Links 17/11/2022: Red Hat Satellite 6.12 and Twitter’s Two-Factor Authentication Breaks Down

Posted in News Roundup at 6:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Server

      • Make Use OfWhat Is a Linux Hypervisor and What Does It Do?

        Virtualization is a neat way of experimenting with different operating systems. Generally, software like VirtualBox or VMware is used to set up and use virtual machines. But what exactly is VirtualBox or VMware? Well, they are hypervisors.

        Hypervisors are software that you can use to create and run virtual machines. So, what is a Linux hypervisor? What are its features, and how is it different from Windows hypervisors?

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • It’s FOSSAuthenticator: A Simple Open-Source App to Replace Authy on Linux

        Authy is a popular app for storing and managing two-factor codes. It is a cloud-based service that gives you convenience with industry-grade security. Unfortunately, it is not open-source.

        Would you consider using a more straightforward (and open-source) authenticator app on your Linux desktop?

        Well, of course, you cannot cloud sync here. But you can generate a backup for the two-factor authentication codes. Keeping that in mind, let me tell you more about Authenticator.

      • Ubuntu Pit10 Best Linux Educational Software for Your Kids

        The expense of getting an education is always high, no matter where you are in the world. If you want to use educational software, that cost will be even higher. You may have been searching online for the best educational software for your children or yourself. If you are using Linux, I can help you get a list of the best educational software for your needs. If you doubt that Linux has much to offer in terms of education, wait until you see this list.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • [GNOME] GNOME Files and custom file icons: setting a cute 2×2 image preview for photo albums

        Going further in my delight at belatedly discovering the “metadata::custom-icon” GVFS attribute used by Nautilus, I extended beyond just music album covers to write a script that did a fun 2×2 grid for photo album covers.

      • VideoHow to install Toontown Rewritten on Linux Mint 21 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Toontown Rewritten on Linux Mint 21.

      • ID RootHow To Install Eclipse Mosquitto on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Eclipse Mosquitto on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Mosquitto is an open-source message broker that uses the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) Protocol. It implements MQTT protocol versions 5.0, 3.1.1, and 3.1. And because of its low power consumption, it can be used on boards like Raspberry pi.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Eclipse Mosquitto 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 OpenOffice in Ubuntu

        Simple beginner’s guide on how to install Apache OpenOffice in Ubuntu Linux.

        OpenOffice, developed by Apache, is the oldest free and open-source office productivity suite which is currently under maintenance. No significant new features are being added. It has been forked as LibreOffice, which is more advanced and brings more features.

        However, many still try to use OpenOffice for various reasons & this tutorial is for those who want to install the OpenOffice suite in Ubuntu and other distros.

      • UNIX CopHow to install CMake on Rocky Linux 9 /CentOS 9 Stream

        In this post, you will learn how to install CMake on Rocky Linux 9 / CentOS 9 Stream. Let’s get started.

      • TechRepublicHow to set, change, and recover your MySQL root password

        Chances are you have MySQL running somewhere in your data center. If that’s the case, there might be a time when you need to set or change the root user password. This can happen when you’ve forgotten the password or when you’re looking to up your security game (remembering you set the original MySQL password to something far too simple).

        As you might expect, the process is handled entirely through the command line and works with either MySQL or MariaDB installations. The Linux distribution being used doesn’t matter as long as you have admin access by way of su or sudo.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install A Mega Night Funkin’ (Vs Mega Man) on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install A Mega Night Funkin’ (Vs Mega Man) on a Chromebook.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install and Dual Boot Linux on Your Mac

        Here’s how to install Linux on your Mac. You can try dual-booting Ubuntu, or replace macOS with Linux entirely!

        Whether you need a customizable operating system or a better environment for software development, you can get it by dual booting Linux on your Mac. Linux is incredibly versatile (it’s used to run everything from smartphones to supercomputers), and you can install it on a MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, or any other kind of Mac.

        Apple added Boot Camp to macOS to make it easy for people to dual boot Windows, but installing Linux is another matter entirely. Follow the steps below to learn how to do this.

      • VideoHow To Upgrade To Fedora 37 From Fedora 36. – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show ho upgrade to Fedora 37 from Fedora 36.

      • VideoHow to install Fedora 37. – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Fedora 37.

      • Network WorldWays to look at logged in users on Linux | Network World

        There are quite a few ways on Linux to get a list of the users logged into the system and see what they are doing. The commands described in this article all provide very useful information.

      • Video: awk delimiters

        I have published a new video on YouTube: Introduction to AWK Delimiters. Please subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so yet!

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Release of Box86 and Box64, with Better Compatibility of X86 and X86_64 Games on ARM Hardware!

        Good news! Box64 (and Box86) is getting another major update with its new 0.2 version. In this version the major new features…

      • CubicleNateSteamDeck | What Makes it Awesome for an openSUSE User – CubicleNate’s Techpad

        When it comes to my tech, I am reluctant to add anything that has the potential to become a technical liability that I cannot accommodate. I am also not interested in any tech that locks me into a cloud based ecosystem where my future with the technology is at the whims of some faceless corporation. As a consequence, I require a certain level of freedom with my tech. If some distant server shuts down, the software and hardware I have purchased should be largely unaffected, obviously with some caveats.

