The mind takes many shortcuts when it reads. It's easy to read "digital nose" as "digital noise" since that's the more common phrase. This is little like how you can read words with their mddile lettres mispacled.
Is there also a reverse issue, where posts that should reach the front-page are downvoted or prevented from reaching it for some reason? I.e. how many posts are there that fit with what HN is for and are popular on similar forums online (such as /r/programming), but still do not reach the front page?
A lot of posts. The overwhelming reason is simple neglect. We've been working on this problem for a while. If you're curious about what we're doing, see the links at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9333611 and in my reply. They're a bit out of date now, but the intentions remain the same.
It seems they're still offering a free tier for an app that doesn't need to always be running. But if you need it running more than half the time, you need to pay at least $7/month. Will this affect current customers?
I understand there were probably too many apps running on free tiers, and probably some that abuses the TOS as well. But with AWS and others having cut prices so much, shouldn't Heroku also offer some kind of better discount?
I only started the article, but it's too over-the-top to continue. I wonder how you get media to write about your startup like that?
> Dropbox has the distinction of being the only cloud service—and perhaps the only startup—ever to compete simultaneously against Apple ($748 billion market cap), Google ($369 billion), Microsoft ($357 billion), Amazon ($173 billion), and Tencent ($160 billion).
> Unlike his amply financed competitors, which were all founded during the desktop computing era, Houston has been embedded in the cloud for eight years, ever since launching Dropbox in 2007.
> No one yet dominates the new global network, but Dropbox just may be the most adroit cloud company in the world, the one that has solved more problems for its users than any other.
It's indeed a huge surprise that Dropbox is alive and well in 2015 when every major titan has similar offering for free. However I didn't knew Drew Houston was still that interested in Dropbox and my impression is that there is nothing new happening at Dropbox for years from development perspective. For example, basic things like showing long file names in tablets like iPad is completely broken for years and no one is fixing it. It appears to me Drew Houston is realizing that IPO is the only option for exit and starting a huge PR effort. Be prepared for lots of articles like this in coming months.
On legit publications, native advertising simply means an ad unit that is tailored to fit the site design/flow or quite often a more editorially formatted ad unit. However it will always have some sort of ad indicator or the company would lose the trust of their readers.
Not saying press for dollars doesn't happen, but native advertising is something very specific. I highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the IAB's definition and recommended guidelines. Large online brands follow these because they want to say they are IAB compliant for brand conscious advertisers with big media budgets.
Remember when Google was trying to fly under the radar because they were afraid that Microsoft would find out how much money they were making selling ads on search result pages. Anyone knows if any company is doing that today? It seems we only know about start-up companies through PR pieces (oh pardon me, I mean objective journalism of the highest quality).
I feel like that's almost impossible to do today especially with enterprise products (e.g. google selling ads to businesses). I think people now are accustomed to using products they've come across online and anything else is too foreign and strange.
I don't get why MOOCs are so focused on video. I think many people enjoy the relaxed experience of watching a video more than reading, but why ignore people who rather jump right into a text? A text is easier to skim search and reference than a video, and easier to keep up-to-date for the creators. However, I think the best option is a combination of text with visual and interactive content, such as graphical representation of complex ideas and manipulable formulas or code.
A text is easier to skim search and reference than a video
That's great when you're refreshing or referencing, but when you're learning something from scratch, text presents an easier opportunity to "skim" and miss things than video which sorta decides the speed of the treadmill for you.
I'm the author of a book and the amount of queries I get that were answered on the previous page.. I think many people just don't read every word in books they read (but I sympathize, because neither do I).
Right, you need to learn by doing and cannot just passively watch a video or read a text. To learn a topic like programming, you need to practice it. So a good format is to combine a text with small questions and coding challenges. If the user is unsure of how to solve something, it's easier to look it up in the text they read than in a video they watched. And hopefully they'll recognize that the question is asking something they can answer on their own without emailing the author. (Though once the text is online, there should be some kind of forum there to ask questions anyways.)
(PS - I'm actually looking for programming authors or bloggers who would be interested in publishing online with questions and programming challenges.)