‘Linux’ Foundation Promoting Microsoft and Scams While Microsoft Intensifies Its Attacks on Linux (by Proxy and From the Inside)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 7:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1622cd23bfa30fcbfd64aa3f95b19019
Discrediting and Sabotaging Linux
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: It’s very sad to see what the “Linux” brand has become and how Microsoft’s vicious attacks on Linux as a project — not just the trademark — aren’t just ignored by the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation as it actively participates in some of these attacks

THE so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is participating in Microsoft’s attacks on the Linux brand and the GNU/Linux community. Zemlin and his friend (who do not even use Linux) are certainly getting rich this way, but it’s crystal clear at whose expense. While Microsoft sabotages Linux from the inside — as it has done since the Novell days (the above shows what Microsoft is doing to Mesa) — Zemlin et al are openwashing Microsoft projects that promote proprietary software and surveillance. In effect, the “Linux” brand is being misused to promote the opposite of what Linux stands for. As shown above, Zemlin et al are also promoting utter scams now, under the guise or veneer of “research”. This is incredible! How much more corruption will the “Linux” brand become associated with?

They piggyback Earth day to promote polluters. Speaking of which, the Linux Foundation does greenwashing spam for Microsoft. These liars from Microsoft already use Earth day for inversion of facts. Well, lying isn’t the worst thing for them to worry about, but just like in the case of the Linux brand, it’s clear who stands to lose. Earth Day 2022 became a joke because of what the most polluting corporations did with it…

“The failure of the media to call out this infiltration and deceit likely contributes to its demise. Many of today’s “articles” is just sponsored puff pieces. They don’t even resemble reporting, they’re like corporate whitepapers.”Speaking of fake “research”, this new Webspam example shows how profoundly misused the term “research” is and finally, in the above video, we also show Microsoft’s old friends in ClownStrike badmouthing Linux by spinning a collective of crackers who target Microsoft Windows… as a “Linux systems” thing.

Microsoft is deeply involved in a number of anti-Linux operations. Sadly, Zemlin et al nowadays participate in these anti-Linux operations, e.g. by perpetuating the talking points about “Open Source” being a security nightmare (even when the security issues are the fault of Microsoft, e.g. GitHub and NPM sending malware).

The failure of the media to call out this infiltration and bald-faced deceit likely contributes to its demise. Many of today’s “articles” is just sponsored puff pieces. They don’t even resemble reporting, they’re like corporate whitepapers.

To give an hour-old example of parrots for Microsoft allies and ‘former’ staff, see this new piece (published around the same time I recorded the video). It says: “In a blog post, the CrowdStrike Cloud Threat Research team said the LemonDuck botnet tried to monetize its efforts via simultaneous campaigns to mine cryptocurrency like Monero.”

They’re not investigating the full extent of the situation, the context, conflict of interest and so on. It’s just mindless churnalism, based on “tweets” or blog posts.

Links 22/04/2022: Mesa 22.0.2 and Sparky 2022.04 Special Editions

Posted in News Roundup at 4:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • ZDNetThe best Chromebooks for students: Student-proof laptops

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    • Server

      • CNX SoftwarereServer Jetson-50-1-H4 is an AI Edge server powered by NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin 64GB

        reServer Jetson-50-1-H4 is an AI inference edge server powered by Jetson AGX Orin 64GB with up to 275 TOPS of AI performance, and based on the same form factor as Seeed Studio’s reServer 2-bay multimedia NAS introduced last year with an Intel Core Tiger Lake single board computer.

        The 12-core Arm server comes with 32GB LPDDR5, a 256GB NVMe SSD pre-loaded with the Jetpack SDK and the open-source Triton Inference server, two SATA bays for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, up to 10 Gbps Ethernet, dual 8K video output via HDMI and DisplayPort, USB 3.2 ports, and more.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • WCCF TechIntel Raptor Lake-P CPU support added to Mesa 22.2 for OpenGL & Vulkan Linux drivers

        Intel added upcoming Raptor Lake-P CPU support for Intel OpenGL and Vulkan drivers to the Linux 5.19 driver recently, which is slated to release later this year. The same graphics driver support for the upcoming processor has been added to Mesa 22.2.

      • Graphics Stack

        • mesa 22.0.2
          Hi list!
          Better late than never, here is Mesa 22.0.2, the second maintanence
          release of the Mesa 22.0 series. This is a rather large release, as I've
          made a huge effort to get as much of the backlog of nominated patches
          dealt with, and only a handful remain. I'll plan to resume the normal
          schedule of having a release on the 4th along with what will hopefully
          be 22.1.0.
    • Applications

      • Thibault Martni: Funding decentralised/local-first applications for GNOME :: Thib views — On digital citizenship

        The GNOME Foundation has not been giving as much news as we wish it has, but doesn’t mean nothing happened!

        In the hopes of making GNOME useful for as many people as possible and finding sustainable funding, the Foundation needs to run public programmes. Let’s examine together what makes a suitable programme, what direction the Foundation is taking, and how you can help shaping the programme and the future of the GNOME Project as an active community member.

      • Tasks

        I wanted something to store all my to-do stuff, so I created this simple task list application!

        With Tasks, you can create new tasks by typing the new task’s name in the text field at the bottom of the window, and when hovering over some task it displays an edit and remove button.

        In the application header it has a task count on the left, showing the total number of tasks, and a clear and an about button on the right, which removes all the tasks and opens an about page, respectively.

      • Russell CokerJoplin Notes – Russell Coker

        Joplin supports storing notes on a number of protocols including Nextcloud and WebDAV. I setup WebDAV because it’s easiest, here is Digital Ocean instructions for WebDAV on Apache [3]. That basically works. One problem for my use case is that the Joplin client doesn’t support accounts on multiple servers and the only released way of sharing notes between accounts is using the paid Joplin Cloud service.

        There is a Joplin Server in beta which allows sharing notes but that is designed to run in Docker and is written in TypeScript so it was too much pain to setup. One mitigating factor is that there are “Notebooks” which are collections of notes. So if multiple people who trust each other share an account they can have Notebooks for personal notes and a Notebook for shared notes.

      • Can I use Caliber to order and listen to audiobooks?

        More and more users are choosing to migrate from the usual paper books to electronic books. We store these files on our disk drives, but like the rest of the content, they need some organization. A piece of software that can help us a lot in this type of task is the ebook manager , Calibre.

        The first thing we should know is that this is a totally free open source application that has all the functions that we are going to need. It not only focuses on the management of our electronic book libraries , but goes much further. In this way, from Caliber we will have the possibility of avoiding these contents, reading them, converting them and much more. All this through a peculiar user interface that we can also customize.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Installation Guide with Screenshots

        Good news for Ubuntu users, canonical has released Ubuntu 22.04 LTS operating system for Desktop and Servers. As this is the LTS (Long Term Support) release, so we will get updates for next 5 years (till 2027). Jammy Jellyfish is the code for this release.

      • Ansible Playbooks – OSTechNix

        In the last article, we have discussed about Ansible ad hoc commands. Whatever we learned there will be applied in this article but in a different way. This tutorial explains what is a Playbook in Ansible and how to work with Ansible Playbooks with examples.

      • Vitux5 Ways to Check Available Memory in Ubuntu 22.04 – VITUX

        As Ubuntu users, especially as administrators, we need to check how much RAM resources our system uses and how much of it is free. We also know that most administrative tasks are better done from the Linux command line than from the graphical user interface. For example, servers usually work on the shell, and there is no graphical user interface at all. Since it is most important to control the memory resources on servers, it is best to learn the appropriate commands that can help us manage servers.

      • Ubuntu Pit16 Practical Examples of Traceroute Command in Linux

        The internet is a vast network system full of databases, servers, routers, and other web structures. When you type a web address and hit the enter button on your web browser, it routes through your internet connection to the host address via the web. In the middle of the destination, when your packet starts the journey from the computer and reaches the destination server, it travels a lot inside the web. Many Linux, Windows, and Mac tools allow you to track every step of your internet packet. The traceroute command is one of the most used tools that you can use on Linux to track every step, live status, connection strength, latency, and many more regarding your internet packets.

      • Ritesh Raj Sarraf: Systemd Service Hang

        Finally, TIL, what can all be the reason for systemd services to hang indefinitely. The internet is flooded with numerous reports on this topic but no clear answers. So no more uselessly marked workarounds like: systemctl daemon-reload and systemctl-daemon-reexec for this scenario.

      • ByteXDHow to Install WordPress on Ubuntu 22.04 Using LEMP Stack (NGINX) – ByteXD

        In this tutorial we will learn how to install all the necessary components in an Ubuntu 22.04 machine to serve as a web server so we can use WordPress on it. From first launch to ready-to-browse.

        In a Linux server there are various applications we can use as a web server. The two most popular web servers in the market are the Apache HTTP Server and NGINX .

        While there are others, these two dominate almost all of the market. In this tutorial we will focus on learning how to serve WordPress using NGINX, using the combination of applications commonly known in acronyms as the LEMP stack.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Plex Media Server is software to store all your digital media content and access it via a client application such as your TV, NVIDIA Shield, Roku, Mobile App, and many more platforms. Plex Media Server organizes your files and content into categories. It’s extremely popular with people storing TV Shows and Movie Libraries, and if your connection is good enough, share it with your friends and family. Over time Plex Media Server has grown much and now supports many platforms.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish by securely importing the GPG key and official Plex repository and some tips on basic sets and creating a reverse proxy with Nginx.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Google Chrome is the most used Internet Explorer software on the earth, with a recent update in 2021 that Chrome is currently the primary browser of more than 2.65 billion internet users. However, as you would know, after installing Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish, only Mozilla Firefox is packaged with the distribution but luckily, installing Google Chrome is a straightforward task.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Google Chrome in three alternative ways: stable, beta, or unstable versions on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line console.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Use the chattr Command on Linux

        Along with the usual read, write, and execute file permissions, Linux files have another set of attributes that control other characteristics of the file. Here’s how to see them and change them.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Discord on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app used by tens of millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media, and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers.” Discord is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux Distros.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Discord client on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three different methods with the command line terminal.

      • TecAdminHow To Enable SSH Server on Ubuntu 22.04 – TecAdmin

        SSH (Secure Shell) is a cryptographic protocol to provide secure data transmission over insecure networks. OpenSSH is the server that implements SSH protocol to provide remote server shell access.

        Today, I have created a new Ubuntu 22.04 Desktop virtual machine. After installation, I found that the SSH server is not enabled by default. So I have installed the OpenSSH server and enabled the SSH connections. This tutorial explains you to how to install and enable SSH on an Ubuntu 22.04 Linux system.

      • How To Upgrade Ubuntu 21.10 To Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        This tutorial will guide you to upgrade from Ubuntu 21.10 to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS was released on 21 April 2022. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will be supported for five years till April 2027. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is powered by Linux Kernel 5.15.

        Previously, we published one article on how to upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. If you are Ubuntu 20.04 LTS user then it can be useful for you.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Create Bootable USB Installer for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS | UbuntuHandbook

        The new Ubuntu 22.04 LTS has been released! If you’re going to do a fresh install, then this tutorial may help to burn the ISO image into your USB stick.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Flarum Forum on Debian 11
      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Remove All White Space Characters From a Text File

        Working under a Linux operating system distribution gives you a very unique perspective on how alterable the computing world can be. For instance, getting rid of white space characters on text files can somewhat sound like a tedious task unless you are using Linux as your primary operating system.

        White spaces are not just horizontal like the spacing of words in this article or other printable characters. White spaces also exist as vertical spacing of lines and/or paragraphs. So why remove white spaces? The primary reason is to sanitize the outlook of your targeted text file.

      • How to Install QPrompt on Debian 11

        Hello, my friends. Linux is great, and it’s great because of the absurd amount of software we can install on the system. This makes it ideal for almost any type of user such as developers, professionals, and enthusiasts. Proof of this is that we can install all kinds of applications. Today, for example, you will learn how to install QPrompt on Debian 11.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        PHP 7.4 is a significant update of the PHP language that was “officially” released on November 28, 2019. This is a standard upgrade from now on from the existing PHP 7.3 release to PHP 7.4, which is the last version in the 7 PHP series that brings in arrow functions for cleaner one-liners, preloading for improved performance, typed properties in classes, improved type variances, spread operator in arrays and much more.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish by importing the Ondřej Surý repository, the maintainer for PHP on Debian, and installing, upgrading, or removing howto instructions.

      • DedoimedoHow to create a coil spring (helix) in SketchUp

        Recently, I started doing a while bunch of new models in SketchUp, and I always try to only use my own components, never anything from the 3D warehouse. This means extra work, but also more satisfaction when you succeed. But then, I did face one big challenge. How to make a helix, a three-dimensional spiral, that most elusive of shapes.

        In essence, most of 3D design is just figuring the intricate intersect of planes in three dimensions. Sounds trivial, but sometimes, you end up scratching your head, not quite sure what to do. I decided to check a number of online tutorials, and while they do accomplish the task, I found them impossible to reproduce. The actual steps needed in SketchUp baffled me more than the concept of how a helix should look like. Well, eventually, with great satisfaction, I worked it out. It’s not the prettiest or most efficient method, but it’s dead simple. Let me show you.

