Microsoft: Bribing With Both Hands

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Microsoft, OSI at 3:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Redmonk Microsoft bribes


OSI Microsoft bribes

Summary: Bribery is the main modus operandi of Microsoft; don’t fall for the lie/delusion of GitHub being a separate company

“Analysts sell out – that’s their business model… But they are very concerned that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very prickly to work with.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Links 30/03/2022: GNUnet 0.16.3, GParted Live 1.4.0-1, and Mesa 22.0.1

Posted in News Roundup at 2:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Benchmarks

      • Mesa 22.0.1 Release Notes

        Mesa 22.0.1 is a bug fix release which fixes bugs found since the 22.0.0 release.

        Mesa 22.0.1 implements the OpenGL 4.6 API, but the version reported by glGetString(GL_VERSION) or glGetIntegerv(GL_MAJOR_VERSION) / glGetIntegerv(GL_MINOR_VERSION) depends on the particular driver being used. Some drivers don’t support all the features required in OpenGL 4.6. OpenGL 4.6 is only available if requested at context creation. Compatibility contexts may report a lower version depending on each driver.

        Mesa 22.0.1 implements the Vulkan 1.2 API, but the version reported by the apiVersion property of the VkPhysicalDeviceProperties struct depends on the particular driver being used.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Webmin on Ubuntu 20.04/22.04

        Server management is an exciting concept for all Linux users whether they are beginners, still learning their ways around the Linux OS architecture, or expert users that can manage and administer different Linux operating system distributions. However, as time goes by, you will start to feel the urge/need for a flexible and less time-consuming approach to managing your Linux server.

        This article introduces Webmin as a reputable web-based admin tool, that makes the life of a Linux administrator much easier as it lessens the user footprints needed to effectively manage a targeted Linux system/server.

      • ID RootHow To Install MediaWiki on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MediaWiki on AlmaLinux 8, as well as some extra required packages by MediaWiki

      • H2S MediaHow to reset Ubuntu 22.04 LTS root password – Linux Shout

        Recover your forgotten root password for Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish server or desktop by resetting it. Here are the commands to follow for that.

        Forgotten passwords are always annoying – especially when it comes to your own computer password. So you can no longer access your important data.

        Among the numerous tasks that we have to carry out every day when managing Linux operating systems is resetting the password of the users, whether they are logged in or not, in order to regain access to the system and make it work properly. However, being an administrator you need root user access for that. But what happens if you forget the root password. In such conditions, you won’t be able to perform the core tasks of your computer. This problem often occurs because users use multiple passwords on multiple platforms. So, here is the solution for that.

      • SudoSudo 1.9.10: hiding passwords in session recordings | Sudo

        Session recording has been available in sudo for many years, however not many people are aware of it. Even less well-known is that you can save not just the terminal output, but also what the user types. That way you can analyze what the user is doing within a shell session. Recordings may also include user passwords, which is not always desirable. Version 1.9.10 of sudo allows you to hide passwords in session recordings if it recognizes a password entry.

        From this blog you will learn how to turn on session recording in sudo, how to enable or disable hiding passwords in session recordings, and how to view the results.

      • How to install a bunch of debs | Just Jeremy

        Recently, I needed to check if a regression in Ubuntu 22.04 Beta was triggered by the mesa upgrade. Ok, sounds simple, let me just install the older mesa version.

      • How to Use Cloud-Based APIs for File Uploading and File Hosting – kifarunix.com

        If you handle many files daily, either personal or professional, you may find yourself constantly looking for ways of optimizing storage space. With newer options available like cloud-based APIs, storage issues may become history. So, what is a cloud-based API, and how can you upload files using it? Tune in!

      • TechRepublicHow to install the Matomo web analytics platform on Ubuntu Server 20.04 | TechRepublic

        Website analysis is an important aspect of administration. If your company needs to track such data, there’s an open-source tool for that very purpose. Jack Wallen shows you how to deploy Matomo.

      • H2S MediaHow to reset root password in Debian 11 Bullseye – Linux Shout

        Reset your forgotten root password for Debian 11 Bullseye server or desktop by resetting it. Here are the commands to follow for that.

        Forgotten passwords are always annoying – especially when it comes to your computer password. So you can no longer access your important data.

        Among the numerous tasks that we have to carry out every day when managing Linux operating systems is resetting the password of the users, whether they are logged in or not, to regain access to the system and make it work properly. However, being an administrator you need root user access for that. But what happens if you forget the root password. In such conditions, you won’t be able to perform the core tasks of your computer. This problem often occurs because users use multiple passwords on multiple platforms. So, here is the solution for that.

      • How to Install Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 5

        Linux Mint has launched a new Linux Mint Debian Edition operating system. In short it is also known as LMDE. Code name for LMDE 5 is ‘Elsie’, it similar to Linux Mint but in place of Ubuntu. It is using Debian and its packages are provided by Debian instead of Ubuntu.

        The main objective for launching this new LMDE OS is that it continues to offer the same user experience even if Ubuntu disappear. In other words, it will remove the dependency on Ubuntu.

        In this guide, we will learn how to install Linux Mint Debian Edition 5 (LMDE) step by step with screenshots.

      • How to Connect to Remote Database in pgAdmin4 and DBeaver

        SSH allows two computers to communicate and encrypts the shared data. It’s a commonly used method for securely accessing remote server terminals and for file transfer.

        SSH can also be used to create a secure communication tunnel between computers for forwarding other network connections that are not normally encrypted, a technique called SSH Tunneling (or port forwarding).

      • How to Create Custom 404 Error Page in NGINX

        Every time NGINX encounters an error as it attempts to process a client’s request, it returns an error. Each error includes an HTTP response code and a short description. The error usually is displayed to a user via a simple default HTML page.

        Fortunately, you can configure NGINX to display custom error pages to your site’s or web application’s users. This can be achieved using the NGINX’s error_page directive which is used to define the URI that will be shown for a specified error. You can also, optionally use it to modify the HTTP status code in the response headers sent to a client.

        In this guide, we will show how to configure NGINX to use custom error pages.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Oracle Java 16 JDK On Ubuntu

        JDK is a development kit intended to develop and run Java-based applications on various operating systems and servers. Java is the widely used object-oriented and open-source programming language with platform indecency.

        To accomplish the purpose of developing and running Java programs, JDK is equipped with a variety of tools such as Java Runtime Environment, Java loader, Java archiver, compiler, and much more. As JDK is platform-independent and have key importance in Java programming, we have compiled this guide to get Oracle Java 16 JDK on Ubuntu.

      • Linux HintHow to install Atom on Arch Linux

        Atom is an open-source text editor and source code editor which is quite famous among coding agnostics as it is full of features and support that developers look for. The Atom support is provided by GitHub and it can be used to write code in C++, C#, JavaScript, CSS, and much more. Apart from this, Atom can be customized to have a better user interface for users of various interests.

        As Atom is open-source and has cross-platform support, it is quite famous among Linux enthusiasts. Therefore, Atom can be availed on all the famous Linux distributions. In this article, we will provide a procedural guide to installing the Atom editor on Arch Linux.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Flask for Arch Linux

        Flask is a python-based backend framework that acts as a key ingredient to developing python-based web applications. Flask is a lightweight framework equipped with a built-in development server and efficient debugging support.
        Although Flask falls under the category of microframeworks, however, various libraries and tools can be added to Flask that make it suitable for complex projects as well.

        In recent computing advancements, users have shown interest in Linux-based systems. In today’s guide, we will show you how Flask can be installed on Arch Linux.

      • How to upgrade Linux Kernel on Debian 11 to 5.16 Release – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to upgrade Linux Kernel to 5.16 mainline release on Debian 11.

        Linux Kernel is a free and open-source, monolithic, modular, multitasking Unix-like operating system. It is the main component of a Linux operating system and is the core interface between the computer’s hardware and its processes. It makes communication possible between computer hardware and processes running on it and it manages resources effectively.

        Linux 5.17 mainline was released recently by Linux Torvalds with better new features to try out. The mainline tree is maintained by Linus Torvalds and It is where all new features are added and releases always come from.

      • OSNoteHow to Install java on AlmaLinux 8, CentOS 8 and Rocky Linux 8 – OSNote

        Java is a popular programming language used to build a variety of apps and websites. But what is the real story on Java, and who uses it?

        Java has been around since 1995. It was released by Sun Microsystems as a programming language for “smart” consumer devices, particularly those with multimedia capabilities. This included interactive television systems as well as some early smartphones. Much later on, in 2006, Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems, and with it the Java programming language. However, this isn’t why most people know about Java today.

        Java came into its own as a web development tool. In the late 1990s, many companies saw the potential of publishing their content over the internet using a new technology known as “hypertext markup language” (HTML). HTML was an application of “hypertext,” which had been introduced by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. However, the problem with HTML content was that it lacked interactivity. Therefore, if you wanted to do things like checkboxes or clickable images, you needed something more advanced than basic HTML.

    • Games

      • VideoWhy Valve needs to SLOW DOWN with the Steam Deck Verified program. Plus more Steam Deck news. – Invidious
      • linuxium.com.au: First look at SteamOS 3

        Having downloaded the Steam Deck recovery image and written to a USB using ‘Rufus’, I was surprised that booting on various AMD mini PCs has so far been unsuccessful whereas after just a few tweaks it successfully booted on a couple of different Intel NUCs.

      • GamingOnLinuxUbisoft Connect on Steam Deck guide with SD Card access | GamingOnLinux

        A guide that I’ve seen quite a few comments ask for across YouTube and our social media pages, so here’s how to get the Ubisoft Connect launcher working on Steam Deck. You might want to do this if you own games on Ubisoft but not directly on Steam.

        For this, I’m using my tried and tested method that I used for the Epic Games Store originally, by adding the installer as a Non-Steam Game. You could also use Bottles, but I’ll talk more about that later. First up, here’s the video:

      • GamingOnLinuxFree and open source level editor LDtk 1.0 is out now | GamingOnLinux

        LDtk (formerly known as LEd) is a free and open source level editor, developed by Sébastien Benard who previously worked on the successful Dead Cells and also recently Nuclear Blaze.

        It’s cross-platform too across Linux, macOS and Windows and with it being under the MIT license you can do mostly whatever you want with it. Although supporting the developer if you find it useful would of course be a good thing to do, if you wish to see it continued to be supported. Linux support is still considered “experimental”, so perhaps with the source available issues can be found and fixed more easily.

      • GamingOnLinuxCrowns And Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit adventure releases May 6 | GamingOnLinux

        Crowns And Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit from Tag of Joy / Thunderful Publishing / Headup is now confirmed to be releasing on May 6.

        Headed up by the art director from Broken Sword 2.5, Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit takes inspiration from adventure classics like Broken Sword and Syberia, while offering a modern and unique take on the genre that showcases underexplored locations across Eastern Europe, along with their fascinating history. Explore a beguiling hand-painted world full of life, rich with history and threaded with conspiratorial intrigue.

      • GamingOnLinuxTFC: The Fertile Crescent is a classic base-building RTS out in Early Access | GamingOnLinux

        TFC: The Fertile Crescent is a new Early Access real-time strategy game from Wield Interactive / The Knights of Unity, as a much expanded version of the original that’s free on itch.io.

        Inspired by the development and decline of historical civilizations, players must maintain a delicate balance between food production and army upkeep, as reducing food sources can collapse even the most powerful community. The developers say it’s a tribute to the pioneers of the RTS genre and you can certainly feel that while playing. If you’ve ever played a base-building RTS before (be it Age of Empires or anything similar), you will absolutely feel at home here.

      • GamingOnLinuxEmuDeck makes emulation on Steam Deck nice and simple | GamingOnLinux

        If you want to get emulation setup on Steam Deck, you need to take a look at EmuDeck which makes installing and configuration nice and easy.

        While the Steam Deck from Valve has already proven itself to be a very capable device (just look at our videos!) for modern games, there’s a massive amount of classics begging to be played on this handheld. This is where EmuDeck comes in. It’s not an emulator itself though, instead it’s a setup tool that helps you get other tools and emulators configured properly for the Steam Deck.

