Links 17/2/2022: Firebird 3.x Sub-Release and Simula One in About a Year

Posted in News Roundup at 9:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Elasticsearch 8 and syslog-ng

        General availability of Elasticsearch 8 was announced last week. There were quite a few rumors that it will break compatibility with third party tools. I tested it as soon as I had a little time: I am happy to share that anything I tested with the elasticsearch-http() destination of syslog-ng still seems to work perfectly well with the latest version of Elasticsearch.

      • SIG Node CI Subproject Celebrates Two Years of Test Improvements

        Ensuring the reliability of SIG Node upstream code is a continuous effort that takes a lot of behind-the-scenes effort from many contributors. There are frequent releases of Kubernetes, base operating systems, container runtimes, and test infrastructure that result in a complex matrix that requires attention and steady investment to “keep the lights on.” In May 2020, the Kubernetes node special interest group (“SIG Node”) organized a new subproject for continuous integration (CI) for node-related code and tests. Since its inauguration, the SIG Node CI subproject has run a weekly meeting, and even the full hour is often not enough to complete triage of all bugs, test-related PRs and issues, and discuss all related ongoing work within the subgroup.

        Over the past two years, we’ve fixed merge-blocking and release-blocking tests, reducing time to merge Kubernetes contributors’ pull requests thanks to reduced test flakes. When we started, Node test jobs only passed 42% of the time, and through our efforts, we now ensure a consistent >90% job pass rate. We’ve closed 144 test failure issues and merged 176 pull requests just in kubernetes/kubernetes. And we’ve helped subproject participants ascend the Kubernetes contributor ladder, with 3 new org members, 6 new reviewers, and 2 new approvers.

        The Node CI subproject is an approachable first stop to help new contributors get started with SIG Node. There is a low barrier to entry for new contributors to address high-impact bugs and test fixes, although there is a long road before contributors can climb the entire contributor ladder: it took over a year to establish two new approvers for the group. The complexity of all the different components that power Kubernetes nodes and its test infrastructure requires a sustained investment over a long period for developers to deeply understand the entire system, both at high and low levels of detail.

      • Kubernetes cost management with Kubecost and SUSE Rancher | SUSE Communities

        Kubernetes and containerized workloads have become a de facto standard of the modern IT landscape, delivering unprecedented agility – on-premises, in the cloud, and across clouds. Managing resource costs in this dynamic environment can be challenging for organizations of any size. We’ve invited Kubecost, a SUSE One partner, to share some highlights of its approach and capabilities that enable SUSE Rancher customers to better manage their Kubernetes infrastructure costs.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • FLOSS Weekly 668: Marketing Open Source – Rob La Gessee, OpenStack, AWS

        Rob La Gesse, whose career spans business, military, politics and other fields, tells Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman how inventive marketing helped make Rackspace a social media star while the company also teamed up with NASA and others on OpenStack, which is still helping grow the cloud business outside of Amazon.

      • Could Crypto Mining Ever Replace Advertising? – Invidious [Ed: The WWW is resorting to malware and Web sites are becoming nothing short of malware]

        I didn’t know AmogOS was still being updated but apparently it is and the developer decided to add a crypto miner into the website for the memes but it does raise a more interesting question is this a valid way to fund a website as opposed to advertising.

    • Kernel Space

      • Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs get further support in latest Linux kernel

        Intel’s Raptor Lake processors will utilize a next-gen Raptor Cove core configuration and deliver as many as 24 cores and 32 threads. Initially, the 13th gen Intel CPUs will offer 8 Raptor Cove and 16 Gracemont Enhanced cores for the highest SKU accessing a sum of 32 threads. In total, the new Intel family will offer 36 MB of L3 cache for all bodies and 18 MB of L2 cache, reaching a total of 54 MB of Smart Cache for the premium Raptor Core chipset.

        Intel is estimated to feature 2 MB L2 / 3 MB L3 cache per Raptor Cove core while each Gracemont Cluster will showcase 4 MB L2 and 3 MB L3 cache — a total of 36 MB L3 cache across all cores, 16 MB (2×8) P-cores, and 16 MB (4×4) E-cores. The 125W Intel Raptor Lake-S variant will offer a PL1 rating of 125W, PL2 rating of 188W, and PL4 rating of 238W. In performance modes, Raptor Lake is rumored to provide between 125W to as high as 314W.

      • Linux devs fix nasty vulnerability dating back half a decade | TechRadar

        An exploitable bug sitting in a popular Linux kernel module, has been found after five years, researchers have claimed.

        Detailing the findings in a blog post, researcher Samuel Page from cybersecurity firm Appgate said the flaw was a stack buffer overflow, found in the kernel networking module for the Transparent Inter-Process Communication (TIPC) protocol.

        Page describes TIPC as an IPC mechanism designed for intra-cluster communication. “Cluster topology is managed around the concept of nodes and the links between these nodes,” he says.

      • Graphics Stack

        • WebRTC: journey to make wayland screen sharing enabled by default – Jan Grulich

          While we have pretty good support for screen sharing on Wayland in WebRTC, which is included in browsers like Chromium or Firefox, it is still not enabled by default in Chromium and it is kept behind a flag. Not only you have to remember to always enable it for new configurations, but for many users it is not even something they are aware of. This has been my main focus recently and I would like to share with you steps that has been done and what are the plans for the future.

    • Benchmarks

      • Linux squeezes better performance out of Intel Alder Lake CPUs than Windows 11

        Linux users running one of Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs will likely see a big performance boost following the release of Linux 5.16.

        When Intel’s 12th-Gen Core processors launched during the third quarter of last year, their performance was much better when running Windows 11 as opposed to Linux likely due to the new scheduler in the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system.

        Now though as a result of Linux kernel improvements since the release of Linux 5.16, the open source operating system is now capable of squeezing out better performance than Windows 11 on Alder Lake processors.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Archive files on your Linux desktop with Ark for KDE | Opensource.com

        When I finish with a project, I often like to take all the files I’ve created for the project and put them into an archive. It not only saves space, but it gets those files out of my way, and prevents them from turning up as results when I use find and grep to search through files I consider current. Once files are in an archive, they’re treated as a single object by your filesystem, which means that you can’t browse them the way you can a normal folder. You could unarchive them, or you could open a terminal and run the appropriate archive command, such as tar, to list the contents of the archive. Or you can use an application like Ark to list, preview, modify, and manage your archives.

      • Water Level Sensor with Arduino Uno: wiring and code description

        In order to measure the water level of the tank to avoid overflow. Water level sensor with Arduino Uno microcontroller is the best and cheap option.

        In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to interface the water level sensor with Arduino Uno. This tutorial will explain the coding, connection diagram, and components list required for doing it. If you have measured the water level in the tank and turned the motor off once it is full, or you have a leakage problem, a water level sensor is a solution to all your problems.

      • Introduction To Amazon EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service) – OSTechNix

        Amazon Cloud (AWS) offers a number of services that aid with container orchestration, including Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Amazon LightSail, and Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR). In this article, we will learn about Amazon EKS, which is Kubernetes in AWS cloud.

      • How to install Steam Link on Zorin OS 16 – Invidious

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

      • How to record audio on Discord | FOSS Linux

        Discord is a fast messaging and digital distribution platform that users can use to communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media, and files in private chats or as a part of communities called “servers.” Servers are persistent chat rooms and voice chat channels accessed via invite links. It runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and web browsers.

      • How to add emojis to Discord | FOSS Linux

        Discord is a direct messaging app first created as a medium for easy communication between gamers. Although it was first launched in 2015, it became popular, becoming a general use platform where users can pass information through video calls, voice calls, and text messaging.

        Apart from allowing one to create servers (a collection of chat rooms and voice chat mediums that are accessed through invite links), Discord can also be used on any device and is available in thirty different languages.

        It works on Linux, Windows, Android, macOS, iOS, iPads, and web browsers. As of 2021, Discord has garnered over three hundred and fifty million (350 million) registered users with over a hundred and fifty million (150 million) active users per month.

      • How to List Users in Linux

        The Linux operating system offers commands to create and delete users and check which ones are logged in. However, there’s no command to list users, logged in or not, on the system.

        Still, there are a couple of ways to pull this off. If you want to learn how to list users in Linux, follow our steps below.

      • How to install MusE on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install MusE DAW workstation 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.

      • Manubot: Automated Scholarly Workflow publishing system with Open-source flavor

        The manubot cite command-line interface retrieves and formats bibliographic metadata for user-supplied persistent identifiers like DOIs or PubMed IDs. The manubot process command-line interface prepares scholarly manuscripts for Pandoc consumption. The manubot process command is used by Manubot manuscripts, which are based off the Rootstock template, to automate several aspects of manuscript generation. See Rootstock’s manuscript usage guide for more information.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Cardboard; an exciting scrollable tiling window manager

        I’ve been having a lot of fun with Cardboard, the scrollable tiling window manager (WM) (STWM) for Linux. It’s quite an unusual WM, and it’s really only at the prototype stage. After the initial learning curve, I found that it helped me stay focused on one task, and it greatly reduced how much time I spent rearranging my windows.

        You’re probably most familiar with a stacking WM; an environment where you [mostly manually] arrange windows next to – or on top of each other. This is what you’ll be familiar with from Windows and MacOS.

        Cardboard automatically arranges all windows side-by-side on a continuous scrolling horizontal plane.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Neil McGovern Stepping Down as Gnome’s Executive Director

          Neil McGovern is stepping down as the executive director of Gnome Foundation. In a Valentine’s Day blog, McGovern said it’s time for someone else to have a go at running the organization that produces Linux’s most used desktop environment.

          The announcement came a week-and-a-day after FOSDEM, the huge EU-based open source developer’s conference that was this year held entirely online due to the ongoing pandemic. This is noteworthy because FOSDEM is where the gig he’s leaving behind began.

        • A Note on D-Bus API Versioning

          In the code review cycles for some of the PWA project PRs I’ve put out, the question has been raised about the proper way to version D-Bus APIs, since I am adding a new D-Bus API to GNOME Web. I learned a couple things and thought I’d share in case it’s useful.

        • Sam Thursfield: Status update, 16/02/2022

          Since I discovered Listenbrainz, I always wanted to integrate it with Calliope, with two main goals. The first, to use an open platform to share and store listen history rather than the proprietary Last.fm. And the second, to have an open, neutral place to share playlists rather than pushing them to a private platform like Spotify or Youtube. Over the last couple of months I found time to start that work, and you can now sync listen history and playlists with two new cpe listenbrainz-history and cpe listenbrainz commands. So far playlists can only be exported *from* Listenbrainz, and the necessary changes to the pylistenbrainz binding are still in review, but its a nice start.

    • Distributions

      • Slackware Family

        • Slackware 15 is a throwback to old-school Linux with a modern kick | TechRepublic

          There are moments when I think, “I miss the old days of Linux when things were a bit more challenging.” I know … it’s crazy, right? We don’t ever want to move in reverse, it’s always forward, forward, forward. And with Linux, forward means modern, productive, user-friendly and just works. So, when I harken back to those days of yore, I remember the ncurses installers, the challenging network configurations, the manual building of just about any package you want to install.

          It wasn’t easy but it certainly set me up to succeed with modern Linux distributions. After all, if you were able to work with those early releases, this new age of simplified Linux is a cakewalk.

          But, again, every so often I want to remind myself from whence I came.

          Ergo, I decided I need to kick the tires of the latest release of Slackware.

          Slackware 15 was only just recently released. This latest iteration was in development for six years. Six. Years. To put that into perspective, when Slackware 15 started its development process, Ubuntu 16.04 had just been released (we’re about to see the release of Ubuntu 22.04).

          This new version of Slackware, includes kernel 5.15, KDE Plasma 5.23, support for both Qt4 and Qt5. In fact, the changes between Slackware 14 and 15 are too numerous to list. This is, for all intents and purposes, a completely different version of the same distribution. Everything is new, everything is improved and everything is fresh.

      • Devuan Family

        • Cockpit Project: Cockpit 263

          Cockpit used to interfere with browser history. Clicking the back button would frequently get into a loop. Browser history handling is now fixed, so navigating back works as expected.

          Additionally, back and forward buttons have been added to Cockpit Client, the desktop app to connect to Cockpit servers using SSH.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Surprisingly affordable: Xiaomi Cyberdog wants to be your new new best friend! | NextPit

          Maybe the Xiaomi Cyberdog will soon be able to write its very own hands-on, introduction included. Until then, you will have to make do with me: I had the opportunity to spend an hour with the robot dog from the future and talk to Xiaomi about the vision behind the Cyberdog. Read and see more in our first hands-on.


          Ubuntu, a Linux distribution, is used as the operating system of choice. As mentioned at the beginning, Xiaomi initially targets developers with the Cyberdog to open up other possible fields of application. In the “lifestyle” sector, the manufacturer sees the robot as a guaranteed house-trained toy or as a supplement to the smarthome. In China, Xiaomi’s own voice assistant Xiao AI runs on the Cyberdog.

        • Canonical at MWC 2022

          MWC Barcelona is the world’s most influential exhibition for the connectivity industry. Since open source software is a key component of innovation and technology improvements in that space we will be there as well. Ubuntu is the most popular linux operating system but our scope extends far beyond the OS itself. VNF and CNF infrastructure with OpenStack and Kubernetes. Bare metal automation with MAAS. Key, telco specific open source projects like OpenRAN, Magma, OSM, OMEC and others are also part of the Canonical story, as we are trusted, carrier grade distributor of open source in telco.

          Before MWC starts I would like to direct your attention to some hot topics we will be talking about in Barcelona, and invite you to our telco community so that your voice is heard and taken into consideration.

        • Launchpad News: New domain names for PPAs

          Since they were introduced in 2007, Launchpad’s Personal Package Archives (PPAs) have always been hosted on ppa.launchpad.net. This has generally worked well, but one significant snag became clear later on: it was difficult to add HTTPS support for PPAs due to the way that cookies work on the web.

          Launchpad uses a cookie for your login session, which is of course security-critical, and because we use multiple domain names for the main web application (bugs.launchpad.net, code.launchpad.net, and so on), the session cookie domain has to be set to allow subdomains of launchpad.net. We set the “Secure” flag on session cookies to ensure that browsers only ever send them over HTTPS, as well as the “HttpOnly” flag to prevent direct access to it from JavaScript; but there are still ways in which arbitrary JS on an HTTPS subdomain of launchpad.net might be able to exfiltrate or abuse users’ session cookies. As a result, we can never allow any HTTPS subdomain of launchpad.net to publish completely user-generated HTML that we don’t process first.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • AR Display Shows CNC Lathe Operations In Real Time | Hackaday

        [Kent VanderVelden] has come up with an interesting VR system to assist operators who are monitoring CNC lathes. (video, embedded, below) The idea is to first produce a ‘frozen’ video stream of the workpiece. This was achieved by placing a high-speed camera above the lathe, and triggering an image capture, synchronized to the rotational position of the workpiece. A high-speed rotary encoder, attached to the tailstock via a belt drive, feeds the current position into an Altera Terasic DE-Nano FPGA eval board. This is then compared to the position from another encoder, doing duty as an angular set point control. The resulting signal is used as the camera trigger to generate a video stream of just the frames where the angle is as selected by the operator, thus giving the impression of a frozen position. The video stream is sent over to a client device based on a Raspberry Pi 4 with a UPS hat, allowing it to be portable.

        This video stream is overlaid with details of the current machine position, as well as the LinuxCNC G-code being executed and a graphical representation of the operation being performed by the machine. This combined video is then fed to a Vufine VUF-110 wearable, which is minimally invasive, allowing the operator to clearly see the machine of interest. As [Kent] suggests, there are many possible usage scenarios for such a setup, including remote monitoring of multiple operating machines by a single operator.

      • $2700 Linux Standalone Headset With i7 Chip Ships ‘No Earlier Than Q4’

        Simula One is a $2699 standalone Linux headset with a “no earlier than Q4 2022” shipping target.

        While all current standalone VR headsets use Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, Simula One will use a Intel i7 chip intended for high end laptops – the most powerful chip in any announced standalone headset. It will come preloaded with SimulaOS, an open source Linux distribution designed for VR. Using an x86 architecture chip means any existing Linux desktop apps should run on the headset – Qualcomm chips use the ARM architecture, which enables better power efficiency but can’t run PC applications.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Sorting beads the easy way | Arduino Blog

          If you want to measure the blueness of an object, you can shine a pure blue light at it and then measure the reflected light intensity with a photodiode. Do the same for red and green light, and you can get an RGB color value. Conversely, you can shine a white light at an object and use three photodiodes with the appropriate color filters to calculate your RGB levels. This sorter, built by Redditor Dumjim, relies on these principles to organize large quantities of beads.

          This machine sorts the kinds of beads used for beadwork crafting. Those may come in individual containers, but they soon end up mixed up. But now, Dumjim can quickly and easily sort those beads by color. It utilizes a 3D-printed frame and mechanisms, which Dumjim designed in Autodesk Inventor CAD software.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

        • FairEmail: a Privacy-first Email client for Android

          FairEmail is a free, open-source email client app for Android systems that protect user privacy.

          It is easy to setup, configure and use even for non-technical users. It is minimal software, built to provide the best performance, and seamless user experience.

          Although it looks minimal, but it is feature-rich app, it supports unlimited accounts, email boxes, offers a unified inbox and more.


          FairEmail is released as an open-source project under GPL-3.0 License. The source code is available on GitHub.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Americans deserve federal privacy protections and greater transparency into hidden harms online

            Privacy online is in desperate need of reform and Mozilla’s efforts to improve the ecosystem and empower people take many shapes. We advocate to policy makers for comprehensive privacy legislation, for greater ad transparency and for strong enforcement around the world. We offer industry-leading anti-tracking protection by default to all users in the Firefox browser and offer a VPN service. But we know we cannot do it alone. Others need to change too. That’s why we work with other browser makers, ad networks, publishers and advertisers to put forward proposals that would make online advertising less privacy-invasive and improve people’s privacy. And why we push other tech companies to reinforce their privacy protections.

          • The Mozilla Blog: How to secure your data in less than 10 minutes [Ed: Mozilla uses Data Privacy Day to pretend that it still values users' privacy (it did a long time ago, not it's just posing)]

            Data Privacy Day has come and gone. But here at Mozilla, helping educate people around online privacy is so important to us that we want to be your guide to protecting your data over the next four weeks. Save this page on Pocket, come back every Wednesday and find a couple of quick things you can do to help you live your best and most secure digital life. Don’t wait for the next data privacy settlement or breach. Put on a playlist and you’ll be done by the time your favorite song ends.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • Firebird 3.0.9 sub-release is available

          Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 3.0.9 — the latest point release in the Firebird 3.0 series.

          This sub-release offers a few important bugfixes, please refer to the Release Notes for the full list of changes.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • CrafterCMS is an open-source Headless Git-based Enterprise CMS

          CrafterCMS is a free, open-source headless CMS for enterprise that uses Git-based versioning and offers multiple backend support.


          CrafterCMS is released as an open-source project under GPL-3.0 License.

        • A New WordPress News

          In June 2021, @beafialho in collaboration with @pablohoney floated the idea of giving WordPress News a new look. Today, those ideas become a reality—we’re excited to share that redesign of WordPress News is live!

          The new design leans on the aesthetics of jazz, intrinsically connected to WordPress and which ultimately translates its uniqueness, historic significance and future potential. Among other improvements, the new design leaves more space for content and includes new typefaces for better readability. It also uses a color palette intended to reflect the evolving Gutenberg language.

      • Programming/Development

        • Integrating fuzzing into your open source project with OSS-Fuzz | Opensource.com

          OSS-Fuzz is a free service that continuously runs fuzzers for open source projects. This GitHub repository manages the service and enrolling in it is handled by pull requests.

          Once a project has integrated with OSS-Fuzz, the fuzzers affiliated with that project run daily—continuously and indefinitely. OSS-Fuzz emails maintainers when a bug is found and also has a dashboard with details about all issues found (stack traces, artifacts for reproducing issues, and so on).

          The benefits of integrating with OSS-Fuzz are that most aspects of managing fuzzer execution and analyzing the results are done by OSS-Fuzz itself. This is important in fuzzing because fuzzers build up a historical profile over time, meaning that continuous analysis is essential to maximize the results. On one project, which we detail in a blog post, fuzzing had been run on just an ad hoc basis for months, with no reports of any specific issue. However, after integration with OSS-Fuzz, the service reported an issue within about a week of continuous execution. In this case, a severe security issue was only discovered because of the continuous analysis done by OSS-Fuzz.

