Video of Richard Stallman’s Belated LibrePlanet 2022 Talk (With Commentary)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 5:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f800b82b813194239002b8833d12bee1
The First RMS 2022 Talk, With Commentary
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: A couple of hours ago the talk/speech of Richard Stallman had ended (the Q&A sessions as well) and we uploaded a video that contains the whole talk (sans the Q&A) with IRC commentary

Richard Stallman’s livestream was mentioned here an hour ahead of time and I’ve decided to record a video in which we can all comment on his talk and show the reactions in IRC, initially in #techrights and then in #fsf too (different networks, different channels). As many people had expected upfront, #fsf was soon infested with Internet trolls, which sort of distracted from on-topic participants.

The resultant video, which is very raw, is presented above. I intentionally toggled off noise cancellation, having tested (a priori) what would happen if voices overlapped. In this case, the outcome is a bit better. As noise cancellation works OK only if one person speaks….

Due to technical issues (probably bandwidth constraints, not software limitations), Dr. Stallman turned off the camera after a little while. He took questions through BigBlueButton (BBB) and possibly used Mumble for secure communication (we use that too; it works very well). The designated text chat, a discussion over IRC, was unfortunately trolled rather badly. If you zoom in when watching the video above (or set the video to full-screen mode), you can see pertinent examples of that. Maybe such abuse was simply inevitable.

Links 13/04/2022: TurnKey Linux 17.0 and High-End GNU/Linux Laptops

Posted in News Roundup at 3:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Its FOSSRazer and Lambda Team Up to Unveil a Linux Laptop for Deep Learning – It’s FOSS News

        Razer is known for its gaming peripherals and hardware.

        On the other hand, Lambda offers workstations, servers, and GPU clusters equipped with their software stack to facilitate deep learning as conveniently as possible.

        They have collaborated to present a sleek-looking modern laptop (powered by Ubuntu 20.04) tailored for deep learning on the go.

      • TechRadarRazer just launched a gorgeous new Linux laptop – but it’s probably not for you

        Razer has unveiled a rather eye-catching new Linux laptop as it looks to stamp its mark in sectors beyond PC gaming.

        The new Tensorbook is the product of a collaboration with a company called Lambda, which specializes in workstations, servers and cloud services for machine learning.

        The notebook is tuned specifically for scientific workloads, and has been billed by the two companies as the “world’s most powerful deep learning laptop”.

      • Venture BeatLambda, Razer launch laptop for deep-learning app development

        Not all IT administrators realize this, but when an enterprise is developing deep-learning applications for industrials, pharmaceuticals, academics and medical research, it’s much more efficient and time-saving to develop them using Linux workstations. Why? Because the apps eventually will run on Linux production servers and they’ll have been talking the same code language long before they connect.

        Lining up the apps built on Linux laptops running operating systems such as Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian or others with production servers running the same operating systems avoids many potential snafus when putting the apps into action, an expert in this field, Stephen Balaban, CEO and cofounder of Lambda, told VentureBeat.

      • The Register UKLinux desktop is still the best desktop • The Register

        I’ve used pretty much every desktop out there, and the Linux desktop is still the best of the best.

        I’ve been working with desktop computers since CP/M-80 was the operating system of the day. Since then, I’ve used MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2, AmigaOS, System 7, macOS, Xenix, SCO OpenDesktop, and more versions of Linux than you can shake a stick at. Even today, I have Windows 10 and 11 and macOS running on test boxes. But what I run on my production PCs and laptops is Linux. Here’s why.

        First, long before there were PCs, I was running Unix on minicomputers. My first “desktop” was the Bourne shell on a VT-102 terminal. I cut my teeth on shell commands. So, naturally, early Linux came easily to me. Linux turned 30 last year and it was about this time 30 years ago that I started using it on a desktop.

        But, enough of techie nostalgia. True I’m still comfortable running a Bash-based terminal for my desktop, but I don’t have to. Despite the eternal garbage about how hard Linux is to use, anyone – anyone – can use it today. Heck a decade ago, I taught my then 82-year-old mother-in-law how to run Linux and we didn’t even share a common language! She’s a native Spanish speaker, I grew up with English, and neither of us has a lick of talent in learning other languages.

    • Kernel Space

      • 9to5LinuxLinux Kernel 5.16 Reaches End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to Linux Kernel 5.17

        Released a little over three months ago, Linux kernel 5.16 brought features like Collabora’s futex_waitv() kernel system call that boosts your gaming experience when playing both native Linux games and Windows games via Wine, updated Zstd (Zstandard) compression, a new fanotify event type for file system health reporting, as well as Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (CM4) support

    • Benchmarks

      • Brendan GreggTensorFlow Library Performance

        A while ago I helped a colleague, Vadim, debug a performance issue with TensorFlow in an unexpected location. I thought this was a bit interesting so I’ve been meaning to share it; here’s a rough post of the details.

    • Applications

      • PDF viewer list on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        If you are trying to open a PDF file on Ubuntu 22.04, you will need some extra software in order to view the document. Since Ubuntu does not have a native way to open PDF documents by default, users will need to install a PDF viewer. In this tutorial, you will see several different options for software that can be downloaded and installed to open PDF documents on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

      • MedevelMumble is an open-source VoIP application

        Mumble is a free, open source, low latency, high quality voice chat application.

        Mumble was the first VoIP application to establish true low latency voice communication over a decade ago. But low latency and gaming are not the only use cases it shines in.

      • Usenet Newsreader Reviews

        This is an idea that I’m playing around with. Here are some categories for any reviews. They could later depending on what I learn while doing the reviews.

      • Cockpit Project: Cockpit 267

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

        Here are the release notes from Cockpit 267 and cockpit-machines 266…

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • VituxHow to use the Linux mtr (My Traceroute) command – VITUX

        Mtr (my traceroute) is a command-line network diagnostic tool that provides the functions of the ping and traceroute commands. It is a simple and cross-platform tool that outputs information about the entire route that network packets take from the host system to the specified destination system. The mtr command is superior to the traceroute command because it also outputs the response percentage and response times for all network hops between the two systems.

        As a network administrator, you must know how to use the mtr command and the flags that you can use to customize the output in order to perform productive network diagnostics. This article explains the use of the mtr command in detail and provides examples to show you how to use specific flags with this command.

      • Installation and Review of Linux Mint 20.3 XFCE

        Treating yourself to a new Linux Mint ‘Una‘ installation or you’re seeking your first foray into the world of Ubuntu-based Linux, then you couldn’t possibly go wrong with this flavor of Linux Mint running XFCE with a slew of bundled applications and unique customizations running in a tight-knit but lightweight environment.

        This version of Linux Mint is peculiar due to its introduction of dark mode and will be forever immortalized as a result.

      • VideoHow to install MX Linux 21.1 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install MX Linux 21.1.

      • How to Boot Debian 11 into Rescue / Emergency Mode

        Booting a Linux system into rescue mode or single user mode is one of the important troubleshooting for Linux admins. Rescue mode is also known as single user mode. Generally Linux system is booted into rescue mode in order to recover forgotten root password and to repair and fix corrupted file system.

        Apart from the rescue mode, Linux system can be booted into emergency mode, the main difference between them is that rescue mode loads a minimal environment with read only root file system whereas emergency mode doesn’t mount root file system.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Steam Launcher (Stable or Beta) on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
      • OSNoteJupyter Notebook Installation on Ubuntu 20.04 – OSNote

        Jupyter Notebook is a powerful and open-source tool for the documentation of data and scientific analysis. Python, R, Julia, and Scala are just a few of the languages supported by Jupyter Notebook. It has a kernel for each language, an editor for writing and running code, and real-time output cells.

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

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

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

        If you admin websites, you know how important data analysis can be. You might need to keep abreast of things like visitors, search engines and keywords used, languages spoken, pages liked, downloaded files and more. That data can be an important part of growing and optimizing your sites and the content you provide.

      • OSNoteHow to Install Jitsi Meet Video Conference Software on Ubuntu – OSNote

        Jitsi Meet is a WebRTC-based video conferencing software that allows you to communicate with others. A Jitsi Meet server allows you to join multi-person video conference rooms that function similarly to a Zoom or Skype meeting. The advantage of a Jitsi conference is that all of your data travels only through your server, and end-to-end TLS is used to secure the connection.

      • How to Install FeatherNotes on Debian 11

        Linux has many desktop applications that make the system more and more usable, and more and more people can feel comfortable with it. So today, I will show you how to install FeatherNotes on Debian 11. This note-taking application can become a great ally for our work with the system.

      • VituxHow to Flush DNS Cache on Ubuntu – VITUX

        Are you using the latest version of Ubuntu and looking for a way to clear your DNS cache? Then you’ve come to the right place. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to clear the DNS cache in Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04. We’ll also explain why you should clear your DNS cache from time to time. So let’s start with the process

      • ID RootHow To Install MySQL on Rocky Linux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MySQL on Rocky Linux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, MySQL is an open-source, cross-platform, and one of the most widely used Relational Database Management Systems (RDMS). MySQL 8.0 was released a while back and it is built with a number of improvements to enable innovative DBAs and developers to create and deploy the next generation of applications on the latest technologies.

        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 MySQL database on Rocky Linux. 8.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to customize your Ansible logs | Enable Sysadmin

        Learn how to use callback plugins to customize Ansible’s output and then save that output to a file.

      • How to install MATE desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        By default, Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish sports the GNOME desktop environment, or no GUI at all in the server edition. If you would like to change things up and install Mate instead, the GUI can be downloaded and installed directly from Ubuntu’s package repositories.

        This can be done whether you are switching from GNOME to Mate, or you currently are running command line interface only and wish to install a graphical desktop environment. Mate is a great choice that comes with all the tools you will need to administrate your Ubuntu system.

        In this tutorial, we will go through the step by step instructions to install the Mate GUI desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

      • How to enable and disable SSH for user on Linux

        After installing SSH on your Linux system, one of the most important security practices it to make sure that the service is only enabled for intended accounts. If you have one or more accounts which do not need SSH access, then the service should be disabled for those accounts. This is to prevent one being exploited, or maybe you just do not want that particular user to be using SSH to access the server.

        In this tutorial, we will go through the step by step instructions to enable or disable SSH for a specific user on a Linux system.

      • How to disable keyring popup on Ubuntu

        Ubuntu’s keyring is a feature that collects all of your passwords in a secure application (gnome-keyring) and will use these stored passwords to automatically log you in to various services. All of your stored passwords inside of the keyring are protected by a single master password. The keyring gets “unlocked” when you first provide your system password at sign in.

