11.12.21

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Links 12/11/2021: PipeWire 0.3.40 and FreeBSD 12.3 RC1

Posted in News Roundup at 7:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Librem 14 EC Upgrade Hardware Method

        Librem 14s shipping today are already running the latest and greatest EC firmware. For those that already have their Librem 14, keeping your Librem EC firmware updated is simple with our ISO upgrade method. Still, for those needing to recover or test development EC builds, this video will explain how to upgrade your EC with a chip programmer.

      • System76 is developing its own Pop OS desktop in Rust – itsfoss.net

        System76 seems to want to become the Apple of Linux, with all the differences that being based on open source software supposes … more or less, because there is everything. Thus, while on the one hand it is announced that the company is developing its own desk , on the other it is denounced

        But let’s start at the beginning: System76, the Apple of Linux? It is a way of speaking. They were one of the first brands to sell Linux computers; they later promoted their own Ubuntu-based distribution, Pop! _OS ; They adapted GNOME to their demands, modifying it and renaming it COSMIC … Which did not take shape until recently , it should be noted … And now they announce the intention of developing their own desktop.

      • System76 is a toxic collaborator, denounced from GNOME

        And what does GNOME say about System76’s plans to create its own desktop ? Any. He says it about something else, although it is not exactly GNOME as an organization – although it could well be – the one that raises its voice, but Chris Davis, one of its developers in an extensive article entitled “System76: a case study on how not to collaborate with the upstream «.

        «The following post was written in the context of the events that occurred in September. […] I waited hoping that we could come to a happy ending with System76. As time passes, that hope has faded. Attempts to connect to System76 have not been productive, and I think we’ve let the impression that GNOME has been given to the tech community linger too long, ”Davis begins.

        Davis accuses System76 of launching FUD ( fear, uncertainty and doubt , as is) against GNOME , but also against specific people in the GNOME environment as a result of the debates about the future of the project that led to the noted GNOME Way article. It is also not the first time that System76 acts like this, according to Davis, who has lost his confidence in the company correcting its ways.

      • Open Up: Contributions and Collaborations

        Hello fellow space travelers! It’s been a while since we catalogued all of our goings on here on Starship Pop!_OS, so we thought it might be a good time to highlight what our upstream contributions have looked like over the last couple of years. We’ve been logging some major light years! Have a look.

      • The Chrome OS virtual keyboard is joining the dark side, adding Linux app support, and more [Ed: Google 'reinventing' the same thing it took away when it chopped down Gentoo to make its spyware]

        The Chrome OS virtual keyboard – the on-screen typing experience – has undergone plenty of changes for the better over the past year. In Chrome 85, it got a major facelift featuring key borders (love it or hate it) and even became resizable. While we knew it was going to receive light and dark mode at some point, the most we knew for sure is that it would coincide with the release of light and dark mode for the entire operating system.

    • Server

      • Huawei hands its cloud Linux to China’s only open source foundation

        Huawei has donated the cut of Linux it created to run on its cloud, and silicon, to China’s only open source foundation.

        The Chinese giant’s OS is called EulerOS and is derived from CentOS. EulerOS runs on x86 silicon but is tuned for top performance on the Arm64 architecture – which is what Huawei uses in the Kunpeng 920 CPUs it designed to power its own servers, cloud, and even the occasional laptop.

        Huawei’s list of the operating system’s features and benefits states it includes KVM virtualization, ext4, the GFS2 cluster file system, systemd, Linux containers, and can manage user identities across Linux, UNIX, and Windows domains to help with your SSO needs.

        EulerOS also comes in an edition called OpenEuler that’s maintained by a community said to comprise 7,233 contributors, 274,993 users, and 10 vendors that package the OS.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • DAMON-Based Memory Reclamation Merged For Linux 5.16 – Phoronix

        Following Amazon’s DAMON being merged in Linux 5.15 as a data monitoring access framework, being merged for Linux 5.16 is an addition building on top of that for memory reclamation when experiencing system RAM pressure.

        Merged as part of Andrew Morton’s patch series for Linux 5.16 is DAMON-based memory reclamation that has been under review on the kernel mailing list the past few months.

        This proactive reclamation of memory pages can help under light memory pressure and makes use of Amazon’s DAMON framework for determining the cold pages on the system to reclaim.

      • Graphics Stack

        • David Airlie Hacking On Intel Vulkan Video Decode, Crocus Gallium3D VA-API – Phoronix

          Red Hat’s David Airlie has been working on early support for Vulkan Video API support with Mesa’s Radeon “RADV” driver while the past week he spent time working on similar treatment for Intel’s open-source “ANV” Vulkan driver and also resurrecting some unfinished VA-API video acceleration code he was working on for the Intel Crocus Gallium3D driver.

          Airlie was able to make some progress getting Intel Vulkan Video API acceleration working for the open-source Mesa Vulkan driver. With H.264 video decoding he is seeing some success now but still battling issues.

        • Dave Airlie (blogspot): h264 video decoding: i-frames strike back

          Last week I mentioned I had the basics of h264 decode using the proposed vulkan video on radv. This week I attempted to do the same thing with Intel’s Mesa vulkan driver “anv”.

          Now I’d previously unsuccessfully tried to get vaapi on crocus working but got sidetracked back into other projects. The Intel h264 decoder hasn’t changed a lot between ivb/hsw/gen8/gen9 era. I ported what I had from crocus to anv and started trying to get something to decode on my WhiskeyLake.

          I wrote the code pretty early on, figured out all the things I had to send the hardware.

          The first anv side bridge to cross was Vulkan is doing H264 Picture level decode API, so it means you get handed the encoded slice data. However to program the Intel hw you need to decode the slice header. I wrote a slice header decoder in some common code. The other thing you need to give the intel hw is a number of bits of slice header, which in some encoding schemes is rounded to bytes and in some isn’t. Slice headers also have a 3-byte header on them, which Intel hardware wants you to discard or skip before handing it to it.

          Once I’d fixed up that sort of thing in anv + crocus, I started getting grey I-frames decoded with later B/P frames using the grey frames as references so you’d see this kinda wierd motion.

        • Mike Blumenkrantz: Real Benchmarking

          That the one true benchmark for graphics is glxgears. It’s been the standard for 20+ years, and it’s going to remain the standard for a long time to come.

    • Applications

      • age – simple file encryption tool by Google

        Encryption software is an important consideration when it comes to protecting your files and folders. Hack attempts and privacy intrusions mean that it’s sensible to ensure that complete strangers don’t gain access to your most personal details stored on your computer.

        There are a number of different approaches you can take to protect your valuable data. For example, disk encryption uses disk encryption software to encrypt the entire hard disk. The onus is therefore not on the user to determine what data should be encrypted, or to remember to manually encrypt files. By encrypting the entire disk, temporary files, which may reveal important confidential data, are also protected. Security is enhanced further when disk encryption is combined with filesystem-level encryption.

      • PipeWire 0.3.40 Released With Better JACK Compatibility

        PipeWire 0.3.40 is out today with various bug fixes but also a number of improvements.

        PipeWire 0.3.40 continues work on enhancing its JACK compatibility with better matching that sound server’s behavior and reworking other code. There are also a number of fixes to its PulseAudio server code.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to run Mariadb with Docker and Docker-Compose

        In this guide we are going to explore how to run Mariadb 10 locally with docker and docker compose. This can be helpful if you want to run Mariadb 10 locally without installing it in your machine or if you want to run multiple versions of Mariadb seamlessly.

      • How to install and use Podman in Debian 11

        Podman is a container engine that’s compatible with the OCI Containers specification. It is part of RedHat Linux, but can also be installed on other distributions. As it’s OCI-compliant, Podman can be used as a drop-in replacement for the better-known Docker runtime. Most Docker commands can be directly translated to Podman commands. Podman implements almost all the Docker CLI commands (apart from the ones related to Docker Swarm).

        Podman complements Buildah and Skopeo by offering an experience similar to the Docker command line: allowing users to run standalone (non-orchestrated) containers. And Podman doesn’t require a daemon to run containers and pods, so we can easily say goodbye to big fat daemons. There are no daemons in the background doing stuff, and this means that Podman can be integrated into system services through systemd.

      • Update Docker Container Automatically When Updating Services

        Imagine this scenario. You host a few web services running in Docker containers. When the web service has a new version release, you fetch the Docker image and update the containers to update the service.

        I have discussed updating Docker containers without downtime earlier but this article is not about upgrading the web apps. This one is about updating the operating system containers themselves.

        Upgrading the OS running in the container manually can be a daunting task from time to time. You must run the relevant upgrade commands yourself on a running container separately to make that happen.

        How about eliminating this extra step and combine the updating of OS along with the updating of the service?

      • How to install Erlang on Rocky Linux/Alma Linux/CentOS 8

        Erlang is a functional, general-purpose, concurrent programming language and garbage-collected runtime environment built for concurrency, fault tolerance, and distributed application architectures. It is supported and maintained by Ericsson OTP product unit.

      • How to Install LEMP Stack with PhpMyAdmin in Arch Linux

        Generally, the term LEMP stack can be broken down to Linux, Nginx, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP modules. All these listed components have a priceless contribution in mimicking the behavior of a production server.

        We have a hosting environment (Linux), a web server (Nginx), a database engine/server (MySQL/MariaDB), and a scripting language (PHP).

      • How to Install Spotify on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Spotify is a digital music streaming service with both free and paid features. It is the world’s largest music streaming service provider, with over 381 million monthly active users, including 172 million paying subscribers, as of September 2021. Spotify can give you instant access to a vast online library of music and podcasts, which is very popular as you can listen to the content of your choice whenever you feel like it.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Spotify application on your Debian 11 Bullseye desktop using three different methods.

      • How To Find A Package Version In Linux – OSTechNix

        Even though package management has become easier with the help of graphical package managers, some users always prefer the command line way. There are different commands to find out the package version in different flavors of Linux. Today, in this tutorial, we will be seeing how to find a package version in some popular Linux distributions such as Alpine Linux, Arch Linux and its derivatives, Debian and its derivatives, RHEL and its derivatives.

      • Switch to Dark Mode in Fedora Linux With GNOME Desktop

        Unlike Ubuntu, Fedora offers the actual, vanilla GNOME experience. And that works pretty well. The horizontal layout, the three finger swipe, it’s all good.

        The one thing I don’t like is the default standard theme which is a mix of Adwaita Light (default) theme and the dark shell.

        So, while the notifications and notification area are dark, rest of the system and applications have light theme. And quite honestly, it looks dull for my taste.

      • 8 Different Ways to Know Linux OS Version – Linux Shout

        It’s always crucial to know the Linux version and distribution you’re working with, whether you’re using Linux for personal or business reasons. That way, you’ll know which package manager to use to get new tools and upgrades, as well as which Linux forum to visit if you have any concerns or problems.

