Criticising Microsoft and the OSI is “COVID-19 Misinformation”

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, OSI at 9:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Once you control the media the prospect of controlling social control media as well becomes seductive

“You want to infiltrate those. Again, there’s two categories. There’s those that are controlled by vendors; like MSJ; we control that. And there’s those that are independent. [...] So that’s how you use journals that we control. The ones that third parties control, like the WinTech Journal, you want to infiltrate.”

Microsoft's chief evangelist

Summary: Social control media has become the instrument of dictators; shortly after publishing this short and factual post about Microsoft and the OSI the OSI has, once again, apparently resorted to unjust censorship of its critics; we have good reasons to suspect OSI itself is responsible for a false report to Twitter, based on the timing

As noted earlier, Twitter had just suspended my account for 7 days for criticising Microsoft and the OSI without even contacting me first (it offered no due process). Of course the OSI or its allies would not be frank and upfront about the true motivations; they prefer to falsely pretend it’s about COVID-19 and use that to flag criticism of theirs. If this isn’t the worse censorship attempt, I don’t know what is.

I’m astounded. Not exactly surprised, however, knowing how poor Twitter can be at “moderation”.

So I accused them of using/exploiting the pandemic (COVID-19) to promote something harmful from Microsoft. That was many months ago. And now that I criticise them for something totally unrelated they latch onto COVID-19 to silence me for one week or more. I cannot even respond to anyone.

We suggest that readers of Techrights should contact OSI, and maybe Twitter to the extent feasible. Minutes after my account was suspended (about 10 minutes afterwards) the chief of the OSI tweeted this to me:

Tweet of OSI

I could not even reply to him! And he responded to me hours after I had posted this, or minutes after my account had been suspended. It makes one wonder who exactly reported me. I contacted Simon Phipps on this matter and responded to Stefano Maffulli via E-mail

My reply: you give them a majority of your budget, in effect promoting proprietary software vendor lock-in.

I cannot even respond because you folks appear to have reported me to suspend my account. Which one of you misused COVID-19 to suppress a voice critical of Microsoft?

Clear and obvious misuse of “report” to suppress perfectly-factual criticism of an unpopular institution.

I’ve filed a (counter) report to Twitter:

Report to Twitter

They say it can take days to assess. Yes, days.

If not trusting Microsoft is “COVID-19 misinformation”, then we’re in seriously trouble in social control media, which I’ve warned about all along.

Twitter sent only an automated reply by E-mail:


We’ve received your appeal request.

Our support team will take a look at the information you provided for your appeal. We will respond via email as soon as possible. Please note that while we review your appeal, you’ll be unable to access your Twitter account.

If you would prefer, you may instead choose to cancel your appeal request and resolve the violations by proceeding to Twitter and following the on-screen instructions to restore your account to full functionality.


The suspension (00:54) was about 20 minutes before the reply from Mr. Maffulli. So the correlation in times may highlight who’s responsible for it.

E-mail report of Twitter

Remember, kids. Don’t criticise Microsoft and their facilitators (like Linux Foundation) or they will ‘vanish’ you digitally… like in China.

OSI Might be Using COVID-19 to Report Their Critics to Twitter (for Suspension)

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, OSI at 8:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

I wonder, who could possibly have reported me for this? The OSI keeps doing this

OSI censorship

OSI censorship attempt

Summary: A week after the FSFE misused Twitter rules in an effort to censor critics it seems like the OSI is doing the same, by weaponising rules that are completely not related; this article must have struck a nerve and they don’t want people to see it…

Associates and Enablers of Benoît Battistelli Are Commenting in IP Kat Today

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Daniel X. Thomas can be seen in today’s comments about the EPO; we’re meant to think this is perfectly OK while the ‘Kat’ censors critics of António Campinos

THE FOLLOWING has just been noticed:

I would like to draw the attention to T 1399/17 which came to a different conclusion. As the claims amended during the OP before the OD which lead to maintenance in amended form were not adapted to the description and hence left doubts about the scope of protection, the MR was not allowable.  https://www.epo.org/law-practice/case-law-appeals/recent/t171399eu1.html See Point 2 of the reasons

Yes, Benoît Battistelli has bossed him in more than one institution:

Daniel X. Thomas Still Works for Benoît Battistelli

So Team Battistelli is leaving comments in IP Kat, whereas many critics of theirs get banned/censored.

Elsewhere today:

Given the absence of any adjustment to the rules for oral proceedings in the light of G 1/21, it seems that the EPO intends to conduct oral proceedings by relying upon provisions that are clearly unlawful. It is not hard to see how this could lead to some very messy situations. However, this will only come back to bite the EPO if the EBA truly does represent an independent 'judiciary'. Given the EBA's performance in G 3/19 and, in parts, in G 1/21, it would be reasonable to have at least some doubts on that point.

Under the Leadership of Stefano Maffulli as Executive Director, the OSI is Still Controlled by Microsoft, Promoting Proprietary Software Like GitHub

Posted in Microsoft, OSI at 4:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Maffulli’s grace period did not last long…

Clearly Microsoft

Minutes ago:

ClearlyDefined Update: December 2021

As explained and covered before, ClearlyDefined is like a Microsoft front and it receives most of the financial resources of the OSI:

Links 29/12/2021: GNU Serveez 0.3.1 and postmarketOS 21.12

Posted in News Roundup at 3:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Destination Linux 258: Linux in 2021: Year In Review!

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to take a look back at this year in Linux. There are so many amazing things that happened with Linux and we’re going to cover all the highlights. Then we’re going to discuss the future of the Linux Desktop in Virtual Reality! Plus we’ve also got our famous tips, tricks and software picks. All of this and so much more this week on Destination Linux. So whether you’re brand new to Linux and open source or a guru of sudo. This is the podcast for you.

      • How Does KDE Think? – Kockatoo Tube
    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15.12
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.15.12 kernel.
        All users of the 5.15 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.15.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.15.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • Linux 5.10.89
      • Linux 5.4.169
      • Linux 4.19.223
      • Linux 4.14.260
      • Linux 4.9.295
      • Linux 4.4.297
      • Improved Thermal/Power Management For Intel “Titan Ridge” Thunderbolt Coming To Linux – Phoronix

        For those with systems making use of an Intel “Titan Ridge” Thunderbolt 3 controller, a Linux kernel driver improvement working its way to mainline should yield thermal/power benefits.

        Intel’s Titan Ridge are the JHL7440 / JHL7540 / JHL7340 controllers providing Thunderbolt 3 in some desktop motherboards. Titan Ridge was launched back in 2018 and has been supported in the mainline Linux kernel since that point.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mesa 22.0 Zink Lands macOS Build Fix For OpenGL On Vulkan Via MoltenVK On Metal – Phoronix

          Last year there was some work for getting Gallium3D Zink working on macOS for this OpenGL-on-Vulkan implementation to in turn run it atop the MoltenVK library for translating the Vulkan calls to Apple’s Metal graphics/compute API. That work fell into disrepair but now the fixed up code for allowing Zink to build on Apple’s operating system has been merged into Mesa 22.0.

    • Benchmarks

      • AMD AOCC 3.2 vs. GCC vs. Clang Compiler Performance On Zen 3 – Phoronix

        Earlier this month AMD released AOCC 3.2 as the newest version of their LLVM/Clang-based compiler focused on delivering optimized Zen performance. With our initial AMD AOCC 3.2 benchmarks on Zen 3, there is nice incremental improvement compared to the prior 3.x releases. But how does this AMD-optimized compiler stack up against the upstream LLVM Clang and GCC compilers? Here is a look at the AMD AOCC performance against the current Clang and GCC C/C++ compilers.

