Links 06/08/2022: 4.3.2 EasyOS and NetBSD 9.3

Posted in News Roundup at 4:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Hacker Noon10+ Things I Love About Linux | HackerNoon

        Linux is not just an operating system but more about a mindset of being open and reliable to all. I am one of the fans in the Linux fan club who wants to share my awesome experience of using Linux for years with all the HackerNoon readers.

      • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: Argentina – LinuxLinks

        Argentina is a country in the southern half of South America. Argentina shares borders with Chile to the south and west, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, and Brazil, Uruguay, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

    • Server

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • FudzillaDECnet may be purged from Linux [Ed: Microsoft is attacking Linux while also calling the shots for Linux?]

        Microsoft software engineer Stephen Hemminger has proposed removing the DECnet protocol handling code from the Linux kernel putting the final full stop on the long history of protocol wars.

        As it stands no one cares about DECnet any more. Red Hat’s Christine Caulfield flagged the code as orphaned in 2010. VMS was the last even mainstream OS to use it.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookKid3 Tag Editor Updates with DSDIFF (DFF) File Support | UbuntuHandbook

        Kid3, the popular Qt audio tag editor, released version 3.9.2 today. PPA updated for Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 18.04.

        The new Kid3 3.9.2 is a bug-fix release. Though, there are new features including .dff support, an audio format developed by Sony and Philips for Super Audio CD (SACD).

        New features also include support for chapters in MP4 audio books, importing from URLs containing search results from Discogs and MusicBrainz, and a Norwegian translation.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to install QT Creator on Ubuntu 22.04

        Hello, friends. In this post, we will tell you a little about how to install QT Creator on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • dwaves.de» GNU Linux – how to view all open ports and running services listening on them – not possible to disable ssh banner version info without recompile #wtf | dwaves.de

        software minimalism is key for stability, maintainability, security and performance

        so regularly check, what services are running and if they can be disabled/uninstalled

      • The New StackUbuntu Server Struggles with Post-Docker Kubernetes Installs – The New Stack

        I have a bone to pick with someone. I honestly don’t know who to point this ire toward, but there’s a big problem now with using Ubuntu Server as a base for Kubernetes.

        Over the past few days, I’ve attempted, over and over, to get Kubernetes up and running on Ubuntu Server 22.04, and, no matter how many times I’ve attempted, it fails. Now, I can get Kubernetes installed on Ubuntu Server without a problem, as I’ve done so many times before. The only difference is now, instead of using Docker, I have to use a runtime like containerd.

      • Getting user input bash scripts

        The following bash script gets the user input by using the read command and then printing out the results in the terminal.

      • Network WorldUsing the yes command to automate responses | Network World

        One of the more unusual Linux commands is named “yes”. It’s a very simple tool intended to help you avoid having to answer a lot of questions that might be asked when you run a script or a program that needs a series of responses to do its work.

        If you type “yes” by itself at the command prompt, your screen is going to start filling up with the just the letter “y” (one per line) until you hit control-C to stop it. It’s also incredibly fast. Unlike what you see displayed below, yes will likely spit out more than a million y’s in the time it likely takes you to reach down and press control-C. Fortunately, that’s not all that this command can do.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Install Prometheus on Ubuntu 20.04

        Prometheus is a free and open-source monitoring and alerting tool that was initially used for monitoring metrics at SoundCloud back in 2012. It is written in Go programming language.

        Prometheus monitors and records real-time events in a time-series database. Since then it has grown in leaps and bounds and had been adopted by many organizations to monitor their infrastructure metrics. Prometheus provides flexible queries and real-time alerting which helps in quick diagnosis and troubleshooting of errors.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Create Python Virtual Environment on Ubuntu 22.04

        Python virtual environment is used to create an isolated environment for Python project which contains interpreter, libraries, and scripts. You can create any number of virtual environments for your projects with each having its own dependencies.

        By using virtual environments you avoid installing packages globally which could break other projects.

      • LinuxOpSysAnsible Playbook to Install and Setup Apache on Ubuntu

        Ansible is an open-source configuration management and application deployment tool. It helps to reduce managerial overhead by automating the deployment of the app and managing IT infrastructure.

        Using ansible we are going to install apache2 web server in Ubuntu 22.04. For this, we need to create a configuration in YAML syntax called Ansible playbooks.

        Normally, there is a control node and host nodes. Ansible is installed in the control node and will execute A basic Ansible environment has three main components: control node, managed node, and inventory. Ansible is installed in the control node and will execute the ansible playbook to deploy in managed nodes using the inventory file in the control node that describes the managed nodes to Ansible. In this lab, we are going to install and use it on a single node and it’s configurable for multiple nodes as well.

      • DebugPoint5 Ways to Fix Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock Error in Ubuntu

        We explain various ways to fix the Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock Error in Ubuntu Linux and related distributions.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • LinuxiacJust Perfection 21 GNOME Extension Brings 7 New Features

          The new version 21 of the Just Perfection extension allows even deeper than before customization of your GNOME desktop.

          GNOME, like any other working environment, is not perfect. In fact, GNOME is perhaps one of the most criticized Linux desktop environments for its approach to interacting with and using it.

          Fortunately, GNOME allows the end user to change this functionality according to their requirements and tastes by installing optional tiny applications called extensions.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS 32-bit Dunfell-series version 4.3.2

        Version was announced on August 2, 2022:


        For 4.3.2, I have added SeaMonkey, version 2.53.13, and bumped Limine to 3.14.1.

    • BSD

      • NetBSDNetBSD 9.3 released

        The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 9.3, the third release from the NetBSD 9 stable branch.

        It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons since the release of NetBSD 9.2 in May 2021, as well some enhancements backported from the development branch. It is fully compatible with NetBSD 9.0. Users running 9.2 or an earlier release are strongly recommended to upgrade.

        Aside from many bug fixes, 9.3 includes backported improvements to suspend and resume support, various minor additions of new hardware to existing device drivers, compatibility with UDF file systems created on Windows 10, enhanced support for newer Intel Gigabit Ethernet chipsets, better support for new Intel and AMD Zen 3 chipsets, support for configuring connections to Wi-Fi networks using sysinst(8), support for wsfb-based X11 servers on the Commodore Amiga, and minor performance improvements for the Xen hypervisor.

      • DragonFly BSD DigestBSD Now 466: cat(1)’s efficiency – DragonFly BSD Digest

        This week’s BSD Now takes its title from one of the links talking about how cat(1) works, which reminds me of this article about how the very original implementation of grep was crazy fast.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi 4B Used to Restore Broken Vending Machine | Tom’s Hardware

        If you’ve ever dreamt of making money with a Raspberry Pi, now is your chance! Maker and developer OfficialFlance, as they’re known as over at Reddit, has created a project that both restores old hardware and provides an opportunity to earn a little money on the side. The project relies on a Raspberry Pi 4 to bring functionality back to a broken vending machine.

        According to OfficialFlance, the development process began after they came across an old vending machine online. The original hardware was far from operational thanks to broken lights and a burnt-out motherboard. Out of everything used to power the machine, only the motors were still functional. At this point, OfficialFlance decided the best board to drive the project would be a Raspberry Pi.

      • Tom’s HardwareHow to Send and Receive Data Using Raspberry Pi Pico W and MQTT | Tom’s Hardware

        MQTT ( Message Query Telemetry Transport) is one of those protocols that are taken for granted. It just works, with minimal effort, and it has been with us in various forms since 1999. MQTT is bandwidth efficient, lightweight and it can be used on devices with very little resources, including the new $6 Raspberry Pi Pico W. With just 264KB of SRAM, the Pico W relies on clever coding and lightweight protocols, and this is where MQTT comes in.

        We’ve already covered how to control a Raspberry Pi Pico W via web services such as Anvil and sent live sensor data to Twitter via IFTTT. But with MQTT we can effortlessly send and receive data with a Raspberry Pi Pico W, and use it with multiple devices across the globe.

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi 4 Now Vulkan 1.2 Compliant | Tom’s Hardware

        Graphics processing, and possibly machine learning applications, just took a step forward on the Raspberry Pi 4 (opens in new tab). In a blog post (opens in new tab) by Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton – that the popular single-board computer is now conformant with version 1.2 of the Vulkan graphics API.

      • Tom’s HardwareFedora Linux to Support Raspberry Pi 4 in Next Release | Tom’s Hardware

        Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab) owners who want to use the surprisingly versatile SBC as an everyday computer rejoice – again! – as yet another new operating system drops. Unsurprisingly, as reported by Phoronix (opens in new tab), it’s another flavor of Linux: Fedora, one of the biggest names in free operating systems. It’s also, supposedly, the distro Linus Torvalds himself uses. Fedora has signed off on support for the Raspberry Pi 4 (opens in new tab), as well as the Pi 400 (opens in new tab), and the Compute Module 4 (opens in new tab).

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Zero 2 W Prints Terminal Commands on Receipt Printer | Tom’s Hardware

        The official Raspberry Pi operating system, Raspberry Pi OS, is Linux-based. That means it’s not too uncommon to find yourself running terminal commands. This project, created by maker and developer Arseny, who posted the details under the name kotofey_magnus on Reddit, showcases a new way to log terminal interactions by printing them on a thermal receipt printer in real-time.

