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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Jupiter BroadcastingLinux Action News 246

        Some highlights from Linus’ recent fireside chat, Qt gets a new leader and a Linux botnet we should probably take seriously.

    • Applications

      • Trend OceansLorien: Infinite canvas drawing/whiteboarding tool for Linux


        Lorien is a simple and open-source infinite canvas drawing/whiteboarding brainstorming tool written in the open-source Godot Game Engine.

        This tool is not like a standard tool that works on bitmap images like Photoshop, Krita, and Gimp; instead, it saves your drawn brushes as a collection of points and renders them at the runtime (kind of SVG), making it more performance-focused.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install VNC Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install a VNC server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Virtual Network Computing, or VNC, is a connection system that allows you to use your keyboard and mouse to interact with a graphical desktop environment on a remote server. VNC is working on GUI (Graphical User Interface) environments, it transmits movements of your mouse and keyboard input over the network using the Remote Frame Buffer (RFB) protocol.

        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 VNC server 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.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Krita on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Krita is a free and open-source graphics editing program for digital painting, 2D animation, or general image manipulation. It runs on Windows, macOS (both Intel 64bit), Linux hits, Android & Chrome OS and is one of the more popular paint applications for users with digital photos.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Krita on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the official PPA to install the command terminal’s digital editor.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Wireshark on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Wireshark is a powerful and popular network communication tool that allows viewing individual recorded data packets or sorting them according to specific content. This networking software lets you see what’s going on on your computer, and it helps take apart any encrypted messages being sent around it through analysis of their contents with ease!

        Some of the most common tasks Wireshark is used for amongst software users include troubleshooting networks with performance issues and cybersecurity tracing connecting, viewing contents of suspect network transactions, and identifying bursts of network traffic for further analysis.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install WireShark on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish Linux using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Insomnia on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Insomnia is a free, open-source, cross-platform desktop application that makes interacting with GraphQL servers more straightforward than ever before. It provides you with gRPC and REST endpoints, so there’s no need to worry about which one will work best for your needs! One of the most common uses is to test GraphQL APIs and HTTP-based RESTful APIs.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Insomnia on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish. The tutorial will import the official repository and gpg key and update and remove software using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Google Chrome on MX Linux 21 – LinuxCapable

        Google Chrome is the most used Internet Explorer software on the earth, with a recent update in 2021 that Chrome is currently the primary browser of more than 2.65 billion internet users; as you would know, installing MX Linux, like most Linux distributions, only install Mozilla Firefox. However, installing Google Chrome on Chrome is a straightforward task.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Google Chrome on MX Linux 21 release series in three alternative ways: stable, beta, or unstable versions, along with some essential command tips for users.

      • OSNoteHow to Install the Latest Python Version on Debian 11 – OSNote

        Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language. It was created by Guido van Rossum in 1991.

        Python runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS. Python can be used to develop desktop GUI applications and CGI scripts for the web. Also, it’s used for server-side scripting for Apache HTTP Server sites. Python is most popular for its elegance and simplicity.

        The major advantage of using Python is that there are very few keywords to learn and easy to understand. It’s a general-purpose programming language, which means it can be used in any field of software development with ease and adaptability.

      • VideoLinux Crash Course – The df and du Commands – Invidious

        In the Linux Crash Course series, we’ll go over one important foundational Linux topic each episode. This series includes tutorials, demonstrations, and more!

      • Linux HandbookSearch for Available Linux Commands With apropos

        So you used a certain command but cannot remember its exact name anymore?

        You can use the ctrl+r keyboard shortcut in the terminal and reverse search through the shell history.

        This could work if you had used the command on the same system. But what if you used it on some other Linux system or just came across it in some forum or website?

        The good thing here is that there is a dedicated Linux command that lets you search with a string in the available commands on your system.

      • Make Use OfHow to Create a Data Backup and Recovery Strategy for Linux

        As the saying goes “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail,” you should always be prepared with a data backup to avoid losing valuable data on your Linux PC or server.

        A backup strategy is a simple plan that prepares you to quickly and easily recover your important data in the shortest amount of time possible. Let’s look at how you can devise a backup and recovery plan for Linux that best suits your needs.

