Top EPO Applicants (Six Nations/States of Seven Founding States) Approved Unlawful Strike Regulations, Illegally Crushing EPO Examiners

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 6:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 4f7ef3599b10e85f0812d696944127f6

Summary: It seems clear that very large nations that account for the lion’s share of European Patents (among European nations) are, on average, even more guilty than small nations which they love to blame; it’s not an old crisis because it persists to this day

WE have just published part four of the ongoing EPO series about the illegal “Strike Regulations” of Benoît Battistelli — an illegal legacy enjoyed for over 3 years by Battistelli’s buddy, António Campinos.

“Large nations too are heavily culpable and sometimes they’re the ones commandeering the smaller nations.”Most EPO staff does not forget or forgive. The above video is a collection of personal thoughts. For more background see parts 1, 2, and 3. Part 4 has been mostly a short interlude, reminding me of personal experiences of mine (there’s nobody to talk to!) and rogue moves by the Belgian delegation (UPC and EUIPO jobs as horsetrading bribes).

The series will show that, contrary to what the Dutch might claim, it’s not just small nations enabling the corruption of the Office. Large nations too are heavily culpable and sometimes they’re the ones commandeering the smaller nations.

The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IV: The Founding States

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 5:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part I: Let the Sunshine In!
  2. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part II: A “Unanimous” Endorsement?
  3. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part III: Three Missing Votes
  4. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The Founding States

Johannes van Benthem and Kurt Haertel
What would EPO founding fathers, Johannes “Bob” van Benthem and Kurt Haertel, have made of Benoît Battistelli‘s liberticidal project?

Summary: With French presidents occupying more than 80% of the time in such a position for 2 decades, partly owing to nepotism (António Campinos is French and a friend of Battistelli), it seems like the EPO became a failed project; the media isn’t ready to admit that correction is urgently needed (partly because the media receives bribes and threats from the EPO)

The seven founding states of the European Patent Organisation were: Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the three countries of the Benelux Union (the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg), and the Alpine confederacy of Switzerland.

The delegations from the organisation’s main host states of Germany and the Netherlands voted in favour of the controversial “Strike Regulations” in June 2013 as did the UK.

“As we shall see later, the only Benelux delegation which declined to endorse Battistelli’s manifestly flawed and unlawful proposal was the Belgian delegation, headed by Jêrome Debrulle.”In the Benelux camp, Luxembourg followed its larger neighbour the Netherlands and likewise voted in favour of the “Strike Regulations”.

As we shall see later, the only Benelux delegation which declined to endorse Battistelli’s manifestly flawed and unlawful proposal was the Belgian delegation, headed by Jêrome Debrulle.

The two remaining founding states, France and Switzerland, also voted in favour of Battistelli’s “Strike Regulations”.

A casual observer could be forgiven for naïvely expecting that – in view of their special responsibility as founding members – the delegations representing those states would have seen fit to scrutinise the proposed curtailment of staff rights in a more diligent and critical manner.

“In the upcoming parts we will take a closer look at the delegations from the EPO’s founding states, starting with the two main host states, Germany and the Netherlands.”But unfortunately the facts on the ground tell a different story and show that such idealistic notions are far removed from the realpolitik of EPO governance.

The official record shows that the delegates from six out of seven of the EPO’s founding states had no qualms about endorsing Battistelli’s liberticidal project.

In the upcoming parts we will take a closer look at the delegations from the EPO’s founding states, starting with the two main host states, Germany and the Netherlands.

Links 6/10/2021: Ubuntu Frame and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 3:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • TUXEDO announce the new InfinityBook Pro 14 with RTX 3050 Ti and Tiger Lake H35

      TUXEDO have refreshed their InfinityBook Pro 14 model with some impressive new internals that makes for a good all-round laptop if you can afford it. They said it’s “way more” than just a refresh and that the previous models of InfinityBook Pro 14 had “quickly become one of the most popular TUXEDO laptops after its launch on 20th of May 2021″.

      What to expect from it? Quite a lot in a little package.

      You can still order the original models which are in stock right now with either the Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 but the new stuff with the Intel Core i5-11300H and Core i7-11370H arrives in on October 20 but pre-orders can be placed right now.

    • TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 14 Linux Laptop Updated with NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti Graphics

      Launched earlier this year in May, the 6th generation TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 14 laptop is TUXEDO Computers’ first-ever device to feature a 16:10 Omnia display with a 2880×1800 pixels (3K) resolution.

      Powered by 11th generation “Tiger Lake” Intel Core i7-1165G7 and i7-11370H processors with 4 cores, 8 threads and up to 4.8 GHz clock speeds, the Linux laptop shipped only with integrated Iris Xe Graphics, but now users can buy the device with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU too.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.10.71
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.10.71 kernel.
        All users of the 5.10 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.10.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.10.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • Linux 5.4.151
      • Linux 4.19.209
      • Linux 4.14.249
      • Linux 4.9.285
      • Linux 4.4.286
      • [PATCH 5.14 000/172] 5.14.10-rc3 review
      • Graphics Stack

        • Radeon Software 21.30 PRO vs. Mesa 21.3-devel + Linux 5.15 Gaming Performance

          For those wondering how AMD’s latest-generation Radeon RX 6000 series is competing now between the Linux driver options of AMD’s official Radeon Software for Linux 21.30 “PRO” driver stack and the latest upstream, fully open-source driver components from Mesa and the mainline Linux kernel, here is a fresh comparison.

          Radeon Software for Linux 21.30 remains the latest public release of AMD’s packaged Linux driver with the benchmarking for this article being of their “PRO” driver stack option that includes their proprietary Vulkan and OpenGL driver components. On the pure upstream open-source side the tests were carried out using Mesa 21.3-devel Git as of testing time paired with the Linux 5.15 Git kernel for showing what the current potential is on the open-source OpenGL RadeonSI and Vulkan RADV drivers.

    • Applications

      • Fwupd 1.7 Adds Support for Logitech Devices with the Unified Battery Feature, More

        Fwupd 1.7 adds support for Logitech devices supporting the Unified Battery feature, implements an interactive request to restart some Logitech DFU devices, adds support for more Coreboot-powered StarBook laptops and PixArt devices, and introduces support for installing the LVFS (Linux Vendor Firmware Service) remote.

        This release also comes with FuCfuPayload and FuCfuOffer for future usage, support for an ‘unreachable’ device flag, the ability to create Redfish user accounts automatically using IPMI, support adding GUIDs to each HSI security attribute, as well as the ability to convert security attributes to JSON and write them to the database.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Guide for Upgrading to MongoDB 5.0 and Rocket.Chat 4.0 on Docker

        Rocket.Chat 4.0.0 has recently been released. The upgrade process from the previous version is not quite simple to be very honest.

        Even though you can make the transition from an old 3.x.y version of Rocket.Chat, earlier versions of MongoDB, namely, 3.6 and 4.0, have been deprecated for use with the popular chat server since the new release. MongoDB 3.4 support has also been removed. These changes were first confirmed on pull request #22907 merged two weeks earlier.

        In this tutorial, I’ve documented a complete step-by-step process to make a successful upgrade to Rocket.Chat including upgrading your MongoDB database version to the most recent 5.0.

      • How To Install Flatpak Made Simple

        This tutorial explains computer users how to quickly, easily download and install applications on GNU/Linux by using Flatpak. Flatpak, with its apps download website Flathub.org, is a new technology to make end-users easily get apps they want regardless their distro choices and versions. We will learn by example using Fedora Workstation here and it is applicable to other distros. Let’s start app hunting!

      • How To Install phpMyAdmin with Nginx on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install phpMyAdmin with Nginx on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, phpMyAdmin is a free, open-source, and web-based application used for managing MySQL databases, user accounts, and privileges, execute SQL statements, import and export data in a variety of data formats, and much more from the web interface.

        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 phpMyAdmin on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to Install Usermin on Ubuntu21 – Unixcop

        Usermin is a web-based interface mainly for webmail designed for non-root users to perform routine tasks including, reading mail, changing passwords, setting up databases and a web-based SSH terminal. It is a simpler version of Webmin for regular users without always system administrators.

        It’s a version of Webmin that is for regular users without always system administrators. Usermin, like Webmin, is a basic web server and a set of CGI scripts that update user config files such as / .cshrc and / .forward. All CGI scripts and the web server are in Perl 5, and use only the non-standard Authen::PAM perl module.

      • How to Install rsync on Linux

        Usually, you need to perform folder synchronizations on different computers. In Linux, this task is fully accomplished by the rsync command. Rsync is present in the official repositories of many Linux distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, and others.

        Also, the Linux rsync command has many different options that allow you to modify the way synchronizations are performed. These synchronizations are copies of directories or files, but they are done in an advanced way.

      • How to Repair Corrupted root filesystem in RHEL 8

        Sometimes the Linux system crashes due to corruption of the root filesystem, in which case you need to boot the system into recovery mode and then repair your file system.

        The panic screen will show that the root file system is corrupted and suggests manually running fsck to repair it.

      • How to install umami on CentOS 8 – Unixcop

        umami is a free, fast and simple open-source that own your website analytics.

        It is a self-hosted web analytics alternative to Google Analytics that focuses on privacy.

        In this guide we will show you how to install Umami on CentOS 8.

      • How to install CURL on Alpine Linux – Linux Shout

        Learn the command to install the CURL tool on Alpine Linux to transfer or download files using various protocols.

        cURL is a program that enables files to be transferred from or to a server without user interaction. In addition to HTTP, the program supports a variety of other network protocols such as FTP, FTPS, HTTPS, GOPHER, TELNET, DICT, FILE, and LDAP. It is controlled via command-line parameters that are specified when the program is called.

        cURL uses the libcurl library for all functions relating to data transfer. It is often used for working with REST -ful services, e.g. for developing or debugging such services.

      • How to connect to Red Hat Data Grid without SSL | Red Hat Developer

        Red Hat Data Grid is an in-memory data service you can use to speed up your applications. Red Hat’s single sign-on technology (SSO) provides a convenient way to connect to Data Grid. Normally, SSO is used with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), as I explained in my previous article. But if this layer of security is not needed, you can use SSO between your application and Red Hat Data Grid without SSL. This article shows how to integrate Data Grid and SSO into Red Hat OpenShift without SSL.

        This integration of Data Grid and SSO with SSL communication disabled is suitable for test scenarios, where it can be used to set up an environment quickly and carry out tests to understand how Data Grid can be used as a remote store with SSO.

        Note: All the cross-site replication use cases between Red Hat Data Grid and Red Hat’s single sign-on technology are in tech preview. Thus, the material in this article does not make use of a cross-site replication use case and is not recommended for production use. This article employs Data Grid as a remote store with SSO, which also requires proper performance tuning and would require a support exception in order to engage Red Hat technical support.

      • How to Setup Rsyslog Server on Debian 11

        Rsyslog is a free and open-source logging software that forwards all log files to the centralized log server through the IP network. It helps system administrators to keep an eye on all servers from the central point. Rsyslog works in a client/server model, it receives logs from the remote client on port 514 over the TCP/UDP protocol.

        In this post, we will show you how to set up the Rsyslog server on Debian 11.

      • Linux Essentials – Bash Aliases – Invidious

        Aliases in Bash enable you to essentially create your own commands, or even just simplify existing ones. In this video, I’ll explain what aliases are, and I’ll show you some of my personal favorites. At the end, I’ll show you how to make your aliases persist between sessions.

      • File Searching on elementary OS

        This simple tutorial explains how to search files and folders on elementary OS. This uses Files, the default file manager of elementary OS, also known as Pantheon Files and io.elementary.files. It is not to be confused with Files, the file manager of Ubuntu also known as Nautilus. This is based on today’s latest elementary OS 6 codenamed Odin and in the future it might change like any other software.

      • Install NoMachine on Kali Linux 2021 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial you will learn how to install NoMachine on Kali Linux 2021. NoMachine is a remote desktop tool. It works just like VNC, TeamViewer etc.

        It is designed to work across several platforms such as Windows, Mac and Linux to give users access to the physical desktop of the remote computer. NoMachine provides the best, fastest and highest quality remote desktop experience.

      • How To Install and Setup Thunderbird Mail Client On Ubuntu 20.04 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install and setup Thunderbird mail client on Ubuntu 20.04. Thunderbird is an open source and flexible email, news, chat, and calendar client and RSS reader. It was developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Its creators believe strongly in the benefits of open standards. Thunderbird intentionally rejects closed platforms with this free and open source project.

        Thunderbird is a free, cross-platform client that offers users a vast number of features. These features include a tabbed email function, attachment reminder, smart folders, a built-in Do Not Track mode, and more. It’s extremely user-friendly so anyone can easily install and setup the mail client.

      • Easily Install Kali Linux 2021.3 on VirtualBox – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Kali Linux 2021.3 on VirtualBox. Kali Linux is an Advanced Penetration Testing Debian-based Linux distribution used for Penetration Testing, Ethical Hacking and network security assessments.

        Kali Linux 2021.3 is the third (Quarter 3) 2021 Kali Rolling release. It comes pimped with various awesome updates.

      • Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Kali Linux 2021.3 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install VirtualBox guest additions on Kali Linux 2021.3.

      • Quick Way to Install LEMP Stack on Debian 11 – kifarunix.com

        This guide presents a quick way to install LEMP Stack on Debian 11.

        LEMP stack is an acronym for the commonly used web application and deployment component;

      • Install and Setup OpenLDAP Server on Debian 11 – kifarunix.com

        Follow through this tutorial to learn how to install and setup OpenLDAP Server on Debian 11. OpenLDAP is an open source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, a client-server protocol for accessing directory services, specifically X. 500-based directory services.

