GeekWire and Todd Bishop: Doxing for Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft at 5:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The EPO does the same

This is the same outlet that doxed me for calling out Microsoft HR on their bullshit, much of which is protected from the light of day by NDAs. More like turdwire.

Summary: Familiar media operatives disguised as “journalists” are still at it two decades later; it’s nice to see that Todd Bishop is still covering up for liars from Microsoft and for Bill Gates (more on these issues in our latest Daily Links)

Links 11/06/2022: More IBM Layoffs

Posted in News Roundup at 5:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • NeowinBlender 3.2.0

        Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Through it’s open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics application in the world.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux CapableHow to Install VirtualBox on Rocky Linux 8

        VirtualBox is a free and open-source hypervisor for x86 and x86-64 virtualization, which the Oracle Corporation develops. The software targets users wishing to create virtual environments for servers and desktops that allow users and administrations to run multiple guest operating systems on a single computer for either testing methods or production use. VirtualBox may be installed on Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris, and OpenSolaris.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install VirtualBox on Rocky Linux 8 using the RPM Fusion repository to install the latest version of VirtualBox using the command line terminal.

      • VideoSSHFS: Easiest Way Mount Drives Through SSH – Invidious

        I can’t believe I’m just discovering SSHFS this is such a great way to access a remote drive on my web server and all it needs is SSH, which I was already using anyway

      • ID RootHow To Install MySQL on AlmaLinux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MySQL on AlmaLinux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, MySQL is a freely available open-source Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) that uses Structured Query Language (SQL). It is one of the most widely used database software for several well-known applications. MySQL is used for data warehousing, e-commerce, and logging applications, but its more commonly used feature is web database storage and management.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the MySQL database on AlmaLinux 9. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Own HowToHow to Mirror your Screen on Linux to any Device

        Deskreen is a very useful software that allows you to mirror your desktop to your TV, phone,computer or any other device, for example you can share your desktop via wifi without having to use an hdmi or any other cable.

        You can also stream multiple sources at the same time which means you can use the same device to share the desktop into multiple screen/devices.

        In this tutorial you will learn how to mirror/share your desktop/screen on Linux to any device you want.

        Follow the steps below to learn how to do this.

      • peppe8oSelf-host your Surveys with LimeSurvey and Raspberry PI

        How many times did you need to ask your friends for an opinion or a vote? Some Google modules can help this but when you want to privately host your surveys the best answer is LimeSurvey on Raspberry PI

        In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to install LimeSurvey on Raspberry PI computer boards (excluding Raspberry PI Pico, as it is a microcontroller).

      • ID RootHow To Install MonoDevelop on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS [Ed: People still use Mono to develop? Even the Mono people have quit, they left Microsoft.]

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MonoDevelop on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know,

        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 MonoDevelop 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.

      • ByteXDHow to Open and Save .ai Files in Inkscape – ByteXD

        Adobe Illustrator is the mainstream software for illustrations, logo design, and many other sub-fields of graphic design, so dealing with its files (.ai) is a crucial part of your graphic design career.

        Some clients require submitting back the design in (.ai) format, so you have to find your workaround if you are an Inkscape user.

        This article will walk you through the process of opening and saving Adobe Illustrator files (.ai), and some potential drawbacks that might cause unwanted translation problem.

      • How to Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish – LinuxWizardry

        The Ubuntu 22.04, codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”, is the latest LTS release of the Ubuntu operating system. It was officially released on April 21, 2022. It ships with kernel v5.15 and other major upgrades, such as PHP 8.1, Ruby 3.0, OpenSSL 3.0, Golang 1.18, and GNOME 42. With GNOME 42, it has improved usability, battery life, and system performance. GNOME 42 also adds new power profile options and significant optimizations that can double the desktop frame rate on Intel and Raspberry Pi graphics drivers. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is the first LTS release that supports all the recent Raspberry Pi devices, from the new Raspberry Pi Zero 2W to the Raspberry Pi 4.

        This tutorial will demonstrate how to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish).

      • H2S MediaHow to install Jellyfin Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Learn how to install and set up a Jellyfin media server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish to share your music with friends or play them using a local network or the internet.

        When it comes to creating your own Medis server, the first name would be Kodi or Plex, however, these are not only out there. Jellyfin is another popular open-source project that lets us create quickly a modern media server with an interactive web user interface to manage videos, images, and music from any device.

        We can browser media content using Jellyfin on various devices such as computers, apps on your Roku, Android, iOS (including AirPlay), Android TV, or Fire TV device, or via your Chromecast or existing Kodi. Whereas when it comes to installing the Jellyfin server platform it doesn’t limit to Linux only, we can set it up on machines running Microsoft Windows, macOS, or in a Docker container.

      • Make Use Of8 Things to Do Right After You Install Fedora Linux

        So you’ve done your reading and your research and you’ve finally decided to take the leap and install Fedora Linux. Like most users, you were probably pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to install the world’s best-known “bleeding-edge” Linux distribution.

        We know Fedora runs great and provides plenty of power out of the box. But who wants an out-of-the-box experience? Isn’t that why you left Windows? Let us show you how to make your system truly your own. Here are eight things you should do right after you install Fedora.

    • Games

      • Someone got Doom to work on Apple’s forgotten OS

        Released in 1993, Doom helped define and popularize the FPS genre. But in the years since, it has become a challenge of sorts, as software developers compete to run the game on unusual (and unsupported) hardware.

        With some effort, coders have ported Doom to pregnancy tests, kitchen management appliances, and vintage digital cameras.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • H2S Media9 Best Linux distro systems for special tasks

      List of Best Linux distributions to help users with various problems such as managing disk partitions, cloning and data recovery, repairing Windows or Grub for Linux bootloader, data recovery, hacking; for anonymous and secure use of the Internet, NAS, and more…

      All the Linux distros are not meant to replace our desktop systems to perform day-to-day tasks. There are some built by the developers for certain special tasks. In this article, we will find out what are these?

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

  • Leftovers

    • Arguments

      People don’t become better or learn from arguments. They don’t listen to the opposing side, ending up with both sides leaving unfulfilled, not growing in any aspect. In my opinion, arguments/debates are where you present your opinion in a mannered fashion, listening to the other side closely, and both sides having something to learn and reflect upon after the discussion is done.

      The polarization of both sides is one of the causes. Both sides in a discussion are not willing to listen to the other, demonstrating this with language such as “they’re insane/crazy/whatever derogatory adjective,” which reinforces the thinking on both sides that the other side doesn’t have a “valid” opinion and in no way they can take their opinion into account. This is most frequently seen in politics, where the two sides are not willing to do any compromise, not even for the general well being of their own population.

    • The Register UKOracle closes $28.3b Cerner buy amid warnings of commercial challenges

      Oracle has closed the acquisition of Cerner Corporation, a specialist in healthcare software, in a deal set to be worth $28.3 billion.

      But as Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chairman of the board and chief technology officer, is set to outline Oracle’s strategy for its acquisition’s role in healthcare in the coming days, Cerner customers are being warned to expect some surprises in renegotiating their contracts.

    • The Register UKUK police to spend tens of millions on legacy comms network kit

      Motorola Solutions holds that the market investigation is not warranted. “Motorola believes that after a careful investigation the Group will conclude there is no credible evidence to support the finding of an adverse effect on competition in the reference market caused by Airwave or Motorola and that, as a result, no remedies will be required in that regard,” it said in a statement.

    • Science

      • The Register UKAI chatbot trained on posts from web sewer 4chan behaved badly – just like human members [Ed: How is it even considered news that 4chan has many rude people?]

        A prankster researcher has trained an AI chatbot on over 134 million posts to notoriously freewheeling internet forum 4chan, then set it live on the site before it was swiftly banned.

        Yannic Kilcher, an AI researcher who posts some of his work to YouTube, called his creation “GPT-4chan” and described it as “the worst AI ever”. He trained GPT-J 6B, an open source language model, on a dataset containing 3.5 years’ worth of posts scraped from 4chan’s imageboard. Kilcher then developed a chatbot that processed 4chan posts as inputs and generated text outputs, automatically commenting in numerous threads.

      • New ElectronicsMaking it in a male-dominated field

        Only 12% of the UK’s engineering pool are women and globally, only 2% of all professional engineers are women of colour. Women in Engineering Day – this year on 23 June 2022 – raises awareness over the career opportunities available to girls in this industry and focuses on those women that enjoy successful careers in the sector.

      • The Register UKAI helps study first images from James Webb Space Telescope • The Register

        Scientists around the world are gearing up to study the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, which are to be released on July 12.

        Some astronomers will be running machine-learning algorithms on the data to detect and classify galaxies in deep space at a level of detail never seen before. Brant Robertson, an astrophysics professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the US believes the telescope’s snaps will lead to breakthroughs that will help us better understand how the universe formed some 13.7 billion years ago.

      • uni MITFaster computing results without fear of errors

        Researchers developed a new system that can make computer programs run faster, while guaranteeing accuracy.

    • Hardware

      • The Register UKAlibaba sued for selling a 3D printer that overheated, caught fire, and killed a man

        Alibaba is being sued in the US by the parents of a man, who bought a 3D printer from the Chinese e-commerce giant, and died in an accident after the device allegedly malfunctioned and caught fire.

        Hoi Kwong Yu and Janice Yu, parents of Calvin Yu, claim their son purchased “a defective Tronxy X5SA 24V 3D printer” from Alibaba’s website AliExpress.com around 9 November 2019. Disaster struck six months later, on 11 June 2020.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Vegan Food Report

        I’m not exactly swimming in money, but I decided to try a few quick-and-easy things from the canned and boxed aisle since I was on ~vacation~ and needed, well, something quick and easy. Especially while recovering from surgery.

    • Proprietary

      • GitHub Killing Atom Code Editor for Cloud Tools [Ed: Microsoft-connected site]
      • Hashtag Trending June 10 – Diablo Immortal not launching in Belgium or the Netherlands; Axon halts Taser drone project; Microsoft drops NCCs | IT Business

        Employees at Microsoft will now be able to look for jobs at other big tech companies, such as Google and Amazon, after the company said it would no longer enforce non-compete clauses (NCCs). NCCs are sometimes used to stop employees from moving to companies that are direct competitors. As of Wednesday this week, Microsoft is removing clauses from employee agreements, and from now on, will not enforce existing clauses in the U.S., Business Insider reported. This is one of four updates announced in a Microsoft blog post. The other updates include plans to stop non-disclosure agreements, conduct a civil rights audit of its existing workplace policies, and commit to providing salary ranges on all internal and external job descriptions.

      • The Register UKMicrosoft accidentally turned off hardware requirements for Windows 11 [Ed: 'Accident'?]

        Microsoft has accidentally turned off its controversial hardware compatibility check, thus offering Windows 11 to computers not on the list.

        Windows 11 does not install on computers that lack a recent TPM-equipped CPU, although there are exceptions (notably for some of Microsoft’s own hardware, which failed to make the cut in the original list). It is possible to circumvent this limitation, although there is no guarantee that a future version of Windows 11 won’t slam the door permanently.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • ProtocolWith Delta Lake, Databricks sparks an open-source nerd war and customer confusion

          Databricks insists its Delta Lake database technology is open source, but critics say it’s not open source in spirit, and that could cost businesses time and money. This could be all part of the Databricks playbook as it prepares to go public.


          “It’s not open source. It’s open code,” responded Malone about Delta Lake.

          “We don’t need to get into semantics James,” shot back Spencer Cook, financial services solutions architect at Databricks.

          But this public display was about more than just developers and engineers picking sides in a tired debate that has been common over the last 15 years of enterprise tech and the hundreds of open-source projects that drove that growth.

    • Security

      • IT ProKali Linux team announces free cyber security training delivered live on Twitch
      • The Register UKSupply chain attacks will get worse: Microsoft Security Response Center boss [Ed: Many of these "supply chain" attacks are the fault of Microsoft since it bought GitHub and then NPN; but the media likes to blame the victims, to whom Microsoft ships malware]
      • Silicon AngleAs tech world weighs options for software supply chain security, a call for urgency [Ed: At least with Free software you can verify the integrity of what you are using]

        The warning signs are hard to miss. The SolarWinds attack, which planted malicious code in software used by private and public sector organizations around the world, demonstrated the problems that can ensue when the supply chain is breached. More recently, the Apache Log4j vulnerability reported late last year exposed exploitable holes in the Java logging library, and a significant number of applications and servers still lack security patches.

      • The Register UKNow Windows Follina zero-day exploited to infect PCs with Qbot [Ed: By intentional neglect, Microsoft enables other criminals to vandalise your life]

        Miscreants are reportedly exploiting the recently disclosed critical Windows Follina zero-day flaw to infect PCs with Qbot, thus aggressively expanding their reach.

        The bot’s operators are also working with the Black Basta gang to spread ransomware in yet another partnership in the underground world of cyber-crime, it is claimed.

        This combination of Follina exploitation and its use to extort organizations makes the malware an even larger threat for enterprises. Qbot started off as a software nasty that raided people’s online bank accounts, and evolved to snoop on user keystrokes and steal sensitive information from machines. It can also deliver other malware payloads, such as backdoors and ransomware, onto infected Windows systems, and forms a remote-controllable botnet.

      • The Register UKSymantec: More malware operators moving in to exploit Follina

        Meanwhile Microsoft still hasn’t patched the fatal flaw

        While enterprises are still waiting for Microsoft to issue a fix for the critical “Follina” vulnerability in Windows, yet more malware operators are moving in to exploit it.

        Microsoft late last month acknowledged the remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability – tracked as CVE-2022-30190 – but has yet to deliver a patch for it. The company has outlined workarounds that can be used until a fix becomes available.

      • The Register UKUkraine’s secret cyber-defense that blunts Russian attacks: Excellent backups [Ed: Dumping Microsoft is the right approach, not more backups]

        This attack – along with several other destructive data-wiping malware infections in Ukrainian government and private-sector networks – illustrates a couple of key cyber security takeaways about Russian cyber goons.

      • Morphisec Launches Knight for Linux to Prevent Advanced Cyberattacks [Ed: With proprietary software you must be an unverifiable assumption that this software itself isn't a security breach]
      • The Register UKApple gets lawsuit over Meltdown and Spectre dismissed [Ed: Apple knowingly sold defective products, but this is considered normal now]

        A California District Court judge has dismissed a proposed class action complaint against Apple for allegedly selling iPhones and iPads containing Arm-based chips with known flaws.

        The lawsuit was initially filed on January 8, 2018, six days after The Register revealed the Intel CPU architecture vulnerabilities that would later come to be known as Meltdown and Spectre and would affect Arm and AMD chips, among others, to varying degrees.

      • The Register UKApple M1 chip contains hardware vulnerability that bypasses memory defense [Ed: Than again, Apple gives your data to the NSA, so you know the company never really valued users' security]

        Apple’s M1 chip has been found to contain a hardware vulnerability that can be abused to disable one of its defense mechanisms against memory corruption exploits, giving such attacks a greater chance of success.

        MIT CSAIL computer scientists on Friday said they have identified a way to bypass the M1 chip’s pointer authentication, a security mechanism that tries to prevent an attacker from modifying memory references without being detected.

      • password managers and the principle of least privilege

        IMHO, current password managers kinda suck at security.
        If I want to log into a few low importance accounts on some device, my two options are:
        1. logging into my password manager – giving that device full access to all my accounts, including the critical ones
        2. retyping the passwords manually – which gets boring quickly

        But why does it have to be that way? Why do all password managers need to have an all-or-nothing approach to accessing data?

