05.22.22

Links 22/05/2022: The 5.18 Kernel is Out

Posted in News Roundup at 6:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Made SimpleLinux Weekly Roundup #183

      Welcome to this week’s Linux weekly Roundup.

      We had a relatively lovely week in the world of Linux releases, with Kali Linux 2022.2, Peppermint OS 5-22-22 and openSUSE 15.4-rc.

      Inkscape 1.2 has also been released this week.

    • Server

      • Silicon AngleThe Kubernetes ecosystem hits its inflection point

        With the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s KubeCon CloudNativeCon Europe 2022 last week in València, Spain, the Kubernetes world came roaring back to life after a lackluster conference in Los Angeles last fall – in spite of a rigorous conference-wide mask mandate.

        The general feeling at the conference was that the Kubernetes ecosystem is reaching an inflection point. Work on the core Kubernetes platform itself is slowing, as it has reached a level of maturity – while rapid innovation continues unabated across the broader Kubernetes landscape.

        [...]

        The shift is subtle, but noticeable: There is less of a concern for the software infrastructure and a greater focus on the applications that run on that infrastructure – deploying, managing and securing them.

        Kubernetes may not quite be part of the background noise of information technology the way Linux and TCP/IP before it have become, but it’s well on its way. There remain a few missing pieces, and other projects are still rough around the edges, but Kubernetes – and cloud-native computing in general – are here to stay.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Going Linux #424 · Listener Feedback

        We have feedback on Deepin concerns, information about UbuntuDDE, LinuxFX, NxOS, and the application Flameshot. Bill breaks KDE Neon and Ambrose is annointed ‘Engineer Minion’.

      • VideoWhy Do I Use Linux Instead Of BSD? – Invidious

        A question that I often get asked is “Why don’t you use BSD?” The answer to this question is rather simple, but I wanted to ramble a bit on some of the reasons that I think people “assume” are my reason why I choose Linux over BSD.

      • VideoBrodie Robertson: I’ve Finally Made 1,000 Videos: Content Changes Are Coming

        I have no idea how it’s happened but I’ve finally made 1,000 videos and that’s kind of crazy, it’s only been 3 years but it feels like it’s been so much longer and so much less at the same time.

    • Kernel Space

      • 9to5LinuxLinux Kernel 5.18 Officially Released, This Is What’s New

        Highlights of Linux kernel 5.18 include the switch to the C11 compiler standard, support for “user events” in the tracing system, support for AMD’s “host system management port” function, support for 64-bit integrity checksums on NVMe devices, support for the Intel’s “hardware feedback interface” feature, indirect branch tracking support for the x86 architecture, as well as better process scheduling performance on AMD Zen CPUs.

      • Linux 5.18
        o unexpected nasty surprises this last week, so here we go with the
        5.18 release right on schedule.
        
        That obviously means that the merge window for 5.19 will open
        tomorrow, and I already have a few pull requests pending. Thank you
        everybody. I'd still like people to run boring old plain 5.18 just to
        check, before we start with the excitement of all the new features for
        the merge window.
        
        The full shortlog for the last week is below, and nothing really odd
        stands out. The diffstat looks a bit funny - unusually we have parsic
        architecture patches being a big part of it due to some last-minute
        cache flushing fixes, but that is probably more indicative of
        everything else being pretty small.
        
        So outside of the parisc fixes, there's random driver updates
        (mellanox mlx5 stands out, again likely because everything else is
        small), some other minor architecture fixes, some core networking, and
        some tooling stuff. And random small noise. People who really care for
        the details please just scroll down..
        
                        Linus
        
      • LWNThe 5.18 kernel has been released [LWN.net]

        Linus has released the 5.18 kernel. “No unexpected nasty surprises this last week, so here we go with the 5.18 release right on schedule.” Some of the headline changes in this release include the DAMOS memory-management interface, a number of random-number-generator improvements, the Intel software-defined silicon driver, strict memcpy() bounds checking, a switch to the C11 standard, and more. Also, the Reiserfs filesystem has been deprecated and the last vestiges of a.out support have been removed. See the LWN merge-window summaries (part 1, part 1) and the KernelNewbies 5.18 page for more details.

      • OMG UbuntuLinux Kernel 5.18 Released, This is What’s New

        Ahoy, a brand new Linux kernel release is now available to download.

        Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, announced the release of Linux 5.18 in a short email to the Linux Kernel Mailing List, writing: “No unexpected nasty surprises this last week, so here we go with the 5.18 release right on schedule”.

        Ahh, I do approve of punctuality, monsieur Torvalds. Predictability and schedule makes writing these blog posts much easier—Wait, I’m lying: I always leave these posts until the last minute.

        What’s new? Let’s find out together!

      • HackadayHack Another ELF On The Stack | Hackaday

        [dropbear] recently found herself in a pickle. Dumping some data out of an Android app at a specific point for reverse engineering purposes. While it worked great in the simulator, it was painfully slow on hardware via lldb. The solution was to write a patch and apply it to the ELF file.

        Writing the AArch64 assembly to dump the buffer is relatively trivial, but adding it to the existing ELF and repackaging it into a new APK leads to strange errors. The relative offsets into .rodata are now all wrong. For those who don’t routinely interface with the format of ELF files, we have a fantastic resource to take you into the dark depths. But the quick summary version is that sections contain various resources, and you find parts of those resources by relative offsets. The program header describes what type of resources each section contains.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • VideoHow to install Krita on Debian 11 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Krita on Debian 11.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Mine-imator 1.2.8 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Mine-imator 1.2.8 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • ID RootHow To Install MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MPV Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MPV is a free and open-source media player. MPV brings a command-line-based media player, it does not contain the GUI but a small menu bar that contains all the options to control the media file. It supports operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux distributions.

