We Need to Focus on This Month’s Meeting of the EPO’s Administrative Council

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Better focus on whether unlawful proposals are approved

Summary: EPO President António Campinos, who throws the "f" word a lot, tells us to “FOCUS”

The EPO’s Staff Union Cautions the Administrative Council That the Office Once Again Violates the EPC (Typically With the Council’s Complicity)

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 6:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

More newspeak

Professional Mobility (CA/32/22)
Professional Mobility (CA/32/22) isn’t as lovely as it sounds and it’s not even legal

Summary: The delegations are warned in advance that they be be conned into — once againbreaking the law by authorising unlawful proposals

THE EPO‘s staff union, SUEPO, has written to national representatives about 19 days prior to this month’s meeting, which will also decide the future (or lack thereof) of António Campinos. Remember that Campinos performed no better than Benoît Battistelli; he perpetuates the same illegal agenda, including European software patents.

“Remember that through so-called ‘cooperation’ agreements (money) the EPO tends to bribe the so-called ‘voters’, so they end up voting in favour of illegal proposals.”SUEPO Central wrote the following “OPEN LETTER” on Professional Mobility (CA/32/22), explaining to union members, various colleagues, and maybe other stakeholders (it’s an open letter after all) that this letter “has been sent to the Delegations of the Administrative Council. The proposal CA/32/22 is in the agenda of the 171th AC meeting of 29 June 2022.”

As usual, EPO management is breaking the law and violating the EPC rather directly. How can any sober delegate not see this and accordingly antagonise it? Remember that through so-called ‘cooperation’ agreements (money) the EPO tends to bribe the so-called ‘voters’, so they end up voting in favour of illegal proposals. That is how defunct and corrupt this institution has become!

Here’s what the letter says:

10 June 2022
su22034cl – 0.3.1

To the Chairperson and
the Heads of Delegation of the
Administrative Council of the
European Patent Organisation


Professional Mobility (CA/32/22)

Dear Mr Chairperson,
dear Heads of Delegation,

At the 171th meeting of the Administrative Council the package of the measures gathered under the title “Professional Mobility” with number CA/32/22 is on the agenda. By a CSC letter dated 17.05.2022 you have been informed already about the flawed consultation of the EPO staff representation on the underlying President’s proposal GCC/DOC 06/2022, such that a decision of the Administrative Council on CA/32/22 at this stage would be affected by severe legal uncertainties.

Moreover, already a superficial lecture of the document raises very worrisome concerns about the future working conditions of the staff being seconded under the framework to be established by the proposal.

Relating to the secondment of EPO employees to private or public bodies, the following topics are a source of concern and must be clarified before adoption:

- The lack of indications in the document on whether or not EPO employees may or should perform tasks within the Departments defined by Article 15 EPC, while being seconded to a public or private body at the same time;
- The absence of any information on the scope and limits of tasks compatible with the secondment to public or private bodies;
- The omission of essential details like the salary scales and allowances to be paid to seconded EPO employees, when performing tasks out of their place of employment;
- The potential loss of immunities for the EPO employees seconded to public or private bodies, which may lead e.g. to loyalty conflicts, unexpected tax burdens or to immigration hurdles;
- The lack of definition of the jurisdiction available to EPO employees for disputes arising during or derived from secondment.

With respect to the secondment of national experts to the EPO, we believe that seconded national experts may earn factual or legal entitlement to an employment at the EPO,

whereas their selection and supervision fall out of the powers of the Office, which de facto would bypass the internal selection procedures of the EPO. Further, it is not apparent that seconded national experts can enjoy the privileges and immunities of EPO employees, which may have consequences for them relating taxation or immigration.

We are very concerned about the fact that the proposal CA/32/22 implies full financing by the EPO of activities well beyond its core activities and thus incompatible with its mission. It is also remarkable that, according to this proposal, both seconded EPO employees and seconded national experts to the EPO will be mainly paid in the future by the Office, which surely will affect the financial results of the EPO in the long term.

We further suspect that the adoption of CA/33/22 may jeopardize the validity of the sovereign acts emanating from the competent departments of the Office, which may affect the Organisation’s immunity from jurisdiction and execution under Article 3 PPI. We also think that the inviolability of the documents and archives of the Organisation can be hardly guaranteed under the framework created by the proposal.

We therefore request that the Administrative Council in its 171th meeting consider the proposal CA/32/22 as a document for information rather than for decision, pending a valid consultation and the required clarifications described in the present letter.

Finally, the wide range of the aims of the document allow for an ample decentralisation of the EPO operations. Beyond the apparent incompatibilities with the EPC, the Protocol Privileges and Immunities or the Centralisation Protocol, we believe that the timing for a decentralisation of the EPO is not appropriate in view of the recent perturbing political challenges for Europe, which require the strongest unity among the Member States. For these reasons, we suggest that the Administrative Council suspends the adoption of the professional mobility package until the celebration of the next Conference of ministers under Article 4a EPC.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Czogalla

Acting Chair of the SUEPO Central Executive Committee

Copy: President of the European Patent Office, Mr. A. Campinos

Notice they’ve sent a copy to the — in in his very own words — “f***ing president”.

Today in Techrights (But Over Gemini Protocol)

Posted in Site News at 5:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 8f29d72ab2be5ee3ffc0422d65bfe2c6
Articles of the Day and Memes
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: What it’s like to read Techrights without the images and without any of the HTML; we take a look at today’s publications (so far 13 posts in total)

THIS is the first video that I do which goes through the day’s posts one at a time. I chose to do this in Geminispace and it’s shown in Lagrange (one of many clients/browsers for Gemini; I have nearly 10 different ones installed on this PC).

Geminispace is very big and it grows steadily. We alone have 41,000+ pages in Geminispace and it’s reasonable to estimate that there are millions of unique pages out there.

“Internet Explorer is unofficially ‘gone’, Firefox is on the way out (Google will clip the umbilical cord), and the open Web is silently dying.”As one might expect, a lot of the video goes through EPO posts, but I also mention the OSI bagging bribes from Microsoft. Today we learned that GNOME did the same.

Finally, a chunk of the video discusses Gemini’s growth and why we need alternatives to the World Wide Web. Internet Explorer is unofficially 'gone', Firefox is on the way out (Google will clip the umbilical cord), and the open Web is silently dying. It rapidly becomes just an execution sandbox for a single family of Web browsers. That’s neither safe nor technically desirable.