      • VituxHow to Write and Run a C Program in Linux – VITUX

        Linux is becoming a developer’s programming paradise because it is an open-source operating system and freely available. The Turbo C compiler is already an old way to compile programs, so we programmers should switch to Linux to use a new programming environment. In this article, we will explain how to write, compile and run a simple C program. This will serve you as a foundation to move on to more complicated and useful C programs that you can write and run on Linux.

        We have run the steps and commands mentioned in this article on an Ubuntu 22.04 LTS system, but it works exactly the same on other versions like Ubuntu 20.04 or distributions like Debian 11.

      • How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Simple Steps – Cloudbooklet

        Ubuntu 22.04 is officially released on 22 April 2022 and available on all cloud platforms also. Here you are going to upgrade your system or server from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04. If you are running Ubuntu 18.04, you need to first upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 and then finally upgrade to 22.04 LTS.

        In this guide you are going to learn how to clean up your Ubuntu 20.04 server or system’s unused packages, old kernels, journal logs, apt cache and then upgrade to 22.04 LTS in simple steps.

      • VituxHow to Set JAVA_HOME Path in Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04 – VITUX

        Many Java-based programs require the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to run smoothly regardless of the operating system. For development, most IDEs like Eclipse and NetBeans require the Java Development Kit (JDK) on your computer. Whether you’re a newbie who wants to learn how to develop or an application you have installed requires a Java installation on your system, we’ve got you covered. Setting up the JAVA_HOME path is quite simple.

        In this tutorial, we will learn how to install the JDK on Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04 and set up the Java_HOME path. Let’s start with the installation of the JDK.

      • CitizixHow to use Kustomize to manage kubernetes configurations

        Kustomize is used for Kubernetes native configuration management. It introduces a template-free way to customize application configuration that simplifies the use of off-the-shelf applications. Kustomize traverses a Kubernetes manifest to add, remove or update configuration options without forking. It is available both as a standalone binary and as a native feature of kubectl as apply -k.

        Kustomize simplifies deployments by allowing you to create an entire Kubernetes application out of individual pieces — without touching the YAML configuration files for the individual components.

      • CitizixHow to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04/21.10 to 22.04 LTS

        Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (“Jammy Jellyfish”) has just been released! Checkout the release page here.

        In this guide we will learn how to safely upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) or the previous release Ubuntu 21.04 to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS using the command-line

    • Wine or Emulation

    • Games

      • VideoSony just released a firmware flashing tool for the PS5 controller. Let’s get it working on Linux. – Invidious

        Sony’s doubling down on their commitment to PC gaming and now they’ve released their official DualSense Firmware Update Tool.

      • [ES] Black 4 Blood: agrega soporte experimental para Linux
      • GamingOnLinuxStellaris: Overlord expansion confirmed for release on May 12 | GamingOnLinux

        Ready to become the overlord of others in Stellaris? You’re going to get your chance when Stellaris: Overlord releases officially on May 12, 2022.

        This is a full expansion too, not just some little pack. Not only that but the latest free update version 3.4 “Cepheus” is launching at the same time. This free update will bring plenty of new content and improvements for all players worked on by their “Custodian Team”.

      • GamingOnLinuxLutris now has a Flatpak Beta available and updated for the Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        While it’s not quite ready just yet to be a one-click install, the game manager Lutris is at least now available with various improvements as a Flatpak Beta.

        The what: the point of Lutris is to bring together many different launchers (Steam, Epic Games, Origin, GOG, Ubisoft), along with support for running games through Wine and Emulation too.

      • GamingOnLinuxDespot’s Game: Dystopian Army Builder adds gamepad support, works on Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Despot’s Game: Dystopian Army Builder is a rogue-like tactics army battler that I was absolutely in love with when it first entered Early Access and now on the Steam Deck I love it all over again.

        You build up a little army of fleshy people and equip them with all sorts of weird combinations like: a bow and arrow, a sword stuck in stone, a rabbit in a hat, a stale pretzel, an American football and the list of weird weapons goes on and on. When ready, you run through dungeons room by room and face off against various robotic creations (and other horrors) while your people auto-battle. It’s thoroughly odd but really engrossing to play through.

        It’s closing in on the 1.0 release, and a new update rolled out recently which amongst other things, added in controller / gamepad support. Naturally, I took it for a spin on the Steam Deck and apart from some tutorial quirks, it feels really great to play on it. Can easily see this getting a Deck Verified rating once it’s more polished.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe upcoming Steam Deck Dock got an upgrade, now called a ‘Docking Station’ | GamingOnLinux

        At some point, Valve quietly tweaked the specifications for the upcoming official Steam Deck Dock and it’s actually better than what they said originally. We still don’t even know exactly when it will be out, and they likely want to improve the overall docked experience first as there’s quite a few quirks (especially in desktop mode).

      • GamingOnLinuxOvergrowth from Wolfire Games goes open source | GamingOnLinux

        Just like they did with some earlier games, Wolfire Games have now open sourced the game code for Overgrowth. What is it? Overgrowth is a 3D martial arts action-adventure featuring giant rabbits — jump, kick, throw, and slash your way to victory.

        You will still need to own a copy of the game, as the open source release does not include the data files, which is a great way for developers to support the open source community (and enable their game to live on forever pretty much) while also continue to earn from it easily.

      • GamingOnLinuxRocket Bot Royale is like a Worms styled Battle Royale with jumping tanks | GamingOnLinux

        Rocket Bot Royale is a brand new release from developer Winterpixel Games that seems to be what you get if you took Worms, turned it into a Battle Royale and turned everyone into a tank.

        It’s ridiculously frantic. With both solo and group play, everyone starts off in the helicopter that flies into that map and then just like other BR games, you get to pick where you pop out. Quite hilarious actually and really fast-paced, so games don’t last particularly long so it’s a great coffee-break game too. Your tanks can climb up walls, rocket-jump and more. It’s last tank standing, with a map that gradually gets smaller due to rising water levels.

      • Chrome UboxedHow to play retro games in your Chromebook’s Linux terminal

        Gaming on Chromebooks has become quite common nowadays. Back in the day though, it was inconceivable to say “Chromebook” and “Games” in the same sentence, even though Android apps had graced the OS years prior. With the advent of cloud gaming, however, AAA titles like Destiny, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and more are now just a website URL away.

        If you’re an old-school gamer like me though, you’ll always have a fondness in your heart for simple games from your youth like Tetris, Space Invaders, and more. Heck, when I was growing up and in middle and high school, I even played a ton of Sudoku once the craze began in the early 2000s in the United States. The only difference is that this was only done in the newspaper or in books.

      • GamingOnLinuxLumencraft hits 20,000 copies in the first week, roadmap detailed | GamingOnLinux

        Lumencraft, a recent Early Access release from 2Dynamic Games that offers up Native Linux support powered by Godot Engine seems to have been a hit.

      • GamingOnLinuxUnderwater chaos expands with the Barotrauma ‘Urban Expanses’ update | GamingOnLinux

        Want to find out what it’s like to travel in a submarine on another planet? Barotrauma gives you that option and it can be total chaos. It’s a 2D co-op survival horror inspired by the likes of FTL, RimWorld, Space Station 13 and others like that. With silly ragdoll physics, and plenty of strange creatures waiting for you.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • XFCE Settings GUI

          It’s a sunny day and you boot up your PC, which uses Xfce, ready to do some file-organizing. You open Thunar and suddenly you realise something. All this time you would have prefered sorting to be case-sensitive. You open the Preferences Dialog but alas, there is no relevant setting. You are left disappointed, hoping that Thunar devs add this option in a future release. You might even create a feature request.

          Little do you know, Thunar does have a preference to enable this functionality but it is hidden away. You can only find it in the wiki and even that is not a guarantee because we might forget about updating the wiki. Then you have to go and manually enable it in the Settings Editor or using xfconf-query.

          Thunar is not the only Xfce application that has hidden settings, Terminal is another prominent application that has preferences that don’t showup in its preferences dialog.

    • Distributions

      • Make Use OfXeroLinux: A Beautiful Arch-Based Linux Distribution for Beginners

        If you don’t like the idea of setting up an Arch-based desktop by yourself, check out XeroLinux, a beautiful, easy-to-install variant of Arch Linux.

        The Linux kernel has spawned tons of operating systems that you can use for various purposes. From Ubuntu to Kali Linux, every Linux OS delivers something different to the users.

        Distros like Arch Linux offer complete control to the user in terms of customization. However, it may be a challenge for beginners to set up an Arch system. Therefore, TechXero brings a whole new operating system called XeroLinux to ease the process of setting up an Arch-based desktop on their machine.

      • Barry KaulerGUVCView webcam viewer compiled in OE

        I am always looking to making the app collection builtin to EasyOS to be as complete as possible, to satisfy 99% of users.

        Today I was thinking that one gap is a webcam viewer. There are two GTK-based contenders, Cheese and GUVCView. The latter is smaller yet looks pretty full-featured.

      • BSD

        • The Register UKOpenBSD 7.1 is out, including Apple M1 support

          The OpenBSD Project has released version 7.1 of its eponymous OS for 13 different computer architectures, including Apple’s M1 Macs.

          OpenBSD is the security-focused member of the BSD family. Project leader Theo de Raadt co-founded the NetBSD project in 1993, but after disagreements with other core team members, he left and forked the NetBSD 1.0 codebase, releasing OpenBSD 1.2 in 1996. As a generalization, OpenBSD focuses on robustness and security, NetBSD focuses on supporting as many different platforms as possible, and FreeBSD focuses on providing a rich modern OS for the most popular platforms.

          Version 7.1 is the 52nd release since then, in which time only two remote holes have been found in the default installation.

        • LWNOpenBSD 7.1 released [LWN.net]

          OpenBSD 7.1 has been released. The list of changes and new features is long, as usual; see the full text, below, for all the details.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora ProjectCPE Weekly Update – Week of April 18th – 22nd – Fedora Community Blog

          This is a weekly report from the CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team.

        • Red Hat OfficialDriving Innovation with open source AI/ML

          Red Hat’s AI cloud service platform almost didn’t happen. And all the benefits it provides—enabling a curated and supported Jupyter-as-a-service platform that IT operations can provide to their organization’s data scientists and intelligent application developers while still maintaining control—would not have been possible.

        • Next Open NeuroFedora meeting: 25 April 1300 UTC

          Please join us at the next regular Open NeuroFedora team meeting on Monday 25 April at 1300 UTC The meeting is a public meeting, and open for everyone to attend.

        • Monitor your network switches with this open source tool | Enable Sysadmin

          Checkmk provides a holistic view of all of your network interfaces to help you detect performance problems.

        • IBM Old TimerIrving Wladawsky-Berger: How Do Young People See the World Compared to Older Generations?

          “There is an emerging narrative about a growing intergenerational divide worldwide,” said a recent international survey conducted by The Changing Childhood Project. “In the media and in popular culture, the young are often portrayed as impatient, militant, outspoken, and even entitled, in contrast to more sober temperaments among older people. The concept of intergenerational tension is not new. What may be new, however, is the speed with which our world is changing – and with it, childhood.”

          The Changing Childhood Project is a collaboration between UNICEF, – the UN agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world, – and Gallup, – the analytics company best known for its international opinion polls. Created to explore these intergenerational shifts, the project seeks to answer a few key questions: what is it like growing up today?; how do young people see the world differently?; and, is there an intergenerational gap?

        • Enterprisers ProjectData privacy: 5 mistakes you are probably making

          It is nearly impossible for organizations to be 100 percent compliant with their legal privacy obligations.

      • Debian Family

        • Sparky 2022.04 Special Editions – SparkyLinux

          There are new iso images of Sparky 2022.04 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue ready to go.

          Sparky “GameOver” Edition features a lightweight desktop, a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. Built for gamers.

          Sparky “Multimedia” Edition uses a lightweight desktop environment and features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

          Sparky “Rescue” Edition is an operating system which works in a live DVD/USB mode only (no installation on a hard drive). The Live system contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

        • Andy Simpkins: Firmware and Debian

          There has been a flurry of activity on the Debian mailing lists ever since Steve McIntyre raised the issue of including non-free firmware as part of official Debian installation images.

          Firstly I should point out that I am in complete agreement with Steve’s proposal to include non-free firmware as part of an installation image. Likewise I think that we should have a separate archive section for firmware. Because without doing so it will soon become almost impossible to install onto any new hardware. However, as always the issue is more nuanced than a first glance would suggest.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • OMG UbuntuUbuntu Founder Explains Why Distro Won’t Support Flatpak

          In a live Q&A to celebrate the recent Ubuntu 22.04 release Ubuntu’s founder was asked if the desktop edition of the OS would ever consider shipping with Flatpak support “out of the box”.

          And his answer was pretty terse: no.

          He has his reasons, of course.

