Links 12/11/2022: Shufflecake Unveiled

Posted in News Roundup at 3:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Introducing Shufflecake: plausible deniability for multiple hidden filesystems on Linux – Kudelski Security Research

        Today we are excited to release Shufflecake, a tool aimed at helping people whose freedom of expression is threatened by repressive authorities or dangerous criminal organizations, in particular: whistleblowers, investigative journalists, and activists for human rights in oppressive regimes. Shufflecake is FLOSS (Free/Libre, Open Source Software). Source code in C is available and released under the GNU General Public License v3.0 or superior.

      • SlashdotIntroducing Shufflecake: Plausible Deniability For Multiple Hidden Filesystems on Linux – Slashdot

        “Shufflecake is FLOSS (Free/Libre, Open Source Software). Source code in C is available and released under the GNU General Public License v3.0 or superior…. The current release is still a non-production-ready prototype, so we advise against using it for really sensitive operations. However, we believe that future work will sensibly improve both security and performance, hopefully offering a really useful tool to people who live in constant danger of being interrogated with coercive methods to reveal sensitive information.

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

        We cover events and user groups that are running in the US state of Wisconsin. This article forms part of our Linux Around The World series.

    • Server

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Use OfHow to Find the IP Address of a DHCP Server in Linux

        Most of the systems in a network receive their IP addresses and other networking-related parameters from a DHCP server. You might know how to find your system’s IP address assigned by a DHCP server. But do you know what’s the IP address of your DHCP server?

        Let’s briefly explain what a DHCP server actually is and how you can find its IP address on Linux.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install Moodle on Ubuntu 20.04 with Nginx – Linux Shout

        Use Nginx Webserver (LEMP) to install Moodle (LMS) server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa Linux to set up your own open-source PHP-based learning management system. Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.

        If you are looking for an open-source Learning management system for your educational institution then Moodle can be used. It has already been used by many schools and universities to enhance the learning experience of students.

        Moodle can be used free of charge by any educational institution. The possible applications of the learning platform Moodle range from school organization to pedagogical work with pupils. Teachers and students, but also parents or external partners, can be quickly involved in the activities of the institution. With the learning portal Moodle, you can easily set up different learning offers and learning scenarios.

      • Linux CapableHow to Increase DNF Speed on Fedora 37/36/35

        Fedora Linux users may notice that the DNF download speed can be slow compared to other distributions. This can be frustrating when you need to download and install many packages, which can occur regularly, given how Fedora pushes new package updates given the distribution type. Most users do not realize that a few minor tweaks to some configuration files can increase your download speed immensely.

        This is done by telling DNF to use multiple mirrors in parallel, as DNF will only use a single mirror, which can often be slow. However, if you instruct DNF to use multiple mirrors, it will download files from multiple sources simultaneously, dramatically increasing your download speed. Secondly, you can also try using a faster mirror that provides a list of mirrors sorted by country and bandwidth. Combined with multiple parallel downloading, it will super boost your DNF speed.

      • peppe8oZoneMinder with Raspberry PI: How to Install and Setup

        Install and setup Zoneminder with Raspberry PI, configuring cameras (with alarms) for your self hosted video surveillance system

      • ID RootHow To Install Gitea on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Gitea on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Gitea is a free and open-source Git repository hosting platform. It allows you to work with version control software with other features including issue tracking, pull requests, user management, notifications, and more. It is very similar to GitHub. Gitea is written in the Go language and can be installed on multiple operating systems, including Linux, macOS, Windows, and architectures like amd64, i386, ARM, and others.

        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 Gitea on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Darktable on Ubuntu 22.04
      • Linux HintHow to Install Gitkraken on Ubuntu 22.04
    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • DebugPoint10 Awesome KDE Apps for Everyone [Part 3]

          We present ten awesome KDE Apps for various use cases. Find yours!

          Continuing with the KDE Apps series, in this part 3 article, we look at some interesting apps from the KDE ecosystem. Some of them you already know about since they are popular. And some you probably never heard of. Here are the ten cool KDE apps for you to raise awareness of native desktop apps.

          If you missed the earlier articles, you could read them here.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Drew DeVaultIn praise of Plan 9

      Plan 9 is an operating system designed by Bell Labs. It’s the OS they wrote after Unix, with the benefit of hindsight. It is the most interesting operating system that you’ve never heard of, and, in my opinion, the best operating system design to date. Even if you haven’t heard of Plan 9, the designers of whatever OS you do use have heard of it, and have incorporated some of its ideas into your OS.

      Plan 9 is a research operating system, and exists to answer questions about ideas in OS design. As such, the Plan 9 experience is in essence an exploration of the interesting ideas it puts forth. Most of the ideas are small. Many of them found a foothold in the broader ecosystem — UTF-8, goroutines, /proc, containers, union filesystems, these all have their roots in Plan 9 — but many of its ideas, even the good ones, remain unexplored outside of Plan 9. As a consequence, Plan 9 exists at the center of a fervor of research achievements which forms a unique and profoundly interesting operating system.

      One example I often raise to illustrate the design ideals of Plan 9 is to compare its approach to network programming with that of the Unix standard, Berkeley sockets. BSD sockets fly in the face of Unix sensibilities and are quite alien on the system, though by now everyone has developed stockholm syndrome with respect to them so they don’t notice. When everything is supposed to be a file on Unix, why is it that the networking API is entirely implemented with special-purpose syscalls and ioctls? On Unix, creating a TCP connection involves calling the “socket” syscall to create a magic file descriptor, then the “connect” syscall to establish a connection. Plan 9 is much more Unix in its approach: you open /net/tcp/clone to reserve a connection, and read the connection ID from it. Then you open /net/tcp/n/ctl and write “connect!80” to it, where “n” is that connection ID. Now you can open /net/tcp/n/data and that file is a full-duplex stream. No magic syscalls, and you can trivially implement it in a shell script.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PCLOS OfficialFree Download Manager (fdm) – PCLinuxOS

        Free Download Manager (fdm) for Linux allows you to adjust traffic usage, organize downloads, control file priorities for torrents, efficiently download large files and resume broken downloads. Now available in the PCLinuxOS Software Repository.

    • Red Hat / IBM

      • Red Hat OfficialWhy enterprise open source matters in retail

        Retail is an incredibly diverse landscape of industries around the world. It can range from franchise operations to small shops selling essential food and supplies to multinational corporations manufacturing and selling products with global brand awareness. Some sectors of the industry are well known for making high profits from small volumes, but for the majority of retail businesses, profit margins are small and becoming even smaller.

      • Red Hat OfficialIntegrate Grafana and Red Hat Insights through APIs

        Red Hat Insights is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering developed to help identify and address operational and vulnerability risks before an issue results in operating environment downtime. Findings from your systems metadata analysis are surfaced on the Red Hat Hybrid Cloud Console.

        Although the Hybrid Cloud Console offers a unified and centralized view of Red Hat environments, organizations may want to get access to the data and findings from the solution and leverage them in complement to existing operational tools and workflows. Their main goal is to offer a faster way for users to get greater value from combined platforms.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 is now available

        Organizations worldwide rely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) as the core of their enterprise IT infrastructure. In a rapidly changing IT landscape, they require a flexible, stable foundation to support hybrid cloud innovation, manage applications and deploy workloads efficiently across various environments. RHEL is that foundation, helping organizations operate confidently and power innovation.

        The newest update for RHEL 8 is now here. With the full official release of RHEL 8.7, customers can automate manual tasks more efficiently, standardize deployments at scale and simplify the day-to-day administration of their systems.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Cloud Services are now HIPAA Ready

        Red Hat is pleased to announce that it is prepared to act as a business associate for several of its Red Hat Cloud Services offerings to enable HIPAA covered entities in building healthcare applications. This is the latest milestone in Red Hat’s ongoing commitment to address regulated industry needs and offer customers greater choice in the cloud without limiting future capabilities.

        Technology continues to grow and expand the frontier of what can be achieved in healthcare. Digital health can help save lives and produce amazing innovation; however, as organizations transition to the cloud, information security and privacy are important considerations. The healthcare industry is particularly concerned with safeguarding protected health information (PHI), as many healthcare organizations are regulated by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HIPAA establishes the security and privacy requirements for storing, transmitting, using and disclosing PHI. As a result, cloud providers and software vendors offering services to HIPAA-regulated organizations must comply with various HIPAA-related obligations.

      • Red Hat OfficialLeading Organizations Accelerate Innovation in the Industrial Sector with Red Hat

        Digital Transformation has been well underway for many organizations looking for ways to effectively modernize, drive operational efficiencies and improve production in the industrial sector. Organizations in the manufacturing industries in particular, have relied on proprietary solutions and vertically-integrated vendors to address their immediate computing needs, but that seems to be changing as leaders are leaning toward capabilities that help grow and respond to changing circumstances in a more agile way.

        Manufacturers need to reduce plant emissions and support resilient supply chains, as well as minimize downtime and detect problems before they impact production. As the shift to merging information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT) continues, for better transparency and more timely data analysis, manufacturers need an infrastructure that allows them to plan, adopt, and implement the technology components for successful transformation from a host of different sources, and run them at the edge or deploy on an open hybrid cloud.

      • Venture BeatRed Hat and IBM team up to enhance AIops with an open-source project | VentureBeat

        Red Hat and IBM have teamed up to build the first community open-source IT automation tool.

    • Debian Family

      • Bastian Venthur: Mastodon

        Due to recent events around Twitter, I finally decided to give Mastodon a try.


        For no particular reason, I went with the mastodon.social instance, so my handle is @venthur@mastodon.social. After my first steps, I realized that choosing the instance does have an impact, particularly if you follow the local timeline. mastodon.social is currently one of the biggest instances and therefore the local timeline is very busy and the topics naturally very random. Maybe I’ll try out a more specialized instance such as fosstodon at some point – one of the awesome features of Mastodon is that it actually supports the migration of accounts between instances!

      • Day 3 of the Debian Videoteam Sprint in Cape Town

        The Debian Videoteam has been sprinting in Cape Town, South Africa — mostly because with Stefano here for a few months, four of us (Jonathan, Kyle, Stefano, and myself) actually are in the country on a regular basis. In addition to that, two more members of the team (Nicolas and Louis-Philippe) are joining the sprint remotely (from Paris and Montreal).

      • WordPress 6.1 – Dropbear

        Debian will soon have WordPress version 6.1 I’m not really sure of the improvements, but there is a new 2023 theme as part of the update.

        They really weren’t mucking around when they said the 6.0.3 security release would be short-lived.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoHandy machine cuts and strips wires so you don’t have to | Arduino Blog

        If you only need a couple of wires, it isn’t a big deal to just cut them and strip them yourself. But if you need dozens or even hundreds of wires, that becomes a very laborious task. That’s especially true if those wires need to be a precise length, which is ideal for clean wiring jobs. This machine built by Mr Innovative automatically cuts and strips wires in just a second to make such jobs much easier.

        Before someone calls us out: no, this machine doesn’t fully strip the wires. It just precuts the ends so that the user can quickly pull off the insulation. But it is still doing all the hard work and is very useful. Just load up a spool of wire, feed it into the machine, set the wire length and stripped lengths, and sit back. The machine will cut through the insulation at one end, dispense the desired length of wire, cut through the insulation at the other end, and then cut that piece of wire off so it lands in a collection bucket.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Das U-Blog by Prashanth: Mapping Scalars to Functions

        In just over a year, I’ve written three posts for this blog about functionals, specifically about their application to probability theory [LINK], finding their stationary points [LINK], and the use of their stationary points in classical mechanics [LINK]. As a reminder, a functional is an object that maps a space of functions to a space of numbers. This got me thinking about what the reverse, namely an object that maps a space of numbers to a space of functions, looks like. To be clear, this is not the same as an ordinary function which, as an element in a space of functions, maps a space of numbers to a space of numbers.

        As I thought about it more, I realized that this is a bit easier to understand and therefore more commonly encountered than a functional. An extremely glib way to describe such an object is a function of multiple variables. However, it may be more enlightening to describe this in further detail to avoid potentially deceptive images that may arise from that glib description.

      • Barry KaulerHow easy works part-1 rewritten

        I have rewritten many tutorial pages that were way out of date. Today, the “How Easy works” part-1, has been completely rewritten. The last update was in 2018, so much was wrong in it.

        Not just that, it also contained technical details, such as excerpts from the ‘init’ script in the initrd, that probably just obfuscated what was attempting to be explained.

      • PHP version 8.0.26RC1 and 8.1.13RC1 – Remi’s RPM repository – Blog

        Release Candidate versions are available in testing repository for Fedora and Enterprise Linux (RHEL / CentOS / Alma / Rocky and other clones) to allow more people to test them. They are available as Software Collections, for a parallel installation, perfect solution for such tests, and also as base packages.

