09.05.21

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Links 6/9/2021: NuTyX 21.09.0 and RSS Guard 4.0.1

Posted in News Roundup at 6:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: September 5th, 2021

      This week has been a bit slow in Linux news and releases, but very interesting. We got a new GNU Linux-libre kernel for free software purists, an upgraded Linux laptop from System76, a new Armbian release for your ARM devices, and a lot of goodies for fans of the KDE Plasma desktop environment, both on mobile and desktop.

      On top of that, we got new major releases of the Nitrux and Linux Lite distributions worth of installing on your personal computers, as well as many updated packages. You can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for September 5th, 2021, below!

    • Linux Weekly Roundup #146

      Welcome to this week’s Linux Roundup.

      We had another exciting week in the world of Linux releases with the releases of Bluestar Linux 5.13.13, Linux Lite 5.6, MX Linux Beta 2, and Nitrux 2021.09.01.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux on the Framework Laptop [Ed: Belated step in the right direction because previously they forced everyone to pay Microsoft for malware]

        We love Linux at Framework. We decided from the start of Framework Laptop development to offer the DIY Edition without an operating system pre-loaded to give you the option to bring your favorite Linux distribution. There has been immense interest in this configuration, with it outselling pre-configured systems with Windows 10 by a wide margin. We provided pre-release hardware to developers and maintainers at Fedora, elementary OS, NixOS, and Arch to make the Linux experience as smooth as possible, and we’ve been impressed by the incredible variety of Linux distros (and OpenBSD too!) being used by all of you.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Linux Lite 5.6

        Today we are looking at Linux Lite 5.6. It comes with Linux Kernel 5.4, based on Ubuntu 20.04, XFCE 4.14, and uses about 600MB of ram when idling.

      • Linux Lite 5.6 Run Through – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at Linux Lite 5.6.

      • Playing 0 A.D. Alpha 25 – DT LIVE! – Invidious

        Today, I’m going to be playing one of my favorite free and open source games–0 A.D! This is areal time strategy game that is similar to Age of Empires. 0 A.D. can be found in almost every Linux distro’s repositories.

      • Dealing With The Constant Burnout Struggle – Invidious

        Throughout my time at University I was almost constantly dealing with burnout and today I thought it would be a helpful experience to talk about how I personally dealt with burnout and the strategies I used to try and avoid it in the first place.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15 Enabling “-Werror” By Default For All Kernel Builds

        A change made by Linus Torvalds and merged today for Linux 5.15 is enabling the “-Werror” compiler flag by default for all kernel builds.

        The “-Werror” compiler flag treats all warnings as build errors. By promoting all warnings to errors, it enforces the developers to ensure such build warnings that may otherwise go unnoticed or only loosely concerned about by developers to now treat it with priority given that it will interrupt the build process. Many software projects already use “-Werror” by default to enforce better quality control in ensuring warnings get addressed, but most using it tend not to be the size of the Linux kernel.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to install Netbeans IDE on Ubuntu 20.04

        NetBeans is an open-source IDE. An IDE is a programmer’s tool for writing, compiling, debugging, and running programs.
        Thanks to NetBeans developing applications becomes easier and faster. It is written in Java, so we can install it on almost any system, but it can be used for any other programming language such as PHP or Python. There is also an important number of modules to extend the NetBeans IDE through Plugins.

        For this reason, many programmers install it to be able to perform their work better. In this post, you will learn just that.

      • How to Install Yarn on Ubuntu 20.04?

        Yarn is a JavaScript package installer and dependency manager originally released by Facebook in collaboration with Google.

        Yarn comes with changes intended to rival npm being the most popular of its branch. If you are coming from npm, Yarn replaces the existing workflow for the npm client or other package managers while still being compatible with the npm registry.

        In addition, Yarn has attracted a lot of attention not only for its creators but also for its change in approach to downloading and installing packages and managing dependencies.

      • How to install GLPI on Ubuntu 20.04?

        Ubuntu 20.04 is a very popular operating system among servers. So it is not surprising that many important tools are deployed on this system. Today you will learn how to install GLPI on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to Install Dovecot on Debian 10?

        Managing an email server is not an easy task. However, there are tools like Dovecot that allow us to configure it quickly so that at least, we have a lot of the way already done. This is what today’s post is about, learning how to install Dovecot on Debian 10.
        Dovecot is an Open source IMAP and POP3 server for GNU/Linux / UNIX-like systems, written primarily with security in mind. However, it is also focused on being fast and easy to install and use.

