Bruised EPO Buys Media, Buildings, Reputation Laundering

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It’s just a matter of money

MIP MediaPack

How much for reputation management

Campinos drinks
EPO President António Campinos buying complicity from the Dutch government days before his term started

Summary: With millions of euros wasted on an hours-long PR blitz (and paid-for media puff pieces) we know it’s just a matter of money; the media charges for its puff pieces

Links 05/06/2022: Success Story in Villupuram GNU/Linux Users Group (V-GLUG) and MiTubo 1.1

Posted in News Roundup at 6:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • New Indian ExpressVillupuram-based software company gets Silicon Valley call- The New Indian Express

      But the Foundation zeroed in on the Villupuram GNU/Linux Users Group (V-GLUG), reportedly the first Indian free-software organisation, where volunteers consist of rural youth trained on high-tech software for free. The non-profit organisation advocates the use of free software in digital tools, including computers and smartphones.

      Professionals who hold top positions in IT conglomerates reach out to the youth and provide them free training on coding programmes. V-GLUG volunteers include students from various government arts colleges in the district, too.

      “One of the volunteers is the son of a single mother, who has worked a better part of her life as domestic help. Another is a daily wage labourer’s daughter. Many volunteers are from underprivileged families. Here, they are taught crucial programming languages like Python for free,” V-GLUG manager U Karkee told The New Indian Express.

      Though the district is often labelled ‘backward’, technology has helped put Villupuram on the path to development. “There is nothing like application of technologies to boost economic and social growth of youngsters in rural areas, if we teach them the right ways to use it. This is the idea behind V-GLUG,” says senior coordinator J Syed Khaleel.

    • Linux Made SimpleLinux Weekly Roundup #185

      Welcome to this week’s Linux Weekly Roundup. We had a full week of Linux distro releases with NixOS 22.05, Linux Lite 6.0, Nitrux 20220602, deepin 20.6, and Bluestar Linux 5.18.1.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoStop Installing Linux On Other Peoples Computer – Invidious

        It’s one thing to install Linux on someones computer if they ask for some support or ask for help but please stop installing linux on other peoples comuter just for the fun of it

      • VideoDeepin 20.6 Run Through – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at Deepin 20.6.

      • Linux Made SimpleDeepin 20.6

        Today we are looking at Deepin 20.6. It comes with Linux kernel 5.15, based on Debian 11, and uses about 1.5 – 2 GB of ram when idling.

      • VideoNixOS Is The Power User Distro (Now With An Easy Installer!) – Invidious

        NixOS recently had a new release, and it’s a big one! Now, NixOS comes with an easy-to-use graphical installer (calamares). This could be a real game changer because the traditional NixOS installation is a barrier to entry for novice NixOS users. So I’m going to try out the new NixOS calamares installer and see if it works!

    • Applications

      • MiTubo 1.1: screensaver inhibitor | Mardy

        More in detail, this means that your computer won’t go to sleep or start the screen saver while you are watching a video. To achieve this, I wrote a portable (well, for the time being it only supports Linux and Windows, but macOS support will eventually arrive too) library for inhibiting the screensaver: QScreenSaver. It lives in its own repository, and it’s written in a way that should be easy to integrate with your own project. You are welcome to try it out (and add support for cmake/qmake/meson/…).

        The AppImage support has been improved after a user filed a bug about MiTubo not working in Arch; I myself could not verify the issue as I’ve grown too lazy to install a distribution like Arch, but I did it on Manjaro (which is also based on Arch), and indeed the MiTubo AppImage contained some unnecessary libraries (while missing some others) that rendered it non-functional in those distributions. Now it’s all fixed, so there’s a good chance that the AppImage will work on your distribution, too.

      • OMG UbuntuAn Evernote-Compatible Sticky Notes App for Linux Desktops – OMG! Ubuntu!

        When it comes to sticky note apps for Linux it’s fair to say we’re spoilt for choice – heck knows I’ve tried most of the ones out there!

        EverSticky is another open-source sticky notes app for Linux but it has a major difference: it syncs to Evernote, the hugely-popular note taking and task management service. Existing Evernote users will find this a compelling USP as, with minimal effort, it’s easy to take notes and keep them in sync across multiple devices.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The Server SideHow to install Docker and docker compose on Ubuntu
      • ByteXDHow to Add Fonts to Inkscape – ByteXD

        By default, Inkscape uses the fonts that are installed in the system, and every time you open Inkscape it checks the default-font locations in your operating system, and updates its fonts list according to what did it find; so, there is no in-app setting to install fonts in Inkscape.

        Usually, installing fonts in any operating system is done simply by clicking the font file and then installing the font.

      • ByteXDHow to Trace Bitmap in Inkscape – ByteXD

        Inkscape is a vector graphics editor, but Trace Bitmap is a tool with underlying algorithms to convert a raster image to vector paths.

        In this article, we will explore how to use the trace bitmap tool, as well as the option under this menu.

      • ByteXDHow to Change Inkscape Shortcuts to Be Like Illustrator

        Illustrator is the market standard of vector graphic and illustrations.

        Whether you are already an Illustrator user or planning to move to a more advanced software, it might be a convenient way to change Inkscape shortcuts to match those of Illustrator’s.

