05.26.22

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Links 26/05/2022: Kernel Events and Systemd-Free GNU/Linux Distributions

Posted in News Roundup at 9:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 955
      • BSD Now 456: FreeBSD 13.1

        FreeBSD 13.1 is released, Unix command line conventions over time, Branching for NetBSD 10, Microbhyve, Own your Calendar and Contacts with OpenBSD, the PSARC case for ZFS, and more

      • Jupiter BroadcastingLinux Action News 242

        The controversial Intel code now shipping in Linux, why F-Droid is getting more attractive for developers, and the rumor that could change the industry.

    • Kernel Space

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux HintHow to change Raspberry Pi DNS Settings

        Domain Name System commonly referred as DNS is a decentralized naming system that automatically translates your internet address to a numeric machine address which your system uses. It’s a simple internet phonebook used to access online information using the domain names and translates them to IP addresses so as to enable the browser to load the internet resources.

        In this tutorial, you will get to know how you can change DNS settings on Raspberry Pi and use the device as a DNS server.

      • Linux HintComplete Guide to Access Raspberry Pi Remotely Using Dataplicity

        Dataplicity is an online platform that allows you to control your Raspberry Pi device. It works similar to an SSH connection, but it doesn’t require any complex setup or third-party tool to manage the Raspberry Pi. It only needs a browser and a good internet connection to access your device with or without the Firewall option easily.

        In this tutorial, we will show you how you can access and control your Raspberry Pi through Dataplicity.

      • Linux HintHow to Check Dependencies of a Package in Ubuntu 22.04

        In Linux operating systems, especially for Ubuntu users, the package installation from the apt command is very popular because it’s pretty straightforward and doesn’t require any complex installation method. The command will install the package with the required dependencies most of the time. However, in some cases, you may encounter package dependencies error which may be a hectic task for some people to find out the dependencies information needed to install a package.

        This article is a detailed guideline on checking the dependencies of a package in Ubuntu 22.04.

      • How to Fix umount target is busy in Linux
      • Red Hat OfficialHow to boot, shut down, and suspend your system from the Linux command line | Enable Sysadmin

        Learn how to schedule timed shutdowns and reboots with systemd and to hibernate your system with systemctl.

      • Linux HintA Complete Guide to Install Gitea on Ubuntu 22.04

        Gitea is a top notch open-source self-hosted Git server similar to GitLab written in the Go language. However, it is more straightforward, lightweight and easy to configure as compared to GitLab. It includes various features such as notification, repository file editor, user management and much more.

        The tutorial provides the simple guidelines to install Gitea on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • Linux HintA complete guide to install and use Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 22.04

        Gnome shell is a popular next-generation graphical shell for the Linux operating system that includes a set of core interface options such as windows switching, launching applications and view notifications. To extend the Gnome desktop experience, the Gnome shell provides several extensions that you can easily install on your operating system.

        In this tutorial, we will assist you with how you can install Gnome shell extensions on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Linux HintHow to Install and Setup PhotoPrism on Raspberry Pi

        PhotoPrism is a self-hosted platform that helps you manage and organize your photos on a private server. It keeps your photos saved by storing them in your home folder only. It works similar to Google Photos but includes additional features such as identifying duplicate photos, removing noise from the images, securing photo-sharing and much more.

        In this article, you will find the method to set up PhotoPrism on Raspberry Pi.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS on Raspberry Pi 4

        Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS is the latest Ubuntu series released on April 21, 2022 that has long term support till 2032. It includes cloud images for Amazon Web services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. All these services are incorporated with the advanced security updates. The latest series further includes the OpenSSL 3.0 that makes the cryptography more purposeful and secure. Having the advantage of running the Ubuntu server on all platforms, it would be fair enough to say that this operating system will be an ideal fit for your Raspberry Pi device.

        This tutorial will provide you with the quick approach to install Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS on Raspberry Pi 4.

      • TecAdminHow To Install Apache Solr 9.0 on Fedora 36/35 – TecAdmin

        Apache Solr is an open-source search platform written on Java. Solr provides full-text search, spell suggestions, custom document ordering and ranking, Snippet generation, and highlighting.