        • Qt Allstack II – Adding Firebase – KDAB

          A couple of weeks ago, we guided you through setting up a chat application and server in our first blog of this series. This is the second and final blog of this Qt Allstack series.


          Now that we have a functional chat application, it’s time to add real world features, like push notifications. Firebase Cloud Messaging allows you to send push notifications to your users while your app is not running and integrates with APNs (Apple Push Notification services). This way, you only care about one API and can have push notifications on both Android and iOS.

          It is important to note here that, even though you can choose not to use Cutelyst on your backend, you still need to add Firebase support on your mobile application. It needs to link to the Firebase library so it can retrieve an unique device token. Once you have the Firebase token, you can send push notifications using any kind of server. Since the idea is to use Qt on all stacks, we will cover how to do so in Cutelyst.

          Back in the ChatAppBack project, we need to fetch and link to FirebaseAdminQt. Since Google doesn’t provide a Qt/C++ FirebaseAdminSDK, I have implemented one that supports some of its features.

        • Rust

          • Joerg Jaspert: Funny CPU usage – rewrite it in rust

            With my last blog on the Munin plugins CPU usage I complained about Oracle Linux doing something really weird, driving up CPU usage when running a fairly simple Shell script with a loop in.

            Turns out, I was wrong. It is not OL7 that makes this problem show up. It appears to be something from the Oracle “Enterprise” Database installed on the system, that makes it go this crazy. I’ve now had this show up on RedHat7 systems too, and the only thing that singles them out is that overpriced index card system on it.

            I still don’t know what the actual reason for this is, and honestly, don’t have enough time to dig deep into it. It is not something that a bit of debugging/tracing finds – especially as it does start out all nice, and accumulates more CPU usage over time. Which would suggest some kind of leak leading to more processing needed, or so – but then it is only CPU affected, not memory, and ONLY on systems with that database on. Meh.

  • Leftovers

    • Akamai To Acquire Linode to Provide Businesses with a Developer-friendly and Massively-distributed Platform to Build, Run and Secure Applications

      Christopher Aker, founder and chief executive officer, Linode, added, “We started Linode 19 years ago to make the power of the cloud easier and more accessible. Along the way, we built a cloud computing platform trusted by developers and businesses around the world. Today, those customers face new challenges as cloud services become all-encompassing, including compute, storage, security and delivery from core to edge. Solving those challenges requires tremendous integration and scale which Akamai and Linode plan to bring together under one roof. This marks an exciting new chapter for Linode and a major step forward for our current and future customers.”

      Under terms of the agreement, Akamai has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding equity of Linode Limited Liability Company for approximately $900 million, after customary purchase price adjustments. As a result of structuring the transaction as an asset purchase, Akamai expects to achieve cash income tax savings over the next 15 years that have an estimated net present value of approximately $120 million. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

    • Disney is developing planned communities for fans who never want to leave its clutches

      Only one location has been announced so far: a community of 1,900 housing units named Cotino that will be built in the city of Rancho Mirage in California’s Coachella Valley (a location where Walt Disney himself once lived).

      Concept art for Cotino shows villas, condos, and housing complexes clustered around a 24-acre “grand oasis,” which Disney says will offer “clear turquoise waters” powered by the Crystal Lagoons technology deployed at its resorts. Amenities will include “shopping, dining, and entertainment,” as well as a beachfront hotel and clubhouse hosting “Disney programming, entertainment and activities throughout the year.”

    • When Battery Rebuilds Go Wrong: Understanding BMSs, Spot Welders, And Safety | Hackaday

      The real meat of the video comes toward the end however, with its explanation of the different Battery Management Systems (BMS), and a discussion of the difficulty of doing battery repair correctly and safely. Lastly, the video covers something a bit more sinister: Batteries that are made to resist being repaired with new cells; DRM for batteries, so to speak.

    • Science

      • Colors in movies are disappeared | Stop at Zona-M

        Had you already noticed that “So many TV shows and movies now have a dull filter applied to every scene, one that cuts away vibrancy and trends toward a boring sameness. Every frame’s color scheme ends up feeling the same as every other frame. And when there are so many projects using similar techniques, you end up with a world of boring visuals.”

        I had noticed that, and it has been annoying me for years now. And yesterday, finally, the Vox published a great investigation on how and why colors vanished from TV and movies


        To me, the most intriguing of those answers is the fourth: “We’re obsessed with the end of the world”, so we want to give or have confirmation (by exposition to dark scene after dark scene), but without seeing clearly enough what is the problem. Maybe because that would force to look for a solution?


        The colors that disappeared from movies are all gone into the smartphones.

      • Put A Little Piece Of The James Webb On Your Wall | Hackaday

        The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has become something of a celebrity here on Earth, and rightfully so. After decades of development, the $10 billion deep space observatory promises to peel back the mysteries of the universe in a way that simply hasn’t been possible until now. Plus, let’s be honest, the thing just looks ridiculously cool.

        So is it really such a surprise that folks would want a piece of this marvel hanging up in their wall? No, it’s not the real thing, but this rendition of the JWST’s primary mirror created by [James Kiefer] and [Ryan Kramer] certainly gets the point across.

    • Hardware

      • Blues Wireless launches Wi-Fi Notecard for mixed cellular & WiFi IoT deployments – CNX Software

        Blues Wireless has just launched the Wi-Fi Notecard M.2 module that can be used as a replacement to the company’s Notecard LTE Cat-M / NB-IoT M.2 modem that sells with 10 years of connectivity up to 500MB for $49 and up.

        The Wi-Fi Notecard came to be as some customers wanted to have mixed deployments where cellular makes sense in some locations, while Wi-Fi is better suited to other sites. Others preferred to use WiFi during development or prototyping to save on Notecard cellular data usage.

      • Teardown: Alcatel Telic 1 Minitel Terminal | Hackaday

        For British teenagers in the 1980s, the delights of 8-bit computers such as the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64, or BBC Micro were firmly restricted to the offline arena. We would read about the BBS scene on the other side of the Atlantic, but without cheap local calls and with a modem costing a small fortune, the chances of us ever experiencing one was zero. When we took the British school rite of passage of a trip to France though, we were astounded to see that every French person was not merely online, but that they were doing so with a neat little all-in-one terminal. We’d just been introduced to the French Minitel system, and in that minute shared a glimpse of the future.

      • DeciNets AI models arrive with Intel CPU optimization

        Deci unveiled AutoNAC generated “DeciNets” models for Intel Cascade Lake CPUs claimed to be much faster and more accurate than other image classification models for CPUs. Meanwhile, Aaeon announced that the Hailo-8 NPU is available on its UP boards.

        Last July, Deci announced its DeciNets family of pre-trained image classification models, which are generated from the Israel-based company’s proprietary Automated Neural Architecture Construction (AutoNAC) technology. Today, Deci said that the pre-trained DeciNets are now available for Intel Cascade Lake processors, such as 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable CPUs. The DeciNets, running on Intel’s Cascade Lake, “deliver more than 2x improvement in runtime, coupled with improved accuracy, as compared to the most powerful models publicly available such as EfficientNets, developed by Google,” claims Deci.

      • Tiny Ethernet Cable Arms Race Spawns From Reddit Discussion | Hackaday

        If you’ve had any dealings with Cat 5 and Cat 6 cable, and let’s be honest, who hasn’t, you’ve probably wrestled with lengths anywhere from 1 meter to 25 meters if you’re hooking up a long haul. Network admins will be familiar with the 0.1 m variety for neat hookups in server cabinets. However, a Reddit community has recently taken things further.

        It all started on r/ubiquiti, where user [aayo-gorkhali] posted a custom-built cable just over 2 inches long. The intention was to allow a Ubiquiti U6-IW access point to be placed on a wall. The tiny cable was used to hook up to the keystone jack that formerly lived in that position, as an alternative to re-terminating the wall jack into a regular RJ45 connector.

        Naturally this led to an arms race, with [darkw1sh] posting a shorter example with two RJ-45 connectors mounted back to back with the bare minimum of cable crimped into the housings. [Josh_Your_IT_Guy] went out the belt sander to one-up that effort, measuring just over an inch in length.

        [rickyh7] took things further, posting a “cable” just a half-inch long (~13 mm). In reality, it consists of just the pinned section of two RJ-45 connectors mounted back to back, wired together in the normal way. While electrically it should work, and it passes a cable tester check, it would be virtually impossible to actually plug it into two devices at once due to its tiny length.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Trickbot has infected 140,000-plus machines since late 2020

          Because the research is based on information gathered since November 2020, it represents significant activity from a threat actor that allegedly had more than 90% of its infrastructure disabled a month before. That said, it was apparent within the month that Trickbot had begun to bounce back and deploy more ransomware.

          According to Check Point, more than 140,000 machines have been infected by Trickbot in the past 16 months, representing customers of 60 corporations. The corporations whose customers are affected include Amazon, Microsoft, PayPal, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, American Express and others.

        • Windows 11 quietly adds subscription info to Settings

          Microsoft’s Settings menu within Windows 11 has taken a quiet, significant step forward with the addition of subscription information, though it’s still incomplete. Nevertheless, it provides a handy starting point to understand and manage your Microsoft subscriptions.

        • Windows 11’s update schedule blurs as Microsoft vows ‘continuous innovation’

          Throughout Windows 10’s life, Microsoft offered major feature updates in the spring and fall. With Windows 11, we expected those to move back to one update per year. But all bets are off after Tuesday’s release of a handful of new “experiences.” Microsoft will release new Windows 11 features when and if it wants.

        • Security

          • Russian State-Sponsored Actors Target Cleared Defense Contractor Networks

            CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA) have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) highlighting regular targeting of U.S. cleared defense contractors (CDCs) by Russian state-sponsored cyber actors.


            CISA encourages all critical infrastructure organizations to review the joint CSA: Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Target Cleared Defense Contractor Networks to Obtain Sensitive U.S. Defense Information and Technology and apply the necessary mitigations. For more information on Russian state-sponsored malicious cyber activity see CISA’s Russia Cyber Threat Overview and Advisories page.

          • Cyber Security Today – Debian Linux had the most vulnerabilities last year, VMware security updates released, and more [Ed: They compare Debian, with tens of thousands of packages, to the wrong thing (apples and oranges) while boosting VMware’s smear campaign against “Linux”]

            The top nine of 10 products with confirmed software vulnerabilities last year were desktop or enterprise versions of Linux. That’s according to the latest report from a company called Risk Based Security.

          • Chrome for Windows, macOS, Linux Get a Security Fix for Zero-Day Exploit [Ed: Chrome is proprietary software, not part of "Linux", and technically you give Google (NSA partner) control over your computer if you install it]

            Google has released a new Chrome update for Windows, macOS, and Linux that fixes a total of 11 security issues. Of these vulnerabilities, the update patches a highly-severe zero-day bug that has already been exploited by attackers. It is known as a ‘use-after-free’ vulnerability that exists in Chrome’s Animation component. An attacker can exploit the bug to corrupt data or even execute a code on the system, without letting its users know. This is notably the first zero-day bug impacting the Chrome browser that has been patched by Google.

          • BadUSB: The Cyber Threat That Gets You To Plug It In [Ed: If you poke with a stick inside your eye you can go blind; likely, if you do this]

            USB drives are convenient, trivially affordable, and ubiquitous. That convenience comes at the expense of security. USB drives are portable, concealable, and can be used to exfiltrate sensitive information from corporate computers and networks. For that reason, many organizations ban USB drives from the workplace and use software tools to disable USB access. Such measures are not the norm. Typically, they are deployed only in larger organizations. Elsewhere, USB drives are free to be used.

            The theft of data is only one of the threats. USB drives can be misplaced and lost, exposing private and sensitive information. USB drives are typically used to transport files and move them between computers. If a drive is plugged into a computer that is infected with malware, the USB drive is infected. It then becomes a transport mechanism for the malware. USB drives are likely to be plugged into poorly-protected domestic computers as well as corporate ones, raising the risks of infection.

            As well as accidental infection with malware, USB drives can be primed with malicious software and left as bait. The easiest way to do that is to camouflage a malicious program so that it looks like a PDF or document file, and hope the victim tries to open it. Others are much more subtle.

            In January 2022, the FBI issued a statement regarding a new wave of USB drive-based cyberattacks, dubbed BadUSB. USB drives were posted to employees at transportation, defense, and financial organizations.

            The USB drives were accompanied by convincing letters. Some purported to be from the US Department of Health and Human Services and spoke about COVID-19 guidelines. Others imitated Amazon gift boxes and even included a forged gift card. The USB drives were modified so that they attacked the target’s computers as soon as they were plugged in.

          • Google is upping its Linux bug bounty prize
          • Google almost doubles Linux Kernel, Kubernetes zero-day rewards
          • Google doubles bug bounty rewards for Linux, Kubernetes exploits
          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Spotify Buys Podcast Analytics Firms Podsights and Chartable

              Spotify, aiming to juice sales of its podcasting ad biz, has acquired two companies in the space: Podsights, a podcast advertising measurement service, and Chartable, a podcast analytics platform for publishers.

              Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. The addition of Podsights and Chartable will help make the audio-streaming giant a more attractive partner for advertisers and publishers to do business with, according to Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content and advertising business officer.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Feds say Oath Keepers plot went beyond Jan. 6 attack on Capitol

        Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy revealed that Rhodes wrote in a group chat with other co-conspirators that Jan. 6 could be “final nail” in the coffin of the United States.

      • Man admits he incited 2020 Chicago riots with online posts

        A Chicago man who posted online to urge others to join massive crowds that were looting downtown businesses in the summer of 2020 has pleaded guilty to inciting and participating in a riot.

        James Massey’s guilty plea in federal court on Tuesday came just under a year after he was arrested. He faces a maximum prison sentence of five years in prison, but the Chicago Sun-Times reported that he will likely be sentenced to two years when he returns to court May 10.

        The 23-year-old Massey was arrested after an investigation revealed that he posted a series of sometimes profane messages and videos on Facebook on Aug. 9, 2020, in which he urged people to take part in the widespread violence that erupted in the city that day and the next.

      • Ken Burns’ Urgent Warning: Why He’s Scared For America’s Future

        To Burns, America in 2022, teetering under the weight of propaganda and plague, is facing stark choices that will determine if it remains true to its foundational belief that “all men are created equal” or succumbs to political polarization and dysfunction.

        “America is facing the greatest threat it ever has — period, full stop,” Burns says. “COVID and the unique set of political problems we are dealing with have made it the fourth great crisis. The others are the Civil War, the Depression and World War II.”

        So where does that leave the rest of us? The country is in the middle of a racial reckoning and a pandemic that has killed nearly 900,000 Americans. At the same time, politicians like Donald Trump have successfully sold a myth of election fraud to the point where the majority of Republicans believe that Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.

        “It’s going to take a concerted effort on the part of a lot of well-intentioned people not to stand by and just say, ‘I don’t agree with what’s going on,’ but to somehow get involved in the political process and shore up these institutions,” Burns says.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Bob Saget’s family sues to block release of death investigation records

        The lawsuit reportedly calls on the officials to block the release of any other information concerning the “Full House” actor’s death, adding that his family “would suffer irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress” should more details about his death “be released or disseminated to the public,” the news outlet noted.

      • Bob Saget Autopsy Reveals Trauma Similar to ‘Baseball Bat to the Head’—Doctor

        Comedian Bob Saget died after sustaining what appeared to be significant head trauma, according to a recently released autopsy report.

        The 65-year-old star was found unresponsive in his hotel bed in Orlando, Florida, on January 9. Last week, Saget’s family announced that he had died after he “accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep.”

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Gallery: Wind turbine snaps at Saaremaa wind farm

          The turbine in question is an older generation wind turbine produced by Enercon. According to Sõnajalg, the technology used by their Eleon turbines is new and better protected against such situations.

        • Why you can’t rebuild Wikipedia with [cryptocurrency]

          Whenever a fresh disaster happens on the blockchain, increasingly I learn about it from the same destination: a two-month old website whose name suggests the deadpan comedy with which it chronicles the latest crises in NFTs, DAOs, and everything else happening in [cryptocurrency].

    • Monopolies

      • Big Tech expresses business-viability concerns in Europe over transatlantic data transfer deadlock

        In its 2021 annual report to the U.S Security and Exchange Commission, released earlier this February, Meta noted that the present lack of a framework regulating transatlantic data transfer between the EU and the United States may leave the organization with no choice but to retract its online services, like Facebook and Instagram, from the region. Google also expressed similar concerns in January 2022, highlighting the “lack of legal stability for international data flows” facing the American and European business ecosystem. These concerns from Meta and Google come on the heels of multiple European Court of Human Rights and Data Protection Commissions rulings in European countries that have, in essence, held all current and existing frameworks for data transfer from Europe to the USA to be in breach of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


        In August 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission made a preliminary finding that Facebook’s SCC for data transfer from Europe to the USA does not comply with the GDPR. In effect, the commission required Facebook to suspend processing of any European Data on American servers. However, this has not happened yet because it is a preliminary ruling that will be followed by a final ruling in the next few months.

        In December 2021, the Austrian Data Protection Authority made similar findings about a local medical news company’s use of Google Analytics, which was found to be in non-compliance with the GDPR since the use of Google Analytics required data transfer to the USA. The French Data Protection Authority followed suit, by making a similar finding about the use of Google Analytics in February 2022.

Links 16/2/2022: XWayland 22.1 and Thunderbird Patched

Posted in News Roundup at 4:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.16.10
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.16.10 kernel.
        All users of the 5.16 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.16.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.16.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • Linux 5.15.24
      • Linux 5.10.101
      • Linux 4.19.230
      • Linux 4.14.267
      • Linux 4.9.302
      • [TUHS] Lorinda Cherry

        Lorinda Cherry, a long-time member of the original Unix Lab
        died recently. Here is a slightly edited reminiscence that
        I sent to the president of the National Center for Women and
        Information Technology in 2018 when they honored her with
        their Pioneer in Tech award.

        As Lorinda Cherry’s longtime colleague at Bell Labs, I was
        very pleased to hear she has been chosen for the NCWIT Pioneer
        Award. At the risk of telling you things you already know,
        I offer some remarks about her career. I will mainly speak of
        things I saw at first hand when our offices were two doors
        apart, from the early ’70s through 1994, when Lorinda left
        Bell Labs in the AT&T/Lucent split. Most of the work I describe
        broke new ground in computing; “pioneer” is an apt term.

      • Graphics Stack

        • xwayland 22.1.0
          I am pleased to announce the release of Xwayland 22.1.0.
          Some notable changes since Xwayland 21.1 (previous stable branch of Xwayland standalone) include:
             * DRM lease support
             * Enables sRGB fbconfigs in GLX
             * Requires libxcvt
             * Refactoring of the present code in Xwayland
             * Implements support for touchpad gestures
             * Support for xfixes's ClientDisconnectMode and optional terminate delay
          The only change compared to the second release candidate from two weeks ago is a trivial fix for the cursor color.
          Olivier Fourdan (2):
                 xwayland: Fix cursor color
                 Bump version to 22.1.0
          git tag: xwayland-22.1.0
        • XWayland 22.1 is out with DRM lease support helping VR on Linux | GamingOnLinux

          XWayland, the way to run older games and applications that don’t yet have native Wayland support has a brand new release out, bringing new features. XWayland is needed, as a large amount of software will take time to move from X11 to Wayland, and some might never do it.

        • NVIDIA upgrades their open source Image Scaling SDK | GamingOnLinux

          Back in November 2021, NVIDIA released their free and open source Image Scaling SDK for game developers to add in a spatial upscaler that can run on any modern GPU – and they’ve continued improving it.

          What is it exactly? As NVIDIA describe “The NVIDIA Image Scaling SDK provides a single spatial scaling and sharpening algorithm for cross-platform support. The scaling algorithm uses a 6-tap scaling filter combined with 4 directional scaling and adaptive sharpening filters, which creates nice smooth images and sharp edges. In addition, the SDK provides a state-of-the-art adaptive directional sharpening algorithm for use in applications where no scaling is required.”

