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Links 03/07/2022: China ‘Rallies Support for Kylin Linux’ and SparkyLinux 4 EOL

Posted in News Roundup at 12:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: USA – Indiana – LinuxLinks

      Indiana is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is bordered by Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, the Ohio River and Kentucky to the south and southeast, and the Wabash River and Illinois to the west.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • The Register UKChina rallies support for Kylin Linux in war on Windows • The Register

        China’s efforts to end its reliance on Microsoft Windows got a boost with the launch of the openKylin project.

        The initiative aims to accelerate development of the country’s home-grown Kylin Linux distro by opening the project up to a broader community of developers, colleges, and universities to contribute code.

        Launched in 2001, Kylin was based on a FreeBSD kernel and was intended for use in government and military offices, where Chinese authorities have repeatedly attempted to eliminate foreign operating systems.

        In 2010, the operating system made the switch to the Linux kernel, and in 2014 an Ubuntu-based version of the OS was introduced after Canonical reached an agreement with Chinese authorities to develop the software.

        The openKylin project appears to be the latest phase of that project, and is focused on version planning, platform development, and establishing a community charter. To date, the project has garnered support from nearly two dozen Chinese firms and institutions, including China’s Advanced Operating System Innovation Center.

        These industry partners will contribute to several special interest groups to improve various aspects of the operating system over time. Examples include optimizations for the latest generation of Intel and AMD processors, where available; support for emerging RISC-V CPUs; development of an x86-to-RISC-V translation layer; and improvements to the Ubuntu Kylin User Interface (UKUI) window manager for tablet and convertible devices.

    • Kernel Space

      • SAS2008 LBA, Seagate Ironwolfs and scary log messages « Ville-Pekka Vainio’s blog

        I built a home NAS two years ago, that was the first COVID summer and I finally had the time. It’s running Proxmox, which is running TrueNAS (then Core, now Scale) as a VM. An HBA card is passed directly to the TrueNAS VM. The HBA card is a Dell PERC H310, but I’ve crossflashed it so that now it shows up as an LSI SAS2008 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-2. The system originally had five ST4000VN008 disks (4 TB) in a RAIDZ2.

        Pretty much from the beginning I noticed the system was spewing out storage related error messages when booting up. ZFS also noticed, but after the TrueNAS VM was completely up, there were no more errors and I quite rarely rebooted or shut down the system, so I wasn’t too worried. The few read errors I got each boot I cleared with zpool clear, which probably was not the best idea.

        Last summer we had very cheap electricity here in Finland, something like 1-3 c/kWh plus transfer and taxes. Well, this summer it can be even 60 c/kWh during the worst times. I started shutting down my NAS when I knew we would not need it for a while. This made the disk issues worse.

      • Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC)Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: System Boot and Security – Linux Plumbers Conference 2022

        Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the System Boot and Security Microconference

        In the fourth year in a row, System Boot and Security microconference is are going to bring together people interested in the firmware, bootloaders, system boot, security, etc., and discuss all these topics. This year we would particularly like to focus on better communication and closer cooperation between different Free Software and Open Source projects. In the past we have seen that the lack of cooperation’s between projects very often delays introduction of very interesting and important features with TrenchBoot being very prominent example.

        The System Boot and Security MC is very important to improve such communication and cooperation, but it is not limited to this kind of problems. We would like to encourage all stakeholders to bring and discuss issues that they encounter in the broad sense of system boot and security.

      • WCCF TechLinux 5.20 Prepped For Intel’s Arc Alchemist Desktop Graphics Cards & Arctic Sound-M Server GPUs

        Intel’s development team has done a fantastic job updating each kernel cycle to future-proof all versions. We have seen plenty of Intel DG2, and Arc Alchemist code merged into the i915 Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver, including the most recent Linux 5.19 kernel. This particular version of Linux has seen compute user-space ABI support that will be available for the DG2 architecture, as well as several PCI IDs included in DG2 that appear to be utilized for the company’s notebook Arc graphics. Lastly, there have also been new features and hardware fixes for various issues since first working on the project.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookDarktable 4.0 Released with New Features! How to Install via Ubuntu PPA | UbuntuHandbook

        Darktable, free open-source photography app and raw developer, now is at the new major 4.0 release! See what’s new and how to install it in Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04 & Ubuntu 18.04.

        Darktable 4.0 features Filmic v6 which introduced new color science. The change removes the mandatory desaturation close to medium white and black and replaces it with a true gamut mapping against the output (or export) color space. For those still prefer the “desaturated highlights” look, you can still do this by disabling chroma preservation.

        The release also include a new feature in the “exposure” and “color calibration” modules, allows to define and save a target color/exposure for the color pickers, in order to match any source object in the image against an arbitrary target color.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Jump CloudHow to Upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of upgrading Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04.

      • How to Change Mac Address in Linux – HackerNet

        MAC address is a unique address that is used to identify the device over the network. When we change the mac address it will help for anonymity over the network.

        It also helps to bypass the MAC filter in the network by using another device’s mac address.

      • H2S MediaHow To Install Robo 3T on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Linux – Linux Shout

        Tutorial to install Robot 3T or Studio 3T free on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command line to get a Graphical user interfaces for managing your Mongo DB server instance.

        Robo 3T offer MongoDB a GUI interface tool that is maintained and provided by the developers of MongoDB client Studio 3T (paid one with 30 days trial). Formerly, Robo 3T is known as Robomongo, and now Studio 3T Free. It is also a cross-platform MongoDB GUI management tool available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. On one hand, the Studio 3T is a paid tool, whereas the Studio 3T Free is a free version with users can build queries using drag and drop functionality, generate driver code in seven languages, break down aggregation queries, plus more.