        This tutorial will help you to install Apache Solr 9.0 on Fedora 36/35/34/33/32 Linux systems.

    • Games

      • TechdirtValve Gets ‘Right To Repair/Mod’ Right With The Steam Deck

        We’ve talked a great deal about the public’s right to repair the tech they own and how right to repair has finally started to shift in favor of the consumer as of late. In tech in general, and specifically in the video gaming hardware space, manufacturers have long fought to make it impossible for the public to repair their own gear. Or mod that gear, as well. And this isn’t just a Nintendo thing, though that’s likely the first name that leapt into your mind. Sony, Microsoft, ASUS, and HTC all lobbied heavily to prevent DIY repairs or mods.

      • Geeky GadgetsSteam Deck replacement parts now in stock at iFixit

        Those of you lucky enough to own a Valve Steam Deck may be pleased to know that if you should damage your handheld console in anyway, you can now purchase Steam Deck replacement parts directly from iFixit. Everything is available from case to motherboard and instructions on how to fit and replace parts are provided by the engineers at iFixit providing a difficulty score for each component together with individual steps and the time you will need to set aside to replace the damaged component.

      • We’re finally ready to ESCape from F5

        After an extended period of time, we’re finally ready to announce for testing the game Chewy: ESC From F5. This quirky game features the protagonist Chewy as he tries to outwit the evil Borks.. escaping from their high security zone, F5, will just be the start of his adventure.

        So if any of you have the game and are willing to test it out, we’ll welcome any feedback. You will need a daily development build. As always, please submit the bug reports to our issue tracker. Please note that the ScummVM version does have one obvious limitation, though.. the music used by the game is in a custom format we’ve been unable to properly support yet. So only sound effects and speech currently work.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Ubuntu PitTop 15 Best Systemd-Free Linux Distributions in 2022


      If you’re not aware of a systemd, let me explain this a little. The systemd or the system daemon is a sort tool or application that runs automatically in the system’s background on many Linux distributions to improve the performance. There are many applications that require a daemon to maintain all the functions active. But, there has been a demand for the systemd-free Linux distributions for a long while. Many experts and users say that having a system daemon might slow down your system a little, or it could divert us from the original purpose of using Linux, which is making things simple and making the entire system efficien

    • Best Hosting For Linux Servers (2022) [Ed: Smacks of webspam for "hostadvice"]
    • New Releases

      • The Register UKImpressive lightweight Linux Alpine releases 3.16 • The Register

        Version 3.16.0 of Alpine Linux is out – one of the most significant of the many lightweight distros.

        Version 3.16.0 is worth a look, especially if you want to broaden your skills.

        Alpine is interesting because it’s not just another me-too distro. It bucks a lot of the trends in modern Linux, and while it’s not the easiest to set up, it’s a great deal easier to get it working than it was a few releases ago.

        The version number sounds like a small step, but its version numbering is a little different, too. Alpine Linux 3.0.0 came out way back in 2014, meaning that the number after the first decimal is a significant step. The project describes this as “the first in the 3.16 stable series”, meaning that soon 3.16.1 will appear, then 3.16.2 and so on.

        This version has better support for NVMe disks, and includes a new script to make it easier to install a desktop. The installation program, while remaining extremely minimal, now adds user accounts, including readable names, and can import SSH keys for them too.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Linux Shell TipsRHEL 9 Released – Download DVD ISO Images for Free

        To all the Linux lovers and enthusiasts in the RHEL community, the developers behind this reputable Linux OS distribution have officially released RHEL 9 Stable.

        RHEL 9 Stable release addresses both production stability and development agility issues to mirror a prime performance spectrum. CentOS Stream footprints are evident in the buildup of this highly anticipated RHEL 9 release due to its powerful capabilities that make the application development experience easier.

      • Make Use OfWhat’s New in Fedora 36? Everything You Need to Know

        The Fedora Project has finally released the latest version of the distro: Fedora 36. Here’s a list of all the new features and improvements in the OS.

        two women using fedora 36
        The Fedora Project has released its latest offering in the form of Fedora 36, and it’s already gaining quite a momentum, thanks to a bunch of solid features. From an updated desktop environment to new tools and drivers, a lot is going on in this new release.

