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06.28.20

When It Comes to Killing Businesses Microsoft Defends Its Crown

Posted in Microsoft at 9:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Posted half a day ago

LinkedIn censorship

LinkedIn censorship message

LinkedIn censorship message

Summary: The above screenshots and corresponding post were highlighted to us a few hours ago; they’re self-explanatory (and remember that GitHub is going the same way)

Links 28/6/2020: Linux 5.8 RC3 and Nitrux 1.3.0

Posted in News Roundup at 7:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • What Operating System Is the Best Choice for Software Engineers?

        GNU/Linux is, hands down, the most highly acclaimed operating system for software engineering. It comes with an absolute ton of development tools and has unprecedented performance with regard to software development.

        Linux, in case you are not aware, is a free, open-licensed operating system. This means that it is very developer-friendly and can be, to a certain extent, customized to your own desires.

        But, it is not for everyone.

        Linux comes with a large selection of distributions (called distros in the trade). Each one, unsurprisingly, has the Linux Kernel at its core, with other components built on top. Many Linux users will tend to switch between these distros until they find the perfect ‘recipe’ for their needs and tastes.

        We will highlight a few of these towards the end of the article.

        What are some of the pros of using Linux for software development?

        1. One of the main benefits of Linux, not to mention the Linux ecosystem, according to software engineers, is the amount of choice and flexibility it provides. This really does make it the jewel in the crown of operating systems.

        2. Linux is free and open-sourced. This means you don’t have to fork out tons of cash on licenses for the OS and other apps used on it.

        3. It is easy to install directly on your computer, or you can boot Linux from an external drive like a USB flash drive or CD. You can also install it with or inside Windows if you need both.

    • Server

      • The crucial role of Linux in DevSecOps

        DevOps is morphing into DevSecOps, with development teams taking on the responsibility of delivering more secure code, and success dependent on aligned improvements in monitoring, automation, patching, and deployment. The operating systems you deploy, are a key foundational layer of your DevSecOps environment.

        In this white paper, Marc Staimer of Dragon Slayer Consulting reviews known Linux issues and impacts to DevSecOps environments in the following areas:

        • Security issues
        • Performance impacts
        • Deployment bottlenecks

      • Economic Value of Linux – Customer Case Studies

        In this white paper, the analyst company, Evaluator Group reviews Oracle Linux, taking a close look at what differentiates it based on input from users that have moved their environments from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux.

        In-depth interviews were conducted with customers from healthcare, financial services, consumer and enterprise software, and insurance companies. The findings show the economic impact of Linux- specifically Oracle Linux in their environment, including:

        • Increased application performance
        • More stable operating environment–resulting in fewer outages
        • Reduction in annual OS support costs by 20% to 50%
        • Increased automation leading to faster deployment of new IT resources
        • Reductions in IT management time

      • Pella Optimizes IT Infrastructure and Reduces License Costs With Oracle Linux and Virtualization

        In this article, we will discuss how Pella transformed their IT infrastructure with a newly virtualized environment.

        The Pella Corporation is a privately held window and door manufacturing company headquartered in Pella, Iowa. They have manufacturing and sales operations in a number of locations in the United States. Pella Corporation employs more than 8,000 people with 17 manufacturing sites and 200 showrooms throughout the United States and select regions of Canada.

        Pella’s continuous business growth has proved to be a big challenge for the IT department. As the company’s needs increased, its older infrastructure, which was based on Unix physical servers, struggled to keep pace. Pella needed a more flexible platform that would allow them to easily build out capacity and improve functionality.

        This provided a unique opportunity for the IT team. The team wanted a reliable infrastructure that could support both the current capacity, and easily expand to accommodate growth while keeping costs to a minimum. For these reasons, the IT team decided to move to a virtualized x86-server environment.

        As a long time Oracle customer, Pella was already using Oracle applications and Oracle Database. Therefore, Pella was inclined to evaluate Oracle’s Virtualization and Linux solutions to facilitate their IT transformation. Oracle Linux was an obvious choice for Pella primarily because it is optimized for existing Oracle workloads. They also decided to virtualize their environment with Oracle VM mainly for the license structure advantages. With Oracle VM, Pella is able to pin CPUs to specific VMs, which in turn translated to saving on licensing costs for Oracle applications.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • GNU World Order 360

        gdiffmk for producing diffs of groff files. glilypond for integrating lilypond musical notation into grof files: $ glilypond –pdf2eps -t ./b — example.1 > example.ps.1 $ groff -p -Tps example.ps.1 > out.ps $ okular out.ps The **grap2graph** command to convert grap graphs to a bitmap. This requires the **grap** command, which does not ship with Slackware. $ cat internet.d | grap2graph -format jpg -density 300 > my.jpg The **grn** command is a preprocessor for Gremlin files. It appears to be non- functional, but it’s possible that an additional back-end is required. The **grodvi** command converts Groff to DVI for TeX. It’s basically a shortcut for groff -Tdvi . Have your computer guess what groff command you need with **grog** $ grog blah.1 groff -man blah.1 $ grog -Thtml blah.1 groff -Thtml -man blah.1

      • Destination Linux 179: Ask Us Anything + Why Linux Gaming Should Matter to Everyone

        00:00:00 Intro
        00:00:53 Host Introductions
        00:01:24 What Michael has been up to
        00:03:45 What Noah has been up to
        00:05:45 What Ryan has been up to
        00:13:24 Sponsored by Digital Ocean · [do.co/dln]
        00:14:34 Community Feedback: In Defense of Rolling Release by Nice Micro
        00:15:21 Excerpts from Nice Micro’s Video
        00:18:15 Our Responses to Nice Micro
        00:23:48 How To Send Us Community Feedback
        00:23:58 CentOS 8.2 Released & Noah Explains Why This Is Important
        00:25:11 Fedora getting updated Mesa drivers
        00:25:19 Discussion: Is Red Hat becoming more focused on the Desktop?
        00:35:41 Windows’ Fresh Start Tool Breaking Windows
        00:37:35 Discussion: Why we’re talking about Windows & WSL
        00:38:57 Discussion: Windows Users seem to never blame Windows even while aware of its problems
        00:40:34 Michael’s story about helping someone who said Linux was slow when comparing a Brand New Laptop to a 10 Year Old Laptop
        00:42:34 Main Topic: Ask Us Anything from the DLN Forum
        00:43:25 Q: Why doesn’t Noah have a beard?
        00:44:03 Q: Thoughts about Blender being used as a Video Editor?
        00:49:34 Q: What’s Your Favorite Guilty Pleasure Music or Movie?
        00:51:14 Q: Do any of you listen to offline / local music?
        00:52:03 Noah offers a simple way industries could eliminate piracy
        00:54:24 Ryan’s Answer to offline music (turns out he’s a hipster lol)
        00:56:08 Q: Microsoft buys Canonical what do you do?
        00:56:36 Noah plays devil’s advocate on Microsoft buying Canonical
        00:59:55 “it’s been this long since . . . “
        01:00:08 Q: Which superhero would you be?
        01:00:50 Q: Why did you make your own Network instead joining a network?
        01:03:47 Q: Are there any Microsoft products you guys would actually prefer to use if it were available on linux?
        01:05:10 What non-tech-related hobbies do you guys have?
        01:05:37 How often does @dasgeek have to replace/refill the bottles behind his monitor?
        01:06:20 Do you guys read fiction and if so what are some of your favorite books/series?
        01:07:58 Q: you are given a choice for all of your computers to be completely replaced with Windows 8.0 or Linux Mint 19.3 on BTRFS?
        01:09:26 Q: What old media-format would you bring back to have it somehow popularized today?
        01:10:15 Noah’s dream for a new media format
        01:11:45 Gaming: System Shock Reboot
        01:12:31 Michael tells his story about finding PC Gaming
        01:13:36 Our response to viewers who skip the Gaming section and why you should care about Linux Gaming
        01:19:26 Software Spotlight: Photopea (photoshop alternative webapp)
        01:24:17 Tip of the Week: fzf (command line search)
        01:26:04 Outro
        01:26:09 Get more DL like Live Streams Unedited Episodes Join the Patron Post Show & More by Becoming a DL Patron
        01:26:27 Show Your Love of Linux & Open Source with DL Swag from the DLN Store
        01:26:51 Join Us in the DLN Community (we gave Noah a silly script on this outro and it was totally gold!)
        01:27:55 Check out the DestinationLinux.Network for more awesome content!
        01:28:14 Check out FrontPageLinux.com for Articles Tutorials Videos and more
        01:28:24 the Journey Itself . . .
        01:28:35 Patron Post Show (become a Patron to Join us each week!)

      • CubicleNate now on LBRY | Blathering

        For the half dozen or so of people that might manage to care, I have decided to start synchronizing my piddly YouTube content over to LBRY. I’d say this is nothing against YouTube but actually, it is. Although I will still use and enjoy YouTube, many of their decisions have shaken my confidence in their ability to be a truly open platform, therefore, I am following the lead of many other “content creators” and also putting my stuff on LBRY.

        LBRY is a decentralized video platform that uses blockchain (that cryptocurrency magic) to distribute the video content. That said, I don’t really understand or frankly care how it works, but I do wonder if some videos will eventually get lost in the ether due to this decentralized nature.

        Bottom Line Up front: I am not expecting much to come from it and since most of the people I personally enjoy are on YouTube. I am starting to use LBRY a bit, from time to time, because, why not. It’s something somewhat new and shiny and I want to see some sort of competitor to rise up and challenge the top dog.

    • Kernel Space

      • Bcachefs Linux File-System Seeing Performance Improvements, Other Progress

        While Ubuntu continues in their path of OpenZFS integration, Fedora is revisiting the possibility of using Btrfs on the desktop, Red Hat is continuing to invest in Stratis, and Reiser5 is being developed, Bcachefs as the file-system born out of the Linux block cache code is continuing to evolve.

        It’s been some months since there was last any news on Bcachefs while last week marked the first time this year that there’s been a status update passed along on the Patreon blog. Bcachefs development continues to be led by Kent Overstreet who wrote the latest status update on this currently out-of-tree file-system.

      • In 2020 The Linux Kernel Is Still Seeing Driver Work For The Macintosh II

        The Linux kernel is seeing some modern work done to its driver for supporting the Apple Desktop Bus on Macintosh II era systems.

        Along with the likes of the Apple PowerBook 100 series seeing Linux driver improvements once in a while, this Sunday developer Finn Thain sent out a set of patches improving the kernel’s via-macii driver that contains “fixes for all known bugs” to this driver.

      • Linux 5.8-rc3
        Well, we had a big merge window, and we have a fairly big rc3 here
        too. The calm period for rc2 is clearly over.
        
        That said, I don't think there's anything _particularly_ scary in
        here, and the size of this rc is probably simply a direct result of
        the fact that 5.8 is a big release. It's too early to say if this will
        mean that we'll have a longer rc period as a result, I'll just have to
        keep an eye out for how this all progresses.
        
        The stats all look fairly normal: about half is drivers (networking is
        a big chunk, but there's really a bit of everything in there: gpu,
        sound, usb, you name it).
        
        Outside of drivers, we have the usual suspects: arch updates (x86 and
        arm stand out), core networking, but also core kernel and VM updates.
        And a fair amount of tooling updates (mostly selftests, but also
        objtool and virtio).
        
        Go forth and test,
        
                      Linus
        
      • Linux 5.8-rc3 Released – Fairly Big But Not Particularly Scary

        Linus Torvalds just pushed out Linux 5.8-rc3 as the newest weekly test candidate for the upcoming Linux 5.8 that should debut as stable around early August.

        Linux 5.8 is one of the biggest kernel updates ever and while 5.8-rc2 was fairly light, 5.8-rc3 saw many changes merged over the past week with various bug/regression fixes.

      • Kernel prepatch 5.8-rc3

        The third 5.8 kernel prepatch is out for testing.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Intel Media Driver 20.2.pre4 Brings DG1 Graphics Card Support

          Intel’s open-source media team has released a new development snapshot of their media driver that provides GPU-accelerated video encode/decode capabilities on Linux.

          Intel Media Driver 2020Q2 Pre-release 20.2.pre4 is this new version out Sunday. The Intel Media Driver 20.2.pre4 doesn’t have any formal change-log but in digging through the recent patches, the big highlight is certainly initial support for the DG1 developer graphics card as the first Xe Graphics dGPU offering, but there are also other changes as part of this 20.2.pre4 release…

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

      • Godot 4.0 Is Looking Even More Impressive With SDFGI

        While we are most excited about Godot 4.0 for its Vulkan renderer for this leading open-source game engine, there continues to be a lot of other improvements building up for this major release.

        The latest feature hitting the Godot 4.0 code-base is SDF-based real-time global illumination. This Signed Distance Field Global Illumination (SDFGI) functionality is a new technique for lighting and similar to a dynamic real-time lightmap.

      • Godot 4.0 gets SDF based real-time global illumination

        As work progresses on Godot 4.0 at a steady pace, a new and novel method of creating full-scene global illumination has been added in the master branch.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • GSoC 2020 and KDE

          Tomorrow (29/06/2020) begins the first evaluation of the Google Summer of Code 2020. Last GSoC, when I was participating as a student, I wrote in my final report a set of future proposals that could be done in the ROCS graph IDE (Section What’s Next?). This year, some students got interested in these ideas but only one could enter the program (we didn’t have enough mentors for more than one project).