          “I can say right now Flatpak’s wouldn’t work for us. I don’t think they have the security story and I also don’t think they have the ability to deliver the same integrity of execution over time that Snaps have ‘cos we built those things into Snaps.”

        • UbuntuUbuntu 22.04 LTS – what’s new for the world’s most popular Linux desktop? | Ubuntu

          Ubuntu 22.04 LTS brings more of everything you love about Ubuntu Desktop. More features and customisation options, more performance and power efficiency and more ways to integrate with your existing enterprise management tools. Combined with our LTS commitment of five years of updates and security patching, we’re confident that this latest version of the Linux Desktop delivers everything needed to empower developers and creators in 2022 and beyond.

          For those who have been faithful to our Focal Fossa over the last two years, this latest release delivers a significant upgrade. And those who’ve joined us on our journey via the interim releases- Groovy Gorilla, Hirsute Hippo and Impish Indri- will still find lots of new surprises in Jammy Jellyfish.

          Let’s take a look at some of our highlights.

        • Ubuntu Kylin 22.04 LTS officially released – UKUI 3.1 starts a new experience!-Ubuntu Kylin OS

          On April 22, 2022, the Ubuntu Kylin team officially released the new version 22.04 LTS.22.04 is the fifth Long Term Support (LTS) release after 14.04, 16.04, 18.04 and 20.04, and will officially provide technical support for 3 years.

        • Its FOSSLubuntu 22.04 LTS Releases with Calamares Installer, LXQt 0.17.0, & Featherpad 1.0.1 – It’s FOSS News

          Looking for a lightweight Ubuntu distro for your computer as an alternative to GNOME-powered Ubuntu 22.04 LTS?

          Lubuntu 22.04 LTS is here as a replacement. In fact, you can also take a look at Xubuntu 22.04 LTS, if you are exploring lightweight options.

          Here, we focus on the most exciting changes with Lubuntu 22.04 LTS.

        • VideoUbuntu 22.04 “Jammy Jellyfish” Desktop First Impressions – Invidious

          Let’s take a quick look at the new Ubuntu 22.04 desktop. :)

        • Download Lubuntu 22.04 LTS | Best Lightweight Linux Distro

          As we all know that Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is now officially available for the public. There are several distros that are based on Ubuntu and their release cycle depends upon the release cycle of Ubuntu. Out of many distros based on Ubuntu, Lubuntu is also one of them. Lubuntu is one of the official flavors of Ubuntu.

          Lubuntu 22.04 LTS will be supported for 3 years until April 2025. Lubuntu 22.04 is the 22nd release of Lubuntu. Lubuntu has LXQt as the default desktop environment.

        • Download Ubuntu Unity 22.04 LTS

          If you are a big fan of the Unity desktop environment then this must be good news for you as Ubuntu 22.04 LTS based on the Unity desktop environment is now available for download. Yes, you heard it right as Ubuntu Unity 22.04 LTS is now available for download. Ubuntu Unity is not affiliated with Canonical. Ubuntu Unity is not affiliated with Canonical. Unity desktop was abandoned since the Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver” release in favor of the GNOME desktop.

        • Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 22.04 LTS Released | Itsubuntu.com

          It seems like a weekend of the new release as various Linux distros based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS are being released. In this lot of the new release, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 22.04 LTS is making its presence.

        • VideoHow to install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Invidious

          In this video, I am going to show how to install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

        • Download Ubuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish” with Official Flavors, Torrents and Checksums

          Good news, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish” just released yesterday! Now here’s a complete list of the download links for both Desktop and Server Editions. This includes all the Official Flavors from Kubuntu to Kylin. You can download by clicking the direct links just like usual. Thank you very much to Canonical! Happy downloading!

        • Ubuntu HandbookTop Things to Do After Installing Ubuntu 22.04 LTS | UbuntuHandbook

          Ubuntu is always not ready for use out-of-the-box, because every user has his/her own preferences. And, here’s a list of things I did after installing Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

        • UbuntuUS Public Sector regulatory compliance with Ubuntu Pro and AWS GovCloud

          Federal government organisations that either collect, store, share, transfer, or process sensitive data, as well as all federal agencies, their contractors, and service providers, are required to operate in high-security environments to ensure the safety of sensitive data such as Personally Identifiable Information or confidential information.

          Developing applications for regulated federal and high-security environments can be a challenging task due to the overwhelming number of compliance requirements developers need to conform to, like FIPS, FedRAMP, ITAR, DFARS, and many more.

          Making sure your physical and virtual infrastructure meets all these requirements is a difficult, time-consuming endeavor. Therefore, AWS GovCloud and Ubuntu Pro have been engineered to help take that complexity away so that you can increase developer productivity, concentrate on delivering great applications and take them to market more quickly.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Oracle BPM

        Oracle is a computer technology corporation best known for its software products and services like Java.

        In 2020, Oracle was the second-largest software company in the world by revenue and market capitalization. They employ over 130,000 people, and sell cloud-engineering services and systems and database management systems.

        Oracle has a fairly prominent position with open source. They are a supporting member of the Linux Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, and the Java Community Process.

      • Events

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • MozillaInternet spring cleaning: How to delete Instagram, Facebook and other accounts

            So you’ve washed your sheets and vacuumed under the couch in the name of spring cleaning. But what about your online clutter?

          • MozillaIntroducing Dayana Galeano – The Mozilla Support Blog

            Dayana’s primary focus will be supporting the mobile ecosystem, including Firefox for Android, Firefox for iOS, Firefox Focus (Android and iOS), as well as Firefox Klar. The role will initially emphasize support question moderation, including tagging and categorizing our inbound questions, and the primary support channels will be app reviews on iOS and Android. This will evolve over time, and we will be sure to communicate about these changes.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • OpenSource.com3 things to know about Drupal in 2022

          A broad range of enterprises, including nonprofits, media and publishing, government agencies, education, and more, rely heavily on Drupal. But while Drupal is widely recognized as one of the most robust and flexible content management systems (CMS), it also has a reputation for being difficult to work with.

          Research conducted at a 2019 DrupalCon suggested that while experienced developers felt empowered and loved working with Drupal, novice users found it challenging to learn and work with. The Drupal community recognized that there was a serious need to improve the ease of use right from the moment you install Drupal.

      • Programming/Development

        • Electronic DesignBuilding State Machines on Linux

          Turning that into an application becomes an easier task when using a product like IAR Systems’ Visual State, which now runs on Windows and Linux. The new cross-platform hosting gives Linux-based programmers the ability to turn state-machine diagrams into code, thereby reducing coding errors due to translation.

  • Leftovers

    • Notes on some extreme lawn ornaments, Brevard edition

      Eight years ago (wow! Has it been that long? [Yes. —Editor] [Who asked you? —Sean]) while in Brevard [1], I took a picture of some extreme lawn ornaments—life sized plastic cows [2]. I wrote the “eat moar chikin” image caption (if you hold your mouse over the image, it should pop up) because the cows reminded me of the cows used by Chick-fil-a [3].

    • VMware, Lightbits Labs and NVMe over TCP

      Somewhat recently, a very committed contributor to one of my open source projects noticed an issue when trying to import NVMe exported Targets from a Linux machine into a VMware ESXi host. It didn’t work. He was using version 7.0U3 which supposedly supports importing NVMe Targets over TCP. Quite some time was spent going down this rabbit hole.

    • Andrej Shadura: To England by train (part 1)

      As the coronavirus spread across the world, all of my travel plans along with plans for a sabbatical had to be cancelled. During 2020, I only managed to go on two weekend trips to Prague and Budapest, followed by a two-weeks holiday on Crete (we returned just a couple of weeks before the infection numbers rose and lockdowns started). I do realise that a lot of people couldn’t even have this much because the situation in their countries was much worse — we were lucky to have had at least some travel.

      Fast forward to August 2021, I’m fully vaccinated, I — once again — have a UK visa for five years, and the UK finally recognises the EU vaccination passports — yay! I can finally go to Devon to see my mother and sister again. By train, of course.

    • Friday Rituals

      This has become my Friday ritual. Previously, I never really did have one which seems odd to me now. I can always break the ritual and often end up climbing or heading out for a gig or drinks. However, I can still do parts of the ritual and remove myself from the work thoughts.

    • Hardware

      • 3D-printed replacement battery cover

        My first self-designed functional 3D print is a replacement battery cover for a LED fake-candle that my daughter uses as a night-light.

        I measured the original cover (we have three of the candles) using a newly-purchased micrometer and tried to re-create it in OpenSCAD. I skipped the screw-hole that is for securing the cover as we don’t use that.

      • Linux GizmosKontron new series of motherboards ship with Intel’s latest 12th Gen processors

        Germany based Kontron, announced this week their new series of µATX motherboards that feature the 12th Gen Intel series processors (LGA1700 w/ 125W TDP) and Intel Pentium/Celeron processors. These devices are enabled to handle DDR5 memory, PCIe Gen5 and Intel’s latest LAN gen with 2.5 Gbit Ethernet.

        All the motherboards presented in this article come equipped with 2x M 2 connectors, integrated Intel TPM 2.0 (Win 11) and are robust enough to perform continuously in a 24/7 work environment.

      • MakeTech EasierApple Charger Lawsuit and Slow MagSafe Battery Pack

        A few years ago, Apple made the controversial change to stop including chargers ad headphones in the box with new iPhones. Not only did this move upset customers, but Apple was sued for not including a charger, and the MagSafe Battery Pack that Apple sells instead wasn’t fast enough. Apple has now sped it up with a firmware update.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • wead

        I don’t know if I want to do weed again. It did feel good, absolutely, but the thing is, I took maybe two or three hits (i wasn’t sure how many i needed) and I’m still feeling the effects a whole 24 hours later. That’s probably not a good thing!

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Environment

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Omicron LimitedSquid skin-inspired cup cozy will keep your hands cool and your coffee hot

          In the future, you may have a squid to thank for your coffee staying hot on a cold day. Drawing inspiration from cephalopod skin, engineers at the University of California, Irvine invented an adaptive composite material that can insulate beverage cups, restaurant to-go bags, parcel boxes and even shipping containers.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Reduce httpd web server bandwidth usage by serving compressed files

        When reaching a website, most web browsers will send a header (some metadata about the requestion) informing the web server that you supported compressed content. In OpenBSD 7.1, the httpd web server received a new feature allowing it to serves a pre-compressed file of a requested file if the web browser supports compression. The benefits are a bandwidth usage reduced by 2x to 10x depending on the file content, this is particularly interesting for people who self-host and for high traffic websites.


        This is for me a major milestone for using httpd in self-hosting and with static websites. We battle tested this change with the webzine server often hitting big news websites leading to many people visiting the website in a short time span, this drastically reduced the bandwidth usage of the server, allowing it to support more clients per second.

      • The fog of war and the small-net’s search engines

        The more I browse a small-net, the more I’m suffering from a lack of reliable search engines. We have several projects, which are aiming to build a search engine that could be the same as their big-net relatives. The truth is that they are not working too well. During the writing of this paragraph, I tried to search Gopher Lawn and Medusae Gemini Directory with them, and I failed. So the common result of current search engines is many entries in, what seems to be, random order. We are at the beginning of the path. It’s worth saying that during gathering answers about how Gophersphere was in the 90s’ one of the common answers was the problem with slow search engines!

        When I am getting unsatisfactory results I start to think about a better form of a query string. Maybe that search engines are good, but it’s some lack of my skill causing lots of random entries. But probably they don’t, and it’s caused by too simple algorithms of the search engines or limitation of indexed content (for eg. only titles).

    • Monopolies

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Urges FTC, DOJ To Apply Special Scrutiny to Big Tech Mergers in New Guidelines

        Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed comments in response to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice’s Request for Information seeking comment on merger guidelines as the agencies work to modernize antitrust law enforcement. The Horizontal Merger Guidelines were last updated in 2010. Public Knowledge previously filed comments with the FTC on vertical merger guidelines in 2020. The agency’s new merger guidelines would replace both the vertical and horizontal guidelines previously published.

        The comments highlight several unique features of dominant digital platforms and urge special scrutiny for mergers in the space. The comments call for a focus on protecting potential and nascent competition as well as the importance of presumptions for efficient use of enforcement resources and predictability. Public Knowledge looks forward to the publication of new draft guidelines incorporating public interest feedback and more effective merger enforcement in the future.

      • Copyrights

        • Over thirty thousand DMCA notices reveal an organized attempt to abuse copyright law

          The Lumen Project’s database houses copies of millions of content removal requests originally sent to online service providers. These copies form the foundation for a wealth of research related to, among other topics, illegitimate attempts at chilling online free speech.

          Between June 2019 and January 2022, the Lumen Database received copies of almost 34,000 notices that appear to be deliberate fraudulent attempts to misuse the DMCA notice-and-takedown process. In this post, I will discuss certain features of the notice set, including how I assessed them to be fraudulent, the likely motivation behind this abuse of DMCA and the potential impact of such organized takedown attempts.