        Having the information about the Linux version can help you install the correct security patches and identify the available features in the OS. There are various methods for determining what distribution and version to install on a system. In this tutorial, we will explain different ways to know the Linux os version.

      • Install the Arduino IDE on Linux – PragmaticLinux

        Interested in developing software for your Arduino board in Linux? The Arduino IDE is the recommended tool for developing software and uploading the resulting firmware to your Arduino board. Luckily, the Arduino IDE is developed as a cross-platform solution, meaning that you can also install it on your Linux system. This article explains in detail how you install the Arduino IDE on your Linux PC.

      • How to install Funkin’ Miku Mod on a Chromebook

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

      • How to install Natron on Elementary OS 6.0 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Natron on Elementary OS 6.0.

      • ‘IP configuration was unavailable’: a laptop cannot connect wirelessly to a router | Fitzcarraldo’s Blog

        I recently switched my ISP from BT to Virgin Media because the speed and reliability of the broadband connection were low. A Virgin Media Hub 3 was supplied as part of the package, and the TV, laptops (Gentoo Linux, Windows 10 and macOS), desktops (Lubuntu and Windows 10), tablets and phones (Android and iOS) could connect to the Hub 3 without any trouble. A few weeks later Virgin Media offered to upgrade the hub to a Hub 4. I don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, so I accepted the offer. The Hub 4 does indeed improve on the already excellent broadband speeds I was getting with the Hub 3. On the downside the Hub 4’s configuration software has a couple of bugs, but I was able to live with them.

        In addition to the above-mentioned hub configuration bugs, one of my laptops (a Compal NBLB2 with Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5300 AGN adapter) running Linux could not connect to the hub via Wi-Fi, even though it had no trouble connecting to the Hub 3. All other devices so far can connect to the Hub 4, so I was scratching my head. The laptop has no trouble connecting to the Hub 4 via Ethernet cable.

      • A sane vim configuration for Fedora – Lukáš Zapletal

        I use vim on everyday basis from 1997 or something like that. My configuration is quite old, clunky, contains things for DOS and Windows even and I should have totally cleaned it up. It still works fine, however, recent reinstallation of my Fedora laptop brought me to the idea to start a new Vim configuration from scratch.

        I am not huge fan of heavily-customized Vim configs. Those configurations you can find in many blogposts, youtube videos or github config repositories. Thing is, when you login to a server that has a “vanilla” vim, things can be hard for people who got used to the custom plugins and other fancy stuff.

        For this reason, I’ve decided to come up with a “sane” Vim configuration. Minimum possible configuration changes and only plugins which ship with Fedora 34+. Here it is.

      • Nginx Performance Tuning – VITUX

        Nginx is a free open source high performing and lightweight web server that is used as the load balancer, reverse proxy, HTTP cache, and mail proxy. Although Nginx is quite new as compared to other web servers, its popularity is rising due to its high performance. With your default Nginx configuration, you might get fast performance but we can boost the Nginx performance at its best by changing some configurations.

        In this article, you will get to know 8 different best ways to boost Nginx for better performance. To demonstrate the example in this article I have installed Nginx on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system.

    • Games

      • LEDBOY Is A Retro-Modern Handheld Game | Hackaday

        Back in the 1970s, there were a few LED-based games on the market that were quickly superseded by the rise of LCDs and other fancier technologies. However, [grossofabian] wanted to recreate that classic style of game but with more modern hardware. The result is the LEDBOY, a colorful handheld game built in tribute to that era.

        The handheld is based around the ATtiny 1614 microcontroller, driving a 10×10 array of NeoPixel Nano 2427 LEDs, named for their small 2.4 mm x 2.7 mm form factor. They’re RGB, too, so there’s lots of wonderful colors to play with.

      • Steam Deck vs. Nintendo Switch: Is it a fair fight?

        Ever since the Steam Deck was announced, people have been trying to compare it to the Nintendo Switch. “Is the Deck a Switch Killer?” “Will it satisfy Nintendo fans who’ve been patiently waiting a Switch Pro?” “Will we ever get a third edition of the Deck?” In reality, these two devices serve quite different markets.

      • Valve’s Steam Deck developer event is open to all to watch today at 6PM UTC | GamingOnLinux

        Today (November 12) at 10am PST / 6PM UTC, Valve are hosting the Steamworks Virtual Conference: Steam Deck and you will actually be able to watch. As a reminder, the Steam Deck has been delayed.

        Originally, the announcement made it seem like you had to be a registered Steamworks developer to attend. However, Valve has sent out an email to confirm that “anyone can watch the event, only those signed in with a Steamworks developer account can participate in the live Q&A and chat”. If you will miss it, the sessions will be available archived afterwards. Additionally, Valve said they will release localized versions of the content next week.

      • Godot 3.4, new version of the open source game engine – LinuxStoney

        Godot 3.4 has been published as stable to continue with the development and consolidation of this Open Source graphics engine oriented to video games. Apart from the new features and improvements it brings, we can also highlight the emergence of the project itself, which is gradually making a dent in the scene mainstream after having gone unnoticed during its first years of life.

        For starters, and as far as the kernel is concerned, Godot 3.4 has brought in the validity checks of objects for release builds. Another interesting novelty is that the File API is now capable of manipulating files of more than 2GiB, something that has been introduced with the intention of breaking limitations when dealing with large projects and that has been achieved thanks to the fact that everything has been refactored to use 64-bit unsigned integers, so Godot, as of launch, is capable of loading files up to 8.4TiB .

        Keyboard input support has been improved to more effectively handle different keyboard layouts other than Anglo-QWERTY, for example causing movement key mapping to automatically switch from WASD to ZQSD on AZERTY keyboards. used in France and other French-speaking areas.

        To finish off the kernel, the have been ported back AES-ECB and AES-CBC encryption and decryption methods to add cryptographic features , so “Godot can now save and load public keys, sign and verify a hash with an RSA key. and encrypt and decrypt RSA keys ”.

      • Valve adds documentation for Steam Deck development, suggests Manjaro Linux for now | GamingOnLinux

        With the Steam Deck delayed until February 2022, Valve has produced new developer documentation giving a helping hand to devs interested in testing ready for it using Linux.

        They’re not quite ready to put out SteamOS 3 Linux just yet (which is what the Steam Deck uses), or even an official developer image to install but “soon” something should be available in that way. Until then, they’ve come up with a way for developers to test everything on Linux a little easier.

        It starts by going over the already expected essential things like gamepad input and resolution support but this time there’s more detail on actually testing it on a Linux system. Specifically, Valve are now suggesting developers go for Manjaro KDE, as it’s also based on Arch Linux and has the same Plasma desktop as you will find in the desktop mode with SteamOS 3 on the Steam Deck.

      • Baba Is You gets a level editor in a free update this month | GamingOnLinux

        Baba Is You, one of my most favourite puzzle games ever, is set to finally see the big level editor update on November 17 as a free upgrade for all owners.

    • Distributions

      • [Old] In His Own Words: Gary KIldall

        There is more, however. In 1993, the year before his untimely death, Gary wrote a draft of a memoir titled Computer Connections: People, Places, and Events in the Evolution of the Personal Computer Industry. He distributed bound copies to family and friends, with a note that it “will go to print in final form early next year.” It never did.

      • [Old] Kildall Manuscript [incomplete]

        Of course, CP/M went through many “versions” like the major and minor ones that I already talked about. In 1978, there was a lot of pressure to make a new one. The pressure came from manufacturers that were using the smaller 5-1/4″ disks, like the ones that were introduced with Woz’s Apple II. And, our OEMs were pushing for a new standard BIOS for the small disks.

      • BSD

        • FreeBSD 12.3-RC1 Now Available
          The first RC build of the 12.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available.
          
          Installation images are available for:
          
          o 12.3-RC1 amd64 GENERIC
          o 12.3-RC1 i386 GENERIC
          o 12.3-RC1 powerpc GENERIC
          o 12.3-RC1 powerpc64 GENERIC64
          o 12.3-RC1 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
          o 12.3-RC1 sparc64 GENERIC
          o 12.3-RC1 armv6 RPI-B
          o 12.3-RC1 armv7 BANANAPI
          o 12.3-RC1 armv7 BEAGLEBONE
          o 12.3-RC1 armv7 CUBIEBOARD
          o 12.3-RC1 armv7 CUBIEBOARD2
          o 12.3-RC1 armv7 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD
          o 12.3-RC1 armv7 RPI2
          o 12.3-RC1 armv7 WANDBOARD
          o 12.3-RC1 armv7 GENERICSD
          o 12.3-RC1 aarch64 GENERIC
          o 12.3-RC1 aarch64 RPI3
          o 12.3-RC1 aarch64 PINE64
          o 12.3-RC1 aarch64 PINE64-LTS
          
          Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
          console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
          freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
          the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
          to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
          system.
          
          Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
          
          https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/ISO-IMAGES/12.3/
          
          The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.
          
          If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
          system or on the -stable mailing list.
          
          If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
          system, use the "releng/12.3" branch.
          
          A summary of changes since 12.3-BETA3 includes:
          
          o A fix to the cd(4) driver to improve TOC access validation.
          
          A list of changes since 12.2-RELEASE is available in the releng/12.3
          release notes:
          
          https://www.freebsd.org/releases/12.3R/relnotes/
          
          Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
          updated on an ongoing basis as the 12.3-RELEASE cycle progresses.
          
          === Virtual Machine Disk Images ===
          
          VM disk images are available for the amd64, i386, and aarch64
          architectures.  Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL
          (or any of the FreeBSD download mirrors):
          
          https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/VM-IMAGES/12.3-RC1/
          
          The partition layout is:
          
              ~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
              ~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
              ~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)
          
          The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
          formats.  The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
          respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.
          
          Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI
          loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the
          virtual machine images.  See this page for more information:
          
          https://wiki.freebsd.org/arm64/QEMU
          
          To boot the VM image, run:
          
              % qemu-system-aarch64 -m 4096M -cpu cortex-a57 -M virt  \
          	-bios QEMU_EFI.fd -serial telnet::4444,server -nographic \
          	-drive if=none,file=VMDISK,id=hd0 \
          	-device virtio-blk-device,drive=hd0 \
          	-device virtio-net-device,netdev=net0 \
          	-netdev user,id=net0
          
          Be sure to replace "VMDISK" with the path to the virtual machine image.
          
        • What every IT person needs to know about OpenBSD Part 3: That packet filter

          ‘Functional, free and secure by default’, OpenBSD remains a crucial yet largely unacknowledged player in the open-source field.

