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An exploration of Yelp's own filtered reviews jamiehdavidson.blogspot.com
43 points by jhdavids8  1 hour ago   20 comments top 4
jrockway 48 minutes ago 4 replies      
"I don't like Yelp, so here are some random unsubstantiated complaints about the reviews about Yelp itself."

The author seems to think people hate Yelp, but I'm not sure that's the case. Everyone I know in real life uses it regularly when trying to find some place to go, and the results are largely acceptable.

Review sites are always going to trend negative because people who have had average or good experiences aren't going to be driven by rage to write a nasty review. Everyone has their own star scale and expectations of service ("I had to sit in economy class on my $10 ticket! I'm never flying United again!"). This leads to useless star ratings, but this is no fault of Yelp itself. It's the fault of relying on non-professionals to do professional-quality work. But, if you read for content, you can usually figure out whether a place is good or not. For example, a review like "I went during the dinner rush on Saturday night and it took 5 minutes to get a table! 1 star! Oh yeah, the food was good." is a positive review, even though the reviewer only gave one star.

So anyway, don't hate on Yelp, hate on the clueless people clueless writing reviews.

progolferyo 32 minutes ago 1 reply      
Interesting article. I don't understand the filtered review system at all. Beyond the 'he said / she said' complaints that occasionally come out, there are things about their system that simply don't make any sense unless Yelp is incompetent or slimy. For example:

- When you post a review, you as a reviewer think its unfiltered forever. When you revisit the page as a logged in user and read a place that has your review, your review is visible. When you log out or log in as another user, the review is filtered and hidden. At the very least, it should tell you your review is filtered, I see no reason to pretend the review is not filtered when the review is legitimate.

- When you view unfiltered results, the per page number mysteriously changes to 10 per page. I don't see any reason why this should change. Plus the results are pretty slow to load, quite slower than the results for filtered reviews.

- Why do you need to enter in a captcha to view the unfiltered reviews? Why would they care if you were a bot only for the unfiltered reviews and not the normal reviews? I don't see the difference, unless they want to prevent people from writing scripts to pull in unfiltered review data. Plus the captcha is fucking horrible, literally half the captcha's I get are not readable and I need to refresh.

- The filter algorithm seems to be clearly flawed and simply catches way too many reviews that should not be filtered. For example, take this user: http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=tZlbsUVo-8wtnR7oMa-3... . The guy has 11 reviews, 1 1-star review, 1 2-star review and nothing out of the ordinary and yet his review about Yelp was filtered. Why? His points in the review seemed legitimate. He seems to be a normal user, not a new user and posts reviews across the board (more good reviews than bad in fact). They should either fix the algorithm or be more transparent about why reviews are filtered because I can't understand why a review like that is filtered.

pauljonas 50 minutes ago 0 replies      
I stopped using Yelp after I discovered that reviews I logged to the site were not showing if I was not "logged in" to Yelp. What is the point of using a social review repository if the reviews are only viewable by me, when I log in to the site? I'd be better served by putting it in a text file/directory.
michaelcampbell 1 hour ago 1 reply      
The captcha looked quite clearly to me to be "inctory". These captcha's are not necessarily real words (I believe to thwart dictionary based crackers?), and I also am pretty sure the service they are using is not tied to Yelp itself.
DigiNotar Damage Disclosure (with full list of issued certs) torproject.org
138 points by jen_h  6 hours ago   27 comments top 6
Tharkun 5 hours ago 3 replies      
Many thanks to the Tor folks for this disclosure, at least they (and other browser providers) are taking responsibility where Diginotar would not.

It seems likely that Diginotar will be going out of business shortly, and rightly so, but I don't think this should stop there. Their lack of communication is very troubling. Not sure what their contractual obligations are, but when supplying trusted SSL certs trust seems pretty important, so maybe it's possible to sue for damages since that trust was obviously broken?

jackowayed 5 hours ago 4 replies      

  The most egregious certs issued were for *.*.com and *.*.org

Why is that even possible? Does it ever make sense for that to exist? If the browsers currently accept that, I wouldn't be surprised if they stop accepting that since it almost certainly means someone got ahold of certs they shouldn't have.

xpaulbettsx 1 hour ago 0 replies      
If you're running Windows, you need to disable this root CA immediately, as you are now vulnerable to having arbitrary code run on your machine as SYSTEM if someone spoofs Windows Update.
xtacy 54 minutes ago 0 replies      
Is there an AdBlock like community collected list of "safe" certificates that I should have in my system? Till date, I have removed COMODO, DigiNotar, but I suspect there are more.
joelhaasnoot 4 hours ago 1 reply      
Was just logging into the e-service portal DigiD which previously had a Government cert verified by DigiNotar. Now it's verified by Getronics PinkRoccade, a big dutch IT-services company belonging to former state-owned telco KPN.
cft 59 minutes ago 0 replies      
Iranian govmnt revenge for stuxnet?
Teal and Orange in Hollywood movies theabyssgazes.blogspot.com
77 points by thmzlt  3 hours ago   20 comments top 8
ethank 1 hour ago 0 replies      
To every generation there is a film technique which defines it. There was the smokey grey/green from the Matrix films. Michael Mann had his desaturated shallow-DOF look. David Fincher uses silver-retention on his film development to extend the dynamic range while underexposing his shots (thats why interiors in Seven were so "dark" yet exposed).

Part of the device of cinema is extending the mise-en-scene outward and upward to the representational devices (projection, development and treatment).

Part of the study of film is tracing how the use of technique defines generations of film makers. Often, technology serves as an impetus for a style (i.e., Robert Altman and the use of multi-track audio on Nashville precipitated very "talky" films from the 70's/80's), or the developments in computer motion controlled rigs.

Or lets not forget: lens flares.

Color grading (ie, the orange/blue compliments in this article) are also defined by outward influences like magazine photography, trends in CGI, etc.

Anyhow, in a few years a new dominate "look" will pervade cinema and we'll all have something new to complain about.

relix 2 hours ago 1 reply      
Am I the only one who doesn't mind the blue/orange gradient? I don't get why everyone is going mental about it (this article and many like it have popped up frequently over the last few years). The article itself isn't even worth reading, filled with hyperboles like "...a monstrosity that would eventually lead to one of the worst films ever...". Especially the history lesson at the end is superfluous.

