[Meme] IAM’s Patent Benchmark

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Patent “quality” never meant speed of granting anyway; ignore the EPO-funded gremlin and carry on

Links 22/2/2022: GNOME 42 Beta and Istio Flaw

Posted in News Roundup at 6:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Istio

      • ISTIO-SECURITY-2022-003

        The Istio control plane, istiod, is vulnerable to a request processing error, allowing a malicious attacker that sends a specially crafted message which results in the control plane crashing. This endpoint is served over TLS port 15012, but does not require any authentication from the attacker.

      • Istio / Announcing Istio 1.13.1

        This release fixes the security vulnerabilities described in our February 22nd post, ISTIO-SECURITY-2022-003. This release note describes what’s different between Istio 1.13.0 and 1.13.1.

      • Istio / Announcing Istio 1.12.4

        This release fixes the security vulnerabilities described in our February 22nd post, ISTIO-SECURITY-2022-003. This release note describes what’s different between Istio 1.12.3 and 1.12.4.

      • Istio / Announcing Istio 1.11.7

        This release fixes the security vulnerabilities described in our February 22nd post, ISTIO-SECURITY-2022-003. This release note describes what’s different between Istio 1.11.6 and 1.11.7.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

        • Ray Tracing On A Modern TI Graphing Calculator | Hackaday

          Something being impractical isn’t any reason not to do it, which is why just about anything with a CPU in it can run Doom by now. For the same reason there obviously is a way to do ray tracing of 3D scenes on a modern-day TI-84 Plus CE graphical calculator. This is excellent news for anyone who has one of these calculators, along with a lot of time, perhaps during boring classes, to spare.

          As [TheScienceElf] demonstrates in a video, also embedded after the break, it’s not quite the real-time experience one would expect from an NVidia RTX 30-series GPU. Although the eZ80-based CPU in the calculator is significantly more efficient than a Z80 as found in many 1980s home computers, the demo scene at standard resolution takes about 12 minutes to render, as also noted on the GitHub project page.

    • Applications

      • ‘AppImage Pool’ – Software Center for Linux Apps as AppImage Packages | UbuntuHandbook

        Prefer running Linux apps via AppImage package format? ‘AppImage Pool’ is an app center for searching and downloading your favorite apps as AppImage.

        More and more apps today publish Linux packages via universal Flatpak, Snap and AppImage. The former two are easy to install since they are well integrated in Ubuntu or other Linux. But, AppImage is a non-install portable package. It uses one file per application. Just run the file will launch the app.

        To make it easy to find out and download an app as AppImage, the free libre and open-source software ‘AppImage Pool’ is created as a simple, modern AppImageHub client.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Multi-environment deployments with Jenkins and Octopus – Octopus Deploy

        During a deployment process, an artifact is built by a build server before being deployed. Jenkins is a build server designed for multi-environment settings. Jenkins can package and push your artifact to a central repository. From here, a Continuous Delivery (CD) tool can take the artifact and deploy it.

        Octopus Deploy is a best in class CD tool that helps with this process. Octopus can interface with and deploy to major cloud providers like Azure, Google, and Amazon.

        In this post, I show you how to build and push the Octopus underwater app to Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR). Jenkins will trigger a deployment in Octopus Deploy. Octopus will then deploy the app to Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).

      • How To Install Arduino IDE on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Arduino IDE on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Arduino is free, open-source software that is used for writing, uploading, and compiling the programming code to Arduino boards. It consists of an editor and a compiler that enables better and assisted editing and compiling. The Arduino IDE is supported by many operating systems such as Linux, 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 the Arduino IDE on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • How to Install Ubuntu Desktop from Ubuntu Server – VITUX

        Ubuntu is one of the most widely used Linux distributions, developed by Canonical inc. Ubuntu comes in several flavors, the Ubuntu Desktop Edition, which ships with a GNOME-based desktop by default, and the Ubuntu Server edition, which is mainly meant to be run on headless servers. Ubuntu server edition does not install a GUI. This tutorial will show you how to install an Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop from the command line on an Ubuntu server system.

      • Install Bitwarden password manager on Ubuntu 22.04 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Bitwarden password manager on Ubuntu 22.04. Bitwarden is an “open-source password manager which provides an easiest and safest way for individuals to store, share and secure sensitive data”. Follow through to learn how to install Bitwarden on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • How to Install PageEdit XHTML Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        PageEdit is a powerful and intuitive ePub visual XHTML editor. It helps system admins and developers to write documentation in the best way possible. PageEdit is a cross-platform application. Here we are going to discuss how to install PageEdit on Ubuntu. PageEdit is powered by Sigil that helps technology authors to write technical documentation easily. It makes use of XML and HTML.

        Today this tut will make sure that you learn to install PageEdit on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS edition. Most of the instructions are also valid for other variants of Ubuntu distribution and Debian.

      • How to install Minetest on a Chromebook in 2022

        Today we are looking at how to install Minetest 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.

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

      • How to install Windows software on Linux with Bottles | TechRepublic

        Once upon a time, installing Windows software on Linux was an impossibility. Then, thanks to Wine (the software, not the libation), it became possible (although challenging). As time went on, Wine made it much easier to succeed with this task.

        But then came a software called Bottles, which makes installing Windows software on Linux incredibly easy. The way Bottles works is by creating environments that are a combination of ready-to-use settings, libraries and dependencies that are bundled together to make the installation and running of Windows applications incredibly easy.

      • How to Install Garuda Linux on Your PC

        Garuda Linux, an Arch-based distro, is the one to heed. From simplifying Arch’s learning curve to providing a series of different desktop environments, Garuda Linux has it all. This aesthetically pleasing distro is every Linux user’s delight, as it’s relatively easy to install on your PC.

        If you are toying with the idea of installing the distro, but aren’t sure how to do it, then here’s a simple guide to help you through the process.

      • More than 720 Games (Playable and Verified) Ready for the Steam Deck Now – Boiling Steam

        The verification dance continues for the Steam Deck. We have now passed 720 titles (725 at the time of writing) after a big push today.

      • Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit gets a new story trailer | GamingOnLinux

        Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit is an upcoming colourful adventure headed up by the art director from Broken Sword 2.5. It’s due for release sometime in Q2 and there’s a fresh look at it.

        The developers explain this intriguing adventure will offer up a mystery rooted in real history. Featuring brain-teasing puzzles and memorable characters, backed up by a hand-painted rendition of Eastern Europe. With the new trailer below, you get introduced to the protagonist Milda and a backdrop that delves not only into her intriguing personal tale, but the rich history of the developers’ home country of Lithuania and its significance to Europe.

      • City-builder Nebuchadnezzar adds Gods, Festivals and more | GamingOnLinux

        Nepos Games continue to expand their Pharaoh-like city-builder Nebuchadnezzar, with another big free update out.

        Nebuchadnezzar is a classic isometric city builder game inviting players to experience the mysterious history and culture of ancient Mesopotamia. In the campaign, players get to rule over influential historical cities filled with magnificent monuments.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Plasma 5.24.2, Bugfix Release for February

          Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.24.2.

          Plasma 5.24 was released in February 2022 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

          This release adds a week’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include…

        • It’s normal and it works – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          We can ignore the argument to which this is a response, and forgive alcade for confusing the name of the community with the desktop environment. Regardless, “KDE is normal and it works” is in a nutshell what I think makes KDE Plasma such a unique and shining point of light in the FOSS world.

          Plasma uses a normal, familiar layout: Panel on the bottom with an app launcher, pinned apps, system tray, and clock; desktop icons; visible buttons that mostly have text labels; minimize/maximize/close buttons on windows. You know, normal stuff. You can change everything, but it starts out normal, unlike other desktop environment projects that are explicitly abnormal–being controversially opinionated about matters of design or having an unusual component layout. This is fine! Their departures from what’s normal may in fact be better, and their developers and users they certainly think so. But tons of people out there don’t want “may be better”, they want “normal.” And that’s fine too. Our software is for them.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNOME 42.beta released


          GNOME 42.beta is now available. It also marks the start of the UI,
          feature and API freezes (collectively known as The Freeze). String
          freeze is also in effect now. If you’d like to target the GNOME 42
          platform, this is the best time to start testing your apps or

          You can use the 42beta branch of the flatpak runtimes, which is now
          available on Flathub beta.

          This release adds libadwaita, which contains building blocks for
          modern GNOME applications. It also adds gtksourceview version 5 and
          libsoup version 3.

          Clutter libraries, which were deprecated in GNOME 41, have been
          removed. gtksourceview version 4 (for use with gtk 3) and libsoup
          version 2.4 are still in the runtimes but they are deprecated and will
          be removed in a future release.

          An installer image is also available for testing and porting extensions


          This is meant to be installed in a virtual machine with EFI support
          (such as the GNOME Boxes version available on Flathub). You can also
          try to install it on bare metal but be warned that hardware support is
          very limited.

          If you want to compile GNOME 42.beta yourself, you can use the
          official BuildStream project snapshot:


          The list of updated modules and changes is available here:


          The source packages are available here:


        • Check Battery Status on Ubuntu Using This GNOME Extension – OMG! Ubuntu!

          Looking for an easy way to get a top-level overview of your laptop’s battery health on Ubuntu? If so, check out Battery Status by Spanish blog Atareao.

          They’ve created a GNOME extension that reminds me a lot of the fancy menu bar apps available for macOS. Y’know, the ones that convey laptop battery health via a well designed panel applet replete with colourful graphs and reams of info.

          Battery Status provides something similar for the Ubuntu desktop (though it works wherever GNOME Shell does). While it’s not quite as detailed as, say, something like Coconut Battery its still a solid start (especially keeping in mind that it’s a GNOME extension too and not a full-blown desktop app).

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Linux Release Roundup #22.8: Slax 11.2, OBS Studio 27.2, Kali Linux 2022.1, and More Releases – It’s FOSS News

          Slax 11.2 is a major update after 2 years of any previous significant development activity.

          This release is based on Debian 11.2 Bullseye and adds/removes a couple of packages. You can learn more about it in our coverage.

        • Slax 11.2 Released | Itsubuntu.com

          Slax 11.2 is now available for the public as it is the major update from the developer. This is the first release of the distribution in more than two years. Slax 11.2 is based on Debian GNU/Linux. Slax 11.2 features EFI support for USB booting.

        • Slax 11.2 Released After 2 Years of Development

          For fans of the lightweight Slax Linux distribution, version 11.2 is now available and is re-based against upstream Debian 11.2 Bullseye.

          Slax is one of the smallest portables and fast Linux operating systems with a modular approach and outstanding design built to run from a USB stick. It is based on Debian, which gives you the ability to benefit from its entire ecosystem.

          Slax works with a plethora of filesystems including NTFS, FAT, EXT4, and Btrfs. Thanks to apt command, tens of thousands of prebuilt packages with applications are all within reach. The distro also features the ability for Persistent Changes which means the modifications will be saved if you run the OS from a writable storage media such as USB stick.

          This way, you will be able to boot from flash to perform your daily tasks, save your work, and then continue your work on a completely different workstation without any hiccups because your changes are saved to the writable media.

      • BSD

        • iXsystems Announces TrueNAS SCALE 22.02.0

          iXsystems has announced the general release of TrueNAS SCALE 22.02.0, after 18 months of development and testing effort including contributions from nearly 10,000 community users. TrueNAS SCALE software enables hyperconverged infrastructure and unified scale-out storage that is also easy to deploy and manage. TrueNAS SCALE is built on Linux, offers existing TrueNAS features, plus new Linux-specific capabilities including Docker Containers, Kubernetes, KVM, and Scale-Out ZFS through the Gluster file system.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • How to integrate VMWare resources with Red Hat Satellite

          In this installment of our series on setting up Red Hat Satellite for VMware to provision virtual machines (VMs) from Satellite, we are going to work on integrating the VMware resources with Red Hat Satellite.

