Links 28/04/2022: Godot 4.0 Alpha 7 and Mesa 22.1.0 RC3

Posted in News Roundup at 5:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • LinuxiacBeelink SER 4 Ryzen 7 Mini PC Ships with Manjaro Linux

        Tiny PC maker Beelink has released the SER 4 mini PC preinstalled with Manjaro Linux, and it features an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor.

        Every Linux user has faced the dilemma of exactly what configuration they need for their hardware to work seamlessly with the Linux operating system.

        Of course, you can buy a PC preloaded with Windows, wipe the OS, then install a Linux distro and hope for the best. On the other hand, probably the best way is to purchase one that already has the software installed or that has been tested for Linux compatibility.

        Beelink is a company that focuses primarily on small form-factor computers. And now, they are offering Linux users their latest product, the Beelink SER 4 4800U X Linux Mini PC, powered by AMD Ryzen, tested for full Linux compatibility, and comes preinstalled with Manjaro.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Richard Hughes: fwupd 1.8.0 and 50 million updates

        I’ve just tagged the 1.8.0 release of fwupd, with these release notes — there’s lots of good stuff there as always. More remarkable is that LVFS has now supplied over 50 million updates to Linux machines all around the globe. The true number is going to be unknown, as we allow vendors to distribute updates without any kind of logging, and also allow companies or agencies to mirror the entire LVFS so the archive can be used offline. The true number of updates deployed will be a lot higher than 50 million, which honestly blows my tiny mind. Just 7 years ago Christian asked me to “make firmware updates work on Linux” and now we have a thriving client project that respects both your freedom and your privacy, and a thriving ecosystem of hardware vendors who consider Linux users first class citizens. Of course, there are vendors who are not shipping updates for popular hardware, but they’re now in the minority — and every month we have two or three new vendor account requests. The logistical, security and most importantly commercial implications of not being “on the LVFS” are now too critical even for tier-1 IHVs, ODMs and OEMs to ignore.

        I’m still amazed to see Reddit posts, YouTube videos and random people on Twitter talk about the thing that’s been my baby for the last few years. It’s both frightening as hell (because of the responsibility) and incredibly humbling at the same time. Red Hat can certainly take a lot of credit for the undeniable success of LVFS and fwupd, as they have been the people paying my salary and pushing me forward over the last decade and more. Obviously I’m glad everything is being used by the distros like Ubuntu and Arch, although for me it’s Fedora that’s at least technically the one pushing Linux forward these days. I’ve seen Fedora grow in market share year on year, and I’m proud to be one of the people pushing the exciting Future Features into Fedora.

      • Bootlin at Embedded Recipes and Kernel Recipes 2022, Paris – Bootlin’s blog

        After 2 editions cancelled due to the pandemic, the famous Embedded Recipes and Kernel Recipes conferences are back: they will take place end of May and beginning of June in Paris!

      • Graphics Stack

        • mesa 22.1.0-rc3
          Hi list,
          I'd like to announce that Mesa 22.1.0-rc3 is now available for general
          consumption. There's a lot here, stuff for dzn, util, vulkan, r300,
          nir, intel, radv, anv, ac, crocus. The biggest change is lots of
          backports for kopper and zink with their supporting changes, such as
          wgl which Mike was gracious enough to manually backport for me, thanks
          please enjoy, and as always, report any issues.
    • Applications

      • The Register UKFree enterprise systems management tool Uyuni releases stable version

        The Uyuni project has released a new stable version of its eponymous free enterprise systems-management tool that supports SUSE distros as well as Red Hat (and its many relatives), Ubuntu, and Debian.

        Named after the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, the world’s biggest salt flat, Uyuni is the open-source muscle behind SUSE’s commercial enterprise fleet-management tool, SUSE Manager, and you can have a look at its latest emission, 2022.3, here.

      • 9to5LinuxFwupd 1.8 Linux Firmware Updating Tool Is Out With Support for New Hardware, More

        Fwupd 1.8 comes with support for new devices, which you can now update their firmware under a GNU/Linux distribution. These include CH341A SPI programmer, Logitech M550, M650, and K650 devices, as well as System76’s Launch Lite configurable keyboard.

        Fwupd 1.8 adds support for more ELAN fingerprint readers, more integrated Wacom panels, more NovaCustom machines, more StaLabs StarLite laptops, More TUXEDO Computers laptops, FlatFrog devices, and Quectel EM05 LTE Cat 4 IoT modules.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Obtain an Ansible Job output from Ansible Tower API

        A couple of years back, I wrote a blogpost on obtaining the previous Job ID in Ansible Tower workflow. Now, let’s go further and create another module to obtain the output of such a job.

        Before moving further, I want to specify that I talk about Ansible Tower since this is the most known name for this software, but I could also be talking about AWX or Ansible Controller since those are the same codebase. AWX is the open-source upstream project. Ansible Tower is the former name of the Red Hat product based on AWX. Ansible Controller is the name of the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2 component based on AWX.

      • GNOME Dynamic Triple Buffering patch on openSUSE | Timo’s openSUSE Posts

        I’ve always, or at least ever since the development of the iconic Nokia N9 and the projects I was working on at the time, wanted “60 fps” silky smooth behavior from both phones and computers, and learned to be sensitive to that. GNOME has been fighting back a bit on that front for several years though on HiDPI displays, with also regressing at least on openSUSE a bit earlier which I was unable to pinpoint exact reason to. A combination of power management options helped, as have been kernel and GNOME fixes later on, so I have been mostly ok but still not happy.

      • VituxGet System and Hardware Details with uname and lscpu on Debian – VITUX

        This guide shows you how to retrieve system details of your Debian 11 or Debian 10 system, e.g. kernel name, kernel release, kernel version, hostname, hardware architecture, processor type, hardware platform and operating system information.

        This guide was tested with Debian 10, but the commands shown here also work with other Linux distributions.

      • List Container in Golang

        A list is an ordered data structure in which items are surrounded in square brackets and separated by commas. In contemporary programming, lists are among the most useful data structures. In this Go article, we’ll look at how it interacts with Lists.

      • Linux HintBash Check If File Not Exists

        Regardless of any operating system you have been using, you must have used its file system at some point. These file systems are the main core of any system and let you save your data in it. There might be situations when you have to search for some particular file or directory from this file system using different search options.

        Just like that, Linux came up with the Bash programming to search for a particular file using the Bash script in the terminal. We will be using the Bash shell scripts to look for the files in Ubuntu 20.04. Let’s get started. We have created a new Bash file with the name “file.sh” using the system’s “touch” query. To create a Bash script, we need to open this newly made file in the Linux “GNU Nano” editor.

      • Linux Hint3 Ways to Install Node.js on Ubuntu 22.04

        Node.js is a runtime environment designed for the execution of the Javascript codes outside the browser and it also comes with many modules to build web applications. Node.js can be installed easily on Ubuntu 22.04 for testing or running different Javascript code.

        In this write-up, we are going to explore the installation methods for the Node.js in Ubuntu 22.04 as well as discuss the basic usage of the Node.js on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • The AnarcatUsing LSP in Emacs and Debian – anarcat

        The Language Server Protocol (LSP) is a neat mechanism that provides a common interface to what used to be language-specific lookup mechanisms (like, say, running a Python interpreter in the background to find function definitions).

        There is also ctags shipped with UNIX since forever, but that doesn’t support looking backwards (“who uses this function”), linting, or refactoring. In short, LSP rocks, and how do I use it right now in my editor of choice (Emacs, in my case) and OS (Debian) please?

      • The Anarcatbuilding Debian packages under qemu with sbuild – anarcat

        I want to use qemu mainly because it provides better isolation than a chroot. I sponsor packages sometimes and while I typically audit the source code before building, it still feels like the extra protection shouldn’t hurt.

        I also like the idea of unifying my existing virtual machine setup with my build setup. My current VM is kind of all over the place: libvirt, vagrant, GNOME Boxes, etc?). I’ve been slowly converging over libvirt however, and most solutions I use right now rely on qemu under the hood, certainly not chroots…

        I could also have decided to go with containers like LXC, LXD, Docker (with conbuilder, whalebuilder, docker-buildpackage), systemd-nspawn (with debspawn), or whatever: I didn’t feel those offer the level of isolation that is provided by qemu.

        The main downside of this approach is that it is (obviously) slower than native builds. But on modern hardware, that cost should be minimal.

      • Ansible Variables – OSTechNix

        In our last article we discussed what Ansible playbooks are and how to create and run tasks through playbooks. In this article, we will go one step further and learn how to use variables in Ansible playbooks.

      • Linux CapableHow to Enable/Disable Firewall on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        When it comes to firewall protection for your system, the default Ubuntu UFW program is a great option. It is short for “uncomplicated firewall.” It allows users with little knowledge of how Linux IPTABLES can secure your home network or server without the need to learn complicated long-tail commands that are more for the sysadmin side of things.

        The tutorial is aimed more at new Ubuntu desktop users, but servers can also use the same commands on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish. You will learn how to check, enable and disable the UFW firewall and, for desktop users, install the firewall GUI to better control UFW for users that do not want to use the terminal in the future.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Blender 3D on Ubuntu 22.04?

        Blender is an application used for creating and editing 3D models and it is an open-source application, moreover, it is available for all operating systems including Linux.

        Blender contains all the tools including creating 3D models, sculpting, animating, rigging, and rendering. In this write-up, we will find out the methods by which we can install the Blender 3D on the Ubuntu 22.04 through the command line methods.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Brave Browser on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

        Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. Brave is a privacy-focused internet browser that sets itself apart from other browsers by automatically blocking online advertisements and website trackers in its default settings.

        Brave claims that its browser puts less strain on your computer’s performance than Google Chrome. Even with multiple tabs open at once, the new Brave Software uses 66% less memory and has 50 million more active users than before – a growth of 2X in 5 years!

      • OSNoteHow to Install MongoDB on RockyLinux 8

        MongoDB is an open-source document-oriented database program. It is a NoSQL, high-performance, and scalable database system that uses JSON-like documents with schemata. MongoDB stores data in flexible, JSON-like documents with dynamic schemata instead of enforcing a rigid relational structure. It has better horizontal scalability than traditional RDBMS.

        MongoDB is a NoSQL program which means we do not have to configure it for relational databases. It also has automatic sharding and replica set configurations. So, there is no need to have server-side scripting knowledge to use this dataBase system, unlike other systems such as MySQL, Oracle DBMS, etc. We would require only Web development skills to create our web application around MongoDB.
        In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to install MongoDB on a Rocky Linux 8 system.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MakeMKV on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        MakeMKV is a free, open-source tool that can convert video clips from DVDs and Blu-rays, usually encrypted. The output will have most information preserved but not changed; it’s perfect for people who want their media without hassle or headache caused by software limitations like those found with other transcoder apps.

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

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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

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

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

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Flatpak on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish and enable Flathub to search, install, maintain or remove Flatpak applications as an alternative the standard APT package manager, Launchpad PPA’s and especially Snap packages from Snapcraft.io.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install FileZilla on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        FileZilla is an easy-to-use, free FTP client with cross-platform support. You can download it for Windows or Linux on both server and client sides! It also supports sftp connections, so you can transfer files without having them wrapped up in (.zip) archives too much—this way, there’s less traffic on your network while still getting everything done quickly.

      • How to Install PHP on Ubuntu 22.04

        PHP, short for PHP hypertext preprocessor, is one of the server-side programming languages. It is widely used in web development for supporting and running PHP applications on a web server. It first appeared in 1995 but is now currently maintained by Zend technologies. Many content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress and Lavaravel are written in PHP.

      • How to create a animated GIF on Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

        So, you might have probably come across GIFs in your daily social media life, and you are wondering how you can create your animated GIFs. GIFs have revolutionized the internet and the social media world. A GIF is a bitmap image for pictures that support multiple images per file or animations and up to 256 distinct colors per frame in the computing world.

        In a gist, a GIF is just any short video(mostly less than 10s) without audio, usually looping once played. I hope now that demystifies what a GIF is.

        Below is an example of a GIF we created with some of the tools discussed in this post.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Use the sar Command on Linux

        The sar command, or System Activity Reporter, is part of the sysstat package. It captures a set of statistical information such as CPU load, memory paging, memory utilization, swap usage, network I/O, and much more. It makes this data accessible to you in real-time snapshots—showing you what’s happening on your computer right now—and in historical reports.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install/Upgrade GIT on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        GIT is a free and open-source version control system that can efficiently manage small projects or huge ones. It enables multiple developers to work together on nonlinear development, as it tracks changes in source code for each branch of our project’s history. Hence, we never lose anything by going back through old stages if something goes wrong!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest or upgrade GIT on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish using the GIT Maintainers PPA.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Zoom on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Zoom is a communications technology platform that provides videotelephony and real-time online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform. The client can be used in a variety of ways to improve communication and collaboration. With its easy-to-use platform, users can connect with colleagues, classmates, and customers in real-time from any device.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the Zoom on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using either the flatpak package manager or the snapcraft package manager, with some tips for maintaining or removing software in the future.

      • Linux HintHow Raspberry Pi Detects Malware Using Electromagnetic Waves [Ed: Sounds weird and possibly untrue]

        The Raspberry Pi is a multi-purpose single-board computer that was initially released to explain the computer system concepts to the students in the schools and colleges, but later on, it was being used for different daily life applications. The Raspberry Pi is being used in domestic automation as well as industrial automation. The Raspberry is also being used in electronic projects as well as in the world of robotics.

        Recently, the Raspberry Pi surprised everyone when it was being used to detect the malware using the electromagnetic waves, now how it is being used for this purpose will be explored in this write-up.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Thunderbird Mail is a free, open-source email client that can be used on your desktop computer and mobile devices like iPhone or Android. The mail client software was initially developed by the Mozilla Foundation but is now maintained by the Thunderbird community for the community.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three installations method of APT, Flatpak, and Snap.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        The Synaptic Package Manager is a graphical tool that makes installing, updating, and removing packages easy. It’s perfect for those unfamiliar with command-line options because of its user-friendly interface, and you can begin to learn more in-depth about how packages work and system maintenance.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish for users that wish to use a feature packaged package manager GUI solution compared to Ubuntu’s default GUI package management or the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Slack on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Slack is an app that lets you communicate with your team in real-time. It’s the perfect solution for development teams and corporations who want to integrate many services, run groups meetings, etc., using Slack’s channels system, which allows users (teams) to create their topics or discuss customer issues cohesively within one channel while also featuring voice & video calls as well file-sharing capabilities or just about anything else!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Slack on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two different methods of installation, Flatpak, and Snap, and how to update, maintain or remove using both package managers.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Siege Benchmarking Tool on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Siege is an open-source multi-threaded regression test and benchmark utility focusing primarily on load testing and benchmarking. It can stress test a single URL with a user-defined number of simulated users or read many URLs into memory and stress them simultaneously. The program reports the total number of hits recorded, bytes transferred, response time, concurrency, and return status.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Siege Benchmarking Tool on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish, along with some basic commands on testing the limits of your servers using the command line terminal.

