The World Wide Web Became Hostile and Antagonistic Towards GNU/Linux (Due to Death of Integrity and Journalism) Despite Being Built on GNU/Linux

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 11:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Looking at examples from the past few hours alone, we’re demonstrating a disconcerting pattern in the World Wide Web — a subject we’re spoken about for years

THE video above is part of the adaptation to new software as we're in transition between machines. I was attempting to cover some of the latest FUD, which will soon be listed in Daily Links. And the short story is, “Linux” tends to be mentioned in dark, negative contexts; it’s not because of journalism but due to FUD campaigns from hostile firms. We gave examples earlier this year, e.g. VMware‘s campaign of “Linux” FUD, looking to distract from VMware’s proprietary software as the true culprit.

While it’s not yet the case that 100% of the mentions of Linux are unflatttering (many are trademark abuses, too), over time that’s moving closer and closer to 100%. The Linux Foundation contributes further to this problem. The Linux Foundation hiring so many people who are openly hostile to free software is like Ford appointing managers who generally hate cars. Consider who's in the board of this farcical, misleadingly-named foundation: VMware, Microsoft and so on…

“When searching for news about Linux this is the sort of junk one gets; we’re doing our best to encourage the adoption of alternatives such as Gemini.”Basically, the press uses terms like “Linux-based Gafgyt source code” while trying to associate “source code” with security issues. To quote: “A prolific threat group known for deploying distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and cryptomining attacks is running a new botnet that is built using the Linux-based Gafgyt source code along with some code from the Mirai botnet malware.”

Sadly, a lot of the World Wide Web is full of shoddy ‘journalism’, FUD, press releases, and Webspam. It’s a growing proportion of today’s Web and it’s not going to improve for the foreseeable future. When searching for news about Linux this is the sort of junk one gets; we’re doing our best to encourage the adoption of alternatives such as Gemini.

Links 14/04/2022: Krita 5.0.5 and a Coreboot Milestone

Posted in News Roundup at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • 12 Best Vim Plugins To Install In Your Terminal (2022) – DekiSoft

        Vim is a text editor with its roots deep in UNIX. It was developed back in 1991 and still maintains an avid community of users and developers from around the globe. Not only due to the fact that many are trying to figure out how to exit it. However awesome it is, it can still come across as being dull or missing features when compared to others such as Neovim. This is where any of these 12 best Vim plugins will come in handy from our list below.

      • Links 2.26 Minimal Web Browser Brings DNS Over HTTPS and WebP Support

        A list of new features and enhancements of Links 2.6 which is a minimal web browser supporting both graphical and console mode.

      • Ubuntu HandbookAmbient Sound Player ‘Blanket’ Looks Better with GTK4 & libadwaita Port | UbuntuHandbook

        Want to play some nature sounds or ambient noise on Linux? Blanket is a really good choice with a stylish user interface.

        As far as know, there are 2 good open-source applications in Linux for playing ambient sounds. They are ‘Blanket‘ who has a good design on its UI, and ‘Anoise‘ which has many more cool sounds but looks ugly.

        For Ubuntu 22.04, Fedora 36 or Arch Linux user with GNOME 42, Blanket looks more native because of the dark mode support and GTK4 + libadwaita port.

      • MedevelFitoTrack is an outstanding open-source sport and exercise app

        FitoTrack is a mobile app for logging and viewing your workouts. Whether you’re running, cycling or hiking, it will show you the most important information, with detailed charts and statistics. It is open-source and completely ad-free.

        The app is an open-source as it’s released under the GPL-3.0 License.

      • Reproducible Builds: Supporter spotlight: Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC)

        The Reproducible Builds project relies on several projects, supporters and sponsors for financial support, but they are also valued as ambassadors who spread the word about the project and the work that we do.

        This is the third instalment in a series featuring the projects, companies and individuals who support the Reproducible Builds project. If you are a supporter of the Reproducible Builds project (of whatever size) and would like to be featured here, please let get in touch with us at contact@reproducible-builds.org.

      • jmtd → log → hledger

        This year I’ve decided to bite the bullet and properly try out hledger for personal accounting. It seems I need to commit to it properly if I’m to figure out whether it will work for me or not.

        Up until now I’d been strictly separating my finances into two buckets: family and personal. I’d been using GNUCash for a couple of years for my personal finances, initially to evaluate it for use for the family, but I had not managed to adopt it for that.

        I set up a new git repository to track the ledger file, as well as a notes.txt “diary” that documents my planning around its structure and how to use it, and a import.txt which documents what account data I have imported and confirmed that the resulting balances match those reported on monthly statements.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Ubuntu Pit15 Practical Examples of Rsync Command in Linux

        The Rsync command allows us to transfer and sync files over an SSH connection or a local machine across different directories and machines. If you ever need to backup your directory or sync the data, the Rsync is one of the best tools for backing up the system. Using the Rsync is a lot more efficient than just copying files because Rsync only copies what is different.

        For instance, if you’re trying to backup 1000 photos, the Rsync will only choose those specific files that are either new or different since the last backup. And also, if you’re copying data and lose the network connection and re-run the Rsync command, it would know where it left off and wouldn’t have to start over.

        As a Linux sysadmin, you must know some major and practical examples of Rsync commands in Linux to make your experience smoother.

      • Red HatGenerate Helm charts for your Java application using JKube, Part 1 | Red Hat Developer

        Tools provided with Kubernetes continually make it easier for Java developers to build applications, store them in registries, and deploy images. This article looks at Helm charts, the fundamental tool for building applications on Kubernetes and the Red Hat OpenShift cloud service, together with Eclipse JKube, which is available as a Kubernetes Maven or Gradle plugin.

      • TechRepublicGet to know the Linux hosts file and how to use it | TechRepublic

        If you’re new to Linux, there’s a very handy file you’ll want to learn about right away. Jack Wallen introduces you to the hosts file and how to add entries to it.

      • Kernel Panic: 3 reasons why it happens on Linux – LinuxStoney

        Today’s operating systems are stable enough that we don’t have to deal with serious bugs. However, that does not mean that from time to time, we use the operating system that we use, we encounter different problems that not only block the PC, but also force it to restart. We are talking, for example, about the mythical blue screen of Windows, or its equivalent in Linux, the Kernel Panic .

      • ID RootHow To Install Laravel on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Laravel on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Laravel is a PHP web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It has a refined, simple, and readable syntax for developing modern, robust and powerful applications from the ground up. Laravel offers powerful features including, Artisan, MVC Architecture, Object-relational mapping, Template Engine, Unit-Testing, and Database Migration System.

        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 Laravel PHP Framework on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Bash command to convert IP addresses into their \”reverse\” form Using awk, echo
      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install VeadoTube mini on a Chromebook

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

      • CitizixHow to install Apache Kafka on Rocky Linux or AlmaLinux8 – Citizix

        Apache Kafka is a distributed event store and stream-processing platform. It is an open-source system developed by the Apache Software Foundation written in Java and Scala. The project aims to provide a unified, high-throughput, low-latency platform for handling real-time data feeds

        It is an open-source distributed event streaming platform used by thousands of companies for high-performance data pipelines, streaming analytics, data integration, and mission-critical applications.

      • VituxHow to set up NTP Server and Client on Debian 11 – VITUX

        NTP stands for Network Time Protocol. It is a protocol or service used to synchronize the clock of your client computers with the clock of a server. The server’s clock is also synchronized with the Internet.

        In this article, I’ll show you how to set up an NTP server in your environment and synchronize the clock with the client machines. I have run all the commands and procedures on my Debian 11 machines.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Gwenview on Ubuntu 20.04

        Gwenview is an image viewer for Unix-like systems (including Linux) and is released as part of the KDE Applications bundle. The current maintainer is Aurélien Gâteau. The word “Gwen” means “white” in the Breton language and is commonly used as a first name.

        Gwenview is a fast and easy-to-use basic image viewer. It shows images in a full-screen slideshow view and making simple adjustments, such as rotating or cropping images.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install FlareGet on Ubuntu 20.04

        FlareGet is a popular open-source internet download manager and accelerator for Linux systems. It has some great features such as browser integration and threading.

        It supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 , Mac OS X 10.7+ and almost all 32 and 64 bit Debian, RPM and Pacman based Linux Distributions. The supported Linux Distributions include Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSuse, LinuxMint, Arch Linux, Chakra Linux.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Okular on Ubuntu 20.04

        So in this guide, we will show you how to install Okular on ubuntu systems.

        Okular is a multiplatform document viewer developed by the KDE community and based on Qt and KDE Frameworks libraries. It is distributed as part of the KDE Applications bundle.

        Also Okular is a universal document viewer developed by KDE. Okular allows you to read PDF documents, comics, and EPub books, browse images, visualize Markdown documents, and much more.

      • TechRepublicHow to deploy a TeamSpeak server on Ubuntu 20.04

        Many companies opt to go with the likes of Slack. But what if you’d rather keep all of that communication in-house? After all, it’s inevitable that sensitive information is going to be passed around, from employee to employee. When that happens, you might not want that information to be bandied about on a third-party service.

      • UNIX CopSetup Bonita, A Business Process Management Server.

        An open-source business process management, and low code development platform.

      • ID RootHow To Install Firefox ESR on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Firefox ESR on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Firefox ESR (Firefox Extended Support Release) is an official version of Firefox for the enterprise. It comes with the latest security and stability fixes but not with the latest features. This ESR Firefox builds are intended for organizations like universities, governments, businesses, and much more.

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

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Python on Rocky Linux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Python is one of the most popular high-level languages, focusing on high-level and object-oriented applications. Generally, Python is used in automation, scripting, data analysis, machine learning, back-end development, handling big data, and performing complex mathematics. Python has been around since the late 1980s and continues to be one of the most popular languages in use today.

        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 Python Programming Language on Rocky Linux. 8.

      • TecAdminHow to Change TimeZone in Azure App Service – TecAdmin

        TimeZone plays an important role for time crucial applications. In that case, you must have to set a proper timezone for the running operating system. One of our users asked about setting up the Timezone in Azure App Services.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to set the Timezone for an application running on Azure App Services. All the screenshots of this tutorial are made for Windows-based Azure App Service.

      • Quick Snap Cheat Sheet for Ubuntu – blackMORE Ops

        Snaps are app packages for desktop, cloud and IoT that are easy to install, secure, cross‐platform and dependency‐free. Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store, the app store for Linux with an audience of millions. This post is a quick snap cheat sheet for Ubuntu that contains the commonly used snap commands, fixes for common snapd service error that I faced and fixed. Hope it helps someone.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxYes, the Steam Deck will eventually get Ray Tracing, once the AMD GPU driver matures | GamingOnLinux

        There’s been a lot of talk lately about Ray Tracing and the Steam Deck, especially after the recent Digital Foundry video but there’s a few things that need to be cleared up.

        As a reminder: the Steam Deck runs Linux, specifically it’s SteamOS “Holo” based on Arch Linux. Right now, Ray Tracing is supported on Linux both for Native Linux titles and Windows title through Proton. NVIDIA has supported Native Vulkan Ray Tracing a long time now, and DirectX Ray Tracing (DXR) is getting into shape too with VKD3D-Proton (that translates Direct3D 12 to Vulkan) version 2.5 that was released back in October 2021 mentioning “DXR 1.0 support is more or less feature complete” and “DXR 1.1 is now experimentally exposed”.

      • GamingOnLinuxSoldat 2 gets completely overhauled in a new update out now | GamingOnLinux

        Do you remember the classic multiplayer shooter Soldat? Well, it continues living on with the original now being open source and the sequel just got completely remade.

        Soldat 2 entered Early Access in September 2020 but it seems it didn’t quite hit the marks players wanted, and failed to find much of an audience. Transhuman Design never gave up on it, and as it turned out they were hard at work to overhaul everything. This huge revamp is out now!

      • GamingOnLinuxPlay Worms 2 on Linux with the Worms 2 Plus patch | GamingOnLinux

        Worms, a game I grew up with playing on the Amiga, it’s an absolute classic and some modern versions just don’t have the same charm. Thankfully, Worms 2 can be played easily on Linux (and Windows) thanks to Worms 2 Plus.

        Originally released back in 1997, it’s obviously quite dated now. Getting it running on modern systems can be quite a hassle but that’s where Worms 2 Plus comes in. The developer emailed in about it, as they’ve made sure that it nicely works with Wine too and the installer “automatically configures the game for Wine” they tell me, and this is a perfect way for Wine to shine.

      • GamingOnLinuxScreeps: Arena is an online RTS for programming fans | GamingOnLinux

        Do you love programming? How about real-time strategy games? Check out the new Native Linux release of Screeps: Arena. This is the second game in the series, with the first being Screeps: World that was released back in 2016 and gained a positive rating (and still has players too).

        While Screeps: World was a persistent MMO, Screeps: Arena brings things down to be more like a traditional RTS that might end up appealing to a much wider variety of players. It’s online only and PvP, where your scripts fight off against others autonomously. Actually sounds quite fun, if you enjoying writing a few lines first.

      • GamingOnLinuxValve updates Portal to improve Steam Deck performance | GamingOnLinux

        Valve sure do give a lot of love to their games (okay, most, I hear the rumbling of TF2 fans in the background) and a new update has rolled out for the original Portal to help the Steam Deck.

        Portal is one of the titles that Valve updated with DXVK-Native, which allows the classic to run using Vulkan instead of OpenGL, an update for this title I somehow missed from back in late February. They did the same for Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and the Half-Life 2 series. The problem with DXVK for both Native Linux titles and Windows games in Proton, is that it can stutter while it builds up a shader cache.

      • GamingOnLinuxOnline co-op shooter GTFO adds ‘partial’ Steam Deck support | GamingOnLinux

        GTFO, the scary online co-op shooter from 10 Chambers recently had another update, and with it the developers claim they added in “partial” support for the Steam Deck.

        What is it? “GTFO is an extreme cooperative horror shooter that throws you from gripping suspense to explosive action in a heartbeat. Stealth, strategy, and teamwork are necessary to survive in your deadly, underground prison. Work together or die together” — according to the developer.

        A title that already ran reasonably well on Linux desktops with Proton. For the Steam Deck though it’s currently rated as “Playable”, and when I quizzed them a little more one of their team said it works better now with the “virtual keyboard, among some other things” as they work to make it Verified. Small steps but certainly better than nothing.

      • Its FOSSGoogle Shares Plan to Make Steam Work on Chrome OS with Linux

        Yes, Steam will be coming to Chrome OS soon.

        Thanks to Linux for making that possible. But how? Let’s find out.

        Google recently announced that they are working on Steam for Chrome OS Alpha.

        Now, in a new blog post, Google revealed that they would be sharing more technical details on how they’re making it possible or its progress for developers and users.

        It looks like we have some significant information on how Linux helps enable Steam for Chrome OS users. Let me briefly explain what it is all about.

      • Infra

        Infra is the kind of game that you’d think shouldn’t exist, but I’m glad it does.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Best 12 Xfce Themes Collection For Linux Distros To Try in 2022 – DekiSoft

        In the world of Linux theming and customization, Xfce is a huge aspect. You can search for yourself as well that no other operating system offers such a kind of flexibility for customizing the desktop. Each environment is best for customizing the look of this system. This is no exception; instead, it has a huge library of themes and big community support. Such designs are being developed for your desktop. It is easy to install and customize the 10 best Xfce themes for Linux we have listed below.

      • Top 10 Best GTK Themes For Ubuntu Linux (2022 Collection) – DekiSoft

        You can get hundreds of beautiful themes which are available for download and use on websites such as DeviantArt. But! Have you ever tried the best GTK themes we have for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions?

        It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice there is on offer. This post will help you to make an informed decision and a style that suits you.

        You have landed at the right place to know about the most gorgeous, attractive, and visually striking.

        Yes!! We are talking about the Ubuntu Themes that you want to screenshot and show off as well. At least, we are proud to show off our desktops and how colourful they look.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KritaKrita 5.0.5 released

          Today we release Krita 5.0.5, probably the last release before Krita 5.1.0 comes out, hopefully in June. Note on the numbering: you didn’t miss 5.0.3 and 5.0.4. Some stores, if they think a certain package isn’t good enough, insist you upload a package with an increased version number, and that happened twice with 5.0.2…

          Anyway, we worked hard and fixed a bunch of things!

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Updates on Boatswain – Georges Stavracas

          Since I wrote the announcement of Boatswain, things have progressed quite a lot. As I prepare for the 1.0 release, more features and bugfixes get in, and it’s getting dangerously close to achieving all features I personally want from it.

          Stream Deck Mini & Original (v1)

          Thanks to a generous Stream Deck Mini donation, I managed to fix a couple of bugs in the HID code that controls is. It is now able to upload icons to buttons, and properly fetch the serial number of the device.