          First, we’re going to pre-define hardware settings for a virtual machine in Satellite by creating a compute profile. On the Satellite Console chose Infrastructure -> Compute Profiles.

        • Load Balancer Services backed by Octavia in Red Hat OpenShift running on OpenStack

          One of the most common methods to expose OpenShift applications to traffic from outside of the cluster is by using a load balancer service. In Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16, Amphora is the reference driver for Octavia and is the default provider driver for that service.

          In this post, we introduce you to the OVN Octavia driver, the alternative driver that is offered in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16. It is lightweight, fast to provision, and less resource-heavy than Amphora.

        • New CentOS Director – Celeste Lyn Paul

          Every six months (in January and August) the CentOS board has the opportunity to reelect, or replace half of the directors. This staggered approach was adopted so that we are never in a situation where the entire board (or even a significant majority) is replaced, leaving no experienced directors.

          In the January 2022 board meeting, the CentOS Board selected two new directors to replace outgoing directors Jim Perrin and Karanbir Singh – Celeste Lyn Paul and Amy Marrich. In the February meeting, these new directors attended as full members for the first time.

          Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Celeste about how her journey has brought her here, and her vision for her time on the board.

        • 4 levels of DevOps documentation maturity | Opensource.com

          DevOps and DevSecOps require agile documentation practices to deliver quality documentation on time with an iterative software delivery cycle. It’s a similar journey to DevOps with a move to automation and a more agile approach to content. If documentation is only now entering your organization’s DevOps discussions, it’s time to catch your documentation practices up to DevOps.

        • Sysadmin life: How I set up my remote office hardware and software | Enable Sysadmin

          My workspace consists of a height-adjustable desk, private workstation, cable monster under the worktop, and associated input and output devices (on the left in the picture). My work equipment is on the right.

          Aside from Rambox, I use the same applications on this machine as on the laptop. This machine also serves as a KVM/QEMU hypervisor. The virtual machines running on it serve as home lab, development, and test environments. I currently do not host any productive services on it.

        • Fedora Community Blog: Join the Fedora Ambassadors Call kick-off!

          The Fedora Community Outreach Revamp Objective(FCOR) co-leads Mariana Balla and Sumantro Mukherjee have been working on documentation for the last six months with the support of Marie Nordin(FCAIC). New documentation has been created and outdated documentation has been revised with valuable help from the community at Nest with Fedora 2021. Most of this documentation has landed on the CommOps docs page. The updated documentation is still a work in progress and the FCOR team plans to wrap this up in the upcoming months with feedback from Ambassadors and folks who are interested in outreach.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Discourse is the Future of Web Forums | Linux Journal

        Web forums allow its users to connect with one another via posting messages. Forum posts can be seen by any number of anonymous visitors, but to post messages, you need to have an account in that particular web forum. Within a web forum, you can either create a new post or post replies on other users’ posts, also called Threads. Many web forums go well beyond typical threads and messages with advanced features and tools. Some of these extras may include blogging, file management, photo galleries, and much more.

      • Contacting the syslog-ng team: reporting problems, asking questions – Blog – syslog-ng Community – syslog-ng Community

        Recently I got some complaints that it is difficult to figure out how to contact the syslog-ng team to get help or report problems.

      • A New Library for Network Optimization

        Networks are all around us from the electrical circuits inside our computers to the multitude of internet servers that route packets of data around the globe. Even the web itself is a network of pages connected to each other by a myriad of blue links.

      • Events

      • Web Browsers

        • The web is overrun and pop-up blockers haven’t worked in years

          Virtually all web browsers have a built-in feature to suppress an annoyance from the early days of the web: pop-ups. However, the pop-up blockers of yesteryear no longer work on today’s web. There are pop-ups everywhere gating our entry into virtually all websites. What happened to the pop-up blocker?

          To answer the leading question right away: nothing happened to the pop-up blocker. It still works mostly unchanged from how it worked over a decade ago. That’s also the problem; the pop-ups have changed but the pop-up blockers haven’t kept pace with the problem.

          Just about every website you visit will display a pop-up for a time-limited coupon, email newsletter sign-up, customer support chat window, interstitial advertising, cookie disclaimer, or an intentionally confusing privacy-violation consent dialog. You’re lucky if the website only shows you one of these at the same time instead of all stacked on top of each other.

          Modern pop-ups aren’t separate pop-up windows, though. They’re not opened through the — easily blocked — window.open() function in JavaScript. Traditional pop-up blockers work by imposing restrictions on how and when this function can be used.

          The modern-day pop-overs covers up the page using a much more diverse and complex array of different layout and scripting functions. Instead, they’re overlays or pop-overs that are a part of the main website window you visit. It’s no longer enough to just impose restrictions on calls to a single function.

          Interstitial dialogs blocking your view of a page is now the expectation when visiting a webpage. While these web pop-ups have become endemic, this isn’t an abuse of Web APIs: they’re all working as intended. It’s still an abuse of the time and attention of the web’s millions of end-users.

        • Browse Anonymously Using Tor Browser on Ubuntu – OSNote

          The Onion Router, or Tor, is a free and open-source service that allows users to surf the web anonymously. It may be used to prevent websites and apps from tracking or attempting to identify your whereabouts. This is accomplished by routing your network traffic across a global network of servers and removing identifying information from packet headers.
          It’s frequently used to get around region restrictions. It is popular among users since it stops ad tracking businesses from creating a profile of you based on your surfing activities and presenting tailored adverts to you.

          Others, on the other hand, are concerned about their privacy in this digital age and welcome the comfort of knowing that no one is watching their online activities.

        • The Best Open Source Lightweight Browsers for Linux in 2022

          This web browsers are not benchmarked, the opinion in this articles is based on personal use and experience. Keep in mind that a browser to be lite it needs to have some things excluded from itself like extensions and plug-ins example.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • WordPress 5.9.1 Maintenance Release

          This maintenance release features 82 bug fixes in both Core and the block editor.

          WordPress 5.9.1 is a short-cycle maintenance release. The next major release will be version 6.0.

          You can download WordPress 5.9.1 from WordPress.org, or visit your Dashboard → Updates and click “Update Now”.

          If you have sites that support automatic background updates, they’ve already started the update process.

        • Best free WordPress themes for 2022

          Knowing the best free WordPress themes for 2020 is the first step for anyone who is creating a website for their new business. In addition to the templates being free, they provide the essential design, navigability and loading speed . More than creating a beautiful website, it is essential that it be responsive. This is because more and more people are using mobile devices , such as tablets and smartphones, to do their research and purchases.

          To have an idea, the estimate is that, in 2020, there will be 2.87 billion smartphone users in the world. Of these, 57% say they do not recommend a company that has a poorly designed website, according to socPub .

          The good news is that the best WordPress themes for 2020 are responsive, free and have customization options that are super easy to handle.

      • FSFE

        • Command line tool lover and Free Software enthusiast Sven Guckes died

          On Sunday 20 February, Sven Guckes died. Sven was a long term member of the Free Software community and an great advocate for command line tools.

          The first time I got an e-mail from Sven was, when he was scolding me because of an e-mail I sent to the mutt-user mailing list. Sven complained about my horrible English and told me that I have to take more time to edit e-mails before sending them to a public mailing list out of respect to all the readers.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GNU Parallel – News: GNU Parallel 20220222 (‘Ukraine’) [Savannah]

            GNU Parallel 20220222 (‘Donetsk Luhansk’) has been released. It is available for download at: lbry://@GnuParallel:4
            This release has a major change in the remote code. This makes this release beta quality.

          • Binary Tools Summit 2022: schedule published

            The Binary Tools Summit 2022 (https://binary-tools.net/summit) is an informal, technical, online event oriented to authors, users and enthusiasts of FLOSS programs that deal with binary data.
            The schedule of the conference is now published and everything is ready for an exciting and fun first weekend of March full of zeros, ones and hopefully not many segmentation faults.
            We still have some room to squeeze in one or two more presentations/activities, so you can still send one if you missed the CFP.

      • Programming/Development

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Online shopping and a one2many tweak

            Online commerce sites often show a selection of items below the one you’re after, with a caption something like “People who bought this item also bought…” It’s a marketing ploy, the aim being to encourage you to buy something else while you’re visiting the site. It also suggests an interesting question: what product combinations are bought most and least frequently by individual shoppers?

        • Rust

          • 1.59.0 pre-release testing | Inside Rust Blog

            The 1.59.0 pre-release is ready for testing. The release is scheduled for this Thursday, February 24th. Release notes can be found here.

          • Rust Compiler Ambitions for 2022

            Some people have been wondering about what the Rust Compiler Team has planned for 2022. This note is to let you all know what activities the team plans to focus on this year.

            This document is structured into three parts: our Overall Themes for this year, the Concrete Initiatives we have resources to drive, and Aspirations for what we could do if given more help.


            Reading over this list, the number of items on it seems quite daunting! We believe these initiatives will provide the highest impact to the Rust community by helping to fulfill Rust’s promise, delighting Rust developers and improving our contributor workflows and aligns well with the results of the 2021 Rust Survey.

            While we think we will be able to make signficant progress on these initiatives this year, project estimation is a difficult and inexact science, especially for open source projects. What we will achieve is ultimately a result of who decides to contribute. Our aspirational goals are currently just that: aspirations.

            This is where you all, the Rust community (including future members of that community) come into the picture. Each item has one or two people listed with it; if you’re feeling inspired, please do contact us!

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • 3D Printing Livers | Hackaday

        The University of Utrecht has a team that is successfully bioprinting “liver units” that are able to do some of the functions of a human liver and may open the door to new medical treatments. This isn’t simply printing a fake liver in a jar though, instead the technique uses optical tomography to rapidly create small structures of about 1 cc of volume in less than 20 seconds.

        Apparently, one problem with printing hydrogels full of biological structures is that passing them through a nozzle tends to disturb the delicate structures. This technique uses no nozzle or layers, which makes it useful in this situation.

    • Hardware

      • I2C Breathes New Life Into Casio Pocket Calculator | Hackaday

        When is a pocket calculator more than just a calculator? [Andrew Menadue] has been pushing the limits of his 1970s Casio FX-502P by adding all sorts of modern functionality via the calculator’s expansion port.

        Several older Casio calculators included an expansion port for connecting cassette tape storage and printing functionality. Data on the FX-502P could be saved on cassette tape using the well-known Kansas City standard, however this signal was produced by Casio’s FA-1 calculator cradle, not the FX-502P itself. To interact with the calculator itself would require an understanding of whatever protocol Casio designed for this particular model.

      • Super Simple Camera Slider With A Neat Twist | Hackaday

        With a few tweaks, the slider can be vertically mounted, to give those up-and-over shots. Super simple, low tech and not an Arduino in sight.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • WIN-911 2021 [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

          The affected product is vulnerable to a permissions misconfiguration that may allow an attacker to locally write files to the program Operator Workspace directory, which holds DLL files and executables. A low-privilege attacker could write a malicious DLL file to the Operator Workspace directory to achieve privilege escalation and the permissions of the user running the program.

        • Security

          • Linux security

            Linux is a more secure and agile platform than Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS, according to a study by Google’s Project Zero. While Windows and macOS were earlier believed to be safer than Linux, thanks to regular security patches and constant updates.

