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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • XDADoes the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon support Linux?

        The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is one of the most powerful ultrabooks to come out in 2022. The new 2022 refreshed model comes with Intel’s new 12th gen processors, a new high-quality webcam, and more. There’s a lot to like about this particular laptop and we think it definitely deserves a spot in our collection of the best business laptops. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a Windows machine, but what if you want to run Linux on it? Luckily, you can.

      • Medium5 Reasons to Use a Rolling-Release Linux Distribution

        There is something about having access to the latest version of one’s favorite programs that makes a rolling-release user smile.

        When I first started with Linux some 25 years ago, I used Debian on its stable branch, and one of the things that always bothered me was having to wait a year or two for new versions of outdated applications. As the years passed, I would read about new and improved application versions, always available on expert-level rolling-release distributions like Arch or Gentoo, but usually far into the future on Debian, Slackware or OpenSUSE (before Tumbleweed emerged). I bounced from one fixed-releases distribution to another until 2012, when I discovered Manjaro, based on rolling-release Arch Linux without having to install Arch from scratch, at which time I discovered what it’s like to run the freshest software on a regular basis. I have been using rolling-release systems ever since.

      • Ubuntu PitChromebook vs Laptop: Which One is Suitable For You? [Ed: Bizarre framing as 'Chrome'books are just locked-down laptops, but sometimes they can still be redeemed from Google's grip]

        Chromebook by Google Chrome is the most recent invention, and it has already started competing with Laptops. If you consider the surface and outlook, both of them share the biggest similarity. But inside, they have a lot of differences. Well, the battle of Chromebook vs Laptop can help you learn about the points where they are not the same. And that’s exactly what we are going to discuss today.

        Basically, we understand Windows PC or Macbook by the word, Laptop. But when it is about the security, interface, gaming, software availability, and storage, there are lots of dissimilarities. Windows pc can be of different brands and prices. Chromebooks also are of different brands and values as well.

        That’s the reason many of us get confused about which one to buy. Well, if you are also confused about the same fact, you are on the right track. Today we are planning to discuss the points where Chromebook and Windows laptops are different from one another. So, you can easily get your point to choose the best one from Laptop and Chromebook.

    • Server

      • Blog: Is Your Cluster Ready for v1.24?

        Way back in December of 2020, Kubernetes announced the deprecation of Dockershim. In Kubernetes, dockershim is a software shim that allows you to use the entire Docker engine as your container runtime within Kubernetes. In the upcoming v1.24 release, we are removing Dockershim – the delay between deprecation and removal in line with the project’s policy of supporting features for at least one year after deprecation. If you are a cluster operator, this guide includes the practical realities of what you need to know going into this release. Also, what do you need to do to ensure your cluster doesn’t fall over!

      • The Register UKDocker goes double unicorn with $105m Series C funding and $2.1b valuation [Ed: Making another laughable bubble from a company that cannot even make money]

        Docker hasn’t just got back in the fight thanks to its latest round of funding: it’s earned double-unicorn status, too.

        The long-suffering containerization company today announced a $105 million Series C funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures bringing its total funding to $163 million, and a company valuation of $2.1 billion. Bain’s Enrique Salem, former CEO of Symantec, will join Docker’s board as part of the deal.


        As recent as mid-2021, the outfit was still having trouble finding its footing and a successful business model.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNA look at some 5.17 development statistics [LWN.net]

        At the conclusion of the 5.17 development cycle, 13038 non-merge changesets had found their way into the mainline repository. That is a lower level of activity than was seen for 5.16 (14,190 changesets) but well above 5.15 (12,337). In other words, this was a fairly typical kernel release. That is true in terms of where the work that made up the release came from as well.

      • LWNDriver regression testing with roadtest [LWN.net]

        The kernel community has a number of excuses for the relative paucity of regression-test coverage in the project, some of which hold more water than others. One of the more convincing reasons is that a great deal of kernel code is hardware-specific, and nobody can ever hope to put together a testing system with even a small fraction of all the hardware that the kernel supports. A new driver-testing framework called roadtest, posted by Vincent Whitchurch, may make that excuse harder to sustain, though, at least for certain kinds of hardware.

        One of the problems with hardware is its sheer variety. Consider a device as conceptually simple as a GPIO port which, at its core, drives a single electrical line to either a logical true or false value. GPIO drivers should be simple things, and many of them are, but vendors like to add their own flourishes with each new release. As a result, there are well over 150 GPIO drivers in the kernel source, many of which can drive more than one variant of a device. There is no way to build a system with all of those devices in it; most of them are part of a larger peripheral or system-on-chip, and many of them have not been commercially available for years.

      • LWNImproved response times with latency nice [LWN.net]

        CPU scheduling can be a challenging task; the scheduler must ensure that every process gets a fair share of the available CPU time while, at the same time, respecting CPU affinities, avoiding the migration of processes away from their cached memory contents, and keeping all CPUs in the system busy. Even then, users can become grumpy if specific processes do not get their CPU share quickly; from that comes years of debates over desktop responsiveness, for example. The latency-nice priority proposal recently resurrected by Vincent Guittot aims to provide a new tool to help latency-sensitive applications get their CPU time more quickly.

        Over the years, numerous approaches have been used to try to improve the response time of important processes. The traditional Unix “nice” value can be used to raise a process’s priority, for example. That can work, but a process’s niceness does not directly translate into latency; it controls how much of the available CPU time the process can consume, but not when the process can actually run. Using the realtime priorities will cause the scheduler to run a process quickly, especially if realtime preemption is enabled, but a process running at that priority can also take over the system.

        The latency-nice concept is a different approach that tries to address those problems; it applies to the completely fair scheduler used for most processes, so no realtime priorities are needed. It adds a second nice value which, mirroring the existing nice value, is a number between -20 and 19. The lower the number, the higher the priority, so the highest-priority latency-nice value is -20. As with traditional nice values, any process can increase its latency-nice setting, but lowering it requires the CAP_SYS_NICE capability.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • VideoHow to install Parrot 5.0 Home Edition. – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Parrot 5.0 Home Edition.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GwenView on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Gwenview is a simple and easy-to-use program for viewing images on the KDE desktop. It can show you full-screen slideshows, crop an image or rotate it in many different ways without much effort from yourself!

      • Linux CapableHow to Install KPhotoAlbum on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        When you’re looking for an easy way to organize your photos, KPhotoAlbum is the program that will make it easier than ever before. With this simple yet powerful tool in hand, there’s no longer a need to worry about what photo goes where because everything can be done through its intuitive interface, like viewing images individually or browsing by category. Best of all, taking advantage of some excellent features like seeing which ones were taken today without having them mess up any other date stamps!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the KPhotoAlbum on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three methods: apt package manager and flatpak package manager with some tips for maintaining or removing KPhotoAlbum in the future.

      • How to Install SimulIDE on Debian 11

        Although in the field of engineering the applications are very varied, the truth is that most of them are only available for Windows. However, today you will learn how to install SimulIDE on Debian 11 which is a very efficient electronics simulator that is used by more and more people every day. Let’s get started.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install gThumb on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        gThumb is the perfect tool for viewing and editing all your favorite images. It’s fully integrated with GNOME 3, so you can access it in seconds. The imaging software provides an easy way to view common formats such as BMPs GIF(including animations), JPEGs PNG TIFF, or RAW files — not just typical multimedia types like videos that are usually found on other platforms. You’ll also be able to use various metadata tags embedded inside photos including EXIF IPTC XMP which allows more customization than ever before when organizing collections across multiple devices

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the gThumb on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three methods: apt package manager and flatpak package manager with some tips for maintaining or removing gThumb in the future.

      • Virtualbox shared folder access denied (non-root user) from guest (Debian) to host (Debian)
      • SmoogeSpace: Compiling openldap for CentOS 8 Stream

        The EL8 release did not ship an openldap-server like it did in previous releases. Instead only the client tools and some libraries are included for existing applications. Instead the focus from the upstream provider has been on other LDAP solutions.

      • FOSSLifeSecurely Connect to your Raspberry Pi with SSH

        Many Raspberry Pi projects are “headless,” which means they don’t have an attached monitor, keyboard, or mouse. When it comes time to read the screen. Going without a monitor will keep the cost of your Rasp Pi low. You can always access the system with Secure Shell, better known as SSH.

        SSH is simply a secure, encrypted way of remotely logging in to a computer. OpenSSH, a free set of SSH tools developed by the OpenBSD project, is included in Linux distributions. If you’re using a recent version of a Linux distribution meant for the Raspberry Pi, the SSH service is almost certainly already available. The easiest way to find out without attaching a monitor and keyboard is to attempt to SSH to it.

      • Russell CokerConverting to UEFI « etbe – Russell Coker

        When I got my HP ML110 Gen9 working as a workstation I initially was under the impression that boot wasn’t supported on NVMe and booted it from USB. I found USB booting with legacy boot to be unreliable so decided to try EFI booting and noticed that the NVMe devices were boot candidates with UEFI. Making one of them bootable was more complex than expected because no-one seems to have documented such things. So here’s my documentation, it’s not great but this method has worked once for me.

        Before starting major partitioning work it’s best to run “parted -l and save the output to a file, that can allow you to recreate partitions if you corrupt them. One thing I’m doing on systems I manage is putting “@reboot /usr/sbin/parted -l > /root/parted.log” in the root crontab, then when the system is backed up the backup server gets any recent changes to partitioning (I don’t backup /var/log on all my systems).

      • Barry KaulerRemove duplicate screen-lock icons in ROX-mode

        Fixed. In ROX-mode the screen-lock icon will be on the desktop only. In JWM-mode it will be in the tray. Achieved by editing /root/.xinitrc
        Note, I have brought back the “show desktop” icon in the tray. It is useful.

      • Using nmcli to configure a static dual stack wired network interface – nullr0ute’s blog

        I recently managed to break the network on my VM that hosts this blog. Basically I removed the NetworkManager-initscripts-ifcfg-rh package because I don’t use the old style ifcfg configuration anywhere else and I had forgotten how long I’d had this VM. So I went into the web console, manually bought up the network with ip commands and reinstalled the package but it made no difference. Oh well! Time to just move it to the new config so I just worked out the nmcli options for all the bits in the old ifcfg. This VM network is nothing special, it’s basically dual IPv4/IPv6 interface with associated DNS.

      • Helpful git tips – nullr0ute’s blog

        So chatting with a colleague about some git tricks this week I discovered that not everyone was aware you could change the bash prompt to give certain git status, such as branch, and things like if you’re in merge/am/bisect modes etc. I’ve had the pieces in my .bashrc for so long I had literally got to the point it was assumed functionality that every one has enabled.

      • New syslog-ng parser: flip-parser()

        The latest pull request to syslog-ng adds a really useful feature: the flip-parser(): https://github.com/syslog-ng/syslog-ng/pull/3971
        It allows you to flip the message text, reverse it, or both. As I also reported a couple of minor problems related to UTF-8 character handling, this PR most likely will not be merged today. However, you can compile it yourself, or if you use openSUSE Tumbleweed, use my packages from the openSUSE Build Service.

      • OpenSource.comMonitor your databases with this open source tool | Opensource.com

        I have been using databases for a lot longer than I care to admit, and a lot of that time has been spent looking at the entrails of servers, trying to determine exactly what they were doing. Thank goodness for the engineers behind the MySQL Performance Schema and Information Schema and their efforts to provide solid information. And then came the Sys schema with handy prepackaged peeks at the server. Before the advent of those schemas, there was no easy way to get granular information about a database instance.

        But peering at tabulated displays at the information of one point in time does not allow for trend-spotting or a quick glance to ascertain a server’s status. Being able to spot a trend on a graph or have alerts sent when a threshold is reached is vital. My friends in the PostgreSQL and MongoDB worlds had the same problem. The good news is that there is an open source solution for all three databases that is easy to install and use.

      • OpenSource.comHow I customize my Linux window decorations | Opensource.com

        One thing I especially like about Linux is the amazing and vast array of choices in almost everything. Don’t like one application for something? There are usually several more you can choose from. Don’t like how the desktop works? Pick one of many other desktops. Don’t like the window decorations on your desktop? There are many others you can download and try.

        What if you don’t like one little thing about your choice of window decorations—and all other sets of decorations are not even close?

        One of the advantages of open source is that I can change anything I want. So I did.

        I use the Alienware-Bluish theme on my Xfce desktop. I like its futuristic look, the cyan and gray colors that match my dark primary color schemes—and sometimes my moods. It has a nice 3D relief in the corners, and the corners and edges are wide enough to grab easily, even with my Hi-DPI resolution. Figure 1 shows the original Alienware-Bluish decorations with the gradient-black-324.0 color scheme I prefer.

      • A Lesson in Shortcuts – Tookmund – A place for my random thoughts about software

        Long ago, as the design of the Unix file system was being worked out, the entries . and .. appeared, to make navigation easier. I’m not sure but I believe .. went in during the Version 2 rewrite, when the file system became hierarchical (it had a very different structure early on). When one typed ls, however, these files appeared, so either Ken or Dennis added a simple test to the program. It was in assembler then, but the code in question was equivalent to something like this:

      • VituxFix wrong Keyboard Layout in Ubuntu – VITUX

        Is the Ubuntu Keyboard layout not working? Most Ubuntu users want to use their native language as the primary input language when using their system. Using the Ubuntu preferences utility, you can add your native language as a keyboard input source. This language can be configured to be used as the default keyboard layout. This layout means that anything you type on your keyboard will be perceived by your Ubuntu system based on the keyboard layout you choose.

        This article describes how to customize the keyboard layout on the desktop to your preferred input language. It also describes how you can change it in the terminal (see the chapter on changing the keyboard layout on the Ubuntu server at the end of the article).
        We have run the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Trend Oceansthefuck: Automatically Correct Previous Incorrect Command – TREND OCEANS

        thefuck is a Linux utility that comes as a python package can be installed via pip command to provide you automatic features to correct previous incorrect commands.

      • What Is an Inode?

        If you are reading or learning about high-performance computing (HPC), where storage is a very important consideration, having a basic introduction to an inode is fairly important. In this article, I want to give you a high-level definition of an inode along with some additional details.

        For clarity, I’ll start with the recent evolution of filesystems. Over time, more features have been added to filesystems, creating a “spectrum” of filesystems, from the simple to the really sophisticated. Moreover, filesystems now address specific usage models, so they are not so generalized and might not be POSIX compliant. In this article, I stay with the classic filesystems that use inodes, oftentimes referred to as block-oriented filesystems, which excludes object and pure key-value filesystems.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxNightmare Reaper is a quality retro-themed FPS out now | GamingOnLinux

        Nightmare Reaper, a retro-inspired FPS that blends together elements of a looter-shooter and a sprinkle of RPG mechanics, recently left Early Access and it works great on Linux and Steam Deck. With Steam Play Proton, it’s a perfect experience. Note: key provided for me by Evolve PR.

        A blending of many ideas from classic first-person shooters, a lot of the inspiration in the graphical style and level design is clear but it has plenty of modern tweaks too. While modern shooters continue to push the boundaries of graphics, they’ve lost a lot of what made them fun — which is why games like Nightmare Reaper are just so good. Absolutely pumping action with some great visual effects.

      • Boiling Steam2000 Games On The Steam Deck, with Death Stranding Director’s Cut and Rising Hell – Boiling Steam

        A rather slow week, it took a while between the 1900 games milestone and the 2000 games mark. Overall it took Valve a bit more than 3 months to move from zero games validated to 2000.

      • GamingOnLinuxDead Cells ‘Break the Bank’ free upgrade out, more big updates teased | GamingOnLinux

        Motion Twin / Evil Empire have given us another great free update to the fantastic Dead Cells and teased plenty more is coming to the game. With this update you get The Bank, a brand-new optional biome that randomly appears in your run, replacing the immediately following biomes if you choose to enter it.

      • GamingOnLinuxPoint and click adventure Pants Quest gets a Linux release | GamingOnLinux

        A point and click adventure game all about finding missing clothing? Well, there’s been weirder things. Pants Quest gets a native Linux release.

        “A classic style adventure game about life and finding your pants. The more our hero tries to find them, the more things seem to spin out of control. The tone is funny but also kind of introspective, following the kind of crappy morning that makes you rethink every decision you’ve ever made while wandering around in your underwear.”

      • GamingOnLinuxPopular and unique musical game Rhythm Doctor gets Steam Deck support | GamingOnLinux

        Rhythm games come in all shapes and sizes, with Rhythm Doctor looking a lot more unique than some and not only does it have an Overwhelmingly Positive user score on Steam but it also got some big Steam Deck improvements.

    • Distributions

      • IPFire Official BlogIncomplete Backups since Core Update 164

        This bug is being caused by an error in a routine which expands any globbing characters in the backup include list. Globbing is a way to use wildcards in file names like: /var/ipfire/*/settings where the asterisk character stands for any directory that the shell can find. And precisely that does not work which causes that certain files are not included in the backup.

        This is not security-relevant, but if you restore those backups, you will end up with an incomplete configuration which might cause other problems and lots of things being reset to the factory default.

        Most IPFire users won’t be impacted by this at all, since it is normally not required to backup and reinstall your system. However, because this bug has the potential to break an installation, we wanted to highlight this problem with this post.

      • CrunchBang++ Linux – The Ultimate Lightweight and Stable Linux Distribution

        We review the Debian based, Openbox powered lightweight Linux Distribution CrunchBang++ Linux and guide you if you plan to use it.

      • New Releases

        • The Register UKChinese distro Deepin hits 20.5, complete with browser called Browser

          Deepin version 20.5 is the latest “Community” version of one of the best-known Chinese Linux distros, and shows an interesting blend of technological influences.

          The Debian-based distro is from the UnionTech Software Technology Co (Chinese language only) in the People’s Republic of China, however, it supports multiple languages and can be installed and used entirely in English.


          The new version follows close behind the release of Deepin 20.4 in January. It offers no choice of desktop, because its home-grown Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) is a big part of its appeal – as we mentioned when we looked at it and its related Ubuntu DDE remix.

          We gave 20.5 a quick spin in VirtualBox – which it complained about. Like Ubuntu Kylin, Deepin uses a lot of animations and audio effects, including a fancy animated loading screen and colourful wallpapers.

          Consequently, the installer checks if you’re running in a VM and warns you that performance will be sub-optimal. Even after installing the Guest Additions, the “Window Effect” button in Personalization Settings remained stubbornly disabled.

      • BSD

        • Small OpenBSD and FreeBSD Experiment

          As I feel the need for a more minimalist and more coherent system, I downloaded OpenBSD and FreeBSD to install on a spare laptop (a Starlabs Star-lite MKII). I was baffled by the very pleasant OpenBSD installer. Clean, efficient.