        In this tutorial, we are going to walk through how to change Inkscape shortcuts, not just match Illustrator’s, but also other vector graphics software.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Enable Touchpad Gestures in Ubuntu 22.04 on Xorg Session | UbuntuHandbook

        The built-in touchpad gestures refuse to work after switched to Xorg session in Ubuntu 22.04? Here’s how to re-enable this feature in 2 ways.

        The GNOME desktop introduced cool 3-finger touchpad gestures to switch desktop and trigger overview since v40. However, it only works on Wayland session.

        Ubuntu 22.04 defaults to GNOME 42 on Wayland. For some reasons, user may need to switch back the classic Xorg session, which however miss the multi-touch gestures support.

      • ID RootHow To Install Node.js on AlmaLinux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Node.js on AlmaLinux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, back-end JavaScript runtime environment that executes JavaScript code outside a web browser. It should be noted that Nodejs is used for traditional websites and API support services, but is designed with real-time, push-based architectures. This allows users to write websites in JavaScript whose code runs on the server instead of the client browser.

        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 Node.js JavaScript runtime environment on AlmaLinux 9. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • DebugPointUpgrade to Latest LibreOffice in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Windows

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Node.js on AlmaLinux 9, as well as some extra required packages by Node.js

      • How To Install Deepin Desktop Environment On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS | Itsubuntu.com

        How To Install Deepin Desktop Environment On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is the latest stable version of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is the 36th Ubuntu release since 2004. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is released on April 21, 2022. The Ubuntu 22.04 codename is “Jammy Jellyfish“. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is powered by GNOME 3.36. Gnome is the default desktop environment in Ubuntu. In this post, we are going to show you the steps to install the Deepin desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • Red Hat OfficialConfiguring External DNS and DHCP for Satellite

        In our previous multi-part Red Hat Satellite tutorial — How to provision a RHEL VM from Red Hat Satellite — we covered an end-to-end scenario for provisioning Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) VMs from Satellite to a VMWare cluster. In that series we had the Satellite installer install and configure both DNS and DHCP services on our Satellite server. Often you will need to integrate Satellite with an existing “external” DNS and DHCP services in your organization.

        In this tutorial, we extend the work of the previous tutorial by providing step-by-step instructions to integrate external DNS and DHCP services to a Satellite server. Steps used for installing and configuring the base DNS and DHCP services on a separate server for use with this tutorial are covered in the appendix section of this article.

      • Jelly’s blog – Network-bound disk encryption on Arch Linux

        While in a discussion with my coworkers, a coworker brought up that they wanted to have automatic LUKS disk decryption on their desktop while it was at home. Normally they would use a passphrase to decrypt the LUKS volume but would prefer automatic decryption. There are multiple ways to achieve this with TPM2 or Tang.

        A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a secure processor which contains the secrets required to decrypt the LUKS volume when certain conditions are met (secure boot not disabled, CMOS not reset and others..).

        Tang is a network service which runs in your network and on boot is used to decrypt your LUKS volume automatically.

      • Jelly’s blog – Replacing Youtube with Kodi plugin

        As Google announced Gsuite is no longer free and I moved to GrapheneOs to de-google further, the last frequently used Google application I use is Youtube. For a long time Youtube has support for RSS feeds for channels although they are not publicly visible. I usually watch videos in my living room and use Kodi to play YouTube videos via it’s YouTube addon. With Kodi’s android app it’s easy to cast videos to my TV, but I wanted to get rid of having a YouTube app on my phone.

        Having previously written a Kodi addon for FOSDEM videos, writing one which parses RSS feeds and displays YouTube channels was a nice evening project. The only challenge was figuring out how to play YouTube videos listed via my addon with Kodi’s YouTube addon. As it turns out Kodi can call other addons with parameters via plugin://plugin.video.youtube/play/?video_id=$id.

    • Games

      • ScummVMPlease help with testing the upcoming ScummVM 2.6.0 release!

        A few months have passed since we released ScummVM 2.5.1.

        No matter if you expect the scorching heat of the upcoming summer or freezing blizzards in winter (depending on your favorite hemisphere): it’s release time again!

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install LÖVE Game Engine on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install LÖVE Game Engine 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.

      • Boiling SteamTop 15 New Games to Play on Linux with Proton – June 2022 Edition

        We are back with our usual monthly update! Boiling Steam looks at the latest data dumps from ProtonDB to give you a quick list of new games that work (pretty much?) perfectly with Proton since they were released in May 2022 – all of them work out of the box or well enough with tweaks…

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Real-Time Strategy Games – LinuxLinks

        A Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game is a time-based game which typically focuses on finding resources, managing resources, and building an empire. You can engage other players and make alliances, and find different ways to conquer foes. This type of game puts you in control of a personal army. There are no turns to take, everything takes place continuously, with players issuing commands at any time.

        RTS games have a large fan base since their inception. This game genre requires cunning, creativity, and the ability to devise innovative strategies to usurp your opponents. Some of the best known proprietary RTS series are Warcraft, Starcraft, Command & Conquer, and Age of Empires.

        Before delving into our pick of fun open source RTS game, we’ll pay tribute to Spring. We’re not referring to the season, the mechanical device that stores energy, or a natural source of water, or even a geometric surface in the shape of a helically coiled tube. No, we mean the Spring RTS engine. It’s a fantastically versatile 3D engine for developing RTS games. It uses Lua for scripting game-specific code to make almost all aspects of the engine customizable, from GUI, to unit AI, to pathfinding. There’s many RTS games that owe their existence to Spring.