        Bottom Line Up Front: The SteamDeck is everything I ever wanted in a hand held console and more. I think it would have been a better experience built on openSUSE, mostly for my own gratification but despite the choice of using Arch Linux tools, Valve has done a wonderful job of making SteamOS top notch. This is, without a shred of hesitation, the finest gaming console I have ever purchased.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • DebugPointWindows is Testing a GNOME-like Dark Mode Switcher. Copy Again?

          A possible feature in the upcoming Windows update is under test, which features a dark mode switcher from the Windows tray.

          From the moment Windows 11 default look unveiled, it resembled mostly the major Linux desktop. Mostly a blend of KDE Plasma and GNOME. The start menu, taskbar, and desktop widgets – all remind us of the features of KDE Plasma and GNOME. Those features long existed in the Linux desktop world.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • The Next PlatformDatacenter Can Carry Nvidia Through The Rough Spots

        After a decade and a half of ceaseless and focused work, Nvidia has created a modern compute platform, and a unique one at that. And while the collapse of the PC market and the Dot Coin Bust has not done its financials any favors in recent quarters, Nvidia’s datacenter business is clipping along despite the economic uncertainties out there on Earth.

        In fact, that Nvidia datacenter business seems poised to expand in the coming years thanks to its entry into CPUs and DPUs, the need for high bandwidth networking, and the ongoing adoption of GPU compute for HPC, AI, and now data analytics workloads. And this despite increasing competition in GPUs and already fierce competition in CPUs.

        The trajectory of that datacenter business is clear, and made even more dramatic by the drop in sales for GPUs dedicated to gaming and professional visualization that continued in the third quarter of fiscal 2023 ended in October.

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (firefox-esr and thunderbird), Fedora (expat, xen, and xorg-x11-server), Oracle (kernel, kernel-container, qemu, xorg-x11-server, and zlib), Scientific Linux (xorg-x11-server), Slackware (firefox, krb5, samba, and thunderbird), SUSE (ant, apache2-mod_wsgi, jsoup, rubygem-nokogiri, samba, and tomcat), and Ubuntu (firefox and linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-hwe, linux-dell300x, linux-hwe, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon).

      • Twitter Two-Factor Authentication Has a Vulnerability

        The vulnerability comes as Twitter enters its third week under the ownership of Elon Musk, a period during which key security and compliance staff at the company have departed, masses of employees and contractors have been laid off, and cracks have begun to show in the company’s customer-facing technology (see: Twitter Ramps Up Regulatory Exposure After Loss of CISO).

        A researcher contacted Information Security Media Group on condition of anonymity to reveal that texting “STOP” to the Twitter verification service results in the service turning off SMS two-factor authentication.

        “Your phone has been removed and SMS 2FA has been disabled from all accounts,” is the automated response.

        The vulnerability, which ISMG verified, allows a hacker to spoof the registered phone number to disable two-factor authentication. That potentially exposes accounts to a password reset attack or account takeover through password stuffing. Twitter allows uses to set up multifactor authentication through other means besides SMS, including an authentication app and a security key. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment; its communication team reportedly no longer exists.

      • WiredTwitter’s SMS Two-Factor Authentication Is Melting Down | WIRED

        FOLLOWING TWO WEEKS of extreme chaos at Twitter, users are joining and fleeing the site in droves. More quietly, many are likely scrutinizing their accounts, checking their security settings, and downloading their data. But some users are reporting problems when they attempt to generate two-factor authentication codes over SMS: Either the texts don’t come or they’re delayed by hours.

        The glitchy SMS two-factor codes mean that users could get locked out of their accounts and lose control of them. They could also find themselves unable to make changes to their security settings or download their data using Twitter’s access feature. The situation also provides an early hint that troubles within Twitter’s infrastructure are bubbling to the surface.

        Not all users are having problems receiving SMS authentication codes, and those who rely on an authenticator app or physical authentication token to secure their Twitter account may not have reason to test the mechanism. But users have been self-reporting issues on Twitter since the weekend, and WIRED confirmed that on at least some accounts, authentication texts are hours delayed or not coming at all. The meltdown comes less than two weeks after Twiter laid off about half of its workers, roughly 3,700 people. Since then, engineers, operations specialists, IT staff, and security teams have been stretched thin attempting to adapt Twitter’s offerings and build new features per new owner Elon Musk’s agenda.

      • USCERTCISA Releases Two Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA

        CISA has released two (2) Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on November 17, 2022. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • TechTargetTop Kali Linux tools and how to use them

        Kali Linux is the operating system most frequently used by both ethical hackers and malicious hackers for almost every aspect of cybersecurity. Kali includes almost every imaginable hacking tool, which means learning to use it is a journey, not a simple skill that can be picked up watching a 10-minute tutorial.

        Based on the Debian Linux distribution, Kali includes hacking tools that can be used to carry out and defend against brute-force attacks, wireless attacks, IP spoofing attacks, reverse-engineering attacks, password cracking, dictionary attacks, phishing attacks, SQL injection and more.

