Half the People in This Letter Are IBM Employees

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, IBM, Red Hat at 9:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Spot the pattern: Guix Petition Demographic Data, by Figosdev (IBM wants volunteers as “slaves” of IBM)


Summary: IBM seems to be continuing its war on the FSF because IBM wants to own everything (CentOS being ‘canned’ was just part of the plan)

The OSI Song

Posted in Microsoft, OSI at 8:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Goodnight and goodbye

Summary: The sad demise of OSI, which has become little but a front group of proprietary software companies in pursuit of openwashing services (and outsourcing to proprietary disservices looking to eradicate copyleft)

THE Oh! Ass! Aye?

It will never die
For Microsoft is can lie
Oh my!

Openwashing as a service
Making Stallman nervous
Driving their Chevies
Collecting their levies

ClearlyDefined sellout
They really needed a bailout
Proprietary breakout
Forgetting what they’re all about

Open Source has won!
GitHub prison can be fun
By Microsoft it is run
Look what we have done!

Herding communities at scale
To ensure they always fail
Dog wagged by its tail
But hey, nobody is male!

Politics of entryism ignored
Integrity is hard to afford
Dirty money they hoard
Hanging themselves on a cord

[Meme] OSI is Doing Just Fine

Posted in GPL, Microsoft, OSI at 8:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Free software development rep, OSI, GitHub
Don’t worry! Microsoft will save the OSI!

Summary: So what if OSI is run by someone who raised money from Microsoft (to sell Microsoft a keynote slot in a copyleft event — the thing that Microsoft attacks through GitHub!) while funnelling the OSI's funds to a serial GPL violator?

The OSI’s Defunct Elections (Privacy Breach), Conflict of Interest (Nicholson), and Other Lingering Problems

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, OSI at 7:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

OSI privacy issue

OSI privacy issues. I don’t think we’re supposed to see the voters’ data (publicly accessible here as the front end or the corresponding .json file).

Summary: The above, together with an email from the OSI below, serves to show they’re re-running a bad election and — yet worse! — there appears to be a conflict of interest implicating the OSI’s sole member of staff!

THE OSI is in a state of disarray following the abrupt departure of its sole member of staff one year ago. Coordination is poor, the agenda has shifted in a negative way/direction (like attacks on the FSF), and this is what its interim manager said in a message:

As an Individual Member of the Open Source Initiative who joined by March 4th, you are eligible to vote in the re-run Open Source Initiative’s 2021 Board of Directors election. This email includes important information about the election and voting process.


This year TWO (2) Individual Member seats are open. You may view the candidate profiles/bios here:



Elections for OSI Directors are held according to Approval Voting
- see Wikipedia for more information on Approval Voting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approval_voting

Each voter may “approve of” (i.e., “vote for”) any number of candidates, from none (0) to all eleven (11). The winners of the election will be the two candidates who receive the most votes from the voting Individual Members


To cast a vote, you will be led through the following steps.

1. Log into Helios (your credentials are included below).

2. Select (“approve”) your preferred candidate(s).

3. Review/Confirm your ballot (i.e. who you voted for), then “Submit” your ballot.

4. CAST YOUR BALLOT: PLEASE NOTE, YOU MUST ALSO “CAST YOUR BALLOT” on the screen appearing after you submit your ballot.


* July 26, 2021 (11:00 am PDT): Elections open
* August 6, 2021 (4:59 pm PDT): Elections close
* August 9, 2021 (11:00 am PDT): : Run-off elections open (if needed)
* August 13, 2021 (5:00 pm PDT): Run-off elections close
* August 23, 2021: New Board Directors seated
* First meeting August 24 and 25, 2021


If you have any questions feel free to contact Deb Nicholson at d.nicholson@opensource.org

Election URL: https://vote.heliosvoting.org/helios/e/JulyIndividual2021/vote

Have lessons been learned from the last time around?

We’re not too sure.

The OSI elections… again seem to have a security/privacy issue, compromising the integrity of the whole process. As one source told us (see screenshot, links etc. at the top), issues linger on “and then there’s this privacy concern.”

“The OSI elections… again seem to have a security/privacy issue, compromising the integrity of the whole process.”“sjvn hasn’t voted yet,” the source noted. Are we supposed to even know that? “Shows all members and whether they voted or not to the general public…”

This is bad enough in its own right, especially given prior events and context (compromised election).

“However,” our source added, “I saw the OSI elections are currently being… reheld. So, not sure because I did not document who was going for elections but… I noticed Salt there. He has a long standing relationship with Nicholson, the Interim General Manager. So, Salt running for a position where he has history with the “manager” is odd, but we are well aware of the cronyism in the past. What really struck me was his bio, where he discusses paid positions for Executive Director and staff.”

To quote:

Why I am running

The OSI is a leading voice when it comes to the conversation surrounding free/libre/open culture and values. It is currently at a point of inflection, transitioning from an (almost) entirely volunteer-driven organization, to one with an Executive Director and paid staff.

Yes, “paid staff.” Like a company. That would more or less confirm what the OSI has become. It diverts more than half of its funds into Microsoft GitHub promotion, i.e. proprietary software. Is this the future of OSI?

“That would more or less confirm what the OSI has become. It diverts more than half of its funds into Microsoft GitHub promotion, i.e. proprietary software.”As our source noted: “This could get interesting!”

The cronyism at the EPO comes to mind (Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos stuffing or staffing up the management with friends of theirs, not qualified people).

We shall patiently watch the next steps.

Links 30/7/2021: Audacity 3.0.3 and KD Chart 2.8.0

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

  • GNU/Linux

    • 5 Top Questions To Ask A Linux Developer During An Interview [Ed: Some revisionism here about history]

      First, it is essential to ask, “What is the difference between Linux and UNIX?” This is a great Linux question for interviewers because you can test the candidate’s knowledge of two different subjects at the same time. As your interviewee answers, you should look for them to say that UNIX is the operating system that Linux is based on. In addition, they may point out that Linux is free and open source. Primarily, it is community developed, whereas UNIX was developed by larger tech companies. Your prospective Linux developers may bring up the advantages of Linux as well. For example, it usually has more user interfaces, programming options, and fewer viruses.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S14E21 – Gladiator Suits Share

        This week we’ve been selling more things on eBay and return to the office. We round up news from the Ubuntu community and discuss our picks from the wider tech news.

        It’s Season 14 Episode 21 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

      • MX Linux 21 Beta 1

        Today we are looking at MX Linux 21 Beta 1. It comes with Linux Kernel 5.10, XFCE 4.16, and uses about 1GB of ram when idling.

      • MX Linux 21 Beta 1 Run Through

        In this video, we are looking at MX Linux 21 Beta 1.

      • Nano Or Vim? Which Terminal Text Editor Should You Use?