          This series aims to highlight the project’s signature security features and development practices — razor-sharp focus on correct and secure code coupled with continuing code audit — as well as the project’s role as a source of innovation in security practices and an ‘upstream’ source for numerous widely-used components such as OpenSSH, PF, LibreSSL and others. Part 1 focused on the history, Part 2 focused on usage and user experience, and this final part will looks at that packet filter (PF).

          I mentioned PF, the OpenBSD packet filter, earlier. I must confess that PF has been an important part of my life in various contexts since the early 2000s. Over the years, things I have written have contributed to creating the popular but wrong perception that OpenBSD was primarily a firewall operating system. There are a lot of useful and fun features that turned up in or in connection with PF over the years and were pioneered by OpenBSD. Some features were ported to or imitated in other systems, while others remain stubbornly OpenBSD only.

          So I will touch on some of my favourite PF and PF-attached features, in quasi-random but almost chronological order.

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • Audacity » PCLinuxO

          Audacity is a program that lets you manipulate digital audio waveforms. In addition to letting you record sounds directly from within the program, it imports many sound file formats, including WAV, AIFF, MP3 and Ogg/Vorbis. It supports all common editing operations such as Cut, Copy, and Paste, plus it will mix tracks and let you apply plug-in effects to any part of a sound. Updated to 3.1.1.

        • Vivaldi Browser » PCLinuxOS

          Vivaldi is a new web browser based on Chromium that is built by an Opera founder. Updated to 4.3.2439.65.

        • Signal Desktop » PCLinuxOS

          Signal Desktop is a private messaging application you can use right from your desktop. Updated to 5.23.1.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • OpenSUSE is Looking for Candidates to Run for Its Board

          There’s not likely to be anything sexy, like televised debates or nation state cracker hackers attempting to steal emails to influence the outcome, but the openSUSE Project is going to have a board election and they’re looking for a few good candidates to step up to the plate.

          In case you’re new to Linux, openSUSE is the mostly autonomous organization responsible for two Linux distributions based on SUSE, the commercial Linux distribution that’s vying for the “largest independent Linux vendor by revenue” category, now that Red Hat’s technically no longer an independent open source vendor.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat 8.5 released with SQL Server and .NET 6 … this is Linux, right? [Ed: Tim Anderson is now painting the RHEL release as if Microsoft owns the whole thing. The Register is a loo, not journalism, and Microsoft Tim is showing his true colours again.]

          Version 8.5 of Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux operating system (RHEL) is out, with updates including .NET 6 and a system role for Microsoft SQL Server, as well as improved container support.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • New software for old phones: Pixel 2 gets Android 12 and Ubuntu Touch ports – Liliputing

          The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones were released in 2017 and they were pretty great phones with good performance and excellent cameras. But Google rolled out the last official update for the phones at the end of 2020, which means there’s no official Android 12 build for the Pixel 2 series and the phones no longer receives security updates.

          But independent developers are keeping Google’s hardware alive even after Google has abandoned it. You can now run Android 12 on the Pixel 2 XL thanks to a custom ROM. And if you’d rather try something quite different, Pixel 2 support is coming to the Linux-based Ubuntu Touch operating system. But you should be aware that some features may not be working yet.

        • Free Ubuntu Support Comes To M1 Macs With Multipass Update

          Ubuntu developer Canonical has announced the rollout of an update to its cross-platform VM manager Multipass, adding a free and fast way of running Linux on an M1-powered Mac. The news comes a month after Linux became available to run on Apple silicon ‘as a basic desktop,’ and merely days after reports suggested that Linux kernel 5.16 will include mainline support for the Apple M1 chip’s PCIe controller. Parallels Desktop 17 also offers Ubuntu support on M1 Macs, but the price starts at $79.99. Multipass is free.

          Apart from the aforementioned software, M1 users do not currently have many options to run Linux on their machines. While VirtualBox does not support the M1′s underlying ARM architecture, VMWare Fusion’s Linux support for Apple silicon is still in the preview stage. That makes Multipass a great option for developers interested in running Linux on their M1-powered MacBooks.

        • You’ll float too… If you don’t listen to your IT

          Here’s yet another hint Pennywise was trying to signal – IT has a scary face that we should all dread! If you don’t know who Pennywise is, then you are missing out watching the horrifying clown from the horror movie series It – not IT (Eye-Tee). No wonder it has become the highest-grossing horror film of all time, especially as Pennywise is giving us more scary life aspects to reflect the movie on (like this one)!

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Sponsor Success at Apache: Exploration and Practice of the Apache Way in Tencent

        The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) manages more than 227 million lines of code, has 206 project management committees, leads more than 350 Apache projects and operates through a merit system, with more than 850 members, 8,100+ committers, and tens of thousands of contributors.

        Previously the Apache Group, the ASF has grown to one of the largest open source foundations in the world today. It has built the well-known “Apache Way” through its leadership, sound community, and merit thinking, resulting in a set of schemes that promote the sustainable development of open source communities and guide the practice of open source projects.projects.

        Since Tencent Open Source was created 11 years ago, a large number of Tencent engineers have formed a deep connection with the Apache community by participating and contributing to Apache projects. Furthermore, by learning from the Apache Way, Tencent is going through its open source journey.

      • cURL Releases and Raves by Daniel Stenberg

        • curl 7.80.0 post quantum
        • The curl v8 plan

          For a long time I have been wanting to avoid us to ever reach curl version 7.100.0. I strongly suspect that going three-digits in the minor number will cause misunderstandings and possibly even glitches in people’s comparison scripts etc. If nothing else, it is just a very high number to use in a version string and I believe we would be better off by starting over. Reset the clock so to speak.

          Given that, a curl version 8.0.0 is inevitably going to have to happen and since we do releases every 8 weeks and we basically bump the version number in just about every release, there is a limited amount of time left to avoid the minor number to reach 100. We just shipped curl 7.80.0, so we have less than 20 release cycles in the worst case; a few years.

          A while ago it struck me that we have a rather big anniversary coming up, also within a few years, and that is curl’s 25th birthday.

        • The most used software components in the world

          We can’t know for sure which products are on the top list of the most widely deployed software components. There’s no method for us to count or estimate these numbers with a decent degree of certainty. We can only guess and make rough estimates – and it also depends on exactly what we count. And quite probably also depending on who‘s doing the counting.

          First, let’s acknowledge that SQLite already hosts a page for mostly deployed software module, where they speculate on this topic (and which doesn’t even mention curl). Also, does this count number of devices running the code or number of installs? If we count devices, does virtual machines count? Is it the number of currently used installations or total number of installations done over the years?

        • My first 25 years of HTTP

          I like figuring out even or somehow particularly aligned numbers and dates to celebrate. Here’s another one: today marks the day when httpget 0.1 was released in 1996.

          httpget 0.1 was a tiny command line tool written by Rafael Sagula. It was less than 300 lines of C code. (Today, the product code is 173,000 lines!)

          I found httpget just days after it was released when I was searching for a tool to use for downloading currency rates with from an HTTP site. This was the time before Google existed so I assume I used Altavista or something. I can’t remember actually.

        • Hackad: curl use on TV

          There’s this new TV-show on Swedish Television (SVT) called Hackad (“hacked” in English), which is about a team of white hat hackers showing the audience exactly how vulnerable lots of things, people and companies are and how they can be hacked using various means. In the show the hackers show how they hack into peoples accounts, their homes and their devices.

          Generally this is done in a rather non-techy way as they mostly describe what they do in generic terms and not very specifically or with technical details. But in some short sequences the camera glances over a screen where source code or command lines are shown.

        • curl installations per capita

          I’ve joked with friends and said that we should have a competition to see whom among us have the largest number of curl installations in their homes. This is of course somewhat based on that I claim that there are more than ten billion curl installations in the world. That’s more installations than humans. How many curl installations does an average person have?

          Amusingly, someone also asked me this question at curl presentation I did recently.

          I decided I would count my own installations to see what number I could possibly come up with, ignoring the discussion if I’m actually could be considered “average” in this regard or not. This counting includes a few assumptions and estimates, but this isn’t a game we can play with complete knowledge. But no crazy estimates, just reasonable ones!

        • One new contributor every 3.4 days

          In the curl project we keep track of and say thanks to every single contributor. That includes persons who report bugs or security problems, who run infrastructure for us, who assist in debugging or fixing problems as well as those who author code or edit the website. Those who have contributed to make curl to what it is.

          Exactly today October 4th 2021, we reached 2,500 names in this list of contributors for the first time. 2,500 persons since the day curl was created back in March 1998. 2,500 contributors in 8599 days. This means that on average we’ve seen one new contributor helping out in the project every 3.44 days for almost twenty-four years. Not bad at all.

      • Web Browsers

        • Old Microsoft is back: If the latest Windows 11 really wants to use Edge, it will use Edge no matter what

          Microsoft Windows 11 build 22494 appears to prevent links associated with the Microsoft Edge browser from being handled by third-party applications, a change one developer argues is anticompetitive.

          Back in 2017, Daniel Aleksandersen created a free helper application called EdgeDeflector to counter behavioral changes Microsoft made in the way Windows handles mouse clicks on certain web links.

          Typically, https:// links get handled by whatever default browser is set for the system in question. But there are ways to register a custom protocol handler, for operating systems and web browsers, that defines the scheme to access a given resource (URI).

        • Mozilla

          • A Firefox mobile product manager on her favorite corners of the internet

            Here at Mozilla, we are the first to admit the internet isn’t perfect, but we are also quick to point out that the internet is pretty darn magical. The internet opens up doors and opportunities, allows for people to connect with others, and lets everyone find where they belong — their corners of the internet. We all have an internet story worth sharing. In My Corner Of The Internet, we talk with people about the online spaces they can’t get enough of, what we should save in Pocket to read later, and what sites and forums shaped them.

            First up is Vesta Ware, a staff product manager at Firefox Mobile here at Mozilla on the parts of the internet she can’t stop talking about (and, yes, that includes Firefox).

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • MongoDB 5.1 for DBaaS arrives amid questions over on-prem release stability

          MongoDB, the company behind the document non-relational database of the same name, has released its 5.1 update but only as a managed service.

          While critics voice concerns that bugs from 5.0 have still not been fixed, the NoSQL poster child has pushed on with efforts to accommodate time series data and better support analytics on operational systems.

          The result could be good for users already requiring these features, but is unlikely to usurp rival databases with these performance specialisms.

          MongoDB 5.1 is the first in an “accelerated release cadence” and will only be fully supported on MongoDB Atlas, the company’s database as a service, while being also available to download as a “development release.”

          It features support for globally distributed time series applications through MongoDB’s native sharding to horizontally distribute massive data sets and co-locate nodes.

        • What if … MySQL’s repeatable reads cause you to lose money?