        This round of compiler testing was carried out on the frequency-oprimized AMD EPYC 72F3 (Zen 3) server processor with Supermicro H12SSL-i motherboard, 8 x 16GB DDR4-3200 memory, and running Ubuntu 21.04 with the Linux 5.14 kernel. Following the AOCC 3.0 / 3.1 / 3.2 compiler benchmarks, the comparison was extended to include LLVM Clang 12.0.1, LLVM Clang 13.0.1, GCC 10.3, GCC 11.2, and GCC 12.0 in its current development form.

        While testing all of these compilers with their release builds, the CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS were set to “-O3 -march=native” throughout. The main focus of this testing is seeing how AMD’s in-house AOCC downstream of LLVM/Clang is performing against the common GCC and Clang releases for the performance of the resulting binaries from these compilers. AOCC has also been maturing its Fortran support with the FLANG front-end and comparison tests that will come in due course with the LLVM FLANG support still maturing.

    • Applications

      • Gamestonk Terminal – investment research tool

        Python is one of the finest open source languages for data scientists mainly because of its incredibly powerful ecosystem with its huge array of machine learning/deep learning libraries, and powerful visualization software. To get a flavour of the ecosystem, check out our recommended Python Deep Learning and Python Visualization software.

        One of the many use cases for the Python ecosystem is in the field of investment research. Can’t see the wood from the trees? Are you uncertain of the next investment decision to make? Step forward Gamestonk Terminal.

        Gamestonk Terminal provides a modern Python-based integrated environment for financial investment research. It aims to provide a comprehensive tool to help make better investment decisions. This terminal-based tool is free and open source software written in Python.

      • Fun with Telescopesu

        Recently I purchased a small telescope to look at solar spots. When choosing a mount, I checked whether it can be controlled with OSS.

        In this context INDI is mentioned everywhere and my desired mount was supported. indi and kstars are already part of Debian, so “apt install”, selecting my mount, …. oh, wait, the menu shows it, but I can not select it.

        Ok, that was the time when I learned about the difference of indi and indi-3rdparty. The indi package just contains a few drivers and others are available from a different repository. This split has been done either due to different release cycles of the driver, a different OSS license of it, or just due to binary blobs without source being part of some drivers.

        Fine, there are already packages of the 3rdparty-repository available from an Ubuntu PPA, so it should be no problem to add them do Debian as well.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Connect QEMU Host-Guest Networks Made Easy

        This tutorial will explain for QEMU virtual machine users how you can make two-ways network connection between host and guest on Ubuntu Desktop. This enables internet access automatically for the guest if available on the host. This tutorial gives you an example exercise, that is, to remote login with SSH from host to guest and reversely from guest to host. Now let’s start!

      • How To Install Icinga on Linux Mint 20 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Icinga on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, Icinga is an open-source computer system and network monitoring application. It is one of the most popular monitoring tools on the internet that provides high availability and distributed monitoring. Icinga 2 has a user-friendly web interface, but it also comes with a command-line interface that can be used for monitoring.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Icinga 2 monitoring tool on a Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).

      • How to install Manjaro 21.2.0 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Manjaro 21.2.0.

      • How to Find Vulnerabilities In Containers and Files With Grype – CloudSavvy IT

        Grype is an open-source vulnerability scanner that finds weaknesses within container images and filesystem directories. Grype is developed by Anchore but works as a standalone binary that’s easier to get to grips with than the Anchore Engine.

        Known vulnerabilities make their way into your software via outdated operating system packages, compromised programming language dependencies, and insecure base images. Actively scanning your artifacts keeps you informed of issues before malicious actors find them. Here’s how to use Grype to find problems in your code and containers.

      • How to Install and Test Parrot OS in VirtualBox

        Parrot OS lays a heavy focus on providing extensive security and penetration testing capabilities to the end-users. Even though most advanced users might only use Kali Linux for their pen testing needs, the reality is that Parrot OS is an equally efficient operating system that is useful as a privacy-focused distro.

        Since Parrot OS draws its inspiration from Debian, the Linux distro continues to be easy to install for users. It inherits some intelligent features from its counterparts, including the APT package manager and a full-fledged suite of penetration testing and privacy tools.

        To test Parrot OS, you can install the distro on Oracle’s VirtualBox.

      • How to install memcached on OpenSUSE / SUSE Linux – nixCraft

        While working with the client’s system, I noticed that the database would come under load due to increased demand. After reviewing the code, the developer and I conclude that something like memcached will improve performance by caching queries. This page explains how to install a memcached server on OpenSUSE or SUSE enterprise Linux server using the ssh command.

      • Still working with gnome boxes — Unixcop

        A couple of weeks ago, I’ve wrote an article about how I’m (kinda) in love with gnome boxes. Well, I’m still working with gnome boxes every day. And that simpleness I’m kinda in love to comes with a cost: to do some things are the exact opposite to simple.

        Here’s a small list of things that annoyed me and how I’ve solved it.

      • Run Distrobox on Fedora Linux – Fedora Magazine

        Distrobox is a tool that allows you to create and manage container-based development environments without root privileges.

        Distrobox can use either podman or docker to create containers using the Linux distribution of your choice.

        The created container will be tightly integrated with the host, allowing sharing of the HOME directory of the user, external storage, external USB devices, graphical apps (X11/Wayland), and audio.

        As a project, it is inspired by Container Toolbx (all the props to them!), but it aims to have broader compatibility with hosts and containers, without having to require a dedicated image to use in Distrobox.

      • How to Determine the File System Type in Linux (Ext2, Ext3, or Ext4)? – TREND OCEANS

        Linux is an ocean of different kinds of file systems. Some distributions ship Ext4 as the default file system, while distributions like RedHat stick with an XFS.

        Besides Ext4 and XFS, there are around 10+ file systems in Linux with unique features and few drawbacks. To know, your Linux system is running in which type of file system use the below method.

      • How To Install RStudio IDE on Fedora 35 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install RStudio IDE on Fedora 35. For those of you who didn’t know, RStudio provides free and open-source tools for R and enterprise-ready professional software for data science teams to develop and share their work at scale. RStudio makes it easier to write Python, Shell, SQL scripts with syntax highlighting, code completion, and smart indentation.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of RStudio IDE on a Fedora 35.

      • How to install Mongodb Server on Linux mint 18 | 19 | 20 – Linux Shout

        Steps and commands to install the latest version of MongoDB server and client on Linux Mint 18, 19, and 20 using the command terminal.

        What is MongoDB? MongoDB is an open-source database that is different from Oracle MySQL, Microsoft SQL, and other popular SQL database servers. Because this one is based on a non-relational document model. That’s why we called NoSQL database (NoSQL = Not-only-SQL) and makes it differs fundamentally from conventional relational databases. The meaning of its name is “humongous” founded by developer Eliot Horowitz in 2009.

        MongoDB is available in both community and Enterprise editions. The community version is good for SMBs, developers, individuals for testing and learning; whereas the enterprises with a heavy workload and require large-scale implementation should go for the Enterprise version. In the enterprise version, the user will get Technical support, Kubernetes Integration, advanced access control, and data security, LDAP Proxy Authentication, Encryption at Rest, Auditing, Kerberos Authentication, and other features…

    • Games

      • Rats Learn To Play DOOM In This Automated VR Arena | Hackaday

        When we run an article with “DOOM” in the title, it’s typically another example of getting the venerable game running on some minimalist platform. This DOOM-based VR rig for rats, though, is less about hacking DOOM, and more about hacking the rats.