      • GamingOnLinuxRetroArch gets big Steam Deck improvements | GamingOnLinux

        RetroArch, the very popular application front-end for emulators and more has a new release out and it includes better support for the Steam Deck. The improvements benefit all Steam users of course but, for the Steam Deck especially, it’s awesome.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG Ubuntu’App Icons Taskbar’ Puts Running Apps in GNOME Shell’s Top Bar

          ‘App Icons Taskbar’ hit the GNOME Extensions website this week. As the name tells you, this is a simple add-on that adds icons for running apps and favourites to the Top Bar (which is what the GNOME Shell panel stripped across the top of the screen is called).

          Right-clicking on an app icon lets you access the respective app’s context menu, and if you hover over a running app icon you will see thumbnail previews of open window(s).

    • Distributions

      • 10 Lightweight Linux Distributions for your Old Hardware in 2022

        We highlight a list of 10 lightweight Linux Distributions ideal for your older PC in 2022. We give you their features and what makes them perfect for reviving older hardware.

      • New Releases

        • GParted Live 1.4.0-1 Stable Release

          The GParted team is pleased to announce a new stable release of GParted Live.

          This release includes GParted 1.4.0, updated packages, and other improvements.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat OfficialWhat’s new in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6 Beta

          RHEL 8.6 includes a number of features that will translate into operational benefits for your organization. While not a comprehensive list, here are some of the improvements that stand out in this beta.

          To simplify administration, we’ve added the ability to take on new tasks in RHEL’s web console, based on the upstream Cockpit project.

        • Red HatGenerate and save an HTML report in Jenkins on OpenShift 4 | Red Hat Developer

          Jenkins is one of the most popular CI/CD tools for automating builds and deployments. It is very flexible and can be deployed on almost every operating system, as well as on Red Hat OpenShift. This article shows you how to deploy Jenkins on OpenShift 4.9, create a simple pipeline to deploy a Java application to OpenShift, do some testing, save the test results as HTML, and publish it as an artifact so that people can see the results.

          For this scenario, we’ll generate an HTML report using Maven OWASP Dependency Check plugins. The report will contain a list of libraries that contain vulnerabilities. This pipeline runs on Jenkins 2.2 on top of OpenShift 4.9.

        • OpenSource.comHow Aqua Security is approaching DevSecOps in 2022 [Ed: IBM is promoting lots of mindless buzzwords]

          I recently took the opportunity to discuss open source and security challenges with Itay Shakury of Aqua Security. What follows is a fascinating discussion about current issues, the future, and specific cloud-native tools that address the concerns of today’s Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs).

        • Enterprisers ProjectWant to build a resilient IT team? Follow this advice | The Enterprisers Project

          Resilient companies adapt and respond to change and recover quickly from setbacks. Particularly today, these qualities are critical for organizations to succeed. Employees need a positive energy, a sense of purpose on the team, and they need to be eager to learn. They have to be excited about upskilling and growing; they need to be able to trust each other, work as a team, and, of course, be open to change.

          But how do we as leaders cultivate these qualities in our teams and create a culture of resiliency? Three principles are key: prioritizing a more human connection, hiring people that exude energy, and making time for employees. Here’s what that has looked like for us at NTT DATA.

        • Enterprisers Project5 leadership tips for CIOs to evolve their digital strategy [Ed: Mostly buzzwords slinging, no real substance.]

          The modern CIO role has morphed into one that is equal parts technologist, business strategist, and transformational change agent.

        • The Register UKAxed data scientist sues IBM claiming he was discriminated against as a man

          Michael Stickler, a former IBM data scientist, has sued Big Blue for gender discrimination and retaliation after he complained that he was not being offered the same family leave options available to his women colleagues.

          In March 2021, according to the complaint [PDF], Stickler’s fiancée’s seven-year-old son came to live with the couple and Stickler asked to take a week off using earned vacation time to get to know his soon-to-be stepson. But his supervisor refused to allow him to take vacation then.

          The following month, his fiancée “became severely ill and required significant medical attention,” to the point that she could no longer care for her child. Stickler was working from home in New York at the time and found it difficult to care for his ailing fiancée and her son, home from school due to COVID-19 restrictions, while managing his work responsibilities.

      • Debian Family

        • Bits from Debian: Lenovo Platinum Sponsor of DebConf22

          We are very pleased to announce that Lenovo has committed to supporting DebConf22 as a Platinum sponsor. This is the fourth year in a row that Lenovo is sponsoring The Debian Conference with the higher tier!

          As a global technology leader manufacturing a wide portfolio of connected products, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and workstations as well as AR/VR devices, smart home/office and data center solutions, Lenovo understands how critical open systems and platforms are to a connected world.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • The Register UKRolling Rhino: A rolling-release remix of Ubuntu

          Rolling Rhino is a new community remix of Ubuntu, but with a unique twist: it has a whole new release model, rather than just a different desktop.

          The new remix builds upon a tool of the same name. The Rolling Rhino script converts an installation of one of Ubuntu’s daily images into a rolling release by setting it to track the devel branch of the distro. The Rolling Rhino remix simplifies this process somewhat by allowing you to install the distro already configured in the relevant way.

          The new flavor is the brainchild of MrBeeBenson, building on work by Martin Wimpress, who is the project leader of the Ubuntu MATE remix.

          There are several rolling-release distros out there already, of course. Arch Linux recently hit 20 years old, while openSUSE Tumbleweed has been around since 2014. Both are designed and conceived as rolling releases and don’t have stable versions. Instead, there are just periodic snapshot releases, so you can jump onto the conveyor belt starting from a fairly recent basis.

        • Ubuntu PitLinux Mint Cinnamon vs MATE: Which One To Choose?

          In the world of Ubuntu and Debian-based Linux distributions, the Linux Mint is an excellent choice for beginners and day-to-day use. The Linux Mint is well known for productivity, office work, lightweight graphic design, and watching multimedia. For different use cases and usability, the Linux Mint has a few versions with a variety of desktop environments. For many years there has been a debate going on Linux Mint Cinnamon vs MATE; one must know why the debate is still so popular and the facts before selecting the OS.

          Linux Mint Cinnamon and Mate are the most used and most reviewed distributions among other variations of the Mint family. It’s not just like they have added two different desktop environments and published two different distributions, and there are some notable changes in internal design and performance in both Linux Mint Cinnamon and MATE. Before you pick one, you must know the difference between the Linux Mint Cinnamon vs MATE.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • The Register UKOracle adds autoML to its MySQL HeatWave service • The Register

          Oracle has added autoML, real-time elasticity, and price-performance trade-offs to Heatwave, the analytics engine it piggybacks on MySQL transactional database.

          Nipun Agarwal, veep of HeatWave and advanced development at Oracle, told The Reg that the autoML features included in Heatwave would handle model training, inference, and explanation on behalf of the users, saving customers time and resource extracting data for these purposes.

          “Customers need to extract data out of the database, and then move it on machine learning,” he said. “It is the same problem which customers had with analytics in the past, which is when you move the data out, the data is no longer as secure and it takes effort.

          “It introduces complexity to the application. And finally, you’re running this machine learning on some other service and it’s going to cost you, and this is what happens for instance, with [AWS] Redshift ML.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

      • Programming/Development

        • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Dev snapshot: Godot 3.5 beta 3

          We’re getting closer to the Godot 3.5 stable release with a third beta snapshot! Like with 4.0 alpha builds, we’re trying to release 3.5 beta builds every other week to ensure that new features can be tested, bugs can be reported and bugfixes can be validated.

          This new beta 3 adds two much awaited changes for Android users: an initial Android editor port, and a fix for the low processor usage mode which used to flicker on Android. See the highlight section below for details and a download link for the editor APK.

          This is a big update with close to 350 commits from 82 contributors since the previous beta! Some of the main highlights added in beta 2 are physics interpolation for 3D, and a new OccluderShapePolygon for your 3D occlusion needs.

        • QtQt Design Studio 3.2 Released

          We are happy to announce the release of Qt Design Studio 3.2.

        • QtHow to learn Qt?

          My name is Hanna, and I work as a Learning Manager at the Qt company. I have recently joined the company, so nice to meet you!

        • Igalia Coding Experience, GSoC, Outreachy, EVoC
  • Leftovers

    • Tedium11 Weird Utensils You Probably Aren’t Using

      If you think we’ve got a hot take on Will Smith and Chris Rock, you picked the wrong newsletter. But on the day of that unusual event, I was inspired by something that happened that I found kind of weird. See, about five hours before Smith managed to disrupt his 35-year career, I opened up a microwavable quinoa salad, and inside this packaging (from my favorite source of oddball groceries, Lidl) was a spork. But it wasn’t just any spork—it was a spork that folded in half and came with a latch, meaning that said spork was reusable. To me, I see something like this, and I clear my schedule, looking for ways to deeply analyze all the angles of this thing that I’ve discovered. This quinoa salad spork changed my life; it was like it put me in the middle of a forest with nothing but my thoughts and this spork. (And in this forest, I could only, barely, hear the sound of the slap.) After 72 straight hours of researching this spork, taking only a small series of 15-minute naps amid my research, I’m back with my report: Here are all the weird combination utensils I could find. Today’s Tedium talks alternative utensils.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The Netherlands needs drug reform (yes, really)

        In years past, I have smoked tobacco every now and then in social settings, but never developed a habit. However, when COVID rolled in, one of the only friends I ever got to spend time with during lockdown was a smoker, and after sharing cigarettes with them for a while, I developed a full blown tobacco addiction. Thankfully, I quickly realized what was happening and kicked it after a few months.

        Apart from the occasional cigarette, I have had a casual relationship with marijuana for many years. Weed is much safer than tobacco, and it does not create a physical dependency like nicotine does. If you stop smoking weed, you don’t get cravings, headaches, anxiety, depression, sleeping problems — you just stop being high. In general, I do not view a responsible marijuana habit as a problem, at least nowhere near as problematic as tobacco use. I view it similarly to recreational alcohol use. And so, when I quit smoking tobacco, I did not quit my occasional marijuana use, since it was not a problematic substance for me.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • David RevoyHow proprietary social-medias are shaping the future of Pepper&Carrot – David Revoy

          I had an issue in December 2021: the latest Pepper&Carrot episode 36 : The Surprise Attack hasn’t received a lot of audience. I can see this metric with multiple tools and indicators. I was very surprised about that and maybe the first time I saw a curve going down in my always growing statistics on Pepper&Carrot. Weird.

        • The Register UKDev rigs up receipt printer to spit out GitHub issues [Ed: Wasting a Raspberry Pi to promote Microsoft's proprietary vendor lock-in that's in effect an attack on Free software and on Git]

          Sometimes the best things are the most simple. A case in point: sending GitHub issues to an old thermal POS printer via a Raspberry Pi.

        • The Register UKMicrosoft backtracks on lack of easy Windows browser choice
        • The VergeMicrosoft is finally making it easier to switch default browsers in Windows 11
        • The Register UKFTC sues Intuit for false advertising, says ‘free’ TurboTax isn’t always free

          Intuit, makers of the tax-filing software TurboTax, deceives folks with false advertising and claims its product is free to use when it isn’t always free, the US Federal Trade Commission claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday.

          “TurboTax is bombarding consumers with ads for ‘free’ tax filing services, and then hitting them with charges when it’s time to file,” said Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We are asking a court to immediately halt this bait-and-switch, and to protect taxpayers at the peak of filing season.”

          Tens of millions of US citizens and other taxpayers use TurboTax to file their annual tax returns. The program helps peeps prepare documents, and automatically estimates any tax refunds or rebates they might be eligible to receive. Intuit produces TurboTax’s Free Edition software, claiming users filing simple tax returns don’t have to pay anything to use it at all.

        • The Register UKMutating Verblecon malware in illicit cryptomining … so far [Ed: The Register should have clarified this is Microsoft Windows]

          First the sneaky Windows malware runs a series of checks to see if it’s being debugged, or being opened on a virtual machine or in a sandbox environment, “which would indicate it is likely being opened on a security researcher’s machine,” the researchers wrote. Additionally, it obtains a list of running processes, checks those against a set list, and looks for files that include executables and device drivers.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Software Patents

          • ZDNetLeading supply-chain company Maersk joins the Open Invention Network

            When you’re a technologist, and you hear “containers” and “supply-chain,” your mind immediately turns to Docker containers and supply-chain software. Most people, however, think of container ships and the physical supply chain that brings milk and bread to their local grocery store. However, these two concepts have more in common than you might think. A. P. Møller – Mærsk A/S (Maersk) is a leading global container logistics and shipping services leader company that uses open-source software to deliver its goods.

