Links 14/2/2022: MariaDB 10.7, KDE Frameworks 5.91.0, and Linux 5.17 RC4

Posted in News Roundup at 8:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Weekly Roundup #169

      Welcome to this week’s Linux weekly roundup.

      I am still not at my computer, same as last week, but the world of Linux continued to grow in its splendor.

      We had plenty of new releases this week with OpenMandriva 4.3, SparkyLinux 6.2 and, Bluestar Linux 5.16.8.

      KDE Plasma 5.24 has also been released this week.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.17-rc4
        Things continue to look pretty normal for 5.17. Both the diffstat and
        the number of commits looks pretty much average for an rc4 release.
        About half the changes being to drivers (all over, but as usual gpu
        and networking is a noticeable part of driver changes), with arch
        updates showing up next (devicetree updates dominate, but there's
        "real code" changes too).
        Other than that, we've got filesystem fixes, core networking, tooling,
        and misc core kernel fixlets.
        The appended shortlog gives details as usual, nothing in here looks worrisome.
      • Kernel prepatch 5.17-rc4

        The 5.17-rc4 kernel prepatch is out for testing. “Things continue to look pretty normal for 5.17. Both the diffstat and the number of commits looks pretty much average for an rc4 release.”

      • Graphics Stack

        • Ricardo Garcia: My FOSDEM 2022 talk: Fun with border colors in Vulkan

          FOSDEM 2022 took place this past weekend, on February 5th and 6th. It was a virtual event for the second year in a row, but this year the Graphics devroom made a comeback and I participated in it with a talk titled “Fun with border colors in Vulkan”. In the talk, I explained the context and origins behind the VK_EXT_border_color_swizzle extension that was published last year and in which I’m listed as one of the contributors.

          Big kudos and a big thank you to the FOSDEM organizers one more year. FOSDEM is arguably the most important free and open source software conference in Europe and one of the most important FOSS conferences in the world. It’s run entirely by volunteers, doing an incredible amount of work that makes it possible to have hundreds of talks and dozens of different devrooms in the span of two days. Special thanks to the Graphics devroom organizers.

          For the virtual setup, one more year FOSDEM relied on Matrix. It’s great because at Igalia we also use Matrix for our internal communications and, thanks to the federated nature of the service, I could join the FOSDEM virtual rooms using the same interface, client and account I normally use for work. The FOSDEM organizers also let participants create ad-hoc accounts to join the conference, in case they didn’t have a Matrix account previously. Thanks to Matrix widgets, each virtual devroom had its corresponding video stream, which you could also watch freely on their site, embedded in each of the virtual devrooms, so participants wanting to watch the talks and ask questions had everything in a single page.

        • AMD focusing on more Linux-Aimed Thunderbolt & USB4 optimizations

          AMD’s newest Linux kernel series have contained USB4 DisplayPort Tunneling and additional USB4/Thunderbolt employment. The company’s latest endeavor is restructuring several Linux kernels around an “is_thunderbolt” check utilized by drivers within their kernel. This new technology will modify the device’s behavior due to it being linked to a Thunderbolt port rather than presently connected to the PCIe to resolve if the device is removable or connected externally from the machine. That is_thunderbolt check started for early Intel Thunderbolt controllers that lacked command completed events. The USB4 DisplayPort Tunneling will take that identical signal and transform it into packets that can be transmitted along the USB-C cable instantaneously. This technology will allow fewer hardware devices and enable numerous signals to travel in an individual cable.

    • Applications

      • OBS Studio 27.2 Released with Official Flatpak Support, More Robust PipeWire Capturing

        OBS Studio 27.2 is the second major update in the 27.x series, after OBS Studio 27.1, bringing several exciting new features for Linux users, such as official Flatpak support so you can more easily install the software on your favorite GNU/Linux distribution. One package format to rule them all!

        Also for Linux users, the new OBS Studio release alphabetically sorts the list of windows shown when selecting Window Capture as the source, makes PipeWire capturing more robust, especially in multi-GPU setups, and introduces a framework that paves the way for upcoming support of background hotkeys on Wayland.

      • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to IBM QRadar SIEM – LinuxLinks

        International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York. They sell computer hardware, middleware and software employing over 370,000 people.

        IBM acquired Red Hat in 2019. But you can trace IBM’s history of open source far further back. They were one of the earliest champions of open source, backing influential communities like Linux, Apache, and Eclipse, advocating open licenses, open governance, and open standards.

        IBM also collaborates with Linux organisations. For example, IBM works with Ubuntu in areas like containers, virtualization, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, big data analytics and DevOps to provide reference architectures, support solutions and cloud offerings, both for enterprise data centres and cloud service providers.

        The company is involved in many open source projects. For example, they helped to create the Apache Software Foundation, and were also a founder member of the OpenJS Foundation, responsible for the development of the Node.js platform, Appium, Dojo, jQuery and many other products.


        OSSIM provides a unified platform with many of the essential security capabilities including: asset discovery, vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection, behavioral monitoring, and SIEM event correlation.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Install Htop Viewer on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Htop is a free, open-source, cross-platform interactive process viewer. It is a text-mode application (for console or X terminals) and requires ncurses. The terminal UI is a great way to see what your system looks like inside, both in terms of processes and other info. It’s also completely customizable, so you can change colors or add different widgets for more visual representation!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Htop Interactive Process Viewer on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS desktop or server.