Links 22/04/2022: FreeBSD 13.1-RC4 and All Things Open Back to Raleigh Convention Center

Posted in News Roundup at 4:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • CNX SoftwareQEMU 7.0 released with support for RISC-V KVM, Intel AMX, and more

        QEMU (Quick EMUlator) is an open-source emulator used to run OS or programs on various architectures such as Arm, RISC-V, and many others when you don’t own specific hardware, or for quick testing.

        The developers have released QEMU 7.0 a few days ago with over 2500 commits from 225 developers. New features include support for RISC-V KVM and vector extensions, Intel AMX (Advanced Matrix Extension), improved flexibility for fleecing backups, various new features for Arm, and many more.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni TorontoMy virtualization setup so far with Linux’s virt-manager and friends

        My primary use for virtualization requires the servers to have IPs on one of our (public) networks, one that my work desktop is also connected to. This has been a long standing weak point of the official Linux virtualization solutions, and I dealt with it in a way that was suggested to me way back then: I added another network interface to my desktop, connected it to the relevant network, and dedicated it to being a bridge to the virtual machines (in what is known as a ‘macvtap’ bridge). This is well documented by libvirt and seems to be the default behavior if you tell libvirt to bridge to some interface. I set my bridged network up by copying the XML from this 2016 article, making appropriate changes for my network device names, and loading it with ‘virsh net-define …’. Possibly I could also have set it up inside virt-manager, but I didn’t try. This works fine to let my desktop talk to guests, although the traffic makes a round trip through my office switch.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Glances System Monitor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Glances System Monitor is free, an open-source command-line tool for process monitoring, system resources such as CPU, Disk I/O, File System, Load Average, Memory, Network Interfaces, and processes. Glances are built with Python language. Glances support cross-platform monitoring, which can be used with a web-based interface.

        One of the excellent features Glances supports is setting thresholds in the program. You can set careful, warning, and critical in the configuration file, which will then relay information in colors that can show alerts to systems resources bottlenecks, system resources issues, and much more. Glances, by default, comes with a pre-set list of colors, but you can modify and add additional configs.

        The following tutorial will demonstrate how to install or enable and configure Glances System Monitor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish Desktop or Server using the command line terminal.

      • Print with tabular Using column, head, sed, tr
      • LinuxiacHow to Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS: A Step-by-Step Guide

        This guide shows you how to easily and safely upgrade the existing version of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ‘Focal Fossa’ to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS ‘Jammy Jellyfish.’

        Long waited Ubuntu 22.04 LTS ‘Jammy Jellyfish’ was released recently. One method for getting Ubuntu 22.04 is downloading the installation media (ISO image) and installing it from scratch.

        But if you already have Ubuntu 20.04 LTS installed and running, configured to your preferences, doing a brand new install and setting it up from scratch is something everyone would like to avoid.

        Fortunately, you can upgrade your existing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS operating system directly to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, performing an in-place upgrade.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Dotnet in Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8
      • Linux CapableEnable & Configure Gzip Compression on Nginx

        Part of any website operation is to make sure visitors can view the site as quickly as possible. Still, one of the biggest causes of slowdowns is loading resources that depend on size can severely impact a website without GZIP enabled to a similar website.

        NGINX is an excellent web server, built for speed, lightweight to handle multiple connections, and it does come with GZIP support, but this can be a double-edged sword as using GZIP increases CPU utilization. Depending on your server and its resources, it could have the opposite impact enabling it without optimization.

        So interested in the topic so far? In our tutorial, you will learn the basic GZIP setup and configuration on Nginx, which can be used on any operating system, UNIX or Windows.

      • linuxium.com.au: Customizing Ubuntu ISOs: Documentation and examples of how to use ‘isorespinner.sh’

        This script is a ​progression of ‘isorespin.sh’. Whilst ‘isorespin’ was created to support Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions on mini PCs, some of the functionality that was developed is now unused. Additionally with ​Canonical now trialling a new ​Ubuntu ​desktop installer and the ISO using a new multi-layer filesystem, rather than hack the ​earlier code to coerce compatibility I’​ve​ developed a new script ​which I’ve called ​’isorespinner.sh’ ​which provides the most useful features and ​addresses the functionality that is ​now relevant to​ ​respinning.

      • TechRepublicHow to quickly deploy the SuiteCRM Customer Relationship Management platform as a virtual machine | TechRepublic

        SuiteCRM is an outstanding Customer Relationship Management platform that is very powerful, includes all the features you need in a CRM tool and is free to use. The one caveat to SuiteCRM is that it can be a bit challenging to deploy. So, if you’re in a hurry to get this tool up and running, what do you do? One method is to use the TurnKey Linux virtual appliance.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Find Longest Line(s) in a File in Linux

        The Linux operating system likes to brag about its computing power and prowess. Its algorithmic approach to things like file processing especially under file management yields important milestones for Linux users on the quest to mastering Linux administration footprints.

        One aspect of file processing under the Linux operating system environment that we must greatly consider is identifying the longest lines within an editable Linux-supported file.

    • Games

      • HackadayOptimized Super Mario 64 Offers Exciting Possibilities

        When working on any software project, the developers have to balance releasing on time with optimizations. As long as you are hitting your desired time constraints, why not just ship it earlier? It’s no secret that Super Mario 64, a hotly anticipated launch title for the Nintendo 64 console in 1996, had a lot of optimizations left on the table in order to get it out the door on time. In that spirit, [Kaze Emanuar] has been plumbing the depths of the code, refactoring and tweaking until he had a version with serious performance gains.

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • UndeadlyApril 21, 2022: OpenBSD 7.1 Released

          The new release supports 13 distinct hardware platforms with thousands of prebuilt packages for all platforms.

          If you want to delve further into the details before (or while, after) installing or upgrading to the new release, the detailed changelog has all the details. Those upgrading from the 7.0 release (or earlier) should consult the Upgrade Guide.

        • OpenBSDOpenBSD 7.1 Released Apr 21, 2022. (52nd OpenBSD release)

          This is a partial list of new features and systems included in OpenBSD 7.1. For a comprehensive list, see the changelog leading to 7.1.

        • Data SwampOpenBSD 7.1: fan noise and high temperature solution

          OpenBSD 7.1 has been released with a change that will set the CPU to max speed when plugged to the wall. This brings better performance and entirely let the CPU and mainboard do the frequency throttling.

          However, it may doesn’t throttle well for some users, resulting in huge power usage even when idle, heat from the CPU and also fan noise.

          As the usual “automatic” frequency scheduling mode is no longer available, I wrote a simple utility to manage the frequency when the system is plugged to the wall, I took the opportunity to improve it, giving better performance than the previous automatic mode, but also giving more battery life when using on a laptop on battery.

        • FreeBSDFreeBSD 13.1-RC4 Now Available
          The fourth RC build of the 13.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available.
          Installation images are available for:
          o 13.1-RC4 amd64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC4 i386 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC4 powerpc GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC4 powerpc64 GENERIC64
          o 13.1-RC4 powerpc64le GENERIC64LE
          o 13.1-RC4 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
          o 13.1-RC4 armv6 RPI-B
          o 13.1-RC4 armv7 GENERICSD
          o 13.1-RC4 aarch64 RPI
          o 13.1-RC4 aarch64 PINE64
          o 13.1-RC4 aarch64 PINE64-LTS
          o 13.1-RC4 aarch64 PINEBOOK
          o 13.1-RC4 aarch64 ROCK64
          o 13.1-RC4 aarch64 ROCKPRO64
          o 13.1-RC4 riscv64 GENERIC
          o 13.1-RC4 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-RC3 includes:
          o Several manual page fixes and updates.
          o The cft.h header file has been imported from OpenBSD, with additional
            follow-up fixes and updates.
          o A fix in libcxxrt to restore API/ABI has been added.
          o A change to make files opened with O_PATH avoiding blocking non-forced
            unmount has been reverted.
          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.
          === Virtual Machine Disk Images ===
          VM disk images are available for the amd64 and i386 architectures.
          Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL (or any of the
          FreeBSD download mirrors):
          BASIC-CI images can be found at:
          The partition layout is:
              ~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
              ~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
              ~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)
          The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
          formats.  The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
          respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.
      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • CNX SoftwareUbuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish” released – CNX Software

          Canonical has just released Ubuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish” right on schedule. The new version of the Linux operating system provides cloud confidential computing, a new real-time kernel for industrial applications, Arm optimization, support for Raspberry Pi SBCs, as well as support for enterprise Active Directory, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FIPS, and FedRAMP compliance.

          Confidential Computing aims to improve data protection and privacy in public clouds without requiring any changes to existing application deployments, and Ubuntu 22.04 supports Azure Confidential VMs. Speaking about cloud computing, Canonical also says they optimized Ubuntu 22.04 LTS images for AWS Graviton for greater performance on Arm servers. The new real-time PREEMPT_RT kernel is currently in beta and available for both x86 and Aarch64 architectures. It is designed for telco (5G gateways) as well as other latency-sensitive applications such as industrial automation and robotics.

        • Canonical have announced the release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)

          For the last few years I’ve respun various ISOs to support running Ubuntu, Ubuntu flavours and Ubuntu-based distros on mini PCs by specifically addressing the issue of those devices that use restrictive bootloaders including 32-bit GRUB.

          I’ve relied on donations to support my work and cover development and storage costs. Recently these have been few and far between indicating that the demand for such ISOs is not there.
          As a result I’m reducing the number of ISOs I provide and only offer some examples of how my ‘isorespinner.sh’ script works.

        • 9to5LinuxUbuntu Cinnamon Remix 22.04 LTS Released with Cinnamon 5.2 Desktop Environment

          Two years in the works, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 22.04 LTS is based on the upstream Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) release and comes with the latest Cinnamon 5.2 desktop environment (version 5.2.7 is included by default in the ISO image).

          In addition, this release includes fixes for the background and screen tearing issues.

        • Experience Ubuntu Unity 22.04 LTS With These New Features

          A list of new features and packages in Ubuntu Unity 22.04 LTS that brings the curated Unity desktop.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Raspberry PiAI literacy research: Children and families working together around smart devices
        • Jeff Geerling8 New Compute Module 4 boards for Spring 2022

          It’s been a busy start to the year on my Raspberry Pi PCIe Devices website. Not only have we finally made some significant progress learning about the BCM2711′s PCIe bus (both good and bad), I’ve also added a few dozen new Raspberry Pi CM4-based boards to the site.

        • An Introductory Guide to Open-Source Hardware

          Yet, you can also use “open-source” to denote a particular type of hardware. Although it refers to a similar concept in both cases, it’s worth digging a little deeper into exactly what it means in the context of hardware in order to better understand its usage

          But before we do, let’s take a quick look at a superordinate concept. “Open design” means technological development through the use of publicly shared information. This is generally facilitated through the internet, without remuneration.

          With this notion in place, we’re ready to deep dive into just what open-source hardware really is.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Events

        • Unicorn MediaATO to Host Free Online Talks on UX Design and Contributing to Samba

          By now, I’m sure that practically everyone involved in open source knows about All Things Open, the open source conference that for the past decade has cranked up every October at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina with a focus on…well, all things open source.

      • Programming/Development

        • Java

          • Notes on fixing a Java issue on Mac OS Big Sur

            The second one—how to stop the program that runs all the programs that are being tested. The code used the process ID to terminate that program by shelling out to run `kill -SIGINT pid`. It turns out the Java `Process` object does have a `destroy()` method [2] (it sends a `SIGTERM` to a process, which is fine). It was just a simple matter to update the code to use the `destroy()` method to terminate the program rather than trying to obtain the process ID in a dodgy way. That issue fixed.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Daniel Aleksandersen: Get your logo into inboxes with BIMI and email best practices

        To comply with these email standards, you must maintain records that precisely describe which servers are allowed to send emails on behalf of your domain. These descriptions are stored as machine-readable records in the Domain Name System (DNS). In the case of DKIM, you must also commit to cryptographically signing every outgoing message.

        BIMI is a new addition to the DNS record acronym soup. It puts aside the stick and offers senders a carrot instead. In exchange for configuring your domain with a strict DMARC policy built on SPF or DKIM (or both), you might have your brand’s logo show up next to your messages in recipient inboxes. The logo shows up in a square or round frame next to the message sender’s name; a spot typically reserved for contact photos from your address book.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayThe Honda Takedown: How A Global Brand Failed To Read The Room

      Perhaps the story of the moment in the world of 3D printing concerns a Japanese manufacturer of cars and motorcycles. Honda has sent a takedown notice requesting the removal of models starting with the word “Honda” to the popular 3D printing model repository site Printables. It’s left in its wake puzzlement, disappointment, and some anger, but what’s really going on? Perhaps it’s time to examine what has happened and to ponder what it means for those who put online printable parts and accessories for cars or any other item manufactured by a large corporation.

    • HackadayWatch A Complete Reflector Telescope Machined From A Single Block Of Glass

      If this is the easy part of making a complete reflector telescope from a single piece of glass, we can’t wait to get a load of the hard part!

