoboken,NJ/NYC

1 Fulltime Junior and 1 Fulltime Experienced/Senior web developer

Looking for developers with aspirations to work in a fun, small office environment. Skills in PHP(LAMP)/CSS/JS are required, if you have previous experience building eCommerce sites, specifically on Magento, that is a huge plus.

About Redstage: we are a rapidly-growing team of 20 in Hoboken, NJ. We have doubled in size in the past 12 months, and planning to double in size in the next 12. If you are looking to get in on the ground floor of something special, thi

A bit about the job: we design and develop eCommerce sites in-house, currently building multiple responsive sites, and preparing to be the first company to launch fully-featured responsive sites on Magento. We are constantly building cutting-edge technologies and functionalities, and have solidly inserted ourselves as a market-leader in researching and defining the new generations of eCommerce.

If you are looking for more information on this position or would like to apply, please see:http://www.redstage.com/jrwebdev.html

jasonzigelbaum 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Pod1 :: Interactive Digital Agency

We are an interactive agenecy specializing in eCommerce websites. We are currently looking for a senior level Front-End Engineer to come on as a contractor for an ongoing project (to start as soon as possible).


- Ability to create Pixel Perfect websites with reusable SASS from .psd files sent from creative.- Ability to code reusable interactive flows and widgets with Object Oriented Javascript.- Ability to communicate well with a Backend magento engineer and get your hands dirty with PHP if necessary.

Nice to have:- Speaks Spanish- Require JS experience- Magento or other eCommerce Framework Experience

We are also looking for a full time senior level Backend Magento Engineer.


- Zend framework experience- Magento experience- Excellent LAMP developer- Demonstrable Object Oriented experience (preferably in PHP)- Good understanding of current HTML/CSS/XHTML standards- Demonstrable experience of working with Large Systems- Understanding of why array_key_exists() is better than isset()

Contact us at careersny@pod1.com with a resume or github profile. Reference that you heard about us from hacker news for extra Cred.

*no cover letter necessary ;)


magic_at_enimai 13 hours ago 0 replies      
nimai - www.enimai.com - Mountain View CA - Full Time, (H1B Transfers)

nimai develops hardware and software that pushes the boundaries of what is possible with computers. nimai believes technology should be magic.

We are looking for extraordinary programmers.

Programmers who, true to the spirit, can work with any programming language to solve the problem at hand. Generalists who can become specialists in any field. Experts in fields where we are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Algorithms, computer vision, machine learning, math, robotics, ad-hoc wireless & Bluetooth, mobile (iOS/Android) and very low power embedded systems. The team has previously built very successful products at Apple, Amazon/Lab126, Google etc.

You will be challenged and pushed to your limit. You may have to rewrite your favourite C++ library to work in a system with 8KB RAM or scale it to massively parallel machines. You will be responsible for every bit of memory you allocate and every CPU cycle you burn.

You will be rewarded with better than industry pay and equity. However, the biggest reward will not have dollar figures attached to it. It is the feeling you get doing what you do best and making an impact in this world.

Apply at http://enimai.theresumator.com/ or drop us an email at stdin@enimai.com

anthonyp 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Conshohocken, PA (near Philadelphia; REMOTE OK)

Senior Frontend & Backend Developers

WizeHive's mission? Empower business users to get customized business apps up and running in under an hour.

We're hacking on an AngularJS frontend with a plugin architecture. This talks to a CakePHP & MySQL backend with a splash of node.js, MongoDB, and more.

Find out more about WizeHive & the opportunity here: http://bit.ly/14K4dZ6

jrob 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Fanhattan - San Mateo, Ruby Developers

Fanhattan unveiled the Fan.TV service at D: All Things Digital in May 2013. Fan is the simplest way for people to find, watch and share the movies and TV shows they love. The Fan service is available today on the Web and through an award winning iOS app, giving consumers an easy way to discover more than one million movies and shows across 29 entertainment services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, Xfinity, and more.

Founded in 2011, Fanhattan is based in Silicon Valley and backed by the investors behind TiVo, Netflix and Sonos.

We are looking for a strong self-driven senior programmer with great Ruby and Architecture knowledge to work on our back end development team. If you're interested, please email me at jroberts@fanhattan.com

TORIG-TG 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Agent Services - Ft. Lauderdale or REMOTE

Full-time or Part-time

Full Stack Rails Developer - Lead developer / CTO

We are currently building a mobile-first scheduling, and routing platform for a specific industry. We are hiring a technical lead who has experience building innovative products, can build scalable applications, and can orchestrate a remote team of developers.