        When users type a command into terminal, it prints out the command. When the Pi processes the input, the response is then printed on the printer right after. This creates a physical GUI and literal paper trail by logging the terminal interactions on the printer.

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Gives 80s-Era Typewriter a New Lease on Life | Tom’s Hardware

        Conversions of 8bit computers into something more modern using a Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab) board aren’t unheard of, but how far can you go back? How about 19th-century technology, in the form of a typewriter? That’s precisely what GitHub user Riley, AKA Artillect (opens in new tab), has done, as reported on Hackaday (opens in new tab). However, the choice of typewriter is more 1980s than 1880s.

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Twitch TV Plays Streams When They Go Live | Tom’s Hardware

        We’ve seen a few Raspberry Pi TVs in the past, including this retro TV simulator and The Simpsons-themed TV that plays episodes from the animated sitcom. But this is the first time we’ve seen a Pi-powered TV dedicated to playing live streams from Twitch streamers. Created by a maker named Bob (also known by his handle Rsheldiii), this custom Twitch TV can be programmed to start playing any live stream of choice as soon as it’s active.

        The hardware is housed inside a purple, 3D-printed shell resembling the twitch.tv logo. Bob configured the system to play in real-time at full volume when a stream begins. He describes it as a “twitch.tv TV, a twitch.tv TV made to look like twitch.tv that plays twitch.tv on its uh… monitor.”

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • C++17’s {} impeding SC for new method overloads | Attracted by virtual constructs

        Are you the C++ experienced reader to solve the following challenge?


        While asking around, some approaches have been prpoposed, but so far none could satisfy the second goal, catching existing ambiguous argument expressions to hint API consumers to adapt them.

        Would you have an idea?

        Edit: On a second thought, similar problems also exist before C++17 already when an argument has a type which can be implicitly converted both to A and B, by implicit constructors or type operator methods.

      • Python

        • peppe8oVibration Module with Raspberry PI: Wiring Diagram and Python Code

          One of the most effective and immediate feedback to the user, the Vibration Module with Raspberry PI adds a prompt vibration notice to your projects

          This tutorial shows how to connect and use a vibration module with Raspberry PI computer board using Python.


          Start with OS installation using install Raspberry PI OS Lite guide, to have a headless OS and work from a remote SSH shell. This procedure also works with Raspberry PI OS Desktop, using its internal terminal or Thonny IDE. Make your OS up-to-date.

      • Java

      • Rust

        • Amos WengerProc macro support in rust-analyzer for nightly rustc versions

          I don’t mean to complain. Doing software engineering for a living is a situation of extreme privilege. But there’s something to be said about how alienating it can be at times.


          Instead for now, I have to answer with: “well you see… support for proc macros was broken in rust-analyzer for folks who used a nightly rustc toolchain, due to incompatibilities in the bridge (which is an unstable interface in the first place), and it’s bound to stay broken for the foreseeable future, not specifically because of technical challenges, but mostly because of human and organizational challenges, and I think I’ve found a way forward that will benefit everyone.”

  • Leftovers

    • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: Baristas are councillors

      I don’t appreciate just how much baristas act like councillors. I wonder if they’re vetted by their managers for additional soft skills like this? They must be.

      Every morning I go to my favourite local coffee shop, and the baristas are always talking with customers about their day, the weather, what problems they’re currently facing, how the long weekend wasn’t long enough. Some lend a sympathetic ear, others are actively involved in mediation or working out solutions in between running the coffee grinders, the espresso machines, the filter drips, and asking if they wanted almond milk instead of skim lactose free.

      My cognitive ability limits my multitasking to unpacking dishwashers while tailing server logs and listening to a podcast, and those require no external human input! Imagine if I was trying to figure out how Alice can talk with her estranged son, or if I had to offer inspiring words of encouragement to Bob for his job interview.

    • Michael West MediaJudith Durham dies, aged 79 – Michael West

      Folk music icon and much-loved Australian entertainer Judith Durham has died aged 79.

      Durham made her first recording at 19 and later achieved worldwide fame as lead singer of The Seekers after joining the group in 1963.

      The trio became the first Australian group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and United States, eventually selling 50 million records.

    • GizmodoTourists Walk to Fagradalsfjall Volcano Eruption for Pics

      The volcano, named Fagradalsfjall, erupted southeast of Keflavik Airport and southwest of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.

    • FuturismJaw-Dropping Video Shows Massive Volcano Erupting Near Airport

      Iceland’s colossal Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted not far from its capital’s airport on Wednesday afternoon — and judging by the photos captured by adventurous onlookers, it was certainly a sight to behold.

      According to The Washington Post, the eruption took place roughly ten miles from the Keflavik International Airport and 20 miles from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.

      Fortunately, no injuries have been reported so far, despite many curious onlookers flocking to the site to witness the awe-inspiring scene, which one volcano enthusiast described as a “dancing fire,” as quoted by the WaPo.

      A video recorded at the scene shows a writhing mass of burning lava, blowing copious amounts of smoke into the air.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Michael West MediaConcern over low third vaccine dose rates [Ed: Make better vaccines to protect people, not patent monopolies]

        State and federal authorities are worried the number of Australians getting their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine is flatlining.

        Some 71.4 per cent of eligible Australians, or just over 14.1 million people, have so far received a third dose.
        But there are more than 5.6 million yet to get their booster.
        The concern comes amid almost 29,000 new virus cases recorded across the nation on Saturday along with 89 deaths.

        While decreasing daily over the past week, the number of virus patients in hospital care also remains a touch under 4500 or accounting for almost one in 12 hospital beds.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • CoryDoctorowPluralistic: 01 Aug 2022 – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

          As it happens, Amazon has assigned unique identifiers to virtually anything you might want to buy

        • teleSURThe United States, an Empire of Mass Surveillance

          For decades, the United States has conducted indiscriminate mass surveillance of its citizens, as well as of foreign governments, companies and individuals. Various surveillance projects implemented by Washington have been unveiled one after another in recent years, exposing more evidence of America’s pervasive and ubiquitous surveillance of the world.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Off GuardianSpies Like Us: The Assange Indictment – OffGuardian

        The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia indictment of Julian Assange is a curious document. By the end of it you can’t help feeling that if anyone is to be indicted, it should be the US Government and the CIA.

      • ReasonProposed Bill Would Protect Journalists from Espionage Charges

        The U.S. should not be threatening journalists, like Julian Assange, with espionage charges for reporting on classified information.

      • The Age AUJohn Shipton’s desperate bid to bring Julian Assange home

        Julian Assange is the world’s most famous prisoner – now incarcerated in Britain’s Belmarsh Prison – as he fights extradition to the US on charges stemming from his WikiLeaks platform having published hundreds of thousands of secret documents and deeply sensitive emails. I spoke to his father John Shipton, who is leading a campaign to free him.

    • Monopolies

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Introducing Zaubuchstabier

        Today I knocked together a German language clone of Stacksmith’s Spellbinder. I’m calling it Zaubuchstabier, even if I’m not sure how well that works as a pun.

      • Cheese

        So please don’t let this stand in the way of gradual change, and please don’t take it as “don’t even start if you can’t do it perfectly”, that’s definitively not how I feel, I’m really grateful for any change people are making. Please keep up the good work.

      • Re:Hello!

        I am glad that human being like you are here to create tension against a predictable behavior like mine! Your contribute is essential to make this space better!

      • 🔤SpellBinding: EIJLNUV Wordo: WRAPS
    • Technical

      • raylib and vector graphics

        Raylib is a pretty nice minimal library for constructing games, kind of a modernized SDL. It does not a game engine, it’s just a way to construct a frame loop and an api with useful code for drawing, texture-mapping, loading shaders and whatnot.

        The CL bindings in cl-raylib are buggy and possibly incomplete, but usable for the simplest of demos. I am pretty good with CFFI and debugging, so within the first day I managed to fix a couple of bugs and convert another example. Feels pretty good to enjoy coding again.

      • Science

        • A pose by any other name

          The initial findings that posture equaled power have been debunked, but body language can still play a part in your success.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Heartbeat signal

          Been almost a year since I updated anything here. Probably the latest change was when I pulled in changes to gmnisrv at the end of last year. Almost surprised the server is still running, I guess I configured a systemd unit file for it and thus the server came back up every time I restarted the box.

          I managed to stay fairly consistent on here from May of 2020 to September 2021 and basically after that my activity here just crashed. It’s very likely the silence would have continued even longer had I not played some Last Call BBS on my Owncast stream yesterday. Some people talked in chat about BBS’s and Gopher and that made me think back to Gemini and this little capsule of mine that has been drifting through cyberspace dormant and essentially on reserve power.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

GNU/Linux Share on Desktops and Laptops Relatively High in Claimed Territories of PRC (China)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 2:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Last week: Microsoft Windows in Chinese Desktops/Laptops Down to 80% (Hence Microsoft Started Blocking GNU/Linux From Even Booting, as China’s Lenovo Demonstrates)

Macao share
That’s GNU/Linux in red. As it turns out, you’re likely to adopt GNU/Linux even faster if you distrust Beijing. Notice the pace of growth.