        What started as a side project for [Viktor Tóth] has evolved into quite a complex apparatus. At the center of the rig is an omnidirectional treadmill comprised of a polystyrene ball about the size of a bowling ball. The ball is free to rotate, with sensors detecting rotation in two axes — it’s basically a big electromechanical mouse upside down. The rat rides at the top of the ball, wearing a harness to keep it from slipping off. A large curved monitor sits right in front of the rat to display the virtual environment, which is a custom DOOM map.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Better Adaptive Icons for 2022! › Ken Vermette

          Some new CSS classes are coming to icons courtesy Janet Blackquill, and I’m excited to cover what exactly this will let icon artists do in 2022! This post is part tutorial and part news. For those looking for a quick TLDR; icons are going to get even better. I’m also going to clear up some inaccuracies in existing documentation (which I plan on updating at some point later)

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • The icon view is dead, long live the icon view! – Blog about what I do

          Porting Files to GTK 4 has been helping me learn and appreciate even more the legacy of the nautilus software package. Its two-decades-long history is closely entangled with the history of the GNOME project.

          As I prepare to merge the removal of more than 20 thousand lines of code, I’ve decided to stop and pay some tribute to the legacy widget that’s about to be decommissioned.


          At some point renamed/forked to FooCanvas and later EelCanvas, this base widget continued to serve as the fundamental base for the GNOME desktop files and file browser’s icon view across major versions.

          However, as GNOME 3 no longer featured icons on desktop, a free-position canvas was no longer required. Various efforts were made to implement a less complex grid view, but the canvas refused to be dethroned easily.

    • Distributions

      • XeroLinux is a refreshingly cool desktop in desperate need of some polish

        Clearly, XeroLinux isn’t for the new user. Anyone who prefers their desktops work with a certain level of reliability will want to steer clear of this entry. But if you love eye candy and you don’t mind spending a bit of extra time getting things to work, XeroLinux might be just the sidetrack from the standard-issue desktop.

        This is one of those distributions that I sincerely hope continues growing. Even with the issues, what Anindo Neel Dutta has done is impressive. XeroLinux has the makings of what could be the most beautiful Linux desktop on the market. If he can work out some of the quirks, he’ll have something special on his hands.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora 36 Looking To Change Its Default Fonts – Phoronix

          Fedora is often on the bleeding-edge of changes for tier-one Linux distributions but not all of them are very technical in nature but sometimes just cosmetic alterations. Among the latest batch of change proposals for next spring’s Fedora 36 is to change the default font.

          Currently Fedora relies on the DejaVu fonts for European and other language scripts. But not all languages are covered by DejaVu so there are also other fonts involved.

        • 10 networking guides for sysadmin success | Enable Sysadmin

          Of the many changes created by the pandemic, one of the more enduring is that remote work is still the norm. Networking makes this possible. Understanding and appreciating how networks work and are designed is a needed skill, especially in this digital world.

        • Open source tools for running a small business in 2022

          This year, Opensource.com ran several great articles focusing on open source in business. These articles show the power of open source in business as tools, platforms, or integration points. Let’s review some of the top open source business stories from 2021:

        • Hybrid work: 5 resolutions to help leaders support teams

          The hybrid work model is here to stay, and the way organizations shape their new work models in early 2022 will influence the structure of the workforce for many years to come. It’s becoming clear that the most practical approach for larger companies is a combination of remote and in-person structure, focused on high engagement, connection, and collaboration.

          Your goal for the first quarter of 2022 should be to create a work environment that is valuable for both those working in the office and those working remotely, while recognizing that the two experiences will never be the same. Your office structure 2.0 must also address pain points created by the pandemic, like video meeting fatigue and feeling disconnected from colleagues.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 Arrives on January 5th, 2022, with Redesigned Greeter, More Fixes

          Still based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series, the Ubuntu Touch OTA-21 update is yet another bugfix release that fixes various issues reported by users from previous OTA updates.

          For example, it fixes support for setting up a Google account, it fixes microphone access in the default web browser, and fixes a weird animation issue in Clock app’s timer mode that occurred when the clock hands were moved across the 12-hour clock position.

        • What’s New in Linux Mint 20.3 “Una”

          Linux Mint’s final point release in the 20 series, nicknamed “Una,” is now in beta. It builds on version 20.2 “Uma” with some new features and refinements. Are those changes more substantial than the name change? Let’s find out.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Top 13 open-source WebRTC projects to build Video conferencing and calling apps

        WebRTC is an open-source framework that enables real-time communications for the web through your web browser.

        In contrast, it is the basic protocol that allows web apps and websites to capture and stream videos and audio and exchange data between web browsers.

        WebRTC is created first by Google to make peer-to-peer communication possible for web browsers and mobile apps, leading to dozens of video and audio communication apps that we use every day.

        It is a free and open-source project, which means it does not require any cost to run and use it

        Another Advantage for WebRTC is it is fast, and because, unlike UDP-based apps, it does not require any handshake between the client and the server.

      • Ghislaine Maxwell conviction, Silva Arapi, Nafi Shehu, Elio Qoshi & Ubuntu underage girl

        Many people are holding their breath waiting for a jury to decide whether to convict Ghislaine Maxwell, sidekick of Jeffrey Epstein.

        It appears strange for a woman to be involved in crimes against women and children but it is not uncommon. Here at Debian Community News we recently covered the similarities between Debian and the NXIVM sex cult.

        Debian is a combination of the names Debra and Ian, Ian being the founder of Debian and Debra his girlfriend at the time Debian was conceived. The name Debian is now being used to brand volunteers in much the same way that NXIVM convicted criminals branded their initials on slaves genital skin. It is a tragic coincidence. Debra and Ian would not condone this, yet this is what eventuated under the cult-like regime of Chris Lamb and Molly de Blanc.

      • 9 Open Source Tech Careers to Consider

        As we close out this challenging year, we look back at the most popular FOSSlife articles of 2021 and look ahead to the opportunities that 2022 may hold.

        In the coming year, we will continue to provide news and features to keep you informed of the latest open source trends and technologies and continue to build a collection of resources to help you understand the array of opportunities that open source has to offer.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GNU Serveez 0.3.1 available
            release notes:
              Quick-fix release.
            README excerpt:
              GNU Serveez is a server framework.  It provides routines and help
              for implementing IP-based servers (currently TCP, UDP and ICMP).
              It supports named pipes for all connection-oriented protocols.
              We think it is worth the effort because many people need server
              functionality within their applications.  However, many people
              experience problems with select(2) or poll(2) loops, and with
              non-blocking operations.
              GNU Serveez demonstrates various aspects of advanced network
              programming in a portable manner.  It is known to compile and
              run on GNU/Linux systems, as well as on other 32-bit and 64-bit
              flavours of Unix and on Microsoft Windows (9x/ME/NT/2000/XP).
              You can use it for implementing your own servers or for
              understanding how certain network services and operations work.
            NEWS for 0.3.1 (2021-12-11):
              - build regression fixed
                Part of the documentation build process uses programs to scan
                both Scheme and C files for "doc strings" (actually, comments).
                The Serveez 0.3.0 (2021-12-06) release introduced a bug whereby
                the Scheme-scanning program was passed a flag that is only valid
                for the C-scanning program.  Result: FTBFS (sometimes).
              - URLs now predominantly https
                The world is less trusting, alas.  Docs and ‘--version’ output
                updated, as well as all the copyright notices in the source (of
                course).  URLs found in ChangeLog files are the same.
              - bootstrap/maintenance tools
                 Guile-BAUX 20211208.0839.a5245e7
                 GNU gnulib 2021-12-10 21:54:54
                as before:
                 GNU Texinfo 6.8
                 GNU Autoconf 2.71
                 GNU Automake 1.16.5
                 GNU Libtool 2.4.6
            tarballs and detached signature:
            source code:
            Thien-Thi Nguyen -----------------------------------------------
             (defun responsep (query)               ; (2021) Software Libero
               (pcase (context query)               ;       = Dissenso Etico
                 (`(technical ,ml) (correctp ml))
                 ...))                              748E A0E8 1CB8 A748 9BFA
            --------------------------------------- 6CE4 6703 2224 4C80 7502
      • Programming/Development

        • Automatic detection of audio device

          What I want is when plugin a USB audio device, that it will be detected, and if it is a sink device launch the Multiple Sound Card Wizard. Yes, I will explain that, but also want to point out a serious potential bug that still exists in woof-CE built pups.