        • Cantor Integrated Documentation : Week 3 and 4 Progress

          Hello KDE people. First phase evaluations is due from today onward until 3rd of July. It has been coupe of weeks since I had posted about my project. I was quite busy writing code implementing the documentation panel for the various backends supported by Cantor. In the last post I have explained about how I generated the help files namely qhc (Qt Help Collection) and qch (Qt Compressed Help) from the documentation’s source file. In today’s post I will explain how I utilized Maxima’s help files to actually display help inside the Cantor application itself. So here are the things done:-

        • KDE Connect SMS App (First Evaluation)

          Hi Everyone! It’s been a while since my last post and during this period I continued adding MMS support in KDE Connect SMS app. After the addition of MMS support in android app, My next step was to enable the desktop SMS client to allow users to reply to multi-target messages. I had some discussion with my mentors related to the structure of the network packets to allow sending multimedia files from android to desktop. Since the Attachment field should be an optional field and replacing the current packet type entirely was not feasible keeping in mind the backward compatibility for the desktop app. Simon suggested a nice idea of converting the thumbnails into Base64 encoded string and then adding it into the network packet. This solved the issue of replacing the entire method of pushing the messages to the desktop.

          After successfully completing and testing the code on android studio, I added the support to receive and display the optional attachment object on the desktop side. The desktop side was mostly straight forward except transferring the QImage from C++ to QML but at the end I figured it out.

        • Adriaan de Groot: KSysGuard

          Packaging a big stack like the software from the KDE community – Frameworks, Plasma, and all the applications and libraries and tools from the KDE Release Service – takes a fair bit of time and energy. The KDE-FreeBSD team works on both packaging and porting – making sure that KDE applications behave well on FreeBSD just like on other operating systems.

          The majority of the work of compatibility happens in Qt, which is also maintained by the KDE-FreeBSD team. Then the KDE frameworks – 80 or so libraries that are small, lightweight, tiered-so-you-know-about-dependencies and LGPL-licensed – pile a bunch of compatibility on top of that for desktop purposes.

          But sometimes, an application needs to dig into the system itself. A text editor edits text regardless of the underlying system, but a memory-usage monitor needs to know how to ask the OS about memory-usage.

          So this week I spent a fair bit of time in the KSysGuard codebase, because there’s a FreeBSD bug report that says that the memory-usage monitor shows nothing, and another report that says the graph and the status bar don’t match.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • scikit-survival 0.13 Released

          Today, I released version 0.13.0 of scikit-survival. Most notably, this release adds sksurv.metrics.brier_score and sksurv.metrics.integrated_brier_score, an updated PEP 517/518 compatible build system, and support for scikit-learn 0.23.

          For a full list of changes in scikit-survival 0.13.0, please see the release notes.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Nitrux 1.3.0 is available to download

          We are pleased to announce the launch of Nitrux 1.3.0. This new version brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance improvements, and ready-to-use hardware support.

          Nitrux 1.3.0 is available for immediate download.

        • Nitrux 1.3.0 Released with KDE Plasma 5.19, Inkscape 1.0, and Nvidia 440.100

          As expected, Nitrux 1.3.0 is here one month after the release of Nitrux 1.2.9, and it introduces updates to various packages, starting with the Linux kernel, which was bumped to version 5.6.0-1017, and continuing with the latest Inkscape 1.0 SVG graphics editor and Mozilla Firefox 77.0.1 web browser.

          But what’s most important in this release is the fact that the default desktop environment saw a major upgrade. Nitrux 1.3.0 now ships with the latest KDE Plasma 5.19.2 desktop, which is accompanied by the KDE Applications 20.04.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.71.0 open-source software suites.

      • Debian Family

        • Debian vs. Ubuntu: Everything You Need to Know to Choose

          Coming into the Linux world, the first and the most challenging task is to decide which distribution you want to use. There are a lot of options to choose from, each having its advantages and drawbacks. Two of the most popular distributions that exist are Ubuntu and Debian.

          They are both highly used, and it is a little difficult to choose between them. We would like to help you by providing some facts and features of both for a bit of comparison so that you can decide what you want.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux Mint 20 Final has been released

          The team behind the popular Linux distribution Linux Mint has released Linux Mint 20, codename Ulyana, to the public on June 27, 2020. The new version of the distribution comes in Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions that users can install on their devices.

          Updates to the new version will become available soon so that existing installations can be upgraded. Users may also download the latest version from the official project website or one of the official mirror sites to run a Live version or install it on a device.

        • Ubuntu 20.04 Review

          Finally, this is my review of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa on its Panorama, Power, and Life for all users divided in three parts after I used it in enough period of time. I go from the point of view of twelve years ago the legendary 8.04 Hardy Heron version and the slogan Just Work we easily find when installing this amazing operating system. Once one part finished, I will update this preface article until all parts finished. I am enjoying writing this and I hope you also enjoy this review series even better. Happy reading!

        • Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana) Installation Steps with Screenshots

          Linux Mint has announced its LTS (Long Term Version) release named “Ulyana“, Linux Mint 20.0. According to the Linux Mint team, this version is going to be based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. As it is a LTS release so we will get latest updates and patches for the next 5 years (till 2025). While Ubuntu comes with a set release date every time, it is not the case with Linux Mint. In this article, we’ll see all the new features in Linux Mint 20 along with a step-by-step installation guide for Linux Mint 20.0 (Ulyana). For this article purpose, we’ll discuss about the new features and installation guide for the Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon release.

          [...]

          That’s it, you’ve successfully completed the installation of Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon on your system. Explore all the new features of Linux Mint 20.0 “Ulyana”.

          If you still have any queries or doubts or if you do face any issues during the installation process, please post your questions in the feedback section below. We’ll try to answer all your queries at the earliest.

        • ‘Rolling Rhino’ Lets You Create Your Own Ubuntu Rolling Release

          Ubuntu desktop lead Martin Wimpress has created a tool called Rolling Rhino. Its aim: convert an Ubuntu daily build image into a “rolling release” distro by opting into and tracking the devel series of changes/packages.

          “Rolling Rhino is intended for Ubuntu developers and experienced Ubuntu users who want to install Ubuntu once and the track all development updates with automatic tracking of subsequent series,” he says of the tool.

        • Full Circle Magazine: Full Circle Magazine #158

          This month:
          * Command & Conquer
          * How-To : Python, Ubuntu On a 2-in-1 Tablet, and Rawtherapee
          * Graphics : Inkscape
          * Graphics : Krita for Old Photos
          * Linux Loopback
          * Everyday Ubuntu : Starting Again
          * Ubports Touch
          * Review : Kubuntu, and Xubuntu 20.04
          * Ubuntu Games : Into The Breach
          plus: News, My Opinion, The Daily Waddle, Q&A, and more.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Privacy-oriented alternatives to Google Analytics

        Google Analytics is perhaps the analytics platform of our time. But should it be? It’s many features and the free plan is what made it popular, but its invasion of user privacy should not be overlooked. Here are some good alternatives for 2020.

        First, I want to mention privacy-oriented self-hosted solutions. Their Open Source nature provides you an option to host them yourself instead of sending the data to someone else. Second, we look at some of the viable closed-source alternatives.

      • Meet Fosshost, a Free Hosting Provider for Your FOSS Projects

        As its name suggests, Fosshost is a not-for-profit hosting provider for FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) projects. But what makes it stand out is that it’s free to use. Yes, you read it right, it’s absolutely free!

        Put together by a group of awesome people, Fosshost is trying to help the free and open source software community, especially projects who can’t afford to pay for hosting, with semi-dedicated virtual private servers, shared mirrors, storage and even domain registration.

        Among the FOSS project that are already benefiting from Fosshost’s hosting services, there’s The GNOME Project, Xubuntu, The Xfce Desktop, Manjaro, Xiph.Org Foundation (Icecast, Opus, Speex), ActivityPub (W3), and many others.

      • Haiku activity report – May 2020

        Kyle Ambroff-Kao continues his work on improving our unit tests, fixing some remaining problems with handling of symlinks.

        The ext2 driver now properly report the filesystem name as ext2, 3 or 4 depending on which disk is mounted. This does not change the behavior, but avoids some confusion as previously it always said ext2. We have a single driver for all 3 versions of the filesystem as they are in fact quite similar and share a very large part of the code.

        The work on XFS and UFS2 from our GSoC students is also being merged, with initial work towards listing the content of the root directory in progress.

      • BeOS-Inspired Haiku Working On Supporting Modern CPU Features Like AVX

        The open-source Haiku operating system that continues maintaining compatibility with BeOS and inspiration from its design has continued in its quest of better supporting modern hardware.

        Haiku R1 beta 2 shipped earlier this month while in addition the developers have been working on some modern hardware support improvements.

        Handling of modern x86 CPU features has been in the works including for the likes of Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), XSAVE, and others. Aside from supporting modern CPU instruction set extensions, Haiku has been seeing new drivers for WMI and SMBios handling.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Thunderbird Conversations 3.1 Released

            Thunderbird Conversations is an add-on for Thunderbird that provides a conversation view for messages. It groups message threads together, including those stored in different folders, and allows easier reading and control for a more efficient workflow.

            [...]

            The one feature that is currently missing after the rewrite is inline quick reply. This has been of lower priority, as we have focussed on being able to keep the main part of the add-on running with the newer versions of Thunderbird. However, now that 3.1 is stable, I hope to be able to start work on a new version of quick reply soon.

          • TenFourFox FPR24 available

            TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 24 final is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). There are no additional changes other than outstanding security updates. Assuming all goes well, it will go live on Monday afternoon/evening Pacific time.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • Links: June 28, 2020 | Hackaday

            We got a nice note from Michelle Thompson this week thanking us for mentioning the GNU Radio Conference in last week’s Links article, and in particular for mentioning the virtual CTF challenge that they’re planning. It turns out that Michelle is deeply involved in designing the virtual CTF challenge, after having worked on the IRL challenges at previous conferences. She shared a few details of how the conference team made the decision to go forward with the virtual challenge, inspired in part by the success of the Hack-A-Sat qualifying rounds, which were also held remotely. It sounds like the GNU Radio CTF challenge will be pretty amazing, with IQ files being distributed to participants in lieu of actually setting up receivers. We wish Michelle and the other challenge coordinators the best of luck with the virtual con, and we really hope a Hackaday reader wins.

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • 400 organizations sign open letter to save Open Technology Fund (OTF)

            Almost 400 organizations have signed an open letter asking Congress to protect the funding of open source projects following some recent US political turmoil.

            Notable signatories include organizations like the Wikimedia Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Tor Project, Red Hat, Gnome, Digital Ocean, TunnelBear, the Open Source Initiative, AccessNow, Human Rights Watch, and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

            More than 2,300 individuals from the open source and human rights communities have also signed the letter in their names.

Almost 300 Blog Posts in 28 Days

Posted in Site News at 8:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

My desk this weekend

A portrait setup

Summary: This month’s experiment doing about 10 posts per day, on average, resulted in 294 from June 1st to 28th (so far today); this more productive workflow benefits greatly from leaving Twitter 'behind'

To Combat Racism and Achieve World Peace We Must Remove a Lot More Than Just Words and Monuments (Statues)

Posted in Deception at 8:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: Let’s Ban Bombings, Not Words (Corporations Taking Away People’s Freedom of Speech So They Can Bomb ‘in Peace’)

Spock Sarek Star Trek Peace Sign: Peace be upon you. 72 Virgins in Heaven.

Summary: When freedom of religion and the gender issues collide we realise that establishing a perfectly tolerant workplace may not be possible; striving towards that, however, is commendable

THE concept of “mainstream feminism” was recently explained by an intellectual and black revolutionary, Angela Davis. In this short talk she does not belittle feminism but explains the degree to which those in power (corporate power) exploit ‘feminism’ while conveniently ignoring the biggest victims of vulgar/violent sexism — something which those privileged millionaires never encountered themselves.

I’ve spent my entire life fighting against injustices, including racial and gender-related injustices (there are now more aspects to the latter — more than a binary sex criteria). What’s really frustrating to me is seeing how corporate media and its corporate masters exploit if not hijack social liberation movements to pursue their own goals which are inherently racist (like bombing countries whose citizens are presumed ‘barbaric’, collectively, and that includes bombing women). Look up the number of times Microsoft was sued for sexism — an issue that goes all the way up to their tactless CEO (maybe he doesn’t even know what sexism is because the standards in his country of birth are appallingly low for women).

Nadella comments on women
Hiring for diversity does not ensure not getting some idiot like Nadella speaking for a company

Recently we’ve witnessed a (perhaps perfectly) well-meaning wave of racist (even by standards of their own time, maybe not in their home state) statues being ‘de-platformed’ (physically, not digitally, albeit the latter is being done simultaneously as well). These are seen as symbolic impediment to progress, a sort of ‘cementation’ of institutional racism which seeks to glorify coercive cults. Normalising gore and subjugation, or even child rape in the case of Columbus, isn’t worth is; it’s just not worth defending anymore.