      • How to install Polyphone 2.2 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Polyphone 2.2 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

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

      • Install/Upgrade Latest LibreOffice on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        LibreOffice is a free, open-source office productivity suite used by millions worldwide. The office suite software uses a native file format ODF or Open Document Format, an accepted and almost required structure in multiple organizations across the globe.

        LibreOffice includes Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).

        As many know, AlmaLinux does have recent versions of LibreOffice, but given the distribution is a downstream version of RHEL and focuses on stability over new features, when new LibreOffice releases occur, you may not see these straight away. Luckily, using alternative installation managers can achieve you getting the latest version and keep it up to date.

      • Install Timeshift on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Timeshift is a powerful open-source tool that can help you protect your data. It allows you to create incremental snapshots of your filesystem, which can be browsed with a file manager. In BTRFS mode, snapshots are taken using the in-built features of the BTRFS filesystem. If you’re looking for a reliable way to back up your data.

        Timeshift is worth considering for all users as it is handy when you need to restore which happens often with Linux systems when you start off learning amongst many other examples.

      • How to install Blender on Zorin OS 16 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Blender on Zorin OS 16.

      • How To Install Zabbix on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Zabbix on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Zabbix is a free and open-source tool used to provide robust and real-time monitoring for network monitoring and application monitoring of millions of metrics. Zabbix uses XML based template which contains elements to monitor. The backend of Zabbix is written in C programming and PHP is used for the web frontend.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Zabbix open source monitoring tool on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, and Rocky Linux distributions.

      • Display User Avatar in Top-right System Menu in Ubuntu 20.04/21.10 | UbuntuHandbook

        Want to display your avatar icon in the top-right corner system menu? Here’s an extension to do the job for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.10, and Debian 11 with GNOME desktop.

        You know, many Linux desktops (e.g., KDE Plasma and Cinnamon) display the icon/figure of user account in the system start menu.

        GNOME however does not have the classic style ‘start menu’ by default. Instead, user may add the avatar icon into upper-right corner system tray drop-down menu (aka system menu).

      • How to Install Htop Viewer on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        htop is free and open-source software that helps the user in viewing the running process and monitoring the consumption of system resources. Here we learn the commands to install htop viewer on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

        Get a dynamic overview of your running processes and the system resources using htop. Well, that can be done with the classic command-top but compared to that this process manager offers some comfort functions and ncurses interface and can be operated easily with the keyboard without having to type long commands. If htop is started in a terminal within a desktop environment, the mouse can also be used. If you want to use the mouse in a virtual terminal, gpm must be installed.

      • Handy Keyboard Shortcuts for the Linux Bash Terminal

        Use these Linux Bash shortcuts for navigation, editing, command control, and easy access to history—all available in a free cheat sheet.

        The Linux Bash (Bourne Again Shell) is a shell and command language that is known to most Linux users, since it’s the default shell in most Linux distributions.

        A beginner Linux user may find the Linux terminal usage a bit hard to grasp, especially because it relies heavily on using your arrow keys to move around. Additionally, constantly re-typing the commands, each with a slight variation, can be annoying.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Emulate the Sinclair QL home computer with Linux

        Emulation is the practice of using a program (called an emulator) on a PC to mimic the behaviour of a home computer or a video game console, in order to play (usually retro) games on a computer.

        Home computers were a class of microcomputers that entered the market in 1977 and became common during the 1980s. They were marketed to consumers as affordable and accessible computers that, for the first time, were intended for the use of a single non-technical user.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Frameworks 5.91 Adds Root File Operations in Dolphin, Brings Many Improvements

          KDE Frameworks 5.91 is here with lots of interesting and exciting changes, starting with a major new feature for the Dolphin file manager and other KDE apps that use the KIO library. This is PolKit support in KIO, which finally enables root file operations in Dolphin.

          In addition, the KIO library was improved in this release to correctly handle non-file-based URLs registered to apps, such as tg:// for Telegram links or mailto:// for email addresses, when the apps advertise that they accept URLs. Also, Dolphin now launches faster when there are multiple ISO images mounted or Snap apps installed.

        • KDE Frameworks 5.91.0

          KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.91.0.

          KDE Frameworks are 83 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the KDE Frameworks release announcement.

          This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

        • Second Blog Post for SoK 2022

          In my previous blogpost, I wrote that I’ll be working on extending the Ellipse Assistant Tool to add support for Perspective Ellipse in Krita. However, last week my mentors and I decided that as of now, it makes more sense to add a new Assistant Tool for Perspective Ellipse instead of extending the Ellipse Assistant Tool.

    • Distributions

      • Changes needed to fix JWMDesk

        I mentioned that Roger’s (radky in the forum) JWMDesk PET is not in EasyOS 3.4 due to incompatibility with the format of /root/.jwmrc-tray and /root/.jwm/jwmrc-personal.

      • New Releases

      • Slackware Family

        • Slackware Cloud Server Series Episode 5: Collaborative Document Editing | Alien Pastures

          A spin-off from our previous Episode in this series is this fifth article about using Slackware as your private/personal ‘cloud server’.

          Check out the list below which shows past, present and future episodes in the series, if the article has already been written you’ll be able to click on the subject.

          The first episode also contains an introduction with some more detail about what you can expect.

          These articles are living documents, i.e. based on readers’ feedback I may add, update or modify their content.


          In the previous Episode called “Productivity Platform” I have shown you how to setup the NextCloud platform on your Slackware server. I had promised a separate article about the addition of “collaborative editing” and this is it.

          Collaborative editing on documents allows people from all over the world to have the exact same document (text, spreadsheet, presentation, vector graphics) open in a web-based online editor and collaborate on its content in real-time. Every editor can see what the others are currently working on.
          The most widely used online office suite with these capabilities is Microsoft Office 365.