Links 16/06/2022: Mesa 22.1.2 and GNOME Takes Microsoft Money

Posted in News Roundup at 3:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • The Next PlatformMeta Platforms Hacks CXL Memory Tier Into Linux

        We have been excited about the possibilities of adding tiers of memory to systems, particularly persistent memories that are less expensive than DRAM but offer similar-enough performance and functionality to be useful.

        In particular, we have been strong advocates for disaggregating DRAM memory from the CPUs that make use of it and for the creation tiers of pooled memory that are shared by many systems, thus driving massive memory capacity expansion and the kind of utilization that has been common in storage area networks in the enterprise datacenter for decades now.

        But prying apart the memory hierarchy and jamming in some new hardware doesn’t magically enable that new tier – or tiers – to be immediately useful. Very clever systems software has to be created transparently make use of that new memory. We say transparent – and that is a good word for it, as hyperscaler Meta Platforms and its Facebook social network division knows full well – because in order for this new, disaggregated memory to be accepted, it cannot mean that applications have to be rewritten to exploit the new memory technology and tier. This all has to happen under the skins and within the operating system kernel – in this case, the Linux kernel – because even a hyperscaler like Facebook, with legions of PhDs working as software engineers, cannot afford to go back and rewrite – and debug – its entire stack of code.

    • Graphics Stack

      • Free Desktop[ANNOUNCE] mesa 22.1.2
        Hi list,
        I'd like to announce Mesa 22.1.2 is now available, after a short delay
        to bisect a regression. That's been fixed, and now we have a release!
        There's a lot of zink here, thanks to Mike for help with manually
        backporting parts of it! We've als got a bunch of fixes for panfrost,
        and some for intel, radeon, llvmpip, dzn, broadcom, nir, core gallium,
        the va state tracker, and freedreno.
    • Applications

      • Its FOSS9 Best Matrix Clients for Decentralized Messaging

        Matrix is an open network standard tailored for secure decentralized real-time communication.

        It is published and maintained by a non-profit, Matrix.org Foundation. They aim to create an open, independent, and evolving communication platform.

        If an application supports the Matrix protocol, you can consider it a Matrix client.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Give Root Privileges to a User in Linux

        The “root” super user is the king of users in Linux/Unix. Having root access grants full and unlimited access to the Linux box.

        The root or super user has full permission to read(r), write (w) and execute(x) any file. By default root user id is ’0′.

        In this tutorial, I will show you how to allow root access to a user in a Linux system. Typically, root level access is used in system administration. So it is always a pain to give root access to other users. You need to be careful and should withdraw the access once the need to do so is over.

      • ByteXDInstall OpenRGB in Ubuntu/Debian-based Linux Distros – ByteXD

        The RGB lighting effects in PCs and their peripheral parts make the experience vivid and add aesthetics to the setup.

        The lighting feature is available in almost all components like keyboards, mice, fans, etc. Moreover, the hardware manufacturers provide their own software for controlling their RGB lighting systems.

        It is a positive thing, but there is a downside for Linux users. They do not create the software for Linux systems.

      • ByteXDHow to Install GNOME Themes – ByteXD

        Knowing how to install GNOME themes empowers you to customize the appearance of your Linux graphical user interface. It entails defining GNOME, knowing how it works, and installing themes step-by-step.

        By the end of this tutorial, you will not only know how to install themes but navigate the file explorer and change the shell, and icons look.

      • Install OTRS Ticketting System on Ubuntu 22.04 – kifarunix.com

        Knowing how to install GNOME themes empowers you to customize the appearance of your Linux graphical user interface. It entails defining GNOME, knowing how it

      • TechRepublicHow to install the Unbound DNS resolver on Ubuntu 22.04 | TechRepublic

        Unbound is a free and open-source recursive and validating DNS caching server, which uses DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS to encrypt connections. Unbound is much faster than Bind9 and can help to reduce the loading time of web pages and other calls that require DNS resolution. Unbound also supports DNSSEC validation, so it can serve as a trust anchor on your network.

        I want to show you how to install Unbound on Ubuntu 22.04. This can be installed on either Ubuntu Server or Desktop and you’ll gain significant DNS resolving speed over the default.

      • UbuntubuzzLibreOffice Calc: Create Data Entry Form

        Are you tired to do manual data entry into a spreadsheet? Would you like to make it easier with a form window? If you think this requires macros, no, it doesn’t require one. LibreOffice Calc can help you making data entry form instantly out of any table you have. Let’s create it now.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Enable Top Panel on Multiple Monitors in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Have your Ubuntu PC connected with multiple monitors? Here’s how to enable the top bar in all the displays.

        In Ubuntu 22.04, you may easily enable the left Dock in all displays via System Settings ->Appearance -> Dock -> show on ‘All Displays’.

        However, due to GNOME’s design issue, the top panel only appears in the primary display. So I’m writing this tutorial that could help.

      • ByteXDInkscape Introductory Tutorial for Absolute Beginners – ByteXD

        When computers started to invade homes and work-place; and specifically, when people started using computers for generating art, something called raster graphics (the formal name for images with pixels) was the primary medium for working with visuals on computers; because of the discrete nature of computers (0’s and 1’s).

        But when vector graphics (no pixels) emerged, they were really like fire in bush, and became popular quickly, and in this article, we will discuss Inkscape, the oldest and most solid free and open-source vector graphics editor and creator out there.

      • ByteXDHow to Use Stroke to Path in Inkscape – ByteXD

        Paths are primary elements in constructing vector graphics. One can say that a path is a set of connected points (called nodes), yet another description is that a path is a general-shaped region enclosed with a boundary.

        The region is called the fill (some refer to it as the path itself); the stroke is a tiny strip along the path’s boundary that can be colored separately of the fill color.

      • ByteXDHow to Select Areas by Color in Inkscape – ByteXD

        Imagine this scenario: you are working on a large illustration of nature, but suddenly you thought that these pink flowers (which are really a lot, and they are scattered along the landscape) are better off being purple, yet selecting all of these flowers individually would be tedious, wouldn’t it?

        Here comes a great tool for selecting multiple objects (or paths), which satisfy a certain criterion, be it fill or stroke colors, stroke style or object type.

        In our example, the criterion would be the color of the fill, because all the flowers are already pink, so we will select them using that color.

      • ByteXDHow to Align Objects to Center of the Page in Inkscape – ByteXD

        The first time I was working with vector graphics, I encountered an obstacle.

        How could I possibly align two rectangles perfectly, given that the resolution is technically infinite? Well, it will be impossible to align any two objects by just eyeballing and adjusting the position based on what you see.

