05.13.22

Links 13/05/2022: NetworkManager 1.38 and Pseudo-Security

Posted in News Roundup at 7:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Beelink SER 4 4800U X, new mini-PC with Manjaro pre-installed

        SER 4 4800U X It is a new equipment from the American assembler Beelink and what is its most outstanding novelty? You have already read it in the headline: he arrives with Manjaro pre-installed… and he is not the first.

        Although, with exceptions, the big brands remain a bit on the sidelines, it is becoming more and more common to find computers with Linux pre-installed and, who says Linux, says some of the big desktop Linux distributions, including Manjaro, the protagonist in this occasion by reason of what was seen.

        SER 4 4800U is one of the Mini-PCs from Beelink, a firm specialized in this type of product… And SER 4 4800U X is the team edit with Manjaroone that has just gone on sale to give more color to the company’s catalog, as well as more options for customers looking for something different than usual.

    • Server

      • Red Hat Official5 things SREs and Sysadmins should know about ROSA and cloud services

        Kubernetes, containers and highly scalable cloud services are the modern elements of business software success. But making the jump to Kubernetes requires training, understanding and a good deal of work from developers, architects and systems administrators alike.

        To save time, speed up development cycles and limit organizational agony, it often makes sense to choose a managed Kubernetes offering, rather than running your own. If that’s a decision you’re considering, here are five things you should know.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

      • IT World CANvidia Plans To Open-source Part Of Its Linux GPU Driver – IT World Canada

        Nvidia has announced plans to open-source part of its Linux GPU drivers joining both Intel and AMD. This mark the first step toward open-source parity for Nvidia’s Linux driver packages.

        “This release is a significant step toward improving the experience of using NVIDIA GPUs in Linux, for tighter integration with the OS, and for developers to debug, integrate, and contribute back. For Linux distribution providers, the open source modules increase ease of use. They also improve the out-of-the-box user experience to sign and distribute the NVIDIA GPU driver. Canonical and SUSE can immediately package the open kernel modules with Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise Distributions,” states a blog post attributed to Nvidia employees.

      • Game RantNvidia GPUs Are Starting To Embrace Linux More

        It’s still a rather uncertain time to be a PC gamer. While graphics card prices are continuing to come down for both AMD and Nvidia products, there’s also the ongoing supply issues that have been plaguing the market for what feels like ages now. That aside, however, both companies, along with newcomers Intel, are still keen to keep pushing out new hardware despite the shortages, and it’s now looking like team green is moving into more open-source territories for the first time.

        According to a recent blog post on the company website, as spotted by PC Gamer, Nvidia has just released some open-source GPU kernel modules for use in Linux-based operating systems. The post goes on to say that this represents a “significant step towards” making its graphics cards better suited for the alternative system. As a result, this could be the start of Linux users being able to use team green’s products with greater ease. The report from PC Gamer goes on to say that, traditionally, users would have to stick with Nvidia’s “proprietary drivers,” which have not always been reliable.

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxNetworkManager 1.38 Released with IPv6 and Wi-Fi Hotspot Improvements, More

        NetworkManager 1.38 release is here to further improve IPv6 support by preferring static IPv6 addresses from “ipv6.addresses” over addresses from DHCPv6 and preferring the first static IPv6 addresses from “ipv6.addresses” to make it consistent with IPv4.

        NetworkManager 1.38 also improves support for Wi-Fi hotspots by automatically assigning a stable random channel number if one is not manually selected by the user, adds support for the “throw” route type, and improves connectivity checks when the check endpoint address resolves to multiple addresses.

      • Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 212 released

        The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 212. This version includes the following changes:

        * Add support for extracting vmlinuz/vmlinux Linux kernel images.
          (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#304)
        * Some Python .pyc files report as "data", so support ".pyc" as a
          fallback extension.
        

      • MedevelLeon is your next open-source personal assistant

        Leon is a next-generation open-source personal virtual assistant, that aims for providing a unique personalized experience.

        The project is written using web technologies, and you can download, install it at your local machine or remote server.

        Leon is the brain child of Louis Grenard, who is the lead developer on the project. The project now is a community based the development continues by several contributors.

      • MedevelAdd a live chat to your website or web app with Papercups

        Papercups is an open-source self-hosted live customer support tool web app written in Elixir language.

        The project is currently is on stable state which can be used in production, however, it is also in maintenance mode, so don’t expect new features in the near future.

      • Cockpit 269

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

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • nixCraftHow to check if Ansible collection is installed or not
      • How to Install Luakit Browser on Ubuntu

        On Linux, we have so many interesting applications that it would be very difficult to name them all. There are even web browsers like Firefox that are very popular and well known for being of general use, but there are others with certain particularities. Today, you will learn how to install Luakit Browser on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to install MySQL server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux

        ySQL version 8.0 is a free and open-source database system used by most web applications and sites on the Internet. Typically MySQL is part of the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/Python/PHP) stack. MySQL heavily uses popular open-source software such as WordPress, MediaWiki, and others as a database storage engine. Let us see how to install MySQL server version 8.x on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux server, including settings up a new database, users and fine tuning server config.

      • Ubuntu HandbookWorkaround Chrome / Chromium Double-click Maximize Not Working in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        User of Google Chrome or Chromium based web browser? Here are the workarounds if you found that double-clicking does not work for maximizing/restoring app window in Ubuntu Linux.

        When double-clicking on the header bar of any app window, it should maximize or restore the application. However, it just changes the cursor to drag arrow and back then, nothing else happens in Ubuntu 22.04 with Chrome/Chromium.

      • ELinuxHow to fix 502 Bad Gateway | Cloudflare and Nginx [Engintron]

        When you want to point cloudflare nameservers to your working website with engintron you will have a technical issue with linking cloudflare with engintron.

        Our technical support / server administrators at subwayhost worked to fix the issue after the request of many client’s to add cloudflare to our services.

      • DedoimedoHow to install and use Notepad++ in Linux – Tutorial

        The most difficult part in my recently started Windows to Linux migration, initiated (after more than 30 years of steady use of Windows) due to the inefficiency and pointlessness of Windows 11, is in having a sufficiently engaging opening sequence to an article, without repeating myself. It ain’t easy, but I’m trying.

        Anyway, if you’ve just turned on your TVs, Dedo is starting a process. It will take three or four years, maybe longer. The mission is to use Linux 100% of the time, no more Windows, reasons ere outlined. In a long series of articles, I will be detailing the progress of this mega-project. We’ve already covered a whole bunch of nice programs, including SketchUp, Kerkythea, and KompoZer. Great success. Now, we need to tackle Notepad++, a most splendid and Windows-only text editor. Follow me.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/19

        This week you ‘only’ had to update your machine 5 times – for the snapshots 0505, which was for some reason not announced, 0506, 0507, 0509, and 0510 (the last one fresh off the press). 0508 would have been ok, but QA was slightly slower than OBS and so the new snapshot moved to QA before the old one was completely tested. Oops. Anyway, nothing was lost, all good things from that snapshot are still shipped, just a day later.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • AlmaLinux OS 8.6 Is Now Available for Download

        The latest version of Almalinux OS 8.6 “Sky Tiger”, is promoted as an alternative to CentOS. AlmaLinux OS Foundation announces the general availability of AlmaLinux OS 8.6. AlmaLinux OS 8.6 is available for download from the official website,

      • Red Hat Announces Upcoming Release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 – itsfoss.net

        The Red Hat Summit 2022 is being held these days and among the many novelties that the event is leaving behind, the announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is possibly the most prominent of them, given the importance of the system, as well as in the organizational chart of corporate Linux from which a few distributions derive, as the basis of the company’s own solution offering.

        The new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) includes not only what has been accumulated over the last few years, but also many novelties from a new batch of which we already had a first glimpse last November, when the RHEL 9 beta was announced, just before RHEL 8.5 was released. A previous release so that the most adventurous users, but also the most interested, prepare themselves in time for the upcoming changes.

      • ZDNetFedora 36 is one of the best options for new Linux users | ZDNet

        For the longest time, Fedora was a distribution best used by those with plenty of Linux experience. It was a bleeding-edge operating system, which meant it shipped with all the newest software. That alone makes for a tricky situation for new users as things could tend to break.

      • Remi Collet: PHP version 8.0.19 and 8.1.6

        RPMs of PHP version 8.1.6 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 34 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php81 repository for EL 7.

        RPMs of PHP version 8.0.19 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 34 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php80 repository for EL 7.

      • Enterprisers Project3 reasons autonomy is more important than flexibility

        As companies switched to a remote work model at the start of the pandemic, some began experimenting with an asynchronous and autonomous work style. Since then, employees have grown accustomed to a certain level of flexibility while working from home – they have priorities outside of work and want a schedule that enables them to balance these priorities with work.

        More than flexibility, however, autonomy empowers employees to make decisions independent of immediate input from supervisors. It is essential to switch a team to an asynchronous work model successfully.

        Autonomous and asynchronous workstyles offer many benefits, primarily increased productivity, a better work/life balance, a stronger sense of ownership over schedules, and improved trust between the organization and the employee.

      • Fedora ProjectCPE Weekly Update – Week 19 2022 – Fedora Community Blog

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

      • Fedora ProjectYou’re invited: Fedora Ambassador Call – Fedora Community Blog

        A couple weeks ago the Fedora Community Outreach Revamp(FCOR) team announced that we would be organising an Ambassador Call Kick-off and collected feedback about availability. Based on the results from the whenisgood, we are excited to invite you to the Ambassador Call Kick-Off, on May 18th at 3PM UTC.

    • Debian Family

      • Bits from Debian: New Debian Developers and Maintainers (March and April 2022) [Ed: Debian (which we use on four machines) manages to recruit just one Developer a month. Not enough, DPL admits. Maybe they need better leadership.]
      • Barry KaulerEasyOS .img file now not compressed

        Up until now, EasyOS has been available as a compressed image file, named ‘easy-[-]-.img.gz’, for example ‘easy-3.4.7-amd64.img.gz’.

        Internally, it consists of a 1M gap, then a 639M vfat partition, then a 640M ext4 partition, plus another gap on the end, total file size 1281M uncompressed.
        Note, these days we have the term “MiB” to denote binary megabytes, 1048576 bytes (1024×1024), instead of 1,000,000 bytes. So, by “M” I actually mean MiB.

      • Barry KaulerIntroducing Easy Bookworm

        The Dunfell-series of Easy is built with packages compiled from source. There was an earlier Buster-series, now retired, built with Debian Buster DEBs.

        Debian 12 is not scheduled to be released until mid-2023. It is known as the “testing” branch, and will become the “stable” branch when released. It is also known as “Bookworm”.

      • Barry KaulerKernel 5.15.39 compiled in Easy Bookworm

        Partly this was to test that the ‘devx’ SFS works, and it does.

        But also, rufwoof recommended that lz4 be enabled for squashfs in the Linux kernel, as this compression format has very fast decompression. rufwoof’s post:

        https://forum.puppylinux.com/viewtopic.php?p=57205#p57205

        The first time that you boot Easy, the QuickSetup window appears. You can also run it anytime via “Setup -> Quicksetup first-run settings” in the menu. In QuickSetup, there is a checkbox labeled “Recompress easy.sfs” — tick that, and easy.sfs will be changed from xz-compression to gz-compression. This will give faster reading of files from easy.sfs, and you might notice slightly snappier performance on an older computer.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelJulius is a lightweight open-source Speech Recognition Engine

      “Julius” is a high-performance, small-footprint large vocabulary continuous speech recognition (LVCSR) decoder software for speech-related researchers and developers. It is primarily written for C programming language.

    • MedevelChatwoot is an open-source self-hosted custom support system

      Chatwoot is an open-source, self-hosted customer engagement suite. Chatwoot lets you view and manage your customer data, communicate with them irrespective of which medium they use, and re-engage them based on their profile.

    • FOSSLifeTake the 2022 “State of Open” Survey from OpenUK

      OpenUK’s second “State of Open” survey” is now live and runs until midnight BST on June 12, 2022.

      This year’s survey aims to capture UK open source adoption levels as well as take “a deep dive into the impacts and consequences of maturing open source software consumption, contribution and redistribution,” according to Amanda Brock, CEO, OpenUK, in the survey announcement.

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • Extension starter pack – Firefox Add-ons Blog

          You’ve probably heard about “ad blockers,” “tab managers,” “anti-trackers” or any number of browser customization tools commonly known as extensions. And maybe you’re intrigued to try one, but you’ve never installed an extension before and the whole notion just seems a bit obscure.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • ONLYOFFICE 7.1 Office Suite Update Released

        ONLYOFFICE 7.1 Office Suite Update Released, New release of ONLYOFFICE DocumentServer 7.1 with the implementation of a server for ONLYOFFICE online editors and collaboration. Editors can be used to work with text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The project code is distributed under the free license AGPLv3.

        At the ONLYOFFICE DesktopEditors 7.1 , built on a single code base with online editors. Desktop editors are designed as desktop applications that are written in JavaScript using web technologies, but combine client and server components in one set, designed for self-sufficient use on the user’s local system, without resorting to an external service. For collaboration at your own facilities, you can also use the Nextcloud Hub, which provides full integration with ONLYOFFICE. Ready builds generated for Linux, Windows and macOS.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Access/Content

        • OpenSource.comWhen open source meets academic publishing: Platinum open access journals | Opensource.com

          Academics routinely give away their work to companies for free—and then they buy it back! Can you imagine a farmer giving away free food and then paying to get it back for dinner? Probably not. Yet academics like me have been trapped for decades in a scheme where we give free work in exchange for job security and then pay millions of dollars a year to read our own writing.

          Fortunately, this is changing. The results from a study I just finished show that it is possible for academics to get job security without paying for it. My study found hundreds of journals that are platinum open access (OA)—that is, they require neither the author nor the readers to pay for peer-reviewed work—yet still carry the prestige and readership to help academics succeed in their careers.

          This trend is exploding: The Directory of Open Access Journals lists over 17,300 journals that offer a means of OA at some level, and over 12,250 have no article-processing charges (APCs). I used a handy open source Python script to compare this list to a list of journals ranked by the frequency with which their published papers are cited in other articles (The Journal Impact Factor List). It is clear that the last few years have seen a growing trend towards both OA in general and platinum OA specifically. These trends have the potential to accelerate science while helping prevent academic servitude.

    • Programming/Development

      • Julia Evanssqlite-utils: a nice way to import data into SQLite for analysis

        This is a quick post about a nice tool I found recently called sqlite-utils, from the tools category.

        Recently I wanted to do some basic data analysis using data from my Shopify store. So I figured I’d query the Shopify API and import my data into SQLite, and then I could make queries to get the graphs I want.

        But this seemed like a lot of boring work, like I’d have to write a schema and write a Python program. So I hunted around for a solution, and I found sqlite-utils, a tool designed to make it easy to import arbitrary data into SQLite to do data analysis on the data.

      • DevOps inspiration from Toyota Production System and Lean considered harmful

        Note: This text was originally the synopsis for a much longer article which I intended to write as the followup to a lightning talk about the subject I did at my workplace. Acknowledging that I probably won’t get time to write the long version, I think this synopsis can stand pretty well on its own as a statement of intent.

        DevOps and DevOps-related practices has become a huge thing in the software industry. Elements of this, such as Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment and the focus on monitoring production systems and metrics has resulted in large improvements in the handling of large-scale deployments. Especially, the act of deployment to production, in traditional systems often an error-prone process riddled with cataclysmic pitfalls and requiring huge amounts of overtime, is reduced to the trivial pushing of a button which can easily be done in normal office hours.

