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jeswin 519 days ago | link | parent

I am going to be that guy. The article may be well written, yet a complete waste of my time. It presents no insights, and most of us on HN will learn absolutely nothing from it. HN discussions shouldn't be the same as those on Engadget and Techcrunch.

Maybe there should be a checkbox which says "Yes, I think this is interesting for _hackers_."



cwilson 519 days ago | link

I hate to burst your bubble, but "Hacker News" as the title of this community shouldn't be taken literally anymore (this has been the case for a long time now). PG himself often talks about how startups no longer need to launch on other tech blogs, because HN is a force of its own (and in many cases provides much better conversion rates during launches, assuming your target audience reads this site).

This community is comprised of founders (who happen to play other roles than just "hacker"), designers, developers, marketers, bloggers, risk-takers, and generally anyone who likes the idea of creating something from nothing in the tech industry. This includes reading about and discussing industry news, trends, and cult-like followings (Apple).

Regardless of the fact that this community was created with a focus on hackers is now irrelevant, it's become the beast that it now is.

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jeswin 519 days ago | link

I come to HN because I want to hear from programmers like you, many who are involved with startups or other interesting projects. Things that worked for you, things that went wrong.

I agree with what you said though, this is what it is now.

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geon 519 days ago | link

Well, I disagree.

I had the same realisations about the performance impact of Retina screens when the iPhone 4 was released, and how I expected a Retina iPad to be far into the future. (It took about 2 years.)

But I had forgot about that today.

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