        But thanks to the Align and Distribute tool in Inkscape for offering not just unreachable precision, but also with no much time or effort, and this article will show how you can align object to the center of the page.

      • TechtownHow to Install RabbitMQ on Ubuntu 20.04 – Techtown

        Many times we have so many applications that require communication between them that it becomes heavy, slow, and difficult to manage them. That is why there are important applications like RabbitMQ that facilitate the process, making the matter much more bearable. Today, you will learn the process of installing RabbitMQ on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install a Plugin In Vim

        Vim is a versatile, powerful, and lightweight command-line text editor that has proven to be indispensable over time.

        You can install Vim on Windows, macOS, Unix, and Linux. Actually, most Unix and Linux-based systems come with Vim by default. One of the best ways to extend Vim’s functionality is via plugins, and here’s how you can install plugins in Vim.

    • Games

      • LiliputingAnbernic RG353P is a retro gaming handheld that dual boots Android and Linux – Liliputing

        Handheld gaming company Anbernic’s latest device is a device with a retro design, a 3.5 inch, 640 x 480 pixel touchscreen IPS LCD display, and a 1.8 GHz Rockchip RK3566 quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor with Mali-G52 MP2 graphics.

        But perhaps the most unusual thing about the Anbernic RG353P is that it’s a dual-boot system that ships with both Android and Linux software. The RG353P goes up for pre-order June 18th, with prices starting at $130.

      • Make Use OfProton 7.0-3 Release Boosts Linux, Steam Deck Game Compatibility, but Will It Entice Gamers to Switch to Linux?

        Valve Software, the creator of the popular Steam PC gaming platform and hit titles like Half-Life and Portal, has announced the release of Proton 7.0-3, improving Linux compatibility with Windows games. The release will enhance the Steam Deck’s compatibility with existing games.

        Proton 7.0-3 Makes More Games Linux-compatible

        The Proton 7.0-3 release brings a number of improvements, particularly in increasing the number of games that Proton can play. These include the classic adventure game, Beneath a Steel Sky (despite long having a native Linux port), as well as Age of Chivalry, Cities XXL, Star Wars Episode I Racer, and Warhammer: End Times, among others. A full listing of newly supported titles is available on Valve’s GitHub changelog for Proton.

      • Conquer Your Daemons or Command Them — Total War: WARHAMMER III now available on Linux | Feral News

        Total War: WARHAMMER III, the cataclysmic conclusion to the sweeping WARHAMMER trilogy is now available for Linux!

        Four Ruinous Powers surge from the Realm of Chaos to engulf the world, over which two mighty kingdoms of mortals stand sentinel. Lead daemonic armies on their campaigns of Chaos, or defend the mortal realms from their relentless onslaught.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • FSFFriday Free Software Directory on IRC: June 17 starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT/16:00 UTC

        Join the FSF and friends this Friday, June 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory.

      • CollaboraEmerging ideas at Open Source Summit North America

        Big events draw in an array of individuals to learn and connect, and the Open Source Summit North America is no exception. Offering a multitude of events and sessions, attendees will be immersed in all things open source.

        Taking place at the JW Marriott Austin in Texas, open source enthusiasts will have the chance to collaborate in person after two years of attending the conference virtually. Jam-packed with sessions to uncover from June 21 to 24, be sure to catch three talks by Collabora’s very own.

        Highlighting the benefits of a people-first driven approach, People Lead Manager Dave Bevan will be giving two separate talks. The first will breakdown the importance bridging cultural distinctions and the second will showcase strategies to foster team spirit within a remote environment.

      • UbuntuOperator Day at Kubecon EU 2022 – recordings available! | Ubuntu

        The Operator Day at Kubecon EU 2022, hosted by Canonical, took place on Monday 16 May 2022. We thank everyone for attending the event. Our thanks go out especially to those who engaged with us via chat during the online event. We enjoyed answering questions and having conversations during the presentations. If you missed Operator Day, we have good news.

    • Web Browsers

      • curl –insecure

        WARNING: be sure you know what you’re doing! this is especially true to knowing what website you’re trying to access. It may be fine to ignore SSL warnings for a local dev environment on your laptop or for accessing internal URLs in your private infrastructure. But anything on the public Internet that gives you an SSL warning must be reviwed before you progress.

      • Daniel Stenbergcurl user survey 2022 analysis | daniel.haxx.se

        Once again I’ve collected the numbers, generated graphs, scratched my head and tried to understand what users mean and how to best use this treasure trove of user feedback.

        The curl user survey 2022 ran for two full weeks in the end of May. Here is the document with all the numbers, graphs and analysis from this year’s data.

        You will learn what protocols curl users use (HTTPS and HTTP), which TLS backend is the most popular (OpenSSL) and which the top platform is (Linux). And a lot more.

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaKids are growing up in a very online world. What’s a concerned parent to do?

          Technology is easy to blame for the mental health crisis that kids are facing. But according to experts, it’s not that simple.

          A rare public advisory from the U.S. surgeon general in December 2021 warned that young people are facing unprecedented challenges that have had a “devastating” effect on their mental health. These difficulties were already widespread before the pandemic started in 2020 — with up to 1 in 5 people in the U.S. ages 3 to 17 having a reported mental, emotional, developmental or behavioral disorder.

          We often attribute the crisis to technology, particularly social media. After all, young people today are spending much of their time glued to screens like no generation before them. One study conducted in 2021 found that teens spent 7.7 hours per day in front of screens for activities unrelated to school. But there is not a definitive correlation between mental health and social media use.

        • MozillaHacks Decoded: Bikes and Boomboxes with Samuel Aboagye [Ed: What does that have to do with the Web, with Mozilla, or with Firefox?]
  • Leftovers

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • One hand knows what the other hand does

          The Swedish gov’t is gonna contribute 6000 million SEK to people’s electricity bills. Probably a needed thing, short term, but:

          1. If even one fraction of the reason for them having to do that (the high electricity cost) is because of miners (driving the price up (even partially as one of many factors)), I’m salty about that.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • When some evangelicals worshipped the wrong guy

        The fact that Donald J. Trump fulfills a hundred of the biblical checkbox prophecies for being the antichrist, the interloper, the deceiver—that’s not a reason to become a literal believer in a book over your own eyes and heart. Apophenia can trip you up and people like Trump have existed through the ages.

        But it is a reason to call into question all these evangelicals falling at Trump’s feet. They are, once again, making it painfully clear that they don’t read their own book. They worship the one person their book told them to not worship, while they tread upon the people their lamb asked them to lift up and care for.

