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Merry Christmas to HN
502 points by lateguy on Dec 25, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 110 comments
Hello HN,

I become active Hacker news at the start of year, its been incredible journey so far. I have learn so many things from computer science to psychology to economics etc. Thanks for all the contribution and best of luck for future. Happy Holidays.

Merry Christmas, everyone. I tend to lurk a lot, but this is one of the few programming communities where I don't expect to be met with negativity and condescension every time I post something. And beyond that, just reading everyone's discussions has easily helped shape me into the person I am today. Thanks for the past few years and many more to come!

You must be new here. Wait until the negativity and condescension kicks in.

If there is some of those, it's still at a dramatically lower rate than from any other boards that I've been looking at.

This is refreshing and always good for the mind, scientific or not that it might be.

And a jolly Festivus to the Restuvus!

Have a wonderful fleas on my dog!

Merry Christmas guys. May you and yours be blessed with peace, prosperity, and happiness, today and always.

I read HN since 3 years. I've created my startup 1.5 year ago. I think that says it all. Oh and I had revenue from day 70, currently cash-flow-positive, and I've taught a lot of people what bootstrapping means. Thank you, community.

This seems as good a place as any to point this out: take a look at the numbers on the frontpage.

At the moment now it's default orange again. Xmas theme turned off?

That was me. I turned it on in the REPL last night, but did it wrong. Leapt out of bed this morning thinking "Doh! I bet it switched off." Which it had.

No worries. That's why we have 2 Christmas days.

And the header bar at the top.

Guess you have to disable topcolor for that?

the top color is #cc1010 if you want to set it up as your custom top color.

메리 크리스마스 HN. Thanks for all the insights, day in and day out. Love ya.

Thank you! Merry Christmas to all of you :-)

And thank you for being a big part of my small world :-)

Gleðileg jól!

To get a jumpstart on my New Year's resolution, time to air some grievances (with myself)!

1. Dammit Xan, when are you going to finish up those unit tests for tänzer? You're holdin up the actual 0.1 release!

2. I can't believe you haven't started implementing your bytecode VM yet! Are you waiting on a freaking miracle, or just piddling until you figure out whether you want to make classes and functions defined at object code load time, or have opcodes for registering classes and functions at runtime?

I can't go home until I wrestle myself in this year's Feats of Strength and get code for my VM, birchvm, up and running.

Merry Christmas and thanks for being with me every single day in 2014.

Merry Christmas to you as well.

Merry Christmas! I've thoroughly enjoyed lurking at HN for the last year. Looking forward to another year of interesting articles!

One of the few places left where comments are worth reading. Thank you, all, and Happy "whatever makes you happy". :-)

Merry Christmas! I share with you my santa hat! http://santahat.me

Merry Christmas everyone!


  map (\x -> chr (x + 32)) [45,69,82,82,89,0,35,72,82,73,83,84,77,65,83,1]

    #include <string>
    #include <iostream>
    #include <algorithm>
    using namespace std;

    int main() {
        string s {33,78,68,0,65,0,40,65,80,80,89,0,46,69,87,0,57,69,65,82,0,79,70,0,
        transform (begin(s), end(s), begin(s), [](char c){ return c + 32; });
        cout << s << endl;

Last one, in old-fashioned style:

  5 FORX=1TO16:READN:N=N+32:?CHR$(N);:NEXTX:DATA45,69,82,82,89,0,35,72,82,73,83,84,77,65,83,1


[45,69,82,82,89,0,35,72,82,73,83,84,77,65,83,1].map((x) -> String.fromCharCode x+32).join('')

What language is this?

Haskell. Here's another way to do it in the same language, using function composition and point-free style.

map (chr . (+32)) [45, 69, 82, 82, 89, 0, 35, 72, 89, 73, 83, 84, 77, 65, 83, 1]

Merry Xmas. I thought I'd try Haskell for the same time for Xmas and found I have to download it and import Data.Char first in case anyone else is trying!

Or in Perl:

shorter using pack:

  # shorts
  # longs
  # 64-bit
  # hex

explain :)

Copy-paste in your browser console -

    // Merry Christmas
      .map(function(i) { return i + 32; })
      .map(function(i) { return String.fromCharCode(i); })


  [45, 69, 82, 82, 89, 0, 35, 72, 82, 73, 83, 84, 77, 65, 83, 1].map(function(x){ return String.fromCharCode(x +32)}).join('')

  ; Racket version
  (apply string (map (λ (x) (integer->char (+ x 32))) '(45 69 82 82 89 0 35 72 82 73 83 84 77 65 83 1)))

Python equivalent for convenience:

  map(lambda x: chr (x + 32), [45,69,82,82,89,0,35,72,82,73,83,84,77,65,83,1])
Just paste it into a python terminal and run it :)

Python 2/3 compatiblity:

    "".join(map(lambda x: chr (x + 32), [45,69,82,82,89,0,35,72,82,73,83,84,77,65,83,1]))

Or as a list comprehension if that's your thing:

    "".join([chr(x + 32) for x in [45,69,82,82,89,0,35,72,82,73,83,84,77,65,83,1]])

I'm to lazy to do the math (substract and look for ascii code), but it should be "Merry Christmas". clue: look where "r" is i the string.


