The Linux Foundation Does Not Want You to See How a ‘Code of Conduct’ is Actually Enforced at Its Events

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 8:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The Linux Foundation has just issued a “transparency” report which is hardly transparent and is very vague; the timing of the release is very suspicious — late on a Friday on Easter Friday. The video above explores what the Foundation actually is and who (or what) it is really trying to protect.

THE so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation lost a lot of revenue due to the pandemic. It used to make a lot of its money from events, based on the “Linux Foundation” IRS filings, which can be found online although these folks are — suspiciously enough — years behind (is the IRS investigating or working to revoke the tax-exempt status of the “Linux Foundation”?). There are now two kinds of “Linux Foundation” events, in-person/physical and online/virtual (telepresence). Guess which type is hard to charge a lot of money for. It’s worth noting that the “Linux Foundation” manager in charge of all this comes from the hotel/hospitality (for rich people, not hospitalisation) sector, nothing to do with Linux at all. Then again, very few people who manage the “Linux Foundation” actually use Linux or ever tried Linux.

“…very few people who manage the “Linux Foundation” actually use Linux or ever tried Linux.”This post isn’t about the defunct “business model” or the fraudulent status of the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation. The CFO left the Foundation the same years it operated at a loss. They try to reinvent themselves as a diploma mill now and there are many other issues we routinely cover here.

Today we focus on a different aspect. The ‘Linux’ Foundation (we’ll refer to it as “LF” from hereon) has become like a rogue operation working for corporations with a “secret police” entering projects and communities. The people who do the enforcement do not understand these projects and communities. They impose things on them (like political beliefs) and are inherently engaged in social engineering. They banish all sorts of people for seemingly arbitrary reasons.

The “LF police” is not a real police. It’s more like a corporate vigilante. It’s like a shadowy cabal of corporate actors known as the Code of Conduct (CoC) Committee. They’re accountable to nobody and answerable only to their employers.

“They’re accountable to nobody and answerable only to their employers.”My experience with self-serving police forces is described in my personal site, e.g. in [1, 2, 3]. I hear that it’s a lot worse in the United States. Cops typically, at least over there, aren’t particularly good at crime-solving. The cops don’t get scored for actually resolving disputes or solving crimes but for filing reports of them.

They protect corporations; Neither me nor youSimilarly, in the LF’s case, it seems like a shadowy corporate panel is using threats to accused people (rarely launching an actual investigation; except in just one case, as noted in the report; there’s no due process and there seems to be a presumption of guilt) to compel them to obey. This is what the CoC is for. It’s like a rushed, ad hoc ‘tribunal’; its members lack actual qualifications to study and judge incidents. Any rule can be made up or re-interpreted to defend a wrongful judgement, retroactively. It can be selectively applied or enforced based on subjective criteria and financial interests or class interests. Remember who pays the salaries of these people!

In everyday life, to the police it’s typically about protecting the status quo (oligarchs etc.) and to the LF it is not about protecting people but protecting the cash cow. The LF knows where the milk (big money) comes from. It’s companies like Microsoft, not a few “independent” (not connected to a corporation) conference attendees. The ticket prices are ridiculous and they’re designed to encourage corporations to pass money (a lot like the academic publishing cartels and universities’ libraries). Almost all attendees are present on behalf of the corporations that send them. It’s a form of gate-keeping.

“The ticket prices are ridiculous and they’re designed to encourage corporations to pass money (a lot like the academic publishing cartels and universities’ libraries).”The above video explains my personal view. It’s an expression of an idea. By intention, in order to avoid accusations of “personal attacks”, the video carefully refrains from naming anyone so it doesn’t make it personal, nor does it personify broad issues which even extend beyond this one controversial organisation.

The video is long, but it could be a lot longer, so I got to the point and started by covering this hours-old fluff on “Less Time on Compliance” (licence compliance; the LF doesn’t truly care about GPL violations). I later turned to their main feature, the “Linux Foundation Events Code of Conduct Transparency Report”. It reaffirmed my view that a CoC can be misused. For example, any challenge or doubt is “unprofessionally expressed” in their eyes (LF’s eyes). They can decide what can and cannot be said based on what’s convenient to their interests, not based on any objective criteria. They wish to be impenetrable to critics and criticism. This is tyranny or gross misuse of authority. As I show in the video, many incidents have insufficient details, maybe by intention. One alarming example says “2 reports of concern that several CNCF ambassadors were airing grievances about not having talks accepted at the event, which belittled the work of the program committee” (so one isn’t permitted to disagree!) and another example speaks of “1 attendee [who] was speaking unprofessionally to a member of the LF staff when asked to abide by Covid health + safety protocols”.

“They wish to be impenetrable to critics and criticism.”What does “unprofessionally” mean? Seem rather vague. There’s also “1 report of staff at a sponsor booth ignoring a woman attendee”, but was this because of the gender? They say one “individual was escorted out of the venue each time”, so the LF basically maintains a “blacklist” of people, akin to a “no-fly list”…

“1 attendee reported (on social media) a staff member at the JW Marriott restaurant was racially profiling them,” but this term is vague and it’s hard to prove racial profiling; also, a bunch of “tweets” aren’t a formal report and if profiling was blatant, they should contact authorities, not LF. There are already laws which tackle racism. Finally, at the end they say “1 Attendee was spamming links to YouTube videos…”

Spamming links? What does that mean? Did the links lead to spam? Was a person posting links that the LF’s sponsors and other corporate shills did not like? It seems like they’re using the CoC as a very broad brush. Posting links is “spamming” and criticism is deemed “unprofessional”…

“It seems like they’re using the CoC as a very broad brush.”I should be clear and upfront; it’s not about us condoning or encouraging rudeness, but there are other resolutions and if laws are broken, they should be reported and pursued in the legal channels.

But as I note early in the video, the LF became a GPL infringers’ club (a long or relatively lengthy discussion in the #boycottnovell IRC channel covered this today), so the LF would censor on behalf of some of the very worst abusers. It is a very patronising, corporate attitude. So geeks are “Rude”, they insist, but corporations that bomb people for profit are “Professional” and “Well-meaning” (or “Green” or whatever… when the LF does so much greenwashing, even for Microsoft).

“Imagine an LF CoC that says the LF is forbidden from accepting any funds from companies that work for (or with) the military.”None of these issues is unforeseen or surprising. In fact we covered these aspects many times before because sometimes the LF is just shamelessly trolling the community (the people who did the lion’s share of the work, the coding) and is engaging in corporate/political stunts and tricks, leveraging highly sensitive/divisive issues that these corporations are most culpable of. They use projection tactics. Imagine an LF CoC that says the LF is forbidden from accepting any funds from companies that work for (or with) the military. Oh, no… we can’t have that, can we?

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    • Games

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        Love free games and discounts? GOG have a free copy of Iris and the Giant for keeps and you can save during their new Indie Spring Sale. Quite a short one this time though so act quickly.

      • GamingOnLinux2022 is officially the Year of Linux Gaming | GamingOnLinux

        That’s it, I’m done, finished. It’s “mission complete” now is it not? 2022 is officially the Year of Linux Gaming. Yup, that’s something I am now proclaiming and I’m also putting a flag down into February 25 (the Steam Deck release date) as Linux Gaming Day every year.

        While the long-running joke of “Year of the Linux Desktop” might take forever to actually be a thing, Linux Gaming is now a lot more mainstream. Thanks largely to Valve of course bringing over Steam to Linux, and eventually producing the Steam Deck — putting the power of Linux and open source literally into peoples’ hands.

        Of course that’s not to say it’s all Valve. There’s a massively long list of open source contributors who have helped to make this happen. From drivers to desktop environment upgrades there’s so many different people, companies and organisations to thank. We wouldn’t see the Steam Deck without open source and without the Vulkan API. I’ve said for years that we needed “hardware, hardware, hardware” with more vendors to properly jump in. It’s not enough to have good marketing, or a good desktop, people needed a reason to use it to actually sway them over and clearly the Steam Deck is doing wonders.

        If you follow the Steam Deck Reddit, you’ll see a lot of people trying out (and actually enjoying) the KDE Plasma desktop mode on the Steam Deck too. Plenty of the fixes coming into KDE Plasma are as a result of people trying it out too, and finding issues, which then benefits all users. You only have to look at the regular This Week in KDE blog posts from developer Nate Graham to see how much effort goes into it.

      • Boiling Steam2200 Games On The Steam Deck, with the Verification Process Slowing Down – Boiling Steam

        It’s been probably the slowest week so far after the 2100 games milestone on the Steam Deck. For a few days there were barely any games added, but we have finally got there. There are now more than 2200 games (2210 at the time of writing) working on the Steam Deck – in two categories as usual…

      • Boiling SteamUbuntu Continues Falling Like a Rock as a Gaming Distro – Boiling Steam

        Ubuntu‘s share in this dataset has shrunk by almost 3 times (from almost 45% to about 15% now) over the past 4 years

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Status update, 15/04/2022 – Sam Thursfield

          As i mentioned last month, I bought one of these Norns audio-computers and a grey grid device to go with it. So now I have this lap-size electronic music apparatus.

          Its very fun to develop for – the truth is I’ve never got on well with the “standard” tools of Max/MSP and Pure Data, I suspect flow-based programming just isn’t for me. As within an hour of opening the web-based Lua editor on the Norns device I already had a pretty cool prototype of something I hadn’t even intended to make. More on that when I can devote more time to it.

          There is some work to make the open-source Norns software run on the Linux desktop in a container. It seems the status is “working but awkward.” I thought to myself – “How hard could it be to package this as a Flatpak?”

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • FedoraFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week of April 11th – 15th

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

        • PHP version 7.4.29, 8.0.18 and 8.1.5 – Remi’s RPM repository – Blog

          RPMs of PHP version 8.1.5 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 34 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php81 repository for EL 7.

          RPMs of PHP version 8.0.18 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 34 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php80 repository for EL 7.

          RPMs of PHP version 7.4.29 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 34 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php74 repository for EL 7.

        • Enterprisers ProjectHybrid work: 3 tech questions CIOs should ask

          Hybrid work technologies are hot these days, as CIOs and other decision makers sift through new, emerging, and legacy solutions to determine which ones are right for their business. Talent and company growth, workforce distribution, team culture, and other such factors all need to be considered before making an investment.

          Here are three important questions to ask as you evaluate new hybrid work tools and services.

        • Red Hat OfficialTraceroute vs. tracepath: What’s the difference? | Enable Sysadmin

          Learn the differences between these two important network troubleshooting commands and when you should use traceroute or tracepath.

        • HowTo GeekWhat’s New in Fedora 36

          There’s no time to waste in the world of Linux distributions. Fedora 35 dropped in November 2021, and Fedora 36 is set to arrive a few short months later in April 2022. Here’s what’s new in Red Hat’s open-source Linux distribution.

          The latest version of the popular Linux distribution is set to be released on either April 19, 2022 or April 26, 2022 depending on how the beta testing goes—nearly coinciding with the release of Ubuntu 22.04. We’re looking at the beta in this article, but it’s close enough to the final product that we can confidently see what’s going to be new and take a quick tour for all you Fedora fans out there.

        • FedoraFriday’s Fedora Facts 2022-15 – Fedora Community Blog

          Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

          The F36 Final freeze is underway. F36 Final is on track for target date #1 (2022-04-26).

          I have weekly office hours on Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time) in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Rust Compiler April 2022 Steering Cycle | Inside Rust Blog

            On Friday, April 8th, the Rust Compiler team had a planning meeting for the April 2022 steering cycle.

            Every fourth Friday, the Rust compiler team decides how it is going to use its scheduled steering and design meeting time over the next three Fridays.

          • MozillaFirefox Presents: A makeup artist with alopecia redefining beauty online [Ed: This is how Mozilla advertises Firefox now? TikTok?]