        It is important for Linux users to be comfortable using a terminal-based text editor like GNU Nano or Vim, because sometimes you are going to have to edit configuration files without being in a graphical environment. But which terminal text editor is the right one for you?

      • Tom Brought me a 3D Printed Raspberry Pi rack!

        Tom visited the LearnLinuxTV studio recently to present Jay with an awesome gift – a 3D Printed Raspberry Pi Rack that he and his crew built! In this video, we’ll talk a bit about the build and give you our thoughts.

      • Other OS overview | Haiku R1 Beta 3

        In this video, I am going to show an overview of Haiku R1 Beta 3 and some of the applications pre-installed.

      • Ulauncher: Application Launcher With Style

        My go to launcher is dmenu but if you want something a little prettier but you’re not a fan of configuring rofi, ulauncher might be the app for you, plus it comes with a very established plugin community.

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Audacity 3.0.3 Released, Official Appimage for Linux /Auto Checking Updates

        Audacity audio editor and recorder 3.0.3 was released a few days ago. Finally it adds official Linux binary via Appimage.

        Audacity 3.0.3 comes with minor bug-fixes, and binary changes. For Windows users, now it provides 64-bit EXE and 32-bit plug-ins will not work on the release.

        The release introduced automatic app update checking. According to the updated Privacy Notice, Audacity needs a network connection for update checking. And this shares your IP address, OS, and Audacity version. You can disable the feature in the Preferences.

      • You can now support the Flatpak package format on Open Collective

        Flatpak is the next-generation of packing applications and games for Linux and now you can directly support it.

        The idea behind Flatpak is that anything packaged up with it will work across multiple distributions, with a stable environment for everything thanks to common libraries to link against and developers can add any dependencies they need right into the package to ensure it works everywhere. Sandboxing is another prominent feature and one of the main goals of Flatpak packages, to increase security by isolating applications from each other with sandboxing and giving limited access to your operating system.

      • ‘Now Clocking’ is a Hybrid Clock/Now Playing Conky for Your Desktop

        I’ve been looking for a decent “Now Playing” widget for my Ubuntu desktop for a while now, having been inspired by some Rainmeter setups I saw in a thread on Windows desktops.

        And I finally found one — but it took some searching.

        Now, I appreciate that the days of showing your currently playing track on your actual desktop is are gone. It’s 2021, and most Linux desktop environments (including GNOME, which Ubuntu uses) support MPRIS controls in some form or another.

        Standalone now playing ‘widgets’ (like the much-missed CoverGloobus, pictured as part of a particularly impressive desktop below) are few and far between.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to play Yooka-Laylee on Linux

        Yooka-Laylee is a platformer game developed by Team 7, which was the original developer team behind the N64 game Banjo-Kazooie. Here’s how to play this game on your Linux PC.

      • How to use Rocky Linux as a Docker container image – TechRepublic

        Rocky Linux has emerged as one of the top contenders to replace CentOS for many businesses. And for most, that server-centric Linux distribution will be deployed mostly on bare metal or as a virtual machine. But there’s another route to take, one that should have container developers quite pleased.

        The developers of Rocky Linux have released a container image, so you can start developing your containers based on the new Linux distribution from the originator of CentOS itself. The benefits of this include having a powerful, secure distribution for which to base your containers. And because this is an official release, you can be sure it’s been vetted and is safe to use.

      • How to play Mirror’s Edge on Linux

        Mirror’s Edge is an action/platformer game for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. It was developed by DICE and published by Electronic Arts. It is set in a futuristic city and follows Faith Connors, an underground parkour courier. Here’s how to play it on Linux.

      • How to install Funkin’ VS Impostor on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Funkin’ VS Impostor on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to disable password login on Linux – Linux Hint

        This tutorial explains how to disable login on Linux both when connecting through ssh.

        After reading this tutorial, you will know how to disable ssh password login enabling key authentication instead, increasing your system security. If you are looking for a way to disable the root login only, check this tutorial instead.

      • How to align text in HTML – Linux Hint

        “Hypertext markup language” is the basic language of designing a website. Html is known to be a front-end language to design the interface of a website. There are many functions regarding this language. The commands used for designing are known as tags. These tags combine to develop a website. A single HTML code file is responsible for a static website that is not running. Html contents are text, image, shapes, color, alignment, etc. Alignment is an important ingredient in designing as it determines the respective content to handle at a specific place. We will discuss some basic examples in this guide.

      • How to Use lsof Command in Linux to List Open Files – Make Tech Easier

        The good thing about Linux is that you can easily view and manage everything, from the boot process to the installation of software packages. Here we discuss how you can use the lsof command in Linux to view open files and the processes using them. Knowing how to view this can help you understand how the system works and even take the necessary actions for specific processes.

      • How to Make an Animated GIF in Ubuntu – Linux Hint

        GIF also knows as Graphics Interchange Format; it has become very popular among social media users in absolutely no time since its introduction. Reason behind the popularity is its low size compared to images and videos. GIF posts attracted more users on popular social media platforms like Facebook, Google Plus, WhatsApp, and Twitter than any other image or video posts.

        Many of you might have thought, how one can make a GIF on Linux and its distribution like Ubuntu? So, today I’m going to show you just that. We’re going to have a look at several ways to make animated GIF in Ubuntu. So, without making further delay, let’s get started.

      • How to Install DVWA on Kali Linux for Pentesting Practice

        Anybody who wants to get started with Ethical hacking or wants to advance their skills in penetration testing will need a platform to practice whatever they learn using the various security tools available.

        Performing penetration tests on systems without administrative permission is considered illegal and can land you in huge problems, including a jail term with hefty fines.
        Practice makes perfect, but then, where do you practice hacking skills?

        There are so many platforms available that you can use to practice penetration testing. Some of these are online platforms like TryHackMe, HackTheBox, etc.

      • How do I check if a package is installed on Debian and Ubuntu – Linux Hint

        By reading this tutorial, you’ll learn how to check if a package is installed on Debian-based Linux distributions, including Ubuntu.

      • How To Install OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Microsoft’s OneDrive is one of the most popular cloud storage service platforms offered by Microsoft, similar to Dropbox, Google Drive. In the software market and it is an obvious choice for companies and customers who frequently use Microsoft Office programs like Excel and Word. We will learn some of the benefits here.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Microsoft OneDrive on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • What Is an AppImage File and How to Run It on Linux

        AppImage is a software distribution format for Linux that aims to solve two of the most pressing issues with traditional Linux packages: distribution and installation.

        If you’ve downloaded a program in the AppImage format and are wondering how to install or run it on your system, this guide will help you out.

        Follow along as we delve into AppImage, its advantages over traditional Linux packages, and the steps you need to follow to run an AppImage file on your Linux machine.

      • View and Manage Docker Logs [Complete Beginner Guide]

        Knowledge on logging with Docker can be very helpful for day-to-day system administration activities, be it troubleshooting or basic monitoring. Without tracking logs on Docker, mitigating issues would be a lot more difficult when investigating anomalies.

