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Edit: As I've said in the past when posting ideas on HN, if you think this is worth doing, please run with it! I make no claim on "owning" the idea, and all I ask is that if it makes you a billionaire, you commission of bust of me to install in your parlor. (Bronze or marble only, please.)
Taking jokes, just one subset of such emails, as an example: For you, a particular joke may be a waste, but having the team culture be such that it is open to jokes, may provide benefits beyond each individual joke.
Still, great idea, and maybe the objections I raise could be overcome just by the right wording.
Some of the 'send to all' emails were pretty important, so I had to read them, but a lot of them added nothing, and were sent to 400'000 people. I think each inappropriate global send to all cost $1000+, assuming people disgarded it pretty quickly.
+Low estimate, assuming it takes 1 second to disgard the email, everyone reads it, and gets paid minimum wage.
This program posts news to thousands of machines throughout the entire civilized world. You message will cost the net hundreds if not thousands of dollars to send everywhere. Please be sure you know what you are doing.
Ah the old days.....
Was there a time when this was actually true?
This in itself could be a nice plugin for your mail. You need 3 values to be able to calculate it:
* Number of employees the mail will be sent to (hard with aliases, easier with Outlook PDLs)
* Average fully burdened cost of employees (managers should know this, or you can default to something like $120K)
* Estimated time to read (based on wordcount and an average reading speed)
From there you can get the "hours wasted reading this mail" and "cost of this email".
EDIT: You could go above and beyond and use an open rate percentage to more accurately determine the cost, but that's not something an email client could record, it'd be server side.
The second problem is that there are managers who do send out de facto spam and probably could use the feedback.
Are you kidding? That's the whole point!
Presumably, the boss allowing it in the first place is a signal that they're interested in this feedback from their employees.
1. Non-optional delivery/read receipts
Various clients have these, but it would be nice if these were universally supported and could be made non optional. This is useful so that when I don't get a response and have to go hound someone, my first question doesn't always have to be "Hey, did you get that E-mail??"
Speaking of responses...
2. Response required flag
Be able to mark an E-mail as requiring a response from a specific recipient. Such E-mails could be presented differently in the recipient's client, highlighted or called out in a different color. Client software could generate a TODO list out of them, issue reminders if the E-mail has been un-replied-to for more than some configurable period of time, etc. The longer the message is ignored, the more annoying the presentation might be. This highlighting could be silenced by either a. replying to the E-mail, or b. clicking an "ignore" button (which also sends notice of the ignore action back to the sender). The sender could also cancel the flag after the message is sent.
3. Response required by date
As an enhancement to the above, instead of a flag, a date/time by which a response is needed. This could allow the recipient's client software to display these E-mails in a sane priority order.
- A variation: to have emails you want to send go in a pending pool moderated by a team of trusted confidants, to avoid sending out email that is a waste of time.
I agree trusted confidants is an improvement, but probably not enough on its own.
With these metrics it could then work out which members of the company send out the least well received emails. There are certainly some people where I work who have a very low interesting email ratio. These people would be prompted to sort this out.
One risk would be the employee that just sends out jokes would of course appear to be highly effective. Some algorithms would be needed to filter out work vs play emails.
To creep employees out, these metrics could be readily available to management and used in their performance reviews as part of all the other data obtained about them!
That would make total sense as a sideline for somebody like mailchimp.
I think one of the reasons why no one's ever done this is that with traditional email, it's impossible for the sender to know how many people one email has reached, or will reach. But I think Threadable (recent YC startup) could actually do this.
Check it out!
We need to figure out how to defeat the internet echo chamber effect.
Notice how often, when a community gets started between a small group of people(such as early Reddit or HN), it's a place of intelligent, productive discussion, where people measure what they say instead of just spouting extreme rhetoric?
Yet, once these communities grow, you inevitably see the "How bout dem Cowboys" problem, where it seems like the point of discussion is more to get the most approval instead of trying to argue a point, and where anyone with a disagreeing opinion feels unwelcome even if they're willing to put a lot of effort into their response?
I haven't quite figured out how to solve it, but I really want to. I've been a part of several online communities like that now, and it always ends up the same way. Once it gets big enough, finding good conversation gets very rare.
At the same time people evolve and communities evolve. Sometimes you move away from the community, sometimes they move away from you. Either way, you can end up feeling like an outsider in a group you once considered yourself to be part of the 'in' crowd.
Because a large part of anyone's current point of view is driven by past experience, communities often segment by age but sometimes segment by politics or world events (the mechanism is that people take away different things from the same experience, it "changes" them in different ways, and that puts into further out or closer to other members of the community.
The internet "echo chamber effect" as you call it is defeated by visiting multiple communities and watching and noting the differences. That your favorite 'hang out' on the Internet has become distasteful to you can no more be "fixed" than you can will your favorite eatery or bar to exist for all time.
Things change, people change, places change. Keep moving and an open mind.
Although, the counter point is that people in general are less likely to produce discussion. Or, that a lack there of of easily digested posts invokes discussion.
> also demoted if their contributions are not good enough.
If there is a user that gains karma by karmawhoring with the quick jokes and whatnot he/she would simply be demoted by the rest of the high-users.
Or something to that effect.
The only solution to this I've seen so far is making it harder for "ordinary people" to discover the community, as HN tries to do it.
It's not just the echo chamber. It's the spam, the repost/duplicates and the following discussion, the trolls, the downvoting-for-disagreeing, gaming-the-system-for-'karma', the caring-about-karma, the offtopic-but-'funny'-jokes, paid-posters, etc.
The fact that every site fails when it becomes sufficiently popular says that good conversation is hard, and harder still while maintaining anonymity - and even then, exorcising anonymity doesn't seem to have helped the quality of Youtube comments.
There are various measures like hiding comment scores or capping karma that help but there's no site out there that combines them all.
Alternatively, make it public what everyone voted up on. That way everyone is open to criticism for what they voted on, and like people do on Facebook, they'll try to curate their upvotes so that they look sophisticated. Hopefully that will modify their upvoting behaviour.
EDIT: Context for those who come after: Some other commenter said he downvoted my comment because he posted something similar. I assumed he said that to illustrate a flaw in my proposal and that he did not _actually_ downvote me. Since I can't find the comment that is similar (he's deleted what he's said), I'm leaving it up.
The only way out I see is a paid forum, so that the site can hire full time mods. I'd like to build something like this one day, but its such a herculean task that I figured I'd need at least a year of runway to make it work.
One of the solutions I wanted to try was to partition the user base on a similar way that posts are filtered to you. That is based on the up votes you give. Now I'm not sure if it happens here but at least on Reddit you have it on your customised first page.
I believe that it isn't the user base that gets worse but that it gets much more diversified and people entrench themselves in groups and the "How bout dem Cowboys" problem arises.
Think of it as user and posts clustering, the secret sauce would be how those clusters interact, I don't have a tentative answer for that. This idea would top current aggregators by valuing discussion and intervenients in the same way that posts are valued.
I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have a few moments to spare!
There are two kinds of users, regular ones and "elders" of sorts. First few were established years ago and they can vote on others to become "higher tier" users as well. How much votes you need depends of how many people can vote.
The registration is not automatic, but you fill out a form with an open-ended question and selected users (mentioned above) can vote to approve the registration.
The system has threaded discussions where every post is equal. So you create a post and it can become a new "topic" (or forum, or however you want to call it). These can be nested of course. Whether something is a comment, topic, list of topics, blog, ... depends entirely on the template used to view that entry. You can manage privileges (rwx) to these subtrees (or any single node in the tree).
At first it sounds like this would exaggerate the echo chamber effect, but I think it would do the exact opposite. There's no reason to downvote or upvote things because you agree or disagree, downvotes only affect what you see in the future and no one else sees them. And instead of different ideologies being pushed away into different communities, they all exist in the same place, occasionally interacting with each other and mixing.
Spam and trolls would still be punished and one would still have the benefits of having the most favored comments at the top.