          Of course, Microsoft 365 is not free. It uses a license model where you pay for its use per month. If you stop paying… you lose access to your online office suite and if you are unlucky, you lose access to your OneDrive files as well.

          How is the situation in the Open Source world? Looking for free and open (source as well as standards-adhering!) desktop office programs, many people acknowledge that Libreoffice is an important OSOSS (Open Standards & Open Source Software) alternative to Microsoft’s Office line of programs. However… a cloud-native online web-based variant of the LibreOffice suite of programs is not trivially accessible. By nature, online software needs to be hosted somewhere and by extension, the documents you edit online need to be maintained on cloud storage as well… a challenge for free software enthusiasts when the truth is that hosting costs money. The commercially successful Microsoft Office 365 has the dominant position there.

          Now, this article is going to free you (a bit) from Big Tech. I will show you how to enrich your personal Slackware Cloud Server with exactly that what seems unattainable for free software lovers: a web-based online version of LibreOffice which makes it possible for you and yours to (jointly if you want) edit the documents that you are already hosting in your NextCloud accounts.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Short history of ARMv7/armhfp/arm32 in Fedora

          Back in mid November I proposed a change for Fedora 37 to retire ARMv7 as an architecture, FESCo accepted the proposal. Per the Fedora 36 schedule we branched Fedora 36 this week. Last night I enacted the last of the process to disable it in rawhide so to quote “It’s dead Jim”. The last release of Fedora to support ARMv7 AKA armhfp AKA arm32 will be Fedora 36 which will go end of life around June 2023.

          I thought I’d cover a few of the things we achieved with Fedora ARM and some of the impact it’s had on the wider Linux on ARM ecosystem which people may not have realised.

        • Introducing RPM Spec Wizard | FrostyX.cz

          Do you want to create your first Fedora package but don’t know where to start? Try RPM Spec Wizard, it will guide you through the process.

          If you asked me how to create a Fedora package, I would probably point you to the RPM Packaging Guide, Fedora Packaging Guidelines, or this Packaging Workshop for Beginners recording from Miroslav Suchý. Upon realizing that your options are an 80 pages document, a comprehensive specification so long, that nobody ever read it in its entirety, and a lecture with a length of a feature film, you wouldn’t like me very much.

          While those are great learning resources, they can be a little bit too overwhelming for a first-time contributor. That is why we created RPM Spec Wizard. It is an interactive guide that you can simply open, and step by step, input the information that it asks for.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • [Ubuntu] Desktop Team Updates – Monday 7th February 2022

          Hi everyone, below you will find the updates from the Desktop team from the last week. If you’re interested in discussing a topic please start a thread in the Desktop area of Discourse .

          Last week’s notes are here: Desktop Team Updates – Monday 31st January 2022

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • MariaDB 10.7 Database Server Released with New Capabilities

          MariaDB 10.7 is an evolution of MariaDB 10.6 with several entirely new features not found anywhere else.

          MariaDB is a popular database server made by the original authors of MySQL. It is a community-developed fork of MySQL and is one of the most widely used open-source relational database management systems (RDBMS). MariaDB is highly compatible with MySQL and allows users to effortlessly migrate databases from MySQL to MariaDB.

      • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

        • Open Access/Content

          • Framing accessibility in broader terms

            A key insight here is that these more advanced steps involve making changes which are apparent to “typical” users as well, but we’ll expand on that in a moment. Instead of designing for people like you and then patching it up until it’s semi-functional for people who are not like you, a wise developer places themselves into the shoes of the person they’re designing for and builds something which speaks their design language. For visually impaired users, this might mean laying out information in a more logical sense than in a spatial sense.

            Importantly, accessibility also means understanding that there are many other kinds of users who have accessibility needs.

            For instance, consider someone who cannot afford a computer as nice as the one your developers are using. When your Electron crapware app eats up 8G of RAM, it may be fine on your 32G developer workstation, but not so much for someone who cannot afford anything other than a used $50 laptop from eBay. Waking up the user’s phone every 15 minutes to check in with your servers isn’t very nice for someone using a 5-year-old phone with a dying battery. Your huge JavaScript bundle, unoptimized images, and always-on network requirements are not accessible to users who are on low-bandwidth mobile connections or have a data cap — you’re essentially charging them an extra tax to use your website.

            Localization is another kind of accessibility, and it requires more effort than running your strings through gettext. Users in different locales speak not only different natural languages, but different design langauges. Users of right-to-left languages like Arabic don’t just reverse their strings but also the entire layout of the page. Chinese and Japanese users are more familiar with denser UIs than the typical Western user. And subtitles and transcripts are important for Deaf users, but also useful for users who are consuming your content in a second language.

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Epoxy Resin Night Light Is An Amazing Ocean-Themed Build | Hackaday

        We’ve all seen those “river” tables where a lovely old piece of tree is filled with some blue resin to create a water-like aesthetic. This project from [smartyleowl] takes that basic idea, but pushes it further, and the result is a beautiful build that is as much a diorama as it is a simple lamp.

        First up, an appropriate rough piece of unprepared wood is chosen to create a cliff for the underwater scene. Speckles of UV-reactive blue powder are scattered on to the wood and some little plastic coral and marine plants are stuck down as well. A mold is then constructed around the wood using acrylic. Small whale and diver figurines are dangled in place, and blue resin poured in to complete the underwater scene. Once the resin has hardened, it’s polished to a clear sheen and its edges are nicely beveled. It’s then placed on a illuminated base which lights the scene from below, giving it a somewhat ethereal underwater quality.