GNU/Linux privacy? Duh

Summary: When it comes to desktops and laptops, GNU/Linux is measured at 4% in Taiwan this month and 5% in Hong Kong last month (4% in Macao; about 3% in Tibet)

Links 06/08/2022: New in KDE and New Games

Posted in News Roundup at 9:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 180: Tiny CRTs, Springy PCBs, And Measuring Trees

        This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Assignments Editor Kristina Panos traded sweat for silence, recording from their respective attic-level offices in the August heat unaided by fans (too noisy). We decided there’s no real news this week that lacks a political bent, except maybe that Winamp is back with a new version that’s four years in the making. (Is Winamp divisive?) Does it still whip the llama’s ass? You be the judge.

      • mintCast Pocast392 – Return of the Trampolines – mintCast

        2:30 The News
        29:46 Security and Privacy
        42:06 Bi-Weekly Wanderings
        1:30:26 Housekeeping and Announcements

        First up in the news: Vanessa is almost here, Xfce flirts with Wayland, GNOME is touching up the touchscreen experience, and STAR protects data on Brave browsers;

        In security and privacy, the Retbleed speculative exploit is more than just speculation, but the kernel team already have a fix, and Lightning Framework flashes our way;

        Then in our Wanderings, Bill is back from Pennsylvania again and again, Norbert polishes his laptop, Moss is doing the Makulu Shift, Joe is working the mods, Josh T is fixing watches, and Tom is channeling.

    • Applications

      • Linux Links17 Best Free and Open Source Linux Task Managers

        Linux has a large range of open source task managers, in part because many of them have a limited feature set and hence are relatively quick to code. This feature selects our personal favorites, including both console based applications and software sporting an attractive graphical user interface.

        To be productive, you may need more than a task manager. Our features on Productivity Tools and Personal Information Managers help to organize your day in other ways.

      • OpenSource.comOld-school technical writing with groff

        One of my favorite stories about Unix is how it turned into a text processing system. Brian Kernighan tells the story in his book Unix: A History and a Memoir (chapter 3) but to summarize: The Unix team at Bell Labs ran the original Unix on a PDP-7 computer, but it was a tiny system and didn’t have sufficient resources to support new work. So Ken Thompson and others lobbied to purchase a new PDP-11 computer. Management denied the request. Around the same time, the Patents department planned to buy a new computer platform to produce patent applications using proprietary document formatting software. The Unix group proposed that the Patents department instead buy a new PDP-11 for the Unix team, and the Unix team would create formatting software for them.

        That new formatting system was called nroff, short for “New Roff,” an updated version of a text formatting program called Roff from a 1960s computer system. The name Roff came from the old expression, “I’ll run off a document.”

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • James GA one-liner to get root paths in my sitemap

        Today’s post is about a simple one-liner I wrote in bash. I have been playing around a lot with bash lately as I try to build a better sense of the right tools for various tasks. Why write a Python script when you can do what you want to do in the command line, using fewer lines of code? Particularly for text processing, the command line and tools like grep and awk save so much time. Over the last few weeks I have ran into four or five situations where a few commands and pipes turn an otherwise difficult task or at the least tedious task into something simple.

      • Dan Langillelogcheck – egrep: trailing backslash (\)

        When updating to FreeBSD 13.1, I started getting these messages from sysutils/logcheck:

        egrep: trailing backslash (\)

        This post will document how I tracked down the problem. It is occurring on several hosts.

      • Jeff GeerlingInstall Raspberry Pi OS’s desktop environment over a Lite install

        But every so often, I’ve had a Lite install that I wanted to switch to GUI, but I’m too lazy to pull the Pi out of wherever it’s installed, pull the microSD card, and re-flash it with the full OS, and then re-run my automation on it to set up whatever I had running before.

        And that’s why it’s nice to be able to just install the GUI on top of an existing Lite install!

      • Make Use OfHow to Password-Protect Files and Folders on Linux

        Here’s a look at all the different methods you can use to password-protect files and folders on Linux.

      • Data SwampSolving a bad ARP behavior on a Linux router

        So, I recently switched my home router to Linux but had a network issues for devices that would get/renew their IP with DHCP. They were obtaining an IP, but they couldn’t reach the router before a while (between 5 seconds to a few minutes), which was very annoying and unreliable.

        After spending some time with tcpdump on multiple devices, I found the issue, it was related to ARP (the protocol to discover MAC addresses associate them with IPs).

      • How To Fix The Dpkg Interrupted Error In Linux? [Updated] | Itsubuntu.com

        You will come across the dpkg error when you are using the apt-get command to install some packages or update existing software packages. If you have come across the dpkg interrupted error then we have a perfect solution for it.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Audacity on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Audacity is a free and open-source audio recorder and editor for all major operating systems. Besides having an excellent audio editor, Audacity also offers several other features, including audio recording, fading in and out, and adding effects like normalization, amplification, trimming, and much more.

        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 Audacity open-source audio recorder and editor 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.

      • markaicode by MarkHow to Install NVIDIA Drivers on RHEL 9 | Mark Ai Code

        “If you have installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9 on your computer and also have an NVIDIA GPU installed on your computer, the first thing you need do is install the NVIDIA GPU drivers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9.

        In this post, I’ll teach you how to update the proprietary NVIDIA GPU drivers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9. So, let’s get this party started.

      • Trend OceansHow do I Check if a Directory or File exists in a Bash Shell Script? – TREND OCEANS

        One of the Linux users asked me: I’m creating a bash script in which I want to check if a directory or file is already presented to the user’s machine, and after getting the result, the next command or function should get executed.

        Yes, it is possible to check whether a file or directory is presented to the file system by using a conditional statement in a bash script.

        So let me show you how you can use this article to find a directory or file that exists in your system by using an if conditional statement, and before that, I’ll introduce you to a test command that will help you understand logic more clearly.

      • Lock Linux User Account after Multiple Failed Login Attempts – kifarunix.com

        Follow through this guide to learn how to lock Linux user account after multiple failed login attempts. Linux through Pluggable Authentication Modules, PAM, can be configured to lock accounts after specific number of failed login attempts. Such are some of the security measures that aims at curbing brute force authentication attacks.

        This can be achieve specifically through pam_faillock module. pam_faillock module maintains a list of failed authentication attempts per user during a specified interval and locks the account in case there were more than deny consecutive failed authentications.

      • Make Use OfHow to Password-Protect Files and Folders on Linux

        Securing your files and directories with a strong password is a sure-fire way to prevent unauthorized access and snooping on Linux.

        Whether you want to share a file online, store it in the cloud, carry it on a thumb drive, or add it to your archive, password-protecting it is the best approach to secure its content and prevent unauthorized access.

        The same holds true for folders too. Therefore, it’s crucial to encrypt them as well. On Linux, you have several ways to password-protect files and folders. Most of these methods use encryption, which offers additional protection than others.

      • LinuxiacHow to Upgrade from Rocky Linux 8 to Rocky Linux 9

        This step-by-step guide shows you how to easily upgrade your existing Rocky Linux 8 system to Rocky Linux 9.

        Before we get into the technicalities, we need to state clearly the following. The procedure described in this guide has been tried and is workable; nevertheless, the official recommendation is that upgrading from Rocky Linux 8 to Rocky Linux 9 is not encouraged and that a clean install of Rocky Linux 9 is preferable.

        The Rocky Linux team does not recommend upgrades from one major version to the next (in this case 8.6 to 9.0). While it is technically possible to upgrade between major versions, we instead recommend a fresh install of the desired latest major version.

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Play PS3 Games on PC with RPCS3
      • markaicode by MarkHow to Install & Scan Viruses ClamAV on Ubuntu 22.04 | Mark Ai Code

        Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) is a free and open source command line interface antivirus software tool. It is used to identify trojans and dangerous software, such as viruses. It can scan files rapidly and detect over one million viruses and trojans. One of its key applications is to scan emails on mail gateways. ClamAV is compatible with the following Linux operating systems: Ubuntu (20.04, 22.04), Debian (8,9), and CentOS (7,8). This article will go through how to install and use ClamAV on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • ID RootHow To Install XnView MP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install XnView MP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, XnView MP is a versatile and powerful photo viewer, image management, image resizer and is compatible with more than 500 formats. XnView MP is a general-purpose application that is used by graphics designers at personal and commercial level.

        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 XnView image viewer 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.

      • TecAdminRunning Multiple Commands At Once in Linux – TecAdmin

        We’ll learn about how to execute several commands simultaneously in Linux in this article. Every operator has its own advantages when it comes to separating commands. This tutorial will help a little bit in improving how we execute commands and author shell scripts.

        The Linux operating system offers a simple command line interface for managing the system. There are shells such as Bash, CSH, and Zsh that accept commands from the user and route them to the kernel. A command is used to perform some function on the system. We may also specify multiple shells at once and execute them one after the other.

        There are three distinct options available using the separator operators. In the following section, we will look at them in detail.