      • Fear, Uncertainty,

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • The Register UKRate of IT outages not falling, power the most common cause • The Register

          Infrastructure operators are struggling to reduce the rate of IT outages despite improving technology and strong investment in this area.

          The Uptime Institute’s 2022 Outage Analysis Report says that progress toward reducing downtime has been mixed. Investment in cloud technologies and distributed resiliency has helped to reduce the impact of site-level failures, for example, but has also added complexity. A growing number of incidents are being attributed to network, software or systems issues because of this intricacy.

          The authors make it clear that critical IT systems are far more reliable than they once were, thanks to many decades of improvement. However, data covering 2021 and 2022 indicates that unscheduled downtime is continuing at a rate that is not significantly reduced from previous years.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Apple may have killed the password with the introduction of Passkeys at WWDC [Ed: That's just more surveillance and potentially very poor security for gimmicks' sake]
        • The Register UKFive Eyes alliance’s top cop says techies are the future of law enforcement [Ed: Conflating illegal mass surveillance with "law enforcement"]

          Australian Federal Police (AFP) commissioner Reece Kershaw has accused un-named nations of helping organized criminals to use technology to commit and launder the proceeds of crime, and called for international collaboration to developer technologies that counter the threats that behaviour creates.

          Kershaw’s remarks were made at a meeting of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FELEG), the forum in which members of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing pact – Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the USA – discuss policing and related matters. Kershaw is the current chair of FELEG.

        • The Register UKIndia proposes social media censorship powers • The Register (Another VPN quits India, as government proposes social media censorship powers)

          India’s tech-related policies continue to create controversy, with fresh objections raised to a pair of proposed regulation packages.

          One of those regulations is the infosec reporting and logging requirements introduced by India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in late April. That package requires VPN, cloud, and numerous other IT services providers to collect customers’ personal information and log their activity, then surrender that info to Indian authorities on demand. One VPN provider, ExpressVPN, last week quit India on grounds that its local servers are designed not to record any logs so compliance would be impossible. ExpressVPN will soon route customers’ traffic outside India.

          On Tuesday, another VPN – Surfshark – announced it would do likewise.

    • Environment

      • CNETMicroplastics Found in Antarctic Snows for the First Time

        Microplastics have been found in the snows of Antarctica for the first time ever, according to a study published Tuesday. The finding could mean microplastics, which are formed when plastics degrade, are causing ecological damage to marine environments, climate and organisms.

        Before now, data from Antarctic snows has been mostly absent, although microplastics have already been found in deep sea sediments, marine sediments, seas and surface waters of the region.

      • Energy

        • Weeks after new SEC crypto regulation, banks warn investors against dealing in cryptocurrencies

          Reports reaching Nairametrics indicate banks are still sending warnings to their customers to avoid using their accounts for cryptocurrency transactions.

          This comes on the heel of the recently released SEC regulation on cryptocurrency, which essentially formalized cryptocurrency as an asset class in Nigeria.

        • Oregon cities receive state grants to make it easier to walk and bike to school

          School’s almost out for summer vacation for many students in Oregon. But transportation planners in their cities and school districts are already thinking past Labor Day, eager to make it easier for students and parents to use active transportation to get to school. Through the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program, school districts have the opportunity to apply for grants for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects to encourage and facilitate safe ways for kids to walk, bike or roll to school.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The Register UKAmazon’s Kindle bookstore to quit China

        Amazon.com has decided to end its Kindle digital book business in China.

        A statement posted to the Kindle China WeChat account states that Amazon has already stopped sending new Kindle devices to resellers and will cease operations of the Kindle China e-bookstore on June 30, 2023. The Kindle app will last another year, allowing users to download previously purchased e-books. But after June 30, 2024, Kindle devices in China won’t be able to access content.

        An accompanying FAQ doesn’t offer a reason for the decision, but an Amazon spokesperson told Reuters “We periodically evaluate our offerings and make adjustments, wherever we operate.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The New Iron Curtain

        On March 7, 2022, 11 days after Russia invaded Ukraine, Russian Deputy Minister for Digital Development Andrei Chernenko wired an urgent order. Government agencies must switch from foreign web hosting to Russian services and move their websites to the .ru Internet domain. The order prompted a disturbing question: Was the Kremlin cutting Russia off from the global Internet?

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Bankok PostBig Brother grows bigger

        - I’ve been doing some deep diving into the whole Windows 11 update process and what I’ve found has convinced me not to upgrade from Windows 10, let me explain. Windows only supports UEFI Bios not the older Bios types. That takes us back about nine years but there are a lot of older computers out there. Next, Secure Boot must be turned up to boot the system with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) also required. So what? I mean it all sounds so comforting. Secure Boot requires that the start-up boot loader be signed by a security key. By default, many systems just ship with the security key for Microsoft and no other systems. If you want to run say Linux or BSD in the past you just turned Secure Boot off and injected the necessary keys. Low level diagnostic and recovery tools typically require this to be turned off. Putting this another way, the software you run on your computer should not have to be signed by Microsoft before you can run it.

        - Can you see where this is going? TPM works via Bit Locker to hand over the keys to Secure Boot to then load the Operation System and in some cases this combination of items will encrypt your hard drive for security. Still sounds good right? In reality it adds to the control Microsoft has over your computer and the endgame is you need to ask Microsoft for any help you may need to recover keys and data if something goes wrong. With TPM turned on Microsoft holds the trust. This trust is then passed onto hardware and software makers for them to check that your computer is a trusted platform. If you think about this it is backwards, as it should be you, as the computer owner, who can trust the hardware and software, not the other way round. As of now there are still ways around these controls but it is a short step from here to only rented software and hardware, i.e. like Apple software, you won’t own it. The average user won’t be too concerned with all of this as they just use their computer for emails, social media and the odd game. For those that push the limits a little then the direction this is heading will be discouraging.

    • Monopolies

Links 11/06/2022: DragonFly 6.2.2 and MidnightBSD 2.2

Posted in News Roundup at 11:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Louis-Philippe Véronneau: Updating a rooted Pixel 3a

        A short while after getting a Pixel 3a, I decided to root it, mostly to have more control over the charging procedure. In order to preserve battery life, I like my phone to stop charging at around 75% of full battery capacity and to shut down automatically at around 12%. Some Android ROMs have extra settings to manage this, but LineageOS unfortunately does not.

        Android already comes with a fairly complex mechanism to handle the charge cycle, but it is mostly controlled by the kernel and cannot be easily configured by end-users. acc is a higher-level “systemless” interface for the Android kernel battery management, but one needs root to do anything interesting with it. Once rooted, you can use the AccA app instead of playing on the command line to fine tune your battery settings.

      • ID RootHow To Set Up ModSecurity with Apache on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to set up ModSecurity with Apache on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ModSecurity also known as Modsec is a robust Open-source firewall application for Apache web servers. It functions through rule sets, which allow you to customize and configure your server security.

        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 ModSecurity with Apache on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • UNIX CopDocker Hub: A Guide to the Docker Registry

        Docker Hub is a cloud-based repository for Docker images. It’s like a library where you can get the information you need to run your code, but it’s more than that: it’s also a place where you can share your code with other people. Also, it makes it easy to store, manage, and deploy Docker containers.

        It is a free service provided by Docker, Inc. that allows you to build, store, and ship applications in containers. It’s also a part of the Docker ecosystem—a suite of tools that help developers build and run apps faster.

      • Using VS Code and Podman to Develop SYCL Applications With DPC++’s CUDA Backend [Ed: Shilling proprietary software of Microsoft with Red Hat's (IBM) Podman]
      • Ubiquiti Dream Machine (UDM) – unable to connect to NBN – blackMORE Ops

        I don’t want the NBN ISP router running anymore and use Ubiquiti Dream Machine (UDM) instead. But when I try to remove ISP Router it and direct connect UDM to NBN, the connection fails.

      • Install Portainer on Rocky Linux – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Portainer on Rocky Linux. Portainer is a self-service container service delivery platform that provides container management GUI for Kubernetes, Docker and Swarm.

      • UNIX CopInstalling Chromium or Google Chrome browsers on Fedora 34/35/36 

        In this article, we will help you to download and install chromium or Google chrome web browsers on your Fedora linux.

        Chromium is a free and open-source web browser project, principally developed and maintained by Google. This codebase provides the vast majority of code for the Google Chrome browser, which is proprietary software and has some additional features.

        Google Chrome is a cross-platform web browser developed by Google. It was first released in 2008 for Microsoft Windows, built with free software components from Apple WebKit and Mozilla Firefox. It was later ported to Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android, where it is the default browser. The browser is also the main component of Chrome OS, where it serves as the platform for web applications.

      • TechtownHow to Install Playary on Linux Mint 20 – Atechtown

        The multimedia terrain is very fashionable because it is a form of entertainment that breaks many barriers. To enjoy it to its fullest we need powerful applications to help with the task and on Linux, we now have one. So, in this post, you will learn how to install Playary on Linux Mint to enjoy movies, music, and podcasts in one place.

      • UNIX CopInstall Latest phpMyAdmin on Fedora 36 / CentOS 9

        In this guide, we will install latest phpmyadmin on Fedora and CentOs systems

        phpMyAdmin is a free and open source administration tool for MySQL and MariaDB. As a portable web application written primarily in PHP, it has become one of the most popular MySQL administration tools, especially for web hosting services.

        phpMyAdmin has support for a wide range of operations on MySQL, MariaDB, and Drizzle. It is often used to perform common Database operations (managing databases, tables, columns, relations, indexes, users, permissions, etc) through an intuitive and easy to use web interface.

      • UNIX CopNginx – Virtual Hosts (Part 3)

        This is a continuation of my previous series of articles. So you might want to check that out first.

        In the previous article, we’ve left off with nginx returning basic responses to a given URI match. Let’s look into what more we can do.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Yarn on CentOS 9 Stream?

        In a nutshell, Yarn is a package manager for JavaScript that is fully compatible with NPM. To some extent, Yarn improves on many aspects of the standard NPM client. That is, although the functionality is similar, Yarn adds certain enhancements that make the process easier.

        Some advantages of Yarn are that it is fast, very reliable and introduces new concepts to make the package management process easy to do.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install MATE Desktop on Alpine Linux

        MATE is an open-source desktop environment that takes over from GNOME 2. It provides users a neat, intuitive, and appealing desktop environment to seamlessly interact with the operating system. MATE is supported by a vast majority of Linux distributions including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, ArchLinux, and Alpine Linux to mention a few.

        In this guide, we illustrate how you can install MATE Desktop on Alpine Linux.

      • Setup Portainer with SSL Certificates – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to setup Portainer with SSL Certificates. By default, Portainer web interface and API is exposed over HTTPS with a self-signed certificate. To ensure a secured access to your Portainer, especially if your are going to be accessing it via the public networks, then it is a good idea to use a commercially signed SSL/TLS certificates.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Transmission on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Transmission is the default torrent client installed with the GNOME desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04. All its incarnations feature a very simple, intuitive interface on top of an efficient, cross-platform back-end.

        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 Transmission BitTorrent client on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • FOSSBytesHow To Install Slack Desktop On Chromebook?

        A few apps appear unsupported when you open the Google Play Store on your Chromebook. One of them is Slack. In this article, let’s look at installing Slack Desktop on a Chromebook.

        Over the past few years, Chromebooks have become potent devices, thanks to the addition of the Google Play Store and a Linux container. There’s nothing you can’t do on Chromebooks except desktop-level gaming; however, support for Steam and Proton Compatibility layer should make Chromebooks suitable for gaming soon.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to launch EC2 instance using new AWS UI console

        On January 12, 2022 AWS introduced a new user interface for the management console. In this post we will discover the new AWS Console Home and specifically we will use the new EC2 launch wizard to provision a new EC2 instance.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • My week in KDE: Hans and Fielding

          This week I mainly worked on Hans, a new little app, in fact, I’m writing this blog post using it!

        • Community Bonding GSoC 2022 – post #2

          ThisCommunity Bonding GSoC 2022 – post #2 is my second post during Google Summer of Code 2022.

          GSoC community bonding period ends tomorrow.

          During this time, I have tried playing around with LibQuotient by writing simple C++ apps to show details from a user’s account. (joined rooms, filtering out spaces etc)

        • The journey from Season of KDE to Google Summer of Code 2022

          When FOSS Overflow by IIT Bhilai, a nationwide open-source program in India, was about to end in January 2022, I was seeking new avenues in the world of Open Source just like a child mesmerized by some newly discovered activity. I googled “Open Source Programs” and the name of Season of KDE by KDE was amongst the top programs on Geeks for Geeks. I instantly tapped on the link, and the biggest glimmer of hope was that the applications for SOK 2022 were open.

          It was not the first time that I was endeavoring to create a proposal and I was confident because the rookie that I was, did not realize that it is not just the content of the proposal but also community engagement and past contributions that the organizations seek in an ideal

        • Akademy 2022 Call for Participation

          In case you missed it, Akademy is happening this year in Barcelona (and online) in October! That’s so soon!

          Do you know what’s even sooner? Closing time for the Call for Participation!

        • KDE Goals Retrospective: Apps

          Welcome to the final instalment of the KDE Goals retrospective interviews.

          Check out my interview with Aleix where we talk about the “KDE is All About the Apps” Goal and generally about the KDE Goals initiative.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 9to5LinuxCinnamon 5.4 Desktop Environment Released for Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa”

          Cinnamon 5.4 comes almost seven months after Cinnamon 5.2, which you’re currently using with your Linux Mint 20.3 “Una” installations, and it’s packed with a newer and more stable window manager and JavaScript interpreter rebased on a more modern version of GNOME’s Mutter window and composite manager, as well as the GJS JavaScript bindings for GNOME.

        • This Week in GNOME#47 Counting Items · This Week in GNOME

          Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from June 03 to June 10.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • DragonFly BSD DigestDragonFly 6.2.2 out – DragonFly BSD Digest

        Hopefully there’s a new ISO/img on the mirrors for DragonFly 6.2.2 by the time you read this – or you can just update your installation. The changelog is short, because this is a bugfix-level release. Also, don’t forget there’s a new set of binary packages out; update that too if you haven’t.

      • MidnightBSD 2.2

        I’m happy to announce the availability of MidnightBSD 2.2 for amd64 and i386. This release focused on updating third party software in the base system and some smaller enhancements.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Kubic Project Wound Down

        As previously discussed on the Kubic Project mailing lists, the Kubic Project is now officially wound down.

        Kubic is no longer available for download, and will no longer be maintained.

        openSUSE MicroOS, once an offshoot of the Kubic Project, will now take more of a prominent role for those of us contributing who previously needed to split our attention between them.

        Users wishing to run kubernetes workloads atop of an openSUSE base are recommended to install openSUSE MicroOS and then install k3s.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • UNIX CopRed Hat Enterprise Linux 9

        Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 can seamlessly be provisioned as a guest machine on a hypervisor such as KVM, and VMware, on a physical server, on the cloud, or run as a container built from Red Hat Universal Base Images (UBIs). Like its predecessor, RHEL 9 is available as part of the Red Hat Developer program subscription. This is a zero-cost offering of the Red Hat Developer program that is tailored for individual developers. It includes access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and many of its products.

        This announcement was made on 18th May 2022. The latest release is crafted to meet the needs of a hybrid cloud environment and can be readily deployed from the edge to the cloud.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Friday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-23

        Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

        I have weekly office hours on Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time) in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareT-Relay-8 – An ESP32 board with 8 relays

        LilyGo T-Relay-8 is an ESP32 WiFi & BLE board equipped with eight 5V relays supporting up to 250V AC or 28V DC, as well as 16-pin GPIO header for expansion. The board offers a more compact solution than the usual two-board setups with an ESP32 board and a separate 8-relay “Arduino” module, and also integrates optocouplers for improved safety.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • PoCL – Portable Computing Language | Portable Computing Language (pocl) v3.0 released

        Minimal OpenCL 3.0 feature set _should_ be now supported

        Official conformance stamp still to apply for.

