EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

06.06.20

They Tell Us Linus Torvalds is Sexist But Evidence Suggests Otherwise

Posted in GNU/Linux at 10:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Likewise, there’s no good evidence that Richard Stallman is sexist (just opportunistic hearsay and misrepresentation)

Torvalds family
What % of those whom Torvalds blasted in mailing lists were not female? And as the only man in the house of feminists, does that fictional “sexist” narrative make any sense at all?

Summary: Torvalds and others who are middle-aged (or older) males are often torpedoed using weakly-backed allegations (or insinuations/innuendo) of sexism; that does not seem to matter and won’t matter when they treat men the same (or worse)

OUR previous article about the Linux Foundation has received over 13,000 reads, i.e. a lot more than the usual. So it must have struck a nerve. Torvalds “has been under attack for many years but it was as late as 2013 that the attacks became more coordinated and consolidated,” one person told us. “I suspect, but can’t prove, that it was the criticism of Nvidia and consequent defense of the GPL, which was the deciding factor in them collectively moving to take him out.”

“Maybe the problem is people who try to demonise Free software leaders by misusing the feminist cause. I’ve seen Torvalds writing loads of strongly-worded things, but rarely have I stumbled upon anything that’s even remotely misogynistic/chauvinistic. The same is true for Stallman.”The deeper we look into the attempt to oust Stallman (partly successful; he’s still in GNU), the more evidence we find that we didn’t see before, e.g. the degree to which IBM/Microsoft may have been behind it. Look at the demography and corporate affiliations, which aren’t publicly stated so one must dig. One can find October 2018 articles such as “IBM to acquire Red Hat in deal valued at $34 billion” (mere weeks after IBM-connected media caused Torvalds to pull away, we presume partly due to pressure from the Linux Foundation because of things we read at the times; sources sent us E-mails at the time alleging that IBM had played a role in it, trying to lower the price of Red Hat). Looking back at the whole thing, especially with new optics or a new set of spectacles, it’s starting to make a little more sense. Red Hat has long attempted to shoehorn its own replacements for things that worked absolutely fine, were modular, widely used and anti-monopolistic (by their very structural nature). Not so convenient when you’re trying to sell $2,000 annual support contracts for a server… systemd is now in most servers; all that systemd needs now is its own kernel.

Remember how back in 2009 they tried telling us that Stallman, who posts lots of feminism-themed news picks in his personal/political site, is “sexist” because he mentioned the word “virgins” (without even specifying a gender; men too can be virgins). Maybe the problem is people who try to demonise Free software leaders by misusing the feminist cause. I’ve seen Torvalds writing loads of strongly-worded things, but rarely have I stumbled upon anything that’s even remotely misogynistic/chauvinistic. The same is true for Stallman. Their most outspoken rants/outbursts were directed at men. If you want to see male-dominated culture, look no further than IBM. Hypocrites like these deserve the most condemnation.

Sometimes Sounding ‘Rude’ Can Be Necessary

Posted in Kernel at 9:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: Bill Gates Said He Was on a “Jihad” Against GNU/Linux, But GNU/Linux Users/Developers Engaged in Self-Defense Are Foul-Mouthed ‘Microsoft Haters’?

Linus Said what??? He said your code is crap

Summary: We need to quit accepting this corporate-led ideology that says you cannot ‘offend’ people whose work is of offending quality (an offense against technical standards)

“When you say “I wrote a program that crashed Windows”, people just stare at you blankly and say “Hey, I got those with the system, *for free*”.”

Linus Torvalds

Status Update: DDoS, Traffic, Interns

Posted in Site News at 9:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The liberty statue

Summary: Times are difficult for liberty/freedom; but we’re trying to stay on top of it all in spite of attempts to derail us

THIS past month we’ve managed to produce more stories, short posts, memes and feature articles than usual. Our goal is to return to the dozen or so per day (as we did a decade ago).

“DDoS attacks of various forms have been attempted for 2-3 weeks, on and off…”Over at Tux Machines, which over the past week saw an all-time traffic record for the second week in a row, DDoS attacks have spread (it started about 5 days ago), causing the site to be unavailable or unbearably slow at times. Here in Techrights attacks were attempted as recently as less than 24 hours ago. DDoS attacks of various forms have been attempted for 2-3 weeks, on and off…

We’re aware that some people are sometimes not able — or barely able — to access Techrights. We’re improving our defenses over time. We’re ready to file complaints and reports if those attacks persist and intensify; it usually takes far more time than it’s worth.

We’ve meanwhile been training someone from South Africa to help with Tux Machines. The situation there is grim (access to basic resources, especially at times of crises like this terrible pandemic), so it has taken up a lot of time with little to show for it. Internships can be extremely time-consuming with no guarantee of any output whatsoever.

We’ve meanwhile been looking deeper and deeper into the events some dubbed “Free software 9/11″; the European Patent Office (EPO) still interests us, but not much is happening there and the USPTO we’ve mostly relegated to Daily Links (with focus on 35 U.S.C. § 101 cases). So we write more about GNU/Linux…

“Internships can be extremely time-consuming with no guarantee of any output whatsoever.”There are all sorts of ways people can help Techrights. Any help can lead to improved productivity, hence more articles. The best way to communicate about ways to help is our IRC channels. We pick E-mail less regularly and we don’t do “social control media” (it’s more of a noise machine, designed to provoke and reward for emotional impact rather than accuracy or quality; “likes” don’t represent objective value but sometimes just sheer anger or a measure like “celebrity status”).

We love hearing from readers and it motivates us to carry on. Our workflow is improving over time, even if it can be a tad slow (e.g. overhead in picking up mail). Our accuracy is still of utmost interest and memes are for entertainment value, albeit they’re based on underlying facts (presented with some humour).

“Our accuracy is still of utmost interest and memes are for entertainment value, albeit they’re based on underlying facts (presented with some humour).”The riots in the US are manifesting or replicating themselves as protests in the UK (I’ve seen no concrete evidence of violence, sabotage or arson; the state media calls it “UK anti-racism protests” and celebrities get involved). The economy isn’t really recovering; people being forced to go back to work (despite health risk) is merely evidence of systemic failure, putting financial interests ahead of basic safety. The American oligarchs earned an additional 60 billion dollars (or something in that region) since the riots began, so you know who stands to gain and who stands to lose…

As a ‘remote’ worker (I don’t consider home to be “remote” per se) I’m still hanging in there, managing to pay the bills. That limits the amount of time I can spend on Techrights, but at least it keeps Techrights going.

Stay safe, stay home if possible (the oligarchs want you back at work, working for them) and don’t forget the value of solidarity, as well as the power of reconciliation. Vandalism helps make a point; but it creates nothing.

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is a permanent attitude.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

GNU/Linux Still Not Controlled Purely by Large Corporations

Posted in GNU/Linux at 8:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Not yet (but they’ll keep trying… for their shareholders)

When they manage to oust Torvalds... But somehow he comes back several weeks later

Summary: Linus Torvalds was not fully canceled; nor was Richard Stallman, who’s still heading the GNU Project (under conditions specified by those looking to oust him; people who code for Microsoft GitHub and many IBM employees)

The Need for Purely Independent Media

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Patents at 8:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Widely-debunked lies promoted by ZDNet for Microsoft (even in articles about Microsoft’s competition; it has gotten exceptionally bad lately)

THIS IS A LIE! But ZDNet promotes this lie in articles about Microsoft's competitors! SJVN: Writing for CBS to help promote Microsoft lies for a salary

Summary: The media crisis, which has deepened greatly as more journalists are laid off amid pandemic, means that the PR/B2B industry takes over what’s left of news sites; we need to counter this worrying trend

PEOPLE everywhere have their “biases” or worldviews, which can be shaped by family, friends and even employers (upbringing plays a major role, as does the influence of patents; mine are left-leaning). That’s inevitable. But for output to remain reasonably sane there should be no strings attached (like threats of firing for expressing a particular viewpoint).

“So much for ‘European’ Patent Office… not even for Europeans but for a bunch of international (sometimes also European) law firms…”“Sponsored” self-serving self-promotional garbage such as this new example is still routine at Managing IP and other sites about parents (2 days ago IP Kat promoted Team UPC again!). Just check who sponsors such sites in general (these spammy pieces aside); they exist not to spread news but to promote litigation, whiten the reputation of patent trolls and so on. It’s partly because of it that we hardly see proper journalism about the EPO anymore. Of course it doesn’t even help that the EPO itself bribes and intimidates publishers, never mind the interests of law firms (António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli are in bed with them, which is why they promote software patents in Europe). So much for ‘European’ Patent Office… not even for Europeans but for a bunch of international (sometimes also European) law firms…

“I loathe censorship, I don’t believe these types of bribes are a crime (there are vastly worse types of bribes), so instead we should name and shame them, treating them accordingly, based on their deeds.”What we’re seeing in the domain of software is equally rigged; I very often complain about so-called ‘news’ sites that are shamelessly funded by the companies they cover; they produce puff pieces for them while slamming their competitors. The bias isn’t to do with worldviews or humble assessment; it’s everything to do with money. They’re bribed, they’re corrupt and they’re lying for a buck.

So what’s the solution to all this? I loathe censorship, I don’t believe these types of bribes are a crime (there are vastly worse types of bribes), so instead we should name and shame them, treating them accordingly, based on their deeds. Days ago I noticed that ZDNet started putting auto-playing Microsoft spam in all articles about GNU/Linux. Yesterday my wife noticed the same thing. Can ZDNet make it any more obvious that it is a Microsoft propaganda site? It’s hardly even trying to hide that anymore. It has gotten really, really overt. The screenshot above (annotated) is one among dozens of possible new examples; it cannot be stressed how insulting that is to the reader! SJVN should really just resign; he’s participating in something very nefarious.

“If there’s an independent news site that we ought to know about, by all means let us know. We’re always pursuing more of them.”One thing we truly lack is a broad range of independent Web sites, which are also very active (daily updates). I often struggle to find any, e.g. for Daily Links. Finding even a single one (that I don’t already follow) can take, on average, 10 minutes. We’re still trying to do just that; Daily Links are at least supposed to improve over time (in terms of accuracy and speed). We periodically share our reading lists or lists of sites that we consider trustworthy. Sadly fewer and fewer over time because more of them become inactive or barely active; COVID-19 has not helped.

If there’s an independent news site that we ought to know about, by all means let us know. We’re always pursuing more of them.

Links 7/6/2020: Sparky 2020.06, Wine Staging 5.10, Vulkan SDK 1.2.141

Posted in News Roundup at 7:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Lenovo Will Pre-load Ubuntu and Red Hat on All Its Workstations

        TechRepublic notes the news “comes on the heels of a number of new Linux desktop support news. This year we’ve seen the rise of Purism, Tuxedo Computers, Pine64, Juno Computers, Vikings, Dell’s continued support with the XPS Dev edition laptop and the Precision line, and now Lenovo.”

        They also argue for continued support for the smaller vendors of Linux hardware. “Companies like System76 are a big reason why desktop Linux continued climbing up that steep mountain called ‘Acceptance.’” But their article concludes that “No matter which path you take, you now (as a Linux user) have more options.”

      • Lenovo ThinkPad and ThinkStation now have Linux certification

        Most computer users are familiar with macOS and Windows 10, both of which have certification standards. But, despite it being widely used, not everyone is familiar with Linux or Linux certification. Linux may not be something most of use at home but it is heavily relied upon by businesses, institutions, and government. As a matter of fact, much of the internet is being controlled through Linux servers.

        So Linux certification is important for those whose job is to work and maintain the systems that are running this open-source OS. Lenovo has announced that Linux certification is now on its ThinkPad and ThinkStation offerings.

    • Server

      • The state of Kubernetes: 6 facts you might not know

        Kubernetes celebrates its sixth birthday on June 7: One of the fastest-growing open source projects ever, it’s driving significant change in enterprise IT, helping developers manage containers at scale. Moreover, it helps them develop applications faster and manage resources in automated ways. That’s important not only in DevOps and agile environments, but also in any enterprise IT environment pushing for faster software development and more experimentation. And any CIO or IT leader will tell you, the CEO’s biggest wish right now is faster response to customer needs and outside changes – most recently, a global pandemic.

        How much Kubernetes growth are we talking about? According to the CNCF Cloud Native Survey for 2019, 78 percent of respondents were using Kubernetes in production, up from 58 percent the previous year.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux LTS Kernel 4.19 And 5.4 Will Now Be Supported For 6 Years, Instead Of 2



        Greg Kroah-Hartman, a lead Linux Kernel developer and maintainer, has officially extended end-of-life (EOL) support for the LTS (Long-term Support) Linux kernel 4.19 and 5.4 from two to six years.