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

      • TechRepublic[Older] How to share directories to your LAN From Ubuntu Desktop 22.04

        Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) has arrived, and it offers plenty of exciting new features that are sure to win over hardcore Linux users as well as those new to the world of open source. As usual, the developers of Ubuntu have gone out of their way to make everything not only “just work” but do so with ease.

      • How to Securely Delete Files in Linux

        When you delete a file on your computer, the file is removed by the system, but it isn’t permanently deleted. You can usually recover deleted files using file recovery tools.

        If you have files containing sensitive information, you can delete these files using a more secure method so they can’t be recovered and viewed. We’ll show you a few ways to do this in Linux.

        If you want to know how to securely delete files in Linux, follow our guide below.

      • How to show ink levels of your printer in Linux – Real Linux User

        Linux continues to evolve and support for internal and external devices gets better and better. There was a time when it was a real challenge to get your equipment to work properly under Linux, but those days are really gone. Linux recognizes so much out-of-the-box that you no longer have to worry that, for example, your printer will not work. But there are always minor glitches that you should expect, or at least be aware of. One of these things is when you use your printer for a while you probably want to know if your ink levels are still on a sufficient level to see if you consider ordering new ink cartridges. Of course not all printers are technically capable of giving information about ink levels, but for those who can, most of the time the Linux driver will not give you any information about it. But there is a solution. In this article I will explain how to show the ink levels for your printer in Linux.

      • How To Turn Ubuntu 22.04 into Kubuntu

        This tutorial will explain how you can turn Ubuntu 22.04 with GNOME Desktop into Kubuntu with KDE Plasma Desktop. This will not remove the original GNOME, but we simply install Plasma Desktop on top of the system so we will have two different desktop environments as the result. Follow it carefully and have a friendly computing with Kubuntu!

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • LinuxiacGNOME vs KDE: Which Linux Desktop Environment to Choose

        This article introduces new Linux users to the advantages and disadvantages of the two most popular desktop environments in the Linux world, GNOME and KDE.

        One of the first things any new Linux user learns is that the Linux desktop environment can look in various ways. The second thing a user discovers is that in Linux, you can have multiple entirely independent working environments.

        This is where the confusion begins, and the first words that appear on the horizon are usually GNOME and KDE. For a range of reasons, these two desktop environments are the most popular in the Linux world, and before we go any further, we’ll provide our readers with a quick historical overview.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Search

        This weekend, I finnaly did something that I should have done long ago:
        I implemented text search for my gopher- and gemini-client ncgopher.

      • Sergio Talens-Oliag: New Blog

        Welcome to my new Blog for Technical Stuff.

        For a long time I was planning to start publishing technical articles again but to do it I wanted to replace my old blog based on ikiwiki by something more modern.

        I’ve used Jekyll with GitLab Pages to build the Intranet of the ITI and to generate internal documentation sites on Agile Content, but, as happened with ikiwiki, I felt that things were kind of slow and not as easy to maintain as I would like.

        So on Kyso (the Company I work for right now) I switched to Hugo as the Static Site Generator (I still use GitLab Pages to automate the deployment, though), but the contents are written using the Markdown format, while my personal preference is the Asciidoc format.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Technology for the Ageing

        Getting old is a bitch. I have three ageing parents/in-laws over 80 (one fully independent, one pretty much functional, one with dementia). Can technology help them stay in touch with the world, or make their lives easier? I do not want to be ageist (and no spring chicken myself), but in my experience, technology is completely incompatible with the older crowd.

        I am talking about the pre-internet generation. A 90+ -year-old today was brought up in the age of horse carriages. The boomers of today will probably have an easier time, but some physical limitations will still make it hard.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The science says that ZeroWater is not worth the money or hype. Brita is among the best countertop models. – BaronHK’s Rants

        I came across a video where a man tried all of the standard cartridges for common countertop water filter systems (many of which are also meant to go directly into the fridge), which are gravity-fed.

        Now, some people swear up and down by a particular brand, and one particular brand to stay away from is ZeroWater.

        ZeroWater sells incredibly expensive replacement filter cartridges.

        [...]

        Well, my family was among the first wave of Classic Brita pitcher owners back in the 90s when owning one became one of the things you did as part of the middle class in the United States.

        Today you can get them everywhere and even the standard cartridges have improved greatly.

        Right now I am using standard Brita cartridges. They’re cheap, they’re effective at what you can expect with a countertop system, and the lab results from the video back that up.

        In fact, out of a 100 point rating scale, where 100 is best performing and 0 is absolute garbage, the video rates Aqua Crest at 88, Brita’s standard cartridge at 83, Pur’s standard cartridge at 76, and ZeroWater’s system at just 71.

        Does ZeroWater have an effect on your tap water? Sure. Provided you don’t get one of the manufacturing defects that seem quite common and it actually works, and assuming you don’t get water that tastes like it came out of a fish tank, like some people say they do.

        But for a system that’s at least more than 400% more expensive than Standard Brita to keep going once you own the pitcher, it seems like you should really question why you would invest your money into a system that does less when it’s important, does more where you don’t want it to, and is plagued by quality control problems.

        I have _never_ had a defective Brita filter that started giving me fish water 2 weeks in. I can tell you that much.

    • Security

    • Defence/Aggression

      • A wrong message at a right time?

        At a time when the anti-Gota protests is acquiring the characteristics of a Greek tragedy, for the Canadian Parliament to remind this nation of alleged ‘war crimes’ has gone mostly unnoticed. While sections of the Tamil Diaspora is as euphoric as ever, the Foreign Ministry, by issuing a strongly-worded rebuttal instantaneously, has called the shots – indicating as to whose views between those of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, prevail in matters non-economic.