And I just refuse to believe we've figured out everything there is to know about community engineering.
This is an interesting space to me. I hope to write more about it in the future. I think I have done one blog post (on my current personal blog) on the topic of moderation but I have been a moderator a few times and have done some A/B testing of different approaches. But I still struggle with how to talk about it to other people, who often think I am just full of hot air.
I think more generally, if I understand what you mean correctly, that that is really nothing more than water-cooler talk. Talk meant to be pleasant rather than investigative.
I also think with that said, it's really only a property of small communities because once it reaches a certain size, the amount of substantive things to discuss and hash out doesn't scale with the number of users.
Need to store all data locally for privacy reasons, and have a way to logically group urls by content and bring them back to the front occasionally (maybe with some kind of gamification?) so they don't disappear.
If there is a feature OneTab is missing, it's to sync your tabs/sessions to a certain location. Or at least that's a feature I'd really appreciate!
Better yet, a "Bookmark similar subject" plugin would be awesome - Leverage Google's search to automatically figure out tabs that are about the same thing and bookmark them by subject. Ignoring pinned tabs would be a bonus.
If I could, all at once, close all tabs that aren't part of the project I'm working on, that would free up resources for the things that currently matter.
And if the browser could keep track of how much time I browse for a specific project, I could use that to track how much time I spent on each project.
Each project I'm working on is a different user, with a different set of open tabs, and separated cookies, allowing multiple sessions (e.g., Gmail accounts) to be open at the same time, one in each "project".
"Unload, park, suspend tabs to reduce memory footprint of chrome.
Tabs can auto-suspend after a configurable period of time or be suspended manually. Tabs can be whitelisted to avoid automatic suspension. Suspended tabs are retained after closing and reopening browser, preventing many tabs from all reloading after a restart."
But I'll add that I mainly solved the "as a reminder" thing in other ways. I use Instapaper for a "read later" queue. For to-do-ish stuff, I use KanbanFlow to wrangle short-term tasks, and Trello to manage a deeper backlog. For "maybe I'll want this someday", I use Pinboard.in. Events and related links go into Google Calendar. And for "don't forget X" things, I sometimes use a dry-erase marker on the bathroom mirror, so I glance at things while brushing my teeth.
Now I've got my open tabs down to things I'm actually doing, and it has been a huge relief. Now I don't have to search through a bunch of open windows and tabs trying to find that one thing.
They need a better browser UI, since they seem to have been focusing much more on their mobile apps, but their recently-added "highlights" features accomplish the "bring them back to the front occasionally" part of your description.
I've switched to Firefox from then, but it's not as convenient as Opera12.
There are several GTD-type web apps that support "desktop notifications" that might fit the bill.
I'd really love a browser extension that could keep track of how the user reached a given site. Then they could go back later and input, say, a YouTube URL, and it would show exactly what lead them to that song.
I started writing such an extension myself, but I was clearly out of my element. So when Mozilla shut down their Firefox Add-on Builder, I lost motivation completely. For someone with experience created extensions, though, I imagine this would be pretty straightforward.
EDIT: no, using the browser history is not good enough. Browsing is a non-linear activity (especially with multiple tabs open), and to visualize your path through the web you need a graph, not just a list of sites.
I used to love to have this. I called it "browser history", but then Mozilla decided it made the browser so terribly slow that you can now no longer really configure how long history is retained. After a while it just disappears.
I used to have my history all the way back from 2006...
Edit: This time I found it: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Projects/Places_async_expir...
I find it rather annoying, however, that this isn't obvious. I like keeping all my history :( I'd rather I could at least keep the history somewhere, even if it didn't stay in Firefox's history view.
I'm pretty sure Mosaic tried a similar thing about 20 years ago.
The other time I saw it was in the form of a DAG which appeared in a panel above the address bar which could be selectively hidden. The graphics were crude as I think it was rendered in GraphViz. I can't for the life of me remember where I saw this - tried searching for it again with no look. Pretty sure it was in a video demonstrating an experimental browser, but I'm lost as to which. (Maybe I dreamt it)
I just found another while searching too.
You can poke around and find the right history eventually but we've come to demand more of computers these days.
So someone might request a blog entry on the most interesting accommodation you've stayed in overseas, or the biggest waste of money you've experienced, or the most memorable meal, etc.
A nice way to organize & share my knowledge. I know that lots of people have a self-hosted wiki or similar where they write nice tricks, something that they learned about and might be useful in the future, nice ideas...
Well, I'd like something like this, but more "social". Pages could be shared (or public), anyone could write a comments on something (I'd love to see comments a-la Medium), and it would be nifty to have a way to "fork" and submit a pull request for every page.
I guess it could also have the usual "follow user" that will show all of his pages in a dashboard, a "trending pages" for the most seen pages and similar.
An open question would be how to make the site sustainable monetarily. About.com is this idea (but non-wiki editable) and they've plastered so many ads on the pages that it's become nearly unusable.
I like the idea a lot, and have started the most barebones version of this at http://aboutfact.com . If anyone else is interested in chatting more about this, let me know.
It's currently being offered as something like a self-hosted wiki or similar as you say, but has some hidden, unadvertised "social" features.
Like sharing pages to other sites in the Notedock system.
And pages can also be public (you can choose to set individual pages as public or private).
Here's an example of my "public" site: https://jb.notedock.com/public
Members of that site, and the members of sites each page is shared to can add to the Comments section. But for public pages, there's also a Disqus option at the end (which I've turned off for my public site).
The original vision also included being able to "follow Notedocks" instead of "follow users" like you've described.
What I didn't have in mind was the Medium type comments and "forking".
So it's leading me to think that we probably have/had the same inspiration, but different ways of implementing this.
Text analysis. Automatically match pages with similar content, so that even if everyone just posts their own stuff it will be connected to the rest automatically. I think the problem of a wiki-kind-of knowledge base is that pages are easily orphaned, especially if people just do brain dumps. Nobody wants to spend time tagging content, and you also don't want to manage a site-wide structure. It would be great if the content would organize itself. Could also be used to automatically link terms within text (to the most relevant page about this in the network).
To extend on the "nice tricks, something that they learned about": Let students (or even professors) put their lecture notes up, structurally and visually enhanced. KhanAcademy and edX do a great job providing professionally produced courses, but maybe my friend or I can explain a specific problem better in easier terms, and you'll be even able to comment on it or provide a fix for some error.
Smallest Federated Wiki is a distributed wiki. It allows anyone to fork a page by clicking the fork button; this copies the page to their own wiki and they can edit it. The original wiki owner(s) can then decide whether to merge the change into the original page.
Ward Cunningham has a few short videos about it at http://wardcunningham.github.io/.
 http://fed.wiki.org/ and https://github.com/WardCunningham/Smallest-Federated-Wiki
example wikis: https://github.com/WardCunningham/Smallest-Federated-Wiki/wi...
What you are describing is a place for you to share everything you know about a subject, and I can use to find what 200 other people know about it.
This is simple and extremely powerful.
I know this thread is old, but if anyone is interested and want to talk about it a bit, my email is in my profile :) (also spittie over freenode)
I would like it to be "more wiki", coderwall seems more a social profile where you can share small tips, not a wiki where you can write whatever you want.
It's also missing the "git" stuff, which I think could be huge (or maybe it's just silly, but it sounds good in my head).
And I also don't really like the "closeness" of the site. for example I can't even see every tip shared by an user without having an account (it just show the first ones and then a blurry mess, a-la Quora).
It's a one-click bookmarlet with public/private separations, RSS built-in for syndication, and there are implementations of dashboard multiplexing sources : http://shaarli.fr/.
No comments though (the author seems against it).
I see two big trends these days.
1) People seems more willing to connect back with their neighbors and community.
2) People have less time but want to eat more healthy.
Imagine this scenario:
While going back home, a student could check on the app what's available to eat for tonight. Next to his place, there's a family willing to sell the extra tacos for a few bucks. The student would then just stop by and pick them up.