        So continue reading if you’re as interested as us to find out what’s new in Fedora 36.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • UbuntuEmbedded Linux development on Ubuntu – Part I | Ubuntu

        Throughout this series, we will discuss the key challenges of traditional software distribution mechanisms for embedded Linux devices. We will understand why legacy development and update approaches do not suit the Internet-of-Things (IoT) world and assess how Ubuntu simplifies and secures embedded Linux development.

        Although you don’t need prerequisite knowledge to follow this series, we recommend you have a basic understanding of the role played by Linux in the embedded portion of the compute spectrum. If you are new to the space and just getting started from scratch, get an intro to embedded Linux or delve into the official guide to Linux for embedded applications.

      • Linux GizmosDepthVista combines RGB and 3D Time of Flight depth cameras

        Last week, e-con Systems launched the DepthVista camera which contains both an RGB and a Time of Flight (ToF) depth camera with a range of up to six meters. According to the company, the DepthVista can measure the distance from itself to a target object with an accuracy of < 1% depending on environmental conditions.

        The RGB camera integrated on the DepthVista is the AR0234CS CMOS digital image sensor (1/2.6-inch) from onsemi which is optimized for capturing high definition images for fast-moving objects. On the other hand, the 3D camera implemented seems to be the See3CAM_2TOF_5CUG from e-con itself.

      • CNX SoftwareRockchip RK3588 CPU module exposes more I/Os through four board-to-board connectors – CNX Software

        We’ve already seen several Rockchip RK3588 modules with Firefly Core-3588J, Turing RK1, and Banana Pi RK3588_CV1, all with an edge connector to insertion into the carrier board. Rongpin RD-RK3588 system-on-module is a little different with four board-to-board connectors that enable a slightly more compact design, and should expose more I/Os than say a 314-pin MXM edge connector.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Meet Bittle, an Advanced Open-Source Robot Dog by Petoi – The DIY Life

        This is Bittle, a ready-to-run advanced open-source robot dog by Petoi that is based on the OpenCat robotic pet framework.

        If you’ve ever wanted to explore building your own robotic quadruped, but have felt overwhelmed by the amount of information and options available or have been at a loss with where to start, then Bittle is the perfect product for you. So in this review, we’ll take a look at what Bittle is, how it works and what it can be used for.

      • ArduinoRemote indoor air quality monitoring with the Arduino Nicla Sense ME and Nano 33 IoT | Arduino Blog

        Most air quality-sensing devices integrate their sensors into the same enclosure as the display, which can make getting an accurate reading tough since the viewer is directly next to the unit and could potentially skew the values. This is why one element14 community member Enrique Albertos created his own portable air quality monitor that separates the sensing module from the screen.

        His system uses one Nicla Sense ME to gather air quality information about the surrounding environment with its onboard BME688 gas sensor. It is highly capable too, as it can quantify pressure, humidity, temperature, VOCs, VSCs, and various other harmful gases such as carbon monoxide. From here, the Nicla Sense ME sends its data over Bluetooth to an awaiting Nano 33 IoT board. The Nano is connected to a 1.8” TFT screen, which shows several pages of information that are cycled through by pressing one of the buttons at the bottom of the device.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Re: Technology for the Ageing

        I’m closing in on 60. My hearing and vision are still quite good. I wear glasses since almost 50 years, but with them, I am able to see far and near — without them I can see very close, about 10 cm (4 inches) from my nose. That is really helpful in a lot of situations, I am even able to see on said high dpi mini-screens! Yay.

        However, I’m already at a complete loss with web/GUI interfaces, which do not have buttons for things — as ~stacksmith phrases it. I have ranted about this aspect elsewhere…

    • Programming/Development

      • Red HatExperiment with the OpenShift API Management Developer Sandbox | Red Hat Developer

        Red Hat OpenShift API Management is a hosted, managed service that helps developers update, deploy, and scale cloud-native, integrated applications. OpenShift API Management is an add-on product to our managed Red Hat OpenShift cloud.