      • How To Install Docker on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Docker on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Docker is an open-source project that supports building, testing, deploying, and managing applications in self-sufficient, portable containers. It provides an efficient way to package applications with their libraries and other dependencies into a standardized unit for software development. Docker containers are much faster and more efficient than a virtual machine because they don’t have to run an entire operating system, just the executable that serves the application.

        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 through the step-by-step installation of the Docker Comunity Edition (CE) on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to install Node.js & Npm on Amazon ec2 Ubuntu Linux – Linux Shout

        Node.js is a V8 JavaScript runtime user interface and agile JavaScript interpreter. In few words -Node.js is a method of running JavaScript on the webserver; but it is also much, much more. JavaScript is an event-based language, so anything that happens on the web server triggers a non-blocking opportunity. Here we learn how to install Node.js and NPM on Amazon Ec2 running Ubuntu 20.04 Linux cloud server instance.

      • Mining Bitcoin with Centos 8 – Unixcop

        Bitcoin is peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; the network collectively connects managing transactions and issuing bitcoins.

        BTC is open-source publicly, nobody owns or controls BTC, and everyone can participate. BTC allows exciting uses that any previous payment system could not cover through many of its unique properties. Also, check ripple wallet and BTC wallet.

      • Getting the Top Indicator Panel Back in GNOME – It’s FOSS

        GNOME is the popular desktop environment that thrives to give Linux a modern desktop experience.

        While it works for the most part, some of their decisions has left the user fuming and questioning.

        You cannot have icons and files on the desktop, new document option has been removed from the right click context menu. In addition to that, GNOME has also removed the applet indicator functionality.

        You know what indicator applets are, don’t you? Those little icons that let you access additional features of the given application. I have plenty of them in my Ubuntu system.

      • How To Install Redmine on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Redmine on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Redmine is a cross-platform as well as cross-database flexible project management web application. Redmine includes support for multiple projects, wikis, issue tracking systems, forums, calendars, email notifications, and much more.

        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 through the step-by-step installation of Redmine open source project management software on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • How to Install Odoo 14 on Ubuntu – Unixcop

        Odoo is a suite of business management software tools including, for example, CRM, e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, warehouse, project management, and inventory management. The Community version is a libre software, licensed under the GNU LGPLv3. The Enterprise version has proprietary extra features and services. The source code for the framework and core ERP modules is curated by the Belgium-based Odoo S.A. Odoo is available for both on-premise and ready to use SaaS environment.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • MX Linux 21 Distro Gets a Second Beta Release with Updated Installer and Live Boot Menus

          At the end of July, the MX Linux 21 “Wildflower” distribution entered public beta testing with its flagship Xfce edition based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series. A month later, at the end of August, the KDE Plasma and Fluxbox editions entered beta testing too.

          Now, almost two weeks later, a second beta release is available for all three flavors, bringing an updated installer, updated live boot menus with new rollback options, new Mesa Vulkan drivers, new “mx-comfort” themes, Debian’s Security repository enabled by default, as well as better support for some Realtek Wi-Fi cards.

        • NuTyX 21.09.0 available with cards 2.4.136

          The NuTyX team is happy to announce the new version of NuTyX 21.09.0 and cards 2.4.136.

          The xorg-server graphics server version 1.20.13, the Mesa 3D library in 21.2.1, gtk3 3.24.30 and qt 5.15.2.

          The python interpreters are en 3.9.6 et 2.7.18.

          The XFCE desktop environment is updated to version 4.16.

          The MATE desktop environment is a 1.26 version .

          The GNOME desktop environment is also updated to version 40.4.

          The KDE desktop environment is available in Plasma 5.22.5, Framework 5.85.0 and applications in 21.08.1.

          Available browsers are: firefox 91.0.2, chromium 92.0.4515.159, epiphany 40.3, etc

          Many desktop applications have been updated as well like thunderbird 78.13.0, Scribus 1.5.7, libreoffice 7.1.5.2, gimp 2.10.24, etc.

          Core NuTyX ships with Long Term Support (LTS) kernels: 4.9.282, 4.14.246, 4.19.206, 5.4.144 and 5.10.62 and the latest stable version 5.14.1 .