      • Rust

        • Security BoulevardNSA’s Plea: Stop Using C and C++ (Because You’re Idiots) [Ed: Clickbait headline from a total jerk; aside from that, the NSA wants software to have holes in it, so what is the motivation for such a remark?]
        • DizietIan Jackson: Stop writing Rust linked list libraries!

          Don’t write a Rust linked list library: they are hard to do well, and usually useless.

          Use VecDeque, which is great. If you actually need more than VecDeque can do, use one of the handful of libraries that actually offer a significantly more useful API.

          If you are writing your own data structure, check if someone has done it already, and consider slotmap or generation_arena, (or maybe Rc/Arc).

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchArt World Life: Learning from Jerry Saltz’s Art is life

      Historians call ‘presentism’ the importation of present ways of thinking into the interpretation of artifacts and events from the past. Highly controversial, presentism is an especial temptation for an art historian because visual works, even if made long ago, are immediately present here and now. As Saltz says about a Roman sculpture he admires, “Time and distance collapse when you stand before it” (p. 195). The power of presentism, with its focus on the here-and-now, is amplified nowadays because frequently many of the highest market prices and much public attention goes to contemporary art. And Saltz’s focus is on this contemporary work. Sometimes, it is true, he looks at older art with passionate interest. The first artwork that attracted him was a Giovanni di Paolo in Chicago. He became a critic, he explains, thanks in part to seeing Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa (1818-19). And allowing that he has no training in connoisseurship, he offers an amazingly confident judgment about the painting attributed to Leonardo that was recently sold at auction for a very high price. He looks at these older works as if they were just made, seeing them in relation to contemporary experience. Who else would compare one of Caravaggio’s saints to Sonny Liston when he was decked by Muhammed Ali or suggest that a saint-by that painter looks just like Saltz himself does when he feels inspired to write?

      In the mid-nineteenth century, Charles Baudelaire played his fascination with the painting of modern life against a sense that the old masters had quite different standards of beauty. And so the role of Manet and the Impressionists was to create a synthesis, bridging the gap between tradition and contemporaneity. In Saltz’s thinking this aesthetic dualism has effectively disappeared. Now, it might be said, all art is contemporary art. When most people go to the movies, they don’t feel the need for bookish analysis- they just respond. And that’s what Saltz does in most of his accounts of gallery and museum works. The title of his short essay “The Tyranny of Art History in Contemporary Art” says it all. We don’t need historical interpretation to respond to contemporary art, he implies, any more than we need to read musicologists to enjoy pop music. Totally uninterested in academic theorizing, he is a well read autodidact. If a philistine is someone who denies the importance of visual art, Saltz is the polar opposite. For him, art is extremely powerful. When he compares seeing the paintings of Cy Twombly to “reading Virgil, Homer, Sappho, Keats, and others” (p. 239) you sense his overwhelming enthusiasm.

    • Counter PunchInside Tár

      This discerning ode to tasteful luxury interiors ranges from brooding contemporary concrete to crisp white Jugendstil stucco. Tar, with or without the accent, is not one of the construction substances of choice. We catch fleeting glimpses of roof tiles, but they are of old-world terracotta or the latest eco-friendly composites. Parquet floors glow through matte varnish in those places where they aren’t protected by the deep blues and reds of Oriental rugs. The countertops are to die for.

      Clocking in at a spacious two hours and thirty-seven minutes, the film gives both the well-healed apartment hunter and the merely curious plenty of time to look, lust, and count their Pfennigs.

    • Counter PunchAll Around are Familiar Faces: Rembrandt and the Portrait of Modernity

      Energised by a bout of iconoclasm which saw Calvinists strike out against the religious images and totems of the Catholic orthodoxy – the high bourgeoisie and some members of the nobility used this weaponised Protestantism as a focal point for a revolutionary movement that was cultivated in both national and class terms during the Dutch Revolt.  The Spanish Empire was a glittering monolith; draped in blood, loot and silver from the New World, it might well have crushed the audacious burghers, the stadholders, the fiery Calvinist preachers, the roaming merchants, the intrepid seamen and soldiers – before their movement was ever able to coalesce.  The Habsburg power, however, had its hands full. It was involved in a perpetual series of skirmishes and wars which ranged from the conflict with Protestant England, to the battles with the Catholic Valois dynasty who were seated on the French throne, to the eastern reaches of Europe and North Africa where the Ottomans were the masters of the Levant and much of the Mediterranean Sea.

      In addition to fighting on several flanks, the Spanish Empire was also top-heavy, archaic and inflexible. The resistance fighters in the Netherlands, especially to the North, were aided by the topography of the land, the open floodplains, the deep woods, the canals, the estuaries and sea.  The Dutch Revolt began to take on the character of a guerrilla war in which the fighters, the “beggars” as they were known, ran the empire’s troops ragged, striking out suddenly and ruthlessly against any collaborators. Such erratic, unpredictable waspish-like attacks were maintained over decades of struggle and supplemented by sporadic but powerful uprisings that seemed to come out of the blue and engulf whole cities.

    • Counter PunchAn Interview with an Anarchist Comrade from Iran

      Comrade: I was born in Tehran. And I still have a lot of family in Iran, mostly in Tehran, but also in other towns.

      Paul: What’s your perspective on the current regime? What’s your take on the Mullahs who took power following the 1979 revolution?

    • Counter PunchMicronations: Eccentric and Unthreatening

      All of this leaves some room for the pantomime element sovereignty might allow: the eccentric who declares his own principality; the refusenik determined to avoid the taxing authorities; the clerical error that might spawn a new creation. That such entities are permitted to exist, however, lies in an enduring conceit. No army in modern times – barring, exception – is going to expend its resources against daft declarations of sovereignty over randomly picked stretches of land. The problem lies, however, in the risks, or lack of them, such declarations pose to the central authorities.

      An exceedingly colourful personality, streaked with lunacy, is probably key to this. Take Louis Marinelli, a figure long associated with efforts to make California secede from the United States. Following the 2016 US election, Marinelli decided to open a foreign embassy in Moscow to represent the Independent Republic of California. The embassy shares the same office building with the Russian Anti-Globalization movement, which has also thrown in a measure of support.

    • Counter PunchWhy Global News Is Essential For Individual and Social Well Being

      One study looking at newscasts and headlines over a period of 13 years, found that only a small proportion of the news was topically and geographically global. Typically, around 7.5% of the BBC’s and CNN’s broadcasts were global in nature. In 2019, CNN only mentioned 30 countries in its headlines at least once, during the entire year.

      Likewise, a study of the UK Guardian’s world news showed just how much more coverage the US and Europe are given compared to the rest of the world. Maps illustrating the study’s results showed the US and Europe both magnified to 10 times the size of Latin America, as a representation of “how the world looks through the eyes of the British people.”

    • Counter PunchLondon Bits: a Passage From India

      Obviously some commentators have been absorbed too much in the US system. where the leader is voted by the public, albeit by a somewhat convoluted process, which can end up with the winner receiving less public votes than the loser. However, in the UK the public has no vote to elect the leader of the country. They can vote only for their local representative, a member of parliament (MP), and it is the leader of the party with the most MPs who then becomes the PM.

      The party, not the public, chooses the PM and, in the case of the current majority party, the Conservatives aka Tories, normally the MPs select a shortlist of two and it is the national party membership who make the final choice. For a £25 annual sub you can vote for the PM. This is how recent PM number two, Liz Truss, gained office, the runner-up being the current PM, Rishi Sunak.

    • Counter PunchArt Forgeries (and Other Mistaken Identities)

      I travelled to New York last week, like I do every Fall, to see the latest exhibitions. While there, I stayed with my old friend, Charlie Stuckey, controversialist, and former curator extraordinaire at the Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery, and Kimbell Art Museum. Now in his late 70s and retired from the museum game, he’s a gentler man than the one I first met in 1986, but still funny and independent of thought. These days, he makes his living by his keen eyes, advising wealthy collectors on acquisitions, and matching galleries and auction houses with clients. It’s a side of the art world many scholars scoff at but few resist – the money is too good.

      The evening I arrived, we sipped cocktails in his modest apartment on the Upper West Side and talked about connoisseurship, especially in the field we know best – Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Charlie curated (with two others) the great Gauguin retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987, and the biggest ever Monet show at the same museum in 1994. He also assisted me on a Gauguin exhibition I curated in Rome in 2007. As we talked, we scanned online auction catalogues, stopping from time to time to focus on unusual results. He noted the low prices for some Degas pastels at the Ann and Gordon Getty sale at Christie’s, and a surprisingly high price for a Gauguin still life, Flowers and Books (1882), that sold for more than $1.6 million, three times the pre-sale estimate.

    • HackadayConcrete Boat Cements Its Way To High Speeds

      Steel is scarce. Wood is not an option. And you need a boat now. These wartime circumstances drove innovation in all kinds of crazy directions, and one somewhat less crazy direction — concrete boats. As [Peter Sripol] demonstrates in the video below the break, making an RC concrete boat isn’t hard. Making a fast one on the other hand is. But that didn’t stop him from trying, and we think the effort deserves a look.

    • EFFCelebrating the Life of Aaron Swartz: Nov. 12 and Nov. 13

      Those interested in attending in-person or remotely can register for the event here.

      Aaron Swartz was a digital rights champion who believed deeply in keeping the internet open. His life was cut short in 2013, after federal prosecutors charged him under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) for systematically downloading academic journal articles from the online database JSTOR. Facing the prospect of a long and unjust sentence, Aaron died by suicide at the age of 26.

      EFF was proud to call Aaron a friend and ally. This year, several EFF staffers are speaking about work that carry his spirit and legacy: EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn; Special Advisor Cory Doctorow; Director of Engineering, Certbot Alexis Hancock; Investigative Researcher Beryl Lipton; and Grassroots Organizer Molly de Blanc.

    • TruthOutPrograms to Assist Unhoused People Fall Short for Black Veterans
    • Hardware

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 192: Supercon Was Awesome, How To Grind ICs And Make Your Own Telescope

        This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi are still flying high on their post-Supercon buzz (and are a bit jet lagged) this week. We’ll start with some of the highlights from our long-awaited Pasadena meetup, and talk a bit about the winner of this year’s Hackaday Prize. Talk will then shift over to shaved down NES chips, radioactive Dungeons and Dragons gameplay, an impressive 3D printed telescope being developed by the community, and the end of the Slingbox. Stick around for a double dose of Dan Maloney, as we go over his twin treatises on dosimetry and the search for extraterrestrial life.

      • HackadayScratch Built Wind Turbine Makes Power And Turns Heads

        If you’ve ever aspired to live off the grid, then it’s likely that one of the first things you considered was how to power all of your electrical necessities, and also where to uh… well we’ll stick to the electrical necessities. Depending on your location, you might focus on hydroelectric power, solar power, or even a wind turbine. Or, if you’re [Kris Harbor], all three. In the video below the break, we get to watch [Kris] as he masterfully rebuilds his wind turbine from scratch and reconfigures his charging solution to match.

      • HackadayRobot Gets A Life-Sized Pokemon Costume For Halloween

        Quadruped robots are everywhere now that companies like Boston Dynamics are shipping smaller models in big numbers. [Dave’s Armoury] had one such robot, and wanted to give it a Pokemon Halloween costume. Thus, the robot dog got a Jolteon costume that truly looks fantastic.

      • HackadayFirst Folding IPhone Doesn’t Come From Apple

        Folding phones are all the rage these days, with many of the major smartphone manufacturer’s having something in this form factor. Apple has been conspicuously absent in this market segment, so [KJMX] decided to take matters into their own hands with the “iPhone V.” (YouTube – Chinese w/subtitles via MacRumors).

      • HackadayBike-Riding Skeleton Stalks The Streets On Halloween

        Stationary pumpkins and motionless skeletons aren’t enough to scare people these days. If you want to really create a fright on Halloween, you need something more convincing. This bike-riding skeleton from [rc jedi] might just do the trick.

      • Hackaday3D Printer Repurposed For Light-Duty Lab Automation Tasks

        Laboratory automation equipment is expensive stuff, to such a degree that small labs are often priced out of the market. That’s a shame, because there are a lot of tedious manual tasks that even modest labs would benefit from automating. Oh well — that’s what grad students are for.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Counter PunchSecrets of an AT&T Scandal

          Madigan was a very influential political player.  The Justice Department notes that, in addition to being Speaker, he had been a congressman representing Illinois’s 22nd District; Committeeman for Chicago’s 13th Ward; Chairman of both the Illinois Democratic Party and the 13th Ward Democratic Organization; and partner at the influential Chicago law firm, Madigan & Getzendanner.  It adds, he “used these positions to further the goals of the criminal enterprise.”