        All of the games featured below are highly addictive, immersive, fascinating, and hugely satisfying. Attractive graphics are an important element to any RTS game. But these games also have great gameplay coupled with the urge of always having just one more play. And as the source code is freely available, anyone can pick up, modify, and expand upon the games.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OS NewsTowards GNOME Shell on mobile

          Say about GNOME what you want, but this looks kind of amazing. Of course, the issue will always be application support – or lack thereof – but as a UI for a true Linux smartphone, this is totally workable.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • OS News[Old] Fedora 36 released

        I have no reservations about stating that Fedora is by far the best desktop Linux distribution you can get today (assuming you prefer GNOME, that is). It’s polished to an insane degree, not afraid to both develop and implement new technologies that bring the Linux desktop forward – kicking and screaming, lots of kicking and screaming – and sports excellent community support through things like RPM Fusion.

        Linux Mint if you prefer less bleeding edge, Fedora if you want the best the Linux desktop has to offer.

    • Debian Family

      • NeowinTails 5.1 arrives with a fix for a serious JavaScript security vulnerability

        The Tails project has announced the release of Tails 5.1. It comes with improvements to the Tor Connection assistant, the Unsafe Browser and captive portals, and most importantly, a fix for a serious vulnerability that was present in the Tor Browser in Tails 5.0. On May 24, the project warned people not to use Tails due to this vulnerability.

        With regards to the Tor Connection assistant, Tails 5.1 fixes the clock computer for those who choose to connect to Tor automatically. The project said this makes it easier for those in Asia to get online. To do this, Tails uses Fedora’s captive portal detection service – which is present on many Linux distributions. One of the drawbacks is that this connection doesn’t use the Tor network. You can read the project’s assessment of using this software in the FAQ.

        Another nice change that has been made to the Tor Connection assistant is the last screen which clarifies whether you’ve connected to Tor using bridges. This should help with the general usability of the Tails operating system.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC)Linux Plumbers Conference: Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: RISC-V

        Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the RISC-V Microconference

        The RISC-V software ecosystem continues to grow tremendously with many RISC-V ISA extensions being ratified last year. There are many features supporting the ratified extensions that are under development, for instance svpbmt, sstc, sscofpmf, cbo.
        The RISC-V microconference is to discuss these issues with a wider community to arrive at a solution as was successfully done in the past.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Hulu’s 12 Monkeys (no spoilers)

        I am a huge fan of the Time Travel subgenre. Series spun from movies often suck, and my partner hates ‘dystopian blue-filter’ sci-fi, so I never got to see the show until now. I’ve been isolated and bingeing hard.

        First of all, dust off your 35mm projector and watch your copy of La Jetée. If you don’t have one, find it somewhere on the Interwebs and watch it. It’s worth a detour.

        Time travel presents infinite opportunities and possibilities of twists, turns, and revisits of fictional and historical events. The show does not dissapoint. As expected, trying to do anything in the past creates more problems, expanding the scope of the story out farther into space and time.

    • Education

      • 15 Best Online Learning Platforms

        Online learning, also referred to as e-learning, is education that takes place over the internet. It is often also referred to as elearning. Online learning is the latest iteration of ‘distance learning’ – the umbrella term for any learning that takes place across distance and not in a traditional classroom (a form of learning that began decades ago with Correspondence Courses that were conducted through regular mail with little interaction between student and teacher.

        Today’s online learning platforms facilitate anytime/anywhere access to education in almost any imaginable learning topic. It also allows experts and practitioners in their fields to pass on their knowledge and experience uncoupled from a traditional teacher role. The offerings include MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses), which have become a standard model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, from anywhere, with no limit on attendance. They also include self-paced course offerings based on prerecorded video tutorials combined with online forums, discussion boards and downloadable course materials.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • “Veganism is for the privileged!”

        After well over a year of making excuses and arguing with myself, I finally went vegan a couple of weeks ago. And one of the things that made me so hesitant to do it, despite firmly believing that it was the right thing to do, was my budget. Or lack thereof.

        (There’s also the fact that I’m a notoriously picky eater, but I was already mitigating that some by researching and preparing my own food. Knowing how something is prepared can take some of the edge off. Though there is still a part of me that throws a tantrum because Violife doesn’t taste exactly like real cheese, even if it tastes fine in its own right.)

        Compounding the issue was the fact that, at the time, I was staying in a hotel room (attending CDL school downstate), with no personal transportation, in an area with such poor walkability I couldn’t even walk to the neighborhood grocery store less than a mile away without putting my actual life in danger. (Shout-out to American urban planning!) And for the duration of my stay there, I had two or fewer digits in my bank account about 90% of the time.

    • Security

    • Civil Rights/Policing

Links 05/06/2022: Bombadillo Fork for Spartan, Fedora Test Week for Linux 5.18

Posted in News Roundup at 1:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • SlashdotThe Cynic’s Guide to Desktop Linux’

        The Register has unveiled their “cynic’s guide to desktop Linux,” which they ultimately concede is a snarky yet affectionate list of “the least bad distros.”