        • OpenWrt 21.02.0 released

          Version 21.02.0 of the OpenWrt router distribution is out. “It incorporates over 5800 commits since branching the previous OpenWrt 19.07 release and has been under development for about one and a half year”. Significant changes include WPA3 support by default, TLS support in opkg and in the LuCi interface, initial Distributed Switch Architecture support, new hardware support, and more. See the release notes for more information.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Debian Family

        • XDO Pantera Pico PC review: a Rubik’s Cube sized PC

          The XDO Pantera Pico PC will be available in a number of different configurations, but they’ll all have the basics such as an Intel J4125 2.7Ghz Gemini Lake Celeron processor, 2.4/5Ghz 422Mb/s WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, 3 USB-A 3.0 ports, 1 USB-A 2.0 port, M.2 internal SSD storage, a Micro SD slot, a 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI 2.0 port, and Intel UHD Graphics 600 GPU for 4K video output. There is a USB-C port, but that’s only used for the power supply. The dimensions are 60 x 60 x 50 mm and the weight is 0.39lbs. Configuration options will have 4 to 8Gb LPDDR4 RAM, and 64Gb to 512Gb EMMC5.1 storage.

          [...]

          Debian 11 works a lot more reliably, but it doesn’t include the WiFi hardware drivers out of the gate, so getting the network connection might take some work.

          Getting some flavor of Linux running on this will take some more time, but XDO provides a guide for getting Ubuntu to run as a live disk from a USB drive. Ubuntu gave me some errors trying to get it onto a MicroSD card (as I think that card became corrupted after installing Debian 11), so I didn’t even get that to live boot just yet.

        • SonoBus

          There is a new application available for Sparkers: SonoBus

        • Ulrike Uhlig & Debian, the $200,000 woman who quit

          From all those women and all that money, Debian only found one woman who became a Debian Developer, Ulrike Uhlig. Ulrike has quit Debian after just 4 years.

          Debian paid $200,000 to find this woman and she quit.

          Ulrike claims to be interested in human rights and mediation techniques. Yet she went to the online DebConf and gave a talk with the mafiosi Enrico Zini, this is the fascist who expels people on a whim without any due process or any other basics of human rights. Zini was complicit in expelling Dr Norbert Preining the week before Christmas and also fabricating the rape accusations against Jacob Appelbaum. For Ulrike to give a talk with a gangster like this suggests that she has no understanding of the principles she claims to stand for.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • 3D Printering: Is Hassle-Free Bed Leveling Finally Here?

          3D printers have come a long way over the past several years, but the process of bed leveling remains a pain point. Let’s take a look at the different ways the problem has been tackled, and whether recent developments have succeeded in automating away the hassle.

        • Upgrade Board Adds GPIO Pins To Your Replica PDP-11

          Like many Hackaday readers, [Steven Stallion] has had his eyes on the replica PDP-11 created by [Oscar Vermeulen] for some time now, and this summer he finally got the opportunity to build one himself. But while most owners might be content to just watch the Raspberry Pi based faux-retro computer blink away on a shelf, he wanted to explore putting the machine to more practical use. The end result is the PiDP-11 I/O Expander, an add-on that lets the modern minicomputer interact with the world around it.

        • Apple investigating RISC-V instruction set architecture, job listing shows

          A job listing posted to Apple’s website this week reveals the company is researching RISC-V instruction set architecture solutions, suggesting future in-house chip designs might implement the open-source technology.

        • New RP2040 Powered Board Adds PoE
        • Raspberry Pi Cardboard Robot Arm Cuts Costs

          Let’s face it—Raspberry Pi kits can get expensive. But if you’ve got a few spare parts lying around, you might be able to build something functional from scratch. No extruded aluminum lying around? No problem! Maker Fricktorio has managed to create a Raspberry Pi-powered robotic arm from scratch using cardboard.

          The best Raspberry Pi projects are the ones that you can make at home and this project relies on a few easy-to-find materials. The cardboard is used to construct most of the frame which is held together with a little bit of hot glue. It also features a mechanism at the end of the arm to pinch and grab things made from unfolded paper clips.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Maryland Today | $100K Mellon Grant Funds Continuation of Persian,…

        The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to support the continued development of user-friendly, open-source software capable of creating digital texts from Persian and Arabic books.

      • RSS Guard 4.0.1

        RSS Guard is a simple (yet powerful) feed reader. It is able to fetch the most known feed formats, including RSS/RDF and ATOM. It’s free, it’s open-source. RSS Guard currently supports Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian. RSS Guard will never depend on other services – this includes online news aggregators like Feedly, The Old Reader and others.

      • HarmonyOS 2.0 reaches 90 million users, 8 new users are added every second

        Huawei set an ambitious goal for HarmonyOS 2.0 – to reach 300 million devices by the end of the year. That’s a big number, but doesn’t sound impossible as the new OS is expanding quickly: it was at 10 million users in early June, 70 million at the end of August and days later it has shot up by another 20 million users.