Dennis Payne on Free/Libre Computer Games and Game Restoration

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Videos at 9:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: This talk‘s description says “Dennis is a free software game developer in his spare time.” Here is the talk he refers to, which he gave a couple of years ago.

Licence: CC BY SA 4.0

Links 30/03/2022: Ubuntu MATE 22.04

Posted in News Roundup at 7:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Leftovers

    • The NationLandscapes of the Mind

      “What I Saw,” an exhibition of drawings by Joseph E. Yoakum at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is a homecoming of sorts. His work’s first appearance in the city was in a small group show at the same museum in 1971. That show, mounted in a members-only area of the museum, featured mostly works on paper by, among others, then-up-and-coming conceptual artists such as Iain Baxter, Mel Bochner, and Dan Graham, as well as a print portfolio by the renowned draftsman Saul Steinberg (best known for his New Yorker cartoons), and drawings by the abstract painters Michael Venezia and Jack Whitten. And then there was, as the MoMA press release of that day called him, “Joseph Yoakum, an 80-year-old American Indian,” who “shows drawings of landscapes based on the memories of his trip around the world.” Yoakum was the only one among the show’s 13 artists whose age or ethnicity was mentioned, and the description of him as Native came from his own unverifiable self-description, according to which he was a Navajo (pronounced, by him, “Nava-Joe”).

    • Derek Powazekwho you calling boring, punk?

      Now is a great time for the web! I’ve seen more interesting projects turn up in the last year than I can count, and I feel like we’re just getting started. Weblogs, community sites, real world experiments. RSS, XML, web services. And more and more.

    • VarietyJim Carrey Slams ‘Spineless’ Oscars Audience for Will Smith Standing Ovation: ‘I Was Sickened’

      Carrey said Smith “should’ve been” escorted out of the Oscars ceremony after he slapped Rock. King noted that Chris Rock declined to file a police report about the incident, but Carrey claimed that was only because the comedian “didn’t want the hassle.”

    • Science

      • The NationClimate Research Shouldn’t Be Funded by Fossil Fuel Companies

        As student organizers, we’ve seen the power of divestment come to bear by helping secure historic commitments from our universities—including the world’s richest school, Harvard—to sever their endowments from the companies driving climate breakdown.

      • Project CensoredLack of Research on Rise of Suicides Among Asian American Youth – Validated Independent News

        To attest to the lack of research, at present only one study, published in the early 2000s, examines Asian American mental health. Since this data was collected, the Asian American population has grown by 72 percent. Turning a blind eye to suicide among Asian Americans could lead to an endemic in a rapidly growing community that has limited resources for countering suicidal behavior.  Moreover, a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found a positive correlation between suicidal behavior and specific countries or regions of origin. This study specifically noted the risks for young women of South Asian origin. This example addresses the importance of intersectional considerations, for the experiences of a South Asian woman could differ drastically from that of an East Asian woman or those of an Asian man. To the knowledge of the researchers, “this is the first study providing a literature overview on suicidal behaviour and specific risk factors both in migrants and ethnic minorities”— once again supporting the need for more data collection.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayBuilding A DIY Flight Yoke For Flight Simulator

        Flight yokes are key to getting an authentic experience when playing a flight simulator, but [Michel Rechtin] didn’t want to pay big money for a commercially-available solution. He ended up building a design using a lot of parts he had laying around, which saved money and worked out great.

      • HackadayFifty Motored Paraglider Partly Flies, Partly Glides

        If there’s one thing you can count on [Peter Sripol] for, it’s for defining the the aviation category of “Don’t Try This At Home.” In the video below the break, [Peter] displays his latest terror of the skies: A powered paraglider backpack that has fifty electric motors. Does it fly? Yes. Was it a success? Eh… mostly.

      • HackadayCute Oscilloscope Uses LEDs For Display

        Oscilloscopes were once commonly called CROs, for the fact that they relied on cathode ray tubes for display. Since then, technology has moved quickly, and oscilloscopes these days almost entirely rely on modern screens like LCDs. However, [lonesoulsurfer] went a different route with this fun DIY build, creating an oscilloscope with a low-resolution LED display.

      • HackadayYou Can Turn Soft Drink Bottles Into Handy Solar Lamps

        Solar lights are a popular garden decoration. Of course, they’re available cheaply from most hardware and garden stores, but if you’re more of the DIY type, you might like to build your own. [opengreenenergy] has done just that, using recycled materials for a cheap and simple design.

      • HackadayNon-Contact Probe Works Better With A Little More Complexity

        Non-contact voltage probes have been around a while and some test equipment now has them built-in. This is one of those things that you probably don’t think about much, but surely it isn’t that hard to detect AC voltage. Turns out there are a lot of circuits floating around that can do it and [nsievers51] tried a bunch. Many didn’t work very well, but the best used a 4069 CMOS hex inverter. A dollar store flashlight provided power, a case, and an LED and the result was a good-looking and effective probe.

      • HackadayConverting Your Bike To Electric: Why You Should, And When You Shouldn’t

        A decade ago I was lucky enough to work for an employer that offered a bicycle loan scheme to its employees, and I took the opportunity to spend on a Brompton folding bike. This London-made machine is probably one of the more efficiently folding cycles on the market, and has the useful feature of being practical for longer journeys rather than just a quick run from the train. A 3-speed hub gearbox is fine for unhurried touring, but sadly my little folder has always been a bit of a pain on the hills. Thus around the start of the pandemic I splashed out again and bought a Swytch electric upgrade kit for it, and after a few logistical and life upheavals I’ve finally fitted it to the bike. I’ve ridden a few electric bikes but never had my own, so it’s time to sit down and analyse the experience. Is an electric bike something you should have, or not?

      • HackadayLED Kaleidoscope Uses Induction Power Magic

        The kaleidoscope was first invented back in the early 1800s, with the curio known for showing compelling psychedelic patterns as light passes through colored glass and is reflected by mirrors in a tube. [Debra] of Geek Mom Projects recently gave the classic toy a thoroughly modern twist with her own build. (Thread Reader Link).

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • TruthOutTexans Have Been Traveling to Oklahoma for Abortions, But a New Ban Looms There
      • The NationCovid-19 Coverage for the Uninsured Is Ending

        At the stroke of midnight last Tuesday, the US government stopped covering the cost of Covid-19 testing and treatment for the uninsured. Funding for the Covid-19 Uninsured Program, established at the outset of the pandemic, had run dry, and Congress had failed to replenish it. The uninsured can now be subject to ruinous medical bills after a Covid-19 hospitalization, a threat that will surely drive some to avoid seeking care; notably, one testing company has said it plans to charge uninsured patients $125 per Covid-19 test, a fine that will deter testing and hence disease control efforts. In two weeks, Covid-19 vaccine administration for the uninsured will also no longer be reimbursable, likely reducing timely access to vaccination. With yet another pandemic wave looming on the horizon, the evaporation of support for a disadvantaged population at elevated risk of Covid-19 could worsen the spread and impact of this virus.

      • NBCDoctor fired from ER warns about effect of for-profit firms on U.S. health care

        Patients seeking emergency treatment at the busy Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Kansas near Kansas City, Missouri, didn’t know their safety was potentially at risk. But the medical director of the emergency department saw the danger in 2012 and for years urged his bosses to address it by adding staff members.

        Then he was fired.

      • The VergeHow switching to EVs would improve health in the US

        A major shift to electric vehicles and a clean power grid in the US could save tens of thousands of lives over the next few decades, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.

        The drop in pollution from tailpipes and power plants would prevent up to 110,000 premature deaths by 2050, the report projects. It would also avoid 2.78 million asthma attacks and 13.4 million lost workdays. All in all, that would amount to $1.2 trillion in public health benefits.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Krebs On SecurityHackers Gaining Power of Subpoena Via Fake “Emergency Data Requests”

          There is a terrifying and highly effective “method” that criminal hackers are now using to harvest sensitive customer data from Internet service providers, phone companies and social media firms. It involves compromising email accounts and websites tied to police departments and government agencies, and then sending unauthorized demands for subscriber data while claiming the information being requested can’t wait for a court order because it relates to an urgent matter of life and death.

        • TechdirtThe Latest Moral Panic Focuses On Discord

          Techno moral panics are back in fashion, it seems. There have been multiple (misleading) stories about “kids and social media“, and then there are always attempts to dive into specific “new” services. Last fall, it was all about the kids and their TikTok challenges. But, Tiktok is so last year. So now CNN is back again, and this time the target of its moral panic is Discord. It has a whole scary article about “the dark side of Discord for teens.”

        • Pro PublicaHow Your Shadow Credit Score Could Decide Whether You Get an Apartment

          Kim Fuller needed to move. Her 83-year-old mom was struggling to get around the narrow, three-story row house they shared in Baltimore. Heart problems made climbing the stairs too arduous, cutting the older woman off from the kitchen where she’d loved to cook.

          Fuller, 57, found an apartment complex 3 miles away that billed itself as “luxury living” for people 55 and older, and she applied for a unit in early 2021. She figured she’d be approved: Her salary as a mental health services coordinator for the state of Maryland met the income requirements. She’d never been evicted and had brought her credit score up to 632 — which is considered fair — after a health crisis had forced her to file for bankruptcy eight years earlier.

        • The VergeA [intruder] stole $625 million from the blockchain behind NFT game Axie Infinity

          Roughly $625 million worth of cryptocurrency has been stolen from Ronin, the blockchain underlying popular crypto game Axie Infinity. Ronin and Axie Infinity operator Sky Mavis revealed the breach on Tuesday and froze transactions on the Ronin bridge, which allows depositing and withdrawing funds from the company’s blockchain.

        • Pro PublicaFTC Sues to Stop “Deceptive” TurboTax “Free” Ad Campaign

          With millions of Americans scrambling to file their taxes in the next few weeks, the Federal Trade Commission asked a federal court late Monday to intervene to stop Intuit from claiming in ads that Americans can file for “free” using the company’s TurboTax software.

          The FTC began investigating TurboTax in 2019 in response to ProPublica stories describing how users had been lured into using the software with promises of free filing, only to discover later they had to pay fees to finish the process.

        • The HillFTC sues Intuit over TurboTax ‘free’ filing ad campaign

          The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday announced it was suing Intuit, the owner of TurboTax, for allegedly deceiving consumers with “bogus” advertisements pitching free tax filings that millions of Americans do not qualify for.

          The FTC is also asking a federal court to immediately halt “deceptive advertising” immediately, the agency said in a statement.

          Agents argue that TurboTax has for years published misleading advertisements leading consumers to believe they can file taxes for free through the company, when in actuality, two-thirds of filers in 2020 could not qualify for the free filing.

        • IT WireUbiquiti files case against security blogger Krebs over ‘false accusations

          Ubiquiti, a maker of wireless LAN and WiFi routers and access points, has filed a case against former Washington Post employee Brian Krebs, who publishes a security blog, alleging that he falsely accused the company of “covering up” a cyberattack by intentionally misleading customers about “a so-called data breach and subsequent blackmail attempt in violation of US federal law and SEC regulations”.

        • IT WireZoom sacks sec researcher for posting Okta breach report on Twitter

          The Mandiant report was leaked to American website TechCrunch by Demirkapi earlier and the site carried a report based on it.

          iTWire has contacted both Zoom and Demirkapi for comment. Mandiant was recently acquired by Google.

          The Mandiant report showed that the Okta breach had been carried out using credentials stolen from customer service firm Sitel.

          The document showed that Sitel kept its passwords in a spreadsheet which was on its internal network.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • EFFPodcast Episode: Securing the Internet of Things [Ed: Window Snyder is a Microsofter. Why does the EFF boost Microsofters as if they’re security experts? EFF increasingly a loss cause. Also a Microsoft booster.]