        Other Kali tools are more aligned with ethical hackers using penetration testing tools, network security information gathering, vulnerability assessment, security testing and security auditing. As a general platform, it also enables cybersecurity professionals to take an offensive rather than a defensive security stance by actively detecting vulnerabilities.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • QtProduct-led Growth and Product Analytics, Can There Be One Without The Other? [Ed: Qt for surveillance]

          Product-led growth puts the product experience, both from a software and a hardware perspective, into the focus of the go-to-market strategy. Instead of planning sales and marketing operations around high-touch customer engagements and marketing campaigns, the digital and physical experience of the embedded device is such that customers proactively engage in the purchase process.

        • India TimesRejigged localisation rules in Data Protection Bill to ease worries of Big Tech companies

          Big Tech companies such as Meta Inc and Alphabet Inc may get some respite from a revised version of the Data Protection Bill, which is expected to permit the transfer and storage of data in “trusted geographies”.

          The government’s stance on data localisation is significantly different from the old version of the Bill, in which it had categorised data as personal, sensitive and critical.

          It had also said that certain categories of data would have to be necessarily stored in the country, while copies of other kinds would have to be retained within India for law enforcement purposes.

    • Finance

      • IBM Old TimerThe Disruptive Economics of AI

        In 2017, I attended a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb on the economic value of AI. Goldfarb explained that the best way to assess the impact of a potentially transformative technology is to look at how the technology reduces the cost of a widely used function. Computers, for example, have dramatically reduced the cost of digital operations like arithmetic by several orders of magnitude. As a result, we’ve learned to define all kinds of tasks in terms of digital operations, e.g., financial transactions, inventory management, word processing, photography. Similarly, the internet has reduced the cost of communications and the Web has reduced the cost of access to information, which has led to a huge increase in applications based on communications and information, like music and video streaming, and digital media.

        Viewed through this lens, AI is essentially a prediction technology, and its economic impact is to reduce the cost and expand the number and variety of applications that rely on predictions. A key finding of Stanford’s 2022 AI Index report was that AI is becoming much more affordable and higher performing, leading to the widespread commercial adoption of AI-based applications. “Since 2018, the cost to train an image classification system has decreased by 63.6%, while training times have improved by 94.4%.,” said the report.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Twitter: first, consider human rights impacts

        Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, now owns one of our most vital communication platforms, and has taken control of Twitter’s privacy, freedom of expression, and content moderation. While there is great speculation about the future of the platform, very little is being said about the duties of the shareholders who agreed to sell, or of the financial institutions that backed the acquisition – and the impact their decisions are already having on the human rights of millions.


        With the Twitter sale, their responsibility should have extended to the community of people – present and future – that relies on the platform as a tool for freedom of expression and assembly. So it is critical to examine whether these firms spent any time considering how their actions might impact the human rights of people who use Twitter across the globe.

        One of Musk’s obvious flags is his record on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues at Tesla, which was excluded from the S&P 500 ESG Index, an industry standard on corporate responsibility, in part due to racial discrimination and fatal car crashes. Musk responded with, “ESG is a scam.” While ESG as a concept admittedly has a way to go, it is incredibly alarming that a manufacturer of electric cars – generally considered a very good thing for the E in ESG – was removed from the index over its poor performance in S and G.

        These issues at Tesla, coupled with Musk’s behavior on Twitter, should have been enough to ring alarm bells for Twitter shareholders.

        The United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the de facto standard for rights-respecting corporate behavior, require corporations – including institutional investors and asset managers – to conduct human rights risk assessments to identify how their operations impact others. The baseline is very simple: “do no harm.”

        The results of the Twitter takeover are already staggering. Within 12 hours of the completion of sale, there were reports of a massive increase of “antisemitic, homophobic, transphobic, and other racist terms”. In addition to mass layoffs – including of the human rights team – the check-and-balance that was the Board of Directors is now gone, and Musk’s planned subscription fees for verified accounts could lead to many people, particularly those outside of North America and Europe, disconnected.

      • Bruce SchneierFailures in Twitter’s Two-Factor Authentication System
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • BBCAstronomer in Twitter limbo over ‘intimate’ meteor

        An astronomer from Oxfordshire was locked out of her Twitter account for three months after sharing a video of a meteor which was flagged by the site’s automated moderation tools.

        Mary McIntyre was told that her six-second animated clip featured “intimate content”, shared without the consent of the participant.

        Her only option was to delete the tweet.

        However, in doing so she would have had to agree that she had broken the rules.

        Her initial 12-hour ban went on for three months – and she exhausted the online appeals process.

        “It’s just crazy… I don’t really want it on my record that I’ve been sharing pornographic material when I haven’t,” she said of her refusal to delete the tweet.

        Her account was still visible, but Ms McIntyre couldn’t access it.

        Following the BBC publishing this article, it has now been restored.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewA Pantomime and Masquerade: *Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London* (1716) – The Public Domain Review

          Burlesquing the Augustan era’s fixation on classical tradition, Gay renders practical advice for walking around London into oftentimes absurd verse.