        • Qt 6.2 Web Assembly What’s New

          You may have seen the news that we released Web Assembly as Tech Preview in Qt 6.2 LTS a while ago (please find the latest Qt here). This blog post is a Qt6 refresh of a similar post done earlier for Qt 5, starting a series of Qt Web Assembly posts discussing the recent developments on Qt6 side.

        • Perl/Raku

  • Leftovers

    • Why Does “Natural Scrolling” Exist, Anyway?

      Perhaps you don’t think of it this way, but the way that we interact with the objects we own is not necessarily a given. And this is proven when those not-a-given things change unexpectedly out of the blue. I wanted to talk about one of those things, a small but confusing shift to the way we use computers, a default that befuddles many, but others don’t mind. When it comes to “natural scrolling,” I fall deeply into the befuddled camp. Released with version 10.7 of Mac OS X just over a decade ago, the attempt to reinvent the way our mice and trackpads work felt like an unnecessary flip, but it’s still around a decade later, and most other operating systems now do it as well. Apple convinced people that its way of scrolling was “natural.” Now, while I missed the 10th anniversary of this subtle-but-not-so-subtle change by about five months, I still wanted to get my thoughts about it down way before the 15th anniversary. While the embers of 2021 are still emitting light, today’s Tedium looks back at the moment Apple flipped the way we scroll through things on our computers on its head.

    • Foam Surfboard From Scratch

      Have you ever wanted to make your own surfboard, but felt held back by a lack of tools, materials, or the cost of it? Drawing almost entirely from what can be found at a well-known home improvement retailer, [AndrewW1997] details the steps needed to craft your board.

      In his guide, he details the difference between XPS (expanded polystyrene) and EPS (extruded polystyrene) and how each product’s closed cell and open cell nature affects the final board. Starting with two pink sheets of XPS, he laminated them together with glue to form his blank. A stringer is a long piece of wood in the middle of the surfboard that provides additional flex and strength. Some flooring plywood curved with a jigsaw provides the shape needed. Unfortunately, the blank needs to be split in half to install the stringer. However, he has a trick for gluing the blank back together without it buckling, and that trick is ratchet straps.

    • Science

      • The Current State Of Play In Autonomous Cars | Hackaday

        Bluster around the advent of self-driving cars has become a constant in the automotive world in recent years. Much is promised by all comers, but real-world results – and customer-ready technologies – remain scarce on the street.

        Today, we’ll dive in and take a look at the current state of play. What makes a self-driving car, how close are the main players, and what can we expect to come around the corner?

    • Hardware

      • The Three Cent Motor Controller

        If you follow the world of small microcontrollers you will certainly be familiar with the usual fare of Atmel, ARM Cortex, PIC, and others. But these aren’t the smallest or cheapest devices, below them is an entire category of grain-of-dust microcontrollers with minimal capabilities and at rock bottom prices. Maybe the most well known are the Padauk series of chips, whose PIC12-like architecture can be had for literal pennies. These are the famous 3 cent microcontrollers, but despite their fame they have a bit of a reputation in our community for being difficult to work with. [Ben Lim] dispels some of those ideas, by Padauk-enabling a motor and encoder from a printer to make a three cent motor controller.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Astronaut Food Is Light Years Beyond Tang And Freeze-Dried Ice Cream | Hackaday

        When it comes down to it, we humans have two major concerns when venturing away from home for an extended period of time: what we’ll eat, and where we will sleep. Depending on the mode of travel, you might take some snacks along, or else rely on restaurants and/or the pantry of your possible hosts. Until the day we can reliably grow many types of food in space, or that Milliways, that five-star eatery at the end of the universe is operational, astronauts and other space-bound travelers will have to bring most of their food with them.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Security updates for Wednesday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (firefox-esr, python-gnupg, resiprocate, and ruby-haml), Fedora (mod_auth_mellon), openSUSE (thunderbird), Slackware (wpa_supplicant), and SUSE (gegl).

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Modern Toilet Generates Energy

          Environmental Engineering [Prof Jaeweon Cho] at South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology specializes in water and waste management. He has developed an energy-generating toilet called BeeVi (pronounced beevee) that recycles your waste in three ways. Liquid waste is processed in a microbial reaction tank to make a liquid fertilizer. Solid waste is pumped into an anaerobic digestion tank, which results in methane gas used to power a silicone oxide fuel cell to make electricity. The remaining solids are composted to make fertilizer. The daily waste from one person is about 500 g, which can generate about 50 L of methane.

    • Finance

      • How Education International is Pushing Teachers’ Unions into the 4th Industrial Revolution

        or nearly a hundred years, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) – the two largest teachers’ unions in the United States – have cozied up to corporate foundations, such as the Rockefeller philanthropies and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with multinational technology companies, including IBM and Microsoft. After almost a century of cutting side deals with Robber Barons and Tech Barons alike, the AFT and the NEA are now parroting the Gates Foundation’s “Reimagine Education” campaign, which is being buoyed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Altogether, the AFT, the NEA, the WEF, and UNESCO are all “reimagining” a new post-human education system as they simultaneously push for ed-tech overhauls. As documented in my investigative series, “Teachnocracy,” these overhauls seek to privatize public schools through partnerships with Big Tech corporations that facilitate online “distance learning” to accommodate indefinite classroom health restrictions in a post-COVID world.

        In fact, the AFT and the NEA are tethered to the WEF and UNESCO through an entity known as Education International (EI). EI is a Global Union Federation (GUF) that combines “383 member organisations,” including the AFT and the NEA, and collaborates with the WEF and UNESCO. As the intermediary between America’s teachers’ unions and the WEF and UNESCO, EI has been galvanizing the AFT and the NEA into conformity with the “reimagine” ed-tech agendas of these global governance institutions. To put it bluntly, EI puppeteers the AFT and the NEA using marionette strings that are tied to the WEF and UNESCO. In turn, the AFT and the NEA, along with the other 381 member organizations belonging to EI, are being spurred to “reimagine” schools through corporate ed-tech innovations geared towards advancing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) that is being accelerated by the WEF and the United Nations (UN) through the policy agendas collectively known as the “Great Reset.”

    • Monopolies

      • UKIPO unveils report highlighting influence of social media influencers (also) on the purchase of counterfeits

        Last week, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) released an intriguing report measuring and analyzing (apparently for the first time) the influence that social media influencers exert on consumers also when it comes to purchasing counterfeits.


