06.24.22

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Links 24/06/2022: GNU PSPP 1.6.1

Posted in News Roundup at 3:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • The Fall of The House of Waterfox

          I try not to go onto the mainweb, and Gemini has been helpful there, but occasionally, there is no choice. I’ve been using the Waterfox browser for many years, as it seemed to be more privacy-oriented.

          In 2019, it was bought by an Internet advertising company System1. ****. System1 also bought Startpage, the search engine I was using, also for privacy reasons. ****ing ****.

          [...]

          For the lack of anything better, I’ve reluctantly continued using Waterfox. Today a popup appeared, claiming that an update is available but I need to download it myself.

          So I did download the .tar.gz file, which, when unzipped, seems to contain the browser (in about 75MBytes), and no instructions of any sort. No installer. No scripts that make common sense. Now what the **** am I supposed to do with that?

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUPSPP 1.6.1 has been released.

        I’m very pleased to announce the release of a new version of GNU PSPP. PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS.

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlAnnotated Perl::Critic Policy Index | Tom Wyant [blogs.perl.org]

          In the wake of my postings on the file access tests (-r and friends) I wondered if there was a Perl::Critic policy to find them. So I constructed an annotated index of Perl Critic policies. Because of its size I stuck it on GitHub rather than in-line to this blog post.

          This index assumes that any CPAN module whose name begins with Perl::Critic::Policy:: is a Perl Critic Policy. The index entry for each module contains the name of the module itself (linked to Meta::CPAN), the name of the distribution which contains it, and the abstract for the module if it contains anything other than a repeat of the module name. I suppose the module description could have been added, but I hoped the abstract would be sufficient.

  • Leftovers

    • The Applicability of Tapes

      I’ve had my tape deck for around 4 months now, if memory serves. I don’t know why I didn’t opt in for one earlier, or how I did so long without one. For anybody who’s interested in music production, or sound design, or audio science, a tape deck is a must-have.

    • Education

      • In The Case Of Online Classes

        It is what popularised online classes, or at least that made it happen for a good while.
        Usually, no matter if you like school or not, school life is typically more interesting to be dealt with with face to face classes (assuming you’re going the “right” way of the school life)
        There are a lot more options for an “ideal” school life – during free time you can go to the library, the field, or stay at the classroom abd read some books/sleep. During class hours, you may learn via the textbook/notes, from teacher’s speech, or sometimes even from advices of classmates. And with PE or Computer classes or alike where methods of learning are easily expandable, students would find different ways of retriving knowledge and ways of using the knowledge wisely.

    • Linux Foundation

      • PR NewswireLF Edge Releases Industry-Defining Edge Computing White Paper to Accelerate Edge/ IoT Deployments
      • TechTargetLinux Foundation to standardize, simplify the DPU ecosystem

        The Linux Foundation has launched the Open Programmable Infrastructure project to standardize the software stack and APIs supporting data processing units to make them easier to use in enterprise data centers.

        OPI will define the DPU and develop standardized software frameworks and application programming interfaces (APIs) to make DPUs, also called infrastructure processing units (IPUs), easier to deploy in enterprise data centers, the Linux Foundation said this week.

        DPUs are smartNIC semiconductors dedicated to offloading networking and communication functions from the CPU. Businesses pursuing digital transformation are producing more data than ever before. Having dedicated network and security silicon helps to reduce latency in network traffic.

    • Security

      • Reproducible Builds: Supporter spotlight: Hans-Christoph Steiner of the F-Droid project

        The Reproducible Builds project relies on several projects, supporters and sponsors for financial support, but they are also valued as ambassadors who spread the word about our project and the work that we do.

        This is the fifth instalment in a series featuring the projects, companies and individuals who support the Reproducible Builds project. We started this series by featuring the Civil Infrastructure Platform project and followed this up with a post about the Ford Foundation as well as a recent ones about ARDC, the Google Open Source Security Team (GOSST) and Jan Nieuwenhuizen on Bootstrappable Builds, GNU Mes and GNU Guix.

      • USCERTCitrix Releases Security Updates for Hypervisor | CISA

        Citrix has released security updates to address vulnerabilities that could affect Hypervisor. An attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

      • The RecordRansomware groups targeting Mitel VoIP zero-day – The Record by Recorded Future

        Ransomware groups are targeting a zero-day affecting a Linux-based Mitel VoIP appliance, according to researchers from CrowdStrike.

        The zero-day – tagged as CVE-2022-29499 – was patched in April by Mitel after CrowdStrike researcher Patrick Bennett discovered the issue during a ransomware investigation.

        In a blog post on Thursday, Bennett explained that after taking the Mitel VoIP appliance offline, he discovered a “novel remote code execution exploit used by the threat actor to gain initial access to the environment.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Public KnowledgeHere We Go Again: Another Round of Changes Haven’t Solved the Problems with the JCPA – Public Knowledge

        Back in April, Public Knowledge discussed articles in the Wall Street Journal and Politico’s Morning Tech newsletter (paywalled content) that recounted a significant amendment to the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA), a bill that proposes to create a four-year “safe harbor” from antitrust law, allowing news companies to band together to negotiate compensation terms for their news stories with the largest online platforms. (We articulated our concerns about the bill here, joined with other civil society organizations urging Congress to amend it here, and talked specifically about the impact of the bill on copyright law here.) The new language would introduce baseball-style arbitration (under which an arbitrator panel chooses one side’s final offer to settle the dispute); a new clause focused on ensuring outlets of all viewpoints are eligible to participate in negotiations; and a size limit intended to focus financial help on small and local outlets. It would also extend the span of the “safe harbor” from four to ten years. The changes did nothing to assuage our (and others’) most important concerns about the bill.

        Well, we’re baaaaaaack. Last week, Bloomberg Government described another round of revisions, these intended to address concerns articulated by industry unions about the impact of the bill on actual news production. According to Bloomberg, one of the bill’s primary sponsors in the Senate, Senator Amy Klobuchar, has also confirmed the plan to schedule a markup on the bill. Spoiler alert: The changes described still don’t address the most important concerns we have about the bill.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Photogaphs And Fractals In Gemini, This Weeks Capsule Challenge

        I plan to take a sample of pictures and add them to my capsules photo gallery. I figured it would be okay to write up a little post on my thoughts seeing as there are fellow capsuleers adamantly opposed to such things.

        Cats, nature, pictures of my smoking pieces, books, some art stuff, fractals.

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