    • Applications

      • Linux Links11 Best Free and Open Source Audio Analyzers

        There is a huge range of open source free audio software available for Linux which is both mature and feature-laden. Linux has all the tools needed to be a serious contender in music production without a user having to venture into the commercial software world. Linux is a superior platform for professional audio production: rock solid, efficient, and you don’t get fleeced for software licenses. Software that creates music can often be expensive.

        Linux also sports a wide range of useful audio tools. This article examines audio analyzers. This type of software lets you visualize audio spectrum for real-time signals. Some of the programs also lets you analyze amplitude and phase spectrum as well. Also, you can visualize audio spectrum in FFT spectrum, 2D spectrogram, Octave spectrum, etc. modes.

      • ANN: bombadillo fork with spartan

        Just thought you guys would like to know that I have forked the bombadillo terminal browser to incorporate the spartan protocol. Uploads are not yet supported.

      • rpgsheet — a system-agnostic CLI/TUI for TTRPG character sheets

        Heya! I’m officially releasing an alpha build of a little application I’ve been writing called rpgsheet. It still needs work, but it’s usable now so I’m going ahead and sharing it!

      • Linux Links8 Best Free and Open Source Linux Presentation Software

        This type of software is a presenter’s best friend helping information to be communicated effectively at events, meetings, conferences, lectures, sales presentations, and more. Embellishing the presentation with smooth transitions, text, photo and video will help retain the attention of the audience, bring out the key ideas that are being shared, and make the presentation more professional.

        To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8 high quality open source Linux presentation software. The software listed below will help make your slides look stunning. Whether you are teaching a lesson, pitching a product, delivering a keynote, or trying to promote a worthy cause, these tools will help bring simplicity and engagement to your presentations. Hopefully there will be something of interest for anyone who needs to produce professional quality presentations.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Install AlmaLinux 9 Step-by-Step with screenshots

        Alma Linux OS is a free and open source Linux distribution which is built on from RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) source code. After the release of RHEL 9, CloudLinux community has released its latest operating AlmaLinux 9 which is based on RHEL 9. Code name for AlmaLinux 9 is ‘Emerald Puma‘.

      • Linux HandbookMove Cursor to Beginning or End of Line in Vim

        Vim is one of the most glorified text editors, and for a reason.

        Every task that you can think of (except for typing the text) can be done with just a few keystrokes – without ever touching the mouse or trackpad.

        Moving your cursor from the beginning or the end of the line is not a crucial task, but something you might be doing often enough for the repeated mashing of h or l keys to feel irritating, or worse, unproductive.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Apache Kafka on Ubuntu 22.04

        Apache Kafka is an open-source, distributed event streaming platform developed by the Apache Software Foundation. This is written in Scala and Java programming languages. You can install Kafka on any platform that supports Java programming language.

        This tutorial provides you with step-by-step instructions to install Apache Kafka on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux system. You will also learn to create topics in Kafka and run producer and consumer nodes.

      • Trend OceansInstall VSCodium Editor on Fedora, AlmaLinux, and all other RHEL-based distributions
      • How to Install AlmaLinux 9 Step-by-Step with screenshots

        Alma Linux OS is a free and open source Linux distribution which is built on from RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) source code. After the release of RHEL 9, CloudLinux community has released its latest operating AlmaLinux 9 which is based on RHEL 9. Code name for AlmaLinux 9 is ‘Emerald Puma‘.

        In this guide, we will cover how to install AlmaLinux 9 step by step with screenshots. Before jumping into the installation steps, let’s look at new features and improvements of AlmaLinux 9.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install AngularJS on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, AngularJS is a JavaScript framework developed by Google for building dynamic web applications. Compared to other options such as jQuery, Knockout, Handlebars, or PagerJs, Angular integrates a complete solution that allows us to abandon the old PHP in our developments with modern technology.

        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 AngularJS JavaScript framework 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.

      • How to integrate Google in your Linux setup – Real Linux User

        Google’s services are used by a great number of people all over the world on a daily basis. The Google search engine, in particular, has a large user base, but online programs like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and Sheets, are also part of many people’s standard productivity toolkit. It will therefore come as no surprise that many novice Linux users do not automatically switch to various Google alternatives. Many of the Linux switchers, Linux beginners and Linux doubters, will initially continue using Google services, so they probably want to know how to integrate their current Google account and associated services into their new Linux system. So in this article we will explore together to what extent it is possible to integrate Google’s services into your Linux setup.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • GamingOnLinuxWine 7.10 rolls out with 56 bug fixes

        Wine is the compatibility layer that allows you to run games and applications developed for Windows – on Linux (plus also macOS and BSD). A new biweekly development release is out now with Wine 7.10. It’s a major part of what makes up Steam Play Proton and enables a ton of games to work on the Steam Deck. Once a year or so, a new stable release is made.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora MagazaineFedora Magazine: Contribute at the Fedora Linux 37 Test Week for Kernel 5.18

        The kernel team is working on final integration for Linux kernel 5.18. This version was just recently released, and will arrive soon in Fedora. As a result, the Fedora kernel and QA teams have organized a test week now through Sunday, June 12, 2022. Refer to the wiki page for links to the test images you’ll need to participate. Read below for details.