          Later on, a kind individual helped testing and debugging the Stream Deck Original (v1) code. I only have a 2nd generation Original, and the HID protocol changed significantly between them, so this testing was invaluable. There were another couple of bugs specific to Original v1 fixed in no time after they were reported.

          Because Stream Deck Original (v2), XL, and MK.2 seem to share the same HID protocol, I’m cautiously confident that they all should be fine.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Linux MagazineMX Linux Verison 21.1 “Wildflower” Now Available

          MX Linux is a desktop distribution that shuns systemd and opts to go with the older SysVInit initialization system. As it has in the past, MX Linux offers versions with Xfce, KDE Plasma, and MX-fluxbox. This distribution eschews flash for simplicity and offers 32-bit versions for the Xfce and Fluxbox releases, and 64-bit versions for all three desktops.

          This new release is based on Debian 11.3, ships with the 5.16 Advanced Hardware Support kernel and has plenty of updated applications, the usual bug fixes, and an improved installer. One pleasant surprise to be found in MX Linux 21.1 is the mx-samba-config tool for the simplified setup of Samba/CIFS shares.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • SUSE’s Corporate BlogSUSE Linux Enterprise Micro 5.2 is Generally Available

          Today, we are proud to announce the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro 5.2 – a lightweight and secure operating system built for containerized and virtualized workloads.

          This latest release of SLE Micro is a stabilization and consolidation release geared towards improving usability and reliability.

          SLE Micro can be used as a single-node container host, Kubernetes cluster node, single-node KVM virtualization host or in public cloud. Since it is built to scale, customers can incorporate SLE Micro into their digital transformation plans – whether at the edge or supporting edge deployments with mainframes – in a way that allows them to transition workload designs from monolithic to microservices, at their own pace. They can start with container workloads or virtualize their current legacy workloads, then move to containerized workloads when they are ready, with no change in the underlying system platform.

        • LWNA hint on the future direction of SUSE Linux Enterprise

          SUSE has begun to discuss its plans for the next version of SUSE Linux Enterprise on the openSUSE lists. It appears that there will be some significant changes.

        • LinuxiacSUSE Linux Enterprise Opens Its Development Model to the Public

          SUSE is beginning the development of an “Adaptable Linux Platform” (ALP) that is expected to be the successor to SUSE Linux Enterprise 15.

          SUSE Linux is one of the oldest Linux distributions out there – its first version appeared in 1994. It is widely popular among Linux users with its two free and open-source flavors – openSUSE Leap and openSUSE Tumbleweed.

          In addition, SUSE offers a paid version of its distro called SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). It is available in several editions, the most popular being:

          SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is designed for use in mainframes, servers, and workstations, offering enterprise solutions to large corporations.
          SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) is designed to help businesses access various applications and collaboration tools to improve employees’ productivity.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Make Use OfHow to Install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on Your PC or Laptop

          Whether you’re trying Linux for the first time or simply want a reliable alternative to Windows, Ubuntu is a great choice.

          It offers a functional desktop thanks to the GNOME desktop environment, a collection of excellent open source productivity tools (including LibreOffice), and gets regular security updates. Installation is similar to putting Windows on a computer, but it’s smart to know what choices you’re going to face.

          Here’s how to install Ubuntu on a PC.

        • UbuntuJoin Canonical at SmartNICs Summit 2022 | Ubuntu

          SmartNICs, the programmable network adapters that make data center networking, security and storage efficient, scalable and modular, have started to play a significant role in the industry. Canonical believes that SmartNICs are an integral part of cloud infrastructure and we work with partners to integrate our cutting-edge products, such as Ubuntu, Snaps, Snapstore, MAAS, Openstack, and MicroK8s with their products to deliver value to the customers and the industry.

          Join Canonical at the first SmartNICs Summit in San Jose, California from April 26 to 28 to connect with engineers and managers who are interested in this field.

        • Discover all the news of the new Ubuntu 22.04 – LinuxStoney

          Ubuntu is one of the best Linux distributions that we can find on the net. This is an excellent gateway for all those users who have not tried any Linux distribution before, and a robust, stable system that is faithful to the Linux philosophy for those who are more demanding. Canonical, the company responsible for the development of this OS, usually releases two (controversial) updates a year for this distro. And now it is the turn of the first update of 2022: discover the new Ubuntu 22.04 “Jammy Jellyfish” .

          Every 6 months, Canonical releases a new version of Ubuntu in which, in general, it usually updates its packages and includes a new Kernel. These updates have a general support of 9 months, which requires, yes or yes, to update the system at least twice a year. Unless we choose to install an LTS version. These stand out for having a 5-year support, and Canonical releases a new LTS every 2 years. That is, after three normal updates, the fourth is back to LTS.

          After the release of Ubuntu 20.04, the last LTS to date, three updates of this distro have already arrived: 20.10, 21.04 and 21.10. Therefore, the new version 22.04 is once again an LTS. It is time to update our systems again.

        • UbuntuCanonical at Dell Technologies World 2022

          Dell Technologies World is the premier event for technologists; it’s where the best minds gather to celebrate technology, business, and innovation.

          We’re excited to share that we’ll be at the Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas from May 2–5.

          Together with Dell Technologies, we deliver world-leading Open Source solutions and services that capitalize on the benefits of Open Source built upon Dell’s hardened infrastructure – a joint offering that is based on a long-term strategic Alliance.

        • UbuntuPrivate shared memory support for snaps | Ubuntu

          At first glance, the title of this article may sound like an oxymoron. However, what it highlights is the introduction of a rather useful feature that will enable a far more robust and elegant handling of the /dev/shm implementation inside the snap sandbox. This will make snap development easier, more secure, and reduce potential bugs in browser-like apps.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux Gizmose-con Systems and Qualcomm launch ready-to-deploy edge AI vision kit

        Early this month, the strategic partnership between e-con Systems and Qualcomm launched a ready-to-deploy AI vision kit targeted for applications that require powerful vision computing, machine learning and wireless connectivity. The edge AI vision kit consists of the e-con’s Sony STARVIS IMX415 and the Qualcomm QCS610 processor.

        The qSmartAI80_CUQ610 vision kit incorporates the Qualcomm® QCS610 System on Chip designed to deliver high performance without sacrificing thermal efficiency. The QCS610 SoC integrates a powerful image signal processor (ISP), a Qualcomm-based Artificial Intelligence Engine and customizable CPU, GPU and DSP to meet AI performance requirements.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • ArduinoGreat Scott! Learn how to drive flux capacitor-style LEDs | Arduino Blog

          The flux capacitor is one of the most iconic movie props of all time. Part of that is due to its plot purpose in the Back to the Future franchise, but its fame is also because it looked so futuristic when the first movie hit theaters in 1985. LEDs were still relatively new in the public consciousness at the time and the animated LED effects in the prop flux capacitor were attention getting. If you want to reproduce that effect, element14 Presents’ Derek Brodeur has a video showing you have to drive flux capacitor-style LEDs with an Arduino.

          The experienced among you know that this effect is possible to achieve with discrete components, which is likely how the original prop worked. But it is easier to reproduce the “animation” using a modern microcontroller like the Microchip ATmega4809 found on the Nano Every board. By driving each LED via PWM (pulse-width modulation), you can control its brightness. PWM works by very quickly modulating power to LED, with proportion of “on” time resulting in perceived brightness.

        • ArduinoThis biofloc monitoring system is an innovative device to help with aquaculture | Arduino Blog

          With the Earth’s population still on track to increase by another two billion people by the year 2050, finding ways to feed them without causing grave harm to the environment is a top priority. Currently, fish is one of the most widely consumed foods in the world, and a new technology called biofloc helps provide both a food source and environmental stabilizer to fishponds without the need for dangerous chemicals/processes.

          As part of element14’s Just Encase Design Challenge, Md. Khairul Taifur had the idea to create a device that could sit within a pond and report detailed telemetry for environmental markers, as well as correct minor water quality issues via the use of a heater and water pump. His system is based around a MKR WAN 1300, which is responsible for collecting data from each sensor and then sending it to the cloud with its onboard LoRaWAN module. To make the system independent from an external power source, Taifur included a small 5V solar panel, power management board, and rechargeable battery pack.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Thoughts dereferenced from the scratchpad noise. | Open Source Firmware on TigerLake platforms – part 1

        If somebody would tell 7 years ago that Intel will support open source firmware, he would be laughed at instantly. If we recall time, like 15 years ago where the datasheets were more open and were sufficient to write open source firmware, today it is not possible. Silicon vendors are hiding the intellectual property contained in the processors. It would seem like the open source firmware is doomed, but…

        Thankfully there are companies and Intel employees that try to make impact and change this situation. For example Google supporting the coreboot project on their Chromebooks encourage Intel to release the Firmware Support Package (FSP). The FSP is a bundled silicon initialization code in a binary form with well documented interface and configuration options. It simplifies new hardware enabling and reduces cost of overall firmware development. While it doesn’t solve all problems and sometimes causes issues, kudos should go to Intel for supporting the open source firmware. Special credits should go to the open source firmware community members from Intel: Nathaniel DeSimone, Vincent Zimmer, Brian Richardson and Isaac Oram.

      • Extreme TechOpen Source BIOS Runs on Alder Lake Motherboard for the First Time
      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • MozillaData@Mozilla: This Week in Glean: What Flips Your Bit? [Ed: While Mozilla pretends to be an ethical company it spies on Firefox users, outsources the work to proprietary Microsoft jail]

            The idea of “soft-errors”, particularly “single-event upsets” often comes up when we have strange errors in telemetry. Single-event upsets are defined as: “a change of state caused by one single ionizing particle (ions, electrons, photons…) striking a sensitive node in a micro-electronic device, such as in a microprocessor, semiconductor memory, or power transistors. The state change is a result of the free charge created by ionization in or close to an important node of a logic element (e.g. memory “bit”)”. And what exactly causes these single-event upsets? Well, from the same Wikipedia article: “Terrestrial SEU arise due to cosmic particles colliding with atoms in the atmosphere, creating cascades or showers of neutrons and protons, which in turn may interact with electronic circuits”. In other words, energy from space can affect your computer and turn a 1 into a 0 or vice versa.

          • MozillaMozilla partners with the Center for Humane Technology – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

            We’re pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Center for Humane Technology, a nonprofit organization that radically reimagines the digital infrastructure. Its mission is to drive a comprehensive shift toward humane technology that supports the collective well-being, democracy and shared information environment. Many of you may remember the Center for Humane Tech from the Netflix documentary ‘Social Dilemma’, solidifying the saying “If you’re not paying for the product, then you are the product”. The Social Dilemma, is all about the dark side of technology, focusing on the individual and societal impact of algorithms.

            It’s no surprise that this decision to partner was a no brainer and supports our efforts for a safe and open web that is accessible and joyful for all. Many people do not understand how AI and algorithms regularly touch our lives and feel powerless in the face of these systems. We are dedicated to making sure the public understands that we can and must have a say in when machines are used to make important decisions – and shape how those decisions are made.

          • My ninth year working at Mozilla – Alex Gibson

            April 15th marks my ninth year working for Mozilla! Last year’s mozillaversary post was a bit of a stop gap. Truth be told, I just didn’t have the energy to write about what I had been doing at work given all the unrest that was happening in the world. This year, despite the world still being in ongoing states of WTF, I’m going to try and talk a bit more about what I’ve been keeping my brain busy with at work.

          • This Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 438
      • FSFE

        • FSFEFree Software should be included in the EU Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles

          On 26 January 2022, the European Commission presented its proposal for the EU Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles which will serve as a reference point in the future and as a common EU vision of our digital rights. The declaration is now being discussed in the European Parliament and Council, and Free Software should become part of it.

          Built on the Berlin and Tallinn declarations, this proposal aims to lay the groundwork for a consistent framework that will serve as a guideline and a reference point for the ongoing and future digital transformation of Europe. These aforementioned declarations already refer to Free Software (“Open Source” in their text) when it comes to digital sovereignty and interoperability, while they also demand more use of “Open Source” and strengthening the requirement for its use.

        • What is Free Software (Open Source)? Software freedom explained in less than three minutes! – FSFE-Tube
        • FOSSLifeFree Software Explained in 3 Minutes

          Free Software guarantees you the essential four freedoms to use, study, share, and improve the software.

          This video from Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) explains the four freedoms and what they mean in less than three minutes.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Gemtext and Image

        One of the most noticeable things about Gemini is that it is text-based. Sure, it can support images but, depending on the client, these are mostly left ‘hidden’. Gemini gains a lot of its ‘identity’ from this emphasis on text. One of the first things you’ll notice if you compare an average web page and a page on Gemini is that one is filled with images and highly ‘visual’, while the other is just a wall of text.

        Does this mean, then, that gemtext is somehow anti-image? That it is some new, iconoclastic medium which attempts to break free from the ‘seduction’ of images on the web? In some ways, yes, but in my experience browsing Gemini, it’s not as simple as that.

  • Leftovers

    • Thomas Vander Stichele: Draft emails from Google Docs [Ed: Outsourcing very private things to such a company is a bad idea, always.]

      In the ever more vertical company that Google is becoming, it is even more important to collaborate on some of your communication – more people want to contribute to the message and get it right, and more thought needs to be given to the ever wider audience you’re sending mails to.

    • Peter ‘CzP’ CzanikPhishing and spear phishing: report everything!

      After 30 years of using the Internet and trying many communication formats, e-mail is still my favorite. However, e-mail has many problems. Spam is just annoying, but phishing and especially, spear phishing attacks can also be dangerous. A recent security training, and a Twitter thread I started about it, changed my mind completely about how I treat these harmful e-mails.

    • Mkf’s Gemlog — Palm m100 battery connectors repair, right after joining the PalmDB Discord server
    • I’m on Easter Break

      I’m on Easter Break. I was hanging on last term and getting grouchy, browsing for alternative jobs in my breaks and arguing with managers about workload, so I needed the rest. I’ve been looking into ways to cut five hours a week from work to have more family time – I’m back in the classroom Tuesday, so I’ll see how well that goes. Karl Von Clausewitz said no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy, but you have to have a plan.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • MakeTech EasierMore Users Sticking with Windows XP than Upgrading to Windows 11 [Ed: Wait till they find out GNU/Linux distros are technically miles ahead of all versions of Windows Vista, including "11"]

          As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That seems to be the words to live by for many PC users. Not only do they not jump to upgrade to new Windows versions, but some also don’t do it several times over. A recent study showed that more users still use Windows XP than Windows 11.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Market ScreenerRapid7 : Kate Stewart on Open-Source Projects at the Linux Foundation

                In this episode of Security Nation, Jen and Tod chat with Kate Stewart, VP of Dependable Embedded Systems at the Linux Foundation, about the open-source security projects she’s working on, including the Zephyr project. They chat about strategies for dealing with bugs and vulnerabilities in today’s complex tech landscape, including the much talked-about software bill of materials (SBOM), so we can reap the benefits of open source while avoiding the downsides as much as possible.

              • Linux Foundation, Google Cloud launch Nephio to automate 5G edge sites | Fierce Wireless

                The Linux Foundation partnered with Google Cloud and others to create a new open source project called Nephio.

              • PR NewswireSoftware for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) Moves to the Linux Foundation
              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogOpen Source Networks in Action: How leading telcos are harnessing the power of LF Networking – Linux Foundation

                Now in its fifth year as an umbrella organization, LF Networking (LFN) and its projects enable organizations across the globe to more quickly and effectively achieve digital transformation via the community’s shared development efforts. This includes companies of all sizes and types that rely on LFN’s breadth of commercially-ready ecosystem offerings, all based on open source innovation spearheaded within the LF Networking community.

                As mature LFN projects, ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform) and OpenDaylight are currently deployed as critical components in networks around the globe. Below is a sampling of specific case studies currently implemented in the real-world that are allowing organizations to transform their networks.

              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogA Rarity in Open Source [Ed: Reputation laundering of Zemlin et al, unrelated to Linux]

                About 3 ½ years ago, Sanath Kumar Ramesh and his wife welcomed their son, Raghav, into the world. Like any new parents, he immediately became their everything. And, as new parents do, they threw him a 1st birthday bash where many of their friends and family were meeting Raghav for the first time.

              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogT-Mobile joins the Zephyr Project as Platinum Member – Linux Foundation

                Today, the Zephyr® Project announced that T-Mobile has joined as a Platinum member, leveraging the Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) to power its new Developer Kit, which gives innovators fast and easy access to build on T-Mobile’s network. The Zephyr Project is an open source project at the Linux Foundation that builds a safe, secure and flexible RTOS for resource-constrained devices. T-Mobile is the first wireless carrier to join the project.

                “As a leader in the industry and our first telecom member, T-Mobile brings a unique perspective and expertise to the Zephyr ecosystem,” said Kate Stewart, Vice President of Dependable Embedded Systems at The Linux Foundation. “Zephyr’s existing wireless capabilities (Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, and 802.15.4), coupled with DevEdge, T-Mobile’s new developer platform, will unleash innovators to create new solutions for the connected future.”

