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> 1. Are there anyone on HN knows him in real life?

Do you ask this to know if he's a real guy or an AI or a pseudo for group of persons like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Bourbaki ?

I know Fabrice a little. He's definitely real, smart and humble.

Visited him at his workplace about ten years ago when he worked at Netgem.

We also have a common friend we visit with spouse and kids, where we discover and discuss new gadgets (physics-based, drones, mechanical puzzles, etc). One day we played with a kind of padlock where the lock procedure implied to move a sort-of 4-direction joystick. The trick was: you could do any number of moves to lock it. It seemed like it allowed to store an arbitrary long sequence of numbers in a finite mechanical system. Fabrice arrived, heard us explain, thought, and said "the mechanics probably implements some sort of hash algorithm". That was the answer.

I've met him as well, a few times, but do not know him personally like you.

He is definitely very humble and a very good listener. When he told us about this side project he was working on about a year ago, he made it seem like it wasn't a big deal, just a small js engine, would never compete with v8. After a few questions, it was clear that the goal was to implement the latest ECMAScript spec, with all the goodies. It will never be in the v8 league, but it's on a league of its own.

The question is how one would compete with V8 if you can't catch up with the tempo with which JS spec changes?

With how things are going now, V8 code is the de-facto "upstream spec"

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