Links 26/06/2022: New Stable Kernels and Freedom of the Press on Trial

Posted in News Roundup at 3:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 5.18.7
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.18.7 kernel.
        All users of the 5.18 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.18.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.18.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • LWNAlso: Linux 5.15.50
      • LWNLinux 5.10.125
      • LWNLinux 5.4.201
      • LWNLinux 4.19.249
      • LWNLinux 4.14.285
      • LWNLinux 4.9.320
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install Rhythmbox 3.4.6 via PPA in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu’s default Rhythmbox music player got new release updates a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

        Rhythmbox released version v3.4.5 last month and v3.4.6 days ago after more than 2 years of development. Compare to previous Rhythmbox 34.4, Soundcloud plugin and mmkeys plugin have been removed since they are no longer work / useful. DAAP plugin now supports libdmapsharing 4 API, but no longer enabled by default.

        The new release has rewritten podcast downloader with better resume and retry, uses podcast episode GUIDs to handle episode URL changes, preserves original order of episodes in podcasts even if episodes have the same publication date. And, crossfading player backend now works much better with network streams. There are as well many bug-fixes and translation updates.

      • ByteXDHow to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04

        Plex Media Server is an application that lets you store all your music, movies, TV shows, and other media files in one place – on your computer or an external hard drive connected to it.

        It means you can stream them to any device in your home (even smart TVs and gaming consoles). While Plex Media Server works excellent with Ubuntu out of the box, there are two optional steps you can take to make the installation process smoother and safer – adding the Plex repository.

        In this tutorial we’ll cover how to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • CitizixHow to Build an AWS EC2 Machine Images (AMI) With Packer

        An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is a supported and maintained image provided by AWS that provides the information required to launch an instance. You must specify an AMI when you launch an instance. You can launch multiple instances from a single AMI when you require multiple instances with the same configuration. You can use different AMIs to launch instances when you require instances with different configurations.

      • ID RootHow To Install Mirage on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Mirage on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Mirage is a fast and simple GTK+ image viewer. Mirage is ideal for users who wish to keep their computers lean while still having a clean image viewer. It is an excellent option to consider.

        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 Mirage image viewer on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • OMG UbuntuAccess GNOME Shell’s Advanced Settings Easily – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Are there parts of the GNOME Shell UI you wish you could configure and customise?

        If so, check out the Shell Configurator GNOME extension, recently updated to support GNOME 42.

        This free, open source add-on makes it incredibly easy to access GNOME Shell’s advanced backend settings without needing to use the command line or a tool like dconf-editor.

        You get a clean, organised design with fully searchable settings that are clearly labelled so that you know turning which toggle does what.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • FSFE

      • FSFE supporters Vienna: FSFE Information stand at Veganmania MQ 2022

        From 3rd to 6th June 2022 happened the Veganmania street festival at the Museumsquartier in Vienna. Despite not happening for two years due to the Corona pandemic this over the years has developed into the biggest vegan street event in Europe with tens of thousands visitors everey day. Of course there have been plenty of food stands with all kinds of climate and animal friendly delicious meals but the festival had also many stands for buying other stuff. In addition many NGO tents were there too to inform about important issues and their work.

        Like already tradition for many years also the local volunteers group manned an FSFE information stand from Friday noon until Monday night. It was exhausting because only two volunteers manned the stand. But we both stayed there the whole time and the interest of so many people had confirmed once more how well we optimized our information material assortment without losing the ability to bring everything at once using just a bicycle.

        The front of our stall was covered with a big FSFE banner while the sides are used for posters explaining the four freedoms and GnuPG email encryption. (We very soon need to replace our old posters with more durable water resistant paper since the old one has gotten rather worn down and doesn’t look very sleek any more with all the tape pieces it is hold together.) In addition we use a small poster stand we built ourselves with just two wooden plates and a hinge. This was of left over material from a DIY center. Unfortunately this time we didn’t have any wall behind us where we would have been allowed to put any posters or banners on.

    • Programming/Development

      • Dabbling with Guile and MC

        The STM32 has an IDE that has a pin configurator. I wondered if perhaps we could code at a higher level than C by using some other kind of generator. I decided to see if Guile could be used as a generator language. I’m really just dabbling at this stage to see if I could get something working.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • MIT Technology ReviewRunning Tide is facing scientist departures and growing concerns | MIT Technology Review

        Running Tide, an aquaculture company based in Portland, Maine, has said it expected to set tens of thousands of tiny floating kelp farms adrift in the North Atlantic between this summer and next. The hope is that the fast-growing macroalgae will eventually sink to the ocean floor, storing away thousands of tons of carbon dioxide in the process.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • UODO (Poland) – DKN.5110.12.2021

          The Polish DPA fined a car trailer manufacturer approximately €3,492 (16,000 PLN) for failing to report a data breach which involved the loss of an employee’s employment certificate.

        • Two types of privacy

          Threat modelling provides important context to security and privacy advice. Measures necessary to protect against an advanced threat are different from those effective against unsophisticated threats. Moreover, threats don’t always fall along a simple one-dimensional axis from “simple” to “advanced”. I appreciate seeing communities acknowledge this complexity.

          When qualifying privacy recommendations with context, I think we should go further than describing threat models: we should acknowledge different types of privacy. “Privacy” means different things to different people. Even a single person may use the word “privacy” differently depending on their situation. Understanding a user’s unique situation(s), *including their threat models*, can inform us when we select the best of approach. How do we choose between reducing a footprint’s *spread* and *size*?

    • Finance

      • ReasonAfter $6 Trillion in COVID Spending, Team Biden Is Still Complaining About a Lack of Pandemic Funds

        Between March 2020 and March 2021, Congress passed about $6 trillion in spending that, at least in theory, was intended as pandemic relief. The first $4 trillion was passed with bipartisan support under President Donald Trump, but the final tranche was passed early in President Joe Biden’s presidency on an entirely partisan basis. Biden, with the help of then-new Democratic majorities in Congress, wrote and passed what would become a $2 trillion spending bill, the American Rescue Plan (ARP), that the White House billed as a “comprehensive plan to address the public health crisis and resulting economic crisis.”

      • The AtlanticWhy Stocks, Crypto, and Home Values Are All Plunging at Once – The Atlantic

        Here’s a bit of esoterica I think about from time to time: Mark Zuckerberg has a mortgage.

        Or at least, he had one. A decade ago, the Facebook founder refinanced his loan on a $6 million Palo Alto mansion. He was worth $16 billion at the time, meaning he could have bought that house and a hundred more outright, no mortgage necessary. But First Republic Bank offered him an adjustable-rate loan with an initial interest rate of just 1.05 percent—below the rate of inflation, meaning the financier was paying him for the privilege of lending him money. Zuckerberg got to preserve his Facebook holdings, load up with tax-advantaged debt, and benefit from rising Silicon Valley real-estate prices. Why not take the loan?

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • teleSURBlow for British PM as Conservatives Lose Two Parliament Seats

        Labour regained Wakefield, a constituency in northern England, which it lost in 2019 when many of its traditional seats switched allegiance to Johnson’s Conservatives. In Wakefield, Labour candidate Simon Lightwood won 13,166 votes, beating Conservative candidate Nadeem Ahmed, 8,241 votes, into second place. It was a 12.7 percent swing from Conservative to Labour.

        Meanwhile in Tiverton and Honiton in southwest England, Richard Foord of the minority Liberal Democrats secured 22,537 votes, with Conservative Helen Hurford, who polled 16,393 votes, coming second. The victory made the minority Liberal Democrats overturn one of the biggest Conservative majorities in the country.

        Although the loss of the two seats only made a small dent in Johnson’s near 80-seat majority, the results are widely expected to weaken his power grip at 10 Downing Street. Johnson recently won a confidence vote among Conservative backbench Members of the Parliament (MPs). The new parliamentary loss among Johnson’s MPs came less than two years before the next general election due in May 2024.

      • teleSURUS Seeks To Contain China on Xinjiang Issue

        China and the U.S. should focus on developing their relations based on mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. As the world’s leading economies, the two nations need to avoid conflict by boosting efforts to build a broader dialogue.

      • TwinCities Pioneer PressFeds search Trump-era official’s home, subpoena GOP leaders

        Federal agents searched a former top Justice Department official’s home and seized records from key Republicans in at least five states linked to Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, in what were clear signs that authorities are ramping up their investigation of associates of the former president.

        Authorities on Wednesday searched the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, who was known at the Justice Department to champion Trump’s false claims of election fraud. Agents in recent days also served subpoenas on the Republican Party chairmen of Arizona, Nevada and Georgia, three states that went for President Joe Biden and where Trump allies created slates of “alternate electors” intended to subvert the vote. And Republicans in two other states — Michigan and Pennsylvania — disclosed they had been interviewed by the FBI.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • The Fourth Estate is a Critical Element of Democracy

        For the past few months I’ve been realizing just how easy it is to enter the field of amateur journalism. I’ve never been very interested in the field, never took any courses about it, and I’ve never even been inside a newspaper office. Nonetheless, recent events in the public and private sector have spurred me to document the world around me as much as I can, with my small digital camera and a microphone.

        I’ve realized just how easy it is to access certain events and get free interviews with notable figures if you label yourself as a citizen journalist. I don’t do this out of compulsion or clout-chasing, rather I feel it’s my duty as a member of a participatory Democracy to gauge the sentiment of the American people during a given point in time by filming unbiased, direct interviews where I ask direct questions to real people. In decades, the footage I shot could be used by historians as firsthand evidence. I feel that at this point in time, citizen journalism is perhaps more important than ever, as it carries with it a much more personal and grounded element than professional journalism.

      • Mexico News DailyTaking away the Statue of Liberty: the week’s morning news conferences

        Another foreigner is unlikely to be offered the red carpet on arrival to the land of the free: investigative journalist Julian Assange’s extradition to the U.S. was approved by U.K. authorities. The president reiterated his objection to Assange’s imprisonment.