Ironically enough, the first thought I had when I visited his blog was "oh god no not another white text on black background site!". But I'm not going to write an article about the trend of light text on dark background, which would actually be a more valid complaint because it objectively reduces readability, while the orange+blue palette is just taste.

huhtenberg 55 minutes ago 0 replies      
Tron certainly takes the prize here, but at least they had a plausible excuse for the palette choice :)
ejs 1 hour ago 0 replies      
It is pretty common in any form of art or photography to use color balance to convey a mood.

The eye is pretty good at dealing with these things, does the author get frightened and angry when the setting sun makes things appear orange?

djenryte 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Insightful article. Happy for the repost. Missed this the first time around.
pwg 2 hours ago 2 replies      
Ironic value of complaining about the ugliness of Hollywood movie color schemes while utilizing an absolutely putrid color scheme on the blog itself: priceless.

Physician, heal thyself.

wallawe 1 hour ago 1 reply      
I first noticed this in the movie "Traffic." Great movie and cinematography in my opinion, but I noticed how the orange came out in the Mexican drug cartel scenes and a heavy blue in the DC ones.
Asset Pipeline for Sinatra github.com
43 points by acanals  3 hours ago   discuss
Steve Jobs and the Eureka Myth hbr.org
53 points by peritpatrio  4 hours ago   6 comments top 3
sjwright 2 hours ago 1 reply      
You can't blame the audience for believing the eureka myth when new designs and new features are revealed in an instant, on stage, often punctuated with a brief utterance of boom.

Steve makes it look easy.

Arguably, it's not dissimilar to the techniques of showmanship that a magician uses. Months and years are spent perfecting their stage performances so that when you finally show an audience, they don't see the ropes and pulleys -- they see the trick.

Perhaps it's part of Steve Jobs' strategy to make everything seem so effortless and inspired, as a way to frustrate and flummox his competitors when inspiration inevitably fails to strike them on cue.

EGreg 18 minutes ago 0 replies      
Very true! Apple is the foremost example of great design from the inside.
gsruv 1 hour ago 1 reply      
Does anyone have a good ref for the details of "internal competition"? The organizational architecture would be fascinating.
How to handle a VC who flies First danshapiro.com
16 points by danshapiro  1 hour ago   2 comments top 2
littlegiantcap 16 minutes ago 0 replies      
I kind of feel like this is a bandaid solution. While this may help with travel expenses this seems indicative of a larger issue that needs to be dealt with directly. I think you need to have a talk with your investors about this rather than taking the passive approach.

On a side note most investors I know (admittedly that number is very very small), but still they would be incredibly conscious of any sort of over the top expense and would want the money to stay in the company and be used for something more productive than a better seat on a plane.

annon 35 minutes ago 0 replies      
Maybe it's just me, but it seems like it would be better to speak with the VC directly about this. If you can't have a candid conversation about expenses with one of your investors, you probably shouldn't be in business with them.

Drafting up the expenses agreement, having the board approve it, and having the comptroller deal with it seems like a lot of work that could have been dealt with by a simple conversation instead.

Making beautiful forms; Square and Recurly functionsource.com
11 points by colinprince  1 hour ago   discuss
Extracting Meaning from Millions of Pages technologyreview.com
29 points by jaybol  3 hours ago   4 comments top 3
lazyjeff 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I work for the professor from the article (but not on TextRunner).

We're working on extracting meaning from reviews as well: http://revminer.com/

At the moment, it only has reviews of Seattle places (restaurants, hotels, etc.) but we're moving it mobile. It's written using node.js and socket.io; I'd be interested in hearing any feedback.

acak 1 hour ago 0 replies      
From the article -
"For example, to find the names of people who are CEOs within millions of documents, you'd first need to train the software with other examples, such as "Steve Jobs is CEO of Apple, Sheryl Sandberg is CEO of Facebook." "

Sheryl Sandberg? Deliberate or honest mistake? :-]

antimora 1 hour ago 1 reply      
Looks like the directory index was left open. http://textrunner.cs.washington.edu/
The Secret Life of JavaScript Primitives javascriptweblog.wordpress.com
23 points by toffeescript  2 hours ago   discuss
The Complete Guide To Freemium Business Models techcrunch.com
7 points by matusz13  46 minutes ago   discuss
How to self-educate if you lack a formal design education netmagazine.com
133 points by cwan  9 hours ago   35 comments top 13
davidw 9 hours ago 2 replies      
The "Non Designer's Design Book" is pretty good. It was suggested to me on this forum some time ago, and I got a lot out of it, even though it's still a struggle to really internalize it


(And, yes, I have an affiliate link there. That's why I got a high karma score here, so I could start raking in the millions with affiliate links to books...)

angusdavis 8 hours ago 4 replies      
That article misses the bulk of what good design is actually about. To quote Steve Jobs:

"Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it's this veneer -- that the designers are handed this box and told, 'Make it look good!' That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

If you want to learn about design, before reading books about colors, fonts, grid layouts or how to make an inner glow in Photoshop, you should start by reading something like Don Norman's "The Design of Everyday Things" to gain an appreciation for how things work, and why. Then worry about making them look good.

sriramk 8 hours ago 1 reply      
I've been taking a different approach. I started poring over books on people like Dieter Rams, reading about other design oriented fields like fashion,advertising (Ogilvy's book is amazing) architecture, etc. It's been hugely helpful and just fun in it's own right.
zitterbewegung 43 minutes ago 0 replies      
I have been working with a designer to design his website and based upon his feedback and my constant redesign I'm developing a design aesthetic which is very helpful. I suppose I am learning design by doing.
toumhi 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I think most of HN users who fit that description (wanting to self-educate if you lack a formal design education) are programmers.

To these i say: learning design is good and valuable, but if you want to learn design because you want your next websites or web apps to look good, IMHO you'll be better off outsourcing to a designer who spent years studying these things (you won't become a great designer overnight). For a couple hundred dollars you can find somebody (good) on odesk to design a couple pages that would look much better than a starting designer could do.

michaelpinto 6 hours ago 0 replies      
What so many programmers just don't get is that design isn't a programming language that you can learn in a few weekends in your spare time. When you got to art school you sit in a room with over a dozen other artists so you see every potential solution to a problem. When you go to art school you study with a wide range of teachers who have every sort of professional experience (which is different than reading a book or looking at a website).

I've been doing design for interactive media for over twenty years and I can tell you that most self educated "web designers" are really just decorators who know HTML. And not that there's anything wrong with that but there's a huge difference between a decorator and someone who thinks like architect when you need one. Simply put: Despite our love of the idea of the brilliant actor or rock star who becomes famous overnight most of us really do need an education.

telemachos 6 hours ago 0 replies      
The book he recommends for grids[1] isn't available yet (and has no release date).

