Agents of Monopoly: WIPO is Lobbying for or Reinforcing Microsoft Monopoly by Pushing Its Proprietary Software and Formats

Posted in Formats, Microsoft, Office Suites, Open XML, OpenDocument, Patents at 8:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related (USPTO angle): USPTO Rewards Microsoft for Corruption at ISO by Teaching People Proprietary OOXML and Promoting Its Use | USPTO Craziness: Changing Rules to Punish PTAB Petitioners and Reward Microsoft for Corruption at ISO | Conflict of Interest: Microsoft and IBM Controlling the USPTO and Leaving GNU/Linux Users Shut Out (in the Cold) | Why Wouldn’t an Office That Grants Monopolies Support Microsoft Monopoly? | USPTO Promotes Microsoft Monopoly and Proprietary Software (Updatedx2) | David Kappos (IBM/Microsoft Lobbyist) Reported for Misuse of Authority and Conflict of Interest

“Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.”― Frank Herbert
The corrupt typically attracts the corrupt and protects the corrupt

Summary: The World Intellectual Property [sic] Organization — like the EPO (where António Campinos outsourced IT systems to Microsoft) — is choosing the most notorious/corrupt ‘tech’ ‘company’ (cult) instead of open standards and, as the links above show, this is nowadays done inside the United States and outside the United States as well, raising legal questions/ire

OVER a decade ago we wrote many hundreds of posts about corruption of Microsoft in the document formats dispute. Instead of accepting and adopting open standards Microsoft decided and insisted on openwashing its proprietary formats, which basically correspond just to Microsoft’s proprietary Office. The specifications contained not only Microsoft’s product name but also many versions of it. Retrofitting something proprietary — with binary enclosures! — into XML and then calling it “open” was an early example of the Open Source brand rotting to death. To quote Microsoft’s Jason Matusow, an integral part of the ‘Open’ XML corruption (further background in [1, 2, 3]): “More Open Than Open [...] I am constantly amazed at the flexibility of this single word.”

Yes, it had already become almost meaningless when he wrote this (around the time we coined the term “openwashing”).

Anyway, here we are more than a decade later and the corruption of Microsoft paid off. Agencies around the world shamelessly promote Microsoft’s proprietary formats as a de facto standard, as a default, and moreover financially penalise people who refuse to (or cannot) use Microsoft’s proprietary formats.

“…here we are more than a decade later and the corruption of Microsoft paid off.”Bar complaints against David Kappos notwithstanding (links above, still ongoing), we recently learned that WIPO is also rotten in the sense that it promotes Microsoft and discriminates against Microsoft’s rivals. “The USPTO has been bombarding me with E-mails about DOCX,” a reader has told us. “Just got one from the WIPO.” (It says “ePCT-Filing in Docx”)

To quote:

Dear ePCT user,

You are invited to join our next ePCT webinars on ePCT-Filing in Docx.

In these sessions you will discover the advantages of using Docx and you will be guided through the different steps on how to create a Docx specification to be uploaded in ePCT for receiving Offices accepting Docx.

Two sessions with the same topic and content will be provided to cover different time zones and are free of charge.

-Tuesday 05 October 2021: 09-10:30 am Geneva Time (CET) for Asia, Europe time zones, etc.

Registration link: https://wipo-int.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-7j8UAt7QGiD7MHavzxwCg

-Thursday 07 October 2021: 4:30-6:00 pm Geneva Time (CET) for North and South America time zones, etc.

Registration link: https://wipo-int.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KH8E-RyYTOGtIl1sVzhUpw

The PowerPoint slides are already available for download at https://www.wipo.int/pct/en/seminar/webinars/index.html under ePCT-Filing in Docx.

The two webinars will be recorded and made available on the PCT Webinars web page https://www.wipo.int/pct/en/seminar/webinars/index.html.

If you require further details, please contact pct.eservices@wipo.int

Best regards,

PCT Operations Customer Support Section

So are they trying to train people for Microsoft? Is this even legal? Well, WIPO is immune and cannot be sued. It’s like the EPO. It would be interesting to know who exactly was behind this decision and what was behind it. As we’ve seen countless times before, Microsoft does not play by the rules — it bribes, cheats, infiltrates, blackmails, and worse.

“Really, I’m not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect.”

Linus Torvalds

Links 21/9/2021: Windowsfx 11, New Chrome, and LF PR Noise

Posted in News Roundup at 4:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • The Framework is the most exciting laptop I’ve ever used

        The Framework laptop is the first laptop to ever score a 10/10 from Ifixit for repairability. But it’s no thick-as-a-brick throwback the size of a 2005 Thinkpad — it’s approximately the same dimensions as a MacBook.

      • Windowsfx 11, a Linux flavored like Windows 11 and without the need for TPM

        Windowsfx 11 is the new version of another of the GNU / Linux distributions that They try to bring the free system closer to Windows users using the fantastic visual and interface customization capabilities of Linux.

        Windowsfx already had custom versions of Windows 7 and Windows 10 and before Microsoft publishes the final version of Windows 11 they already have the one dedicated to the new system. And it offers what is expected. Windowsfx 11 Preview for x86 adapts the user interface to what Windows 11 offers, the general visual appearance and icons, a new start menu or the default centered start panel, as well as using Wine 6 to run Windows applications.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Announcing a New Video Series: Video Editing with Linux

        When we were designing the Librem 14, we wanted it to be our dream laptop in all possible respects. This meant squeezing the most resources we could fit in there that could run coreboot and PureBoot. We settled on a tenth generation Intel i7 10710U CPU with 6 cores and 12 threads and combined with up to 64GB RAM and fast NVMe storage, we feel this is a great laptop for resource-intensive tasks like video editing.

        Instead of just telling you about it, we thought it would be useful to show you. While we could just do a high-level marketing video that demonstrated a bit of video editing on the Librem 14, we thought it would be better (and more aligned with our Social Purpose) to invest in a complete tutorial series that would teach people how to edit videos on a Librem 14 running PureOS.

        We thought who better to teach you how to edit videos in Linux than someone who does it professionally, so we partnered with Gardiner Bryant to produce a complete series. This series will cover all the major aspects of video editing from selecting video editing software through to each step in the process.

      • GhostBSD 21.09.06 Quick overview #Shorts – Invidious
      • Why Universal Linux Apps are GREAT! – Invidious

        Universal Linux Apps/Packages (Flatpaks, Snaps, AppImages) seem to get a lot of hate in the Linux community, but why?! In this video, I talk about why this type of technology is not only necessary, but a good thing.

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

        • AMD Extending DWARF To Better Handle GPU Debugging, Continues Collaborating With GCC & LLVM – Phoronix

          In addition to AMD’s increasing Linux kernel contributions, they are also contributing more improvements in user-space too thanks to their super-computing wins and other big enterprise deployments that are Linux-based. One of the areas talked about this week at the Linux Plumbers Conference with the GNU Tools track is how they are working to extend the DWARF debug format to better handle GPU debugging.

          AMD engineers have been working on extensions to the DWARF debugging data format to cater to SIMT/SIMD debugging with a particular focus on GPUs/accelerators. They are ultimately hoping these improvements will make it into the DWARF Version 6 format to come in the future.

        • Mesa 21.3 Lands Initial Radeon Ray-Tracing Support In Open-Source RADV Vulkan Driver – Phoronix

          Landing overnight into Mesa 21.3 was experimentally enabling the Vulkan ray-tracing extensions within the open-source Radeon “RADV” driver.

          The current conditions for this experimental ray-tracing in RADV are using RDNA2 / Radeon RX 6000 series or newer (GFX 10.3+), using the default ACO compiler back-end and not the AMDGPU LLVM shader compiler, and using the “RADV_PERFTEST=rt” environment variable for enabling the extensions.

        • Vulkan Video Decoding Still In The Early Stages For Open-Source – Phoronix

          Going public back in April was the provisional specification around the Vulkan Video extensions as a new industry-standard video encode/decode interface. While several months have passed, there hasn’t been much activity yet in the open-source space around Vulkan Video.

          As it stands now on Linux there are NVIDIA Vulkan beta driver builds supporting the Vulkan Video extensions but there isn’t any support elsewhere whether it be closed or open-source Linux drivers… Sadly, nothing yet from the Mesa Vulkan drivers.

    • Applications

      • Samba 4.15 Released With Improved CLI Experience, Modernized VFS Interface

        While there is now KSMBD with Linux 5.15 for offering an in-kernel SMB file server, its scope is much more limited than that of the Samba project in user-space. With that said, Samba 4.15 is out now with its latest batch of features and improvements for open-source SMB/CIFS support on Linux and other platforms.

        Samba 4.15 brings an overhaul to its command-line interface handling, a modernized VFS interface, multi-channel support no longer being experimental, and other enhancements.

      • Foreman 3.0 crams Puppet ENC into plugin, takes steps towards better UX • DEVCLASS

        Server lifecycle management project Foreman recently saw its third major release, which provides users with a couple of changes that should align the tool somewhat closer with their actual workflow.

        Amongst the main features of version 3.0 is a still experimental reimagining of the UI’s host detail page. Instead of admins having to click through tabs to get more information about a given host, those details are now readily available on the main host page, along with a central indicator of its status and the usual audit and job data. Users interested in this kind of display can activate the new host page by setting the “Show Experimental Labs” setting in the generic administration settings to yes and selecting “New Details Page” from the host’s dropdown action button.

        A couple of things — such as the edit button and the menu next to it — still don’t work as intended, and having the option to customise the page would make the new UI even more useful, but it surely is a good first step towards making the page more user-friendly. The Foreman team also promised to get rid of the malfunctions mentioned in version 3.0.1 and asked for additional feedback on the new details page, so users have a good chance of getting their submitted issues fixed quickly if they start testing soon.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The Differences between Su, Sudo Su, Sudo -s and Sudo -i – Make Tech Easier

        There are many different ways to get a root session in the Linux terminal. This can create some confusion, as most beginning users who are looking to gain root privileges might not be familiar with how each command can gain root access, how they are different and when these differences matter. Here we take apart each of the many different commands used to gain root access in a terminal, explain how they gain root, when to use them, and everything in between.

      • Looking at your Linux system’s network interface with ethtool | Network World

        The ethtool utility on Linux allows you to view and change some of your network-driver and interface-card settings, especially for wired devices. These include their speed, whether the interface uses auto-negotiation, and whether it runs in half- or full-duplex mode. Ethtool also provides an easy way to view or troubleshoot your network interface.

      • Instructions: Encrypt home directories under Linux with Gocryptfs

        Confidential data on notebooks, shared PCs and servers in third-party data centers require special protection – through encryption. This should be done as transparently as possible so that it does not interfere with the usual work. A Linux system completely encrypted with Cryptsetup, for example, protects the contents of the data media from outside parties, but not from other users or the system administrator. Individually encrypted home directories do this. If users log in with their login password, they simultaneously unlock the master key, which only gives access to their personal directory. If you log off again, the files are only available in encrypted form. They cannot be viewed even with root rights.

      • How To Install Nessus Scanner on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nessus Scanner on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Nessus is an open source remote security scanning tool, which scans a computer and raises an alert if it discovers any vulnerabilities that malicious could use to gain access to any computer you have connected to a network. Nessus provides detailed system security reports which will be very helpful for fixing any vulnerabilities and make the server more secure.

        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 Nessus vulnerability scanner on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Add a DNS server on the fly
      • Linux: manage software packages with Bauh

        Package managers are a fine thing: They install all the components of an application in the correct directories, keep the components up-to-date and, if necessary, clean them from the hard drive without leaving any residue. A program can be found and installed quickly using the search function. While packages from the distribution repositories have so far dominated Linux, applications are now also reaching many Linux systems from sources other than Flatpak, Snap or AppImage. The advantages are obvious: libraries and runtime environments are included in the correct version, the programs can be updated independently of the system, are easy to set up and work on most Linux systems.

        While you can set up Snap packages with Ubuntu directly via the software management, applications in Flatpak format are available, for example, via the Flathub repository. AppImages, on the other hand, can often be found directly on the project website of an application. The package manager Bauh offers more direct access: its graphical user interface can be used to conveniently find, install, update, delete and start applications in various package formats. The name Bauh (pronounced Ba-uh) comes from the Brazilian Portuguese and means something like chest or box.

      • Install GIMP 2.10.28 In Ubuntu 20.04 / Linux Mint | Tips On UNIX

        Gimp is an open-source Image editor and designing software and it is the biggest alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

        It is a cross-platform software and is available for all operating systems ie windows, Linux, and mac-OSX.

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install GIMP 2.10.28 in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Linux Mint

      • How to Reboot Your Linux PC or Server With a Single Command

        Sooner or later, you’re going to have to reboot your Linux system. Whether you need to fix a problem or want to restart your system after installing updates, you can do it in the command line, just as with everything else in Linux.

      • How to Generate Temporary Email Addresses Using the Linux Terminal

        Email inboxes are like your digital postbox for receiving important messages. A lot of websites require you to sign up with your email before you can fully access their services or products.

        However, giving away your personal or work email address to shady websites can lead to a cluttered inbox full of unwanted newsletters, spam, and possible data breaches. To avoid this, you might be inclined to use a temporary email service.

        Find out how you can do just that right from the Linux terminal.

      • How To Install OpenLiteSpeed on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenLiteSpeed on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, OpenLiteSpeed is an open-source, high-performance, and lightweight HTTP web server that comes with a web administration interface to manage and serve websites. According to the official website of the project, OpenLiteSpeed combines speed, security, scalability, optimization, and simplicity in one friendly open-source package.

        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 OpenLiteSpeed web server on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • How to Install Docker on Rocky Linux 8

        Docker is a virtualization platform that allows you to create isolated development containers. Introduced in 2013, Docker provides the ability to easily run your applications on any machine regardless of operating system or platform. Today, many developers use Docker for testing and deploying their apps within containers. Containers are resource-isolated virtual instances that provide the ability to run several isolated systems on a single host machine.

      • How to Install ProFTPD on Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is still a widely used technology to move files over a computer network. It is famous for being lightweight, easy to set up and use. FTP has a bad reputation as an insecure protocol because it transmits passwords and data in plain text. However, modern FTP servers like ProFTPD support FTP over TLS, so the connection is encrypted using TLS/SSL. In this tutorial, I will show you how to configure ProFTPD so that the connection is encrypted using TLS.

        ProFTPd is an open source FTP server application that allows you to set up your own FTP servers on Linux machines, even more so if they are dedicated servers or cloud instances. We are going to install the latest version of ProFTPD on an Ubuntu 20.04 machine using Focal Fossa repositories, but it should work fine on most Debian-based distributions as well. We also set up TLS to secure the FTP connections.

      • How to Install Joomla on Debian 11 – Unixcop

        Joomla is a popular and widely used CMS (Content Management System) used for creating websites with little or no knowledge in markup or web programming languages.

        Also It ships with lots of PHP code, plugins, and themes that can help you get started from the ground up in no time.

        In this guide, we are going to demonstrate how you can install Joomla CMS on Debian 11.

      • How to install phpMyAdmin on Rocky Linux – TechRepublic

        If you’re a database administrator, and you have to manage either MySQL or MariaDB on your data center servers, you know the benefit of having a good GUI to make the task a bit more efficient. And if your servers have migrated from CentOS to Rocky Linux, you might be a bit worried about getting such a GUI up and running. Fret not. There’s always phpMyAdmin.

        The problem with phpMyAdmin is that the installation on Rocky Linux (and most RHEL clones) isn’t nearly as straightforward as it is with Ubuntu. But I’m going to help you out with that. Once you’ve walked through this tutorial, you’ll have phpMyAdmin up and running in minutes.

      • How to Install AnyDesk on Ubuntu Linux [GUI and Terminal]

        This beginner’s tutorial discusses both GUI and terminal methods of installing AnyDesk on Ubuntu-based Linux distributions.