            The Project Zero team found out developers at Linux are faster at fixing security bugs compared to other platforms. The report showed Linux does a better job than Google’s own teams at Chrome, Chrome OS and Android. The study looked at data between January 2019 and December 2021 to determine how much time developers took to fix security issues.

            Linux developers took 25 days and Apple took 69 days to close security issues, while Microsoft took 83 days. Google and Mozilla took 44 days and 46 days respectively to fix bugs.

          • Security updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Fedora (java-1.8.0-openjdk-aarch32, radare2, and zsh), openSUSE (ImageMagick and systemd), Red Hat (kpatch-patch, Service Telemetry Framework 1.3 (sg-core-container), and Service Telemetry Framework 1.4 (sg-core-container)), SUSE (ImageMagick, kernel-rt, nodejs12, php74, systemd, ucode-intel, and xerces-j2), and Ubuntu (c3p0, expat, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-hwe, linux-azure, linux-azure-4.15, linux-dell300x, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-4.15, linux-hwe, linux-oracle, linux-snapdragon, linux, linux-aws, linux-gcp, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-raspi, linux, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-lts-xenial, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.4, linux-azure, linux-azure-5.4, linux-azure-fde, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.4, linux-gkeop, linux-gkeop-5.4, linux-hwe-5.4, linux-ibm, linux-ibm-5.4 linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.4, and linux-gke).

          • A New Cybersecurity “Social Contract” [Ed: Bruce Schneier as NSA megaphone (Inglis)]

            The devil is in the details, of course, but he’s 100% right when he writes that the market cannot solve this: that the incentives are all wrong. While he never actually uses the word “regulation,” the future he postulates won’t be possible without it. Regulation is how society aligns market incentives with its own values. He also leaves out the NSA — whose effectiveness rests on all of these global insecurities — and the FBI, whose incessant push for encryption backdoors goes against his vision of increased cybersecurity. I’m not sure how he’s going to get them on board. Or the surveillance capitalists, for that matter. A lot of what he wants will require reining in that particular business model.

          • IBM homomorphic encryption: A DASHing solution for healthcare data privacy

            In 2021, our team won third place in the second track of the iDASH workshop challenge on healthcare data privacy. Our solution classified 2000 viruses in less than 1 second with more than 99% accuracy by using the IBM homomorphic encryption HElayers library.

            In this blog, we describe the iDASH competition, our solution, and what makes it so effective. As a motivating scenario, think of a hospital that, after much research, has collected a large number of virus DNA sequences that are labeled as one of four possible strains. The hospital wants to provide local clinics with a service that classifies the DNA sequences taken from their patients. However, the hospital does not want to disclose the classification algorithm to the clinics for obvious business reasons.

            A simple solution would consist of a client/server system in which the local clinics serve as the client, and the hospital is the server. In such a solution, the client would send the DNA sequence to the server. The server would classify the sequence and send the label back to the client. The problem is that both the client and the server in this relationship want to avoid disclosing patient information, including the DNA sequences of the viruses that patients have contracted because doing so will require them to comply with extensive and exhausting regulations.

            Specifically, we want the server to be able to classify a virus without knowing what its DNA sequence is. Until recently, this seemed impossible. Today, this can be done by using homomorphic encryption (HE) technology. This encryption technology is the focus of the iDASH competition.

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

            • Ubuntu and other Linux distros at risk from Oh Snap! More Lemmings security exploit [Ed: FUD by Microsoft booster Sofia Wyciślik-Wilson]

              Security researchers from Qualys have issued a warning about a Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Discovered in the snap-confine function of Canonical’s Snap package manager.

              Known as Oh Snap! More Lemmings and tracked as CVE-2021-44731, the collection of security flaws can be exploited to gain root privileges.

            • 5 Highlights from the U.S. Senate’s Log4J Vulnerability Hearing

              On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs convened a hearing titled “Responding to and Learning from the Log4Shell Vulnerability.” The hearing’s intent was to facilitate discussion of Log4J vulnerability and industry’s response to it, along with the broader topic of software security.

            • Senate Hearing: Open Source a Foundation of the Global Economy

              At a recent U.S. Senate hearing, tech experts gathered to discuss the Log4j vulnerability, as well as the broader topic of open source software security, as reported by FOSSA.

              In the discussion, Apache Software Foundation President David Nalley noted that open source software “is one of the foundations of the modern global economy.”

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Veto the SIM Card Registration Bill, Protect Fundamental Human Rights – Access Now

              We, a group of concerned organizations and individuals from all over the world, call on Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to veto the country’s proposed SIM Card Registration Act given the serious threat it poses to human rights, particularly the right to privacy and free expression.If enacted, it would require the registration of SIM cards as a prerequisite to its sale and activation in order supposedly “to deter the proliferation of SIM card, internet or electronic communication-aided crimes, such as, but not limited to: terrorism; text scams; unsolicited, indecent or obscene messages; bank fraud; libel; anomymous online defamation; trolling; hate speech; spread of digital disinformation or fake news as defined under pertinent laws.” It will also mandate all social media account providers to require real names and phone numbers from individuals creating accounts on their platforms.

            • No Privacy: Cloning the AirTag

              You’ve probably heard of the infamous rule 34, but we’d like to propose a new rule — call it rule 35: Anything that can be used for nefarious purposes will be, even if you can’t think of how at the moment. Case in point: apparently there has been an uptick in people using AirTags to do bad things. People have used them to stalk people or to tag cars so they can be found later and stolen. According to [Fabian Bräunlein], Apple’s responses to this don’t consider cases where clones or modified AirTags are in play. To prove the point, he built a clone that bypasses the current protection features and used it to track a willing experimental subject for 5 days with no notifications.

              According to the post, Apple says that AirTags have serial numbers and beep when they have not been around their host Apple device for a certain period. [Fabian] points out that clone tags don’t have serial numbers and may also not have speakers. There is apparently a thriving market, too, for genuine tags that have been modified to remove their speakers. [Fabian’s] clone uses an ESP32 with no speaker and no serial number.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Technocracy: The Operating System For The New International Rules-Based Order

        In this article, we will explore the true nature of the international rules-based order (IRBO) and examine the forces that shape it. We will consider if the narratives we are commonly fed stack up.

        It is widely accepted that the IRBO is undergoing disruptive change. That transformation is often reported as an eastward shift in the balance of power between nation states.

        It is said that this new, emerging international order will be founded upon a global multipolar system of sovereign states and international law. This new system allegedly stands in opposition to the fading, western “rules-based” model.

        This time, rather than relying upon western imperialism, the new international law-based system will emphasise multipolar cooperation, trade and respect for national sovereignty. It will instead be led by a Eurasian economic and technological power-block.

        The apparent, ongoing antagonism of geopolitics looks likely to maintain the East-West divide we are familiar with. However, what is now being framed as the multipolar order is, in reality, the multistakeholder order.

        As we shall discover, nation states are not the driving force behind the current restructuring of global governance. The geopolitical narratives we are given are frequently superficial.

        Those leading the transformation have no allegiance to any nation state, only to their own globalist network and collective aspirations. In their hands, international law is no more of an impediment to their ambitions than a vague commitment to “rules.”

        National governments are partners within this network formed of both state and non-state actors. Despite professed animosities, they have collaborated for decades to fashion the global governance complex that is now emerging.

        No matter who is said to lead it, the IRBO is set to continue in a new form. As the post WWII system recedes, the framework being imposed to take its place is completely alien to the people who live in the former western, liberal democracies.

        Thus, we too must be transformed if we are to accept the realignment. We are being conditioned to believe in the promise of the new IRBO and the global technocracy it is built upon.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • ICIJ statement on Ericsson investigation

        Ericsson today released a public statement in response to questions from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and partners, including SVT in Sweden.

        The statement by the Swedish company addressed wrongdoing uncovered by ICIJ and its partners as part of a global investigation.

        The company said it was working with internal employees and external counsel to review misconduct raised to it by ICIJ.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Albrecht Dürer’s Pillow Studies (1493) – The Public Domain Review

          In his early twenties, after years of wanderjahr-ing across Europe, Albrecht Dürer returned home to Nuremberg, now fully trained in his craft. During this moment of transition, the young artist completed a double-sided line-drawing in pen. On one side, we find a self-portrait of Dürer. The artist is bodiless, except for an outsized hand, posed as if holding a pen too thin to see. A pillow appears below his shoulder-length hair, pressed into a hatched shadow, which mirrors the darkness of his palm. While the artist’s portrait is believed to have been a preparation for Portrait of the Artist Holding a Thistle (1493) — considered “one of the earliest independent self-portraits in Western painting” — the presence of hand and cushion create an unlikely trinity. There is “a harmony that you wouldn’t expect at first”, says curator Stijn Alsteens, as the observing eye, recording hand, and object of study come into alignment. Yet there is also something uncanny about the chosen perspective, for the pillow “looms upward toward the viewer, unsupported, at an angle that is difficult to explain”. This spatial ambiguity, argues Freyda Spira, “brings to life a composition that could easily have looked like three isolated studies”.


          Dürer’s treatment of the pillow can be neatly nested in the tradition of “drapery studies”, a vehicle for a young artist to explore the play of light on folds and its expressive possibilities. And yet, when viewed in relation to Dürer’s self-portrait overleaf, the six pillows also read like notes toward the artist’s later aesthetic theories, articulated in the postscript to the third volume of The Four Books on Human Proportion, especially his concern with dream, reality, and the imagination’s recombinatory powers. “Therefore, if he [the artist] were to live many hundreds of years, and labor to the best of his abilities, if he so wished, through the power of God he would daily spill out and make new forms of men and other creatures that nobody had ever seen or thought of before.” Anticipating Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s description of the imagination’s esemplastic power — “a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation. . . [the imagination] dissolves, diffuses, dissipates, in order to re-create” — by several centuries, Dürer also admonishes the would-be Prometheus. An artist “should be cautious not to make something impossible that nature would not allow, unless it would be that one wanted to make a dream work [traumwerk], in which case one may mix together every kind of creature.” These pillows, then, might be viewed as a kind of memory foam, which not only preserves the partial imprints of a sleeper’s face, but also the fantastic, hybrid creatures that populate her dreamscapes.

António’s EPO is Dead, Long Live the EPC?

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f7c63b0c83179b925a12a011244c8b4a
Green Light for Work-to-Rule
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: In spite of media silence and complicity (conspiracy of passivity), the EPO’s staff commences a series of bold actions — scheduled to last at least until summer — in order to impose the EPC (and the Rule of Law) on the rogue employer; in a ballot which closed last night 84% voted in favour of industrial action comprising months-long slow-downs and several strikes (9 out of 10 employees in Munich, the EPO's headquarters, considered participating in such an action last month)

THE date 22/02/22 (it’s around 22:22 CET and 21:22 over here) will be remembered as a key date, not just for its numeric significance but also historic significance at the EPO, Europe’s second-largest institution. The call for industrial action was answered and in spite of risks associated with participation (reprisal/retribution in union-busting activities) about 17 out of 20 people voted in favour. The result of the ballot was advertised earlier today. The summary (accompanied by the image on the bottom left said: “Following a challenging ballot, during the worst pandemics in a lifetime 1100 SUEPO members voted. With 84% of them voting in favor of the actions.”

“…EPO staff focuses on violations of labour/human rights and non-compliance w.r.t. the EPC.”As an associate of ours pointed out today, “the staff [chose to] oppose the illegal maneuvering towards the illegal [misinterpretation of the] EPC,” which basically gives the EPO its authority to grant patents in Europe without any competition (except national patent offices). At the moment we’re seeing overt abuse of the authority; these same rogue actors who arrogantly violate the EPC are also stacking their courts while trying to illegally replace national (outside the EPO) patent courts with fudge factories in arbitrary court spaces speaking in random languages (foreign to the defendant). To quote FFII: “In July 2005, after several failed attempts to legalise software patents in Europe, the patent establishment changed its strategy. Instead of explicitly seeking to sanction the patentability of software, they are now seeking to create a central European patent court, which would establish and enforce patentability rules in their favor, without any possibility of correction by competing courts or democratically elected legislators.”

