Gemini is the Direction the Paginated Internet Should Have Taken (Not Bloated Web With JavaScript and DRM)

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 7:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Gemini Still Getting Better
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: An update on Gemini and why you might wish to explore it (if you aren’t using it already)

TODAY we exceeded 330,000 page requests over Gemini with 10 days left in the month. Will it be a record month? Well, in terms of unique visitors things have improved greatly, so it seems rather clear that more people are nowadays involved in Geminispace, if not as creators, then at least as readers.

The video above explains the state of Gemini and why it is so exciting. It has many scarcely-visible advantages over the World Wide Web and there’s no lack of daily links.

Towards the end I go through some Gemini stats visualised (updated every night at around 1AM European time), teaching us that:

1) TLS 1.3 is becoming the norm very rapidly.

Capsule TLS versions

2) Capsules become better interlinked over time (not islands).

aAverage incoming links

3) More capsules reject the Linux Foundation and quit outsourcing “trust” to a centralised cabal of vicious monopolies (it’s down from about 12% to 8.5%).

Capsule certificates

4) English is still dominant.

Resource languages

5) GemText became the de facto standard. Many people add images.


6). Pages or objects become larger, on average, over time.

Resource size

Join us (and thousands of other capsules) in Gemini. Given its persistent growth you know it’s not some passing fad.

EPO.org Now Openly Brags About Making Illegal Patents a Welcomed Part of the Examination Guidelines

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Illegally-Implemented Interventions
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Summary: The EPO persists in illegal, unlawful agenda; it’s even finding the audacity to advertise this in the official Web site (warning: epo.org link)

The EPO is breaking the law at every turn and bankster (now fake President) António Campinos is trying to make it seem like illegal software patents are in ‘popular demand’, albeit he and his cohorts — just like Team Battistelli — refer to that as “CII”. The video above notes that EPO examiners are already refusing to grant illegal patents (they work in adherence to the unadulterated rules, according to their ability, based on the EPC, not some unlawful guidelines which Campinos brags are a loophole around the law, by means of “processes”).

Software patents here, there, everywhereWhether it’s labeled “digital tech” or “CII” or “Hey Hi” (AI) or other nonsensical and misleading buzzwords, we urge examiners to reject or at least ignore those applications. If granting can be lowered by 24% in a matter of months, then that can persist and it’s very clear that many colleagues do in fact participate in industrial actions. That’s probably why Campinos lost his temper. As EPO employees your obligations are to the EPO, not to Campinos, whose agenda is anti-science and hostile towards Europe. Hence we refer to him as “Monopoly Tony”.

Be a good examiner. Be good to the law, don’t spend your life attempting to appease career mobsters and frauds. At the moment the EPO is a captured institution; it’s captured by immoral, chronic liars and psychopaths. They want to destroy the EPO for personal gain.

Monopoly Tony; Goodbye, Rule of law; Goodbye, EPC; Goodbye, Vienna Convention

Links 21/05/2022: Security Blunders and Microsoft Posturing

Posted in News Roundup at 1:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Laptop MagazineSwitching to Linux OS isn’t as scary as you think — here’s why | Laptop Mag

      For long-time Windows and macOS users, the thought of switching to Linux instills fear. But when Linux is just as good (and honestly, a lot safer), why not make the switch?

      Linux operating systems are often the go-to option for the tech savvy or computer enthusiasts, consequently, it’s almost seen as exclusive to that niche. People might think, “If tech-savvy nerds gravitate toward Linux, it’s probably not for me.” However, that’s just not true.

      If you switch smartphone brands, there’s always a learning curve, but ultimately, you end up knowing that new phone like the back of your hand. It’s the same concept with an operating system on a laptop. There’s an adjustment period, but Linux operating systems are actually pretty intuitive.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • The Register UKRepairability champ Framework’s modular laptop gets a speed boost

        Laptop vendor Framework Computer has launched new faster models. Unlike in the case of any other laptop maker, if you already have one, this is good news.

        Modern laptops tend to be promoted on the basis of thinness and lightness, and the Framework range is no different. The machines have 13.5-inch (8.89cm) screens, are just under 16mm thick (0.6 inch), and weigh 1.3kg (2lb 14oz).

        The new models have faster 12th-generation Intel Core CPUs.

        These aren’t gaming machines, and the company doesn’t yet offer any models with discrete GPUs, so some customers will welcome the extra performance.

      • The Register UKWill this be one of the world’s first RISC-V laptops? • The Register

        As Apple and Qualcomm push for more Arm adoption in the notebook space, we have come across a photo of what could become one of the world’s first laptops to use the open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture.

        In an interview with The Register, Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International, signaled we will see a RISC-V laptop revealed sometime this year as the ISA’s governing body works to garner more financial and development support from large companies.

        It turns out Philipp Tomsich, chair of RISC-V International’s software committee, dangled a photo of what could likely be the laptop in question earlier this month in front of RISC-V Week attendees in Paris.

      • LiliputingHP Dev One laptop with Pop!_OS Linux coming soon for $1099 – Liliputing

        Most HP computers ship with Windows, but from time to time the company has dabbled in Linux by offering models with Ubuntu or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. HP’s next Linux laptop is a little different.

        The upcoming HP Dev One is a 14 inch laptop with an AMD Ryzen processor that will ship with Pop!_OS pre-installed.

    • Server

      • The Register UKOracle really does owe HPE $3b after Supreme Court snub • The Register

        The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Oracle’s appeal to overturn a ruling ordering the IT giant to pay $3 billion in damages for violating a decades-old contract agreement.

        In June 2011, back when HPE had not yet split from HP, the biz sued Oracle for refusing to add Itanium support to its database software. HP alleged Big Red had violated a contract agreement by not doing so, though Oracle claimed it explicitly refused requests to support Intel’s Itanium processors at the time.

      • The Register UKDigitalOcean tries to take sting out of price hike with $4 VM

        DigitalOcean attempted to lessen the sting of higher prices this week by announcing a cut-rate instance aimed at developers and hobbyists.

        The $4-a-month droplet — what the infrastructure-as-a-service outfit calls its virtual machines — pairs a single virtual CPU with 512 MB of memory, 10 GB of SSD storage, and 500 GB a month in network bandwidth.

        The launch comes as DigitalOcean plans a sweeping price hike across much of its product portfolio, effective July 1. On the low-end, most instances will see pricing increase between $1 and $16 a month, but on the high-end, some products will see increases of as much as $120 in the case of DigitalOceans’ top-tier storage-optimized virtual machines.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu PitTop 15 Best Linux Antivirus Programs in 2022 [Ed: Waste of money, waste of CPU, and likely more privacy breaches and security holes on your system (some AV companies get caught red-handed)]

        There are always errors and problems in the computer Operating System, especially intentionally made mistakes, which we call trojans, malware, and viruses. Linux OS is a much more efficient and secure OS, but still, there are possibilities to have these problems. To decrease these issues, many security specialists have developed a lot of antivirus for Linux already. These antiviruses aim to detect and remove all the threats before they harm the system. Well, if you are a Linux user and planning to try something for your system’s protection, I am sure you are on the right track.

      • WCCF TechRPCS3 Latest Updates Bring Major Performance Improvements for Metal Gear Solid 4, Red Dead Redemption and Persona 5

        RPCS3 is a multi-platform open-source Sony PlayStation 3 emulator and debugger written in C++ for Windows, Linux and BSD. It was founded by programmers DH and Hykem. Initially hosted on Google Code, the project was eventually migrated to GitHub later on in its development. RPCS3′s first successful boots were primarily composed of small homebrew projects and hardware tests. The emulator was later publicly released in June of 2012 and gained substantial attention from both the open-source community and PlayStation enthusiasts alike. Today, RPCS3 is primarily developed by its two lead developers; Nekotekina, kd-11 and backed by flourishing team of GitHub contributors.

      • The Motley FoolGnuCash Review [Ed: GNU software reviewed in Microsoft site]

        GnuCash is free, open-source software that offers both personal financial management and professional accounting capability. GnuCash is completely free, making it a great option for start-ups and micro-businesses with limited budgets.

      • Mimecast: The 5 Types of Email Encryption

        Email encryption is one of the most misunderstood and complex fields of data security, with many companies either using it incorrectly or not using it at all. However, it remains the most secure way to send data across the Internet, with various protocols securing data against cyberattackers and other threats.

      • The Motley FoolLibreOffice Review 2022: Features, Pricing & More [Ed: Microsoft site ranks LibreOffice only 3 our of 5. Conflict of interest not stated.]
      • Make Use OfStay Organized With These 7 Calendar Apps for Linux

        Keep track of time and events while working on your desktop using these must-have calendar apps for Linux.

        Calendar apps are a necessity for keeping track of events and your to-do tasks in this hectic modern work life. These apps can help you never forget anything again.

        The calendar apps available for Linux have a lot of handy productivity features that will help you remember stuff, suggest important dates, and help build good habits.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install Lighttpd with PHP on Debian 11

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Lighttpd with PHP on Debian 11.

      • Tom’s HardwareHow To Manage Users in Linux | Tom’s Hardware

        User management may not sound like the most glamorous task, but nonetheless it is an essential part of a busy system administrator’s job. Creating new users, be they your family, friends or co-workers involves giving them the correct permissions, and managing what they can do. All of this can be done via the GUI and the terminal and in this how to we will show how.

      • How to install pgAdmin 4 on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial guide, I will be taking you through the installation of pgAdmin 4 version 6.9 on Ubuntu 22.04.

        pgAdmin 4 is a free and open-source management tool for Postgres. Its desktop runtime written in NWjs allows it to run standalone for individual users, or the web applications code may be directly deployed on a web server for use by the web browser.

        pgAdmin 4 is a complete rewrite of pgAdmin, built using Python and Java

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install Inkscape 1.2 & Keep Updated via PPA in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Free open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape 1.2 was released a few days ago. Ubuntu, Linux Mint and their based systems can now install the new release via official PPA.

    • Games

      • Boiling Steam3000 Games On The Steam Deck! – Boiling Steam

        It took less than 4 months and here we are, with 3000 games on the Steam Deck! To be precise, there are now 3014 games at the time of writing working on the Steam Deck – in two categories as usual:

        Steam Deck Verified: 1527 titles
        Steam Deck Playable: 1487 titles

      • Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s PC port now supports 60fps, save states, Linux and more

        The fan-made PC port of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, ‘Ship of Harkinian’ now supports 60fps, Linux and more.

        As part of the fan development team’s latest “Ship of Harkinian Direct”, Habour Masters unveiled the frame-rate boost as well as a host of new features.

        In addition to 60fps, the port now runs on Linux, and new features such as save states, Gameshark-style cheats and accessibility features such as voice descriptions have been added to the game.

      • Ubuntu Pit5 Best 3D Games for Linux To Play in 2022

        It is true that Linux doesn’t have a good name for the gaming sectors like Windows and macOS. But still, there are a lot of interesting games, including many 3D games available for Linux users. Indeed, the gaming companies are now getting interested in Linux, and so they are producing more games for this system. However, if you are a Linux user and want to enjoy some games in your free time, I can help. Today, we will discuss the best 3D games for Linux.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • MiTubo 1.0: playlist support, new “website” | Mardy

          Expanding a bit on the points above, the first thing worth saying is that the choice of releasing this version as “1.0” does not mean that it’s more stable than the previous ones; it just means that I’m rather satisfied with the feature set, and that I believe that the program is ready for more widespread use.

          This is also the reason why I decided to prepare a web page for it: mardy.it/mitubo. I didn’t go for a completely separate website, unlike what I previously did for Mappero Geotagger, PhotoTeleport and Imaginario (which reminds me that I haven’t been working on the latter for a long time! I should try to correct this soon!), both because this way it’s simpler to publish news about it (I’ll continue doing that here, instead of cross-posting in two sites), and because having it in the same domain might be mutually beneficial for the SEO ranking of the blog and of MiTubo.

        • Adriaan de GrootAdriaan de Groot: Blue Systems Farewell

          Calamares serves the needs of several dozen Linux distributions, large and small. I’ve been running the Calamares project for five years now, sponsored by Blue Systems who have supported the Calamares project since its beginning and through two maintainers now. After these five years, I have decided to hand in my badge and move on to different things. This means that I’m no longer paid to spend three days a week on Calamares and my involvement is going to be dialed back to incidental-volunteer-contributor. This means that maybe I’ll finally ignore Linux distro’s and sit down to make it work for FreeBSD.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Brookings InstitutionStrengthening digital infrastructure: A policy agenda for free and open source software

      While there is little debate that digital forces are playing an increasingly crucial role in the economy, there is limited understanding of the importance of the digital infrastructure that underlies this role. Much of the discussion around digital infrastructure has focused on broadband availability (which is certainly important), but the role of free and open source software (FOSS or OSS) has gone underappreciated. FOSS—software whose source code is public, is often created by decentralized volunteers, and can be freely used and modified by anyone—has come to play a vital role in the modern economy. It is baked into technology we use every day (cars, phones, websites, etc.), as well as into various aspects of critical infrastructure including our finance and energy systems.

    • Web Browsers

      • Daniel AleksandersenImprove legibility and reduce layout shifts with x-height adjustments

        There’s more to setting the text size on your webpages than just the CSS font-size property. It only controls the size of majuscule (“uppercase”, e.g. “A”) letters, numbers, and punctuation. The size of minuscule (“lowercase”, e.g. “a”) letters is left up to the font.


        Unfortunately, font-size-adjust is only supported in Firefox. It has been supported by this browser for over a decade already. It was implemented in Chrome for almost half a decade, but it has been left to rot behind the Experimental Web Platform features flag. It’s not implemented in Safari.

    • GNU Projects

      • The Register UKGCC 12.1 supports China’s LoongArch CPU family • The Register

        Version 12.1 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) was released this month, and among its many changes is support for China’s LoongArch processor architecture.

        The announcement of the release is here; the LoongArch port was accepted as recently as March.

        China’s Academy of Sciences developed a family of MIPS-compatible microprocessors in the early 2000s. In 2010 the tech was spun out into a company called Loongson Technology which today markets silicon under the brand “Godson”. The company bills itself as working to develop technology that secures China and underpins its ability to innovate, a reflection of Beijing’s belief that home-grown CPU architectures are critical to the nation’s future.

        LoongArch emerged from Loongson around about last year, and was described as a new RISC ISA that comes in 32-bit and 64-bit flavours.

      • Paper Published: Deep space reception of Tianwen-1 by AMSAT-DL using GNU radio

        A real-time GNU Radio decoder has been used to receive and store telemetry almost every day over the course of 10 months. Some of the telemetry variables, such as the trajectory information, have been successfully interpreted and used to track the progress of the mission.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Venture BeatOnce frenemies, Elastic and AWS are now besties

        To cut a War and Peace-esque story short, Amazon had introduced its own managed Elasticsearch service called Amazon Elasticsearch Service way back in 2015, and in the intervening years the “confusion” this (among other shenanigans) caused in the cloud sphere ultimately led Elastic to transition Elasticsearch from open source to “free and open” (i.e., a less permissive license), exerting more control over how the cloud giants of the world could use the product and Elasticsearch name.

      • What sort of open source licence is your database?

        If vendors are changing the licence to make them more restrictive, does that make them any different to proprietary software? Zaitsev says no. He sees such a move as meaning a company and its products are no longer open source.