        Until recently, to try out OpenShift API Management, you needed access to Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated or Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS. But now we are excited to announce the availability of the Red Hat OpenShift API Management Developer Sandbox environment. In this article, you’ll learn about three things you can do today in this environment by following along with our sandbox activity.

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogWhy Devs and ISVs Need to Rethink their Base Container Image Strategy  | SUSE Communities

        In a world where stability, agility and security compliances are hot topics, it is important to decide the base image for the applications (current and new ones). In this blog I will talk about the most widely used images by application developers, introducing Suse BCI, its registry and their multiple features. I will finish with a hands-on using the images and performing some buildings.

      • Red HatFilter unwanted notifications in Cryostat 2.1 | Red Hat Developer

        Cryostat has always issued notifications when monitoring Java applications with Java Flight Recorder (JFK). Version 2.1 of Cryostat has a new implementation and interface for notifications that increases the amount of information offered, enhances the user’s control over what is displayed, and improves Cryostat performance.

      • OpenSource.comWrite C applications using Vely on Linux | Opensource.com

        Vely is a tool for writing web and command-line applications in C. Vely combines high performance and the low footprint associated with C programming with ease of use and improved safety reminiscent of languages like PHP. It’s free and open source software, and licensed under GPLv3 and LGPL 3 for libraries, so you can even build commercial software with it.

        Vely works on major Linux distributions and processor architectures. You can use webservers, such as Apache, Nginx, or others, and databases such as MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and SQLite.

        You can use Vely for web applications, command-line programs, as middleware, database applications, services software, data integration, IoT (Internet of Things), and anywhere else. It’s well suited for the cloud, works easily in a container, and, due to low resource requirements, it’s also a good choice when memory and processing power are at a premium.

      • OpenSource.comDocument your source code with Doxygen on Linux | Opensource.com

        When trying to familiarize yourself with someone else’s project, you usually appreciate the comments left behind that help you understand the meaning of their code. In the same way, whenever you are programming, whether for yourself or for others, it is good practice to comment your own code. All programming languages offer a special syntax to mark a word, a line, or a whole section as a comment. Those areas are then ignored by the compiler or interpreter when the source code is processed.

        Comments don’t take the place of documentation, but there is a way to use your comments to produce documentation easily. Meet Doxygen, an open source tool for generating HTML or LaTeX documentation based on comments in the code. Doxygen enables you to provide a comprehensive overview of the structure of your code without additional effort. While Doxygen is mainly used to document C++, you can use it for many other languages, like C, Objective-C, C#, PHP, Java, Python, and more.

  • Leftovers

    • Education

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsNurse From Liberia Holds ‘Clap for Pharma Profits’ Protest at Davos

        Public health advocates on Wednesday applauded an African nurse who came up with a novel way to protest pharmaceutical industry profiteering during the Covid-19 pandemic—by sardonically clapping for Big Pharma executives attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

        “If I wanted to earn what Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla made last year, I would have to work every single day until 6100 A.D.”

      • Common DreamsIn Davos, UNAIDS Chief Condemns Clear ‘Racism’ of Global Vaccine Apartheid

        The head of the United Nations program on HIV and AIDS on Tuesday delivered a sharp rebuke of racism firmly embedded in global policies including those that ensured stark inequality in access to life-saving Covid-19 vaccines.

        UNAIDS executive director Winnie Byanyima began her remarks at a session entitled “The Journey towards Racial Equity” at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with a reference to the two-year anniversary of the police killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd in Minneapolis and the mass shooting by a white supremacist earlier this month in Buffalo, New York.

      • Common Dreams‘Too Little, Too Late,’ Campaigners Say as Pfizer Pledges Lower Vaccine Costs for Poor Nations

        Public health campaigners responded with a mixture of skepticism and outrage to Pfizer’s vow Wednesday to sell 23 of its patent-protected medicines and vaccines—including its publicly funded coronavirus shot and pill—to lower-income countries at a not-for-profit price.

        “Pfizer has calculated that this move will ease the heat generated by its appalling conduct over the last two years.”

    • Security

      • Bruce SchneierMalware-Infested Smart Card Reader [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        Brian Krebs has an interesting story of a smart ID card reader with a malware-infested Windows driver, and US government employees who inadvertently buy and use them.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Vote Out These Death-Dealing, NRA-Enthralled Republicans—Now

        President Biden is right. “For God’s Sake,” and our children’s sake, we must do something about gun violence in America. And we must do it now.