        This write-up explores some important information on that area to make it easier to understand how to manage Docker associated log files on your Linux system.

        Let me start by exploring the most basic parts and gradually go deeper into some specifics.

    • Games

      • Steam Deck kills Total War Saga: Troy Linux port – but what does this mean for other games?

        Total War Saga: Troy won’t be ported to Linux, with the potential native version of the game having been officially canned by Feral Interactive – and doubt being cast on further conversions to Linux.

        Feral is well-known for porting big-name games across to Linux, but with Troy it’s only doing a Mac version to follow the release of the strategy game on Steam (following its exclusivity period with Epic expiring).

      • In Spindle you become Death and figure out why no one is dying along with your pet Pig

        Spindle certainly has an interesting premise that’s worth keeping an eye on. You take on the role of Death, as you try to find out why no one seems to able to die, with your pet Pig companion.

        “Spindle is an old-school zeldaesque action-adventure where you slip into the role of Death. But you won’t be alone: A loyal companion, a friend who will stay at your side even through the darkest of times, a mate you can always rely on will always follow you: The pig. Your little shiny pink buddy. In fact, the pig is more than that. It will help you on your mission, to restore the natural order.”

      • Open 3D Engine (O3DE) gets real close to properly working Linux support, free Kythera AI | GamingOnLinux

        We mentioned recently that the newly announced Open 3D Engine (O3DE) from the Linux Foundation and Amazon AWS was closer to proper Linux support, and we have a fresh update on that.

        The initial pull request from developer Fabio Anderegg on hooking up Linux support for the Editor has now been closed, as a bunch of work towards it has low landed upstream into the main project – which is great progress. Anderegg mentioned on Twitter yesterday (July 28) that the O3DE development branch builds and runs on Linux with a tiny patch!

      • Proton Experimental updated for Microsoft Flight Simulator, Origin fixes | GamingOnLinux

        Here we go again, ahead of the weekend a fresh version of Proton Experimental has gone live allowing you to test the latest adjustments for playing Windows games on Linux. If you’re not clear on what Proton and Steam Play are, be sure to check out our constantly updated dedicated page.

    • Distributions

      • In the pandemic of global neo-liberal capitalist dictatorship we are still here

        We are closely following the renewed explosion of the Kiss-Linux project. Read their latest news stories in their new site kisslinux.org so we don’t paraphrase what has been done. No more Xorg, still faithful to the promise of no-elogind, clean wayland, seatd, sway, etc.

        Glaucus, Sabotage, Mere Linux continuing their development. Don’t forget them because of problems normal on Alpha-Beta transitions.

        Obarun: Still undermined by gossip from Arch and other rivals who just piece other developers’ software together to provide a distro having none of their own, in disbelief that 66 provides what it states it provides, and the common easy critic of the unknown by those who fail to comprehend. Without systemd (and its off-spring elogind) Obarun remains the sole solution for an every day working linux system.

        Void: Apart from mobinmob’s work in his own (repository=https://codeberg.org/mobinmob/void-66/raw/branch/master) to compliment the induction of S6/66 into the repositories, and the many contributions of the Trident Project the development is just rolling along as expected. It is still possible with some maneuvering to run a wm without elogind, dbus, and other pests. Still no sign of development of a new package manager, the old xbps developer left, replaced licenses and left it as it was. As far as we had last seen there was no further change. No urgency I suppose.

        Linux, the kernel is growing and growing. At what rate, if you haven’t noticed, appears a little alarming. Some very stable distros lark behind, 5.7 or earlier. But arch (and void) follow the latest stable kernels. See what the size differential is in Arch while replacing 5.13 with the latest of 5.7 (not too long ago):

      • New Releases

        • Solus 4.3 Available for Download and Installation

          The latest iteration from the Solus developers is out with kernel 5.13 and plenty of new features, bug fixes, and new hardware support.

          Solus is the Linux distribution dedicated to the Budgie desktop. And this time around Budgie has received plenty of bug fixes and updates that add up to a much-improved performance and reliability. Those changes to the desktop environment also include new themes, window customizations, improved notifications, screen tracking, and more.

          But the big additions come by way of the Linux 5.13 kernel. By shipping with this new kernel, Solus introduces support for Apple’s M1 chipset, Intel’s Alder Lake S Graphics, AMD’s FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync, and a generic USB display driver. These additions mean Solus can run on even more hardware and will benefit from the performance gains offered by those chipsets and features.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • The Mozilla Blog: 2021: The year privacy went mainstream

            It’s been a hell of a year so far for data privacy. Apple has been launching broadsides at the ad-tech industry with each new big privacy feature unveiling. Google is playing catch-up, promising that Android users will also soon be able to stop apps from tracking them across the internet. Then there’s WhatsApp, going on a global PR offensive after changes to its privacy policy elicited consumer backlash.

            There’s no doubt about it, digital privacy is shaping up as the key tech battleground in 2021 and the years ahead. But how did this happen? Wasn’t digital privacy supposed to be dead and buried by now? After all, many tech CEOs and commentators have told us that a zero-privacy world was inevitable and that everyone should just get used to it. Until recently, it would have been tough to argue that they were wrong.

            Over the last 18 months, events have conspired to accelerate this shift in public attitudes towards privacy from a niche concern to something much more fundamental and mainstream. In the process, more people also began to see how privacy and security are inextricably linked.

          • Mozilla Addons Blog: New tagging feature for add-ons on AMO

            There are multiple ways to find great add-ons on addons.mozilla.org (AMO). You can browse the content featured on the homepage, use the top navigation to drill down into add-on types and categories, or search for specific add-ons or functionality. Now, we’re adding another layer of classification and opportunities for discovery by bringing back a feature called tags.

            We introduced tagging long ago, but ended up discontinuing it because the way we implemented it wasn’t as useful as we thought. Part of the problem was that it was too open-ended, and anyone could tag any add-on however they wanted. This led to spamming, over-tagging, and general inconsistencies that made it hard for users to get helpful results.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • pg_timetable v4 is out!

          Our team is proud to introduce new major pg_timetable v4 with the new documentation, configuration file support, reimplemented logging machinery, job and task timeouts support, new CopyFromFile built-in functionality, and many more!

      • Programming/Development

        • KD Chart 2.8.0 has been released!

          KD Chart 2.8.0 has been released!

          KD Chart is a comprehensive business charting package with many different chart types and a large number of customization options. We are constantly improving the package, and have been doing so for years.

          KD Chart 2.8.0 is a very minor release. The most notable change is the removal of Qt 4 support. Additionally, users will receive a notification that the QMake build system will no longer be supported in KD Chart 3.0, to make way for CMake.

