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Do you also lament the creation of things like the fore-runner of the Internet that was created by the military industrial complex? Or the countless other advancements we use every day that were driven by military R&D? Or are you just completely and totally unaware of the significant contributions that military R&D has made to civilian lives?

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dwiel 61 days ago | link

The option isn't military or no military, it is military or spend the money on something else. There are plenty of other ways the same money could have been spent which resulted in similar civilian improvements.

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And there are countless forums to discuss such "important" issues. Just because a story has humanistic touch, that doesn't mean it belongs here.

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_of 68 days ago | link

You don't need to read it if you are not interested. I'm a tech guy and I found it very interesting to read.

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...except he stated in the article that they work 8 hours a day...

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denibertovic 123 days ago | link

How is 9-6 8 hours a day? They work 9 hours a day. As stated in the article.

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jaredsohn 123 days ago | link

9-6 could include a lunch hour.

A sibling post to yours says "Treehouse developer here. It's actually four 8s." so that is likely the case.

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denibertovic 123 days ago | link

Working from 9-5 includes lunch as well. The fact that 9-6 includes lunch, the fact that it needs to be mentioned, is ridiculous, you still spend 9 hours in or around the office.

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The link is now a 404..I hope it wasn't powered by Meteor...

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JPKab 172 days ago | link

The fact that its hosted at Modulus (the guys behind Demeteorizer, which allows you to host meteor apps on Node.js services) would indicate that its almost certainly a Meteor app to me.

I DO think that Meteor is fucking awesome, due to the sheer speed you can crank out commonly requested features (you can add a Google/Facebook/Github Oauth login widget with one line of code), but it sure as hell doesn't seem to scale well these days.

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The fact that it's considered contrarian to advise people to start with building a profitable and sustainable business model is a sad testament to the "startup culture" that emphasizes hype over substance.

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Oh stop it. Get over yourself, already.

I've run my own software business for over a decade now and I still have a boss. It's called The Free Market.

I can decide I'm above doing certain tasks, but my customers can also decide to go to my competition if my company isn't taking care of their needs. And sometimes my customers need things that I really don't feel like doing.

But I do them..because they are my customers; they pay the bills. They are the boss.

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I think it's a worthwhile goal to attempt to achieve this in other companies, but it's also important to truly understand why this works so well at GitHub.

GitHub is largely developers writing software for other developers. An interesting problem to a GitHubber is just as likely to be something that their customers are interested in. GitHub is a classic example of dog-fooding. They use their own product and many of their employees used the product before they came to work there. A typical developer at Github is very likely to have the same vision (and passion!) for the product as the owners of GitHub.

If your product is software for a vertical that doesn't happen to be other developers then are going to be likely challenges. What is interesting to the developers very well might not be interesting to their customers.

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Kynlyn 274 days ago | link | parent | on: The Forbidden Island

"Even if they were, they have no right of condemning their children to such life"

So who does? You? Western society? Don't you find that thinking a bit arrogant?

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Oh snaps...And I got suckered by this.

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What about trim levels? Trim levels are crucial in the buying decision. For example, if you search for a Ford F-150 on your site, there is no way to see if it's an XLT, King Ranch, Raptor, etc. The price and equipment difference in those vehicles is huge.

What about options and equipment? Does the car have navigation? Sunroof? Most consumers have specific option packages in mind when searching for car online.

This is why VIN explosion is necessary for any serious automotive shopping site. If a consumer can't narrow the vehicles down to a trim and option package level then it won't get wide adoption.

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bfung 383 days ago | link

VIN explosion doesn't always return truck trims, as many times the actual truck beds are added after the vehicle rolled off the assembly line.

So they will probably need more than VIN explosion for that; there are some companies that do provide that data though.

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Kynlyn 383 days ago | link

Trucks are certainly the most difficult to decode. But if you are using something like ChromeData for the VIN data, and combine that with the info from the dealer's site then you can usually narrow the vehicle down to a specific trim level.

Not always however. Dealers frequently have incorrect or missing information on their websites, so garbage-in, garbage out.

This is why scraping dealer websites for data is always going to be problematic. Far better to work with the providers to have them send you the data. It's faster, easier and you get far better data.

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bfung 383 days ago | link

I used to work for a competitor in the same space as AutoRevo =) Chrome was ok, but there was another provider that had exact vin matches in their catalog. It was a bit more expensive, but made it so the trim field was a non-issue. I don't remember the name, it's been too long.

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Kynlyn 383 days ago | link

It might have been AutoData, but they have merged with Chrome. Edmunds has a decoder, but it's pretty laughable. I'm not aware of any other major players in that field outside of those.

Chrome offers 1-1 matches on VIN to style Ids for most OEM's, but it's an additional cost.

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webtrill 383 days ago | link

We'll be adding the trim levels in the near future. We agree it can be very useful when buying a car. Thanks

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