    • HackadayElectric Chopsticks Bring The Salt, Not The Pain

      The Japanese people love their salt, perhaps as much as Americans love their sugar high fructose corn syrup and caffeine. But none of these are particularly good for you. Although humans do need some salt in their diets to continue existing, the average Japanese person may be eating too much of it on a regular basis — twice the amount recommended by the World Health Organization, according to Reuters. Cue the invention of electric chopsticks, which provide salty flavor without the actual sodium.

    • Counter PunchWho was Vine Deloria Jr.?
    • Counter PunchJaguars Could Return to the US Southwest, But Only If They Have Pathways to Move North

      In the Americas, the jaguar has long been an icon and symbol of power and connection to the spiritual world in mythology, philosophies, culture and art. Jaguars are apex predators with diverse diets that include more than 85 different prey species. This gives them a specific but prominent role in each ecosystem where they are found.

      The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies jaguars as “near threatened,” with total population estimates ranging between 64,000 and 173,000. But evidence shows that local populations across the continent are decreasing at alarming rates. Jaguars’ total range has shrunk by more than half in the past 70 years, mainly because of hunting and habitat loss.

    • NBCYouTuber who jumped from plane purposefully caused crash to record it, FAA letter says

      The FAA letter says that “during this flight you opened the left side pilot door before you claimed the engine had failed.”

      The letter says Jacob made no attempt to contact air traffic control on an emergency frequency, to restart the engine by increasing airflow over the propeller or to look for areas to safely land “even though there were multiple areas within gliding range in which you could have made a safe landing.”

      He also put on a sport parachute backpack before the flight, attached multiple cameras to the outside of the plane and used a “selfie-stick” to record after he jumped, the letter says.

      Jacob recovered the wreckage of the plane and disposed of it and retrieved the cameras that had been attached to it before the flight, the letter says.

    • Hollow Art and Human Apathy

      Why are we so complacent about the world around us?

    • Science

      • Hackaday2022 Sci-Fi Contest: A Star Wars Mouse Droid Of Your Very Own

        The show-stealing droids of Star Wars, R2-D2 and C-3PO, are quite challenging to replicate at home, due to their size and complexity. [curiousmarc] had built the former, with much work going into drawing and design. The more humble Mouse Droid, as seen skittering about the halls of the Death Star, is a considerably easier build — especially with this somewhat improvised approach.

      • NASA’s Perseverance Rover Captures Video of Solar Eclipse on Mars

        NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has captured dramatic footage of Phobos, Mars’ potato-shaped moon, crossing the face of the Sun. These observations can help scientists better understand the moon’s orbit and how its gravity pulls on the Martian surface, ultimately shaping the Red Planet’s crust and mantle.

        Captured with Perseverance’s next-generation Mastcam-Z camera on April 2, the 397th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, the eclipse lasted a little over 40 seconds – much shorter than a typical solar eclipse involving Earth’s Moon. (Phobos is about 157 times smaller than Earth’s Moon. Mars’ other moon, Deimos, is even smaller.)

    • Hardware

      • HackadayCar Hacker Hacks Lawn Care Carb Into Hot Rod Car

        Internal combustion engines have often been described (quite correctly) as air pumps, and because of this nature, they tend to respond very well to more air. Why? Because more air means more fuel, and more fuel means more power- the very nature of hot rodding itself. [Thunderhead289] is an accomplished car hacker, and he’s decided to take things the opposite direction: Less air, less fuel… more mileage? As you can see in the video below the break, [Thunderhead289] has figured out how to mount a single barrel carburetor from a lawn mower to the four barrel intake of a Ford 302– a V8 engine that’s many times larger than the largest single cylinder lawnmower!

      • HackadayScanning Receipts Proves Trickier Than Anticipated

        It’s one of those things that certainly sounds simple enough: take a picture of a receipt, run it through optical character recognition (OCR), and send the resulting information to whatever expense-tracking website or software you wish. There’s already company’s that offer such a service, so it can’t be too difficult to replicate on your own…right?

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsNational Nurses United Urges Biden Admin to Crack Down on Hospital Monopolies

        National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the U.S., is calling on the White House to bolster federal antitrust probes and rules to reduce the detrimental impacts of healthcare industry mergers and acquisitions on patients, workers, and communities.

        “Consider any merger or acquisition in the healthcare sector, particularly hospital acquisitions, to be anti-competitive.”

      • OracJennifer Margulis goes from antivax to anti-COVID-19 vaccine

        Having been writing about the antivaccine movement for a long time, I’ve long been familiar with what I like to call “old school” antivaxxers. It’s an artificial demarcation. Basically, for my purposes “old school” means before COVID-19, in contrast to the new wave of antivaxxers who have arisen since COVID-19. For example, Andrew Wakefield, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Bob Sears, and the like are old school, while Dr. Robert Malone, Geert Vanden Bossche, Dr. Peter McCullough, and Steve Kirsch (and many more) are the new wave, people who were not—detectably, at least—antivaccine before the pandemic but have used the pandemic to spread anti-COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and become famous antivaxxers themselves. Of course, many “old school” antivaxxers quickly leapt on the anti-COVID-19 vaccination bandwagon and also enthusiastically embraced all forms of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, whether vaccine-related, mask-related, or other. This brings me to Jennifer Margulis.

      • Pro PublicaLook Up Nursing Home Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

        On Thursday, ProPublica added staff COVID-19 vaccination data to the Nursing Home Inspect project.

        The virus has killed more than 150,000 nursing home residents and staff since the beginning of the pandemic. Experts say that staff vaccination is a key part of protecting residents from outbreaks in their homes, but thousands of workers remain unvaccinated despite a federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care employees. Some of those unvaccinated workers are claiming medical exemptions, which doctors say should be rare.

      • Pro PublicaVaccine Medical Exemptions Are Rare. Thousands of Nursing Home Workers Have Them.

        More than a year after COVID-19 vaccines became widely available in nursing homes nationwide, the facilities have gone a long way toward blunting the virus’s threat to their most vulnerable residents.

        Today, 88% of nursing home residents and 89% of employees are fully vaccinated, outstripping the rate among the general public. Even as cases soared to record levels in January with the rise of the omicron variant, the death rate of nursing home residents was a fraction of what it was during the surge at the end of 2020.

      • TruthOut“It’s Not a Drought, It’s Looting”: Water Rights Activists Organize in Mexico
      • TruthOutSenate Agreed to $10 Billion COVID Package, With No Money for Global Response
      • New York TimesRiding a Bike in America Should Not Be This Dangerous

        It is tempting to call what happened that morning in Mountain View a freak accident, the sort of cosmic pileup of time and space that can never be avoided in a complicated world. But as the journalist Jessie Singer has argued, in much of American life, many “accidents” are far from accidental — they are instead the inevitable result of political and economic choices that society has made, and they might have been prevented had we made other, safer choices.

        States and cities will soon be showered with $1.2 trillion in infrastructure funding that Congress allocated last year. Some traffic safety advocates told me they see this money as a huge opportunity to save our roads — but to make the best use of that money, they said, we have to be willing to think about road safety in a transformative way.

      • New RepublicThe Invention of “Accidents”

        There Are No Accidents looks at a wider range of fatalities that have been chalked up, at various times in the past century, as accidents or mere flukes: not just car crashes but also toxic chemical spills, catastrophic mine explosions, collapsed bridges, the Boeing 737 Max plane crashes, opioid overdoses, and more. In chapter after chapter, Singer makes the case that we should think of accidents not as “chance mishaps but systemic inevitabilities.” The stories she tells share a theme: that in the U.S. whether a person’s death is deemed an accident or not is largely a measure of that person’s proximity to power. The “power to demand that your workplace is safe, the power to fireproof your home, the power to drive instead of walk” all lower the risk of so-called accidental death. Because accidents, she argues, often provide cover for flaws in infrastructure, systemic racism, ableism, and a host of other ills.

      • uni MichiganFirearms now top cause of death among children, adolescents

        U-M researchers Jason Goldstick, Rebecca Cunningham and Patrick Carter co-authored an article published April 20 in The New England Journal of Medicine that quantifies the leading causes of death nationwide for individuals ages 1 to 19.

        Based on their analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, firearm-related deaths among children and adolescents increased by 29 percent from 2019 to 2020.

      • NEJMCurrent Causes of Death in Children and Adolescents in the United States

        In addition, drug overdose and poisoning increased by 83.6% from 2019 to 2020 among children and adolescents, becoming the third leading cause of death in that age group. This change is largely explained by the 110.6% increase in unintentional poisonings from 2019 to 2020. The rates for other leading causes of death have remained relatively stable since the previous analysis, which suggests that changes in mortality trends among children and adolescents during the early Covid-19 pandemic were specific to firearm-related injuries and drug poisoning; Covid-19 itself resulted in 0.2 deaths per 100,000 children and adolescents in 2020.1

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Notes on obtaining a process ID from Java on Mac OS Big Sur

          This horrible bit of code does work under Linux, and it works on older versions of Mac OS-X. But Belial is a more modern version of Mac OS-X, on the new Apple M1 architecture. Here, `sippPid` is always 0.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • TechdirtIndian Government’s Massive Biometric Collection About To Become Even Bigger

              Back in 2017, the Indian government — having collected at least some biometric records from most of its 1.2 billion citizens — did what was previously considered unthinkable: it opened up access to these records to anyone willing to pay for the privilege. What had been collected involuntarily was sold to private companies for use in verifying users’ identification and, presumably, to find more efficient ways to sell them goods and services.

            • Site36Disrupted supply chains: Chip shortage hampers new EU databases

              An EU agency is building a recognition system with biometric data on 400 million travellers. The contractors seem to have overstretched themselves

            • TechdirtResearchers Again Show How Major VPNs Quietly Undermine User Security

              Given the seemingly endless privacy scandals that now engulf the tech, telecom, and adtech sectors on a near-daily basis, many consumers have flocked to virtual private networks (VPN) to protect and encrypt their data. One study found that VPN use quadrupled between 2016 and 2018 as consumers rushed to try and protect themselves in the wake of scandals, breaches, and hacks.

            • New YorkerHow Democracies Spy on Their Citizens

              Commercial spyware has grown into an industry estimated to be worth twelve billion dollars. It is largely unregulated and increasingly controversial. In recent years, investigations by the Citizen Lab and Amnesty International have revealed the presence of Pegasus on the phones of politicians, activists, and dissidents under repressive regimes. An analysis by Forensic Architecture, a research group at the University of London, has linked Pegasus to three hundred acts of physical violence. It has been used to target members of Rwanda’s opposition party and journalists exposing corruption in El Salvador. In Mexico, it appeared on the phones of several people close to the reporter Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who was murdered after investigating drug cartels. Around the time that Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia approved the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a longtime critic, Pegasus was allegedly used to monitor phones belonging to Khashoggi’s associates, possibly facilitating the killing, in 2018. (Bin Salman has denied involvement, and NSO said, in a statement, “Our technology was not associated in any way with the heinous murder.”) Further reporting through a collaboration of news outlets known as the Pegasus Project has reinforced the links between NSO Group and anti-democratic states. But there is evidence that Pegasus is being used in at least forty-five countries, and it and similar tools have been purchased by law-enforcement agencies in the United States and across Europe. Cristin Flynn Goodwin, a Microsoft executive who has led the company’s efforts to fight spyware, told me, “The big, dirty secret is that governments are buying this stuff—not just authoritarian governments but all types of governments.”

            • Site36Predator by Cytrox: Spyware discovered on phone of Greek journalist

              A committee of enquiry in the EU Parliament is to look into the use of mercenary spyware against opposition members and media workers in Europe. German clients could also be in the spotlight, according to an analysis by the Meta Group.

            • RTLSpyware allegations poison Spain’s ties with Catalan separatists

              Catalan separatists have accused Spain’s intelligence services of using spyware to snoop on their mobile phones, reviving tensions with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s minority leftist government which relies on their support to pass legislation.

              Canada’s Citizen Lab group said Monday that at least 65 people linked to the Catalan separatist movement had been targets of Pegasus spyware in the wake of a failed independence bid in 2017.

              Elected officials, including current and former Catalan regional leaders, were among those targeted by the controversial spyware made by Israel’s NSO group.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • TruthOutUkrainian Officials Call for Humanitarian Corridor in Last Mariupol Holdout
      • Common DreamsCivilians Trapped as Putin Orders Russian Forces to Blockade Last Mariupol Holdout

        Ukrainian officials made urgent appeals Thursday for a humanitarian corridor to allow trapped civilians, including children, to safely escape Mariupol as Russian forces surrounded a steel plant that is believed to be Ukraine’s final holdout in the strategic port city.

        Declaring that his forces have secured the “liberation” of Mariupol—where Ukrainian officials say at least 20,000 people have been killed—Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops not to storm the steel plant but to “block it off so that a fly can’t get in.” Ukraine’s leadership said Putin’s claim of victory in Mariupol is “premature.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Only Answer to the War in Ukraine Is a Negotiated Peace Deal

        There is only one answer to the war in Ukraine: a peace deal.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The US Spent 7.5 Times More on Nuclear Weapons Than Global Vaccine Donations

        Since the pandemic began, the United States has spent 7.5 times more money on nuclear weapons than on global vaccine donations. Stated another way, the money put towards global vaccine donations has amounted to just 13% of the money put toward nuclear weapons. The comparison shows that, even during a shared international crisis, in which an outbreak anywhere threatens people everywhere, the U.S. political apparatus is far more willing to fund instruments of death than vaccines that protect life.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Humanity: Evolving in Spite of Itself

        As wars rage, as cruelty shatters lives across the planet—as nuclear Armageddon remains a viable option for all of us—I think it’s time to claim some stunning awareness in this regard.