        He recently made changes to the official Linux Kernel long-term release page and increased the projected EOL by four years. This means Linux kernel 4.19 will now get backporting bugs and important security fixes until December 2024 and kernel 5.4 until Dec 2025.

      • PCI Changes For Linux 5.8 Bring Power Savings, AMD Workarounds/Whitelisting

        Linux 5.8 has merged all of the PCI/PCIe subsystem updates and there are a number of notable changes.

        PCI highlights for Linux 5.8 include:

        - As previously reported, the possibility of “significant” power savings for systems with PCI Express to PCI or PCI-X bridges. Previously Active State Power Management (ASPM) wasn’t being enabled for such bridges for unknown reasons. But in enabling it can yield big power advantages for server platforms and more having the PCIe to PCI/PCI-X bridges.

      • SMB3 Updates For Linux 5.8 Offer Better Performance For Large I/O

        The SMB3/CIFS updates for the Linux 5.8 kernel from the Samba camp can offer better performance.

        After Linux 5.7 brought support for setting up a swap file over a network with SMB3, the Linux 5.8 SMB3 changes are interesting for performance reasons.

        Steve French noted in the SMB3 pull request the change summary as , “Includes big performance improvement for large i/o when using multichannel, also includes DFS fixes.”

    • Applications

      • Get Inkscape 1.0 with DEB, AppImage, Flatpak and Snap

        

        The professional free graphic design software Inkscape released version 1.0 few moments ago for all computer operating systems. Now Ubuntu users ask how to install it on Ubuntu and also on other GNU/Linux distros. Fortunately, we have a standard way to install it, and alternatively you can choose other method as you wish including portable and the 32-bit architecture versions. For all users in general I recommend more to try the AppImage version as it is the easiest one. Enjoy!

      • Oracle VirtualBox 6.1.10 Released with Kernel 5.7 Support

        Oracle Virtualbox 6.1.10 was released as the fifth maintenance release for the 6.1 series.

        Virtualbox 6.1.10 features Kernel 5.7 support on Linux host and guest.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Wine Staging 5.10 Adds Another Patch For Denuvo + A Fix For Numerous D3D11 Games

        Wine Staging 5.10 is out today as the latest version of this experimental blend of Wine that is re-based off yesterday’s Wine 5.10 codebase.

        Wine Staging 5.10 isn’t the most exciting release in recent times but there are two new patches added:

        - RtlQueryRegistryValuesEx has been implemented in addressing a one year old bug report for some WDM kernel drivers needing this function. This patch is useful for the Denuvo anti-cheat software for games as well as the WibuKey digital content protection software.

    • Games

      • Vulkan SDK 1.2.141 is out with GFXReconstruct to improve Vulkan dev

        LunarG has released an updated version of their Vulkan SDK with version 1.2.141 out and it includes some new toys to help developers support Vulkan in their games and apps. This SDK should give developers almost everything they need to get started in the Vulkan API development environment.

        With 1.2.141 it includes the new GFXReconstruct tool, which aims to improve upon their earlier vktrace. GFXReconstruct enables developers to capture and replay Vulkan API calls and they’re also using the new tool to explore other potential performance and feature enhancements, such as compression for capture files (currently available) and support for multi-threaded replay (to be added in the future).

      • Vulkan SDK 1.2.141 Released With GFXReconstruct, DirectX Shader Compiler Bundled

        LunarG in cooperation with The Khronos Group has released Vulkan SDK 1.2.141.

        Vulkan SDK 1.2.141 adds support for a number of newer Vulkan extensions introduced in recent versions of the specification as well as better validation coverage and bug fixes.

      • Steam Play Proton 5.0-8 has released

        After a public testing period of only a few days, Valve has already pushed out Steam Play Proton 5.0-8 pulling in plenty of upgrades and fixes for the compatibility layer.

        The first Release Candidate was put out on June 3 and after what seems like only a few tweaks, like removing the wine-mono upgrade that caused issues, it should now be available to everyone. You should see an update to Proton 5.0 in your Steam client.

      • Proton 5.0-8 Shipping With The Latest DXVK/VKD3D, Windows Game Fixes

        Following the recent release candidate, the Valve and CodeWeavers developers have officially promoted this latest Wine-based downstream for empowering Steam Play to their latest stable release.

        In time for the weekend gamers there is Proton 5.0-8 to offer the best experience to date for running Windows games on Linux either standalone or most commonly via Steam Play.

      • itch.io has a huge bundle going to support ‘Racial Justice and Equality’

        Game store itch.io has setup a big mixed bundle of all sorts to support ‘Racial Justice and Equality’ and there’s a lot of interesting stuff in it.

        This might be the biggest bundle ever, with over 700 items included and a minimum donation amount of only $5. It’s a ridiculously good deal and for a charitable cause, with all proceeds being split 50/50 between NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund.

      • What are you clicking on this weekend? Come tell us

        It’s the weekend and hopefully some of you will find the time to relax and play some games. There’s been a lot of new releases lately too!

        For me, I’m a little torn.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • This week in KDE: Okular, Konsole, Plasma, and Wayland

          It’s early in the Plasma 5.20 development cycle and some very nice new features landed this week! Various KDE apps–in particular Okular and Konsole–also got new features. It’s a feature-palooza!

          Yes, yes, I know what some of you are thinking: “Why are you writing new features while there’s still so much buggy stuff?” In this case, one of the answers is that new features can often solve bugs. For example the Okular work you’ll read about below resulted in a dozen bug reports getting closed! Sometimes you really can have your cake and eat it, too.

        • KDE On Wayland Finally Supports Middle-Click Paste With Plasma 5.20

          It’s another busy week in the KDE land from their Wayland session finally supporting middle-click paste to Konsole now able to display image thumbnail previews when hovering over filenames with this KDE terminal emulator.

          Some of the KDE accomplishments for this past week, as outlined by KDE developer Nate Graham, include:

          - KDE’s Konsole terminal emulator can now show thumbnail previews for image files when you hover your cursor over filenames, such as in the output of ls and other commands.

        • Should I stay or should I go to Akademy?

          I have submitted two talks proposals to Akademy. Earlier Albert called for more proposals, so let me repeat his reminder: send your talks proposals early to reduce panic in the programme committee. Anyone can join! And all things KDE and Qt related are good, as well as interesting stuff on the edge of the KDE community.

          [...]

          So be part, and send in your tale of KDE community activity.

        • Google Summer of Code 2020 – Week 1

          This week, I started working on the Rocs graph layout capabilities. The Fruchtermani-Reingold [1] algorithm seems to be the most common option for drawing graphs automatically when no extra information about the graph is known. In fact, the Boost library implementation of this algorithm is currently being used by Rocs. However, the Fruchtermani-Reingold algorithm has some parameters that can change its results deeply. In order to better understand the algorithm and how different parameterizations lead to different results, I wrote my own C++ implementation directly in the Rocs’ libgraphtheory. This allowed me to generate debug information during the execution of the algorithm.

          Unfortunately, tuning the parameters directly into the implementation is time consuming. Automatic parameter tuning solutions can not be applied in a trivial way, because the quality of the result obtained for a given parameterization is quite subjective. Therefore, I decided to make my manual tuning and evaluation process more efficient by creating a user interface that will allow me to choose parameter values and apply the algorithm to the current graph. Because I am new to Qt and the way to do this is to implement a Rocs’ plugin, it is not done yet. Creating such interface was already in my plans, but I expected to do it later.

    • Distributions

      • Alpine Linux 3.12.0 Released With “Big Endian” and “Dlang” Support

        Alpine Linux has announced the release of major version 3.12.0, which is the first of the “3.12” stable series. Alpine is a Linux distribution that focuses on security, and it’s designed for routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes, and servers. Moreover, it is particularly lightweight, small in size (130 Mb), simple to use, independent, and non-commercial. All in all, Alpine is a security-oriented OS designed for power users who want to use a solid basis upon which to build a robust system for whatever purpose they may have.

        The 3.12.0 release brings support for “mips64” (big-endian), and also the D programming language (Dlang). D is used in projects like Facebook, eBay, and Netflix, and generally, it is deployed in virtual machines, OS kernels, GPU programming, machine learning, web development, numerical analysis, and more. As for the big-endian architecture, this is the system of storing the most-significant byte of a word of digital data at the lower memory address of the storage location.

      • IPFire Now Offers New Metrics for OpenVPN, File-Sharing Services for Apple Devices



        Highlights of the IPFire 2.25 Core Update 145 release introduces new metrics for the OpenVPN server to collect metrics about connected clients, such as how long the client was connected and when.

        Another new feature introduced in this latest release of the IPFire Linux firewall distro is the Netatalk package, a free and open-source software that provides file-sharing services for Apple devices.

        IPFire will also now log NAT connections in the filter chain and launch the random number generator earlier in the boot process to be able to see Linux kernel’s pseudo-random number generator as soon as possible.

      • IPFire 2.25 – Core Update 145 released
      • Which Linux Distro Is Best for Privacy? We’ve Done the Research [Guide]

        The code that Linux is built on is open-source software. That means anyone can read or modify the code. While that may sound like a privacy nightmare, it is actually the opposite. Independent programmers from all over the world work on Linux code. That makes it almost impossible for a bad actor to add malicious code to Linux without someone seeing it.

        Contrast this to proprietary operating systems like Windows or macOS. The proprietary source code is controlled by the company and hidden from outsiders. If you use a proprietary operating system, you have to trust the company. Will they ensure that no malicious code gets added by outsiders? Will they add malicious code themselves?

        Windows 10, for example, has code in it that records all sorts of information about how you use your computer. Microsoft inserted this code intentionally to gather this information for their own use. In the Linux world, a small army of programmers guards the source code against this kind of behavior.

      • Arch Family

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora 33 Looking To Use Swap On zRAM By Default With systemd’s zram-generator

          Some Fedora spins have already made use of swap on zRAM for serving as a compressed RAM drive while with Fedora Workstation 33 they are looking to make use of zRAM by default.

          ZRAM has been used for a while by other Linux distributions and the likes of Chrome OS and Android even for more efficient swap usage. One could argue it’s long overdue but for Fedora Workstation 33 they are looking at automatically providing a swap-on-zram setup out-of-the-box.

      • Devuan Family

        • Devuan Beowulf 3.0.0 stable release

          Devuan Developers are delighted to announce the release of Devuan Beowulf 3.0.0 as the project’s new stable release. This is the result of many months of painstaking work by the Team and detailed testing by the wider Devuan community.

      • Debian Family

        • Sparky 2020.06

          The June snapshot of Sparky 2020.06 of the (semi-)rolling line is out.
          It is based on the Debian testing “Bullseye”.

          Changes:
          • system upgrade from Debian testing repos as of June 5, 2020
          • Linux kernel 5.6.14 (5.7.0 in Sparky unstable repos)
          • Firefox 77.0
          • Thunderbird 68.8.1
          • LibreOffice 6.4.4.2
          • debi-tool’ replaced by ‘gdebi’
          • added ‘spterm’ (Sparky Terminal) to be used by Sparky tools
          • Otter Browser replaced by Epiphany Browser (MinimalGUI)
          • added RadioStation – a fork of RadioTray-Lite (and Radiotray)
          • added Openbox Noir to the desktop list to be installed as a choice (via MinimalGUI & MinimalCLI and APTus too)
          • added disk autopartitioning, encrypting and lvm support to the Advanced Installer DEV (still experimental)
          • Calamares updated up to 3.2.24; changed password strength to a minimum number of digits as possible in Calamares, as requested a few times by our users (can be used used 1 digit, but I recommend to use strong password); thanks to lami07
          • added lxappearance to MinimalGUI iso (Openbox)

        • Russell Coker: Comparing Compression

          For distributions like Debian which have large archives of files that are compressed once and transferred a lot the “zstd –ultra -22” compression might be useful with multi-threaded compression. But given that Debian already has xz in use it might not be worth changing until faster CPUs with lots of cores become more commonly available. One could argue that for Debian it doesn’t make sense to change from xz as hard drives seem to be getting larger capacity (and also smaller physical size) faster than the Debian archive is growing. One possible reason for adopting zstd in a distribution like Debian is that there are more tuning options for things like memory use. It would be possible to have packages for an architecture like ARM that tends to have less RAM compressed in a way that decreases memory use on decompression.