  List(45,69,82,82,89,0,35,72,89,73,83,84,77,65,83,1) map (_ + 32 toChar) mkString

HN is the reason I'm a reasonably good programmer. Happy Holidays everyone!

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir!

Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr à Alba.

Go raibh maith agat, cara :) Agus tú féin

HN is very informative and boosts the confidence of readers in their respective areas of working. I wish all HN contributors to include articles which will be of interest to professionals in all walks of life.

"Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr" from Scotland.

Merry Christmas all, I hope your holidays are wonderful

Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia!

All the best to the community. It's the only place on the Internet where comments are often more insightful than articles :)

Merry Christmas all!

Vrolijk Kerstfeest!

Merry Christmas!

How about having a little new year party this 31st ?

Merry Xmas to all of you! It's been a pleasure to read and be influenced by great people and minds. Love to Computer Science!

4d 65 72 72 79 20 43 68 72 69 73 74 6d 61 73 21

Merry Christmas to each one of you here on HN.

Merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad!

Here's a Christmas present for you, feel free to reuse as often as needed: ¡

¡Feliz navidad! :)

Merry Christmas to all from Houston!

Glædelig jul!

Срећан Божић!

Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)! Probably my favorite post on HN right now. Happy Holidays to all.

Merry Xmas ya glorious basterds!

Merry Christmas to you as well

Merry Christmas HNer's :)

Merry Christmas to you as well

Merry Christmas to you too!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Счастливого Рождества! :)

Happy Holidays! Here to the many more successful years to come!

Happy Grav-Mass, folks!

Schöne Weihnachten :)

မေရီ ခရစ်စမတ်ပါ HN ..

ಕ್ರಿಸ್ಮಸ್ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಷಯಗಳು ! With regards from India :)

Merry Christmas HN!

Fröhliche Weihnachten & feliz natal

Feliz Natal!

Love this community, Merry Xmass <3

Joyeux noël :)

Buon Natale!

გილოცავთ შობას! from Georgia

Bon Nadal!


Lmao at learning computer science, psychology and economics from Hacker News...

I think it was obvious he meant "learning some from these subjects", and not "I actually became as knowlegeable as a psychologist and an economist".

Vrolijk kerstfeest!!

Merry Christmas!

Veselé Vianoce!

Hyvää joulua!

සුභ නත්තලක්!

happy xmas and new year !

many thanks to hn

many thanks

Merry Christmas everyone! Ooh look alternating article numbers in holiday colors! Isn't it amazing what technology can do?? If only it could <blink/> like the olden days

All I want for Christmas is the three lines of CSS it would take to make HN responsive.

If that's not possible, I'll take world peace instead.

I'd like collapsible comments more :)

There's several extensions folks have written to add layers of functionality to HN -- collapsible comments being a major one.

I use HN Enhancement Suite: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hacker-news-enhanc...

There's about a dozen extensions adding this feature -- it's an HN evergreen (because everyone loves it, and it's so easy to implement?):


(I wrote one of the Firefox ones -- CollapsableThreads.user.js)

This is up for contention but I'm not sure it takes just 3 lines of CSS to a make a table heavy layout responsive :D

Is is actually tables? I haven't actually looked at the source, but I imagine that tearing out all the templates and styles, and redoing roughly the same design can't be more than a day or two's worth of work.

Maybe there's a fear that if it got too pretty, they might start to attract the wrong crowd?

HN hasn't always had an API, so they didn't want to change the HTML because it would break the apps that rely on scraping the markup to get the content. You can read more at this blog post [1] announcing the HN API.

[1]: http://blog.ycombinator.com/hacker-news-api

Seriously, don't make it responsive. I'm already shortening my eyesight by reading HN compulsively on a large iPad, I can't imagine the effects of reading it on a phone.

MiniHack is pretty awesome.

If you use opera on a smartphone, just go to the settings and enable text wrap. You're welcome :)

The thing I dislike most about the holidays is the erosion of intellectual discussion and infectious somatization even on its few remaining bastions like HN.

Oh, Huxley.

To me HackerNews has had the wrong name for a while now. To me hacking was always the underground playground - more about critical thinking and circumvention and raw engineering rather than the mainstream academia and VC scene which is HN.

But hey - I still love this place, Merry Christmas!

That's among the most downvotes I've ever seen, but I suppose I deserve as much for being a grump.

I do find it fascinating how the spirit of Christmas (effectively read: holiday consumerism) is unshakable in the Western world, possibly more so than any religion.

There might be a business lesson in here.

> erosion of intellectual discussion and infectious somatization

Santa got you a thesaurus for Christmas?

The only weird one there is Soma, and that's a Huxley reference you won't find in a thesaurus.

I wish though. A thesaurus would be a most endearing gift.

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