            With her face and bald head as her canvas, she creates wildly elaborate and colorful makeup designs that have gained her more than 177,000 followers on TikTok. She’s transformed herself into an Easter bunny, the Cheshire cat and Homer Simpson. Once, she turned herself into Bernie Sanders from that 2020 inauguration meme.

            Abby, an L.A.-based makeup artist, didn’t always feel comfortable with people’s gaze.

            In 2006, while in high school, she started to notice clumps of hair falling out in the shower. She and her mother made multiple doctor’s visits outside her small town in Montana until she received a diagnosis: alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss as a person’s immune system attacks hair follicles by mistake.

          • MozillaMozilla celebrates groundbreaking creators in new docuseries “Firefox Presents” [Ed: It feels like Mozilla, funded by Google, is just trying to drive away or put off any remaining Firefox users]

            Different is dope. Firefox has always stood by this. It’s also the mantra of Abby Wren, the woman featured in the pilot episode of our new docuseries, “Firefox Presents.”

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Document FoundationAnnual Report: The Document Foundation in 2021

          The Document Foundation (TDF) is the non-profit entity behind LibreOffice. In 2021, we had elections for the foundation’s Board of Directors, along with regular Advisory Board calls, and support for other projects and activities.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • MakeTech Easier5 Hidden Features You Can Use to Improve Emacs – Make Tech Easier

            Emacs is a wonderful tool and with the right third-party packages you can create your own environment within it. Functions such as window spawning and terminal emulation are just some of the parts of Emacs that are hidden to the casual user. This article aims to shed light on some of those in order to allow you to make the the most out of your Emacs installation.

      • Programming/Development

        • In the Land of Columns and Characters

          As discussed in those posts, while there are definite drawbacks and challenges in basing an app on a fully custom UI toolkit, there are also unbeatable advantages. One of those is the freedom to adapt and transform the UI without limitations, like I’ve already done to have versions of Lagrange built specifically for the Mac, Windows, Linux, *BSD GUI desktops, and the iOS, iPadOS, and Android mobile operating systems. (iPadOS is worth mentioning separately as there are some unique UI variations for the tablet form factor.)

          GUIs are nowadays quite the common denominator, but in the grand scheme of computing they are relative newcomers. For decades before GUIs, various text-based terminal interfaces were the norm. I’m sure most people reading this are already very familiar with the terminal, as it remains crucial to this day for many use cases, especially when one is connecting to a server over the network. Just like Gemtext, a text-based UI is fast and easy to stream over a network connection, be it a simple command line or something more complex.

          One thing that really interests me in the Lagrange project is exploring the boundaries of native cross-platform programming, because I fundamentally dislike the notion that modern cross-platform apps need to be based on a web browser for things to make sense. With the major desktop and mobile platforms now supported by the app — at least in Beta form — I’m setting sights on more exotic frontiers, and the terminal is a logical next step.

        • Another Gemini mailing list

          Isn’t Usenet more akin to Gemini than a mailing list residing on a single server – whose server?

          comp.infosystems.gemini is the first new newsgroup since eight years in the Big-8 hierarchy of Usenet! Let’s celebrate!

        • Re: Do we want to revive the mailing list of gemini?

          I wasn’t involved in the creation of gemini. But since gemini is up and
          running, wouldn’t it be better to have gemini discussions on gemini?

          If we feel that gemini is lacking for using for communicating, maybe that’s
          something that we really should discuss.

        • Linux HintC++ Sprintf

          In the C++ programming language, you will come across many conversions and copy data from one file or one variable to another, like the conversion from int to string, character array to string, etc. A similar type of conversion will be discussed herein in which the characters from the format strings are written to the buffer. And the values will be obtained through that buffer variable. This is done through a function in C++ known as sprints().

        • Linux HintDijkstra’s Algorithm C++

          Dijkstra’s algorithm is also known as the shortest possible path algorithm. It is the procedure to find the shortest path between the nodes/ edges of the graph. The shortest graph of a tree is created by starting from the source vertex to all the other points in the graph.

        • Linux HintFopen in C

          The fopen() function creates and correlates a stream with the file defined by the name of the file. The mode attribute is a sequence of bytes that indicates the sort of access to the file that has been provided. The positioning argument precedes additional keyword arguments in the mode attribute. Lowercase letters should be utilized for these positioning arguments. The keyword arguments might be specified in either upper or lower case. Quotation marks are used to separate them. There would only be a single indication of a keyword declared.

          Any file accessed is frequently determined by the file title given to the fopen() function. There are a variety of file-naming guidelines that we will use to design an application. Customizable characters and readable characters are arranged into sections in text files. A newline character is being used at the end of every line. The system can introduce or transform command characters in an outcome textual stream.

          Binary files are made up of a string of characters. The program will not transform control bits in input or output for these files. In this article, we’ll explore how to use the fopen() function to perform different operations in C.

        • OpenSource.comHow the C programming language has grown | Opensource.com

          The C programming language will turn fifty years old in 2022. Yet despite its long history, C remains one of the top “most-used” programming languages in many “popular programming languages” surveys. For example, check out the TIOBE Index, which tracks the popularity of different programming languages. Many Linux applications are written in C, such as the GNOME desktop.

        • Drew DeVaultStatus update, April 2022

          This month marked my first time filing taxes in two countries, and I can assure you it is the worst. I am now a single-issue voter in the US: stop taxing expats! You can get some insight into the financials of SourceHut in the recently-published financial report. But let’s get right into the fun stuff: free software development news.

          There was some slowdown from me this month thanks to all of the business and financial crap I had to put up with, but I was able to get some cool stuff done and many other contributors have been keeping things moving. I’ll start by introducing a new/old project: Himitsu.

          Essentially, Himitsu is a secret storage system whose intended use-case is to provide features like password storage and SSH agent functionality. It draws much of its inspiration from Plan 9’s Factotum. You may have stumbled upon an early prototype on git.sr.ht which introduces the basic idea and included the start of an implementation in C. Ultimately I shelved this project for want of a better programming language to implement it with, and then I made a better programming language to implement it with.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogMore Time on Innovating, Less Time on Compliance [Ed: Linux Foundation is now fronting for serial GPl violators like VMware and Microsoft. "Less Time on Compliance"...]
              • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogLinux Foundation Events Code of Conduct Transparency Report – 2021 Event Summary

                For many of us, it has been several years since we’ve been in conference settings, or around many people at all. As we close in on a broader return to in-person events next month, this is the perfect time to reiterate that our events are gatherings intended for professional networking and collaboration for the open source community, that exist to encourage the open exchange of ideas. Thus, they require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group. All event participants, whether they are attending an in-person or a virtual event, are expected to behave in accordance with our Event Code of Conduct. In short: Be kind. Be professional. Treat everyone with respect.

        • Security

          • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (fribidi and python-django), Fedora (postgresql-jdbc, stargz-snapshotter, and thunderbird), Slackware (git, gzip, and xz), and SUSE (kernel, SDL2, and tomcat).

          • Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 210 released

            The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 210. This version includes the following changes:

            [ Mattia Rizzolo ]
            * Make sure that PATH is properly mangled for all diffoscope actions, not
              just when running comparators.

          • Let’s Encrypt Receives the Levchin Prize for Real-World Cryptography

            On April 13, 2022, the Real World Crypto steering committee presented the Max Levchin Prize for Real-World Cryptography to Let’s Encrypt. The following is the speech delivered by our Executive Director, Josh Aas upon receiving the award. We’d like to thank our community for supporting us and invite you to join us in making the Internet more secure and privacy-respecting for everyone.

          • USCERTGoogle Releases Security Updates for Chrome | CISA

            Google has released Chrome version 100.0.4896.127 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses a vulnerability that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system. This vulnerability has been detected in exploits in the wild.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • MakeTech EasierID.me and Facial Recognition Software Probed by Lawmakers

              Despite existing privacy concerns about facial recognition, the U.S. government was requiring the public to use it. After those plans were put on hold, lawmakers have swooped in and launched an investigation of ID.me, the identity verification contractor, and its use of facial recognition.

            • Can State governments in India buy Pegasus?

              Below, we take a look at where various states and the respective state governments stand with regard to the Pegasus revelations made in July 2021. We also take a look at the various inquiries that may have been initiated as a fallout from the revelations.


              The Pegasus revelations demonstrated a need for urgent surveillance reform to protect citizens against the use of such invasive technologies which hamper their fundamental right to privacy and threatens the democratic ideals of our country. It has been used against constitutional functionaries such as an Election Commissioner, a Supreme Court Judge and members of Parliament but most disturbingly against activists and journalists. Use of such surveillance technology on journalists has a chilling effect as it precludes them from working and reporting on sensitive matters, some of which may also be against the ruling government, without jeopardising themselves and the personal safety of their sources. It also stops human rights defenders from working with vulnerable people, some of whom may have been victimised by their own government, without opening them up to further abuse.

    • Finance

      • IBM Old TimerIrving Wladawsky-Berger: The 2022 AI Index Report: AI’s Emerging Real-World Impact

        On March 16, Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) released the 2022 AI Index report, its fifth annual study on the impact and progress of AI. The comprehensive study was led by an interdisciplinary group of experts from across academia and industry, and highlights the rapid rate of technical and marketplace AI advances, as well as the growing ethical and regulatory concerns associated with AI.

        “2021 was the year that AI went from an emerging technology to a mature technology – we’re no longer dealing with a speculative part of scientific research, but instead something that has real-world impact, both positive and negative,” said Jack Clark, co-chair of the AI Index. “This year’s AI Index tells us that AI is being integrated into the economy and the effects of it are beginning to go global across research, deployment, and even funding.” Two weeks ago I attended an online HAI seminar where Clark gave this excellent presentation on the AI Index.

        The report is organized into five chapters: Technical Performance, AI Ethics, R&D, Economy and Education, and Policy and Governance. Let me summarize the key findings of each chapter.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Its FOSSElon Musk Believes Twitter Algorithm Should Be Open-Source – It’s FOSS News

        However, this time, it was very interesting. He made an offer to buy Twitter for about $43 billion.

        Technically, he offered way more than the market price in a bid to acquire Twitter, which is why many outlets have claimed it as an attempt at a “hostile takeover”.

      • You say you want a revolution

        In my previous post I went a li’l bit more explicit in expressing my disdain for our elected officials than I intended, but the officials are what they are and the electorate is what it is and we can try to make the best of it and also try to improve both.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • smolZINE – Issue 24

        Wow, two weeks seems like such a long way off when I finish a smolZINE issue then the next one feels like comes so quickly. A lot of offline life stuff happening for me right now so this is going to be a bit of a lighter issue. BUT, there are some really cool gems in this issue.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Apple Hardware Rentals — The Repair Association

        What happens if Apple no longer sells cell phones and rents them instead? Not much. For years the cell carriers rented hardware by the month on a multi-year contract, and consumers weren’t horribly upset. So long as Apple continues to force customers into regular replacements – the rental concept is more honest than the pretense of a sale without having the advantages of ownership.

        We’ve argued for years that a company that demands total control over their assets should not sell those assets in the first place. Retaining ownership is essential to having full control. But retaining ownership has accounting implications for Apple, that might not be so advantageous.