      • Machining Waveguides For 122 GHz Operation Is Delicate Work | Hackaday

        Millimeter-wave Radars used in modern cars for cruise control and collision avoidance are usually designed to work at ranges on the order of 100 meters or so. With some engineering nous, however, experimenters have gotten these devices sending signals over ranges of up to 60 km in some tests. [Machining and Microwaves] decided to see if he could push the boat out even further, and set out machining some waveguide combiner cavities so he could use the radar chips with some very high-performance antennas.

      • This ESP32 Pico Wristwatch Has Plenty Of Potential | Hackaday

        Prolific hacker [Sulfuroid] is a medical doctor by day, and an electronics hobbyist by night, and quite how he finds the time, we have no idea.

        The project we want to highlight is an ESP32 based LED smart watch, which we’ll sure you’ll agree, looks pretty nicely developed so far, and [Sulfuroid] has bigger plans, as you may find, when you dig into the GitHub repo. This analog-style design uses four groups of 0603-sized LEDs, arranged circularly to indicate the passage of time, or anything else you fancy. Since there are four control buttons, a pancake vibration motor, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the possibilities are endless.

      • 3D Printing Rainbows | Hackaday

        [The Action Lab] had a very serious technical problem. His daughter wanted to 3D print sparkly unicorns. But how do you make a 3D print sparkly? Turns out, he had used a diffraction grating before to make rainbow-enhanced chocolate.

        The method turns out to be surprisingly simple. Using a diffraction grating as a print bed, puts the pattern on the bottom of the 3D print and — thanks to how a diffraction grating works — the 3D print now works like a grating, too.


        The real test, of course, was the daughter test. Judging from the video, she was pretty happy with the results. The white pieces seem to look best, but the technique also worked with colored PLA. Technically, these are called surface relief gratings, to differentiate them from other kinds of diffraction gratings. In the 1600s, people noticed the effect in bird feathers and a hundred or so years later, they were duplicating the effect with fine hairs. It would be the 1800s before science started to explain what was really going on.

    • Integrity/Availability

A Criminal Legacy (and Present) of the European Patent Office, Europe’s Second-Largest Institution

Posted in Europe, Patents at 12:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 86fde6f2fde9d42e0589e8f4f5d7a66e
EPO Has Lost Sight of Its Very Purpose
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: In spite of bribes (to media, even to academia) and blackmail tactics, the simple facts indicate that the EPO is a law-breaking institution that has already become a massive liability to the European Union and is actively harming the European population

THE new "Mafia look" of Benoît Battistelli won’t fool so many of us. Trying to buy a new identity of himself, after destroying the EPO and leaving it in the hands of his saboteur António Campinos?

Now is a great time to talk about the corruption of Battistelli, who uses CEIPI for his UPC fronting/lobbying (trying to break the legal system like he broke the patent office).

Battistelli with beardA French site for independent inventors (not multinationals gaming the patent systems by accounting for 2 out of 3 European Patents) has meanwhile taken note [PDF] of what Battistelli did [PDF] (the text is in French). Update: we now have this automated (machine) English translation. [PDF]

“I admit that is an old story,” the person who sent this to us noted. “But after the decisions of the ILOAT, it may be wise to have a closer look at these old stories. Battistelli and his clowns are responsible for the mess… are you aware of this publication?”

It’s never too late to catch up, even if the foreign (to me incomprehensible) language is a barrier. We’ve made a local copy of the PDF. It has highlights in it.

And “BTW,” the person added. “Look a the new look of old Moronistelli at the pages of Saint Germain en Laye, doesn’t he look inoffensive with a beard? Just like father Christmas…”

“Battistelli is no longer immune and maybe he can be held accountable, not just for Alexandre Benalla but for many other things.”Below we’ve added the full index of the series that ended half a day ago. Battistelli is no longer immune and maybe he can be held accountable, not just for Alexandre Benalla but for many other things.

  1. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part I: Let the Sunshine In!
  2. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part II: A “Unanimous” Endorsement?
  3. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part III: Three Missing Votes
  4. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IV: The Founding States
  5. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part V: Germany Says “Ja”
  6. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VI: A Distinct Lack of Dutch Courage
  7. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VII: Luxembourgish Laxity
  8. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VIII: Perfidious Albion and Pusillanimous Hibernia
  9. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IX: More Holes Than Swiss Cheese
  10. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part X: Introducing the Controversial Christian Bock
  11. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XI: “General Bock” – Battistelli’s Swiss Apprentice?
  12. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XII: The French Connection
  13. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XIII: Battistelli’s Iberian Facilitators – Spain
  14. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XIV: Battistelli’s Iberian Facilitators – Portugal
  15. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XV: Et Tu Felix Austria…
  16. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVI: The Demise of the Austrian Double-Dipper
  17. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVII: The Non-Monolithic Nordic Bloc
  18. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVIII: Helsinki’s Accord
  19. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IXX: The Baltic States
  20. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XX: The Visegrád Group
  21. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXI: The Balkan League – The Doyen and His “Protégée”
  22. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXII: The Balkan League – North Macedonia and Albania
  23. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXIII: The Balkan League – Bulgaria
  24. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXIV: The Balkan League – Romania
  25. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXV: The Balkan League – Fresh Blood or Same Old, Same Old?
  26. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXVI: A Trojan Horse on the Budget and Finance Committee
  27. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXVII: Cypriot Complicity
  28. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXVIII: Benoît and António’s Loyal “Habibi”
  29. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IXXX: The EPOnian Micro-States – Monaco and Malta
  30. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXX: San Marino and the Perfidious Betrayal of Liberty
  31. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXI: The Abstentionists
  32. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXII: “Plucky Little Belgium”?
  33. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXIII: Swedish Scepticism
  34. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXIV: An “Extremely Dubious” Proposal
  35. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXV: Slovakian Scruples
  36. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXVI: Serbian Sour Grapes
  37. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXVII: Stubbornly Independent Slovenia
  38. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXVIII: Ensnared in the Tentacles of the SAZAS Octopus
  39. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXIX: On the Slippery Slope to Capture
  40. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXX: The Idiosyncratic Italians
  41. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXXI: Public Service or Self-Service?
  42. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXXII: A Parcel of Rogues?
  43. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXXIII: A Legal No-Man’s Land
  44. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXXIV: Immunity = Impunity?
  45. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXXV: In the Shadow of “Waite and Kennedy”
  46. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXXXVI: An Erosion of Fundamental Rights Protection?
  47. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XLVII: Institutionalised Injustice at the EPO?
  48. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XLVIII: The Unkindest Cut of All
  49. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XLIX: The Rise and Fall of Battistelli’s “Social Democracy”…
  50. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part L (50, Final): 2010 – 2022: Business as Usual?