      • TecAdminRunning a Cron job every Sunday (Weekly) – TecAdmin

        Many of the applications required weekly cron jobs to perform a few tasks. For example, perform weekly maintenance, cleanup disk spaces, cleanup mailing list, and other tasks. You may run your weekly tasks on any day of the week. CPU and memory consumption is required for jobs that require a CPU and memory. Those jobs are best to run on a weekend day.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxProton 7.0-4 is coming to bring more compatibility to Linux and Steam Deck

        Valve are preparing to ship the next version of Proton, their compatibility layer that runs Windows games on Steam Deck and Linux desktop with Proton 7.0-4 having a Release Candidate ready to test.

      • GamingOnLinuxTop quick Steam Deck tips and tricks

        Since Valve are ramping up production and a ton more people than expected will get their Steam Deck this year, plus the expansion into Asia, it was a good time to get some basic quick tips and tricks sorted for you.

      • GamingOnLinuxOpen source game development advances with Godot Engine 3.5 out now

        Godot Engine, the free and open source full game development engine has a big new release available with version 3.5. This is not the version that comes with Vulkan and the big rendering overhaul, that’s coming in Godot 4 which is due for a proper Release Candidate sometime soon.

      • GamingOnLinuxPlayStation 3 emulator RPCS3 gets Save States support

        A huge advancement for the PlayStation 3 emulator project RPCS3 as it now has support for Save States, which is pretty awesome.

      • GamingOnLinuxValve spoke to IGN Japan about the Steam Deck, here’s a few takeaway points

        As Valve expands the Steam Deck into Asia, they’ve begun a series of interviews and one on video with IGN Japan was quite interesting so here’s the main points. While a lot of it was already known, it’s still nice to reiterate just how all-in Valve are on the Steam Deck and during the video it also shows off some rather fun looking prototype devices.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: Easier Samba sharing setup

          We continue chewing through bugs this week, and now I’m mentioning the “very high priority” Plasma bugs in addition to the “15 minute bugs” which are slightly lower priority. Plasma developers reading along are encouraged to prioritize the very high priority bugs.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Ariadne ConillFree software grows as a function of social utility

      A frequent complaint I see from users and inexperienced contributors concerning free software projects is that they are allegedly not doing enough to grow the userbase, sometimes even asserting that a fork is necessary to right the course of the project.

      Are these complaints missing the point, or do they have merit? How do free software projects grow their userbase into thriving communities?

    • MedevelZero IoT: an Open-source Monitoring System for IoT projects

      Zero IoT is a monitoring system for air parameters (like temperature or humidity) and activity of the sun. The main goal is to run this software on a Raspberry Pi Zero or similar small SBC devices with small amount of hardware and low power consumption.

      The data can come from external sensors connected to Wi-Fi network by devices (e.g. ESP8266 devices family).

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • MedevelSausagewiki is an Open-source Wiki Engine with Rust

        Sausagewiki is a free open-source simple wiki engine that is created by first by Magnus Hovland Hoff with the Rust programming language, but the project has several contributors now.

        Sausagewiki can work as a personal wiki on macOS, Windows, and Linux. It requires Rust and Cargo to run.

        It is released under the GNU General Public License version 3.0 for anyone who want to use, edit, modify or distribute it.

    • Programming/Development

      • Character encoding and UTF-8

        Luckily, there is an alternative. The upper 128 characters from the ASCII table can be used for additional characters. This means that new character sets came along, used the same bottom 128 characters from ASCII and appended their own on the top half. The problem now is that many new mappings exist and interoperability between them becomes difficult. A receiver using a different code page than the sender would read the incorrect message. If someone from Brazil writes a message using the letter é to multiple people, they would read as ة in Arabic, и in Cyrillic and as a corner pipe (╔) if they’re using IBM’s code page 850.

      • Grgely NagyThe Ideal Continuous Integration System, part one

        I recently wrote about my adventures in finding a continuous integration system to replace the Drone that I am running. It did not end on a happy note, and while it did list a couple of requirements and nice to haves, it did not provide a bigger picture, it did not describe how I’d like to work with my CI. I will try to do that today, and see how far I get.

        I think the best way to start is coming up with an ideal CI configuration for my riemann-c-client project – this is likely the project where my current configuration is the most complicated, and it also exercises a number of patterns I want to write about. So lets start with that! For reference, the current drone configuration is the starting point, and said configuration’s build log is the standard I strive for.

        I’ll start at a high level, look at what I would consider the ideal flow-chart for a single run of the build, and will work from there.

      • Grgely NagyThe Big CI hunt

        Just shy of four years ago, I set out to find a self-hosted continuous integration solution, and eventually settled on Drone. However, during these past four years, drone transitioned away from being fully open source into an open core model. Everything I self host, I can – and usually do – build from source, with the exception of my continuous integration system, and lets be honest, that’s not good.

        So I set out to find myself a replacement, this time with more thoroughly specified guidelines than the last time. Before I go into the gory details, I will have to warn you, my dear reader: there is no happy ending just yet, and the tone here is frustrated and aggressive at times.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlMatch Anything, Quickly | Tom Wyant [blogs.perl.org]

          Sometimes I want to filter a set of strings, but the details of the filter are not known beforehand. In particular, I may want a null filter, which simply accepts anything.

          This looks like a job for a regular expression, but I can think of at least two implementations. One is to pass around regular expression objects. The second is to wrap a match (m//) in a subroutine reference, and pass that around. Given the use of regular expressions, there are a number of possibilities for a regular expression that matches any string.

          I wondered whether one of the alternatives I was choosing among was faster than another, so I decided to Benchmark them. Both implementations applied the regular expression to a global variable. In practice this would probably be a localized $_, but my read of the Benchmark module says that it also localizes $_, but leaves it undef.

      • Python

  • Leftovers

    • TediumMSRP: The Secret Power of the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

      Why do prices on new products always seem to be so consistent in advertising, yet when you actually go shopping, the prices can fall apart because of inflation or market demand? The GPU industry of a year ago is a good example of this situation in action—where demand so outstrips supply that the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is basically meaningless. Ah yes, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or MSRP—it’s the primary way that manufacturers can leave their mark on a product after it leaves its hands and goes to a retailer. Depending on the product and the use case, it can be a ceiling or a floor—and when used carefully, it can be one of the strongest weapons retailers have in terms of building profitability . Today’s Tedium dives into the concept of MSRP, why it’s not price fixing, and how it can change your perception of a product’s value.

    • Education

      • Times Higher EducationAustralia blocks access to biggest contract cheating websites

        The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Teqsa) said it had blocked Australian access to 40 websites which were collectively attracting almost half a million visits every month.

        While Teqsa monitors almost 600 suspect websites, it said the 40 it has targeted were easily the biggest and commanded around two-thirds of the traffic. “Blocking these websites will seriously disrupt the operations of the criminals behind them,” said federal education minister Jason Clare.

      • Ali Reza HayatiI’m the cow, father of the calf!

        A principal in a middle school tells this story. He says one day, just few minutes to break time, a gentleman with a nice suit and a very calming tune and behavior walked into my office. He asked to speak with a teacher. He wanted to ask about his child’s behavior and education. I asked him to introduce himself and he replied “I’m the cow, the father of the calf!”

    • Hardware

      • The VergeAmazon to acquire Roomba robot vacuum maker iRobot for $1.7 billion

        The long-rumored home assistant robot can map out floor plans, listen to commands to move between rooms, and even recognizes faces. Much like an Alexa-powered device, it can answer questions, play music, and show you things like the weather. iRobot’s latest OS might not be mounted to an Alexa on wheels, but it’s equally ambitious, with the aim to get a better understanding of a home through AI and smart features, and then extend to other areas of the smart home.

      • Common DreamsConsumer Advocates Blast ‘Dangerous’ Amazon Bid to Buy Maker of Roomba

        Amazon on Friday expanded its capacity to connect to and collect information about consumers’ homes and private lives, announcing its plan to purchase of iRobot Corp., the maker of the popular Roomba vacuum.

        “Jeff Bezos has said that Amazon wants to buy its way to dominance. By snatching up Roomba and pairing it with its vast monopoly power fueled by its Prime system, it would do just that.”

      • HackadayE-paper Price Tags Combined To Create A Large Wireless Display

        E-paper price tags have become popular for retail stores over the past few years, which is great for hackers since we now have some more cheap commodity hardware to play with. [Aaron Christophel] went all on creating grid displays with E-paper price tags, up to a 20×15 grid.

      • HackadayEverything You Wanted To Know About SDRAM Timing But Were Afraid To Ask

        One of the problems with being engaged in our hobby or profession is that people assume if you can build a computer out of chips, you must know all the details of their latest laptop computer. Most of the memory we deal with is pretty simple compared to DDR4 memory and if you’ve ever tried tweaking your memory, you know a good BIOS has dozens of settings for memory. [Actually Hardcore Overclocking] has a great description of a typical DDR4 datasheet and you can watch it in the video below.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • State widens testing, probe into hexavalent chromium release, health hotline available for public

        The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy sampled nine locations today, with results expected tomorrow, to help track the pollutant’s location as it moves downstream. The agency, in concert with partners from across the watershed, is developing a testing plan for coming days and weeks. State investigators also met with Tribar Wednesday to gain information about how the release occurred and other details that may help regulators better protect the public.