      • H2S MediaInstall LAMP on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 with a single command – Linux Shout

        To run some popular web applications we need a lightweight LAMP server installation, here we learn how to do that on Ubuntu 20.04 focal or 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish using a single command.

        LAMP sounds may be familiar but it is not for our table, instead, it is an acronym composed of the initial letters of the software Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. This stack is quite common when it comes to creating a web server environment for installing popular PHP-based web applications such as WordPress. We can use LAMP to provide static or dynamic web content.

      • LinuxTechiHow to Install Rancher on Ubuntu 22.04 (Step by Step)

        In this guide, we explore how you can install and set up Rancher on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish).

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Draw.io on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Draw.io is a free and open-source cross-platform drawing software that can easily create various types of diagrams such as flowcharts or UML drawings for organizational structure analysis!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Draw.io on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal using the default Ubuntu APT repository or installing the Flatpak third-party package manager to get a newer version binary.

      • How to install Insomnia on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

        Insomnia is an open-source, cross-platform API client for GraphQL, REST, and gRPC. It’s a free cross-platform desktop application that takes the pain out of interacting with the designing HTTP-based APIs.

        Insomnia is an API client that allows you to send requests outside your terminal without writing code. What you need to know in the API world are the requests and endpoints.

        An Endpoint is a requestable URL. Think of it like this, you have a domain name and inside that domain name, there are a few routes pointers taking you to a certain page. For example, for nextgentips.com, we have an endpoint like category/monitoring.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Wireshark on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Use the default system repository to install Wireshark of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish or 20.04 focal fossa Linux distros.

        The Sniffer Wireshark is available in all Linux distributions to easily install. Apart from it, the executable can be downloaded for Windows and Mac OS. This open-source application is very useful for network administrators. IT can record the traffic, where you can look at the contents of a data packet. The IP address of the target system is always logged. Wireshark, for example, can be used to expose notoriously programs using networks to perform some unusual tasks. You can also statistically evaluate the collected data traffic, for example by searching for particularly large packets or picking out addresses that are frequently accessed. A counter-test of who owns such an IP address may then put you on the trail of an attack.

        Wireshark logs the network traffic of the interfaces of the system on which it is installed. It can therefore examine all incoming and outgoing connections of the respective computer. At the same time, it also receives all data packets that are sent to all systems in the network (broadcasts).

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogLet it fly – SAP HANA on SUSE cluster and systemd native integration

        The good news first: The cluster configuration stays unchanged. SUSE updated the resource agents for SAP HANA to get the native systemd integration transparent for the cluster administration.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Magento on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Magento is a highly popular open-source e-commerce platform written in PHP and managed by Adobe Inc. The platform is flexible and has a large variety of features to build an online store. Magento offers a community and a commercial version of its platform the community version is free and is designed primarily for individuals and or small businesses. On the other hand, the enterprise version is mainly aimed at medium to large businesses and more of an enterprise environment.

        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 Magento open-source e-commerce platform 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.

      • Barry KaulerAsk ext4 encrypt and simplified boot menu

        Whether on a flash-stick or internal drive, EasyOS is now laid out in the drive in the same way, in what we call a “frugal” install. Easy no longer knows what boot-manager or bootloader was used to boot it. In the case of the image file that you write to a flash-stick, the bootloader is now Limine, in a 7MiB fat12 esp partition, and Easy is in a 816MiB ext4 partition.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to use Linux shell command exit codes | Enable Sysadmin

        When you execute a command in Linux, it generates a numeric return code. This happens whether you’re running the command directly from the shell, from a script, or even from an Ansible playbook. You can use those return codes to handle the result of that command properly.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PHP Composer on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Composer is an application-level package manager for the PHP programming language similar to NPM for Node.Js or PIP for Python. Composer provides a standard format for managing all dependencies of PHP software and the required libraries by downloading all the required PHP packages for your project and managing them for you. It is used by most modern PHP frameworks such as Laravel, Drupal, Magento, and Symfony.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Composer on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal, along with some basic usage examples working with composer.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Apache (HTTPD) on AlmaLinux 9 – LinuxCapable

