assert() has already been invented
That’s absolutely not what the article is talking about; it’s actually closer to the AWS ELB health check (a failure causes sets the state of something to be an error state, continuous successes reset it back to an okay state, various actions defined for each state, etc., etc.)
At the core the article is about failing early, which is what assert() is used for in other places. Being connected to the internet their error condition has to be a bit fuzzier, requiring multiple failures close to each other. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Please don’t make your headline - the biggest piece of text when I first load - suddenly start changing. I had no idea what was going on until I confirmed that it was just a gif.
I think the author misses the actual reason WYSIWYG gets ignored: outside of a very few domains, what you see is invariably not what you get. HTML, in particular, is extremely resistant to reasonably WYSIWYG interfaces (remember Frontpage?), at least in part because “WYG” isn’t consistent across browsers or devices. Within the domains where WYSIWYG is workable (graphics, for instance, or 3D modeling as the author mentions) it’s actually very popular.
I recall an early version of Frontpage would simply take all my pretty WYS designs, flatten it down into a jpeg, and apply an image map over it.
Can’t fault it for not being WYSIWYG, but I sure could fault it for so much else.
I agree. Taking a look over the last 25 stories tagged with “news”, only four of those stories are solely tagged “news”. Those four stories are also very controversial, having five downvotes for being off topic. It’s become obvious that many users don’t want any kind of valley news. Having a tag for it just encourages it.
I’m not sure why people keep referring to multi-billion dollar acquisitions as “Valley News.” If it made the front page of CNN, it’s pretty clearly of national interest.
Or world interest; the WhatsApp acquisition is on the front page of http://www.clarin.com/ too. On the other hand, if I want to read the things on the front page of CNN, which I usually don’t, I can visit CNN’s web site. I’m happier to see things like An introduction to lock-free programming here.
I think the point is that there are already plenty of outlets to get this sort of startup-ish news, and that people come here for technical stories. You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard of WhatsApp - what need is there to have that reproduced here? I would bet that a significant chunk of this community either also reads HN or left HN due to the overabundance of that sort of ‘news’.
Personally, I’d rather that be left to readers' votes to decide.
I would hesitate to use CNN as the yardstick for items of national interest.