        Support for Clang/LLVM 14

        LLVM 13 remains to be officially supported, but versions down to 6.0 might still work.

        Improved tracing and visualization

        Support for generating specialized work-group functions and include them in the PoCL kernel program binaries

        Fixed printf for SPIR-V

        A lot of other fixes and improvements

      • ESXi Host Uptime using PowerCLI – buildVirtual

        You can use PowerCLI to get the uptime of all your ESXi hosts quickly and easily. This is done by retrieving the boot time data hidden away in the information retrieved by the get-vmhost cmdlet.

      • Barry KaulerAarch64 complete recompile in OpenEmbedded

        I have designated this the “revision-5″ build. It is the same package versions used for Easy Dunfell 4.0 x86_64 — for x86_64, it has reached “revision-9″ build in OE.

        In total, 900 packages have been cross-compiled. Some failures:

        Package ‘libdv’ failed. this is a dependency of ‘mjpegtools’, which is a dependency of ‘lives’ video editor. As Lives is broken any way, when tried on the x86_64 platform, I’m not bothered, took out all three packages.

        Package ‘bogofilter’ filter failed. This is an optional dependency of ‘claws-mail’. I didn’t attempt to fix it, just took it out.

      • Prophesee Releases Its Event-Based Vision Software Suite for Free

        New release includes a complete set of Machine Learning tools, new key Open-Source modules, ready-to-use applications, and code samples and allows for completely free evaluation, development, and release of products with the included commercial license.

      • BSidesSF 2022 CTF: TODO List

        This year, I was the author of a few of our web challenges. One of those that gave both us (as administrators) and the players a few difficulties was “TODO List”.

        Upon visiting the application, we see an app with a few options, including registering, login, and support. Upon registering, we are presented with an opportunity to add TODOs and mark them as finished:

      • Perl / Raku

        • Get started with Perl v5.36

          Honestly speaking I never bothered about any of the Perl releases before. But Perl v5.36 is very special and close to me.

        • PerlCore Modules: filetest

          The filetest pragma modifies the behavior of the file test operators (a.k.a. the -X operators.) It has been in core since Perl 5.6.0.

          As of Perl 5.36.0 it still has only one sub-pragma, ‘access’, which applies to the -r, -w, -x, -R, -W, and -X tests. Normally, these tests only consider the mode bits returned by stat(), as discussed in my previous blog post, The File Access Operators: To Use, or Not to Use. But within the scope of use filetest ‘access’;, these tests consider not only the mode bits, but any ACLs (Access Control Lists) that may be applied to the file — at least, under POSIX systems. Under systems that do not implement access(), this sub-pragma does nothing.

      • Rust

        • Writing a simple time tracker in Rust

          Today was another Red Hat Day of Learning. Half a year ago I started learning Rust, but have not really done much with it since then. I did try to port simple-term, but that was quickly thwarted by the unmaintained and broken vte Rust binding for GTK3 – that issue is still way over my head, I didn’t make much progress after two hours of monkey patching.

          I have used gtimelog to track my work for my entire professional life (since 2004). I recently recommended it to my wife, but Because Reasons™ it does not run on her SLES work machine. She has used some simple CLI time tracking app, but isn’t satisfied with that. Thus here was the idea and motivation – let’s write a gtimelog-like CLI time tracker in Rust!

  • Leftovers

    • TediumFevers and Mirrors: Four Insights On the Art of Reflection

      I have to admit, my mind is kind of blown right now by the OpenAI technology Dall-E, which has gained major notice in recent days because of a site that has gone viral in recent days called Dall-E Mini. (I’ve already written about this technology elsewhere, and even started a meme account around it.) In many ways, AI-based images are something of a reflection on the world in which we live, fractured in ways that we could never truly comprehend. But that honestly makes them all the more mind-blowing if you ask me. So, in the spirit of reflection that this weird technology experiment reflects, here’s a four-part series on reflection, each part (of course) written with a time limit.

    • The Harsh reality of living offgrid.

      The amount of feedback I have recieved about living offgrid is far greater than anything else I have written. Because of this, I am going to take some time to lean into this subject, and in doing so, I intend to cut out as much bullshit as I can, and be completely real about it.
      Im going to tell you up front, some of the things I am going to say about living a self sustainable offgrid life will piss you off. And it should. If you are wondering why, let me summarize it this way: The most difficult part of living offgrid has nothing to do with the work, equipment, and life habits required to live off grid. In fact, that part is enjoyable, and rewarding. The harsh reality comes when you eventually realize that there are entire finacial and political systems that exist solely to prevent citizens from living in this way. When you break free from the system, the system doesnt like that.
      Let me put this in an even clearer way. Currently, with technology as it is, it is entirely possible to start small, and by being creative and frugal, build up sustainable systems that provide power, water, waste processing, and food production. And the greatest obstacle to accomplishing this is not financial, it is political.

    • Science

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareSTMicro VL53L8 multi-zone direct Time-of-Flight (dToF) sensor improves range and efficiency – CNX Software

        STMicro VL53L8 multi-zone direct Time-of-Flight (dToF) sensor doubles the ranging performance of VL53L5 sensor – up to 4 meters – or reduces the power consumption by half when operating in common conditions.

        STMicro ToF sensors are some of the most popular devices to accurately measure distance in real-time, and the earlier VL53L0X and VL53L1X sensors integrated a single photon avalanche diode. STMicro VL53L5 changed that with multi-zone support (up to 64 zones), and VL53L8 FlightSense sensor builds on the solution with improvements in terms of range and efficiency.

    • Proprietary

      • LinuxiacMicrosoft’s GitHub Retires Atom Source Code Editor in Favor of VS Code [Ed: Microsoft <3 (♥) Proprietary]

        Microsoft-owned GitHub will decommission the popular Atom open-source code editor on December 15, 2022.

        This is one of the sadder news stories we cover because it is about the purposeful termination of the lifecycle of open source software, beloved by many developers worldwide, in favor of Microsoft Visual Studio Code.

        Recently, Microsoft-owned GitHub announced it will sunset its popular Atom “hackable text editor” late this year. To be more precise, the date is December 15, 2022, when all GitHub Atom’s repositories and all other repositories remaining in the Atom organization will be archived.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The Register UKSingapore’s Grab enters maps-as-a-service market [Ed: Surveillance businesses 'dressed up' as car hitching]
        • Google harnesses Maps data as it enters last mile market [Ed: Maps have become almost synonym of surveillance]

          In an inefficient, costly and yet vital piece of the supply chain, Google saw an opportunity to capitalize on the capabilities of its Maps platform and jump into last mile services.

        • The Register UKFeds raid dark web market selling data on 24 million Americans [Ed: This market was not known as Facebook and it wasn't headed by Mark Zuckerberg, hence "bad"]

          US law enforcement has shut down another dark web market, seizing and dismantling SSNDOB, a site dealing in stolen personal information.

          Led by the IRS’ criminal investigation division, the DOJ, and the FBI, the investigation gained control of four of SSNDOB’s domains, hobbling its ability to generate cash. The agents said it raked in more than $19 million since coming online in 2015.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The Register UKSony launches a space laser subsidiary (for comms, not conflict) [Ed: A lot of "defence" budget is sunk into projects that can be spun as "entertainment" or "comms" when in fact the final outcome/product is funneled into military exploitation ("knowledge transfer")]

        Sony on Friday launched a subsidiary dedicated to optical communications – in space.

        The new company, Sony Space Communications Corporation (SSCC) plans to develop small optical communication devices that connect satellites in low Earth orbit using a laser beam, and provide the resulting connection as a service.

        These small devices can provide high speed communication more effectively than radio, because they do not need a large antenna, high power output or complicated licenses, said Sony in a canned statement.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Wait! What happened to RSS?! – Oli Warner

        While I was busy aging like soft cheese, someone killed-off RSS. It used to be everywhere. Now it’s gone; hidden or dead. How do you kids stay up to date with websites you like?

        I keep pushing a RSS feed but do you know what it does?
        How are websites supposed to advertise update-subscriptions?

        Really Simple Syndication was invented in the Cretaceous period, roughly 100 million years ago. It enabled websites’ fans to get updates, quickly and easily. It got used for everything else —and is still a fundamental part of podcasting— but it was a very serious part of keeping independent websites in touch with their user-bases.


        It’s super easy to blame “The Rise of Platforms”, but hard to ignore that the big desktop and mobile operating systems have done nothing to help. Browser vendors washed their hands of RSS. What’s especially galling is these companies run personalised news aggregation services, but none lets you add your own feeds. I’d think that each of them has a vested interest in reining back control of web consumption. Maybe the EU can mandate RSS support.

        I don’t have a high note to end on here. I stopped paying attention and the world changed on me, and I can’t figure out why. I just feel old.

Links 11/06/2022: WIPO Email System Not Working

Posted in News Roundup at 6:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • mintCast Pocast384.5 – New Linux Tech

        0:29 Linux Innards
        1:08:28 Vibrations From the Ether
        1:15:03 Check This Out
        41:09 Announcements

      • mintCast Pocast385.5 – The Debian Edition – mintCast

        0:48 Linux Innards
        33:54 Check This Out
        37:44 Announcements

        In our Innards section we discuss Linux Mint Debian Edition 5 “Elsie”

      • mintCast Pocast385 – I like my desktop the way I like my drink – mintCast

        First up in the news, Mint 21 will have a new graphical upgrade tool; Fedora plans to remove BIOS and XOrg; Gnome43 reworks adwaita tools; a Sony engineer makes exFAT 73% faster; and Alibaba previews a 128-core Armv9 server processor.

        Then in our Wanderings, Joe is Board of school runnings, Norbert is looking for a MATE, Moss blew up Kodi; and Bill is browsercasting.

      • HackadayEp 172: Frickin’ Laser Beams, Squishy Stomp Switches, And A Tiny But Powerful DIY Loom

        Join Hackaday Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Assignments Editor Kristina Panos for a free-as-in-beer showcase of the week’s most gnarly but palatable hacks. But first, a reminder! Round 2 of the 2022 Hackaday Prize comes to an end in the early hours of Sunday, June 12th, so there’s still enough time to put a project together and get it entered.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Debian Family

      • WIPO UDRP Response (Private & Confidential)

        Debian Community News is sharing our response to the WIPO UDRP harassment from Jonathan Cohen, Charles Fussell.

        The response contains a number of confidential emails, including one from the missing Arjen Kamphuis and we hoped to send it directly to the administrative panel.

        We believe our response is so strong that Debian Project Leader Jonathan Carter will totally capitulate and withdraw the complaint from WIPO. If he withdraws the complaint, we believe he must resign as DPL.

        Corruption in the WIPO email systems

        Unfortunately, there are problems with the WIPO mail servers. When we previously tried to communicate with WIPO by email, we received errors like this:

        : host mx10.unicc.org[] refused to talk
            to me: 554 Blocked - see https://ipcheck.proofpoint.com/?ip=

        Do we have to go to Geneva and pay somebody a bribe just to accept our response?

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • HackadayOdd Inputs And Peculiar Peripherals: The Simplest Of Pi 400 Cyberdecks

        The trend for making cyberdecks has seen the Raspberry Pi emerge as a favourite for these home-made computer workstations, with the all-in-one Raspberry Pi 400 providing a particularly handy shortcut to integrating the computer and keyboard components. There’s still the question of the cyberdeck chassis and screen though, and it’s one that [bobricius] has answered in what may be the simplest manner possible, by means of a riser PCB from the expansion port holding a 320×240 SPI display.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Access/Content

        • The Myth of Shared Common Knowledge

          Often, I’ve thought about the move towards discrete forms of communication. The idea of all the pertinent points of a certain *conversation context* being apparent within the *discrete* conversation itself fascinates me. To achieve such a thing, all or most exterior information would need to be reiterated. By *reiterated*, I mean that whereas many points would be known from a context outside of the *discrete* conversation, such as from past conversations, hearsay, gossip or even cultural myth, **all** would need to be concretely reiterated.

          In most conversation, contextual clues are omitted. Events that are ostensibly known to participants are glossed over or unspoken. Contrastingly, a *discrete* conversation could be packaged up as its own entity and be understood once again in any future context. In the current epoch of communication via messages which are “eternally” saved in some clunky server apparatus sitting in a damp basement in České Budějovice, forcing participants to remain within bounds of *discrete* conversation would simplify comprehension for anyone caring to take a look in the future.

          Nothing would be left for a participant to guess at or assume. The chance of miscommunication is diminished, or perhaps entirely avoided.

  • Leftovers

    • FAIRPolitico Paints Gen X as ‘Trumpiest Generation’—on Flimsiest Evidence

      A recent Politico article (5/20/22) had the headline, “How Gen X Became the Trumpiest Generation.” Yet the article’s focus seems to be mostly on Iowa state Rep. Cherielynn (“Cherie”) Westrich, a former rock singer who got into politics at age 50 as a solid supporter of Donald Trump.

    • HackadayAn Interesting Circular Stewart Platform

      Stewart platforms are pretty neat, and not seen in the wild all that often, perhaps because there aren’t a vast number of hacker-friendly applications that need quite this many degrees of freedom within such a restricted movement range. Anyway, here’s an interesting implementation from the the curiously named [Circular-Base-Stewart-Platform] YouTube channel (no, we can’t find the designer’s actual name) with a series of videos from a few years ago, showing the construction and operation of such a beast. This is a very neat mechanism comprised of six geared motors on the end of arms, engaging with a large internal gear. The common end of each arm rides on the central shaft, each with its own bearing. With the addition of the usual six linkages, twelve ball joints, and a few brackets, a complete platform is realised.

    • Counter Punch“Blood on the Scarecrow”: John Mellencamp, the Death of the Family Farmer, and the “Free Market”

      The decimation of the family farmer and ruination of the rich land, however, did not elicit sweetness in Mellencamp’s music. Resembling a monstrous storm system, the 1980s brought devastation to small and midlevel farmers via a convergence and confluence of factors from Wall Street, the Federal Reserve, the international export market, and Washington, D.C. Throughout the Midwest, by the early 1980s, the value of farmland had fallen by 60 percent because of a drop in agricultural need and increased production. Jason Manning, a historian at Southern Illinois University, summarizes the cruel jokes and awful coincidences that collaborated to kill the family farmer:

      Farm foreclosures rose with the same velocity and rapidity as the price of the crops on those farms plummeted. The boots bruising the farmers already on the ground came from a simultaneously dysfunctional and disengaged federal government. President Reagan claimed a “free market” philosophy to excuse policy indifference in the face of citizen collapse. So-called “faith” in the market’s corrective measures compelled Reagan to sleep on the sofa while the roof off the house started burning. The Ayn Rand–inspired surrender to the “invisible hand”—to use Adam Smith’s term—proved to be cynical maneuvering to disguise corporate favoritism. Due to old laws legislators wrote during the Great Depression, which Reagan made no attempt to correct, modify, or destroy, substantial subsidies went to agribusinesses and factory farms. Large corporations, already unaffected by the Midwest farm crisis, received millions in governmental aid that could have gone to families facing foreclosure, bankruptcy, and homelessness.

    • Hackaday3D-Printed Lobe Pump Shifts Water Well

      Lobe pumps are perhaps most popularly known for their use in Rootes-type superchargers, but they can pump water, too. [Let’s Print] demonstrates this ably with a 3D-printed design that can pump with the best of them. 