        Inspections are also taking place within the Tribar Manufacturing facility in Wixom, where the release occurred. One goal is to better define the volume/amount of liquid containing 5% hexavalent chromium that was discharged to the sanitary sewer system from Tribar over the weekend and routed to the Wixom wastewater treatment facility. The wastewater is discharged to Norton Creek, which flows into the Huron River system.

      • GannettInvestigation deepens into Huron River contamination from Wixom auto supplier

        State health and environmental agencies spent a second full day Wednesday trying to assess the extent of a chemical spill in the Huron River from a Wixom auto supplier — and to learn just how much of the known carcinogen hexavalent chromium entered the waterway. The state Department of Health and Human Services continues to advise the public to avoid contact with Huron River water between North Wixom Road in Oakland County and Kensington Road in Livingston County, an area that includes Hubbell Pond, also known as Mill Pond, in Oakland County; and Kent Lake in Kensington Metropark.

        Tribar Manufacturing, an automotive trim maker based in Wixom, informed state officials Monday afternoon that they had released several thousand gallons of a liquid containing 5% hexavalent chromium into the sewer system. Company officials said they discovered the release Monday but indicated it may have started as early as Saturday morning, according to Wixom city officials.

      • Bridge MichiganCancer-causing hexavalent chromium spills from Wixom plant into Huron River

        For the second time in four years, a Wixom auto supplier is behind a massive release of industrial contamination into the Huron River, according to Michigan environmental regulators. The state said “several thousand gallons” of liquid containing cancer-causing hexavalent chromium were spilled, beginning as early as Saturday.

        Michigan health and environment officials urge area residents to avoid “all contact” with a stretch of Huron River after the company, Tribar Manufacturing, released the 5 percent hexavalent chromium solution into the Wixom sewer system, where it then went through the city wastewater treatment plant and out to the river.

      • Cancer-causing hexavalent chromium spills from Wixom plant into Huron River

        Ann Arbor, well downstream from Wixom on the 104-mile river, gets most of its drinking water from the Huron. But officials said there is no immediate threat to drinking water. Sampling is ongoing to determine the location and extent of the chromium plume in the river.

        Prior to the current spill, Tribar was responsible for much of the PFAS contamination that resulted in widespread, years-long fish consumption advisories in communities surrounding the Huron River.

      • Hexavalent Chromium Dumped into Huron River. Michigan.gov Press Release

        Hexavalent chromium is a known carcinogen that can cause a number of adverse health effects through ingestion, skin contact or inhalation.

        MDHHS is recommending until further notice that all people and pets avoid contact with the Huron River water between North Wixom Road in Oakland County and Kensington Road in Livingston County. This includes Norton Creek downstream of the Wixom Wastewater Treatment Plant (Oakland County), Hubbell Pond (also known as Mill Pond in Oakland County) and Kent Lake (Oakland and Livingston counties).

      • TruthOut17 States and DC Have Stopped Reporting Active COVID Cases Behind Bars
      • Common Dreams98 Million in US Skipped Treatment or Cut Back on Essentials to Pay for Healthcare This Year

        As inflation hit a 40-year high this year, nearly 100 million Americans skipped care or cut back on necessities to cover the rising cost of medical treatment in a nation infamous for its for-profit system, according to polling results released this week.

        Inflation rose to 9.1% in June—and healthcare inflation was at 4.5%—when Gallup and West Health asked people across the country how they had handled higher healthcare costs over the past six months.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Solving the Hunger Crisis Is the Job of Global Solidarity

        As parents and global citizens, we are very worried about the cost-of-living crisis that the world is facing – the worst in over a generation. The interlinked shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and conflicts have thrown the global food, agricultural, financial and energy systems and markets into turmoil.

      • Democracy NowAlbert Woodfox Dies of COVID; Loved Ones Remember the Life & Legacy of Famed Political Prisoner

        We speak with Michael Mable about the life and legacy of his brother, Black Panther activist and political prisoner Albert Woodfox. Woodfox spent nearly 44 years in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary after he was wrongly convicted of murdering a prison guard. Woodfox’s conviction was overturned for the third time in 2013, and he was eventually released in 2016. “His legacy was based upon change,” says Mable. “He was a free man, and he’s free now.” We also speak with his fellow “Angola 3” member Robert King and Woodfox’s longtime attorney Carine Williams. “He understood his reasoning for existing,” says King on Woodfox’s legacy. “He won’t be forgotten.”

      • Democracy NowAlbert Woodfox in His Own Words on 43 Years in Solitary, the Black Panthers & Fighting Injustice

        Albert Woodfox, who was held in solitary confinement longer than any prisoner in U.S. history, has died at the age of 75 due to complications tied to COVID-19. The former Black Panther and political prisoner won his freedom six years ago after surviving nearly 44 years in solitary over a wrongful murder conviction of a prison guard. Fellow imprisoned Panthers Herman Wallace and Robert King were also falsely accused of prison murders, and they collectively became known as the Angola 3. Democracy Now! interviewed Albert Woodfox in his first live TV interview just three days after his 2016 release, and multiple times afterward. “I’m just trying to learn how to be free,” Woodfox said. “I’ve been locked up so long in a prison within a prison.” Woodfox went on to write his memoir, “Solitary,” and continued to fight for prison reform after his release.

      • Common DreamsAlbert Woodfox, Activist Wrongfully Imprisoned for 43 Years, Dies at 75

        Albert Woodfox, a wrongfully imprisoned Black Panther activist who spent his 43 years in solitary confinement uplifting himself and others before finally being freed in 2019, died Thursday of complications from Covid-19 at age 75.

        “Our cells were meant to be death chambers but we turned them into schools, into debate halls.”

      • TruthOutBlack Panther and Former Political Prisoner Albert Woodfox Has Died of COVID
    • Proprietary

      • Jay LittleHasta La Vista Android

        Well two and a half weeks ago I finally put on my big boy pants and took Annette down to the local Apple Store… and bought two iPhones. That decision came about because of years of accumulated frustration with Android, Google and Android OEMs.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • NBCTheir children were killed by drugs found on Snapchat. Their activism could push Congress to act.

          The newest of the three, called Sammy’s Law or the Let Parents Choose Protection Act, is being drafted by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and could be ready to be introduced in the House in a matter of weeks, said two people close to the effort who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss private conversations. The bill would require large social media companies to allow parents to track their kids online via third-party software.

        • India TimesTwitter breach exposed anonymous account owners

          A vulnerability in Twitter’s software that exposed an undetermined number of owners of anonymous accounts to potential identity compromise last year was apparently exploited by a malicious actor, the social media company has said. It did not confirm a report that data on 5.4 million users was offered for sale online as a result but said Friday that users worldwide were affected.

          The breach is especially worrisome because many Twitter account owners, including human rights activists, do not disclose their identities in their profiles for security reasons that include fear of persecution by repressive authorities.

        • The Hill[Cracker] gained access to personal data following Twitter bug

          The bug in question allowed an individual to submit an email address or a phone number and learn which specific account was associated with the information entered.

        • Site36Facial recognition and mobility tracking: UK is monitoring foreign criminals with smartwatches

          Five times a day, people awaiting trial or deportation can be prompted by an app to scan their face. Together with location data, the information will be stored by the prison administration for up to six years.

        • Krebs On SecurityClass Action Targets Experian Over Account Security

          A class action lawsuit has been filed against big-three consumer credit bureau Experian over reports that the company did little to prevent identity thieves from hijacking consumer accounts. The legal filing cites liberally from an investigation KrebsOnSecurity published in July, which found that identity thieves were able to assume control over existing Experian accounts simply by signing up for new accounts using the victim’s personal information and a different email address.

        • TechdirtBail Conditions For Arrested Australian Activists Demand The Impossible: No Using Encrypted Applications

          The Australian government doesn’t care much for encryption. It has, for years, tried to legislate encryption out of the picture. A law passed in 2018 gives the government the power to compel encryption-breaking efforts from tech companies.

      • Confidentiality

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Taiwan NewsFree drinking water app helps cut plastic waste in Taiwan

        The “Water Refill Map” (My Hong-Te) application was launched in March 2020 with the collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and CircuPlus, a startup community dedicated to promoting the circular economy through ICT applications.

        The app offering information on 8,300 free drinking water locations has been downloaded 210,000 times, the EPA said at a Wednesday (Aug. 3) press event. About 458,000 PET bottles have been saved, equivalent to the cut of 40 tons of carbon emissions, wrote the Environmental Information Center.

      • NBCChina halts military and climate ties with U.S. and sanctions Pelosi in fury over Taiwan visit

        China said Friday it would halt cooperation with the United States on areas including military relations and climate change while imposing sanctions against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as Beijing stepped up its retaliation to her Taiwan visit.

      • NBCPythons are eating alligators and everything else in Florida. Snake hunters stand poised to help.

        As a paid contractor for the state of Florida, Siewe, who calls herself a “python huntress,” searches for the reptiles year-round. The Florida Python Challenge invites novices to hunt alongside professionals like Siewe, and compete for cash prizes. This year’s challenge runs Aug. 5 through Aug. 14. Its goal is to both nab snakes and raise awareness of the environmental harm they cause.