      • Common Dreams‘Ted Cruz, F-ck You!’: Anger Erupts at Gun-Loving GOP After Mass Slaughter in Texas

        Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, was among those who refused to hide his fury at the right-wing lawmakers whose allegiance to the powerful gun lobby has allowed mass killings like the one in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday to continue.

        On Twitter Wednesday, Guttenberg railed against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who took $300,000 in donations from the gun lobby during his last Senate race, after the senator said he was “fervently lifting up in prayer” the victims of the shooting.

      • Common Dreams‘You’ll Learn Why’: GOP Lawmaker Threatens Biden If Democrats Try to Take Away Guns

        Republican state Rep. Randy Fine of Florida on Wednesday openly threatened President Joe Biden in the wake of the deadly massacre in Uvalde, Texas by saying the man who “claims to be our president” tries to mobilize the political will to impose gun control restrictions in the United States.

        “I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President — try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place,” tweeted Fine less than a day after at least 19 students and two teachers were slaughtered by a gunman in Texas.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Urgent Peace Those Who Support Ukraine Must Demand

        In 1943, progressives had a moral duty to dismiss calls for a negotiated settlement with Hitler. Cutting a deal with the Nazis to end the carnage would have been unforgivable. Civilized people had only one option: to keep fighting until Allied troops stood over Hitler’s Berlin bunker. Today, by contrast, it would be a grave error to aim for a final military victory over Russia and to dismiss those of us calling for an immediate negotiated peace.

      • Common Dreams‘Inaction Is Bought’: Here Are the Receipts on NRA’s Purchase of GOP

        In the wake of the harrowing massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, progressive stalwart Nina Turner focused her ire on the right-wing lawmakers who take money from the National Rifle Association and argued that solutions to gun violence and other injustices plaguing the U.S. will continue to prove elusive until the role of big money in politics is confronted.

        “The issue is money in politics,” Turner, a former Ohio state senator and co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, wrote on social media. “They’re allowing children to die because of the gun lobby. They’re allowing the planet to die because of Big Oil. They’re allowing people to go without healthcare and die because of the insurance lobby.”

      • Common Dreams‘This Is on You!’ Beto Interrupts Abbott Press Conference on Texas Massacre

        Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday interrupted a press conference led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz, and other top officials, walking up to the stage and accusing the state leaders of “doing nothing and offering us nothing” in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

        “This is on you, until you choose to do something,” O’Rourke said as security attempted to escort him away from the stage.

      • Common DreamsLe Monde Editorial Says America ‘Exceptional’ at One ‘Bloody’ Thing: Mass Shootings

        An editorial published Wednesday by French daily newspaper Le Monde weighs in on the latest mass shooting in the U.S., pointing to America’s familiar “cycle of despair” and directing specific blame at a Republican Party whose singular credo is “more and more guns.”

        Published hours after the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in which a gunman shot dead 19 children and two teachers, the editorial states, “If there is any American exceptionalism, it is to tolerate the fact that schools in the United States are regularly transformed into bloody shooting ranges.”

      • Common DreamsAOC Blasts Democratic Leaders for Boosting ‘Pro-NRA Incumbent’ Henry Cuellar

        In the wake of the horrific massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted her party’s leadership for supporting an incumbent in the state whose record and policy positions earned him an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.

        “On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of [the Supreme Court's impending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade], Democratic Party leadership rallied for a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent under investigation in a close primary. Robocalls, fundraisers, all of it,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) wrote in a series of tweets.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Common DreamsScientists to BlackRock Vice Chairman: New Fossil Fuel Development ‘Incompatible’ With 1.5°C

          As BlackRock held its annual general meeting on Wednesday, 22 climate scientists and academics sent an open letter to a top leader at the world’s largest asset manager, calling for action to align the firm’s business with the Paris agreement’s 1.5°C goal for this century.

          “Mr. Hildebrand, you and BlackRock face a choice.”