        Apache, also known as Apache HTTP server, has been one of the most widely used web server applications globally for the past few decades. It is a free, open-source web application software maintained by the Apache Software Foundation. Apache provides some powerful features with dynamically loadable modules, easy integration with other software, and handling of static files, among other popular features.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Apache Web Server on AlmaLinux 9 using the command line terminal for desktop or server and basic configuration and creating a TLS/SSL certificate with Let’s Encrypt.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-06-23 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-06-16 and 2022-06-23 there were 25 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 298 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 8.4 % of total released titles. Here’s a quick pick of the most interesting ones…

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Board Games


        We have always had a fascination with board games, in part because they are a device of social interaction, they challenge the mind and, most importantly, they are great fun to play. Many students gather together to escape the horrors of the classroom, and indulge in a little escapism. The time provides an outlet for tension and rivalry.

        Board games help teach diplomacy, how to make and break alliances, bring families and friends together, and learn valuable lessons.

        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.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE OfficialSubmit a Goal and Help Shape the Future of KDE | KDE.news

          I’m super excited to finally announce the start of the submission process for the brand new KDE Goals!

          KDE sets goals that help the community focus on important things that need to get done in collaboration across many teams. Over the years, the community has set goals to tackle issues with usability, made it easier for new contributors to start working on KDE projects, implemented new tech that will serve us for years to come, and much more.

          KDE Goals set a direction for the community and help concentrate efforts in areas deemed important by the KDE community itself. Every couple of years, new goals are selected to reflect the communities current priorities.

        • 9to5LinuxKrita 5.1 Promises JPEG-XL Support, Improved Support for WebP and Photoshop Files


          Krita 5.1 promises to introduce lots of goodies for digital artists using this powerful software to create art. Highlights include support for the JPEG-XL file format, improved support for the WebP, OpenEXR, Photoshop layered TIFF, and Photoshop files, support for PSD fill layers and color labels, support for ASE and ACB color palettes, as well as improved painting performance through the use of XSIMD

        • 9to5LinuxdigiKam 7.7 Photo Manager App Released with AVIF Image and Olympus OM-1 Support


          Coming about three and a half months after digiKam 7.6, the digiKam 7.7 release is here with support for the AOM AV1 Image File Format (AVIF) open, royalty-free video coding format, which is support for reading and writing in all bundles (AppImage, macOS, and Windows).

          digiKam 7.7 also appears to add read/write support for the JPEG-XL image format in all supported bundles, though JPEG-XL support was initially introduced in the digiKam 7.6 release, but there were some issues in handling animated JPEG-XL files which are now fixed.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • The Register UKHow RISC OS happened, as told by original Acorn Arthur lead • The Register

      One of the longest-lived GUI operating systems in the world has its origins as an emergency project – specifically the means by which Acorn planned to rescue the original Archimedes operating system.

      This is according to the original Acorn Arthur project lead, Paul Fellows, who spoke about the creation of RISC OS at the RISC OS User Group Of London, ROUGOL [after some helpful arrangements made by Liam Proven – Ed].

      On Monday, your correspondent hosted and moderated a reunion of four of the original developers of Acorn’s RISC OS.

      Fellows explained that participating were “Paul Fellows (VidC controller, Palette, I2C interface, Real Time Clock and EEPROM), Tim Dobson (Fonts, Audio and Utilities), Richard Manby (Graphics and Desktop), and Stuart Swales (Fileswitch and Heap Manager).”

      Today, RISC OS is still rumbling along, and version 5 is now open source. But it wasn’t the original, planned operating system for Acorn’s Archimedes computer. That was going to be ARX, of which almost no trace exists today apart from a few Usenet posts. What information survives has been compiled into the Wikipedia article.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • GNU Projects

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Drew DeVaultGitHub Copilot and open source laundering

        We have seen an explosion in machine learning in the past decade, alongside an explosion in the popularity of free software. At the same time as FOSS has come to dominate software and found its place in almost all new software products, machine learning has increased dramatically in sophistication, facilitating more natural interactions between humans and computers. However, despite their parallel rise in computing, these two domains remain philosophically distant.

