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ConfiksonNov 1, 2020

Here's an excellent talk that addresses your question: Open Source is Insufficient to Solve Trust Problems in Hardware [1].

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzb37RyagCQ

ConfiksonMay 2, 2020

Here's an excellent talk that addresses your question: Open Source is Insufficient to Solve Trust Problems in Hardware [1].

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzb37RyagCQ

nedumaonMay 30, 2019

the site looks very awesome.

  Open Data Structures covers the implementation and analysis of data structures for sequences (lists), queues, priority queues, unordered dictionaries, ordered dictionaries, and graphs.

jarek-foksaonJune 24, 2011

I like Open Atrium (http://openatrium.com/) because of its modularity and beautiful deafult theme. It's based on Drupal, so if you were building Drupal websites before then you will find it very easy to customize.

mythzonApr 28, 2012

We also liked Matt's Open Source stuff, he hacked on just cause he wanted to learn (keen, winning attitude :) - https://github.com/mjibson

butisaidsudoonJuly 3, 2019

I love these kind of issues, here are two classics:

- Open Office won't print on Tuesdays: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cupsys/+bug/255161...

- Can't send email more than 500 miles: http://web.mit.edu/jemorris/humor/500-miles

vqconJan 2, 2017

Co-founder of Open Law Library here. Happy to answer any questions about what we're building, the law, and anything else people are interested to discuss.

belthesaronMar 21, 2020

If you contribute to Open Food Facts though, you're helping contribute to the database, making it better for everyone. An API to contribute directly from the app would make that super awesome.

llarssononDec 6, 2020

As a user, I honestly prefer Open Street Maps, because it has a much finer level of detail. For instance, it shows playgrounds, which is great if you are a parent.

hopfogonJuly 1, 2013

My favorite:

Open-Window Man

Power: Open Any Window

DHowitzeronJan 21, 2014

Open Source Key Server - For those of you interested in hosting your own key server (ACM) or helping to make a free and open source key server a reality, we're looking for people to help us. Contact me if you're interested.

gogopuppygogoonMay 15, 2021

Open Arena is an open source shooter based on the original open source quake 3 engine that you can play without licensing the original creative work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenArena

kyrraonMar 28, 2019

the pretty landing-page version of Open Location Codes (marketed as Plus Codes): https://plus.codes/

EleutheriaonApr 6, 2014

Open University.

A massive repository of all books needed for any career.

No teachers, no videos, no homework, nothing, just the books, free, forever.

dodgybonApr 9, 2018

I recently found this interesting blog on rolling your own for free with AWS Lambda:


you could also consider Open Web Analytics:


iancmceachernonJuly 25, 2021

My wife and I founded Open Agriculture Supply (www.openagriculturesupply.com) years ago to support the mit open agriculture initiative that ultimately fizzled out. We'd love to support in any way you need!

AnimatsonApr 13, 2021

Open systems ungood. Duty of thinkpol to enforce goodspeech. Prevent crimethink. Users read only prolefeed.[1]

[1] https://genius.com/George-orwell-nineteen-eighty-four-append...

creaghpatronNov 22, 2018

He created Open Society Foundation and fundementally shaped its vision and direction, so yes, absolutely.

sycrenonDec 27, 2012

Open Artist - http://openartisthq.org/

It tries to combine free software into a suite for creative people.
Driven by the fact that there are so many cool applications out there, but most people do not know them,
openArtist tries to be a complete package of creative software.

0xBE5AonFeb 12, 2019

Fira Code[1] because I really enjoy its aesthetic (especially the ligatures).

For general purposes, I like Open Sans[2].

[1] https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

[2] https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Open+Sans

cobrophyonSep 21, 2012

While Open Street Maps is an incredible and worthwhile project. The release of iOS 6 this week has demonstrated just how hard it is to get maps right.

fermienricoonAug 6, 2018

Side comment: Open AI's design is excellent and it doesn't get in the way of reading their articles. They've taken a Stripe-like design approach without getting too overboard. Well done!

bergieonFeb 14, 2012

Open Advice (http://open-advice.org/) should fit nicely there: what we would've wanted to know when we started contributing to Open Source

mprovo1onNov 3, 2010

Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi

I'm not even a fan of bios and seriously this is one of the best books I've read this year (so far, I'm halfway through).

coding4allonJan 18, 2015

It's interesting to see one of my favorite sites doing this. There's always https://openlibrary.org/ which is ran by https://archive.org/ . I imagine Open Library has many of the same books.

khemu123onJuly 9, 2020

Thanks a lot! Yes, Open Live Writer sounds very similar to what I'd be making. To be honest I hadn't heard of it.

satya71onApr 18, 2021

Tim Edwards of Open Circuit Design [1] created XCircuit, which allows drawing electrical circuits and the file format is PS. It’s still one of the best programs for publication quality circuit diagrams.

[1] http://opencircuitdesign.com/xcircuit/

lame-robot-hoaxonApr 8, 2021

It’s pretty much an ad for the book.

This post can pretty much be boiled down to “Open Whisper Systems received 3 million in funding from Radio Free Asia, therefore its a government op.”

The argument is standing upon legs composed of two individual twigs, shaky and weak would be an understatement.

manarthonJan 15, 2017

I'd disagree on the subject of 'map data': Open Street Map is a good example of free, open map data.

Whatever map data Uber/Lyft started with (and have perhaps since augmented with proprietary GPS data supplied by their apps), is it enough of a competitive advantage?

zeristoronDec 21, 2018

Looking this up led me to Open Pediatrics, a lovely idea:


A video going into more of the detail, on reflection the big idea seems to be the air pressure oscillations


eitallyonMar 8, 2010

Open Meetings, hosted at Google Code: http://code.google.com/p/openmeetings/

It's ugly but it works, and it's free.

erikrothoffonFeb 5, 2018

In a similar vain, check out Open Red Alert: http://www.openra.net/ At my previous job we used to play it every Friday, excellent remake of a great game.

duncanfwalkeronJune 27, 2019

Reminds me of Open Food Network, which seems to have quite an active community making contributions https://github.com/openfoodfoundation/openfoodnetwork

teleforceonJan 5, 2020

Intel has just released Open WebRTC Toolkit (OWT) [1]. It is an end to end audio/video communication development toolkit based on Webrtc, optimized for Intel Architecture.

[1] https://01.org/open-webrtc-toolkit

cdrinionDec 13, 2020

Hi! I work on Open Library; sorry about that! We had a Python 3 migration that stirred the pot a little. We deployed a fix, so it should be working now!


ronilanonOct 5, 2018

I’ve published Open Source code and documentation. It is a lot of work.