      • Make Use OfHow to Securely Erase Data From Your USB Drive or SD Card in Linux

        USB drives and SD cards have become everyday tech accessories these days. But their widespread use also makes them a security concern. Since these devices often contain personal data, you must wipe them entirely before giving them to someone else. Plus, it’s good to get rid of any data on storage devices before throwing them away.

        Linux offers several tools that make wiping personal data effortless. Below, we look at some of the ways you can securely erase data from your USB drive or SD card in Linux.

      • Linux HintSQL Truncate Table Command

        The SQL truncate command removes the data within a database table while preserving the table metadata, including the table schema.

      • Linux HintSQL Mod Function

        Using mathematical operations, we can use numerical data to create new datasets and insightful information because it is unavoidable when working with databases.

        This short article will discuss how to use the mod function in Standard SQL.

      • Linux HintSQL Length of String

        Strings are a fundamental part of any database administrator or programmer. They allow you to store textual information within a database.

        This article will discuss how you can determine the length of a string type in Standard SQL.

        In Standard SQL, there are three main methods to determine the length of a string.

      • Linux HintSQL Day of Week

        Date and time are significant when working with data. They allow us to keep track of the changes made to the database within specific time intervals.

        However, in SQL databases, you need to specify the date in full (i.e., the year, month, and date.) Hence, if you need to access only a specific part of the date, you must perform a particular operation.

        This article will look at how we can extract the day of the week from a date value using both Legacy and Standard SQL.

        Although some database engines still support legacy SQL, we recommend the option for Standard SQL to ensure compatibility with major database engines.

      • Linux HintSQL Convert Varchar to Numeric

        Conversion is a prevalent task for programmers and database engineers. This article will explore how to convert a varchar type to a numeric type in Standard SQL.

        It must be taken into consideration that when we say Standard SQL, we mean techniques and methods universally adopted by relational database engines.

      • Linux HandbookUsing ripgrep Command in Linux

        ripgrep is an excellent outcome of the RIIR (re-write it in Rust) effort going on in the open source community. It is intended to be a superior replacement for the classic grep command.

      • Linux HintLinux Rename File Starting with Dash

        While naming a file, it is a common and recommended practice to not start or end a file name with a hyphen (dash), space, underscore, and period (dot). However, sometimes you can mistakenly start a file name with a dash. Although it’s fine, but this naming can be a little problematic as the options (switches) of almost all Linux commands start with a dash. In this case, if you pass that file name starting with a dash to a Linux command, it will be treated as the command option (switch) and will most likely fail. The most common problem occurs when you try to rename this file to remove the dash. However, this will not be a problem for you anymore as we are going to show you how to rename a file starting with a dash in a Linux OS.

      • Run Cron Tasks Using Golang

        Crontab, or Cron for short, is a very handy utility that may be found in Unix-like operating systems. It enables you to conduct commands or actions at a given time. Cron is often used for conducting recurring actions like backups, file deletion, log collection, automatic system maintenance, and more.

        A scheduled task, commonly known as a cron job, determines when to execute by using extremely specific time formats. You may, for example, build a basic cronjob that runs when the system reboots.

    • Games

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Godot Sprint and User Meeting Barcelona June 2022

        After a couple of years of online-only events, we are bringing back some in-person Godot events. More precisely, today we are announcing two events taking place at Barcelona: a Godot Sprint for contributors (June 2nd & 3rd) and a Godot User Meeting (June 4th). Both events will be free of charge.

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Dev snapshot: Godot 4.0 alpha 7

        This new 4.0 alpha 7 comes with one week delay on our every-other-week release schedule, since I was taking some time off :) But that means it got time for even more features and bug fixes to be finalized, reviewed and merged. See past alpha releases for details (alpha 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

        Be aware that during the alpha stage the engine is still not feature-complete or stable. There will likely be breaking changes between this release and the first beta release. Only the beta will mark the so-called “feature freeze”.

        As such, we do not recommend porting existing projects to this and other upcoming alpha releases unless you are prepared to do it again to fix future incompatibilities. However, if you can port some existing projects and demos to the new version, that may provide a lot of useful information about critical issues still left to fix.

        Most importantly: Make backups before opening any existing project in Godot 4.0 alpha builds. There is no easy way back once a project has been (partially) converted.

      • GamingOnLinuxBugsnax out on Steam, looking good on Steam Deck but tweak needed on Linux desktop | GamingOnLinux

        Bugsnax, originally a console exclusive for PlayStation and an Epic Exclusive on PC, was just released on Steam. Thankfully it works well on Steam Deck but on Linux desktops you need a small adjustment for the Windows version running through Proton.

      • GamingOnLinuxTrigon: Space Story is a fresh FTL-like space strategy game out now | GamingOnLinux

        Now this looks pretty darn cool. Did you enjoy FTL: Faster Than Light? Well, Trigon: Space Story looks very much inspired by it but with much more modern graphics. Developed by Sernur.tech and published by Gameforge 4D GmbH, it doesn’t just looked like FTL, they were directly inspired by it to create an FTL 2 that never came. Nice to see a title with full Linux support too, with a Native Linux build available.

        Trigon: Space Story places you in the captain’s seat of a fully customizable starship. Here you manage everything from the weapons systems and engines to the day-to-day tasks of the crew. Each time you play it’s fresh, with a procedurally generated universe that has you travel through 9 different sectors with over 10 individual systems. With dangerous space anomalies, roving gangs of space pirates, and a complex web of intergalactic politics to navigate, you will need to strategize each approach with myriad factors to consider.

      • GamingOnLinuxKaiju Wars seems like Into the Breach but it’s much more and it’s out now | GamingOnLinux

        Taken at face value, you could easily think that Kaiju Wars was close to Into the Breach but after playing it, I can safely tell you it’s a whole lot more than that. While they both have you command armies on small maps against incoming enemies, Kaiju Wars has a bunch of extras that really do set the two games nicely apart.

        In Kaiju Wars you’re defending cities against huge creatures, and to do so you need to construct buildings and an army (and repair them when destroyed). The gameplay is a bit more flexible and forgiving that way compared with Into the Breach. Here you don’t kill anything, you only really slow them down for them to come back and stomp all over your cities in later missions.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • TechRepublicRed Hat Enterprise Linux 9 Beta is out and is ready to take your servers to new heights

          For many businesses, the production operating system begins and ends with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This is an operating system built for stability, security, reliability and agility. It’s everything many corporations depend on and is constantly raising the bar on every conceivable front.

          The upcoming release of RHEL 9 is no exception. This upcoming iteration also marks a first in the history of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in that it’s the first release to be based on CentOS Stream, which enables developers to contribute to and test code prior to a release.

        • HowTo GeekIs Rocky Linux the new CentOS?

          Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the most successful commercial Linux in the world. In their 2012 fiscal year, Red Hat smashed through the $1 billion dollar revenue mark. But insiders whisper that if it hadn’t have been for CentOS, Red Hat would have been a $10 billion dollar company long before they passed the $1 billion dollar milestone.

          Red Hat generates revenue from RHEL by selling subscriptions. A subscription provides access to corporate-grade customer support, cloud-based services, managed solutions, packaged software, and more. Knowing you have the appropriate levels of support available makes the adoption of RHEL by your organization much more attractive. If you’re trusting your critical processes to RHEL, you need to know Red Hat has your back.

          Organizations without the budget for RHEL subscriptions still desired RHEL’s stability and performance. RHEL—just like every other Linux—is based on a number of open source projects such as the Linux kernel. That in turn means the RHEL source code must be made publicly available, at no cost. Anyone can review the code, and anyone can modify it or use it to create a new product. To satisfy those terms, the RHEL source code is available to anyone who wants it.

        • Enterprisers Project3 ways building digital acumen can impact business success

          The value of agility and real-time information grew in ways companies could never have imagined during the pandemic. Suddenly, organizations had to lean in on technology to help colleagues work seamlessly and intuitively – from anywhere in the world, including their own homes and remote workspaces. We were well on our way to delivering a “Digital Dow” by early 2020, but technology implementations alone weren’t sufficient for what we were about to experience.

          Sixty percent of our workforce continued to work on-site, in labs, manufacturing spaces, and other essential roles to keep our plants running and delivering for our customers. And many salaried and other workers transitioned to a new remote work environment in which they were alone yet needed to be connected to colleagues, customers, and partners.

          In short, technology alone wasn’t going to get us where we needed to be; people needed to invest time to learn and use the platforms that we had put in place.

          We are working within our company to aggressively improve adoption and optimize usage of our digital capabilities. (I recently named an enterprise change leader in that role, recognizing that this goes further than implementation and adoption.) People need to understand why we’re changing and where their work fits in.

        • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Mindshare Committee Quarterly Report – Q1 2022

          The Mindshare Committee publishes a Quarterly Report, with this post being our second edition. It covers activities from the Mindshare Committee and related teams for the months of January, February, and March of 2022. As always, we welcome feedback on how we can improve these reports in the related Mindshare ticket.

        • Red HatProcess Formula 1 telemetry with Quarkus and OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka | Red Hat Developer

          The story we just told plays out on every race weekend in the Formula 1 season.

          We are not lucky enough to be drivers, so let’s see how the engineers on the team can exploit multiple software technologies to process telemetry data in a Java application in real time.

          During the free practices, qualifying, and race, a huge amount of data is collected by the car’s sensors and sent back to the team to be analyzed. The analysis improves the car’s performance, spots anomalies, and provides feedback to the driver to help them shave a few milliseconds off of each lap.

        • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat’s The State of Enterprise Open Source report : Telecommunications industry highlights [Ed: Red Hat does not even use “Open Source” to make this report]

          Red Hat’s fourth annual The State of Enterprise Open Source report highlights how organizations have adapted to new open source tools and technologies, whether due to external events, or through proactive choice in selecting methods and implementations which can provide competitive advantage.

        • Red HatUse Red Hat’s single sign-on technology to secure services through Kerberos | Red Hat Developer

          Red Hat’s single sign-on technology is an identity and access management solution based on standard identity protocols (SAML, OpenID Connect) to perform authentication of users and share user information for access control. Red Hat’s SSO sources user information from a federated user database, or user federation, and it provides the option to configure the Kerberos protocol for this purpose.

          In this article, you’ll see how to set up Red Hat’s SSO to authenticate users using the standard Kerberos protocol along with the Simple and Protected GSS_API Negotiation Mechanism (SPNEGO) specification.

          To use Kerberos, Red Hat’s SSO must set up an identity called a service principal. The user gains access to Red Hat’s SSO through Kerberos in a two-step process: first they obtain a Ticket Granting Ticket (TGT) and then they obtain service tickets (ST).

          Objects in the Kerberos key distribution center (KDC) database are known as principals. Each principal is a user, service, or host. For this example, you will add a user principal and an HTTP service principal.

      • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Make Use OfWhat’s New in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish”?

          Canonical has finally released the latest LTS version of Ubuntu—22.04 “Jammy Jellyfish.” Here are some of its new features.

          The new long-term support (LTS) release of Ubuntu has arrived—big news in the Ubuntu community. New versions may come every six months, but LTS releases land only once every two years, and they can receive updates from Canonical for up to a decade. That means the features on display below represent what many people will see on their computers for years to come.

          So what separates Ubuntu 22.04 from Ubuntu 20.04? Is it worth an upgrade, and is this the release you might stick with for the long haul? Here are some of the most enticing changes.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • Programming/Development

        • Uncertain Future For Marginalia Searc

          I found myself without a job on short notice.

          I’m not at all worried about finding another one, I have savings, and I have experience, and I have demonstrable skill. What I am concerned about is finding a source of income that’s compatible with putting some time on my personal projects.

          Last bunch of years, I’ve been working 32 hour weeks, which is a pretty sweet deal especially combined with the zero hour commute you get working from home during the pandemic. Not every employer is fine with that, and while I do have options, I’m in a worse bargaining position than I have been before.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • The Register UKWindows 10 still growing, but Win 11 had another bad month, says AdDuplex

          The apparent standstill of Windows 11 adoption is continuing for a second month, according to figures from ad platform AdDuplex.

        • Say No to Qt Style Sheets

          You have two choices when it comes to giving a custom style to your Qt widgets.

          Qt Style Sheets are very convenient for getting started — just a few CSS-like rules, and they work.

          It is our experience, however, that Qt Style Sheets create too much trouble and a QStyle subclass (*) gives a better solution, in the long run.

        • QtRunning Doom on Qt for MCUs

          The demo utilizes Painted item to draw Doom to the application. The same method can be used in real world scenarios to draw custom content like video feed from a vehicle rear-view camera.

        • QtDigital advertising – Use cases and best practices [Ed: Qt is pushing in the direction of spyware, even worse than ordinary proprietary toolkit]

          We are happy to announce our new Qt Digital Advertising Solution.

        • Security

          • Bruce SchneierMicrosoft Issues Report of Russian Cyberattacks against Ukraine [Ed: Microsoft is largely responsible for the Russian attacks on Ukraine's tech side. But Bruce Schneier helps Microsoft lie about the whole thing.]
          • Security WeekHow Linux Became the New Bullseye for Bad Guys [Ed: Microsoft puts back doors in things and has actively exploited zero-day flaws; so it seems to have weaponised the media to libel “Linux” and distract from Microsoft’s culpability]
          • Microsoft warns: These flaws could give attackers root privileges on Linux desktops [Ed: Site called "Linux security" helps Microsoft smear "Linux" to deflect attention away from Microsoft's own catastrophes, which are costing lives already]
          • Raphaël Hertzog: Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, March 2022

            Every month we review the work funded by Freexian’s Debian LTS offering. Please find the report for March below.

          • USCERTGoogle Releases Security Updates for Chrome

            Google has released Chrome version 101.0.4951.41 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.

          • USCERTCisco Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products

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

          • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, golang-1.7, and golang-1.8), Fedora (bettercap, chisel, containerd, doctl, gobuster, golang-contrib-opencensus-resource, golang-github-appc-docker2aci, golang-github-appc-spec, golang-github-containerd-continuity, golang-github-containerd-stargz-snapshotter, golang-github-coredns-corefile-migration, golang-github-envoyproxy-protoc-gen-validate, golang-github-francoispqt-gojay, golang-github-gogo-googleapis, golang-github-gohugoio-testmodbuilder, golang-github-google-containerregistry, golang-github-google-slothfs, golang-github-googleapis-gnostic, golang-github-googlecloudplatform-cloudsql-proxy, golang-github-grpc-ecosystem-gateway-2, golang-github-haproxytech-client-native, golang-github-haproxytech-dataplaneapi, golang-github-instrumenta-kubeval, golang-github-intel-goresctrl, golang-github-oklog, golang-github-pact-foundation, golang-github-prometheus, golang-github-prometheus-alertmanager, golang-github-prometheus-node-exporter, golang-github-prometheus-tsdb, golang-github-redteampentesting-monsoon, golang-github-spf13-cobra, golang-github-xordataexchange-crypt, golang-gopkg-src-d-git-4, golang-k8s-apiextensions-apiserver, golang-k8s-code-generator, golang-k8s-kube-aggregator, golang-k8s-sample-apiserver, golang-k8s-sample-controller, golang-mongodb-mongo-driver, golang-storj-drpc, golang-x-perf, gopass, grpcurl, onionscan, shellz, shhgit, snowcrash, stb, thunderbird, and xq), Oracle (gzip, kernel, and polkit), Slackware (curl), SUSE (buildah, cifs-utils, firewalld, golang-github-prometheus-prometheus, libaom, and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (nginx and thunderbird).