          Well, let me say if that happens because there is a logic mistake in your application. But you need to know and understand what happens in MySQL to be able to avoid the problem.

          In short the WHY of this article is to inform you about possible pitfalls and how to prevent that to cause you damage. pitfalls1

          Let us start by having a short introduction to what Repeatable reads are about. Given I am extremely lazy, I am going to use (a lot) existing documentation from MySQL documentation.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)<

        • Take the 2021 WordPress Annual Survey (and view the 2020 results)!

          Each year, members of the WordPress community (users, site builders, extenders, and contributors) provide their valuable feedback through an annual survey. Key takeaways and trends that emerge from this survey often find their way into the annual State of the Word address, are shared in the public project blogs, and can influence the direction and strategy for the WordPress Project.

          Simply put: this survey helps those who build WordPress understand more about how the software is used, and by whom. The survey also helps leaders in the WordPress open source project learn more about our contributors’ experiences.

        • Bogus “Unsupported Browser” errors on WordPress.com

          Logging in to WordPress.com in GNOME Web 41 from Flatpak results in a page called “Browse Happy” that says I need a different browser.

          This made me unhappy.

          The options are to continue anyway, or learn about supported browsers on https://browsehappy.com/ which implies that not using a “GAFAM” browser puts you at risk on the web.

          I filed a bug report on GNOME Web in the hopes they can add a UA quirk for WordPress that makes it think I use another browser.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • 8 New Features & Improvements to Expect in GIMP 3.0 Release

            GIMP is one of the best free image editors available for Linux. Not just for users who want a free alternative to Adobe suite, but many professionals use GIMP for artwork, design, and photo editing.

            Even though GIMP offers many essential features and options to work with, many modern alternatives (irrespective of the platform) have popped up that outshine GIMP in several ways.

            And, GIMP 3.0 could be the release that turns the table by putting GIMP as one of the best modern offerings to compete with commercial options available out there.

            This article will discuss the expected features to arrive with GIMP 3.0 release.

      • Programming/Development

        • Managing a Node Applications using PM2

          Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to manage Node applications using PM2. Although many developers should already know that thanks to PM2 we will be able to control the application we have already made using NodeJS.

        • Easy!Appointments: A free Self-hosted Appointment Scheduler

          Easy!Appointments is an open-source, free, web-based, self-hosted, event scheduler and appointment manager. It is created by Alex Tselegidis, a software developer from Greece.

          Easy!Appointments syncs events with Google Calendar, and similar calendar services.

          It is a highly customizable, easy-to-use system, written with PHP and uses MySQL. It uses Full-Calendar which is a rich JavaScript calendar library, Moment.js to manipulate time, jQuery, and Bootstrap CSS framework.

        • Python

          • How to manipulate Excel spreadsheets with Python and openpyxl

            Python is a general purpose programming language that needs no presentations. It was originally written by Guido Van Rossum, and saw its first release in the year 1991. At the moment of writing, the latest stable version of the language is 3.10. In this tutorial we see how to use it together with the openpyxl library to manipulate Excel spreadsheets.

  • Leftovers

    • The American Dilemma

      Religious mythology, from the Greeks on down, has been utilized to provide easily interpreted moral imperatives for the guidance of vulnerable, credulous humans. Gog and Magog embodied the power of evil, as symbols of all that was corrupt, perverse, and destructive in human nature, and were dreaded as such.

      Americans are short on mythology now, except for the sleazy, dirty joke of Exceptionalist bullshit, but the Gog/Magog model will serve well in describing one aspect of the waning days of this despicable, moribund empire: its governing political parties.

    • Joanna Hogg and the Art of Life

      When does a life become a story, a narrative legible to those outside it? This question trills at the heart of Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir (2019) and the new The Souvenir Part II, a two-part film à clef constructed like a precarious house of cards: memories, texts, and ephemera from a life, stacked carefully one upon another in the hope that they hold their shape. The films take their names from Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s rococo 18th-century painting The Souvenir, which shows a woman in a lustrous pink gown carving an initial into a tree; a letter, presumably from her lover, lies on the ground by her feet. It’s an image of willful alchemy—of turning a memory, a feeling, into an object and event in the exterior world. The painting itself reifies a scene in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s epistolary 1761 novel Julie; or, The New Heloise, about the mercurial passions between a married woman and her former flame—which in turn draws on the medieval tale of the French nun Héloïse d’Argenteuil and, likely, Rousseau’s own romantic entanglements. To this series of artistic transfigurations, Hogg adds her own, constellating personal references as she reconstructs her youth: the 1938 song “A Souvenir of Love” by Jessie Matthews, the films of Powell and Pressburger, period fashion from Manolo Blahnik and Yohji Yamamoto, letters from Hogg’s former lover, 16-millimeter pictures she took in the 1980s. Together, all these objects and invocations comprise a life of the mind, an intellectual history assembled in the hope that it might represent something more than just that: the haphazard accumulations of one’s time on earth.

    • 25 scenes in which the circumstances did not apply

      N1.in the light of a lamppost, a black fence in the background, wearing a long, fabulously well-cut black coat, feet in leather boots, 6’4” over me, he is a pylon

      in his eyes all princesses locked behind heavy-lidded eyes he turns to catchthe silent moonlight so i can shudder at how dark they stayhe tells me his name is meat because he eats meat because he’s from the mountainshe calls me lola he predicts i will regret everything i don’t dohe can’t know that i tell himmy name is dolores and i’m not thinking of anybody

    • Science

      • IFF submits its comments on the Draft Approach Paper for creating a Digital Address Code

        We have provided our comments on the Draft Approach Paper for creating a Digital Address Code. In our comments, we have tried to highlight the governance issues around geospatial data, data protection issues around the use of geospatial data, and potential surveillance and function creep challenges which will arise from DAC. Finally, we recommend that a comprehensive grievance redressal mechanism be provided for complaints against geospatial mapping, that robust security standards and user rights be specified for the DAC database, and that the principle of purpose limitation be followed.

        [...]

        The latter approach is rather detailed and includes using an algorithm which would allocate the subsequent digits on the basis of habitation density after assessing the population density and designing a geospatial workflow. The DAC would be allotted based on the division of areas into a grid, each of which will comprise of around 300 addresses. Out of the 12 digits, the last digit would be a ‘check digit’ and the immediately preceding four would be identifiers within the neighbourhood. Upto the neighbourhood level, the DAC would be automated but for the final four identifier digits at the neighbourhood level, a ‘system driven consent process’ is proposed.

    • Education

      • Would You Manage 70 Children And A 15-Ton Vehicle For $18 An Hour?

        At year-round, full-time hours — the way the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates an annual wage — the average school bus driver makes more than $39,000 a year. But school bus drivers don’t work year-round, full-time hours. “We’re only guaranteed four hours of pay a day,” Steele said.

        There are no paid holidays or sick days, she and other bus industry experts say. Benefits vary from company to company, and there’s no guaranteed work at all in summer. “Spring break is all unpaid. Every teacher-compensatory day, every snow day, any time they cannot pay us they will,” Steele said. She added that a recent, failed unionization effort among the Robbinsdale bus drivers started in part as a fight for snow-day pay.

    • Hardware

      • How To Make A CPU – A Simple Picture Based Explanation

        The purpose of this article is to explain how to make a CPU out of rocks and sand as fast as possible without using too many words. As the world of proprietary hardware and software crushes in around us, we risk losing the ability to make things for ourselves as individuals. It is for this reason that I felt compelled to learn how one could hypothetically make their own integrated circuits by themself. Skip to the end of this article for a few more words on this subject and a disclaimer.

      • Build Your Own HV Capacitors | Hackaday

        Finding high voltage capacitors can be tricky. Sure, you can buy these capacitors, but they are often expensive and hard to find exactly what you want. [RachelAnne] needed some low-value variable capacitors that would work at 100 kV. So she made some.

        Instead of fabricating the plates directly, these capacitors use laminations from a scrap power transformer. These usually have two types of plates, one of which looks like a letter “E” and the other just like a straight bar. For dielectric, the capacitors use common transparency film.

      • Rolling Your Own Long-Range IoT Sensor Network | Hackaday

        Homebrew wireless sensors are nothing new around these parts: grab an ESP8266, hang a BME280 from the I2C pins, and you’re just a few lines of code away from joining the Internet of Things on your own terms. Builds like this are so cheap and easy that they make an excellent first project for folks looking to get into the electronics game, but what if you’re looking for something a bit more bespoke?

        In that case, you could follow in the footsteps of [Discreet Mayor] and put together a custom modular architecture for long-range wireless sensors. The core of the system is a breakout board for the Texas Instruments SimpleLink CC1312 wireless MCU which features a simple 2×11 header connector. This allows the module to either be plugged into a larger board or have a small sensor PCB attached directly to it.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Hog Futures Soar After Biden Moves to Speed Up Slaughter-Lines, Ignoring Safety Fears

        The Biden administration’s Wednesday announcement allowing several pork processing plants to speed up production was well-received by livestock traders—pleased to see an immediate spike in hog futures—but progressive critics warned that the move will make slaughterhouses, and the nation’s food supply, more dangerous.

        “The Biden administration is caving to industry pressure.”

      • Drug Price Negotiation Is A Second-Best Fix. Here’s What Will Really Work

        As Democrats struggle to bring together 50 votes to pass the Build Back Better Act, a major sticking point with the legislation has emerged. That is, whether it should include provisions changing the law to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, with caps on payments set based on prices paid by other wealthy nations.

      • How You Can Report on the Toxic Hot Spots Near You

        Is the community you cover located in or near a hot spot of cancer-causing industrial air pollution? The ProPublica reporters who built the most detailed map of toxic hot spots have created this guide to help journalists across the country illuminate the risks readers face and the remedies they might have to hold government and industry accountable. (For more background, you can learn more about air toxics and read our national overview story.)

        As part of our effort to empower journalists to use this new tool, ProPublica is also hosting a virtual event geared toward journalists where our reporters can answer questions about the map, the underlying data and the shoe-leather reporting techniques they’ve employed. This event will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Register here. (There will be a separate virtual event for the general public.)

      • NIH Praised for Standing Up to Moderna in Vaccine Patent Fight
      • Democrats in Statehouses Aim to Secure Abortion Rights as “Roe” Faces Threats
      • Federal Judge Overturns Greg Abbott’s Ban on Mask Mandates in Texas Schools

        A federal judge late Wednesday overturned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order prohibiting mask mandates in the state’s public schools, arguing the ban violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.

        “The spread of Covid-19 poses an even greater risk for children with special health needs,” U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote in his 29-page ruling. “Children with certain underlying conditions who contract Covid-19 are more likely to experience severe acute biological effects and to require admission to a hospital and the hospital’s intensive-care unit.”

