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Pay for full time, beat-walking emergency medical technicians in shitty neighborhoods. This would prevent a lot of unneeded hospital visits and offer basic health services. A lot cheaper than 911 calls. I imagine having people on the ground would prevent a lot of problems.

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Would this really be cheaper? It's an awful lot of man hours committed to just one area vs. a centralized one that can dedicate the time/effort/resources accordingly based on needs and corresponding urgency.

Also one of the bigger question would still be how would these EMTs have their equipment with them + how would quality of care be ensured?

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There are some European Jewish communities that do this. Example: NW London has community funded Jewish ambulances.

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I'd really like to see something like this for the anatomy of a cell! Nice work!

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I was shocked when I came from NY to SF. The streets are incredibly dirty and some of the homeless are in really bad shape. Someone posted this link on Twitter (I saw it here on HN a bit later), and I got some insight as to why this is the case.

http://www.sfweekly.com/2009-12-16/news/the-worst-run-big-ci...

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This is hilarious because I was just about to go the the art supply store and buy materials to make blinds for my windows. I am constraining my materials to paper and string.

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This is very great!

I was considering doing something like this in the terminal, possibly using an adaptation of gtypist. However, I the more I thought about it, I realized that I would be better off writing a module for my everyday text editor, since I would have access to completion, copy/paste, indention, macros, etc.

I don't want to 'talk down' all the work you did with this. I'm really glad you made it and I am going to use it, for sure.

Keep up the great work!

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The book `Programming iOS5` by Neuburg is probably amazing. I read a good amount of his last book `Programming iOS4` and it was, by far, the most comprehensive book I found on the subject. I hope it is fair that I am recommending a book I have not read yet, based on his last book with the same subject :).

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I'm reading a negative tone to your comment (ie "to hell with them", "throw money at them", "sexist garbage").

Do you think it's possible that rather than having negative, sexist motives for offering scholarships, they are simply going out of their way to be _supportive_ to minorities in the field?

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There's also a lot of evidence that bringing in more women into any group increases its performance [for example: http://hbr.org/2011/06/defend-your-research-what-makes-a-tea...].

EDIT: MaxGabriel pointed out this article claims more women in a group improves performance [not equal numbers]. Thanks for the correction.

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Actually, that article concludes against equal proportions:

HBR: But gender does play a role?

Malone: It's a preliminary finding--and not a conventional one. The standard argument is that diversity is good and you should have both men and women in a group. But so far, the data show, the more women, the better.

Woolley: We have early evidence that performance may flatten out at the extreme end--that there should be a little gender diversity rather than all women.

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we want more women in this batch!

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Yes, I'm quite negative on this because I feel that their methods are very poorly thought out. Good on them, as I said, I support their effort and their basic mission. That's not in question. You don't have to appeal to affirmative action or research; the concern is not their motive but their method.

Let me make sure I'm clear: I love the idea of female engineers being given incentives to enter a male-dominated field. There are a myriad of great benefits to everyone involved. The trouble is, the methods they are using are previous-level.

Seriously, a group of hackers can't figure out a more elegant process? They are literally saying "If you are a girl and ask us for money we will give it to you". That's absurd. Lets see them set up a special fund or something for female-friendly fields rather than just throwing money at women outright.

I stand by my assertion that their methods are amateurish but their intents are good. I'd like to see the people who designed this program at least speak to the topic; what else they tried, why it didn't get approved, why it didn't work, et cetera. I just want to hold other engineers to rigor and examine their methods, especially when I find the goal noble but the methods sophomoric.

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They are literally saying "If you are a girl and ask us for money we will give it to you"

We never said that. This is what we said:

We're not going to lower the bar for female applicants. It frustrates us a little that we feel the need to say that, and we think it underlines the sexism (intentional and not) that so pervades the programming world.

But we want to say that now, so people don't have to waste time asking or debating the point. Women will be judged on the exact same scale as men. We think to do otherwise would be insulting and counterproductive. We care a lot about getting more women into Hacker School, but we won't do it at the expense of the quality of the batch.

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That's great that you won't lower the bar for female applicants. Does that mean you will remove gender-identifying information from applications before evaluation/processing? that could be a cool way to do things and a great experiment...

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I agree it would be a fascinating experiment, but I don't think this would be possible, since interviews are an essential part of our process.

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My opinion is that "female-friendly fields" is (or should be) "software engineering". Thus "lets see them set up a special fund or something for female-friendly fields" reduces to the current state of the program.

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This is a really good idea to create much needed employment opportunities. I know they won't the best jobs available but it's something people needing a job would be happy to have. I am sure there are plenty of people that lost their jobs in the last 4 years and would jump at the chance to work for this company.

Best luck Cherry. I won't be using this service, since I don't wash my car until it rains.

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Find a specific genre of publishers to target as your primary users. Talk with them and solve their problems. You will make your service more compelling to those users by solving their biggest problems and building the ideal product for them.

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We're hoping to target technical writers from the onset as they'll be the ones most comfortable with plain text and formatting using Markdown. Hopefully we can then leverage that momentum to bring in other writers.

Any other genres you can think of that might be a good fit?

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What about publishers of non-text?

- images

- datasets ( think scientists )

- music/video

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The datasets is a really interesting concept. Maybe SQLite database support? It would need to be some sort of single file database. Then you just need to figure out how to run queries on that data.

We want to do syncing of images, video, and audio. It would be nice to be able to construct a well designed page by dropping assets (text files, images, other media) into a directory in Dropbox and having Droptype automagically arrange those items.

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It seems that comment contribution dissipates after a thread leaves the front page. There are valuable comments hidden from weeks and years ago only in that they are out of sight to us. The only way to check if someone has replied to a thread you are interested in, is to check that thread for updates ( or actively search for a topic ).

I propose thread subscription. If I want to watch a thread for new comments it would be convenient to get a digit on my nav bar regarding how many threads I am watching that have new comments.

I believe this would keep threads more active. Perhaps it would encourage quality posts, rather than quantity ( people might submit often in attempts to get on the front page ( even if for an hour ) ).

For instance, this is a great topic and I would like to subscribe to this thread-

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