        That brings the total to 90 million. Okay, we should clear some things up. First, these numbers actually count the devices running HarmonyOS, which may not correspond to users one to one (i.e. someone may have multiple devices). Still, that’s quite impressive.

        Also, 100 million of the 300 million total will be third party devices, so they will be Internet of Things (IoT) and other smart gadgets. That still leaves a long way to go, but as you can see the adoption is growing quickly.

      • Blender Movies: 10 Must-See Movies Made with Blender
      • Blender 2.93.4

        Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Through it’s open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics application in the world.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • EU to formally probe Nvidia’s $54bn takeover over British chip designer Arm – report

        Nvidia told The Reg it would work “with the European Commission to address any concerns they may have” after reports it is set open a formal competition law investigation into the AI firm’s purchase of Arm from Softbank.

        The Financial Times reported this morning that the political bloc will examine whether or not the $54bn takeover deal will result in reduced competition between the world’s leading chip designers.

        “The investigation is likely to begin after Nvidia officially notifies the European Commission of its plan to acquire Arm,” said the UK financial newspaper, quoting two people in the know about Nvidia’s plans, “with the US chipmaker planning to make its submission in the week starting September 6.”

      • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE user manual reveals lack of microSD card slot, no charger in box – GSMArena.com news

        Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE has long been rumored to have been delayed because of the ongoing chip crisis, but it will hopefully launch at some point in the next few weeks.

        Before that happens, more and more details about it are starting to surface, and today its user manual is the star of the show. This unfortunately reveals that the S21 FE will not have a microSD card slot.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • [Older] Windows 365 No Deal for Non-Biz Linux Users
        • Conor Friedersdorf: Spyware on Your iPhone Is a Step Too Far

          Privacy is a set of curtains drawn across the windows of our lives. And technology companies are moths that will chew through more of the fabric every year if we let them, and especially if we encourage them.

        • Infosys CEO hauled in to tell minister why India’s tax portal is still a glitchy mess • The Register

          India’s government has summoned the CEO of Infosys to explain why a tax portal built by the services giant remains a glitchy mess ten weeks after launch.

          The portal went live on June 8th but immediately proved so unreliable that the government was forced to revert to paper-based tax filing processes and to extend filing deadlines.

          Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman shamed Infosys with some mean tweets, then hauled execs in to explain themselves.

        • Security

          • F5 Patches 29 Security Vulnerabilities but No Fix for Bug Allowing Complete System Takeover in Sensitive Sectors – CPO Magazine

            F5 released patches of more than two dozen security vulnerabilities impacting BIG-IP and BIG-IQ products.

            Notably, is the F5 bug CVE-2021-23031 (CVSS 8.8) which is elevated to critical (CVSS 9.9) for “Appliance Mode” users because it could allow authenticated attackers to bypass restrictions in this state and escalate privileges resulting in complete system takeover.

          • Boffins find if you torture AMD Zen+, Zen 2 CPUs enough, they are vulnerable to Meltdown-like attack [Ed: There are so many deliberate back doors everywhere in proprietary software and designs (e.g. AMD's PSP), so one need not go through all this theoretical trouble]

            Computer scientists at TU Dresden in Germany have found that AMD’s Zen processor family is vulnerable to a data-bothering Meltdown-like attack after all.

            Exploiting this weakness is an academic exercise, it seems; there are more practical and easier ways for malware and malicious users to interfere with systems. If anything, it reminds us that modern CPU architectures have all kinds of side-channels, with some probably still left to find.

          • Bug Bounty Radar // The latest bug bounty programs for September 2021

            In bug bounty program news this past month, a researcher has earned $15,000 for reporting a bug in Chromium that allowed code to be injected in embedded site pages, even if the target and destinations existed on separate domains.
            Two dating apps also displayed their vulnerabilities. Yan Zhu, security engineer at privacy-focused browser Brave, found, a vulnerability in OKCupid allowed attackers to trick users into ‘liking’ or messaging to other profiles – potentially gaming the system.

          • Bumble fumble: Dude divines definitive location of dating app users despite disguised distances

            Up until this year, dating app Bumble inadvertently provided a way to find the exact location of its internet lonely-hearts, much in the same way one could geo-locate Tinder users back in 2014.

            In a blog post on Wednesday, Robert Heaton, a security engineer at payments biz Stripe, explained how he managed to bypass Bumble’s defenses and implement a system for finding the precise location of Bumblers.