      • Democracy NowAs Russia Intensifies Attack on Ukraine’s Donbas, Volunteers Try to Help Civilians in Leveled Cities

        We get an update on the Donbas region of Ukraine, where Russian forces are now focused. Russia has backed a separatist movement in the Donbas since 2014 and used protecting the Russian-speaking population there as a justification for its invasion in February. We speak with Brian Milakovsky, who lived in the Donbas town of Severodonetsk before he evacuated to Croatia in January and is now fundraising for people trying to flee Russian attacks. The Russian obsession with annexing the Donbas region is part of a “fanatical belief that the East really must be actually a part of Russia,” says Milakovsky. “They’re leveling these cities,” and “it’s not really clear for what purpose except for bolstering their own narrative,” he adds.

      • Democracy NowMatrix of War: Russian Elites Unlikely to Split from Putin Despite War Losses & Western Sanctions

        Russians are weathering the fallout of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine with no sign of a negotiated peace deal soon. Economic sanctions have driven up food prices, and there has been repression of political dissent within the country. We speak with author Tony Wood, a member of the New Left Review editorial board, who says the crushing Western sanctions are unlikely to end Putin’s rule and are only hardening attitudes. “The Russian elite has already been fully consolidated around Putin since 2014, if not before,” he says. “These sanctions are not going to split them off.”

      • Democracy NowUkrainian Historian Says Putin’s Invasion Is an Imperialist War Akin to U.S. Attack on Iraq

        We go to Ukraine, where Russia continues its assault along a 300-mile frontline in the eastern region. This comes as the U.S. and Western allies promise more weapons for Ukrainian defenses, prompting worry of escalation as Russian President Vladimir Putin abandons negotiations for a ceasefire agreement. We speak with Ukrainian political scientist and historian Denis Pilash, who is a democratic socialist, part of Sotsialnyi Rukh, and is also involved in humanitarian aid efforts in western Ukraine that he calls “the backbone of Ukrainian resistance.” He says Putin’s imperialist military aggressions should be seen as analogous to the U.S. invasion of Iraq and other nations.

      • The NationAgainst World War III

        Russia invaded Ukraine in violation of international law, and now we stand on a precipice. Advocates of war are saying that World War III has already begun, and the United States should therefore plunge in. How can they say that? People may finally hurl themselves into an abyss from the sheer terror of falling.

      • The NationThis Is How We End the War in Ukraine

        As the war in Ukraine heads for its third month amid a rising toll of death and destruction, Washington and its European allies are scrambling, so far unsuccessfully, to end that devastating, globally disruptive conflict. Spurred by troubling images of executed Ukrainian civilians scattered in the streets of Bucha and ruined cities like Mariupol, they are already trying to use many tools in their diplomatic pouches to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to desist. These range from economic sanctions and trade embargoes to the confiscation of the assets of some of his oligarch cronies and the increasingly massive shipment of arms to Ukraine. Yet none of it seems to be working.

      • Meduza‘There was no time to cry’ A firsthand account of how Russian troops laid siege to a care home in occupied Borodyanka

        Borodyanka is a small town outside of Kyiv, not far from Bucha. At the beginning of Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces occupied both towns, only to retreat from the Kyiv region in early April. During the occupation of Borodyanka, troops from Russia’s Chechnya seized the local psychoneurological care home. In an interview with Meduza, the care home’s director Maryna Hanitska gives a firsthand account of how its staff and residents survived the siege.

      • MeduzaPutin changes tack in Mariupol The president ordered Russian forces to block the Azovstal metal works “so tightly that not even a fly can get through”

        Vladimir Putin called off the assault on the Azovstal steel works, saying the move was “unnecessary.” “This is a case where we need to think — of course, we almost need to think about this, but in the current situation even more — about saving the lives and the health of our soldiers and officers. There’s no need to climb into those catacombs and crawl under the earth through those industrial facilities,” said President Putin at a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

      • Counter PunchNuclear Proliferation is Not the Answer to Russian Aggression

        Keep in mind, a single nuclear weapon can devastate a city, killing hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. According to NukeMap, a tool that estimates the impact of a nuclear attack, over eight million people would be killed, and another nearly seven million injured, if the largest Russian nuclear bomb were to be dropped on New York City.

        Thirteen Thousand Nuclear Bombs Around The World

      • Common DreamsFamily Vows to ‘Keep Fighting’ for Federal Charges Against Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald

        Relatives of Laquan McDonald and activists in Chicago made clear Thursday that they will continue to fight for federal civil rights charges against Jason Van Dyke, who murdered the Black teenager while working as a police officer.

        “This is not—and should not be—how the justice system works.”

      • HungaryThe refugees among us – a Hungarian photographer’s photo series

        In the future, the photos from the Russian-Ukrainian war will be our documents and proof – both for the truth and for the lies.

      • Mint Press NewsCIA Files Confirm Guantanamo Bay Torture Program’s MKULTRA Roots

        In March the CIA declassified a 2008 CIA Inspector General report on the agency’s treatment of 9/11 suspect Ammar al-Baluchi at overseas ‘black sites’ and Guantanamo Bay. The report was released as a result of legal submissions and its shocking contents offer an unprecedentedly candid snapshot of the brutal physical and psychological torment to which he and hundreds of others were subjected by the agency over many years, under its global torture program.

      • Mint Press NewsWith Hadi’s Ouster, Saudi Arabia’s True Ambitions in Yemen Come to the Fore

        In perhaps the most significant political shake-up since 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Western allies have finally abandoned and ousted Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. On April 7, Hadi used his presidential authority to sign power over to an eight-man body known officially as the Presidential Command Council (PCC). The Saudi-led Coalition launched its brutal military campaign in Yemen in 2015 to restore Hadi to power following his ouster on the heels of Yemen’s Arab Spring popular protests.

      • ABCExplosion hits marketplace in northeast Nigeria; 6 killed

        The attack occurred on Tuesday evening at a busy cattle market in the Ardo-Kola local government area of Taraba state where villages have been largely unaffected in the last year by the decade-long Islamic extremist violence in the northeast.

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsOpinion | US Must Tackle Interconnected Child Care and Climate Crises

        Far from centering the welfare of seven future generations, as directed by the Iroquois, we have let the mindless imperative of the profit motive shape our economy and public policies. The result is that we short change our children and the future. We invest far too little in children, wasting human potential with every year that passes, and face catastrophic climate change unless we take urgent action. We can’t let the immediate need to respond to Russian invasion of Ukraine be so consuming that we fail to act this year to take better care of our children and to leave them a livable planet.

      • Common DreamsUS Mobilization Planned to Demand ‘Livable, Just, and Healthy Planet for All’

        Over 20 advocacy organizations are planning a nationwide “Fight for Our Future” mobilization for Saturday to demand climate action from the Biden administration and Congress.

        “There’s a clear path forward for critical investments in climate, care, jobs, and justice, and Congress must seize this crucial opportunity to truly ensure the future we all deserve.”

      • The NationEarth Day Is Every Day
      • FAIRMedia Need to Treat Every Day as Earth Day if We Want a Livable Planet

        On Earth Day, no doubt most major media will pay lip service to the extreme dangers of climate change. But what happens the next day?

      • The Nation“Act or Die”: Earth Day, Still a Question of Survival

        This story originated in Columbia Journalism Review and is part of “Climate & Democracy,” a series from the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now.

      • DeSmogBrazilian Meat Giant JBS a Bigger Emitter Than Italy, Study Estimates

        Greenhouse gas emissions produced by JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, have surged more than 50 percent in the past five years as the company has acquired new poultry and livestock units – meaning it now has a larger climate footprint than Italy, according to a new study.

        The findings, published ahead of the Brazilian company’s annual general meeting on Friday, prompted renewed calls from climate campaigners for asset managers to divest from JBS – despite its pledge to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

      • Counter PunchEarth Day: Enemies and Opportunities

        That doesn’t mean there are no differences in individuals’ contribution to those crises. Landowners, not agricultural workers who harvest crops, bear responsibility for chemical contamination of the soil. A fast-food restaurant cashier who has to drive to work and the CEO of an oil company cashing in on hydrocarbons are not equally culpable.

        But how much are landowners’ choices constrained by economic realities outside their control? If all the energy companies stopped producing fossil fuels in the coming decades, would consumers happily embrace a major down-powering and the accompanying lifestyle changes? Kelly’s statement may have lacked nuance, but so do many of the environmentalists’ platitudes that ignore the depth of change necessary in both economic institutions and people’s expectations.

      • The VergeThis Earth Day, cut through the corporate climate hype

        There are some databases out there, however, that can help break things down for consumers. Dowell recommends the nonprofit CDP, formerly called the Climate Disclosure Project. CDP scores companies with letter grades, A through D- (like in school), when it comes to their action on climate change. But that only includes about 12,000 companies that agree to participate and share their environmental data.

        There’s another tool called the Net Zero Tracker that assesses close to 2,000 companies with net zero pledges, which has information on some companies like Amazon that haven’t made their data available through CDP. The tracker was created by research labs out of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Oxford and a couple nonprofit environmental organizations. They even created a helpful Twitter bot last month that tweets out its assessments of environmental pledges.

        But some people may want try to assess a company’s pledges on their own. Here are just a few key points for the environmentally-minded consumer to watch for as they try to sort out green pledges from greenwashing:

      • PC WorldGot tech junk? Here’s how to recycle or sell it on Earth Day

        On Friday, April 22, UBreakiFix stores will hold a one-day recycling event for Earth Day. That means it’s a fine time to clear out any old electronics that you can’t easily sell for cash.

        UBreakiFix’s eligible device list includes DVD players, cables, keyboards, mouses, and printers, most of which will have little to no value on tech buyback sites. You can find nearby UBreakiFix stores by scrolling down to the “Find your store” section on this page.

      • Common DreamsClimate Group Calls Biden’s Earth Day Order for Old-Growth Forests ‘Grossly Inadequate’

        U.S. President Joe Biden’s reported plan to protect old-growth forests—which help combat global temperature rise by storing planet-heating carbon—is “grossly inadequate,” one climate advocacy group said Thursday.

        “President Biden seems to think we’re celebrating the first Earth Day in 1970.”

      • Energy

        • TechdirtBattery Shortage Poses Major Innovative Threat To Electric Vehicle Push

          In most people’s heads, electric vehicles are going to very quickly supplant gas-powered vehicles in the next few years, resulting in massive disruption and a massive boost to climate change mitigation. But there’s trouble in paradise: experts continue to warn that we lack the elements and supply chain necessary to ramp up production of electric vehicles at the scale that exists in everybody’s imagination.

        • DeSmogBoris Johnson Meets Coal Baron on India Tour Despite Calling For End to Dirtiest Fossil Fuel

          Boris Johnson has met with the head of an Indian multinational conglomerate building Australia’s largest coal mine, despite having called on the world to phase out the fuel as part of the UK’s COP26 presidency.  

          The UK prime minister met with billionaire Gautam Adani this week on a trip to India to strengthen relations between the two countries and promote “jobs, growth and opportunity”. 

        • New York TimesI Spoke to the Experts. Bitcoin Isn’t Going to Change.

          The European Parliament is moving toward insisting that all cryptocurrencies meet environmental sustainability standards, although in March a draft document stopped short of banning the proof-of-work system that Bitcoin uses. Also in March, Greenpeace USA, the Environmental Working Group, and other environmental advocacy groups began the Change the Code campaign, which involves advertising as well as putting pressure on cryptocurrency fanboys like Elon Musk of Tesla and Jack Dorsey of Block (formerly Square), as well as Abigail Johnson of Fidelity Investments, which manages mutual funds that invest in Bitcoin miners. The campaign got a $5 million boost from Chris Larsen, the executive chairman, a former chief executive and a co-founder of Ripple, a blockchain company for global enterprises.

        • ViceLeaked ‘Shill Price List’ Shows Wild World of Crypto Promos

          On Monday, an independent researcher who exposes hacks and scams in the world of crypto published a purported list of influencers and how much they charge to “shill” crypto projects on Twitter. The list quickly went viral, starting a conversation about how essentially any cryptocurrency project can simply pay influencers to retweet or promote their projects to hundreds of thousands or millions of people on social media.

        • CS MonitorCryptocurrency for beginners: What is it and how does it work?

          Cryptocurrency mining consumes a great deal of energy. One peer-reviewed study calculated that, as of November 2018, bitcoin’s annual electricity consumption was 45.8 terawatt hours, comparable to Hong Kong’s net electricity consumption in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

          That doesn’t even take into account energy consumed by other cryptocurrencies. And bitcoin’s energy consumption has increased annually: The Bitcoin Mining Council estimated the cryptocurrency consumed 220 terawatt hours of energy in 2021.

