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Could you explain what is going on in that post?

Litecoin is one of the first altcoins of Bitcoin. It is a nearly identical fork of Bitcoin except with a few parameters changed. All of the following that I am about to discuss work identically on both, so I will just talk about Bitcoin for expediency.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that is based on cryptography, specifically public-key cryptography. The way you spend money through Bitcoin is by using a private key that only you have access to to sign a transaction that sends Bitcoin to someone else. The rest of the network validates that transaction using the corresponding public key and rejects it.

Satoshi Nakamoto wrote Bitcoin. He mined the first block and authored the first transaction. As a consequence of this, several public keys are known that are recorded right into the very beginning of the blockchain. So anyone claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto should be able to digitally sign a message to that effect with the private keys corresponding to the known public keys, either a transaction on the blockchain or a simple text message.

Anyone who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto but cannot digitally sign proof to that effect is not Satoshi Nakamoto. The first thing the real Nakamoto would do should he ever come out publicly (which is highly unlikely) would be to provide this incontrovertible proof. As the creator of Bitcoin, he more than anyone knows that you can't take this kind of stuff on faith; it has to be proven mathematically.

The linked post shows the creator of Litecoin demonstrating that he is in possession of the private key corresponding to the genesis block of the Litecoin blockchain. It's really that simple. He has a private key, and he's signed a message that anyone can verify.


The post is by Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin. He's demonstrating that he indeed controls Litecoin's genesis block (i.e. the first block in its blockchain). He's demonstrating a very simple, unequivocal way to prove that you own the genesis block. Anyone claiming to be Satoshi can easily prove it by similar means.

I somehow doubt a typical journalist would be able to do anything with that.

We need better journalists, then.

I'm pretty comfortable with the technical competence of a subset of tech journalists -- nikcub is one of them. Other fields often get fairly competent journalists; tech journalism deserves the same.

The key thing here isn't necessarily technical competence but skepticism, which is the thing journalists are supposed to be oversupplied with.


> Other fields often get fairly competent journalists;

That's... not really true, especially when it comes to stuff like Bitcoin, which even a lot of experts don't understand (remember, people in our field are still struggling to write CRUD web apps). Medicine, for example, has equally complicated areas (cancer, epidemiology). I can't speak from personal experience (I'm not an expert in that field) but I have friends who are medical researchers and they are equally frustrated with medical journalism.

Ultimately, what we need are people who are actual experts in fields to be writing about those fields for a general audience, and get rid of journalists who aren't experts.

One thing that medicine does better is regulation. With odd exceptions like abortion, regulation of how doctors do their jobs is managed by other doctors. I would love if that was how things were done in computer fields.


The thing about journalism is you don't need all of them to be good, or even the median or mean journalist to be good -- just the top few to be amazing.

I agree -- we need people who are actual experts in the field, but also good at communicating, when communicating about topics where expertise is valuable. There are some amazing war correspondent journalists who go into harm's way and have both shared experience and a reasonable background.


> We need better journalists, then.

Sure. Donate to NPR or sub to the WSJ :)


Is the "double click" the sound of the keycap hitting the keyboard, or is it coming from the switch itself?

Based on my experience with blues, "double click" with blues is both of those. The click from the switch, and then bottoming out a few 10ths of a second later.

There's no need to bottom out with mechanical switches, but most people do out of habit with cheaper rubber dome switches.


I believe it's the sound of a tactile switch, and then the sound of the key bottoming out (which is not how you should be typing). It could also be the sound of the keycap hitting the board, but to me the first two are more likely.

Asking for upvotes is against the rules https://news.ycombinator.com/newsfaq.html

> Can I ask people to upvote my submission?

> No. Users should vote for a story because it's intellectually interesting, not because someone is promoting it.

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Thanks for the quote, I was unaware from... well, everyone I've known who has had a story on YC News and has asked for upvotes.

It's removed.

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Here's a screenshot for anyone who didn't get a chance to see it: http://i.imgur.com/om0vvJV.png

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And my final sentence of the "Welcome to Barnacles" post included a request for votes on YC News, though I didn't screenshot before I reworded that. I honestly had no idea of the rule here, so I've removed it. If there's flags, penalties, or removal I earned it. Nothing more to be done.