“Normalising gore and subjugation, or even child rape in the case of Columbus, isn’t worth is; it’s just not worth defending anymore.”Removal of metal figures may seem pointless and misguided. But I am not opposing that; I think some of these statues can be relocated to somewhere indoors (not necessarily destroyed; there may be some historical value). Their pedestals and monuments can have erected upon them characters more suitable for our times and our fabric of society (which is more racially diverse and more ‘woke’ regarding human rights aspects). That’s OK.

Over a year ago Python came under shake-down (or shake-up) because people opposed the use of “slave” as a metaphor in technology. The attempt to remove the word was probably more controversial than the metaphor itself. Guido van Rossum, who started the whole language, stepped down and shortly later retired (somewhat early) from his job. One GNU developer told me he had shown signs of racism in the past (in effect blacklisting her because she spoke about discrimination against black people). We really don’t know why Guido left, with a vacuum Google and Microsoft were happy to fill. One can only make guesses; it might be a combination of factors, but certainly the atmosphere in Python was beginning to change. PyCon is being ‘bought’ by Microsoft each year.

“So, in conclusion, I don’t oppose making society and language more civilised; but it’s starting to look to me like, at least for some people, the real goal isn’t manners; the goal it to ‘cancel’ generally acceptable people based on a moving goalpost of speech standards.”When people began opposing the term “master” in isolation (in unrelated contexts this word is extremely common, e.g. “master track”, “Masters degree”, masterpiece”) I thought this initially well-meaning campaign had gone a little too far. Then I found out about “whitelist” and “blacklist” and all sorts of other things. Black and white are more than skin colours; one represents absence of light and the latter complete saturation thereof. Nothing inherently racist about photon science, right?

So, in conclusion, I don’t oppose making society and language more civilised; but it’s starting to look to me like, at least for some people, the real goal isn’t manners; the goal it to ‘cancel’ generally acceptable people based on a moving goalpost of speech standards. If some developer you dislike doesn’t accept gay people, s/he is gone. If s/he accepts gay people but not gay marriage (matrimony), same fate? Then you get into the whole dimension of cross-gender and other things. And it doesn’t seem to matter if these people’s religion actually says those things are forbidden; suddenly we don’t even honour people’s freedom of religion (or faith). What does that mean to free speech and tolerance and inclusion etc. if we cannot tolerate and include some people’s religion (in its original form)? There’s of course a correlation between religions and races, so the same can usually be said in the context of racism. For instance, if you dislike women because your religion (tied to a race) says so, is it racist to make you an outcast? These disputes can never end or can never please everyone. Meanwhile they serve to distract from social movements like the antiwar movement, financial justice and so on (which affect all races and genders and outlast activists for millennia). Those issues transcend some of the superficialities that divide us (while media pours in the gasoline).

“We ought to think bigger and strive higher. Let’s put an end to racism and chauvinism in all its form, including the corporate form.”If all seemingly racist (and dead) people were removal from pedestals and our language was ‘sanitised’ to comply with some Code of Conduct, racism would likely remain, albeit closeted, and women would still be bombed (whilst expressing opposition to that would be construed as “rude” and “unprofessional”… because “you’re being paid” so “be nice!”).

We ought to think bigger and strive higher. Let’s put an end to racism and chauvinism in all its form, including the corporate form.

Why Web Sites That Focus on Fewer Topics (a Narrower Scope) Are More Likely to Be Accurate, Harder to Mislead

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Manipulations and bribery have introduced a culture of fear and self-censorship (salary depends on not rocking the boat, so to speak)

Summary: The laughable notion that sites which actually understand what they’re writing about are ‘biased’ and ‘wrong’ isn’t a novel thing; it’s part of the propaganda model, which perpetuates false narratives of and for people who are dependent on misconceptions to enhance/maintain their power

IT is somewhat fashionable to dismiss topic-focused sites as “biased” or “with an agenda” (or “lacking balance” or something to that effect). This sort of nonsense is sometimes used to demean and discredit critics of the Gates Foundation, which is so opaque that it can take a long time to understand its true nature. It swallowed the media using bribes that are disguised as “grants” which “support journalism” (they mean Bill Gates puff pieces, not journalism; it’s designed for lobbying, so it’s part of the agenda-setting pipeline). The “academic grants” offered by António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli are also similar to Bill’s. Scholars lose their ability to research freely; there are strings attached and they’re in essence indebted to crooks. It’s a condition. No grants, no tenure; that’s how academia works.

“Scholars lose their ability to research freely; there are strings attached and they’re in essence indebted to crooks. It’s a condition.”Wikipedia, which is far from perfect (too controlled/steered/manipulated by the powerful), defines investigative journalism as “a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest, such as serious crimes, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing. An investigative journalist may spend months or years researching and preparing a report. Practitioners sometimes use the terms “watchdog reporting” or “accountability reporting”.”

“So next time the EPO tells you that Techrights is blocked be aware that it’s for refuting lies (based on evidence), not for telling lies.”This should, in fact, be the best form of reporting if not the only valid form. A reporter cannot properly cover a topic by only speaking to few self-appointed ‘experts’ or repeating/rewriting press releases. Back in the days IP Kat, under the pen name “Merpel”, did that to the European Patent Office (EPO). It stopped when the EPO’s management took action against IP Kat, whereupon several key people — the founder included — left the blog. It has not been the same since. Deviation from the “official” agenda, be it in posts or even in comments, will result in severe consequences including deletion (in silence, no evidence).

Our reporting on EPO affairs isn’t biased. It’s accurate. It’s different from what compromised media tends to say, but it is based on what actual workers of the EPO are saying, not what management of the EPO (de facto “occupying force” in the eyes of staff) pays the media to say. When the EPO’s President has an approval rate (among staff) near zero it should be rather clear that the management of the EPO isn’t saying/telling the truth. It’s covering up the truth. So next time the EPO tells you that Techrights is blocked be aware that it’s for refuting lies (based on evidence), not for telling lies. I’ve been writing about Microsoft and patents since I was a teenager; I am still focused on such topics because I understand them well. How often are we caught telling a falsehood? Almost never.

Greenwashing and Exploitation of COVID-19 by EPO Management, Aided by Deeply Compromised (Corrupt) Media

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 6:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The exploitation of COVID-19 for extreme patent agenda (fast lanes, procedural shortcuts and lobbying under the guise of “emergency”) is the biggest and most comprehensive ploy since their leveraging of “HEY HI” (AI) extravaganza/hype

Managing IP and IAM sponsored by the EPO

List of “GOLD SPONSORS” of IAM’s IPBC, which took place just two weeks ago. Those are the firms (and patent trolls) that sponsor IAM’s ‘reporting’… or elaborate paid-for deception (the other sponsorship tiers aren’t any better and may in fact be a lot worse, with lots and lots of patent trolls and their front groups).

Summary: The second-largest institution in Europe is quick to exploit, based on deliberate falsehoods, a national and international health crisis; instead of it being a proof of the detriments of the current system it’s shrewdly spun as ‘proof’ of its validity and collective importance (as if what we need right now is more monopolies); so-called ‘news’ sites like IAM and Managing IP accompany this propaganda and it’s very clear who’s funding that

I only partly joke when I say the that media is dead. Technically, some good reporting still exists, but its proportion is decreasing fast and approaches zero owing in part to the pandemic (many layoffs, newsroom hardly function anymore). As recently as days ago I saw Managing IP‘s sponsored spam again (every week) that’s marketing disguised as ‘news’ [1, 2]. They also published a bunch of truly ludicrous stuff about COVID-19. It’s like Managing IP is 101% patent propaganda (they’ve also just added a so-called ‘podcast’ that’s 102% propaganda, but we’re omitting links to it). Here’s another new example (days old) of corporate nonsense: “Michelle Park, senior counsel at Google, delves into how patent strategists should take a use-case-driven approach to building a portfolio” (yes, “building a portfolio…”)

“It’s like Managing IP is 101% patent propaganda (they’ve also just added a so-called ‘podcast’ that’s 102% propaganda, but we’re omitting links to it).”The headline says: “How many patents do we need? Enough to suit our goals”

Whose goals? The public’s? No. Google’s. Patents as protection racket for monopolists, who are of course building for us… “building a portfolio” (mind the sarcasm).

Any time I want to witness the laughable state of so-called ‘journalism’ in the area of patents I just need to access the sites of IAM or Managing IP (what’s not hidden behind a paywall, limiting access to the choir). Even IP Kat has become rather appalling; look at the affiliation of people who run it

“Even IP Kat has become rather appalling; look at the affiliation of people who run it…”Remember how early in June IAM was spreading quality lies for the EPO, based on some opaque self-selecting survey that asks questions not about patent quality but something like “speed” or “services” (like providing law firms with patents as fast as possible). Today’s EPO staff will say it openly: patent quality is a catastrophe (but bribes help hide that, or media partners such as IAM). Opportunistic greenwashing by EPO management soon followed (warning: epo.org link) and some damage control from AstraZeneca at IP Kat… hours after the highest British court threw out European Patents (like those which AstraZeneca is interested in). See this comment (one among several of interest) in relation to another such case: “With the patent having been revoked by the EPO opposition division and the Board of Appeal having set a hearing date of mid-December 2020, there would appear to be no reasonable grounds to grant a preliminary injunction anyway and the October trial should be moved to the new year to avoid wasting the court’s time.”

This is about the lower court (lower than the Supreme Court) and it deals with cases where few monopolistic firms try to control access to medicines, i.e. deprive poor people availability of treatments (severe reductions in affordability). They literally pursue embargoes and target generics, too.

“The EPO itself is the virus, and it has been exploiting this virus to do many more illegal things, as EPO staff explained publicly and internally.”As usual for a Friday, the EPO had the audacity to drop a bunch of lies, this one arrogantly entitled — by the entitled — “Fighting coronavirus – EPO supports researchers with patent information”. (warning: epo.org link)

The EPO itself is the virus, and it has been exploiting this virus to do many more illegal things, as EPO staff explained publicly and internally. Watch the very same Office that grants monopolies (which restrict and impede research) taking credit for the solution/s:

The EPO has today, 26 June 2020, published the first two parts of a series of resources designed to help researchers and decision-makers benefit from patent information in their fight against the new coronavirus.

The EPO as a world leader in supplying technical information has taken the initiative to support researchers, businesses and decision-makers in these challenging times by sharing patent information on technologies which are useful in combating the new Coronavirus or treating COVID-19. Technical information in patent documents are often published nowhere else.

The first two data sets released by the EPO today relate to antiviral vaccines and pharmaceutical therapeutics, with more resources to be released in the coming weeks covering, for example, diagnostics and medical technologies and devices.

As is widely known by now, the EPO granted patents to an actual fraud and then offered an extra award for that fraud (Theranos); the patents ended up in the hands of a patent troll, which in turn viciously attacked European researchers looking for a solution to COVID-19. And yet the EPO has the audacity to write nonsense like the above.

The only thing the EPO is “fostering” these days is self-serving propaganda, perpetuated by ridiculous sites that print propaganda and call themselves “news”. We included some examples in the Daily Links published one hour ago.

Links 28/6/2020: Mint’s 20 Release, Audacity 2.4.2

Posted in News Roundup at 5:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • System76′s Oryx Pro is a portable Linux powerhouse

        In brief: The OEM Linux club recently saw the addition of Lenovo’s ThinkPads. If you’re not a fan of those, System76 has a different beast packed with Nvidia RTX graphics and open-source embedded controller firmware. A first for this kind of laptop.
        System76 has refreshed its high-end Oryx Pro laptop for developers and Linux enthusiasts, and it now packs Intel’s 10th generation Comet Lake CPUs. Specifically, you can get this with a Core i7-10875H that offers eight cores and 16 threads – essentially a more refined, 14nm version of the Skylake architecture that’s able to push 5 GHz on a single core under certain conditions.

    • Kernel Space

      • The Major Components of an Embedded Linux System

        This article provides an overview of the major components of a Linux system and describes the interactions between these components. It will explain terms and describe details that may seem very basic, as it doesn’t assume a lot of prior expertise.

        Every Linux system has a number of major components. One of these components, the bootloader, is technically outside of Linux and often isn’t talked about. The rest of the components are all software elements that together create the full Linux system.

        [...]

        When the kernel finds, loads and runs the init program, that program then is responsible for bringing up the rest of the system. At this point, the kernel is no longer actively running and remains to coordinate the sharing of hardware among all of the running programs.

        A number of different init programs are available. Regardless of which init program is chosen, this program will launch all of the necessary services and applications that are needed for the system to be useful. This set of services includes setting up networking, mounting additional filesystems, setting up a graphical environment, and more.

        Under Linux, services are just programs that run in the background. Linux folks traditionally call these services daemons or daemon programs, though I see this terminology less frequently these days.

      • RISC-V UEFI Linux Support Under Review

        Western Digital’s Atish Patra sent out the set of 11 patches on Thursday for adding UEFI support to RISC-V. The patches are still marked as a “request for comments” but should be working when using the latest U-Boot and OpenSBI development code. QEMU has been tested for this UEFI support for both 32-bit and 64-bit RISC-V. Some issues with the EDK2 code on RISC-V are still being worked out.

      • Intel Begins Volleying Open-Source Patches Around Intel AMX

        Intel updated their instruction set extensions programming reference guide that along with other additions now details the Intel AMX (Advanced Matrix Extensions) coming with Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPUs next year.