    • Science

      • Counter PunchPolar Scientist Explains Peril of Thwaites

        Scambos is a lead principal investigator for the Science Coordination Office of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (SCO project). How many glaciers in the world have a team of scientists dedicated to an international collaborative research effort?

        Answer: Thwaites is the single most dominate factor influencing the integrity (survival) of every coastal city in the world, and it is clearly at risk.

      • Common Dreams‘Unknown Territory’: Antarctic Glaciers Melting at Rate Unprecedented in 5,500 Years: Study

        The human-caused climate crisis is pushing crucial glaciers in Antarctica to lose ice at a rate not seen in more than 5,000 years, according to a new study published Thursday.

        Researchers at the University of Maine, the British Antarctic Survey, and Imperial College London found that the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could cause global sea level rise of up to 3.4 meters, or over 11 feet, in the next several centuries due to their accelerated rate of ice loss.

    • Education

      • Counter PunchWe’re Not Sophisticated Enough to Have Public Schooling

        What else can be said about a nation devoid of substantive dialogue on pertinent issues of education, but brimming with ideas about how to arm educators, ban books, and outlaw select curriculum? Over the last two centuries, public schools in the U.S. have strayed from the locally controlled laboratories of democracy that Horace Mann and John Deweyenvisioned; discussions about curriculum have been reduced to vapid partisan debates, and teachers have been transformed from professionals who empower democratic citizens to overworked and poorly paid employees tasked with serving management.

        The professional neutering of educators was made possible by national education policies such as No Child Left Behind and Common Core which promised – but did not deliver – improved student learning. Instead, these policies disempowered teachers and created a nation of bubble fillers: citizens who can make the best choice when given a limited set of options. Such skills will prove useful to students who engage in America’s defunct electoral system, but they will have little applicability elsewhere. Regardless, the public was led to support these corrosive education policies thanks to slick propaganda such as the federal government’s 1983 report Nation at Risk, the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman, and the former Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools Michelle Rhee, who oversaw the collection of questionable if not outright false data to justify a national campaign to disempower teacher unions and public schools.

      • The NationWhat Online Learning Taught Me

        I was having a wonderful week until I heard these words from my eighth-grade science teacher: “If you haven’t heard about Covid-19, cases are rising so there’s a possible chance we’ll be out of school, and if it gets worse, we might not come back.” My friends and I didn’t seem to pay attention until she gave us all a packet of homework.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | What Does It Mean That Women Now Dominate Higher Education?

        In the last week of her life, my mother extracted a promise from me. “Make sure,” she said, “that Orion goes to college.”

    • Hardware

      • HackadaySimple Snap Action Mechanism Is 100% 3D Printed

        Plastics are wonderous materials, much loved for their ability to elastically deform and spring back to their original shape. They’re a category of materials perfect for creating things like living hinges and similar mechanisms, and this 3D-printed snap action device shows that off admirably.

      • HackadayMaking A Projector Screen Out Of Flex Seal Works Okay, Kinda

        Watching movies on the big screen is fun, but getting out to the cinema or drive-in can be a hassle. It’s possible to get the same experience at home with a little creativity, as shown in this DIY projector screen build by [The Hook Up].

      • HackadayThe Unique Challenges Of Aerial Robotics

        When we think of robotics, the first thing that usually comes to mind for many of us is some sort of industrial arm that’s bolted to the floor, or perhaps a semi-autonomous rover trudging its way across the dusty Martian landscape. While these two environments are about as different as can be, the basic “rules” are pretty much the same. Being on firm ground ground gives the robot a clear understanding of its position and orientation, which greatly simplifies tasks such as avoiding collisions or interacting with nearby objects.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • Krebs On SecurityAdconion Execs Plead Guilty in Federal Anti-Spam Case

        At the outset of their federal criminal trial for hijacking vast swaths of Internet addresses for use in large-scale email spam campaigns, three current or former executives at online advertising firm Adconion Direct (now Amobee) have pleaded guilty to lesser misdemeanor charges of fraud and misrepresentation via email.

    • Security

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common Dreams‘Step Up or Get Out of the Way,’ Say Organizers Ahead of June 11 March for Our Lives

        Amid seemingly intractable legislative inertia after the latest of thousands of U.S. mass shootings, youth-led activists are set to reprise the 2018 March for Our Lives protest against gun violence and congressional inaction with events in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of cities and towns in the United States and abroad this Saturday, June 11.

        “The ‘solutions’ of arming teachers, bulletproof doors, all that stuff: It’s nonsense.”

      • The NationWhy the Spirit of June 12, 1982, Matters

        Forty years, and the memory is as vivid as ever. It was a beautiful spring day. The United Nations Second Special Session on Disarmament was about to get underway, and we were determined to be heard. The arms race had to stop, we said; nuclear weapons had to be abolished—and instead of endlessly pouring extravagant amounts of money into military budgets, it was time to put our national treasury to use meeting the needs of our communities.1Leslie Cagan served as the coordinator of the June 12, 1982, mobilization.

      • The NationShon Miller: Portrait of a Mass Killer as a Human Being

        In the Treatment Center unit at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, opposite from only slightly bleaker Hospice Unit across the hall, I’ve been visiting with Shon Miller regularly for nearly two decades. Shon, chronically ill in a hospital bed from osteomyelitis and, relatedly, paraplegic from police gunfire, always greets me with an enormous, toothy smile and refers to me as “Mr. Billy,” though I have told him for many years that he can drop the “Mister.” He asks after my wife and daughters and reminds me to treasure them. He wants to hear about the lawyers and investigators who once worked on his case: “How’s Ms. Lucy? What about Ms. Cassy? I haven’t heard from her since last Christmas when I got a card.”

      • Meduza‘Defending the Donbas is one thing. Bombing Kyiv is another’ Russia’s Communist Party officially supports the war against Ukraine. But its younger members are speaking out.

        Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine provoked a wave of backlash among members of the Communist Party (KPRF). Communist legislators from regional parliaments and members of the party’s youth organization have publicly spoken out against the war, condemning it as “imperialist” and contrary to Marxist-Leninist principles. While some have quit the KPRF in protest, others have been expelled for breaching “party discipline.” Meduza looked into what’s happening inside the KPRF’s regional branches and learned why some of Russia’s Communists oppose the war against Ukraine.

      • Counter PunchWe Are Failing Survivors of Domestic Violence

        But the impact will stay with us for years to come. Over the past several weeks, the internet became a toxic platform for survivors of domestic abuse as people trivialized, harassed, and threatened Amber Heard.

        As a social worker who works with survivors of gender-based violence, I often hear how difficult it is for my clients to come forward because they fear nobody will believe them. The highly public shaming of Ms. Heard could make that much worse.

      • Counter PunchBiden Refuses to Mention the Worsening Dangers of Nuclear War. Media and Congress Enable His Silence

        You might think that the risks of global nuclear annihilation would merit at least a few of the more than 25,000 words officially released on Biden’s behalf during the 100 days since his dramatic speech to a joint session of Congress. But an evasive pattern began from the outset. While devoting much of that speech to the Ukraine conflict, Biden said nothing at all about the heightened risks that it might trigger the use of nuclear weapons.

        A leader interested in informing the American people rather than infantilizing them would have something to say about the need to prevent nuclear war at a time of escalating tensions between the world’s two nuclear superpowers. A CBS News poll this spring found that the war in Ukraine had caused 70 percent of adults in the U.S. to be worried that it could lead to nuclear warfare.

      • Counter PunchFeeling Hopeless? That’s a Start! Lessons From a Long Marriage

        Society’s terrifying plunge into divisiveness, brutality, violence, ongoing habitat destruction, species extinction now moving at warp speed – all is beginning to feel inevitable. I recognize inevitability, along with all the valid-sounding excuses that go with it, from a particular viewpoint, having experienced it interpersonally, in my marriage with Orin, and eluded its fatalism many times over. As long as love remains unreal, which is to say, as long as the god Eros stays within the bounds we assign to him, with its winners and losers, the plunge into fragmentation and chaos is inevitable. Love’s power is only found in honesty. Hopelessness has to be confessed in order for love to do it’s work.

        These thoughts came to me as Orin and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary Memorial Day weekend. Bringing my marriage into this conversation may appear as absurd as bringing love into it. But if I’m to stick to honesty, grounding my political opinion in non-negotiable reality, it is relevant. No longer are marriage or staying married, or even monogamy required in order to avoid social disapproval. It’s all good, as we say. But if we are going to drop our white man’s forked tongue when we talk about returning to local, sustainable living within our true pluralistic condition, about withdrawing from the system bent on catastrophe and building the new, etc., won’t commitments, vows, covenants become once again relevant? Won’t archaic qualities of loyalty, preservation, patience, forgiveness, etc, have to come back into vogue? But, in the society we have, shaped by secular liberal culture and its ever-expanding freedoms, such voluntary circumscription is unimaginable.

      • Counter PunchBlack Children are Disproportionately Harmed by Extremist Gun Rights Policies in the US

        Dozens and dozens of other countries are able to craft a balance between public safety and gun rights, but not the US. Only in two countries in the world can a teenager legally acquire a semi-automatic rifle without a license: the US and Yemen. In Philadelphia, teens say that it is easier to get a gun than cigarettes. With each passing year in the US, there are more guns and fewer gun safety regulations. Just last year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott approved a law which allows Texans to carry a handgun in public without a license or training.

        In most of the world, there are common sense gun safety policies which contribute to lower rates of gun violence. Figure 1 illustrates that the US gun homicide rate is a multiple of the rate in most other countries. Of the nine countries selected to illustrate the range of deviation between the US and the world, the closest is Nigeria. Still, the US firearm homicide rate is roughly twice Nigeria’s. It is nine times the rate in Senegal. The worst comparison for the US is Japan. The US rate is over 200 times the rate in Japan. There are over a hundred other countries with lower rates of gun violence than the US. In other words, there are a plethora of other examples of how to craft more sensible gun safety policies.

      • Counter PunchIreland’s New Drive to Join NATO

        After securing independence from British rule, Ireland embraced a policy of military neutrality to avoid fighting in imperialist wars. However, because the Irish elite embraced the British model, Ireland found a place in the pan-European sphere of accumulation. The Irish state has already disgraced those who fought against British imperialism by striving for full integration into this sphere, which was once led by Britain and has been led by the United States since the end of the Second World War. Joining NATO would be a full abandonment of its anticolonial history.

        In Sidecar, Lili Lynch recently broke down the problematic nature of Finland and Sweden’s desire to join NATO. She wrote that, for Sweden, “joining the West” means “binding oneself to a US-led power bloc and simultaneously doing away with any nominally socialist institutions – a process that has already been underway for decades.” For Ireland, it means binding oneself and doing away with any nominal claim to anticolonial legitimacy. With this motion, the Irish state is not only abandoning the rest of the colonial world but actively seeking to solidify its position of colonial superiority.

      • Counter PunchHow Long Will We Sacrifice Our Kids to the Paranoia of the Gun Lobby?

        In the days following the horrific school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, firearm stocks rose. Gun buyers, conditioned to fear new restrictions, tend to run out and buy more weapons after shootings like this one.

        They seem to believe that lawmakers will respond to mass shootings by making it harder to buy a gun. After all, when other consumer products are found to be a danger to humans, they’re regulated.

      • The NationIt’s Time for Democrats to Stop “Clapping for Tinkerbell”

        There have been at least 30 mass shootings since 19 children and two teachers were murdered at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., on May 24. While Americans contend with their collective grief, national gun-control organizations have called for a wave of lobbying and peaceful protest, embracing the Tinkerbell theory of political action.1

      • Counter PunchCold War 2.0: Trauma and Nostalgia

        If you didn’t live through these actual events and have only heard about them or read historical narratives, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 is part of the West’s collective memory. Despite the euphoria at the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cold War never ended. As the United States continues to send more and more upgraded weapons to Ukraine and with Sweden and Finland knocking on the door of NATO, we are fast approaching Cold War 2.0.

        Collective memory should never be ignored. In 2005, Vladimir Putin said about the 1900’s: “The collapse of the Soviet Union was the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” Greater than the two world wars in which tens of millions of Russians died? Evidently it was for him. In the United States, the Civil War continues, with Southern states only recently being ordered to take down their Confederate flags over 100 years after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House in April 1865.

      • Counter PunchA Spanish Court Calls: Mike Pompeo, We Want You

        The security firm is said to have been hired by US intelligence operatives to monitor Julian Assange and his associates during his time in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.  In all likelihood, if we are to take the evidence of UC Global’s former head of operations, Michel Wallemacq, seriously, Ecuador’s intelligence services were also involved.

        The allegations were given a very dramatic airing in the initial extradition trial of Assange at the Old Bailey in London, when two former UC Global employees were called to testify for the defence.  One of the two gave testimony on the rather seedy task of pilfering “a nappy of a baby which according to the company’s security personnel deployed at the embassy, regularly visited Mr Assange”.

      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: Putin and Peter the Great

        During my days in Moscow, I had no fixed itinerary of where to ride my bike or what to see. The weather, chilly with fleeting moments of sun and clouds, made it nicer to ride around than to pause at some of the city’s outdoor cafés (most are around Red Square). Had I been forced to ride on the roads, I am sure I would have given up on the bicycle, as Moscow traffic is as aggressive as the country’s foreign policy, and as deadly. But with the city’s expansive sidewalks open to cyclists, I was free to go anywhere, and never once did I draw a scowl from the police or other Moscow justices of the peace.

        With Russia now laying waste to Ukraine, I think back on my Moscow bicycle days as if they took place in a time warp. I no more thought of the city as the capital of evil than, for example, I did of Washington, when I went there during the halcyon days of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. At the same time, there was a foreboding coloring my visit to Moscow.

      • TruthOutUvalde Hires More Police After 60 Cops Took 77 Minutes to Act in School Shooting
      • Counter PunchPutin Comes Out of the Imperialist Closet
      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: The Politics of Limbo

        + Though the exploding head tests were enough to convince Defense Secretary Robert McNamara to rush the rifle into mass production, the results were almost certainly cooked. The AR-15/M-16 was never a match for the AK-47. In the humid and wet conditions of Vietnam, the M-16 tended to corrode and rust. It routinely jammed and misfired. Many grunts in that war started using AK-47 taken from captured or killed Vietnamese soldiers.  “We called it the Mattel 16 because it was made of plastic. At that time it was a piece of garbage,” according to former Marine Jim Wodecki.  (See: Misfire: the Tragic Failure of the M16 in Vietnam by Bob Orkund and Lymon Dureya.)

        + Dr. Roy Guerrero, a pediatrician who treated the victims at the emergency room of Uvalde’s hospital, testifying before Congress on what he saw: “Two children, whose bodies had been so pulverized by the bullets fired at them, over and over again, decapitated, whose flesh had been so ripped apart, that the only clue to their  identities was their blood-spattered cartoon clothes still clinging to them, clinging for life and finding none.”

      • Counter PunchThe Other Reason for Putin’s Rush to War:  Russian Oil Dependency

        Harvey concluded in her article that Europe’s dependency on Russian oil and gas exports had allowed Putin to weaponize those assets, but argued that this did not cause the war, a logic that recurs in media accounts. But the quandary remains: Why would a calculating politician like Putin put his lucrative oil and gas trade with Europe at risk by resorting to war? This article examines the chronic weaknesses of Russia’s own petro-state to offer an alternative context on Putin’s turn to war, as well as strategies that might help end the war.