      • Configure bonding and teaming on Debian 11 – Unixcop

        NIC teaming presents an interesting solution to redundancy and high availability in the server/workstation computing realms. With the ability to have multiple network interface cards, an administrator can become creative in how a particular server accessed or create a larger pipe for traffic to flow through to the particular server.

        This guide will walk through teaming of two network interface cards on a Debian 11 system. we will be using the The ifenslave software to attach and detach NICs from a bonded device.

        The first thing to do before any configurations, is to determine the type of bonding that the system actually needs to implemented. There are six bonding modes supported by the Linux kernel as of this writing. Some of these bond ‘modes‘ are simple to setup and others require special configurations on the switches in which the links connect.

      • Bash Scripting – For Loop Explained With Examples – OSTechNix

        In Bash shell scripting, Loops are useful for automating repetitive tasks. When you have to repeat a task N number of times in your script, loops should be used. There are three types of loops supported in bash.

      • An AWK histogram with scaling

        It’s not hard to build a frequency-of-occurrence histogram with AWK, but scaling the histogram bars is a little bit trickier. By “scaling” I mean setting the longest bar to a defined character length in the terminal, and adjusting the lengths of all the shorter bars proportionally.

        I wanted a scaled histogram so I could visually compare the lengths of data items (number of characters) in a tab-separated field. It’s one of the ways I look for truncation in the field, because there are sometimes suspicious bulges or spikes in frequency at 50, 80, 100, 200 or 255 characters. This suggests that some of the data items have come from a database whose fields had character limits, and data items at these bulges need checking.

    • Games

      • Juice Galaxy (formerly Juice World) is the funniest game I’ve seen this month | GamingOnLinux

        Juice Galaxy (formerly Juice World) is a thoroughly weird game. It’s not finished yet but the developer clearly has a good and completely bizarre idea that I can’t help laugh at.

        The developer doesn’t give it much of a description simply stating it’s “a happy place to fly around and smack things and drink juice. And explore things. And just, flip around doing stuff” and yeah it’s accurate enough I suppose. It’s another one of those silly-physics games where you’re all a bit wobbly dressed up as a 3D action-adventure.

      • Coding History: 3D from Mode7 to DOOM needs a last push for their open source 3D engine | GamingOnLinux

        Coding History: 3D from Mode7 to DOOM is a Kickstarter campaign from game developer Eniko, founder of Kitsune Games (Kitsune Tails, Super Bernie World, MidBoss, and more) to create a special tutorial series about how to replicate 3D effects seen in classic retro 3D games from the 80s and 90s.

        It’s already funded and we’ve covered it before because it’s incredibly interesting. Spread across multiple episodes it will detail techniques with open source example projects released that were used for each episode. Thanks to the funding amount around 12 episodes will be made, however there’s a bigger goal.

        One stretch goal (that was hit) at $32,000 was to create a “fully open-source, MIT-licensed, software 3D rendering engine for the modern age, available to everyone to use in making your own retro flavored games, completely free of charge”. If the Kickstarter campaign manages to hit $55,000 it will also see Ethan Lee, developer of FNA and who ported tons of games to Linux and macOS, come on board to ensure it has awesome cross-platform support. Currently the campaign is little over $3,000 away from hitting that goal with 52 hours left.

      • The free beat ‘em up MannaRites recently added a big Adventure Mode | GamingOnLinux

        One we’ve covered briefly before is MannaRites, a free game that gives you a classic beat ‘em up experience that recently expanded with a whole new mode.

        “Fantasy beat’em’up with a bit of RPG flavor and couch co-op. Explore open map, fight brutal enemies, find and equip weapons, armor and artifacts, make your hero stronger by gaining experience and learning unique perks and combat moves!”

        Adding the Adventure Mode, the developer explained that it’s likely the biggest update to the free game yet that includes new missions, new enemies, new challenges, new bosses and also 13 new Steam Achievements too.

      • How To Play Final Fantasy XIV On Linux #SteamProton – Invidious

        Final Fantasy XIV is a juggernaut of an MMO despite releasing 11 years ago! Want to play it on Linux? There’s good news, and there’s bad news.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • This Extension Always Hide GNOME Top Bar (Except in Overview) in Ubuntu

          For PC / notebook has a small display, it’s possible to hide the top panel in GNOME desktop to get more spaces and/or focus on your work.

          There’s a ‘Hide Top Bar‘ extension that enables ability to auto-hide the top bar, just like the left dock does. However, in this tutorial I’m going to introduce another extension.

          It’s a very light extension that the developer promoted it has no options and no bugs! It will ALWAYS hide the top-bar, except only in overview screen. Just like GNOME shows the dock only in overview without Ubuntu Dock (Dash-to-dock) extension.

          The extension will also disable the top-left hot-corner, which is used to trigger the ‘Activities‘ overview. It’s designed for those who are accustomed to start overview screen using the Windows (or Super) key, or three-finger touchpad gestures in GNOME 40 (defaults in Ubuntu 21.10).

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • This is your final warning to re-certify, Red Hat tells tardy sysadmins

          Red Hat has told certified admins they need to re-certify by Christmas – or else.

          A Monday post by director of certification Randy Russell pointed out that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Linux-slinging outfit extended the validity of certifications and allowed cancellation and/or re-scheduling of exams.

          The IBM-owned distro giant also launched a remote examination facility, so that even those under lockdown or who would rather not venture to an examination facility could take Red Hat’s tests.

          Now the biz has decided that its months of deferrals and extensions must end. Current certifications will expire on December 31, 2021 unless renewed.

        • Use Snap ML to concurrently work on various machine learning projects – IBM Developer

          Snap ML adheres fully to the familiar scikit-learn API, offering ease of use. Data scientists using Python and scikit-learn functions can dramatically accelerate their applications by adding a single line of code, namely importing the Snap ML library. In addition, Snap ML interfaces seamlessly with scikit-learn data structures, offering users the broad spectrum of scikit-learn functions for tasks like data processing and feature engineering.

          For a team of data scientists to efficiently work concurrently on various machine learning projects, it’s crucial to be able to share resources effectively. With Watson Studio GPU Elastic Computing in IBM Cloud Pak for Data (available with the Watson Machine Learning Accelerator base service), GPU resources can be shared seamlessly across teams of data scientists. By combining Watson Studio, for fair resource sharing, and Snap ML, for high-performance model training and inference, teams of data scientists can experiment with data faster, leading to more insights and associated productivity increases.

        • Managing artifacts with Red Hat Satellite and JFrog Artifactory

          Red Hat Satellite is a systems management solution that can help an organization deploy, configure and maintain systems across multi-cloud environments and on-premises environments. Satellite provisions, monitors and remotely manages Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments in a single centralized tool.

          JFrog Artifactory is a universal repository manager for binary life cycle management of artifacts, providing end-to-end management of artifacts throughout the software lifecycle process.

          The purpose of this post is to show how Artifactory’s repository management helps organize and distribute Satellite’s life cycle management capabilities to downstream layers to keep Enterprise Linux systems running with consistent packages across the enterprise.

        • Red Hat Insights and the delivery of a new security recommendation

          This is one story of how Red Hat Insights created a new recommendation to address a high impact vulnerability that might affect Red Hat customers. Red Hat Insights does this regularly for issues that involve Red Hat products, but what makes this one interesting is that it shows that Red Hat Insights can alert on high-visibility issues that are not delivered by Red Hat.

          In this case, a 3rd party vulnerability was made public on September 16. Red Hat developed and tested a detection mechanism for the issue, then created a series of new Insights recommendations to enable our customers to detect it.

          This answers two of the common questions we get about the Advisor service that is one of the services offered as a part of Red Hat Insights – how are new recommendations made, and how fast can they be created?

        • Beyond innovation: Digital Public Goods Alliance finds Fedora Linux to be a digital public good

          In the Fedora Project community, we look at open source as not only code that can change how we interact with computers, but also as a way for us to positively influence and shape the future. The more hands that help shape a project, the more ideas, viewpoints and experiences the project represents — that’s truly what the spirit of open source is built from.

          But it’s not just the global contributors to the Fedora Project who feel this way. Today, I’m pleased to say that Fedora Linux has been recognized as a digital public good by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA), a significant achievement and a testament to the openness and inclusivity of the project.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 Each Get a Decade of Support from Canonical
        • Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 lifecycle extended to ten years | Ubuntu

          Canonical announces the lifecycle extension of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ and 16.04 LTS ‘Xenial Xerus’ to a total of ten years. This lifecycle extension enables organizations to balance their infrastructure upgrade costs, by giving them additional time to implement their upgrade plan. The prolonged Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) phase of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS enables a secure and low-maintenance infrastructure with security updates and kernel livepatches provided by Canonical. The announcement represents a significant opportunity for the organisations currently implementing their transition to new applications and technologies.

          “With the prolonged lifecycle of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 LTS, we’re entering a new page in our commitment to enabling enterprise environments” said Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, Product Manager at Canonical. “Each industry sector has its own deployment lifecycle and adopts technology at a different pace. We are bringing an operating system lifecycle that lets organisations manage their infrastructure on their terms.”

        • Download official wallpaper for Ubuntu Linux 21.10 Impish Indri

          Ubuntu is an open source operating system or operating system, built from the Linux kernel, based on Debian and using GNOME as the desktop environment of its latest version with long-term support. It is developed by Canonical Ltd. Wikipedia

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Fight Disease With A Raspberry Pi

        Despite the best efforts of scientists around the world, the current global pandemic continues onward. But even if you aren’t working on a new vaccine or trying to curb the virus with some other seemingly miraculous technology, there are a few other ways to help prevent the spread of the virus. By now we all know of ways to do that physically, but now thanks to [James Devine] and a team at CERN we can also model virus exposure directly on our own self-hosted Raspberry Pis.

        The program, called the Covid-19 Airborne Risk Assessment (CARA), is able to take in a number of metrics about the size and shape of an area, the number of countermeasures already in place, and plenty of other information in order to provide a computer-generated model of the number of virus particles predicted as a function of time. It can run on a number of different Pi hardware although [James] recommends using the Pi 4 as the model does take up a significant amount of computer resources. Of course, this only generates statistical likelihoods of virus transmission but it does help get a more accurate understanding of specific situations.

      • Raspberry Pi’s trading arm snags £33m investment as flotation rumours sink

        The trading arm of the Raspberry Pi Foundation has received a £33m investment – putting paid to rumours that the company was looking to float on the stock exchange as a means of funding growth.

        The Raspberry Pi project came to the public’s attention back in 2011, and by the time the education-focused single-board computer entered mass production a year later demand was high – so high that its initial production run of 10,000 units sold out in seconds.

        In the years since, the project has gone from strength to strength with increasingly powerful successor devices, a recent foray into microcontrollers designed by its in-house integrated circuit team, variants designed for embedding, and even its first consumer product, the Raspberry Pi 400, which packs the company’s single-board computer tech into a keyboard chassis named for Atari’s famous family of eight-bit microcomputers.

      • Hub spins multiple USB 3.2 Gen2 and DP ports out of USB4

        VIA announced a “VIA Labs VL830 USB4 Endpoint Device” based on a VL830 USB4 controller that converts a 40Gbps USB4 port into 5x USB 3.2 Gen2 ports plus DP 1.4a output for 8Kp60 and beyond.

        Computers with USB4 are beginning to appear, including some embedded models such as IEI’s Tiger Lake-U based tKINO-UL6 thin Mini-ITX board. While we wait for peripheral manufacturers to catch up, USB4 hubs that distribute the bandwidth will be the primary way you interact with the up to 40Gpbs USB4.

        The meet this need, the VIA Labs unit within VIA Technologies has unveiled a USB4 adapter board and hub called the VIA Labs VL830 USB4 Endpoint Device that spreads the bandwidth across multiple USB 3.2 Gen2 and DP ports.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Google publishes HIBA, an OpenSSH add-on for certificate-based authorization

        Google has published the source code for the project HIBA (Host Identity Based Authorization) , which proposes the implementation of an additional authorization mechanism for organizing user access via SSH in relation to hosts (checking whether or not access to a particular resource is allowed when authenticating using public keys). Integration with OpenSSH is provided by specifying the HIBA handler in the AuthorizedPrincipalsCommand directive in / etc / ssh / sshd_config. The project code is written in C and is distributed under the BSD license.

        HIBA uses standard authentication mechanisms based on OpenSSH certificates for flexible and centralized management of user authorization in relation to hosts, but does not require periodic changes to authorized_keys and authorized_users files on the side of the hosts to which it is connected. Instead of storing a list of valid public keys and access conditions in authorized_ files (keys | users), HIBA integrates the host binding information directly into the certificates themselves. In particular, extensions are proposed for host certificates and user certificates, which store host parameters and conditions for granting user access.

        Host-side verification is initiated by calling the hiba-chk handler specified in the AuthorizedPrincipalsCommand directive. This handler decodes the extensions integrated into the certificates and, based on them, makes a decision to grant or block access. Access rules are defined centrally at the certification authority (CA) level and integrated into certificates at the stage of their generation.

      • Baby Buddy: an Open-source Free newborn digital assistant

        Baby Buddy is a free open-source web-based solution for new parents to help them log, monitor and track their parenting activities.


        Baby Buddy is a built by Christopher Charbonneau Wells who has released many interesting projects.

        The project built with Django (Python), and uses several development libraries for front-end development.

        Note that it is under continues development so expect more features in the near future.

      • Events

        • Thank You for a Fantastic First POSI!

          We’d like to take a moment to thank our community for making our event on Practical Open Source Information a resounding success — with more than 300 attendees, 30 speakers, a brilliant keynote address from Heather Leson of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies about the role open source plays in humanitarian efforts, and three tracks, our half-day event proved to be a valuable space for many members of our community to come together and discuss a wide range of pressing issues affecting open source practitioners everywhere. (Recordings of all event talks and panels will be made available shortly!)

        • Meet Kiwi TCMS at WebSummit 2021 in Lisbon

          Kiwi TCMS is happy to announce that our first post-COVID live presence will be at WebSummit 2021, Nov 1-4 in Lisbon, Portugal. We’re joining as a featured startup as part of the ALPHA program in category Enterprise Software Solutions.

          Kiwi TCMS will have an on-site presence during the exhibition (1 day) where you can easily find us. We’ve also applied to the Startup Showcase track where you can see Alex present on stage. In addition, if all goes well our team will be joined by Alexandre Neto of QCooperative who is leading the effort to adopt Kiwi TCMS for testing the QGIS open source project. More on that here.

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • Testing Chrome version 100 for fun and profit (but mostly fun I guess)

            Great news readers, my self-imposed 6 month cooldown on writing amazing blog posts has expired.

            My pal Ali just added a flag to Chromium to allow you to test sites while sending a User-Agent string that claims to be version 100 (should be in version 96+, that’s in the latest Canary if you download or update today)…

          • Stable Channel Update for Desktop

            The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 94 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux.Chrome 94 is also promoted to our new extended stable channel for Windows and Mac. This will roll out over the coming days/weeks.

            Chrome 94.0.4606.54 contains a number of fixes and improvements — a list of changes is available in the log. Watch out for upcoming Chrome and Chromium blog posts about new features and big efforts delivered in 94.

          • Chrome 94 Released With WebGPU For Testing, WebCodecs API Now Official

            Chrome 94 is available today as another exciting update for Google’s web browser.

            Personally exciting me the most with Chrome 94 is WebGPU now as an origin trial for testing as the next-gen web graphics API alternative to WebGL. WebGPU allows for mapping to Vulkan, Direct3D, or Metal depending upon the platform. WebGPU is designed for today’s modern graphics needs in the web.

            Chrome 94 is also exciting for WebCodecs API for being promoted now past its prior origin trial. WebCodecs is the low-level codec API around audio/video encoding and decoding along with raw video frame handling and more. WebCodecs API handling is intended to be more efficient than JavaScript or WebAssembly codec implementations.