              Window Snyder is the founder and CEO of Thistle Technologies. She’s the former Chief Security Officer of Square, Fastly and Mozilla, and she spent five years at Apple focusing on privacy strategy and features for OS X and iOS. Window is also the co-author of Threat Modeling, a manual for security architecture analysis in software.

            • TechdirtEU/US Say They’ve Agreed To A New Privacy Shield… That Doesn’t Seem To Deal With Any Of The Problems Of The Old One

              Last week, the EU and the US announced something important that sounds pretty boring — a new “privacy shield” agreement. You should know it’s important, because in the midst of dealing with everything else, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, President Biden actually made a public statement with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to announce it (in a speech that also included talk about the Russia/Ukraine situation). Here was the key bit:

            • PIAHow a Few Thoughtless Words about Privacy Led to Huge Political and Economic Headaches for the US and EU political and economic headache

              As the New York Times reported in 2015, Schrems was a 24-year-old student studying at the Santa Clara School of Law in California, when lawyers from Silicon Valley came to talk to students about their companies’ approach to privacy. Schrems was “taken aback” when he heard them say that they didn’t take Europe’s privacy laws very seriously, since companies rarely faced any significant penalties for breaking them.

            • TechdirtUkraine Government Confirms It Is Using Clearview AI To Identify… Dead Russian Soldiers?

              Last week, Reuters broke the quasi-news that Clearview had offered its tech to the war effort in Ukraine. According to statements made solely by the company and its CEO, Hoan Ton-That, the Ukraine government was using Clearview’s 10-billion facial image database (all scraped for free from the open web) to identify dead bodies, point out Russian traitors within their midst, and (somehow) combat misinformation.

            • PoliticoEU, US strike preliminary deal to unlock transatlantic data flows

              “I am pleased that we found an agreement in principle on a new framework for transatlantic data flows. This will enable predictable and trustworthy data flows between the EU and U.S., safeguarding privacy and civil liberties,” she said.

              Biden said the framework would allow the EU “to once again authorize transatlantic data flows that help facilitate $7.1 trillion in economic relationships.”

            • India TimesFacebook owner Meta puts plans to build Dutch data centre on ice

              Facebook owner Meta said on Tuesday it was suspending plans to build a giant data centre in the Netherlands, following political opposition.

              The move comes a week after the Dutch Senate passed a motion asking Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government to “use its powers” to temporarily block construction of the site in the northern town of Zeewolde, 50 km east of Amsterdam.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • TruthOutUkrainian Climate Activists Say They Don’t Want the US’s Fracked Gas Exports
      • The NationFor the Sake of Humanity, Let’s Abandon American Exceptionalism

        Three years after the end of World War II, diplomat George Kennan outlined the challenges the country faced this way: We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.

      • Counter PunchNATO Notes

        But while I sharply and emotionally oppose the waging of war by Vladimir Putin, or by anyone else, I believe that hypocrisy must also be opposed, above all when it creates an atmosphere further increasing those very dangers I have mentioned.

        Both mass media and social media are flooding us with heart-breaking depictions of death, sorrow and destruction in Ukraine. When they are truthful I cannot object. But nor can I overcome my inherent leaning toward occasional skepticism and suspicion; last week a video on Germany’s public TV channel ZDF showed a Russian tank lumbering through Ukraine – and carrying a big red Soviet flag with hammer and sickle – so obviously outdated. It’s hard to believe this was a mistake.

      • Counter PunchUkraine and Russia; Flags and Wars

        For weeks now, I have only glanced once a day at the major media news giants reporting about international news. Every war crime in the book, and Russia has committed many in Ukraine, is laid at Russia’s feet. The morning on which I write a meteorologist at an Albany, New York news station, a meteorologist adept in his reporting of the climate disaster, notes that a building on the Empire State Plaza is now decked out in the colors of Ukraine. The lights from windows of a building there glow in blue and yellow. Why that plaza was never adorned with the colors of Iraq or Yemen is quite understandable since the US and its allies never commit war crimes and when they do, well, the media does the Judeo-Christian thing and turns the other cheek and the violations of the rules of war go on with abandon. Julian Assange attempted to report on some of those violations of the US and he has not seen freedom. Recall the Geneva Convention, the UN charter, and simple human decency? They vanished in the post-World War II race to rule the world by whatever means possible, and mostly by the rule of cash and violence.

        Here, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, a road leads steeply up to a spot overlooking a valley and hills rising sharply to the second highest mountain peak in Massachusetts, Mount Everett. It’s a great walk because of the relatively steep angle. These foothills of the Appalachians have become home to countless numbers of second-home owners from the greater New York metropolitan area who have lots of money to spare, some of that money made possible by generous tax cuts to the near wealthy and wealthy. Large homes dot the landscape with much open land surrounding them. Houses can sell for well over $1 million. Reaching the top of the hill a few days ago, it astounded me that one such second home now flew the Ukraine flag with its blue and yellow colors. The US flag flew only feet away.

      • Counter PunchWhen Jim Crow greeted black veterans

        There’s a piece of legislation sitting in the House Veterans Affairs Committee — H.R. 5905 — that cuts a swath 75 years deep into American history and attempts to undo the sort of wrong we’re no longer supposed to talk about in the classroom. Introduced in November by Reps. James Clyburn and Seth Moulton, the bill, called the Sgt. Isaac Woodard, Jr. and Sgt. Joseph H. Maddox GI Bill Restoration Act of 2021, would give black veterans of World War II, or . . . uh, their descendants . . . the benefits of the famous GI Bill, signed by FDR in 1944, that they were denied at the time.

        Belated thank you for your service!

      • Counter PunchBeyond Deterrence

        You might say: odd time to bring this up, when possibly the only thing keeping Mr. Putin in check is the nuclear arsenals of the West, just as the only thing keeping us from giving even more military aid to Ukraine is Russia’s nuclear arsenals.

        The major powers are still firmly wed to the paradigm that it is nuclear deterrence that will prevent catastrophe rather than cause it. They see the risk of fundamental change as unacceptable—even as the potential of nuclear war between Russia and the West may be rising to the Cuban Missile Crisis level.

      • Counter PunchTime is Ticking: Israel’s Balancing Act in Ukraine is Likely to Backfire

        From the first day of the war, Israel somehow became involved. Top Israeli officials, including the country’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, began calling their Ukrainian and Russian counterparts. Initially, some in the media surmised that Israel is concerned because of the large Jewish populations in both Ukraine and Russia.

        However, the headlines quickly moved on, with terms such as ‘Israeli oligarchs’, ‘Jewish oligarchs’, and other combinations of Israel-friendly oligarchs dominating the news. Business interests quickly began replacing the supposed concern over the safety and welfare of ordinary Ukrainians.

      • Counter PunchExposing Fake Anti-Imperialism on Ukraine
      • Counter PunchWhat is “Unbelievable” Violence?

        The kind of violence I fear perpetuating is one that values some children’s lives, namely those of Ukrainians, at the expense of others, namely the more than 450 million other children around the world who today live in conflict zones deemed to be worth little or no media coverage.

        For weeks now, the ubiquitous mass media has implored us to react – because the events at hand are beyond tragic: more than one hundred Ukrainian children killed and 1.5 million having fled to other countries.  We are shown haunting images: a memorial of empty strollers in Lviv; a Romanian “toy bridge” that connects to the Ukraine.

      • Counter PunchWho’s Enabling Putin’s Enablers?
      • TruthOutUprising for Black Lives Drove Cancellation of Joint US-Israeli Police Trainings
      • Democracy NowIs Russia Punishing Kharkiv for Resisting? “Brutal Assault” Reduces Homes & Schools to Rubble

        Ukrainian and Russian officials have begun a new round of peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey. Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called for a humanitarian ceasefire to end the war, which began when Russia invaded Ukraine 34 days ago. The Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison speaks to us from Lviv, just back from reporting in bombed-out Kharkiv, one of Ukraine’s largest cities bordering Russia, where Putin’s army has launched one of its most brutal coordinated attacks. Graham-Harrison describes how the Russian military is “pummeling” civilian neighborhoods because they have not yet been able to take over Kharkiv.

      • Democracy Now“Plot to Overturn the Election”: Frontline/ProPublica Report Shows How Trump’s Lies Became GOP Dogma

        A federal judge ruled Monday that former President Trump and his lawyer John Eastman “likely” committed multiple felonies in their bid to block certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election, ordering them to turn over hundreds of emails to the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Despite the court order and numerous revelations coming out of the January 6 committee, some two-thirds of Republican voters believe Biden’s election was illegitimate. “The stolen election myth is animating the Republican base to this day,” says Frontline correspondent A.C. Thompson, whose new documentary, “Plot to Overturn the Election,” premieres today on PBS and tracks how lies about election fraud made their way to the center of American politics. “They believe that there has been a historic fraud that deprived Trump of his right to rule this country.”

      • Common DreamsProgressive Caucus Says Pay-For Concerns ‘Evaporate’ When It Comes to Pentagon

        The leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus voiced opposition to President Joe Biden’s $813 billion military budget request on Monday and lamented that the question so often asked of critical social spending measures—”how will we pay for it?”—is never applied to soaring Pentagon outlays.

        “The Pentagon remains unable to pass an audit, and its history of waste, fraud, and abuse continues to misuse taxpayer dollars.”

      • Pro PublicaNew Documentary by Frontline and ProPublica Reveals Origins of the Stolen Election Myth

        Tonight, PBS stations across the U.S. will premiere “Plot to Overturn the Election,” a collaboration between ProPublica and Frontline. (The documentary will also appear at pbs.org/frontline.) “Plot to Overturn the Election” examines the roles and impact of key members of the movement to spread the belief that the 2020 U.S. presidential election was rigged. The documentary also explores how members of the movement helped launch and fund the audit of Arizona’s vote count and how they are working to influence future elections, in part by supporting secretary of state candidates who share their views that America’s voting systems are irredeemably corrupt.

      • Meduza‘Refusing to kill people isn’t a crime’ The Russian National Guard is firing officers who refuse to join the war in Ukraine.

        On March 24, Pavel Chikov, a lawyer from the international human rights organization Agora, reported that 12 Russian National Guard officers from Krasnodar who were participating in military exercises in Crimea had refused to follow their commander’s orders to join the war in Ukraine. The officers were subsequently fired, though they’ve challenged the decision in court and are seeking to have their employment reinstated. Meduza spoke with Krasnodar-based lawyer Mikhail Benyash, who’s representing the officers in court, about the case and its possible consequences.

      • MeduzaNegotiators allegedly poisoned during Russia–Ukraine talks

        A peace negotiator from the Ukrainian delegation, lawmaker Rustem Umerov, was poisoned in early March and temporarily unable to participate in the talks with Russia, investigative outlet Agentstvo reported on Monday, March 28, citing three sources from both parties.

      • MeduzaUkraine’s 10-point plan Journalist Farida Rustamova obtained the full list of Kyiv’s proposals to Moscow on March 29
      • Common DreamsBiden Wants to Give 163 Times More to US Military Than to Global Pandemic Response

        One day after President Joe Biden asked Congress to approve a record-shattering $813 billion U.S. military budget, public health advocates are lamenting that his Fiscal Year 2023 spending blueprint requests roughly 163 times less funding to help mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic on a global scale.

        “Ending the pandemic is a choice.”

      • RTLControlled explosion of World War II bomb in Dudelange

        The road was closed and the army’s bomb disposal unit took the bomb to a nearby field, where it was disposed of in a controlled explosion around 4.45pm.

      • ABC8-hour gap in Trump’s Jan. 6 White House phone records

        The gap extends from a little after 11 a.m. to about 7 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, and involves White House phone calls, according to one of the people. Both spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

      • CBSWhite House records turned over to House show 7-hour gap in Trump phone log on Jan. 6

        Internal White House records from the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol that were turned over to the House select committee show a gap in President Donald Trump’s phone logs of seven hours and 37 minutes, including the period when the building was being violently assaulted, according to documents obtained by CBS News’ chief election & campaign correspondent Robert Costa and The Washington Post’s associate editor Bob Woodward.

      • Copenhagen PostTwo men found guilty of planning a terrorist attack on the Tour de France

        On Monday, the Copenhagen Court found two 23-year-old men guilty of attempted terrorism. A 40-year-old woman facing the same charge was acquitted, but found guilty of other lesser charges.