As an alternative perhaps Khoi Vinh's Ordering Disorder[2].

[1] http://www.fivesimplesteps.com/products/a-practical-guide-to...

[2] http://www.subtraction.com/2010/11/05/i-wrote-a-book

tedkimble 7 hours ago 3 replies      
A question to web-designers: What are the metrics with which you test your design experimentations?

Does it pass the test if it aligns to a grid, contains a pleasant color palette, has enough whitespace, hierarchy, and contrast? Or is there something more fundamental you strive for?

I think a formal design education would be much less concerned with the former, and more concerned with the latter -- what are your most fundamental first principles as a person, and how can you instill those into your design and/or design process.

I want to see more articles about that.

floris 2 hours ago 0 replies      
The most important thing when learning design is to learn and use the right process. Except for the very abstract inspiration part, everything listed here would all fit in the last 50% of my process as an 'educated designer'. I believe there's much more low hanging fruit in the first 50%. It's hard to give concrete examples for this though because it's all very dependent on the kind of product you aim to design.
kenjackson 6 hours ago 2 replies      
I feel like I get all the theory. I can't sit down in Illustrator and make it happen. I'd really like to get a good book or course that can help me actually use the tools to design great sites.
mannicken 4 hours ago 0 replies      
I think the fundamental problem is that designers use right brains to come up with solution: the brain that's involved in processing of emotions, shapes, "a-ha" moments, and seeing the whole picture.

Programming, on the other hand, seems to be a fairly analytical and logical activity that involves verbalizing logic in a programming language.

I suggest starting out with "The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" because if you try to approach design as you would approach programming it will look like a stick figure.

jcoder 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Fine article, but if the goal is legitimacy in the design community, make sure not to misuse terms. Kuler and colorlovers.com are great resources but they probably won't teach you anything about color theory. Also, white balance does not mean what the author thinks it means.
saturnisbig 7 hours ago 0 replies      
many opinions here is important to me, and i have been thinking some of the problem. i like this.
Patterns For Large-Scale JavaScript Application Architecture addyosmani.com
31 points by dwynings  4 hours ago   1 comment top
hblanks 55 minutes ago 0 replies      
This is interesting and spot-on so far as building modular, decoupled components go. Nevertheless, as the first of many Google Closure developers at Monetate, I got a lot more mileage out of Ray Ryan's great 2009 talk on Google Web Toolkit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDuhR18-EdM), of all things. He pretty much only talks about two patterns (MVP and services/event buses), but he does a great job of explaining how these apply to all sorts of parts of the application (history, RPC, display, etc.). And much to his credit, those were the only two patterns we ever needed.

Other folks might disagree, but in my experience, one of the bigger headaches to making a rich web application in JavaScript is that the class+instance model just doesn't work like you need it to -- and so in this post, we see a lot of patterns dedicated to getting around just that problem. Closure took care of that for us, so we spent pretty much no time coming up with new patterns, and instead were able to focus on writing re-usable, modular components and services from the get-go. It's not a tool I'd recommend to everyone, but if you're building a fairly high-featured web application, Closure's definitely worth looking into.

Divisive diversions bit-player.org
8 points by wglb  2 hours ago   discuss
How long filenames were added in Windows 95 to be backward compatible teleport.com
36 points by wayne  7 hours ago   21 comments top 7
pointyhat 5 hours ago 3 replies      
The irony of this is half of Windows is STILL utterly BROKEN with respect to path lengths since LFN was introduced in the Win32 API and it shoots you almost every day if you have to work with any deep directory hierarchies. There are so many rules it's unfunny:


aninteger 6 hours ago 1 reply      
I really love articles about programming from the 90s. Everything was written in C/C++ and maybe some Perl. Working with file formats that may or may not have had specifications, building and using algorithms that you learned in comp sci classes. I miss those days. :(

It's so rare that web pages from the 90s still even exist on the internet. Sadly I have to do a lot of web surfing with the wayback machine as a proxy to the days of the past.

wayne 2 hours ago 0 replies      
If you found that interesting, here's Raymond Chen's addendum to the above article: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2011/08/26/10200...

(I found the main link via Raymond's post and found it a lot more interesting, but Raymond's post is worth a read if you enjoyed the article.)

ethank 1 hour ago 1 reply      
Speaking of this, did anyone on HN beta test Chicago (windows 95?)

Early betas had the tendency to bork the LFN's which was a joy.

kingkawn 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I had a windows xp machine that had very long file names on some pictures, and when the drive ran into some troubles the data specialists I took it to wanted to charge $2k because of the troubles those files were going to give them. Ahh my youth.
whatgoodisaroad 6 hours ago 0 replies      
In the first table of the "Storage Utilization" section, I believe the word "byte" is being used where the author means "bit".
DiabloD3 6 hours ago 1 reply      
Ahh, the wonders of trying to list everything in C:\Program Files, and getting several indistinguishable MICROS~1.
Show HN: Quote Vote, my Android app combining social voting with 140 characters chuinard.com
12 points by chuinard  3 hours ago   5 comments top 3
angryasian 2 minutes ago 0 replies      
I don't know what the general percentage is, but for example on reddit, most people are consumers or lurkers, and its a small percentage to get people to participate. So I would possibly implement something for so called karma people, a leader board, or showcase the user name more, to give people the vanity that apps like yours need to provide.
joebo 42 minutes ago 1 reply      
I don't understand the concept. The post has mostly technical tidbits but not much about the functionality.
chuinard 1 hour ago 1 reply      
I was hoping for some feedback on the concept. Thoughts?
My job is to watch dreams die reddit.com
327 points by SandB0x  14 hours ago   47 comments top 12
sudonim 9 hours ago 5 replies      
I've been following the housing bust.

In 2009, I remember reading a resignation later by a guy who made his "F* you money" betting for a housing collapse. He blasted the big banks, ivy leaguers, and old boys network.

I bought complex derivatives (SRS, SKF) but lost betting against the market.

I read http://calculatedriskblog.com for a while and educated myself about the macro factors in the markets.

Through "calculated risk", I learned of Jim the Realtor http://www.bubbleinfo.com/ who videos (vacant) casualties of the housing collapse. Seeing it made it real for me.

Over time, I've realized that the further from reality that decisions are being made, the more likely we are to make destructive decisions.

