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. CS 6120: Advanced Compilers: The Self-Guided Online Course 139 upvotes, 6 comments
  2. An Apple district manager's Macintosh Portable in 1989-91 (featuring GEIS Apple 32 upvotes, 0 comments
  3. Generating transparent images using Stable Diffusion XL 129 upvotes, 8 comments
  4. Feature: Morphcat Games, the New-Gen NES Devs Pushing the 8-Bit Envelope 29 upvotes, 0 comments
  5. Under the Microscope: Three Dirty Dwarves 49 upvotes, 4 comments
  6. How user groups made software reuse a reality 86 upvotes, 11 comments
  7. Learning Theory from First Principles [pdf] 212 upvotes, 40 comments
  8. Byte Interviews the Apple Lisa Dev Team (1983) 106 upvotes, 17 comments
  9. Sequent Calculus as a Compiler Intermediate Language (2016) [pdf] 37 upvotes, 4 comments
  10. Sorting the Self: Assessments and the cult of personality 49 upvotes, 9 comments
  11. LumaCode 16 upvotes, 1 comments
  12. Algorithmic Thinking (2nd Edition) 80 upvotes, 18 comments
  13. Ente: Open-Source, E2E Encrypted, Google Photos Alternative 781 upvotes, 267 comments
  14. Wintergatan Marble Machine (2016) [video] 312 upvotes, 101 comments
  15. SpaceX just achieved speed of 17Mb/s from satellite to stock Android phone 113 upvotes, 35 comments
  16. First known photos of 'lost bird' captured by scientists 13 upvotes, 1 comments
  17. The One Billion Row Challenge in Go: from 1m45s to 4s in nine solutions 240 upvotes, 88 comments
  18. Ask HN: How can I learn about performance optimization? 108 upvotes, 39 comments
  19. Goodbye GUI … Hello NUI (1997) 17 upvotes, 3 comments
  20. Price fixing by algorithm is still price fixing 589 upvotes, 378 comments
  21. What was life – and death – like for Roman legionaries? 21 upvotes, 7 comments
  22. Known Meta Sites 68 upvotes, 37 comments
  23. The Substantiality of Spirit: Georgiana Houghton's Pictures from the Other Side 7 upvotes, 1 comments
  24. US prescription market hamstrung for 9 days (so far) by ransomware attack 125 upvotes, 85 comments
  25. ShotSpotter: listening in on the neighborhood 318 upvotes, 242 comments
  26. Zoomable, translated version of the 15th century Mappa Mundi 4 upvotes, 0 comments
  27. I Was a Heretic at the New York Times 15 upvotes, 7 comments
  28. Ancient Texts Can Shed Light on Auroras 3 upvotes, 0 comments
  29. Testing AI and LLM on Rockchip RK3588 Using Mixtile Blade 3 SBC with 32GB RAM 3 upvotes, 0 comments
  30. Laurie Anderson on making AI chatbot of Lou Reed: 100%, sadly addicted 4 upvotes, 1 comments