          • 25 Best Chrome Flags You Should Enable To Optimize Your Browsing

            Google Chrome has become the most popular web browser because of its simplicity and speed. Besides, it has lots of excellent features, including some hidden features that boost your browsing experience. Chrome flags are the hidden feature tools that tweak your Chrome UI and performance by changing Chrome settings. This is basically an experimental feature tested on Chrome OS, but it is available in the trial. If you want to learn more techniques about boosting your browsing experience, you need to follow our complete guidelines to enable a flag.

            However, no flag ensures stable performance. Moreover, finding bugs is a widespread occurrence in a flag. Besides, it would be best if you considered that flags are not tested on online security. So it takes a little bit of risk of using a flag. If you want to experience the cutting edge of Chrome by taking small risks, let’s talk with the 25 best Chrome flags.

          • Crank up the volume on that Pixies album: Time to exercise your Raspberry Pi with an… alternative browser

            While browser-makers squabble over standards, privacy and exactly what their User-Agent string should say, Ekioh’s clean-room browser, Flow, has continued to quietly advance.

            The Register last looked at Flow over Christmas 2020 and we came away impressed with the work in progress, not least its speed and the lack of data slurpage. There were, however, problems, one of which was that Google’s web applications were not entirely happy.

            In a lengthy blog post Ekioh’s CEO, Piers Wombwell, explained the hoops that need to be jumped through in order to persuade Google Docs to run acceptably. While a canvas-based approach is inbound, getting the current incarnation up and running necessitated some head-scratching from the Flow team and demanded fixes. Sure – Google Docs seemed to load OK, although there was no word-wrap. But could you type into it? Nope.

          • Another attempt to compile Chromium [Ed: Web browsers have become overly bloated crap that takes away freedom, even when some code is available and liberally licensed]

            Over the years, I have made a few attempts to compile Chromium. One of those, in 2019, I posted about it:


            Yesterday, thought would try again. Tried and tried to download the source from the Chromium project on github, but it kept failing. The download is huge, over 1GB, and when it failed, when unable to continue, a restart from the beginning is required. This is the case when using gn “fetch –nohooks –no-history chromium” or when using wget — in both cases, cannot continue from the point of failure.

            My contract with Vodafone is 40GB per month (on my phone), a fixed price with unlimited downloads — but it drops to a considerably slower speed when exceed 40GB. So don’t want to have too many 1GB download failures.

            So I downloaded the source from the Arch Linux repo, which was a 991MB tarball, no problem downloading. Version 93.0.4577.82.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibOCon Sponsor Interviews

          LibreOffice Conference 2021, although virtual, could not happen without the support of sponsors, which are – in order of confirmation – the following five companies: Collabora, allotropia, LPI, Omnis Cloud and CarboneIO.

      • Public Services/Government

        • Impact of Open Source Software and Hardware in the EU Economy

          A recent European Commission study investigating the economic impact of open source software (OSS) and hardware on the EU economy estimates that companies in the EU invested around €1 billion in OSS in 2018, resulting in an impact on the European economy of between €65 and €95 billion.

          The study further “assesses the potential for the EU to achieve its policy goals (including economic growth, greater competitiveness, innovation, and job creation) through the use, promotion and support of OSS and open source hardware (OSH).”

      • Programming/Development

        • The cmake-project Script

          If you ever need to create a project around a single C++ file (or just a few C++ files) in CMake, as you might for quick test cases, you might find it tedious to write a CMakeLists.txt file by hand every time. To make this easier, I’ve written a script called cmake-project that you can use to generate an initial CMakeLists.txt for you. Similar to qmake -project, it allows you to quickly create a project around a single or just a few C++ files. In addition, it automatically adds a link to Qt Widgets when the code uses QApplication.

          A few special features that come with CMake are support for many languages (like Fortran, CUDA, and Objective-C), native support from many IDEs (Qt Creator and Visual Studio XCode), many active contributors, many out-of-the-box configuration checks, use of non-recursive make for faster build times, and out-of-the-box support for Ninja for even faster build times. These features are a few of the reasons why Qt 6 switched from QMake to CMake.

          Add the cmake-project script on top of all these fantastic features and you can enjoy the only feature people miss from QMake while working in CMake. In turn, your productivity will be better than ever!

        • Linux X86 Assembly – How To Test Custom Shellcode Using a C Payload Tester

          In the last blog post in this series, we created a tool to make it easy to build our custom payloads and extract them. However, what if we want to test them before trying to use them? It seems like a good idea to make sure it works before you include it in an exploit. Testing it first would at least let you know that it works and reduce troubleshooting surface if the exploit fails. Today we are going to focus on building a payload tester stub in the C programming language. This will make it easy for us to copy and paste our C-style formatted payload from our build-and-extract tool. Once it’s pasted in the tester stub, just compile and run it and you will be able to see your payload in action. The code for payload tester stub and Makefile can be found in the /utils/ folder of the Secure Ideas Professionally Evil x86_asm GitHub repository.

        • Developer diaries: The case of the lunchtime interruption

          In this episode of our Developer Diaries series, JJ & Chris do a bit of pair programming to show how developers can use Instana for observability-driven development.

        • Perl/Raku

        • Python

          • 3 ways to test your API with Python | Opensource.com

            In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to unit test code that performs HTTP requests. In other words, you’ll see the art of API unit testing in Python.

            Unit tests are meant to test a single unit of behavior. In testing, a well-known rule of thumb is to isolate code that reaches external dependencies.

            For instance, when testing a code that performs HTTP requests, it’s recommended to replace the real call with a fake call during test time. This way, you can unit test it without performing a real HTTP request every time you run the test.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Up Close and Personal With an Unusual 3D Printer Kit

        While there are still plenty of folks out there tinkering with custom 3D printers, it’s safe to say that most people these days are using a commercially-available machine. The prices are just so low now, even on the resin printers, that unless you have some application that requires exacting specifications, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to fiddle around with a homebrew machine.

        As it so happens, [Nicolas Tranchant] actually does have such an application. He needs ultra-high resolution 3D prints for his jewelry company, but even expensive printers designed for doing dental work weren’t giving him the results he was looking for. Rather than spend five-figures on a machine that may or may not get the job done, he decided to check out what was available in kit form. That’s when he found the work of [Frédéric Lautré].

      • The ARM developers workstation: Why the SoftIron OverDrive 1000 is still relevant

        The promise of “boring” ARM hardware has been with us for almost a decade. And a couple of years ago it really arrived: easy to use, standards compliant ARM hardware is now available on the market. However, not for everyone. When it comes to buying ARM hardware you still need to decide if it is “boring” or it is affordable. There was one notable exception, the SoftIron OverDrive 1000. It had its limitations, but it was standards compliant right from day one, affordable, and easily available not just for large companies.

      • OpenCV AI Kit Lite – A compact 4K Tri-camera kit for computer vision applications (Crowdfunding) – CNX Software

        The OpenCV AI Kit “OAK-D” now has a little brother with the OpenCV AI Kit Lite equipped with the same Intel Myriad X-based DepthAI solution with three cameras, but in a much compact form factor and a price slashed to as low as $79 and up.

        Like its predecessor, the OpenCV AI Kit leverage the Myriad X AI accelerator’s capabilities to provide a wide range of real-time computer vision applications, and can be programmed with C++ or Python APIs, as well as graphical user interfaces.

      • OpenNCC Nighthawk – A face blurring AI camera based on Myriad X VPU – CNX Software

        We’ve just written about OpenCV Ai Kit Lite computer vision camera based on Intel Myriad X VPU, and OpenNCC Nighthawk is another such programmable camera based on the Intel AI accelerator, but with an IR filter for night vision, and working with OpenNCC-SDK notably supporting real-time face blurring for enhanced privacy.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Opinion | I Ran the CDC. Here’s How to Prove That Americans Are Vaccinated. – The New York Times

        This month, President Biden announced a comprehensive plan to reinvigorate America’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. A big part of this plan hinges on mandating the vaccination of millions of federal workers. Employees of companies with more than 100 staff members will have to provide proof of vaccination or test negative for the coronavirus at least once a week. The businesses and other institutions that must enforce these mandates will have to verify vaccination status and test results to make this system work.

        Even before the plan was announced, a number of state and local governments and school districts and more than 1,000 colleges and universities adopted at least some vaccination requirements for employees and students. But without a unified approach to verify compliance, ideally through federal leadership, verification will be inaccurate, inconsistent and potentially insecure.

      • Eyes on Trade: Rethinking Trade – Season 1 Episode 39: President Biden Could End the COVID Pandemic at This Week’s UN Summit – Will He?

        Getting the world vaccinated and ending the pandemic is a political choice: World leaders have the medical, technical and financial capacity. To produce enough vaccines involves three clear steps: getting intellectual property monopoly barriers out of the way…

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation To Host PaSh For Automatic Parallelizing Of Shell Scripts – Phoronix

                The Linux Foundation announced today they will be hosting the PaSh project that is focused on automatically parallelizing POSIX shell scripts.

                PaSh is focused on optimizing shell scripts for faster performance in areas around data science, engineering, economists, and more. The apparent Linux Foundation focus is on industrial use-cases.

              • Linux Foundation to Host the PaSh Project, Accelerating Shell Scripting with Automated Parallelization for Industrial Use Cases – Linux Foundation

                The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced it will host the PaSh project. PaSh is a system for automatically parallelizing POSIX shell scripts that optimizes programs and speeds up execution times, leading to faster results for data scientists, engineers, biologists, economists, administrators, and programmers.

                The project is supported by MIT, Rice University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania and governed by a Technical Steering Committee that includes Nikos Vasilakis, research scientist at MIT; Michael Greenberg, assistant professor at Stevens Institute of Technology; and Konstantinos Kallas, Ph.D. student at University of Pennsylvania.

              • The Linux Foundation Announces Agenda and Speaker Lineup for the 2021 Linux Foundation Member Summit – Linux Foundation

                The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the agenda and speaker lineup for the 2021 Linux Foundation Member Summit (LFMS), taking place November 2-4 at the Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, California. The keynote speakers can be viewed here and the full schedule can be viewed here.

                LFMS, (formerly Open Source Leadership Summit), is a by-invitation event for Linux Foundation member organizations, where technical and business leaders convene to drive digital transformation and learn how to collaboratively manage the largest shared technology investment of our time. LFMS is a must-attend event for those looking to advance open source strategy, implementation and investment.

              • Technology skills in demand, 2021: cloud, with a twist of open source

                This question was addressed in a recent survey report, covering 750 open source professionals and 200 hiring managers, published by The Linux Foundation and edX, which shows hiring is rebounding in the wake of the pandemic. Fifty percent of employers surveyed who stated they are increasing hires this year. There are significant challenges though, with 92% of managers reporting difficulty finding enough talent, as they also struggle to hold onto existing talent in the face of fierce competition. Furthermore, the rapid adoption of open source software is widening the skills gap in the market. This is especially true for cloud native application development and operations skills, topping the list of 46% of hiring managers.

                “For those looking for the best career paths, cloud-native computing, DevOps, Linux, and security hold the most promising opportunities, said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. Indeed.

              • Open Source Jobs Report: Cloud skills in demand • The Register

                The Linux Foundation and edX’s latest annual Open Source Jobs Report highlights an explosion of interest in cloud technologies that has bumped Linux off the skillset top spot for the first time.

                “Much of the world is rebounding from the economically crippling lockdowns of COVID-19, and hiring people with the right skills is proving to be a challenge,” Clyde Seepersad, senior veep and general manager for training and certification at the Linux Foundation, claimed in the report’s introduction.

              • More Open Source Jobs Remain Vacant With Scarcity of Skilled Linux Talent

                If you have the Linux skills to bolster a solid IT foundation, you will be in high demand for a job working in the open source software industry.

                Hiring is rebounding in the wake of the pandemic, as organizations look to continue their digital transformation activities. This is evidenced by 50 percent of employers The Linux Foundation surveyed who stated they are increasing hires this year.

              • Open Source Talent Is In High Demand Than Ever: Linux Foundation Report

                Overwhelming numbers of hiring managers (92%) report difficulty finding sufficient talent with open source skills as they also struggle to hold onto existing talent in the face of fierce competition. Half of companies are accelerating open source hiring, further exacerbating the talent gap, according to the 2021 Open Source Jobs Report released by the Linux Foundation and edX.


                Large numbers of professionals are demanding more training opportunities from their employers, demonstrated by 92% of managers reporting an increase in requests. Employers also report that they prioritize training investments to close skills gaps, with 58% using this tactic; by comparison, 29% bring in external consultants to close their skill gaps.

              • Open Source Talent Shortage Persists

                The need for open source skills persists, with 50 percent of employers surveyed expecting to increase hires this year, according to the 2021 Open Source Jobs Report from the Linux Foundation and edX.

                However, 92 percent of managers report difficulty finding skilled talent, while also struggling to retain existing talent in the face of fierce competition.

              • The 2021 Open Source Jobs Report: 9th Annual Report on Critical Skills, Hiring Trends and Education

                Much of the world is rebounding from the economically crippling lockdowns of COVID-19, and hiring people with the right skills is proving to be a challenge. Nowhere is this more true than in the technology sector. The talent gap that existed before the pandemic has worsened due to an acceleration of cloud-native adoption as remote work has gone mainstream. With talent shortages around the globe, training existing staff has become even more important to meet the needs of migrations to the cloud and leverage open source technologies tied to those migrations.

        • Security

          • Security updates for Tuesday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (webkit2gtk, wpewebkit, and xen), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (curl, go-toolset:rhel8, krb5, mysql:8.0, nodejs:12, and nss and nspr), and Ubuntu (curl and tiff).

          • Apache OpenOffice can be hijacked by malicious documents, fix still in beta

            Apache OpenOffice (AOO) is currently vulnerable to a remote code execution vulnerability and while the app’s source code has been patched, the fix has only been made available as beta software and awaits an official release.

            That means that most people running the open source office suite, which has been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and was last updated in May, probably have vulnerable versions of the software.

            On Saturday, September 18, security researcher Eugene Lim revealed details about the vulnerability (CVE-2021-33035) at HackerOne’s Hacktivity online conference after an August 30 public disclosure date came and went without the fix being fully deployed.

          • VMware warns of critical bug in default vCenter Server installs
          • Apple Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products

            Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Mission to Courgent

        As I arrived in Courgent, President Macron was recalling his ambassadors from Australia and the US. I had an ominous feeling that this visit to Courgent may be the highest point in relations between our two countries that day. After all, the last time France recalled an ambassador, it was the crisis in Afghanistan. Many Australians can empathize with France’s frustration. Australian political leaders made bad decisions at the outset. They chose to build a submarine factory, part of a $90 billion defence program, in a seat they wanted to win at the 2017 election. They spent five years trying to make it look like the French manufacturer was the bad guy and then pulled out of the contract without the slightest attempt to take their part of the blame. It is a good time to review the definition of scapegoat

        It is ironic that the opposition leader who’s defeat in the 2017 election was helped by a promise to build submarines is an Old Xaverian. The trade minister (ministre du commerce exterieur) who will be hauled over hot coals on his next visit to France is an Old Xaverians. Courgent has a population of 369 people who were largely unaware that one of their Australian casualties had any connection to this geopolitical drama.

        There was significant controversay about the expenditure of $100 million to refresh the Australian War Memorial in France. Why couldn’t they spend $1 to pick up the phone and call our French allies before the public announcement with the United States? Why do highly paid public officials leave it to volunteers and tourists to maintain our relationship? The mayor, like me, did not ask to be paid for the time we spent together this past weekend.

        The citizens of Courgent were extremely welcoming and the gifts from Xavier were finally delivered to the town hall.