        [...]

        The fact that the Canadian House of Commons’ motion coincided with the 13th anniversary of the bloody end to the ethnic war in May 2009 should show that there is more to it than meets the eye. Like many European nations, Canada is inherently touchy about the 20th century version of human rights and its adoption to the 21st century.

    • Finance

      • Strange fluctuations in egg prices in the United States.

        Strange fluctuations are happening in egg prices in the United States.

        I suppose you could call it one part of the larger disaster of rising grocery prices, but since January, the price of eggs has more than doubled here.

        In fact, while brown eggs are usually a lot more expensive (there is no difference in nutrient profile or protein quality….it’s literally just different kinds of hens and feed that produce different colors, and it’s a matter of regional preference), the disruption in the white egg market has left the situation inverted at Walmart.

        At my local Walmart, you can buy a dozen brown eggs, Great Value, for $1.67, which is 13.9 cents each, but at the same time, a dozen white eggs are now 21.6 cents each, or $2.59.

      • Walmart has made sure that the people who suffer from the chicken shortage are the people who need to “save money and live better”.

        Walmart has made sure that the people who suffer from the chicken shortage are the people who need to “save money and live better”.

        Going along with my previous post about egg prices, Walmart seems to have told their suppliers to stop giving them the chicken they normally sell for $2.69 and $2.99 a pound (thighs and breasts) and start only packaging the expensive national brands that cost $7-9 a pound instead.

        So if you get your chicken at Walmart, the implication is that it’s going to be a major drag on your grocery bill.

        That’s why when I got my deep freezer this year, I hurried up and included well over 200 pounds of chicken that I bought in those enormous family packs (on sale) from Jewel Osco before the 5% quarter on grocery stores expired on my Discover card for the year.

        It’s a good thing too, because Walmart’s chicken section has been pretty wiped out for months now, and unless you want the expensive national brand, you’re probably all out of luck unless you go in there every day and toss a pack or two of store brand, if you can even find it.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Neocities: the 90′s Aesthetic as a Symbol?

        At the moment, the biggest mystery I have, is an artistic one. Many Neocities sites, including sites owned by teenagers (born after the 90′s, of course) are stylized like websites from the 90′s, or Geocities sites in particular. Some websites contain things like screenshots of applications such as Windows Live Messenger or retro-inspired design elements like Windows 9X style, “fake 3D” borders around elements, or even have a fake Windows XP taskbar at the bottom. However, in most cases, the content has nothing to do with 90′s computing, 90′s music, etc’: most of the websites I looked at are personal websites (diaries or blogs of some sort), some have a social element to them (for example, a guestbook and links to websites of real-life friends) and some showcase an art portfolio.

Gemini is Bigger Than Most People Care to Realise

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 5:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b51e676372fb6f9c4ca2af66c37b91e0
Lupa Outgrown
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Geminispace has gotten to the point where it’s too computationally expensive (or outright pricey) to study, let alone keep abreast of, Gemini capsules or the domain space as a whole

OVER the past few months (maybe 3 months) I’ve noticed that Lupa, which studies Geminispace by downloading hundreds of thousands of pages and then analysing them, is not crawling as much as before (it ‘binged’ pages a lot more last year). This is understandable because the process is expensive (not just bandwidth for downloads but also RAM and CPU for analysis). The decrease in the number of pages analysed by Lupa can be seen in the first graph here.

“It seems safe to say that in the coming years there won’t be a census or detailed survey of Geminispace, only rough estimates.”Big Gemini capsules continue to grow (ours adds about 500 pages per month), so what’s happening here is Lupa failing to keep up, not just with large sets of pages under single domains but also the total number of Gemini domains overall.

It seems safe to say that in the coming years there won’t be a census or detailed survey of Geminispace, only rough estimates. Nothing comprehensive, complete, exhaustive. This is perfectly fine. In 2019 there were probably less than a hundred domains; now we have several thousands.

Links 22/05/2022: Rock64 and Peppermint OS Release

Posted in News Roundup at 11:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • WCCF TechHP designing AMD-based Dev One laptop loaded with Linux & powered by Pop!_OS

        HP surprises Linux users by revealing its AMD-powered Dev One laptop that utilizes the open-source Pop!_OS operating system by System76.

        System76 & HP bring Linux developers the Dev One, A Pop!_OS & AMD-Powered laptop to easier control their workspaces on the go

      • OMG UbuntuHP Team Up With System76 for New Linux Laptop

        HP is launching a Linux laptop pre-loaded with Pop!_OS, the Ubuntu-based distro created by System76.

        The collaboration, which was quietly revealed by System76 CEO Carl Richell on Twitter, is a pretty major one. It is the first time System76 has partnered with another computer company to ship their OS. It’s also the first time (to my knowledge) that a HP Linux laptop will ship with something other than vanilla Ubuntu.

        Specs for the 14-inch HP Dev One seem pretty sweet, too.

      • Linux GizmosMinisforum HX90G Mini-PC powered by AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and discrete AMD GPU

        Minisforum has unveiled their latest Mini PC which is based on the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX. The HX90G is also equipped with the Radeon RX 6650M discrete GPU design and dual SO-DIMM DDR4 slots for a total storage capacity of 64GB.

        The base clock for the Ryzen 9 5900HX is 3.3GHz and features eight cores and sixteen threads. Additionally, Minisforum has also mentioned they will release two additional configurations of the HX90G that will implement the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor (w/ Radeon RX 6650M) and the Intel Core i9- 12900H (w/ AMD Discrete GPU).

