Let’s go for my web review for the week 2023-26.

Criminalization of encryption : the 8 december case – La Quadrature du Net

Tags: tech, france, law, foss, surveillance, criticism, cryptography

A reminder of what’s going on in France… and it’s bleak. Lots of things can turn you into a suspect at this point.

You encrypt your communications or data? You try to avoid surveillance from the GAFAM? You use Tor or a VPN?

If anything bad happens around you, then you’ll turn into a suspect, this is due to the “clandestine behavior” you entertain… so for sure you are part of some “conspiracy”.

This is very worrying.

How to Kill a Decentralised Network (such as the Fediverse)

Tags: tech, gafam, facebook, fediverse, xmpp, standard, community

Facebook getting interested in the fediverse indeed looks like XMPP or OOXML all over again. Beware of those old tactics, they are very efficient against communities.

Artificial Inteligence: why I’ll not hashtag my art #HumanArt, #HumanMade or #NoAI - David Revoy

Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, art

Excellent piece from an excellent artist. I really thought this through and I think he’s going in the right direction.

Google doesn’t want its employees using Bard code • The Register

Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt, google

It smells a bit like hypocrisy isn’t it? On one hand they claim it can make developers more productive on the other they think they shouldn’t use it.

About GitHub’s use of your data - GitHub Docs

Tags: tech, github, copyright, copilot

Basically the wording allows them to feed whatever system they want with your code… even in private repositories.

A Cookbook of Self-Supervised Learning

Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, research

Very comprehensive (didn’t read it all yet) guide about self-supervised learning. It’ll likely become good reference material.

Time is not a synchronization primitive - Xe Iaso

Tags: tech, tests

Especially important in the context of tests indeed. As soon as you depend on some form of elapsed time you get into the territory of flaky tests.

Tips for concurrent programming

Tags: tech, programming, distributed

Nice set of advises when dealing with concurrency. Don’t fall into some of the anti-patterns which are pointed out.

Programming Languages Going Above and Beyond

Tags: tech, programming, compiler, safety

This is a neat example of what programming languages could check at compile time. This clearly brings way more safety when you get such contract validation at build time.

Making C++ Memory-Safe Without Borrow Checking, Reference Counting, or Tracing Garbage Collection

Tags: tech, static-analyzer, c++, memory, safety

Long but fascinating article on a blend of guidelines which could be statically checked to enforce a memory-safe subset of C++.

Rust fact vs. fiction: 5 Insights from Google’s Rust journey in 2022 | Google Open Source Blog

Tags: tech, programming, rust

Interesting to see what gets confirmed (slow compiler, nice compiler error messages, code quality) or debunked (steep learning curve, interoperability).


Tags: tech, java

This would be an interesting extension to the Java Stream API. Maybe one day it’ll make its way to the standard…

You should break the Law of Demeter

Tags: tech, architecture, design, programming, craftsmanship

I always felt uneasy around this “law” as well. It’s a good deconstruction of it and proposes proper alternatives. It’s all about dependencies really.

XML is the future - by Nobody has time for Python

Tags: tech, hype, complexity, technical-debt

Good piece about the hype cycles our industry constantly fall into. So much undue complexity for nothing in some projects… and then we’ll complain about technical debt. It would have been much easier to pick the right tool instead of wanting to use whatever new got released by some big tech company.

Twilight Of The Programmers

Tags: tech, programming, logic, engineering, craftsmanship

Interesting way to look at our profession… I wonder if this is the core reason of why we have a hard time to turn into a proper engineering discipline, is it even possible at all then?

To Build a Top Performing Team, Ask for 85% Effort

Tags: management, productivity, burnout

Good tips on how to create some slack and prevent burnout.

Bye for now!