        • Common DreamsUN Chief to New College Grads: To Help Save the Planet, ‘Don’t Work for Climate Wreckers’

          The head of the United Nations on Tuesday implored a new class of Seton Hall University graduates—and college graduates the world over—not to spend their professional lives working for corporate “climate wreckers” whose business models are dependent on the continued degradation and warming of the planet.

          “As graduates, you hold the cards,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a commencement address at the New Jersey university. “Your talent is in demand from multinational companies and big financial institutions. But you will have plenty of opportunities to choose from thanks to the excellence of your graduation.

        • Counter PunchBlowback to G7 Ban on Russian Oil?

          – G7 to ban Russian oil – Who buys Russian oil and what will the impact be? – Effect on Global South? – EU oil companies readying ruble payments to Moscow despite sanctions – Loophole in sanctions? – A survivor’s account of escaping from Mariupol and what we can learn

        • Common Dreams‘Resounding Victory’: Court Rules Exxon Must Face Trial Over Climate Lies

          The Massachusetts high court on Tuesday rejected ExxonMobil’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the state, meaning the biggest oil giant in the U.S. must stand trial for allegations that it lied to the public about the climate emergency and the fossil fuel industry’s role in driving it.

          “Exxon’s repeated attempts to stonewall our lawsuit have been baseless.”

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common Dreams‘This Fight Isn’t Over,’ Says Cisneros as Cuellar Declares Victory in Razor-Close Primary

        Clinging to a lead of fewer than 180 votes, nine-term Rep. Henry Cuellar declared victory early Wednesday in the closely watched Democratic primary runoff for Texas’ 28th Congressional District as Jessica Cisneros, his progressive challenger, said the contest remained too close to officially call.

        Cuellar, an anti-abortion Democrat with ties to the fossil fuel industry, currently leads Cisneros by a reported margin of 22,694 votes to 22,517, less than a percentage point.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Billionaire Bombardment of Democracy

        The richest person in America tweeted last week that Democrats have “become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.”

      • Counter PunchThe Flubbed Police Investigation Into Boris Johnson’s Partygate

        The UK’s rightwing media can’t resist depicting BoJo Johnson as the country’s great political escapologist, someone who has taken the definition of a Teflon politician to new heights (though “depths” is the more accurate characterization). The individual with the supposed gift of being able to rewrite an adverse political script with an instantaneous finger click.

        Last week the Metropolitan police announced that BoJo would face only one fine for his Partygate transgressions at the prime ministerial No. 10 Downing Street residence during the Covid lockdown.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchOnly Mass Protest Can Save Abortion Rights

        These misleaders justify their advance capitulation to a “post-Roe America” with six basic interrelated narratives. Below I list and criticize each these appeasement narratives.

        +1. “A judgement reversing Roe is inevitable. Look at the Court’s composition. Look at Sam Alito’s draft decision backed by four other justices. There’s nothing really that can be done to stop it.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The 200 So-Called ‘Pro-Life’ Republicans Who Voted to Let Babies Starve

        My 8-month-old daughter, Jayde, was born with a growth restriction. She weighs just 13 pounds—no more than a 3-month-old. She sees a pediatric nutritionist and eats a specialized formula that provides 30 calories per ounce in hopes of getting her on the elusive growth curve.

      • Counter PunchDoing It for Themselves: the Mutiny in the Women’s Movement

        It was refreshing to find, however belatedly, that abuse could be resisted, that there were laws against it and that there was community support in the effort. Nothing was more affirming to the individual than to find she was not alone and that it was not her lot in life to risk humiliation every time she stepped out of the house. The learning curve is long but always empowering.

        The movement grew and was championed by an ever-growing army of psychologists, journalists, lawyers, doctors, academia and gender scholars. So it has been an unpleasant experience to discover that after decades of being encouraged to learn to trust their instincts in recognising red flags of abuse, to speak up, take action and use the legal process – women are now being told to stop.

      • Common DreamsFaith Leaders Call for Federal Election Monitors in Georgia to Protect Black Voters

        A group of faith leaders in Georgia on Wednesday asked the U.S. Justice Department to send federal election monitors to the state to help ensure that Black voters are able to cast their ballots in November’s midterm elections.