    • Games

      • Build and manage your own special resort in Hotel Magnate now in Early Access | GamingOnLinux

        After the success on Kickstarter in 2019, Hotel Magnate from developer Arcade Oven and publisher Crytivo has arrived to let you build up your own special resort.

        Like the tycoon games of old, Hotel Magnate gives you all the tools you need and a dirt-patch to start from. Build your floors, walls and eventually decorate every single part of it to your liking. From bathrooms to nightclubs, there’s a lot you get to place inside your walls. Since it’s only just started life, the developer has plans to add plenty more to it.

      • Qualcomm, Valve, AMD and more team up for Wi-Fi Dual Station | GamingOnLinux

        Wi-Fi Dual Station is the name of what appears to be quite the leap for latency-sensitive gaming where a wired connection remains top but for how long? Probably forever but the gap is getting shorter.

        Qualcomm together with Acer, AMD, Lenovo, Microsoft, Snapdragon Compute Platforms and Valve teamed up to enable this new tech that uses multiple Wi-FI bands and antennas concurrently. As they said in the press release “By simultaneously utilizing the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band (or 6 GHz where available), latency issues in one band can be easily resolved at a system-level both quickly and transparently to the end user”.

      • Heroes of Might and Magic II game engine recreation fheroes2 v0.9.8 out now | GamingOnLinux

        Play the classic Heroes of Might and Magic II thanks to fheroes2, a fantastic game engine recreation project allowing you to play it cross-platform and it’s open source.

        Much like other similar reimplementations including OpenMW, openXcom, OpenRA and more it aims to reproduce the original game but give many enhancements to how you play and interact with it like improved AI, bug fixes, UI improvements and more.

      • AYN Odin is a handheld Android game console with Snapdragon 845 for $175 and up (crowdfunding)

        The AYN Odin is a handheld game console that resembles like a Nintendo Switch Lite, with a 6 inch, 1080p IPS LCD display surrounded by game controllers and it’s expected to have a starting price of less than $200.

        But under the hood, the Odin has the guts of a flagship Android phone from a few years ago, including support for up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage (plus a microSD card reader). First revealed earlier this year with the code-name “Project Valhalla,” the Odin is designed to be an inexpensive handheld gaming device, and it’s expected to begin shipping in November.

      • Twitch has suffered a huge leak of source code with a possible Steam competitor (updated)

        Twitch is not having a good time lately. On top of battling bots engaging in hate-raids spamming chats with horrible things, it appears they’ve also suffered a massive data breach.

        First reported (as far as we can tell) by VGC, who have since had it confirmed that it’s legitimate, this is a massive blow to Twitch and really shines a light on their security for such a thing to happen. Even though there’s no indication yet that it includes login details, you may want to be extra careful and go change your Twitch password.

      • ET: Legacy 2.78 Released With Better OpenAL Sound, Android Support Materializing – Phoronix

        One of our favorite open-source game projects, ET: Legacy for letting the legendary game Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory live on as a community project, is out with a new release.

        It was just earlier this year was ET: Legacy 2.77 for this game built off the open-source id Tech 3 engine code. Now as the weather cools down they are ready with ET: Legacy 2.78 for gamers wishing to continue enjoying this two decade old gaming experience.

        ET: Legacy 2.78 improves its OpenAL sound system code, server-side demo recordings are now working, various frame-rate dependency handling improvements for a smoother gameplay, random crashes have been resolved, This release also brings a number of adjustments to improve the in-game competitiveness.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 Beta is now available

          Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.5 Beta is full of improvements, new features and is easier for RHEL users to access and test out. This release brings live kernel patching to the web console, a number of system roles and management enhancements, and removes the requirement to explicitly ask for beta access.

          A number of the new features and enhancements in this release are a direct response to customer requests. This release continues the 6-month release cadence Red Hat announced at the beginning of the RHEL 8 cycle, providing users with a predictable and reliable release schedule.

        • IT careers: 5 ways to get out of a rut

          IT career ruts happen for many reasons. If you’re feeling stuck, it may have to do with your workplace culture, or with the person you see in the mirror every day. Routine work can lead to boredom. At the same time, workplace pressures may create a sense of fear, so performing tasks is no longer enjoyable and rewarding as survival instincts take over and the fear of losing a job outweighs everything else.

          The combination of fear and boredom often leads to a feeling of inertia in your career. You might find it difficult to take on new challenges due to a fear of coming up short.

          Some people have a mistaken belief in The Peter Principle, which posits that in an organizational hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence. This outlook is misguided. Most people can become competent in their positions, even if they are bored. The good news? You have the ability to make lasting changes.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Canonical Announces Ubuntu Frame As A Full-Screen Shell Built On Mir

          Canonical today announced the launch of Ubuntu Frame, its full-screen shell built atop the Wayland-embracing Mir server for embedded displays, IoT, and related use-cases.

          Canonical has been working on Ubuntu Frame as another commercial avenue for the company and for pushing along their technologies around Mir and Snaps. Canonical is hoping Ubuntu Frame will be used for powering interactive kiosks, digital signage solutions, and other IoT-type products requiring a display.

        • Canonical launches Ubuntu Frame, the foundation for embedded displays

          Canonical announces the release of Ubuntu Frame, a solution that allows developers to easily build and deploy graphical applications for interactive kiosks, digital signage solutions, or any other products that require a graphical output. With Ubuntu Frame, developers no longer need to integrate and maintain partial solutions such as DRM, KMS, input protocols or security policies to power and secure their displays. This means less code to manage, less opportunities for bugs and vulnerabilities in untried code, and more time for developing the content of the display.

          “Ubuntu Frame makes it easier for our customers to create customizable, reliable, and more secure smart retail and digital signage solutions while leveraging the power of Lenovo ThinkEdge platforms,” said Blake Kerrigan, GM Edge Computing, Lenovo Intelligent Devices Group.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 is upon us, and it’s small changes for major improvements

          The official release of Ubuntu 21.10 is Oct. 14. This is a non-LTS release, so it won’t gain nearly the attention the LTS releases will receive. That’s a shame because although 21.10 (Impish Indri) might not at first blush include major changes, it does finally bring to Ubuntu one big shift that should make users very happy.

          That shift comes in the way of GNOME 40. Yes, this iteration of the GNOME desktop has been out for some time, and many other distributions have been shipping with G40 for some time. So, GNOME 40 is old news within the Linux community. I’ve covered GNOME 40 a bit more in-depth in “GNOME 40 takes a few bold steps to improve the desktop.”

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Luis Villa: Notes on histories [Ed: He's among the GNU deniers and corporate revisioinists of so-called "open source"... pretending Free softare was never a thing.]

        I have been doing a variety of history reading of late, but have not had time to properly synthesize them. They keep coming up in conversation, though, so I wanted to write down some bullet points I could refer to. I hope they are interesting and/or provocative in a good way to someone.

        Resemblance to the history of open source was rarely why I read these books. (In fact at least one was read deliberately to get away from open source thinking.) And yet the parallels — around power, mindshare, “territory”, autonomy, empowerment, innovation—keep coming back to me. I leave conclusions, for the most part, for now, to the reader.

      • Programming/Development

        • Java

          • 7 Reasons Why Learning Java in 2021 is Still a Good Idea – kifarunix.com

            The global IT industry enjoyed massive growth in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic as more and more companies saw the increased need to take their business online and compete on a global scale. There is a demand for programmers who can work on various platforms and use flexible programming languages like Java.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Facebook Offers Excuse for Long Widespread Outage

        People who wanted to spend their lunch hour catching up with Facebook on Monday were out of luck – in fact, they were out of luck for about six hours. An excuse was offered for the outage that affected Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, but the truth is, the social media giant has just been having a hard time these past few weeks.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Belarusian security forces detain 50 people over social media posts on Minsk shooting: rights group

        Belarusian KGB officers have detained 50 people on charges of insulting a government official or inciting social hatred, following a shooting incident in which an IT worker and a KGB officer died, the Viasna-96 human rights group said on Thursday.

        “Apparently, the arrests are connected with comments on social media posts about the death of Andrei Zeltser and a KGB officer,” the rights group said. The interior ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.

        Belarusian authorities said KGB officers shot dead a 31-year-old man on Tuesday after he resisted law enforcement officers. They did not confirm his identity or media reports that the man may have been a U.S. citizen. read more

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • San Jose apologizes for racist past against Chinese community

        San Jose formally apologized for its “role in acts of discrimination against the Chinese immigrant community and its descendants” through an unanimous resolution that city leaders announced this week.

        City officials, including Mayor Sam Liccardo, and community leaders announced the resolution for past racist acts against the Chinese community in downtown San Jose, the site of a Chinatown destroyed by arson in 1887. A portion of the area was set ablaze shortly after the City Council had declared it a public nuisance and health hazard.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • IPR Denied? Alternate Path Still Open After Fed. Circ. Case

          A Federal Circuit decision narrowing when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can reexamine patents after an inter partes review petition is denied may encourage patent owners to attack a growing number of reexamination requests by petitioners, but the reach of the ruling appears limited, attorneys say.

          The court’s holding focused on reexaminations filed after inter partes reviews are rejected by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as “abusive,” so it appears that when the board denies petitions for other reasons, such as an upcoming trial in district court, re-exams remain fair game, for now.

        • History of Patent Harmonization (3) Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) (2) PCT International Survey System (2) [Ed: The term "harmonisation" sounds good, but that typically means imposing patent maximalists' policies on nations that have 'unsuitable' laws]

          The PCT has an “International Search System” (PCT Article 15). Regarding international search, various issues have been raised at WIPO’s PCT-related meetings, and I have faced some of these issues in our practice. Using the International Patent Search System requires skill and knowhow.

        • Patent lawyers want harmonisation for incremental inventions [Ed: Seems like Managing IP, the propaganda mill of Team UPC, has found itself a newly-hired propagandist for UPC, based on lies and selective voices (of the sponsors)]

          Counsel from Asia discuss the disparities in patentability standards for incremental inventions and the need for consistency in IP office practice

        • Patent on sustainable energy [Ed: Repeating paid-for EPO greenwashing propaganda to perpetuate the lie that more patents (monopolies) would somehow, magically, tackle climate issues]

          Hundreds of thousands of patents relating to energy technology are registered with the European Patent Office. By referring in turn to other patents, each of these documents forms part of a huge technological knowledge network, in some way comparable to academic publications within a specialty. “Not every technology is patented and many patents will never be used,” explains Peter Persoon. “But the great thing is that every patent offers a detailed description and has been put through a quality check.”

        • UK: Decline Of The Garden Shed Inventor? [Ed: Today's patent system is all about the big corporations; even patent offices are unable to deny that]

          The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued a new research report exploring the changing behaviours of UK patent applicants and the possible driving forces behind them. With applications to the IPO in decline and strong growth in applications to the European Patent Office (EPO) over the same period, it would be natural to assume that applicants were switching from filing in the UK to filing at the EPO. However, the picture that emerges from the new report looks quite different.

          The research analysed and compared trends in patent applications made to the IPO and the EPO over a twenty year period (2000-2020). That puts the impact of the 2008 recession right in the middle of the report’s trend-showing graphs. Unsurprisingly, the research found an accelerated turnover amongst IPO applicants having larger portfolios, i.e. bigger customers, during the period of economic disruption after 2008. However, the overall number of applications from this group recovered and has held steady since, marking a turning point in the previous decline in IPO applications from 2000 up to the end of the recession.

        • Question of fact or law – court sheds light on longstanding issue in Swiss patent law, or doesn’t it?

          In a recent decision, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court – Switzerland’s highest court also in patent matters – dealt with the question of whether the assessment of patent claims is fundamentally a question of law or a question of fact. This distinction is relevant under Swiss law for example because in Switzerland, after the conclusion of the double exchange of briefs, new factual arguments can be presented only under certain conditions and the Federal Supreme Court examines factual arguments only with a limited standard of review, whereas legal arguments can still be presented in the main hearing and are examined by the Federal Supreme Court without restrictions. In order to understand the decision and its relevance, it is important to look at the differentiation between questions of fact and questions of law according to Swiss understanding.

          Differentiation between questions of fact and questions of law and its relevance

          Swiss courts differentiate between so-called “questions of fact” and “questions of law”. “Questions of fact” refer to anything concerning the facts underlying a case – for example, the question of whether a certain event relevant to the case happened, or the sequence of certain events. In other words, a question of fact asks about the relevant course of events, which forms the basis of the case and shall be legally assessed. A “question of law”, on the other hand, concerns the application of the law to the established facts. For example, questions of law deal with the correct interpretation of a statutory provision, the subsuming of the facts under the legal norms and the determination of the legal consequences of a certain event. As mentioned, this seemingly abstract differentiation has significant consequences for the court practice and the parties in court proceedings in Switzerland.


          The Federal Supreme Court did not agree with the appellant and upheld the decision of the Federal Patent Court. The Federal Supreme Court did not directly deal with the differentiation between questions of fact and questions of law with respect to the interpretation of prior art but held that the Federal Supreme Court does not deal with the technical understanding of the skilled person of technical documents. It is unclear from the decision of the Federal Supreme Court what is actually meant by this comment. However, it is somewhat inconsistent that on the one hand the Federal Supreme Court wants to deal with the interpretation of patent claims through the eyes of the person skilled in the art but on the other hand seems to exclude the interpretation of prior-art documents by the person skilled in the art from its competence.

          It may appear that the specific wording of a prior-art document is a question of fact from a Swiss perspective. However, how the person skilled in the art understands a document from the prior art and in particular what conclusions the skilled person draws from it may be considered a legal question, since it is one of defining the normative understanding of the person skilled in the art.