I think that “How I judge someone’s else hours of effort in 30 seconds” is a toxic attitude.

Doctor_FeggonJuly 16, 2019

> It's the same issue I have with Open Street Maps, if you're not in SF/NYC/Chi they're damn near useless

OSM long-time mapper here. SF and NYC are not our strong points. Europe is our strong point.

afarrellonJune 22, 2015

As someone who worked on Open Mind Common Sense as a freshman, I should warn y'all that it accepted submissions from random people on the Internet and so contains many statements that are patently ridiculous.

jdmoreiraonSep 26, 2018

- Open Apple (about retrocomputing with the apple ][)

- ATP (accidental tech podcast)

- Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

sid-kaponJan 8, 2018

Open Law Library (http://www.openlawlib.org/) seems to be trying to do something like what you're suggesting.

ThatPlayeronFeb 20, 2021

There's Open Book open source e-ink reader. Not sure how usable it is. https://github.com/joeycastillo/The-Open-Book

The next model is planned to use the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller https://twitter.com/josecastillo/status/1356125145681846276

brokencuponJune 27, 2015

GiveWell[1] and Open Philanthropy[2] would probably be of interest here. (I am a donor to some of GiveWell's recommended organizations but otherwise not affiliated with them)

[1] http://www.givewell.org/

[2] http://www.openphilanthropy.org/

outofcuriosityonSep 6, 2015

"Open Link in Incognito Window."

(Though I agree that paywalled content is a nuisance, albeit with some granularity regarding the necessity of paywalls to continued access to quality reporting.)

jonas21onFeb 9, 2017

Check out Open Collective https://opencollective.com. They use the sort of model that you're describing.

KeyframeonAug 25, 2018

Personally, I couldn't care less. Open Core sounds good as well. My impression was that this post was more for you than for readers.

awkwardonSep 20, 2012

Open Streetmaps is a great project, but it doesn't include orthophotography. Even if they were using it, it wouldn't fix the errors with missing or blurry images, cloud cover, or rubber sheeting errors.

yannkonMar 30, 2011

Really? That's the most surprising thing I've read today.

As an interviewer, Open Source contribution is one of the first thing I look for about a candidate.

lasermike026onJuly 29, 2014

Open Whisper Systems is fund by the Shuttleworth Foundation.


ktizoonMay 25, 2012

Some drug researchers might disagree.

Open Source Drug Discovery - http://www.osdd.net/

Research article on PLoS; "A Kernel for Open Source Drug Discovery in Tropical Diseases" - http://www.plosntds.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjourn...

beamatroniconJune 18, 2015

Came here to mention Open Floor Plans, found that it was #1 on his list.

shmerlonJuly 3, 2019

A rant that reads very much in the style of Open Letter to Hobbyists[1]. Typical MS.

[1]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_Hobbyists

taitemsonApr 22, 2013

I'm a frequent user and massive proponent of Open Sans, which I think allows me to say how much I wish it had a Hairline and Black weight. I end up using Lato for a Futura-esque heavy weight. (eg: http://techevents.co)

EDIT: Lato for reference http://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Lato

behnamohonOct 28, 2016

I read it Open Solaris (RIP)!

malsmeonAug 20, 2012

I once instructed someone to download Open Office and he downloaded an unofficial version that I guess appeared first on the search engine. It was bundled with a not-so-nice toolbar, so these things do happen.

AntonioMDAonNov 5, 2020

Open Mobility Security Project is an open source project dedicated to standardize a framework of technical controls to evaluate security in all types of vehicles.

pilap82onDec 27, 2011

Open Services Innovation from Henry Chesbrough

jarnonijboeronDec 9, 2015

Quote from Scott Hansleman's blog post[1]
"Much of the code in Open Live Writer is nearly 10 years old. The coding conventions, styles, and idioms are circa .NET 1.0 and .NET 1.1."

[1] http://www.hanselman.com/blog/AnnouncingOpenLiveWriterAnOpen...

cjsthompsononMay 31, 2017

About cars this is absolutely not true, cars can and have been built by a handful of people in just a few days. Ever heard of Open Source Ecology?

joshzonMay 22, 2015

Check out Open Refine. Has a feature that clusters similar strings and unifies. I remember last time I looked at this data set... 4 letter acronyms spelled 12 different ways, it's unbelievably messy.

crazycomposeronMar 31, 2015

A fantastic, worthy project which will allow everyone to experience Chopin's 24 Preludes on the instrument Chopin composed the music on (the TYPE of piano that Chopin composed it for, and on, not the actual piano); the recording will also be added to the Wiki page about the Preludes - for FREE - truly, a wonderful example of the democratization of music. The performer, Kimiko Ishizaka, has also released the "Open" Goldberg Variations, and, most recently, the "Open" Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 - both by J.S. Bach (which are available to be heard for free) - which are both brilliant performances. She is an amazing, sensitive pianist who will, undoubtedly, perform the Chopin with marvellous musicality and sensitivity.

MengerSpongeonFeb 20, 2021

July 2015 article, inspired by the discussion of Open Street Maps:


livestyleonJuly 20, 2012

digg into how aardvark itterated on their project..

p.s Open Graph brings a trusted personal expierence to each iser

thekhatribharatonOct 10, 2018

I found two other useful resources
(1) Open Source MBA (http://www.opensourcemba.org)

(2) No-Pay MBA (https://www.nopaymba.com/curriculum)

kevinemooreonSep 24, 2019

Thanks Tim! I definitely second your observation that there's room and reason for plenty of tools in this space. DVC probably belongs in your list too: https://github.com/iterative/dvc. Looking forward to checking out Open Images.

WalterBrightonJune 11, 2021

Nobody is holding you back from writing a book, painting a picture, or contributing to Open Source.

schoolornotonJune 15, 2020

10.6 was also Apple's peak server OS. Open Directory + Workgroup Manager set my standard for how OpenLDAP ought to be managed.

throwaway2016aonJan 23, 2018

This is awesome work. Great job.

Dynamicland looks awesome. I wish I could visit. I both live on the wrong coast and it doesn't seem to be open to the public yet.

One fascinating aspect I found on this project was compiling OpenCV[1] to web assembly. I find it difficult and frustrating to compile OpenCV for my Mac never-mind compiling it to web assembly and running it in a browser. I love the idea of doing that, I'll have to try it.