        Users that have enabled automatic log in for their system may have noticed a persistent and annoying popup message that says The login keyring did not get unlocked when you logged into your computer. This is just the gnome-keyring application asking for your password so that it can be used to authenticate with various services and applications on your system.

        The problem is that having an automatic login does not do you much good if you still need to provide your password every reboot for some other application. In this tutorial, you will see how to deactivate the keyring pop up on an Ubuntu Linux system.

      • Trend OceansHow to install Twilio Authy in Linux based system

        Two-step verification is highly recommended to secure your online accounts. Most services now provide you with a feature to enable two-step verification. In the early days, we were dependent on OTP for two-factor authentication, but now you can choose several third-party applications for this specific task, and one of them is Twilio Authy.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxWar for the Overworld gets a surprise graphics upgrade, also sees a big discount | GamingOnLinux

        War for the Overworld, a Dungeon Keeper inspired game from 2015 had a huge free upgrade recently bringing some graphical improvements and performance optimizations. Nice to see a developer come back to an older title.

        The game for the most part is in maintenance mode but this was something of an experiment for a member of their team, and still quite impressive to just come out with years later. One of the major additions is the inclusion of real-time shadows, which dramatically improves the moody look of the game.

      • GamingOnLinuxSplitgate is getting a new matchmaking system that won’t suck | GamingOnLinux

        Splitgate is actually a pretty great online FPS but it has a major problem with its matchmaking system, so it’s getting a rewrite to suck less.

        The problem with the current system is that not only is it slow, it’s forgetful. It will reset constantly, and re-queue you as it tries to find a bunch of new people to play with. One of the results of how slow it works, is that you end up playing with more bots than intended as it forces you into a game eventually and the developer is solving this.

        With an upcoming update the “entire backend” is being rewritten. 1047 Games say the new system will be much smarter, it will keep you playing with people previously found to be a good match instead of entirely resetting, it’s fast and scalable and more configurable.

      • GamingOnLinuxBack 4 Blood adds experimental support for Linux and Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Back 4 Blood, the zombie shooter from Turtle Rock Studios has a fresh update out, and the developer has gotten it working on Linux and Steam Deck with Proton.

        An important note though, is that this is “experimental” right now so there may be other issues. However, I’ve personally tested it on Steam Deck and it works quite well. You get a chat disconnection message often, and cut-scenes seem to stutter with the official Proton but other than that, it’s quite playable and enjoyable on the defaults.

      • GamingOnLinuxArx Fatalis open source engine Arx Libertatis gets fixed up for Mesa drivers | GamingOnLinux

        Arx Fatalis is an Arkane Studios classic from 2002 that was officially open sourced. This update for Arx Libertatis should hopefully make it work even better on the Steam Deck, and Linux desktops using Mesa drivers.

        “This critically acclaimed first-person RPG from Arkane Studios takes the player on an amazing journey into the fantasy world of Arx. Arx is wrought with turmoil, brought to the brink of destruction by a violent war. The sun has disappeared from overhead to shroud the world in eternal darkness, forcing communities to begin inhabiting underground mines. But as food and drink becomes scarce, the wars become even more violent as each race – from trolls, goblins, and rat-men, to humans – struggle for survival.”

      • Ubuntu PitTop 5 Best Arcade Games for Linux To Cherish the Nostalgia

        Once, we had time to enjoy the mighty arcade games on the vendors. And we spent all our pocket money there for the games. However, as we all have PC and smartphones near our hands, the arcade vendor machines are not so much popular nowadays. But if you are a 90’s kid, I am sure you are missing those nostalgic arcade games. Well, if you are using a Linux-based PC, I have good news for you. Just try the best arcade games for Linux and get back those memorable experiences again.

        Being an arcade game doesn’t mean that you will enjoy it. Even most arcade games for Linux are not worth getting a try for their poor graphics, storyline, and theme. Anyway, we manage to get some of the arcade games that can be your pieces of cake. And here, we are reviewing the games to help you find the appropriate one for yourself. Don’t forget to glance over the features to find the one that suits your test the most.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDEGCompris 2.4 Release: Improved Data Efficiency Conserves Network Bandwidth, Saves Energy

          GCompris is KDE’s educational software suite and currently includes around 170 activities for children aged from 2 to 10 years old. All these activities have big, bright and colorful images, designed to encourage children to have fun with the tasks.

          Two months ago Karl, a GCompris contributor, asked if the images on our Erase activity could be updated to use higher-quality images.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG UbuntuAmberol is Fab No-Frills Audio Player for GNOME Desktop

          Hey, I know what you’re thinking: Linux isn’t exactly short of music players. From colossal collection comperes like Clementine to classy command-line clients like mpd, by way of streaming music services like Spotify, or a middle-minded media manager like Rhythmbox — Linux has ’em all.

          Amberol slots in nicely. It’s neither derivative or original, but it is modern: it’s built using GTK4 and Rust. Design wise it’s novel to look at with its gradient backgrounds and matches the aesthetic of modern GNOME ecosystem perfectly.

    • Distributions

      • Barry KaulerBinary to display all GTK widgets

        What app does that? It is ‘gtk3-widget-factory’, and I didn’t even know I have it in EasyOS. It is in the GTK3 package.

      • Barry KaulerAutomatic gap between drive icons and tray
      • New Releases

        • Core & TKLDev v17.0 Stable Release & “preliminary” RPi4 builds | TurnKey GNU/Linux

          I’m excited to finally announce the stable release of Turnkey v17.0. It’s been a bit of a slog, taking way longer than I had hoped and there are only two this time. Regardless, we’ve finally made it to the stable release milestone, at least for Core and TKLDev. Hopefully we can keep the momentum up and have more v17.0 appliances ready really soon!

          In the meantime, these 2 new v17.0 appliances are published to our mirror network and are also available for download direct from their relevant appliance pages (app page links above, direct download links below) or launched directly from the Hub.

          Finally, whilst I can’t take any credit at all, I’m super excited that community member, Yannick has produced “preliminary” Raspberry Pi 4 builds! I’ve only just ordered mine, so I can do some testing and hopefully get “official” RPi builds released sometime soon. If you have an RPi4, please do download an image and give it a test drive. I’m sure that Yannick would welcome some feedback, considering all the hard work he has put in developing this from scratch!

        • Its FOSSLinux Release Roundup #22.15: Raspberry Pi OS, EndeavourOS Apollo, and More Releases – It’s FOSS News

          The Arch-based distro EndeavourOS has a new release with plenty of improvements and some new feature additions.

        • Archcraft 2022.04 Now Available to Download After Major Cleanup of Packages

          Archcraft April 2022 release is now available for download with updated applications and bug fixes.

          Archcraft is a super lightweight Arch Linux based Linux distribution that primarily features the Openbox and BSPWM window managers with a clean look and built-in themes.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • openSUSE Community Publishes Annual Survey Results – openSUSE News

          The openSUSE community has published results from the annual community survey.

          This year’s results increased from last year’s results by more than 100 participants, with 1,320 respondents this time around. While participation increased, results indicated a larger amount of people located in Europe took the survey. Since other regions were less represented, people should be aware of this fact while reading the results.

          Information was gathered about the project, its distributions, the demographics and how the community is contributing to the project. A number of questions in this year’s survey provided participants with a wider opportunity to express their opinions and satisfaction with the above topics. A document lists all the comments from the survey.

        • Update on next generation of SLE


          In the last months many people have brought up the topic of “When will the next
          SLE major version come out?”. Today we would like to give you a first update on
          the plans.

          Since 2018, when SLE 15 was initially released a lot of things have changed,
          including requirements from users and customers, technologies, the speed of new
          versions of applications, languages and their libraries appearing.

          Also the connection between Leap and SLE has changed.
          And while some bits and pieces got better, we firmly believe we can do better.
          SLE 15 is a great general purpose operating system, yet challenges with some
          use cases, now places of deployment, and the type of enhancement requests show
          that it’s time for a successor.

      • Arch Family

        • LinuxInsiderRebornOS Brings Choice and Simplicity to Arch Linux

          RebornOS is a unique Linux platform that has much to offer. It goes well beyond the concept of the Linux legacy being all about freedom of choice.

          Your desktop choice can also affect system performance and features. Some of the options draw more heavily on system resources. Others are more lightweight and provide fewer frills.

          The live session experience suggests that RebornOS is devoid of standard applications. The default GNOME environment can be somewhat unimpressive.

          Push beyond that initial negative impression. Much of this distro’s power and uniqueness is not evident until you install it.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Enterprisers Project3 Agile pitfalls and how to overcome them

          Agile development is a valuable enabler of digital transformation. It allows organizations to respond rapidly to changing competitive forces, address developing customer needs, and drive strategic changes. Agile does this by empowering team autonomy and self-determination, establishing a tight alignment between development and clients or users, and implementing short, targeted, rapid development cycles (“sprints”) to rapidly deliver minimum viable product (MVP) releases prior to iteration.

        • Enterprisers Project4 ways to create a culture of collaboration | The Enterprisers Project

          Collaboration is a critical ingredient for successful IT organizations. Whether teams are fully remote, in the office, or hybrid, they need seamless and simple ways to seek out help, troubleshoot issues, and work on solutions collaboratively. IT leaders have an important role to play here.

          We asked CIOs who recently won the 2022 Florida CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards how they create a culture of collaboration on their teams.

          Read on for four ways you can ensure your teams have what they need to collaborate effectively in a hybrid work era.

        • Red HatManage namespaces in multitenant clusters with Argo CD, Kustomize, and Helm | Red Hat Developer

          Cluster administrators on Kubernetes need to create namespaces for multiple developer teams and limit their use of resources by provisioning those namespaces with resource quotas and limit ranges. In this article, you’ll learn how to automate these tasks with Argo CD, and how to use either Kustomize or Helm charts to simplify the process. The result implements the fundamentals of DevOps and GitOps, whereby any changes to the repository update the deployed resources.

        • Red HatDeploy a Java application on Red Hat OpenShift using JKube | Red Hat Developer

          Enterprise Java applications don’t run in a vacuum, but interact with other components such as databases, load balancers, monitoring, and so forth. Eclipse JKube makes it easier to build Java applications and connect them with the resources they need when running as containers under Kubernetes. This article builds on a previous article, Build a bootable JAR for cloud-ready microservices, and shows some advanced uses of JKube. We’ll build and deploy a bootable JAR using Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) and Jakarta EE, and incorporate a PostgreSQL database and MicroProfile capabilities.

        • Red HatThe state of static analysis in the GCC 12 compiler | Red Hat Developer

          New features and a substantial reduction in false positives bring GCC’s static analysis closer to being production-ready for C code.