    • Leftovers

      • TediumHow Anti-Right-To-Repair Companies Try to Have it Both Ways

        One of the greatest innovations of the 18th century came about in wartime and soon helped to enable the industrial revolution. And it involved a simple idea: Machines in which all the parts could be replaced with other, similar parts. But as the parts get smaller and more sophisticated, one could argue that the big innovation at the center of modern repairability is under threat. Simply put, interchangeability, a feature that won wars and enabled much of modern culture, is falling out of fashion in favor of obsolescence and disposability. Today’s Tedium ponders the long tension between these two competing ways of thinking about the objects we buy and use on a daily basis.

      • Linux Foundation

      • Security

        • DedoimedoIntermittent SSL certificate and connectivity problems

          Some of you may have noticed, and in fact contacted me about this, that occasionally, Dedoimedo is not available. Specifically, when you try to access the site, you get an SSL certificate warning from your browser. I would like to inform you that I am aware of the issue, and I have been trying to get my hosting provider to resolve this for a while now.

          In more detail, the problem is that when the issue occurs, the certificate warning tells you that you’re trying to connect to *gridserver.com rather than my site, ergo dedoimedo.com. The aforementioned grid is part of the shared hosting environment where my site resides.

          My guess is that the hosting provider has a fault with one of their loadbalancer or Web server nodes, which does not properly terminate SSL. I have contacted them numerous times about this, wit no resolution provided yet. As to you, my dear readers, if you encounter this, the fix is simple. Just wait 2-3 minutes, and then refresh the page. You will then most likely land on a different grid node, with correct SSL termination, and everything will work fine. On my side, I will look at perhaps using a different hosting provider. Thank you for reading.

        • Fear, Uncertainty,
          Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

          • Attack on German companies through NPM packages [Ed: Microsoft is transmitting malware again, but guess who the media will blame (perpetrators and victims, not the carrier)]

            A new portion of malicious NPM packages created for targeted attacks on the German companies Bertelsmann, Bosch, Stihl and DB Schenker have been uncovered. The attack uses the dependency mixing method, which manipulates the intersection of dependency names in public and internal repositories. In publicly available applications, attackers find traces of accessing internal NPM packages downloaded from corporate repositories, whereupon they place packages with the same names and newer version numbers in the public NPM repository. If, when building, internal libraries are not explicitly linked in the settings to their repository, the npm package manager considers the public repository to be a higher priority and downloads the package prepared by the attacker.

          • Dark ReadingLinux, OpenSSF Champion Plan to Improve Open Source Security [Ed: Look what companies are in this thing. They relay everyone's data to the NSA. That itself is a data breach.]
          • LinuxInsiderOpen Source Leaders Push WH for Security Action [Ed: Microsoft is not “Open Source Leader”]

            The Linux Foundation and the Open Source Software Security Foundation (OpenSSF) brought together over 90 executives from 37 companies and government leaders from the NSC, ONCD, CISA, NIST, DOE, and OMB on Thursday to reach a consensus on key actions to take to improve the resiliency and security of open-source software.

          • ZDNetWhite House joins OpenSSF and the Linux Foundation in securing open-source software [Ed: Steven Vaughan-Nichols is paid to have become a corporate writer for corporate front group, with his occasional defamation against the community]
          • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogThe Linux Foundation and Open Source Software Security Foundation (OpenSSF) Gather Industry and Government Leaders for Open Source Software Security Summit II [Ed: Linux Foundation quotes Jim Zemlin on security like Zemlin is a technical person. He is not. Charade, theatre, kakistocracy for FUD. If you are a Linux user, Linux Foundation does not represent you. If you are a Microsoft fan, then maybe Linux Foundation does speak for you. Linux Foundation is, in a nutshell, suits and nontechnical people exercising totalitarian control an authority over technical people, using capital as a weapon.]
          • Venture BeatHow much will it cost to secure open-source software? OpenSSF says $147.9M | VentureBeat [Ed: Linux Foundation is a source of FUD against Linux. Well, look who controls the organisation. This report cites Microsoft proxies as "sources" regarding "Open Source" security...]

            In recent years there have been multiple vulnerabilities in open-source software that have been exploited, leaving organizations of all sizes at risk.

        • Privacy/Surveillance

          • PurismThe Second Best Time to Protect Your Privacy – Purism

            There is a well-known Chinese proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” This saying applies to many areas of life, and it also applies to privacy. The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in the depth and breadth of privacy invasions from Big Tech companies. This increase tracks with the increase in smartphone usage, because what better way to invade someone’s privacy than with an always-on, always-connected computer full of sensors that people carry with them wherever they go? Few people took active steps to protect their privacy 20 years ago, but the second best time to protect your privacy is now. If you care about your privacy, what should you do, right now?

      • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

        • Public KnowledgeIP3 Awards Nominations – Public Knowledge

          Public Knowledge’s IP3 Awards is our way of honoring people that make significant contributions in the three areas of “IP”—Intellectual Property, Information Policy, and Internet Protocol.

        • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Applauds NTIA’s ‘Internet for All’ Roadmap To Help Close Digital Divide – Public Knowledge

          Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced three Notice of Funding Opportunities, collectively called the “Internet for All” program, outlining grant rules for potential recipients seeking broadband funding to promote access, affordability, and digital equity and inclusion. The Internet for All programs were funded under the bipartisan “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.” Congress directed the NTIA to distribute nearly $45 billion dollars for broadband deployment and digital equity initiatives. Public Knowledge recently submitted comments encouraging the agency to ensure these funds result in affordable, reliable, and open networks for everyone.

    Links 13/05/2022: GCC 12 Becoming Default Compiler in Tumbleweed

    Posted in News Roundup at 2:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

    • GNU/Linux

      • Containers

        • TechTargetDocker Extensions, Desktop for Linux get mixed reception

          Docker introduced Docker Extensions, Docker Desktop for Linux and the acquisition of Nestybox at DockerCon 2022. The new features received a mixed reception from industry analysts and developers.

          Palo Alto-based Docker unveiled the new additions to the company’s platform at this week’s DockerCon 2022 virtual event. Docker Extensions includes one-click pluggables from JFrog, Red Hat and VMware and allow developers to integrate additional tools and new functionality to Docker Desktop with more ease.

        • InfoWorldDocker Desktop comes to Linux, adds extensions SDK
        • TechTargetZerto 9.5 update adds Linux support and multi-cloud storage

          Zerto’s latest update to its Zerto Platform adds support for Linux data recovery, an important upgrade for Kubernetes users, and new features for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform users.

          The Zerto 9.5 update, now generally available to Zerto customers, brings new features to help companies build cyber resilience and data recovery. Headlining additions in the 9.5 update include support for immutable data in Microsoft Azure, a new Debian Linux virtual appliance for managing Zerto and support for Google Cloud Platform storage.

      • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Kernel Space

        • Graphics Stack

          • Alyssa RosenzweigRosenzweig – The Apple GPU and the Impossible Bug

            In late 2020, Apple debuted the M1 with Apple’s GPU architecture, AGX, rumoured to be derived from Imagination’s PowerVR series. Since then, we’ve been reverse-engineering AGX and building open source graphics drivers. Last January, I rendered a triangle with my own code, but there has since been a heinous bug lurking:

            The driver fails to render large amounts of geometry.

            Spinning a cube is fine, low polygon geometry is okay, but detailed models won’t render. Instead, the GPU renders only part of the model and then faults.

            [...]

            Traditional immediate mode renderers render directly into the framebuffer. They first run the vertex shader for each vertex of a triangle, then run the fragment shader for each pixel in the triangle. Per-vertex “varying” data is passed almost directly between the shaders, so immediate mode renderers are efficient for complex scenes.

            There is a drawback: rendering directly into the framebuffer requires tremendous amounts of memory access to constantly write the results of the fragment shader and to read out back results when blending. Immediate mode renderers are suited to discrete, power-hungry desktop GPUs with dedicated video RAM.

          • How mesh shaders are implemented in the driver | Timur’s blog

            In part 1 I gave a brief introduction on what mesh and task shaders are from the perspective of application developers. Now it’s time to dive deeper and talk about how mesh shaders are implemented in a Vulkan driver on AMD HW. Note that everything I discuss here is already available as public information in open source driver code. The goal of this blog post is to elaborate on how mesh shaders are implemented on the NGG hardware in AMD RDNA2 GPUs, and to show how these details affect shader performance. Hopefully, this helps the reader better understand how the concepts in the API are translated to the HW and what pitfalls to avoid to get good perf.

          • Timur Kristóf: How mesh shaders are implemented the driver

            In part 1 I gave a brief introduction on what mesh and task shaders are from the perspective of application developers. Now it’s time to dive deeper and talk about how mesh shaders are implemented in a Vulkan driver on AMD HW. Note that everything I discuss here is already available as public information in open source driver code. The goal of this blog post is to elaborate on how mesh shaders are implemented on the NGG hardware in AMD RDNA2 GPUs, and to show how these details affect shader performance. Hopefully, this helps the reader better understand how the concepts in the API are translated to the HW and what pitfalls to avoid to get good perf.

      • Applications

        • Ubuntu Pit20 Best Linux PDF Editors: Edit Pdf Files on Your Linux System

          Portable Document Format – PDF is a popular and widely used file system for emailing, sharing, and printing documents. You may need to install a suitable Linux pdf editor for basic editing because Linux does not have a default pdf editor. There are many options available when the question comes to editing pdf in Linux, but the choice is very limited if you compare it with adobe acrobat for Windows and macOS. That’s why here I have reviewed both free, open source, and paid Linux pdf editors for fulfilling the requirement of advanced and basic options.

        • MedevelChatty is an open-source Twitch Chat Client

          Chatty is a free open-source Twitch chatting app that runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS. It has a retro look that resemble classic IRC clients.

          Chatty has a built-in streaming support which allows users to watch, and stream their plays with one click.

          The app is built using Java programming language, and it offers packages for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

      • Instructionals/Technical

        • Linux HandbookHow to Set Timeout in cURL

          cURL is an excellent tool for network communications, it stands for ‘client URL.’ Virtually every device uses cURL on the globe that connects to the Internet. The widest use of cURL is to download files from a remote server in the terminal.

          The initial phase of connecting to a server for any sort of communication is waiting for a response. The delay can occur due to a large variety of reasons, some of them being load on the server, network bandwidth, latency, jitter etc.

          If the delay is higher than what you would like to wait, you can specify a ‘timeout’ duration.

        • Install Third Party Software Using Fedy In Fedora – OSTechNix

          The Fedora project will not include any package that doesn’t comply with Fedora licensing policies in the official repositories. So, the Fedora users rely on third-party repositories like RPM Fusion to install propriety drivers, software and codecs that Fedora doesn’t want to ship due to legal and licensing reasons. In this guide, we will see what is Fedy and how to install third-party software and multimedia codecs with Fedy in Fedora Linux operating systems.

        • ID RootHow To Install LEMP Stack on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

          In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LEMP Stack on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, LEMP Stack is a combination of free, open source software. The acronym LEMP refers to the first letters of Linux (Operating system), Nginx Server, MariaDB (database software), and PHP components to build a viable general purpose web server.

          This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the LEMP Stack on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

        • Red Hat OfficialAn Ansible playbook for solving a new problem from scratch | Enable Sysadmin

          Imagine you’re in the middle of a cloud migration or a penetration test, and you have to enable an existing account on over 400 hosts as quickly as possible. It sounds like a big problem, but it can be easy with automation.

          First things first. You must define the exact requirements you have for the task. This is the step that will help and guide your code for automation. Don’t do this in code yet.

        • Digital TrendsHow to dual boot Linux and Windows | Digital Trends

          Although Windows is the most widely supported operating system, Linux is a great alternative. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between them. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to dual boot Linux and Windows to get the best of both worlds — whether that’s with Windows 10 or the newer Windows 11.

        • How to Install Icinga2 Monitoring Tool on OpenSUSE

          Icinga is an open-source network monitoring tool that was initially created as a fork of the Nagios monitoring tool back in 2009.

          Icinga checks the availability of servers and network devices such as switches and routers and sends a report to sysadmins about any failures or downtime. It also provides comprehensive data which can be visualized and used for reporting.

          Its scalability and extensibility make it possible to monitor small and large network environments across several locations.

          In this guide, you will learn how to install the Icinga network monitoring tool on OpenSUSE Linux.

        • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Xemu on a Chromebook

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

        • How to Run a Linux Command Without Saving It in History

          By default, every command that you execute on your terminal is stored by the shell (command interpreter) in a certain file called a history file or shell command history. In Bash (the most popular shell on Linux systems), by default, the number of commands persisted in the history is 1000, and some Linux distributions have 500.

        • Linux HandbookHow to Make Nested Directories in Linux Command Line

          Creating nested directories when the parent directory does not exist is… impossible. But that also does not mean that you need to create the parent directory first and invoke mkdir again.

          There is a faster way to achieve this; you can use the -p flag with mkdir command.

          mkdir -p parent_dir/child_dir/nested_child_dir
          Using the -p flag will let mkdir know that it is okay to make a parent directory if it does not exist yet, and then create a nested child directory.

        • UNIX CopHow to install Composer on CentOS 9 Stream?

          PHP Composer is a dependency manager for PHP. With this dependency manager, you will be able to manage the libraries that your web application requires.

          One of the examples where the usefulness of Composer is best shown is when our project depends on many external libraries. Thanks to Composer, we will be able to add them, to eliminate them and to update them in a fast and simple way.

          The operation of PHP Composer is quite similar to the one we give to the package managers for Linux, like APT or DNF.

        • Linux Shell TipsHow to Create Your Own Mail Server Using Modoboa in Ubuntu

          The main reason for considering other mail servers like Modoboa over the likes of Gmail and Yahoo is the unlimited customization associated with your mailbox.

          The Modoboa open-source mail server makes it possible to create a mailbox from a unique username and a registered domain name (username@domain-name.extension). Since Modoboa is written in Python, you will need the latest Python version installed on the Linux system intended to run/host this mail server.

        • ID RootHow To Install MySQL on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

          In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MySQL on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MySQL is an open-source relational database management system. It is developed and supported by Oracle Corporation. MySQL is available on other platforms and operating systems including Linux, Unix, Mac, and Windows.

          This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the MySQL database server on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

        • UNIX CopInstall FreePBX and Asterisk on Ubuntu 22.04

          Today you will learn how to install FreePBX and Asterisk on Ubuntu 22.04

          Asterisk is an Open-Source VOIP server to facilitate business, and other organizations’ communication in terms of Voice calls, Voicemail, call recording, interactive voice response, and conferencing calling.

          The system is managed through a web browser where we create

        • Secureboot Signing With Your Own Key

          First, we’ll need some packages:

          dnf install pesign mokutil keyutils
          (Package names are the same on most major distros, though of course your package manager won’t be the same.)

          Next, we create a key for signing. This uses efikeygen, from the pesign project; I prefer efikeygen because it also creates an NSS database that will be useful for pesign later.

      • Desktop Environments/WMs

        • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

          • TidBITSKDE Connect Brings iPhone Connectivity to Linux

            The iPhone and Linux go together like strawberries and mustard. Apple has no interest in supporting Linux and most open-source developers hate Apple and its proprietary platforms. But some iPhone users also use Linux, and while no one would expect the same tight integration that the iPhone and Mac share, it would at least be nice to exchange the occasional file between devices.

            Linux was actually ahead of Apple on smartphone integration, at least on Android. Since 2013, KDE Connect has let Linux users wirelessly share clipboards, notifications, files, URLs, text messages, and more between their Android phones and Linux desktops.

        • GNOME Desktop/GTK

          • Trying out systemd’s Portable Services – Sam Thursfield

            There’s no sound from the device itself, all it outputs is a USB serial connection. Software instruments connect to the grid to receive button presses and control the lights via the widely-supported protocol Open Sound Control protocol. I am using monome-rs to convert the grid signals into MIDI, send them to Bitwig Studio and make interesting noises, which I am excited to share with you in the future, but first we need to talk about software packaging.

