Daily Hacker News III

As usual, Hacker News output dipped during the weekend, as people are working on their side projects and actually want to get something done. Nevertheless, here are some of the highlights of the weekend.


Developer-Y shares a comprehensive list of Computer Science courses with video lectures — which is possibly the fastest way to learn, as they already figured out how the equipment works by the time they started recording.

— The list features hundreds of courses, making it difficult to pick among all the topics that are no longer relevant in practice.

— HN commenters are confident that if you watched the entire list, you’d compare favourably to recent collage grads in terms of uselessness.


The New York Times suggests that you Quit Social Media, [as] Your Career May Depend on It — but before you do, they would like you to share the article on Facebook or Twitter.

They just know you're not going to do it.

The piece is written by none other than millennial computer scientist, and guy who thinks he's better than you, Cal Newport. His recent books "How to Win at College", "How to Be a High-School Superstar", and "How to Become a Straight-A Student", teach you everything you need to know, so you can be obnoxious too.


Nautil-us magazine wonders if Alien life could be so advanced it becomes indistinguishable from physics and blew peoples mind with a tour de force of sci-fi-y what-ifs — for readers to followed up with an equal amount of worldly so-whats.

The younger segment of HN still has their heads spinning, as they struggle with the thought: "What if physics becomes so advanced, it becomes indistinguishable from life?".


Lastly, "NIH Scientists Identify Antibody That Neutralizes Nearly All HIV Strains" made it to the top of HN

— making HNs marvel at the ingenuity of those researchers, after somebody in the comments explained the findings to them in terms of Lego.

— In related news, Matthew McConaughey spoke about a sequel to Dallas Buyers Club.

— It also had the more CS-oriented readers of HN wonder, what it would be like to be a real scientist.

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