    • Programming/Development

      • The Register UKFastly buys Glitch web IDE • The Register

        Content delivery network Fastly is purchasing Glitch, the company behind the web-based IDE of the same name.

        Glitch is a full-stack platform that officially supports JavaScript, but allows coding in CSS, HTML, and other languages as well. It’s designed to operate much like other cloud platforms and is able to run full-stack apps on demand, with Glitch handling all of the hardware and devs allowed to focus on coding.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Medical NewsApplications of Flow Cytometry in Oceanography

        The field of oceanography demands reliable, efficient, and high-throughput analytical methods. An eminently suitable analytical method that has become the focus of research is flow cytometry, which has also been used in numerous other fields in the life sciences.

      • The Register UKCars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests

        Autonomous cars may be further away than believed. Testing of three leading systems found they hit a third of cyclists, and failed to avoid any oncoming cars.

        The tests [PDF] performed by the American Automobile Association (AAA) looked at three vehicles: a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe with Highway Driving Assist; a 2021 Subaru Forester with EyeSight; and a 2020 Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot.

        According to the AAA, all three systems represent the second of five autonomous driving levels, which require drivers to maintain alertness at all times to seize control from the computer when needed. There are no semi-autonomous cars generally available to the public that are able to operate above level two.

      • The Register UKBoeing’s Starliner CST-100 on its way to the ISS 2 years late

        Two and a half years after its first disastrous launch, Boeing has once again fired its CST-100 Starliner capsule at the International Space Station.

        This time it appeared to go well, launching at 18:54 ET from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral. The RD-180 main engine and twin solid rocket boosters of the Atlas V performed as planned before Starliner was pushed to near orbital velocity by the Centaur upper stage.

    • Hardware

      • The Register UKToshiba says it’s talking to 10 suitors about possible sale

        Ailing Japanese giant Toshiba has revealed it has 10 potential suitors for its possible sale.

        A Friday announcement revealed that Toshiba’s decision to consider a sale to a private buyer has progressed to the point at which discussions are under way with §0 parties who have expressed an interest in submitting a proposal to buy the company.

        Those talks have become sufficiently serious that Toshiba has appointed two sets of advisors – from Mizuho Securities and JP Morgan Securities – to offer financial advice and assist the special committee Toshiba assembled to consider offers.

      • The Register UKUS fears China may have ten exascale systems by 2025

        The US is racing to catch up with China in supercomputing performance amid fears that the country may widen its lead in exascale computers over the next decade, according to reports.

        The Frontier supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expected to be the first exascale system in the US once it is fully operational, but China already has two exascale systems up and running since last year, as reported on our sister site The Next Platform.

      • The Register UKAmerica bucks global smartphone decline with help from Apple • The Register

        Smartphone markets the world over are in decline, but that news doesn’t appear to have reached North America, where the market grew by 4 percent in the first quarter of 2022.

        Tech market analytics firm Canalys reported that smartphone manufacturers shipped a total of 39m units in North America in Q1 2022, and most of it was driven by Apple, which saw 19 percent growth in Q1 to reach 51 percent of the smartphone market in the US, Canada and Mexico.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

    • Pseudo-Open Source

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • Naked SecurityApple patches zero-day kernel hole and much more – update now! [Ed: Apple did not patch this until it was publicly known that it had been exploited]

        The bug fixes for iPhones and iPads include remote code execution flaws (RCEs) in components from the kernel itself to Apple’s image rendering library, graphics drivers, video processing modules and more. Several of these bugs warn that “a malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges”. That’s the sort of security hole that could lead to a complete device takeover – what’s known in the jargon as a “jailbreak“, because it escapes from Apple’s strict lockdown and app restrictions.

      • The HinduCreating our own password manager

        We can manage a range of passwords by creating our own password manager using the bash commandline available in popular GNU/Linux operating systems. The GNU/Bash Shell is readily available in Ubuntu/Debian based Linux systems. They can be launched using the terminal application (with the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T).

      • Conti presses Costa Rica. Bluetooth LE proof-of-concept. Making initial access more difficult. Cyber phases of hybrid wars. [Ed: Costa Rica pays a huge price for being penetrated by Microsoft]

        Reuters reports that the number of Costa Rican organizations affected by Conti’s ransomware attack has now grown to twenty-seven. Recently elected President Rodrigo Chaves has said that nine institutions, most of them governmental, were heavily affected, and that the attacks were having an “enormous” impact on foreign trade and tax collection. The governments of Israel, the United States and Spain are all providing Costa Rica with assistance in recovery and remediation, but a lot of work remains to be done.

      • Fantastic Open Source Cybersecurity Tools and Where to Find Them [Ed: Ironically, one must run unsafe proprietary software just to open this article]
      • The Register UKVenezuelan cardiologist charged with ‘designing and selling ransomware’ [Ed: Microsoft Windows]

        The US Attorney’s Office has charged a 55-year-old cardiologist with creating and selling ransomware and profiting from revenue-share agreements with criminals who deployed his product.

        A complaint [PDF] filed on May 16th in the US District Court, Eastern District of New York, alleges Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez – aka “Nosophoros,” “Aesculapius” and “Nebuchadnezzar” – created a ransomware builder known as “Thanos”, and ransomware named “Jigsaw v. 2”.

        The self-taught coder and qualified cardiologist advertised the ransomware in dark corners of the web, then licensed it ransomware to crooks for either $500 or $800 a month, it is claimed. He also ran an affiliate network that offered the chance to run Thanos to build custom ransomware, in return for a share of profits, it is alleged.

      • Naked SecurityFirefox out-of-band update to 100.0.1 – just in time for Pwn2Own? [Ed: Bloated browsers beget impossible security?]
      • The Register UKHow crooks backdoor sites and scrape credit card info • The Register

        In a paper scheduled to appear at the Usenix ’22 security conference later this year, authors Asuman Senol (imec-COSIC, KU Leuven), Gunes Acar (Radboud University), Mathias Humbert (University of Lausanne) and Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, (Radboud University) described how they measured data handling in web forms on the top 100,000 websites, as ranked by research site Tranco. ®

      • The Register UKMeet Wizard Spider, the multimillion-dollar gang behind Conti, Ryuk malware [Ed: Microsoft Windows]

        There also is a custom hash-cracking system that “stores cracked hashes, updates threat actors on the cracking status and shows the results of cracking attempts on other servers,” the threat hunters wrote. The software claims it can crack a broad array of common hash types, including LM:NTLM hashes, cached domain credentials, Kerberos 5 TGS-REP/AS-REP tickets, KeePass files, and those used for MS Office 2013 documents.

      • The Register UKPentester pops open Tesla Model 3 using low-cost Bluetooth module

        Tesla Model 3 and Y owners, beware: the passive entry feature on your vehicle could potentially be hoodwinked by a relay attack, leading to the theft of the flash motor.

        Discovered and demonstrated by researchers at NCC Group, the technique involves relaying the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signals from a smartphone that has been paired with a Tesla back to the vehicle. Far from simply unlocking the door, this hack lets a miscreant start the car and drive away, too.

      • NCC Group ResearchTechnical Advisory – Tesla BLE Phone-as-a-Key Passive Entry Vulnerable to Relay Attacks
      • The Register UKIndia slightly softens infosec incident reporting rules • The Register

        India has slightly softened its controversial new reporting requirements for information security incidents and made it plain they apply to multinational companies.

        The rules were announced with little advance warning in late April and quickly attracted criticism from industry on grounds including the requirement to report 22 different types of incident within six hours, a requirement to register personal details of individual VPN users, and retention of many log files for 180 days.

      • CSOHow to choose a certificate management tool

        Managing certificates that hold all your encryption secrets is impossible without the right tool. Here’s how to narrow the field.

      • OpenSSF Helping to Secure Open Source Software [Ed: No, it is mostly a marketing (openwashing) facade for proprietary software companies that actively insert back doors into things and strive to centralise everything around themselves under the guise of "security"]
      • Sigstore Sets Out to Secure Cloud-Native Supply Chain [Ed: No, this is about outsourcing trust and centralising it around Pentagon-connected companies in the name of so-called 'security' (it's censorship of software)]
      • The New StackSBOM Everywhere: The OpenSSF Plan for SBOMs [Ed: Missing disclosure here about LF paying for puff pieces about its programs and schemes]
      • The Register UKPatch your VMware gear now – or yank it out, Uncle Sam tells federal agencies [Ed: When VMWare points the finger at Linux it’s a deflection tactic]
      • Bleeping ComputerMalicious PyPI package opens backdoors on Windows, Linux, and Macs [Ed: It's not an OS issue but an issue of people installing malware on their OS]
      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The Register UKFTC signals crackdown on ed-tech harvesting kid’s data

          The US Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said it intends to take action against educational technology companies that unlawfully collect data from children using online educational services.

          In a policy statement, the agency said, “Children should not have to needlessly hand over their data and forfeit their privacy in order to do their schoolwork or participate in remote learning, especially given the wide and increasing adoption of ed tech tools.”

          The agency says it will scrutinize educational service providers to ensure that they are meeting their legal obligations under COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

        • The Register UKLawmakers launch bill to break up tech giants’ ad dominance
        • The Register UKUK tech pros warn EU ‘data adequacy’ ruling at risk • The Register

          BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has warned that proposed changes to Britain’s data protection rules must not put the flow of data between the EU and the UK at risk.

          The professional body said the supposed benefits of a leaner data protection regime – something the government promised last week – should not come at the expense of the UK’s current “data adequacy” arrangement with the EU.

        • FBI Provides Chicago Police With Fake Social Media Identities

          Internal documents also reveal that police can take over informants’ social media accounts and pose as them online.

        • Ottawa Hospitals Let You See Health Records From iPhone & It’s Among The First In Canada [Ed: Privacy nightmare marketed with 'gadget fascism']

          Your health is now in the palm of your hands, Ottawa! As of May 12, patients at multiple Ottawa hospitals are now able to view their medication lists, test results, and vaccination records all from their iPhones.

          Carleton Place, District Memorial Hospital, Glengarry Memorial Hospital, Montfort and Queensway Carleton Hospital, Arnprior Regional Health, and Bruyère are among some of the first hospitals in Canada now using Apple’s Health Records for iPhone.

        • The Register UKYour snoozing iOS 15 iPhone may actually be sleeping with one antenna open

          Some research into the potentially exploitable low-power state of iPhones has sparked headlines this week.

          While pretty much no one is going to utilize the study’s findings to attack Apple users in any meaningful way, and only the most high-profile targets may find themselves troubled by all this, it at least provides some insight into what exactly your iOS handheld is up to when it’s seemingly off or asleep. Or none of this is news to you. We’ll see.

      • Confidentiality

        • The Register UKGoogle’s first report on Privacy Sandbox hits UK watchdog’s inbox

          As Google’s self-imposed “late 2023″ deadline to kill all third party cookies in its Chrome browser looms, the giant has handed in its first quarterly Privacy Sandbox report to the UK’s competition regulator.

          As a reminder, the Competition Market’s Authority (CMA) took exception to Google’s Privacy Sandbox cookie cull amid worries on several fronts that the project might shut out competing ad companies in favor of the search giant.

        • The Register UKDid ID.me hoodwink Americans with IRS facial-recognition tech? [Ed: Totally insane and utterly misguided pseudo-futurism]

          Democrat senators want the FTC to investigate “evidence of deceptive statements” made by ID.me regarding the facial-recognition technology it controversially built for Uncle Sam.

          ID.me made headlines this year when the IRS said US taxpayers would have to enroll in the startup’s facial-recognition system to access their tax records in the future. After a public backlash, the IRS reconsidered its plans, and said taxpayers could choose non-biometric methods to verify their identity with the agency online.

          Just before the IRS controversy, ID.me said it uses one-to-one face comparisons. “Our one-to-one face match is comparable to taking a selfie to unlock a smartphone. ID.me does not use one-to-many facial recognition, which is more complex and problematic. Further, privacy is core to our mission and we do not sell the personal information of our users,” it said in January.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • The Register UKIntel shareholders revolt against Pat Gelsinger’s pay package
      • VoxFrom bitcoin to stablecoins to NFTs, what is the point of crypto? – Vox

        The claims proponents have long made about cryptocurrency — that it’s an inflation hedge, that it’s digital gold — appear increasingly dubious. Well before the current downturn, a lot of what was going on was fishy. Hackers have stolen tens of millions of dollars in crypto, and the sector is rife with stories about various scams. One big trend in the space might pretty blatantly be a Ponzi scheme.

        For a while, the drumbeat for getting into it felt too loud to ignore; the Larry David commercial in the Super Bowl for crypto trading platform FTX warned viewers “don’t miss out” on the next big thing — but what that big thing is isn’t clearly spelled out. Many people in crypto don’t want to outright say the point of the entire endeavor is to try to make money, which, thus far, has pretty much been the thing. (That and some crimes.)

      • Tech CentralForging the future is better than forging coins

        My interlocutor was Michele Neylon, founder of data centre operator and ISP Blacknight, which, while hardly without competition, has weathered many a storm including the early days of the post-dotcom crash tech spending slump, the effects of Ireland’s once severely lagging network infrastructure, and the devastating financial crisis that laid waste to much of the national economy.

      • The Register UKIT staffing, recruitment biz settles claims it discriminated against Americans

        Amtex Systems Incorporated, an IT staffing and recruiting firm based in New York City, has agreed to settle claims it discriminated against American workers because company clients wanted workers with temporary visas.

        The US Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the agreement, which followed from a US citizen filing a discrimination complaint with the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER).

        “IT staffing agencies cannot unlawfully exclude applicants or impose additional burdens because of someone’s citizenship or immigration status,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a statement. “The Civil Rights Division is committed to enforcing the law to ensure that job applicants, including US workers, are protected from unlawful discrimination.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Ella Project Presents Free Zoom Webinar On Music Copyrights And Royalties [Ed: Totally the wrong platform for this kind of thing, but then again these are copyright zealots working for the monopolists while pretending to know something about art and music]

          The Ella Project will present a free Zoom webinar on copyright and royalties for the music community on Wednesday, May 18, from 2–4 p.m. Central. Holland Gormley and John Riley will lead a discussion about intellectual property rights, how to access royalty streams and specifically mechanical royalties from the Music Modernization Act.

Links 21/05/2022: GitLab at Fedora and Pipewire in Next Ubuntu

Posted in News Roundup at 7:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Boiling SteamSign of the Times: The New HP Dev One Laptop Comes With Pop!_OS

        Just we were pointing out a few weeks back that Ubuntu is clearly losing ground as a gaming distro, we can now see it’s not just the gaming world that is affected: laptops made for developers may now be switching to something else too. HP has just revealed that its new HP Dev One laptop will ship with Pop!_OS, which is developed by System76.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Graylog: Industry Leading Log Management for Linux

        The point of logging is to keep your servers happy, healthy, and secure. If you can’t find the data, you can’t use it effectively or efficiently. If you’re not logging what you need, you will miss some critical signs. Meanwhile, if you’re logging too much, you will miss them again because they’ll be buried in so much noise.

        Everyone can use an extra pair of eyes to manage Linux logs, whether you’re a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between.


        You need to know whether the outage is intended or not. In some cases, the outage might be for regular maintenance, and someone ran the shutdown or reboot commands.

        In other cases, it could be that the machine crashed.

        While the logs spit out a lot of information, they don’t make it easy to find what you’re looking for. Reviewing Linux logs in plain text files written by a Syslog daemon is hard. When reviewing this information on your own, it’s easy to miss the needle of important information hidden in the haystack of plain text.

