Friday, April 05, 2024

Friday Links 24-10

Heisenberg's indeterminacy principle formula.

Two weeks of links, which includes a collection from the xz debacle. I loved reading these, as this is a good combination of spy story and technology postmortem. If you want to read an overview, read the timeline post. 

Good podcasts this week: about the Heisenberg principle, and the silencing of climate protesters in the UK. 


Getting real with Employee Experience [Podcast] - two good interviews with people active in the area.

Mentorship, coaching, sponsorship: three different — and equally important — tools for developing talent - good summary of the three aspects of staff development.

How do we evaluate people for their technical leadership? - measuring knowledge work is hard.

Jack Shit - systems over work. 

Part 1: Burnout Is A Thousand Tiny Self-Betrayals - I first read it as victim blaming, but it is true that it is mostly in your hand.

Reflection: When was your team last together? - sadly, in a fully remote and distributed company, this is really hard. 

TBM 277: Bring Back Fun - “Having fun building stuff that has impact”


xz backdoor

GNOME 46 puts Flatpaks front and center - I don't like it!

mini-announcement: I've decided to publish Yotta. - very cool minimalistic system.

AI is boring and stupid and maybe that's OK - "Sometimes boring and stupid is still really useful. "

What We Know We Don't Know [Talk] - "Nothing is real, we don’t understand what we’re doing, and the only way to write good software is to stop drinking coffee. Burn it all down. Burn it to the ground."


The silencing of climate protesters in English and Welsh courts [Podcast] - is the UK becoming less democratic? I think this answers the question. 

Plant-heavy ‘flexitarian’ diets could help limit global heating, study finds - it is a lot easier to get people to become flexitarian than vegetarian or vegan. And the numbers make a difference.


Mobility Debate at COAC: What is Barcelona missing? - I agree with all of this, especially about the congestion charge and superblocks.

Random Uncertainty

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle [Podcast] - another lovely episode from In Our Time.

We have a right to repair! (Interview) [Podcast] - history and challenges of iFixit. 

‘We can’t find a single German or European applicant’: Deeptech startups feel bite of talent shortage - Germany making progress difficult.

All billionaires under 30 have inherited their wealth, research finds - is anyone surprised?

Best printer 2024 - just get a brother laser printer

You Can Now Follow President Biden on the Fediverse - I am not on Threads, but now some accounts from there are arriving at Mastodon. 

Cannabis users celebrate relaxation of laws on personal use in Germany - finally! This will also change Europe.

EU investigates Apple, Meta and Google owner Alphabet under new tech law - the EU is doing good work in this space at the moment.

Friday Links Disclaimer
Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

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