      • teleSURCoalition of Journalists Demands Release of Julian Assange

        “We are demanding that Julian Assange be freed, he returned to his family, and finally permitted to live a normal life,” she stressed.

      • Julian Assange and Personal Freedom

        It wasn’t until 1969 that the Supreme Court’s modern First Amendment jurisprudence made it clear that whenever there is a clash between the government and a person over the constitutionality of the person’s speech, the courts will give every benefit and draw every inference to the speaker, and none to the government. This is so because the freedom of speech is a natural right, and thus it is always to be presumed constitutional and lawful.

        I have argued elsewhere that because the essence of government is the negation of liberty, this presumption against the government should always be the case. Even when it purports to be protecting liberty, the government – because its existence without unanimous consent is based on stealing liberty and property – should always be presumed wrong, immoral, unconstitutional and unlawful. But the courts have only made that so in the case of the freedom of speech.

        I offer this brief philosophical and historical background in order to examine just how twisted the government’s views on speech have become in the Trump and Biden years, as the Department of Justice in both administrations has persecuted mercilessly and sought to prosecute aggressively the Australian journalist Julian Assange for his exercise of the freedom of speech.

      • The StrategistOutcry for Assange oddly absent for those held by China

        As the Julian Assange extradition case proceeds through Britain’s justice system, the publicity of his supporters is constant and loud with its demand the Australian government intervene in another democratic country’s legal process. The hypocrisy is even louder.

        Allegra Spender, shortly after becoming the new member for Wentworth, took to Twitter to demand Prime Minister Anthony Albanese call US President Joe Biden to ‘urge him to intervene so Julian Assange isn’t unjustifiably imprisoned’. Spender joins the calls from the Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group, chaired by Andrew Wilkie, and former parliamentarians including George Christensen, Bob Carr and Craig Kelly, who are demanding the US drop the case and, in some instances, implying or stating the US legal proceeding is politically motivated.

      • Mexico News DailyAMLO to bring up case of Wikileaks founder Assange during Biden meeting

        President López Obrador said Tuesday that he would raise the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange when he meets with United States President Joe Biden in Washington next month.

        British Home Secretary Priti Patel last week approved the extradition of the 50-year-old Australian to the United States, where he faces espionage charges stemming from the way in which he obtained confidential U.S. government material he published on the Wikileaks website. However, lawyers for Assange – who was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2019 after holing up there for almost seven years – intend to appeal the decision.

        López Obrador told reporters at his regular news conference that he would ask Biden to attend to the matter. “I’m aware that he’s going after tough, severe groups that exist in the United States, … but humanism must also prevail,” he said.

      • Jacobin MagazineIt’s Time for Australia to Demand Julian Assange’s Release

        As Australian journalist Julian Assange faces the hell of extradition, it is more urgent and necessary than ever for the Australian government to intervene on his behalf.

      • US News And World ReportMexico President Will Ask Biden to Look Into WikiLeaks’ Assange Case

        Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he will ask U.S. President Joe Biden to address the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying Mexico would open its doors to him if he were released.

        British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition to the United States to face criminal charges. Assange’s wife vowed to fight using every possible legal avenue.

        “I’m going to ask President Biden to address this issue … humanism must prevail,” Lopez Obrador said at a regular news conference. Mexico could “open its doors to Assange” if he were released, he added.

        The Mexican President is set to meet his U.S. counterpart in July after skipping the recent U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles to protest the White House’s exclusion of the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the event.

      • The Age AUGovernment right to avoid megaphone diplomacy on Assange, Joe Hockey says

        Australia’s former United States ambassador Joe Hockey says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is wise not to engage in “megaphone diplomacy” in a bid to persuade the Biden administration to drop espionage charges against Julian Assange.

      • teleSURChina: Assange Case Reflects US & UK Hypocrisy on Press Freedom

        “The U.S. and Britain are cooperating in cross-border crackdowns on certain individuals,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.

        According to Wenbin, the British government’s decision to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the U.S. shows the hypocritical stance of the governments of these countries on press freedom.

        “People are free to expose other countries but subject to severe punishment if they expose the U.S.,” the Chinese spokesman denounced, adding that “while for other countries it is political persecution to hold the press accountable, it is legal for themselves to suppress the press.”

        Wenbin also warned that all eyes are on Assange’s human rights conditions while expressing hope that justice will prevail over abuse and hegemony in the end.

      • ReasonBiden Falls Off the Metaphorical Bike

        The first thing that comes to mind for me is using executive pardon capabilities for Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, but the list certainly doesn’t stop there.

      • teleSURJulian Assange’s Health Is Deteriorating, His Wife Warns

        In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Radio National on Monday, Stella Assange stated that journalist Julian Assange’s health is rapidly deteriorating while he remains a prisoner in London’s Belmarsh prison.

      • The Age AUPublic had a right to know what Assange exposed

        I hope Bob Carr is correct, and that when Anthony Albanese rings the US president, as he must, Joe Biden agrees to drop this vengeful witch-hunt against Julian Assange (“To free Assange, just ask Biden”, June 20). After all, what Assange did in exposing these US war crimes was no different from other journalists. The public has a right to know this information. Biden needs to prove he is the compassionate man he portrays himself to be. He must not be swayed by the looming midterm elections and the temptation to use Assange’s extradition and incarceration as election campaign fodder. This would be cruelty beyond belief. With Chelsea Manning now free, it seems our alliance means very little if an Australian is treated differently. We must stand up for one of our own.

      • The Age AUFormer foreign minister says Australia should demand Assange release

        Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he stands by comments he made last year about Julian Assange’s situation but will continue lobbying behind the scenes instead of publicly. In December Albanese said “enough is enough” and that it was time for Assange to be returned to Australia. Australia should demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by citing the precedent set when the United States pardoned others for revealing state secrets, former foreign minister and NSW premier Bob Carr has declared.

      • The Straits TimesAustralian PM hopes for diplomatic progress in Assange legal saga | The Straits Times

        Australia’s prime minister said Monday (June 20) he will engage “diplomatically” over the US prosecution of Julian Assange, but he is standing by earlier remarks questioning the purpose of further legal action.

        As domestic pressure mounted on him to intervene in the WikiLeaks founder’s case, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he is sticking to comments he made while in opposition last year that “enough is enough”.

        “I do not see what purpose is served by the ongoing pursuit of Mr Assange,” Mr Albanese said at the time.

      • US News And World ReportAustralian Leader Refuses to Publicly Intervene on Assange

        Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has rejected calls for him to publicly demand the United States drop its prosecution of WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange.

      • The Straits TimesEx-Australian foreign minister Bob Carr urges Assange’s freedom | The Straits Times

        In an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Carr argued that Assange’s prosecution stood in sharp contrast to the US pardoning former military intelligence officer Chelsea Manning, who had leaked the secret files to WikiLeaks.

      • The Age AUPM’s intervention crucial to save Assange from life in jail

        So, Julian Assange is to be extradited to the US to face spying charges and probable life in prison there, thanks to Priti Patel, UK Home Secretary (“Assange team vows to appeal US extradition”, June 18). He is effectively a political prisoner, an example to other journalists who would dare expose US war crimes. His lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, has said the Australian government needs to ask the Biden administration to drop the spying charges. Surely if the AUKUS alliance is worth anything, Mr Albanese must pick up the phone and ask for that to happen, and for Julian to be released and reunited with his young, long-suffering family. Brendan Doyle, Wentworth Falls

      • The Age AUAssange: In the interests of justice bring him home

        There are many reasons for being happy that Labor won the federal election. The first is Anthony Albanese prioritising taking action on the Uluru Statement from the Heart in his victory speech. The second is that he stands by the comments he made in December on Julian Assange’s extradition from the UK to the US when he said: ″⁣I do not see what purpose is served by the ongoing pursuit of Mr Assange.″⁣ The purpose is political, of course, and therefore, as Bob Carr points out, negotiations with the US will be sensitive, and must be made behind the scenes. Julian Assange should be brought back to Australia as soon as possible, both in the interests of justice and to avoid further damage to his mental health and physical condition.

      • The Age AUOur right to the truth

        The UK government has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the US (The Age, 18/6) where he will likely die in a high-security prison. Meanwhile our government sits on its hands, despite pre-election promises to act.

        Will the US get its way and “eliminate” an Australian crusader journalist who exposed its brutal war crimes? And at what cost to free speech? The Albanese government must act. If Assange dies in an American cell, our basic right for the truth dies with him.

      • The UK’s Decision to Extradite Assange Shows Why The US/UK’s Freedom Lectures Are a Farce

        The Assange persecution is the greatest threat to Western press freedoms in years. It is also a shining monument to the fraud of American and British self-depictions.

      • teleSURJournalist’s Federations Condemn Assange’s Extradition

        After the British judiciary sanctioned the extradition, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel authorized Friday Assange’s extradition to the United States. The journalist’s defense says it will still try to appeal again, but the extradition could take place in a few days. Stella Assange warned of the danger of the extradition to a country that ‘planned to assassinate him.’

        Dominique Pradalié, president of the International Federation of Journalists, said that “the UK Home Office’s decision to allow the extradition of Julian Assange is vindictive and a real blow to press freedom. Assange simply exposed issues that were in the public interest and Priti Patel’s failure to recognize this is shameful and sets a terrible precedent for all those who fight daily to tell the truth. Our hope now lies in a successful appeal against this decision. All journalists should support Julian Assange, who has allowed them to reveal the war crimes of the US army in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

        The president of the European Federations of Journalists, Maja Sever, described the British decision as “shameful” and said it would cheer “the autocrats and the enemies of press freedom.” “It will be enough to accuse journalists who report war crimes or corruption of spies for them to be extradited. This is a real scandal,” Sever said.