        Though some audaciously-named companies might suggest otherwise, the machine learning space has enjoyed almost none of the freedoms forwarded by the free and open source software movement. Much of the actual code related to machine learning is publicly available, and there are many public access research papers available for anyone to read. However, the key to machine learning is access to a high-quality dataset and heaps of computing power to process that data, and these two resources are still kept under lock and key by almost all participants in the space.1

        The essential barrier to entry for machine learning projects is overcoming these two problems, which are often very costly to secure. A high-quality, well tagged data set generally requires thousands of hours of labor to produce,2 a task which can potentially cost millions of dollars. Any approach which lowers this figure is thus very desirable, even if the cost is making ethical compromises. With Amazon, it takes the form of gig economy exploitation. With GitHub, it takes the form of disregarding the terms of free software licenses. In the process, they built a tool which facilitates the large-scale laundering of free software into non-free software by their customers, who GitHub offers plausible deniability through an inscrutable algorithm.

      • LWNDeVault: GitHub Copilot and open source laundering

        Drew DeVault takes issue with GitHub’s “Copilot” offering and the licensing issues that it raises…

    • Programming/Development

      • Understanding explicit OpenCL memory migration between device

        Lately someone emailed me asking how OpenCL memory migration works. To be specific, when and how to use the `clEnqueueMigrateMemObjects` API when using more then one device.

        Yeah, the description of it in Khronos’s documentation[1] is very unhelpful. Nor is this API used often. I also spent quite some time to understand what the documentation is talking about. But first, let’s read the documentation.

      • CERProgramming in blocks lets far more people code — but not like software engineers: Response to the Ofsted Report

        I completely agree with the first sentence — there are benefits to using block-based programming in terms of reducing the need to memorize syntax and increasing usability. There is also evidence that secondary school students learn computing better in block-based programming than in text-based programming (see blog post). Blanchard, Gardner-McCune, and Anthony found (a Best Paper awardee from SIGCSE 2020) that university students learned better when they used both blocks and text than when they used blocks alone.

      • Perl / Raku

        • A toy language using Raku and QBE

          You probably already know that Raku is a language intended to replace Perl 5.
          QBE is a compiler backend in the same vein as llvm, but much simpler.
          The Hare programming language uses QBE as an IR (intermediate representation).

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Fun with Anchor Text Keywords

        Anchor texts are a very useful source of keywords for a search engine, and in an older version of the search engine, it used the text of such hyperlinks as a supplemental source for keywords, but due to a few redesigns, this feature has fallen off.

        Last few days has been spent working on trying to re-implement it in a new and more powerful fashion. This has largely been enabled by a crawler re-design from a few months ago, which offers the crawled data in a lot more useful fashion and allows a lot more flexible post-processing.

        It is easy enough to grab hyperlinks within the same domain that is being crawled and process them on the spot and assign the keywords to each document.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • AAASJapan tries—again—to revitalize its research | Science | AAAS

        Latest effort would spend billions on a few universities, but skeptics give it long odds

      • Let Machines Do the Work: Automating Semiconductor Research with Machine Learning

        The development of new thin semiconductor materials requires a quantitative analysis of a large amount of reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) data, which is time consuming and requires expertise. To tackle this issue, scientists from Tokyo University of Science identify machine learning techniques that can help automate RHEED data analysis. Their findings could greatly accelerate semiconductor research and pave the way for faster, energy efficient electronic devices.

    • Linux Foundation

      • ZDNetThe open source jobs are out there [Ed: Steven Vaughan-Nichols,found himself as a job as a marketer of Jim Zemlin, sub-contracted via ZDNet and working on Microsoft's payroll. LF-funded fluff instead of news. When "journalism" is just a sub-branch of the Public Relations industry.]

        The tech unemployment rate reached 2.1% in May. That was a slight drop from April, but with 623,627 tech job openings, that’s still a year-over-year increase of 52%. As good as that is, The Linux Foundation and the trusted learning platform edX’s 10th Annual Open Source Jobs Report have found that for open source savvy job seekers, the market is even better than that.