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Toyota keeps donating to Republicans who supported the coup attempt. – BaronHK’s Rants

        Toyota keeps donating to Republicans who supported The Bullshitter’s coup attempt, despite twice promising to stop doing so.

        I doubt my business means much to a company like that. One reason I don’t buy Toyota vehicles is that they ride really badly. Unlike my Buick or even the Chevy Impala, the Toyota cars tend to make you feel every bump and imperfection in the road, and god help you with the potholes.

        American streets tend to be too poorly maintained to have rubber band tires on your rims, but thanks to “kids” making rubber band tires popular, it’s getting almost impossible to find a car that rides well without laying more money into rims that can accommodate actual tires. The bigger the tire, the more air fits in it, and the more air that fits in between your rim and the road surface, the better the shock absorption.

        I drove my ex’s dad’s Prius and it was the worst ride I’ve ever experienced in a vehicle, and it was only 6 years old. I’ve had lots of cars way older than that which didn’t make everyone in the car hit their head on the ceiling every time you ran over a bump at 30 miles an hour.

        Now, Toyota may make “reliable” cars, I don’t know. I’ve known people with serious issues with their Toyota, and the repair costs are not cheap, especially with those damned battery cars where the battery packs alone cost $5,000 to replace properly, and that’s if nothing else is wrong with it, like the wiring, sensors, that kind of crap. Mechanics rack up a lot of billable hours with electrical issues and you’re still taking a shot in the dark by the time they tell you what it is.

      • USCERTCISA and FBI Update Advisory on Destructive Malware Targeting Organizations in Ukraine

        CISA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have updated joint Cybersecurity Advisory AA22-057A: Destructive Malware Targeting Organizations in Ukraine, originally released February 26, 2022. The advisory has been updated to include additional indicators of compromise for WhisperGate and technical details for HermeticWiper, IsaacWiper, HermeticWizard, and CaddyWiper destructive malware.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The Middle Way

        I feel we should all embrace the middle. Nothing is absolute. Polarised politics is causing chaos and leading to contemptible muppets having undeserved power. A middle way tempers these extremes and keeps us finding the least worst way. We can all be kinder to ourselves, kinder to those we love, kinder to strangers and kinder to those we do not get along with. Try applying the middle way to your life and see what happens. Just be able to make a decision when someone asks where you want to eat!

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors [Ed: 'Public Knowledge' has just been infiltrated by Microsoft, so it is more likely to help cover up Microsoft’s crimes than promote actual knowledge]
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Apple’s Big Fat Nothing Burger — The Repair Association

        Apple has finally announced the details of their customer repair program, and predictably does so without doing much of anything other than renting repair jigs (useful) and distributing manuals (which look to be similar to those already built by iFixit.com) I’ll give their marketing team an A+ for retaining their repair monopoly while offering the pretense of cooperation without actually delivering on right to repair.

        These feeble actions are not going to forestall legislation and will probably add incentive to pass statutes requiring full access to repair parts, service documentation, tools, diagnostics and settings controls on fair and reasonable terms.

        Apple has already been blocking the option of self-repair or independent repair using parts pairing (activation) technology. This step already frustrates the use of used Apple parts as well as third party parts. Buyers of used products are already being pushed out of the market as parts from broken devices cannot be harvested and used for donor parts.

    • Monopolies

      • Leading Antitrust Enforcers Criticize Antitrust Bills Targeting Large Tech Firms

        At a recent roundtable event, five leading competition economists criticized the design of recent antitrust bills like the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) that would target firms based on size rather than conduct or harm to consumer welfare. The five Berkeley University economists, who led economic analysis at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations, have had a broader impact on antitrust policy and enforcement than nearly any other group of economists. According to these experts, the current bills would stifle innovation, impose costly regulation, and create unworkable new antitrust standards with bright line presumptions that risk a return to rulings like Brown Shoe.

        The panel began with an apt encapsulation of the economic consensus regarding the bills: “Asking me what my favorite bill is among all these different proposals is a little bit like asking what is my favorite flavor of COVID-19,” said Richard Gilbert, who served as Chief Economist of the DOJ in the Clinton Administration.

        The economists expressed concern that bright line presumptions in the antitrust bills could be both highly prescriptive and insufficiently thought out in terms of practical implementation. The “highly prescriptive” nature of current antitrust bills is “disturbing” because “bill drafters have no clue what policies would mean in practice,” said Michael Katz, who served as Chief Economist of the FCC in the Clinton Administration and Chief Economist of the DOJ in the Bush Administration. “It just seems crazy to do these things like, for example, saying that a law applies [to a certain company] if your corporate parent has a certain dollar revenue regardless of whether those revenues are in the market that is issuing the case or somewhere else,” Katz noted. Gilbert indicated that he had similar concerns regarding practical implementation, noting that the antitrust bills don’t tell us how we actually implement many of their objectives, and there are very significant obstacles that need a lot of design and thought.

      • Patents

        • Software Patents

          • GNOME patent troll stripped of patent rights

            A recent decision at the US patent office may well give patent trolls cause to steer clear of open source projects – even more than the fierce resistance the community impressively funded and mounted in the GNOME case.

            The patent troll who attacked them also lost the patent it was using for the assault, following the persistent efforts of McCoy Smith, an open source community legal specialist.

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewOrra White Hitchcock’s Scientific Illustrations for the Classroom (1828–40) – The Public Domain Review

          After meeting and falling in love with Edward Hitchcock, her employer at Massachusetts’ Deerfield Academy, Orra (née White) married him in 1821, beginning a lifetime of professional collaboration while raising a family amid piles of rocks and research tomes. Highly trained, white, and wealthy, she was far from an oddity in nineteenth-century education. Like many other women of her class, Hitchcock received extensive instruction in the arts and sciences, making a name by working alongside, not beneath, a man who had easier access to academic opportunities. Variously lauded as “an anomaly” and “the most remarkable” of their era, her scientific illustrations have rarely been considered on their own terms — admired for the natural historical and religious knowledge they contain — without being made an exemplar of the broader category of “women’s work”.

          Moving to Amherst when Edward was appointed Professor of Chemistry and Natural History, the couple embarked on a decades-long exploration of the Connecticut River Valley’s botany and geology. While Edward lectured to eager young students about the principles of nature, from the depths of oceans to the granite veins of the earth, Orra produced more than sixty hand-colored scientific illustrations on poster-sized linen swaths designed to be hung on classroom walls.

        • Public KnowledgeNot so Smart: The SMART Copyright Act’s Dangerous Approach to Online Copyright Protection – Public Knowledge

          Recently, Senators Thom Tillis and Patrick Leahy introduced a bill that would threaten freedom of expression, creativity, and competition called the “Strengthening Measures to Advance Rights Technologies (SMART) Copyright Act of 2022.” The proposed legislation vests the Copyright Office with the authority to mandate the adoption of new “designated technical measures,” or DTMs, for monitoring and enforcing copyright. Simply put, the bill could result in every digital platform or website that allows for user-generated, uploaded content being forced to use content monitoring software—designated by the Copyright Office—on penalty of statutory damages. This bill would reshape the internet as we know it, and threatens its long-standing values of freedom, creativity, and innovation.

          Protecting creative works online is an ongoing challenge—especially for small or independent creators that lack the deep pockets of major media companies—but government-mandated monitoring solutions are dangerous, and are unlikely to be fair and effective solutions.

          On top of these considerable issues, the DTM designation process envisioned by the bill—relying on the Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office—raises serious procedural concerns. DTMs will rely on cutting-edge technology and have deep impacts on how platforms and websites are able to function. Fully considering these decisions demands a level of technical expertise and stakeholder trust that frankly does not exist at the Copyright Office.

Lunduke Touches an Important Set of Issues, But Still Gets Pertinent Details a Little Wrong

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, OSI at 2:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 31eb5a7df3f3c39ad7056cd7a0d970e0
Straw Men and Non-Secrets
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: There are arguments that are worth correcting; following straw man arguments from Lunduke about the Linux Foundation‘s involvement in vaccine passports [1, 2] we now see a number of similar claims about OSI and Mozilla. I respond in video form.

THIS new article was sent to us a few times. It’s entitled “6 Dirty Secrets of the Linux and Open Source Industry” although they’re not secrets (Lunduke admitd this) and one can nit-pick/correct the terms a little. If one is pedantic…

But one needn’t be too pedantic to point out a few little inaccuracies here and there. The article covers a number of issues we’ve touched here many times before and in the video I show a number of points that can help those institutions being criticised (they might argue that that the accusations are factually inaccurate and thus the whole thesis, or all six points, are just “conspiracy theory” or something along those lines).

“We’ve noticed that “LF” closely watches what’s being said about it. These people won’t respond directly to their critics; instead they use PR tactics to distract from the real issues.”The part about NFTs is new; we mentioned this some days ago and saw that again in the Linux Foundation’s site yesterday. To quote: “The Carbon Footprint of NFTs – NFTs are simultaneously overhyped and met with both skepticism and a general lack of understanding on what they are and how they work.”

Well, the “LF” folks are now associating “Linux” with a scheme. They’re now boosting a scam! under the guise of “Research”! How is that beneficial to Linux?

Suffice to say, “LF” does even worse things, such as Microsoft openwashing and incubation (for proprietary traps). Here’s an example only days old.

GCCN is mentioned by Lunduke and almost on the exact same day the “LF” wrote about it, possibly to distract from what he had published. This has absolutely nothing to do with Linux and the author, the newly-hired Dan Whiting, never even used it.

We’ve noticed that “LF” closely watches what’s being said about it. These people won’t respond directly to their critics; instead they use PR tactics to distract from the real issues.

Shadow of the EPO or EPOnia Nationalised?

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 8aac3ab3fbcb9920a28eadfa4a9821e1
Elections in Belarus
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Management of the EPO behaves a lot like Lukashenko in Belarus; today we’ve looked at how Lukashenko thwarted perceived threats vying to end his 28-year reign in a democratic fashion

THE so-called "daddy" of Belarus is a dictator (don’t be misled by that nickname or euphemism with a tinge of pseudo-kinship, trying to unify a nation based on a false sense of family belonging or care-giving). The world saw what the dictator is capable of when he not only interfered in the election but also cracked down on dissent. Workers of the EPO, and especially staff representatives strategic in organising staff through the union, were similarly targeted 7 years ago. The EPO isn’t part of the EU and is basically operating outside the legal framework, so it took about 3 years for ILO-AT to issue a decision on the matter. But the dictator had already done a lot of damage by then. Nobody got punished.

There are many similarities and analogies one can make with respect to the EPO, an institution where Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos basically bought the election. As we showed last year, they traveled the continent making assurances and promises, such as EPO funds being given to nations that vote in their favour. This isn’t democracy but corruption; it’s not only misuse of money and it contributes to harm to the image of the EU (Campinos did work for an EU institution for a while, OHIM/EUIPO, and is now lobbying for UPC).

The video above is actually not my original video, which was lost due to a faulty mouse (clicking twice instead of once). But it still covers some of the more relevant points, which were made in the original video, nearly half an hour in length. In cases like these it helps to think of the lost work as rehearsal of audition, followed by a shorter delivery with improved concision. Lessons learned; hopefully the first and also the last such accident.

From Belarus With Love — Part VI: “Big Daddy” Hammers the Opposition…

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. From Belarus With Love — Part I: Schizophrenic EPO Policy
  2. From Belarus With Love — Part II: “Techwashing” an Autocratic Regime?
  3. From Belarus With Love — Part III: Apps From the Dictatorship
  4. From Belarus With Love — Part IV: “Software from Minsk” via Gilching and Rijswijk
  5. From Belarus With Love — Part V: From Start-Up to Success Story…
  6. YOU ARE HERE ☞ “Big Daddy” Hammers the Opposition…

Lukashenko with hammer
When he ran for his sixth term as President in 2020, the election was supposed to be just another formality but for the first time in his political career, Lukashenko faced strong opposition which he proceeded to demolish.

Summary: Like the EPO in Munich, the “Batka” of Belarus does not tolerate questioning or dissent; elections are moreover rigged or "fixed"; today we look at the ‘Battistelli of Belarus’ as this sheds light on where the EPO is sending business — via shells and proxies of course — reflecting rather poorly on Europe’s largest patent office that is trying to introduce an unconstitutional patent court in the whole of the EU (while in fact operating very similarly to Putin’s Russia, albeit on behalf of megacorporations external to Europe itself). Even though this part is political in nature, its relation to patents (legal and technical aspects) will become apparent later in the series.

Belarus is a former Soviet Republic which has been “presided” over for almost three decades by Alexander Lukashenko, a mustachioed former collective farm boss, who rules the land with an iron fist.

Lukashenko cultivates the public image of a stern but wise patriarch leading his country out of infancy and to his home audience he styles himself as “Batka” (meaning “Daddy” in Belarusian). But his brutal use of repression against his critics and his unwillingness to tolerate opposition has earned him a reputation as Europe’s “last dictator”.

“Under his rule, the tentative opening of the former Soviet republic came to an end and Belarus began to turn into an autocracy.”“Batka” was originally elected as President of Belarus in back 1994, three years after the country declared independence during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Under his rule, the tentative opening of the former Soviet republic came to an end and Belarus began to turn into an autocracy.

Unlike the leaders of other former Soviet states, Lukashenko preserved the relics of communism and resisted the advance of “democracy” and “market economics”. He also maintained close ties with Russia which supplies Belarus with cheap gas and subsidised crude oil that it refines and sells at a profit. In 1999 the two countries formed a “Union State” to increase their economic integration.

Belarus as Union State
Since 1999 Belarus has been part of a supranational political union with Russia – the so-called “Union State”.

Lukashenko was wary about ceding independence to his larger and more powerful neighbour, but Russian support helped him to maintain a relatively high standard of living in Belarus compared to other former Soviet Republics and to provide ordinary Belarusians with a sense of economic, social and political stability.

“Unlike the leaders of other former Soviet states, Lukashenko preserved the relics of communism and resisted the advance of “democracy” and “market economics”.”Under Lukashenko, elections were reduced to an administrative formality and he appeared to have little difficulty in securing re-election in 2001, 2006 and 2010 – although his “victories” tended to be overshadowed by allegations of vote-rigging and opposition protests which were quickly suppressed using typical police-state methods.

In October 2015, Lukashenko was re-elected once again, this time for his fifth term of office, after purportedly securing 84% of the vote. However, immediately after the election, economic stagnation turned into a full-on recession and support for Lukashenko began to dwindle. In summer 2016 his ratings dropped below 30%, which prompted the government to ban any independent opinion polls.

“Tsepkalo led the HTP for 12 years until his dismissal in 2017 after he had fallen out of favour with Lukashenko.”As far as Lukashenko was concerned, the next election in 2020 was supposed to be just another formality to secure his sixth term in office. But then something went wrong. For the first time in his career, not one, but three strong opposition candidates appeared.

One of these was Sergei Tikhanovsky, a businessman and video blogger.

Another aspiring candidate was Viktar Babaryka, chairman of the management board of Belgazprombank.