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu PitTop 15 Best Linux PDF Viewers and Readers in 2022

        Nowadays, we are greatly dependent on online platforms for educational, working jobs, business, communication, and other purposes. Right? And the usage of portable documentary format files, better known as PDF files, is increasing day by day. So, all of us need to have the best quality pdf reader. But, all the pdf viewers are not all the same. And features are also different from different applications. Which one will be perfect for you? The big question it is! Agree? Most of the Linux distributions also come with pdf viewers, but they have some limitations and are not high functioning, unfortunately. That is why we are here to address you with the best Linux PDF viewers.

      • Top 15 Linux Performance Monitoring Tools – LinuxWizardry

        There are several performance monitoring tools in Linux that allow you to monitor resource usage on the system. These tools can aid in debugging Linux System Performance issues and troubleshooting them.

        In this article, we will discuss some of the best tools for monitoring Linux performance. The commands listed below are available in all Linux distributions and some of them are installed by default on the system.

      • Hypnotix – SparkyLinux

        Hypnotix is an IPTV streaming application with support for live TV, movies and series. It can support multiple IPTV providers of the following types: M3U URL, Xtream API, Local M3U playlist. Hypnotix does not provide content or TV channels, it is a player application which streams from IPTV providers. By default, Hypnotix is configured with one IPTV provider called Free-TV.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ByteXDHow to Curve Text in Inkscape – ByteXD

        Curving text is widely spread when composing graphical pieces, because the curves are more comfortable to the eye than the sharp shape. Nonetheless, it makes the graphic more dynamic and interesting.

      • How to Install Laravel 9 on Ubuntu 22.04
      • Linux CapableHow to Install KDE Plasma Desktop on CentOS 9 Stream
      • ByteXDHow to Outline Text in Inkscape

        Inkscape is a great tool when you are creating typographic artwork, but there is a lot to think about when you are dealing with typographic elements.

        In this article will demonstrate how to add an outline to your text in Inkscape.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Sublime Text 4 on Ubuntu 22.04

        Sublime is a powerful and widely used text and application source code editor. It supports the syntax of most popular programming languages. Sublime also provides a large number of third-party extensions that provides more features to developers.

        You may also like => Installing Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 20.04

        Sublime 4 is the latest available version for the developers. In this tutorial, you will learn to install Sublime text 4 on the Ubuntu 22.04 systems.

      • The New StackHow to Create and Use Container Volumes within Portainer

        Portainer has become my favorite tool for managing containers. With this web-based GUI, you can do just about anything you need to work with your Docker containers. It’s powerful, flexible, and very user-friendly.

        With Portainer, you can manage nearly any aspect of your containers, from building and deploying single apps/services and even full-stack applications. Another area that Portainer really shines in is the creation and usage of volumes.

        What are Docker volumes? Simple. Imagine you deploy an application or service that stores data. If you deploy the container without a volume, the data will be stored within the container, and accessing that data from another container might be challenging. Even worse, should something happen to that container, the data it housed could get hosed.

      • H2S MediaHow to check internet speed using command in Ubuntu Linux – Linux Shout

        Let’s learn the steps to check the internet speed on your Ubuntu using the command terminal without using the browser.

        The bandwidth describes a frequency range in which electrical signal transmission is possible. The greater the difference between the lower and upper frequencies, the greater the bandwidth, and the more information can be transmitted simultaneously. On the Internet or with a DSL connection, a high bandwidth stands for fast surfing. Classic ADSL connections (for example, come to 16 Mbit/s, with VDSL and fiber optics 100 Mbit/s and more are easily achieved. For most applications on the Internet, however, the “slower” bandwidths of 16 Mbit/s are also sufficient.

        However, there are many web tools that we can easily use to check the internet speed. But what if you are using a Linux server with only a command-line interface. Then here is the solution.

    • Games

      • Google Summer of Code 2022 – please welcome our students!

        A few days ago, Google announced the list of students accepted for this year’s Google Summer of Code.

        We are very proud to welcome 4 students this year who will be working on various parts of the project during the upcoming months.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Everfree’s ARMFerno – My Unholy Battle With a Rock64

      I’ve got this rock64, which is an aarch64 board comparable to a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with 4 gigs of ram. For years I’ve wanted to put a distribution on here that doesn’t have a premade image available, mainly because out of all the options on that page I don’t actually like any of them. Well, except NetBSD, but NetBSD doesn’t have GPU drivers for it. Problem is, everything I do want to use provides rootfs tarballs and tells you to figure it out. To do that I’ve got to get a Linux kernel, track down the device trees so it knows what hardware it has, and then wrangle u-boot into actually booting the whole thing. I figured that would be the hard part; little did I know the depths that Single Board Computer Hell would reach.

    • OS NewsMy unholy battle with a Rock64 – OSnews

      Unlike x86, ARM is far, far from a standardised platform. The end result of this is that unless you can find tailor-made images specific for your particular ARM board, you’re gonna have to do a lot of manual labour to install an operating system that should work.

    • New Releases

    • BSD

      • NetBSDAnnouncing Google Summer of Code 2022 projects

        The community bonding period has already started (from May 20) and it will last until June 12. During this time, the contributors are expected to coordinate with their mentors and community.

        This will be immediately followed by the coding period from June 13 to September 4. After which, the contributors are expected to submit their final work, evaluate their mentors, and get evaluated by their mentors as well. Results will be announced on September 20.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareLinux hardware video encoding on Amlogic A311D2 processor – CNX Software

        I’ve spent a bit more time with Ubuntu 22.04 on Khadas VIM4 Amogic A311D2 SBC, and while the performance is generally good features like 3D graphics acceleration and hardware video decoding are missing. But I was pleased to see a Linux hardware video encoding section in the Wiki, as it’s not something we often see supported early on. So I’ve given it a try…

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • MQ-2 with Raspberry PI Pico: Gas Sensor Wiring and MicroPython Code

        Detecting air gas comes useful in applications like air quality monitoring, Gas leak alarm and maintaining environmental standards in hospitals. The MQ-2 with Raspberry PI Pico bring this capability to your DIY projects with cheap parts

        In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to connect the gas sensor MQ-2 with Raspberry PI Pico, coding it with MicroPython.