When soldiers kill people with drone aircraft in video game-like conditions, it removes the reality from something that would be extremely traumatizing when done with bare hands.

In our wonderfully complex world, we sow complexity, and reap disaster. Im not sure what the answer is, but there is something terribly wrong when destruction is more profitable than creation.

patrickk 12 hours ago 1 reply      
There's a Hollywood blockbuster waiting to be made out of a story like this (as noted in some of the Reddit comments). Something along the lines of Fight Club (grimy house scenes, top-notch monologue) or Lord of War/Up in the Air (someone doing a toxic job but good at it).
pseudonym 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Both interesting and depressing. No matter who you think should ultimately take the blame for the housing crash, it's easy to forget how many people other than just the homeowners are affected by this crap.
molbioguy 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Looking at a beautiful albeit narrow slice of something can hurt you (even though it feels good) because you fail to see the larger picture (which may not be so pretty). It introduces a bias that may lead you to incorrect conclusions and bad decisions. Enjoy the craft, but be wary.
tonio09 6 hours ago 1 reply      
this was very emotional article. very sad indeed. isnt it weird that all front page articles on reddit are overtly emotional? it seems that plain groundbreaking research papers will never make it to the frontpage...
sgt 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Nearly read "My dream is to watch Jobs die". I am far too tired to read HN right now.
mike55 5 hours ago 0 replies      
It thought it will be a post by a VC.
nazgulnarsil 5 hours ago 0 replies      
First world problems....
forinti 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Tom Waits should put a melody on that.
jamaicahest 7 hours ago 0 replies      
And the influx of redditors on HN is complete.
davedx 12 hours ago 5 replies      
Interesting, but hacker news? Come on... if I wanted general news, then I'd go to Reddit.
ristretto 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Since i m not going to read it, can somebody please post a tl;dr here: http://tldrplz.com ?


What Makes a Great Teacher? theatlantic.com
15 points by jseliger  4 hours ago   2 comments top 2
aik 2 minutes ago 0 replies      
Some of the key points I found interesting:

- Great teachers tended to set big goals for their students.

- Great teachers were perpetually looking for ways to improve their effectiveness.

- Superstar teachers had four other tendencies in common: they avidly recruited students and their families into the process; they maintained focus, ensuring that everything they did contributed to student learning; they planned exhaustively and purposefullyâ€"for the next day or the year aheadâ€"by working backward from the desired outcome; and they worked relentlessly, refusing to surrender to the combined menaces of poverty, bureaucracy, and budgetary shortfalls.

- Great teachers frequently check for understanding, and don't make the rookie mistake of asking "do you understand?"

- For many highly effective teachers, the measure of a well-executed routine is that it continues in the teacher's absence.

- What predicts success: A history of perseverance, or "grit” â€" defined as perseverance and a passion for long-term goals.

- Success as a teacher: Teachers who scored high in “life satisfaction” â€" reporting that they were very content with their livesâ€"were 43 percent more likely to perform well in the classroom than their less satisfied colleagues. These teachers “may be more adept at engaging their pupils, and their zest and enthusiasm may spread to their students.”

- Past performance is a great indicator of future performance.

- A master's degree in education seems to have no impact on classroom effectiveness.

- Important when measuring success: Were you prepared? Did you achieve your objective in five minutes (or whatever other time)?

Not mentioned in the article: A great book on this topic is "What the Best College Teachers Do" by Ken Bain. Ken does his own research into what makes a great teacher and has some fascinating findings. The huge effort that highly successful teachers put into their students is just incredible, though daunting, and gives me a lot of respect for the profession.

tokenadult 21 minutes ago 0 replies      
Previous submission 605 days ago by the same submitter:


(which I mention because some of the discussion last time was interesting, and because I was curious how the duplicate detector was defeated in this case).

I'm happy to discuss this issue afresh here, as HN's participation has grown quite a lot since 605 days ago, and teaching is my occupation (in a nonprofit organization offering supplemental mathematics lessons to advanced young learners).

My initial comment on the interesting submitted article is that I've always thought that one huge difference between pupils who grow up to be smart adults and those who grow up to be struggling adults, especially when siblings in the same family differ in academic success, is the effectiveness of the teachers each pupil had. If I consider the case of two pupils who enter a six-year elementary school in which each grade has five classrooms (basically the childhood experience my siblings and I had), the unfortunate pupil who gets the worst teacher in the grade each year for six years in a row will be lucky to know how to read, while the pupil who gets the best teacher in the grade each year for six years will likely be able to enter college early. Teachers make a huge difference. I'm always happy to learn how I can make a bigger positive difference for the pupils I teach.

Linus Torvalds now on GitHub github.com
282 points by olliesaunders  23 hours ago   66 comments top 13
cookiecaper 22 hours ago  replies      
It'd've been advantageous to see this go on a purely open service like Gitorious instead. They often provide similar features as GitHub and could definitely use the exposure of Linus's account.

I use and enjoy GitHub, so this definitely isn't a personal gripe, I'd just like to see the competition in that space heat up a bit, and there'd be bonus points if we could simultaneously promote a completely open platform.

cpeterso 19 hours ago 1 reply      
The "torvalds" github account claims to have been created today. Did github have reserve that account name for Linus or did they boot a squatter? I see there dubious accounts registered for "linustorvalds", "billgates", and "stevejobs" but not "billg" or "sjobs".

btw stevejobs uploaded Windows 8 source code in 2009! Bill, you might want to give Steve a call. ;)

moe 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Poor Linus will probably be flooded with patches and pull requests for every commit he makes.

On the other hand, he might very well spark some interesting things just by committing small stubs of his ideas.

yesbabyyes 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Sorry for taking http://github.com/linus, Linus!
grandalf 17 hours ago 1 reply      
Congrats to the Github team for this. I'd say it's a pretty huge endorsement, regardless of whether Linus intended it that way or not.
jsaxton86 21 hours ago 0 replies      
The README file is great:

TL/DR: I've never used GTK before, I know my code sucks, but my little divelog program is better than anything else I could find, and if someone wants to fix my code they are welcome to do so.

xuhu 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Hard to believe, but the sources compile cleanly on win32 (using mingw). And ... it actually works!