    • Benchmarks

      • Linux beats Windows 11 when running on the best CPU from Intel

        Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake chips are some of the best CPUs on the market. It turns out that if you’d like to get the best performance out of the processors, you may want to give Linux a try. Linux recently received an update to version 5.16. According to benchmarks by Phoronix, that update pushes Linux above Windows 11 in several areas.

        Phoronix performed 104 benchmark tests on a system with an Intel Core i9-12900K chip, an ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING Wi-Fi motherboard, and 32GB of DDR5-4400 memory.

        The tests compared the performance of several Linux distributions and Windows 11. Since Linux 5.16 improves hybrid handling and other aspects of the operating system, the latest Linux kernel performed much better than Linux 5.15. Those improvements were enough to push Linux past Windows 11 in over 85% of benchmarks.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How I Customize Fedora Silverblue and Fedora Kinoite – Fedora Magazine

        Hello everyone. My name is Yasin and I live in Turkey. I am 28 years old and have used Fedora Silverblue for two months and I am an active Fedora Kinoite user. I want to share the information I’ve learned in the process of using the systems. So I’ve decided to write this article. I hope you like it. Let’s get started.

        When one says Fedora Linux, the first edition that comes to mind is Fedora Workstation. However, do not overlook the emerging editions Fedora Silverblue (featuring the GNOME desktop environment) and Fedora Kinoite (featuring the KDE desktop environment). Both of these are reprovisionable operating systems based on libostree. They are created exclusively from official RPM packages from the Fedora Project. In this article, I will demonstrate some common steps you might take after a clean installation of Fedora Silverblue or Fedora Kinoite. Everything listed in this article is optional. Exactly what you want to install or how you want to configure your system will depend on your particular needs. What is demonstrated below is just meant to give you some ideas and to provide some examples.

      • Commands To Shutdown And Reboot On Linux – Invidious

        In this video, I demonstrate a variety of different commands for shutdown and reboot on a Linux computer. Why would you need to know commands for shutdown and reboot when you could just hit the shutdown/reboot icons in your desktop environment?

      • Deploying to Amazon EKS with Docker and Jenkins – Octopus Deploy

        In this post, I show you how to build a Docker image with a Jenkinsfile workflow and publish the image to Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR). Jenkins will trigger a deployment to Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).

      • Add Apt Repository In Ubuntu 22.04 LTS: Fix Add-apt-repository Command Not Found | Itsubuntu.com

        Advanced package tool, or APT, is a package management tool on Debian-based operating systems. In Ubuntu, the apt command is used to install or extract the packages from the particular repositories. Mostly, you won’t have any issues while using the apt command to install the packages but sometimes you might come across the error something like “add-apt-repository command not found”.

      • Lessons in Self-Hosting Your Own Personal Cloud

        About a month ago, I got this wacky idea in my head. After one too many frustrating headaches with the cloud, I decided, well, I was going to show them. As anyone who is relatively normal probably doesn’t know and anyone who isn’t has probably known for years, it is possible to run a cloud service on your computer. There is software out there that is designed to do just that. And well, you can make it your own. But, having spent time trying to do this for a little while, I’ve started to realize why normal people don’t do this. It’s really hard to get started. So let me, as an average person, try to explain this to you. How can you self-host your life, no middle-man needed? In today’s Tedium, let’s discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of self-hosting your own cloud setup.


        Now, I’ll be realistic here—telling other writers to come edit documents with me on cloud storage seems like a bit of a tough sale, so I fully admit that I’m going to stick with Google for things like email and document editing-style things where I need to share with a friend. But I could invite someone to a locally hosted cloud if I so wanted.

        Some other things that I considered important for me included the ability to use integrations to help automate processes like file upload, something I traditionally have used Zapier for.

        Additionally, there was the debate about where to host this thing. One concern I have is, well, if I’m self-hosting, do I try do so locally, knowing the not-unrealistic odds of a power outage knocking my stuff offline, or do I take my chances with a low-cost cloud platform like Vultr or DigitalOcean? And do I host the files locally, on a VPS server, or rely on object storage from a cloud file hosting platform, like Amazon’s S3?

        One interesting angle of the S3 approach: In recent years, S3-compatible cloud storage platforms have emerged as viable alternatives to Amazon Web Services, and their costs are such that it’s actually somewhat reasonable to Dropbox or Google Drive … if it works. Two that come to mind for this use case are Wasabi and Backblaze’s B2, which each charge less than $6 a month for a terabyte of storage. (I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Backblaze’s primary product is actually a good alternative to Dropbox for backing things up, if not sync capabilities.)

        Theoretically, if I can find the right cloud storage platform and the right VPS, I could get a result that’s cost-competitive with both Google Drive and Dropbox … if it works.

        So, here’s what I learned.

      • How to Set Up Leafnode as an Offline USENET Server

        Dealing with remote news servers can be a pain for the frequent USENET reader. More often than not, these servers can be slow and unreliable. Furthermore, if you access free providers too frequently, such as with AIOE, they can limit your connection and ban your IP address. These factors can make the USENET experience painful to some.

      • Install Opera Browser on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Opera is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Opera Software and operates as a Chromium-based browser. Opera offers a clean, modern web browser that is an alternative to the other major players in the Browser race. Its famous Opera Turbo mode and its renowned battery saving mode are the best amongst all known web browsers by quite a margin, along with a built-in VPN and much more.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Opera Browser stable, beta, or developer (nightly) on AlmaLinux 8 Workstation.

      • Install Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 20.04 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 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

      • How to Use echo Command Without Newline in Linux

        Every time you use echo, it adds a newline character at the end. Here’s what you can do if you want to use echo without newline.

      • How to Check Uptime in Linux Command Line

        Stop wondering how long your system has been running. Just check its uptime with uptime command.

      • How to Install and Use SSHFS on Linux

        SSHFS (SSH File System) is an implementation of a File System in User Space (FUSE) that enables clients to mount remote filesystem over SSH connection. SSHFS uses the SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to mount the remote file system to the client machine, and connections between client and server are secure and encrypted.

        SSHFS can be used as an alternative to the traditional FTP protocol. It’s secure by default through SSH connection and no additional packages or configurations are needed. The SSHFS works with a simple default SSH configuration.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to mount a remote directory in a secure way using the SSHFS between two Linux machines (client and server). This guide also includes how to set up chroot on SSHFS that will prevent users from accessing other users’ directories.

      • How to Install Grafana 8 Monitoring Tool on Debian 11

        Grafana is a free and open-source data visualizing tool that is used to monitor metrics from other hosts. It is written in Typescript and Go and allows you to create and edit both log and data graphs and create metrics. It can generate graphs and dashboards from a time-series database including Graphite, InfluxDB, or OpenTSDB and allows you to share them with other users.

      • Download/Install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – 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 the option to use them in LibreOffice, the following tutorial will teach you how to install Microsoft fonts on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

      • Install GNOME Flashback Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        GNOME Flashback is a free open-source session for GNOME 3, which was initially called “GNOME Fallback” and shipped as a stand-alone session in Debian and Ubuntu. It provides a similar user experience to the GNOME 2 desktop but uses the newer GTK+ 3 toolkit and associated technologies. The project aims to keep the functionality of GNOME 2 available until all significant applications have been ported to GTK+ 3.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the GNOME Flashback desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

      • Install/Enable Nginx Google Pagespeed Module on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        The Google PageSpeed module, also known as mod_PageSpeed, is an open-source Apache HTTP or Nginx server-level package with modules that helps optimize your site using various filters to pages that optimize server stylesheets, JavaScript, and HTML files and images through caching and rewriting among the top features.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install and do a basic setup with Nginx Pagespeed on Debian 11 Bullseye.

      • How to find third-party vulnerabilities in your Python code | Enable Sysadmin

        Modules make writing Python applications easy and straightforward, but when you use someone else’s code (which are what modules are), it’s always best to check regularly for published vulnerabilities. This article shows you how to use the pip-audit tool to find CVE advisories issued for Python modules you’re using in your project.

      • How to Clean Up Snap Package Versions in Linux

        Snap packages are not everyone’s favorite but they are an integral part of the Ubuntu ecosystem.

        It has its pros and cons. One of the negatives is that Snap packages are usually bigger in size and take a lot of disk space.

        This could be a problem if you are running out of disk space, specially on the root partition.

        Let me share a neat trick that you could use to cut down the disk spaced used by Snap packages.

      • How to Install Microsoft Fonts on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Do you want to use “Microsoft fonts” on your Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy or 20.04 Focal Linux? Then here are the commands to install it on your system.

        System fonts are usually installed on the start-up volume or a primary storage medium (eg a hard disk) during the initial installation and during updates (software updates) of the operating system by the respective manufacturer. Well, Linux is an open-source operating system, hence the fonts it uses are also open-source rather than some proprietary now.

        System fonts can be divided into primary and secondary system fonts, with the primary system fonts being the minimum requirement for an operating system. Primary system fonts cannot or should not be deleted or changed since they or parts of them are required by the overall software architecture. Whereas, the secondary system fonts are essentially a kind of “add-on” from the manufacturer, intended to enable uncomplicated text communication with a microcomputer. They are primarily used for visual text and office communication via application software, e.g. for writing a letter in Microsoft Word, viewing a website in an Internet browser. For example– Arial, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, and more…

      • How to install QEMU/KVM on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Learn the steps to install KVM – Kernel-based virtual machine on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa using command terminal. KVM or kernel-based virtual machine is one of the most popular technologies used for VPS virtualization today. Up to 94 percent of server managers use KVM in their virtualization.

        Most of the time when we need to run a virtual machine on our existing PC or computer, we go for either VirtualBox or Vmware Player. However, both are Type- 2 hypervisors without direct access to hardware. However, KVM runs at almost native speed like any other host operating system with direct hardware access because it is a virtualization technique integrated into the Kernel of Linux systems.

        That’s the reason we don’t have KVM on Windows machines. With the Linux server kernel, KVM can have better performance and capacity upgrade capabilities (scalability). When there is a traffic spike, the server can remain stable. Well, this is nothing more than a normal Linux such as Ubuntu, etc. on which the hypervisor is installed. For this reason, some believe that KVM belongs to type 2, however, we still can argue about this.

        Hence, in short- KVM/QEMU is a Linux-based open-source hypervisor for virtualizing Linux/Windows and other operating systems. The kernel-based virtual machine is implemented as a loadable kernel module that turns the Linux kernel into a bare-metal hypervisor.

      • How to install Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 21.10 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 21.10.

      • How to install Apache ZooKeeper in Ubuntu 20.04 – NextGenTips

        Apache ZooKeeper is a centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing synchronization, and providing group services. It enables highly reliable distributed coordination.

        In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to install Zookeeper in Ubuntu 20.04, see the alternatives to ZooKeeper.

      • How to Search Recently Modified Files in Linux – TecAdmin

        This tutorial will help you to find recently modified files in Linux via command line .

        The find command allows us to define duration in Minutes or Days. The minutes are define with -mmin and the days value can be defined with -mtime

        You can also define the search criteria to find files modified within or before specified duration. For example, to search files modified before, use “+” (positive) with duration (eg: +1, +24 etc). To search files modified within duration use “-” (negative) sign with duration value (eg: -1, -24) etc.

      • How To Install And Use Shutter Screenshot Tool In Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        Image capture (taking screenshots) is a powerful feature, especially when it comes to sharing technical guides, blogs, tutorials, and workarounds over the Internet. Ubuntu ships with a standard image capture tool, Screenshot, but it lacks many useful features. Also, the keyboard-focused screen printing utility is very basic and lacks many features needed to create a custom screen. An alternative to these tools in Ubuntu is a much more powerful tool, the Shutter tool.

        In this guide, we will explain how to install Shutter Screenshot Tool and list some basic functions you can perform with Shutter. The commands and procedures mentioned in this article are for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

      • How To Install FileRun on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FileRun on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, FileRun is a web-based file and sharing application. It is a very good alternative to Google Drive self-hosted. It allows you to share and sync files, access via WebDAV and even connect to them with the Nextcloud mobile app.

        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 FileRun on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How To Install Opera Browser on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Opera Browser on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Opera is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Opera Software and operates as a Chromium-based browser. Opera has built-in plugins to block advertisements and you can run this browser on many devices in which IOS, Java ME enabled ones and Android are included. The main features of the Opera web browser are accessibility, security, and usability. This browser runs on various operating systems such as Linux, Microsoft Windows, and macOS.

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

      • How to Deploy PostgreSQL as a Docker Container – CloudSavvy IT

        PostgreSQL, also referred to as Postgres, is the leading object-relational database system. It’s popular because of its high level of compliance with the SQL standard and inclusion of additional features that simplify working with complex datasets at scale.

        PostgreSQL uses a traditional client-server architecture so you need to run it independently of your application’s code. In this guide, you’ll deploy a PostgreSQL server instance as a Docker container. This avoids adding packages to your host machine and helps to isolate your database from the other parts of your stack. Make sure you’ve got Docker installed before you continue.

      • How to Disable/Enable Automatic Error Reporting in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – VITUX

        On all newer Ubuntu installations, Ubuntu activates the Apport Error Reporting Service by default at boot time. This means that from time to time, a large number of internal errors will appear on your Ubuntu screen. These pop-ups are a function of the internal debugger, which automatically generates reports for all your system packages that have crashed.

      • How to Install OBS Studio 27.2 in Ubuntu 20.04 / 21.10 | UbuntuHandbook

        The popular open-source live streaming app OBS Studio released v27.2 with exciting new features! Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via different ways.

      • How To Install Qutebrowser On Ubuntu / Fedora / AlmaLinux / Archlinux & OpenSUSE | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install qutebrower on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Linux Mint 20.3, Fedora 35, Debian, Void Linux, Arch Linux, OpenSUSE, and AlmaLinux 8 via the official repository and via Flatpak also.


        qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused lightweight browser with a minimal GUI. It is based on Python and PyQt5 and it is free software licensed under GPL.

        It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems.

    • Games

      • Proton 7.0-1: A Major Milestone for Linux Gaming – Boiling Steam

        The last time we saw a stable Proton release was 6.3-8 back in November. Today, we have yet another noteworthy release, with many more games being playable.

        As you can figure out by the name of the release version, Wine has been upgraded from 6.3 to 7.0. This release comes with new themes, support for more graphics cards (RX 5500M/6800 XT/6900 XT, Van Gogh — what the Steam Deck uses — Intel UHD Graphics 630, and NVIDIA GT 1030), better joystick support, Apple M1 support, improved Windows compatibility and multi-display support, and so much more. Wine 7.0 incorporates a year’s worth of contributions, after all. Read the release notes for more info.

      • Do I need to worry about my games on the Steam Deck? – Invidious

        The Steam Deck plays Windows games on a decidedly non-Windows operating system. How does that work and should I be worried about the compatibility of my library?

      • No Man’s Sky Sentinel Update gets ‘specially optimised’ for Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Seems if you want to do a little space exploration and building, No Man’s Sky might be the place to be – with the Sentinel update out now. This brings with it enhancements for the Steam Deck.

        There is of course a huge amount of other changes, but we have a special interest right now for obvious reasons. Hello Games noted that it will “support Steam Deck from launch” plus it has: a number of specific Steam Deck optimisations, support for Steam Deck controls and support for Steam Deck touch input. So they’ve clearly put some effort in on this one.

      • Valheim has a Beta with Steam Deck fixes, gamepad support, Frost Caves | GamingOnLinux

        All aboard the Steam Deck hype train! You want more games being upgraded? You got it! Valheim has a public Beta now available on Steam with lots of goodies. To try it out you can use the password “yesimadebackups” in the Steam Beta menu for the game, keeping in mind that it is a Beta and there are issues – try at your own peril.

      • Wine manager Bottles brings easy app installers, tons of other improvements | GamingOnLinux

        Bottles is the very promising free and open source application to help you directly manage installing things with Wine, the compatibility layer to run Windows apps and games on Linux. It’s going through constant change right now, with lots of big new features being added in.

      • Mina the Hollower from Yacht Club Games hits the funding goal for Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Continuing to pull in impressive numbers of backers, Yacht Club Games have blasted through more stretch-goals on their crowdfunding campaign for Mina the Hollower – this includes a Linux port too.

      • Rhythm-action game Thumper gets a Steam Deck patch | GamingOnLinux

        The 2016 release of Thumper from developer Drool is yet another that has been tweaking for the Steam Deck, and there’s a fresh patch out now ready for it.

        What is it? “Thumper is rhythm violence: classic rhythm-action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle. Brave the hellish void and confront a maniacal giant head from the future. Scream down the endless track and crash through punishing obstacles with simple, airtight controls. Hurtle forward, master new moves, reach overwhelming velocities, and survive epic boss battles. Every crushing impact is interwoven with a pounding original soundtrack. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must go through rhythm hell.”

      • Hades from Supergiant Games gets improvements for the Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Their latest game, and the only one in their list that doesn’t offer a native Linux build so you’ll be running this through Steam Play Proton on Linux and the Steam Deck.

      • Proton 7.0 out with Easy Anti-Cheat improvements, more games for Linux & Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Valve has today released a huge upgrade to Proton, the compatibility layer for Linux that allows Windows games to run.

        Proton 7.0 pulls in Wine 7.0 which it’s based upon along with: upgrades to DXVK 1.9.4 for DirectX 9 / 10 / 11, newer VKD3D-Proton for DirectX 12 to Vulkan and wine-mono to 7.1.2. It also brings over some changes from Proton Experimental like performance improvements around input, windowing, and memory allocation.

      • Valve Released Proton 7.0 with Support for Easy Anti-Cheat

        Valve has today released Proton 7.0 – an open-source custom version of Wine that enables Linux users to run Windows games directly from Steam using Steam Play.

        As you know, in the past, playing PC games on Linux required you to run Steam games through Wine, which was not always an easy task, especially in a technical sense. To facilitate the process, Valve worked with CodeWeavers developers to build Proton as a fork of Wine, then baked the technology right into Steam itself as part of Steam Play.

      • More than 600 Games (Playable and Verified) Ready for the Steam Deck Now – Boiling Steam

        The verification dance continues for the Steam Deck. We have now passed 600 titles (616 at the time of writing) after some continuous additions over the past few days.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • qBittorrent 4.4.1

          The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to µtorrent. qBittorrent is an advanced and multi-platform BitTorrent client with a nice user interface as well as a Web UI for remote control and an integrated search engine. qBittorrent aims to meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible. qBittorrent is a truly Open Source project, and as such, anyone can and should contribute to it.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Robert McQueen: Forward the Foundation [Ed: Robert McQueen leaves out the part about Neil McGovern misusing his position to misrepresent many GNOME hackers by attacking the founder of GNU, the G in GNOME]

          Earlier this week, Neil McGovern announced that he is due to be stepping down as the Executive Director as the GNOME Foundation later this year. As the President of the board and Neil’s effective manager together with the Executive Committee, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on his achievements in the past 5 years and explain a little about what the next steps would be.

          Since joining in 2017, Neil has overseen a productive period of growth and maturity for the Foundation, increasing our influence both within the GNOME project and the wider Free and Open Source Software community.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to IBM Robotic Process Automation

          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.

        • Be a leader, be curious and be seen: Three things we learned from Co.Lab

          Benjamin Franklin high school is a wonderfully diverse, urban public school in New Orleans, Louisiana where I teach Introduction to Engineering classes. Recently, we collaborated with Red Hat for an electrical engineering project where students, led by Red Hat members, built Conversation Machines made from LEDs and buttons. I wanted to share a few takeaways that really stood out to me from the process and the lasting impact that it had on our classroom and our students.

          The actual machines the students built have now become a part of our daily classroom routine. They are an amazing way to get instant, easy to see feedback from all students. High school students are perpetually afraid to speak up, minus a few brave ones, so having a nonverbal way to give quick feedback is priceless. We use the machines to answer review questions, to say if they are ready to move on or need help, and to guess a fun fact about a classmate each day. The machines make it easy for them to participate, but also serve as a more meaningful way because the students built them on their own.

        • Code specialization for the MIR lightweight JIT compiler

          So far, my work on the MIR project has focused on making a fast JIT compiler that generates decent machine code for a few major targets: x86-64 Linux and macOS, aarch64, s390x, riscv64 Linux, and ppc64 big- and little-endian Linux.

          The project in its current state is a method JIT compiler that can be effectively used for statically typed programming languages such as C, which is the most widely used statically typed language. We’ve developed a C-language JIT based on the C-to-MIR compiler.