        WARNING: health and safety are serious topics. Lives and object security should never fully depend on DIY projects until you are a professional in these fields and you adopt all the needed precautions.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • GNU Projects

    • Programming/Development

      • Understanding ViewComponent concepts by building a button

        For the purposes of this post, a component is an encapsulation of a reusable piece of a view template responsible for its rendering. Components can technically be unique, but the core idea is to build common reusable parts and stay away from one-off components. Think buttons, alerts, or icons.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlMooseX::Extreme Needs a New Name

          It’s based on years of experience being the lead designer of the Corinna project and trying to figure out how we can get a version of Moose which is safer and easier to use, including removing a lot of boilerplate.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Unified Patents Launches IETF OPEN

        Unified Patents is pleased to announce OPEN’s IETF Standard Submission Portal. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is largely responsible for how the internet operates and is vitally important to how various devices use the internet. Users can now search all the submissions related to IETF via full-text or by author and source. The submission portal includes over 86,000 documents that are full-text searchable.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadaySisyphean Ball Race Robot Toils Gracefully, Magnetically

      Aren’t ball races and marble runs fun? Wouldn’t they be so much more enjoyable if you didn’t have to climb back up the ladder each time, as it were, and reset the thing? [Johannes] wrote in to tell us about a wee robot with the Sisyphean task of setting a ball bearing on a simple but fun course, collecting it from the end, and airlifting it back to the start of the track.

    • HackadayOne Solution, Many Problems

      You might think you’re lucky when one of your problems has multiple solutions, and you get to pick and choose, but you’re even luckier when one solution has many problems! This week I stumbled on an old solution in a new place. The project was a fantastic old MIDI guitar build, the Tryndelka by [Aleksandr Goltsov]. And the old solution? Switch matrix diodes.

    • HackadayA Receive Antenna Switcher With An Espressif Brain

      It’s not uncommon for a radio enthusiast to have multiple antennas for the same radio, so as you might expect it’s also entirely usual to have a bunch of coaxial cables dangling down for fumbling around the back of the rig to swap over.  If that describes your radio experience than you might be interested in the antenna switcher built by [g3gg0], which uses solid-state RF switches controlled by an ESP32 module.

    • HackadayHP-200LX Runs Website Like It’s The 90s

      The HP-200LX palmtop was a fascinating machine for its time, and [Terrence Vergauwen] proves that its time is not yet over, given that one is responsible for serving up the website for Palmtop Tube, a website and YouTube channel dedicated to vintage palmtops.

    • Science

      • HackadayVoyager 1 Talks Some Nonsense, But Is Still Working

        The Voyager 1 interplanetary probe was launched in 1977 and has now reached interstellar space where it is the furthest-traveled man-made object. It’s hugely exceeded its original mission and continues to return valuable scientific data, but there’s an apparent fault which is leaving its controllers perplexed. Onboard is an attitude control system which keeps the craft’s antennas pointing at Earth, and while it evidently still works (as we’re still in touch with the probe) and other systems are fine, it’s started returning incomprehensible data. Apparently it’s developed a habit of reporting random data, or states the antenna can’t possibly be in.

      • How Did the Bar Code Infiltrate the World?

        very product you purchase in a store has one. Every book you borrow from a library has one. Every airline ticket has one. Yet it is something you rarely think about: the bar code. The bar code is a simple printed or displayed code made up of a varying array of thick and thin black bars, but it is one of the most powerful little pieces of technology ever invented.

      • AAASA bioactive phlebovirus-like envelope protein in a hookworm endogenous virus
    • Hardware

      • HackadayThe Thin-Film Flexible 6502

        While our attention is mostly directed towards ever smaller-integrated silicon circuits providing faster and faster computing, there’s another area of integrated electronics that operates at a much lower speed which we should be following. Thin-film flexible circuitry will provide novel ways to place electronics where a bulky or expensive circuit board with traditional components might be too expensive or inappropriate, and Wikichip is here to remind us of a Leuven university team who’ve created what is claimed to be the fastest thin-film flexible microprocessor yet. Some of you might find it familiar, it’s our old friend the 6502.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • OracDr. Richard Amerling of AAPS goes full Godwin on COVID-19

        Every so often, I come across a quack unfamiliar to me, one whom I’ve never heard of before. So it was yesterday when my email inbox was contaminated with a missive promoting an article by Dr. Richard Amerling. Why did I get such a missive? Simple. I’m on a lot of email lists, which I monitor as one strategy to keep my finger on the pulse of quackery, pseudoscience, the antivaccine movement, and conspiracy theories. One such mailing list that I monitor is that of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), of which Dr. Amerling is apparently a member, and it sent me a reference to an article by him, which he also had Tweeted out:

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • HackadayTurtleAuth DIY Security Token Gets (Re)designed For Durable, Everyday Use

        [Samuel]’s first foray into making DIY hardware authentication tokens was a great success, but he soon realized that a device intended for everyday carry and use has a few different problems to solve, compared to a PCB that lives and works on a workbench. This led to TurtleAuth 2.1, redesigned for everyday use and lucky for us all, he goes into detail on all the challenges and solutions he faced.

      • Medium(Free) Ethical Hacking courses in 2022

        Ethical hacking is also known as white hat hacking or penetration testing. Its a process followed by a hacker to exploit a vulnerability inside a system and that system could be computers such as Windows, Linux, macOS, or maybe websites.

