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Move Over AJAX, Make Room for ARAX

KDan Re:Puh-lease... Ruby Is Redundant.(tm) (409 comments)

I wouldn't normally bother replying to someone like you, and I realise that I'll very likely get downmodded as flamebait or something, but after an irrepressible impulse of the kind well illustrated by http://xkcd.com/386/ , I must tell you.

You are wrong, and you are a narrow-minded cretin.

Daniel

more than 6 years ago

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Money and wealth: clearing up some serious misconceptions

KDan KDan writes  |  about 6 months ago

KDan (90353) writes "I am not an economist. However, most people misunderstand money and its purposes and uses so badly that I feel compelled to write out my understanding of it. Perhaps because I am not an economist, this might help some. The first and perhaps most important mistake people make is to confuse money for wealth. The more I earn, the more I realise that wealth is not money, but the ability to generate money (and other things of value). This is akin to the difference between saying "I am a dancer" (i.e. I have the ability to dance) and "I was a dancer" (i.e. I once had it but I no longer have it). Being wealthy is equivalent to the first statement, while having money is equivalent to the second."
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How to escape from the corporate world into startu

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

KDan writes "Today, right now, what is the best path out of the corporate world and into startups? What would I advise myself to do, 5 years ago, if 5 years ago was today? Running your own business is an entirely different proposition than working for someone else. There are lots of things you need to learn, hangups you need to get over, habits you need to form, in order to have a chance at being successful. This is the "startup escape path"."
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Take notes to supercharge your learning

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

KDan writes "I've written before that you should take notes while reading advice articles. The more I've practiced this, the more I've come to believe that this is an essential learning tool (and one that I haven't been using properly for many years). The difference in learning between taking notes and not taking them feels, intuitively, like it's at least tenfold, maybe a hundredfold. If you don't take notes while reading a non-fiction, "teaching" book, you might as well not have bothered reading it."
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Remembering John Postel

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KDan writes "John Postel made significant contributions many of the key protocols and RFCs that power the internet (IP, TCP, etc). Of particular relevance today was his stance against US government control of the top-level domains: John Postel transfered the DNS root authority to non-governmental servers, but was overruled by Ira Magaziner, Clinton's science adviser, and forced to reverse the change.

In the current circumstances, this blog post is particularly relevant."

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What will kill Facebook?

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KDan (90353) writes "This question pops up regularly on Hacker News. What will kill Facebook? Before that, it was "What will kill Google?" Before that, on Slashdot, it would have been "What will kill Microsoft?" Often, the question is asked with a combination of rage and envy. The questioner doesn't like Facebook, they want it dead, and they wouldn't mind if they were the one who came up with something that killed it. Aren't entrepreneurs charming? However, the question is fundamentally flawed. It's the wrong question. It leads nowhere. The only company that can kill Facebook is Facebook. Here's why."
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How to nap - Power napping without sleeping

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KDan (90353) writes "I am the kind of person who takes 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep, most nights. Falling asleep is an ordeal for me (unless I’m completely exhausted). Don’t get me wrong – it’s not an unpleasant ordeal there are worse things in life than lying in bed. But I truly envy those people who can just put their head on a pillow and drift off within moments. Oh, such bliss not for me. I will lie in bed, awake, forever thinking and rethinking whatever happens to be on my mind at the time.

Because of this, I always thought that power napping was not for me. After all, power naps are supposed to last about 20 minutes, and you don’t need to be a maths genius to realise that if it takes you at least half an hour to fall asleep, 20 minutes won’t be enough. So, therefore, I thought, since I can’t fall asleep quickly, I can’t nap.

Fortunately for me, I was completely wrong about this."

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What problems does Google Wave solve?

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KDan (90353) writes "There are countless pundits and other tech gurus describing Google Wave as a disappointment, lately. Most of that seems to come from the fact that nobody seems to get what Wave is for. So they compare it to social media.

Is Wave the next Twitter? Nope. Is it the next Facebook? Nope. Is it going to replace Instant Messengers? Possibly, in some circumstances, but not any time soon.

I believe this is partly Google’s fault: they released Wave to geeks and hackers and social media folks first. But Wave is not a geek/hacker tool, or a social media tool, it’s a corporate tool that solves work problems (more on that later). On the other hand, they never claimed it would be a Facebook replacement or a Twitter killer. Google calls wave an “online tool for real-time communication and collaboration”. The way Google should have advertised Wave is: “it solves the problems with email”."

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How to make your application viral

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KDan writes "Everyone wants their application to "spread virally". And why shouldn't they? Viral growth resolves at least part of the expensive and complicated headache of actually marketing your application, by getting the application to grow all by itself. So, then, the question that forms on the lips of any entrepreneur is: "How can I make my application viral?" This guide provides some answers to that elusive question."
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Starting up with a friend

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KDan writes "What could possibly go wrong? It seems like a fool-proof plan: start up with a close friend. You'll get along (obviously), and you'll get to share the exciting, fantastic, scary experience of starting up with someone you care about. It's not a bad idea, but there are a few caveats that you should be aware of before you proceed. When I started my first company with one of my closest friends, I expected things would go very well between us. We understood each other in ways that would take years to build up (and did take 10 years). We knew each other, and we knew we could rely on each other. We were prepared to have many surprises along the way — starting a business is always going to be a scary adventure.

What we weren't prepared for was that the main problem would come from us and the dynamic between us."