        The UKIPO’s findings are based on a quantitative survey of 1,000 female (studies suggest that influencer marketing is “highly gendered”) consumers in the UK, aged 16 to 60 and who use social media at least once per week.

        In addition, the notion of ‘counterfeit’ was taken to refer to “items that look identical to a genuine product with or without the official branding/logo, but are not made by the brand and may be of lower quality, for example, a handbag of identical design to a “Chanel” with or without the Chanel logo.”

        While the majority (70%) of those who have knowingly purchased a counterfeit (17% of the surveyed consumers) are aged 16 to 33, 13% of the surveyed persons have their purchasing behaviour relating to counterfeits influenced by social media endorsements and 10% are prompted to buy counterfeits by social media endorsements. The most popular product categories for counterfeit shopping are fashion, accessories, jewellery, and beauty.

      • Patents

        • XIAOMI Case: Paris, the “New World” of FRAND – Kluwer Patent Blog [Ed: Patent extremist Matthieu Dhenne (Ipsilon), who keeps promoting a crime and a violation of European constitutions (UPC) by peddling fake news, is now pushing the FRAND scam, basically a patent fraud; it has been extremely easy to demonstrate the overlap between cheerleaders of EPO corruption, proponents and representatives of patent trolls, Team UPC, and ‘Team FRAND/SEP’]

          I have already mentioned on many occasions on this blog the difficulties that FRANDs were causing regarding the choice of jurisdiction and the increasingly favorable position of French Courts to SEPs holders. The two decisions rendered by the Paris High Court in the XIAOMI vs. PHILIPS case confirm this trend by holding that the Paris High Court has jurisdiction to set a global FRAND rate, as ETSI is in Nice, France (December 7, 2021, [RG 20/12558] and [RG 20/12558]). I will return below to the context of this decision, before referring to the decision itself and giving my comments on it.

        • The IPKat EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) Year in Review 2021 [Ed: The EPO’s very own kangaroo court, which has not only harmed Europe but also the perception of patent justice and respect for constitutions]

          2021 has been year brimmed full with juicy case law from the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA). The biggest (or at least the most controversial) story of the year was the referral to the EBA on the legality of mandatory ViCo oral proceedings (G 1/21). This year also saw release of the EBA decision on double-patenting and a new referral on the thorny issue of plausibility and post-published evidence. As the year draws to a close, we also have news of a new referral to the EBA on the EPO’s co-applicant approach to priority.

        • The IPKat EPO Boards of Appeal (BA) Year in Review 2021 [Ed: Even the EPO’s former officials have blasted these tribunals, as they’re controlled by the very people whose illegal actions they’re meant to decide on]

          Following on from our IPKat EBA 2021 Year in Review, here is some more festive holiday reading on some of the important decisions to come out of the EPO Boards of Appeal this year. 2021 saw key decisions on claim supremacy, types of antibody claims, the data threshold for second medical use inventions and the AI inventor debate.

        • University of South Florida Research Foundation, Inc. v. Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2021) [Ed: The taxpayers pay for it, then it gets privatised with patents]

          The issue of standing can be outcome-determinative: without it, no matter how worthy a party’s position or arguments, a court will not consider them without standing. The vagaries of standing and its importance were illustrated this fall in the Federal Circuit’s opinion in University of South Florida Research Foundation, Inc. v. Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.*

          The action arose over a dispute involving an invention described in the opinion as “Workstation-User Interface for Digital Mammography.” This invention was initially disclosed by faculty at the University of South Florida who assigned their rights to the University. A later assignment of what is presumably a “new and improved” version of the invention was assigned by these inventors five years later, leading to filing an application resulting in U.S. Patent No. 6,630,937, entitled “Workstation Interface for Use in Digital Mammography and Associated Methods.”

          The details of the relationship between the University and University of South Florida Research Foundation (USFRF) are obscured by redactions, but under a nunc pro tunc license agreement (putatively) relating to the ’937 patent between these Florida entities, the USFRF filed suit against Fujifilm for infringement.

        • SPC trends to watch in 2022: an EU review, the waiver, Article 3c [Ed: Imagine Managing IP actually asking for the opinions from people outside this price-fixing cartel (but those people are sponsoring this propaganda mill, which isn't a source of journalism but lobbying, with occasional fake news)]

          Pharma-focused in-house and law firm counsel highlight the most important supplementary protection certificate issues for next year

        • At the Drop-Bottom: Sanford v. Kepner, 344 U.S. 13 (1952).

          The USPTO interference sided with the first-filer Kepner and so Sanford took the case to Federal Court. Sanford argued (1) that Sanford should have priority as the first-to-invent and thus get the patent; and (2) even if Kepner gets priority, Kepner’s patent should still be invalidated based upon the prior art. (“Void for lack of invention.”) The Pennsylvania district court sided with the first-filer Kepner on priority grounds, and refused to decide the question of patentability. Sanford v. Kepner, 99 F. Supp. 221, 222 (M.D. Pa. 1951). On appeal, Sanford argued that the district court should have decided the validity question also, but the appellate court affirmed. Sanford v. Kepner, 195 F.2d 387, 390 (3d Cir. 1952). In particular, the 3rd Circuit explained that once the priority issues are decided, the plaintiff would need some additional justification to maintain standing: “some manifest threat … or interference with the activities of the petitioner beyond the issuance of a patent to another is required to create a controversy justiciable under the Declaratory Judgment Act.” Id. The Supreme Court then took up the case and again affirmed, with Justice Black writing a short opinion for a unanimous court. Sanford v. Kepner, 344 U.S. 13 (1952).

        • FOSS Patents: Daimler takes Avanci patent license–all major German car makers now Avanci-licensed, but Volkswagen only up to 3G

          Germany’s leading business weekly, Wirtschaftswoche, has just been first (and I might still be second) to report that Daimler has finally taken a standard-essential patent (SEP) license from the Avanci pool, whose licensors include Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson as well as dozens of other companies from around the globe.

          If you can’t beat’em, join’em.

          It was actually Avanci’s approach of licensing the end product–the vehicle as opposed to a component thereof–which Daimler had originally rejected. As a result, the Nokia v. Daimler patent infringement dispute lasted more than two years and ended in a bilateral (just Nokia and Daimler) license agreement that was announced on June 1, 2021. Daimler had also brought an EU antitrust complaint (over Nokia’s refusal to grant Daimler’s suppliers an exhaustive SEP license) that it withdrew after the settlement.

          Prior to settling with Nokia, Daimler had already taken bilateral licenses from Japanese electronics giant Sharp and non-practicing entity Conversant Wireless. All those companies–plus Japan’s IP Bridge–had sued Daimler in Germany over patent infringements. And all of them are among the Avanci pool’s more than three dozen licensors.


          C-level interest in IP differs greatly between the automotive industry and Big Tech. Big Tech CEOs have subscribed to this blog and the related Twitter account, but I’m not aware of the top brass of automotive companies ever having subscribed to FOSS Patents.

          As Daimler’s Avanci license shows, the automotive industry has to come to terms with the fact that major wireless companies are now in the position to impose their preferred business models on car makers, no matter how much the auto industry may point to century-old traditions regarding their supply chains and what have you.

          The battle over the business model is practically over. Daimler’s legal fees are a sunk cost, and its financial controllers will be crying tears. What all car makers–above all, Volkswagen–need to reflect on now is how to achieve the best results possible under a framework that wasn’t their first choice, but which has simply prevailed. They’ve all learned a few lessons in recent years–and they’ve paid their tuition fees. The problem they face is that the world around them is changing faster than their organizations can adjust. Increasingly they’re going to face competition from companies that hold SEPs, such as Apple, Google, or Xiaomi. In times of transformation, leadership from the very top of those organizations is needed. Otherwise the only beneficiaries will continue to be patent litigation firms.