          Best of all?

          I could choose, at install time, my keyboard layout (French Bépo) with capslock already replaced by Ctrl. Waw! Nice.

          Too bad, the installer didn’t managed to load the wifi driver (and this computer doesn’t have an RJ-45 port). Maybe I should report the issue somewhere.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • SUSE’s Corporate BlogNew SUSE Certified Deployment Specialist Program

          SUSE Technical Training team introduced the new SUSE Certified Deployment Specialist (SCDS) program in February 2022. It provides certification for those specialists who are involved in product deployment and complements the existing SUSE Certified Administrator (SCA) and SUSE Certified Engineer (SCE) certification that are focused on the administration and usage of SUSE products.

        • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/13

          During this week, we only managed to get 4 snapshots (0324, 0328, 0329, and 0330) out of the door. Seems QA is slowing us down too much, so I decided to give up on it. To make Tumbleweed more plannable for upgraders, the new process will foresee a fixed time when a snapshot will go out – daily at 5 pm UTC. We will just ship out whatever we have built by that time. This is a minimal tradeoff between stability and plannability – after all, we all trust our developers and maintainers and we know that they test things before sending them your way. So no more need to slow down using QA!

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • VideoTechnically Speaking (E12): GitOps with Argo CD – Invidious

          How do necessity, innovation, and Git as the single source of truth connect to our taxes? Maybe they don’t, but if you want to get started with GitOps, this video is for you. In this episode, Ed Lee of Intuit talks with Red Hat CTO Chris Wright about adopting GitOps and the Argo CD project.

        • The Next PlatformRed Hat Stacks Up Software To Contain AI On Nvidia Platforms

          If you are a tech industry giant that wants to put a greater spotlight on what your technologies can do for enterprises that want to run AI workloads, you can do worse than make those statements at Nvidia’s bi-annual GPU Technology Conference. And that’s what Red Hat is doing this week, highlighting tighter integrations between its OpenShift Kubernetes platform and Nvidia’s AI Enterprise 2.0, software suite introduced last year as a way of making AI capabilities available to a wider range of enterprises, and introducing the latest release of OpenShift. Opening up AI and machine learning technologies to more companies and not just available to research labs, educational institutions and the largest organizations has been an ongoing effort of many in IT for the past few years.

        • Red Hat Handing Over Commercial Business to Partners

          Red Hat is accelerating plans to be partner-led across its commercial business. It’s also swapping traditional go-to-market for an ecosystem-led approach.

        • Securing verybad web application with only systemd

          In my last blog post I talked about verybad web application. It has multiple major security holes, which allows anyone to do remote code execution or read/write files on a server. Look at the source code to see what all you can do.

          I am running one instance in public http://verybad.kushaldas.in:8000/, and then I asked twitter to see if anyone can get access. Only difference is that this service has some of the latest security mitigation from systemd on a Fedora 35 box.

        • OpenSource.com5 things open source developers should know about cloud services providers [Ed: Red Hat does "openwashing" + "clownwashing" all-in-one]

          “The cloud” refers to both the collective computing power of an interconnected array of servers and the software layer enabling those computers to work together to create dynamically defined infrastructure. Because many consider the cloud the new frontier of computing, it’s dominated the software industry for the past several years. Still, your individual level of involvement with it probably depends on your career and how much you acknowledge that you’re using the cloud in your computing.

          If you’re a programmer, you might be looking to move your development onto the cloud, either for work or for fun, but it doesn’t take long to realize that choosing a cloud provider can be an overwhelming prospect, especially for an open source enthusiast. I’ve written about the importance of an open cloud in the past. Luckily, there are very direct ways you, as a developer, regardless of your experience, can help ensure that the cloud fosters and strengthens open source.

        • Red Hat Official5G edge and security deployment evolution, trends and insights

          The Heavy Reading 2022 5G Network Strategies Operator Survey provides insight into how 5G networks may evolve as operators and the wider mobile ecosystem continue to invest in 5G technology. We’ll begin by discussing some of the findings for 5G and edge computing, and conclude with a perspective centered around 5G security.

          Red Hat sponsored portions of the survey, specifically sections pertaining to service provider 5G edge computing strategies and their approach to 5G security.

        • FedoraFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week of March 28th – April 1st

          This is a weekly report from the CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team. If you have any questions or feedback, please respond to this report or contact us on #redhat-cpe channel on libera.chat (https://libera.chat/).

      • Debian Family

        • LWNThree candidates vying for Debian project leader [LWN.net]

          Three candidates have thrown their hat into the ring as candidates for the 2022 Debian project leader (DPL) election. One is Jonathan Carter, who is now in his second term as DPL, while the other two are Felix Lechner and Hideki Yamane. As is the norm, the candidates self-nominated during the nomination period and are now in the campaigning phase until April 1. The vote commences April 2 and runs for two weeks; the results will be announced shortly thereafter and the new DPL term will start on April 21. The candidates have put out platforms and are fielding questions from the voters, Debian developers, thus it seems like a good time to look in on the election.

          While the DPL is the titular head of the project, their powers are pretty limited by the Debian Constitution; most of the power in Debian lies collectively and individually with the developers. The DPL is, to a certain extent, an administrative role more than it is an executive one. The intent is also for the DPL to be kind of a thought leader for the project, leading discussions, possibly proposing general resolutions (GRs), and consulting with the developers on how to use project money or other assets; in addition, the DPL is a catch-all for urgent decisions or those for which there is no relevant decision-making entity in the organization.

        • Russ Allbery: Updated eyrie Debian archive keyring

          For anyone who uses my personal Debian repository (there are fewer and fewer reasons to do that, but there are still some Debian packages there that aren’t available anywhere else), I’ve (finally) refreshed the archive signing key.

        • Paul Wise: FLOSS Activities March 2022

          This month I didn’t have any particular focus. I just worked on issues in my info bubble.

        • The AnarcatAntoine Beaupré: Salvaged my first Debian package

          People not familiar with Debian will not understand anything in that first paragraph, so let me expand. Know-it-all Debian developers (you know who you are) can skip to the next section.

          Traditionally, the Debian project (my Linux-based operating system of choice) has prided itself on the self-managed, anarchistic organisation of its packaging. Each package maintainer is the lord of his little kingdom. Some maintainers like to accumulate lots of kingdoms to rule over.

          (Yes, it really doesn’t sound like anarchism when you put it like that. Yes, it’s complicated: there’s a constitution and voting involved. And yes, we’re old.)

          Therefore, it’s really hard to make package maintainers do something they don’t want. Typically, when things go south, someone makes a complaint to the Debian Technical Committee (CTTE) which is established by the Debian constitution to resolve such conflicts. The committee is appointed by the Debian Project leader, himself elected each year (and there’s an election coming up if you haven’t heard).

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • My First Trimester Tech Updates: Earbuds, Laptop and Robot

          In a previous post I shared “5 Good Laptops Under 700€ to Buy in 2022” as I was looking for a cheap laptop to run Ubuntu (that I need for academic purposes). One of the comments I received stated that for a few bucks more I could buy a MacBook Air with the powerful M1. Well, I am not interested in buying a new MacBook Air to run Linux distributions. But it gave me the idea of buying an old used MacBook for this purpose. I found a good deal on eBay, and in a few days I have my new cheap laptop.

          I have previous experience installing Ubuntu (as dual boot) on my MacBook Pro 2011 without major problems (wireless card not working, but solved with USB wireless, and everything else working as expected), so I decided it could be a good deal. Old MacBooks are still better than most cheap laptops of today, with better quality construction, better trackpad, better keyboard (including backlit), and better overall look and feeling.

          Ubuntu OS is very light, and can run really fast in old machines without much requirements from the system. My cheap laptop has an SSD disk and 8Gb of Ram, which is good enough to run Ubuntu with easy, and have an updated OS.

        • UbuntuDesign patterns and the software operator — part 1 | Ubuntu

          In the early days of software development, computers were sold with compilers and interpreters. Users wrote mostly their own small programs instead of buying software. During that time, most didn’t even consider downloading software as only a few were connected to mailboxes or the UUCP network.

          Most of the software was provided by the computer vendors and many users just required simple programs implementing calculations or little tools. As we know, this has changed quite a lot over the past decades. Technology became more complex and vendors started providing interfaces for the applications (APIs) of the users. As computers got more capable, the APIs grew over the years. Libraries, frameworks and APIs went from being mainly made and distributed by vendors to being provided by 3rd parties.

        • UbuntuThe software operator design pattern — part 2 | Ubuntu

          Over the years, the software development and programming community developed a common understanding of design patterns. A design pattern is a general solution designed to solve a repeatedly occurring problem when writing — or better, designing — software. This implies that if a design is new and has not been proven to work in production software, it cannot be a pattern. A pattern is an abstract concept covering multiple implemented solutions following that abstract concept. If there are no solutions already in place, such a pattern does not exist.

          For the software operator pattern as published by the kubernetes community, the part about existing implementations is covered, as the website clearly lists a number of frameworks and projects implementing this pattern. And – as pointed out in the first part of this blog post series – Canonical provides an implementation of this pattern as well. Interestingly enough, this implementation has been created before the publication of the operator pattern in 2017. In fact, initial steps for the Canonical implementation of the software operator pattern date back much earlier than 2013. At that time, the implementation was not named software operator framework, but Juju and Charms. Back then, operators were named Charms, while the middleware running the operators was Juju, running Charmed Operators and managing the available local, public and multi-cloud environments.

          But coming back to describing a pattern instead of only describing an interesting design, there is more to say: the motivation to talk about patterns is to let the readers, software developers or software architects understand the experience of adopting this design, its benefits and also disadvantages.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosJetson powered edge AI system has eight PoE ports

        The Boxer-8254AI is equipped with a hexa-core Xavier NX with 8GB LPDDR4 and 16GB eMMC running the usual Ubuntu stack with Nvidia JetPack 4.5 (and above) SDK for AI development. The system adds a microSD slot and a 2.5-inch SATA bay, and mSATA is available on the full-size mini-PCIe slot along with PCIe and USB. There is also a SIM card socket, 4x SMA antenna mounts, and an M.2 E-key slot for WiFi/BT.

      • CNX SoftwareHardkernel launches ODROID-M1 Rockchip RK3568B2 SBC
      • CNX SoftwareKontron Pi-Tron CM4 mini PC leverages Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 for industrial applications
      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

        • DedoimedoMy Nokia X10 upgraded to Android 12 – And we check

          There you have it. My depressing little review. Android 12 does have some visual merits, but they come bundled with inefficiencies, more taps, and if you care about privacy, you need to spend time undoing the default nonsense that the new version brings. The overall interface feels a bit too big, and I loathe the screenshot functionality. I also don’t like the swipe wobble – the app grid shakes ever so slightly when you swipe hard, as though the app icons are pasted on an elastic sheet rather than a rigid canvas. This will probably make someone excited, but rule no.1 in UI design is that you don’t make things change unless necessary, and this isn’t necessary.

          Yes, it works, yes the color scheme is nicer, yes things are stable, and yes, after you’re done purging the nonsense from your phone, you have a decent privacy-oriented baseline. But the whole exercise feels cheap, dirty, and I’m just too jaded for this so-called modern world of mobile phone technology. Or any would-be new technology for that matter, it seems. Because it’s not about usability, it’s all about the tiniest of margins on profits, and it feels like a cattle market, and I’m not a sheep, nor do I like being fleeced.

          Finally, I don’t really get any choice. My phone upgraded itself, I don’t get any say in this. But if I look at the various Android phones in my possession, with versions set at 4 through 12, it seems Android 10 is probably the nicest around (every version since the beginning was an improvement till then), but with the newer ones, it’s all a bit meh. Now, Android has matured nicely, but there’s only so much you can do with a piece of plastic and glass designed to be used with a finger. Anyway, enough ranting. This is an operating system review, if you want to call it that. In the end, I had to do some tweaking, I lost some basic efficiency, got some cooler colors, and the world moves on. Bye bye now.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Apache BlogYour call is important to us: The Apache Software Foundation’s Infrastructure team unveils new support line
      • Apache BlogSuccess at Apache: My experience with the Apache Way —a perfect society? : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

        I have been working in software engineering for more than 15 years. I’ve always contributed to Open Source software as a user or a developer. But I’ve been contributing to Apache Software Foundation (ASF) projects such as Apache Flink, Apache Beam or Apache Spark for nearly 6 years. It is long enough for me to say that I find the Apache Way is almost the best way to collaborate on software engineering.

        I will not describe the Apache way here as there is a lot of good information about that already. I would rather link to the official Apache documentation. I humbly suggest that you read what it is if you don’t know it already.

        My point here is to talk about the Apache Way in practice as I’ve experienced it. Of course, every Apache community is different, but what I wanted to emphasize is that applying the Apache Way by the book could lead to what I’d call a “perfect society” even if this word seems a bit naive and over optimistic, or even utopian.

      • Events

        • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogApply for a Linux Foundation Training Scholarship by April 30 [Ed: LF lost all the events revenue due to COVID-19; it's trying to rebuild as a diploma mill, still]

          It’s that time of year – Linux Foundation Training (LiFT) Scholarships are here! Since 2011, The Linux Foundation has awarded over 1,100 scholarships for millions of dollars in training and certification to deserving individuals around the world who would otherwise be unable to afford it. This is part of our mission to grow the open source community by lowering the barrier to entry and making quality training options accessible to those who want them.

        • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: PostgreSQL Developer Day 2022 / dates, call for papers & sponsors, etc.

          Prague PostgreSQL Developer Day 2022 (P2D2 2022) will be held on June 1-2 in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference focuses on topics for PostgreSQL users and developers. For more information about the event, please see the website at https://www.p2d2.cz/

          We are now accepting proposals for talks and trainings in both Czech and English. In previous years, the conference was organized as a single-track even with a mix of talks in Czech and English. This year we’re planning to organize a conference with a separate track in English, if permitted by the number of talk proposals etc.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Google says: Thank You Mrs Baker – you successfully destroyed the Firefox browser! – Alternatives to Chrome and Firefox?

            The software quality will probably get worse and worse & maybe Firefox will disappear completely. Why? two reasons. Mozilla (the company/foundation behind Firefox) had a contract with Google, Mozilla will participate in advertising revenues if Google becomes the homepage of Firefox. probably Google has also copied a lot from Mozilla and “copied” it into its own Chrome browser.


            Thunderbird is also from Mozilla but is developed by a group of volunteers.



      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • FSF

        • Unicorn MediaStallman to Deliver ’State of Free Software’ Online April 13

          Although Richard Stallman seemed to be absent from this year’s LibrePlanet event, the Free Software Foundation has announced he will be livestreaming his “The State of the Free Software Movement” talk on April 13th at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

          Just because Richard Stallman seems to have been left out of this year’s LibrePlanet, the Free Software Foundation’s annual “free software” lovefest, doesn’t mean he’s dropping out of public view. It also doesn’t mean that the FSF isn’t willing to let him speak under its banner.

      • Programming/Development

        • LWNBoucher: rustc_codegen_gcc can now bootstrap rustc

          On his blog, Antoni Boucher updates the status of rustc_codegen_gcc, which “is a GCC codegen for rustc, meaning that it can be loaded by the existing rustc frontend, but benefits from GCC by having more architectures supported and having access to GCC’s optimizations”. A significant milestone has been reached: “the GCC codegen has made enough progress to be able to compile rustc itself”.

        • Drew DeVaultAnnouncing git snail-mail

          At least, this is what I’d like to say, but I ended up cancelling the project before it was ready for April Fool’s. After my friend kline (a staffer at Libera Chat) came up with this idea, I actually did write a lot of the code! Git is mostly written in Perl, but I could not really rouse the enthusiasm for implementing this idea in Perl. I did the prototype in $secretlang instead, and got it mostly working, but decided not to try to do some sneaky half-private joke release while trying to maintain the secrecy of the language.

        • Fedora MagazaineFedora Magazine: Using Sourcegraph to Search 34,000+ Fedora Repositories

          In October 2021, a Fedora Linux user asked a question about licensing. Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller left a response: “Since we don’t have a complete, exploded, searchable repository of all of the packages in Fedora, I don’t have a quick way to check.”

          Followed by: “…or possibly pay Sourcegraph to do it for us. They seem like nice people.” He is correct, we (Sourcegraph) are nice people, but we don’t want your money. Instead, we wanted to team up with the Fedora community.

          The Fedora Community can now search their universe of open source code—currently over 34,000 repositories and counting.

        • OpenSource.comMake a cup of coffee with Git | Opensource.com

          Git can do everything—except make your coffee. But what if it could?

          Like most people, I already have a dedicated coffee brewing device listening to HTCPCP requests. All that is left is to hook Git up to it.

        • QtShell Extensions in Qt Wayland 6.3

          The Qt 6.3.0 release is just around the corner, and I wanted to share some updates we have made for the Qt Wayland integration and its companion module Qt Wayland Compositor. I will also use this as an opportunity to introduce some basic concepts to those who are not already familiar with Wayland, and give some background/justification for how things currently work.

        • Status update: Adding CI Pipelines on GitLab – post #5

          This is my fifth status update for Season of KDE 2022.

          This time, I have updates on the automation side of things. I got a preliminary version of the required GitLab pipelines working.

        • Spotlight on Meson’s full-featured developer environment

          When developing an application or a library, it is very common to want to run it without installing it, or to install it into a custom prefix rather than on the system (i.e. /usr or /usr/local).

        • Perl/Raku

        • Python

          • LWNA method for replacing Python tuple entries [LWN.net]

            A recent discussion on the python-ideas mailing list gives some insight into how to—or how not to—propose a feature to be added to the language. At first blush, adding a method to Python’s immutable tuple type for replacing one of its elements is not a particularly strange idea, nor one that would cause much in the way of backward-compatibility concerns. Even though there was some evidence offered that such a method might be useful, it seems pretty unlikely that the idea will go anywhere, at least in part because of the repetitive, bordering on aggressive, manner in which its benefits were argued.

        • Java

          • TecAdmin5 Methods to Print an Array in Java

            An array is a data structure to store multiple elements of similar data types. Similar to other programming languages Java also supports Arrays. Which are stored in a contiguous location on memory. In this tutorial, you’ll learn different techniques to print the elements of a given array in Java.

  • Leftovers

    • Crypto for the Rest of Us, Part III: Smart Contracts – Copyleft Currents

      Welcome to another installation of me teaching myself about crypto by writing about it! In past posts, I have discussed topics like Bitcoin mining and proof-of-stake. I’m not an expert on crypto, but I like learning about technology, and these posts are an attempt to share what I have learned at a level that is not too basic, but not too advanced, for readers who are curious, like me. Actually, this topic has a lot to do with contract law, so I am more comfortable writing about it than those prior posts.