And, finally, there was Valery Tsepkalo who announced his candidacy on 8 May 2020. Tsepkalo was a former advisor to Lukashenko and one of the key figures behind the setting up of the Belarus High Technologies Park in 2005. Tsepkalo led the HTP for 12 years until his dismissal in 2017 after he had fallen out of favour with Lukashenko.

Sergei Tikhanovsky, Valery Tsepkalo, and Viktar Babaryka
Aspiring opposition candidates: from l. to r. Sergei Tikhanovsky, Valery Tsepkalo and Viktar Babaryka.

It was clear that the mood inside the country had changed fundamentally. The opposition had coalesced to form a kind of popular front and it was able to organise many mass meetings.

“Tikhanovsky was arrested by the Belarusian authorities in May 2020 for “participating in an unauthorized protest action” against the integration of Belarus with Russia in December 2019.”Lukashenko’s support was clearly on the wane and he realised that he needed to deal with the situation before it got out of hand. His efforts to neutralise his challengers were already in progress months ahead of the election and well before the actual campaigning had started.

Tikhanovsky was arrested by the Belarusian authorities in May 2020 for “participating in an unauthorized protest action” against the integration of Belarus with Russia in December 2019. When he tried to register his candidacy, the government-controlled Central Election Commission rejected it because he was in detention. This led to his wife Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, putting herself forward as a candidate.

Meanwhile Babaryka’s Belgazprombank was raided by the financial police. Its entire top management was arrested and Babaryka’s election campaign fund was seized. Afterwards, Babaryka, along with his son, and many of his family friends and business partners were arrested and held in detention. Babaryka was subsequently jailed on charges of bribery and tax evasion which he claimed were politically motivated.

“Meanwhile Babaryka’s Belgazprombank was raided by the financial police.”Before his arrest, Babaryka had been breaking all popularity records. He had the most campaign members ever in the country’s history and his team collected a record number of 425,000 signatures in support of his candidacy. He also launched an initiative called Chesniya Lyudzi (“Honest People”) aimed at monitoring all polling stations using independent commission members or observers. This was designed to combat the kind of vote fraud which had been rife during previous elections.

The third aspiring candidate, Tsepkalo, saw his nomination rejected by the Central Election Commission in June 2020 on the grounds that many of the 160,000 signatures gathered in support of his candidacy were allegedly invalid. At around the same time, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that it had opened an investigation into Tsepkalo based on submissions made to the Prosecutor General’s Office by a Turkish-Belarusian businessman who accused Tsepkalo of bribery and corruption.

Soon afterwards Tsepkalo fled to Russia with his family after receiving a tip-off that his arrest was imminent. Since then Tsepkalo has lived in exile, moving first to Kyiv (Ukraine) in August 2020 and thereafter to Warsaw (Poland) and Riga (Latvia). Since August 2021 he has lived with his family in Greece.

“Since then Tsepkalo has lived in exile, moving first to Kyiv (Ukraine) in August 2020 and thereafter to Warsaw (Poland) and Riga (Latvia). Since August 2021 he has lived with his family in Greece.”Like Babaryka, Tsepkalo claimed that the charges brought against him by the Belarusian authorities were fabricated and had been engineered to neutralise him politically. His campaign group threw its support behind Svetlana Tikhanovskaya who now became the main challenger to Lukashenko after the other prominent opposition candidates had been “eliminated”.

In the next part, we shall see how Lukashenko’s disputed election “victory” in August 2020 was followed by an unprecedented wave of public protest and a brutal crackdown.

Later in the series we shall explore legal and technical aspects pertaining to the EPO, patents, and technology. That depends on understanding of the basics or the nature of Belarus as a nation state.

Links 28/04/2022: New Tor, Users Flocking From Twitter to Mastodon

Posted in News Roundup at 9:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Backup your PGP key with pencil and paper

        I approached copying my PGP key to paper in short bursts: each day I copied just three lines, and that took me from 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how many mistakes I had to correct.

        Considering a paperkey is less than 150 lines, that means it should take 50 sessions, or a little less than 2½ months to get it on paper. The whole effort costs 50×10m ≃ 8 hours of your time.

        It might be a cumbersome process, but since there was no information on the net, it was well worth trying it out and documenting it.

      • How to Install or Upgrade PHP 8.1 on Ubuntu 22.04 – Cloudbooklet

        PHP 8.1 is the current latest PHP version released on 2021. In this guide you are going to learn how to install the latest PHP version which is currently 8.1 on your Ubuntu 22.04 system or server and configure it with Apache and Nginx. By default Ubuntu 22.04 ships with PHP 8.1, you can install it easily. You will also learn how to install a different version of PHP and downgrade or upgrade your PHP version to latest or a previous one.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Apache ActiveMQ on Ubuntu 22.04 – TecAdmin

        Apache ActiveMQ is an opensource message-oriented middleware (MOM) broker service written in Java programming language. It is a protocol developed by the Apache foundation that helps to send messages between different applications with additional features.

        This tutorial helps you to install Apache ActiveMQ on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux system.

      • How to Download and Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 – DekiSoft

        This is the world’s most popular web browser. It is both fast and secure. It is rich with features that provide users with the best browsing experience.

        In recent times Firefox has improved a lot. It is a better choice, especially from a privacy point of view. If you are a fan of google then we are not going to force you to ditch it and move to it. This is not open source and if you install this from the Ubuntu software center then you are not going to find it there. It shall recommend you install chromium. This is quite similar to it but is still not the real one.

        Now a question may arise in your mind how to install it on Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04? The answer is simple; you just download it from their website and use the terminal or GUI to proceed? Sounds easy? It’s because it is!

      • ByteXDVi vs Vim – Differences and Similarities Explained – ByteXD

        This tutorial explains the differences and similarities between the Vi and Vim editors using straightforward examples.

        Although we are using Ubuntu 20.04 for these demos, you can use its higher version or another Linux distribution.

      • Linux CapableHow to Upgrade Apache on Debian 11 Bullseye

        Apache, also known as Apache HTTP server, has been one of the most widely used web server applications globally for the past few decades. By default, Apache is installed and on Debian 11 Bullseye repository; however, with Debian, stable versions do not change for the most part except for security or urgent bug updates to keep the title “stable,” which they are known. Due to this, Apache can miss out on new features and improvements, and non-security-related bug fixes especially given the time delay between stable Debian releases being a few years in between.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to Upgrade to the latest Apache web server on Debian 11 Bullseye using the custom third-party repository by Ondrey Sury, who is most known for his PHP maintainer work Debian/Ubuntu.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Tar Specific File Types (Extensions) in a Directory

        Tar is a popular archiving utility present in almost all Linux operating system distributions hence removing the need to search and install it from your OS package manager.

        The term TAR is an abbreviation for Tape Archive files. If you have been around the Linux OS ecosystem for a while then you should also be familiar with tar’s alternate reference tarball.

        When you come across a document with a TAR file format, it simply implies that this single file is a storage location for multiple files or in special circumstances a single file.

      • UNIX CopHow to install MariaDB on Ubuntu 22.04

        MariaDB is a perfectly compatible fork of MySQL. It gives us a database manager, open source, free and very stable for our projects. Despite its community character, we should not lose sight of the fact that it has professional support. So, we can also apply it on a large scale.

        We are going to show you how to install it on a system like Ubuntu 22.04. This post will help both newbies and programmers to refresh their knowledge about it.

      • How to Find openSUSE Version

        openSUSE is a community distribution with a professional spirit that is suitable for servers as well as workstations. That’s why it’s good to support this distribution as well. Today, for example, you will learn how to find out the version of openSUSE. For this, we will use the terminal and the graphical interface of the system.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LibreWolf Browser on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

        LibreWolf is a Firefox fork that focuses on privacy and security by eliminating telemetry, which can be invasive to your personal information, and increased protection against tracking and fingerprinting techniques while including a few security improvements.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install LibreWolf Browser on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS. The tutorial will describe importing the official repository and gpg key and updating and removing the browser by utilizing the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install VSCodium on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

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

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

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Android Studio on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

        The Google-built Android Studio is a perfect match for developing apps on the vast mobile operating system. It features an intuitive interface and plenty of tools to help you work more efficiently while being compatible with IntelliJ IDEA’s integration galaxy, which brings together everything needed in one place. Hence, there are never any lost connections or forgotten source files again!

        The Android Studio development environment is intended to make app building faster and more reliable than ever before. If you’re looking for a stable IDE, look no further! Eclipse has been around since 2006, so it’s not only outdated with time but also considered as “Student-ProjectIDE” because of its inability to compete against studios in terms of features or quality (although they are both excellent).

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest version of Android Studio on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS using a recommended Launchpad PPA repository to provide the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MariaDB 10.8 on Debian 11 Bullseye

        MariaDB is one of the most popular open-source databases next to its originator MySQL. The original creators of MySQL developed MariaDB in response to fears that MySQL would suddenly become a paid service due to Oracle acquiring it in 2010. With its history of doing similar tactics, the developers behind MariaDB have promised to keep it open source and free from such fears as what has happened to MySQL.

        MariaDB has become just as popular as MySQL with developers, with advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, faster cache/indexes, storage engines, and features/extensions that you won’t find in MySQL.

      • How to use SCP and SFTP to securely transfer files | Enable Sysadmin

        By using SSH-based authentication, SFTP and SCP are handy commands for moving files between systems securely.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LXDE Desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        LXDE, better known as Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, is a free desktop environment known for being lightweight, fast, and energy-efficient. It can replace the standard default GNOME Desktop on your Ubuntu Jammy Jellyfisk desktop, which can be desired by users with low-powered computers, laptops, and netbooks.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install LXDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PyCharm IDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        PyCharm is a dedicated Python graphical IDE (Integrated Development Environment) popular amongst Python developers with its wide range of essential tools such as analyzing code, debugging, and integration. The IDE also comes with the command line, connects to a database, creates a virtual environment, and manages your version control system (Git).

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install PyCharm Community, Professional or Educational, with Flatpak or Snapcraft (Snap) on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Steam on Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

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

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

      • Linux HintHow to Create an ISO from Current Installation in Ubuntu 22.04

        Most operating systems and large size applications come in ISO format which includes all the required installation files. An ISO file is an ideal representation of all files and folders placed in a single file that can be easily shared. You can easily create your current installation back in an ISO format in Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Linux HintHow to Enable and Use SSH on Ubuntu 22.04

        SSH is a secure shell network protocol that is used to communicate between the two computers over the internet, one is known as the client machine and the other is known as the host machine. The package of the openSSH can be installed using the default packages of the openssh-server in Ubuntu 22.04. In this write-up, the apt package manager is used to install the SSH server on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Linux HintHow to Get Public IP from Terminal on Ubuntu 22.04

        An Internet Protocol commonly referred as IP address is a numerical representation of a device identification number connected with the Internet. It’s a unique ID that separates one device from another connected to the network thus is different for each device. There are usually two types of IP address; private and public. The private IP address is the address that router assigns to each device while public IP address is assigned by Internet Service Provider (ISP).

        In this guide, we will check out how to get public IP from a terminal on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • How to Install Envoy Proxy on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial guide, I will show you how to install Envoy Proxy Server on Ubuntu 22.04

        Envoy is an L7 proxy and communication bus designed for large modern service-oriented architecture. The project was born out of the belief that the network should be transparent to applications. When network and application problems occur, it should be easy to determine the source of the problem.

        Envoy is an open-source edge and service proxy, designed for cloud-native applications. Let’s dive in and learn how to install Envoy on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • TechTargetHow to conduct Linux privilege escalations

        Windows and Linux are the two systems penetration testers are most likely to encounter during engagements, author and security researcher Alexis Ahmed said, so knowing how to conduct privilege escalation on each is paramount.

        Ahmed wrote Privilege Escalation Techniques to teach pen testers and ethical hackers different privilege escalation techniques for Windows and Linux devices. One Linux privilege escalation technique he detailed in the book is kernel exploitation. Linux user space has restricted permissions, while kernel space has more privileges, making it an attractive target to attackers.

      • Trend Oceans[Reposted] Smap: Alternate Network Scanner of Nmap by shodan.io [Examples]

        For Nmap users time to taste another pie of network scanners powered by shodan.io.

      • Completely Remove Snap from Ubuntu Linux [Tutorial]

        Complete guide on how to remove snap from Ubuntu Linux and re-install Software, Firefox as deb version.

    • Games

      • CNX SoftwareRockchip RK3566 SoC gets into $150 Anbernic RG503 gaming handheld with OLED display – CNX Software

        Rockchip RK3566 processor is designed for AIoT applications like NVR systems, but we’ve seen it integrated into mini PCs, TV boxes, and now a gaming handheld with the Anbernic RG503 equipped with a 4.95-inch OLED display.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is out now | GamingOnLinux

        The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe from Crows Crows Crows is out now with Native Linux support and it’s looking good. In no time at all, it gained an Overwhelmingly Positive review score on Steam so it seems this new expanded edition has been worth it for both the developer and players.

        “When a simple-minded individual named Stanley discovers that the co-workers in his office have mysteriously vanished, he sets off to find answers.

        You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will make a choice, and you will have your choices taken from you. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. You are not here to win. The Stanley Parable is a game that plays you.”

      • GamingOnLinuxBuilding and management sim Tavern Master comes to Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Now you have a chance to build up and run your own tavern, with the positively reviewed Tavern Master now having a Native Linux build released. The new Linux release came along with version 1.1 that went live on April 26 and came with many other improvements.

        “Tavern Master is a medieval tavern management game where you are in charge of building, maintaining and running your very own cozy tavern! Buy tables and benches, fill barrels with drinks, hire staff and you are ready to serve your first customers. Make sure your employees are happy, there are enough drinks and seats for guests and soon you will be able to expand your business in various ways.”

      • GamingOnLinuxSteamOS 3.2 Beta brings a new Steam Deck Fan Curve, experimental Refresh Rate Switching | GamingOnLinux

        Valve has only just put SteamOS 3.1 into the Stable channel with tons of improvements and there’s already a Beta available for SteamOS 3.2 with some big goodies.

        The first is that Valve are trying to deal with all the noise complaints about the fan. As it turns out, there’s multiple fans being used in the Steam Deck, and one of them gives this annoying high-pitch whine. Since I’ve had a replacement recently, I’ve now seen first-hand just how annoying it is. The new OS-controlled fan curve should improve that making it near-silent in low usage and there’s adjustments for how it responds to different temperatures.

        A definite improvement on my end but temperatures will be higher, since often the fan is running at a much lower speed than before. I’ll take a slight increase in temps to not have my Steam Deck simulate my Tinnitus.

      • GamingOnLinuxProton Experimental fixes video playback in Ember Knights, Ghostwire: Tokyo and more

        Valve has put up a new build of Proton Experimental for April 27, this is the special version of Proton you can switch to that has all the latest fixes but less testing.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • Distributions

      • Arch Family

        • Its FOSSArchinstall’s New Menu System Makes it Even Easier to Install Arch Linux

          Last year, this time around, Arch Linux introduced a guided installer to make the installation process easier.

          All you had to do was type in “archinstall” to get started with the step-by-step installation without needing to customize all by yourself.