      • US News And World ReportUK Govt Orders Julian Assange’s Extradition; Appeal Planned

        WikiLeaks said it would challenge the order, and Assange’s lawyers have 14 days to lodge an appeal.

      • JURISTUK Home Secretary approves Assange extradition to US

        WikiLeaks revealed US military documents that some authorities believe jeopardized national security, but Assange’s partner Stella Moris thinks the US government continues to target Assange for other reasons.

      • CNETJulian Assange US Extradition Given Green Light by UK Home Secretary – CNET [Ed: CNET relaying the lies]

        If convicted, Assange could receive up to a 175-year jail sentence, although the US government has said he would likely face a sentence of between four and six years.

      • ReasonU.K. Approves Extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S.

        In a statement from WikiLeaks, the organization said, “This is a dark day for Press freedom and for British democracy. Anyone in this country who cares about freedom of expression should be deeply ashamed.”

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • JURISTWTO agreements include COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver and ban on subsidies for illegal fishing [Ed: Patents that literally kill millions of people for billions in profits]

          The World Trade Organization (WTO) early Friday agreed to the first changes to global trade regulations in many years, following contentious round-the-clock negotiations. Seven decisions and declarations were agreed upon by day six of the WTO Ministerial Conference, which was originally planned for four days.

          Much of the contention came from negotiations around an intellectual property waiver that would allow member countries to produce and distribute COVID-19 vaccines. WTO decisions are normally made by consensus.

        • ViceJudges Deny Challenge to Psilocybin Patent

          Part of the concern about patents in the growing psychedelic industry, is that once a patent is granted, it is costly and laborious to challenge it—with no guarantee of success. At the end of last year, the non-profit Freedom to Operate challenged two patents on a synthetic form of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

      • Trademarks

        • QuartzA linguist weighs in on Ohio State University’s trademark on the word “the”

          The Ohio State University has successfully trademarked the word “the.”

          In a June 21 notice, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted the 152-year old research institution exclusive use of the article for college merchandise such as t-shirts, baseball caps, hats, and other team sports swag.

          The ruling is a culmination of the university’s three-year legal campaign, which involved negotiating a settlement with fashion house Marc Jacobs, that had held trademark to the word. The LVMH-owned brand had been using “THE” in purses, sweaters, and $100 t-shirts. Ohio State challenged Marc Jacobs’s trademark to protect its licensing business that generates an average of $12.5 million each year. The two entities have agreed to share the trademark to the word.

Links 26/06/2022: Windows vs GNU/Linux and Mixtile Edge 2 Kit

Posted in News Roundup at 10:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • IT ProWindows vs Linux: What’s the best operating system?

        The way you utilise your PC can often depend on the operating system you use as well as your level of technical knowledge. Even though most people will turn to macOS or Windows when deciding on an OS, if you want something you can customise, there’s nothing better than Linux.

        Despite the fact that it isn’t as popular as Windows, Linux offers far more avenues for customisation than any other OS as it’s built on an open source foundation. It’s certainly more intimidating to the average user as a result, but it can be incredibly powerful, and rewarding, if you possess the skills to fully take advantage of it.

        Obviously, there are advantages and disadvantages with both systems that are useful to know before making the decision on which is best for you.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Adding a new application shortcut to the panel in Lubuntu

        To create a new application shortcut in the bottom panel of Lubuntu, you first need to create a new desktop shortcut.

      • Install Apache2 on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions in 2022

        This is a basic guide to installing Apache2 on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

      • Barry KaulerTricky snapshot with top-level-zram

        Yes, it is tricky. I have edited /usr/local/easy_version/easy-version-control and I think it is now fixed. Not yet tested.

      • Using the rm command to delete a directory, files using the terminal in Linux

        Basic usage of using the rm command to delete directories and files using the terminal

      • Check amount of free disk space using the df command in the terminal on Linux

        If you want a quick way to check the amount of free disk space available on Linux, we can use the df command in the the terminal

      • HowTo GeekHow to Exclude Patterns, Files, and Directories With grep

        Since 1974, the Linux grep command has been helping people find strings in files. But sometimes grep is just too thorough. Here are several ways to tell grep to ignore different things.

      • TechTargetUse ssh-keygen to create SSH key pairs and more

        Logging into remote systems with SSH implementations is secure by default — but those connections are secured only in that they use the TLS protocol to encrypt network protocol exchanges. SSH can be made even more secure by using it to authenticate communicating hosts through the exchange of public keys — keys that are created using the ssh-keygen command.

      • FreeBSDFreeBSD Quick Guide: Audio on FreeBSD

        Whether for music, communication, or notifications, audio is an important feature of many personal computer systems. In a new FreeBSD system, an audio card will need to be configured to process audio files and send them to the connected speakers. Our newest FreeBSD quick guide will walk through setting up and configuring audio, connecting a pair of headphones (including pairing Bluetooth models), and testing the system’s sound, all in under 10 minutes!

      • Speeding up autoconf with caching – Julio Merino (jmmv.dev)

        In the recent Remembering Buildtool post, I described how setting up a cache of configuration checks was an important step in Buildtool’s installation process. The goal was to avoid pointless repetitive work on every build by performing such common checks once.

        Episode 457 of BSD Now featured my post and Allan Jude wondered how much time would be saved in a bulk build of all FreeBSD packages if we could just do that same kind of caching with GNU Autoconf. And, you know what? It is indeed possible to do so. I had mentioned it en passing in my post but I guess I wasn’t clear enough, so let’s elaborate!

      • Linux HintHow To Put Linux On A Laptop

        Linux is an operating system that comes with different distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, and Arch Linux. Just like macOS and Windows, Linux is also a popular operating system that is installed on computers and laptops to manage the hardware of the respective machine and perform the different tasks requested by the users.

        In this guide, different ways of installing or putting the Linux operating system on a laptop have been discussed.

      • LinuxiacWhat Is cURL Command and How to Use It (With Examples)

        This article explains the curl command in Linux and how to use it with examples based on best practices.

      • ID RootHow To Install Franz Messaging on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Franz Messaging on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Franz is a free messaging app that allows users to access various social media accounts. Franz centralizes all of the popular services like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Line. You can choose to connect with whatever services right from your computer and use them.

        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 Franz 5 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.

      • WordPress: Fix Updating failed. The response is not a valid JSON response – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, I will show you a quick fix to the command WordPress Fix Updating failed. The response is not a valid JSON response related to default Gutenberg editor.

        Note that I experienced this issue while adding a specific block of text on WordPress post. Whenever i tried to save the post after adding that block, it always resulted in the annoying message;

      • Linux HintHow to Enable Function Keys on a Toshiba Laptop

        There are usually 12 different function keys ranging from F1 to F12 that you can find on a laptop, but their uses and functionality may vary depending on which company’s laptop you are using. These function keys provide the additional benefit of using them as a shortcut, which will also save you time. So, if you own a Toshiba laptop and are now looking for how you can enable the function keys, then you need to read this article.

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS: Boot menu in initrd when no password

        Without setting up a password, the boot time choices for no-x, rollback or file check were not presented.
        A password is entered at first bootup, which has the important security feature of encrypting certain folders in the working-partition.

        However, you may opt not to have a password, or you might not be able to. Folder encryption requires that ext4 “encrypt” feature be enabled in the partition. However, some older boot-managers, such as grub4dos version 0.4.4 (there are later versions, that I don’t know about), do not recognize enhanced ext4 features such as “encrypt” and “64bit” and won’t even recognize the existence of such partitions.

        With such an old boot-manager, you are forced to bootup without a password.

    • Games

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Role-Playing Games – LinuxLinks

        A role-playing game (RPG) is a genre of video game where the gamer controls a fictional character (or characters) that undertakes a quest in an imaginary world. RPG video games originate from tabletop or pen-and-paper RPGs, such as Rolemaster or Dungeons & Dragons — a type of game in which the players impersonate their characters by actively describing their actions and thoughts.

        It’s difficult to define an RPG given that modern games often contain elements from another genre. Traditional RPGs often let you improve your character as you play and interact with elements of the environment or storyline. You may have a menu-based combat system, and a central quest.

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

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

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • GizmodoFan Builds Custom Miniature IBM Model F 40% Keyboard

        It uses the same buckling spring switches as an original Model F, but with a much smaller footprint.

      • Silicon AngleEdge opportunities guide Red Hat’s evolving partnerships with GM and chipmakers – SiliconANGLE

        Leading up to the start of Red Hat Summit in early May, the major news was expected to be the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 9 after a three-year wait.

        But that script changed when Red Hat Inc. announced its In-Vehicle Operating System in partnership with General Motors Co. during the Boston event. The impact of the deal with GM was hard to miss. RHEL, as a key resource that has driven enterprise computing for over 20 years, has now become a key element in one of the most personal of use cases — the safety and performance of cars.

        “This is a pivotal moment for the transportation industry and the technology industry to come together,” said Francis Chow, vice president and general manager, In-Vehicle Operating System and Edge, during a media briefing at Red Hat Summit. “It is built upon the strong heritage of RHEL.”

      • TechTargetEvaluate PowerVS for a streamlined hybrid cloud environment

        Move on-premises IT environments into the cloud with PowerVS and determine if PowerVM is a better option than — or a better companion to — the hybrid cloud.

      • TechTargetTanzu vs. OpenShift vs. Ezmeral: 3 rivals’ Kubernetes offerings

        Learn how container management products from VMware, Red Hat and Hewlett Packard Enterprise compare when it comes to their overall Kubernetes strategies.

      • TechTargetHow to approach sustainability in IT operations [Ed: Mindless, facts-free greenwashing by LF]

        Sustainability has become a priority in all aspects of a business, and IT operations is no exception. To manage energy efficiency and be climate conscious, IT ops teams must look closely at where and what is using the most energy — and a major offender is Kubernetes clusters.