        I’ve prepared a short video with highlights of this visit, to capture the moment we stood shoulder-to-shoulder and commemorated these victims of fascism and delivered this gift on Saturday, 18 September against the backdrop of these acute discussions about the relationship between our countries.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • EU consultation on horizontal guidelines: supply-chain licensing of standard-essential patents and licensing negotiation groups among key stakeholder concerns

          In two weeks from today, the feedback period of the European Commission’s consultation on “Horizontal agreements between companies — revision of EU competition rules” will end. Two days later, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will finally hold its postponed (due to Hurricane Ida) hearing in Continental v. Avanci et al., and there happen to be some overlapping issues related to standard-essential patents (SEPs).

          From June 7 to July 5, 2021, the EU Commission already collected feedback at the “Roadmap” stage. Among the 14 entities who made submissions at that early stage, organizations with a strong interest in SEP licensing and enforcement were (over)represented. Major SEP holders Ericsson, Nokia, and InterDigital as well as IP Europe (which counts those three companies among its members) provided some early input, as did ACT, a U.S. lobbying front for Apple and other net licensees of SEPs.

        • UK court rejects DABUS appeal but Birss dissents [Ed: People should ask Birss to grant patents to their pets too, as he's obviously lost in a cluster of meaningless buzzwords and he forgot what patent law is or what it is for]

          Court of Appeal rules 2-1 that AI can’t be named as an inventor, but Lord Justice Birss becomes latest judge to back DABUS

        • IPO Annual Meeting: Speakers set out AI healthcare challenges [Ed: Patrick Wingrove pushing software patents agenda using meaningless buzzwords and fluff such as "Hey Hi" (infantile reporting hallmark)]

          In one of the first live intellectual property events since COVID began, counsel at BMS, Medtronic and elsewhere delved into Section 101 and regulatory hurdles

        • Huber+Suhner enforces utility model in train wifi antennas dispute [Ed: Is this news or advertising? Juve seems to have reinvented itself as a spam/promotion site for law firms, not the reporting site it was around 2015 (when it wrote about EPO corruption)]

          Düsseldorf Regional Court has upheld a utility model infringement action brought by Swiss rights holder Huber+Suhner against US competitor Maxtena, and Düsseldorf-based distribution company Karl Kruse. Now, accessing the internet during a train ride without loss of connection is increasingly common in Germany.

[Meme] The EPO-EUIPO “Good Brother” Network

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 11:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Context: [Meme] Mr. Casino Martti Enäjärvi | OHIM/EUIPO Giving Top Roles to Repeatedly-Convicted Fraudsters is Bad for the Reputation of the European Union

Campinos - Enäjärvi EUPIO Meme

Campinos - Enäjärvi EUPIO Meme

Campinos - Enäjärvi EUPIO Meme

Campinos - Enäjärvi EUPIO Meme Punchline

Summary: Jobs as bribes at the EPO and EU(IPO) are a lingering problem

Links 21/9/2021: Samba 4.15 and Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 Support for 10 Years

Posted in News Roundup at 10:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • Samba 4.15 Ships with a Modernized Virtual File System Modules

        Samba 4.15 is now available as the latest release for improving Windows interoperability (i.e. SMB/CIFS) on Linux and other platforms.

        Samba is an open source software which provide print and seamless file services to SMB/CIFS protocol clients. It allows interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows based clients. The software is based on the common client/server protocol of Server Message Block (SMB) and Common Internet File System (CIFS).

        To put it simple, Samba can help Windows and Linux/Unix machines coexist in the same network. It allows files to be shared across Windows and Linux/Unix systems simply and easily.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install CUPS Print Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CUPS Print Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) is the primary mechanism in the Unix-like operating system for printing and print services. It can allow a computer to act as a Print server.

        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 CUPS Print Server 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.

      • How to Convert a Windows File to a UNIX File

        You may ask yourself, what is the purpose of this article? Why convert a Windows file to adapt to a UNIX environment like Linux? Isn’t Linux all-powerful? The exceptional capabilities of the Linux operating system do not spare it from incompatible displays of files transferred from other computing platforms.

        Just because you can open a file on a Linux environment does not imply that you have full control over how the file’s texts should be displayed.

      • How to Install Discord (Chat Application) on Ubuntu 20.04

        In these modern times, many people consider applications like Discord part of their everyday life. Fortunately, in this day and age, many of these applications can be installed on Ubuntu 20.04 without any major problems. Precisely that is the purpose of this post so that you can learn how to install Discord on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to Install Facebook Messenger on Ubuntu 21.04 & 20.04 – TecAdmin

        Facebook is one of the leading social media networks. It is freely available for everyone around the world. Anyone can simply create an account using their email address and mobile number. After creating the account, you can access all of its features.

        Facebook is available as a web application as well as provides mobile applications like Android and iOS. You can easily find the mobile applications from the respective play store. But none of the official applications are available for Desktop systems like Ubuntu. Even you can access it in the web browser, but sometimes we need a desktop application that provides easy to use interface.

      • How to Install Joomla on Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux

        Written in PHP, Joomla is a popular CMS (Content Management System) used for creating stunning websites and blogs using themes, and tons of nifty add-ons. It comes second to WordPress as the most popular and widely used Content Management System.

      • How to Set Up Linux Dedicated Game Server using LinuxGSM

        Game Servers allow for a seamless multiplayer gaming experience. It sends and receives data to and from each player. Game servers can be local or remote servers used by game clients. Dedicated game servers give better performance and stability for hundreds of gamers.

        Traditional it is hard to manage the dedicated game server. LinuxGSM is an open-source command-line tool for quick, simple deployment and management of Linux dedicated game servers. It supports hundreds of gamer servers. LinuxGSM checks dependencies, downloads game server files and loads default configs, schedule common tasks such as monitor and update the game server.

        In this tutorial, we learn how to set up Linux Dedicated Game Server using LinuxGSM. Let’s check the deployment of the Valheim Dedicated Server on Linux.

      • How to change case in Notepad++ [Ed: It does not officially run in GNU/Linux]

        Notepad++ is one of the best source code editors. It is fast and efficient and provides all necessary editing functions built-in. It does support plugins and extensions to add additional functionality.

        You are going to love this text editor for features like syntax highlighting, code folding, EOL Conversion, effective search and replace functionality.

      • How to resize images on Ubuntu 18.04

        If your work involves editing images, there are certainly times when you need to perform a single operation on various contents, for example resizing. Many

        editing programs are capable of resizing multiple images at once, but the feature is not always easy to find and use. But if you use Ubuntu , you can resize images simultaneously using the gThumb app .

      • How to set up and login as root user in MySQL | FOSS Linux

        A root account is a superuser account that offers a wide array of privileges throughout the databases of MySQL. By default, the initial password for the root account is ‘empty/blank,’ thus allowing access to the MySQL server as root to anyone.

      • Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 20.04 with Nginx – Cloudbooklet

        phpMyAdmin is a web-based application for interacting with MySQL database server. This tool provides you with a user interface to make MySQL operations so you don’t have to use the command line interface.

        In this guide you are going to learn how to install phpMyAdmin with Nginx on Ubuntu.20.04 and secure it.

    • Games

      • Couch co-op tower defense game D-Corp is officially out now | GamingOnLinux

        Good fun to play with friends that becomes manic fast, the couch co-op tower defense game D-Corp has now left Early Access as a full game ready for you to jump in.

        This isn’t your usual tower defense game. You’re not sat with a fancy map placing down towers and watching lines of enemies come through. Instead, you and multiple friends (4 players total) run around in a proper 3D environment. It gets truly chaotic as it’s a game about micro-management with lots of running around. Resource gathering, maintaining your towers and reload them and much more. If you love the franticness found in the likes of Overcooked, you’ll likely feel right at home playing D-Corp.

      • New patent from Valve appears for “instant play” of games and more | GamingOnLinux

        Published today is a new patent from Valve that (amongst other things) might allow for an “instant play” feature for games being downloaded from Steam. Credit to SteamDB’s Pavel Djundik for the find on Twitter.

        The patent was submitted back in March 2020 from developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, who has been heavily involved in the Linux side of Valve (with Proton and the Steam Deck) but it only got published live today. Not only is it targetting letting people get into games a lot faster, but it also seems that it could be used to help free up disk space.

      • Renaissance painting adventure Death of the Reprobate announced as the final of the series | GamingOnLinux

        Developer Joe Richardson has just announced Death of the Reprobate, the third and final game in their series of point and click adventures made with Renaissance paintings. The first two were a really good laugh and so this is hopefully plenty more of the same good stuff.

        “Death of the Reprobate is a gentle story about helping people and being a nice lad. Travel around a quiet, rural town – help the locals in their day to day tasks. Wander into the nearby woods – make idle chit-chit with a woman submerged neck-deep in a tiny pond. Climb to an idyllic viewpoint in the mountains, overlooking earth and sea and sky, the natural and the man-made, the eternal mystery held within the infinite depths of the distant horizon – help a man shoot some birds. This is a game full of slow burning simple pleasures…

      • Ultimate Chicken Horse, one of the funniest party platformers gets fresh content | GamingOnLinux

        Ultimate Chicken Horse from developer Clever Endeavour Games just had another free content pack upgrade so perhaps it’s time to mess with your friends again.

        Easily one of the best local and online multiplayer party games. You each take it in turns to grab an item from a box, to place on the level in the hopes of reaching the end. It gets pretty hilarious, with you constantly trying to mess with your friends on what items you place down, especially since all players have to deal with whatever it is (including you!).

      • Interactive Clips for Game Boy: Sit Back and Watch or Take Control

        That’s the idea behind [Joël Franusic] and [Adam Smith]’s fantastic Playable Quotes for Game Boy — clip-making that creates a 4-D nugget of gameplay that can either be viewed as a video, or played live within the bounds of the clip. The system is built on a modified version of the PyBoy emulator.

    • Distributions

      • Top 10 unique Linux distros designed especially for a small niche of users

        When most people hear about Linux distributions they most likely think of alternative operating systems to Windows or macOS , to distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, perhaps Arch or Fedora.

        Complete systems to use on a day-to-day basis, edit documents, browse the web, consume multimedia content, etc. However, in the world of Linux what is left over are niches, and for almost any niche you can imagine there is a special distribution . These are just some of them.

        It is important to clarify that all these systems are designed with one or more quite specific and determined purposes, and are far from being an alternative for those who are simply looking for a distro to use as their main system to do “normal” things.

        These distros have their uses, and it ‘s nice to know of their existence in case we need something like that one day . But to replace personal use operating systems that serve for most regular operations, they do not go.

      • 6 Top Linux Distros for Business PC or Laptops

        Protect your business data and employees’ privacy with the help of the best Linux distros on their PC, Laptop including on your servers.

        Whether it is to start a small-medium business or you already have a well-established enterprise, IT hardware costs a good chunk of financial investment. And above that purchasing licensing of paid operating systems and software, of course, is always an additional expense. Well, those days are gone when we didn’t have some solid Windows alternative with all common programs to support day-to-day office and personal tasks. Linux-based operating systems are the best options today if you don’t want to invest money in OS and other common applications such as Office Suite. Furthermore, most of the developers one way or other rely on Linux distros for their tasks. Therefore, if you are planning to switch to Linux distros, then are some best suitable options for your business computers.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora Community Blog: tmt hint 02: under the hood

          After making the first steps with tmt and investigating the provisioning options let’s now dive together a little bit more and look Under The Hood to see how plans, tests and stories work together on a couple of examples.

        • Distributed transaction patterns for microservices compared

          As a consulting architect at Red Hat, I’ve had the privilege of working on legions of customer projects. Every customer brings their own challenges but I’ve found some commonalities. One thing most customers want to know is how to coordinate writes to more than one system of record. Answering this question typically involves a long explanation of dual writes, distributed transactions, modern alternatives, and the possible failure scenarios and drawbacks of each approach. Typically, this is the moment when a customer realizes that splitting a monolithic application into microservices is a long and complicated journey, and usually requires tradeoffs.

          Rather than go down the rabbit hole of discussing transactions in-depth, this article summarizes the main approaches and patterns for coordinating writes to multiple resources. I’m aware that you might have good or bad past experiences with one or more of these approaches. But in practice, in the right context and with the right constraints, all of these methods work fine. Tech leads are responsible for choosing the best approach for their context.

          Note: If you are interested in dual writes, watch my Red Hat Summit 2021 session, where I covered dual write challenges in depth. You can also skim through the slides from my presentation. Currently, I am involved with Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka, a fully managed Apache Kafka service. It takes less than a minute to start and is completely free during the trial period. Give it a try and help us shape it with your early feedback. If you have questions or comments about this article, hit me on Twitter @bibryam and let’s get started.

        • Monthly roundup: Best of September 2021 | Red Hat Developer

          Autumn is here in the northern hemisphere, and so is the monthly roundup from Red Hat Developer! This month we’re featuring tutorials for developers who want to learn Python or expand their Python toolbox, including updating to Python 3.9 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We also have an in-depth look at what’s powering the new sub-millisecond GC pauses in OpenJDK 17, an introduction to Node.js circuit breakers for serverless functions, and a Spring developer’s guide to getting started with Quarkus.

        • State of the Open Mainframe 2021

          The mainframe is a foundational technology that has powered industries for decades, including government, financial, healthcare, and transportation. With the help of surrounding communities, the technologies built around this platform have paved the way for the emergence of a new set of technologies we see deployed today. Notably, a significant number of mainframe technologies are profoundly embracing open source.

        • Run containers on your Mac with Lima [Ed: Red Hat thinks we’re using Macs like its CEO?]

          Running containers on your Mac can be a challenge. After all, containers are based on Linux-specific technologies like cgroups and namespaces.

        • Digital transformation: 4 tips to improve your speed

          Digital transformation has become a buzzword, referring to anything from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to cloud migration. How your organization defines it depends on your unique goals and business objectives. But transformation is no longer optional – it is necessary to stay competitive in the modern economy.

          Many of us consider one large project (such as an application rewrite or a new platform launch) a digital transformation program. But true digital transformation involves a culmination of many programs, resulting in new ways of doing business that make it easier and more efficient to engage with your product and services.

          With this in mind, how do you drive success and generate repeatable and measurable results? Look at your business holistically, remember that success is measured over time, and ensure that your digital transformation initiatives are fundamentally aligned with creating business value.

        • Artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge: 3 key facts

          Artificial Intelligence (AI) is moving from the realm of science fiction to widespread enterprise scalability. Even ten years ago, AI workloads were almost exclusively utilized by a small number of very profitable companies that had the resources to experiment and hire an extensive team of data scientists. Today, AI is used in a number of everyday tools, from language recognition to health care prediction and nearly every industry in between.

          AI is also now deployed at the edge, not just inside massive data processing facilities. That trend will continue in the coming years. Here are three things that executives in any field should know to capitalize on the change.

        • How we saved days of work with IT automation: A case study

          In 2020, I was working on a team automating the process of creating new virtual machine (VM) images for the latest Red Hat Satellite builds. Our goal was to automate VM deployments, snapshots, cleanup, and template creation. It sounds easy, but it was a lot of work. Automation was obviously needed to save time for our team, and we picked Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform as the automation interface. That’s where this story begins.


          This automation project transforms all the things you need to do in the Ansible Automation Platform user interface to the YAML serialization language. The settings are then executed with a single playbook command that takes your entire Ansible Automation Platform from a fresh install to a fully functional service.

          This is a huge win. Why? Once the configuration is written, the time it takes to stand up a new instance using the Configuration-as-Code method is less than 30 minutes. Prior to using this approach, it took us a day or longer (depending on who you asked to do it and their level of expertise) to deploy, set up, and configure a new instance and make it production-ready.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Canonical Extends Support of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 to 10 Years

          Announced today, Canonical says both releases will now get an extended 10 years of support from their original release date, up from the 5 originally provided. This commitment brings these older LTS releases in line with the 10 year commitment already in place for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS.

          As a result, Ubuntu 14.04 is supported until April 2024, and Ubuntu 16.04 is supported until April 2026.

          The announcement is sure to be welcomed by enterprise, business, and other service customers who run orders versions of Ubuntu and can’t (or won’t) upgrade to something more recent. It’ll also be welcomed by any desktop users still (!) running these versions — remember, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS hit end-of-life earlier this year.