        • Ericsson seeks $5 per iPhone for its 5G standard-essential patents, asks federal court to bless that rate, and will probably prevail over Apple unless Samsung pays much less at the upper end

          There’s a huge new patent licensing dispute in town, and it’s hard to see how Apple could realistically win it unless Ericsson made an unlikely mistake in structuring its recent settlement with Samsung. What Ericsson is asking for is FRAND, not only in my opinion but simply in light of a recent decision by the Fifth Circuit in HTC v. Ericsson.

          In 2015, it took about a year of litigation between Ericsson and Apple before a new license agreement was signed. That one is going to expire soon–presumably by yearend–but litigation has already commenced. We are not yet talking about any patent infringement assertions (which are barred while a license is in effect), but a declaratory judgment complaint that Ericsson brought against Apple in the Eastern District of Texas on Monday, effectively asking the court to declare that Ericsson’s royalty rate of $5 per device is FRAND and that Ericsson’s overall conduct is FRAND-compliant (this post continues below the document)…

        • Wednesday Whimsies [Ed: Anastasiia Kyrylenko at IP Kat gives platform again to patent extremists like 4IP Council and EPO dictators]

          The European Patent Office (EPO) has several positions open, including the Head of Department Legal Research Service of the Boards of Appeal (here), and several posts for lawyers in the Legal Services of the Boards of Appeal (here). Application deadline for all vacancies is October 15, 2021.

        • Does the Court of Appeal’s 2:1 split in Thaler underline the need for legislative review? [Ed: It's complete lunacy giving patent monopolies to bots; there should no room for debate on this unless we also open up to farcical scenarios like patents for people's cats and dogs]

          Can machines be inventors? The US, the European Patent Office, and Australia all have considered this question. None of their decisions however are helpful in the UK, since the relevant statutory provisions in those disputes were different from the law of the UK. This point was made by the Court of Appeal at [94]-[96] of their recent judgment in Thaler v Comptroller [2021] EWCA Civ 1374 which IPKat friend friend, Brussels-based trainee patent attorney, Henry Yang, breaks down and cuts through the noise for our readers.


          The Court of Appeal was unanimous that under the current law machines cannot be inventors. The source of this position was that when enacting the 1977 Act Parliament did not have it in mind that machines could make inventions ([103]). Consequently even if this case continues to the highest court, whether a machine can be the inventor is ultimately a policy question which Parliament is better positioned to answer. On one hand recognising machines as a new class of inventors may promote innovation in the UK; on the other this may create numerous issues which with machines assuming the place previously occupied only by humans can prove tricky: a key problem is that machines may churn out inventions but have no rights. A potential question could be how to consent to transferring the right to the grant if a machine and a person jointly contributed to an invention?

          To solve the difficulty that machines do not have rights I think it would be necessary to link an inventive machine to a person in some way, such that the person can act on behalf of the machine. I had also argued that it is probably not entirely right to regard a machine as the sole inventor sui juris. in AI, teaching a machine how to innovate (a role of human beings) is at least just as important as the innovation process itself carried out by the machine.
          Finally for countries under a centralised granting system such as the European Patent Convention states, it is desirable to achieve at least some degree of harmonisation among them on whether to recognise machines as inventors. Otherwise a granted patent by the central agency may be regarded as deficit in one country where it is subsequently in force, causing legal uncertainties both to the patentee and to third parties.

          In response to the call for views on artificial intelligence and intellectual property, the UK government indicated in March 2021 that it would launch a consultation later this year on how to protect inventions created by artificial intelligence machines which do not qualify as inventors. Potential options included legislative changes. Courts are bound to interpret the law as it is. In order to make it recognised a new class of inventors which had not been in the mind of the previous legislature it is probably more effective to argue for a change in the law, if one is needed.”

        • Julius Glatz and Rohnke prevail in years-long battle over cigarette papers

          US patent holder Schweitzer-Mauduit and German special paper manufacturer Julius Glatz fought bitterly through all instances up until the end. The recent decision by the German Federal Court of Justice, which nullified a large part of the disputed patent (case ID: X ZR 26/20) has ended proceedings for now. However, there remains the matter of damages to be settled.

          Schweitzer-Mauduit’s patent EP 1 482 815 protects a paper with reduced ignition proclivity characteristics used for manufacturing cigarettes. The LIP papers (low ignition propensity paper) are treated with film-forming solutions, which makes them less permeable to oxygen. As such, the embers inside the cigarette cannot easily spread to any material it may be lying on. This is to prevent fires caused by dropped or discarded cigarettes.


          After the EPO opposition division initially upheld the patent in limited form, the Boards of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2016. They referred the matter back to the opposition division, with a request to uphold the patent as per an auxiliary request filed in September of that year

        • EPC now at your fingertips, on all devices [Ed: What a nerve EPO has publishing this nonsense while violating the EPC every day with help of founding member states]

          The digital version of the European Patent Convention (EPC) is now easier to navigate than ever before and can be instantly accessed on mobile devices.

          Almost 50 years after the EPC was first signed with pen and ink by the EPO’s founding states, the latest format has been made possible by responsive web design (RWD). You are warmly invited to try out the new format on new.epo.org.

          A feedback form enables you to submit anonymous feedback that will help shape both the functionality and the look and feel of the new epo.org.

          The EPC is the second major item to be added to the pilot version of the new website, after the recently launched Statistics and Trends Centre. The latest addition marks the beginning of a new era of convenient online access to our legal texts, presented in a modern format that is easier on the eye.

        • Joseph Yoon patent challenged

          On October 1, 2021, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 9,376,076, owned and asserted by Joseph Y. Yoon IP LLC. The ’076 patent is generally directed to airbag deployment technology currently being asserted against Toyota.

      • Copyrights

Talks in France: Richard Stallman Talking in French in Two Places in France This Month

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, FSF at 3:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Dr. Stallman in France

Summary: Dr. Stallman’s ‘European tour’ continues and the next stop is France

AFTER speaking in Ukraine and in Poland last month (first public talks in 2 years!), Dr. Stallman is heading to France where he will be speaking in French (he mostly speaks 3 languages, English, Spanish, and French; he claims to also be able to communicate a little in Indonesian).

As per this page and this new post, “Richard Stallman will be giving a talk in Claret, France, on October 10.”

“The talk will be in french and the admission is gratis,” it says, “but you need to show a Passe Sanitaire or a fresh test.”

So there’s an option for those who would rather be tested than spied on.

The next talk is on Sunday. There’s another talk a fortnight from now.

[Meme] [Teaser] The Seven Nations and the Six Nations

Posted in Europe, Patents at 11:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Barely even one remained sober

Visser's 7 nations

Summary: Tonight at around midnight we shall publish Part 4 of the ongoing series (index below); imagine writing a whole book — a very expensive book — about legislation and rules that are very routinely violated without any consequences (to the violators), which means that the rules don’t mean much anyway, at least not in practice (they’re merely theoretical at this point)

  1. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part I: Let the Sunshine In!
  2. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part II: A “Unanimous” Endorsement?
  3. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part III: Three Missing Votes

Links 6/10/2021: MX Linux 21 RC, plocate 1.1.12, Facebook Under Fire

Posted in News Roundup at 9:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • This Old Linux PC | LINUX Unplugged 426

        It’s the worst time ever to upgrade or buy a new PC, so we cover our favorite tips for getting the most out of your current hardware. Then we pit a 2014 desktop against a 2021 laptop and find out if our old clunker can beat the Thinkpad.

      • mintcast 371 – Rounded Corners

        1:49 The News
        28:03 Security Update
        38:05 Bi-Weekly Wanderings
        1:19:37 Announcements & Outro

        First up in the news, Linux Mint Monthly updates, Ubuntu news, Windows being Windows and Steam deck news

        In security, More bugs and more malware

        Then in our Wanderings, Joe does vacation, Norbert Listens to the Doctor, Josh tries ventoy, Tony is making ice cream trucks, Leo plays D2

    • Applications

      • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Outlook

        Microsoft’s stance for decades was that community creation and sharing of communal code (later to be known as free and open source software) represented a direct attack on their business. Their battle with Linux stretches back many years. Back in 2001, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously tarnished Linux “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches”. Microsoft also initiated its “Get the Facts” marketing campaign from mid-2003, which specifically criticized Linux server usage, total cost of ownership, security, indemnification and reliability. The campaign was widely criticized for spreading misinformation.

        However, in recent years, there has been a partial shift by Microsoft to embrace the open source software paradigm. For example, some of their code is open sourced. Examples include Visual Studio Code, .NET Framework, Atom, and PowerShell. They have also made investments in Linux development, server technology and organizations including the Linux Foundation and Open Source Initiative. They have made acquisitions such as Xamarin to help mobile app development, and GitHub a hugely popular code repository for open source developers. And they have partnered with Canonical, the developers of the popular Ubuntu distro. But many developers remain hugely sceptical about Microsoft and their apparent shift to embrace open source.

      • Steinar H. Gunderson: plocate 1.1.12 released

        plocate 1.1.12 has been released, with some minor bugfixes and a minor new option.

        More interesting is that plocate is now one year old! plocate 1.0.0 was released October 11th, 2020, so I’m maybe getting a bit ahead of myself, but it feels like a good milestone. I haven’t really achieved my goal of being in the default Debian install, simply because there is too much resistance to having a default locate at all, but it’s now hit most major distributions (thanks to a host of packagers) and has largely supplanted mlocate in general.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The “why” problem with on-host (host-based) firewalls on your machines

        In the old days, this was to spot and deal with malware, but today, in theory, we could use this to deal with all of the things that want to phone home to snoop on us. Unfortunately, I believe there is a problem with this nice vision, what I will call the problem of “why”.

      • ‘date -d’ vs. ‘date -s’, and ‘show foo’ vs. ‘clear foo’

        There was someone running around trying to do some work on a Linux box. They had picked up some time_t value from the logs – that is, the number of seconds since January 1, 1970 at midnight UTC that is typically thought of as “Unix time”. Right now, it’s about 1.6 billion, and will hit 1.7 billion in November 2023. They wanted to turn it back into a human-readable date.

      • Syncing Lagrange Bookmarks via the Cloud

        Lagrange is a superb browser for the Gemini protocol; just a lovely piece of software that’s comfortable and in line with the protocol it’s built to be used with, is very good on resources. If only our web browsers could be this nice and light at the same time!

        Thankfully it also has the option to save bookmarks to a simple bookmarks.gmi file (press CTRL+S while on the bookmarks page). Try it, it’s easy and we’ll need it for our next steps further on.

        Lagrange ALSO has the ability to use any Gemini page containing links as a bookmark source. This is very handy, and this will allow us to create a (albeit crude) way to sync bookmarks between our devices.

      • Write HTML, Not JavaScript

        This is a good thing. The web has become increasingly bloated for various reasons, and along with that we’ve also seen increasingly complex websites/apps that put ever increasing load on the server, in terms of those that dwell sorely server-side. With static generated websites being back in vogue since, I dunno, 2016 or so, we’ve seen more and more pure HTML and CSS being deployed that only do (or connect to) server stuff when they have to, instead of the server itself being responsible for spitting out the HTML and CSS. A healthy bit of Separation of Concerns, if you will.

        Unfortunately, somehow this has also led to websites being increasingly written in and depending on JavaScript (JS). Entire JavaScript frameworks have risen (almost too many to count nowadays) and become incredibly popular. I wish I were joking, but it’s even fairly common to write HTML (or even CSS) inside JavaScript. Even one of the more sane JS driven frameworks, Svelte, tends to save all the HTML and CSS (well, if the CSS is written inline in the HTML anyway) inside the JavaScript bundles. When coupled with it’s sister project, Sapper, which allows you to actually generate a static website, this is especially awkward as you have both static pages AND a copy of all the HTML and CSS in the .js bundle files as well. Hello bloat.

      • How to Install Foxit PDF Reader on Rocky Linux 8

        Foxit PDF Reader is a free multi-platform PDF reader for Linux, macOS, and Windows. The PDF reader is a small, fast, and feature-rich PDF Reader to view, annotate, form-fill, and sign PDF documents. PDF Reader easily integrates with popular ECMs and cloud storage.

        At the end of the tutorial, you will know how to install Foxit PDF Reader on Rocky Linux 8.

      • Things To Do After Installing Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” – TecAdmin

        If you’re a user that recently switched from Windows or macOS to Linux then Linux Mint Ulyana Desktop is the best option for you as it provides its users with new features and user-friendly GUI. If you’re already familiar with Linux and have used Ubuntu 20.04 in the past then this one is similar to it but with some extra and better features.

        Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” offers three different desktop looks to its users which are Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce, out of which the most preferred and favorite of users is Cinnamon. But if you’re looking for a lightweight version you should definitely go for Xfce.

      • How to Create a Certificate Authority (CA) on Ubuntu 20.04

        Certificate Authority (CA) is an entity responsible for issuing digital certificates to make communication secure. Its acts as a trusted third party to the owner of the certificate and the party relying upon the certificate.

        Certificate Authority entity could be either public or private. Public CAs are commonly used to verify the identity of websites and private CAs are used for generating certificates for a Client-to-Site VPN, users, internal servers, or individual programs and services within your infrastructure such as local web servers.

        In this tutorial, we learn how to create a private certificate authority (CA) on Ubuntu 20.04. Here we are using easy-rsa CLI utility to build and manage the CA Server.

      • How to install Audacity 3.0.5 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Audacity 3.0.5 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.

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

      • How to Install Cacti on Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux

        Cacti is an open-source web-based network monitoring and graphing tool written in PHP. It was designed as a front-end application for data logging using RRDtool. Cacti uses the SNMP protocol to monitor devices such as routers, servers, and switches.