[1] Open Computer Vision to save a few people a google

KiruthikaonMay 1, 2015

Job Title : R&D Software Engineer

Soliton invites applications for an R&D Software Engineer in a group specializing in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Recent projects have included obstacle detection on mobile platforms, object detection/classification and 3D reconstruction. We are looking for exceptional candidates who have a sense of ownership and have the necessary grit to make successful research products. The candidate must have good understanding of basic mathematics (linear algebra, statistics, probability and good understanding of fundamentals of computing (Algorithms, Data Structure, OS Fundamentals). The ideal candidate will also have strong development skills on *nix platform and ability to prototype very quickly.

Required Skill sets
1. Good understanding of Image Processing and Computer Vision with projects to back the same.
2. Strong programming experience in C++
3. Knowledge of at least one prototyping/scripting language : MATLAB/Octave, Python or R.
4. Good understanding of Algorithms and Data Structures.
5. Good knowledge of basics: Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics.
6. Good written and verbal communication.

Great to have skill sets.
1. Android development experience (SDK and NDK).
2. Knowledge of functional programming.
3. Winning/International level participation in ACM ICPC, IOI, TopCoder, CodeChef etc.
4. Winning/International level participation in Physics or Math Olympiad.
5. Open Source Contribution.
6. Top tier peer reviewed research publication in applied math areas like Algorithms, Computer Vision/Image Processing, Machine Learning or Optimization.
7. Link to your projects, github etc.

Job Location: Bengaluru,India


eertamionApr 5, 2016

Then just fucking disable them jesus nobody gives a shit. All you're doing is complaining. In case your time is too precious to lookup how (because complaining about meaningless shit on the internet is obviously more important) I've written you a nice guide:

- Open Chrome.

- In the upper-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.

- Click Settings > Show advanced settings.

- In the "Privacy" section, click Content settings.

- In the dialogue that appears, go to "Notifications" and choose the following:

- Do not allow any site to show notifications: You won’t see any notifications from websites.

anonymfusonJuly 8, 2020

The most famous still maintained offline blog editor is Open Live Writer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Live_Writer , previously known as Windows Live Writer). It's Windows-only, which is a big improvement on average-joe-managability and multi-decade-perspectivity fronts to your idea of macOS-only app.

RuntasticonOct 10, 2018

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smt88onJuly 14, 2020

I'm a heavy user of Open API Spec. I do have issues with that project, so I'm certainly hoping something better will replace it, but that said:

What motivated you to build this instead of just using OAS?

Why did you create a DSL when you could've used, say, TypeScript? Using an existing language allows you to rely on widespread, well-understood, efficient tooling, so a DSL is sometimes an extreme choice that implies a forceful rejection of existing languages.

buro9onMay 1, 2010

Open Street Map is an incredible resource and really should be supported.

Over at Yell Labs we're looking at producing tiles from OSM that might be more readable on specific devices and include layers that are hold data suited to the way the map is consumed.

An example of this being done already is http://www.opencyclemap.org/ which is generated from Open Street Map but they have reduced the importance of things like motorways, and increased the importance of national and regional cycle routes as well as contours and cycle shops.

Tiles that suit driving don't necessarily suit cycling or walking. When I'm walking I'm more likely to want to see where post boxes, ATM machines and phones are... when I'm cycling I want to see contours and bike routes, and when I'm driving gas station and alternate routes.

This is all possible because of open street map. I don't know how we'd be able to consider tuning the display of devices to device/utility without them. It's a pretty awesome project.

thenomadonNov 6, 2017

That will change now that it's at the top of HN, but I agree - it's currently very obscure to search engines.

My guess is that it's a new site? Only a few articles, and Open Site Explorer reports a Domain Authority of 18, which is approximately equal to zero :)

However, if the author keeps writing these articles at this level of quality, chances are in a year it'll dominate relevant SERPs.

maxwelljoslynonJune 23, 2020

I clicked on this expecting it to be Scott Alexander blogging about somebody else getting doxxed. I flipped like a boat when I realized what I was reading. Holy shit!

I was just in SSC's Open Thread a few hours ago opening comment permalinks in tabs to respond to them.

That NYT writer should be fired. I hope Scott recovers soon. SSC is my favorite place on the Web.

ben7799onNov 11, 2019

I feel like we're only having this discussion at this point because:

- Agile brought interruptions to a new level of pain

- We have too many instant interruption communication points (slack)

- Open Offices have made interrution far worse

There were books about this concept 30 years ago. It was totally recognized that you shouldn't break up an engineer's time into tiny chunks with 1000 cuts worth of meetings.

But we threw it all out the window in the last 10-15 years with the rise of Agile + Open Office + Instant Message/Always-On communication programs.

pointfreeonDec 17, 2017

With all due respect I would have liked if the hackernews moderators had kept my original headline "An Anarchist Critique of Democracy by Moxie Marlinspike (Signal SMS), Windy Hart"

I thought this article/transcript was of interest to hackernews in a large part due to one of the two authors being the author of the Open Whisper Systems Signal SMS app.

bryanjohnsononJuly 22, 2010

The DataPortability Project has been at the forefront of addressing challenging data portability issues that affect all of us. We (Braintree) are really excited to see our Credit Card Data Portability initiative be adopted by them. This is their first initiative for B2B data portability. We were unsure what to expect from our efforts but are really excited to see that it's starting to get traction.

Original Credit Card Data Portability announcement: http://www.braintreepaymentsolutions.com/blog/data-portabili...

Open Letter to the CEO's of Authorize.net and Paypal: Help End the Credit Card Data Hostage Situation http://www.braintreepaymentsolutions.com/blog/open-letter-to...

teolemononJuly 11, 2016

YES :-)
Open Food Facts is an open, collaborative effort to try to make more sense of food and food packagings.
A bit like Wikipedia, but for food.
Using smartphones, you can scan any food item and get detailed info about what you're about to buy/eat.
If it's not yet in the database, you can help by taking a picture

Since we collect all claims and labels, and nutrition info, we can see if your cheese is actually low fat cheese, or just in the average.
You can
- compare between countries, brands, whatever you like…
- easily create comparison charts
- much much more

Web: http://world.openfoodfacts.org
Android: (http://android.openfoodfacts.org)
iPhone: (http://ios.openfoodfacts.org)
Windows Phone: (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/openfoodfacts/9nb...)

We're looking for volunteer contributors and developers from all over the world to:
- translate it to more languages
- add food from your fridge
- enhance the apps and web version

sharpnonJune 19, 2009

Open Office writer has this to a limited extent - I find it useful.

teolemononJuly 11, 2016

We're trying to end this.

Open Food Facts is an open, collaborative effort to try to make more sense of food and food packagings.
A bit like Wikipedia, but for food.
Using smartphones, you can scan any food item and get detailed and structured data about what you're about to buy/eat.