    • Internet/Gemini

      • Blogs, Authorship, and External Valdation

        I have been getting more and more into reading other peoples glogs, blogs, journals, whatever you want to call em. The small net as it turns out is a treasure trove of verbal people willing to sit down and write about things which interest them and novel thoughts on any degree of subjects. Its mind opening seeing different expectations each author has for their blog.

        Recently, a HUGE inspiration came to me from Nickspheres “Shouting into the void” where they explicitly expressed their own desires for their journal and what they want out of it. We diverge on many ideas but his contemplations helped open the floodgates to my own contemplations on what I actually want out of this.

      • Exploration

        While dealing with some tough moments and situations in the past few months, I’ve begun to explore the area. Some of the discoveries have become places of great sentimental value to me.

        I began personal therapy several weeks ago. Of course it would be inappropriate to discuss personal issues at my workplace, so I found a park close to my office that I can quickly drive to before session started. I’ve now attended the majority of my therapy sessions while sitting in my car at that park. As ar esult, that park has become a metaphorical place where I can speak my mind openly and frankly. I almost don’t want to go back there under other circumstances.

      • Technological Dependence

        Many people, myself included, have grown too comfortable with the conveniences of modern technology. When was the last time you went on a road trip without reliance on realtime GPS? I recently did, and it was eye opening.

[Meme] Team UPC: Entering Legal Chaos and an Inevitable Disaster

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: Unified Patent Court is a Fake Common Court and Violates CJEU’s Jurisprudence of the Last 10 Years, Will Explode at launch, Says Professor Jaeger

Well, have we actually SOLVED any of the issues? No, but let's kill the messengers: Hungarian constitution, Brexit
Spanish resistance, Polish studies, Slovenian rigged vote, Vienna convention, EPC
How is this good for Europe’s reputation and competitiveness???

Summary: The EPO, occupied and besieged by Team UPC, is breaking a lot of laws, spreading a lot of lies, violating constitutions and so on

EPO Management Now Simulating the Acceptance of Its Criminal Behaviour, But Will EPO Member States Play Along?

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Does the Council know that laws and constitutions are being violated? Does it care? Oh, really?
The EPO has just updated this list of people who claim to represent their countries; notice what’s added below that, just like yesterday's Peru non-story

The criminals who run the EPO now simulates an existence of something that 1) does NOT exist 2) is NOT legal 3) is NOT constitutional.

Summary: Representatives for their nations at the EPO should take note; Just like Benoît Battistelli before him, António Campinos is gleefully breaking the law while misusing the domain epo.org to incite for illegal actions and promote kangaroo courts (simulations as a lobbying tactic, just like those mock ‘trials’ which went astray)

If her boyfriend can fake his credentials and then be defended, promoted and paid by the EPO, why not do the same with the UPC?

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) Admits Losing Revenue This Past Year

Posted in Microsoft, OSI at 1:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: In the Latest OSI Tax Filing (From the IRS), Filed 13 Months Ago, Only 4% of the Revenue Comes From Members (People, Not Corporations) and $252,702 Goes to Microsoft Projects (Propping Up Proprietary Software Monopoly)

OSI revenue
From OSI’s own blog (about two hours ago). Did more people cancel (realising their money had gone into openwashing)?

Summary: The way things are going, sooner or later only 2% of the OSI’s money will be coming from actual people (and 98% come from corporations like Microsoft, for which OSI is advocating proprietary software like GitHub)

Bonus: We now know OSI has rigged elections too.

Links 16/06/2022: PostgreSQL 14.4 Released and GNU Health Hospital Management 4.0.4

Posted in News Roundup at 10:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • XDAThe different ways to run Linux on the MacBook Pro 13 (2022)

        Alongside the all-new MacBook Air, Apple debuted a refresh to the MacBook Pro 13 at WWDC. Unlike the MacBook Air, the newest MacBook Pro 13 doesn’t get an updated design, it merely gets some juiced-up internals. And that means the brand-new Apple M2 chip.

        It’s the first MacBook Pro to get the M2 inside and as it’s also the most affordable MacBook Pro, it’s an attractive proposition for various use cases. And that includes development.

        Developers will often want to be able to run Linux on their Mac either natively or virtualized. The good news is that it’s perfectly possible to run Linux on the MacBook Pro 13 (2022), but with caveats.

    • Server

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoEnterprise Linux Security Episode 32 – MySQL for Everyone! – Invidious

        Are you a fan of MySQL? What if we told you that there’s an infinite supply of it online, right out in the open?! It’s literally as bad as it sounds! In this episode, Jay and Joao discuss how over 3.6 million MySQL instances are publicly available, as well as other forms of unintended public access.

      • Jupiter BroadcastingLinux Action News 245

        We get the details behind Thunderbird acquiring K-9 Mail, share the best new features of Plasma 5.25, check-in on Ubuntu’s RISC-V development status, and discuss Photoshop coming to Linux via the web.

      • The BSD Now PodcastBSD Now 459: NetBSD Kernel benchmark

        Evaluating FreeBSD CURRENT for Production Use, Time Machine-like Backups on OpenBSD, FreeBSD on the Graviton 3, Compiling the NetBSD kernel as a benchmark, Network Management with the OpenBSD Packet Filter Toolset from BSDCan 2022, Hardware Detection & Diagnostics for New FreeBSD Users, and more

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNPer-file OOM badness [LWN.net]

        The kernel tries hard to keep memory available for its present and future needs. Should that effort fail, though, the tool of last resort is the dreaded out-of-memory (OOM) killer, which is tasked with killing processes on the system to free their memory and alleviate the problem. The results of invoking the OOM killer are never going to be good, but they can be distinctly worse if the wrong processes are chosen for an untimely end. As one might expect, the effort to properly choose the right processes is an ongoing effort. Most recently, Christian König has proposed a new mechanism to address a blind spot in the OOM killer’s deliberations.

        When the system runs out of memory, the OOM killer’s job is to try to resolve the problem while causing the least possible amount of collateral damage; a number of heuristics have been applied to the victim-choosing logic toward that end. One obvious rule is that it is generally better to kill fewer processes than many, and the way to do that is to select the processes that are currently consuming the most memory. Often, a single out-of-control process is responsible for the problem in the first place; if that process can be identified and killed, the system can get back into a more stable condition.

      • LWNWhat constitutes disclosure of a kernel vulnerability? [LWN.net]

        Opinions differ on the best way to disclose security vulnerabilities, but there is a general consensus in our community that vulnerabilities should, indeed, be made public at some point. What happens between the discovery of a vulnerability and its disclosure can be more controversial. A recent discussion on the handling of kernel vulnerabilities has led to change in the policies of the linux-distros mailing list — all based on the question of what constitutes “disclosure”.

