> I am currently a student working on programming projects since I am 12 years old. Back then I was learning HTML with a good friend of mine. We were trying to sell those websites we made but with fairly little success.Around 4 years ago I stumbled across Python. And I immediately fell in love with it. Later 2015 I was impressed by the Google Assistant...
Not saying it can't be done as an adult, just harder to get that time and unbroken/unlimited focus.
Or something similar to a retirement village or university student accommodation, or be able to afford a staff of servants. You get the idea anyway.
The thing you'll lose out on is anyone you know, unless you can get them to go with you, or can make new friends in your destination.
So glad to see people doing silly things that in fact require skill. This is why I come to hackernews.
Keep up great work with this wonderful attitude!
Hacking a company together is really hard. Like tech hacking, it requires intelligence, creativity, and persistence.
There's no reason we can't read about and respect both on this site.
He's not putting anything or anyone down, he's saying that this is hacking, and MBA posts of acronym soup aren't.
I think his implied conclusion is probably wrong-ish (both are arguably right for HN, even if I vastly prefer this), but he's right in that this is hacking.
In my opinion, the gp’s discussion is one worth having.
entrepreneurship today in particular in tech often tries to capitalise on the latter rather than the former, at least most of the time. Adopting the aesthetics of hacker culture to further institutions that could not be more damaging to an open ecosystem is already more common than actual 'hacking'.
Business inherently relies on secrecy (proprietary stuff). Hackers try to make secret things open.
Sometimes you can reveal your "secret sauce" but patents/copyright/regulation will protect it from being stolen. So the "secret sauce" is still what separates you from the other businesses...
It makes sense in my head, but maybe I'm rambling... I'll try and write a blog post to explain my thoughts a bit better.
Can you think of a business that is entirely transparent?
Being a successful business doesn’t mean that you must be secretive about your business operations. I don’t think it requires an “upper hand” either. Those may be key to out-competing other businesses in some way, but that is different than being successful. (Capital culture makes us think of a “successful business” as one that makes insane amounts of money, rather than one that achieves a goal.)
Of course, all businesses realistically will have some secrets, but those may often be separate from the business operations. For example, it would probably be very difficult to be public about all of your HR details, or expose all of your internal phone numbers/emails/physical addresses (humans just like basic privacy).
But many local businesses can probably operate just fine without being very secretive. There was a place in my hometown I loved that served shakes, cheese sticks, and cheeseburgers. I don’t think he did anything special that needed to be kept secret. People just like a nice diner with a decent burger.
Won't be working on your Aviato car, I am sorry :)
In addition to running on a laptop, openpilot also runs on a phone for easy mounting in your car.
tl;dr is that people are now more motivated by the idea of being an entrepreneur than by having a great business concept.
I mean, I'm pretty sure I'd be way richer right now if I had just taken a job at some bigco. Or kept doing consulting.
I don't feel that what I'm doing right now (building a startup because I can) is fundamentally different from my demoscene past (coding computer graphics because I could). Sure, some startups make some people obscenely rich, but the vast majority don't :-) It's not too different from art or AI hobbying or gaming or game modding in that sense.
It is - Tikej's point isn't that it's not a skill - but rather that it's not the right place to share these. Think of the difference between a "Startup News" and "Hacker News". Hacker news used to be very deep on tech topics, now those deep topic have become more rare.
You could make the opposite argument: the "right kind of stories" includes being unpredictable (https://hn.algolia.com/?dateRange=all&page=0&prefix=true&que...), so up-weighting votes from users who are good at picking those would lead to a less predictable, more interesting front page. Conversely, the median vote tends to be for the same few hot topics, leading to a more samey (as well as more sensational) front page.
My bet is that it wouldn't change much either way, because the problems with voting seem to flow from the voting mechanism itself, not from which users are doing it. Internet upvoting is the ultimate reflexive reaction, which excludes reflection, and reflection—the slower cognitive process which considers something before reacting to it and is thus able to see something new—is the quality that picks up on uncorrelated bits and makes for good taste. (https://hn.algolia.com/?dateRange=all&page=0&prefix=true&que...)
If that's true, then instead of trying to squeeze more signal out of upvotes we should add a new mechanism that encourages reflection over reflexivity. Flagging is closer to that than voting is, so something like an up-flag might be worth trying: i.e. "this deserves extra attention because of how good it is".
In many cases, writing a quick comment to get position in the discussion and then editing or self-replying might be the only way to get engagement from other thoughtful commenters. And a response that takes more than a few hours (or in some cases, minutes) to compose is likely to have very little engagement at all.
There is a comment feed, but it's heavily biased towards more recent comments and doesn't have enough context to be useful in many cases. Perhaps the "exalt / flare" system that you suggest could help to flag up more interesting comments in a slower stream.
At the moment, unless you check your own comments or look out for your karma and investigate any changes, you're likely to miss out even on replies to your own comments, let alone interesting comments on older articles.
Maybe I'm a terrible person but the experiment this suggests to me is a ranking where only flagging is allowed. A brutal agoge which only the best stories survive.
It is refreshing to be reminded of the myriad of ways computers can interact with the world! I recently refreshed my love for technology by getting into 3D printing, it's nice to have a tangible result for my efforts behind the keyboard. The machine is surprisingly rudimentary as well, and reminds me of old school CNC machines, so it's relaxing in the way driving a classic car can be. You can understand all the parts and their purpose intuitively, as they operate in the real world.
I understand that they have to comply with regulations, however I was a bit disappointed that they weren't transparent about it.
The latter allows real Xbox 360 to be used(don’t go online with it, that is cheating). Xbox 360 is past EOL so I bet they can be had for cheap, steps to capture is well explained by millions of wannabe streamers, and probably less tedious to set up at the same time than a PC.
By the way, I found this part funny:
> ...if it doesn’t make sense to you think about it and try to understand it.
We had a teacher once who'd say "If you don't understand, try to understand". Haha!
Here's a random news article on it
 - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEqO_2kdxLtslBK9FLqtxA
The AIs in Rfactor2 are even pretty good wheel to wheel on some tracks - definitely a lot better than online rookies who are quick but blind. The only noticeable thing is that they don't learn over the course of a race. They seem to be programmed to make mistakes realistically, i.e. if the car loses grip in the wet they don't lock back onto the track.
I used a similar scheme (two computers, one with HID control over the other, and a webcam to observe) as a way to hide a simple aimbot as a proof-of-concept for getting around on-computer anti-cheats that would search through memory on popular FPSs. This was years ago on games with weak anti-cheats, anyway.
It worked OKish. It had to rely on computer vision to do the aiming, so it was significantly slower than examples that would rely on memory pointers or straight pixel recognition from the screen itself -- but the point was proven, the computer that was cheating looked fine as far as memory was concerned.
modern anti-cheats that look at things like pointer movement and player randomness would definitely flag it now-a-days, but I had fun.
The hardest problems were room lighting, which at the time the cheapy webcams had terrible issues with anyway, FPS, and resolution.
Major shortcuts had to be taken back then due to the resolution and fps mismatches between the input and output, shortcuts by which reduced the bot performance significantly, but I bet that'd be a lot easier to deal with today.
Now, my point : I know that a majority of the memory structs are available, documented, and deconstructed for GTA V, having written cheats for the game in the past. Maybe you can exploit that to emulate some of the functions of an IMU?
Lots of vehicle physics variables are fairly easily exposed. "GTA V Memory Structs" google search will get you started on that road, should you care to.
Neat project. Good luck.