        • Walled CultureTop EU court’s advisor points out that geoblocks can be easily circumvented: time to get rid of them – Walled Culture

          One of the central ideas of both Walled Culture the blog and Walled Culture the book is that copyright simply doesn’t work in the digital world. One proof of that fact can be found in the ridiculous concept of geoblocks. This is the idea that you can carve up the Internet according to geography, such that somebody in one nation or region cannot access something that is meant for another country. This arises from Big Copyright’s desire to sell many smaller, local licences to material that add up to more than would be obtained by selling a global licence. That might have worked well with physical objects like books, which can be stopped at the border, but doesn’t work with the digital packets of the Internet, which can’t be stopped there.

          It’s true that there are various technical schemes for trying to block a person in the “wrong” geographical location from accessing material, notably by checking where they are sending their Internet packets from. But there is an easy way to circumvent such moves by using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). These essentially allow a user to appear to be in any country where the VPN has a local server, a so-called ‘exit node’. Although it is possible to block such nodes once they become known, they can easily be moved to different Internet addresses, so that the cat and mouse game begins again.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Pro tip for learning

        In order for this to work, you need to also get over the fear and hesitation associated with the thing. When I started learning finger picking nylon guitar, I couldn’t get the timing right and my fingers were cramping and it sounded so awful but because I knew I was allowed to put the guitar down at any time I never feared picking it up. I kept longing to pick it up. And I got it, not at a professional level but at a joy level, much faster than I ever could’ve dreamed of.

      • My Workstation

        Here is some advice on setting up an ergonomic workstation for very little money.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: EHKMWRO Wordo: THEIR
      • New House

        It’s mid-November and we’ve been working on the mortgage and the renovation since January. It’s a journey and we’re almost done: the kitchen, pretty much the only missing piece, should arrive some time in December, and the leftovers won’t take long.

      • Rules of Engagement

        My wife and I went to dinner the other day and we got to talking about our old college relationships. We met at work a few years after we’d both graduated; I think we’ve always been curious about that younger version of us. I’ve heard stories here and there, but that period of both our lives has missing spots, like a hazy strip of overexposed negatives on a roll of film.

      • Star Log 2022-11-16 Evening (Fairbanks, AK, US)

        Fairbanks is still in a high pressure zone with clear skies, sunny days, and cold nights. So last night I gave stargazing another try, late in the evening. This time I tried out the boat launch area on Chena Pump road, and I found the site to be very ideal, with less obstructions in all directions, some privacy away from the road, and dramatically less light pollution. It is still possible to see the glow from the city lights, but only in about 1/5th of the sky towards cardinal east. But the rest of the view was a glorious display of God’s celestial creation.

    • Technical

      • Ubuntu Setup on a ThinkPad

        I have just set up my trusty old ThinkPad X1 Carbon 3rd gen (2015 vintage) with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. I have run OpenBSD on it for a long while, but emacs, among other things, play better with Linux, and Linux perform better on this laptop than OpenBSD. Ubuntu is the Linux distribution I am most at home with, so it’s a perfectly boring choice for me, in the most positive way.

      • Decentralized Infrastructure

        Many projects have developed tools for decentralized communication, content distribution and even discovery protocols. One thing that remains highly centralized, however, is infrastructure. A few key companies own and control the telecom radio towers, the fiber cable tunnels, the communication satellites, the electrical substations, the cargo and passenger aircraft, and the container ships. Even amateur radio often relies on repeaters placed atop privately-owned skyscrapers and broadcast towers.

        One reason why I find self-sustainability so interesting is that it can help break reliance on infrastructure. By growing one’s own fruits and vegetables, one doesn’t have to buy produce from a megastore, while simultaneously adding nutrients back to the soil and capturing CO2 on a small scale. Rain barrels can save money and conserve water when used prudently. Renewable sources of energy, from wind turbines to solar power, cut down on carbon emissions in the long run.

      • Hard user separation with two NixOS as one

        This guide explains how to install NixOS on a computer, with a twist.

        If you use the same computer in different contexts, let’s say for work and for your private life, you may wish to install two different operating systems to protect your private life data from mistakes or hacks from your work. For instance a cryptolocker you got from a compromised work email won’t lock out your family photos.

      • Some Thoughts On Privacy

        I encountered what privacy is by coming to Linux and interacting with the people of the FOSS community. And It has taught me things that I would not have learned anywhere else. But when it comes to why we need privacy, and why losing some comfort is worth it, I quite can’t teach or make it clear to people. I follow the practice to be private on the internet mostly because I agree with the people from the community. I learned about the Gemini protocol, the Fediverse, the Matrix protocol, self-hosting and many more concepts because of the community.

      • State of my headphone stash — Nov 2022

        It’s the 1-gen ones (with permanent cable and regular-shaped oval casings), not the Live!2 ones (with detachable cable, and with a microphone inline on it).

        They serve me long. I ordered them back when still underage, from a guy who I know used to work in Polkomtel if it wasn’t his current occupation even, doing recablings of these taken from repairshop returns, per orders from Allegro (a Polish online marketplace) offers.