I put binaries up at http://patraulea.com/diveclog/diveclog-win32-110904.zip

wtracy 14 hours ago 0 replies      
He has nearly a thousand followers within a day of creating an account. Nice.
bostonvaulter2 21 hours ago 1 reply      
I assume diveclog is for scuba diving?
thedjpetersen 22 hours ago 1 reply      
It would be really cool if he puts his fun side project scripts up. I would enjoy seeing what he hacks on the side.
MrKurtHaeusler 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Hmm he seems to have left out the unit tests.
tbranyen 18 hours ago 0 replies      
William Gibson talks briefly to BoingBoing about his novel, design & the web boingboing.net
28 points by wgx  7 hours ago   3 comments top 2
w1ntermute 5 hours ago 0 replies      
> I think I bought a total of maybe four new hardcover novels, as an undergraduate, so I still think of the hardcover as a sort of word-of-mouth trailer for the mass market paperback.

At the most basic level, though, it's temporal price discrimination. Those who want to read the book right away will buy the expensive hardcover edition as soon as it's released, while others will wait for the cheaper paperback version. The free word-of-mouth advertising by those diehard fans is just an additional benefit.

Perhaps something similar will be seen with the Kindle store, in that prices for books will gradually drop, in order to net the highest profit from the hardcore fans, but still draw in casual readers with lower prices at a later date.

gks 6 hours ago 1 reply      
I kinda missed the part where he talked about his latest novel… Zero History was originally published about a year ago (September of 2010) and it is now in mass market paperback. But, when you say "latest" novel it sort of means you're talking about the new novel that hasn't been released yet. Not the old novel that is being released again.

Although, now it appears the title has been altered?
RSS says "William Gibson talks to BoingBoing about his latest novel"

Meanwhile, HN has "William Gibson talks briefly to BoingBoing about his novel, design & the web"

Color me confused..

The Technical Origins of Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) salon.com
46 points by keiferski  9 hours ago   7 comments top 5
dgallagher 1 hour ago 0 replies      
NIN's official Vimeo channel (http://vimeo.com/ninofficial) has some amazing live performances on it: http://vimeo.com/18328943
cma 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Funny how they completely glossed over his "The Exotic Birds" period =)


TobiasCassell 4 hours ago 0 replies      
"I learned that I don't want to relinquish that [programming] duty to others. I will day to day. But I need to be able to sit down and do what I want to do if I want to do it."

-Trent Rezner

smcdow 9 hours ago 2 replies      
Props to Trent and all, but Kraftwerk was doing all this and more in the 1970s. They're the original Mensch-Maschine.
apu 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Closing is for losers and benefits don't work? sebastianmarshall.com
43 points by lionhearted  8 hours ago   10 comments top 6
ojbyrne 4 hours ago 0 replies      
So I spent 6 months or so sitting in a room with 3 really good salespeople selling solar power systems to homeowners (anywhere from $20k up). The things I noticed, listening to their phone patter, etc.

- Building trust is the most important thing in getting to a close. The buyer has to feel like you're working for them, and that your knowledge is valuable. In the end they should feel that you've done such a great job helping them figure out all the options and pitfalls, that they're very happy to pay you a commission.

- Feeding and monitoring the pipeline and allocating your time matters. You get many people with just casual interest. You have to serve them well, but also not misallocate time, as you have to devote the majority of time to people who are closer to the actual sale. So you have to be able to judge how serious people are. CRMs (i.e. Sales Force) are your best friends.

- Despite the last point, sometimes big sales appear out of the blue, from customers you thought you lost, or someone you met at a party, or whatever. Network a lot and never burn your bridges.

- "Hard" selling doesn't work.

- There's no one "salesman" personality. There's traits you need (especially that you enjoy talking to people), but the 3 guys were all over the map.

jasonshen 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I've spent time selling SaaS products to SMBs and I really like the point about helping the customer sell the product to the rest of the organization. It's not enough to dazzle the customer into saying yes - you need to arm them with the tools to convince their boss/accountant/partners that this is the best solution.
munin 4 hours ago 0 replies      
a family member of mine did a lot of freelance work for Huthwaite during the .com boom. they had a huge, luxurious "office park" that was a thousand acres of farmland and old buildings in western loudoun. they basically imploded after .com and I honestly thought they had been pushed out of business (they had to, in fact, sell the farm).

everything my family member described about their consulting and business process sounded very BS-full. they would charge tons of money to provide reports of little value to companies that were working with VC money. sound familiar?

taariqlewis 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Spin selling is a great book and the statistical insights are some of the few you'll see in sales literature. However, aggressive closing is usually not the fault of the salesman, but the fault of the sales manager or the CEO. Successful sales teams don't pressure their prospects to buy because their managers understand that "big ticket" sales cycles are long and require multiple steps and multiple parties.

Putting a sales executive on difficult quota will lead to high pressure and terrible closes, even winners curse from the buyer.

Take the pressure off everyone and deals will close themselves.

fab1an 5 hours ago 0 replies      
This is top notch advise. Noone wants to be sold to. Selling our SaaS products, I found that the best way to close is to ask prospects to educate you about their problems(related to your product, of course). You don't need to lie, tell them you are trying to learn more on a specific use case for your product - and that they are doing you a huge favor by helping you with that! People usually like to help. If you're asking the right questions, they might actually close the deal for you.
SteveJS 6 hours ago 2 replies      
The article recommends a sales book based on research rather than war stories. It sounds interesting, but isn't available on Kindle. I really thought Amazon would have enough sway to get the Long tail of books onto their format. Does anyone know the major impediments to this? Is it publisher reluctance? Is it merely an issue with priority and effort doing the work to get older items into Kindle format?
Django SQL Sampling colinhowe.co.uk
16 points by colinhowe  5 hours ago   5 comments top 4
lamby 36 minutes ago 0 replies      
Another similar project is http://code.playfire.com/django-append-url-to-sql/ although this is only helps for SQL executed in the request-response model, not for queue jobs, etc.
bretthoerner 3 hours ago 1 reply      
Not a bad idea, though I think DB-specific (and app-independent) solutions are pretty awesome already.

For Postgres: http://pgfouine.projects.postgresql.org/
Sample: http://pgfouine.projects.postgresql.org/reports/sample_defau...

enobrev 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I write one of these for every large project during the optimization stage (beta testing with real data and use). I could not possibly recommend it more - not only for SQL tuning but also for tuning the cache.

I haven't looked at the source just yet, but in my own implementations, I usually keep a hash of the results as well so I can see how often the results change. If they rarely change, you have a prime candidate for heavy caching.