          Not just for new users, it should also save you some time to install Arch Linux in general. You get all the essential options starting from creating username/root user, selecting the desktop, picking software packages, choosing the audio server, and more.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • UbuntuNew Active Directory Integration features in Ubuntu 22.04 (part 1) [Ed: Is Canonical trying to get sold to Microsoft? 3 Microsoft puff pieces so far this week in their blog.]

          On April 21 Ubuntu Desktop 22.04 was released with a lot of new, exciting new features for both consumer and enterprise users. Improved Linux Active Directory (AD) integration is historically one of the most requested functionalities by our corporate users, and with 22.04, we decided to act on the feedback and offer a way to natively manage Ubuntu desktops with the same, familiar tools our clients are already using to manage their Windows estate.

        • uni TorontoWhy your physical servers running Ubuntu 22.04 LTS can boot very slowly

          If you install Ubuntu 22.04′s server edition onto a server that has one or more network ports that you aren’t using, it’s quite likely that you’ll get to see an unexpected two minute pause during system boot. In some configurations this is a total stall, with neither local nor remote logins possible. This behavior didn’t happen in 20.04, although some of the underlying issues were there, and unfortunately it’s rather hard to automatically work around.

        • Jay LittlePop! Goes the Distro And Fiber Internet For The Win

          Finally, Pop! started putting out their own Linux kernels, which is decidedly a good thing. But their upgrade cycle is very odd and makes very little sense to me. For instance before I left Pop! they were still pushing a 5.16.x kernel version and it wasn’t even the latest 5.16.20 version. For those not in the know, 5.16.x has also been EOLed and won’t be receiving any updates past 5.16.20. So presumably there was at least one blocker preventing System 76 from putting out a 5.17.x kernel, but in that case why not at least give us the latest 5.16.x kernel in the meantime?

          Yes I realize that a lot of these complaints will seem like nitpicks, but one of the things I have learned as I have grown older is that a bunch of nitpicks can add up into a very large problem and that is essentially what happened here. There are other issues of course (e.g. Pop! Shop just outright sucks compared to the Gnome Store on Fedora), but I’m not going to mention them as the point of this post isn’t to rant about Pop! OS in general, but instead to explain my reasons for moving on.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • OpenSource.comWhy use Apache Druid for your open source analytics database

        Your external analytics applications are critical for your users. It’s important to build the right data architecture.

        The last thing you want is to start with the wrong database, and then deal with the headaches as you scale. Thankfully, Apache Druid can start small and easily scale to support any app imaginable. Apache Druid has excellent documentation, and of course it’s open source, so you can try it and get up to speed quickly.

      • Tor Stable release

        Today, we release the first stable version of the 0.4.7.x series fixing several major bugfixes, several major features and, finally after years of work, congestion control. See the Release Notes section below for the full detailed list of changes. Here are two major features worth mentioning: [...]

      • Vice30,000 New Users Signed Up for Mastodon After Elon Musk Bought Twitter

        Mastodon is a piece of open-source software that people can use as a base to create their own social networks. Although its appearance is similar to Twitter, it also differs from Twitter in the sense that Twitter is a single social network people sign up for. When it comes to the social network side of things, Mastodon holds more similarities with Discord, in that users have to find specific Mastodon instances to join. Those looking to create their own Mastodon instance also have to host it themselves, a step that may alienate many non-technical users.

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • The Next WebOpen-sourcing Twitter’s algorithms is more complex than Elon Musk implies

            Of all the grand ideas that Elon Musk has for Twitter, the one that he’s pitched most fervently is making the platform’s algorithms open source.

            The Tesla tycoon proposed the plan before his buyout bid was disclosed, reiterated it the day his offer was revealed, and pitched it once again after the deal was confirmed.

      • Programming/Development

        • Linux Links4 Best Free and Open Source JavaScript Object-Relational Mapping Software

          Object–relational mapping (ORM) is a programming technique for converting data between incompatible type systems using object-oriented programming languages. This creates, in effect, a “virtual object database” that can be used from within the programming language.

          In essence, ORM is a design pattern for converting (wrapping) that data stored within a relational database into an object that can be used within an object oriented language. It creates a layer between the language and the database, helping programmers work with data without the OOP paradigm.

        • Peteris KruminsSingle File Applications

          At Browserling, we’re huge fans of single file self-contained applications. Our entire website is a single index.php file and the entire browser application is a single script.js file.

        • Brian CallahanI ported the new Hare compiler to OpenBSD

          As soon as I finished writing up the previous blog post, I was made aware of the announcement of a new programming language named Hare. It was pointed out to me that Hare released with Linux and FreeBSD support. We’ll just have to port it to OpenBSD. Let’s get to work.

        • Trail Of BitsImproving the state of go-fuzz

          During my winternship, I used the findings from recent Go audits to make several improvements to go-fuzz, a coverage-based fuzzer for projects written in Go. I focused on three enhancements to improve the effectiveness of Go fuzzing campaigns and provide a better experience for users. I contributed to fixing type alias issues, integrating dictionary support, and developing new mutation strategies.

        • QuarkslabCommit Level Vulnerability Dataset

          For this work, we approach the problem from another perspective. A list of real-world vulnerabilities already exists: the CVEs. This list is leveraged to build a vulnerability dataset that can be exploited by security practitioners and academic researchers to enhance their products or tools. This approach is similar to the Open Security Software Foundation CVE Benchmark [8] which targeted JavaScript/TypeScript vulnerabilities.

        • Python

          • Linux HintHow to Use Python Faker to Generate Dummy Data

            The dummy data is required to test any application. It is very time-consuming to insert dummy data manually for testing purposes. This task can be done very easily by using the Python Faker package. A large amount of fake data of different types can be inserted into the database very quickly by using this package. The ways of installing and using the Python Faker package have been shown in this tutorial.

          • EarthlyRunning Python on Docker

            One solution is to use Docker. The containerization tool runs applications in an isolated system and manages dependencies. It is cost-effective, efficient for CI/CD deployments, scalable, and easy to use, making it a good choice for your Python applications.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationAntonio Di Benedetto and the Sound of Madness

      The frustrated narrators of the Argentine writer Antonio Di Benedetto occupy a unique vantage in mid-20th-century fiction. Blending the futility of Kafka’s surveyors with the inner turmoil of Dostoyevsky’s underground men, Di Benedetto’s martyrs of deferment await a deliverance that never comes. Their lives—inert, almost parenthetical—offer up the psychological extremity of stasis. Madness, obsession, and terminal lassitude hang in equipoise from his subtle systems of narrative suspension. Di Benedetto’s 1964 novel The Silentiary, recently reissued, is the second book in his “trilogy of expectation”—following Zama (1956)—a loosely related series marked by its mordant fascination with historical circumstance. In that earlier novel, an 18th-century lawyer rots in a provincial town while awaiting hopeful news from the capital. (It opens with a dead monkey caught in a river’s eddies, “ready to go and not going.”) The Silentiary trades this obscure backwater for what Di Benedetto, in an arch prefatory note, calls “a city in Latin America as of the late postwar era.” There, a nameless middle manager is driven insane by the sounds of the modern world: “I open the gate and meet the noise,” the novel begins. Di Benedetto’s lean, existential fictions have always dramatized the impossibility of living. Here, amid the cacophony of lathes, motorcycles, and construction sites, an enigmatic parable takes shape. Its beguiling ambiguity seems partly the point—the coherence of modern life, Di Benedetto suggests, is nearly indecipherable, or at least drowned out by so much noise.

    • Counter PunchThe Contradictions of the Contemporary Art Museum

      Judging just as an art critic, one might think that (at least until the covid) art museums were booming. I saw many ambitious shows, ever increasing numbers of visitors and much ambitious new architecture. The problems looked to be those of a growth industry- overcrowding and financing. But on reflection, I realized that there were deeper structural problems, which have been accentuated (but were not created) by the virus.

      The first contradiction: On one hand, museums were originally inherently elitist institutions, filled with grand objects, created by and for highly privileged white men. And they still retain many qualities from these origins. The older museums are palaces, while the newer buildings are by the most famous architects. The older works from China, Europe, the Islamic world, and Japan were created for elites, and the best known contemporary artworks are often former possessions or donations of the very privileged. On the other hand, present day public museums aspire to be populist institutions. Aiming to make everyone welcome, and to please all, they need as many visitors as possible. And so they seek to eliminate any barriers of class, gender or race.

    • Counter PunchCan You Truly Own Anything in the Metaverse?

      But did it? It turns out that legal ownership in the metaverse is not that simple.

      The prevailing but legally problematic narrative among crypto enthusiasts is that NFTs allow true ownership of digital items in the metaverse for two reasons: decentralization and interoperability. These two technological features have led some to claim that tokens provide indisputable proof of ownership, which can be used across various metaverse apps, environments and games. Because of this decentralization, some also claim that buying and selling virtual items can be done on the blockchainitself for whatever price you want, without any person or any company’s permission.

    • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: Glass Tube Solar Thermionic Converters

      Typically, if you want to convert solar energy into electrical energy, you use either photovoltaic (PV) cells, or you use the sunlight to create steam to turn a turbine. Both of these methods are well-established and used regularly in both small- and grid-scale applications. However, [Nick Poole] wanted to investigate an alternative method, using thermionic converters for solar power generation.

    • Counter PunchThe Battle for Oakland

      Here in the city of Oakland, we have our own way of describing the same problem.  We paraphrase, “the developers . . . frankly they own this place.”

      The latest proof of this rule is the continuing onslaught of a monster private development on the Port of Oakland.  The stalking horse for this massive project is a new baseball stadium for the Oakland A’s whose piratical owner is blackmailing the City with that familiar-and-feared team owners’ ultimatum: “if you don’t give us a new stadium, we’re leaving town.”

    • ShadowproofProtest Song Of The Week: ‘Clara Fraser, Clara Fraser’ By Lavender Country
    • HackadayNo-Laser CNC Engraver Is Something New Under The Sun

      Hooking up a laser to a CNC gantry isn’t exactly an Earth-shattering innovation, but it does make for a useful tool. Even a cheap diode laser mounted to an old 3D printer can do engraving, marking, or even light-duty cutting. But what about a laser engraver without the laser? Can that be of any use?

    • IdiomdrottningReverse your articles

      If you are writing about a new idea, mechanic, or technology, start with it. Talk about what it is before you start contrasting it with what it isn’t. Start by explaining the new thing and why the new thing is so good.

      If the reason the new thing is good is because it’s different from an old bad thing, and you really, really wanna contrast and compare in order to make it super clear how much better the new thing is, I guess you can, but please move that to the end of your article.

    • David RevoyMy Avatar Generators: Cats, Birds, Fenestars and Abstracts

      Hey, back in 2016 I decided to get rid of trackers on my website, and Gravatar was one of them for the comment section. That’s how I decided to make my own homemade cat avatar system based on sprite I painted. Then I made birds, received sponsoring by Framasoft for the Fenestar one of Mobilizon and also made an abstract one. You’ll find them all here: [...]

    • Hardware

      • Jeff GeerlingA few of the things I hate about my Sony a6600

        Overall, I enjoy using Sony’s current top-end APS-C model for my video work and occasional photography. But there are a few things that feel boneheaded and out of place that you should be aware of: [...]

      • HackadayThe State Of Play In Solid State Batteries

        Electric vehicles are slowly but surely snatching market share from their combustion-engined forbearers. However, range and charging speed remain major sticking points for customers, and are a prime selling point for any modern EV. Battery technology is front and center when it comes to improving these numbers.

      • HackadayDigital To Analog In The Darkroom

        As the world becomes more and more digital, there are still a few holdouts from the analog world we’ve left behind. Vinyl records are making quite the comeback, and film photography is still hanging on as well. While records and a turntable have a low barrier for entry, photography is a little more involved, especially when developing the film. But with the right kind of equipment you can bridge the gap from digital to analog with a darkroom setup that takes digital photographs and converts them to analog prints.

      • HackadayDIY Bench PSU Looks Like A Million Bucks But Is Easy On The Budget

        As one becomes more and more involved in hobbies that involve electronics of almost any kind, it becomes necessary to graduate from wall warts and USB power breakout boards and move up to something more substantial. One great way to do this is to repurpose an old computer PSU, and that’s exactly what the excellent writeup by [Mukesh Sankhla] shows us how to do.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • TruthOutNo, Fauci, a Pandemic Can’t End in One Country Only. You Taught Me That.
      • Common Dreams‘Liquid Gold, Mate!’: Activists’ Spoof on Big Pharma’s Vaccine Greed Nails It

        Noting that “pharmaceutical companies are making billions, while billions go unvaccinated,” the advocacy group People’s Vaccine Alliance on Wednesday published a parody video lampooning Big Pharma’s greed and profiteering from a pandemic that’s now claimed more than six million lives.

        “Liquid gold, mate! We’re making a thousand bucks’ profit a second,” the satirical Big Pharma executive—played by British artist Jolyon Rubinstein—gushes in a phone call, presumably with a colleague. “Omicron was a total money-spinner, but apparently the new variant is even more transmissible!”

      • uni CaliforniaPathogens Can Hitch a Ride on Plastic to Reach the Sea

        Microplastics are a pathway for pathogens on land to reach the ocean, with likely consequences for human and wildlife health, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

        The study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is the first to connect microplastics in the ocean with land-based pathogens. It found that microplastics can make it easier for disease-causing pathogens to concentrate in plastic-contaminated areas of the ocean.

        The pathogens studied — Toxoplasma gondii, Cryptosporidium (Crypto) and Giardia — can infect both humans and animals. They are recognized by the World Health Organization as underestimated causes of illness from shellfish consumption and are found throughout the ocean.

      • [Old] NIHToxoplasma gondii Infection in Marine Animal Species, as a Potential Source of Food Contamination: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

        Conclusions: Our results indicated the geographic distribution and spectrum of infected marine species with T. gondii in different parts of the world. The spread of T. gondii among marine animals can affect the health of humans and other animals; in addition, it is possible that marine mammals act as sentinels of environmental contamination, especially the parasites by consuming water or prey species.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • EFFCanvas and other Online Learning Platforms Aren’t Perfect—Just Ask Students

          At Dartmouth College in 2021, for example, administrators inaccurately accused students of cheating based on a misinterpretation of data from Canvas, a “Learning Management Software” (LMS) platform that offers online access to coursework for classes. Unfortunately, Canvas, Blackboard, and other LMS systems like them are often used, incorrectly, as arbiters of truth during examinations. Suspicious of cheating, administrators at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine conducted a flawed dragnet review of an entire year’s worth of student log data from Canvas. When a student advocate reached out to us about the situation, EFF determined that the logs easily could have been generated by the automated syncing of course material to devices logged into Canvas but not being used during an exam. In many of the students’ cases, the log entries were not even relevant to the tests being taken.

          We call on both Canvas and Blackboard to put clearer disclaimers on their log data and publicly defend any student who has been accused of misusing these platforms.

          EFF, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), students, professors, and even alumni reached out to the school. In our letter, we explained it was simply impossible to know from the logs alone if a student intentionally accessed any of the files, and that even Canvas acknowledged log entries are not reliable records of user activity. After press coverage from the New York Times, which also found that students’ devices could automatically generate Canvas activity data even when no one was using them, Dartmouth withdrew the disciplinary charges and apologized to the students. To help students in similar situations, we’ve written a guide for anyone accused of cheating based on inaccurate data like this. 