        But many teams don’t know how to measure pod energy use or overall energy consumption.

        At the Linux Foundation Open Source Summit, Huamin Chen, senior principal software engineer at Red Hat, and Chen Wang, research staff member at IBM, led a session on how to approach and implement sustainability in container environments to help cut unnecessary energy use.

      • TechTargetGreen software summit outlines developer best practices [Ed: More greenwashing from LF]
      • ForbesFinserv Responds To IBM z15 Mainframe With 45% Increase In Installed MIPS Since 2019
    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Tom’s HardwareIoT Focused Ubuntu Core 22 Available Now

        Edge and IoT device developers have another weapon in their arsenal of operating systems following the announcement today of the latest version of Ubuntu Core. The operating system is Canonical’s latest fully containerized Linux distro for embedded systems, robots

      • IT ProUbuntu Core 22 is now generally available for IoT and edge devices

        Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has announced a new version of Ubuntu Core for Internet of Things (IoT) and edge devices.

        The fully containerized Ubuntu Core 22 variant, aligned with Ubuntu 22.04 long-term support (LTS) through 2023, offers a new embedded operating system paradigm that is inherently reliable and secure, stated Canonical in a blog post.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareMixtile Edge 2 Kit mini PC/IoT gateway supports an external 20Ah battery pack – CNX Software

        Mixtile Edge 2 Kit is a mini PC/IoT edge computer powered by a Rockchip RK3568 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor coupled with up to 4GB RAM and 32GB flash that features a 12V SATA + SMBUS port that allows the insertion of a 20Ah battery pack lasting up to 12 hours for locations where power may be intermittent.


        Software support includes Android 11 with Linux containers (Mixtile OS) like initially announced for the Blade 3 but based on customers’ feedback, I’ve read Mixtile changed their mind for the latter and now plans to make a proper Linux image without Android running in the background.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • peppe8oMotion Detection with PIR and Raspberry PI: HC-SR501 wiring and Python Code

        Projects involving motion detection actions require a reliable way to run their code when an object movement happens. One of the most common solutions to accomplish this task is by the HC-SR501 PIR sensor with Raspberry PI.

        In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to connect and use a PIR with Raspberry PI computer boards using Python.

        What is a PIR

        A PIR (Passive InfraRed, sometimes named “PID” as “Passive Infrared Detector”) sensor is an electronic device able to measure the infrared (IR) light radiating from objects. The term passive means that the PIR module doesn’t radiate energy for detection purposes: it only detects infrared radiation emitted by or reflected from objects.

        It can make your project aware if a generic movement happened in its range of view, but it can’t give more information (like, for example, who, where and how many the object moved).

        You can find a more detailed description of how the PIR works from the following Glolab PIR page.

      • Tom’s HardwareTiny Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Robot Made For Robot Sumo | Tom’s Hardware

        The Raspberry Pi in robotics is a smart mix—but what happens if the kit you ordered doesn’t support the Pi? You get creative like maker and developer WallComputer, of course! In this Raspberry Pi Zumo project, they’ve converted the classic Pololu Arduino Zumo kit to support the latest Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W.

        This tiny robot uses tank-like treads to get around, which provide the traction needed for Sumo robots designed to push each other around. Traditionally this type of robot is controlled by an Arduino Uno, but this version uses both a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W and an STM32 microcontroller with a little help from a couple of custom PCBs. To see how much has been modified, take a look at the original product listing for the Zumo kit over at Pololu’s website. This modification was not only necessary to use the Pi, but also to add additional features like a rechargeable battery pack.

      • Tom’s HardwareBest Raspberry Pi Deals 2022 | Tom’s Hardware

        With more than 40 million units sold and a powerful community of makers and fans behind it, Raspberry Pi is more than a single-board computer; it’s a huge platform with an even bigger ecosystem behind it. Whether you want to build your own robot, create an A.I.-powered security camera, or just set up a simple computer for programming and web surfing, the Pi is for you.

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Pico Drives $10 Nintendo 64 Flash Cart | Tom’s Hardware

        We love retro gaming on the Raspberry Pi but there’s nothing quite like retro gaming with a Raspberry Pi. Instead of running an emulator on a Pi, this Raspberry Pi Pico Nintendo 64 cart project, created by maker and developer Konrad Beckmann, is using the Raspberry Pi Pico to host a ROM that runs on the original Nintendo 64 console.

        I built a working Nintendo 64 flash cart with a Raspberry Pi Pico, a breakout board and some extra flash for less than $10.It boots Super Mario 64. Can’t wait to optimize, improve and add more features to it!Lots of stuff left before it’s ready for general users though. pic.twitter.com/C1qVaTTfHiJune 22, 2022

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Pico Detects Gamma Rays in Open Spectroscopy Project | Tom’s Hardware

        There are many useful things you can do with a Raspberry Pi Pico (opens in new tab), as our listing of the best Raspberry Pi Projects (opens in new tab) underlines. However, here’s one we admit we’d never thought of: detecting radiation. Physicist Matthias Rosezky, AKA Nuclear Phoenix (opens in new tab), whose work has also been covered by Hackaday (opens in new tab), has written up a detailed account of building a DIY gamma-ray spectrometer in IEEE Spectrum (opens in new tab).

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • FSFE

    • Programming/Development

      • Tinkering with capsule scripts

        Building and creating content for a Gemini capsule is a great excuse to play around, and create or enhance scripts.

        The only real problem is, that it has to stop somewhere, there comes a moment in time when it is “finished”. Well, there are always small things that you could improve …

      • New TLS Certificates

        This project has kept me super busy. I haven’t ran Xen in over ten years. I haven’t used Ansible for over five. I discovered how great Alpine Linux is outside of Docker. And most of all, I’ve fallen in love with OpenBSD.

      • Medevel15 Open-source Physics Simulation Engine

        A physics simulation engine is a custom software engine that grants developers add visual effetcs, simulate and tweak objects and enviroments accroding to the law of physics in 2D, 3D or both.

        With physics engine software, developers and artists apply real-world physical properties, such as gravity and momentum, to their 2D and 3D objects rather than designing them from scratch.

      • SANSFLOSS 2.0 Has Been Released [Ed: The acronym "FLOSS" is being hijacked]

        When you have to deal with malware in your day job, for research purposes, or just for fun, one of the key points is to have a lab ready to be launched. Your sandbox must be properly protected and isolated to detonate your samples in a safe way but it must also be fulfilled with tools, and scripts. This toolbox is yours and will be based on your preferred tools but starting from zero is hard, that’s why there are specific Linux distributions built for this purpose. The one that I use in FOR610 and for my daily investigations is REMnux[1], created and maintained by Lenny Zeltser[2]. This environment offers tons of tools that help to perform all the malware analysis steps from static analysis up to code reversing and debugging.

      • Make Use OfHow to Use SSL in a Create-React-App Application

        HTTPS is a must for modern applications, especially those that deal with user data. Set up HTTPS for React in just a couple of steps.

      • Devices

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • Re: Terminal Programs I Like

          My daily routines include working in many different environments. So I’m working on a Windows platform at work, an Android platform on work mobile, an Apple platform on all home mobiles and one home computer, a GNU/Linux platform on my home laptop.

          For the last two years, I’m also using the command line and text-only user interface (aka. TUI) in my free time, when I’m browsing the small-net. Each platform is built on different goals and purposes. But the most attention now I’m paying to the TUI environment, which I’m building from the scratch, solving new and new needs, and exploring the new functionalities. I’m GNU/Linux user for about two decades, but working only in text mode is a new challenge. It isn’t a sort of ascetic experience, but it requires a change of point of view. Which then leads to surprising conclusions and convenient processes.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • OpenSource.comAn open source project that opens the internet for all | Opensource.com

        Accessibility is key to promoting an open society.

        We learn online. We bank online. Political movements are won and lost online. Most importantly, the information we access online inspires us to make a better world. When we ignore accessibility requirements, people born without sight or who lost limbs in war are restricted from online information that others enjoy.

        We must ensure that everyone has access to the open internet, and I am doing my part to work toward that goal by building Equalify.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • The One True Way of teaching maths

        … is self-evidently a ridiculous notion to me. Different approaches in different contexts are going to be more and less suitable for different people. But in my experience, there seems to be (what i consider to be) an odd resistance to providing background / context / motivation when teaching undergrad mathematics.

    • Education

      • SparkFun ElectronicsInnovation Center Visits SparkFun – News – SparkFun Electronics

        The Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools seeks to transcend the traditional classroom and provides experiential opportunities that are developing today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and change-makers. As a part of these efforts, the Innovation Center hosts dozens of “project teams” across several focus areas that seek to complete real projects for real people alongside industry partners who provide incredible mentorship opportunities for students.

    • Hardware

    • Proprietary

      • GizmodoWindows 10 and 11 Downloads Mysteriously Halted in Russia

        Downloads of the most recent versions of Windows have stopped in Russia, according to a new report from Bleeping Computer. Microsoft hasn’t publicly clarified why this is happening, though we’ve reached out to the company for comment and will update our story if they respond.

      • Computing UKMicrosoft blocks Windows downloads in Russia

        Without warning, Microsoft has apparently blocked the ability for Russians users to download the ISO files and installation tools for Windows 10 and Windows 11.

    • Security

      • Stacy on IoTodcast: Why there were 56 OT vulnerabilities this week

        This week we cover the Ericsson mobility report that offers some stats on cellular IoT connections, including the surprising nugget that we won’t see 4G/5G connections surpass 2G/3G connections until some time next year. Then we hit another report. This one is from NPR and covers the state of audio and smart speakers. It proves that growth is slowing for smart speakers and that we may not do as many things with voice as we think. In dystopian news we cover China using COVID tracking apps to lock down protesters, and Microsoft stopping sales of some facial recognition tools. In new product news we talk about the latest Philips Hue gear, a new material that could generate electricity for wearables, and new MCUs from NXP. We also address the closure of SmartDry and explain how Google’s update on the Nest Max Hub may break your Nest x Yale lock. We end by answering a listener question about more accurate motion sensors.