        • Canonical Extending Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 LTS Support To Ten Years

          Canonical is announcing this morning they are extending the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” releases to a ten year lifespan.

          Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS were already on a ten year support plan while Canonical has decided retroactively to extend 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS to ten years too, as such they will now be supported until April 2024 and April 2026, respectively.

          These older Ubuntu Long Term Support releases had been maintained for a period of five years under Canonical’s extended security maintenance (ESM) offered to organizations while now they are providing ten years of support to paying customers. The only change today is around 14.04/16.04 LTS with 18.04/20.04 LTS sticking to their already committed ten year cycles.

        • Canonical extends lifespan of Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 to ten years
        • Ubuntu Linux 14.04 and 16.04 each get a decade of support from Canonical

          If you are a home Linux desktop user, there is a good chance you like living on the bleeding edge. When a new version of a Linux distribution is released, you may find yourself upgrading immediately. After all, if something breaks, you can just reinstall the OS or move back to the previous version. This is particularly easy if you store your data on a secondary drive and you can format your boot drive without worry.

          For business users, however, constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest often isn’t feasible. Instead, an organization may want to install a Linux distro and just have it work — with several years of official support. For instance, Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) are pretty dated, as they were released in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Age aside, they are rock solid from a stability standpoint. Despite newer versions of Ubuntu being available, some organizations simply don’t have the resources to upgrade. Plus, why fix what isn’t broken?

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GIMP 2.10.28 Graphic Editor Release Download and Install on Linux

            GIMP 2.10.28 Graphic Editor Release Download and Install on Linux, The corrective release of the graphic editor GIMP 2.10.28 has taken place. The previous release 2.10.26 was skipped, because after marking the version, an error was found in the build system. GIMP 2.10.28 completely repeats version 2.10.26, but contains a bug fix.


            The Dashboard dialog, which displays computer resource usage, now supports displaying memory usage information when running on OpenBSD. Dashboard Dialogue

  • Leftovers

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Koch Network Fights to Stop Medicaid Expansion in Remaining States

        Despite years of effort by the Koch political network and the GOP to stop it, Missouri’s expanded Medicaid program will start enrolling new applicants on Oct. 1.

        Missouri voters approved a ballot measure in August 2020 for a constitutional amendment to extend Medicaid to Missourians who earn up to 138% of the poverty line, as opposed to the prior law which provided benefits up to only 100% of the poverty line. That means that 205,000 residents qualify for the program.

      • FDA Approves Biosimilar Drug for Treating Macular Degeneration

        The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first biosimilar drug for treating macular degeneration under the provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 262) as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (colloquially known as “Obamacare”). The drug is Byooviz (ranibizumab-nuna), a biosimilar to Genentech’s Lucentis®, and like Lucentis® has been approved for treating several eye diseases and conditions. Specifically, according to the FDA announcement, Byooviz is approved for “neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (nAMD)[,] macular edema (fluid build-up) following retinal vein occlusion (blockage of veins in the retina) and myopic choroidal neovascularization, a vision-threatening complication of myopia (nearsightedness).” In the announcement, Sarah Yim, M.D., director of the Office of Therapeutic Biologics and Biosimilars in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) was quoted as saying:

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Defence/Aggression

      • U.S. says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including children, in ‘tragic mistake’

        A drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children, the U.S. military said on Friday, apologizing for what it called a “tragic mistake”.

        The Pentagon had said the Aug. 29 strike targeted an Islamic State suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops at the airport as they completed the last stages of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

        Even as reports of civilian casualties emerged, the top U.S. general had described the attack as “righteous”.

        The head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, said that at the time he had been confident it averted an imminent threat to the forces at the airport.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Not good enough: Apple, Google bow to government pressure, censor content during Russian elections

        Russia voted on the weekend, and authorities — with the complicity of Big Tech — censored the population. As the world waits for the final results, Russian civil society and the #KeepItOn coalition have been documenting blatant instances of widespread censorship and internet disruptions over the past week.

        “Internet shutdowns and blockings are tactics used by bullies who are scared of their own people. This time, bullying forced the most powerful tech companies to bend to the Russian government’s will,” said Natalia Krapiva, Tech Legal Counsel at Access Now. “This is bad news for freedom of expression around the world.”

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • U.S. lawmakers accuse patent office of weakening challenges and allowing drug prices to rise [Ed: Patents killing millions of people so that a bunch of non-productive or unproductive executives can give themselves fatter paychecks and bonuses]

          A bipartisan group of lawmakers has accused the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office of “weakening” the system for challenging patents and, as a result, encouraging abuses by drug makers that seek to thwart the availability of lower-cost generic medicines.

          At issue is the inter partes review, or IPR, which went into effect in 2012 as a result of the America Invents Act. This type of patent challenge, which is heard by the Patent and Trials Appeal Board, was intended to provide an easier and faster alternative to patent infringement lawsuits filed in federal courts. For this reason, the IPR process has irked brand-name pharmaceutical companies.

        • Pressure Mounts On USPTO To Join Drug Pricing Fight [Ed: Patents literally killing ill people who are poor]

          the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have called on patent officials in the past two weeks to take a more active role in fighting patent abuses that lead to high drug prices — moves that could finally spur collaboration in an area where there’s been “remarkably little crosstalk.”

          Historically, the FDA and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have each said they’ve been unable to address the patent aspects of drug pricing due to limitations of jurisdiction, experts say. However, these new outreach efforts show room for the agencies to come together…

        • Exclusive: Albright to select new patent-focused judge for April [Ed: Patrick Wingrove once again plays ball with crooked judges like Gilstrap and Albright from Texas, was basically turned Texas courts into for-profit corporations which distort the law and issue BS rulings (that the high court, CAFC, berates them for)]

          In an interview with Managing IP, the de-facto patent judge for the Western District of Texas revealed the timeline and his hopes for the new magistrate judge

        • Reasons for an EBA referral on plausibility, post-published evidence and problem-solution [Ed: The utterly rigged EBA still has the audacity to pretend that it’s an objective tribunal?]

          As recently reported here on IPKat, we are imminently expecting a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on the issue of using post-filed data to support plausibility for inventive step. The potential for a referral on this topic may have come as a surprise to some, given the established case law of the Board of Appeal on plausibility and post-filed evidence (Case Law of the Boards of Appeal, I-D-4.6). However, as highlighted in the preliminary decision of the Board of Appeal in the case (T 116/18), the Boards of Appeal are not fully harmonious on this issue. Part of the reason for the divergence of some Boards is the preference of the EPO to consider plausibility in the context of inventive step as opposed to under the umbrella of sufficiency (as is preferred in the UK courts). Particularly, for some Boards of Appeal, the requirement for the technical effect of a claimed invention to be rendered plausible in the application as filed, is incompatible with the problem solution approach for inventive step.


          In the preliminary opinion, the Board of Appeal identified a further question that needed to be addressed with regards to post-published evidence. Particularly, whether the burden of proof rested with the patentee or the opponent. In T 1329/04, for example, the Board of Appeal evaluated whether the patentee had demonstrated ab initio plausibility. In T 184/16, by contrast, the Board examined whether there were any reasons from the common general knowledge to assume that the alleged technical effect had not been obtained, i.e. “ab initio implausibility” (see also IPKat post and comments, on the related concepts of “negative” and “positive” plausibility).

          Furthermore, in seeking to demonstrate implausibility, the Board of Appeal in the present case asked, was it equitable to allow an opponent to rely on post-published evidence if the patentee was denied reliance on post-published evidence to support plausibility?

      • Trademarks

        • Descriptive dilemmas: how counsel manage language challenges [Ed: This propaganda mill is, as usual, totally ignoring public interest groups; megaphone of the rich, presented as "news"]

          Sources at Reckitt, P&G, Novartis and others say strategies could include relying on distinctive logos or opting against trademark protection

        • How anti-counterfeiting agencies con Indian brand owners [Ed: This is more lobbying for rich people's brands, pretending enforcement in India isn't enough and they're basically collaborating with criminals]

          In-house counsel highlight issues with IP enforcement actions in India such as fake raids and investigators colluding with counterfeiters to mislead proprietors

Richard Stallman’s First Public Talk (Delivered in Person) in Years, Now With a Free Format

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GPL, Videos at 8:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Full talk now available. The organisers of the conference have uploaded to YouTube, so we’ve converted everything to a free/libre format (and last night only an excerpt was published here).

[Meme] The Best Quality Propaganda

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IAM lies
Yesterday, IAM announced its annual ritual

EPO is the best quality; European Authorities, EPO Management
Benoît Battistelli already bought the officials, not just ‘media’ like IAM (paid by the EPO’s PR firm)

Summary: The António Campinos-led EPO is still a never-ending propaganda machine; the media isn’t fact-checking or investigating anything, so of course that propaganda goes largely unchallenged and the propagandists (like Joff Wild) profit from it

Preparations for the Next Series and Further Improvements in IPFS and Gemini

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b74f65e48f133824d4e455785436897d

Summary: Gemini space (or Geminispace) continues to expand quite rapidly and we’re utilising alternatives to the Web in order to improve access to information; at the moment EPO publications are our priority

THE relevant politicians — those dealing with SLAPP in particular — have been contacted, as we promised yesterday.

“Team UPC is getting louder again with its campaign of shameless disinformation; the Web has become polluted with their intentional lies.”We’ve meanwhile noticed that the number of known Gemini capsules grew a lot this past week and we’ve made further changes that provide fallbacks as well as deterrence (a form of ‘insurance files’).

As our Daily Links help show, Team UPC is getting louder again with its campaign of shameless disinformation; the Web has become polluted with their intentional lies. Remember: the UPC will start in 2015! (It’s always “next year!”)

Links 21/9/2021: Peg-E 1.3.0, CUPS 2.4 Coming Soon

Posted in News Roundup at 6:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Can You Use Tor on Linux?

      Big businesses are willing to pay top dollars to find access to your sensitive data to design targeted ads. What’s scary is that there are criminals also prowling in the shadows for this information. You must protect yourself. Installing browsers like Tor that ensure online anonymity greatly boost your privacy and security. Downloading a VPN offers greater privacy hiding your identity on the internet. Keep the nosy snoopers away with Tor.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Bad Documentation Doesn’t Make Software Advanced! – Invidious

        Documentation is incredibly important but somehow we’ve got to a point where some people think that having good documentation is a bad thing or that it somehow makes the software for advanced users, I completely disagree and think if it’s for advanced users the documentation is even more important.

      • LHS Episode #430: Bag of Hammers

        Welcome to the 430th episode of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this action-packed episode, the hosts discuss topics including the JARL Hamfest, AMSAT events going virtual, JOTA and JOTI, vulnerabilities in OpenSSL, updates to the Linux kernel, Pat, Winlink, HAMRS and much more. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 143

        What we’d do if we were in charge of the Linux desktop, first impressions of an unusual but frustrating distro, and your feedback about Mastodon and Bodhi Linux.

    • Kernel Space

      • OpenVPN DCO Linux Kernel Module Aims To Offer Faster VPN Performance – Phoronix

        OpenVPN has been implementing a kernel module for data channel offload (DCO) capabilities to enhance the performance of this virtual private network system.

        OpenVPN DCO aims to provide a much faster VPN implementation by leveraging data encryption backed by AES-NI in kernel space to avoid the context switching overhead from OpenVPN currently in user-space. The OpenVPN DCO kernel module handles the OpenVPN data channel in kernel-space and provides higher throughput and lower latency. Further helping the performance is this new implementation having multi-threaded encryption.

      • Intel Posts New Linux Patches Looking To Re-Enable ENQCMD Ahead Of Sapphire Rapids – Phoronix

        While Intel is normally quite good with their new hardware support being in good shape well ahead of launch, their new code for supporting the ENQCMD functionality for the Data Streaming Accelerator (DSA) with Xeon “Sapphire Rapids” has been an exception. This summer the mainline Linux kernel disabled ENQCMD support since the code was “broken beyond repair” while now Intel engineers have sent out a new series looking to get it re-enabled.

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Bacula: delete a range of volumes, create the same range

        Sometimes I mess up. Then I have to clean up and redo.

        These help me do that.

      • Preventing Link Rot in my Obsidian Vault

        Much has been written about the problem of link rot, so I’m going to focus on how I decided to “solve” (or at least, ameliorate) the problem for myself. When a link in my Obsidian notes becomes unavailable, it’s not the end of the world – so instead of doing something more resource intensive like actually saving all the pages I have links to, I decided that making sure that the links exist in the Internet Archive was sufficient.1

      • How to Run Android Apps in Linux Without an Emulator

        Before Microsoft could bring native Android app support in Windows 11, Linux has spoiled the party. WayDroid is a kind of compatibility layer that enables you to run Android apps in any Linux distribution. The best part about WayDroid is that you get far better performance, even better than an optimized Android emulator or a virtual machine running Android x86 on Linux. It almost feels like you are running Android apps natively on your Linux machine. With that said, let’s not waste more time and learn how to run Android apps in Linux without an emulator.

      • Cheat, a tool to consult cheats on commands from the Linux terminal itself – LinuxStoney

        For years, ‘computing’ and ‘graphical user interface’ have been two concepts that seem to go hand in hand : clicks, buttons, menus and windows are the most common means of interacting with our computers. But sometimes when we need to dig deep, we find ourselves head-on with command consoles . And the complexity of it can be very difficult for many first timers .

        So it is common for those who are still learning to navigate in this environment (even experts who want to save time) turn to ‘chops’ or ‘cheatsheets’ to have at hand the meaning of each command and its corresponding range of options and modifiers .

      • How to install Toontown Rewritten on Linux Lite 5.4 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Toontown Rewritten on Linux Lite 5.4.

      • How to install WHM & CPanel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux – Linux Shout

        CPanel provided by WHM earlier can only be installed on CentOS, however, now we can use it on AlamLinux, Rocky Linux, and also on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Officially, WHM cPanel on Ubuntu 20.o4 LTS is still in the experimental phase while writing this article and was recommended by the WHM developers not to use it for commercial. However, still you can start experiencing this Control Panel on this Debian-based Linux because in our usage it worked absolutely fine.

        Here we are installing WHM cPanel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server running on Amazon AWS Lightsail Instance, hence the server is clean without pre-installation of any kind of software or firewall.

      • How to install the SeaMonkey Browser on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install the SeaMonkey Browser 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.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

      • How to ZIP a Folder in Linux

        ZIP is a highly useful archive file format that helps in storage and file management. With an efficient zipping utility in tow, you can share multiple files and folders efficiently by combining them into one single file.

        In Linux, zipping a folder saves a lot of space and network bandwidth. Since its development in 1989, ZIP has become one of the preferred ways to compress data and reduce the file size.

        Using some native commands like zip, you too can zip a folder on Linux-based systems with ease.

      • How To Install AngularJS on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install AngularJS on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, AngularJS is a JavaScript framework that is used to develop web apps. It has MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture. It lets you extend HTML syntax to express your application’s components efficiently. In addition to that, it eliminates much of the code you write through data binding and dependency injection.

        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 AngularJS on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Change The Partition UUID in Linux Filesystem – Unixcop

        UUID stands for Universally Unique IDentifier of a partition. This ID used in few different places to identify the partition. Most commonly this would be /etc/fstab.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Plasma 5.23 Anniversary Edition Beta for Debian available for testing

          Last week has seen the release of the first beta of Plasma 5.23 Anniversary Edition. Work behind the scenes to get this release as soon as possible into Debian has progressed well.

          Starting with today, we provide binaries of Plasma 5.23 for Debian stable (bullseye), testing, and unstable, in each case for three architectures: amd64, i386, and aarch64.

          To test the current beta, please add…

        • KConfigXT Alternative Generator

          I’m using for my own personal projects a generator for c++ preferences for quite a while, I’ll not say that it’s heavily tested as KConfigXT is, but it is also much more simple than it.