        • How to choose a low-code development platform

          Today’s low-code and no-code development platforms enable teams of software developers—and even non-coders—to deliver, support, and extend a wide array of applications. They are used to build mobile apps, deliver customer experiences, streamline workflows, modernize legacy applications, automate data integrations, and support data visualizations, to name the more common uses.

          The major selling points of low-code and no-code development tools are that they can be used successfully by lower-skilled, “citizen” developers; that they can produce apps faster than using native SDKs; and that they can produce apps for less money. Many (but not all) of the commercial low-code and no-code systems offset your savings on labor costs with their licensing fees or subscriptions.

        • AOCC 3.1 Compiler Performance Against Clang 12, GCC 11 On AMD EPYC

          Following the recent benchmarks seeing how AMD’s new AOCC 3.1 compiler has brought some performance improvements over the prior AOCC 3.0 release that introduced initial Zen 3 optimizations, here are some benchmarks looking at how that latest AMD Optimizing C/C++ Compiler performance compares to the upstream LLVM Clang 12 compiler for which it is based as well as against GCC 11 as the latest GNU compiler release that remains common to Linux systems.

        • C++ Switch Statement – Linux Hint

          While we have several circumstances and will need to take different actions depending on the situation, we utilize the switch case declaration. When there are several criteria, we will need to run several instructions when they are met. In this instance, we may use a long if..else-if declaration or a switch statement. If we have multiple criteria, the difficulty with long if…else-if is that it will become complicated. The switch case is indeed a neat and effective way to treat such states. A switch statement enables a mutable just to be compared to a set of values for equivalence. Every value is referred to as a situation, so each situation is verified against the mutable that is already being turned on.

        • Arrays in C – Linux Hint

          An array is a group of data objects of the same kind kept nearby in ram. Inside the C programming, arrays are indeed a derivative type of data that may hold primitive data types like int, char, double, float, etc. It may also hold a group of derivative data types like pointers, structures, and so forth. Whenever you wish to record a student’s grades in six courses, we shouldn’t need to create separate variables for each subject’s grades. Alternatively, we may create an array that could hold the marks for every topic in shared memory regions. We may simply retrieve the items by utilizing the array. To retrieve the array’s members, just a few other lines of the C script are necessary. Let’s take a glance at some instances to see the working of arrays in C language. When writing this tutorial, we have been using the Ubuntu 20.04 operating System to elaborate arrays.

        • Count the size of the vector in C++ – Linux Hint

          The dynamic array can be created by using a vector in C++. One or more elements can be inserted into or removed from the vector at the run time that increases or decreases the size of the vector. The size or length of the vector can be counted using any loop or the built-in function named size(). These ways of counting the size of the vector have been explained in this tutorial by using different examples.

        • Python

          • PyCharm 2021.2 Released with Python 3.10 Support (Ubuntu PPA) | UbuntuHandbook

            JetBrains announced the release of PyCharm 2021.2. Features Python 3.10 support, auto-reload for browser HTML preview.

            Starting with the new release, users from Asian can enjoy the a fully localized UI in Chinese, Korean, or Japanese. And it’s going to end support for several packages, e.g., mako, buildout, web2py, in next release.

          • matplotlib bar chart – Linux Hint

            The human can understand the visual more as compared to the text form. That’s why people always suggest drawing the big data graph to understand it in a very easy manner. There are different types of graphs available in the market like bar graphs, histograms, pie charts, etc. These different graphs are used according to the dataset and requirements. For example, if you have a dataset of company performance from the last 10 years, then the bar chart graph will give more information about the company’s growth. So like that, the graph choice depends upon the dataset and requirements.

            If you are a data scientist, then sometimes you have to handle the big data. In that big data, you are processing the data, analyzing the data, and then generating the report on that. To generate the report on that, you must need some clear image of the data, and here the graphs come in place.

            In this article, we are going to explain how to use the matplotlib bar chat in python.

            We can use the categorical data to represent the bar chart in python. The bar chart can be horizontal or vertical, which depends upon your design way. The heights of the bar charts depend upon the data points of the dataset because data points are directly proportionate to the height or length of the bar chart.

        • Rust

          • Announcing Rust 1.54.0

            The Rust team is happy to announce a new version of Rust, 1.54.0. Rust is a programming language empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Security updates for Thursday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (webkit2gtk), Fedora (ruby and webkit2gtk3), Mageia (aspell and varnish), openSUSE (git), SUSE (ardana-cobbler, cassandra, cassandra-kit, crowbar-core, crowbar-openstack, documentation-suse-openstack-cloud, grafana, kibana, openstack-heat-templates, openstack-monasca-installer, openstack-nova, python-Django, python-elementpath, python-eventlet, python-py, python-pysaml2, python-six, python-xmlschema and git), and Ubuntu (libsndfile, mariadb-10.3, and webkit2gtk).

          • SQL Injection Exploitation Explanation & Examples Using DVWA

            This post will explain SQL injection, the impact of successful SQL attacks, examples of SQL injection techniques, and how to prevent SQL injection.

            There are several applications that you can use to learn SQL injection.

            In this particular post, we will use the Damn Vulnerable Web Application (DVWA). It’s a web app developed in PHP and MySQL and intentionally made to be vulnerable.

            If you don’t have DVWA installed yet, feel free to check out our post on How to set up DVWA on Kali Linux.

          • Six Malicious Linux Shell Scripts Used to Evade Defenses and How to Stop Them | Threatpost

            Uptycs Threat Research outline how malicious Linux shell scripts are used to cloak attacks and how defenders can detect and mitigate against them.

            Siddartha Sharma and Adhokshaj Mishra

            Evasive techniques used by attackers, date back to the earlier days, when base64 and other common encoding schemes were used. Today, attackers are adopting new Linux shell script tactics and techniques to disable firewalls, monitoring agents and modifying access control lists (ACLs).

            In previous Uptycs Threat Research posts, we discussed the common utilities in Linux, which are generally used by threat actors in the attack chain. In this report, we highlight those common defense evasion techniques, which are common in malicious Linux shell scripts. And then, we outline how Uptycs spots and mitigates against them.

          • Open Source Security Foundation Adds 10 New Members

            OpenSSF, a cross-industry collaboration to secure the open source ecosystem, has announced new membership commitments to advance open source security education and best practices. New members include Accurics, Anchore, Bloomberg Finance, Cisco Systems, Codethink, Cybertrust Japan, OpenUK, ShiftLeft, Sonatype and Tidelift.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Meritless Litigation in the Western District of Texas

          Earlier this week, we wrote about some of the biggest cases coming up in patent litigation, and the one topping a Law360 list was none other than Fortress Investment-backed VLSI vs. Intel.

          Already, the meritless litigation is tying up the too-busy Western District of Texas docket with a series of questionable patent lawsuits between the patent troll and the tech company.