          The Justice Department states, “AT&T Illinois admitted that in 2017 it arranged for an ally of Madigan to indirectly receive $22,500 in payments from the company.  The company paid the money through an intermediary – a lobbying firm that performed services for AT&T Illinois.” The ally was Michael F. McClain who, the Justice noted, “carried out illegal activities at Madigan’s behest.”

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Telex (Hungary)German foreign minister calls on Hungary to ratify Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO
      • The NationAmericans Live in a Culture of War

        I’m a civilian who, like many Americans, has strong ties to the US Armed Forces. I never considered enlisting, but my father, uncles, cousins, and nephews did. As a child I baked cookies to send with letters to my cousin Steven who was serving in Vietnam. My family tree includes soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Some years before my father died, he shared with me his experience of being drafted during the Korean War and, while on leave, traveling to Hiroshima, Japan. There, just a few short years after an American atomic bomb had devastated that city as World War II ended, he was haunted by seeing the dark shadows of the dead cast onto concrete by the nuclear blast.

      • Counter PunchRussia Retreats from Kherson

        The latest, including: – Russia retreats from Kherson. Why? – What does Russia’s withdrawal mean for the war? – Putin’s blunders left Russia with no other option – What about the annexations? – Preparing for new atrocities to be made public in Kherson – Biden’s advisers talking to Putin’s – Humiliation for the “progressive Democrats” who withdrew support for the letter urging negotiation – Prigozhin’s claims of Russian election meddling designed to help Trump

      • Counter PunchWill the US War-for-Profit System Lead to Nuclear Annihilation?

        Despite relentless pro-war propaganda, a majority of Americans are not on board with their government’s strategy of pouring endless weapons into Ukraine’s war with its nuclear-armed neighbor and hoping for the best. They are concerned about the costs of this war – more than 60 billion taxpayer dollars have already been spent, with much of that money filling the coffers of U.S. arms manufacturers.

        Americans are also concerned about the growing risk of nuclear Armageddon. In 2019, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists kept the Doomsday Clock set to two minutes before midnight following the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Then on January 20, 2022, as tensions escalated between Russia and Ukraine, and also between the U.S. and China, the clock was reset to 100 seconds from midnight — on “doom’s doorstep.”

      • Scheerpost‘So Irresponsible’: US Condemned for Warning Australia Against Joining Anti-Nuclear Treaty

        Australia “should not face intimidation from so-called allies under the auspices of defense cooperation,” said one advocate.

      • ScheerpostHaiti: ‘Intervention is Actively Destabilizing the Situation’

        CounterSpin interview with Jake Johnston on Haiti intervention.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Devastating Price Veterans Have Paid for America’s Addiction to War
      • Common DreamsOpinion | 7 Things You Can Do to Stop the War in Ukraine

        Regardless of which party controls the House and Senate, one thing is certain. The war in Ukraine and the US intervention will continue in the short-term, as a lame-duck Congress considers another $50 billion for Ukraine, with much of the money earmarked for weapons, military training, and intelligence to escalate a war with no military solution.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Subpoenas’ Served on US Weapons Manufacturers

        What is it like to be so ashamed of the company for whom you work that you cannot bring yourself to admit you work there? Ashamed of the products they manufacture, the innocent people those products kill, the hundreds of billions of dollars of public taxpayer money squandered in a gluttonous pursuit of profits?

      • ScheerpostWorld At Dangerous Crossroads, Only Two Paths Forward: Anti-Imperialist Socialism or Fascist Barbarism

        The US-led imperialist world system is in deep crisis, so it wages a new cold war to prevent multipolarity, while lurching toward fascism. The left must offer a true alternative path that opposes both the far right and the liberal pro-NATO chauvinists.

      • Counter PunchQuickly, Quickly: The Racket Revisited

        What mysteries did they know that we did not but might befall us? 

        Each year at Boston College I’m one of several guest speakers for Professor Seth Jacobs course, “America’s War in Vietnam, in which the students read a variety of sources from across the political spectrum. Every few weeks a Vietnam vet further enlivens the popular class.

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchTiny Bubbles From the Permafrost: An Interview with Ecologist Katey Walter Anthony

        Her memoir, Chasing Lakes, is not only an account of a scientific expedition of discovery and understanding of the deeper nature of ancient lakes, but a revelation of new found faith in herself and humanity.  The urgency of her scientific findings is augmented with the belief that the release from selfishness can still bring us hope and reason for joie de vivre.

        The following interview by Zoom took place on November 1, 2022.

      • Common Dreams‘Deeply Depressing’ Study Shows Planet-Warming Emissions Continue to Rise

        Rapid and drastic cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions are necessary to curb warming and prevent the most dire climate scenarios from becoming reality.

        But a new study released Friday by the Global Carbon Project finds “no sign of the decrease that is urgently needed” as emissions remain at record levels this year, with fossil fuel giants and governments plowing ahead with new extraction efforts that could push critical climate targets out of reach.

      • Common Dreams‘Welcome’ But ‘Must Be Improved’: Groups React as Biden Unveils Plan to Cut Methane

        Environmental justice advocates welcomed the Biden administration’s Friday announcement of stronger regulations to curb methane pollution from oil and gas producers while stressing the need to go further to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas that endangers public health and the global climate system.

        “To meet global climate goals, we need to go well beyond this effort and actually sharply taper down fossil fuels.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Climate Change Survivors Confront World Leaders at COP27

        For the Banaban people, the threat of being displaced from their homes by increasingly frequent cyclones reopens old wounds.

      • DeSmogU.S. Embrace of ‘Climate-Smart’ Agriculture at COP27 Faces Scrutiny

        When climate talks in Egypt turn to the future of food on Saturday, the U.S. government will be on hand to champion a new coalition of feed, livestock and agrochemical companies as the vanguard of transformational change. 

        We can expect to hear a lot about how the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate, or Aim4C, will be harnessing new technology – from big data to precision fertilizer – to slow ballooning emissions from agribusiness, and fight worsening global hunger.  

      • The NationGreenwashing COP27: Coke Is It
      • Project CensoredThe Climate Crisis, Its Global Impacts, and What Is To Be Done – The Project Censored Show

        The Climate Crisis, Its Global Impacts, and What Is To Be DonePlay EpisodePause EpisodeMute/Unmute EpisodeRewind 10 Seconds1xFast Forward 30 seconds 00:00 /SubscribeShareThe Climate Crisis, Its Global Impacts, and What Is To Be DonePlay EpisodePause EpisodeMute/Unmute EpisodeRewind 10 Seconds1xFast Forward 30 seconds 00:00 /SubscribeShare

      • The NationAs COP 27 Begins, Demands for Loss and Damage Compensation Grow Louder

        On Sunday, November 6, the annual two-week UN climate negotiations kicked off in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, with over 35,000 delegates, NGO workers, journalists, and activists from around the world in attendance. One hundred and twenty heads of state will join, including President Biden, who attended briefly on Friday and will attend again after the G20 for the final days.

      • Energy

        • Common Dreams15 US Climate Activists Arrested at Global Protests Against Private Jets

          Fifteen activists were arrested for shutting down the entrances to airports serving private jets across the United States on Thursday as part of worldwide climate protests led by groups including Extinction Rebellion, Scientist Rebellion, New York Communities for Change, and the New York City chapter of the youth-led Sunrise Movement.

          “Taking a private jet while the planet is on fire is utter insanity.”

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchKilling Sharks for Fin Soup

          One hundred million (100,000,000) are killed per year, mostly for shark fin soup. In fact, the shark-fin trade is responsible for 75% of sharks killed each year even though more than 50 countries have some kind of shark finning ban in effect.

          Nevertheless, stealthy fishing techniques are used to clandestinely hook and de-fin sharks. This illicit practice of Chinese trawlers has been exposed by two separate investigations of massive illegal shark-finning operations, which are discussed in more detail herein.

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

      • It’s still always about the grift—and the grifters

        Does anyone remember Dr. Simone Gold and the group of COVID-19 contrarian physicians who early in the pandemic branded themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” (AFLDS) even though none of them were ever truly pandemic frontline doctors? The first time I ever wrote about these grifters was in July 2020, when they held a news conference that went viral in which they promoted the unproven (and at that time increasingly disproven) COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine. The group consisted of founder Dr. Simone Gold and a motley crew of misfit grifters including Dr. Stella “demon sperm” Immanuel and Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a pandemic minimizing antivax doctor who is now, unfortunately, Surgeon General in Florida, where he is making his COVID-19 denial and antivax disinformation official state policy. By 2021, America’s Frontline Doctors were suing over a “coverup” of deaths due to COVID-19 vaccines. Not long after that, AFLDS was caught in grift involving a prescription mill for ivermectin, which is about as effective as hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19, as in not effective. (As I like to say, ideology or not, it’s always also about the grift. Grifters just can’t resist.)

      • Counter PunchAmtraks Across America: All Aboard With Vladimir Putin

        I ride trains all over the world, and one of the features of Amtrak that distinguishes it from its global peers is that its schedules (aside from high-speed Acela trains) are padded with all sorts of layovers at intermediate stops, not to mention its endless delays (as freight trains take precedence over passenger service and deteriorating’s rails often limit passenger trains to intercity bus speeds).

        My New York to Harrisburg train, for example, spent ten minutes in Philadelphia, which is more time than is needed to unload and load passengers. Later on in my travels, my train from Chicago to New York paused in Albany-Rensselaer for almost ninety minutes while passengers smoked on the platforms and the train crew stared at their iPhones. It’s one of the reasons why, outside the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak has few business customers. Where’s the urgency of Casey Jones?

      • Counter PunchWorking (and Striking) on the Railroad

        Not surprisingly, these rail workers may strike. Twelve rail unions must vote yes on their contract to avert a strike on November 19. That ain’t gonna happen, because two unions already voted that contract down. That means if those two strike, the unions that ratified the deal, with 11,000 members approving it so far, would probably walk off the job in sympathy. That second rail union vote against the proposed contract came on October 25. It threw cold water on the Biden administration’s accomplishment a month earlier. That was when, “eleventh-hour deal-making by the Biden administration averted the threat of an immediate work stoppage” on September 15, as Politico reported October 26.

        In a blow to unions, labor secretary Marty Walsh said on November 5 that “without a deal he expects congress to step in and impose contracts on the unhappy rank-and-file members,” according to CNN November 6. Statements like this decrease union leverage at the bargaining table. By design. Not a good look for Walsh or the Biden administration. Who cares if Walsh justifies it by saying “my goal is to get those two unions back at the table with companies and get this thing done”? He could have taken another approach, like championing rank and file grievances and pressuring rail owners to make concessions. He chose not to.

      • TruthOutHarperCollins Workers Are Demanding Murdoch’s News Corp Pay Them a Living Wage
      • FAIRGene Slater on Housing Crisis, Rakeen Mabud on Inflation Coverage
      • Common DreamsDOJ Appeals as Trump Judge Blocks Student Debt Cancellation With ‘Farcical’ Ruling

        The Justice Department filed an appeal Thursday after a Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration’s student debt cancellation program nationwide, declaring it “unlawful” on grounds that legal experts criticized as laughable.

        The 26-page ruling by Mark Pittman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas finds that the two plaintiffs who brought the case with the backing of the Job Creators Network Foundation—an affiliate of a right-wing, billionaire-funded business trade group—have standing to sue over the debt cancellation program because the Biden administration didn’t allow a public comment period before moving ahead with the plan.

      • Common DreamsBiden Admin Halts Student Debt Relief Applications After Right-Wing Judge’s Ruling

        The Biden administration stopped accepting applications for its popular student loan forgiveness plan on Friday, a day after a Trump-appointed federal judge blocked the program on what critics are calling dubious legal grounds.

        “Republicans don’t want you to get debt relief and want their judges to do their unpopular dirty work.”

      • TruthOutTrump Judge Blocks Student Debt Cancellation With “Farcical” Ruling
      • Common DreamsWarren Says Crypto Empire’s Collapse Must Be ‘Wake Up Call’ for Regulators

        Soon after the troubled cryptocurrency exchange platform FTX filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren implored her fellow members of Congress as well as federal regulators to crack down on the digital asset industry that has cost customers billions of dollars while wrecking the planet.

        “It’s time, once and for all, to silence the utopian-libertarian gibberish.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchLula Must Save Brazil From Savage Capitalism, Says Federal Deputy Juliana Cardoso

        She is wearing a t-shirt that bears the powerful slogan: O Brasil é terra indígena (Brazil is Indigenous land). The slogan echoes her brave campaign against the disregard shown by Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s 38th president defeated on October 30, towards the Indigenous populations of his country. In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Bolsonaro vetoed Law no. 14021 which would have provided drinking water and basic medical materials to Indigenous communities. Several organizations took Bolsonaro to the International Criminal Court for this action.