        The court placed emphasis on the discovery of numerous effects that are used to make bombs and the men’s movements on social media and the internet – which linked them to Islamic State

      • VOA NewsChina to Host Multilateral Talks on Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan

        Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters Tuesday that Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will also attend the two-day meeting. The Indonesian and Qatari foreign ministers will attend as guests, he added.

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsClimate Groups Say Planetary Impacts of Crypto Mining Could Be Reduced by 99%

        A simple switch in the way bitcoin is coded could reduce the power-hungry cryptocurrency’s energy use by 99%, dramatically reducing its environmental impact.

        “The ‘currency of the future’ is dragging us into the past when it comes to the urgent battle to save the climate.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | We Should Be Fighting the Climate Emergency, Not Another War

        What do a six-year-old in the United States and an 85-year-old in Russia have in common besides being on opposite sides of a war?

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Blue Carbon’ Sinks: Can the Ocean Save the Planet?

        Marine Technicians Margot Buchbinder and Luis Hernandez unlock a chain-link gate at Point Molate, a natural headland on San Francisco Bay, and drive to the water’s edge along a degraded road, part of what was once a World War II Navy fuel depot. From here, they climb down concrete blocks and boulders in the fading light of dusk.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Time to Rethink the ‘Green Revolution’

        A critical new donor-funded evaluation of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has confirmed what African civil society and faith leaders have claimed: “AGRA did not meet its headline goal of increased incomes and food security for 9 million smallholders.”

      • Counter PunchThe Five Plagues Testing Humanity

        Sophia, the goddess of internationalism, began by proudly pointing to the accomplishments of humanity. “Behold the United Nations,” she said, not for the first time. “See how all the peoples of the world cooperate across borders, languages, and cultures.”

        Nikolai, the god of nationalism, whose followers believed that fortified borders and high walls make good neighbors, scowled. “It’s just a talking shop where I see lots of my people getting all up in each other’s faces.”

      • Counter PunchGlobal Food Shortages: How Does Your Garden (or Pantry) Grow?

        Biden says food shortages “are going to be real,” although he seems to see them as an opportunity to increase US grain production and food exports rather than a real threat to Americans’ own well-being.

        After a year of continuing his predecessor’s “trade war” policies, Biden seems to be getting some free trade religion, which is nice, but he may be under-estimating the scope of the problem.

      • Counter PunchTornadoes and Climate Change: Why Dixie is the New Tornado Alley

        What causes tornadoes?

        Tornadoes start with thunderstorms. Think of the thunderstorm as the parent of the tornado. When atmospheric conditions favor the development of severe storms, tornadoes can form.

      • Counter PunchBarry Rosenberg: a Fearless Force for Wild Nature

        I met Barry at one of Ned Fritz’s anti-clearcutting gatherings in the mid-80s. Fritz was a grizzled Texan who hated clearcuts and his annual meetings in the 80s and 90s played a huge role shaping what became the national “Forest Watch” movement of grassroots activists across the country, a movement I played a small role in helping to start, mainly by giving it a name.

        Unlike many of the professional environmentalists and experts-for-hire, Barry knew nearly every acre of the forests he was fighting to protect. He’d walked the mountainsides, surveyed the age and conditions of the forest stands, knew how the creeks ran, where the salmon and trout spawned, and where the grizzlies denned. Barry mapped the forests in his head and beware the Forest Service ranger who presumed to know them from a GIS or computer-generated forest plan.

      • Common Dreams‘Radical’ Renewable Transition the Key to Fighting Energy, Climate Crises

        Tackling the current energy crisis in the short term and combating the climate emergency in the long term both require rapidly phasing out fossil fuels, a global group that promotes renewable energy said Tuesday.

        “The energy transition is far from being on track and anything short of radical action in the coming years will diminish, even eliminate, chances to meet our climate goals.”

      • Energy

        • TruthOutUS Oil Firms Set to Reap Up to $126 Billion in Extra Profits Amid War on Ukraine
        • Common DreamsAs Consumers Pay, Oil CEOs Refuse to Testify to Congress About Soaring Prices

          As people across the United States face record-high gas prices—compounded by rising grocery bills and prices for other essentials—executives at three major oil companies are refusing to testify before Congress about what their firms could do to lessen the burden on U.S. households, leaving Democratic lawmakers and consumer advocates to condemn the companies for profiting amid lower and middle-class people’s financial pain.

          Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, had invited the CEOs of EOG Resources Inc., Devon Energy Corp. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. to testify next week, only to be rebuffed Tuesday by the executives, who have personally profited off gas prices which averaged $4.24 per gallon on Monday.

        • Common DreamsUS Oil Companies Set to Reap Up to $126 Billion in Extra Profits Amid War on Ukraine

          A new analysis released Tuesday estimates that U.S. oil and gas corporations are poised to rake in windfall profits of up to $126 billion this year as they exploit Russia’s deadly assault on Ukraine to raise prices at the pump.

          Conducted by Oil Change International, Greenpeace USA, and Global Witness, the analysis uses a database that tracks the fossil fuel industry’s production economics to assess how much money the industry is set to make as a result of high global oil prices.

        • BBCClimate change: Wind and solar reach milestone as demand surges

          Fifty countries get more than a tenth of their power from wind and solar sources, according to research from Ember, a climate and energy think tank.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchBiden’s Unhinged Call for Regime Change in Russia

        They were nine words about Russian President Vladimir Putin that shook the world: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

        With a reckless genie out of the bottle, no amount of damage control from the president’s top underlings could stuff it back in. “We do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia, or anywhere else, for that matter,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters on Sunday. Such words might plausibly have less than full weight; Blinken was chief of staff at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when, in mid-2002, then-Senator Biden wielded the gavel at crucial hearings that completely stacked the witness deck in support of the subsequent U.S. invasion of Iraq, with the explicit goal of regime change.

      • HungaryOrbán: We have no responsibilities in this war

        The Hungarian Prime Minister gave a campaign speech disguised as an interview on Monday evening, addressing the most pressing current issues, especially in light of the parliamentary elections which are to be held this coming Sunday. Translation by Andrea Horváth Kávai

      • HungaryHungary cancels the V4 meeting over other members’ protest of its Ukraine policy
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ukraine War Cannot Justify Biden’s Too-Damn-High Pentagon Budget

        The Biden administration’s FY 2023 proposal for national defense, released on Monday, far exceeds what is needed to provide a robust defense of the United States and its allies. At $813 billion, it is substantially more — adjusted for inflation — than spending at the height of the Korean or Vietnam wars, and over $100 billion more than peak spending during the Cold War. The $800 billion-plus figure for national defense includes the Pentagon budget, work on nuclear warheads at the Department of Energy, and smaller defense-related outlays at a number of other federal agencies.

      • Common DreamsCoalition Urges Biden to ‘Maximize’ Efforts to Achieve Diplomatic End to Ukraine War

        More than a dozen progressive organizations sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday, urging his administration to do everything in its power to bring about a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine and to avoid doing anything that would cause a further escalation, which they warned might lead to a direct military clash between NATO and Russia, both flush with nuclear weapons.

        “Compromise is difficult given Russia’s actions, but compromise is necessary to diplomacy and will save lives.”

      • TruthOutClarence Thomas Backed Trump in Court While Ginni Thomas Backed Coup Attempt
      • Democracy NowGinni & Clarence Thomas vs. Democracy: He Sided with Trump in Court While She Backed Coup Attempt

        The January 6 committee investigating the deadly attack on the Capitol is reportedly deciding whether to interview Ginni Thomas — the Republican activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — about her efforts to overturn Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss. The move comes after a series of Thomas’s texts were made public in which she urges Donald Trump’s then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the weeks following the election to take action to prevent a Biden victory. Justice Thomas is the only justice who dissented in the Supreme Court’s decision a few months ago that led to the release of White House documents around January 6. We speak with Ian Millhiser, senior correspondent at Vox, who calls Ginni Thomas “a cheerleader at the highest level” for the attempt to overturn the election. “When you’re a judge, you can’t sit on a case where your wife has an interest,” says Millhiser. “If Clarence Thomas knew that his wife was potentially implicated in this scandal, I think he should have recused himself from this case.” Millhiser’s latest piece is headlined “Clarence Thomas’s long fight against fair and democratic elections.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Clarence Thomas Should Resign and Ginni Thomas Should Be Prosecuted

        In 1969, Richard Nixon and congressional Republicans took down the Supreme Court’s most liberal member, Abe Fortas, threatening to send his wife to prison. There’s a lesson here for today’s Democrats and Clarence Thomas.

      • Common Dreams‘A New Low’: CBS News Slammed for Hiring Mick Mulvaney as Contributor

        CBS News faced a firestorm of criticism Tuesday for making Mick Mulvaney a contributor, with one opponent calling the network’s decision to hire the ex-aide of former President Donald Trump “a new low.”

        “Mulvaney is a discredited liar and crackpot.”

      • Common DreamsTrump Beats Both Biden and Harris in Hypothetical 2024 Run: Poll

        If the 2024 election were held today, former President Donald Trump would beat both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

        That’s according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, which finds that if the incumbent and his predecessor were to face off again, 47% of voters would support Trump while 41% would back Biden. Harris fares even worse in a hypothetical match-up, with just 38% of voters saying they would choose her, compared with 49% who would pick Trump. Twelve percent of voters remain undecided.

      • Common Dreams‘This Is A Tipping Point’: Justice Thomas Must Resign, AOC Says

        Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday became the latest Democratic lawmaker to demand that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas resign in the wake of new revelations that his wife, right-wing activist Ginni Thomas, pushed at least one Trump administration official to try to overturn the 2020 election.

        If Thomas does not step down, said the New York Democrat, his conduct “could serve as grounds for impeachment.”

      • Common Dreams‘Time for Congress to Act’: Watchdog Groups Urge Passage of Stock Trade Ban

        Citing reports of “suspicious stock trades” at the start of the pandemic and a “crisis of institutional legitimacy,” a diverse group of 19 organizations on Monday urged Congress to pass legislation banning individual stock trading by federal lawmakers.

        The demand was delivered in a letter to U.S. House leaders from organizations including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Public Citizen, and the Revolving Door Project. It was sent amid growing momentum for such a ban—a prohibition that the groups frame as clearly needed in light of “the routine and bipartisan failures to comply with the STOCK Act.”

      • Common Dreams‘Possible Coverup’ Alleged as Jan. 6 Logs Show 457-Minute Gap in Trump Calls

        Internal White House documents handed over to a House panel investigating the January 6 Capitol attack show a gap of seven hours and 37 minutes in former President Donald Trump’s call logs from that day, raising suspicions that Trump allies are illegally concealing his phone records from lawmakers.

        The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and CBS News’ Robert Costa reported Tuesday that “the lack of an official White House notation of any calls placed to or by Trump for 457 minutes on January 6, 2021—from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m.—means the committee has no record of his phone conversations as his supporters descended on the Capitol, battled overwhelmed police, and forcibly entered the building, prompting lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence to flee for safety.”

      • Common DreamsWATCH: First House Hearing on Medicare for All Since Pandemic Struck

        The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to hold the first hearing on Medicare for All legislation since the coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020, exposing deep and fatal flaws at the heart of the United States’ for-profit healthcare system.

        Set to begin at 9:00 am ET, the hearing will examine Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Debbie Dingell’s (D-Mich.) Medicare for All Act and will feature testimony from a number of experts and advocates, including Be a Hero co-executive director Ady Barkan, emergency physician Uché Blackstock, and economist Jeffrey Sachs.

      • The NationRight Is Right
      • The NationMexico Takes on the the United States’ Gun Goliaths

        On August 4 of last year, the Mexican government filed a lawsuit in US Federal Court against 10 US gun manufacturers, including Glock, Colt, and Smith & Wesson. The suit accuses the gunmakers of knowingly “facilitating the trafficking” of massive quantities of firearms to Mexico’s notoriously violent drug cartels. This is the first time that a foreign government has sued the US gun industry. And though the fate of the suit remains far from clear, it is a striking challenge to the gun industry’s long-standing legal protections.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Times Higher EducationEnglish free speech bill stalls but ministers ‘remain committed’

        Controversial legislation on free speech on English campuses has stalled in Parliament due to dwindling political support, some in the sector suggest, although the bill’s supporters and the Department for Education insist ministers “remain committed” to new laws.