              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogSoftware for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) Moves to the Linux Foundation – Linux Foundation

                Today, the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC, an open source networking operating system), is now part of the Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation provides a venue for continued ecosystem, developer growth and diversity, as well as collaboration across the open source networking stack.

                “We are pleased to welcome SONiC to the Linux Foundation family of open networking projects,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge, and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “SONiC is a leader in open source data center NOS deployments, and we’re looking forward to growing its developer community.”

        • Security

          • Bruce SchneierIndustrial Control System Malware Discovered [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

            The Department of Energy, CISA, the FBI, and the NSA jointly issued an advisory describing a sophisticated piece of malware called Pipedream that’s designed to attack a wide range of industrial control systems.

          • GoogleProject Zero: CVE-2021-1782, an iOS in-the-wild vulnerability in vouchers

            This blog post is my analysis of a vulnerability exploited in the wild and patched in early 2021. Like the writeup published last week looking at an ASN.1 parser bug, this blog post is based on the notes I took as I was analyzing the patch and trying to understand the XNU vouchers subsystem. I hope that this writeup serves as the missing documentation for how some of the internals of the voucher subsystem works and its quirks which lead to this vulnerability.

          • AccessNowUpdates: Digital rights in the Russia-Ukraine conflict: April 14, 2022: Cyberattacks on Ukraine continue [Ed: The Ukrainian public now paying the FULL price for Windows (Microsoft)]

            WIRED reported that Russia’s Sandworm hacking group recently attempted a third blackout in Ukraine, years after its historic cyberattacks on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015 and 2016. Malware, inserted in the IT system of a high-voltage electrical substation in Ukraine months ago, was due to be activated late on April 8. The attack could have left two million people living in the region without energy.

          • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (lrzip), Fedora (community-mysql, expat, firefox, kernel, mingw-openjpeg2, nss, and openjpeg2), Mageia (ceph, subversion, and webkit2), openSUSE (chromium), Oracle (httpd:2.4), Red Hat (kpatch-patch), Slackware (ruby), SUSE (kernel and netatalk), and Ubuntu (gzip and xz-utils).

          • CISACisco Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products | CISA

            Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple Cisco products. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Quick thoughts on Lemmy

        I’ll jot down some quick thoughts on Lemmy, a Reddit-like service for the Fediverse. When it first was announced a few years ago, I thought “yeah, right, it has a really long way to go” and instead of helping I just sorted it under “vaporware”. But now it’s becoming usable♥.

        It’s centralized, and federated.

        Every community is tightly tied to one server (while there are several servers, each have their own communities). So there’s not a lot you gain compared to something like a lobste.rs server or a Discourse server or a mailing list or other traditional forum softwares and bulletin boards. Each community is still centralized. (And you also get to keep some of the simplicity of that approach, but only some, because this is still Fedi in all its clunky glory.)

        Unlike Discourse, you can post from an account from another server (sort of like with Open ID back in the blog era). This means from other Lemmy servers but also from other ActivityPub implementations. (It’s a “subset with extensions” so you might have to square peg it a bit.) You can also then receive replies and notifications on that home server, which is convenient and cozy. (On the other hand, some of these forum servers have mailing list modes which are convenient and cozy in their own way.)

        It is also similar to Guppe in many ways. You can follow communities and it boosts posts from those communities into your timeline, and you can post to the community too. Compared to Guppe, there is moderation and group ownership, and there’s an optional Reddit-like web frontend. One way I like to use it is to browse the web frontend and then when I wanna reply, I dig up the post via Fedi and reply from there. A few extra hoops, but then I’ll see any replies from the comforts of my own home.

    • Monopolies

      • The HillHillicon Valley — Groups push tech to step up on crises [Ed: Experiments in digital oppression, disguised as companies (often subsidised at taxpayers’ expense to believe the taxpayers)]

        Tech companies are facing more pressure to ensure people in crisis zones have access to critical information.

        Meanwhile, e-cigarette company Juul settled a Washington state lawsuit over advertising to underaged people that will require the company to halt most social media promotions.

        This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley.

      • Facebook’s Ukraine-Russia Moderation Double Standard

        AN UNPRECEDENTED SPREE of policy changes and carveouts aimed at protecting Ukrainian civilians from Facebook’s censorship systems has earned praise from human rights groups and free expression advocates. But a new open letter addressed to Facebook and its social media rivals questions why these companies seem to care far more about some attempts to resist foreign invasion than others.

        In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Meta Platforms, which owns Facebook and Instagram, rapidly changed its typically strict speech rules in order to exempt a variety of posts that would have otherwise been deleted for violating the company’s prohibition against hate speech and violent incitement.

        Internal Meta materials reviewed by The Intercept show that in early March the company temporarily enacted an exception to its hate speech policy permitting Facebook and Instagram users in Ukraine to call for the “explicit removal [of] Russians from Ukraine and Belarus,” posts that would have otherwise been deleted for violating the company’s ban on calling for the “exclusion or segregation” of people based on their national origin. The rule change, previously reported by the New York Times, was part of a broader package of carveouts that included a rare dispensation to call for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin, use dehumanizing language against Russian soldiers, and praise the notorious Azov Battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard, previously banned from the platform due to its neo-Nazi ideology.

      • Patents

        • Software Patents

          • Open Source InitiativeLet’s get open source voices heard by the EU on standards essential patents [Ed: Software patents article in OSI site... by Simon Phipps, for a change]

            Now is a crucial time for the open source community to respond to the consultation launched by the European Commission on standards essential patents (SEPs). The Commission is proposing the creation of a new framework governing their use. Since this has been directed at the existing SEP-reliant industries where open source is less common, we want to be sure the voices of the open source community are heard in this public consultation.

            It’s easy to misunderstand SEPs as implying that patents are essential to all standards; they are not! It is OSI’s position that many standards do not involve SEPs, that open source requires restriction-free licensing if the creators of a standard hold essential patents, and that the EU needs to harmonize its open source and standards strategies. OSI’s formal response to this Call for Evidence is forthcoming.

            This public consultation came about because some standards users have found the current system for licensing SEPs has issues with transparency, predictability and efficiency. In some cases it also offers incumbents undue market control, especially over market entry. Under the current approach, patent-holders commit to license their SEPs – patents known to be inherent to implementation of a standard – to users of the standard on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms and conditions.

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain Review*Ostentatio Genitalium* in Renaissance Art – The Public Domain Review

          Ostentatio genitalium (the display of the genitals) refers to disparate traditions in Renaissance visual culture of attributing formal, thematic, and theological significance to the penis of Jesus. That these images seem to have been created in good faith, with pious intentions, mystifies art historians, and many refuse to recognize the category as noteworthy or distinct from the nudity of angels and putti. Yet, as examples accrue, the conspicuous attention lent to Christ’s phallus cannot escape even the most disinterested gaze. “It is no exaggeration to say that this has probably been the most taboo topic in Christian thought for two thousand years”, writes Stephen Sapp. In contrast to classical sculptural conventions, which — with exceptions like certain herma and statues of satyrs — often showcase male genitalia in a state of flaccid modesty (akin to Michelangelo’s Risen Christ), these Renaissance images shock us because they are so frequently ithyphallic: Christ has risen, but not in the way we have come to expect.
          Beginning around 1260 and enjoying widespread employment before finally tapering off in the seventeenth-century, ostentatio genitalium reversed a Byzantine tendency to depict Christ as sexless, his missing organs covered by flat, diaphanous veils. This was a symbol of purity and perfection, following from Augustinian notions that untimely erections are reminders of Adam’s “sin of disobedience”. Yet in the ostentatio genitalium tradition the opposite seems true: it is the visual virility of Christ that affirms his divinity. The natural question to ask, after blinking our eyes, would be why? How do practitioners of a religion, whose seven heavenly virtues include prudence and temperance, decide to venerate, for centuries, an apparently prurient vision of their savior?

OBS Studio on KDE neon

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, KDE, Site News at 12:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 41ee19949eb0e1671400a9fe06a32389
Testing OBS
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: We’re going to try more advanced video recording software that does more things at once and does not result in a dire need for editing (as that would be extremely time-consuming)

THREE weeks ago I installed this cutting-edge KDE-based distribution on a new, low-end machine and today I installed OBS Studio on it. People had been telling me for over a year to give it a try (it does streaming, too) and I sort of regret not trying it earlier. I’ll still use the old format, sometimes, but for some kinds of videos this new setup is clearly better. It just needs more refining and fine-tuning. The above one-minute video is just a test. OBS Studio handles multiple sound sources, multiple screens, and multiple cameras simultaneously. It does a lot of other things I’ve not tried yet. That’ll take time to learn. One upside is that the size of videos will be vastly reduced.

Tackling EPO Propaganda and Lawlessness: Part 2

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 9:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 5f2a0a1224ffba14d2ee97f34f643018
EPO Politics
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The EPO has spurned science and has chosen politics as a smokescreen instead, mostly as a cover for the operations being designed to promote the interests of multinational monopolists and their patent litigation representatives

IN Part 1 we urged EPO staff to participate in the staff survey. The deadline is tomorrow. It’s important that the public — especially EPO stakeholders — will know Benoît Battistelli‘s friend António Campinos is a disaster for the Office. The media won’t cover the survey’s outcome (maybe a blog or two will mention it). But it will reaffirm a longstanding claim. The EPO is floundering; it cheapens itself (patent quality; quality of recruits; non-compliance with the law) in an effort to fake 'success'

“This is a systematic eradication of the Rule of Law.”As shown in the above video, this week’s postings in the EPO.org site [1, 2, 3] (warning: epo.org link) are white-washing or hand-washing fluff with a hypocritical political flavour. It’s an alarming slant. Campinos wants several more millions of euros, so he’s appealing for political figures to endorse an extension of his term. This serial violator of the law now poses as friend of Ukraine and he seems to be deprecating the EPO in a number of ways — all for the benefit of rich and powerful special interests, not science (not Europe’s, either). This is a systematic eradication of the Rule of Law.

This coming weekend we’ll be doing a lot more coverage about this subject.

[Meme] Kangaroos in Ukraine

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO supports justice just like Putin does
EPO is liability

Summary: EPO management found the courage — or the audacity rather — to pretend to be a benevolent force for peace and justice when in reality it’s a malignant cancer full of corruption and prevalent, unrelenting law-breaking

Tackling EPO Propaganda and Lawlessness: Part 1

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 8:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 5741e152564dce8ec665f1f30e17a01e
Back on Track
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: After several days of ‘firefighting’ against one technical disaster or another we're back to normal; this coming weekend we intend to tackle a lot of misleading ‘journalism’ and outright ‘fake news’ (issued to spread lies, by intention)

THE above video wasn’t meant to be one of two parts. We’re back to tackling EPO lies and we’re going to use not only videos but also screenshots with annotations (as we did extensively this past weekend).

“Huge litigation companies and multinationals like this status quo, but let’s make it untenable for them. Let’s bring back patent sanity.”The video above reminds people that in light of the fact that António Campinos is just another Benoît Battistelli with approval rates no better than Battistelli’s there a pressing need to participate in the EPO’s staff survey. We expect that to show 0% approval rate for Campinos (it was 3% the last time).

We’ve come a long way since battling European software patents. We’ve shown that the EPO is inherently corrupt and redemption will only be possible by mass action. Huge litigation companies and multinationals like this status quo, but let’s make it untenable for them. Let’s bring back patent sanity.

Links 14/04/2022: IBM/Red Hat Arguing Against Legacy Support

Posted in News Roundup at 6:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Razer-designed Linux laptop targets AI developers with deep-learning emphasis

        Razer is primarily known for its gaming PCs and peripherals, but the company has also been known to dip its toes into the productivity space from time to time. The Razer x Lambda Tensorbook announced Tuesday sees Razer stepping even further out of its comfort zone. Made in collaboration with Lambda, the Linux-based clamshell focuses on deep-learning development.

        Lambda, which has been around since 2012, is a deep-learning infrastructure provider used by the US Department of Defense and “97 percent of the top research universities in the US,” according to the company’s announcement. Lambda’s offerings include GPU clusters, servers, workstations, and cloud instances that train neural networks for various use cases, including self-driving cars, cancer detection, and drug discovery.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 5.17.3
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.17.3 kernel.
        All users of the 5.17 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.17.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.17.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • LWNLinux 5.16.20
      • LWNLinux 5.15.34
      • LWNLinux 5.10.111
    • Applications

      • Linux Links7 Best Free and Open Source Text-Based Git Clients

        Git is an open source distributed version control system which was originally designed by Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, in 2005 for Linux kernel development. This control system is widely used by the open source community, handling small to extremely large projects with an emphasis on speed and efficiency, but maintaining flexibility, scalability, and guaranteeing data integrity.

        Git is one of a number of open source revision control systems available for Linux. Other popular tools in this field include Subversion, Bazaar, Mercurial, Monotone, CVS, and SVN. However, Git is frequently regarded by many developers to be the finest version control tool available.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install FileRun Storage Sync on AlmaLinux 8

        FileRun is a free, open-source, and self-hosted file share and sync application written in PHP. Learn to install FileRun on AlmaLinux 8 here.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Make LibreOffice Look Like Microsoft Office

        If you’re a longtime Microsoft Office user, you might find trying out LibreOffice difficult because of the foreign interface. To make things more comfortable, you can give LibreOffice a look that’s similar to MS Office with a few simple tweaks.

      • How to Install Yclas on Debian 11 – RoseHosting

        Yclas (formally known as Open Classifieds) is a free, powerful, open-source web platform that allows users to easily create and build classifieds, advertisements, and listings sites. Let’s begin with the installation.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Git on Rocky Linux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Git is a free and open-source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git is designed for developers that need a pretty straightforward version control system. It helps with managing large projects efficiently. Git repositories are hosted on sites like GitHub and Bitbucket.

        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 Git on Rocky Linux. 8.

      • Julia EvansA list of new(ish) command line tools

        I got a bunch of replies with tools I hadn’t heard of, so I thought I’d make a list here. A lot of people also pointed at the modern-unix list.

      • ButtondownYou can automate more than you think

        But I didn’t automate that to save time, I automated it to save focus. I need to think to write out my whole address. I don’t need to think at all to type ;adr. I don’t need to burn any of my limited focus on something menial anymore. It matters even more when automating something I don’t know by heart, like my Zoom URL or my EIN. Then it takes focus to find it and then copy it over.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Remmina Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+, aiming to be useful for system administrators and travelers who need to work with many remote computers in front of either large monitors or tiny netbooks. It supports the following protocols: RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP, and SSH. Among its features are Multi-Monitor support, Tabbed sessions, port forwarding, proxy support, and easy access to typical applications like Firefox or LibreOffice. Remmina also has a robust plugin system that can be used to extend its functionality.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Steam Launcher on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Steam is a video game cross-platform that Valve created. It was launched as a standalone software client in September 2003 as a way for Valve to provide automatic updates for their games and expanded to include games from third-party publishers and now boasts a library filled with thousands if not tens of thousands of games across all gaming consoles.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Steam Launcher on your Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish desktop using the command line terminal and APT package manager utilizing the standard default Ubuntu repository or importing the official steam repository, which you can then install the stable branch, or for users that want to see the next version release of Steam’s launcher, you can install the beta branch.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Vuze on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Vuze is a great way to download torrents without pesky ads or delays. It’s fast, free, and multi-platform! Plus, it has tons of features that will make your life easier when downloading – like searching through all kinds of files just by typing what you’re looking for in the search bar on desktop sites; creating bundles from multiple seeds with one click (so no need anymore waiting around), speech recognition capabilities so reading out loud while processing info simultaneously…the list goes.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Flatpak on Linux Mint 20 LTS

        Flatpak is a tool for deploying and managing software packages on the Linux operating system. It provides an isolated environment where users can run applications without affecting other parts of their computers.

        With Flatpaks, installing an application is like pulling it into your local repository. Links have then generated that point from the right places in Filesystem to where you can find these files–these hard links will be efficient for disk space since they’re simple compared with doing things through traditional methods.

        Most Linux Mint users know that the distribution focuses on stability over newer features, especially once the LTS has aged after its initial release with packages being frozen. For example, you may want to install the latest version of an application such as Discord, VLC, Spotify, or Linux Mint does not have the application together, making often third-party package managers use it as a backup.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Telegram on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Telegram is a free, cross-platform messaging app with end-to-end encryption. It’s famous for providing video calling and other missing features from Facebook or Twitter – one of its main attractions! The application also has no ties whatsoever between them (the big social media companies), meaning you can be sure your data won’t go unnoticed by anyone else besides whom it belongs too; this makes telegram more secure than ever before because there isn’t anything giving away how much information we share on our phones every day.

