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I love the idea of a search engine like SymbolHound, but I find the results lacking in practice.

For example, a search for Swift's nil coalescing operator turns up nothing of relevance: http://symbolhound.com/?q=swift+%3F%3F

(Actual information about "??" in Swift for anyone interested: https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/Swift/...)

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Hi, I'm the developer of SymbolHound. You're right, SymbolHound's index is a little lacking, especially for new languages. This is because it's based almost entirely on a stackoverflow data dump (http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/06/stack-overflow-creativ...) from when I first made it (2011). Swift was released in 2014, so there are no results. I'm planning to update it when I have the time.

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Hey! We filter out known alumni email addresses (e.g. alumni.princeton.edu) but there's no way for us to differentiate between non-students and students if they both have a "student" email address.

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Alumni email addresses are sometimes filterable, due to a different domain, but faculty or staff generally aren't; at many schools, students, faculty, and staff get indistinguishable email addresses.

I considered trying to sign up as an alum to test it out, but decided that I don't really have any interest in chatting with random Ivy League undergrads even if just for testing purposes.

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For anyone who's curious what a world in which everyone is forced to throw away their privacy and embrace complete transparency might look like, Dave Eggers wrote a fantastic book called The Circle (http://www.amazon.com/The-Circle-Dave-Eggers/dp/0385351399) that explores that very concept. Highly recommended.

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Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check that book out.

Once, in thread similar to this one, I saw another recommendation for The Light of Other Days (http://smile.amazon.com/Light-Other-Days-Arthur-Clarke-ebook.... It explores a world where everyone can see and hear everyone else at any (past and present) time. While I did not always find the plot compelling, I still enjoyed reading it because it explores some cool ideas.

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What I found most interesting about the story was when a character was confronted by the factual truth of a past event that didn't agree with what she strongly believed to be true. There is no room for objection as you can view all past (and present) events as they really happened.

But your comments are accurate. While, not always compelling, the concepts are pretty cool to indulge in.

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I should add that the story is especially appropriate for the HN crowd because the privacy-less world is realized by a Google-like tech company that decides that complete transparency via omnipresent recording devices would lead to a healthier society. The arguments made by Noah in the article are identical to those used by the tech company in the book.

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I'm curious: Why was this post bumped off the front page so quickly?

At the time of this comment, this post has 105 points, 79 comments, and was submitted 2 hours ago. Despite having more points and being younger than many posts on the front page, this post is on the second page. Is it due to the fact that this post is political in nature?

I'm sure a lot of HNers who haven't been on the site in the past 2 hours would appreciate this submission, so it's unsettling to see that it's no longer on the front page.

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PSA: You should wait to donate as your credit card information will be relayed unencrypted over HTTP on their donation page (http://mayone.us/fec_compliance/).

I'm hoping they'll fix this soon.

EDIT: They've added SSL, so go ahead and pledge!

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They added SSL but it appears they are still making some kind of mistake. They claim to be using stripe.js (edit: http://mayone.us/distribution-plan/) which, as far as i know, creates a token so you don't have to send the credit card information over to your server protecting you from liability. It seems like they have still implemented it incorrectly. If you click "Pledge" it still sends the raw (albeit now encrypted) information to their wordpress server.

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but a lot of these tactics are used in "legitimate" businesses. For example, free lessons (e.g. 20 Ways to Speed Up Your Wordpress Site!) and mailing lists are often used to gain the customer's trust before pitching a service or a product. Becoming the customer's friend is simply a way of gaining the customer's trust.

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Mailchimp is a great example of this. They have pages upon pages of free guides and information, and even give out email templates for free.

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Those sleazebags.

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This is a really good point. Guilt is definitely a huge driving force for in-person purchases.

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He says that he was an intern back in '11. I'm guessing he's full-time now. Not very clear.

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He's a junior now :-)

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"Disclaimer: This app can and will post a large amount of hilarious content from your Facebook account."

This makes it seem like the app will post without my explicit permission.

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The only implicit post is when you use the unhack feature, and it lets your friends know that you hacked yourself.

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I love stories like this. Great work, and I hope you keep on making more music!

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