The Battle Between Centralization and Decentralization in Tech

Once upon a time, I was a distributed systems researcher specializing in graph partitioning algorithms. Those were thrilling days, though I must admit I didn’t enjoy the daily commute and the time away from my family. During that period, I delved deep into classic distributed systems conundrums like the Byzantine Generals Problem. When I discovered … Read more

How Fake News are Holding You Back in Python

Experts in their field read more books! The rise of “Fake News” shows that the quality of information is a valuable asset of the information society. With poor quality of information comes poor knowledge and expertise. Let’s order the content types based on the quality of information they tend to generate (from low quality to … Read more

A List of Lambda Functions? This Python Puzzle May Surprise You…

Guido doesn’t like lambda functions too much. Yet, most large code projects contain a lot of them! (Many coders use lambda functions as GUI callbacks, etc.) In this “Coffee Break Python” email series, we take a pragmatic approach regarding Python code style — living in the “is” rather than in the “should be” world. Can … Read more