Commentary and links
We have an integration between Dataverse and a third party system that runs in Azure Functions. Third party have now acknowledged that in certain race conditions their system can create two entries duplicated on what should be a unique key. Just deployed what I hope is a fix to our code that uses blob lease distributed locking via the madelson/DistributedLock library…
Some good practical hints here about making your API more usable through the way you document it.
EU-US data privacy agreement adopted. However, well-known EU privacy campaigners are sceptical, meanwhile a similar agreement between UK-US still seems to be “jam tomorrow”.
It’s not earth-shattering, but I’m happy to support my professional body on this. AI open letter to UK Government and Industry AI is not an existential threat to humanity; it will be a transformative force for good if we get critical decisions about its development and use right. The UK can help lead the way in setting professional and technical standards in AI roles, supported by a robust code of conduct, international collaboration and fully resourced regulation.
Like many technologies that go through fads, I still meet people who think these are a new thing.
Hank van Ess writes about how he influenced the output of Google Bard with just three tweets.
I’m so happy to have discovered these posts by @email@example.com - I learned about microprocessor engineering and programming using the then-current Z80, and the 8086 as featured in this series represented the excitement of the new. These products represent a time when CPU chips were comprehensible to an undergraduate (at a system block level anyway), and carry a load of nostalgia :-) #100DaysToOffload 21/100
I like this idea from @firstname.lastname@example.org that extends beyond the anti-library as another way to manage future attention…
Used to enjoy reading Michelle Ockers on social learning, so good to see her feed light up again after a few years of silence! #100DaysToOffload 15/100
Via Tony Parkin I see that Alleyn’s (a fancy private school with a fancy price) has taken the bold, but probably sensible step, of ceasing the use of written essays as homework on the basis that the students can easily use a tool like ChatGPT to turn them in. Instead they require the students to do research in preparation for dialogue and assessment in the classroom. How may years will it take the bodies that ‘oversee’ state education in the UK to allow forward-looking Headteachers to do the same thing?
I thought we had learned these lessons before, but maybe not! never assume that colleagues won’t try to do something that they think should work , just because we haven’t told them that the feature is available (or not) 😄 time spent writing good automated tests is rarely wasted - they are your saviour when you revisit code that you last looked at months previously and try to understand what that “cowboy builder” (your past self) did exactly!
Award-winning economist Simon Wren-Lewis dissects the failures of the current government. Notwithstanding their claim to be “neo-liberal”, when compared to two other recent neo-liberal administrations in the UK (Thatcher 1979-1990 and Blair/Brown 1997-2010) their economic failure is stark. Throw in the accompanying moral vacuum and a clear picture emerges of just how disatrous they have been.
Found this when trying to set up syndication via Brid.gy to my Mastodon account. For me solution was to increase proxy buffers in Nginx as per https://github.com/doorkeeper-gem/doorkeeper/issues/1554#issuecomment-1304606633
Sound common-sense advice from a well-known security expert
The impact of users with huge follower counts on Mastodon server resources (in short, $$)
Thought-provoking essay on the cultural challenge of #TwitterMigration
Ton comments on the joy of intertwingled conversations “I often state the importance to me of the distributed conversations that blogging and other online interaction, but also travel and making new contacts that continue online, generate. Mostly that effect isn’t easily made tangible, the loops and traces too convoluted to easily explain. But sometimes it suddenly is tangible. […] I’ve mentioned it before, my sense of beauty resides in that mix of complex human interaction and life, the layers, both positive and negative that make up our shared context and connection.
Once it has been agreed to implement new functionality, how long do the associated tasks have to wait in the to-do queue?
A hierarchy of value-producing activities in while processing knowledge in a Digital Garden, Zettelkasten or pretty much any other way of constructing and learning from notes: Reading Collecting quotes Creating excerpts Creating Atomic Notes Creating Connection Creating Tools and Products And concrete steps to improve value: Identify the structures you want to build within your system. What would be a resource for your future self? Be deliberate and avoid all vagueness.
Ton finds his habit of revisiting “on this day” posts and his mature note-making habit have some interesting synergies: This morning I was reading a blogpost from a few years ago, and immediately two things stood out as concepts. They were just mentioned passingly in the blogpost, but this time they seemed more meaningful than their place in the original text suggested. Off I went down a little rabbithole, writing both notions up and connecting them to the current things that make them stand out to me now, and incorporating other references.
So far I have webmentions going in and out to/from my site, so at least for other people in the indieweb world that’s a direct peer-to-peer mechanism to “converse between sites”. I’ve been toying with the idea of POSSE, and that might be the most obvious use for a micro.blog account, so for the time being have set up at https://micro.blog/synesthesia. Biggest reservation is that I am not sure how much I want to cross-post at all - I do this for an audience of one!
It’s been around almost long enough to have gone out of style and back again, so maybe I’ll give it a go…
Helen Blunden describes the pleasure of knowing that “the company” don’t know what box she fits in, followed by the glow of being visibly appreciated by colleagues from several teams…
Guardian article referencing this paper Parikh, Shivang, Roma Parikh, Keren Michael, Lior Bikovski, Georgina Barnabas, Mariya Mardamshina, Rina Hemi, et al. ‘Food-Seeking Behavior Is Triggered by Skin Ultraviolet Exposure in Males’. Nature Metabolism, 11 July 2022, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42255-022-00587-9.