            Monome provide a system service named serialosc, which connects to the grid hardware (over USB-serial) and provides the Open Sound Control endpoint. This program is not packaged in by Linux distributions and that is fine, it’s rather niche hardware and distro maintainers shouldn’t have support every last weird device. On the other hand, it’s rather crude to build it from source myself, install it into /usr/local, add a system service, etc. etc. Is there a better way?

          • Marcus Lundblad: [GNOME] Maps Spring Cleaning

            Thought it was time to share some news on Maps again.

            After the 42.0 release I have been putting down some time to do some spring cleaning in Maps to slim down a little bit on the code.

            This would also mean less stuff to care about later on when porting to GTK4.

            First we have the “no network” view.

            We used to use the network monitor functionality from GIO to determine if the machine has a usable connection able to reach the public internet to avoid showing incomplete map tile data (where some parts might be cached from earlier, while others are missing).

            Unfortunately there has been some issues with some setups not playing well NetworkManager (such as some third-party VPN software). So we have had several bug reports around this over the years.

          • GNOME Project Strategy in 2022

            Robert McQueen, CEO of the GNOME Foundation, unveiled new initiatives aimed at attracting new users and developers to the GNOME platform. It is noted that in the past, the GNOME Foundation focused on increasing the relevance of GNOME and technologies such as GTK, as well as accepting donations from companies and individuals close to the free and open source ecosystem. New initiatives are aimed at attracting people from the outside world, getting to know the project from third parties, and looking for new opportunities to attract investment in the GNOME project.

      • Distributions

        • BSD

        • SUSE/OpenSUSE

          • Maintaina Horde: Tumbleweed and PHP 8.1

            PHP 8.1 is available off the shelf in openSUSE Tumbleweed. I will shortly prepare a PHP 8.1 / tumbleweed version of the maintaina Horde containers. These will initially be broken due to some outdated language constructs. As PHP 7.4 will EOL by the end of this year, I decided not to bother with PHP 8.0 and ensure compatibility with PHP 8.1 right away, while staying compatible with PHP 7.4 until end of year. This is not fun. PHP 8.x provides several features which allow for more concise code. I will not be able to use them.

          • SUSE’s Corporate BlogSee what’s new in Enterprise Container Management at SUSECON

            I’m excited to be keynoting SUSECON Digital 2022 on June 7-9 2022. As we count down the days, I’m happy to share a little of what to expect from the event in a few short weeks.

        • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

          • LinuxiacAlmaLinux 8.6 “Sky Tiger” Released, Added New Module Streams

            AlmaLinux 8.6 was made available within 48 hours after the release of the upstream Red Had Enterprise Linux 8.6. Here’s what is new!

            AlmaLinux has emerged as a popular option for Red Hat Enterprise Linux‘s free version since CentOS’s entry into the “stream.” This is the OS’s fourth stable release, proving the AlmaLinux Foundation’s commitment to delivering on its promises.

            The new stable AlmaLinux 8.6 release for x86_64, aarch64, and ppc64le architectures are ready for production installations and power the computing needs and workloads. So let’s see what’s new in this release.

          • Available Fedora 36 with GNOME 42 and Wayland for NVIDIA

            fedora 36 It is now available as the latest version of the community distribution sponsored by Red Hat, which is also the great pioneer of the technological advancement of Linux. This time we find more of the same, but updated, so GNOME 42 stands out, the establishment of Wayland by default for the NVIDIA driver and the update of compilers and interpreters for various programming languages.

            We begin the compilation of novelties with the most obvious: the presence of Gnome 42. The close relationship between GNOME, Fedora and Red Hat is no secret, so the distribution has de facto played the role of reference for the desktop environment. here the implementation is pretty pure (there are only a few cosmetic changes), so to a certain extent it can be said that it invites the user to try the experience that it offers by default.

        • Debian Family

          • Toolforge GridEngine Debian 10 Buster migration

            In accordance with our operating system upgrade policy, we should migrate our servers to Debian Buster.

            As discussed in the previous post, one of the most important and successful services provided by the Wikimedia Cloud Services team at the Wikimedia Foundation is Toolforge. Toolforge is a platform that allows users and developers to run and use a variety of applications with the ultimate goal of helping the Wikimedia mission from the technical side.

            As you may know already, all Wikimedia Foundation servers are powered by Debian, and this includes Toolforge and Cloud VPS. The Debian Project mostly follows a two year cadence for releases, and Toolforge has been using Debian Stretch for some years now, which nowadays is considered “old-old-stable”. In accordance with our operating system upgrade policy, we should migrate our servers to Debian Buster.

        • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

          • OMG UbuntuWe’re Off — Ubuntu 22.10 Daily Builds Available to Download

            Ubuntu 22.10 daily builds are now available to download.

            These are snapshot images produced daily for testing and development purposes, but there’s nothing to stop you from using them as your main OS. In fact, Ubuntu daily builds are a quick and easy way to check in on the state of development during the course the 22.10 development cycle.

            It’s May 12 that I write this so development is only a few weeks in. As such, there’s not much “new” to see in the release codenamed “Kinetic Kudu”. The early part of developer is spent getting imports synced, tooling updated, and the requisite tech plumbed in and hooked up so all is working well.

            Then all the interesting stuff comes.

          • Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu Daily Build ISO Now Available For Download | Itsubuntu.com

            Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu Daily Build ISO Now Available For Download

            If you want to try Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu then you download the daily build ISO from the website of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 22.10 will be available on October 20th, 2022.

          • Its FOSSUbuntu 22.10 Daily Builds Available for Early Adopters – It’s FOSS News

            It has been a few weeks since Ubuntu 22.04 LTS launched.

            Without a surprise, we got the codename for the next version upgrade (non-LTS release) as “Kinetic Kudu” (Kudu referring to the African species of Antelopes, Kinetic hinting at the energy/movement).

            Recently, the first daily build of Ubuntu 22.10 also went live for the early testers and developers.

          • Ubuntu Core 22 Beta is now available

            Ubuntu Core, the Ubuntu flavour optimised for IoT and edge devices, has now available a Beta version for the new UC22 release. You can start using Ubuntu Core 22 Beta if you’re interested in testing the new features of the upcoming GA release.

      • Devices/Embedded

      • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

        • Web Browsers

        • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

          • Improving Calc support for 16384 columns

            So I enabled support for up to 16384 columns in Calc by default some time ago, but just getting it to work was not necessarily the end of the work. Making Calc have 16 times more columns means that any operation that works on entire columns is suddenly 16 times slower, or even worse. Similarly this could easily lead to 16x more memory used. So the support not only needs to work, but it also needs to be usable.

            It theory adding a number of empty columns to the end of a spreadsheet should not make a difference, but in practice it does. With 1024 columns it is not as necessary to ignore those empty columns as it is with 16k, and a lot of the code dates back to the times when Calc supported even fewer colums (256?), where a being little inefficient here or there didn’t show. But now it suddently did.

            For example, if you protect or hide all unused columns until the end of the spreadsheet, then hitting the right arrow key on the last accessible cell makes Calc check all cells to the right for whether it’s possible to go into them. And checking whether a column is hidden requires searching the list of column information, which is not trivial (it’s compacted in order not to waste memory). The barely noticeable cost of this with 1024 columns got large enough to cause noticeable delays. Fortunately the ColHidden() function is smart enough to return the first and last column in the compacted range where the flag is equal, the code doing the cursor navigation just up until now didn’t bother using that information, but now it needed to do so.

          • Document FoundationAnnual Report: TDF’s infrastructure in 2021 – The Document Foundation Blog

            LibreOffice’s infrastructure team is responsible for maintaining the hardware, virtual machines and services that enable the wider community to develop, market, test, localize and improve the software. The public infrastructure is powered by around 50 kernel-based virtual machines (KVMs) spread across four hypervisors, plugged to an internal 10Gbps switch, hosted at Manitu in St. Wendel (Germany), and managed with libvirt and its KVM/QEMU driver. The virtual disk images are typically stored in GlusterFS volumes – distributed across the hypervisors – except for some transient disks (such as cache) where the IOPS requirement is higher and the redundancy less important.

            As 2021 marked another “pandemic year” with only online events, the infrastructure team helped too make these a pleasant experience from home. Notably, they deployed a Pretalx instance to manage conference submissions and the schedule, and put in place a streaming backend based on Jitsi/Jibri/RTMP during the annual conference, thereby providing several participation options to chose from.

        • Education

          • Join upcoming hackathon “Get plugged into education!” with Moodle

            ‘Get plugged into education!’ with Moodle will be the first project in a series of hackathons part of a joint initiative launched by The United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) and the Directorate-General for Informatics of European Commission (DG DIGIT). These hackathons will aim to improve and contribute to open source projects that have an impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

        • FSF

          • GNU Projects

            • GCC 12 Becoming Default Compiler in Tumbleweed

              More than a month after preparing the default compiler for openSUSE Tumbleweed to be switched to GNU Compiler Collection 12, the latest snapshot passed openQA and is making GCC12 the default compiler for the rolling release.

              A complete rebuild of snapshot 20220510 is syncing with the mirrors and should soon be a zypper dup away from users changing their rolling release’s default compiler. Being a complete rebuild, it might take some time to sync with the mirrors, but developers can soon have the newest GCC for their development.

          • Licensing/Legal

            • New Software Freedom Conservancy Introduction Video

              We strive to make the concepts and impacts of software freedom accessible to everyone. We are thus so pleased to show you our new video! This video (deftly narrated by our own Executive Director, Karen Sandler) explains what we do. Our charity has a very specific focus — and so many outside of the FOSS community don’t know yet how our work defends their rights. Software freedom belongs to everyone, and we seek to reach all kinds of people.

        • Programming/Development

          • The Register UKFlutter development framework now stable across platforms • The Register

            Google’s Flutter development framework finally achieved its cross-platform aspirations with a stable release of Linux and macOS support.

            Flutter 3.0, announced at Google’s I/O developer conference, provides developers with a way to write apps for the six major consumer-facing platform targets using the Dart programming language. And that’s not to mention embedded devices.

            “With Flutter 2.0, we shipped web support, and just recently we shipped support for Windows,” said Tim Sneath, director of product and user experience for Flutter and Dart, in an interview with The Register.

            “And now with Flutter 3.0, we finally reached the point where we have completed that journey. We have all of the six major platforms – iOS, Android, web, Windows, macOS, Linux – all supported as stable parts of the Flutter framework.”

            For macOS, that means Intel and Apple Silicon support, via Universal Binary builds, as well as Apple Silicon support in development. Thanks to Dart’s support for Apple Silicon, compilation is faster.

          • Structured Bindings with Qt SQL

            Some time ago, I wrote a post about integrating Qt’s associative containers with the fancy new C++ features, range-based for loops with structured bindings.

          • Perl/Raku

    • Leftovers

      • Science

        • IBM Old TimerIrving Wladawsky-Berger: How Can You Trust the Predictions of a Large Machine Learning Model?

          Artificial intelligence has emerged as the defining technology of our era, as transformative over time as the steam engine, electricity, computers, and the Internet. AI technologies are approaching or surpassing human levels of performance in vision, speech recognition, language translation, and other human domains. Machine learning (ML) advances, like deep learning, have played a central role in AI’s recent achievements, giving computers the ability to be trained by ingesting and analyzing large amounts of data instead of being explicitly programmed.

          Deep learning is a powerful statistical technique for classifying patterns using large training data sets and multi-layer AI neural networks. Each artificial neural unit is connected to many other such units, and the links can be statistically strengthened or decreased based on the data used to train the system. But such statistical methods are not equally suitable for all tasks. Tasks that are particularly suitable for machine learning, exhibit several key criteria, such as the availability of large data sets of well-defined input-output pairs for training ML classifiers, – e.g., carefully labeled cat, not-cat pictures for cat recognition classifiers, and english-french document pairs for machine translation algorithms.

          [...]

          The paper introduces LIME, – Local Interpretable Model-agnostic Explanations, – a novel method for explaining the predictions of any ML classifier in order to increase human trust and understanding. “By explaining a prediction, we mean presenting textual or visual artifacts that provide qualitative understanding of the relationship between the instance’s components (e.g. words in text, patches in an image) and the model’s prediction.”

          Let me briefly summarize how LIME works.

          Using LIME, you can approximate the behavior of any machine learning model, no matter how complex, with a series of simpler local models whose predictions are similar to those of the original model. And you can select the local models by perturbing or varying the inputs, seeing how the predictions change, and then selecting the simpler local models whose predictions are closer to the prediction of the original model. Being considerably simpler, the local models should be understandable and make sense to humans. Thus, while understanding the original machine learning model is a daunting task, it should be much easier to understand the simpler local models whose predictions are similar to the original.

      • Hardware

        • CNX SoftwareMediaTek unveils Genio 1200 premium AIoT processor with 4.8 TOPS NPU – CNX Software

          MediaTek has introduced the Genio platform for AIoT devices, and unveiled the first chip of the Genio family with the Genio 1200 Octa-core Cortex-A78/A55 processor with a 4.8 TOPS NPU, 4K video support, and designed for premium AIoT products.

          The chip is manufactured with a 6nm processor, is said to consume less than 8W, supports dual 4Kp60 video output and up to 48MP @ 30 fps video capture, and WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and 5G connectivity can be added through add-in chips. Targets applications include Smart Home appliances, HMI, industrial IoT, robotics, and more.

      • Integrity/Availability

        • Proprietary

          • MakeTech EasierSay Goodbye to Both the iPod and Pixel Headphone Jack

            For more than 20 years, the typical image of personal music included an Apple iPod and wired headphones. But that picture has slowly been changing. Now you’re more likely to see a smartphone and wireless earbuds. Apple and Google closed the coffin on two items this week to permanently change that picture. Apple announced it is discontinuing the iPod, and Google announced its new Pixel 6A smartphone will not have a headphone jack.

          • Security

            • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

              Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, postgresql-11, postgresql-13, and waitress), Fedora (curl, java-1.8.0-openjdk-aarch32, keylime, and pcre2), Oracle (gzip and zlib), Red Hat (subversion:1.10), SUSE (clamav, documentation-suse-openstack-cloud, kibana, openstack-keystone, openstack-monasca-notification, e2fsprogs, gzip, and kernel), and Ubuntu (libvorbis and rsyslog).

            • NBCA cyberattack took down one of Russia’s largest video platforms for days
            • CISAAdobe Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products

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

            • Yahoo NewsThe Linux Foundation and Open Source Software Security Foundation (OpenSSF) Gather Industry and Government Leaders for Open Source Software Security Summit II [Ed: An odd version or vision of security]
            • UNIX CopBasic Setup of AppArmor on Arch Linux

              Apparmor is an LSM (Linux Security Module) that allows us to restrict applications’ capabilities with per-program profiles. It supplements the traditional Unix Discretionary Access Control (DAC) model by providing Mandatory Access Control (MAC). It can be seen as an easier alternative to NSA’s SELinux.

              In this article, I go over the basic setup of apparmor. The credits for the documentation go to the Arch Wiki.

            • Privacy/Surveillance

              • TechRadarThis is how new Indian privacy law will have ‘negative impact on people’s privacy’ | TechRadar

                In April, the Indian government dropped a hard pill to swallow for VPN services and their users.

                According to India’s new data retention law, security software firms will be forced to keep users’ data for up to five years. What’s more, providers will need to be ready to hand over this information to authorities upon request, too.

                The news sparked a chasm of discontent across the VPN industry, privacy advocates groups and internet users.

                “One way or another, it will have a negative impact on people’s privacy and digital security,” Laura Tyrell, Head of PR at Nord Security – the company behind the popular NordVPN – told us.

                While, in a tweet, digital rights NGO Access Now wrote: “VPNs are necessary in a country with rampant shutdowns and surveillance, and no data protection law. Authorities must stop what they’re doing, and consult with security researchers, civil society, and cybersecurity experts on what to do instead.”

      • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Civil Rights/Policing

        • AccessNowThousands call on U.S. FTC to make privacy and civil rights rule on data protection – Access Now

          Access Now, Free Press, and UltraViolet delivered nearly 5,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calling on the agency to initiate a privacy and civil rights rulemaking. With Alvaro Bedoya’s confirmation to the FTC, at long last the agency has the votes to create new data protection rules.

          How data is collected, processed, and shared has a direct impact on economic opportunities and falls squarely within the FTC’s authority. Companies use personal data to enable and even perpetuate discriminatory practices against people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, religious minorities, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.

          “Bedoya’s confirmation is a win for human rights,” said Willmary Escoto, U.S. Policy Analyst at Access Now. “He supports robust data minimization principles and understands how big data impacts vulnerable communities. For years we have called on Congress to protect our data, to no avail, and now the FTC can finally move forward with a rulemaking that defends the rights of marginalized people in the U.S. and around the world.”

        • AccessNowThe EU AI Act: How to (truly) protect people on the move – Access Now

          The European Union Artificial Intelligence Act (EU AI Act) aims to promote the uptake of trustworthy AI and, at the same time, protect the rights of all people affected by AI systems. While EU policymakers are busy amending the text, one important question springs to mind: whose rights are we talking about?

          In the current proposal, the EU AI Act fails to address the impacts that AI systems have on non-EU citizens and people on the move, such as people fleeing from war. In fact, the proposal does not include the manifold uses the EU puts to AI systems in the migration context. From purported “lie detectors” to biometric identification systems, EU migration policies are more and more underpinned by the use of AI which the EU AI Act seeks to regulate.

          In this blog post, we present three steps policymakers should take to make the AI Act an instrument of protection for people on the move. These steps are based on our proposed amendments on AI and migration developed by Access Now jointly with EDRi, PICUM, Petra Molnar, and Statewatch.

      • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

        • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Applauds Bill Creating Digital Regulator To Rein In Big Tech [Ed: Shiva Stella uses Microsoft lobbyists' term, "Big Tech", distracting from Microsoft's crimes. Well, Stella's "Public Knowledge" added a Microsofter to the Board. Maybe that's why...]

          Today, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the “Digital Platform Commission Act.” The bill would create an independent agency to serve as a digital regulator for the technology sector in order to enhance competition, protect consumers, and promote civic discourse and democracy. The bill draws on regulatory concepts first articulated by Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld in his 2019 book, “The Case for the Digital Platform Act,” as well as advocacy by Public Knowledge President and CEO Chris Lewis, Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Alex Petros, Competition Policy Director Charlotte Slaiman, and former Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman. Public Knowledge commends Sen. Bennet for creating a digital regulator to be the “cop on the beat” to serve the public interest and foster a healthier, more competitive digital marketplace.

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        • It’s been a minute
          While I've still been active with elpher development, my phlog has
          slipped off the radar a bit.  And that's okay!  Slow internet and all
          that.
          
          Besides elpher, much of my hobby programming projects have taken a bit
          of a back seat over the last few months.  Some of this is because of
          work, which has been a bit more intense as we move back to the office;
          but it's also due to the fickle winds that drive how I spend my free
          time.
          

    Links 13/05/2022: End of ‘About BSD’

    Posted in News Roundup at 4:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

    • GNU/Linux

      • Server

        • Kubernetes 1.24: gRPC container probes in beta

          With Kubernetes 1.24 the gRPC probes functionality entered beta and is available by default. Now you can configure startup, liveness, and readiness probes for your gRPC app without exposing any HTTP endpoint, nor do you need an executable. Kubernetes can natively connect to your your workload via gRPC and query its status.

      • Kernel Space

        • Graphics Stack

          • The Register UKNot all open-source leaders are jerks • The Register

            You might be excused if you think most Linux and open-source leaders are, ah, rude.

            If you follow open-source at all, you know the stories about Linux’s founder, Linus Torvalds, giving Nvidia the finger for its lack of Linux support and his stomping all over developers on the Linux Kernel Mailing List when they blunder.

          • HowTo GeekNvidia Releases Open-Source Linux GPU Drivers, With a Catch

            Gaming on Linux has always been a bit more complicated than on Windows (or game consoles), and one reason for that is Nvidia’s poor driver support on Linux. That’s now changing, though it’s unclear how much the situation will improve.

            Nvidia announced on Wednesday that it has published its Linux graphics kernel modules as open-source software, under a dual GPL/MIT license. In other words, anyone can now look through Nvidia’s code, and developers can submit fixes and new features to improve the drivers. Canonical (developers of Ubuntu Linux), SUSE, and Red Hat (developers of Fedora Linux) applauded Nvidia’s decision to finally open-source its Linux graphics drivers.

            Nvidia said in its blog post, “In this open-source release, support for GeForce and Workstation GPUs is alpha-quality. GeForce and Workstation users can use this driver on NVIDIA Turing and NVIDIA Ampere Architecture GPUs to run Linux desktops and use features such as multiple displays, G-SYNC, and NVIDIA RTX ray tracing in Vulkan and NVIDIA OptiX.”

          • VideoNvidia Open Sources Linux Drivers!! But There’s A Catch – Invidious

            For years people have wanted Nvidia to open source there Linux drivers and finally they’ve done so however it’s not that simple and big parts of the driver stack will remain proprietary including the CUDA, Vulkan and OpenGL support.

          • Nvidia takes first step toward open source Linux GPU drivers

            After years of hinting, Nvidia announced yesterday that it would be open-sourcing part of its Linux GPU driver, as both Intel and AMD have done for years now. Previously, Linux users who wanted to avoid Nvidia’s proprietary driver had to rely on reverse-engineered software like the Nouveau project, which worked best on older hardware and offered incomplete support at best for all of Nvidia’s GPU features.

            “This release is a significant step toward improving the experience of using NVIDIA GPUs in Linux, for tighter integration with the OS, and for developers to debug, integrate, and contribute back,” says a blog post attributed to several Nvidia employees. “For Linux distribution providers, the open source modules increase ease of use. They also improve the out-of-the-box user experience to sign and distribute the NVIDIA GPU driver. Canonical and SUSE are able to immediately package the open kernel modules with Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise Distributions.”

          • NVIDIA releases its Linux driver as open source – itsfoss.net

            The relationship of NVIDIA with Linux has never been good. The company, a leader in graphics processing and in sectors such as artificial intelligence, has tended to clash with just about everyone for its consistent refusal to adopt standards. However, the situation could start to turn 180 degrees, as NVIDIA has published a Official Open Source driver for Linux. Yes, as you are reading it, but it would still be better to contain the euphoria.

            NVIDIA has provided support for Linux for two decades through a proprietary driver that it has developed to share as much code as possible across all supported operating systems, including Windows, Solaris, and the BSD spectrum. This driver has always been closely tied to X11 and in recent years it has been a victim of the company’s bad decisions, some bad decisions that within the Linux desktop have placed it as the last in terms of quality of support, especially when we talk about of Wayland.

      • Applications

        • Linux LinksMoosync – music player

          The developer has made it very easy to install this program. The project’s GitHub repository hosts packages for Ubuntu/Debian, Arch and Arch-based distros.

          If you’re running a different distro, we recommend using the project’s AppImage. AppImage is a universal software format for distributing portable software on Linux without needing superuser permissions to install the application.

          AppImage doesn’t really install software. It’s a compressed image with all the dependencies and libraries needed to run the desired software.

          As Moosync is open source software, you can compile the source code.

      • Instructionals/Technical

        • How to Install and Set Up Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

          Pop!_OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. If you are looking for an easy and stable linux distribution to use it daily then pop!_os it’s a great choice.

          In this tutorial you will learn how to install Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS on your computer.

        • UNIX CopSetting up Sound in FreeBSD 13 – Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

          In this article, I am going to go through the process of setting up sound in FreeBSD (13.1-RC6, to be precise). All of the credits goes to the FreeBSD Handbook. I am merely just documenting the process.

        • Chen HuiJing@font-face fun times

          I’m currently a member of the Chinese Text Layout Task Force | 中文排版需求, and we have monthly calls to discuss issues and work related to the Requirements for Chinese Text Layout. There were a number of interesting things discussed in the most recent one, enough for me to want to write about them.

        • Ruben SchadeThe European Rail Traffic Management System

          The ERTMS is one of those technical things rail nerds and industry insiders hear about every few years, but it never seems to go anywhere. It’s been off the rails. It hasn’t got traction. It’s been station-ary. Engines.

          Integrating Europe’s railways into one cohesive, interoperable network with common signalling, communication, electrical, and management systems sounds great; even inevitable. Europe has integrated in other areas, so it stands to reason transport would also benefit, both for passengers and freight.

      • Games

      • Desktop Environments/WMs

        • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

          • KDE Connect comes to iPhone with an iOS app – itsfoss.net

            It’s been a while since we dedicated an article to KDE Connect, one of the best inventions from the project responsible for the well-known and powerful desktop environment. Far from being stagnant, it has been expanding its domains to recently reach iOS and iPadOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and definitively establish itself as a true multi-platform remote control solution.

            Although it is good news that KDE Connect is coming to iOS, it seems that the application has some limitations compared to the Android version, and the worst part is that these limitations probably cannot be resolved. You don’t have to be a lynx to imagine that the reason for this possible scenario is the tight control that Apple exercises over its own ecosystem and therefore its operating systems, since the Cupertino giant is not exactly a lover of freedom.

      • Distributions

        • BSD

          • Sane YouTube FPS on FireFox on OpenBSD

            One thing I really want to be able to do is to load YouTube and put it in background as my work music. On OpenBSD the playback performance is a meh. Espically on Chromium. Opening a 720p 60FPS YouTube video yeilds ~10% frame drop in YouTube stats. Beyond that, the actual rendering rate feels more like 15 FPS. I tried different flags in Chromium but nothing seemed to boost it back to 60FPS. I turned back to Firefox and it was better then Chromium immediately. At ~5% frame drop and a much better real rendering rate.

            And so I looked into `about:support` and `about:config` and to figure out how can I make GPU acceleration work. FireFox GPU acceleration works on Linux. And OpenBSD borrows Linux’s display stack and uses the same X11 architecture. There’s hope that I can make it work.

          • About BSDAll Good Things Must Come to An End

            More than 10 years ago (2010) aboutbsd.net was created for scratching my need for BSD related news, in a one-stop site convenience. It’s also an exercise for me to explore how to maintain a public facing server. Fast forward, LIFE have outgrown my spare time, slowly but surely. I no longer find the spare time for aboutbsd.net anymore. Sad to announce that aboutbsd.net will be shutting down by May.

        • Arch Family

        • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

      • Devices/Embedded

        • UbuntuAdvantech, Canonical Boost Security and Edge Features in UNO Embedded Automation Platform with Pre-Loaded Ubuntu and Ubuntu Core 20

          Advantech, leading provider of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and automation technology, has announced its industry-proven UNO Embedded Automation Computer platform now has enhanced security and edge features with the pre-installation of Canonical’s Ubuntu Operating System (OS). Advantech’s UNO-2271G-V2 Edge IoT gateway is pre-loaded and certified for Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Core 20 to streamline time-to-market for users, while also offering top-of-the-line security.

          A growing Advantech and Canonical collaboration means deployment-ready IoT devices are more market accessible and ensure developers have the best out-of-the-box Ubuntu experience. The rapid growth of IoT technologies comes with massive amounts of data from numerous systems and devices. This brings challenges in collection, storage, latency, and resiliency when relying only on the cloud.

        • Open Hardware/Modding

          • Jeff Geerling64 megapixel ‘Hawk-Eye’ brings high-res imaging to the Pi

            Well, the new 64MP ‘Hawk-Eye’ Pi camera takes the same autofocus system and straps it to an ultra-high-res 64 megapixel sensor (rumored to be Sony’s excellent IMX686), then glues it to a board that fits in most places the official Pi Camera Module goes.

          • J Piepermoteus r4.11

            This revision supports two alternate footprints for the CAN-FD transceiver to better support component availability and refines the power stage for the DRV8353 gate driver. moteus r4.8 was the first version to use the DRV8353 because of, once again, component availability issues. However, it was developed on a very abbreviated schedule. With r4.11 the EMI is much improved over r4.8 and r4.5, and the efficiency is much better than r4.8 at all input voltages and PWM frequencies.

          • Daniel LemireFast bitset decoding using Intel AVX-512

            Intel latest processors have new instruction sets (AVX-512) that are quite powerful. In this instance, it allows to do the decoding without any branch and with few instructions. The key is the vpcompressd instruction and its corresponding C/C++ Intel function (_mm512_mask_compressstoreu_epi32). What it does is that given up to 16 integers, it only selects the ones corresponding to a bit set in a bitset. Thus given the array 0,1,2,3….16 and given the bitset 0b111010, you would generate the output 1,3,4,6. The function does not tell you how many relevant values are written out, but you can just count the number of ones, and conveniently, we have a fast instruction for that, available through the _popcnt64 function. So the following code sequence would process 16-bit masks and write them out to a pointer (base_ptr).

          • Daniel LemireFaster bitset decoding using Intel AVX-512

            At least two readers (Kim Walisch and Jatin Bhateja) pointed out that you could do better if you used the very latest AVX-512 instructions available on Intel processors with the Ice Lake or Tiger Lake microarchitectures. These processors support VBMI2 instructions including the vpcompressb instruction and its corresponding intrinsics (such as _mm512_maskz_compress_epi8). What this instruction does is take a 64-bit word and a 64-byte register, and it outputs (in packed manner) only the bytes corresponding to set bits in the 64-bit word. Thus if you use as the 64-bit word the value 0b11011 and you provide a 64-byte register with the values 0,1,2,3,4… you will get as a result 0,1,3,4. That is, the instruction effectively does the decoding already, with the caveat that it will only write bytes. In practice, you often want the indexes as 32-bit integers. Thankfully, you can go from packed bytes to packed 32-bit integers easily. One possibility is to extract successive 128-bit subwords (using the vextracti32x4 instruction or its intrinsic _mm512_extracti32x4_epi32), and expand them (using the vpmovzxbd instruction or its intrinsic _mm512_cvtepu8_epi32). You get the following result: [...]

          • Raspberry PiTeaching with Raspberry Pi Pico in the computing classroom

            Raspberry Pi Pico is a low-cost microcontroller that can be connected to another computer to be programmed using MicroPython. We think it’s a great tool for exploring physical computing in classrooms and coding clubs. Pico has been available since last year, amid school closures, reopenings, isolation periods, and restrictions for students and teachers. Recently, I spoke to some teachers in England about how their reception of Raspberry Pi Pico, and how they have found using it to teach physical computing to their learners.

          • PurismSummer Sale on Librem 14 Laptops

            Looking for the best time to order your Librem 14 laptop? Librem 14 is one of the most secure laptops we’ve built so far.  The laptop is designed chip-by-chip, line-by-line, to respect your rights to privacy, security, and freedom. Standard orders ship within 10 days. All you have to do is enter the coupon code, L14SUMMER in the ‘Promotion Code’ box, at this link, to claim $100 off on your final order.

        • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

        • Web Browsers

          • Jim NielsenRationale for a Browser-Level Color Scheme Preference

            Having dealt with implementing dark mode myself, my second reaction was: wait, this should be part of the browser! “As a user, I want to override my color scheme preference for the website I’m looking at but not be required to do it via the OS-level preference.”

          • IdiomdrottningWhy are links blue and purple?

            These colors weren’t really any safer since they’d be double-quantized on different palettes. Thankfully this dumb “web safe colors” myth died when 24-bit displays became affordable.

        • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

          • Linux LinksONLYOFFICE Docs v7.1 released: ARM compatibility, PDF to DOCX conversion, Print preview in spreadsheets and more

            The developers of ONLYOFFICE Docs, an open-source office suite, have released a new version of their software. Version 7.1 comes with a lot of useful improvements in text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and fillable forms. Let’s have a quick look at what’s new around the office suite.

            Starting from version 7.1, all the editions of ONLYOFFICE Docs (Community, Enterprise and Developer) are compatible with the ARM architecture that offers high performance, energy efficiency and integrated security.

            The ARM-compatible version of the office suite is available as a separate build and comes with several installation options, including Docker images, deb and rpm packages.

        • Programming/Development

          • “This is how we do things around here.”

            And, in fact, anyone with any proximity to software development has likely heard rumblings about Agile. For all the promise of the manifesto, one starts to get the sense when talking to people who work in technology that laboring under Agile may not be the liberatory experience it’s billed as. Indeed, software development is in crisis again—but, this time, it’s an Agile crisis. On the web, everyone from regular developers to some of the original manifesto authors is raising concerns about Agile practices. They talk about the “Agile-industrial complex,” the network of consultants, speakers, and coaches who charge large fees to fine-tune Agile processes. And almost everyone complains that Agile has taken a wrong turn: somewhere in the last two decades, Agile has veered from the original manifesto’s vision, becoming something more restrictive, taxing, and stressful than it was meant to be.

            [...]

            As to why I haven’t left yet? Because it seems this “Agile” movement has invaded everywhere and things would be “more of the same” elsewhere. At least here, I’m not forced to use Windows [4].

          • [Old] LWNThe state of the AWK

            AWK is a text-processing language with a history spanning more than 40 years. It has a POSIX standard, several conforming implementations, and is still surprisingly relevant in 2020 — both for simple text processing tasks and for wrangling “big data”. The recent release of GNU Awk 5.1 seems like a good reason to survey the AWK landscape, see what GNU Awk has been up to, and look at where AWK is being used these days.

            The language was created at Bell Labs in 1977. Its name comes from the initials of the original authors: Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan. A Unix tool to the core, AWK is designed to do one thing well: to filter and transform lines of text. It’s commonly used to parse fields from log files, transform output from other tools, and count occurrences of words and fields. Aho summarized AWK’s functionality succinctly: [...]

          • Programming, up hill, both ways

            Ah, this takes me back. I got my first computer back in 1984, and if I wanted to know anything about it I was on my own. Google didn’t exist (the public Internet didn’t exist at the time). I didn’t have anyone I could ask about computer related things. I did have books and magazines. So between experimentation and learning to read between the lines, I picked up programming.

            So when it came time to write a metasearch engine [2], there were no tutorials. There were no open source metasearch engines to download and use. There was only the problem of writing a metasearch engine, in a language I didn’t even know [3] (and which itself was less than a year old at the time).

          • Lawrence TrattProgramming Style Influences

            In programming, in contrast, we rarely talk about our influences, other than a frequently expressed allegiance to a single programming language. This seems a shame to me, because it denies new people to our field helpful pointers to programmers and systems whose style might be a useful influence.

            As a modest attempt to rectify this situation, I’m going to show how one particular system, OpenBSD, has had a big influence on my programming style over time. It’s far from the only system that’s influenced me – not to mention various programmers and communities who’ve also been an influence [1] – but I need something concrete to use as an example.

          • Ben HoytModernizing AWK, a 45-year old language, by adding CSV support

            Why do we need this in the first place? Unfortunately standard AWK doesn’t have a way to handle CSV files with quoted fields, which is very important for processing real-world CSV files.

          • Python

            • RlangThree packages that port the tidyverse to Python

              As I’ve been saying every year for the past seven years or so, I am learning Python. (It’s been a journey.)

              Python packages like pandas have several ways to work with data. There are several options for indexing, slicing, etc. They have a lot of flexibility but also a lot of conventions to remember.

              I am familiar with the grammar of the tidyverse, which provides a consistent set of verbs to solve common data manipulation challenges. I investigated ways to port tidyverse-like verbs to Python (hopefully making Python a little easier to grasp).

              Here are three packages that do just that.

    • Leftovers

      • Hackaday’90s Ford Gets Shift Paddles And A Digital Dash Upgrade

        The EA Falcon took Ford’s popular Australian sedan line into the 1990s, even if it gave way to the EB Falcon by the end of 1991. Few would call it high tech, but it introduced several innovations to the platform that were very of its time. One hacker, however, has taken a humble EA Falcon and given it a set of homebrewed modern upgrades.

      • HackadayWith Rocket Lab’s Daring Midair Catch, Reusable Rockets Go Mainstream

        We’ve all marveled at the videos of SpaceX rockets returning to their point of origin and landing on their spindly deployable legs, looking for all the world like something pulled from a 1950s science fiction film.  On countless occasions founder Elon Musk and president Gwynne Shotwell have extolled the virtues of reusable rockets, such as lower operating cost and the higher reliability that comes with each booster having a flight heritage. At this point, even NASA feels confident enough to fly their missions and astronauts on reused SpaceX hardware.

      • HackadayWhy Get Dressed When There Are Software Pants?

        With so many of us working from home over the last two years, it’s really become apparent that people generally dislike sitting all day with pants on. Until such a utopian time when all clothing is considered unisex, and just as many men as women are kicking it in loose, flowing skirts and dresses, you may want to remember to actually wear something on your lower half, uncomfortable though pants may be. But there is another way — you could build [Everything Is Hacked]’s pants filter and continue to be a chaos agent. Check out the video after the break.

      • The NationFlorine Stettheimer, Insider Artist

        Some biographies not only fail to enrich our understanding of their subject but actively impoverish it, as in the case of Florine Stettheimer: A Life in Art, by the critic Parker Tyler. In his 1963 biography of the pioneering modernist and feminist painter, Tyler committed nearly every critical mistake imaginable, from conjecture to contrivance. He later admitted as much to Stettheimer’s family lawyer, saying he used his “overactive imagination to fabricate readings of Stettheimer’s personality, work and intentions.” As a result, we often think of her as an outsider artist who was permanently embittered by the poor reception of her willfully naive paintings. In reality, she was a student of history and a known quantity in the New York art world—an insider through and through. Stettheimer’s work, like her personal life, has suffered from a dearth of rigorous, good-faith appraisals, and because it isn’t easily lumped in with the era’s major movements, it was written off as lovely but ultimately unclassifiable and therefore a blip in art history. Barbara Bloemink’s new biography, The Life and Art of Florine Stettheimer, rectifies this by engaging with the work on its own terms, rather than by stretching it to fit prefabricated discourses on American modern art.

      • Counter PunchThe Empire’s New Clothes

        In those years, for instance, Perry Mason was a much-loved staple from coast to coast. In each episode, Perry, that intrepid, tall, dark, kindly genius of a defense attorney, would face off against Hamilton Burger, a small-boned, pointy faced, sanctimonious prosecutor — and justice would always be served. He had what seemed then to be an all-American knack for uncovering exactly the right evidence of misdeeds that would lead justice directly to the doorstep of the true perpetrator of any crime and bring him or her to account. The takeaway caught the mood of the time: the courts and the legal system were powerful platforms for serving justice, sorting out right from wrong, punishing the criminals, and exonerating the innocent.

        A few years later, Colombo would portray a police investigator whose reputation resided in his ability to sift through misleading facts and intentional subterfuge, unearth reliable evidence as well as the true culprits in any crime, and — without fail — bring them to justice.

      • Science

        • HackadayCan You Help NASA Build A Mars Sim In VR?

          No matter your project or field of endeavor, simulation is a useful tool for finding out what you don’t know. In many cases, problems or issues aren’t obvious until you try and do something. Where doing that thing is expensive or difficult, a simulation can be a low-stakes way to find out some problems without huge costs or undue risks.

      • Education

        • SICPStructure and Interpretation of Computer Programmers

          In each case the key is the collaboration. A software engineering generalist might understand and get involved with the whole process using multiple technologies, but that does not mean that they do all of the work in isolation themselves. You don’t replace your whole team, but you do (hopefully) improve the cohesiveness of the whole team’s activity.

        • The Sporks SpaceMy experience at community college

          The actual quality of the courses was a bit of a mixed bag. The periphery computing stuff like databases and networking, while not having the richest part of the curriculum and clearly pieced together from other things, was taught well. “Soft” stuff like project management was harder for me to judge, especially due to the fact circumstances required a substitute for much of the term. The actual programming courses I found were the weakest part, but I’m not sure if this was due to my context revealing flaws more so there, or if the actual instruction/resources being taught from were poor. It was clearly the part other students were struggling with.

        • EarthlyThe Other Kind of Staff Software Engineer

          Let’s talk about a career in tech, but not the usual boring stuff about salary or how to pass the interview process at the place with the most oversized comp packages. Instead, let’s talk about how your relationship to how the company accomplishes its goals influences what your job is like and what skills and strengths you’ll develop there.

        • Counter PunchAcadementia and Managerialism

          In short, Academentia describes a state of organisational insanity in which university academics can no longer function as academics and scholars. Academentia occurs in neoliberal universities run by faceless crypto-corporate apparatchiks of Managerialism. These crypto-corporate apparatchiks are managers who have taken on the ideology of Managerialism. Their entire existence depends on the managerial apparatus, e.g. the marketing of the PR-University – not on supporting research, teaching, and academics.

          As enforced by these corporate apparatchiks of Managerialism, university academics are obliged to compete by means of publishing in the so-called top journals, and to stockpile (quantity over quality) ever greater numbers of publications than their peers.

      • Hardware

        • HackadayHow The Roland 808 Cowbell Worked

          Every generation has an instrument which defines its sound, and for those whose formative musical years lie in the 1980s, a very strong contender to the crown is the Roland TR-808 percussion synthesizer. Its sounds can be recognized across a slew of hits from that era and every decade since, and though the original instrument wasn’t a commercial success it remains accessible through sample packs, emulations, and clones. The 808 was an all-analogue device that didn’t use samples, thus [Mark Longstaff-Tyrrell] has been able to reproduce its distinctive cowbell sound with reference to some of the original circuitry.

        • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: Salvaged Pumps And Hoses Make A Neat Vacuum Pickup Tool

          Anyone who’s ever assembled a PCB full of tiny SMD parts will have found that tweezers are not always the best tool when it comes to accurate positioning. Thin, flat components like microcontrollers can be awkward to pick up securely, while small resistors and capacitors have a tendency of snapping out of your tweezers’ grip and flying off into the sunset (or your carpet). Vacuum pickup tools can be a great help, but the most convenient models, with an electric air pump and a foot switch, can be a bit expensive. [sjm4306] shows that it doesn’t have to be that way: he built his “VacPen” mostly from reused components.

        • HackadayMakerBot And Ultimaker To Merge, Focus On Industry

          Nine years ago, MakerBot was acquired by Stratasys in a deal worth slightly north of $600 million. At the time it was assumed that MakerBot’s line of relatively affordable desktop 3D printers would help Stratasys expand its reach into the hobbyist market, but in the end, the company all but disappeared from the hacker and maker scene. Not that many around these parts were sad to see them go — by abandoning the open source principles the company had been built on, MakerBot had already fallen out of the community’s favor by the time the buyout went through.

      • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

        • CoryDoctorowThe (billionaires’) case against billionaires

          Take Bill Gates. Forget all the conspiracy theories about Gates and vaccines – it’s bizarre that people bother to make up those fairy-tales when the truth is so much worse. Gates has an absolute ideological commitment to the idea that profit-based production is the most efficient way to produce and allocate goods.

          https://pluralistic.net/2021/04/13/public-interest-pharma/#gates-foundation

          It’s what prompted him to declare war on free/open software, what caused his foundation to block patent waivers for AIDS drugs in sub-Saharan Africa and other poor nations, and it’s what led him to strong-arm the Oxford university team to kill its plan to release its vaccine into the public domain, opting instead to license it to Astrazeneca.

        • ABCBreastfeeding mom says she was delayed by airport security

          “Moms have said in the comments that there are some TSA agents that made them throw away their breast milk supply, because it wasn’t frozen,” she said. “Multiple people have said that TSA agents have made them test their own breast milk to prove that it was safe.”

          This made her feel, she said, like it wasn’t “just an isolated incident.”

        • NPRBiden marks the approaching milestone of 1 million U.S. COVID-19 deaths

          Johns Hopkins University reported 999,053 U.S. COVID deaths as of Thursday morning.

        • Common DreamsExperts Lay Out Proactive Measures to Defend World Against Future Pandemics

          As world leaders gathered Thursday for a second White House-led coronavirus summit, a group of conservation, public health, and infectious disease experts called for a collaborative global effort focused on preventing—as opposed to just containing—the world’s next pandemic.

          “We have solutions already available at our fingertips—which carry massive return on investment—that would immediately help lower the risk of pandemics.”

        • Common DreamsWATCH LIVE: Sanders Holds Senate Hearing on Medicare for All

          Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to lead a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Medicare for All on Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to lay bare the deadly dysfunction and greed at the heart of the United States’ for-profit healthcare system.

          The hearing, scheduled to begin at 11:00 am ET, will feature testimony from a number of experts and advocates, including former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, critical care physician Dr. Adam Gaffney, and National Nurses United executive director Bonnie Castillo.

        • The NationThe Blind Spot in Medicare for All

          The United States is the only high-income nation to insist that health should be determined by markets and profits rather than rights and dignity. The result is that the prohibitively high cost of American health care causes tens of thousands of preventable deaths every year.

        • Common Dreams‘The Realistic, Humane, and Just Choice’: Sanders Unveils Medicare for All Act of 2022

          Slamming the current U.S. healthcare system as a morass of waste, dysfunction, and profiteering, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday introduced Medicare for All legislation that would eliminate out-of-pocket insurance costs and provide comprehensive coverage to everyone in the country.

          “Medicare for All will save the average family thousands of dollars a year.”

        • TruthOutSanders Introduces Medicare for All as Solution to “Dysfunctional” Health System
        • Common DreamsOpinion | Time to Replace Deadly ‘Wile E. Coyote Healthcare’ With Lifesaving Medicare for All

          Medicare For All legislation is being introduced on Thursday by Bernie Sanders in the Senate and Pramila Jayapal in the House of Representatives. This legislation affirms life—not because it ensures an ongoing “domestic supply of infants” (to borrow a newly-coined phrase) but because it guarantees that every infant, as well as every child, adult, and senior, will receive the medical care they need when they need it.

        • TruthOutTrump Judge’s Anti-Mask Ruling Continues to Imperil Travelers as COVID Rises
        • Common DreamsOpinion | America Unmasked: Pandemic Anti-Rights Syndrome

          Last month, not long after Florida federal judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle ruled that the transportation mask mandate was illegal, I flew from New York City to Miami. Videos of airplane passengers in midflight ripping off their masks and cheering with joy had already gone viral following the judge’s ruling.

        • The NationMAGA Judge
        • The NationThe Hyde Amendment Is Not an Excuse to Do Nothing to Protect Abortion Rights

          One particularly maddening aspect of our current politics is that Democrats feel beholden to rules that Republicans feel entitled to burn. Democrats creatively interpret rules in ways that inevitably frustrate their ability to wield power, while Republicans creatively use their power to get around the rules. Democrats invent constraints on themselves, ostensibly to restrict Republicans, while these same Republicans long ago decided to use maximal power to achieve their goals.

        • TruthOutManchin Joins Republican Senators to Block Abortion Rights Bill
        • TruthOutEven Abortion Rights Opponents Are Aghast at Brutality of GOP Bill in Louisiana
      • Integrity/Availability

        • Proprietary

          • YLEFinland should brace for Russian cyber attacks, Traficom says [iophk: Windows TCO]

            Finland’s possible Nato membership application may increase cybersecurity threats from Russia, the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom warns.