      • Make Use Of8 Ways to Secure SSH Server Connections on Linux

        SSH is a widely-used protocol used for accessing Linux servers securely. Most users use SSH connections with default settings to connect to a remote server. However, the unsecured default configurations also pose various security risks.

        The root account of a server with open SSH access may be at risk. And especially if you are using a public IP address, it is much easier to hack the root password. Therefore, it is necessary to have knowledge about SSH security.

        Here’s how you can secure your SSH server connections on Linux.

      • Tips On UNIXInstall Wine 7.12 On Ubuntu 22.04 & Linux Mint | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install wine 7.12 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04, and Linux Mint 20.3.

      • CNX SoftwareGetting started with WiFi on Raspberry Pi Pico W board – CNX Software

        Raspberry Pi Trading announced the Raspberry Pi Pico W board basically based on the same design as the original Raspberry Pi Pico board with RP2040 dual-core Cortex-M0+ microcontroller but adding a wireless module with WiFi 4 and Bluetooth LE 5.2, although the latter is not enabled on the board at this time.

        The company sent me a sample for review/evaluation, and I’ll focus on the WiFi part since the Raspberry Pi Pico W supports the same MicroPython and C/C++ SDKs as for the Raspberry Pi Pico board plus additional APIs for wireless connectivity.

    • Games

      • 12 Best Linux Games To Play In 2022

        The gaming aspects of the Linux platform are evolving slowly but steadily. Still, people are very skeptical when it comes to gaming on this platform. But, from my personal experience, I see very little difference between Linux and Windows in terms of gaming.

        Linux OS is fully optimized for gaming which really makes optimum use of your system rig. With that in mind, many game developers are producing games with the Linux platform in mind.

        In this article, we have compiled a list of the best Linux games out there in the gaming arena.

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Roguelike Games

        Roguelike is a subgenre of role-playing video games characterized by a dungeon crawl through procedurally generated levels, turn-based gameplay, grid-based movement, and permanent death of the player character.

        Most roguelikes are based on a high fantasy narrative, reflecting their influence from tabletop role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.

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

      • OMG UbuntuOpen Source FPS Game ‘Xonotic’ Just Got a Huge Update – OMG! Ubuntu!

        With July 4th coming up for American readers, and a regular weekend for everyone else, I figured I’d spotlight something a bit “fun” for folks to get up to over it.

        Yes, I’m writing about a game.

        Now, I don’t tend to cover gaming too often because a) my buddy Liam does it so much better over on Gaming on Linux, and b) I’m more of a console gamer than a PC gamer (I know, I’m the worst).

        But a new version of open source first-person shooter Xonotic is out. It’s a very substantive update for this totally-FOSS game (licensed under GPL3), as the team note in their release announcement. So, I figured I’d make an exception and mention it.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • EasyOS

      • Barry KaulerLimine 3.10.1 compiled in OE

        Limine has undergone a very rapid pace of development. Compiling yet again. The recipe has become simpler…

      • Barry KaulerPup-Advert-Blocker fixed now version 0.6

        It is not a PET, it is builtin to EasyOS, script /usr/sbin/pup-advert-blocker

        I have overhauled it and bumped the version to 0.6

        The creator, sc0ttman, hasn’t posted to the forum for a long time, so I sent him an email a couple of days ago. I will send another one, letting him know that I have worked on the script.

      • Barry KaulerEasy Version Control fixes

        Just a quick report. I have done some work on Easy Version Control (in the “Filesystem” menu category).
        This includes snapshots, and container rollback and erase. This work has been required due to the new top-level-zram.

    • Debian Family

      • Thorsten Alteholz: My Debian Activities in June 2022

        This month I accepted 305 and rejected 59 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 310.

        From time to time I am also looking at the list of packages to be removed. If you would like to make life easier for the people who remove packages, please make sure that the resulting dak command really makes sense. If this command consists of garbage, please adapt the Subject: of your bug report accordingly.

        Also it does not make sense to file bugs to remove packages from NEW. Please don’t hesitate to close such bugs again …

      • Martin-Éric Racine: Refactoring Debian’s dhcpcd packaging

        Given news that ISC’s DHCP suite is getting deprecated by upstream and seeing how dhclient has never worked properly for DHCPv6, I decided to look into alternatives. ISC itself recommends Roy Maple’s dhcpcd as a migration path. Sadly, Debian’s package had been left unattended for a good 2 years. After refactoring the packaging, updating to the latest upstream and performing one NMU, I decided to adopt the package.

      • Sparky 4 EOL – SparkyLinux

        Sparky oldoldstable 4 “Tyche” reached its end-of-life on July 1, 2022, as well as Debian 9 “Stretch” LTS. Sparky 4 is based on Debian 9 so support for Sparky 4 has been finished.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • NeowinLinux Mint 21 will not come with systemd-oom for low-resource machines – Neowin

        Clement Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has posted his usual monthly update with the latest developments of the operating system. He said that Linux Mint 21 is almost ready to be beta-tested (due next week) with quality assurance beginning this weekend. Interestingly, the systemd-oom package that kills tasks in low memory environments, will not be included in Linux Mint 21 after the team got negative feedback.

        Some other things that were highlighted about the upcoming release were that home direction encryption will remain available in the installer, the os-prober package will be enabled by default to better detect dual-boot systems, webp support has been added to xviewer and thumbnails, and Blueman 2.3 is replacing Blueberry (Bluetooth package).