[Meme] The Man Who Owned Everything

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

King of France or just a delusional mafioso, capitalising on (and destroying) decades’ worth of EPO goodwill?

Francesca Battistell as EPO

Summary: Benoît Battistelli wrongly assumed that as EPO President he gets to become king or dictator (like Paris Saint-Germain F.C. owner, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani), who in violation of the EPC governs the AC, BoA, the internal appeals, the UPC lobby, and even affairs of the staff union; how wrong was he…

Latest Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) Patterns Against “Linux” (the Real Issue is Proprietary Software)

Posted in Deception, DRM, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, VMware at 9:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 39cf4b2e4c48595eba70964bdba9dc34
FUD Attacks Which Mostly Distract
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Summary: Fear-mongering/dramatisation (or FUD) tactics have been used a lot so far this month, mostly in an effort to associate Linux with illegal activity, unethical users, untold risk, and great liability/ies

THE video above covers a subject I’ve been wanting to comment on all week long but lacked time to (until the weekend). Now that the dust has mostly settled and the fear campaigns run out of Steam (pun intended) I want to comment on VMware’s attacks on “Linux”, as noted in passing 4 days ago.

“Generally speaking, VMware and Microsoft are close and they’re both prolific GPL violators that hate Linux.”It all started about a fortnight ago (and about Fortnite) when Epic Games Store among other things indicated a shift towards GNU/Linux for gamers. At the same time there were quite a few headlines about VMware security blunders, so VMware probably wanted to shift blame/culpability to “Linux”. Generally speaking, VMware and Microsoft are close and they’re both prolific GPL violators that hate Linux. It’s not unthinkable that there’s some degree of coordination between them in these latest FUD attacks. We leave readers/viewers to decide based on the available evidence.

To those who dispute our assertion that this is FUD, please pay careful attention to editorial comments in Daily Links and in the links above. The short rebuttal is, malware that targets VMware is mostly the fault of negligible administrators or administrators that actively install malware (not “Linux”), which can in turn curtail VMware/ESXi (that in itself is a security risk and huge attack surface). As for ransomware, that’s mostly a Windows issue, barely a Linux issue, according to statistics. Regarding Steam and Epic, DRM never belonged in Linux and demanding rootkits (“anti-cheat”) is a whole new level of compromise; then again, Epic competes against Steam, mostly ignores Steam Store (where it mostly shuns Windows users, not GNU/Linux users), and a bunch of random “tweets” — or tweet-mining — doesn’t make good journalism. It looks like Microsoft is trying to ‘crash’ the launch of Steam Deck, seeing that it threatens the last remaining reason often given for staying with Windows.

Mainstream GNU/Linux Distros Add Gemini Clients to Their Repositories as Sign of the Recognition of This Protocol’s Growth

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM at 7:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Gemini Entering Distro Repositories
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Summary: Amidst our negotiations with Richard Stallman (about adding Gemini presence for GNU and the FSF; still “work in progress”) we’re seeing a lot of enthusiasm from the GNU/Linux community at large; hackers and hobbyists are offering to package and maintain popular Gemini clients, even for large corporations such as IBM (Fedora)

EARLIER this week we noted in IRC and in Daily Links that Michel Salim had packaged Lagrange for Fedora; Lagrange already has an AppImage and for over a year there has been Flatpak in the mix, so Lagrange wasn’t so hard to install in Fedora regardless.

“Thankfully the situation is improving and owing to the growth/increasing relevance of Geminispace the demand (from users) will compel packaging or make more volunteers (to package software of interest).”As noted in the video above, this is part of a trend. Last night I spent about an hour taking stock of which Gemini clients are available for which OS or distro (BSDs and GNU/Linux, but I noticed macOS too along the way). The situation isn’t great — especially for lack of packages — but it is improving over time. In Arch Linux, for example, Castor (Rust, GTK), Kristall (C++, Qt), and Lagrange (C, SDL) are among the properly packaged “[g]raphical clients” for Gemini. For the terminal they offer amfora (Go), asuka-git (Rust), av-98 (Python), bombadillo-git (Go), and Elpher (Emacs). And through the XBPS package manager one can get Castor for Void Linux. Debian and Ubuntu are still MIA and even OpenBSD offers more options than they do. Thankfully the situation is improving and owing to the growth/increasing relevance of Geminispace the demand (from users) will compel packaging or make more volunteers (to package software of interest). I’ll continue to ‘monitor the situation’ and occasionally report on it, mostly as an enthusiast of gemini:// whose audience nowadays includes a lot of Gemini users (in the video above I show that we still attract a lot of traffic over gemini:// protocol).