The EPO Bunnies, Stationed at EPO Corp. (NYSE:EPO)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Humour, Patents at 8:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Run like a business with recently-rebranded job titles and new faces (public servants no more)

EPO bunnies: Tony da boss(a) nova; me know Tony long time; me protect the Tony and the Benny; me pretend to listen; me lie for my friend Tony; Do WATT VI SAY; me hides Tony's money; What the boss sez; salaries for doing nothing; sucking up to Tony; sucking up to criminals (for rewards); marrying the friend of the boss; me fixes Tony's PC; me spies for my Tony; me rigs tribunals for my Tony; me keeps the wife happy; me fake studies man; me outsourcing data to NSA; me lobby EU; me gives fraudulent diplomas; me rebrands applicants as 'customers'; Bribery officer; me calls patents 'products'; Mr. Optics; Quick! Hide all the monies

Summary: Today’s EPO is an Enron with diplomatic immunity

Audio: Richard Stallman’s Talk, ”The State of the Free Software Movement“

Posted in Audio/Video, FSF at 7:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Credit: MediaGoblin at FSF

License: CC BY-ND 4.0

Techrights Plans for Easter and Beyond (Plus Updates About the FSF and the EPO)

Posted in Europe, FSF at 6:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 0ecf020575e1cb2760bc9eac6bfeab0b
Settling In
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: We’re still in transition between desktop operating systems and maybe soon server operating systems as well; but in the meantime there’s something important to be said about the FSF and the EPO

A COUPLE of days ago Richard Stallman identified a number of areas of importance or urgency for Free software (“The state of the free software movement”). As far as we’re aware, there’s no official copy of his talk yet. After the first minute or two he moved to audio-only mode by turning off the camera, probably due to bandwidth constraints.

Stallman covered a number of important topics. Those impact human rights and civil rights. The technical difficulties aside (seems to be a connection issue rather than the fault of Free software), the talk left the main FSF channel infested with IRC trolls. “Libera chat netsplited” [sic] according to bnchs, so “most of the channels are now 0-20 users” and “they have forced registration because of the trolls from yesterday’s RMS talk…”

At the moment we’re mostly organising for the post-Easter Friday period and I’ve just finished 3 nights (1-9AM) at work, so after the quietest week in years (least number of posts) we’re hoping to get our previous pace back.

“This coming weekend we plan to do a lot of coverage regarding the EPO and regarding patents in general.”yesterday we published 2 videos urging EPO workers to participate in the staff survey, noting that the deadline is today. Well, that deadline has just been extended. To quote: “Due to the still exceptional working conditions of numerous colleagues throughout the organization and in order to give everyone the time to read the questionnaire under the best possible conditions, the deadline for submission has been extended. You can fill in the questionnaire and/or modify your answers until 22 April 2022. We are well aware that you may have more urgent priorities at the moment. However, we ask that you take the time to complete the survey before the extended deadline, if you have not already done so. Your participation is important to get a good idea of the level of psychosocial risk in the Office. This is more important than ever.”

This coming weekend we plan to do a lot of coverage regarding the EPO and regarding patents in general. I’ve been teaching myself OBS Studio (see video at the top) for a couple of days. While it’s improbable I’ll do any livestreams (it’s doable, but lacks any practical advantage), this can make the videos a lot better. Sound quality is still highly deficient.

SUEPO on psychosocial risk
“Your participation is important to get a good idea of the level of psychosocial risk in the Office. This is more important than ever.”

Happy Easter

Posted in Site News at 6:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Happy Easter; From us in Techrights
Long weekend

Summary: Have a warm and safe extended weekend; reenergise for the impending summer of the northern hemisphere

Links 15/04/2022: FreeBSD 13.1 RC3 and More StarBook Mk V Options

Posted in News Roundup at 5:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • LiliputingStarBook Mk V Linux laptop now comes with AMD or Intel processor options – Liliputing

        When UK-based Linux computer company Star Labs introduced the StarBook Mk V last year, it was available with a choice of 11th-gen Intel Core i3 or Core i7 processors. But now there’s another option.

        The StarBook Mk V can be configured with either an 11th-gen Intel chip or an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U processor, although you might have to wait a little longer to get your hands on an AMD model.

    • Server

      • The Register UKAtlassian comes clean on what data-deleting script behind outage actually did

        Atlassian has published an account of what went wrong at the company to make the data of 400 customers vanish in a puff of cloudy vapor. And goodness, it makes for knuckle-chewing reading.

        The restoration of customer data is still ongoing.

        Atlassian CTO Sri Viswanath wrote that approximately 45 percent of those afflicted had had service restored but repeated the fortnight estimate it gave earlier this week for undoing the damage to the rest of the affected customers. As of the time of writing, the figure of customers with restored data had risen to 49 per cent.

        As for what actually happened… well, strap in. And no, you aren’t reading another episode in our Who, Me? series of columns where readers confess to massive IT errors.

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNGathering multiple system parameters in a single call [LWN.net]

        Running a command like lsof, which lists the open files on the system along with information about the process that has each file open, takes a lot of system calls, mostly to read a small amount of information from many /proc files. Providing a new interface to collect those calls together into a single (or, at least, fewer) system calls is the target of Miklos Szeredi’s getvalues() RFC patch that was posted on March 22. While the proposal does not look like it is going far, at least in its current form, it did spark some discussion of the need—or lack thereof—for a way to reduce this kind of overhead, as well as to explore some alternative ways to get there via code that already exists in the kernel.

      • LWN5.18 Merge window, part 2 [LWN.net]

        Linus Torvalds released the 5.18-rc1 kernel prepatch on April 3, after having pulled 13,207 non-merge changesets into the mainline repository. This merge window has thus not only been turbulent, with a significant number of regressions and refused pull requests, it has also been relatively busy. Just over 9,000 of those changesets were pulled after the first 5.18 merge window summary was written; the time has come to catch up with the remainder of changes merged for this development cycle.

      • LWNA security fix briefly breaks DMA [LWN.net]

        In theory, direct memory access (DMA) operations are simple to understand; a device transfers data directly to or from a memory buffer managed by the CPU. Almost all contemporary devices perform DMA, since it would not be possible to obtain the needed performance without it. Like so many things, DMA turns out to be a bit more complicated in practice. That complexity led to an erroneous patch, intended to improve security, breaking DMA for some devices in 5.17 and some stable kernels.

      • LWNIndirect branch tracking for Intel CPUs [LWN.net]

        “Control-flow integrity” (CFI) is a set of technologies intended to prevent an attacker from redirecting a program’s control flow and taking it over. One of the approaches taken by CFI is called “indirect branch tracking” (IBT); its purpose is to prevent an attacker from causing an indirect branch (a function call via a pointer variable, for example) to go to an unintended place. IBT for Intel processors has been under development for some time; after an abrupt turn, support for protecting the kernel with IBT has been merged for the upcoming 5.18 release.

        The kernel, like many C programs, makes extensive use of indirect branches. As a simple example, consider system calls; user space provides a number indicating which system call is required, and the kernel responds by looking up the appropriate function from a table (using that number) and calling that function via an indirect branch. Function pointers abound in the kernel; among other things, they are used to implement its vaguely object-oriented programming model.

        If an attacker is able to somehow corrupt a variable that is used for indirect branches, they may be able to redirect the kernel’s execution flow to an arbitrary location. That could result in unintended function calls; on complex processors like x86, it is also possible to get interesting results by jumping into the middle of a multi-byte instruction. Exploit techniques like return-oriented programming and jump-oriented programming depend on this kind of redirection.

        IBT is meant as a defense against jump-oriented programming; it works by trying to ensure that the target of every indirect branch is, in fact, intended to be reached that way. There are a number of approaches to IBT, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, the kernel gained support for a compiler-implemented IBT mechanism during the 5.13 development cycle. In this mode, the compiler routes every indirect branch through a “jump table”, ensuring that the target is not only meant to be reached by indirect branches, but that the prototype of the called function matches what the caller is expecting. This approach works, at the cost of a fair amount of compile-time and run-time overhead.

      • Unicorn MediaDirk Hohndel: Linux, Linus, Licenses, and the Business of Open Source

        When Hohndel suddenly announced in January that he was leaving VMware earlier this year because “I had completed the job I set out to do,” I immediately pinged him to see about an interview. He agreed, but wanted to wait until after he was officially gone from VMware, and in early March we sat down to a Zoom meeting for what I thought would be a quick, down-and-dirty 20 minute interview on the whys and wherefores of leaving VMware, and perhaps a little bit about Linux and open source.

        We ended up talking for the better part of an hour, most of which is included here because he had a lot of really interesting things to say that I just couldn’t leave on the cutting room floor. Our talk has been lightly edited for readability, and starts with me questioning why he suddenly left VMware.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Google Meet

        In this series we explore how you can migrate from Google without missing out on anything. We recommend open source solutions.

        Google Meet (formerly known as Hangouts Meet) is a video-communication service. It offers enterprise-grade video conferencing built on Google’s global infrastructure.

        While Google Meet is free to use, it’s proprietary software. We recommend the best free and open source alternatives.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • iTunes DAAP server setup on Ubuntu/Debian Linux

        DAAP server is an Apple Inc. proprietary protocol to share media files over the network. DAAP server allows share media files among network connected devices where the central media share repository resides on main server. In this simple tutorial we will be installing and configuring DAAP server share using forked-daapd media server with support for RSP, DAAP, DACP and AirTunes on Ubuntu Linux or any other Debian Linux based system.

      • Make Use OfHow to Use SystemRescue to Fix Common Computer Problems

        Nearly every computer user has felt the pit in their stomach when they turn on their machine and see an error message where their OS should be.

        Fortunately, there’s a live Linux distro that can serve as a first aid kit for computer trouble, no matter what OS you use. SystemRescue will help you nurse your PC back to health.

      • Make Use OfHow to Disable and Remove LightDM on Linux

        Want to experiment with other display managers? Or maybe it’s your proprietary graphics driver that’s conflicting with LightDM.

        Whatever your motive may be, in this guide, you will find instructions on how to disable and uninstall LightDM in Linux along with a curated list of alternatives you can try.

      • How to install and use Tmux on Linux | FOSS Linux

        Tmux is a Linux program that enables terminal window multitasking. It is an acronym for Terminal Multiplexing and is based on the concept of sessions. Tmux may be disconnected from a screen and run in the background before being reattached.

        Tmux is a terminal multiplexer that may be used in place of the GNU screen. You can establish a Tmux session and then open many windows within it. Each window takes up the whole screen and can be divided into rectangular panes. Users can initiate a process, switch to another, detach from and reconnect to a current process.

        Tmux enables easy switching between many applications in a single terminal and detaching and reattaching them to a separate terminal. Tmux sessions are persistent, which means that they will continue to function even if you are disconnected.

        As a popular multiplexer, Tmux has plenty of valuable options. It allows you to run many programs in parallel and seamlessly transition between them. Consider using a multiplexer if you’re continuously switching between terminals and can’t find the appropriate window when needed.

      • UNIX CopHow to install ArangoDB on Debian 11

        In a recent post, we explained how to install ArangoDB on CentOS and derivatives. Today we will install ArangoDB on Debian 11 which is a widely used system for these purposes.

        As we have explained before, ArangoDB is a NoSQL database manager focused on scalability and easy administration. It has a free community version and a paid version that allows us to get more features and professional support.

        Like many, it is based on documents and collections for data storage, so it is common to find it in mobile applications or configuration scripts.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • Distributions

      • EasyOS

        • Barry KaulerSwitch desktop icons improved

          The menu “Desktop -> Desktop icon switcher” offers choice of what set of icons you want on the desktop. However, there is one glaring limitation.

        • Barry KaulerMulticolor-marble icons updated
        • Barry KaulerMissing rtlwifi firmware

          I received an email from Chris, that firmware /lib/firmware/rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin was present in Easy when it had a 5.10.x kernel, but missing after bumping to a 5.15.x kernel.

        • Barry KaulerDifferent icon for sfsget

          There was a comment in the Easy 3.4.4 feedback on the forum, that the icons for “pkgget” and “sfsget” are the same.