        In April 2022, Cardoso wrote that the rights of the Indigenous “did not come from the kindness of those in power, but from the struggles of Indigenous people over the centuries. Though guaranteed in the [1988] Constitution, these rights are threatened daily.” Her political work has been defined by her commitment to her own Indigenous heritage but also by her deep antipathy to the “savage capitalism” that has cannibalized her country.

      • The Nation“Brazil Is Back,” Says President-Elect Lula

        In a hotel in downtown São Paulo packed with international press, Lula supporters waited with fingers crossed. The early election returns on October 30 showed the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro with a strong lead over the leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. That was to be expected, since the first results came in from Bolsonaro strongholds. But you could feel the mood shift as the vote count reduced the gap. A few minutes before 8 pm, cheers broke out—the lines on the TV’s voter graph had met, and Lula proceeded to edge into the lead. The final tally for the election showed 50.9 percent for Lula to 49.1 percent for Bolsonaro.

      • Craig MurrayAcadia

        Intellectual curiosity can takes us in unexpected directions. This particular journey started with my learning that the word “Cajun” is a contraction of “Canadian”.

      • The DissenterUnauthorized Disclosure: 2022 Midterms Edition
      • TruthOutThe Largest Political Donation in US History Took Place in the 2022 Midterms
      • The NationDespite Lackluster Midterms, Donald Trump Is Still King of the GOP

        The 2022 midterms were a major disappointment to Republicans, with the hoped for red wave turning into a pitiful red ripple. Before the election, Republicans had been dreaming of a clean sweep comparable to their victories in 1994 and 2010, when they used the unpopularity of newly minted Democratic presidents to gain substantial ground in Congress. As David Wallace-Wells reported in The New Yorker on November 4, just five days before voting finished, “The consensus among a number of G.O.P. pollsters and operatives I spoke to this week is that in the Senate races that are thought to be competitive, Republican candidates are heading for a clean sweep: Mehmet Oz will beat John Fetterman in Pennsylvania, and not just by a point or two; Adam Laxalt looks pretty certain to defeat the incumbent Democratic senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada; even less regarded candidates such as Blake Masters in Arizona will be carried into office by a predicted wave.” Wallace-Wells added that Republicans were expecting a “bloodbath.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Gen Z Showed Up in Large Numbers to Protect Climate and Thwart Red Wave

        One of the issues that drove America’s youth to vote in unusual numbers in the midterm elections, and to tilt heavily Democratic, is the climate emergency. It was up there with reproductive rights and gun safety as a key issue. A recent Harvard youth poll found that among these young people, “Democrats are moved by abortion (20%), protecting democracy (20%), inflation (19%), and climate change (16%). More than 7-in-10 young Americans (72%) believe that the rights of others are under attack, and 59% believe that their own rights are under attack.”

      • Counter PunchIs the Trump Craziness Over?

        Is the craziness of the Trump era over? While the final results may not be known for a while, such as the Senate race in Georgia, the ballyhooed Red Wave has not taken place, contrary to many of the pre-election polls. Traditionally, in midterm elections, the party in power loses 28 seats in the House of Representatives and four in the Senate. President Barack Obama’s party lost 63 House seats in 2010. These midterms have not followed that tradition.

        Trump announced that he would make a major announcement on November 15. His assumption was that he would triumphantly use the midterm Red Wave to position himself for the 2024 presidential race. Given the closeness of the House and Senate races and the obvious weakness of the Red Wave, the Trump wave could well be over too.

      • Counter PunchIs Self-Interest Key to Saving the Local?

        Many of us no longer can imagine the “twice death,” much less know this apprehension that gripped the immigrant woman’s heart. For many, like me, more distant descendants of immigrants, the obliteration of an in-place local culture of connection and meaning, of a commons, occurred generations before we were born. By 1958, an intact peasant culture such as existed in East Utica – with its strict limits on personal freedom, its precedence given to claims of family and community (backed by patriarchy and its rule-bound, guilt-bestowing church) – was fated to to dissolve into assimilation. The special “mother province” of the heart, with its need for connection and meaning, dependent upon the whole village for its protection, was necessarily relativized. Until now, in the context of a capitalist economy and liberal, secular zeitgeist, the choice to refuse or limit personal freedom in favor of non-reactionary “sentimental” claims of the local, the unmediated, and the relational, was more or less unthinkable, except for the impoverished, a few dreamers and romantics, and in modified form, beatniks and hippies.

        However, the multiple threats coming at us today from the “wrath of Capital,” pose such a serious question to our way of life (leaving aside the uncertainty as to if we’re too late already); surely we’re

      • Counter PunchMichael Moore Still Batting 1.000

        The Red Trickle

        I listened to NPR and other radio outlets Election Recaps the last two days while driving 135 miles to and fro. They had the politicians, media hacks and useless pollsters lined up back-to-back. The gist of the endless hours of coverage was: “How did the Politicians, the Media and, especially, the Pollsters get it so wrong?”

      • Counter PunchBolivia’s Socialist Government Confronts Separatist, Racist Uprising

        Spokespersons attributed the change to difficulties left-over from the pandemic, a need for translations into indigenous languages, uncertain financial resources, and extra time required for “technical” changes. Leaders of Santa Cruz department in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands, the nation’s largest, immediately demanded a census in 2023, not in 2024. Department governor Luis Camacho and Rómulo Calvo, president of the Santa Cruz Civic Committee, warned that without a settlement on the census, they would initiate a strike aimed at undoing the department’s economy, and thereby the national economy.

        In response, “over one million Bolivians mobilized” on August 25 in support of the government and against a regional leadership group that is the vanguard of opposition to Bolivia’s socialist and indigenous-led government. Even so, the strike began on October 22. Recent Bolivian suggests another coup may be in the offing.

      • Counter PunchThis Year Voters Made an End Run Around Out of Touch Politicians

        They stopped in grocery stores, diners, senior centers, libraries, and other community gathering spots to engage people in conversation about health insurance. They heard story after story of family members, friends, and neighbors who are having a hard time affording quality health care.

        The goal of this tour: to build support for a ballot initiative to help more South Dakotans get the care they need.

      • Counter PunchBlack Women, Communism and the USA

        A newly published work titled Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women’s Political Writing and edited by Charisse Burden-Stelly and Jodi Dean is a valiant effort to remedy this situation. By highlighting a number of primary sources, today’s reader is able to consider the actual words and thoughts of the CPUSA with minimal filters that might reinterpret the meaning of the concepts being discussed. Burden-Stelly is the co-author (with Gerald Horne) of WEB DuBois: A Life in American History. Jodi Dean is the author of several books addressing communism in the modern era, including The Communist Horizon and Comrade. Their selections in this text include excerpts from various newsletters and newspapers, along with excerpts from CPUSA theoretical papers and meetings and a couple different books.

        Given that until recently, the majority of Black women in the United States were employed as domestic workers, a fair number of the pieces in Organize, Fight, Win discuss the nature of these workers’ exploitation and attempts to organize them. A phenomenon known as the Bronx Slave Market is mentioned more than one and there is even one article that details the mechanics of this endeavor. In essence, this so-called market reminded this reviewer of those street corners and Home Depot parking lots where undocumented and other workers congregate today in the hopes a homeowner will hire them. The selections tell of the job seekers underbidding each other in an attempt to earn at least some oney so they can feed their families and males offering them better pay if the women engage in sexual activity. In response to this exploitation, various attempts to organize the domestic workers are discussed, revealing varying limits of success.

      • Robert ReichBig Midterm Victories That Give Me Hope For The Future
      • Robert ReichThis One Thing May Stop Trump From Running For Re-Election
      • TruthOutAbortion and Investment Helped Democrats Turn the Tide in State Legislatures
      • MeduzaPutin, the anti-colonialist The Kremlin’s new model of Russian ‘soft power’ will fuel anti-Western resentment in Southern Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia — Meduza
      • MeduzaUkraine launches fundraiser to finance fleet of naval drones — Meduza

        Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the launch of a fundraising campaign to finance the world’s first fleet of naval drones for Ukraine. Donations will be collected via United24, a Ukrainian government fundraising platform.

      • MeduzaDmitry Peskov: Putin will not take part in G20 summit, due to ‘necessity of his presence’ in Russia — Meduza

        Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the Indonesian G20 summit, be it in person or remotely.

      • MeduzaUkrainian armed forces enter Kherson — Meduza

        The Ukrainian army has entered Kherson. Hromadske, a Ukrainian news publication, reports this, citing local residents and journalists, as well as a source in the regional administration.

      • MeduzaVolodymyr Zelensky on liberating Kherson: ‘Today is a historic day. Khersonians had been waiting.’ — Meduza

        In a video address at the end of November 11, President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about the liberation of Kherson and the Russian retreat from the city.

      • MeduzaPutin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says retreat will not affect Kherson region’s status as annexed ‘Russian subject’ — Meduza

        Russian President Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Russia’s withdrawal from the right bank of the Dnipro River will have no effect on the Kherson region’s status as an annexed “Russian subject.”

      • MeduzaRussia says withdrawal from right-bank Kherson complete — Meduza

        The Russian Defense Ministry has reported that the withdrawal of Russian troops from the right bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region was completed at 5:00 a.m. on November 11.

      • MeduzaRussian McDonald’s clone coming to Belarus — Meduza

        The restaurant chain “Delicious, Full Stop,” which replaced McDonald’s in Russia after the American company left the country in May, has announced that it will enter the Belarusian market.

      • MeduzaUkrainian Defense Minister: Russia’s Kherson withdrawal will take at least one week — Meduza

        Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview Friday that it will take at least one week for Russia to withdraw its troops from the right bank of the Dnipro River.

      • MeduzaRussian lawmakers propose legal definition for ‘traditional family values’ — Meduza

        Russian senators have proposed adding “fundamental definitions” of concepts such as “traditional family values” and “actual caregivers” to the Russian Family Code, according to the Russian business newspaper Vedomosti.

      • Common Dreams‘Take Some Ownership’: AOC Hits Back After Defeated DCCC Chair Lashes Out

        Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday evening rebuked outgoing Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who had earlier claimed in an interview with The New York Times that the progressive congresswoman contributed little to campaign efforts and suggested her policy priorities—several of them popular with Democratic voters—are harming the party.

        “I do think that this is a signal that being outwardly antagonistic, including trying to defeat progressive candidates, trying to demoralize those bases, is not healthy for the prospect of democratic gains.”

      • Ariadne ConillTwitter’s demise is ActivityPub’s future | Ariadne’s Space

        Earlier today, I deleted all of my tweets and left Twitter forever. While I plan on leaving a nightlight thread for a while, I will eventually close my account, assuming Elon doesn’t do it for me.

        The past week has been an emotional rollercoaster for me as I have watched everything play out.

        I was one of the original fediverse users when Indymedia UK stood up the indy.im StatusNet instance at the end of 2010. After some time, Evan Prodromou got bored with the StatusNet code base and started Pump instead, with the network losing the largest instance at that time, identi.ca. With the network fragmented as a result of that switch, I got bored of it and started using Twitter instead.

        Eventually StatusNet was forked by Matt Lee and a few other FSF staffers and became GNU Social. I was not really around during this time, but it was around that time that GamerGate happened, which created a network where half of the users were Indymedia contributors and the other half were the initial seeds of the alt-right.

        While I was not heavily involved from a development perspective in the early days of what we now call the fediverse, this began to change in late 2016 when Eugen Rochko started Mastodon. I was an early adopter of Mastodon, deploying Mastodon 0.6 on Heroku, using the mastodon.dereferenced.org domain for my account. But running Mastodon on Heroku (and later Scalingo) was expensive. I did not want to manage a Rails application by hand, and I hadn’t started using Docker or Kubernetes yet.

      • The NationWe Are Our Only Hope
      • The NationWhat Democrats Can Learn From John Fetterman’s “Every County, Every Vote” Victory

        John Fetterman was the only Democratic US Senate candidate to flip a Senate seat out of the Republican column, and the Pennsylvanian did so with relatively ease—winning by a little over 210,000 votes. That wasn’t a landslide, but it was a wider margin than in many of the nation’s most competitive—and, in several cases, still unsettled—Senate races. Fetterman’s margin was built with strong showings in the historically Democratic cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. But what gave him that wide margin of victory, after an intense, expensive, and at times bitter contest with Republican Mehmet Oz, was a steadily stronger-than-expected showing in the smaller cities, towns, and rural areas of Pennsylvania.

