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. Dagoba: an in-memory graph database (2016) 119 upvotes, 11 comments
  2. How to Come Up with Profitable Business Ideas 891 upvotes, 135 comments
  3. How I targeted the Reddit CEO with Facebook ads to get an interview at Reddit 430 upvotes, 82 comments
  4. Inside the 76477 Space Invaders sound effect chip 138 upvotes, 27 comments
  5. The Markov Property, Chain, Reward Process and Decision Process 29 upvotes, 3 comments
  6. How North Korean hackers became the worldā€™s greatest bank robbers 23 upvotes, 2 comments
  7. A year-by-year history of economic growth and pollution in the Roman Empire 11 upvotes, 0 comments
  8. How to write your own BitTorrent client in Java by using Bt library 29 upvotes, 4 comments
  9. Saildrones 10 upvotes, 0 comments
  10. AsteriodOS: Open Source OS for Smart Watches 116 upvotes, 32 comments
  11. How to disappear from the internet 335 upvotes, 110 comments
  12. Lessons from My Math Degree That Have Nothing to Do with Math 234 upvotes, 82 comments
  13. The Cult of the Root Cause 156 upvotes, 54 comments
  14. JavaScript Port of TLSH (Trend Micro Locality Sensitive Hash) 8 upvotes, 0 comments
  15. How Judea Pearl Became One of AI's Sharpest Critics 265 upvotes, 104 comments
  16. Devices Which Track Cellphones, Intercept Calls Found All Over DC, MD, VA 240 upvotes, 95 comments
  17. Libui: a portable GUI library for C 269 upvotes, 114 comments
  18. A Wikipedia editor's long-running campaign 635 upvotes, 299 comments
  19. PDQP/qpoly = ALL 7 upvotes, 0 comments
  20. Exercise 'doesn't slow' progression of dementia if you already have dementia 64 upvotes, 22 comments
  21. Tensor Compilers: Comparing PlaidML, Tensor Comprehensions, and TVM 14 upvotes, 2 comments
  22. Why Finland's cities are havens for library lovers 70 upvotes, 28 comments
  23. Move deliberately, fix things: How Coinbase is building a cryptocurrency empire 99 upvotes, 47 comments
  24. AMD Zen CPU Microcode Added to Linux-Firmware Tree, Bulldozer Updated ā€“ Phoronix 5 upvotes, 0 comments
  25. Show HN: I made wits.chat ā€“ A way to read everyday and share what you learned 10 upvotes, 2 comments
  26. Trouble for Intel 50 upvotes, 27 comments
  27. Automatic Photography with Google Clips 50 upvotes, 30 comments
  28. A space ant fires its lasers 3 upvotes, 0 comments
  29. People increased Facebook usage after Cambridge Analytica scandal 3 upvotes, 1 comments
  30. Quartzy (YC S11) Is Hiring Software Engineers (Palo Alto / Remote-US) 0 upvotes, 0 comments