        It’s also extremely time-consuming, especially when you’re trying to figure out what happened to a machine that led to a service outage.

        In a centralized log management solution like Graylog, you don’t need to worry about knowing all the log file names or scanning through endless lines of plain text. You can set up dashboards that give you quick visibility.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • HowTo ForgeWeb UI Dashboard for Kubernetes
      • Dmesg Command in Linux – Options + Examples
      • How to set up your graphics card in Zorin OS – Real Linux User

        Most modern Linux distributions have out of the box outstanding support for most of the available hardware components, like your graphics card, printer and WiFi adapter. Even for many relatively new hardware technologies there is support with the help of Hardware Enablement. But it is always possible that the setup procedure doesn’t come up directly with the correct or most optimized drivers for your specific internal or external devices. In this article as part of my Zorin OS tutorial series I will focus on the support of graphics cards and will show you how to install or update graphics drivers in Zorin OS.

      • How to install Vivaldi browser on Fedora 36 – NextGenTips

        Vivaldi browser is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies. It has a minimalistic user interface with basic icons and fonts and, an optionally color scheme that changes based on the background and design of the web page being visited.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • Linux LinksEmulate the VIC-20 home computer with Linux – LinuxLinks

        Emulation is the practice of using a program (called an emulator) on a PC to mimic the behaviour of a home computer or a video game console, in order to play (usually retro) games on a computer.

        Home computers were a class of microcomputers that entered the market in 1977 and became common during the 1980s. They were marketed to consumers as affordable and accessible computers that, for the first time, were intended for the use of a single non-technical user.

        Back in the 1980s, home computers came to the forefront of teenagers’ minds. Specifically, the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and Atari ST were extremely popular. They were hugely popular home computers targeted heavily towards games, but they also ran other types of software.

        The Commodore VIC-20 is an 8-bit home computer that was released in 1980/1. It featured a MOS Technology 6502 CPU, with 20KB ROM and 5KB RAM although 1.5K of the RAM was used for the video display and aspects of the BASIC and kernal.

        It offered limited low-resolution graphics (176 x 184) with storage provided by cassette and floppy disk.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerTried overlay filesystem again

      Back in the very early days of EasyOS, 2017, I tried the overlay filesystem (also known as overlayfs), but there were serious errors. Don’t recall exactly what they were, but the result was I stayed with aufs.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Some docs repos are moving to GitLab

        The Fedora Docs team is starting the process of moving repos from the fedora-docs namespace on Pagure to GitLab. We’re making this move in order to take advantage of features like improved in-browser editing and cross-repo kanban boards. This move will be entirely transparent to the docs published at docs.fedoraproject.org. However, if you are contributing to one of the repos in this namespace, you’ll need to update the git remote.

      • ToolboxRed Hat 2022: Linux In a New Avatar, OpenShift Upgrades, and Other Announcements
      • TechRepublicIs the new open source standard no standard at all? | TechRepublic

        We’re in a strange, somewhat unpredictable period in open source that has been caused perhaps by a lessening of Red Hat’s industry impact over the years. On Twitter, Brianna Wu asked men over 40 to comment on “structures [that] existed in your life to teach you how to be a good man.” Answers included things like Boy Scouts. A similar sort of question might be asked of developers and “open source structures…to teach you how to be a good open source citizen.”

        When I got started in open source, the obvious answer to most every question was “Red Hat.” What’s the right way to build a business in open source? Look to Red Hat was the stock response. What’s the right way to advocate for code freedom in open source? Again, look to Red Hat.

    • Debian Family

      • Its FOSSFSF Does Not Accept Debian as a Free Distribution. Here’s Why! – It’s FOSS News

        The Debian Project develops a free GNU/Linux distribution that respects the freedom of its users. It’s not uncommon for software, the source code of which is distributed under this or that free license, to contain non-free components. In this case, the software is cleaned before being released into Debian. The Free Software Foundation (FSF), in turn, maintains a list of free GNU/Linux distributions, but oddly enough, Debian is not there. The fact is that Debian does not meet some criteria for getting on this list and we have to figure out which ones. But first, you need to understand how all this intellectual work is justified. In other words, why bother trying to get on some lists and this one in particular?

        Stefano Zacchiroli, who used to be the leader of the Debian Project from 2010 to 2013, once voiced several reasons why Debian should have got the FSF to obtain the status of free distribution. One of these reasons, which Stefano called “external review”, I especially liked. The fact is that Debian has criteria and quality standards that software must meet to become part of the distribution, but no one except the Debian developers themselves controls this process. If the distribution had been included in that cherished list, the FSF would have been keeping a close eye on the fate of Debian with moderate criticism. Excellent motivation, I believe. If you also think so, then let’s now have a look at the reasons why the FSF considers Debian as not free enough.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Pipewire as a replacement for pulseaudio

        Are there any plans to migrate ubuntu to pipewire and wireplumber by default for audio, now that the LTS is out of the way? My anecdotal experience is that it seems to be working fine and in some cases (eg bluetooth audio, especially headsets) surparssing pulseaudio. Using Ubuntu Jammy’s built in packages.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: PostgreSQL Anonymizer 1.0: Privacy By Design For Postgres

        PostgreSQL Anonymizer is an extension that hides or replaces personally identifiable information (PII) or commercially sensitive data from a PostgreSQL database.

        The extension supports 3 different anonymization strategies: Dynamic Masking, Static Masking and Anonymous Dumps. It also offers a large choice of Masking Functions such as Substitution, Randomization, Faking, Pseudonymization, Partial Scrambling, Shuffling, Noise Addition and Generalization.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • Annual Report 2021: Attracting new contributors to LibreOffice [Ed: A good start would be, drop this "Personal Edition" thing as it perpetuates the idea volunteers work, without pay, for corporations. Corporations like to pretend to everything that is supposed to replace them. They want to control both sides. Why do you think proprietary software companies pretend to be -- and speak for -- "Open Source"? Corporations try to turn Free-as-in-Freedom into Free-as-in-Serfdom.]

        Joining a large and established project like LibreOffice can be daunting for many. The software has a large codebase, and sub-projects use a wide array of tools. In recent years, we’ve made efforts to simplify the onboarding process by linking more services together with SSO (single sign-on), thereby reducing some of the complexity. In addition, we’ve created Easy Hacks and similar “bite size” projects in other areas, so that newcomers can get involved quickly and achieve something without months of work.

        Currently, we have two websites/pages that function as starting points for new contributors: What Can I Do For LibreOffice and the Get Involved page. The former was set up by LibreOffice’s Albanian community, and lets users click through topics of interest, until they find something they want to do. The latter is a regular page, with a list of sub-projects inside LibreOffice, and quick steps to make initial contact.

    • Programming/Development

      • Linux HintReturn String From Function C++

        A way to identify a series of strings as a class member is specified in C++’s definition. The String class holds attributes as a stream of bits, with the ability to handle a single-byte character. In C++, we may retrieve a string, but we should still examine how the string will be retained and transferred. Because C++ returns elements on the heap, which has a finite amount of space, providing immense components will induce stack overflow issues that could result in errors and security flaws.

        If we can return a std::string object from the standard template library, we may provide a constant pointer to the string. Ascertain that the string is retained in static memory. This article outlines various approaches for returning a string from a C++ function.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Writing it down

          PWC 165 refers us to mathsisfun for the algorithm to be used. Let’s write it down.

      • Java

        • Linux HintHow to round of Numbers in Java

          Java provides a built-in class known as Math class which belongs to the java.lang package. The java.lang.Math class provides numerous methods that are used to perform different numeric operations such as rounding of a number, finding square root, and so on. The Math class offers multiple methods to round off a number such as round(), ceil(), floor().

  • Leftovers

    • HackadaySound Generation Board Makes The Tunes

      [Mcjack123] has been getting into chiptunes lately and realized that his original interest started in 2018 when he used an Arduino to turn a TI-84 calculator into a sound machine. His latest iteration is a custom-designed soundboard and he takes us through the design and construction of it in a recent post.

    • Counter PunchEngland and the Lost Princess

      We are in the middle of a discussion. It is about an abduction which took place fifty miles to the south of here, nearly twenty-two years ago, in the university town of Cambridge. The weather is unseasonably hot and my friend opens the window. All this talk of abduction grates the soul. It sparks within me such a flurry of thoughts, I want to write them all down, maybe even explore the idea of making a film about them one day. This is because at the heart of this incident is a kind of self-inflicted wound whose pain is so sharp, so deep, it possesses an ability to transform what you think about a place.

      This is why the eccentricity of where we are driving through — New York in England — somehow fits with a country increasingly uncertain about what it is anymore. There is even a token yellow cab and immaculate NYPD police car to our right. The giant Uncle Sam effigy, confusing as hell, glints in the noonday sun. It is like a page from a magical realist novel. Yet the topic of our discussion is real, not fiction at all. It is the Cambridge abduction of Princess Shamsa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a terrible and swift prohibition of a young life which took place in England when the victim was a mere 19 years old. An incident brutishly exacerbated today by the failure of Cambridgeshire police to press any charges, albeit for reasons beyond their control.

    • Counter PunchTales from the Cryptic ‘60s: an Unauthorized Interview with Judy Gumbo

      Judy Gumbo arrived at Berkeley, California from Canada in the mid-60s and engaged herself in the political antics of the Youth International Party, aka, the Yippies, through Stew Albert, her boyfriend and a Yippee leader. Judy was a kind of proto-feminist (in principle) and du jour lesbian; a serious anti-war activist who went to North Vietnam, like Jane “Barbarella” Fonda, and gave ‘piece’ a chance (Oanh), with, and among, the “enemy” (in quotes, because “they” are always buying our goods after the war, as a kind of empathetic concession to Das Kapital’s dragon charm, or war seen as part of the economic negotiations to establish the market and keep the prices down — at first); she was pals with the Black Panthers at the height of the FBI’s COINTELPRO infiltration and subterfuge game (and a recipient of their dossier largesse herself, the feds calling her “the most vicious” Yippie of them all); she was in Chicago in ‘68 with Jerry and Abbie and Pigasus; and, she was a journalist for the Berkeley Barb, a community news happening — so she knows the value of an interview. Her memoir of this wild and woolly (to go by her chronicled sexual antics) era is a superb addition to the home library for this period — that includes the classic Steal This Book, Revolution for the Hell of It, Steal This Dream, Soul On Ice, Howl, I Will Fight No More Forever, Dibs: In Search of Self, The Armies of the Night, and The Pentagon Papers (Ellsberg went from warplanner to charter Yippie in a few cubes of acid).

      It used to be that you couldn’t get them to stop hogging the spotlight in the service of Yippie mayhem designed to foster and fuel the street theater antics of a vibrant counterculture that refused to take the Squares seriously. Abbie Hoffman throwing cash down on Wall Street brokers from the public balcony (no longer possible) to watch them drop everything to porky snorkel through the small-bills moolah on the floor. Then, Abbie threatening to levitate the Pentagon, and actually negotiating the height down to three feet off the ground. Another time, Abbie ‘showing up’ at a designated spot to be arrested by cops for minor vandalism only to have a van arrive full of Abbie look-alikes who popped out and ran in different directions, the real Abbie standing a slight distance away crying out, Yoohoo! Yoohoo! Here I am! Making New York’s finest look like the Keystone Cops. Now that’s terrorism you’re willing to back with crypto dollars. This latter scene of multiple Abbies is vividly described in Larry “Ratso” Sloman’s classic oral history, Steal This Dream (pages 80-81). And Judy could have brought it to life with an interview. She was there; she’s got flair.

    • ScheerpostFight Club

      “Fight Club,” a new original cartoon by the inimitable Mr. Fish, examines the integrity of the combative sinew upon which we all rely to maintain the cohesion of our federal government.

    • ScheerpostRay McGovern & John Kiriakou: It’s Scoundrel Time in the Good Ol’ USA

      Critics of the West’s role in the Ukraine war, such as this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” guests CIA veterans Ray McGovern and John Kiriakou, are being ostracized from the American media landscape.

    • If you have to embrace the stupid, you might as well do it well

      Our customer, The Oligarchic Cell Phone Company, wants us to do a demo of a new feature for a certain class of clients. “Project: Lumbergh [1]” will receive a URL (Uniform Resource Location) along with the name and reputation of a phone number it gets from elsewhere. “Project: Lumbergh” will then pass this along to “Project: Sippy-Cup [2].” We already have to deal with URLs from elsewhere. The only change we have to make is allowing URLs to be passed along to the certain class of clients, which formerly did not get URLs. So far, so good.

    • Meeting my new manager before training my new manager

      I finally met my new manager [1]! It’s been … what? 3½ months? … since it was announced. I decided to ask a VP (Vice President) of the Corporate Overlords who was my actual manager, M1 [2] (who was promoted) or M2 (who is to replace the promoted manager). The VP said M2, and that since I have yet to meet him, I should invite him to the next department meeting. Why it should be up to me to invite M2 to our daily meeting and not M1 is apparently beyond my pay grade, but I invited him.

    • Education

      • The NationThe School Board Culture War

        Tim Nordin checked his e-mail shortly before the April 5 local election in his northwestern Wisconsin community and found a death threat. The sender, identified only as “Kill All Marxist Teachers,” attacked the president of the Eau Claire school board for “promoting the horrific, radical transgender agenda,” adding, “It’s now time to declare war on you pedos. I am going to kill you and your entire family.” Nordin made sure his family was safe, called the cops, and alerted fellow school board members. Then, after checking with his wife to make sure she agreed that it was worth it to continue campaigning for a new term on the board, he sent a message to the voters.

    • Hardware

      • HackadaySquare Cuts On Aluminum Extrusion, No Mill Required

        If you’re looking for the perfect excuse to buy that big, beautiful Bridgeport mill, we’ve got some bad news: it’s not going to be making perfectly square end cuts on aluminum extrusion. Sadly, it’s much more cost-effective to build this DIY squaring jig, and search for your tool justification elsewhere.

      • HackadaySlow Races On A Pinewood Derby Track Built From Scratch

        Pinewood derby racing is a popular pastime for scouting groups and many others besides. [Mr Coster] whipped up his own track with the assistance of some 3D printed parts, and used it to run a competition with a fun twist on the usual theme.

      • HackadayPractice Makes Perfect For This Ball And Socket Robot

        Ball and socket joints are useful, but making a part slide over the surface of a sphere, held by magnets, requires a lot of fiddling to get right. We admire persistence and nailing all the details. [Matthew Finlay] has been doing just that with his ball and socket robot. He’s on version six, a testament to his desire to do the idea justice. Luckily for us, he’s documented each version as he went.

      • CNX SoftwareClicker 4 for TMPM4K board targets motor control with Toshiba M4K microcontroller

        Toshiba and Mikroelektronika have launched the Clicker 4 for TMPM4K development board equipped with Toshiba M4K Arm Cortex-M4 microcontroller for motor control, as well as four mikroBUS sockets for MikroE Click expansion boards.