          For general compression such as compressing log files and making backups it seems that zstd is the clear winner. Even bzip2 is far too slow and in my tests zstd clearly beats gzip for every combination of compression and time taken. There may be some corner cases where gzip can compete on compression time due to CPU features, optimisation for CPUs, etc but I expect that in almost all cases zstd will win for compression size and time. As an aside I once noticed the 32bit of gzip compressing faster than the 64bit version on an Opteron system, the 32bit version had assembly optimisation and the 64bit version didn’t at that time.

        • Thorsten Alteholz: My Debian Activities in May 2020

          This month I accepted 211 packages and rejected only 9. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 228.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux Mint 20 Dropped Ubuntu’s Snap

          Linux Mint is one of the popular Linux operating systems. It is based on Ubuntu and Debian. Linux Mint 20, which is based on Ubuntu 20.04, is going to be released in June 2020. Meanwhile, Linux Mint has decided to drop support for Ubuntu’s Snap.

          Linux Mint 20, like previous Mint releases, will not ship with any snaps or snapd installed. In Linux Mint 20, APT will forbid snapd from getting installed.

        • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Vs Linux Mint 20 : Which One To Install?
        • Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Release Date : How To Download

          

          Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Release Date: Features & How To Download

          Though we don’t know when Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” will be released as Linux Mint tends to release when they are ready to go.

          Linux Mint 20 will be available in 3 editions (Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce) but only in 64-bit. It will be based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and use a Linux 5.4 kernel.

        • Easy Security Tools for Ubuntu 20.04 Users

          This article brings Focal users easy and secure apps for their computers especially for accessing the internet and storing passwords (and a tool for Android phones). They enable you security and help you live easier with both devices especially if you are a newcomer. They are Tor Browser to protect surfing anonymity regardless country you live in, Dnscrypt to encrypt your internet access, Enigmail to encrypt your emails so only true recipients can read, KeePassXC to store your account credentials so you will not forget any, GSconnect to pair your laptop and phone, and F-Droid on Android. And, you do not need antivirus on Ubuntu. Together they empower Ubuntu users with security. You will see here short instructions to install and use them and several advice you can practice easily.

        • Nostalgia struck! Aquaris E4.5 & Ubuntu Touch again

          I’m happy with my little experiment, even if it serves no higher purpose. Now, on my M10 tablet, I won’t repeat the exercise. It’s a fairly capable device, and there, Android 6 does a pretty good job – a marked improvement over Android 5 that was on Aquaris E4.5. Indeed, Android has significantly improved over time. But on the phone, OTA-12 works quite well, and offers a fast if limited experience. But for novelty sake, I’m going to take this as far as it goes, either the UBports project or the lifespan of the device.

          The community-supported continuation of the Ubuntu Phone effort – UBports Ubuntu Touch – is a commendable project. Given its resources, it manages to deliver a fairly robust and fun product, with OTA-12 as its latest incarnation. Solid, usable – to an extent, but also secure, updated and with solid privacy. If you need a basic smartphone, this is a solution that offers a reasonable compromise. I’ve never really expected to be using Ubuntu Touch again, but now I’m glad I did this, if only to see how far one’s passion can stretch. But on a serious, emotionless note, really, if you don’t need much, if you’re not hooked into social media, and if your hardware supports the OTA-12 image, you might want to give this a try. If anything, it’s more mature than it ever was, and in the privacy-focused world, it makes perfect sense.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • 3 charts that show how open source developers think



        Each year, the team at Tidelift asks developers to update us on how they are managing their use of open source dependencies for application development. In June 2019, almost 400 professional software developers responded to our survey with input on “how they use open source software today, what holds them back, and what tools and strategies would help them use it even more effectively.”

        As we roll out the 2020 survey, we’d like to share some of the fascinating things we learned in 2019′s survey results. Where are things going well? And where are they not going so well? Here are three examples.

        You can take the 2020 survey right now, and then continue on to some of the most interesting 2019 findings.

      • Events

        • What are the pros and cons of virtual events?

          The COVID-19 pandemic disturbed the work of event organizers everywhere. To slow the spread of this highly contagious virus, conferences that tend to host thousands in person faced a choice: Move entirely online, or cancel altogether. Many open source event organizers chose the latter, but not all of them.

          Open Source 101 was due to be held in Austin, TX, on April 14. Instead, it hosted 1,000 attendees virtually. Later this month, the Linux Foundation will host the annual North American contingent of its Open Source Summit online. And rather than hosting DrupalCon around the world as planned, the Drupal Association will host DrupalCon Global online from July 14 – 17.

          [...]

          On a personal note, I’ve shared before how I started contributing to open source after attending a huge conference where I met several community leaders. By meeting and making connections face to face, I got plugged in much faster than if I had stumbled onto GitHub and searched through random projects. I fully support public health efforts to keep people safe, and haven’t found virtual events to be a strong substitute for the informal conversations in the “hallway track.”

      • LibreOffice

      • CMS

        • Equity and the Power of Community

          Over the past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. I have been thinking about white supremacy, the injustice that Black women and men are standing up against across the world, and all the injustices I can’t know, and don’t see.

          The WordPress mission is to democratize publishing, and to me, that has always meant more than the freedom to express yourself. Democratizing publishing means giving voices to the voiceless and amplifying those speaking out against injustice. It means learning things that we otherwise wouldn’t. To me, it means that every voice has the ability to be heard, regardless of race, wealth, power, and opportunity. WordPress is a portal to commerce; it is a canvas for identity, and a catalyst for change.

          [...]

          If you would like to learn more about how to make a difference in your own community, here are a few resources I’ve gathered from WordPressers just like you.

      • Programming/Development

        • Secure Socket API – a simple and powerful approach for TLS support in software

          As a member of the Norwegian Unix User Group, I have the pleasure of receiving the USENIX magazine ;login: several times a year. I rarely have time to read all the articles, but try to at least skim through them all as there is a lot of nice knowledge passed on there. I even carry the latest issue with me most of the time to try to get through all the articles when I have a few spare minutes.

          The other day I came across a nice article titled “The Secure Socket API: TLS as an Operating System Service” with a marvellous idea I hope can make it all the way into the POSIX standard. The idea is as simple as it is powerful. By introducing a new socket() option IPPROTO_TLS to use TLS, and a system wide service to handle setting up TLS connections, one both make it trivial to add TLS support to any program currently using the POSIX socket API, and gain system wide control over certificates, TLS versions and encryption systems used.

        • Choosing YAML for a Configuration File

          Recently I have been working to clean up the configuration file syntax and parsing in rpminspect. Several months back there were suggestions on fedora-devel to improve things with the configuration files. The ideas were good improvements, so I added them to my to do list and am now at a point where I can work on making those changes.

        • Apps get bit animated: Android Studio 4.0 released with new Motion Editor

          Google has released Android Studio 4.0, a massive update to its IDE for mobile app development, with features like an upgraded Layout Inspector, and the brand new Build Analyzer and motion editor.

          Android Studio is based on JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA, a popular Java IDE, and version 4.0 uses IDEA 2019.3.3, according to the release notes, which came out in February 2020. The Android Studio incarnation is a little behind IDEA, for which version 2020 is out.

        • Python

          • Talk Python to Me: #267 15 amazing pytest plugins

            Do you write tests for your code? You probably should. And most of the time, pytest is the industry standard these days. But pytest can be much more than what you get from just installing it as a tool.

            There are many amazing plugins that improve pytest in many aspects. That’s why I invited Brian Okken to the show to tell us about his favorites. Listen in and your Python testing will be faster, stronger, and more beautiful!

          • Weekly Python StackOverflow Report: (ccxxxi) stackoverflow python report
          • How and why I built ClassUp

            I am an Architect & Developer & I love to code!

            Lived & worked in many countries I have seen systems evolved from traditional client server to today’s modern Cloud based Apps.

            Now a days I code in Python/Django, Vue.js to develop Web, Android and iOS apps

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • The Surgisphere debacle

        Looking at the science versus the hype, I’ve been predicting for at least a couple of months now that hydroxychloroquine, a drug commonly used to treat malaria that also has immunomodulatory properties that make it useful for treating autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, will probably turn out to be ineffective against COVID-19, all the hype notwithstanding. I’ve often pointed out that the prior probability of hydroxychloroquine being effective based on what we’ve known is quite low given that its antiviral activity in cell culture has never successfully translated to antiviral activity in humans and that the claims for “miracle cures” of COVID-19 victims such as Rio Giardinieri, Jim Santilli, and Karen Whitsett, due to the drug just don’t stand up to scrutiny. In any case, my position has always been that the hype over hydroxychloroquine far outweighs any promise that it might have and that its effectiveness is likely to be very low or zero (more likely zero). Nonetheless, a “brave maverick” French scientist named Didier Raoult, grifting doctors (including Dr. Mehmet Oz), and Donald Trump with his sycophants, toadies, and lackeys have hyped the drug relentlessly and, as observational study after observational study has been published failing to find even a hint of a signal of benefit, also attacking the studies.

      • Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

        Several authors of a large study that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs for coronavirus patients have retracted the report, saying independent reviewers were not able to verify information that’s been widely questioned by other scientists.

        Thursday’s retraction in the journal Lancet involved a May 22 report on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, drugs long used for preventing or treating malaria but whose safety and effectiveness for COVID-19 are unknown.

      • Scientists probe link between high altitude and low coronavirus cases
    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • SoftMaker Office 2021 is an Impressive Alternative to Microsoft Office on Linux

          While we have amazing open source alternatives to Microsoft Office, it’s always good to have more options supported for Linux.

          For that very same reason, the latest release of SoftMaker – Office 2021 grabbed my attention.

          SoftMaker Office suite is a collection of TextMaker (word), PlanMaker (spreadsheets), and Presentation program.

          It is a cross-platform solution which is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        • [Attackers] Target Fincantieri’s Norwegian Unit With Ransomware

          A group of [attackers] executed a successful attack this week on shipbuilder Fincantieri SpA’s Norwegian unit, an Italy-based representative for the company said, confirming local reports.

          Servers at the Norwegian unit, Vard Group AS, were infected with a ransomware, and the company “took in place all the actions needed to solve the issue,” the spokesman said. He said none of Fincantieri’s servers were involved in the attack.

        • Security

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

            • Report: Tycoon Ransomware Targets Windows, Linux Systems

              A sophisticated strain of ransomware called Tycoon has been selectively targeting education and software companies since December 2019, according to a joint report released this week by BlackBerry and KPMG’s UK Cyber Response Services.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations

              A couple of weeks ago, a post on this blog explained how the OpenSAFELY project allowed trusted analysts to run large-scale computation across live pseudonymized patient records inside the data centre of the electronic health records software company. At a time when the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, that’s a hugely important task, but it might seem rather specialized. It’s not, for reasons that go back to a Privacy News Online post from last year. The latter was mainly about the difficulty of respecting privacy using Google’s business model, which is based on gathering detailed personal information about its users. However, it also mentioned some important work Google is conducting on “federated learning“. This enables developers to train machine learning models across many devices without centralized data collection, ensuring that only the user has a copy of their data, and avoiding privacy issues. This is clearly quite similar to what OpenSAFELY does, and Google has now extended its work to produce what it calls “federated analytics“:

            • Private Internet Access Next Generation Network now available for beta preview

              Private Internet Access beta users are now able to access Next Generation VPN servers on the PIA network using out beta desktop clients and mobile apps. To do so, make sure that you’re on the latest beta version and navigate to the Help section in Settings. There, you’ll be able to switch between the “Current” and “Next Generation” network options. Once you select “Next Generation” your VPN server list will automatically depopulate the current VPN server list and repopulate with only Next Gen servers.

            • Zoom Says Subpoena Is Needed to Work with Law Enforcement

              Chief Executive Officer Eric Yuan said Tuesday that Zoom wouldn’t offer the strongest level of encryption to free users so the company could aid the FBI and local police. What he meant “is when there are situations where law enforcement is looking into unfortunate situations such as potentially child abuse that we do comply with subpoenas and we do want to support those types of investigations,” Steckelberg said Friday in a Bloomberg Television interview.

            • Facebook moves to limit spread of extremist ‘boogaloo’ pages and groups

              Facebook says it will no longer recommend boogaloo pages and groups to users and is demoting them in search results, Facebook tells The Verge. The change was made on June 2nd. On May 1st, Facebook updated its Violence and Incitement policy to ban boogaloo and similar terms when used with images or statements depicting armed violence.

            • Facebook limits spread of ‘Boogaloo’ groups amid protests

              The specific terms Facebook is acting against on its namesake platform and Instagram unit are evolving, the company said. To evade scrutiny, some Boogaloo groups have switched to terms such as “Big Igloo” or “Big Luau” while maintaining the same discussions about weaponry, future wars and conspiracy theories.