          When judging the environmental impacts of cryptocurrencies, it’s important to consider the electricity’s source. Miners want electricity at the lowest cost, which sometimes leads them to polluting energy sources like coal. Other times, they can find the cheapest energy from renewable sources like hydroelectric dams. It really comes down to location. Those variables make it complicated to calculate cryptocurrencies’ exact energy consumption and environmental impacts.

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsMore Than Half of US Student Loan Borrowers Say They Can’t Afford Single Payment

        A survey out Thursday shows that more than half of student loan borrowers in the United States say they would not currently be able to make a single monthly debt payment if they were required to, a finding that comes amid mounting calls for universal student debt cancellation.

        The new poll, conducted this month by the firm Payitoff, also finds that 64% of U.S. student loan borrowers say they “would not make a payment until they are legally required to do so.” The average monthly student loan payment in the U.S. is $460, according to the Education Data Initiative.

      • The NationWe’re in the Midst of a White-Collar Crime Wave

        Everywhere you look in America, crime is out of control. Whether it’s Elon Musk—the world’s richest man—cutting regulatory corners in public, professional son-in-law Jared Kushner getting a $2 billion payoff from the Saudis, hackers draining hundreds of millions of dollars out of a crypto game, or the meatpacking industry boosting profits through price gouging, the economy’s winners color outside the lines with increasing chutzpah. There’s a lot of evidence that the country is in the middle of an alarming white-collar crime wave, but, unlike street crime, the phenomenon doesn’t show up much in our political discourse. It’s time to change that.

      • FAIRBlaming Workers, Hiding Profits in Primetime Inflation Coverage

        Rising prices directly impact virtually the entire population, so it’s not surprising that there has been a constant drumbeat of reports in the corporate media laying out the factors contributing to inflation as well as its economic and political consequences. But while the media cite many legitimate factors, including pandemic-induced effects on supply and demand, their choices of which causes to emphasize can have political and economic consequences of their own.

      • Project CensoredDonor-Advised Funds Take Advantage of Tax Loopholes – Validated Independent News

        As reported by National Philanthropic Trust in a 2021 study, donor-advised funds grew massively between 2019 to 2020, with charitable assets increasing from $145 billion to nearly $160 billion.

      • Project CensoredState of the Billionaire Press: Concerns over Media Objectivity after Bill Gates Gives $319 Million to News Outlets – Validated Independent News

        One donation in awarded $3.6 million grant CNN’s reporting on gender inequality in developing nations. Another considerable donation was given to the Texas Tribune to increase social awareness and support for education reform in the state. The Gates family are supporters of the charter system, it is possible the Texas Tribune grant could inspire pro-charter school propaganda.

      • Project CensoredMcDonald’s Dodged Millions in Taxes with an IOU to Itself – Validated Independent News

        Instead of paying this amount using money, the UK McDonald’s subsidiary used three loan notes, similar to an IOU, and wrote this off as an expense. The notes were then passed from one McDonald’s subsidiary in Singapore to another, where yet again no tax was paid because of Singapore’s tax code. Next the notes were sent to a McDonald’s subsidiary in Delaware, which sent them back to the McDonald’s subsidiary in the UK that had originally issued them. Since an entity cannot owe itself money, the loan notes were promptly canceled. The UK McDonald’s subsidiary in essence got the rights to collect franchise fees while spending no money and paying no taxes. In fact, even though the UK McDonald’s subsidiary had a revenue of $493 million in 2018, it claimed that the franchise fees it acquired through the circular transaction scheme amortized, basically depreciated, by $283 million, and so it paid no taxes in the UK that year.

      • Counter PunchWestern-Led Globalization Might End, but the New Globalization Might Have an Eastern Face

        Australia and many countries in Asia, including India and Japan—which are otherwise reliable allies of the United States—are unwilling to break their economic and political ties with China and Russia. The 38 countries that did not vote at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on March 24 to condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine included China and India; both of these countries “account for the majority of the world’s population,” Micklethwait and Wooldridge observe in their Bloomberg article. If the world bifurcates, “the second great age of globalization… [will come] to a catastrophic close,” the article states.

        In 2000, Micklethwait and Wooldridge published the manual on this wave of globalization called A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization. That book cheered on the liberalization of trade and finance, although its authors acknowledged that in this free market society that they championed, “businesspeople are the most obvious beneficiaries.” The inequalities generated by globalization would be lessened, they suggested, by the greater choices afforded to the consumers (although, as social inequality increased during the 2000s, consumers simply did not have the money to exercise their choices). When Micklethwait and Wooldridge wrote A Future Perfect, they both worked for the Economist, which has been one of the cheerleaders of Western-shaped globalization. Both Micklethwait and Wooldridge are now at Bloomberg, another significant voice of the business elites.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The NationThe New York Times Book Review at a Crossroads

        For more than a century, The New York Times Book Review has been one of the most influential, if not most august, institutions in American letters. This rarefied status is largely attributable to its endurance. Once upon a time, every major newspaper had a books section. Some, such as the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle, even had their own stand-alone supplements. But after decades of contraction in the news business, dedicated books divisions have all but perished. Among the daily newspapers, just the Book Review remains. Its only real competition now comes from general interest magazines that tend to cover roughly the same number of books in a year as the Book Review does in a month

      • FAIR‘This Portrayal of Urban Environment Definitely Did Fuel Fear’

        Janine Jackson interviewed the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Layla A. Jones about “Lights. Camera. Crime,” for the April 15, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • Pro PublicaConditions at Mississippi’s Most Notorious Prison Violate the Constitution, DOJ Says

        Conditions at Mississippi’s notorious Parchman state prison violate the Constitution, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.

        “Our investigation uncovered evidence of systemic violations that have generated a violent and unsafe environment for people incarcerated at Parchman,” Kristen Clarke, the U.S. assistant attorney general for civil rights, said at a press conference. “We are committed to taking action that will ensure the safety of all people held at Parchman and other state prison facilities.”

      • Counter PunchObscene Outsourcing: the UK-Rwandan Refugee Deal

        In no small measure, the agreement between London and Kigali emulates the “Pacific Solution”, a venal response formulated by the Australian government to deter asylum seekers arriving by boat and create a two-tiered approach to assessing asylum claims.  The centrepiece of the 2001 policy was the transfer of such arrivals to Pacific outposts in Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and Nauru, where they would have no guarantee of being settled in Australia.  Despite being scrapped by the Labor Rudd government at the end of 2007, the policy was reinstated by a politically panicked Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2012 under what was billed the Pacific Solution Mark II.

        The victory of the conservative Liberal-National Party coalition in the 2013 elections led to its most cruel manifestation.  Operation Sovereign Borders, as the policy came to be known, cast a shroud of military secrecy over intercepting boats and initiating towaways.  The crude, if simple slogan popularised by the Abbott government, was “Stop the Boats”.  Such sadistic policies were justified as honourable ones: preventing drownings at sea; disrupting the “people smuggler model”.  In truth, the approach merely redirected the pathways of arrival while doing little by way of discouraging the smugglers.

      • Counter PunchInternational Solidarity in Action: Lessons From a Path-Breaking US-Mexico Union Alliance
      • Counter PunchDoña Rosario: The Unfinished Legacy of a Fiery Mexican Mother and Activist

        Retired from public life in recent years, doña Rosario died Saturday, April 16, in her home city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. She was 95 years old.

        As a middle-aged housewife in Monterrey, doña Rosario’s activism began in 1975 after her son Jesús, who was a medical student linked to the guerrilla September 23 Communist League, was captured and disappeared by Mexican security forces.

      • The NationMcConnell and McCarthy Are Craven Trump Bootlickers, Part Infinity

        Like it or not, the Politico Playbook is a must-read for political writers, even if it’s occasionally a hate-read, so diligently does it parrot conventional wisdom (with a particular fondness for “Dems in disarray” stories). On Thursday, it gave its prime real estate to a “scoop” from New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, an excerpt from their new book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future.

      • Counter PunchIs America a Sacrifice Zone?

        Learning out in the open

        My teaching was about our environmental tragedy: how corporate business money captured the government, academia, journalism, and the medical establishment, with the result of giving polluters a free hand. The consequences of this massive corruption, I told my students, was cancer and debilitating neurological diseases and ecocide pushing wildlife towards extinction — and the rising climate chaos.

      • Counter PunchYour Liberal Heroes Really Aren’t Heroes

        Former Student for a Democratic Society Dick Flaks once said “the people who are running society are the corporate liberals. They want to stabilize, not repress.” They want to stabilize business as usual and even extreme repression, as we saw under Trump, becomes destabilizing. It’s why you saw everyone from Wall Street CEOs like Chase’s Jamie Dimon to the anti-worker National Association of Manufacturers to the Wall St. Journal saying the 2020 election wasn’t stolen and denouncing the Capitol Riot.

        The ruling class prefers corporate liberals like Joe Biden or Jeb Bush than a lunatic like Trump at the helm. Unfortunately, for the rest of us and fate of human existence on this planet, they also prefer having oil and gas as part of their “business as usual.” This is why Democrats like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema were top recipients of oil and gas dollars. It’s also why Manchin and Sinema and 50 Republican senators have so much sway over our political system. The oil and gas industry gave over $139 million to both parties into the 2020 election.

      • HungaryOrbán’s private audience with the Pope

        Pope Francis received the Hungarian Prime Minister at a private audience.

      • HungaryThe Hungarian-American pastor who held services a block away from the White House while working as an FBI agent

        Stephen Sziarto (Sziártó István) was born in 1910 to Hungarian immigrants in the southern part of West Virginia. He was fluent in Hungarian, and despite never having visited Hungary, his dual Hungarian-American identity stuck with him throughout his adventurous life. He worked as a Hungarian Reformed pastor, a special agent for the FBI, and even an entrepreneur in forestry. How did a talented boy born into a coal-mining family become a prominent member of the Hungarian-American community?

      • Mint Press NewsBen Norton on the US-Backed Coup in Pakistan, Neverending War in Ukraine, and a Multipolar World
      • Counter PunchWas Imran Khan Trying to Address the Plunder of Poor Countries by the Wealthy?

        This piece led noted author and activist Maude Barlow to tweet: “Wonder if this is why he was thrown over…”

        I was just looking at Khan’s statement to the UN General Assembly from last September and it’s quite remarkable:

      • ABCRussia’s latest sanctions target US power players including Kamala Harris and Mark Zuckerberg

        The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday indefinitely barred 29 more Americans from entering Russia, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in what it said was retaliation for “ever-expanding anti-Russian sanctions” by the United States.

        Addressing the latest Russian sanctions at Thursday’s press briefing, State Department spokesperson Ned Price — who was also targeted — said it was “nothing less than an accolade to have earned the ire of a government that lies to its own people, brutalizes its neighbors, and seeks to create a world where freedom and liberty are put on the run — and if they had their way, extinguished.”

      • Counter PunchThe Deferentials

        Suppose that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Cuban president Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez issued a joint announcement stating that North Korea had accepted an invitation to install some of its nuclear missiles in Cuba. The announcement made it clear that although the missiles could reach any American city, they would be entirely for the defense of Cuba, not for the purpose of attacking the United States. 

        There is no question but that as sovereign and independent countries, North Korea and Cuba have the “right” to enter into a defensive alliance with each other, just as Ukraine has the “right” to enter into an alliance with the United States or with the U.S. government’s Cold War dinosaur NATO.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Common DreamsSocial Media Giants’ Climate Misinformation Policies Leave Users ‘In the Dark’: Report

        Weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change identified disinformation as a key driver of the planetary crisis, three advocacy groups published a report Wednesday ranking social media companies on their efforts to ensure users can get accurate data about the climate on their platforms—and found that major companies like Twitter and Facebook are failing to combat misinformation.

        The report, titled In the Dark: How Social Media Companies’ Climate Disinformation Problem is Hidden from the Public and released by Friends of the Earth (FOE), Greenpeace, and online activist network Avaaz, detailed whether the companies have met 27 different benchmarks to stop the spread of anti-science misinformation and ensure transparency about how inaccurate data is analyzed.

      • DeSmogSocial Media Giants Get a Failing Grade on Climate Disinformation

        The first page of Menlo Park, California’s 2030 Climate Action Plan shows a map predicting which parts of the city will be underwater by the end of the century, flooded by the rising waters of San Francisco Bay. The famed headquarters of Facebook’s parent company Meta appears as an island, the roads leading to 1 Hacker Way erased by a sea of blue.

        Sea level rise is just one imminent threat for Silicon Valley. Concerns about the upcoming wildfire season are looming over California, with over 95 percent of the state experiencing severe or extreme drought. Climate scientists warn future years may bring wildfire smoke at levels the San Francisco Chronicle calls “practically unbearable.”

      • The HillObama points finger at tech companies for disinformation in major speech

        Former President Obama placed blame on tech companies for failing to address the disinformation problem he said the industry has amplified during a speech Thursday at Stanford University.