          • Bangkok Airways hit by LockBit ransomware attack, loses lotsa data after refusing to pay

            Bangkok Airways has revealed it was the victim of a cyberattack from ransomware group LockBit on August 23rd, resulting in the publishing of stolen data.

            Bangkok Airways’ announcement about the matter came last Thursday, a day after LockBit posted a message on its dark web portal threatening the airline to pay a ransom or suffer a data leak.

            The airline was given five days to sort payment, but instead of coughing up it disclosed the breach. LockBit responded by publishing the lot. Competing claims about the resulting data dump rate it at 103GB and over 200GB.

          • Apple wants to scan iCloud to protect kids, can’t even keep them safe in its own App Store

            In a report released on Wednesday, the Tech Transparency Project contends that Apple “is failing to take even the most basic steps to protect children” in the App Store. Failures in age verification exposed children to pornography, gambling, and a host of other supposedly age-limited apps.

          • Azure’s now-fixed Cosmos DB flaw could have been exploited to read, write any database
          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • For the First Time, the FTC Has Banned a Company from the Surveillance Business

              For more crisp and insightful business and economic news, subscribe to The Daily Upside newsletter. It’s completely free and we guarantee you’ll learn something new every day.

              The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has just, for the first time, banned a company from the surveillance app business. The indictment: creating so-called “stalkerware” — apps or software that secretly track a mobile user’s activities and location.

              Support King — which conducts business publicly as SpyFone and says its service is for monitoring children and employees — has done precious little to stop stalkers and abusers from using its services to surveil their victims, the FTC said.

            • Facebook used facial recognition without consent 200,000 times, says South Korea’s data watchdog • The Register

              Facebook, Netflix and Google have all received reprimands or fines, and an order to make corrective action, from South Korea’s government data protection watchdog, the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC).

              The PIPC announced a privacy audit last year and has revealed that three companies – Facebook, Netflix and Google – were in violations of laws and had insufficient privacy protection.

              Facebook alone was ordered to pay 6.46 billion won (US$5.5m) for creating and storing facial recognition templates of 200,000 local users without proper consent between April 2018 and September 2019.

            • China puts continuous consent at the center of data protection law

              China has passed a law that authorities say “further perfects” existing arrangements for protection of personal data.

              The new “Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China” comes into effect on November 1st, 2021, and comprises eight chapters and 74 articles that outline strict yet vague measures on how and when data is collected and managed, individuals’ rights, and who ultimately owns data.

            • Leaked: List of police, govt, uni orgs in Clearview AI’s facial-recognition trials

              Clearview AI’s controversial facial-recognition system has been trialed, at least, by police, government agencies, and universities around the world, according to newly leaked files.

              Internal documents revealed by BuzzFeed News show that Clearview offered its technology to law enforcement agencies, governments, and academic institutions in 24 countries, including the UK, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia, on a try-before-you-buy basis.

            • Clearview AI Offered Free Trials To Police Around The World

              Law enforcement agencies and government organizations from 24 countries outside the United States used a controversial facial recognition technology called Clearview AI, according to internal company data reviewed by BuzzFeed News.

              That data, which runs up until February 2020, shows that police departments, prosecutors’ offices, universities, and interior ministries from around the world ran nearly 14,000 searches with Clearview AI’s software. At many law enforcement agencies from Canada to Finland, officers used the software without their higher-ups’ knowledge or permission. After receiving questions from BuzzFeed News, some organizations admitted that the technology had been used without leadership oversight.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Cops responding to ShotSpotter’s AI alerts rarely find evidence of gun crime, says Chicago watchdog

        Police responding to ShotSpotter’s AI-generated alerts of gunfire find evidence of actual gun-related crime only about one time in ten, a Chicago public watchdog has found.

        The California biz uses machine-learning algorithms to determine whether loud bangs caught by microphones deployed across more than 100 US cities are gunshots or not. If a shot is identified, the location of the noise is triangulated and sent to the police as an immediate, real-time alert, and reports are later compiled for prosecutors for use in court cases.

        ShotSpotter is under the microscope right now because a 65-year-old man spent almost a year behind bars awaiting trial for murder – and the primary evidence against him was a disputed ShotSpotter report of a gunshot.

      • Israeli firm Bright Data named as enabler of Philippines government DDOS attacks on opposition groups

        Swedish digital rights organisation Qurium has alleged that an Israeli company called Bright Data has helped the government of the Philippines to DDOS local human rights organisation Karapatan.