      • DebugPointLinux Mint 21 “Vanessa” Disables systemd-oom, BETA Arriving Soon

        Linux Mint 21 will not feature the controversial systemd-oomd, and other expected new features which is arriving soon.

      • OMG UbuntuLinux Mint 21 Won’t Use Ubuntu’s Killer Memory Feature – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Linux Mint 21 won’t use the controversial memory management feature currently affecting users of Ubuntu’s latest LTS release.

        Although Linux Mint 21 will still be based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS it eschews systemd-oom, despite on-going efforts by Ubuntu developers to “tame” the bolshy behaviour of the daemon.

        To recap, systemd-oom is a user-space “killer” that force-quits apps with high memory usage if/when overall system memory is getting low. The feature is designed to intervene early to prevent the infamous system lockups that occur on Linux when memory is maxed out.

        However, some Ubuntu users have found the daemon is killing critical applications despite their overall system responsiveness not being affected by memory-related pressures.

      • DebugPointUbuntu Studio 22.04 LTS – New Features and Release Details

        Ubuntu Studio is the official Ubuntu flavour dedicated to the creators who mainly work with photographs, audio and video. This official distribution brings almost all popular open-source creative software pre-loaded in its ISO image to give you a ready and stable system to kick start your professional work.

      • DebugPoint10 Necessary Ubuntu Apps For Everyone [Part 3]

        This article lists the top 10 necessary Ubuntu apps for your daily workflow.

        We often forget that thousands of free and open-source applications can compete with other commercial counterparts in their category. Moreover, if you are a Windows user and thinking about getting rid of Windows completely, you should also be aware of such apps beforehand.

        Hence, in this article series of “necessary Ubuntu apps”, we are featuring ten apps for much-needed awareness among Linux users.

        This is part 3 of this Ubuntu Apps series. If you missed the earlier parts, you can read them here, Or navigate from the Menu above.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • SparkFun ElectronicsLet’s Get to Rework

        Our new Hot-Air Rework Station is here along with a new LED Project Kit, RPi Picos, and Third-Hand Kit!

        Hello, everyone! We’re back this week with more new products! If you stopped by yesterday, you probably already know about the new Raspberry Pi announcement with the addition of wireless capabilities and headers on two unique Pico boards. On top of that, we have a brand new version of our popular Hot-Air Rework Station with a new set of features that modernizes the instrument for todays standards. Following that, we have have a new LED Project Kit that is ideal for developing minds to start in electronics, as well as a new third hand kit! Alright, let’s jump in and take a closer look!

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelopenWorkout is an An Outstanding Open-source Workout Assistant for Android

      openWorkout is a free open-source android app for athletes or anyone who want to organize their workout and exercise routines.

      It puts your privacy first, as it does not share any of your private data or even collect them.


      openWorkout is an open-source project that is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0 or later.

    • Medevel“Can I Drive”: Alcohol Blood Rate Android App for Safe Driving

      Can I Drive is a free open-source Android application allows you to track your recent alcohol consumption, to assess if you can drive or not.

      The app does not collect, share, or send your data to any third-party, it also does not include any external scripts that may harm the user’s privacy.


      The project is released as an open-source under the Apache 2.0 License.

    • MedevelLibreHealth Essential Care For Babies: Free and Open-source

      LibreHealth Essential Care For Babies is a free open-source Android application to provide clinical decision-support for nurses and doctors delivering essential newborn care interventions during the first day of life.


      The project is released under the Mozilla Public License 2.0.

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • TalospaceThe Talospace Project: Firefox 102 on POWER

          Firefox 102 is out, not an earth shattering release but with some welcome privacy improvements. It builds out of the box on this Talos II using the PGO-LTO patch from Firefox 101 and the .mozconfigs from Firefox 95.
          Firefox 102 is also the basis for the next Extended Support Release, with support for 91ESR (the current version) due to end on September 20 with the release of Firefox 105. Due to a family emergency, I’ve been out of the country for a bit and haven’t been doing much with any projects, let alone the POWER9 JIT (this is why we need more people working on it!). Now that I’ve been back for a few days and more or less in the swing of things again, it’s time to dust it off and forward port the current version to 102 so people doing ESR JIT builds for Fx91 can continue to do so with Fx102. I’ll make an announcement and post a patch set when it’s ready.

        • TorNew Alpha Release: Tor Browser 11.5a13 (Android, Windows, macOS, Linux)

          Tor Browser 11.5a13 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

          Tor Browser 11.5a13 updates Firefox on Windows, macOS, and Linux to 91.10.0esr.

        • TorNew Release: Tor Browser 11.0.15 (Android, Windows, macOS, Linux)

          Tor Browser 11.0.15 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

          We use the opportunity as well to update various other components of Tor Browser…

    • Programming/Development

      • uni TorontoA limitation on what ‘go install’ can install (as of Go 1.18)

        What is happening here is that internally, gospy uses packages from its own repository (module) and one of them, github.com/monsterxx03/gospy/pkg/term, in turn uses github.com/gizak/termui/v3. However, the github.com/monsterxx03/gospy module has a replace directive for this termui module that changes it to github.com/monsterxx03/termui/v3.

        If you clone the repository and run ‘go install’ inside it, everything works and you wind up with a gospy binary in your $HOME/go/bin. However, as we see here ‘go install …@latest’ works differently enough that the replace directive causes this error. To fix the problem (ie, to build gospy or any program like it), you must clone the repository and run ‘go install’ in the right place inside the repository.

        (Alternately you can file bugs with the upstream to get them to fix this, for example by dropping the replace directive and directly using the replacement in their code. But if the upstream is neglected, this may not work very well.)