          The original goal for the MIR project was to implement a better Ruby JIT compiler. (Specifically, I’m focusing on CRuby, the default Ruby interpreter, which is written in C.) Ruby is a very dynamic programming language—it is so flexible that you can even redefine the plus method for integer numbers.

        • Current status of coreboot and Heads ports for Talos II

          This post summarizes our current progress on making first coreboot port for POWER platform*, including Heads as a payload. It will also show how You can test it without having to actually flash firmware to PNOR permanently. Description of OpenPOWER boot process and coreboot’s place in it can be found in previous post under OpenPOWER tag. *) there is already a target for qemu-power8 that compiles successfully, but it executes just a single instruction: b .

        • CIO role: 5 key opportunities for IT leaders in 2022

          It’s hard to believe, but it wasn’t long ago that CIOs were fighting for their “seat at the table” for important business decisions. Now CIOs are seen as advisors to peers across the business, and leading drivers of business innovation. How will the role of the CIO continue to evolve to rise to the challenges of the year ahead?

          We asked CIOs who recently won the 2021 St. Louis CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards what leadership opportunities they are most excited about in 2022 and beyond. The awards were presented by the St. Louis CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership.

        • Exploring Blender [Ed: "LinkedIn learning" means that Microsoft is now a diploma mill]

          The past month I decided to have a look at Blender, an open-source, 3D rendering application. I followed a tutorial on Linked In Learning called Blender 2.91 Essential Training by David Andrade. It was very thorough and well explained, with a mini project for each section. The course took me around two weeks to complete (around other work).

        • Deploy JBoss EAP with RHEL using the Azure Marketplace offering [Ed: Licking Microsoft's boots again is not how you win over geeks, you just alienate them. IBM is run by a bunch of "dinobabies" like Krishna]
    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Mozilla Releases Security Update for Thunderbird

            Mozilla has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Thunderbird. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

            CISA encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla security advisory for Thunderbird 91.6.1 and make the necessary update

          • Mozilla on the coming version-100 apocalypse [Ed: Mozilla paying the price for needless, hype-driven, version inflation]

            Both Firefox and Chrome are racing toward releasing version 100 in the near future, and developers for both browsers are worried that web sites with naive code to parse the version number out of the user-agent string will break.

          • Data@Mozilla: This Week in Glean: What If I Want To Collect All The Data? [Ed: Mozilla says it'll "try to communicate better about our work"; but it's better to stop spying on Firefox users, by default]
          • Chris H-C: This Week in Glean: What If I Want To Collect All The Data?

            (“This Week in Glean” is a series of blog posts that the Glean Team at Mozilla is using to try to communicate better about our work. They could be release notes, documentation, hopes, dreams, or whatever: so long as it is inspired by Glean. All “This Week in Glean” blog posts are listed in the TWiG index).

            Mozilla’s approach to data is “as little as necessary to get the job done” as espoused in our Firefox Privacy Promise and put in a shape you can import into your own organization in Mozilla’s Lean Data Practices. If you didn’t already know, you’d find out very quickly by using it that Glean is a Mozilla project. All of its systems are designed with the idea that you’ve carefully considered your instrumentation ahead of time, and you’ve done some review to ensure that the collection aligns with your values.

            (This happens to have some serious knock-on benefits for data democratization and tooling that allows Mozilla’s small Data Org to offer some seriously-powerful insights on a shoestring budget, which you can learn more about in a talk I gave to Ubisoft at their Data Summit in 2021.)

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • How donations helped us in 2021

          Donations to The Document Foundation help us to grow our community, run our infrastructure, organise events and share knowledge. And as a result, LibreOffice keeps on improving for all users! Many thanks to all of our supporters.

      • Programming/Development

        • Precursor: From Boot to Root « bunnie’s blog

          I have always wanted a computer that was open enough that it can be inspected for security, and also simple enough that I could analyze it in practice. Precursor is a step towards that goal.

        • Perl/Raku

          • raku Physics::Unit vs. Python Pint – Physics::Journey

            The raku Physics::Unit and Physics::Measure module family (“rPM”) was built to make the most of the raku’s unique blend of innovative programming language features. During the build, I had the opportunity to use a lot of raku capabilities and principles, both within the module code and in the way it is used.

            These raku modules took inspiration from the perl5 Physics::Unit module on cpan written by Joel Berger, in particular the smart handling of type derivations in math operations and parsing, but otherwise were written ‘blind’ without reference to other languages’ support for units of measurement.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • [GNU] Linux Fu: Fusing Hackaday

            Unix and, by extension, Linux, has a mantra to make everything possible look like a file. Files, of course, look like files. But also devices, network sockets, and even system information show up as things that appear to be files. There are plenty of advantages to doing that since you can use all the nice tools like grep and find to work with files. However, making your own programs expose a filesystem can be hard. Filesystem code traditionally works at the kernel module level, where mistakes can wipe out lots of things and debugging is difficult. However, there is FUSE — the file system in user space library — that allows you to write more or less ordinary code and expose anything you want as a file system. You’ve probably seen FUSE used to mount, say, remote drives via ssh or Dropbox. We’ve even looked at FUSE before, even for Windows.

  • Leftovers

    • The Day the Ninth Life Ended: Reflections on a Passing Cat

      But Miaow (or Miao) – not exactly the most original of names – was an astonishingly beautiful feline.  Siamese, noisy, at times almost irritatingly loquacious.  Lean to the point of being bony, milk white, with rings of black on her tail.  To see her move was to drink in the spectacle of a four-legged dance.

      Metronomically, she was guided by movements in the kitchen, the point at which she acknowledged you, a mere serving human, as relevant.  The fridge opened; the plates readied; the cat, at the ready, making a sharp pleading sound that wafted across the street to the neighbours.  Drawers opened, cutlery rustled.  A pose would be assumed beside the bowl: that of the Sphinx.  There were no riddles to be solved here, though.  The solution was food, pure and simple.

    • What We Can Learn From Harm Reduction’s Defeats

      Bleach saved Maia Szalavitz’s life. It cleans a used needle of potential infectants, Szalavitz was told by an acquaintance in 1986, information that was a godsend to an injection drug user like herself. So when she was short of clean needles, she knew how to protect herself from catching HIV, which had infected over half of all those who injected drugs in Manhattan at the time.

    • Was the Super Bowl Halftime Show a “Missed Opportunity”?

      The game was the game, with the Los Angeles Rams eking out a 23-20 victory over the underdog Cincinnati Bengals and becoming Super Bowl champions at their home stadium in Inglewood, Calif. Like the last six remarkable NFL playoff games, this one came down to the final minute. The league has had a ridiculous run of good luck in the quality of these nail-biting contests, proving the old axiom that running an NFL franchise is like being a bartender during spring break: You have to be epically incompetent to lose money.

    • Opinion | Breaking Free from Three Deadly Thought Traps

      For decades I grappled with one puzzle. Why would we homo sapiens, supposedly the brightest species, be creating a world together that as individuals none of us would choose? I’ll bet no one turns off the alarm in the morning and begins plotting to worsen world hunger or heat the planet.

    • Opinion | NFL Embraces Hip-Hop, Despite Its Conflicted History

      Sometime in the summer of 2023, the musical genre and lifestyle known as hip-hop will officially hit the half-century mark.

    • Science

      • ‘Wake-Up Call’: NOAA Predicts One-Foot Sea-Level Rise by 2050

        Ocean levels along the U.S. coastline are projected to rise by an average of 10 to 12 inches over the next three decades, worsening the threat of flooding in dozens of highly populated cities, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other federal agencies.

        “The fact that there’s this locked-in sea-level rise is not a reason to throw up our hands and say there’s nothing we can do about this, because there absolutely is.”

    • Education

      • “Return to Normal” Has Pushed Schools to a Crisis Point

        It feels odd to admit this, but I miss the stillness of the first few disorienting and terrifying weeks of the pandemic, when the noise and hustle of my world quieted down. In March and April of 2020, spring somehow seemed more riotously colorful and gratuitously lush. Choruses of birds replaced the sounds of cars in my neighborhood of Portland, Ore. Gone was a traffic-filled commute and the energetically grueling weekday rituals of my past 17 years teaching at a large public high school. My house and my family became the locus and focal point of my day. Our tiny universe contracted, as we navigated the first year of the pandemic together, an island of three.

    • Hardware

      • Classic iPods Are Super Upgradeable in 2022

        The classic iPod was the MP3 player to beat back in the day, loaded with storage and with its characteristic click-wheel interface. [Ellie] had an iPod Video laying around, one of the more capable models that came out near the end of the product’s run, and set out upgrading it for duty in the pandemic-wracked badlands of 2022.


        After the hardware modifications were complete, the iPod needed to be restored with iTunes to start working again. She then installed the open source Rockbox firmware, which opens up the capabilities of the hardware immensely. Perhaps best of all, it can play DOOM! Alternatively, you can use the clickwheel to control the volume on your MacBook if you so desire.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Security updates for Wednesday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox and thunderbird), Debian (librecad, libxstream-java, and zsh), Fedora (expat, util-linux, varnish-modules, xterm, and zsh), Mageia (Intel-nonfree, kernel, kernel-linus, and microcode), openSUSE (zabbix), Red Hat (kernel, kpatch-patch, Red Hat Virtualization Host, and thunderbird), Scientific Linux (thunderbird), and Ubuntu (cryptsetup).

          • OpSec. Hunting wireless access points

            Continuing my series on OSINT techniques you can use for reviewing your own corporate OpSec, one of the most common services available in a modern corporate office is of course wireless. How do we go about finding wireless access points and what can they tell us?


            We have spoken about Wigle.net many times before, its awesome and allows you to hunt for access points by name and location, which is really useful for us when performing OSINT.

            Through analysis of the corporate website we can usually identify any office addresses. From that address we can search with Wigle.net.

          • Vendors are Fixing Security Flaws Faster

            Google’s Project Zero is reporting that software vendors are patching their code faster.

          • A walk through Project Zero metrics

            For nearly ten years, Google’s Project Zero has been working to make it more difficult for bad actors to find and exploit security vulnerabilities, significantly improving the security of the Internet for everyone. In that time, we have partnered with folks across industry to transform the way organizations prioritize and approach fixing security vulnerabilities and updating people’s software.
            To help contextualize the shifts we are seeing the ecosystem make, we looked back at the set of vulnerabilities Project Zero has been reporting, how a range of vendors have been responding to them, and then attempted to identify trends in this data, such as how the industry as a whole is patching vulnerabilities faster.
            For this post, we look at fixed bugs that were reported between January 2019 and December 2021 (2019 is the year we made changes to our disclosure policies and also began recording more detailed metrics on our reported bugs). The data we’ll be referencing is publicly available on the Project Zero Bug Tracker, and on various open source project repositories (in the case of the data used below to track the timeline of open-source browser bugs).
            There are a number of caveats with our data, the largest being that we’ll be looking at a small number of samples, so differences in numbers may or may not be statistically significant. Also, the direction of Project Zero’s research is almost entirely influenced by the choices of individual researchers, so changes in our research targets could shift metrics as much as changes in vendor behaviors could. As much as possible, this post is designed to be an objective presentation of the data, with additional subjective analysis included at the end.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Israeli Police (Mostly) Cleared Of NSO-Related Wrongdoing While NSO Issues Legal Threats To Calcalist Over Cover-Up Claims

              This won’t change much for NSO Group, but at least it helps the Israeli Police rehab its image a bit. An “initial investigation” has (mostly) cleared the Israeli police of wrongdoing in one of the latest surveillance scandals tied to NSO’s malware.

            • ID.me Doesn’t Have Enough Humans To Backstop Its AI, Allowed A Guy In A Bad Wig To Illegally Obtain $900,000 In Benefits

              ID.me — the facial recognition company that has managed to snag several lucrative contracts — has gotten the brushback from perhaps its most lucrative government partner, the IRS. ID.me promised government agencies better control over distributions of unemployment benefits and other payments to the public, citing its own (unexamined) prowess at recognizing faces as well as an astounding claim that governments have been duped out of $400 billion in unemployment benefits by fraudsters — a claim it has yet to back up with actual evidence.

            • Maryland Bill Offers Strong Privacy Protections Against Biometric Data Collection

              Biometric information is easy to collect, immutable, and a ripe target for identity thieves. That’s why EFF works to defend and enforce the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)—on which S.B. 335 is based—as a necessary means to protect our biometric privacy from intrusion by private entities. It is also why we have encouraged other states and the federal government to follow this model of legislation.

              We are encouraged to see Maryland recognize the harms that unconsented collection can inflict on people as they go about their daily lives. And we were particularly encouraged to see Finance chair, Sen. Delores Kelley, and the bill’s sponsor, vice-chair Sen. Brian Feldman, push back on those advocating to eliminate perhaps the most important piece of this bill: the private right of action.

              As we said in our testimony, laws are often only as good as their enforcement. This is why it is a top priority for the Electronic Frontier Foundation to include private rights of action in privacy laws, including those that protect biometric privacy. Consumer enforcement is part of EFF’s “bottom-up” approach to public policy. Ordinary technology users should have the power to decide for themselves whether to bring a lawsuit to enforce their statutory privacy rights.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • As I Write, Settlers and Police Are Attacking My Neighbors in Sheikh Jarrah

        For some Israeli lawmakers, a Palestinian’s home is the perfect place to set up a makeshift office. All it takes is a tent, a plastic folding table, and an entourage of armed Jewish settlers. That’s what happened over the weekend when Israeli member of parliament Itamar Ben-Gvir decided to “move” his office from the Knesset to a yard in Sheikh Jarrah, my neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem. The yard belongs to the Salem family, which is threatened with forced expulsion in the coming weeks.

      • Vox Omits US Military Role in African Instability

        Vox (2/5/22) recently published a piece titled “How to Understand the Recent Coups in Africa,” interviewing Joseph Sany from the Africa Center at the US Institute of Peace, a US government research center. The article had much to say about the potential causes of African conflict and instability, but pointedly left out any reference to the role of US training programs in constantly generating coup leaders.

      • Opinion | 60 Years of War-Making May Yet Result in the Destruction of US Democracy

        In my lifetime of nearly 60 years, America has waged five major wars, winning one decisively, then throwing that victory away, while losing the other four disastrously. Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as the Global War on Terror, were the losses, of course; the Cold War being the solitary win that must now be counted as a loss because its promise was so quickly discarded.

      • But How Do You Stop Putin and the Taliban?

        When I respond that you (the U.S. government) could ban capital punishment, stop arming and funding the world’s top executioners from Saudi Arabia on down, join the world’s major human rights treaties, sign onto and support the International Criminal Court, and then — from a credible position — seek to impose the rule of law in Afghanistan, sometimes people think that over as if none of it had ever occurred to them, as if basic logical steps had been literally unthinkable, whereas starving millions of little kids to death for their human rights had somehow made sense.

        I also have yet to run across a single person in the United States not engaged in peace activism who doesn’t believe that the United States needs to stop “aggression” by “Putin” in Ukraine. Maybe I don’t interact enough with Fox News viewers who want a war with China or Mexico and think Russia is a less desirable war, but it’s not clear to me that such a person would dispute the spontaneous irrational Putinesque plot against Ukraine so much as just not care about it.

      • Opinion | Republicans Sink to New Shameful Low on Guns
      • Independent American and Russian Women Call for Peace

        Talk of a possible war is terrifying. It is even scarier when they talk about it for a long time. For the last few weeks I have felt that I’m watching a horror film in which Russia and America accuse each other and discuss the possible consequences of conflict. Even though it is clear that there will be nothing left after a nuclear war, and there will be no winners. No one. This is a real nightmare. The film doesn’t stop. This is the situation we are all in.

      • An Off-Ramp from War? Russia Says It Pulled Back Some Troops from Ukraine Border as Talks Continue

        Russia has announced plans to pull back some troops from the Ukrainian border in a possible effort to deescalate the standoff over Ukraine but still intends to continue with military exercises in Belarus and the Black Sea. This comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated on Monday the country may drop its bid to join NATO and the U.S. continues to urge U.S. citizens to leave Ukraine, warning a Russian invasion could come as soon as Wednesday. We speak with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, who says the U.S. is continuing to escalate the crisis by directing U.S. funds to weapons and loans for Ukraine. “It seems the United States is more anxious for Russia to invade than Russia is to invade,” says Benjamin.

      • Russia announces withdrawal of some troops from Ukraine border after military drills

        Units of Russia’s Western and Southern military districts are preparing to return to their bases after completing military drills, Interfax reported on Tuesday, February 15, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

      • With Its Doomsday Clock at 100 Seconds to Midnight, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Calls for Escalating US Aggression against Russia

        By the time that the scientists at the top-secret Manhattan Project had developed the atomic bomb and the US military had worked out the logistics for deploying it, World War II was for all intents and purposes over. By early May 1945, Germany had unconditionally surrendered; in large part due to the efforts of the Red Army defeating the Nazi Wehrmacht, but at the horrific cost of 27,000,000 Soviet lives. The Japanese too had been defeated militarily and had agreed to “unconditional surrender” with the one caveat that Emperor Hirohito be spared.

      • A Path Out of the Ukraine Crisis

        Russia’s invasion of Ukraine might come “any day now,” the Biden administration warns, with intelligence rumors marking Wednesday as a likely date. If Russia does invade, the United States and its allies have pledged to impose “severe economic sanctions” on Russia. The result would be horrible casualties in Ukraine, and, with Russia now supplying as much as 40 percent of Europe’s natural gas, significant economic disruption in both Russia and Europe, that would surely affect the rest of the world as well.

      • So Far, Putin is the Biggest Winner in the Ukraine Conflict

        Putin wants Russia to be taken seriously as an international player, recalling the era when it was the core nation in the USSR. It is still a nuclear superpower, though otherwise the Kremlin today rules a much-shrunken state with a population of 144 million or half that of the Soviet Union. The Russian economy is only a 15th the size of that of the US, while the Soviet economy was a third as big.

        The Kremlin will be greatly gratified by the flood of Western leaders who have made their way in the past few weeks to Moscow where they can stand tall and issue stern warnings against a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

      • Opinion | NATO and the Origins of the Ukraine Crisis
      • Sandy Hook Families Reach First-of-Its-Kind Settlement With Gunmaker

        Nine families of victims killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre announced Tuesday that they have reached a $73 million settlement with Remington Arms—the first time a U.S. gunmaker has been held liable for a mass shooting.

        The settlement comes nearly a decade after a gunman with an AR-15-style rifle murdered 20 children and six staff members at the Newtown, Connecticut school, and just a day after survivors of the 2018 Parkland, Florida mass shooting marked its four-year anniversary with demands that President Joe Biden and Congress do more prevent gun violence.

      • 1,000+ Doctors, Nurses to Biden: Use ‘Full Power’ to Boost Global Vaccine Access

        More than 1,000 doctors, nurses, and medical students from across the United States demanded Tuesday that President Joe Biden harness the “full power” of his office to bolster global coronavirus vaccination efforts, which have been marred by deeply unequal distribution of the lifesaving shots.

        “The United States must help expand global vaccine, diagnostic, and treatment production immediately.”

      • UN Chief: Only Urgent Diplomacy Can Prevent ‘Disastrous’ War Over Ukraine

        The head of the United Nations on Monday implored Western powers, Russia, and Ukraine to urgently ramp up diplomatic negotiations amid heightened fears of a military conflict and loudening drumbeats of war amplified by U.S. corporate media outlets.

        “We simply cannot accept even the possibility of such a disastrous confrontation,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters during a press conference. “My message is clear: There is no alternative to diplomacy. All issues—including the most intractable—can and must be addressed and resolved through diplomatic frameworks. It is my firm belief that this principle will prevail.”

      • VIDEO: Russian UN ambassador responds to US ‘war propaganda’ in interview w/Grayzone
      • Trump Administration Discussed Plans to Kidnap or Assassinate Julian Assange – Validated Independent News

        Potential scenarios proposed by both the CIA and Trump Administration included crashing into a Russian vehicle carrying Assange in order to grab him, shooting the tires of an airplane carrying Assange in order to prevent its takeoff, and engaging in a gun battle through London. US officials requested that “their British counterparts to do the shooting if gunfire was required, and the British agreed,” Yahoo News reported, on the basis of testimony by one former senior administration official. Senior CIA officials went so far as to request “sketches” or “options” detailing methods to kill Assange.