      • NVISO LabsCortex XSOAR Tips & Tricks – Creating indicator relationships in automations

        In Cortex XSOAR, indicators are a key part of the platform as they visualize the Indicators Of Compromise (IOC) of a security alert in the incident to the SOC analyst and can be used in automated analysis workflows to determine the incident outcome. If you have a Cortex XSOAR Threat Intelligence Management (TIM) license, it is possible to create predefined relationships between indicators to describe how they relate to each other. This enables the SOC analyst to do a more efficient incident analysis based on the indicators associated to the incident.

      • Social Engineering Kill–Chain: Predicting, Minimizing & Disrupting Attack Verticals

        It was a Friday afternoon when Bill was on his way back home from work when he received a call that made him take the next U-turn back to his office. It was one of these calls that he was dedicating all of his working hours to avoid. He was not given much detail through the phone, but it seems that Andre, someone working in the account payments department, had just fallen victim to a scam and had proceeded to a hefty payment. A scam? Bill recalled all the training videos he had put this department through. What went wrong?

      • CoryDoctorowDaycare apps are insecure surveillance dumpster-fires

        Apps are like software, only worse.

      • TechTarget12 best patch management software and tools for 2022

        These 12 tools approach patching from different perspectives. Understanding their various approaches can help you find the right product for your needs.

      • Fear, Uncertainty,

        • Bleeping ComputerMitel zero-day used by hackers in suspected ransomware attack

          Mitel VOIP devices are used by critical organizations in various sectors for telephony services and were recently exploited by threat actors for high-volume DDoS amplification attacks.

        • Computer WeeklyDevelopers grapple with open source software security [Ed: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt is now part of the mission of the Linux Foundation]

          The security of open source software remains a concern with developers who are taking longer to fix vulnerabilities as they combine open source components with their own code when building applications, a global study has found.

          According to The state of open source security report by Snyk and The Linux Foundation, more than four in 10 organisations surveyed do not have high confidence in the security of open source software, with the average application development project having 49 vulnerabilities and 80 direct dependencies.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The Great Dividing Line in History

        There once was a tweet that I have read, but I have since lost. It outlines a particular phenomenon that I want to elaborate on just a little bit.

        It states, using approximately these words, that there is a line in history such that before that time, conquest, expansionism and exterminating others grants you the title “The Great”; after that time, it grants you the title of a genocidaire. The implication is that furthermore, everyone except Western and Central European civilisations have done all their conquest and expansion prior to that line and so can safely marked as blameless in all cases, leaving the so-named civilisation uniquely responsible to solemnly reflect on and correct their mistake.


        Having said that, it’s not only China and Russia that gets this benefit. Japan is also an empire in the sense that it had and still does rule over areas once owned (in some sense of the word) by other tribes that have been there since before records began. To a lesser extent, this also extends some level of protection to the ancient empires destroyed by Western European expansion in the Americas – in particular the Aztec and Inca Empires – but this is less frequently seen as [a] the empires have been dismantled entirely already, so to some extent justice has been delivered to those vanquished by these empires; and [b] this kind of argument is primarily used to apportion blame, and blame cannot be given to destroyed empires analogous to how it seems somewhat crass to assign responsibilities to a corpse.

    • Finance

      • VoxLabor exploitation, explained by Minions

        Minions 2: The Rise of Gru, is a movie about labor exploitation and capitalism.

        We can understand the entire history of the capitalist labor market through the Despicable Me franchise.

        If someone asked you to describe the Minions, what would you say? Likely, you would detail their small yellow pill-shaped bodies, dressed in overalls and oversized goggles. Perhaps you would provide the context that the Minions are characters first introduced in the 2010 animated children’s movie Despicable Me, and that their purpose is to serve their villainous master Gru while providing comic relief to an otherwise disturbing if bizarre plot. (A man wants to steal the moon.)

        You can say that they speak a language of gibberish punctuated by recognizable English words like “banana” (Minions love bananas) and “potato” and that their likenesses appear on everything from shampoo bottles to thongs. If you were generally an uncynical person, you might say that Minions are cute and people like them. If you were not, you might posit that they are agents of the capitalist machine, ready-made and endlessly merchandisable mascots that make the world’s destruction at the hands of mega-corporations seem adorable and fun.

      • Will MGNREGA help again? Rs 1,387 crore pending in wages

        Migrant workers are returning to their home states again as COVID-19 pandemic lashes out brutally at several urban centres

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • ZimbabweThe sex tape link Facebook hackers have hit Zim, here’s how to secure your account

        The Facebook hacks are out of control, over the weekend two people I friended had their accounts hacked and they both had the same sex tape line from some “IG model”. I don’t them very well but it was suspicious that both had the same link tagging 98 other people they knew.

        This, at least to me, looks to be a trap for “vanhu vanoda zvinhu” and I encourage you all not to interact with the link if it pops up in your notifications. If you do get one, you can remove your name from those who have been tagged in the post.

      • GizmodoMicrosoft’s Calling It Quits on Creepy Emotion Recognition Tech

        Microsoft’s turning its back on its scientifically suspect and ethically dubious emotion recognition technology. For now, at least.

      • EngadgetMicrosoft will phase out facial recognition AI that could detect emotions

        Microsoft isn’t the first company to have second thoughts about facial recognition. IBM stopped work in that field over worries its projects could be used for human rights abuses. With that said, this is still a major change of heart. One of the world’s largest cloud and computing companies is backing away from AI that could have a substantial impact.

      • MIT Technology ReviewThe smart city is a perpetually unrealized utopia [Ed: That just means mass surveillance city if one omits meaningless buzzwords]

        In 1959, in a short essay called “The Great Game to Come,” a little-known Dutch visual artist named Constant Nieuwenhuys described a new utopian city—one that he was soon to dub “New Babylon.” “The technical inventions that humanity has at its disposal today,” he presciently stated, “will play a major role in the construction of the ambiance-cities of the future.”

      • US News And World ReportDelta, Kellogg Join IBM Pledge to Fight Bias in Online Ad Targeting
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • MIT Technology ReviewThe Download: Trolling text scammers, and China’s social media censorship

        The people using humor to troll their spam texts

        The other night, I received a mysterious WhatsApp message. “Dr. Kevin?” it began, the question mark suggesting the sender felt bad for interrupting my evening. “My puppy is very slow and won’t eat dog food. Can you make an appointment for me?”

        I was mystified. My name is not Kevin, I am not a veterinarian, and I was in no position to help this person and their puppy. I nearly typed out a response saying “Sorry, wrong number” when I realized this was probably a scam to get me to confirm my number.

        I didn’t respond, but many others who received similar texts have. Some are even throwing it back at their spammers by spinning wild tales and sending hilarious messages to frustrate whoever is on the other side. They’re fighting back with snark, and in some cases posting screenshots of their conversations online.

        Experts don’t recommend responding like this. But it is cathartic and funny. Read the full story.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Michael GeistCRTC Chair Ian Scott Confirms Bill C-11 Can Be Used To Pressure Internet Platforms to Manipulate Algorithms

        The Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications held an exceptionally important hearing as part of its Bill C-11 pre-study (which is about to change into a Bill C-11 study) last night featuring Canadian Heritage officials and CRTC Chair Ian Scott. I will have a second post on the officials, who struggled to provide clear answers to basic questions on everything from how to identify what counts as Cancon for user content (Youtube’s Content ID was suggested) to the absence of thresholds for what is covered by the bill (there are no thresholds and the government wants the ability to also target small streamers). But the key moment of the day came in questioning Scott about the discoverability and the potential for algorithmic manipulation.

Links 26/06/2022: Shotcut 22.06 and More Netflix Layoffs

Posted in News Roundup at 5:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Jay Little[Reposted] Jay Little – Software Obsessionist – Proof of Life: I Still Have Something to Say

        Well what can I say? If you are in any way involved with the Linux community, then you already know what this is. For the rest of you, click here. Long story short: The Dev One is Hewlett’s Packard’s way of dipping their toe into the Linux hardware enthusiast market.


        So you can probably guess what happened next. I bought one. Duh. I have had it over a week. My Tuxedo Pulse 15 Gen 1 keyboard was really getting bad, which is a shame because beyond that, I really loved that laptop. The keyboard on the Dev One appears to be far superior, along with the trackpad. I’m literally typing this very blog post on the keyboard.

        In fact the only downside of the Dev One is the shitty Realtek wireless card it ships with. If you buy one of these, I strongly suggest you crack it open and switch out the wifi card for an Intel AX200 or AX201. It is 100% worth it, especially as the machine does not come with an ethernet port. Despite the 5850U processor in the Dev One having a TDP that is 1/3rd of the TDP of the 4800H in the Pulse laptop, performance is about the same. Battery life is worse, but the Pulse has a 90+ watt hour battery whereas the HP has a 53 watt hour battery. Nevertheless I can get 6 to 8 hours on it with no problem, which is more than enough for me.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxShotcut 22.06 Video Editor Brings Glaxnimate Support, Keyframes Expansion, and More – 9to5Linux

        Two months have passed since the release of Shotcut 22.04, and now users of this powerful video editor have a new update to enjoy. Shotcut 22.06 is here with a big new feature, namely the integration of the Glaxnimate 2D vector drawing and animation program.

        In the new Shotcut release, Glaxnimate is bundled within the video editor and lets you apply complex masks to your video clip via the new Mask: Draw (Glaxnimate) video filter. On top of that, there’s also a preview in the Shotcut timeline within Glaxnimate.