        On top of AVX-512 and DL-BOOST and the company’s other efforts for making Xeon better optimized for handling modern AI workloads, Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX) aims to further enhance their AI performance for both training and inference workloads. AMX consists of “tiles” as a set of two-dimensional registers for representing a larger memory image and accelerators that can operate on said tiles. Initial AMX features are for BFloat16, TILE, and INT8 while new accelerators can be introduced later on.

      • Graphics Stack

        • AMD Queues Its First Batch Of AMDGPU Changes For Linux 5.9: Sienna Cichlid + More

          On Friday the initial batch of AMDGPU kernel graphics driver changes were submitted to DRM-Next ahead of the Linux 5.9 merge window happening in August.

        • Freedreno Lands On-Disk Shader Cache Support In Mesa 20.2

          Freedreno Gallium3D is the latest Mesa driver implementing an on-disk shader cache.

          Freedreno on Friday merged disk cache support for IR3, the driver’s compiler and machine-specific IR for the shader ISA with this open-source Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver.

          This addition for Mesa 20.2 comes after its review the past couple of weeks and also needing other changes in place for this shader cache support to land, which can help with game load times thanks to having the shader IR cached to disk and in some cases helping overall performance.

        • LuxCore 2.4 Beta Brings Big Changes For This Open-Source Physically Based Renderer

          This leading open-source physically based renderer is about to get even better with the upcoming LuxCore 2.4 release.

          The beta for LuxCoreRender 2.4 was issued a few minutes ago and it features improvements on many new fronts, several new features, and various fixes too.

          [...]

          More details on the LuxCoreRender 2.4 changes building up via the beta1 announcement that also includes Linux / macOS / Windows binaries for this leading open-source PBR engine.

    • Applications

      • Audacity 2.4.2 Released with Updated wxWidgets Library

        Audacity audio editor 2.4.2 was released last night with updated wxwidgets library and numerous bug-fixes.

        [...]

        As the building system has changed, the PPA package (v2.4.1) does not fully work on Ubuntu. So it’s recommended to use Audacity Flatpak.

      • Nikola v8.1.0 is out!

        On behalf of the Nikola team, I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of Nikola v8.1.0. This release makes a few feature changes, improvements, and fixes a few bugs.

      • LanguageTool 5.0 is released

        LanguageTool is a style and grammar checker for 25+ languages. It’s available as an extension for LibreOffice and as online version. Here is a change list for 5.0 version.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

      • Violence on The Streets: No Sign of Stopping

        Streets of Rage. How uncanny for a game to carry that name in the first half of 2020! Even more so considering that this sequel had fans waiting for something like 30 years to materialize.

        Of course, anyone remembering Streets of Rage (SoR) will inevitably refer to Streets of Rage 2. The first one was a draft, at best, and the third one was a cheaply-made sequel following the pinnacle that the second represents.

        When you play video games for a long enough part of your life, you end up realizing that not everything new is better, not every game pushes genres forward.

        There are genres where the best games remain, to this very day, in the past. Symphony of the Night is still the master of the Castlevania series. The peak of 2D Mario games were probably on the NES and SNES. The most exciting Sonic episode would be the second one on the Genesis/Megadrive. You may have a different opinion, but there’s a pattern that we can all agree with: popular genres mean increasing revenues, growing revenues bring competition, competition brings new ideas, and new ideas push games to surpass themselves iteration after iteration. But when genres fall out touch with the public, the trend reverses: less investment, less innovation, and newer titles are lesser titles more often than not.

        This is especially relevant in the case of the “brawler” genre, to which Streets of Rage belongs. Brawlers are simple to grasp. You control a character (usually a vigilante) and your pass-time is to kick and punch people in the face for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

        Something we can all identify with.

      • Classic Board Games You Can Play on Linux

        Everybody loves board games and they are a great way to spend time with your friends and family and have a lot of fun. Playing board games on an open-source platform like Linux is great because you can play board games on your own but still have the same experience as if you were playing with other people. Computer board games have transformed the board game experience and there are so many great options that you can try out. In this article, we will present the 5 best classic board games that you can play on Linux.

      • Need For Speed Heat | Linux Gaming | Ubuntu 20.04 | Steam Play

        Need For Speed Heat running through Steam Play on Linux.

      • What have you been playing recently and what’s your pick this weekend?

        It’s coming to the end of another week on planet Earth. More games have released, tons have seen updates and it’s time for another chit-chat.

        You might laugh but a lot of my time has been spent playing Troll Patrol, I’ve actually found myself somewhat hooked by it. The simplicity of match-3 gameplay with a dash of RPG elements makes for quite a fun brew. I’m genuinely surprised by how fun it actually is and it seems the PC release has gone firmly under the radar with only one single user review on Steam.

      • Valve continues battling with the Team Fortress 2 bots

        After recently dealing with an influx of game-ruining racists bots in Team Fortress 2, the battle continues.

        Earlier this month, Valve finally pushed out an update to deal with some of the issues and slow down the bot attack somewhat by limiting what accounts can do. They mentioned at the time that work was ongoing to deal with new accounts being made for abusive purposes.

        The problem was, as always, bot creators found ways around the limitations by simply and repeatedly changing their name or team name. So Valve has once again stepped in to deal with that side of it to prevent accounts that have chat disabled to no longer be able to update their name while connected. They also added rate limit checks for in-game text chat, and fixed being able to update team name while in matchmaking games.

      • Supraland stops supporting Linux shortly after leaving GOG entirely

        Supraland, a highly rated open-world puzzle adventure, has now removed mentions of Linux on Steam as the developer is unable to actually support it.

        This comes shortly after the developer asked for Supraland to be completely removed from GOG, after being there less than a year citing lower sales. If you read that previous linked article, this news likely won’t come as much of a surprise. Checking on SteamDB, it seems they removed the note of Linux support earlier in June. Looking around, the developer mentioned this in the official Discord, “I stopped direct linux support. Using the windows version with proton gives much better results like a much higher framerate.”.

      • PSP emulator PPSSPP has a big new release out

        Remember the PSP? The classic Sony handheld lives on thanks to open source with the PPSSPP emulator.

        Just today, June 27, they tagged the 1.10.0 release on GitHub and it looks like it’s absolutely crammed full of goodies. The first update since October 2019 too so there’s going to be plenty of fixes included for those of you wanting to play some classic PSP games on modern platforms.

        [...]

        For any easy install on Linux, you can grab it via Flatpak on Flathub. It’s currently still the previous version so hopefully it will see 1.10.0 in the next week or so.

      • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a new Beta to deal with cheating

        While Team Fortress 2 is dealing with racist bots, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is dealing with cheating and there’s a new Beta out now.

        In a blog post on the official CS:GO website, Valve mentioned their ongoing battle to reduce the amount of cheating found in the popular free first-person shooter. CS:GO will now “significantly” restrict the number of external applications and files that can interact with it. How they described it sounds like it mainly affects the Windows version but obviously a reduction in cheating benefits anyone playing across Linux and macOS too as well.

      • Colony building sim ‘Maia’ has a huge free update with more world simulation

        With a very tough looking release behind them, developer Simon Roth release a huge free update for their colony building sim Maia.

        After release in November 2018, it gained a fair amount of negative user reviews due to various problems. It’s quite a difficult game to understand in a few ways too, like with the very minimal UI but that hasn’t stopped Roth from continuing to build on the promising idea.

        The ‘Firestorm’ update is out now, with an aim to not just expand the game but also improve upon bugs and perceived issues with AI behaviour. It brings in a big sweeping-fire system that can spread from “faulty equipment, explosions, tracer rounds and even the soft landing rockets on the capsules” and droughts can make it even worse with high-winds.

      • Become a Scottish agent in the Goldeneye inspired Pinkeye

        Currently in development, Pinkeye is another upcoming first-person shooter with a heavy-retro theme and if you enjoyed the classic Goldeneye or The World is Not Enough you might like this.

        Set in an alternate universe where the UK never formed. You play as a Scottish Secret Service agent protecting Scotland from being invaded by England. An amusing sounding setting and certainly not one that’s explored like this that’s for sure.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Rendering OSM Maps with MapCSS

          When looking at the geometry, OSM data consists basically just of lines and polygons, so technically there’s only few primitives to render. To make this look like a useful map though, a lot depends on the map styling. That is, the decision with which colors, line strokes, fill patterns, z order, and iconographic or textual labels those geometric primitives should be rendered. Here we are talking about hundreds of rules to make a good map.

          Since writing all those rules in code is hard to work with and to maintain, using a declarative way to define the rules is attractive. Several such systems exist in the OSM space already, such as MapCSS or CartoCSS, so we followed that and are using MapCSS for our indoor map renderer.

          [...]

          While there is of course still plenty of work to do all over this, I think we are getting close to an initial integration into KDE Itinerary. While initially not offering more than showing a basic map, it would enable work on deeper integration features, and make all improvements on the map side immediately useful.

          If you are interested in contributing, no matter if feedback, ideas or code, check out the workboard on Gitlab.

          For playing with this locally, the best starting point is probably the QML example. After building KPublicTransport, add the bin/ sub-folder of the build directory to the QML2_IMPORT_PATH environment variable (or install to a properly setup prefix), and then load tests/indoormap.qml with qmlscene.

        • More (mis-)adventures in Qt Quick land

          There’s no escaping that Qt Quick, sometimes also referred to by its language QML, has become the major focus of the framework. At least until the company decides to drastically change course in Qt 7. There will always be a place for QWidgets-based UI and C++ (everything compiles to C++ anyway, more or less), Qt Quick is really being pushed as the future of building user interfaces, especially for touch, mobile, and embedded.

          A few years back, I tried playing around with using Qt Quick for rapid app prototyping by creating some reusable components and I wanted to build upon that by prototyping some non-conventional and even fictional user interfaces from prototype devices and concept videos. I didn’t get far with my limited knowledge of Qt Quick and was only able to implement an extremely crude version of MeeGo’s column-based home screen (a dream from long ago, don’t ask).

        • First Evaluation

          It has been two weeks since my last post. In this time period, I took forward my project, adding multiple datasets and completed “share pieces of candies” and “locate the regions” activities.

          Our motive behind adding multiple datasets in activities is to make the difficulty range of activities wider. This way the same activity can be easily configured to be played by pupils of different ages or capabilities.

          GCompris code has been divided into two parts/folders i.e “activities” and “core” parts.

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • Kubuntu 20.04 LTS – Bland but functional

          Kubuntu has been reviewed here before, albeit in a comparison with the Fedora KDE spin in the KDE 4 days. Quite a while I know, and since I happen to like Plasma it’s been on the cards to check out a few KDE-centric distributions once again. Kubuntu is one of the oldest official Ubuntu flavours from Canonical and should have become the default desktop offering long ago.

          When talking about consistency and predictability for business and enterprise desktops, which is what’s needed there, Ubuntu does not exactly look good. What could be less consistent than moving from Gnome 2 to Unity and then again to Gnome Shell in a matter of a few years? For the home user it does not matter much, most of us are jumping from distro to distro and between different environments as we see fit, but in business there’s training involved, in particular with non-technical staff who may already have a hard time switching from other operating systems.

          With that out of the way, let’s begin. Kubuntu 20.04 is distributed as a 64 bit download for the amd/intel architecture only. I opted to get it via torrent as it does the checksum checking for us so we can be sure not to get a corrupted download. Then created the bootable USB stick. Kubuntu is distributed as a hybrid live installable image so we can check it out and test the hardware before committing.

        • 7 Alternatives to Kubuntu

          Kubuntu is of course a valid distribution in its own right and the case for it has been stronger again ever since Linux Mint cancelled their own KDE edition in 2018. On top of that Kubuntu serves as a base for KDE Neon. Nevertheless, one or the other user might want to look at other alternatives and options to run a pre-configured and set up Plasma Desktop. A ready-made one because the desktop environment can be installed on top of any distribution base.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Monthly News – June 2020

          We’re almost ready to release Linux Mint 20. Following this release, before we move on to the next development cycle, we’ll take two weeks to work on the upgrade path from Linux Mint 19.3 and the port of the new features in LMDE 4.

          I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the BETA. Thanks to your participation, we received a lot of feedback and we were able to fix very important bugs. 167 reports were processed. Among other important changes, Cinnamon fractional scaling was made more intuitive, many translations issues were solved, LVM encrypted installs no longer require an Internet connection, panel layout selection was brought back in the Welcome Screen, support for StatusNotifier icons (Qt and Electron apps) was improved. Many components received bug fixes and as always the BETA phase allowed us to identify new issues and get a better release.

          We also had to make a few tough decisions. The new Mint-Y colors were postponed until Linux Mint 20.1. The change which made the Grub menu always visible was reverted, and the Grub theme, which in this release prevented Linux Mint 20 to boot on particular laptops was removed.

          As we made these changes, we felt the need to document them, so we took the opportunity to start gathering info into a new guide called The Linux Mint User Guide. At the moment it’s just a collection of pages which cover new topics such as how to configure and theme Grub, how to install Chromium, why Snap is disabled and how to enable it. As we go along we’ll add more and more information in this guide and we’re hoping it will grow into something very helpful for the community.

        • Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Xfce released!

          The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Xfce Edition.

        • Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” MATE released!

          The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” MATE Edition.

        • Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Cinnamon released!