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Seemed like an honest mistake. It's a little unfair to the other submissions, but I mostly wanted to warn you guys that HN does attempt to detect vote manipulation and removes posts (and the moderators will manually do it if they notice).

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Freebooting is not posting a link to someone's original content. It is when you reupload the content to your page/channel/website, and then link that. The views (and ad revenue) go to the reuploader instead of the original creator.

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90% of content on the default subreddits has been ripped from its original source and rehosted on imgur or gfycat. The remaining 10% are links to YouTube.

The people doing it aren't profiting from ads like they would by doing it on Facebook, but they're still taking away the pageviews from the original creator.

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However, that rehosting is usually not to steal traffic, but because most of the webpages that host the original, would experience what is called the hug of death, when thousands of viewers suddenly flock to their website. So linking to the original content, is best done as a addendum to the rehosted content, to still allow for viewers to check out the original creator.

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Yes, I'm sure all the freebooters are just doing this to avoid the hug of death. 99% of the time I see no mention of the original content creator in any imgur link. Often times, someone further down in the comments will dig it up and tell people.

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Another reason is that half of the time the original source has slow and shitty webpage. Standardized, mostly bullshit-free interface is what made imgur and gyfcat win.

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That's fine, but it still doesn't solve the problem here. People have their work ripped off, without any mention of it.

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This does however suggest something. The problem here seems similar to the problem of piracy in general, in that people choose content delivery format that sucks the least, and then delivery platform that they understand.

Consider the case of movie piracy (and for simplification let's exclude people pirating because they don't have money): people often torrent movies because they want to get a decent-quality mp4 file instead of a half-assed player and a third of an operating system that together deliver half an hour of unskippable ads and piracy warnings. Consider the case of videogames - when Steam showed up, piracy went from something everyone does to something shameful among gamers.

Or just today at work we're talking about a streaming site that serves soccer league games. One of my cow-orkers pointed out that this is about the only reasonable way to watch soccer games, because otherwise you'd have to buy subscription to half a dozen cable services - as different leagues have deals with different companies.

Now imgur is a no-bullshit source of images. People know and understand it. It's no surprise people prefer it, and for non-imgur sources you can often find requests to reupload the image to that site.

As for solutions - I don't have one. I don't believe reuploads themselves are a problem. Lack of culture that would encourage attribution is though. But the expectation that you can make money by posting content on the Internet is a bigger problem, IMO. Smart content creators know their work will be copied, reuploaded, shared without attribution, etc. and so they don't base their livelihood on posting stuff on the Internet. Those less smart end up complaining about unfairness, but that IMO makes as much sense as complaining that gravity is unfair. Digital works are inherently copyable, it is in their nature.

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To be fair, this is actually a problem with the environment that goes way beyond the individual pieces of content, and is one of the reasons that Alan Kay thought that the Internet was professional but the Web was amateurish.

Alan Kay's idea was (paraphrasing) "It's great that we have message passing between client and server processes, but we really needed to take this idea and run with it, with each piece of content on the Web being some sort of network-hosted process which you communicated with. Then you by-default preserve provenance (who the author is and how it got here) and then you can integrate micropayments into browsers so that you can earn money for watching ads (and target the ads that you want to watch!) and then use that money to browse the content that you want to watch, etc., with by-default the content-creator reaping the micropayments of their content."

But because nobody solved this rather difficult problem, we have freebooting and you have to reload web pages whenever you change their source and re-navigate down to the menu that you care about, and Brendan Eich is now getting flak from people for trying to reinvent advertising on the internet etc...

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>Standardized, mostly bullshit-free interface is what made imgur and gfycat win.

agreed. I wonder what will replace imgur now that they've begun moving away from providing that experience.

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When someone posts a GIF on Reddig, if I am remotely interested in the content, I look for the source, which is usually posted in the comments.

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Sure, and that's probably considered "freebooting" as well.

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I wish imgur did something similar with reuploads of images, now that would be an interesting experiment to watch.

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You get to monetize fb videos?

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No, but you can monetize videos on other platforms. Even if FB videos don't have ads, the rehoster is still taking away ad money from the original creator (but the rehoster doesn't get the money).

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But you said "The views (and ad revenue) go to the reuploader instead of the original creator."

??

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In cases like youtube, it does. But that does not apply to FaceBook.

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Didn't Facebook used to use XMPP too?