      • Enabling a simple-but-good minibuffer completion experience in Enabling a simple-but-good minibuffer completion experience in Emacs

        I mentioned on [emacs.ch] that to use Emacs effectively, you don’t actually have to memorize all of the cryptic multi-chord keybindings for every mode you use. If you know the basics, you can pretty much always do anything you need in just a few keystrokes using M-x and a decent minibuffer completion system. I recommended the lightweight completion stack of `vertico `, `marginalia `, `orderless `, and `prescient `, a set of packages that work well together and with Emacs’ built-in completion systems. Someone requested that I post my config, and it took me a while to get to it, but here it is.

      • Emulators in Debian Buster and Bullseye
      • Programming

        • Regular Expression Alternation

          Causes of this bug are where the alternation is thrown together at random–and never tested nor reviewed, an all too common case–or where software automatically builds the alternation and that building software is buggy. The Data::Munge Perl module by contrast takes a number pains in the list2re function to get this right.

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

Open Source Initiative (OSI) Adds Mozilla and ‘Linux’ Foundation to Its Microsoft-Funded Attack on the GPL/Copyleft

Posted in Deception, GPL, Microsoft, OSI at 3:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Earlier this month: Open Source Initiative (OSI) Continues to Cover Up for Microsoft’s GPL Violation Machine (Spiced Up as ‘HI’)

Moments ago:

Sponsored by Microsoft, which uses 'AI' as a ploy to profit from GPL violations
And not too shockingly, OSI and ‘Linux’ Foundation nowadays get promoted by many of the same people who promote Microsoft. Not a coincidence at all. Follow the money.

Summary: The Linux Foundation (LF) has joined Microsoft’s anti-GPL agenda, yet again; As can be seen only hours ago in an LF- and Microsoft-aligned site of LPI, Microsoft-centric lobbying is everywhere, including Linux Foundation ‘Europe’; this is promoted by Frederic Lardinois, a longtime propagandist of Microsoft (about a decade already), in a site that amplified marketing/advocacy for GitHub just earlier this week; they all eat from the same palm (Microsoft) and promote proprietary software

Microsoft Still Desperate to Hijack the Linux Brand (People Forgot WSL Even Exists)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 2:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum af787ee7cd4877cef2b96bcccbdc52c8
Pretending Windows is Actually Linux
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Microsoft is once again manufacturing fake “WSL” milestones (like adding another number or a small “g”) to inject Windows “content” into “Linux” sites and searches

EXACTLY one week ago we took note of the fact that Microsoft had been 'googlebombing' Linux as a brand and infiltrating Linux as a project. The Linux Foundation is complicit.

“We urge readers to speak to those authors who foolishly help promote WSL, which is in effect an attack on GNU/Linux.”In the case of WSL (Linux subsubsystem for Windows) it means two birds, one stone. It ruins the quality of code (in Mesa too), it undermines open standards, and it leads people astray, thinking that Microsoft Windows is somehow “Linux” or that “Linux” can also mean Windows. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The video above shows 5 new examples, three of them from the past 24 hours’ news. We call out the culprits and try to correct the record. We urge readers to speak to those authors who foolishly help promote WSL, which is in effect an attack on GNU/Linux. Almost nobody uses it anyway, so there’s no compelling reason to give it any publicity.

“Mind Control: To control mental output you have to control mental input. Take control of the channels by which developers receive information, then they can only think about the things you tell them. Thus, you control mindshare!”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

[Meme] The ‘F***ing President’ at the EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“You will never have such a nice person being the f***ing President for the next fifty f***ing years. So you wake up and make agreements with me, or you never will for your f***ing life.”

António ‘I’m the F***ing President’ Campinos

The 'F***ing President' at the EPO: ein Gott; António!

Summary: The EPO‘s Administrative Council keeps putting megalomaniacs/autocrats in positions of power and responsibility, expecting different results or favourable outcomes

[Meme] Herr Professor Doktor Benoît Battistelli

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Guess who’s back!

Welcome to the EPO; I'm no doctor, but I act like one in real life

Summary: The latest documents from the EPO show that Benoît Battistelli and António ‘I’m the F***ing President’ Campinos not only fail to understand the well-being of EPO staff (that can lead to prosecution and arrest); they actively sabotage staff’s health in all sorts of ways

António ‘I’m the F***ing President’ Campinos Arranges Meeting With EPO Staff to Lie About Staff’s Position and Then Crush the Most Basic Rights of Staff

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 12:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 5aadd21fbc4d921a25cf1391df217344
Health of EPO Staff
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The Central Staff Committee at the EPO cautions that an EPO policy “document constitutes a misrepresentation of the situation at the EPO and instrumentalises the Working Group on “Health & Safety Services” to introduce further restrictions on the rights of sick employees” (a highly relevant topic at the moment)

THE health of EPO (European Patent Office) workers is a subject that the union and the representatives of staff constantly speak about. A recent survey showed that EPO staff is generally depressed and demoralised. That can’t be good for health. Under Benoît Battistelli‘s regime a lot of EPO workers chose to end their own lives (jumping into tracks, jumping out of windows at work, apparently self-immolation too).