        “Extremists in Georgia have constructed a completely false narrative designed to minimize and invalidate African-American voters.”

      • TechdirtGovernment Lawyer Facing Sanctions For Lying About A Jail Search He Swore He Had Nothing To Do With

        Cops lie. Cops lie so often it’s hardly even news at this point. The only people left to be shocked by these revelations are the increasingly small segment of the population who’ve actually considered, at some point in their lives, the purchase of a fainting couch.

      • TruthOutTwo Years After Police Murder of George Floyd, Activists Fight an Uphill Battle
      • Counter PunchCulture Wars Defend the Minority of the Opulent From the Majority

        The latter in particular is conspicuous for its intimate ties to an associated conspiratorial mentality that sees the world in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them,’ and alleges ‘our’ way of life to be under siege from an endless parade of what H.L Mencken once referred to as ‘hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.’ The function of mostly imaginary hobgoblins, he noted, was to provide a means with which rulers might menace the populace, who, thus alarmed, would be ’clamorous to be led to safety.’

        Historian Charles Tilly describes this kind of politics as that associated with official protection rackets. In exploring the business models of empire-builders, he noted that rulers often ‘resembled racketeers: at a price, they offered protection against evils that they themselves would otherwise inflict, or at least allow to be inflicted.’ The endless parade of imaginary hobgoblins was necessary to the proper functioning of the business model; as long as they could be found or invented, the panicked clamour for national security would override and neutralise dispassionate judgement.

      • SCP-3125 and Radical Social Change

        And if this is beginning to sound a little familiar to you, you’re not alone. The description of SCP-3125′s demise, to me, smacks of the contradiction/synthesis of dialectical materialism. And indeed, our capitalistic, racist, imperialist, patriarchical, cisheteronormative society is EXACTLY this kind of ideological system, sustaining itself largely by convincing us all that it’s inevitable and unkillable. “This is the only way things can be,” we are told, in words echoing Red’s, “because this is just human nature.” And yet, the system runs counter to everything that seems good and right and just and *human*. So it has to be killed. But how do you kill an idea?

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  5. [Meme] EPO All Backwards: Are National Delegates and the Administrative Council Just Puppets of the Office They're Meant to Govern?

    Next week the overseeing body of the EPO has a chance to prove it’s no longer subservient to the people it was supposed to regulate and control; it’s all backwards at the EPO, so crime is encouraged (for profit) and never punished for



  6. 2,120 EPO Workers Sign Petition to the National Delegates, Who Can Put an End to EPO Abuses (But Repeatedly Fail to Do So)

    There’s a considerable amount of pushback against António Campinos with his ludicrous policies; staff does not want him or his policies



  7. [Meme] You Cannot Protest Because...

    Mr. ‘social dialogue’ ‘very nice guy’ António Campinos failed to fulfill the peace mission or attain the calm he was assigned to deliver 4 years ago; the EPO is still in a state of crisis, but will national representatives care? Will they bag more bribes for not caring?



  8. EPO Staff at The Hague Complains of New Pressure Tactics and Survey Shows Less than 10% Think Office Policies Serve the EPO's Interests

    With only a few days left before national representatives meet in Munich to discuss the future of the Office it's important to understand that they totally ignore the interests of Europe, the EPO's staff, and science/technology; today we examine the sentiments of people based in The Netherlands, who are exceedingly unhappy about the direction their employer (EPO) has taken



  9. Links 24/06/2022: SLE 15 SP4 and Darkbar 1.0.1

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  10. Links 24/06/2022: Mostly Political Catchup

    Links for the day



  11. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 23, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, June 23, 2022



  12. Links 24/06/2022: FidelityFX Free Software and a Look at PetaPi

    Links for the day



  13. [Meme] Council Says...

