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Stories from January 20, 2013, ordered approximately by votes that day.

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1. Why the Fuck? (raganwald.posterous.com)
911 points by mehulkar on Jan 20, 2013 | 499 comments
2. Youth expelled from Montreal college after finding security flaw (nationalpost.com)
696 points by lasercat on Jan 21, 2013 | 300 comments
3. Why was '~' chosen to represent the home directory? (stackexchange.com)
413 points by rawland on Jan 21, 2013 | 153 comments
4. So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica? (ironicsans.com)
289 points by AlexMuir on Jan 20, 2013 | 177 comments
5. When Haskell Is Not faster than C (jacquesmattheij.com)
250 points by DanielRibeiro on Jan 21, 2013 | 219 comments
6. Leiningen version 2.0.0 released (github.com)
242 points by llambda on Jan 20, 2013 | 44 comments
7. Parsley.js: never write a single JavaScript line to validate your forms (parsleyjs.org)
235 points by guillaumepotier on Jan 20, 2013 | 78 comments
8. Edward Tufte’s defense of Aaron Swartz and the “marvelously different” (danwin.com)
202 points by danso on Jan 20, 2013 | 63 comments
9. New Coursera class, "Startup Engineering" (coursera.org)
195 points by msprague on Jan 21, 2013 | 27 comments
10. Securing Ubuntu (joshrendek.com)
177 points by namidark on Jan 20, 2013 | 93 comments
11. The forbidden railway: Vienna - Pyongyang (2008) (vienna-pyongyang.blogspot.de)
170 points by tobiasbischoff on Jan 20, 2013 | 34 comments
12. Vint Cerf appointed to National Science Board by President Obama (cccblog.org)
169 points by ohjeez on Jan 20, 2013 | 19 comments
13. Carmen Ortiz’s Sordid Rap Sheet (whowhatwhy.com)
156 points by pccampbell on Jan 21, 2013 | 75 comments
14. How to cut megabanks down to size (nytimes.com)
150 points by sshumaker on Jan 20, 2013 | 97 comments
15. Meetup, you've been bad, bad hosts (gist.github.com)
146 points by yoavfr on Jan 20, 2013 | 78 comments
16. Show HN: I'm 14, please check out my iOS game (apple.com)
142 points by nshen on Jan 20, 2013 | 100 comments
17. Facebook is impersonating users without their consent (bureauofminds.com)
138 points by crcn on Jan 20, 2013 | 73 comments
18. Self-examination is the Secret Ingredient for Success (nytimes.com)
128 points by fleaflicker on Jan 20, 2013 | 36 comments
19. Why doesn't `kill -9` always work? (noah.org)
126 points by fool on Jan 21, 2013 | 52 comments
20. A clean point-of-interest icon set for web cartography (mapbox.com)
130 points by tortilla on Jan 20, 2013 | 18 comments
21. C and C++ Aren't Future Proof (regehr.org)
117 points by malloc47 on Jan 20, 2013 | 105 comments
22. Ask HN: Which developer laptop should I buy?
114 points by tapan_pandita on Jan 20, 2013 | 112 comments
23. How M.I.T. Ensnared a Hacker, Bucking a Freewheeling Culture (nytimes.com)
114 points by bensw on Jan 21, 2013 | 27 comments
24. Does having a high IQ make you less creative? (reglia.com)
104 points by pmf on Jan 20, 2013 | 53 comments
25. Flat UI is not the only way forward (maxrudberg.com)
103 points by co_pl_te on Jan 20, 2013 | 67 comments
26. Geography's The Fuck (jasonpunyon.com)
104 points by JasonPunyon on Jan 21, 2013 | 29 comments
27. Github blocked from China (viewdns.info)
103 points by hunvreus on Jan 21, 2013 | 66 comments
28. Stay focused - New research on how to close the achievement gap (economist.com)
96 points by denzil_correa on Jan 20, 2013 | 20 comments
29. Mystery Cable Activated in Cuba (renesys.com)
93 points by hazov on Jan 20, 2013 | 25 comments
30. Improve your REPLs with rlwrap (arpinum.org)
91 points by telemachos on Jan 20, 2013 | 27 comments
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