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

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Element Matrix Client on Debian 11 Bullseye

        Element is a free and open-source software instant messaging client implementing the Matrix protocol. It supports end-to-end encryption, groups, and sharing of files between users on this platform! If you’re looking for an open-source, encrypted messaging client that offers group chats and file-sharing functions, then Element is one of the best options.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to Install Riot Desktop or better known as Element now, on Debian 11 Bullseye using the command line terminal to import the Riot or better known as Element.io official repository and gpg key and install the desktop chat client editor, along with how to maintain and remove the software if required in the future.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Bottles on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Bottles is a free and open-source application that simplifies creating “prefixes” of wine similar to those on Windows operating systems. The tagline for the software is “Run Windows in a Bottle.” Bottles work with “prefixes” of wine that imitate the file system hierarchy of the Windows operating system and can be used for storing software meant only compatible with this platform.

        Another feature of using Bottles is supporting a large set of Windows video games on Linux. Once installed, you can gain immediate access to game stores (e.g., Epic Games Store, EA Launcher, Battle.net, etc.)

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Firefox Next, Quantum on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Mozilla Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox utilizes the Gecko rendering engine to display web pages, which implements current and future anticipated web formats and standards.

        For the most part, Firefox is often up to date with the latest stable release on Ubuntu-based desktops; however, non-stable builds such as Next which is the beta build, or Quantum, which is the Nightly build, can give you the chance to test the new features or test your websites before the browser version hits the stable repository.

        In the tutorial, you will learn how to add and install the beta and nightly build for Firefox using a PPA maintained by the Mozilla team on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal, along with how to remove and restore the standard version of Firefox if required.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Persepolis on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Persepolis is a download manager and GUI for ARIA 2 written in Python. It can be used on any operating system that supports Python, including Linux/BSDs, macOS & Microsoft Windows! While Ubuntu users may be familiar with similar software such as the uGET download manager, the Persepolis download manager is a great lightweight alternative that is actively developed.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest version of the Persepolis on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using a recommended Launchpad PPA repository by the Persepolis Download Manager team to provide the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Kdenlive on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Kdenlive is a free video editing open-source software part of the KDE Projects. The video editing software is based on the MLT Framework, KDE, and Qt. The project was started by Jason Wood in 2002 and is now maintained by a small team of developers. With Kdenlive 15.04.0 in 2015, it became part of the official KDE Projects and accepts many audio and video formats, allowing you to add effects, transitions, and render into the format of your choice.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install KeePassXC on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        KeePassXC is an application that can be used by anyone who wants to have a high level of security for their data. The cross-platform feature can be used on any computer, and the light interface makes it easy to use. Additionally, the application is published under the GNU General Public License terms, which means that it is open source and free to download and use.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install KeePassXC on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three installations method of APT, Flatpak, and Snap using the command line terminal, along with some tips on maintaining the software into the future.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install VSCodium on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        VSCodium is a fork of Microsoft Visual Studio Code Editor modified to have full open-source access. The source code for this product can be found on GitHub, where it is licensed under the MIT license and, therefore, will always remain free as long you don’t mind installing extra features via plugins or extensions from third parties like Telemetry transmitting your browsing habits across networks without permission.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install VSCodium on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with complete steps to install the official repository and tips on updating and removing the IDE securely and adequately.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Mega Client on Ubuntu Server 20.04

        Many people don’t know about Mega, which is a cloud storage service based in New Zealand. One of its main attractions is that we get 20Gb for free when we sign up, and it has great support for Linux. So in this post, you will learn how to install Mega Client on Ubuntu Server 20.04.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Jump Force Mugen 2 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Jump Force Mugen 2 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to Install Java on Linux Mint 20.3

        Java is one of the most important programming languages ever created. And it is still very popular even though good solutions have been created, such as Rust, Python, and others. Knowing how to install it is basic to work with the language, but if you add to this a robust operating system like Linux Mint, then you can have an ideal combination. That’s why we’ve prepared the following post, so you can install Java on Linux Mint 20.3.

      • LinuxiacHow to Install Docker on AlmaLinux / Rocky Linux

        This article will guide you step-by-step through the recommended and most efficient way to install Docker on AlmaLinux 8 or Rocky Linux 8.

        Docker is a popular open-source platform for developing, deploying, running, and shipping applications using containers. They are similar to virtual machines and aid in separating applications from the system.

        It is now simple to create an application, package it with all of its dependencies inside a container, and deliver it anywhere.

      • ID RootHow To Install UVdesk Helpdesk on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install UVdesk Helpdesk on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, UVdesk is one such open-source helpdesk ticketing system that you can rely on as you continue to build your business. UVdesk offers SaaS-based and helpdesk solutions to easier the overall support process to deliver the best customer service such as email piping, knowledgebase, Mailbox, E-commerce, and Multichannel Integration.

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

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxLumencraft blends top-down shooting, Tower Defense and a destructible environment | GamingOnLinux

        Lumencraft is a brand new release from developer 2Dynamic Games that is going to suck up far too much of my time, and might be a new favourite run blast through on my Steam Deck. Note: personal purchase.

        Blending together a Tower Defense game, with a top-down shooter and destructible environments, it has all the makings to be the next indie hit and I get a slight Deep Rock Galactic vibe from it too. Blasting through the tutorial and then some of the first sandbox map, well over an hour vanished in the blink of an eye — that’s the kind of game I like to see.

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Godot Showcase – Lumencraft developer talks about his experience

        Welcome to another Godot showcase interview! This time, we interviewed Leszek Nowak from 2DynamicGames about their latest release Lumencraft.

      • GamingOnLinuxNo Man’s Sky got a huge ‘Outlaws’ update and works well on Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        No Man’s Sky, a Steam Deck Verified title that also works great on Linux desktops with Steam Play Proton recently got another massive free update. Hello Games have well and truly shown how to recover from a rough launch, it’s now such a completely different game.

        Quite a lot is new with this update adding in the likes of overhauled space combat, a new pirate underworld, a new solar ship class (the first new ship class in a long time), you can hire wingmen, smuggle around naughty goods, there’s new and more impressive explosions, pirate raids, frigate fleets that will fly overhead, an overhaul to warp and engine effects of all frigates and freighters, in-atmosphere combat and much more.

      • GamingOnLinuxGoogle detail more on how Steam on Chrome OS works with Linux

        Want to get more info behind the scenes on how Steam for Chrome OS works? It uses Linux but it’s a little bit complicated and Google has put out the first in a series of blog posts to talk more about it.

        The good news of course for normal Linux desktop fans, is that developers will need to ensure their games work on Linux directly. Either through a Native build, which should work out of the box, or ensuring and testing their Windows builds with Proton. Although, Steam Play Proton is not turned on by default for Chrome OS as there’s various issues right now.

        How does it work then? Through the magic of virtual machines! Using work they’ve done in the past with Crostini, an already existing way to run normal Linux apps on Chrome OS and “Chrome OS’s own virtual machine monitor (VMM), crosvm⁠”. They say running Steam and games in a container like this “provides another layer of security above normal Linux systems” that’s used for Crostini, Android, and Parallels.

      • Boiling SteamLinux Gaming Central: it’s Live, Check it Out! – Boiling Steam

        It’s been a few weeks already that our now former colleague, Mark Dougherty, has decided to venture on a solo mission to create his own Linux dedicated website, called Linux Gaming Central. Now that the site has quite a few articles (and a logo) under its belt, it’s a good time to feature what you can find on it.

      • ArduinoA compact DIY controller for gaming or robotics | Arduino Blog

        Some of the best projects are the ones that take an already-existing product and recreate it from the ground up using easily accessible components. Jithin Sanal set out to do just this by designing and building a USB controller that can be used for a variety of tasks.

        The joystick is based around the Nano RP2040 Connect, which means that it not only contains a powerful dual-core Arm microcontroller, but also an accelerometer, gyroscope, an RGB LED, and a microphone. The ample amounts of memory and flash can enable small machine learning models to run as well for more advanced processing of motion/input data. Apart from the Arduino, the controller houses a pair of potentiometers, a two-axis joystick, and four buttons that act similar to a D-pad.

      • Make Use OfThe 8 Best Free Flatpak Games Available on Linux

        Looking to get stuck into some great, free Linux-friendly games? We’ve got the list for you. Let’s dive in.

        If you’re looking for a way to maximize and simplify your Linux gaming experience, Flatpak games are the way to go.

        With simple, straightforward installation and no need for extra configuration, today’s free Flatpak games are changing the Linux gaming landscape. Here are eight of the best ones.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • LoadingMessage component for Kirigami

          Someday after using some KDE apps I noticed that the loading screens weren’t consistent, each app was implementing its own solution so I created this LoadingPlaceholder component for Kirigami.

          This component will replace the various non-standard implementations previously found in many applications, therefore improving our consistency!

          Just wanted to share this little component, less than 70 lines of code can already improve our platform so much, every little contribution matters.

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • Security WeekOpenSSH Moves to Prevent ‘Capture Now, Decrypt Later’ Attacks

          Security experts warn that advanced threat actors are already stealing and storing encrypted data for a future when quantum computers are capable of cracking all known encryption algorithms and the latest moves by OpenSSH is meant to proactively address these risks.

          According to notes published alongside the release of OpenSSH 9.0, the open-source group will now use the hybrid Streamlined NTRU Prime + x25519 key exchange method by default, a move that includes a backstop against future discoveries of flaws in the NTRU algorithm.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Make Use Of5 Reasons Why Fedora Feels Like the New Ubuntu

          In the mid-2000s, an upstart Linux distribution became both the most exciting and the most popular version around: Ubuntu.

          But around two decades later, much of the excitement has gone away. The Ubuntu of today doesn’t have the same spirit as the Ubuntu of yore. Now a different distro is drawing people for many of the same reasons Ubuntu did in the past, a distro that is ironically a year older: Fedora.

          Is Fedora the new Ubuntu? Here are five reasons the answer is increasingly yes.

        • [COPR] Why my patches are missing from custom build

          Custom build script in COPR is a versatile. With a couple sed commands, you can modify Fedora SPEC files and port it to RHEL/CentOS Stream with a little effort.

          However, when I was porting the keepassxc-2.7.X a few days ago, COPR keeps complaining xcb.patch is missing. While I myself does not need the patch for Wayland, I am curious why other packages are fine but not this one.

        • Ben Cotton: Balancing advancement and legacy

          Later today, I’ll submit a contentious Change proposal to the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee. Several contributors proposed deprecating support for legacy BIOS starting in Fedora Linux 37. The feedback on the mailing list thread and in social media is…let’s call it “mixed”.

          The bulk of the objections distill down to: I have old hardware and it should still work. Indeed, when proprietary operating systems vendors (both in the PC and mobile spaces) embrace varying forms of planned obsolescence, open source operating systems can allow users to continue using the hardware they own. Why shouldn’t it continue to be supported?

          Nothing comes for free. Maintaining legacy support requires work. Bugs need fixes. Existing code can hamper the addition of new features. Even in a community-driven project, time is not unlimited. It’s hard to ask people to keep supporting software that they’re no longer interested in.

        • Enterprisers ProjectArtificial intelligence (AI): 7 roles to prioritize now [Ed: “The Great Resignation may be a myth or reality” says a collapsing company. They keep pushing this misleading spin or myth to blame the workers for getting laid off.

          The Great Resignation may be a myth or reality, depending upon your viewpoint. But one thing is clear: The labor shortage is real.

          But it is likely not due to a decline in the participation rate. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the post-pandemic labor force participation rate has not declined dramatically. In fact, the core ages of the workforce, 25-54, saw a dip at the onset of the pandemic that was mild compared to other age groups – especially workers 55+.

        • Red Hat OfficialThe power of collaborative public health intelligence from publicly available sources and open source software to fight a pandemic – EIOS

          In late 2019, as the news media reports about an unknown respiratory disease began to increase it would have been nearly impossible to predict how the following year would play out. Yet, a global collaboration between various public health stakeholders supported by a technological solution for global collaborative detection of threats to public health, their verification and assessment of risks was already in place, led by the World Health Organization (WHO).

      • Debian Family

        • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: RcppRedis 0.2.1: Maintenance

          A month after the major release 0.2.0 bringing pub/sub and other goodies to our RcppRedis package, a new version 0.2.1 arrived on CRAN yesterday. RcppRedis is one of several packages connecting R to the fabulous Redis in-memory datastructure store (and much more). RcppRedis does not pretend to be feature complete, but it may do some things faster than the other interfaces, and also offers an optional coupling with MessagePack binary (de)serialization via RcppMsgPack. The package has carried production loads for several years now.

          This release updated the rredis suggestion by adding an Additional_repositories entry as Bryan decided to retire the rredis package. You can still install it via install.packages(“rredis”) by setting the addtional repo, for example repos=c(“https://ghrr.github.io/drat”, getOption(“repos”)) as documented in package and at our ghrr drat repo.

        • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: drat 0.2.3 on CRAN: Arm M1 Support

          A new minor release of drat arrived on CRAN today. drat stands for drat R Archive Template, and helps with easy-to-create and easy-to-use repositories for R packages. Since its inception in early 2015 it has found widespread adoption among R users because repositories with marked releases is the better way to distribute code. See below for a few custom reference examples.

          Because for once it really is as your mother told you: Friends don’t let friends install random git commit snapshots. Properly rolled-up releases it is. Just how CRAN shows us: a model that has demonstrated for two-plus decades how to do this. And you can too: drat is easy to use, documented by six vignettes and just works. Detailed information about drat is at its documentation site.

        • The AnarcatAntoine Beaupré: Tuning my wifi radios – anarcat

          After listening to an episode of the 2.5 admins podcast, I realized there was some sort of low-hanging fruit I could pick to better tune my WiFi at home. You see, I’m kind of a fraud in WiFi: I only started a WiFi mesh in Montreal (now defunct), I don’t really know how any of that stuff works. So I was surprised to hear one of the podcast host say “it’s all about airtime” and “you want to reduce the power on your access points” (APs). It seemed like sound advice: better bandwidth means less time on air, means less collisions, less latency, and less power also means less collisions. Worth a try, right?

        • uni TorontoMangling your distribution version in your Apt sources for fun and profit

          Much of this is obvious; the bit that may not be is that ‘focal’ is the code name for Ubuntu 20.04. Every sources.list line needs to say what distribution release it’s for, and it had better be right, which is to say it had better match the distribution release you’re actually running.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

      • Programming/Development

        • I do not know what to think of GitLab

          The CI is probably one of the best things with GitLab which I also really enjoyed using on the self-hosted instances. I therefore looked forward to using CIs on my private repositories. But before running CI, GitLab wants to verify my identify by giving them my credit card information. The CI is still free to use, but I really do not like giving them my credit card information as I believe such information should stay always-offline (or rarely-only in some and well-though-through cases). I could also self-host a runner, which I also did on the universities GitLab on a university server. But this would also make the CI not-free as I currently do not have a suitable server for that. Well, I guess I have to live without CI for now.


          Search unusable

          Yesterday I wanted to integrate GitLab into mastersearch. But I figured out that the search was pretty much unusable, only returning some matching results. This is because only projects from paid accounts are indexed, which pretty much removes the majority of projects from the search. Therefore, I find GitLab search pretty much unusable and not worth the time integrating into mastersearch. There is also a issue open for that, lets see when this will be fixed.

        • Qt 6.3 Released with Improved Wayland Support, Quick Compilers + More

          Lars Knoll announced the release of Qt 6.3 with many new improvements to this vital development tool for user interfaces.

          Qt 6.3 is the third point release of the Qt 6.0 series that brings many new features, bug fixes and underlying performance improvements.

        • Looking for Qt support? Get in touch! | Mardy

          Following The Qt Company’s decision to withdraw support for the Russian market, KDAB’s geolocation block of its website and Upwork stopping its operations in Russia, there’s a likely need of Qt support in the country.


          Whether you are a company or a Qt expert with some free time to spare and you’d like to work with me, you are very welcome to drop me a line. We can try to find a solution for those companies who need Qt support, and create a network of professionals who can commit to do some Qt work.

        • OpenSource.comMy favorite build options for Go | Opensource.com

          One of the most gratifying parts of learning a new programming language is finally running an executable and getting the desired output. When I discovered the programming language Go, I started by reading some sample programs to get acquainted with the syntax, then wrote small test programs. Over time, this approach helped me get familiar with compiling and building the program.

          The build options available for Go provide ways to gain more control over the build process. They can also provide additional information to help break the process into smaller parts. In this article, I will demonstrate some of the options I have used. Note: I am using the terms build and compile to mean the same thing.

        • OpenSource.comA guide to JVM parameters for Java developers | Opensource.com

          When you write source code, you’re writing code for humans to read. Computers can’t execute source code until the code is compiled into machine language, a generic term referring to any number of languages required by a specific machine. Normally, if you compile code on Linux, it runs on Linux, and if you compile code on Windows, it runs on Windows, and so on. However, Java is different. It doesn’t target an actual machine. It targets something called the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and so it can run on any machine.