We are looking for a developer with solid technical skills who can continue to turn specifications and ideas into action on Web and Mobile Platforms. We believe in tight feedback loops between business, product, design, and engineering to maximize iteration and avoid wasting time building the wrong thing. During this time, the CTO needs to own the development process and guide it to successful completion of the first version of our product.

Our team is highly experienced in our target market, and has a proven track record of success. You will have the freedom to work your own hours, but must be willing to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per week. You also have the freedom to work remotely.

Compensation is negotiable. Our product is currently in development. Our team is excellent and we are ready to build a flourishing business.

Tyler [at] Torig.com

perchard 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Desks Near Me - San Francisco CA.

We are passionate about producing high-quality software that improves people's lives by connecting them with flexible workspaces. We're looking for a talented Ruby developer who shares this passion. You'll ship code daily, build out features in their entirety, and play a key role in our growing team. See the link below for more information.



gdan 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Menlo Park, CA - Drive Pulse - http://drivepulseapp.com

We've developed a software platform to link you car to your smartphone via ad-hoc WiFi, providing access to live car data metrics like speed, RPM, turn radius, and numerous other features. We are building a powerful API for your car, along with analytic tools for when you're not in it. We're a quickly growing team of 3 Stanford engineers funded by the Lightspeed summer program.

-Hiring a Lead Hardware Engineer - Schematic Design/Networking/Manage PCB Design/Signal Analysis

-Hiring Software Engineer - Senior mobile developer (iOS), front end developer, server engineer (Rails + Node.js)

The only real requirement about you: - you work quickly and have relevant experience. For the right candidate, this summer opportunity can turn into a full-time position on the founding team with significant equity. Apply here - http://drivepulseapp.com/jobs

Damin0u 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Paris, France (full-time).JoliCode - http://jolicode.com/

We are a young and pretty French service company with strong focus on quality. We are looking for:

* Javascript developer, loving NodeJS, mobile development and Angular/Backbone to work on various projects from plain frontend Javascript to Appcelerator Titanium (Alloy) mobile applications.

* PHP expert, to work on various size projects build on top of Symfony2.

* Drupal expert, to build strong websites with Drupal > 7.

For more information: http://jolicode.com/jobs

broadbean 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Canary Wharf, London

We're looking to hire a Senior Perl Developer. To count as Senior, you should probably understand Moose, know how to use Test::More without needing to look anything up, and a CPAN ID would be an advantage. We're paying up to 60,000, have a lovely light and airey office, and by virtue of being a small company owned by a huge company, we combine being financially secure with being lots of fun! That said, we're not a startup. Job ad: http://jobs.perl.org/job/17563

benpopp 12 hours ago 0 replies      
sqrrl, a venture-backed startup in Cambridge, MA, is building a secure, scalable platform for big data apps. The core of our platform is Apache Accumulo, the Hadoop-backed BigTable implementation open-sourced by the NSA.

We're always looking for developers with experience implementing search, analytics, and DBMS platforms. Our ideal candidates have a history of open source contributions and experience with the Hadoop stack, including Accumulo or other BigTable-derived systems like HBase, Cassandra, etc.

Right now we have a small (and growing) team of excellent engineers located in Kendall Square. Use our jobs page at http://www.sqrrl.com/jobs to apply!

rjones-pica9 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Pica9 is hiring PHP developers in NYC-We are currently growing and looking to build out our Campaign Drive product.-We use the Zend framework and a lot of jQuery


mattwritescode 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Actual Experience in Bath, UK is hiring python developers
ParivedaFin 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Pariveda Solutions - Application Developers (web/mobile, java, .net, c#, sharepoint, BI, iOS, android) - full time/perm only - sorry no sponsorship provided; Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle

Were looking for exceptionally smart software developers and consultants of all levels. We write software on all scales working with small businesses to fortune 500 companies focused on a variety of software projects.Pariveda Solutions is an ESOP-based IT Consulting firm currently hiring for all our offices in CA, GA, IL, NY, TX, VA and WA.Heres what we DONT do:IT related software job-placementsAugmented staffLife-long specialist workHeres what we DO do:Work directly with clientsSmall team project software that WE pitch to the clientsConstantly learnProvide abstract solutions to hard problemsBuild in a variety of languagesoJava (you bet)oC# (you better believe it)oC/C++ (sometimes, yeah!)oWeb languages (of course)Perform all roles in software (we develop, we test, we pm, we architect, we sell)Engage in all steps of the SDLCand much more

Heres some general information about us:Pariveda Solutions is an award winning software development and management consulting firm. Our goal is to be the #1 privately held IT consulting firm in the world and our future looks bright. This is truly a great place to work focused on career development and filled with smart, passionate people who care about the work they do.