        • Times Higher EducationFrench push for AI auto-translation of European research

          The European Union is set to launch a drive to translate more scholarly research into local languages using artificial intelligence technology.

          The push to challenge English as science’s default language is being led by the French presidency of the EU as part of broader reforms of research assessment, but campaigners have warned that automation must not lead to neglect for the venues that develop native academic vocabularies.

        • IT WireNine Microsoft vulnerabilities in top 15 exploited routinely in 2021

          Among these were six remotely exploitable flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server. Four of these flaws were given the name ProxyLogon.

          Top of the list was Log4Shell which affects a logging library used by the Apache Web server software. Following it was an RCE in components of Zoho (Web-based business tools).

          Also on the list were Atlassian Confluence Server and Data Centre, VMware vSphere Client, Pulse Secure, Fortinet FortiOS and FortiProxy.

        • IT WireMicrosoft post on Linux vulnerability omits essential detail

          Microsoft has issued a long write-up about flaws that could lead to escalation of privilege on Linux systems, which it has collectively called Nimbuspwn, but failed to mention that none of these flaws can be exploited remotely.

        • VarietyWhy Private Equity, Not Microsoft, Is Likely Circling Ubisoft

          While the Bloomberg report makes it clear that people familiar with Ubisoft affairs singled out big private equity firms like Blackstone and KKR as the alleged entities studying the company, it wasn’t long before rumors of Ubisoft being the next Microsoft purchase swirled Twitter.

          But Ubisoft being brought into the Xbox fold would be a highly unlikely development, at least for now.

        • BloombergAssassin’s Creed Publisher Ubisoft Draws Buyout Interest

          Several private equity firms including Blackstone Inc. and KKR & Co. have been studying the French business, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Ubisoft hasn’t entered into any serious negotiations with potential acquirers, and it’s unclear whether its major shareholder is willing to pursue a deal, the people said.

        • ForbesIf Ubisoft Is Selling, Could Microsoft Or Sony Be Buying?

          All of this has led to a long term stock slide down from a high of $23 a share in 2018 to now just $9 today. They have a market cap of 4.72 billion Euros, or about $5 billion USD, which looks like a somewhat easy acquisition for either Sony, who just spent $3.6 billion on Bungie, who makes a single game, or Microsoft, who just spent a colossal $68.7 billion on Activision Blizzard, subject to regulatory approval.

        • IGNUbisoft Reportedly Being Targeted for Acquisition

          It’s unknown how a potential acquisition of Ubisoft may affect its games, if at all, but current and former Ubisoft employees also told Kotaku that the publisher is currently experiencing production issues, evidenced by several delays, among other things.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • The VergeAmazon’s Alexa can now tell you if your security camera sees a person or package

              Alexa has always had aspirations to be a type of digital butler, and today, it’s getting closer to that goal. Amazon’s voice assistant can now announce when there’s a person or package at your video doorbell or security camera. If you have an Echo smart display or Fire TV, it can also show you who or what is there by automatically pulling up a live video feed. The new feature will work with video doorbells and security cameras from Ring, Google Nest, and Abode, with more brands potentially adding the ability thanks to a new API from Amazon.

            • Patrick BreyerBelgium: What “geographically targeted” data retention would really mean

              Today, a draft for a new law on data retention has been discussed in the Belgian Chamber of Deputies. Among other things, the draft provides for so-called “geographically targeted retention” of communications data, as the EU Commission has proposed to introduce throughout Europe.

              The Belgian bill is a reaction to the Constitutional Court’s annulment of the country’s indiscriminate data retention law. In the future, call detail records and the mobile phone locations of all citizens in areas with certain crime rates are to be collected indiscriminately. The threshold is low enough to cover the Brussels region and probably most of the country. Data retention would also apply in “important infrastructures” such as highways, border areas, hospitals and parliament buildings. In the draft legislation, the Belgian government expresses the view that “targeted data retention” could cover the entire national territory, if the statistical criteria allow it. In case of an “alert level” of 3 or 4, meta-data is to be retained throughout the country. At the same time, a 4-month period for retaining all meta-data to prevent “billing fraud” is being proposed. IP addresses, IMEI, IMSI and MAC addresses are also to be collected indiscriminately in the future. In addition to telephone and Internet providers, e-mail and messenger providers (OTT services) would also be required to retain data.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsExperts Warn Against ‘Perpetual War’ in Ukraine as US Signals Long-Term Strategy

        Earlier this week, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin openly acknowledged something that analysts and critics of American foreign policy have suspected since Russia attacked Ukraine in February: That one of the Biden administration’s primary objectives in arming Ukrainian forces to the teeth is to severely degrade Russia’s military capacity.

        “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine,” Austin told reporters Monday following a visit to Kyiv, where he and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged an additional $713 million in military aid to Ukraine, which has received billions of dollars worth of heavy weaponry from the Biden administration.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Potential US Proxy War in Ukraine Could Be Disastrous
      • Common DreamsGlobal Climate Coalition Tells Biden Ukraine War Is Chance to ‘End the Fossil Fuel Era’

        Over 520 organizations told President Joe Biden on Wednesday to urgently “end the fossil fuel era” and commit to a rapid renewable energy transition rooted in justice and a more peaceful world.

        “This is the opportunity of our lifetimes to stop the violence of fossil fuels and build a new era of peace and justice to confront the climate crisis.”

      • The NationThese Are the Civilian Deaths You Don’t Hear About

        Madogaz Musa Abdullah still remembers the phone call. But what came next was a blur. He drove for hours, deep into the Libyan desert, speeding toward the border with Algeria. His mind buckled, his thoughts reeled, and more than three years later, he’s still not certain how he made that six-hour journey.

      • TruthOutMadison Cawthorn Brings Loaded Gun to Charlotte Airport
      • Counter PunchA UK War Resister Reflects on Troubled State of “Veteranhood”

        Adding insult to moral injury, hundreds of thousands of modern-day veterans developed long-term medical or mental health conditions that were service related.  If these afflictions affected their job performance while still on active duty, the Department of Defense (DOD) thanked many of them for their service by drumming them out in punitive fashion. Depending on their discharge status, many became ineligible for free healthcare provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or access to free higher education via GI Bill benefits. Under the rules of most old guard veterans’ organizations, they were not even welcome at their local post of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

        Close readers of Joe Glenton’s new book, Veteranhood: Hope and Rage in British Ex-Military Life (Repeater Books) will be surprised to learn that any Brit who served for even a single day is considered a veteran. Medical care is, of course, less of a concern to former military personnel in a nation where a VA-style National Health Service covers everyone, plus higher education remains far more affordable than in the U.S. And even someone like Glenton–who went AWOL to avoid a second tour of duty in Afghanistan and then was court-martialed for it—later received a package in the mail which welcomed him to the brotherhood and sisterhood of former squaddies. It included, he reports, “one of the small enamel veterans’ badges widely worn among the ex-forces community and a bundle of brochures about getting on in post-military life.”

      • Democracy Now“Putin Is Bluffing”: Historian Alfred McCoy on How to End Ukraine War with Solutions Beyond Sanctions

        We speak with historian Alfred McCoy about how the Russian invasion of Ukraine could possibly end. McCoy argues the European Union is essentially funding the war by buying energy from Russia, and says sanctions will not deter Russian President Putin from war so long as his economy continues supplying energy for the world. McCoy says the European Court of Human Rights should instead force the EU to start deducting a portion of regular natural gas payments to Russia and reroute this money to a Ukraine compensation fund. Russia’s loss of energy income could incentivize Putin to roll back the invasion, says McCoy. His latest piece for TomDispatch is headlined “How to End the War in Ukraine: A Solution Beyond Sanctions.”

      • Counter PunchThe Anzac Myth: The Slaughter of the Unthinking by the Unaccountable

        At first, it all seems rather daft.  These troops, for the most part ignorant of geography and certainly of the myriad nature of European power relations, found themselves invading the Ottoman Empire in a chess move thought up by Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty.  If the Ottoman Empire could be defeated, Imperial Germany would lose a key ally and be exposed on its flank.  The mission failed in spectacular fashion and allowed Kemal Atatürk, future leader of secular Turkey, to distinguish himself.

        During the First World War, Australia, with a population of 5 million, lost 62,000 men from 416,809 enlistees.  Of those, 156,000 were wounded or taken prisoner.  Over 3,000 men returned with tuberculosis and infected the population accordingly.  The debilities of unrecognised shellshock reigned.  This loss disfigured the country irreparably, dulling its optimism for reform.  Australian communities turned inward, solemnly pouring savings into the creation of memorials across the country.

      • Counter PunchReject Raytheon AVL Shuts Down Pratt & Whitney

        The event on Friday, April 22, began at 10 am in the Bent Creek River Park, on the banks of the French Broad River. The park sits exactly next to the new bridge being built for the 1.2 million square foot Pratt and Whitney plant and in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge over the river. Across the river from the park is a dirt road, called Old River Road, that provides access to the many trucks coming and going from the plant every day. On this morning, it was busy, full of power and commerce.

        In the park, over 50 of us came together to call for conversion from the war economy to one that addresses the climate emergency. The theme of the gathering was Windmills Not War Machines. We had a number of speakers describe the dangers of the Pratt & Whitney plant and also what a better economic development plan for the Asheville area could look like.

      • The NationAleksandar Hemon on What’s Different About the War in Ukraine

        Aleksandar Hemon is no stranger to war. The author, screenwriter, and musician left his hometown of Sarajevo in 1992, just before Serbian forces laid siege to the city for four years. He received political asylum while in the United States and did not return to Bosnia until 1997. Hemon’s characters, fictional and nonfictional, are frequently negotiating the effects of the past and present on their variable identities. In this way, his own displacement is ever present in his works, including in three memoirs, The Book of My Lives (2013) and a pair of companion memoirs, My Parents: An Introduction/This Does Not Belong to You (2019).

      • Counter PunchWar Crimes in Ukraine: Time for a People’s Tribunal?

        Without a doubt, the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 entailed the crime of aggression for purposes of article 5 of the ICC statute and the 2010 Kampala definition of aggression.  It would also fall within the scope of article 6(a) of the Nuremberg statute that defined the crime against peace.

        The International Criminal Court in The Hague has, of course, a problem of jurisdiction, since neither Russia nor Ukraine are parties to the Statute of Rome of 1998.

      • MeduzaIs Russia planning to invade Moldova? Meduza turns to political scientist Dionis Cenusa for insight

        On April 22, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the army’s main task in the second stage of the “special military operation” in Ukraine would be to “establish complete control over the Donbas and southern Ukraine” — all the way to Transnistria, where “oppression of the Russian-speaking population has also been observed.” Three days later, Transnistria was hit by a series of explosions. The same day, the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ General Staff announced that Russian troops stationed on Transnistrian territory had been put on full combat alert. To get a clearer picture of what’s happening in Transnistria, Meduza spoke with Dionis Cenusa, a visiting fellow at the Eastern Europe Studies Center in Lithuania.

      • MeduzaChange of plans Kremlin-orchestrated ‘referendums’ on Donbas ‘republics’ joining Russia postponed until May

        As Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine enters its third month, the Russian Defense Ministry has officially declared that its main aim has shifted to taking “full control” of the Donbas and southern Ukraine. According to Meduza’s sources close to the Kremlin, establishing “full control” will involve orchestrating pseudo-referendums on the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” joining the Russian Federation — and on Russian-occupied Kherson declaring independence from Ukraine. However, these “referendums” have already been postponed until May, allegedly due Russia’s military failures in Ukraine.

      • The Gray ZoneMadeleine Albright’s funeral buried her legacy of war-making and extraordinary deceit
      • Counter PunchNow, Let Us Talk Peace

        When a war is going on, though, it is absolutely the time to talk about peace. How else can we prevent even further loss of life or yet more millions forced into refuge somewhere else in the world? It is welcome that at last the United Nations has taken an initiative with the welcome request by Secretary-General António Guterres for face-to-face meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

        There must be an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine followed by a Russian troop withdrawal and agreement between Russia and Ukraine on future security arrangements.

      • ABCDenmark arrests man over promotion of IS on social media

        A man was arrested in Denmark on Wednesday on suspicion of violating anti-terrorism laws by allegedly promoting the Islamic State group on social media.

        Police said domestic security agency PET took part in the operation, but they did not give further details, including the suspect’s age.

      • ME ForumProminent American Imam Promotes Jihad

        Suleiman is no small-town imam, but a prominent figure in the U.S. His rise to prominence began as a result of his interfaith activism while working for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) in New Orleans in the early 2000s.

      • Metro UK‘Charismatic’ terrorists to be separated to stop them radicalising prisoners

        The senior Tory said they would not allow ‘cultural and religious sensitivities’ to prevent ministers stamping out terrorism.

        The action – set up at a cost of £1.2 million – comes after a sweeping review of terrorist activity in jails in England and Wales.

      • Belfast Telegraph‘Charismatic’ terrorist prisoners to be isolated in jail ‘separation centres’

        Prison staff will be given improved training to enable them to spot signs of terrorist activity in jails while ensuring they are given the most up-to-date information on evolving threats.

        In his report, Mr Hall said the current threat in prisons was from Islamist terrorism and that there was “no other comparable threat”.

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchWhy is Environmental Protection a Partisan Issue?

        While the foolish and incredibly destructive Red v. Blue, Republican v. Democrat battles rage across our nation, it’s worth remembering that it wasn’t always like this. Republican President Richard Nixon declared in his 1970 State of the Union Address that: “The great question of the ’70s is, shall we surrender to our surroundings, or shall we make peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, our land and our water? Clean air, clean water, open spaces — these should once again be the birthright of every American. If we act now — they can be.”

        Of course politicians are known for their rhetorical flourishes and promises that evaporate almost as soon as the speech ends. To be clear, President Nixon was no environmentalist — in fact in 1973 he said he “had no sympathy with environmentalists.” But he realized the scope and power of the newly-born “environmental movement,” which launched the first Earth Day in 1970, and the political liability of ignoring it.

      • Common DreamsHouse Dems Call On Top US Insurers to End Backing of Fossil Fuel Projects

        A group of House Democrats on Wednesday sent letters to 13 of the top U.S. insurers, urging them to stop profiting “from the expansion of fossil fuels while ripping the rug out from under the communities most affected by climate change.”

        “U.S. insurers remain well behind their global peers on mitigating climate risk.”

      • Energy

        • TruthOutAs Gas Prices Soared in 2021, Big Oil CEOs Got a Nearly $45 Million Raise
        • Common DreamsWATCH: ‘Superb’ Video Makes Case for Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax

          A video out this week urges passage of the Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax, which would provide some measure of relief to Americans feeling pain at the pump while fuel companies rake in billions in profits.

          Shared on social media Tuesday by Stop the Oil Profiteering, a project of Fossil Free Media, the roughly one-minute video accuses Big Oil of exploiting the global energy crisis fueled by Russia’s war on Ukraine to fatten industry pockets—an accusation only furthered by analyses of recent and projected oil and gas CEO compensations.