        On the one hand, Russia is a hydrocarbon powerhouse – second only to the United States and Saudi Arabia, but internal contradictions have long plagued the nation’s rise to world-class status.  Energy scholars often refer to a “resource curse” that plagues many petro-states. In short, to build your economy too tightly around oil and gas is a very bad idea for democracy and social development.  All that revenue flowing in can fuel corruption, while the magic of black gold leads politicians to neglect other sectors of the economy.

      • Counter PunchAgainst Outrageous Stupidity: From WMD to Woman Erasing “Wokeness”

        Dubya’s Criminal and Moronic “Mission Accomplished from God”

        I will never forget George W “Is We Reading Yet?” Bush walking down the long red White House carpet and screwing up his idiot face to order the criminal, mass-murderous, and imperialist invasion of Iraq on the basis of the openly false and idiotic claims that Iraq (a) menaced the US and the world with weapons of mass destruction and (b) was allied with Al Qaeda. Bush Junior later had to change his “justification” for the Crime of the Millennium to the equally moronic claim that the US had invaded Iraq to spread freedom and democracy.

      • Counter PunchMoral Crusade or Class Interest? Does the US Working Class Have a Material Interest in Ukraine?

        Moral Crusades and Cold Wars

        Popular support for US involvement in Ukraine is based on a persuasive moral crusade most forcefully advanced by Joe Biden and other leading Democrats. Biden’s speech in Poland was one of those defining moments framing future wars as a repeat of past ones. On behalf of the “Free World,” Biden placed Ukraine “on the front lines” in “the perennial struggle for democracy and freedom.”

      • Counter PunchWestern Sanctions on Russia and Belarus Starve the World

        And then there’s the Scylla and Charybdis facing Global South leaders: violate western sanctions, somehow import Russian wheat and get clobbered financially and politically by the U.S. and EU or don’t import and let the people starve. In fact, this exact, awful choice smacked 14 countries in the face in mid-May. That’s when the U.S. claimed that Russian ships with “stolen Ukrainian grain” had sailed.  Washington announced this to mostly African nations. What were those African leaders supposed to do? Vainly try to refute the claim or refuse the wheat and let people die slow, agonizing deaths from hunger? Meanwhile, western propaganda, aka the mainstream media, shrieks with hysterical pugnacity about Russia using food as a weapon of war. Quite a racket Washington has going, based on lies, coercion and extortion; a horrible counterpoint to the needless slaughter of Ukrainian troops – needless, because Kiev’s patron, the U.S., could speed the end of this promiscuous death by promoting peace negotiations. Biden refuses to do this. Despite his recent murmurings about a negotiated settlement, one doesn’t get the feeling Biden has yet put any oomph into it.

        Russia, like the U.S. before it in Iraq in 2003, started a ghastly war. But Moscow was most surely, most deliberately provoked by NATO and the U.S. – unlike the U.S.’s many wars of choice in this century. Any equivalence to Moscow’s invasion, despite western hocus pocus about Russia expanding its quondam empire, is astonishing hogwash. However dreadful Russia’s war in Ukraine, what the U.S. did in Iraq was worse. How did Baghdad provoke Washington in 2003? Did it array troops on the border of North Dakota and dispatch battleships to the Gulf of Mexico? Did it threaten to ally with Mexico and reconquer Texas? Did it support over eight years a Mexican slaughter of 14,000 residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, as Ukraine did to the citizens of the Donbas? No. Iraq was thousands of miles away from the U.S. and posed zero threat to this country, as Washington’s mendacious rulers knew all too well.

      • Democracy Now“Bullshit”: Bill Barr & Ivanka Trump Told House Jan. 6 Probe They Didn’t Believe Stolen Election Lies

        Donald Trump “engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information to convince huge portions of the U.S. population that fraud had stolen the election from him,” Congressmember Liz Cheney, vice chair of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack, said during Thursday’s primetime hearing. “This was not true.” We air excerpts from her presentation, which included a new video of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner dismissing concerns about the campaign to overturn the 2020 election as mere “whining.”

      • Democracy Now“Attempted Coup”: First Public Jan. 6 Hearing Puts Trump at Center of Plan to Overturn 2020 Election

        The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection held its first public hearing Thursday night, televised in primetime by all major networks except Fox News. We spend the hour featuring excerpts from the hearing, starting with Committee Chair Bennie Thompson’s opening statement, in which he argued January 6 was the “culmination of an attempted coup” by Donald Trump, comparing the insurrection to the ransacking of Washington, D.C., by British forces more than two centuries ago.

      • Common DreamsJanuary 6 Hearing Spotlights Trump-Led “Conspiracy to Overthrow the Will of the American People”

        The previously unseen video footage, testimony, and documentary evidence presented during a primetime U.S. House hearing Thursday night made the case that the January 6 assault on the Capitol last year was part of an organized attempt—spearheaded by former President Donald Trump—to subvert the results of the 2020 election and install an illegitimate government.

        Aired live by virtually every major news network except Fox News, the most-watched channel in the United States, the hearing opened with a statement from the chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, which has been wielding congressional authority to probe the 2021 insurrection and the role that Trump, his White House staff, his outside allies, and Republican lawmakers played in the violent attempt to prevent certification of President Joe Biden’s election win.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Insurrection Isn’t Over: January 6 Hearings Reveal Threat of Future Election Violence

        As the hearings of the special House Committee investigating the insurrection on Jan 6, 2021 get under way this week, a wide array of organizations and experts are weighing in on the importance of these hearings, and their potential impact on the public’s understanding of the events surrounding the insurrection. These are important points because too many of us have a warped view of what actually happened that day. But opinion about the past is going to be hard to change.

      • TruthOutIvanka Trump Told Jan. 6 Committee She No Longer Believes Election Was Stolen
      • TruthOutJan. 6 Hearings Offer Damning Evidence of “Culmination of an Attempted Coup”
      • The NationDonald Trump Did It. Will He Be Punished?

        If a hearing falls in prime time, but it isn’t shown on Fox, does it make a sound?

      • The NationCan the January 6 Hearings Convince the One Person Who Matters Most?

        The public hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol got underway last night. It’s a television show, and self-consciously so. The first day’s hearings were broadcast in prime time, and the committee consulted a television news producer about its presentation. Instead of the usual congressional format where witnesses are asked questions in five-minute increments by a rotating cast of House members, the committee adopted a narrative style for the proceedings and included a lot of pre-made videos. Watching it was more like watching a “true crime” drama on a network like Investigation Discovery than watching a normal congressional hearing on C-SPAN.

      • Common Dreams‘Who Were They?’ Jan. 6 Panel to Name Republicans Who Sought Pardons From Trump

        “Ok, we know Scott Perry. Who were the other members of Congress who asked Trump for a pardon?”

        “We look forward to all participants in this insurrection being held accountable.”

    • Environment

      • The RevelatorThe South’s Hidden Climate Threat
      • TruthOutClimate Change Was Already Causing Hunger to Spike. Then Russia Invaded Ukraine.
      • Counter PunchAssault From Below: Why Antarctica’s Riskiest Glacier is Losing Its Grip

        But as you approach the edge of the ice sheet, a sense of tremendous underlying power emerges. Cracks appear in the surface, sometimes organized like a washboard, and sometimes a complete chaos of spires and ridges, revealing the pale blue crystalline heart of the ice below.

        As the plane flies lower, the scale of these breaks steadily grows. These are not just cracks, but canyons large enough to swallow a jetliner, or spires the size of monuments. Cliffs and tears, rips in the white blanket emerge, indicating a force that can toss city blocks of ice around like so many wrecked cars in a pileup. It’s a twisted, torn, wrenched landscape. A sense of movement also emerges, in a way that no ice-free part of the Earth can convey – the entire landscape is in motion, and seemingly not very happy about it.

      • Energy

        • DeSmogBP and Shell Pension Schemes Still Lack Net Zero Targets Despite Company Pledges

          Pension schemes run by BP and Shell have yet to bring in net zero targets for their investment portfolios despite the fossil fuel giants’ “green” marketing, new analysis has found. 

          The report, from the Make My Money Matter campaign, casts further doubt on the companies’ climate commitments, after experts have found the companies’ own net zero goals to be insufficient.

        • Counter PunchThe Role of Energy in Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

          In a YouTube video posted in May, Stremousov stated his intention to have Kherson join Russia, declaring, “We will integrate as much as possible into the Russian Federation. All those citizens in the Kherson region will have the right to obtain Russian citizenship [and] Russian passports so they can be a part of a state that has the potential to provide stable social assistance and security.”

          Official annexation, like in Crimea, would play into the Kremlin’s strategy of highlighting the local support for Russia in southeastern Ukraine and portraying Ukraine’s government as ineffective across much of its border region. Additionally, Russia would likely use annexation to legitimize nationalizing the valuable Ukrainian energy infrastructure that Russia currently holds.

        • DeSmogAmerica Does Not Need More LNG Export Terminals

          When I look out my window here in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, I see hundreds of marsh birds: ospreys, pelicans, ducks, ibis, terns, roseate spoonbills — beautiful wildlife that now is under attack, as in many areas along the Gulf Coast.

        • The NationThe Price of Gas
    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Latin American Leaders Should Stand Up for People, Not American Neoliberalism

        Each Summit of the Americas, like the one taking place in Los Angeles June 6-10, offers an opportunity for people from Latin America and the Caribbean to assess the state of unity—or division—in the face of U.S. imperialism and corporate power.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | These Trump-Led Seditionists Must Be Punished in Court—and at the Ballot Box

        “I have said that any man who attempted by force or unparliamentary disorder to obstruct or interfere with the lawful count of the electoral vote should be lashed to the muzzle of a twelve-pounder gun and fired out of a window.” —General Winfield Scott, 1861

      • Common DreamsReported End to Facebook’s ‘Murky’ Deals With News Giants Sparks Call for ‘Truly Fair Marketplace’

        Press freedom and antitrust advocates on Friday derided both Facebook and corporate media beneficiaries of the tech titan’s multimillion dollar spending spree following reporting that the company is rethinking its investments amid increasing regulatory pressures and a shift away from news partnerships.

        “For years, Facebook has sucked advertising dollars away from newspapers and news magazines.”

      • Common DreamsNation ‘On the Precipice… of Fascism,’ Warns Ocasio-Cortez

        Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned Thursday night that the U.S. stands “on the precipice… of fascism” and that an attack on the Capitol like the one that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021 could happen again.

        Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) comments in an Instagram Live video followed the first prime-time hearing held by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

      • The NationThe Real Problem With Dianne Feinstein Isn’t Her Age

        In the last decade of the Cold War, triumphalist anti-communists often gloated over the fact that the Soviet Union had degenerated into a gerontocracy. To be sure, the United States was presided over by a doddering Ronald Reagan, but he was surrounded by a staff, and a cabinet that was reasonably robust. The Politburo, by contrast, seemed to offer up nothing but sickly and wheezing old men, whose occasional disappearance from public life was unconvincingly ascribed to a cold.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Restoring the Voting Rights of Disenfranchised Ex-Felons’ This Midterm Elections

        In recent years, voting rights advocates and state lawmakers have made significant strides in restoring voting rights to U.S. citizens with felony convictions.

      • Counter PunchStaying in an abusive political relationship

        A lot of people seem to have a similar relationship with the Democratic Party. Sure, they say, the Democratic Party has lied to us over and over—about stopping Climate Change, about offering Americans a public option for health care, about fixing our broken immigration system, about reinstating the assault weapons ban, about getting money out of politics, about passing gun control, etc., etc., but they are really nice people! They recycle, most of them! They support bike lanes, some of them!

        Sure the Democrats have abandoned the working class and sold out to Wall Street, but it could be a lot worse! Remember Donald Trump? Remember how he tried to build a wall across the Mexican Border, much like the wall Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, and Hillary Clinton voted for?

      • Common DreamsBiden Condemned Inside and Outside ‘Summit of Exclusion’

        U.S. President Joe Biden was openly rebuked on Thursday by some of the Western Hemisphere’s leaders over his decision to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela from this week’s Summit of the Americas, while outside, progressive activists continue to hold protests and teach-ins.

        “The countries in the world are saying: Look, we are sick of this.”

      • Counter PunchBiden of Arabia

        Since 2015, the US has aided and abetted the Saudi-led coalition (“SLC”) at war in Yemen with intelligence sharing, logistics, target spotting, arms sales, replacement spare parts for coalition warplanes, and (until November 2018) in-flight refueling for coalition warplanes.  Neither Obama, Trump, nor Biden sought congressional approval for the US role in the war.  Jayapal and DeFazio wrote in The Nation in February that US involvement in Yemen is in “clear violation of Article I of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which grants Congress the power to declare war and authorize US military involvement.”

        This is the third attempt to enact a War Powers Resolution to end US assistance to the Saudi-led military coalition which has been destroying Yemen for the past seven years.  The Senate tabled an earlier WPR in March 2018.  Congress passed a WPR for Yemen in 2019, but it was vetoed by President Trump.

      • Counter PunchAll the Wrong Moves: Biden’s China Policy

        The headlines in the United States have all been about Ukraine, inflation and gun violence. Biden’s trip was designed to prove that the United States is in fact focused on one thing above all: China, China, China.

        The strengthened alliance with South Korea is a signal to Beijing that the more accommodating era of the Moon Jae-in administration is over. The Quad meetings are part of a strategy of countering China’s ambitions in the region including its ports and bases along the Asian littoral. And the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is a deliberate effort to roll back China’s considerable economic ties with its neighbors.

      • TruthOutMega-Donors Have Given $284+ Million to Super PACs Ahead of Midterms
      • Counter PunchColombia Needs Democracy, Plain and Simple: An Interview With María José Pizarro

        Petro and Márquez will now enter a second round of voting against the far-right ticket of Rodolfo Hernández and Marelen Castillo on June 19. Opinion polls suggest it will be a close race between the two tickets, although there are fears that the right-wing will interfere, possibly with violence, to prevent a left-wing victory in Colombia.

        The last few times that the left came near the Palacio de Nariño, where the president works and lives, violent outbreaks during the election process put that possibility to rest.

      • TruthOutAOC Calls Out GOP for Downplaying January 6 After Seeking Pardons for Attack
      • Telex (Hungary)Ryanair and the Hungarian government face off about extra profit tax
      • Counter PunchBrazil, Amazon, World: God’s Necropolitics

        Yet it’s not just about greed for gold but part of a terrible worldwide pattern that has a more acute and visible form in Bolsonaro’s Brazil. In the city of Umbaúba—two years to the day after George Floyd was asphyxiated by a white police officer in Minneapolis—a Black motorcyclist Genivaldo de Jesus Santos, 38, was stopped by five highway police. Although they were told by witnesses that he had been diagnosed as having schizophrenia, they pepper sprayed him, kicked him, stamped on his head, shoved him into the back of a police car, and then threw a gas bomb inside. When Genivaldo stopped struggling and screaming, the police drove off with him. He was dead on arrival at the hospital, but the police report said he “became unwell” on the way to the police station. Genivaldo de Jesus Santos was murdered one day after police raided the Vila Cruzeiro favela in Rio de Janeiro and killed 26 people, and one year after a raid on the Jacarezinho favela in which at least 28 people were executed. Such lethal police violence is commonplace, and to such an extent that the Brazilian Forum of Public Security estimates that police (Rio’s best “social insecticide”according to one police commander) killed 6,416 people in 2020, 80% of them Black: almost 18 people per day, 14 of them Black.