          While talking about it to a fellow developer he asked me how hard it would be to port the thing to KConfig (as the main backend I used was QSettings) – and the result is quite nice, the port toook less than a day, and now my generator generates configurations for both KConfig and QSettings.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Marcus Lundblad: Maps and GNOME 41

          It’s been a while since my last blog post. And in the meantime GNOME 41 was released. So I thought it would be time for a new post, although there’s not been that much news to show in Maps itself since the last update (where I showcased the refreshed icons for search results.

          But a few small visual improvements have been done https://hackaday.com/2021/09/20/open-source-hot-rod-mod-gives-more-power-to-ev-owners/.

          Already in 40.0, we made the display of population numbers for places (such as towns, cities, and similar) locale-aware. So that it now uses localized digits and decimal separators.


          This utilises the localization API from ES (JavaScript) and as can be seen here gives a localized unit suffix and also in the case of Japanese as shown in the last example, the multiple in this case is 10,000, as this is based on traditional Chinese numerals, with denominations 10⁴, 10⁸ and so on. So in this case it would translate to “800 ten-thousands (man)”.

          And over in libshumate (the new GTK4-based map rendering library we’re working to eventually replace libchamplain, and enable migrating to GTK4), James and Corentin has been busy.

    • Distributions

      • If you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11, here are some Best Linux distros to adapt

        If you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11, here are some Best Linux distros to choose, after end support of most popular Windows 7, and although there are some extraordinary measures you can take to continue using the system that give you a minimum of security, it is not recommended at all. Keep in mind that it is still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11 for free, but if you refuse, you also have the option of trying your luck with Linux.

        Distributions abound and although the experience will never be the same as Windows 7 or Windows 10, neither better nor worse but different, and you will have to go through an adaptation process, there are some Linux distros that make this process a little easier than others.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat wants to boost HDR support on Linux – itsfoss.net

          Despite the fact that the Linux desktop has improved a lot over the course of the past decade, it still has some important shortcomings compared to Windows, such as the lack of support HDR . Fortunately, this could change in the not too distant future, as Red Hat has announced that it wants to hire an engineer to introduce HDR support in Fedora and RHEL.

          In the job we read that “the engineering team at Red Hat Workstation is looking for a senior software engineer with experience working in desktop support, composer and GPU formats and screens high dynamic range ( HDR) for Linux . In this role, he will work in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) New Platform Technologies Enablement team, maintaining and enhancing the GPU stack within RHEL and Fedora and contributing to upstream graphics development ” .

        • Using SQL Stream Builder with IBM Cloud

          The Apache Flink project provides the ability to perform stateful computations over data streams. The SQL Stream Builder interface is used to create stateful stream processing jobs using SQL. The executed SQL queries run as jobs on Flink. Together, these components make up the Cloudera Streaming Analytics (CSA) package.

      • Debian Family

        • What to Do After Installing Debian 11 Bullseye

          This article recommends Debian 11 users after-installation tips and tricks including simple guide to get additional useful applications. For new Debian users, this article is for you. Let’s check it out.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Apache News Round-up: week ending 17 September 2021

        We’re wrapping up another great week with the following activities from the Apache community…

      • CUPS 2.4 Coming Next Month, CUPS 2.5 + CUPS 3.0 Already In Planning – Phoronix

        An Open Printing micro-conference took place today during the Linux Plumbers Conference 2021 week. While it’s hard to get excited about printers in 2021, it is exciting the renewed effort around CUPS with it now being back to effectively led by the community and CUPS founder Michael Sweet who left Apple. CUPS 2.4 is coming as the first feature release in quite a while and then CUPS 2.5 followed by CUPS 3.0 are already being talked about with features being discussed.

        While Apple led CUPS development while employing Michael Sweet for about a decade, Sweet left Apple at the end of 2019 and Apple’s public CUPS development effectively ended. As has been since confirmed, Apple now is basically interested in just maintaining CUPS 2.3 and not really developing it further.

      • Programming/Development

        • The final guide to web scraping with Node.js

          Web scraping is the process of extracting data from a website in an automated way and Node.js can be used for web scraping. Even though other languages and frameworks are more popular for web scraping, Node.js can be utilized well to do the job too. In this post, we will learn how to do web scraping with Node.js for websites that don’t need and need Javascript to load. Let’s get started!

        • How to use cpan or pip packages on Nix and NixOS

          When using Nix/NixOS and requiring some development libraries available in pip (for python) or cpan (for perl) but not available as package, it can be extremely complicated to get those on your system because the usual way won’t work.

        • Benchmarking compilation time with ccache/mfs on OpenBSD

          So, I decided to measure the build time of the Gemini browser Lagrange in three cases: without ccache, with ccache but first build so it doesn’t have any cached objects and with ccache with objects in it. I did these three tests multiple time because I also wanted to measure the impact of using memory base filesystem or the old spinning disk drive in my computer, this made a lot of tests because I tried with ccache on mfs and package build objects (later referenced as pobj) on mfs, then one on hdd and the other on mfs and so on.

        • Cut I/O bound Rakefile task evaluation time by 12,4%

          Do you regularly run Rake on projects with thousands of FileTasks? In that case, chances are your Rake execution time is I/O bound. I’ve created two patches that can cut ⅛ off your Rakefile task evaluation/compilation time.

          Rake is the task and build automation tool for the Ruby programming language. It’s distributed as a part of the Ruby Standard Library default set of tools and modules. It’s a make-like tool that incrementally rebuilds only the parts of your project that have changed. It tracks changes by querying the file system for the last modified timestamp of every source and object file in your project. Each of these queries requires an individual system call (syscall) to the operating system kernel per file.

        • Glyphtracer 2.0

          Ages ago I wrote a simple GUI app called Glyphtracer to simplify the task of creating fonts from scanned images. It seems people are still using it. The app is written in Python 2 and Qt 4, so getting it running becomes harder and harder as time goes by.

        • Python

          • One major obstacle to unifying the two types of package managers

            A major difference between what I called program managers (such as Debian’s apt) and module managers (such as Python’s Pip) is their handling or non-handling of multiple versions of dependencies. Program managers are built with the general assumption of a single (global) version of each dependency that will be used by everything that uses it, while module managers allow each top level entity you use them on (program, software module, etc) to have different versions of its dependencies.

          • Structural pattern matching in Python 3.10

            At a recent local Python meetup, a friend was presenting some of the new features in Python 3.8 and 3.9, and afterwards we got to talking about the pattern matching feature coming in Python 3.10. I went on a mild rant about how I thought Python had lost the plot: first assignment expressions using :=, and now this rather sprawling feature.

            My friend interpreted my rant rather generously, and soon said, “it sounds like you want to give a talk about it at our next meetup”. Okay … well, why not!

            In the meantime, I thought I’d get to know the feature better by writing up my thoughts and some code examples in article form. As you can gather, I’m rather biased, but I’ll try to present the positives as well as just criticism.

  • Leftovers

    • Opinion | Mayberry Redux: A Reality That Never Was
    • The Age of Irrationality

      I titled my first book of essays Reasonable Creatures, after Mary Wollstonecraft’s famous remark “I wish to see women neither heroines nor brutes but reasonable creatures.” I’d never use that title now. Women are as rational as men, sure, but that’s not saying much. If Wollstonecraft came back to life, she’d have a heart attack. By comparison with her 18th-century day, we live in paradise, yet people seem as willfully ignorant and blinkered as ever.

    • The Importance Of An About Page

      Having a useful about page, like mine, is very important as it lets your readers both learn about you, and connect with you.

    • Science

      • The Stories Behind 20 Inventions That Changed the World | Mental Floss

        You might find it impossible to imagine a world without your smartphone, or have trouble remembering a time when Wi-Fi wasn’t everywhere, but many of today’s most relied-upon technologies would not have been possible—or even dreamed of—if it weren’t for the game-changing inventions that came before them. And while it’s easy to take many of the marvels of design and engineering we interact with on a daily basis for granted—think toilets, seat belts, and suspension bridges—it’s just as easy to overlook how a handful of more surprising inventions, like the Super Soaker or the pizza saver, have affected the world around us. From blood banks to barcodes and beyond, here are the stories behind 20 inventions that changed the world.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Opinion | 5 Urgent Steps Needed to Vaccinate the World and End This Pandemic

        The world stands at a critical juncture of the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries that lack the first round of vaccine coverage are extraordinarily vulnerable to the highly infectious Delta variant, and are also seedbeds for new variants that could quickly spread worldwide. The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, which I chair, is working urgently with the United Nations system to strengthen the multilateral response. Governments of countries where vaccines are being produced – the United States, European Union members, the United Kingdom, India, Russia, and China – need to cooperate under UN leadership to ensure that a sufficient supply of vaccine doses reaches the poorest countries.

      • Supreme Court Announces Date for Case Directly Challenging Roe v. Wade

        Abortion rights advocates geared up for a major fight as the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will soon hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case in Mississippi which poses a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade.

        The high court confirmed it will consider the case December 1 after months of speculation regarding when it would take up the dispute over Mississippi’s ban on most abortion care after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

      • Florida’s Pandemic Suicide Pact?
      • ‘An Atrocity’: Poor Go Without as Rich Nations Set to Let 100 Million Covid Vaccines Rot

        A new analysis projecting that 100 million Covid-19 vaccines stockpiled by rich nations and set to expire by the end of the year could be left to waste is prompting an outcry from social justice campaigners who warn of a potential “atrocity” as poor nations are refused access to doses.

        The estimate released Sunday by science analytics company Airfinity came as tracking by Our World in Data showed that just 1.9% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose. By contrast, 63% of people in the U.S. and 71% of those in the U.K. have received at least one jab.

      • Campaigners to Biden: Stop Acting Like a Big Pharma ‘Puppet’ and Help Vaccinate the World

        Public health campaigners on Monday pressed President Joe Biden to do far more to help poor countries vaccinate their populations against Covid-19, including by investing heavily in global manufacturing, pushing harder for a suspension of patents, and facilitating the transfer of key technology.

        “Short of such action, the pandemic will continue its devastation, driven by a lack of political will.”

      • Doctors who should know better dumpster dive in VAERS

        I’ve been writing about how antivaxxers misuse the Vaccine Adverse Events Recording System (VAERS) database dating back to very early in my history as a blogger. VAERS, for those unfamiliar with it, is a database to which anyone can report any adverse event (AE) noted after vaccination. It serves as an early warning system that can generate hypotheses regarding correlations between specific AEs and vaccines, but by its very design cannot test these hypotheses. (I’ll explain in detail later in this post when I discuss the shortcomings of VAERS.) Indeed, out of curiosity, I did some searching of all of my blogs and discovered that the first time that I mentioned VAERS and its shortcomings here was on the old Blogspot version of the blood back in 2005 in the context of a discussion of chelation therapy for autism. Because of its very nature, VAERS is prone to misunderstanding and misuse, and, unsurprisingly, VAERS has become a favorite tool of antivaxxers to claim that vaccines cause whatever AE on which they want to blame vaccines. That’s why, over the years, we’ve mentioned VAERS on many times, and I’ve mentioned it elsewhere many times going back to 2005.

      • Indian Civil Society Urges Johnson & Johnson to Stop Exporting Indian-Made Vaccines to Rich Nations

        More than a dozen civil society groups in India have written an open letter to Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. government, urging the pharmaceutical giant to cancel export of Indian-made COVID-19 vaccine doses to rich countries and instead focus on distributing them in the Global South. “The 600 million doses that Johnson & Johnson is manufacturing currently … in India should go where the vaccines are most needed, which is the Indian subcontinent, the African continent and the COVAX Facility,” says public health activist Achal Prabhala, who co-authored the letter and is coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa.

      • Pfizer Says Vaccine Is Safe for Kids Aged 5 to 11, Will Submit to FDA This Month
      • Justice Department Fights Back Against Texas Anti-Abortion Law
      • Major Animal Pharma Industry Group Forced to Remove UN Logo from ‘Misleading’ Briefing on Livestock Climate Impact

        By Sophie Kevany, in a joint investigation by DeSmog and Sentient Media

        An animal pharmaceutical representative body appears to have made a failed attempt to influence the United Nations by using what experts are calling distorted climate information to protect the livestock industry against calls to reduce food animal numbers and eat less animal protein. 

      • Police Are Dying of COVID While Police Unions Fight Vaccines

        A recent report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 71 officers died of “COVID-related causes” contracted while performing official duties — more than gun and traffic incidents combined — between January 1 and June 30. And since the release of that report, the number has risen: As of September 16, the death toll included 133 officers.

        In 2020, COVID-19 was the highest cause of death for police officers on the job, also according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In South Florida alone, at least five officers died of COVID over the course of one week; it’s not clear if all contracted the disease in the line of duty.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • American Malware Purveyor That Did Nothing To Limit Misuse Now Horrified To Find Gov’t Of India Misused Its Products

          Another malware purveyor is shocked, SHOCKED to discover its products have been used to do Very Bad Things. Thomas Brewster has more details for Forbes. Here’s the setup:

        • Does Your Organization Have a Security.txt File?

          It happens all the time: Organizations get hacked because there isn’t an obvious way for security researchers to let them know about security vulnerabilities or data leaks. Or maybe it isn’t entirely clear who should get the report when remote access to an organization’s internal network is being sold in the cybercrime underground.

        • Major agriculture group New Cooperative hit by ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Agriculture group New Cooperative group was hit by a ransomware attack over the weekend, potentially endangering operations of a company key to the agricultural supply chain.

          A spokesperson for New Cooperative confirmed the attack to The Hill on Monday, noting in a statement that the company “recently identified a cybersecurity incident that is impacting some of our company’s devices and systems.”

        • [Old] Explainer: Digitech risks for School Boards

          I’m a parent with two children in public schools in Christchurch, NZ. I’m also a software developer with an interest in education. I’m writing this post to make members of NZ school boards of trustees aware of a significant risks they face, but which I believe few if any school boards in NZ recognise, much less attempt to mitigate.

          These risks are created by the software adopted by nearly every school in NZ. This software is provided via national-level agreements made by the Ministry of Education with their vendors, who are mostly US-based multinational technology corporations. Increasingly, school curriculums completely depend on this software.

          Today, nearly every school in NZ is either a ‘Microsoft Office 365′ or a ‘Google Classroom’ school. Many schools also embed products like SeeSaw and StoryPark into their student assessment process and depend on them for parental engagement.

          My goal here is to explain the liabilities lurking within this status quo, and how the Ministry of Education has divested responsibility for these liabilities onto individual school board members.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 160 available for testing

            This is the announcement for IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 160 which is available for testing. It comes with a large number of bug fixes and package updates and prepare for removing Python 2 which has reached its end of life.

            In recent days and months, the development team has spent a lot of time on finding bottlenecks and removing those. Our goal is to increase throughput on hardware and bringing latency down, for a faster network.

            This update brings a first change which will enable network interfaces that support it, to send packets that belong to the same stream to the same processor core. This allows taking advantage of better cache locality and the firewall engine as well as the Intrusion Prevention System benefit from this, especially with a large number of connections and especially on hardware with smaller CPU caches.

          • Security updates for Monday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (gnutls28, nettle, nextcloud-desktop, and openssl1.0), Fedora (dovecot-fts-xapian, drupal7, ghostscript, haproxy, libtpms, lynx, wordpress, and xen), openSUSE (xen), Red Hat (rh-ruby27-ruby), and SUSE (openssl, openssl1, and xen).

          • Microsoft Ruined Passwords, Now Aims for a Passwordless Future

            There’s no shortage of security people who will tell you that passwords are broken. It’s also not a coincidence how many of them sell products to supplement or replace passwords. Microsoft just announced that the passwordless future is here. In their announcement they make it clear that passwords are broken, and they should know–they broke them!

