Let’s go for my web review for the week 2024-21.

Gender bias in open source: Pull request acceptance of women versus men

Tags: tech, foss, bias

A bit too GitHub centric for my taste. Still it shows some unwarranted bias, especially when outsiders to a project are identified as women. We should do better.

BitKeeper, Linux, and licensing disputes: How Linus wrote Git in 14 days

Tags: tech, foss, version-control, linux, git, history

The often forgotten history behind the creation of Git. This article does a good job summarizing it.

Pluralistic: The Coprophagic AI crisis

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

The training dataset crisis is looming in the case of large language models. They’ll sooner or later run out of genuine content to use… and the generated toxic waste will end up in training data, probably leading to dismal results.

Google Is Paying Reddit $60 Million for Fucksmith to Tell Its Users to Eat Glue

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

No, your model won’t get smarter just by throwing more training data at it… on the contrary.

How DeviantArt died: A.I. and greed turned a once-thriving community into a ghost town.

Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, art, social-media, criticism

This is indeed sad to see another platform turn against its users. This was once a place to nurture young artists… it’s now another ad driven platform full of AI made scams.

OpenAI departures: Why can’t former employees talk, but the new ChatGPT release can? - Vox

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

Open is unsurprisingly only in the name… this company is really just a cult.

New Windows AI feature records everything you’ve done on your PC | Ars Technica

Tags: tech, microsoft, windows, security, privacy

This is completely nuts… they really want to unleash a security and privacy nightmare. The irony is that it does respect DRM content on the other hand, we can see where the priorities are.

A Grand Unified Theory of the AI Hype Cycle

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

Definitely this, it’s not the first time we see such a hype cycle around “AI”. When it bursts the technology which created it is just not called “AI” anymore. I wonder how long this one will last though.

A Plea for Sober AI | Drew Breunig

Tags: tech, ai, machine-learning, gpt, hype, criticism

Definitely too much hype around large models right now. This over shadows the more useful specialized models.

Bing outage shows just how little competition Google search really has | Ars Technica

Tags: tech, google, microsoft, web, search

We’re still fairly dependent on just two major web indices… time for an index built as a common for everyone to use?

stract: web search done right

Tags: tech, web, search

Looks like an interesting new search engine.

The curious case of the missing period - Tjaart’s Substack

Tags: tech, email, debugging

Fascinating bug… the fine details of mundane protocols like SMTP can sometimes be surprising.

Firefox bookmark keywords for faster navigation

Tags: tech, firefox, bookmarks

Interesting Firefox feature I didn’t notice. Looks fairly nice, I’ll use it more.

CADmium: A Local-First CAD Program Built for the Browser

Tags: tech, web, frontend, cad, physics, mathematics

This gives a good idea of the important parts in a CAD program. It also list a few of the usable libraries to build one such program in the browser.

WebAssembly: A promising technology that is quietly being sabotaged

Tags: tech, webassembly, server

Where WebAssembly is, and where WebAssembly on the server is going… let’s hope it doesn’t become another CORBA.

Hartwork Blog · Clone arbitrary single Git commit

Tags: tech, git, ci

Neat trick, especially useful for CI uses.

Writing commit messages

Tags: tech, version-control, writing, communication

Very extensive guide on writing better commit messages. This is important, it’s a very central communication mechanism with other developers.

UI Density || Matthew Ström, designer-leader

Tags: tech, gui, ux

Interesting discussion about UI density. What are we talking about? Is there value to is? Which aspects of a UI are impacting it? The conclusion makes it all very clear.

Bye for now!