Obviously, there would be quality rating and the possibility to reserve a few days in advance.
Granted, what Airbnb does isn't altogether legal much of the time, but food safety is taken much more seriously than hotel taxes and zoning laws. If you did build a startup like this, the second it started to become popular, I expect that you would get shut down.
Does this break any of the various regulatory laws in place?
I am aware of one way around this, though (sort of). As I recall, if you come to my house and cook food for me in my kitchen, then I can pay you and everything is fine. I don't think you even need a food handler's license. But obviously, that's a lot less convenient for both of us.
I'm no expert on this topic. I've just looked into it enough to get discouraged!
Your neighbors happen to be cooking dinner, and this app is a convenient way to provide tips, write reviews, etc.
Interesting discussion on whether this model can succeed: http://www.quora.com/Will-Airbnb-for-food-be-a-successful-bu...
And I just stumbled onto another one of these last week: http://cozymeal.com/
The pain point I was focusing on was to provide good food at cheap price for neighbors, less about "Living an experience with another family".
Then the person making the food sees that they need to make an extra x amount of brownies (but they were already planning to make them, but now can make some extra money!). Then when they are ready you get an alert and can go pick it up.
That would be pretty sweet! I'd use that.
Imagine seeing a cool repo, then being able to friend the owner, and open a chat box to have a quick chat about it right there on the page rather than having to go to another communication method.
EDIT: I know this super similar to github. Really I just want github to implement the equivalent of friends, chats, and public profiles people can post things to (a la facebook wall).
e.g.: I want to know what Jim thinks about coding, but not politics
There's some recent attempts to bring back the community and improve all sorts of things, but it's just renovating and feeding a rotten tree. Sure, it will live for a long time but it will never be as beautiful as a real living tree fed by nature.
>So I'd like basically github with more social elements thrown in.
edit: Seems like there is some interest in this. If anyone wants to discuss this more, email my username at me.com
Sometimes I spend 30 minutes looking for a good movie before giving up and watching The Bourne Supremacy again because at least I know I won't regret the 2 hours I invest in it.
I would pay $1 bounty every time someone just recommended a good movie that I end up liking.
Given the source is open, it may be more like curating a list of children's programming torrents and providing a delivery system for people to add their own child appropriate work.
I wouldn't be opposed to ads but not the sort you currently find on kids tv hawking toys
Parents all over the world approve this idea.
So it's schedule-less.
You want to talk to Paul.
Paul wants to talk to you. But not as much.
Paul is ranked "a1" in your book and you are
ranked "b5" in Paul's book.
Paul notes that he is in a "b5 and above" time period. Maybe he just got done exercise so he is more interested in talking to anyone (you are a b5 after all). Or maybe he is sitting in the dentists waiting room and has time to kill and is ok if he has to stop the conversation right away abruptly.
In your book Paul is an "a1" so he can call in the middle of the night and you will take the call.
Paul marks his availability as "b5 and above" and then app proceeds to start to contact anyone who matches.
Someone else is ahead of you at b3 so they get the first call. Next guy is at b4 but he doesn't answer. So you are next at b5 and your phone rings and it's Paul.
You have your conversation.
Advantage: No need to schedule calls by time. They happen by importance.
With granularity on both sides.
Why I like this:
I can make the most efficient use of time. Some people are more important and you want to take the call anytime anyplace. Others are less important and you are more picky. Also ability to use time that normally goes to waste. And prevents you from having to think "I've got a minute who should I call".
Using the example I have given elsewhere if you are waiting for a plane that might take off in 10 minutes you don't want to call someone that you can't quickly get off the phone with. (You don't want to be rude to someone important). Otoh the person pitching you or the local realtor that you know that you need to check in with is the type that you can say "hey have to catch my plane talk to you later" (or your aunt). Or the guy at Home Depot with the size of the garden hose.
Imagine needing speak with your doctor. You doctor might grab a minute sometime and then call you. You, with anxiety waiting for your test results, might take that call anytime (and in fact people do). But the doctor does not want to map out a specific time to call you as he might just have a few minutes between patients. And he will dial those from a note he has. And many will not be there when he calls. (This could in fact pre queue up just as if you are the President and you tell your secretary "get so and so on the line I will be out of this meeting in 5 minutes".)
So really this solves another problem but is not necessarily a replacement for a separate general scheduling issue.
Same concept could be adapted to, say, a handyman. He might have two hours in between fixed jobs and say "what job can I pull of where the person is home and within 3 miles from where I am right now".
(Although to be clear that wasn't the original point of the idea but now I'm thinking of that twist to it.)
 For example a salesman calling is normally interuptive and scheduling a meeting for something that you have only trivial interest in is not going to happen. Otoh sitting waiting for a plane which is delayed opens up the potential desire to possibly take meetings and conversations over things that you don't necessarily want to schedule.
- When will the next bus/train be at this spot?
- a non-DRM ebook reader with Project Gutenburg installed
- auto convert from client/server to webapp or phoneapp
- grocery delivery for us not in SV,Seattle,etc
- reservation-only restaurants that have tables avail now
- auto turn cell phone to vibrate in certain locations
- auto forward cell phone to close land line (work/home)
- old Google maps
- a no wifi or cell Palm Pilot replacement
- cell phone direct to .txt email for all but certain callers
- mini-blogging platform: 400 chars < every post < 800 chars
- yelp you can actually believe
- forum software that filters trolls
- forum software that filters idiots
- salad bar locator
- buffet locator
- televisionless / audioless restaurant locater
- chess with n moves forward/back what if
- shock nearby driver on cell phone not paying attention
- missing commercial airliner locator
I think Oona Räisänen solved that already: http://www.windytan.com/2013/11/decoding-radio-controlled-bu...
> auto convert from client/server to webapp or phoneapp
What? Client/server is a network model, webapp and phoneapp are applications. You mean like a web/phone app that you can use to talk to random server applications or something?
> old Google maps
> auto turn cell phone to vibrate in certain locations
There's an app for that
> auto forward cell phone to close land line (work/home)
You can do that with VoIP.
> forum software that filters idiots
That would be a major breakthrough. Hellbanning probably does a good job already though.
> shock nearby driver on cell phone not paying attention
The police calls that a Taser.
Anyway I think that cars should come with heads up displays that overlay information on or in front of the windshield in front of you without obscuring the road.
Also I should get a hands-free setup.
Or you could just stop using your cellphone when driving instead of rationalising the blame onto others?
> Anyway I think that cars should come with heads up displays that overlay information on or in front of the windshield in front of you without obscuring the road.
Yes, for instance some cars are designed to put things like speed indicator just below screen, but most bury them behind the steering wheel where it's hard to see, never understood why.
There's probably a market for a Buffett locator as well.
How much would you pay for such a service?
But nobody cared. Perhaps I was doing it wrong or I have not do many/any promotion. Anybody wants to take this idea and solve it for us I will really appreciate it.
https://openhatch.org/ is this for open source software in general
Electric cars must make noise under new EU rules:
Have you seen The Dilemma? About two guys (tech founder and business founder) working on a system for giving traditional muscle car sound to electric cars. (And some romantic comedy type stuff too.) When I saw it I thought - that idea would really fly. Whilst silent cars may be great for the majority (especially those living near busy roads), there is still a sizeable group that will pay extra for a great engine/exhaust note combo. See also recent criticism about the sound of the new hybrid Formula 1 engines, including from world champ Sebastian Vettel "sound like sh*t". There's a definite market there, but obviously depends on the electric car market itself.
From the article:
> MEPs agreed that in future the vehicles must be fitted with devices to make them "sound similar" to cars with combustion engines.
So you'll have a limited choice to choose from.
But personally I'm hoping they can make them a bit less rough and more of that smooth "Hummmm" you associate with luxury cars.
Maybe one could figure out moments at which the user would be interrupted the most, for example shortly after opening a new window or tab, or shortly after switching programs, since these moments are risky for forgetting things (if the same psychology applies): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17470218.2011.571...