        • Red Hat OfficialOpenSSH SCP deprecation in RHEL 9: What you need to know

          One of the most important security changes for OpenSSH in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9 is the deprecation of the SCP protocol.

          We’re making this change because the SCP protocol is decades old, and carries multiple security risks and issues that have no straightforward solutions. New issues are being reported frequently (CVE-2020-15778 is the most recent as of this writing, but we can’t be sure it will be the last) and it is rather difficult to fix them all properly because the protocol is inherently trustworthy of authenticated sessions.

          For this reason, some RHEL customers wish to completely disable the SCP protocol in their systems. At the same time, we have SFTP, a well-defined protocol that covers most of SCP’s use cases, so it makes sense to switch to the better protocol.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Discover New Things on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Pre-release

          Powered with latest technology of Free Libre Open Source Software aka FLOSS, comes with a brand new logo, got fantastically enjoyable user interface and experience, while being fast and ready to empower your computers, here’s a pre-release overview of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish. We really found Ubuntu changed bravely this time with Snap adoption and Gimp re-inclusion. We’d love to discover these things for our beloved readers. Happy reading!

        • UbuntuMLOps Pipeline with MLFlow, Seldon Core and Kubeflow | Ubuntu

          MLOps pipelines are a set of steps that automate the process of creating and maintaining AI/ML models. In other words, Data Scientists create multiple notebooks while building their experiments, and naturally the next step is a transition from experiments to production-ready code. The best way to do this is to build an effective MLOps pipeline.

          What’s the alternative, I hear you ask? Well, each time you want to create a model, you run your notebooks manually. This process is time-consuming, error-prone and is just not scalable. It will consume the time and the energy of your people. Above all, it pulls them away from higher-value work.

          In this blog post, we present how to build your own advanced MLOps pipeline using Kubeflow Pipelines (KFP), MLFlow and Seldon Core. We take a look at the tools and get them working seamlessly together in order to deliver your model to production in a scalable, efficient manner.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • MedevelHedgeDoc is an open-source collaborative markdown writing platform

        HedgeDoc is a self-hosted, web-based collaborative markdown editor for teams and enterprise. It is an ideal solution for students, researchers, and writers.

        Formally it was called CodiMD, but changed its name in order to overcome a similar name conflict for another Markdown app.

      • Events

        • OpenSource.comHow to join Apache Cassandra during Google Summer of Code | Opensource.com

          GSoC is a Google-sponsored program that promotes open source development and enables individuals to submit project proposals to open source mentor organizations. Applicants whose proposals are accepted get paid to work on their project during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer. The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has been a GSoC mentor organization for the past 17 years. It acts as an umbrella organization, which means that applicants can submit project proposals to any subproject within the ASF, including Apache Cassandra.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Its FOSSLibreWolf vs Firefox: Comparing the Privacy Heroes of Open-Source Browsers

            If convenience is your thing where you require sync/sign-in account features, Mozilla-specific offerings, and essential privacy protections, Mozilla Firefox should suit you better.

            In case you do not want cloud-sync features, extras, and hardcore privacy-focused settings out of the box, LibreWolf will be the perfect solution.

            Performance-wise, both should offer similar experiences. The benchmarks test (Basemark 3.0, Speedometer 2.0) didn’t work with LibreWolf for some reason, so I did not include any performance comparison chart.

            I will prefer using Firefox because I do need the convenience of account-based sync without aggressive blocking capability. However, LibreWolf is a solid alternative for those who want to switch away from Firefox or just want to try something that’s laser-focused on user freedom and privacy.

      • Programming/Development

        • from HTML5 & Javascript blob technique to ransomeware – JS is evil (when it is allowed to do more than gui animations)

          “The Duri malware, for example, uses the Javascript blob technique.

          The attacks are triggered by visiting a website with the malicious code.”

          (this could be a well known, sincere, but hacked website)

          “By downloading, the malware can install itself on the target device.”

          “HTML smuggling is also made possible by the HTML5 “Download” attribute for anchor tags.”

          “When a user clicks the HTML link, a download of the file is triggered.”

        • QtIntroducing qmake2cmake

          Qt’s own QMake project files have been converted with a Python script named pro2cmake that lives in qtbase. This script is specially tailored for converting the projects in Qt repositories and is little useful for converting user projects.

          We have forked this script and turned it into a converter for your projects: Say hello to qmake2cmake!

        • QtMake Your App Live Longer

          I could literally watch my technology deteriorating. My releases were always late. We had too many bugs. The UI felt old. That was when I used to head the R&D and product management of a cloud-based B2B solution. The solution used Java as the backend and Angular JS as the frontend UI framework. While the Java code was more than 15 years old, it performed well in the Docker containers. It was the UI framework I was worried about.

        • QtQt for Python details on the new 6.3 release

          Finally the time has come! we are really excited to let you know everything we have been working on for this release so let’s dive into the details

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Bash If-Else statements with examples | FOSS Linux

            Conditional statements are the bread and butter of programming. They allow the machine to make decisions procedurally, through a process of elimination and repetition, almost making it act like it has its brain. Just a brain with a minimal amount of knowledge and no creative prowess (yet!) but functioning, nevertheless.

            Today, we will talk about one specific conditional statement: the if-else statement. We will show you how to write the syntax for Bash scripting and use its different variations.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareBroadcom unveils WiFi 7 chips for access points and clients – CNX Software

        We first noticed the new WiFi 7 (802.11be) standard in January 2022 with MediaTek demonstrating Filogic 802.11be processors, and later Qualcomm introduced the FastConnect 7800 WiFi 7 and Bluetooth 5.3 solution for wireless clients, but we had not seen anything for WiFi 7 access points yet.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Github shenanigans

          It all started with a simple pull request [1] to fix a bug. I have never attempted to just “merge” a pull request on Github before, but I figured, with such a simple change [2], why not try? Why not indeed.

          Well, it broke my local repository. The commit message wasn’t what I would have liked, and I felt a revision of the version number was required, which also involved updating the makefile and the Luarocks specification file [3]. I made the mistake (I think—I don’t know) of ammending the merge message with a reformatted title and extra files and that was that. I was unable to push the changes back to Github.

          I ended up having to reset both my local repositories and the Github repository. Hard. As in with the `git reset –hard` nuclear option. And hand added the patch into the code, redid all the changes to the makefile and Luarocks specification file multiple times. Ugly stuff. But I got it as I like it.

          And then I went to load the new version of the code into Luarocks [4] and of course it failed. Of course. Github decided several months ago to depcrecate support for `git:` URL (Uniform Resource Locator)s [5] and guess what I’m using?

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • SDx CentralGoogle, Linux Foundation Launch Nephio to Automate 5G

                The Linux Foundation continued its push to infuse open source projects into the telecom space, launching the Kubernetes-based Nephio project with Google Cloud.

                The Nephio project is designed to provide Kubernetes-based cloud-native intent automation and automation templates to make it easier for telecom operators to deploy and manage multi-vendor cloud infrastructure and network functions across large-scale edge deployments. It sits on top of a Kubernetes substrate either directly controlled from an operator or a hyperscaler-based platform like Google Config Connector, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Controllers for Kubernetes, and Azure Service Operator.

        • Security

          • Reporting of cyber incidents becomes law in the USA | Pen Test Partners

            On March 15th 2022, president Joe Biden and the US Government passed new legislation to strengthen the Department for Justice (DOJ) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) position by requiring the reporting of all cyber incidents or ransomware payments. The Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act.

            The bill only affects organisations that provide critical national infrastructure in the USA. A list of them is yet to be defined but it’s likely to include hospitals, power plants, water utilities, airports and similar entities.

            Not unlike the UK’s GDPR requirements to report, the impacted entities will be required to report a cyber incident within 72 hours to the CISA. However, when it comes to ransomware, if an organisation providing critical infrastructure pays the ransom this must be reported within 24 hours of the payment.

          • The Register UKCreator of SSLPing, a free service to check SSL certs, downs tools

            A timely reminder is being issued to the effect that free web services are not the same as free software: the creator of the SSLPing service says he can’t look after it anymore.

            SSLPing was a useful tool to have around. Sign up, add your servers and the service would check certificates, protocols, ciphers and known vulnerabilities. It checked versions of TLS from SSL v3 to TLS 1.2 and, importantly for some major vendors who should know better, would also bleat if certificates were due for renewal (with nags at 10 days, three days and then on the renewal date.)

            The tool was wielded by over 500 registered users, monitoring more than 12,500 TLS servers. It was lightweight and mercifully ad-free. Which appears to have become a problem for its creator, Chris Hartwig.

            “It’s broken and I can’t and won’t fix it,” said Hartwig in a message posted on the project’s homepage, pulling down the shutters on an operation that has run since March 2016.

          • TechRepublic5 password managers built for teams | TechRepublic

            We may be compensated by vendors who appear on this page through methods such as affiliate links or sponsored partnerships. This may influence how and where their products appear on our site, but vendors cannot pay to influence the content of our reviews. For more info, visit our Terms of Use page.

          • LWNSecurity updates for Wednesday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (gzip, python-django, and xz), Debian (chromium, subversion, and zabbix), Red Hat (expat, kernel, and thunderbird), SUSE (go1.16, go1.17, kernel, libexif, libsolv, libzypp, zypper, opensc, subversion, thunderbird, and xz), and Ubuntu (git, linux-bluefield, nginx, and subversion).

          • VideoYubiKey Complete Getting Started Guide! – Invidious

            Have you considered using a YubiKey? In this complete guide, you’ll learn everything you need in order to get started with these awesome security keys.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • AccessNowBiometric ID in Tunisia: a threat to privacy and data protection – Access Now

              For more than five years, the Tunisian authorities have been deliberating over a new biometric ID law in Tunisia. Currently, every Tunisian over the age of 18 must carry an ID card. With the new bill, every Tunisian over the age of 15 would also have to give their fingerprints and face photo to the Ministry of Interior, gathering the sensitive information of an entire population in one single place for the purpose of identification and “electronic administration.”

              With an outdated data protection law and no adequate privacy safeguards, the new biometric ID carries serious risks and threats to the right to privacy and other fundamental rights in Tunisia.

            • I Want Privacy for Illegal Things

              When in Thailand, I sent a postcard to my mum. “The man on the stamp is the local despot”, I said. “He’s a cunt”

              I later found out that this sentence made me eligible for jail time, or death, which makes this the biggest crime I have ever committed. Post cards, unfortunately, cannot make use of end-to-end encryption (at least not when writing to my mum), but a privacy respecting protocol would undoubtedly solve the problem.