        There are two mailing lists that are commonly used for the discussion of vulnerabilities in the Linux community; they are not limited to kernel problems. The first of these, linux-distros, is a closed list that is used to coordinate the response to non-public security bugs. The second, oss-security, is a public list which is used for, among other things, the public disclosure of vulnerabilities. Both are administered by Alexander “Solar Designer” Peslyak.

        There is a long list of policies that apply to postings on linux-distros, including one that requires the public disclosure of all vulnerabilities reported there within a relatively short period of time. That rule is there to ensure that companies don’t sit on vulnerability reports indefinitely, no matter how embarrassing they are. Another list policy, though, says that vulnerabilities that are already public have no place on linux-distros; all discussion of public vulnerabilities belongs on oss-security instead. The implementation of these policies has often proved to be tricky, especially when dealing with kernel vulnerabilities; see this 2021 article for a recent example.

      • LWN5.19 Merge window, part 2 [LWN.net]

        The 5.19 merge window was closed with the 5.19-rc1 release on June 5 after the addition of 13,124 non-merge changesets to the mainline kernel. That makes this merge window another busy one, essentially matching the 13,204 changesets seen for 5.18. The approximately 8,500 changesets merged since our first 5.19 merge-window summary contain quite a bit of new functionality; read on for a summary of the most interesting changes that were pulled during the second half of this merge window.

      • LWNMaintainers don’t scale [LWN.net]

        In something of a grab-bag session, Josef Bacik led a discussion about various challenges that Linux kernel maintainers face, some of which lead to burnout. The session was originally going to be led by Darrick Wong, but he was unable to come to LSFMM, so Bacik gathered some of Wong’s concerns and combined them with his own in a joint storage and filesystem session at the 2022 Linux Storage, Filesystem, Memory-management and BPF Summit (LSFMM). As part of the discussion, Bacik presented his view on what the role of a kernel maintainer should be, which seemed to resonate with those present.

      • LWNBest practices for fstests [LWN.net]

        As a followup to a session on testing challenges earlier in the day, Josef Bacik led a discussion on best practices for testing in a combined storage and filesystem session at the 2022 Linux Storage, Filesystem, Memory-management and BPF Summit (LSFMM). There are a number of ways that developers can collaborate on improving the testing landscape using fstests and blktests, starting with gathering and sharing information about which tests are expected to pass and fail. That information depends on a lot of different factors, including kernel version and configuration, fstest options, and more.

      • LWNioctl() forever? [LWN.net]

        In a combined storage and filesystem session at the 2022 Linux Storage, Filesystem, Memory-management and BPF Summit (LSFMM), Luis Chamberlain and James Bottomley led a discussion about the use of ioctl() as a mechanism for configuration. There are plenty of downsides to the use of ioctl() commands, and alternatives exist, but in general kernel developers have chosen to continue using this multiplexing system call. While there is interest in changing things, at least in some quarters, the discussion did not seem to indicate major changes on the horizon.

      • LWNLinux 5.18.5
      • LWNLinux 5.15.48
      • LWNLinux 5.10.123
      • LWNLinux 5.4.199
      • LWNLinux 4.19.248
      • LWNLinux 4.14.284
      • LWNLinux 4.9.319
    • Graphics Stack

      • V3DV Vulkan 1.2 status – Developer Log

        A quick update on my latest activities around V3DV: I’ve been focusing on getting the driver ready for Vulkan 1.2 conformance, which mostly involved fixing a few CTS tests of the kind that would only fail occasionally, these are always fun :). I think we have fixed all the issues now and we are ready to submit conformance to Khronos, my colleague Alejandro Piñeiro is now working on that.

    • Applications

      • Re: using Vim and Emacs

        In the first words, I’m happy that Matto is mentioned in [smolZINE - Issue 28] and he is publishing on the Geminispace. We were mailing about one article on his Gopherhole, and as I saw then, he had been publishing only there, and on the Web.

        Backing to the main topic, after my [Enlightenment in Emacs] I’m still using Vim and Emacs at the same time. I’ve organized it by some use cases. I’m using Emacs for Gophersphere, with Elpher for reading, and as an editor for writing. I’ve choosen Emacs for writing because it has superior text alignment functions, as I’ve written in [Emacs and Gopher].

      • Re: using Vim and Emacs

        It isn’t a problem to do all tasks in Emacs, but the rest things I’m writing in Vim. Sometimes Vim can be better to do some things, for example, it has a better auto-completion function. In Emacs, there isn’t a built-in function like Vim’s CTRL+N dialog. Some corresponding functions, like for eg. spelling, are still handier in Vim for me. Separating modes in Vim are cool on the one hand and not on the other. Sometimes is more natural to just write text, as in Emacs.

      • Linux Links11 Best Free Linux Synthesizers (Updated 2022)

        A software synthesizer, also known as a softsynth, is computer software which creates digital audio. Computer software that generates music is not a recent arrival. However, with processors that offer multiple cores and faster clock speeds, software synthesizers can complete tasks that previously needed dedicated hardware. The advantage, of course, of software synthesizers is that they are less expensive than dedicated hardware, and simpler to integrate with other types of music software.

        Synthesizers are often controlled with a piano-style keyboard. Several other forms of controller have been developed to mimic guitars, organs, stringed and wind instruments. A real analog synthesizer has a lot of knobs and switches which give immediate access to all important parameters of the generated sound.

      • The syslog-ng Insider 2022-06: 3.37; hardware; Apache; disk-buffer; – Blog – syslog-ng Community – syslog-ng Community

        This is the 102nd issue of syslog-ng Insider, a monthly newsletter that brings you syslog-ng-related news.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Tips On UNIXHow To Install Wireshark 3.6.6 On Ubuntu / AlmaLinux / Fedora Systems. | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install Wireshark 3.6.6 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Linux Mint 20.3, AlmaLinux 9, and Fedora 36

        Wireshark is an open-source network protocol analyzer. It can capture and decode packets on a network and can be used to identify and analyze network traffic.

        Wireshark can be used to monitor traffic on a local network, or on a remote network over the Internet.

      • Using and Managing Kubernetes DaemonSets  – Container Journal

        Kubernetes (also known as K8s) is a portable, open source, extensible platform to manage containerized workloads and services. It provides both automation and declarative configuration. You can cluster multiple nodes and Kubernetes helps you efficiently and easily manage them. It’s an ideal platform, as Kubernetes clusters can span hosts across public, on-premises, hybrid or private clouds.