If the item is not yet in the database, you can help by taking a picture, so that next time there will be detailed facts.

You can peruse it at http://world.openfoodfacts.org

We have Apps for
Android (http://android.openfoodfacts.org)
iPhone (http://ios.openfoodfacts.org)
Windows Phone (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/openfoodfacts/9nb...)

It's Open Data, so feel free to use the API in your apps and let your users contribute to end this (OdBL licence)

Also, we're looking for volunteer contributors and developers from all over the world to:
- translate it to more languages
- add food from your fridge
- enhance the apps and web version

disabledonDec 22, 2020

Open Library is an incredible service, with amazing tools. I am sure that this library simulator will be very helpful to people unable to visit a library or unable to read standard print.

I personally have a print-related disability, known as severe convergence insufficiency. Because of this, my neuro-ophthalmologist filled out paperwork certifying that I have a print-related disability, and I have access to the National Library Service, through the US Library of Congress. Open Library gave me reciprocity through that paperwork, and I have access to, and can borrow, every single book published on OpenLibrary.org.

westurneronSep 19, 2017

From "Resources to get better at theoretical CS?" https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15281776 :

- "Open Source Society University: Path to a self-taught education in Computer Science!" https://github.com/ossu/computer-science

This is also great:

- "Coding Interview University" https://github.com/jwasham/coding-interview-university

Neither these nor the ACM Curriculum are specifically topologically sorted.

lemaxonNov 17, 2020

Open Street Map is a nice analogy for what could work. Aside from the open source maintenance of the map, there's also tons of corporate help in the background. Companies that are delivering OSM as a service or relying on it for their own services have an interest in making it better. MapBox, for example, apparently pays tons of people a salary who are contributing upstream to Open Street Map. If we can get an Apple/Microsoft/Other players collab maybe a venerable alternative can actually be built.

hathawshonMar 12, 2019

It may not be a runaway hit, but if you have kids and an Echo device, you should ask Alexa to "Open the Magic Door". It's essentially a text adventure with fun sound effects and good storytelling.

I can imagine a future where Magic Door or something like it becomes a big hit. BTW, there's a web site for the game: https://www.themagicdoor.org/

cannamonNov 2, 2019

Would love to have had the Open Look and Athena scrollbars.

Open Look was super cool looking, but awful to use. Athena was (is?) awful looking and lacked any affordances for beginners, but was terrific for expert use.

I am fond of Open Look, and keep a copy of the Open Look GUI Functional Specification (Addison-Wesley, 1989) on my shelf, much as some people venerate the Apple HIG, except that mine is much less useful.

Here's a nice post that came up in a search for the Open Look scrollbar: "Evolution and design of scrollbars" https://pim.famnit.upr.si/blog/index.php?/archives/153-Evolu...

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oblioonJune 7, 2018

You've heard of Open Core, I imagine? That's what everyone does. Even the GitLab everyone's talking about in this context is Open Core.

And regarding your claim, you can do all of that, even with Vim if you want. You just have to build some scaffolding.

After all, they can't be expected to implementing everything for everyone. More than that, they were actually nice and created LSP (https://langserver.org/) and now they're thinking about a Debug Adapter Protocol (https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode-debugadapter-node/issues...) that would do the same thing for debugging.

sradmanonJan 26, 2021

Microsoft's description of the project [1]:

> Open Web Docs, a new collective which is dedicated to sustainably supporting high-quality, browser-agnostic, community-driven web developer documentation. Open Web Docs employs full-time writing staff to support the development and maintenance of web developer documentation, independent of any one vendor or organization.

[1] https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2021/01/25/welcome-open-...

vezzy-fnordonNov 2, 2013

This is a legendary article that brought these vulnerabilities to the spotlight, but it's somewhat outdated by now.

You can read it for the cult value and as a general reference to have, but for someone really looking to get into it, I'd recommend Corelan's exploit tutorials, Open Security Training's courses and The Legend of Random's articles on reverse engineering.

iudqnolqonDec 15, 2019

Open Sourcery is a very good Twine game with significant player agency.

> BEL/S is an Elemental Firewall: a fire elemental bound with C++ code to protect a network of people and places. She can learn things, develop relationships, and even gain sapience. Or she can burn everything with fire. It's up to you.

The essential gameplay centers around a loop where you choose places to scan. You have a variety of choices to make for each threat, from annihilating them to passing off the issue to your creators to making friends with the viruses that attack the systems you were tasked with defending. (You do make choices by clicking)

The choices you make affect your options in the final fight, which even triggers actions based on a real-time countdown clock and not just clicks (by default, you can toggle in settings).

It gave me a hilarious and enjoyable few hours of gameplay. You can play the initial bit online, and the preview is representative of the whole game's appeal.


$4 on steam, with an extra $4 Christmas-themed DLC recently released.


Note: BEL/S does not appear in-game or out-of-game to be open source, in case that's going to piss someone off. I still found the pun cute.

seesawtrononJune 9, 2020

There are a lot of possible solutions that scientific community (Early Career Researchers) is working on.

Open Science: There is a growing movement by ECRs to publish Journals that are open access or atleast offer the option to do so with slightly extra costs. This helps to dismantle the centralized consortia of publishing groups that have become too powerful.

Open review: There are journals that allow the reviewers' and authors' comments to be published alongside the paper. This ensures that reviewers are reasonable in their conduct. See eLife for research in natural sciences[0] where once your paper is under review, it is published no matter what. The reviewers can claim that their issues wer not addressed if they feel so and that gets published along the paper's final version. Similary in the computer science community, there are conferences that follow the open review policies as well.

Competition can be replaced with collaborations if the Group Leaders are open minded and are "raised" in such an environment. The next generation of researchers are today's graduate students.

Publish or Perish: This archaic movement can be suppresed when the universities hire people by looking at CVs of applicants where they can only see the papers but not the Journals where they were published. H-index and traditional metrics can be replaced by Altmetrics [1]. The hiring committees need to do the extra work to go through the research of their applicants and not be biased by the journals in which they publish.

These are only few things that are being done. See OpenScience movement variants[3] to explore more in this direction.

[0] https://reviewer.elifesciences.org/author-guide/journal-poli...

[1] https://www.altmetric.com/about-altmetrics/what-are-altmetri...

[3] https://oa2020.org/

kleer001onFeb 3, 2021

Open Frequent Files (in addition to Open Recent Files). Seems easy enough to me.

GUI file browsing details that influence the width of their column. Too often I find long names truncated and have to adjust the width myself when there's obviously lots of white space in other columns. Maybe a bit too OS for your question.

adpdonJune 30, 2015

If the article has caught your interest, it is definitely worth having a read of Pete's biography (A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis).