        In July, Qurium reported that the Philippines Department of Science and Technology and Army had conducted DDOS attacks on local media critical of the nation’s government, and targeted Karapatan.

        Last week, Qurium reported a new wave of attacks on Karapatan, detailing a three-week campaign felt to be aimed at derailing efforts to protest extra-judicial killings – including the death of a Karapatan member.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The rise of a generation of censors: Law schools the latest battlement over free speech | TheHill

        ree speech on American college campuses has been in a free fall for years. From high schools through law schools, free speech has gone from being considered a right that defines our society to being dismissed as a threat. According to polling, the result is arguably one of the most anti-free-speech generations in our history. The danger is more acute because it has reached law schools where future judges and lawyers may replicate the same intolerance in our legal system.

        A recent controversy at Duke Law School highlights this danger. “Law & Contemporary Problems” is a faculty-run journal that recently decided to do a balanced symposium on “Sex and the Law” — including transgender issues — and asked Professor Kathleen Stock of the University of Sussex (who has criticized transgender positions) to participate.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Yahoo! India! shuts! down! news! operation! • The Register

        Yahoo!’s Indian outpost has stopped publishing news – even news about cricket.

        “We did not come to this decision lightly,” states an FAQ about the shut-down, adding “However, Yahoo! India has been impacted by changes to regulatory laws in India that now limit the foreign ownership of media companies that operate and publish digital content in India.”

        The FAQ says India’s laws impact even Yahoo Cricket, because that includes news content, while the site’s entertainment news and MAKERS India – a site dedicated to “Women who make India” has also gone. Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! News have also gone dark.

      • Wikipedia Is Trying to Transcend the Limits of Human Language

        Wikipedia has 323 language editions, and at times, there are huge differences between them.

        For instance, Jasenovac was a concentration and extermination camp during World War II, which is described in detail on English Wikipedia. Hebrew Wikipedia, and other language versions. But according to Croatian Wikipedia, Jasenovac was merely a labor camp.

      • Wikipedia Co-Founder to Launch Roundtable Discussion on “Universal Network of Encyclopedias”

        At a cultural moment in which the media is becoming ever more opinionated and centralized—and less trusted to report all the facts—Dr. Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, is announcing an initiative to decentralize the world’s encyclopedias. A new non-profit aims to promote technical standards and software that will make it easier to find high-quality information and a global range of opinion. Sanger and a group of like-minded technologists incorporated the non-profit Knowledge Standards Foundation (KSF) late last year and have been making preparations to launch a deep-dive seminar / discussion group that will hash out the details. The mostly-volunteer group has started several software projects.

      • India’s Anti-VPN Plan a Threat to Privacy, Internet Freedom: Experts

        The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs wants VPNs to be blocked. It has asked the Indian government to obstruct access to virtual private networks, alleging that such services enable ‘criminals to remain anonymous online.’

        Interestingly, this development comes months after the government liberalised the usage of VPN by Other Service Providers (OSPs), in view of the ensuing coronavirus pandemic – as VPNs allow people to work from home securely, while allaying employers’ fears of loss of information and cyber threats.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • The Danish Patent Office Changes Its Procedure For SPC Applications

        Up until now, the Danish Patent Office (Patent- og Varemærkestyrelsen) has allowed SPC applications for medicines based on a different medical use than the already approved use of a medicinal product, considering the marketing approval of the further medical use as the “first authorisation to place the product on the market” for the purposes of Article 3(d) of the SPC Regulation (EC 469/2009).

        In view of the Santen decision from the CJEU (C-673/18), the Danish Patent Office has now decided to discontinue this practice and not approve SPC applications based on a further medical use of an already approved medicinal product (since it would in fact not comply with Article 3(d)).

        The new practice applies to future SPC applications as well as pending applications. However, already granted SPCs that would have been refused based on the new practice will not be examined ex officio by the Danish Patent Office. Any third party interested in having an incorrectly granted SPC re-examined by the Danish Patent Office can instigate this by filing a request for re-examination.

      • Patents

        • Nota Bene Episode 141: Artificial Intelligence Technologies: Past, Present, and Forward with Siraj Husain [Ed: The Artificial Intelligence Lab in MIT is a lot older than the fools who promote this for marketing, patent, monopoly and surveillance agenda]
        • Trends in OTT technology — how AI and ML are transforming content production and delivery [Ed: Using hype and buzzwords (nothing new or novel) to justify radical patent agenda for patent litigation firms]

          AL and ML inventions are viewed as (computer implemented) mathematical methods by the European Patent Office (EPO) and are therefore governed by the same provisions. While computer software and mathematical methods are commonly believed to be excluded from patentability, this isn’t always the case.