        Unsurprisingly, there is a long standing but closed Go issue on this ‘go install’ behavior, cmd/go: go install cmd@version errors out when module with main package has replace directive #44840.

      • Tim Brayongoing by Tim Bray · Small Tables

        Computer programs organize bits and bytes into “data structures”. In software of any import, the data structures are usually more interesting than the code around them. This part of the Quamina Diary takes a close look at a very simple data structure that I have greatly enjoyed using to build finite automata, and which I think has lessons to teach; it’s called smallTable.

      • Geeks For GeeksDifference between Brute Force and Dynamic Programming
      • Geeks For GeeksWhy do we need Prefix and Postfix notations?

        Prefix notation is the notation in which operators are placed before the corresponding operands in the expression.

      • RlangWhat To Do (And Not to Do) with Modeling Proportions/Fractional Outcomes

        Limited dependent variables, or continuous variables with lower and upper bounds, are quite common in the social sciences but do not fit easily with existing statistical models. In this Rmarkdown document, I show why these issues are important to consider when modeling your data, discuss existing R packages useful for fitting these models, and also present ordbetareg, an R package with a new variant of Beta regression that builds on and simplifies existing approaches (see paper here that is forthcoming in Political Analysis). In essence, ordbetareg offers a drop-in replacement for OLS that respects the bounds of a dependent variable.

        I will be presenting this post as part of Leanne Powner’s Methods Cafe workshops via Zoom on Friday, July 1st, at 12 pm EST. You can find more info on the workshop along with Zoom links here. You can also get a copy of the Rmarkdown document here if you want to run the file yourself.

        Although I argue that ordbetareg is as useful or more useful than existing packages, I provide a broad overview in this document so that the reader can gain an appreciation for the range of work on this topic, as well as the pros and cons of existing models.

      • RlangMay 2022: “Top 40” New CRAN Packages | R-bloggers

        One hundred seventy-nine new packages made it to CRAN in May. Here are my “Top 40” picks in twelve categories: Computational Methods, Data, Ecology, Epidemiology, Finance, Machine Learning, Networks, Science, Statistics, Time Series, Utilities, and Visualization.

      • RlangHow to Find Unmatched Records in R | R-bloggers

        How to Find Unmatched Records in R?, To retrieve all rows in one data frame that do not have matching values in another data frame, use R’s anti_join() function from the dplyr package.

      • RlangR Lille Group Organizer, Mickaël Canouil, Talks About Guiding New Users | R-bloggers

        R Consortium talks to Mickaël Canouil about the idea of reproducible teaching tools, cross-platform support, and the use of package building in his community. Mickaël says one of the most important things we can do to ensure that a language stays relevant is to ensure that we have new people using the language.

      • RlangTips for Rearranging Columns in R | R-bloggers

        Tips for Rearranging Columns in R, you might frequently want to reorder the columns in a data frame.

        The select() function from the dplyr package, fortunately, makes this simple to accomplish.

      • The Wall Street JournalExperimenting with Quarto

        Quarto is the up-and-coming “next generation version of R Markdown” being developed by RStudio. It’s more or less a superset of R Markdown/knitr that’s suited to programming languages besides R. Quarto’s heading towards a 0.1, and I’ve started experimenting for a few client projects.

        So far I like the system a lot, and at this point I really think Quarto’s worth a try; especially since it’s available with the recent versions of RStudio.

      • ACMAlgorithms with Predictions

        The theoretical study of algorithms and data structures has been bolstered by worst-case analysis, where we prove bounds on the running time, space, approximation ratio, competitive ratio, or other measure that holds even in the worst case. Worst-case analysis has proven invaluable for understanding aspects of both the complexity and practicality of algorithms, providing useful features like the ability to use algorithms as building blocks and subroutines with a clear picture of the worst-case performance. More and more, however, the limitations of worst-case analysis become apparent and create new challenges. In practice, we often do not face worst-case scenarios, and the question arises of how we can tune our algorithms to work even better on the kinds of instances we are likely to see, while ideally keeping a rigorous formal framework similar to what we have developed through worst-case analysis.

        A key issue is how we can define the subset of “instances we are likely to see.” Here we look at a recent trend in research that draws on machine learning to answer this question. Machine learning is fundamentally about generalizing and predicting from small sets of examples, and so we model additional information about our algorithm’s input as a “prediction” about our problem instance to guide and hopefully improve our algorithm. Of course, while ML performance has made tremendous strides in a short amount of time, ML predictions can be error-prone, with unexpected results, so we must take care in how much our algorithms trust their predictors. Also, while we suggest ML-based predictors, predictions really can come from anywhere, and simple predictors may not need sophisticated machine learning techniques. For example, just as yesterday’s weather may be a good predictor of today’s weather, if we are given a sequence of similar problems to solve, the solution from the last instance may be a good guide for the next.

      • Make Use OfThe 7 Best Linux Text Editors and Gedit Alternatives [Ed: Truly terrible list. promotes Microsoft's proprietary software (spyware even), Microsoft's soon-to-be-dead editor that's bloat, and a bunch of non-free stuff before getting to good options]

        Gedit, the default text editor for Ubuntu and the GNOME desktop environment, is a nifty little app that’s pretty handy indeed. However, it’s not the only text editor available to Linux users.

        If you’ve been using Gedit for all these years, and want a text editor that’s better suited to your needs, you should really consider switching to one of the other Linux editing apps. They’re far more powerful and will make you twice, even thrice, as productive as before.

        So, let’s explore some of the best Linux text editors that are great Gedit alternatives.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Introduction Test::Excel

          My first contribution to CPAN was Test::Excel. It was initiated as we had requirement for such at work at that time.