      The thing I hear repeatedly about smart contracts is that they are neither smart nor contracts. Let’s figure out why people say that, and whether it is correct.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • MakeTech EasierWyze Camera Has Security Flaw Company Took 3 Years to Fix

            It’s expected that any product that has the word “security” in the title would be … secure. Yet, that’s how Wyze landed in hot water after it was determined that it knew about a security camera flaw and didn’t make a move to change it for three years.

          • The New StackChainguard: It’s All About That Base Image

            In our container-driven tech world, it’s vital that our container’s base image, the foundation we use in creating our working container images, must be as clear of bugs as possible. Chainguard, the zero-trust security company, dove into the subject of container image security in its new whitepaper “All About That Base Image.” Alas, they’ve found that some “popular base images can have hundreds of known security vulnerabilities.” This is no way to build a container!

            It’s only common sense for developers to choose base container images wisely. If not, they’re in for security headaches down the line. Borrowing on the idea of technical debt, Chainguard describes these base image vulnerabilities as “security debt.”

            Unfortunately, from their research all too many popular base images, which have been downloaded billions of times, come with tens or hundreds of known security vulnerabilities. That’s a lot of security debt in your image to overcome before you’ve even started building your applications!

          • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (wireshark), Fedora (389-ds-base), Mageia (golang, wavpack, and zlib), openSUSE (yaml-cpp), SUSE (expat and yaml-cpp), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-lts-xenial, linux-aws-5.4, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.13, linux-gcp-5.4, linux-gke, linux-gke-5.4, linux-gkeop, linux-gkeop-5.4, linux-aws-hwe, linux-gcp-4.15, linux-oracle, linux-intel-5.13, and tomcat9).

          • Bleeping ComputerQNAP warns severe OpenSSL bug affects most of its NAS devices

            Taiwan-based network-attached storage (NAS) maker QNAP warned on Tuesday that most of its NAS devices are impacted by a high severity OpenSSL bug disclosed two weeks ago.

          • The Register UKPatch now: Zero day vuln found in Java Spring framework • The Register

            Another Java Remote Code Execution vulnerability has reared its head, this time in the popular Spring Framework and, goodness, it’s a nasty one.

            Dubbed “Springshell” or “Spring4Shell”, the vulnerability requires an endpoint with DataBinder enabled. “For example,” explained security shop Praetorian, “when Spring is deployed to Apache Tomcat, the WebAppClassLoader is accessible, which allows an attacker to call getters and setters to ultimately write a malicious JSP file to disk.”

          • USCERTSpring Releases Security Updates Addressing “Spring4Shell” and Spring Cloud Function Vulnerabilities | CISA

            The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has released information on a vulnerability (CVE-2022-22965), known as “Spring4Shell,” affecting Spring Framework, a Java framework that creates applications, including web applications. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Tech thoughts for the week

        This one’s interesting. At first I was hesitant to use some web-based IRC client, but the layout and perma-connectivity is really nice. I might just shell out the $50 for a yearly subscription.

      • The Register UKViasat spills on the Russian attack, warns of continued risks

        It turns out the only thing Russian forces needed to knock thousands of Ukrainian satellite broadband customers offline was a misconfigured VPN.

        Viasat, whose Ukrainian satellite broadband service was knocked offline the day Russia invaded Ukraine, said its analysis of the attack revealed a poorly configured VPN appliance was used by the attacker to access the trusted management section of the KA-SAT satellite network.

        The attacker gained access to the segment of the network used to manage and operate it, and then pushed legitimate, yet malicious, commands to residential modems in Ukraine and several other European countries.

Ángel García Menéndez on Social Control Media

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Videos at 4:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: This talk was uploaded four days ago. “Ángel is a software engineer from northern Spain and recent graduate”

Licence: GFDL 1.3

Billions in Microsoft Bribes to Media/Publishers (‘Marketing’) Down the Drain

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Windows at 12:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: Microsoft ‘Delighted’ by Windows 11 (Vista 11) Usage, Which is Only 1% Three Months After Official Launch and Six Months After Release Online


The fail of Windows
The fail of Windows


Windows 31%
Windows is not as dominant as Microsoft wants developers to believe

Summary: Microsoft has new excuses for Vista 11 ‘growth’ (Windows cannibalisation) basically stopping; they and their spinners would say TPM (yes. they themselves imposed restrictions and later relaxed them) is at fault, not the operating system being nothing but hype and double trouble; in other words, now they blame their very own restrictions for people rejecting the operating system

Links 01/04/2022: FreeBSD 13.1 RC1 and XWayland 22.1.1

Posted in News Roundup at 11:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • 77% of Kubernetes Users Don’t Have Protections for Data Loss

        A new survey shows that the majority of companies are “underprepared” for threats against their Kubernetes environments.

        The survey by the data storage company Veritas is on how companies are protecting their open-source Kubernetes, according to the company this month.

        Kubernetes is being rapidly deployed into “mission-critical environments,” with one-third of companies relying on it and 86% of them expecting to deploy the technology in the next two to three years.

    • Kernel Space

      • Kernel 5.17: Solid & steady

        Our CODEC team has pushed forward VP9 hardware codec support on the Linux kernel. The fine-tuned VP9 uABI has been released, enabling decoders to enqueue encoded frames without waiting until a previous frame completes. This is due to the improved probabilities update process, which frees the userland from the dependency on the previously decoded frames.

        In addition, video decoders on Rockchip SoCs (RK3399: RkVDEC), NXP SoCs (IMX8MQ: Hantro), and several others now offer hardware support for decoding VP9 byte-streams.

        As the new Kernel drivers are stateless, the driver requires a user-space application to handle the state (picture order, references, etc.) of the decoder. There are multiple available solutions. One notable option is GStreamer, which includes support for managing a VP9 hardware decoder, a feature contributed by our CODEC team at the end of last year.

        Google’s VP9 codec, which is heavily used on YouTube, is a major competitor to the widely popular HEVC codec. It is specialized for high-resolution video and provides better compression efficiency than codecs like MPEG-4.

    • Applications

      • smolZINE – Issue 23

        orrg is an rss/atom feed reader. You can view random feeds, recent feeds or popular feeds. Hit the view feed link to paste in any feed of your choice and view it over gemini. The software making this possible is also open source and available to be used on your own capsule.

      • Its FOSSPeergos: Open-Source Google Drive Alternative for Self-Hosting

        Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage services.

        And, for all the right reasons, it offers flexible pricing, regional pricing, and many other advantages.

        Unfortunately, it does not offer end-to-end encryption. Moreover, it is not an open-source offering.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe After Effects

        Adobe is a large multinational computer software company with over 22,000 employees. Its flagship products include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, XD, Acrobat DC, and the Portable Document Format (PDF). The products are wrapped up and marketed as the Creative Cloud, a subscription-only way of accessing more than 20 desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more.

        We are long-standing admirers of Adobe’s products. They develop many high quality proprietary programs. It’s true there are security and privacy concerns in relation to some of their products. And there’s considerable criticism attached to their pricing practices. But the real issue is Adobe Creative Cloud does not support Linux. And there’s no prospect of support forthcoming.

      • xwayland 22.1.1

        Michel Dänzer (2):
        xwayland: Clear timer_armed in xwl_present_unrealize_window
        xwayland: Always hook up frame_callback_list in xwl_present_queue_vblank

        Olivier Fourdan (3):
        Xwayland: Do not map the COW by default when rootless
        xwayland/present: Fix use-after-free in xwl_unrealize_window()
        Bump version to 22.1.1

        git tag: xwayland-22.1.1

      • FreeType 2.12.0

        The main new feature of this release is support for OpenType fonts with an ‘SVG’ table, using an external SVG rendering library.

      • Cockpit Project: Cockpit 266

        Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • CitizixHow to install and configure monit in Rocky Linux 8

        Monit is a free, open-source process supervision tool for Unix and Linux. With Monit, system status can be viewed directly from the command line, or via the native HTTP web server. Monit is able to do automatic maintenance, repair, and run meaningful causal actions in error situations.

        In this guide we will learn how to install and configure monit on a Rocky Linux 8 server. If you are interested in setting up M/Monit, checkout How to install and set up M/Monit in Linux.

        These are some of the features of Monit.

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

        What is really the hype behind Redis? Redis has created a reputation for itself as the go-to data store. It is attributed as a key-value, in-memory, and open-source data store. These attributes make Redis an ideal message broker, cache, and database candidate/application.

        Also, Redis’ resume illustrates its support for numerous data structures like Sets, Hashes, Lists, and Strings. Through features like automatic partitioning and Redis Sentinel, multiple Redis nodes and Redis Cluster provide high Redis availability.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install OpenJDK 17 on Ubuntu 20.04/22.04

        Linux operating system distributions like Ubuntu are perfect software development platforms. The open-source nature of such operating systems makes them a safe haven for multiple programmable languages like Java, which is attributed as a class-based, multipurpose, object-oriented, and general-purpose programming language.

        It is having lesser implementation dependencies in its design footprint has majorly contributed to its popularity in the developer’s domain. The latter statement implies that a compiled Java code does not need recompilation as long as the platform running it is Java-supported. Therefore, Java’s applicability extends to cell phones, game consoles, computer applications, scientific supercomputers, and data centers.

      • Linux.orgDVD and Blu-Ray Conversion | Linux.org

        For many users, you may have a need to make a digital copy of a DVD or Blu-ray to view on your system. Viewing can be done remotely if you make a DLNA Server, as I covered in the article ‘Home Streaming Server’.

        The problem with making a digital copy from most discs is that they incorporate some form of protection. Using a special program, the protection can usually be bypassed and the digital copy can be made.

      • Russell CokerAMT/MEBX on Debian « etbe – Russell Coker

        I’ve just been playing with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) [1] which is also known as Management Engine Bios Extension (MEBX).

        Firstly a disclaimer, using this sort of technology gives remote access to your system at a level that allows in some ways overriding the OS. If this gets broken then you have big problems. Also all the code that matters is non-free. Please don’t comment on this post saying that AMT is bad, take it as known that it has issues and that people are forced to use it anyway.

        I tested this out on a HP Z420 workstation. The first thing it to enable AMT via Intel “MEBX”, the default password is “admin”. On first use you are compelled to set a new password which must be 8+ characters containing upper and lower case, number, and punctuation characters.

      • How to protect privacy online with tor and free vpn firmware for routers – how to setup tor node
      • Matthew GarrettMatthew Garrett: ZTA doesn’t solve all problems, but partial implementations solve fewer

        Traditional network access controls work by assuming that something is trustworthy based on some other factor – for example, if a computer is on your office network, it’s trustworthy because only trustworthy people should be able to gain physical access to plug something in. If you restrict access to your services to requests coming from trusted networks, then you can assert that it’s coming from a trusted device.

        Of course, this isn’t necessarily true. A machine on your office network may be compromised. An attacker may obtain valid VPN credentials. Someone could leave a hostile device plugged in under a desk in a meeting room. Trust is being placed in devices that may not be trustworthy.

      • GizmodoHow To Save an Old Laptop by Installing Chrome OS Flex

        Google has released software that can turn any old laptop into a like-new Chromebook.

      • ID RootHow To Install RainLoop Webmail on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install RainLoop Webmail on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, RainLoop is a modern email client created in PHP. It is quite lightweight and does not consume too many resources. It supports IMAP and SMTP and provides a user-friendly interface with a variety of features.

        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 RainLoop open-source, simple, modern, and fast Webmail client 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.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to deploy an Apache web server quickly | Enable Sysadmin

        Install, configure, and test a very basic web server deployment in just eight steps.

      • Linux CapableHow to Upgrade/Install Nginx Stable/Mainline on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        For those using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, you might have noticed that installing Nginx directly from its repository does not install the latest stable or mainline version. This is a common trend in most distributions that focus on the stability of packages and provide only urgent bug or security updates until the subsequent major distribution.

        For most, using the default Nginx that comes bundled with the repository will be preferred, but often many require and want the latest version of stable or mainline for updated features.

        The following tutorial will cover installing the last stable or mainline versions of Nginx on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa with two methods, both utilizing the APT package manager with importing the official repository from Nginx which is the most recommended option, or the alternative PPA model by Ondřej Surý.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxGameMaker on Linux gets big improvements and Steam Deck support | GamingOnLinux

        GameMaker Studio 2 is now just GameMaker, and there’s a new update out with some dramatic improvements for Linux game exports and Steam Deck support.

        For far too long, GameMaker exports for Linux have required some very specific dependencies, which often caused issues for developers as they weren’t included directly. Game developers had to go and manually grab these files to include with the Linux games. Now, that’s not required – at least for Steam anyway.

      • GamingOnLinuxAI-powered map creator Dungeon Alchemist is now on Steam | GamingOnLinux

        After a successful crowdfunding campaign a while ago, Dungeon Alchemist is now available on Steam. Not a game though, however, instead it’s a special tool for creators to make really fancy looking maps to use elsewhere.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Client Beta gets Linux fixes like not re-download media pre-caching files | GamingOnLinux

        It’s not just the Steam Deck that is getting upgrades, as Valve are also tweaking the main Steam client with a fresh Beta release out now. This one actually does fix some pretty annoying issues, some of which should really make things easier.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck gets a bunch more Keyboard tweaks | GamingOnLinux

        Valve is really doing some great work on improving the Steam Deck, with another upgrade now available.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteamOS Plugin Manager should enable lots of fun on the Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        This is going to be an absolute delight for people who want to hack away at the Steam Deck, and it can enable all kinds of things from music player integration to simple things like more quick-access buttons. I don’t think it’s possible to overstate just how awesome a project like this is. You don’t even need to turn off the read-only filesystem to do it, and so changes made will be persistent too through OS upgrades.

      • The VergeThe Steam Deck just got a dual-touchpad keyboard and some much-needed fixes

        Did I speak too soon? Two days after my one-month check-in with the Steam Deck portable gaming PC, Valve has already addressed a few of the most annoying issues I pointed out.

      • GamingOnLinuxHYPERCHARGE: Unboxed gets a Native Linux version, also Steam Deck Verified | GamingOnLinux

        HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed, a solo and co-op wave-based first/third-person shooter where you assume the role of a toy action figure is now officially available on Linux. Not only that, it’s also a Steam Deck Verified title.

        Being Steam Deck Verified means people can buy it without much worry, as it should perform well and look good on the smaller screen. This verification happened a little while ago but the additional big news is that they now have the officially supported native Linux version available today!

      • Look Behind You, a Three-Headed Monkey NFT! [Ed: ScummVM jumps the shark by embracing an elaborate scam and legitimising it]
      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Turn an Android App into a Godot Quest VR App in 3 Steps

        Now that we’re past the clickbait title, let’s get to the meat of the matter:

        Designing and building VR applications is hard!

        It’s even more so if you are not familiar with graphics and game engine-related tools and technologies.

        This used to be my experience. My primary background was in Android mobile development and so when I initially approached the field of Virtual Reality, I was at a loss and quickly ran into a wall. Through perseverance and hard work, I was able to overcome that wall, but that experience made me realize how steep the learning curve is and how much of a barrier this is for other developers interested in the field.

      • ArduinoPlaying Elden Ring with a TV remote | Arduino Blog

        In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of it, Elden Ring is currently the hottest game in the world. It’s an open world RPG made by From Software — the same company that is infamous for making the incredibly difficult Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne games. Elden Ring is no less difficult, which is why it is amazing that ZiedYT was able to play using a TV remote converted into video game controller with an Arduino.

        While some modern remotes for smart TVs utilize Bluetooth or WiFi connections, traditional remotes work via infrared. These remotes contain an infrared emitter that pulses an invisible light in a specific pattern corresponding to a command, which the TV reads with a built-in infrared receiver. The “volume up” button, for example, will cause the remote to emit an infrared code distinct from the “channel down” button, and so on. While the code is modulated as a very rapid sequence of flashes, it is still a relatively slow process—something that spells death in any “Soulsborne” game.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Trend OceansDeepin OS 20.5 Released with Face Recognition, can we trust?

          It’s one of the first Linux distributions that has the capability to unlock your system or authenticate sudo access with your face, and obviously you will be very happy to test out the new rolling features before anyone else, but I’m not sure whether your smiling face will turn into a pensive moment once you read this article.

        • Deepin 20.5 Released With New Features & Improvements | Itsubuntu.com

          Deepin 20.5, the latest stable release is now available for download. Deepin is a China-based Linux operating system. Deepin is the Debian-based Linux operating system that is trying to stand apart in the crowd of Linux distros.

        • Its FOSSDeepin OS Becomes the First Linux Distro to Offer Face Unlock – It’s FOSS News

          When Deepin first arrived at the scene, it blew away people with its sheer beautiful interface.

          As the time progressed and developers got more experienced, their focus shifted to include design and features users find in other commercial desktop OS offerings, i.e., Windows and macOS. Deepin was the first distro to offer Android apps support, cloud sync option and more.

          And trust me, that’s for good.

        • deepin 20.5 Release! – Deepin Technology Community

          Deepin is the top Linux distribution from China, devoted to providing a beautiful, easy-to-use, safe, and reliable operating system for global users. (Global Ranking)

          In deepin 20.5, a great of practical features collected from user feedback are developed and released, the Stable kernel is upgraded to version 5.15.24, underlying vulnerabilities are fixed, and system compatibility and security are enhanced further. Welcome to try it.

        • FreeBSDFreeBSD 13.1-RC1 Now Available
          The first RC build of the 13.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available.
          Installation images are available for:
          o 13.1-RC1 amd64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC1 i386 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC1 powerpc GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC1 powerpc64 GENERIC64
          o 13.1-RC1 powerpc64le GENERIC64LE
          o 13.1-RC1 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
          o 13.1-RC1 armv6 RPI-B
          o 13.1-RC1 armv7 GENERICSD
          o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 RPI
          o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 PINE64
          o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 PINE64-LTS
          o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 PINEBOOK
          o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 ROCK64
          o 13.1-RC1 aarch64 ROCKPRO64
          o 13.1-RC1 riscv64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC1 riscv64 GENERICSD
          Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
          console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
          freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
          the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
          to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
          Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
          The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.
          If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
          system or on the -stable mailing list.
          If you would like to use Git to do a source based update of an existing
          system, use the "releng/13.1" branch.
          A summary of changes since 13.1-BETA3 includes:
          o Handle interrupts racing with device suspend with the hdac driver.
          o Allow kern.ipc.maxsockets to be set to current value without error.
          o Call rtsx_init() on resume in the rtsx(4) driver.
          o Fixes to vfs.
          o Update to LLVM to fix the lang/rust port build on powerpc.
          o Several network-related updates and fixes.
          o Several Linux ABI-related updates and fixes.
          o The riscv64sf build had been fixed.
          o OpenZFS 2.1-release had been merged from upstream.
          o Updates and fixes to libarchive(3).
          o Updates and fixes to devd(8).
          o Various 802.11 wireless updates and bug fixes.
          o Various LinuxKPI updates and fixes.
          o The kernel build without INET or INET6 had been fixed.
          o Several arm64-specific fixes.
          A list of changes since 13.0-RELEASE is available in the releng/13.1
          release notes:
          Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
          updated on an ongoing basis as the 13.1-RELEASE cycle progresses.
      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • D-Installer First Public Release | YaST

          It is our pleasure to announce the availability of the first installation image based on D-Installer. Since our initial announcement in January, we have been working on going from a non-working proof-of-concept to something that you can actually use.