7 Reasons You Should Consider Pariveda SolutionsFull time, salaried position with strong base compensation, and profit sharingAward winning company (Consulting Magazines Small Jewels list, Employer of Excellence, Best Places to Work, INC 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company list)Employee ownership in company (privately held company with Employee Stock Ownership Plan - at all levels)Clear career path (project reviews, semi-annual reviews for promotion)Excellent benefits (company paid premiums for healthcare/dental, medical concierge service, 2% 401K matching day one, paid sabbatical for principals and above at 5 years of service)Small teams structure leads to accelerated skills growthContinual internal knowledge sharing and training

Interested? Email liz.dinzeo@parivedasolutions.com. Principals only, no recruiters or third party inquiries please.

Mozilla and Partners Prepare to Launch First Firefox OS Smartphones (mozilla.org
244 points by rnyman  17 hours ago   159 comments top 19
slacka 17 hours ago 7 replies      
All the previews I've read say that Firefox OS needs high-end hardware to deliver a responsive UI.

"Its unresponsive screen makes typing a laborious process requiring painstaking precision. Every action from swiping to tapping onscreen controls takes a beat until you see results, so using the phone for a prolonged period steals minutes of your time. Lag carries into the camera, which is slow to launch, snap, and reset."[1]

For $90, I would rather have a refurbished iPhone 3GS. A 3GS has 16GB of internal storage vs this phones 512MB and runs Apple's latest iOS 6. With native performance you get a silky smooth experience from the homescreen to apps even on budget hardware.

[1] http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57591716-94/firefox-os-phon...

jwarren 16 hours ago 1 reply      
I know that Mozilla aren't on the same realm of level of revenue as Apple or Google, and that they can't spend a fortune on marketing.

However, that must've been one of the least inspiring product demo videos I've ever watched. It does nothing on selling me on the virtues of the phone, just running through some extraordinarily anonymous features. I realise it's extremely affordable, but that hardware looks like it does almost nothing well. While I want to develop mobile apps, I don't particularly want to develop for this device, despite the HTML/CSS/JS support fitting neatly in my skillset.

The app store is probably the most curious thing, but that's hidden away and quickly glossed over.

If this starts reaching developing nations, with mobile internet etc, then I could see the benefit, and that's something that I'd love to engage with. At the moment it just seems like a weird brand exercise.

anon1385 17 hours ago 4 replies      
>customized phone experience based on your needs

Can you disable Javascript?

marban 17 hours ago 2 replies      
Releasing only low-budget hardware is probably not the best strategy to break into the existing market. That is, phones like these are doomed to be used by people who aren't even aware of what kind of OS the phone uses as long as it's labeled smartphone and comes with a cheap plan and a facebook app.
dombili 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Maybe this is me being delusional, but Geeksphone's models were running much more smoother than this (this being the Alcatel phone in the demo). I think the OS is fine and it'd work nicely on a good hardware, but it just needs time. It's gotta be hard to sell a phone that's cheap and has a good hardware. But I'm hopeful and rooting for Mozilla to pull this off.
bsaul 16 hours ago 1 reply      
The war with Tizen only get started. Yet, it's funny how those two OS will end up being almost 100% compatible (at least for webapps), and so in the end, it won't really matter which one you'll be using.Maybe this will start a new trend of "web phones", and will push android towards becoming more of a "chrome os".
Apocryphon 10 hours ago 1 reply      
There's still room for an alt, "hacker" OS that's seen as not in the pocket of Google: a Linux of the smartphone world. Tizen, being Samsung's beast, doesn't quite fit that description. So between Firefox OS, Ubuntu Mobile, Sailfish OS, Open webOS, (any others?) I'm wondering which one will capture the hearts and minds of the hacker community, if not any relevant marketshare.
panacea 17 hours ago 1 reply      
That demo video made my teeth hurt. Like going back in time to before the first iPhone was released.
elehack 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Does anyone know how feasible it is to use a Firefox OS phone with no data plan? Using GSM for voice calls and SMS, but forcing it to only do data over wifi?
juandopazo 15 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm surprised by the early launch. I've been using a Geeksphone Peak as my primary phone for a couple of weeks and FirefoxOS is far from ready. There are bugs, missing features, apps that won't do basic things... Here I was thinking FirefoxOS needed an extra year of development and they're already launching devices!
particlewave 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Google doesn't charge you to use Android and Mozilla doesn't charge you to use FF OS. So how will FF OS be able to deliver cheaper phones?