          As Patent Progress so aptly puts it: “There’s a reason that more than 85% of cases filed in front of Judge Albright are filed by NPEs.”

          It’s the same reason that Judge Albright handles more and more of the nation’s patent cases (a full 25% of them according to the most recent figures).

          From Reuters: The WDTX has “transformed into a hot spot” for patent troll cases under U.S. District Judge Alan Albright.

          Given all that, this other bit of news is also concerning.

          It centers on VLSI’s firm of choice, Irell & Manella.

          We all knew that former United States Patent Office Director Andrei Iancu rejoined Irell & Manella after stepping down from the USPTO.

          We’ve written about Iancu before and how his changes to the patent system played to the interests of patent troll plaintiffs.

          Now, word is that—fresh off of making a ton of money litigating in Western Texas on behalf of VLSI—Irell is expanding its footprint . . . there’s an office coming to D.C. . . . and only Irell knows where it will expand to after that.

          Boy howdy.

          For all the patent trolls out there, and for firms like Irell, there’s lots of money to be made in Waco.

          Only trouble is — it comes at the cost of American jobs and American innovation.

Links 29/7/2021: siduction 2021.2 and Xubuntu 21.10 Dev Update

Posted in News Roundup at 11:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Leftovers

    • Confessions of an Ecumenical Leftist

      I’m 54 years old, and I’ve been some kind of an activist since I was 12.  I learn a little more with each passing year on Earth, but lately the pace has accelerated, along with everything else.  I was raised by musicians, and I became one myself early on.  When I started writing songs about different social movement activities and notable moments in history from around the US and the world, I started meeting more and more people from everywhere, and touring everywhere, too.  As a songwriter and performer I’ve been able to participate in social movements on an ongoing basis in a dozen or so countries, spending most of my adult life on the road, doing that.

      When I was a kid, up until my early twenties, I went to protests and participated a very little bit in some actual organizing, but mostly I guess I thought that constantly haranguing people to come around to my worldview was activism.  Mostly it just turned people off, and I lost a lot of friends, and didn’t enact any social change in the process either, as far as I could tell.  Once, when I guess I was around 22 years old, I shouted from the audience to a couple of my favorite folk musicians, because they said something nice about pacifism.  They didn’t know who I was, and they looked frightened.  There were many other instances like that.

    • Spread the Word
    • Jackie Mason, Comedian, and “The Evil that Men [sic] Do…”

      Mason was one of many Jewish comedians who cut their teeth in front of audiences at well-known resorts in the Catskills. Almost all the known names in live comedy from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s have comedic roots in places like Grossinger’s and the Concord, to name a few of the resort venues that were lost to time when jet flight became well within the reach of the middle class and middle-class Jews.

      For the price of a week or two during the summer in the Catskill Mountains, a family or individual could experience culture and historic sites around the world. Despite attempts to keep the lifeblood of the Catskills going, the resorts died one by one and by the 1980s and early 1990s, and the vast majority were gone forever.

    • Academentia: the Organization Insanity of the Modern University

      The keen observer may be familiar with the term Managerialism. Yet a more recent concept is that of Academentia. The term “Academentia” combines “academia” (post-secondary education) with “dementia” (progressive impairments to memory, thinking and behaviour which negatively impacts on a person’s ability to function). In short, Academentia describes a state of organisational insanity in which academics can no longer function as scholars.

      Academentia is the outcome of a severe loss of touch with the scholarly reality of universities due to an environment shaped by the ideology of Managerialism and Neoliberalism. Such an often rather toxic environment is run by a university’s very own managerial apparatchiks. This is a hierarchically structured management body with several layers ranging from line managers to CEOs. The latter are still called Vice-Chancellors and university presidents.

    • The Apocalypse is Now

      Yet, modern day society is proving that apocalypse has multiple possible outcomes. In fact, a case can be made that it’s never been closer to reality because it’s already happening here and there.

      At the turn of the new century Frontline aired a two-hour PBS Special, APOCALYPSE! The program traced the evolution of apocalyptic belief from its origin within the Jewish experience after Babylonian exile, to modern times. Historians and biblical scholars were interviewed to discuss the concept of End Times and doomsday in order to elucidate the ideas of mass destruction and how those ideas shape the cultural world. Indeed, the concept of apocalypse has influenced civilization in a multitude of ways for over 2,000 years.

    • Science

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Family Farm Action Alliance Releases Report to ‘Counter Big Ag’s Deception’

        In an effort to inform policymakers, advocates, and the public about the impacts of agrifood corporations on the U.S. food system and build support for transforming the nation’s agricultural practices, the Family Farm Action Alliance released a new report on Wednesday that details how Big Ag’s survival depends on externalizing costs and perpetuating myths about the supposed lack of more just and sustainable alternatives.

        “If we come together to make different choices, we can have a competitive and democratized system that serves the needs of all Americans.”—Emily Miller, Family Farm Action Alliance

      • As Delta Wreaks Havoc, Biden Faces Growing Pressure to Force Big Pharma to Share Vaccine Recipes

        With a proposed patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines still mired in fruitless talks at the World Trade Organization, U.S. President Biden is facing growing calls to use his legal authority to force pharmaceutical giants to share their vaccine recipes as governments around the world race to combat the fast-spreading Delta variant.

        “The U.S. government has power to share vaccine manufacturing knowledge and help other countries scale up production.”—Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen

      • New York’s Mental Health Response Pilot Program More Responsive, Less Likely To End In Hospitalization Than Sending Out Cops

        Earlier this year, the city of New York announced plans to send mental health professionals out to deal with mental health issues, rather than the standard-issue cops-and-EMS response teams. It’s an idea that’s gained recent popularity, given the difficulty law enforcement officers seem to have when dealing with things they’re not specifically trained to handle. And by “difficulty,” I mean a lot of people who need professional help were instead being “treated” with force deployment, arrests, and the far-more-than-occasional killing.

      • Physicians Group Documents ‘Severe’ Health and Human Rights Impacts of US Expulsion Policy

        A detailed investigation released Wednesday by Physicians for Human Rights documents the “profound” physical and mental health harms that a U.S. expulsion policy has inflicted on asylum-seeking adults and children, thousands of whom have been forcibly removed in recent months under a Trump-era order that the Biden administration has left largely intact.

        “U.S. policy is ensnaring people in a deadly dilemma, where they are unsafe in their home country, unsafe in Mexico, and yet unable to seek safety at the U.S. border.”—Michele Heisler, Physicians for Human Rights

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Vivaldi 4.1 Offers a New Command Chains System and Accordion Tabs

          Vivaldi 4.1 comes with a range of improvements and fixes that will help you save time and get more out of your browsing.

          Vivaldi comes from the same team that developed Opera back in the day. It is intended for power users and provides an impressive level of control over the interface. Vivaldi is one of the lesser-known browsers, but it is actually a really good choice if you value customization and privacy above all else.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Should Congress Close the FBI’s Backdoor for Spying on American Communications? Yes.