          This article aims to summarize project’s current status and what you can expect from the near future. Additionally, we will dig a bit into some internal details so you have a better overview of the path we are following.

        • Know the Visa, Health Requirements to Attend oSC22 – openSUSE News

          For people planning on attending the openSUSE Conference 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany, from June 2 – 4, there are certain health and visa requirements that need to be met for travelers.

          The openSUSE Conference will follow the Bavarian Ministry of Health’s requirements and posture regarding COVID. An FFP-2 mask and social distancing may be required. These regulations my change before or up to the day of the conference.

        • SUSE’s Corporate BlogIntroducing SUSE Premium Technical Advisory Services

          Technical Advice, Counsel and Guidance to Keep You Competitive
          The skills gap is real and hiring is expensive and time consuming. You need access to a specialist to keep your business running smoothly and stay on top of technology trends. Premium Technical Advisory Services is just that. With an assigned coordinator, you can schedule time with the right specialist at the right time. So whether you need technical expertise, mentorship or guidance, Premium Technical Advisory Services provides just the right amount of service. Premium Technical Advisory Services can be the difference between surviving and thriving in today’s digital world.

        • SUSE’s Corporate BlogBTP Sextant and SUSE Rancher Deliver Enterprise-grade Blockchain Solution | SUSE Communities

          When distributed ledger technology burst onto the scene with blockchain implementations for cryptocurrency, the technological breakthrough of an immutable, multiparty ledger – a ledger that’s permanent and tamperproof – was quickly proven.

          However, aiming distributed ledger technology at business transformation and digitizing multiparty workflows and agreements needed a wider ecosystem of technologists, developers and tools to mature in order to simplify implementations, unlock the inherent value and fully realize the potential of the technology.

      • Slackware Family

        • Eric HameleersChromium 100 available

          The Chromium version has reached a triple-digit number: I have uploaded new packages for Chromium 100 (Slackware 14.2 and newer, 32bit as well as 64bit). Specifically it is the release 100.0.4896.60 which was announced a few days ago. It fixes a number of vulnerabilities with the criticality label “high” which usually means it can crash your browser but not compromise your computer.

          Google currently maintains a release schedule for Chromium where a new major version (98, 99, 100, …) is made available every month. This means that new features are not added with a big bang after being beta-tested for months, but the browser’s feature list will evolve over time.


          Get chromium packages here (NL mirror) or here (US mirror). The chromium-ungoogled packages are still waiting for the source code to be released. I expect that to happen any time and then I’ll build and upload those packages too.

      • Arch Family

        • 9to5LinuxArch Linux’s First ISO Snapshot Powered by Linux Kernel 5.17 Is Now Available for Download

          Arch Linux 2022.04.01 is now available for download and it’s the first ISO release of the lightweight and flexible GNU/Linux distribution to be powered by Linux kernel 5.17, which brings numerous new features, better hardware support through new and updated drivers, as well as many other improvements.

          Linux kernel 5.17’s first point release, 5.17.1, is included by default in Arch Linux’s ISO snapshot for April 2022, which also includes up-to-date packages that have been released throughout March 2022.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Enterprisers ProjectWhat’s the difference between a manager and a coach? [Ed: IBM, which perpetuates the mass layoffs, also perpetuate this big lie about lots of workers willfully resigning (nor proactively ahead of a collapse)]

          The ongoing disruption from the pandemic has resulted in a staggering 38 million workers quitting in 2021. With many roles now remote or hybrid and technology talent particularly scarce, organizations need to look at leadership through a different lens.

          People who leave their jobs often do so because of poor managers. Therefore, to retain employees, organizations must rethink what management, leadership, and coaching mean. A coach provides the support and guidance that helps individuals realize their potential. And with human connection lacking in many workplaces today, this is critical for every business.

        • IBM Old TimerWhat Is Web3, and Could It Usher a New Economic System? [Ed: IBM's IWB props up buzzwords and hype now]
        • Enterprisers Project3 leadership tips for surviving workplace uncertainty

          In recent months, many IT leaders have felt pressure to prepare for uncertain events in the workplace. This uncertainty falls into various categories, including data governance/security, industrial disruption, organizational restructuring, digital transformations, and employee burnout.

          Now that uncertainty has become the norm, IT leaders are relying on their past experience to guide decisions on the unforeseeable future. The future of these leaders is predicated on the ability to survive changes that occur every day.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: MasterClass: Concept design [Ed: Canonical a week ago contradicts today’s Canonical. With “master” in their headline. Same at IBM. Double standards.]

          The purpose of a trash in this case is to allow users to undo deletions. Based on this purpose, when the main action “delete” is performed, we know that it is an action we could undo. The structure of this trash is in a folder structure, meaning, it can contain both folders and files. This is important because the structure allows us to understand which actions can be taken with this concept. Finally, we have a behaviour. The behaviour shows us that whenever we delete a file or a folder, it is actually moved to a different folder called “Trash”. This will allow us to move it back to its original directory if we changed our minds. Only if we decide to “Empty trash” will we entirely remove the files in our “Trash” folder.

        • UbuntuOperator Day hosted by Canonical

          Software operators are crucial elements in the Kubernetes landscape. They implement operational tasks covering everyday application management. They help human operators, administrators to run their applications efficiently and effectively. On Operator Day, Canonical speakers and guests share knowledge and insights about the journey from configuration management to application management. Canonical provides an entirely OSS-based platform and framework for software operators – Juju and the Charmed Operators. The various sessions will cover software operators, what they represent, how to use them, how to create them and how we can take advantage of them. We are delighted to see the rising interest in Kubernetes Operators. And of course, we are happy to cover this demand with the fourth edition of the Operator Day for the Kubecon EU 2022. Because of the uncertainties with planning travels between countries remain, we decided to run the event entirely virtually.

        • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Beta Released

          Big news for the Ubuntu users as the road to getting Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is getting closer with the availability of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Beta edition. Yes, you heard it right as Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is now available for download.

          The latest version of Ubuntu is powered by the long-term supported Linux 5.15 LTS kernel series and ships with the latest GNOME 42 desktop environment by default. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS ‘Jammy Jellyfish’, will be made available on April 21, 2022.

        • Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) Final Beta released
        • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) Final Beta released

          The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

          22.04 LTS, codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”, continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

          This Beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

          The Beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper image build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 22.04 LTS that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on April 21st, 2022.

        • Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS Beta Released – Ubuntu Studio

          The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS, codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”.

          While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper DVD build or installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, reasonably representative of what you will find when Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS is released on October 22, 2021.

          Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS will be Ubuntu Studio’s first Long-Term Support(LTS) release with the KDE Plasma Desktop Environment.

        • Beta NewsUbuntu Linux 22.04 ‘Jammy Jellyfish’ Beta now available for download

          Just a couple days ago, Fedora 36 Beta was released, and now, Ubuntu Linux 22.04 Beta follows suit. Called “Jammy Jellyfish,” this pre-release version of the Ubuntu operating system uses Linux kernel 5.15, Mesa 22, and the GNOME 42 desktop environment by default.

          Don’t like GNOME? Hey, that’s cool. There are several flavors of Ubuntu that use alternative desktop environments, such as Kubuntu (KDE Plasma), Lubuntu (LXQt), and Xubuntu (Xfce) to name a few.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • HackadayMangoPi To Bring A SD-Card-Sized Linux Module

        Today’s Diminutive Device is a small castellated System-On-Module (Twitter link, nitter proxy)from [MangoPi] called M-Core, with a quad-core A53 CPU and 1 GB of RAM. As such, it’s very capable of running Linux, and even sports an HDMI output! Taking a closer look at the devboard picture, we can spot traces for three USB 2.0 ports, what seems to be two SDIO interfaces for MicroSD or WiFi cards, and an Ethernet MagJack with its termination network. This is a decent set of interfaces, rivaling what we’d expect out of a Pi Zero!

      • TechRadarMysterious new Raspberry Pi alternative is the size of an SD card

        At a time when consumers are finding it difficult to get their hands on a new Raspberry Pi, MangoPi is teasing a new single-board computer that is slightly smaller than an SD card.

        In a recent post on Twitter, MangoPi showed off several pictures of its new unnamed module that features a Linux-capable SoC and no ports whatsoever. In addition to being much smaller than the Raspberry Pi 4B, the new device is actually even smaller than the Raspberry PiZero 2 W.

        According to a new report from Tom’s Hardware though, MangoPi’s new single-board computer could be called the ‘Linux Box” as there is both a blank product page with the name on the company’s site as well as a discussion about it on its forum.

        Based on the photos shared by MangoPi, the so-called Lunch Box will feature four Arm Cortex-A53 cores just like the Raspberry Pi 3 and the Zero 2 W. The device will also run Allwinner’s embedded Tina Linux distro which is based on OpenWRT.

      • Linux GizmosTiger Lake-U mini-PC ready for drone duty

        Aaeon’s Linux-ready “PICO-TGU4-SEMI” industrial mini-PC is available for pre-order at $809. The fanless system has an 11th Gen U-series CPU plus GbE, 2.5GbE, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2, M.2 M-key, and mini-PCIe with mSATA.

        Aaeon has posted a pre-order page for a 122 x 80.8 x 50.4mm embedded mini-PC based on its PICO-TGU4 Pico-ITX SBC. The PICO-TGU4-SEMI is primarily designed for drones, but also supports other edge AI applications like robotics or factory applications. The price is $809, with shipments due April 8.

      • Linux GizmosCompact Elkhart Lake system features Hailo-8 NPU

        Axiomtek’s compact “Aristotle RSC101” edge AI box runs Linux or Win 10 on Elkhart Lake along with an up to 26-TOPS Hailo-8 NPU, up to 32GB DDR4, 2x GbE, 2x USB, HDMI, DIO, and 3x M.2 slots.

        Axiomtek announced its first product based on Intel’s 10nm, Atom-class Elkhart Lake SoCs and its second to feature Hailo’s Hailo-8 NPU after its octa-core Arm-based RSC100 system. The fanless, 154.4 x 111 x 49.4mm Aristotle (RSC101) is a smaller, less feature-rich box than the RSC100, and is primarily designed for edge AI smart city applications.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • ZDNetYoga: OpenStack IaaS cloud gets its 25th update | ZDNet

        Today, the cloud is everything. But, in 2010, the cloud was barely real. Still, at NASA Ames Research Center and Rackspace, developers decided that the best way to build a cloud was to build it from open-source software. Together, by 2012 they created the first major open-source, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud, OpenStack. Ten years later, OpenStack is releasing its 25th update, Yoga.

      • OpenInfra Foundation Unveils OpenStack Yoga Open-Source Cloud Platform

        Among the changes included in OpenStack Yoga are a series of updates for hardware enablement and better support for Kubernetes.

      • Open Source InitiativeSix lessons learned from 2022 OSI elections [Ed: OSI is so defunct that now they’re celebrating merely managing to do an election without yet another blunder/incident]

        Before I mark a major project as DONE, I always take time to write down what worked, what didn’t and fresh thoughts on how to do things better next time. The OSI elections occupied my mind for almost all of Q1. Here is my hot take on the 2022 elections.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • People of WordPress: Juan Aldasoro – WordPress News

          In this series, we share some of the inspiring stories of how WordPress and its global network of contributors can change people’s lives for the better. This month we feature a website developer and project manager from Argentina, who found in the software a way to live his life in the way he dreamed.

          WordPress offers something to everyone. For Juan Aldasoro, a developer and project manager for a large distributed company, it provides an opportunity to combine his different interests and skills to live the type of life he wanted.

          “I like visual, creative and technical things. The joy of WordPress is that you can do all of these things, you don’t have to limit yourself to any one aspect . You can also do this from almost anywhere in the world!”

          From working in products since 2012, Juan sees WordPress as a major part of his skillset and toolbox. He said: “It gives you an opportunity to be part of building a product which could potentially be used by thousands of people and more on your site. It encourages you to think about different languages and how you can make it accessible. It allows you to work on different platforms. Working in WordPress gives you this broad approach. Working this way on products ended up pushing me into learning about all these different things. Only in open source can you really do this and use your creative side to find solutions.”

      • Programming/Development

        • Explorations in Tiny BASIC

          Lately I’ve been getting into BASIC. I was a kid in the 80s and 90s and I remember those computers that would boot into a BASIC interpreter. I didn’t have one of those but came in contact with one every year or two and played a handful of text games on them. I was aware of some of the commands and syntax, GOTO and the like, and I have looked through the classic BASIC Video Games book a number of times.

        • C++23 Will Be Really Awesome

          C++23 is feature complete and on track to be released next year. While many people are complaining that it’s, after all, a “minor” release (as the pandemic made the Committee work very difficult), C++23 still has a few very significant changes.

          In this blog post, I want to talk about what I think is my favorite feature of C++23: the really keyword. This is a brand new keyword that can be used in a number of different scenarios. Let’s explore them together to understand the usefulness of it.

        • Rust

          • Changes at the Cargo Team [Ed: The omission here is that Rust is in disarray as many people leave and the aggressive corporations control the project, censoring the community]

            We are thrilled to publicly announce that Weihang Lo and Ed Page have joined the Cargo Team!

            Weihang has been providing thoughtful and helpful replies on our issue tracker. He has often had the patience to explain to people what problem they’re hitting and how to get unstuck. He often summarizes technical conversations clearly describing the available solutions and their costs both technical and more importantly human. He has also been contributing to many improvements and code reviews.

            Ed has been a champion on many fronts. He has done tremendous work on toml_edit to push Cargo towards getting cargo add merged in cargo proper. He has brought clap to the momentous 3.0 release and continues to push on CLI improvements, more advanced testing tools, and much more!

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Seagate launches 10-platter 20TB video surveillance disk drive

        The prior SkyHawk generation, announced in October 2020, maxed out at 18TB and had a nine-platter configuration inside their helium-filled enclosures, using conventional (perpendicular) magnetic recording (CMR). Now Seagate has squeezed an extra platter in to reach 20TB without recourse to any energy-assisted magnetic recording such as HAMR.

      • Kioxia Develops 24G SAS SSD

        The memory hardware maker Kioxia America is introducing a new group of SAS SSDs.

        Kioxia’s PM7 Series of enterprise 24G SAS SSDs is available for customer evaluation, according to the company this month.

        The SSD series is intended to deliver improved performance, reliability, and security for server and storage use cases, including high-performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), caching layer, and finance.

        The PM7 Series builds on six other generations of SAS drives. It nearly doubles the performance of the 12 Gb/s SAS SSD.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Bruce SchneierBypassing Two-Factor Authentication

        FIDO2 multi-factor authentication systems are not susceptible to these attacks, because they are tied to a physical computer.

      • Proprietary

        • “Ransomware Protection” in Windows doesn’t stop Ransomware, but does break old games, LibreOffice, and random applications. – BaronHK’s Rants

          “Ransomware Protection” in Windows doesn’t stop Ransomware, but does break old games, LibreOffice, and random applications.

          MakeTechEasier posted an article about Windows “Ransomware Protection” and how to enable it.


          To Microsoft, it doesn’t matter if it is secure. What matters is that you have a lot of pretty buttons and dials and shit that say something vaguely security-related.

          Windows Web sites are even over there cheering that you can set the default Web browser again after Microsoft disabled that for a year to strong arm people with Edge. How dumb is that?

        • GoogleChrome 101: Federated Credential Management Origin Trial, Media Capabilities for WebRTC, and More

          Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 101 is beta as of March 31, 2022. You can download the latest on Google.com for desktop or on Google Play Store on Android.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • PurismFreedom From Coercion – Purism

            This past week, as part of escalating sanctions between the West and Russia because of the war in Ukraine, the FCC added the security company Kaspersky (creator of the popular Kaspersky Anti-Virus software) to its “security threat list” which means products from that company aren’t eligible for FCC funds. It’s important to note that this wasn’t due to a particular backdoor that was discovered in Kaspersky products. Instead this was because of the threat that Kaspersky (a Russian company) could be coerced by the Russian government to add a backdoor. Because Kaspersky’s software is proprietary, it would be incredibly challenging to audit the software and all future updates for backdoors.

            A Russian bank has issued a warning of its own, advising customers to avoid updating software, in response to actual malicious code a developer added to their NodeJS library. In this case, the guidance wasn’t to avoid using the software, just to avoid updating that software and if an update is necessary, to review the code carefully. This distinction is critical, and points to a fundamental freedom that free software provides (freedom 1, the freedom to study how the program works) that leads to another freedom: the freedom from coercion.

          • ZDNetLinux secure networking security bug found and fixed | ZDNet

            Nothing is quite as vexing as a security hole in a security program. Xiaochen Zou, a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, went looking for bugs in Linux and found a whopper. This vulnerability, CVE-2022-27666, in IPSec’s esp6 (Encapsulating Security Payload) crypto module can be abused for local privilege escalation.


            This is bad enough that both Red Hat and the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) give the hole a high Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 7.8. Or, as I like to call vulnerabilities with such high scores, it’s a “Fix it now!” bug.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Why gas prices won’t go down anytime soon. – BaronHK’s Rants

          Once Trump (or someone like him, or an obstructionist Republican opposition in Congress) happens again, they can go right back to business as usual. With the added perk that they still don’t have to lower gas prices.

          Gas prices are going to affect the labor market, long term, for obvious reasons. Including the fact that if people can no longer afford to get to work, wages are going to have to go way up to compensate, or there still won’t be anyone to hire.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for March 2022

        For the month of March, 2022, IFF has filed 33 RTI applications and 17 first appeals. In responses received we discovered that NIXI wants to do a Aadhaar based EKYC for domain names to store details in a “perfect manner and a decent way”, MeitY stated it does not have a Digital Government Mission despite MoS Rajeev’s public statement, and Assam, Daman & Diu, Kerala responded that they have not imposed any internet shutdown since 10.01.2020.