        Additionally, Kubernetes offers many features and deployment options to run containers. One of these resources is DaemonSet. In this article, we’ll be discussing the function of DaemonSets, one of Kubernetes’ central resources.

      • Install OTRS Ticketting System on Debian 11 – kifarunix.com

        Welcome to our tutorial on how to install OTRS ticketting system on Debian 11. OTRS, an acronym for Open Source Ticket Request System, is a flexible ticket request and process management system for customer services, Helpdesk, and IT services.

        OTRS ships with a comprehensive list of features that you can check them on the OTRS feature list page.

      • CitizixHow to install and Configure Jenkins in Ubuntu 22.04

        In this guide we are going to learn how to install and set up Jenkins in Ubuntu 22.04 server.

        Jenkins is an open source automation server which enables developers around the world to reliably build, test, and deploy their software. It is a popular open source automation tool to perform continuous integration and build automation. Jenkins allows to execute a predefined list of steps, e.g. to compile golang source code to build build binary file. The trigger for this execution can be time or event based.

      • TechRepublicHow to install the latest version of Nextcloud on Ubuntu Server 22.04 | TechRepublic

        For those that aren’t in the know, Nextcloud is a cloud-based suite of tools that includes things like document and file management, calendar, chat (video and audio), email, forms and contacts. In fact, for those interested, Nextcloud could easily become a drop-in replacement for the likes of either Google Workspace or Microsoft 365. I’ve been using Nextcloud since its early days and I am confident that just about anyone can benefit from this platform.

      • Red HatLearn about OpenShift command-line tools | Red Hat Developer

        Red Hat OpenShift simplifies application deployment, the management and monitoring of Kubernetes clusters, and other developer tasks. The OpenShift tools, both command-line interface (CLI) and graphical user interface (GUI), cover many crucial deployment tasks. This article focuses on the oc and odo CLI commands, but touches on the GUIs as well.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Elasticsearch on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Elasticsearch is a powerful scalable real-time distributed search and data analysis. Elasticsearch is well-liked and popular amongst sysadmins and developers as it is a mighty search engine based on the Lucene library. The search engine works very quickly, can be used to search large amounts of data (big data), and supports distributed architectures for high availability.

        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 Elasticsearch 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.

      • TecMintHow to Limit Network Bandwidth in NGINX Web Server

        Previously, in our NGINX traffic management and security controls series, we have discussed how to limit the number of connections the same client can make to your web resources, using client identification parameters such as IP address. We also covered how to limit the rate of requests (limit the rate at which a client can make requests) for your web resources.

        To ensure that your application usage bandwidth is not expended by a single client, you need to control the upload and download speeds per client. This is a common NGINX security control against DoS (Denial of Service) attacks from malicious users who are just trying to abuse site performance.

        In this third part of the series, we will explain how to limit network bandwidth in the NGINX web server.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to configure Network File System on Linux | Enable Sysadmin

        NFS is one of the easiest and most transparent ways to handle shared storage within an organization. Learn how to configure it on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

      • CitizixHow to create an AWS EC2 Instance with Pulumi using Golang

        Pulumi is an open source infrastructure as code tool for creating, deploying, and managing cloud infrastructure. Pulumi works with traditional infrastructures like VMs, networks, and databases, in addition to modern architectures, including containers, Kubernetes clusters, and serverless functions.

        It leverages existing programming languages—TypeScript, JavaScript, Python, Go, . NET, Java, and markup languages like YAML—and their native ecosystem to interact with cloud resources through the Pulumi SDK. Pulumi let’s you build cloud applications and infrastructure by combining the safety and reliability of infrastructure as code with the power of familiar programming languages and tools.

      • Trend OceansHow to Install TeamViewer in Ubuntu 22.04 or Debian-Based Distro’s – TREND OCEANS

        Before AnyDesk, TeamViewer was one of the most popular multi-platform remote access and remote control software between computers.

        TeamViewer is proprietary software and is not included in the Ubuntu repository, but you can still install it on your system by grabbing the deb file from the official TeamViewer website.

        Today, you will learn how to install TeamViewer on Ubuntu or any Debian-based distributions from a deb file using both CLI and GUI methods.

      • H2S MediaInstall Hestia web control panel on Debian 11 Bullseye – Linux Shout

        Want to manage the command line web server using GUI? Then here are the steps to install the Hestia open-source control panel on Debian 11 Bullseye.

        Hestia is an open-source control panel for Web serves running on Linux operating systems. It is based on another open-source project called the Vesta Control panel, which is also free to download and use either from the official website or GitHub page.

        The users who want to create, configure and handle Apache or Nginx web servers with PHP-FPM but via a Graphical user interface can install the HestiaCP in just a few commands. Apart from the web servers, it also offers a DNS server, Multiple PHP versions; MariaDB or PostgreSQL databases; POP/IMAP/SMTP mail services with Anti-Virus, and Firewall with brute-force attack detection.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-06-16 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-06-09 and 2022-06-16 there were 19 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 250 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 7.6 % of total released titles. Here’s a quick pick of the most interesting ones…

      • Boiling Steam3400 Games Now On The Steam Deck with Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising as Verified – Boiling Steam

        We are still observing a relatively low rate of addition of verified/playable games for the Steam Deck – this week most additions were made on 2 days. Nevertheless we are now more than 3400 games validated (3417 games to be precise at the time of publication) on the Steam Deck – in two categories…

      • 9to5LinuxTotal War: WARHAMMER III Is Out Now on Linux, Ported by Feral Interactive

        Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, Total War: WARHAMMER III is the third installment and the cataclysmic conclusion of the Total War: WARHAMMER video game series. The game is set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy universe of colossal proportions.

        The game was announced on February 17, 2022, but it was only released for macOS and Microsoft Windows platforms, But now, thanks to Feral Interactive, you can now play the video game on your Linux-powered computer too.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • The Register UKNot a GNOME fan, and like the look of Windows? Try KDE Plasma or Cinnamon

          Right after the latest release of the KDE Frameworks comes the Plasma Desktop 5.25 plus the default desktop for the forthcoming Linux Mint 23.

          KDE Plasma 5.25 is the latest version of the oldest FOSS desktop around, with new and improved features that will particularly benefit trackpad and touchscreen users and people with convertible laptops.