I would add that it is also worth reading Agassi's biography (Open: An Autobiography).

Together, these books provide a unique insight into life at the top of the game - and the impact this has on their lives. As a bonus, the views are from two players who were very different characters, were viewed in the media as being very different, and brought the best out in each other.

allenleeinonAug 22, 2019

For people who want to dive into Deep Learning, I highly recommend checking these resources:

1. Fast.ai: https://www.fast.ai/

2. Open AI Spinning Up: https://spinningup.openai.com/en/latest/index.html


1. A Google Brain engineer’s guide to entering AI

2. How I became a machine learning practitioner

walterbellonAug 28, 2014

Found some background at http://ortc.org/History/ & http://blog.webrtc.is/2013/03/06/sdp-the-webrtc-boat-anchor/

"My issues with SDP can be summarized as:

- unneeded – much too high level an API

- arcane format – legacy and problematic

- offer/answer

- incompatibilities

- lack of API contact

- doesn’t truly solve goal of interoperability with legacy systems (eg. SIP)"


"the Chief Architect at Hookflash and author of the new P2P protocol, Open Peer. I used to be the CTO/ Chief Scientist at Xten, now CounterPath, and I’m the original author of the X-Lite/X-PRO/eyeBeam SIP softphone clients. "

GistNoesisonJuly 25, 2018

Specs can be made simpler by giving sufficiently high level objectives. Theorems can be very concise, yet can need the introduction of various lemmas to be proven correct. Counter Example Guided Inductive Synthesis (like in Z3) can offer certain guarantees.

Letting the computer the freedom to find those intermediate steps is nothing new (e.g. Koza's Automatically Defined Functions) ; More recently techniques like Open AI Hindsight Experience Replay where the machine is given a strategy to create its own intermediate goals to allow to "learn on his own" to navigate towards the harder objective.

Quite often in the world there is a lot of complexity, but most of the time it either emerges from simple rules (Hi Wolfram :) ), or come bundled from artificial complexity at the boundary (i.e. you need to interface with existing *ware). Artificial complexity will result in complex specifications (2nd principle?), even though you can try either to regularize them (e.g. by putting various constraint on the code size and form), relax them, or approximate them probabilistically by black box where we have the whole literature about searching for neural architecture (AutoML).

Of course, once you wrote it with simple rules, we then call it a game and we already know how to obtain superhuman performance.

tetraodonpufferonJune 30, 2015

if you are at all interested I can recommend Andre Agassi's biography [1] it definitely goes quite a bit into their rivalry as it was a big part of his career, as somebody who grew up watching them play it was a really enjoyable read.

I am not sure how much this is nostalgia but I think the era back then was probably the golden age of tennis due to the changes in equipment that were happening, it felt like each match was a lot more unique than they are now.

In terms of pure ability I still think that Federer at his peak was the greatest tennis player ever, but overall I think that era was the most fun to watch.

[1]'Open: an autobiography' ISBN: 978-0307388407

cdrinionDec 13, 2020

Hi! I work on Open Library. Yep, Open Library has public APIs, and data dumps (updated monthly) of all our books/authors if anyone needs them.


The project is also open source, and you can find the code (and contribute!) on GitHub: https://github.com/internetarchive/openlibrary

p4bl0onJune 1, 2014

Peter Suber's book on Open Access is really great, but I think it lacks perspectives on the use of the Open Access movement to fight bibliometrics. If you speak French I recently wrote a detailed introduction to the Open Access movement which points out the relationship between the two movements and how Open Access can help to go in the right direction wrt fighting bibliometrics. It available at http://pablo.rauzy.name/openaccess/introduction.html.

santisirionMar 21, 2015

It's meant to be open for many intepretations:
- Open Source because, well, we are open source (github.com/democracyos/app)
- Operating System because, well, we aim to build a layer on top of the current political system.
- Open Society becasue, well, we aim for societies to become more participatory and democratic.

Pick your favorite flavor.. the goal is to nail how democracy should work in the 21st century.

rfreytagonFeb 21, 2018

I read in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) somewhere that 128-bit AES is under the threshold so can be self-classified (but IANAL!). Anything stronger and the legal constraints seemed to be more than onerous.

Cat is quantum undetermined in my book - maybe someone from Open Whisper Systems, Signal Foundation, or the Freedom of the Press Foundation will share some wisdom.

cyrconAug 14, 2020

British Computer Society Open Source Specialists

Presented by Rob Landley

The patents on the bestselling processor of the 1990’s finally expired, and it’s been cloned as open hardware. J-core scales from running SMP Linux down to fitting in a tiny 5000 cell ICE-40 FPGA, and we just uploaded a new open source GPS receiver built around it to github.

Rob Landley maintains the J-core Board Support Package, used to maintain busybox, maintains toybox (the command line utilities used by Android), and used to be the linux kernel documentation maintainer.

hgaonFeb 12, 2010

First really good iPad discussion I've seen:

"In innovation theory [ Apple currently does ] the fast-follower strategy. But it may not work for Apple this time, because there is nobody to follow. Nobody has gotten tablets – a radical-disruptive problem – even roughly right yet."

He cites two reasons:

"Open Innovation: For anything truly radical-disruptive, it takes many democratically-contending peers with different aesthetic visions to build the first working instance...."

"Metaphor Incoherence: Central conceptual metaphors haven’t yet cohered, and vestiges of inherited metaphors remain..."

And he explains how what Apple is doing with the iPad doesn't match the requirements of the problem at this point.

Followed by quite a bit more. Highly recommended, especially if you're a Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma) fan as I am.

TheodoresonJune 16, 2018

In the article it mentions the once popular book 'Principles of Leather Tanning'. This probably sold really well but not as well as shoes, belts or other finished leather goods. People would probably have at least double the amount of shoes as copies of the book. The book was for the trade audience not the end consumer.

Open source is a bit like that. Much like a book has to be read rather than merely used/worn, Open Source Software has to be cloned/forked/apt-get-ed/'make'd and so forth.

Now if you were to buy a pair of leather shoes then the particulars of what chemicals and processes were required to tan the leather may well be learned from the 'Principles of Leather Tanning' but tweaked a bit to a proprietary recipe that could be kept 'under wraps'.