Lori Nagel Demonstrates GNU Jami for Communications

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 4:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Unlike Jitsi or BBB, GNU Jami is a P2P/decentralised chat-centric GNU project, which is less widely known, and Lori Nagel gave this talk a couple of weeks ago. From the talk’s outline: “This talk is about how GNU Jami works, and how it is different from other proprietary and free software solutions. Lori will also explain how you can convince people you know to use it.”

Licence: CC BY SA 4.0

GNU Jami

IRC Proceedings: Thursday, March 31, 2022

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • [Old] Unix SheikhMy 70 year old mother has been using Linux on the desktop for the past 21 years

        More and more people are migrating from Windows to Linux for very valid reasons such as better privacy, better security, open source, and to avoid all the crap that Microsoft is pulling with Windows 11. But the gaming industry is actually holding people back. I know many people, young as well as old, who wouldn’t dream of using Windows where it not for the gaming aspect. Some use a multi-OS setup which 2 different hard drives, one for Windows and another for Linux and they then only use Windows for gaming, some still dual boot, but many just don’t bother with Linux because they mainly game. It’s not that they don’t want to use Linux, it’s just too much of a hassle to run both OS’s when they mainly game.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni TorontoWhy a (Linux) service delaying its shutdown is a bad thing

        One of the things that goes wrong in shutdown on systemd based systems is when some daemon (more generally, some service or even a session) refuses to shut down immediately. On systemd based systems, things that don’t shut down trigger what is by default a 90 second timeout (this is system.conf’s DefaultTimeoutStopSec). As covered in TimeoutStopSec, systemd will wait this long before forcefully killing the service’s processes and letting the reboot continue. In other words, the reboot takes an extra minute and a half (at least), so your machine is out of service for an extra minute and a half (at least).

      • PC WorldWhat’s ray tracing? Here’s everything you need to know

        Ah, ray tracing. Although it’s been around for a long time in the film industry, it’s still a rather perplexing term, especially where video games are concerned. Essentially, it’s a technique that makes light behave in a realistic way. The idea is to make games more realistic and immersive. Wouldn’t you be spellbound by the light bouncing off of objects in a natural way? The indistinguishable line between reality and fantasy is no doubt appealing.

        If you’d like to better understand ray tracing and its impact on games and a computer system, at a high level rather than descending too deeply into tech gobbledygook, keep on reading.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install a Custom Dock in XFCE

        The default desktop setup of XFCE comes with a panel instead of a dock. However, XFCE is highly customizable and gives you the liberty to install a dock to your system to imitate the desktop layout of GNOME or macOS.

        In this article, we’ll explore how to install and set up Cairo Dock and the Plank dock, two of the most-used custom docks on XFCE.

      • VideoHow to install Godot 3 on Debian 11 – Invidious
      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Display Battery Percentage in Ubuntu 22.04 System Tray | UbuntuHandbook

        Running Ubuntu laptop without power supply? It’s wise to keep an eye on the battery percentage. And, here’s how to make Ubuntu 22.04 display the info in top-right corner just besides the battery icon.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Apache Tomcat 10 on Ubuntu 20.04

        Apache Tomcat, also known as Tomcat Server, is an open-source web server with the Servlet container to launch Java-based web applications. Tomcat includes JavaServer Pages (JSP), WebSocket, Java Servlet, Java EL, etc., for an entirely Java HTTP web server environment to run the Java code.

        The great community of skilled developers maintains the Tomcat server under the management of the Apache software foundation. Therefore, the Tomcat server provides excellent accessibility to work on the Java-based application efficiently. Cross-platform support means that it’s available for both Windows and Linux. The latest version of Apache Tomcat is 10.0.18, so in this guide, we will explain how to install Apache Tomcat 10 on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • TechRepublicHow to scan your websites for malware with ISPProtect | TechRepublic

        If you are a website admin, you know full well how important it is to keep your sites free from malware. After all, you don’t want to be serving up malicious code to unsuspecting users. So, what do you do? Do you rely on a typical malware scanner and hope it is capable of doing specific scans for specific file types on your web server’s document root (or your site’s data directory)? And what if your websites are being served up on the Linux platform (which they probably are)?

      • TechRepublicHow to install the MongoDB GUI Adminer on AlmaLinux | TechRepublic

        Need a simple-to-use GUI to help manage your MongoDB databases? Jack Wallen shows you how to install Adminer for just that purpose.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Second Life on a Chromebook – Updated Tutorial

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

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

      • Make Use OfHow to Capture and Edit Screenshots on Linux With Flameshot

        Linux has a growing number of screenshot apps. While some of these apps deliver well on the performance front, they fall short on features and functionalities.

        Flameshot comes in as an exception here. It’s a free and open-source screenshot app that manages to strike the right balance between features and performance. So if you’re on the lookout for a screenshot app for your Linux desktop, Flameshot makes for the perfect choice.

        Keep reading as we check out Flameshot and the instructions to install and use it on Linux.

      • TechRepublicHow to benchmark a website with the Siege command-line tool | TechRepublic

        If you’re a web admin, one of your constant challenges is optimizing sites so they perform their best. After all, a slow website could easily turn off clients and customers. To optimize those sites, you might want to first benchmark them to know how well (or poorly) they perform.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 5.17 on Linux Mint 20 LTS

        Linux Kernel 5.17 has been released with support for recursive id-mapped mounts; CO-RE support that creates compiled BPF programs more portable; a replacement P-state driver for contemporary AMD CPUs; the random number generator switched to BLAKE2s and got much faster; a replacement Real-Time Linux Analysis tool; the fscache networking caching backend was rewritten; new fanotify flag to interchange some inotify patterns; support for giving names to anonymous memory mappings.

      • ID RootHow To Install XnView MP on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install XnView MP on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, as well as some extra required packages by XnView

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Add Ubuntu system to OpenLDAP Server
      • FedoraHow to rebase to Fedora Silverblue 36 Beta – Fedora Community Blog

        Silverblue is an operating system for your desktop built on Fedora Linux. It’s excellent for daily use, development, and container-based workflows. It offers numerous advantages such as being able to roll back in case of any problems. Let’s see the steps to upgrade to the newly released Fedora 36 Beta, and how to revert if anything unforeseen happens.

      • H2S MediaHow to install FireDM on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS

        Let’s manage our downloads by installing FireDM on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS using the command terminal.

        FireDM is an open-source (Internet Download Manager) for Windows and Linux operating systems. It is developed in Python, hence we can install it using the PIP package manager. As per the developers of this program, it can handle multi-connection and offers a high-speed engine to download general files and videos from youtube and tons of other streaming websites. It requires “LibCurl”, and “youtube_dl” to work properly.

      • ByteXDHow To Install and Run Android Apps on Ubuntu using Anbox

        Have you ever thought of running Android applications on your Linux system? Well, that’s what we will show you in this article.

        If you have used the Windows operating system or macOS, you must have encountered Bluestacks or Nox, which allows you to run Android applications on your PC.

        Unfortunately, they don’t have any releases for Linux platforms – that’s where Anbox comes into play.

      • FAQForgeHow to Install Deepin Screenshot Tool on Ubuntu

        Deepin is an advanced screenshot tool, I use it personally on my Ubuntu system. It takes screenshots easily and it also includes drawing tools to enhance the images.

        This tutorial shows you how to install and use Deepin on Ubuntu 20.04. But they should work on the upcoming Ubuntu 22.04 as well.

      • How to configure static IP address on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Desktop/Server

        The purpose of this tutorial is to configure a static IP address on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux. When it comes to IP addresses on Ubuntu 22.04, you have two main options for how you configure your network interfaces. You can either obtain an IP address automatically with DHCP, or configure the system to use a static IP address, which never changes.

        In this tutorial, we’ll show how to configure a static IP address on Ubuntu 22.04. This can be done either through GUI or command line, and we’ll be going over both methods. Once a static IP address is configured, it won’t change again unless you manually change the IP address later, or turn DHCP on.

      • Ubuntu 22.04 PostgreSQL Installation

        PostgreSQL is a database management system, similar to MySQL in many respects but with some key differences. Like MySQL, it’s commonly hosted on Linux. In this guide, we’ll show how to run a PostgreSQL server on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish, as well as installing the client version in case you just need to connect to an external PostgreSQL database.

      • How to disable IPv6 address on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

        IPv6, Internet Protocol version 6 is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol (IP). It is a communications protocol which is used for identification and location for computers on networks. Its purpose it to route traffic across the Internet. This tutorial will show you how to temporarily or permanently disable IPv6 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

      • Install and Use ClusterSSH on Ubuntu 22.04/Ubuntu 20.04 – kifarunix.com

        This guide describes how to install and use ClusterSSH on Ubuntu 22.04/Ubuntu 20.04. ClusterSSH is a cluster administration tool that allows system admins to manage multiple Linux servers from a single administration console for example running a similar command across a cluster of systems. When run, ClusterSSH opens up an administration console and xterm terminals on every other host in a cluster. Any text typed into the administration console is replicated to all terminals. One can also type into all the windows directly. This tools is so handy in the sense that it reduces the laden of having to run similar commands on each host.

      • How to find largest directories in Linux

        When it comes to tidying up your hard drive on a Linux system, either to free up space or to become more organized, it’s helpful to find the largest directories on the system. In other words, the directories that are consuming the most storage space.

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to find the largest directories on Linux, through both command line via the du command, and through a GUI application as well.

      • How to remove directory and contents in Linux

        The purpose of this tutorial is to show how to remove a directory and all of its contents on a Linux system. Being able to delete directories (sometimes called folders) is an essential part of managing your file system. Linux allows us to remove any directory that our user has permissions on.

        While this is a pretty basic function, there are some important caveats to keep in mind. In this tutorial, you will see how to remove a directory and all of its contents from command line and GUI. You will also see how to deal remove directories that you do not have write permissions on by using root privileges.

      • How to install and use snaps on Fedora

        Developed by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, and originally meant to be used on the latter, the Snappy package manager is a free and open source software used to install and manage snap packages. The purpose of Snap packages, just like flatpaks, is to distribute sandboxed and self-contained applications (applications are packaged together with their dependencies).

        The Snappy package manager and its infrastructure landed on distributions other than Ubuntu. In this tutorial we see how to install it and used it on the latest version of Fedora.

      • ByteXDEnable VMware Copy/Paste When Clipboard Not Working – ByteXD

        In this very short tutorial we’ll enable copy/paste for a VMware virtual machine.

        I struggled a bit to get copy/paste to work using VMware Workstation.

        The official docs gave an accurate solution, but it didn’t get to the point so I assumed they wouldn’t address my issue.

      • ByteXDVMware Tools Install Error: /usr/bin/perl: bad interpreter: No such file or directory
      • CNX SoftwareHow to Install a DNS server on your Linux computer – CNX Software

        As you may have noticed in recent days, my domain registrar (HostFast) suspended cnx-software.com domain for what I believe are dubious reasons, meaning the site was inaccessible to the outside world and myself. I cannot do much about the latter and I’m held hostage to what the domain registrar’s will, but I was able to access my own website with my domain name after installing a DNS server through dnsmasq on my Ubuntu 20.04 laptop.

      • VNC Tinkerings

        The past few days have been spent giving Manjaro on Raspberry Pi a go.
        I have had a Raspberry Pi 4 kicking around mostly acting as a
        noiseless bridge between my PC and Icom IC-705 for digi-modes. It
        feels like a waste for all those times I am not playing with amateur

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Kate ate KWrite

          Kate & KWrite always existed as pair in the last 20 years.

          KWrite was there first, a SDI editor already shipped with very early KDE versions.

          Kate was started by me to have a MDI variant of KWrite.

          KWrite was kept untouched, more or less, over the last 20 years beside minor improvements and bug fixes.

          Naturally a lot features slipped in due to the fact that it uses KTextEditor as editor component.

    • Distributions

      • Unix SheikhHow security is handled by package maintainers

        I will not consider small dependent Linux distributions, small BSD variants, or one-man projects, because the question almost becomes irrelevant in very small projects. Often they simply cannot keep up with upstream security updates if their project has even a small amount of third party packages.

        Regarding the major Linux distributions and BSD variants, such as e.g. Debian Linux, Arch Linux, Artix Linux, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD, generally speaking, a package maintainer or ports maintainer is not a programmer and as such he or she cannot do any coding. The package maintainer is only responsible for making sure that the package is installable and working and that it is updated according to the project guidelines.

      • New Releases

        • 9to5LinuxDeepin 20.5 Released with Face Unlock Feature, Screenshot Pinning, and More

          Deepin 20.5 is here a little over two months after Deepin 20.4 and introduces a ground-breaking new feature that no other GNU/Linux distribution currently offers, facial recognition to unlock your computer, as well as to authenticate in various apps that require sudo authentication.

          Another interesting feature in the Deepin 20.5 release is the ability to pin screenshots to the desktop, which will remain sticky on top of windows.

        • IPFire Official BlogIPFire 2.27 – Core Update 166 released

          This is the release announcement for IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 166. It fixes the recently introduced backup issue and patches a security vulnerability in zlib.

          zlib memory corruption on DEFLATE
          CVE-2018-25032 has been assigned to an issue that allowed an attacker with some chosen content to crash the compressor. We do not believe that this is exploitable in IPFire.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • Tumbleweed updates sudo, systemd, ibus

          A total of four openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots were delivered this week to rolling release users.

          Tumbleweed has consistently been releasing daily snapshots; a four-day period between two snapshots this week is the longest duration between snapshots since the fall of last year. Impressive.

          The most recent snapshot, 20220320, updated just one package. The tiny update of perl-Mojolicious to version 9.23 enabled gzip compression by default with the Mojolicious renderer.

      • Debian Family

        • Unix SheikhThe delusions of debian

          What I don’t understand is why these projects aren’t open and clear about the problems they are facing rather than writing this misleading information to their users!

          Stop saying that you focus on security. Stop saying that you provide long term support. Stop lying to your users, because it is a lie.

          These Linux project could learn a lesson from both OpenBSD and FreeBSD in which all the maintenance problems of both the operating systems themselves and third party packages are out in the open. In OpenBSD, prior to version 6.5, no third party package would receive any kind of bug fix or security update unless you where running with OpenBSD current. Since 6.5, the normal release also gets important bug fixes and security updates, but OpenBSD has always been very open about how that is handled: [...]

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • UbuntuOpenStack Yoga on Ubuntu LTS delivers highly performant infrastructure for telcos and researchers with SmartNICs and DPUs

          Canonical today announced the general availability of OpenStack Yoga on Ubuntu 22.04 Long Term Support (LTS) Beta and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. This new version of OpenStack sets a foundation for next-generation, highly performant infrastructure as needed by telco NFV, media streaming, traffic analysis and HPC services, using SmartNIC cards and integrating them with the Neutron Open Virtual Network (OVN) driver. With OpenStack network components running on SmartNICs, users benefit from lower latency, higher throughput, and better quality of services.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Register UKSerenityOS: A remarkable achievement for a small project

        SerenityOS, which started out as a one-man project in 2018, has now got to the point where its creator proudly announced that its web browser passes the Acid3 browser test.

        This is a remarkable achievement for a very small, hobbyist project. Acid3 is relatively old now – it dates back to 2008. However it was and is quite demanding, testing Javascript, the Document Object Model and more.

        Its creator and lead developer, Andreas Kling, started the project as a distraction while coping with substance withdrawal, a growing issue in the tech industry even before COVID-19. Its name is a tribute to the “Serenity Prayer” used in several 12-step programs. Last year, though, he was able to quit his job to work on it full time.

      • Programming/Development

        • Lars WirzeniusA year of README reviews

          A year ago I published an offer to review the README of free and open source projects. I didn’t expect much interest, but someone posted the link to Hacker News, and I got enough requests that it was a little overwhelming. I’ve now reviewed 196 READMEs, my queue is empty, and I’m suspending the offer for now, even if it has been fun.

          I especially wanted to help people new to FOSS development, and I know that for one’s first project it can be scary to open oneself up for critique. Thus I made it possible to request a review in private, and sent my feedback in private, and I haven’t published the projects I reviewed. However, I feel it might be of interest to read a summary of my experience doing this.

          Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at how good the READMEs were. People put in a lot of effort into them. There might be some selection bias here: someone who doesn’t care about making a good README probably won’t ask for a review, either.

        • PlanetScaleGenerics can make your Go code slower

          This blog post does not take sides in that debate, or advise where and when to use Generics in Go. Instead, this blog post is about the third side of the generics conundrum: It’s about systems engineers who are not excited about generics per se, but about monomorphization and its performance implications. There are dozens of us! Dozens! And we’re all due for some serious disappointment.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Olaf AldersMaking Dynamically Required Package Names More Discoverable in Perl

            I’ve been using perlimports a lot at $work. I’m generally quite happy with perlimports, but it can get confused by modules which are being dynamically used. Consider the following case, where we are using a function to create new objects.

            We’ll be using Git::Helpers::CPAN to look up the Git repository for a CPAN module (or distribution).

  • Leftovers

    • The NationDixie League Baseball Is Built on Racism and Heartbreak

      Two hundred thousand boys and girls will be in uniform when Dixie Youth Baseball begins its 66th season this spring. Everyone will stand for the national anthem. Players will be introduced by name before the home team takes the field. The players’ parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters will fill the bleachers and cheer as families have done for decades—and the players’ uniforms will never again be as white as they are before the first game.

    • The NationNadav Lapid’s Cinema of Shame

      Nadav Lapid has the uncertain honor of being the most acclaimed Israeli film director. A perennial favorite at festivals around the world, his autobiographical works explore the machismo of the Israeli regime, the moral predicaments of its artists, and the “sickness” in the souls of its citizens. Lapid wants to be seen as the state’s enfant terrible, a so-called critic whose characters launch epithets at their home: “odious,” “repugnant,” “fetid,” “obscene,” “vulgar.” But Lapid’s art also betrays a tortured affinity for Zionism, complicating his christening as an Israeli punk and perhaps explaining why he has thus far been unwilling to cross the one line that would render him an enemy of his state. His most recent film is Ahed’s Knee, and it is about the knee of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl named Ahed Tamimi.

    • Common DreamsReport Shows DeJoy Owns Stock in Maker of Covid Tests Delivered by Postal Service

      A watchdog investigation published Thursday revealed that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy owns stock in the manufacturer of rapid coronavirus tests that the U.S. Postal Service has been delivering to households as part of the Biden administration’s pandemic response.

      The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) discovered DeJoy’s Abbott Laboratories holding in an examination of the scandal-plagued postmaster general’s financial filings, which the group notes “show no evidence of him having fully divested that stock,” leaving him positioned to profit off Abbott’s partnership with the White House.