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They had an XMPP interface, yes. It allowed you to sign into FB Messenger using any XMPP client. But it was very limited and did not follow modern XMPP practices. Then they killed it in favor of MQTT, which isn't even an IM protocol.

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They're not shutting AlienBlue down, but they removed it from the App Store, and they are not updating it anymore.

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They can shut it down by changing the reddit API so it no longer works, thus forcing users to switch to the new app.

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If they do that, they would break every 3rd party reddit app, which reddit said they wouldn't do. Of course, that doesn't mean their position will change in the future.

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no, they could just disable the AB API key...

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Ugh. So disappointed.

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If you're looking for a mobile webapp for reddit, they have https://m.reddit.com/

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There's also https://i.reddit.com. It sports an older look but I find it just works a lot better than the new mobile site.

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With the purchase of AlienBlue over a year ago, I had high expectations for an official Reddit app. Seeing how hyped Jase (the developer behind AlienBlue) was about this app, I was expecting a less buggy version of AB with more features. Instead, what we got was a reddit app with less features. Here are my main issues with it:

1. No moderator support. With AlienBlue, we could read all of the Mod Mail, and remove posts, With Reddit.app, I can read some of my mod mail (some message chains are missing), and I can't remove anything.

2. No Comment flairs

3. Can't see which posts I've read already

4. The in-app browser isn't as good as the older AlienBlue one, and doesn't have an optimized view for imgur/direct links

5. No casual/favorite subreddit groups

6. Most of the settings in AlienBlue are not in Reddit.app

7. No swiping gestures except for swiping from the left edge to go back.

Commenters in /r/AlienBlue found more issues with it than what I've found so far. While I have hope for the future of Reddit.app, I'll be sticking with AlienBlue for now.

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Looks like the classical:

* Developer makes a great app so they acqui-hire him

* For the next app they want to do it "their way" so they have managers and marketing people telling him and other devs what to do

* The resulting app is the same that if they had done it from scratch without the acqui-hire (but with one less competitor)

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But lots of people got to feel important along the way and that's what matters

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Managers gotta get paid yo

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The Imgur bit is troubling. Even in AlienBlue I've noticed that when an image starts defaulting to the Standard Imgur view, and I click "Optimized", it switches right back to Standard. I'm not sure if that is Imgur intentionally trying to prevent people from not seeing their "Download our app" banners everywhere, or a bug in AB, but it is very annoying.

Ultimately, when I see an image or video thumbnail on Reddit, I don't want anything else with it. I want a direct image/video link. Ideally they'd be part of the native experience and not need to punt me elsewhere. There's really no reason Reddit shouldn't fully own those experiences beyond perhaps wanting to save on hosting/processing.

I'm also troubled by the increase of ads appearing in the feed vs. elsewhere. They are clearly watching Facebook and Twitter closely with their push towards a more curated algorithmic feed that allows for more/better ad insertion, vs. focusing on giving users more control of the feed.

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> I'm not sure if that is Imgur intentionally trying to prevent people from not seeing their "Download our app" banners everywhere, or a bug in AB, but it is very annoying.

It's a problem with Alien Blue, not imgur. It just needs to enable cookies across webviews.

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Is this new then? It only started recently.

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> It just needs to enable cookies across webviews.

'just' enable something that has an impact on user privacy?

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They'll know you visited the site before? Why would I want to lose functionality to mitigate against that?

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Seems like a perfectly good thing to have as an app-wide setting tbh.

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I agree with a lot of your points, especially comment flair and swiping gestures (I used the quick swipe left to collapse comment threads 100s of times a day). I'm not a mod so I never used those features of Alien Blue.

However, I like the organization of the app more. Pictures are automatically displayed in the feed and require no clicks (gif/gyf support is badly needed, though), it has infinite scrolling, and there are essentially two browse sections: one for the front page and the other for browsing individual subreddits. It's nice to be able to switch to a specific subreddit and then go back to the front page exactly where you were.

It also seems faster than Alien Blue. With AB I would encounter "dead" links that wouldn't load many times a day, and I haven't seen one with the new app. Pages and images load much quicker than AB.

I'm switching to the new app and hope they add new features soon.

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Haven't installed it yet--but are you saying that photos show full size in the feed vs. just a thumbnail requiring a click? Sounds like new ad formats are on the way...