        It displays information such as network bandwidth utilization and CPU load in a graph format. It’s essential in monitoring and ensuring IT infrastructure is functioning as desired.

      • How To Install Perl on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Perl on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Perl (Practical Extraction and Reporting Language) is a very popular and powerful language for String Handling and String Processing. It has very robust modules available to interact with other programming languages on various platforms.

        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 Perl programming language 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 Install Yay AUR Helper on Manjaro 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Yay AUR Helper on Manjaro 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Yay (Yet another Yogurt), is an AUR helper that allows users to install and manage packages on a Manjaro system. During installation, it automates the installation of software packages from PKGBUILDS. Yay replaces Aurman and Yaourt which have long been discontinued. Since its release, Yay has proven to be a remarkable helper and a perfect alternative to the native Pacman package manager.

        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 Yay AUR Helper on a Manjaro 21 (Ornara).

      • How to Add a User to Sudoers on Rocky Linux

        When installing Rocky Linux, the user account that was created during the initial setup has sudo rights. However, there may be a need to add additional sudo users or to remove the access. This is a straightforward process with a few commands.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to add a user to the sudoers group on any Rocky Linux system.

      • How to Install Google Chrome Stable, Beta, or Unstable on Pop!_OS 20.04

        Google Chrome is the most used Internet Explorer software on the earth, with a recent update in 2021 that Chrome is currently the primary browser of more than 2.65 billion internet users. However, as you would know, after installing Linux Mint, only Mozilla Firefox is packaged with the distribution but luckily, installing Google Chrome on Linux Mint is a straightforward task.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Google Chrome on Pop!_OS 20.04.

      • How to Install Java 17 LTS (JDK 17) on openSUSE 15 Leap

        Java is a general-purpose, class-based, object-oriented multipurpose programming language that is popular due to the design of having lesser implementation dependencies, meaning that the compiled Java code can be run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation. Java is also fast, secure, and reliable, therefore. It is widely used for developing Java applications in laptops, data centers, game consoles, scientific supercomputers, cell phones, etc.

        JDK 17 (JDK 17) has brought forward new language enhancements, updates to the libraries, support for new Apple computers, removals and deprecations of legacy features, and work to ensure Java code written today will continue working without change in future JDK versions.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest Java 17 (JDK 17) on openSUSE 15 Leap.

      • How to Join/Merge Multiple Audio Files into One in Linux

        There are several reasons why a Linux user will give in to the urge of concatenating or joining several mp3 files into a single audio file. On one hand, you could be dealing with a single project presentation that exists in different audio files.

        On the other hand, you might be dealing with a single mp3 audio file that has multiple audio distortions in-between its track. Therefore, the best move here will be to strip out the bad audio sections leaving behind several segments of the good audio section that need to be joined into a single audio file.

      • How to install Wire Desktop on Linux Lite 5.4 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Wire Desktop on Linux Lite 5.4. Enjoy!

      • How to reset root password on Red Hat 7/8 – Unixcop

        Root user or as we commonly say super user (privileged user) is the most dangerous user in our environment because of its powerful capabilities and authority, in fact there is no rule applied on the root user because simply it can neglect or delete any rule.

        And as a result, experts advise not to log in as the root user to avoid any potential attacks that may happen and exploit the system, and of course with these privileges the harm will be inevitable.

        One would ask, how can we use the commands that would need a certain privilege that exceeds the normal user?!

        It`s a good legit question, and the answer is we grant the user to run commands with the root privileged via the sudo command by adding the user to wheel group.

      • How to set up a static IP address on Debian 11

        When you install a new operating system on your computer, the DHCP server assigns you a dynamic IP address. However, you may need to set up a static IP address on your machine in various situations, such as when you are hosting a web server, or any service requires an IP address rather than a domain name, or in a case where you are about to grant someone remote access to your system. Whatever the reason is, you should know how to set up a static IP address on your system.

        In this post, you will learn how to set up static IP on Debian 11 using two different methods. So, let’s start!

      • How to use auto-updates and rollbacks in Podman | Enable Sysadmin

        New auto-update capabilities enable you to use Podman in edge use cases, update workloads once they are connected to the network, and roll back failures to a known-good state.

    • Wine or Emulation

    • Games

      • Amazon CEO Says Video Games Could Become the Largest Entertainment Business

        Games could end up being the largest entertainment category over the long haul, Andy Jassy, the chief executive officer, said Tuesday at a technology conference. It’s a bold pronouncement for a company with almost a decade of failures in gaming and one that just renewed its commitment to the movie business in the form of an $8.45 billion acquisition of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

      • Wasteland 3: Cult of the Holy Detonation is out now | GamingOnLinux

        inXile Entertainment has released the final expansion for Wasteland 3 with Cult of the Holy Detonation

        “Deep within the Cheyenne Mountain military complex, mutant cults worship an ancient deity they call the Holy Detonation—a nuclear explosion held in stasis. Whether god, science experiment, or accidental miracle, the Detonation’s energy could power Colorado Springs for hundreds of years, or level it in an instant. The warring cults have differing opinions on who should be allowed to honour their god and you’re going to have to muscle your way to the altar.”

      • Scream Fortress XIII is live in the free to play Team Fortress 2 | GamingOnLinux

        Valve has now released the latest Halloween themed event for the still popular free shooter Team Fortress 2. Scream Fortress XIII brings with it plenty of new goodies!

        This event brings with it 6 new community maps with Farmageddon, Sinthetic, Los Muertos, Erebus, Terror, and Graveyard. To access it there’s a new Special Events category in Casual. All users who login during this event will get a Soul Gargoyle if you don’t already have one, which gives you access to track the special event missions and more.

      • DirectX 11/12 Games like Cyberpunk 2077 Can Use NVIDIA DLSS With Proton Experimental on Linux – It’s FOSS News

        In June, Nvidia announced the support for DLSS in Linux via Steam Proton and a beta driver for Vulkan-based games.

        DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling. It utilizes deep learning algorithms powered by Tensor cores found in RTX GPUs to upscale images inside games. This results in clearer and sharper images along with higher framerates.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Debian-based MX Linux 21 RC is here to spoil Microsoft’s big Windows 11 launch party

          Today is October 5, which is particularly significant as it is the official Windows 11 release date. This is even more special as Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system isn’t just good… it’s great. Yes, this is probably the best version of Windows ever, and if you are a Windows user, you should absolutely upgrade if your computer is compatible.

          Unfortunately, that is a pretty big “if” this time around. You see, Microsoft is quite strict with the system requirements, meaning many computers will not be compatible or officially supported. Even though Windows 10 will continue to be supported for a while, understandably, some users will want to jump ship immediately knowing their PC has no future in Microsoft’s eyes. Thankfully, these users have a wonderful alternative to Windows 11 — Linux!

      • Slackware Family

        • [Old] Interview with Patrick Volkerding of Slackware

          I was taking a class on artificial intelligence, and the coding was all done in LISP. We were provided with a DOS based LISP interpreter to use, but the CLISP interpreter that came with SLS turned out to be far, far better. I told my professor about CLISP, and about Linux, and he asked if I could help him install Linux on one of the lab’s computers, an AT&T 486 with an S3 video card. We went down there and did the install, and it went pretty well. I took out my notebook (“time to fix the bugs!”) and started fixing all the problems that I’d documented in the time I’d been using SLS, and this led to him asking if it would be possible to fix all those bugs on the floppy disks, and make the installer more automated, so that maybe future classes could do their programming on Linux and not have to license a fairly mediocre version of LISP. I was up for the challenge and started figuring out just how things had been put together. SLS had shipped as a mostly binary only release with hardly any source code for anything, and not a lot of clues as to how things were built. There weren’t any build scripts for anything, though that was pretty typical for Linux distributions in 1993 (and was a trap I fell into myself early on until I got tired of having to relearn what I’d done every time something needed to be rebuilt). Over the next month or so I corrected all the bugs that I knew about in SLS, upgraded the kernel, and did a major cleanup of the installer. My friend Brett Person was my original beta tester (and contributed a lot to the installer as well), and by April of 1993 was encouraging me to share what I had back with the Internet. I got a few more beta testers around this time by directly emailing people who were posting on comp.os.linux running into problems with SLS and asking if they’d like to help test what we were working on. I got a lot of good feedback, and more encouragement to put the beta up for FTP. So, in July of 1993 I put the first public release of Slackware on an FTP site running on an AT&T 3b2 UNIX box and announced it to comp.os.linux. The response was pretty overwhelming… especially to the UNIX box that was hosting it. I tried to keep things running for a few days, but it wasn’t going to cut it, and Linux wasn’t yet up to the task yet either (TCP/IP still suffered from random hangs), so I put out a call for help hosting it. Among the responses was one from Rod Grimes of the FreeBSD project offering space on Walnut Creek CDROM’s ftp.cdrom.com server, which I gratefully accepted. This led to a long relationship with the folks at Walnut Creek CDROM.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQL: PGroonga 2.3.2

          PGroonga is a PostgreSQL extension that makes PostgreSQL fast full text search platform for all languages! It’s released under PostgreSQL license.

          There are some PostgreSQL extensions that improves full text search feature of PostgreSQL such as pg_trgm ^1.

          pg_trgm doesn’t support languages that use non-alphanumerics characters such as Japanese and Chinese.

          PGroonga supports all languages, provides rich full text search related features and is very fast. Because PGroonga uses Groonga^2 that is a full-fledged full text search engine as backend.

      • Programming/Development

        • Dirk Eddelbuettel: littler 0.3.14: Updates

          The fifteenth release of littler as a CRAN package just landed, following in the now fifteen year history (!!) as a package started by Jeff in 2006, and joined by me a few weeks later.

          littler is the first command-line interface for R as it predates Rscript. It allows for piping as well for shebang scripting via #!, uses command-line arguments more consistently and still starts faster. It also always loaded the methods package which Rscript only started to do in recent years.

        • Current issue : #70 | Release date : 2021-10-05

          Phrack! We’re back! It was only five years ago that issue 0×45 was released. It may sound bad, but it is also, indeed, quite bad. Issue 0×45 was released four years after issue 0×44. And we are now five years after that. Just trying to set the context here. The world is so different and so many things have happened in these five years that it makes no sense trying to make any point. Phrack has always been a reflection of the hacking community, and guess what, the community is moving away from itself. By this we don’t mean that there are no talented hackers, because there most definitely are (just take a look at our authors). We also don’t mean that there is no exquisite public hacking, because there is (again, our articles as proof). However, there is a clear move away from the collective hacking mindset that was most prevalent in the past. The word “scene” brings only smirks to people’s faces. There are many reasons for this, and we are all to blame [1].

          So where is the community right now, and, most importantly, where is it going?

        • Perl/Raku

          • LAMP is dead! Long live (Perl) web frameworks!

            Certainly on the Perl side (with which I’m most familiar), the community has long since recommend­ed the use of a framework built on the PSGI specification, deprecating 1990s-era CGI scripts and the mod​perl Apache extension. Although general-purpose web servers like Apache or Nginx may be part of an overall system, they’re typically used as proxies or load bal­ancers for Perl-specific servers either provided by the framework or a third-party module.

  • Leftovers

    • Very Recent History

      Near the end of “Three Women of Chuck’s Donuts,” the first story in Anthony Veasna So’s posthumous collection Afterparties, something unexpectedly violent happens at a doughnut shop. It’s not a murder, exactly, but there is blood. “Help me clean this up,” Sothy, the shop owner, instructs her two daughters, who are helping run the store through the late-night shift. “Customers can’t see blood so close to the donuts.” The moment is emblematic of So’s short fiction: There’s one generation, then another, rebounding off each other in a crackle of humor on the heels of a moment of absurd yet totally reasonable violence. And all of it is embedded in a distinctly Cambodian American immigrant experience, which is so closely bound to the texture and structure of the stories that it’s impossible to extricate it from this background.1

    • Family of Henrietta Lacks Sues Over Stolen Cells That Made Biotech Firm Billions

      The family of Henrietta Lacks—a Black woman whose “immortal” cells were taken without her consent or knowledge 70 years ago—on Monday sued a pharmaceutical company over its “unjust enrichment” as a result of profits based on the stolen tissue that transformed modern medicine.

      “This isn’t just about social justice. This is about genetic justice,” Ben Crump, a lawyer for the Lacks family, said at a press conference.

    • California Cities Experimenting With Civilian Responses To Mental Health Crisis Calls

      More cities are adopting an approach to mental health emergency calls that steers calls away from police officers and towards professionals who are trained to respond to mental health crises with something other than force deployment.

    • Two Days in Frisco: Slices of Life and Pizza in the City of Labor & Lit

      A banker at Wells Fargo, a young Chinese woman named Alice Kunag, explained that older Chinese men usually remarry after their wives die because they don’t know how to take care of themselves, don’t know how to cook or do the laundry. Alice also told me that her favorite aunt “hates, hates, hates Mao Zetung,” but that the aunt’s husband says “Mao did good things for China, now nobody starves to death. Mao made China respected around the world.” I don’t know if Alice has any opinions about Mao. I asked her a couple of times what she thought of the chairman, but each time she changed the subject to the interest rate and the stock market.

      After my first two weeks in San Francisco when I quarantine myself against city life itself, not the pandemic, I began to wander in ever widening circles to the north, the east and the south, though not to the West where waves from the Pacific Ocean batter the shore, where surfers surf, fisherman fish and walkers walk. On the last Thursday in September, I rode the N-Judah Streetcar past Other Avenues, the worker owned foodstore, past Arizmendis, the worker owned and operated bakery, all the way to Civic Center Plaza, where hundreds of homeless men and women gather, talk, use drugs, sleep, eye the police, and more or less keep to themselves.