            • George Floyd: Reddit co-founder quits board and asks for black replacement

              But the website has come under fire for hosting forums that promote racist content. The company has banned groups like r/blackpeoplehate and alt-right r/MillionDollarExtreme. It has also “quarantined” a pro-Trump forum, r/TheDonald, ensuring that its content does not appear in website searches or recommendations.

              Earlier this week, several popular Reddit forums switched their access rights to private, or banned new posts entirely, to protest against the company’s hate speech policies. Ex-chief executive Ellen K Pao also lambasted her former employer in a tweet, saying: “You don’t get to say [Black Lives Matter] when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long.”

            • Zuckerberg says Facebook to review policies over use of force, voter suppression amid criticism

              Zuckerberg said in a memo to employees that he also put on his personal page that he’s “committed to making sure we … fight for voter engagement and racial justice” and said the company would undertake “concrete steps” to adjust its policies.

              The Facebook chief said he would review policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force in instances of “excessive use of police or state force [and] when a country has ongoing civil unrest or violent conflicts.”

            • Facebook’s Zuckerberg Vows to Review Content Policies

              The company will review policies on posts that promote or threaten state use of force or voter suppression techniques, and will also look into options for flagging or labeling posts that are a violation but shouldn’t necessarily be removed entirely, the CEO wrote on Facebook.

            • Peter Thiel’s Palantir Is Given Access to U.K. Health Data on Covid-19 Patients

              The data ranged from contact information to details of gender, race and work, and physical and mental health conditions, according to a copy of the contract struck in March and published on Friday by politics website OpenDemocracy and law firm Foxglove. It also included details of political and religious affiliation and past criminal offenses.

            • Building a More Resilient, Data-Driven Economy

              Data captures our behavior as we go about our daily life, – the things we buy, the web sites we access, the people we interact with, the locations our cell phones leave behind as we move around the world. What if all these data belong to the individuals whose behavior it captures, not to the organizations that collect it? What measures do we now need to re-balance the vast amounts of data and economic power held by a small number of actors?

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Everywhere is War

        Bob Marley, Rest in Power, reduced to lyric, words of consequence and self determination that have accompanied our collective journey since it began. At times, its vanguard has been the spoken word. At others, the pen; and, yes, more often than not, the rock, the mask, the gun has led the way. There is no singular correct or acceptable megaphone of resistance for those historically who have said enough. Defiance is dictated not by the aim of those who struggle but by the reach and tactic of those they fight. At times, sweet words and chant have triumphed while at others, tears and smoke and blood.  But, rest assured, power concedes nothing without struggle. It never did and it never will.

      • New Yorkers Confront de Blasio Over Defense of NYPD Violence as Calls Mount for Mayor’s Resignation

        “The police could beat up de Blasio and he would say it didn’t happen.”

      • Whole squad resigns in apparent show of support after force suspends cops filmed shoving elderly man

        The mass resignations were in support of two ERT colleagues suspended from the police force without pay, sources told the local TV station WIVB. The viral video showed the officers shoving a 75-year-old local peace activist to the ground.

        The video, captured by local NPR affiliate WBFO, has been viewed more than 69 million times. The man was later identified by People United for Sustainable Housing Buffalo as Martin Gugino.

      • No Names, No Insignias: Democrats Call For Anonymous Policing Of Protests To End

        When Russian-speaking troops showed up in Ukraine six years ago, they were dubbed “little green men”: armed forces whose green fatigues bore neither insignia nor identification.

        A similar genre of unidentified, armed personnel clad in insignia-free uniforms has appeared policing street protests in Washington, D.C., in recent days, and Democratic lawmakers are demanding answers about just who these anonymous enforcers are.

      • Israel and Iran Just Showed Us the Future of Cyberwar With Their Unusual Attacks

        The unusually public cyberskirmish between the Middle East’s arch-adversaries brings a shadow war fought largely in secret into a new, more open phase. Just as unusually, both parties focused on critical civilian targets but caused relatively low damage. A closer look at this new type of Israeli-Iranian exchange suggests that cyberwarfare is maturing into a new phase, where new rules of engagement and deterrence are in the process of being established.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

        Twitter and Facebook busted some of the instigators behind the unsubstantiated social media chatter. Twitter determined Monday that a tweet promising antifa would “move into residential areas” and “white” neighborhoods was sent by the white supremacy group Identity Evropa. The tweet was shared hundreds of times and cited in online news articles before Twitter removed it Monday, a company spokesperson said.

        Yet the tweet continued to circulate Tuesday on Facebook and Instagram.

      • Amid George Floyd protests, is it time for cop TV shows to be canceled for good?

        I’m not so naïve as to think that cop shows are in any danger of disappearing, even in light of current events. They are too ingrained into the current profit machine in Hollywood. Eliminating NBC’s popular first responder trifecta of “Chicago” series, also produced by Wolf, would wipe out a whole night of its schedule.”NCIS,” “FBI” and “Blue Bloods” are CBS’s highest-rated dramas. Cancel Amazon’s “Bosch” and lose one of the streamer’s biggest draws. Clearly, however damaging these series are, their popularity remains, so far, intact.

        But we shouldn’t act as if they’re harmless entertainment, or “just TV.” If TV didn’t have the power to influence and change the minds of viewers, there would be no point in selling commercials that fund your favorite shows.

      • How to hide faces and scrub metadata when you photograph a protest

        What follows are some strategies for removing facial features from your photos. Of course, you can open up your images on a desktop or laptop using Photoshop or Preview to blur or scrub, but we’re going to assume you aren’t carrying around a laptop with you. So with mobile in mind, you still have some solid options.

      • ‘Antifa bus’ hoaxes are spreading panic through small-town America

        NBC News first reported on the recent surge of antifa-related misinformation, some of which was promoted by white nationalist groups posing as antifa accounts. But even after the rumors were debunked, they continue to spread on Facebook, often inspiring real-life confrontations and instances of violence.

      • We Cannot Postpone Climate Talks Until 2021

        On the heels of a pandemic that is hitting communities of color the hardest, and while protests for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd rock the nation and world, it is vital for meaningful climate dialogues to continue.

    • Finance

      • Employment Jumps 2.5 Million in May, as Unemployment Falls to 13.3 Percent

        The May jobs numbers were considerably better than most analysts had expected with the economy reportedly adding 2,509,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate fell by 1.4 percentage points to 13.3 percent. This improved labor market picture should not have been surprising since many businesses across the country had reopened by the survey week in mid-April. The high number of unemployment insurance claims, continuing through May, likely gave a wrong picture, as delays in processing caused claims to appear much later than they had been filed.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links

        The public deserves answers about the UK’s new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including the MI5 and the Times newspaper, his former role in the Julian Assange case and his membership in the intelligence-linked Trilateral Commission.

      • There, I Fixed It for You…
      • HBO’s Foray into Fake News Amounts to Little More Than Corporate News Propaganda “After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News” – Censored Notebook

        HBO’s After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News benefits from strong storytelling but falls short of addressing the central problems associated with fake news. Director Andrew Rossi’s journey through the politicized world of fake news provides an illuminating and engaging introduction to the topic. The film effectively utilizes intimate storytelling about specific fake news producers and victims, most notably those involved in the Pizzagate shooting, to engender viewers’ consideration of real-world impacts of fake news. Pizzagate refers to the 2016 shooting of the Comet Ping Pong Pizza restaurant in Washington D.C. The shooter, relying on internet fake news, came to believe that a child abuse ring run by the Democratic Party was located in the dining establishment. The documentary follows the restaurant employees and patrons as they grapple with the horror unleashed by the shooting.

      • Shouldn’t Congressional Approval Be Required to Deploy Troops at Home Too?

        When President Trump signaled Monday that he was prepared to send military forces to US cities in order to end unrest that has swelled since the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd—and then had his attorney general order federal police to remove peaceful protesters from a park adjacent to the White House—Representative John Yarmouth warned, “The President just declared war on millions of Americans and the 1st Amendment. He is the greatest threat to the American way of life in our history.”

      • Trump Threatens Protests with Troops, But Police Have Already Been Militarized — With Deadly Results

        The American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter announced Thursday they are suing President Trump and Attorney General William Barr for authorizing an “unprovoked and frankly criminal attack” on protesters at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., where the National Guard and officers dressed in riot gear fired tear gas, rubber bullets and flashbangs to disperse peaceful protesters on Monday so Trump could have a photo op with a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. We look at the increasing militarization of the police with Stuart Schrader, author of “Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.”

      • Watch: Police Pepper-Spray Black Filmmaker in Face at Peaceful Protest & Medics Help Him Survive

        As the nationwide uprising in defense of Black lives continues, demonstrators are recording videos of police brutality on the streets. We speak with Chris Frierson, an African American documentary filmmaker and cameraman who was filming a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, when police moved in on demonstrators. As Frierson filmed, police pepper-sprayed him directly in the face. Chris kept on filming as he struggled to the sidewalk crying in agony from the pain. Within seconds, someone took his arm and guided him to volunteer medics who came to his aid. We air his footage and speak about the incident.

      • An Apology

        I owe an apology to all those who are kind enough to subscribe to my blog. I was determined that I would not let my impending trial affect my output, but have been unable to see that through. It is partly because preparation does take up much more time than I had imagined. But it is mostly because I find it hard to put my mind to anything else and really concentrate.

      • Alicia Bell on Police Attacks on Journalists, Elliot Mincberg on Trump’s Judges

        This week on CounterSpin: Police attacks on journalists covering historic, nationwide anti-police brutality protests are shocking and appalling. Will they lead reporters to back off, covering racial injustice from a safe distance? Or will they encourage them to work more deeply and consistently to amplify precisely those voices that the “forces of order,” as CNN called them, so vehemently want to silence? A lot depends on which course they take, both for racial justice and for journalism. We talk with Alicia Bell, organizing manager with the group Free Press.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • FBI launches open attack on ‘foreign’ alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy

        Under FBI orders, Facebook and Google removed American Herald Tribune, an alternative site that publishes US and European writers critical of US foreign policy. The bureau’s justification for the removal was dubious, and it sets a troubling precedent for other critical outlets.

      • Twitter Taking Down Trump Campaign Video Over Questionable Copyright Claim Demonstrates Why Trump Should Support Section 230

        Here’s an interesting tidbit: the latest move by Twitter to deal with a tweet related to President Trump is that it pulled down a Trump campaign video that was presented as a “tribute” to George Floyd, the Minneapolis man murdered by police last week, and whose senseless death has brought so many thousands to the streets across the US. The video remains on YouTube for the moment. It includes a lot of still photos and a few short video clips. It appears that the copyright holder on one (or perhaps more) of those images and clips likely didn’t like it to be included for use by a President for a propaganda video they disagreed with, and filed the DMCA claim.

      • UQ to reconsider China activist’s suspension

        The proceedings against Mr Pavlou have been characterised in media reports as an effort to silence a high-profile critic of the Communist Party of China in order to safeguard the university’s relationship with the country.

        Fees from Chinese students accounted for some 20 per cent of UQ’s revenue in 2018 and that figure is likely to have risen since. In 2019, the number of fee-paying international students at UQ rose by about 2,000. They constituted 38 per cent of the student body, up from 25 per cent in 2014. Last year their contribution to institutional revenue rose from 28 per cent to 32 per cent.

        The university says this dependence has been foisted on it by government policy. “The Australian government is substantially reducing university revenues for teaching and non-medical research at a faster rate than alternative domestic sources of funding can be developed, thereby increasing reliance on international funding,” its annual report says.

        Perceptions that the university was pursuing Mr Pavlou over his activism have also been fanned by the secrecy of the proceedings, the university’s engagement of two top law firms and the fact that a two-year suspension – extremely severe for disciplinary cases not involving serious academic misconduct or criminal behaviour – would make him ineligible to sit on the senate for the remainder of his term.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Jailed journalist Ilya Azar set to be released June 7

        The Moscow City Court has reduced the sentence handed down to jailed journalist and municipal deputy Ilya Azar to 10 days administrative arrest.

      • Saudi Journalists Still in Jail Over Call for Women’s Rights

        June 6 marks two years since Nouf Abdulaziz was imprisoned for reporting on women’s rights — an arrest that press freedom advocates say is indicative of how the Saudi government treats the press.

        Abdulaziz, a blogger and columnist who contributed to newspapers including Al-Sharq, is one of at least four female journalists jailed in 2018 over their reporting and advocating for increased freedoms for women and constitutional reform in Saudi Arabia, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

        She is currently on trial for “communicating with foreign entities; recruiting state employees to gather confidential information; providing financial support to hostile entities abroad.”