It seems if they are able to bring down prices by introducing this "no-contract cheap phone option" into the market (which may be a good thing), then nothing stops the same exact manufacturer from releasing the same exact hardware running Android for the same exact price sine the OS doesn't play into the cost in either case.

frozenport 16 hours ago 1 reply      
I am always confused by the race to the bottom approach in electronics. These are device that people will spent hundreds of hours on, what is $60 dollars of savings stretched over the course of a 2 year contract?

I understand that in developing nations like Ethiopia or India this might be significant but in Spain?

andrewcooke 16 hours ago 0 replies      
telefonica chile: you work with alcatel; if you released that here on pay-as-you-go then i'd buy one in a heartbeat...
menubar 15 hours ago 3 replies      
I'm in the "You-get-what-you-pay-for" school.

Besides being the phone all others are compared against, iPhone is standardized to fit a variety of 3rd party components; lenses, camera mounts, car mounts, etc.

Dependability is another aspect that should not be neglected to save a few $. If it's something you depend upon every day, you don't want to be disappointed when it matters most.

I guess a free Firefox OS phone would be great for homeless or families too poor to afford a decent phone.

karussell 14 hours ago 2 replies      
Could someone explain me how one can implement offline features like navigation etc for this phone? Is there an API besides HTML+JS?
lurchpop 9 hours ago 0 replies      
So is this going to be like android where facebook app is compulsory?
andylei 14 hours ago 0 replies      
if i'm in the US, how do I actually buy one?
anoncow 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Any info on country-wise availability, especially India?
pjmlp 16 hours ago 1 reply      
Following WebOS footsteps...
Germans Loved Obama. Now We Dont Trust Him nytimes.com
220 points by mxfh  1 day ago   75 comments top 14
DoubleMalt 1 day ago 5 replies      
Well written. Being myself an Austrian (not only by economic affiliation) with ties to the USA I just today contemplated that in a way Obama will do much more damage to the American reputation than Bush (2) ever could.

Bush could be seen as an anomaly. He was not elected by a majority of the American people for his first turn, and even if everybody shook their head about the obvious oilgrab in the Iraq based on blatant lies, people could somehow understand that you don't change an administration amidst a war.

Obama was seen as a return of the USA that was always admired by many if not most people in Europe.

Like someone coming to their senses after a violent fit, Europe was ready to embrace an America that put effort in preserving and spreading civil rights, peace and democracy with means that did not involve letting countries descend in mayhem that bloody dictators would envy.

Then - he did not shut down Guantanamo (and he could have done it if he had acted fast and spent time to convince his party)

- he did not Veto a continuation of the Patriot Act

- he let his administration spy on the press to an unprecedented extent

- he defends spying on everybody outside or with ties to outside the country

If this is the rational, the civilized America, then we are in deep trouble.

graycat 1 day ago 2 replies      
Once my (bright, Valedictorian, PBK, 'Summa Cum Laude', Woodrow Wilson,NSF, Ph.D.) wife gave me a question:

We were running a little consultingcompany, and one of our clients wasfrom a wealthy family. My wifeasked me about that client,"What has he actually done himself?"that is, that he didn't mostly getjust handed to him from his positionin the wealth and power of his family?

That was a good question. Prescient. Indeed,when he started making decisions reallyon his own, he made just awful decisionsand lost again and again, in total a bundle, a big fraction ofhis share of the family's wealth.Not unexpected: The great Americannovel is rags to rags in threegenerations!

Okay, look at Ohama: What has he actuallydone besides have several smart and/orwealthy people help him ride a waveto get elected?

From what I can see, generally his approachis when there is an issue in the news, have his writersformulate some cliches on the issue,mouth the cliches, and then donothing or nothing significantand wait until the MSM, etc. forgetabout the issue.

In one step more detail, he has in mind a coalition -- that's onerole of a politician, to form awinning coalition. So, e.g., oneof the groups he wants in his coalition are the greenies.So, back early in 2008 he gave an interview with the San FranciscoChronicle where he said that hisidea was to have carbon "cap andtrade" and slowly "ratchet up"the standards until the coal firedelectric generating plants were"bankrupt". When I read that, Iwent into orbit somewhere in theouter planets before returning toearth. Why? Easy enough to find inDepartment of Energy reports was that then 49% of all of ourelectric power and, as I recall,23% of all our energy was comingfrom coal. So, in simple, starkterms, his "bankrupt", taken literally,would do more damage to the USeconomy than Hitler, Stalin, and Maoever hoped. And Obama admittedthe effect, that electric rateswould "skyrocket".