              Canadian law recently changed to allow people to smoke cannabis. If the initial laws had worked in clamping down the use of cannabis, none of the pro-cannabis campaigning could have succeeded. Nobody would have thought ‘I miss back when I could smoke cannabis, so I’ll start the campaigning again, and one day have a joint’. They valued smoking weed because they already smoked weed. If police could have enforced anti-cannabis laws perfectly, no campaign or informed debate could have taken place, so nobody could have fixed the bad law.

              Police could never have perfectly enforced the law, or even enforced it well, without mass surveillance. The crime hurt nobody, so nobody could have informed the police of any illegal acts with a clean conscience. The change in law required a healthy cannabis culture, which required a large populating of people who habitually smoked weed without being caught or causing any fuss.

            • AccessNowStop Pegasus: Costa Rica is the first country to call for a moratorium on spyware technology

              Access Now supports Costa Rica’s call for a global moratorium on spyware technology, made publicly by Ambassador Catalina Devandas, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations in Geneva. At Protecting Defenders Online, a virtual side conversation at U.N. Human Rights Council’s 49th session, hosted by Access Now, and the United States and European Union Trade and Technology Council (U.S.-EU TTC) Partnership, Ambassador Devandas became the first state representative in the world to publicly call for the “immediate moratorium on the use of spyware technology until a regulatory framework that protects human rights is implemented.”

              The call from Ambassador Devandas comes just weeks before the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day, an event that this year will focus on journalism under surveillance. Until now, most of the momentum demanding accountability for the use of Pegasus spyware has been driven by civil society and international organizations, while governments remain largely silent, despite regularly reported new confirmed cases of infection.

            • Citizen LabPrivacy and Security Analysis of the IATA Travel Pass Explained – The Citizen Lab

              The registration process of the IATA Travel Pass (ITP) is flawed. The flaw allows an attacker to create an ITP account impersonating any person, while only needing the victim’s passport details, but not the passport itself. This flaw is currently circumvented by requiring users to present their physical passports whenever an ITP account is being authenticated at a physical location.

              ITP utilizes a blockchain-based technology “Sovrin” to verify the validity and authenticity of user-supplied digital COVID-19 test reports. Sovrin provides a way for entities to issue unforgeable digital proofs, and a way to independently verify them. However, in ITP, most if not all issuers (COVID-19 testing laboratories) rely on the same cloud-based web application centrally managed by Evernym, a provider of Sovrin technologies. With this design, it is technically possible for Evernym to issue valid digital proofs in the name of the laboratories without their knowledge. This is one of the flaws that we show, in which the ITP system design nullifies the advantages brought by Sovrin, a decentralized blockchain system.

            • Citizen LabPrivacy and Security Analysis of the IATA Travel Pass Android App – The Citizen Lab

              In the wake of COVID-19, governments and companies around the world are seeking ways to maximize the safety and security of airline passengers, the staff of airlines and airports, and the broader population with which passengers interact. These efforts include requiring COVID-19 testing, vaccination, or immunization prior to authorizing individuals for flights. In addition to conventional paper-based systems, various digital solutions catering to this need have been developed by governments. In April 2021, close to 50 airlines have signed up to trial ITP. For example, the European Union developed the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which stores and verifies COVID-19 statuses by QR codes; Doan, a US-based company, developed a mobile application VeriFL; and the International Chamber of Commerce developed AOKPass.

              The International Air Transport Association (IATA, a trade association of the world’s airlines) has developed IATA Travel Pass (ITP), a COVID-19 digital passport solution led by an international NGO. We conducted a security and privacy audit of the application and found two vulnerabilities: an impersonation vulnerability with limited impact and a server information leak. We also found that ITP utilizes a non-conventional blockchain technology in a way that mostly neutralizes the benefits of the technology, resulting in a system with security properties that are fundamentally the same as conventional server-client systems. This core technology of the app is implemented by the company Evernym. This study adds to growing research on security and privacy issues with technologies and data privacy policies for tracking and managing COVID-19 information.

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Common Dreams‘Dangerous and Unprecedented’: Florida GOP Gives DeSantis Power to Draw Congressional Map

      Florida’s GOP-controlled Legislature on Monday effectively handed Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis control over the process of drawing the state’s congressional map for upcoming U.S. House elections, a move that voting rights advocates decried as an “unprecedented and dangerous” abdication of responsibility.

      Caving to pressure from the right-wing governor’s office, Florida’s state Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-10) and state House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-65) said in a joint statement that “at this time, Legislative reapportionment staff is not drafting or producing a map for introduction during the special session.”

    • Leasehold reform in the UK

      The first of these is already the law; the second will be in the Queen’s Speech in a few weeks. In parallel, there is controversial legislation before Parliament concerning building safety.

  • Misinformation/Disinformation

  • Civil Rights/Policing

    • AccessNowCivil society to EU: don’t threaten rights with last-minute “crisis response mechanism” in DSA – Access Now

      The European Commission’s last-minute proposal of Article 27a to the Digital Services Act (DSA) must be revised to ensure rights are upheld across the EU throughout times of crisis.

      The war in Ukraine is bringing forward a myriad of issues around content governance and the role of platforms in emergency situations, currently being reflected in the ongoing EU DSA negotiations. While Access Now welcomes discussions around emergency response, the last-minute scramble to include a “crisis response mechanism (CRM)” in the Act would enable far-reaching restrictions on freedom of expression, and of the free access to and dissemination of information for millions of people.

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • TediumFree As In Internet: Free-Net History: The Rise and Fall of Community Dial-Up

      At a time when it feels like significant parts of the internet can suddenly fall under the control of wealthy people seemingly more focused on causing chaos than improving digital infrastructure for the vast majority of people, it can easily be forgotten that so much of the modern internet came from public, or not-for-profit roots, where digital culture was not about the size of your following, but about getting everyone online. It wasn’t just about who had the largest megaphone or the biggest axe to grind, but about building and ensuring access to information for the largest number of people. At this time, the center of the digital universe wasn’t Silicon Valley or anywhere that a bunch internet oligarchs live today. It might just be in your hometown—especially if you live in Cleveland. It was a time before Logan Paul, a time when Web1 didn’t even really exist. Today’s Tedium ponders the Free-Net, the way people got on the internet before the internet cost money.

Richard Stallman’s Talk (Livestream)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Videos at 11:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Update: the talk is now finished.

Video download link | md5sum f800b82b813194239002b8833d12bee1
The First RMS 2022 Talk, With Commentary
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: This talk starts one hour from now (8PM CET, 7PM BST, 2PM Boston/New York); the above video (stream should work around that time) — like the talk itself along with questions and answers — is expected to last about 2 hours; as per Stallman’s site: “Richard Stallman will be speaking about the free software movement and your freedom. His speech will be nontechnical, admission is gratis, and the public is encouraged to attend online.”

Licence: CC-BY-ND 4.0. There will also be audio-only stream.

LibrePlanet 2022 Talk by Rubén Rodríguez Pérez, Founder of Trisquel GNU/Linux

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 11:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: This talk was uploaded two weeks ago, but we repost is today in time for Richard Stallman’s talk, which is about to begin. From the page: “Rubén is founder of the Trisquel GNU/Linux distribution project and other nonprofits. He has contributes to freedom and privacy oriented Web tools, such as GNU IceCat, GNU LibreJS and JShelter.”

Licence: CC BY SA 4.0

Links 13/04/2022: Darktile, KGraphEditor, and More

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

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopNetwork Attached Storage Ubuntu

        Network Attached Storage devices are rapidly becoming popular with enterprises and small businesses as an effective, scalable, low-cost storage solution.

      • Linux Shell TipsCreate Own Video Streaming Server with OBS Studio in Linux

        OBS Studio is the go-to application software for Linux users that have always craved to own and customize their own video streaming server from the comfort of their Linux desktop or server OS distribution.

        OBS Studio is a free and open-source software implying that once it is fully installed on your Linux operating system, you have the freedom of exploring it to your satisfaction without worrying about things like the renewal of an expired software license.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install a CockroachDB Cluster on Debian 11
      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install and Use Nginx Proxy Manager with Docker
      • UNIX CopHow To Install VidCutter on Ubuntu 20.04

        In this guide, we will show you how to install VidCutter on Ubuntu 20.04.

        VidCutter is an open-source cross-platform video editor with which you can quickly trim and join video clips. It is Python and Qt5-based, uses FFmpeg for its encoding and decoding operations, and it supports all the popular video formats not excluding FLV, MP4, AVI, and MOV.

        It’s built using Python and Qt5 and uses FFmpeg as its decoding and encoding backend.

        VidCutter lets trim videos down in the most time-efficient and intuitive way possible. It would surely come in handy for individuals who need to process tons of clips in the shortest time possible.

      • How to install KGraphEditor on Linux | FOSS Linux

        A graph editor displays the animated properties in your scene graphically as animation curves. It enables you to adjust animation curves and keys in a scene’s graph view. Graphs are a terrific tool for displaying, analyzing, and comprehending data that would look like a random set of numbers with no link whatsoever.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install LightZone on Ubuntu 20.04

        In this article, we will show you how to install LightZone on Ubuntu systems

        LightZone is a free, open-source digital photo editor software application. It was originally developed as commercial software by the now-defunct Light Crafts. Its main purpose is to handle the workflow, including non-destructive editing when handling images in various RAW formats. It is comparable to Adobe Lightroom.

        LightZone edits both RAW and JPEG format images. LightZone can create and apply pre-determined image transformations, called “styles”, to an entire batch of images in a single operation. Using styles, photographers make and save their own preferred compensations for each RAW image based upon camera specific characteristics.

      • UNIX CopHow to download packages using APT without installing them

        In this short but interesting post, you will learn how to download packages using APT without installing them. This way we can take them to another site and run an installation there without needing the internet. This is quite useful in enterprise environments.

      • the dilfridge blog: Testing the Gentoo LiveGUI with QEmu

        If you want to test the Gentoo LiveGUI, but don’t feel like cutting short the precious uptime of your machine, here’s a handy bash script for testing the iso files with qemu…

    • Distributions

      • Unix SheikhThe flaws of distro hopping and asking other people about their OS of choice

        Distro hopping is a term that refers to the activity of computer users constantly installing and trying out different Linux distributions and/or BSD variants, either on bare metal or in a virtual environment, having a real difficult time choosing what to use. Some people believe that distro hopping is a result of boredom, or because of a lack of satisfaction with current choice, or that it’s simply a matter of trying out multiple options, but that is not the case. Rather, it’s a kind of psychological problem that arise because of a wrong approach being used in the process of determination.