      • Cardano Joins Linux Foundation as Gold Member

        Cardano has announced that it is now a member of the Linux Foundation. According to a blog post, the Cardano Foundation has joined as a gold member, becoming the only nonprofit active at this level.

    • Security

      • USCERTCISA Releases Cloud Security Technical Reference Architecture [Ed: This is absurd because "the clown" means a security breach, unless it's the government itself running and controlling that "clown computing"]

        CISA has released its Cloud Security (CS) Technical Reference Architecture (TRA) to guide federal civilian departments and agencies in securely migrating to the cloud.

      • ACMClosing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap With New Candidate Pools [Ed: Decades of back doors have meant security failures and a lack of people traintd to understand real security]

        HR and security leaders must deploy new strategies to attract, hire, and retain cyber professionals while looking for ways to leverage the transferable skills and potential of untapped talent.

        Demand for cybersecurity talent has reached an historic high: 63% of businesses say they have unfilled security positions, and 60% experienced difficulties retaining qualified cybersecurity professionals in 2021, according to the ISACA State of Cybersecurity 2022 report. And information security analyst jobs are expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations.

      • DiffoscopeReproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 217 released

        The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 217. This version includes the following changes:

        * Update test fixtures for GNU readelf 2.38 (now in Debian unstable).

        * Be more specific about the minimum required version of readelf (ie.

        binutils) as it appears that this “patch” level version change resulted in

        a change of output, not the “minor” version. (Closes: #1013348)

        * Don’t leak the (likely-temporary) pathname when comparing PDF documents.

      • Bruce SchneierOn the Subversion of NIST by the NSA
      • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, firejail, and request-tracker4), Fedora (ghex, golang-github-emicklei-restful, and openssl1.1), Oracle (postgresql), Scientific Linux (postgresql), Slackware (openssl), SUSE (salt and tor), and Ubuntu (apache2 and squid, squid3).

      • Raphaël HertzogRaphaël Hertzog: Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, May 2022

        Like each month, have a look at the work funded by Freexian’s Debian LTS offering.

        Debian project funding

        Two [1, 2] projects are in the pipeline now. Tryton project is in a final phase. Gradle projects is fighting with technical difficulties.

        In May, we put aside 2233 EUR to fund Debian projects.

        We’re looking forward to receive more projects from various Debian teams! Learn more about the rationale behind this initiative in this article.

      • VideoEnterprise Linux Security Episode 33 – Patch your Confluence Server! – Invidious

        Atlassian software is constantly under attack, and often the source of many lost weekends for IT admins. Recently, a brand-new vulnerability has been discovered – CVE-2022-26134. This particular vulnerability is remotely exploitable, and has been listed as critical. In this episode, Jay and Joao discuss this vulnerability, as well as some of the struggles around Atlassian software in general.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Applauds Bipartisan Privacy Efforts, Cautions Congress Must Fix FCC Authority Concerns Before Full Committee Markup – Public Knowledge

          Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce marked up the “American Data Privacy and Protection Act,” a bipartisan, bicameral bill introduced by Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-NJ), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) to establish a national standard to protect consumer data privacy.

          The bill would also impose restrictions on how businesses (like Facebook and Google) can collect, use, and share consumer data, as well as allow for federal, state, and individual enforcement to protect consumers’ rights. Public Knowledge urges the committee to continue strengthening this bill to ensure individuals’ privacy is protected.

          The following can be attributed to Sara Collins, Senior Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge:

          “We are pleased to see the committee make such great strides in improving this bipartisan bill. Since the draft text was released, the bill’s data minimization provisions have been tightened and there is more clarity around what businesses can and cannot do with consumers’ data. This means that internet users don’t have to rely on a failed notice and consent regime for protection.

    • Environment

      • Michael West MediaRansom Notes: pay us to keep our old power plants running or else, say fossil fuel majors – Michael West

        Prepare to subsidise fossil fuel plants indefinitely. That is the message this morning as, in the wake of Coalition dithering, the new government grooms Australian energy customers for more of the same energy policy. It’s the Richard Wilkins solution. Callum Foote and Michael West report.