    • Opinion | Modest Reforms Won’t Do. It Is Time for a Radical, Green, and Fair Transition

      It was supposed to be the greatest transition of modern times.

    • The Law of Boredom


      Doing the same thing over and over again—even making money– is boring. Workplace boredom infects all professionals, including thieves, lawyers, and physicians. Boredom means dissatisfaction with what you have: job, relationship, achievements. Boredom is not simply an ungrounded thought process but a genuine discontentment with current personal matters. Reacting negatively to boredom is easy, if not neuro-driven. Teenagers, when bored, deface public property, and adults drink, gorge, gamble, or watch scary films. Boredom is not a defense to committing a crime. The idea of penitentiary commissioned boredom, unsuccessfully, as therapeutic loneliness. Responding positively to boredom is a skill, though reading books rarely alleviates boredom. Preempting boredom through pointless excitements intensifies boredom. Boredom is a godsend for brilliant individuals, for it is a forerunner to creativity. Bored with painting, Picasso started writing poetry for a while. God created the universe out of absolute boredom.

    • Education

      • As heat waves intensify, tens of thousands of US classrooms will be too hot for students to learn in

        Rising temperatures due to climate change are causing more than just uncomfortably hot days across the United States. These high temperatures are placing serious stress on critical infrastructure such as water supplies, airports, roads and bridges.

        One category of critical infrastructure being severely affected is the nation’s K-12 schools.

        Ideally, the nation’s more than 90,000 public K-12 schools, which serve over 50 million students, should protect children from the sometimes dangerous elements of the outdoors such as severe storms or extreme temperatures.

        But since so many of America’s schools are old and dilapidated, it’s the school buildings themselves that need protection – or at least to be updated for the 21st century.

      • Democracy and Technology: An Interview with Richard Sclove from Beth Simone Noveck

        In 1994, I coined a term—the cybernetic Walmart effect—that never gained much traction but that has proven somewhat prophetic. During the 1980s, Walmart and other big-box stores had begun to decimate the downtown shopping areas of many small towns and cities. And I foresaw that in the absence of countervailing policies, Internet commerce was going to deepen that dynamic, challenging not just mom-and-pop retail shops but local economies more generally.

        Contrary to all the hype about how local businesses were going to thrive by selling globally, I wrote that before long online commerce would shake out into dominance by a few very large companies. That prediction came true.

    • Hardware

      • Chip Shortages Likely To Linger Through 2022 – LinuxInsider

        A technology executive raised eyebrows last week when he predicted the shortage in semiconductor chips could last into 2023.

        “Right now, every single end market for semiconductors is up simultaneously,” Marvell CEO Matt Murphy said at a CNBC Technology Executive Council event Thursday.

        “I’ve been in this industry 27 years, I’ve never seen that happen,” he continued. “If it stays business as usual, and everything’s up and to the right, this is going to be a very painful period, including in 2022 for the duration of the year.”

        Murphy’s prediction, though, is more pessimistic that others watching the chip market.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • ‘A Huge Win’: DC Council Passes Medicare for All Resolution

        Nurses and public health campaigners applauded the Council of the District of Columbia on Tuesday for passing a resolution expressing support for Medicare for All, the 73rd local legislative body to take such a step since 2018.

        “The D.C. Council has put Congress on notice that D.C. residents demand guaranteed, equitable healthcare for all.”

      • Covid Vaccines Prevented Nearly 40K Deaths Among US Seniors From January to May: Report

        A new government report released Tuesday shows that coronavirus vaccines helped prevent over a quarter of a million new Covid-19 infections, more than 100,000 hospitalizations, and nearly 40,000 deaths among U.S. seniors from January to May—findings that further demonstrate the effectiveness of the shots in fighting a disease that has killed upwards of 700,000 people across the nation.

        According to the study on the relationship between county-level inoculation rates and Covid-19 outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries, which was conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), vaccines helped ward off 265,000 infections, 107,000 hospitalizations, and 39,000 deaths during the first five months of 2021.

      • Few Masks. Sick Kids. Packed ERs. How One District’s First Four Weeks of School Went Bad.

        For the mother of two in suburban Atlanta’s wealthy East Cobb, the breaking point came the first Friday of the school year. It was two months after Cobb County School District, Georgia’s second-largest, announced it was revoking its mask mandate, two days after the district ditched its quarantine protocol for a far more lenient one, and 10 minutes after she had decided to cold call a local school official to ask a few questions.

        “Sure, it’s more contagious,” Cobb County School Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn told her on that Aug. 6 call, after she raised concerns about the district’s preparedness for the delta variant. “But it’s less lethal and, uh, probably it’s more like a head cold.”

      • Cuba Accelerates Vaccine Drive

        Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, whose Covid-19 vaccines are based on new (mRNA) technology, all of Cuba’s five domestically produced vaccines are based on technology that has been used with children for decades. Back in 1988, Cuba’s Finlay Institute developed the world’s first Meningitis B vaccine, after an epidemic which particularly affected children. Soberana 2 increases immunogenicity and induces immunological memory. Children are being given two doses of Soberana 2 and a third of Soberana Plus at 28-day intervals. Cuban schools will not reopen until children have been vaccinated. By mid-September, 460,000 Cuban children and adolescents (20%) had received a first dose.

        Rapid vaccine roll out

      • Opinion | New Records Reveal Scope of DEA Spying on 2020 Racial Justice Protests

        The Drug Enforcement Administration approved at least 51 requests from state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies to conduct covert surveillance during racial justice protests last summer, according to records obtained by CREW. The nationwide surveillance operation occurred in cities including Los Angeles, Tampa, Denver, and St. Louis, and involved agents infiltrating crowds undercover, as well as aerial and vehicular surveillance to monitor protesters.

      • Facebook harms children and weakens democracy: ex-employee

        In a statement issued after the hearing, Facebook said it did not agree with Ms Haugen’s “characterisation of the many issues she testified about”. But it did agree that “it’s time to begin to create standard rules for the [Internet].”

        “It’s been 25 years since the rules for the [Internet] have been updated, and instead of expecting the industry to make societal decisions that belong to legislators, it is time for Congress to act,” the statement read.

        Ms Haugen told CBS News on Sunday that she had shared a number of internal Facebook documents with the Wall Street Journal in recent weeks.

        Using the documents, the WSJ reported that research carried out by Instagram showed the app could harm girls’ mental health.

      • Facebook runs the coward’s playbook to smear the whistleblower

        Facebook has chosen to respond to whistleblower Frances Haugen in the most cowardly way possible: by hiding Mark Zuckerberg, the man ultimately responsible for Facebook’s decisions, and beginning the process of trying to smear and discredit Haugen.

        This is some Big Tobacco bullshit — precisely what sleazeball PR guru John Scanlon was hired to do when Jeffrey Wigand blew the whistle on tobacco company Brown and Williamson. Scanlon’s task was to change “the story of B&W to a narrative about Wigand’s personality.”

      • Whistleblower to Congress: Facebook products harm children and weaken democracy

        Facebook’s products “harm children, stoke division, weaken our democracy and much more,” Frances Haugen, the former Facebook employee who leaked tens of thousands of pages of internal documents, will tell lawmakers on Tuesday.

        “When we realized tobacco companies were hiding the harms [they] caused, the government took action. When we figured out cars were safer with seat belts, the government took action,” she will say, according to her prepared testimony. “I implore you to do the same here.”

      • Facebook comes under stark criticism at whistleblower hearing

        “Facebook should not get a free pass on choices it makes to prioritize growth and virality and reactiveness over public safety. They shouldn’t get a free pass on that because they’re paying for their profits right now with our safety,” she said.

      • Facebook’s outage proves Elizabeth Warren right: It’s time to break up Big Tech

        This illustration of Facebook’s power was likely a coincidence, but it’s still chilling in light of what the Washington Post reports as Facebook’s changed P.R. approach, which comes in the face of Haugen dumping a ton of documents revealing that the company has been aware of how much social damage it causes, but doesn’t care because it’s profitable.

        “Facebook is approaching its latest controversy over political polarization and the toxic effects of social media in a more aggressive and defiant way than it has previously,” Post reporters Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg write. Instead of the usual Facebook response to controversy, where CEO Mark Zuckerberg offers a hand-wringing apology and an empty promise to change, this time “the company has deployed a slate of executives to mount a public defense.”

        The lesson of Monday’s outage is not that the world is too in the thrall of Facebook to do anything to fight back against its abuses, but the opposite. It’s an illustration that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as usual, is right: It’s time to break up Big Tech.

      • Four big takeaways from a tough hearing for Facebook

        Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen appeared before a Senate panel Tuesday that was fired up about the recent wave of revelations about the company.

        Lawmakers focused on Facebook’s own research finding Instagram made body issues worse for 1 in 3 teenage girls and the platform’s decision not to share those results.

        The Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection also touched on algorithmic amplification of dangerous content, Facebook’s approach to moderation outside of the U.S. and how to craft policy.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Facebook’s Downtime And Why Protocols Are More Resilient Than Centralized Platforms

        As you know by now, much of the tech news cycle yesterday was dominated by the fact that Facebook appeared to erase itself from the internet via a botched BGP configuration. Hilarity ensued — including my favorite bit about how Facebook’s office badges weren’t working because they relied on connecting to a Facebook server that could no longer be found (also, how in borking their own BGP, Facebook basically knocked out their own ability to fix it until they could get the right people who knew what to do to have physical access to the routers).

      • Proprietary

        • NSA director expects to be facing ransomware attacks ‘every single day’ in five years [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Later this month, the administration will continue an effort to reduce ransomware attacks when the White House National Security Council convenes 30 countries to address cybersecurity concerns.

          Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, also spoke at the Mandiant conference Tuesday, describing the upcoming meeting as a “counter-ransomware initiative” with a focus on “cryptocurrency, resilience, disruption and diplomacy.”

        • Apple shares memorial to Steve Jobs on 10th anniversary of his death

          Apple is commemorating its co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs’ death with a new short film and a personal statement from the visionary tech executive’s family. Jobs passed away 10 years ago on October 5th, 2011, after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer.

        • Python ransomware strikes virtual machines in ‘ultra-high-speed’ attacks

          Cybersecurity experts have shared details about a speedy new ransomware campaign attacking virtual machines (VM) hosted on a VMware ESXi hypervisor.


          However, two aspects of this particular attack that stand out are the swiftness shown by the attackers, and the use of the Python ransomware.

          The attackers logged into the network after compromising a TeamViewer account that was running in the background on a computer that belonged to a user with Domain Administrator credentials.

        • International coalition arrests ‘prolific’ [crackers] involved in ransomware attacks

          Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, on Monday announced the arrests on Tuesday in Ukraine of the unnamed individuals alleged to have been behind ransomware attacks that extorted between 5 million to 70 million euros.

          Authorities say the two began carrying out a series of “prolific” ransomware attacks in April 2020 against industrial groups in both Europe and North America, encrypting files and threatening to release stolen data online if the victims did not pay the ransoms demanded.

        • Finnish security expert: Web services’ concentration in Silicon Valley is a weak point

          He says it would be better — and more secure — if online services were offered by different companies across the world, and we were not so reliant on one or two US companies for sign-in and authentication purposes.

          That over-reliance makes the whole [Internet] vulnerable to disruption, he said.

        • Security

          • Yubico YubiKey Bio authentication dongle uses biometrics for added security on Windows, Mac, and Linux

            Portable hardware authentication dongles are pretty darn cool — they can be a great way to secure access to various devices, applications, and services using hardware. Google offers its own Titan security keys, for instance, but the search giant likely isn’t the first company that comes to mind for these products. Actually, Yubico is probably the name most associated with authentication dongles.


            Yubico shares features and benefits of the YubiKey Bio Series below.

          • Critics Say Facebook ‘Must Be Investigated, Audited, Regulated, and Stopped’

            While newly revealed Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen appeared before a U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday morning, longtime critics of the social media behemoth elevated calls for legislative and regulatory action to break up Big Tech, outlaw tech giants’ surveillance capitalist business model, and fight for a digital environment that respects rights and benefits democracy.

            “This culture of impunity must now end.”—Carole Cadwalladr, RFOB

          • Facebook Live Updates: Whistle-Blower Unites Democrats and Republicans in Calling for Regulation of Facebook

            Facebook is sitting on an even larger mountain of internal research. The thousands of documents provided by Ms. Haugen to lawmakers are likely just the tip of the iceberg. In her testimony, she encouraged lawmakers to demand more documents and internal research from Facebook, stating that it was only through complete transparency that Congress could hope to understand and eventually regulate social media.

            Ms. Haugen also hinted that there was more to come from her. During the hearing, she mentioned that she was speaking to a separate congressional committee on how Facebook has understaffed critical security teams that monitor whether countries were using the platform to spy on one another and run disinformation campaigns. She said the company was failing to adequately protect against threats emerging from China, Iran, Russia and other countries.

          • News Scan Finds Multiple Threats to Your Privacy

            Another of the most troubling privacy threats of the month involves law enforcement. The Wall Street Journal reported that US police and federal law enforcement are using private data services to quietly secure information that would otherwise require warrants to attain, thus bypassing judicial process in place to protect U.S. citizens’ Constitutional rights. Law enforcement calls this resource “open-source intelligence” rather than unconstitutional warrantless surveillance. Either description would be accurate. The Journal notes that police omit this mode of surveillance from the records of people arrested after use of this data.