The way things have gone under António Campinos (so far it’s worsening), expect no better.

The Central Staff Committee of the EPO is circulating following message among members of staff:

Health matters: Further restrictions on the rights of sick staff

Dear colleagues,

With document CA/85/22, the administration is proposing several changes to the Service Regulations, to be submitted to the COHSEC, the GCC and finally the Administrative Council in December 2022. They will affect sick staff, particularly in relation to:

- The distinction of tasks in the Occupational Health Services (supporting staff) and in the Medical Advisory Unit (advising the President in administrative decisions);

- The exchange, use and access of medical information;

- The arbitration procedure for medical opinions;

The video above isn’t dealing with the pertinent points, but it shows the open letter preceded by some context [PDF] like arrangement of meetings.

The short story is, Mr. Campinos wants a bunch of people to say they speak for staff and then orchestrates a meeting to tick some boxes and ultimately claim that staff has been consulted. A familiar strategy! Then, he and his regime distort the position of staff (or basic facts/reality) to make life worse for the staff. It’s a cruel strategy that introduces likely illegal conditions and tarnishes the image of Europe (the EPO is Europe’s second-largest institution) while exacerbating the patent examination process. Should Europe’s second-largest institution by run by psychopathic nihilists?

Social Control Media is Dying, Long Live Gemini

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Protocol at 11:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d55f40dc9c83d01cea913bd063be7a1b
Gemini Amid Collapse of Social Control Media
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Summary: Gemini is a very attractive alternative, and not just to the World Wide Web but also to the “farming” of users on the World Wide Web as Gemini works very differently

THE Geminispace (or Gemini Protocol) is still expanding, as shown in the video above. I’m increasingly using it as my “daily driver” and it seems like other people who suffer ‘Social Control Media fatigue’ (tired of that junk!) are turning to complete alternatives (not ones that emulate Social Control Media albeit Free/self-hosted/P2P/federated).

“We run two Gemini capsules and use different server software for each; it’s rock-solid (easy to operate and robust, very stable).”Gemini’s most famous clients are probably Amfora and Lagrange (the latter is graphical and highly recommended, the former is likely “for geeks”); the latter’s developer, who is also heavily involved in Gemini, seems to be back in action. We hope that people sparing a lot of time by keeping off (away from) Social Control Media will consider Gemini instead of “more of the same”. Mastodon, Pleroma etc. don't stand for free speech; some people find this out the hard way. Some who try to self-host Mastodon also find the software to be bloated and hard to maintain (notoriously so), unlike Gemini. We run two Gemini capsules and use different server software for each; it’s rock-solid (easy to operate and robust, very stable). Maintenance has thus far been a breeze.

“People ought to pursue Software Freedom, general-purposes computing, and self-hosting.”Our goal here has long been to ‘herd’ people out of Social Control Media. My personal use of it has been mostly regretful in recent years; it was a waste of time at best.

People ought to pursue Software Freedom, general-purposes computing, and self-hosting. We’ll be spending the next few years explaining and promoting these (we plan to do videos about Mumble/IRC/Jabber/other self-hosted protocols/software). For something that resembles the World Wide Web (but done “right”) use Gemini. GNUnet and other projects are also interesting and we’ll explore them too, maybe even add support for them over time.

The way people emulate Social Control Media in Gemini has no length limit or bloat, e.g. this journal. Some people mirror their “toots” in Gemini, but that’s retrofitting at best*. Getting started with Gemini is super-easy. Just download a Gemini client.
* “Mastodon and Pleroma etc are social control media,” an associate notes, “not a publishing platform like Gemini, so a comparison would be irrelevant.” Having said that, some are trying to do “Twitter over Gemini” or “Mastodon over Gemini”, which kind of misses the point of how Gemini operates. It’s not refined for “likes” and “comments” (even if these are feasible and already implemented in Gemini).

Links 17/11/2022: Considering C99 for cURL and New Security Updates in Ubuntu

Posted in News Roundup at 7:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux in Aerospace: A Personal Journey – Linux.com

      From the early days of Linux, I was a fan of this innovative, open-source Operating System (OS). I appreciated it as a hobbyist, helping me run Linux at home. I appreciated it as an educator, helping my computer engineering students walk with Linux through OS concepts. However, as a professional working in the safety-critical domain of aerospace, I wondered: could Linux fly?


      My journey with Linux had its roots in the 1980s before Linus Torvalds introduced his new OS to the world in 1991. During my undergraduate degree in the 1980s, my engineering program had some labs equipped with the relatively recent IBM Personal Computer (PC). The machines were amazing, but my ability to command their power was somewhat limited by the OS, which was the Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS). When I reached my third year, I gained access to a Sun Workstation running SunOS, a variant of Unix. I quickly learned to appreciate the rich menagerie of shell commands, the power of combining them with redirection such as pipes, and the aesthetics of the fledgling X-Windows GUI.