        Nine years of Coalition dithering on climate and energy have surely taken their toll. Way behind the eight-ball on transition to renewable energy, the new government is now grooming Australians to subsidise multinational fossil fuel corporations to keep their polluting coal and gas power stations running way into the future.

        The public grooming comes via Murdoch and Nine media this morning to extend the life of fossil fuel plants and entrench the power of the very same corporations which have just extorted the energy market operator AEMO by threatening to pull supply out of the grid unless richly compensated.

      • Energy

        • Extreme TechJapan Successfully Produces Electricity With Kairyu Deep Sea Turbine

          A deep sea turbine off the coast of eastern Japan has proven capable of producing almost as much energy as a coal plant.

          Kairyu, a massive turbine prototype produced by Japanese machinery manufacturer IHI Corp, sits at least 100 feet underwater. Its anchor line allows it to flex its position to most effectively harness energy from the Kuroshio Current—one of the strongest ocean currents in the world.

          At first glance, Kairyu looks like an underwater jet. Its middle consists of a 66-foot fuselage, each side of which has a similarly-sized turbine cylinder attached. Both turbine cylinders contain power generators, control mechanisms, and measuring systems which correspond with their respective 36-foot turbine blades. The machine sends all generated energy up a series of cables for use on the country’s power grid.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • AccessNow#KeepItOn: U.N. spotlights global impacts of internet shutdowns with new report – Access Now

        Today, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) joined civil society’s wave of pressure to elevate the devastating impacts of internet shutdowns and highlight the need for their urgent global attention with the official launch of its highly anticipated Human Rights Council report, Internet shutdowns: trends, causes, legal implications and impacts on a range of human rights.

        “The dramatic real-life effects of shutdowns on the lives and human rights of millions of people are vastly underappreciated and deserve much greater attention from States, international organizations, businesses and civil society,” the report states, shining notable attention on economic, social, and cultural rights.

        Access Now welcomes the final report, and strongly supports the call for a new “collaborative mechanism for the systematic collection of information on mandated disruptions,” into which “States, civil society and companies all contribute.”

        “Initiating internet shutdowns are a choice that an increasing number of authorities make to suppress and oppress,” said Felicia Anthonio, #KeepItOn Campaign Manager at Access Now. “These choices must be met with equal resistance. The new Human Rights Council report on internet shutdowns will help amplify the fight to #KeepItOn.”

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • ACMArtificial Intelligence Is Breaking Patent Law [Ed: No, overzealous patent maximalists and their lobbyists break patent law and the patent system]

          Within a few years, numerous inventions could involve artificial intelligence (AI), which could create one of the biggest threats patent systems have faced. Patent law is based on the assumption that inventors are human; it currently struggles to deal with an inventor that is a machine.

          Courts around the world are wrestling with this problem as patent applications naming an AI system as the inventor have been lodged in more than 100 countries. If courts and governments decide that AI-made inventions cannot be patented, the implications could be huge. Rather than forcing old patent laws to accommodate new technology, we propose that national governments design bespoke IP law—AI-IP—that protects AI-generated inventions.

      • Copyrights

        • Michael GeistThe Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 131: The Bill C-11 Clause-by-Clause Review – What “An Affront to Democracy” Sounds Like

          Last week, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage rushed through the clause-by-clause review of Bill C-11 in a manner that should not be forgotten or normalized. Despite the absence of any actual deadline, the government insisted that just three two hour sessions be allocated to full clause-by-clause review of the bill. Once the government-imposed deadline arrived at 9:00 pm, the committee moved to voting on the remaining proposed amendments without any debate, discussion, questions for department officials, or public disclosure of what was being voted on. This week’s Law Bytes podcast features clips from a hearing that one Member of Parliament described as “an affront to democracy”.

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

    Links for the day



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

    Links for the day



  11. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 23, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, June 23, 2022



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

    Links for the day



  13. [Meme] Council Says...

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



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

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



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

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



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

    Links for the day



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

    Links for the day



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

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



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

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



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

    Links for the day



  21. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, June 22, 2022



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

    Links for the day



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

    Links for the day



  24. The EPO is Ceasing to Be a Patent Office

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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


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