          The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Cinnamon Edition.

        • Linux Mint 20 is Officially Available Now! The Performance and Visual Improvements Make it an Exciting New Release

          Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” is finally released and available to download.

          Linux Mint 19 was based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Mint 20 is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS — so you will find a lot of things different, improved, and potentially better.

          Now that it’s here, let’s take a look at its new features, where to download it, and how to upgrade your system.

        • Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Released – Based On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

          Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” is shipping this weekend as the newest major release to this user-friendly desktop Linux distribution derived from the Ubuntu LTS package set.

          The big change with Linux Mint 20 is now being based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS packages rather than 18.04, thus better hardware support and a whole host of new packag

        • Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Released. This is What’s New

          Linux Mint team announced that the latest version of its operating system Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana”, and it is available for download and upgrades.

          Coming after a couple of days since the BETA release, Linux Mint 20 brings some core and major changes. Here’s a summary for you.

        • Ubuntu-based Linux Mint 20 ‘Ulyana’ is here

          Earlier this month, we told you about Linux Mint 20 BETA . Code-named “Ulyana,” it was a very controversial release, as the developers decided to cancel the 32-bit version. Unfortunately, the devs also shocked the world by revealing their intention to remove Snapd starting with version 20 of the operating system. Don’t forget, all of this follows the unpopular decision by the developers to pull both GIMP and VLC from Mint too.

          And now, Linux Mint 20 sheds its pre-release tag and becomes available for download. The newest version of the operating system comes with Linux kernel 5.4 and is based on Ubuntu 20.04. Linux Mint 20 is officially supported until the year 2025! Best of all, you can choose among three desktop environments — Cinnamon (4.6), MATE (1.24), and Xfce (4.14). It even comes with a new program called “Warpinator.”

        • Linux Mint 20 ‘Ulyana’ is out with better NVIDIA Optimus support, fractional scaling

          Linux Mint 20 has today been officially released across multiple official desktop environments and it’s all sounding great. The Cinnamon desktop edition sounding especially good.

          This is the first Linux Mint release to be based upon Ubuntu 20.04, the latest Long-Term Support release so you can keep on using Linux Mint 20 happily until around 2025. If you’re looking for a good starting point with Linux, Mint is often a good choice.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Can open, collaborative tactics help us crack COVID-19?

        At least 109 organizations are currently working on treatment for COVID-19. But many researchers believe an approved, effective vaccine against the coronavirus will not be available in 2020.

      • Programming/Development

        • 5+ Years Late: LLVM’s AMD Excavator Target Was Missing Two Features

          It took until 2020 for an Intel developer to land a patch providing support for two instructions supported by AMD “Excavator” CPUs but not exposed by the “bdver4″ target.

          It turns out LLVM’s bdver4 target for Excavator CPUs was missing MOVBE and RDRND features. RDRND is for the RdRand hardware random number generator that was new to Excavator / Bulldozer v4. MOVBE is the Big Endian move instruction for going to/from x86 Little Endian format, basically reversing the byte order. MOVBE was also new to AMD CPUs starting with Excavator. RDRND is for calling on the CPU’s RdRand capabilities while the MOVBE instruction can be useful in networking processing and related areas when needing to switch endianness.

        • GCC 11 Now Defaults To C++17 Dialect By Default

          Following the proposal at the end of last year over GCC 11 aiming to default to C++17 for its C++ front-end, that change is now in place for GNU Compiler Collection 11.

          When not specifying any alternative C++ standard, the default revision has been C++14. But with GCC’s C++17 support being mature now for over a year, with the GCC 11 release due out next year it will assume C++17 by default.

        • Python

          • Python 3.8.3 : PyCryptodome python package – part 001.

            In the last tutorial, I wrote on Sunday, June 16, 2019, you can see a simple example of this python package with KDF with PBKDF2 function.
            I guess it should be interesting for visitors to this blog to read more about this package because it is very useful and interesting.
            Today I come up with another tutorial covering how to use A.E.S. standard encryption and decrypting text in a binary file.
            The A.E.S. is a standard?
            The Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS PUBS) announcing the A.E.S. on November 26, 2001, on the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 197.

  • Leftovers

    • Admitted Russian scammer Aleksei Burkov sentenced to 9 years by US court

      A U.S. judge has sentenced an admitted Russian scammer to nine years in prison, marking the likely end of a years-long legal saga that has involved secretive cybercriminal forums, high-level political negotiations and a proposed prisoner swap.

    • Why Elizabeth Warren Is the VP Pick Facebook Doesn’t Want to See

      While a vice president takes his or her cues on administration priorities from the president, Warren’s selection could be a setback for the powerful company, which already faces accusations that it placates President Donald Trump as well as antitrust issues in Europe. Facebook and Warren have launched broadsides at each other, as they did in October, when audio leaked of CEO Mark Zuckerberg telling his employees he would sue the government if Warren tried to break up his company.

      With Biden’s VP decision weeks away, sources who’ve worked with the company and Democrats told Newsweek that Facebook would prefer to see anyone but Warren on the ticket.

      “I don’t think they’d like it,” said a source with ties to Facebook, who asked for anonymity in order to discuss sensitive company matters. “The question is, If Biden wins, will they have the same animus?”

    • Sex and the Stricken City: In Praise of Proximity

      We were very tired, we were very merry— We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.

    • The Hut at the End of the World

      Places can hold space for greater understanding between countries and people, or to confrontation. Examples of both occurred in the same region, Hainan Province, the smallest of the provinces of the People’s Republic of China, known during the Qing dynasty as “End of Earth”, because it was so far from the country’s capital.

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • MLflow has Grown Up and Left Home: Machine Learning Framework Joins Linux Foundation

                “We’ve moved MLflow into the Linux Foundation as a vendor-neutral non-profit organization to manage the project long-term”

                Databricks has donated its hugely popular machine learning framework MLflow to the non-profit Linux Foundation.

                The open source tool from the US company (whose founders created analytics engine Apache Spark) sees an eye-ball popping 2.5 million downloads a month and has 200 contributors from 100 organisations.

                MLflow allows organisations to package their code for reproducible runs and execute hundreds of parallel experiments, across platforms. It integrates closely with Apache Spark, SciKit-Learn, TensorFlow and other open source ML frameworks.

        • Security

          • PGP::Sign 1.00

            This is the first new release of PGP::Sign in 13 years, so it’s long-overdue. I have finally updated it in preparation for creating a new, more modern signing key for the Big Eight Usenet hierarchies and issuing control messages with both the old and new keys, using GnuPG v2 for the new key.

            The biggest change in this release is that it drops support for all OpenPGP implementations other than GnuPG, and adds support for GnuPG v2. I think some of the other PGP implementations are still around, but I haven’t seen them in years and have no way to test against them, so it didn’t seem worthwhile to continue to support them. GnuPG v2 support is obviously long-overdue, given that we’re getting close to the point where GnuPG v1 will start disappearing from distributions. The default backend is now GnuPG v2, although the module can be configured to use GnuPG v1 instead.

            This release also adds a new object-oriented API. When I first wrote this module, it was common in the Perl community to have functional APIs configured with global variables. Subsequently we’ve learned this is a bad idea for a host of reasons, and I finally got around to redoing the API. It’s still not perfect (in particular, the return value of the verify method is still a little silly), but it’s much nicer. The old API is still supported, implemented as a shim in front of the new API.

          • California University Paid $1.14 Million After Ransomware Attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

            The University of California, San Francisco paid criminal [attackers] $1.14 million this month to resolve a ransomware attack.

            The [attackers] encrypted data on servers inside the school of medicine, the university said Friday. While researchers at UCSF are among those leading coronavirus-related antibody testing, the attack didn’t impede its Covid-19 work, it said. The university is working with a team of cybersecurity contractors to restore the hampered servers “soon.”

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Guy Who Reverse-Engineered TikTok Reveals The Scary Things He Learned, Advises People To Stay Away From It

              “TikTok might not meet the exact criteria to be called “Malware”, but it’s definitely nefarious and (in my humble opinion) outright evil,” Bangorlol said. “There’s a reason governments are banning it. Don’t use the app. Don’t let your children use it. Tell your friends to stop using it. It offers you nothing but a quick source of entertainment that you can get elsewhere without handing your data over to the Chinese government. You are directly putting yourself and those on your network (work and home) at risk.”

            • Hardin-Simmons University in Texas says student who made racist TikTok ‘no longer enrolled’

              Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene did not reveal the name of the person who posted the video but acknowledged it was one of their students, who was wearing an HSU T-shirt in the video.

            • iOS 14 reveals TikTok still accessing copied text on iPhone’s clipboard

              The beta release of Apple’s iOS 14 revealed that TikTok is still accessing the iPhone’s clipboard, months after a pledge to stop the practice.

            • TikTok and also 53 various other iphone applications still sleuth your delicate clipboard records

              In March, scientists found an uncomfortable personal privacy grab through greater than 4 loads iphone applications consisting of TikTok, the Chinese-owned social networking sites and also video-sharing sensation that has actually taken the Internet through tornado. Regardless of TikTok promising to inhibit the strategy, it remains to access several of Apple individuals’ very most delicate records, which may consist of codes, cryptocurrency pocketbook handles, account-reset hyperlinks, and also private information. Yet Another 53 applications pinpointed in March have not ceased either.

            • TikTok Snoops Your Clipboard Every Few Seconds, iOS 14 Reveals

              A new security feature in iOS 14 reveals every time an app accesses your clipboard. TikTok does so every few seconds.

            • One Bad Algorithm? Advocates Say Facial Recognition Reveals Systemic Racism in AI Technology

              The controversy over police use of facial recognition technology has accelerated after a Black man in Michigan revealed he was wrongfully arrested because of the technology. Detroit police handcuffed Robert Williams in front of his wife and daughters after facial recognition software falsely identified him as a suspect in a robbery. Researchers say facial recognition software is up to 100 times more likely to misidentify people of color than white people. This week, Boston voted to end its use in the city, and Democratic lawmakers introduced a similar measure for federal law enforcement. “This is not an example of one bad algorithm. Just like instances of police brutality, it is a glimpse of how systemic racism can be embedded into AI systems like those that power facial recognition technologies,” says Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Federal Court Rules Against Trump’s Bid to Seize Pentagon Funds for Border Wall

        The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed President Donald Trump another rebuke Friday by ruling that the administration’s efforts to redirect previously appropriated Pentagon funds towards his border wall was an unlawful violation of the Constitution.

      • Defunding Police Must Be Paired With Demilitarization and Denuclearization

        In much the same way that local Black Lives Matter activists are right to call for cuts to militarized police departments, we must pair the current movement with efforts to rein in American militarism extending beyond our borders too.

      • ‘Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud,’ Trump Suggests $5 Billion Weapons Contract Awarded to Boost 2020 Chances in Wisconsin

        “There is nothing normal about the commander-in-chief publicly admitting that the government contracting process was corrupted by political considerations.”

      • Battleground States: The Time for Manufacturing Weapons of War Has Passed as a Viable Industry for Our Nation

        The world that our global empire is swiftly creating, through our devastating oil wars in the Middle East and our arriving cold wars with Russia and China, is a world without winners. 

      • Trump Is Trying to Remake the Military in His Own Ugly Image

        It is not surprising that retired Army BGen. Anthony Tata was nominated by Donald Trump as undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon, the third-highest political posting in the military. Tata has a habit of incendiary and bigoted tweeting in a Trumpian fashion. He claimed that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim and a “Manchurian candidate” and that Representative Maxine Waters is a “vicious race baiting racist.”

      • The War That Time Forgot

        I hear it all the time. The most crucial decision of this century was the vote to go to war against Iraq. It’s meant to serve as a political line of demarcation, a sure-fire way to determine which politicians, celebrities and news personalities you can trust.

      • To Shift Funds From ‘Endless Wars’ to ‘Human Needs,’ Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion

        “It is time for us to truly focus on what we value as a society and to fundamentally transform our national priorities.”

      • Avoiding War With China

        Relations between the U.S. and China have hit an all-time low. As the election nears, expect them to plunge lower. That’s because Trump is campaigning against China, hoping for a surge of xenophobic hatred to sweep him back into the white house. The charge is that China caused Covid-19 – possibly in a lab, but if not, worsened the plague with its secrecy and lies at the pandemic’s start. This is nonsense. The Chinese government’s first instinct may have been to cover up, but it quickly did an about-face. It certainly didn’t dilly dally about fighting the disease as long as Trump did. As for the accusation that China underreported fatalities, it is irrelevant even if true; China quickly warned the world that this was a killer plague and promptly locked down. There was no mystery, no grand deceit. If China undercounted its dead, that did not alter the message: disaster was coming and you better prepare. Which is exactly what the Trump regime did not do.

    • Environment

      • The Environment, the Trump and Bolsonaro

        “[A] great empire and little minds go ill together.”—Edmund Burke, 2d Speech on Conciliation with America (1775)

      • The Language of ‘Brown Finance’ in Climate Finance is Racist

        If you cannot hear the problem with the term “brown finance” yourself, please let me explain.

      • Energy

        • ‘Slight’ radioactivity rise in Nordic countries

          The Netherland’s public health agency said Friday it analysis of Nordic data showed that radionuclides had come “from the direction of Western Russia,” indicating “damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant.”