      • BSD

        • FreeBSDFreeBSD 13.1-RC3 Now Available
          The third RC build of the 13.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available.
          Installation images are available for:
          o 13.1-RC3 amd64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC3 i386 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC3 powerpc GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC3 powerpc64 GENERIC64
          o 13.1-RC3 powerpc64le GENERIC64LE
          o 13.1-RC3 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
          o 13.1-RC3 armv6 RPI-B
          o 13.1-RC3 armv7 GENERICSD
          o 13.1-RC3 aarch64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC3 aarch64 RPI
          o 13.1-RC3 aarch64 PINE64
          o 13.1-RC3 aarch64 PINE64-LTS
          o 13.1-RC3 aarch64 PINEBOOK
          o 13.1-RC3 aarch64 ROCK64
          o 13.1-RC3 aarch64 ROCKPRO64
          o 13.1-RC3 riscv64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC3 riscv64 GENERICSD
          Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
          console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
          freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
          the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
          to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
          Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
          The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.
          If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
          system or on the -stable mailing list.
          If you would like to use Git to do a source based update of an existing
          system, use the "releng/13.1" branch.
          A summary of changes since 13.1-RC2 includes:
          o A fix to libarchive(3) for zstd support.
          o A build-time issue to resolve handling ldd including preloaded objects
            has been resolved.
          o A build-time fix to resolve an issue with 'nodevice acpi' in the
            kernel configuration file.
          o LLE lock leaks in the network stack had been addressed.
          A list of changes since 13.0-RELEASE is available in the releng/13.1
          release notes:
          Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
          updated on an ongoing basis as the 13.1-RELEASE cycle progresses.
      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • FedoraNext week: Fedora Contributor Tee Shirt Giveaway!

          On behalf of the Mindshare Committee, I am happy to announce that we are doing a Fedora tee shirt giveaway next week to celebrate the release of Fedora Linux 36! Also to say “THANK YOU!” to our wonderful community of contributors. Since we have adopted a new Fedora logo (thanks to Máirín Duffy and the Design Team) we have been working to introduce it in a variety of ways, including swag. Keep your eye out for the exact details on the Community Blog next week on Thursday April 21st, and make sure to claim your Fedora tee shirt!

        • CentOSCentOS Community Newsletter, April 2022

          As CentOS Stream 9 stabilizes and we approach a release of RHEL 9, Red Hat is planning to transition to using issues.redhat.com exclusively for reporting issues and requesting features for RHEL and CentOS, deprecating the use of bugzilla.redhat.com. This will be a gradual process as we all figure out the workflows that work best for the CentOS community.

        • SDx CentralHow to Choose the Right Open Source Projects – SDxCentral

          The cloud-native ecosystem is home to a massive number of Kubernetes-focused open source projects, and that presents a paradox of choice.

          The expanse of the open source community shows how healthy and impactful Kubernetes has been, but it also brings about one of the ecosystem’s largest challenges, Stu Miniman, Red Hat’s director of cloud platform market insights, told SDxCentral.

          “No single vendor offers a full solution. At the end of the day, companies need to understand what gaps they need to fill and whether or not they have the bandwidth or expertise to fill them,” Miniman explained. This is where the benefits of partners and advisors are realized, “especially in this cloud-native, container-centric world where open source is the de facto innovation engine.”

        • Red Hat OfficialCompiler: Are We As Productive As We Think We Are?

          We live in what some call a “distraction economy.” There are countless messages, emails, tickets, bugs to fix, and meetings to attend. For those who have to build software, platforms, and services, as well as those who maintain them and keep them running, it can be difficult to decide what to focus on first.

          The immense pressure to be productive is challenging to balance with passion projects, personal responsibilities, or just with the need to rest. Our team spoke with tech-minded creators in the productivity space on how to achieve full focus, and how to make time for work, relaxation, and creativity.

        • Container Security | KuppingerCole

          This report is an overview of the market for Container Security solutions and provides you with a compass to help you to find the solution that best meets your needs. We examine the market segment, vendor service functionality, relative market share, and innovative approaches to securing container-based application architectures.

        • Red Hat OfficialHyperscale virtio/vDPA introduction: One control plane to rule them all

          In the next few articles we will present a new emerging use case for vDPA we call hyperscale. In this post specifically we’ll give an overview of hyperscale and set the stage for the longer series. Let’s go!

          Hyperscale is a use case where storage, networking and security are offloaded to smartNICs (programmable accelerators) to free up the host server’s resources to run workloads such as VMs and containers. For granting these workloads the “look & feel” that they are running as usual on the host server while in practice their storage, networking and security is running on a PCI connected smartNIC, resource mapping from the host server to the smartNIC is required.

        • Red Hat OfficialWhat sysadmins need to know about using Bash

          You’ve logged into Linux; now what? Here’s how to use Bash, the command-line interpreter on most modern Linux machines.

        • Red HatBuilding Quarkus applications with Apache Cassandra: Workshop recap | Red Hat Developer

          Did you miss the free hands-on workshop Building Quarkus applications with Apache Cassandra, hosted by Red Hat’s Eric Deandrea and Raghavan “Rags” Srinivas from DataStax, a Red Hat partner? This two-hour workshop showcases all the Developer Joy benefits of Quarkus, such as developer mode, debugging, containerization, and no-hassle native executable generation, coupled with an Apache Cassandra backend hosted in the cloud using DataStax Astra DB’s multicloud database-as-a-service.

          In the workshop, Rags explains some differences between relational and NoSQL databases. He introduces Apache Cassandra and the benefits it brings, explaining how Cassandra’s configurable consistency level makes it highly scalable and reliable. He also introduces DataStax Astra Cassandra-as-a-service and explains some of its features and benefits.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Help Net SecurityThe state of open source security in 2022 – Help Net Security

        In this video for Help Net Security, Kurt Seifried, Chief Blockchain Officer and Director of Special Projects at Cloud Security Alliance, talks about the state of open source security in 2022.

      • ResilienceCommon Knowledge: Big tech and the digital commons

        The origins of the free and open-source software (FOSS) movement in the 1980s are typical of a social movement. It was triggered by the frustration generated by the expansion of intellectual property rights (IPR) to software, perceived by many software developers and researchers as a barrier to their ways of working, their values, freedoms and productivity. However, only in the 1990s, with the advent of the world wide web, could the movement really take off. This happened when dispersed developers, driven by varying motivations – initially not mainly economic – began to come together, forming new types of communities, based on collaboration, voluntary contributions and original forms of governance.

        From the beginning, however, the main innovation introduced by FOSS was to turn around property rights. FOSS licences work under a regime of what Yochai Benkler termed ‘open access commons’, which makes this kind of commons different from the characterisations, dilemmas and principles of governance that Elinor Ostrom developed in her Nobel Prize-winning studies. This has many important implications, both in the modalities of governance and in the forms of generation and appropriation of value. The most relevant is that this regime denies the ‘right to exclude’ or the exclusive rights of the owner. With that, it removes the possibility of selling the property or selling the right to access and use the resource, and in this way to appropriate its value, at least privately and exclusively.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: Update on the Trademark Actions Against the PostgreSQL Community

          After this announcement, on September 14, 2021, Fundación PostgreSQL wrote to the Core Team and made a public statement that it would “start the process to transfer, permanently and irrevocably, all PostgreSQL-related trademarks and domain names to the PostgreSQL [Community] Association of Canada, with no conditions or costs attached.”

          PGCAC has been in a process of negotiating a settlement with Fundación PostgreSQL on the use of the “POSTGRESQL” family of trademarks. As of the publication of this announcement, we have not reached an agreement. Additionally, Fundación PostgreSQL has not honored its public or private statements to transfer any of its PostgreSQL-related trademark applications or domains to PGCAC.

        • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: Version 2.0.0 of advanced PostgreSQL driver written in C++

          Pgfe (PostGres FrontEnd) – is an advanced and feature rich PostgreSQL driver written in C++. The development is focused on easiness and robustness of use with the performance in mind.

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • The NationOriginal Sisters
    • Counter PunchNashville Skyline

      Losing an hour—the process of subtraction—is an apt metaphor for this trip. Distinctive regional variations have been flattened out. A trip like this, in the past, would have yielded the strong sense of being far from home. These regionalisms do still exist on a small scale, but the drive to Nashville involves lots of visual monotony: an unending, almost numbing series of the same big-box stores and depressing chain eateries.

      The other noticeable subtraction is the phasing out of paper newspapers, which are now almost entirely unavailable or, when they are available, are drastically truncated. The loss of local newspapers is damaging on so many levels, although it should be noted that these daily papers, by and large, did not possess a particularly wide ideological and cultural spectrum. But there was something ritualistically comforting about passing through a small town or unfamiliar locale and accessing this transitory glimpse into the workings of a place you’d never heard of. It surprises me how much I miss that.

    • The NationTurning Theory Into Art

      Chantal Mouffe is one of a rarefied group of academics whose work does not focus on art but who has nonetheless become a fixture in the art world. Mouffe is a political theorist known for her critiques of neoliberalism and her embrace of populism. She has written only occasionally on art and, by her own account, was rather baffled when she first received requests to appear on museum panels or write for publications like Artforum. Nevertheless, writers and curators often cite Mouffe’s criticism when discussing the role of art in public discourse. Artists working in a wide array of mediums and approaches—from Thomas Hirschhorn to Liam Gillick—find her writing useful in understanding their own ability to communicate about the political dimensions of their work.

      One of Mouffe’s most beloved texts, especially in the art world, is a 2002 lecture at the University of Westminster titled “Politics and Passions: The Stakes of Democracy.” In the lecture, her first as a professor at the university, Mouffe railed against the desire to refigure politics as a moral debate and the resulting consensus-driven approach. “Morality is rapidly becoming the only legitimate vocabulary,” she argued. “We are now urged not to think in terms of right and left, but of right and wrong.” 

    • Science

      • Hackaday2022 Sci-Fi Contest: Nixie Calculator Is Resplendent In Walnut Enclosure

        The Nixie tube is one of the most popular display technologies amongst the hacker and maker set. Glowing numerals can warm even the coldest heart, particularly when they’re energized with hundreds of volts. [ohad.harel] used these glorious displays to build the TORI Nixie Calculator, with beautiful results. 

    • Hardware

      • HackadayEngineering On A Deadline For Squid Game

        If you asked us for an epic tale of designing and building under a deadline, one of the last places we would think to look is a MrBeast video.  Yet here we are, thanks in no small part to the epic skills of one [William Osman].

      • HackadayA Nitrogen Soldering Iron Review

        If you’ve ever welded, you know that some welders blow a shield gas over the work for different reasons. For example, you often use a gas to displace oxygen from the area and avoid oxidation. You can also solder using a nitrogen shield. This allows higher temperatures and a reduction of flux required in the solder. Wave soldering often uses nitrogen, and JBC offers a soldering iron that can employ nitrogen shield gas. [SDG Electronics] puts that iron through its paces in the video below.

      • HackadayThe Simplest Electro-Mechanical Telephone Exchange That Actually Works

        While rarely seen by users, the technology behind telephone exchanges is actually quite interesting. In the first hundred or so years of their existence they evolved from manually-operated switchboards to computer-controlled systems, but in between those two stages was a time when dialling and switching was performed electromechanically. This was made possible by the invention of the stepping switch, a type of pulse-operated relay that can connect a single incoming wire to one of many outgoing wires.

      • HackadayRemoticon 2021 // Jeroen Domburg [Sprite_tm] Hacks The Buddah Flower

        Nobody likes opening up a hacking target and finding a black epoxy blob inside, but all hope is not lost. At least not if you’ve got the dedication and skills of [Jeroen Domburg] alias [Sprite_tm].

      • HackadayLess Is More — Or How To Replace A $25,000 Bomb Sight For 20 Cents

        Depending on who you ask, the Norden bombsight was either the highest of high tech during World War II, or an overhyped failure that provided jobs and money for government contractors. Either way, it was super top secret in its day. It was also expensive. They cost about $25,000 each and the whole program came in at well over a billion dollars. The security was over the top. When not flying, the bombsight was removed from the plane and locked in a vault. There was a pyro device that would self-destruct the unit if it were in danger of being captured. So why did one of the most famous missions of World War II fly with the Norden replaced by 20 cents worth of machined metal? Good question.

