I view HN as follows: smart people upvote interesting resources. Among those resources are educational resources. These resources are potentially of very high quality. It's a good reason to upvote something into oblivion.
So whenever I want to learn something, I don't go to Google first. I go to Hacker news. I type in the topic I want to learn, and hope that there are highly upvoted educational resources.
Two things can happen:
1. The upvoted resource is amazing.
2. The upvoted resource gets burned to the ground in the comments.
In the case of 2, then there is almost always a good recommendation to find in the comments. Sometimes these comments are standalone comments -- a bit risky, but better than nothing. Sometimes these comments are well supported by positive raving child comments.
I've been trying to put my finger on what bothers me about that guy, and the econjobrumors people, and I think it's just the general un-empathetic contempt that they seem to offer pretty much everyone.
HN has it's fair share of bad habits (god help you if you post a demo website that doesn't work well on mobile, for example), but to me the overall tone feels respectful and kind, and most criticism is directed at the work rather than at the creator. That's what keeps me here, and why I stay the hell away from sycophant factories like the linked forum.
Ah, those lovely dismal scientists.
"I need to get a Bachelor of something, hand me that lucky dip box please and let's see what we get"
Frankly, now CS is the _default_ college major in at least the elite sort of places with an abundance of smart students with a lack of direction. A career as in software (whether it be as a SWE or PM) is on a per hour basis now so much more lucrative than most other disciplines.
And CS isn't even in the top ten among all colleges. Overall CS is an order of magnitude smaller than business adminstration.
 presumably some will switch majors but piling into a lucrative major as a freshman is a strong signal of how students perceive the industries.
At one point, I thought about creating a feed for http://oppsdaily.com using this.
Also, "software that could"
"Hipe is one of many thousands of products Pikarski has produced over the past 10 years"
Thousands of products. That's incredible.
They know "things you wish you knew", they know what is beneficial to you, but they will use this knowledge to manipulate you, they will use stuff you don't know against you to persuade you and me on scale, and later we will write "I wish I knew" but nobody will listen.
It's better to show ad about new nosql in town, and make some money, if they know you will make a mistake of trying new framework instead of sticking with what you know and what works, they will show you ads for online courses.