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Ask HN: Teaching kids how to think?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 13:59

There is a lot of material out there for teens and older kids.

I am curious what material or activities you use for kids ages 6-8 for helping them to learn to think on their own.

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24638756

Points: 231

# Comments: 121

Ask HN: How to find “senior” jack of all trades jobs?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 01:31

I have been in my current role for about 6 years. While I wasn't hired for it specifically, my average week has my time split between product management, managing a small team to develop those products, ux design, and front-end JS/Python development. It's really a roll where I am all over the place and I do really enjoy it. However, due to the Covid reality in the world right now I am starting to think my time here is up. How can I find another job that isn't specialized to one specific roll as I really do enjoy being a jack of all trades master of none and would like to continue to do that in my next role. I'm also fairly experienced with 16 years of "jack of all trade" type positions.

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24634939

Points: 180

# Comments: 94

Ask HN: Should I move to London and open an business (as a founder from EU)?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 22:20

I was planning to move to London and open a ltd company in the UK but the pandemic happened. Now I don't know when I'm going to be able to do that (considering we're in the middle of the pandemic) or if it's a good idea anymore. Brexit, IR35, London being expensive and Covid in the UK.. the insecurity adds up. I'm reading that many people are moving out of (or have already left) London due to the pandemic. I'm from a EU country that doesn't have a good ecosystem for entrepreneurship and I want to leave the country for personal reasons as well. My idea was to be in London for at least 6 months per year (for taxation reasons). After December 2020 it will also become harder to open an Ltd as a EU resident because of Brexit. From what I've read (and I've read quite a lot) it is going to be a problem if where you reside is different from where the company is located. So I'm trying to see where to move that is helpful to the business but also somewhere I like living.

My second option was Berlin and opening a UG, but I'm reading of many hurdles one has to jump with a German company. Harder to close if things don't go well, more expensive to operate, more regulations to adhere to, more bureaucratic processes etc. I've thought of Paris as well but I've read there's a lot of bureaucracy/hurdles that makes things hard for business owners.

TLDR; It seems that UK ltd is way more straightforward and the ecosystem and taxation is easier to understand (documents in English certainly help). On the other hand many people are saying you shouldn't found a company in the UK right now because of all the aforementioned reasons.

Any advice?

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24633712

Points: 3

# Comments: 15

Ask HN: On what grounds would a device that treats you as its slave be illegal?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 20:53

on what grounds would a device that literally treats you (its owner) as its slave, to punish and control, be illegal?

I wrote this comment up here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24626193 but thought it was worth a dedicated discussion.

how would you legislate against this?

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24632840

Points: 5

# Comments: 14

Ask HN: What’s the oldest piece of technology you still use?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 18:10

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24631090

Points: 5

# Comments: 17

Ask HN: Best Recipe Search Engine?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 16:44

Is there a "Product Hunt for recipes"?

I want to be able to filter by time to make and by ingredients required.

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24630023

Points: 95

# Comments: 67

Ask HN: Is it still possible for an individual to quit the internet?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 04:38

How do you do it without being a total hermit? Can you even come close?

For all the talk of exit vs. voice, and the internet as the destination to exit to -- is there any meaningful way to exit from it without isolating yourself from society?

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24624189

Points: 13

# Comments: 24

Ask HN: Thoughts on how we can alleviate homelessness?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 23:29

I've lived in the Bay area most of my (32 yo) life and in the past 7-10 years, the level of homelessness seems to be spinning out of control. If you've driven on 580 through Berkeley or parts of Oakland, you have seen encampments and trash piles that would seem unfathomable for the "5th largest economy in the world". It isn't normal.

What strategies/initiatives should be considered outside of the traditional methods (shelters, methadone clinics, street teams sharing helpful resources etc) that may be able to help with this is increasingly prominent issue??

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24622403

Points: 15

# Comments: 17

Ask HN: You've got $300 to fill an empty library. What do you choose?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 18:22

I'm looking to put together a modest home library and am particularly interested in the classics. I've budgeted $300 for the task. What would you deem a 'must-have'?

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24619733

Points: 22

# Comments: 27

Ask HN: Just lost my job, where to go from here?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 15:16

So guys I just lost my job and was wondering where to go from here.

Edit: I was a software developer.

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24617522

Points: 27

# Comments: 29

Ask HN: What do you outsource in your life?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 15:05

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24617403

Points: 17

# Comments: 16

Ask HN: Does anyone have a fix for people not using reply-all?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 13:32

Pretty regularly in my personal life I email people who have obviously not been trained in email etiquette. I intentionally include my spouse on emails, or they me, and then we have to forward responses to each other.