        The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons in May 2021. Committee stage for the bill concluded in September 2021, but there is still no date for the report stage to start, and the bill is still to be introduced to the House of Lords.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Digitally Disappeared: YouTube Has Deleted Six Years of My Show
      • ScheerpostHedges: On Being Disappeared

        The entire archive of On Contact, the Emmy-nominated show I hosted for six years for RT America and RT International, has been disappeared from YouTube. Gone is the interview with Nathaniel Philbrick on his book about George Washington. Gone is the discussion with Kai Bird on his biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Gone is my exploration with Professor Sam Slote from Trinity College Dublin of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Gone is the show with Benjamin Moser on his biography of Susan Sontag. Gone is the show with Stephen Kinzer on his book on John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles. Gone are the interviews with the social critics Cornel West, Tariq Ali, Noam Chomsky, Gerald Horne, Wendy Brown, Paul Street, Gabriel Rockwell, Naomi Wolff and Slavoj Zizek. Gone are the interviews with the novelists Russell Banks and Salar Abdoh. Gone is the interview with Kevin Sharp, a former federal judge, on the case of Leonard Peltier. Gone are the interviews with economists David Harvey and Richard Wolff. Gone are the interviews with the combat veterans and West Point graduates Danny Sjursen and Eric Edstrom about our wars in the Middle East. Gone are the discussions with the journalists Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi. Gone are the voices of those who are being persecuted and marginalized, including the human rights attorney Steven Donziger and the political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal. None of the shows I did on mass incarceration, where I interviewed those released from our prisons, are any longer on YouTube. Gone are the shows with the cartoonists Joe Sacco and Dwayne Booth. Melted into thin air, leaving not a rack behind.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchBiden Gets a Chance to Get the Refugee Issue Right

        Until the presidency of Donald Trump, the United States had more often than not played an historic role as a world leader in refugee admissions.  For decades, the United States resettled more refugees than all other countries combined.  About 3.5 million refugees have been admitted since 1975, when the words of Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty meant something.  But Trump slashed refugee admissions to their lowest levels in decades, and destroyed the resettlement bureaucracy in the process.  Only several thousand refugees entered the United States during the four years of the Trump administration, and 6,600 in Biden’s first full year in office.

        Unfortunately, the Biden administration initially followed Trump’s refugee foot-dragging in terms of vetting, screening, and approving refugees.  When Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked two weeks ago whether any Ukrainian refugees will be brought to the United States, he said only that he would “look” into it.  When Vice President Kamala Harris was asked a similar question more recently, she merely looked to the President of Poland and remarked with laughter, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”  It took domestic and international pressure before President Joe Biden announced that the United States would accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees and others fleeing Russia’s war on Ukraine.  This is the least he could do after his administration thoroughly bungled the refugee situation on the way out of Afghanistan, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pursues his wanton and mindless destruction of Ukraine.

      • Counter PunchNo Corporate Law and Power Questions for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

        Senators, who should have known better, declined to raise the important questions about corporate personhood, or the provision of equal rights for corporations with human beings in a Constitution that never mentions “corporations” or “companies.” The Constitution is all about “We the People.”

        Ignoring the immense power of global corporations over the rule of law, the immunities and privileges these companies use to escape the law and harm people with impunity, and the power of corporations under the 2011 Citizens United case to spend unlimited amounts of money to independently support or oppose candidates for public office were taboo subjects.

      • TechdirtAs Scrutiny Of Law Enforcement Increases, Legislators Are Trying To Criminalize Filming Of Police Officers

        It appears several legislators haven’t learned anything from the months of anti-police violence protests that spread across the nation in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin.

      • The NationBuzzFeed Doesn’t Deserve Its Newsroom

        Was it all a dream? In the harsh light of 2022, the early years of my time working at BuzzFeed—the boozy launch parties of each new vertical, the iPads distributed as holiday swag, the taco Tuesdays, the soft-serve ice cream machine, the celebrity cat visits—begin to take on a hallucinatory quality. When I started as a 24-year-old associate editor for BuzzFeed’s new food section in the fall of 2012, having been poached from an assistant job at Bon Appétit, the newsroom was a curious experiment in venture capital-backed digital media, still just beginning to expand and generally mentioned for its smart politics and tech coverage in the same breath as a limp zinger about cats and “listicles.” (They were just lists, OK?)

      • Common Dreams‘Prestige Doesn’t Pay the Bills’: Condé Nast Workers Announce New Union

        Employees across Condé Nast publications on Tuesday announced they are following in the footsteps of their colleagues at The New Yorker and other company outlets and forming a union to “create a better, more equitable workplace.”

        “If Condé wants to attract the best talent in the business, they have to stop relying on prestige and provide equitable pay and benefits.”

      • Papers PleaseAsylum Requires Traveling to a Border

        The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new interim rules today for the adjudication of asylum and other claims by a new class of “asylum officers” at US ports of entry, borders crossings, and airports.

        These new rules won’t help most asylum seekers.

        Did you ever wonder why desperate asylum seekers often travel on overcrowded and leaky boats or try to trek across waterless deserts, and regularly lose their lives?

      • TechdirtWisconsin Supreme Court Sees Nothing Wrong With Cops Acquiring Evidence A Court Had Already Suppressed

        I guess we can’t have nice things. You know, little things… like adherence to the Fourth Amendment. In Wisconsin, the state’s top court says [PDF] cops don’t need to worry too much about suppressed evidence if there’s another way to acquire it. (via Courthouse News Service)

      • [Old] New York TimesThat Unfinished Oscar Speech

        Perhaps at this moment you are saying to yourself what the hell has all this got to do with the Academy Awards? Why is this woman standing up here, ruining our evening, invading our lives with things that don’t concern us, and that we don’t care about? Wasting our time and money and intruding in our home.

        I think the answer to those unspoken questions is that the motion picture community has been as responsible as any for degrading the Indian and making a mockery of his character, describing his as savage, hostile and evil. It’s hard enough for children to grow up in this world. When Indian children watch television, and they watch films, and when they see their race depicted as they are in films, their minds become injured in ways we can never know.

      • The HillStaten Island Amazon workers chart their own path in union drive

        Employees of Amazon’s main Staten Island, N.Y., facility had been organizing for safer working conditions for more than a year when they decided to form a union last April.

        When it came to picking what nationwide organization to join, the leaders of what is now the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) decided to stick with what had worked for them thus far and forgo affiliation in favor of staying independent

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtElon Musk’s Starlink Gets Even More Expensive

        We’ve noted for a while now how Elon Musk’s Starlink low-orbit satellite broadband service isn’t going to be the miraculous revolution many people think. For one thing, the service can currently only provide service to a maximum of around 800,000 subscribers globally. For context, around 20-40 million people in the U.S. lack broadband, and 83 million live under a broadband monopoly (usually Comcast).

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • EuractiveDMA: EU negotiators split on whether text covers remuneration for rightsholder

          The publishers have been calling for a general extension of FRAND to social media and search engines in line with the mandate of the European Parliament, as they see these measures as not only applying to remuneration but also, for instance, access to data.

          According to the final text, the ‘gatekeepers’ designated under the DMA will have to publish how they apply the FRAND principles in practice with their general access conditions. The Commission would then consider the compliance of such conditions against the regulation, while an alternative dispute settlement mechanism would handle day-to-day complaints.

          For the Commission, this system would avoid them being overflowed with claims. However, the dispute resolution mechanism is another key demand from publishers, who have been calling for binding arbitration if no agreement is reached between the rightsholders and platforms, as is currently the case in Australia.

        • TechdirtCopyright Is Indispensable For Artists, They Say; But For All Artists, Or Just Certain Kinds?

          One of the central “justifications” for copyright is that it is indispensable if creativity is to be viable. Without it, we are assured, artists would starve. This ignores the fact that artists created and thrived for thousands of years before the 1710 Statute of Anne. But leaving that historical detail aside, as well as the larger question of the claimed indispensability of copyright, a separate issue is whether copyright is a good fit for all creativity, or whether it has inherent biases that few like to talk about.

        • Torrent FreakCanada’s Supreme Court Denies TekSavvy’s Site Blocking Appeal

          The first pirate site blocking order in Canada remains in place. Internet provider TekSavvy petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case but this request was denied. Copyright holders are pleased with the outcome, but Teksavvy fears that it will open the floodgates to more site blocking requests.

        • Torrent FreakRussian ‘Loop Hero’ Dev Approves Piracy After Sanctions Hobble Steam

          Russia-based game developer Four Quarters is against the war in Ukraine but in common with other companies, still feels the effects of sanctions. In response to local credit card issues affecting Steam, the indie dev is encouraging people to fire up a VPN and pirate hit game ‘Loop Hero’ instead.

Links 29/03/2022: GNU Poke 2.2 and Official Video Release for LibrePlanet 2022

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Ariadne Conillit is correct to refer to GNU/Linux as GNU/Linux – Ariadne’s Space

      You’ve probably seen the “I’d like to interject for a moment” quotation that is frequently attributed to Richard Stallman about how Linux should be referred to as GNU/Linux. While I disagree with that particular assertion, I do believe it is important to refer to GNU/Linux distributions as such, because GNU/Linux is a distinct operating system in the family of operating systems which use the Linux kernel, and it is technically correct to recognize this, especially as different Linux-based operating systems have different behavior, and different advantages and disadvantages.

      For example, besides GNU/Linux, there are the Alpine and OpenWrt ecosystems, and last but not least, Android. All of these operating systems exist outside the GNU/Linux space and have significant differences, both between GNU/Linux and also each other.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • LHS Episode #460: Winds of Change

        Hello and welcome to the 460th episode of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short-topics episode the hosts discuss the RaDAR Challenge, the ARRL.org website redesign, secure deleting of files in Linux, new distros from Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora, contributing to open source and much more. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

      • VideoLinux Essentials – The grep Command – Invidious

        The grep command – one of the most popular Linux commands, and definitely deserving of a feature video in the Linux Essentials series. In this video, Jay goes over the basics of the grep command, along with some useful examples.

      • VideoTerminal is NEEDED to use Linux – Invidious

        There is a HUGE myth going around that you don’t need to use terminal. While on the surface this is true, as soon as you start using your Linux install, you will realize that you absolutely can NOT live without terminal for daily usage.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Inodes in Linux – Explained

        A Linux computer contains several files, which include data files, directories, system files, library files, and other different types of files. These files are stored and organized in directories and subdirectories. The file systems do not rely on the actual data of a file but on the file and directory data structures. Linux maintains file system entries of these files and directories, and these entries are described by inode.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to play Deux Ex on Linux

        Deus Ex is a 2000 action RPG developed by Ion Storm and published by Eidos Interactive. It is set in a cyberpunk dystopian world and centers around a grand conspiracy. Here’s how you can play Deus Ex on Linux.

        Note: as Deus Ex is an older video game, you may want to mess around with rendering options and video settings after getting it running. For best results, select the OpenGL mode or the D3D9 mode.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to play Tannenberg on Linux

        Tannenberg is a military FPS video game set during World War I. It was developed and published by M2H and Blackmill Games. Here’s how you can play Tannenberg on Linux.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to turn sound devices on and off in Linux

        Linux has gotten a lot easier to use, and Linux desktops are way better than they once were. Still, despite all the progress Linux has made, new users still have issues doing basic things like turning their sound devices on and off.

        If you’re new to Linux and unsure how to turn your audio devices on and off, we’ve got you covered! So follow along and learn how to turn on and off your sound devices.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to move and rename your files on Linux

        If you’re new to Linux, you may be wondering how to move and rename files on Linux. Sadly, Linux distributions, even ones aimed at new users, do not go over how to do either of these things. In this guide, we’ll go over moving and renaming your files on Linux.

      • Install DokuWiki on Rocky Linux – kifarunix.com

        In this demo, we are going to learn how to install DokuWiki on Rocky Linux server. DokuWiki is an opensource software written in PHP that allows users to create and edit pages using a web browser. It works on plain texts and requires no database. Read about the features provided by the DokuWiki on DokuWiki features page.