Another solid metric to follow are queries that are run often per request. So if I have the same query firing 5 times in a single request (even a light one) with the same returned data, I'll find a way to make sure it only runs once per request (or less).

arctangent 2 hours ago 0 replies      
This looks interesting. I've bookmarked it and will give it a try at work.
Show HN: BidOnMyDay, bid to have me fly to you and do anything
89 points by driverdan  7 hours ago   28 comments top 14
BSeward 6 hours ago 2 replies      
This is a great idea and I hope it brings you a month of interesting adventures.

That said, hope you'll be cleaning my home some time soon. :p

dekz 49 minutes ago 0 replies      
Any plans to turn this into something similar to Kickstarter where bidders can post their task for you and others can attempt to pay additional money to see it happen? Or is this meant to me more of a surprise for you on arrival?
waitwhat 4 hours ago 1 reply      
You might want to put a comment somewhere that bids will only be accepted if it is actually possible to fly JetBlue to get to the bidder's home/business.
hrabago 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Good luck! I was considering bidding, but learned that JetBlue doesn't fly to where I am.
marquis 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Seems like a great way for a startup to get some inexpensive attention via your services. Wish I had something to offer right now, good luck!
Shenglong 5 hours ago 1 reply      
... is this right - someone bid $20,000?
jayliew 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I like the idea, a pretty radical one too! :) All the best!! Do share the results with the community
jrubinovitz 6 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm viewing your site with Chrome on Ubuntu and your linked text is overlapping onto your other text. Sounds like a fun idea, though. I hope that you'll keep records for us to see.
EDIT: So is your bolded text.
kgen 6 hours ago 1 reply      
Interesting idea, though I can't help but think that you should have left a little more time for this to spread (it's labour day weekend after all)?
TomGullen 5 hours ago 0 replies      
No bids yet? Come on people, looks good! Would bid but we are in London :(
capdiz 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Wow good idea man.
BigGirlsAreBest 5 hours ago 2 replies      
Doesn't mention whether this includes the option of "adult" services.
brockf 4 hours ago 3 replies      
Any plans for carbon offset? Please?
Why keeping up with RSS is poisonous to productivity, sanity arstechnica.com
59 points by carusen  11 hours ago   46 comments top 19
glimcat 10 hours ago 4 replies      
"Making a conscious (or unconscious, as the case may be) decision to scan through 20-something RSS items a few times per hour means that you're constantly interrupting what you were doing in order to perform another task."

Okay, I call shens on this whole article.

Using RSS means that I speed-read over a few hundred article headers during half an hour over coffee and pop open around a dozen articles to read in full.

The problem they're talking about is checking your RSS feed obsessively - which has exactly the same issues as checking your email obsessively, or your texts, or your Facebook wall, or whatever the heck else that you should stop interrupting yourself with constantly.

"Keeping up" does not have to mean being OCD at the expense of getting work done.

gasull 7 hours ago 2 replies      
Enter PostRank:


For every RSS feed you will get 4 RSS sub-feeds:

1. Best posts.

2. Great posts.

3. Good posts.

4. All posts.

The ranking (to decide if a post is good/great/best) is done through its popularity online (reddit, digg, delicious, etc.).

When I'm interested in a website I usually subscribe to the best posts sub-feed, sometimes to the great posts sub-feed. This way I'm never overloaded with RSS items to read and I don't miss anything important.

Here are ultra-filtered HN sub-feeds using a feed of HN posts of 150 votes or above:


Also, here is a JavaScript bookmarklet I created to find the PostRank sub-feeds for the current website you're on:


EDIT: ReFilter is also very useful if you want to only read posts about a particular topic:


codeup 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Ars Technica criticizing RSS while advertising Twitter? With respect to the point of the article, that's a false dichotomy.

Other than that, RSS is universal and decentralized whereas Twitter is a vain, contained and centralized environment.

ryanklee 7 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm personally torn on RSS readers. Admittedly, I'm an almost entirely unproductive person lately, so I can't claim that it's because RSS is getting in the way of other things. My chief suspicion is that as the number of subscriptions goes up, the propensity to fly through headlines rises as well, and so too does the efficiency of applying whatever criteria normally applies in choosing whether or not to read past a headline. What normally would be signal gets converted to noise because of the quantity needed to be consumed. Of course, one can always lower the number of subscriptions, but on the other hand, as one approaches lower bounds, the less sense RSS makes: one can simply and probably with more aesthetic pleasure, just make rounds to the website. Another point: there's more information and more of interest in a website than what gets printed as words in an article or in the images or whatever media that accompanies that article. And this is another suspicious element of RSS readers: they divorce content from the context in which it "originally" appears (scare quotes because of complexity). One can learn a good lot of important stuff about a content provider by looking at that provider's website, layout, design, ad priorities, etc. And not only about that provider, but about just what the hell the web looks like these days. If all I did was read via RSS, I'd probably have no clue. And more over, if all anybody ever did was read via RSS, websites themselves would be something else entirely and that something else probably wouldn't be much to look at.

So really that's two chief suspicions: one, it's hard to find an optimal number of subscriptions (or even if there is such a thing); and two, RSS annihilates the experience of everything it can't contain.

(I said I was torn, but I think I've started to convince myself that maybe I need to ditch Google Reader...)

pgroves 9 hours ago 0 replies      
It's funny that he says he doesn't need the productivity loss of keeping up with RSS because anything important will show up in his Twitter feed.
mikepk 6 hours ago 2 replies      
The current model of RSS consumption is still broken. For the vast majority of news sources, you really care about headlines and recency rather than read/unread counts. I had a rambling blog post about it a few years ago: http://bit.ly/rklROK

My first startup was trying to address some of these issues but we never quite got there. Unfortunately, innovation in the RSS space pretty much stopped (partially because of the adequate, and free, google reader). I keep waiting for someone to pick up the news source / skimming / river of news / feed magazine torch but I haven't seen it yet.

matusz13 1 hour ago 0 replies      
If anything I would say that my reader saves me time and distraction. I don't have to search for the information I'm looking for, wasting needless time on links in search that wind up being non-relavent spam. I get to skim through articles that have a higher probability of being relevant to something that I need to know and I get to do this at my leisure.
gwern 7 hours ago 1 reply      
> I combined that with my usual e-mail communications (tips from readers, conversations with PR folks from different companies, interviews already in progress, etc.) and my regular scans of Twitter in order to figure out what was going on during the day. It was stress-free, and I never felt like I was missing anythingâ€"I knew that if something truly important or controversial blew up, I'd hear about it instantly via Twitter and our loyal readers.