            Referring to events including a wave of cyber attacks in Estonia some 15 years ago in the wake of the removal of a Soviet soldier statue in Tallinn, Traficom’s cybersecurity director Sauli Pahlman said that an increase in such attacks by Russia is very likely.

          • Adriaan ZhangDiscord QR Code Phishing

            QR codes have been in the news recently, and for good reason; we’ve spent years honing our suspicious link recognition instincts, only for them to be utterly sidestepped by our QR code scanning obsession. This has given rise to new versions of familiar old attacks with terrible names like “quishing”. Today, we’re going to be looking at how scammers are exploiting Discord’s QR code login feature.

          • Security

            • Krebs On SecurityDEA Investigating Breach of Law Enforcement Data Portal

              The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it is investigating reports that hackers gained unauthorized access to an agency portal that taps into 16 different federal law enforcement databases. KrebsOnSecurity has learned the alleged compromise is tied to a cybercrime and online harassment community that routinely impersonates police and government officials to harvest personal information on their targets.

            • Privacy/Surveillance

              • Site36Encrypted communication: UK remains member of EU interception group

                Notwithstanding its exit from the European Union, the British police will remain a member of a Standing Heads of Lawful Interception Units based at Europol. The UK is represented there by the National Crime Agency. This was confirmed by the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, in her answer to a parlamentary question by the pirate Patrick Breyer. The UK is thus the only third country in the group, which otherwise consists exclusively of EU members and the Schengen states Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.

                The working group of the departments on telecommunications surveillance had once been founded as a strategic „5G Expert Group“ on the initiative of the German Federal Criminal Police Office. It was supposed to give the authorities access to the new telephone standard, which was actually tap-proof. After this was successfully pushed through in the European and international standardisation bodies ETSI and 3GPP, the group was given a new name and new tasks in October 2021. It is now to ensure that the needs of law enforcement agencies are taken into account when amending surveillance laws at EU level and in the member states.

              • SequoiaPGPSQ Feature Comparison With GPG

                The GnuPG command line tool gpg is the most popular implementation of the OpenPGP specification. The Sequoia PGP project produces the corresponding sq tool, and that tool is very much in its early stages. In the long run, we want sq to become so capable it has a comparable feature set to gpg. This blog post is a comparison of what the two tools can do.

                This comparison is not a detailed feature comparison table, comparing option to option and command to command. Such a comparison would be interesting, but not necessarily meaningful: the two programs have such different approaches that a comparison table is hard to produce, and would be hard to make sense of. Thus, the approach taken here is to describe both programs at a higher level.

                The goal of this exercise is to get an actionable list of changes to sq to make it better suited as an everyday tool for cryptography. The comparison is meant to be a short-cut to extensive user studies.

                The comparison is divided into four parts: a short description of gpg, and of sq, a discussion of the differences, and a list of concrete proposals for changing sq.

                For this blog post, we assume the reader has at least a basic understanding of OpenPGP.

              • IdiomdrottningBetter Website

                People look at this and go “oh wow yeah this looks so clean & stripped down from all the bloated pages out there” but that’s not what this is. This is a tear down of browser defaults. This is a screed against minimalism, a “you coulda done at least this much, ya primitive screwheads”. (And “at least this much” includes track & spy apparently.)

                And it’s wrong.

              • Andre FrancaRemove metadata from photos on iphone

                We often need to share a photo with someone special, but what usually goes unnoticed is the amount of metadata that is embedded in every pic we shoot.

                Even worse is the fact that many apps that we have on our phone work against us and steal these little pieces of information (the metadata) to generate a profile about us and how we interact with things without us even knowing it.

                That’s why this tip comes in hand.

              • Light Blue TouchpaperEuropean Commission prefers breaking privacy to protecting kids

                Today, May 11, EU Commissioner Ylva Johannson announced a new law to combat online child sex abuse. This has an overt purpose, and a covert purpose.

                The overt purpose is to pressure tech companies to take down illegal material, and material that might possibly be illegal, more quickly. A new agency is to be set up in the Hague, modeled on and linked to Europol, to maintain an official database of illegal child sex-abuse images. National authorities will report abuse to this new agency, which will then require hosting providers and others to take suspect material down. The new law goes into great detail about the design of the takedown process, the forms to be used, and the redress that content providers will have if innocuous material is taken down by mistake. There are similar provisions for blocking URLs; censorship orders can be issued to ISPs in Member States.

              • TechdirtKansas Federal Court Says Ten Weeks Of Pole Camera Surveillance Isn’t A Constitutional Violation

                Jurisprudence on warrantless long-term surveillance is still all over the place. On one hand, some courts feel anything observable by passersby shouldn’t be off limits to law enforcement officers who haven’t secured a search warrant.

              • TechdirtEU Proposes It’s Own Version Of EARN IT: Effectively Mandates Full Surveillance Of All Messaging & No Encryption

                What the actual fuck, EU? While they pretend to be all about protecting privacy, they then push out this bit of utter nonsense: a bill to “protect the children” by literally requiring online services scan all messaging all the time. In some ways, the bill is similar to the EARN IT Act in the US, but it’s bizarrely even worse than that.

              • EFFCalifornia Law Enforcement Now Needs Approval for Military-Grade Surveillance Equipment. We’ll Be Watching.

                The weapons of the United States military—drones, mobile command centers, sound cannons, and more—have been handed off to local law enforcement for years. The transfers have equipped police departments with the ability to redirect surveillance tools and the weapons of war designed for foreign adversaries toward often-faultless targets on U.S. soil. For police departments getting the gear, the process is often secretive. If you don’t think your local law enforcement really needs an aerial surveillance system, or for that matter an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle), there hasn’t been too much you can do to stop these from joining the arsenal at your neighborhood police department. 

                A.B. 481, a new California state law, went into effect at the beginning of May 2022 for equipment already in agencies’ possession and at the beginning of this year for new technologies. It requires democratic control of whether California state or local law enforcement agencies can obtain or use military-grade tools, whether they are received from the federal government, purchased, or utilized via some other channel. Through their elected officials, the public can say “no” to military surveillance and other technology, and it won’t be allowed to come to town.

      • Defence/Aggression

        • ReutersEight soldiers killed in Togo, raising spectre of first deadly Islamist attack

          Eight soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in an attack in northern Togo on Wednesday, the government said, marking potentially the first deadly raid on its territory by Islamist militants who have killed thousands in neighbouring countries.

        • ABCSuspected jihadi attack in Togo kills 8 soldiers, injures 13

          At least eight soldiers have been killed and 13 other security forces members wounded in an ambush by extremists in northern Togo near the border with Burkina Faso, the government said.

          The incident was a worrying sign that jihadis who are staging increasing attacks in neighboring countries are expanding their activity into Togo.

        • VOA NewsWho’s the Swedish Doctor Facing Execution in Iran

          But it appears that Jalali’s very ties to Sweden are what landed him in an Iranian prison.

          In Iran, some foreigners are pawns, both in Tehran’s internal political rivalries and in tensions between Tehran and Western capitals, analysts say. A pattern of Westerners being picked up has grown increasingly visible since the collapse of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

        • Democracy NowUkrainian Author Andrey Kurkov: Russia’s War Is Targeting Ukraine’s Culture, History & Identity

          We speak with renowned Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov, president of PEN Ukraine, about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, now in its third month. “The war looks like the war against Ukrainian culture, Ukrainian history and Ukrainian identity,” says Kurkov. He says daily life in Kyiv is “coming back but very fragile” as Russia is said to be preparing a second attempt to occupy the capital.

        • Common DreamsIn ‘Political Tsunami,’ House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas GOP Lawmakers Including McCarthy

          In an unprecedented move, the congressional committee investigating the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol spurred by then-President Donald Trump on Thursday subpoenaed five Republican House lawmakers, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, after they ignored the panel’s request for voluntary cooperation.

          “It’s hard to imagine witnesses with more directly relevant evidence for our committee and more important information for the American people.”

        • Common DreamsOpinion | $40 Billion War Fever Grips Congress as US Escalates Ukraine War

          The House of Representatives May 10 approved $40 billion of aid to Ukraine 368-57. All Democratic representatives voted yes. 

        • Common DreamsRussia Threatens ‘Retaliatory Steps’ as Finland Inches Closer to Joining NATO

          Russia warned Thursday that it would not hesitate to retaliate should Finland join NATO, heightening fears that the war in Ukraine could escalate into a direct confrontation between nuclear powers.

          Moscow’s threat came just hours after Finnish leaders said that the historically neutral Nordic country, which shares an 830-mile border with Russia, should apply immediately for membership in the U.S.-led military alliance.

        • Meduza‘I’ve never been so scared’: Ukrainian refugees give firsthand accounts of ‘filtration camps’ run by Russian troops

          According to Russian officials, roughly 1 million people have been forced to evacuate from Ukraine into Russia since Moscow began its full-scale invasion on February 24. In many areas, evacuating civilians into Ukrainian-controlled territory is simply impossible due to Russian shelling. Left with no other way to safety, refugees are being forcibly deported to Russia via the Kremlin-controlled “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) and occupied Crimea. Along the way, they are subjected to a lengthy “filtration” process run by Russian troops, which often involves spending several days in camps. In interviews with Meduza, Ukrainian refugees gave firsthand accounts of how this system works.

        • The NationWhy Can’t Washington Break Its War Addiction?

          Why has the United States already become so heavily invested in the Russia-Ukraine war? And why has it so regularly gotten involved, in some fashion, in so many other wars on this planet since it invaded Afghanistan in 2001? Those with long memories might echo the conclusion reached more than a century ago by radical social critic Randolph Bourne that “war is the health of the state” or recall the ancient warnings of this country’s founders like James Madison that democracy dies not in darkness, but in the ghastly light thrown by too many bombs bursting in air for far too long.

        • ScheerpostJohn Kiriakou: Info-Warrior Malcom Nance

          Has the former MSNBC analyst dropped his media gig and really gone off to battle the Russians in Ukraine?

        • ScheerpostUS Groups Demand Full Probe After Israeli Forces Kill Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

          Noting Israel’s “long history of targeting journalists” one Palestinian rights advocate called on the FBI to launch an independent investigation into the Al Jazeera correspondent’s death.

        • Democracy NowRashid Khalidi: Israel Systematically Targets Palestinian Journalists to Hide Reality of Occupation

          Palestinians are holding a state funeral in Ramallah for Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran journalist who was one of the best-known television journalists in Palestine and the Arab world. Abu Akleh, who was a U.S. citizen, was wearing a press uniform and covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank when she was fatally shot in the head on Wednesday. Israel initially claimed she may have been shot by a Palestinian gunman, but later said it was unclear who shot her, after witnesses, including other journalists, said she was shot dead by Israeli forces. “People are shocked all over Palestine, all over the Arab world, actually,” says Rashid Khalidi, professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Israel’s “colonial army” has “systematically targeted” Palestinian journalists, says Khalidi. “It’s really important to Israel that nobody see what’s going on in the Occupied Territories.”

        • Common DreamsAbbas Vows ICC Probe, Says Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh Must Not ‘Go Unpunished’

          As the funeral for slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh began Thursday in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he will turn to the International Criminal Court to seek justice for the Al Jazeera reporter allegedly shot dead by Israeli forces while working on Wednesday.

          “They committed the crime and we do not trust them.”

        • TruthOutRashid Khalidi: Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh Exposes Systemic Israeli Violence
        • TechdirtLos Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Allegedly Removed ‘Unauthorized” Sheriff’s Gang Tattoo With A Bullet

          The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is home to several gangs. Even though the current sheriff, Alex Villanueva, thinks this is up for debate (via a threatened lawsuit against the LA City Council), enough evidence (anecdotal and otherwise) points to deputies forming cliques that turn the Thin Blue Line from defensive to offensive.

        • Counter PunchFrom Cold War to Cold War

          Biden initiated this round of loose lips by seeming to suggest regime change in Moscow—Putin “cannot remain in power,” he proposed—was part of US policy.

          His secretary of defense, Lloyd Austin, said while in Kyiv that weakening Russia’s ability to invade its neighbors was a US objective.

      • Environment

        • CS MonitorZimbabwe rebuilds rural homes to withstand climate changes

          A year later, they moved into a place built by the government to a new set of standards aimed at making rural homes more resilient to extreme weather and tackling the tree loss that worsens damage from climate change impacts like floods.

        • CS Monitor‘If our animals survive, we do.’ Somaliland grapples with drought.

          Across the Horn of Africa, three consecutive failed rainy seasons, and a slow start to a fourth one, have pushed parts of Somalia, Ethiopia, and northern Kenya to the brink of famine amid the worst drought in 40 years. And the 20 million people in the region who could require urgent food assistance by year-end face a double blow: Russia’s war in Ukraine – a key global exporter of grains – is pushing food prices to record levels.

        • Common DreamsCoastal Fire Shows Even the Rich ‘Are Not Safe From Earth Breakdown’

          As a fast-moving brush fire near Laguna Beach, California destroyed well over a dozen homes on Thursday—including five multimillion-dollar mansions—a prominent environmental researcher and advocate warned that the wealthy are not immune from the disastrous effects of the climate emergency, even as the fossil fuel-driven crisis harms the poor disproportionately.

          “No matter how rich you are, you are not safe from Earth breakdown,” tweeted Los Angeles-based climate scientist Peter Kalmus, a member of Scientist Rebellion.

        • Energy

          • David RosenthalA “Blockchain Certificate of Deposit”

            The top national guaranteed rate for a 5-year bank CD is currently 3.15%, so clearly eliminating the bank middleman who seems to be taking a 35% cut means a blockchain CD guaranteed by middleman Hex.com is a winner with no additional risk!

            Below the fold I look this gift horse in the mouth.

          • DeSmogGB News Appoints Chairman Who Spent Years Promoting Climate Denial

            The new chairman of GB News has a history of sharing articles that dismiss the threat of climate change, sharpening concerns about the TV channel’s role as a platform for opponents of climate action.  

            Between 2013 and 2017, United Arab Emirates-based investment manager Alan McCormick tweeted numerous articles by climate science deniers, including one calling on readers to “celebrate carbon dioxide”.

          • Counter PunchA Bad (and Costly) Nuclear Idea Comes to Utah

            However, the latest evidence confirms that nuclear plants large and small will be enormously expensive to build for years to come. Until that changes, there’s no sense in making Utahns or all taxpayers bear the brunt of the costs for one bad idea.

            Claiming to have a climate solution, nuclear industry developers are asking cities and towns throughout Utah to buy into a massive project using new, unproven technology that relies heavily on taxpayer subsidies. The industry’s bold claims, however, have a long history of falling flat, and public funds should not be used to support the precarious project.

          • Common DreamsAfter Biden Cancels Lease Sales, Groups Call for End to All Offshore Drilling

            While welcoming the Biden administration’s decision to cancel three oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, conservation and climate groups on Thursday also renewed demands for an end to all offshore drilling in U.S. waters.

            “We need to end new leasing and phase out existing drilling.”

        • Wildlife/Nature

          • Counter PunchWildfire and Grazing in Nevada: More Livestock Will Only Make Things Worse

            The solution, or so it has been sold to us, is to release sheep, goats and cows across the landscape in greater numbers to mow down invasive flammable cheatgrass with the goal of lessening fire intensity if and when fire visits. Recent stories on intensive sheep and goat grazing efforts have recently made headlines across Nevada, celebrating “fuels reduction” programs and partnerships underway around Carson City, Reno and other communities. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are also experimenting with intensive grazing programs with the stated purpose of reducing cheatgrass and mitigating wildfire in more remote areas far away from the wildlands-urban interface.

            Cut through the propaganda propagated by the livestock industry and you will discover that the fuels problem is actually caused by grazing itself. For nearly one hundred and fifty years, under our system of settler colonialism, domestic livestock have been ravaging our native ecosystems while introducing cheatgrass both directly and indirectly into previously resilient deserts, sagebrush steppes, and grasslands.