          Article 52(2)(c) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) excludes computer programs and mathematical methods “as such” from patent protection. However, it can be possible to protect AI and ML inventions if, above the usual requirements around novelty, inventive step and industrial application, you’re able to identify the technical purpose of the AI invention and draft the patent application around it. Alternatively, you may be able to bring out a specific technical implementation of the AI within the invention to demonstrate that it works in a different way to pre-existing technology. There are some specific EPO guidelines around this.

        • [Ed: Patenting mere dosages? How far would patent maximalists stretch the patent law or caselaw? Until the law gets abolished?]

          Are dosage regimens patentable in Singapore? Well, the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) thinks so, because its Guidelines for Patent Examination clearly states that dosage regimen patents should be considered patentable based on relatively recent case law from the UK. However, Singapore’s courts have yet to rule on this issue, so some doubt remains because Singapore’s judges have regularly ruled against applying UK law if it is deemed to have been significantly influenced by the European Patent Convention (EPC). That may be the case for dosage regimens and we discuss this further below.

        • Fifth Circuit upholds Ericsson FRAND victory against HTC

          The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled in favour of Ericsson in its dispute with HTC, upholding an earlier jury decision that the licensing offer made by the Swedish company was fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory.

          In a judgment handed down on Tuesday, August 31, the court said HTC failed to show that Ericsson’s proposed licence was out of line with previous licences for similar companies. The dispute centred on Ericsson’s 2G, 3G and 4G wireless patents.

          Ericsson and HTC had previously signed cross-licensing agreements for their standard essential patents (SEPs), but talks broke down when the two began negotiating for a new licence in 2016.

          Ericsson offered HTC a rate of $2.50 per 4G device, in line with the amount HTC paid for the previous licence.

          HTC responded with an offer of $0.10 per device, arguing the rate should be based on the smallest saleable unit that practised the patents. It was this offer that “chilled” the negotiations, according to Ericsson.

          HTC then sued Ericsson at the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2017, alleging Ericsson had breached its obligation to license its SEPs on FRAND terms.

          According to the jury in the Texas court, HTC failed to prove that Ericsson breached its FRAND duties.

          HTC appealed against that ruling to the Fifth Circuit. But according to Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod, it failed to preserve its challenge.

          “Ericsson presented substantial evidence to support its position that it had offered FRAND terms to HTC. Ericsson pointed to licences with similarly situated companies to HTC that had terms that were remarkably similar to those offered to HTC,” the judgment found.

        • In-house ponder counterfeit message shift amid worrying apathy [Ed: Maybe stop calling people "pirates" and copying "theft"... or making up nonsensical terms like "IP practitioners" (which is basically a lie). Then maybe -- just maybe -- some people will take you seriously]

          Counsel debate how IP practitioners can realistically sway public opinion after data reveals many consumers are seemingly happy to purchase counterfeits

        • Webinar on Protection of Cannabis Plants in LATAM [Ed: Pretentious lawyers now command monopolies over narcotics... if it's not "against the law", then "it's against our law... which we bought to 'own' everything" (even plants!)]
        • Can AI Be Listed As An Inventor? South Africa and Australia say YES! [Ed: Patent litigation firms mistake this for a badge of honour; but if you ask people about patents for bots or monopolies for programs, you will see it's a badge of shame]

          Last year, the USPTO confirmed that artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be listed as an inventor on a patent application. Now, an Australian court has ruled that AI systems can be legally recognized as inventors in patent applications.

          The decision in Australia came just a few days after South Africa became the first country to recognize an AI as an inventor.

          The AI system at issue is called DABUS, which stands for “device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience.”

        • Patent protection: US court does not recognize artificial intelligence as an inventor

          The legal battle of a multidisciplinary international team, which is campaigning for the recognition of the “connectionist artificial intelligence” (AI) Dabus as an inventor in the sense of patent law, is one chapter richer. A federal court for the district of Alexandria in the US state of Virginia has now ruled that the computer system in the United States cannot be classified as a creative force. The variant of a neural network may therefore not be registered there as an inventor in an application for a patent.

        • Innovations in Renewable Energies and Battery Storage [Ed: Quoting paid-for greenwashing propaganda from the EPO, which needs creative ways to distract from its corruption and crimes]

          In 2020, a joint study published by the European Patent Office and the International Energy Agency revealed that “batteries account for nearly 90% of all patenting activity in the area of electricity storage, and that the rise in innovation is chiefly driven by advances in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in consumer electronic devices and electric cars.”