      • After Tom Cotton’s “Send in the troops” op-ed, NYT staff stages a rebellion

        The statement explained: “Though we understand the Op-Ed desk’s responsibility to publish a diverse array of opinions, we find the publication of this essay to be an irresponsible choice. Its lack of context, inadequate vetting by editorial management, spread of misinformation, and the timing of its call to arms gravely undermine the work we do every day. This rhetoric could inspire further use of force at protests — protests many of us and our colleagues are covering in person.”

        On Thursday evening, the Times capitulated — up to a point. Eileen Murphy, a Times spokeswoman, said in a statement that “a rushed editorial process led to the publication of an Op-Ed that did not meet our standards.” The statement said the Times would expand its fact-checking operation and publish fewer pieces.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Amazon Says Black Lives Matter, But It’s Helping Fund Police Foundations

        Right now, Amazon has a prominent banner on its homepage that reads: “Black lives matter: Amazon stands in solidarity with the Black community.” The company has also tweeted about its “solidarity with the Black community” in “the fight against systemic racism and injustice.”

      • Move to Defund Police Gains Support Nationwide

        As law enforcement officers across the country continue to brutalize peaceful demonstrators in the nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, support for defunding the police is rising as Americans become increasingly fed up with the institution’s racism and violence.

      • Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

        As protests against racist police violence rock the country, fascism ascends in the Trump White House and the COVID-19 pandemic persists, this country is at a pivotal moment. I spoke about this flash point in history with Noam Chomsky, known as the father of modern linguistics, who is one of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals and the author of over 100 books, including Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Optimism Over Despair, Hopes and Prospects, Masters of Mankind and Who Rules the World?

      • Showdown on 16th Street

        The zone of incomprehension was about a foot wide. That was the distance separating a boisterous but peaceful crowd of several hundred protesters and a silent line of several dozen uniformed Airborne Rangers in downtown Washington DC on Wednesday night. A young black woman in long braids patrolled the zone with a bullhorn, alternately telling the protesters to stand back and addressing the soldiers herself. “We are trying to humanize you,” she said. “You can humanize us.”

      • Say Their Names!
      • Pandemic and Digital Divide Threaten Accurate Census Count of Native Populations

        Every 10 years, the U.S. government undertakes the largest peace-time mobilization effort to count the nation: the U.S. census. Census data is used in a variety of ways. It determines everything from how many congressional representatives communities have, the apportioning of federal funds for community needs, the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the health of the U.S. economy.

      • Trump’s War on Democracy

        Donald Trump has been at war for the past three and a half years as president of the United States. But he is waging his war against U.S. institutions and norms. He began his verbal assaults on American governance  in his inauguration speech (“American Carnage”) in January 2017, and ever since he has assaulted the Department of Justice and the justice system itself; the intelligence community; the departments and agencies of government that deal with science and reason; and the international world order that Democratic and Republican administrations have supported since the Second World War.

      • Trump’s Antifa Conspiracy Theory Attempts to Erase Powerful Black-Led Organizing

        The George Floyd protests have swept the country in a spontaneous explosion of rage. Their scope and intensity have equaled the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, which inspired nationwide actions.

      • We’re in This Together
      • Jakarta: Force and Fraud at Home and Abroad. What’s Next?

        I’m guessing that “Jakarta Is Coming” or “Plan Jakarta” won’t elicit immediate recognition from most of you and until very recently that was also true for me. But before defining it, here’s a bit of necessary background:

      • I’m Outraged by Trump’s Church Photo-Op

        n the book of Jeremiah, the Hebrew prophet shares instructions from God about entering a place of worship.

      • Racism is a Public Health Crisis

        We’re facing a state of emergency. Not only has the death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic risen above 105,000 in the United States alone, but it seems to be disproportionately lethal for Black Americans. While COVID-19 is still a growing pandemic, it’s unmasking itself as a racial injustice as well.

      • Poll: 74 Percent Agree George Floyd’s Death Reflects Systemic Racism in Policing

        A new poll demonstrates that a majority of Americans view the killing of George Floyd last week as indicative of systemic racism in policing toward Black Americans.

      • Bill Barr Thinks He’s in Command and Can Wage War in Our Cities

        Since becoming Donald Trump’s attorney general, Bill Barr has given several speeches to police organizations. This is not unusual for someone in his position, but Barr’s comments have often been controversial. Last December he made the outrageous comment that “communities” have to “start showing more than they do the respect and support that law enforcement deserves and if communities don’t give that respect, they might find themselves without the protection they need.” It was bad enough that it hit the evening news:

      • Direct Action and the Rejection of Monumental History

        As people have gathered across the country to oppose police violence, including the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, they have targeted statues, monuments, and buildings commemorating white supremacy. In Philadelphia, protestors defaced a statue of Frank Rizzo, the city’s segregationist mayor and police commissioner. In Birmingham, they toppled a likeness of Confederate veteran and Alabama banker Charles Linn and set fire to another of slaveowning president Thomas Jefferson.

      • #NoRightsMatter: US Postal Service, Law Enforcement Team Up To Seize ‘Black Lives Matter’ Facemasks

        In this time of coronavirus and social unrest, you’d think the government — at all levels — would engage in a little more care not to make either problem worse. Of course they haven’t. Cops are arresting journalists and tear-gassing peaceful protesters as the President himself calls for domestic military action targeting US citizens. Dystopian fiction writers have been put on notice: the usual shit just isn’t going to sell anymore. The ideas you thought wouldn’t sustain suspension of disbelief are swiftly becoming reality.

      • Law Enforcement Seizes Thousands of Masks Sent to Protect Protesters From COVID

        In an effort to help protect protesters from Covid-19 and prevent the spread of the virus, an advocacy organization sent thousands of cloth masks that read “Defund Police” and “Stop Killing Black People” to major cities across the U.S. as demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd continue to grow nationwide.

      • On Protesting During a Pandemic

        The George Floyd video destroyed me. I couldn’t even finish it. The long, slow extinction of his life. The face of Officer Derek Chauvin showing utter indifference to Floyd’s condition, hands in pockets as he murdered him, as if this were a casual killing. It brought back images of lynchings attended as sport. It triggered the hell out of me.

      • Jayapal Condemns ‘Autocratic Frenzy’ of Police After Video Shows Cops Shoving Elderly Man to the Ground, Knocking Him Unconscious

        “Absolutely horrific.”

      • Buffalo Officers Suspended After Shoving 75-Year-Old Demonstrator to the Ground

        Two police officers in Buffalo, New York, who shoved a 75-year-old man to the ground during a demonstration in response to the killing of George Floyd have been suspended following the release of video of the attack, which has been viewed tens of millions of times on social media.

      • “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks”: At Memorial for George Floyd, Mourners Condemn 400 Years of Racism

        In Minneapolis, members of George Floyd’s family, loved ones and supporters gathered for a tribute to his life. During the memorial service, people stood in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck as he pleaded for his life. We hear the voices of Floyd’s brother Philonise and Reverend Al Sharpton, who urged those gathered “to stand up in George’s name and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks!’”

      • Our System Is Corroded: Carol Anderson on Rampant Police Violence and Assault on Voting Rights

        On Thursday, disturbing new details were revealed in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was chased, ambushed and shot dead by a group of white men in Georgia in what many have called a modern-day lynching. In a nearly seven-hour hearing, a state judge concluded all three men — Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan — would stand trial for Arbery’s murder, after special agent Richard Dial of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testified Travis McMichael said “f—ing n—” after shooting and killing Arbery. We speak with professor Carol Anderson, author of “White Rage,” about Arbery’s slaying, the nationwide protests, anti-lynching legislation being debated in the Senate and the upcoming election.

      • Tom Cotton Is Preparing to Be Trump 2.0

        Unlike some on the left, I never feared that Trump would be the American Mussolini. As a self-absorbed reality-show star with minimal understanding of how government works, Trump lacks sufficient organizational ability. Nor does he have the work habits you need to run an authoritarian government. My fear, going back to Trump’s candidacy in 2016, was that he would be the Yankee Gabriele D’Annunzio, a prefiguration of things to come, an inchoate and incoherent forerunner of the true American Duce who would one day destroy the republic.

      • The Missing Element for Police Accountability: Political Will

        In the midst of a historic, nationwide uprising following the police lynching of George Floyd, and after a weekend of outsize police aggression against protests across the country, the NYPD suddenly found itself on its knees. On Sunday, Deputy Inspector Vincent Tavalaro and several other officers were pictured taking a knee with protesters in Queens. Elected officials across the city and state followed suit with streams of public statements and social media salvos condemning the brutality.

      • Aboriginal Boy Gassed And Tortured, Then Defamed, Has Court Win Overturned On Appeal

        A young Aboriginal man at the centre of a youth detention scandal in the Northern Territory, in which he was gassed and tortured by guards, has had a major court victory overturned on appeal. Hannah Marshall from Marque Lawyers explains.

      • ACLU Sues Trump Over ‘Shameless, Unconstitutional, Unprovoked, and Frankly Criminal’ Assault on Peaceful Protesters

        “The First Amendment right to protest is under attack, and we will not let this go unanswered.”

      • America Has Always Been Burning with Racism: Who is the Enemy?

        Where to Start from?

      • Roaming Charges: Mad Bull, Lost Its Way

        + Trump the Brigand ranting about “law & order” in the Rose Garden, as tear gas deployed against nonviolent protesters swirls across the capital of a country that is mourning 105,000 dead and yet is still locking up kids in cages, pretty much capsulizes where the Republic stands at this fraught moment.

      • Moscow Prosecutor’s Office launches investigation into labor law violations as ‘Delivery Club’ couriers threaten to strike

        The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into compliance with labor laws following mass complaints from couriers working for the Russian online food-delivery platform “Delivery Club” (part of the Mail.Ru Group). The company’s workers are complaining about deteriorating working conditions, as well as facing an increasing number of monetary penalties. Meanwhile, Delivery Club claims that the situation has been resolved.

      • Killing Workers (and Customers) – With No Liability

        Republicans want to help businesses kill workers. They want to force employees to return to Covid-19 hotspots, like slaughterhouses, by depriving them of unemployment checks if they don’t clock in. In addition, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell wants to give these businesses and others, like nursing homes, legal immunity for deliberately exposing workers to a deadly plague. On May 26, he announced such legislation. Make no mistake: McConnell’s liability protection is a license to kill. He’s gone from being the gravedigger of democracy to just being a gravedigger.

      • If you see the cops, start recording

        Everyone in the United States — citizen or resident — has a constitutional right to record police who are performing their public duties. The police don’t have the right to stop you as long as you’re not disrupting their business, and they aren’t allowed to confiscate your phone or camera just because you were recording them. This is the consistent opinion of federal courts and the Supreme Court, which affirmed in 2014 (in a 9-0 decision) that cops need a warrant if they want to seize and search your cellphone.

        Of course, the nationwide protests are about the police ignoring civil rights. Indeed, the videos we’ve seen in the past week show widespread police lawlessness, with officers arbitrarily violating the rights of peaceful demonstrators in lawful assemblies. So there’s no guarantee that the police will respect your right to record. This canyon — between the law as it is written and the law as it is realized — is one of the reasons Americans are protesting in all 50 states.

        If you are worried about retaliation for posting your video, ask a friend who can do it safely, or contact a journalist who may be able to distribute it while protecting your identity.

        Additionally, take precautions: [...]

      • US billionaires have become $565 billion richer during the pandemic

        US billionaires have become $565 billion richer since March 18, according to a report published Thursday by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank.

        Total wealth for billionaires now stands at $3.5 trillion, up 19% from the low point near the beginning of the pandemic, the report said. Amazon (AMZN) boss Jeff Bezos alone is worth $36.2 billion more than he was on March 18.

      • Many mayors say police officers won’t be immediately fired for attacking Americans during George Floyd protests

        But while those officers have the power to immediately respond and arrest their attackers, protesters who have filmed their violent encounters with police are learning that holding officers accountable when they cross the line is a far different story. City leaders defended officers in Philadelphia who unloaded tear gas on protesters who were pinned up against a highway embankment. There’s been no punishment for the New York Police Department officers who rammed their SUV into a crowd of protesters, the officer who tore the mask off a protester to pepper spray him, or another officer who shoved a female protester to the ground. The result, according to protesters and city leaders, is a troubling moment where police officers are acting with impunity on the streets of America.

      • Police Should Never Use Rubber Bullets Against Civilians, Experts Say

        “I think what happens is that police departments are quick to use these weapons because they feel like they’re safe,” Castner said. “But they’re not safe, and officers need to practice more restraint.”