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Apple will let users pass on iCloud data when they die
        • Attacker undetected by Qld regional water supplier for nine months

          “The story here is typical: a legacy, more vulnerable system was targeted first. Whilst no critical data was stolen in this instance, with the attackers simply redirecting Web traffic, perhaps a more sophisticated bad actor would have exploited the weakness further.

        • Queensland water supplier Sunwater targeted by hackers in months-long undetected cyber security breach

          Sunwater admitted the cyber breach after the tabling of a Queensland’s Audit Office report into the state’s water authorities, which mentioned the incident but did not say which authority was targeted.

          x Following questions from the ABC, Sunwater confirmed it was the authority affected by the breach revealed in the Audit Office’s report.

        • Judge denies Apple’s request to delay App Store changes.

          A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Apple could not delay making changes to its App Store, a move that could soon allow app developers to directly communicate with customers about ways to pay for services outside Apple’s ecosystem.

          Calling Apple’s request for a delay “fundamentally flawed,” Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California warned in her ruling that the company’s strict App Store rules were building toward “antitrust conduct.”

        • Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options for App Store by December 9th, denying stay

          Epic v. Apple judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers says Apple must comply with an order to let developers add links and buttons to external payment options, denying the company’s motion for a stay. “Apple’s motion is based on a selective reading of this Court’s findings and ignores all of the findings which supported the injunction,” her new order reads.

          Judge Gonzalez Rogers issued her order after a Tuesday hearing concerning the blockbuster antitrust lawsuit, which Fortnite publisher Epic Games filed in 2020 and which went to trial this year. During the hearing, Apple said it needed more time to rewrite its anti-steering policies — rules that bar app developers from linking to payment methods besides the iOS App Store.

        • [Old] Epic v Apple explained: What the trial is about and what happened in court

          Last year, Epic Games intentionally broke Apple’s rules by putting its own payment processing system in the iPhone version of Fortnite, bypassing Apple’s 30% fee and giving players a V-bucks discount. Apple responded by kicking Fortnite off the iOS App Store, while Epic launched a lawsuit and PR campaign declaring the iPhone maker “anti-competitive.”

          The companies have jabbed at each other for the past year, building their cases. (Epic CEO Tim Sweeney practices his ripostes on Twitter weekly.) Now the time has come to square off in person: The Epic and Apple trial has begun.

          Here’s what to expect from the trial, and what it’s all about in the first place.

        • Judge denies Apple’s request for a stay after Epic trial

          Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has denied Apple’s request for a stay of the injunction ordering it to let app developers link to non-Apple payment options. The company has 90 days from the verdict to comply.

          As part of the Epic v Apple case that went to court this year, Apple was found to be in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law. A permanent injunction declared that, “Apple Inc. [...] are hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from (i) including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and (ii) communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app.”

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • The Delhi High Court directs the CIC to provide a time frame within which our second appeal for information on surveillance orders will be decided

              We have been pursuing information relating to the scope and scale of e-surveillance conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs since December 2018. The Ministry of Home Affairs (‘MHA’) had originally claimed that the information is exempt for national security, but the Central Information Commissioner (‘CIC’) said that this doesn’t apply – and directed the MHA to hear the matter again. When the MHA heard the matter again, it now claimed that it cannot provide the information anyway, because it has destroyed it! We filed another appeal before the CIC, and also filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court to protect against further destruction of data in the meanwhile, and highlighting the immense delays faced in the CIC. The Delhi High Court has now directed the CIC to tell the High Court a timeline within which our appeal will be decided.

            • Meta Isn’t Just About Rebranding Facebook: Could It Bring a Dystopian Future?

              Is the launch of Meta merely an attempt at rebranding Facebook after the considerable hit its image has taken with the revelations of Facebook whistleblowers Frances Haugen and Sophie Zhang? Is it to move away from its sullied past and present to an alternate universe, the metaverse that Facebook will create in the future? Does the company want its users to forget about its hate-filled Facebook pages, which fuel the company’s ad-driven business empire, by moving the focus away from the Facebook brand? Or is this move aimed at winning back the young viewers that it is “losing traction” with?

              Facebook’s internal documents, made public by Haugen, reflect this desperation to win back the young users, and they even talk about focusing Facebook’s attention on preteens—children in the age group of 10 to 12—who are viewed as a “valuable but untapped audience.” More importantly, Facebook seems to follow the same logic as the cigarette companies do by targeting children and getting them hooked on smoking. Both Facebook and these cigarette companies seem to believe that once they hook these children onto their products, they stay hooked for life, providing these companies with captive, lifelong customers. Or, in the case of Facebook, this means selling the data of their users, those hooked on Facebook, to advertisers for the lifetime of these users.

            • Lawmakers Choose the Wrong Path, Again, With New Anti-Algorithm Bill

              We need a strong privacy law. We need laws that will restore real competition and data interoperability. And then, we need to have a serious discussion about breaking Facebook up into its component parts. In other words, the federal government should go back and do the rigorous merger review that it should have done in the first place, before the Instagram and WhatsApp purchases.

              It’s unfortunate that lawmakers are, by and large, declining to pursue these solutions. As they express shock and rage at Haugen’s testimony, we continue to see them promote legislation that will entrench the power of existing tech giants and do grievous harm to users’ right to free expression.

              The most recent effort is a bill called the “Justice Against Malicious Algorithms Act” (JAMA Act, H.R. 5596). This proposed law, sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and three others, is yet another misguided attack on internet users in the name of attacking Big Tech.

            • Clearview Officially Kicked Out Of Australia For Violation Country’s Privacy Laws

              Clearview — the facial recognition tech company whose unproven AI runs searches on 10 billion images scraped from the web — has been booted from another country.

            • Belgium, GDPR Superpower, About to Rule Leading Ad Tracking Framework is Illegal

              Back in 2017, Belgium was one of three EU countries that ruled Facebook was breaking their privacy laws. Last year it emerged that Beligum was investigating the real-time bidding (RTB) process that lies at the heart of most online advertising today. The focus of that investigation was something called the Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF) from the leading digital advertising group IAB Europe, which describes its mission as “to lead political representation and promote industry collaboration to deliver frameworks, standards and industry programmes that enable business to thrive in the European market”.

            • Supreme Court to hear ‘secrets’ in case over Muslim surveillance

              Ultimately Monteilh‘s handlers told him to ask about jihad and express a willingness to engage in violence. Those questions caused members of the community to report him to the FBI and other authorities and seek a restraining order against him.

              The FBI has acknowledged Monteilh was an informant, and the story was covered in the news media including on the National Public Radio show “This American Life.”

            • Startpage harasses VPN users….. So much for their privacy claims.

              So that’s nice. “Your access to Startpage has been suspended at this time.”.

              I’ve gotten this a few times while using NordVPN, but it’s happening more and more.

              Why do they want me to drop my VPN if they’re all about privacy?

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Let’s Turn Rising Generations Into War Resisters Rather Than Veterans
      • A Soldiers Home Companion

        “My father lives there,” she said. “The food is great. The rent is cheap. They take care of everything.”

        I’m on two housing lists but figured why not? I filled out an application; two months later I had an interview at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home in Boston.

      • Day of the Dead

        Eventually everything is doomed. The sun will go Red Giant and devour the Earth. All the stars will eventually flame out and die. Why care? Why not succumb to hedonism and excess, live it up and suck it up. Who gives a flying fuck about some tweety birds, posies and varmints.

        Why? Because the Earth, the stars, the Universe, somehow managed to bring forth these marvelous organic inventions that live and breathe and frolic and mate and fight and eat and hunt and fly and run and howl and sing. Because we are all refugees stranded on one blue marble in the vast cold emptiness, possibly (but unlikely) the only life in all the terrifying wilderness of space. Surely we should look after one another.

      • A Real Day for Veterans

        There are 40,000 homeless veterans in this country. A real day for veterans would address their physical and emotional needs and help them access permanent housing.

        One of every 10 post 9/11 veterans has been diagnosed with a substance abuse problem. A real day for veterans would help them get treatment without stigmatization or shame.

      • Human Rights Advocates Condemn ‘Intolerable’ Abuse of Refugees Trapped at Poland-Belarus Border

        “Vulnerable people are not chess pawns to be used in a geopolitical struggle… European values are dangerously under threat when people are allowed to die from hypothermia at its external border.”

      • Veterans Group on Annual Mission to Reclaim November 11 as Day for Peace

        As countries across the globe mark Armistice Day Thursday, advocacy group Veterans for Peace is on its annual campaign to bring the focus in the U.S. back to the day’s original intent of a celebration of peace.

        “We want to be part of a society that acknowledges peace as the ideal.”

      • Why Did the DoD Abandon a Report Tracking 139 Military Mental Health Programs?
      • Opinion | Honor Armistice Day on November 11th as a Day of Peace

        The first Armistice Day was a celebration of the moment—the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918—that the brutality of that first industrial war, which robbed 40 million soldiers and civilians of life, ended and peace began.

      • Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Tied to ‘Historic Shift’ Away From ‘Perilous Profiteering’

        The latest Don’t Bank on the Bomb report, released Thursday, sheds light on the early impacts of a global treaty banning nuclear weapons worldwide while also exposing the companies and financial institutions responsible for continuing to build up governments’ arsenals.

        “This report looks at those with vested interests to keep a nuclear arms race going.”

      • Class Warfare and Socialist Resistance: Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela as Existential Threats to the US

        One of the extreme ironies of the latest attack by the settler-colonial regime of the United States against the national democratic project of Nicaragua is that in Nicaragua, the second poorest nation in the Americas, universal healthcare and education are guaranteed to the population as a human right, while in the U.S. those kinds of basic human rights are distant dreams.

        The day after the so-called progressive block of legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives surrendered to President Joe Biden and the right-wing corporate wing of the party on the Build Back Better legislation that offered some minor and temporary relief for workers and the poor, many of those same “progressives” voted for the RENACER Act. The RENACER Act is a vicious piece of legislation meant to undermine the ability of the Nicaragua government to protect the human rights of its people and to punish the people for having the temerity to support their government and their anti-colonial project.

      • Opinion | American History: Let’s Face the Truth

        When you’re losing the game, summon the commies!

      • ATF Goes On Tour To Teach Journalists That Cops Are Usually Right When They Kill Someone

        The ATF (the accepted not-actually-an-acronym for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) is back on its periodic charm offensive. This time the charm seems a bit more forced, as citizens and governments all over the nation are aggressively questioning force use by law enforcement officers.

      • Expel Paul Gosar From Congress

        Arizona Republican Representative Paul Gosar’s posting of an altered anime video that depicted him killing a colleague, New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, should be the last straw for the most dangerously delusional member of the US House of Representatives.