      • Russia Says It Pulled Back Some Troops From Ukraine as Talks Continue
    • Environment

      • The Shameful Stories of Environmental Injustices at Japanese American Incarceration Camps During WWI

        It wasn’t long after the United States declared war on Japan that Takemura and other people of Japanese ancestry were stripped of their rights and shipped off to incarceration camps scattered in small remote towns like Hunt, Idaho, and Delta, Utah. Scorching heat and dust storms added to the day-to-day misery.

        Takemura’s incarceration began on May 12, 1942, just a week before he could harvest his lettuce.

      • Flourishing Plants in Antarctica Seen as Possible ‘Climate Tipping Point’

        Authors of a new study published Tuesday warn accelerated growth of Antarctica’s two native plant species reveals that the climate crisis is dramatically changing the continent’s fragile ecosystem in ways that could have major implications for biodiversity.

        Researchers at two universities in Italy and the British Antarctic Survey found that Antarctic hair grass and Antarctic pearlwort have spread between five and 10 times faster in the past decade than they did in the first five decades scientists were studying them.

      • Climate Action: Back to States and Cities

        In 1999, Massachusetts and 11 other states petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide as pollutant under the Clean Air Act, because its climate impacts were damaging to human health. The EPA denied the petition. The states took it to court. In 2007, the Supreme Court took the states’ side in the Massachusetts v. EPA decision. In 2009, under a new administration, the EPA affirmed that CO2 should be regulated under the Clean Air Act, setting in motion the Clean Power Plan, the 2015 Obama Administration Initiative to reduce coal plant pollution.

        In 2002, California passed legislation to cut CO2 pollution from cars. A 1967 federal law gave the state the power to set its own tailpipe pollution standards because of its unique conditions. California’s regulation preceded passage of the federal Clean Air Act. The new CO2 law withstood court tests and went into effect in 2006. Average California cars and light trucks put 30% less CO2 in the air in 2016 than they did in 2004.

      • The Court of Ecological Awareness

        In recent years, there have been more than a thousand lawsuits filed around the world — including a few in the United States — challenging corporate or governmental negligence about climate change and ecosystem damage.

        That’s not the secret. This is the secret: These lawsuits, especially as they continue and grow in number, come with consequences beyond comprehension. They are infinitely larger than “the law” they are humbly summoning in order to address specific issues — a construction company dumping rubble in Ecuador’s Vilcabamba River, loggers and farmers destroying the Amazon rainforest, the state of Montana promoting the fossil fuel industry — and are pushing the social and legal status quo well beyond the abstractly linear world it presumes to control.

      • Energy

        • Fossil Fuel Companies and Their Mouthpieces Offer Net-Zero Logic on Climate Change

          The hearing was entitled “Fueling the Climate Crisis: Examining Big Oil’s Climate Pledges.” Lawmakers were interested in whether companies were actually enacting their widely touted climate actions and were following up from a hearing last fall organized by the same committee which focused on the corporate cover-up of the climate crisis. The top oil executives did show up to that hearing in what was considered a historic appearance, and were subjected to a rare level of interrogation during which they generally refused to take responsibility for their actions.

          We can only assume they did not want a repeat of such harsh scrutiny at the February hearing. Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) explained in her opening statement that these companies “have spent millions to advertise these plans [to combat climate change] and greenwash their images.” Surely, they would want to publicize the work they were supposedly doing to mitigate the climate crisis. But, according to Maloney, “when the committee invited board members of these companies to come in today and explain their pledges, they declined to appear on the date we requested.” She added, “[n]one of them showed up today. Not a single one.”

        • At Least 128 Members of Congress Invested in Fossil Fuel Industry – Validated Independent News

          Aside from Senator Manchin, and Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), who owns up to $5.2 million worth of stock in oil and gas pipelines, many of the other most invested Congress leaders are Texas Republicans, including Representative Van Taylor, who owns up to $12.4 million worth of fossil fuel assets.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • What Might the World Look Like in 2025?

        I’ve just wrapped up my shift at BurgerBoy and I don’t have much time before the weekly self-criticism session at town hall. This hour with my diary is precious, especially when I have to make a big decision. Writing used to be my job, but it’s so much more difficult after eight straight hours on my feet. It’s been more than a year since the disastrous 2024 election and I can’t overestimate how much I miss my old life.

      • Russian State Duma backs resolution calling for recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’

        On Tuesday, February 15, Russian lawmakers voted to adopt a resolution that calls on President Vladimir Putin to formally recognize the self-proclaimed “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine. 

      • UN Committee To Begin Negotiating New Cybercrime Treaty Amid Disagreement Among States Over Its Scope

        There’s a pronounced lack of consensus among UN member states about what constitutes a “cybercrime” and how expansive the treaty will be.

        Most states agree on the inclusion of so-called “pure” cybercrimes like network intrusion or interference with the operation of a computing system. But a broader range of ‘cyber-enabled’ crimes— such as fraud or drug trafficking that do not inherently target information and communications technologies but where Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) occasionally play a significant role—are also on the table. Other states warn that the treaty must remain focused on cybercrime and avoid delving into broader issues of national security, cybersecurity, or cyberwarfare. Our analysis of early submissions to the UN Ad Hoc committee from interested UN Member States begins to paint a picture of what this treaty might ultimately include. 

        A number of states have expressed concerns that the treaty might ultimately include everything from cyberwarfare, to national security, to a new set of rules for internet governance. These concerns have prompted comments that the treaty should remain focused on crime and law enforcement.

      • Democrats: the More Effective Evil

        You must manufacture an existential threat. Terrorists at home. Russians and Chinese abroad. Expand state power in the name of national security. Beat the drums of war. War is the antidote to divert public attention from government corruption and incompetence. No one plays the game better than the Democratic Party. The Democrats, as journalist and co-founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford said, are not the lesser evil, they are the more effective evil.

        The US, burdened by de facto tax boycotts by the rich and corporations, is sinking in debt, the highest in our history. The US government budget deficit was $2.77 trillion for the 2021 budget year that ended Sept. 30, the second highest annual deficit on record. It was exceeded only by the $3.13 trillion deficit for 2020. Total US national total debt is over $30 trillion. Household debt grew by $1 trillion last year. The total debt balance in our government Ponzi scheme is now $1.4 trillion higher than it was at the end of 2019. Our wars are waged on borrowed money. The Watson Institute at Brown University estimates that interest payments on the military debt could be over $6.5 trillion by the 2050s. None of this debt is sustainable.

      • Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Want Trump to Run in 2024
      • ‘A Historic Moment’: Campaign Aims to Boost Wages in 25 States

        An alliance of grassroots advocacy groups, progressive lawmakers, and high-profile celebrities kicked off a new $25 million campaign Monday with the goal of ending the subminimum wage and raising the base pay of millions of workers in 25 U.S. states, from Michigan to Massachusetts to California.

        “A strong majority of all Americans support ending the subminimum wage and raising the overall minimum wage.”

      • The Terrible Fate Facing the Afghan People

        The story of Soria is one among millions; in Uruzgan Province, in southern Afghanistan, measles cases are rising due to lack of vaccines. The thread to the tweet about Soria from UNICEF Afghanistan was a further bleak reminder about the severity of the situation in the country and its impact on the lives of the children: “without urgent action, 1 million children could die from severe acute malnutrition.” UNICEF is now distributing “high energy peanut paste” to stave off catastrophe.

        The United Nations has, meanwhile, warned that approximately 23 million Afghans—about half the total population of the country—are “facing a record level of acute hunger.” In early September, not even a month after the Taliban came to power in Kabul, the UN Development Program noted that “A 10-13 percent reduction in GDP could, in the worst-case scenario, bring Afghanistan to the precipice of near universal poverty—a 97 percent poverty rate by mid-2022.”

      • Biden’s Multi-Billion Afghan Theft Gets Scant Mention on TV News

        Two months ago (FAIR.org, 12/21/21), I noted the striking contrast between vocal media outrage—ostensibly grounded in concern for Afghan people—over President Joe Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and the relative silence over the growing humanitarian crisis in that country, which threatens millions with life-threatening levels of famine.

      • Opinion | Media Ignores Biden Stealing Billions From the Afghan People

        Two months ago (FAIR.org, 12/21/21), I noted the striking contrast between vocal media outrage—ostensibly grounded in concern for Afghan people—over President Joe Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and the relative silence over the growing humanitarian crisis in that country, which threatens millions with life-threatening levels of famine.

      • “Adding Insult to Injury”: Afghan Activist & 9/11 Mother Condemn Biden’s Seizure of Afghan Funds

        President Biden is facing mounting criticism for seizing $7 billion of Afghanistan’s federal reserves frozen in the United States. Biden is giving half of the money to families of September 11 victims while Afghanistan faces a humanitarian catastrophe. We speak to two of the founders of a new campaign called Unfreeze Afghanistan, a women-led initiative to lift sanctions and other economic restrictions on Afghanistan, and a woman who lost her son in the World Trade Center attack, who says the money should stay in Afghanistan. “The suffering of the Afghan people at the hands of the United States and its allies is reprehensible. This is adding insult to injury,” says Phyllis Rodriguez, a member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, whose son Greg was killed in the World Trade Center attack and who says 9/11 families want “information, not remuneration.” Afghan American activist Masuda Sultan says continued lack of access to money and basic services in Afghanistan will inspire a new wave of underground terrorism in the country, “endangering the entire world.” Biden’s order is gravely hypocritical, adds Medea Benjamin, critiquing the administration for “putting themselves forward as these great saviors of Afghanistan” for releasing Afghan-owned assets as “aid” while taking no punitive action against Saudi Arabia, whose citizens led the 9/11 attack.

      • Ezra Klein and His Vast Inner Space

        The ad intensely promotes the Ezra Klein Show! – a New York Times Podcast featuring their newest star.

        Mr. Klein, formerly from the Washington Post and Vox, holds forth with interviews that range far and wide but not as far and wide as reality would seem to demand from such a well-read, inquiring young mind of 37 years. This repetitive full-page ad, once you get beyond his portrait, the top of his black t-shirt, and the American flag, tells you what to expect, to wit….

      • Investigations Into Trump Are Good News, But Won’t Rid Us of Trumpism
      • Companies Who Stopped Donations After January 6 Used Lobbyists to Give Instead
      • Ocasio-Cortez Says Canceling Student Debt Should Be Top Priority for Biden
      • Backed by AOC & Bernie, House Candidate Greg Casar Says “Big Progressive Change” Is Possible in Texas

        Two competitive congressional races are heating up in Texas. Former labor organizer Greg Casar and immigrant human rights lawyer Jessica Cisneros have both gained national endorsements from progressive lawmakers like New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who traveled to the state to campaign for them this past weekend. “We have a real opportunity for big progressive change here in the heart of the state where we’ve seen so many oppressive laws be pushed through the pandemic,” says Casar, who is running in Texas’s 35th Congressional District, which covers eastern Austin and eastern San Antonio.

      • As Early Voting Begins, Texas Sees Spike in Rejected Ballots Due to Sweeping New Voter Restrictions

        Early voting in the first 2022 primary elections kicked off Monday in Texas with extreme new anti-voter laws in effect. The Republican-enacted restrictions have already caused Texas voters issues, with some 40% of ballots in Houston rejected. We speak with Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, one of 30 civil rights groups who sent a letter to the Texas secretary of state on Monday calling for stronger action to ensure voters have access to the ballot leading up to the state’s March 1 primary. He describes how the laws are also facilitating right-wing efforts to intimidate Black and Brown voters at the polls.

      • GOP Law Blamed as Nearly 40% of Mail-In Ballots Rejected in Houston Area

        As early voting continues in Texas’ primary election, pro-democracy advocates are sounding the alarm over the high rate at which mail-in ballots are being rejected as a result of the GOP’s newly enacted voter suppression law.

        Election officials in Harris County said they had returned almost 2,500 of the 6,548 mail-in ballots received as of Saturday due to cumbersome new ID rules—a rejection rate of nearly 38% in Texas’ most populous county, a Democratic stronghold that includes Houston and more than 2.4 million voters.

      • Senate GOP Shamed for Stalling Vote on Biden’s Fed Nominees

        Activists and Democratic senators were outraged Tuesday after some Senate Republicans skipped a key committee vote, delaying the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s five Federal Reserve nominees to protest his pick for the top banking regulator.

        “The Federal Reserve is at a critical juncture where it must have the expertise to tackle the compound crisis of Covid, inflation, and unemployment, and the realities of the climate crisis in our communities.”

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Republicans Are Pressuring Medical Boards to Let COVID Misinformation Slide
      • What Spotify, Neil Young, and Joe Rogan Tell Us About Content Moderation

        Let’s start from the beginning.

        In what is now a widely-reported case, Neil Young demanded the removal of his catalog from Spotify as a form of protest against Spotify’s deal to be the exclusive platform for the extremely popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, on the grounds that the podcast  is spreading COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. Soon after, other musicians including Joni Mitchell, India Arie, and Nils Lofgren also asked that their content be removed . Best-selling social psychologist, Brene Brown, initially refused to tape new podcasts, but she recently returned, citing “few options.” Even the White House weighed in. All of this followed an open letter last month to Spotify from 270 U.S. health experts expressing concern about medical misinformation on The Joe Rogan Experience, calling it a “menace to public health.”

        The response from Spotify has been two-pronged. First, Daniel Ek, its CEO, published a blog where he committed to “do more to provide more balance and access to widely-accepted information from the medical and scientific communities.” And, second, Spotify further announced that podcasts discussing the COVID-19 virus would now come with content advisories. This seems to be an effort by Spotify to ensure that the small movement Neil Young started will not extend to artists that are more popular (and more important) for Spotify such as Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny or BTS. 

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • EARN ITs Big Knowledge 1st Amendment Problem

        We’ve talked about so many problems with the EARN IT Act, but there are more! I touched on this a bit in my post about how EARN IT is worse than FOSTA, but it came up a bit in the markup last week, and it showed that the Senators pushing for this do not understand the issues around the knowledge standard required here, and how various state laws complicate things. Is it somewhat pathetic that the very senators pushing for a law that would make major changes impacting a wide variety of things don’t seem to understand the underlying mechanisms at play? Sure is! But rest assured that you can be smarter than a senator.

      • The Obscene and the Innocent: Book Bans in Schools

        So begins Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the story of a fireman named Guy Montag whose job is to burn books. “It’s fine work,” he says. “Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ’em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That’s our official slogan.”

        Fahrenheit 451 is often found in the science fiction section of bookstores; yet again, its dystopian future is not too far off from America’s outlook. Just on February 2nd, a Tennessee pastor held a book burning, where copies of Harry Potter and Twilight were fed to the flames. Their fight against “demonic influences” was live streamed on Facebook, perfectly literalizing the subtitle of Chris Hedges’ 2009 book: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.  

      • Free Speech, Expensive Speech, Censorship, Social Media Algorithms, and Anarcho-Puritanism

        This is our reality now, this week, like it or not (and I sure don’t).  All of this stuff is intimately related, but it generally gets siloed off into different discussions.  This happens partly for perfectly innocent reasons, and partly for completely nefarious ones.  It’s often innocent because many people can understand the basic principles of free speech vs. censorship, but they don’t understand where social media algorithms, and perhaps even corporate wealth and power, fit into the picture.  Often it’s nefarious, because other people understand full well that the issue of rampant disinformation is rarely one of free speech vs. censorship, but they frame it that way, in order to attempt to distract us from the elephant in the living room, the wizard behind the curtain, the naked emperor (insert allegory here).

        I heard a host on NPR the other day refer to the world’s most popular podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, as a podcast “distributed by Spotify.”  I kept listening to the national radio story, waiting perhaps for the host to be corrected by a producer or something, for her to say, “sorry, I meant hosted exclusively by Spotify at a cost of $100 million,” or even just “hosted” rather than “distributed,” but that correction never came.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • “It Can’t Be Illegal to Help a People”: The Persecution of Alex Saab

        “It’s not a crime to fulfill a diplomatic mission. It’s not a crime to evade sanctions that are harming an entire country. It can’t be illegal to help a people.” Camilla Fabri Saab made these impassioned remarks when explaining the situation behind the illegal arrest and extradition – the kidnapping, in essence – of her husband, Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab.

      • Tennessee’s Rutherford County Jails Black Children at a Disproportionately High Rate – Validated Independent News

        Knight and Armstrong’s investigation of the case revealed that, dating back to 2014, Rutherford County “locked up kids in 48% of its cases,” during a period in which the statewide average was five percent. A lawyer representing the families in a class action suit against the county compiled samples of juvenile arrest and detention records over an 11-year period, suggesting that 500 children had been wrongly arrested by the sheriff’s department alone. The same data suggested that the juvenile detention center’s “filter system” had improperly locked up children an estimated 1,500 times, Knight and Armstrong reported in their first report.

      • Fraught History
      • Victory! More Lawsuits Proceed Against Clearview’s Face Surveillance

        One of the worst offenders is Clearview AI, which extracts faceprints from billions of people without their consent and uses these faceprints to help police identify suspects. For example, police in Miami worked with Clearview to identify participants in a Black-led protest against police violence.

        Clearview’s faceprinting violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which requires opt-in consent to collect someone’s faceprint. Clearview now faces many consolidated BIPA lawsuits in federal court. It also faces another suit, brought by the ACLU and ACLU of Illinois, in state court. In both federal and Illinois courts, Clearview argues that the First Amendment bars these BIPA claims. We disagree and filed an amicus brief saying so in each case.

        This week, the judge in the federal cases rejected Clearview’s First Amendment defense, denied the company’s motion to dismiss, and allowed the lawsuits to move forward. This is an important victory for our privacy over Clearview’s profits.

      • Some Senators Are Freaking Out Because The White House Is Pitching Some Extremely Minor Police Reforms

        Some senators are getting all angried up about proposed police reforms President Biden possibly might deliver as an executive order. Reporting earlier this month indicated Biden had something planned, but no one involved in breaking the news appeared to have any details.

      • In prison and on trial Here’s why Alexey Navalny is back in court and facing up to 15 more years behind bars

        Russia’s latest criminal trial of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny got underway on Tuesday, February 15. Already serving a nearly three-year prison sentence, Navalny now stands accused of fraud and contempt of court — charges that could prolong his incarceration by up to 15 years. In a strange twist, Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court held Tuesday’s hearing offsite, at the penal colony in the Vladimir region where Navalny has been in custody since February 2021. In the following explainer, Meduza asks and answers key questions about the proceedings.

      • Warren to Testify at Sanders-Led Hearing on Threat of US Oligarchy

        U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders revealed Tuesday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren will testify this week at the panel’s hearing on “Wall Street greed and growing oligarchy in America.”

        “The sacrifices made by the miners saved the company an estimated $1.1 billion over the past five years. Meanwhile… Warrior Met has rewarded over $1.5 billion in dividends to its wealthy shareholders.”

      • Manchin Says He’d Vote “No” on Biden Supreme Court Pick Before 2024 Election
      • Opinion | “It Can’t Be Illegal to Help a People”: The US Persecution of Alex Saab

        “It’s not a crime to fulfill a diplomatic mission. It’s not a crime to evade sanctions that are harming an entire country. It can’t be illegal to help a people.” Camilla Fabri Saab made these impassioned remarks when explaining the situation behind the illegal arrest and extradition – the kidnapping, in essence – of her husband, Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab.

      • Business as Usual: Politicians Cynically Exploit Child Sex Victims in Attack on Your Freedom

        An earlier version of EARN IT fortunately failed to pass in 2020 after civil liberties groups brought heavy public pressure to bear against it.  It’s time go break out the torches and pitchforks again.

        EARN IT is a one-two punch against freedom and privacy that would effectively destroy the Internet we’ve come to know and love (and, yes, hate) over the last 30 years.

      • If the Kids Had Been White, Would Any of This Have Happened?

        In October 2021, ProPublica published a gutting and outrageous narrative of a juvenile court judge who oversaw a system that jailed children at extraordinary rates, and a county full of officials who collaborated or looked the other way.