      • Michael West MediaDutch farmers in environment protest talks

        Representatives of the Dutch farmers who have been protesting against new environmental regulations have for the first time sat down for talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and other government officials.

      • The RevelatorLatinos Face Challenges Accessing the Outdoors — and Climate Change Is Adding to Those Barriers
      • Common DreamsActivists Cheer LA Times Editorial Board’s Call for Biden to Declare Climate Emergency

        Climate campaigners on Friday welcomed the Los Angeles Times editorial board calling on President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency and deploy the full might of his executive powers to curb the global crisis.

        “It’s time Biden adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach to this spiraling catastrophe,” said the LA Times editorial board. “There’s little chance we’ll look back decades from now and say the president did too much, or that our alarms about the imperiled planet rang too loud. We’ll only regret that we didn’t act more aggressively or sooner.”

      • Energy

        • David RosenthalAnother Infinite Money Pump

          Datafinnovation’s 3AC, DCG & Amazing Coincidences is a long and complex investigation of one of the key elements of the recent “crypto collapse”. Fortunately. at FT Alphaville Bryce Elder uses an analogy that helps explain the basic idea. Below the fold I try to explain Elder’s explanation of Datafinnovation’s investigation.

        • The NationAddiction to Oil
    • Finance

      • Common DreamsFears of More Recessionary Fed Rate Hikes as Jobs Numbers Smash Expectations

        New Labor Department data published Friday showed that U.S. job growth surged to 528,000 last month, defying analysts’ expectations of a slowdown and deepening concerns that the Federal Reserve will continue hiking interest rates in its bid to curb inflation.

        The better-than-predicted hiring and the slight uptick in wage growth after months of deceleration increase the likelihood that the central bank will impose its third consecutive 75-basis-point interest rate boost in September, despite warnings that the Fed’s effort to cool economic demand and rein in prices could induce a damaging recession and mass unemployment.

      • Counter PunchEconomy Adds 528,000 Jobs as Unemployment Ticks Down to 3.5 Percent

        In addition, the household survey showed the unemployment rate falling to 3.5 percent, tying a 50-year low. The survey showed a gain in employment of 179,000 after showing declines the prior three months. The U-6 measure of labor market slack remained at its all-time low of 6.7 percent, as the fall in unemployment offset a modest increase in the number of people involuntarily working part-time.

        Wage Growth Accelerates to 5.0 Percent Annual Rate

      • TruthOutBowman Unveils Bill to Allow Biden to Identify Profiteering and Regulate Prices
      • TruthOutSchumer: Inflation Reduction Act Has Votes to Pass After Concessions to Sinema
      • The NationSchumer’s Inflation Reduction Act Includes a Smart Tax on Corporations

        The Inflation Reduction Act that is poised for votes in the US Senate is far from perfect. A scaled-down version of the ambitious plans that President Joe Biden and Senate Budget Committee chair Bernie Sanders framed last summer as the “Build Back Better” agenda, it’s the latest step in the series of compromises that’s been referred to as “Build Back Smaller.”

      • The NationThe Democrats’ Working-Class Deficit

        It’s no surprise that Democrats are up against it this fall. The president’s party generally does worse in midterm elections. Inflation is at a 40-year high. The mainstream media trumpet that crime is up. And the centerpiece of President Biden’s domestic agenda has been torpedoed by united Republican obstruction—and, until the recently brokered spending deal, by the Democratic Senator Joe Manchin III.

      • Common DreamsSanders Crafts Amendment to Close ‘Holes’ in Medicare That ‘Are Harming Seniors’

        U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will offer an amendment to the Democrats’ revived reconciliation bill that would affirmatively answer activists’ demands to expand Medicare benefits, the senator’s office told Common Dreams on Friday.

        “Today, in the wealthiest country in the world, it is shameful that so many of our seniors must go without the dentures, eyeglasses, and hearing aids that they need.”

      • ScheerpostSanders Blasts ‘Huge Giveaway’ to Fossil Fuel Industry in Manchin Deal

        “We cannot provide billions of dollars in new tax breaks to the very same fossil fuel companies that are currently destroying the planet.”

      • Common DreamsFetterman Celebrates 1 Million Individual Donations Ahead of Return to Campaign Trail

        Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced Friday that his U.S. Senate campaign has received one million individual donations, highlighting the progressive candidate’s strong grassroots support.

        Fetterman posted a video of himself and his family thanking his supporters for their contributions, which totaled a record-breaking $11 million in the second quarter of 2022 and which averaged less than $30 per donation.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | No, The Market Won’t Sort It Out

        You’ve heard about corporations being treated like people. It’s one of the outrages of the Citizens United decision some years back by the Supreme Court, that corporations have a right to free speech just like individuals and therefore can contribute unlimited money to candidates running for office. Bye-bye, democracy.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Light Blue TouchpaperThe Dynamics of Industry-wide Disclosure

        Last year, we disclosed two related vulnerabilities that broke a wide range of systems. In our Bad Characters paper, we showed how to use Unicode tricks – such as homoglyphs and bidi characters – to mislead NLP systems. Our Trojan Source paper showed how similar tricks could be used to make source code look one way to a human reviewer, and another way to a compiler, opening up a wide range of supply-chain attacks on critical software. Prior to publication, we disclosed our findings to four suppliers of large NLP systems, and nineteen suppliers of software development tools. So how did industry respond?

      • Hollywood ReporterCAA Hires a Chief Metaverse Officer

        At CAA, Popper will be responsible for overseeing a team of executives focused on the agency’s metaverse strategy, both internally and for clients. She will work closely with Alexandra Shannon, CAA’s head of strategic development, and Adam Friedman, an executive guiding agents across departments who work with NFTs.

      • The VergeThis is Elon Musk’s case alleging Twitter committed fraud

        Twitter’s lawyers are already poking around Musk’s business dealings, trying to find evidence that the switch is about something else, while now we can see the Musk side arguing that, actually, they strategically stonewalled, misrepresented, and outright bamboozled his efforts to find out how many people actually tweet.

        In the latter half, it also includes the Musk team’s answers to Twitter’s lawsuit, if you want to read a very expensive argument in full.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Trump’s GOP Embraces Orban’s Racist Eugenics

        Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addressed a crowd of thousands of American admirers in Dallas, Texas on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Orban described Hungary and America as “twin fronts” in a struggle against globalists, progressives, communists, and “fake news.”

      • Common Dreams‘We Should Unite Our Forces’: Orbán Serves Up Far-Right Red Meat to CPAC Crowd

        Attacks on LGBTQ+ people and boasts of stopping an “invasion” of immigrants were among the remarks that drew loud applause from Republicans attending Hungarian autocrat Viktor Orbán’s speech at one of the largest annual gatherings of U.S. conservatives Thursday evening, as the prime minister told audience members they should join forces with the far-right in other countries to expand their power.

        “Progressive liberals didn’t want me to be here because they knew what I would tell you—because I’m here to tell you that we should unite our forces because we Hungarians know how to defeat the enemies of freedom on the political battlefield,” said Orbán.

      • Counter PunchIsland-Hopping: Ireland and the UK

        This trip was just the opposite. Ireland and the UK—even for those of us lacking any familial ties whatsoever—are very familiar. It is well-trodden ground, literally and metaphorically.

      • Counter PunchSympathy for the ‘White Devil’?

        Everybody seems to agree that he came down to Mississippi from Chicago and went into a store and bought a drink and said sumpin to the proprietress and all hell broke loose. James Henry Harris, author of Black Suffering and N: The Forbidden Word, recalls it this way:

        This, too, is the place of fourteen-yearold Emmett Till’s murder for exercising his freedom of speech by purportedly saying, “Thank you, baby,” to the wife of a white store owner in Money, Mississippi, after receiving his change for purchasing a soda. Those three words caused him to be hunted down like a dog—like an animal, like a slave—and beaten and bludgeoned to the point of pulverization. His mangled body was then restrained by a seventy-pound cotton-gin fan around the neck before being dumped in the Tallahatchie River to be carried by the currents to a place of no return. But by the providence and justice of God, his body turned up to be displayed by his mother to the entire world. This is likely the truest account.

      • TruthOutDeSantis Suspends Prosecutor Who Said He Wouldn’t Enforce State Abortion Law
      • TruthOutRon DeSantis and the Florida GOP Are Targeting Trans Youth for Political Gain
      • The NationKari Lake and Blake Masters Bring the Trump Train to Arizona
      • The NationThe Dobbs Price

        In 1973, when the Supreme Court established a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that an unwanted pregnancy “may force upon the woman a distressful life and future.” Later, in 1992’s Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, the court found that the right to abortion is necessary for “women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation.”

      • The NationJewish Law Permits Abortion—So Is There a Case to Restore Reproductive Rights?

        The Jewish position on abortion is simple: It’s permitted. However ignorant the ancient rabbis may have been about the female reproductive system, they managed to land on the revolutionary concept that women are people too—a finding that eludes the 21st-century United States Supreme Court. But could the court’s radical transformation into a theocracy, all but annihilating the distinction between church and state, bite them in the ass when it comes to a Jewish First Amendment case for abortion?