        • ‘Incredibly Reckless’: Trump Moves to Expand Fossil Fuel Drilling in Alaska’s Western Arctic Region

          “At a time when oil prices are cratering, prioritizing expanding oil and gas drilling anywhere—let alone the Arctic—is ridiculous.”

        • The cleanup and the cover-up After 17,000 tons of diesel spilled into Arctic waters, Russian officials took two full days to react. Then, they spread falsehoods about when they learned the spill had happened.

          On May 29, 17,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled out of a faulty tank in the northern Siberian city of Norilsk, flooding the surrounding waterways with a red slick easily visible by satellite. The tank was part of the Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company’s Thermal Power Plant No. 3, whose parent firm, Norilsk Nickel, is known for its connections to other ecological disasters. According to Nornickel, the latest spill stemmed from melting permafrost underneath the corroding tank; northern Siberia is currently undergoing a major heat wave. Officials estimate that cleaning the Norilsk spill will take at least half a year, while the environment surrounding the city will take at least a decade to recover as the climate crisis continues to take its toll. Amid that recovery, one key question is why government officials learned about and acted on the historic spill days after it happened. Meduza special correspondents Maxim Solopov and Anastasia Yakoreva reconstructed the initial response to the Norilsk disaster using internal documents from the Emergencies Ministry and interviews with government employees.

        • It’s Time to Nationalize the Fossil Fuel Industry

          The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy provides a golden opportunity for creating a fairer, more just and sustainable world as it shatters long-held assumptions about the economic and political order. Its impact on the energy industry in particular can boost support for tackling the existential threat of global warming by raising the prospect of nationalizing and eventually dismantling fossil fuel producing companies, a position argued passionately by one of the world’s leading progressive economists, Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Bolton’s Memoir Bolts from the Stable

        President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton would have been confident. His indulgent The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir pitted him against the administration in a not infrequent battle over material that is published by former officials recounting their giddy days in high office. On June 17, the US government filed a civil suit seeking a preliminary injunction ahead of the planned release of the memoir on June 23, and a “constructive trust” arising from all profits issuing from the publication of the work.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • The ongoing torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange

        On Feb 17, 2020, Doctors for Assange demanded an end to the torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange.1 Yet no responsible authority has acted. Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and two medical experts visited Mr Assange in prison in May, 2019, concluding that his treatment constituted psychological torture, a form of torture aimed at destroying the personality of an individual.2 The situation has deteriorated since then, with continued abuses of Mr Assange’s fundamental rights and the medical risks posed by COVID-19.

        Since February, 2020, there has been a string of hearings in the context of Mr Assange’s US extradition trial. A timeline is provided in the appendix. His treatment throughout has been described as “shocking and excessive” by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).3 He has been held in a bulletproof enclosure unable to fully hear proceedings and denied meetings with his lawyers. He was strip-searched, handcuffed 11 times, moved to five different holding cells, and had privileged client–lawyer communications seized.3

      • “Free Speech” In The US Empire Is As Illusory As “Free-Range” Eggs

        In what Shadowproof‘s Kevin Gosztola calls “a not-so-subtle effort to criminalize the journalism of an adversarial media organization that the United States has spent the last decade working to destroy,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been hit with another superseding indictment by the US Department of Justice.

        Shadowproof, WSWS, and Consortium News all have solid and informative write-ups on this new development. The indictment adds no new charges, is riddled with inaccuracies, glaring plot holes, and amateurish errors, relies heavily on testimony from a literal convicted pedophile and diagnosed sociopath, and appears to be little more than a feeble attempt to legitimize the injection of the words “hacking” and “hackers” into the prosecutorial narrative.

        To quote Assange’s partner Stella Morris, “They didn’t throw the book at Julian. They threw bits of paper found crumpled up in the discard pile.”

        [...]

        The persecution of Julian Assange is a transparent and iron-fisted attempt by the US government to globally criminalize the publication of leaks which embarrass the US-centralized empire, thereby drawing a firm line which journalists all around the world know never to cross.

        This is the inverted totalitarian oligarchic empire at its most overtly tyrannical. The imprisonment of Assange was the part of the movie where the villain finally reveals their true face for the monster they’ve always been, where it became clear to anyone paying attention that the US power alliance is as authoritarian and intolerant of real dissent as any tin pot dictator.

        But this is the rarest form of imperial censorship. Normally, wherever possible, the power structures which dominate human civilization prefer to do so out of sight and out of mind, ideally having the inmates of the prison serve as their own wardens.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Undocumented Survivors Have Long Lived in Limbo. COVID-19 Is Making It Worse.

        Anna had recently given birth to her second daughter when two tall, masked strangers broke into her home in East-Central Texas. On that evening in early July 2010, the burglars came in through a backdoor and held a gun against Anna’s head. One of them covered her mouth, telling her not to make a noise or they would shoot. The little girls started crying as they held onto their mother tightly. Anna, who is originally from Pakistan and asked to be identified by a pseudonym due to fears about her uncertain immigration status, handed over her gold earrings, bracelets and two rings. After the strangers searched the house and found $2,500 in cash in one of the bedrooms, they proceeded to punch Anna in the face, hit her in the head and molest her. Before leaving, they told her they would be back.

      • From the Streets to the Ballot Box: New York’s Political Revolution

        Alongside a wave of insurgent progressive candidates, New York’s primary elections ushered in a mandate for radical change.

      • The Seventh Studio Case: What Kirill Serebrennikov means to Russia’s art world

        On Friday, June 26, a Moscow court announced verdicts in the controversial “Seventh Studio” case involving the alleged embezzlement of almost 129 million rubles (about $1.9 million) allocated to the Culture Ministry’s “Platforma” project (a state-led contemporary art incubator). All four defendants — director Kirill Serebrennikov, former Culture Ministry official Sofia Apfelbaum, former “Seventh Studio” general producer Alexey Malobrodsky, and the studio’s former CEO, Yuri Itin — maintain their innocence.

      • For Decades, She Blamed Herself for the Abuse. Writing Her Story Was an Act of Survival. Publishing It Was an Act of Rebellion.

        She was still small enough to climb on her mother’s back, too little to step from the family boat without help, when the violations began. “Touching games” led by older men with big smiles at her family’s fish camp, across the water from Kotzebue, a regional hub of 3,000 people known as the “gateway to the Arctic.”

        From those early years into her adulthood in distant Anchorage, Tia Wakolee, 46, says she was molested, raped or stalked nearly 30 times. She never reported the abuse to law enforcement.

      • Angela Davis on “Mainstream Feminism”
      • Bree Newsome Took Down the Confederate Flag 5 Years Ago. She’s Still Organizing.

        Five years ago today, 30-year-old activist Bree Newsome Bass shocked the world by climbing a 30-foot flag pole and taking down the Confederate battle flag at the South Carolina State Capitol Building — a flag that state leaders had first raised in 1961 to tell the budding civil rights movement to “stay out!”

      • We Must Confront Anti-Black History in All Forms in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

        In early June, a viral video captured Dominicans dressed in all black chasing out a group of people from the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan. The video sparked debates on Twitter about colorism, Blackness and tyranny within the Dominican community. Some called the confrontation a racist act informed by a long Dominican history of colorism and anti-Blackness, while others defended the vigilante group, arguing that they were “protecting” their neighborhood from being looted.

      • ‘Black Lives Matter’ is About More Than the Police

        Black life must be valued at every stage and in every facet of society. We won’t rest until it is.

      • ‘Not Good Enough’: Protesters Demand More Action After Officers Who Killed Elijah McClain Taken Off Streets

        “Elijah McClain and his family deserve justice.”

      • Elijah McClain case: Nearly 2 million sign petition calling for investigation of Aurora police

        Nearly 2 million people have signed an online petition that launched early in June calling for Aurora officials to reopen the investigation into the death of Elijah McClain — a 23-year-old unarmed black man who died in August 2019 following an encounter with Aurora police and paramedics.

        The petition calls on Adams County District Attorney Dave Young, along with Mayor Mike Coffman and the Aurora Police Department, to “bring justice for Elijah,” by conducting “a more in-depth” investigation and removing the officers involved from duty.

        [...]

        Both Michael Bryant, spokesperson for the city of Aurora, and Officer Matthew Longshore, police department spokesman, have said that the decision to reopen the investigation would have to come from Young’s office.

        “I don’t open up investigations based on petitions,” Young told Colorado Politics earlier in June. “Obviously, if there is new evidence to look at, I will look at the evidence in any case.

        “But no,” he said, “I’m not going to open up an investigation because people are signing a petition.”

        Three Aurora City Council members have since called on the city manager to launch an independent investigation into McClain’s death.

    • “Please Forgive Me,” Said Elijah McClain As Three Cops Murdered Him
    • ‘We Need More People Like’ Regan Russell: Mourning and Justice Demanded Over Killing of Animal Rights Activist Regan Russell

      “She was the most peaceful, logical, kind, compassionate person that I’ve ever met.” 

    • That Panna Cotta Sucks: the Faux Anti-Capitalism of “The Platform”

      There’s a fictional prison set in Spain that’s unlike Rikers or Fulsom. On each of its 300+ floors, there’s a rectangular cell occupied by two prisoners. In the middle of each cell, there’s a gaping hole. Once a day, a large titanium platform descends from the top floor to the cells—the platform locks into each opening for just a few minutes. On the platform, one table is prepared for all the floors. The table’s buffet includes, but isn’t limited to, Michelin star escargots à la bourguignonne, lobster, aged and cured meats, and panna cotta. Of course, the table is decked with “Versailles-worthy tableware with a markedly decadent halo,” said Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. And there are bottles of wine (maybe Bordeaux) to boot. The prisoners at the top eat as much as they want, the next set of prisoners eat the leftovers, and so on. This is breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one. Buen provecho.

    • Silence of the Swine: Abolish the Police and Bring Back the Panthers

      One thing that has become crystal fucking clear to any sane sentient creature with a pulse who has paid attention to current events over the last month is the fact that America’s cherished fascist institution known as the police is completely and totally fucking useless to working class people. By night, our self-flagellating martyrs in blue become harder to find than Waldo as they’re outnumbered by the most irate of the citizenry they’ve wronged, who’ve turned their rage inward towards defenseless small business’ while the true target of their anger cowers in the shadows of the flames. By sunrise however, these heavily armed cowards suddenly rediscover that old fighting side of them and prove their shriveled manhood by laying into guitar-strumming pacifists with flailing truncheons, Covid-friendly tear gas, and a torrential downpour of barely-less-than-lethal rubber rounds. Just like schoolyard bullies and neo-Nazi skinheads, the neckless jarheads of the American police state are only badass’ when its ten against one and that one is a sickly old peacenik that could be bowled over by a stiff wind.

    • Land of the Unfree

      When I was a child, I learned to believe that Americans valued freedom and equality more than any other place on the planet. I learned that, in our criminal justice system, we were innocent until proven guilty.

    • Yes, Defund the Cops–And Put Them Under Community Control

      Community control of the police means empowering the people to shape and oversee the mechanisms of their own security and end forever the armed occupation of our communities by hostile forces.

    • Conservatives Lose – and Lose – and Lose

      This month’s Supreme Court decree that gays cannot be fired from jobs simply because they’re gay is a solid blow to white evangelicals, the heart of the Republican Party. Such born-again conservatives claim they have “religious freedom” to treat gays cruelly. Now they’re exposed, once again, as more intolerant than the rest of America.

    • The DEA’s Most Recent Abuse of Power Should Renew Calls for Divestment

      A critical look at the DEA is long overdue. The agency has existed for more than forty-five years but little attention has been given to the role it has played in fueling racial disparities, mass criminalization, the surveillance state, and other drug war harms.

    • The Supreme Court Just Took a Hammer to the Asylum Process

      Between the pandemic and the threats of military force against US citizens, it’s easy to forget that the Trump administration reserves its greatest cruelty for nonwhite immigrants. And it’s easy to forget, in the wake of last week’s narrow ruling to uphold the DACA program, that the Supreme Court has been largely willing to give constitutional cover to this bigotry and xenophobia. But Trump’s antipathy for black and brown immigrants never takes a day off. And the courts consistently let him get away with it.

    • The Responsibility to Protect? Bipartisan Crimes Against Humanity in the U.S.

      Hundreds of people are unnecessarily dying every day with African Americans representing a disproportionate number of those deaths. 80 million people are now without health coverage, millions are unemployed, over the next two months evictions will resume with an expected explosion of homelessness. And what is the response from the state that is tasked with the responsibility to promote and protect the fundamental human rights of its population?

    • Russian theater director sentenced to probation in controversial embezzlement case

      On Friday, June 26, a Moscow court announced verdicts in the controversial “Seventh Studio” case involving the alleged embezzlement of almost 129 million rubles (about $1.9 million) allocated to the Culture Ministry’s “Platforma” project (a state-led contemporary art incubator). All four defendants — director Kirill Serebrennikov, former Culture Ministry official Sofia Apfelbaum, former “Seventh Studio” general producer Alexey Malobrodsky, and the studio’s former CEO, Yuri Itin — maintain their innocence.

