Hacker News Confidence

Less annoying hacker news. (What is this?)

This site scrapes Hacker News once every 30 minutes, then sorts according to this formula, with upvotes as positive signals and comments as negative ones. In my experience, the best articles to read on HN are the ones with a high upvote-to-discussion ratio. Mostly because controversial pieces tend to produce a disproportionate number of comments compared to upvotes.


  1. Preliminary Assessment of the Spreading Risk Associated with the 2019Coronavirus [pdf] 30 upvotes, 1 comments
  2. The Golden Hour: The Incas Revered Light (2019) 19 upvotes, 0 comments
  3. The Internet Archive and Jason Scott are saving our weird Internet history 132 upvotes, 16 comments
  4. Examples of Bauhaus Graphic Design 37 upvotes, 3 comments
  5. CacheOut: Leaking Data on Intel CPUs via Cache Evictions 312 upvotes, 72 comments
  6. Leaked documents expose Avast antivirus subsidiary selling web browsing data 598 upvotes, 154 comments
  7. An Update on Bradfitz: Leaving Google 775 upvotes, 205 comments
  8. U.S. Gov Privacy Watchdog Under Pressure to Recommend Facial Recognition Ban 19 upvotes, 1 comments
  9. Glial brain cells, long in neurons’ shadow, reveal hidden powers 106 upvotes, 21 comments
  10. Building personal search infrastructure for your knowledge and code 384 upvotes, 101 comments
  11. Using OpenAI Gym to train an open-source 3D printed robot 89 upvotes, 19 comments
  12. Show HN: Binarysearch.io – Learn Algorithms Together 63 upvotes, 13 comments
  13. A Simplified Jira Clone Built with React/Babel and Node/TypeScript 231 upvotes, 75 comments
  14. Saving Florida’s Oranges Starts with Soil 23 upvotes, 4 comments
  15. How to Become a Centaur (2018) 55 upvotes, 21 comments
  16. FDA approves first US phage therapy trial (2019) 86 upvotes, 38 comments
  17. Balloon Experiments with Amateur Radio 55 upvotes, 24 comments
  18. Hackers acting in Turkey's interests believed to be behind recent cyberattacks 75 upvotes, 36 comments
  19. Bill Manning has died 96 upvotes, 49 comments
  20. What’s Wrong with Computational Notebooks 54 upvotes, 27 comments
  21. Ask HN: I think I’ve burnt out. What should I do? 173 upvotes, 111 comments
  22. Chris Lattner to Lead SiFive Platform Engineering Team 188 upvotes, 124 comments
  23. The 'Race to 5G' Is Lobbyist Nonsense 134 upvotes, 94 comments
  24. To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect 88 upvotes, 64 comments
  25. ShellHub enables teams to easily access any Linux device behind firewall and NAT 14 upvotes, 6 comments
  26. How a Cruise Ship Makes 30k Meals Every Day [video] 29 upvotes, 21 comments
  27. Five Years of Btrfs 167 upvotes, 185 comments
  28. Obesity Trends in the U.S. 25 upvotes, 23 comments
  29. Disk Prices 4 upvotes, 3 comments
  30. Taplytics (YC W14) Is Hiring Node.js Developers in Toronto – Team Lead and Sr Devs 0 upvotes, 0 comments