“This post is day 17 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge,” Michel Salim wrote in the Fediverse. And he added the hastag #Web0 (alluding to the counterculture of Aral Balkan and his partner Laura).

“Web0″ is an amusing synonym of the “small Web” as Balkan calls it (promoting lots of JavaScript). It has nothing to do with Gopher, Gemini etc. Like the Web’s founder, he’s trying to compensate for the Web’s bloat with more bloat or another kind of bloat.

Links 13/2/2022: Intel Thread Director and RISC-V

Posted in News Roundup at 5:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Intel Thread Director Is Headed To Linux For A Major Boost In Alder Lake Performance | HotHardware

        Hetereogeneous computing is nothing new, of course, but typically it has been one type of CPU core and one type of GPU, along with media processing blocks and other small functional units — at least on desktop and notebooks systems. Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs are the first x86-64 processors to embrace a hybrid paradigm with two separate CPU architectures on the same die.

        These two separate CPU architectures have different strengths and capabilities. The Golden Cove “performance cores” (or P-cores) feature Intel’s latest high-performance desktop CPU architecture, and they are blisteringly fast. Meanwhile, the Gracemont “efficiency cores” (or E-cores) are so small that four of them, along with 2MB of shared L2 cache, can nearly fit in the same space as a single Golden Cove core. They’re slower than the Golden Cove cores, but also much more efficient, at least in theory.

      • How and why Linaro builds, boots and tests over a million Linux kernels per year

        In the past year, Linaro has addressed an increase in Linux kernel release candidates whilst also detecting and reporting more than double the amount of regressions, compared to the previous year.

        Linaro’s Linux Kernel Functional Testing (LKFT) has dealt with these Release Candidates (RC’s) within a 48hour SLA (Service Level Agreement). This is no small feat given we have been able to build, boot and test more than a million kernels. These numbers are even more impressive when you take into account that LKFT has achieved all this without extra staffing.

    • Applications

      • 26 open source creative apps to try in 2022 | Opensource.com

        The server and mobile industries know open source well. But open source isn’t just about the technology. First and foremost, open source is about sharing, and if there’s one thing people love to share more than anything, it’s self-expression in the form of art. Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, you can foster your own creativity with open source applications, and possibly end up with something you’re proud to share with others. Here are 26 applications in seven different artistic categories to help you act on your every inspiration.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install and Use Nu Shell on Linux

        In this guide, we will illustrate how to install and use Nu shell on Linux.


        Nu shell is a new Linux shell, it aims at simplifying command outputs with pipe. It comes with interesting built-in commands, is fast and easy to use. The focus of Nu shell is Pipe-lining which enables terminal users to own the terminal, commanding it to produce the output as needed.

      • How To Fix No Sound in Ubuntu And Linux Mint

        In this guide, we will show you how to fix the problem of ubuntu/mint no sound after the installation with some methods.

      • Install Microsoft Fonts on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Most Linux Distributions use open-source fonts to substitute Microsoft’s iconic typefaces like Arial, Courier New, and Times. Red Hat created the Liberation family to replace these similar-looking but different sizes — all you have to do is select your preferred font when editing documents so that they’ll be readable without any disruptions!

        For users who want to install Microsoft fonts and want to use them in LibreOffice, the following tutorial will teach you how to install Microsoft fonts on Debian 11 Bullseye.

      • Install Apache Maven on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Apache Maven is an open-source tool that allows the building automation of your java projects. It can also be used for projects in C#, Ruby, etc. Its most popular usage would likely involve Java development! The maven project comes from the Apache Software Foundation, where they were previously part of the Jakarta Project before moving on their own.

      • Install GPU-Viewer on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        The GPU-Viewer is a free, open-source project to create an easy-to-use interface for glxinfo, vulkaninfo, and clinfo. The program will be developed using Python 3 with GTK3 to display all the important details extracted from these programs on one page alongside other useful tools like grep or AWK.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest GPU-Viewer on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

      • Install UNRAR on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        UNRAR is widely known and used amongst Windows users. RAR files are much smaller archives and compress better than ZIP for most files by compressing files “together,” saving more space. UNRAR does not come pre-installed natively on AlmaLinux and is not featured in its repositories.

        The following tutorial will show you how to install UNRAR on Almalinux 8 Workstation or Server with RPM FUSION, along with the most commonly used commands.

      • Install GParted on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        GParted is a free and easy-to-use GTK -based graphical user interface tool for all your partition needs. With one click, you can create new disk partitions or adjust the size of already existing ones–Gparted will even resize partitioned files without losing any information! You also have access options like moving around hard drives as well checking basic info such as free space usage.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install GParted on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

      • Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Ubuntu Budgie is a desktop environment that is free and open-source that uses GNOME technologies such as GTK (> 3.x) and is developed by the Solus project, which also contributes to its design through contributors from numerous communities, including Arch Linux; Manjaro; openSUSE Tumbleweed – among others.