        In one particularly egregious case that reporters Meribah Knight and Ken Armstrong found, several Black children were arrested at school and jailed for a crime that didn’t even exist. Two police officers who were sent to arrest them couldn’t help but wonder: If the kids had been white, would any of this have happened? A lot of readers wondered, too. Counterfactuals like that bring up a point worth flexing some investigative muscle on, even if they are challenging to answer definitively.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Superbowl Ads Try To Make 5G Sexy, But Consumers Still Aren’t Buying The Hype

        For years now, wireless carriers have struggled to make fifth generation wireless (5G) interesting to consumers. While the technology does provide faster, lower-latency connectivity, that’s more of an evolution than any kind of revolution. But in a bid to excite consumers (and justify high prices), wireless carriers have been pouring it on a little thick for years, trying to insist that 5G will somehow revolutionize the future, cure cancer, solve climate change, and generally turn America’s urban landscape into the smart cities of tomorrow. And don’t get me started on the “race to 5G.”

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • The Worst Timeline: A Printer Company Is Putting DRM in Paper Now

        Are you well organized? Do you have a garage full of well-labeled bins or a pantry full of neatly labeled jars? Do you ship a lot of stuff and print labels? If so, you probably own and cherish your label maker. What’s not to like? 

        Well, if you’re a Dymo label maker owner, there’s a new scam that might convince you to switch brands – if it doesn’t scare you off labels altogether, that is.

        For a certain kind of corporate executive, the printer business is a source of endless temptation. After all, printers go through lots of “consumables.” That means that printer manufacturers don’t just get to sell you a printer, they also have a chance to sell you ink, forever.

    • Monopolies

      • Trademarks

        • DC Comics Goes To UK High Court Over Trademark Granted To Unilever For ‘Wonder Mum’

          Regular Techdirt readers will not be shocked when I say that DC Comics has a long and often ridiculous history when it comes to “protecting” its intellectual property. From trademark bullying over a barbeque joint, to trying to bully a Spanish soccer club for having a bat in its logo, up to waging a brief battle with the family of a dead child because they included the Superman logo on the headstone of the deceased: DC Comics will fight anything remotely like the use of its imagery or naming conventions.

      • Copyrights

        • Google Should Ban Pirate Sites, Say Authors John Grisham & Scott Turow

          John Grisham & Scott Turow have renewed their calls for service providers to do much more to combat online piracy. On the heels of an extremely complicated legal win over a number of pirate eBook platforms, the best-selling authors say that search engines including Google should delist pirate platforms completely and the government needs to step up funding for criminal enforcement.

        • UK High Court Grants the MPA its First “Pirate” Cyberlocker Blocking Order

          The UK High Court has ordered six of the country’s largest ISPs to block access to Mixdrop.me and Mixdrop.co. The injunction was requested on behalf of Netflix and several major Hollywood studios. The Motion Picture Association notes that this is the first blocking action in the UK that’s aimed at a cyberlocker service hosting movies and TV shows.

        • What’s Next for CC Licenses

          In this 20th anniversary year of the CC license suite, we are pleased to be renewing our commitment to license stewardship. Creative Commons has always taken its stewardship responsibilities seriously, engaging in multi-year consultation processes for versioning the tools, publishing official translations of the licenses into dozens of languages, and working to educate people about how the licenses work within the law and with new technologies.

        • Panel: ResiliArt x Mondiacult – From Access to Culture to Contemporary Creativity

          Our upcoming ResiliArt x Mondiacult webinar will explore how open access to cultural heritage materials encourages artists to discover, share, and remix such materials. We will hear from artists and heritage professionals firsthand as they share their vision for better sharing of cultural heritage to support contemporary creativity in the digital space. They will also consider how better sharing can act as an engine for sustainable cultural development, through fair remuneration and open business models. Our panelists will examine the power of open licensing and the importance of Creative Commons’ infrastructure as a catalyst for the dissemination and revitalization of culture.

News Over Gemini Protocol — Both Official and Scraped

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 9:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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News Sites Over Gemini
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: For those looking for a diversity of sources (not just TAZ, which is officially in Geminispace) there’s another option which targets German/English readers

LAST year we wrote about SimplyNews (gemini:/simplynews.metalune.xyz), which generally syndicated about a dozen news sites and offered their articles over gemini:// (the Gemini Protocol, port 1965 by default). I’ve used that capsule for nearly a year, but a couple of months ago it became unavailable (unreachable for at least a month already; did copyright get in the way like with gemini://dw.schettler.net?). It is a sad loss. But now we have the official TAZ (in German) and the German/English gemini://gemini.autonomy.earth/, which is demonstrated in the short video above. Now that even Mozilla is in bed with the advertising “industry” (looking to appease those who track and profile people) we need to gradually move away from the Web, at least to the extent feasible. There are almost no benign players (with clout and significance) left on the Web. Gemini is not perfect for privacy, but it is a step in a positive direction.

When Only Rich and Powerful Corporations Can Use Slurs and Hurt Marginalised/Vulnerable People

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 9:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Dinosaur of a Company
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The privileged people who insist they’re supporting inclusion and diversity — to the point of collectively slandering or concern-trolling the Free software community — are probably the biggest and worst offenders if not the sole culprits; today we focus on IBM and show how some of the same offenders ended up in Microsoft and the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation

On March 16, 2023 (i.e. exactly 13 months from now) Richard Stallman will turn 70. IBM as a company and pertinent workers of IBM (like Hashman) ran a smear campaign against him, based partly on libellous characterisations. Maybe they want to force him to ‘retire’ already, leaving IBM workers in charge.

“We’ve been seeing discussions to that effect in layoffs-centered forums and we occasionally see reports about court disputes over age-related discrimination.”In any event, there’s some new and very damaging material from (right from the horse’s mouth) and about IBM [1-6], revealing a culture of ageism (since they fancy “isms” so much, why not turn that back on them?) and messages which not only are certain to impede recruitment efforts but also motivate some existing workers to resign. We’ve been seeing discussions to that effect in layoffs-centered forums and we occasionally see reports about court disputes over age-related discrimination.

Perlow at MicrosoftA lot more could be said which isn’t covered in the video above. Does IBM plan to retain “young” Red Hat staff with derogatory terms? Everyone ages. All of those IBM-led fake “woke” campaigns (like eradication of supposedly racist terms) are ruined by revelations like these; this will render the company broke, not woke. Because IBM is not woke, it’s the opposite of it, based on the company’s long history. Putting aside the connotations of words like “dinobabies” (combination of two negative-sounding terms), the general strategy of discrimination is incredibly harmful to the company’s public messaging. The company insists that the term “master” (like name of a branch in Git) offends people, but calling old people “dinobabies” is OK? Which of these words is more offensive?

It is worth noting that Mr. Perlow from IBM (and later Microsoft; currently in Linux Foundation i.e. their front group, where he’s chief communicator) compared Richard Stallman to a dinosaur (with a highly derogatory image made by his brother and published in ZDNet back in the days). Maybe he learned this slur during his time at IBM. We responded here and elsewhere. Here’s a newly-taken screenshot:

Worked for IBM, then Microsoft, now a spokesperson, for Linux Foundation

Notice how he embedded the face of a person almost 60 years old in the body of a dinosaur (later he came to our IRC channel and told us his brother had produced that image).

“Notice how he embedded the face of a person almost 60 years old in the body of a dinosaur (later he came to our IRC channel and told us his brother had produced that image).”Very mature, eh? Very professional! That’s how you net a top job at Zemlin’s PAC, the Linux Foundation, which tells us that it's all about inclusion and diversity. Watch how the Linux Foundation’s spokesperson speaks of people almost 20 years his senior.

So we now know that at IBM “dinobaby” is basically “snowflake” (right-wing slur) with ageism added on top. Not too shocking that such a racist, sexist company would resort to this internally; at least we can see the pattern. If IBM does not hire old people because they’re a “burden”, one might go further with analogies, recalling that IBM profited from helping Germany remove the "burden on society".

In terms of standards, they’re inconsistently or selectively applied inside IBM, a company which champions/celebrates its very own “dinobabies” (calling whole product lines after them), even if they're the "very fine people" who literally saluted Hitler — a fact they can only try to hide by aggressive censorship online.

  1. Making ‘Dinobabies’ Extinct: IBM’s Push for a Younger Work Force

    A trove of previously sealed documents made public by a Federal District Court on Friday show executives discussing plans to phase out older employees and bemoaning the company’s relatively low percentage of millennials.

    The documents, which emerged from a lawsuit contending that IBM engaged in a yearslong effort to shift the age composition of its work force, appear to provide the first public piece of direct evidence about the role of the company’s leadership in the effort.

  2. IBM executives called older workers ‘dinobabies’ who should be ‘extinct’ in internal emails released in age-discrimination lawsuit

    Internal emails show IBM executives calling older workers “dinobabies” and discussing plans to make them “an extinct species,” according to a Friday filing in an ongoing age-discrimination lawsuit against the company.

    The documents were submitted as evidence of IBM’s efforts “to oust older employees from its workforce,” and replace them with millennial workers, the plaintiff alleged. It’s the latest development in a legal battle that first began in 2018, when former employees sued IBM after the company fired tens of thousands of workers over 40 years old.

  3. IBM emails show millennial workers favored over ‘Dinobabies’

    IBM executives discussed in emails how to force out older workers and derided them as “Dinobabies” who should be made an “Extinct species,” according to a court filing in an age discrimination case against the company.

    The communications show “highly incriminating animus” against older employees by officials who at the time were in the company’s “highest ranks,” according to the filing Friday.

    The partially redacted filing says the emails surfaced in separate arbitration proceedings but it doesn’t reveal the identities of the company officials or indicate when they were speaking. A judge has ordered the release of versions of the underlying documents.

  4. IBM ‘dinobabies’: Internal documents show executives discussed plans to make older workers an ‘extinct species’

    Shannon Liss-Riordan, a renowned employment lawyer who has represented employees in disputes against Amazon, Google, and Uber, then filed a class-action complaint on behalf of three former IBM employees in federal court in Manhattan, alleging that that tech giant discriminated against them based on their age when it fired them.

    According to Bloomberg, a court document in the case, unsealed last week, showed that senior IBM officials were directly involved in conversations about the need to shrink the company’s older staff population, sometimes referring to them using terms like “dinobabies.”

    As per the filing, IBM executives expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that the company had a smaller percentage of millennials in its staff than a rival firm, and said that the situation would change following the lay-offs.

  5. IBM emails show millennial workers favored over ‘dinobabies’

    The case is Lohnn v. International Business Machines Corp., 21-cv-06379, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

  6. IBM looked to reinvigorate its ‘dated maternal workforce’

    Newly released documents in a lawsuit alleging IBM discriminated against older workers reveal that Big Blue wanted to “correct” its “seniority mix” by weeding out older workers it labelled “dinobabies.”

    A document unsealed last Friday in the case file of Lohnn vs International Business Machines discloses evidence gathered by the plaintiff in which a person whose identity is redacted applauds “use of the disparaging term ‘Dinobabies’ to describe older IBM employees, as well as his plan for how to oust them from IBM’s workforce, stating his intent to ‘accelerate change by inviting the dinobabies (new species) to leave’ and make them an Extinct Species’.”

Links 16/2/2022: IBM in Very Hot Water Over Ageism

Posted in News Roundup at 6:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 2021 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners

      The polls are closed and the results are in. We once again had some extremely close races (and multiple ties) and the large number of new categories this year certainly kept things interesting.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • How To Turn Your Mac Or Windows PC Into A Chromebook With Chrome OS Flex

        Google has debuted a new ‘Flex’ version of Chrome OS that it says can revive old Windows PCs and Macs by turning them into Chromebooks. The adoption of Chromebooks has been increasingly in the education sector recently, thanks largely to their ease-of-use and affordable pricing. The new software will now enable users to turn their regular PCs and Macs into Chromebooks.

      • Chrome OS Flex for PC and Mac Users Announced, Brings Chromebook Features to All Computers

        In a blog post, Google has detailed the new free-to-download Chrome OS Flex operating system that is built for businesses and schools. Just like Chrome OS, the new operating system offers access to Web apps and virtualisation, boots up quickly, and offers background system updates, according to Google. Chrome OS Flex will also offer proactive security with sandboxing and protection against viruses, ransomware, and phishing. The company says that Chrome OS Flex can be deployed quickly via USB sticks or network deployment, and a user’s cloud profile, settings, bookmarks and policies will sync after they log in.

      • Google’s Linux-based Chrome OS Flex is a huge threat to Windows 11, and Microsoft should be extremely worried

        Windows 11 is a really good operating system, but it is overkill for many home and education users these days. Not to mention, it can be risky to use since there is so much malware designed for it. Even for business, many companies are exclusively using web-based solutions in the browser, making Windows unnecessary for them. And so, Chromebooks are becoming more and more popular. They are affordable, easy to use, and extremely secure.

        If a company wants to switch to Chromebooks from Windows laptops, however, there is a big dilemma — what should be done with existing computers? After all, Chrome OS cannot be installed on computers that didn’t ship with Chrome OS, right? Well, actually, this is changing…

        Following Google’s 2020 acquisition of Neverware — a company that developed and maintained the Chromium OS-based CloudReady operating system — the search giant is putting that acquired technology to good use. You see, CloudReady is becoming an all-new operating system called “Chrome OS Flex.”

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Bootlin

        • Bootlin contributions to OP-TEE 3.15 and 3.16 – Bootlin’s blog

          Last year, Bootlin started contributing to the OP-TEE project, which is an open source Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) implemented using the Arm TrustZone technology. We published a blog post about our contribution of a generic clock framework to OP-TEE, and also presented a talk OP-TEE: When Linux Loses Control (slides, video).

          As part of this work, Bootlin engineer Clément Léger contributed to the OP-TEE project, and many of his contributions have already been merged, and released as part of the 3.15 and 3.16 OP-TEE releases. In this blog post, we present some details of our contributions to OP-TEE so far, and our next steps.

        • Opdenacker: Using Device Tree Overlays, example on BeagleBone boards

          Over on the Bootlin blog, Michael Opdenacker has an introduction to using device tree overlays to support changes to the standard device tree definition for a particular system-on-chip (SoC). This allows users to add new hardware or modify the hardware configuration for their system relatively easily—and without recompiling the kernel or the full device tree source files.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Gemini: TLS and its discontents

        Encryption schemes like TLS aim to provide three things: authentication, integrety, and (transmission) confidentiality. Gemini fails to provide two of them.

      • Beware of trying to compare the size of subtrees with du

        One of the things I like to do to understand space usage is to use du to look at both the aggregate usage of a directory tree and a breakdown of where the space is going (often with the handy -h options to GNU du and sort). This is also something you may wind up doing if you want to compare the disk space usage of two versions of a directory tree and its subtrees (for example, the disk space usage in / for two systems). However, there is a somewhat subtle trap hiding in a comparison of subtree sizes, and that trap is hardlinks.

      • How to Set or Change Timezone on Debain 11 – Cloudbooklet

        How to Set or Change Timezone on Debian 11. In this guide you are going to learn how to configure or setup your own timezone on Debian server.

        Setting up a correct timezone is necessary on your server for some cronjob or any system related processes. By default, when a server is provisioned a default timezone will be configured automatically with the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). You can change the timezone later using the below method.

      • Install/Upgrade Linux Kernel 5.16 on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Linux kernel 5.16 has many new features, support, and security. The Linux 5.16 kernel release has a great new feature, FUTEX2, or futex_watv(), which aims to improve the Linux gaming experience, growing considerably with better native Linux porting for Windows games utilizing Wine.

        Other improvements have seen write include improved write congestion management task scheduler for CPU clusters sharing L2/L3 cache, amongst many other additions. More information can be found on the Linux 5.16 Kernel release changelog.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest 5.16 Linux Kernel on Debian 11 Bullseye.

      • How to install PgHero on Ubuntu 20.04

        Hello, friends. In this post, we will help you to install PgHero on Ubuntu 20.04 using an external repository and get to know better your PostgreSQL instance.

      • Install Timeshift on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – 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 often happens with Linux systems when you start off learning, amongst many other examples.

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

      • Building a Docker image in Jenkinsfile and publishing to ECR – Octopus Deploy

        In this post, you learn how to build and push the Octopus Deploy underwater app to Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) using Jenkins.

      • Creating an EKS cluster in AWS
      • How to install the Opera browser on Zorin OS 16 – Invidious

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

      • How to set up Kubernetes Cluster on Debian 11 with kubeadm and CRI-O

        Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration system for automating software deployment, scaling, and management. Google originally designed Kubernetes, but the Cloud Native Computing Foundation now maintains the project. It groups containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery.

        Kubeadm is a tool used to build Kubernetes (K8s) clusters. Kubeadm performs the actions necessary to get a minimum viable cluster up and running quickly.

        In this guide we will learn how to use kubeadm to set up a kubernetes cluster in Debian 11.

      • How to install Game Jolt on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Game Jolt 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.

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

      • How to Install CRI-O Container Runtime on Debian 11

        Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration system for automating software deployment, scaling, and management. Google originally designed Kubernetes, but the Cloud Native Computing Foundation now maintains the project. It groups containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery. Kubeadm is a tool used to build Kubernetes (K8s) clusters. Kubeadm

      • Unable to Format a USB Drive on Ubuntu? Here’s What to Do

        Are you having trouble formatting a USB stick on Ubuntu? This guide will show you how to format a USB or hard drive that cannot be otherwise formatted due to the error: udisks-error-quark, 11 (Error in formatting volume). This error usually occurs when your storage device has several partitions in it.

        In this article, we’ll take a look at the root cause behind this error, and how you can fix it to make your USB drive usable again.

      • What Are Floating IPs In DigitalOcean? – CloudSavvy IT

        DigitalOcean’s Floating IPs are a way of reserving public IP addresses that are independent of your compute resources. They provide a way to rapidly reroute traffic between your assets without waiting for DNS changes to take effect.

        Compute components such as Droplets come with their own IPv4 address that facilitates public access. When you destroy a Droplet, you lose your rights to its IP. That address will go back into the pool that’s available to new Droplet creations.

        Floating IPs are yours for as long as you need them. Once you’ve been allocated an IP, it can be attached to any eligible resource or sit dormant in your account for the future. Destroying a Droplet that’s targeted by a floating IP will keep the address available in your account, removing only the Droplet-specific IP allocated at the time of the Droplet’s creation.

      • 3 Strategies for Automated Production Deployments With Docker – CloudSavvy IT

        Docker is a popular development tool as it simplifies starting isolated instances of your application with a reproducible configuration. It can also be used in production where it ensures live deployments are identical to your development environment.

        Getting a container into production isn’t always as straightforward as running docker run on your local machine. It’s not a great idea to be manually pushing images to a registry, connecting to a remote Docker host, and starting your containers. This relies on human intervention so it’s time consuming and error prone.

        In this guide, we’ll look at three different strategies you can use that make it easy to automate Docker deployments and maintain consistent configuration. These approaches can be scripted as part of a CI pipeline to start new containers each time your code changes. You’ll need to build your Docker images and push them to a registry as the first stage in your script, then use one of the techniques below to pull the image and start containers in your production environment.

    • Games

      • CheckMyDeck – Steam Deck Verified at a Glance – Boiling Steam

        While SteamDB is a great website to see which titles have been Steam Deck Verfied, there’s a new kid around the block — CheckMyDeck. This website allows you to quickly see what titles are Verified or not, based on the games available in your Steam library.

      • iFixit: Teardown of Steam Deck and Now An Authorized Seller of Steam Deck Parts – Boiling Steam

        For a long time, we were wondering when Steam Deck replacement parts were going to be available. Valve said at the Steam Deck conference that they were going to sell them at some point, but we didn’t know when or who would be selling them. Well, today Valve has mentioned in their blog post that they will be partnering with iFixit and make them an authorized seller of individual Steam Deck components. The post went on to mention “we are still hammering out the details, and will be sharing more info on this soon.” Still, great to hear some news on this.

      • PS2 Memory Card ISO Loader Offers Classic Gaming Bliss | Hackaday

        It used to be that to play a console game, you just had to plug in a cartridge or put a CD/DVD in the optical drive. But these days, with modern titles ballooning up to as much as 100 GB, you’ve got no choice but to store them on the system’s internal hard disk drive. While that can lead to some uncomfortable data management decisions, at least it means you don’t have to get up off the couch to switch games anymore.

        Which is precisely why the MC2SIO project for the PlayStation 2 is so exciting. As [Tito] explains in his latest
        Macho Nacho Productions video, this simple adapter lets you connect an SD card up to the console’s Memory Card slots and use that to hold ISOs of your favorite games. With the appropriate homebrew software loaded up, your PS2 becomes a veritable jukebox of classic games.