It would probably make sense to prohibit interruptions during intense writing. I also thought about an option to blacklist certain apps or websites like Skype, Facetime etc. and to whitelist activities that don’t require focus like browsing news websites or playing a game.
The volunteers are given ratings afterwards, and their video streams checked against their descriptions by other volunteers.
Monetized later via a paid service where the person is reliably connected to trained describers rather than volunteers.
Primary consumers would be developers who're building products that depend on the user inputting this type of data - or warehouse logistics companies who could catalog this sort of data and middleman it to everyone else.
The product recommended home-cooked meals (web-only), found the healthiest restaurant dishes near you (mobile and web), and evaluated the nutritional fit of labeled food products in stores (mobile-only). The recommendation algorithm was all backend.
Too bad we got acqui-hired.
I didn't follow the acqui-hire and went on to work for a genetics startup.
Email me if you want more info or to see about making it exist again. We had an alpha test group of some very happy users :)
Either way, I think OCR-as-a-service would be really useful, and nutrition labels are probably a great place to start. I think there's lots of room for improvement in the nutrition/meal planning space.
An app to easily compare SQL execution plans.
I believe the better way would be graphical. I have needed this on MS SQL Server, SQL Sentry Plan Explorer has helped but lacks this comparison. Today I do it by diffin execution plans on XML format.
On my wildest dreams I would have a REPL accepting a DSL that would allow me to query the different DMV's (those are SQL Server data management views which give you insight on the inner state of SQL Server, Red Gate has a nice site on them http://sqlmonitormetrics.red-gate.com).
If it already exist is some form or platform please share.
Then, the ability to secure those boxes (and boxes you drop off in colo) against tampering short of powering them off.
(tech details: Intel TXT, TCG TPM, cheap HSMs, Intel SGX, etc.)
Not sure if any IaaS providers are offering services based on it yet, though.
I have been looking at how to do cheap ($20-50 slow USB connected (essentially smartcard), $500-1000 PCIe) HSMs. If you do shared-computation with a host (with or without SGX/TXT), you can get pretty decent performance with quite modest HSM hardware.
Those provide NSA-type protection -- in that attacking a single instance isn't guaranteed, and takes time, so a system with key rotation or k of n split across locations is going to provide pretty reasonable security.
Private Core is definitely the most interesting TXT-based solution today; if you built an IaaS provider with that tech plus live video monitoring, alarms, etc., you could probably offer quite reasonable security assurances to people. (i.e. the tools to defeat it require physical access, and if no one can gain physical access to a rack once the rack is put into production...)
I agree that if you're paranoid about the NSA it probably doesn't make too much sense to have faith in the Intel PKI. When you say pretty decent performance for your HSM, do you mean less than 10 % for real world apps?
I'm currently assuming a threat model where an attacker doesn't have physical access however, and looking more into how to use hardware to bootstrap a minimal TCB that doesn't require OS or application rewrites but still gives good performance. Even if only for specific use cases.
Amenities near by with baby facilities, possibly with user ratings.
All of my recently baby-ied friends complain about finding places to go, especially groups of recent mothers meeting up in the middle of the day.
I guess it would take a while before people were chasing details like kids menus.
If anybody is interested in working on something like this let me know :)
Thinking of ways to position this and sources to share it already.
Really: if someone were interested in building something like this out and able to seed initial dev projects, I'd be happy to help.
Let the sales guys look through a list of stuff that has been made by developers, and if they find something they think they can add value to then a connection can be made.
2. A commercial version of PostgreSQL server that has row-level security and natively replicates with SQLIte over HTTP(S). Easy offline mobile apps.
This, if done well, could be awesome. How you would effectively guarantee row-level security?
One thing that I've been thinking about a lot is a database whose rows are only readable by the users that generated the data in those rows. Essentially, the data in each row is encrypted with a key that's generated from the password of the user.
Data breaches are bad because, among other reasons, nothing in the database is encrypted. If each row was encrypted with a key only recoverable from a user's password it would solve a lot of problems.
Generally speaking, encryption isn't the answer. Hard to search, hard to sort, hard to index.
RLS using views works well, but has some issues such as Covert Channels. See http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/Row-security .
Don't think it would be a problem regarding replication, as long as remote databases can't query as they please.
It would really only be useful for data you're not joining on or searching over, and then you've got more of a dumb data store than a database.
Seriously, porn organization is the 1 thing I haven't been able to master over the years. A way to detect what your current preferences are and map them to a video or image set would be revolutionary.
Once that's done, it seems like keeping track of frequency and recency of access, plus user ratings which gradually go stale over time in order to model familiarity breeding disinterest, should suffice to give you the rest. In order to avoid the complexity of hooking into whatever image/video viewer you use, you could run your ratings collector as a background process which uses inotify or your local equivalent to keep track of accesses to the files under curation, and by some method decide when to request you input ratings. (I'm seeing a notification area icon with a bubble popup saying "Click here to rate the last 15 porn videos you watched." This thought amuses me, God knows why.)
Then it's just a matter of asking for more of what you've been watching lately, or stuff you haven't seen lately that matches some collection of tagged interests, or what-have-you. I don't know what you use as a UI for your porn collection, but a simple first approximation might be filling up a temp directory with symlinks to the content matching a given query, and then popping up a file browser on the directory -- in any modern OS, this should give you a pretty good overview, thumbnails and all.
What are your biggest gripes? What model would you like to see? A tag based filesystem? Arbitrary graph?
Would love to talk to people such as yourself who have this problem.
It's not quite done, and I will be making demo videos eventually but if you are curious check it out!
Relationships are largely arbitrary, and what is meaningful to one person may not be to another. In order to have an effective system, I think it would need both a distributed and local component, such that there is this large, distributed graph of knowledge of relationships, which you can download and cache parts of selectively - and which you can add your own relationships to, and chose which of those you wish to share. By collectively sharing relationship, we can form consensus models which converge around specific kinds of ontologies - which could be used to optimise storage and querying for local caches of such boundaries.
My biggest gripe is perhaps this idea of bottom-up-schema creation, in which we try to conjure up a model of relationships which may work based on our limited knowledge of the models we want to express. Instead, the graph based approach gives us a top-down-approach, where all the relationships are visible, but where we focus on specific relationships to build an ontology, then optimise our problem around it.
Filesystems in the traditional sense are far too limiting in that they already push a bottom-up schema on you - that of files, and much of the data you want to organize isn't files anyway. The filesystem is useful though, and necessary to remain compatible with existing systems - but I think it should take the top-down approach, where for example, you'd have some FUSE module which accesses part of a larger graph database, and only cares about the file specific relationships or ontologies.
I'm no expert on graph theory, and I've only played around with the ideas a bit using existing graph databases (Titan, Orient, rel etc) and querying languages like Gremlin and Datalog. I also have a few dozen databases I've made with Postgres in order to map the relations I care about with refeences to external information sources (e.g musicbrainz) - some of which are not "open" in the sense that you'd want them in a distributed system, because they require sign-ups to central services in order to manipulate them.
I've also looked at various attempts to build systems like this, but the majority are proprietary systems, or centralized in some way or another, and I've not discovered a sane way to locally cache the data I want without taking whole copies of the databases.
At present there's just too much for me to learn and research, and not the time or motivation to do it - partly because I feel it would need to be a collaborative, free software project, as the profit motive is largely incompatible with the need for a distributed system - and I'm too focused on making a living right now.
I would pay for faked friendly emails and messages. You'd need to price it low enough to be sensible. There would have to be strict no sex rules; and protection against scamming. I imagine it workin a bit like camming does now - there's a "menu" of available people with mini biographies and the user picks one and selects what kind of service they want (early morning motivational; late night inquisitive; etc) and pays up front for X messages. The message writer sends the messages and the site takes a cut of the payment.
This is a service, it is not an i troduction or dating or real friend site.
What do you guys think about this? And what do you think are the most common use cases/legal documents?
SNARK: I understood this to be called a "lawyer".