      • Hackaday3D Printing Pills All At Once

        To the uninitiated, it might seem like a gimmick to 3D print pharmaceuticals. After all, you take some kind of medicine, pour it in a mold, and you have a pill, right? But researchers and even some commercial companies are 3D printing drugs with unusual chemical or physical properties. For example, pills with braille identification on them or antibiotics with complex drug-release rates. The Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and the University College London can now 3D print pills without relying on a layer-by-layer approach. Instead, the machine produces the entire pill directly.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsUSDA Conservation Program Must Be Reformed to Stop Funding Pollution, Report Shows

        One of the U.S. government’s key conservation programs has been subsidizing ecologically harmful agricultural operations to the tune of tens of millions of dollars per year and must be reformed to ensure that only environmentally beneficial practices are supported.

        “We need to reexamine what we are spending our money on and whether it deserves the label of ‘environmental.’”

      • Pro PublicaTell Us About Your Experience With the Liver Transplant System

        Every year, thousands of Americans facing liver failure try to get new organs. Many of these are successful. But some experiences with the liver transplant process go wrong. The chances of success often depend on which hospital replaces your liver, according to data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

        Problems with liver transplants can occur before a transplant, during surgery or after the procedure. Medical experts said that issues might stem from failing to document that a donor’s blood type is compatible with the recipient or medical errors during surgery. There is also evidence that a disproportionate number of people of color do not get the help they need. We hope this questionnaire can help us make a more complete list of when, how and why problems occur.

      • Counter PunchPoisoning the Solution: Lisa Owens-Viani and the Campaign to Save Raptors From the Ravages of Rodenticides

        Why had raptors been in a children’s swimming pool? And why had they died? Lisa had an idea, but she needed confirmation. She had the bodies sent to an animal testing lab at UC Davis, where necropsies confirmed her suspicions. The birds had been poisoned. Not by some raptor-hating neighbor, but by rodenticides that had built up inside the hawks’ food source: rats. The poison had likely dehydrated the young hawks, attracting them to the small pool. Lisa began investigating. She put up flyers  across her neighborhood and soon found more reports of dead raptors in Berkeley, including one Cooper’s hawk that had bled out on a sidewalk in front of a child. A necropsy later confirmed that its body had a high level of the poison brodifacoum.

        Raptors were becoming collateral damage in the pesticide industry’s never-ending war against rodents. Never-ending may be the key phrase here. Because the rodent population has remained stable for decades despite the saturation of American streets and buildings with “second generation rodenticides.” Any loss of an apex predator like a Great Horned Owl, fox or Mountain Lion, is a blow to their small numbers and a benefit to their prey species, including rats. Rodenticides are indiscriminate killers, and can kill pets like your dog or cat, wild predators and scavengers, as well as the rodents you fear. As Lisa told me: “toxic rodent control methods are eliminating the very species that provide natural pest control.”

      • The NationLaughing Ourselves to Death at the Gridiron Dinner

        Last week more than 50 of the crème-de-la-crème of American politics and journalism—almost all Democrats—made the personal lifestyle decision to get Covid-19 at the Gridiron Dinner, where a brass band kicked off the festivities, “some of the comic skits featured actors dressed as the coronavirus, like large, green bouncing balls with red frills,” and, as tradition would have it, guests joined hands for the singing of “Auld Lang Syne” to conclude the evening.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Invasion of Ukraine Is Exacerbating Food Insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa

        Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed the vulnerabilities, corruption, and violence behind the energy system. It is also accelerating a global food crisis. Some regions are more strongly impacted than others. Like the Covid-19 crisis, this war is affecting agriculture, food production, and directly threatening food security.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Covid-19 Death Rates in Poorer US Counties Were Nearly Double

        As our country approaches 1 million deaths from COVID-19, it can feel impossible to wrap our heads around such a devastating figure. But it’s essential if we want to treat the pre-existing conditions that made it so deadly.

      • MedforthFrance: During Ramadan, chickens have their throats cut at illegal markets and are bled on the spot before being handed over to the customers – reputable butchers are angry about this unhygienic practice

        (…) But this butcher is worried about hygiene: it is strictly forbidden to cut the throats of chickens in a public market, “strict health regulations must be observed, even in Africa there is no such thing, these are barbaric practices in 2022, it is unbelievable, it is frightening. And to think that on Sunday the buyers went home with the slaughtered poultry, which they then had to scald to pluck so they could eat it”.

      • The HillTimeline for marijuana legalization bill slips in Senate

        Senate Majority Leader Charles Scumer (D-N.Y.) — who is heading the effort along with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) — said in a statement on Thursday that he’s proud of the progress senators have made in “bringing this vital bill closer to its official introduction” before the recess in early August.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Yahoo NewsSophos Unveils Powerful Cloud Workload Protection Advancements with New Linux and Container Security Offerings [Ed: Having spread a ton of FUD about Linux now they're trying to push some proprietary software for it, potentially adding spying]
          • Globe NewswireSophos Unveils Powerful Cloud Workload Protection Advancements with New Linux and Container Security Offerings
          • LinuxInsiderAppdome CEO on Mobile App Security: No Developer, No Code, No Problem [Ed: Is this promotional webspam or actual "exclusive interview" about security?]

            The company’s no-code software removes the costly and time-consuming in-house process of building in security and fraud protection. It provides a valid alternative to development organizations hiring outside programmers.

          • The Register UKEnemybot botnet uses Gafgyt source code with a sprinkling of Mirai [Ed: Typical FUD trying to associate "source code" with security issues]

            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.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • TechdirtNational Archive Wants To Know Why CBP Is Using Messaging Services That Auto-Delete Messages

              When the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was established in 1934, it could not have possibly foreseen the exponential growth in records the move to electronic communications would create.

            • Site36Frontex: Migration control from space

              In EUROSUR, EU member states use various satellite services for maritime surveillance. Frontex and the Maritime Security Agency conclude cooperation agreements with the „Copernicus“ programme for this purpose.

            • TechdirtThe FBI Wants To Be Your Facebook Friend

              Undoubtedly, the FBI has always surveilled the open web, looking for persons or phrases of interest. It’s just going to get a whole lot better at doing it. And it’s going to spend millions of your tax dollars to make it easier to place your public internet interactions under its social media-focused microscope. Aaron Schaffer has the details for the Washington Post.

            • TechdirtIt’s Still Stupidly, Ridiculously Difficult To Buy A ‘Dumb’ TV

              Historically, “smart” TVs aren’t always particularly smart. They’ve routinely been shown to have lax security and privacy standards. They also routinely feature embedded OS systems that don’t age well, aren’t always well designed, don’t perform particularly well over time, are slathered with ads, and are usually worse than most third-party game streaming devices or video game consoles.

            • Computer WorldFor Gen Z, bank accounts and cash are out, mobile wallets are in

              The survey of people between the ages of 16 and 24 living in 13 developed and emerging countries found that Gen Zs are embracing new types of money management tools and have relatively little enthusiasm for traditional options such as bank accounts. (In fact, 62% of the respondents said they do not have one.) Mobile wallet use, by contrast, is growing fast; in some markets, almost half of Zoomers now have a mobile wallet.

              The Thunes survey found mobile wallets or virtual wallets are gaining ground: in five of the 13 countries where the survey was done, mobile wallets were the most popular payment method. (Mobile wallets store information from a credit card, a debit card, coupons, and loyalty cards on a mobile device; they’re also a critical storage component of cryptocurrency and stablecoins.)

            • India TimesApple’s privacy features to cost Facebook $12.8 bn in 2022

              Months after tech giant Apple launched App Tracking Transparency (ATT), a new analysis has predicted its second year will still see major disruption to advertisers, with Facebook, YouTube and more collectively losing around $16 billion.

            • AppleInsiderApple’s privacy features will cost Facebook $12.8 billion in 2022

              Almost 12 months after Apple launched App Tracking Transparency, a new analysis predicts its second year will still see major disruption to advertiser, with Facebook, YouTube and more collectively losing around $16 billion.

              Apple released its App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature in iOS 14 on April 26, 2021, and it immediately had an impact on companies relying on advertising revenue. By July, it was estimated to be causing a 15% to 20% revenue drop for advertisers.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchConfessions of a Failed Tax Resistor

        I’d used that mailbox as my address on the last tax return I’d filed, eight years earlier. Presumably, the agent thought she’d be visiting my home when she appeared at the place where I rented a mailbox, which, as I would discover, was the agency’s usual first step in running down errant taxpayers. Hands shaking, I put a quarter in a pay phone and called my partner. “What’s going to happen to us?” I asked her.

        Resisting War Taxes

      • The NationProsecuting Putin’s Aggression

        Russia’s decision to wage a war in Ukraine, and to continue that war even after the International Court of Justice in The Hague has ordered a halt, is manifestly illegal. Under international law, Russia’s invasion has no justification: It is not self-defense, has not been authorized by the UN Security Council, and serves no humanitarian purpose. Quite the opposite. It is a war that gives rise to individual criminal responsibility for those who are prosecuting it: Vladimir Putin, his inner circle, the financiers, and all others who have contributed materially to the direction taken.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | More Than $900 of Your Tax Dollars Went to Corporate Military Contractors

        Most of us want our tax dollars to be wisely used—especially around tax time.

      • Common DreamsGroups Force Policing Reforms to Settle Attack on Protesters Outside Trump White House

        In what one rights advocate called “a win for the ongoing resistance” against police brutality, the U.S. Department of Justice and the ACLU of Washington, D.C. on Wednesday announed a partial settlement that will require law enforcement officers to significantly reform the tactics they use to disperse crowds.

        “It sounded like bombs were exploding, and the scene quickly resembled a war zone.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Make Peace Possible With a United Nations Emergency Peace Service

        Soon, the United Nations will be called to do what it can’t in the Ukraine war. Unfortunately, the UN’s tool-box remains largely empty and insufficiently equipped to prevent armed conflict and protect people. Any expecting UN peacekeepers to separate belligerents, monitor a ceasefire and ensure safe havens and humanitarian corridors are likely to be disappointed again.

      • TruthOutSweden and Finland Joining NATO Would Escalate Tensions, Says Swedish Activist
      • TruthOutTrump Says He Advised Barr to Get Impeached in Support of Bogus Election Claims
      • Counter PunchIs Putin Saving NATO?

        The former Commander-in-Chief of NATO does not mince his words and that is why he deserves to be listened to when he says that President Putin “may be the best thing that ever happened to NATO”! And Admiral Stavridis explains why:

        The logical conclusion of the above should be that those who hate NATO should hate its benefactor, President Putin, at least as much. And yet, it is quite the opposite. In the name of their righteous hatred of NATO, some go as far as to invent -and worship- a Putin who is supposedly the sworn enemy of American imperialism and NATO, while others take refuge in the abstract and idle pacifism of the watchword “Peace in Ukraine”. A pacifism which in fact denies the right to effective self-defence to the Ukrainian population bombed and massacred by the armies of Mr. Putin.

      • Common DreamsUK Plan to Fly Asylum-Seekers to Rwanda Condemned as ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Inhumane’

        The United Kingdom’s Thursday announcement that some asylum-seekers will be given one-way plane tickets to Rwanda was swiftly and forcefully denounced by human rights groups, with one expert calling right-wing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ploy to offshore migrants “unethical, immoral, ineffective, costly, and very likely unlawful.”

        “This shockingly ill-conceived idea will go far further in inflicting suffering while wasting huge amounts of public money.”

      • Common DreamsOmar: US ‘Hypocrisy’ on ICC Hamstrings Justice for Putin’s War Crimes

        As the Biden administration and U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle voice support for the International Criminal Court’s probe of likely Russian war crimes in Ukraine, one progressive congressional Democrat is leading calls for the United States to break with the hypocrisy that critics say has long defined its policies and actions by joining the global tribunal in The Hague.

        “Unfortunately, a glaring asterisk hangs over any calls for justice made by the United States.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Billion Dollar Global Market for Nuclear Weapons

        Nuclear sanity: ultimate (or, God help us, immediate) disarmament.