There are many issues at stake, but EPO staff focuses on violations of labour/human rights and non-compliance w.r.t. the EPC. This deviation or departure from the law would ultimately render the EPO obsolete, leaving nothing but a pile of money earned by abusing the EPC. That money is misused for gambling.

EPO action plan approved“Additional information on how to participate in the “Work to Rule” action” was included in the text below, which is discussed in the video above. It’s important to understand that staff not only exercises important rights; more importantly, the staff insists that the rules (the law) should be obeyed and operations not simply gamed by the President in order to fake so-called ‘productivity’. The staff is indebted to the law, to the public (as in public services/servants), not to mention constitutions.

Here’s the letter as HTML (to be converted to plain text and GemText in due course):

22 February 2022
su22011cp – 0.2.1

Dear Suepo members,

Following a challenging ballot, during the worst pandemics in a lifetime 1100 SUEPO members voted. With 84% of them voting in favor of the actions.

The Action Plan is therefore approved and active.

The president and the delegations will be informed of the results of the Ballot.

Your SUEPO central Committee

Please find below important information regarding how to participate in the Work to Rule action

Are industrial actions like Work-to-Rule legally covered at the EPO?

In the recent decision 4430, the ILOAT made clear that industrial actions like Work-to-Rule are legitimate forms of labour struggle at the EPO. This decision confers legal protection to staff members that take in part such industrial actions.

Could there be consequences for a staff member participating in a Work-to-Rule action?

In principle, any participation in an industrial action can lead to salary deductions. The prerequisite is that participation in the industrial action can be proven.

Should you announce that you’re taking part in a Work-to-Rule action?

Not, if you want to avoid a possible salary deduction.

What should you answer if you’re officially asked if you’re taking part in a Work-to-Rule action?

It should be sufficient to inform that you’re working according to the EPC, the Guidelines, and to the ServRegs and you’re committed to deliver the best quality possible.

For staff involved in search and patent grant procedure, what concrete steps to watch out when
participating in a Work-to-Rule?

i) Focus on search actions
ii) Stick to your priority list in the Landing Page
iii) Apply thoroughly the EPC, case law and internal instructions, particularly when granting patents
iv) Keep a record of your actions and other work-related activities
v) Object reshuffling of Divisions and redistribution of your stock. Request a written confirmation if it happens; and
vi) Defend against interference with the Division

The very initiation of this kind of action — not the first strike under the Campinos regime by the way — sends a strong statement already. Suffice to say, it merits attention from the media, but as we’ve repeatedly said lately [1, 2] blogs which claim to cover patent issues are intentionally ignoring such EPO affairs. There are rare exceptions, a token mention here and there, but there’s no real concern for the integrity of the Office or the rights of staff. It got a lot worse after Benoît Battistelli had left; they used him like a sort of ‘scapegoat’, paid half a million euros and thrown under the bus for the impression of "concession" or a "new beginning" even when it’s "business as usual" as before.

[Meme] Oversight at the EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No... problem, Mr. Campinos

Summary: The EPO has no notion or any understanding of separation of powers; it seems to boil down to a dictator beholden to private firms and not to the law

EPO — Both the Patent Office and the Patent Organisation — Celebrating Constitutional Violations, Covering Up Human Rights Abuses, and Promoting the Facilitators

Posted in Europe, Patents at 12:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum db92e472801f7a9b7c0ab50cffedf775
EPO Working Party on Propaganda
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: There’s no hope or real prospect of the EPO‘s administration correcting its ways or properly assessing itself; industrial action by people who do all the actual work at the EPO might be the last remaining avenue

THE situation at the EPO seems untenable; those responsible for this situation are hiding under a rock, hoping that the general public too will be lodged under some rock (or boulder). The media is being manipulated — mostly censored — and nobody holds anyone accountable for severe violations, impacting both stakeholders (e.g. patent applicants) and staff (e.g. patent examiners).

“European citizens should be very concerned.”The video above discusses what we covered earlier today, in essence demonstrating that the EPO is breaking the law, lying to stakeholders, and shielding itself from criticism by thwarting any form of oversight. The video above is rather long, but it does cover a lot of ground. The bottom line is, the EPO has become a massive liability to the EU and it tarnishes Europe’s reputation. European citizens should be very concerned.

Links 22/2/2022: Slax 11.2.0, OpenBSD 7.1 Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 10:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • 266: Jill’s Treasure Hunt Featuring COSMIC INFINITY With Intel Pentium Pro – Destination Linux

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re headed to Jill’s Museum to go on a Treasure Hunt! This one contains a multiverse of treasures with the COSMIC INFINITY powered by an Intel Pentium Pro! Then we’re going to chat about Inkscape’s latest version. Plus we’ve also got our famous tips, tricks and software picks. All of this and so much more this week on Destination Linux. So whether you’re brand new to Linux and open source or a guru of sudo. This is the podcast for you.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Install PeaZip 8.5.0 On Ubuntu / Fedora & Manjaro Linux | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install PeaZip 8.5.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Linux Mint 20.3, Fedora 35, Debian, Manjaro Linux, OpenSUSE, and AlmaLinux 8 via the official repository and via Flatpak also.

      • Easy Way to Install Kile LaTeX Editing Environment

        You can use a TeX/LaTeX editor for a variety of documents. Not just limited to scientific research, you can also add your code, start writing a book (academic/creative), or draft articles.

        An interactive solution with the option for preview, and several features, should come in handy if you regularly work with LaTeX documents.

        Kile is one such option by KDE, available for Linux and other platforms. In fact, it is one of the best LaTeX editors available for Linux, which we decided to highlight separately.

      • How to Install or Upgrade MariaDB 10.8 on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        MariaDB is one of the most popular open-source databases next to its originator MySQL. The original creators of MySQL developed MariaDB in response to fears that MySQL would suddenly become a paid service due to Oracle acquiring it in 2010. With its history of doing similar tactics, the developers behind MariaDB have promised to keep it open source and free from such fears as what has happened to MySQL.

        MariaDB has become just as popular as MySQL with developers, with advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, faster cache/indexes, storage engines, and features/extensions that you won’t find in MySQL.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MariaDB 10.8 on AlmaLinux 8.

      • How to Install & Enable FirewallD GUI on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        FirewallD is software that provides the system firewall feature to protect AlmaLinux from unwanted access by disabling and enabling ports, services, or protocols. However, for users that are used to an interface such as Graphical User Interface (GUI), then the command line may seem difficult at first glance because there’s no visual representation and who are not comfortable learning the command line terminal to the possibility of having an unsecured system.

        However, you can install the FirewallD GUI. This sleek and simple design program is a perfect match for those who want easy access to what’s going on in their system without having too many bells and whistles to distract them from maintaining security.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install and enable FirewallD and install FirewallD GUI on AlmaLinux 8 Workstation.

      • How to Install memcached on Ubuntu 21.10 – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial we are going to install memcached on Ubuntu 21.10.

        Memcached is a free and open-source, high-performance distributed memory object caching system. It is use in speeding up dynamic web applications but enabling faster database loading time. It enables you to make better use of your memory by doing load distribution.

        The advantage of using Memcached is that, Its powerful, it promote quick deployment of needed applications, makes easy for development because of its cache and its API can easily integrate with other languages.

        From a easy point of view, Memcached allows you to take memory from parts of your system where you have more than you need and make it accessible, to areas where its needed.

        The best place to run Memcached is on dedicated hosts because you will not have to worry about other programs on the machine from interfering with the Memcached.

      • Install Nim Programming Language on Linux – TREND OCEANS

        Today, you will learn what a Nim programming language is, why we need Nim over other programming languages, and different ways to install Nim on your Linux system.

      • How to Use getopts to Parse Linux Shell Script Options

        Do you wish your Linux shell scripts would handle command-line options and arguments more gracefully? The Bash getopts builtin lets you parse command-line options with finesse—and it’s easy too. We show you how.

      • How to Find and Replace Text in Vim [With Gif Examples]

        Here are a few examples to show how you can use the search and replace feature in the powerful Vim editor.

      • How to Audit a Remote Linux system with Lynis Security Tool

        Lynis is a free and open-source security auditing tool and released as a GPL licensed project and is available for Linux and Unix-based Operating systems like MacOS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and so on. People, in general, are unaware that we can also use Lynis for remote system auditing. In this way, we can install Lynis on one system and conduct an audit on other remote systems.

      • How to Install Apache Guacamole on Debian 11

        Apache Guacamole is a free and open-source remote desktop gateway that allows you to connect to your computer/server remotely using different protocols such as SSH, RDP, and VNC. Apache Guacamole is maintained by Apache Software Foundation, and licensed with Apache License 2.0.

        Apache Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. You can access Apache Guacamole using only a web browser from anywhere at any time. Using Apache Guacamole is recommended if you have multiple remote operating systems with different protocols, such as Windows with RDP, Linux system with VNC and SSH.
        In this tutorial, you’ll install and configure the Apache Guacamole to a Debian 11 Bullseye. This includes installing some packages dependencies and the Apache Tomcat 9, then building the Guacamole-server and installing the Java application, Guacamole web application. In the end, you’ll set up Nginx as a reverse proxy for the Guacamole web application that allows you to access your servers from anywhere, as long as you have a web browser.

      • Command Options and Examples of Tee Command in Linux

        In Linux, terminal commands are the handiest and most useful things that one might be focusing on learning. If you’re a new or professional Linux user, you might have been using many commands to add or sum the results of more than one command in the shell. But, Linux offers you to join the output of two different commands and get the final output in one single output. The tee command in Linux is one of the most used and handy tools that you should learn for making your Linux journey quick and fast.

        For instance, if you want to download and extract a file on your Linux system, you can efficiently do that with a tee command by joining the wget command and the tar command. Knowing the pipe or tee command would be both fun and satisfactory to learn.

      • How To Install SQLite on Fedora 35 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install SQLite on Fedora 35. For those of you who didn’t know, SQLite is a C-language library that implements a small, fast, self-contained, high-reliability, full-featured, SQL database engine. SQLite does not run as a system service like other DBMS. So, it is known as a self-contained database manager that does not work like other DBMS, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB.

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

      • How To Install FastPanel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FastPanel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Fastpanel is a simple and powerful server management panel. It provides web-based intuitive, point-and-click interfaces for common tasks such as transferring files, installing applications, updating PHP versions, and creating email accounts.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the FastPanel alternative to cPanel on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How to make KDE look like GNOME on Linux | Opensource.com

        GNOME has a tendency for minimalist design. It’s a beautiful desktop experience, and holds the honor of being the first free desktop that’s ever elicited vocalized admiration from someone looking over my shoulder as I use Linux. Then again (and pardon the armchair philosophizing), you can’t have minimalism without complexity, and KDE is well known for being very customizable. I thought it might be fun to put KDE configuration to the test and try to re-implement, at least superficially, the GNOME experience in the KDE Plasma Desktop.

        If you try this, do it in a temporary user account. These changes are relatively drastic, and undoing it to get back to your standard KDE layout can be a lot of work.

      • How to Install PHP-FPM with Apache on Ubuntu 20.04

        How to install PHP-FPM with Apache on Ubuntu 20.04. There are two distinct options to run PHP using the web server. One is using the PHP’s CGI and the other one is FPM. FPM is a process manager to manage the FastCGI in PHP. Apache ships with mod_php by default and works with all major web servers. With mod_php there is a little performance issue because it locks out the process.