Regarding the Open Source desktop applications, Libre Office is not a clone of Word/Excel/Access/Powerpoint. Same with Gimp, it is not a feeble clone of Photoshop. These tools may be able to use the same file formats but there is a different ethos to them. For some people the UX of Libre Office is far superior to MS Office - no ribbon and therefore no need to Google search the simplest of tasks. If you are dealing with data - as in CSV files - then OpenOffice is your friend, MS Office just ruins it. This does not affect people doing glorified to-do lists and glorified receipts in Excel but if you are reading in data from some code you have written then OpenOffice is the more productive tool.

cluredonJune 1, 2020

Open Syllabus | Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Full Stack Software Engineer | Remote | Full-time | https://docs.opensyllabus.org/

Open Syllabus (OS) is a non-profit organization that collects and analyzes millions of university syllabi to support novel teaching and learning applications. Open Syllabus' first two applications - the Syllabus Explorer and Co-Assignment Galaxy - are recognized as major contributions to the open learning ecosystem. The project has been featured in The New York Times (twice), The Washington Post, Nature, Time, FiveThirtyEight, FastCompany, Lifehacker, and dozens of other publications and media.

To learn more about Open Syllabus, check out:

- Open Syllabus Explorer (https://opensyllabus.org/): Top-ranked books and articles in the corpus, sliced by author, field, university, publisher, and country

- Open Syllabus Galaxy (https://galaxy.opensyllabus.org/): Visualization of the book and article citation graph (node2vec -> UMAP)

- Dataset documentation (https://docs.opensyllabus.org/): Description of the underlying dataset, with details about the ETL and model inference pipeline

We're hiring for two roles to help us build tools to query and explore OS's 22-billion word corpus of syllabi:

- Senior Machine Learning Engineer (NLP, recommender systems) - https://docs.google.com/document/d/15lhJY9gzAmUe23WH3D8qKmaS...

- Full Stack Software Engineer https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A-xICUedIK6iG0t0Ji58XDe8...

Get in touch at contact@opensyllabus.org. Come help us build tools that help people learn things!

rendallonNov 13, 2020

There is definitely need for better tools and discoverability for server-clent APIs. Protobufs seems like an odd take but I'm looking forward to their subsequent articles

The best in class right now is Open API 3, which offers a way to describe endpoints, verbs and expected responses with a JSON schema. And even so, working with it feels primitive compared to, for instance, front end focused tools with bundling, type checking, package management and so forth.

With Open API 3 / Swagger, you hand write a YAML or JSON file or fill out a form and have it done for you, but there is no code completion nevermind AST analysis. And now you have a schema, but there is no automatic link between that schema and the backend code, nor error typing, nor validation. The code generation options that are available are clunky and not customizable. If you change the code, you just have to go over the schema by hand again and make adjustments. Unit tests help of course, but you build it yourself

As for server responses, there aren't really coalescing best practices. There are many possibilities for incoming and outgoing headers, but no language or library to ensure getting them right, the way that TypeScript works for instance

I really feel like this is greenfield territory, but that's strange, since it's pretty critical

mark_l_watsononFeb 19, 2013

I have been using the free tier (50K API calls per day) of Open Calais for years and have also used it in code examples in three books I have written.

One thing that Open Calais does that I really like is that they attempt to have a single URI uniquely identifying recognized named entities. This is useful because, for example, when it recognizes President Bill Clinton, you get a reference to a unique URI, even if his name, title is different in different processed texts.

Thomson-Reuters bought ClearForest several years ago, thus acquiring Calais. If you are interested in text mining, and if you haven't experimented with Open Calais, then please put that on your TODO list.

febinonDec 26, 2018

a.)Need to read complete these books

   1. The Personal M.B.A
2. Running Lean
3. Thinking Lean
4. The Automatic Customer
5. Bankable Business Plans
6. A programmer's introduction to mathematics

b.) I have a starup idea in education to shorten learning curve using education games, this is what I am planning.

   1. Build M.V.P of educational games that teaches mental models or popular concepts or ideas release them on HN, take feedbacks. 
2. Release a beta product
3. Grow the business to earn a living out of it.

c.) Writing

    1.) If everything goes fine, my book on Ripple will be launched in January 
2.) I need claim back my top writer in innovation, technology titles on Medium
3.) Learn to write content that are scarce, indispensable and deep

d.) Open Source Leadership

     1. Find good problems to solve 
2. Make a simple solution, open source the code.
3. Build a community and let it grow
4. Go back to Step 1

woojiahaoonJan 17, 2021

Started a new blog series - Open-source Deep Dive - where I dissect an open-source project and try to understand the
project and the underlying technologies that power it!

The project to kick start this series is Hound - an Elixir library for browser automation and integration testing!

For this project, I explored how browser automation works and looked at how Hound takes fundamental principles of Elixir
to build a robust library for writing integration tests with browser automation.

karakanbonJune 3, 2018

I had built and published 4 different Chrome extensions:

- Random Facts: a random fact about numbers with a beautiful image on new tabs. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/random-facts-on-ne...

- Game of Thrones Quotes: a random GoT quote on every new tab. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/game-of-thrones-qu...

- Open Wikipedia: an extension to overcome the Wikipedia blocks in Turkey. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wikipedia-a%C3%A7%...

- Open Imgur: an extension to overcome the Imgur blocks in Turkey. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/imgur-a%C3%A7%C4%B...

All of the extensions are open source; the links can be found in the extension descriptions.

josscrowcroftonJune 27, 2015

I created Open Exchange Rates[0] as an open source project four years ago, publishing free currency data into a GitHub repository.

It was launched alongside money.js[1] (a minimal JavaScript currency conversion library), designed to work seamlessly together and both found a brilliant response and grew an organic community.

Hundreds of tutorials and thousands of posts and mentions later, GitHub eventually contacted me and politely asked me to take down the exchange rates repository, because they were being hammered by people requesting the data - only at this point did it occur to me that I'd created something of genuine value, and (6 months of fretting and tail-chasing later) I opened up a paid option.

For me the key thing was: I never intended to create a business. It was (and is) a labour of love. We've since grown to be the industry-leader for our area - "good enough data" for the startup and SME market - and count Etsy, KickStarter, WordPress and Lonely Planet among our clients.

Although it's no longer truly open source, 98% of our users are still on the Free plan, which will very soon be expanding to include all features (so, no more limiting by price tiers) - this is how I still feel so passionate about it.

I can't wait to publish the next steps in our journey - where we're opening everything up to the community and marketplace. I don't like where the industry is heading (competitive, closed, secretive) and we've chosen to move towards transparency and sharing.

I like businesses built on a core of open source community, because they're in service to the people who are actually building the products, rather than those in the traditional 'upper levels'. This means there's really no "sales process" (which I'm massively allergic to) - apart from the occasional grilling from the accounting department, who may find it hard to trust a business based on open source principles.

Good luck!

