Let’s go for my web review for the week 2021-38.

PHD Comics: The COVID-19 Virus Explained

Tags: science

Nice comics explaining in a simple way how this works.

The Facebook Files - WSJ

Tags: tech, facebook, social-media

This toxic platform is really cumulating loads of issues. Cynicism and lies to protect profits seems to be the norm at least in the upper management.

20 Reasons To Quit Social Media -

Tags: tech, social-media

That’s a good list and a good way to approach social media.

Agile is Dead, McKinsey Just Killed It - Terem Technologies

Tags: tech, agile

I have to agree there. So long and thanks for the fish I guess.

A basis for distribution, licensing and enforcement — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software

Tags: tech, licensing, copyright, cla, dco

Interesting description on how the FSF deals with copyright assignments, CLAs, DCOs and the various legal tools needed.

How To Rapidly Improve At Any Programming Language

Tags: tech, free-software, craftsmanship, codereview

Obviously I strongly agree with this. Participating in code reviews of free software components is a great way to improve. This applies to being a reviewer, submitting code and skimming other reviews.

Modifying The Linux Kernel – New Syscalls – Coding Kaiser

Tags: tech, linux, system, kernel

Nice way to demystify syscalls in the Linux kernel. It’s not that hard to add new ones.

Profiling and improving the runtime of a large pytest test suite | Niklas Meinzer

Tags: tech, python, tests, performance, profiling

Mostly about the general approach on how to profile this kind of things. Still a couple of interesting pytest specific tips in here.

Motion One: The Web Animations API for everyone

Tags: tech, web, frontend, javascript

Looks like a tiny and nonetheless powerful library for animations in web frontends.

No Longer Just Theory: Black Lotus Labs Uncovers Linux Executables Deployed as Stealth Windows Loaders - Lumen

Tags: tech, security, windows, linux

Fascinating attack vector. It was just a matter of time I guess, the more you use blurry frontiers (be it between OSes or other important domains) the more opportunities for exploits show up.

Disclosure of three 0-day iOS vulnerabilities and critique of Apple Security Bounty program / Habr

Tags: tech, apple, security

Oops… that looks like bad handling on their security bounty program. Couple of the issues listed are particularly concerning.

A New Battery-Free System Gives Devices an ‘Infinite Lifetime’

Tags: tech, ecology, battery

Bumped into this, didn’t know about their previous experiments. I’m definitely thrilled about this development… I’ll try to find more about it, paves the way to interesting little devices. I so damn hate batteries. :-)

People- vs Results-Oriented Management: Both Work! - Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Tags: management

A bit of an oversimplification of course… still it’s OK since it’s on purpose to get the point accross. In any case it’s a good way to find out where you stand and where your weaknesses are as a manager.

Bye for now!