        Unlike malicious hackers, who are typically motivated by financial gain, ethical hackers aim to help companies (and society as a whole) keep their data safe…

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Buffalo Massacre, Banning Books, and Systemic Racism

        Ten people were slaughtered in Buffalo last Saturday, killed at a supermarket in the heart of the Black community. The gunman: an 18-year-old self-professed white supremacist armed with a legally-purchased Bushmaster AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. His goal, based on a rambling, poisonous 180-page document he posted online, was to “kill as many Blacks as possible.” Of the 13 victims (including three who were injured), eleven were African American. The killer live-streamed the massacre on the social media video website Twitch. While the Amazon-owned site pulled down the gruesome video within minutes, it was immediately posted then accessed by millions on other internet platforms.

      • ScheerpostPeace Advocates Sound Warnings as Progressive Lawmakers Go All-In for $40 Billion Ukraine War Packages

        The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to approve $40 billion in emergency military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine amid both Russia’s ongoing invasion and warnings from peace advocates that prolonging the war makes the world a more dangerous, not safer, place.

      • GannettWhat’s the best way to donate to Ukraine? Give with your heart, but use your head, experts say

        Dozens of charity organizations are trying to help more than 6 million refugees who have left war-torn Ukraine since Russia invaded – and 6.5 million who are believed to be displaced inside Ukraine.

        While the United States and NATO members give military assistance and other funding, charities from Ukraine, the USA and international sources provide humanitarian aid, from medicine to meals to mental health counseling.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • ScheerpostThe Future of Press Freedom Depends on Assange Case

        The world awaits the decision of U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel in the case of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who has been a political prisoner in London since his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2019. Last month, a British court sent the case to Patel, who is now charged with deciding whether to hand Assange to the United States – a decision that entails a judgment about whether the U.S. will kill him. Dozens of international human rights and press freedom groups – including Amnesty International, the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders – have opposed extradition as a “grave threat to press freedom both in the United States and abroad.”

      • Scheerpost‘We Were Expecting This,’ Says Family After Israel Says No Criminal Probe Into Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

        Israel will not pursue a criminal investigation into the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, whose death earlier this month sparked global outrage.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Overturning Roe Will Harm Women Across the World

        A leaked draft of a United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that gave women the constitutional right to abortion, recently put abortion rights once again on the global agenda.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • A Forward-Looking Statement: Impending Hiatus

        Lagrange has been progressing quite briskly since last fall, with versions 1.7–1.13 released between September 2021 and May 2022. I am always hesitant to make predictions about what exactly will happen with a given project in the future, but when it comes to the second half of 2022, there is certainly going to be a change of pace.

        [...]

        I have no intention of stepping away from Gemini or Lagrange, and will continue reading daily and maybe even writing occasionally. Lagrange patch releases continue to be possible as the process is mostly handled via scripts, but larger-scale feature work will have to be postponed for a few months.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • FOSS Patents: IP Bridge wins 4G patent injunction against Ford’s German subsidiary: Munich I Regional Court announced bench ruling at end of yesterday’s trial

          In the second half of 2020, Daimler was slapped with four German standard-essential patent (SEP) injunctions with only 11 weeks between the first and the fourth. Three of them came down in Munich, and one in Mannheim. Quinn Emanuel–a firm that boasts a sky-high ratio of trial wins on its website–unsuccessfully represented Daimler in each of those cases.

          Yesterday (Thursday, May 19), the Landgericht München I (Munich I Regional Court) entered the latest SEP injunction against a maker of connected cars. A few hours after the OPPO v. Nokia 5G trial I’ve already reported on, the same division of the court–the Seventh Civil Chamber under Presiding Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann (and again with Judge Dr. Hubertus Schacht as the rapporteur and Judge Kuttenkeuler as the second side judge)–resumed the proceedings in case no. 7 O 9572/21, Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Ford-Werke GmbH. Japan’s national patent licensing firm IP Bridge won a Germany-wide permanent (though appealable) injunction against the German subsidiary of Ford Motor Company over a patent found essential to the 4G (LTE) standard, EP2294737 on “control channel signalling for triggering the independent transmission of a channel quality indicator.” The patent-in-suit was originally obtained by Japanese electronics maker Panasonic, which declared it essential to 4G. The same patent has previously been asserted against smartphone makers OPPO and HTC, and various other defendants.

          As I’ll mention again further below, the decision has ramifications beyond these two parties: the fact that Ford didn’t make the Avanci patent pool a counteroffer was fatal to Ford’s FRAND defense.

          I saw the IP Bridge v. Ford case on a list of hearings and trials right outside Judge Zigann’s courtroom (501, for those who’ve been to the Munich court and/or like the iconic Levi’s jeans). I later asked the court what happened, and received a highly informative answer today.

        • Unified Succeeds in RPI Decisions

          For the past decade, across more than 300 proceedings, Unified Patents has won every real party-in-interest (RPI) challenge—whether at institution, on final written decision, or before the Federal Circuit.

      • Software Patents

        • Prior art found on Consumeron patent

          Unified is pleased to announce prior art has been found on U.S. Patent 10,115,067, owned by Consumeron, LLC, an NPE. The ’067 patent relates to a method for remote acquisition and delivery of goods involving a server in communication with a customer’s computer through a user interface via the Internet. The patent had been asserted against MapleBear Inc. d/b/a Instacart.

        • K. Mizra patent likely invalid

          On May 18, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 7,394,423, owned and asserted by K. Mizra LLC. The ‘423 patent generally relates to a device for initiating and handling an emergency IP request using an IP enabled device having GPS capability and had been asserted against General Motors.