      I first heard about Linux in graduate school in the early 1990s at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My doctoral thesis was on Input/Output (I/O) performance, especially on multiprocessor systems. My research analyzed and quantified I/O performance on OSs such as SunOS, SGI IRIX, DEC OSF/1, HP-UX, and Linux. One key finding of my research was that I/O performance could be impacted by the interference caused by unrelated transactions contending for shared resources within a multi-processor system. The magnitude of the impact was heavily dependent not only on the computing hardware architecture but also on the architecture of the OS. Interference could even occur on a uni-processor where independent processes had I/O tasks clustered in time.

    • Applications

      • Medevel21 Open Source Free Map Design and Geo Visualization Tools

        Designing maps might seem easy, but it is not, especially when many tools require certain levels of technical knowledge. A good map design can promote your presentation, website, and increase your work exposure.

        Data scientists, business analysts, marketeers, advertisers, and many other professions require map design in their daily work. Some may use free tools and web service like Google Maps, and OpenStreetMap and others.

        Here, in this article we offer you the best open-source free map design solutions out there.

      • LinuxConfigQEMU vs VirtualBox: What’s the difference?

        Virtualization is a helpful technology that has exploded in popularity and accessibility in the last decade. There are many great reasons to use virtual machines, such as having a test environment separate from your host operating system. It also allows you to run multiple operating systems or Linux distros simultaneously – all inside of their own sandboxed environment, with optional network interconnectivity among your machines.

        When it comes to virtualization, users of Linux systems have many choices. QEMU and VirtualBox are two of the most popular hypervisors on Linux. But unless you are already familiar with virtualization and the various choices of different hypervisors, you may be wondering about the difference. In this tutorial, we will look at the differences between QEMU and VirtualBox, discuss their pros and cons, and help you decide which one is better for various virtualization needs on Linux.

      • LinuxConfigQEMU vs KVM hypervisor: What’s the difference?

        Users have a lot of choices when it comes to virtualization on a Linux system. There are many use cases for virtualization, whether you want to have a test system that is isolated from your host system, test out a different Linux distribution, or even run a completely different operating system. Whatever the case may be, you will need to have a hypervisor. A hypervisor is what manages and allows you to interact with your virtual machines.

        Two popular choices on Linux are KVM and QEMU. But if you are new to virtualization on Linux, you may not yet understand the difference, or know which one is better to use. In this tutorial, we will look at QEMU vs KVM, discuss their pros and cons, and help you decide which one is better for various virtualization needs on Linux. You will also learn how the two work together to make virtualization a breeze on Linux.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 38: vh, svh, lvh, and dvh

        Using the viewport unit vh in desktop browsers is usually straight-forward, 100vh matches the height of the viewport. On mobile that’s different because the viewport height changes depending on whether or not certain user interface elements are visible, 100vh doesn’t always match the height of the viewport.

      • uni TorontoMonitoring if our wireless network is actually working in locations

        We provide a multi-building wireless network to the department (in addition to the university wide wireless network provided by the central IT people). For reasons beyond the scope of this entry, we don’t have much innate visibility into how this network is doing in the various places it exists. This means that our only current ways of finding out whether or not it’s currently working right somewhere are to wait for people to notice and then report problems (which doesn’t always happen) or going there ourselves. We’ve recently decided that we’d like to do better than this.

      • Adventures in making this website: static site generation

        Making and managing this personal website has been an adventure. In this series, I go over the technical challenges I’ve encountered and philosophical decisions I’ve made, and I review some of the tools I’ve used along the way. This is part 1, with more posts coming soon.

        If you’ve ever taken a good look at HTML, it should be clear that it isn’t fun to write it all by hand. Therefore, we invented the Static Site Generator (SSG): a program that takes an HTML template and some text in a more human-friendly form (usually Markdown), and mashes them together, yielding a servable HTML file. Of course, it’s pretty clear what the best approach to do this is, so we only need one SSG, right?

        Yeah… no, there are a lot of them. Frustratingly many, in fact. Although some of them are highly specialized or advanced, most are very similar in scope. The three SSGs I’m about to discuss are all intended for personal blogs, and for many people, there isn’t much reason to prefer one over the other. My SSG-hopping was due to my niche requirements and perfectionism.

      • Hillel WayneLet’s Prove Leftpad

        Someone recently told me a project isn’t real until you do a retrospective, so I think it’s time to do one for Let’s Prove Leftpad. Short explanation: it’s a repository of proofs of leftpad, in different proof systems.

        Long explanation: the rest of this post.

      • ButtondownLet’s Prove Leftpad; Content Aggregation

        The broader motivation for the project is that I’m a big believer in the value of aggregation content. Doing research into a field means comparing a lot of different things in that field. I mean, how do you know the best tool for the job if you don’t know the available tools for the job? But to compare a lot of different things you need to find a lot of different things and then normalize them, which are both difficult and time consuming processes.

      • Ubuntu PitCan’t Install .deb files on Ubuntu? Ways to Install deb Packages

        Although it is easy to install software on Ubuntu Linux systems, there are still some problems that new users may face when trying to download and install “.deb” packages. Unmet dependencies can create issues for those who are not familiar with the process, but once you understand how it works, it should be no problem. This is a step-by-step guide on installing deb packages on Ubuntu and what to do if you run into unmet dependencies.