        The Clicker 4 for TMPM4K board is also fitted with an on-board CMSIS-DAP compliant Debug Unit based on Toshiba’s TMPM067 MCU, extension connectors, JTAG/SWD debug ports, LED indicators and push buttons, and works best with Clicker 4 Inverter Shield with six MOSFETs for motor driving, a 48V switching power supply, and a 5V regulated power source that can power the M4K board.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Security

      • HackadayThis Week In Security: IPhone Unpowered, Python Unsandboxed, And Wizard Spider Unmasked

        As conspiracy theories go, one of the more plausible is that a cell phone could be running malicious firmware on its baseband processor, and be listening and transmitting data even when powered off. Nowadays, this sort of behavior is called a feature, at least if your phone is made by Apple, with their Find My functionality. Even with the phone off, the Bluetooth chip runs happily in a low-power state, making these features work. The problem is that this chip doesn’t do signed firmware. All it takes is root-level access to the phone’s primary OS to load a potentially malicious firmware image to the Bluetooth chip.

      • Techdirt$100 Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock All Kinds Of Devices, Including Teslas, From Miles Away

        While they’re not impervious, at least you know where you stand with a good, old fashioned dumb lock. That’s in stark contrast to so-called “smart” locks, which studies have repeatedly shown to be easily compromised with minimal effort. One report showed that 12 of 16 smart locks they tested could be relatively easily hacked thanks to flimsy security standards.

      • NexstarRansomware attack affects nearly 500,000 CPS students [Ryan: Bill Gates-affiliated organization enables ransomware attack on Chicago Public Schools teachers and faculty.]
      • [Old] What Should Graduates Know And Be Able To Do?

        Previously, Tom served as the first executive director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience.

      • Bill Gates-affiliated organization enables ransomware attack on Chicago Public Schools teachers and faculty.

        Battelle is also routinely affiliated with Tom Vander Ark, who previously had a high profile role in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as executive director of education.

        Since Bill Gates decided to “give away [his] wealth” to “philanthropy”, he has doubled his wealth, mainly through influence peddling through his fake charity, the Gates Foundation.

        People who hoard $80 billion dollars during times of recession and don’t pay much in taxes on it either are not a boost to the economy.

        Bill Gates has a troubled “relationship” with children. His personal engineer, Rick Allen Jones, was arrested in the Gates Mansion and found with a trove of child pornography. The detectives investigating the case also raided his apartment while Jones was at work in the Gates Mansion, and found bankers boxes full of VHS tapes, along with lots of hard drives and flash memory sticks and computers overflowing with it.

        When Jones got to court, the judge mysteriously ruled to keep Jones off the sex offender list and out of jail, and the charge of illegal possession of a handgun got mysteriously dropped.

        When Jones would accompany Bill and Melinda on trips abroad, he would photograph children on the beaches.

        Gates also flew around with Jeff Epstein on Epstein’s Lolita Express, a long time after everyone knew what Epstein was.

        When Melinda Gates divorced Bill, Epstein came up. Who would want to be married to a guy who pals around with many child molesters and those with dungeons ‘o child porn, and is possibly a pedophile himself?

        “I just couldn’t trust what we had.”.

        Why anyone lets Bill Gates deal with children is beyond me. He keeps “interesting” company.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Counter PunchICE Probably Spied on You

          As a teenager, I dismissed their concerns. “Listen, we’re not in the Middle East,” I would counter.

          My parents knew better though. I soon received a rude awakening in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

        • TechdirtReport Shows ICE’s Massive Surveillance Apparatus Is All Up In Americans’ Everything

          Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has long made its own case for abolishment. Before ICE earned its current reputation as a fake-school running, report-altering, rogue agency interested in ejecting as many non-white people from America as possible, ICE ran interference for entrenched industries.

        • Papers PleaseNew reports on DHS surveillance and profiling

          Two new reports from university think-tanks call attention to surveillance and profiling — including surveillance of, and action against, domestic and international travelers — by the Department of Homeland Security and its components.

          A Course Correction for Homeland Security, a report by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, cites to some of our work and some examples of cases we have been involved with in its analysis of DHS data collection (surveillance), and “risk assessments” (algorithmic profiling and control), especially as they relate to travelers.

          American Dragnet: Data-Driven Deportation in the 21st Century, a report by the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University Law School, focuses on DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division, especially ICE access to facial images and other information obtained from drivers licenses and commercial data brokers.

        • TechdirtThe FBI Definitely Wanted NSO Group Malware For Investigative Use Despite Its Earlier (Non)Denial

          The New York Times has obtained more information about the FBI’s courting of NSO Group, something that has since raised questions from its oversight.

        • Supreme Court directs Technical Committee to expedite investigation on Pegasus

          The committee of technical experts constituted by the Supreme Court to investigate the use of Pegasus spyware on Indian citizens submitted its interim report to the Supreme Court in a “taped envelope” on 06.01.2022. The report was placed before the Court on 20.05.2022 and examined by the Bench of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of India. As per the report, the technical committee has received 29 phones so far, and has developed their own software to examine phones for the use of the spyware. The Court has now directed the technical committee to submit its report to the overseeing Judge of the committee [Justice RV Raveendran (retd.)] expeditiously.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchTaking Aim at Criminalizing Russia: Stephen Cohen Challenges A Rampant Mania

        On April 25, 2018 Stephen Cohen, unraveller of myths extraordinaire, wrote an article on “Criminalizing Russia” in The Nation (republished in War with Russia: from Putin to Ukraine to Trump an Russiagate [2022]). We are increasingly aware that the bamboozling of the citizenry prepares them for whatever bombing will follow. We are also aware that those we bomb and maim and destroy are first demonized. Noam Chomsky (in Who rules the world? [2016]) informs his readers that the Israeli government deplored the savagery of the Palestinians by deeming them “two-headed beasts” (Prime Minister Menachem Begin), “drugged roaches scurrying around in a bottle” (Israeli Defence Forces Chief of Staff Raful Eitan), “like grasshoppers compared to us” whose heads should be “smashed against the boulders and walls” (Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir)—or more commonly, just ‘Araboushim,’ the slang counter part of ‘kike’ or ‘nigger’ (p. 24-25).

        Cohen states boldly that for more than a decade, the “US political-media establishment has increasingly demonized, delegitimated, and now criminalized the Russian state and its leadership.” It began, the brave Stephen states, with “personal vilification of President Putin and has grown into a general indictment of Russia as a nation” (p. 176). The present Russia-Ukraine conflict has intensified both Putin’s vilification and banishment of Russia from the company of nations. “Get out of here, you Russians!” We will burn Dostoevsky and Tolstoy’s novels, shred Turgenev’s poetry, we will ban the Kirov and Bolshoi ballets from our stages, remove Valery Gergiev’s conductor’s wand and fire Anna Netrebko from singing opera, ban the music of Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky or Dimitri Shoshtakovic, ban Russians from playing at Wimbledon or competing at the Olympics.

      • Counter PunchHow Media Reports of ‘Clashes’ Mislead Americans About Israeli-Palestinian Violence

        Yet those who skimmed the headlines of initial reports from several U.S. media outlets may have been left with a different impression of what happened.

        “Israeli Police Clash with Mourners at Funeral Procession,” read the headline of MSNBC’s online report. The Wall Street Journal had a similar headline on its story: “Israeli Forces, Palestinians Clash in West Bank before Funeral of Journalist.”

      • Counter PunchAt Home and Abroad, is America “Fake News?”

        What does America stand for? Are we truly an exceptional country? Are we even an ethical one?

        I dedicated my life to protecting this nation. I know firsthand how misguided most Americans are about how we interact with the rest of the world. But to understand their confusion, we have to first look within. And as we condemn Russia’s aggression, we must resist the temptation to ignore our own shortcomings.

      • Counter PunchWhen the Shooting Ended

        As the pundits try to dissect the motivations of the killer in this massacre, we hear a lot about social media misinformation, Fox News propaganda, our country’s terrible history of racism, and the ongoing propagation of institutional racism today.  We also hear about different gun laws, efforts at controlling the proliferation of assault weapons, the power of the gun lobby, and the sanctity of the Second Amendment.  We hear about mental health, and the ongoing failure of the public health sector to basically exist in any meaningful form in this country, though they don’t put it that way.

        It has been mentioned that the Buffalo massacre was the 200th mass shooting in the United States so far in 2022, and it’s only mid-May.  What isn’t mentioned is that most of the other mass shootings involved men killing their families, or men targeting women.  Misogyny is so endemic, it apparently doesn’t bear mentioning anymore, like the sun rising in the east.

      • Democracy NowBuffalo: India Walton on the Racist Massacre & Community’s Need for Gun Control, Good Jobs, Housing

        As Buffalo, New York, mourns the loss of the 10 people killed Saturday in a racist rampage at a local grocery store in the heart of the city’s African American community, we get an update from longtime community activist and former mayoral candidate India Walton about the lack of attention to the structural issues that made the Black community vulnerable and the ineffectiveness of police. “My question is: What happens when the cameras leave? How do we continue to support the people who have been negatively impacted?” says Walton. “What decreases gun violence, particularly in places like East Buffalo, is going to be good living-wage jobs, affordable housing, a quality education and access to the basic needs that this community has lacked for so long.”

      • Counter PunchIs This the End of the French Project in Africa’s Sahel?

        In early 2017, under French pressure, these G5 Sahel countries created the G5 Sahel Joint Force (FC-G5S), a military alliance to combat the security threat posed by the aftermath of the Algerian civil war (1991-2002) and the detritus of NATO’s 2011 war in Libya. The G5 Sahel Joint Force received the backing of the United Nations Security Council to conduct military operations in the region.

        Mali’s military spokesperson Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga said on May 15 that his government had sent a letter on April 22 to General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno—President of Chad’s transitional military council and the outgoing president of the G5 Sahel—informing him of Mali’s decision; the lack of movement in holding the conference of the G5 Sahel heads of state, which was supposed to take place in Mali in February, and handing over the rotating presidency of the FC-G5S to the country, forced Mali to take the action of leaving both the FC-G5S and the G5 Sahel platform, Colonel Maïga said on national television.

      • Counter PunchWestphalian Logic and Geopolitical Prudence in the Nuclear Age

        The most influential Western media platforms, including CNN, BBC, NY Times, The Economist, with few exceptions, have largely supported these one-dimensional governmental narrative accounts of the Ukraine War. The views of progressive critics of the manner that American foreign policy has handled the crisis are almost totally unrepresented, while the extremist right is castigated for daring to oppose the national consensus as if only the only dissenters are conspiracy inclined fascists. Almost no attention given by these media outlets to understanding either the buildup of tensions relating to Ukraine in the years preceding the Russian attack or the wider security rationale that explains Putin’s resolve to reassert its former authority in the Ukraine. Similarly, there was virtually no mainstream discussion of ceasefire/diplomatic options, favored by many peace and religious groups, that sought to give priority to ending the killing, coupled with a search for possible reconciling formulas that combined Ukrainian sovereign entitlements with some adjustments taking account of Russian concerns. The most trusted media in the West functioned as a war-mongering propaganda machine that was only slightly more nuanced in its support for the official line of the government than what one would expect from unambiguously autocratic regimes. Coverage highlighted visual portrayals of the daily brutalities of the war coupled with a steady stream of condemnations of Russian behavior, detailed reportage on the devastation and civilian suffering, and a tactical overview of how the fighting was going in various combat zones. These bellicose narratives were routinely reinforced by expert commentary from retired generals and intelligence officials, and never subjected to challenge from peace advocates, much less dissenters and critics. I have yet to hear the voice or read texts on these influential media platforms from the most celebrated public intellectuals, Noam Chomsky or Daniel Ellsberg, or even from independent minded diplomats like Chas Freeman. Of course, these individuals are talking and writing but to learn their views you have to navigate the internet in search of such online websites as CounterPunch and Common Dreams.

        The fog of war has been replaced by a war fever while making the transition from helping Ukraine defend itself against aggression to pursuing a victory over Russia increasingly heedless of nuclear dangers and worldwide economic dislocations that threatened many millions with famine, acute insecurity, and destitution. The shrill assured voices of generals and think tank security gurus dominated commentary, while pleas for peace from the UN Secretary General, the Dalai Lama, and Pope Francis, if noticed at all, were confined to the outer margins of public awareness.

      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: Search, Destroy and Replace

        + Not shot by police: Dylann Roof (21), Kyle Rittenhouse (18), Payton S. Gendron (18).

        Shot by police: Tamir Rice (12), Laquan McDonald (17), Michael Brown (18)

      • Counter PunchBeyond the Crystal Ball & Unmentionable Fascism: Dark Predictions, Human Agency, and a Beautiful Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights

        The Ugly Foreseeable: Six Dark Predictions

        It shouldn’t be so easy to predict future terrible events.

      • Meduza‘We weren’t afraid of them — but they were very afraid of us’ Meduza reports from Kharkiv, where Ukrainians are cleaning up the mess left by the city’s failed invaders

        On May 15, Western military experts declared that Ukraine had won the “battle for Kharkiv.” Analysts pointed to the retreat of Russian detachments around Kharkiv in the face of Ukrainian counterattacks. Russian troops had been fighting to take control of the city, which lies about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the Russian border, since the beginning of the war. Residential areas on the city’s outskirts were torn apart, and on March 2, a missile strike hit the city’s central square. Thousands of civilians took cover in basements and in the city’s metro station. Now, Kharkivites are sorting through the rubble, repairing the public transport system, restoring the electricity and gas supply, and preparing their beauty salons and cafes to open up again. Larisa Kalik went to Kharkiv to talk to the residents bringing the city back to life.

      • TruthOutRepublicans Gave Tours of Capitol Before Attack, According to Jan. 6 Committee
      • Counter PunchThird Party Blues

        There’s Trump, a disgrace with his hideous January 6 insurrection, his Big Lie that he’s the real winner of the 2020 election and then all his many, many little lies about almost everything else. In the other corner of the ring lurks Biden, who on the last campaign trail promised everything from a medical public option to the minimum wage to student debt cancellation to the kitchen sink. He broke all those promises, estranging his relationship from the truth almost as badly as Trump’s.

        So neither man is to be trusted. That’s not to say they’re bad in the same way – Trump’s racism, sexism, hot crush on fascism and all-around bullying of anyone he dislikes sicken anyone with a moral compass, but opposite him, there’s Biden, who may well yet bungle us into a nuclear holocaust with Russia. According to Russian observers May 16, in the Russian/Ukrainian battle for Rubizhnoye seven U.S. citizens were killed during the fighting, while the city’s defense was led by American and Polish military advisors. The day before came the rumor that a British lieutenant colonel, a U.S. general and four NATO military instructors had surrendered to Russian troops in Mariupol. This is all very bad. If true, it means Biden has failed to keep the U.S. out of the fighting. Even if only some of it is true, he already has the distinction of bringing the extermination of human civilization closer than any president since the U.S. first split the atom.

      • Counter PunchI Ain’t Marching Anymore

        I Ain’t Marching Anymore is a must-read addition to books on the US peace movement.*  

        Lombardi’s writing is infused with the passion and insight of an activist. Having spent years with the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors she combines deep political commitment with the skill of an accomplished storyteller and the intellect of a scholar. That alone is a huge accomplishment. It’s a very accessible page-turner and a great book for someone new to the peace movement.

      • TruthOutAnti-Terrorism Bill Targeting White Supremacists Puts House GOP on the Defensive
      • The NationActive Shooters
      • The Nation“We Are Not Terrified. We Are Tenacious.”

        “I don’t know… looks mighty white.” A friend and I were driving across New York’s Southern Tier, headed west on NY17/I-86 to Buffalo, his first trip there, and we had taken up a kind of call and response: “You wait, you’re going to like Buffalo; it’s a Black city.”