      • World and Regional Powers Shape the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia Bites the Dust
      • Kurt Vonnegut’s Prescient Insight Into Veterans’ Trauma

        In The Writer’s Crusade: Kurt Vonnegut and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse-Five (Abrams, 2021), I examine Vonnegut’s masterpiece by going on a biographical and literary journey into the author’s life, from the trauma he experienced in World War II through his career and up to his final years as an ornery New Yorker. I also talk with contemporary authors, such as Tim O’Brien, to shed light on how Vonnegut integrated his experiences and was able to write a “true” war story. The excerpt below is adapted from the book.1

      • ‘Arrogant Insensitivity’: Defense Lawyer in Arbery Murder Trial Ripped for Bid to Bar Black Pastors

        An attorney for one of the three men accused of murdering unarmed Black runner Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia last year raised eyebrows and ire Thursday after asking the presiding judge in the case to exclude Black faith leaders from the courtroom because he believes their presence is “political” and could sway the nearly all-white jury.

        “Asking a judge to bar me or any minister of the family’s choice underscores the disregard for the value of the human life lost and the grieving of a family in need of spiritual and community support.”

      • White Supremacy on Trial: From Rittenhouse in Kenosha to Killers of Ahmaud Arbery, Will They Go Free?

        Kyle Rittenhouse took to the stand on Wednesday before his defense team asked for a mistrial with prejudice in the case. If a mistrial is granted, Rittenhouse cannot be tried again, though the judge did not immediately rule on the request and said jury deliberations could begin on Monday. Now 18 years old, Rittenhouse was 17 when he fatally shot two men and injured one with a semiautomatic rifle during racial justice protests last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is pleading not guilty to six charges, including homicide. While questioned, Rittenhouse broke down in tears, admitting to using deadly force but denying intent to kill his victims, and Judge Bruce Schroeder seemed to side with the defense at a handful of different points during Rittenhouse’s testimony. Meanwhile, the judge’s cellphone went off while the court was in session and played a ringtone for the song “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood, the opening song played at Donald Trump’s rallies. For more on the Rittenhouse trial, as well as the murder trial for the three men who killed Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, we speak with Elie Mystal, justice correspondent for The Nation, and antiracist activist Bree Newsome Bass. Mystal says Judge Schroeder “has pre-judged the trial in favor of Rittenhouse,” and “that was obvious before the trial.” Newsome Bass says, irrespective of the trials’ outcomes, “the legal system itself is an affront to the notion of justice.” She adds, “What does justice even mean in a system that was established to strip Black people of their humanity and for the greater part of its history has never really held white people accountable for murdering Black people?”

      • Six War Poems by Vietnam Vets

        Our medic works on a young soldier,
        tails of battle dressings tangle around him
        like intestines. On the bulldozers steel track,
        linked like rosary beads,
        a man sits, minus his arm, both legs. Someone’s hands,
        no–my hands–
        pitch the smoke grenade. Through a squall of dust and smoke,
        the chopper’s open door
        beckons. We carry litters,
        all hunched over
        like men in a hailstorm. Gentle cuffs against my thigh.
        A leg…
        from knee to boot, dangles by a strand of flesh.
        It taps to remind me
        of my undeserved wholeness.

        Gary Rafferty served with A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 94th Artillery, Vietnam 1970-71. His fortcoming memoir is Nothing Left to Drag Home: The Siege at Lao Bao During Operation Dewey Canyon II–Lam Son 719, as Told by an Artilleryman Who Survived It. Email: Maddog7337@yahoo.com.

      • Muslim Mafia: Migrant Clans Conquer Sweden – Arab War Zone (Videos)

        The clans control large zones of Swedish cities and towns, effectively lawless areas which police increasingly fear to approach. The crime families, which have thousands of foot soldiers, have been allowed to operate with virtual impunity for years. Swedish judges and prosecutors have been unable or unwilling to stop them, apparently out of fear of retribution. Furthermore, police are terrorized by them and often pressured by the state to remain silent.

      • History accelerates on the banks of the Rhine, the river that waters the heart of Europe. as Islam moves forward.

        When Pastor Klemens Müller looked out the window last week, he couldn’t believe his eyes. A young Afghan was literally emptying his Frauenberg church in Nordhausen. The Afghan, who has lived in Germany for five years, dragged chairs out, emptied the altar, tore up religious and organ music books and did not stop at the cross, which he mutilated. The shattered symbol, Die Welt says, had been saved from the rubble after the bombing of Nordhausen in World War II. It resisted the bombs, not Europe’s masochism.

    • Environment

      • 200+ Global Scientists Urge Immediate Large-Scale Action to Limit Global Warming
      • Over 84 Million People Forcibly Displaced by Climate Emergency, Insecurity, and Violence

        A United Nations agency revealed Thursday that a rising number of people worldwide are fleeing violence, insecurity, and the effects of the climate emergency, with over 84 million relocating within and beyond their home countries during the first half of this year.

        “It is the communities and countries with the fewest resources that continue to shoulder the greatest burden in protecting and caring for the forcibly displaced.”

      • Denmark and Costa Rica Launch Anti-Oil and Gas Alliance at COP26

        A group of countries and regions led by Denmark and Costa Rica have pledged to phase out oil and gas production in a new initiative launched today at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

        Wales, Ireland, France, Greenland, Québec and Sweden have joined the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) as “core” members, which requires winding down any existing projects by a Paris Agreement-aligned date and not issuing new licences.

      • Anti-Net Zero Activist’s Claim She Was ‘Evicted’ from COP26 Rejected by Organisers

        The head of a new UK climate science denial group calling for a referendum on the country’s net zero goal falsely claimed to have been evicted from COP26 and forced to hide in a toilet earlier this week, according to organisers. 

        Lois Perry, director of CAR26 – which questions whether carbon dioxide has a “significant role in global warming” – appeared on talkRADIO on Monday claiming security tried to “bundle” her out of the press area at the UN climate summit in Glasgow because “they don’t want free speech”. 

      • Iberdrola Criticised for COP26 ‘Greenwash Gimmicks’ While Expanding Gas-Fired Power

        GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — A Spanish energy giant has been criticised for touting its green credentials at COP26 with free solar-powered WiFi booths and a “cycling expedition”, while remaining involved in multiple gas power projects in Mexico.

        Iberdrola helps run an annual cycle ride to UN climate summits backed by the International Energy Agency, which recently called for an end to new fossil fuel developments if the Paris Agreement goals are to be met.

      • ‘Shame On You’: Indigenous Campaigners Demand JPMorgan End Fossil Fuel Finance

        Indigenous activists on Wednesday staged a protest outside JPMorgan Chase headquarters in central Glasgow as pressure on banks to halt oil and gas extraction grows.

        A crowd of over a hundred chanted “enough is enough” and “shame on you” outside the American multinational bank’s office building, just over a mile from where crucial talks at the COP26 climate conference are currently taking place.

      • Opinion | Bill Gates Should Know Better: How the Israeli Occupation Ravages the Environment in Palestine

        Those who are not familiar with how Israel, particularly the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, is actively and irreversibly damaging the environment might reach the erroneous conclusion that Tel Aviv is at the forefront of the global fight against climate change. The reality is the exact opposite.

      • Global Alliance Launches With the Goal of Bringing About the ‘End of Oil and Gas’

        In what environmentalists hope will mark a “turning point” in the global climate fight, a coalition of nations led by Costa Rica and Denmark formally launched the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance on Thursday with the stated goal of halting all new drilling and ultimately phasing out fossil fuel production for good.

        Announced at the tail end of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, BOGA represents the world’s first coordinated diplomatic initiative aimed at keeping planet-warming fossil fuels in the ground, advocates said.

      • Climate Crisis Cannot Be Solved Without Addressing US Military Emissions, Says Ocasio-Cortez

        U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday denounced the exclusion of military emissions from national decarbonization pledges, arguing—in concert with scores of climate justice advocates—that ignoring a key source of greenhouse gas pollution makes it impossible to fully understand and tackle the planetary emergency.

        “When we have global conferences about cutting emissions, to omit conversations about military investment is to omit measuring our CO2 emissions,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told Abby Martin, host of “The Empire Files,” in response to the journalist’s question about whether greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by the U.S. armed forces should be included in President Joe Biden’s vow to cut carbon pollution in half from 2005 levels by the end of the decade.

      • Wealth Inequality Is Fueling the Climate Emergency
      • Opinion | The Big Lie Known as ‘Net Zero’ Will Lead Us to Climate Disaster

        Last week, at the UN climate negotiations, the International Energy Agency announced that pledges made thus far could hold warming to 1.8 or 1.9°C. Yet an investigation published on Sunday by The Washington Post found that countries’ pledges are based on faulty data. And a report released on Tuesday by Climate Action Tracker, a research group that monitors action on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, found that the targets will, at best, keep temperatures to 2.7°C (5°F). That same day, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) published its annual Emissions Gap report, which matched the Climate Action Tracker’s findings: current pledges will lead to 2.7°C.

      • 200+ Global Scientists Say Urgent and ‘Large-Scale Actions’ Mandatory to Keep 1.5°C Goal Alive

        As a global group of hundreds of scientists urged negotiators at COP26 to acknowledge the latest climate science by committing to “immediate, strong, rapid, sustained, and large-scale actions,” the head of the United Nations expressed pessimism Thursday that the talks will end with an agreement limiting warming to the key threshold of 1.5°C.

        In an interview with The Associated Press a day before the summit is scheduled to end on Friday, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said the goal of capping temperature rise to 1.5 by the end of the century “is still on reach but on life support.”

      • Energy

        • French Poll: Two-Thirds Believe Christians ‘Threatened with Extinction’ by Mass Muslim Migration

          According to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Izmir, Turkey, Giuseppe Bernardini, in Europe “the ‘dominion’ has already begun.” He notes that Saudi “petro-dollars” have been used “not to create work in the poor North African or Middle Eastern countries, but to build mosques and cultural centers in Christian countries with Islamic immigration, including Rome, the center of Christianity….How can we ignore in all this a program of expansion and re-conquest?”

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • The Pitfalls of Collaboration Strike Again

          And why are they so upset? Well, because Montana’s other U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, has decided the bill isn’t going anywhere unless hundreds of thousands of already-designated Wilderness Study Areas are released to development.

          They say “the once burnt child fears the fire,” but apparently that doesn’t apply to the adults who continue to believe if they cut some kind of local deal chopping up the remaining wilderness-quality public lands among their select interests that it will remain untouched and simply magically pass into law unchanged.

    • Finance

      • Opinion | The Worst Instincts at the Very Wrong Time: Fed Chair Jerome Powell Must Go

        US President Joe Biden faces a critical decision: whom to appoint as chair of the Federal Reserve—arguably the most powerful position in the global economy.