        • EarthlyWatch People Doing the Thing

          I’ve learned so much from watching other people code. It’s never a thing I’m specifically trying to learn. It’s more like someone is walking me through a problem, and they do something I didn’t know could be done. Maybe they just have a low friction way to exploratory test some set of services, where I could only test things by deploying to staging, or they use some shortcut I didn’t know about, and I have to ask them how they did that.

        • Fred HerbertErrors are constructed, not discovered

          Over a year ago, I left the role of software engineering* behind to become a site reliability engineer* at Honeycomb.io. Since then, I’ve been writing a bunch of blog posts over there rather than over here, including the following: [...]

        • Geeks For GeeksSum of nodes within K distance from target

          Given a binary tree, a target node and a positive integer K on it, the task is to find the sum of all nodes within distance K from the target node (including the value of the target node in the sum).

        • HackadayDoes Your Programmer Know How Fast You Were Going?

          News reports were everywhere that an autonomous taxi operated by a company called Cruise was driving through San Francisco with no headlights. The local constabulary tried to stop the vehicle and were a bit thrown that there was no driver. Then the car moved beyond an intersection and pulled over, further bemusing the officers.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationThe Portland Timbers Deny a Cover-Up. Fans Demand the Truth.

      When Madison Shanley took the mic to sing the national anthem ahead of the Portland Timbers’ April 3 match against the LA Galaxy, she wore a red shirt emblazoned with the phrase “YOU KNEW” in white letters, an allusion to the club’s front office being informed about—but failing to properly act on—serious charges of sexual misconduct against former Portland Thorns coach Paul Riley and allegations of domestic violence against Timbers player Andy Polo. For those unfamiliar with the latter case, in February, Génessis Alarcón, Polo’s ex-partner, went public with allegations that Polo had physically attacked her and that the Timbers tried to cover it up. “He pulled my hair. I fell to the floor,” the mother of Polo’s children said on a Peruvian TV show. “He slapped me in the face and gave me a black eye.”

    • The NationWhat J.D. Vance Doesn’t Know About France

      Ohio US Senate candidate J.D. Vance took time out from trivializing Russia’s murderous assault on Ukraine last week to comment on the presidential election in France.

    • Counter PunchThe Three-Way Split of French Politics

      Emmanuel Macron (La République en Marche, LREM) and Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National, RN) have made it into the second round – in the same order as five years ago, making it the second time the duel will take place. The last and only time this happened in France was when Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (RPR) twice faced off against François Mitterrand (Socialist Party), first in 1974, when the right-wing candidate won and then again in 1981, when the socialist candidate triumphed.

      Such stability is largely linked to the main candidates’ clout. Already in the game five years ago, Macron and Le Pen have been able to retain a loyal electoral base. Over the past weeks new voters have rallied around them, prioritising a so-called strategic vote (“vote utile”) over partisan considerations.

    • Bike vs Bus 1-0

      Two bus routes go that way: line 1 halts at every bus stop from here to campus, and runs along the route that takes it through the town centre. Line 72 is a direct bus that runs a few times to uni in the morning and a few times from uni in the afternoon. It takes all the stops on this side of town, but then takes a route around the town centre and skips all stops after that until it reaches campus.

      Line 1 usually takes about 30 to 35 minutes from here to uni. Line 72 typically takes 18 to 22 or something like that.

    • a better system for filetypes

      both have various issues, one being that many file formats are known by multiple names. MIME is also often overly lengthy, and also names things strangly. for example, the default type for the whole system is “application/octet-stream”.

    • Science

      • New ScientistAI strips out city noise to improve earthquake monitoring systems

        A deep learning algorithm can remove city noise from earthquake monitoring tools, potentially making it easier to pinpoint when and where a tremor occurs.

      • Asia TimesJapan cosmic cleanup firm is part of space arms race

        Astroscale, Japan’s space debris removal company, claims to have carried out “the world’s first commercial mission to prove the core technologies necessary for space debris docking and removal.”

        Comprising two satellites tied together – one designed to remove debris from orbit and one to simulate a piece of debris – it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in March 2021. The “test capture” demonstration was completed in August 2021.

    • Education

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Federal Spending on Charter Schools Needs Reform

        With conflicts raging over masks, books, and curriculums in the nation’s public schools, you’d be forgiven for missing a noteworthy new proposal from the U.S. Department of Education.

      • [Old] AtlassianWhat is Parkinson’s Law and why is it sabotaging your productivity?

        Let’s look at an updated example. You and your team have two weeks to complete a relatively simple bug fix. Realistically, it should only take a few hours.

        But because you know you have more than enough time at your disposal, the project grows in scope. While you’re looking into that bug, you decide to check into a few related issues, as well. That prompts questions about what’s causing those issues in the first place. While those diversions may ultimately prove to be useful, they don’t get you any closer to achieving your object of handling the bug fix.

        Ultimately, the thing that should’ve really been a simple undertaking becomes something that actually requires the two weeks to complete. That’s Parkinson’s Law in action.

      • How to Use Parkinson’s Law to Get More Done in Less Time

        How to Use Parkinson’s Law to Get More Done in Less TimeParkinson’s Law—the amount of work expands to fill the time available for its completion—means that if you give yourself a week to complete a two-hour task, then (psychologically speaking) the task will increase in complexity and become more daunting so as to fill that week[2]. It may not even fill the extra time with more work, but just stress and tension about having to get it done.

      • Times Higher EducationPressure to pass mediocre students forced me out of academia

        At their best, small non-elite colleges can spur innovative ideas and foster great minds, but too often they compromise standards and dilute the value of a degree by producing underqualified graduates.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayNixie Spectrum Display Has Seven Bands

        A spectrum visualizer is always a fun project, but we really liked [Yannick99]’s take on it since it uses seven IN-13 Nixie tubes for the display. The tubes, of course, need high voltage so part of the project is a high voltage power supply. The spectrum part is a little more ordinary using an op amp and an MSGEQ7 filter IC.

      • HackadayHome Made Stirling Engines From Expedient Materials

        Many of us have read about Stirling engines, engines which form mechanical heat pumps and derive motion from the expansion and contraction of a body of air. A very few readers may have built one, but for many they remain one of those projects we’d rather like to try but never quite have the inclination. The YouTube channel of [Geral Na Prática] should provide plenty of vicarious enjoyment then, with the construction of a range of Stirling engines from commonly available materials. We have Coke cans, PVC pipe, and nebuliser cartridges forming pistons and cylinders, with wire wool serving as a regenerative heat store. The latest video is below the break, an amazing 10-cylinder rotary device.

      • HackadayReducing Warping In Metal 3D Prints

        We are used to dealing with warping when printing with thermoplastics like ABS, but metal printers suffer from this problem, too. The University of Michigan has a new technology, SmartScan, that promises to reduce this problem. You can see a video about the technique, below.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • OracThe Great Barrington Declaration (GBD) strikes back again

        I first wrote about the Great Barrington Declaration (GBD) not long after it was first published, way back during a time that now seems like ancient history, October 2020. At the time, I likened the GBD to similar “declarations” and petitions issued by other science deniers, such as HIV/AIDS deniers and climate science deniers, because “magnified minority” documents like this are designed to provide a patina of apparent scientific legitimacy to their antiscience declarations. Science deniers accomplish this by recruiting useful idiots in the form of scientists who are true believers in the declaration (in this case the GBD) write the declaration and then enticing physicians and scientists, the vast majority of whom have little or no expertise in the relevant scientific fields, sign the document, the more the better. The result is a document that other believers can cite as evidence for scientific support for their views. Basically, the GBD, and other documents like it, follow a script that was first pioneered by tobacco companies trying to show that their products were not causing cancer and all sorts of other health problems.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Proprietary Worlds and Open Alternatives

          I’ve been an active Play-By-e-Mail role player for many years, pretty much exclusively in the Star Trek fan scene. We usually call our games “sims” or “simulations” and they take place on Star Trek ships or stations. Some games organise themselves in fleets, where several simulations help each other recruit and administrate resources like mailing lists and websites.

          Most of the sims I’ve been on have had a disclaimer at the footer on their website saying something like “Star Trek is owned by Paramount. This is a fan site. No infringement intended.”

          They rely on the good faith of Paramount Pictures and a kind interpretation of the fair use clause of American copyright law. I consider the need for this faith in a corporation a sad state of affairs. As long as this is the case the entire Star Trek sim community is in danger of being entirely shut down by a whim from a faraway legal department.

        • CISAMicrosoft Releases Advisory to Address Critical Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2022-26809) | CISA

          Microsoft has released an advisory to address CVE-2022-26809, a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Remote Procedure Call Runtime Library. A remote, unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

        • The VergeUkraine says it stopped a Russian cyberattack on its power grid

          This attempted attack involved a wide variety of malware, according to ESET, including the recently discovered CaddyWiper. ESET also found a new piece of malware, which it calls Industroyer2. The original Industroyer was used in a successful 2016 cyberattack that cut off power in parts of Kyiv, according to the security firm, probably by the same group behind this month’s foiled attack. Industroyer isn’t widely used by [crackers] — ESET notes that it’s only seen it used twice (earlier this month and in 2016), which implies that it’s written for very specific uses.

        • USCERTAPT Actors Target ICS/SCADA Devices

          CISA, the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA), warning that certain advanced persistent threat (APT) actors have exhibited the capability to gain full system access to multiple industrial control system (ICS)/supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) devices using custom-made tools.

        • Krebs On SecurityMicrosoft Patch Tuesday, April 2022 Edition
        • The RecordResearchers find new malware variant after stopping attack on Ukrainian energy provider [iophk: Windows TCO]

          In an explainer on the situation, ESET said it also saw the attackers use several other destructive malware families including CaddyWiper, ORCSHRED, SOLOSHRED and AWFULSHRED.

        • Matt RickardWhy So Many Outages?

          For some customers, JIRA and some other Atlassian products have been down for an entire week. Some are reporting that Atlassian is saying that it could be another 2 weeks until the products are back up and running. Chalk that up worse than Roblox’s 3 day outage back in October 2021. Why so many outages?

        • Digital Music NewsFortnite Developer Epic Games Draws $1 Billion Investment From Sony Group Amid Metaverse Concert Rush

          Sony Group Corporation’s billion-dollar investment in the Harmonix owner Epic Games arrives one year after the Japanese company fronted $200 million for a different Epic funding round yet. And while this April of 2021 raise brought with it a $28.7 billion equity valuation, today’s round (which also includes a $1 billion contribution from The Lego Group owner KIRKBI) came with a post-money valuation of $31.5 billion.

          (Significantly, Sony previously came up with $250 million for a 2020 round from Epic Games, which was then valued at a comparatively modest $17.3 billion.)

          Regarding Epic’s plans for this newest capital influx, founder and CEO Tim Sweeney emphasized the perceived potential (for both players and brands) of building an all-encompassing metaverse social platform.

        • Frederic CambusFile transfers via the parallel port on DOS using LapLink

          Surprisingly, there is very little history available online about the DOS versions of LapLink, and I’m not sure when its parallel cable was actually introduced. The “LapLink cable” Wikipedia page mentions 1983, but that seems strange, as LapLink 2.15 from 1987 does not have any way to configure the software for using a parallel port cable. LapLink 3.00 from 1989 does.

          For the purpose of this article, I decided to use the latest DOS version available, which appears to be LapLink 5.00, released in 1993. It comes with an improved UI using redefined characters including cute files and folder icons, along with some subtle animations. I’ve been using the standard color theme.

        • USCERTCISA Adds 10 Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog [Ed: Microsoft, Microsoft, Adobe, Adobe, Adobe, Adobe, Adobe, Adobe, Kaseya (Windows)...]

          CISA has added 10 new vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise. Note: to view the newly added vulnerabilities in the catalog, click on the arrow on the of the “Date Added to Catalog” column, which will sort by descending dates.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Papers PleaseFacial recognition signage at new Sea-Tac terminal flunks legal test

              For several years the Identity Project has been engaging with the Port of Seattle over its expansion of automated facial recognition to track travelers at Sea-Tac Airport.

              Today we made yet another (virtual) visit to the Port of Seattle Commission to give the following comments (PDF) on the latest test of the new International Arrivals facility at Sea-Tac, scheduled to open  next week:

              Comments of the Identity Project to the Port of Seattle Commission for the Commission meeting of April 12, 2022, re: signage for travelers about the collection of facial images at the International Arrivals Facility at Sea-Tac Airport

            • PIAHow to File Taxes Online Securely in 2022

              Most people file online, making this month a virtual playground for cybercriminals trying to steal your identity or financial info. Tax season is frustrating enough—don’t let a cybercrook turn it into a living nightmare.

            • The VergeMark Zuckerberg’s augmented reality

              Zuckerberg calls AR goggles a “holy grail” device that will “redefine our relationship with technology,” akin to the introduction of smartphones. During the special effect-laden video announcing Facebook’s corporate rebrand to Meta last October, they acted as the connective tissue for his metaverse pitch, letting people play games and work with virtual humans Star Trek-style. At one point, Zuckerberg wore them while fencing with a hologram. “Don’t be scared to stab,” his virtual sparring partner quipped.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchDefending Ukraine’s Draft Dodgers

        These young people of draft age all told me they were fleeing their country to avoid being drafted to fight in a war against their countrymen in eastern Ukraine, a majority Russian region of Ukraine. “I have nothing against those people in Donbas,” one young man told me, “and I don’t want to be forced to kill them and get killed myself.”

        They had all gone to Finland because of short-term agricultural work visas available to people willing to pick blueberries, which cover the forest floor above the Arctic Circle at that time of summer.

      • Counter PunchRussia vs. Ukraine: No Vaccine For War Fever

        Students of war psychology are familiar with a process in which public opinion moves by stages from a position of indifference or opposition to a war to one of passionate partisanship and active involvement in the military struggle.  A key element in this movement is the accusation that a hostile power is committing war crimes and atrocities against civilians – particularly women and children.

        The accusations often contain a dose of truth, since most wars are far more indiscriminate than “surgical” in their effects.  There is no doubt that Russian activities in Ukraine have taken too many civilian lives.  But war crimes charges tend also to be exaggerated. The United States entered World War I in 1917 on the heels of reports that the German invaders of Belgium were butchering babies while German U-boats sank ships filled with innocent passengers.  (In fact, the Allies were attempting to starve Germany into submission by blockading European ports, and the doomed liner Luisitania was carrying a large cargo of weapons bound for Britain.)

      • Counter PunchWhy Not Joint War Crimes Trials?

        There is nothing wrong with that. When government officials or military personnel engage in war crimes, they should be prosecuted.

        What’s weird though is that you don’t read any calls in the U.S. mainstream press for criminal prosecutions of U.S. officials and U.S. military personnel for war crimes committed with respect to the U.S. invasions and long-term occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, including the bombings of many wedding parties in which brides, grooms, bridal assistants, parents, brothers, sisters, relatives, and friends were killed or maimed.

      • TruthOutNonstop Corporate News on Ukraine Is Fueling Support for Unchecked US Militarism
      • Counter PunchUS Wages Financial War on Russia

        The latest developments, including: – How US declared financial war on Russia – The US Dollar as a weapon – How 9/11 gave the US government power to wage financial war – Key architects of US/EU financial war – Russia’s debt default – Turkish drones in Ukraine – The truth of Bucha’s atrocities

      • Counter PunchLearning the Wrong Lessons from Ukraine

        NATO didn’t add Ukraine, which was attacked. Therefore every country or at least lots of them should be added to NATO.

        Russia has a bad government. Therefore it should be overthrown.

      • FAIRSelling Albright as a ‘Feminist Icon’: Was the Price Worth It?

        Most coverage failed to levy any criticism at all of Albright’s actions in government, despite her presiding over a critical turning point in the American Empire. For the foreign policy establishment, the ’90s under Albright solidified the US self-image as the “indispensable nation,” ready and able to impose its will on the world, a position with repercussions that still echo today. Instead of critically exploring this legacy, corporate media opted for celebration and mythmaking.

      • Common DreamsPentagon Convenes Top US Weapons Makers to Increase Supply for Ukraine War

        The Pentagon on Wednesday is set to convene a classified meeting of some of the largest arms makers in the U.S.—from Lockheed Martin to Raytheon—as the Biden administration looks to ramp up weapons shipments to Ukraine, even as critics warn that continuing to pump advanced military equipment into the war zone could prolong the deadly conflict.

        “It is within Putin’s power to wind down this war, but what NATO does matters as well.”

      • Common DreamsCampaigners Warn Against Bringing Back US Nukes to UK Soil

        Disarmament campaigners warned Wednesday of “a further undermining of prospects for global peace” following reports suggesting an air force base in the U.K. is once again going to be storing U.S. nuclear weapons.