        In this guide you are learn how to setup PHP 8.1-FPM and configure it with Apache and also configure PHP variables.

        This setup can also be done on other VPS or dedicated or cloud VM’s. This setup is tested on Google Compute Engine but it works on any Ubuntu or Debian Linux distributions.

      • How To Install Stremio On Linux Systems | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install Stremio on Linux systems (ie) Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Debian, Arch Linux, Manjaro Linux, and other Linux distributions using official packages and Flatpak.

      • How to Install Vivaldi Browser on Linux Desktops

        It’s no doubt that Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari are the most commonly used web browsers around the globe. However, if you are in search of an exciting browsing experience with some oomph and lots of flexibility and privacy, then you should consider trying out the Vivaldi browser.

        Based on Chromium, Vivaldi is a multi-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies. Initially, Vivaldi supported Windows and Linux only, but from Vivaldi 5.0 and later releases, support for Apple Mac and Android has been included. Unfortunately, we are yet to get a release for iOS.

        Vivaldi was first launched in 2016 and is still considered quite new on the block.

      • How to Install/Upgrade PHP 8.1 on Debian 10 Buster – LinuxCapable

        PHP 8.1 is a significant update of the PHP language that will be “officially” released on November 25, 2021. This is a standard upgrade going forward from the existing PHP 8.0 release with the new PHP 8.1 is bringing enums, fibers, never return type, final class constants, intersection types, read-only properties amongst the long list of new features and changes.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to import the Ondřej Surý Repository and install PHP 8.1 on your Debian 10 Buster desktop or server.

      • Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        The objective of this tutorial is to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. VirtualBox is a free and open source hosted hypervisor for x86 virtualization developed and maintained by the Oracle Corporation.

        VirtualBox is a great way to install a guest operating system on your computer, if you either want to try a different operating system or just maintain a separate environment from your host system. You will learn how to install VirtualBox via both command line and GNOME GUI in this tutorial.

      • How to setup SFTP server on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to setup an SFTP server on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

        FTP is a great protocol for accessing and transferring files, but it has the shortcoming of being a clear text protocol. In other words, it’s not secure to use over an internet connection, since your credentials and data are transmitted without encryption. The ‘S’ in SFTP stands for ‘Secure’ and tunnels the FTP protocol through SSH, providing the encryption needed to establish a secure connection.

      • Check file access and modification time in Linux

        The purpose of this tutorial is to show show several command line methods you can use to check file access and modification time on a Linux system.

        Check the examples below as we cover several tools for the job such as ls, date, stat, and find.

      • Preserve file permissions and ownership with cp command

        The cp command on a Linux system is one of the most basic commands that many users will utilize every day, whether they are new to Linux or a system administrator.

        While the cp command is very basic, it comes packed with a lot of options. One option allows the user to copy a file while preserving the file permissions and ownership. In this tutorial, you’ll see how to do that.

    • Games

      • New Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-02-22 Edition

        Between 2022-02-15 and 2022-02-22 there were 19 new Steam games with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 227 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 8.4 % of total released titles. Here’s a quick pick of the most interesting ones…

      • Klei fixes up Don’t Starve Together for Steam Deck support | GamingOnLinux

        Klei Entertainment are another developer working to ensure their games work well on the Steam Deck, with an update now available for Don’t Starve Together.

        Currently, as of when it was last tested (SteamDB), Don’t Starve Together was very close to being fully Deck Verified. However, it seems there were issues with needing to manually bring up the on-screen keyboard. Hopefully then, Klei has fixed that up which would mean it would go from Playable to Verified.

      • Valve gives SteamVR and Linux a little love in the latest update | GamingOnLinux

        While I absolutely love playing with my Valve Index, it has felt like for a while that Valve left things a bit too rough but a new SteamVR update is out now.

      • Godot Engine – Dev snapshot: Godot 4.0 alpha 3

        We’re continuing on our fortnightly release schedule for alpha snapshots of Godot 4.0 – this time with 4.0 alpha 3. See past alpha releases for details (alpha 1, alpha 2).

        Be aware that during the alpha stage the engine is still not feature-complete or stable. There will likely be breaking changes between this release and the first beta release. Only the beta will mark the so-called “feature freeze”.

        As such, we do not recommend porting existing projects to this and other upcoming alpha releases unless you are prepared to do it again to fix future incompatibilities. However, if you can port some existing projects and demos to the new version, that may provide a lot of useful information about critical issues still left to fix.

        Most importantly: Make backups before opening any existing project in Godot 4.0 alpha builds. There is no easy way back once a project has been (partially) converted.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Plasma 5.24.2 LTS Released with More Fixes for Plasma Wayland and Overview Effect

          KDE Plasma 5.24.2 is here just a week after KDE Plasma 5.24.1 and it appears to be a small update that further improves the new Overview effect for the Plasma X11 session so it won’t be triggered inappropriately from the lock screen when pressing the Meta key.

          The KDE developers also continue to improve the Plasma Wayland session, and, in this second point release, they fixed an issue where the virtual keyboard failed to appear even if it was correctly configured.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNOME 42 Desktop Environment Is Now Ready for Public Beta Testing

          With a ten-day delay from the initially planned release date, the GNOME 42 beta release is now ready for early adoption and technology enthusiasts who want to be the first to get a taste of the new features and enhancements implemented in the upcoming desktop environment.

          Continuing the development cycle of GNOME 42, this beta release is here with more apps ported to the GTK4 toolkit and libadwaita, the highly-anticipated built-in screenshot and screencast feature that replaces the GNOME Screenshot utility (which is not available in this release), as well as the new Appearance panel with support for Light and Dark styles.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Releasing final Slax 11.2.0 – Slax Linux

          More than two years since the previous update, I am happy to announce the immediate availability of final Slax version 11.2.0.
          It has been an interesting journey, thanks everyone for your suggestions, help and testing.

          This release features EFI support for USB booting and complete update of all packages to the versions
          available in Debian Bullseye. Furthermore, it provides full AUFS support, so you can continue working
          with additional modules as like in previous Slax versions, add and/or remove modules on the fly. Changelog here

          The core of Slax remains similar like always, network connection can be now managed using connman, and most importantly,
          chrome is no longer a part of Slax, but you can still install it with a single click or two, as well as VLC video player.

        • Slax 11.2 Released After More Than 2 Years with EFI Boot Support for USB Devices

          As you can imagine, Slax 11.2 is a major update of this portable distribution, which was once derived from Slackware Linux. Now, it’s based on Debian GNU/Linux and uses the lightweight Fluxbox window manager.

          The new release is derived from the latest and greatest Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series and runs the long-term supported Linux 5.10 LTS kernel series. More specifically, Slax 11.2 is powered by Linux kernel 5.10.92.

        • EasyOS version 3.4.1 released

          …in particular a black screen with AMD video that seems to be due to the kernel GPU driver. Maybe. This needs further investigation.

          Note, I did experiment with the 5.15.16 kernel, but have used 5.10.93 for this release.

      • BSD

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • 5 common misunderstandings about enterprise open source software | The Enterprisers Project [Ed: Gordon Haff says “enterprise open source” — a term desiged to demonise common Free/libre software as if it’s not suitable for “commecial” or “nterprise’ needs

          The sophistication with which organizations approach enterprise open source — commercially-supported enterprise software created using an open source development model — has increased as it’s become more pervasive. Yet, we still see frequent misunderstandings in the following areas.

          Let’s examine five issues that are important for IT leaders to understand — and be able to discuss, inside their organizations.

        • IT leadership: Your first 90 Days as CIO

          One of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a CIO is successfully transforming an IT organization to make a significant impact on an organization. This is one reason most CIOs accept a new opportunity: to embrace the challenge of taking a company to the next level.

          Your first 90 days as a new CIO are extremely important. You’ll have the attention of executive leadership and an open runway to chart a new course for IT and the company. To do this, you need to define an IT strategy and execution plan.

          The first step in implementing transformation is to define your approach. Lay out the steps necessary for you to understand the company, culture, IT environment, challenges, and strategic direction the company needs to go.

        • Debug .NET applications running in local containers with VS Code [Ed: Remember when Red Hat was promoting GNU/Linux and alternatives to Microsoft's proprietary software? Those were the days.]
        • How to get Python 3.10 on Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8 / Fedora 35 – Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

          There are tutorials that sometimes you think you do not need but come the moment gives us a headache. Today, you will learn how to get Python 3.10 on Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8 / Fedora 35 quickly and easily.

        • gRPC-Gateway 2 in Fedora

          gRPC is a very nice technology that allows the implementation of efficient APIs in a very efficient way. Thanks to gRPC and protobuf, you do not have to write much boilerplate code since the boilerplate code is generated automatically from the proto file. This works perfectly until both your client and server can perform gRPC calls. Luckily most of the languages have no issue with this. Still, the big exception is JavaScript (and other languages that will compile to JS, such as TypeScript) running in a browser.

          The issue with JavaScript in the browsers is that to implement gRPC, the gRPC library needs to handle the HTTP connection directly, and this is not allowed in browsers. There are, therefore, different ways to make gRPC API work with browsers. The two most famous ones are gRPC-Gateway and gRPC-Web.

        • Daniel Pocock: WeMakeFedora.org and Ukraine under attack

          The community elected me as a representative in 2017 and not long after that Miller censored my blog on Planet Fedora. Planet Fedora mysteriously stopped showing the blogs of any independent volunteers in March 2021 during the harassment of Dr Richard Stallman. WeMakeFedora.org was launched at that time to provide the community with a voice.

          I nominated for the Fedora Council elections in October 2020. Miller censored my blog from Planet Fedora again in March 2021 at the same time as the bullying attacks on Dr Stallman.

          We have posted Matthew Miller’s complaint and draft response on Gitlab.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Users Get Another Major Kernel Update, Up to 15 Vulnerabilities Patched

          The new Linux kernel update patches five security vulnerabilities affecting all supported Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri), Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), as well as the Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM releases.

          These include CVE-2021-22600, a double-free vulnerability discovered in Linux kernel’s Packet network protocol implementation, as well as CVE-2021-4083, a race condition discovered by Google Project Zero’s Jann Horn in the Unix domain socket implementation. Both issues could allow a local attacker to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • 11 Best Free and Open Source Personal Finance Software

        We have all read stories about people who have experimented living without spending any money whatsoever. By growing their own food, washing in the river, using a solar panel to provide electricity, and bartering for certain goods and services, these adventures have met with limited success. However, for us mere mortals the simple fact is that we need money. Money to buy food, to purchase clothes, to pay our bills, as well as indulging in our other infinite wants and desires.

        While it can be a struggle to make ends meet, it is possible to make life easier through better money management. Financial management is about planning income and expenditure and making informed decisions that enable you to survive financially. With increasing financial turbulence it’s as important as ever to look after your finances, if only to make sure there are no nasty surprises when you receive your next bank statement.

      • Web Browsers

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Education

      • Why Teachers Are Dropping Out

        A steady stream of polls warns that an alarming number of teachers share this view, with a quarter to half of educators reporting that they’re considering changing careers. One recent survey by the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, found that the number of teachers contemplating quitting has spiked since the start of the school year. Nine out of 10 reported that burnout is a serious problem, as teachers stretch to accommodate vacancies or Covid-related absences. Black teachers were the most likely to say that they’re considering leaving.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • US Fatal Overdoses Top 100,000 Annually While NY Injection Sites See Zero Deaths
      • Calling the Coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus’ Matters: Research Connects the Label With Racist Bias

        It happens today, too, even though the World Health Organization advises against naming pathogens for places to “minimize unnecessary negative effects on nations, economies and people.” By Feb. 11, 2020, the WHO had announced that the official name for the novel coronavirus just starting its spread around the world would be severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 – or SARS-CoV-2. The illness it caused would be called COVID-19, short for Coronavirus Disease of 2019.