      • Democracy NowLessons for Buffalo? Meet the Activist Who Sued the White Supremacists Behind Charlottesville & Won

        The Buffalo shooter wrote racist screeds online before targeting and killing people in a majority-Black neighborhood. We look at the incident’s similarities to other white supremacist killings, particularly the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Amy Spitalnick is the executive director of Integrity First for America, a nonprofit organization that successfully sued the white supremacist organizers of Unite the Right. Spitalnick says tactics such as live-streaming are characteristic of previous acts of white supremacist terrorism, and calls for systemic change and preventative measures amid a clear pattern of violence. “This is precisely part of a cycle of white supremacist violence in which each attack inspires the next one,” says Spitalnick.

      • FAIRMatt Gertz, Eric K. Ward on the Buffalo Massacre & ‘Replacement Theory’
      • Common DreamsOpinion | War has Wreaked Havoc on Ukraine’s Public Health System

        The Russian invasion of Ukraine epitomizes many of the challenges children face today, by inflicting serious damage to children’s health and quality of life. By the middle of May 2022, more than 6.1 million people had fled Ukraine, half of them children. Millions more have been internally displaced. 90 percent of Ukrainian refugees are women and children. Since the beginning of the conflict, hundreds of children have been killed.

      • Meduza‘It was hard to watch’ How Ukrainian journalists turned footage from a Russian soldier’s phone into a short documentary

        On May 11, the online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda released a short documentary called “The Occupant” (“Okupant,” in Ukrainian), which tells the story of a Russian lieutenant named Yury Shalaev. According to the newspaper, 24-year-old Shalaev served as the commander of a motorized rifle platoon in a military unit based in Shali, Chechnya. He was deployed to Ukraine on March 3, as part of Russia’s full-scale invasion — and he recorded his wartime experiences on his phone. Shalaev was taken prisoner in early April and the videos he recorded ended up in the hands of Ukrayinska Pravda. The newspaper’s journalists turned the recordings into a 24-minute documentary that offers a window into Shalaev’s life before and after his arrival in Ukraine. To find out more about the making of the film, Meduza sat down with journalist Mykhailo Tkach, the head of Ukrayinska Pravda’s investigations department.

      • Meduza‘You’re lucky it was us Chechens who found you’: The story of a Ukrainian man whose home was occupied by Russian troops as he took shelter underneath

        Bohdan is an airfield service employee at Hostomel Airport, which was the site of heavy fighting at the very start of the war. For three weeks, he and his family lived in the basement of their apartment building, right across from the occupied airport. The building, which came under heavy fire at times, was occupied first by Chechen riot police, then by an airborne assault unit from Omsk. In mid-March, all of the basement’s inhabitants were forcibly taken to Belarus. Bohdan told Meduza his story.

    • Environment

      • DeSmogEnvironmental Advocates Say Public Comment Is Taking a Back Seat in Biden’s Push to Export More LNG

        During a virtual meeting on May 11, the public had an opportunity to comment on a proposed floating LNG export facility 16 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, a barrier island that was badly crippled last year by Hurricane Ida and is still recovering.

        Proposed by New Fortress Energy (NFE), the planned facility will be a floating offshore export terminal that would treat, liquefy, and store methane gas before loading it onto ships headed abroad. If realized, the terminal could export up to the equivalent of 145 billion cubic feet of the fossil fuel per year. Its application comes shortly after the Biden administration committed in March “to make available up to 15 billion cubic meters additional LNG this year” in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Europe’s attempts to reduce dependency on Russian gas.

      • Counter PunchWho Dropped the Rain Bomb on Durban Last Month? And Will They Pay Climate Reparations?

        KwaZulu-Natal province counted more than 500 dead (including 57 children). There were 128 932 people displaced, from 17 438 households, as well as hundreds of wrecked schools still unable to cater for 320 000 young scholars, and overall at least $1.6 billion in infrastructure and housing destroyed. Those are official figures released on May 15, but no doubt an underestimate.

        The main state funding needed beyond emergency relief, to repair the damage and rebuild for the next storm hasn’t arrived. According to provincial minister of local government, Sipho Hlomuka, by May 11, in spite of promises from the Presidency and Treasury, only $63 million was set aside, but even so, “We have not received the allocated funds. However, we are in talks with provincial and national Treasury on processes we need to follow to receive those funds.”

      • More West Texas

        It was a long and hot week in the Texas Panhandle. Temperature was over 100 degrees F all week.

      • Energy

        • Counter PunchIt’s Time to Stop Profiteering at the Pump

          For decades, we’ve allowed big oil and gas companies to enrich themselves at the expense of our families, communities, and environment.

          Now these companies are seizing a moment of geopolitical unrest to pad their pockets even more. Oil companies are celebrating some of their biggest profits in years. In the first three months of 2022 alone, ExxonMobil raked in a record $5.5 billion, ConocoPhillips $5.8 billion, and Chevron $6 billion.

        • Counter PunchSay No to Nuclear Power

          But the fact is that no more big, old-style light water reactors are likely to be built in the United States. And the current 93 licensed reactors in this country (there are 400-plus worldwide) grow increasingly dangerous every day.

          As a green power advocate since 1973, I’ve visited dozens of reactor sites throughout the U.S. and Japan. The industry’s backers portray them as high-tech black boxes that are uniformly safe, efficient and reliable, ready to hum for decades without melt-downs, blow-ups or the constant emissions of heat, radiation, chemical pollution and eco-devastation that plague us all.

        • ScheerpostCrypto’s Hype and Promises Were Based on Lies From the Very Beginning

          As usual with the tech industry, cryptocurrencies weren’t just sold as a risky investment — they were framed as a social good. Now that the crash has ruined lives, those who promised societal transformation through crypto should be held accountable.

        • DeSmogCommunities in Path of East Africa Oil Pipeline Allege Intimidation and Unfair Compensation

          Ugandan communities whose lands lie in the pathway of a vast new oil pipeline under development in East Africa have accused French fossil fuel giant TotalEnergies and the Ugandan government of intimidation and poor compensation.

          A group comprised mainly of smallholder farmers from Kyotera district, southern Uganda, say the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), fronted by Total, has coerced people into opening bank accounts before rates of compensation have been agreed.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchMajor Shift in National Wildfire Policy Needed

          The fires burning through northern New Mexico this past month redefine what we consider a normal spring. Pushed by relentless high winds and exacerbated by an ongoing, 20-plus-year megadrought linked to the human-induced climate crisis, these wildfires have shocked and alarmed us all. As fires continue to burn, people want action to keep their homes and loved ones safe. They also look at the surrounding landscape and know it will never be the same again, at least not in their lifetime and perhaps not ever, given that the climate crisis is redefining what is normal. The resulting fear and sadness are understandable, as is the desire for something to be done.

          That is why WildEarth Guardians fully supports what fire scientists and researchers have been saying for decades: by taking common-sense actions within the “Home Ignition Zone”—the home and everything around it, up to 100 feet from the foundation—we can save homes and lives and protect firefighters and emergency responders. These are all compelling reasons to focus resources on home and community protection.

        • The RevelatorProtect This Place: The Langkawi Archipelago, an Ancient Jewel
        • Counter PunchThe Biomass Peril

          In order to know specifically what’s wrong it’s pertinent to take notice of the factual details about the integrity of woody biomass to discover whether it’s truly one of the biggest blunders of the 21st century.

          Woody biomass is not a viable solution for global warming mitigation purposes. It has been the subject of considerable scientific debate with several voices expressing alarm over the absurd concept of burning trees to reduce global emissions. It’s shocking!

        • Counter PunchA Civilization of Fragile Images

          Olympeion: temple of the Olympian Zeus near the Acropolis of Athens. It took several centuries for the construction of the temple. The Roman Emperor Hadrian finished it in 131-132. Photo: Evaggelos Vallianatos.

          Unless one visits Hellas / Greece and sees the ruins of ancient temples, theaters, and stadia, it is difficult to understand the magnificence of the country more than 2,500 years ago. Museums (in Greece and other Western countries) remain the depositories of mere fractions of the treasures that used to be all over ancient Greece.

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchJerome Powell’s Fed in Two Frightening Charts

        But Jerome Powell’s Fed did not actually announce a specific plan to shrink its balance sheet until May 4 and stated at that time that the plan would not go into effect until June 1 – almost three months after the FOMC indicated that the Fed should take decisive action.

        As a result of this stalling, the Fed’s balance sheet has remained at the $9 trillion level since its March 15-16 FOMC meeting, as inflation has continued to soar.

      • Common DreamsMillions More Kids Going Hungry Since GOP, Manchin Killed Expanded Child Tax Credit

        A new analysis out Friday confirms that the number of U.S. households with kids that report not having enough food to eat has surged in the months since corporate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined Senate Republicans in refusing to extend the expanded Child Tax Credit benefit beyond mid-December.

        “Continuation of the advance CTC payments could help children avoid food insufficiency, with immediate and lifelong personal and societal benefits.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | To Tax the Rich, We Need to Debunk the Myth of Fleeing Millionaires

        This November, the Massachusetts electorate will vote on a ballot initiative that will have profound consequences: the ability for the state to amend its constitution and levy a 4 percent surtax on all individuals that have an annual income of one million dollars or more. 

      • TruthOut26 of US’s Richest Billionaires Paid 4.8 Percent Tax Rate in Recent Years
      • Common DreamsNearly 90,000 Small Businesses in US Expected to Close After Senate GOP Kills Main Street Relief Bill

        Advocates for independently-owned businesses warned that restaurants, gyms, and other Main Street businesses across the U.S. will be forced to close in the coming months after Republicans in the Senate on Thursday blocked a $48 billion package to provide relief to owners who have struggled to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

        The bipartisan Small Business Covid Relief Act (S. 4008), which was meant to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) passed last year, was cosponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), but still failed to get more than five Republican senators to support it.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchWhy Are Colombian Election Candidates Auditioning in Washington?

        Along with the Washington consensus crowd, members of the Colombian diaspora attended the May 13th event, especially supporters of popular vice-presidential candidate Francia Márquez. Afro-descendent environmentalist Márquez is running with presidential candidate Gustavo Petro. Their front-running ticket could be the first administration on the left in Colombian history.

        Vice-presidential debate hosts

      • Counter PunchThe Eurasian Road to American Panarchy and the Agorist Path to Cold War Salvation

        The combination of East Asia’s booming vibrant young population and Germany’s access to the levers of institutionalized power was at once too obvious for America to prevent and too lethal for America to survive. NATO would have to collapse, the dollar would have to crash, and Atlantic primacy would suffer a fate worse than death. It would simply cease to be relevant on the world stage and the illusions of its omnipotence would shatter both at home and abroad. Riots would rage, Wall Street would burn, neocons would eat their pearl-handled pistols, and Americans would be forced to deal with the commercial emptiness that dominates our shallow existence and the newly castrated mandarins who made it all possible. Babylon would finally crumble into anarchy, and it would have been bloody fantastic. It could have been a beautiful nightmare, but Vladimir Putin had to go and fuck it all up.

        That pig-headed czarist pretender gave the American Century everything it needed for a stay of execution by walking directly into an obvious NATO trap in Ukraine. By launching a great big American style invasion of a darling Western quisling with all the carpet bombing, massacres, and war crimes that come with it, Putin has essentially financed an enormous flaming infomercial for the continued necessity of Atlantic supremacy in the face of evil Eurasian barbarians like him, and NATO colonized Europe is fucking buying it. Doubling down on the crumbling imperial institutions that have kept them from fully realizing their true economic potential for decades of globalist austerity. Meanwhile, the Military Industrial Complex is flush with blood money, selling death to Ukraine faster than the bodies can drop and NATO troop levels have exploded ten-fold from 4,000 to 40,000 and growing in just months as Europe has once again become a three-ring-circus of apocalyptic cold war hysteria and the mind-numbing jingoism and casual racism that that brand of madness invites through the front door like a vampire.

      • TruthOutAOC Says Bipartisan Bill to Grant Puerto Rico Self-Determination Is “Un Milagro”
      • The NationBiden Is Finally Moving Toward Engagement With Cuba

        “Serious instability in Cuba will have an immediate impact on the United States,” warns a secret CIA intelligence estimate, citing massive migration, civil strife and “pressures for US or international military intervention.” The dire situation amounts to a “nightmare scenario,” according to a confidential State Department memorandum that calls for a substantive change in US policy to address the looming crisis. “If ever a foreign policy case cries out for dramatic US leadership,” the memo advises, “Cuba today is that case.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ’20 Electoral Votes as Well’: The Mastriano Threat to Democracy Goes Beyond Pennsylvania

        For the last 18 months, a veteran Army intelligence officer, former Green Beret, and lawyer named Ivan Raiklin has traveled the United States and become an internet phenomenon through his obsession with one cause: undoing President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory and restoring President Donald Trump to the White House based on false claims of widespread voter fraud.

      • Common Dreams‘She Can Win If We Stand With Her’: Sanders to Rally for Cisneros in Texas

        Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to rally for U.S. House candidate Jessica Cisneros on Friday as she vies to unseat Rep. Henry Cuellar, a nine-term Democrat whose opposition to abortion rights, labor legislation, and climate action has made him a top primary target for progressives.

        In a social media post promoting the get-out-the-vote event, Sanders wrote that Tuesday’s runoff contest is crucial because Cisneros, an outspoken supporter of Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, “is offering a bold agenda that speaks to the needs of Texas’ 28th District.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Biden’s Disastrous Choice to Exclude Nations From Summit of the Americas

        Last week, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared that he will boycott this year’s Summit of the Americas, scheduled to take place June 6-10 in Los Angeles, if the Biden administration fails to invite the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

      • Common DreamsWarning Bourdeaux Supports Cuts, Social Security Defenders Back McBath in Georgia Primary

        Defenders of Social Security and Medicare are rallying behind Rep. Lucy McBath as she takes on fellow Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, a primary contest spurred by the state GOP’s aggressive—and, according to rights groups, illegal—redistricting scheme.

        After her district was redrawn by the state GOP to heavily favor Republicans, McBath opted to run against Bourdeaux in the 7th District in the May 24 Democratic primary instead of staying in the 6th District and facing likely defeat.

      • Common Dreams‘This Is a War’ for Democratic Party’s Future, Says Sanders of AIPAC’s Super PAC

        Sen. Bernie Sanders doubled down on his criticism of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and its newly created super PAC on Friday, telling The New York Times that the powerful anti-Palestinian rights lobbying group’s foray into Democratic primary politics is threatening the future of the party and of U.S. democracy.

        As Common Dreams reported this week, AIPAC’s super PAC, United Democracy Project (UDP), is spending heavily in several Democratic primary races to defeat progressives who support Palestinian rights and are critical of the billions of dollars in U.S. funding that goes to the Israeli military annually.

      • The NationAIPAC’s Dangerous New Antidemocratic Project

        I’ve been an organizer with the Sunrise Movement for two years, leading youth phone banks for inspiring candidates who support bold climate action. This week, our movement is celebrating Summer Lee’s win in Pennsylvania, lamenting some tough losses in North Carolina, and getting ready for Jessica Cisneros’s runoff in Texas. Each of these races is a fight between the majority of us who believe in multiracial democracy and a livable future—and the corporate, antidemocratic forces who, lacking a motivated base and an inspiring message, are spending millions of dollars to stop our rising power.