        The development, said Kate Hudson, general secretary of the London-based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, would again make Britain “a forward nuclear base for the U.S. in Europe.”

      • The NationThe Leftist Argument for Not Paying Your Taxes

        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.”

      • Democracy NowNY Gov. Candidate Jumaane Williams on Mass Shooting: More Police Won’t Solve Gun Violence

        After a gunman opened fire on a subway train during morning rush hour Tuesday, with 10 people shot and another 13 injured, we speak with New York City public advocate and gubernatorial candidate Jumaane Williams, who says “the answer to the gun violence problem cannot be solely sending police,” adding that New York must respond with a comprehensive plan to beef up social services and programs. He also speaks about the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin — who was arrested on bribery charges — and recent news that disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo may run in the November election.

      • The NationMali’s Violent, Authoritarian Turn

        On March 27, as herders converged upon the central Malian village of Moura (population: 10,000) for the weekly Sunday livestock market, helicopters carrying Malian soldiers accompanied by men believed to belong to the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group flew in and started firing. They sealed shut the exits to the village and raked their way through it in a counterterrorism operation that lasted for five days and left between 200 and 400 people dead. Human Rights Watch deemed it “the worst single atrocity reported in Mali’s decade-long armed conflict.” Armed actors have proliferated in Mali since separatist northern militants rebelled in 2011, only to be sidelined by an Al Qaeda affiliate. The Malian army, in a statement describing the same event, claimed to have neutralized 203 terrorists in a manner consistent with international law. Eyewitnesses, however, described indiscriminate killing and targeting based on ethnic appearance or dress.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ceasefire for Ukraine Now!

        As Russia pulls its forces back to concentrate them in the Dombas eastern region of Ukraine, those of us who oppose Russia’s invasion, as well as NATO’s problematic actions in the years leading up to it, must call for an immediate ceasefire and serious diplomacy for a negotiated end to this disastrous war.

      • Counter PunchRussia’s Success in Syria’s Civil War Doesn’t Mean Much for Its Chances in Vast, United Ukraine

        The new appointee is General Alexander Dvornikov, who was sent to Syria in September 2015 when Russia intervened directly in the war to stop a rebel offensive backed by Saudi Arabia which was making ground against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

        Russian air support for the Syrian army was of crucial assistance for the Assad government and continues to this day with 182 Russian air strikes since the start of April according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

      • Counter PunchDr. Cornel West: Philosophy in Our Time of Imperial Decay
      • Common DreamsBiden Answers Zelenskyy’s Plea to ‘Arm Ukraine Now’ With $800 Million in Weapons

        U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced an even-larger-than-expected $800 million military aid package for Ukraine, which has been under attack by Russian forces since late February.

        The package—which comes despite fears from anti-war voices that such weapons transfers will just further fuel the conflict—expands the type of weaponry the United States is sending to Ukraine.

      • MeduzaPrice tag protest St. Petersburg artist faces prison time for spreading information about civilian deaths in besieged Mariupol

        On Wednesday, April 13, a district court in St. Petersburg jailed artist Sasha Skochilenko until May 31, pending trial on charges of spreading “knowingly false information” about the Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine.

      • Meduza‘They’re trying to assimilate us’: Ukrainian civilians deported to Russia describe forced evacuations and ‘filtration camps’

        On March 18, Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon published a video message addressed to Ukrainians living in territories occupied or surrounded by Russian troops. He warned that there are “two types of humanitarian corridors” — those organized by Ukraine and those organized by Russia, and he urged people not to use the latter.

      • MeduzaThe hunt for ‘antimilitarism’: Leaked documents indicate that Russia’s federal censor has been monitoring the Internet for peace activism since at least 2020

        In early March, the nonprofit whistleblower site Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) published hyperlinks to a large data leak from the office of Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor (RKN), in the Republic of Bashkortostan. With help from colleagues at The Intercept, Meduza downloaded and indexed hundreds of gigabytes of these data and learned that RKN started monitoring protest sentiment back in 2020, sharing daily reports with various government agencies (including the national security apparatus) about “the destabilization of Russian society.”

      • [Old] Modern DiplomacyThe development of warfare cyberspace in the United States

        As a concept for integrating cyberwarfare systems, the US Cyber Command created the Joint Cyber Operations Architecture (JCWA) to guide cyberwarfare acquisition and investment decisions, with the aim of enabling cyber forces to execute command and control decisions, as well as training in having access – through a unified platform – to the broad tasks of the system. Since 2021 the US military has continued to use the JCWA as a guide and rely on various services to develop and improve cyberwarfare systems and tools.

      • [Old] Modern DiplomacyThe development of warfare cyberspace in the United States, part 2

        In August 2021 the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded to the cybersecurity firm Forescout-Active Defense for the Enterprise of Things a 115 million US dollar contract to promote a zero-trust security model. Also known as zero-trust architecture (ZTA), zero-trust network architecture (ZTNA) or perimeter-less security, it describes an approach to designing and deploying IT systems. The main concept behind the zero-trust security model is “never trust, always verify,” which means that devices should not be trusted by default, even if they are connected to an authorized network such as a corporate LAN and even if they were checked and verified before.

      • Modern DiplomacyThe development of warfare cyberspace in the United States, part 3

        The US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center, in collaboration with Texas-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), has developed a new Intrusion Detection System (IDS) to protect military ground vehicles from cyberattacks for more connected and automated self-propelled vehicle networks so as to achieve cyber resilience. The new IDS technology uses algorithms and fingerprints to detect anomalies in the communication systems embedded in ground combat vehicles. System algorithms will transmit information via the Controller Area Network (CAN) protocol to identify unknown or invalid nodes connected to the vehicle’s network.

      • Modern DiplomacyThe development of warfare cyberspace in the United States, part 4

        The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) has created a new capability matrix for ABMS, which includes six categories: 1. security processing; 2. connectivity; 3. data management; 4. applications; 5. sensor integration; 6. integrated effects. The Air Force plans to use more contracted tools to leverage commercial technologies, infrastructure and proven applications to get ABMS off the ground in a secure military digital network environment.

        NATO is developing new cloud technologies to establish technical standards in the field and ensure interoperability among Member States. The current cloud technology project that has attracted much attention is the Firefly system, developed by French company Thales. The system will deploy NATO’s first deployable scenario-level defence cloud capability and enable its own forces to receive, analyse and transmit data between static headquarters and in real time across theatres of operation. Firefly uses an all-in-one system architecture, including application management, IT networking and security, and hence it represents a holistic approach to deployable command and control resources for the Atlantic Alliance.

      • SANSHow is Ukrainian internet holding up during the Russian invasion?

        Nevertheless, there don’t seem to be much “objective” data available that would either support or invalidate these reports besides a BGP-level view of prefixes announced by different Ukrainian ISPs, which is provided by some internet monitoring tools (this, however, can’t tell us much about actual reachability of individual internet-connected systems).

      • New York TimesUkraine Says It Thwarted a Sophisticated Russian Cyberattack on Its Power Grid

        The attack was scheduled to begin on the evening of April 8 as civilians returned home from work, Ukrainian officials said, and could have made it impossible for them to go about their daily lives or gain access to information about the war. The breach targeted several electrical substations in the country, and had it been successful, it would have deprived roughly two million people of electricity and made it difficult to restore power.

        In recent weeks, American officials have warned that Russia could try to expand its cyberwarfare — perhaps even by disrupting American pipelines and electric grids in retaliation for the sanctions that the United States has imposed on Moscow.

      • India TimesAllah, Army and America: Who dictates Pakistan’s politics

        But thanks to these three As, no prime minister in Pakistan has been able to complete his full term. Imran was no exception. In fact, he also became the first PM in the country’s history to be removed through a no-confidence vote.

      • MedforthAustria: Acquaintance of the Islamist Schwedenplatz attacker brought to court – He sold, among other things, mugs and chocolate decorated with IS emblems

        The trial is explosive because the accused had contact with the later Vienna attacker via chat groups. He is one of the twelve men who were arrested immediately after the terrorist attack in Vienna. So far, no evidence of a concrete contribution to the crime by the 24-year-old community service worker could be found.

      • VOA NewsIslamic State ‘Beatle’ Case Goes to Jury in Virginia

        Elsheikh, who was stripped of his citizenship by Britain, is charged with the murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and relief workers Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchConstitutional Betrayal in Montana

        To make a long and complex story much shorter, Montana allocates water rights based on the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation — which means those who divert water from rivers, lakes, and streams for beneficial uses have rights to the water that are prioritized as “first in time, first in right.” Simply put, those who claimed their rights first have “senior” rights to the “junior” rights that were claimed later.

        It’s no secret that Montana’s rivers, like most of the West, are over-appropriated — meaning more water rights have been claimed than there is water in the river. During the severe drought that gripped the state last year and has worsened this year, the senior water rights holders can “put a call” on their rights and legally require upstream junior users to cease diversion until the senior rights are fulfilled.

      • Common Dreams84% of US Teens Back Urgent Climate Action to Save Future Generations: Poll

        A new poll reveals widespread concern among U.S. teens for the climate, with a strong majority saying that action is needed now to save planet Earth.

        Conducted by The Harris Poll for the National 4-H Council and first reported by Axios, the national survey of 1,500 13-19-year-olds reveals most youth have already witnessed environmental changes and expect a changed environment to impact their lives in the years to come.

      • Counter PunchProtecting Our Environment?  Not!

        In short, we are killing our earth’s environments and ecosystems and threatening the very existence of present and future generations. And, our leaders are allowing this degradation to take place.  Worse, they are encouraging it.

        Keep in mind that pursuant to Article III, section 3 of Montana’s Constitution, every legislative, executive, judicial and ministerial official in this State takes an oath (i.e., their appeal to God to witness the truth) to, among other things, support, protect and defend our Constitution.

      • Common DreamsLife Imitates Art in UK Climate Activist’s ‘Don’t Look Up’ TV Interview

        The deeply condescending treatment endured by a British climate activist during a Tuesday television interview bore what many observers are calling an eerie resemblance to a scene from the dystopian Netflix film Don’t Look Up.

        “The budget for Don’t Look Up was $75 million. Turns out, they could have saved all of that money by just playing this interview.”

      • Energy

        • Common DreamsScientists Glue Hands to UK Business Dept. Demanding End to ‘Fossil Fuel Madness’

          Over two dozen scientists on Wednesday glued scientific papers and their own hands to the windows of a U.K. government building in London to demand an end to fossil fuels.

          “Releasing reports is no longer enough. We must take actions they cannot ignore.”

        • HackadayThe Future Of Energy Storage On Both Sides Of The Meter

          That energy storage is a hot topic is hardly a surprise to anyone these days. Even so, energy storage can take a lot of different forms, some of which are more relevant to the utility provider (like grid-level storage), while others are relevant to business and home owners (e.g. whole-house storage), and yet other technologies live in this tense zone between utility and personal interest, such as (electric) vehicle-to-grid.

        • DeSmogBiomass Industry Pushes Back Against Europe’s Plans To Protect Woodlands

          A powerful US biomass lobby group is pushing for a raft of changes that would weaken European renewable energy rules geared to better protect biodiversity and tackle climate change, DeSmog can reveal. 

          Leaked documents shared with DeSmog show that Yorkshire wood-burning power plant Drax is at the heart of the effort to water down EU sustainability criteria. 

        • Computer WorldFollowing US moves, UK looks to regulate [cryptocurrency], create government token

          Following efforts by the US and others to address cryptocurrency standards, UK officials this week said they want Britain to lead the world and create their own government-backed digital token for international trade.

        • The Independent UKTesla to power bitcoin mine with solar energy

          Tesla solar panels and Megapack batteries are being deployed in Texas in order to mine bitcoin with 100 per cent renewable energy.

          The electric car maker partnered with payments firm Block and blockchain firm Blockstream to build a 3.8 megawatt (MW) facility that will begin operations later this year.

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • Jacobin MagazineThe Privatization of Water Is a Threat to Global Health

          Yet the privatization of water is expanding across the globe, and with devastating effects: waste dumping in the Global South, sewage leakages into water bodies supplying poorer communities, and ongoing shortages — all during the greatest climate crisis humans have ever seen. Fresh water supplies are drying up rapidly, with climate change as a driving force behind the rising sea levels and altered physical borders. Meanwhile, water demand is expected to increase by 55 percent by the year 2050 — made particularly alarming at a time of worldwide water shortages due to the increased demand for water and sanitation services during the pandemic. Service providers require a continuous supply of chemicals needed for water and wastewater testing and treatment, posing challenges in countries where wastewater treatment remains limited. In Arab countries such as Yemen, water stress has risen, owing to increased allocation of water resources to the agriculture sector to offset lower food exports by food-producing countries.

        • AxiosScoop: White House eyes water security strategy

          Why it matters: Climate change, border conflicts, cyber threats and inefficient agricultural practices threaten humanity’s future supply. External conflicts over water pose a threat to national security, as well as international relations.

          A proposed White House action plan would link global water security with national security for the first time.

        • VOA NewsSouth Sudan Facing its Worst Food Crisis on Record

          The United Nations warns a record 7.74 million people, or two-thirds of South Sudan’s population, are likely to face hunger during this year’s lean season between May and July. This is the dangerous period between planting and harvesting when food stocks are at their lowest.

          Among the millions at risk of hunger are an estimated 87,000 people who will face catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity during the lean period.

          A U.N. analysis of the food situation in South Sudan released last week warns many of these people will likely die of starvation.

        • PBSAs California gets its final winter rains, drought is setting up a water battle

          The state’s rainy season typically ends April 1, and for Fukada and his team, who manage water distribution to 230 farms in Tulare County, it’s shaping up to be an even more challenging year than the last few.

          Snowpack in the mountains melts in spring and runs down canals into the Valley. But a snow survey conducted by the Department of Water Resources on April 1 – when the snow is often at its highest – showed levels at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada had “plummeted” to 38 percent of the annual average since the start of the year.

        • WiredA Farmer’s Quest to Beat California’s Waves of Drought and Deluge

          The real success story, though, lay in the ground beneath Terranova. In a typical year, that’s where most of the farm’s water comes from. Cameron and his neighbors do not hold rights to any nearby river, or to the supplies piped in through government projects; they either buy from people who do or, more often, pump what they need out of the aquifers. A system of natural subterranean reservoirs stretches beneath the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, which together form the Central Valley. The region is pincushioned with more than 100,000 wells. People and businesses have pumped out so much water that whole towns sink into the hollows.

          While Terranova stood firm, its aquifer was in trouble. Cameron and his neighbors had taxed the ground so heavily over the years that there was a 230-foot-deep dry zone, or “cone of depression,” in the water table beneath the ranch. But after the 2017 flood, after the last of the rain and snowmelt had trickled down into the aquifer, the water level rose 40 feet. Cameron swore that when the next flood came, he would be ready to gulp down even more.

          Cameron didn’t come up with the idea of using floodwater to refill aquifers, but he did earn a reputation as the godfather of the practice. In a valley dotted with ponds and basins built for the sole purpose of holding extra water as it percolates down into the ground, he was the first farmer foolhardy enough to experiment on his own harvest. His work earned him state and county prizes for innovation. In 2018 he was appointed president of California’s agriculture board. He thought—hoped—that on-farm recharge might become one piece of the future-proofing necessary to save the country’s most productive agricultural region from near-certain death.

        • RTLInternational agencies call for urgent aid to address food insecurity

          Major international organizations issued an appeal Wednesday for urgent measures to deal with rising food insecurity in poor countries, including financing to support farmers and increase food supplies. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Western sanctions on Moscow, have sent energy and food prices soaring in recent weeks, while rising natural gas prices also have impacted fertilizer production, which in turn hurts farmers.

    • Finance

      • TruthOutKyrsten Sinema Assures Corporate Donors She’ll Protect Their Tax Breaks
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Russian Sanctions, Corporate Profits, and the Globalized Economic Pain of the Ukraine War

        Russia’s catastrophic attempt to gain re-entry into the league of great powers, after its re-entry into capitalism reduced the country to a raw materials supplier to stronger economies, calls to mind Kalecki’s remark about the fascist promise to humiliated nations after the First World War, that ‘roads to glory lead to war.’ In the violence into which this latest ‘road to glory’ has descended, it is sometimes forgotten that Russia may possess the largest army in Europe (and possibly in the world, depending on how much weight is given to reserve soldiers). But economically it has not recovered from the loss of the peripheral republics of the old Soviet Union, and the ‘shock therapy’ of economic liberalization after the Russian government abandoned socialism. The World Bank estimates that Russia now is merely the 11th largest economy in the world, not only after the United States, China, and Japan, the European behemoths of Italy, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, but also the ‘emerging markets’ of India and South Korea.