        • Jeffrey M. Gross entity Compression Vectors reexamination granted

          On May 17, 2022, just one month after Unified filed an ex parte reexamination, the USPTO granted Unified’s request, finding substantial new questions of patentability on the challenged claims of U.S. Patent 6,731,813. The patent is owned and asserted by Compression Vectors LLC, an NPE and entity of Jeffrey M. Gross. The ’813 patent relates to adjusting frame intervals during compression of a video signal and was previously asserted against Axis Communications AB, Cisco, Hanwha Corp., and Intel. This filing is part of Unified’s ongoing efforts in its SEP Video Codec Zone.

        • DigiMedia Tech patent held invalid

          On May 16, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in Unified Patents, LLC v. DigiMedia Tech, LLC holding all of the challenged claims of U.S. Patent 7,715,476 unpatentable. Formally owned by Intellectual Ventures but now owned by DigiMedia Tech LLC, an NPE and an IP Investments Group entity, the ‘476 patent is generally related to displaying video images generated by a camera on a display, and more particularly to tracking a head portion of a person image in camera-generated video images. The ‘476 patent has been asserted against Olympus Corp., Fujifilm Holdings, Sakar International, Nikon, JK Imaging, Elite Brands, Panasonic, and Lenovo.

        • InterDigital AV1/VP9 patent opposed in Japan

          On May 16, 2022, Unified Patents filed a Japanese opposition against JP6968024, currently assigned to InterDigital VC Holdings. The ‘024 patent is related to patents that have been designated as essential to SISVEL’s VP9 and AV1 pools.

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtStone Brewing, Sycamore Brewing Reach Settlement

          You will recall that we have been discussing a trademark suit between Sycamore Brewing and Stone Brewing recently. As you can see in images in the post we did about the lawsuit, and then the follow up post on the battle over an injunction requiring Stone Brewing to sticker over the offending branding, it’s pretty clear that this constituted trademark infringement. Part of what made this story noteworthy is that Stone Brewing has, for years, represented itself as a craft brewer ready to take on the big breweries on matters of intellectual property, as though it were some paragon of the industry. Instead, Stone Brewery appears to have turned to both trademark trolling and trademark infringer of smaller breweries.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakRecords Labels and ISP Seek Summary Judgments in Piracy Lawsuit

          Internet provider Bright House has asked a court for a summary judgment confirming that it’s not liable for the alleged piracy activities of its subscribers. Several major music companies, meanwhile, request the exact opposite. The motions aim to simplify the case before it goes to trial and are crucial to its eventual outcome.

[Meme] UPC is Always Next Year (and Next Year It’ll Surely be the Year After That)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Dr. Robert 'Goodyear' NextYear; Team UPC, LLC

Pointer pack; I'm the f***ing president

Summary: The UPC will come “next year”, just like every year (since almost a decade ago) just because the lunatic promises so and crushes the law, quite frankly as usual, cusioned and protected by the UPC lobby

António Campinos fronting for Team UPC
António Campinos for UPC

Monopoly Tony fronting for ‘Team UPC’ only 3 days after he became EPO President. (Source)

UPC: Turning Patent Lawyers Into Liars and the Media Into Their Money-Grabbing Megaphone (Platform for Fake News)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 9:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Team UPC is inciting to break the law

Miquel Montañá (Clifford Chance): UPC: A reply to those who, with the help of a crystal ball, have questioned the arguments as to why the PPA is not legally in force

Bardehle Pagenberg: IP Quick Tip: How and when can you get a unitary patent? Loaded question; You wish; By who?

Bardehle Pagenberg: IP Quick Tip: How and when can you get a unitary patent?  Loaded question again; Conflict of interest

Georg Anetsberger Bardehle Pagenberg)/ Germany: IP Quick Tip: How And When Can You Get A Unitary Patent? (Podcast)
Marketing; Longtime boosters of software patents

Bardehle Pagenberg - Jan Bösing: Bifurcation at the UPC: Bardehle Pagenberg means conflict of interest; Which Bardehle Pagenberg has lobbies for in vain for many years;  Who developed this???

Opt-out, Unitary Patent, and Validation Strategies for the UPC: This entire Web site is sponsored propaganda

Simmons & Simmons LLP: Evidence, experts and witnesses at the UPC: Prominent UPC lobbyists (who lie, too): JUVE has no journalistic integrity; They show who the real bosses are

Injunctions at the UPC: Here we go again; is this the REAL purpose of the site?

Amy Sandys: Dexcom and Abbott’s fight over glucose monitoring patents intensifies in Europe: Lobbyist or journalist?

Sponsored Content by Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.: Protecting your inventions in Europe? Unitary patents could prove useful; USA! Paid-for lie, conflict of interest; Profitable for this article's author

Junk By Jakob Pade Frederiksen: Preparing for the Unitary Patent: Marketing junk disguised as 'article'; Familiar face, EPO regime's booster; Based on Team UPC alone? They keep delaying, as usual

Rory O’Neill: UPC special focus: Invalidity risk a bitter pill for pharma to swallow; No, maybe stop repeating what your paymasters tell you to say; Sponsors undisclosed as this is meant to look like an informative news site

Jones Day/Olga Bezzubova, Thomas Bouvet, Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford, Gerd Jaekel, Ping Li , Alastair McCulloch, Christian Paul, Lamberto Schiona and Dorothée Weber-Bruls: European Union: A New Dawn For European Patents: The Unitary Patent And The Unified Patent Court:  Not really; conflict and subjective advice

Jones Day/Olga Bezzubova, Thomas Bouvet, Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford, Gerd Jaekel, Ping Li , Alastair McCulloch, Christian Paul, Lamberto Schiona and Dorothée Weber-Bruls: European Union: A New Dawn For European Patents: The Unitary Patent And The Unified Patent Court: No, it does not even exist yet; Recycling and scattering the same webspam elsewhere; The creation of a new European Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) and a new patent with unitary effect (“Unitary Patent”), in which almost all member states of the European Union participate, is the most important change in the European patent system since the European Patent Convention came into effect in October 1977. It paves the way for a unified approach to patents in Europe and will fundamentally change the international patent litigation landscape.