NOT SNARK: Legal language is so recondite, complex, and heavily dependent on external dependencies defined elsewhere, that short of very smart AGI I despair of there ever being a programmatic way to translate between legalese and plain language with any hope of maintaining fidelity -- and, given the import which legal documents tend to have, a bad translation may well be worse than none at all.
Quick translation of the text on the page:
Title: And now in plain Dutch
Intro paragraph: Contracts are always written in a very cryptic manner. So what do they say in short, plain old Dutch?
Status of the project: beta. I've "translated" 2 out of 38 paragraphs from one contract I've received, and that was a lot of work already. Those paragraphs work fine now, but it still needs a lot more work.
Are you trying to generate summaries programmatically?
So yes, summaries are generated programmatically. They have no legal value but provide a much better read of what is written in the contract.
For extra money, you can highlight a section of text, and a laywer will tell you what it means. Once a few people have asked about some phrase, you can include it in the general data bank.
Make it easy for users to hire a lawyer through you for more extensive work -- that gives you a massive revenue stream, even if only a few people take you up on it.
For example: "No theft agreement" - employees/tenants/whoever shall not steal, etc etc etc
Second use case is my disabled daughter who I can bring back videos of places to, but it's not quite the same as sharing the moment, and of course would give her a sense of freedom to be able to zoom in and look at something I might not have thought to capture.
Given connectivity issues to many of the places I know "I" would like to be able to go to virtually, I suspect part of the problem will be convincing folks that it doesn't ruin their wilderness experience to let other folks attend virtually. Given that you would then have fewer travelers impacting the environment I would consider this a net win.
I'm already working on this, contact me if you're interested!
very interested in using it.
http://sqlfiddle.com/ sort of does this, but not in the way Dataclips does.
I'm trying to solve the problem of people sharing data within an organization. I'm not trying to make a social community of database engineers.
Cool idea though! Feel free to contact me if you'd like to chat more.
- Better wedding planning software
- Tool to go through LinkedIn "Who You Might Know" recommendations to assist in job hunt
For instance, you've only watched Game of Thrones up to series 2, episode 3. You're about to start watching it again but can't remember what Daenerys was getting up to.
You go to the Game of Thrones page on that website, pick your series and episode, and choose "Daenerys" as a tag filter. It brings up all the major plot points relating to her up to S2E3.
However, how might one implement this while remaining concise? For example, say a user tells the Wiki they are in S1E02; the Wiki would provide a synopsis of the events relating to the specified tag up till that point in the series. However, imagine a user tells the Wiki that they want the same specified tag up until S3E10. That surely complicates things as far more major plot points are likely to have occurred. How would this be handled? Would it just be what the user at S1E02 was told plus everything after and up until S3E10 tacked on to the end?
To further illustrate this idea, consider the following:
User receives two (2) plot points when selecting S1E02
User receives seven (7) plot points when selecting S2E07
User receives (13) plot points when selecting S3E01
It would be interesting if the synopsis provided could summarize dynamically based on what point the user was caught up to in the given series. I've no clue how that would be implemented, though, short of someone going in and writing a response that would keep it concise for every episode that a user could select.
(This isn't my most concise comment on the internet. I'm sorry.)
Each query that a user sends would just display a subset of the complete plot synopsis. So user at S3E10 would see all the things that user at S1E02 will be shown, and then the rest of seasons 1, 2 and 3.
The character/setting filtering is just a way of filtering down things further. If you're just interested in what character A has been doing, you don't need to pore through information about characters B, C and D.
I think there's huge value in a search engine of knowledge and facts, where all sources are verified. A search engine that is objective and contains no opinions, crappy blogs or tweets, content farms. A search engine where you can't game your rankings through SEO techniques or through higher add spend.
Google is amazing. Google Search is going to be here for a long time. I doubt anyone will be able to come up with a solid replacement. But one of the current problems with Google is that they have too much information.
So far, i've put together a tiny version of this concept, which i've found very useful when i'm trying to learn new things or do some research. I would love to see some smarter people turn it into something more.
The new version would remove the toxic meta community. It would focus on narrow and defined topics ("science", "art over 50 years old") and would have rigorous fact checking and sourcing. It would aim for truth and accuracy, not whatever the hell WP currently does.
It would also have much better introductory paragraphs for every article.
The concept I mentioned relies heavily on Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha. It seems like unfortunately Wikipedia is starting to see it's own share of not so important/factual information.
Also look up "linked data" (I'm not sure if DDG uses linked data or not).
edit: so "Hacker News" doesn't allow even basic HTML? Meh meh meh.
I think that's to try to keep the focus on content rather than presentation, and also because parsing user-submitted HTML to pick out the safe bits is a pain in the neck. If you absolutely need presentation features you can't get on HN, then turn your comment into a blog post or a webpage and link to it from here. (But you probably don't need those features, and HN's formatter is easy to get used to.)
To get what you asked for, try searching for "live konsert stockholm", which translates to "live concert stockholm". If you add "fredag" (Friday) you'll only get events occuring on a Friday.
I should mention Netbiljett is only meant for the Swedish market, so I never posted about it on HN. Was that a bad move? (Also, "Netbiljett" translates to a rhyming "Onlineticket" in Swedish.)
I'd love feedback.
Are you looking for a "show me all shows in San Francisco"? I haven't found a good solution to that either, and things like Eventful, Pollstar aren't the greatest as they simply show too much.
So yeah, a single site, maybe one where I can upload my iTunes song list or link to my Pandora or something so it can sort by why I like, would be awesome.
The main problem is getting the data. I thought that ticket affiliate programs would give me the data in machine readable form, but so far no luck (one of them does, but it's far too expensive).
In case you're still interested, it's http://konzertgeek.de/ (source at https://github.com/moritz/soonish-p5 ).
If anybody has ideas where to get the data from, please tell me!
As others have said, data is the main problem. Sometimes it might be best to focus on a small area or niche. There are lots of sites like this but the ones that succeed generally seem to cover one area or niche (or both)?
Place for all scientific studies to be elucidated with plain english explanations, analysis, information on shortcomings, links to related studies, open questions, links to further information. Would be community created content, but needs some sort of community voting/moderation system to surface the best content and empower the most knowledgable/trusted contributors.
Ideally this would be where you go when you see sensationalist headlines in popular science magazines -- here you can find out what the study actually means.
Anything like this out there?
The difficult part is getting contributions and building anything sustainable around this idea. You can reach me at email@example.com if you want to chat.
There's also http://usefulscience.org/ and http://sciworthy.com/ but I think they both have staff to write content.
There has to be something that encompasses the full 'learning process': find content, read/watch/listen it, summarise its most important points, list actionables, revisit it in the future...
This maybe too personal to standardise, but even a 'convention over configuration' approach would keep people like me from feeling stuck.
It isn't trying to completely replicate the storage of everything you have in the apps you listed. Instead, it's trying to focus your attention to what your real goals in life are, so you hopefully end up with quite a minimalist approach, where you're discarding a lot of info that's essentially a distraction, and really able to focus on only saving the stuff which is relevant to your goals, and keeping a hierarchical list of actionables as your method of recall for the content, instead of it being scattered randomly across a dozen apps.
If this sounds like an attractive solution to you, would be great to talk about this a bit more (you can reach me through the site's contact form), because I want to work out ways to make the app smarter for covering that exact workflow you're talking about (discovery -> actionables).
Note that the app may look pretty "simple" from the landing page, but it is also very much aimed at power-users (I personally have a couple of hundred active steps+goals).
(ping me if interested... I know more than anyone should about email)
(ping me if you actually start working on this)
Also there's a lot more you could do. For example, versioning: show me what the site looked like last thursday. For people using crappy or nonexistent CMSes this could be huge.
I don't think the crawler is actually that hard. The killer feature would be the execution and the UX. It should be usable by anyone.
Benefits: Not as much work, not as permanent, you can use multiple at once, you can easily see where you are connecting.