        • European Patent Office ruling on indoor farming patent published [Ed: EPO once again admitting that it granted fake patents for the sake of faking growth. This has profound impact on everybody.]

          The European Patent Office this week published its decision revoking a previously granted patent on indoor farming. PlantLab, which owned patent EP2348841, and Certhon together with partner Signify have been fighting a legal battle over the patent for years.

          Last month, when the decision was made, both parties responded.

          John van der Sande, Chief Innovation Officer at Certhon, commented, “The fact that the European patent on indoor farming is not valid is, as we indicated earlier, a victory for the entire industry.”

        • Software Patents

          • E-Mail Read Status Indication: Non-Technical [Ed: Preston Richard from the software patents boosters at Bardehle Pagenberg (promoting illegal agenda at the EPO)]

            This decision relates to a European patent application that concerns displaying e-mail messages with E-mail read status indication. The Board decided that the rule defining when the flag is to be switched is not based on any technical considerations as it reflects an administrative choice or the user’s subjective preferences. Here are the practical takeaways from the decision T 1227/17 (E-mail read status indication/UNIFY) of November 19, 2021, of Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.01:

      • Trademarks

        • On Remand from the CAFC, TTAB Denies Petition for Cancellation of “NAKED” Registration for Condoms

          The NAKED condom case returned to the TTAB after a CAFC reversal [TTABlogged here] and the Supreme Court’s denial of the registrant’s petition for writ of certiorari (September 2021). The CAFC ruled that the Board erred in concluding that Petitioner Australian Therapeutic lacked “standing” to bring its petition for cancellation, pointing out that a petitioner need not have a proprietary interest in a mark to have standing. On remand, the Board has denied all three of Australian’s claims: Section 2(d) likelihood of confusion (due to lack of proprietary rights in its purported marks NAKED and NAKED CONDOMS), lack of bona fide intent, and Section 2(a) false suggestion of a connection. Australian Therapeutic Supplies Pty. Ltd. v. Naked TM, LLC, Cancellation No. 92056381 (December 16, 2021) [not precedential] (Opinion by Judge Marc A. Bergsman).

      • Copyrights

        • Misbeliefs must not derail Hong Kong SAR copyright reform [Ed: Stop calling copyright law "IP regime" and other such nonsense; also, stop suggesting that rejection of patent and copyright maximalists/extremists means you "fall behind other major jurisdictions" (this 'domino bricks' strategy, which relies on blackmail by shaming, is used by malicious cartels]

          Sources say proposed amendments to the region’s copyright law are necessary to ensure that its IP regime doesn’t fall behind other major jurisdictions

My Year as a Digital Vegan — Part V — Change in Societal Norms and Attitudes

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 2:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

By Dr. Andy Farnell

Series parts:

  1. My Year as a Digital Vegan — Part I — 2021 in Review
  2. My Year as a Digital Vegan — Part II — Impact of a ‘COVID Year’
  3. My Year as a Digital Vegan — Part III — Lost and Found; Losing the Mobile Phone (Cellphone)
  4. My Year as a Digital Vegan — Part IV — Science or Scientism?
  5. YOU ARE HERE ☞ Change in Societal Norms and Attitudes


Summary: Dr. Andy Farnell shares his experiences from this past year; today’s focus is his sense that there’s some new sort of enlightenment, for people reach a high level of scepticism and fatigue over supposedly “smart” technologies that do not improve lives

Problems shared

Technology is about how we relate to each other. This year being a Digital Vegan really hit home through encounters with others. Of course our stereotype as techies is as basement dwellers. For everyone though, while we use words like social media it is anything but, tending instead to enhance individualism and our focus on ourselves.

“Is it cool to talk about tech-rights? Do you ask, “Hey mate, has your phone ever been hacked?”, “What do you think of child labour in the factory where it was made?”, “Do you trust contactless cards?””My grandmother said that it’s impolite to talk about religion, money or politics over the dinner table. In reality, being of Northern English descent, we’d talk about little else. Talking is a vital part of understanding. Most of what we really believe gets tested against others, so we hear ideas repeated back to us in a critical and reflective way. I wonder whether we should add to that list a new item, technology?

Sure, we will make small-talk by casually comparing features. “How much RAM have you got in that iThing?”, “How many mega-widgets?” In that sense, technology has joined the realm of traditional banter along with cars and football. But is there an invisible boundary around that? Is it cool to talk about tech-rights? Do you ask, “Hey mate, has your phone ever been hacked?”, “What do you think of child labour in the factory where it was made?”, “Do you trust contactless cards?”

It seemed common that many such conversations die early, with a sigh, a shrug and a closing rhetorical platitude like “What can you do?”. However, this year I have noticed a growing enthusiasm to face-up to “awkward”. “What about those kids that jump off the iPhone factory roof?”, “Aren’t you worried about having a “Smart TV” in the bedroom?”

“As the psychologists predicted, the backlash to pandemic isolation was enhanced proximity-seeking.”We are starting to overcome what psychologist John Bowlby termed the “things we know we are not supposed to know” Bowlby79, to break what sociologist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann called the “Spiral of Silence” Noelle-Neumann73, and what documentary maker Adam Curtis dubbed “Oh Dearism” Curtis16. Turns out there is a good deal you can do (and should do), from just saying no, to turning things off, buying alternatives, and changing the way you relate to technology as a social construct. Indeed, the wealth and urgency of alternative living is why I wrote a book on it.

As the psychologists predicted, the backlash to pandemic isolation was enhanced proximity-seeking. Our human attachment needs burst back onto the scene, and it feels like a more brotherly and sisterly world. Social thawing around tech-difference helped me make a great many more meaningful inter-personal connections with new people (including reaching out to people like Roy, the editor of Techrights).

“In real life and online, digital sceptics, techno-realists or whatever you want to call us, are popping out the woodwork…”I’ve spent more time out in the open air, in the radical absence of technology, saying “hi” to strangers. To be clear, this isn’t some wild-man escape into the woods to feed on grubs and berries, as those mocking individual efforts to live healthier technological lives might entail. It is neither romantic folly nor “white-male privilege” to make space to rebuild relationships with humanity and the wider nature of which we are a part.

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If anything it’s a subtle change in the tone of conversations I have and hear around me. Once open to the possibility, strangers happily initiate, and candidly share concerns about digital living and our technological society. In real life and online, digital sceptics, techno-realists or whatever you want to call us, are popping out the woodwork like in that Was (Not Was) song.

For once in a long time I feel recognised, heard and less alone. Vibrant conversations happen with other parents and teachers who are deeply concerned for the digital health of our kids. When I say “I don’t have a phone”, others visibly relax. Once, they used to tense up, on “weirdo alert!”. Something’s changed. Now I get more of an apologetic note – “Oh yes, I’m thinking of ‘downgrading’ too!” Now I feel a little too righteous, like I “tech-shamed” them.

“When I say “I don’t have a phone”, others visibly relax. Once, they used to tense up, on “weirdo alert!”. Something’s changed.”Some people even offer “wait a moment while I switch mine off… so we can have a private conversation”. Just… WOW! Symbolically, cellphones are a concealed carry weapon. We all know this in our hearts and yearn to disarm. Conspicuously switching off your phone or indicating you don’t have one might now be the most powerful non-verbal signal of interest in another person.