[0] https://openexchangerates.org

[1] https://github.com/openexchangerates/money.js

TimTheTinkeronJune 23, 2018

Agreed that the constitutional ratifiers wouldn't agree on a lot of modern constitutional cases; and that their original intent (what they were thinking of, specifically) when they wrote it would not fully suffice to provide application in modern cases, since they couldn't have thought of all the situations we're dealing with.

However, it's clear that the ratifiers had particular principles in mind, and that those principles are both discernible with careful textual criticism and applicable to modern cases.

> Even just the idea that the text holds some singular, original, unchanging intent, seems bonkers.

To think the text doesn't hold an unchanging meaning seems bonkers to me. How can the principles expressed in a legal document change over time? Sure, its application will change (or it ought to), but IMO to allow a text's interpretation to change is to (a) allow room for the text's principles to be ignored, (b) erroneously conflate legal interpretation and application, and (c) allow ourselves the freedom to "go with the flow" of modern trends and become unfaithful to the text.

I don't see how one can faithfully uphold the US Constitution (or any legal text, for that matter) without interpreting towards the authors' evident intent, analysing the principles behind it, and applying those principles. The text didn't arise out of a vacuum, and our interpretation doesn't have to either. We have a lot of help in the Federalist Papers, letters the ratifiers wrote, etc. -- all of which provide a helpful, reliable commentary.

In attempting to sever the real author from the text, postmodern literary criticism really dealt a hard blow to truth in textual interpretation. "Open text" legal jurisprudence is only one part of the fallout.

gojomoonMay 30, 2014

You are straining to take offense.

Some women have criticized Ms. Cyrus's image-transition as cynical and self-destructive – see for example Sinead O'Connor's "open letter" [1]. Those women might appreciate, rather than take offense at, a sly nod to the accelerated, commercial nature of Cyrus's sex-it-up-for-a-buck makeover. The review's throwaway line, to the extent it expresses any viewpoint at all, can equally be seen as embracing one particular feminist critique of sexualized-marketing.

So if some people find a word choice "offensive" based on a simple checklist of dos-and-don'ts, but others find the same phrasing a usefully vivid and possibly even progressive turn-of-phrase, which side should have its preference respected in future writing? Do we take a majority vote? Does one iota of declared offense, from the most easily-offended, always win, ensuring gray committee-vetted prose from here to eternity?

[1] http://gawker.com/everyone-needs-to-read-sinead-o-connors-op... – One of O'Connor's points is: "The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous. "

ggggtezonMar 11, 2021

Your comment doesn't make any sense.

Open Source Software is a solution for the problem of companies writing bad software under the assumption that no one will bother finding bugs if they are too annoying to find. History proved that wrong.

There would be no point in doing any of that if you wanted the data to be freely available too. If so, you could just publish your database as a read-only file, and call it a day. Or just forgo any accounts at all.

It literally makes no sense to blame OSS for privacy problems. The last I checked, Google Search is not open-source... These are two completely separate issues.

abc3onMay 16, 2014

It's controversially legal, at best, and probably isn't legal at all, at least in the US.

Internet Archive's Open Library project[0] was doing something like this, and may still be, though I no longer see information about this program on its website. Participating libraries would ship a book to IA/OL, who would then scan it and pack away the original so no one could have access to it. IA/OL uses Adobe DRM software to make a copy of the work available digitally, either directly or through its partner libraries, though to only one person at a time. I've written about this process within the larger context of ebooks and DRM here: http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2012/the-ebook-ca...

As I understand it, one of the precedents for Open Library's process was an allowance made for transitioning from legacy to supported platforms. If a library had an important work on a Betamax tape, and no one had Betamax players, it would be allowed to transfer that information to a VHS tape or a DVD or some other format that people could use, provided the library makes the original unavailable (IIRC, the library may even be expected to destroy the original), and only circulate the newly formatted copy with the restrictions that applied to the previous copy.

If you're interested in this topic and aren't a lawyer, I recommend Complete Copyright[1] by the American Library Association's Carrie Russell, along with anything by Mary Minnow[2].

[0] http://openlibrary.org/
[1] http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2260 (also available at Amazon, etc.)
[2] http://blog.librarylaw.com/librarylaw/

devmonkonNov 19, 2010

Great as always, but Tim says: Open Standards Drive Innovation

These standards aren't really that open because of the committees, large companies, and bureaucracy surrounding them. And major languages we use like PhP, Python, Ruby, Java, etc. (with exception of ANSI C#, Javascript (ECMAScript) and some others) weren't successful because they were based on standards. I use FF (which was touted as standards compliant all during its transition from Mozilla from Netscape) all the time, but if it weren't for Netscape folding and IE sucking, it probably would have had much less market share than it does. I think standards are good, but the red tape slows us down. Put the specs and their reference implementations on Github (if it doesn't go down) and fork them at will, then maybe we'll see some real progress. Successful viruses mutate frequently.

DanBConSep 11, 2014

It's really clear for readers of fiction.


As for writing: I got the quote from "Open Book", a BBC Radio Four programme.

Here's a similar quote: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9778413/Costa-Prize...

> Women write and buy vastly more books, and more fiction, than men, yet you wouldn’t guess it to see how literary prizes are discussed in newspapers.

Here's an article that mentions the Open Book programme http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/feb/25/londo...

teolemononJuly 24, 2017

You might have a look at Open Food Facts (https://world.openfoodfacts.org and https://world.openfoodfacts.org/discover https://world.openfoodfacts.org/contribute ).
Crowdsourced Wikipedia for food.
We already have apps (Cordova) and we're doing efforts to redevelop in native on each platform (all is volunteer word).

We've long wanted to create a small game/gamification app to have people make more complex contributions than taking pictures.

pierre at openfoodfacts dot org

espeedonJune 30, 2019

HN is open in almost every sense, and it exists within an open market...

[1] Open vs Closed System (social science) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_and_closed_systems_in_soc...

[2] Open System (systems theory) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_system_(systems_theory)

[3] Open System (computing) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_system_(computing)

[4] Open API https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_API

[5] Open Market https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_market

umaaronApr 7, 2020

I make Dev Tips: https://umaar.com/dev-tips/ a place to share little tips primarily with DevTools. Currently at 200+ tips.

Few other random things I've written:

* The Benefits of Speaking at Tech Conferences: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/the-benefits-of-speaking-a...

* Data Visualisation with 1 Billion Shazam Music Recognitions: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/data-visualisation-with-1-...

* Open Source: Learning new code techniques and concepts: https://umaar.com/dev-tips/200-learning-from-open-source/

* Programmatically creating images with the CSS Paint API: https://www.sitepen.com/blog/programmatically-create-images-...

notjackmaonNov 5, 2014

> This is something which HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TECH.