> Sam Stephenson, a programmer at 37signals, agreed. "I gave up on RSS a couple of years ago when I realized it was just another unread indicator in my dock, another number to zero out," Stephenson told Ars. "If an article or link is important it almost always shows up in my Twitter stream, or on one of the handful of websites I check throughout the day."

I think I see the problem here.

CMartucci 7 hours ago 1 reply      
I simply separate my RSS feeds into two folders - A list and B list. A list is for independent writers who only post a couple times a day. B list is for news-centric websites. I do not hesitate to simply mark the entire B list as read.
jimworm 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Let's step back a little and consider whether it makes sense to blame a document format for our problems.
Wilya 9 hours ago 0 replies      
My RSS reader only refreshes every hour (and there's no easily accessible refresh button or way to force that), and I stick to feeds that get max 1 or 2 updates a day. Problem solved.

Don't blame the technology, blame the way you use it. Of course, subscribing to a high-traffic feed isn't much more effective than just keeping a tab open and refreshing every few seconds. You still have to cut throught the noise. But that's not the point, imo. Rss is great for tracking these obscure blogs that get one or two very well-though updates a week, or even less.

FiddlerClamp 7 hours ago 0 replies      
A tip: use a service like www.blogtrottr.com to keep up on infrequently-updated RSS feeds. It emails you with an excerpt and link to the full article when one gets published. That way you're not cluttering up your RSS reader with feeds that 95% of the time will show old content or no content.
ttunguz 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Swapping out RSS for twitter is illogical. They are both RSS but Twitter doesn't have an unread count.

The article instead should have pointed to content browsing solutions that replicate the experience of a newspaper for quick exploration leading to deeper reading.

zobzu 8 hours ago 1 reply      
The issue with RSS is that you can't put advertisements in it else it'd lose all value. So RSS is not a good thing for sites such as Ars.

In the end you're going to have 3-10 RSS feeds to read max and they're exactly the same ones as the 3-10 sites you were going o read, except you can easily see headlines.
Instead of putting 200 RSS feeds, which is clearly just as dumb as reading 200 sites (in fact its still easier to read 200 RSS than 200 sites)

And that's that.

neuromage 7 hours ago 1 reply      
I don't think RSS as a mechanism is the problem here. If anything, it's a problem of oversubscribing to too many blogs and news sites. What's really needed is a better mechanism for providing an overview of these items in a way that allows one to quickly skim over unread items and decide what's worth reading and what's not. Something along the lines of Flipboard or Pulse with ReadItLater support, which already exists for your tablet/phone, but seems to be lacking for desktops (as far as I know. I could be wrong here though).
j05h 9 hours ago 1 reply      
Way back in the olden days, I built a lovely reader (inventively called Reader) at Earthlink.

The key feature to Reader was that it did not have unread counts at all. You could flip through the articles and it would keep keep track of where you were. If you left for more than half an hour, the rest of the articles were marked as read.

It was very liberating to not feel like you were ever trying to keep up with your feeds.

These days, Fever App seems the way to go... http://feedafever.com/

mcclanahoochie 10 hours ago 1 reply      
I just use FeedSpeak (http://feedspeak.tk) - an app that reads your RSS feeds to you, so you can listen to articles while doing other things.
drudru11 4 hours ago 0 replies      
How does sam get what he needs from his twitter stream?
Startup Founders: Don't Defer Long-Term Travel Till Retirement globetrooper.com
32 points by todsul  8 hours ago   21 comments top 7
michaelochurch 52 minutes ago 0 replies      
People don't defer travel because it's "too expensive". It's not. They do it because they can't when they're young. Most people are not established enough to set their own rules, and like it or not, the career game is age-graded and being in a 25-year-old's position at 30 makes it that much harder to be taken seriously in the future.

The OP is already established enough to be able to travel and work. One of the things that comes out of a private equity stint is a fat Rolodex. That's a top-1% situation.

Most people aren't in a position to travel until age 30-35, when they have kids. This makes it hard to travel, except in the summer. And because of extreme government irresponsibility (not cracking down on airlines and hotels that jack up their rates when school's out) it's far more expensive than it should be.

jasonkester 4 hours ago 3 replies      
Until maybe 10 years ago, there was exactly one profession where you could travel full time and still do your job at full efficiency: Writer.

Now there are exactly two.

It amazes me that so few software developers take advantage of this fact. You can fit your entire working world into a four pound laptop and connect to the internet through the sky. People will pay you the same money to write your code from the beach as they will to write it from a cube in the suburbs.

The future is pretty cool.

georgieporgie 4 hours ago 1 reply      
For any young HNers out there, let me say that travel is a skill like any other, and you shouldn't put off building it.

Growing up American, my image of travel was staying in hotels in Europe and looking at things we were told were important when we were in school. That's expensive and very isolating. This may be great for well-heeled, older couples looking for a minimally-exposed, relaxing jaunt abroad, but it's not what you want. It seems like every travel brochure I ever saw in the U.S. featured a photo of a healthy looking, silver-haired couple laughing and enjoying views from afar.

Instead, traveling on the cheap, staying in hostels, and getting directly involved in adventures is fun, mind-expanding, and most of all, not lonely.

I stayed for a week in a very friendly guest house in rural, northern Thailand for $6 per night. The hosts would cook meals for around $2, or you could tromp around and play every expat's favorite game: Who Has The Cheapest Lunch.

Like I said, though, travel is a skill. Just like that crappy code you wrote, your first trip will probably suck. But you'll look back on it fondly, after you've absorbed all the lessons it contained, and forgotten a few of the worst parts. More importantly, you'll level-up and your next trip will be better.

CitizenKane 1 hour ago 1 reply      
I'm doing this right now actually. I've been in Europe for two weeks and I'm in Prague for the next two months.

It does take a somewhat adventuresome spirit. Often it's difficult to get any kind of long term accomidation beforehand. You're often going to places where you don't speak the language. It can seem very daunting. However, I've found that in most places things seem to go reasonably well. I've managed to find few month accomidation in countries where I don't speak the language at all.

As far as cost, it can be surprisingly cheap. The most expensive part by far are the initial and return flights. Beyond that, the US Dollar gets a long way in places and I've found that doing this also helps you accumlate less junk (you don't really want to be carrying all that stuff around with you). Thankfully, reliable broadband internet is becoming pervasive and with that there are more and more places that you can reasonably work out of.