        The new information ecosystem, fueled by the rise of dominant social media platforms, is “turbocharging some of humanity’s worst impulses,” he said in the roughly hourlong speech.

      • The VergeObama’s plans to fight disinformation are better than most

        A former president of the United States has their pick of big problems to tackle once they leave office. Jimmy Carter worked on housing. Bill Clinton spent much of his time working to fight HIV and AIDS. Barack Obama, who has been out of office for six years, has so far led a fairly quiet post-presidency. But in recent weeks, he has begun drawing attention to an issue that advisers say has become increasingly important to him: disinformation, and the broader problems with our fractured information ecosystem.

      • SalonLibs of TikTok: The Twitter troll who took Trump’s place

        How many millions of words have been exhausted by pundits trying to figure out what appeal Donald Trump has to the MAGA base? For years, theories were floated about his “populism” and the way that his run on “The Apprentice” deluded people into thinking he was actually a successful businessman. Much digital ink was spilled wondering how his followers didn’t notice his comical comb-over, orange make-up and the massive gap between his self-image as a tough manly man and the doughy senior citizen that he actually is. The curiosity lingers: What accounts for the charisma that his followers see that is utterly invisible to people with any modicum of decency?

        Turns out the secret to Trump’s success was not all that mysterious and staring us right in the face, 240 illiterate letters at a time: The man is a relentless Twitter troll.

        So “relentless Twitter troll” is now the main skillset required not just to skyrocket to the top of the GOP attention economy, but to become the de facto party leader. When Republicans think of who they want as their leader for both the policy agenda and political strategy, the main thing they’re now looking for is someone with that right combination of total moral depravity and desperation for attention that drives them to abuse social media in the worst possible way.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Patrick BreyerShowdown on DSA: Pirates demand protection of fundamental digital rights against censorship and espionage

        On Friday, representatives of the EU Parliament, Commission and Council will meet for what is expected to be the last round of negotiations on the EU Digital Services Act (DSA). After MEPs from the Pirate Party were able to successfully make important contributions to the protection of the privacy of users in the parliamentary position, it will now be decided where the EU governments under the leadership of the French Council Presidency are willing to go along.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Don’t Extradite AssangeLetter from Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace laureate

        A court in Great Britain ordered the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. This decision leads to a death sentence for defending freedom of the press.We call on all media, journalists who fight for freedom to speak out and demand the freedom of Julian Assange who with civic courage, publishes US documents that violate human and peoples’ rights.Allowing Julian to be extradited is a threat to freedom of the press and a grave warning to those who question the repressive policies and serious violations of human and peoples’ rights committed by the United States.Julian Assange is a victim of US policy of oppression for defending freedom of the press.We reject the decision of the British justice system and demand the freedom of Julian Assange.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common DreamsUnions Say Amazon Should Return New York Taxpayer Money Over Anti-Worker Conduct

        Unions representing more than two million workers on Thursday urged New York’s attorney general to investigate Amazon’s eligibility for a tax incentive program that is contingent upon the company’s adherence to labor laws, while demanding that the tech titan pay back $400 million in credits for allegedly violating those laws.

        “Every way you can think of the typical union busting stuff—they’ve been doing it all.”

      • Common DreamsTemporary But ‘Crucial’ Win as Judge Blocks Kentucky Abortion Ban

        Reproductive rights advocates on Thursday welcomed a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked Kentucky’s new anti-choice law, allowing the state’s two clinics that offered abortions to continue doing so for the next two weeks.

        “This is a win but it is only a first step.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Labor Movement Is About the Fight for True Democracy

        This spring, we find ourselves in precarious waters.

      • Common DreamsDems Chant ‘Black Votes Are Under Attack’ as Florida GOP Rams Through DeSantis’ Map

        Florida’s Republican-controlled House voted along party lines Thursday to approve a congressional map drawn by the office of right-wing Gov. Ron DeSantis, a move that came after state Democrats staged a sit-in on the chamber’s floor to condemn the redistricting plan as unconstitutional and racist.

        The map, which cleared the state Senate on Wednesday, now heads to DeSantis’ desk for his signature—a mere formality given that he preapproved the district lines at the behest of the state Legislature’s Republican leaders, who ceded control of the process.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Living in Poverty: The First and Worst Hit by Pandemics of Every Sort

        The 54th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., just passed. Dr. King was shot down while organizing low-wage sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. At that time, he was building the Poor People’s Campaign, an effort to organize America’s poor into a force to be reckoned with. In his opposition to the Vietnam War and his promotion of a campaign to lift the load of poverty, he suggested that racism, poverty, and militarism could only be dealt with by uniting millions of poor people to change the very structure of our national life.

      • TechdirtDOJ Agrees To Return Cash Seized From Company Transporting Proceeds From Sales Of Legal Weed

        In February, cash transport business Empyreal Logistics sued the DOJ and a California sheriff for the lifting of nearly $1.2 million in cash from its drivers during two traffic stops. Empyreal, which notes that it follows all federal guidance for the transport of cash generated by legal marijuana sales, was hit twice in California, resulting in officers walking away with a whole lot of legal cash (and bringing in the feds to ensure they could take home up to 80% of the take). Other Empyreal drivers were pulled over in Kansas, during which $165,000 was seized by law enforcement and handed over to the DEA.

      • TechdirtCourt Tells Cops That Legally Owned Guns Are Evidence Of Nothing, Order Return Of Seized Money

        The opportunistic actions of drug warriors has often been encouraged by courts, which have been willing to grant considerable leeway to law enforcement, even when their articulated suspicion is contradictory or could be read to cover nearly 100% of the American public. (And when that fails, there’s always the ever-popular “odor of marijuana” claim which generally can’t be disproven in court.)

      • Common DreamsDrug Policy Alliance Applauds Biden’s Embrace of Harm Reduction

        A leading U.S. drug policy reform advocate on Thursday welcomed the inclusion of harm reduction policies in President Joe Biden’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, a plan that comes amid a record surge in fentanyl-driven overdose deaths.

        “We must embrace the evidence-based public health approaches we know work and save lives.”

      • YLEHistoric Wolt takeover deal worth half the value following share price collapse

        The all-stock deal was reported to be worth around seven billion euros, with Wolt saying at the time the takeover would generate about 600 million euros in tax revenue for the Finnish state “when the shares exchanged in the transaction become taxable”.

        However, because the deal was made in the form of a share exchange — meaning Wolt’s owners would receive payment in the form of shares in the acquiring company Doordash — the value of the acquisition has since almost halved.

      • BBCThe sex myth that’s centuries old

        And many doctors worldwide offer highly profitable hymen repair as a surgery for women who have had pre-marital sex and fear the consequences if discovered. As I wrote my book – a year before politicians decided to outlaw the procedure in the UK, in January 2022 – I emailed a London surgeon about virginity tests. His assistant told me that I’d be able to get a medical report confirming I had an intact hymen after a £300 ($390) consultation, if I had one. If I didn’t, a £5,400 ($7,000) hymen repair surgery awaited me – after which I would be issued with the same medical report.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • RE: My common Gemini crawler pitfalls

        Yeah… that’s my crawler. I shall fix it. Upon investigation, it seems to be the issue of the capsule. For full transparency, I’ll share the DB queries and command that I run to figure out what’s going on.

      • Bad Bot?

        At precisely 2022-04-21T06:02:02.444-0000, a Swedish IP starting hitting this Gemini server. Over the course of the following 133 *milli*seconds, the same IP sent no less than five hundred thirty-nine requests. 539. In 133 milliseconds.

        With this limited data, I have to assume that the the source is 1 of 3 things, most likely the first:

        - A buggy bot
        - A buggy client, possibly someone writing a new one?
        - Someone attempting a DOS attack

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Hollywood ReporterCNN+ Is Dead, But Its Owner Isn’t Giving Up Global News Ambitions

        The subscription streaming service, which launched on March 29 and will shut down on April 30, was misaligned with the long-term strategy outlined by Discovery executives, who took over WarnerMedia just a week or so after the service launched, and who plan to create a super-service that combines entertainment and news into one compelling package.

      • The VergeCNN Plus is shutting down only a month after it launched

        The network seemed to be doomed from the very beginning. CNN imagined the service as a new way of thinking about news coverage, with new personality-driven shows and access to some of CNN’s best original series. It had a somewhat confusing relationship with the parent network; CNN Plus didn’t offer a streaming version of the linear channel and instead tried to build a different, more personalized version of the news report. The company was also attempting to figure out how to bring news content to a more on-demand audience and make the news a more interactive process.

      • The Telegraph UKCNN shuts down streaming service after just one month

        The service topped 100,000 subscribers in the first week after its March 29 launch. However, it was used by fewer than 10,000 people at any given time. It cost $5.99 (£4.60) per month, the same as competitor Fox News’s paid streaming service.

      • The Telegraph UKThe Obamas and Spotify part ways after they fail to impress streaming bosses

        The former first family’s production company, Higher Ground, has opted not to sign a new deal with the audio giant in favour of releasing more content on other platforms.

      • The NationIn Defense of Winning Time

        HBO’s Winning Time, a bawdy, untethered, stealthily political dramatization of the Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s, is a critical and audience success, but not everyone is taping up the purple-and-gold streamers. The series, based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime (a title that HBO, of course, was not going to use), is like Adult Swim for sports junkies. All our favorite “characters” are there: Magic, Kareem, Jerry West, Pat Riley, and—standing astride them all, armed with a toupee, a pair of plaid slacks, and a lecherous gleam—the franchise’s owner, Dr. Jerry Buss. This story, in the hands of filmmaker Adam McKay, just off the Oscar-nominated satire Don’t Look Up, is visually compelling, and amid the slam dunks, no-look passes, and adult situations, there is sly commentary about wealth, fame, and racism in the 1980s. (The recent episode about Magic and Larry Bird is particularly sharp. Using the Coup’s “My Favorite Mutiny” for the opening theme song is just icing on a surprisingly substantial cake.)

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 24: Open Culture VOICES – George Oates

          Welcome to episode 24 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 George Oates, Executive Director of the Flickr Foundation. George is an Australian-born designer and entrepreneur best known for being the first designer of the photo sharing website Flickr and for creating the Flickr Commons program. She’s been working in the cultural heritage sector since 2007, and is increasingly seen as a go-to expert on digital archives.

        • Creative CommonsMeet the Judges #CCSharesCulture: João Pombeiro

          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 23: Open Culture VOICES — Catherine Eagleton

          In this episode, we hear from Dr. Catherine (Katie) Eagleton, Director of Libraries and Museums at the University of St Andrews. Throughout her career, Katie’s work has combined library, archival and museum collections. Moving into the cultural heritage sector after completion of her PhD at the University of Cambridge, she became a curator in the British Museum, developing new projects on global history and the history of Africa, and then Head of Asian and African Collections for the British Library, initiating many large digitization projects, international collaborations, and service improvement projects.

        • Torrent FreakSpanish Pirate Site Operator Gets Two-Year Prison Sentence, Mother Walks Free

          A Spanish man who operated five pirate sites, offering a wide variety of content, has received a two-year prison sentence from a Madrid court. At trial, the parties agreed to suspend the sentence on the condition that he pays €500,000 in damages and stays out of trouble. The accusations against the man’s mother were also withdrawn as a result.

        • Torrent FreakMPA Wins Piracy Battle, US Court Orders PrimeWire to Shut Down

          Several Hollywood studios and Netflix have prevailed in their battle to shut down pirate streaming site PrimeWire. Despite PrimeWire recently removing all links to pirated movies and TV shows and losing more than 60% of its traffic in a month, a US court found the streaming site liable for copyright infringement. PrimeWire’s domains will now be seized.

        • TechdirtAngry Joe Threatens To Sue CBS Over Continued DMCA Claims On ‘Halo’ TV Show Review Videos

          Angry Joe, real name Jose Antonio Vargas, has appeared on our pages several times in the past. In addition to being a famed YouTube creator with a huge following, Angry Joe also regularly rages against the DMCA machine. Whether he’s criticizing Twitch’s takedown policies, swearing off Nintendo for being bullies, or battling CBS over television show reviews that were taken down, he tends to fight the good fight.

        • TechdirtCourt Says Carl Malamud Can Keep Freeing The Law

          We’ve written a bunch about Carl Malamud, who has devoted so much of his time and energy towards freeing the law. While that may sound ridiculous that the law needs to be “freed,” Malamud noticed, before most others, different forces that were looking to lock up (and often from) the actual text of the laws. And Carl, rightly, believes that everyone should be able to read the law freely, otherwise how can people be expected to know what’s legal and what’s not?

        • TechdirtAppeals Court Says That Scraping Public Data Off A Website Does Not Violate Hacking Law

          For years now we’ve been following cases related to scraping data off of websites and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The CFAA is an extremely poorly drafted law, that has been stretched by both law enforcement and civil plaintiffs alike to argue that all sorts of things are “unauthorized access” and therefore hacking. We’ve covered many of these cases over the years. The courts have at least started to push back on some of the more extreme interpretations of the law, though it’s still problematic.

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