            The Journal reports, “Data brokers sprung up to help marketers and advertisers better communicate with consumers. But over the past few decades, they have created products that cater to the law-enforcement, homeland-security and national-security markets. Their troves of data on consumer addresses, purchases, and online and offline behavior have increasingly been used to screen airline passengers, find and track criminal suspects, and enforce immigration and counterterrorism laws.” So the sources of data have proliferated so broadly that multiple channels of surveillance are available to those who chose to use it.

          • Confidentiality

            • Company That Handles Billions Of Text Messages Quietly Admits It Was Hacked Years Ago

              We’ve noted for a long time that the wireless industry is prone to being fairly lax on security and consumer privacy. One example is the recent rabbit hole of a scandal related to the industry’s treatment of user location data, which carriers have long sold to a wide array of middlemen without much thought as to how this data could be (and routinely is) abused. Another example is the industry’s refusal to address the longstanding flaws in Signaling System 7 (SS7, or Common Channel Signaling System 7 in the US), a series of protocols hackers can exploit to track user location, dodge encryption, and even record private conversations.

  • Defence/Aggression

    • The American Empire Is Unwinding

      The bad news stemming from the ill-planned and ill-managed US evacuation of the Afghan capital just kept coming in. The Washington Post put it this way in blowing the whistle on the culminating disaster: “U.S. military admits ‘horrible mistake’ in Kabul drone strike that killed 10 Afghans.”

    • Missouri Intends to Execute a Disabled Man Today

      Missouri Representatives Cori Bush and Emmanuel Cleaver, along with Pope Francis and an array of racial justice advocates, are begging Missouri Governor Mike Parson to halt the execution of Ernest Lee Johnson, a 61-year-old Black man with an intellectual disability who is scheduled to die by lethal injection this evening.

    • AG Garland Says FBI Will Assist Schools Facing Violence From Anti-Mask Parents
    • New Study Shows More Than Half of Police Killings Have Gone Uncounted Since 1980
    • Britannia Turns Back the Boats

      Disgust and outrage have, in time, been replaced by admiration at the sheer chutzpah of Australian governments such as Tony Abbott’s, who introduced a turn-back-the-boats policy as part of an electoral promise to better secure borders. This meant that vessels heading for Australia could be literally turned back towards Indonesia without a care in the world.  The drownings would not stop, nor would the danger to the passengers be alleviated; they would simply take place in international waters or the waters of another country.

      Other countries duly followed.  Greece and Italy fashioned their own turn-back policies at sea.  The UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Felipe González Morales spoke despairingly in June this year that the practice should end.  “In the absence of an individualized assessment for each migrant concerned and other procedural safeguards,” he told the Human Rights Council, “pushbacks are a violation of the prohibition of collective expulsion and heighten the risk of further human rights violations, in particular refoulement.”

    • Opinion | Stop Calling the Military Budget a ‘Defense’ Budget

      It’s bad enough that mainstream news outlets routinely call the Pentagon budget a “defense” budget. But the fact that progressives in Congress and even many antiwar activists also do the same is an indication of how deeply the mindsets of the nation’s warfare state are embedded in the political culture of the United States.

    • Andrew Cockburn on Power, Profit, and the American War Machine
    • Private Facebook Group that Organized the July Protests in Cuba Plans Bigger Ones Soon

      After gaining access to their private Facebook group, MintPress can reveal that the people who sparked the July 11 protests in Cuba are planning similar actions for October and November.

    • Unmanned supersaturation attacks

      After the German Armed Forces, the EU also wants to research drone swarms that are dropped from a mother ship

    • Pence Diminishes Significance of Capitol Attack, Calls It “One Day in January”
    • Islamist Terrorism Flourishing Under the Taliban

      In particular, the appointment of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a prominent member of the infamous Haqqani network who is on the FBI’s most wanted list and is a designated global terrorist, completely undermines the Taliban’s claim that it wants to curb the activities of Islamist terrorists.

    • Paris baguette winner in row over social media posts

      Screen grabs published by an anonymous Twitter user claimed to show that Akrout had shared, on a now-deleted Facebook account, posts expressing Islamist ideas and anti-French sentiments.

    • EU Unveils Strategy for Combating Growing Antisemitism in Europe

      In a statement, the commission said antisemitism is worryingly on the rise, in Europe and beyond. Citing statistics from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, 90% of Jews said antisemitism has increased in their country and it is a serious problem, and 38% of Jews have considered emigrating because they do not feel safe in the EU.

  • Environment

    • A new report shows just how much climate change is killing the world’s coral reefs

      Put another way: The amount of coral lost between 2008 and 2019 is equivalent to more than all of the living coral in Australia.

      The report — the first of its kind since 2008 — found that warming caused by climate change, overfishing, coastal development and declining water quality has placed coral reefs around the world under “relentless stress.”

    • It’s Getting Hot in Here, Scientists Warn

      Scientists warned in a new study published Monday that urban population growth paired with warmer temperatures due to climate change have contributed to increasing numbers of people experiencing extreme heat, the number one weather-related cause of death in the U.S.

      The researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the problem of urban heat is even worse than we thought because earlier studies underestimated extreme heat exposure, particularly in areas experiencing rapid population growth.

    • Tory MP Steve Baker Claims Much Climate Science is ‘Contestable’ at Party Conference

      Much of climate science is “contestable” and “sometimes propagandised”, former Brexit minister Steve Baker has told a Conservative Party conference event, in which he claimed some UN climate scenarios were “implausible”.

      Speaking at an event in Manchester hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), the Tory MP said students should be taught that they will become “poorer”, “colder”, and eat “insects for protein” as a result of climate policies.

    • Hurricane Ida Is Proof Systemic Racism Aggravates the Effects of Climate Crisis
    • Three Scientists Share Nobel Prize in Physics for ‘Revolutionary’ Climate Work

      Three scientists on Tuesday were awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics for their “revolutionary contributions” to the world’s understanding of the climate—and how human activity, such as the emission of carbon dioxide, impacts it.

      “The discoveries being recognized this year demonstrate that our knowledge about the climate rests on a solid scientific foundation.”

    • Opinion | We Need Biden to Fulfill His Climate Promises—Now

      Just seven days into President Biden’s administration, he declared that the United States must “meet the moment” and raise our “climate ambition.” He backed that sentiment up with a set of sweeping executive orders directing the government to place the climate crisis at the center of domestic and foreign policy decisions. It was a welcome change from past presidents who have too often waited until the end of their terms to take any bold action to protect the environment.

    • Energy

      • Let’s Blow up Luxury Emissions

        Malm makes the case for grassroots-organized destruction of the property of energy companies to raise the cost of their doing business and to punish fossil investors. More importantly, he advocates also for sabotage of the property of the very wealthy, whose outsize carbon footprint adds an extra layer of class-based culpability in the unfolding crimes against humanity which climate change already constitutes, not in some hazy future but today.

        Klein, however, cannot abide property destruction, and therefore Malm is dismissed, from the pulpit of the Times to all the listening world, as “trying to make eco-terrorism a thing.”

      • Cryptocurrency’s Carbon Footprint Underestimated

        Back in April I wrote Cryptocurrency’s Carbon Footprint about the catastrophic carbon emissions of Proof-of-Work cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. It now turns out that I didn’t know that half of it; the numbers I and everyone else has been using are greatly underestimated. Below the fold, based on my no doubt somewhat inadequate methodology, the real story.

    • Wildlife/Nature

      • Fueled by Climate Crisis, Planet Lost 14% of Coral Reefs in Just One Decade

        The most comprehensive study of the health of the world’s coral reefs to date shows that warming temperatures driven by the human-caused climate crisis wiped out a staggering 14% of the diverse underwater ecosystems between 2009 and 2018—a trend that’s likely to continue without urgent action.

        “We must not leave future generations to inherit a world without coral.”

  • Finance

    • How ‘Insanely Corrupt’ South Dakota Became a Magnet for the Wealth-Hoarding Megarich

      Experts on the wealth-hoarding strategies and subterfuges of the world’s superrich are weighing in this week on why “billionaires love South Dakota” after a bombshell report revealed that the Republican-led state is a leading global destination for plutocratic tax cheats.

      “South Dakota has sheltered billions in wealth linked to wealthy individuals previously accused of serious financial crimes and labor violations.”

    • Warren Calls for Insider Trading Investigation at Fed After Scandal Emerges
    • The Politician-Scholar

      Before he became a celebrated author and the founding father and first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Eustace Williams was an adroit footballer. At his high school, Queen’s Royal College, he was a fierce competitor, which likely led to an injury that left him deaf in his right ear. Yet as Williams’s profile as a scholar and national leader rose, so did the attempts by his critics to turn his athleticism against him. An “expert dribbler” known for prancing downfield with the ball kissing one foot, then the other, Williams was now accused by his political detractors of not being a team player. Driven by his desire to play to the gallery—or so it was said—he proved to be uninterested in whether his team (or his nation, not to mention the erstwhile British Commonwealth) was victorious.

      What his critics described as a weakness, though, was also a strength: His willingness to go it alone on the field probably contributed to his willingness to break from the historiographic pack during his tenure at Oxford University, and it also led him to chart his own political course. Williams, after all, often had good reason not to trust his political teammates, particularly those with close ties to London. Moreover, he was convinced that a good politician should play to the gallery: Ultimately, he was a public representative. And this single-minded determination to score even if it meant circumventing his teammates, instilled in him a critical mindset, one that helped define both his scholarship—in particular his groundbreaking Capitalism and Slavery—and his work as a politician and an intellectual, though admittedly this trait proved to be more effective at Oxford and Howard University than during his political career, which coincided with the bruising battles of the Cold War.

    • The Week Ahead: Everything hangs in the balance, but the economy is a wild card

      This coming Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will report on jobs and wages for September. The August jobs report was a disappointment, mainly because of the negative effects of the Delta COVID variant. I expect the September report to show slow job growth, too. But keep your eye on wage growth. If wages continue to rise as fast as they have been, workers will have more money to purchase all sorts of things — thereby getting the economy back on track.You’ll also be hearing lots of scaremongering this week about inflation and “labor shortages.” Last Friday, the Fed reported that prices climbed in August at the fastest pace in 30 years. This – along with uncertainty about jobs and the Delta variant – has already rattled the stock market. (But as I’ve said a thousand times, the stock market is not the economy! The richest 1 percent of Americans own half of all stocks, the richest 10 percent own over 80 percent.)The major reason for inflation is supply bottlenecks, both in the US and around the world, which are pushing up prices of everything from crude oil to semiconductor chips. These bottlenecks should ease over the year. In fact, so-called “core” inflation (which excludes food and fuel) has been slowing somewhat.But this hasn’t stopped Republicans from claiming that the spending Biden and the Democrats want to do will spur more inflation. Rubbish. It will expand the capacity of the economy to produce goods and services, thereby relieving shortages and reducing inflation over time. (When more people have childcare, for example, they’re freer to work – reducing “labor shortages.”)Republicans also claim that the stronger safety nets in the bill will make people more reluctant to join the labor force. Additional rubbish. America has the weakest safety nets of all rich countries. Giving Americans slightly more economic security will help the economy, by allowing them to get additional skills, change jobs, and get better pay.In many ways, Biden’s plan will improve the lives of the bottom 90 percent of Americans – people who don’t have much wealth and own almost no shares of stock. This is something the corporate backers of Republicans and conservative Democrats don’t seem to care about, but they should.What do you think?

    • Pandora Papers: Massive Leak Exposes How Elite Shield Their Wealth & Avoid Taxes in Colonial Legacy

      The Pandora Papers, described as “the world’s largest-ever journalistic collaboration,” have revealed the secret financial dealings of the world’s richest and most powerful people. “We’ve uncovered a system that benefits a few at the expense of the many,” says Ben Hallman, senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who details some of the project’s main revelations so far. We also speak with Vanessa Ogle, professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley and an expert on tax havens, who says the growth of tax havens like the Bahamas and Switzerland is directly linked to wealth extraction from the developing world. “The seed money for the expansion of these tax havens comes out of the colonial world,” she explains.

    • Inside the Pandora Papers

      This colossal undertaking involved 600 journalists from 117 countries and was coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in what they describe as the “largest-ever journalistic collaborative.”

      Five and a half years ago, the ICIJ released the Panama Papers, which focused on a leak from a single law firm, Mossack Fonseca. According to ICIJ Director Gerald Ryle, the Pandora Papers are the “Panama Papers on steroids.” See a summary prepared by the ICIJ here.

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Somebody Should Probably Do Something

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    • Democrats Urged to Axe the Filibuster to Prevent ‘Global Economic Crisis’

      With Congress barrelling toward a potentially devastating default on U.S. financial obligations, a coalition of 75 advocacy groups and labor unions on Tuesday urged Senate Democrats to axe or modify the 60-vote filibuster rule to raise the debt ceiling—and avert a “global economic crisis.”

      “It’s unbelievable and unacceptable that a minority of U.S. senators can cause economic devastation for millions of Americans.”

    • Bernie Sanders Explains Why Most Media Coverage of Reconciliation Fight Is Corporate Con Job

      “When we talk about big money controlling this country, it’s not only the direct political process but it’s how we even learn about what’s going on in this country.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders

    • The Past 2 Years Have Left Portland Reeling. What Kind of Recovery Comes Next?

      In late July, Portland, Ore., held a grand reopening of its downtown. Hollowed out by the pandemic, which banished office workers and tourists, the neighborhood became the site of massive demonstrations against police brutality after the murder of George Floyd. Throughout the summer of 2020, protesters faced off against local and federal law enforcement in nightly clashes that inevitably ended in tear gas, flash-bang grenades, and arrests. Even after direct actions became small and sporadic, many storefronts remained boarded up—a detail often mentioned in a barrage of media coverage characterizing the Rose City as dangerous, trashed, even dying.1

    • Opinion | The GOP Is Rooting for Failure, But the American People Support Biden’s Sweeping Agenda

      After much drama, President Joe Biden made it clear last week that his core legislative package—the American Jobs Plan, which would begin rebuilding our decrepit infrastructure, and the American Family Plan, which would address essential needs—will pass together or not at all.