Jones Day/Olga Bezzubova, Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford  Ping Li and Dorothée Weber-Bruls/United States: The Unitary Patent And The Unified Patent Court: Oh, it's you again??? Another marketing piece? You said this for 8 years already! It never happens

Michelle Davies and Rachel Fetches (HGF Ltd)/UK: Pharmaceutical Licensing Group Webinar: The Unitary Patent And Unified Patent Court; So-called; More like lobbyist than contributor; Patent cartel

AWA - Louise Jonshammar: Are you ready for the Unitary Patent? Not even law and constitutions are ready to allow it; Will or would? Questions as headlines and loaded headlines too

REGIMBEAU - Frédérique Durieux and Stéphanie Celaire: Whether or not to opt out of the competence of the Unified Patent Court: Another issue for European patent owners: Loaded headline again. Not really? It's not legal.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP: Strategic Considerations for Opting in or out of the Unified Patent Court: We make money from mass litigation, not innovation; There's no UPC and they already talk about opting out of something that does not exist

Maucher Jenkins - James Cross and Hugh Dunlop: Opt out of the UPC and opt back in later - a low-risk choice: Are you high? They keep pushing back the date; they're done this for at least 8 years; Maybe the risk is investing in something that does not exist and isn't legal. No unitary patents exist.

Rebekah Gay, Emma Iles and Sebastian Moore (Herbert Smith Freehills): European Union: Emma And Rebekah Talk IP: Better Together? Europe's New Unified Patent Court: Hypothetical and still illegal; Patents are patents They are not 'IP'

Rebekah Gay, Emma Iles and Sebastian Moore (Herbert Smith Freehills): European Union: Emma And Rebekah Talk IP: Better Together? We're sticking our 'IP' marketing everywhere as if it's information rather than shameless self-promotional advocacy of lies

Gowling WLG - Gordon Harris and Michael Carter: Opting out of the Unified Patent Court? Our guide for patent owners: Marketing and lobbying; There's no opt OUT of something that does NOT EVEN EXIST; There's no arrival as it is illegal and you have been saying this very  same thing for nearly a decade already!

Conference & CLE Calendar: A lot of marketing spam for firms with an agenda, but disguised as 'events' or 'webinars' of 'conferences'

Taylor Wessing - Verena Bertram, Michael Schächinger, Philipp Krusemarck, Jan Phillip Rektorschek and Alina Krukover: Patents: The Unified Patent Court: Pay us 300 euros an hour to lie to you!

Taylor Wessing - Dr Paul England, Dr. Wim Maas and Adrian Toutoungi: Seven steps to UPC readiness: Getting ready for something that the law does not even permit? Could. Team UPC said the same about 2015.

Summary: The above 26 screenshots (with necessary annotation added) hopefully illuminate the degree of deceit, manipulation, bribery and distortion of public discourse (fake news and advocacy of patently unlawful activities)

Number of Working/Online Gemini Capsules, Known to Totally Legit Gemini Search (TLGS) and to Lupa, Exceeds 2,500

Posted in Search at 6:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Even a little more when one adds the list from geminispace.info

Magnifying glass

Summary: Assuming that Lupa reduced its crawling capacity (this graph seems to confirm this), we’ve decided to aggregate data from 3 sources and assess the size of Geminispace; Lupa says it can see 1,947 active capsules, but there are many more it has not kept track of

Knowing that Lupa slowed down a bit, I’ve taken the latest list of known hosts from Totally Legit Gemini Search (TLGS) and combined it with the list Lupa holds.

I’ve fused together the two lists (concatenation), sorting and removing trailing slashes along with protocol to make the format consistent, then:

working-capsules.txt | uniq | wc -l

2510

The uploaded list is the raw one, the combined one is possible to derive as above.

geminispace.info has a less consistent format, so one must compare only the first element in each line. For a combined_list we have:

cat combined_list | sort | cut -d ' ' -f 1 | uniq | wc -l

There are other ways to do this, but the total is similar: 2534

Lupa counts also inactive (historic) capsules, putting the tally at around 2,500. But that misses a lot of active capsules which have not been detected by Lupa (yet). Some got submitted to the search engines. They may be “islands”… for now.

[Meme] Monopoly Tony

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

I'm the nicest F***ing President You'll have in 50 years!

Summary: The gentlest, kindest president the EPO ever had

It Took Campinos Three or More Years to Undo Illegal Battistelli Actions on Boards of Appeal and Strike Regulations (Only After Losing at ILO-AT!), But He Does Not Mention That

Posted in Europe, Patents, Videos at 4:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“It should not be forgotten, that the internal review of the contested strike regulations, other strike related decisions and the social “democracy” rules took place during Campinos’ tenure. He decided to maintain them and openly defended them.”Comment posted days ago

Summary: Let’s all remember that as the EPO‘s so-called ‘President’ António Campinos (Monopoly Tony) vigorously defended completely unlawful actions of Benoît Battistelli until courts compelled him to stop doing that (Strike Regulations); notice how, in the video above — a portion of this full clip from several months ago — he did not bother mentioning that for 3.5 years that he had “led” the Office the Boards of Appeal were in exile, in direct violation of the EPC, yet nobody is being held accountable for it

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