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Its an option. They default to a full size "card" , but you can make it more like the reddit websites traditional "compact" view. For the front page, press the button in the top-right to access the setting. For every other page, it is an option in the settings.

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I'm sure they are but I like not having to click every time I want to see a picture.

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> I used the quick swipe left to collapse comment threads 100s of times a day

Same, though I found the "skip to next parent" button on the lower right was a good substitute.

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I'm guessing Alien Blue, as great as it is (I paid for it years ago!), was built on a foundation in need of major refactoring.

They probably made the call that many of us think about doing - though we rarely do it - of throwing everything out and starting from scratch, building from the ground up with all the past lessons learned.

If so, I think the ultimate measure of their success will be speed of iteration.

Even if it doesn't include everything alien blue has today in, say, 6 months, it will likely introduce plenty of other nice features, and for many users will be either a wash or nicer and more stable.

I'm curious to see what happens!

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This new app got released minutes ago. It's not going to be perfect out of the gate. Give it some time.

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Why not make AlienBlue the official reddit app? They bought it! This is a very strange course of action.

This is one of "Things You Should Never Do" http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000069.html

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Well it was the official app before this one. Considering how good AB is I think there's some technical reason to redo the app. Who knows.

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My guess: AlienBlue was developed with power users in mind and this new app was developed with showing people ads in mind.

A major re-design gives them the excuse to remove and never re-add many features and tune the app for a different type of user and a different type of interaction.

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Inserting ads into the Alien Blue feed would have been easy. You may be right about the different target user, though.

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AB was developed by one person (who is still on the app team) - it's possible AB isn't suited to having a team work on it, or they want to follow new best practices (eg. Swift)

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This app is not a one-week MVP of a side project released by a developer with zero resources.

It is, however, an app with legitimate substitutes, so an incumbent must be equal or significantly greater.

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I hope there continue to be legitimate substitutes. I still remember when Twitter decided to add the key limit to their API shortly after releasing their official mobile clients, for the sake of "maintaining a consistent user experience" or something like that.

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>shortly after releasing their official mobile clients

???

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On android, 'reddit is fun' is great. Because of it I was never wanting for an official app and I knew that whatever they released officially wasn't going to be that good. Not out of the gate anyways. So far the release of the official app has just been mildly inconvenient for me, 'reddit is fun' had to be slightly renamed and the icon changed. But whatever.

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The definition of MVP doesn't really depend on how big the development team is.

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It used to be that we developed, tested and polished software before releasing it. Does anyone else miss those days?

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"Those days" never really existed. Software has always been buggy.

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Yes, there have always been (and always will be) software bugs, but it was at least intended to be used as shipped. We didn't release software with the stated intention of "ship it now, we'll patch bugs and finish features later."

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I wasn't expecting it to immediately have every single feature that AlienBlue had. With the amount of time they had been working on it (and the number of developers working on it), I was expecting it to have at least half of them.

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If you replace an existing app with a new one the new one better be at least as good and feature-complete as the old one. Remember that you can never take away features once they have been rolled out.

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Of course you can take them away. If you don't you become Microsoft.

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Jase has done VERY little work on the new app as far as I know. Pretty much all new devs.

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it seems reddit has always been disconnected from a proper mobile experience. both of their mobile versions of the site have been abyssmal, i'm not surprised the app sucks too

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Version 1.0

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As LukeAl said in the post you are commenting on, the stable version's native notification feature is 6-12 weeks behind Canary's (which the chromium.org update is talking about).

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I don't mean to be negative, but this looks like a version of Kicktraq[1] with less information.

[1] https://www.kicktraq.com/

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What we are trying to do is focus a bit more on building a model that is based on how projects have done in the past. Our model learns from each completed project, and helps create better predictions.

I am no Kicktraq expert, but I think their graphs boil down to something like rate of funding today * number of remaining days. I think they published a great blog post to this effect a few years ago.

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You mean this one?

http://blog.kicktraq.com/the-state-of-projections/

Don't be intellectually dishonest. You aren't naive enough to not know they had this exact same functionality as big as they are and as long as they've been around.

You copied their projection charts which use a weighted historical model too. Your charts even look EXACTLY like theirs. Their projection also takes a few days to build an accurate estimation. So why did you really release this?

If you think you can do better, or have some other piece of functionality, just say so. Don't pretend you didn't know something like this didn't already exist.

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