    • Opinion | So-Called ‘Centrists’ Are Really Incredibly Dangerous Extremists

      After a half decade of progressive political gains, so-called “Centrists” over the last several weeks have struck back hard. In the U.K., Labour Party leader Keir Starmer used his annual speech to the party’s annual conference to “draw a line” under the progressive ideas of “Corbynism” promising instead a “serious plan for government.” Similarly in the U.S., Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona—both frequently described as “centrist” or “moderate”—are holding up a major progressive spending bill due to claimed concerns over its cost. While the Left rails against these attacks, many continue in the corporate press embrace them as “sensible” and “moderate” voices with “their thumb more on the pulse on the average Democrat in the country” in a time of supposed left-wing and right-wing extremism.

    • American Red Tape
    • Pramila Jayapal’s Perfect Pitch

      The New York Times headline on Sunday declared, “Biden Tacks Left,” as the newspaper recounted the fact that “when Biden ventured to the Capitol on Friday to help House Democrats out of their thicket, he had to choose sides. He effectively chose the left.”

    • Texas GOP’s Gerrymandering Plan Reveals ‘Ominous’—and Deeply Racist—Threat to US Democracy

      After Texas Republican lawmakers on Monday approved congressional and state legislative maps that would disenfranchise communities of color and cement GOP power for at least 10 years, voting rights advocates implored Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill to take immediate federal action to ban racial and partisan gerrymandering—anti-democratic ploys likely to be copied in other Southern battleground states as redistricting proceeds.

      “At a time when Texas is becoming more diverse and Democratic,” journalist and author Ari Berman wrote Monday in Mother Jones, “the new maps drawn by Republicans for Congress and the state Legislature would make the state’s political representation far whiter and more Republican, all but ending competition at the very moment when ascendant Democrats are finally making the state competitive.”

    • ‘Disgraceful’: Watch Kyrsten Sinema Ignore Constituent’s Heartfelt Plea on Immigration

      “When the easiest way to get a senator’s attention is to purchase a plate at a fundraising dinner… people have few other options to make themselves heard.”—Sarah Jones, New York

    • Bickering Democrats Hurting Themselves

      This tumultuous era of rage and division is a far cry from the accommodating Democratic congressional majorities that enabled Lyndon B. Johnson to succeed in passing his civil rights and Great Society legislation and for Franklin D. Roosevelt to push through his New Deal.

      At the same time, Republicans have made unprecedented anti-democratic successes by governors and legislatures to keep minority Democratic voters away from the polls just as the 2022 midterm elections creep over the horizon. The timing of the discord among Democrats is worse than bad.

    • Trudeau’s Parliamentary ‘Victory’ May Cost Him the Next Elections

      69% of Canadians did not think that holding an election during the fourth wave of the Covid pandemic was necessary. Officials and media analysts did not make much of public opinion polls at the time. Instead, they focused on two major issues: first, whether Trudeau’s Liberal Party would be able to galvanize on the popularity of his pandemic policies to win a decisive parliamentary majority, of 170 in Ottawa’s House of Commons. The other issue is whether the new Conservative Party leader, Erin O’Toole, would succeed in galvanizing the protest votes, coming mostly from Liberals and the New Democrats.

      Yet, the outcome of the latest vote was almost identical to that of October 2019: Trudeau’s Liberals increased their presence by a single seat only, O’Toole’s Conservatives lost merely two seats, which were gained by Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party. Meanwhile, the Green Party received another setback with the loss of one seat to return to parliament with merely two seats, while the People’s Party could not muster enough support for a single seat.

    • “Appalling and Unacceptable”: Leak Shows Facebook Knew Its Algorithms Spread Hate & Harmed Children

      An unprecedented leak at Facebook reveals top executives at the company knew about major issues with the platform from their own research but kept the damning information hidden from the public. The leak shows Facebook deliberately ignored rampant disinformation, hate speech and political unrest in order to boost ad sales and is also implicated in child safety and human trafficking violations. Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen leaked thousands of documents and revealed her identity as the whistleblower during an interview with “60 Minutes.” She is set to testify today before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. “Their value system, which is about efficiency and speed and growth and profit and power, is in conflict with democracy,” says Roger McNamee, who was an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.” He says Facebook executives are prioritizing profits over safety. We also speak with Jessica González, co-CEO of the media advocacy organization Free Press and co-founder of Change the Terms, a coalition that works to disrupt online hate, who says this demonstrates Facebook is “unfit” to regulate itself. “We need Congress to step in.”

    • Biden White House Ends Trump-Era Abortion Restrictions on Family Planning Orgs
    • At the March for Abortion Rights, a New Generation of Activists Takes Center Stage

      Anna stood backstage at Saturday’s Rally for Abortion Justice in Washington, D.C., one month into a near-total abortion ban in her home state of Texas. It was the biggest Women’s March in the nation’s capital since the first one, when the inauguration of President Trump inspired the largest day of protest in US history. The crowd of 20,000 filled a small plaza near the National Mall; in 2017, half a million people in pink pussy hats practically shut down the city. You could blame this on the Delta variant, or on burnout, or—as some activists have said both privately and publicly—on a sense that march organizers failed to adequately support or engage abortion funds and groups doing the work on the ground. Still, there were 660 marches across the country, a number similar to that in 2017, and 85 percent of the organizers of those events were new to the Women’s March, according to Executive Director Rachel O’Leary Carmona.

    • Chile is Taking the Final Steps of Dismantling Dictatorship

      The Institute for Policy Studies holds this program every year at the site of the 1976 assassination of IPS colleagues Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt by agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Letelier was a former Chilean ambassador to the United States and Moffitt was a 25-year-old IPS development associate. A virtual human rights awards program in their names will be held on October 13.

      During our exile in D.C., Angélica and I would come year after year to Sheridan Circle for this commemoration to gather with Isabel Letelier and Pancho and the other Letelier sons and our friends in the solidarity movement and our dear IPSers, some present today and some, alas, departed from our midst, each year measuring how much closer we were to ending Pinochet’s dictatorship, an end that would be a fitting way to celebrate the lives of Orlando and Ronni that were lost here.

    • Sinema’s Approval Rating Plummets Among Democrats as She Allies With Lobbyists
    • Leak Shows Facebook Knew Its Algorithms Harmed Children and Spread Hate
    • In Scathing Senate Testimony, Whistleblower Warns Facebook a Threat to Children and Democracy

      Two days after a bombshell “60 Minutes” interview in which she accused Facebook of knowingly failing to stop the spread of dangerous lies and hateful content, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified Tuesday before U.S. senators, imploring Congress to hold the company and its CEO accountable for the many harms they cause.

      “In some cases, this dangerous online talk has led to actual violence that harms and even kills people.”

    • [Old] Get On Gab

      If you’re a leftie, get on Gab. No, I’m serious. If you’re fair and objective, you’ll agree echo chambers are not a good thing. Gab is already growing at an incredible rate and no doubt there are already more diverse people joining. Gab’s strength is it’s totally pro-free speech mantra, but also the entire infrastructure is owned and built by Torba and his team, so it won’t get wiped out like Parler did when Amazon decided to flex its censorship muscles.


      Update 09-02-2021: Having used Gab a bit longer, I still stand by my general idea of the more people and diverse opinions end up on there, the better. However, fair warning, there are a lot of Christian fundamentalists and with that brings some interesting interactions whenever someone makes it clear they are gay, for example. In this case, some very intolerant viewpoints come about. It’s not everyone, but with a free speech platform, and a heavy slant towards conservative Christians… well, you’ve been warned. That said, it still reinforces my original point. And the alternatives, where said conservative Christians themselves are actually persecuted, such as on Facebook and Twitter, are not exactly pleasant either.

    • [Old] Peter Thiel’s Origin Story: His ideology dominates Silicon Valley. It began to form when he was an angry young man.

      In 2019, while on a trip to Washington to answer questions from Congress about his digital currency, Thiel joined Zuckerberg, Jared Kushner, Trump, and their spouses at the White House. The specifics of the discussion were secret — but, as I report in my book, Thiel later told a confidant that Zuckerberg came to an understanding with Kushner during the meal. Facebook, he promised, would continue to avoid fact-checking po­litical speech — thus allowing the Trump campaign to claim whatever it wanted. If the company followed through on that promise, the Trump administra­tion would lay off on any heavy-handed regulations.

    • AOC Pounces on Facebook Blackout: ‘Break Them Up’

      Facebook has continually used its vast cash reserves to absorb potential competitors, giving Mark Zuckerberg’s company tendrils across the [Internet]. The company’s dominance also means that its content moderation policies — set by a company with its eye seemingly on its bottom line, rather than public benefit — can have major consequences for the national discourse. Those rules, and Facebook’s role in setting them, have become increasingly important as foreign and domestic groups exploit them to spread misinformation and propaganda.

    • The Pandora Papers Reveal How the Super-Rich Shaft the Rest of Us

      The Pandora leaks come from confidential records at 14 different offshore wealth service firms in Switzerland, Singapore, Cyprus, Samoa, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, as well as wealth managers in well-known tax havens such as Belize, Seychelles, The Bahamas, and the British Virgin Islands. These firms help wealthy individuals and corporations to form trusts and foundations, incorporate companies, and establish other entities in low- or no-tax jurisdictions.

      The Pandora team analyzed almost 12 million files from these firms, including leaked e-mails, memos, tax declarations, bank statements, passport scans, diagrams of corporate structures, secret spreadsheets, and clandestine real estate contracts. Some reveal the real owners of opaque shell companies for the first time.

    • How do people and companies avoid paying taxes?

      Individuals have various ways to avoid tax legally by using structured tax shelters or changing their place of residence. Tax evasion is a different matter, treated as a criminal offence in many countries (though famously dealt with more leniently in Switzerland). The smartest evaders use a combination of bank accounts, shell companies, trusts and foundations—often fronted by nominees—in one or more offshore financial centres. Corporate tax avoidance is a greyer legal area. Companies naturally push the envelope, often betting that the authorities will have neither the wit nor the resources to confront them over their tax-minimisation strategies—or that governments will accept less tax in return for investment by “mobile capital”.

  • Censorship/Free Speech

    • A New Hope For Moderation And Its Discontents?

      In his post kicking off this series, Mike notes that, “the biggest concern with moving moderation decisions down the stack is that most infrastructure players only have a sledge hammer to deal with these questions, rather than a scalpel.” And, I agree with Jonathan Zittrain and other contributors that governments, activists, and others will increasingly reach down the stack to push for takedowns—and will probably get them. 

    • OnlyFans Isn’t The First Site To Face Moderation Pressure From Financial Intermediaries, And It Won’t Be The Last

      In August, OnlyFans made the stunning announcement that it planned to ban sexually explicit content from its service. The site, which allows creators to post exclusive content and interact directly with subscribers, made its name as a host for sexually-oriented content. For a profitable website to announce a ban of the very content that helped establish it was surprising and  dismaying to the sex workers and other creators who make a living on the site.

    • Bring on the Publicity Trolls: Federal Appeal Court Ruling Drastically Undermines Online Speech

      State law claims are normally barred under Section 230, a law has enabled decades of innovation and online expression. But Section 230 doesn’t apply to intellectual property claims, so if publicity rights are intellectual property (“IP”), the theory goes, intermediaries can be sued for any user content that might evoke a person.

      If that’s the case, intermediaries will only be able to host as much speech as their lawyers, content moderators, and filters could screen beforehand, based on the most restrictive provisions in wildly varying state laws. In California, publicity rights protections apply to virtually anything that evokes a person, and last for 70 years after the death of that person. In Virginia, a publicity rights violation can result in criminal penalties. Alaska doesn’t recognize a right of publicity at all. Faced with a panoply of standards, email providers, social media platforms, and any site that supports user-generated content will be forced to tailor their sites and procedures to ensure compliance with the most restrictive state law, or risk liability and potentially devastating litigation costs.

      Sadly, that is exactly what this decision has invited.

    • Islamic charity that outed teacher in Batley cartoon row is rebuked by watchdog

      The 29-year-old teacher was forced to go into hiding with police protection and was suspended for showing pupils the drawing from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

      However, he was cleared after an independent external investigation, launched by the school’s governing trustees, found he had shown the image on more than one occasion but had not intended to cause offence.

      At the time in March, Mohammad Sajad Hussain, Purpose of Life’s chief executive, accused the teacher of “terrorism” and “insulting Islam”.

  • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

    • Investigation: CBP Targeted Journalists, Illegally Shared Info With Mexico, And Attempted To Cover It All Up

      A couple of years ago, documents surfaced that showed the CBP was placing journalists, activists, and immigration lawyers on some form of a watchlist, which would allow agents and officers to subject these targets to additional scrutiny when they crossed the border. There were obvious civil liberties implications, ones the CBP seemed largely unconcerned about.

    • The CIA Plot to Kidnap or Kill Julian Assange in London is a Story that is Being Mistakenly Ignored

      It was revealed this week that a year before the Khashoggi killing in 2017, the CIA had plotted to kidnap or assassinate Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who had taken refuge five years earlier in the Ecuador embassy in London. A senior US counter-intelligence official said that plans for the forcible rendition of Assange to the US were discussed “at the highest levels” of the Trump administration. The informant was one of more than 30 US officials – eight of whom confirmed details of the abduction proposal – quoted in a 7,500-word investigation by Yahoo News into the CIA campaign against Assange.