        Indigenous people. Black people. Favela dwellers. LGBTQI+ community. Brazil has the highest number of homicides in the world, most of them hate crimes against certain groups. In 2017, a transgender woman, Dandara dos Santos was lynched by eight adults and four adolescents and then shot in Fortaleza, Ceará. A video of the murder went viral in the social networks. In the 2018 trial only five of the killers were sentenced. Although transphobia has been a crime since 2019, Brazil has led the world for thirteen consecutive years in terms of the highest numbers of trans murders, and the numbers are rising. Every 48 hours a trans person is killed and 82% of trans victims are Black. The real dimensions of violence against LGBTQI+ people can only be guessed at because, reflecting the subhuman status given to the victims, official data is scant where it exists and rarely registers underlying motives. However, from 2015 to 2017, data from SUS, the universal healthcare system, recorded 22 attacks per day, and most of the victims were Black.

      • Counter PunchStorms at the Summit of the Americas

        In reality, this stormy summit began with a large diplomatic stumble for the United States, when several Latin American presidents announced that they would not participate in the summit because of the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, as dictated by the White House, while the U.S. State Department still claims the open and unrestricted nature of the meeting’s call. Its website says, “Throughout, the United States has demonstrated, and will continue to demonstrate, our commitment to an inclusive process that incorporates input from people and institutions that represent the immense diversity of our hemisphere, and includes Indigenous and other historically marginalized voices.”

        Hypocrisy seems to be the glue of this summit, and mainstream U.S. media and analysts declared the June 6-10 meeting a failure before it even started. On June 7, the Washington Post assured readers that “This week’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles will be remembered for its absences rather than its potential agreements,” focusing its attention on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was the most mentioned political figure in U.S. networks and media on June 7 and 8, even more than U.S. President Joe Biden, according to statistics from Google Trends. Richard N. Haass, who was the adviser to former Secretary of State Colin Powell and director of policy planning for the State Department, summed up the disaster superbly in a tweet: “The Summit of the Americas looks to be a debacle, a diplomatic own goal. The U.S. has no trade proposal, no immigration policy, and no infrastructure package. Instead, the focus is on who will and will not be there. Unclear is why we pressed for it to happen.”

      • ScheerpostWATCH: Jan. 6 Hearing to Detail ‘Flagrant Assault on American Democracy’

        “I hope this hearing will remind everyone how fragile our democracy is, how important it is to defend it, and to hold any and all insurrectionists accountable,” said Congresswoman Ilhan…

      • TruthOutTrump Mob Chanted “Hang Mike Pence” While Marching on Capitol, New Footage Shows
      • Democracy Now“Hang Mike Pence”: Watch Dramatic New Footage of Trump Mob Attacking Capitol on Jan. 6

        The January 6 committee released new footage Thursday night showing a detailed timeline of the day of the insurrection. We feature the video they played that shows how Proud Boys and Oath Keepers marched from the National Mall — where Donald Trump delivered a speech pressuring Mike Pence to recertify the election results to deliver him a victory — to the Capitol Building to chants of “Hang Mike Pence,” before they violently pushed through police barriers and broke into the government building chanting “Nancy.”

      • Democracy Now“From Protesters … to Insurrectionists”: Jan. 6 Witness Describes Proud Boys’ Violence at the Capitol

        The white supremacist Proud Boys group and the far-right, anti-government Oath Keepers militia played an instrumental role in planning for a violent insurrection on the Capitol, according to the January 6 House committee, which aired new testimony from witnesses and the groups’ leaders in its first public hearing Thursday night. British filmmaker Nick Quested was embedded with the Proud Boys and shared his footage with the committee. As the first of two live witnesses, he said he was “confused” when “a couple of hundred of Proud Boys were marching toward the Capitol.”

      • Democracy NowCarnage & Chaos: “I Was Slipping in People’s Blood” on Jan. 6, Says Brain-Injured Capitol Officer

        The second witness who testified live in the first primetime hearing of the House select January 6 committee was Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, who suffered a traumatic brain injury as she tried to hold the line outside the Capitol with fellow officers. She was with officer Brian Sicknick, who she said appeared to have been sprayed in the face and was extremely pale. Sicknick died the next day. Sicknick’s fiancee sat behind Edwards as she testified. Edwards said the pro-Trump mob included Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs, who is now facing federal seditious conspiracy charges. “What I saw was just a war scene. It was something like I’d seen out of the movies. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were officers on the ground. You know, they were bleeding,” recalled Edwards. “I was slipping in people’s blood. … It was carnage. It was chaos.”

      • ScheerpostThe Plot Against GrayZone & Suspicions About Consortium News

        The GrayZone has revealed leaked emails that show the British government’s involvement with private actors plotting to take down GrayZone and asking who is behind Consortium News, writes Joe Lauria…

      • ScheerpostRalph Nader: Is There Any Hope Left for Democracy?

        The legendary consumer advocate and former presidential candidate speaks to “Scheer Intelligence” host Robert Scheer about the shreds of democracy left in America.

      • Counter PunchThe ADL, Progressives and White Nationalists

        In remarks made to the ADL Virtual National Leadership Summit, ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, engaged in a range of misconceptions and distortions that are beyond the scope of this short piece to address. Early in his presentation, he equated antizionism with antisemitism, a strategy now used to deflect criticism of Israel’s gross violations of Palestinian human rights, shielding Israel from any accountability. However, perhaps most disgraceful was the false moral equivalence he drew between antizionism—which he regards as a form of extremism—and white nationalism. He states: “Antizionism as an ideology is rooted in rage. It is predicated on one concept: the negation of another people, a concept as alien to the modern discourse as white supremacy.”

        Hence, in Mr. Greenblatt’s view, those of us—progressive Jews and others— who speak critically of Israeli policy, in defense of Palestinian human rights, and equality between Jews and Palestinians are antizionists and hence, antisemites and extremists, as evil in our intent and impact as white supremacists. If ever an argument existed that undermines the fight against antisemitism, it is this one with its false assertions, false equivalencies, and forced division within the Jewish community, and between Jews and other progressive groups.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • OracSADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome): It’s always about the vaccines

          If there’s one consistent, invariable, seemingly eternal loadstar guiding the antivaccine movement, it’s that it’s always the vaccines. Autism? Vaccines. Autoimmune disorders? Vaccines? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)? Vaccines. Just death? Vaccines. I was thinking of the last two examples when I came across an article by—who else?—Mike Adams written for his Natural News conspiracy site entitled Sudden vaccines deaths are now so common they’ve assigned a SYNDROME name for it: Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS):

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common DreamsNew Revelations Show Ginni Thomas ‘Very Much a Part of Seditious Conspiracy’

        Ginni Thomas, the right-wing activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, lobbied far more Arizona state lawmakers than previously known to try to overturn the state’s 2020 election results—a revelation that reignited calls on Friday for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from cases related to the election.

        “As obvious as the symmetry between Clarence and Ginni Thomas’ work was three weeks ago, it’s even more glaring now.”

      • FAIR‘But for the Failures of His Attorneys, He Would Not Have Been Convicted’

        Janine Jackson interviewed Liliana Segura about the Supreme Court and innocence for the June 3, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • Common DreamsCritics Say Starbucks CEO Just Declared ‘Permanent War’ Against Union

        Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made it clear Thursday that he does not intend to hold good-faith negotiations with Starbucks Workers United—the union that has won elections at more than 140 coffee shops nationwide since December—potentially exposing the corporation to a fresh legal fight with the National Labor Relations Board.

        When asked by Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times if he could ever see himself “embracing the union,” Schultz responded tersely: “No.”

      • TruthOutAmazon Labor Union Organizer Fired From Warehouse Amid Union-Busting Campaign
      • Common Dreams‘It’s War,’ Says Amazon Labor Union After Company Fires Top Organizer

        “They fucked with the wrong uncle.”

        That was how Amazon Labor Union (ALU) president Christian Smalls responded Thursday after the e-commerce behemoth’s management reportedly fired Pasquale “Uncle Pat” Cioffi, an organizer credited with convincing hundreds of hesitant employees to support the unionization effort at the JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York.

      • Counter PunchThe Binary & the Spectrum

        After “black power” expressed insurgent America’s racial awakening in the late 1960s, racial capital’s inevitable, brutal whitelash prevented the “beloved community”, from transcending our dominant, generalized common cultural understanding of race, and – crucially – what can(‘t) be done about it.[1] We got stuck with no “left” theory of race that works together with class, and the MAGA GOP death cult filling that space. Just because liberal Democrats are mostly afraid to talk about it doesn’t mean it’s not true.

        That late 60s/mid-70s Nixon-era “safe streets” dogma, at the core of the racist obscenities of war on drugs and mass racial incarceration, froze our aspirations, dreams and mental roadmaps in place. Now we have mass-predatory MAGA reaction, directed from power centers of our society, wielding those archaic dogmas like weapons. Liberals muttering “polarization” like some kind of pathetic incantation. Some melting and reforming is long overdue.

      • The NationThe Right Idea
      • Pro PublicaShielded From Public View, Misconduct by Corrections Staff in Illinois Prisons Received Scant Discipline

        Correctional officer James Fike already had been suspended twice when the Illinois Department of Corrections began investigating allegations that he had beaten a man who was incarcerated at Pontiac Correctional Center, in a small town in central Illinois, in 2016.

        The man, Jamale Douglas, was in trouble for holding open the slot in his cell door where staff deliver food trays. When Douglas refused to pull his arm out of the slot, staff said they called in a special tactical team to remove him from his cell.

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)DoorDash takes four days to respond to police after driver crashes into garage and flees the scene. – BaronHK’s Rants

        She did run back up the steps to leave the McDonalds before fleeing.

        I guess that’s what they meant by Big Mac Attack.

        The kicker is that DoorDash apparently has insurance that would have paid out, and still has to, and she still got “fired” (“removed from the platform”), but now police are looking for her for fleeing the scene of an accident involving property damage, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TechdirtColorado Brings The ‘Right To Repair’ Movement To Wheelchairs

        Last week, New York State became the first state to pass right to repair legislation. The bill was the culmination of years of consumer frustration with repair monopolies, obnoxious DRM, shrinking repair access, high repair costs, and impossible to find tools, parts, and documentation. While the bill only covered some consumer electronics, activists hope it expands to additional sectors (auto, medical).

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakBungie & Destiny 2 Cheat Creator Agree $13.5m Copyright Damages Judgment

          Game developer Bungie and Elite Boss Tech, a creator of cheating software for the popular Destiny 2 game, have reached an agreement to end a copyright infringement lawsuit. The stipulated consent judgment, in which Elite Boss Tech admits thousands of violations of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, includes a permanent injunction and statutory damages of $13.5 million.

        • TechdirtHaving True Fans Can Create A True Business

          We have written several times about the “true fans” idea as an alternative approach to the traditional remuneration models employed by the copyright industry players, such as publishers, recording companies and film studios. It’s a simple approach: get the people who really love an artist’s work to support it directly, and in advance, rather than indirectly through buying things after they’ve been created. If that sounds rather soft and utopian, it’s not: it can also be run as a business, as this story on Axios makes clear:

Links 11/06/2022: Qt 6 in Debian

Posted in News Roundup at 4:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • uni TorontoHow we wound up with Linux’s kernel mode setting (‘KMS’)

        Once upon a time, not quite back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, computer displays were CRTs and fundamentally operated by scanning an electron beam or beams back and forth over the screen. Usually the computer sent the display an analog stream of either monochrome or red, green, and blue intensity signals, and the display did all the work of scanning the electron beam(s) across the display. Initially, computer CRTs tended to work only at a single frequency of these signals, the horizontal and vertical scan rates. As the PC revolution got under way, good CRTs became multisync, which meant that they were able to work at a variety of scan rates. This was especially important to cope with the wide variety of resolutions and scan rates that were used by and supported by various PC graphics systems.

    • Applications

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Rhythm Games

        A rhythm game is a music-themed action video game that challenges a player’s sense of rhythm. Games in the genre typically focus on dance or the simulated performance of musical instruments.

        There is an eligibility criteria that needs to be met to be included in this round up (see below).

        Let’s explore the 10 games. For each game we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screen shot of the game in action, together with links to relevant resources.

      • Its FOSSDon’t Be Afraid of Linux Terminal. Embrace it.

        Most of our focus goes into avoiding the Linux terminal, at least, for new users comfortable with Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs).

        While it is good to make things easy and convenient, there are a few reasons why you should not be afraid of dipping your toes into the Linux terminal.

        Here, I shall highlight some of them to encourage you to try a few things in the terminal that should help you eventually.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Mark NottinghamYet More New HTTP Specs

        The HTTP “core” documents were published on Monday, including a revision of HTTP semantics, caching, HTTP/1.1, HTTP/2, and the brand-new HTTP/3. However, that’s not all that the HTTP community has been up to.

        Today the RFC Editor published another set of HTTP specifications. They reflect a variety of work that’s happened over the last few years; publication was held up by references to the core work, so many of these already have active implementations. Let’s take a quick look.

      • Malte UblMore than you ever wanted to know about font loading on the web

        When I started thinking about writing a post about web font loading my intention was to propose relatively sophisticated ideas that I’ve been playing with for a while. However, as I was trying to use them in real-world websites I realized that deployment of the more advanced techniques is de-facto impossible without the creation of new web standards.

        With that the TL;dr of this post is: Use font-display: optional. However, I and many others really like our custom fonts. See the rest of the post for how we can get our cake and eat it, too–with a tool that automatically makes fallback fonts behave like their respective custom font counterpart.

      • Trend OceansCut, Copy, and Paste in Vim Editor

        When you start using VIM for the first time, there will be a lot of commands or keybindings you need to memorize, and one of them is how to make cut, copy, and paste. It’s very intimidating for newcomers to use the vim editor, but it’s not as complicated as you think.

        There might be a situation when you are stuck with the vim editor. At that moment, you should know how to perform this basic task without any hassle.

      • ID RootHow To Install Thunderbird Mail on AlmaLinux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Thunderbird Mail on AlmaLinux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Thunderbird is a free email client that is easy to set up and use. With Thunderbird, you get an easy-to-use account setup Wizard that seamlessly allows you to set up your email account without having to provide your SMTP, IMAP, and SSL/TLS settings.

        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 Thunderbird Mail on AlmaLinux 9. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Install Portainer on Debian 11/Debian 10 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Portainer on Debian 11/Debian 10. Portainer is a self-service container service delivery platform that provides container management GUI for Kubernetes, Docker and Swarm.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Install Latest ImageMagick 7 on Ubuntu 22.04
      • LinuxOpSysDotfiles in Linux Explained
      • Set up CrowdSec to protect your WordPress site
      • Pragmatic LinuxShow the Git branch in your Bash terminal prompt – PragmaticLinux

        Catch yourself typing git status a lot? Yeah, me too. There’s got to be an easier way, right? Luckily there is: fancy-git. It makes it possible to theme your Bash terminal prompt in a Git specific way. Most importantly, it shows the name of your Git branch in your Bash terminal prompt. This tutorial shows you how to install fancy-git, for showing the name of the Git branch and its status in your Bash terminal prompt.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-06-11 Edition

        Between 2022-06-04 and 2022-06-11 there were 10 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 174 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 5.7 % of total released titles. Here’s a quick pick of the most interesting ones…

      • LiliputingAYN Odin handheld gaming PC can now dual boot Android and Windows (or Linux) – Liliputing

        The AYN Odin is a handheld game console with a 6 inch display, built-in game controllers, and an ARM-based processor. It ships with Android software, but we’ve already seen that it’s possible to load other operating systems like Windows on some models.

        Now you can do that without wiping Android first. Project Valhalla is a community-built set of tools that allows you to turn an AYN Odin into a dual-boot device capable of running Android, Windows, or maybe even Linux (although Linux support is still a work in progress).

