Let’s go for my web review for the week 2021-31.

38% of remote workers work from bed

Tags: tech, remote-working, economics

This is a bad trend. One needs a properly setup space for remote work. This obviously raises questions of real estate and money. I wonder how far employers would go to support remote working there… Buying a chair might not be enough.

Exercises that programmers should do to avoid back and neck pain

Tags: exercising

Yep, definitely do this on a regular basis. It takes only a minute several times a day.

Cory Doctorow: Past Performance is Not Indicative of Future Results

Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, statistics

Good reminder of the limits of machine learning. There’s no clear path from machine learning to more general intelligence. This article doesn’t account for emergence effects though. They are a possibility but that’s a long stretch from what being exhibited so far: it’s “just” statistics.

Amazon (AMZN) Given Record $888 Million EU Fine for Data Privacy Breach - Bloomberg

Tags: tech, amazon, surveillance

A good first step to see such probe and fine. Let’s wait and see how this evolves though.

The recycling myth: A plastic waste solution littered with failure

Tags: pollution, waste, ecology

No solution in sight for plastic waste… The best waste is still the one which is not produced in the first place.

Hundreds of Ways to Get S#!+ Done—and We Still Don’t

Tags: tech, todo, psychology

Interesting exploration of to do lists systems and our relationship to them. It’s complicated and it’s in good part because of empathy towards ourselves and our relationship to time.

5000x faster CRDTs: An Adventure in Optimization

Tags: tech, collaborative, benchmarking, profiling, optimization

Long and nice article about collaborative editing algorithms and their implementation. The problem space is tough, benchmarking is hard, profiling as well and optimizing even more so. Very thorough.

New in Git: switch and restore

Tags: tech, git

This is welcome changes in the git cli interface which I noticed… that said I’m already so used to the old method it’ll take me some time to adjust.

Empty npm package ‘-’ has over 700,000 downloads — here’s why

Tags: tech, supply-chain, npm, javascript, security

This ecosystem keeps baffling me… How come there are so little checks on what can get published or how the command line process parameters.

Python developers are being targeted with malicious packages on PyPI

Tags: tech, python, supply-chain, security

Another couple of attempts at supply chain attacks. This time in the Python ecosystem. The skill level of those attempts isn’t high though.

The performance effects of too much lazy-loading

Tags: tech, web, frontend, html

Interesting analysis on the impact of lazy-loading images in your pages. Bottom line is: don’t do it blindly, it’s actual better to not lazy-load some of the images.

RFC: Adopt a modern JavaScript framework for use with MediaWiki

Tags: tech, web, frontend, react, vuejs

There’s been an announcement of MediaWiki adopting Vue.js. I think it’s interesting to not stop at it and look what their workgroup evaluated and looked at to decide it was a good choice for them. There are a couple of interesting points in there.

The intro guide to eco-design - Les Designers Éthiques

Tags: tech, web, frontend, design, ecology

Interesting guide on how to make the design of your frontend “eco friendly”. Lots of tips in there on how to spare bandwidth and CPU time for the reader. Tends to push toward more minimalist designs which I definitely like. :-)

The rise of never-ending job interviews - BBC Worklife

Tags: hr, interviews

Interestingly I’m less interview averse than what’s explained in this article. Depends how it’s done of course, but since I think I’m also evaluating the potential employer, seeing more people gives you a better idea of how things are internally.

When Do We Actually Need to Meet in Person?

Tags: tech, remote-working, management

Good set of guidelines to figure out what works or not in virtual meetings vs in-person meetings.

The most unbelievable things about life before smartphones - by Matt Ruby - The Rubesletter by Matt Ruby (of Vooza) | Sent every Tuesday

Tags: funny, tech, smartphone

Funny and somewhat balanced. It shows in the subtext that it’s not just about “the good old days”.

Bye for now!