      • Common DreamsAfter Kansas Win, Abortion Rights Advocates Call Ballot Measures the ‘Next Frontier’

        Following an “enormous” win in Kansas this week, reproductive freedom advocates see ballot measures as a tool to protect—and potentially even expand—abortion rights under attack by anti-choice policymakers.

        “We know that Kansas will not be our last fight, or our last victory.”

      • The DissenterGreen Party Candidate Matthew Hoh On Democrats Undermining Democracy, Pelosi’s Trip To Taiwan
      • The DissenterThe Fallout From Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip, Plus FBI Raids Black Liberation Group
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • SalonAlex Jones verdict: Additional $45.2 million owed in Sandy Hook massacre trial

          Infowars founder Alex Jones has been penalized $45.2 million in punitive damages by a Texas jury in the civil trial between Jones and the parents of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was shot and killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. This amount is in addition to the $4.1 million in compensatory damages awarded on Thursday.

        • The VergeAlex Jones hit with $45.2 million defamation verdict — but could pay much less

          A Texas jury has ordered Alex Jones to pay around $45.2 million for spreading a false conspiracy theory about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The punitive damages come on top of a $4.1 million verdict from yesterday, potentially marking a major blow to Jones’s Infowars media empire. But the number could be vastly reduced by limits built into the Texas legal code, which caps damages on defamation punishments.

        • TruthOutJury Awards Sandy Hook Parents $4.1 Million in Alex Jones Defamation Case
        • NBCAlex Jones must pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the family of a Sandy Hook massacre victim, jury orders

          “I ask that with your verdict, you not only take Alex Jones’ platform that he talks about away. I ask that you make sure that he can’t rebuild the platform. That’s what matters,” he said. “That is punishment, that is deterrence.”

        • ABCAlex Jones ordered to pay Sandy Hook parents more than $45M in punitive damages

          Alex Jones has been ordered to pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to Sandy Hook parents, a Texas jury found on Friday.

          The development comes a day after the jury ordered Jones to pay them $4.1 million in compensatory damages.

        • VOA NewsUS Conspiracy Theorist Ordered to Pay $49.3M Total Over School Shooting Lies

          Jurors at first awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages, which Jones called a major victory. But in the final phase of the two-week trial, the same Austin jury came back and tacked on an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages.

          Earlier this week, Jones testified that any award over $2 million would “sink us.” His company Free Speech Systems, which is Infowars’ parent company, filed for bankruptcy protection during the first week of the trial.

        • The EconomistThe Alex Jones defamation case was less about the money than the truth

          Several of the victims’ families, who had been harassed and tormented for years by his viewers, sued Mr Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, in four separate lawsuits in Connecticut and Texas. He was found liable by default in all of them as he did not hand over documents, including financial statements, as ordered by the court. A trial in Austin, Texas, this week determined how much Mr Jones must pay Jesse’s parents.

        • BBCAlex Jones: Five revealing moments from Sandy Hook trial

          Among the most incendiary falsehoods he ever circulated was that the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was completely fabricated by the US government in a plot to strip American citizens of their guns.

          After a two-week defamation trial full of twists and turns, a jury in Austin, Texas, has ordered Jones to pay nearly $50m (£41m) in compensatory and punitive damages to the parents of a boy killed in that attack.

          Here are five key moments from the case.

        • Rolling StoneAlex Jones Ordered to Pay $45.2 Million in Punitive Damages to Sandy Hook Parents

          The decision, which closes a two-week trail period for one of several civil lawsuits that have been brought against Jones, comes after a day of testimony in which attorneys for the Sandy Hook family hammered home that Jones is not as broke as he claims. Bernard Pettingill, a forensic economist, took the stand to explain that Jones is a “very, very successful man” with several revenue streams, and that he actually made more — not less — money after being booted from Twitter and Facebook in 2018, contrary to what Jones has claimed.

        • The HillFive of the most dramatic scenes from the Alex Jones trial

          “Mr. Jones, did you know that 12 days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cellphone with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years?” Mark Bankston, the parents’ attorney, asked Jones. “You know what perjury is, right?”

        • CNNA jury finds Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim

          In an emotional closing argument Friday, Lewis and Heslin’s attorney Wesley Todd Ball had said to the jury, “We ask that you send a very very simple message, and that is, stop Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies. Please.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • WSWSUniversity students and health worker condemn censorship of zero-COVID advocate Dr David Berger

        Dr Berger has been silenced by AHPRA because it works alongside the government and Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly to keep workers from knowing the truth about the pandemic. If parents knew the truth about the danger of COVID, they wouldn’t be sending their children to school, and workers wouldn’t be able to continue to make money for big businesses that are profiteering from the pandemic.

        Twitter unsuccessfully attempted to close down the Socialist Equality Party for coming to the defence of Dr Berger, Julian Assange, Lisa Diaz and David O’Sullivan, who all fought for the truth. What the SEP has done is link these important cases together.

      • EFFThe UK Online Safety Bill Attacks Free Speech and Encryption

        The government intended to advance and vote on the Online Safety Bill last month, but the scheduled vote was postponed until a new Prime Minister of the UK can be chosen. Members of Parliament should take this opportunity to insist that the bill be tossed out entirely. 

        If the Online Safety Bill passes, the UK government will be able to directly silence user speech, and even imprison those who publish messages that it doesn’t like. The bill empowers the UK’s Office of Communications (OFCOM) to levy heavy fines or even block access to sites that offend people. We said last year that those powers raise serious concerns about freedom of expression. Since then, the bill has been amended, and it’s gotten worse. 

        People shouldn’t be fined or thrown in jail because a government official finds their speech offensive. In the U.S., the First Amendment prevents that. But UK residents can already be punished for online statements that a court deems “grossly offensive,” under the 2003 Communications Act. If the Online Safety Bill passes, it would expand the potential scope of such cases. It would also significantly deviate from the new E.U. internet bill, the Digital Services Act, which avoids transforming social networks and other services into censorship tools. 

      • EFFVictory! Federal Court Upholds First Amendment Protections for Student’s Off-Campus Social Media Post

        Students should not have to fear expulsion for expressing themselves on social media after school and off-campus, but that is just what happened to the plaintiff in C1.G v. Siegfried. Last month, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the student’s expulsion violated his First Amendment rights. The court’s opinion affirms what we argued in an amicus brief last year.

        We strongly support the Tenth Circuit’s holding that schools cannot regulate how students use social media off campus, even to spread “offensive, controversial speech,” unless they target members of the school community with “vulgar or abusive language.”

        The case arose when the student and his friends visited a thrift shop on a Friday night. There, they posted a picture on Snapchat with an offensive joke about violence against Jews. He deleted the post and shared an apology just a few hours later, but the school suspended and eventually expelled him.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsThreats Cast Chill Over Serbia’s Media

        Threats are not uncommon for journalists in Serbia.

      • Site36Resignations over „Predator“ spyware scandal in Greece

        The association „Reporters United“ had previously reported how a network of companies with the participation of Dimitriadis was making money from state operations of the spyware. Intellexa, the company that distributes „Predator“ in Greece, is part of this. The revelation is also explosive because the two are relatives: The Secretary General is the nephew of the Prime Minister, who in turn is directly responsible for the secret service as a user of „Predator“.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • RTLWhere do negotiations stand on teleworking for cross-border workers?

        After two years of exemptions following the coronavirus outbreak, teleworking for employees in Luxembourg is returning to normal. The Grand Duchy and its neighbouring countries lifted limits on the number of days cross-border workers were permitted to work from home to allow employees to continue working during lockdown – however, the bilateral agreements ended on 1 July.

        In terms of social security, European regulations offer some room for respite, with a six-month “transitory period” granted to workers employed in Luxembourg, who may continue working from home beyond the 25% threshold.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingKersna: 13 notes from reality of the switch to Estonian-language education

        It was confirmed to me at a meeting with the school’s administration and teachers that kindergarten education should be Estonian-language, which would make it easier for children in school as well. Agreed, it should be. But in reality, a lot of kindergarteners who have received Estonian-language education have to be placed in Russian-language classes due to a lack of spots [in Estonian-language ones].

        The situation in Sillamäe is significantly worse than in Lasnamäe. Of those to graduate from the city’s two Russian-language basic schools, just under 30 percent passed the B1 proficiency exam. Thus, a full 70 percent of students who’d attended school for nine years were incapable of speaking in Estonian at an elementary level.

      • The VergeHow to keep your kids busy while you work from home

        Working from home can be a balancing act between your business and personal life — especially if you’ve got kids. If your children are toddlers, then you must depend on partners, family, or childcare providers to keep them away from your Zoom sessions. If they are school age, you may have some time for yourself and your job during school hours — until the school day is done.

      • SalonWhy I wish George Jetson a happy birthday — whenever it is

        “You know D, you was a good kid at the core, before all that street stuff,” Greg said. “I wasn’t nobody’s example, you know that. But other than Fat Albert, they never put no Black people on no cartoon.”