          It appears right after version 5.95 of the KDE Frameworks, but to be honest, this won’t be especially visible unless you’re a developer. The KDE organization itself describes the Frameworks as “a set of 83 add-on libraries for programming with Qt.”

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • OpenBSD – Part 2

        Today I’ve continued my journey into the OpenBSD realm. This post documents what I achieved today. Firstly, I found out that file(1) exists, I somehow never found out about it, and that it is hardened on OpenBSD to not execute any code, which is awesome!

        I spent time today understanding the boot process and more of rc.conf, and by tomorrow I hope I can write my own start up scripts for custom services, it seems easy as they’re shell scripts. I tested around single user mode, and other nice features.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • BCI test tutorial – openQA bites

        Base Container Images (BCI) are a SUSE offer for a variety of container images suitable for building custom applications atop of the SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). They are a suitable building platform for different container applications and are available for free without subscription. In this blog post I’m covering how we test BCI before they are released and how you can run individual tests on them.

      • An update from ALP Quality Engineering – openSUSE News

        Building our products in an open and transparent way allows us to rethink the way how we test.

        Jose Lausuch from our ALP Quality Engineering was invited to the Community Workgroup weekly meeting to speak about current plans of Quality Engineering for ALP.

        Jose mentioned that the QE Workgroup would like to start testing existing ALP images with the existing MicroOS test suite. The effort is coordinated in poo#112409.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Red Hat OfficialHardening Virtio for emerging security usecases

        Traditionally, when looking at a virtio device and its corresponding virtio driver, we assume the device is trusted by the driver. We do, however, need to protect the virtio device from a possible malicious virtio driver.

        The logic behind this approach is that the virtio driver is a “smart” software element which could contain malicious software logic while the virtio device is a “dumb” element capable of doing only what it’s asked to do. Another reason for this logic is that we traditionally focus on protecting the host from the workload running on it containing the virtio driver (be it a virtual machine (VM) or a container) or protecting workloads from each other.

        Emerging hardware frameworks and security frameworks are turning things around by shifting the focus to protecting the virtio driver from the virtio device. One reason for this change is emerging smart NIC technologies that contain virtio devices that are transformed from “dumb” elements to sophisticated elements that are also capable of running malicious software.

      • OpenSource.comUsing habits to practice open organization principles | Opensource.com

        Habits are a long-term interest of mine. Several years ago, I gave a presentation on habits, both good and bad, and how to expand on good habits and change bad ones. Just recently, I read the habits-focused book Smart Thinking by Art Markman. You might ask what this has to do with open organization principles. There is a connection, and I’ll explain it in this two-part article on managing habits.

        In this first article, I talk about habits, how they work, and—most important—how you can start to change them. In the second article, I review Markman’s thoughts as presented in his book.

      • Enterprisers ProjectQ&A: 3 digital transformation questions and answers about boosting team productivity

        Even after two years of rapid technology adoption, it’s rare to find a company that has a clear and accurate understanding of how each individual employee uses technology at work – and what they need from those tools.

        In this interview, Stanley Huang, Moxo’s Chief Technology Officer, shares what organizations need to focus on in the years to come. He offers tips for CIOs and CTOs to help unburden employees and increase productivity through technology in the workplace.

      • Red HatHow to convert a web application to Software-as-a-Service [Ed: Application you do not control. Someone else controls it remotely.]

        Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offers a compelling opportunity for developers who create software originally intended to run at web scale. Having a single code base that runs a variety of enterprise-level business applications reduces the labor that goes into creating and maintaining the software that supports it all. The promise of “one code base to rule them all” makes developing SaaS platforms a value proposition that’s hard to ignore—as long as the development team has the expertise to make their ideas real. You need to know a thing or two about creating SaaS platforms. They are a bit of a different beast than single-purpose web applications.

        There are two ways to create a SaaS platform. One is the “greenfield” approach: Build a SaaS platform from scratch. The other way is to transform an existing web application into a SaaS platform.

        This article takes a look at the second way. I describe how to transform an existing web application into a SaaS platform with the help of a concrete, yet fictitious, business named Clyde’s Clarinets. The goal of the article is to describe how to transform Clyde’s Clarinets into a SaaS platform named Instrument Resellers.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Its FOSSUbuntu Core 22 is Here for IoT and Edge Devices

        Ubuntu Core 22 is a containerized Ubuntu 22.04 LTS variant optimized for embedded and IoT devices.

        It should be a wonderful offering for developers looking to make use of Canonical’s latest operating system for edge devices.

      • Ubuntu Core 22 goes GA: Thanks for the… Internet of Shrimp?

        Canonicals’ open source operating system (OS) for edge and Internet of Things devices, Ubuntu Core 22 , is now generally available as the company eyes market opportunities for the fully containerised OS at the heart of a growing ecosystem of embedded industrial, telecommunications, automotive and robotics devices.

      • CNX SoftwareUbuntu Core 22 released for IoT devices and embedded systems

        Canonical has just released Ubuntu Core 22, a containerized variant of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, optimized for IoT devices and embedded systems and supporting Ubuntu’s new real-time kernel.

        In Ubuntu Core, everything is a snap, including the kernel, OS, and applications both to improve security to sandbox each package and to enable updates of specific packages from the IoT App Store over-the-air (OTA). If something goes wrong during the update, the system will automatically roll back to the previous version, so the device cannot be bricked. The Snap system also minimizes network traffic through delta updates.

      • DebugPointVoyager Live: Ubuntu LTS Spin with Immersive Experience [Review]

        A review of Voyager Linux which is a Ubuntu LTS spin that brings stunning UI for various flavours with themes, Conky and utilities.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosMultipurpose I/O module based on Raspberry Pi RP2040 silicon

        Italian based Sfera Labs released the Iono RP D16 which is an I/O module driven by the RP2040 MCU suitable for industrial and commercial applications. This robust module provides sixteen digital 24V I/I lines and it’s CE, FCC and IC compliant.

        Similar to the recent Exo Sense RP also by Sfera Labs, the Iono RP D16 is built around the RP2040 chip which provides two ARM Cortex-M0+ processors (up to 133MHz), 264KB on-chip SRAM and rich I/Os.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Apache BlogThe Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Doris™ as a Top-Level Project : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

      The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Doris™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

      Apache Doris is a modern, easy-to-use MPP (massively parallel processing) analytical database system that provides sub-second queries and efficient real-time data analysis. The project was originally developed at Baidu as “Palo”, was open-sourced in 2017, and entered the Apache Incubator in July 2018.