      • Counter PunchTucker Carlson’s “Great Replacement” Theory Derives from an American Nazi

        The most common version of this whiny idea, imported from the more hysterical fringes of the French far right, holds that Jewish capitalists are importing cheap immigrant labor to replace more highly-paid white workers.

        Notoriously, the Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 against the removal of Confederate statues chanted “Jews will not replace us.” The shooter who killed 11 Jewish Americans at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018 also espoused the idea of the “great replacement.”

      • Counter PunchPost Left Whitewashing of Tucker Carlson’s Racism Uses MSNBC Playbook

        In the wake of the Buffalo massacre, where white supremacist Payton Gendron murdered 10 people in a racist attack, Carlson has come under fire for hyping the same Great Replacement conspiracy theory the shooter cited in his manifesto. The two men used nearly identical language to describe the topic, putting Carlson in the hot seat.

      • HungaryTrump: Orbán is a great leader and a real gentleman
      • HungaryFidesz has been the EU’s orphan for a year, but it still votes with its old party family

        Fidesz MEPs are finally free to vote in the European Parliament independently of the left-leaning People’s Party – says the governing party’s message on how it’s dealing with the split with the centre-right in the EU which happened more than a year ago. We examined how much the Fidesz MEPs’ opinion has changed with this independence, and what similarities can be seen with the votes of their potential new allies. For now, they still vote mostly in harmony with the People’s Party, and they are more likely to vote with the liberals than with the Le Pen-Salvini block.

      • HungaryInside the opposition’s crushing defeat against Viktor Orbán
      • HungaryOrbán embraces ‘great replacement theory’ in his inaugural speech

        On Monday, Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán gave a policy speech at the Parliament. In his address, he heavily criticized the European Union and echoed the American far-right with thoughts resembling the “great replacement theory”. Orbán said he sees a suicidal attempt across Western Europe, including the “gender madness” and the “great European population exchange”. “They are trying to replace the lack of European, Christian children with adults from other civilizations – migrants,” the nationalist leader noted. 

        He accused Brussels of abusing its power, stating that the EU “wants to impose on us things that are bad for us”. The prime minister, who is starting his fourth consecutive term, circled back to the spread of LGBT rights in Europe, saying “We will stand up for the idea that the father is a man and the mother a woman, and we will not accept any proposal from Brussels that would destroy our families.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Trump-Loving Americans Drinking Deep From Orban’s Fascist Well

        Republicans believe that Hungarian strongman Viktor Orbán has figured out the “secret sauce” to turn a republic into a hard-right oligarchy, and today they’re in Budapest drinking deep from his insights on the fine points of destroying democracy.

      • TruthOutCPAC Speakers in Hungary Embrace Plan for “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”
      • The NationLast Thoughts (Let’s Hope) About Madison Cawthorn

        It’s been said by others, many times this week: The defeat of North Carolina freshman Representative Madison Cawthorn proves that Republican Party leaders can indeed purge extremists in their ranks. But they don’t purge them because they spew white supremacy, or support armed insurrection, or espouse violence—Cawthorn did all of that, as have wing nut House colleagues like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs, Brent Laudermilk… the list is long. His real sin was claiming, or revealing, that Republican colleagues invited him to orgies and that he saw them doing cocaine.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • TechdirtNo, Twitter Doesn’t Want To ‘Censor’ Anyone, It Just Wants Everyone To Stop Attacking Each Other

        Last month I wrote about how, contrary to the weird narrative, Twitter has actually been among the most aggressive companies fighting for free speech online. While many people criticize it, they are wrong, or just uninformed. Mostly, they think (falsely) that because Twitter doesn’t want some speech that you like on their site, it somehow means they’re against free speech. The reality is a lot more complicated, of course. As we pointed out, former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong’s long thread about content moderation highlighted that people doing content moderation generally aren’t making decisions based on politics, they just want people to stop fighting all the time.

      • Site36„Action day“ on Soundcloud: Europol also removes right-wing extremist content

        Currently, removal requests to hosting providers only have to be voluntarily complied with, but on 7 June, the regulation on mandatory removal of terrorist online content will come into force. It only applies to jihadist propaganda. The German government is only now introducing an implementation law.

      • TechdirtAppeals Court Hands Qualified Immunity To Cops Who Arrested Someone Over Satirical Facebook Posts

        Back in early 2016, Parma, Ohio resident Anthony Novak decided to have a little fun. He created a parody of the Parma Police Department’s Facebook page and began posting obviously satirical announcements, like the following:

      • TechdirtIf You Think Free Speech Is Defined By Your Ability To Be An Asshole Without Consequence, You Don’t Understand Free Speech (But You Remain An Asshole)

        One of the more frustrating things about the various “debates” regarding “free speech” lately, is how little they are actually about free speech. Quite often, they are actually about people who are quite upset about having to face social consequences for their own free speech. But facing social consequences has always been part of free speech. Indeed, it’s part of the vaunted “marketplace of ideas.” If people think your ideas aren’t worth shit, they may ignore or shun you… or encourage others to do the same.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutLabor Officials Find Amazon Threatened Pro-Union Workers With Wage Cuts
      • Counter PunchEntering the Season of Death at the Border

        As I drove away, the voices on the podcast—a news show from New York—seemed a million miles away. I’ve been seeing people come out of the desert borderlands for two decades now, and it is startling every time. I couldn’t get that man’s desperate face and lunging limp out of my mind. The season of death in the borderlands had now arrived, as it does every year. The below image of southern Arizona shows where thousands of people’s remains have been found over the last 20 years.

        An hour later, I met up with the pastor Mark Adams at the Frontera de Cristo office in Douglas. He told me that death had been on his mind quite a bit. Frontera de Cristo is a Presbyterian border ministry that focuses on justice, and Adams is the U.S. coordinator. Originally from South Carolina, he has been in Douglas and Agua Prieta since 1998. He told me that over the past year or two several of his close family and friends had died. The deaths were “good” deaths, he said, meaning they were surrounded by loved ones, by friends. He contrasted this with border deaths, gruesome, violent deaths, deaths often without loved ones, without families, without friends, alone.

      • Pro PublicaHistoric Enslaved Grave Sites in Louisiana Could Be Disrupted

        In July of 2021, a professional architectural historian named Erin Edwards delivered what she expected would be the near-final draft of a report about a contested swath of sugar cane plantation land along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. The painstaking survey, for her bosses at a consulting firm, was supposed to identify harms to historic sites so that developers can prevent or minimize them.

      • Common Dreams‘Arbitrary, Racist, and Unfair’: Judge Blocks Biden From Ending Title 42

        Immigrant rights advocates on Friday denounced a federal judge’s injunction blocking the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden from lifting Title 42, a Trump-era public health order that both presidents have invoked to deport around two million asylum-seekers under the pretext of the Covid-19 pandemic.

        “The decision undermines the Biden administration’s efforts to implement what the vast majority of Americans support—a fair, humane, and orderly immigration system.”

      • TruthOutOklahoma GOP Passes Anti-Abortion Bill That Bans Procedure at Fertilization
      • TruthOutRep. Lucy McBath Warns Anti-Abortion Laws May Treat Miscarriage as Manslaughter
      • Democracy NowAfter Which Failed Pregnancy Should I Have Been Imprisoned? Rep. Lucy McBath on Reproductive Rights

        During a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Democratic Congressmember Lucy McBath of Georgia shared her personal story about accessing reproductive care after experiencing a stillbirth. In doing so, she pointed out how anti-abortion politicians and legislators fail to see the medical necessity of abortion in instances such as hers. “We can be the nation that rolls back the clock, that rolls back the rights of women, and that strips them of their very liberty. Or we can be the nation of choice — the nation where every woman can make her own choice,” says McBath.

      • Counter PunchWhere are the Men? No More Bystander Boys in the Post-Roe Era

        As a sportswriter, my work over these decades often brought me into a universe of male entitlement and the sort of posturing I thought of as faux masculinity. Even in that chest-beating environment, I was struck by the absence in abortion stories of what in another time would have been called manliness. What happened to that mostly storybook ideal of the brave, modest, responsible, big-hearted protector? I figured out early on not to waste time searching for him among football quarterbacks or baseball coaches, or even cops and Army officers. Much, much later, I found more people with the right stuff — that “manly” ideal — among single mothers and feminist lawyers.

        As it happened, there weren’t a lot of male heroes during the women’s movement of the 1970s or even the more recent #MeToo upsurge. Most men, except for the power boys who treated everyone else as girls, were too fearful or starstruck to intervene. The most grotesque models were, of course, the athletes who stood by silently while their teammates raped stoned or drunken women.

      • Democracy NowAmy Littlefield on Oklahoma’s New Total Abortion Ban & the Long Fight Ahead After Roe Falls

        After a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion revealed the intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion has increasingly become a state issue, with conservative states criminalizing the procedure. Oklahoma approved a bill on Thursday that outlaws almost all abortions beginning at fertilization. The measure is modeled after a Texas ban that encourages private citizens to sue abortion providers and people who assist in abortions. The reproductive justice movement now faces not only these intense legal hurdles but also severe underfunding and an overreliance on billionaire-backed foundations that will not be sustainable for very long, warns Amy Littlefield, abortion access correspondent for The Nation.

      • The NationThere’s No Place for Bystanders in the Coming Abortion Battle

        For 50 years now, people have told desperate, heart-breaking stories about what it was like to search for an abortion in the days before Roe v. Wade. These were invariably narratives of women in crisis. They sometimes involved brief discussions about economic inequality, police-state intrigue, and unwanted children, but for the most part men were invisible in them, missing in action. Where were they? And where are they now that a wall of fundamental rights seems to be crumbling away not just for women, but for all of us? This is another example of what I used to call the Bystander Boys.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | It’s Time to Unpack This Right-Wing Court

        The U.S. Supreme Court has been packed with right-wingers in contradiction of constitutional norms, majority opinion and any regard for honest and fair play. It has lost all pretensions of nonpartisanship or respect for judicial independence. Contrary to Chief Justice John Roberts’ description of justices as “neutral umpires calling balls and strikes” the court majority are now hard-core right-wing politicians wearing bright red shirts under their black robes.

      • FAIRPolling on Abortion Opinion Misses How Much Would Be Tossed Out With Roe

        Politico on May 2 released Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft abortion position, signed by four additional justices, that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

      • TruthOutNoam Chomsky: The Supreme Court Is Wielding Illegitimate Authority in the US
      • Common DreamsGinni Thomas Pressed Arizona Lawmakers to Reverse Biden’s 2020 Win: Report

        Democracy defenders expressed anger and consternation Friday after The Washington Post revealed that Ginni Thomas—the right-wing activist and wife of Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—pushed Arizona state lawmakers to invoke a dubious legal theory advocated by her husband in order to help then-President Donald Trump reverse his 2020 presidential election loss.

        “The conflict of interest between Ginni and Clarence Thomas has never been greater.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Counter PunchWe Need a Functional FCC

        The FCC regulates the airwaves, including the corporations that own your local TV and radio stations. And it plays an important role in making sure the Internet is open, free, secure, and accessible to all — or not.

        The FCC is currently deadlocked with four members. Without a fifth, the agency is largely nonfunctional —which is just peachy for the corporations it’s meant to regulate.

      • Why Antenna Didn’t Have Direct Publishing Before

        The second one… What do I mean by “DOS reflection attack”? Simply put that someone would spam the same feed URL to Antenna over and over again to cause Antenna to perform a Denial of Service attack on the server that hosts the feed.

        After long experience running Antenna I’ve concluded that this sort of attack is unfeasible to perform, at least on my installation. Even more so since I moved the service to a new server. It comes down to the sort of protection that can’t be circumvented without breaking the laws of physics. Antenna runs on hardware so weak that there’s a very very high probability that it will choke under the barrage of submissions long before the intended target is overloaded.

    • Monopolies

      • TruthOutBaby Formula Maker Chose Shareholders Over Safety Amid Deadly Bacterial Outbreak
      • Common DreamsDocuments Show Baby Formula Maker Enriched Shareholders Amid Deadly Bacteria Outbreak

        Financial documents and whistleblower testimony spotlighted by The Guardian on Friday show that the U.S.-based baby formula producer Abbott used the massive windfall profits it accumulated between 2019 and 2021 to enrich shareholders, even amid a deadly bacteria outbreak that has triggered nationwide outrage and contributed to a formula shortage.

        “Abbott detected bacteria eight times as its net profits soared by 94% between 2019 and 2021,” The Guardian’s Tom Perkins reported. “And just as its tainted formula allegedly began sickening a number of babies, with two deaths reported, the company increased dividends to shareholders by over 25% while announcing a stock buyback program worth $5 billion.”

      • Common DreamsOmar Leads Charge Against Baby Formula Monopolies Amid US Shortage

        Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and 25 other House Democrats on Friday called for a federal probe of the nation’s concentrated baby formula industry amid a national shortage that has prompted emergency action from lawmakers and the White House.

        “We are writing to urge the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to work with relevant federal agencies to investigate the U.S. baby formula industry and study any unfair or unsustainable practices, like deceptive marketing, price gouging, and stock buybacks, that may be weakening our nutritional formula supply and ultimately harming our constituents,” states the Democrats’ letter to the agency’s chair, Lina Khan.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakU.S. Megaupload Judge Was Replaced Due to Disney Stake, Dotcom Says

          Following the civil lawsuits against Megaupload in the US, the criminal case has been reassigned to a new judge as well. According to Kim Dotcom, District Court Judge Liam O’Grady was replaced after the defense complained about his financial ties to Disney, which is listed as a victim of Megaupload’s alleged crimes.

        • Torrent FreakBREIN Seizes Crypto and Cash from Twice-Caught Pirate IPTV Seller

          A seller of pirate IPTV services who was tracked down last year and agreed to end his business has been caught again. Anti-piracy group BREIN says it seized cash and cryptocurrency worth 25,000 euros and if the man offends again, he will face a €5,000 penalty for each new subscription sold.

Links 21/05/2022: HP Teams up with System76

Posted in News Roundup at 3:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • GamingOnLinuxHP teamed up with System76 for the HP Dev One laptop with Pop!_OS Linux

        Pop!_OS Linux from System76 is expanding with more vendors, as HP now have a teaser up for the HP Dev One laptop. Built for developers they say, although with the kind of specs on offer it seems like it might make quite a good gaming machine too.

      • Beta NewsHP chooses Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS Linux for its upcoming Dev One laptop — could System76 be an acquisition target?

        Rumors have been swirling lately that HP was planning to release a laptop running the Pop!_OS operating system. Today, System76′s CEO Carl Richell shared on Twitter that this is absolutely happening — a 14-inch developer-focused notebook called “Dev One.” While this is good news for the Linux community overall, it is quite curious. After all, System76 doesn’t just maintain the Pop!_OS operating system, it sells computers running the distribution too. In other words, HP and System76 are competitors in the hardware business.

        So, what does this tell me? Well, it is purely speculation, but as the old adage says, “where there is smoke, there is fire.” And so, it is safe to assume that HP acquiring System76 could be a possibility in the future — if this new relationship pans out at least. HP could be testing the waters with the upcoming Dev One. Keep in mind, System76 does not even build its own laptops, so we could see the company leave the notebook business and focus on desktops only — let HP handle the Pop!_OS laptops.

