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Submission + - Y Combinator, the X Factor of tech (

universe520 writes: Since 2005 YC has taken on batches of promising founders, and this month will celebrate the funding of its 1,000th startup. Though about half of its startups have failed, which is typical of early-stage investing, it has had a head-turning record of success. In addition to Airbnb, YC has had a hand in Dropbox, a cloud-storage firm, and Stripe, a payments company (see table). Eight of its firms have become what Valley folk call “unicorns”, valued at $1 billion or more. Combined, the companies it has invested in are worth around $65 billion (based on their most recent funding round), although YC’s share is only a small fraction of that total—perhaps $1 billion-$2 billion. It is because of this record that YC has become a juggernaut in Silicon Valley.

Comment Re:/sigh (Score 2) 60

This. It's not even more sensational if it fails after 'seconds' rather than in a minute, so this is probably a routine journo hyperbole, the problem is, as you say, that they write without considering the target audience (i.e. they don't give a shit about them).

Comment Re: Pretty standard procedure on a large campus (Score 1) 284

This. While most replies assume it's okay for local responders to triage, it's just a waste of time. Even calling security adds a layer of indirection. In case of emergency, call 911 and then security - this way the ambulance will be on the road and security will still have ample time to give guidance to them.

Comment Re:Massive Scientific Visualization (Score 1) 111

The simulation part is very performance intensive, but the visualizations themselves look like something you could do with WebGL, or often, just some SVG and CSS. What are the thousands of cores used for? Not even a super-high resolution seems warranted, because of the continuity of material properties etc. Apparently the result is some 3D model which can be interactively rotated and zoomed, likely on a single local machine that takes direct input from the user, i.e. the thousands of cores don't even seem to do the real time part of the rendering.

Comment Re:This is all well and good (Score 3, Insightful) 128

I'm gonna whoosh on this but there was something about the approachability of computers for kids in the Commodore era. Kids of course including girl kids too. You took out a keyboard-sized device, plugged it in the wann and a tv, switched it on mechanically, and you were instantly greeted with a REPL prompt. There was no facebook or web or 'online', so you had a chance to explore what it does, do some programming initially with a book or magazine article on the side, and of course gaming.

Now, a kid has to wade through lots and lots of unappealing layers (the OS, installing some language, selecting its application etc.) and alternative diversions (social, slashdot etc.) and the programming part, to a beginner, can feel really artificial, they can't create anything like what surrounds them on the desktop.

So, in the past, using a personal computer typically meant programming, and the meaning first shifted to using Lotus / Excel / Word, then to just browsing. From programming, to content creation, to content consumption.

Comment Re:Prior art? (Score 1) 312

A 7 digit id can be a result of a rich, fulfilling professional and personal life (no time for slashdot posting; only reading when it was still worth it); he might also be a good listener who didn't speak up on first inclination (i.e. didn't need a user id). In the good old days the summaries were still bad, but there was enough meat in the discussion to reverse engineer what it was about. These days, I'd have to RTFA - I'm in the middle of the stream and still haven't an idea of what Apple did as optimization that was proprietary, not to mention how many other CPU patents there may be that will have a similar outcome. A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking real money.

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