      The plan was to “break into the embassy, drag [Assange] out and bring him to where we want”, recalled a former intelligence official. Another informant said that he was briefed about a meeting in the spring of 2017 at which President Trump had asked if the CIA could assassinate Assange and provide “options” about how this could be done. Trump has denied that he did so.

    • Journalists Claim Wrongful Firings at US News Agency

      In suits filed at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, the journalists cited Pack’s comment in an August 2020 interview that being “a journalist is a great cover for a spy” and said that J-1 visa holders might try to “penetrate” USAGM.

      Soon after Pack took charge at USAGM in June 2020, he fired several heads of the media networks he oversees. Pack later launched a “comprehensive investigation” into the agency’s operations because of what he said were “long-term security failures” that undermined its mission.

      Members of Congress at the time publicly questioned whether the moves were eroding the networks’ editorial independence. USAGM oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Network, and other U.S. funded news and information outlets.

  • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Conflict Zone

      I can see, but not clearly describe, the patch of concrete, the base of the tree, the few brief seconds that the man and I struggled before my head hit the pavement. I spent the next week in bed with a concussion, staring at the ceiling of my hot bedroom, forbidden the use of words: no screens, no books, no stimuli. The nonverbal blur that followed was a time that passed as a smear across my brain. It soon came to feel like a muted extension of the attack.

    • Hacked Data Exposes Law Enforcement Officers Who Joined Far-Right Oath Keepers Group

      Some more unsettling news about law enforcement’s close relationship to (or at least professional tolerance of) far-right groups linked to the January 6th raid of the Capitol building has come to light, thanks to transparency activists Distributed Denial of Secrets.

    • Opinion | President Biden, as a Leader of Faith, Do Better on Immigration

      President Biden is facing a pivotal moment on immigration policy—one that will define America’s image on its treatment of migrants in desperate need of help. It’s not going well.

    • Top State Department Official Resigns, Saying Haitian Deportations Violate Law
    • Leaving Post, Top Official Blasts Biden Over Use of ‘Inhumane’ Trump-Era Deportation Policy

      A senior official departing the Biden State Department has issued a blistering critique of the administration’s ongoing use of a Trump-era policy “to rebuff the pleas of thousands of Haitians and myriad others arriving at the Southern Border who are fleeing violence, persecution, or torture” and urged his remaining colleagues “to do everything in your power to revise this policy.”

      The rebuke, Politico first reported, came in an Oct. 2 internal memo—which centers on the government’s use of Title 42—from resigning senior adviser Harold Koh.

    • Was the G.I. Bill of Rights a Safety Net Bill?

      We also need to give them grief on the other side of the picture. I doubt anyone likes generic government spending. On the other hand, most of the specific areas where the government does spend money, like Social Security, Medicare, and education, are very popular. So, describing the bill as simply “spending” is virtually certain to reduce support for it.

      In recent days, reporters have taken to calling it a “safety net” bill. It’s not clear that is very much better. Most of us probably think of safety net programs as items like TANF or food stamps, programs designed to help people who have fallen on hard times. Most of the proposed spending in the bill really does not have this character.

    • Working With Ed Asner to Keep the GM Van Nuys Plant Open

      This is not primarily a story about Ed. It’s a story about a powerful coalition of many stars in which Ed played an important role. For the many friends of Ed Asner this may still be a side of him you did not know. And for those who do not know him, and may Google a guy named Lou Grant, this is Ed in a far more important role on the stage of history.  

      Spoiler alert—we initiated the Campaign to Keep GM Van Nuys Open in 1981 even before GM threatened to close our plant. We spent 2 years building a powerful coalition, we met with GM President F. James McDonald in 1984 as which time, shaken up by our real threat of a boycott of GM cars in the largest new car market in the U.S., he made a 3-year commitment to keep the plant open. Thanks to our work we won one of the great UAW labor/Black/Latin@/women’s victories of the entire period as GM kept the plant open until 1992—the exact ten years we had demanded to “keep GM Van Nuys Open.” More than 4,000 workers, 50% Latin@, 15 Black, 15% women, kept their jobs for a full decade.

    • Human Rights Attorney Sentenced to Prison After Winning Case Against Chevron
    • Immigrants Start ‘Sleep Out’ at Schumer’s Home, Urging Dems to Defy Senate Parliamentarian

      Immigrants and rights advocates gathered outside the Brooklyn home of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening for a four-day “sleep out” pressuring congressional Democrats to ignore the upper chamber’s parliamentarian, who last month advised against including an immigration policy in the Build Back Better budget reconciliation package.

      Schumer (D-N.Y.) “holds the power to lead Democrats to deliver on their promise to create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants,” organizers of the #NoSleepTilCitizenship event said in a statement, which also highlighted a related postcard-writing campaign and Bicycle Ride 4 Relief planned for later this week.

    • Advocates Cheer Senate Reintroduction of John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

      Democracy defenders on Tuesday cheered the U.S. Senate’s reintroduction of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill passed by the House of Representatives in August that would revive key provisions of the weakened Voting Rights Act and honor the legacy of the civil rights icon after whom it is named.

      “We cannot claim to honor the life of John Lewis if we refuse to carry on his life’s work.”

    • Beyond the Spin: workers’ share of wealth slumps to record low

      Workers now have the lowest share ever of the nation’s earnings. Under-employment is even worse now than it was late last year. Alan Austin looks behind the spin to report the true state of unemployment and economic management in Australia.

    • Michigan: Judge Throws Out Female Genital Mutilation Case Against Muslim Physicians

      The defendants had previous charges dismissed on religious freedom grounds. But is the freedom of religion really a license to abuse children? “The lead defendant,” the Free Press noted, was Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, “whom prosecutors allege cut the genitals of nine minor girls during after-hours procedures at a Livonia clinic that belonged to her doctor friend, who also was charged in the case. Nagarwala has long denied engaging in genital mutilation, saying the procedure she performed on minor girls was a benign, religious practice that involved only scraping or ‘shaving’ of the genitalia, not cutting.

    • Judge throws out historic female genital mutilation case, calls feds ‘vindictive’

      In dismissing the four-year-old case, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman concluded the prosecution was vindictive in seeking new charges against the accused, who had previously convinced the judge to declare the federal FGM ban as unconstitutional.


      Since the case emerged in 2017, the bulk of the charges had been dropped and the federal FGM law was declared unconstitutional in 2018. In making that decision, Friedman concluded that “as despicable as this practice may be,” Congress did not have the authority to pass the law that criminalizes female genital mutilation, and that FGM is for the states to regulate.

    • Judge Dismisses Charges Tied To Historic Female Genital Mutilation Case

      Authorities alleged that mothers from Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota brought their girls to Dr. Jumana Nagarwala when they were roughly 7 years old for the procedure.

      Nagarwala and others denied any crime was committed. She said she performed a religious custom on girls from her Muslim sect, the India-based Dawoodi Bohra.

    • Kenya and Tanzania roll up sleeves to stamp out cross-border FGM

      In Kajiado South, the Maasai community, where 93 per cent of women are cut, according to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, began sneaking girls to Tanzania for the ritual.

      Families sneak out their daughters using boda boda operators at night via Tarakea on the border all the way to Arusha where they are cut and stay there until they heal before returning to Kenya.

    • Victims reveal how Kenyan girls are secretly ferried to Tanzania for circumcision

      He said the act is not only harmful but also illegal to girls and women and the Tanzanian government.

    • [Old] The work against Female Gender Mutilation (FGM) demands cooperation

      FGM is sometimes described as a “women’s problem”. During the gathering, however, many participants emphasized the importance of having men engaging in the issue. If boys and young men question and deprecate the tradition, there is a risk that they themselves will be subjected to the abuse of their future wives and daughters.

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Pirates: Facebook Outage Could Have Been Avoided

      „In technical terms, Facebook incorrectly updated their BGP records, making it impossible to route traffic to Facebook from anywhere on the Internet. They practically removed themselves from the Internet. To make matters worse, a lot of Internet services depend to a certain extent on Facebook. Including… Facebook itself. It was as if they had forgotten their keys and locked themselves out of their own home. This outage demonstrates the risks of the whole Internet being dependent on one company. That is another good reason why we need an interoperability obligation of core services in the Digital Markets Act.“

  • Monopolies

    • Rethinking Facebook: We Need To Make Sure That ‘Good For The World’ Is More Important Than ‘Good For Facebook’

      I’m sure by now most of you have either seen or read about Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s appearance on 60 Minutes discussing in detail the many problems she saw within Facebook. I’m always a little skeptical about 60 Minutes these days, as the show has an unfortunately long history of misrepresenting things about the internet, and similarly a single person’s claims about what’s happening within a company are not always the most accurate. That said, what Haugen does have to say is still kind of eye opening, and certainly concerning.

    • Progressives Respond to Facebook Outage With Simple Call: ‘Break Them Up’

      Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the progressives calling for government action to break up Facebook after the company and its family of apps—including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp—experienced a massive outage on Monday, rendering inaccessible services that billions of people worldwide use to communicate.

      “Facebook must be broken up and brought to justice.”

    • Facebook, WhatsApp outage an annoyance for U.S., but a big deal in rest of the world

      “In many developing countries, services including WhatsApp, Facebook and Facebook Messenger have become deeply integrated into the delivery of primary health care, education and other government services,” Marcus Leaning, a digital media education professor at the University of Winchester in the U.K., said. “In the global North, we tend to use such services as supplementary to other channels of communication, so the global outage will have a disproportionate impact.”

    • Whistleblower urges regulation to tackle Facebook ‘crisis’

      She also noted the risks that the social media giant’s platforms are fueling a contagion of eating disorders, body-shaming and self-dissatisfaction that is particularly dangerous for young people.

      “There are going to be women walking around this planet in 60 years with brittle bones because of the choices that Facebook made around emphasizing profit today,” she said, referring to the impact of eating disorders.

      Haugen spoke less than a day after Facebook, its photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp went offline for roughly seven hours, hitting potentially billions of users and highlighting global dependence on its services.

      “Here’s my message for (Facebook CEO) Mark Zuckerberg. Your time of invading our privacy, promoting toxic content and preying on children and teens is over,” said Senator Ed Markey.

    • Patents

    • Copyrights

      • [Old] French Appeal Court affirms decision that copyright claims on GPL are invalid; must be enforced via contractual dispute

        This article follows the case of Entr’Ouvert vs Orange on a GPL copyright violation. The case went to the Tribunal de Grande Instance in 2019 and went to the Cour d’Appel recently in 2021, with a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJUE) in between.

        TL;DR: ALL courts so far have dismissed all copyright claims, asserting that the GPL (and software license generally) is a contract and can only be pursued as a contractual dispute in contract court.

        This article will go into more details about the decisions and highlight some major culture and legal differences. Disclaimer, there may be a bit of a culture shock.

      • Court Orders Universe IPTV to Pay DISH $7m in Copyright Infringement Damages

        In August 2020, DISH Network filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the United States against ‘pirate’ IPTV provider Universal IPTV. DISH tracked down three defendants to addresses in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Germany but despite extensive efforts, could not engage the parties in legal battle. That has now resulted in a judgment in favor of DISH to the tune of $7 million.

      • MPA: Piracy is Hollywood’s Greatest Threat But Site Blocking Helps

        Piracy remains the single greatest threat to the audiovisual community, MPA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin said at CineEurope. The organization, which is the driving force behind the ACE anti-piracy coalition, has booked several anti-piracy successes and praises European law enforcement efforts. Site blocking, which is common in several European countries, has made a difference too.

      • Disney Defeats Lawsuit Brought By Company Owning Evel Knievel’s Rights Over ‘Toy Story 4′ Character

        Roughly a year ago, we discussed a lawsuit brought by K&K Promotions, the company that holds the trademark and publicity rights for the now-deceased stuntman Evel Knievel, against Disney. At issue was a character in Toy Story 4 named Duke Caboom, a toy version of a motorcycle stuntman that certainly had elements of homage to Knievel. But not just Knievel, which is important. Instead, a la several lawsuits Rockstar Games has faced over characters appearing in the Grand Theft Auto series, Caboom was an amalgam of retro-era stuntmen, not a faithful depiction of any one of them, including Knievel. And, while some who worked on the film even mentioned that Knievel was one of the inspiration points for the character, they also noted that Knievel’s routine, garb, and mannerisms were hardly unique for stuntmen in that era. Despite that, K&K insisted that Caboom was a clear ripoff and appropriation of Knievel.

[Meme] Isabel Frommelt and Esther Schindler Too Busy to Vote or Even Attend

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Majestic castle: Attending important EPO meeting? Not on Schindler's list of things to do

Summary: As we noted earlier today, “[a]ccording to the EPO records, nobody attended the meeting on behalf of Liechtenstein and it is not clear on what grounds the nominated representatives absented themselves” from a meeting about unlawful "Strike Regulations"

Cannot Cast a Ballot for Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Liechtenstein (Even Whilst Attending for the Vote)?

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 4:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 49997614fa526a8d5660dc487eece155

Summary: The mystery of national delegates failing to have an opinion on the unlawful "Strike Regulations" and instead of abstaining on the record simply not voting at all

JUST after midnight we published part 3 of the series that we had started two days earlier (see part 1 and part 2).

“These events may seem like old and insignificant news, but they’re recently-opened wounds.”As it turns out, based on public records from Munich and from Budapest, there are contradictions. They’re highlighted in the video above. There’s also a mention of the other two nations which failed to cast the vote on the occasion, in effect failing to fulfil their duties to their nations, which have staff inside the EPO. These events may seem like old and insignificant news, but they’re recently-opened wounds.

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