    • The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight

      On Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles, the decade’s long struggle for No Police in the Schools had a major breakthrough. Los Angeles School Board member Monica Garcia introduced the most structural and hopeful motion to make “defund the police” a reality. Her motion, expressing gratitude to the national Black uprising, called for cutting the $70 million budget of the Los Angeles School Police Department—with 350 armed officers—by 50% in 2021, 75% in 2022, and 90% in 2023—essentially phasing out the entire department. We think “50%, 75%, 90%” is a model for the “Defund the Police” movement nationally. Any movement that gets to 100% first wins. Her Civil Rights motion did not pass but neither did any of the toxic compromises. That “50/75/90%” motion is still the centerpiece of our movement going forward and we have every intention of bringing it into reality.

    • Episode 95 – What We Can Learn From The Kent State Murders with Mickey Huff – Along The Line Podcast

      Along The Line is a non-profit, education-based podcast that provides listeners with context and analysis about various critical and contemporary issues and topics. Hosted by Dr. Nolan Higdon, Dr. Dreadlocks (Nicholas Baham III), and Janice Domingo. ATL’s Creative Director is Dylan Lazaga. Mickey Huff is ATL’s producer. ATL’s engineer is Janice Domingo. Adam Armstrong is ATL’s webmaster. Along the Line is brought to you by The Media Freedom Foundation. Listen to our previous content at https://www.projectcensored.org/atl/ Along the Line is a proud member of the Demcast Network. https://demcastusa.com/ Listen to Along the Line on these platforms: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3E5JGKCDVVePzxQxFY7jJg?si=jd65roYdQwWYA00TC9K6tg Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/along-the-line/id1447780425?mt=2 Follow us on Twitter: ATL Official Twitter – https://twitter.com/alongtheline2 Dr. Nolan Higdon – https://twitter.com/Nolan_higdon Dr. Nicholas Baham III – https://twitter.com/doctordredlocks Janice Domingo – https://twitter.com/j_nice44 Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alongthelineshow/ RSS feed: https://www.projectcensored.org/feed/podcast/along-the-line Send us an email: [email protected] Check out these books: The Anatomy of Fake News by Nolan Higdon – https://www.projectcensored.org/product/the-anatomy-of-fake-news-a-critical-news-literacy-education-pre-order-singed-copy/ United States of Distraction by Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff – https://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100388060 Support Along the Line and Project Censored: https://www.projectcensored.org/support/

    • Racism: Are We All Prejudice?

      Loud acts of racism, like the atrocious killing of George Floyd by a US police officer; the disproportionate number of black men incarcerated in American prisons or the high percentage of young black or minority ethnic (BAME) men subjected to ‘stop and search’ by police in Britain are blatant and ugly. But an individuals ‘unconscious bias’ and the institutionalized racism festering deep within organizations is subtler, perhaps harder to recognize.

    • Africans at Home and in the Diaspora in Two New Films

      Two new films debut as Virtual Cinema today. Both address the hopes and the suffering of Africans, both in diaspora and on the continent.

    • What to an American is Theocracy?

      Iranian people have had their most basic rights trampled daily and have been subjected to all categories of random harassment by the state, based purely on whether or not we are the ‘other’. So, it is in the spirit of empathy and solidarity that Iranian socialists, and on behalf of our people — who have fought for over a century to gain dignity and basic human rights — send comradely greetings to, and stand in unity with, the oppressed peoples of the U.S. who are sowing seeds of hope through their spirited struggle against injustice and brutality at the hands of their state.

    • The End of Asylum? Supreme Court Sides with Trump Administration on Fast-Tracking Deportations

      The Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a major victory Thursday when it ruled the government can fast-track deportations of asylum seekers without first allowing them to fight for their cases in front of a judge. The ACLU’s Lee Gelernt argued the case in court on behalf of Tamil asylum seeker Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam. “It’s a very serious decision and will adversely affect many, many asylum seekers,” says Gelernt. “We’re likely to see more people fail their hearings, and now they don’t have a backstop in the federal courts.”

    • What Natives in the US Support Black Lives Matter

      If you speak of historical events seared on Native American minds, unspeakable traumas, the “Indian Removal Act” (1830), the “Trail of Tears” (1838-1850), the “Sand Creek Massacre” (1864), and even, the “Wounded Knee Massacre” (1890), perhaps come to the forefront, among a plethora of genocidal acts against Native peoples too numerous to count. Today, we have the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tribal Nations across the United States and the consequences of the absolute neglect of President Donald J. Trump and his administration of Native peoples who are losing more people per capita to the disease than most countries.

    • Colonized Loyalty: Asian American Anti-Blackness and Complicity

      In the United States, racism against Asian Americans, whether in a public rally, in the public space or in the classroom, has become routine.

    • Trump’s Tulsa Travesty: the Missing Connection

      Rarely do all the major injustices in this country converge at one single place on one single day. President Trump’s re-election rally in Tulsa on June 20 near the site of the 1921 Greenwood massacre that killed 300 black citizens was not only the height of insensitivity; it was, in my opinion, criminally negligent, held indoors at Tulsa’s BOK Center when coronavirus infections were on the rise and the president did not require masks or social distancing for his fans. He even admitted in his speech that he told “my people” to “slow down the testing please!” (His defenders excused it as a joke).

    • Disability Justice and Abolition

      As co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild Disability Justice Committee (NLG DJC), I spend a lot of time thinking about the way disability justice can be used to support social movements. The NLG has been an explicitly abolitionist organization since 2015, when we passed a resolution that calls for “dismantling and abolition of all prisons and of all aspects of systems and institutions that support, condone, create, fill, or protect prisons.”

      As police and prison abolition becomes more mainstream – thanks to the work of Black feminist thinkers like Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and Mariame Kaba – the NLG has an important role to play in moving the abolition movement forward. It’s an opportunity for us to make sure that we bring abolitionist support to all movements, including the disability justice movement.

      The carceral state goes beyond jails and prisons, so if we want to abolish the cops in our head and our hearts, we need to identify the ways they exist and build alternatives. To those ends, I looked at abolition through a disability justice lens and identified some of the ways disabled people are affected by the carceral systems, not just in jail and prison but other manifestations of the carceral state like doctors, social workers, and other individuals and institutions. I also hope to make clear that abolition is a disability issue, which means that mainstream disability rights organizations should also be involved in the fight to abolish police and prisons.

      [...]

      As noted above, a lot of the people in prisons and jails are disabled. People with learning, developmental, and mental health disabilities are especially overrepresented in the criminal justice system. There’s a ton of writing about this so I’m not going to go too far into it, but this alone should be enough to convince the mainstream disability community that they should be pushing for abolition.

      Along with being more likely to end up in jails and prisons, once we are there disabled people are treated especially cruelly. In 2015 Human Rights Watch issued a report called Callous and Cruel, Use of force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons. Unsurprisingly, they found that people in prisons and jails were not getting the mental health treatment they needed. Of course, this leads to people having more mental health symptoms including being unable to follow the commands of guards. Instead of treatment, they are punished with isolation which then often leads to a further increase in mental health symptoms.

      A report from the Treatment Advocacy Center catalogued some of the ways that people with developmental and mental health disabilities are especially victimized in prisons and jails such as by being kept in prison or jail longer than non-disabled inmates; they are “disproportionately abused, beaten, and/or raped;” are more likely to spend time in solitary confinement and experience an increase of symptoms.

      Many jails and prisons are also not accessible for people with physical disabilities. I worked on a lawsuit against a prison that would not allow a wheelchair user to use a motorized wheelchair provided at his own cost. Instead, he had to rely on his roommate or someone else to push his manual wheelchair for him, including to the bathroom. However, there were not always people available to push him so sometimes he was forced to soil himself. I don’t say this to push for resources to be put into making prisons accessible of course. This is just one example of some of the cruelty against disabled people in prison. Jails and prisons are an especially terrible place for disabled people.

  • Monopolies

    • Patents

      • How attorneys can get back PTAB fees

        After the Federal Circuit said that it won’t grant PTAB attorneys’ fees, lawyers are left to pursue district courts and, frustratingly, the PTAB itself

      • IPO Webinar on AI Patentability and Inventorship in Europe

        The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled “Artificial Intelligence: Patentability and Inventorship in Europe” on July 1, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (ET). Mike Jennings of AA Thornton, Tobias Kaufmann of Bardehle Pagenberg, Heli Pihlajamaa of the European Patent Office (EPO), and James Signor of Leydig, Voit & Mayer, LTD will discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) patentability and inventorship are playing out in Europe.

        [...]

        • Computer simulation case G1/19

      • IPO Webinar on Parallel Proceedings in District Court and PTAB

        The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled “Parallel Proceedings in District Court and the PTAB after NHK Spring” on July 2, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET). Hon. Alan Albright of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Eley Thompson of Foley & Lardner LLP, and Trenton Ward of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP will discuss the speedy rise of the Western District of Texas as a litigation hotspot and important PTAB decisions about Section 314 that have gone some way to change the complex interaction between post-grant proceedings at the PTAB and related district court actions.

      • Magic of the machine: can artificial intelligence invent?

        As part of the Artificial Inventor Project, he is seeking patents for inventions made by DABUS (pronounced ‘DA-BUS’). DABUS, a ‘creativity machine’, is a series of neural networks and was created and is owned by Dr Stephen Thaler. DABUS can be provided information on a particular topic in order to independently create inventions.

        Two of DABUS’ inventions form the subject of patent applications: a food container based on fractal geometry, and a warning light that flashes in a fractal sequence. As DABUS could not itself apply for a patent, Thaler was the applicant, with DABUS named as the inventor. Thaler said he had the right to be granted the patent on the basis that he owned DABUS.

        [...]

        The problem is greater than who gets named on an application. We can see this from looking at the law of copyright. The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 provides at section 9(3) that author of a computer-generated work ‘shall be taken to be the person by whom the arrangements necessary for the creation of the work are undertaken’, there is a similar provision in the Registered Designs Act 1949.

        So, the authorship issue associated with copyright has at that level been resolved. But the greater and more fundamental problem remains: when should a work by a computer attract statutory protection as intellectual property?

        The jurisprudence from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in recent years talks about copyright in a metaphysical way – it protects creativity.

        To get copyright, the CJEU has told us that a work must be the ‘author’s own intellectual creation’. In Painer C‐145/10 the CJEU said that ‘an intellectual creation is an author’s own if it reflects the author’s personality’. A computer does not have this personality, so it is at best unclear what protection can ever be achieved for computer generated works.

        In Football Dataco C-604/10, the CJEU said there could be no copyright if technical considerations left no room for creative freedom.

        Although patent law deals with science and engineering, it also engages with this sort of metaphysics. To be patentable in the UK and the EU, there has to be an ‘inventive step’.

        In Technograph v Mills & Rockley (1972), Lord Reid said that something is inventive if the invention could not have been reached by ‘an unimaginative man with no inventive capacity’ who is ‘incapable of a scintilla of invention’.

      • COVID-19 IP update: Intellectual Property Office developments (UPDATED)

        The Boards of Appeal have resumed the holding of oral proceedings, to a limited extent, at their premises in Haar from Monday, 18 May 2020. Parties will be contacted by communication and will be requested to confirm that they expect to be able to attend in person and that they do not anticipate being affected by travel restrictions. However, it is not clear how the EPO handles cases where a representative of a party, and employee or a managing director/general counsel etc. is affected by travel limitations. Parties and representatives will be asked to complete a simple screening questionnaire upon arrival. Any person replying to one of the questions in the affirmative will be denied access to the Boards of Appeal premises. The competent board will be informed accordingly and will decide whether the oral proceedings can be held without that person or whether they will need to be postponed. Access of the public will be allowed but only for a limited number of people.

        **[section on the extension of deadlines removed, since this provision ended on June 02, 2020]

        In a decision dated April 01, 2020, the EPO has further decided that all oral proceedings before Examining Divisions are to be held by videoconference, unless – either at the request of the applicant or at the instigation of the examining division – there are serious reasons against holding the oral proceedings by videoconference such as, in particular, the need to take evidence directly.

        During interviews and oral proceedings held by videoconference, submissions are to be made by email or, exceptionally, by fax. The chairperson or, in the case of an interview, the first examiner will provide the applicant or representative with the email address to be used at the beginning of the oral proceedings.

        This decision enters into force on April 02, 2020. The option to file documents by fax was removed with a decision on May 13, 2020.

        In another update on 28 May 2020, the EPO has confirmed to temporarily waive the additional fees required for belated payment of the annual renewal fees (R. 51 (2) EPC) until 31 August 2020.

        Authored by Andreas Schmid

      • US Patent and Trademark Office and New Zealand Music Commission: Brands in Action Series

        In this special series, we’re highlighting companies who are answering the call of their communities around the world. Whether in coordinated efforts with like-minded organizations or working internally to do their part, these companies are using their resources to support others.

        Moving forward through extraordinary circumstances is a collaborative effort combining the ingenuity of experts in all fields. While providing resources is nothing new for governmental services, the pivot to responding to a global pandemic lead to uncharted waters. Fortunately some departments have been able to keep up with community needs.

      • Valeo ranks as France’s second biggest patent filer, all sectors combined

        Valeo has taken second place in France’s INPI industrial property institute rankings, with 1,034 patents published in 2019, confirming its strong capacity for innovation.

        Since innovation is at the heart of its strategy, Valeo has invested heavily in Research & Development over the last ten years to develop technologies essential to reducing CO2 emissions and improving road safety. Its efforts have clearly paid off, as the Group was named the top patent filer in France from 2016 through to 2018.