      • New Version 22.06: Glaxnimate
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni TorontoEven for us, SSD write volume limits can matter

        Famously, one difference between HDDs and SSDs is that SSDs have limits on how much data you can write to them and HDDs mostly don’t (which means that SSDs have a definite lifetime). These limits are a matter both of actual failure and of warranty coverage, with the warranty coverage limit generally being lower. We don’t normally think about about this, though, because we’re not a write-intensive place. Sometimes there are surprises, such as high write volume on our MTAs or more write volume than I expected on my desktops, but even then the absolute numbers tend to be low and not anywhere near the write endurance ratings of our SSDs.

      • CSS TricksQuick Reminder that Details/Summary is the Easiest Way Ever to Make an Accordion

        Gosh bless the <details> element. Toss some content inside it and you have an accessible expand-for-more interaction with just about zero work.

      • Its FOSSDownload YouTube Videos with VLC (Because, Why Not?)

        VLC is one of the most popular video players for Linux and other platforms.

        It’s not just a video player. It provides a number of multimedia and network-related features among other things. You’ll be surprised to learn what VLC is capable of.

        I’ll demonstrate a simple VLC feature and that is to download YouTube videos with it.

        Yes. You can play YouTube videos in VLC and download them too. Let me show you how.

      • eBPF – Understanding How It Works

        In a lot of scenarios, eBPF is not used directly but indirectly via projects like Cilium, bcc, or bpftrace which provide an abstraction on top of eBPF and do not require to write programs directly but instead offer the ability to specify intent-based definitions which are then implemented with eBPF.

      • ID RootHow To Install Docker on AlmaLinux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Docker on AlmaLinux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Docker is basically a container engine that uses the Linux Kernel in order to create the containers on top of an operating system. Docker provides a portable environment for both development and production environments. You can create a container from one set of files that works anywhere else without having to worry about dependencies being different on each new server.

        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 Docker CE on AlmaLinux 9. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Make Use OfHow to Use tree to Show a Directory Tree in the Linux Terminal

        With the tree command on Linux, you can view your entire filesystem in a hierarchical tree-like representation. Here’s how to do it.

        While you may use ls in the Linux terminal to display directories, what if there was a tool that could show the directory listings hierarchically, like a tree? Fortunately, such a program does exist, and it’s called “tree.”

      • Backup all starred repositories from Github
  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Hubert FiguièreRelease day – Hubert Figuière

        It’s release day, sorta. Both libopenraw and Exempi got a new release within two days. Here is what’s up.

      • SICPMore detail on software requirements

        My talk at AppDevCon discussed the Requirements Trifecta but turned it into a Quadrinella: you need leadership vision, market feedback, and technical reality to all line up as listed in the trifecta, but I’ve since added a fourth component. You also need to be able to tell the people who might be interested in paying for this thing that you have it and it might be worth paying for. If you don’t have that then, if anybody has heard of you at all, it will be as a company that went out of business with a product “five years ahead of its time”: you were able to build it, it did something people could benefit from, in an innovative way, but nobody realised that they needed it.

      • Matt RickardSequencing

        Sequencing is doing things in the right order. At a macro level, it’s about inflection points – Uber couldn’t have existed without Google Maps and consumer GPS. But the tougher to solve and more interesting type of sequencing is when the goal is obvious, but the path unknown.

        It’s difficult because you can’t always mimic past successes – an olympian’s workout plan might be optimal, but not for someone just starting out. It’s also difficult because you can’t even copy the order – the temporal aspect of “the right time” means that the “right order” is always changing.

        Some examples of sequencing across different disciplines.

      • Trail Of BitsManaging risk in blockchain deployments

        Blockchains have significantly different constraints, security properties, and resource requirements than traditional data storage alternatives. The diversity of blockchain types and features can make it challenging to decide whether a blockchain is an appropriate technical solution for a given problem and, if so, which type of blockchain to use. To help readers make such decisions, the report contains written and graphical resources, including a decision tree, comparison tables, and a risk/impact matrix.

      • RlangCharting Kaggle’s growth to 10 million users | R-bloggers

        A few days ago, the Kaggle community crossed the amazing milestone of 10 million registered users! In celebration, I’ve put together a forum post that visualises the accelerated growth over the years. Here I show the R code behind those plots and talk a bit about my visualisation choices.

      • RlangVisualizing the Invasion of the Soviet Union with Luftwaffe Locations

        On June 22 1941 (81 years ago) Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union with the largest military force assembled in history. Behind the ground troops the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) quickly setup forward bases to support the campaign. Using data from http://ww2.dk I put together an infographic visualizing the monthly movements of the Luftwaffe during this time (map borders are current not the ones that existed in 1941).

        One can see planes flying into Poland from the west (Denmark, Norway, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands were conquered the previous year) and Greece (conquered the previous month) right before the campaign. As the Germans advanced along the Northern, Central, and Southern fronts one can also see the indecisive plan of attack. First they locate more planes to the North to attack Leningrad and then shift focus to the attack on Moscow.

      • Nolan LawsonStyle scoping versus shadow DOM: which is fastest?

        My new benchmark largely confirmed my previous research, and shadow DOM comes out as the most consistently performant option. Class-based style scoping slightly beats shadow DOM in some scenarios, but in others it’s much less performant. Firefox, thanks to its multi-threaded style engine, is much faster than Chrome or Safari.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • RlangShell vs R Fundamentals – From Syntax to Control Structures with Zsh & BASH

          This walkthrough of the fundamentals of shell programming with Z shell (Zsh) and Bourne Again SHell (BASH) includes a comparison of similar components and features in R and RStudio. An alternate perspective from R is provided for you to leverage while learning the fundamentals of shell programming.

          It is important to be aware of the similarities and differences between Zsh and BASH when working with shell programming, particularly considering that Zsh is the default shell for Mac systems as of macOS Catalina, while BASH is the default shell of most distributions of Linux operating systems (OS). BASH is also included in the infrastructure of many remote servers.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayQuantum Circuit Uses Just A Few Atoms

      Researchers at the University of New South Wales and a startup company, Silicon Quantum Computing, published results of their quantum dot experiments. The circuits use up to 10 carbon-based quantum dots on a silicon substrate. Metal gates control the flow of electrons.  The paper appears in Nature and you can download the full paper from there.

    • HackadayThe Prints Don’t Stop With This Prusa I3 MK3 Mod

      One of the issues with 3D printing is that when a print is done, you need to go back and pull the print off the bed to reset it for the next one. What if you needed to print 600 little parts for whatever reason? Most people might say get lots of printers and queue them up. Not [Pierre Trappe], as he decided that his Prusa i3 MK3S+ would print continuously.

    • HackadayA Passive Automatic CNC Tool Changer

      [Marius Hornberger] has been busy hacking his “Hammer” CNC router again, and now it sports a much desired feature — an automatic tool-changer. Having wanted one for a while, [Marius] was unhappy sacrificing a big chunk of useable bed area just to park the tool-changer magazine. An obvious solution would be to have the magazine retract away from the bed, outside of the working area. Sadly, the CNC controller had only enough spare outputs to drive the pneumatic tool changer (mounted on the spindle) leaving none spare to control the magazine assembly. So, there was only one obvious route to take, use some simple spring-loaded mechanics to move the magazine into tool-picking range with the Y axis motion instead.

    • Being A Confident Pedestrian

      I am glad, as of late, that I’ve never owned a car, or even had the faintest desire to own one. I have walked virtually everywhere for the last few years and it’s fantastic exercise. I honestly don’t know who would pay $10 a month for a gym membership when walking everywhere keeps the muscles limber, the respiratory system clean, and the bones flexible. In addition, it carries with it a veritable utility- that is, transportation.

      Add onto this the obscene gas prices caused by the recent Ukraine conflict, and it’s any wonder that more and more Americans are dumping their lemons and opting for either public transportation or walking. This is an intriguing development to watch play out in real time, every gas station’s little number counter rising as a result of an intricate web of economic conditions- trade negotiations overseas, the OPEC alliance, and certain shipping routes being delayed or cut off. I can see why the average driver would feel a bit irate currently, and do sympathize with them.

      Nonetheless I do take a confrontational approach to cars, whenever I’m out in heavy traffic, and I’d argue it is the thing to do as a responsible pedestrian, to recognize that cars are in many ways an inconvenient headache, for drivers and pedestrians alike, and that their use is highest in economically disadvantaged areas where public transit isn’t really an option. They are used out of necessity rather than convenience, and while walking one should keep in mind that if they are hit, they won’t be held legally responsible for any liabilities incurred.

    • feeling alone again
    • Science

      • HackadayNASA Called, They Want Their Cockroaches Back

        News hit earlier this month that the infamous “cockroach moon dust” was up for auction? Turns out, NASA is trying to block the sale as they assert that they own all the lunar material brought back from the Apollo missions. What? You didn’t know about cockroach moon dust? Well, it is a long and — frankly — weird story.

      • HackadayNeural Network Identifies Bird Calls, Even On Your Pi

        Recently, we’ve stumbled upon the extensive effort that is the BirdNET research platform. BirdNET uses a neural network to identify birds by the sounds they make, and is a joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Chemnitz University of Technology. What strikes us is – this project is impressively featureful and accessible for a variety of applications. No doubt, BirdNET is aiming to become a one-stop shop for identifying birds as they sing.

    • Education

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The VergeThe brewing fight to keep abortion info online

        Right now, platforms have an easy answer to threats: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 shields apps and websites from being considered the “publisher or speaker” of user-generated content, protecting them from liability over hosting it. Unlike a First Amendment defense, it doesn’t require fighting over whether the content in question is illegal, reducing the legal burden of lawsuits. “The thing about Section 230 is you don’t have to demonstrate that it’s First Amendment protected speech, which can take a long, long time sometimes in litigation,” says Granick. There’s an exception for conduct that violates federal criminal law, but not violations of state laws like the current abortion bans.