        Rubber bullets launch at velocities similar to live ammunition, but their design causes a rapid slowdown during flight. Still, they can slam into targets with as much force as a baseball traveling at 90mph, and as they are less accurate than conventional rounds, rubber bullets pose enormous risks to innocent bystanders. The knock-on effects of unrest can increase the odds of death since fears of arrest or retaliation may prompt victims to delay seeking medical treatment, experts say.

        “I’ve never seen a case where the use of rubber bullets de-escalated a conflict or made for a safer environment,” said Dr. Rohini Haar, a medical expert and senior advisor to the group Physicians for Human Rights who co-authored a report about less-lethal munitions in 2018. “In most cases, it actually escalates violence.”

      • ‘Senseless’ and ‘wrong’: North Carolina mayor condemns police destruction of medics’ tent

        The Asheville Police Department’s aggressive dismantling of a volunteer medical station 15 minutes after curfew has set off calls for accountability across the city and beyond.

        Video by the Citizen Times of the Tuesday incident shows Asheville police officers in riot gear and holding shields, forming a protective circle around officers stomping and stabbing water bottles. Other officers destroyed medical supplies such as bandages and saline solution.

        For some, officers’ actions are emblematic of the very brutality protesters were railing against during protests of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

      • FGM declining in Finland, school health survey suggests

        “It seems that [people] are moving away from the tradition, but it has not entirely been given up,” she added.

      • The Police Are Rioting. We Need to Talk About It.

        None of this quells disorder. Everything, from the militaristic posture to the attacks themselves, does more to inflame and agitate protesters than it does to calm the situation and bring order to the streets. In effect, rioting police have done as much to stoke unrest and destabilize the situation as those responsible for damaged buildings and burning cars. But where rioting protesters can be held to account for destruction and violence, rioting police have the imprimatur of the state.

        What we’ve seen from rioting police, in other words, is an assertion of power and impunity. In the face of mass anger over police brutality, they’ve effectively said So what? In the face of demands for change and reform — in short, in the face of accountability to the public they’re supposed to serve — they’ve bucked their more conciliatory colleagues with a firm No. In which case, if we want to understand the behavior of the past two weeks, we can’t just treat it as an explosion of wanton violence, we have to treat it as an attack on civil society and democratic accountability, one rooted in a dispute over who has the right to hold the police to account.

    • Monopolies

      • Management Board and Budget Committee meet virtually

        EUIPO’s Management Board and Budget Committee are composed of representatives of the Member States of the EU, the European Commission and the European Parliament, with the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), and user associations acting as observers during the non-confidential parts of the meetings.

        During the two-day meeting period, Management Board members agreed to propose to the Council a list of candidates for the post of President of the Boards of Appeal of the Office. The Management Board also decided to extend the term of office of three members of the Boards of Appeal.

      • Patents

        • Resolution of the SPTO Director establishing the PCT Direct service in the framework of SPTO international procedures

          In order to significantly improve the chances of obtaining a positive written opinion in the international phase, the European Patent Office (EPO), as an International Searching Authority, implemented the PCT Direct service in 2014. This service, which was implemented with the aim of improving the efficiency and quality of the procedure before the EPO, allows applicants to file informal observations on the objections raised in the written opinion on the earlier application whose priority is claimed.

          The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO), as an International Searching Authority, applies Chapter 21 of the PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines, which, although not binding, are designed to assist International Searching Authorities and International Preliminary Examining Authorities (ISA/IPEA) during the practice of such procedures, establishing a minimum set of criteria that each administration should use as a model for establishing its own quality management mechanism, in order, inter alia, to establish procedures for the timely issuance of high quality search and review reports.

          As a result of the above, the SPTO has approved the Service Charter 2018-2021 on the activities of the SPTO as an ISA/IPEA and the inclusion of these services in the ISO 9001/2015 certification as well as the creation of the PCT Direct Service, by means of the present resolution, in order to deepen the quality of the services provided by the SPTO as an ISA/IPEA, going beyond the parameters imposed in Chapter 21.

        • Breeders split: EPO plant edict clarifies, stifles, misses mark

          Seed makers including Corteva are glad to have legal certainty after the Pepper ruling, but Bayer says it stems R&D and others have wider complaints

        • The matter with added matter in patent specifications – Allowability of amendments under post ‘Raising the Bar’ test

          At issue is a patent application filed by BASF Plant Sciences GmbH (BASF) entitled “Process for the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic organisms”, which relates to genes from a species of unicellular algae that code for enzymes which can be employed for the recombinant production of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in plants. Specifically, the invention relates to a pathway for the synthesis of long-chain PUFAs, that involves a sequence of enzymatic reactions to convert shorter-chain PUFAs into commercially desirable long-chain PUFAs. The claims relate to isolating the genes for those enzymes in a species of unicellular algae, Ostreococcus lucimarinus, and introducing those genes into suitable oil-producing crops. Performing the invention enables the production of the valuable fatty acids in transgenic commercial crops.

          CSIRO opposed BASF’s accepted application, and during the opposition proceedings BASF applied to amend its patent and introduce new dependent claims. The Australian Patent Office initially refused the proposed amendments on the basis that, as a result of the proposed amendments, the specification would not comply with the requirements of s 40(3). However, a second set of proposed amendments was submitted, which a Delegate of the Commissioner of Patents subsequently allowed. CSIRO then lodged an appeal to the Federal Court against that decision under s 104(7) of the Patents Act 1990.

        • Bound2B Files Patent Infringement Case Against the Ardagh Group, Xolution and Weider in Germany

          Bound2B B.V., the creator and owner of several resealable beverage can patents and technologies, today announced that it has filed legal proceedings against Xolution GmbH (“Xolution”), Weider Germany GmbH (“Weider”) and Ardagh Metal Beverage Trading Germany GmbH, a company of the Ardagh Group (“Ardagh”), formerly known as Ball Trading Germany GmbH. The patent infringement case relates to the unauthorized use of Bound2B’s European Patent, EP 1 708 930 B2 (“EP’ 930″), in Germany. The complaint was filed before the District Court of Düsseldorf, the most frequently used court in relation to European patent litigation.

        • COVID crisis leaves patent portfolios untouched, for now

          Counsel from the aerospace, automotive and other industries explain the impact of the pandemic on their IP budgets and portfolio management

        • Dallas Invents: 141 Patents Granted for Week of May 19
        • EQE 2020 Of March 16-19 Is Cancelled Due To New Coronavirus Outbreak

          European Qualifying Examination (EQE) is normally held once a year with the attendance of nearly three thousand candidates from various member states of the European Patent Organization.

          Upon the announcements of the EPO dated 1 March and 4 March 2020 regarding the adopted precautionary measures against Covid-19, the candidates have received a notification from the EPO on 05.03.2020 about the cancellation of the EQE. Accordingly, it has been reported that the examination scheduled for 16-19 March 2020 was canceled; that the Board was assessing the feasibility of organizing the examination at a later stage during the current year and that the decision of the assessment would be shared with the students as soon as possible.

          As it is known, EPO conducts the examination with a very high number of participants and supervisors in different cities of Europe such as Berne, Helsinki, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Taastrup, The Hague and Walsall. EPO is thought to have to make this decision as the increase in Covid-19 cases in these cities and other countries of the world will create a significant health risk in the test centers where there will be hundreds of people.

        • Intellectual Property related measures following the COVID-19 crisis

          In a notice from the EPO dated 1 May 2020 concerning the disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the EPO confirms that all EPO time limits expiring on or after 15 March 2020 are extended until 2 June 2020 (previously until 4 May 2020). As regards time limits expiring before 15 March 2020, the EPO has facilitated the use of legal remedies for users located in areas directly affected by disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The extensions and remedies apply to parties and representatives in proceedings under the EPC and the PCT. If the disruption continues after 2 June 2020, the EPO may publish another notice informing users about further extensions and remedies in respect of time limits.

          The extension of time limits also applies to periods for paying fees, including renewal fees.

          The EPO also decided to postpone all oral proceedings in opposition proceedings scheduled until 2 June 2020 (previously until 30 April 2020) until further notice unless they have already been confirmed to take place by means of videoconferencing. Without prejudice to the evolving situation….

        • Annovis Bio Issued European Patent for Method of Treating Alzheimer’s Disease with ANVS401

          Annovis Bio Inc. (NYSE American: ANVS), a clinical-stage drug platform company addressing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative diseases, today announced the European Patent Office (EPO) granted the Company’s patent for a method of treating Alzheimer’s disease in humans by administering its lead compound, ANVS401.

        • Today’s Robotics Innovation Landscape and the Role of IP in The Field of Robotics

          Unlike trade secrets, obtaining a patent involves a formal application and review process (referred to as “patent prosecution”) prior to being granted a patent. In the United States, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) receives, examines, typically rejects and eventually allows a patent application before issuing an enforceable patent. Patents are only enforceable in the jurisdiction in which they are granted, so obtaining protection in other countries requires filing corresponding patent applications in those jurisdictions. Few applicants seek truly global coverage, instead targeting economically significant jurisdictions.

          Prosecution of patent applications for inventions involving mechanical or electrical components typically focuses on defining the novelty of the invention over prior art (preexisting technology) in the field. For software-related inventions, however, patent prosecution will often include further consideration of subject matter eligibility. In the U.S., the subject matter eligibility hurdle for software inventions has been a particular concern since the 2014 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Alice v. CLS Bank. Subject matter eligibility analysis at the USPTO typically focuses on whether the invention is directed to an “abstract idea,” while the European Patent Office (EPO) focuses on identifying a “further technical effect” beyond the software per se. Unlike some other areas of AI and software innovation, robotics inventions typically include readily identifiable aspects supporting patent eligibility. In fact, the 2014 Interim Patent Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility published by the USPTO shortly after the Alice decision gave an example of “a robotic arm assembly” with a control system as being appropriate for a streamlined analysis of patent eligibility. In most cases, software inventions relating to robotics can clear the patent eligibility hurdle by reciting controlling an action in the physical world.

          [...]

          As artificial intelligence (AI) systems become more and more sophisticated, questions have recently arisen as to whether it is possible for an AI system to be an inventor. Whether or not AI systems are capable of inventing in a philosophical sense, in the patent world the answer to that question seems to be “no” – at least at this point.

          According to a recent petition decision from the USPTO, under current U.S. law only “natural persons” may be named as an inventor in a patent application. In the case upon which the petition decision was based, Dr. Stephen Thaler applied for a patent on an invention of “Devices and Methods for Attracting Enhanced Attention” allegedly invented by his AI system “DABUS” (Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience). Although Thaler invented DABUS, he did not invent the specific invention claimed in the current patent application.

        • EPO does not follow the US and JEM on Patentability of Plants

          The Enlarged Board of Appeal has recently handed down its highly anticipated decision regarding the patentability of plants and plant varieties, in which the product is exclusively obtained by an essentially biological process (plant breeding).

          The Board held that plants and animals that are the result of traditional breeding or any other essentially biological process are NOT patentable.

          [...].

          After much controversy, and conceding to great pressure, the EU in 2017, set out a new Biopatent Directive to explicitly rule out the patenting of matter produced by an essentially biological process. The EPO reacted through the implementation of Rule 28(2), which states that European patents shall not be granted in respect of plants or animals exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process.

          In yet another twist, in late 2018, a Technical Board of Appeal declared the EPO’s practice under Rule 28(2), invalid for plant and animal patents. It was found to have no impact in the 2015 decision in “Broccoli I” and “Tomato I”, as the guidelines had not yet been applied.

      • Copyrights

        • Twitter Pulls Down Trump Campaign Video About George Floyd’s Death Over Copyright-Infringement Claim

          Separately, the Trump campaign on Thursday deleted a YouTube video featuring the two NASA astronauts who piloted last week’s SpaceX test flight, evidently because it violated the space agency’s advertising rules. The “Make Space Great Again” video showed the astronauts’ families, drawing a complaint from retired astronaut Karen Nyberg (wife of Doug Hurley, one of the SpaceX mission members) who said she and her son were pictured “in political propaganda without my knowledge or consent.” The Trump 2020 ad also prompted a Change.org petition denouncing the exploitation of the spaceflight for “political showmanship.”