But eventually I understood that Ihad gotten all excited over nextto nothing: Yes, apparently someold coal fired plants have beenshut down -- a good report wouldbe of interest but I don't havea reference to one. But electricrates have not gone up likea "skyrocket". I doubtthat the coal plant shutdownshave amounted to much.Indeed, Buffett recentlybought Burlington NorthernRailroad which is big inhauling coal to coal plants. So, no doubt Buffett tookObama's SF Chronicle interviewas, to quote the movie All thePresident's Men, "total BS".

So, what the heck did he do?Well, he got some greenies allhappy for a while and likelygot some political donations.With the happy greenies, he gotfreedom to aim some of theTARP II and stimulus money (supposedly $92 billionand later another $45 billion) togreen projects thatlikely resulted in some political power and campaigndonations.

Big, huge waste, right? Well,yes, but maybe not totally useless:Heck in WWII we gotout of The Great Depression in about 90 days by pouring moneyinto guns and bullets thatwere junk by 1945 (suddenlyhad 1-3 jobs for everyonewho could work, women included,especially if they could learn touse a rivet gun).So, maybe pouring $92 billionplus $45 billion into projectsthat might, unfortunately, be just junk soon enough might help get the economygoing, e.g., as that money soon getsspent for the usual things --food, clothing, shelter,transportation, medical care,education, .... Or, it was likethe helicopter solution --fly over the US and drop moneyuntil the economy is going again.

Maybe the greeniesare less than 20% of the population.So, what about the 80+% of thepopulation not greenies who don'twant to see 49% of our electricutility industry destroyed?Well, apparently that 80+%just didn't pay attention tothe Obama greenie remarks andotherwise didn't take himseriously. And one stepmore, as soon as shutting downour electric power startedto pinch, people would screambloody murder and the situationwould be turned around.

So, net, curiously, the 20-% get allexcited and contribute to a coalitionlong enough to win an election;the 80+% mostly pay no attention;and soon enough everyone forgets about theissue.

So, can build a coalition, say, longenough to get elected: (1) Pick a listof controversial issues and, for each, picka small group of highly concernedcitizens. (2) In some speeches, feed each group someradical raw meat cliches that they will reallylike. (3) In reality, do next to nothing or nothingon the cliches. (4) Let time pass, new issuesdominate the news, and the old issuesfade into the background.

Then what about the real work? (1) Waituntil others propose solutions.(2) Wait until some such solutionsget some traction. (3a) If the solutionis really popular in the country, thensupport it. (3b) If the solutionis just to be implemented in theExecutive Branch, then let itbut don't publicly support it;if the solution flops, blamethe lower level people who implementedit; if the solution is successful,take credit.

But, mostly don't actually have avision and push it and bet ownpolitical capital on it.

If Obama has a vision, then my guessis that he just wants as much moremoney and power in DC as he canbring there so that DC cantake the US by the horns andlead it somewhere, say, tosocial justice. Otherwisehe gets time to work on hisgolf game and jump shot.

What's wrong? He's not really leading.He's not really out in frontwith solutions. He mostly is justletting things happen from othersand avoiding being close enoughto get blamed. So, there's notmuch coordination.Mostly he's avoidingblame.

Why don't people notice what he'sdoing? Because things, especiallythe economy and wars, are not badenough for people to be interrupting the rest of theirlives to raise hell insisting on something better. And,people do pay a lot of attention to theMSM, and the MSM has a veryshort attention span.

E.g., for the Benghazi controversy?The NSA controversy pushed that out of the headlines. For theNSA controversy? Issue clichesand otherwise let Clapper, GeneralAlexander, and Bidenmeet the public. For Snowden,mostly just f'get about him.

Back to the golf game and jump shot.

Or, "How to be President withoutReally Trying". Works as longas the voters put up with itand there's no crisis thatdemands more.

Crisis? What about hurricane Sandy? As at

"Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history."