      • Opinion | Putting Current Inflation in the Proper Perspective

        The October Consumer Price Index data has gotten the inflation hawks into a frenzy. And, there is no doubt it is bad news. The overall index was up 0.9 percent in the month, while the core index, which excludes food and energy, rose by 0.6 percent. Over the last year, they are up 6.2 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. This eats into purchasing power, leaving people able to buy less with their paychecks or Social Security benefits.

      • Right-Wing Attacks on Native Child Welfare Law Should Frighten Us All
      • Opinion | It’s Time to Expose and Upend That Damaging Myth About Spending

        The drama over the Build Back Better Act has revealed the power of narrative in our political landscape.

      • Is the US Beyond Repair?

        The Missouri Compromise kept the balance by admitting Maine, which had been part of Massachusetts, as a free state, and limiting the spread of slavery below 36° 30´ latitude, parallel to the southern border of Missouri. Said Jefferson, “. . . this is a reprieve only, not a final sentence.” When the compromise broke down in the 1850s, and the entire west was opened to slavery by the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision, Jefferson’s worst fears were realized in a bloody Civil War.

        Today, it seems we are heading in a similar direction. Polls show broad support for secession across the political spectrum. A University of Virginia poll found support for breaking blue and red states into two separate countries at 52% among Trump voters and 41% among Biden voters. Asked if leaders from the other party are “a clear and present danger to democracy,” 80% of Biden voters and 84% of Trump voters responded yes.

      • The Rich Already Have Paid Leave. Meet Ruth Martin, One of the Activists Trying to Make It Universal
      • How Wealth Inequality Fuels the Climate Emergency: George Monbiot & Scientist Kevin Anderson on COP26

        The United States and China made a surprise announcement on Wednesday at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow on a joint pledge to reduce methane emissions and slow deforestation. The United States is the largest historical emitter of carbon emissions, while China has been the largest emitter in recent years. As negotiations continue, we speak with British journalist George Monbiot and British climate scientist Kevin Anderson about how world leaders and even some climate scientists are downplaying the climate emergency. “Everything we’ve been hearing here and at the previous 25 summits is basically distraction,” says Monbiot, adding that global leaders could “fix” the worst impacts of the climate crisis “in no time at all if they wanted to.” Both guests highlight the role of extreme wealth in fueling the climate crisis, with Anderson noting it’s unfair to penalize nations like China, whose rising emissions correlate to the production of goods transported to wealthier countries. “Equity has to be a key part of our responses,” says Anderson.

      • Vehicle Residency: Homelessness We Struggle to Talk About

        Their voices shatter when Sara Kuust and Jake Blackburn talk about Kuust’s miscarriage while residing in a Chevy Blazer. A red-light camera flashing in the dark night, in a big box parking lot near Portland. Four tiny kittens gamboling as a winter storm approached. The worldly possessions of three humans packed in “like Tetris,” litter box perched. Electrical problems randomly triggering door locks. The pain and metallic smell hitting. Kuust losing it. Her cleaning up with a wet rag. No security, no police coming through in the wee hours of February 12. She hadn’t sought prenatal care, didn’t go to a hospital. Blackburn and their roommate cleaning with water and towels—and favorite T-shirts—until dawn.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Chinese Internet Companies Are Censoring People Who Write Or Speak Tibetan Or Uyghur, Lending A Hand To China’s Cultural Genocides

        Techdirt has reported on the oppression of Tibetans by the Chinese authorities for 15 years now. More recently, the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs in Xinjiang have come in for the same treatment, with the apparent aim of breaking their spirit and imposing total obedience. But alongside the hundreds of prisons and physical repression — sometimes leading to deaths — the Chinese authorities have been making it increasingly hard for Tibetans and Uyghurs to preserve their distinctive, non-Han cultures. Now Chinese Internet companies are lending a hand to these cultural genocides, reported here by Protocol:

      • Rupert Murdoch Spreads False Claim Biden FCC Nom Wants To ‘Censor Conservatives.’ NewsMax & OAN Immediately Prove Him Wrong.

        We’d already noted how telecom and media giants are hard at work trying to scuttle the nomination of consumer advocate Gigi Sohn to the FCC. Sohn is broadly popular on both sides of the aisle in telecom and media circles, so companies like AT&T and News Corporation are working overtime to come up with talking points politicians can use to oppose her nomination. This week, that included prodding Lindsey Graham to frame Sohn (who has decades of telecom policy experience) as an unqualified radical extremist looking to censor conservatives:

      • Censorship is the Last Gasp of the Liberal Class

        On November 8, 2021, Twitter locked my account for a period of one day for responding to corporate media darling and Russiagate fanatic Keith Olbermann’s slanderous reply to journalist Wyatt Reed’s coverage of the Nicaraguan election. The flagged tweet simply restated Olbermann’s question, replacing “whore for a dictator” with “whoring for the American oligarchy.” Twitter demanded that I delete the tweet or send a time-consuming, lengthy appeal with no assurances as to if or when my sentence in “Twitter jail” would end. This prompted me to delete the tweet and wait for the 12-hour suspension to end. Keith Olbermann’s account went unscathed.

      • iOS 15.2 beta can censor nudity in Messages app

        Apple released its iOS 15.2 beta earlier this week, adding its “Communication Safety” feature to messages.

        MacRumors reported that the feature aims to protect children from sexually explicit materials sent or received through the messages app.

        The messages app will automatically blur images in which it detects nudity and warn the user of the content.

      • Experts Caution Against One Size Fits All Approach to Content Moderation

        Some experts say they are concerned about a lack of diversity in content moderation practices across the technology industry because some companies may not be well-served – and could be negatively affected – by uniform policies.

        Many say following what other influential platforms do, like banning accounts, could do more harm than good when it comes to protecting free speech on the [Internet].

      • Terror? What Terror?

        But that’s one issue. Here’s another – one that most of the Norwegian media have chosen not to mention. The knife-wielder, a native of Chechnya (which is 96% Muslim, and which was the site of one of the most horrific terrorist acts of the post-9/11 era, the Beslan school siege, in which 186 children were murdered), shouted “Allahu akbar!” several times while storming down Theresesgate.

        This detail, which according to journalist Christian Skaug was first reported in the newspaper VG and then scrubbed within hours (or less) from its website, might in another time and place have been considered by the authorities as a clue as to the man’s motives. But not in Europe in 2021.

      • Editor-in-chief of a major German daily newspaper accuses the churches of concealing or downplaying crimes against church institutions – “They shy away from the conflict with Muslim contempt for Christians and left-wing anti-Semitism”

        Poschardt complains that the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) speaks out “unasked about the moral challenges of the world” but remains “outrageously silent” when it comes to “denouncing obvious things” that affect them. “Statues of saints are spat upon, crosses are desecrated, people urinate in holy water basins. There is little to be heard about this from the EKD’s otherwise so talk-show-suitable permanent moral announcements. Even after the outrageous event in the southern Harz region, it remained rather quiet.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Why Voters Rejected Plans to Replace the Minneapolis Police Department

        By a 56% to 44% margin, voters said “no” to a charter amendment that would have replaced the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety focused on public health solutions.

        Michelle Phelps at the University of Minnesota leads a project looking at attitudes toward policing in the city. The Conversation asked her to explain what happened in the Nov. 2, 2021, vote and where it leaves both Minneapolis’ beleaguered police department and police reform movements nationwide. An edited version of her responses are below.

      • John Deere Workers Remain on Strike and Reject Two-Tier Pay

        Davenport, Iowa—In October the United Auto Workers and Iowa’s labor movement were on the march.

      • October Facts
      • Rhetoric is Not the Answer!

        The explanation that respected leaders and governments were not prepared for this is not the answer. Discrimination faced by Covid-patients on account of their economic as well as social (race, religion and so forth) background even in so-called democratic countries remains a stark indicator of helplessness faced by people when their own leaders are at a loss for what to do. It is paradoxical indeed, leaders and key power-holders supposed to be in command of all “services” have been cornered by socio-economic distress led to by impact of a virus. Perhaps, more pathetic is almost dead silence maintained by most leaders regarding discrimination displayed in medical services provided to affected people. Letting discrimination take place and/or failing to check the same seems to be a gross indicator of power-holders’ apparent apathy towards such a “crime”.

        The preceding point is probably just a mild indicator of social illness still prevalent in most countries, including the ones hailed as most progressive as well as developed, expecting rest of the world to toe their line.  What also cannot be explained is failure to take timely action against this virus in its initial phase. Importance began being given to lockdown, etc after the virus had already struck in its first phase. Ironically, though reports suggest that its third phase is soon expected, practically the whole world is applying a reverse gear to tackle this. What else is suggested by lifting of lockdowns, re-opening of national and international travel? And pray what has happened to key government heads no longer giving the same importance to holding virtual meetings? The noise made earlier about social distancing appears to have been thrown to winds. What else can one understand by Indian Prime Minister Modi trying to use his “hug-diplomacy” at the recently held summit in Glasgow? “Not all leaders wore masks. The same “diplomacy” was displayed by Modi during his meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican.

      • Afghan women desperate to escape Taliban rule: ‘We don’t know how long we can hide’

        She fled after six years with her three young children — a newborn, 2 and 4 at the time — moving from place to place to hide from her spouse. But when the Taliban took power in Afghanistan last summer, her fears skyrocketed; now she feared not just being beaten but being killed. A woman who left her husband, she says, would be executed by the Taliban if discovered.

      • Afghanistan: Four women killed following phone call to evacuate

        Local sources told AFP that one of the women that were killed was Frozan Safi, a known women’s rights activist and university lecturer. According to the sources, the women received a phone call that they thought was an invitation to join an evacuation flight, and they were picked up by a car, only to be found dead later.

        One of the sources said that three weeks prior, they had also received a phone call from someone who was pretending to offer assistance to flee Afghanistan and seek refuge overseas. The source said that the caller knew their information and asked her to send documents and fill out a questionnaire, pretending to be an official for the office in charge of handing over information to the US.

      • Kelantan’s new syariah laws criminalises tattooing and plastic surgery

        Attempts of converting out of Islam, distortion of Islamic teachings, disrespecting the month of Ramadan, destroying houses of worship, tattooing and undergoing plastic surgery are among the offences that will be punished under Kelantan’s Syariah Criminal Code (I) Enactment 2019 which came into effect on Monday (Nov 1).

      • Malaysian State’s Latest Enforcement of Sharia Laws Makes Conversion Criminal

        The 24 offenses that will be punished include attempting to convert out of Islam, distortion of Islamic teachings, disrespecting the month of Ramadan, destroying houses of worship, disobeying parents, tattooing, and undergoing plastic surgery.