        With new patents filed with the INPI in 2019, Valeo’s innovations are now protected by a portfolio of more than 33,300 patents across the world.

        Drawing on its experience and investments in Research & Development, Valeo has perfected 12 new technological platforms to profoundly transform its product portfolio and cement its position as a world leader in vehicle electrification and driving assistance systems. Now operational, these platforms allow Valeo to begin reaping the rewards of its innovation strategy.

      • How To Appeal PTAB Decisions Successfully To Fed. Circ.

        Currently, the largest portion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s docket comes from appeals of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions — as of May 31, 37% of pending appeals originated from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.[1]

        Because the PTAB’s practices, especially related to inter partes reviews, continue to change and evolve, appeals of PTAB decisions frequently raise not only traditional issues of patent validity, but also novel questions regarding the PTAB’s governing statute and practice.

        While historically a relatively high percentage of PTAB decisions have been affirmed, those decisions, along with Federal Circuit decisions reversing…

      • Case: Patents/Obviousness (Fed. Cir.)

        The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s finding, in Adidas AG’s inter partes review of Nike Inc.’s patents directed to methods of manufacturing an article of footwear with a textile upper, that the challenged claims are not unpatentable as obvious. The Federal Circuit found that, in view of the undisputed evidence of the pre-seaming differences between one prior art patent and another prior art patent, substantial evidence supports the board’s motivation-to-combine findings with respect to the Base Claims and that, because the Unitary Construction Claims depend from the independent Base Claims, substantial…

      • [Older] Second medical uses at the EPO

        The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of investigating the use of known medications for the treatment of new diseases. Given the long road to clinical approval for new drugs, the repurposing of existing drugs represents a promising avenue, particularly in the face of fast-moving pandemics such as that we are currently experiencing. Patents protecting new uses of known drugs may also provide valuable protection for innovators after expiry of the initial composition-of-matter patent.

        At the time of publication, clinical trials are testing the potential use of known antivirals, which are currently used to treat diseases such as HIV and SARS, in the fight against COVID-19. One such example is remdesivir, which was originally developed for the treatment of Ebola. It is now undergoing Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19 (more on this, and the worldwide pharma response to the coronavirus, can be found here).

        In this article, we consider so-called “second medical use” patents from the perspective of European patent law.

        Patenting second and subsequent medical uses

        Where a substance or composition is already known for one medical use, it may still be patentable for a second or subsequent medical use, provided that use is novel and inventive (Art. 54(5) EPC).

        In the US and other territories, such uses may be protected by way of method of treatment patents. However, in Europe, methods of treatment are excluded from patentability. The new use of a known medication must therefore be patented in a different way, as we discuss below.

      • COVID-19: Daily Report for Life Sciences and Health Care Companies (UPDATED)

        The Hogan Lovells IP & Media Technology team is tracking the changes being made by intellectual property offices around the world in response to the coronavirus so we can keep you informed on the key developments. Online here is our latest update for the European Patent Office (EPO).

      • Xintela Granted Preliminary Approval From European Patent Office

        * XINTELA GRANTED PRELIMINARY APPROVAL FROM THE EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE FOR THE TREATMENT OF BRAIN TUMORS

        * PATENT, WHICH BROADENS AND EXTENDS XINTELA’S FUNDAMENTAL PROTECTION IN THIS FIELD, WILL BE VALID UNTIL 2036.

        * EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE (EPO) HAS ISSUED A PRELIMINARY APPROVAL (“INTENTION TO GRANT”) FOR COMPANY’S PATENT APPLICATION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdansk Newsroom)

      • COVID-19 IP update: Intellectual Property Office developments (UPDATED)

        The EPO has decided to postpone until further notice all oral proceedings in examination and opposition proceedings scheduled until until September 14, 2020 (previous date was June 02, 2020) unless they have already been confirmed to take place by means of videoconferencing or are converted into oral proceedings by videoconference with the applicant’s consent.

      • This week in IP: UK clarifies sufficiency, Nokia case ‘should go to CJEU’

        In a development that confirms a strong sufficiency requirement in the UK, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of biopharmaceutical company Kymab in its appeal against Regeneron over patents covering transgenic mice.

        The court dissented from the previous judgment made by the England and Wales Court of Appeal and invalidated patents held by US-based biotechnology firm Regeneron (EP 1360287 and 2264163). It also upheld UK-based Kymab’s patents for transgenic mice, also known as ‘Kymice’.

        The Supreme Court’s decision puts an emphasis on the principle of sufficiency – that a patent claim should be enabled across its whole scope.

        In its published judgment, the court said: “[The Court of Appeal’s] analysis watered down the sufficiency requirement, which is a bedrock of patent law, tilting the balance of patent law in favour of patentees and against the public.”

        Regeneron first brought proceedings against Kymab for infringing its VelocImmune patents to the England and Wales High Court in 2016. Kymab counterclaimed that those patents were invalid for reasons of insufficiency.

        [...]

        Finnish telecoms firm Nokia has brought several cases against German car manufacturer Daimler for infringing patents relevant to the UMTS and LTE mobile phone standards. Nokia is currently seeking an injunction against Daimler for this alleged infringement.

        The Mannheim and Munich regional courts have yet to decide whether to follow the Federal Cartel Office’s request and suspend these proceedings.

      • Federal Cartel Office of Germany asks regional courts to refer component-level standard-essential patent licensing questions to CJEU, disagrees with Nokia

        One of the most well-respected competition enforcement agencies in the world, the German Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office), has dealt a major blow to Nokia’s abusive standard-essential patent assertion campaign against Daimler and, by extension, Daimler’s global suppliers. As a result, the Mannheim Regional Court has already postponed the ruling it was slated to announce tomorrow (June 23) to August 4, 2020.

        On June 18, Joerg Nothdurft, one of the highest-ranking officials of the Federal Cartel Office, sent a 24-page fax to the Mannheim and Munich courts, outlining the antitrust agency’s perspective on the question of component-level licensing. In what is comparable to a Statement of Interest by the DOJ in U.S. cases or an amicus curiae brief, the Federal Cartel Office moves to stay Nokia’s SEP infringement cases against Daimler and to refer multiple outcome-determinative legal questions to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Luxembourg.

        The letter notes that two of Daimler’s suppliers–Continental and Valeo–drew the office’s attention to certain issues.

        [...]

        This development is the worst news ever for Nokia and its partners-in-crime (mostly the Avanci gang) in the automotive patent wars. Nokia’s and its trolls’ (as well as Sharp’s) infringement campaign is going to grind to a halt now. The Court of Justice of the EU will decide. DG COMP may or may not launch formal investigations now, but in the event of a referral of those legal questions to Luxembourg, the Commission would most likely await the outcome before taking specific action against Nokia. I suspect that the Federal Cartel Office filed its amicus curiae brief with DG COMP’s unofficial blessings.

      • Plants Produced By Essentially Biological Processes Are Not Patentable In Europe

        You might think that an article dealing with broccoli, tomatoes and peppers ought to be on a recipe blog. However, these are the names of high profile cases in an area that, over recent years, has seen more change in European patent law than perhaps any other. It now seems that the European Patent Office wants closure.

        We reported here on the most recent decision of the Enlarged Board Of Appeal (G3/19). The decision brings the European Patent Office’s position on patentability of plants or animals produced by essentially biological processes into line with that of the Biotech Directive. The Enlarged Board’s opinion clarifies that Art. 53(b) EPC in combination with Rule 28(2) excludes animals and plants produced by essentially biological processes from patentability.

        [...]

        In July 2017, the Administrative Council of the EPO decided to amend Rule 28 explicitly to exclude plants or animals exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process from patentability, in order to reflect the European Commission’s position.

        But what about Broccoli II and Tomato II? The amendment to Rule 28 contradicted the Enlarged Board’s decision in G2/12 and G2/13!

        Never fear, the Technical Board of Appeal in T1063/18 (Pepper) decided that the amendment to Rule 28 was void, and based on the fact that the Enlarged Board had already decided the matter in G2/12 and G2/13, did not refer the issue back to the Enlarged Board.

    • Trademarks

      • ‘Darlie’, ‘Aunt’ and ‘Uncle’: when brands should be retired

        In-house lawyers say due diligence during an M&A and regular reviews can help brands avoid a very public backlash

      • Abandoning Disparaging Marks

        Quaker Oats says it plans to phase out its “Aunt Jemima” brand. The character has long been criticized as a stereotypical representation of black women as inferior servants. In recognition of the problem, the Company had been gradually revising the brand’s image and considering when might be the appropriate time to phase it out altogether. Of course, if taking a bold stand against racism had been their true intent, they would have taken much more decisive action to drop the brand long ago.

        [...]

        One of the potential ways to challenge a third-party registration of a racist brand was eliminated in 2017. For years Section 2(d) of the Lanham Act blocked registrations that disparaged a group of people. But despite this bar, the “Aunt Jemima” mark (and so many other disparaging marks) registered anyway. Some however, were blocked or cancelled (including the Washington Redskins mark) on that basis before the Supreme Court held the bar unconstitutional in Matal v. Tam 137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017). Since that decision, the First Amendment right to free expression permits citizens to seek registration of racially offensive trademarks.

        After Tam, the Quaker Oats plan to abandon the Aunt Jemima mark raises an interesting question: what if a third party were to seize the opportunity to pick up the well-known mark and double down on the racist stereotype? Are there strategies that Quaker Oats can use to minimize any consequential harm? For a fun take on what such a highjacking looks like, go here https://southpark.cc.com/clips/vlg1j1/from-one-redskin-to-another to see what happens when the Southpark kids adopt “the Washington Redskins” for their start-up after the registration was cancelled. Contrary to the suggestion in that episode, there at least a couple of strategies that may work.

      • Brexit: implications for holders of intellectual property rights and domain names

        Businesses with pan-European rights, i.e. EU trade mark registrations, registered Community design rights, unregistered Community design rights, or database rights should in particular note the following.

        The UK formally left the EU, on 31 January 2020 (“Exit Day”) and we are now in transition. In this briefing, we highlight the key consequences of Brexit for intellectual property rights and domain names during the transition period and afterwards, and what businesses should do to prepare.

        We have written this section on the assumption that the transition period will now come to an end as planned on 31 December 2020, as both the UK and the EU have now ruled out any extension.

        In summary, the rights which are most likely to be affected by Brexit, and which will therefore require more focus in terms of preparatory activities, are EU trade marks and registered Community designs. Licence agreements will also need to be checked, and changes in respect of the rules regarding registration of .eu domain names may well have an impact.

        [...]

        Patents

        Brexit will have no effect on European patents designating the UK that are currently in force. This is because the European Patent Convention and the European Patent Office (the EPO) that manages it are independent of the EU and in any event, have always had a number of non-EU members such as Switzerland, Norway and Turkey. The UK will remain part of the European Patent Convention as a similar non EU European member.

        The filing and prosecution of European applications, whether directly at the EPO or via the Patent Co-operation Treaty route, is also entirely unaffected by Brexit. New and pending applications can continue to designate the UK where so required. At the grant stage, the applicant can opt for national protection in the UK and other countries, exactly as at present. Applicants who have filed for patents in the UK can still claim priority for that application in other countries.

        UK-based European patent attorneys will continue to represent clients at the EPO, as at present.

        As with other types of IP right, care should be taken when drafting licence agreements authorising patent use in Europe going forward, to ensure that territorial scope expressly covers the UK, where that is the intention of the parties. For further information about Brexit proofing contracts, please refer to our briefings: “Brexit proofing your contracts: a checklist”; and “References to EU, EEA etc after Brexit: handle with care”.

        Unitary Patent System

        The Unitary Patent System is intended to provide patentees with an option to apply for a single pan-EU unitary patent alongside benefitting from a Unified Patent Court, which would hear and determine patent disputes on an EU-wide basis. The Unitary Patent System has yet to come into force (and it is currently being challenged in the German courts), and the UK’s inclusion in the scheme remains uncertain as it is subject to negotiation with the EU – so the question of whether a unitary patent covering the UK will become available for businesses, is very much up in the air.

    • Copyrights

      • Rolling Stones warn Trump not to use their songs – or face legal action

        In a statement released on Saturday, representatives for the group said that “further steps to exclude” Mr Trump from using Rolling Stones material in future presidential campaigning was necessary after previous “cease and desist directives” had been ignored.

        The BMI has reportedly notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the use of their songs without permission will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement, and would be subject to legal action.

      • Court Grants Groups Permission to Intervene in Canadian Pirate Site Blocking Lawsuit

        Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal is allowing several high-profile groups and organizations to intervene in the country’s first pirate site blocking case. This includes rightsholder representatives including IFPI and the Premier League, as well as blocking opponents such as Canada’s domain registry and CIPPIC. In a novel ruling, parties with a similar stance are instructed to work together to file joint submissions.

      • MangaDex Develops P2P System to Distribute Manga Sharing Bandwidth Costs

        MangaDex, a scanlation platform with tens of millions of monthly visitors, has developed an innovative solution to help satiate its users’ thirst for content. The site’s newly open sourced [email protected] peer-to-peer project allows users to volunteer use of their PCs or servers to help ease the pressure on the site’s cache servers.

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