        I then recapped our exchanges from back when I was a kid, and told Greg that it was George Jetson’s birthday, that this was the year, and maybe even the week, the character was supposed to be born.

      • The NationBleedin’ Kansas

        I will be taking two weeks off to see if my batteries are rechargeable! In that time I will be experimenting with substances like fresh air and rest. I fully expect this to be successful and return to “The Greater Quiet” on August 22.In solidarity, Steve

      • FAIRLuke Harris and Joe Torres on America’s Racist Legacy

        This week on CounterSpin: The crises we face right now in the US—a nominally democratic political process that’s strangled by white supremacist values, a corporate profiteering system that mindlessly overrides human needs to treat the environment as just another “input”—are terrible, but not, precisely, new. People have fought against these ideas in various forms before; and some strategies have been useful, others less so. The front line for us now is the fact that we have powerful actors who don’t just want to argue for particular ideas to guide us forward, but want to shut down the spaces in which we can have the arguments. And where a vigorous free press should be, we have corporate, commercial media that don’t have defending those spaces as their foremost concern.

      • TechdirtAppeals Court Says No Evidence Suppression For Arrestee Who Tried To Eat Five SD Cards Found In His Possession

        There are a few questionable assumptions made by the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court in its denial [PDF] of a suppression request, but the opening suggests drug cartels might want to vet their employees a little better.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Broadband BreakfastFCC Urged to Address Overbuilding and Broadband Tech Neutrality in Agency Coordination

        Last month, the FCC issued a public notice inviting comment on the interagency agreement between the FCC, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Telecommunications and Information Administration on coordinating broadband efforts, known as the Broadband Interagency Coordination Act. The comments received will be reported to Congress as findings and potential improvements to the agreement.

        BICA currently outlines that agencies must provide information about project areas, entities that provide broadband services, levels of broadband service provided, and each entity that has or will receive funds to provide service in that area upon request from another agency.

      • TechdirtComcast Using Civil Rights As Cover To Scuttle Appointment Of Gigi Sohn To FCC

        For years, we’ve noted how one of the greasier lobbying tactics in telecom is the co-opting of civil rights groups to provide cover for anti-competitive and anti-consumer policies.

      • TechdirtDish Wireless Ambitions, And The Trump Era ‘Fix’ For T-Mobile Merger, Look Shakier Than Ever

        A few years back, the Trump DOJ and FCC rubber-stamped the Sprint T-Mobile merger without heeding expert warnings that it would stifle competition, kill jobs and eventually raise rates. Working closely with T-Mobile and Dish, the FCC and DOJ “antitrust enforcers” unveiled what they claimed was a “fix” for these problems: they’d cobble together a fourth major replacement wireless carrier in Dish Network.

      • TechdirtEU To Open New Silicon Valley Office To Figure Out Better And Better Ways To Destroy The Internet

        The EU is well on its way to fundamentally destroying the internet. Two giant new regulations are set to become law soon: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act. And while neither is ridiculous in the same way that laws in the US and the UK and some other places are just pandering to grandstanding nonsense, that doesn’t make these laws good. Both regulations went through long, convoluted bureaucratic processes… and came out with long, convoluted bureaucratic regulations that simply don’t match with an internet that is designed to be an open system for innovation.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtAbsolutely Terrible Textbook Publishing Giant Pearson Wants To Make Everything Even Worse With NFTs

        Pretty much everyone who has ever gone to college hates educational publishers. There’s an oligopoly of just five giant publishers, and they long ago learned that they are in the best market ever: the buyers of their textbooks (the students) have no choice and are forced to buy the books if their professors assign them — and more such books will get sold every semester that the professor requires it. Therefore, textbook prices are insane by any imaginable standard. And, for decades, they kept getting higher — massively outpacing tons of other goods. For unclear reasons, the never ending march upwards in book pricing finally seemed to hit a ceiling around 2016, and prices seem to have somewhat leveled out since then. This chart from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is really pretty striking:

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtShaquille O’Neal’s Brand Manager Opposes Trademark App From His Son For His Own Name

          We had a depressing number of Techdirt stories on this site that involve Shaquille O’Neal. I say that as a basketball fan who absolutely adores Shaq’s contributions to the TNT studio broadcasts for the NBA. On the other hand, the times Shaq has made it onto our pages hasn’t been for the best of reasons. There was the time he was part of a child porn raid on a house based solely on an IP address, or the time that the company he hired to manage his social media accounts went all 9/11 truther using his handles.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakAT&T’s ‘Buggy’ Copyright Infringement Portal Frustrates Accused Pirates

          AT&T subscribers who are repeatedly accused of downloading pirated content risk having their accounts terminated. This can be prevented by following the instructions at AT&T’s dedicated copyright alert portal. However, due to technical issues, many subscribers are unable to “acknowledge” warnings and participate in the mandatory “copyright tutorial.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • On feelings

        Please, never forget how to feel.

        It’s important.

      • It finally happened

        I tested positive for coronavirus! My grandma got it first, then my sister, now me. So far I feel very tired, but not too sick, i.e. I’m not feverish or coughing. We’ll see how it progresses. I don’t want to give this to anyone else.

      • Running on Low Power

        In my country, the price of energy is getting higher day by day: the price of the kilowatt per hour increases more and more and has no limits.

        At home, we don’t use not much energy: we try to have everything turned off, even the lights and in general we don’t use the microwave. We do not have a dishwasher or dryer or even a oven. On this hot summer we arent using the kitchen either because we always eat fresh vegetable salads and drink only water.

        However, there was something that worried to me, and this concern comes from the energy consumption of my daily-basis setup.

    • Technical

      • Science

        • Climate Change is a Test

          I generally don’t like the “Just Arrow of Time” idea that a lot of people seem to implicitly believe in. By that I mean the idea that current and historical events are somehow guided in a way that, eventually, creates a better, more just world. I don’t see any reason to believe that’s anything more than a fiction. And when people use it to justify or explain away past wrongs (“it was a different time,” or “we have to judge them by the standards of their time” come to mind) or to absolve themselves of current social responsibility (“things will all work out in the end”), it’s just gross.

        • HackadayBPS.Space Successfully Lands A Model Rocket

          If you’ve been following [Joe Barnard]’s rocketry projects for the past few years, you’ll know that one of his primary goals has been to propulsively land a model rocket like SpaceX. Now, 7 years into the rollercoaster journey, he has finally achieved that goal with the latest version of his Scout rocket.

        • HackadayLawnmower Doesn’t Need A Base Station

          A recent tour of an old WWII-era aircraft carrier reminded us how hard navigation was before the advent of GPS. It used to be the work of skilled people to sight the sun or the stars and use giant books to figure out a vessel’s position. Now you just ask your phone to listen to some GPS satellites and you have precision undreamed of with other systems. But GPS sometimes isn’t enough. Just using conventional GPS, you can locate yourself to a couple of meters. The new L5 band, which isn’t on all satellites yet, can get you to about 30cm. But if you need better — up to around 1 or 2 cm — you need to use special techniques lumped together as GNSS enhancements. [Viktor] wanted to have an Arudino -based lawnmower, but wanted to use more conventional GPS techniques along with ultrawideband (UWB) ranging tags.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Custom Gemini Handler

          Just learned how to setup custom handlers for the gemini scheme in Firefox and XDG.

          For Firefox, go to about:config, create a new boolean variable named network.protocol-handler.expose.gemini and set it to false. Open a gemini URL, choose your Gemini client and you’re good to go.

        • So much downtime!

          Since I’ve started hosting shit.cx from home, my internet and electricity has been more unreliable than ever.

          It started with the cleaner pouring water into the electric stove tripping circuit breaker. I shrugged and figured that this things would sometimes happen.

          Then the power went out for a second or two causing the server to reboot.

      • Announcements

        • Lagrange Meets a Green Robot

          I will state this upfront as a disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of Android OS, its dev tools and programming language(s), Google, or any of the big players in the Android ecosystem. This is probably why it has taken nine months to get this up and running, even though the code is (thanks to SDL) pretty much the same. However, Android is the leading mobile phone OS in the world, so supporting it is rather important.

          The version I have now is still pretty far from being releasable. While it runs nice and smooth on this decently-specced 2017 phone, it lacks any real integration with the operating system, crashes if you look at it wrong, and the screen goes partially blank if you rotate the device.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

As Lennart Moves to His ‘Mother Ship’ (Microsoft), Will Devuan Become the ‘New Debian’?

Posted in Debian, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 7:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Devuan in Peppermint

Devuan in Peppermint (itsfoss)

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From Alessandro Ebersol’s article

So now we know who benefits from systemd

Summary: There are signs that more developers are fatigued or fed up with systemd; we too have begun moving our sites away from systemd

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In Africa, Android is More Than Three Times Bigger Than Microsoft Windows

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft at 2:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Africa's Android
Final figures from last month. Linux-powered Android overtook Windows 7 years ago. Now its estimated share is 3.2887 times bigger than Windows.

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Summary: Now that Microsoft is starting to block Linux from booting on new laptops it’s important to remember that the “consumer” does not actually choose Windows; Microsoft is trying to forcibly impose Windows on unwanting computer users

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