Let’s go for my web review for the week 2024-09.

The KDE desktop gets an overhaul with Plasma 6

Tags: tech, kde, foss

A nice little review of our latest major releases. Looks like it’s well accepted so far. Very glad!

Why I use Firefox

Tags: tech, mozilla, browser, privacy

All good reasons to use Firefox! I’m always about the market share of engines where we need diversity, but more good points are brought up here. It’s the only going the extra mile to respect your privacy while bringing innovative features too (tested the in browser translation recently and it’s great).


HDMI Forum Rejects Open-Source HDMI 2.1 Driver Support Sought By AMD - Phoronix

Tags: tech, hdmi, transparency, criticism, foss

The HDMI Forum is really an annoying body to say the least… they lack so much transparency.

How Google helped destroy adoption of RSS feeds - Open RSS

Tags: tech, rss, google, criticism

I’m not sure if it’s malice… but for sure they harmed RSS use a lot during the years.

Home Screen Advantage - Infrequently Noted

Tags: tech, apple, web, criticism

A bit of a long rant, still the core of the argument stays true. Apple will do everything in its power to keep their platform captive of their app store.

Tags: tech, fediverse, social-media, law, ethics

A good exploration of the Fediverse to Bluesky bridging debate from the angle of consent and the GDPR. It’s complicated and that shouldn’t come as unexpected.

StreetPass for Mastodon

Tags: tech, fediverse, browser, web

Neat extension to blend your web browsing and discovering people on the Fediverse.

Hallucination is Inevitable: An Innate Limitation of Large Language Models

Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt

Interesting paper attempting to prove that hallucinations are unavoidable in those models. It is well balanced though, and explains why it’s not necessarily a bad thing in theory. In my opinion, the problem is the marketing talk around those models making grand claims or denying the phenomenon.

The Era of 1-bit LLMs: All Large Language Models are in 1.58 Bits

Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt

Might be an interesting trick to reduce the computation and energy costs of large language models. Let’s see if it gets replicated and generalized, this is a single short paper not peer reviewed anywhere as far as I can tell.

Git Tips 3: Really Large Repositories

Tags: tech, version-control, git, tools

Nice list of tips and recent git features to manage large repositories.

Up to 10x faster strings for C, C++, Python, Rust, and Swift, leveraging SWAR and SIMD

Tags: tech, c++, python, performance

Interesting library if you got to do a lots of heavy analysis work with strings.

Unreasonably effective - How video games use LUTs and how you can too

Tags: tech, graphics, 3d, video

Ever wondered how look-up tables are used for graphics? This is a good summary. Shows quite a few use cases which can come in handy.

Look, Ma, No Matrices!

Tags: tech, mathematics, 3d, matrix

Interesting exploration of what could be done in a 3D engine using plane-based geometric algebra (PGA). This brings in nice properties that matrices don’t have. And the performance impact is apparently not as bad as one could have suspected. I definitely look more into it.

MDN Curriculum

Tags: tech, mozilla, frontend, web, learning

Looks like a nice way to properly learn the web frontend basics.

Write Dumb Code — Matthew Rocklin

Tags: tech, programming, craftsmanship, complexity

Definitely this, mind the complexity you introduce in your code. Looking smart is not the goal here…

Tags: tech, foss, architecture

Good advice yes. Having a rough architecture document in a repository is more than welcome, it’s needed to help on-boarding. This is unfortunately not the norm in FOSS projects.

Jevons Paradox doesn’t always apply to software

Tags: tech, software, performance, power

Interesting take even though I’m not sure I buy it completely. This is an interesting pledge for aiming at power efficiency and squeezing performance out of software.

How Big Tech Runs Tech Projects and the Curious Absence of Scrum - The Pragmatic Engineer

Tags: tech, management, project-management, transparency, autonomy, craftsmanship, agile

To take with a pinch of salt since it has a couple of biases (most notably it focuses a lot on satisfaction) and the sample size is a bit small. A few interesting insights nonetheless. In particular it hints at autonomy, transparency, technical skills and vision as being the most important factors for satisfaction and success within teams. The applied project management method? Not so important it seems if the other factors are satisfied.

Agile software promises efficiency. It requires a cultural shift to get right

Tags: tech, agile, trust

Good summary of all the “fake agile” practice one can see. Without enough trust it’s not possible to put in place an agile organization.

Airfoil – Bartosz Ciechanowski

Tags: science, physics

Ever wondered how planes fly? What the Navier-Stokes equations lead to in practice? This is the right article.

Bye for now!