So, with hurricane Katrina, W gotexcoriated, eviscerated, drawn, quartered,etc. With hurricane SandyGovernor Christie got some publicity,Mayor Bloomberg was busy, but Obama got no blame. Cute.

iaskwhy 1 day ago 3 replies      
The infographic linked in the article is amazing: http://www.zeit.de/datenschutz/malte-spitz-data-retention

For those who don't want to read it, it's six months of the author's metadata gathered by T-Mobile being displayed on a map.

criley2 1 day ago 5 replies      
As Germans feign outrage for the actions of the Five Eyes, specifically the UK and America, they rubber stamp the same style laws that amusingly, went into effect very recently:


Forcing telecoms to keep data available for on demand searches of intensely personal citizens information.

ianstallings 1 day ago 1 reply      
It blows my mind that people fall for political windbaggery. Europe seems especially starry-eyed for Obama. It's kind of strange.
RexRollman 1 day ago 0 replies      
Not just the Germans.
ajtaylor 1 day ago 0 replies      
The standout quote for me is on the second page: "When courts and judges negotiate secretly, when direct data transfers occur without limits, when huge data storage rather than targeted pursuit of individuals becomes the norm, all sense of proportionality and accountability is lost." This sums up the current situation quite nicely. Absolute power always corrupts absolutely. Always.
vor_ 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I have to admit I was never a fan of Obama and didn't understand those who trusted his promises as a candidate. Every candidate makes promises they rarely keep, but Obama was well known for the level of change he claimed he would bring. None of this administration's scandals have surprised me.
ck2 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Now imagine you live in the USA and double that before/after feeling.

Not saying there was a better alternative but what have we done.

galaktor 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Highlight from the article: The guy published [1] the meta-data T-Mobile collected from his phone as a practical example of the information that can be extracted from it.

[1] http://www.zeit.de/datenschutz/malte-spitz-data-retention

AlexeiSadeski 1 day ago 0 replies      
Sounds like the Germans are getting a genuine American experience.
luka1413 1 day ago 0 replies      
For now, the whole world don't trust US, or any cloud service provided by US.
edwardunknown 1 day ago 0 replies      
First: what does this have to do with technology? Second: damn right Germany shouldn't trust us, because the world doesn't trust Germany and hopefully it never will. It doesn't bother me in the least that we're keeping an eye on them, I'd be nervous if we weren't.
mynameishere 1 day ago 0 replies      
Getting kind-of tired of this. When the Snowden "revelations" came out, my thought was "And...?"

Everybody paying attention knew the US government, and all governments, were sucking down all the data they could get. If you don't like it, AES-256 is widely available. Problem solved. If you think bitching or voting (Ha!) is more powerful than encryption, think again.

How to build (and how not to build) a secure remember me feature troyhunt.com
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WA 13 hours ago 2 replies      
Good article, but one thing is explained in a weird way:

Don't bother with cookie expiration. That's the wrong approach, because the cookie is controlled by the user. Always do a server-side check whether or not the auth token in the cookie is allowed to continue the session.

So you could simply set the expiration date for a cookie until 2030 but make sure that the auth token from that cookie cannot be used after $EXPIRATION_TIMESTAMP on the server.

You could also follow a layered approach:

If the user logs in every few days, re-authenticate him using the auth token from the cookie. But if the user was seen more than $MAX_INACTIVE_DAYS ago, do not re-authenticate and terminate all sessions, even if the "remember me" function is set to half a year or so.

sehrope 12 hours ago 3 replies      
Remember me cookies are a specific case of some data sent to the client that the server would like to verify at a later point in time. The most direct way that comes to mind for solving this type of problem is to send the client just a random identifier and have the server look it up in a persistent store upon use.

The other way of solving it is to have the server sign whatever data is sent to the client via an HMAC. That combined with some basic serialization gets you a generic approach that you can use for all kinds of things. This also has the scalable benefit that it doesn't require a centralize persistent store.

Here's a high level summary of how we handle these use cases:

# Server -> Client (Assume server wants to round trip object X)

  1. Server serializes X to a URL friendly string (JSON + Base64 works well enough for this)  2. Server calls generateToken(type, message, expiration) which signs the message/expiration with secretKey+type. It then returns a JSON/Base64 serialized map containing message/expiration/hmac.
# Client -> Server

  1. Client sends back the final JSON/Base64 string  2. Server decodes and extracts the message, expiration, and hmac  3. Server verifies the HMAC by regenerating it and comparing it against the client supplied one  4. Server verifies the expiration date hasn't passed  5. Server returns back the deserialized object
Couple of notes:

* The HMAC prevents the client from tampering with the message

* The 'type' field is so that tokens generated for one request type cannot be accepted somewhere else in the application. It's kind of like namespacing.

* The 'type' field does not need to be included in the message itself. It's inferred by the server based on the client request type.

* The object/message itself can be blank. In that case this becomes