      • Antisemitism In Sermons In U.S. Mosques

        In Islam, imams serve not only as prayer and faith leaders, but as pillars of the Muslim community. They have the ability to inspire their community members and to shape their religious outlook. Thus, speeches and statements made by American imams may provide valuable insight into what they preach to the members of their communities.

        To explore the views preached by imams in the United States, I used the rich archives of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) – which contain over 300 sermons and speeches made by imams and Islamic figures in the West – to collect a sample of statements made by Islamic scholars and imams in America. As it turns out, these imams’ statements make it evident that antisemitism – often in the form of anti-Zionism or anti-Israel sentiment – is very present in some of America’s mosques, and this might reflect a worrying reality about the presence of antisemitism in some of America’s Muslim communities.

        In this article, I shall present some of the themes I have found in statements made by American imams and Islamic scholars, and I shall give an example of each theme.[1]

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The Broadband Plan Will Not End the Digital Divide

        When Biden first proposed his infrastructure plan, he famously proclaimed, “Broadband internet is the new electricity.”  And he noted, “Yet, by one definition, more than 30 million Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds.”  This is what is known as the “digital divide,” the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and online access, and those who do not.

        Unfortunately, Biden’s original proposal called for $100 billion for broadband but it was cut to $65 billion.  Equally troubling, it originally called to “prioritize support for broadband networks owned, operated by, or affiliated with local governments, non-profits, and co-operatives.” This was dropped as was his call to override laws in 18 states that block community broadband.

      • Why the Internet Is Turning Into QVC

        Yes, America’s [Internet] is turning into QVC. (People under 30: Email me for an explanation of home shopping TV.)

        This is happening for three reasons: greed, fear and China. And the growing mania for digital shopping options is another example of how our experiences online are shaped just as much by corporations’ interests as by our desires.

      • Commerce Secretary Raimondo Emphasizes Affordability, Fiber in Infrastructure Bill Press Briefing

        Raimondo, who’s press conference represented another victory lap for the administration since the passage of the measure on Friday night, gave an idea of what her department expects to see from the bill, which had already passed the Senate in August and is now on President Joe Biden‘s desk for signing: a relatively quick turnaround on broadband affordability and job creation, but a longer timeline for fiber buildouts.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Denuvo Games Once Again Broken For Paying Customers Thanks To DRM Mishap

        It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned Denuvo, the once-vaunted anti-piracy video game DRM that subsequently became an industry punchline. Once touted as “uncrackable”, Denuvo went from there to becoming indeed crackable, then crackable shortly after release of games, to then being crackable the same day, to then being cracked in some cases hours after a game’s release. As a result, plenty of publishers have taken to patching Denuvo out of their games, while Denuvo did a mini-pivot to create anti-cheat software for online games. While all that was going on, plenty of paying customers of games protected by Denuvo complained about various issues: authentication issues intermittently preventing the customer from playing the game they bought, performance issues that are linked back to how Denuvo runs and behaves, or Denuvo simply breaking games.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • The Public Should Know Who Profits From Patent Troll Lawsuits

          Even people who get sued over patents often can’t figure out who is demanding money from them. That’s even more true when the lawsuit comes from a patent troll wielding a vague software patent, something that is all too common.

          That’s why we’re glad to see the issue of patent transparency come back to Congress, in the form of a recently introduced bill called the “Pride in Patent Ownership” Act, S. 2774, sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC). The Senate’s IP Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill last month.

          Since 2013, EFF has supported efforts to make it clear to the public who owns patents. We’re pleased to see the issue come back to Congress, because it will once more bring attention to the lack of transparency in the patent system. We support the Pride in Patent Ownership Act as a modest step towards shining some light on the opaque operations of the U.S. patent system. However, because the bill lacks a strong enforcement mechanism, it falls short of being a bill that will truly shed the sunlight that the public needs.

        • NIH Praised for Finally Showing ‘Modicum of Verve’ in Vaccine Patent Fight With Moderna

          Public health campaigners applauded the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday for standing its ground in a patent fight with Moderna, which claimed in a recent filing that U.S. government scientists did not co-invent technology at the heart of the pharmaceutical giant’s shot.

          Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the NIH, told Reuters Wednesday that contrary to Moderna’s assertion, government scientists “played a major role in the development of the vaccine” that the Massachusetts-based corporation is “now making a fair amount of money off of.”

        • Pfizer Misleading World With False Claims of Equitable Vaccine Distribution: Amnesty

          A briefing published Thursday by Amnesty International accused pharma giant Pfizer of making misleading claims about its efforts to provide Covid-19 vaccines to low-income countries, while reserving most doses of the inoculations for wealthier nations.

          “Pfizer says it is committed to supplying doses to low- and middle-income countries, but the numbers just don’t bear this out. The fact is that this company is still putting profits first.”

      • Copyrights

        • Thousands of Pirate Sites are Listed on WIPO’s Advertising Blacklist

          The pirate site blocklist maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has grown to include well over 5,000 domain names. The list is maintained by reporters from various countries and is used by various major advertising companies to prevent money from flowing to pirate sites. Full details on this blocklist remain a mystery, for now.

        • MPA/ACE Attempt to Hunt Down Pirate Site Operators via US Court

          The Motion Picture Association has filed a flurry of DMCA subpoena applications at a California court. The aim is to compel Tonic Domains and CDN provider Cloudflare to hand over all information they hold relating to dozens of pirate site operators. These include major torrent site RARBG, the popular Oha addon for the Watched app, streaming portal Primewire, and a pair of IPTV sellers

        • The Curious Case Of Billionaire Brian Sheth, An Anonymous Tweeter, Copyright Law, Twitter, And Some Company That Barely Seems To Exist

          Techdirt regular John Roddy highlighted a truly bizarre fight happening in a California court that may or may not involve billionaire Brian Sheth. Sheth was a cofounder of the high-flying Vista Equity Partners, and left it a year ago in a high profile exit, after the firm’s other cofounder, Robert Smith, entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ and agreed to pay $139 million and “abandon” $182 million in deductions, related to charges of tax fraud. In the Forbes link above, Sheth claims he sought to have Smith leave Vista following this revelation, but “Smith prevailed” and so Sheth left. Nothing in that article makes Sheth look particularly bad.

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  8. Peak Code — Part III: After Code

    "Surveillance perimeters, smart TVs (Telescreens built to Orwell's original blueprint) watched over our living rooms. Mandatory smart everything kept us 'trustless'. Safe search, safe thoughts. We withdrew. Inside, we went quietly mad."



  9. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 22, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 22, 2022



  10. Links 23/1/2022: MongoDB 5.2, BuddyPress 10.0.0, and GNU Parallel 20220122

    Links for the day



  11. A Parade of Fake News About the UPC Does Not Change the General Consensus or the Simple Facts

    European Patents (EPs) from the EPO are granted in violation of the EPC; Courts are now targeted by António Campinos and the minions he associates with (mostly parasitic litigation firms and monopolists), for they want puppets for “judges” and for invalid patents to be magically rendered “valid” and “enforceable”



  12. Welcome to 2022: Intentional Lies Are 'Benefits' and 'Alternative Facts'

    A crooks-run EPO, together with the patent litigation cabal that we’ve dubbed ‘Team UPC’ (it has nothing to do with science or with innovation), is spreading tons of misinformation; the lies are designed to make the law-breaking seem OK, knowing that Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos are practically above the law, so perjury as well as gross violations of the EPC and constitutions won’t scare them (prosecution as deterrence just isn’t there, which is another inherent problem with the UPC)



  13. From Software Eating the World to the Pentagon Eating All the Software

    “Software is eating the world,” according to Marc Andreessen (co-founder of Netscape), but the Empire Strikes Back (not the movie, the actual empire) by hijacking all code by proxy, via Microsoft, just as it grabbed a lot of the world’s communications via Skype, bypassing the world's many national telecoms; coders need to fight back rather than participate in racist (imperial) shams such as GitHub



  14. Links 22/1/2022: Skrooge 2.27.0 and Ray-Tracing Stuff

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 21, 2022

    IRC logs for Friday, January 21, 2022



  16. Peak Code — Part II: Lost Source

    "Debian and Mozilla played along. They were made “Yeoman Freeholders” in return for rewriting their charters to “work closely with the new Ministry in the interests of all stakeholders” – or some-such vacuous spout… because no one remembers… after that it started."



  17. Links 22/1/2022: Ubuntu MATE 21.10 for GPD Pocket 3, MINISFORUM Preloads GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  18. Computer Users Should be Operators, But Instead They're Being Operated by Vendors and Governments

    Computers have been turned into hostile black boxes (unlike Blackbox) that distrust the person who purchased them; moreover, from a legislative point of view, encryption (i.e. computer security) is perceived and treated by governments like a threat instead of something imperative — a necessity for society’s empowerment (privacy is about control and people in positions of unjust power want total and complete control)



  19. Peak Code — Part I: Before the Wars

    Article/series by Dr. Andy Farnell: "in the period between 1960 and 2060 people had mistaken what they called "The Internet" for a communications system, when it had in fact been an Ideal and a Battleground all along - the site of the 100 years info-war."



  20. Links 21/1/2022: RISC-V Development Board and Rust 1.58.1

    Links for the day



  21. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 20, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 20, 2022



  22. Gemini Lets You Control the Presentation Layer to Suit Your Own Needs

    In Gemini (or the Web as seen through Gemini clients such as Kristall) the user comes first; it's not sites/capsules that tell the user how pages are presented/rendered, as they decide only on structural/semantic aspects



  23. The Future of Techrights

    Futures are difficult to predict, but our general vision for the years ahead revolves around more community involvement and less (none or decreased) reliance on third parties, especially monopolistic corporations, mostly because they oppress the population via the network and via electronic devices



  24. [Meme] UPC for CJEU

    When you do illegal things and knowingly break the law to get started with a “legal” system you know it’ll end up in tears… or the CJEU



  25. Links 20/1/2022: 'Pluton' Pushback and Red Hat Satellite 6.10.2

    Links for the day



  26. The Web is a Corporate Misinformation/Disinformation Platform, Biased Against Communities, Facts, and Science

    Misinformation/disinformation in so-called 'news' sites is a pandemic which spreads; in the process, the founder of GNU/Linux gets defamed and GNU/Linux itself is described as the problem, not the solution to the actual problems



  27. Links 20/1/2022: McKinsey Openwashing and Stable Kernels

    Links for the day



  28. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 19, 2022



  29. Links 20/1/2022: Linuxfx 11.1 WxDesktop 11.0.3 and FreeIPMI 1.6.9 Released

    Links for the day



  30. Links 19/1/2022: XWayland 22.1 RC1 and OnlyOffice 7.0 Release

    Links for the day


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