    • Counter PunchEleanor Marx: The Last Word

      During the first pandemic year, I wrote my own song about an Eleanor: Eleanor “Tussy” Marx, who died on this day, March 31, 1898. I found myself reading Mary Gabriel’s Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution which tells the epic story of Karl, his wife Jenny von Westphalen, and their daughters, Laura, Jenny (Jennychen), and Eleanor. There were others too — Karl and Jenny in fact had seven children but only three survived into adulthood. All three daughters — and their spouses — played a role in the socialist movement, but it was Tussy who was closest to Marx and Engels and the most active politically.

      From Rachel Holmes’ biography, I learned that Eleanor Marx had done the first English translation of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and figured it was high time I read that too. The novel was scandalous for its depiction of adultery and the newspaper that serialized it was tried for obscenity in 1857. It created a stir in England too, where it was secretly blacklisted even into the 1950s, with government files showing that police constables were under orders to purchase and destroy copies they found.

    • New York TimesWant to See the Weirdest of Wikipedia? Look No Further.

      Her followers often pitch her Wikipedia pages to feature, but these days it’s hard to find an entry that will impress Ms. Rauwerda. “If it’s a fun fact that’s been on the Reddit home page, I’m definitely not going to repost it,” she said. “For example, there are only 25 blimps in the world. I’ve known about that for a long time, and it went around Twitter a couple days ago. I was shocked. I was like, ‘Everyone knows this.’”

      She is choosy in large part because many of her followers rely on @depthsofwikipedia for unearthing the hidden gems of the [Internet].

    • Science

      • New York TimesTuring Award Won by Programmer Who Paved Way for Supercomputers

        In the late 1970s, as a young researcher at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago, Jack Dongarra helped write computer code called Linpack.

        Linpack offered a way to run complex mathematics on what we now call supercomputers. It became a vital tool for scientific labs as they stretched the boundaries of what a computer could do. That included predicting weather patterns, modeling economies and simulating nuclear explosions.

    • Education

      • Matt RickardOn Standardized Tests

        I’m first-generation college graduate. I’m not sure I would have been accepted if it weren’t for my test scores. I didn’t have an impressive list of extracurriculars or any athletic achievements. I came from a public school that rarely sent students to my college. A local college would have paradoxically been much more expensive (my college provided full need-based financial aid). For graduate school, testing came in handy again.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayTexture Map GCode Directly In Blender With NozzleBoss

        We’ve seen this funky dual disk polar printer already recently, but [Heinz Loepmeier] has been busy working on it, so here’s an update. The primary focus here is nozzleboss, a blender plugin which enables the surface textures of already sliced objects to be manipulated. The idea is to read in the gcode for the object, and convert it to an internal mesh representation that blender needs in order to function. From there the desired textures can be applied to the surfaces for subsequent stages to operate upon. One trick that nozzleboss can do is to create weight maps to tweak the extrusion flow rate or print velocity value according to the pixel value at the surface — such ‘velocity painting’ can produce some very subtle surface effects on previously featureless faces. Another trick is to use the same weight maps and simply map colours to blender text blocks which are injected into the gcode at export time. These gcode blocks can be used swap tool heads or extruders, enabling blending of multiple filament colours or types in the same object.

      • HackadayModern, Frugal PCB Breathes New Life Into Soviet-Made LED Watch

        The first electronic digital watches were admired for their pioneering technology, if not their everyday practicality, when they were introduced in the 1970s. Their power-hungry LED displays lit up only when you pressed a button, and even then the numbers shown were tiny. Their cases were large and heavy, and they drained their batteries rather quickly even when not displaying the time. Still, the deep red glow of their displays gave them a certain aesthetic that’s hard to replicate with today’s technology.

      • HackadayMaking Windshield Wipers Rock To The Beat

        When you’re driving around, you might occasionally notice your indicators or windscreen wipers sync up fortuitously with the music. [Cranktown City] wanted to ensure his wipers would always match the beat, however, and set about making it so. 

      • HackadayRural Hacker De-Crufts And Rebuilds Hydroelectric Generator

        YouTuber [Linguoer] has a knack, and it’s one that we don’t often see on the pages of Hackaday: rewinding and rebuilding dilapidated motors and generators. In the video below, you’ll see [Lin] take a hydroelectric turbine and generator that looks like it’s been sitting at the bottom of a lake, and turn it into a working unit, all while wearing her trademark blue and yellow denim jumpsuit.

      • HackadayCircuit VR: The Wheatstone Bridge Analog Computer

        We are always impressed with something so simple can actually be so complex. For example, what would you think goes into an analog computer? Of course, a “real” analog computer has opamps that can do logarithms, square roots, multiply, and divide. But would it surprise you that you can make an analog device like a slide rule using a Wheatstone bridge — essentially two voltage dividers. You don’t even need any active devices at all. It is an old idea and one that used to show up in electronic magazines now and again. I’ll show you how they work and simulate the device so you don’t have to build it unless you just want to.

      • HackadayKnow Which Way The Wind Blows, Whether Weather Boosts Your Mood

        As a quantified-self experiment, [Ayan] has tracked several daily habits and moods for a couple of years and discovered some insights. Too much coffee is followed by anxiety while listening to music leads to feelings of motivation and happiness. There was a strong correlation in the data, but [Ayan] wondered if external factors like the weather and air quality also played a role.

      • HackadayREMOTICON 2021 // Hal Rodriguez And Sahrye Cohen Combine Couture And Circuitry

        [Hal Rodriguez] and [Sahrye Cohen] of Amped Atelier focus on creating interactive wearable garments with some fairly high standards. Every garment must be pretty, and has to either be controllable by the wearer, through a set of sensors, or even by the audience via Bluetooth. Among their past creations are a dress with color sensors and 3D-printed scales on the front that change color, and a flowing pantsuit designed for a dancer using an accelerometer to make light patterns based on her movements.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsAmid Renewed Medicare for All Push, Study Shows 112 Million Americans Struggle to Afford Healthcare

        As progressives in Congress cast attention on Medicare for All legislation this week, research published Thursday highlighted that Americans are frustrated and struggling due to the for-profit U.S. healthcare system.

        “We must begin to change this trajectory with smarter policies that put patients over profits.”

      • Common DreamsSenate Urged to Pass Broader Reforms After House Approves Insulin Price Cap

        After the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to cap insulin prices, a leading patient advocacy group renewed its call for broader action to limit the costs of prescription drugs.

        “In order to deliver on their promises to all patients—including those who depend on insulin—the Senate must act urgently to approve the broad provisions already passed by the House.”

      • The Gray ZoneHow the organized Left got Covid wrong, learned to love lockdowns and lost its mind: an autopsy
      • Pro PublicaNew York State Failed to Provide Legally Required Mental Health Care to Kids, Lawsuit Claims

        New York state has failed to provide children on Medicaid with the mental health care they are entitled to by law, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday by two adolescents acting on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Medicaid-eligible kids.

        As a result, the lawsuit alleges, young people with serious mental health conditions suffer unnecessarily, ending up in hospitals and residential treatment programs because they don’t have access to services that would keep them safe at home.

      • Democracy NowCalls Grow for Medicare for All; Uninsured & Communities of Color Hurt Most by End of COVID-19 Funds

        With COVID-19 coverage ending for the uninsured, we look at how uninsured people and communities of color will bear the impact of the end to free COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines, and how the pandemic has led to a renewed push for Medicare for All. We are joined by Dr. Oni Blackstock, primary care and HIV physician and founder and executive director of Health Justice, and Dr. Adam Gaffney, critical care physician, professor at Harvard Medical School and immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program.

      • The HillHouse set to pass marijuana legalization Friday

        The House is set to pass legislation on Friday to legalize marijuana nationwide, an effort that has unprecedented levels of support in both chambers of Congress.

        The bill is likely to pass the lower chamber largely along party lines, with most Republicans expected to oppose it.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Krebs On SecurityFake Emergency Search Warrants Draw Scrutiny from Capitol Hill

          On Tuesday, KrebsOnSecurity warned that hackers increasingly are using compromised government and police department email accounts to obtain sensitive customer data from mobile providers, ISPs and social media companies. Today, one of the U.S. Senate’s most tech-savvy lawmakers said he was troubled by the report and is now asking technology companies and federal agencies for information about the frequency of such schemes.

        • IT WireApple forced to issue emergency fixes for two zero-days

          Exploitation could allow an attacker to read kernel memory and this could the enabling of apps to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.

        • ZimbabwePay a monthly fee to use a phone that you’ll never own? Apple thinks that could work

          Apple wants to take this instalment thing even further and are reported to be working on a hardware subscription service. The service is expected to launch later this year or early 2023. They want to sell the iPhone and other Apple devices as subscription services.

          It would work like Netflix does. On Netflix you pay $9.99 a month and get to browse through their video catalogue but you don’t own any of the videos. If you fail to pay in a particular month, you are cut off.

          Imagine that for a phone. You would lease an iPhone from Apple and pay your ‘rentals’ each month. The phone would never become yours, you’d merely be paying for the privilege of using it.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • PIAPhishing, Smishing & Vishing: What You Need to Know & How to Protect Yourself

              On an almost daily basis, the business networking company — helping professionals connect and show off their work history — has informed me that execs from Dell, JP Morgan, Metlife, and Philip Morris International have been checking out my info. I’m in demand and can probably expect to receive unsolicited offers for jobs with a six-figure salary any day now.

            • EFFColombian ISPs Show Steady Commitments to User Privacy But Key Transparency Gaps Remain

              ¿Dónde están mis datos?” (“Where Is My Data?”) evaluated seven leading internet and cell phone companies: Claro (América Móvil), Movistar (Telefónica), Tigo (Millicom), ETB, DirecTv, Emcali,  and Avantel. Karisma also included satellite internet companies Hughesnet and Skynet for their role in connecting rural areas.

              Today’s report is Karisma’s seventh annual ¿Dónde Estan Mis Datos? for Colombia—an assessment of telecommunication companies’ commitment to transparency and user privacy. As in prior years, Karisma looked at whether companies’ transparency reports provide detailed information about government requests for user data and content blocking, how strong their data protection policies are, and whether they adequately disclose content blocking practices and data breaches.

              In these categories, Colombia’s internet and cell phone companies were steady, mostly meeting, or exceeding, levels achieved in the last few years. Movistar was the overall top performer, with 15 out of a possible 16 points, followed by Tigo with 13 points, and Claro and Avantel, each with 10 points. ETB scored 8 points, DirectTV earned 7 points, Hughesnet and Emcali each earned 5 points, while Skynet earned 3.

            • Port Swigger‘Dangerous’ EU web authentication plan threatens to undercut browser-led certification system, detractors claim

              An EU proposal to force browsers to accept web certificates created by the bloc risks “upsetting a carefully curated set of rules and technologies that undergird almost all privacy and security online”, according to a leading cybersecurity expert.

              Joseph Lorenzo Hall, distinguished technologist at the Internet Society, is among 38 signatories to an open letter addressed to the European Parliament that criticizes the plans.

              Other signatories include academics, security engineers, and security researchers in the US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsOpinion | I Fear War With Iran Is Coming If Nuclear Talks Do Not Succeed
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Save the Planet! Behead the Pentagon Budget!

        Americans “need to imagine their vote has an impact on policy, an illusion the media encourages them to believe in.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | We Cannot Drill and Pump and Burn Our Way Out of the War in Ukraine

        While the Ukrainian people bear the lethal brunt of Russia’s invasion, shockwaves from that war threaten to worsen other crises across the planet. The emergency that loomed largest before Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine began — the heating of the Earth’s climate — is now looming larger still. The reason is simple enough: a war-induced rush to boost oil and gas production has significantly undercut efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

      • Counter PunchBackyard Jitters: Australia, China’s Military and the Solomon Islands

        The Canberra establishment got antsy: What were those wicked freedom-hating representatives of the Middle Kingdom up to?  This was, after all, part of the Australian backyard they were poking their noses in.  The response was predictable and quick: a promise of AU$20 million in extra aid, the creation of a spanking new radio network, budget support and an extension of the Solomons International Assistance force.

        Spoon-full measures about sovereignty were readily distributed through the press outlets and public.  Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan, the sober side of government paranoia, suggested that The Solomons was at risk of losing its sovereignty to China.  Australia, in contrast, had made sure that everything it had done enhanced “the sovereignty of Pacific nations, to make sure everything we’re doing is to help and support them when it comes to their sovereignty.”  The great regional helper, and local hope.

      • Counter PunchThe Costs of (Another) War, When We Could Be Fighting Climate Change

        They’re both feeling the strain of a warming planet.

        “Is the earth going to get so hot that we can’t survive?” my young son asked me last summer as we plodded through the woods behind our Maryland home. I wasn’t certain, I replied hesitantly. (Not exactly the most reassuring answer from a mother to a question I ask myself every day.) We had just left my younger child at home, because she started wheezing when she stepped into that already more than 100-degree July morning.

      • Counter PunchIs the Nuclear Taboo Stronger Than Ever?

        Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said yesterday that “Russia would only use nuclear weapons in the case of a threat to his country.” As ominous as this sounds, during  the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the use of nuclear weapon to defend one’s country mirrors United States’ nuclear weapons policy.

        Nuclear weapons have not been detonated in war for seventy seven years. During that period The United Nations adopted as Article 1 its first official act, calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Various other international treaties have called for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, the banning of nuclear weapons testing, banning nuclear weapons in space, the banning of missile defense systems (no longer in effect) and the banning of entire classes of missile delivery systems (no longer in effect).

      • Counter PunchMcCarthyism v2.0

        The cruel truth, however, was that Joseph McCarthy never made a successful case against anyone; he managed to push several people out of their jobs and influenced public opinion by selling lies.

        There is a general expectation that politics is a dishonest practice; even Donald Trump’s legendary “30,573 false or misleading claims” (as tracked by Washington Post) seemed to fall within allowable limits given his ability to lie and keep his base.

      • Counter PunchA Modest Proposal for Peace in Ukraine

        President Biden has called President Putin a war criminal because under the law of war it is a crime to invade another nation. That is correct: wars of invasion are criminal. President Putin, apparently offended by the charge, has called US diplomats in to challenge the charge.

        The facts are clear. A war of invasion has occurred, so what possible challenge could President Putin seek to assert? It has been said “truth is the first casualty of war,” so maybe the truth of this crime is dying unmourned in some bomb crater?

      • Common Dreams‘Stop Fueling the War’: Kayakers Block Transfer of 100,000 Tonnes of Russian Oil

        Braving frigid ocean temperatures off the coast of northern Denmark, Greenpeace activists on Thursday attempted to block a Russian oil shipment and urged countries around the globe to stop buying the fossil fuels that are funding Moscow’s war on Ukraine and to pursue an ambitious clean energy transition for “peace and safety.”

        “We shouldn’t just switch to using more oil, coal, and gas from other countries.”

      • Common DreamsAmid Reports of Radiation Sickness, IAEA Says Russia Has Withdrawn From Chernobyl

        The International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday that Russian forces have almost entirely left the site of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine, where officials said they were exposed to “significant doses” of radiation since taking over the site in late February.

        The BBC reported that some soldiers are being treated in Belarus for radiation sickness, which can cause a range of symptoms depending on the level of exposure including nausea, vomiting, skin damage, and seizures or coma in extreme cases.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Why We Must Continue to Say ‘No’ to a No-Fly Zone in Ukraine

        As Russia’s war on Ukraine drags on, calls have grown for the United States to impose a “no-fly zone” over the country. 

      • MeduzaFilling the void: Putin’s administration no longer hopes to take Kyiv. The Russian president has yet to make a final decision.

        Earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry announced a shift in its stated military objectives in Ukraine. Russian forces, the ministry’s spokesman claimed, would “drastically reduce” their assault on Kyiv and Chernihiv (this has yet to materialize) and concentrate on seizing the Donbas. According to Meduza’s sources, this decision was made for both military and political reasons. For one, Russian officials aren’t sure how the country can survive under harsh Western sanctions. 

      • The Gray ZonePartnering with neo-Nazis in Ukraine: an inconvenient history
      • The NationRussia’s War in Ukraine Has Shattered the Old World Order

        The war in Ukraine is in its fifth week, with casualties on both sides continuing to mount. Unexpectedly stiff resistance by the Ukrainians has so far prevented Russian forces from seizing Kyiv and other key cities. One danger of the current stalemate—that Russia’s frustration will lead to escalation—can be seen in the relentless bombardment of Mariupol. But Russia’s failures on the battlefield also create real opportunities for peace, possibly involving some form of regional autonomy for the Donbas along with neutrality for the whole of Ukraine.

      • Pro PublicaSt. Louis’ Murder Total Has Fallen, but Some Killings Went Uncounted

        When the final numbers showed that St. Louis had reduced its murders last year while other big cities were hitting records, city officials said their success was due to smart use of crime data and effective anti-violence programs.

        But over the past two years, St. Louis has quietly lowered its murder count in another way: classifying more than three dozen killings as what are termed justifiable homicides, sometimes in apparent violation of FBI guidelines for reporting crimes, a ProPublica/APM Reports investigation found.

      • Democracy NowRussia Plots Major Donbas Offensive in Eastern Ukraine as Putin Calls for 134,500 New Conscripts

        Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Wednesday Russia is preparing a major offensive in the eastern Donbas region. This comes just two days after Kremlin officials announced plans to “fundamentally” cut back military operations near Kyiv and the city of Chernihiv, though attacks have continued on both cities. We speak with Anatol Lieven, senior fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and Simon Schlegel, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, who say the future of peace largely hinges on the fate of the Donbas region. Schlegel also speaks about the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, where now a quarter of the population is displaced, and Lieven talks about the domestic backlash President Vladimir Putin faces from ultranationalists opposed to any peace talks.

      • US News And World ReportIn Assertions About Putin’s ‘Isolation,’ Biden Reveals U.S., U.K. Information War

        In response to continued questions from reporters, however, Price acknowledged that the latest U.S. statements about Putin’s activities are based on open-source information, not necessarily on intelligence assessments.

        “Right now we’re speaking to public reports,” Price offered. “I am not speaking to intelligence in this case.”

      • Frontpage MagazineShould Western Christians Provide Life Support to Islam?

        When tyrannies are appeased, they tend to grow. That seems to be one of the more reliable lessons of history. Yet, societies continue to appease aggressors in the hope that, maybe this time, appeasement will work.

      • France24Last surviving Paris attacks suspect tells court he chose not to detonate his bomb

        The last surviving suspect in the November 2015 attacks in and around Paris apologised to the court on Wednesday, saying he chose not to detonate his suicide belt that night but felt ashamed for not doing so: “I was afraid of the looks from the other jihadists,” he said.