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck update improves Home Screen performance

        Valve has released another small update to the Steam Deck, this time focusing on some bugs and UI performance.

      • GamingOnLinuxYou can now try Resident Evil Village directly in your browser using Stadia tech

        Capcom has released a cloud gaming browser demo of the popular Resident Evil Village, so you can try it out in only a click and a few seconds waiting on pretty much any platform. As long as you’re using a Chromium-based browser, that is.

      • GamingOnLinuxPuzzle-room game Escape Simulator gets a Steampunk DLC

        The million-selling indie game Escape Simulator has expanded with a new Steampunk DLC now available to give you a lot more to play with.

      • GamingOnLinuxHow to play The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam Deck

        The Elder Scrolls Online is currently noted as Unsupported on Steam Deck but don’t let that stop you. Getting it running is actually pretty simple.

      • GamingOnLinuxHearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone expansion announced

        Paradox have plenty more coming with the Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone expansion announced, although there’s no date yet they’ve teased it.

      • GamingOnLinuxBaldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II arrives on Steam ‘this Summer’ with Linux support

        Interplay Entertainment along with Square One Games and Black Isle Studios have confirmed that Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II is coming to Steam along with Native Linux support.

      • Make Use OfTiny Linux Distro Lets You Boot Up and Blow Away Doom Demons

        The 1993 classic PC FPS game comes back to life in a project that shows how Linux can be bent to a developer’s will.

        id Software’s “Doom” revolutionized the PC game world when it first hit the market in 1993, and one developer has paid nearly thirty years later by releasing a Linux distribution that does nothing but run the classic genre-defining first-person shooter.

        The distribution was created by Shadly Salahuddin and is dubbed DoomLinux. By running a shell script from Salahuddin’s GitHub page, a user can build a small disk image that can run from a USB drive. It’s intended as a practical demonstration on how Linux distributions are put together.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Carl SvenssonFVWM: Daily Driver Config: Or: Keyboard Focused Classical Window Management

        What’s the geekiest thing you could possibly write about? I’m not sure, but lengthy posts about your desktop and shell configuration is probably in the top ten. So let’s do that!

        I’m an incorrigible tinkerer and I’ve spent more of my life than I care to think of just tuning the look of my GUI environment. Much to my own surprise, I’ve now been running the same look – basically the FVWM2 defaults – for well over a year. My tweaking has instead been focused on doing more window management with the keyboard rather than the mouse, in part due to some problems with lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow” sounds so pedestrian).

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: the Analog Clock changes color

          Because that’s clearly the most important thing this week, right!?

          Anyway, Plasma 5.25 is going to be released in a few days, and it’ll be huge! Accordingly, feature work for 5.26 is starting to land alongside bugfixing for 5.25.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerSamba to be removed?

      I am looking at how to reduce the size of ‘easy.sfs’, which is currently 750MiB (in Easy 4.0). The jump in size is due to now using lz4-hc compression.

      Today I stumbled across discussion about samba in the Vanilla Dpup thread,

    • Barry KaulerTray time popup fix

      I received an email from Rick, pointing out what should have been an obvious problem. But, I hadn’t noticed it until he drew my attention to it.


      …what is wrong with that? Two things. Firstly, Osmo is in the tray, and that has a very sophisticated calendar. Secondly, the “Launch Osmo Calendar” brings up a window warning that Osmo is already running, and it may corrupt Osmo to launch a second instance.

    • BSD

      • Frederic CambusOpenBSD folklore and share/misc/airport

        At the OpenBSD d2k17 hackathon, the rules were documented in a newly introduced airport(7) manual page: “New airports can only be added by OpenBSD developers who have visited an airport and thereby have verified its existence”. Once again, the more astute reader will not have missed the fact that the rules do not stipulate any flying requirements. Neither did henning@, who not long after airport.7 was committed, added an entry for XFW, (the Airbus factory) which he had visited but not flown from.

      • BsandroOpenBSD 7.1 on PINE64 RockPro64

        RockPro64 is a beefy single-board computer made by a company that brought us awesome devices like Pinebook Pro (laptop), Pinecil (soldering iron), PineTime (smartwatch) and of course PinePhone. The board utilizes the same hexa-core processor as Pinebook Pro – Rockchip RK3399, and 4 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM.

        One of the distinct features of that computer is a PCI-express X4 socket. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to use any video card there even with “stock” GNU/Linux – ARM64 GPU drivers for AMD/NVIDIA is just not there yet I assume. The slot is often being used for a network cards and SATA controllers – there is even an official case for RP64 with 3.5″ hard drives spots inside, quite handy for a homemade NAS or something of sorts.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Ish SookunopenSUSE Leap 15.4 Released, Let’s party

        openSUSE Leap 15.4 was released on 8th June 2022.

        Leap is binary compatible with SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) as it shares the same source. Therefore, you can switch a Leap instance to SLE and benefit from paid support without any hassle. This comes very handy in environments where you build and test on Leap but deploy on SLE — lift & shift can’t be any simpler.

        Leap 15.4 is a minor release but coinciding with this release, the openSUSE Project introduced a new version of Leap designed for containers and virtualised workloads. It’s called Leap Micro. The current version is 5.2.

        Leap Micro shares same source as SLE Micro.

      • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/23

        Another week is over and many people had the pleasure to meet in person at the openSUSE conference ’22 this year. I hear it was a great event, with lots of fun. Exactly, what the openSUSE community stands for. And as usual, the same openSUSE community also works without interruption on the rolling release: openSUSE Tumbleweed. In this week, we have seen daily snapshots (0602…0608).

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosIoTFi 2G/4G development board incorporates Raspberry Pi RP2040 and ESP32 MCUs

        The IoTFi is a development board designed for embedded applications that require 2G or 4G support. The device combines the RP2040 chip to handle user applications and the ESP32 for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2G model starts at ~$47 and the 4G variant ships for $114. The IoTFi was recently launched on Kickstarter and it has already achieved its funding goal.

        As previously mentioned, the RP2040 consists of two Arm Cortex-M0+ processors (up to 133MHz) and the ESP32-C3-32S that features a 32-bit RISC-V single-core processor (up to 160MHz). The ESP32-C3-32S also supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (up to 150Mbps, 1T1R mode data). The datasheet for the  ESP32-C3-32S mentions that the chip supports BLE 5.0 (125Kbps – 2Mbps), however, the Kickstarter page states that the IotFi board has inbuilt Bluetooth 2.0.

      • Raspberry PiI belong in computer science

        At the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we believe everyone belongs in computer science, and that it is a much more varied field than is commonly assumed. One of the ways we want to promote inclusivity and highlight the variety of skills and interests needed in computer science is through our ‘I belong’ campaign. We do this because the tech sector lacks diversity. Similarly, in schools, there is underrepresentation of students in computing along the axes of gender, ethnicity, and economic situation. (See how researchers describe data from England, and data from the USA.)

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • [Old] Pine64My DIY low-power 6 SSD NAS based on the Quartz64 ARM board

        I had an idea in the back of my mind : create a DIY low-power NAS based on a cheap SBC that can handle more than 2 drives (up to 6, preferably) without using USB. And it looks like this project is now completely possible! So… Let’s do it!

      • Jeff GeerlingThe TV that’s not: NEC’s Pi-powered 55″ Display

        Overall, this display is one of the best ‘TV’s I’ve used—even though it’s not, technically-speaking, a ‘television’. There isn’t any spyware, adware, or other janky software running on it, the colors and brightness are excellent, and most of all it just works.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • The VergeFirefox and Chrome are squaring off over ad-blocker extensions

        There’s a growing split over how much room browsers should leave for ad blocking — and Chrome and Firefox have ended up on opposite sides of the fight.

        The rupture centers on a feature called Web Request, commonly used in ad blockers and crucial for any system that looks to block off a domain wholesale. Google has long had security concerns about Web Request and has worked to cut it out of the most recent extension standard, called Manifest V3, or MV3 for short. But, in a recent blog post, Mozilla made clear that Firefox will maintain support for Web Request, keeping the door open for the most sophisticated forms of ad blocking.

        Google’s strategy has been roundly criticized by privacy advocates — the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been a vocal opponent — but the search company hasn’t been swayed. Though Firefox has a far smaller share of the desktop marketplace than Chrome, it could be a chance for Mozilla’s product to really define itself. For Google though, sticking with MV3 will have a huge impact on the overall role of ad blocking on the modern web.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • LinuxTechLabGetting Started with Drupal: Top 5 Tips for A Beginner

        Drupal is an open-source system used by millions of people and companies for content structuring and management.

        It’s a platform with a great number of themes and modules, which is why around 97% of its users rank it as one of the top-performing platforms in the industry.

      • Andre FrancaSimple Jekyll Search

        For a number of reasons, it turned out that Simple Jekyll Search would fit my blog better, as long as I gave up the idea of not using JavaScript.

    • Programming/Development

      • QtUn-Stringifying Android Development with Qt 6.4

        The Java Native Interface (JNI) makes it possible to call Java from C++ and vice versa, and in Qt we have a pair of classes, QJniObject and QJniEnvironment, that provide convenient, Qt-friendly APIs. Until recently, I have had little opportunity to develop for Android, but porting Qt Speech to Qt 6 and the face-lift of its Android implementation gave me a chance to get some experience. I also wanted to experiment with some of the new capabilities we are planning to introduce after 6.4, which involved adding a few more callbacks and passing a few more parameters between C++ and Java.

        Even with the convenient Qt classes, calling APIs via JNI requires signature strings. This makes it time-consuming and error-prone to develop for the Android platform. After spending more time than I should have on putting together the correct strings, I wondered whether we could make developing against the JNI easier using modern C++.

      • Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer: Qt 6 in Debian bullseye

        As announced some time ago on Debian Backport’s mailing list I will be backporting Qt 6 to Debian 11 “Bullseye”. This comprises the (so far) 29 source packages that compose Qt 6 and libassimp.

        The Qt Company wanted to let us Debian users also enjoy Qt 6 on Bullseye, so they contacted me (and by extension my employer ICS) to bring this forward. As said in the mail I sent to the backports list I’m making the commitment to maintain the packages myself, but I’m really happy the Qt Company asked me for this.

      • Nolan Lawson[Repost] The collapse of complex software

        What I find fascinating about this (besides the obvious implications for modern civilization) is that Tainter could have been writing about software.

        Anyone who’s worked in the tech industry for long enough, especially at larger organizations, has seen it before. A legacy system exists: it’s big, it’s complex, and no one fully understands how it works. Architects are brought in to “fix” the system. They might wheel out a big whiteboard showing a lot of boxes and arrows pointing at other boxes, and inevitably, their solution is… to add more boxes and arrows. Nobody can subtract from the system; everyone just adds.

      • Haki BenitaHandling Concurrency Without Locks

        Concurrency is not very intuitive. You need to train your brain to consider what happens when multiple processes execute a certain code block at the same time. There are several issues I often encounter: [...]

      • Python

        • Trail Of BitsThemes from PyCon US 2022

          After two long years of lockdowns, virtual meetups, quarantines, and general chaos, the Python community gathered en masse to Salt Lake City for PyCon 2022. Two of our engineers attended the conference, and we are happy to report that the Python community is not only alive and well but also thriving, with multiple speakers showing off projects they worked on during the pandemic.

          Here are some of the themes and highlights we enjoyed!

  • Leftovers

    • James GCreative Voices

      These last few days have seen me ponder, many times, whether I should write about writing. Meta indeed. I have erred away from this subject matter because it feels like I should be writing about something more important. Consequential. As I write this paragraph, I am reminded that writing is a tool for me to think. I know this deep down but I often need a reminder. If I need to process something, why not write about that topic, even if it is not as impressive as all of the other pieces of writing I consume?

      Why not just write?

    • Operation Friendly Skies

      So I love crows, well really all corvids, but especially crows. Something about their intelligence just amazes me, they know to fly towards the sound of a gunshot because it means a dead animal may be on the other side. One time I watched a crow drag an unopened bag of chips into the road so a car could drive over it and pop it open. He placed it exactly where the driver side wheels were and waited until someone hit it. He then flew into the road and dragged back the bag where he enjoyed his feast.


      About 2 weeks ago we had two amazing experiences. On one walk, as we made it to the bench where we normally turn around, we saw a crow in a tree a little bit further down. I walked over to it, cawed and threw some feed on the ground. Then from behind us another crow came flying by and landed in the same tree. He or she was incessantly barking right at me, until I responded, where he or she looked at me in silence for a second and then started barking again. Whenever I reached for my bag this talkative fellow would be quiet and would only start up again when I stopped throwing down seed. As we walked away both crows followed us for a bit, the talkative one still barking. a couple days later we turned down this side street. I heard a few flaps behind me and I saw a familiar dark figure watching me from the tree above. He then swooped down closer to a power line a few feet lower. He watched and waited patiently, not barking like the previous pair. We threw down seed and started walking away, but instead of flying down and eating he continued to follow us! He’d jump from power line to power line, watching us as we continued to throw down food for him. Then another swooped down. This other crow flew at the one that followed us and chased him down to the end of the block, then came flying back to take the seed.

    • Friend Troubles

      What are you supposed to do when you no longer want to be friends with a person?

      Its not like I can tell him outright, plus he’s friends with all my friends so I don’t want to make group outings awkward. I’ve come to just really not care for him anymore. Maybe it was just having him be a few states north for a couple years, getting a break from his bullshit.

      He has a problem, you can’t challenge him. If you disagree, he will take it as an attack, and a conscious, premeditated attack at that. You can’t give him criticism, no matter how light, or he will take it as an attack. You can’t make a mistake which will inconvenience him, because he will immediately start yelling at you about how you didn’t properly communicate with him. You have to give into his demands or he will banish you from any friend group activities. I could no longer publicly associate with our mutual friend, Barry, because Barry criticized him for getting mad when we didn’t praise him enough. Not to mention his utter carelessness for any inconvenience he puts you in. You have to assume he’s going to be at least 30 minutes late. Oh and his constant favors, “can you feed my cat”, “can you pick me up some ramen”, “No pressure but can you do this for me”, “can you fix my window for me”. He moved to Sac a couple months ago and I just can’t take more than a few minutes of him.

    • Science

      • CNETHayabusa2′s Ancient Asteroid Samples Are the Most Pristine Ever Seen. Why That’s a Big Deal

        What this means is the materials recovered from Ryugu are the most primitive humans have ever been able to analyze on Earth. They provide a portal to the very early days of the solar system, when the sun was only a fledgling star and the planets were only just starting to form. Though the study released Thursday is a major milestone in understanding Ryugu, it’s merely the first step in comprehending the solar system and our place in it.

    • Hardware

      • David RosenthalBackblaze On Hard Disk Reliability

        It has been a long time since I blogged about the invaluable hard drive reliability data that Backblaze has been publishing quarterly since 2015, so I checked their blog and found Andy Klein’s Star Wars themed Backblaze Drive Stats for Q1 2022, as well as his fascinating How Long Do Disk Drives Last?. Below the fold I comment on both.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • EPAEPA Releases Annual Air Report, Highlighting Trends through 2021

        It is important to note that air quality concentrations can vary year to year, even as human-caused emissions continue to decline. In 2021, national average concentrations of 8-hour ozone averages, annual fine particle levels, and 1-hour sulfur dioxide averages increased slightly over 2020 levels. Variations in weather, and events such as dust storms and wildfires can have an impact on air quality in affected areas. Many environmental impacts associated with climate change can impact air quality particularly affecting the severity and timing of the wildfire season, including changes in temperature, precipitation, and drought.