        Yet some politicians, conservative journalists and otherspersisted in calling the COVID-19 virus the “Chinese virus,” or some variant of this term, such as the “China virus,” “Wuhan virus” (after the Chinese city that first reported the virus), “Chinese flu” and “Kung flu.”

      • ‘A Great Loss’: Partners In Health Co-Founder Dr. Paul Farmer Dead at 62

        A massive outpouring of grief and emotional tributes resulted Monday after news broke that Partners In Health co-founder and Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Paul Farmer—renowned for his groundbreaking work in global public health—had died.

        Paul taught all those around him the power of accompaniment, love for one another, and solidarity.”

      • Public Health Experts Warn Against UK’s End to Covid Restrictions

        Thousands of scientists and doctors in the United Kingdom on Monday rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnon’s assertion that it is time to begin “living with Covid” and demanded to know how his government is justifying its decision to end nearly all pandemic-related public health restrictions in the coming weeks, warning the policy change could worsen the spread of future variants.

        Writing to Patrick Vallance, Johnson’s chief scientific officer, and Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, more than 2,900 physicians, epidemiologists, and other experts in science and public health called on the officials to share the “scientific advice underpinning” the new policy.

      • “Science Kardashians” versus the Great Barrington Declaration?

        If there are sentences that I never expected to write as part of a blog post, near the very top of the list has to be anything resembling “John Ioannidis uses the Kardashian Index to attack critics of the Great Barrington Declaration.” It’s a sentence so off-the-wall that, even in the most fevered flight of ideas that sometimes run through my fragile eggshell mind as I contemplate what I’m about to write in this and my personal blog, I could never have strung these words and thoughts together unaided unless I had actually seen John Ioannidis publish a paper in which he did, indeed, weaponize the Kardashian Index in order to attack the signatories of the John Snow Memorandum as, in essence, “science Kardashians,” which, to my utter disbelief, really happened last week in the form of a paper authored by John Ioannidis and no one else published in BMJ Open Access entitled ‘Citation impact and social media visibility of Great Barrington and John Snow signatories for COVID-19 strategy.“

      • Who’s Behind the People’s Convoy to Washington DC?

        Are these the same organizers that brought us Canada’s “Freedom Convoy,” blocking the streets of the capital, Ottawa, for weeks and blocking border crossings to the U.S.? No, those organizers were arrested. Those trucks were confiscated. Those protesters have been debanked and uninsured. This is a whole new crop of American Made truckers.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Finding Faults: CNCF Has Moved Chaos Mesh to Its Incubator

                Last week the Cloud Native Computing Foundation announced that its Technical Oversight Committee has voted to move its Chaos Mesh project, which applies chaos engineering techniques to cloud native deployment, from its entry level Sandbox to it’s Incubator.

                This indicated that the project has reached a level of maturity that should make it more attractive to enterprises that are leery of deploying software in early stages of development. Before the status change, however, Chaos Mesh was already being used in production by more than 50 organizations, including DataStax, Percona, and Prudential.

        • Security

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

            • Ubuntu vulnerabilities allow escalation to root: time to patch [Ed: Not as bad as they make it sound]

              Ubuntu has patched multiple vulnerabilities, some of which allow any unprivileged user to gain root privileges on the vulnerable host. Two, in snap-confine (a SUID-root program that is installed by default on Ubuntu) were reported by security firm Qualys, which admitted that finding and exploiting them had been “extremely challenging (especially in a default installation of Ubuntu), because snap-confine uses a very defensive programming style, AppArmor profiles, seccomp filters, mount namespaces, and two Go helper programs.”

            • Research Shows Linux is More Secure and Faster Compared to Apple’s MacOS and Microsoft’s Windows | Tech Times

              Linux has been the underdog when it comes to popular consumer OS choices, but new research suggests that the platform outperforms Apple’s macOS and Microsoft’s Windows in two sections, security, and speed.

            • Linux Beats Apple, Microsoft, And Google At Security Patches

              New research suggests that Linux as a platform is more secure than Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s macOS. Platform security is becoming a major concern among users, with Windows and macOS often believed to be relatively safer than Linux due to the regular security patches and updates. However, the latest report now suggests that Linux could actually be faster than both.

              Security vulnerabilities in operating platforms and other software is a major problem, given the growing prevalence of malware. Not only that, targeted hackings are also becoming a major issue for government agencies, politicians, journalists, and civil rights activists. Regular citizens are also often being targeted by cyber-criminals, so it is imperative for software vendors to patch security vulnerabilities in their products as soon as possible.

            • Linux platform is more secure than Microsoft Windows & Apple macOS

              Google’s Project Zero has published new research showing that Linux developers are faster than others at fixing security flaws. Surprisingly, developers seem to be working on maintaining Linux faster than Google’s own internal team. The Project Zero team studied fixed vulnerabilities reported between January 2019 and December 2021. They found that open-source programmers fixed Linux problems in an average of only 25 days. Additionally, Linux developers have been steadily reducing the number of days to patch security flaws. Back in 2019, developers patched flaws within a month’s time. Now, they often finish fixing bugs within two weeks.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Interview With Aleksey Lapshin – ANY.RUN

              Aleksey Lapshin: I have seen many products out there, and quite often, they have only one goal: to achieve business purposes. Of course, it is natural but not convenient for engineers. Going after success, designers or developers stop caring for users. And just imagine a guy that works day after day, all these long hours with the software designed not for him but only for financial objectives. Employees fall into stress and suffer while working with tools that are complicated, useless, and stingy with design.

            • Plans for „Prüm II“: EU member states also want to query driving licence facial images

              In the framework of the Prüm decisions, police forces have networked their files for fingerprints, DNA data and motor vehicle data across Europe. A new regulation is to extend this to faces. Now there is a threat of further tightening.

            • EU Commission continues to upgrade surveillance in Libya – and worries about its reputation

              The EU is using development aid funds to finance a deployable radar system for the Libyan coast guard. The force, known for its brutality, wants to use it to detect refugees crossing to Europe. Then they will be intercepted by three new patrol boats.

            • Microsoft requires all Windows 11 users to create a Microsoft account for initial setup

              Microsoft will force Windows 11 Pro users to create a Microsoft account and connect to the Internet for the initial setup process. The new requirements mirror those of Windows 11 Home, which has Internet connection and account required since its launch in October last year.

              Once the changes are implemented, Windows 11 will be the only major operating system that will require an account to gain access to basic system features. Apple’s macOS operating system lets you create a local account during setup, and similarly, Android takes you to the home screen without signing in. Even Chrome OS, a cloud-centric operating system, has a guest mode for basic use without an account.

            • The Government’s got your number (and more)

              The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) amended the Unified License in December, 2021 to extend the period of retention of call records and internet usage data from one year to two year. Worried about the implications of this change on privacy, we wrote to the DoT asking them to recall the amendments and conduct a public consultation before introducing or implementing any similar amendment in the future.


              As per Condition 5.1 of Unified License Agreement, the licensor, i.e., DoT, reserves the right to modify the terms and conditions of the license at any time, if it is expedient to do so for public interest, security of the state, or for proper conduct of telegraphs. However, the circulars do not specify which of the above conditions necessitated the present amendment. Moreover, such an amendment should only have been made after a public consultation and inviting insight from stakeholders, however this process was not adopted. On December 31, 2021, we had filed a right to information request with the DoT inquiring about these amendments, however in their response dated February 17, 2022, they failed to answer any of our questions satisfactorily.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Calls to Reform the CIA Are Misplaced. It Shouldn’t Exist at All.
      • Why Trump Can’t be Ignored and Must be Held Accountable

        This is a symptom of the much deeper problem: Donald Trump has planted authoritarianism across America like some kind of bizarre Johnny Appleseed, and only his humiliation and conviction will pull it out by the roots.

        Eight Republican senators have now come forward to defend the air-crew abusers, as astonishing as that may seem.  In doing so, they’re making common cause with thousands of authoritarian followers who’ve adopted Donald Trump as their behavioral role model.

      • The Northern Ireland Peace Agreement is Crumbling, But Boris Johnson does not Seem to Care

        Yet when Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), pulled it out of the devolved government in Northern Ireland last week, collapsing the power sharing administration, Johnson made no comment. That should not have caught anybody by surprise, as the British Government’s actions and inactions over the past couple of years had already gone far to degrade the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement of 1998 which brought an end to the violence.

        Given that Sinn Féin is likely to emerge as the largest party in May’s Assembly election, and the DUP is opposed to the Northern Ireland Protocol, a power sharing executive in Belfast may never be resurrected. The delicate compromise between unionist and nationalists, Protestants and Catholics, which was one of the historic successes of British diplomacy, is falling apart and the British Government shows little sign of taking notice.

      • Employing Confidence Building Measures in the Ukraine Crisis

        CBMs are worth exploring. The idea behind them is that parties to a conflict take small but significant steps, reciprocally, to move away from a potential battlefield. Reducing tensions, preventing escalation of hostilities, and building mutual confidence in each side’s motives are the immediate objectives. There can be two-party or multiple-party CBMs. Agreement on CBMs does not resolve a conflict, but it lays the basis for positive momentum that might in the end result in a settlement. Of course each step of the way holds out the possibility of failure, either intentionally or accidentally. But that is also the beauty of CBMs: Since each step is small, any defect can be rectified or, if not, replaced with something more workable.

        CBMs depend to some extent on trust. Each side trusts that the other side will take a corresponding step back. As President Reagan once said when talking about arms control agreements with Russia, however, “trust but verify.” Thus, CBMs are always accompanied by verification components, such as on-the-spot international inspectors, surveillance technologies, and reporting procedures. CBMs have been effective in European troop deployments, the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the China-India border dispute. And they might work in the current crisis over Ukraine.

      • Opinion | Biden’s Real Challenge Is Not Russia or China, But Poverty in America

        Mainstream US media continues to celebrate the supposed strength of the US economy. Almost daily, headlines speak of hopeful numbers, sustainable growth, positive trends and constant gains. The reality on the ground, however, tells of something entirely different, which raises the questions: Are Americans being lied to? And for what purpose?

      • America Trapped by the Gun Industry
      • Katrina vanden Heuvel: Smart Diplomacy Can Still Resolve the Ukraine Crisis Without War

        As President Biden warns of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, France has secured a commitment from both Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet at a summit in an effort to defuse the escalating tension. We speak to veteran journalist Katrina vanden Heuvel, whose latest article for The Washington Post, “A path out of the Ukraine crisis,” argues both leaders must work to avoid a catastrophic war. “There’s a bluffing that could be taken more lightly, except this is the most dangerous confrontation between the United States, NATO and Russia in decades,” says vanden Heuvel.

      • Russian military claims it destroyed two Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles that allegedly crossed the border

        Two Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles were destroyed after allegedly crossing the border into Russian territory, state media reported on Monday, February 21, citing the press service of Russia’s Southern Military District.

      • Putin says a ‘decision will be made today’ on recognizing Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’

        President Vladimir Putin says a “decision will be made today” on whether Russia will recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics,” two Kremlin-backed two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine.