            This passwordless future requires that Microsoft follow in Apple’s and Google’s footsteps in deciding which software you are allowed to run on your computer. These vendors don’t trust you to manage your own security, instead they want you to hand all trust over to them. Without them in control, they don’t believe your hardware can be trusted and untrusted hardware isn’t allowed to login to the passwordless future. As more vendors follow in Microsoft’s footsteps to implement passwordless logins, they too will anchor their trust in the hardware and ultimately in Microsoft (or Apple or Google). In the name of security and convenience your computer will be less and less your own.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Landlords Use Secret Algorithms to Screen Potential Tenants. Find Out What They’ve Said About You.

              In this guide, you’ll find answers to the following questions:

              Do I have a tenant score?

            • As We’re Told That No New Social Media App Can Make It, TikTok Surpasses Facebook Downloads & YouTube Watch Time

              While I am concerned about the power wielded by giant tech companies and am interested in creating more competition, I’m always a little perplexed by the arguments that people make that, somehow, the “big four” companies of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple are so dominant that no new competitor can ever catch up to them. It’s one thing to point to similar articles about Myspace that totally dismissed Facebook as a possible competitor to that platform, but it’s another thing altogether to see new social media apps… actually doing pretty well.

            • Massachusetts’ Top Court Says Police Need Warrants To Search Body Camera Recordings

              Body-worn cameras were supposed to usher in a new era of police accountability. That hasn’t happened. At best, they’ve generated a ton of additional footage of interactions and arrests that may prove valuable to criminal defendants and people filing civil rights lawsuits. “May” is the operative word. Cops still control the footage, which limits public access and increases the odds that unflattering/unhelpful (to police) footage rarely ends up in the hands of the public. The end result is that prosecutors have been the biggest beneficiary of this so-called accountability tech.

            • [Old] Internet of Snitches

              You should have control over your own computers. Your phone should be your castle. True control means controlling your hardware and software. It means picking hardware that doesn’t depend on absolute trust in a vendor for its security, but gives you control over your own security so you don’t have to ask the vendor’s permission to use the computer how you wish. It means using a free operating system that lets you install whatever software you want and remove any software you don’t. Finally, it means running free software that you or anyone in the community can modify (or change back) if a developer ever makes it work against your interests.

              Computers will only become more important and integral in our society, and collectively we get to choose the rules that govern them. It’s not too late to reject technology that’s not on your side. Invest in technology that gives you back the control and ownership you should have always had.

            • Confidentiality

              • Let’s Encrypt’s Root Certificate is expiring!

                On 30th September 2021, the root certificate that Let’s Encrypt are currently using, the IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 certificate, will expire. You may or may not need to do anything about this Root CA expiring, but I’m betting a few things will probably break on that day so here’s what you need to know!


                The answer to the question “what will happen when the IdenTrust root expires?” depends on how widespread the types of clients listed above are. I don’t know what’s floating around out there on the Web, and I don’t know what depends on those things either. One thing that I do know, though, is that at least something, somewhere is going to break.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Why Jake Tapper Never Asks How We Pay for War

        Jake Tappers’ career is inextricably linked to America’s so-called longest running war. His travels there and book–turned–Hollywood film detailing his exploits are how, more than any other beat, he polished his reputation as a Serious Journalist, and not just another pretty suit behind a desk. He’s reported dozens of stories on the conflict, done book events, tweeted nonstop for years about the war in Afghanistan, and done scores of segments on the conflict, including a two-hour primetime special earlier this month lamenting “what went wrong” in the war for the United States.

      • Sanders Denounces a Pentagon Budget System Found ‘Inherently Susceptible to Fraud’

        Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday that a new congressional watchdog report showing the Pentagon failing in efforts to combat department-wide fraud and waste revealed an “absolutely unacceptable” situation that merits true accountability.

        Budget Committee chair Sanders (I-Vt.), along with House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), had requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which was made public Monday.

      • Why the Nuclear Sub Deal Will End Badly for the Australians

        Australia has no nuclear power infrastructure; they will be dependent on the US or UK to provide same for any nuclear powered Australian attack subs.  For Australia to develop same on their homeland just to support these subs would be cost-insane.

        The cost of the 12 French subs has been variously described as $40, $60 and $90 billion with the $90 being the most likely but it is not at all clear what beyond just the hulls is accounted for (weapons, services, R&D, and more).  The 3-4 nuclear subs cost a multiple, per unit, the the French subs.  The Australians will be getting one-third to one fourth the number of subs for some unknown increase in cost.

      • Germany’s New Neo-Nazis: The Reichsbürger

        Germany’s antisemitic and semi-fascistic Reichsbürger, also known as sovereign citizens – were at the forefront when a mob of right-wing extremists attacked Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag in August 2020. Like many other right-wing extremists, Reichsbürger too, use anti-lockdown rallies as cover to conjure up supports for its reactionary ideology.

        At Germany’s parliament, three policemen were fighting the crowd of Reichsbürger, Neo-Nazis, anti-vaxxers, and tin-foil-hat wearing conspiracy fantasies believers until reinforcements arrived preventing a German version of what has happened in Washington in January 2021.

      • Opinion | After Defeat in Afghanistan, Can US Envision a Future of Peace?

        Yoda, the Jedi Master in the Star Wars films, once pointed out that the future is all too difficult to see and it’s hard to deny his insight. Yet I’d argue that, when it comes to the U.S. military and its wars, Yoda was just plain wrong. That part of the future is all too easy to imagine. It involves, you won’t be shocked to know, more budget-busting weaponry for the Pentagon and more military meddling across the globe, perhaps this time against “near-peer” rivals China and Russia, and a global war on terror that will never end. What’s even easier to see is that peace will be given no chance at all. Why? Because it’s just not in the interests of America’s deeply influential military-congressional-industrial complex.

      • Dangerous “War Scares” Of 1974, 1983, And 2021: What Needs To Be Done?

        The current imbroglio involving the need for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, to make two calls to his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zoucheng, marks a break in the civil-military chain of command. In actual fact, the U.S. chairman of the JCS is not part of the chain of command for nuclear decisions, but Milley and other senior members of Donald Trump’s national security team were so concerned about the obvious mental deterioration of the president that the calls were essential.  Sensitive intelligence informed us even before the 2020 election that the Chinese leadership had become particularly concerned with Trump’s anti-China rhetoric and the increasingly aggressive U.S. military exercises in the South China Sea.

        In 1974, National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger had become so alarmed with the mental deterioration of President Richard Nixon brought on by a combination of alcohol and anti-depressants that Kissinger informed Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger to block any decision to use force that was communicated from the White House.  Fortunately, Nixon was so overwhelmed with the threat of impeachment that he lacked the inclination or the time to concern himself with using military force to distract the U.S. public, the so-called “wag the dog” syndrome.

      • 20 Years After Start of ‘War on Terror’, Groups Demand Closure of Gitmo ‘Once and For All’

        On the 20th anniversary of the official launch of the so-called “Global War on Terror,” a coalition of progressive advocacy groups on Monday demanded that U.S. President Joe Biden finally shut down the military prison at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, where more than three dozen people are still being detained indefinitely in violation of their human rights.

        “It’s long past time for the Biden administration to close Guantánamo prison and end indefinite detention once and for all.”—Carolyn Fiddler, Daily Kos

      • Never Forget: 9/11 and the 20 Year War on Terror – Excerpts From the Online Event – The Project Censored Show

        Notes: The original webinar is over three hours long, and can be viewed in its entirety below

      • With Clinton lawyer charged, the Russiagate scam is now under indictment
      • Beyond the State

        Protest speaks a language of forceful insistence. “Defund the police,” “Build the wall”—the unyielding demands go back to Moses’ “Let my people go.” So it was curious when the July 2011 issue of the Vancouver-based magazine Adbusters ran a cryptic call to arms: a ballerina posing atop the famous Charging Bull statue on Wall Street, with the question “What is our one demand?” printed above her in red. The question wasn’t answered; readers were only told, “#OccupyWallStreet. September 17th. Bring tent.”

      • R&AW, Delhi Police conducted joint operation with CIA in 2016 to bust ISIS-K camps in Afghanistan: Sources

        When the R&AW got inputs on him, it shared the information with the special cell of Delhi Police who nabbed the suicide bomber in 2016. He was then interrogated by multiple agencies where he revealed information about many terror training camps active in Afghanistan.

        After interrogation, the suicide bomber was deported to Afghanistan. Upon his return, he was again probed by the Afghan security officials about the ISIS-K training camps.

      • When the Taliban Teamed Up With Bill Gates and UNICEF

        Last winter, UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, conducted its own negotiations with the Taliban. The UN agency, like many other non-profits, wanted to operate in Taliban territory and the representatives of the Islamist killers were willing to listen. What the Jihadist organization wanted from the UN was the same deal that Hamas got from UNRWA.

        UNICEF would enable an ad-hoc school system that would operate under Taliban control.

      • Grizzly Scouts militia members admit destroying evidence in fatal shooting of federal officer

        Four Northern California militia members affiliated with the far-right “boogaloo” movement admitted to destroying evidence in the alleged murder of a federal security officer in Oakland last year, authorities said Monday.

    • Environment

      • Hot Reads: Ten Essential New Books About Fighting Climate Change
      • ‘Tipping point’ for climate action: Time’s running out to avoid catastrophic heating

        The report echoes some of the data and warnings from experts in the last year: the average global temperature for the past five years was among the highest on record, and there is an increasing likelihood that temperatures will temporarily breach the threshold of 1.5° Celsius above the pre-industrial era, in the next five years.

        The picture painted by United in Science is bleak: even with ambitious action to slow greenhouse gas emissions, sea levels will continue to rise and threaten low-lying islands and coastal populations throughout the world.

        “We really are out of time. We must act now to prevent further irreversible damage. COP26 this November must mark that turning point. By then we need all countries to commit to achieve net zero emissions by the middle of this century and to present clear, credible long-term strategies to get there”, urged the UN chief.

      • Avi Lewis Hoping Canadians’ Climate Concerns Deliver Electoral ‘Upset of Epic Proportions’

        As Canadians head to the polls Monday on the final day of federal elections, a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and climate activist in British Columbia is hoping his plan to take aggressive action to combat the climate emergency will resonate with enough voters to score an upset victory.

        “The entire political system is failing to confront the level of emergency that we have.”—Avi Lewis,NDP candidate

      • As Gov. Tim Walz Proclaims ‘Minnesota Climate Week,’ Ilhan Omar Says ‘Stop Line 3′

        After Gov. Tim Walz took to Twitter on Monday morning to inform his constituents that “Minnesota Climate Week” had begun, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar urged the governor of her state to immediately block further construction of Line 3, Enbridge’s multi-billion-dollar oil pipeline that endangers local ecosystems and the global climate.

        “This Climate Week, we are reminded that the cost of climate change is clearer than ever,” said Walz, marking the start of a themed week he recently established by proclamation. “Together, let’s recommit to combating climate change to protect the health and beauty of our state for generations to come,” the Democrat added.

      • Energy

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Don’t Hack the Yaak

          In 1999, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population was “in danger of extinction.”   Today, over 20 years after the finding that these bears should be protected as “endangered,” the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly is still struggling to survive.

          A 2015 peer-reviewed study (Kendall et al (2015)) estimated that in 2012 there were 48–50 Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bears, which is approximately half the number necessary for a viable grizzly population in this area. The study also found the Yaak population to be reproductively isolated from the Cabinet population, which is now highly inbred. Thus, “the small size, isolation, and inbreeding documented by this study demonstrate the need for comprehensive management designed to support population growth and increased connectivity and gene flow with other populations.”

        • Koala numbers fall after bushfires, conservation group says government numbers inaccurate

          Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) chief executive Deborah Tabart said numbers had plummeted to as low as 50,000, leaving the iconic animal perilously close to extinction.

        • Iconic Australian koalas on brink of extinction: conservationists

          “It’s not just the bushfires, there’s also drought and habitat clearing,” Ellis told the ABC.

          “One hundred years ago, the fur trade nearly wiped out the species. If the fur trade did continue, koalas would have vanished, because we know that in some areas where they were wiped out, they never came back.”

        • Koalas in rapid decline around Australia

          Koalas are in rapid decline around Australia, with 30 per cent of the iconic species lost in just three years, the Australian Koala Foundation says.

      • Overpopulation

        • ‘Climate Clock’ Shows Rich Nations Still Owe $90 Billion a Year to Global Green Fund

          As the United Nations General Assembly kicked off in New York City on Monday, activists unveiled a new version of their digital “Climate Clock” to spotlight the extent to which rich countries are reneging on their vow to invest $100 billion a year in a global green energy fund designed to assist developing nations.

          “We are in a climate emergency, and without drastic corrective action on track for climate catastrophe.”

    • Finance

      • Opinion | The Simple, Effective Wealthy Surtax We Need

        The House Ways and Means Committee missed key opportunities in their initial revenue proposals to fairly pay for President Biden’s Build Back Better plans, especially in addressing wealth inequality.

      • Nabisco Strike Ends as Union Members Approve New Contract
      • Black and Asian American Workers Falling Behind in Getting Back Jobs

        In a recent report in July 2021, Jason Furman and William Powell documented that the recent job transition rate from unemployment to employment was somewhat lower than expected given the job opening rate. The job opening rate averaged 5.6 percent in the first six months of 2021. It had previously never been higher than 4.8 percent — a peak hit in 2018 — and usually is well under 4.0 percent. Given this backdrop, this article investigates how demographic groups are transitioning from unemployment into employment and how that compares to their historical relationship between job openings and transitions.

        Effects by Race and Ethnicity

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The Real Crime That General Milley Exposed

        Trump’s advisors aren’t the villains, either, although Trump was just the latest Republican president advised by Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, whose partner in the years after they advised Nixon, Lee Atwater, had passed away from brain cancer after making a public apology for all the damage he did to our nation in the service of Nixon’s party and, later, George HW Bush (Willie Horton, et al).

        And Nixon, too, presented such a threat to world peace and democracy in America that his own Defense Secretary, James Schlesinger, took actions remarkably similar to Milley’s, as was revealed by the Washington Post on August 22, 1974. Schlesinger and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs George S. Brown (who’d just taken that post on July 1, 1974), the Post wrote, “kept a close watch to make certain that no orders were given to military units outside the normal chain of command.”

      • Rocky Road Ahead for New, Left-leaning Peruvian Government

        Pedro Castillo taught and served as principal in an elementary school in rural Chotaprovince. He was a leader of the regional teachers’ union. Perú Libre invited him to run for president. That socialist party, founded in 2012 by Cuba- trained neurosurgeon Vladimir Cerrón, claims José Mariátegui, founder of Peruvian Communist Party, as its ideological forebearer.

        Political novice Castillo was unknown except in his rural province. His rise owes directly to a rural and/or mostly mestizo population, marginalized and very poor, taking a stand against urban power centers regarded as corrupt, exploitative, and culturally removed.  Lima’s middle class makes up around 35% of the city’s population. One third of all Peruvians live in Lima.

      • The Mexico Dialogue on Venezuela and the End of the Lima Group

        Juan Guaidó, Leopoldo López, and other prominent opposition figures participate in the Unitary Platform, which groups together the majority of opposition parties. The talks with the Maduro government have the approval of the European Union, the United States, and Canada. These countries agree on their willingness to “review the sanctions” imposed on Venezuela if “significant progress is made in a global negotiation” that repairs “the country’s institutions” and allows free elections.

        This political will was demonstrated by Antony Blinken, Josep Borrell, and Marc Garneau, the highest representatives of the diplomacy of those countries, in a document that they jointly signed in late June that calls for “a peaceful solution”, based on  “the Venezuelan people themselves” and channeled through Venezuelan political structures.

      • Democrats Urged to ‘Ignore’ Parliamentarian’s Advice Against Path to Citizenship

        Democratic lawmakers and the White House are facing pressure to disregard the Senate parliamentarian after the unelected official on Sunday deemed a crucial immigration measure out of bounds for reconciliation, endangering an effort to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of people.