      “We are very proud that Doris graduated from the Apache Incubator —it is an important milestone,” said Mingyu Chen, Vice President of Apache Doris. “Under the guidance of our incubator mentors, we learned how to successfully develop our project and community the Apache Way. We have achieved great growth during the incubation process.”

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • UbuntuHow are we improving Firefox Snap performance? Part 2 | Ubuntu

          The Firefox snap offers a number of benefits to daily users of Ubuntu as well as a range of other Linux distributions. It improves security, delivers cross-release compatibility and shortens the time for improvements from Mozilla to get into the hands of users.

          Currently, this approach has trade-offs when it comes to performance, most notably in Firefox’s first launch after a system reboot. This series tracks our progress in improving startup times to ensure we are delivering the best user experience possible.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: PostgreSQL 14.4 Released!

        The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released PostgreSQL 14.4 to fix an issue that could cause silent data corruption when using the CREATE INDEX CONCURRENTLY or REINDEX CONCURRENTLY commands. Please see the following section for information on how to detect and correct silent data corruption in your indexes.

        This release also fixes over 15 bugs since PostgreSQL 14.3 was released in May. For the full list of changes, please review the release notes.

        This release is only for PostgreSQL 14. The PostgreSQL Global Development Group will make a scheduled update release on August 11, 2022 for all supported versions of PostgreSQL (10 – 14).

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUGNU Health – News: GNU Health Hospital Management 4.0.4 patchset released [Savannah]

        We provide “patchsets” to stable releases. Patchsets allow applying bug fixes and updates on production systems. Always try to keep your production system up-to-date with the latest patches.
        Patches and Patchsets maximize uptime for production systems, and keep your system updated, without the need to do a whole installation.

      • TalerGNU Taler Scalability

        Anonymity loves company. Hence, to provide the best possible anonymity to GNU Taler users, the scalability of individual installations of a Taler payment service matters. While our design scales nicely on paper, NGI Fed4Fire+ enabled us to evaluate the transaction rates that could be achieved with the actual implementation.

    • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • 2022/0616/0830 — dull grey morning

      A light misty rain and a very dull overcast sky as I went out for my morning walk, up through the park as usual. Much the same sounds as usual, birds in the trees and bushes can be heard, but few seen. No sound of the illegal rooster today, perhaps its not light enough for him yet, perhaps he has become chicken soup

    • 2022/0610/1400 — lunchtime butcherbird
    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Fedora (containerd, golang-github-containerd-cni, golang-github-containernetworking-cni, golang-x-sys, kernel, and qt5-qtbase), Oracle (kernel, kernel-container, microcode_ctl, subversion:1.14, and xz), Red Hat (.NET 6.0, .NET Core 3.1, cups, and xz), Scientific Linux (xz), SUSE (caddy, chromium, librecad, libredwg, varnish, and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (bluez).

      • MakeTech EasierMicrosoft Office Update Remedies Chinese Hack Vulnerability [Ed: Microsoft once again using xenophobia to distract from its own misconduct; Microsoft wants you to think its back or bug doors have an ethnicity, nationality]

        Microsoft Office users are encouraged to update the software as soon as possible to protect their systems from a Chinese hack vulnerability. While Microsoft has known about the threat since late last month, it only initially offered workarounds.

      • Bruce SchneierAttacking the Performance of Machine Learning Systems – Schneier on Security

        Attackers were able to degrade the performance so much, and force the system to waste so many cycles, that some hardware would shut down due to overheating. Definitely a “novel threat vector.”

      • USCERTCISA Requests Public Comment on CISA’s TIC 3.0 Cloud Use Case

        CISA has released Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 Cloud Use Case for public comment. TIC is a federal cybersecurity initiative intended to secure federal data, networks, and boundaries while providing visibility into agency traffic, including cloud communications.

      • CISACisco Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products | CISA
    • Defence/Aggression

      • Atlantic CouncilRenewed Belarus military buildup is a sign of Lukashenka’s desperation

        With war raging in Ukraine’s east and south, there are mounting concerns that the threat to the country’s north and west, including the capital Kyiv, could soon return.

        Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on June 10 that Belarus may be forced to enter the war to fight for the west of Ukraine so that it is “not chopped off” by NATO. The Belarusian dictator’s remarks came as Minsk was reinforcing its electronic warfare capabilities along the Ukrainian border, according to a Facebook post by the Ukrainian General Staff. “Combat engineering tasks are being performed to reinforce checkpoints and deploy additional electronic warfare equipment in the areas near the border between Belarus and Ukraine,” the General Staff wrote.

        Additionally, Belarus has been conducting military exercises in the area and Lukashenka has announced the creation of an operational command for troops on the border with Ukraine. Russia has recently deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles, Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft gun systems, and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems near the frontier. Alongside these developments, Lukashenka has announced the purchase of S-400s and Iskanders from Russia. The Belarusian autocrat has also ordered the creation of a “people’s militia.”

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Would 1950s Living Standards Save Us?

          We’re consuming way too much energy. By now people should start understanding that “shifting over to green power” is kind of a joke. So far the world hasn’t really started transitioning at any meaningful scale. Yes, new solar and wind plants are built every day.

    • Finance

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • CPJBelarusian journalists Yauhen Yerchak and Dzmitry Suslau sentenced to 15 days each in detention

        Belarus authorities should immediately release journalists Yauhen Yerchak and Dzmitry Suslau, drop all charges against them, and allow the press to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

      • JURISTBelarus dispatch: how a sports journalist became a political prisoner

        Belarusian law students enrolled at European Humanities University are filing reports with JURIST on current circumstances in Belarus under the constitutionally-disputed presidency of Alexander Lukashenka. For privacy and security reasons, we are withholding the name of the correspondent filing this report. The text has only been lightly edited to respect the author’s voice.

      • Scoop News GroupBelarusian hacktivist group releases purported Belarusian wiretapped audio of Russian embassy

        A Belarusian hacktivist group on Tuesday released what it says is wiretapped audio of foreign embassies, consulates and other calls in Belarus gathered surreptitiously by the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

        Announced in the Belarusian Cyber Partisans’ Telegram channel late morning U.S. time Tuesday, the first release is a four-and-a-half minute long video posted to YouTube containing what the group says is audio of recordings captured from the Russian embassy and the Russian consulate sometime between 2020 and 2021.

        The group said it is not publishing conversations in full and hiding some data about call participants “out of respect for the personal conversations of people who are not connected with the dictatorship in Belarus,” according to a Google translation of the message.

        An email sent to the Russian foreign ministry with a request for comment was not returned. The Belarus embassy in the U.S. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    • Monopolies

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