I think this is something web developers would pay a few bucks for. I know I would.
not sure i'm on the right track though because the benefits you list seem contrived. "not as permanent"? "not as much work"? we're talking about editing a single line in a short file.
Also you get HTTPS out-of-the-box and can introspect the data transmitted over the tunnel.
Your server must route the request to the appropriate vhost though (e.g. ServerAlias mysite.com.*.xip.io).
A company could simply announce all new publications, and you could subscribe to that stream, filtering for paperback (and possibly authors you are interested in).
Of course, there are hundreds of alternative use cases.
(Interested in doing the project with me? drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org).
How about mini lockers with miniusb and apple chargers in each locker. People swipe a credit card and can rent a mini locker to charge their phone is.
I realize how low tech this is but it's less so than people babysitting charging phones.
Tools for developers are really good. IDEs and DVCS are pleasure to work with. But try to work on a spec, RfP, Offer, etc. with Word and Outlook. Online wikis are quite good but it is not possible to send them via email to a third party.
My idea for a text editor:
* storage: wiki text files + embedded git repo
* save all to a single file, but with possibility to access and edit the contents via web server / web app
* possibility to squash all edits and send a clean copy (branch) as an attachment
* possibility to incorporate changes sent back, thanks to DVCS
* two edit modes: WYSIWYG and markdown style for experts
* two client modes: standalone with thick client (based on Webkit) and html5 client
* possibility to access and modify the contents via APIs (Java, Ruby, ...)
* optimized for screens, not for A4 / US letter pages
You get the idea. Corporations would love something like this.
Credit scores lack transparency, usability, and are often inaccurate representation's of a person's financial health/responsibility. Especially regarding student loans, credit scores are useless...all a 20 year old's credit score tells you is how much his parents planned his financial life for him
The main problem is that all the transactions should be public, but the individual votes should be kept as private. We may overcome this problem by a 2 level system, just like in the traditional offline elections.
1. Ballot box level. Each 'digital ballot box' has a certain amount of voting coins. Voters go to a voting site, prove their identities and are given a key for a single transaction. This transaction transfers one voting coin from the ballot box to one of the recipient wallets (each wallet representing a candidate or a decision).
2. Network level. All transactions from ballot boxes to candidate accounts are public and verifiable using bitcoin protocol.
At the end of the voting period all the remaining unused coins must be transferred to a common wallet representing empty votes. So these numbers must mach: Number of coins = number of voters = sum of coins in all wallets
Candidate with the most coins wins.
The main benefit of bitcoin voting is that it's not a centralized system. It's open, online and verifiable.
You'd just need a law that the voting center can't track the wallets I guess.
First off, you must either have all clients have a full copy of the song, or have a remote site with the full song available for seeking-and-streaming. If you stream it, you have to be able to seek to the position in the song that everyone else is at so you can add more devices dynamically. You couldn't just stream whatever your phone is listening to (e.g. pandora) because it would add latency to the other clients' players and it would sound out of sync. The exception is if your player actually cached the sound data coming out of pandora, created a 10 second buffer, and started playing it "late", so the other clients would have enough lead time to buffer the song and start playing in sync.
Once you have resolved how to distribute the sound, you have to establish synchronization with all the clients. Ways to do that:
* Ship an ntp client with the app. Downside: network latency, firewalls.
* Synchronize nearby players by playing a loud tone four times, allowing clients to sync to the tone. Downside: latency of speed of sound, can only do once (otherwise someone has to play tones in the middle of your song to sync a new client)
* Listen to a track already playing, analyze own song's structure, find that point in the song, start from there. Downside: must already have decent portion (or all of) the song to seek to the correct positions. (Possible solution: implementation of rolling checksum/deltas?)
* Child clients buffer the song data from the parent client. Assuming the parent has slept N time before playing, communicate with the parent to discover what point the parent is streaming from now, download its 10 second buffer, and start playing at the correct point once synced with parent. Downside: must do all of that (network establishment, sync with parent, download buffer, start play) within 10 seconds or the buffer will be out of sync. Possibly do a 60 second buffer?
If your remote host just has all the song data, you could also just record a few seconds of whatever's playing around you, discover the song in your remote host's database, sync to the sound you're hearing, and seek, stream and play it. That would probably be the easiest thing, assuming your remote server had whatever song was playing. Possible to index local songs too.
Still, it would be a lot of fun to try. Best to just use FM radio.
FM radios though just might sound better.
Think that is what your talking about or similar?
This site's demo video shows they got it working?
Though it's not open to the public; errr, I want to see how they did it!
Also, I'd like to be able to play it while I'm on a train. Pre-fech 30min of music to play when I'm underground and I have no internet connection.
If there is a hacker (London-based ideally) that want to work on that idea give me a shout on lukasz.madon at gmail.
Another idea, allow deaf people to "visualize" sounds. Just displaying the raw sound wave is too redundant and difficult to interpret. But what if you could display a higher level representation, perhaps obtained by unsupervised learning.
Even cooler if you can attach rough labels to the sound like is done by some object recognition systems (example: http://i.imgur.com/anp7RY9.png).
The second idea is probably unrealistic but the first is possible.
1) with a battery or supercapacitor or something, so it can have a proper real time clock
2) with a much much better website. Yubikey needs to split the site into Enterprise users, individual users, and developers. The documentation for enterprise and individuals needs ro be much shorter and easier to understand. The documentation for developers should be as good as possible, including permissively licensed sample code in sensible languages.
I really hate the current password set up.
I want to carry my token with me and use that, and a passphrase, to unlock everything. Log into my computer, decrypt the drive, open email, perform root level actions, etc etc. i want it to work on my windows, linux, and max OSs. Across browsers. Etc.
It was originally posted here:
The idea is simple:
+++Create an invite-only jobs mailing list similar to HN-standards+++
Companies want the best and talented workers wants to find the most rewarding work, so why not keep the 2 well-maintained with the best firms and the best workers?
If you're interested, read my thread above or simply go here and help me validate the idea:
All feedback welcome and I will reply to anyone that has any feedback (good or bad) on the idea.
Netsukuku - http://www.masternewmedia.org/the-alternative-p2p-wireless-i...
P2P Foundation Blog - http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/
If you actually want to work on one of these, go for it! Just please let me know as I'd like to hear about it (and if you'd like, maybe help out where I can). Contact details in my profile page.
My three latest ideas with variations:
#1: Kitty cooker social game (please don't actually build this): Basically Cow Clicker meets prisoner's dilemma. Everyone gets a cute little kitten. In order to earn in-game currency (find a synonym for "cat poop" for a currency name, please), you must cook your friends' kittens. Your friends cannot cook your kitten if you have cooked theirs first. If all of your friends decide to abstain from kitten cooking for the day - you either all get gold, or all of your kitties get cooked anyway. In game currency can be used to buy cat clothes, cooking paraphernalia, recipes, etc. Recipes are a tradable item, effect earnings, might cost resources to use, and have a "cool down" period. Variant: Puppy kicker.
#2: A toolbox of satirical marriage help apps. I really don't have a lot of tool candidates, but they're easy to think up. For instance, "argument score keeper."
#3: Rent-a-sheep (name taken, needs something else): Presale of wool from individual New Zealand sheep. I live in New Zealand. There are lots of sheep here. Imagine a site where the landing page is a paddock of little fluffy sheep trotting around (SouthPark style animation, maybe?). When you click on a sheep, up pops a bio showing a photo of an actual sheep, from an actual farm in New Zealand. For a fee, you can "rent" this sheep, thereby receiving its wool production from that year. In the mean time, you'll get little auto-generated notifications about your sheep, perhaps including photos. You should also be able to choose how the wool is processed. That is, scouring, dying, spinning. All to be done in small batches.
Much easier variant: Small-batch customized supply chain for New Zealand yarn sold to yarn stores in the USA (aka create your store's own brand of yarn). Interface looks a bit like a slot machine - choose type of wool, then choose scourer/washer, then choose either/both dying service and spinning service.