      • Democracy NowSwedish Peace Activist: Sweden and Finland Joining NATO Would Make the World Less Safe

        Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is warning Russia may deploy nuclear weapons to the Baltic region if Sweden and Finland join NATO. His comments come one day after the prime ministers of Sweden and Finland spoke together about possibly joining the military alliance — a move many thought was unthinkable before Russia invaded Ukraine. Agnes Hellström, president of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, calls the NATO debate in Sweden “narrow,” saying “it’s been the only option presented to us by the media,” and calls the proposed solution a “reflex” built up from a “big amount of fear after the invasion of Ukraine.”

      • Democracy NowRussia Inflicts “Maximum Pain” as War Drags On, 11 Million Ukrainians Displaced

        We speak with Lyiv-based professor Volodymyr Dubovyk about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, where Russian attacks have displaced more than 11 million people, including two-thirds of Ukraine’s children. Russian forces “want to inflict the maximum pain on Ukraine,” says Dubovyk. President Biden described Russia’s actions in Ukraine as “genocide” on Tuesday, prompting State Department spokesperson Ned Price to say on Wednesday that international lawyers would have to determine whether Russia’s actions in Ukraine constitute genocide. Dubovyk says proving genocide is best left to experts, not politicians, but he rebukes French President Emmanuel Macron’s claim that Russia and Ukraine are incapable of such crimes because they are “brotherly nations.”

      • Democracy NowSubway Shooting Highlights NYC and Nation’s Failure to Address Growing Mental Health Crisis

        Police in New York City arrested a man named Frank James who they say is the suspect behind a subway shooting that left at least 23 people injured, including 10 from gunshot wounds, in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood on Tuesday morning. The motive behind the shooting is still unknown — though James has been linked to a YouTube channel where he posted videos frequently about racism, violence and his struggles with mental illness, and also lashed out against New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who has since vowed to deploy more police patrols and expand mental health outreach programs to combat violence. We speak with Andrew Solomon, professor of clinical medical psychology at Columbia University, who says the shooting “represents a lapse in mental health,” and calls access to mental healthcare in New York City for people in poverty and particularly people of color “disgraceful.” Solomon says the pandemic, racial injustice and global violence have exacerbated underlying problems of mental health and that the government must provide “better mental health services, but those can’t be provided by the police.” He also speaks about the rise of suicides committed by children, which he investigated in a recent New Yorker piece titled “The Mystifying Rise of Child Suicide.”

      • TruthOutA Hunger Within the US Left for “Action” on Ukraine Is Driving Us Astray
      • Counter PunchChemical Weapons, Here, There, Everywhere

        Usually when the western governments start quacking about “chemical attacks,” it means they’re planning to take action of some kind — airstrikes in Syria, sanctions on Russia, what have you — and are looking for an excuse.

        This doesn’t look like an exception to that rule: Further down in the story, Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar identifies the likely weapon as “phosphorous ammunition.”

      • Counter PunchFrom Mosul to Raqqa to Mariupol, Killing Civilians is a Crime

        As we recently reported, the U.S. and its allies have dropped over 337,000 bombs and missiles, or 46 per day, on nine countries since 2001 alone. Senior U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency officers told Newsweek that the first 24 days of Russia’s bombing of Ukraine was less destructive than the first day of U.S. bombing in Iraq in 2003.

        The U.S.-led campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria bombarded those countries with over 120,000 bombs and missiles, the heaviest bombing anywhere in decades. U.S. military officers told Amnesty International that the U.S. assault on Raqqa in Syria was also the heaviest artillery bombardment since the Vietnam War.

      • Counter PunchHow the United States Uses and Abuses Migration from Cuba and Elsewhere

        After a decade or so of relatively few Cubans arriving in the United States, their numbers are up. Between 2018 and 2021, some 2,000 Cubans emigrated to the United States. But in January almost 15,000 Cubans crossed the U.S. southern border; the daily average in February was 1500. U.S. border officials are seeing “a twelvefold increase over 2020,” according to the Washington Post.

        Contributing to migration is the increasingly dismal state of Cuba’s economy. At work has been U.S. economic blockade, fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, and unresolved domestic issues including: inflation, corruption, cumbersome implementation of reforms, shortfalls in domestic food production, and fallout from converting two currencies into one.

      • Counter PunchDostoevsky is Not a Villain

        Somewhat in contradiction with all these demands, the authors of the call conclude: “Art has always remained at the forefront of humanitarian values. We strongly believe that culture cannot be subservient to political propaganda, instead it should be utilized for developing critical thinking and promoting dialogue.” But how to promote a dialog when even the Russian artists prone to critical thinking—in the past as well as now—have been reduced to nothing more than their Russianness?

        The Vilnius International Film Festival answered the call and decided to remove all Russian films from its program, regardless of the directors’ stances on the war and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Festival’s chief executive officer Algirdas Ramaska said that “we felt that this wasn’t the right time to celebrate, or to promote, Russian filmmakers, Russian cinema, Russian culture.” Journalist and film critic Daria Badior agreed: “I think Russian culture in general should be put on hold…even if some voices are acting independently and not being funded by the state, they are still articulating the imperial stances on Ukraine.”

      • TruthOutRussian Dissenters Are Helping Ukrainians Escape Putin’s War
      • Mint Press NewsTestimony Reveals Zelensky’s Secret Police Plot to ‘Liquidate’ Opposition Figure Anatoly Shariy

        Anatoly Shariy, a Ukrainian opposition figure and one of the country’s most popular journalists, received an email from Igor, an old acquaintance with whom he had not communicated for years (Igor is an alias used to protect his identity).

      • Meduza‘I watched the news and didn’t understand a thing. Why were we fighting?’ What Russians who were previously ‘not interested in politics’ think about the war against Ukraine

        For many Russians, life has changed radically because of Moscow’s decision to wage an all-out war against Ukraine. As a result, some Russians who had never given politics a second thought are now closely following the news and have begun to carefully criticize the government, quit their jobs in protest, and even attend anti-war rallies. Meduza shares some of their stories here.

      • MeduzaTowed to port Russian warship Moskva ‘seriously damaged’ after Ukraine claims missile strike

        Russia’s missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet, sustained “serious damage” and had to be towed back to port on Thursday, April 14. This came after a fire aboard the vessel that broke out on Wednesday evening. Ukrainian officials and media outlets reported that the warship had been struck by two of Ukraine’s Neptune missiles. In turn, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that ammunition on board the vessel exploded in a fire, adding that the cause of the blaze was “being established.”

      • SalonTrump’s trashing of Ukraine pays off for Russia: Republicans vote to reject NATO — and democracy

        This faction within the Republican Party is powerful and it’s becoming mainstream. The big question is how many Republican voters are with them. If the voters are following the same trajectory as their representatives, there are more today than there were a month ago and that’s frightening.

      • The EconomistWhy so much of the world won’t stand up to Russia

        India is perhaps the most inconvenient of the serial abstainers from the West’s campaign to punish Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, for invading Ukraine. But it is far from alone. In Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, even longtime allies and clients of America are rebuffing its entreaties to impose sanctions on Russia or merely to criticise it.

        Few countries have been as brazen as Pakistan, which, under its since-ousted prime minister, Imran Khan, signed a trade deal with Russia shortly after the United Nations voted on March 2nd to deplore the invasion and demand that Russia withdraw. But many are refraining from either openly criticising or penalising Russia, owing to commercial incentives, ideological commitments, strategic ambitions or simple fear. Turkey, for example, has economic reasons to cling to the sidelines—it buys 45% of its gas from Russia—but it also has citizens endangered by the war. On March 13th Turkey’s foreign minister announced he was negotiating with Russia to extract dozens of Turkish residents from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which was being crushed to rubble by Russian bombs. A month later, many remain trapped.

      • The CriticIslamism, not social media, killed David Amess

        Statements like these are no doubt why a jury at the Old Bailey took only 18 minutes to convict him yesterday afternoon. They are also inconvenient because they cast fresh and particularly unforgiving light on how David Amess’s colleagues responded to his death. Social media was identified as the culprit with a lockstep uniformity common to the British political class and a North Korean military parade.

      • Frontpage MagazineDoesn’t the Boston Marathon Bomber Want His Heavenly Virgins?

        There is other evidence that the brothers were tied into the international jihad network. The Boston Marathon bombs were similar to IEDs that jihadis used in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Faisal Shahzad, who tried to set off a jihad car bomb in Times Square in the summer of 2010, also used a similar bomb. The instructions for making such a bomb had even been published in al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine.

        Not only were the motivations of the Tsarnaev brothers abundantly clear, another indication of their involvement in the international jihad network was how they fought off Boston police early on the Friday after the Marathon bombings with military-grade explosives. The question of where they got those explosives has never been answered. Nor has it ever been explained where the brothers got the military training that they reportedly displayed during the fight against police before Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar was captured.

      • Monitor UG30 killed in two days of attacks in DR Congo – Red Cross

        Over 30 people were killed in attacks by suspected jihadist forces on Sunday and Monday in northeast DR Congo’s troubled Ituri province, the local Red Cross said.

      • MedforthMadrid: Arrest of a Spaniard who converted to Islam and wanted to become “the best sniper for Daesh”. He had already been arrested at the end of 2020 for glorifying terrorism

        In December 2020, he had been arrested by the national police for spreading jihadist material on the [Internet]. In his numerous posts on social media, he praised the appearance of jihadist fighters and even expressed his desire to travel to Syria, more specifically to the city of Idlib, to join the fight.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsBank of America Accused of Using ‘Accounting Tricks as Real Climate Action’

        Climate action groups denounced Bank of America for displaying “one of the worst examples of corporate greenwashing” Thursday as the bank released its climate targets for 2030—centering their plan of action on reducing carbon emissions intensity instead of reducing their absolute emissions.

        With CEO Brian Moynihan claiming the bank aims to “help ensure a just, stable transition to the sustainable future we all want,” the bank announced that it would reduce the intensity of its emissions instead of absolute emissions.

      • DeSmogIntroducing Matthew Green, DeSmog’s Global Investigations Editor

        Matthew joins DeSmog from Reuters, where he has covered climate and environmental stories for the past four years — with a particular focus on the intersection between the climate crisis, finance, and the energy transition.

      • DeSmogAs Extinction Rebellion Returns to Britain’s Streets, A New Film Charts the Movement’s Wild Rise

        Oil prices surged this year, and natural gas traded at record levels. There are no equivalent metrics to gauge the strength of the global climate movement – but civil disobedience in Britain appears to be hitting an all-time high.

        In the past two weeks, hundreds of people have been arrested for blockading fuel depots by climbing over fences, digging tunnels, and clambering on top of oil tankers. Scientists in lab coats have glued themselves to government buildings and doused Shell’s London headquarters with fake oil. But the most memorable moment was provided by an art teacher who somehow managed to work his way to the eighth floor of the building on Wednesday to livestream an emotional plea.

      • DeSmogMedia Gives Climate Denier Fuel Lobbyist a Platform to Attack ‘Just Stop Oil’ Protests

        A climate denier and fuel lobbyist who campaigns against net zero policies was given a platform by major media outlets to attack fossil fuel protests – without any mention of his climate views or industry funders.

        Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK campaign against fuel duty, was quoted in The Sun, MailOnline, inews and the Telegraph’s live blog and was interviewed on Sky News this week about “Just Stop Oil” activists, who were blocking fuel terminals to protest against new oil drilling licences.  

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Of Fire and Water: The Portuguese Climate Justice Caravan

        A caravan with dozens of climate justice activists is travelling on foot and by train over 400km across Portugal to talk to the people on the frontlines of the climate crisis and discuss on the doorstep of some of the country’s largest greenhouse gas emitters what should happen there. On April 9th caravans for climate justice also started in Ireland and Turkey.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Outrageous—and Largely Hidden—$5.9 Trillion Annual Subsidy to the Fossil Fuel Industry That Is Killing Us

        The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should terrify policymakers and ordinary people around the world. The IPCC warns that some disastrous climate outcomes are now likely to occur not in the distant future, but within the next 15 years, or even the next decade.

