PS, voting me down won't make the article any more on-topic, and it doesn't matter anyway, I have oodles of this karma shit, and if I have to burn it pointing out the reddit-bait, so be it.
On-Topic: Anything that good hackers would find interesting. That includes more than hacking and startups. If you had to reduce it to a sentence, the answer might be: anything that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity.
I think this would fit under intellectual curiosity, but who's to judge.
This is very clearly one of those articles that people vote up because they like the message and it gets them fired up, rather than because they didn't know these things (unless of course they happen to reside under a rock).
Even though I disagree with you, personally I think you raised a reasonable point.
This article and any other article is on here because someone submitted it and rather than be ignored like countless of other articles, it was actually liked and attracted more than one hundred comments and more than that votes.
The community does not owe him an explanation
Also, reading this same question in many threads becomes a
In full consideration, genuine question, would you rather cops simply drove by when witnessing people with damaged public property in hand or would you rather they stopped and made some sort of enquiry?
Did they arrest you, what crime did they claim they were arresting you for? How did you avoid being arrested if they said that is what they were doing? Either they arrested you or didn't, if they didn't they were making an enquiry.
Yes, perhaps they hedged their bets and thought that you might be scared off damaging public property if you had perpetrated the offence by the apparent threat of arrest.
I was hanging out by a damaged pole when they demanded identification and threatened to arrest me for destruction of public property. They could have
a) used some critical thinking and realized that there was no way I could have damaged said pole
b) been polite, and adopted an "you and us vs. whoever damaged the pole" perspective instead of "us vs. you".
You can always find a connection if you use your imagination.
That game is called "6 degrees of hacker news".
I guess we've all submitted things that are seemingly irrelevant to startups and hacking from time time.
Luckily, so far, this site hasn't gone that far downhill - pg and company have mostly been vigilant about letting too many of these through.
Anyway, I still think most of us are guilty of posting content that is not clearly appropriate, but it's amazing how it sometimes strikes a nerve. Just flag it.