Both variants should be very "connection" focused. That is, if you're renting a sheep, the site should do everything in its power to make you feel a connection with that sheep. If you're a yarn store owner, you should know a bit about the people who are performing each of the services, and you should hopefully have a window into how they're processing your yarn.
Edit: I don't think that this is mandatory or that it has to be super frequent. Could substitute photos with cartoon images - but include a photo from "shearing day." Could also find a way to automate the content of status updates. Maybe have the sheep wear a logging GPS collar which is scanned once a week or something (have to bake this into the pricing, of course)?
That would be almost as good as an overflow drain, but wouldn't require adding second sewer pipe.
(The toilet in the room a little ways from where I'm sitting has one)
The idea is that brick-and-mortar stores/restaurants/hairstylists/etc that are located close to one another can communicate and coordinate days of the year (or month) when everyone in the area who is participating offers some sort of discount or sample.
It incentivizes consumers to make a day out of going to an area of town that might not otherwise get a ton of business.
Could lead to an interesting community of people travel around the world exploring and going to FootTraffic days.
This could either be glasses with realistic eyes painted on them, or opaque contact lenses (that would then require the bearer to be able to sleep with their eyes opened -- but if no light enters the eye it should be quite possible).
There are many situations when you can't really leave the room to take a nap and yet you feel as though you'll die if you resist sleep a minute more.
A sports betting website that uses crowdsourcing to make the best bets. As a user, you predict the outcome of some match, but your final bet isn't necessarily what you chose, but what the crowd data indicates is the best bet.
Much like the CIA found crowdsourcing to be very effective in forecasting global events (http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/02/297839429/-so-...), I think there's a good chance you could successfully crowdsource things such as betting on sport results.
The way the CIA thing works, I assume (the article doesn't get into much detail), is you have 3,000 people, you ask them to make some predictions, and in the end you select the top 1%. When you compare the future predictions of these top forecasters with those of CIA analysts, you find that the average Joes tend to be more correct (even though they have less information than the CIA analysts).
So you can do something similar with sports betting. You have a group of top forecasters and their predictions for some game assume some probability distribution (like, 30% bet on the home side, and so on). By comparing this distribution with the average odds set by the major brokers, you can identify where the odds have been set incorrectly (according to your crowd) and exploit these weaknesses. For example, let's say that your crowd says that the odds of the Away team winning should be 2:1, but the brokers set the odds at 4:1. Then, this would be a good bet to place, assuming the crowd is 'more right' than the brokers.
So take one of those recommendations from the Last.fm API and email it to me each week. Add affiliate links (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and take a little cut each time I buy something I discover through this.
Better yet, if Last.fm just implemented this themselves I'd be so happy.
* Describe the authentication
* Enter all the objects, methods, URL endpoints, and parameters of your API
The tool would then:
* Generate pretty documentation, including example requests/responses
* Include a working web-based API console (like Mashery has)
* Auto-generates client libraries in Ruby, Python, PHP, Node, Obj-C, etc. and keep them updated in GitHub
Bonus points for bootstrapping the API information from your Rails routes file.
I've yet to find an iTunes manager that has all of the above - Most fail at the smart de-dupe search so when I get pages of results, I still have to audit each entry.
- UI geared for too-drunk-to-read - Big buttons, no text entry, large-type text, low clutter images.
- One button actions/options - "Go home", "Find open bathroom", "Find hotel", "Prefer Train" "Cab OK"
- EASY turn-by turn navigation for walking (large font street names with "turn left in 2 blocks"). Always update auto-routing. Bonus points for avoiding sketchy areas or using obvious landmarks ("Turn left at Bob's Transmission Shop").
- Location/time alerts for mass transit "Get off here" or "Wait here for 1:30am Blue Line Train to Hillsboro"
- Alarms for "Time to leave the club for next train" - Loud/big alarm for "Leave now for last train!"
- Since most phones seem to die around 2am, steps should be taken to be as battery conservative as possible - Walking = less frequent server polling. Also cache simple directions locally and turn off network features altogether if battery life is super low.
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In particular I'd like to see this applied to public events, like sports. I'd love to re-create, say, a music show or a live football game in 3D based on livestream video coming from people's phones.
For contrast, if I'm skimming through an article, I can quickly scan for keywords, look for paragraph breaks & sentence breaks to get the gist of what a particular section of the text is describing.
How can I skim a video the same way? I'm more interested in a solution for a 30 or 60 minute recorded lecture or conference keynote than something that let's me skim a music video or blockbuster movie. So the solution here may be more suited to one form of video than another.
https://skimo.tv/ seems to be trying to hit the mark, but from what I've seen, they've got a long way to go. And I'm not 100% sure that pulling a few short video segments out of a long video is the solution.
I don't want an account on 1000 different sites, nor do I want 100 apps on my smartphone.
It can be done. Just not through incremental changes.
You would open your Uberish app, punch in the weight of what you need delivered and where to deliver it to, it would give you an estimate, and come to your house to pick it up and make the delivery. Really not that far off, I believe the FAA has or is relaxing the rules on commercial drone flight below 400ft and the Parrot drones are capable of following waypoints on their own to a destination, and coming right back home when they're done.
A business owner is not going to know everything that the digital company is explaining to them or selling to them, and since there's no large digital companies that are the gold standard, but just a very fractured industry, it's hard for them to really know what they're getting.
The matchmaking company would advocate for the business owner. The matchmaking company would really understand the web development and digital marketing landscape, but they are not selling the services themselves. They would ask the potential agencies the really hard questions that the business owners wouldn't know to ask on their own.
Prices per game should be relatively cheap, like 1.99 or 2.99; except some cases like championship finals.
I would try first to secure the rights to show some of the European soccer leagues and championships as they should be easier to get than any of the main American leagues. Hopefully none of the US networks have an exclusivity agreement.
Maybe the Lithuanian 3rd Division. European soccer leagues cost a fortune to get rights for:
UK Premiership: £1.78bn 
UK Third Division: £88mn 
Annoyingly I couldn't find actual costs on much else, but my point is that European soccer is huge, and you won't pick up the rights cheaply.
Anyway this is just an idea, and it would take someone with good financial resources to undertake this project.
My idea was that there are lots of fitness style apps that track where you've gone, how fast and so on, but I haven't seen anything that lets you plan your route out beforehand, see how long it'll be and then estimate how long it will take. I was thinking drawing a simple overlay on a map interface. I recently got back into walking/running and wanted to slowly ramp up what I did, but wanted a route I could get all the way through (not run until I can't, then have to still get back) so wanted to plan ahead, and also allow for cuts through parks, bush trails and so on.
Wrote this, googled it and actually found something fairly useful: http://www.doogal.co.uk/RouteElevation.php
Agreed that elevation is a good thing too though.
Your idea may be great and may appeal to a science/tech community on HN, but be wary of building something where the audience is very small (if you plan on commercializing it).
Although quite a few of the ideas have some "mass appeal", some of them also seem so narrow that you'd be better off building them as OSS projects and releasing them into the wild (as they'd never achieve huge commercial success).
Just for the sake of guidance, plan on what you will do with any ideas you follow through with (go commercial or open-source it).
- Mobile App - Timed Deals for local businesses.
Company registers their deal and how many they wish to offer. A potential customer who follows certain types of products may get the promotion, The catch is, Promotion only last 30 seconds(max) and you have to buy it right then.
Anyone wants to help me with any of these I'd love the help.
I made a tool to do selection screen recordings that record the system audio. Makes it really easy to record clips from youtube/netflix etc: https://github.com/Jonovono/cutter
I am working on a simple website to host the clips as well. cuts.io (live again soon). I want that as a hassle free alternative to youtube, for short clips!
The site is running now. Here is an example of a clip I made with the tool from Netflix. All the clips on the site feature Ted Mosby.
* A better credit report system than Experian/TransUnion/etc. The current system is flawed on a number of levels -- not the least being that someone can file a claim against you and you have very little recourse. Something with a little more accountability and a little less emphasis on distant history. For instance, if two years ago I lost my job and fell behind on bills, but now I've had a steady job for a year and have been paying down my debt, that shouldn't rule me out for buying a car or a house. In other words, just because I might have been financially unstable in the past does not mean I'm financially unstable now.