      • Ali Reza HayatiRoe v Wade overturned by American Taliban

        While those in Germany are abolishing Nazi-era laws, forbidding doctors from providing information about abortions, those in Supreme Court of the United States are bringing them back. While those in Germany are making progress about human rights, Those in United States are taking America back to the Middle Ages. I’m pretty sure if they could, they would’ve burn some women accused of witchery.

      • NBCThese ER doctors said profit-driven company officials pressed them to work while they had Covid symptoms

        “He insisted I stay and finish the shift,” she recalled in an interview with NBC News and in a recent lawsuit. “I told him it’s not the safe thing to do. We have a ton of immunocompromised patients and we were putting them at risk.”

        By requesting time off from work while sick with Covid, Patel breached an unofficial policy promoted by officials at the hospital staffing company she works for — American Physician Partners — according to the lawsuit filed against the company by her and seven physician colleagues.

    • Proprietary

      • Game RantMicrosoft Receives Backlash Over Minecraft Moderation Changes

        Ever since Minecraft’s release, fans have set up servers to allow for multiplayer in the game. However, a recent update is causing concern among server moderators and players alike, as Microsoft is moving to implement its own moderation on top of the already-existing tools provided to server owners.

        For several years now, Minecraft has been split into two versions. The Java Edition allows for more freedom with modding and server hosting, while the Bedrock edition allows cross-platform multiplayer, implements microtransactions, and gives its server owners less freedom.

      • Adriaan ZhangA Deep Dive into Minecraft 1.19.1′s Report System

        To accomodate the chat reporting system, chat messages are now signed using the user’s keypair. There is a setting under Options → Chat Settings… → Only Show Secure Chat that toggles whether messages with invalid signatures are hidden. This setting is off by default at the time of writing (1.19.1-pre1).

      • India Times‘3.5 million cyber security jobs will open up by 2025’ [Ed/iophk: their approach to "security" is job security (for them alone) and not actual computer security]

        Pointing out how the world is facing a major workforce shortage in the cybersecurity sector, Kate Behncken, vice- president and global head of Microsoft Philanthropies, on Friday, said that there would be 3.5 million open roles in cyber security around the world by 2025.

        Speaking at the launch of CyberShikshaa initiative, launched by Microsoft India in collaboration with ICT Academy as part of its ongoing commitment to create a robust cybersecurity ecosystem in the country, Behncken said, “The number of cyber security incidents in India have increased from 2.9 lakh in 2018 to almost 1.5 million in 2021.

      • Network WorldCisco announces plan to exit Russia and Belarus

        The networking company first made a statement on March 3, declaring that it would be halting all business operations in Russia and Belarus “for the foreseeable future.” On Thursday the company released another statement, noting that it had continued to “closely monitor” the war in Ukraine and as a result, a decision had been made to “begin an orderly wind-down of our business in Russia and Belarus.”

      • Android PoliceAfter years of delay, Plex replaces its desktop media player client

        Mediaphiles have had years to cope with the imminent demise of the Plex Media Player. Plans were first announced in August of 2019, right when the Plex had also released its intended replacement, the Home Theater PC app. Outrage from the crowd stopped everything in its tracks for three years, but at last, Plex is now calling time of death for PMP. Long live HTPC.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • PC WorldMullvad VPN ditches subscriptions to protect your privacy even more

          If you’re scratching your head on why that’s necessary, Mullvad explains in a blog post (spotted by TechRadar). Apparently there was no way to continue to facilitate recurring subscription payments without storing the payment data users submitted for the entire length of that subscription. And keeping a credit card number or PayPal account associated with a login more or less forever is basically the opposite of privacy. That being the case, Mullvad is now only accepting one-time payments for its VPN services. That will allow the company to purge payment data after “the first few weeks.”

        • The HillHillicon Valley — Data privacy bill inches forward in House

          A House subpanel on consumer protection approved a comprehensive data privacy bill, advancing the legislation to the full committee. The bill would create national standards for how companies are able to collect and manage user data.

          Meanwhile, tech executives told lawmakers on Wednesday that the government needed to share more cyber threat intelligence with the private sector to mitigate cybersecurity risks.

        • CNNMan loses USB flash drive with data on entire city’s residents after night out

          On Tuesday, he went to the city administration’s information center and transferred residents’ data onto a flash drive. The data included the names, birth dates, and addresses of 465,177 people, the statement said — the city’s entire population.

          The flash drive also contained sensitive information including tax details, bank account names and numbers, and information on households receiving public assistance such as childcare payments.

        • IT WireEFF cybersecurity head warns US women to delete their period tracking apps in post Roe v. Wade world

          It may sound like a crazy far-fetched dystopian claim, but it’s today’s reality. Following the United States Supreme Court decision overturning access to abortion as a constitutional right, EFF head of cybersecurity Eva Galperin is warning women to delete period tracking apps, potentially identifying women who have terminated pregnancies.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Frontpage MagazineWhen the Cid Shattered the Teeth of Jihad

        Raymond Ibrahim, author of the new book, Defenders of the West, from which the following article was excerpted, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center

      • Gatestone InstituteSudan: The Genocide No One Talks About

        This, apparently, is also the conviction of El Nur. He notes with distress that the massacres organized by the Janjaweed and the Rapid Intervention Forces have not seen any let up. Daily peaceful demonstrations in Khartoum and the rest of the country are interrupted by the police and state militias, who fire live ammunition at the crowds, while raids are conducted throughout Sudan. Homes are burned. Villagers are forced into the desert without food or water. Summary executions take place. Women and children are crushed by cars. Students are mown down by bullets.

      • RTLTwo killed, 21 wounded in Oslo terror attack

        According to an NRK radio journalist present at the time of the shooting, the shooter arrived with a bag from which he pulled out a weapon and started firing.

      • Common Dreams‘A Hate Crime’: Oslo Pride Parade Canceled After Deadly Shooting at Gay Bar

        A 42-year-old gunman was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, and terrorist acts on Saturday after he killed two people and injured 21 during an overnight shooting rampage in and around an Oslo gay bar—just hours before the city was supposed to hold its annual Pride parade.

        “My first thought was that Pride was the target, so that’s frightening.”

      • TruthOutOslo Cancels Pride Parade After Mass Shooting at Gay Club
      • TruthOutBigoted Attacks Are Injecting Fear Into Pride Month, But We Won’t Back Down
      • A Day at Faslane

        In my early twenties, Faslane held a 365 day protest, so I went along to take part in family tradition. The lot of us were put up by the Salvation Army, in their church, and the night before, a workshop was held.

        In the workshop, the speaker asked us if setting light to a police car was useful, and if it was violent. If we thought it was violent, we’d go to the top of the room (otherwise, go to the bottom), and if we thought it was useful, we’d go left.

      • ScheerpostWhy Sanctions Always Fail

        The Enemy Always Adapts.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Not a Justification but a Provocation’: Chomsky on the Root Causes of the Russia-Ukraine War

        One of the reasons that Russian media has been completely blocked in the West, along with the unprecedented control and censorship over the Ukraine war narrative, is the fact that western governments simply do not want their public to know that the world is vastly changing.

    • Environment

      • Overpopulation

        • The EconomistA wave of unrest is coming. Here’s how to avert some of it

          Soaring food and fuel prices are the most excruciating form of inflation. If the prices of furniture or smartphones rise, people can delay a purchase or forgo it. But they cannot stop eating. Likewise, transport costs are baked into every physical good, and most people cannot easily walk to work. So when food and fuel grow dearer, standards of living tend to fall abruptly. The pain is most intense for city dwellers in poor countries, who spend a huge part of their income on bread and bus fares. Unlike rural folk, they cannot grow their own crops—but they can riot.

          Many governments want to ease the pain, but are indebted and short of cash after covid-19. The average poor country’s public debt-to-gdp ratio is nearly 70% and it is climbing. Poor countries also pay higher interest rates, which are rising. Some of them will find this unsustainable. The imf says that 41 are in “debt distress” or at high risk of it.

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Continuing Damages From Corporate-Managed So-Called Free Trade

        The great progressive Harvard economist and prolific best-selling author, John Kenneth Galbraith, wrote that, “Ideas may be superior to vested interest. They are also very often the children of vested interest.” I wished he had written that assertion before I took Economic 101 at Princeton. One of the vested ideas taught as dogma then was the comparative advantage theory developed by the early 19th century British economist, David Ricardo. He gave the example of trading Portuguese wine for British textiles with both countries coming out winners due to their superior efficiencies in producing their native products.

      • FAIRNYT Hypes NYC Police Spending, Buries School Cuts

        The New York Times (6/10/22) reported on NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ first budget agreement, saying it “excludes…proposals to significantly increase staffing levels at the city’s jails…[and] increase the Police Department’s budget.” This is the culmination of a fierce debate, the Times told readers, between a mayor with “politically moderate roots” and a progressive city council “over how best to confront rising concerns about crime.”

      • Michael West MediaPerrottet’s land tax: how does it work and what will it do? – Michael West

        NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has released what his long-awaited transition away from stamp duty will look like. Will Perrottet’s land tax bolster a more dynamic housing sector in NSW or result in another boon to vendors before the upcoming election? Callum Foote reports.

        The NSW government’s stated motivation for making the move away from stamp duty and to land tax for first-home buyers is to reduce the upfront cost of purchasing a house.

        All first home buyers purchasing a house worth less than $1.5 million in NSW will have the option of not paying stamp duty and instead move a land tax on the unimproved price of the land paid annually.

        The land tax for first home buyers will be calculated at $400 plus 0.3 per cent of land value for properties whose owners live in them. This is separate to the existing land tax levied on investment properties which is charged at $1500 plus 1.1% of land value.

      • Michael West MediaOcean view property with carpark views? Exciting ASX float a tough sell, then there’s title – Michael West

        A Maserati-driving entrepreneur and his exciting new property play have reeled in Stockland and Mirvac, and a posse of media and investment bankers, but is all as it seems? Michael West checks out the proposal to float Bricklet on the sharemarket.

