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Agreed. The company I work for pays on the order of $4k/mth for this particular provider and it's inexcusable when this downtime happens and we hear nothing other than "Our DC Node went down". Why did it go down? What are you doing to prevent this from happening again?

Le sigh.

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As an MBA type, I take extreme offense to your statement. As a full-time programmer, I totally agree with you!

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You're lying. As an MBA, you're considering a VC round to fund a corporation which would attempt to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all MBAs against people slandering MBAs. Getting an MBA is like gaining vampirism - you need to drain human blood just to stay alive.

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Personal attacks are not allowed on Hacker News. Please don't do this again.

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Is satire allowed?

I was responding to a comment that was humorously self-deprecating, and I thought my response's satiric tone was clear.

I'm sorry if you or anyone else perceived it as a personal attack.

Also, it's a personal attack to satirically compare someone to a vampire, but it's okay to compare someone to a lamprey? Is there some list of blood-sucking creatures I can refer to, which indicates which ones you will consider a personal attack, and which ones you will not? Mosquitoes? Ticks? Patent trolls? :-)

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Sadly, there are enough comments on Hacker News that say such things and mean them that I could not tell that yours was satire. Sorry for misunderstanding.

Is satire allowed? Sure, of course. But fluff humor tends to get downvoted, since it mostly leads to more fluff humor, which takes threads off topic. Fluff humor isn't bad in itself, but it's bad when it obscures high-quality content.

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Thank you on all points, and I agree with what you've said.

I kind of wish I had a "parenthetical comment" option. "This is not on topic, but if someone else feels like looking into the parentheticals, they can turn them on."

Then again, isn't that what reddit was invented for? :-)

Have a pleasant, fun, and engaging day!

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WTF is this comment? Chastising someone for satire? Get a grip.

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As someone who deeply appreciates the work 'dang is doing trying to maintain civility on the site and thinks the site is drastically better now that moderation has a public face and improved transparency: maybe you can find a better way to discuss what he's doing than saying "get a grip". Reading horrible, mean-spirited comments day-in and day-out must be the shittiest part of that job. I can't fathom a reason why anyone would want to make the job shittier.

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Overreaction is still overreaction.

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I must protest, because there's a serious point here. Satire aside, it's not ok to say things like "You're lying" on Hacker News. There are civil ways to make any such point. If people break the HN guidelines egregiously, it's not overreacting for a moderator to say so.

The satire thing is a separate issue. To anyone who reads as many toxic HN comments as I do, the satire in that comment was anything but obvious. It's not even close to the worst stuff HN users say to each other.

The implication in your comment and the root comment is that moderators shouldn't make mistakes. That's too high a bar. We make mistakes all the time. That's why I picked this username!

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The serious point that lately seems to be frequently missed is that people communicate in different ways. Some use satire, some use brevity, some use example, some use beat-them-into-submission verbosity, but some use counter example, some play at ludicity, some only elocute in jargon, some lay on the sesquipedalian, and some simply quip. The benefit of the doubt or the long pause goes a long way to healthy and interesting conversation.

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I didn't (and wouldn't) chastise anyone for satire. I wonder if you perhaps read these comments in the wrong order, or didn't see them all before you posted this?

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Personal attacks on vampires?

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You are correct that attr_accessible is gone in favor of strong parameters.

Google fu yields http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17371334/how-is-attr-acce...

Depending on how your test suite is set up (if you have one) there may need to be some sweeping changes there. When we migrated we had to switch from our should syntax to the expect s syntax.

I can't remember anything else that was super crazy.

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I haven't been to SXSW in 2 years. Three years ago the technology portion of SXSW definitely felt exactly as you described this year's music. Massively unorganized. Massively chaotic. Couldn't really find anything you were looking for, even if you tried.

While speakers and talks were mostly on time, the rest of it was just pure chaos.

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Exactly my experience. When SXSWi moved to spread-out venues, it was suddenly impossible to go from, say, the Convention Center to the Sheraton between sessions, and forget about the hotel south of the lake. That signaled to me that it was too big, but they kept making it bigger.

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Hehehe. Someone doesn't like the `Homebrew` setting on Terminal ;).

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If I could upvote this 100x I would. I know that stories like these should be covered because of it's importance, but the websites/news channels that publish or cover this story reap the rewards (just as much as Penny Arcade).

It's just perpetuating exploitation over and over again, and damn does that piss me off.

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Thank you for your reply!

I had written one vaguely similar to yours but ended up not posting it because i was seething with anger.

I just don't understand how so much vitriol continues to bubble up on HN posts like these.

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Oh Kozmo. My friend told me tales of ordering a Snickers bar at 3am while some dude on a bike would come and deliver it by 3:45am.

It would be nice if startups could learn lessons that don't directly affect their company, but the lesson probably wouldn't hold as much weight/carry as much significance if they didn't experience it firsthand.

I would love to believe that every startup within a vertical learns lessons from the pioneers that have failed, but sometimes the lessons are in the details that aren't readily available.

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Ending in .ly was really popular 2 years back (bit.ly, embed.ly, etc etc). It's still popular, but it has waned since .ly was publicly available.

I think the fad has since passed and a lot of people have been jumping on the .io bandwagon recently.

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Don't forget the "try to use the TLD bit to make the end of your word"-fad :-) Like doing "hackerne.ws" - not exactly new, but a rising star fad.

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Haha never knew about that one, easier to type on my phone.

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I don't at all understand why people are berating this proposition.

This proposition makes a helluva lot of sense.

I have done the hustling/marketing side of a startup. I got my failed (sigh) startup lots of good press and lots of users.

I would venture to say that I probably put in more work than any developer on my team at that point.

Now, I am a hacker but I 100% fully understand the value he is putting down. He will be just as invested in your MVP as you will be. His sole job is something you never have to worry about. Maybe he doesnt hold his end up of the bargain, which may happen. If that does happen, well make sure there is a clause in whatever agreement you sign.

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