      • Modern DiplomacySouth Sudan: ‘hellish existence’ for women and girls

        According to the UN Commission, sexual violence has been instrumentalized as a reward and entitlement for youth and men participating in conflict.

        The goal is to inflict maximum disruption of the fabric of communities, including through their constant displacement, the report continues.

      • The Jewish ChronicleYoutube whistleblower: My warnings over terror videos were ignored

        Former moderator Khaled Hassan, 31, who was employed to identify extremism in Arabic language videos until two months ago, accuses YouTube of “shirking its legal and moral responsibilities”.

    • Environment

      • Modern DiplomacyWe are sleepwalking to climate catastrophe

        “Keeping 1.5 alive requires a 45 per cent reduction in global emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by mid-century”, he said, highlighting how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatened to become a huge setback for the concerted effort to speed up climate action.

      • The EconomistIndia grapples with the new realities of the global oil market

        India has refrained from condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, even as the West has imposed sanctions. But big Russian banks have been cut off from the SWIFT messaging system used for cross-border transactions and American measures have largely blocked the use of dollars, complicating trade. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, was due to visit Delhi on March 31st, after we wrote this. One item on the agenda was expected to be finding ways to work around sanctions to enable Russian oil sales to India.

        Oil-and-gas firms in the two countries already work together. ONGC Videsh, the Indian government’s overseas oil-and-gas exploration and production arm, is involved in three projects in Russia, for instance; Rosneft, a Russian state-owned giant, owns 49% of Nayara Energy, a Mumbai-based firm with 6,000 filling stations and a large refinery in Gujarat.

      • Counter PunchWhy Arctic Greening Won’t Save the Climate

        Some theories suggest that this “Arctic greening” will help counteract climate change. The idea is that since plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow, rising temperatures will mean Arctic vegetation will absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, ultimately reducing the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.

        But is that really happening?

      • Counter PunchThe Upcoming IPCC Report on Mitigation and Reality

        Will the report even mention regulating a phase out of fossil fuel production? Despite the increasing severity of climate impacts and the daunting timeline for mitigation needed to have even a fifty-fifty chance of staying climate safe? Or will supply-side pathways and policies and their supporters remain outside the fence as they were at COP26 ?

        The third IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), this time on climate mitigation, is scheduled to be released in early April. Mitigation is crucial. There is a new appreciation of how close human induced warming is taking us to ‘dangerous climate change‘, a potential cascade of feedbacks, and even as a threat multiplier in a nuclear armed world. Effective mitigation – the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – is imperative. The Working Group III (WGIII) report on the science of climate mitigation is eagerly awaited.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Renewables for Peace: Don’t Replace Russian Gas With Someone Else’s

        Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken many long-held Western assumptions about the foundations of peace in Europe. Among other things, it has renewed policymakers’ focus on energy dependence as a key strategic issue.

      • TruthOutTransition to Zero-Emission Vehicles Would Save 110,000 Lives, Report Finds
      • The NationThe Climate Crisis Doesn’t Acknowledge Borders

        What do a 6-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 DreamsClimate Groups Warn Biden Oil Reserve Release Will Open Drilling ‘Floodgates’

        President Joe Biden’s Thursday announcement of a record release from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve alongside a boost in domestic oil production was denounced as a disastrous response to soaring U.S. gasoline prices by advocates of urgent climate action.

        “Biden is tragically missing the moment to fully deploy his authority under the Defense Production Act to turbocharge renewable energy.”

      • Common DreamsConservationists to Biden: ‘Clean Energy Transition Cannot Be Built on Dirty Mining’

        Environmentalists and Indigenous communities are sounding the alarm on President Joe Biden’s plan to use his executive authority to boost U.S. production of minerals for clean energy storage—a move officially announced Thursday after a week of reporting on its development.

        “The government should use its purchasing power to maximize reuse of recycled content and build a circular materials economy.”

      • Energy

        • Common DreamsBig Oil Is Creating ‘Pain at the Pump’ to Boost Profits: Report

          As President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered the release of one million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for six months in a bid to reduce surging gas prices, Public Citizen released a report that details how Big Oil is intentionally creating “pain at the pump” to boost profits.

          “Numerous executives have emphasized that shareholder profits, rather than expanding domestic production, is their top goal.”

        • Counter PunchChina’s Evolving Energy Policies in Africa

          Toward Africa in particular, Beijing has signaled equally significant shifts. At the December 2021 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ministerial, China substantially reduced its infrastructure investments in Africa for the next three years. It also cut its assistance in agriculture, climate, health, peace and security, and trade promotion by 80 percent and in capacity-building by 90 percent. At the same time, the Vision 2035 document released in conjunction with the ministerial promised “a new green growth model for common eco-development of China and Africa.”

          At an off-the-record meeting with representatives of African NGOs, three experts on Chinese law, investment strategies, and energy transition connected to Africa shared their insights on this evolving relationship. They offered different ways of interpreting the new Chinese policies and provided recommendations for how African civil society could advance their agendas with respect to various Chinese entities: the state, multilateral financing institutions, and enterprises.

        • DeSmogAs Oil Giants Turn to Bitcoin Mining, Some Spin Burning Fossil Fuels for Cryptocurrency as a Climate Solution

          Flaring — or the burning of stranded natural gas directly at an oil well — is one of the drilling industry’s most notorious problems, often condemned as a pointlessly polluting waste of billions of dollars and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas.

          In early March, oil giant ExxonMobil signed up to meet the World Bank’s “zero routine flaring by 2030” goal (a plan that — when you look just a bit closer — doesn’t entirely eliminate flaring but instead reduces “absolute flaring and methane emissions” by 60 to 70 percent.)

        • Modern DiplomacyThe Impact of Data Science on the Energy Industry

          Algorithms, data tools, sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, machine learning, and data mining approaches have all advanced dramatically. As a result, it has been demonstrated that big data analysis can give a data-driven approach in: [...]

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchRecession Fears: Real and Imagined

        This is a classic case of confusing correlation with causation. (For those not familiar with football, when a team is ahead, it generally uses running plays to take lots of time off the clock. They run because they are winning, they don’t win because they run.) This distinction is important when considering various predictions for a recession in the current environment.

        There are many features of an economy that we commonly see before a recession. For example, we typically see higher prices for oil, wheat, and other commodities before a recession. We also often see an inverted yield curve, where the interest rate on short-term Treasury debt (e.g., 90-day or 2-year notes) exceed the interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds.

      • Common Dreams‘Their Inflation Strategy Is Working’: Corporate Profits Soared to Record High in 2021

        Federal data released Wednesday shows that U.S. corporate profits jumped 25% to record highs in 2021 even as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the nation’s economy, disrupting supply chains, hammering low-wage workers, and helping to push inflation to levels not seen in decades.

        “Megacorporations are cashing in and getting richer—and consumers are paying the price.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Financialized Care Is Not Care at All: Maximizing Profits at the Expense of Those in Need

        The promise of 300 million jobs in care as a key feature of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is a tempting invitation for investors seeking new profit opportunities, especially if more public monies are committed. Mature segments of the care sector that have received massive private investments—such as health care, nursing homes, and long-term care—tell us that we need democratised finance to build a care economy that ensures alignment of women’s rights, workers’ rights, and care receivers’ rights.

      • TechdirtSatellite Broadband Options Like Starlink Shouldn’t Be Getting Precious Broadband Subsidies

        While Elon Musk often crows about his disdain for subsidies, Musk companies routinely hoover up billions in government assistance. For example, Starlink gamed the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) subsidy auction to nab nearly a billion dollars to deploy broadband to areas that didn’t need it: including some airport parking lots and a few parking medians.

      • TruthOutColorado Is on the Verge of Passing Free Pre-K for All
      • The NationMedicare for All Is Not Enough

        We have long advocated for single-payer national health insurance. By eliminating private insurers and simplifying how providers are paid, single-payer would free up hundreds of billions of dollars now squandered annually on insurance-related bureaucracy. The savings would make it feasible to cover the uninsured and to eliminate the cost barriers that keep even insured patients from getting the care they need. And it would free patients and doctors from the narrow provider networks and other bureaucratic constraints imposed by insurance middlemen. We still urgently need this reform.

      • The NationBiden’s Billionaire Tax Is Smart Politics for the Midterms

        Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed during the 2020 presidential race to implement an “Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” which would pull in $3.75 trillion over 10 years. “Think about how that money could be used,” her campaign said. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders upped the ante with his proposed “Tax on Extreme Wealth,” which aimed to establish a graduated wealth tax for billionaires.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common Dreams‘Body Blow to Working People’: Right-Wing Democrats Reject Biden Labor Nominee

        Economists and workers’ rights advocates on Thursday condemned the latest setback for working people dealt by right-wing Democratic lawmakers, three of whom joined every Republican senator in opposing President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division after being aggressively lobbied by business interests.

        Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) voted against allowing Dr. David Weil’s nomination to move forward Wednesday evening, several months after the former Obama administration official was first nominated for the top wage regulatory role.

      • Common DreamsSinema Under Fire for ‘Directly Enabling’ New GOP Voter Purge Law in Arizona

        Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema faced fresh backlash from civil rights groups on Wednesday after the Republican governor of her home state of Arizona signed into law a bill that could purge hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls.

        “Sinema and Manchin are directly enabling the erosion of civil rights and liberties by right-wing governors.”

      • Counter PunchFamily Matters Frustrate Attempts to Enforce Political Ethics

        Meanwhile, under pressure from a public beginning to notice the striking correlation between membership in Congress and a sharp eye for the best investments, Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced bills to ban members and their families from buying and selling stocks while in office.

        The  overlap of these two sets of ethics problems — a judge’s possible prejudice in favor of his spouse’s views and affiliations versus an elected official’s potential ability to trade (or have a spouse or child trade) stocks based on inside legislative scoop — is the family angle. That creates a third ethics problem running in the other direction.

      • Counter PunchDid Biden Eff It Up?

        Gaffy Duck Joe was back with two mal mots. First, he tried to come off as JFK to the Berliners (we now know how that ended). Then he’s quacking to the 82nd Airborne, the famed special forces outfit, that for some unidentified reason finds itself lunching in NATO’s Poland on kielbasa, one spop seemingly ecstatic about his sausage dressing. Quack, quack. He begins (source: White House),

        Only the developmentally disabled — MAGAs and anti-MAGAs alike, intentionally dumbed down by the MSM and pols trash talking — believe the Old Joes any more. For fuck’s sake , he comes from a tax haven state for banks that make fortunes off debt slaves. Probably half the soldiers in front of him joined for a better life — the military being America’s one certain growth industry. Plenty of work ahead. Power of our example?

      • Common DreamsCiting Likely Racist Motives, Federal Judge Blocks Florida GOP’s Voter Suppression Law

        Civil rights defenders on Thursday welcomed a ruling by a federal judge who struck down parts of a Florida voter suppression law, calling racism “a motivating factor” in the GOP-backed legislation’s passage.

        “Today’s decision is a huge win for Florida voters.”

      • Common DreamsWith Payments Resuming Soon, Dems Tell Biden to ‘Cancel Student Debt Now’

        Nearly 100 congressional Democrats on Thursday urged President Joe Biden to extend a pause on federal student loan repayments through at least the rest of the year, while calling on him to ultimately “provide meaningful student debt cancellation” for millions of indebted Americans.

        “Your administration must act as quickly as possible to extend the pause and make clear to the American public your intention to cancel a meaningful amount of student debt.”

      • Project CensoredDark Money Interference in US Politics Undermines Democracy – Validated Independent News

        The influence of dark money, which cannot be easily traced, presents a major challenge to the swift functioning of the judicial nomination and confirmation process, and the American government as a whole. Dark money deeply influences political decisions in favor of select individuals’ or groups’ agendas rather than in support of the American people’s best interests. Most recently, dark money groups were heavily involved in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in 2020, donating money to politicians such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who were key players in advancing Judge Barrett’s confirmation. Critics called Judge Barrett’s confirmation process unusually quick, making the interference of dark money all the more unsettling.

      • The NationIt’s Come to This: I Believe John Bolton

        Trying to decide whom to trust when the choices are between Donald Trump and his former neocon-hawk adviser John Bolton can induce a political shame spiral. Why are these my choices? Why do I have to care about these has-beens? And why am I the one feeling shame, when both men should have been shamed off the public stage decades ago? I don’t trust either.

      • The NationSupreme Injustices
      • TruthOutThis Little-Known Foundation Is Pushing “The Big Lie” and Voter Suppression Laws
      • TruthOutTrump Calls on Putin to Release Dirt on Biden Family
      • HungaryOpposition votes die by fire, V4 in recess, Russian hackers in the MFA, polls favor Orbán

        A reader of Atlatszo.ro, the Romanian edition of Átlátszó, found some 30 filled out ballots in Transylvania, near Jeddar, which were undoubtedly cast for opposition parties.

        Pictures taken from the ballots show a bunch of ballot papers cast for opposition parties United for Hungary and the Mi Hazánk opposition party, along with the envelopes in which they should have reached the counting centers.

      • Counter PunchBiden Promised to Stop Supporting Saudi Aggression in Yemen. He Lied.

        This is yet another journalist who has been taken in by Biden’s February 4, 2021 promise to end US support for “offensive operations” in Yemen.  Biden has done no such thing.  At most, Biden has merely reduced US support for the bloodbath that Yemenis call the “Saudi-American war.”  Far from ending US support for the Saudi-UAE coalition, the US need for cheap oil following Biden’s March 8 ban on imports of Russian crude may give Saudi Arabia an ideal opportunity to pressure Biden to return US military assistance to its previous level.

        Biden has betrayed Yemen.  During the November 20, 2019 Democratic presidential debate, Joe Biden called Saudi Arabia a “pariah state”; vowed to make the Saudis “pay the price” for the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi; and vowed to sell no more weapons to the kingdom.

      • Counter PunchThe MADness of the Resurgent U.S. Cold War on Russia

        The United States and NATO have used similar forms of force and coercion against many countries. In every case they have been catastrophic for the people directly impacted, whether they achieved their political aims or not.

        Wars and violent regime changes in Kosovo, Iraq, Haiti and Libya have left them mired in endless corruption, poverty and chaos. Failed proxy wars in Somalia, Syria and Yemen have spawned endless war and humanitarian disasters. U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela have impoverished their people but failed to change their governments.

      • Counter PunchPutin’s No Saint, But He Didn’t Emerge Out of a Clear Blue Sky. Rather, His Rise Took Place in a Context Engineered by the West

        It has been left to independent media, therefore, to provide some modicum of balance and nuance in the face of this growing tide of Russophobia and willful distortion. Thankfully, many others have addressed issues such as: president Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s integration of a neo-Nazi paramilitary group into Ukraine’s national armed forces; NATO encroachment onto Russia’s borders; the West’s failure to honor agreements that Ukraine would not join NATO in the post-Cold War era; the fact that Putin’s actions are supported by (overwhelmingly Russian-speaking) secessionist movements in Ukraine’s eastern provinces due to the Kiev government’s failure to honor the Minsk Agreements; and, perhaps most importantly, the incredible hypocrisy of US sanctions policy given Washington’s not just passive ignoring but active enabling of similar wars waged by its allies such as Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, not to mention its own disastrous debacles in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yugoslavia.

        But one aspect of the situation that has seemingly received little attention is the background of how and why a man like Putin could have become Russia’s leader in the first place. My intention is not to defend Putin nor to discount the many criticisms one might have of him and his actions in Ukraine. But there is nonetheless a historical context that created the conditions that led to his rise to power. In order to understand this context, we must travel back much further in time than those pushing the Western narrative dare go. We must examine the formation of the present Russian state, which took shape in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the economic conditions that prevailed in its wake.

      • HungaryThrown out Hungarian mail-in ballots found near Târgu Mureș, Romania.

        An entire sack filled with thrown out and partially burned Hungarian election ballots was found at a landfill near Târgu Mureș, Romania. A report from our colleagues at Transtelex.

      • HungaryIntroducing: the secret weapon of online smear campaigns

        Enormous amounts of money are spent in politics on online ads. In Hungary, on Facebook alone, billions of forints have been spent on pushing the various parties’ messages. There are various ways to do this. In this article, we are introducing one which has remained hidden up until now. We have found a total of 45 Facebook pages, specifically created for smear campaigns against opposition candidates. Most of them are followed by negligibly few people which makes the large amounts of money spent on attacking their targets hard to justify. Translation by Dominic Spadacene.

      • HungaryMárki-Zay: Ukraine is fighting our war

        The united opposition held its local campaign closing event in Pécs on Wednesday evening. Other than the local opposition candidates, Péter Márki-Zay, as well as vice president of DK, Ágnes Vadai were present.

      • The VergeA Facebook bug led to increased views of harmful content over six months

        In addition to posts flagged by fact-checkers, the internal investigation found that, during the bug period, Facebook’s systems failed to properly demote probable nudity, violence, and even Russian state media the social network recently pledged to stop recommending in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The issue was internally designated a level-one SEV, or site event — a label reserved for high-priority technical crises, like Russia’s ongoing block of Facebook and Instagram.

      • The NationSilicon Valley Founders Are Not the Protagonists of Reality

        Theranos, Uber, and maybe WeWork could be described as technology companies, but insofar as they represent “tech” to the viewing public, it’s because they were capital-driven start-ups. All three companies raised investment wildly disproportionate to their revenues, as “angels” and venture capitalists bet on their plans and forked over the cash to realize them. To get to the next level of funding—from millions to tens of millions, to hundreds of millions—founders didn’t need to demonstrate corresponding income; they just needed to spend the previous round and tell a good story about where it went. Instead of growing by pouring profits back into their companies, they looked to take bigger and bigger tranches from professional asset managers before (hopefully) making an initial public offering and handing over the bag to retail investors. Expensive parties look less cumbersome on start-up balance sheets than employee benefits do, so people who threw expensive parties rose to the top. Like market mechanisms come to life, these founders found shortcuts (bluffing, cheating, and fraud).

      • TechdirtFacebook-Hired PR Firm Coordinated Anti-TikTok Campaign To Spread Bogus Moral Panics

        Late last year, a coordinated messaging campaign emerged on the anniversary of the repeal of net neutrality. Numerous pundits and right-wing news outlets all simultaneously issued reports on the same day claiming that because the Internet hadn’t exploded in a rainbow, that the FCC’s extremely unpopular 2017 decision to gut oversight of predatory telecom monopolies must not have mattered (it mattered).

      • BBCFacebook in ‘bare-knuckle’ fight with TikTok

        Internal emails, apparently seen by the Washington Post, allegedly suggested Targeted Victory’s campaign aimed to show TikTok “as a danger to American children”.