        • Twitter removes Trump campaign tribute to George Floyd claiming copyright complaint

          A Twitter spokesperson told The Hill they received a complaint from a copyright owner of at least one of the images in the video, although it’s unclear which one. Harvard University’s Lumen Database, a third-party research group Twitter uses to study cease and desist letters, reviewed the complaint and found it to be valid under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

          The DMCA is one of the few sections of the law that social media platforms can be held liable for if they do not remove infringing content. The U.S. Copyright Office has said in a report that it recommends a policy for social media platforms that “provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of subscribers and account holders of the service provider’s system or network who are repeat infringers.”

        • A Statement of Solidarity and Work to Be Done

          Our community continually challenges us to be more critical of the social, political, legal, and economic systems in which we work. At last year’s CC Global Summit, open community members Adele Vrana and Siko Bouterse encouraged us to ask, “Whose Knowledge?” This simple yet important question challenged us to face the persistent injustices and inequalities that have infected the internet since its creation, leading to some voices being raised and others being silenced. Of course, this digital world is a reflection—and sometimes a magnification—of our physical world, and the issues and barriers people regularly encounter online often mirror their realities offline. 

        • No, California Law Review, Food Plating Does Not Deserve Copyright Protection

          Of all the mediums where intellectual property makes the least amount of sense, actual food and drink must certainly be among the most absurd. Not the trade dress of food packaging, mind you. I’m talking about the actual food and drink products themselves, be they craft beer or a plate of food. And, yet, you see this sort of thing crop up from time to time. A pizzeria somehow thinks it can trademark the taste of its pizza. Or, more apropos for today’s post, a German court that says taking pictures of plated food could violate the copyright of the chef.

GNU is Open Source

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 5:17 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Article by figosdev

Borgwashing

Summary: “The GNU Project is no longer ethical. RMS may care, but he’s outnumbered enough by liars and traitors.”

This article will argue that GNU is Open Source, not “Free Software”, though that is only the conclusion. The point is that they should fight to be Free Software again.

Since this is sort of a purity argument, and purity is extremely, ridiculously rare in the real world, I’m going to start by defining the scope of that purity. It will be argued that using free software to develop free software is vital — but it will sidestep the issue of whether you’re using free software on a machine with non-free firmware.

“If enough people representing Free Software are vigilant, then everyone else does not need to be constantly vigilant, they can simply wait for an update from the sentries.”The truth about software freedom is that like other forms of freedom, the price is “eternal vigilance”. If enough people representing Free Software are vigilant, then everyone else does not need to be constantly vigilant, they can simply wait for an update from the sentries. If the sentries fail, then it is up to everyone else to establish a new watch — otherwise, freedom dies.

With eternal vigilance comes awareness of new threats. Techrights has documented many threats to free software, both before they were demonstrated (in prediction of events) and after — these predictions are not magical or mystical, and they are determined based on the fact that when GIAFAM attacks a project, person or organisation, they do not abandon tactics that continue to work. If they succeed with a tactic today, we know they will likely attack again in a similar or identical way sometime in the future. It’s simply what they do.

“Most advocates (thankfully not all) are in denial both before and after the tragedy.”Occasionally old tactics are adapted to new circumstances, and this is a situation where most of the sentries fail. The FSF is so conservative about such threats, that most advocates deny that these problems are even problems. When we talked about the importance of free speech months prior to rms being ousted as leader, many advocates argued we were making something of nothing. When we talk about the problem of GitHub taking over GNU, there are plenty of arguments that such a thing isn’t even possible, because reasons. Most advocates (thankfully not all) are in denial both before and after the tragedy.

One thing that is treated as impossible, is for GPL-licensed software to be made into proprietary software. That’s the goal of the GPL, of course — to prevent it from becoming non-free software. But like every tool that exists, it fails at a certain threshold of abuse. Nothing on Earth is unhackable, invincible or immortal.

The GPL works when defended, but not when treated as a magical talisman that repels all evil. Even magical talismans (within the context of whomever takes such things seriously — as a fiction or otherwise) have weaknesses and can fail. There is no substitute for eternal vigilance, other than rebuilding after the tragedy. Only people can truly stand for freedom — a license is merely a tool in their hands.

“The very existence of GPL3 addresses the partial (yet somehow impossible) failure of GPL2. “This isn’t to downplay the usefulness of the GPL — if it were not useful, there would be no point in attacking it. Through proxies, lobbyists and P.R. experts (and a bribed tech press, bribed universities, even bribed non-profits) Microsoft has attacked the GPL and attacked adoption of GPL3. The very existence of GPL3 addresses the partial (yet somehow impossible) failure of GPL2.

Licenses, like digital technology, have vulnerabilities and sometimes exploits. GPL3 is a patched version of GPL2, and although it is not perfect, it is better. It is enough of an improvement that those wishing to attack Free Software and the GPL needed to discourage its use. This argument in favour of GPL3 isn’t intended to stand on its own; this is a summary of what we know about the GPL.

The FSF and most advocates downplay threats that are later demonstrated to be serious problems. If it did not, rms would still head the FSF — and GNU would still be Free Software.

“Our goal is to create a world where all software is free.”Continuing to define the scope of freedom, I agree with rms that every step towards freedom helps. The onus of “purity” (and purity is really the most cynical way of putting it — “freedom-respecting” isn’t a euphemism, it is far more meaningful) is on developers. It isn’t (primarily) an ethical problem to use non-free software, it is an ethical problem (primarily) to create it and thus impose it on users. You’re free at least to do yourself harm — we aren’t taking that away if we advise you not to.

This also roughly means that people who write software have a greater responsibility to set a good example than people who don’t. We should encourage people to learn how to code, so that more people can help us pull all software into the free ecosystem. We should teach software freedom and how to code, we should teach these subjects together — others won’t. And if we don’t, who will?

And we know that even rms does not use only free software. Instead, he uses non-free software as a very minor exception. If he needs to look up something online, he generally won’t use non-free software. If all that’s around is a Windows machine and Google, he will not avoid touching it for fear that his finger (or the keyboard) will burn.

“When the FSF was founded, people didn’t store entire personal libraries of books, music, entire lists of offline friends and contacts, text messages and emails from medical professionals, spouses and their own children — on computers that were portable, easily confiscatable and powered and connected 24/7.”But although it is tongue-in-cheek, the concept of Sainthood in the Church of Emacs (a mostly fictional institution created by a strong atheist) is that you will “exorcise” all non-free software from the computers under your control. Computers not under your control? Those are exempt. If you care about freedom, yes, you will avoid them on average — as rms does. Our goal is to create a world where all software is free. Only in a world where all software is free, will all users ever be free.

In some instances, it is important (vital) to try to create fully-free software distributions. If we don’t do this, people will say it can’t be done. And even if they don’t say that, if we don’t do it then we aren’t living up to the promises we can live up to. We will have surrendered part of the fight for freedom.

Cynical people who think this is just about purity and even just about software don’t get (or ignore) the reasons Free Software exists. When the FSF was founded, people didn’t store entire personal libraries of books, music, entire lists of offline friends and contacts, text messages and emails from medical professionals, spouses and their own children — on computers that were portable, easily confiscatable and powered and connected 24/7. Computers were not the perfect tools for surveillance, censorship and blackmail that they’ve become today. But the potential was clearly there.

To say that this is just about software, or just about “purity” is crap. The big picture here is about people having control over their devices, and control over their lives. If they don’t have control over their devices, then their control over their lives is compromised in a demonstrably meaningful way. RMS foresaw this, and it was a logical prediction. Today we are getting slack with this.

Two things I disagree with the FSF on are the importance of a user-controlled init system and the importance of non-free firmware. I’m not saying non-free firmware isn’t important — of course it is. I would go even further than that (not just for the sake of argument either, but because the possibility of freedom threats moving from software to hardware are real, and become more real as hardware gets cheaper). Free firmware matters, and free hardware will someday become imperative. Of course it is a lot more complicated — especially in terms of production. But the hardware switches on Purism devices are a great example of how much hardware matters. (Free hardware would also be easier to create firmware and drivers for).

“Saying that init freedom advocates don’t care about non-free firmware is a smear.”I am kind of pissed about the misrepresentation of people talking about init freedom, which includes many free software advocates. It’s true that certain projects take steps backwards from even Debian. Debian does a pretty good job separating non-free firmware and modules from the rest, so it is trivial to avoid them — Just don’t install them! Don’t add the repo to your sources list! And the init-freedom community is not as good about this. That’s not a misrepresentation, it’s a fact. But it is misrepresentation to say that nobody arguing for init freedom cares about this. One of the leaders of this movement used to create one of the FSF-approved fully free distros. The Hyperbola community also maintains an FSF-approved distro. Saying that init freedom advocates don’t care about non-free firmware is a smear.

To say that no GNU developers care about your freedom would also be a smear, which is exactly why it’s important to go into specifics — and correct anything that is in error. A serious problem is going on, but this problem is not about the people doing the right thing — it’s about the people getting it wrong.

With regards to non-free firmware, I think free firmware matters (I really don’t want a bit of it on my own system, I’ve spent many years going far out of my way to avoid it, up until very recently) though I think maybe the FSF puts more weight on it in than is reasonable. I look at it this way — here’s a scenario that will never come from the FSF:

“A free BIOS is the most important thing for your computer. Even if you spend all your time on FACEBOOK and install WINDOWS, and don’t use GNU/Linux, at least your BIOS is free! That’s the first and most important step”.

We know this isn’t true. And maybe a few things will change. But from the history of free software, we know the user space was the first priority — compilers, editors, file management, data manipulation. This may not be because of any a priori justification — it’s possible they took priority just because they were the easiest thing to work on. Regardless, this is how free software was established. And it was/is possible for different aspects of freedom to be established simultaneously, if at different rates of success.

“As to the direction this is headed in, it is clearly headed away from Linux altogether. The Linux kernel is dropping support for things that it should keep as options, rhetoric about upgrading hardware (the battle cry of digital capitalism and planned obsolescence) has shifted a little bit away from Linux being the perfect kernel for eliminating e-waste and this is bound to get worse, and worst of all, DRM is coming.”Priorities are not always mutually exclusive; if you have more than one priority, both matter, just not always at the same level. I don’t want non-free firmware. I’m not comfortable with it, or happy with it. I want it gone, I’ve long used kernels that have it separate so I don’t have to worry about it. Non-free firmware is a threat.

But a monopoly-emulating, monopoly-reinforcing, operating-system-co-opting project to replace all free init systems and put a smaller group of developers in control is a much more significant threat to me as a user — and I strongly believe, to many users. No one should have to run non-free firmware, nobody should be stuck with a kernel that includes it, and this is why I’ve spent years hoping (and asking) the people responsible for liberating the Linux kernel if they could make a free version of the kernel for certain distros that give the user more control over user space.

They used to do this — and they have proven themselves capable and trustworthy with kernel modification.

As to the direction this is headed in, it is clearly headed away from Linux altogether. The Linux kernel is dropping support for things that it should keep as options, rhetoric about upgrading hardware (the battle cry of digital capitalism and planned obsolescence) has shifted a little bit away from Linux being the perfect kernel for eliminating e-waste and this is bound to get worse, and worst of all, DRM is coming. So anybody talking about how init freedom advocates don’t care about non-free firmware in Linux — hey, Linux is already dead. We will ultimately be using BSD, because NOBODY is going to fight against DRM in Linux.

DRM in the kernel is arguably worse than non-free firmware! (Unless there is DRM in the firmware, obviously). Even if there are exceptions to this, they are still exceptions.

So if we are talking about the user having control over their software, yes, firmware freedom is important and hardware freedom will become necessary (“I’ve got malware on my computer.” “Reinstall Trisquel”. “The BIOS keeps installing the malware.”) The user space is still a reasonable first priority for a liberated user. We can rewrite the BIOS, and if enough of us do then perhaps they’ll create BIOS-management firmware that we can’t rewrite (if you think that sounds nutty, take a time machine to the 1980s and explain everything you know about UEFI to them).

Otherwise, you can just have Libreboot and run Facebook on Windows, and AT LEAST the most important thing is free… (But seriously, that’s absurd). Do I want a free BIOS though? Yes! I even want free (as in freedom) hardware.

Linux-libre matters, though when we switch to BSD because Linux-libre isn’t really libre anymore (as the scope of the project will not undo all the bad things they will do to the Linux kernel) then Linux-libre will become something we used to need, to be more free. And I really don’t think this is too speculative, I’ve talked to the author of Linux-libre about it (he may or may not agree).

So with no plans to use Linux in the future, and an urgent need to have control over the “init”/EVERYTHING that systemd co-opts, I find it curious that the FSF is VERY apathetic about this threat that comes directly from THEIR BIGGEST SPONSOR. Even after half a decade of users (including broadly respected, FSF-approved distro developers) saying “Please help us, FSF! This is a huge threat to our freedom!”