    • Debian Family

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareNanoPi R5S preview – Part 2: Ubuntu 20.04 (FriendlyCore)

        I started the NanoPi R5S review with an unboxing, a teardown, a quick try of the pre-installed OpenWrt-based FriendlyWrt, and some iperf3 benchmarks on the 2.5GbE interfaces that were rather disappointing. I test further I switched to the Ubuntu 20.04-based FriendlyCore image since I’m more familiar with Debian-based operating systems, and some tools will not run on OpenWrt. Note the performance is still not quite optimal, and that’s why I call this a preview since numbers should improve in the next few months as more people tweak the softwar

      • Linux GizmosSeeedstudio LoRa-E5 CAN dev board goes on pre-order for $39.90

        Seeed Studio is offering a STM32 based LoRa CAN with support for CAN 2.0 (up to 1Mb/s) and CAN-FD (up to 5Mb/s) protocols. The company introduced the initial product proposal not so long ago and the device was well received by the community. The dev kit has been designed to be used as a vehicle monitoring device and it’s now available for pre-order at $39.90.

        The development kit accommodates the STM32WLE5JCTM, which combines the ultra-low-power Semtech SX126X LoRa and an ARM Cortex-M4 processor (up to 48MHz) into a single chip. The device has a coverage of up to 10km in an open area and it’s CE/FCC certified. 

      • Linux GizmosRonetix provides i.MX8M based compact SOMs solutions

        Ronetix has recently released a large System on Module portfolio based on NXP processors. For example, the i.MX8MN-COMPACT-CM is based on the cost effective NXP i.MX8M-NANO while the i.MX8M-MINI-CM is based on the multicore NXP i.MX8M-MINI.

        The COMPACT-CM and the MINI-CM offer similar I/O peripherals. The main differences are the form factors in which they are available and the processor systems integrated on them. The Mini-CM comes in a SODIMM 204 form factor while the COMPACT-CM comes as a stripped down module with Hirose 2x 100 DF40C connectors. 

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Moving towards old computing

        Recently, I’ve got my hands on an Asus Eee PC 1215B from 2011, dual core CPU at 1 GHz, and 2GB ram, upgraded it to 4GB. I’ve decided to move to it as my main computer, coming from a decently powerful workstation. Here’s my experience.

      • Bertrand FanInstalling a payphone in my house

        But I didn’t like the fact that they just gave you a random payphone, so I started perusing Ebay. I found a seller that had a handful of payphones. They appear to use a potato to take photos of them, but I took a chance and ordered a Pacific Bell payphone. It arrived pretty quickly.

        It didn’t smell so great. It had seen some shit (hopefully not literally) but the handset seemed to be in pretty good condition. I looked up the address printed on it and it had come out of a casino in Vegas, which probably explained why it appeared to have personally smoked a pack of cigarettes. I put it on my balcony to air out and that seemed to help.

        I’ve never opened up a payphone before, but they had given me the keys and a T-key, so I turned the key and slowly lowered the front of it down. It met some resistance and I had to unplug this plug, which seemed to connect the electronics on the front to the back: [...]

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • WorldWideWeb, Part II

      About a decade ago, things started to change. Since then it’s gotten harder and harder to start a simple web server for testing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I eventually found a way to do it using AppleScript, but as Apple continues to remove open source components from its standard macOS distribution, this workaround isn’t likely to last.

    • Programming/Development

      • newline1 and skip1

        newline1 is a version of Scheme’s newline that does nothing the first time it’s called.

      • A conditionally transforming combinator

        ?-> is a combinator that takes a predicate test and a transformer, and returns a unary procedure that transforms its argument if the predicate applies.

      • Ubuntu Pit10 Best Open Source Image Processing Libraries in 2022

        In Linux, there are so many codecs, extensions, and libraries for processing images, audio files, and video files. Earlier, we have seen how to play videos smoothly on Linux with all media player codecs. When it comes to talking about the graphics and image section on Linux, you need to find out the suitable extensions or library tools for better performance. Suppose you’re a media enthusiast or you work in a sector where you need to process images in various ways. In that case, you can’t rely upon just the default image process libraries on Linu

      • Barry KaulerHexChat compiled in OpenEmbedded

        Up until now, have built ‘easy.sfs’ with xz-compression, with an option in the QuickSetup app to rebuild it with lz4-hc compression. I recently used the expression “the elephant in the room” in reference to containers; however, this rebuilding of easy.sfs is “the horse in the room”.

        The reason is that I knew that resizing ‘easy.sfs’ from xz to lz4-hc compressed, was going to make it too big to fit in the working-partititon. On the flash stick anyway. It is the copy of ‘easy.sfs’ in the working-partition that gets resized, and that is the one loaded at bootup.

        No problem, but the horse that I was ignoring is when do a rollback to an earlier version. The rollback copies the rollback ‘easy.sfs’ from the working-partition to the boot-partition. If that ‘easy.sfs’ has been resized, then it won’t fit, and there will be a crash at next bootup.

        lz4-hc compressed squashfs is noticeably faster than xz compressed. So, I thought why not build it with lz4-hc right from the start, and make sure that it is small enough to fit in the boot-partition.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayIngenious Indigenous Artful Screw Conveyor

      Many of us have heard the name Archimedes’ screw — but not everyone knows the term screw conveyor.  These folks (sadly, the videographer at [Breeze Media] doesn’t tell us their names, or the company name) has the process of building screw conveyors down to a fine art.

    • The Tale of The Wednesday Ordeal

      I started my new job on Wednesday June 1st. That was absolutely delightful in every way; this tale is about what happened afterwards.