      • Silicon AngleMeta embraces dirty tactics by paying a Republican firm for a nationwide anti-TikTok smear campaign

        Facebook Inc.-owned parent Meta Platforms Inc. paid a prominent Republican consulting company to smear its rival TikTok, according to a report published by the Washington Post today.

        The report states that the firm, Targeted Victory, was hired by Meta to taint the reputation of the Chinese social media app, planting op-eds, news stories and letters in newspapers around the U.S. with the message that TikTok was a danger to the well-being of the young people who use it.

        This news comes just after Meta announced a disappointing first quarter that included a large stock loss and, for the first time in 18 years, a reduction in monthly active users. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg tried to put a positive spin on matters, but the lack of growth at the company worried investors.

      • VarietyRight-Wing Media Outlet Daily Wire Claims It Will Invest $100 Million in Kids’ Content to Counter ‘Woke’ Disney Fare That Is ‘Brainwashing’ Children

        The Nashville-based company announced Wednesday that it plans to invest at least $100 million over the next three years into live-action and animated kids’ content. The right-wing outlet’s first content targeted at children is supposed to launch on Daily Wire’s subscription platform in the spring of 2023; it didn’t detail any kids’ shows or movies that it may have in the works.

        Americans are “tired of giving their money to woke media companies who want to indoctrinate their children with radical race and gender theory,” Daily Wire co-CEO Jeremy Boreing said in announcing the initiative. “But they want to do more than just cancel them. They want alternatives.”

      • International Business TimesFacebook’s Meta funded attack campaign against TikTok: report

        Facebook’s owner Meta has hired a consulting firm to carry out a US campaign denigrating its fierce rival TikTok, according to a Washington Post report Wednesday partially confirmed by AFP.

        The campaign reportedly includes placing letters in major US news outlets and promoting negative stories about TikTok, allegedly using the type of tough tactics familiar to Washington politics.

      • FuturismFacebook Busted Paying Consulting Firm To Turn Users Against Tiktok

        Now, it turns out that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s behemoth company was so jealous of TikTok’s success with younger audiences that it started paying one of the United States’ largest consulting firms to wage a media war on the competition, according to a new report published this morning in the Washington Post.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Project CensoredScared Straight: TikTok Teens and Children Battling War Anxiety – Validated Independent News

        “My 11-year-old was extremely frightened yesterday and asked whether there was going to be war soon,” said one parent online.

      • Hong Kong Free Press‘I won’t stop talking’: Ukrainians in China fight disinformation, trolls and censorship

        Their mouthpieces are a website called “Ukraine News”, a Chinese edition of state news agency Ukrinform, and channels on messaging app WeChat and YouTube.

        It is for the consumption of a Chinese audience otherwise fed a limited diet of broadly pro-Russian news on the invasion of Ukraine, in a country whose leaders are among Moscow’s few remaining friends.

      • RFAInterview: ‘I can see how the Russian propaganda machine works here’

        RFA’s Vietnamese Service interviewed Natalya Zhinkyna, interim representative of the Ukraine Embassy in Hanoi about her country’s struggle under the Russian invasion and her work in the capital of Vietnam, a traditional ally of Russia, a number of whose people have turned out to support Ukraine. In a wide-ranging interview, she thanked the Vietnamese public for participating in recent charity events that raised more than $100,000 for humanitarian relief. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

      • Frontpage MagazineDid Anti-Muslim Bigots Really Plot to Blow Up a Chicago Mosque?

        The Waterville, Maine Morning Sentinel says “Waterville man, 18, planned to use explosives for ‘mass murder’ at Chicago mosque.” Chicago’s WLS reports “Maine teen recruited 2 others to help commit ‘mass murder’ at Chicago area mosque: feds.” CNN has the same slant: “Maine teen accused of plotting to attack a Chicago area mosque.” But the real story is that the chief perpetrator, Xavier Pelkey, and his fellow plotters are Sunni Muslims who were planning a jihad massacre at a Shi’ite mosque.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Hubbard BroadcastingHistorian sues NY prisons over ban of Attica uprising book

        The author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the revolt at the Attica Correctional Facility in 1971 sued New York state prison authorities on Thursday, saying they’ve unconstitutionally banned her book behind bars.

        Author Heather Ann Thompson, a University of Michigan professor, brought the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court over the treatment by New York State Department of Corrections officials of her book: “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971,” published in 2016.

        Named as defendants were the department’s acting commissioner and a second official with decision-making authority regarding censorship determinations.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingEstonian government to leave symbols of aggression undefined

        According to the minister, the use of these symbols would first and foremost be a misdemeanor. “We will not be defining which symbols are banned and which are symbols of aggression,” she explained. “Symbols can change over time, and the use of symbols is very precisely dependent on the context in which it is used.”

      • RTLCuba sentences protester to 5 years for ‘enemy propaganda’

        A Cuban man who staged a rare protest over the detention of a dissident rapper has been slapped with a five-year prison term for disobedience and “enemy propaganda,” according to a sentencing document seen by AFP on Wednesday night.

        In December 2020, Luis Robles took to a central street in Havana with a handwritten sign reading: “Freedom, no more repression / free Denis” — referring to the jailing of Cuban rapper and activist Denis Solis over a music video about repression on the island.

      • Internet SocietyClosing Off the Internet Won’t Silence Governments, But It Will Silence Everyone Else

        Partitioning the Internet closes off that traffic and loses us the opportunity to hear common voices. It is tempting in a moment of crisis to close off anything that you can, as a demonstration that you have done something. But this action empowers those who want the world to act in darkness and feeds the endless hunger of autocracy for control. Simply put, partition hands control to those who want their people to have no independent vision of current events or independent access to other voices. It will not silence governments; it will silence everyone else.

      • Minnesota lawmakers need to pump the brakes before they break the internet – Disruptive Competition Project

        Last year, lawmakers in dozens of states introduced bills to restrict companies from enforcing their terms of service related to the removal of content on their platforms. This was an impulse reaction by conservative lawmakers seeking to punish digital services for taking action against former President Trump’s accounts for violations of terms of use on January 6th. Opponents cautioned that these bills would make it more difficult for companies to remove inappropriate, misleading, or even dangerous information, and that they violated platforms’ First Amendment rights by forcing them to host all user-generated content, regardless of what risks that content presented. Despite warnings, policymakers in Florida and Texas proceeded to pass legislation and both states are now wasting taxpayer dollars fighting — and losing — legal battles over the constitutionality of bills.

        This year, a similar situation is playing out in Minnesota, where, in an effort to protect children online, lawmakers are pressing forward with legislation that they have been warned might in fact do just the opposite. A bi-partisan sponsored bill to prohibit the application of algorithms used to select which content to share with users under 18 is quickly making its way through the Minnesota legislature. While nearly all Americans can agree that it is absolutely critical for companies to take additional steps to protect youth online, the state’s approach is shortsighted in that it aims to restrict companies from using the very tools they rely on to keep their users safe.

      • Despite warnings, Republicans poised to stick Peach State with steep legal tab for political stunt – Disruptive Competition Project

        Republican lawmakers are about to advance a bill that will waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars while making the Internet less safe for Georgians. The ‘Common Carrier Non-Discrimination Act,’ which passed in the Senate earlier this month, is part of a broader effort by Republican legislators to punish digital services for enforcing their policies with respect to the social media accounts of former President Trump.

        This bill would force digital services to carry all users’ content neutrally, irrespective of what risks that content creates. By doing so, it would put Georgians at greater risk to everything from foreign disinformation and propaganda from Russian agents and extremist content from anti-American jihadists, who, according to the Senate bill, all deserve equal treatment.

        This law would bind digital services’ hands, preventing them from standing between American Internet users and the torrent of foreign disinformation, Communist propaganda, and extremism propagated by adversaries abroad. Digital services need the flexibility this law would take away to fight those evolving online threats.

        Some Georgia lawmakers appear to believe private businesses have to give access to any speaker. But Internet services have made commitments to their users to try and protect them from certain problematic content, and that is itself a speech interest. A digital service saying “we don’t want to host Nazi Party candidates” is exercising its own First Amendment rights, and Internet users can choose services whose communities and norms best align with their own preferences.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Common Dreams‘Travesty of Justice’: Turkey Seeks Transfer of Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia

        Human rights advocates were stunned but not surprised Thursday after a Turkish prosecutor asked a court to move the trial of 26 Saudi men accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia—whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is widely believed to have ordered the assassination.

        “Turkey will be knowingly and willingly sending the case to a place where it will be covered up.”

      • BBCJamal Khashoggi: Call for Turkey murder trial to be halted

        Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed by Saudi agents inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul.

        The head of Amnesty International accused Turkey of “betraying” him.

        Khashoggi’s former fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, said in a statement that she was “heartbroken” by the prosecutor’s request, according to Reuters news agency.

        “No good will come of sending the case to Saudi Arabia,” she warned. “We all know the authorities there will do nothing. How do we expect the killers to investigate themselves?”

      • VOA NewsProsecutor Seeks End to Khashoggi Murder Trial in Turkey

        he Turkish prosecutor in the case against 26 Saudi nationals charged in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi made a surprise request Thursday that their trial in absentia be suspended and the case transferred to Saudi Arabia, raising fears of a possible cover-up.

        The panel of judges made no ruling on the prosecutor’s request but said a letter would be sent to Turkey’s Justice Ministry seeking its opinion on the possible transfer of the file to Saudi judicial authorities, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Trial was adjourned until April 7.

        The development comes as Turkey has been trying to normalize its relationship with Saudi Arabia, which hit an all-time low following Khashoggi’s grisly October 2018 killing. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview on Thursday that Saudi authorities were more cooperative on judicial issues with Turkey, but did not elaborate.

      • American OversightEight Steps To Strengthen FOIA

        Over the past five years, American Oversight has filed FOIA requests with more than 75 federal agencies or offices and has been forced to go to court dozens of times to compel the release of records after those agencies failed to comply with the law. Through that experience, we have identified several common agency practices and legislative barriers that make it difficult for FOIA to best serve its central purpose of making government records promptly available to the public.

      • NPRChina holds espionage trial of Chinese Australian journalist

        Chinese Australian journalist Cheng Lei went on trial in Beijing on Thursday on espionage charges, with diplomats denied permission to attend the proceedings.

        Australian Ambassador Graham Fletcher told reporters outside the court that he was told he could not be present on the grounds that the trial involved state secrets.

      • VOA News‘No Safe Place’ in Ukraine, Says Correspondent Hit by Shrapnel

        Tsaplienko hadn’t expected the area he was in to be targeted. The village didn’t appear to have any military target, he added. Just civilians.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TechdirtPolicy Building Blocks: What Do We Mean When We Talk About Liability

        In tech policy, as with any policy, we often talk about liability. Basically, should X liable to Y, why, and with what consequence? Figuring out good policy is often a matter of figuring out how those questions should be answered. Because sometimes it might be good for society if X could be held liable for certain actions – after all, if a harm has occurred, we might want it to be remediated, and one reason we have the legal notion of liability is to find a way to cause such remediation to happen. On the other hand, sometimes it might be bad for society if liability could too easily attach, because liability isn’t entirely about righting a wrong: it is often about deterring behavior through the fear of potential liability.

      • TechdirtCourthouse News Service Sues Texas Courts Administrator For Withholding Filed Documents

        Courthouse News Service (CNS) is (again) suing to block court administrators from deliberately withholding filed documents from the press. CNS has sued several other state court systems over the same misbehavior by clerks and the administrators overseeing them.

      • TechdirtAn Increasing Number Of Cop Shops Feel The General Public Shouldn’t Have Access To Crime Stats

        For decades, local law enforcement agencies have blown off requests from the FBI and DOJ to report use of force incidents by officers. This has led to a very incomplete picture of force deployment in the United States — a form of proxy opacity that has allowed agencies to ignore problematic cops and problematic actions.

      • Counter PunchNew Mexico Teeters on Edge of a New Era of CoExistence: Trapping Ban on Public Lands Goes into Effect April 1

        Along with Roxy’s Law, New Mexico has recently taken other meaningful steps toward protecting wildlife. In 2019, the state banned gruesome coyote-killing contests, events that reward indiscriminate and senseless massacres. Currently, the state is rolling out its plan for projects to protect wildlife from vehicle collisions along heavily used movement and migration corridors.

        These are signs of a new era across the Land of Enchantment. An era in which coexistence is the norm, exploitation and cruelty are waning, and native foxes, bobcats, beavers, badgers, and wolves are revered for their ecological roles and honored for their intrinsic value, not persecuted as inconveniences. We are leaving behind nearly two hundred years of primarily viewing wildlife as merely something to slaughter and sell.

      • TruthOutEuropean Anti-Migrant Policies Gave Rise to Horrific Refugee Jails in Libya
      • TruthOutSome Guantánamo Prisoners Fear Transfer to US Prisons Due to Brutal Conditions
      • An Inquiry Into IslamHundreds of Americans Were Captured and Enslaved

        For more than two centuries, the Barbary countries of Morocco, Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli had been harassing Christian ships, seizing cargo and capturing citizens. Algiers once boasted more than 30,000 Christian slaves, including one Miguel Cervantes, before he wrote Don Quixote. European powers in the 1500s and 1600s fought ferocious battles against Muslim pirates like Barbarosa. However, over time, a cynical system of appeasement had developed. The nations of Europe paid tribute — in money, jewels, and naval supplies — to remain at peace. England and France — in endless wars — found it cheaper to bribe the Barbary pirates than to devote a squadron to perpetually trawling the sea off Africa. At its core, expediency outweighed national honor.

        When the thirteen American colonies split off from mother England, they lost British protection. The United States found itself lumped in the pile of potential Barbary victims, alongside the likes of Sardinia and Sicily. (From 1785 to 1815, more than six hundred American citizens would be captured and enslaved. This nuisance would prove to be no mere foreign trade issue but rather a near-constant hostage crisis.)…

      • Modern DiplomacyTaliban’s backtracking on girls’ education, ‘deeply damaging’

        Following a U-turn over re-opening girls’ secondary schools in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the UN human rights chief shared her “profound frustration and disappointment” that six months after the Taliban seized power, high school girls have yet to return to the classroom.

        “The de facto authorities’ failure to adhere to commitments to reopen schools for girls above the sixth grade – in spite of repeated commitments towards girls’ education, including during my visit to Kabul two weeks ago – is deeply damaging for Afghanistan”, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • WiredThe Ghost of the Soviet Union Still Haunts the Internet

        The internet had barely escaped the lab in 1990, when the Soviet Union was awarded .su as its country code, joining domains like France’s .fr and the United Kingdom’s .uk. By the end of 1991, the Soviet Union was dead.

        But not its country code.

        Thirty years later, the Soviet Union endures in the imagination of a former KGB officer now in the Kremlin—and on the internet, where you can still register a domain like stalin.su. As you might expect, the domain is a nostalgia zone for fans of Communism and a favorite haunt of those who oppose a democratic and independent Ukraine and use the .su domain to express their hopes for Ukraine’s future incorporation into Greater Russia. Big .su users also include spammers and other cybercriminals who like the lack of actual government supervision. Given its lack of positive value (and the happy end of Communist terror) it is long past time for the .su domain to be consigned to the digital graveyard.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Common DreamsCovid-19 Vaccine Equity Index Reveals ‘Failure of Historic Proportions’

          Amid ongoing criticism of deeply uneven access to Covid-19 vaccines, a new index measuring G20 nations’ commitment to global equity for the life-saving jabs shows the world’s wealthiest countries have fallen well short of sufficient action.

          “The fair global distribution of vaccines isn’t about charity; it is about justice… it is about doing what is right.”

        • Common DreamsCivil Society Groups Reject ‘Legally Unsound’ and ‘Problematic’ TRIPS Waiver Proposal

          Top civil society groups on Wednesday denounced a potential deal on Covid-19 vaccine intellectual property rights, calling on the World Trade Organization, the European Union, and U.S. President Joe Biden to reject the proposal.

          “Your goal of saving lives worldwide from the ravages of Covid-19 will not be furthered by accepting this text.”

      • Copyrights

        • TechdirtWhy The Snippet Tax In The EU Copyright Directive Is Pointless And Doomed To Fail

          The EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market contains two spectacularly bad ideas. One is the upload filter of Article 17, which will wreak havoc not just on creativity in the EU, but also on freedom of speech there, as algorithms block perfectly legal material. The other concerns the “snippet tax” of Article 15, more formally known as ancillary copyright..

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 18: Open Culture VOICES – Stacy Allison-Cassin

          Welcome to episode 18 of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we hear from Stacy Allison-Cassin, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the LIS program at the University of Toronto. Her work is centred in the areas of knowledge organization, metadata, and knowledge equity. A Citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, she engages in work and research related to Indigenous matters in libraries and the larger cultural heritage sector. With a deep interest in increasing access and visibility for non-textual materials and marginalized knowledge, Stacy is a passionate advocate for change in information structures and metadata systems within the library profession and across the wider GLAM sector.

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 17: Open Culture VOICES – Patricia Díaz Rubio

          Welcome to episode 17 of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we hear from Patricia Díaz Rubio, a Chilean social communicator (Universidad de Chile) passionate about collective work and social impact. Since 2018, she has been working at Wikimedia Chile, promoting local and open content on the Internet.

        • Torrent FreakDutch Pirate Site Blocklist Expands with RARBG, YTS, EZTV and Others

          Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has obtained a new blocking order in the Netherlands targeting 1337x, LimeTorrents, YTS, RARBG, Kickasstorrents and EZTV. The order was issued against the local ISP Delta but, as a result of a blocking agreement, other ISPs will follow suit. The same order will likely trigger Google to take action as well.

        • Torrent FreakRussia’s Site-Blocking System Isn’t Performing & Could Even Collapse

          Russia’s site-blocking systems aimed at restricting access to copyrighted content and anything else deemed undesirable are not performing to the standards the government demands. Blocking access to internet resources requires lots of hardware but due to sanctions, there are fears in Russia that a breakdown in systems operations may be just months away.

        • TechdirtBasically Everyone Tells Senators Tillis & Leahy That The SMART Copyright Act Is An Incredibly Dumb Copyright Act

          We’ve already detailed why the latest bill from Senators Thom Tillis and Pat Leahy, the SMART Copyright Act, is dangerous to the future of the internet. You can read that earlier article, but the short summary is that it would deputize the Copyright Office every three years to arbitrarily bless certain “technological measures” that websites, that host 3rd party content, would need to use. The not so hidden agenda here, pushed by Hollywood basically since the internet came on their radar, is that the Copyright Office will say that any site hosting user uploaded content will need to purchase an upload filter to scan each upload to make sure it doesn’t include any of Hollywood’s content.

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