      • Debian Family

        • uni TorontoHow Debian’s procps package is surprisingly opinionated

          The Linux kernel has a number of fs.* sysctls to restrict the ability to do various traditionally allowed things that have proven to (sometimes) be exploitable to create security vulnerabilities, as covered in sysctl/fs.txt. The kernel has had fs.protected_hardlinks and fs.protected_symlinks for some time, and Linux 4.19 added fs.protected_fifos and fs.protected_regular (see the details in the commit, and some vendors back-ported these new sysctls to their older kernels). In early February of 2018, the procps package of what became Debian ‘Buster’ decided to turn some of these on. It did it by creating a sysctl.d file called ‘protect-links.conf’. In Debian Buster this was in /etc/sysctl.d, in Debian Bullseye it was moved to /usr/lib/sysctl.d with the same file name, and relatively recently this file was renamed to ’99-protect-links.conf’.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • OpenSource.com5 open source tools for developing on the cloud

        When developing software on the cloud, your environment is fundamentally different from what is on your laptop. This is a benefit to the development process because your code adapts to the environment it is running on. This article will go over five different integrated development environments (IDEs) that can improve your programming experience.

        Cloud-native application development is an evolving story. New tools continue to surface, and the task of developing in the cloud is getting easier and more accessible. One thing’s for sure: you should definitely take the chance to get familiar with using different environments when computing in the cloud. With so many open source tools to make life in the cloud feel like your native environment, you have plenty of options to choose from.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to CorelCAD

        Corel Corporation is a Canadian software company specializing in graphics processing. They are best known for developing CorelDRAW, a vector graphics editor. They are also notable for purchasing and developing AfterShot Pro, PaintShop Pro, Painter, Video Studio, MindManager, and WordPerfect.

        Corel has dabbled with Linux over the years. For example they produced Corel Linux, a Debian-based distribution which bundled Corel WordPerfect Office for Linux. While Corel effectively abandoned its Linux business in 2001 they are not completely Linux-phobic. For example, AfterShot Pro has an up to date Linux version albeit its proprietary software.

        This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives to products offered by Corel.

      • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

        • Open Access/Content

          • HackadayMindblowing Graphics From An ATtiny85

            [Görg Pflug] wrote in with his really nice graphics library. It’s got multiple layers, two text consoles, greyscale, internal halftoning, and sprites. It can pull off a number of classic graphics tricks and demos. Oh yeah, and did we mention it runs on a freaking ATtiny85 and an I2C OLED screen?!

      • Programming/Development

        • My unpopular opinions about programming
        • RlangWhy you should(n’t) care about Monads if you’re an R programmer

          To conclude, why did I title this post why you should(n’t) care about Monads if you’re an R programmer? The reason is that you can live without monads. However, certain things will be more complex if you don’t know about monads or if you don’t want to use them, just like functions. If for some reason you don’t use functions in your code, your life will be more complicated. So should you go ahead and start using monads in your code? Well, maybe (hehe) you should, especially if you’re doing the same thing over and over again, like timing your code. Maybe using a monad to time your code could be a nice solution, especially if you’ve been burned in the past by using the other, sub-optimal solutions?

        • Jim NielsenExamples of the Permeating Principles of the Web

          I think it’s interesting to see how the design principles of the web seep into technologies and tools we use everyday, but only as much as those tools are willing to align themselves with the grain of the web. Once you deviate from the grain of the web, the principles of the web — which fiercely fight for the end user — can begin to dilute.

        • Matt RickardLanguage Server Protocols

          Language Server Protocol (LSP) has quietly become a standard integration point, and thus a technical wedge. LSP was designed by Microsoft and Red Hat in 2016 for Visual Studio Code. It is a client-server model that decouples language services from the editor. This allows for more and higher quality language servers to be developed and maintained, along with more portability.

        • Ted Unangsttwo and a half bad bits

          Never change anything. You can only make it worse.

          Most of the trouble came from my decision to switch doas to LOGIN_SETALL instead of simply adding the one bit I really wanted. I was seduced by the allure of the “elegance” of code that would be forwards and backwards compatible, but really, what practical gain was there to be had? It’s dumb in hindsight, but even at the time, I couldn’t have named a tangible benefit. Should have just stuck to simple, working code without trying to be clever.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayBungee-Corded Bass Zither Really Slaps

      Surely we’ve all played some bass riffs on a stretched-out rubber band before, right? [Nicolas Bras] found that the ultimate musical rubber bands are bungee cords, and used seven of them to build a double-bass zither that can be plucked or struck with drumsticks. Be sure to check it out in the build/demo video after the break.

    • HackadaySkip The Shipping, Print Your Own Cable Chains

      CNC machines and 3D printers tend to have plenty of cabling which must be neatly managed while the machine moves. If not properly taken care of, wires can easily end up tangled in the moving bits leading to a dead machine at best, and some kind of raucous fire at worst. [Nikodem Bartnik] decided to create his own cable chains for his CNC build to keep everything in check.

    • The NationThe Absurdist Meets Jane Austen in Bloomington

      I first read Budi Darma’s Orang-orang Bloomington (“People from Bloomington”) at a very young age and had little understanding of the book other than that it is a collection of stories about the lives of white people in America. My second and more exciting encounter with Budi Darma happened much later, in my early 30s, when I was writing my novel, The Wandering, about a Third World woman who travels the globe with a pair of cursed red shoes. As I engaged with the themes of global mobility and cosmopolitanism in my novel, I researched Indonesian authors who, like myself, had lived abroad and written stories set outside Indonesia. I was in Amsterdam on a fellowship and decided to pick up a copy of People from Bloomington from the KITLV library in Leiden. It was a strange way to reconnect with Budi Darma and realize that he, too, was a writer in transit. He wrote the book in 1979 when he was a PhD student at a university in the United States, just like I was when I was writing my novel, and he produced some of the Bloomington stories in Europe, en route to Indonesia.

    • Education

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingEstonia supporting Mongolia’s digital transformation

        Estonia’s e-Governance Academy (eGA) will assist Mongolia with creating a digital identity, digital signature and e-services after signing a memorandum of understanding last week.

        The agreement was signed by B. Bolor-Erdene, state secretary of the Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, and Hannes Astok, executive director of the eGA. The NGO and the ministry have been cooperating since 2020.

      • National LawReview USOhio Court of Appeals Affirms $30 Million Libel Verdict Against Oberlin College

        The court acknowledged that there was no evidence that Oberlin participated in drafting the flyer or the student senate resolution. Instead, the court found Oberlin liable on the theory that one who republishes a libel, or who aids and abets the publication of a libelous statement, can be liable along with the original publisher. As to the flyer, the court cited the following as evidence sufficient to support a jury finding that Oberlin had either republished or aided and abetted its publication: [...]

      • The Washington PostColleges Should Pay Heed to Oberlin’s Costly Libel Case

        For another, the First Amendment isn’t as protective of protest as you might think. It doesn’t protect libel — so protesters (at least those with assets worth pursuing) need to be cautious about putting into writing factual claims that are demonstrably false.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayHall Effect Module Knows Where Your Motor Is

        If you have a motor and you’d like to know where the shaft position is, you are likely to turn to an optical encoder scheme. However, as [lingib] points out, you can also use a magnet and a magnetometer. You can see how it works in the video below.

      • Designing a simple processor architecture

        I’ve already mentioned this idea on my Mastodon account a while ago, but I feel like it’s time to actually start working on it, now that I have very little schoolwork to do.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsReport Says ‘Cruel and Regressive’ US Insulin Prices Violate Human Rights

        Insulin prices in the United States are so high that a new report published Tuesday characterizes them as a violation of human rights, one that has had deadly consequences for diabetics without the means to afford the medicine.

        In a detailed report titled “If I’m Out of Insulin, I’m Going to Die”: United States’ Lack of Regulation Fuels Crisis of Unaffordable Insulin, Human Rights Watch (HRW) makes the case that both the federal government and the pharmaceutical industry are badly failing to live up to their human rights responsibilities.

      • Common DreamsBiden EPA Unveils ‘First-Ever’ Blueprint to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

        Environmental campaigners on Tuesday cautiously embraced the Biden administration’s historic new blueprint to guard endangered species from pesticides as a much-needed step forward while also calling for more concrete moves to protect wildlife, people, and the planet.

        Welcoming the Environmental Protection Agency’s “first-ever comprehensive workplan” on the topic, Center for Biological Diversity environmental health director Lori Ann Burd said in a statement that “I’m encouraged that the EPA has finally acknowledged the massive problem it created by refusing, for decades, to consider the impacts of chemical poisons on our most vulnerable plants and animals.”

      • Common DreamsMany Dollar Store Discounts Packed With Toxic Chemicals: Report

        Dollar stores are exposing their customers to hundreds of hazardous chemicals contained in packaging, cookware, and even children’s toys according to a study released Tuesday.

        The findings from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and the Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff Lab come as dollar store chains have expanded across the U.S. in recent years as consumers have relied more heavily on the chains’ low-priced goods.

      • Project CensoredEPA Withholds Reports on Dangers Posed by 1,200+ Chemicals – Validated Independent News

        Until 2019, each 8(e) was promptly reviewed and evaluated to determine the degree of concern that should be attached to it as well as recommendations for appropriate follow-up actions. As one of the scientists who spoke to The Intercept would reveal, this is no longer the case; now, they are, “‘just going into a black hole… We don’t look at them, we don’t evaluate them. And we don’t check to see if they change our understanding of the chemical.’”

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • The VergeCNN Plus is reportedly drawing fewer than 10,000 viewers a day

          CNN Plus is reportedly struggling to gain viewers just two weeks out from its launch, according to a report from CNBC. People familiar with the matter told the outlet the platform is only raking in fewer than 10,000 viewers per day.

          As CNBC notes, this is a huge dip from the daily viewership of CNN’s cable network, which saw an average of 773,000 viewers per day last year. But, obviously, CNN Plus is still new — CNN’s TV channel has been around for many years, plus it’s (usually) free for anyone with cable or satellite service.

        • CNBCCNN+ struggles to lure viewers in its early days, drawing fewer than 10,000 daily users

          CNN+ launched on March 29. The subscription news streaming service, which charges $5.99 a month or $59.99 annually, only became available on Roku on Monday and still isn’t on Android TV. Still, the paltry audience casts doubt on the future of the application following the recently completed combination of Discovery and WarnerMedia into Warner Bros. Discovery.

        • Security

          • LWNGit security fixes released [Ed: Don't use Git in Windows. Heck, do not use Windows for anything.]