    • Remembering Ned Freed (1959-2022)

      The Internet lost a hero this week. Ned Freed and I were in our early thirties when we met. I was a researcher in Pittsburgh, passionate about extending email to include pictures, sounds, and rich text in any language. Ned was a young entrepreneur in California, passionate about improving interoperation between independently designed email-like systems. We were the closest of collaborators during the early 1990′s, when we led the design of the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) — three years of intense partnership that turned out to be the career highlight that both of us would be best remembered for.

      MIME is now used trillions of times daily, in virtually every web page and email message, and we’ve both long since recognized that it would feature prominently in our obituaries. But it isn’t what I think of when I remember Ned. MIME was the product of our collaboration, but it was the collaboration itself that I most treasure.

    • HackadayThe Dangerously Delightful Homemade Rockets Of Thailand

      Every once in a while, we here at Hackaday stumble across something that doesn’t quite fit in with all the other amazing hacks we feature, but still seems like something that our dear readers need to see as soon as possible. This video of homemade rockets in Thailand is one of those things.

    • HackadayGaze Inside These Nanopower Op-Amps

      [Robo] over at Tiny Transistor Labs has a fascinating look at what’s inside these modern, ultra low-power devices that consume absolutely minuscule amounts of current. Crank up the magnification, and go take a look at the dies on these two similar (but internally very different) devices.

    • HackadayMake Your Own Virtual Set

      An old adage says out of cheap, fast, and good, choose two. So if you’re like [Philip Moss] and trying to make a comedy series on a limited budget rapidly, you will have to take some shortcuts to have it still be good. One shortcut [Philip] took was to do away with the set and make it all virtual.

    • Doing it

      Organization i.e. knowing exactly what to do, is much more important than willpower. Make more concrete goals and more concrete steps.

      Lack of willpower is our brain’s way of protecting us from overwork. Don’t force your way through stress.

      But one way to do things when you don’t wanna is to let the resistance and “this is so boooring” feelings just wash over you and feel them fully. Both sides of you—the side that wants to do it and the side that don’t—need to feel fully heard & consulted, lest they subconsciously revolt (through guilt or procrastination, respectively).

    • Science

      • HackadayUniversal TFT Display Backpack Helps Small Displays Shine

        TFT technology might be ancient news for monitors and TVs, but it’s alive and well when it comes to hobbyist electronics and embedded devices. They’ve now become even easier to integrate, thanks to the Universal TFT Display Backpack design by [David Johnson-Davies].

      • Zen and Freud

        Lately, I have been thinking a lot about two different ways of conceptualizing the mind. On one hand, I have been diving back into psychoanalytic theory, and on the other, I have been reading and practicing Zen.

        Critics often attack psychoanalysis as being “unscientific”, or, under the Popperian criteria, “unfalsifiable”. Some defenders will counter that, as it is the study of subjectivity itself, psychoanalysis cannot (and should not) be scientifically objective. Yes, psychoanalysis did very much start as a scientific project. Sigmund Freud was a neurologist by training, and his theories were based on the leading scientific paradigms of the time. His theory of drives flows naturally from the application of Darwinian evolution to the psyche, coupled with a physical energy metaphor for how desires are generated and satisfied. Most of all, psychoanalysis derives its theories through empirical observation of clients. It is not quantifiable, it is not statistical, but it is indeed observational and experimental.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayDIY Keyboard Can’t Get Much Smaller

        The PiPi Mherkin really, really can’t get much smaller. The diminutive keyboard design mounts directly to the Pi Pico responsible for driving it, has a similar footprint, and is only about 9 mm thick. It can’t get much smaller since it’s already about as small as the Pi Pico itself.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • FAIRMedia Fail to Raise Alarm Over Deadly Lack of Booster Shots in Elderly

        On April 29, the Washington Post (4/29/22) reported that Covid deaths among the vaccinated have been up sharply in 2022—42% of deaths in January and February were among vaccinated people according to the Post’s analysis of state and federal data—and that “a key explanation for the rise in deaths among the vaccinated is that Covid-19 fatalities are again concentrated among the elderly.” The paper went on to report that “the bulk of vaccinated deaths are among people who did not get a booster shot,” noting that data showed that in California and Mississippi 75% of the vaccinated seniors who died of Covid in the first two months of 2022 were not boosted.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • CBCTim Hortons app tracked too much personal information without adequate consent, investigation finds

          The commissioner’s report, which was published Wednesday morning, states that Tim Hortons collected granular location data for the purpose of targeted advertising and the promotion of its products but that the company never used the data for those purposes.

          “The consequences associated with the App’s collection of that data, the vast majority of which was collected when the App was not in use, represented a loss of Users’ privacy that was not proportional to the potential benefits Tim Hortons may have hoped to gain from improved targeted promotion of its coffee and associated products,” the report read.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Boundaries

        One of the biggest things I’ve noticed since spending more time on the small web is the sheer lack of boundaries many people have on social media. Spending more time on here and other obscure sites has really put a lot of things in perspective for me.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Pro PublicaBorder Wall Settlement Won’t Stop Flooding or Erosion at Rio Grande, Experts Say

        Federal prosecutors reached a settlement agreement this week with the construction company that built a troubled private border fence along the Rio Grande in South Texas.