      • Counter PunchThawing Permafrost is Roiling the Arctic Landscape

        Massive lakes, several square miles in size, have disappeared in the span of a few days. Hillsides slump. Ice-rich ground collapses, leaving the landscape wavy where it once was flat, and in some locations creating vast fields of large, sunken polygons.

        It’s evidence that permafrost, the long-frozen soil below the surface, is thawing. That’s bad news for the communities built above it – and for the global climate.

      • Energy

        • Common DreamsNew York AG Launching Probe Into Price Gouging by Oil Companies

          New York Attorney General Letitia James is launching a formal investigation on Thursday to determine whether the fossil fuel industry has engaged in gas price gouging, according to multiple news reports.

          The full-scale investigation, believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., will examine the state’s entire supply chain of production—including major oil companies, crude refineries, independent operators of pipelines, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and shipping firms.

        • Common DreamsDon’t Use Russia’s War on Ukraine to Expand Fossil Fuels, Green Groups Tell US and EU

          Hundreds of advocacy groups on Thursday collectively called on top leaders in the United States and European Union to respond to Russia’s war on Ukraine by ramping up the clean energy transition rather than expanding fossil fuel infrastructure.

          “The window to avoid truly catastrophic climate impacts is rapidly closing.”

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsBowman Introduces ‘Babies Over Billionaires’ Act in Pursuit of Tax Fairness

        Stressing the imperative to “invest in our youth’s future and critical social safety nets” while noting that “the wealthy are more than capable of funding that effort,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman on Thursday introduced legislation that would tax the unrealized capital gains of the top 0.01% of U.S. taxpayers with over $100 million in assets.

        “Equitable taxation is a critical step to providing much-needed federal investment to strengthen children and families.”

      • Pro PublicaColorado HOA Foreclosure Reform Legislation Moves Forward

        A Colorado House of Representatives committee narrowly voted Wednesday to advance a bipartisan measure aimed at limiting homeowners associations’ powers to file foreclosure cases based on fines for community-rule violations, capping such penalties and increasing due process for homeowners.

        Colorado law allows HOAs to seek judicial foreclosure against homeowners who are at the equivalent of six months behind on their routine dues, also known as assessments. But that total can include other charges, such as fines, late fees and collection costs — including the HOA’s legal fees.

      • Pro PublicaDetroit City Council Calls on Michigan’s Largest Utility to Pause Shut-offs, Explain Its High Electricity Rates — ProPublica

        In response to reporting by Outlier Media and ProPublica showing how DTE Energy disconnected electric accounts for nonpayment during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Detroit City Council is calling for the power company to enact a one-year pause on electricity and gas shut-offs.

        The resolution, passed at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, cites the findings of an Outlier-ProPublica story last month that analyzed disconnections in Michigan and found DTE shut off accounts 208,000 times between April 2020 and December 2021.

      • Pro PublicaSan Francisco Rations Housing by Scoring Homeless People’s Trauma. By Design, Most Fail to Qualify.

        Tabitha Davis had just lost twins in childbirth and was facing homelessness. The 23-year-old had slept on friends’ floors for the first seven months of her pregnancy, before being accepted to a temporary housing program for pregnant women. But with the loss of the twins, the housing program she’d applied to live in after giving birth — intended for families — was no longer an option.

        After several weeks in a hotel, which a prenatal program for homeless people had paid for while she recovered, Davis went to a brick building in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood to apply for a permanent, subsidized housing unit. There, a case worker she’d never met asked her more than a dozen questions to determine if she was eligible.

      • The NationSweeping Homeless Encampments Is Cruel and Unacceptable

        America’s mayors have a problem. In the wake of the 2008 financial/housing crisis, homeless people have been gathering in encampments in greater numbers. Mayors, indelibly associated with their cities, do not like to be associated with homelessness, and their rich, influential constituents don’t like having to walk between tents or see their neighbors who live in them. One by one, city leaders have embraced a hardline strategy of “sweeps,” relying on police to drive unhoused people from the camps and destroy their belongings. New York City’s new mayor, Eric Adams, is making his political bones with a total purge. Attacking the homeless for personal gain is the most despicable thuggery I can imagine, and we shouldn’t let it happen without a fight.

      • Counter PunchThe Role of Capitalism in the War in Ukraine

        Capitalism means enterprises run by small groups of people—employers—who preside over large groups—hired employees. Employers are driven to maximize profits: the excess of the value added by hired workers over the wages paid to them. Employers are likewise driven to sell outputs at the highest price the market will bear and buy inputs (including workers’ time) at the lowest possible market price. Competition among capitalist enterprises pressures all employers to plow profits as much as possible back into the business to help it grow and to gain market share as means to maximize profits. They each must do this in order to survive because competition’s winners tend to destroy and then absorb the losers. The social result of this competition among enterprises is that capitalism as a system is inherently driven to expand quickly.

        That expansion, inside every capitalist nation, inevitably overflows its boundaries. Capitalist enterprises seek, find, and develop foreign sources of food, raw materials, workers, and markets. As competition becomes global, competing capitalist enterprises seek help from their nations’ governments to expand. Politicians quickly learn that companies in their nations that lose in global competition will blame those politicians for insufficient support. Meanwhile, companies that win in the global competition will reward such politicians for their help. The social result of this is that capitalism entails national competition alongside enterprise competition. Wars often punctuate capitalism’s national competition. The winners in those competitions thereby often tended to build empires, historically.

      • Counter PunchGas Prices Add Punch to March Inflation Jump

        A drop in the index for non-food and energy goods is encouraging, but there is still far to go here. The data on shipping costs suggest that we will have more good news in this sector in months ahead.

        It is also encouraging that rent indexes don’t seem to be accelerating, although the current rate of increase is rapid. Higher mortgage rates will likely slow rent rises, as higher income people will opt for less space, leaving more for others.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsTrump-Backed Nebraska Gubernatorial Candidate Accused of Groping Several Women

        Eight women including a Republican state senator have come forward to accuse Charles Herbster—a front-runner in Nebraska’s GOP gubernatorial primary who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump—of sexual assault or other grossly inappropriate behavior, according to a report published Thursday.

        “I’m scared for any young women that he would be dealing with in the future. Don’t send your daughters to work for this guy.”

      • Counter PunchThe Coming US Elections: An Interview with Greg Palast

        More recently he’s been caught up, like a lot of journalists, in the Trump Era farce that has cost so much time on the Climate Change front, underscored the unhappiness of the nation in general and its willingness to elect a clown for president. In his book How Trump Stole 2000, Palast showed how Trump would use select secretaries of state to disenfranchise votes from the left and secure Trump’s election by subterfuge. It almost worked, despite his loud and early warnings. But a pandemic came along, forcing more scrutiny of the national vote count, and Old Joe, who nobody really wanted as president, won election. But then Palast became one of the first to point out how Trump and his associates would use the 12th Amendment to undermine the final House electoral college vote — leading to the eventual largely comical catastrophe of January 6, 2021.

        Recently, I spoke with Greg by Zoom. Here he reviews the 2020 presidential election and looks forward to the next in 2024. Below is an edited transcript of Greg’s responses to questions I posed on March 8, 2022 (GMT+8).

      • TruthOutRNC Unanimously Votes to Withdraw From Presidential Debate Commission
      • Hungary“Daddy told me that we should go home as soon as the war is over.”

        A private school in Székesfehérvár started a class for Ukrainian refugee children. The school (Digitális Tudásért Iskola) is not only providing lessons in Hungarian, but also in Ukrainian – with teachers who have themselves fled the war. The teachers and the students shared with Telex what they left behind, what they miss the most, and whether they think there is a chance that they would one day be able to return home. (English subtitles available)

      • HungaryFines imposed on NGOs for encouraging invalid vote on child protection referendum are final
      • NBC‘Massive blow for Russian credibility’: Sinking of warship a win for Ukraine, experts say

        Its loss was a “massive blow for Russian credibility,” the official said, as it either showed that a ship with missile and air defense systems was vulnerable to attack or that the Russian military suffered a major accident. Either situation would put its competence in question.

      • TruthOutMusk’s $43B Offer to Buy Twitter Is Nearly Twice His Entire Pre-COVID Net Worth
      • Common Dreams‘Not Good for Democracy,’ Critics Warn as Mega-Billionaire Elon Musk Moves to Buy Twitter

        News Thursday that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter outright for around $43 billion—a fraction of his skyrocketing net worth—fueled growing concerns about the anti-democratic implications of allowing the ultra-wealthy to exert control over communication platforms used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

        Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, tweeted that a “gazillionaire treating a vital (if flawed) global communications platform as his plaything” is “not good for democracy.”

      • The VergeThe Twitter board is reportedly not interested in Elon’s takeover offer

        Twitter’s board is also reportedly considering using a “poison pill” strategy to make it more difficult for Elon to acquire a large stake in the company and avoid a hostile takeover. Poison pills can, as one example, flood the market with shares once an investor acquires stock above a certain limit, making them easier to acquire for others (and costly for a single investor to buy up) when someone attempts a takeover.

      • India Times‘Terrified’: Musk Twitter buyout bid rattles tech world

        Critics argued that free speech absolutism on social media can be very messy in the real world.

      • NBCElon Musk’s Twitter bid is high. That doesn’t mean the company must accept it, experts say.

        Musk has not been shy about his motives for wanting to buy Twitter. He said he believes it must be less restrictive about moderating speech.

        But his willingness to make the deal is now being met with questions about his ability to actually complete it — and Twitter’s willingness to accept it.

      • The NationCancel Culture Exists

        These are just a few of the better-known cases. But then there are the ones you don’t hear about, because the person on the receiving end isn’t well-known, or no journalist picks up the story, or the cancellation is more subtle: the offer never extended, the assignment that doesn’t come through.

        The role of social media is crucial. Without the lightning speed of Twitter campaigns, of which so many employers seem deathly afraid, there would be time to step back and think. Instead, from allegation to punishment is often a matter of days. There are hardly ever consequences to calling someone out, especially anonymously, and the Internet makes any claim prone to virality.

      • IndiaElon Musk Makes $43 Billion Unsolicited Bid to Take Twitter Private

        The bid is the most high-stakes clash yet between Musk and the social media platform. The executive is one of Twitter’s most-watched firebrands, often tweeting out memes and taunts to @elonmusk’s more than 80 million followers. He has been vociferous about changes he’d like to consider imposing at the social media platform, and the company offered him a seat on the board following the announcement of his $3.35 billion stake.

        Musk immediately began appealing to fellow users about prospective moves, from turning Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter and adding an edit button for tweets to granting automatic verification marks to premium users. One tweet suggested Twitter might be dying, given that several celebrities with high numbers of followers rarely tweet.

        Unsatisfied with the influence that comes with being Twitter’s largest investor, he has now launched a full takeover, one of the few individuals who can afford it outright. He’s currently worth about $260 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, compared with Twitter’s market valuation of about $37 billion.

      • NewsweekElon Musk’s Twitter Offer Has Users Afraid He Will Turn It Into Parler

        Musk’s recent filing also contained a letter to Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor. In it, Musk laid out his intentions of his proposal to buy the remaining shares of Twitter’s stock for $54.20 per share.

        “I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy,” Musk wrote.

        Musk also said the proposal was “my best and final offer.” He added, “Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it.”

      • BBCElon Musk makes offer to buy Twitter

        Mr Musk is the world’s richest man, according to Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $219bn mostly due to his shareholding in electric vehicle maker Tesla. He also leads the aerospace firm SpaceX.

      • NBCElon Musk offers to buy Twitter, says company ‘needs to be transformed’

        Daniel Ives, an analyst for Wedbush Securities, an investment and wealth management company, said on CNBC that there was little chance Twitter could reject the offer.