        • DeSmogCalifornia Oil and Gas Industry Leans on Political Heavyweights to Drill Wells

          By Aaron Cantu, Capital & Main. This story originally appeared in Capital & Main and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.

          Amid the industry’s calls for more oil and gas production due to the Ukraine war and the federal government opening public land to drilling, California approved more new wells in March and April than in any two-month period since last October.

        • TruthOutUS Fossil Fuel Lobbying Ramps Up as Russia Cuts Gas to Bulgaria and Poland
        • Common DreamsEnergy War in Europe Intensifies as Russia Cuts Off Gas Supply to Poland, Bulgaria

          European gas prices surged Wednesday after Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom cut off the supply of gas to NATO members Poland and Bulgaria, a move seen as a significant escalation of what has been dubbed a “fossil fuel war” between Moscow and the West.

          Announced two months into Russia’s deadly assault on Ukraine, Gazprom’s decision came weeks after the United States halted fossil fuel imports from Russia and vowed to help European nations end their reliance on Russian oil and gas.

        • ABCMajor Japan railway now powered only by renewable energy

          Tokyu, which employs 3,855 people and connects Tokyo with nearby Yokohama, is the first railroad operator in Japan to have achieved that goal. It says the carbon dioxide reduction is equivalent to the annual average emissions of 56,000 Japanese households.

          Nicholas Little, director of railway education at Michigan State University’s Center for Railway Research and Education, commends Tokyu for promoting renewable energy but stressed the importance of boosting the bottom-line amount of that renewable energy.

        • What are Vampire Appliances?

          Vampire appliances are appliances which continue to suck energy even they are turned off, because they enter a standby mode rather than fully powering down. The term is also used more generally to refer to energy-hungry appliances. Many people have a number of vampire appliances in their homes, and these appliances can drive energy bills up significantly. Advocacy organizations hope that by getting the word about vampire appliances out, they can encourage consumers to take measures to reduce their energy usage.

        • Wired‘Vampire Energy’ Is Sucking the Life Out of Our Planet

          Although estimates vary, vampire energy consumption can account for as much as 40 percent of a building’s energy use and associated monthly electricity bill. These figures seemed staggering to me, so I conducted a test. Because it’s not enough to turn things off, I went around and unplugged everything in my house that is not in regular use, including electric heaters, multiple candle warmers, and several abandoned surge protectors and charge stations, among various other household appliances.

        • David RosenthalGrayscale Bitcoin Trust

          All of which involve the trust buying ever-increasing amounts of BTC, pumping the “price” ever higher, attracting ever more speculators to these trades, and driving the premium over NAV ever higher. This is why Kupperman calls this a “Reflexive Ponzi Scheme”.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchMore Forest Service Snake Oil on the Bitterroot

          The Bitterroot Front Project (BFP), the agency says, will promote “forest restoration” and reduce tree mortality from disease, insects, and fires. The way to accomplish this is through chainsaw medicine. Unfortunately, the proposal is based upon flawed assumptions and misguided policies.

          Here’s a link to a video produced by the Forest Service to rationalize more logging. The video promotes a lot of misinformation about wildfire. In this video it  claims today’s forests are much denser than historic conditions due to fire suppression and other factors. However, that view is challenged by some scientists arguing that the methods used to deduct forest density are flawed.

        • Common Dreams‘Stunning and Supremely Disappointing’: Biden Admin Moves to Appeal Gray Wolf Protections

          As the Biden administration on Wednesday insisted a final decision has not been made, conservation groups responded with alarm to a move that could lead to the U.S. government challenging a federal court ruling that restored protections for gray wolves in much of the United States.

          “Despite President Biden’s warnings about the looming threat of biodiversity loss, his administration is attempting to quash a significant ecological victory.”

        • Common DreamsNorth American Wildfires Could Use Up ‘Sizable Amount’ of Global Carbon Budget: Study

          A first-of-its-kind study revealed Wednesday that wildfires in U.S. and Canadian boreal forests could hinder efforts to meet global climate goals by using up a “sizable amount” of the world’s carbon budget through 2050.

          “Wildfires in boreal forests can be especially harmful… since they store about two-thirds of the world’s forest carbon.”

        • NatureA global reptile assessment highlights shared conservation needs of tetrapods

          Python scripts used for the spatial analyses are permanently available at https://transfer.natureserve.org/download/Publications/Global_Reptiles/. No code was used for the Fisher’s exact tests, which were performed in Excel and available with the tabular data at https://transfer.natureserve.org/download/Publications/Global_Reptiles/. Code used for the phylogenetic diversity, areas of disproportionate threat and surrogacy analyses are available at Zenodo (https://zenodo.org/record/5974891).

        • RTLOver 21% of reptile species at risk of extinction

          Catastrophic declines in biodiversity across the world are increasingly seen as a threat to life on Earth — and as important as the interrelated menace of climate change.

          Threats to other creatures have been well documented. More than 40 percent of amphibians, 25 percent of mammals and 13 percent of birds could face extinction.

        • ABCOne-fifth of reptiles worldwide face risk of extinction

          Of 10,196 reptile species analyzed, 21% percent were classified as endangered, critically endangered or vulnerable to extinction — including the iconic hooded snakes of South and Southeast Asia.

      • Overpopulation

        • The RevelatorWhy We Need Slow Solutions to Solve Our Water Problems
        • Common Dreams‘Unprecedented’ Water Restrictions Ordered in Drought-Ravaged California

          As California endures a third year of record-breaking drought exacerbated by the climate crisis, officials on Tuesday declared the state’s first-ever water shortage emergency and ordered outdoor use restrictions that will affect around six million people in three southern counties. 

          “We’re reaching uncharted territory here and we need all Southern Californians to be part of the solution.”

        • TruthOutBiden’s Amended “Remain in Mexico” Policy Still Puts Refugees at Great Risk
        • Democracy NowCan Biden Undo Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy That Forced Asylum Seekers into Dangerous Conditions?

          The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether to strike down the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forced tens of thousands of non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases played out in U.S. courts, often in extremely dangerous conditions. Biden suspended the policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, shortly after taking office, but Texas and Missouri challenged the move. “This is a pretty outrageous idea that a new president coming into office is not allowed to dismantle his predecessor’s programs that he disagrees with,” says Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, senior policy counsel at the American Immigration Council. Still, Reichlin-Melnick says the justices seem torn on their decision and that the Biden administration’s amended version of “Remain in Mexico” still puts asylum seekers at extreme risk of violence. We also hear from asylum seekers about conditions they faced in Mexico under the program.

        • The NationThe Supreme Court Might Rule in Favor of Immigrants—Though Not Out of Goodness

          On the second-to-last day of oral arguments for the current Supreme Court term, the justices addressed a challenge to the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), better known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The MPP, for those privileged enough to have forgotten about it, instructed the Department of Homeland Security to catch noncitizens, many of whom are seeking asylum in the United States, and send them to Mexico (or Canada, theoretically) while they wait for their legal status or asylum claims to be adjudicated. These are people who largely did not come from Mexico but came through it on their way to the United States, so the name “Remain in Mexico” is itself a piece of misinformation created by the Trump administration and adopted by the American media to downplay the forced relocation engaged in by DHS. Forced relocation is a violation of international best practices on how asylum seekers should be treated by the global community.

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsLawmakers Urge NLRB Budget Boost Amid ‘Dramatic Increase’ in Unionization

        Citing a “dramatic increase in labor activity” that’s straining staff at the National Labor Relations Board, nearly 150 U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged congressional leaders to boost the agency’s budget, which in real dollars has fallen by nearly a quarter over the past decade.

        “Just in the first half of FY2022, union election petitions were up 57% and unfair labor practice charges were up 14% compared to this time in 2021.”

      • Common DreamsDespite Soaring Profits, 19 Fortune 100 Companies Paid Little-to-No Taxes in 2021

        In a year when many U.S corporations enjoyed record-breaking profits, some of the wealthiest companies in the nation paid little-to-no taxes according to a new analysis—or even accepted tax refunds—while working Americans continued paying their normal tax rates and faced rising prices for essentials. 

        “These are some of the largest companies in the world, pulling in billions of profits; yet none will owe a cent in federal income taxes.”

      • Common DreamsSeeing Inflation as ‘Opportunity,’ Corporations Are Profiting From Price Hikes: Analysis

        As inflationary pressure drives up costs throughout the economy, a new analysis out Wednesday reveals that corporations are raking in record profits by jacking up prices at the grocery store, gas pump, and beyond—hurting consumers while rewarding investors.

        The Guardian, which examined Securities and Exchange Commission filings for 100 U.S. companies, found that net profits increased by a median of 49% from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of this year. Over the same time period, workers’ wages grew by just 1.6%.

      • Counter PunchThe Capitalist Frame

        To more win more elections, the claim has been made, Democrats need to change their framing. The problem isn’t that Democrats consistently sell out the people in favor of their corporate backers; it’s that Democrats haven’t devised metaphors and rhetoric clever enough to trick people into thinking differently. If people could just be given a different perceptual lens—or frame—they would see that it’s in their best interests to vote for diversity-loving Democrats rather than authoritarian Republicans. When used to make arguments of this sort, the concept of framing can indeed seem a bit silly.

        But sometimes framing is the right tool for the job, and we would be intellectually poorer without it. First, a couple definitions: frames are sets of taken-for-granted assumptions about how the world works and how it should work; framing occurs when we rely on these taken-for-granted assumptions to perceive, make sense of, and evaluate what goes on in the world around us (and inside us, too, for that matter). Framing in this sense is like breathing: we do it all the time—we must do it all the time—but we’re rarely aware of doing it. We just look at the world and grasp, more or less firmly, what’s going on. We can do this at all because we’re always using one frame, one perceptual lens, or another.

      • Common DreamsSanders Pushes Biden to Nix Amazon’s Federal Contracts Over ‘Illegal Anti-Union Activity’

        Sen. Bernie Sanders demanded Tuesday that President Joe Biden cancel Amazon’s federal contracts over the e-commerce giant’s aggressive and unlawful union-busting efforts in New York, Alabama, and elsewhere, a call that came as union voting kicked off at a second Amazon facility in Staten Island.

        “Since 2004, Amazon has received thousands of federal contracts worth billions of dollars.”

      • Meduza‘I want to wash myself clean of my Russian past’: The Gazprombank executive who left Russia to fight alongside Ukrainians

        Right after Russia invaded Ukraine, former Gazprombank Vice President Igor Volobuyev fled Russia. He now plans to join the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces. Volobuyev spoke about his decision to leave Russia in interviews with journalist Sergei Loiko (for The Insider), Ukrainian blogger Denis Kazansky, and the Ukrainian outlet Liga.net.

      • Common DreamsUniversal Policies Key to Economic and Social Recovery: Report

        An analysis of Americans’ wellbeing across every county in the U.S. showed Wednesday that “economic security is out of reach for many” due to chronically low wages, the high cost of child care, and pay inequity—and calls on lawmakers to ensure the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic corrects “glaring structural failures related to economic security and family support.”

        The annual report by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a project created by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, revealed the wide gap between the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour—and even the highest state minimum wages of around $15 per hour—and what households actually need to make ends meet as they face rising rents, grocery bills, and other expenses.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • TruthOutDems Ponder Changing Iowa for New Hampshire As First Presidential Primary State
      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Climate and the Republic, Melting Down in Real Time

        The United States is facing two grim prospects in 2022: one, that continued abuse of the ecosphere could render much of the Earth unlivable for humans and myriad other species, and two, that the United States’ current political drift toward autocratic rule could accelerate, dashing any hope of attaining a multiracial, pluralistic democracy. These two emergencies are intertwined. Either we find meaningful responses to both, or we fail dramatically on both.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | What the CPC’s Failure to Endorse Nina Turner Tells Us

        Sometimes one decision speaks volumes. And so it was when the Congressional Progressive Caucus—with 98 members in the House—recently chose to have its PAC endorse a corporate “moderate” against the strong progressive candidate Nina Turner. In the process, the Progressive Caucus underscored its loyalty to establishment Democrats while damaging its credibility among progressives nationwide.

      • The NationIn Ohio, a Primary Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party

        The Democratic primary in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District is more than a race for a congressional seat. With progressive leader Nina Turner challenging establishment incumbent Shontel Brown, the contest has come to represent a battle for the soul of the party.

      • Democracy NowJuan González: In Surprise Move, Gorsuch Challenges U.S. Colonialism in SCOTUS Ruling on Puerto Rico

        Puerto Rican elected officials from both the island and the United States are on Capitol Hill today to support the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act, which would establish a process for determining the status of the U.S. territory. This comes after the Supreme Court recently supported the Biden administration’s claim that Puerto Ricans are not entitled to claim full Supplemental Security Income benefits unless they move to the mainland. Democracy Now! host Juan González analyzes the developments and highlights conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch’s surprising concurring opinion in the latest Supreme Court decision, which he calls “one of the clearest and most eloquent statements exposing U.S. colonialism that’s ever been issued by a Supreme Court justice, at least in my lifetime.”

      • TruthOutBiden Says He Wants to Fulfill His Campaign Promise to Cancel Student Debt
      • TruthOutGOP Senators Unveil Bill to Bar Biden From Canceling Student Debt
      • Common DreamsGOP Accidentally Admits That Biden Has the Power to Cancel Student Debt

        Republican lawmakers on Wednesday inadvertently acknowledged that President Joe Biden has the power to wipe out federal student loan debt with the stroke of a pen, a move the White House is considering amid sustained pressure from progressive advocates and congressional Democrats.

        Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) unveiled a bill that would constrain the executive branch’s ability to provide relief to federal borrowers by taking away the Secretary of Education’s unilateral authority to cancel outstanding loan balances, limiting the amount of time a presidential administration can suspend payments while adding congressional oversight to the process, and excluding people above a certain income threshold from potential benefits.

      • Counter PunchPresident Biden Must Fulfill His Campaign Promise and Cancel Amazon’s Federal Contracts

        M. President, the American people are increasingly disgusted with the level of corporate greed that we are seeing in this country.

        As you know, while prices are rapidly increasing corporate profits are soaring – in the oil industry, in the food industry, in housing, and many other areas. Meanwhile, while the very rich get richer because of inflation many workers are seeing a decline in their real wages.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Manchin Bill Is Bad for Jobs and the Climate

        Senator Joe Manchin’s International Nuclear Energy Act of 2022 is couched in a good deal of America first-style rhetoric, promising to deliver a new home-grown “whole-of-government strategy for nuclear cooperation and nuclear exports.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | CBS Hiring of Mick Mulvaney Might Be Good for Profits, But It’s Bad for Democracy

        CBS News hiring former Trump aide Mick Mulvaney speaks volumes about systemic problems in our media. Mulvaney notoriously defended various Trump chicaneries—including withholding military aid to Ukraine in an attempt to extort its president for political gain—and no democracy worthy of the name should give him a prominent media platform. But once again, commercial values trumped democratic principles in mainstream news media.

      • FAIRDamn Good for CBS—but Really Bad for Democracy

        CBS News hiring former Trump aide Mick Mulvaney speaks volumes about systemic problems in our media. Mulvaney notoriously defended various Trump chicaneries—including withholding military aid to Ukraine in an attempt to extort its president for political gain—and no democracy worthy of the name should give him a prominent media platform. But once again, commercial values trumped democratic principles in mainstream news media.