      • Valve Releases Proton 7.0 with Major Improvements for Linux Gaming

        Based on Wine 7.0 and DXVK 1.9.4, Proton 7.0 comes with major improvements for Linux gaming, including improved audio support for the Skyrim and Fallout 4 games, support for local decoding of H264 videos, and initial support for legacy EAC (Easy Anti-Cheat) with the Star Wars: Squadrons and Knockout City video games already playable and many others coming soon.

        Of course, numerous Windows games are now playable on Linux thanks to Proton 7.0. These include Anno 1404, Call of Juarez, DCS World Steam Edition, Disgaea 4 Complete+, Dungeon Fighter Online, Epic Roller Coasters XR, Eternal Return, Forza Horizon 5, Gravity Sketch VR, Monster Hunter Rise, NecroVisioN, and Nights of Azure.

    • Distributions

      • EasyOS

        • Widescreen wallpaper truncated horizontally for non-widescreen

          This has been a bug forever, in EasyOS, Quirky and all the pups. The wallpaper is (usually) in /usr/share/backgrounds. Around mid-2000′s, wide-screen displays started to appear, whereas most Linux and Windows wallpaper had proportions suited to conventional non-widescreen proportions, such as 1024×768.

          So that wallpapers would display undistorted on a widescreen, in 2009 I wrote /usr/sbin/background_reshape, that truncated the image, cutting equal amounts off top and bottom, creating a wide-screen image to suit the screen.

          Various people worked on that script, to improve the maths, including old-forum members ‘Karl Godt’ and ‘wjaguar’. Those guys seem to be long gone, but I would like to acknowledge their contribution.

          A fundamental problem with the original ‘background_reshape’ is that it modified the image file in-place, permanently changing the file in /usr/share/backgrounds. Not good if you change the screen proportions, perhaps if change the monitor. To fix that, the script was modified, the original image was stored in folder /usr/share/backgrounds_original.

        • Linux kernel 5.10.93 compiled

          I experienced 5.10.94 is broken, and still serious issues with 5.10.99. So for EasyOS 3.4 have stayed with 5.10.90.

      • New Releases

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Making ‘Dinobabies’ Extinct: IBM’s Push for a Younger Work Force

          A trove of previously sealed documents made public by a Federal District Court on Friday show executives discussing plans to phase out older employees and bemoaning the company’s relatively low percentage of millennials.

          The documents, which emerged from a lawsuit contending that IBM engaged in a yearslong effort to shift the age composition of its work force, appear to provide the first public piece of direct evidence about the role of the company’s leadership in the effort.

        • [Reposted] IBM executives called older workers ‘dinobabies’ who should be ‘extinct’ in internal emails released in age-discrimination lawsuit

          Internal emails show IBM executives calling older workers “dinobabies” and discussing plans to make them “an extinct species,” according to a Friday filing in an ongoing age-discrimination lawsuit against the company.

          The documents were submitted as evidence of IBM’s efforts “to oust older employees from its workforce,” and replace them with millennial workers, the plaintiff alleged. It’s the latest development in a legal battle that first began in 2018, when former employees sued IBM after the company fired tens of thousands of workers over 40 years old.

        • IBM emails show millennial workers favored over ‘Dinobabies’

          IBM executives discussed in emails how to force out older workers and derided them as “Dinobabies” who should be made an “Extinct species,” according to a court filing in an age discrimination case against the company.

          The communications show “highly incriminating animus” against older employees by officials who at the time were in the company’s “highest ranks,” according to the filing Friday.

          The partially redacted filing says the emails surfaced in separate arbitration proceedings but it doesn’t reveal the identities of the company officials or indicate when they were speaking. A judge has ordered the release of versions of the underlying documents.

        • IBM ‘dinobabies’: Internal documents show executives discussed plans to make older workers an ‘extinct species’

          Shannon Liss-Riordan, a renowned employment lawyer who has represented employees in disputes against Amazon, Google, and Uber, then filed a class-action complaint on behalf of three former IBM employees in federal court in Manhattan, alleging that that tech giant discriminated against them based on their age when it fired them.

          According to Bloomberg, a court document in the case, unsealed last week, showed that senior IBM officials were directly involved in conversations about the need to shrink the company’s older staff population, sometimes referring to them using terms like “dinobabies.”

          As per the filing, IBM executives expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that the company had a smaller percentage of millennials in its staff than a rival firm, and said that the situation would change following the lay-offs.

        • IBM emails show millennial workers favored over ‘dinobabies’

          The case is Lohnn v. International Business Machines Corp., 21-cv-06379, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

        • Zettaset Announces Expanded Collaboration with Red Hat

          Zettaset, a leading provider of data protection solutions, today announced an expanded collaboration with Red Hat to bring its next generation XCrypt Full Disk Encryption solution to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system. This new release from Zettaset delivers improved data security features within enterprise Linux environments to help customers meet end-to-end data protection requirements and better protect their digital assets.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • GIGABYTE Partners with Canonical to Certify Servers for Ubuntu

          High performance server and workstation maker GIGABYTE Technology today announced a partnership with Canonical to certify servers for the Ubuntu Server operating system to enable systems to be “quickly and confidently deployed,” GIBABYTE said.

          As part of GIGABYTE’s commitment to certifying enterprise solutions and to help customers with rapid deployment, GIGABYTE routinely works with partners to get server qualifications that ensure the software will be compatible with the hardware and the systems will be able to get up and running in no time. Partnering with Canonical further extends the depth of certification that GIGABYTE provides to better support end users with their flavor of OS.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Elkhart Lake powers Mini Type 10, Qseven, and embedded PC products

        DFI unveiled a Linux-friendly “EHL Series” of embedded products based on Intel’s Elkhart Lake, including the “ED700-EHL” industrial computer, “EHL9A2” Mini Type 10, and “EHL7000” Qseven module.

        Last August, we covered DFI’s EHL171 and EHL173 thin Mini-ITX boards, which are based on Intel’s Atom x6000 Elkhart Lake processors. Now, DFI has formally announced the boards along with three other EHL (Elk Hart Lake) Series products. The ED700-EHL embedded system, EHL9A2 COM Express Mini Type 10 module, and a more preliminary “EHL7000” Qseven module ship with Linux and Win 10 IoT Enterprise and offer 15-year lifecycle support.

      • Embedded mini-PC builds on 3.5-inch RK3399 SBC

        Seco Edge has launched a “Pictor” mini-PC that runs Linux on a Rockchip RK3399 via Seco’s 3.5-inch “Solon” SBC. Features include 4GB LPDDR4, optional 64GB eMMC, 2x CAN, HDMI 2.0a, and 4x USB, including a USB 3.0 Type-C with DP.

        While covering Elkhart Lake based Icarus SBC and Atlas and Halley modules from Seco’s embedded unit, Seco Edge, we noticed that on Feb. 3 the company announced a 181 x 109 x 75mm Pictor embedded computer built around Seco’s Rockchip RK3399-based, 3.5-inch Solon SBC. The Solon was recently renamed from the previous SBC-C31, which was announced back in Feb. 2020. It’s new to us, however, so we will cover it here along with the Pictor with a combined spec sheet.

      • You Can Send MIDI Over I2C If You Really Need To | Hackaday

        The Musical Instrument Digital Interface has a great acronym that is both nice to say and cleanly descriptive. The standard for talking to musical instruments relies on a serial signal at 31250 bps, which makes it easy to transmit using any old microcontroller UART with a settable baud rate. However, [Kevin] has dived into explore the utility of sending MIDI signals over I2C instead.

        With a bit of hacking at the Arduino MIDI library, [Kevin] was able to get the microcontroller outputting MIDI data over the I2C interface, and developed a useful generic I2C MIDI transport for the platform. His first tests involved using this technique in concert with Gravity dual UART modules. After he successfully got one running, [Kevin] realised that four could be hooked up to a single Arduino, giving it 8 serial UARTS, or, in another way of thinking, 8 MIDI outputs.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • This clever conductive ink printer lets anyone sketch a circuit with ease | Arduino Blog

          The creation of conductive ink has enabled anyone with a brush to sit down and sketch out an entire circuit on a wide variety of surfaces, although this process comes with a few large drawbacks. Compared to digital fabrication techniques, such as designing and manufacturing PCBs, the drawn traces are often inconsistent and messy, leading to unsightly and unreliable circuits. To fix this problem, a team from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany came up with an intelligent handheld printer called Print-A-Sketch that can automatically correct user errors while also providing a wide range of tools for drawing incredible designs on anything.

          The unit is based around an Arduino Mega 2560, which collects movement data from an optical motion sensor and uses it to make small adjustments. From there, the piezoelectric printhead utilizes changes in current to control a matrix of ink-laying dots that can deposit ink at a steady pace depending on how fast the user is moving the device. Finally, a wide-angle RGB camera module, OLED screen, and joystick allow for a user to interact with the printer.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Ten takeaways from the 2022 State of Open Source survey [Ed: Watch who OSI chose for its survey]

        We started 2022 with great news! Open Source is growing and the proof is in the numbers: Out of 2,660 respondents to our recent global survey, 77% increased the use of open source software in their organizations over the last 12 months, and 36.5% indicated that they increased the use significantly.

        The Open Source Initiative (OSI) and OpenLogic by Perforce joined forces to conduct a global survey about the State of Open Source software. In only six weeks, we drew 2,660 respondents from every corner of the globe and from companies of all sizes representing over 15 different industries.

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • Chrome’s first zero-day bug for 2022 is reportedly being exploited

            Google has found a zero-day in Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which it believes may be under exploit.

            The company released a patch that fixes a number of security vulnerabilities, notably CVE-2022-0609 for which Google’s advisory says it “is aware of reports that an exploit… exists in the wild”.

            The CVE-2022-0609 bug is a use-after-free in Chrome’s Animation component.

        • Mozilla

          • Everything You Need to Know About Mozilla and Meta (Facebook) Working Together – It’s FOSS News [Ed: Mozilla has not been looking for privacy friendliness but the mere impression or perception of privacy, or imposter/posing tactics;; they keep finding new ways to piss off any remaining engineers or Firefox users]

            Even if it is “Meta” now, it does not change the fact that they were involved in some of the worst privacy practices ever.

            If you think twice, Facebook isn’t an ideal privacy-focused social media platform (even though I still use it for certain use-cases).

            With so much more to complain about, how come a privacy-focused company “Mozilla” end up working with Meta (Facebook)?

            Surprisingly, Mozilla made several remarks about Facebook’s bad privacy practices in the past.

          • Version 100 in Chrome and Firefox – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

            Chrome and Firefox will reach version 100 in a couple of months. This has the potential to cause breakage on sites that rely on identifying the browser version to perform business logic. This post covers the timeline of events, the strategies that Chrome and Firefox are taking to mitigate the impact, and how you can help.

          • Support.Mozilla.Org: Introducing Cindi Jordan

            Please join me to welcome Cindi Jordan into our Customer Experience team as a Sr. Customer Experience Program Manager.

      • FSF

      • Programming/Development

        • How To Design A Chat Bot

          I’m working on a library for designing highly composable protocol agnostic chat bots. The design is based on Mealy machines and heavily leverages Haskell’s profunctor machinery. I want to walk through the early stages of the design process and how you might arrive at such an architecture.

        • Open CVEs against dnsmasq

          The reports are all machine generated by the Google fuzzer. The problem is that the fuzzing framework it’s using is wrong.

        • Introduction to GitLab’s CI/CD for Continuous Deployments

          Among the many benefits of GitLab are how it facilitates CI/CD practices, that is continuous integration and continuous deployment. In CI, frequent software updates are immediately tested as they are added to the codebase. In CD, those changes are automatically uploaded to a repository and then deployed to production.

        • Toy programming languages are like atomic playsets of the 1950s

          As we move into the third decade of the 21st century, we have similar toys in the digital realm – toy languages. These are meant to be used by children to learn programming, and while they obviously do not possess the same physical dangers, they do pose a danger to the ability to learn proper programming.

        • Drew DeVault’s blog: Status update, February 2022

          Hello once again! Another month of free software development goes by with lots of progress in all respects.

          I will open with some news about godocs.io: version 1.0 of our fork of gddo has been released! Big thanks to Adnan Maolood for his work on this. I’m very pleased that, following our fork, we were not only able to provide continuity for godoc.org, but also to simplify, refactor, and improve the underlying software considerably. Check out Adnan’s blog post for more details.


          Another contributor has been working on expanding our graphics support, including developing a backend for glad to generate OpenGL bindings, and a linear algebra library ala glm for stuff like vector and matrix manipulation. Other new modules include a MIME database and encoding::base32. Cryptography progress continued with the introduction of XTS mode for AES, which is useful for full disk encryption implementations, but has slowed while we develop bigint support for future algorithms like RSA. I have also been rewriting the language introduction tutorial with a greater emphasis on practical usage.

          Before we move on from the language project: I need your help! I am looking for someone to help develop terminal support. This is fairly straightforward, though laborsome: it involves developing libraries in our language which provide the equivalents of something like ncurses (or, better, libtickit), as well as the other end like libvterm offers. Please email me if you want to help.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • DNA-style frameshift cryptography

            Unless you’ve been asleep for a very long time, like a modern-day Rip van Winkle, you’ve probably learned that information in DNA is encoded in triplets of units that can be represented by the four letters A, C, G, and T. Each triplet of letters is a “codon”.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Martian Wheel Control Algorithms Gain Traction

        Imagine the scene: You’re puttering along in your vehicle when, at least an hour from the nearest help, one of your tires starts losing air. Not to worry! You’ve got a spare tire along with the tools and knowhow to change it. And if that fails, you can call roadside assistance. But what if your car isn’t a car, has metal wheels for which no spares are available, and the nearest help is 200 million miles away? You just might be a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Engineer on the Curiosity Mars Rover mission, who in 2017 was charged with creating a new driving algorithm designed to extend the life of the wheels.

    • Hardware

      • Anti-Curl Sandpaper Storage Is Impressive | Hackaday

        Maybe it’s the humidity, maybe it’s the cold weather. Something is making [Laura Kampf]’s nice fabric-backed sandpaper curl up into scrolls the second it comes out of the package. So you can understand why she urgently wanted to make a storage system that would be easy to flip through like a record bin, but also provide enough pressure to keep the papers flat.

        Although [Laura] didn’t know what exactly the end result would be, she got started on it anyway — that’s a great way to get more projects off the drawing board and past the finish line. It worked out, because she got a great idea while building the box and using nice cam clamps to hold the finger joints together as the glue dried. Since she already had a bunch of these cam clamps in different lengths lying around, why not use a couple of them for this?

      • Filament Dry Box Design Goes Way Over The Top | Hackaday

        There’s a fine line between simple feature creep and going over the top when it comes to project design. It’s hard to say exactly where that line is, but we’re pretty sure that this filament dry box has at least stepped over it, and might even have erased it entirely.

        Sure, we all know the value of storing 3D printer filament under controlled conditions, to prevent the hygroscopic plastics from picking up atmospheric moisture. But [Sasa Karanovic] must really, REALLY hate the printing artifacts that result. Starting with a commercially available dry box that already had a built-in heating element, [Sasa] took it to the next level by replacing the controller and display with an ESP32. He added a fan to improve air circulation inside the enclosure and prevent stratification, as well as temperature and humidity sensors. Not satisfied with simply switching the heating element on and off at specific setpoints, he also implemented a PID loop to maintain a constant temperature. And of course, there’s a web UI and an API available for third-party control and monitoring.

      • First Days With A New Microscope | Hackaday

        For big-ticket purchases, I tend to do a lot of research before I open my wallet. I like to at least have the illusion that when I send my money off to a far-away stranger, I’m likely to get back something of equal value in a reasonable timeframe that does what I want it to do. So I tend more toward the “analysis paralysis” end of the spectrum, where I pore over so many specs and reviews that I end up buying nothing.

        While that sounds like a bad thing, and sometimes is, I find that it tends to help me avoid rashly spending money on things that aren’t going to work for me. This is especially true in the area of tools, where while I’m trapped in my analysis loop, I often find a workaround or substitute that’s good enough to get the job done.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • When ‘Freedom’ Means the Right to Destroy

        On Sunday the Canadian police finally cleared away anti-vaccine demonstrators who had been blocking the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, a key commercial route that normally carries more than $300 million a day in international trade. Other bridges are still closed, and part of Ottawa, the Canadian capital, is still occupied.

        The diffidence of Canadian authorities in the face of these disruptions has been startling to American eyes. Also startling, although not actually surprising, has been the embrace of economic vandalism and intimidation by much of the U.S. right — especially by people who ranted against demonstrations in favor of racial justice. What we’re getting here is an object lesson in what some people really mean when they talk about “law and order.”

        Let’s talk about what has been happening in Canada and why I call it vandalism.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • FBI Warns of BlackByte Ransomware Attacks on Critical Infrastructure [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Available as a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), BlackByte has been used in attacks against US and foreign businesses, including in critical infrastructure sectors such as government, financial, and food and agriculture, the FBI and USSS warn.

        • How Roblox ‘Beamers’ Get Rich Stealing from Children

          Underneath the gaming platform worth $68 billion and used by over half of all children in America is a ballooning and highly profitable ecosystem of [crackers] and traders.

        • Security

          • Linux kernel patches remote stack overflow bug | SC Media

            Appgate detailed a newly disclosed and newly patched Linux kernel bug Tuesday that could cause local and remote code execution, and denial of service.

          • Linux Kernel Stack Overflow Patched | Decipher

            Researchers have discovered a remotely exploitable stack buffer overflow in a commonly used Linux kernel module that has been present for more than five years.

            The bug is in the kernel networking module for the Transparent Inter-Process Communication (TIPC) protocol, which is used for communications between clusters. The messages can be sent over either UDP or ethernet, and Samuel Page, a senior exploit developer at Appgate, discovered the stack overflow in TIPC while looking at a previously discovered heap overflow that was disclosed in November. The earlier vulnerability (CVE-2021-43267) allowed an attacker to gain kernel-level privileges either locally or remotely.

          • CISA Adds Nine Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog [Ed: Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft... more than half of this list is Microsoft]

            CISA has added nine new vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence that threat actors are actively exploiting the vulnerabilities listed in the table below. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors of all types and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise.

          • Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and Cybersecurity: Is Your Organization Ready? – Linux Foundation [Ed: In the 'Linux' Foundation, "security" is one person from Microsoft speaking to a person from a Microsoft-funded 'analyst' firm]

            The Linux Foundation recently published findings on The State of Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and Cybersecurity Readiness, conducted in late 2021. Jason Perlow, LF editorial director, spoke with Stephen Hendrick, vice president of Research, who led the empirical study and quantitative analysis to understand the extent to which the world was implementing cybersecurity standards and what actions need to be taken now.

          • 12 years of syslog-ng (and sudo)

            Still, I consider myself to be a part of Balabit (now One Identity Hungary) for 12 years now. I started 12 years ago as a QA engineer. At that time working remotely was not that commonplace as it is now. I had to travel four hours (two hours to and from the office) each and every day. I loved my job, but still it was too much. So, after two weeks I handed in my resignation. Side note: these two weeks were the only period in my whole life when I worked in an office…

            It was a Friday afternoon at the end of February. Balázs Scheidler, founder of Balabit and my line manager in the syslog-ng team told me: “Peter. It took you three difficult interviews to get into Balabit. It’s not that easy to escape from here either. I understand your concerns. However, by Monday, when we can do the paperwork, I’ll have another job for you.”. He kept his word: I quit Balabit, but I had a new job as an external consultant: working on syslog-ng Open Source Edition tasks which I could do remotely. Half a year later, I started to work on syslog-ng full time from the comfort of my home. I was the first remote worker at Balabit.

            Balabit was acquired by One Identity in 2018. It turned out that sudo maintainer, Todd Miller, became my colleague through the acquisition. Until that – just like most sysadmins – I considered sudo to be just a simple prefix for administrative commands. But then I took a closer look at sudo, and I learned that it’s a lot more: session recording, plugins, LDAP support, and many more. And soon I was spreading the word about the lesser-known features of sudo.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Telegram: Where women’s nudes are shared without consent

              A BBC investigation has found that women’s intimate pictures are being shared to harass, shame and blackmail them on a massive scale, on the social media app Telegram.