      • Install Redmine on Ubuntu 22.04 – kifarunix.com

        In this guide, you will learn how to install Redmine on Ubuntu 22.04. Redmine is cross-platform and cross-database, flexible project management tool written on Ruby on Rails Framework.

      • Install NVIDIA Drivers On Debian 11 [Updated] | Itsubuntu.com

        How To Install NVIDIA Drivers On Debian 11.

        If you are using an Nvidia graphics card in your Debian-based Linux operating system then you definitely need to install Nvidia drivers in your Linux. You can easily install NVIDIA GPU drivers with a few commands in your Linux.

      • Install DokuWiki on ubuntu 22.04 – kifarunix.com

        In this demo, we are going to learn how to install DokuWiki on ubuntu 22.04. DokuWiki is an opensource software written in PHP that allows users to create and edit pages using a web browser. It works on plain texts and requires no database.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Dotnet in AlmaLinux 8 – Linux Shout

        .NET is a free, cross-platform, open-source developer platform from Microsoft that can be used to create and run programs for Windows. The software is pronounced “dot-net framework”. Programmers can use .NET to develop and test their own software for Windows computers. Several programming languages ​​such as C# or C++ are supported so that as many programmers as possible can use the program to build for web, mobile, desktop, games, and IoT.

        If you install a program that was created with .NET, you also need the .NET Framework. This ensures that all functions of the software work correctly on your computer.

        Well, installation of Dotnet is pretty easy on Windows, however, being open-source and cross-platform it can also be installed on Linux for the development of .Net-based applications.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install MCreator on a Chromebook in 2022

        Today we are looking at how to install MCreator 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!

      • AddictiveTipsHow to install Rocky Linux 8

        Rocky Linux is an open-source enterprise OS designed to be “100% bug-for-bug” compatible with RHEL. It is helpful on both servers and workstations. It was created to replace CentOS, as RedHat has discontinued it.

        Rocky Linux 8 works well on both servers and workstations. So if you’re itching to try out the latest release, follow this guide, and we’ll show you how to install Rocky Linux 8 on your system.

      • Linux HintHow to Run a Synology Email Server

        Synology Mail Server is a free email server for Synology NAS. You can use it to turn your NAS into an email server and use the Mail Station web client to access it from any web browser.

        In this article, I am going to show you how to install and configure the Synology Mail Server. I will also show you how to install and use the Mail Station web client to send and read emails from the browser. So, let’s get started.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install and Configure Pop!_OS on a PC

        If you’re looking for a fast, lightweight Linux distribution that is both powerful and easy to use, Pop!_OS just might be the end of your search. Developed and distributed by System76, this Ubuntu-based distro has everything a power user would want but is so intuitive and easy to use that even the newest of new Linux users will be able to operate and navigate the system effortlessly.

        Follow along and we’ll show you how to install this unique Linux distribution on your system.

      • Linux HintHow to Configure Access Points in S3

        Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is a cloud-based storage service that provides a large number of other industry-standard benefits like scalability, durability, data replication, privacy and much more. Due to these advantages, S3 is largely used as backend storage for many applications and websites.

      • Linux HintHow to Configure Default Encryption on S3 Bucket

        S3 buckets are used to store data in the form of objects in AWS. This is a cloud storage service with theoretically unlimited storage capacity and fully managed by AWS itself, so we may call it a serverless offering. So to ensure the privacy and security of the user’s data, AWS provides the facility to encrypt the data using different methods. Even if someone gets successful in breaking the high-security system of the amazon cloud, he still cannot get the actual data. By default, encryption is not enabled for S3 buckets, but a user can easily enable them and also choose the encryption method himself. AWS ensures that encryption has minimal effect on the latency of S3 buckets.

        In encryption, the data is translated to some other unreadable form using mathematical techniques and algorithms. The encryption methodology is stored in the files known as keys which can be either managed by the system itself, or the user can manually manage them by himself. AWS provides us with four different methods of encryption for our S3 buckets.

      • VituxHow to Find Files in Debian – VITUX

        Finding data in a system with thousands of files becomes very difficult for administrators, especially for system users who are not familiar with the command line. While searching via the graphical user interface is possible, it has certain limitations in terms of speed and functionality. The command line provides flexibility to quickly search files using various search criteria. In Linux, there are several commands you can use to find files and folders on your system.

      • ID RootHow To Install TagSpaces on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install TagSpaces on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, TagSpaces is a privacy-aware, cross-platform file browser with note-taking capabilities. It helps you organize your files and folders with tags and colors. TagSpaces support cross-platform application available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.

        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 TagSpaces File Manager 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.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Vuze on Ubuntu

        Vuze is a BitTorrent client used to transfer files via the BitTorrent protocol. Vuze written in Java, and uses the Azureus Engine. In addition to downloading data linked to .torrent files, Azureus allows users to view, publish and share original DVD and HD quality video content. Content presented through channels and categories containing TV shows, music videos, movies, video games, series and others. Additionally, if users prefer to publish their original content, they may earn money from it.

        It’s a cross-platform application available for Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install nomacs Image Viewer In Ubuntu

        nomacs is a free, open source image viewer, which supports multiple platforms. You can use it for viewing all common image formats including RAW and psd images.

        nomacs features semi-transparent widgets that display additional information such as thumbnails, metadata or histogram. It is able to browse images in zip or MS Office files which can be extracted to a directory. Metadata stored with the image can be displayed and you can add notes to images. A thumbnail preview of the current folder is included as well as a file explorer panel which allows switching between folders.

      • Linux HintHow to Configure AWS CLI Credentials on Windows, Linux and Mac

        When we create an AWS account, we get a nice and simple graphical user interface (GUI) to manage all settings and resources in our AWS account. The console has links to all AWS resources and services, and you can visit by simply clicking on that service. To further facilitate and ease the operational management of your AWS account, AWS provides you with another way to manage everything in your account: AWS command-line interface (CLI). You are free to configure CLI on your personal system whether you are using Windows, Linux or Mac systems, and we are going to see all of this in this article. AWS command-line interface also provides the ability to manage complex APIs, and here you are also able to run different scripts to automate your AWS services.

      • Linux JournalGetting Started with Docker Semi-Self-Hosting on Linode | Linux Journal

        With the evolution of technology, we find ourselves needing to be even more vigilant with our online security every day. Our browsing and shopping behaviors are also being continuously tracked online via tracking cookies being dropped on our browsers that we allow by clicking the “I Accept” button next to deliberately long agreements on websites before we can get the full benefit of said site.

        Additionally, hackers are always looking for a target and it’s common for even big companies to have their servers compromised in any number of ways and have sensitive data leaked, often to the highest bidder.

        These are just some of the reasons that I started looking into self-hosting as much of my own data as I could.

        Because not everyone has the option to self-host on their own, private hardware, whether it’s for lack of hardware, or because their ISP makes it difficult or impossible to do so, I want to show you what I believe to be the next best step, and that’s a semi-self-hosted solution on Linode.

      • Linux HintHow Do I Increase the Volume (Disk Space) on Synology?

        The disk space of the volumes of your Synology NAS may run out at any time. Luckily, you can increase the size of the volumes of your Synology NAS anytime.

        If you have some free space available on a storage pool of your Synology NAS, you can increase the size of any of the volumes you have created on that storage pool.

        If you don’t have any free space available on your desired storage pool, you can always add more drives to the storage pool and increase the size of the storage pool.

        In this article, I will show you how to increase the size of the volumes of your Synology NAS. So, let’s get started.

      • Linux HintHow Do I Write An Excerpt in WordPress?

        This tutorial explains how to write an excerpt in WordPress.

        An excerpt is a short extract of your content, allowing users to know its subject. Normally excerpts include a Read More or Continue reading button.

        After reading this tutorial, you will be able to add excerpts to your content easily by following a few steps. The explained methods describe how to implement the More block and write an excerpt within the post settings. You don’t need to install plugins to apply the instructions below.

        All steps described in this WordPress article include screenshots, making it easy for all WordPress users to follow them.

      • ID RootHow To Install KPhotoAlbum on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install KPhotoAlbum on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, KPhotoAlbum is an image viewer and organizer for Unix-like systems. This application makes it easy for users to annotate images and videos taken with a digital camera. Another unique feature of KPhotoAlbum is how it categorizes photos and time-based browsing. Instead of showing you thumbnails directly, it gives you options to see photos from a category.

        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 KPhotoAlbum image organization 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.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install SciTE on Ubuntu

        SciTE or SCIntilla based Text Editor is a cross-platform text editor written by Neil Hodgson using the Scintilla editing component. It is licensed under a minimal version of the Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer.

        Also It has a smaller memory footprint and works flawlessly on Ubuntu. The user interface developed using GTK on Linux systems.

        In addition to, SciTE supports syntax highlighting of many languages. The full list of recognized languages canbe found in the official documentation. Features include replace in selection, regular expression replace with subgroups, find in files, code folding, API files, copy formatted, abbreviations, multiple selection, and support for variable width fonts. The editing layout consists of multiple tabs containing source, and additionally an output pane that displays output from scripts that have been run.

      • The difference between throttle() and rate-limit() in syslog-ng

        There are multiple ways in syslog-ng to limit message rate. The throttle() option of syslog-ng destinations tries to make sure that all messages are delivered without exceeding a specified message rate. The rate-limit() filter introduced in syslog-ng 3.36 drops surplus log messages, making sure that a processing pipeline or destination is not overloaded with log messages.

      • LateWebEasy Way To Install And Use ExifTool on Ubuntu

        ExifTool is a free program for reading, modifying, and manipulating images and audio or video file formats on your computer. It has been developed by millions of users from all around the world with the aim to make their lives easier by providing support across different platforms such Windows, macOS, and Unix systems like Linux, etc.

        The software also offers robust features that allow you not only to view but also edit metadata, including date taken/original resolution info about videography footage; examine photo album shots one after another quickly without having to scroll through each individual slide – pick what moment interests you!

      • Ubuntu PitHow To Use the fd Command on Linux System

        In Linux, there is a dedicated “find command” for finding values and strings on the command, directory, or inside a script. But the dedicated find command might not be useful all the time. In most cases, the Linux and Unix-like OS users find the fd command most efficient and useful for finding values. Originally, the fd was a separate program for Linux that could look for files on the entire filesystem.

        In the search result, the fd command provides you a PID, file location directory, file type, file size, and many more. If you’ve been looking for a better way to find files on Linux, you can try the fd command for better and smoother search results.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install Oracle Java JDK 18 in Ubuntu 20.04 | Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Oracle announced Java 18 a few days ago. Here’s how to install the programming language in Ubuntu Linux.

      • Create Proxmox Virtual Machines From Proxmox Web UI – OSTechNix

        We already have seen how to create Proxmox containers from Proxmox VE web user interface. In this tutorial, we will give you a brief introduction to Virtual machines and why VMs are better than Containers and how to create Proxmox virtual machines from Proxmox VE Web UI.

      • Make Use OfHow to Search for Packages in Ubuntu

        Have you ever struggled while searching packages via the command line on Ubuntu? Have you ever searched for packages that require an instant upgrade? Ever wonder if the package you want to download is available to install, and is the latest version available in the software repository?

        Searching for installed or uninstalled packages inside the local repositories via the terminal can be a daunting task for beginner Ubuntu users. This article answers all and many of the similar questions. Besides, we will also cover alternative ways to search for packages on Ubuntu and help you find a suitable method.

      • Linux.orgBash 04 – Input from User | Linux.org

        A very important aspect of scripts is getting input from the user. If you think of most commands used in your system from a command-line, they mostly use input parameters. Parameters are used to specify what the command is to do.

      • Fix Horizontal Lines on YouTube in Chrome Linux – Fasterland

        For some reasons, Chrome and Chromium browsers are occasionally affected by an annoying graphical glitch which occurs mostly when watching YouTube videos.

        More precisely, Chrome/Chromium shows, on the lower part of YouTube videos, various green and blue horizontal lines mixing up with the progress bar.

        After several Google searches, I figured out that this particular problem shows up mostly when using old computers with Intel graphics drivers.