            Git maintainer Junio C Hamano has announced the release of v2.35.2, along with multiple other Git versions (“v2.30.3, v2.31.2, v2.32.1, v2.33.2, and v2.34.2″), to fix a security problem that can happen on multi-user machines (CVE-2022-24765). This GitHub blog post has more details, though the GitHub service itself is not vulnerable. The description in the announcement seems a bit Windows-centric…

          • Krebs On SecurityRaidForums Gets Raided, Alleged Admin Arrested

            The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said today it seized the website and user database for RaidForums, an extremely popular English-language cybercrime forum that sold access to more than 10 billion consumer records stolen in some of the world’s largest data breaches since 2015. The DOJ also charged the alleged administrator of RaidForums — 21-year-old Diogo Santos Coelho, of Portugal — with six criminal counts, including conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

          • SephNodeJS packages don’t deserve your trust

            The fundamental problem with npm is that any package you install has full access to do whatever it wants on your computer. For example, packages can: [...]

          • ZDNetMicrosoft’s April 2022 Patch Tuesday tackles two zero-day vulnerabilities [Ed: Microsoft patches holes only after they get exploited in the wild, and not only by NSA]
          • IT WireiTWire – Over 100 patches issued by Microsoft for April; two zero-days, one exploited

            Microsoft has issued patches for 117 CVEs in its April Patch Tuesday release, with nine rated critical and 108 as important…

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • TechdirtJohn Oliver Tries To Scare DC Into Doing Something About The Privacy Dumpster Fire That Is Adtech

              We’ve noted for years that the adtech sector is a convoluted, unregulated hellscape, where consumer data is bought and sold with nothing remotely close to competent oversight. The end result is just about what you’d expect: a percussive parade of massive scandals in which location, financial, and other sensitive data is bought, sold, leaked, abused, hacked, and spread far and wide with little real recourse.

            • YLEMinistry considers allowing police to use passport fingerprints in solving crimes

              The Ministry of the Interior’s previous study on the issue of fingerprint data was completed in 2014. However, the study group concluded that the use of fingerprints was not possible due to critical views from Parliament’s Constitutional Law Committee.

              However, the issue is now being examined again. The use of biometric data came up again in Parliament in 2021, when the Act on the Processing of Personal Data by police was updated to reflect EU directives.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Project CensoredThe Human Mind as “New Domain of War”: NATO’s Plan for Cognitive Warfare – Validated Independent News

        Although NAOC is an independent NGO, its purpose is to promote the interests of NATO. The NAOC panel discussion included multiple NATO and military industrial complex-affiliated speakers intended to promote the Fall 2021 Innovation Challenge hosted in Canada, where NATO attempted to recruit private entrepreneurs and inventors into cognitive warfare research by promising them national and international exposure and cash prizes in exchange for showcasing their innovations.

      • Common DreamsShooting, Reports of Explosive Devices and Gunman Wearing Gas Mask in Brooklyn Subway

        This is a breaking and developing story… Check back for possible updates…

        A massive police presence was on the scene in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday following reports of a mass shooting at a subway station—by a gunman described as wearing a gas mask who may also have left behind undetonated explosive devices—during the city’s busy early morning rush hour.

      • The NationHelp Ukraine
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Is the US Stalling Urgent Diplomatic Efforts in Ukraine?
      • Mint Press NewsMichael Tracey on the Refugee Crisis and US Troop Buildup in Poland
      • Pro PublicaHow Reporters Reconstructed a Deadly Evacuation From Kabul

        On Aug. 26, 2021, a suicide bomber detonated a vest packed with explosives and ball bearings in the packed crowd outside Kabul’s international airport. Shrapnel sliced through the air, killing 13 American service members and an estimated 160 Afghan civilians.

        In the hours after the attack, officials reported that a second assailant had sprayed the crowd with automatic weapons fire, increasing the casualty toll in what was one of the deadliest attacks on American forces in the 20 years of war in Afghanistan.

      • TruthOutTax Day Should Remind Us How Much of Our Money Funds War
      • TruthOutPutin’s Brutal Ukraine Invasion Bears Some Similarities to Bush’s Attack on Iraq
      • TruthOutGrassroots Groups Are Making Aid Supply Chains to Support People Fleeing Ukraine
      • Democracy NowYemen Peace Deal “Positive Development” as Port Reopens, But Houthis Excluded from Talks

        A U.N.-brokered two-month truce in Yemen is now in its second week. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels both agreed to halt all offensive operations inside Yemen and across its borders. Fuel ships are now being allowed to enter into Hodeidah ports, and the airport in Sana’a is reopening. Over the past six years, the U.N. estimates the war in Yemen has killed nearly 400,000 people — many from hunger. We speak with Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the human rights organization Democracy for the Arab World Now, who says the truce deal, which is the first of its kind, is a “tremendously positive development.” She says domestically it still remains to be seen whether the U.N.’s attempt to establish a new government structure will hold as the U.N. has so far excluded Houthis from the negotiations.

      • Democracy NowLev Golinkin on Russia’s New Offensive & War Crimes in the Donbas by Both Sides over Past 8 Years

        Austria’s Chancellor Karl Nehammer said he fears Russian President Vladimir Putin will intensify the brutality of the war, as Russia prepares to launch a major offensive in eastern Ukraine, after the two leaders met on Monday. This comes as thousands of Ukrainians continue to flee the eastern region, though many are afraid to leave by train after a missile attack on a train station in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk killed at least 57 people on Saturday. We speak with Ukrainian American journalist Lev Golinkin, who details the years-long assault on the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas and how the people of Donbas have been under attack by both Russia and the U.S.-backed government in Kyiv. He also speaks about the origins of the Azov Battallion, a neo-Nazi wing of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which has received funding and training from the U.S. government and is now being platformed by prominent U.S. news organizations.

      • Meduza‘If you’re not afraid of the snipers, go’ In the Russian town of Azov, Meduza meets refugees who escaped besieged Mariupol

        More than 4.6 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia launched its full-scale invasion. Most of these refugees have gone to Europe. But according to the Russian Defense Ministry, more than 500,000 Ukrainians were evacuated to Russia. This includes residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics,” as well as inhabitants of Mariupol — a port city that Russian troops have kept under siege since early March — and other settlements controlled by Kyiv. The Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of carrying out forced evacuations and coercing Ukrainian refugees into applying for Russian passports. In a dispatch from Azov, a town in Russia’s Rostov region, Meduza talks to refugees from Mariupol about escaping the besieged city and their plans for the future.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | From Mosul to Raqqa to Mariupol—Killing Civilians Is a Crime

        Americans have been shocked by the death and destruction of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, filling our screens with bombed buildings and dead bodies lying in the street. But the United States and its allies have waged war in country after country for decades, carving swathes of destruction through cities, towns and villages on a far greater scale than has so far disfigured Ukraine.

      • Common Dreams‘Terrifying’: War and Pandemic Could Push 263 Million Into Extreme Poverty This Year

        The combination of the coronavirus pandemic—prolonged by uneven access to vaccines, which is worsening material conditions in low-income countries—and Russia’s war on Ukraine, which has driven global food prices to record highs and contributed to a spike in energy costs, is threatening to push over a quarter of a billion more people into extreme poverty in 2022.

        “We reject any notion that governments do not have the money or means to lift all people out of poverty and hunger and ensure their health and welfare.”

      • Common Dreams‘Ukraine’s Children Cannot Afford to Wait’: UNICEF Makes Urgent Plea for Peace

        The U.N. children’s agency is pleading for an immediate end to Russia’s war on Ukraine as it warns that not only are civilians under attack but also “all the systems that help children survive.”

        “The math is simple. Every day the war continues, children will continue to suffer.”

      • TheGrugqRussian cyber attack on UA electrical grid attack

        At some time after March 23, 2022, the threat actor installed wipers across the entire network, multiple substations. These wipers were programmed to activate and destroy computers on April 8th.

      • Site36Heron TP in Israel: Germany now arms its drones

        With the decision to buy 140 missiles, the German „drone debate“ comes to an end after eight years. All details about the weapon are top secret.

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsClimate Campaigners Say Biden Ethanol Push Is ‘As Silly as It Is Dangerous’

        As U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a suspension of seasonal regulations on ethanol blending—part of a bid to lower gas prices—climate campaigners criticized the White House for pursuing what they characterized as an economically impotent and environmentally harmful policy instead of advocating for more effective and popular solutions: a windfall profits tax on Big Oil and aggressive clean energy transition.

        “The only valid solution to escaping the grip of expensive, polluting energy is to transition immediately to clean, renewably sourced electricity for our cars, homes, and businesses.”

      • Energy

        • HackadayAsk Hackaday: Is It Time For Waste Heat And Cold Area Heating To Shine?

          It’s difficult to escape the topic of energy supply at the moment, with the geopolitical situation surrounding the invasion of Ukraine leaving the natural gas supply to an entire continent in jeopardy. Fortunately we’re watching the green shoots of an early spring here in the Northern hemisphere so the worst of the winter weather is behind us, but industrial customers can take no such solace from the season and will have to weather whatever price hikes are to come. Every alternative idea for energy supply is on the table, and with the parallel imperative of decarbonising the economy this goes beyond the short term into a future without so much need to rely on gas.

        • DeSmogWest Virginia Protest Calls out Manchin’s Coal Profits

          On Saturday, April 9, a group of more than 50 activists from the region and around the country convened on a coal power plant in West Virginia, calling for it to be closed and rallying around a small blockade outside its entrance. By the end of the day, 16 of them had been arrested. 

          The plant the protesters targeted, in Grant Town, West Virginia, isn’t just any of the over 200 coal power plants still operating in the United States. It’s the one where Sen. Joe Manchin makes nearly $500,000 per year selling a dirty coal waste called “gob.” 

        • Common Dreams‘Tricks of the Trade’ Analysis Shows Why Big Oil ‘Cannot Be Part of the Solution’

          The nonprofit Earthworks on Tuesday revealed how eight fossil fuel giants use “confusing jargon, false solutions, and misleading metrics” to distort “the severity of ongoing harm to health and climate from the oil and gas sector by helping companies lower reported emissions and claim climate action without actually reducing emissions.”

          “Words will not save us from climate catastrophe, only greenhouse gas emissions reductions that meet science-based targets will.”

        • Common DreamsOpinion | After The Deluge: Court Cases Go from Bad to Worse for Mountain Valley Pipeline

          On April 7, Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 303-mile partly constructed pipeline that would carry highly pressurized fracked natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia, was in federal court again, this time in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  After losing a string of cases in the Richmond based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, MVP was hoping for a more friendly reception in D.C. for a project that has been in the works since 2014.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • HackadayScientists Are Now Declaring New Species Via Photos And Video

          Identifying new species is key to the work of zoologists around the world. It’s an exciting part of research into the natural world, and being the first to discover a new species often grants a scientists naming rights that can create a legacy of one’s work that lasts long into the future.