* a HUD for subtitles/closed captioning on TVs, so hearing people don't have to see subtitles while deaf/hard of hearing people can see them. This would be especially awesome in movie theaters.
* A Fitbit clone that actually figures out what I'm doing, rather than just counting steps. (For example, it knows my height/weight/gender, and it knows that I took X steps in Y minutes, so it should be able to calculate Z pace and conclude that I'm running.)
* Something that makes tracking caloric consumption EASY. For instance, I'm at a friend's house and we have some mac 'n cheese. I open up my LoseIt app, and I see several options: Kraft Mac 'n Cheese, Velveeta Mac 'n Cheese, KFC Mac 'n Cheese. Well, you know, we made this mac 'n cheese from scratch. Which one of these is the most analogous to what I just ate? At this point, I'm just guessing, right? So make an app that makes those guesses for me. "What'd you eat today, Jemaclus? On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being super healthy, how healthy do you consider what you just ate?" Then check out all the values for macaroni and cheese, identify the options that most closely match the health scale I gave, run some calculations, and come back with an estimate on what I ate. If at the end of the day you say "You ate somewhere between 1900 and 2150 calories today," that's better than saying "You ate exactly 1937 calories today," when honestly, I was just guessing about those portions to begin with.
(I heard they used to do this with X-rays before people knew better. )
> LICEcap can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF (for viewing in web browsers, etc) or .LCF.
So i came up with http://Vettted.com as a way to harness that data..and ideally create conversations about how each team used each tool specifically.( that part still needs work )
For Mac, http://www.uniboxapp.com/ comes close, but basically an a app for my phone for Email, grouped by sender, sorted by last message received per sender.
Most personal email nowadays are one-liners, so this UX would work well for them.
Expanding, senders could be organized into groups, etc.
Also: There is a musical joke in there somewhere (but I am not musical).
(Not intended to harsh on you. I just find the typo funny. Carry on.)
None of these ipad apps can substitute the good old pencil drawings
I will send a box full of my letters in month to you, you scan them and make them searchable online for me and send the box back with a label.
Later when I need something, I can search online and know which box it is in.
Social media outlets attempt to tap into our general ignorance of advertising profitability - and they act as the middle-man between companies wishing to advertise, and the people who're sharing with friends - but facebook take all of the profit by inserting themselves between these relationships, and the users who are sharing don't notice they done a large part of the advertising work, for free.
Facebook can obviously provide some usefulness, because it knows where you are, what your interests are, and your recent activities - so it can target you for specific promotions. A recent video by Vertitasium showed how this isn't without problems though, and does not directly correspond to ROI for advertisers. (Likewise with many advertising models, there's always people trying to game them to earn a quick buck). Facebook provide the "advertising seed", by predicting who is likely to share.
I see a different potential model that could arise with the gaining popularity of cryptocurrencies and electronic transactions though - one where advertisers only pay when it results in a direct ROI, by tracing electronic signatures through a public, distributed ledger.
If a company wants to promote a product, and they offer a $10 advertising bounty for every advertisement which results in a direct sale. They initially create two digital signatures using "cryptocurrency X" and pass them to advertising agencies A and B. A advertises the product with "Get $5 back off your purchase when you register your product using X", in which they make this guarantee by creating a transaction whereby the original input transaction from the company is used as the input, and the output is split in half between the buyer and A. When the buyer then registers their product with the advertising company, they release the $10 into the public ledger, which propagates $5 to A, and $5 back to the buyer. B is greedy and wants all of the $10 for themselves, but fails to make any direct sale, and thus, is not paid anything.
In this way, there can be any number of middle-men between the company and the buyer, and each party can agree on the fees they wish to have for each direct sale that results. By having a public ledger of who is making the sales, companies and advertisers alike can use analytics to discover the best routes to sales, and narrow down their advertising strategies, and agree on the most reasonable fees for each of the parties involved.
The social media aspect is to have this technology encoded into the social platform, such that it is mostly invisible to users - they simply "promote" an existing post which has a bounty attached to it, and if those re-posts eventually result in direct sales, their wallet starts to grow. The part where users need to actively know about the system is when they purchase and register their purchase, such as to trigger the release of the advertising fees through the chain in the public ledger.
These are only rough ideas and I have no idea how they'd be implemented effectively, including issues around anonymity and ensuring the system cannot be gamed by registering a product then returning it, for example, but I think there's infinite potential for such ideas to replace the advertising empires - so that literally anyone can become a paid-advertiser, and where ones effectiveness as an advertiser results in profit. This wouldn't make facebook et al obsolete, only distribute the profit a bit more - and it would help to improve the AI which is behind FB's advertising, as it would be inefficient to promote things which aren't likely to result in direct sales. Everyone wins, although facebook's profits may decline a bit.
:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVfHeWTKjag, also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9ZqXlHl65g
Incognito / private mode kind of solves this, but form autocompletes, and browser history when I enter a URL doesn't always contain stuff I want to show in front of my clients.
So people could like something like I will do x for you for $y amount, all I need is you to fill out this template / give me this info.
So automate it as much as possible, and know how much it would cost. Break big tasks down into small ones.
For example, someone may offer to find you the cheapest place to buy tires in your area. All they need is <city>, <any necessary details on tires>.
Something like that.
What is wrong with using taskrabbit itself? What tasks do you envision? What about virtual assistants like Zirtual.com?
I don't want to negotiate, I want a quote and a yes/no decision on the quote. That's it. Period. End of story.
--- has tried to use TaskRabbit on three different occasions to get something done, all failed, two were to get lunch for an office. (so, business)
Never using TaskRabbit again.
I don't know enough about businesses to know what sorts of tasks would be good for this.
so i guess to correct my original post - something more like a simple, traditional alarm clock. with less obvious tech. but that somehow works this same way. basically just a clock display and some buttons to set the alarm time, and i guess some kind of wearable sensor.
Add ^ to search for matches in your browsing history.
Add * to search for matches in your bookmarks.
Add + to search for matches in pages you've tagged.
Add % to search for matches in your currently open tabs.
Add ~ to search for matches in pages you've typed.
Add # to search for matches in page titles.
Add @ to search for matches in web addresses (URLs).
-a site to upload Evernote notebooks to share/view online.
-a service that saves all your snapchat stories on the cloud
(Like Google Latitude used to do)
The reason I say this is because in the past week I started looking for video animators/designers (I don't even know what the right name is) who can design/create a 5-10 sec intro + ending animations/videos, and Google isn't the best option. I'd love to browse through dozens of snippets a la Dribbble in order to contact those companies/freelancers I find their work appealing.
A massive repository of all books needed for any career.
No teachers, no videos, no homework, nothing, just the books, free, forever.
So starting out with this comic: http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/
I think a open education platform where it kind of plots out the things like in comic. So you could navigate around this circle and see where your knowledge is at for certain subjects (closer to edge of the circle is getting to phd knowledge).
What you could also do is show interconnected things. Say you are trying to learn some math subjects but you know very advanced music theory (or whatever). Knowing how to explain certain topics to someone that has other knowledge, or even showing other topics and how they make use of the math/whatever subjects you are studying.
I started on something like this, basically just going through a bunch of schools curriculum and putting it together with classes / books I could find. But I would love to explore this further.
Feel free to message me: email@example.com
I'm not sure what the quality of the books are overall, or the consistency between books, but I've had some luck with introductory level info. It looks like a good start and seems to be the same basic concept as what you describe.
I'd love to hear any more ideas you have about this.
It should be organized like an university with all the programs by semester and their respective books.
Btw, I don't care about diplomas, I care about knowledge.
1. where quality doesn't compromised,
2. company runs by donation and
3. keep growing with volunteer support.
That sounds like excellent idea. I don't have too much time but i would love to be part of something like this.