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. Joel Yliluoma's arbitrary-palette positional dithering algorithm 45 upvotes, 2 comments
  2. LLDB FreeBSD kernel core dump support 21 upvotes, 0 comments
  3. The Futurama Theorem 46 upvotes, 4 comments
  4. Faster remainders when divisor is a constant: beating compilers and libdivide 25 upvotes, 1 comments
  5. Building a PS1 style retro 3D renderer 235 upvotes, 53 comments
  6. How to write idempotent Bash scripts 10 upvotes, 0 comments
  7. Hacking the Go compiler to add a new keyword 94 upvotes, 32 comments
  8. We will be retiring Alexa.com 282 upvotes, 116 comments
  9. Show HN: I rebuilt the Flash app “Scale of the Universe” in WebGL 99 upvotes, 36 comments
  10. Apple CEO Tim Cook 'secretly' signed $275B deal with China in 2016 328 upvotes, 144 comments
  11. Improving GitHub Code Search 304 upvotes, 140 comments
  12. Web Push Notifications in WebKit 48 upvotes, 16 comments
  13. Type Stability in Julia: Avoiding Performance Pathologies in JIT Compilation 48 upvotes, 16 comments
  14. Mu: A Human-Scale Computer 100 upvotes, 41 comments
  15. Rust support in the Linux kernel 462 upvotes, 292 comments
  16. AI training is outpacing Moore’s Law 50 upvotes, 26 comments
  17. Ensmallen: A C++ Library For Efficient Numerical Optimization 21 upvotes, 8 comments
  18. Gopher – A 280B parameter language model 109 upvotes, 73 comments
  19. The $11B Webb telescope aims to probe the early universe 196 upvotes, 145 comments
  20. Intel updates mysterious ‘software-defined silicon’ code in the Linux kernel 116 upvotes, 82 comments
  21. Gravitational waves should permanently distort space-time 98 upvotes, 75 comments
  22. Reduce your website’s environmental impact with a carbon budget 38 upvotes, 25 comments
  23. Latest Earthquakes 28 upvotes, 17 comments
  24. Why U.S. Infrastructure Costs So Much 88 upvotes, 85 comments
  25. Groups never admit failure 105 upvotes, 109 comments
  26. Why do antibiotics exist? 47 upvotes, 50 comments
  27. An Incan nobleman contested Spanish history 32 upvotes, 34 comments
  28. Protected Content, Delete by Date, Device Management and more 210 upvotes, 306 comments
  29. Renault Zoe NCAP crash rating: zero stars [pdf] 40 upvotes, 59 comments
  30. CareRev (YC S16) is hiring iOS developers to unite people in healthcare 0 upvotes, 0 comments