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Beyond hot desk communism

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KDan writes "From the article: "What would you say if I told you that from tomorrow onwards, your desk area will be reduced by half? One of the most obvious costs for any businesses is the money it pays to rent space. The traditional way of decreasing this cost has been to decrease personal space, first from individual offices to cubicles, then from cubicles to smaller cubicles, open plan offices, and then finally open plan offices with tiny desks. It doesn't have to be this way. At my workplace, we've experimented with some much better ways to organise our working spaces." This article presents an interesting alternative to hot desking and open plan offices."
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Notadouche.com - the NonSocial NonNetwork

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KDan (90353) writes ""Hello. My name is ______ and I am not a douche." Notadouche is a nonsocial nonnetwork for nondouches. For people who hate douching around online, dislike wall posts and private messages, and love big fonts, notadouche is quick, painless, and slightly bizarre. It works like this: go to the site, enter your name, answer a few questions, and you're done! Is this the answer to social networking? Even though it only just came into existence, notadouche has already got over 10'000 users, and has spawned a tumblr blog, and is setting the twitter-verse aflame!"
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Document Control - how hard can it be?

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KDan writes "There are many problems out there which are very easy to deal with in most situations, but can be very complex in edge cases. Here's the thing, though: sometimes, these "edge cases" can cover an entire industry. The obvious example to me, since this is the Woobius blog, is document control in architecture."
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Creating a successful new online product - 13 tips

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDan writes "There is much talk these days about building a product for a niche and making a lifestyle business out of it. Much of the online literature about starting up is focused on how to create some fantastic product which will gather millions of visitors and make you a billionaire, and the "new wave", so to speak, proposes that rather than taking a 1 in 10'000 bet that you can make billions, it is better to take a 1 in 10 bet that you can make millions. Here are thirteen tips on how to achieve that."
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Creating a successful new online product - 13 tips

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDan writes "There is much talk these days about building a product for a niche and making a lifestyle business out of it. Much of the online literature about starting up is focused on how to create some fantastic product which will gather millions of visitors and make you a billionaire, and the "new wave", so to speak, proposes that rather than taking a 1 in 10'000 bet that you can make billions, it is better to take a 1 in 10 bet that you can make millions. Here are thirteen tips for how to do so."
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Fundamental Mistakes

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KDan (90353) writes "When building something new, mistakes are unavoidable. To paraphrase the common saying, "if you're not making any mistakes, you're not trying hard enough". There's another saying which says that the difference between a good carpenter and a bad carpenter is not that the good carpenter doesn't make any mistakes, but that he's better at turning them into masterstrokes. You can, and should, try to prevent mistakes from happening, but it's a fact of project life that things go wrong. Many books can be filled on the subject of how to deal with the huge variety of project mishaps. This article focuses on one specific type of mistake: the big, fundamental mistake."
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Look like your boss

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDan writes "Do you want to get promoted? This article presents one of the key things that you must do to increase your chances of being promoted. It's not difficult, all it takes is awareness and observation, but it can make a big difference to your career. The key advice is that in order to be promoted to a certain job, you must adopt the behaviour patterns of that job — the dress code, body language, tone of voice, and speech patterns."
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How to recognise a good programmer

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDan (90353) writes "How do you recognise good programmer? It's not as easy as it sounds. CV experience is only of limited use here, because great programmers don't always have the "official" experience to demonstrate that they're great. In fact, a lot of that CV experience can be misleading. Yet there are a number of subtle cues that you can get, even from the CV, to figure out whether someone's a great programmer. This article presents those cues in a way that non-programmers should be able to understand and use."
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Rails sucks?

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDan (90353) writes "With astonishing regularity, articles or posts come out claiming that the popular Ruby on Rails framework sucks in some way or another. People complain that Rails isn't as easy to deploy as PHP, that Rails just didn't do it for project XYZ. They range from the articulate and well thought out to the frankly inane and stupid (and wrong). Recently, there's also of course been the spectacular nuclear rant by Zed Shaw, which was more a rant against random elements of the community than against Rails, but was still presented as a rant against Rails.
Here's an article that tries to put some perspective on why these opinions are irrelevant to whether or not Rails suck."

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EDITORS: Add Safety Warning to Maglite/Laser Story

KDan KDan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KDan (90353) writes "Please add a Safety Warning to the Maglite video article. As it is posted on your front page and hence approved by your editors you do have a legal responsibility to provide some form of safety warning, since the original video fails to do that. The result of following that video is a dangerous laser that *will* blind you the instant you stare at it, or even stare at a reflection of it."
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KDan KDan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KDan (90353) writes "As seen on CNN and other places, "Scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in their brains". Whilst everyone focuses on the weird and fun aspects of remote-controlled pigeons and points out that "The report did not specify what practical uses the scientists saw for the remote-controlled pigeons", a number of obvious uses jump out to me. Flocks of remote controlled pigeons could be used in warfare as very effective weapons delivery systems. They can take out low-flying planes and helicopters by being flown into their way. In fact they can probably be used to take out any target. Electronically controlled pigeons could lead to a new expansion of the concept of self-healing minefields... How about a patrolling flock of payloaded pigeons that target anyone identified as an "enemy"? The important factor is that whereas building a mechanical equivalent of a pigeon would be expensive, growing a pigeon and implanting some electrodes is comparatively cheap so that large numbers of RC pigeons could be "manufactured" and used for any purpose imaginable. A missile costs tens of thousands of dollars — why bother when you can raise a flock of pigeons and "upgrade" them for a fraction of that price, and proceed to send them to the target?

Perhaps most importantly, however, the remote-controlled pigeons will finally allow us to create an efficient implementation of RFC 1149 and RFC 2549."

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