      • The NationAffirmative Action Benefits All Students—Even Asian Americans

        On October 31, a delegation of student protesters—outfitted in cyan bandanas and “#DefendDiversity” T-shirts—gathered in Washington, D.C. That morning, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments for two cases: Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. University of North Carolina and SFFA v. Harvard College. The decisions could eliminate the use of race-conscious admissions—and decades of legal precedent—as the court’s conservative majority appeared skeptical of the necessity of affirmative action during the initial oral arguments.

      • The NationTop 10 Veterans Day Songs

        It seems obvious that the best way to support the troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm’s way. That means engaging in military action only as a true last resort. In this vein, here are my Top 10 Veterans Day Songs paying tribute to those who serve. The list is highly debatable; songs about war and attendant suffering cut across musical genres. Old-timers will rightly bemoan the omission of hippie classics like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Give Peace a Chance.” Others could fairly say I’ve neglected an important sub-genre of vintage heavy-metal antiwar anthems like Motorhead’s “1916” and Metallica’s 1989 classic “One,” while also giving short shrift to the rich history of punk rock treatment of war. Sorry!

      • TruthOutKey 2022 State Supreme Court Election Results and What They Mean
      • TruthOutRanked-Choice Voting Backed in Midterm May Help “Crash-Proofing Our Democracy”
      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: The Search for Intelligent Life in American Politics

        + I don’t think a candidate I’ve actively supported has ever won elective office–or is likely to–so all of the satisfaction on election day for me derives from the anguish of those who’ve lost. This year’s top losers: the bi-partisan crime scare caucus, “Dr.” Oz, Phil Knight, AIPAC (which spent $4 million in a failed effort to defeat Summer Lee) and media punditry, which was so eager to blame their own contrivance of “wokeism” for the decimation of the Democrats.

        + However this election eventually turns out black Americans will have seen and lived it before: whether it’s a narrow victory by liberals who will ultimately betray nearly every promise or a rout by reactionaries who will directly target the rights, well-being and lives of all minorities.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal


        Byron was to’ve been manufactured by Tungsram in Budapest. He would probably have been grabbed up by the ace salesman Geza Rozsavolgyi’s father Sandor, who covered all the Transylvanian territory and had begun to go native enough to where the home office felt vaguely paranoid about him throwing some horrible spell on the whole operation if they didn’t give him what he wanted. Actually he was a salesman who wanted his son to be a doctor, and that came true. But it may have been the bad witch-leery auras around Budapest that got the birth of Byron reassigned at the last minute to Osram, in Berlin. Reassigned, yes. There is a Bulb Baby Heaven, amiably sati-rized as if it was the movies or something, well Big Business, ha, ha! But don’t let Them fool you, this is a bureaucracy first, and a Bulb Baby Heaven only as a sort of sideline. All overhead—yes, out of its own pocket the Company is springing for square leagues of organdy, hogsheads of IG Farben pink and blue Baby Dye, hundredweights of clever Siemens Electric Baby Bulb Pacifiers, giving the suckling Bulb the shape of a 110-volt current without the least trickle of power. One way or another, these Bulb folks are in the business of providing the appearance of power, power against the night, without the reality.

      • Re: An Exercise In Frustration

        Well, you are not alone. I am an outlaw myself. Email is regarded unusable by my family circle. This leads to me being pretty much ignorant about what they (maybe two dozen or so people) are up to. I don’t know, how the youngsters are doing (some education for their professional future?), or the little ones, or my brother and sister. All of them have bought into the Apple world, anything else does not exist.

        I have consciously decided to ignore their ignorance about this part of the technological world. They are not interested. They lack the categories that describe network technology. They are doing different things in their life, and they don’t want to waste any time while I desperately try to explain a danger, they cannot see, let alone understand. For them Whatsapp is the same as a car or a bicycle — a means to get something of immediate value done (exchanging some information pretty much now).

      • 🔤SpellBinding: EHKMORW Wordo: TAXES
      • My first album is out!

        Vitruvian’s first album “Devenir” has been released.

      • Playing Ignorant

        There are game styles, some subcategories of story games, that are built around the idea that there are no secrets for players. There can be surprises and resolved secrets in play, through play, through creation, but not through revelation.

        But in D&D, the way I play it, of course there are secrets, exploration, and discovery.

    • Politics

      • Sad Times In Israel

        an extreme right wing Ultra religious (and racist) government was elected few weeks ago – they won – Israel lost – and by the look of it within 5 or 10 years Israel will be a religious state (a Jewish Taliban state) religious laws will be enacted by the parliament and supreme court will no longer be able to intervene in case of injustice or to soften the blows…

      • Where Does the Money Goes?

        When you Live in Israel you come accustomed to life here and to there weirdness… Israel is a country with a bankrupt welfare, health and education systems – the reason for this is that the money flows to “other” places – the state of Israel is unwilling to supply it’s citizens with health welfare and education – even when there is laws to force the state to give such services and systems to the public – the state “drys” them slowly by sub budgeting them and not funding them – this is why Israel public health system is collapsing and the welfare minister is neglected for years by the government and education does not teaches values such as “democracy” but instead the education is split between “secular” and “religious” sectors each one teaches it’s own values (the secular will push you for math and hi-tech the religious one will push you find your place among the religious sector and live a religious life funded by the state you won’t know English or math but you will know that the state will fund you and your family for life)

    • Technical

      • Production Methods

        Watching Twitter burn down has been entertaining, and got me thinking about how important production methods are.

        I don’t really mean ‘production methods’ – I mean something larger, but smaller than ideology. I mean how a full ecosystem cooperates with its own parts, now how a part (like a business) organizes itself.

      • Science

        • Inverted DC

          Sometimes you wanna know the DC to fail at something.

          Subctract the original DC from 28 and there’s your new inverted DC.

          For example, our house rule when you drop a torch is a DC 12 Wisdom save or the torchlight is snuffed out.

          But what if you want the light to go out as you drop it? That’s a DC 16 wis save.

          I’ll walk through the reasoning behind that number.

        • 4x4x4 Improvements

          My favorite twisty puzzle is the 4x4x4 cube, also known as Rubik’s Revenge Cube. The even number of layers in the puzzle allows for trickier piece arrangements than on odd-numbered cubes, such as incorrectly-placed centers, an odd number of flipped edges, or a bad permutation parity among pieces. It’s much more challenging, and much more fascinating to analyze, than the standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube.

          The 4x4x4 is also the puzzle I’ve practiced speedsolving the most after the 3x3x3. Recently I purchased a stickerless version of the QiYi WuQue 4x4x4 by Mo Fang Ge, and it’s inspired me to begin practicing more regularly again.

      • Announcements

        • Gemax v0.1.2

          New release!
          Blog already using it.

          - dropping go 1.18 support
          - support connection limiter – 256 by default
          - add more info to logs
          - remove remote address from logs

      • Programming

        • Announcing tappeto, a random pattern generator

          Tappeto is a program I wrote to generate randomly generated wallpapers. It generates a random binary pattern and then tiles it and colorizes it to create the final image. It comes with an optional SDL GUI which allows easily modifying the generated image until something satisfying is produced. Enjoy!

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

Links 12/11/2022: Grml 2022.11 RC and Push Notifications for KDE

Posted in News Roundup at 7:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni TorontoThe problem of (Unix) swapfiles and server backups

        There are two pieces of good news for us in our particular environment (with Ubuntu 22.04 servers). The first is that in general our swap files are small; an extra GB for the moderate number of servers that we back up won’t really break the bank, not when set against the amount of data from our fileservers. The second is that Linux doesn’t update the modification time for swap files when they’re used, so to a backup system these look like files that never change. Since they never change, they’ll only be included in full (‘level 0′) backups, not in the much more common incremental backups that our backup system does.

      • Jakub SteinerRunning Shell in Builder

        Builder has been absolutely wonderful for a designer to dive in and fix up graphics assets for Application. It allows to easily build and test run patches before submitting a merge/pull request on apps hosted on gitlab or github. Ideally you’d press the run button and voilá.

        What has been far from wonderful — doing even one line fixes for the GNOME Shell was very hard to test for anyone not building shell daily. getting the environment ready every release has been a chore. From virtual machines, jhbuild, toolbox, jhbuild in VMs to jhbuild in toolbox there was a dozen of way to fail building the latest shell.

      • Linux HandbookWhat is the Purpose of /etc/hosts File in Linux

        The /etc/hosts file in Linux or any other operating system is used to map connections between IP addresses and domain names.

        Quite a generic answer right? Well, this guide is going to get some feet deeper so everyone can benefit from its offering.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Darktable on Fedora 37/36/35

        Darktable is a free and open-source photography application program and raw developer. Rather than being a raster graphics editor like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, it comprises a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw image post-production. In addition to basic RAW conversion, Darktable is equipped with various tools for basic and advanced image editing.

        These include exposure correction, color management, white balance, image sharpening, noise reduction, perspective correction, and local retouching. As a result, Darktable is an incredibly powerful tool for photographers of all experience levels. Best of all, it is entirely free to download and use.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Darktable on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux workstation using the command line terminal with CLI commands using two different methods of the default DNF repository or the natively installed third-party package manager Flatpak and utilizing the Flathub.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Opera Browser on Fedora 37/36/35

        Opera is a free, cross-platform web browser developed by Opera Software and is a solid option for users wanting to install a new browser on Fedora. It is based on the Chromium engine and offers a modern interface with its famous Turbo mode and renowned battery-saving mode, which are the best among all known web browsers by quite a margin. Also, one of the other popular features of the Opera browser is the VPN which is a big plus for users wanting an all-in-one solution for easier management.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Opera Browser on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux workstation desktop with optional branches stable, beta, or the nightly development version using the command line terminal with tips on maintaining and removing the browsers if required. Towards the end of the tutorial, I have also included a fix for users that cannot install their native language on the Opera browser, which works for all builds.

      • Linux NightlyUsing apt Command on Ubuntu and Debian – Linux Nightly

        apt (Advanced Package Tool) is the default package manager used on Ubuntu, Debian, and all other Debian-based Linux distributions. It’s the go-to method for installing packages from repository, and can also install a local DEB file. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the apt command for package management on Ubuntu and Debian Linux systems.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GIMP on Fedora 37/36/35

        GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a versatile open-source program that can be used for many different purposes. Its primary function is graphic design, but it is also capable of transcoding between various image formats, free-form drawing, and more specialized tasks.

      • UNIX CopHow to install and use Chrony on Rocky Linux 9 / CentOS 9 Stream

        In this post, you will learn how to install and use Chrony on Rocky Linux 9 / CentOS 9 Stream. So, you can use it to synchronize your server time with other NTP servers.

        In very few words, chrony is an implementation of NTP that allows us to synchronize the time of our server with another server dedicated to it using the mentioned protocol.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install TeamViewer on Fedora 37/36/35

        TeamViewer is a versatile remote connectivity platform that provides access to devices all around the globe. It can be used for online meetings, file sharing between different computers, and remotely controlling instrumentation such as robots or industrial machinery.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LibreWolf Browser on Fedora 37/36/35 – LinuxCapable

        LibreWolf is a popular Firefox web browser fork that focuses on privacy and security, which is a viable option to switch to for Fedora users unhappy with Firefox on Fedora Linux. One of the critical features of LibreWolf is the elimination of telemetry, which can be used to track your online activity and personal information. LibreWolf also includes increased protection against tracking and fingerprinting techniques and security improvements. The team behind LibreWolf is committed to providing a safe and secure browsing experience for all users.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install LibreWolf Browser on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux. The tutorial will go over importing the official repository and gpg key and installing the browser using cli on the command line terminal, and how you would update and remove the browser.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Sendmail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Sendmail is an opensource Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) which is used to route emails using a server or by using shell commands. It includes SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) for mail-transfer and email delivery. Most of the system administrators preferred to use the Sendmail server as MTA over other MTAs. You can also use the Sendmail server to send email via external SMTP servers like Gmail, Amazon SES, MailChimp, etc.

        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 Sendmail 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.

      • DebugPointHow to Install Java 17 in Ubuntu 22.04, 22.10, Linux Mint 21

        A quick guide on how to install the latest Java 17 in Ubuntu 22.04, 22.10 and Linux Mint 21.x.

        A while back, Oracle announced the release of Java 17, the LTS version of this widely used programming language. This release gets support for 8-years, which includes security and performance updates and, of course, bug fixes. Java 17 is officially supported until 2029.

        Although this guide tested for ongoing supported Ubuntu and Linux Mint releases, however, should be applicable for other Debian-based distributions in the coming days. Because the PPA that is used in this guide is periodically updated to meet the needs for past and future releases.