        In a three-page opinion (pdf), Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough advised against the inclusion of Democrats’ immigration proposal in the emerging reconciliation package, arguing the measure amounts to “a policy change that substantially outweighs the budgetary impact of that change.”

      • Why Lindsey Graham is Trying to Rescue Rahm Emanuel

        Worried that certain Democratic senators will refuse to back him because of his administration’s infamous cover-up of a horrendous police murderof a black teenager – and other injustices against people of color in Chicago – Emanuel is now busy lining up GOP senators who will confirm him as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. On Saturday, the Washington Post described Emanuel’s campaign for Republican help as “an aggressive behind-the-scenes effort”; the article’s headline: “Rahm Emanuel, a target of the left, may be rescued by Republicans.”

        Three GOP senators told the Post that they will proudly vote to confirm Emanuel, including that pillar of integrity: Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

      • Opinion | Why Lindsey Graham Is Trying to Rescue Rahm Emanuel

        With civil rights groups and progressive members of Congress staunchly opposed to disgraced former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel becoming a prestigious ambassador, Emanuel is appealing for support from a set of politicians he has repeatedly relied on in his career: Republicans.   

      • Bernie Sanders Backs Canada’s Left Rival to Justin Trudeau

        “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party,” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said during the 2020 presidential campaign. “But in America, we are.”1

      • McConnell, Manchin, Sinema and Pharma Dems Are Preparing to Torpedo Everything
      • Parliamentarian Blocks Dems From Including Immigration in Reconciliation Bill
      • When Biden Met Bennett—and Gave His Blessing to Impunity

        Before leaving Israel for his meeting with President Joe Biden in Washington in late August, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel repeated his firm opposition to Palestinian statehood, thus confirming the permanence of the de facto apartheid that he and his government—like the preceding ones headed by Benjamin Netanyahu—intend to maintain in the Jewish State. Like Netanyahu and most Israelis, he considers the apartheid charge anti-Semitic slander—not because the alleged facts are untrue, but because if Israel does it, you cannot call it apartheid. Why? Because anything done in Israel in the name of its self-interest and for its Jewish citizens is permissible, no matter how clearly deemed illegal by international law.

      • This Week

        And if Biden fails, it won’t just be his agenda that fails. America could continue its vicious cycle of ever-growing wealth and power at the top — power that’s able to rig the rules of the political-economic game against almost everyone else.

      • Beto O’Rourke Planning Texas Governor Run as Greg Abbott’s Ratings Plummet
      • Pennsylvania Democrats Sue GOP Over Their Attempt to “Investigate” 2020 Election
      • Havana Syndrome, Directed Energy Weapons, and the New Cold War

        It started in 2016. U.S. officials in Havana, Cuba, began complaining en masse about hearing strange noises, suffering recurring headaches, nausea, hearing and memory loss. From there it spread around the world, with hundreds of U.S. spies and diplomats in the United Kingdom, Colombia, China, Uzbekistan, Germany, Austria, and in Washington itself reporting similar symptoms. Very little about the cases — even the identities of those involved — can be verified. Nevertheless, the story has become a media sensation, appearing on front pages the world over, with journalists speculating that futuristic microwave weapons are the culprit, likely wielded by devious Russian spies. While the scientific and medical community have cautioned not to jump to conclusions, underlining a number of key flaws in the narrative, the existence of directed energy weapons (DEWs), as they are known, is beyond doubt.

      • A New Endeavor

        It will include thought pieces from me, along with audio recordings, office hour opportunities, and even a few of my drawings.

      • The economy of EVMs

        The induction of electronic voting machines (EVM) in the next general elections is a costly proposition. The EVM-based elections in 2023, according to relevant circles, will double the cost of the extensive exercise.

      • Burgess Owens Told Me to Respect My Elders During a Town Hall

        The details about SC4Y sounded like B.S. to me, but it was Owens’s response to my question that really caught me off guard. The congressman claimed he does not receive money from the organization but still consults with it. Then he chose to take aim at something else: youth voices.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Hongkongers Battle Supporters Of Beijing For The Soul Of The Chinese-Language Wikipedia

        When Wikipedia was first launched 20 years ago, it was widely derided as an impossible project, bound to fail or, at best, to produce worthless rubbish. And yet today, along with open source software, it is undoubtedly the best demonstration that a distributed team of volunteers can produce work that is not just free but arguably better than anything created for profit using traditional, top-down management approaches. But beyond that, Wikipedia has become something else: a unique repository of validated information and thus, implicitly, a store of “truth” about the past and the present. That has turned many pages of Wikipedia into a battleground, as people with different views fight in sometimes fierce “edit wars” over what counts as “verified”. The choice of information and even how things are phrased often have considerable social, economic or political importance. No surprise, then, that there is a struggle taking place over what Wikipedia should say is happening in the contested space of Hong Kong. Back in July, an article in the Hong Kong Free Press explained:

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Texas Abortion Doctor: “When We Ban Abortion, It Doesn’t Stop the Need for People to Access Abortion”

        We look at the attack on reproductive rights in the United States, as the Department of Justice sues Texas over a new law that bans abortions after six weeks into a pregnancy. The law makes no exception for rape or incest and allows anyone in Texas to sue patients, medical workers or even a patient’s family or friends who “aid and abet” an abortion. “What we see time and time again is when we ban abortion, it doesn’t stop the need for people to access abortion,” says Dr. Bhavik Kumar, a staff physician at Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Houston, Texas.

      • Haiti Official Demands ‘Humanitarian Moratorium’ as US Ramps Up Deportations

        “The speed and scale at which this country has deported Haitians seeking refuge from utter turmoil is reprehensible and anti-black… This is cruel.”—New York state Sen. Zellnor Myrie

      • ‘Do Better,’ Say Advocates as Biden Seeks to Double Refugee Admissions

        As the U.S. State Department announced Monday that it would seek to double the number of refugees resettled in the United States over the next year, migrant rights advocates implored the Biden administration to allow many more people into the country, while ensuring that actual admissions reach the target.

        In a move that would fulfill one of President Joe Biden’s campaign promises, the State Department said in a statement that the administration “recommends an increase in the refugee admissions target from 62,500 in Fiscal Year 2021 to 125,000 in Fiscal Year 2022 to address needs generated by humanitarian crises around the globe.”

      • Biden Vows Mass Deportations as Thousands of Haitian Refugees Shelter in Del Rio
      • Border Patrol Accused of ‘Unfathomable Cruelty’ for Cracking Whips on Haitians

        Progressive leaders and activists on Monday reacted with shock, disgust, and condemnation of an immigration system “designed for cruelty” toward migrants following the publication of photos showing mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents using their horse reins like whips to round up Haitian asylum-seekers along the Texas-Mexico border.

        The El Paso Times reports whip-swinging agents on horseback charged at migrants carrying food and water as they waded across the Rio Grande near Del Rio, in Val Verde County, on Sunday.

      • New Revelations on Haiti Assassination: Grenade-Dropping Drones, Paranoid President & Guards Who Ran

        Miami Herald Haiti and Caribbean correspondent Jacqueline Charles discusses new revelations about the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. In her piece, “Grenade-dropping drones, a paranoid president, guards who ran: Latest on Haiti assassination,” she reports the night President Jovenel Moïse was shot “was actually the second time in a span of weeks that his life was in danger, according to testimony from one of the Colombians in custody, and one of the Haitian Americans.”

      • “People Are Desperate”: Biden Vows Mass Deportations as Thousands of Haitian Refugees Shelter in Del Rio

        Thousands of asylum seekers, primarily from Haiti, have sheltered in a makeshift camp at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Del Rio International Bridge, as the Biden administration has vowed to carry out mass deportations. On Sunday alone, the Biden administration said it sent three deportation flights to Haiti, with several more flights expected in the coming days. “For them to be deporting young children into Haiti right now, … it is unacceptable,” says Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance. We also speak with Jacqueline Charles, Haiti and Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald, who says reporters have had almost no access to the camp. “You cannot access this bridge, so we don’t know what is happening,” Charles says. “This is a huge issue, the lack of transparency around this.”

      • Fighting Inequality After Occupy Wall Street

        Occupy Wall Street was criticized at the time for railing against systemic problems without offering a concrete list of solutions. Yet protesters did speak out about policies they saw as unjust and about others that would address the ills they stood against. The movement has left an indelible mark not just on the national conversation about inequality but on the laws and structures that enable it. The rampant inequality Occupy decried has been perpetuated through decades of policy choices—and can be undone by the same. Below, we identify eight policy areas in which activists and lawmakers have, since 2011, tried to work toward a fairer America.

      • Sexism and Racism on the Left: What Has and Hasn’t Changed Since Occupy Wall Street

        The thousands of people who flocked to New York City’s Zuccotti Park 10 years ago this fall to protest capitalism run amok were far more diverse than the media let on. “It’s true there were a lot of white people, but in the NYC encampment there were many BIPOC people and women of color, like myself, who had very visible leadership roles,” says Sandy Nurse, a carpenter and local organizer who recently won the Democratic primary (and effectively the election) for the 37th District of the New York City Council.1

      • Hindu Family in Pakistan Held Hostage, Tortured for Drinking Water from Mosque: Report

        A Hindu family of poor farmers were held hostage and tortured for fetching drinking water from a mosque in the Punjab province of Pakistan, reports said on Monday.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 101: OpenMedia’s Laura Tribe on Digital Policy and the 2021 Canadian Election

        Global News, Canada Election: How are the Parties Planning to Tackle Cellphone Affordability

      • FCC’s Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On ‘Big Tech’

        A few months back we noted how FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr had taken to Newsweek to dust off a fifteen year old AT&T talking point. Namely that “big tech” companies get a “free ride” on telecom networks, and, as a result, should throw billions of dollars at “big telecom” for no real reason. You’ll recall it was this exact argument that launched the net neutrality debate, when former AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre proclaimed that Google wouldn’t be allowed to “ride his pipes for free.” Basically, telecom giants have long wanted somebody else to fund network builds they routinely leave half finished despite billions in subsidies.

    • Monopolies

      • US states rally around proposed laws to rein in Big Tech

        The letter, which was addressed to leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, expressed explicit support for six bills that passed the House Judiciary Committee in June. Four of the bills directly address Big Tech’s platform powers while two others empower enforcers.

        One measure, if it becomes law, would ensure that antitrust cases brought by state attorneys general remain in the court they select, a move that plaintiffs generally prefer.

        The full House has not voted on the measures, some of which do not yet have companion bills in the Senate.

      • The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021 [Ed: IP Kat helps WIPO spread propaganda, conflating things like patent monopolies with “innovation”. It’s Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo doing it now. Read like a press release.]

        The GII 2021 was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in partnership with the Portulans Institute and with the support of its corporate partners.

      • Patents

        • The UPC: the latest news and a quick refresher [Ed: Patent litigation giants have begun lying again about the UPC; they pay for it.]
        • China throws a wrench into a transpacific trade pact

          When America was still actively part of building the tpp alliance, it was portrayed—and sold to Americans—as a tool to keep China from exercising influence over trading rules. It is still difficult to imagine China’s application being successful in the near term. The cptpp is a detailed agreement requiring deep economic integration, and new members must be admitted by unanimous approval. “China is surprisingly close to meeting cptpp conditions in many areas. But where there are gaps, they’re huge,” according to Jeff Schott of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (piie), a think-tank in Washington, dc. He reckons the country has made huge strides in recent years on intellectual-property [sic] and investment rights [sic]. But the dominance of state-owned enterprises (soes), weak labour rights and concerns about data privacy leave a lot of ground to catch up.

        • Patent Law at the Supreme Court September 2021

          So far, the Supreme Court has not granted certiorari in any patent cases for its 2021-2022 Term. Still, there are a couple dozen cases pending that may offers some interest. On September 27, 2021, the court is meeting privately for what is known as the “long conference” to decide the fate of the petitions for writ of certiorari that have piled-up over the summer. There are also a host of additional petitions scheduled for a later conference or not yet scheduled. Although the total number of petitions is down from last year, there is much more diversity since we have now largely moved past the appointments-clause issues.

          Capacity to Sue: My favorite pending case is Tormasi v. Western Digital. Tormasi is a convicted murderer and also a patentee seeking to enforce his disk-drive patent. The Federal Circuit held that Tormasi lacked the “capacity to sue” under Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 17(b). That provision states that an individual’s capacity to sue is determined by “the law of the individual’s domicile.” Tormasi lives in New Jersey (state prison) and the administrative rule in N.J. bars a prisoner from conducting business activities without the Wardon’s approval. The courts held that his enforcement action is an “unauthorized patent monetization business” and thus that he has no capacity to sue. Tormasi argues that this conclusion violates his due process and other constitutionally protected rights. There are other standing-related cases pending in the trademark context: Naked TM, LLC v. Australian Therapeutic Supplies Pty. Ltd. (standing to petition cancel a TM registration); See also Kaszuba v. Hirshfeld (pro se, standing of USPTO to intervene in TM appeal).

        • New Hungarian Government Decree On Patent Protection: Encouragement Of Pa-tents vs. Threat Of Compulsory Licensing

          In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on 6 August 2021 the Hungarian Government issued Decree No. 474/2021 on the different application of the Patent Act (Act XXXIII of 1995). According to the decree, patent applications filed after the entry into force of this decree will not be subject to a maintenance fee for the first three years of patent protection. The decree was promulgated on 6 August 2021 and will remain in force until the end of the state of emergency related to COVID-19.

          Although no reasoning was provided to the decree, the decree is in line with the Government’s aim to encourage research and development. Lifting part of the financial burden of obtaining patent protection on innovations may boost Hungary’s innovation performance and facilitate economic growth disrupted by the pandemic.

          The owner of a patent has exclusive rights to exploit the invention. Without exclusive rights through patent protection, there would be no chance of a return on research and development activities, since other companies could copy the results and enter the market with the same product while spending nothing on their own development process.

        • N.H. patents through Sept. 19 [Ed: What is this ritual about patent monopolies? Is a 'shopping list' of patents considered "news" now?]
        • Opinion | Public Origins of Covid Vaccine Technology Expose Indecency of Big Pharma Pandemic Profits

          Public Citizen recently uncovered “an agreement that the European Commission reached with Pfizer and BioNTech last November to purchase 100 million doses of the companies” mRNA vaccine, which was developed with the support of government funding and U.S. taxpayer-financed technology.

      • Trademarks

        • Turner Entertainment Forces Name Change Of ‘Surrender Dorothy’ Beer, Which Isn’t Actually Referencing Wizard Of Oz

          It won’t come as a total surprise that we have covered intellectual property stories involving The Wizard of Oz in the past. Both the book and film are iconic to say the least, so it would perhaps be a bit strange if such issues didn’t arise from time to time. That being said, the relevant players here tend to be on the extreme end of the enforcement spectrum, which leads to extreme cases such as Warner Media opposing a trademark filing by a self-proclaimed “wicked witch” for some reason.

      • Copyrights

        • Virgin Media Subscribers Told to Pay “Thousands of Pounds” to Settle Piracy Lawsuits

          Virgin Media subscribers receiving letters accusing them of movie piracy may find that settling their cases will be a costly affair. TorrentFreak understands that settlement demands run to several thousand pounds, a massive uplift on the several hundred usually requested in similar cases. Interestingly, however, some subscribers could be immune from being sued.

        • U.S. Copyright Holders Want Tougher Anti-Piracy Measures in China

          The IIPA, which represents the MPA, RIAA, and other entertainment industry groups, would like China to take a stand against online piracy. This includes targeting pirate sites and apps. In addition, the Chinese government should encourage technology giant Baidu to take more responsibility by applying rigorous filtering technology and terminating repeat infringers.

        • CC Global Summit to Promote Open Access and Better Sharing

          More than a thousand educators, lawyers and tech experts from over 65 countries will come together this week for a global summit to promote open access and better sharing of research and resources.

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