    The Administrative Council of the EPO must be kidding itself if it thought replacing Benoît Battistelli with his friend António Campinos (and his unqualified or unsuitably unqualified friends from Alicante) would set the EPO on a route to improvement



  14. Selected Slides From Technologia's EPO Staff Survey (2022 Compared to Prior Years)

    In spite of the lack of media coverage, EPO insiders (mostly people who have worked at the EPO for quite a while) see the downward spiral in patent quality and they do not trust the management



  15. EPO Staff Survey's Preliminary Results Published (Almost 2,000 Staff Surveyed), António Campinos Less Trustworthy Than Benoît Battistelli at Similar Points in Their Terms

    At long last, after a couple of months in the making, the staff survey of the EPO is out (not the one controlled by EPO management with push-polling and 'trick questions')



  16. Links 23/06/2022: EasyOS Improves Update Process

    Links for the day



  17. Links 23/06/2022: digiKam 7.7 and Tails 5.1.1

    Links for the day



  18. [Meme] Granting Patents Like Mad is Not Productivity (It's Also Illegal)

    Patent granting is down by a quarter at the EPO, so António Campinos — like Benoît Battistelli before him — resorts to terrorising staff



  19. EPO Management Behaves As If the Goal is to Shut Down and Outsource the Patent Office, Making a 'Monopolies Bank' Instead... or Having Rubber-Stamping With Kangaroo Courts Override the European Patent Convention (EPC)

    Flabbergasting strategy in Europe's second-largest institution makes one wonder if the goal is to drive out the workers or simply shut down the workplace



  20. Links 23/06/2022: Pango 1.90, First Beta for Krita 5.1 and Microsoft Bricks/Breaks Windows Server Again

    Links for the day



  21. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, June 22, 2022



  22. Links 23/06/2022: Open Hardware and More LF 'Fluff'

    Links for the day



  23. Links 23/06/2022: 3,500 Games on Steam Deck Verified or Playable, Gemini on ESP32

    Links for the day



  24. The EPO is Ceasing to Be a Patent Office

    Patent offices are meant to carry out patent examination, but today's EPO is so focused on money (by granting a ton of legally-invalid monopolies) that it is willing to enlist incapable and inexperienced workers as 'machine operators'; this is done in violation of many EPC provisionsPatent offices are meant to carry out patent examination, but today's EPO is so focused on money (by granting a ton of legally-invalid monopolies) that it is willing to enlist incapable and inexperienced workers as 'machine operators'; this is done in violation of many EPC provisions



  25. EPO Abolishing Workers' Rights and Creating Second-Class Workers in Direct Violation of the European Patent Convention (EPC)

    The EPO‘s presidents Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have demolished any remnant of EPC compliance; this institution must be reobooted immediately and all the managers sacked if not prosecuted



  26. [Meme] Trying to Circumvent the European Patent Convention is Like Playing With Fire

    The EPO‘s repeated violations of the European Patent Convention (EPC) will make António Campinos an asylum seeker like his father, seeking political shelter like Benoît Battistelli, who virtually went into hiding in 2018 (when his diplomatic immunity ended and his EPO crimes, like the Benalla affair, came to light)



  27. EPO Management Severely Harms the Health of Staff by Bullying Them

    EPO management that breaks the law wants the staff to blindly cooperate; failing to achieve full cooperation (in crimes), the managers are increasingly bullying the workers, causing some of them to get ill (in the past this led to a lot of suicides)



  28. [Meme] Executing the EPC (as in Killing It, Not Following It)

    Vichy Battistelli and his French friend have basically killed the EPC, i.e. they committed crimes to turn the EPO into a private bank instead of a patent office; who will hold them accountable and when?



  29. At the EPO, “Bringing Teams Together” or “New Management of Office Space” is Another Step Towards EPO Outsourcing

    The Local Staff Committee Munich (LSC Munich/LSCMN) and Central Staff Committee (CSC) raise awareness of a scheme that may result in only “33% of staff (at best) [having] a permanently allocated desk.” Shades of what the Office dictator Benoît Battistelli did to Judge Corcoran after he repeatedly won in court and his reinstatement was forced, whereupon he found himself back but without a desk



  30. [Meme] Battistelli the Second (Battistelli II)

    Benoît Battistelli‘s French buddy António Campinos is destroying what’s left of the EPO; as the 50th anniversary approaches it’s not clear if the EPO has any future at all (laws aren’t obeyed and new hires aren’t examiners but a disposable workforce, akin to scabs, that doesn’t meet the requirements explicitly specified in the EPC)


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