If you haven't done it then get off your ass and do it! You won't regret it.

bignoggins 4 hours ago 2 replies      
Absolutely agree with this. I left on a round the world trip in April with my wife. We've been through Australia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, and now Austria. I spend half of my time traveling / meeting people and the other half building my mobile app business. The trip is costing us about $5000/mo (using airbnb and being fairly liberal with spending on food and attractions, we have 0 expenses in the states since we packed everything into storage), but I've managed to triple revenues this year to ~ 25K/mo, so if we wanted to we could do this indefinitely.

I know many people who are working 80 hrs/week on their startup while letting life pass them by (including a few in YC), but I wouldn't trade places with them. These days it is entirely possible to build a company and live your dreams at the same time.

cageface 6 hours ago 1 reply      
Quitting my 9-to-5 to travel around SE Asia was the best move I ever made. Not only have I had countless irreplaceable experiences but my code has improved more in the last six months than in the previous five years combined.
driverdan 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I left my job to do freelance web development full time in February this year. In June I started traveling. I can do it for $50-75 a day, including food, transportation, and lodging. Hostels, cooking my own food, and public transit. This is in the US too, it's even cheaper in southeast Asia and other parts of the world.
Observer (Node.js KO 2011) - Observe and learn from your visitors in real time no.de
28 points by TheCoreh  8 hours ago   17 comments top 9
mgkimsal 7 hours ago 1 reply      
Seems to be way too slow to be useable right now. Did you get "knocked out"? ;)

My JS says

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://observer.no.de/deploy/observer.js#{observer:undefined...;

Is 'undefined' correct? Seems wrong. :(

boucher 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Hmm. Sounds familiar: http://observerapp.com/
cyphersanctus 39 minutes ago 0 replies      
This is really incredible. Im testing it out with my sites and this is groundbreaking. Expect great things V1, im almost speechless. I need a guy like you on my startup!!!
jsean 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I'd freak out if that second example from the feature-list would happen to me while I was browsing some site.
"Hello I see you are having issues finding the 'free account' button?"
"are you spying on me?"

edit: ok, maybe not "freak out" but i'd certainly feel at unease. Specially if it was a site enabling some form of PIM/im/private-ish activity.

cynusx 2 hours ago 1 reply      
These is a great way to analyze site usability with real customers, I hope you plan to keep this alive after node.js KO?
maxjaderberg 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Looks nice. You need to clean up the homepage blurb though and there are just a few spelling errors (changed sections are in italics):

Observer allows you to follow and observe your website visitors in real time. Ever wondered what they were clicking on or how they are navigating on your website? Then Observer is ideal for you, it's a 1 script installation and you are done.

peregrine 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Really awesome idea! I cannot seem to click any of the links on my phone though.
mino 7 hours ago 2 replies      
I guess you're being "slashdotted", the site is very slow...

*bookmarking and i'll check on later, i'm curious.

ga2arch 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Really nice, gonna check this out
Akamai thrives in the spirit of its lost founder boston.com
128 points by sdave  17 hours ago   8 comments top 5
nir 2 hours ago 1 reply      
I remember this story from another angle - when Reddit was a few years old you'd see stories claiming his presence, an Israel ex-commando, on the plane "proves" that Israel was behind 9/11. Nutty, but these submissions were doing pretty well, often hitting homepage (IIRC some of them were from a site called "what really happened" or similar)

For me it was an early clue on the "social news" world that's still unfolding. I believe it might turn out to resemble humanity's past in surprising ways.

sambeau 14 hours ago 0 replies      
It's such a sad irony that the tragedy that took his own life was the biggest test and success of his technology.
beaker 17 hours ago 1 reply      
I worked at Akamai as a contractor for a few months after they first started. Danny used to come by and kick the desks of the developers I was working with to "wake them up". He was kind of like a rowdy older brother type. He seemed like a decent guy though, it was really a shock to hear he died on 9/11. I've heard some theories that one of those hijackers on that flight had a gun and I believe it, I honestly don't think they could've stopped him otherwise.
runn1ng 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Wow. I never knew the story of Akamai.

I always knew it was in a lot of "behind the scenes" content delivery, but I always thought that the name sounds Japanese and that's where those guys are from. Guess I was wrong. Thanks.

rorrr 13 hours ago 0 replies      
That's the saddest thing, didn't know this.
One Path to Better Jobs: More Density in Cities nytimes.com
37 points by cwan  9 hours ago   10 comments top 3
michaelochurch 32 minutes ago 0 replies      
There's another solution that's more politically palatable: better transportation. Physical distance is only marginally relevant to the health of a city. Travel time is what actually matters. How do you get 100 million people or more within a 30-minute diameter? Improve transportation.

Human transportation in the United States is a fucking joke. We stalled out in the 1950s and haven't improved. Our trains are expensive and slow, air travel is expensive and inconvenient with terrible service, and automotive travel has the obvious problems of scaling abysmally and belching greenhouse gases. We need fast and affordable trains: 75 mph and $0.10/passenger-mile from suburbs to cities, 300 mph and $0.03/passenger-mile cross-country. Going from New York to Chicago should be a $25 train ride that takes 2 hours. That's what it would be if we were an actual first world country. New York to San Francisco should be doable overnight for under $100 each way.

Don't get me wrong. I'd love to see the assholes in Greenwich Village who keep their neighborhood sky-high expensive by blocking new development get their shit scrambled by a government that actually had the masculine force to stand up to them. I think the whiny bastards deserve to have their windows painted black every night for what they are doing to this city (making it hard to build, thus expensive, because they're emotional 4-year-olds who can't handle change in their pweshus widdle views). All that said, I think improving transportation is more of a winning battle than busting NIMBY monsters (but we should be doing both).

mnemonicsloth 5 hours ago 1 reply      
...which is why Google is doing god's work with it's self-driving cars.

    Pundits don't seem to realize just how big a deal 
this is â€" it could let cities be roughly twice as big,
all else equal.


dreamdu5t 5 hours ago 5 replies      
Confusing and hypocritical article.

The title asserts that density causes jobs, or somehow leads to better jobs, yet the article goes on to say, "One can't create wealth just by crowding people together."

This article is all over the place, contradicts itself multiple times, and has no conclusion. It constantly appeals to authority by vague references like "... according to two decades' worth of research from economists." Never mentioning which economists or what research.

Save yourself 10 minutes. This is all the article says: "Cities have more jobs due to many different factors, some of which are exclusive to cities."

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