          It has gone through many changes, thanks to all for reporting issues and providing patches..

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayAluminum Foil 20 Cm Antenna For 10 M Operation

      [David], DL1DN, is an Amateur Radio enthusiast with a penchant for low-power (QRP) portable operations. Recently he was out and about, and found that 10 m propagation was wide open. Not discouraged by having forgotten his antenna, he kludges up a makeshift one using a 20 cm length of aluminum foil (see video demonstration below the break). [David] wasn’t completely unprepared, as he did have the loading coil for his portable 20 m antenna, but was missing the telescoping whip. He calculated the whip length should be around 20 cm for 10 m operation, and crinkles up a sheet of foil the approximate length. He tunes it to length by rolling the tip to shorten the “whip” until he gets an SWR minimum.

    • HackadayAn Affordable Reference Mic You Can Build Yourself

      Reference mics are vital tools for audio work. They’re prized for their flat frequency response, and are often used for characterizing the audio response of a room or space. OpenRefMic aims to be an open source design for producing reference mics without paying exorbitant retail prices.

    • The NationTop 15 4th of July Songs

      Not nearly enough Americans are aware that much of what the country considers our most patriotic music was created by artists and writers of decidedly left-wing sympathies. In that spirit, here is my highly debatable list of Top 15 Fourth of July Songs, presented in random order. These songs, taken together, make clear what’s special about the US while highlighting the enormous amount of work that still needs to be done.  

    • HackadayFarm Data Relay System: Combine LoRa And 2.4 Ghz Networks Without WiFi Routers And Cloud Dependence

      Setting up a wireless sensor network over a wide area can quickly become costly, and making everything communicate smoothly can be a massive headache, especially when you’re combining short range Wi-Fi with long range LoRa. To simplify this, [Timm Bogner] created Farm Data Relay System which simplifies the process of combining LoRa, 2.4Ghz modules and serial communications in various topologies over wide areas.

    • Common DreamsOpinion | The Time Is Now for a People-Powered Backlash

      A reasonable reaction to the week’s Supreme Court rulings, which culminated in Thursday’s gutting of the Clean Air Act, would be: we are so screwed.

    • Ruben Schade
      The tech nostalgia bathtub curve

      A lot of things in computing are explained with bathtub curves, such as hard drive reliability. What starts as unreliable at first becomes reliable with time, then unreliability ticks up as they approach the end of their usable lives.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayDual Power Supply In A Pinch

        Recently I needed a dual voltage power supply to test a newly-arrived PCB, but my usual beast of a lab power supply was temporarily at a client’s site. I had a FNIRSI programmable power supply which would have been perfect, but alas, I had only one. While digging around in my junk box I found several USB-C power-delivery “trigger” boards which I bought for an upcoming project. These seemed almost too small for the task at hand, but after a little research I realized they would work quite well.

      • HackadayAn Anodiser That Does Gradients

        Anodizing aluminium, the process of electrolytic build up of the metal’s the oxide layer in the presence of dyes to create colored effects, is such a well-established process that we probably all have anodized items within sight. It’s usually an industrial mass-production process that creates a uniform result, but there’s an anodizing machine from a Dutch design studio which promises to place anodized aluminium in a new light. Studio Loop Loop’s Magic Color Machine enacts a small-scale automated anodizing process driven by a microcontroller, and is capable of effects such as gradated colors.

      • J PieperFlexible I/O: Auxiliary port configuration | A Modicum of Fun

        In the last post, I covered the goals behind more flexible I/O support in the moteus brushless controller. This time, I’ll start to cover the configuration model that I implemented to make that support work. It is broken up into 3 distinct phases, auxiliary ports, sources, and sinks.

      • uni TorontoModern disk sizes and powers of two

        Recently I grumbled in an aside about how disk drive vendors use decimal (‘SI’) numbers instead of IEC ‘binary’ numbers, which I and various other people consider more natural. You might wonder what makes binary sizes more natural for disk drives, especially since vendors have been using decimal sizes for a long time. My answer is that it comes down to sector size.

        Almost all disks have had 512 byte sectors for decades, and disks have a user usable capacity that is an integer number of sectors. Most systems have then used sectors (or some power of two multiple of them) as the minimum filesystem allocation unit, and correspondingly the unit of used and free space. This makes it power of two units up and down the stack (although there’s no reason for disks to have a power of two number of sectors).

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • NeritamDesperate Indians used up their savings, took loans to survive COVID-19 pandemic – neritam
      • GeorgeDifferences In Civic and Legal Attitudes Towards Drugs

        Assume Billy admits to using recreational drugs, and might even be excited about the prospect, speaking at length, with vigor, about their latest shroom trip or ketamine binge.

        What do you do about this?

        I expect that the answers to this question, for the demographic reading this blog, might vary from “I start hanging out with them less, I don’t like drug users” to “I ask them to hook me up”. Now think about your group of friends and relatives, assume that the same person speaks with them, I’d wager you’d expect reactions on a similar spectrum.

        Maybe the most unfavorable reaction would be “I try to direct them towards a mental health clinic for help” or “I inform their friends and family to intervene”, though even that I’d expect from only the most extremely conservative of folk.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The Wall Street JournalLawmakers Want FTC to Investigate Apple, Google Over Mobile Tracking

          In April, Apple began requiring apps to request user tracking permissions. Now, tech giants and small businesses alike say they’re losing money due to the new privacy policy. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday explains why those costs could be passed to consumers. Illustration: Rafael Garcia

        • Patrick BreyerInternal LIBE meeting with US Homeland Security: Plans for biometric databases put EU citizens’ data at risk

          Yesterday, members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) had an informal meeting with representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. During the meeting, the new US “International Biometric Information Sharing (IBIS)” programme was presented. Threatening to reintroduce visa requirements, the USA wants to force EU Member States to grant access to biometric databases. Three EU member states and the United Kingdom are said to have already signed on to the programme. A representative of the EU Commission expressed criticism the USA was deliberately undermining European treaties through direct agreements with EU member states.