My advanced social network system – called “walking up to people and asking them stuff”, fills life with cool encounters, synchronicity, fortunate happenstance and feelings of mental well-being. Theoretically the density of potential connections in your real neighbourhood is much greater than those mediated through Menlo Park or Mountain View. Folks who knew your grandparents, or future lovers and business partners walk near you every day. The question is, if the universe wants to connect you, do you want to take the risk of reaching out to them?

“Modern etiquette seems to be that if more than two or three aren’t using App-X or trying to pay by iCash then it’s rude to press the matter.”Being Digital Vegan can still lead to some uneasy social situations. Just like for real Vegans, a group vote for BBQ ribs at the steak-house could create a… sticky situation. Modern etiquette seems to be that if more than two or three aren’t using App-X or trying to pay by iCash then it’s rude to press the matter. So it’s nice to go with at least one other Digital Vegan on a night out.

Funny Money

Even though my income has gone down I’ve felt more inclined to tip waiters, give to charity and put an extra few coins in the church collection. There was that awful time when, having enjoyed a pizza, and the staff refused to take a generous cash payment plus tip, I had to walk out of a restaurant with a free meal in my belly.

The hardest part was insisting that friends not “pay digitally for me” like I have a “disability”. The manager waiving the bill may have been genuine munificence. If it was supposed to make me feel bad, I pointed out that I actually felt a little embarrassed for the staff who had been made to look foolish by “just following orders” not to even let me leave cash on the table.

“The hardest part was insisting that friends not “pay digitally for me” like I have a “disability”.”That day I learned that for some people, actual reality, including hard economics, does not exist outside of their fantasy of how a “digital world” should work. A few weeks later I was interviewed for a documentary called “Cash-tastrophy”, pondering the insanity of a “cashless society”. My faith in human beings means I am not convinced people are really so stupid around this, rather there are hidden pressures operating behind the scenes.

“A few weeks later I was interviewed for a documentary called “Cash-tastrophy”, pondering the insanity of a “cashless society”. My faith in human beings means I am not convinced people are really so stupid around this, rather there are hidden pressures operating behind the scenes.”Face it, cash (anonymous street money) is here to stay. Two years ago we thought Coronavirus might be spread by contact with money. We now know that fomite transmission doesn’t happen. Some people didn’t get that memo, because the messaging, insofar as it’s influenced by private banks, is against cash. As far as I can see much of the discussion is mired in junk-science and specious theories around the costs and benefits of various systems. Stores that stopped handling cash in the pandemic must now concede, if they continue to do so, that it is for financial gain, and they are acting in a prejudicial and exclusionary manner. Wise economists have warned of the extreme dangers of removing stabilising state-backed physical currencies from circulation.

Surprising myself, I’ve gone from a Bitcoin disciple to a crypto-dissident. Yes, we need a way to divorce human affairs from the wickedness of the banking elites, but this isn’t it. Sometimes you just need the courage to say, oops I made a mistake, back to the drawing board.


“…if tomorrow we built enough fusion reactors to eliminate all fossil fuels and provide a surplus of electricity, Bitcoin would adjust its value and expand its activity to burn-off the entire surplus.”Pondering the trap that is “proof of waste” is depressing. It’s one of those tragedies where we think we can solve it by “pushing through”. There’s some truth in the argument that, despite mining disincentives of diminishing returns, these technologies are lethally expansive. In other words, if tomorrow we built enough fusion reactors to eliminate all fossil fuels and provide a surplus of electricity, Bitcoin would adjust its value and expand its activity to burn-off the entire surplus. Have we have created a monstrous non-intelligent paperclip maximiser? I wonder why we didn’t see this coming; that combining unfettered greed with a boundless appetite for energy might
create a Godel Sentence for humanity already on the precipice of climate catastrophe.

My underlying enthusiasm for digital currencies is not spoiled though. Hopefully bitcoin and “proof of waste” Ponzi schemes will be usurped by taxable yet anonymous low-energy e-currency. Despite the El-Salvadorian false start (fail?), some kinds of non-corporate non-fiat electronic cash may become practical, useful and popular. Finding the sweet-spot of decentralised ownership without proof of work will be hard.

“To avoid economic fragmentation there should be no place for companies or governments to enact Method-X-Only enclaves and we may even need new laws to protect common cash currencies.”We may have to live for a long time with different kinds of money, some more fungible, some more private, some very volatile, and people may find it hard to understand the advantages and risks of each. To progress, we will need to go through a period of diversity and tolerance around payment, perhaps even resurrecting electronic barter systems. To avoid economic fragmentation there should be no place for companies or governments to enact Method-X-Only enclaves and we may even need new laws to protect common cash currencies.

Digital Vegan: Is it a thing?

Finally for this part I’d like to talk about Digital (tech) Veganism as an identity. I dislike identity politics and have said in radio interviews that I don’t see it as being an identity. In the same way that non-smoker isn’t a cultural identity, it’s a disposition or stance, because we’d hope for the best, non-malevolent technology for everyone.

Unavoidably though there is labelling and self-labelling at play. The past 10 years have sometimes been alienating for one without social media or a smartphone and no single word to explain that to others. Nipping at the heels of my self-assured confidence in taking a different life-path with computers, has always been a note of stigma and exclusion. So adopting the epithet, and “coming out as openly Digital Vegan” has been transformative.

“The past 10 years have sometimes been alienating for one without social media or a smartphone and no single word to explain that to others.”In reality there are a dozen banners to stand beneath; I am a Linux User (and BSD these days). I am a Classical Liberal. I am a Philosopher of Science and Tech(ne) Critique (which goes back beyond Aristotle). I’m an Advocate for Human Rights. And so on… Most of all, as a Scientist, I object to much we’ve discussed in these essays as an affront to reason, the rise of Cargo Cultism, and celebration of ignorance of technical magic. And as non-secular Humanist, I lament the obvious corrosion of social bonds, love and human values.

Can Digital Veganism be a thing?, I think not. It was a cool title for a book of essays, and a borrowed fun snark that Cody Brown coined for his annoying mates who, like me, were probably causing an awkward moment with their “wrong phones”.

Practically what it does do, is throw back into the faces of various non-thinkers, authoritarians, post/anti-humanist cyborgs and techno-fascists, the absurdity of their assumptions about how we should all just roll over and get-with their unexamined, parochial conceit of “progress”.

“Practically what it does do, is throw back into the faces of various non-thinkers, authoritarians, post/anti-humanist cyborgs and techno-fascists, the absurdity of their assumptions about how we should all just roll over and get-with their unexamined, parochial conceit of “progress”.”Anyway, I have started to feel (not just sympathise) with other minorities who provoke fearfulness and ridicule from others by merely being themselves. I’ve finally understood why the only practical choice is to wear it proudly.

I see also that “Identity” is at once liberating and constraining. I understand identity politics better because I can see the lure of it. Feeling empowered rather than a little worried, embarrassed and defensive is… well… empowering. For example; during those occasional acts of group techno-worship (when everyone gets out their phones in unison), I have some fun, smile and ride out the “awkward” moment by raising and tickling my own palm. Hopefully people think I just have a very small phone, but somehow, suddenly the awkwardness is no longer mine to hold.

“…during those occasional acts of group techno-worship (when everyone gets out their phones in unison), I have some fun, smile and ride out the “awkward” moment by raising and tickling my own palm.”Another thought that occurred to me is that, in terms of identity, I have not changed, but the world has. It occurs to me that barring a period of geek-chic in the first decade of this century, for nerds, our otherliness never really changed. Sometime between that eternal September and Snowden we flipped from being gushing advocates of ubiquitous technology, to cautious advisers against it.