      • Meduza‘Two months of terrorism’ A dispatch from Kherson, where Russian occupiers are poised to conduct a sham referendum

        After the war in Ukraine began, the Russian army captured Kherson within days. Kherson residents were defiant; they continued flying the Ukrainian flag on the city council building and have held multiple protest rallies against Russian occupation. Meanwhile, the local media, now under Russian control, regularly reports that residents of the entire Kherson region will soon decide via referendum whether to create a Kherson “People’s Republic” (KNR) analogous to the Russian-backed puppet states in Donetsk and Luhansk. A journalist living in Kherson, who chose to remain anonymous, spoke to Meduza about what life is like there.

      • Counter Punch2022 South Korean Presidential Elections:  No Public Mandate for a Hawkish Pivot

        Five years after the ignominious end of the conservative Park administration, South Korea’s conservatives are back in power, a development that does not bode well for Korea or the rest of the world. Yoon’s controversial past, his lack of practical experience, and his hawkish views combine to form a dangerous political free radical in the game of brinkmanship that continues to be played out in the Korean Peninsula. Yoon lost no time in labeling Pyongyang as Seoul’s “main enemy,” marking a departure from his predecessor Moon Jae-in. Amplifying Yoon’s rhetoric, his foreign policy delegation to Washington has advocated for a policy of Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Denuclearization (CVID) with respect to the North. The delegation also stressed South Korea’s commitment to the US strategy of containing China and advocated for the redeployment of US strategic assets such as nuclear-capable aircraft carriers, bombers and submarines to the Korean peninsula.

        Unsurprisingly, Yoon’s hawkish pivot has been welcomed by the Biden administration and the foreign policy elite in Washington, who believe his victory will give the US an upper hand in arm wrestling South Korea into its strategy of containing China. Conservative US news outlets lauded the “pro-US Yoon victory” and predicted that “South Korea’s hawkish new president will be good for the western alliance”, while emphasizing that Yoon’s victory signaled that “The time to reconstitute pressure on Pyongyang is now.”

      • HungaryThe European Commission has sent a formal note to Hungary: the Rule of Law Mechanism has been launched

        The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it had formally launched the Rule of Law Procedure against Hungary, which it had indicated would happen in early April. This is a mechanism whereby the European Commission can withhold EU funds from member states if they fail to respect the rule of law requirements they committed to when they joined the EU or which are enshrined in the EU’s founding treaty. The launch marks the beginning of a 6-9 month process and if it is proven that there is a direct breach of EU financial interests in Hungary, the country could be penalised by the suspension or blocking of part of the EU funds.

      • HungaryHungarian Justice Minister congratulates Elon Musk, and expresses hope that all opinions will remain visible on Twitter
      • NBCElon Musk’s Twitter takeover gives him a new type of power

        Musk, who was already recognized by Bloomberg as the world’s richest man, will soon add one of the world’s most influential media platforms to his purview when he buys Twitter, adding to a business empire that already includes the leading private space company (SpaceX) and one of the leading electric car companies (Tesla).

        It’s a combination that makes him one of the most significant figures in the history of technology, business and media.

      • New York TimesElon Musk Got Twitter Because He Gets Twitter

        Can Elon Musk break Twitter? I hope so.

        I’m not accusing Musk of being a sleeper agent. The man loves Twitter. He tweets as if he had been raised by the blue bird and the fail whale. Three days before locking in his purchase of the platform, Musk blasted out an unflattering photograph of Bill Gates and, next to it, an illustration of a pregnant man. “In case u need to lose a boner fast,” Musk, Time’s 2021 person of the year, told his more than 80 million followers. He believed Gates was shorting Tesla’s stock, and this was his response. It got over 165,000 retweets and 1.3 million likes. That’s a man who understands what Twitter truly is.

      • Matt RickardImproving Twitter

        I don’t believe that financial gain is Musk’s goal (instead, a better version of the Bezos/Washington Post strategy). Taking the company private gives Musk room to operate without Wall Street breathing down his neck.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Macron’s Win Is the First Step, Now the Real Work Begins

        Vive la France. In Europe and the U.S., Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential elections elicited a huge sigh of relief. His victory margin, a 17-point defeat of the right-wing challenger Marine Le Pen, surprised most observers.

      • Presidential elections in France, round 2

        Zemmour (far-right) instantly called to vote for Le Pen, after mocking the idiots on the left for the immediacy of their call to vote for Macron.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Counter PunchRon DeSantis and the Charade of Free Speech in America

        Of course, when it comes to the defense of civil liberties, conservatives have never been paragons of virtue.Their unabashed support of the war on drugs and the war on illegal immigrants serve as good examples. In fact, I think it would be safe to say that most conservatives view civil liberties as nothing more than “constitutional technicalities.” Thus, it is not surprising that conservatives across the land are hailing DeSantis for what he and his Republican cohorts have done to Disney as part of their fight against “wokeism.” 

        But what DeSantis has actually done is expose the charade of how America, as compared to countries like Russia and China, stands for “freedom of speech,” as reflected in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Keep in mind all the pontificating that U.S. officials and right-wingers in America engage in when lecturing Russia and China when the regimes in those countries punish people for criticizing the government. 

      • EFFAmidst Invasion of Ukraine, Platforms Continue to Erase Critical War Crimes Documentation

        The past decade has demonstrated that social media platforms play an important role in the documentation and preservation of war crimes evidence. While social media is not the ideal place for sharing such content, the fact is that for those living in conflict zones, these platforms are often the easiest place to quickly upload such content.

        Most platforms have increasingly strict policies on extremism and graphic violence. As such, documentation of human rights violations—as well as counterspeech, news, art, and protest—often gets caught in the net. Platforms are taking down content that may be valuable to the public and that could even be used as evidence in future trials for war crimes. This has been an ongoing issue for years that continues amidst Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

        YouTube proudly advertised that it removed over 15,000 videos related to Ukraine in just 10 days in March. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and a number of other platforms also use automated scanning for the vast majority of their content removals in these categories. But the speed that automation provides also leads to mistakes. For example, in early April, Facebook temporarily blocked hashtags used to comment on and document killings of civilians in the northern Ukrainian town of Bucha. Meta, Facebook’s owner, said that this happened because they automatically scan for and take down violent content.

      • Saudi ArabiaTurkey sentences Erdoğan critic Kavala to life in jail

        A Turkish court Monday sentenced leading intellectual and rights campaigner Osman Kavala to life in jail on highly controversial coup plot charges that had already seen him locked up without a conviction for more than four years, Agence France-Presse reported.

        The panel of three judges also sentenced seven other defendants to 18 years in jail each on charges of aiding the attempt to topple the government.

      • Patrick BreyerPartial success against Internet censorship: Top EU Court severely restricts upload filters

        Breyer explains: “Even a seemingly ‘insignificant’ error rate of the censorship algorithms of, for example, 0.1% leads to the unjustified censorship of thosands of valuable publications due to the large number of Internet posts, and causes massive damage. For example, no algorithm can reliably determine whether an uploader has a license to a piece of content or not. Because fully automated upload filters cannot technically meet the reliability requirements of today’s ruling, the upload filter obligation pushed through by the copyright lobby was a huge mistake and should be abolished. We Pirates will carry on the fight against censorship machines!”

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsMedia Analysts Welcome Demand for Nigeria to Repeal Cybercrime Law

        A ruling by the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, in Accra, Ghana, ordered Nigerian authorities to amend the law. The presiding judge, Keikura Bangura, said the law flouted the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), to which Nigeria is a signatory.

        Nigerian authorities have not responded to the ruling and have denied using the law to muzzle the press or citizens.

        Nigeria’s Minister of Information did not respond to VOA’s calls requesting an interview.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingEstonia calls for release of Russian journalist jailed under draconian law

        The Riigikogu foreign affairs committee has joined its counterparts of nearly 20 other national legislatures in issuing a joint statement calling for the immediate release of Russian activist, journalist and politician Vladimir Kara-Murza.d

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutPrompted by Ginni & Clarence Thomas Debacle, House Dems Schedule Ethics Hearing
      • TechdirtPeople Are Lying To The Media About EARN IT; The Media Has To Stop Parroting Their False Claims

        MIT’s Tech Review has an article this week which is presented as a news article claiming (questionably) that “the US now hosts more child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online than any other country,” and claiming that unless we pass the EARN IT Act, “the problem will only grow.” The problem is that the article is rife with false or misleading claims that the reporter didn’t apparently fact check.

      • TechdirtNJ Appeals Court: Lower Court Mixed Up 4th And 5th Amendment And Either Way, Phone Passcodes Can Be Compelled

        More case law on compelled passcode production and the Fifth Amendment has been generated by a New Jersey appeals court. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do anything to strengthen Fifth Amendment protections against compelled production.

      • The NationBlack Power
      • TruthOutBiden Embraces Some Harm Reduction Policies — But Doubles Down on Drug War
      • TechdirtField Drug Test Turns Diesel To Meth, Takes Away Six Weeks Of The Truck Driver’s Freedom

        Field drug tests are awful. They’re insanely unreliable. Sure, sometimes the tests are correct: the suspected drugs are actual drugs. Broken clocks and all that. But they’re so often wrong they should be considered as scientifically sound as hiring a full-time psychic and promoting them to detective.

      • Common Dreams‘Huge News’ as Congress Tightens Ethics Rules for Federal Judges

        Ethics watchdogs on Wednesday welcomed passage of legislation tightening financial disclosure requirements for federal judges as a step toward addressing a widespread crisis that still requires broader reforms.

        “There is a crisis of confidence in our federal judiciary.”

      • Pro PublicaReality Check: Seven Times Texas Leaders Misled the Public About Operation Lone Star

        Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ratcheted up pressure on President Joe Biden’s administration by expanding the state’s sweeping border crackdown, announcing that he would bus immigrants to Washington, D.C., after they were apprehended for illegally crossing the border, as well as search commercial trucks entering Texas from Mexico.

        During an April 6 press conference launching the additional efforts, Abbott did not explain that the busing is voluntary for immigrants. Texas cities and counties where migrants seeking to stay in the country are dropped off by the federal government must also request such a transport out of state before it occurs.

      • BBCNew law raises minimum marriage age to 18 in England and Wales

        Under the new rules, children will not face penalties but adults who facilitate their marriage could face up to seven years in jail and a fine.

        This would include adults who took children abroad to carry out the marriage.

      • Why the minimum marriage age is being raised in England and Wales

        A separate forced marriage law, introduced in 2014, made it a criminal offence – punishable by up to seven years in prison – to force someone of any age to marry against his or her will.

      • ABCJudge vacates life sentence of wrongfully convicted man

        In a 90-page motion to vacate the conviction, prosecutors said “what appears to be a chance coincidence that the defendant, Thomas Raynard James, had the same name as a suspect named by witnesses and anonymous tipsters … led to the defendant’s photograph being included in a lineup, and set in motion a mistaken identity.”

      • Krebs On SecurityFighting Fake EDRs With ‘Credit Ratings’ for Police

        When KrebsOnSecurity recently explored how cybercriminals were using hacked email accounts at police departments worldwide to obtain warrantless Emergency Data Requests (EDRs) from social media firms and technology providers, many security experts called it a fundamentally unfixable problem. But don’t tell that to Matt Donahue, a former FBI agent who recently quit the agency to launch a startup that aims to help tech companies do a better job screening out phony law enforcement data requests — in part by assigning trustworthiness or “credit ratings” to law enforcement authorities worldwide.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtMore Lawsuits Are Being Filed By Parents Hoping To Hold Social Media Platforms Responsible For The Deaths Of Their Children

        Earlier this year, we covered what appears to be the first of several lawsuits filed on behalf of parents by the Social Media Victims Law Center. In that lawsuit, the mother of an eleven-year-old who committed suicide sued Meta and Snap, claiming SnapChat’s algorithmically enabled feedback loops drove her daughter to her death. The suit recounted the last few years of her daughter’s life, which increasingly revolved around social media use. Despite taking actions to limit her daughter’s interactions with these services, along with seeking psychiatric intervention, her daughter ultimately took her own life.

      • TechdirtVerizon Loses Wireless Subscribers Despite Three Years Of 5G Hype

        If you listened to Verizon fifth-generation wireless (5G) marketing at any time during the last three years, it went something like this: fifth generation (5G) wireless was going to absolutely transform the world by building the smart cities of tomorrow, revolutionizing medicine, and driving an ocean of innovation.

      • EFFWhat Low-Income People Will Lose with a Deadlocked FCC

        Major ISPs fought hard to remove this provision, mostly because they’ve engaged in discrimination based on income status for many years. It is why EFF and dozens of organizations have called for a ban on digital redlining of broadband access back in 2020. Study, after study, after study has shown the same result. Wealthy Americans are getting fiber optic connectivity pushed closer to their homes starting as far back as 2005 while low-income people have been forced to stay on legacy copper and coaxial cable connections built as far back as 30 years ago.

        But despite the evidence, the law, and the command by Congress, it is still a possibility that equal access for all Americans will be denied if the Senate does not confirm the Biden Administration’s FCC nominee, Gigi Sohn, to the agency. That is because the current four commissioners on the FCC have deep ideological differences of opinion with two believing broadband should be a regulated service with the other two supporting the full deregulation of broadband providers that started under the Pai FCC. Ms. Sohn’s public commitments have made clear she would support regulating broadband as an essential service, which aligns with where most Americans are today with 80 percent of people believing broadband is as important to their lives as electricity and water. If you support the idea that broadband should be treated as importantly as water and electricity, you should call your two Senators now and ask them to vote yes on Ms. Sohn.

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      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakAnti-Piracy Coalition ACE Gets Bigger, Stronger and More Effective

          The world’s leading anti-piracy coalition ACE continues to expand with beIN as its newest member. Speaking with TorrentFreak, global anti-piracy chief Jan van Voorn shares a peek behind the scenes and a glimpse into ACE’s future plans. “If someone is running a pirate business of any significance, they can be 100% sure that their case is somewhere in our pipeline,” van Voorn says.

        • Torrent FreakNintendo’s ‘Mario Movie’ Leaks: DMCA Used To Suppress Spoiler Discussion

          Nintendo’s highly anticipated ‘Mario Movie’ will be delayed until spring 2023, so in the meantime, fans are posting rumors and speculation on social media. One especially detailed movie plot summary has been hit with a DMCA takedown notice, despite carrying no obviously infringing content. That raises an important question: Are spoilers copyright infringement?

        • TechdirtSega Does A Nintendo: Company Pulls Older Sonic Games Ahead Of Anthology Release

          I’ll admit I’ve written some posts of praise here for Sega, usually due to the company’s more lax attitude on fan-made creations alongside the company’s habit of making fun of Nintendo for going the opposite route. But taking a look at the wider number of posts we’ve done involving Sega, the company is by and large on the wrong side of most of the issues we discuss. Its copyright enforcement actions are every bit as poorly carried out as any other IP bully, it has been quite hostile to modding communities in the past, and it also has utilized Denuvo’s antipiracy platform on some of its titles, despite Denuvo being a train wreck.

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