        • AI Machines Can’t Not Be Granted Patents on Inventions: Judge [Ed: AI Machines meaning bots]
        • Revealed: Federal Circuit rehearing grant rates and reasoning [Ed: Patent trolls’ megaphone Patrick Wingrove still trying to scandalise PTAB and CAFC (old tactics) for thwarting a lot of fake patents that USPTO erroneously granted for quick cash]

          The US’s patent appellate court accepts very few petitions for rehearings, as new data reveals, but it won’t deter some counsel from trying

        • Software Patents

          • Determining Visibility Of Content On Web Browser By Indirect Measurement: Technical [Ed: Deeply compromised EPO boards (stacked by thugs who infiltrated the Office) continue to approve abstract patents]

            This EPO Board of Appeal decision concerns a patent application for determining the visibility of content on a web browser. In the appeal, the Board considered that determination is performed by measuring raw information about running web browsers to estimate a technically meaningful parameter. Such indirect measurement is normally of a technical nature.

          • Still True: Name of the Game is the Claim

            This is an old-school claim construction case. The district court narrowly construed DET’s claim term “three-dimensional spreadsheet” and consequently ruled that Google does not infringe. On appeal, the Federal Circuit has affirmed.

            [...]

            Judge Stark had construed the claims prior to his eligibility ruling. On remand, however, Google asked for additional claim construction of the preamble term “three-dimensional spreadsheet” since that aspect of the invention had been critical to the Federal Circuit’s eligibility determination.

      • Trademarks

        • Greek God or Continent? Defining “Confusing Similarity” under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act

          Examining whether a registered mark and a domain name were confusingly similar under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the trademark owner because the mark and domains are nearly identical in sight, sound and meaning. Boigris v. EWC P&T, LLC, Case No. 20-11929 (11th Cir. Aug. 6, 2021) (Marcus, J.) (Newsom, J. dissenting). The registered trademark is “European Wax Center” and the domain names in issue are “europawaxcenter.com” and “euwaxcenter.com.”

          EWC runs a nationwide beauty brand titled European Wax Center that offers hair removal services and beauty products and also holds a trademark under the same name. Since 2015, EWC sold cosmetics under the marks “reveal me,” “renew me” and “smooth me.” Bryan Boigris has no direct background related to the production of beauty products, but in April 2016, he claimed an intent to begin selling such products and attempted to register trademarks at the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) for “reveal me,” “renew me” and “smooth me,” none of which had been used in commerce before by Boigris. Boigris also registered 11 domain names including, “euwaxcenter.com” and “europawaxcenter.com.” Upon discovery of Boigris’s pending applications, EWC filed for its own trademark applications for “reveal me,” “renew me” and “smooth me” and filed an opposition to Boigris’s pending applications at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The TTAB sustained the oppositions.

        • European Design Protection for the Automotive Industry

          It is a common misconception, particularly among multinational businesses, that the European design protection system is nearly identical to the design patent system in the United States. In fact, this is not the case: The EU design system has significant advantages as well as certain disadvantages compared to the US system. The EU legislation (Council Regulation No 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community designs) provides a broad definition of a design, which can apply to 3D or 2D objects, such as logos. Below, we take a look at some of the key features of design protections under EU regulation that are of relevance to the automotive industry.

      • Copyrights

        • Locast, the streaming-TV nonprofit sued by media giants, suspends service

          Locast, a small, nonprofit service that streamed over-the-air channels free online to more than 3 million US viewers, is suspending operations immediately, the company said Thursday, after suffering a legal setback in its copyright battle with the country’s biggest media companies earlier this week. The decision comes one day after Locast vowed to remain “committed to its mission” of delivering free, local broadcast TV across the US.

        • Take-Two Files Suit Against Grand Theft Auto Reverse Engineering Project

          Take-Two Interactive has filed a suit against contributors to a project called “re3″ that reverse engineered Grand Theft Auto III and GTA Vice City to make them playable on new platforms.

          Kotaku reported that Take-Two’s lawsuit was filed against 14 programmers in the Northern District of California by a Manhattan-based law firm called Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. The company is seeking a preliminary injunction and a trial by jury for claims related to the suit.

          [...]

          The code for re3 is currently available on GitHub, but the platform warns that the repository has been archived by its owner, which means it will be read-only unless it’s restored.

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