          • Common DreamsHouse Panel Exposes How ‘Shameful’ Meatpackers Put Profits Over Worker Health During Pandemic

            A congressional report published Thursday revealed that meat processing companies worked with and lobbied the Trump administration to continue operating during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the danger to workers in the high-risk industry.

            “The devastating impacts of the Covid crisis on workers in these industries should push lawmakers and the Biden administration to crack down on the meatpacking giants.”

        • Overpopulation

          • The AtlanticThe Calamity of Unwanted Motherhood

            Mortimer doesn’t theorize or expound; she lacerates, instead, with description. Her 64-year-old novel is, through its atmosphere and circumstance, one of the most compelling arguments for freedom of reproductive choice that I’ve ever encountered. Without choice, she suggests, we’re condemned to follow tramlines of predestination that punish everyone involved. Without choice, everyone suffers, including the children born not out of love but resentment. (In the novel, Angela has always sensed how differently both her parents seem to regard her compared with her two younger brothers, both born by choice.) Ruth’s psyche in the book is inexorably stunted by her inability to define herself before she had children. Reading Mortimer, I was reminded again and again of Merritt Tierce’s 2021 New York Times essay—published decades after Daddy’s Gone a-Hunting was written—outlining what getting pregnant at 19 had cost her. “My personhood was erased,” she wrote, “and overwritten with MOTHER before I even knew who I was.”

          • Common DreamsUN Report Warns Earth at ‘Crossroads’ in Battle Against Global Drought Crisis

            As United Nations and other experts gather in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city for a major conference on fighting desertification, an agency of the world body published a new report warning that humanity is “at a crossroads” in drought management, and that mitigation must proceed “urgently, using every tool we can” if the planet is to avert catastrophic consequences.

            “The facts and figures of this publication all point in the same direction: an upward trajectory in the duration of droughts and the severity of impacts.”

      • Finance

        • Common Dreams‘Big News’: Over 1 Million Signatures Gathered to Put $18 Min. Wage on California Ballot

          Advocates pushing to raise California’s minimum wage to $18 an hour heralded a key development Thursday as they began submitting more than one million signatures to get the Living Wage Act on the November ballot, easily surpassing the roughly 623,000 required.

          “We’re going to set a new bar for working people all over the country.”

        • Counter PunchThe Federal Crop Insurance Program Needs Reform

          Crop insurance premium subsidies in the Mississippi River region cost taxpayers almost $39.5 billion between 2001 and 2020, a new Environmental Working Group analysis of Department of Agriculture data finds.

          Total premium subsidies increased during that 20-year period by almost 260 percent – from $656.7 million to $2.3 billion. The USDA’s Crop Insurance Program is a massive initiative whose price tag has skyrocketed since the 1990s, in part due to more frequent and severe bouts of drought and rain linked to the climate emergency. Premium subsidy costs will almost certainly continue to increase as the crisis intensifies.

        • Common DreamsNew Warren Bill Would Empower Feds to Crack Down on Corporate Price Gouging

          Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday led the introduction of new legislation that would enable federal regulators to forcefully crack down on corporate price gouging, a practice that progressive lawmakers and economists say has played a major role in driving U.S. inflation to a 40-year high.

          According to a one-page summary released by Warren’s office, the Price Gouging Prevention Act of 2022 would “prohibit the practice of price gouging during all abnormal market disruptions—including the current pandemic—by authorizing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general to enforce a federal ban against unconscionably excessive price increases, regardless of a seller’s position in a supply chain.”

      • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

        • The VergeHere’s the memo Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal sent about firing execs and a hiring freeze

          The Verge obtained the email Agrawal sent to staff about the changes. (Note: “Bluebird” is what Twitter calls its consumer product team, and “Goldbird” is the team that builds revenue-generating products. “Staff” refers to Twitter’s senior leadership team.)

          Here is Agrawal’s memo to employees in its entirety: [...]

        • The HillUS signs multilateral treaty to combat cybercrime

          The treaty was designed to help law enforcement authorities obtain electronic evidence related to service providers, subscriber information and traffic data associated with global criminal activity, the Justice Department said.

        • Ruben SchadeTNL’s Nine Pillars of Digital Justice

          The paper proposes Nine Pillars of Digital Justice, the first three of which are preconditions, and the the latter are rights. I thought it was worth taking a look.

        • New Zealand HeraldThe Front Page: 10 years on – Why is Kim Dotcom still in NZ?

          The problem with this approach, explains Fisher, is that it complicates our international partnerships.

          “If we did that, we’d have to send him back to Germany. And if we sent him to Germany, then the US can’t extradite him and they would be really unhappy.”

          For this reason, the New Zealand Government is allowing the court system to run its full course.

        • New Zealand HeraldMegaupload case: Deal done, now only Kim Dotcom facing extradition, prospect of United States prison cell

          A deal has been cut between two of the Megaupload accused and the United States in the world’s biggest copyright case – and it means the website’s visionary founder Kim Dotcom is the only one of the original accused left facing extradition from New Zealand.

          Lawyers acting for former Megaupload coders Bram van der Kolk and Mathias Ortmann say the deal will see the pair facing equivalent charges in New Zealand courts and the extradition dropped once those have been heard.

        • The Independent UK2 make deal, leaving just Kim Dotcom facing US extradition

          In a statement issued through their lawyer Peter Spring, Ortmann and van der Kolk said the continuing uncertainty of the case had taken a heavy toll on their lives and the time had come to move on.

          “Accordingly, we have reached an agreement with the New Zealand Government and the United States of America under which we have agreed to be charged in New Zealand for offenses similar to those we face in the United States.”

          The pair added that New Zealand was now their home “and we want to stay here.”

        • CTV NewsKim Dotcom faces U.S. extradition after pair make deal

          Two men charged by U.S. prosecutors with racketeering and other crimes for their involvement in the once wildly popular file-sharing website Megaupload said Tuesday they have reached a deal that will see them avoid being extradited to the U.S. in exchange for facing charges in New Zealand.

          The deal by former Megaupload officers Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk means that only Megaupload’s flamboyant founder Kim Dotcom, who also lives in New Zealand, still faces the possibility of extradition to the U.S. in the long-running case.

        • India TimesRussia ramping up cyber attacks against Starlink: Musk

          Following the Russian invasion on February 24, Ukraine’s fibre optic or cellular communication infrastructure connections were severed. SpaceX, along with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) delivered about 5,000 starlink terminals to the war-torn country.

        • TruthOutDeSantis’s Congressional Maps Deemed “Unconstitutional” by Judge He Appointed
        • The NationThe GOP’s Pedophilia Smears Are An Incitement to Violence

          Long ago, in another America, you had to turn to the underground press if you wanted to conjure up images of wholesome Disney cartoon characters fornicating. In 2022, Republican lawmakers now provide that service. In 1967, The Realist, a gleefully subversive journal founded by Paul Krassner, published Wally Wood’s “The Disneyland Memorial Orgy,” a two-page spread that showed Mickey Mouse and the gang, impeccably rendered, engaged in all manner of X-rated activity. Krassner and Wood were countercultural anarchists, but by some strange alchemy, what they presented as satire is now a part of Republican rhetoric.

        • Counter PunchAnother Easter Rising? No, But Sinn Féin Dominance Marks a Significant Turning Point

          It is certainly something of a turning point when Sinn Féin becomes the first nationalist party in the history of Northern Ireland to win more votes and representatives than the largest unionist party. This is so significant because the Northern Irish statelet was created 101 years ago specifically in order to guarantee a unionist and Protestant majority permanently in power.

          No wonder Sinn Féin and the nationalists are cock-a-hoop after they won 27 Assembly seats and polled 250,388 first-preference votes compared with the DUP’s 25 seats and 184,000 votes. Sinn Féin can now claim the post of First Minister in any new Executive in the unlikely event of the DUP failing to veto its formation.

        • Counter PunchGreg Norman: Saudi Arabia’s Sportswashing Emissary

          The LIV Golf Invitational Series is set to run from June to October and promises to be an extravaganza played on three continents.  The chief executive of the enterprise is the man of the eternal tan, golfer turned businessman Greg Norman, while LIV Golf Enterprises is itself majority owned by the Public Investment Fund, which operates on behalf of that inglorious institution known as the Saudi government.

          Norman claims to have sent invitation letters to 250 players of the top-ranked players to compete in the tournament.  “Our events are truly additive to the world of golf,” he claims in justification.  “We have done our best to create a schedule that allows players to play elsewhere, while still participating in our events.”

        • Counter PunchOn Adams and AOC, the Times Chooses Style of Substance

          A recent piece in the New York Times (5/9/22) tells the story of two New York Cities and of two visions of the Democratic Party, one old school and pragmatic and the other  one of idealistic hopes of millennials. The former, as the Times tells us, is embodied in Mayor Eric Adams, and the latter’s public face is Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The two have not been friendly with each other, and in the paper’s deep dive into their rivalry, we are treated to reporting on the differences in their public styles of politics.

          But this piece oversimplifies an important struggle going on in Democratic Party politics today, as socialists and progressives attempt to move the party leftward. And by boiling this struggle down superficial differences like generational personality types the paper is distracting readers from very real issues at hand, because there is wide skepticism about Adams’s so-called pragmatism as he wages a class war against his own residents and continues to raise eyebrows with his potentially corrupt administration.

        • TruthOutSanders Asks Why Manchin’s a Democrat After His “No” Vote on Abortion Bill
        • Common DreamsReproductive Rights Coalition Tells Dems to ‘Stop Defending the Filibuster in Our Name’

          On the heels of Senate Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin blocking federal abortion rights legislation, a reproductive freedom coalition on Thursday demanded that Democrats stop claiming they are defending women by keeping in place the filibuster.

          “Again and again, the rotten structures of our democracy deny our federal legislature the ability to enact the will of the people.”

        • The NationAt the Ballot Box and Beyond in Cincinnati

          As a powerful storm rolled across the Cincinnati hills, the Langsam Library at the University of Cincinnati was eerily silent. The library served as one of many polling locations across the city for Ohio’s midterm primary elections. Only a day before, Politico released a leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, suggesting it will be overturned this summer. The polling place—located in a glass-lined conference room on the library’s first floor—was vacant, aside from the workers who were trading anecdotes and discussing summer vacation plans. One, who was hunched across a desk and had his baseball cap pulled down, had fallen asleep. Although the poll workers declined to be interviewed, they directed me to a piece of paper taped to the door: “No voters have checked into this precinct.”

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Everyone on Planet Earth Should Be Rooting for Climate Trailblazer Doyle Canning’s Win in Oregon

          You wouldn’t know it from the mainstream press, but one of the most important elections of 2022 is happening in the southern part of Western Oregon this week. The people of the 4th district have an opportunity to choose climate activist and lawyer Doyle Canning as the Democratic Party nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Peter DeFazio. If Doyle were to win the primary and the general election in this “likely blue” district, she would be as strong a climate advocate as has ever served in the US Congress.

        • HungaryThe President’s husband – Hungary gets its first ever first gentleman

          With Novák Katalin taking office this week as Hungary’s first female president, the country has also gained a first gentleman – for the first time in its history. This will be the title of István Veres from now on, who will – along with his wife – join a small group in European and world politics. In spite of his new position, however, Veres is not expected to spend much time sipping tea with first ladies.

        • HungaryFidesz voters would prefer even stronger ties with Russia

          Political preference among Hungarians has a considerable impact on the perception of Russia and Ukraine – Median Institute’s latest polls show. The survey conducted on a sample of 1,000 Hungarian citizens, was commissioned by 444.

          The figures from this new survey show that the perception of Western countries is stagnating (compared to a study made in 2018 by the same institute), but Hungarians have become distrustful of world superpowers. In the case of Russia, the result was predictable because of the invasion of Ukraine. But the 10-point drop in the perception of the United States is quite remarkable. No survey was conducted on Ukraine in 2018, but Median measured a low, 33-point approval rating this year. One explanation for the low numbers in the case of the US may be the new administration and the narrative (strongly supported by the Hungarian government) that suggests the United States was actively involved in the triggering and the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • New York TimesI Lost My Baby. Then Antivaxxers Made My Pain Go Viral.

          I need to believe that the world isn’t full of people eager to create more pain for a bereaved parent, despite the evidence I’ve seen to the contrary. Perhaps people were looking to comfort themselves by directing fault at me, as though unexpected loss doesn’t happen every day. Perhaps they feel unsettled by the uncertainty surrounding changing pandemic recommendations so they want to cast an easy villain, like the vaccines or Big Pharma. Perhaps they felt that they were amplifying an untold story that people needed to hear, without considering whether the subject had any say in the story being told or whether it was true.

        • New York TimesPregnant? Need Help? They Have an Agenda.

          The manual recommends that activists locate C.P.C.s near abortion facilities, choose neutral-sounding names and show women a slide show that includes misinformation about the health risks of abortion. It includes example scripts to help employees and volunteers deceive women about whether the C.P.C. performs abortions: [...]

          [...]

          Many of the strategies that Pearson recommended are still used by C.P.C.s.

          Once inside a C.P.C., women can be greeted by volunteers or staff members wearing lab coats or hospital scrubs who, despite their appearance, are usually not medical professionals. These representatives might try to frighten women by falsely claiming that abortions lead to breast cancer, mental health issues or infertility. They are also likely to suggest that abortion is much more dangerous than it is — in reality, women are almost 15 times as likely to die because of childbirth as from an abortion.

          Today, C.P.C. volunteers increasingly use ultrasound machines in order to further appear as if they provide medical care. Women who’ve visited C.P.C.s have reported that volunteers underestimated how far along their pregnancies were. Other women say C.P.C. volunteers overstated natural miscarriage rates — so they might delay seeking an abortion and miss the window in which they are legally allowed to have one.

        • Rolling StoneTrump Administration and Meat Industry Lied About Shortages to Keep Plants Open During Covid: House Report

          The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has found that major U.S. meat processors made “baseless” claims about meat shortages in order to convince the Trump administration to issue an executive order to keep plants operating as Covid-19 was ravaging the nation in the spring of 2020.

        • The NationMeet the Head of Biden’s New “Disinformation Governing Board”

          Late last month, the Joe Biden administration publicly confirmed that a “Disinformation Governing Board” working group had been created within the Department of Homeland Security. The news prompted a flood of concern about the impact of such an Orwellian organ on America.

        • Common Dreams120+ Groups Call On Social Media Giants to Combat Election Disinformation Ahead of Midterms

          A coalition of more than 120 civil rights, pro-democracy, and other public interest groups on Thursday implored social media giants to stem the tide of election disinformation on their platforms ahead of this fall’s fast-approaching midterms.

          “Every day that passes without these essential fixes is another day disinformation takes hold and weakens democracies here and abroad.”

      • Censorship/Free Speech

        • Patrick BreyerEU chat control bill: fundamental rights terrorism against trust, self-determination and security on the Internet

          Today, the European Commission presented publicly for the first time an EU draft law on mandatory chat control. With the stated intention of fighting against “child pornography”, the Commission plans to oblige all providers of e-mail, chat and messaging services to search for suspicious messages in a fully automated way and disclose them to the police. This requires them to monitor and scan the communications of all citizens. End-to-end encryption would have to be undermined by “client-side” scanning on all mobile phones.

        • NBCConservative parents take aim at library apps meant to expand access to books

          E-reader apps haven’t replaced printed books, which schools and libraries often still buy because they own the paper versions, whereas e-books are licensed from publishers for a set period of time. But schools and libraries sign up with apps such as Epic, Hoopla and OverDrive because readers say they like the convenience of e-books and teachers get more options for assignments — especially during pandemic-related school closings.

          The apps often market themselves to schools and libraries as a way to quickly diversify their digital shelves, especially after racial justice protests in spring 2020 drew attention to the lack of diversity in many traditional institutions.

