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.
- 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.
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?
The most egregious certs issued were for *.*.com and *.*.org
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.
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.
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?
Physician, heal thyself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheryl Sandberg? Deliberate or honest mistake? :-]
(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...)
"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.
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.
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.
As an alternative perhaps Khoi Vinh's Ordering Disorder.
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.
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.
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.
(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.)
Early betas had the tendency to bork the LFN's which was a joy.
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.
- 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 "gritâ€ť â€" defined as perseverance and a passion for long-term goals.
- Success as a teacher: Teachers who scored high in â€ślife satisfactionâ€ť 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 â€śmay be more adept at engaging their pupils, and their zest and enthusiasm may spread to their students.â€ť
- 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.
(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.
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.
btw stevejobs uploaded Windows 8 source code in 2009! Bill, you might want to give Steve a call. ;)
On the other hand, he might very well spark some interesting things just by committing small stubs of his ideas.
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.
I put binaries up at http://patraulea.com/diveclog/diveclog-win32-110904.zip
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.
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..
- 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.
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?
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.
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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).
That said, hope you'll be cleaning my home some time soon. :p
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.
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:
Other than that, RSS is universal and decentralized whereas Twitter is a vain, contained and centralized environment.
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...)
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.
> 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.
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.
The article instead should have pointed to content browsing solutions that replicate the experience of a newspaper for quick exploration leading to deeper reading.
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.
Make checking efficient.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My JS says
Is 'undefined' correct? Seems wrong. :(
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.
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.
*bookmarking and i'll check on later, i'm curious.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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."