      • TruthOutWarren & Chu Call Out IRS Auditors for Targeting Households Making $25K or Less
      • WhatsApp

        Secret IRS files reveal the top US income-earners and how their tax rates vary more than their incomes. Tech titans, hedge fund managers and heirs dominate the list, while the likes of Taylor Swift and LeBron James didn’t even make the top 400.

      • Pro PublicaAmerica’s Top 15 Earners and What They Reveal About the U.S. Tax System

        Periodically, we get a glimpse into the financial lives of the ultrarich. A pro athlete signs a huge contract, a tech CEO sells a boatload of shares in their company, or a billionaire heir unloads a Manhattan penthouse. Based on these nuggets of information, the media speculates as to how much income the rich might bring in every year. But nobody actually knows.

      • TechdirtStill Terrible: Intuit Hit By FTC Lawsuit Over Deceptive ‘Free Tax Filing’ Advertising Practices

        It must be tax season, because here we are yet again talking about Intuit and the company’s skullduggery when it comes to offers for “free” tax filing. You can go back and look at the plethora of posts we have done on all of this. The quick summary for you is that Intuit has deceptively advertised “free to file” programs for those it later says don’t qualify for free filing once the customer is nearly done inputting tax information, and that Intuit has had a long history of doing everything possible to hide the actual free options available to consumers in order to instead milk money from low-income taxpayers and military veterans. Notably, Intuit participated in the IRS’ free filing program, though the IRS actually announced plans to cut out the third parties in part because of Intuit’s bullshit practices.

      • Common DreamsWarren, Chu Say IRS Must ‘Take On Wealthy Tax Cheats’ and Stop Targeting the Poor

        Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Judy Chu on Wednesday demanded that the Internal Revenue Service halt its disproportionate targeting of low-income Americans and instead focus its attention and resources on “wealthy tax cheats.”

        “Lower-income Americans are audited by the IRS at five times the rate of everyone else.”

      • TruthOutMcConnell Pins Inflation on Biden, But Has Raked In $1.2M From Corporate Donors
      • TruthOutCorporate Profiteers Are Driving Inflation. It Hurts Poorer Countries Most.
      • Democracy NowPrices Soar as Corporate Profiteers & Speculators Drive Inflation; It Hurts the Developing World Most

        The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday inflation in the United States rose to 8.5% in March — the highest in four decades. Meanwhile, Oxfam is warning over 260 million people around the world could be pushed into extreme poverty by the end of year due to the pandemic and rising energy and food costs. For more on the growing inflation crisis, we speak with economist Jayati Ghosh, who says prices of essentials are soaring much higher than can be explained by oil prices and supply shortages alone, because of what she calls “feverish speculation” in financial markets and corporate profiteering. She also speaks about how the Global South sees the West’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine as deeply hypocritical when compared to the growing humanitarian crises in places like Yemen and Afghanistan, and calls on the International Monetary Fund to reverse practices of pushing austerity in less wealthy countries and instead focus on massive public spending to combat existential crises like inflation and climate change. Her recent article is titled “Putin’s War Is Damaging the Developing World.”

      • Common Dreams‘Keep Fighting’: Schumer ‘Making Progress’ on Canceling Student Debt

        Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday urged debt relief campaigners to keep pushing President Joe Biden to broadly wipe out student debt, saying he’s talked extensively with the White House about debt cancellation for millions of Americans via executive action.

        The New York Democrat said he and other advocates on Capitol Hill are “making progress” in convincing the president to cancel at least $50,000 per borrower, which Biden could direct Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to do instead of relying on Congress to pass legislation.

      • Common DreamsSecret IRS Files Reveal Super-Low Tax Rates of Super-Wealthy Americans

        ProPublica’s latest exposé of inequitable taxation shows that the 400 most lavishly paid people in the U.S. don’t pay the highest income tax rates—a finding that progressives say demonstrates the need to overhaul the nation’s tax code and make the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.

        “Because our tax code favors wealth over work, billionaire money managers can pay lower rates than affluent doctors, lawyers, and manufacturers.”

      • NPRCredit firm TransUnion used deceptive marketing and ‘dark patterns,’ lawsuit alleges

        The federal regulator that oversees consumer finance is suing TransUnion, one of the top credit-reporting agencies in the U.S., for deceptive marketing practices and using “dark patterns” on its website to trick consumers into signing up for recurring charges.

        The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed the complaint in federal court on Tuesday, accusing the company, two of its subsidiaries and former executive John T. Danaher of violating a 2017 settlement agreement over similar claims.

      • MIT Technology ReviewHouse-flipping algorithms are coming to your neighborhood— despite the losses

        His dream home was not owned by a person but by a tech company. Zillow, the US’s largest real estate listings site, had begun buying up homes in 2018, predicting it could create a “one-click nirvana” for purchasing real estate. It estimated returns of $20 billion a year. Zillow Offers, its “instant buying” business, followed startups like Opendoor and Offerpad, which had pioneered “iBuying,” the so-called “high-tech flipping” model, which uses data systems to price houses and investor cash to buy them before fixing them up and selling them.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchLaw’s Limits: The Passage of the Antilynching Bill

        Such instruments were drafted with an express purpose of targeting that nastily cruel weapon of choice for white insecurity and supremacy.  Nearing the end of March this year, US President Joe Biden signed into law the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, its name taken from the teenager murdered in 1955 by a mob for supposedly flirting with a white woman.  In being designated a hate crime, those responsible for its infliction, resulting in either death or injury, can face up to three decades in prison in addition to time for other charges.

        Lynching had a defining role of keeping Black Americans in their place, a vigilante method of control that received more than a little bit of support from local policing authorities. It symbolised the fangs and threat of Jim Crow and its sheer durability, initially justified as a form of popular sovereignty in the face of tardy justice.  Such a form of terror was seminal in compelling the migration of millions of Black Americans from the Southern States to the north and enforcing insidious racial hierarchies.

      • Counter PunchThe Case Against the GQP is Worse Than You Think

        Currently Russian leader Vladimir Putin is demonstrating one version of this; he is calling his invasion of Ukraine, massacre of civilians, and wanton disregard for human rights (that some are calling genocide) a “special operation.”

        His ability to control Russian propagandizing media and punish truth-telling are weapons every bit as dangerous as the munitions exploding in civilian apartments, children’s schools, and community hospitals.

      • Counter PunchPaul Krugman, China, mRNA Vaccines, and Right-Wing Populism
      • Counter PunchZelensky is in a Hurry; Justice Isn’t

        Why not?

        The above actions are punitive. They hold Russia accountable for what they are doing and have done. But the punitive measures have not changed behavior, as if sending a child to bed without supper will change her behavior the next time at the table. “How many times have I told you to…?” is a repeated refrain from frustrated parents who ratchet up the punishment with little results.

      • TruthOutMark Meadows Removed From North Carolina Voter Roll Amid Voting Fraud Inquiry
      • Common DreamsOpinion | The US Supreme Court Has a Very Serious Clarence Thomas Problem

        As I have written before, the U.S. Supreme Court is facing a crisis of legitimacy driven by a growing public perception that the court is a political institution dominated by conservative activists masquerading as impartial guardians of the Constitution. 

      • Common Dreams‘Nina Is a Real Leader Who Fights’: Sanders Endorses Turner for Congress

        Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday endorsed progressive firebrand Nina Turner’s campaign for the U.S. House seat in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, calling her a “real leader who fights for higher wages, Medicare for All, and affordable prescription drugs.”

        “Nina knows the job is more than just voting the right way. It’s about leadership.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The GOP Has Gone Bull-Goose Bonkers, But Where Are the Democrats?

        I think we can now say the obvious: The Republican Party has gone bull-goose bonkers. Its leaders have turned the once-proud GOP brand into an unprincipled gaggle of corporate profiteers, hatemongers and screwball conspiracy theorists. They’re so far-out that the Hubble Space Telescope can’t find them!

      • Common DreamsProgressive Summer Lee Nabs 25-Point Lead Over Corporate Lawyer in US House Primary: Poll

        With just over a month to go until Pennsylvania’s primary election, progressive state Rep. Summer Lee holds a 25-point lead over her two Democratic opponents in the race to succeed Rep. Mike Doyle in the 12th Congressional District.

        “It’s clear the voters of PA-12 are fired up and ready to send a working-class champion from their community to Washington, D.C.”

      • The NationThe Corporate Lawyer Running for Congress in Pennsylvania

        Steve Irwin, a Pittsburgh attorney and the establishment favorite in a high-profile Democratic primary in Pennsylvania, has spent much of his career defending corporations and their interests in court. For a decade, he led the Labor and Employment division of Leech Tishman, a law firm that provides union-busting services and describes itself as being “predominantly management-side.” Before joining Leech Tishman, filings show, Irwin defended corporations against wage and discrimination complaints, and represented companies against Disability Act lawsuits.

      • The NationHas Neoliberalism Really Come to an End?

        The term “neoliberalism” is often used to condemn an array of economic policies associated with such ideas as deregulation, trickle-down economics, austerity, free markets, free trade, and free enterprise. As a political movement, neoliberalism is seen as experiencing its breakthrough 40 years ago with the election into office of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. And since the 2007–08 financial crisis, an explosion of academic work and political activism has been devoted to explaining how neoliberalism is fundamentally to blame for the massive growth in inequality.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Autocrats Like Trump, Putin, and Le Pen Exploit Failures of Neoliberalism

        A bit over 40 years ago the UK and the United States—followed within a few years by most of the rest of western Europe—embarked on a radical experiment in governance and economics.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | WaPo Gives Bigots Platform to Control Narrative on 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.

      • Pro PublicaNew York Increases Funding of Mental Health Care for Kids, Including Cash Governor Says Will Reopen Hospital Beds

        Mental health programs for children and adolescents will get a major infusion of funds in New York state’s new $220 billion budget, which passed Saturday after contentious negotiations over criminal justice issues.

        Legislators approved significant reimbursement rate increases for community-based mental health programs, as well as bonuses for frontline workers. The budget also includes $10 million to address staffing and capacity shortages at state-run psychiatric hospitals, though it does not earmark funds to reopen beds that were shut down under a “Transformation Plan” rolled out by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A measure proposed by the state Senate that would have committed New York to restore 200 state-run beds died in budget negotiations.

      • MeduzaReplacing Zhirinovsky As the Kremlin considers replacements to lead Russia’s right-wing ‘opposition,’ some strategists want to ditch the party altogether

        With the death of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Kremlin seeks someone to replace him as the leader of the political party LDPR, the nation’s loyalist right-wing alternative to United Russia. At the moment, the main candidate for Zhirinovsky’s role appears to be LDPR’s acting leader in the State Duma, Leonid Slutsky (the same politician whom multiple women journalists have accused of sexual harassment). Meanwhile, sources told Meduza special correspondent Andrey Pertsev that the Putin administration is considering a gradual “disposal” of the party altogether.

      • The VergeCalifornia governor has been interfering in Activision Blizzard lawsuit

        While the DFEH’s attempts to block the settlement didn’t seem to be motivated by the settlement’s size (or relative lack thereof), it did seem to want to pursue harsher penalties than the EEOC proposed. Now with the DFEH’s top two lawyers gone, allegedly at the behest of the California governor, it seems like political forces (who could have a vested interest in Activision’s board or even Microsoft’s) have decided Activision Blizzard has properly atoned. In an email to The Verge, DFEH deputy communication director Fahizah Alim said, “DFEH does not comment on personnel matters. DFEH will continue to vigorously enforce California’s civil rights and fair housing laws.”

      • ABCWhy So Many Conservatives Are Talking About ‘Grooming’ All Of A Sudden

        Except there’s no mention of grooming in the law. Instead, it prohibits “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade, “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

        So if casting those who oppose this law as “pro-grooming” is not rooted in evidence, what is it rooted in? In part, it’s a dog whistle to the party’s most extreme, conspiracy-minded base. The foundation of the QAnon conspiracy theory is that there is a mass, secret, underground ring of Satanic pedophiles whose members consist of Democratic leaders and Hollywood elites. Painting anyone who opposes Florida’s law (i.e., mainly Democrats) as being pro-grooming fits neatly into that narrative and winks at QAnon adherents without requiring politicians on the right to actually endorse the outlandish theory.

      • “Pure Islam” is anything but peaceful

        Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently spoke with The Atlantic about his views on religion, politics, and economics. The heir to the Saudi throne emphasized Islam as the fundamental foundation of the state, denounced Islamist extremism, and insisted that he aims at returning Saudi Arabia “back to pure Islam.”

        The interview is important for several reasons. The crown prince (often known by his initials, MBS) is arguably among the most powerful and influential Muslims of our day, and Saudi Arabia is the most cherished place on the planet for billions of Muslims. It is the heartland of Islam, where Muhammad presumably lived and preached. Moreover, Saudi Arabia is the epicenter of Sunni Islam—a version commonly followed by more than 85 percent of Muslims worldwide.

      • Internet SocietyRouting Security Goes to Washington

        A month ago, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a “Notice of Inquiry” (NOI) around a subject close to our hearts: secure Internet routing. In this NOI, the FCC asked a series of questions to the public about how data is routed around the Internet, and what kinds of security controls, standards, and efforts exist to protect those routes. (Note that the FCC is not proposing regulations currently, just asking for more information.)

        We worked with our community to submit comments in this proceeding. We’ll describe the high notes here.

      • Raw StoryVeterans and lawmakers blast ‘idiot’ Marjorie Taylor Greene for saying joining US military is ‘throwing your life away’

        U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene disparaged the 1.33 million active-duty U.S. Department of Defense members, including the 481,254 active-duty U.S. Army members by declaring that joining America’s Armed Forces is “like throwing your life away.”

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • EFFCivil Liberties Groups Urge Social Media Platforms to Better Protect Free Flow of Information in Crisis Zones

        “As a global community of civil society actors, we do not demand a one-size-fits-all approach to responding to human rights crises,” the groups said in the statement. “What we are asking platforms to do is to invest more time and effort in improving their operations now, not when unfolding violence gets into the media spotlight and it is often already too late to act.”

        It has become increasingly clear that platforms have followed the same playbook in Ukraine as they have elsewhere: surface-level or extractive relationships with civil society; insufficient support for local language and lack of understanding of context; and responsiveness to media pressure, not civil society pressure or human rights concerns. The Russian invasion of 2022 was a re-escalation of events that began in 2014, and platforms should have been better prepared.

        The statement issued Wednesday calls upon platforms to be better prepared going forward, and urges them to address structural inequalities in how they treat different countries, markets, and regions. Specifically, the statement calls upon platforms to provide:

      • Modern DiplomacyHow TikTok is being used as propaganda machinery during war time

        A study conducted by News Guard analysts reported that when a new searcher looked up information about the war, TikTok search results were rampant with false information in its top 20 results. By the time they kept scrolling the feed, it gave miscellaneous information which was hard to sort as reliable or unreliable – thereby potentially making it more challenging for users to access the reliable information about the war.

        Social media has largely affected how people, governments and institutions react to the Russia- Ukraine war and has played a major role in shaping public opinion. There have been quite a few instances in which videos on TikTok were proven to be fake: [...]

      • Deutsche WelleFact check: How to spot a fake military success story in Russia-Ukraine war

        In wartime, supporters of one side or another share “military success” videos of combat footage, often set to music. Besides the moral and ethical issues of spreading such explicitly violent content, there is another problem: Often such videos show military footage from completely different conflicts. This DW fact check examines one example from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war to see how it stands up to the claims made by the account that posted it. We will also share the methods and tools we used to verify the footage used.

      • New York TimesU.S. and Ukrainian Groups Pierce Putin’s Propaganda Bubble

        Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a U.S.-funded but independent news organization founded decades ago, is trying to push its broadcasts deeper into Russia. Its Russian-language articles are published on copies of its websites called “mirrors,” which Russian censors seek out in a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole. Audience numbers have surged during the war despite the censorship.

        American organizations are also promoting the use of software that allows Russian citizens to leap over the nascent firewall erected by the Kremlin to control internet access.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Former professor says too many college students are self-censoring

        Former Brown University professor and current president of Heterodox Academy John Tomasi is hoping to see that direction change. He says the academy’s latest national survey, the Campus Expression Survey, shows that 65% of students self-censor in the attempt to avoid offending others with their opinions.

      • EuractiveDigital Brief: DSA fourth trilogue, DMA diverging views, France’s fine for Googl

        EU co-legislators agreed ‘in principle’ on a ban on adverts targeting minors and utilising sensitive data, in the DSA. The EU Council accepted this inclusion in the text as part of the broader package deal on the Digital Markets Act. Still, the proposed compromised text revealed by EURACTIV left the Parliament and NGOs unsatisfied as the part on sensitive data merely referred to the GDPR. Moreover, the Council’s text included these provisions in the recitals, whereas lawmakers want it in an article. The European Commission offered to draft a new compromise. Still, Parliament’s leading negotiator Christel Schaldemose slammed the EU executive’s previous text as unsatisfactory and put it on MEPs to come up with a proposal possibly as soon as next week.