          But convenience is a double-edged sword. In years past, parents might not have been able to find out what’s in a library collection, giving students a certain measure of freedom to roam the stacks. Now, they can easily search digital collections for books with content they object to and ask school administrators to censor or limit access with a few mouse clicks.

        • EFFIn a Blow to Free Speech, Texas’ Social Media Law Allowed to Proceed Pending Appeal
        • TechdirtThe 5th Circuit Reinstates Texas’ Obviously Unconstitutional Social Media Law Effective Immediately

          Florida and Texas both passed blatantly unconstitutional laws limiting the ability of social media websites to moderate. Lawsuits were filed challenging both laws. In both cases, the district courts correctly blocked the laws from going into effect, noting that it was obviously a 1st Amendment violation to tell websites how they could and could not moderate. Both states appealed. A few weeks back there was a hearing in the 11th Circuit over the Florida law, where it became quite clear that the judges seemed to grasp the issues, and had lots of really tough questions for Florida’s lawyers. However, they have not issued an actual ruling yet.

        • TechdirtJust How Incredibly Fucked Up Is Texas’ Social Media Content Moderation Law?

          So, I already had a quick post on the bizarre decision by the 5th Circuit to reinstate Texas’ social media content moderation law just two days after a bizarrely stupid hearing on it. However, I don’t think most people actually understand just how truly fucked up and obviously unconstitutional the law is. Indeed, there are so many obvious problems with it, I’m not even sure I can do them adequate justice in a single post. I’ve seen some people say that it’s easy to comply with, but that’s wrong. There is no possible way to comply with this bill. You can read the full law here, but let’s go through the details.

      • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

        • HungaryAwards, new content and new colleagues – Telex is growing

          At Telex, we regularly report about what we have been up to, and all that we have been able to accomplish thanks to our readers’ support. Here’s a summary of what happened in April.

        • VOA NewsTaliban Court Sentences Afghan Journalist to Prison

          The IFJ said the young Afghan journalist was accused of posting content critical of the Taliban, including his radio broadcasts, on Facebook. It quoted Qaderi telling the court, “I realized my errors, and I deleted the posts from my Facebook page.”

          The IFJ denounced what it said was “the arbitrary sentencing” and urged the Islamist Taliban to cease their persecution of journalists for their independent reportage. This would be the first reported case of a journalist being tried by a military court since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last August.

      • Civil Rights/Policing

        • UPIReport: At least 500 children died in federal Indian boarding schools

          Volume 1 of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report said approximately 19 Federal Indian boarding schools accounted for the more than 500 deaths. The number of recorded deaths is expected to rise as the department continues investigating the 408 boarding schools that were operated in 37 states.

        • GannetBody camera footage contradicts sheriff’s account of how deputies acted on DSU bus

          Body camera footage from Georgia deputies who stopped a Delaware State University women’s lacrosse team bus late last month directly contradicts Tuesday statements by the sheriff who defended the stop.

          In a public address, Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman said “no personal items on the bus or person(s) were searched” during the April 20 stop. But the bodycam footage, which Delaware Online/The News Journal has obtained and made publicly available without editing, shows deputies rifling through players’ backpacks and bags – something those on the bus have said for days.

        • Indian ExpressHyderabad killing over interfaith marriage: He sold chain to take wife Eid shopping

          B Nagaraju, 25, who was stabbed to death at a busy crossing in Hyderabad Wednesday night over his marriage to a Muslim woman, had sold his gold chain to take his wife, Ashrin Sultana Syed, Eid shopping.

        • India Dot Com Pvt Ltd‘I begged for his life but…’: Wife of Hindu man killed by her Muslim brother in Hyderabad

          Narrating the brutality of the incident, Sultana told ANI, “I begged my brother to spare her husband`s life, he was ready to convert to Islam for me, but my brother did not listen to me and killed him.”

        • India TodayCoimbatore: Nallur Police arrests man for forcing Dalit woman to convert to Islam

          A 21-year-old Dalit woman filed a complaint with Nallur Police in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district stating that her partner, with whom she was in a live-in relationship, was torturing her and forcing her to convert to Islam.

        • USDOIDepartment of the Interior Releases Investigative Report, Outlines Next Steps in Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

          This investigative report is a significant step by the federal government to comprehensively address the facts and consequences of its federal Indian boarding school policies—implemented for more than a century and a half—resulting in the twin goals of cultural assimilation and territorial dispossession of Indigenous peoples through the forced removal and relocation of their children. It reflects an extensive and first-ever inventory of federally operated schools, including profiles and maps.

          The investigation found that from 1819 to 1969, the federal Indian boarding school system consisted of 408 federal schools across 37 states or then territories, including 21 schools in Alaska and 7 schools in Hawaii. The investigation identified marked or unmarked burial sites at approximately 53 different schools across the school system. As the investigation continues, the Department expects the number of identified burial sites to increase.

        • TulsaWorldInterior Department releases first report on Indian boarding school impact

          A report released Wednesday by the Department of the Interior on the impact of Indian boarding schools has left many Oklahomans appreciative but wanting more answers.

          Initially commissioned in June by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the report released Wednesday found that the United States either directly operated or provided support for 408 boarding schools nationwide that targeted Indigenous children between 1819 and 1969 as part of a federal assimilation policy.

          With 76 campuses, Oklahoma had more boarding schools than any other state listed in the report. They include more than two dozen sites within 90 minutes of Tulsa.

        • The DissenterTearing Down The Blue Wall Of Silence

          Spalding and her partner went to the FBI. High-ranking Chicago officials responded by trying to make the investigation disappear. They targeted Spalding and Echeverria, who were reassigned to desk duty for the CPD. Both were later “sent to the police academy and separated.” When the Justice Department became involved, the chief of internal affairs allegedly tried to convince Spalding to commit perjury. “I can’t – and I won’t – protect you,” the chief said. Spalding responded to the retaliation by filing a whistleblower lawsuit after her immediate supervisor in the Fugitive Apprehension Unit said, “I’d hate to one of these days have to be the one to knock on your door and tell your daughter you’re coming home in a box.” The lawsuit resulted in retaliation that was more severe. Spalding was arrested and placed under investigation on “phony federal charges.” She went on extended leave as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was caused by what she endured as a whistleblower. Spalding’s story is one of several whistleblower stories that appear in GAP’s report that examines the “Blue Wall of Silence” within police departments throughout the United States. The Blue of Wall of Silence is defined by GAP as a “social control within police culture that deters reports of misconduct and enforces conformity through fear of retaliation.”“Protection of fellow officers can often be valued over the protection of the public,” the report further describes. “Broad cultural norms of peer solidarity are continually promoted and sustained through a sense of obligation to comply with this unwritten code of honor.”Police whistleblowers face retaliation that whistleblowers working in other professions tend to endure: “making the position part-time, changing the job title, reducing salary, and denying promotions or raises, “inciting isolation or ‘mobbing’ harassment by peers, attempting to terminate the employee, increasing or decreasing the employee’s workload, abolishing the whistleblower’s position, giving poor performance reviews, and/or accusing the whistleblower of the same misconduct” they have disclosed.

        • Democracy Now2021 Nobel Literature Prize Winner Abdulrazak Gurnah on Colonialism & the Power of Language

          We speak with Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, which recognized his “uncompromising and compassionate” writing about colonialism and the refugee experience. He is the first Black writer to win the award since Toni Morrison almost 30 years ago and the first Black African writer to win the prize since 1986. Gurnah discusses his work, which explores displacement, migration and “historical moments that create us.” His latest novel is titled “Afterlives” and will be published in the United States in August 2022.

        • Pro PublicaKatrina Survivors Were Told They Could Use Grant Money to Rebuild. Now They’re Being Sued for It.

          Celeste Matthews spent last summer’s 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in a panic at her cousin’s house in Uptown New Orleans as another monster storm, Hurricane Ida, roared through the city. With every gust, she was terrified the windows would shatter.

          The next day, she returned to her home in the Gert Town neighborhood to find part of the roof torn off. With the electricity out, she had to sleep with the windows open. Mosquitoes swarmed around her bed.

        • Common DreamsTexas Gov. Abbott’s Solution to Formula Shortage? Let Migrant Babies Starve

          Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was widely condemned Thursday for his joint statement with the National Border Patrol Council complaining about the Biden administration feeding migrant children in U.S. custody amid a national shortage of infant formula.

          “I can’t come up with the words to describe how despicable and inhumane this is.”

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Eve’s Choice: Patriarchy No Longer Rules

          “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’”—Genesis 2:18. RSV

        • Counter PunchBuilding Socialism is Women’s Work (and Men’s Too)

          Fivek points to barriers of male prejudice and of misplaced disparagement of women’s work, both in the workplace and in “social reproduction.” Not only do woman work for relatively low wages “in the productive sphere of the economy,” but, as she claims, “they are also working unpaid in the reproductive sphere” and, indeed, are “35% more likely than men to live in poverty.”

          She points out that, “[w]omen’s economic well-being is often tied to their role as primary laborer in a male-dominated household” and economic dependency may lead to “difficulty in leaving abusive relationships.” Fivek attributes women’s hesitancy to act politically to the assumption by most women, shared by society at large, that as care-givers “the major site of their oppression — the interpersonal or reproductive sphere … [is] ‘private’ and ‘personal.’”

        • Counter PunchWomen to the Rescue, Now!

          This argument is not explicitly made in “Hope”.  Indeed, I don’t know if Pat Hynes, the author, intended to make this point, or in this way.  But I could not help but to come to this understanding as I read “Hope”’s compilation of Pat’s columns and essays in which she examines our deepest existential challenges.

          In writing about our environment, climate emergency, gross economic inequity, refugees, COVID and war, she continually refers to ways in which the plight of women, and children, are systematically ignored and how women are exploited, often viciously and without fear of consequence, particularly when it comes to war.

        • TruthOutAmazon’s “Inadequate” Safety Rules Put Thousands at Risk, AOC and Warren Say
        • Common Dreams‘Let the Floodgates Open’: Starbucks Union Scores First Wins in California

          Employees at two Starbucks locations in Santa Cruz, California won union elections on Wednesday, scoring the rapidly spreading movement’s first victories in the nation’s most populous state even as management intensifies its efforts to stamp out worker organizing.

          The groundbreaking victories, like many of the Starbucks union’s wins thus far, were nearly unanimous. The Ocean and Water location in Santa Cruz voted 13-1 in favor of joining Workers United—the national union representing Starbucks workers—and the Mission and Dufour shop voted 15-2 in support of unionization.

        • Counter PunchAre Starbucks’ Union-Busting Tactics Legal?

          As far as efforts to discourage workers from supporting union drives go, the move by Starbucks appears pretty blatant. And it comes as the coffee chain sees a massive surge of union activity.

          Since its first victory at two stores in Buffalo in December 2021, Starbucks Workers United has now filed for union elections at over 250 stores – comprising over 6,600 employees – in over 30 states, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Moreover, the union has won 54 of the 64 elections conducted to date, many by overwhelming margins.

        • TruthOutStarbucks Union Momentum Grows With Groundbreaking First Wins in California
      • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

        • TechdirtHere’s A Map Of States That Had To Map U.S. Broadband Due To Federal Corruption And Incompetence

          We’ve noted repeatedly that despite a steady stream of breathless rhetoric about America’s “dedication to bridging the digital divide,” U.S. government leaders still don’t actually know where broadband is or isn’t available. It only takes a few minutes perusing the FCC’s $350 million broadband map to realize government data completely hallucinates both speeds and competitors, and ignores a major metric: price.

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          • Common Dreams‘Donation Model Has Failed’: Supremacy of Greed Decried as Covid Summit Begins

            Rich governments’ persistent refusal to share key coronavirus vaccine and treatment technology was in the spotlight Thursday as world leaders convened for the second United States-led Covid-19 summit, an event that comes as roughly 85% of people in poor nations remain unprotected from the deadly disease.

            Ahead of the virtual gathering, public health campaigners warned that the World Health Organization’s goal of achieving 70% vaccination against Covid-19 in each country by September is falling further out of reach as wealthy countries—including the U.S.—fail to meet their modest donation pledges and obstruct progress on a temporary patent waiver.

        • Copyrights

          • VarietyWhy a Password-Sharing Crackdown Won’t Help Netflix Much

            Others, however, will not. Netflix already raised prices earlier this year, and with inflation at a 40-year high and a recession all but certainly on the horizon, it’s worth considering how many subscribers would balk at another monthly fee increase. A recent report from Kantar noted that Netflix’s January price hike had a significant effect on subscriptions, with the higher cost cited as the reason for 15 percent of Q1 cancellations and nearly 30 percent of planned Q2 cancellations.

          • Hollywood ReporterDoes Kendrick Lamar Run Afoul of Copyright Law by Using Deepfakes in “The Heart Part 5”?

            In the clip, the rapper wields the controversial technology to transform into Will Smith, Jussie Smollett, O.J. Simpson, Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle. It’s unlikely the celebrities consented to being in the video, raising the question of whether Lamar and production house pgLang are legally in the clear for using their likenesses.

          • [Old] Jonathan FaberA Concise History of the Right of Publicity

            The Right of Publicity concerns itself with the right to control the commercial use of one’s identity. Yet, as soon as a definition is on the table, questions arise. For whom? What does control mean? Are there limitations? Can it be used by a personality to achieve censorship? What is a commercial use? Are there exceptions to commercial use? What does identity encompass? How does Right of Publicity relate to deep fakes and NFTs? What is the taxable value of the right in an estate context? These inquiries have answers. Ultimately, the Right of Publicity provides necessary protection not adequately addressed in other areas of the law.

          • Creative CommonsEpisode 29: Open Culture VOICES – Philippe Rivière

            Welcome to episode 29 of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we hear from Philippe Rivière, head of digital strategy at the Art Explora Foundation. Beyond developing strategy, Philippe also leads the design and implementation of various digital resources and contributes to the setting up of national and international partnerships. Over his career, Philippe has held many key roles in the digital world of some of Paris’ cultural institutions. More recently, he was deputy development manager and head of digital services and communication at Paris Musées.

          • Creative CommonsEpisode 30: Open Culture VOICES – Julia Pagel

            In this episode, we hear from Julia Pagel, secretary general of NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations. Before starting to work for NEMO, Julia worked as project manager at the German Museums Association. Julia was a member and Vice-President of the Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe, a major European culture umbrella network. Since 2019 she is a member of the EU Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage, and since 2021 she is an Advisory Board member of Europeana. Julia has initiated numerous international cooperation projects in the museum field around capacity building and organizational transformation.

          • Torrent FreakDisney Seeks a Senior Paralegal to Help Combat Online Piracy

            Disney is looking for a senior paralegal to expand its anti-piracy team in Burbank California. The ideal candidate will join the Digital Media Antipiracy Group to monitor and respond to the latest piracy threats, including websites and apps. Over in the UK, Disney also hopes to add a new analyst to its anti-piracy force.

          • Torrent FreakNew Legislation Gives Telecoms Regulator Major Powers to Fight Piracy

            The Italian telecoms regulator AGCOM already has tools at its disposal to fight piracy but legislation winding its way through the corridors of power will move things to a new level. In addition to making it easier for copyright holders to disable access to identified infringing content at the ISP level, similar powers will enable urgent and precautionary blocking even before an infringement takes place.

          • TechdirtVisually Impaired Advocacy Group Goes To War With South Africa Copyright Law

            Our own Glyn Moody has written several posts about how exceptions that have been made to copyright laws throughout the world have picked up steam, but also appear to have left the visually impaired hung out to dry. That finally began to change in 2013 with the Marrakesh Treaty, which was specifically designed to restore the rights of the blind and visually impaired by carving out copyright exceptions so that literary works and the like could be translated either into braille or in such a way so as to be accessible on mediums and devices designed for those who cannot navigate the originals.

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