        Installing Java 17 is not that straightforward without a PPA. Because it’s a licensed product, you don’t get it in the Ubuntu official repo. There are other alternatives to Oracle Java, such as OpenJDK, which is easier to install. But they lack certain functionalities due to terms and conditions from Oracle and may not be suitable for your needs.

      • Install HPLIP 3.22.10 on Ubuntu / RHEL / LinuxMint – Tips On Unix

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install HPLIP 3.22.10 on Ubuntu 22.04, RHEL 9, Linux Mint 21, Suse 15.4, and Mx Linux 21.2.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WINE Project (Official)WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.21 is now available.

        The Wine development release 7.21 is now available.

        What’s new in this release:
        – OpenGL library converted to PE.
        – Support for multi-architecture PE builds.
        – More preparation work for Vulkan 32-on-64 support.
        – Support for creating import libraries without dlltool.
        – Locale data updates.
        – Various bug fixes.

        The source is available at:


        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:


        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation

        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Volker KrausePush Notifications for KDE

          Push notifications are a mechanism to support applications that occasionally need to receive some kind of information from their server-side part, and where receiving in a timely manner matters. Chat applications or weather and emergency alerts would be examples for that.

          Technically applications can achieve this by keeping a long living network connections to their respective server. This is however neither efficient nor robust, especially on resource-constrained or battery powered devices. Each additional network connection costs energy to be kept alive, and all this only works as long as the application is actually running, which conflicts with aggressive suspending of (background) applications to conserve resources.

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: better environment variable support – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          KMenuEdit and the properties dialog now make it easy for you to set environment variables when opening your apps. This was always possible, but you had to know the secret special syntax (e.g. Exec=env FOO=1 kate); now the UI makes it easy and explicitly supported (Dashon Wells, Frameworks 5.101 and Plasma 5.27.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • First Release Candidate of Grml version 2022.11 available – Grml Blog

        We are proud to announce the first release candidate of the upcoming version 2022.11, code-named ‘MalGuckes’!

        This Grml release provides fresh software packages from Debian bookworm. As usual it also incorporates current hardware support and fixes known bugs from the previous Grml release.

        For detailed information about the changes between 2021.07 and 2022.11(-rc1) have a look at the official release announcement.

        Please test the ISOs and everything you usually use and rely on, and report back, so we can complete the stable release soon. If no major problems come up, the next iteration will be the stable release, which is scheduled for end of November 2022.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectFriday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-45 – Fedora Community Blog

        Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

      • Madeline Peck: 11/9/22 Weekly Update

        Last week the Community Design Team chose the second sketch I created to finalize for the blog post so I added two extra people to the design, and I lined and colored the visual in. Jess suggested the ‘Community Design Team’ text have a drop shadow like the ‘introducing the…’ box drop shadow.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuJoin us at UbuCon Asia in Seoul this November! | Ubuntu

        The UbuCon Asia organizers invite you to UbuCon Asia 2022 (November 26–27) in Seoul, in-person for the first time, where the autumn leaves are beautiful and ripe.

        UbuCon Asia is an event by Ubuntu Communities in Asia that brings together hundreds of Ubuntu users, developers, contributors, enthusiasts and many other interested people.

        It is a place to share experiences and discussion around Ubuntu, as well as being a festival that Ubuntu and other open source communities can enjoy.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • IOT cyber rule covering federal buyers about to take effect

        The law focuses on federal procurement, but officials across the government have been looking to harden cybersecurity for consumer IoT devices. Plans are afoot to develop a cyber labeling system “for products that meet U.S. government standards and are tested by vetted and approved entities” according to a White House fact sheet published last month.

      • Harrison SandReverse engineering an EV charger

        Electric vehicles have become quite common over the past few years. Here in Norway, they make up over half of all new car sales. The chargers that support EVs have effectively become critical infrastructure that we rely on for everyday life. At the same time, the publicly available information about how they work is limited.

        Out of curiosity we decided to purchase the Zaptec Pro. This model was intended for larger, networked installations like parking lots and apartment buildings. The Zaptec Pro was among the most prevalent chargers on Norwegian roads at the time this post was written.

      • Linux Gizmos$60.00 Orange Pi 5 SBC available for pre-order

        A few days ago, Orange Pi announced their new Single Board Computer based on the Octa-core Rockchip RK3588S SoC. Starting at $60, the new Orange Pi 5 includes up to 32GB RAM, [email protected] 60fps display support, one M.2 module for NVMe SSD.

        The new Orange Pi 5 implements the 8nm Rockchip RK3588S seen in other recently launched SBCs (i.e. NanoPi R6S, Khadas Edge2).

      • CNX SoftwareNanoPi R6S Review – Part 1: Unboxing, Teardown, OpenWrt 22.03, and iperf3

        NanoPi R6S is a Rockchip RK3588S powered device that can not only work as a router with two 2.5GbE ports, but also as a mini PC with HDMI and USB ports, and an Edge AI computer thanks to the 6 TOPS NPU found in the processor.

        FriendlyElec has just sent me two samples of the NanoPi R6S for review. Today, I’ll start with an unboxing, a teardown, and install OpenWrt 22.03 to run some iperf3 benchmarks. I’ll try other features with either Debian or Ubuntu Desktop in a few weeks.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • RIT Rachana – MeeraNew fonts version 1.4 released – Soliloquies

      The Malayalam serif font RIT Rachana and its sans-serif counterpart MeeraNew have enjoyed a wide array of improvements in the past months; and are available now for download and use.


      … kerning improvements and many more tweaks and fine tuning. As usual, both typefaces are free & open source software, available at Rachana website. They will be available shortly in Fedora 36 & 37 as an update.

    • EuractiveMastodon: What is the social network hailed as a Twitter alternative?

      While Mastodon is busier than ever before, it still has few of the big names from politics and showbiz that have made Twitter an addictive online home for journalists in particular. Few know comic Jan Boehmermann – Germany’s answer to John Oliver – outside his country, but climate activist Greta Thunberg is globally known.

      For Rochko, the project’s only full-time employee, programming at his home in a small town in eastern Germany for a modest 2,400 euro monthly salary, the work continues.

    • Why Mastodon Search Seems So Unclear

      Explaining the cultural dynamics that have led Mastodon to have a search engine that barely works by traditional standards.

    • WiredTwitter Users Have Caused a Mastodon Meltdown

      As Twitter has a public meltdown, Mastodon is having a quieter one. Its decentralized nature appeals to those who hate Musk’s unilateral control over Twitter, but that key feature is also working against it—Mastodon was not prepared to host millions of people in a short span of time. Some of the most popular servers that feed users into the network are overloaded with the fury of new activity, and volunteer administrators of the more than 4,000 instances, or servers, cannot keep up with new user requests to join and the volume of posts. Plus, new users are hitting a steep learning curve.

      “What the platform owners and the instance administrators need to make sure is, it’s somehow sustainable,” says Aravindh Raman, an internet measurements researcher with the telecommunications company Telefónica who has studied Mastodon.

    • ReasonAutomatic Feed to Mastodon

      Our Twitter and Facebook feeds, however, are automatically delivered from our RSS (using dlvr.it)—if we had to manually post each item, we’d constantly forget or err. Do any of you know whether it’s possible to easily set up an automatic feed to a Mastodon account? Thanks!

    • Raspberry PiAn escape pod was jettisoned during the fighting

      Mastodon is an open-sourced Twitter alternative running as part of something called “the Fediverse.” Unlike platforms like Twitter or Facebook, Mastodon is federated. That means it’s decentralised. There isn’t just one central site where you can go and sign up, like you do for Twitter; instead there are lots of sites all of which talk to each other using a protocol called ActivityPub.

      You can sign up to any Mastodon site — which are called instances — and you can follow folks who are on your own, or on any other, instance which is part of the fediverse. Instances all talk to each other, so which instance you’re on doesn’t generally make much of a difference to who you can follow, or who can follow you.

      However, your instance is your “local community.” The instance you join could be for you and your friends, or it could be about what you do in your spare time, or for work. For instance, there are communities built around special interest groups like open-source software or cyber security, and geographical ones, like Scotland.

    • Events

      • PowerDNS
        FOSDEM 2023 DNS Developer Room Call for Participation

        Hello DNS enthusiasts and other developers,

        After three earlier successful and packed DNS devrooms at FOSDEM 2018, 2019, and 2020, we are happy to announce a half-day DNS devroom at FOSDEM 2023.

        As with the previous events, we hope to host talks anywhere from hardcore protocol stuff, to practical sessions for programmers that are not directly involved with DNS but may have to deal with DNS in their day to day coding or system administrators responsible for DNS infrastructure.

    • GNU Projects

      • TalerTaler Systems SA is looking for investors

        To fund further development of GNU Taler, Taler Systems SA is still looking for investors. Our chief moral officer has recorded a special business pitch for those that are interested.

    • Programming/Development

      • Raspberry PiPi without borders

        As you may know, American English and British English have some differences. Not only in terms of just outright different words, but also in how they’re used – Matt Richardson, Community Engagement Manager at Raspberry Pi, informs us that, for robots that are remote-controlled and not autonomous, it’s much more proper to call them rovers in the US. Which makes sense!

        While visiting Maker Faire Tokyo a few years back, the style of projects on display was very different than those in the UK or US. Here, folks’ creativity was on show, with weird and wonderful robots and contraptions that wouldn’t look out of place in a Rube Goldberg machine. In comparison, Westerners seemed to be making stuff with practicality and usefulness in mind.

        Neither way is better, however it would be cool to see people here experiment with more artistic projects just for the fun of it.

      • A GC-Friendly Go Interning Cache

        I’ve seen a little gem pass by in a Go cryptography code review and I want to share it because I think it’s a pattern that can be reused.

        Let’s start with a problem statement: crypto/x509 Certificate values take a bunch of memory, and for every open TLS connection you end up with a copy of the leaf and intermediate certificate, and sometimes of the root too.[1] That’s kind of a waste of memory, a big one if you open a lot of connections to the same endpoint or to endpoints that use the same roots.

      • Which Gender is associated with this Name? R to the R-escue! – Learning Machines

        When addressing somebody unknown to you with an uncommon name e.g. in an email you might not know whether this person is male or female. In this post, we make it a little fun project to let R help us with that, so read on!

        Of course, R cannot figure out the gender just by looking at the names, we need some data! A very impressive dataset can be found here: Gender by Name Data Set.

      • Dirichlet Regression with PyMC | Joshua Cook

        Below, I provide a simple example of a Dirichlet regression in PyMC. This form of generalized linear model is appropriate when modeling proportions of multiple groups, that is, when modeling a collection of positive values that must sum to a constant. Some common examples include ratios and percentages.

        For this example, I used a simplified case that was the original impetus for me looking in this form of model. I have measured a protein’s expression in two groups, a control and experimental, across $10$ tissues. I have measured the expression in $6$ replicates for each condition across all $10$ tissues. Therefore, I have $10 \times 6 \times 2$ measurements. The values are all greater than or equal to $0$ (i.e. 0 or positive) and the sum of the values for each replicate sum to $1$.

        I want to know if the expression of the protein is different between control and experiment in each tissue.

      • Building a TidyModels classification model from scratch and deploying with Vetiver – Hutsons-hacks

        The awesome TidyModels team have been working hard to populate the tidymodels package and make it even easier to get your foot in the door when it comes to development of models in R.

        I have been planning this workshop for a long time with my good old colleagues at the NHS-R Community, and we thought it apt to do this workshop in the run up to the awesome NHS-R Conference 2022, which sadly I cannot make this year due to work commitments.

      • Python

        • Trie in Python

          A post about Haskell vs. Python readability came onto my radar the other day. It compares the implementation of a trie structure, and after looking upon the Python version I wanted to make my own attempt. I didn’t make it to necessarily compare or “battle” against the other solutions, it’s more of an exercise in the vein of “how would I do it”.

        • OpenSource.comLearn Python: 7 of my favorite resources

          I made a decision recently that I wanted to learn more Python so I could improve my instructional skills and broaden the horizons of my students. In the process, I have discovered these excellent resources that have me learning new code and improving my understanding of Python in general.

      • Java

        • NetflixSeeing through hardware counters: a journey to threefold performance increase

          We tend to think of modern JVMs as highly optimized runtime environments, in many cases rivaling more “performance-oriented” languages like C++. While it holds true for the majority of workloads, we were reminded that performance of certain workloads running within JVMs can be affected not only by the design and implementation of the application code, but also by the implementation of the JVM itself. In this blogpost we described how we were able to leverage PMCs in order to find a bottleneck in the JVM’s native code, patch it, and subsequently realize better than a threefold increase in throughput for the workload in question. When it comes to this class of performance issues, the ability to introspect the execution at the level of CPU microarchitecture proved to be the only solution. Intel vTune provides valuable insight even with the core set of PMCs, such as those exposed by m5.12xl instance type. Exposing a more comprehensive set of PMCs along with PEBS across all instance types and sizes in the cloud environment would pave the way for deeper performance analysis and potentially even larger performance gains.