        Schaldemose got through her proposal on recommender systems, but everything else was sent back to the technical level, including dark patterns. The part on risk assessment got blocked, and the Commission is now working on a new compromise. Although the waiver system will likely get killed in the end, centre-right MEPs are standing in asking for exemptions for SMEs, even though left-to-centre lawmakers are actually closer to the Council position than theirs. In terms of supervisory fees, the Commission estimated it would total around €20 or €30 million, which seems to suggest €1 million per very large online platform since 20/30 VLOPs are expected in total. The crisis management mechanism will include a sunset close as a safeguard against what was considered excessive executive power by the European Commission. No technical meeting has been scheduled for next week (plenary) or the following one (green week). The most likely date for the next trilogue seems to be 27 April, but it is yet to be confirmed.

      • Broadband BreakfastReforming Section 230 Won’t Help With Content Moderation, Event Hears

        Reforming Section 230 won’t help with content moderation on online platforms, observers said Monday.

        “If we’re going to have some content moderation standards, the government is going to be, usually, the worst person to do it,” said Chris Cox, a member of the board of directors at tech lobbyist Net Choice and a former Congressman.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • DiEM25Julian Assange has been imprisoned in British Guantanamo for three years. It’s a crime against us all

        The UK and US governments rightly express outrage over reports of war crimes in Ukraine. Yet while doing so, they make an example of Assange for revealing, with definitive proof, their own war crimes. While the media decries the spread of disinformation and attacks against journalists, most stay silent as an actual journalist slowly dying in prison for doing his duty of informing the public.

      • VOA NewsJournalists Arrested While Covering Prison Scuffle in Somaliland

        Police in Somalia’s breakaway Somaliland region arrested at least seven journalists Wednesday, including a VOA reporter, as they covered a prison scuffle in the region’s capital, Hargeisa.

        VOA Somali stringer Sagal Mustafe Hassan was freed after a short detention, but the other journalists remained in custody at Hargeisa’s central police station.

        Among the journalists arrested were BBC reporter Hassan Gallaydh, local MM TV journalist Mohamed Ilig and Ahmed Mohamud Yusuf of Saab TV.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutThe Movement to Defund and Abolish Immigration Jails Is Winning Major Victories
      • Common Dreams‘Dehumanizing and Cynical Stunt’: Texas Bus Drops Off Migrants Outside Fox News HQ in DC

        Appalled human rights defenders condemned Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday after the first bus of migrants he sent from the U.S.-Mexico border to the nation’s capital arrived outside an office building that houses Fox News, which quickly provided glowing coverage of the far-right official’s latest effort to demonize immigrants.

        “Of course Greg Abbott ordered the bus with migrants on it to show up in front of Fox News headquarters here in D.C.,” Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, senior policy counsel at the American Immigration Council, wrote on social media. “It’s an incredibly dehumanizing and cynical stunt.”

      • Counter PunchAncient Dreams: “I Am A Citizen Of The World”

        A startling revolutionary intrusion in ancient times that shifts our attention beyond the local and parochial—a “Greek male refuses the invitation to define himself by lineage, city, social class, even free birth, even gender. He insists on defining himself in terms of a characteristic that he shares with all other human beings, male and female, Greek and non-Greek, slave and free. And by calling himself not simply a dweller in the world but a citizen of the world, Diogenes suggests, as well, the possibility of a politics, or an approach to politics, that focuses on the humanity we share rather than the marks of local origin, status, class, and gender that divide us. It is the first step on the road that leads to Kant’s idea of the ‘kingdom of ends,’ a virtual polity of moral aspiration that unites all rational beings (although Diogenes, more inclusive, does not limit the community to the ‘rational’), and to Kant’s vision of a cosmopolitan politics that will join all humanity under laws given not by convention and class but by free moral choice” (p.2). Kant, the cosmopolitan visionary, never travelled more than thirty miles from his home, yet he dreamt of world entirely peaceful.

        A lengthy quotation: but it corrals the elemental features of the cosmopolitan vision of one humanity; it follows that this moral vision might engender a cosmopolitan politics and a world organization beyond competing and warring nation-states. James Ingram (Radical cosmopolitics: the ethics and politics of democratic universalism (2013) puts it this way: “Cosmopolitics is an attempt to realize the importance of universalism—to grasp the human world as one and ourselves, to at least some extent, is connected to, and therefore at least to some degree responsible for, all of it. Cosmopolitics, as I will use the term, is the attempt to act politically in the world on the basis of this understanding” (p. 24). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on “World government” (2012) defines world government as “the idea of all humankind united under one common political authority. Arguably, it has not existed so far in human history, yet proposals for a unified global political authority have existed since ancient times—in the ambition of kings, popes and emperors, and the dreams of poets and philosophers” (p. 1).

      • TruthOutRepublicans Refuse to Name Courthouse After Black Judge in Overtly Racist Move
      • Democracy Now200 Starbucks & Counting: Barista Jaz Brisack Says Union Busting Can’t Stop Worker Solidarity

        We speak with Starbucks Workers United organizer and barista Jaz Brisack on the growing Starbucks union drive that has swept across 30 U.S. states since she helped successfully organize the first U.S. unionized location in Buffalo, New York, last December. Starbucks Workers United has now successfully unionized over a dozen Starbucks shops, and about 200 stores have filed for union elections, covering 5,000 workers in 30 states. This all comes despite an aggressive union-busting campaign from the Starbucks Corporation that includes firing pro-union workers and forcing employees to attend anti-union meetings — a practice the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel has argued is illegal under federal law. Meanwhile, the NLRB says it’s planning to formally accuse Starbucks of illegally firing a group of seven employees who were fighting to unionize their Starbucks store in Memphis, Tennessee. Brisack also talks about Amazon’s first union in Staten Island, New York, saying the move “shows we as workers and as the labor movement can take on 15 baristas in a tiny Starbucks or 8,000 workers in an Amazon warehouse as long as we are standing together.”

      • The NationSupreme Court Justice
      • The NationGrowing Up Queer in a Small Town

        Coming of age in a rural, conservative-leaning town of 500 is in itself no easy feat. Growing up queer in such an environment is much harder. Supporting queer youth, regardless of one’s own political and religious beliefs, is crucial.

      • TechdirtEleventh Circuit Strips Immunity From Deputy Who Saved A War Vet From Self-Harm By Breaking His Neck

        One of the many symptoms of the many, deep-rooted, law enforcement sicknesses is how often officers decide to “help” people by harming them. That’s why some cities have chosen to redirect mental health issues to mental health professionals, rather than to armed officers who view anything they can’t immediately address with yelling and pointing of weapons as a threat that must be violently subdued.

      • TechdirtBig Telecom Astroturfers Smear FCC Nom Gigi Sohn In Arizona

        For years, we’ve noted how one of the greasier lobbying tactics in telecom is the co-opting of civil rights groups to provide the illusion of broad support for what’s often awful policy.

      • Police blast Disney music to stop YouTuber from filming them in California, video shows

        The loud music woke up Santa Ana City Councilman Jonathan Ryan Hernandez, among other neighbors, the video shows.

        An officer is seen in the video telling Hernandez they were playing the music because the person recording them wasn’t allowing them to conduct their investigation.

        When Hernandez asks officers again about the music, the officer says “because he will get copyright infringement,” the video shows.

      • NPROver 50 gig workers were killed on the job. Their families are footing the bills

        Lewis was one of more than 50 gig workers killed while driving for companies like Lyft, Uber and DoorDash since 2017, according to a new report from the advocacy group Gig Workers Rising.

        And while it is hard to know what companies could have done to prevent the deaths, the worker advocates say there was a lack of support in the aftermath of the killings.

      • BIA Net‘Illegal demonstration’ charges against 40 women over Women’s Day events

        Forty women who were detained on Women’s Day have been indicted for “attending an illegal demonstration unarmed and not dispersing despite a warning.”

        The women were battered and detained near Kadıköy Pier, where they went to cross the city’s European side by ferry to attend the Feminist Night March in Taksim.

      • ABCVideo: Michigan cop on Black man’s back, fatally shot him

        Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, speaking on behalf of Lyoya’s family, on Wednesday called for the officer in the shooting to be fired and prosecuted.

      • Common DreamsCivil Rights Groups Demand Justice for Unarmed Black Man Killed by Michigan Cop

        Civil rights groups on Wednesday responded to the release of video footage showing a Grand Rapids, Michigan police officer fatally shooting unarmed 26-year-old Black motorist Patrick Lyoya earlier this month by condemning what they called excessive use of force and demanding the killer be identified and brought to justice.

        “An unregistered license plate should not be a death sentence.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtCanadian Gov’t Latest To Decide US Tech Companies Should Be Punished For Sending Web Traffic To Canadian Websites

        Here we go again. It’s a plan that almost never works but one that legislators and the special interest groups pushing for it continue to believe will shower them with untold riches from billion dollar tech companies that they blame for the destruction of local content creation.

      • TechdirtNew York Times Editors Still Don’t Understand How Twitter Or The Internet Work

        On any given day you can find a stellar array of phenomenal reporting in the pages of the New York Times. On any other day you can also find a rotating crop of terrible gibberish, from COVID coverage that large swaths of the medical community say borders on journalistic malpractice, to numerous examples of “view from nowhere” reporting that often normalizes and amplifies authoritarian rhetoric and its harms.

      • TechdirtAnd Now The Copia Institute Tells The Fifth Circuit That Texas Doesn’t Get To Regulate The Internet Either

        As Mike noted the other day, state after state has been playing “fuck around and find out” with all sorts of bills that fundamentally interfere with the First Amendment and Section 230. So far Florida has already wasted over $700k in taxpayer dollars trying to defend their indefensibly censorial law. And now Texas is setting fire to the public treasury as well, as it appeals the injunction of their stupid attempt to control what people can say on the Internet.

      • It’s been long gone, like fifteen years long gone. Why are you still asking?

        About a month ago, I was checking my webserver logs when I noticed mutiple requests to pages that have long been marked as gone. The webserver has been returning HTTP (HyperText Transport Protocol) status code 410 Gone [1], in some cases, for over fifteen years! At first I was annoyed—why are these webbots still requesting pages I’ve marked as gone? But then I started thinking about it—if I were writing a webbot to scan web pages, what would I do if I got a “gone” status? Well, I’d delete any references to said page, for sure. But when what if I came across the link on another page? I don’t have the link (because I deleted it earlier) so let’s add it to scan. Lather, rinse, repeat.

        So there’s a page or pages out there that are still linking to the pages that are long gone. And upong further investigation, I found the pages—my own site!


      • Just an observation, nothing more

        As I’ve been cleaning up blog entries [1] (the first few years also have some pretty bad formatting issues) I’ve noticed something—I used to write a lot more back then. I think part of that is that the whole “blogging” thing was new, and after twenty-plus years, I’ve covered quite a bit of material. There have been multiple instances w

      • Can someone explain to me why this happens?

        And it’s not like it’s a single web robot making these requests—no! It’s *three different web robots!*

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Computer WorldMore than half of PCs can’t upgrade to Windows 11 — report

        Data released today by IT asset management platform provider Lansweeper indicates that upgrades to Windows 11 have almost tripled over the past three months, but the overall adoption rate remains miniscule.

        The survey of more than 10 million Microsoft devices by Lansweeper’s PC management software showed 1.44% now run Windows 11, an increase from the 0.52% of PCs that ran the OS in January.

      • Final Result of Netflix, Inc.’s Voluntary Recommended Public Tender Offer for All Outstanding Shares and Stock Options in Next Games Corporation; Netflix, Inc. Completes the Tender Offer and Commences a Subsequent Offer Period

        The Offeror will announce the preliminary percentage of the Shares validly tendered during the Subsequent Offer Period on or about April 29, 2022 and the final percentage on or about May 3, 2022. The offer price will be paid to each shareholder who has validly accepted, and not validly withdrawn, the Tender Offer during the Subsequent Offer Period in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer, on or about May 4, 2022. The offer price will be paid in accordance with the payment procedures described in the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer. The actual time of receipt of the payment to each shareholder will depend on the schedules for payment transactions between financial institutions and the agreements, if any, between the shareholder and its account operator, custodian or nominee.

      • YLENetflix to take over Finnish gaming company

        Netflix is set to acquire Finnish gaming company Next Games. The streaming giant’s takeover bid has been accepted by shareholders who hold a 94 percent stake in Next Games.

        Netflix’s share in the company would rise to 94.5 percent when taking stock options into account. The agreement allows for the remaining shareholders to accept the offer at a later stage.

    • Monopolies

      • ReutersMicrosoft’s cloud business targeted by EU antitrust regulators

        The company found itself on the EU competition enforcer’s radar again after German software provider NextCloud, France’s OVHcloud (OVH.PA) and two other companies filed complaints about Microsoft’s cloud practices.

        “The Commission has information that Microsoft may be using its potentially dominant position in certain software markets to foreclose competition regarding certain cloud computing services,” the questionnaire said.

      • Broadband BreakfastApple CEO Against App Legislation, Russian Cyberattack Thwarted, European Telecoms Exit Russia

        Cook was talking about the Open Markets Act, which would forbid app stores with more than 50 million domestic users from requiring app developers from using in-app payment options controlled by the application store owner — in this case, Apple.

      • Patents

        • Common DreamsRich Nations, Big Pharma Still Blocking ‘Early Exit’ From Pandemic: Experts

          In a scathing letter on Wednesday, more than 300 public health experts, academics, labor leaders, and activists accused rich countries of denying the world an “early exit” from the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to stonewall efforts to expand vaccine production and distribution in low-income nations.

          Addressed to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new letter calls on the two leaders to reject a recently leaked compromise proposal that departs dramatically from South Africa and India’s popular original plan to waive coronavirus-related patents for the duration of the pandemic.

        • TruthOutHealth Experts: COVID Vaccine Inequity Is Still Endangering Millions of Lives
      • Copyrights

        • Digital Music NewsU.S. Copyright Office Launches New Copyright Claims Board Website

          The website will serve as a gateway to the CCB before the full opening of the board to users of copyrighted materials later this spring. The U.S. Copyright Office says the website is dedicated to helping everyone understand the mission and processes behind the Copyright Claims Board. Once the CCB starts hearing claims later this year, the website will be the primary location for information about filing and responding to claims, opting out of a proceeding, and accessing the CCB’s handbook.

        • VarietyVice Media Group Names Rich Santiago as SVP, Brand Strategy and Creative Experience (EXCLUSIVE)

          Brand executive Rich Santiago has joined Vice Media Group as senior vice president of brand strategy and creative experience, Variety has learned exclusively. He will report to Nadja Bellan-White, Global Chief Marketing Officer, VICE Media Group, who announced the news on Wednesday.

          Santiago joins the company from Meta (formerly Facebook), and will partner with Vice’s existing creative and editorial teams.

        • Public Domain ReviewThe Encyclopedia of Light – The Public Domain Review

          All writing elides, to a greater or lesser degree, the way it came to be what you read. How many times did I start that last sentence? Five times. But four of them are no more. Had I penned those words in ink, however, scribbling away on a sheet of paper, traces of each false start would remain, and you would see my thinking in a way that, reading me now, you do not. Composition in digital media has, in this way, made for a special kind of frictionless world of sublated erasures, deleted deletions, and endless, invisible recompositions. In the affecting work of sensory history that follows, Peter Schmidt uses the “strikethrough” as a kind of shadow-writing: his “Encyclopedia of Light” reveals little dark threads of undoing — marks of the second thought that endlessly cancels the first. We write, now, of course, with light, looking at glowing screens. But it is a strangeness of our monitors that we erase what we have written with still more light: a blinking cursor, backing over the words. What is Goethe supposed to have said upon his deathbed? Mehr Licht! More light! And he was erased. What follows, too, reaches for light — but the light will not be grasped.

        • Torrent FreakManga Pirates Warned That Kadokawa Seeks Their Identities From YouTube

          Japanese publishing giant Kadokawa is known for aggressively responding to copyright infringers. The company is currently engaged in a massive lawsuit against Cloudflare and court documents filed in the United States show that Kadokawa is also prepared to go after smaller players, in this case seven people who uploaded manga to YouTube.

        • TechdirtJosh Hawley May Be A Terrible Human Being (And Senator), But He Still Gets Fair Use Rights

          Josh Hawley sucks. I disagree with him on about just about everything. And I am appalled by his support of the rioters who invaded the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. It’s disappointing and shameful that a United States Senator would endorse a riot, especially a riot intended to challenge the indisputably legitimate election of the President of the United States. But the First Amendment says Hawley is entitled to his opinion, and he’s entitled to express it. And he’s entitled to quote other people to make his point.

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