Web Review, Week 2023-49
Let’s go for my web review for the week 2023-49.
Mobilizon V4: the maturity stage – Framablog
Tags: tech, framasoft, privacy, social-media, foss
Another important software release. Let’s wish luck to the new maintainers!
Introducing Wikifunctions: first Wikimedia project to launch in a decade creates new forms of knowledge – Wikimedia Foundation
Tags: tech, wikipedia, knowledge, programming
Interesting move, I’m wondering how far this will go. Reuse of those functions in other Wikimedia project will be critical to its success.
Toxic comments are associated with reduced activity of volunteer editors on Wikipedia | PNAS Nexus | Oxford Academic
Tags: tech, wikipedia, knowledge, community, sociology
Very interesting study, shows how toxic comments impact contributions. Gives a good idea of the probability for people to leave. In the case of Wikipedia this highlights reasons which contribute to the lack of diversity in the contributors. This is a complex community issue in general, this studies does a good thing by shedding some light on the dynamics in the case of Wikipedia.
An Open Letter to the Python Software Foundation
Tags: tech, python, community
The fact that they felt the need to write such a letter is troubling. What’s going on in the Python Software Foundation really? Something needs to be fixed it seems.
Firefox on the brink? | BryceWray.com
Tags: tech, web, mozilla, google
Let’s hope it won’t get there… I wish people would abandon Chrome en masse. I unfortunately don’t see it happening and it’ll just weaken the Web.
Chrome’s next weapon in the War on Ad Blockers: Slower extension updates | Ars Technica
Tags: tech, google, browser, attention-economy
Still using Chrome? What are you waiting for to change for another browser which doesn’t play against your interests.
Automakers’ data privacy practices “are unacceptable,” says US senator | Ars Technica
Tags: tech, automotive, privacy
A senator is stepping up and rightfully pointing the finger at automakers. Let’s hope more will follow.
PlayStation keeps reminding us why digital ownership sucks - The Verge
Tags: tech, DRM, copyright
If you can’t download it without DRMs you just don’t own it, you’re renting it. This is completely different.
Just about every Windows and Linux device vulnerable to new LogoFAIL firmware attack
Tags: tech, security, bios
Fascinating vulnerability. When the BIOS is at fault with a crappy image parser… you can’t do much to prevent problems from happening.
AI and Mass Spying - Schneier on Security
Tags: tech, ai, gpt, surveillance, spy
Definitely one of the worrying aspects of reducing human labor needs for analyzing texts. Surveillance is on the brink of being increased thanks to it.
Google Researchers’ Attack Prompts ChatGPT to Reveal Its Training Data
Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt, copyright
A glimpse into how those generator models can present a real copyright problem… there should be more transparency on the training data sets.
Block the Bots that Feed “AI” Models by Scraping Your Website – Neil Clarke
Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt, copyright, criticism
This is clearly an uphill battle. And yes, this is because it’s broken by design, it should be opt-in and not opt-out.
Introducing Gemini: Google’s most capable AI model yet
Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt
The Large Language Model arm race is still going strong. Models are still mostly hidden behind APIs of course, and this is likely consuming lots of energy to run. Results seem interesting though, even though I suspect they’re over inflating the “safety” built in all this. Also be careful of the demo videos, they’ve been reported as heavily edited and misleading…
Multifaceted: the linguistic echo chambers of LLMs - by James Padolsey
Tags: tech, linguistics, ai, machine-learning, gpt
LLMs training had a bias from the start… and now we got a feedback loop since people are posting generated content online which is then used for training again. Expect idiosyncrasies to increase with time.
Seamless Communication - AI at Meta
Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt, translation, speech
Now this is a very interesting use of generator models. I find this more exciting than the glorified chatbots.
ChatGPT’s One-year Anniversary: Are Open-Source Large Language Models Catching up?
Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt, foss
Very interesting review, we can see some interesting strengths and weaknesses. Also gives a good idea of the different ways to evaluate such models.
reaction, in replacement of fail2ban
Tags: tech, security, server, self-hosting
Could indeed turn into a nice alternative to fail2ban.
Tags: tech, web, services, webhooks
Interesting attempt at having webhooks implementation a bit more standardized. This is indeed needed, currently everyone does them in slightly different ways and sometimes the quality is debatable. If it gets adopted it’d give a good baseline.
You (probably) don’t need DateTime · Scorpil
Tags: tech, date, time, unix, complexity
Good reminder that the raw UNIX timestamps have interesting properties and often are enough not necessarily needing to rely on something more complex. Also gives nice criteria for picking between said timestamps and higher level types.
Tags: tech, web, html, css, frontend
Documentation unit tests
Tags: tech, tests, documentation
Interesting approach to reduce the amount of undocumented features because we simply forgot to update the documentation. Shows a few inspiring tricks to get there.
Struct initialization | Sandor Dargo’s Blog
Tags: tech, c++
Good walkthrough the finer points of members initialization in C++. Worth keeping in mind.
When static types make your code shorter
Tags: tech, programming, type-systems
Somehow unsurprising, this is often the case: less validation code, but also less automated tests. With types you can write unwanted states out of existence.
Profiling Rust programs the easy way | nicole@web
Tags: tech, rust, optimization, profiling
The Rust tooling makes it super easy to profile your programs. This is neat.
Topics in computer graphics
Tags: tech, graphics, 3d, learning
Very nice collection of tidbits of information for the main topics in computer graphics. A good way to get started or refresh the basics.
Nuclear Reactor Simulator
Tags: tech, web, game, 3d, simulation
Very cool simplified simulator. Gives a good idea of how this roughly works.
“Smartifying” my Hi-Fi system
Tags: tech, hacking, raspberry-pi, music, networking, usb
Alright, this is definitely a cool hack.
Deciphering Glyph :: Safer, Not Later
Tags: tech, quality, project-management, programming
An interesting interpretation of what was behind the “move fast and break things” motto which is nowadays blindly followed by some. A bit of a long piece but does the job and propose a more complete view and an alternative approach.
TDD Isn’t Design - by Kent Beck
Tags: tech, tdd, design
Definitely this. Again TDD helps to work on the design, but it’s not a silver bullet which will give you the right design on a platter.
A few words about Blameless culture
Tags: tech, culture, blameless, quality, trust
Shows why it’s important to go for a blameless culture, also outside of postmortem. This is definitely not easy but worth it.
How to do annual planning and strategy for an engineering organization — Lena Reinhard
Tags: tech, organization, strategy, planning
Good blueprint for building up and following up (the most important part really) of a strategy in your organization.
Return to office is dead, Stanford economist says. Here’s why
Tags: tech, remote-working
Looks like remote work is here to stay for good now.
RFC processes are a poor fit for most organizations - Jacob Kaplan-Moss
Tags: business, organization, decision-making
Good point on why you don’t want to drive your organization simply on RFCs. Yet another fad of “this worked for them, let’s do it as well”… per usual this fails to take into account the specificity of the context where it worked.
First decide how to decide: “one weird trick” for easier decisions - Jacob Kaplan-Moss
Tags: tech, management, decision-making
Nice ideas for decision making in larger groups.
Bye for now!