          When asked exactly what data the US wants to tap into, the answer was: as much as possible. When asked what would happen at US borders if a traveller was known to the police in the EU, it was said that this would be decided by the US immigration officer on a case-by-case basis.

        • How period tracking apps and data privacy fit into a post-Roe v. Wade climate

          For those second-guessing their period-tracking app, Ford says there’s a risk vs. convenience calculation that’s different for each user. It depends in large part on where you live and what the laws are.

          “If I lived in a state where abortion was actively being criminalized, I would not use a period tracker — that’s for sure,” she says.

          But for those who choose to log their data online, there might be some options that aren’t as risky. Ford says that apps built with a nonprofit model could offer more privacy. Hong says paid apps could be better because they’re less likely to track users, since they don’t need to collect advertising data. Hong also advised users to read Apple’s privacy nutrition labels, which are designed to show users how their data is used in simpler terms.

          Apps that store data locally are also preferable, Greer explained, because when data is stored locally, the user owns it — not the company.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Project CensoredThe Realities of So-Called Conservation, and the Importance of Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather – The Project Censored Show

        Later in the show we’re joined by Jimmy Dunson, co-founder of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief to discuss the importance of community preparedness for extreme weather driven by climate chaos, as well as relational infrastructure. We also discuss his upcoming book Building Power while the lights are out – about mutual aid, disasters and dual power published by Rebel Hearts Publishing.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Frightening Implications of This Ruling Go Far Beyond the EPA

        This term, alongside a number of cases with the potential for seismic implications, the Supreme Court also took up West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. Though the case caught fewer headlines, it, too, threatened Earth-shifting implications all its own by thrusting into question a critical EPA lever for addressing climate change.

      • Solar-Charged Electric Vehicles: A Comprehensive Analysis of Grid, Driver, and Environmental Benefits

        To date, solar-powered electric vehicles (EVs) have often been considered as niche projects or with small vehicle rooftop panels that can slightly extend the electric driving range. This article proposes a large-scale solar EV concept with low-cost, flexible, and thin-film solar cells integrated onto the steel of all upward-facing vehicle body panels as a viable solution to help mitigate EV charging and range concerns and the high cost and solar power intermittency of individual residential rooftop solar installations. Only by considering the full range of benefits, namely to the grid, driver, and environment, the value of solar-charged EVs can truly be appreciated. This article models the effect of panel tilt and partial shading on the solar energy capture of 150 drivers to analyze grid, driver, and environmental benefits in Los Angeles (LA) and Detroit over the course of a full year. The simulations predict net annual vehicle energy use reductions of 21.5% in LA and 17.5% in Detroit for average cloud conditions, compared to a nonsolar EV.

      • Energy

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Research Shows Burning More Gas Not the Answer to Energy Crisis

          With hundreds of millions of people across the world suffering from the fallout of higher energy prices and a cost-of-living crisis caused by Russia’s deadly war on Ukraine, this week’s G7 summit was the perfect opportunity for the world’s most powerful politicians to show clear, compelling leadership.

        • Common Dreams‘Stark Betrayal’: Biden Administration Floats New Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

          Late Friday, just before the start of the July 4 holiday weekend, the Biden administration published a draft proposal that could allow new oil and gas drilling in federal waters off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico, a move that environmentalists warned would further endanger marine life and exacerbate the climate crisis.

          If implemented, the plan released by the Interior Department would permit up to 11 new oil lease sales over a five-year period, adding to the significant lease sales that have already taken place under the Biden administration despite the president’s campaign promise to ban all “new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters.”

    • Finance

      • TruthOutNew Proposal Would Tax the Rich to House Low-Income People in Los Angeles
      • Common Dreams‘What’s There to Even Discuss?’ Omar Says Free, Universal School Meals Should Be Permanent

        Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar argued Friday that free school meal waivers enacted early in the pandemic to forestall a surge in child hunger should be made permanent, a policy change that she characterized as a political, economic, and moral no-brainer.

        “We have an opportunity to prove that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people can still deliver big things,” said Omar (D-Minn.), the whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “And we can feed tens of millions of hungry kids while we do it. What’s there to even discuss?”

      • ReutersFrom baristas to inspectors: Singapore’s robot workforce plugs labour gaps

        After struggling to find staff during the pandemic, businesses in Singapore have increasingly turned to deploying robots to help carry out a range of tasks, from surveying construction sites to scanning library bookshelves.

        The city-state relies on foreign workers, but their number fell by 235,700 between December 2019 and September 2021, according to the manpower ministry, which notes how COVID-19 curbs have sped up “the pace of technology adoption and automation” by companies.

      • Matt RickardAsset-lite in an Asset-Heavy Business

        These companies eventually expanded past their initial markets — Facebook spends billions on manufacturing VR Headsets, Microsoft opened up retail stores, and Amazon sells its own products.

      • uni BathMarried mothers who earn more than their husbands take on an even greater share of housework

        Married couples may be trying to compensate for deviating from the entrenched gender norm of ‘male breadwinner’


        While new mothers frequently take on a greater share of housework than their spouses, this effect is even more pronounced in mothers who earn more than fathers, new research from the University of Bath shows.