        “This puts Twitter’s back against the wall … there’s really no way that Twitter in my opinion could reject this,” he said.

      • Sydney Morning HeraldElon Musk launches $58 billion hostile takeover of Twitter

        The bid is the latest saga in Musk’s volatile relationship with Twitter. The executive is one of the platform’s most-watched firebrands, often tweeting out memes and taunts to @elonmusk’s more than 80 million followers. He has been outspoken about changes he’d like to consider imposing at the social media platform, and the company offered him a seat on the board following the announcement of his stake, which made him the largest individual shareholder.

        After his stake became public, Musk immediately began appealing to fellow users about prospective moves, from turning Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter and adding an edit button for tweets to granting automatic verification marks to premium users. One tweet suggested Twitter might be dying, given that several celebrities with high numbers of followers rarely tweet.

        Unsatisfied with the influence that comes with being Twitter’s largest investor, he has now launched a full takeover, one of the few individuals who can afford it outright. He’s currently worth about $US260 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index, compared with Twitter’s market valuation of about $US37 billion.

      • Vanity FairTwitter Shareholder: Elon Musk Just Stiffed Us and Made Off With Millions

        Rasella’s suit argues that the delay may have hurt the wallets of Twitter shareholders who sold their stock during the March 24–April 1 time frame, while also allowing Musk to continue to buy shares at an artificially discounted rate. “Investors who sold shares of Twitter stock between March 24, 2022, when Musk was required to have disclosed his Twitter ownership, and before the actual April 4, 2022 disclosure, missed the resulting share price increase as the market reacted to Musk’s purchases and were damaged thereby,” the suit reads. In the filing, Rasella, who sold Twitter shares during the time frame in question, accuses Musk of making “materially false and misleading statements and omissions by failing to disclose to investors that he had acquired a 5% ownership stake in Twitter as required.”

      • The VergeTwitter CEO tells employees the board is still evaluating an Elon Musk takeover

        Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal told employees Thursday that the company was still evaluating a $43 billion offer by Elon Musk to buy the company and take it private, setting the stage for a potentially drawn-out feud with the world’s richest person.

      • The VergeElon Musk’s new troll is buying Twitter — will it work?

        Say what you will about Elon Musk, but that guy’s really attached to the weed number. I mean, in his failed bid to take Tesla private — failed at least partly because he did not have “funding secured” — Musk offered $420 a share. And now, here he is bidding for Twitter at $54.20, which values Twitter at $43 billion. After all, Musk said “this is not a way to make money” for him in an interview with Chris Anderson. “I don’t care about the economics at all,” he said. The man likes what he likes.

      • Election Strategy

        lection Strategy

        I used to think voting was wrong.

        Quick aside to those who stalwarts of democracy who gasp in horror at the notion of not doing your duty of putting a ballot in a box: don’t worry, this text is gonna end up arguing for voting, not against it.

        Here’s what I was thinking back then: if my candidate wins and they do something evil, that’s my fault because I voted for them. But if my candidate’s opponent wins and they do something bad, that’s also my fault because I participated in, and thereby signed off on, the process that put them on the throne.

        If I say “sure, let’s flip for it”, I can’t complain when it ends up tails and I don’t get what I want. If I say “sure, let’s duel at noon, I approve of that way of resolving things“, it’s kind of on me if I then get shot and die. By participating in electoral democracy, I would make myself responsible for what the elected representatives did. That was my thinking at the time.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • TechdirtThe Kids And Their Algo Speak Show Why All Your Easy Fixes To Content Moderation Questions Are Wrong

        Last month at SXSW, I was talking to someone who explained that they kept seeing people use the term “Unalive” on TikTok as a way of getting around the automated content moderation filter that would downrank or block posts that included the word “dead,” out of a fear of what that video might be talking about. Another person in the conversation suggested that I should write an article about all the ways in which “the kids these days” figure out how to get around filters. I thought it was a good idea, but did absolutely nothing with it. Thankfully, Taylor Lorenz, now of the Washington Post, is much more resourceful than I am, and went ahead and wrote that article that had been suggested to me — and it’s really, really good.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The NationWe Can’t Let Billionaires Control Major Communications Platforms

        Regardless of Musk’s dubious principles, any move to relax content moderation standards warrants legitimate concern. For example, changing the policies by which Twitter restricts or suspends accounts that cause social harm could yield more harassment, hate speech, incitement to violence, and dangerous misinformation about voting and vaccines. Twitter’s uneven adherence to its own rules has been rightly criticized, but having no rules would be a troll’s paradise—a Hobbesian hellscape of all against all, with the most vulnerable having the most to lose.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TechdirtFifth Circuit Says No Immunity For Officer Who Framed A Man By Claiming The Man Framed Himself

        This reads like a film script and plays like a farce. It is one of the most insane decisions you’ll ever read. And it’s not because the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court did something insane. It’s because everything leading up to the decision plays out like a Coen brothers crime film and keeps escalating from there. Buckle up. And many thanks to Public Accountability for highlighting this decision in its recent roundup of Appeals Court activity.

      • Common DreamsDefying Schultz’s Union-Busting, Starbucks Workers Rack Up Win After Win

        Starbucks workers at four U.S. locations voted unanimously to form a union this week, scoring the latest in a string of victories for a burgeoning organizing movement that has spread to coffee shops in dozens of states nationwide even as management ramps up its anti-union activity.

        “It’s time for Starbucks to stop its anti-union blitz.”

      • TruthOutCongressional Workers Urge House Leaders to Schedule Vote on Their Union
      • The NationThe Herschel Walker Senate Campaign Is an Insult to Black People

        Herschel Walker, the football star turned Georgia Senate candidate, is an animated caricature of a Black person drawn by white conservatives. Walker is what they think of us, and they think we’re big, ignorant, and easily manipulated. They think we’re shady or criminal. They think we’re tools to be used. The Walker campaign exists as a political minstrel show: a splashy rendition of what white Republicans think Black people look and sound like.

      • The NationPress Freedom Is an Essential Climate Solution

        This story is part of “Climate & Democracy,” a series from the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration cofounded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation strengthening climate coverage.

      • Common Dreams‘We’re Suing,’ Says ACLU as Kentucky GOP Enacts Draconian Abortion Ban

        The ACLU and Planned Parenthood announced late Wednesday that they are suing Kentucky after the state’s GOP-dominated Legislature voted to override the Democratic governor’s veto of a sweeping 15-week abortion ban, an extreme measure inspired by the Mississippi law that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

        “We urge the court to block this law immediately and ensure that people in Kentucky can continue to access abortion care.”

      • TruthOutKentucky Legislature Enacts Draconian Abortion Ban, Overriding Governor’s Veto
      • Common DreamsNew GOP Laws ‘Will Devastate Abortion Access Across Large Parts of the Nation’

        After Florida’s GOP governor on Thursday signed a 15-week abortion ban inspired by a contested Mississippi law that could soon reverse Roe v. Wade, pro-choice advocates warned of impacts across the region, given that the Sunshine State has long been “an oasis of reproductive care in the South.”

        With Gov. Ron DeSantis’ support, Florida’s law is set to take effect this summer. His signature came after Republican state legislators in Kentucky on Wednesday overrode their Democratic governor’s veto of a similar bill and GOP Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a near-total abortion ban.

      • FAIRNYT Responded to Subway Shooting With ‘Relentless String of Copaganda’

        Alec Karakatsanis, founder and executive director of Civil Rights Corps, and author of the book Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System, is noted for his incisive criticism of  corporate media crime coverage on Twitter. He weighed in (4/12/22) on the New York Times‘ reporting on the New York subway shooting; here’s that thread, lightly edited for ease of reading.

      • NPRVideo shows a Michigan police officer on Black man’s back before he fatally shot him

        Video was collected from Lyoya’s passenger, the officer’s body-worn camera, the officer’s patrol car and a doorbell camera. Prosecutor Chris Becker, who will decide whether any charges are warranted, objected to the release but said Winstrom could act on his own.

      • TruthOutRuth Wilson Gilmore on Abolition, the Climate Crisis and What Must Be Done
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtSocial Media Regulation, Link Taxes, Copyright Extension, And More: Canada’s Attack On The Internet Has Resumed

        Last year, we wrote about the Canadian government’s efforts to push a bill regulating social media content like broadcast television and, soon after, their work on new “Online Harms” legislation that (among many provisions) would require platforms to report certain content to law enforcement and national intelligence services. These efforts and the government’s general approach to internet issues formed a pattern that led University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist to label it the most anti-internet government in Canadian history. Both efforts stalled out in the face of the 2021 election, but now the Liberal party government, having won re-election and secured a cooperation agreement with the competing New Democratic Party, is resuming and indeed expanding its push for new internet legislation.

      • TechdirtThe Constitutional Challenge To FOSTA Hits A Roadblock As District Court Again Ignores Its Chilling Effects

        The constitutional challenge to FOSTA suffered a significant setback late last month when the district court granted the government’s motion for summary judgment, effectively dismissing the challenge. If not appealed (though it sounds like it may be), it would be the end of the road for it.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • The VergeApple’s M2 chips and the computers they’ll power detailed in new leak

        The higher-end machines will reportedly have M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, with the Max having 12 CPU cores and 38 graphics cores (two CPU and six GPU cores extra compared to the current M1 Max). Bloomberg doesn’t include details on the breakdown of efficiency and performance cores. The M2 Pro also shows up as an option for the Mac Mini, and Gurman predicts that the Mac Pro will have a “successor to the M1 Ultra.”

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsMeet the Judges #CCSharesCulture: Karen Darricades

          Creative Commons’ Open Culture Remix Art Contest #CCSharesCulture is open until 30 April 2022. So there’s still plenty of time to remix existing art and turn it into something fresh and exciting under the theme “Love Culture? Share Culture!”

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 22: Open Culture VOICES – Antje Schmidt

          Welcome to episode 22 of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we hear from Antje Schmidt, Head of Digital Strategy at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G), and has worked with digital cultural heritage for 15 years. Her work focuses on making museum collections more accessible, reusable, and relevant to different audiences and machines. In 2015, with the launch of the first collection online, she established an open access policy at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg – the first one in a German art museum and the core of the ever evolving digital strategy of the museum.

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 21: Open Culture VOICES – Céline Chanas

          Welcome to episode 21 of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we hear from Céline Chanas, Head Conservator at the Musée de Bretagne in Rennes. During her professional career, she has acquired expertise in social museums, the management of heritage establishments, cultural mediation and exhibitions. She also serves as President of the Federation of Ecomuseums and Society Museums, an association committed to recognizing the social role of museums, at the heart of regional projects.

        • Torrent FreakACE Shuts Down Massive Pirate Site After Locating Owner in Remote Peru

          As part of its global anti-piracy mission, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) has been trying to shut down Pelisplushd.net, a massive pirate streaming site with roughly 70 million visits per month. After tracking down its operator in the remote countryside of Peru, the anti-piracy group says the site is no more.

        • Torrent FreakPolice Shut ‘Club Penguin Rewritten’, 3 Arrested For Copyright Infringement

          Multiplayer online game Club Penguin launched in 2005 and was acquired by Disney two years later. After 10 years online, Disney shut the game down, prompting the creation of a third-party remake known as Club Penguin Rewritten. Following a Disney complaint, that service has now been shut down by police in the UK. Three people have been arrested under suspicion of copyright infringement.

        • TechdirtHow The SMART Copyright Act Will Help Cops Avoid Accountability

          We’ve written a few times about the serious problems of the “SMART Copyright Act” from Senators Thom Tillis and Pat Leahy. However, Cory Doctorow alerts us to yet another reason why the bill is extremely problematic. As you’ll recall, the bill would allow the Copyright Office to basically designate “technical measures” that websites would have to employ in order to be protected by the DMCA. The barely hidden end-game of the copyright industry is that this would eventually lead to mandated upload filters for any website hosting user-generated content.

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