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I think you're right, friend, I think... That said, Why does a company like Google obsess so much over margins, when they have 70 BILLION dollars in equity, 50 Billion dollars in annual revenues, and 20% profit margins (11 figures, 11 and Billion annually in net revenue alone...) I think it's myopic. Not that any company need to keep extra employees, if they don't need them, but there's too much obsession over margins amongst these fortune 50's, and I think that it is bad for creativity in the long run #soapbox

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Silly article, but mainly because it just ASSUMES that a 8 year old company will exist (in its present condition) for the next 1/2 Century!

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Interesting. Am I mistaken or were you an intern at a YC funded company or at YC?? Thanks.

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oops, sorry it was not more clear! I intern at Referly, which is a YC startup that specializes in rewarding social referrals.

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I've bought some FB ads, and it is annoying that I can't target friends. Isn't that a big mistake?!? Most businesses are small, so just targeting your friends is simpler than getting your friends to "Like" your business, and then targeting your likes. I didn't know the feature used to exist, it would be nice to get it back!

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This used to annoy me (especially when people created events in place of ads) but it's mostly solved now with the ability to promote your posts. That's going to work way better than an ad that your friends are used to ignoring.

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Uh... Google and Microsoft are really successful companies, though!

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I'm not a programmer. If I read a book on programming for two weeks, should I then teach the world how to program? Maybe, but I imagine HN would not necessarily agree...

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Regardless of whether or not he should have thought it possible, he did it. That means that we have the luxury of evaluating his capability by evaluating the product instead of merely considering hypotheticals.

You can have as many theories as you want on this matter; I have many of my own. However I'm asking if anyone in a position to actually evaluate what he already did can tell us how well it worked.

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You can record, edit, and export from the editor. Also import into from disk, from community, and from your works if you have an account. Look for electronic instruments in coming versions, as well as sequencing, and notation tools.

Thanks, HN!

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Yeah, I agree -- it's important to respect copyright, even if you don't like it -- Do The Right Thing!

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Check out FeedForward: http://www.feed-forward.net we're doing a lot namely giving artists incentive to communicate better with our core application which gives artists more exposure when they give feedback for others' work. We also feature a commission free market --sell your work with nothing more than a PayPal account, and we'll NEVER take a cut. We've applied for YC several times, and have never heard back, accept for their generic rejection letter, but we've been at this for years, not months, and I am a musician, so I understand just how hard it is for others like me, and I'm going for community development over riches and fame... Thanks!

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Well written piece. Completely true and misunderstood. Of course there was some hyperbole, but as a non-programmer learning to code for the reasons Mr. Atwood gave (problem solving, etc.) I think that while it is an important skill, that it's starting to be annoying how the thing is being sold, in my opinion, because coding is very, very hard for people who don't know how to do it, but it's being made out as life or death, and not that hard, which is not right!

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