  • Leftovers

    • TediumNo Batteries Required: Why the Bike Messenger Persists

      Discrimination is, unfortunately, about as old as human civilization. Of the grotesque flavors of discrimination developed by humans over the millenia, employment discrimination is especially strange. Certain jobs that are clearly necessary for society to function, or at least jobs that people value, are worked by those society values least. Hard labor jobs, like ditch digging or working in commercial laundries, have often been performed by those viewed as having no other value, even if what they do is vital. Of course, little has changed in the 21st century. Society still venerates doctors and corporate executives while continuing to undervalue construction workers and cleaners. But there is a job that appeals to a certain type of person that craves freedom and unique experiences, though it is an endangered profession. Today’s Tedium is offering a sequel of sorts to our September piece on e-bike delivery drivers by looking at their artisanal colleagues that use leg power to deliver goods. Oh, and we get to check out one of the wildest competitions out there. Buckle up, you know, metaphorically anyways.

    • Chris HannahApp Bankruptcy

      I wrote recently about the way I use my phone, and how I have over a hundred apps but rarely use most of them. It would be interesting to see what a more refined phone setup would look like.

    • Terence EdenCheers is Hell – Terence Eden’s Blog

      After spending 2020 watching every episode of Frasier, we thought we’d binge watch its predecessor sitcom “Cheers”.

      It’s a tough watch.

      It obeys all the familiar tropes of a sitcom – a static location, characters drawn in broad strokes, and whacky banter. On paper, it’s great. But on screen…

    • Hardware

      • Didier StevensQuickpost: Testing A USB Fridge (Update)

        Here is how the temperature evolved when I put a can with cold water (around 12° C) in the USB fridge: [...]

      • The future of manufacturing—and why manufacturing is the future

        [...] In The Titanium Economy, North America managing partner Asutosh Padhi, Gaurav Batra, and Nick Santhanam examined more than 80 industrial technology companies and identified the 35 leading the American economy into a new era of sustainable, inclusive growth. Hear more from the authors below, and learn why the sector could boost US GDP by $275 billion to $460 billion while adding up to 1.5 million jobs.

    • Proprietary

      • [Old] Computer WorldMicrosoft: Word 2007 crashes aren’t a bug, they’re a feature

        When asked to clarify that statement, she acknowledged Microsoft won’t classify the flaws as security problems. Rather, the behavior of Word 2007 is a feature, not a bug. “In fact, the behavior observed in Microsoft Word 2007 in this instance is a by-design behavior that improves security and stability by exiting Microsoft Word when it has run out of options to try and reliably display a malformed Word document,” the spokeswoman said.

      • [Old] The threat of ransomware [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Cybercrime takes many forms, including identity crime, computer [cracking], phishing, botnet activity, computer-facilitated crime, and cyber intrusion directed at private and national infrastructure. However, in 2021, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) labelled ransomware as the most serious of the cybercrime threats to Australia due to its high financial impact and other disruptive impacts to victims and the broader community (p. 16).

        Ransomware is malicious software used by threat actors to look for vulnerabilities in the IT systems of individuals or organisations and deny them access to their files or devices (by locking up, encrypting or exfiltrating data) until a ransom is paid. If a ransom demand is not met within the designated timeframe, then the threat actors may sell, publish or delete the exfiltrated data. This makes the threat of ransomware attacks both a national security and personal privacy issue.

        The Morrison Government introduced a number of policy and law reform initiatives during the latter part of the 46th Parliament, some of which lapsed on prorogation. The Albanese Government’s appointment of the first dedicated Minister for Cyber Security, and its commitment to a ransomware strategy while in Opposition, suggest that this issue may again be on the agenda in the early months of the new Parliament.

      • CNNAustralia blames cyber criminals in Russia for Medibank data breach

        Cyber criminals in Russia are behind a ransomware attack on one of Australia’s largest private health insurers that’s seen sensitive personal data published to the dark web [sic], the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said Friday.

        In a short press conference, AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw told reporters investigators know the identity of the individuals responsible for the attack on health insurer Medibank, but he declined to name them.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Site36Five federal states: German interception centre further delayed

          The wiretapping centre planned in Leipzig by five German states will be delayed for at least another two years. This was reported by Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) in the run-up to last week’s meeting of the East German interior ministries in Erfurt. According to MDR information, the current status of the €15 million project will be presented there. As a central service provider, it is to take over telecommunications surveillance tasks for police forces and secret services.

          The facility trades as the Joint Competence and Service Centre (GKDZ). The states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia want to bundle their telecommunications surveillance there. The plans for this date back to 2015, since then the project has been delayed again and again. Most recently, it was said that operations could begin in 2021.

        • [Repeat] Bruce SchneierNSA Over-surveillance

          Given all we learned from Edward Snowden, this feels like a minor coda. There’s nothing really interesting in the IG document, which is heavily redacted.

        • The Washington PostMysterious company with government ties plays key [Internet] role

          Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, nonprofit Firefox and others allow the company, TrustCor Systems, to act as what’s known as a root certificate authority, a powerful spot in the internet’s infrastructure that guarantees websites are not fake, guiding users to them seamlessly.

          The company’s Panamanian registration records show that it has the identical slate of officers, agents and partners as a spyware maker identified this year as an affiliate of Arizona-based Packet Forensics, which public contracting records and company documents show has sold communication interception services to U.S. government agencies for more than a decade.

        • BloombergNSA Watchdog Concluded One Analyst’s Surveillance Project Went Too Far

          An investigation into the matter, which hasn’t been previously reported, found that the analyst “acted with reckless disregard” and violated numerous rules and possibly the law, according to a 2016 report by the NSA’s Office of Inspector General. The agency released the report in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

        • [Old] Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write

          A spokesman for the company confirmed that it scans messages to filter out spam and phishing websites. This explanation does not appear to fit the facts, however. Spam and phishing sites are not usually found on HTTPS pages. By contrast, Skype leaves the more commonly affected HTTP URLs, containing no information on ownership, untouched. Skype also sends head requests which merely fetches administrative information relating to the server. To check a site for spam or phishing, Skype would need to examine its content.

        • [Old]
          Microsoft gave NSA’s PRISM access to Skype, Outlook.com and SkyDrive

          The report is based on further documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who previously worked for the NSA. These appear to show that the PRISM surveillance programme provided the authorities with access to emails sent using Microsoft’s Hotmail, Live and Outlook.com services before the emails were encrypted. Microsoft is also reported to have worked with the FBI to make it easier for the organisation to access data stored on its SkyDrive online storage service. According to the Guardian, the FBI acted as the interface between the security services operating PRISM and IT companies. The NSA documents state that PRISM’s extended data collection capabilities were the result of collaboration between the FBI and Microsoft.

        • CoryDoctorowApple’s business model made Chinese oppression inevitable

          Apple plays a key ongoing role in Chinese state surveillance and oppression. Like most tech giants, Apple depends on access to low-waged Chinese factory workers with weak labor protections to hold down the wage bill for its manufacturing.

          Apple also relies on selling phones and computers and services to the titanic Chinese middle class, a category that’s loose enough that estimates of its size range from 350m to 700m – but even the lower figure is larger than the entire US population.

          Apple’s dual reliance on poor Chinese workers and rich Chinese consumers gives the Chinese state enormous leverage over the company. The Chinese government can order Apple to participate in its digital surveillance and dissent-suppression efforts and threaten the company with the loss of revenues and manufacturing if it balks.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • teleSURTerrorism Is Intensifying Across Africa, UN Warns

        Meanwhile, terrorists, non-state armed groups and criminal networks often pursue different agendas and strategies, fueled by smuggling, human trafficking, and other methods of illicit financing – sometimes impersonating legitimate armed forces.

      • ABCPolice officer killed in suspected Brussels terror attack

        The newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reported the suspect had gone to a police station Thursday morning warning that he would kill an officer. The ACV police trade union said in a Facebook post that it had information a person had gone to police earlier in the day threatening an attack. It added that the judicial authorities did not arrest him.

      • Site36Military and secret services: EU gears up for cyber attacks

        The European Union is to strengthen its cyber defence capabilities, including the development of „active defence capabilities“. These are then to be deployed jointly in the event of a digital attack on a member state. This is according to a communication on the „EU Policy on Cyber Defence“ issued by EU Foreign Affairs and Security Commissioner Josep Borrell and the Commission on Wednesday. The justification given is the „deteriorating security environment“ following the Russian attack on Ukraine. The EU, its citizens and infrastructures need to be strengthened against a growing number of cyber attacks, the document says. Examples are attacks on energy networks, transport infrastructures and space assets.

      • MedforthMan yells in subway U8 in Berlin: “Allahu Akbar” and “I’ll kill all Germans”

        According to police, the as yet unknown man shouted his threat loudly and repeatedly in an underground train on the U8 line at around 11 am on February 19, 2022. The police are now searching for him in public for disturbing the public peace by threatening to commit a crime.

      • MedforthFrance: A high school is subjected to repeated and coordinated Islamist “destabilisation” attempts, intelligence warns – teacher threatened by Chechen pupil. “She will see what Allah does with such a woman”

        Even more disturbing, two sources from the Ministry of Education confirmed without further details that a teacher had been videotaped without her knowledge. According to a police source, a Chechen student who was caught putting her headscarf back on in class allegedly told her teacher, who called her to order, that she was a “racist”. She then gave her a speech saying “you will see what you will experience here”, referring to her father and brother. “The conversation was recorded by the student and circulated via TikTok,” our police source reported. At the end, she makes statements like “she will see what Allah will do to her”.” (…)

    • Environment

      • New York TimesCan Germans Save Their Beloved Rhine?

        For Germany, that debate has already begun in earnest as higher temperatures and longer droughts have taken an increasing toll on its economy by making already difficult natural bottlenecks on the Rhine practically unnavigable more often and for longer stretches of time.

        The challenge of the riverbed “optimization” project, as it is known, is to deepen the river at those critical points — without causing unwanted side effects.

      • Common DreamsBiden COP27 Pledges Called a ‘Band-Aid on Damage That Threatens Our Collective Future’

        Campaigners pushed back Friday after U.S. President Joe Biden touted his administration’s “bold agenda” to tackle the climate emergency during a speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt.

        “Disturbingly, Biden was silent on loss and damage, the most critical issue at COP27.”

      • Energy

        • David RosenthalNo Actual People Were Harmed In The Making Of This Market

          The modus operandi of the crypto-bros in responding to criticism and calls for regulation is to talk about “innovation” and gaslighting about hypothetical future benefits, to deflect attention from the actual current costs of their favorite technology (see also autonomous vehicles). Below the fold I point out an egregious example of the genre.

          What we see as I write this is that the anti-regulation forces (Binance) have destroyed the pro-minimal-regulation forces (FTX): [...]

        • Democracy Now“Carbon Billionaires”: Oxfam Calls for Taxing Rich Who Profit from Emissions Fueling Climate Crisis

          A new Oxfam analysis finds the investments of the world’s richest people are emitting 3 million tons a year — more than a million times the average person’s output. The report, titled “Carbon Billionaires,” suggests a wealth tax could help fund urgent climate action in developing countries. The analysis shows “how much power and control a few people have over our economic system and, beyond that, our way of life, our survival as humanity,” says Ashfaq Khalfan, climate justice director at Oxfam America. Khalfan also responds to U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s new carbon offset proposal, which he calls a “distraction” that will delay action on public financing of climate action.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • uni StanfordMonterey Bay experts say area’s ecological restoration is cause for hope

          Stanford professors and experts on Monterey Bay shared insights into Monterey’s ecological collapse and recovery and emphasized the importance of ecological restoration at a Wednesday event hosted by the Woods Institute for the Environment, a branch of the Doerr School of Sustainability.

          Dutch photographer Frans Lanting and writer Chris Eckstrom kickstarted the event by sharing insights on the biodiversity and history of Monterey Bay, based on their recently published book “Bay of Life: From Wind to Whales.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Interior unveils $1B cloud solicitation

        Proposals for the Cloud Hosting Service III contract are due to Interior by Dec. 19. Companies have until Nov. 18 to submit questions and Interior will post the answers “on or about” Dec. 5, the department said in a Sam.gov notice Tuesday.

      • ReasonReports of Facebook’s Immortality Are Greatly Exaggerated

        Critics have said for years that Facebook is a monopoly that can only be killed by federal regulation. Meanwhile, the platform bleeds users, its stock price is plummeting, and it just announced its first-ever round of layoffs.

