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. Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune' 86 upvotes, 9 comments
  2. A Non-Interactive Zero-Knowledge Capture the Flag Platform 18 upvotes, 0 comments
  3. R7RS Considered Unifier of Previous Standards (2015) [pdf] 15 upvotes, 0 comments
  4. Gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life 34 upvotes, 3 comments
  5. Cuberite – A lightweight, fast and extensible game server for Minecraft 88 upvotes, 14 comments
  6. Screen Space Planar Reflections in Ghost Recon Wildlands 13 upvotes, 0 comments
  7. Answers from 2017 Common Lisp experts 57 upvotes, 9 comments
  8. Why is this C++ code faster than my hand-written assembly (2016) 121 upvotes, 30 comments
  9. What I look for in a pitch 41 upvotes, 8 comments
  10. Show HN: Pdf-Bot, an API/CLI for Generating PDFs Using Headless Chrome 149 upvotes, 48 comments
  11. China’s Bitmain dominates Bitcoin mining, wants to cash in on AI 81 upvotes, 28 comments
  12. Reverse Engineering My Home Security System: Decompiling Firmware Updates 49 upvotes, 15 comments
  13. Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency 34 upvotes, 10 comments
  14. UK Government's Payment Infrastructure Is Now Open Source 157 upvotes, 70 comments
  15. Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds 25 upvotes, 7 comments
  16. Let Consumers Sue Companies 34 upvotes, 12 comments
  17. Hackers nab $500,000 as Enigma is compromised weeks before its ICO 159 upvotes, 85 comments
  18. Dealing with IPv6 fragmentation in the DNS 47 upvotes, 21 comments
  19. Typing with pleasure, and low latency 35 upvotes, 16 comments
  20. Cracking random number generators (xoroshiro128+) 35 upvotes, 17 comments
  21. Android Oreo 724 upvotes, 572 comments
  22. All 50 startups from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day 1 162 upvotes, 123 comments
  23. Portugal Dominated Angola for Centuries. Now the Roles Are Reversed 75 upvotes, 53 comments
  24. Sensor tracks who's driving in your neighbourhood 17 upvotes, 9 comments
  25. What Is Trump Worth to Twitter? One Analyst Estimates $2B 40 upvotes, 29 comments
  26. Firefox planning to anonymously collect browsing data 158 upvotes, 162 comments
  27. Sonos: users must accept new privacy policy or devices may “cease to function” 58 upvotes, 55 comments
  28. Building an Automatic Left Mouse Clicker 17 upvotes, 15 comments
  29. From Julian to Gregorian Calendar 7 upvotes, 4 comments
  30. Drchrono is hiring for developers 0 upvotes, 0 comments