    • Finance

      • Project CensoredStates Hoard Federal Assistance Funding Amidst Record Poverty Levels – Validated Independent News

        Hannah Dreyfus extrapolated from recently released federal data in her December 29, 2021 article, reporting that the number of approved applications for access to TANF funding have been cut in half since 2010 as guidelines to qualify become increasing exclusionary, while in the same time period reserved TANF funds have more than doubled.

      • Project CensoredCorporate Consolidation Causing Record Inflation – Validated Independent News

        Stancil reported on new research by the Groundwork Collaborative that suggested price gouging was rampant in the consolidated market of America’s food industry. In a paradigmatic case, the beef industry is simultaneously among the most consolidated and the most impacted by inflation. The study found that with only four conglomerates controlling 80 percent of the market, the cost of beef had risen a startling 12 percent over the previous year. The egg industry also saw a dramatic increase in prices that sparked investigations and lawsuits across the country.

      • TechdirtFormer Hertz Employee Says Company Is Outsourcing Its Collection Efforts To Law Enforcement

        Rental car company Hertz has put the “hurt” back in, um, “Hertz.” The company recently declared itself bankrupt, something that presumably only referred to its balance sheet.

      • Project CensoredHandful of “Food Giants” Profit from Illusion of Consumer Choice – Validated Independent News

        As an example, of market consolidation and the illusion of consumer choice, the Guardian noted that three companies own 93 percent of carbonated soft drink brands; 55 percent of the market share of canned corn is owned by four firms; and PepsiCo owns five of the most popular dip brands, including Tostitos, Lay’s and Fritos, thus controlling 88 percent of the dip market. Despite supermarket aisles full of shelves stacked with different breakfast cereals, just three companies—General Mills, Kellogg, and Post—own 73 percent of the cereals on offer. Between 2011 and 2020, the Belgian-based conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired 17 formerly independent craft breweries; it now owns more than 600 beer brands.

      • Project CensoredWall Street Leverages Working Class Pensions – Validated Independent News

        Pensions are a form of payment wherein an employee accepts lower wages while working in exchange for a fund that accrues savings for their retirement. These pension funds are only accessible to workers during their retirement but give workers a “defined benefit,” usually in the form of a guaranteed monthly payment, upon retirement. Due to a lack of adequate employer contributions and state and local governments’ refusal to fully fund the pension system, pension funds are increasingly reliant on hedge funds and other alternative investments overseen by Wall Street companies to meet their obligations to retirees. These companies collect hefty fees in return for managing these investments. Consequently, the American working class’ attempt to maintain adequate retirement savings is deepening the pockets of Wall Street.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Too Distraught’: Confessions of a Failed Tax Resister

        Every April, as income-tax returns come due, I think about the day 30 years ago when I opened my rented mailbox and saw a business card resting inside. Its first line read, innocently enough, “United States Treasury.” It was the second line—”Internal Revenue Service”—that took my breath away. That card belonged to an IRS revenue agent and scrawled across it in blue ink was the message: “Call me.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Failure of Global Elites—and What You Should Do Next

        In the 1970s, global political and corporate elites had all the information they needed to put the world on a path toward long-term stability.

      • The NationNew York’s Billion-Dollar Stadium Boondoggle

        Budget season has finally ended in Albany, and under Governor Kathy Hochul the state has authorized $220 billion in spending, allocating generous funding to child care and public education. Still, the budget was mostly what a centrist governor—someone with Andrew Cuomo’s politics, if not his vitriol—would have largely wanted. Hochul forced through an expansion of the use of cash bail, infuriating progressive legislators, and refused to fund a new housing voucher program for the homeless and economic assistance for undocumented immigrants. Taxes were not raised on the wealthy.

      • TruthOutCorrupt Contractors in US Hogged Pandemic Relief and Delivered Unusable Goods
      • Common DreamsPoor People’s Campaign Marches on Wall Street Against ‘Lies of Neoliberalism’

        Demanding a new political discourse in which the poor are no longer blamed for their poverty in the wealthiest nation in history, hundreds of impoverished and low-income activists on Monday rallied in New York City and marched on Wall Street to take their demands directly to the center of U.S. wealth.

        “Our politics are trapped in the lies of scarcity to keep alive the lies of trickle-down economics and the lies of neoliberalism, which leave people out.”

      • Copenhagen PostBusiness Round-Up: Consumer council chair concerned about loan sharks on Facebook

        Anja Philip, the chair of the Forbrugerrådet Tænk consumer council, wants more action to prevent consumers from falling prey to loan sharks operating on Facebook.

        Legislation introduced in 2020 has made sure that loans can only be offered with a maximum annual interest rate of 35 percent, causing around half of all quick loan companies to leave the Danish market.

        Previously some loans came with annual interest of 700-800 percent.

      • Hollywood ReporterElon Musk Sued by Twitter Investors Over Late Disclosure

        Twitter investors who sold their shares in the 11 days that Elon Musk was late in notifying financial regulators that he’d acquired a considerable stake in the company have sued the Tesla CEO. They claim that Musk’s omission saved him roughly $143 million, while they missed out on significant profits when Twitter shares skyrocketed in light of the news.

      • NBCElon Musk sued by investor over delayed Twitter filing

        Musk disclosed in an SEC filing on April 4 that he had bought shares representing 9.2 percent of Twitter, making him the largest outside shareholder of the company’s stock. The share price rose more than 27 percent after the news.

        Rasella said in the lawsuit that Musk had an obligation mandated by the SEC to disclose his stake within 10 days of passing a 5 percent ownership threshold, a deadline that would have been March 24.

      • The VergeHow Elon Musk got everything he wanted out of Twitter

        This may have been particularly pressing for Musk since there seem to be so many legal issues dogging him already, including some related to his large stake in Twitter. For example, he delayed filing a form indicating that he had surpassed a 5 percent stake with the Securities and Exchange Commission as required, allowing him to scoop up 4 percent more of the company at a price much lower than he would have were it known to the world that he were in the process of becoming Twitter’s largest individual shareholder.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Project CensoredNew Laws Preventing “Dark Money” Disclosures Sweep the Nation – Validated Independent News

        By allowing money to be passed anonymously to 501(c) organizations, funding can be directed from wealthy agenda groups to organizations that, by these new laws, have no legal duty to disclose the source of their donations. From there, the money is free to flow directly into politics with no record of the transaction.

      • The NationThe Tragedy of Imran Khan

        Islamabad—Imran Khan is no longer the prime minister of Pakistan. He was defeated in a vote of no confidence on Sunday, and it is a source of some irony that the nearest analogue to the precipitous downfall of a man who takes such pleasure in deriding the culture of the West can be found in the pages of Shakespearian tragedy. Like Macbeth, Khan carved out a reputation as “valor’s minion” when he led the men’s cricket team to victory in the 1992 World Cup. At the time, the independent state of Pakistan was a mere 45 years old and had so few historical heroes that the success turned him into an immediate icon—a unifying symbol in a land of disparate identities.

      • The NationAmerica’s Hypocrisy Over Ukraine and “Spheres of Influence”

        The Russian invasion of Ukraine “is in many ways bigger than Russia, it’s bigger than Ukraine,” State Department spokesman Ned Price recently declared. “There are principles that are at stake here.… Each and every country has a sovereign right to determine its own foreign policy, has a sovereign right to determine for itself with whom it will choose to associate in terms of its alliances, its partnerships and what orientation it wishes to direct its gaze.” United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated last year that he does not recognize “spheres of influence,” adding that the concept “should have been retired after World War II.”

      • FAIRACTION ALERT: WaPo Lets Bigots Frame Discussion of Sexual Politics in Schools

        As the GOP pushes—and passes—broad laws to prohibit books, discussions or mental health services on issues of gender identity or sexual orientation, under the absurd guise of preventing sexual abuse, the Washington Post is laying out a welcome mat for the party’s anti-LGBTQ+ agenda.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingYandex ban begins in Estonia on Monday

        Taxi drivers and taxi firms may not now use the Yandex tax app (Yandex Pro) to fulfill orders.

        Internet Service Providers are also forbidden from carrying Yandex Pro and Yandex Go, while app stores in Estonia – Google Play, Apple’s App Store etc. – are ordered to bar downloading the Yandex app via their store, and must not provide updates to those who have already downloaded the app.

      • India TimesTop US trade body to help India become global chip manufacturing hub

        As India doubles down on local semiconductor manufacturing, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), which is the top trade association representing the US semiconductor industry, on Tuesday joined hands with the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA).

        Headquartered in Washington, D.C., SIA represents 99 per cent of the US semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-US chip firms.

        The collaboration will help foster collaboration and identify potential opportunities between the two countries in the semiconductor sector.

      • Democracy NowSaudis Give $2 Billion to Jared Kushner; Turkey Suspends Trial of Saudis Accused of Killing Khashoggi

        We speak with Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), about Turkey’s recent decision to suspend the trial of 26 Saudi men accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018. DAWN sued Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his alleged conspirators in the murder. Whitson says Turkey’s move to turn over the case to prosecutors in Saudi Arabia shows “the Turkish government has decided that good relations — and in particular investment and trade with Saudi Arabia — is more important than pursuing justice for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi on Turkish soil.” We also ask Whitson about news that a fund led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has invested $2 billion in Jared Kushner’s new private equity firm just years after Kushner helped push forward a $110 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia while his father-in-law was in office. She says the investment “exposes the corruption and lack of accountability in both the American system and the Saudi system.”

      • Rolling StoneGee, Wonder Why Mohammed Bin Salman Personally Intervened to Give Jared Kushner $2 Billion

        The $620 billion fund’s advisory panel was reportedly concerned that Kushner’s newly created firm, Affinity Partners, didn’t have much experience; that the firms operations were “unsatisfactory in all aspects”; and that Kushner posed a “public relations risk” because of his work in the Trump administration. The fund’s advisers discussed these issues during a meeting last June 30, days after which bin Salman overruled them and green-lit the payment.

      • New York TimesBefore Giving Billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi Investment Fund Had Big Doubts

        Ethics experts say that such a deal creates the appearance of potential payback for Mr. Kushner’s actions in the White House — or of a bid for future favor if Mr. Trump seeks and wins another presidential term in 2024.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Stripped for Parts’: On the Hedge Fund Destroying US Journalism

        The hedge fund Alden Global Capital is notorious for plundering newspapers, relentlessly creating “news deserts” and “ghost papers.” The news is disturbing to anyone who cares about journalism. Indeed, most journalists agree that Alden, the nation’s second-largest newspaper owner by circulation, is a major threat to the existence of good, strong, and enduring local journalism in America.