I know a system like zendesk might handle this but it seems a little heavyweight for personal use.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a software solution to this that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24616423

Points: 3

# Comments: 15

Ask HN: Have you ever inherited a codebase that you liked?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 23:50

It seems everyone always complains about the legacy codebase they inherited. I can't think of a single time I've heard someone speak positively of an inherited codebase. I'd love to hear from anyone who actually liked a legacy codebase that they didn't originally author. What made it great? What lessons / takeaways are there for the rest of us?

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24611256

Points: 22

# Comments: 19

Ask HN: How do I help an underperforming team get on track

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 16:29

Hi HN,

I manage a team of 3 developers (4 in total) and every sprint we either fail to deliver the work we commit to, or deliver work that ultimately fails the QA process. Even though half the team is quite junior (this is their first job) everyone is smart and capable of writing logical, working, and tested code.

Things I've tried: * Reducing the scope of the sprint to something that should be very easy to deliver on (Parkinson's law got us) * Daily 1:1 10 minute meetings with each seemed to be a burden on a everyone and didn't lead to productive conversations. * Creating a rigid structure for the daily standup (Usually a ~5 minute meeting) but people seem to indicate everything is fine until 3-4 days before the end of the sprint.

For a young, scrappy, startup (we're under a year old) I'm struggling to understand if it's an issue of motivation, organization, team, or there are just some fundamental things that need to be fixed.

I would argue that everyone likes working with each other - so "starting over" isn't the first choice for anyone.

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24607841

Points: 34

# Comments: 72

Ask HN: How do I keep climate change from wrecking my mental health?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 16:05

Title. I'm a 20 year old college student with an anxiety disorder, and that makes it fairly hard to not hit thought spirals. Particularly, climate change. I'm a vegetarian and I don't drive much at all, I don't use Amazon, etc. but I still have a hard time not just _thinking_ about it all the time and it's starting to affect my mental health. Obviously, we should all be scared as shit, but I don't know if it's healthy to feel this way all of the time if I've already taken steps.

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24607659

Points: 14

# Comments: 21

Ask HN: What are good life skills for people to learn?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 11:18

My initial thoughts; learn to drive, first aid, a sport, play an instrument, a language, how to manage finances, to speak in front of people.

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24605807

Points: 241

# Comments: 266

Ask HN: Technical skills helpful for building a startup today

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 06:38

I have recently developed a keen interest in coding and technology in general. I was suggested by a friend to go through Harvard's CS50, which I did, and now have a decent understanding of some basic data structures and algorithms. Now I want to learn more skills that will help me build projects independently from start to finish, and eventually create my own startup.

Since this is YC's official forum, I figured that folks here could give me solid advice on what technologies I should learn to start a startup. I have a vague idea that knowledge about web dev (React, Javascript etc.) and cloud (AWS) is in high demand in industry, but are they the first things I should pick up? What about mobile apps? And blockchain? Where should I start? What area is the easiest to pick up and has the most resources online?


Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24604687

Points: 48

# Comments: 53

Ask HN: Should Google remove medium.com from search results?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 01:25

Medium articles have a very high priority on Google search results. But almost all articles from medium.com are showing an "upgrade" button and if you do not buy their membership you can not continue reading.

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24603476

Points: 37

# Comments: 39

Ask HN: When to notify your employer you are going to leave?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 00:10

I decided I'll resign by the end of the year and I'm thinking if it's better to tell my boss about it now or to tell him when the resignation date is close.

If I tell him now is good because I give them enough time to look for a replacement but is bad because I'll be in a weird limbo for three months.

If I tell him days before leaving they'll have less time to look for a replacement but I'll avoid being in a employee/non employee limbo.

What do you think?

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24603173

Points: 20

# Comments: 29

Ask HN: How to learn sales?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-26 19:44

First time entrepreneur here. I am creating a product that will solve address a large potential. The more I think about it and read about startup, I am finding that a key to early and often success is Sales.

I am been engineer by choice and engineering manager by profession. I have never done sales. I understand you learn by doing similar to driving. I am a bit talkative but sometime I have hard time not getting bogged down by emotions.

How do I get started? Can you share books, videos, tutorials, prior recorded sales call references?

Where can I learn about metrics to track? Any ideas?

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24601579

Points: 853

# Comments: 227