      • Teen VogueSabika Sheikh: How a Pakistani Exchange Student Lost Her Life to Gun Violence

        I’ve seen legislators in your country fail this test of conscience again and again. Do they not realize that once someone you grew up with is massacred so mercilessly nothing can be restored?

      • [Old] Nolan LawsonFive years of quitting Twitter

        It’s been almost five years since I deleted my Twitter account. I didn’t just delete the app or deactivate – I deleted my whole account and my entire tweet history, lighting a match and burning the bridge behind me.

        I don’t want to pretend to be some kind of seer, but since then, divesting yourself from social media has become a somewhat fashionable lifestyle choice. For a certain type of person, it’s the kind of pro-mental health, self-care kind of thing you might do along with going vegan or taking up Vispassana meditation. (To make it clear that I’m not above such intellectual trendiness, I’ve tried all those things too.)

        In this post, I want to talk honestly about the good and the bad that comes with deleting your Twitter account, from the perspective of a tech guy who’s plugged in to several different software communities (open source, web development, Node.js, etc.).

    • Proprietary

      • Tech ReflectRising From The Ashes: Stage Manager

        Now, it’s not unusual for a feature to get killed, only to re-surface in a future release. But this has to be some sort of record.

      • The Register UKApple M1 chip contains hardware vulnerability that bypasses memory defense

        In a paper titled “PACMAN: Attacking Arm Pointer Authentication with Speculative Execution,” Joseph Ravichandran, ​​Weon Taek Na, Jay Lang, and Mengjia Yan describe how they were able to use speculative execution – the way in which modern processors perform calculations before they may or may not be needed to accelerate execution – to discern the pointer authentication Code that allows pointer modification on a protected system.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Torrent FreakForwarding Piracy Warnings Violates Privacy Law, Dutch Court Rules

          Even if Ziggo was allowed to process the data, BREIN wouldn’t have won the case. The court concluded that there’s insufficient evidence to show that the subscriber willingly made the books available for others to download. It’s possible that they were simply put online for personal use, without proper protection.

          “Contrary to what BREIN states, it is not certain that the IP address holder himself has infringed copyrights,” the court writes in a press release.

        • ViceTech CEOs Want Every Worker to Have a Permanent, Publicly-Available Job Performance File

          Through one lens, it was a mundane musing between two CEOs of data companies talking about how awesome it would be to have more data on something. But in the context of experiments occurring in the tech industry around hiring practices, it was two influential CEOs encouraging other entrepreneurs to create a business that would be an absolute nightmare for workers, a type of credit score for workers that could be a permanent HR file that follows workers from one job to the next, and where a worker who struggles at one job may have trouble getting another. Youakim did not respond to multiple Motherboard interview requests to elaborate on the concept.

        • CloudflarePrivate Access Tokens: eliminating CAPTCHAs on iPhones and Macs with open standards

          You could ask for device IMEI and security patch versions, look at screen sizes or fonts, check for the presence of APIs that indicate human behavior, like interactive touch screen events and compare those to expected outcomes for the stated client. However, all of this data collection is expensive and, ultimately, not respectful of the end user. As a company that deeply cares about privacy and helping make the Internet better, we want to use as little data as possible without compromising the security of the services we provide.

          Another alternative is to use system-level APIs that offer device validation checks. This includes DeviceCheck on Apple platforms and SafetyNet on Android. Application services can use these client APIs with their own services to assert that the clients they’re communicating with are valid devices. However, adopting these APIs requires both application and server changes, and can be just as difficult to maintain as SDKs.

      • Confidentiality

        • Kev QuirkWhy Forced Password Changes Reduce Security

          Seriously. Stop. If you have been using your secure password for 5 years and it hasn’t been compromised, it’s just as secure today as it was the day you came up with it.

          There is no need to reset a password just for the sake of it. By doing so we’re making passwords shittier and infinitely more insecure.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The NationCoup! Coup! Coup!

        This was not a military coup d’état in which the generals of the armed forces employ their weaponry in order to remove the duly elected president or prime minister of a country. This was a self-coup, another form of coup d’état, in which a leader overrules the other branches of government in order to assume illegitimate and illegal power.

      • The EconomistCongress’s Capitol-[insutrection] hearing confirms Donald Trump’s complicity

        Why, if the fact that the president was lying was accepted within the administration, did almost none of its members speak out? Another snippet of testimony, from Jared Kushner, offered a clue. In response to questioning from Ms Cheney, Mr Kushner, the president’s consigliere and, as Ms Trump’s husband, his son-in-law, said that he had indeed been aware that the team of the White House counsel was threatening to quit over Mr Trump’s allegations, but that he considered such threats to be “whining”. This was an administration without basic principle.

      • CNNHere’s how Fox and Newsmax tried to spin the January 6 committee’s first prime-time hearing

        This column is about the media, and this moment exemplifies America’s two parallel tracks of media. So if you watched Thursday night’s hearing by the House’s 1/6 committee, shown live by most of the major TV networks in the United States, let me tell you what I watched on right-wing TV at the same time.

      • NPRNew revelations and 3 other takeaways from the first Jan. 6 committee hearing

        The committee hopes it all breaks through with most Americans, especially as fewer are blaming Trump as being responsible for the insurrection than they did immediately following it, partisan gaps becoming wider, and with conservative media doing all it can to circle the Trump wagons and downplay the committee’s findings.

        Here are four takeaways from the first day of the hearings: [...]

      • VOA NewsIAEA: Iran Removing Cameras From Some Nuclear Sites

        The sites that would see cameras removed include its underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, as well as its facility in Isfahan, Grossi said.

        Talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have been stalled since April. The U.S. withdrew from the deal in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump. The Biden administration has unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a U.S. return to the deal.

        Meanwhile, experts say Iran is nearing having enough weapons-grade enriched uranium to make one nuclear bomb.

      • NBCIran turns off two U.N. monitoring cameras at nuclear site

        The IAEA’s director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, earlier this week said Iran had failed to provide credible explanations about the origins of undeclared nuclear material found at three locations.

        Grossi also said this week that Iran was close to having enough enriched uranium to produce an atomic bomb.

      • [Old] ABCU.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes

        Trijicon confirmed to ABCNews.com that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions “have always been there” and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is “not Christian.” The company has said the practice began under its founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.

      • [Old] Toronto SunFATAH: Tackling Islamic supremacy in India

        Such Muslims may or may not be admirers of ISIS, Al-Qaeda or the various versions of the Muslim Brotherhood that today not only justify the conquering of non-Muslim peoples and lands but who celebrate tyrants and plunderers and unashamedly justify the destruction of churches and temples.

        While Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabab in Somalia compete with the Taliban of Afghanistan and the ruling Ayatollahs of Iran, we have the likes of President Erdogan in Turkey and the ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, who calls for a return to a 7th century Arabia.

        Even in the tiny island country of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, Islamists have killed liberal Muslims who challenged the bearded clergy.

      • NPRA Capitol Police officer injured on Jan. 6 recalls the chaos and carnage

        The House panel heard on Thursday night from U.S. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, who it described as the first law enforcement officer to be injured in the Jan. 6 [insurrection].

        It also played video of her being violently slammed to the ground by protesters breaking through a barrier outside of the Capitol, knocking her unconscious — the first of several injuries she sustained that day.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • JoinupKey takeaways from the OSOR webinar on public procurement of open source software

        On 23 May, the OSOR community joined the webinar on public procurement of open source software. It started with an overview of the soon-to-be-published updated Guidelines on Public Procurement of Open Source Software and was followed by presentations by Johan Linåker, senior researcher at the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), Rasmus Frey, Head of Secretariat at OS2 (Denmark), and Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz, a legal expert and one of the authors of the original Guidelines on Public Procurement of Open Source Software. Links to the recording of the event and the supporting presentations are available at the bottom of this page.

        The updated Guidelines on Public Procurement of Open Source Software will provide readers with an outline of the European legislative and political framework that support public procurement processes, at both EU and national levels. The guidelines will also explore the good practices public administrations can leverage for each step of the public procurement process, divided into four steps: planning, preparation of tender documentation, evaluating and awarding, and managing the contract.

      • LibcomThe secret wars of the CIA – John Stockwell

        John Stockwell is the highest-ranking CIA official ever to leave the agency and go public. He ran a CIA intelligence-gathering post in Vietnam, was the task-force commander of the CIA’s secret war in Angola in 1975 and 1976, and was awarded the Medal of Merit before he resigned. Stockwell’s book In Search of Enemies, published by W.W. Norton 1978, is an international best-seller.

      • India TimesMeta probing Sheryl Sandberg’s use of company resources: report

        Lawyers are investigating Meta Platforms Inc’s outgoing operations chief Sheryl Sandberg’s use of company resources over several years, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

        Several employees have been interviewed in connection with the investigation by Facebook-parent Meta, the WSJ reported, adding that the probe has been underway since at least last fall.

    • Finance

      • Telex (Hungary)Orbán on inflation and George Soros making money from the war

        On most Fridays, Hungary’s prime minister gives an interview on one of the state-owned radio stations. Since the independent media has not had a chance to interview him for many years, these weekly radio interviews are the only opportunity to find out what the leader of the country thinks about current events, how he sees his opponents and any issues at hand.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Telex (Hungary)Cables show how Orbán’s diplomats gather information on journalists
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • NPROnly one major cable news channel did not carry the Jan. 6 hearing live: Fox News

          As it turned out, the hearings would also have repeatedly required Fox to have broadcast flat contradictions of what many leading Fox News personalities have told their audiences in the past year and a half — including Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. Instead, their prime time shows continued without commercial interruption Thursday, offering an alternate reality to a hearing that showed vivid and bloody detail of a national crisis.

          They also did not point viewers to Fox’s coverage on the network’s other platforms.

        • Associated PressInfowars bankruptcy tossed in deal with Sandy Hook parents

          A federal judge in Texas on Friday dismissed the bankruptcy protection case of Infowars and two other companies controlled by Alex Jones, the result of an agreement between lawyers for the conspiracy theorist and parents of some of the children slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

          U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Lopez approved the deal after a brief court hearing. The judge’s action allows the parents’ defamation lawsuits against Jones to continue in Texas and Connecticut, where trials are pending on how much he should pay families after judges in both states found Jones and his companies liable for damages.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • VOA NewsTurkish Media Groups Voice Concern Over Draft Disinformation Bill

        Newly drafted proposals are laid out across 40 articles, including some that would target social media users and regulate digital media. If passed, the bill would consider digital media outlets as conventional media and subject them to the same rights and regulations as print and broadcast outlets, including the eligibility to apply for press cards and provisions around access to state advertising revenue.

        Skeptics of the proposed law say the bill could be used to pressure digital media before the upcoming elections in Turkey. The next presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for June 2023, but the opposition parties are calling for snap elections, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected.

      • VarietyTrump’s Truth Social Is Banning Users Who Post About Jan. 6 Hearings, According to Reports

        The irony is rich: Truth Social, Donald Trump’s Twitter copycat claiming it is “free from political discrimination,” has reportedly banned users who posted information from Thursday’s congressional hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — in which the former president is a key player.

        That’s according to several posts on Twitter by users who claimed Truth Social was censoring them. Reps for Trump Media & Technology Group, which owns and operates Truth Social, did not respond to a request for comment.

      • QuilletteFree Speech and Due Process at Princeton: The Case of Joshua Katz

        My longtime Princeton University colleague Joshua Katz, a distinguished classicist and linguistics scholar, was recently dismissed from his tenured position by Princeton in a case that has received international attention. I was Professor Katz’s official Adviser in Princeton’s disciplinary system through the course of the entire four-year long ordeal that resulted in his dismissal. In that capacity, I came to possess information that is privileged or confidential, and therefore cannot be shared. I will herein discuss only information that is already publicly known.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • CNNUS seeks full reset with Saudi Arabia, effectively moving on from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

        Senior US officials have conveyed to Saudi Arabia that the US is prepared to move forward with a “reset” of the relationship, and effectively move on from the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in order to repair ties with the key Middle East ally, senior US officials tell CNN.

        The planning for a reset is a dramatic about-face for President Joe Biden, who came into office vowing to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” over Khashoggi’s murder. His administration also released an intelligence report last year that directly accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of orchestrating Khashoggi’s killing.

      • BBCDom Phillips: Possible human remains found in hunt for journalist

        Indigenous groups say both men have received threats for their work in the region, which has seen illegal fishing, logging, mining and drug trafficking.

        The Brazilian authorities have said they are hopeful of finding the two men alive, but have not ruled out any outcome, according to the AFP news agency.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • CoryDoctorowPowered wheelchairs and Right to Repair

        Here’s a miserable story with a mostly happy ending, one that leaves us with work to do, sure, but also with clarity on what to do next and how to do it. It’s about Colorado’s HB22-1031, “Consumer Right To Repair Powered Wheelchairs,” which Governor Jared Polis signed into law last week: [...]

      • [Old] Chicago ReaderShotSpotter’s deafening impact

        ShotSpotter’s primary purpose is to hear gunshots, but according to a report published by the city’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) last August, only 9.1 percent of alerts generated between January 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021, actually resulted in police finding evidence of a gun crime. ​And a 2011 study commissioned by the company found that trucks, motorcycles, helicopters, fireworks, construction, trash pickup, and church bells, among other sounds, have all triggered false positive alerts, mistaking these sounds for gunshots.

        In its 2021 report, the OIG found that the very presence of ShotSpotter changed the behavior of police and how they worked in areas where ShotSpotter devices were present. The report found that CPD officers’ “generalized perceptions of the frequency of ShotSpotter alerts in a given area may be substantively changing policing behavior.”

      • Asia NewsA Tehran court sentences seven Christians, including a clergyman, to a total of 32 years in prison

        Local sources report that, during a trial that lasted no more than four hours, Judge Afshari tried to put pressure on the two women defendants with the promise of a lighter sentence if they blamed Rev Joseph of cajoling them into converting.

        Faced with their refusal, he threatened to increase their sentences. Using “harsh and sarcastic language”, he tried to “humiliate them and denigrate their beliefs”. When the defendants’ lawyer objected, he replied that he was “only joking.”

        The crackdown against this group of Christians is but the latest in a long series. Last month, another court imposed a 10-year sentence on another Iranian-Armenian, Anooshavan Avedian, for “propaganda contrary to and offensive to the holy religion of Islam”.

      • NBCChicago officer resigns after video shows physical struggle with woman walking dog

        In a witness video released by her lawyer, the officer appears to restrain Brown for nearly a minute before he releases her and she walks away.

[Meme] Stasi Office

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: EPO management is spying on EPO staff, even in their own homes; this isn’t legal, it is a violations of workers’ basic rights, but the EPO doesn’t care what laws say

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How Long Can the Media Ignore the EPO Crisis (and at What Cost)?

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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EPO Ignoring the Rules
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Summary: Having just published a bunch of internal documents, I now express some personal opinions and concerns about the status quo

THE latest posts concerning the EPO merit some personal comments. By now, many EPO workers recognise that Benoît Battistelli is still in charge, he just swapped a ‘faceplate’ so to speak (António Campinos looks rather different but behaves similarly; they both have temper issues, they’re incidentally both French, and they cannot accept that they might be wrong, rendering themselves unfit to lead).

Staff representatives are being completely ignored (the input gets discarded), labour regulations are are ignored, and EPC provisions regarding quality of examiners and examination also get completely ignored. The guidelines are being revised to make these violations “acceptance” or “the new normal” (e.g. software patents are now considered “Hey Hi” and “4IR”).

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