              This week, Congress will vote on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (H.R. 4505). Among many other things, this bill contains all the funding for the Department of Justice for Fiscal Year 2022 along with certain restrictions on how the DOJ is allowed to spend taxpayer funds. Reps. Lofgren, Massie, Jayapal, and Davidson have offered an amendment to the bill that would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to conduct warrantless wiretapping of US Persons conducted under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. We strongly support this Amendment.

              Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires tech and telecommunications companies to provide the U.S. government with access to emails and other communications to aid in national security investigations–ostensibly when U.S. persons are in communication with foreign surveillance targets abroad or wholly foreign communications transit the U.S. But in this wide-sweeping dragnet approach to intelligence collection, companies allows government access and collection of a large amount of “incidental” communications–that is millions of untargeted communications of U.S. persons that are swept up with the intended data. Once it is collected, the FBI currently can bypass the 4th Amendment requirement of a warrant and sift through these “incidental” non-targeted communications of Americans — effectively using Section 702 as a “backdoor” around the constitution. They’ve been told by the FISA Court this violates Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights but it has not seemed to stop them and, frustratingly, the FISA Court has failed to take steps to ensure that they stop.

              This amendment would not only forbid the DOJ from doing this activity, it would also send a powerful signal to the intelligence agency that Congress is serious about reform.

            • Governments Accused Of Spying On Journalists And Activists With NSO Group Malware Are Now Suing Journalists And Activists

              I don’t think anyone foresaw the immense amount of fallout that would result from the revelation that Israeli malware purveyor NSO Group’s Pegasus software is being used to target phones belonging to journalists, activists, religious leaders, and high-ranking government officials. After all, some of this was already common knowledge, thanks to investigations by Citizen Lab and others delving into the inner workings of this powerful spyware.

            • Nest Outage Takes Out Most Services (Updated)

              Yep, there is a Nest outage going on and it affects a lot of their products and services.

              At the time of this post, logins, setup & pairing, Nest Apps, the Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, and Nest Cam live video and history, are all listed as being down. Nest says they are investigating.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Exclusive: Haitians Reject Calls For US Military Intervention

        Two weeks after the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, the specter of U.S. military intervention looms large over the island nation. While the Biden administration has rebuffed a request for intervention made by Claude Joseph – a longtime NED asset whom Washington briefly backed as prime minister in the immediate aftermath of the killing – it has not completely ruled out the possibility. 

      • “To Hell and Back”: At Jan. 6 Hearing, Officers Describe Facing Brutal Attacks & Racial Slurs

        We speak with Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, about emotional testimony from four police officers who were attacked by violent and racist Trump supporters while defending the Capitol. At the opening of the House select committee hearing on the January 6 insurrection, the officers described facing down the rioters, being beaten with fists and makeshift weapons, as well as being called racial slurs and accused of treason by the pro-Trump crowds. “The fact that you had law enforcement officers from all backgrounds and walks of life who were being … treated in that manner is another example of white supremacy,” says Johnson.

      • Making War Obsolete

        Why have we not abolished war? The late Gene Sharp of the Albert Einstein Institute said it is because people see a need to defend themselves from foreign occupations, coup d’états and/or dictatorial regimes, and we do not know there is another way. The mythology of conventional history as told by the dominators rules our minds. Sharp spent his whole life trying to educate and convince people that there is a more effective way to solve inevitable political conflicts. There is a practical nonviolent substitute for war and violent revolution.

        Civilian-based defense is the idea that a carefully prepared program where an educated and trained citizenry could defend a country using tactics like mass demonstrations, strikes of all kinds and economic shutdowns. Boycotts, mass stay-at-home campaigns, tax refusal and other means of nonviolent resistance are only effective if done by very large numbers—in which there is both safety and power.

      • Jim Jordan Admits on Fox News That He Spoke to Trump on January 6
      • Democrats Are Sticking to Trump’s Cuba Policies

        This week, House Democratic leadership killed an attempt to end aspects of former President Donald Trump’s punitive Cuba policies, which have led to severe food and medical shortages during the pandemic. As President Joe Biden doubles down on Trump’s approach, some progressives have been demanding an end to the US stranglehold on Cuba’s economy and trying to find ways to push for relief.

      • Republican Reaction to 1/6 Hearing Was an Explosion of Denial
      • Report from Maine: End the US Blockade Against Cuba Now!

        Justice-seeking peoples in the United States have joined in struggle to defend Cuban independence and/or Cuba’s revolution. This report from Maine takes note of two rainy day rallies on July 25, each of 25 or so people and each one held in protest of the U.S. blockade of Cuba. One was in Bangor, the other in Brunswick.

        These protesters and other Maine people know that the blockade is purposed to overthrow Cuba’s socialist government.  The author of a 1960 State Department memo – born in Houlton, Maine – made that perfectly clear.

      • America Isn’t ‘Back.’ Here’s Why.

        It was all so long ago, in a world seemingly without challengers. Do you even remember when we Americans lived on a planet with a recumbent Russia, a barely rising China, and no obvious foes except what later came to be known as an “axis of evil,” three countries then incapable of endangering this one? Oh, and, as it turned out, a rich young Saudi former ally, Osama bin Laden, and 19 hijackers, mostly of them also Saudis, from a tiny group called Al Qaeda that briefly possessed an “air force” of four commercial jets. No wonder this country was then touted as the greatest force, the superest superpower ever, sporting a military that left all others in the dust.

      • Drone Whistleblower Gets 45 Months in Prison for Revealing Ongoing US War Crimes
      • At ALEC’s Annual Meeting, MAGA Hat-Wearing Members Pursue “America First Agenda”
      • Opinion | ALEC Inspires Lawmakers to File Anti-Critical Race Theory Bills
    • Environment

      • Irish Broadcaster RTÉ Apologises for Poor Climate Coverage

        Ireland’s national broadcaster has publicly apologised for failing to link recent extreme weather events to climate change, pledging to set up a dedicated climate reporting unit in the run-up to COP26.

        In an unusual move, RTÉ’s Managing Director of News and Current Affairs Jon Williams tweeted that the broadcaster had been wrong not to make the connection clear, calling it a “sin of omission” and insisting that the “lesson” had been “learned”.

        Stay up to date with DeSmog news and alerts

      • Opinion | Biden’s Climate Pledges Are Incompatible With His Belligerence Toward China

        The Biden administration came into office promising a return to both climate action and diplomacy after years of confrontation and denialism under Trump. But when it comes to China, unfortunately, the administration has endangered both diplomacy and climate action by presiding over a reflexive bipartisan belligerence.