Damn!

And thank you Hyperbola, for hearing us and remaining vigilant. Now, let’s talk about what the FSF historically considers non-free.

When the FSF was fairly new, and I had never heard of it, I was using DOS and really wanted to share my software (with the source code and permission to change and reuse it). Something of the pre-Microsoft, pre-FSF hobbyist philosophy must have found its way to me — rms was obviously not converted to the idea of Free Software by the FSF, even if we can (and ought to) credit him with founding the movement.

What I basically wanted was FreeDOS, although at the time I was really content (as I figured I could actually do it) with creating a command shell that worked exactly like the one DOS had. I was a kid, so it felt pretty ambitious.

FreeDOS became an actual thing, and my ambition to create a Free-as-in-freedom shell for DOS became moot. Eventually I learned Bash, and my need for a Free-as-in-freedom shell for DOS became doubly moot. But it’s still very cool that FreeDOS exists.

The funny thing (when you find out or simply guess where this article is going) is that the FSF considers FreeDOS to be non-free, or not fully free. Why? Because you can’t compile all of it with a free compiler. And nobody cares about this enough to create the necessary compiler, but some care about it enough to not use FreeDOS (I find that DOSBox is good enough, but many of us realise that it’s not the same thing).

Non-free software is necessary to have all 4 freedoms (Use, Study, Share, CHANGE) with FreeDOS, that requirement (of non-free software) is a contradiction, therefore FreeDOS is non-free. This is one of those “gotcha” moments in software freedom that I think we can agree — sucks.

But the fact that it sucks doesn’t make non-free software into freedom-respecting software. We don’t magically have the freedom to use, study, share, change the compiler needed to compile FreeDOS, simply because we really want to. And there is nothing going on (that I know of) towards that direction. FreeDOS may never be completely free. And they’re okay with that, because on this detail the freedom doesn’t matter to them.

It seems like a nitpick, doesn’t it? Hey — go demonstrate your freedom with the non-free compiler. Show us how to use, study, share and CHANGE it for any purpose, with the source code. You can’t — because that freedom does not exist.

“Now, GNU maintainers know that GitHub (what’d you really expect?) is non-free.”Does anybody have a problem with the Free Software Definition? That’s the definition of “free” we are using there.

Now, GNU maintainers know that GitHub (what’d you really expect?) is non-free. They tend to say it’s non-free. The FSF gives it an “F” rating in terms of freedom. (The ‘F’ does not stand for “Freedom”). There are absolutely some uses of non-free software that I consider completely legitimate. When they first started working on GNU, what compiler compiled GCC? A C compiler. Maybe it was a free one, maybe it wasn’t. But the sole purpose of using it was to replace it, not to continue using it. When they started creating the GNU Operating System, what OS did they use? UNIX. But the purpose was to replace it.

RMS doesn’t think we need more distros. I disagree — I think the ideal would be for more distros to have fully-free versions, but that’s a different debate. If you’re working on a non-free distro specifically to remove the non-free parts, I don’t think that’s a problem. If it were, accepting Hyperbola was a mistake (I think it’s our best hope. I don’t think it needs to be our only hope). It is very important however, to balance “acquisitions” of non-free software and semi-non-free collections with the overall “sum” of the freedom involved. We may have minor setbacks, and there may not be any way around them. The important thing is to keep moving forward, and to NOT keep moving the other way.

“…”Contributions” from people actively trying to drag GNU into Microsoft’s clutches are a mixed blessing, at best!”GNU Maintainers act like they’re opposed to GitHub — and some of them are being honest. Others may not be intentionally lying, but they are beginning to fool themselves. As a result, the GNU project is quickly becoming (or has already become) just as non-free as FreeDOS. Collectively (even if you don’t include rms) They say all of the following things:

“GitHub is non-free, so of course we don’t use it”.

“A mirror isn’t a problem”.

I agree, if it’s really publish-only and they don’t allow it to be used for issues or pull requests. Note that this is about actions, not words; if you say it’s just a mirror and you’re making decisions about the future project there, you’re pushing other GNU developers to use GitHub if they want to fully participate. Sadly, this scenario is not hypothetical.

“We can’t stop you from forking our work on GitHub, developing there and submitting patches to Savannah via email”.

That is absolutely true, but it should be respectfully discouraged and encouraged against even if it really can’t be stopped — what they’re doing is next to promoting it as a valid option because they can’t stop it).

People come to the mailing lists regularly to say why GitHub is technically better and will encourage contributions.

“Contributions” from people actively trying to drag GNU into Microsoft’s clutches are a mixed blessing, at best!

And please note if you will, these are not all innocents who don’t know better. Even if we “assume good faith” (it’s a bit late for that in my opinion) it’s a fact that Red Hat uses GitHub, Red Hat employees contributing to GNU use GitHub, GNU maintainers who participated in Guix’s effort to oust rms from the GNU project — nearly 2/3 of them use GitHub, and several GNU Maintainers (GNUstep, GNU Radio, GNU Bison) have moved development to GitHub (Bison’s Savannah repo is a mirror! — Not GitHub is the mirror — GitHub is where developed has moved and continues to move!) even while saying that it’s non-free “so of course you’ll never have to use it!”

“It contains non-free JS”.

“It still works with the JS turned off”. (So Microsoft GitHub is free if you don’t use the non-free features? Is this REALLY the GNU Project?)

The most slippery excuse however, is that you can just email your patches to Savannah. Slippery because it seems so plausible. More and more people are working on GitHub and things move to Savannah later and later. Yes, it’s different with each project, and ultimately this sort of decision is left up to the maintainers.

Really the FSF reserves very little say in this matter. That doesn’t actually preclude being paid to look the other way, or being mislead by a slippery maintainer who says one thing and does another.

We can assume good faith all day long, but the actions do the same damage if ignored whether they’re in good faith or not. I hardly think “good faith” constitutes a reason to ignore the damage being done, but I’m certain it will be used that way (exactly as it was used when Red Hat commandeered Debian development).

And always there’s the excuse that developers don’t have to do what you tell them. No! They have to do what IBM tells them.

IBM pushes developers to accept developers (sometimes mispronounced “volunteers”, which is true enough to be relevant but also NOT the case, often enough to be relevant) regardless of who they work for, so you can’t say “We don’t want to be infiltrated by Microsoft, they’ll only push Mono and then sue for Patent Agreements that give them control of the project later” — no, that’s discrimination, so developers have to do what IBM says (or no bribe money. But, but, but!)

And not only do you have to take on whomever they say you do, but you have to get rid of whomever they say as well — we can’t lose rms, he’s — OH FUCK! We lost the founder. Just like with Linus and the “foundation” named after his own freaking kernel, named after his own freaking name.

But it’s not a coup! It’s just a fascist corporate takeover. It’s just business.

It’s a giant corporate business, where everyone is pushed towards an increasing number of proprietary solutions, and SPEAKING OUT against this is calling for slavery. Though most of the work is UNPAID (per worker) and IBM runs it — and that’s NOT slavery.

THIS IS A WHOLE LOT MORE LIKE SLAVERY THAN FREEDOM!

And it’s from a multinational corporation that talks about “diversity” (Translation: hire and fire whomever we want) that still hasn’t apologised for its ACTIVE ROLE IN THE HOLOCAUST!

So maybe we shouldn’t call this Free Software, we should call it FORCED WORK CAMP SOFTWARE instead.

But you’re not really forced, right? You can leave!

Oh Thank you, Herr IBM Officer, I will go right now! I suspect your Patent Gestapo won’t be far behind!

The Nazi work camps had guards and fences and guns, and the software work camps have lawyers, bogus patents and lawsuits. Viva la progress!

They both have plenty of world-eating level (multi-million-dollar) propaganda against us and against our freedom. Why do we let them dictate anything at all? Why do we let them lie and undo what we spent A Third Of A Century building?

The idea that this is “Freedom” is about as cynical as you can get. If the development continues to move towards GitHub (it hasn’t slowed down, let alone reversed) and you want the “option” of collaborating in the context of a free-as-in-freedom repository, you’ll have to wait for “Patch Release Tuesday” (which does not yet exist, except sort of) where all the development happening on GitHub that you DON’T have access to, is finally shared with the peons on GNU Savannah.

A development routine that

1. Has plenty of free alternatives

2. Is chosen instead due to some “nice features”

3. Drags people farther from, not closer to, software freedom

4. Is unapologetically corporate and ignores pleas from users to for the love of rms, STOP!

A phrase for this already exists.

It’s not called “Free Software” — Free Software cares about the user and gives them freedom.

What you bastards have done is take GNU and (not hypothetically — not tomorrow, not someday) made it Open Source.

What’s Open Source? It’s a SCAM to draw people AWAY from free software, and Towards the same corporations who dominated users in the very decade when the FSF was founded!

That’s what you’ve turned GNU development into. And you should be thrown out! But we know there’s nothing that can be done, because the coup is ongoing and (just like Torvalds…) rms has to be nice, and tactful, and essentially not run his own project, which you fraudulently hacked his website to try to take charge of!

NICE!

And what do we get with all this “diversity” and “freedom” and “contributions” that are promised (dishonestly) in exchange for all this corporate-overthrow-style infiltration and upheaval?

We get:

* Unpaid labour (that’s alright if it’s for volunteers, by volunteers)
* Which is controlled by corporations, NOT by users in general or even by lead developers
* For companies that unconstitutionally spy on citizens
* Who prop up the oppression and murder of Chinese dissidents
* Who break up impoverished families coming in from the southern border and Middle East seeking freedom
* We get openly hostile discrimination against people with different neurological makeups (which some of you call “Neckbeards”)
* We get LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of lies, which destroy all credibility when we talk about freedom
* All for a company that is Historically Key to Nazi Success in Systematic Human Genocide!

THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL “FREEDOM”!

GNU’s not free, it’s OPEN, on the path of Free > Open > Dead. I’m already thinking ahead to Reborn, but these people are still killing it, it’s dying on the end of a VERY LONG STRING of recent deaths, and YOU’RE the ones letting them do this. And you claim to care about OUR freedom?

LIES!

This isn’t a just purity argument. It’s a handing over control to the people actively destroying Y/OUR freedom or not argument. As that other (crappy, but at least GPL-compatible) free software license says, Do WTF you want with this argument — that’s pretty much what software freedom amounts to these days —

Do WTF you want. You want to exploit, co-opt, misrepresent, take over Free Software projects? Do what you want! You can’t get more Permissive than that! You get to destroy GNU, and if we say anything about it — THAT’s what a Nazi Corporation calls “Hate”. How is that different than some other anti-diversity leader, implying HE’s the victim while those people IBM created an algorithm to track based on their skin colour protest outside?

And people actually line up, in the name of “diversity” no less, to act as a political, metaphorical human shield for all this Corporate, Historically Nazi Bullshit.

Brilliant! Give yourself a pat on the back and straight, one-arm salute.

You’re not working for freedom anymore. You’re unpaid employees (slaves) of Microsoft and IBM — you work for our fascist enemies. Not just fascist enemies of software freedom (though they certainly are that) — you work for (and the FSF takes money from) fascist enemies of ALL HUMAN FREEDOM on Earth!

The only reason we have no recourse but to switch to BSD, is because it takes fewer people to do so, and you sat on your thumbs while they took over the Linux kernel. Now you’ll do it again, as they take over GNU itself. And not just hypothetically — you’re doing it! Right Now!

You don’t care about our freedom — you traded vigilance and freedom for mere features.

The GNU Project is no longer ethical. RMS may care, but he’s outnumbered enough by liars and traitors. If you have any hacks left up your maroon-coloured sleeve, now would be the time, Chief.

Long live rms, and to Hell with bribes and lies from Nazi megacorporations!

Licence: Creative Commons CC0 1.0 (public domain)

Chairman of the Board of Red Hat Explains He Was Introduced to GNU/Linux When It Helped His Regime Change in Haiti

Posted in Red Hat, Videos at 8:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Overthrowing governments/regimes, under the banner of “Open Source” 4 years before the term was even coined (for software)

Summary: General Hugh Shelton, Chairman of the Board of Red Hat, explains (keynote in 2011 Red Hat Summit/JBoss World) that he was introduced to the system as part of a military campaign; it basically helped war, not antiwar

« Previous entries Next Page » Next Page »

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channels: Come and chat with us in real time

New to This Site? Here Are Some Introductory Resources

No

Mono

ODF

Samba logo






We support

End software patents

GPLv3

GNU project

BLAG

EFF bloggers

Comcast is Blocktastic? SavetheInternet.com



Recent Posts