    • Distributions

      • Barry Kaulergpptp internationalized, now version 2.1

        Yes, it was ‘robwoj44′ who internationalized gpptp, but that was version 0.2. Much later, ‘jafadmin’ created version 2.0, without the internationalization. I have been using 2.0 in EasyOS.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • openSUSE Finalizes New Code of Conduct

          The openSUSE Community is proud to announce its new Code of Conduct as approved by the openSUSE Board.

          The openSUSE Code of Conduct was written during several community meetings as a collaborative project and reports were sent to the project mailinglists. The input from the openSUSE community members was sent to the openSUSE Board and discussed at length during two public openSUSE Board meetings.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • FedoraFedora Community Blog: Help Us Test Fedora Linux 36 Beta [Ed: IBM looking for volunteers]

          The final F36 day and night beta wallpapers are here! Take a look below and let us know what your thoughts are!

        • Beta NewsFedora Linux 36 Beta now available for download with GNOME 42

          Today is the day many Linux users have been eagerly awaiting — Fedora 36 has officially reached Beta status. Yes, folks, you can download the pre-release operating system immediately! For many Linux users, Fedora is considered the most important distribution based on that open source kernel. Why? Because the distro focuses on truly free and open source software — a pure Linux experience. Hell, the father of Linux, Linus Torvalds, famously uses Fedora.

          What makes Fedora 36 Beta so exciting? Well, this pre-release version of the upcoming operating system uses the brand-new GNOME 42 as its default desktop environment. If you instead choose the LXQt spin of Fedora, you will be delighted to know it now uses version 1.0 which was released late last year. Plus, users with an NVIDIA GPU are in for a treat when using the proprietary graphics driver — GDM will use Wayland by default.

        • Make Use OfRed Hat Announces Fedora 36 Beta, Inviting Users to Test the Upcoming Release

          Fedora is a sister project to the company’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux that functions as a testbed for later versions of RHEL. It’s aimed at developers and Linux hobbyists, in contrast to RHEL’s focus on the enterprise.

          Due to Fedora’s focus on newer software, the project moves quickly. The last release, Fedora 35, was released in November 2021. Fedora aims for a roughly six-month release schedule. This means that users should expect the full release around April 2022 if all goes well.

          The open nature of Linux development and the fast release schedule of major components like the Linux kernel means that the Linux community tends to value access to newer software. As evidenced by the growth of rolling-release distros like Arch Linux (what is Arch Linux?).

          Curious users eager to try the beta can download the desktop version, dubbed Fedora Workstation, directly from the Fedora website.

          Fedora provides a tool for Windows and Mac users called Fedora Media Writer to create bootable media on a USB stick, but users can also download the ISO image themselves and create their own media. The Fedora 36 images for x86 and ARM are clearly marked with the “Beta!” icon.

        • LWNFedora 36 beta released [LWN.net]

          The Fedora 36 beta release has been announced.

        • EIN PresswireMontaVista MVShield Provides Targeted Support Services for CentOS and Rocky Linux for Network Service Providers
        • Red Hat OfficialAutomate RHEL web console deployments with the Cockpit and certificate RHEL System Roles

          Automation can help increase efficiency, save time, and improve consistency, which is why Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) includes features that help automate many tasks. The RHEL System Roles is a collection of Ansible content that helps provide consistent workflows and streamline the execution of many manual tasks.

          RHEL includes a web-based graphical interface for managing and monitoring systems, named the web console (which is based on the upstream Cockpit project). The web console can be used to complete a wide variety of tasks, such as managing storage, users, and the firewall, monitoring performance metrics, reviewing log files, installing system updates, and many other tasks. For more information on the web console, see the Managing systems using the RHEL 8 web console documentation.

          With RHEL 9.0 and 8.6 Red Hat is introducing a new cockpit RHEL System Role for automating the management and implementation of the web console. This role can automate tasks such as installing Cockpit related packages, configuring settings within cockpit.conf, starting/enabling the cockpit.socket systemd unit, and optionally configuring a TLS certificate for the web console to use.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Drew DeVaultIt is important for free software to use free software infrastructure

        Free and open source software (FOSS) projects need infrastructure. Somewhere to host the code, to facilitate things like code review, end-user support, bug tracking, marketing, and so on. A common example of this is the “forge” platform: infrastructure which pitches itself as a one-stop shop for many of the needs of FOSS projects in one place, such as code hosting and review, bug tracking, discussions, and so on. Many projects will also reach for additional platforms to provide other kinds of infrastructure: chat rooms, forums, social media, and more.

        Many of these needs have non-free, proprietary solutions available. GitHub is a popular proprietary code forge, and GitLab, the biggest competitor to GitHub, is partially non-free. Some projects use Discord or Slack for chat rooms, Reddit as a forum, or Twitter and Facebook for marketing, outreach, and support; all of these are non-free. In my opinion, relying on these platforms to provide infrastructure for your FOSS project is a mistake.

        When your FOSS project chooses to use a non-free platform, you give it an official vote of confidence on behalf of your project. In other words, you lend some of your project’s credibility and legitimacy to the platforms you choose. These platforms are defined by network effects, and your choice is an investment in that network. I would question this investment in and of itself, the wisdom of offering these platforms your confidence and legitimacy, but there’s a more concerning consequence of this choice as well: an investment in a non-free platform is also a divestment from the free alternatives.

        Again, network effects are the main driver of success in these platforms. Large commercial platforms have a lot of advantages in this respect: large marketing budgets, lots of capital from investors, and the incumbency advantage. The larger the incumbent platform, the more difficult the task of competing with it becomes. Contrast this with free software platforms, which generally don’t have the benefit of large amounts of investment or big marketing budgets. Moreover, businesses are significantly more likely to play dirty to secure their foothold than free software projects are. If your own FOSS projects compete with proprietary commercial options, you should be very familiar with these challenges.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • dyn*: can we make dyn sized?

            Last Friday, tmandry, cramertj, and I had an exciting conversation. We were talking about the design for combining async functions in traits with dyn Trait that tmandry and I had presented to the lang team on Friday. cramertj had an insightful twist to offer on that design, and I want to talk about it here. Keep in mind that this is a piece of “hot off the presses”, in-progress design and hence may easily go nowhere – but at the same time, I’m pretty excited about it. If it works out, it could go a long way towards making dyn Trait user-friendly and accessible in Rust, which I think would be a big deal.

      • FSF

        • FSFTake the next step in “living liberation”: watch the LibrePlanet 2022 videos today!

          This year, we set out to make another one-of-a-kind experience out of the third weekend in March. LibrePlanet 2022: “Living Liberation” was a resounding success. Participants socialized using our online conference space, LibreAdventure, and created beautiful things in Minetest. Stalwart and Supporter level attendees joined the LibrePlanet after-party with staff and board members, which was a blast. Both Saturday and Sunday featured a wide range of speakers covering how nearly every topic you can think of relates to one common concept: free software.

        • GNU Projects

      • Programming/Development

        • Dirk EddelbuettelThinking inside the box

          A minor maintenance release for the RcppBDT package is now on CRAN.

          The RcppBDT package is an early adopter of Rcpp and was one of the first packages utilizing Boost and its Date_Time library. The now more widely-used package anytime is a direct descentant of RcppBDT. Thanks again for the heads-up!

          This release mostly deals with a one-definition rule violation detected by link-time optimisation (which can be enable when configuring R itself at build time with –enable-lto). I confused myself into thinking Rcpp Modules may be at fault, but Iñaki was a little more awake than myself and noticed that I only needed to carry the (common) header RcppBDT.h to the file toPOSIXct.cpp added last summer.

        • Python

          • Linux HintDifferent Ways to Check Python Version

            Python is one of the most popular programming languages. In technical terms, it’s an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. It’s a relatively simple language. The unique syntax of Python focuses on readability. Python is open-source and available on all the major platforms.

            As of now, Python 2 and Python 3 are the major releases that are still relevant. While Python 2 was marked obsolete, it’s still required for some codes to run. For the most part, however, having Python 3 is recommended. In this guide, we’ll check out various ways to check the version of Python installed in your system.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Linux HintBash While True Loop

            Linux is quite a diverse operating system when it comes to programming. It’s because it came up with its own “Bash” programming that many of the other operating systems do not support. Its Bash programming supports almost all the features another standard programming provides. The use of “loops,” i.e., while and for, is one of these aspects. We can continue executing these loops without stopping them. Therefore, we have decided to demonstrate the concept of the “while true” loop for our Bash users who are unfamiliar with this concept.

            So, let’s start by logging in from the Ubuntu 20.04 system. To start implementing the examples, we must ensure that the terminal shell has been opened using the “Ctrl+Alt+T”.

          • Linux HintBash While Loop on One Line

            Like many other programming languages, Bash programming also supports the use of “loops” in its code. There are a lot of loops supported by Bash coding, i.e., for loop and while loop. You may have used both the “for” and “while” loop in your programs while coding. But have you ever tried to use the loop on a single line with all its working? If not! Then, this article is meant for you and all the Linux users who want to try the “while” loop in a single line of Bash code.

            Today, we will be discussing some of the simple and easy-to-understand examples in our article. Let’s start with the Ubuntu 20.04 Linux terminal shell application launch using the “Ctrl+Alt+T” shortcut.

        • Java

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Mike Blumenkrantz: Release The Kraken

        This extension revolutionizes how PSOs can be managed by the application, and it’s the first step towards solving the dreaded stuttering that zink suffers from when attempting to play any sort of game. There’s definitely going to be more posts from me on this in the future.

      • Vulkan Beta Driver Release Updates

        March 29th, 2022 – Windows 473.33, Linux 470.62.26

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • The Register UKUkraine security agency shuts down 5 Russian bot farms • The Register

        Ukraine’s security agency has shut down five bot farms since the start of Russia’s invasion of the country almost five weeks ago, slowing down a Russian operation designed to spread disinformation in the war-torn country and to sow panic among its frightened residents.

        In a statement this week, Ukraine’s Security Service (SSU) said the bot farms were located in Kharkiv – a city near the northern border of Russia that has been the site of some of the fiercest fighting – Cherkasy along the Dnieper River that cuts through the country, and the Ternopil and Zakarpattia regions in the western part of Ukraine.

        During searches of the locations, the SSU officers found more than 100 GSM gateway appliances, almost 10,000 SIM cards from a variety of mobile carriers used to disguise the identity of the users and laptops and other computer equipment “with evidence of illegal actions,” including controlling the bots, they said.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • AccessNowDon’t help Putin and Lukashenko silence anti-war voices – Access Now

        Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko have tried and failed to prevent their citizens from accessing the outside world through social media platforms like Facebook and Telegram for years. Today, as Putin leverages his influence over Lukashenko in support of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, some Western companies and media organizations are unwittingly helping to silence those speaking out in opposition. Here are four ways to protect anti-war voices in Russia and Belarus.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • A Call to Packagers

        As I use Offpunk everyday, I feel like the experience is more and more polished. I’m proud to say that the HTML rendering is, to my eyes, the best I’ve seen in a terminal. I’m currently experimenting with building a mail client to use the same rendering and it’s impressive how HTML mails are really readable compared to neomutt+w3c.

        I read lot of people having similar needs and not trying or liking Offpunk. I’ve asked a few users and it seems one the main problem is installing Offpunk and making dependencies work with different Python versions, different libraries, etc. If you are trouble getting started with Offunk, drop me a mail, I’d like to hear from you.

    • Monopolies

      • The Register UKDoJ to Congress: Thumbs up for big tech antitrust bill [Ed: Did they forget the biggest criminals, from Microsoft, who likely bribed politicians to go after Microsoft's rivals?]

        A letter from the Department of Justice to Congress makes it clear where the Biden administration stands on antitrust legislation targeting big tech: They’re all for it.

        The letter was penned by Peter Hyun, the DoJ’s acting assistant attorney general for legislative affairs. As part of his role, Hyun’s office regularly issues letters to Congress giving opinions on legislation.

        The legislation in question this time is the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, currently working its way through the House and Senate. The latter legislative body has been the only one to move AICOA forward when the Senate Judiciary Panel approved it in January with a bipartisan vote.

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