        For users seeking an alternative to GNOME that is lightweight and sleek with a simple UI instead of focusing on eye candy, then Budgie is worth checking out.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

      • MySQL: Allow user to create database

        After installing MySQL on your Linux system, you can create one or more users and grant them permissions to do things like create databases, access table data, etc.

        It is not recommended to use the root account, but rather create a new account and grant privileges as needed. In this tutorial, you will see how to allow a user to create a MySQL database on Linux.

      • MySQL: Allow empty password

        If you have installed MySQL on your Linux system and need to have one or more users with an empty password, it is possible to either create new users with empty passwords or reset an existing user’s password to being empty.

        This obviously goes against all conventional security practices, but it may be more convenient in testing scenarios or other unique situations. Whatever your use case may be, we will assume you know what you are doing and have taken into consideration the obvious security risk of having a MySQL user with an empty password.

        It is even possible to configure the root account to have an empty password. In this tutorial, we will take you through the step by step instructions to allow an empty password in MySQL.

      • MySQL: Allow all hosts

        If you wish to access your MySQL server remotely, it will be necessary to configure one or more users to allow access from remote hosts. If you do not know all the IP addresses of the connecting hosts, then you can simply allow connections from all hosts.

        In this tutorial, we will take you through the step by step instructions of allowing remote connections to a MySQL server on a Linux system from all hosts. These instructions should work independently of whichever Linux distro you are using.

      • MySQL: Allow root remote access

        The purpose of this tutorial is to show how to access MySQL remotely with the root account. Conventional security practice is to disable remote access for the root account, but it is very simple to turn on that access in a Linux system.

        Read on and follow through the step by step instructions to allow root remote access in your MySQL server.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Kernighan

        • Could Unix Happen Today? Brian Kernighan Looks Back … and Forward – The New Stack

          As beloved Unix pioneer Brian Kernighan approaches his 80th birthday, he made a special appearance at this year’s Linux Conference Australia. At the traditional January event — held virtually for the second year in a row — Kernighan reminisced on the 1970s and “The early days of Unix at Bell Labs,” always careful to acknowledge the contributions of others, and of those developers who’d preceded him.

          Kernighan also used the occasion to reflect on the lessons to be learned from the history of the Unix operating system, from the C programming language, and even from Microsoft’s foray into Unix — ultimately asking the poignant question of whether a Unix-like phenomenon could ever happen again.

          And finally, Kernighan also looked to the future, and expressed a sincere hope that the talk might “perhaps teach us something about how software development can be done effectively, and perhaps how to manage people and processes to make them as productive as possible.”

      • Web Browsers

        • 10 Open Source Lightweight Web Browsers for Linux

          There are plenty of web browsers available for Linux. A lot of them are based on Chromium but we also have a list of browsers that are not based on Chromium.

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          10 Open Source Lightweight Web Browsers for Linux
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          There are plenty of web browsers available for Linux. A lot of them are based on Chromium but we also have a list of browsers that are not based on Chromium.

          Recently, a reader asked for a lightweight web browsers recommendation and hence I took the responsibility of doing some quick experimentation. Here’s what I found.

        • Before I go: When it comes to complaining about web browsers

          I’m not planning on leaving the industry (yet), but before I go I’d like to offer up what I know when it comes to complaining about web browsers.

          I have logged hundreds of hours complaining about browsers on Twitter, on podcasts, and on this blog. I have logged thousands more hours trying to keep up with browsers and I frequently interact with people who write specs and make browsers. I have not been 100% successful in my efforts to get a <rupert> element as my legacy but I have learned a lot about giving feedback to web browsers.

        • New browser extension makes learning Luxembourgish easier

          The basic concept is that you install the free plugin (available for Chrome), and as you browse English websites the plugin will sneakily and automagically translate a few words into Luxembourgish. The idea is that it will help you expand your vocabulary as you learn new words by context. If you don’t understand a word, just hover over it with your cursor and a translation will appear.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • A Hairy PostgreSQL Incident

          No obligation; just checking in to see what my availability is. Quickly thinking it over – I didn’t have any plans tonight, nothing in particular on my agenda. Why not? If I can help then someone else on the team won’t have to, and I don’t have anything better to do tonight.

        • The world of PostgreSQL wire compatibility

          A wire protocol is the format for interactions between a database server and its clients. It encompasses authentication, sending queries, receiving responses, and so on. It is a description of the exact bytes sent and received by servers and clients. It does NOT encompass the actual query language itself, let alone database semantics.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibreOffice de and fr translation fix

          Just before releasing 3.4, forum member esmourguit sent me updates for the Français (French) langpack PET. I was puzzled that he included .mo files for LibreOffice, as they should have already been there.

      • Programming/Development

        • Top 10 web [cracking] techniques of 2021

          The research quality this year was frankly exceptional – it’s the strongest year I’ve seen since getting involved back in 2015. This has led to fierce competition for the top 10, and numerous high-standard research papers missing out. I usually name a few of my favourite runners up but this year there’s so many it would be unfair – instead I recommend anyone with time explores the full nomination list. Massive thanks to everyone who contributed to this wave of research!

          One particular theme dominated this year. In both the nominations and the final top ten, we saw heavy focus on HTTP Request Smuggling, and attacks on parser inconsistency in general. As systems get more complex and more connected, these threats bloom. It’ll be interesting to see where the parser battleground shifts when HTTP/1.1 use eventually starts to dwindle in a few decade’s time.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Allwinner T113-S3 dual-core Cortex-A7 SoC features 128MB DDR3, targets automotive and industrial applications – CNX Software

        Allwinner T113-S3 is a dual-core Cortex-A7 processor with 128MB DDR3 on-chip memory that is designed for smart control and HMI applications in the automotive and industrial sectors.