      • VOA NewsMob Attack at Rally Shows Dangers for India’s Press

        In total, seven journalists were beaten, verbally assaulted or had equipment taken during the attack. Four First Information Report requests — the first step to making a complaint with police — have been filed over the April 3 incident.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Project CensoredHighest Prison Death Rates Ever Recorded Are Signs of Long-Standing Structural Issues – Validated Independent News

        Corporate news media coverage of this alarming trend has been sparse. Instead, most coverage of the topic is produced by organizations pushing for criminal justice reform as well local papers like the San Quentin News. Reuters published one article in October 2020 on the increasing death rates in prison, but the basis of the reporting was original data Reuters staff collected from public record requests. Most mainstream coverage of deaths in prison looked only at the rates regarding COVID-19. As Johnson pointed out in his article, NPR was the lone exception with their January 22, 2022 report about the newly released BJS statistics, but Johnson argued that even this report understated how shocking the rise really was. The problem with mainstream coverage only focusing on COVID-19 related deaths is that it implies that these death rates are an isolated problem that only came to be because of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. It misses the broader institutional issue at hand.

      • TruthOutOklahoma Just Passed a Near-Total Abortion Ban. More Restrictions May Come Soon.
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Indiana University Grad Students Are Trying to Unionize—and They Should!

        As anyone familiar with the operations of higher education in the U.S. knows, graduate students play an indispensable role as workers on campuses across the country.

      • Common DreamsNew Reporting Details Corporate Media’s War Industry Pundits

        U.S. corporate media outlets are saturated with pundits—many of them ex-military or national security officials—who take to the airwaves to promote hawkish policies and actions in Ukraine and elsewhere without disclosing their own ties to the arms industry, according to a report published Tuesday.

        “The people who have the most interest in influencing the direction of the coverage are weapons-makers.”

      • EFFEFF and Partners to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Retaliatory Investigation of Twitter Chills First Amendment Rights

        On January 8, 2020, two days after the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, Twitter banned then-President Trump from the platform, citing a “risk of further incitement of violence.” Five days later, Attorney General Paxton issued a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to Twitter (and other major online platforms) for, among other things, any documents relating to its terms of use and content moderation practices. Paxton explicitly connected his investigation to Twitter’s decision. The CID alleged “possible violations” of Texas’s deceptive practices law. 

        The demand subjected Twitter’s internal discussion about content moderation rules or decisions to discovery under the CID and second-guessing by AG Paxton. This put Twitter in a difficult position and pressured it to minimize its legal, reputational, and financial risks by self-censoring along the lines indicated by AG Paxton. Twitter sued Paxton, claiming that he was “abusing his authority as the highest law-enforcement officer of the State of Texas to intimidate, harass, and target Twitter in retaliation for Twitter’s exercise of its First Amendment rights.” 

        Last week, a panel of judges on the Ninth Circuit wrongly ruled that Twitter cannot sue Paxton until a possible enforcement action at the conclusion of Paxton’s investigation, or until the CID is enforced.. But as our brief to the Ninth Circuit says, “even pre-enforcement, threatened punishment of speech has a chilling effect.” Since the previous panel got this wrong, a more comprehensive “en banc” hearing is needed. From the moment it was issued, the CID chilled Twitter from exercising its First Amendment-protected right to engage in content moderation. Requiring the company to endure even more retaliation by Paxton before it can sue harms Twitter’s First Amendment rights. 

      • Common DreamsDemocracy ‘Under Siege’ in GOP War on Black Voters: Report

        A coordinated right-wing effort to entrench Republican power by dismantling voting rights and disenfranchising voters of color poses an existential threat to American democracy, according to the National Urban League’s annual State of Black America report published Tuesday.

        “For generations, politicians have used these tactics—voter suppression, gerrymandering, intimidation, and misinformation—to exclude voters of color.”

      • The NationThe Student Debt Crisis? It’s Infinitely Worse for Black Women.

        There’s an ancient black proverb: “When white folks catch a cold, Black folks catch pneumonia.” It means that any problem that hits America broadly is going to hit Black America worse. We see this almost everywhere we bother to look: In health outcomes, economic measures, environmental issues—whatever is hitting white people hits black people harder. Pretty much the only case where this trend is reversed is the virus of fascism: Black folks seem a little more resistant to the allure of white ethno-nationalist authoritarianism than white folks. Go figure.

      • The NationBlack Mothers Are Dying. The Least We Can Do Is Listen to Their Stories

        When I attended my first Birth Doula training in Baton Rouge in 2010, I imagined the celebrations of new life that would soon enrich my own. Baby showers, blessingways, naming ceremonies, brises—community rituals where those who have given birth and parented envelop the new parent in tales of strong birth experiences, crafty parents, and their cunning, healthy children. Indeed, I have attended many of these rituals over the last 12 years. But what I could not yet imagine, back then, were the death stories. For the past four years, I have been listening to the stories of those who do not survive to tell their own tale.

      • Common Dreams‘Blatantly Unconstitutional’ Ban on Nearly All Abortions Signed Into Law in Oklahoma

        Republican Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma was denounced Tuesday for signing into law one of the most extreme forced-pregnancy bills in the United States, a law pro-choice advocates argue is blatantly unconstitutional and must be challenged.

      • TruthOutA Year After Police Killed Daunte Wright, Minneapolis Is Still Resisting
      • TruthOutBernie Sanders Calls on Amazon to “Sit Down and Start Negotiating a Contract”
      • Common DreamsSanders Praises Amazon Union for Inspiring a ‘National, Sweeping Movement’

        On an organizing call Monday night with leaders of the Amazon Labor Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he believes the grassroots group’s historic election victory in Staten Island earlier this month has empowered workers across the nation to collectively face down their corporate employers and fight for better conditions.

        “I know that I have colleagues in the Congress who feel the same as I do.”

      • TruthOutLabor Board’s Top Counsel Makes a Formal Move to Make it Easier to Unionize
      • Common Dreams‘Staggering’ Analysis Finds Amazon’s Injury Rate Rose 20% Last Year

        As the United States’ unionization movement elevates criticism of Amazon’s labor conditions, an analysis published Tuesday exposed a 20% rise in injuries among company warehouse workers last year while a pandemic-related increase in online shopping led the e-commerce giant’s profits to soar.

        “While shareholders and executives reaped the benefits of the company’s soaring stock price, Amazon’s aggressive growth has come at a high cost for its workers.”

      • TruthOutNearly Half of All Warehouse Injuries in 2021 Happened at Amazon Warehouses
      • TruthOutDemocrats Introduce Bill Guaranteeing Workers Paid Time Off to Vote
      • Christianity DailyFormer Muslim Sheikh Converts To Christianity, Gets Poisoned For Leaving Islam

        Doctors diagnosed Sadiki with food poisoning and went on to treat him with ptomaine poisoning. The former sheikh’s wife and children, however, were unaffected by the same food. Sadiki did not immediately respond to medication and his condition worsened. Tests revealed that his food was laden with a toxic substance related to organophosphate insecticides used to kill rats, the pastor reported.

      • MedforthFrance: Muslim migrant and “good mother” of seven does not have to go to prison for circumcising three of her daughters
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtU.S. Eases Off Telecom Sanctions That Could Encourage A Russian Splinternet

        As Russia has faced a flood of sanctions for its brutal invasion of Ukraine, many telecom companies, like Lumen and Cogent, also stopped feeding and financing key Internet transit routes into the country. Other companies, like domain registrar Namecheap, made the choice to stop doing business with any current residents of Russia.

      • Hot dogs and π

        I’ll summarise, as that’s the sort of web site that we came to Gemini to avoid.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • [Old] SemiAccurateAMD’s new CPUs may be safe to deploy

        Lets start out with the good, the hardware itself, before we tell you why you should almost assuredly avoid it and buy Intel instead, they are still unquestionably safe. One thing to keep in mind is that only the new Ryzen 6000 line is infected with the Microsoft Pluton malware, the other stuff is still OK until the next revision.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Democracy Now“Pandemic, Inc.”: J. David McSwane on Chasing Capitalists & Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick

          In “Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick,” ProPublica investigative reporter J. David McSwane tracks pandemic federal relief funds and finds many contracts to acquire critical supplies were wrapped up in unprecedented fraud schemes that left the U.S. government with subpar and unusable equipment. He says an array of contractors were “trying to take advantage of our national emergency,” and calls the book “a blueprint of what not to do” during the next pandemic.

      • Copyrights

        • TechdirtDepressing: Ed Sheeren Films Songwriting Sessions Due To All The Copyright Suits

          Ed Sheeren has made it onto Techdirt’s radar many, many times. What started as his reasonable views on how “piracy” actually kickstarted his career has unfortunately turned into several posts on how he’s been targeted himself or sticking up for others in copyright disputes. While Sheeren has settled such disputes out of court before, he recently successfully defended himself in court and then put out a fantastic statement on the problem copyright law is creating in hampering creativity. At the end of that statement, he said:

        • Torrent FreakACE Targets Flixtor ‘News’ Domain With a DMCA Subpoena

          The Allliance for Creativity and Entertainment is trying to find out who’s operating the popular pirate streaming site Flixtor. After earlier attempts seemingly failed to provide any useful information, the group is now targeting the Flixtor.org domain. This is an interesting move, as the domain describes itself as an unaffiliated news outlet that doesn’t carry hyperlinks to infringing content.

        • Torrent FreakOmi in a Hellcat Sued Again, This Time Over Pirate IPTV Brand ‘Reloaded’

          YouTuber ‘Omi in a Hellcat’ is currently being prosecuted by the United States government for offenses related to his now-defunct pirate IPTV services. To generate funds after the collapse of his IPTV empire, Omi used his already popular ‘Reloaded’ IPTV brand to sell merchandise. As a result, he now has another lawsuit to fight.

        • TechdirtDesperately Pathetic Copyright Industry Lobbyists Flat Out Lie To Boost Support For The Dumb SMART Copyright Act

          We’ve talked about the many, many problems of the “SMART Copyright Act” from Senators Thom Tillis and Pat Leahy, and highlighted how a ton of public interest groups, academics, companies, and more have spoken out against the bill. Perhaps realizing that their dream of sneaking through legislation that will mandate upload filters is facing a slightly rockier road than they hoped, the various legacy copyright industry lobbyists all got together and put together their own letter in support of the bill. Except, the letter is not just wrong, it seems to deliberately lie to Senators Leahy and Tillis. The letter appears to have been put together by the Copyright Alliance, one of a number of groups organized by the largest legacy copyright providers, but they got all the usual suspects to sign on: the RIAA, the MPA, ASCAP, IFTA, NMPA, SGA, DGA, the Authors Guild and more.

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