        It’s a tried and tested formula. An investment banker is trying to raise money, suddenly a story drops in the Australian Financial Review to create the buzz. And it’s not hard to create a buzz around an “exciting” new property play.

        So it was that two days before Christmas 2019 came this drop marketing the idea that if you can’t afford a house you can still afford a bit of a house and buy into Australia’s property market:

      • ScheerpostInflation Sparks Global Wave of Protests for Higher Pay, Aid

        FILE -Health workers led by nurses take part in a demonstration over salaries at Parerenyatwa Hospital in Harare, on June, 21, 2022. As food costs and fuel bills soar, inflation is plundering peopl…

      • ScheerpostCan Workers Overseas Provide: Tips for US Labor Organizers?

        Mick Lynch (second left) is ‘concise and focused and good at seeming like a human being’, according to one digital strategist. Photograph: Guy Smallman/Getty Images By Steve Early / CounterPunch Th…

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • NDTVFor Prophet Remarks, BJP Leaders Summoned By Police In Maharashtra

        The Mumbai Police have also summoned her to record a statement on June 25 in connection with her remarks about the Prophet during a TV debate triggered a huge controversy.

      • FirstpostProphet Muhammad remarks row: Maharashtra police summon suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on 22 June

        Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey had on Monday said they will also summon Sharma to record her statement in connection with the FIR registered against her.

      • CNNSuspected Russian spy was well-liked by classmates, but something just seemed a little off

        Why the Kremlin would want to plant a spy in the International Criminal Court is clear, former intelligence officials say: It would offer Russia a crucial window into the investigation into alleged Russian war crimes — in Georgia in 2008 and in Ukraine in 2022.

      • Scheerpost‘The Times is Telling You to Choose Between Rights and Safety’

        CounterSpin interview with Alec Karakatsanis on Chesa Boudin recall.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • ABCEuropean mayors duped into calls with fake Kyiv mayor

          The mayor of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv warned Saturday that an imposter is posing as him and communicating with other officials, including three European mayors who were duped into believing they were having a video call with the real Vitali Klitschko.

          “Several mayors in Europe have been contacted by a fake mayor of Kyiv who has been saying absurd things,” Klitschko told German daily newspaper Bild. “This is criminal energy. It must be urgently investigated who is behind it.”

        • SalonState legislatures are effectively helping rogue doctors spread misinformation

          Unfortunately, a minority of doctors seem to have recently obtained an outsized voice through the use of social media, [Internet] forums, radio, and television appearances. Together, this fringe contingent has played a critical role in propagating misinformation about COVID-19 to the public. This arguably small number of individuals appear to be using their professional credentials and the image of the white coat — ironically the symbol which doctors began using in the 19th century to separate themselves from what they deemed as quackery — to advance ideas with no solid evidence and shaky scientific foundations.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Computer WorldThere’s just one thing businesses can do about the ‘splinternet’ — adapt

        The other growing trend involves increasing legal control over what’s allowed within political boundaries. One example that comes to mind here in Europe (I’m in France at the moment) is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and similar legislation in Europe. Laudable goals of protecting user privacy placed the burden on individual global websites, which many have found not worth the trouble. As a result, a great number of news sites are blocked in Europe — the menu of news sources is different inside Europe than outside Europe. And there are many other examples.

        To counter the splinternet trend, the United States in April unveiled a global declaration to resist “digital authoritarianism,” a document signed by 61 countries, seeking an “open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure” [Internet]. Good luck with that, 61 countries.

        The document essentially gets governments that oppose the splinternet to make a nonbinding commitment to the goals of a single open [Internet], while having no impact on the majority of nations, including those actively splintering the [Internet].

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • NPRNetflix lays off several hundred more employees

        Netflix’s first-quarter revenue call in April revealed slowing revenue growth. The company lost 200,000 U.S. subscribers in that quarter, marking its first decline in customers in over a decade.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Help Keep Hangprinter Free

          The US patent office has rewarded somebody else with the patent on Hangprinter. The patent gives its holders royalty rights on the same invention I donated to the commons eight years earlier.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakMovie & TV Pirates Increase in Italy But They Are Pirating Less Than Ever

          New Ipsos research carried out on behalf of Italian anti-piracy group FAPAV reveals that 43% of the adult population engaged in some type of audiovisual piracy in 2021, with almost a quarter using pirate IPTV. Despite the gloom, overall piracy volumes are down 53% on figures reported in 2016 but FAPAV says that Italy needs to do much better.

        • Times Higher EducationClaws out: WorldCat sues Clarivate over plan for rival platform

          In a 32-page deposition made at an Ohio court, the owner of WorldCat, which provides access to more than 500 million references to 4 billion books, essays and other reference materials, says plans by Clarivate to establish a “free and open community peer-to-peer sharing platform for metadata created and owned by libraries” are contingent on the “misappropriating” of a catalogue it has spent decades collating at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

          It calls for a temporary restraining order on the proposed MetaDoor platform, which has been set up as a “direct competitor” to WorldCat, as well as seeking “punitive damages” of at least $75,000 (£61,000).

        • [Old] QuartzAcademics have found a way to access insanely expensive research papers—for free

          Scientists are tweeting a link of the paywalled article along with their email address in the hashtag—a riff on the infamous meme of a fluffy cat’s “I Can Has Cheezburger?” line. Someone else who does have access to the article downloads a pdf of the paper and emails the file to the person requesting it. The initial tweet is then deleted as soon as the requester receives the file.

          Andrea Kuszewski, a San Francisco-based cognitive scientist who started the hashtag, tells Quartz that “the biggest rule is that you don’t thank people.” Those who willingly share papers are, in most cases, breaking copyright laws. But Kuszewski says it’s an important act of “civil disobedience,” adding “it’s not an aggressive act but it’s just a way of saying things need to change.”

        • [Old] Scholarly Sharing via Twitter: #icanhazpdf Requests for Health Sciences Literature

          Abstract: Introduction: Although requesting access to journal articles and books via colleagues and authors is a long-established academic practice, websites and social media platforms have broadened the scope and visibility of academic literature sharing among researchers. On Twitter, the #icanhazpdf hashtag has emerged as a way for researchers to request and obtain journal articles quickly and efficiently. This study analyzes use of the #icanhazpdf hashtag as a means of obtaining health sciences literature. Methods: RowFeeder software was used to monitor and aggregate #icanhazpdf requests between 1 February and 30 April 2015. This software records data such as Twitter handle, tweet content, tweeter location, date, and time. Tweets were hand-coded for the journal subject area, the requestor’s geographic location, and the requestor’s occupational sector. Results: There were 302 requests for health sciences literature during the study period. Many requests were made by users affiliated with a post-secondary academic institution (45%, n = 136). Very few requests were made by users located in Canada (n = 15). Conclusion: #icanhazpdf requests for health sciences literature account for a relatively small proportion of peer-to-peer article sharing activities when compared with other online platforms. Nevertheless, this study provides evidence that some faculty and students are choosing social media over the library as a means of obtaining health sciences literature. Examining peer-to-peer article sharing practices can provide insights into patron behaviour and expectations.

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Posted in Deception, GPL, Kernel at 2:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Linux Foundation as Misinformation Mill
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Summary: The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is promoting or defending software patents; to make matters worse, it continues its Microsoft greenwashing campaign, it’s openwashing mass surveillance, and it is paying so-called ‘journalists’ to play along*

THE Linux Foundation‘s PR show has ended. It was a physical presence event and it was full of lies, spin, and worse.

We’ve documented dozens of examples in the Daily Links (here in Techrights throughout the week) and these were more suitably catalogued here and here (not a complete/exhaustive list but still fairly comprehensive with editorial comments attached).

“Microsoft, Open Invention Network (OIN), and the Linux Foundation are in this together…”Only a few hours ago in Slashdot we saw Linux Foundation promotion of a Linux Foundation podcast entitled ‘Untold Stories of Open Source’ outsourced to Microsoft proprietary software (don’t miss the irony!). The people on these episodes probably don’t even use GNU/Linux, they’re just milking the brand for corporate agenda, on the payroll of companies that actively attack Linux and try to replace Linux (or its licence, which Torvalds really likes). A few years ago the OSI’s cofounder Bruce Perens called the Linux Foundation "an {GPL} infringer’s club” and he wasn’t wrong. Days ago the Linux Foundation moreover promoted patent propaganda, in effect parroting the lies told by IBM about software patents. Microsoft, Open Invention Network (OIN), and the Linux Foundation are in this together (we put that in Daily Links). As Perens put it: “Open Invention Network protects patents from Linux, not the other way around.”
* As noted in the video, bribes for journalists are funneled in from corporations to the Linux Foundation, which in turn pays the publishers that pays writers’ salary. It’s a clever multi-layered bribery mechanism.

Richard Stallman Interview Removed by Google (Because He Was on RT)

Posted in America, Free/Libre Software, Interview at 12:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Max Keiser spoke to Richard Stallman in the past; one such appearance in RT is reproduced above (all RT shows were removed this year in an indiscernible fashion)

THE “You” Tube platform of Gulag/Alphabet decided to mass-delete Americans whose shows or appearances were broadcast in RT [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6].

The above show, now censored, is basically two Americans (Stacy Herbert is the wife of Max and is Canadian) speaking to another American about issues that the American corporate media does not like to air.

Rogan and Richard Stallman: What Mobile Phones Really Are

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Interview at 12:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Even a decade ago it was well understood already that mobile phones had become spying devices whose harms gradually outweigh the perceived benefits by a wider margin

THE above video shows Bret Weinstein at the Joe Rogan Experience podcast followed by Richard Stallman, who has long expressed scepticism, distrust, and disgust about mobile phones (he also explained why).

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