        Rational economic theory suggests parenthood and the resulting income and time pressure should lead to a more efficient sharing of household chores. However, the study of more than 6,000 heterosexual North American married households revealed this is not the case.

        “Of course, we understand why specialized division of labour exists, but there is no reason for this specialization to be gender-specific. Traditional division has been conventionally explained by men earning more and working longer hours and has a certain logical appeal,” said Dr Joanna Syrda of the University’s School of Management.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • ScheerpostTo Defend Our Rights, Defend Our Democracy

        The attack on abortion rights is part of a bigger campaign against democracy. The late John Lewis offers a model to overcome it.

      • ScheerpostWestern Imperialism Expands with New Military Bases and NATO Members

        The NATO summit in Madrid has expanded the alliance’s footprint — a result of the U.S. and European role in the Ukraine war, and a big win for Western imperialism. Workers must use our power to fig…

      • ScheerpostRalph Nader: How Can Dictators Control So Many Millions of People?
      • The AtlanticAmerica Is Growing Apart, Possibly for Good

        All of this is fueling what I’ve called “the great divergence” now under way between red and blue states. This divergence itself creates enormous strain on the country’s cohesion, but more and more even that looks like only a way station. What’s becoming clearer over time is that the Trump-era GOP is hoping to use its electoral dominance of the red states, the small-state bias in the Electoral College and the Senate, and the GOP-appointed majority on the Supreme Court to impose its economic and social model on the entire nation — with or without majority public support. As measured on fronts including the January 6 insurrection, the procession of Republican 2020 election deniers running for offices that would provide them with control over the 2024 electoral machinery, and the systematic advance of a Republican agenda by the Supreme Court, the underlying political question of the 2020s remains whether majority rule — and democracy as we’ve known it — can survive this offensive.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • ScheerpostAssange Makes Final Appeal Against US Extradition

        “If Julian Assange is not free, neither are we,” said a protester at a Friday demonstration against the WikiLeaks founder’s impending transfer. “None of us is free.”

      • Julian Assange extradition: The decade-long battle explained

        Assange, his team and his supporters have described the extradition as an attack on freedom of speech and a threat to journalists globally.

      • Report: Freedom of expression restricted or in crisis for 80% of global population

        Freedom of expression has declined around the world and has, in part, facilitated Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to free speech campaigners.

        Those were among the findings of the 2022 Global Expression Report by UK-based human rights organisation Article 19.

        In Russia the long-standing environment of propaganda and criminalisation of reporting of news unfavourable towards the Kremlin has helped create an environment where those against the Ukraine war have been unable to express their opposition. Article 19 has downgraded the country’s freedom of expression score from 30 points to 15 over the last decade. The score tracks freedom of expression across 25 indicators, scoring countries out of 100.

        Quinn McKew, Article 19’s executive director, said: “Undoubtedly, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been the biggest concern from a global political, security, economic, humanitarian and human rights point of view. This does not concern only Ukraine, albeit the impact of the war is most severe there, but is a stark reminder what happens when the international community fails to address the erosion of rights and rising authoritarianism.”

      • US News And World ReportWikiLeaks’ Assange Lodges Appeal Against U.S. Extradition

        WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition to the United States to face criminal charges, his brother said on Friday, the latest step in his legal battle that has dragged on for more than a decade.

        Assange, 50, is wanted by U.S. authorities on 18 counts, including a spying charge, relating to WikiLeaks’ release of vast troves of confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables which Washington said had put lives in danger.

        Last month, Home Secretary Priti Patel approved his extradition, with her office saying British courts had concluded his extradition would not be incompatible with his human rights, and that he would be treated appropriately.

      • CBCJulian Assange appeals after U.K. orders his extradition to U.S. | CBC News

        WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed the British’s government decision last month to order his extradition to the U.S.

        The appeal was filed Friday at the High Court, the latest twist in a decade-long legal saga sparked by his website’s publication of classified U.S. documents. No further details about the appeal were immediately available.

        Assange’s supporters staged protests before his 51st birthday this weekend, with his wife, Stella Assange, among those who gathered outside the British Home Office in London on Friday to call for his release from prison.

      • CNETJulian Assange Asks UK High Court to Cancel Extradition to US – CNET

        The WikiLeaks founder’s appeal will likely delay a possible trial in the US, where he’ll contest his espionage charges.

      • The Age AUJulian Assange appeals to British High Court against extradition to US

        WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is appealing against the British government’s decision to order his extradition to the US.

        The appeal was filed on Friday (London time) at the High Court, the latest twist in a decade-long legal saga sparked by his website’s publication of classified US documents. No further details about the appeal were immediately available.

      • teleSURJulian Assange Appeals His Extradition to the US

        Assange met the deadline to appeal the decision issued by the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, while. At the same time, the court in London communicated that it had formally received the notification of the accused.

        Assange’s wife, Stella Assange, referred to the dire consequences of the case for journalism and human rights in general. “We will fight until justice is done,” she said.

        The Australian journalist has been detained in Belmarsh high-security prison since April 2019, where he awaits the outcome of the legal process.


        This Friday, multiple activists gathered in mobilization in front of the Home Office headquarters, after touring several points in London, to demand the revocation of the extradition order.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • HackadayNot On The Internet

        Whenever you need to know something, you just look it up on the Internet, right? Using the search engine of your choice, you type in a couple keywords, hit enter, and you’re set. Any datasheet, any protocol specification, any obscure runtime error, any time. Heck, you can most often find some sample code implementing whatever it is you’re looking for. In a minute or so.