      • Planet’s Vital Signs Are Reaching Dangerous ‘Tipping Points’ Amid Climate Crisis, Scientists Warn

        More than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down economies around the world and sharply reduced worldwide travel—sparking speculation among some that emissions would plummet as a result—a coalition of scientists said in a paper published Wednesday that the planet is nonetheless reaching multiple “tipping points,” with levels of sea ice melt, deforestation, and other markers revealing that urgent action is needed to mitigate the climate emergency.

        “The extreme climate events and patterns that we’ve witnessed over the last several years — not to mention the last several weeks — highlight the heightened urgency with which we must address the climate crisis,” said Philip Duffy, co-author of the study and executive director of the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Massachusetts.

      • Energy

        • Washington County’s New Rules Against Fossil Fuel Expansion Celebrated as ‘Blueprint’ for Nation

          In a move that comes as wildfires ravage the Western United States and could serve as a model for communities nationwide, the Whatcom County Council in Washington voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve new policies aimed at halting local fossil fuel expansion.

          “Whatcom County’s policy is a blueprint that any community, including refinery communities, can use to take action to stop fossil fuel expansion.”—Matt Krogh, Stand.earth

        • Alabama Miners Take Strike to BlackRock’s NYC Headquarters

          Chanting “Warrior Met has no soul—no contract, no coal,” over 1,000 United Mine Workers of America members and their allies picketed outside multinational asset management firm BlackRock’s headquarters in New York City Wednesday to demand better pay and benefits.

          Miners and labor activists from states including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Dakota, and West Virginia joined the picket lines in a show of solidarity with UMWA workers at Alabama’s Brookwood Mine, operated by Warrior Met Coal, of which BlackRock is the largest shareholder. The Alabama miners have been on strike for over four months as they seek a new collective bargaining agreement with Warrior Met.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • When Will Biden Get Tough?

        Biden has been playing Mr. Nice Guy in deference to his friends on the other side of the aisle after 36 years in the Senate while those Republican “friends” stampede all over him, making the president look weak and ineffectual. But maybe he’s starting to come around.

        The president attacked Trump by name at a rally Friday for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, mocking Trump for saying there were “wonderful people” at the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, as quoted in the book “I Alone Can Fix It,” by two Washington Post reporters, according to the Post’s coverage of the event.

      • Former Oregon GOP Rep. Pleads Guilty to Letting Violent Mob Into State Capitol
      • Senator Kennedy Continues To Push My Buttons With His Ridiculously Dumb ‘Don’t Push My Buttons’ Act

        Last fall, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana (a supposedly smart Senator who seems to have decided his political future lies in acting dumber than 95% of all other Senators) introduced an anti-Section 230 bill. He’s now done so again in the new Congressional session. The bill is, once again, called the “Don’t Push My Buttons” Act and introducing such a piece of total garbage legislation a second time does not speak well of Senator Kennedy.

      • The GOP’s Continuing Descent into Opportunistic Treachery

        Now much is sliding backwards. It’s not Biden’s fault; it’s Trump’s ongoing legacy.

      • Workers Beg Joe Manchin to Save West Virginia Pharma Plant as His Daughter Walks Away with $31M

        More than 1,400 workers in West Virginia are set to lose their jobs this week when the Viatris pharmaceuticals plant in Morgantown shuts down and moves operations overseas to India and Australia. Workers say they’ve had no response to their urgent requests for help from their Democratic senator, Joe Manchin, who is often called the most powerful man in Washington. Viatris was formed through a merger between two pharmaceutical companies, Mylan and Upjohn. Mylan’s chief executive, Manchin’s daughter Heather Bresch, got a $31 million payout as a result of the corporate consolidation before the new company set about cutting costs, including the closure of the Morgantown plant. Joseph Gouzd, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 8-957 and a worker at the plant, says Viatris has given little reason for the closure except to say the company is looking to “maximize the best interests of the shareholders.” We also speak with investigative journalist Katherine Eban, who says moving pharmaceutical production overseas contradicts the recommendations of numerous reports that have found major safety lapses in drug manufacturing abroad, as well as concern from lawmakers about keeping a key industry within the United States. “This is pure insanity,” Eban says. “It seems like it is both pharmaceutical and national security suicide to close this plant.”

      • Opinion | Joe Biden’s Relapse Into Hallucinations About GOP Leaders

        For a while, President Biden seemed to be recovering from chronic fantasies about Republicans in Congress. But last week he had a relapse—harming prospects for key progressive legislation and reducing the already slim hopes that the GOP can be prevented from winning control of the House and Senate in midterm elections 15 months from now.

      • In Texas, Poor People’s Campaign Kicks Off 27-Mile ‘March for Democracy’

        In Texas, activists from the Poor People’s Campaign embarked on a four-day, 27-mile “March for Democracy” on Wednesday to demand that Senate Democrats counteract the GOP’s assault on voting rights and the GOP-led assault on low-wage workers by repealing the filibuster and enacting the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, the For the People Act, a $15 federal minimum wage, and protections for undocumented immigrants.

        “Maybe it is a poetic irony that on the… first day of hearings on the violent insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, we are beginning a march for democracy,” Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said at a press conference Tuesday. “Ours is not an insurrection, but a moral resurrection.”

      • Republicans Throw Tantrums, Assault Staff After House Doctor Renews Mask Mandate
      • Pelosi Under Fire for Parroting ‘Right-Wing Lies’ Against Student Loan Debt Cancellation

        House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was met with swift backlash Wednesday after she claimed that President Joe Biden does not have the authority to cancel federal student loan debt on his own, a position that puts her at odds with legal experts and prominent members of her own party.

        “You couldn’t have a worse message than this one, both factually untrue and politically suicidal.”—The Debt Collective

      • Keir Starmer Turning Against Social Democracy a la Tony Blair

        First, he pledged to adhere to Labour’s 2019 election manifesto commitments. These include:

        These pledges have disappeared from Starmers’s purview.

      • Diagnosing the Morales Campaign Meltdown

        The complete meltdown of Dianne Morales’s New York City mayoral campaign was like a live-action parody of Tolstoy’s opening line from Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”1

      • In New York City, New Jails Threaten Dreams For True Community Spaces and Restorative Architecture

        In 2019, New York City made the historic pledge to shutter the 89-year-old Rikers Island jail complex by 2026. In the years since, budget restrictions and the pandemic have at once pushed back the proposed timeline and heightened the urgency to address conditions on the island. 

        Even as the timeline shifts, a highly controversial piece of the plan remains: the creation of four new borough-based jails, intended in-part to replace the city’s existing facilities in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. These new facilities, which have been billed as “safer, smaller, and fairer,” are presented by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration as a departure from Rikers’ notoriously dangerous conditions. 