THIS. You get my upvote.

This is what is wrong with Mozilla and it was exposed for all to see when they forced Brendan Eich out over a political donation he made years ago.

Too many people at Mozilla are spending their time as social activists instead of working on technology. They are bringing their own personal beliefs to work and in the process ruining Mozilla.

Perhaps the first line of the employee handbook should read: "Open Web" != "Social Justice".

jger15onDec 12, 2018


7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy - Hamilton Helmer

American Wolf - Nate Blakeslee

Atomic Habits - James Clear

Conspiracy - Ryan Holiday

Courage To Be Disliked - Ichiro Kishimi

How To Change Your Mind - Michael Pollan

Open - Andre Agassi

Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker

World After Capital - Albert Wenger


Chocky - John Wyndham

Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murata

The Eight Mountains - Paolo Cognetti

The Invisibility Cloak - Ge Fei

The Midnight Fox - Betsy Byars

Such Small Hands - Andres Barba

The Thief - Fuminori Nakamura

Ties - Domenico Starnone

Trick - Domenico Starnone

jphonDec 27, 2017

Congratulations and thank you.

If you want to see concrete progress thanks to Dustin and Open Phil, read about Target Malaria, one of the research organizations.

I am seeing firsthand the need in Southeast Asia: an emerging drug-resistant "super-malaria" is spreading along the Mekong and is impossible to treat with standard medicine.

Big U.S. pharma has no answer for this, and the problem is accelerating. I believe Open Phil and similar independent science funding orgs can give us all a major avenue of research to help save many lives.



euccastroonJuly 23, 2007

The question is a strange one. If you need to have fought tooth and nail to get emotional investment, how do you get the emotional investment to fight tooth and nail in first place? Or put another way: by that line of reasoning, won't you have the required emotional investment after the first couple "highs and lows"?

It's true that we're prone to attach emotionally to stuff that we've suffered to get, and you may use that to your advantage. Most of the time, though, you'll have to fight against that instinct. Otherwise, you'll be unable to see bad early ideas for what they are, and you'll resist rolling them back even when it's the rational thing to do. All because you have invested too much of your time, effort, and ego in them.

Did the author's motivation on Open Source Food come from having fought tooth and nail to start it up? He took a week to build OSF. One week is nothing to fight tooth and nail over. His motivation comes from building something he'd want to use.

Now, he never got told what to build in first place, so he could have made Open Source Food instead of 8apps and Pikki, and have the emotional investment and the money.

I don't think his initial setup was a good one, but the reason is not that their beginnings were too easy.

espeedonJune 8, 2012

Here's the problem -- you fixated on this:

(original premise): you say that it's very bad that you have to use an rdb for admin

...but it's not what I said; this is what I said...

"Django locks you into a RDBMS if you want to hook into all of Django's components like auth, admin, etc"

I'm not saying that it's bad that you have to use a relational database for auth, I'm saying that if you don't use a relational database and the ORM then you lose admin, auth, third-party apps, etc. Strip all of that out and what do you have left? See slide 71 (https://speakerdeck.com/u/kennethreitz/p/flasky-goodness).

And I have said this several times before (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2911275), so no, I am not trying to retrofit my argument.

The talk barely mentions that Django is just a popular choice, it is your completely disconnected analysis that he was complaining about Django's harvesting of the "python mindshare".

If you don't think that's at least the subtext of what the presentation was about, look at the slide for Kenneth's primary thesis: "Open Source Everything" (slide 10 - https://speakerdeck.com/u/kennethreitz/p/flasky-goodness). And then go through the presentation again to see what he means -- "Single Code Bases Are Evil" (slide 45).

clarkevansonFeb 15, 2019

Open Collective (http://opencollective.com/) is a donation platform for open source projects, they recently announced Back Your Stack (https://backyourstack.com/).

Another useful document on this topic is
Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure (14 July 2016) by Nadia Eghbal [1].

[1] https://www.fordfoundation.org/about/library/reports-and-stu...

armonMar 6, 2016

This reminds me of an old book¹ on Open Transport²³⁴ I started reading for fun a few years ago (what I found particularly interesting about Open Transport was that it used Unix System V’s STREAMS⁵ instead of Berkeley sockets).

Anyway, I linked the book here because it’s actually quite well-written, and the introductory section in particular actually does a good job of describing basic networking concepts.


¹ — https://web.archive.org/web/20040626025717/http://developer....

² — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Transport

³ — https://developer.apple.com/legacy/library/documentation/Car...

⁴ — https://web.archive.org/web/20041113084430/http://developer....

⁵ — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STREAMS

fizixeronAug 30, 2017

> I disagree that the title's author wasn't (self-)aware of Google being one of the think tank's sponsors; I think the author was indeed aware but somehow deluded themselves into thinking that the think tank could live up to the ideals of being truly independent while taking corporate funds.

Let me take it to an absurd extreme and suggest the following title:

"Google Lost and Can Go Suck My D"

Last I checked it still qualifies as "truly independent thinking".

> What title do you suggest could have been less inflammatory but still convey the same message?

Was something like "Open Markets and European Commission's Finding Regarding Google" too hard?

edit: nitpick, but "Finding Against X" sounds incorrect. Finding is about something, not for or against. Verdict could be for or against. Given the title itself, I don't exactly have high expectations about the quality of the article which I haven't read yet.

samspotonJune 28, 2012

I tried to use Sublime for Java (w/ Spring/Hibernate) for a day and found several things I can't live without:

1. Ctrl-1: Automatically tries to fix a compile error. I use this a lot to get my imports automatically, and for other random things.

2. Open Declaration: This was touched on by others and is incredibly useful. The IDE can find the right Class even if two have the same name, while search can make this difficult in some cases.

3. Show References: Similar to above, this is just incredibly useful when you are refactoring or need to see how something is used.

4. Generate getters and setters: I know this one is dumb, but it's so convenient. I just hover over the unused warning then click, and i've got the code.

This editor is snazzy and fast but I don't think I can make the switch.

wereHamsteronJan 24, 2013

  > 8. Open Source Is Becoming a Monoculture
> [insert comparisons how one software is vastly preferred over another,
> eg. git vs subversion]

If you'd make the comparison five years ago, half of the software would not be present. svn would rule over cvs, abiword would rule over openoffice, a konqueror would rule over mozilla etc.

It may be a monoculture today, but nothing stops people from inventing the next SCM tool, the next word processor or the next web browser. That has happened in the past, that will happen in the future.

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