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. GameBoy Graphics: Tiles, Palettes, and Encoding [video] 82 upvotes, 5 comments
  2. Data Integration Guide: Techniques, Technologies, and Tools 37 upvotes, 1 comments
  3. ARPANET Information Brochure (1985) [pdf] 85 upvotes, 8 comments
  4. Researchers power an ARM processor for a year using algae 27 upvotes, 1 comments
  5. Render mathematical expressions in Markdown On GitHub 399 upvotes, 80 comments
  6. Vangelis has died 707 upvotes, 154 comments
  7. Cockpit Project 234 upvotes, 49 comments
  8. Logging C Functions 79 upvotes, 13 comments
  9. Google open sourced PSP (hardware cryptographic offload) 132 upvotes, 35 comments
  10. Moderna’s HIV Vaccine Prepped for Trials in Africa 81 upvotes, 19 comments
  11. Animating Regular Expressions with Python and Graphviz 30 upvotes, 5 comments
  12. The new and upgraded Framework Laptop 1504 upvotes, 634 comments
  13. Dan Harmon’s Excellent Advice for Overcoming Writer’s Block (2016) 33 upvotes, 7 comments
  14. Where’s the trees? Gathering and using timber in Neolithic Orkney 20 upvotes, 3 comments
  15. Notes on the M4 Macro Language (2008) 58 upvotes, 17 comments
  16. Department of Justice announces new policy for charging cases under the CFAA 389 upvotes, 173 comments
  17. Fake Journal Club 16 upvotes, 3 comments
  18. Kosmos 482: questions around a failed 1972 Venera lander still orbiting Earth 83 upvotes, 38 comments
  19. The Code Is the To-Do List 46 upvotes, 20 comments
  20. Almost 1/3 of San Francisco charging stations are broken 30 upvotes, 12 comments
  21. New York rolling out noise law, listening tech for souped-up speedsters 213 upvotes, 135 comments
  22. A maximally-dense encoding for n-choose-k 23 upvotes, 9 comments
  23. Show HN: Objectiv – open-source product analytics infrastructure 18 upvotes, 7 comments
  24. Engineer turns plastic into bricks that are reportedly stronger than concrete 185 upvotes, 139 comments
  25. Tell HN: The loneliness of a pretty good developer 468 upvotes, 409 comments
  26. RIP Good Times (2008) 191 upvotes, 194 comments
  27. Graphene may have found its killer app 58 upvotes, 53 comments
  28. Wafer shortage improvement in sight for 300mm, but not 200mm 92 upvotes, 92 comments
  29. Mithradites of Fond du Lac (2013) 3 upvotes, 2 comments
  30. Opvia (YC S20) Is Hiring in London, UK 0 upvotes, 0 comments