        “We’ve got you covered. Experience exceptional multi-core performance from the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO processor and multitask with ease. Compile code, run a build, and keep all your apps running with more speed from the 16GB memory. Plus, load and save files in a flash, thanks to 1TB fast PCIe NVMe M.2 storage. We’ve even added a Linux Super key so shortcuts are a click away. Simply put, HP Dev One is built to help you code better,” explains HP.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to install unrar on CentOS 9 Stream? – Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

        UNRAR is a terminal tool used to decompress RAR files. These RAR files are some of the most common files you can find on the Internet.

        Another aspect of UNRAR is that you can use it as a command or via an archiver such as GNOME File Roller or others.

      • Linux HintHow to Open a File in Git Bash

        There are a lot of editors available in the Linux system to open and modify any type of file regardless of its extension. Some editors came built-in like a text editor and “Gnu nano editor”. While some of them are manually installed by the users.Within this guide, we will see how we can use these editors to open certain types of files in the Kali Linux system.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Python 3.9 on Ubuntu 22.04

        Python is the most widely utilized high-level language that comprises applications ranging from normal scripts to complicated machine learning algorithms. It is known for its straightforward conversion to newer releases and its basic, easy-to-learn syntax, which enhances readability and also reduces software maintenance costs.

        More specifically, Python 3.9 is embedded with new syntax, built-in, standard library features, new library modules, and Interpreter improvements.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to install Python 3.9 on Ubuntu 22.04 using two different methods. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintHow to install SQLite 3 in Ubuntu 22.04

        SQLite is a C language library that comprises a lightweight and free-to-use Relational Database Management System or RDMS. It is also called a “client-server” database engine. Almost all of the programming languages are developed with the functionality to support SQLite, and it can be embedded with the “.sqlite3/.sqlite/.DB” extension. Also, SQLite is primarily utilized for handling client-side or local storage.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to install SQLite 3 in Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • How to install go 1.18 on Fedora 36 – NextGenTips

        Golang is an open-source programming language that is easy to learn and use. It is built-in concurrency and has a robust standard library. It is reliable, builds fast, and efficient software that scales fast.

        Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel-type systems enable flexible and modular program constructions.

        Go compiles quickly to machine code and has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection.

        In this guide, we are going to learn how to install golang 1.18 on Fedora 36.

      • How to Install xArchiver on Debian 11

        Decompressing and compressing files is a routine task in almost any modern operating system. This makes it easy to share files over the internet or to save some hard disk space. To achieve this, we can use the console or graphical applications like xArchiver. In this post, you will learn how to install xArchiver on Debian 11.

      • Linux HintHow To Set or Change Timezone on Ubuntu 22.04

        In Linux-based systems such as Ubuntu 22.04, providing correct Timezone information is essential for performing different system-related tasks. Also, when you set up automatic corn jobs that depend upon the Timezone of your system, providing inaccurate information can cause problems.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to set or change Timezone on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintHow To Use the C Programming Language in Ubuntu 22.04

        Want to step into the programming world and confused about selecting your first programming language? If yes, No worries! We are here for your assistance.
        For new learners, the C Programming language is proven as the most popular and easy-to-use programming language. Its simple syntax can assist in understanding the architecture of a computer. Moreover, after mastering the C Programming Language, you can employ its logical concepts in other programming languages.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure for using the C Programming Language on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HandbookHow to Cut, Copy and Paste in Vim

        The functions of copy and paste are a critical part of file editing since it is performed quite often.

        You can perform cut, copy and paste in Vim as well. You just need to know the keys for that.

        I hope you are familiar with different Vim modes. The methods are different for normal mode and visual mode. I’ll show the steps for both.

      • How to Install Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS Step by Step (Screenshots)

        Pop!_OS 22.04 is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring a custom GNOME Shell experience.The project’s latest release is Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS (Long Term Support), which is now available for download. This release includes a number of improvements, including better support for HiDPI displays, folding views in the file manager, and updated software packages.

        In this article, we’ll look at the new features in Pop!_OS 22.04 along with a detailed step-by-step guide to install Pop!_OS 22.04 with screenshots.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.9 is now available.

        The Wine development release 7.9 is now available.

        What’s new in this release:
        – Preliminary work towards PE conversion of macOS driver.
        – A number of fixes for test failures on Windows.
        – Various bug fixes.

        The source is available from the following locations:



        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:


        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation

        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

      • GamingOnLinuxWindows compatibility layer Wine 7.9 is now available

        Wine is the compatibility layer that allows you to run games and applications developed for Windows – on Linux (plus also macOS and BSD). A new biweekly development release is out now with Wine 7.9. It’s a major part of what makes up Steam Play Proton and enables a ton of games to work on the Steam Deck. Once a year or so, a new stable release is made.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • This week in KDE: We don’t like bugs very much

          With the Plasma 5.25 beta released, this was a very bug-squishy week. We managed to land a new feature and some UI improvements, but the focus was on fixing bugs, as you can see below!

          Go install the beta release and file bug reports! Find all the issues we missed so we can fix more bugs!

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosSENSE, an affordable multipurpose sensor board for Arduino and Raspberry Pi

        The SENSE is a compact board loaded with several sensors to gather data from the environment. The device also integrates a battery backed RTC (Real Time Clock) and an SD card socket to enable easy data logging. The product was developed by a seventeen-year-old electronics enthusiast and president of his high school’s robotic team, Zack Seifert.

        The sensing capabilities of the SENSE board rely on the BME688 (air quality, pressure, humidity and temperature), the APDS9960 (proximity, light, RGB color sensing, and basic gesture sensing) and the SPK0641HT4H (PDI mic). 

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • WhichUKThree announces the end of 3G: what this means for your mobile phone

        The closure of Three’s 3G services is significant, as it currently covers 99% of the UK outdoor population with its combined 3G and 4G network, and carries 28% of mobile data traffic in the country.

        David Hennessy, Chief Technology Officer at Three UK said: ‘3G kick-started the mobile revolution – and launched Three into the UK 20 years ago – but the future is undoubtedly 5G. As we continue to roll out our ultrafast connectivity, by not only upgrading our existing 4G sites but building new 5G sites, we’ll be in a position to switch off our use of 3G across our network by the end of 2024.’

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • [Old] Computer WorldDevelopers push back against Apple ‘ban’ on third-party browsers

        A group of developers is fighting Apple’s Safari browser dominance on its iPhone and iPad devices, insisting the company is involved in the anti-competitive practices.

        Open Web Advocacy (OWA), a UK-based developers group, has a self-stated purpose of enabling third-party access to all the features that Safari enjoys but which are not available in Apple’s WebKit browser engine; WebKit is the core software component of Safari browser.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationHow It Actually Sounded: Gene Santoro, 1950–2022

      A good music critic can make readers recognize the way something sounds. A great one illuminates this acknowledgement with something readers didn’t notice or hear beforehand. The latter quality made Gene Santoro not only an outstanding music critic but also superb reporter whose journalism will remain a vivid and reliable record of its time.1

    • Education

      • VoxThe hidden history of “Hand Talk”

        Today, there are just a handful of fluent PISL signers left in the US. In the piece above, we hear from two of these signers, Melanie McKay-Cody and Lanny Real Bird, who have dedicated their lives to studying and revitalizing the language. They show us PISL in action and help us explore how this ancient language holds centuries of Indigenous history.

      • Digital Music NewsThe Who Returns to Cincinnati After 40 Years – Invites Families of 1979 Concert Victims

        The Who invited many families of the victims from the 1979 concert to the event at TQL Stadium. Proceeds from the show will go tot he committee to fund 11 college scholarships, one for each of the victims of that concert.

      • Times Higher Education‘I was beaten daily’: Afghan scholar recounts Taliban torture

        One former Herat University lecturer told Times Higher Education that he had been imprisoned for 12 days in Herat Prison after being seized by a group of five men shortly after he emerged from hiding last November.

        “Every morning, I was beaten with a stick,” he said. “I was told: ‘You are a Jew and an infidel. You are Western.’”

        The lecturer said his captors asked him about his research activities: “Do you write articles any more? Do you do research any more? Do you still work in the field of human rights?”

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • [Old] The AtlanticThe Dangers of Distracted Parenting

        Yet for all the talk about children’s screen time, surprisingly little attention is paid to screen use by parents themselves, who now suffer from what the technology expert Linda Stone more than 20 years ago called “continuous partial attention.” This condition is harming not just us, as Stone has argued; it is harming our children. The new parental-interaction style can interrupt an ancient emotional cueing system, whose hallmark is responsive communication, the basis of most human learning. We’re in uncharted territory.

      • FatherlySix ‘Dumb Phones’ for Kids With Screen Time Addictions

        Many dumb phones are reminiscent of the old brick-like cell phones you bought before that Apple device that encouraged you to tap and swipe. Others are intentionally crafted to be both beautiful and minimal, filtering out features that are standard on smartphones. And finally, there are phone alternatives, devices that let you communicate with your son or daughter without a keypad or screen. All provide talk and some provide text, but none provide easy access to social media, streaming, and social media. Bonus: The comparatively low cost of these dumb phones means you won’t need to take a second job should the device break, which may be the smartest choice of all.

      • OneCare Media LLCScreen Time and Insomnia: What It Means for Teens

        Smartphones, tablets, computers, television screens, and some e-readers give off short-wavelength blue light that is very similar to sunlight. Not only does this light make us more alert, it also deceives the body into thinking it’s still daytime.

        In response, the body produces less melatonin, interfering with the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. The longer you spend on your screen, the greater the consequences for your sleep.

      • Punch NGExposure to screen light can cause insomnia – Optometrists

        She said, “Blue light in the evening tricks the brain into thinking it’s daytime, which inhibits the production of melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone) and thus reduces the quality and quantity of sleep.”

        Ikechukwu advised people to practice the 20-20-20 rule, a technique she said could help protect against digital eye strain.

        “While using a device that emits blue light, stop every 20 minutes to focus on objects 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, before going back to work on your devices.

        “This will help reduce the digital eye strain,” she urged.

      • SalonWoman charged $40 for crying during a doctor’s appointment

        While a “brief emotional/behavioral assessment” is a valid test issued by health care professionals to determine if a patient has “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, suicidal risk or substance abuse,” according to the Independent, Johnson maintains that her sister was given no such assessment during her appointment.

    • Security

      • Threat PostRansomware Deals Deathblow to 157-year-old College [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Illinois-based Lincoln College was established during the U.S. Civil War. Since then it has weathered two world wars, the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, the Great Recession and a devastating fire. But two things it couldn’t survive?

        A ransomware attack and financial pressures tied to the impact of COVID-19 on its enrollment.

        On Friday, the university announced, due to financial distress from COVID-19 and cybersecurity issues, it is shutting its doors.

      • Threat PostDOJ Says Doctor is Malware Mastermind [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The inditement alleges he “designed multiple ransomware tools—malicious software that cybercriminals use to extort money from companies, nonprofits and other institutions, by encrypting those files and then demanding a ransom for the decryption keys. Zagala sold or rented out his software to hackers who used it to attack computer networks..”

        The Department of Justice asserts Gonzalez’s subscription-based ransomware builder was popular with Russian cybercriminals, script kiddies and with an Iranian state-sponsored APT.

      • Android PoliceTotal Commander forced to stop letting you install APKs

        One of the handiest features on Android that sets it apart from the mobile competition is the ability to install apps from outside the Play Store. APK installation is why you can still play Fortnite — even as Epic’s legal battle with Google continues — and it’s how you can skip the wait for automatic updates to bring the latest features to your favorite apps. Unfortunately, one of Android’s most trusted file browsers has removed the ability to install APK files after receiving takedown warnings from Google.

        Total Commander has been around since the 90s, eventually expanding into Android after the platform launched over a decade ago. The app has more than 10 million downloads on the Play Store, still supporting OS versions as far back as Android 2.2. With a new update, developer Christian Ghisler has removed the ability to install APK files on Android, blaming Google Play policies in the patch notes for the app. It’s a shocking twist for the service and, seemingly, a bad omen of things to come for other mobile file managers.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Jacobin MagazineThe Buffalo Attack Is a Reminder That Mass Surveillance Doesn’t Protect Us

          The devil’s bargain we were forced into demanded we trade away our privacy for the sake of security. Yet the massive database of intimate details about our lives that government agents can track and comb through seems yet again to have failed to guarantee the latter — even though this attacker had recently taunted and threatened law enforcement online and made threats to his school, prompting a visit from state police.

          It’s a serious question about what purpose exactly mass surveillance programs serve. Take the NSA’s unfathomably vast mass surveillance system, for example. When the NSA’s spying powers were under threat following the Edward Snowden leaks, its former chief Keith Alexander famously claimed its surveillance had foiled fifty-four terrorist attacks, a claim soon uncritically repeated by a host of congresspeople and media outlets.

          Yet when pressed, the only example the government would give of the program’s controversial phone metadata collection program actually being central to foiling a terrorist plot was that of a Somali cab driver in San Diego sending $8,500 to terrorist group al-Shabaab. Alexander soon admitted under oath that not all of those fifty-four plots were actually plots, they weren’t all thwarted, and only thirteen were actually connected to the United States.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The NationGeorge W. Bush Stumbles Into a Moment of Truth

        George W. Bush, undoubtedly the most inarticulate of all American presidents, can occasionally in his very awkwardness with words stumble into saying something important and true. On Wednesday night, while delivering a speech at his presidential center at Southern Methodist University, Bush inadvertently reminded the world of his most infamous legacy. Making a critique of the regime of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Bush said, “The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.” He then paused, scrunched his beady eyes tight like a child working out a difficult math problem, and corrected himself, “I mean of Ukraine.”

        Still looking confused Bush muttered, “Iraq, too—anyway.” This might be taken as a confession, but he then shifted to making an excuse. [...]

      • MedforthGermany: Mediterranean man burns bible while shouting “Allahu Akbar”

        The State Security Service has started a preventive police investigation.

      • MedforthFrance: High school students walked out of music class because their teacher played them a Beatles song during Ramadan

        The music education teacher plays a Beatles song to investigate the structure of the piece. A pupil stands up and refuses to continue following the lesson on the grounds that he is not allowed to listen to music during Ramadan. He leaves the room, followed by seven other students, “not all of whom are of the Muslim faith and who followed their classmate out of peer pressure rather than religious conviction,” explains Mostafa Fourar, the headmaster of the Toulouse academy.

      • National Catholic RegisterA French-Catholic Humanitarian Tells His Story of Islamist Captivity in Iraq

        In this May 16 interview with the Register, Goodarzy recounts the terror of that ordeal, how his faith helped him through it, and why it was, ironically, the coronavirus that rescued them. He also explains what motivated him to work to defend persecuted Christians in Syria and how the country’s people are dealing with continued hardship today.

      • HRWBurkina Faso: Armed Islamists Kill, Rape Civilians

        Armed Islamist groups and government security forces and militia in Burkina Faso are committing increased abuses against civilians as the conflict there intensifies and widens, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burkina Faso government, which took power in a January 2022 coup, should better protect civilians from attack and ensure that government forces respect human rights.

        Armed Islamist groups that began attacking Burkina Faso in 2016 have become increasingly abusive, carrying out hundreds of killings, summary executions, rapes of civilians, and widespread pillaging. Also since 2016, government security forces and militias engaged in counterterrorism operations have allegedly unlawfully killed hundreds of civilians and suspected Islamist fighters, fueling recruitment into armed groups. The fighting has forced 1.8 million people from their homes, most from the Sahel and Centre-Nord regions of the country.