        The settlement caps off two and a half years of legal wrangling after the federal government sued Fisher Industries and its subsidiaries, alleging that the 18-foot-tall and 3-mile-long fence led to erosion so significant that it threatened to shift the border and could cause the structure to collapse into the river, impacting a major dam.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ginni and the Justice

        “Self interest speaks all sort of tongues, and plays all sorts of roles, even that of disinterestedness.” —François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

      • ScheerpostThe Chris Hedges Report: The Long Road Home (Part 1)

        This episode is the first of a two-part series called “The Long Road Home,” looking at the hurdles placed before those those who leave prison and struggle to reenter society.

      • ScheerpostTruth in Black and White

        “Truth in Black and White,” a new original cartoon by the inimitable Mr. Fish, considers the big picture – in black and white.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Common Dreams‘Sohn or Bust!’ FCC Advocates Demand Vote on Sohn as Deadlock Hits 500th Day

        Government watchdogs are intensifying calls on the U.S. Senate to confirm net neutrality defender Gigi Sohn to the Federal Communications Commission after a monthslong delay which has frustrated advocacy groups as the panel remains deadlocked and unable to pass crucial reforms.

        Saturday marks the 500th day of the deadlock, media justice group Free Press said.

      • sakurina’s thoughts — re: “I kind of resent blogs” by adiabatic

        there isn’t really a built-in mechanism through which you would be made aware whether your work is being noticed or not, and that’s by design. I don’t know how common this is, but I don’t find it to require much effort to keep up with everything that shows up on the main CAPCOM/spacewalk instances so I keep up with it regularly.

      • A TCP client in Racket scheme

        So far I’ve got a Spartan server set up, and made bombodillo speak with the protocol. I noticed that there was some discussion on Gemini about having a modular browser.

        It got me to thinking about how this could be best accomplished. The problem with languages like C and Go is that they’re very static. If you want something that is more flexible, with pluggable architecture, then you really need a pluggable language, one that supports late binding.

        This leads one to think about languages like Scheme and Lisp. Maybe Smalltalk and Forth would fit the bill, but I’m going to say “no” to that. On the less wacky end of the scale might be Python, Lua, or even Tcl. Tcl is actually an interesting choice, I think, because it is a very command-centric language.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakDozens of Pirate IPTV & Streaming Sites Face Potential ACE/MPA Disruption

          Dozens of pirate IPTV suppliers and illegal streaming sites may be facing anti-piracy disruption in the weeks and months ahead. A fresh wave of documents filed in a US court shows that the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment is already investigating various platforms, including one that appears to pull videos from Warner Media’s official CDN, using Google as a proxy.

        • Torrent FreakReddit Warns U.S. That Upload Filters Threaten Free Expression and Creativity

          Reddit has warned the U.S. Copyright Office that upload filters would harm free expression and creativity. The U.S. is considering whether to make technical protection measures mandatory for certain online services but according to Reddit and other stakeholders such as Google, the EFF, Wikipedia, and the BSA, this is a bad idea.

European Software Patents Cannot Withstand Scrutiny, EPO Management Wants Kangaroo Courts (UPC) to Change That

Posted in Deception, Europe, Law, Patents at 9:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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As European Software Patents Perish…
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Summary: EPO corruption has become very prevalent because today’s sole goal is to grant as many patents as possible, then congratulate oneself having granted unlawful and legally-invalid European Patents by the millions; the same people who destroyed the patent office are still trying to do the same to patent courts

THE UPC isn’t legal and it isn’t happening. As an associate put it this morning, “regarding the UPC, it is important to drive home the fact that 1) it does not exist, 2) it can no longer come into existence (reason), and 3) some lawyers are actively lying about the UPC, perhaps to the point of criminal fraud…”

These latest annotated screenshots and meme help explain the sort of problem we’re dealing with here as European software patents are perishing and Team Battistelli/Campinos will lean on EPO tribunals, as well as patent courts outside of EPOnia.

If this is Europe’s idea of “access to justice” and “due process”, are we any better than so-called ‘third-world nations’?

“If this is Europe’s idea of “access to justice” and “due process”, are we any better than so-called ‘third-world nations’?”Software patents are being squashed at the EPO; last night I saw this Friday post which said: “On May 19, 2022, all of the original claims of EP 3 471 416 and EP 3 487 179, owned by GE Video Compression LLC (GEVC), were found unpatentable based on two separate challenges filed by Unified. Only after several failed attempts to amend the claims was GEVC able to gain allowance by adding significant narrowing limitations to the claims. The two EP patents were related to U.S. patents that are designated essential to the Access Advance (previously HEVC Advance) patent pool and Sisvel’s AV1 and VP9 pools.”

That’s a pair of software patents. And on the same day: “On May 19, 2022, all of the original claims of EP 2 347 592 B1, formerly owned by Velos Media, LLC and now owned by Qualcomm, were found unpatentable based on a challenge filed by Unified. Only after several failed attempts to amend the claims was Qualcomm able to gain allowance by adding significant narrowing limitations to the claims. However, the narrowing amendments forced into the claims means that these are no longer standard essential. This filing is a part of Unified’s ongoing efforts in its SEP Video Codec Zone.”