Perhaps writing my own book on the subject sensitised me to the plight of others less able to manage or understand tech, and why those people become dependent on technology. The pandemic, and the CompSci Masters students I’ve taught through 2021 (who have done amazing projects on digital rights and personal cyber-security) helped me see further. I get why we fall victim to bullying by employers, peers or even our own family, and are pressured into making technological choices that are bad for us, bad for others and for the planet. It is this psychology that has illuminated how we can most effectively mount resistance.



  • [Bowlby79] John Bowlby, On knowing what you are not supposed to know and feeling what you are not supposed to feel, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, (5), 403-408 (1979).
  • [Noelle-Neumann73] Noelle-Neumann, The spiral of silence: Public opinion, our social skin, University of Chicago Press (1973).
  • [Curtis16] Adam Curtis, HyperNormalisation, BBC documentary, (2016).

Response to Latest Call for EPO Strike Contains Lies From Campinos (and Another Warning That Quality of European Patents Has Collapsed)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 12:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Choking on his own lies. Lies, lies, lies.

Summary: Before the unlawful "Strike Regulations" were thrown out by ILO-AT in Geneva Campinos tried to talk down a strike that would happen the following year. Today we look at the response to that talk…

THE EPO has long had illegal “Strike Regulations”, made up by Benoît Battistelli with complicity of many states. We still have a couple more parts to publish in a series about this complicity.

In the meantime, consider the time Campinos (who had already enjoyed these unlawful “Strike Regulations” for 1.5 years) said: “I appreciate that for some of you, things may not be changing as quickly as you would like.”

Another couple of years have passed since then. Nothing has improved. In the response below, published 25 months ago, we can clearly see the “Message from the President”, who lied to the staff while crushing the staff. As the union put it back then, “in response to the call for strike from SUEPO, President Campinos raised several points. We have now carried out a fact-checking exercise. Financial study, social dialogue, production pressure, disciplinary cases, career progression, ballot for a strike…”

Incredibly enough, all this time later many of the same points remain valid. We thus reproduce the publication below.

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President: “I appreciate that for some of you, things may not be changing as quickly as you would like.”

In his recent “Message from the President”, in response to the call for strike from SUEPO, President Campinos raised several points. We have now carried out a fact-checking exercise. Our report is below.

President: “Financial Study, we want to assess which levers are most appropriate”

Fact: The President presented a heavily-biased Financial Study without the involvement of Staff Representation. His call for feedback, asking staff to choose between the Measures, is divisive and a psychological trick to feign respect, community and cooperation. The President has repeatedly stated that the most important conclusion, that we have to fill a €5.8 billion gap, is not open for discussion.

President: “There have been 89 meetings so far between the Office and Staff Representation”

Fact: The President’s delegates who participated in the various meetings were never given the mandate to properly negotiate. We must conclude that the purpose for most meetings was simply to buy time. Again and again, Staff Representatives and SUEPO filed both proposals and critical analysis. On their part, management never entered into any real dialogue. The high number of meetings is now being used for marketing purposes with the Administrative Council. So much has gone wrong at the Office: from a human perspective, from a patent quality perspective, from a perspective of fairness and openness. We are eager to renew the EPO and move away from the past. The President, however, sticks to the past and the same management.

President: “We decided to lower the original production target for 2018 and for 2019”

Fact: This is very true. Unfortunately, the production target is not the problem, it is the productivity target. And there they are again, the frequent half-truths of management. In fact, overall productivity and production pressure has increased in recent years. An Examiner has 20 minutes’ less time to complete a product in 2019 compared to 2018 (2 hours less than in 2014). The target for 2019 is 1.77 days per product. As of today, 1.79 days per product has been reached.

EPO productivity charts

President: “Disciplinary cases (…) One has been resolved and the other is pending. Seven cases have been settled”

Fact: The President has taken 14 months to settle just one urgent case concerning dismissal. Another similarly outrageous case in The Hague is still pending. But there are other Battistelli-era cases the President does not even want to speak about. And then, of course, all managers responsible for these years of unbearable pressure and false accusations are still in place. We still have a long way to go before being able to close the dark chapter of the past.

President: “Career progression (…) we are pursuing a policy of “no one should be left behind”

Fact: This is perhaps the most hypocritical statement of all. For years we have denounced the harmful consequences of the New Career System such as rewarding quantity over quality, and penalising staff members on parental leave and maternity leave. Newcomers have been systematically discriminated against during the Reward Exercise. Older colleagues have been put under extreme production pressure. In the meantime, patent quality has degraded dramatically, as has the reputation of the Office. An authoritarian management style blocks innovation and open discussion. Many colleagues are frustrated and demotivated. On his first day in the Office Staff Representation presented the new President with proposals for a new, fairer career system. After 15 months nothing has changed.

The growth in granted patents is accompanied by a drop in patent quality. Number of granted patents per year (blue) and quality of granted patents according to DQA (red).

President: “I personally don’t believe that we’re at the stage of last resort (…) strikes.”

Fact: Unsustainable production pressure. Falling patent quality. Outrageous legal fights. An increasingly arbitrary career system. Five-year contracts. Threats and pressure. Although it is true that the communication-style of management has become gentler and seemingly more understanding, this is merely marketing. Indeed, only the marketing has changed. The new President, after 18 months in the Office, remains surrounded by mostly the same faces as the old President. The autocratic management-style of President Battistelli clings on. And yet there is so much potential at the EPO. So many clever and highly-trained professionals eager to innovate, to involve themselves, to discuss, to try new things and produce the best patents with the highest quality. This potential just has to be unleashed. We are ready for real change! What are you still waiting for, Mr President?

SUEPO Munich

Things have only gotten worse since then. Where’s the media coverage? Where’s the journalism on these matters? The bribed operatives from IAM tell us that EPO “quality” is top-notch while bagging EPO money from the EPO’s PR agency, FTI Consulting. Shouldn’t the media be covering the bribery of the media? Maybe not, the media does not wish to discredit itself; the EPO is meanwhile hiring more people to manipulate the media.

End of 2021: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Posted in Site News at 9:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ea91aa0599935dc0b4acb38e36805ecf

Summary: 2021 was probably one of our best years; with over 3,000 blog posts in total (for the first time since 2010) and many bits of leaked material we’ve grown our trove of information, which is moreover replicated fully in gemini:// (fully self-hosted)

THE year is nearly over (2.5 days before the end) and we’ve had an exceptionally productive year. We made a big splash at the start of the year with Raspberry Pi revelations and Intel leaks. Then we started a number of in-depth investigations of the EPO; many people are still reading these in an effort to better understand their home countries. At the middle of this year we had major IRC scandals as Freenode was in a state of flux and we ended up setting up our own IRC network, as we had already wanted or planned in prior years, especially in 2020. IPFS and Gemini adoption increased (1,543 live capsules and persistent linear growth); a lot of people now read Techrights using protocols other than HTTP/S, in formats other than HTML. Our Git repository finally went public and it is discoverable through Geminispace-wide search. More and more projects now choose to present Git over Gemini Protocol — an encouraging trend we expect to carry on.

“IPFS and Gemini adoption increased; a lot of people now read Techrights using protocols other than HTTP/S, in formats other than HTML.”The informal video above explains what’s to come next. We have a number of internal document to put out there and we have a lot of stuff to show about Team Mono (Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIII is due Monday).

Means for communicating with us securely have further expanded, from self-hosted IRC to E2EE for voice. We hope it will encourage more people to send tips and documents our way.

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