      • 60,000 and counting Russia scrambles to accommodate thousands as Donbas evacuations continue

        On Friday, February 18, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” announced that increased tensions in eastern Ukraine necessitated mass evacuations. Over the next three days, more than 60,000 people were relocated to Russia, according to official reports. In total, 43 Russian regions have agreed to take in evacuees. President Vladimir Putin has also ordered the Russian government to pay 10,000 rubles ($130) to each “refugee.” Be that as it may, confusion reigned at Russia’s reception centers over the weekend, as local authorities scrambled to accommodate the sudden influx of people. Several Russian regions have even declared a state of emergency. So far, evacuees are being put up in schools, hotels, summer camp facilities, and even makeshift tent camps. Meduza shares snapshots from the evacuation.

      • UPDATED: Russia recognizes independence of Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’

        Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that he intends to sign a decree recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” immediately.

      • Biden and Putin Agree “in Principle” to Ukraine Summit Amid Rising Tensions
      • Territorial claims Putin has recognized the breakaway ‘republics’ in eastern Ukraine. But what does Moscow consider their ‘borders’?

        Vladimir Putin has officially recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed “republics” in eastern Ukraine. The Russian president signed the corresponding decree on Monday, February 21, following a lengthy address to the nation. The issue of recognizing the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LNR) was also discussed at length during an extraordinary meeting of the Russian Security Council earlier in the day. Speaking at the meeting, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev suggested that Moscow recognize the “historical” boundaries of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions as the breakaway territories’ frontiers. However, this elides the fact that a significant portion of the territories the DNR and LNR claim remain under the control of the Ukrainian government.

      • Putin orders Russian military to carry out ‘peacekeeping’ in the DNR and LNR

        President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to carry out “peacekeeping functions” on the territory of the breakaway “republics” in eastern Ukraine.

      • Russian Security Council discussing recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’ following official appeals from de facto leaders

        De facto leaders Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine.

      • ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Linked to 11% Spike in US Gun Homicides: Study

        So-called “stand your ground” laws are associated with hundreds of additional homicides each year in the United States, according to new research conducted by public health scholars, who say that these laws “should be reconsidered to prevent unnecessary violent deaths.”

        The enactment of SYG laws contributed to an especially pronounced rise in firearm homicide rates in many Southern states that were quick to adopt the laws.

      • ‘Very Dangerous’: Putin Authorizes ‘Peacekeeping’ Forces for Eastern Ukraine

        This is a developing news story… Check back for possible updates…

        Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday formally recognized Donetsk and Luhansk—two self-proclaimed people’s republics in eastern Ukraine—as independent, a move opposed by the leadership of Ukraine and Western powers.

      • Biden and Putin Agree ‘In Principle’ to Ukraine Summit Amid Fears of War

        U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday agreed “in principle” to hold a summit on Ukraine as global fears of a war involving the two nuclear-armed powers remain high.

        In a statement, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron—who spoke separately with Putin and Biden on Sunday—said that both leaders accepted the idea of the summit, though the precise details have yet to be agreed upon.

      • Al-Shabab Collects Millions to Spend on Weapons, Report Finds

        Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group has an annual budget of $24 million to spend on purchasing weapons, a new report finds.

        The report by a Mogadishu-based research group, the Hiraal Institute, said the group uses various methods to procure weapons, including direct purchases from local black markets, and from arms traders contracted to buy and deliv­er weapons from abroad, mainly Yemen.

        Hiraal said the acquisition of firearms, ammunition, explosives and other lethal capacity weapons remains a priority for al-Shabab, with nearly a quarter of its budget going to such transactions.

    • Environment

      • Supermarkets move to phase out letterbox advertising

        In the long run, several of the organisations – including the Coop supermarket – want print advertising completely abolished.

      • Energy

        • Students Say Yale, Stanford and MIT’s Fossil Fuel Investments Are Illegal
        • Averting Climate Catastrophe: Can We Get Here From There?

          I went on the feature climate as a major part of coverage in a very early website, Cascadia Planet, which went live in 1994, and focused my activism increasingly on the climate crisis from around 1996. Over the quarter century since, I have approached the issue from many directions, from writing high-level policy papers and co-authoring a couple of books (here and here), to participating in street-level direct action, even getting arrested a couple of times. I’ve helped grow a couple of climate groups and spur major federal energy research investments. I even was a defendant in a precedent-setting trial where we argued the first climate civil disobedience necessity defense in a U.S. courtroom.

          So after all these years, it grieves me deeply, as it does so many others, to see climate action falling short at all levels even as climate disruption intensifies. In fact, it seems that in the past seven years, the hottest in recorded history, the Earth has flipped into a new climate regime. Extremes including storms, floods, heat waves, droughts, wildfires and polar ice loss are surging.  A report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released last August confirmed this acceleration. But climate action is now stalled in Congress, and the requisite sense of urgency is lacking.

        • Opinion | Meat-Eating and Subsidizing Our Way Towards Extinction

          Much fuss is rightly made of the $11 million fossil fuel companies are subsidised every single minute of every single day. We ask why we are subsidizing the cause of the climate crisis to the tune of $5.9 trillion a year when the cost of decarbonising our economies stands at $3.8 trillion a year. It’s hard to make sense of the asinine nature of our politics unless the word corruption is used. While fossil fuel interests pocket trillions of our hard-earned taxes and then corrupt our politicians further, there is another industry that is corrupting our politics while overseeing animal abuse and destroying the natural world at a rapid pace—animal agriculture.

        • Fossil Fuel Giants Seek Billions From European Countries Under Secretive Treaty

          Fossil fuel companies in Europe are using an international treaty signed nearly three decades ago to challenge several governments’ ability to take climate action—exemplifying why, critics said Monday, the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty is a major impediment to transitioning away from planet-heating fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.

          “Time to throw this treaty out.”

        • Opinion | Big Oil Uses Ukraine Crisis to Push for Expansion of Dirty US Fossil Fuels

          There are always those who will want to profit from war or the threat of war, as unscrupulous as it may seem. And for the American oil and gas industry there is no exception.

        • Church of England Fossil Fuel Ties Revealed Amid Divestment Dispute

          Senior figures in charge of the Church of England’s investments have close current or past ties to high-carbon companies including Shell, Drax and BP, DeSmog can report. 

          The revelations come as the Church faces renewed pressure to fully divest from fossil fuels after its biannual meeting earlier this month, where climate campaigners expressed frustration at the Church’s ongoing stakes in oil and gas. 

    • Finance

      • Keep It Simple: Our Elected Officials Shouldn’t Sell Stocks
      • The Market’s Specter

        The last few years have seen a new turn in the relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the rest of the world. In the early 2000s, as China entered the World Trade Organization and made preparations for its first-ever Olympics, outsiders were optimistic that it would assimilate into a US-led world order, embracing global markets and retiring its old socialist economy. But those rosy predictions have faded since the 2008 financial crisis and the 2013 ascension of Xi Jinping as leader of the Chinese Communist Party. The idea of endless growth avowed by American liberals in the 1990s has been replaced by the zero-sum logic that China’s success will come at the expense of others. True or not, China has been successful: Its economy has continued to grow, not only from global trade but also through government-financed debt and infrastructure investment, both at home and abroad in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. That China has embraced such an approach instead of the austerity programs and free market policies of the former Soviet states has made it clear to leaders in the United States and the European Union that China has emerged in the 21st century not only as a trading partner and an ally but as a potential rival.

      • The Dirty Secret of Inflation: Corporations Are Jacking Up Prices and Profits

        President Biden and his fellow Democrats need to learn to talk about inflation if they hope to maintain congressional majorities in this year’s midterm elections. They can’t deny that costs for consumers are rising at a jarring rate—up 7.5 percent compared to a year ago, according to the latest figures. But they can, and must, make the connection between surging prices and surging corporate profits.

      • Promised Debt Relief, Some Black Farmers Instead Get Collection Notices
      • Opinion | Ending Poverty in California Is Possible

        In 2019, when I implemented the first major Guaranteed Income pilot in any American city as Mayor of Stockton, people thought it was “crazy.” Yet today, more than 60 mayors across the country have now committed to guaranteed income as a tool to abolish poverty, with about half already running pilots in their own cities.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • THE PROJECT CENSORED NEWSLETTER – February 2022 – Censored Notebook, Newsletters

        Salon published an excerpt, The TikTok Timebomb, from the Junk Food News chapter of this year’s book. Highbrow Magazine published another excerpt, How the Media Is Under Attack Throughout the World. And Savage Minds published a third book excerpt, Censorship by Proxy, Physical Violence, and Chilling Threats, based on Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff’s introduction to State of the Free Press 2022. You can also read a Q&A feature with Huff and Roth published by Truthout.

      • French Presidential Election: the Mainstreaming of Far-Right Ideas

        Set in a reactionary climate, this presidential campaign is poised to descend into a racist and nationalistic quagmire by the time people cast their votes on 10 April, that is if it has not already.

        Even by the rancid nature of this particular campaign, a new low was reached last Sunday when the conservative candidate, Valérie Pécresse of Les Républicains, warned of the danger of a “Great Replacement” at a Paris rally.

      • Elections in Colombia: Prospects for Change and Lack of Guarantees

        After 20 years of governments that have supported the Uribism movement—named after Álvaro Uribe Vélez, who was president of Colombia from 2002 to 2010—and with the eternal backdrop of the armed conflict, Colombia is not only playing for change but also for the future of an unfinished peace process.

        What Will the Electoral Process in Colombia Look Like?

      • “Who Killed Our Father?”: 57 Years After Malcolm X Assassination, Family Wants Fed Probe into Cover-Up

        On the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we speak with the civil rights leader’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz about her family’s call for a federal probe into his murder, following the exoneration of two men who were wrongfully convicted. “We want to know who killed our father, and we want to make sure that it is properly recorded in history,” says Shabazz. “We want Congress to document the truth,” says Benjamin Crump, who represents the family of Malcolm X.

      • Opinion | What the US Needs to Offer Russia to Avoid War in Ukraine
      • Special Guests Benjamin Norton on How Biden is “out-Trumping Trump” on Immigration and Eugene Puryear on Racism’s Deep Roots in US – The Project Censored Show

        Benjamin Norton is an independent journalist who focuses on Latin America; he’s also the founder of Multipolarista. Eugene Puryear has been a peace-and-justice organizer since his high-school days; he’s the author of “Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America,” and he writes at Breakthrough News.

      • Florida GOP Denounced for Making Anti-LGBTQ Bill ‘Even More Dangerous’

        Advocates for civil rights are sounding the alarm after a Republican lawmaker in Florida filed an amendment to House Bill 1557—dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics—that would require schools to out LGBTQ students even if educators believe the disclosure will result in “abuse, abandonment, or neglect.”

        H.B. 1557 and its companion, S.B. 1834, would effectively prohibit teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in primary grades or at any level “in a manner that is not age-appropriate,” a term that remains undefined. It would also require all school districts’ trainings on “student support services” to adhere to the guidelines, standards, and frameworks established by the Florida Department of Education, which currently excludes anti-bullying resources meant to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides.

      • Orbán and Gyurcsány unexpectedly butt heads on Facebook during the first week of the campaign period

        The parliamentary election campaign period officially kicked off on Saturday, which was immediately apparent from the fact that markets and squares were flooded with signature collectors that morning. As promised in my first campaign update, I’ll be summarizing major developments of the election every week in five bullet points. For this installment, I’ll be touching on the state of the nation speeches delivered by various party leaders, Péter Róna, a last-minute candidate swap, and a clash on Facebook between Orbán and Gyurcsány that made the needle jump on the election’s absurdity meter. Translation by Dominic Spadacene.