      • ANF News‘Effects of chemical weapons on people and nature persist for years’

        The Turkish attacks on guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) continue. The invading Turkish army has used chemical weapons and toxic gas 323 times against HPG and YJA Star guerrillas in 6 months.

        According to the monthly balance sheet released by the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), the invading Turkish army carried out 164 chemical attacks against the guerrilla forces in the last month.

        Rojava University Chemistry Department lecturer Mistefa Kihêl spoke to ANHA about the Turkish use of chemical weapons, their effects, types and purposes.

      • MedforthFrance: A woman stabbed in the neck by a hitchhiker who shouted “Allah Akbar” after giving him a lift and helping him find a hotel room

        “For reasons yet to be clarified, the same person then physically attacked the young woman by holding a knife to her neck,” explains the Senlis prosecutor. The woman then fled to a room behind the bar of the hotel restaurant.

        I saw the woman running back to the door, bleeding profusely. When she entered the reception, she explained that he had shouted “Allah Akbar”. There was blood on the floor everywhere she ran.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Modern DiplomacyMusings of a journalist – Part 2

        In the last six months, I also believe the usage of my social media has increased, thereby causing a decline in my overall wellness. Perhaps, my university roommate has been smart in deleting the app overall but I am aware she lapses every once in a while when she feels the urge to check the internet. But her lapses exist once in six months. And mine from social media would be like twelve hours. I want to be immune to social media and delete the apps eventually. But of course, Instagram is a tool for business and I do believe in my ability to monetize the application, perhaps like others who want to be influencers but have no future in the field. Ouch! But yes, honestly, either put yourself out there and start now or never.

    • Environment

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • RAIR FoundationSweden Prosecutes Former Politician Who Criticized Sharia-Adherent Teachers at Daughter’s School

        The Swedish government and their media are destroying a Swedish father and former politician’s life for complaining that Muslim teachers at his daughter’s school are fully veiled while teaching in the classroom. His views are considered unacceptable in the new sharia-compliant Sweden. As a result, the state has launched a war to legally, financially, and reputationally destroy the father. They even used a ‘Trump Hat’ to slander him in their desperate attempt to destroy dissenters.

        This embracement and glamorization of Islamic headwear and bodywear are helping to advances sharia in Germany, Austria, and the West. Cultural jihad is the attempt to change and subvert Western culture from within, or more simply put: to Islamize it. Sharia fashionwear is an example of a cultural and civilizational jihad   and the submission of Western non-Muslim women to that jihad.

        As the Islamic scholar, Dr. Bill Warner explains, “most people see the hijab as religious or cultural, but the hijab is a symbol of the Sharia and has a very political meaning.” Thus, the hijab in the west is not about modesty or fashion but a hate symbol and a commitment to Sharia: [...]

      • The NationThe Biggest Blue State Is Ready to Invest in Its People
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • AxiosTwitter unveils “crisis misinformation policy” to slow down viral tweets

          Twitter says it will work to vet fact-specific information in times of crisis, via “multiple credible, publicly available sources.”

          Inaccurate tweets won’t be removed, but instead will be put behind a warning label. They also will be unable to be liked, retweeted or shared.

        • National InterestFake News: Twitter Rolls Out ‘Crisis Misinformation’ Initiative in Ukraine

          It’s not clear who will be owning Twitter a year from now, but the current leadership of the company has announced a new policy related to “crisis misinformation” such as incorrect tweets that circulate during wars, mass shootings, natural disasters, and other tragedies.

        • YLEMigri: Finnish language TikTok video criticising Ukrainians is “disinformation”

          Kaartinen told Yle he was not surprised to see false information spread on social media, but noted that the overall discussion on social media has been calm.

          “Immigration issues are always a hot topic on social media. You can’t get over it and you can’t get around it. Now more than 20,000 Ukrainians have come to Finland in a short time and Russia is at war, such things are not surprising,” Kaartinen explained.

          He also did not comment on whether the video could be considered hybrid influencing.

        • [Old] European Policy CentreDisinformation about refugees from Ukraine: Start preparing today for the lies of tomorrow

          Disinformation about Ukrainian refugees has so far remained limited to niche outlets. However, once the full effects of the economic sanctions against Russia kick in, disinformation groups will find more fertile ground to spread lies about refugees and promote their divisive agendas. The EU, member states and civil society should step up their efforts now and develop appropriate strategies in anticipation of future disinformation.

        • Associated PressPro-Russian [crackers] spread hoaxes to divide Ukraine, allies

          The network, known to cybersecurity experts as Ghostwriter, seemingly aimed to sow distrust between Ukraine and Poland. It’s one of several tactics outlined in a new report that outlines how Russia has used disinformation, fear and propaganda alongside bullets, tanks and soldiers in an effort to demoralize Ukraine and divide its allies.

          The unfounded claim made its way into Russian-state media and online platforms popular with far-right groups in the U.S., where posts spreading the hoax have been shared many thousands of times on sites like Telegram and Twitter. The disinformation operation exploited legitimate concerns that Ukrainian refugees could be kidnapped by human traffickers, but no evidence of organ harvesting has surfaced.

        • The Register UKIran, China-linked gangs join Putin’s disinformation war online

          Pro-Beijing and Iran miscreants are using the war in Ukraine to spread disinformation that supports these countries’ political interests — namely, advancing anti-Western narratives – according to threat-intel experts at Mandiant.

          Additionally, Iranian cyber-campaigns are using Russia’s invasion of its neighbor to take aim at Saudi Arabia and Israel, the researchers found.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • HRWIran: Arrests Amid Economic Protests

        Security forces have responded to these protests with excessive force, including lethal force, and arrested thousands of protesters, using prosecution and imprisonment based on illegitimate charges as the main tool to silence prominent dissidents and human rights defenders. The authorities have shown no willingness to investigate serious human rights violations committed under their control.

        Since the start of protests on May 6, the authorities have heavily disrupted [Internet] access in multiple provinces. A number of videos circulated on social media show the presence of security officials and appear to show the use of teargas. Unofficial sources published the names of five people they said were killed during the protests in the Khuzistan, Chaharmahal, and Bakhtiari provinces. Human Rights Watch has not been able to confirm the deaths.

      • Saudi ArabiaIran ‘heavily disrupts’ [Internet] access after protest: HRW

        Those affected are in a dozen small towns across the country, HRW said in the report. Those arrested include a prominent sociologist and four labor rights defenders, it said.

      • RFERLHRW Says Tehran Again Trying To Stifle Civil Groups Amid Growing Protests

        Authorities have also cut Internet services in many areas to try and keep the protests from spreading further.

        “Iranian authorities have long sought to criminalize solidarity among members of civil society groups inside and outside the country,” Sepehri Far said.

        “The intention is to prevent accountability and scrutiny of state actions that civil society provides.”

      • The Next WebHey Elon! The problem with free speech isn’t censorship, it’s algorithms

        This is an important question because the modern agoras are social media platforms – and this is how they organize speech. Social media platforms don’t just present users with the posts of those they follow, in the order they’re posted.

        Rather, algorithms decide what content is shown and in which order. In our research, we’ve termed this “algorithmic audiencing”. And we believe it warrants a closer look at the debate about how free speech is practiced online.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Hans ThoolenOla Bini, a Swedish [Internet] activist and human rights defender, will be in a Quito court. A trial to watch.

        In preparation for what may be the final days of the trial of Ola Bini, an open source and free software developer arrested shortly after Julian Assange’s ejection from Ecuador’s London Embassy, civil society organizations observing the case have issued a report citing due process violations, technical weaknesses, political pressures, and risks that this criminal prosecution entails for the protection of digital rights. Bini was initially detained three years ago and previous stages of his prosecution had significant delays that were criticized by the Office of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. An online press conference is scheduled for May 11th, with EFF and other organizations set to speak on the violations in Bini’s prosecution and the danger this case represents. The trial hearing is set for May 16-20, and will most likely conclude next week. If convicted, Bini’s defense can still appeal the decision.

      • Peoples DispatchCase against Ola Bini has consequences for all of Latin America, says report

        According to a report released on May 5, by a coalition of digital rights groups and media outlets, digital rights activist Ola Bini has been subjected to politically motivated persecution and the legal process and case against him have been marked by deep irregularities and misconduct. The report also suggests that his case could have negative consequences for the entire information security community in Latin America.

        The report was produced by the Mission of Observation that has been monitoring Bini’s case for the past several years which includes Ecuadorian and international civil society organizations such as Access Now, Article 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Free Software Association of Ecuador (ASLE), Brasil de Fato, Karisma Foundation, Indymedia Ecuador, and others.

      • WSWSAnnouncement on Assange’s extradition due any day as protest held in London

        The decision to extradite is in the hands of Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel. She can make the announcement any time from tomorrow, May 18 until May 31.

        Assange was put in this perilous situation—at the mercy of the vicious authoritarian Patel, part of a government slavishly oriented to the US—by a series of rulings delivered by the British judiciary over the last year.

        In July 2021, the US government was given leave to appeal a carefully calculated decision by District Judge Vanessa Baraitser that January blocking Assange’s extradition on the sole grounds of its oppressive impact on his mental health, with all other defence arguments dismissed. That appeal was upheld in December 2021, with the High Court ordering the WikiLeaks founder handed to the US. An attempted appeal of this decision by Assange’s legal team was denied by the Supreme Court this March and the case sent to Patel in April.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingJournalists fined over Swedbank piece raises Estonia press freedoms worries

        Eesti Ekspress has stood by its line that the information published in the March 25 piece was true and correct, noting that Swedbank itself had announced to the Tallinn Stock Exchange, the day before the Eesti Ekspress piece published, that the prosecutor’s office itself suspects Swedbank in Estonia of possible money laundering activities.

        Several former bankers also confirmed this suspicion to Eesti Ekspress.

      • CPJJournalists stabbed, assaulted in Bangladesh

        On the evening of Friday, May 13, a group of teenagers stabbed Chowdhury, executive editor of the privately owned daily newspaper Dainik Agrabani Pratidin, in the central city of Narayanganj, according to news reports. The teenagers also stabbed Uddin when he attempted to intervene, according to those sources.

        Separately, on the morning of May 8, the brother of a local shark oil factory owner assaulted Nihad, Mahajan, and Halim, respectively chief reporter, reporter, and camera operator with the privately owned news website Territorial News, while the three were reporting on alleged shark product smuggling in the southeast city of Cox’s Bazar, according to the Dhaka Tribune and Nihad, who spoke to CPJ by phone. Nihad told CPJ that a local businessman had threatened the three journalists while reporting in the area the day before.

      • Dhaka TribuneJournos attacked while investigating illegal shark oil production

        The protestors said: “Journalists always talk to the masses about realities. They speak about the development and prosperity of the nation. Journalists work from the front lines during the country’s transition periods, But the identified criminals as black marketeers have become quick in silencing the journalists.”

      • The Daily Star2 including journalist stabbed in Narayanganj over publishing news on teen gang

        Quoting the injured, the journalist said a group comprising of teenagers intercepted the duo at Golachipa area when they were heading towards Chashara and stabbed them indiscriminately, saying that they published news against them

      • CPJIran detains female photojournalist, four female documentary filmmakers

        Since May, Iranian authorities have arrested at least one female photojournalist and four female documentary filmmakers, according to news reports and two people familiar with the cases who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing security concerns.

        “Iran’s ongoing efforts to silence independent voices have landed five female journalists in prison,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour. “Iranian authorities must understand that they can’t hide the country’s difficult realities by jailing journalists.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Jacobin MagazineUnionization Is Starting to Spread Across the Retail Sector

        Independent unionism is seeing a nascent uptick in the wake of the unionization of JFK8, an Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, by the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), an independent union. Workers at an Amazon Fresh grocery store in Seattle are organizing their own union, Amazon Workers United. At Trader Joe’s, concerns about health and safety precautions pervaded the workforce during the first year of the pandemic, leading some workers to speak with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), but no store ever filed for an election. Now, employees at a Trader Joe’s in Hadley, Massachusetts, too, have formed an independent union, Trader Joe’s United. Those workers say health and safety concerns remain and that the company has slashed pay and benefits, too.

      • UKTerrorism in Prisons

        In the past, limited attention was given to terrorist risk in prisons by counter-terrorism police (CTP) and the Security Service (MI5). The sentencing of a terrorist risk offender was job done, and the prison environment was opaque.2 For its part, the prison service (now Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, HMPPS) failed to recognise the dangers of Islamist gang-type activity and the influence of TACT offenders, and lost its role in the national endeavour to reduce the risk of terrorism.

      • India TimesGyanvapi survey report given to court, may back ‘shivling’ claim

        The court-appointed commission tasked with surveying the Gyanvapi mosque complex on Thursday submitted to Varanasi civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar a 15-page report along with 32GB of video footage and photographs, and a sheaf of maps packed in three sealed boxes. In adherence to a directive from the Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition challenging the survey, the civil judge didn’t pass any order.

        While the contents of the report possibly won’t be known until at least the next hearing in the Shringar Gauri worship case on May 23, sources linked to the survey claimed several objects found while scanning the inner sanctum of the complex over three days appeared to be part of old temple architecture.

      • France24Afghanistan: Since the return of the burqa, women are slowly disappearing from the streets

        On May 7, the Taliban ordered all Afghan women to wear the full-coverage burqa in public places. Since the decree was put in place, the difference in Afghanistan’s streets is visible. Or rather it’s invisible: women have all but deserted public streets to remain cloistered in their homes. Although our Observer dared to leave home to protest with other women’s rights activists on May 10, she has no illusions about the future that awaits her.

      • Deutsche WelleTaliban orders female TV presenters to cover face on air

        The Taliban authorities in Afghanistan have asked local television broadcasters to ensure that female presenters cover their faces when on air, an official said on Thursday.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Hollywood ReporterWhy Netflix Is Betting Big on Poland (and You Should Too)

        “Poland has become a key market for Netflix in the CEE region,” said Anna Nagler, the streamer’s director of local-language originals for CEE, claiming that the company’s production investment has created at least 2,600 jobs in the country. “Given the growing volume of original Polish content, now is the right time to get even closer to our members and creative partners. The Netflix office in Warsaw is a natural next step in establishing new partnerships, deepening existing ones and creating new opportunities for the Polish creative community.”

    • Monopolies

      • Trademarks

        • Local WorldCondé Nast sends Vogue pub framed apology after demanding it changes its name

          The pub is 200 years old, far outdating the magazine, and the village older still, but that did not stop Condé Nast from initially demanding the pub change its name. Truronian landlord Mark Graham’s quippy reply to the New York publisher has set the [Internet] aflame and has earned the tiny hamlet near St Day minor digital fame.

          After receiving a written apology, the pub has now been sent a physical copy of the note retracting the cease and desist order. Mr Graham told CornwallLive that it is framed and signed by Vogue’s legal department.

      • Copyrights

        • Digital Music NewsSpinnup Goes Invite-Only — ‘Uninvited’ Musicians Given Two Months to Find New Distribution

          Spinnup says on July 19th, the platform is “changing from an open DIY music distribution service to a curated artist discovery and distribution platform. This means we will be reducing the number of artists on the platform as we move into this new chapter,” the email reads.

          “Artists who are leaving Spinnup are being asked to takedown their releases and transfer to a new distributor by July 12, 2022,” the Spinnup FAQ further elaborates about the changes. “After that date we will begin taking down any remaining live releases from departing artists.”

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