        At first glance, the new processor looks quite similar to Allwinner S3, but with twice the number of cores. However there’s more to it, as a a HiFi4 DSP has been added for smart audio applications, the H.264 encoder is gone replaced by an MPJEG encoder, and the company claims support for “industrial level working temperature”, plus a 10-year life cycle. among other differences.

      • Sticker Brings The Heat | Hackaday

        [Carl] is always looking at making heater plates for PCB reflow and other applications. In his latest video, he shows how he is using thin flexible PCBs with adhesive backs as stickers that get hot. You can find gerber files and design files on GitHub.

        You might think that this is a pretty simple thing to do with a flex PCB, but it turns out while the PCB might be flexible, the traces aren’t and so the typical long traces you see in a heater won’t allow the sticker to bend, which is a problem if you want to wrap it around, say, a coffee mug.

      • Spin Some Spudgers From Secondhand Silverware | Hackaday

        Even though it’s not the right tool for the job, we’ve all used a flat head screwdriver for other purposes. Admit it — you’ve pried open a thing or two with that one in the toolbox that’s all dirty and dinged up anyway. But oftentimes, screwdrivers just aren’t thin enough. What you need is a spudger, which for some reason, seem to only come in plastic. Blame our disposable times.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • How to back up your Gmail

          One note: if you’re backing up a company account, you may find that your company has disabled Takeout. There are third-party apps that say they can back up your Gmail, but you should check your company’s policies before you try them out.

        • Security

          • Week in review: Malware targeting Linux-based OSes, Log4j exploitation risk [Ed: Still going at it...]
          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Senators Say CIA Secretly Collected Data in ‘Warrantless Backdoor Searches of Americans’

              The CIA has a secret repository of information collected about Americans as part of the agency’s foreign surveillance programs, two Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee alleged on Thursday. The lawmakers said the agency hid from Congress and the public what amounts to “warrantless backdoor searches of Americans.”

              Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) wrote to CIA Director Bill Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines in April 2021, calling for details about the program to be declassified. The CIA, they claimed, has “secretly conducted its own bulk program … entirely outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection.” The program does operate under the authority of Executive Order 12333, which has governed intelligence community activity since 1981, the senators said.

            • Blockade at Canada-U.S. bridge enters seventh day as demonstrators dig in

              A tense standoff appeared to be dissolving peacefully before noon and some truckers moved vehicles used in the blockade, but by nightfall the crowd swelled, NBC affiliate WDIV of Detroit reported.

              Hundreds more protesters arrived to bolster crowed in Windsor on Saturday and settled into a face-off with police about two blocks away, waving flags and yelling. While there were no visible physical confrontations, the crowd still controlled the road to the bridge late Saturday.

              The protest continued despite a judge’s order Friday for the protesters to leave and an announcement from Windsor police that they had “commenced enforcement” against blockading demonstrators on the bridge linking Windsor and Detroit.

            • On The Money: Border blockade hits US economy

              Blockades at major U.S.-Canada border crossings caused by truckers protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates could worsen the existing car shortage that has driven up prices to record levels.

              The skyrocketing cost of cars and trucks — which has played a major role in fueling the nation’s 40-year-high inflation rate — was just beginning to level off before truckers blocked the Ambassador Bridge and with it the most efficient way to transport auto parts between Canada and the U.S.

            • Privacy Preserving Attribution for Advertising

              Attribution is how advertisers know if their advertising campaigns are working. Attribution generates metrics that allow advertisers to understand how their advertising campaigns are performing. Related measurement techniques also help publishers understand how they are helping advertisers. Though attribution is crucial to advertising, current attribution practices have terrible privacy properties.

              For the last few months we have been working with a team from Meta (formerly Facebook) on a new proposal that aims to enable conversion measurement – or attribution – for advertising called Interoperable Private Attribution, or IPA.

            • Microsoft to bring LinkedIn profiles to Team chats

              “The feature is expected to roll out in March 2022 and will be generally available to all global users across Microsoft Teams web and desktop versions,” the company said in a statement.

            • European publishers file complaint against Google’s advertising tech

              The European Publishers Council is accusing Google of anticompetitive digital advertising practices, according to a complaint filed Friday with the European Commission.

              The council is calling on the commission, which is already investigating Google’s advertising technology, to take action against the search giant to “break the stranglehold that Google has over us all.”

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Twitch policy update bans sex and hard drugs from usernames

        Under the new policy, which takes effect March 1st, Twitch will remove reported usernames that include “references to sexual acts, arousal, fluids, or genitalia” and references to hard drugs. Alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are excluded from that list, however. After the deadline, the company says it will suspend users if their usernames are “hateful, harassing, violent or typically representative of malicious behavior.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Trademarks

        • Mexico’s cultural appropriation ban is off to a messy start

          While sales are slow for Méndez and others in her community, Indigenous patterns have exploded in popularity elsewhere: major companies like Zara, Anthropologie, Carolina Herrera, and Mango have incorporated similar designs into their clothing under the pretext of inspiration. Fashion houses have profited without acknowledging the origin of the designs or compensating communities.

      • Copyrights

        • Pirated Oscar Screeners Have Become a Rare Breed

          Twenty years ago, screener copies of all Oscar-nominated films leaked online before the official awards ceremony. Today, screeners have become a rare breed. This isn’t only the result of increased anti-piracy protection. In fact, the shift to shorter release windows and streaming premieres likely had a much bigger impact.

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