            • Facebook parent Meta settles decade-old data-privacy lawsuit

              Facebook parent Meta settles decade-old data-privacy lawsuitFacebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. has settled a decade-old class action lawsuit over the company’s use of “cookies” in 2010 and 2011 that tracked people online even after they logged off the Facebook platform.

              As part of the proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a judge, Meta has agreed to delete all the data it “wrongfully collected” during that period. The company, which posted profits of $39.37 billion in 2021, will also pay $90 million to users who filed a claim, after lawyer fees are deducted.

            • Meta’s Facebook to pay $90m to settle privacy lawsuit over user tracking

              The settlement covers Facebook users in the US who between April 22, 2010 and September 26, 2011 visited non-Facebook websites that displayed Facebook’s “like” button.

              Lawyers for the plaintiffs plan to seek legal fees of up to $26.1m, or 29 per cent, from the settlement fund.

              The lawsuit began in February 2012.

            • Texas is suing Meta over using facial recognition data without people’s consent

              The state of Texas filed a lawsuit today against Meta Platforms Inc. for its use of its facial recognition system, a suit that could end up being very expensive for the tech giant.

              Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleges that Meta, then Facebook Inc., collected biometric data on users without their consent, breaching the Texas Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act, CUBI. The state is seeking damages as well as asking that such data is not used again without the consent of users.

            • Digital cash: EU Parliament attacks anonymous payments in cryptocurrencies

              A draft EU Parliament report published today would ban anonymous payments and donations in cryptocurrencies.[1] The €1000 limit for anonymous transactions proposed by the EU Commission would be abolished. Only peer-to-peer payments between local wallets without the involvement of service providers would remain possible without identification.

              For the Pirates in the EU Parliament, the stated aim to tackle money laundering and terrorism is only a pretext to gain more control over personal data of EU citizens.

            • MoviePass 2.0 Wants to Track Your Eyeballs to Make Sure You Watch Ads

              MoviePass is relaunching as a web3-style application where users earn credits to go to the movies by watching ads. The new MoviePass will use facial recognition and eye tracking tech in your phone to make sure that you’re actually watching those ads.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Karnataka hijab controversy is polarising its classrooms

        The hijab has become the subject of a fierce debate in India. It all began last month when six teenagers at a government-run college in Karnataka’s Udupi district began protesting after they were barred from classes for wearing headscarves.

      • Large Number Of Chinese-Owned Vessels Are Robbing Ghana Of Fish

        Ghana’s small pelagic fish populations, such as sardinella, have dropped 80% in the past two decades. One species, sardinella aurita, is fully collapsed. China is the world’s worst illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing offender, according to IUU Fishing Index.

      • Islamic State, Al-Qaida Building Support in Afghanistan, Report Says

        The new assessments agree the intent is still there, just that leaders from both terror groups have other priorities.

        IS-Khorasan Province, as the IS affiliate is also known, in particular seems more focused on solidifying its support within Afghanistan instead of preparing to strike at enemies further afield.

      • Lobbyists Are Donating to GOP Election Deniers Even After Their Companies Pledged to Stop Giving

        Politico uncovered more than $28,000 in lobbyist cash that has flowed to lawmakers who moved to overturn President Biden’s win. Most of the money donated came from Big Tech lobbyists. Microsoft lobbyists gave the most, with Fred Humphries donating $2,500 to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and $1,000 to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. Greg Maurer, a lobbyist for Facebook, gave $2,500 Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and $3,250 in total to lawmakers who voted against the election certification. A lobbyist for Google shelled out $1,000 to Scalise and half that amount to Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.).

      • What Really Happened to Dag Hammarskjold’s Plane

        Last September, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres marked the 60th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Dag Hammarskjold, who was killed in a mysterious plane crash in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, on Sept. 18, 1961, by laying a wreath alongside the names of other fallen U.N. staffers.

        The omission rankled many descendants of the crash victims, who took it as the latest sign that the United Nations has been conducting a listless investigation into one of diplomacy’s most extraordinary cold cases of the 20th century. But the inquiries—which examined new evidence suggesting that Hammarskjold’s plane may have been targeted for attack—have been ultimately stymied by the refusal of powers such as the United States, Britain, and South Africa to fully open their intelligence archives from the period to U.N. investigators.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Police Seek To Question Four Journalists Over Samherji Reporting

        Four journalists will soon be questioned by Northeast Iceland police over their coverage of fishing giant Samherji; specifically, their revelations of a group calling itself “the Samherji guerilla division” which sought to engage in damage control over the company’s revealed involvement in bribery and tax evasion related to their operations in Namibia, Stundin reports.

    • Environment

      • US coastlines to experience ‘profound’ sea level rise by 2050: NOAA report

        Coastlines in the U.S. are expected to change drastically in the coming decades as sea levels rise at significant rates, putting coastal communities at risk.

        Scientists are now predicting that sea levels surrounding the U.S. will increase an additional 10 to 12 inches by 2050 — a century’s worth of sea level rise less than 30 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated Sea Level Rise Technical Report, which uses satellite observations to make projections for the next 100 years and beyond.

      • U.S. megadrought worst in at least 1,200 years, researchers say

        The research, which suggests that the past two decades in the American Southwest have been the driest period in 1,200 years, pointed to human-caused climate change as a major reason for the current drought’s severity. The findings were published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

        Jason Smerdon, one of the study’s authors and a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said global warming has made the megadrought more extreme because it creates a “thirstier” atmosphere that is better able to pull moisture out of forests, vegetation and soil.

        “It’s a slow-motion train wreck,” he said. “What we showed in the paper is that increasing temperatures in the Southwest contributed about 42 percent to the severity of this drought.”

      • Megadrought worsens to driest in at least 1,200 years in western U.S.

        The American West’s megadrought deepened so much last year that it is now the driest in at least 1,200 years and is a worst-case climate change scenario playing out live, a new study finds.

        A dramatic drying in 2021 — about as dry as 2002 and one of the driest years ever recorded for the region — pushed the 22-year drought past the previous record-holder of megadroughts, in the late 1500s, and shows no signs of easing in the near future, according to a study Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

        The study calculated that 42 per cent of this megadrought can be attributed to human-caused climate change.

      • Southwest megadrought: Last 2 decades were driest in 1,200 years

        The big picture: The new study updates findings from research published in 2020 that found evidence for the first partially human-caused megadrought in the Southwest, but noted that a drought in the 1500s rivaled its intensity and duration. That is no longer the case, the new research shows.

      • Energy

        • Corporate Bailouts Are Coming to [Cryptocurrency]

          But recently, with the emergence of DeFi and institutional money entering the space, something has changed: [Cryptocurrency] is getting corporate bailouts.

        • PM Imran launches Raast person-to-person instant digital payment system

          Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday launched Raast person-to-person payment system for instant digital transactions, saying it would create ease for the masses and bring them into the fold of formal economy.

        • Plant conversions and abatement technologies cannot prevent stranding of power plant assets in 2 °C scenarios

          So far, no study has estimated the effect of technology deployment and plant conversions on the stranding of existing assets, leaving some uncertainty in the required pace for the energy transition in the power sector. Compared to prior assessments that have focused on calculating committed emissions from existing infrastructure and the impact of climate policy on stranded assets11,12,13,14,15,16,17, this paper accounts for the possible response of the industry towards developing technological solutions when facing the risk of assets being stranded. Not accounting for this response may overestimate the threat that existing fossil fuel infrastructure could pose to reaching the 2 °C targets of the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, looking at differences in assumptions regarding technology development allows us to reconcile differences in results across different models of long-term energy generation.

        • Quantifying the regional stranded asset risks from new coal plants under 1.5 °C

          Momentum to phase out unabated coal use is growing globally. This transition is critical to meeting the Paris climate goals but can potentially lead to large amounts of stranded assets, especially in regions with newer and growing coal fleets. Here we combine plant-level data with a global integrated assessment model to quantify changes in global stranded asset risks from coal-fired power plants across regions and over time. With new plant proposals, cancellations, and retirements over the past five years, global net committed emissions in 2030 from existing and planned coal plants declined by 3.3 GtCO2 (25%). While these emissions are now roughly in line with initial Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement, they remain far off track from longer-term climate goals. Progress made in 2021 towards no new coal can potentially avoid a 24% (503 GW) increase in capacity and a 55% ($520 billion) increase in stranded assets under 1.5 ◦C. Stranded asset risks fall disproportionately on emerging Asian economies with newer and growing coal fleets. Recent no new coal commitments from major coal financers can potentially reduce stranding of international investments by over 50%.

        • Why multi-million-dollar blue hydrogen investments might fast end up as ‘stranded assets’

          Investments in blue hydrogen — derived from natural gas with carbon capture and storage — will be riskier than those in green H2 for multiple reasons, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) — not least because renewable hydrogen may be cheaper in most key markets as soon as 2030.

          “Blue hydrogen is sometimes portrayed as a safe bet, because it allows producer countries to monetise natural gas resources and pipelines that might otherwise become stranded,” Irena says in its 118-page study, Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation: The Hydrogen Factor.

          “But the expected cost reduction in green hydrogen, coupled with stricter climate mitigation policies, means that investments in supply chains based on fossil fuels (blue or grey) — especially assets expected to be in operation for many years — may end up stranded.

        • [Old] Half the world’s fossil fuel assets will be worthless by 2036

          Countries that are slow to decarbonise will suffer but early movers will profit; the study finds that renewables and freed-up investment will more than make up for the losses to the global economy

        • Europe’s new train routes for 2022

          The continent’s night trains have gone from being on the verge of extinction to a Europe-wide resurgence, spearheaded by Austrian carrier ÖBB, with new, private companies springing up to offer more options.

          Meanwhile as more day trains are laid on across the continent, prices are falling. Italy’s two high-speed networks are knocking out ever more fancy carriages to attract customers, while low-cost, high-speed trains have been rolled out in France and Spain.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Orbán already preparing steps for after ECJ ruling

        On February 16, the European Court of Justice will hand down the final verdict in a case brought by the Hungarian and Polish governments over the so-called rule of law mechanism. Not long after, on March 24-25, at the EU summit, the agenda will include the years-long examination into the erosion of the rule of law in Hungary. This is likely to be the hardest EU hearing of Viktor Orbán yet – held within a week before the parliamentary elections in Hungary. Even if their attempt to stop the mechanism does not succeed, the Hungarian government might challenge the European Commission’s procedure by other judicial means – thus securing EU payments. Translation by Andrea Horváth Kávai.

      • Banned China apps stay on in new avatars

        Several mobile applications, which form part of the hundreds of such apps banned by India in recent years on security concerns and are backed by global technology majors, continue to operate in India, industry members and privacy experts told ET.

        Last week, the centre banned some 54 Chinese apps thought to be rebranded avatars of those taken down earlier in 2020– when the government had shut down nearly 224 apps — including popular ones like TikTok, Shareit, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

      • Goodbye Viacom and CBS: ViacomCBS Changes Corporate Name to Paramount

        The moniker makeover was announced Tuesday by ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone and president-CEO Bob Bakish in a memo to staffers. The news came the same day that ViacomCBS hosted a nearly three-hour investor presentation to tout its global streaming strategy and plans for expanding the Paramount Plus streaming service and other businesses in the U.S. and abroad.

        CBS is a foundational name in broadcasting — the Columbia Broadcasting System launch dates back to 1927 and the early days of commercial radio. The Eye name will endure on the broadcast network and other existing assets.

      • Bernie Sanders’s Smart Take on NATO, Ukraine, and Diplomatic Options

        Speaking on the floor of the US Senate on Thursday, Sanders expressed deep concern about the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. He warned that the United States “must unequivocally support the sovereignty of Ukraine and make clear that the international community will impose severe consequences on Putin and his fellow oligarchs if he does not change course.”

        Yet Sanders also steadily warned against abandoning hope for a diplomatic solution. He argued that, as part of a necessary focus on diplomacy, US officials must recognize the role that Russian fears about NATO expansion play in the crisis. This recognition could yet play a critical role in dialing down tensions and averting war.

      • Astra stock drops 26% after NASA mission fails mid-launch

        Founded in 2016, Astra aims to compete in a growing field of launch vehicle providers that specialize in delivering small payloads to orbit, as opposed to companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX that are equipped to launch a range of payload sizes. The company successfully launched its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in November 2021, but has also experienced several launch failures over the past year.

      • Mohandas Pai is all for ban on Chinese apps & here’s why

        India has banned more than 270 apps. The new list primarily targets those apps that had been banned and have resurfaced. Almost two years after the entire theme of banning apps started including the incredibly popular TikTok, do we still need these bans?

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Medical boards pressured to let it slide when doctors spread Covid misinformation

        Tennessee’s Board of Medical Examiners unanimously adopted in September a statement that said doctors spreading covid misinformation — such as suggesting that vaccines contain microchips — could jeopardize their license to practice.

      • Fines sought against organisers of protests against Covid-19 measures

        The two men are accused of not having respected the sanitary measures in force during the demonstrations, such as the obligation to wear face masks or physical distancing. They are also accused of having used technical equipment to amplify speeches and play music, which is in violation of the regulations of the municipality of Luxembourg City.

      • The TikTok war

        Russian military and open-source intelligence experts, including Michael Kofman of CNA and Rob Lee of King’s College, have compiled Twitter threads with hundreds of crowdsourced videos of military equipment and units on the move toward the Ukrainian border.

        Many are sourced from everyday Russian citizens posting on TikTok, Telegram, Twitter and other platforms about the unusual sight of tanks rolling through their local stretch of highway.

      • Conspiracy theorists fuel bump in extremist killings, report says

        Killings by domestic extremists increased from 23 in 2020 to at least 29 last year, with right-wing extremists killing 26 of those people in 2021, the Anti-Defamation League said in a report first provided to The Associated Press.

        The ADL’s report says white supremacists, antigovernment sovereign citizens and other adherents of long-standing movements were responsible for most of the 19 deadly attacks it counted in 2021. The New York City-based organization’s list also included killings linked to newer right-wing movements that spread online during the coronavirus pandemic and former President Donald Trump’s presidency.

      • Bot-Generated Shooting Threats Are Terrorizing Schools

        The use of bot networks to send automated threats is a common occurrence all over the world. Earlier this week, Security Services in Ukraine busted an alleged Russian bot farm in the city of Lviv. Three people were operating 18,000 to—among other things—send automated bomb threats.

      • Belgian and Luxembourgish platform against disinformation

        The new EDMO BELUX website can be found at belux.edmo.eu, where new fact-checks and resources will be published daily, as well as on social media, to better counter the spread of disinformation in Belgium and Luxembourg.

        The European Digital Media Observatory for Belgium and Luxembourg (EDMO BELUX) is a hub for research on digital media and disinformation in Belgium and Luxembourg. EDMO BELUX operates in five languages (French, Dutch, Luxembourgish, English and German). This European Commission funded hub gathers a network of more than 100 disinformation experts. It is one of eight projects to have received EU funding to set up national and multinational observatories to counter disinformation.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Soft And Quiet: Self-Censorship In An Era Of Book Challenges

        Quiet censorship — also known as soft censorship or self-censorship, terms used interchangeably — is when materials are purposefully removed, limited, or never purchased at all despite it being a title that would serve a community. It’s always been an issue with intellectual freedom, but now, with more “parental rights” groups demanding curricular and collection oversight, even the best professionals who don’t believe in censorship are falling victim to choosing the path of considering the people who may complain over those who may need the material.

      • Tibetan nomads sent to labor camps for politically sensitive material on cell phones

        Authorities in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region are detaining more nomadic Tibetans in Drago county and sending them to labor camps for having content deemed politically inappropriate on their cell phones, people with knowledge of the situation said.

      • Marjorie Taylor Greene Says Republicans Must Stop ‘Big Tech Censorship’

        Greene’s tweet came roughly six weeks after she urged “every Republican” to immediately leave Twitter when her personal account was permanently banned for violating policies against COVID-19 misinformation. The Georgia congresswoman resumed tweeting from her official account two days after the ban.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Do chimpanzees have the right to life?

        In a referendum on Sunday, people in the Swiss canton of Basel voted against giving non-human primates the right to life and physical and mental integrity.

        Almost 75% rejected a plan to give non-human primates similar rights to humans.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Russia is trying to build its own great firewall

        In early December VK, one of Russia’s online conglomerates, was taken over by two subsidiaries of Gazprom, the state-owned gas giant. In the same month a court in Moscow fined Alphabet, Google’s parent company, a record $98m for repeated failure to to delete content the state deems illegal. And Mr Putin’s regime began using hardware it has required [Internet] service providers (ISPs) to install to block Tor, a tool widely used in Russia to mask online activity. All three actions were part of the country’s effort to assure itself of online independence by building what some scholars of geopolitics, borrowing from Silicon Valley, have begun calling a “stack”. His efforts could serve as an inspiration, and a model, for tyrants elsewhere.

      • Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Says Digital Inclusion is More Than Just Access

        Cerf suggested that state officials should play hardball with network operators and refuse to provide them with funds until they can answer the questions about broadband data that they are asked.

        He also prognosticated on [Internet] developments of the future, predicting increase in the prevalence of Internet of Things devices for data collection in industries such as agriculture should better network support be developed for the devices.

        Cerf floated the possibility of centralized online logins rather than having to enter sites through individual social media accounts such as a Facebook or Google profile.

      • Summary of India Digital Ecosystem Architecture (InDEA) 2.0

        In January 2022, MeitY released a revised version of the India Digital Ecosystem Architecture (InDEA) Framework, which was first released in December 2018. InDEA 2.0 lays increased emphasis on the creation of ecosystems, rather than stand-alone systems.

        The entire document has been divided into seven themes: Chapter one sets out the context and need for InDEA 2.0. It also discusses the structure and the intended audience of this framework. Chapter two talks about the founding 27 principles on which InDEA 2.0 is built upon. Chapter three discusses the three architecture patterns which can be used depending on the need of the entity or the government department. Chapter four elaborates upon the federated digital identities which have been and will be created. Chapter five lists the emerging trends in the protocol approach that can be adopted and the need for adopting global standards. Chapters six and seven explain the implementation framework and the need for capacity building for InDEA 2.0.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Intel SGX proves Blu-ray DRM is defective by design | Defective by Design

        Eagle-eyed readers of a technical document recently published by Intel, which details upcoming changes to their line of processors, noticed that the Software Guard Extension (SGX) will soon be deprecated. The SGX provided the ability for certain areas of system memory on Intel computers to be dedicated to encrypting and decrypting information, and therefore private — off-limits to the rest of the system in a so-called “secure enclave.” Connecting the dots, readers of Intel’s document soon realized that this would prevent users from viewing certain kinds of media, particularly Blu-ray discs, used primarily for their high resolution capabilities. As it always does, the DRM in these discs is now forcing an added, arbitrary restriction on top of others: in processors without the SGX, 4K streams will be downgraded to the lower-quality 1080p, even if the device is perfectly capable of playing it.

        “Secure enclaves” sound nice from a privacy perspective, but when examining buzzwords like these, it’s important to ask: privacy for whom? At least in principle, there’s nothing wrong with offloading a system’s cryptography to another part of that system, provided it can still be controlled by the user. But that’s precisely where the problem is: in practice, the SGX was used by Intel to implement DRM. The security and privacy the enclave was supposed to provide its user was forked over to media conglomerates instead — securing and hiding their misdeeds. In effect, if you’re using the SGX, part of your computer is off-limits to you, like a room in your own house you’re not even allowed to enter, let alone use how you would like.

        The problems with Blu-ray disks are nothing new. Not content with the ways they already compromised DVDs with region codes and copy restriction mechanisms, the media cabal behind the format made them dependent on a more complex set of keys, and worse, proprietary software. The con played by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and their friends has been a long one: first convincing users that DRM was necessary to guard against “copyright infringement,” and then, over time, sneaking more and more onerous restrictions into our devices in exchange for the latest superhero flick.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court [Ed: Potter Clarkson promoting an illegal system and spreading fake news]

          The Unified Patent Court (UPC) has been a long time coming with several years of uncertainty. Although the UPC Agreement was first signed in 2013, the UK’s withdrawal in 2020 and three separate German constitutional challenges have all threatened the existence of the UPC.

        • Hike in Patent Filing Fees in Europe/ EPO! [Ed: Raising the prices while staff goes on strike, and moreover discriminating even further against small businesses]
      • Copyrights

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