      • ‘The police are knocking’: Investigative journalist Roman Dobrokhotov taken in for questioning following raid on his home

        Roman Dobrokhotov, the editor-in-chief of the investigative outlet The Insider, was reportedly planning to leave Russia on July 28. But at 7:30 in the morning, the police came knocking at his door. Law enforcement raided Dobrokhotov’s apartment, seizing not only his electronic devices but also his international passport. The Insider believes the raid is in connection with a libel case initiated on behalf of Max van der Werff — a Dutch blogger who The Insider has linked to the Russian GRU. Roman Dobrokhotov’s lawyer says the journalist is currently considered a witness in the case. The raid on Dobrokhotov’s home comes less than a week after the Russian Justice Ministry designated The Insider as a “foreign agent.”

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Disentangling Disinformation: Not as Easy as it Looks

        Disinformation about the vaccines is certainly contributing to their slow uptake in various parts of the U.S. as well as other countries. This disinformation is spreading through a variety of ways: Local communities, family WhatsApp groups, FOX television hosts, and yes, Facebook. The activists pushing for Facebook to remove these “superspreaders” are not wrong: while Facebook does currently ban some COVID-19 mis- and disinformation, urging the company to enforce its own rules more evenly is a tried-and-true tactic.

        But while disinformation “superspreaders” are easy to identify based on the sheer amount of information they disseminate, tackling disinformation at a systemic level is not an easy task, and some of the policy proposals we’re seeing have us concerned. Here’s why.

        In the United States, it was only a few decades ago that the medical community deemed homosexuality a mental illness. It took serious activism and societal debate for the medical community to come to an understanding that it was not. Had Facebook been around—and had we allowed it to be arbiter of truth—that debate might not have flourished.

      • Has the law finally caught up with autism bleach quack Kerri Rivera?

        With all the COVID-19 misinformation and quackery that I’ve been writing about over the last nearly year and a half, I realize that I don’t always cover the usual topics that I’ve covered for nearly 17 years to the degree that I am used to (and want to). As wild as the examples of COVID-19 misinformation, disinformation, and quackery that I’ve discussed, though, I’m hard pressed to think of an example of a COVID-19 quack as despicable as Kerri Rivera, who was featured several times on this blog (pre-pandemic) for her rather—shall we say?—novel idea that she can treat autism by feeding autistic children bleach. Even worse, her protocol involved bleach enemas, which frequently led to such irritation of the colon that sloughed intestinal lining could be seen in these children’s stools, leading their misguided parents to think that “parasites” were being eliminated. Unsurprisingly, when the pandemic first hit early last year, it took Rivera only a month or so before she was recommending bleach to treat COVID-19.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • FCC Cheered for Cleaning Up After Pai Awarded Contracts to Connect ‘Empty Parking Lots’

        The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday a round of funding for new broadband deployments and its intention to “clean up issues” stemming from former chairman Ajit Pai’s mismanagement of a program meant to bring connectivity to rural areas.

        At issue is the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Adopted in 2020, the “program can do great things, but it requires thoughtful oversight,” FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, whom President Joe Biden tapped to lead the agency, said (pdf) in a press statement.

      • ISPs Abuse FCC Covid Broadband Discount Program, Showing It’s A Band Aid On A Much Bigger Problem
      • EFF at 30: Freeing the Internet, with Net Neutrality Pioneer Gigi Sohn

        To celebrate 30 years of defending online freedom, EFF held a candid live discussion with net neutrality pioneer and EFF board member Gigi Sohn, who served as Counselor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and co-founder of leading advocacy organization Public Knowledge. Joining the chat were Senior Legislative Counsel at EFF Ernesto Falcon and Associate Director of Policy and Activism Katharine Trendacosta. You can watch the full conversation here.

        In my perfect world, everyone’s connected to a future proof, fast, affordable—and open—internet.

        On July 28, we’ll be holding our final EFF30 Fireside Chat—a “Founders Edition.” EFF’s Executive Director, Cindy Cohn will be joined by some of our founders and early board members, Esther Dyson, Mitch Kapor, and John Gilmore, to discuss everything from EFF’s origin story and its role in digital rights to where we are today.

    • Monopolies

GitHub is Racism

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 10:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum c41ffe862dec43fc3d5658a460becfae

Summary: Microsoft has the world’s most racist code hosting repository; it wasn’t like this when Microsoft took over as the racist policies were added to impress Donald Trump, who would later rig a procurement/tendering process to bail out Microsoft (10 billion dollars from the Pentagon, i.e. taxpayers)

WHEN Microsoft bought GitHub it was in better shape than it would be in the following year. Lots of staff left in protest, many projects and users also objected strongly. Even today I can see in GitHub that quite a few prominent GNU/Linux developers quit pushing/committing (based on timelines) around the time Microsoft took over. But somehow we’re supposed to think that everything outside GitHub simply does not exist. As if either you’re in GitHub or you simply do not exist!

“As for the above researchers, they’re limiting a study only to data from Microsoft, which may make this study worthless (inaccurate, owing to selection bias).”The video above concerns a more sensitive subject (see iTWire’s “Ethnicity and race may determine which open-source software projects in GitHub may be accepted; White had more projects than Asian, Black, and Hispanic: study”) and I’d prefer to limit how much I write as it can be taken out of context by opportunistic trolls who leave out nuance and intentions. Most of what I have to say is in the video; in short, GitHub is not “Open Source” but merely a proprietary trap for projects gullible enough to outsource to it… and suffer in the long run (there’s a hidden cost).

Many GitHub-choosing projects are basically OK with nationalism and racism because they make the decision to exclude quite a few countries from participation or even mere access. As for the above researchers, they’re limiting a study only to data from Microsoft, which may make this study worthless (inaccurate, owing to selection bias). It’s like doing a study on mental stability with only a set of people recently released from (or still residing in) prison whilst omitting this critical detail.

“Tolerant people would never use GitHub. Choosing GitHub for coding or for hosting is basically choosing to embrace racism.”While discrimination (against coders) probably happens not only in GitHub, it’s important that GitHub tends to attract ‘hit and runners’ (that’s why Linus Torvalds detests GitHub and refuses to bother with it). GitHub tends to attract rookies and novices, not the real geeks who have extensive experience with code (and can deal just fine with command line tools and text-only E-mail).

Regarding discrimination against committers (based on presumptions), we’ve seen similar studies before (regarding gender, not race). It’s rather clear and very much evident that GitHub is profiting from racism (we give some examples in the video), in fact so overt a case of racist cull that GitHub is excluding whole countries and people associated with those countries (even if they don’t live there; so it’s about race, which cannot be changed!) and GitHub employs nazi apologists.

Tolerant people would never use GitHub. Choosing GitHub for coding or for hosting is basically choosing to embrace racism.

[Meme] António Lost His Power Over Patent Examiners

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Time to hit the bottle?

When you realise the staff can go on strike any time!

Summary: Team Campinos at the EPO must be rather stressed at the moment; the people who do all the work can go on strike any time (or all the time, until/unless demands are met)

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