      • Interesting EngineeringResearchers set a new world record for petabit data transmission per second in Japan

        Researchers at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan have demonstrated data transmission of more than one petabit per second using a standard 0.125 mm diameter multi-core fiber (MCF), TechXplore reported.

        With the world becoming more connected and the need for information being more urgent than ever, there is a massive push to make our devices faster and support them with an unprecedented data transmission backbone. Earlier this year, we reported how 10Gbps internet connections are nearing reality, and now researchers at the Network Research Institute at NICT have demonstrated petabit data transmission.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakUK Govt. Prepares to Dissolve Anti-Piracy Group & Seize Its Assets

          FACT Administration LLP, a partnership behind a piracy settlement scheme in the UK, appeared in Britain’s oldest newspaper this week. The group demands at least hundreds of pounds from internet users for downloading a single movie but according to The Gazette, the partnership could be just weeks away from being forcibly dissolved. The number of businesses that face disruption is rather large, to say the least.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Back cover

        I get so curious about what’s on the back copy of novels, I usually hold off on reading it until I’m well into the novel because it’s usally so spoilerific (which I think is a bad idea, why the heck print spoilers on the literal cover?).

        I just finished the Swedish Pan 1969 print of Boris Vian’s 1956 L’Automne à Péking (this isn’t a review of the book itself. If you’re looking for book recos, I have many I like better, like 4x Edelfeldt which is a treasure chest of a book).

        When I was like four fifths through, I glanced at the back cover, and I was struck by a huge spoiler. Grumpily, I went back to the book and read on. When I had only a couple of pages left, I decided to look again, and I saw that it revealed the entire ending. I got so mad! I really had to pull teeth to make myself finish the book.

      • At home alone

        Yesterday went to neccessary errands, like shopping, cleaning a car we
        borrowed the last couple of weeks, making some firewood for the next
        winter and cleaning up the garage and making space for our new car.
        With the gas prizes skyrocketing, we decided to go all-electric, so our
        main car is now an VW ID.4. Our electricity bills are quite high as well,
        so I really regret that I did not put my solar-roof-plans into
        practice. Anyway, the new car seems great so far. If everything goes as
        planned, we’ll be on a road trip though Denmark and Germany for two
        weeks soon.

      • I think it might be Sunday

        My happiness seems proportional to the inverse of number of thoughts. Inverse squared, even. Maybe.

      • No, I won’t mow my lawn

        I am living in a semi-detached house. Due to several reasons, like problems with my mental health (and increasingly physical health, too), plain laziness, or being a friend of nature and insects, I started to mow my lawn much more infrequent a couple of years back. This year I decided to quit mowing the lawn altogether. And why shouldn’t I, as for me it has only downsides: It is a chore each and every time; I don’t like the noise and the smell of that damn combustor; It pollutes the environment and gets more expensive every time as the prices for gasoline are skyrocketing; It destroys most of the flowering plants in my garden (and the little ant hills, too); I don’t actually need, nor want, a nicely trimmed lawn, because I don’t have any use for it, nor do I find it aesthetically pleasing.


        My neighbors don’t share my decision and how I think about it. They are pretty pissed off actually and called me to mow my lawn a couple of times now. At first I used to give in, excuse myself and then actually do it the next weekend. Not anymore, and not so the last time he called me: No, I won’t mow my lawn. If my lawn offends you, that is totally your problem, and not mine. That’s what I said to him.

        And his problem it is, or so he says, at least. He is annoyed by all those pesky weeds that the wind blows over from my property to his one, and thus disfigures his lawn and provides him with excess work for weeding. Well… sorry. I don’t do this on purpose just to bugger you. It’s just nature, after all.
        In Dubai you will get fined for a dirty car, as it is an offense for aesthetics and safety reasons.

      • SpellBinding: ADHOSWY Wordo: FINE
    • Technical

      • Open Source and Infrastructure

        The Software Freedom Conservancy has gathered some attention around their “Give up Github” campaign recently. In addition to some news articles, it’s been thoroughly discussed on the fediverse and seems to be gathering at least some momentum among individual developers.

      • Science

        • HackadayDoes Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold? Debate Continues Over The Mpemba Effect

          Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? On its face this idea seems like it should be ridiculously simple to test, and even easier to intuit, but this question has in fact had physicists arguing for decades.

        • How the Brain Prepares to Think – Latest News – Texas Advanced Computing Center

          UT Southwestern researcher’s decades-long quest to understand synaptic transmission gets help from fastest U.S. academic supercomputer

        • Quanta MagazineHow Complex Is a Knot? New Proof Reveals Ranking System That Works.

          Back in 1981, Cameron Gordon introduced a new way to relate two knots — mathematical constructs modeled after the knots that appear in a single thread or string. In his paper, he conjectured that this new relationship could be used to arrange groups of knots according to how complicated they are.

          This winter, Ian Agol, a mathematician at the University of California, Berkeley, posted a six-page paper that proved Gordon’s conjecture, giving mathematicians a new way to order knots by complexity. “What was really surprising about this paper is, one, that it’s super short,” said Arunima Ray, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. “And secondly, that it’s using some tools that are, let’s say, unusual to this particular question.”

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Closing Gemini, keeping Gopher

          Despite not being secure, despite its quirkiness, who the *beep* chose tabs to format links?, despite not being too popular, Gopher, I chose you.

          Why? I don’t know, it’s kinda cute, maybe it’s the love for the underdog, of the furry thing that lives in burrows. I suppose it’s kind of fast… or perhaps it is the lack of expectations.

          Yes, that has to be it. Even in Gemini there is some promise of a community. And there is, but more in the shape of places like these than in hosting your own server.

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