      • The AtlanticThe Age of Social Media Is Ending: It never should have begun.
      • ME ForumMove Over, Ilhan Omar; Minnesota Republicans Pander to Somali Islamists

        Since then, Republicans have doubled down on their outreach efforts. On September 24, the Minnesota GOP held a Somali Republican Dinner at the Doubletree hotel in Minneapolis. Attendees, who heard speeches from party notables such as state auditor candidate Ryan Wilson and Minnesota GOP Chairman David Hahn, celebrated months of unprecedented collaboration between Somali Muslims and the Republican Party.

      • Michael West MediaAn industrial-strength slap for a pet Labor project – Michael West

        It’s no mystery why Labor wants its industrial relations changes to pass before parliament adjourns on December 1.
        Even though union influence has withered, the party of the worker has always wanted to put its stamp on the system early in its term.
        Under Gough Whitlam, the public service became the pacesetter of wage rises. The rampant inflation and resulting unemployment of the 1970s led to a more cautious approach when Labor returned to government in 1983 under Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. Labor enacted an innovative structure known as the Prices and Incomes Accord to lessen strikes and to fight inflation. Under the Accord, wage claims were moderated because of the provision of the ”social wage”, which including improved government benefits.
        And with the rise of Kevin Rudd in 2007 came the abolition of John Howard’s WorkChoices.
        Now Labor is edging the IR system back towards industry-wide bargaining, a substantial modification of the system brought in by Keating. But many employers remain opposed to a return to anything resembling pattern bargaining, where one wage award sets a trend for other workers in the same industry.

      • Inside the Twitter meltdown

        On Wednesday morning, amid mounting concerns from advertisers that the new Twitter would not prove to be a safe home for brands, Elon Musk held an hour-long Spaces call designed to reassure them.

        Joining Musk on the call were his head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth, a seven-year veteran of the company who had served as a steady hand during a tumultuous transition; and Robin Wheeler, the company’s de facto head of sales, who had spent a decade selling ads for the company across several key roles.

        On the call Musk performed his usual routine, offering a scattershot set of product announcements that were almost certainly news to the people who would soon be called upon to build them. Soon the timeline would comprise mostly tweets from paid subscribers, he said, with the rest relegated to a zone comparable to Gmail’s spam filter. The site would soon enable … longer video downloads?

      • Michael West MediaRebooting a nation: how Gough Whitlam crafted the Australia of 2022 – Michael West

        Gough Whitlam made his election policy launch 50 years ago, but it reads today as an address to the Australians of 2022. Mark Sawyer looks at the enduring changes and the enduring challenges wrought by the reforming Labor leader.

        Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of a historic day in Australian life. Gough Whitlam delivered Labor’s policy speech for the 1972 federal election at the Blacktown Civic Centre in Sydney’s west on November 13, 1972.
        The speech is rightly remembered as one of the greatest in the nation’s history.

        ”Men and women of Australia!” it began, the same ringing declaration harnessed by wartime Labor prime minister John Curtin in 1943.

      • Counter PunchThe Case for the Trumpers’ Angst

        There is no justification for the racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry that Trump has cultivated since he entered politics. But there is a reason why it suddenly has so much appeal, and it’s not just that a Black guy (who many of them voted for) became president. I will again make the case here.

        Let’s Imagine a World Where the More Educated Screwed the Less-Educated

      • Counter PunchThe Most Toxic Place in America: An Interview with Joshua Frank

        Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America is now available in the CounterPunch Store.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | If You Care About Democracy in Brazil, Remain on Guard About US Policy

        The Brazilian people have voted a monster out of the presidency, and now have a chance to restore the democracy that they had lost. Bolsonaro mismanaged the pandemic, spreading massive COVID misinformation that contributed to Brazil’s death toll of more than 600,000 people. Deforestation of the Amazon accelerated: the amount deforested in 2021 was over 70 percent more than when he took office in 2018. He also praised and defended Brazil’s past military dictatorship and said they didn’t kill enough people. Like Trump, Bolsonaro threatened to reject the election results if he lost.

      • Democracy NowDelia Ramirez: Illinois Elects First Latina Congressmember; Ran on Medicare for All, Immigration Reform

        We speak with Congressmember-elect Delia Ramirez, who won her election for Illinois’s newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District Tuesday, making her the first Latina elected to Congress from Illinois. Ramirez is a progressive Democratic state representative who is the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants and the wife of a DACA recipient. She campaigned on expanding healthcare and housing access for working people, as well as passing the DREAM Act. “I represent an electorate that is growing — an electorate that expects us to deliver to all people and put the politics to the side and make working families a priority,” says Ramirez. “We understand the importance of multicultural coalition building for all working people.”

      • Counter PunchTwelve Takes on the Mid-Terms

        But the mid-term elections were hard to avoid, and I naturally paid attention to the news and commentary regarding them.

        Here are my top twelve takes on the whole mess…

      • Democracy NowRanked-Choice Voting Backed in Midterm Ballot Measures, May Help “Crash-Proofing Our Democracy”

        Voters in Nevada and a handful of cities across the United States appear poised to expand the use of ranked-choice voting in the aftermath of Tuesday’s midterm elections. The election method allows voters to select multiple candidates in descending order of preference. It is used in many other countries, and supporters say it can reduce polarization and give more voice to independent voters. “The forces for ranked-choice voting are people who really care about our democracy,” says George Cheung, director of More Equitable Democracy, who says ranked-choice voting “allows for truer representation of who we are as a community.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Michael West MediaSeven boss Kerry Stokes defends bankrolling Roberts-Smith in spray against ’scumbag’ journalists – Michael West

        Why is billionaire Kerry Stokes funding the media defamation action of Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith against Nine Newspapers? He gave the reason to Callum Foote, directly and in person at today’s Seven annual meeting.

        “Ben Roberts-Smith is innocent, deserves legal representation and that it’s scumbag journalists who should be held to account and quote me on that”. That was Kerry Stokes immediately after the Seven West AGM held in Seven’s offices in Eveleigh this morning.

        Attending the Seven West annual general meeting (AGM), held in one of Seven’s labyrinthine sound stages, MWM was able to ask the chairman and majority shareholder Stokes and the board of the company questions directly. MWM was the only one present to ask questions, attending as a proxy shareholder, with the meeting being broadcast on Seven’s website.

      • Counter PunchOur Last Chance

        This isn’t to say the prognosis is all bad, in fact, the good news is the number of donations we have received thus far is higher than last year, which was a record year for us.

        Nonetheless, average donation amounts are down considerably, which is why we haven’t reached our goal.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • BBCWorld Cup 2022: How has Qatar treated foreign workers?

        In February 2021, the Guardian said 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had died in Qatar since it won its World Cup bid.

        The number is based on figures provided by the countries’ embassies in Qatar.

      • Dawn MediaWomen stopped from entering amusement parks in Afghan capital

        Afghan women were stopped from entering amusement parks in Kabul on Wednesday after the Taliban’s morality ministry said there would be restrictions on women being able to access public parks.

      • BBCTaraneh Alidoosti: Top Iranian actress poses without headscarf

        A top Iranian actress has posted an image of herself on Instagram without a headscarf to signal solidarity with anti-government demonstrations.

      • MEMRIClerics, Western Islamists Condemn Saudis For Celebrating Halloween, Accuse Saudi Government Of Reinstating Polytheism, Apostasy, And Altering Muslims’ Identity

        In reaction to recent scenes widely shared on social media showing thousands of young Saudi citizens celebrating the once-banned Halloween holiday in the capital city of Riyadh, Muslim clerics as well as Western Islamists harshly condemned the Saudis for taking part in a “paganist” holiday in the birthplace of Islam and accused the Saudi government of reinstating polytheism and apostasy in the Arabian Peninsula and of altering Muslims’ identity. Some Salafis who condemned those who celebrated the holiday agreed that it is impermissible to celebrate it while downplaying the reactions and accusing those who criticize the Saudi government of encouraging Saudis to rebel against their rulers. Some Saudi commentators responded that the outrage was exaggerated.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakCourt Dismisses AimJunkies’ Hacking Claims Against Bungie

          A federal court in Seattle has dismissed the hacking and DMCA circumvention claims filed by AimJunkies against game developer Bungie. The cheat seller filed the claim in a retaliatory move after it was sued for copyright infringement relating to Destiny 2 hacks. The order is a clear win for Bungie, but the legal dispute is not over yet.

        • Torrent FreakPirate IPTV Raids Ongoing in Italy as Police Hit 900K Member Network

          Italy’s Polizia Di Stato reports that a huge operation targeting an IPTV piracy network is still ongoing after being launched nationwide overnight. The currently unnamed network reportedly serves 900,000 users and reportedly generates millions of euros in monthly profits. Video seems to confirm a raid on a location where Sky content was being captured for illegal redistribution.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Politics

      • Being the Enemy

        I was reading a book about D&D and the book mentioned some of the racism that was foundational in some of the game’s structures. You’re part of “the civilization” carving your way through the lands of “the savages”, looting as much you can carry. It’s pretty messed up, and given all the more horrific realization when considering Gygax’ twisted view on, for example, the Sand Creek massacre.

    • Technical

      • Where Are All the Good Private Chat Options?

        With Signal announcing their intent to drop support for SMS in their Android app[1], a decent chunk of users are discussing possibly dropping it when that happens. I’d love to see everyone pivot to something more decentralized, but that doesn’t seem to be the goal. Many came to Signal because the SMS support made it seamless to pick up and use. They were never really willing to put any effort into using something like Signal, but if they could just install an app and and call it a job well done, that was easy enough. Barely.


        They’ll use just about anything with no concern for privacy implications (obviously, or they wouldn’t so easily fall back to SMS), so from their perspective, it only needs to be easy to use with minimal set up for individual users. We’ve got people connecting from multiple devices on a variety of OS’s, so we’ve got people using Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS, and all cases will need a viable client. I and a couple others, however, would prefer something more private, where our data isn’t collected or, at least, any collection is minimized. End-to-end encryption should be a requirement, then, and metadata should be protected to whatever extent is reasonable to achieve without an oversized commitment, which means it would be best to avoid a centralized service. I’m perfectly willing to set up a server for something if need be, but I am intrigued by more fully peer-to-peer options.


        The Tox protocol[7] is peer-to-peer, so no servers, and it uses Tor at least to find friends for intial connections, but I think connections are direct afterwards. Also has clients for a variety of platforms, and there seems to be some variety in choices for clients. Lack of support for multiple devices is problematic, though. Lack of offline messaging is also a bit problematic. Possibly usable, but it’s still experimental, and it seems a little rough around the edges for some of my less tech-oriented friends.

      • Houston, we have a VPS problem

        Everyone in the house went to sleep early and it was raining out so I couldn’t get on my radio. With that free time I could either level up in the MUD I play on sporadically or I could move my FreeBSD VPS from 12 to 13. The VPS was at the point where it was all working but anything new I wanted to do on it would require an upgrade and the LTS on that build was up. So I opted for the less fun choice and started the upgrade process.

      • Science

        • Star Log 2022-11-11 Morning (Fairbanks, AK, US)

          I had seen a dip in cloud cover forecasted for the morning hours, so I got up about 3am AKST and went outside with the AZ60-M (60mm refractor). There were a few (altocumulus?) clouds moving through, and a wispy cirrus cloud, but at least 2/3rds of the sky was unobscured, so I gave it a try.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Gatekeeping Gemini

          There has been lots of discussion on Gemini lately on ‘gatekeeping’ Gemini. Worse, this term is tossed around as if it were a bad thing, a bug. It is not. In Gemini and in the broader world, gatekeeping is a feature not a bug. There are exceptions, for sure, like in most concepts.

          Still with me after that one? Then let’s dig in, my open-minded friend.


          To be fair, intelligence is not equal to tech skills and vice versa. So this approach does ensure Gemini content stays tech-centric. I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing more non-tech content. With that thought, maybe a high barrier but not necessarily a highly technical barrier would be best?

          By way of contrast, a lower barrier would just bring a deluge of migrants, radically shifting the cultural landscape, alienating and ultimately supplanting those who contributed to it in the first place. This will lead to less of all of the above, except decentralization.

          Do we really want the general public invading, bringing along their web-centric culture? Isn’t that what Gemini is trying to get away from? Now if the newcomers assimilated into Gemini’s thoughtful longform essay culture, then I’d welcome them. Would they, though? Meh, maybe? Gemini isn’t exactly extensible, therefore comparing to other influx-laden scenarios of the day may be apples-to-oranges; perhaps those who prefer the web would simply return to it? Nonetheless, it should be considered.

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

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