“Given that the European Patent Organisation is already besieged by the Office, the last thing we want is courts that are also controlled by the Office.”Seeing the pattern yet? When properly challenged, software patents perish at the EPO, but it’s a long and expensive process. The real solution is not to grant such patents in the first place. The EPO nowadays treats the problem not as an issue of compliance but as an issue of courts actually checking for compliance. Given that the European Patent Organisation is already besieged by the Office, the last thing we want is courts that are also controlled by the Office. As we saw before, even the European Commission is covering up for the Office. There's complicity all around, even the Council of Ministers.

[Meme] Unified Patent Court (UPC) Always Started “Next Year”

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

2012            2013           2014              2015.... UPC 2023

Summary: UPC or Unitary Patent became a laughing stock because of repeated, seemingly endless, false predictions (some law firms stand to profit from such predictions)

Unified Patent Court (UPC) Noise: Loaded Headlines, Straw Man Arguments, and False Predictions as a Lobbying/Sales Strategy

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 6:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Like we’re seeing at the EPO, which violates the EPC (invalidating the EPO’s rationale to even exist), almost every law is being broken gleefully and the so-called ‘press’ cheerfully encourages breaking the law (because of the financial strings of such press)

World Intellectual Property Review: UPC transparency questions risk undermining court: The real issue is, they've not bothered explaining how it's legal; UPC is an anti-SME ploy; They quit antagonising; A bit of a straw men because the issue is that they never explain how that can even enter into force

Rory O’Neill: Opinion: UPC has missed chance to redefine D&I in patent law: Not even legal!! Straw man issue; a sensitive subject, politically-loaded; Fake notion of 'ethics' for an unconstitutional construct; Sponsored by Team UPC for UPC 'fake news'; fluff and puff pieces wordsmith

FB Rice - Eddie Walker and James Hutchison - The European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: Theoretical, illegal system, Just what you have been saying every year since 2014, Profiting from suing you

Schweiger and Partners - Martin Schweiger: Start Preparing Today: UPC and Unitary Patent Are Going to Happen Very Soon! Pay me; Really? This time for real? Not only Germany can stop it; Britain stopped it years earlier

Schweiger and Partners - Martin Schweiger: Unitary Patent and UPC update in the light of Brexit. What you need to know (September 2018): So he is fully aware of the issue, which was never addressed at all

Gertjan Kuipers and Bertrand Ter Woort - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V.: Netherlands: UPC Sunrise Period: Decide On Opting Out Your European Patents: They're using that same term, 'sunrise', in 2022!

Preu Bohlig and Partner - Andreas Haberl and Konstantin Schallmoser: Countdown UPC and Unitary Patent - Strategy for patent users: Bombs too have countdowns; Sales; No, not really

Gowling WLG - Tamara El-Shibib: Middle East-based patent filers, are you prepared for the 'Unitary Patent' and the new European patent system?:  Looking for clients; You're said this for over a decade

Gowling WLG - Tamara El-Shibib: Middle East-based patent filers, are you prepared for the 'Unitary Patent' and the new European patent system?: Yes, in scare quotes; if at first you fail, repost, googlebomb; Canada is not middle east

Kari L. Barnes and James Singer - Fox Rothschild LLP: United States: The Unitary Patent System: How To Prepare: Litigation giant, not even based in Europe; Pay us money for bad advice; EU; Not really, speculating again; Such a court would be illegal and unconstitutional, but litigation giants don't want you to know

Kari L. Barnes and James Singer - Fox Rothschild LLP: United States: The Unitary Patent System: How To Prepare: Let's post this marketing junk anywhere we can! No, shameless self-promotional junk

Summary: Despite the EPO pressing on with totally illegal agenda, based on deliberate falsehoods, Team UPC must get rather creative and distract from real issues using phony ones alongside bogus, baseless predictions and what they hope can become self-fulfilling prophecies (in the face of severe legal and constitutional obstacles)

Readjusting for the Coming Decade

Posted in Deception, Site News at 5:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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The Next Decade
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Summary: We’re trying to tackle misconceptions and mythology, e.g. whatever surrounds the concept or perception of patents, the Web as an “open” platform, and social control media as “communication” tool (or social… or media); Techrights is entering another phase with more scarce resources such as time

THIS month is a very important month for us. For the first time in over a decade I might not work a full-time role (overnight) and can therefore spend more time on Techrights.

At the moment we’re working on the new/future strategy, seeing that we should probably focus on ideas/conceptd as much as on brands. Sure, the latter is also important, but jumping from one brand to another may not solve the underlying problems; it’ll age better if we convince people to think beyond brands, e.g. “self-hosting”, “decentralisation”, “end-to-end encryption”…

As a side issue, in the age of “corporations are people” (notorious and foolish statement) we’re meant to think that disliking some corporation is an issue of hate or jealousy. We can bypass such a false narration by speaking of concepts. Of course companies have no feelings and cannot accuse their critics of ad hominem; but they have Public Relations professionals, twisting logic to make it seem or feel that way.

“Of course companies have no feelings and cannot accuse their critics of ad hominem; but they have Public Relations professionals, twisting logic to make it seem or feel that way.”In a few days tuxmachines.org turns 18 and we’ve registered the domain for another 5 years, seeing that the site is well on track and is managing to adapt to changes on the World Wide Web (on numerous occasions we pondered extending tuxmachines.org to Gemini as well).

The video above speaks of a topic we covered in text yesterday. Though it may seem like a spnotaneous ramble, it does cover a number of aspects and challenges that have been on our minds lately.

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