      • Lee Camp: New Data Shows US Government Has Been Bought For $14 Billion

        This past weekend I was sitting in my hot tub that’s really just a bathtub that’s really just my neighbor’s bathtub that he lets me use when he’s out of town and doesn’t know I found his apartment key — and it occurred to me: I don’t think most Americans are happy with our political system. I don’t know why not.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Donald Trump’s Truth Social App Hits No. 1 on Apple’s App Store

        The social network backed by ex-president Donald Trump — ironically, it’s called Truth Social — has hit the top of the Apple App Store rankings for free apps a little over 12 hours after it debuted.

      • Pakistan Toughens Law Against Fake News

        Pakistan is under fire for toughening its controversial cybercrime law to allow anyone to file a complaint against posting so-called fake news on Twitter and Facebook, and for increasing the prison term from three to five years for those found guilty.

        The changes to what is known as the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, introduced on Sunday through a presidential ordinance or decree, have made spreading fake news or defaming any person or state institution online an offense for which there is no bail.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • I Helped Publish Maus. Never Once Have I Regretted It.

        Sometimes life has a way of making you realize things about yourself. Recently, I discovered that an urge of mine, almost four decades old, had been the very opposite of that of a rural Tennessee school board this January. In another life, I played a role in what could be thought of as the unbanning of the graphic novel Maus.

      • Govt can’t hide its ‘fascist behaviour’ behind ‘draconian’ cybercrime laws: Marriyum

        The government has been facing severe criticism from opposition parties and various media and journalists’ bodies after President Arif Alvi promulgated an ordinance on Sunday to amend the Peca to regulate social media.

        “Imran Khan has made these draconian amendments to mentally enslave 220 million people of Pakistan,” she remarked, adding that the amendments were in violation of national and international human rights laws, media laws, Articles 19 and 19-A of the Constitution, which pertained to freedom of expression, and every other law that reinforced the idea of freedom of expression.

        Aurangzeb particularly highlighted two of the amendments, which she said were of significance.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Ben Crump on Fighting for Justice for Daunte Wright, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin & Z’Kye Husain

        Former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for fatally shooting Black driver Daunte Wright after mistaking her gun for a Taser. We speak to Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Wright family, about Judge Regina Chu’s sympathy expressed for Potter during closing statements and how white criminals tend to receive lighter sentences. “Police officers, when it comes to Black people, they always do the most,” says Crump. Crump also weighs in on other clients he currently represents, such as the family of Ahmaud Arbery, the unarmed Black jogger who was fatally shot in Georgia, and Z’Kye Husain, a Black teen who was racially profiled and violently arrested by police in a New Jersey mall.

      • Suicide Truckers

        The third removed a drill from his bag and started to make a hole in the bottom of the boat.

        “What are you doing?!” the other two exclaimed in horror.

      • Release Humanitarian Philippine Physician Dr. Naty Castro

        Dr. Castro returned to Metro Manila in 2020 to care for her ailing mother, who has since passed away. On February 18, 2022, the police broke down the doors of the Castro family home and arrested Dr. Castro. Her family and lawyers report that she was initially held incommunicado, not receiving due process. She has been transported to Mindanao to face trumped-up charges of kidnapping and illegal detention. On the face of it, it is absurd to accuse this dedicated physician and public health practitioner of such crimes.

        Dr. Castro is just one of the countless advocates for social progress, including peasant and labor leaders, human rights and environmental activists, journalists, lawyers, and health workers who have been attacked, harassed, intimidated, or killed. In the Philippines those who stand up for the welfare of the common people are “red-tagged,” i.e. labeled as terrorist, communist, or both, by security forces or those in the government. Red-tagging stifles dissent by undermining democracy and due process and encourages assassinations and retaliations. The legal climate under the regime of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is de facto martial law. Prior to these laws, Duterte’s failed “drug war” had claimed the lives of 30,000 Filipinos.

      • Voting is Free Speech

        Symbolic speech is non-verbal action that clearly conveys a specific message to anyone who sees and reads it. It can take the form of public protests, such as sit-ins and marches, demonstrations, wearing buttons, armbands or clothing items such as t-shirts, nudity, flag-waving, flag-burning, burning draft cards and bras, braille, sign language and even non-criminal actions that others might find offensive[1] (the universal one finger salute), to name a few.

        My friend, Alan Nicholson, and I were exchanging emails, and he raised an interesting question: Could the right to vote be an exercise of free speech?  I believe that Alan is correct, voting is the exercise of free speech.  I suggest that it is a form of symbolic speech.

      • Forgive Thyself and Others: Reparations Now!

        When my grandmother received “compensation” from the German government for her time spent in a labor camp she didn’t claim the relatively small amount given to her purely out of financial need (although that too played a part). No, she claimed it as a recognition of the part played by the German people in her own personal story of extreme suffering and human degradation. She claimed her small monthly check as a symbol that great wrongs were committed and that they should be publicly acknowledged as such. No amount of money could dilute her individual experience of the camps and the loss of her parents, but the fact of symbolic redress by those, who even though they might not have been directly responsible for her anguish, was a significant act of historical and spiritual closure.

        The money given to her was a complex exchange of memory, truthfulness, expiation, and guilt. It was a testament that what was done to her and her family members was outside the arc of common humanity and needed to begin to be set straight. And so it is too with the descendants of slaves in America.

      • We Must Protect Historically Black Colleges and Universities

        The historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States are under attack, it seems, from multiple directions. In recent weeks, numerous HBCUs have reported bomb threats against them. Such threats have hit institutions such as Howard University in Washington, D.C., Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., and Alcorn State in Alcorn, Miss. It augurs poorly for the current state of race relations, as these schools have long served the Black American community. At the same time, a recent report from Forbes indicated the extent to which land-grant HBCUs—a significant number of these institutions—have been woefully underfunded by state governments since 1987. In both cases, we see a continuing attack on not just HBCUs but the very idea of semi-independent Black institutions within the United States.

      • Labor Solidarity, and Worker Victories, Across Borders

        The SINTTIA victory in Silao comes after decades of hard-fought struggles by independent and democratic labor unions in Mexico that have challenged hostile and sometimes violent anti-unionization campaigns. Their efforts have confronted employers, corrupt and entrenched charro unions, and the system of neoliberal globalization itself, manifest in structures such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) that pit workers in Mexico against their counterparts in the United States and Canada. “These deals were about putting US manufacturing workers in direct competition with much-lower-paid workers in the developing world….” economist (and my colleague) Dean Baker has written. “This also put downward pressure on the wages of the manufacturing workers who kept their jobs, as well as on the wages of less-educated workers more generally, since manufacturing has historically been a source of relatively high-paying employment for workers without college degrees.”

        The effects of 28 years of NAFTA — and its successor, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement — on Mexico should surprise no one. As NAFTA was being debated in the early 1990s, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari claimed that the trade and investment arrangement would make Mexico a “first world” country and lift living standards up closer to those in the United States and Canada. But after 20 years, the poverty rate in Mexico was higher than in 1994 when NAFTA first went into effect.

      • A Working-Class Uprising in Canada?

        The “Freedom Convoy”—which for a week shut down trucking traffic at the Ambassador’s Bridge separating Detroit from Windsor, Canada, and led to a siege of Ottawa—has given a certain cohort of contrarian pundits a chance to chortle. Why are so many on the left refusing to support a truckers’ protest? Isn’t there hypocrisy here? Batya Ungar-Sargon, deputy opinion editor at Newsweek, said, “This is the biggest labor action I recall seeing in my life and the Left is on the other side of it. It has to do with the shift in the Democratic Party which used to be the party of the working class and is now the party of the pajama class.” Alluding to criticisms of the convoy, Glenn Greenwald sarcastically tweeted, “Many people love ‘workers’ but not workers.”

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • EU launches WTO dispute against China over telecom patents

          The European Union launched a legal challenge against China at the World Trade Organization on Friday, arguing that Chinese courts were preventing European companies from protecting their telecom technology patents.

          The European Commission, which filed the challenge on behalf of the EU’s 27 members, said EU companies were being deterred from going to a foreign court to safeguard their standard-essential patents (SEPs).

        • EU Challenges China Over Telecom Patents

          The EU says that since August 2020, Chinese courts have been handing European companies’ “anti-suit injunctions” to prevent them from going to non-Chinese courts to legally protect the companies’ patents, and threatening fines if they do. The European Commission has filed these legal challenges against China with the World Trade Organization, and if the dispute isn’t settled in 60 days, the EU can escalate by requesting the organization set up a ruling panel.

        • EU Files WTO Complaint Against China Over Telecom Patents

          The European Commission did not specify the companies involved. China’s largest smartphone makers are Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Honor, formerly owned by Huawei. European SEP holders include Nokia and Ericsson.

          The commission said it had raised the issue on a number of occasions with China, without resolution.

          The bloc believes China is violating the terms of its Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual [sic] Property [sic] Rights [sic] (TRIPS) agreement with the WTO.

        • EU sues China at WTO over telecom patents

          European Commission Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis said: “We must protect the EU’s vibrant high-tech industry, an engine for innovation that ensures our leading role in developing future innovative technologies. EU companies have a right to seek justice on fair terms when their technology is used illegally. That is why we are launching WTO consultations today.”

        • To Stop ‘Endless Cycle of Death,’ Biden Urged to Push Emergency Patent Waiver

          More than 80 civil society organizations said Monday that in order to finally put a stop to the “endless cycle of death and disability” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S. President Joe Biden should demand that the World Trade Organization convene an emergency session and swiftly approve a suspension of coronavirus vaccine patents.

          The coalition, led by the Trade Justice Education Fund, outlined its demands in a new letter to the White House ahead of Biden’s second planned global vaccine summit next month—a virtual gathering that will come as billions of people in poor countries still lack access to lifesaving shots.

      • Copyrights

        • Sci-Hub Blocking: Court Denies Researchers’ Application to Intervene

          Three researchers who sought to intervene in a court case that will determine whether Sci-Hub will be blocked by ISPs in India have had their application rejected. They argued that blocking access to copyrighted research papers would affect their work and harm the public interest. The judge found that an intervention could not be made on that basis.

        • Google Punishes Pre-Release Piracy Sites Harder in Search Results

          Google’s voluntary anti-piracy measures have gradually expanded over the years, resulting in some unique responses. When Google removes an allegedly copyright-infringing URL from its search engine, it will disable ads on this URL as well. In addition, the search engine has added a “still-in-theaters/prerelease” tag for DMCA notices, so reported sites can be punished more severely.

        • Episode 7: Open Culture VOICES – Larissa Borck

          New week, new episode of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we are joined by Larissa Borck, Digital Curator at the Sörmlands Museum. As a trained cultural anthropologist with a strong network in the European digital cultural heritage sector, Larissa is passionate about opening up GLAM institutions by digital means. With a background in research about digitization of cultural heritage and management of museums, Larrissa connects both academic and practice fields.

[Meme] Military-grade Propaganda in EPO.org This Past Week

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Even Vladimir Putin would envy such a guiltless cover-up job

Campinos lobbying 'his' government for mandate

Our mainframe died

National delegations plotting to violate national constitutions

Summary: Based on the above, you’d think there’s an ‘upgrade’ (the mainframe 'died'), you’d think Portugal is as important to the EPO as Germany (because Campinos is lobbying), and everything is rosy because of a hogwash disguised as “report” (highlighted above are just a few examples among many more, to be covered later in a video)

[Meme] When Managers Do Not Understand the Staff (or Refuse to Understand It)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cannot offer 'cooperation money' to SUEPO

Stressed EPO staff

Summary: EPO President António Campinos and Mr. Rowan (not Atkinson) aren’t going to make any progress by refusing to accept reality

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