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

        Tor, also referred to as The Onion Router, is open-source, free software that permits anonymous communication using online services like web surfing. The Tor network directs the web traffic through an accessible worldwide volunteer overlay network with over six thousand relays and continues to grow. Many users want to search out more ways to keep their information and activities anonymous or as private as possible, which has led to Tor Browser growing quite popular in recent years because it conceals a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Tor Browser on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux workstation desktop using the Fedora default repository or downloading the browser manually and how to install it manually with tips on registering the application icon.

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

        GIT is a free, open-source version control system that can efficiently manage small or huge projects. It enables multiple developers to work together on nonlinear development, as it tracks changes in source code for each branch of our project’s history. Hence, we never lose anything by going back through old stages if something goes wrong!

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install the latest or upgrade GIT on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux using the command line terminal and some basic commands and tips on using GIT cli commands.

      • LinuxConfigHow to install KDE plasma Desktop on Fedora Linux

        By default, the Fedora Linux distribution sports the GNOME desktop environment, although others are available in “Spin” downloads. If you would like to change things up and install KDE Plasma instead, the GUI can be downloaded and installed directly from Fedora’s default package repositories.

        This can be done whether you are switching from GNOME to KDE Plasma, from some other desktop environment, or you currently are running command line interface only and wish to install a graphical desktop environment. KDE Plasma is a great choice that comes with all the tools you will need to utilize your Fedora system.

        In this tutorial, we will go through the step by step instructions to install the KDE Plasma GUI desktop environment on a Fedora Linux system.

      • TecMintHow to Save a File in Vi / Vim Editor in Linux [Ed: Just updated]

        It is true that learning Vi/Vim editor – a well-known text editor in the Linux ecosystem, is not as easy as learning Nano or Emacs, as it requires a little effort which is worthwhile.

      • ID RootHow To Install Plex Media Server on Fedora 37

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Plex Media Server on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Plex is a cross-platform global media streaming service and a media player based on the client-server model. The Plex Media Server organizes video, audio, and photos from a user’s collections and from online services, and streams them to the players.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Plex Media Server on a Fedora 37.

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

        Chromium is an open-source browser project that builds a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web on their Fedora desktop. The codebase has been widely used in other popular browsers like Microsoft Edge or Opera because it provides them with standards compliance while still being customizable enough not to stagnate over time like others. Chromium also has various features that make it an excellent choice for power users and casual web surfers.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Chromium Web Browser on your Fedora 37/36/35 Workstation desktop using two Fedora default repository methods or the Flatpak method and how to maintain and remove the browser in the future.

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

        Yandex Browser is a fast and lightweight web browser based on Chromium and has been designed to provide a better user experience with its minimalist interface and intuitive controls. The browser has been translated into more than 40 languages, making it available to users worldwide. Yandex Browser also offers a variety of customization options, allowing users to change the look and feel of the browser to match their personal preferences. In addition, Yandex Browser includes several security features, such as phishing protection, to help keep users safe while they browse the web.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Yandex Browser on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux using the command line terminal, with tips about maintaining and removing the browser versions if required.

      • How to Copy Files in Ubuntu Command Line

        In Linux, there is a straightforward way to copy files. Yes, you guessed it right. There is a specific utility for this purpose named cp.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Install an XAPK File on Android

        If you’re an Android user, you’re probably familiar with the term APK, but did you know there’s also such a thing as XAPK? This guide explains what XAPK files are and how you can install them on your device.

      • NextGenTipsHow to install Rails 7 on Manjaro Linux – NextGenTips

        Rails is a web development framework written in Ruby programming language. It allows you to write less code but Rails is more of an opinionated language, so use it to accomplish whatever task you are trying to build. Rails believe in the principle of DRY, that is do not repeat yourself by all means

      • LinuxConfigShare your desktop screen with VNC on Linux

        VNC is a system that allows you to remotely control another computer. It allows you to relay your mouse and keyboard inputs as if you were physically sitting in front of the system, when in fact you could be on the other side of the world. It works well for sharing your desktop screen with another user, whether you want to grant them the ability to control your computer or just be able to see what you are doing on it (with mouse and keyboard input blocked).

        In this guide, we will go over the steps to setup a VNC server on a Linux system. You will also see how to use a VNC client to access the shared screen. When we are done, you will be able to access your system remotely from anywhere, provided that your client system and the VNC server have an internet connection. Alternatively, we can configure VNC to be view only, if we want to share the screen without granting control to another user. Both configurations will be covered in this tutorial.

      • OpenSource.comGit concepts in less than 10 minutes

        Git has become the default way to store and transport code in the DevOps generation. Over 93% of developers report that Git is their primary version control system. Almost anyone who has used version control is familiar with git add, git commit, and git push. For most users, that’s all they ever plan to do with Git, and they’re comfortable with that. It just works for their needs.

        However, from time to time, almost everyone encounters the need to do something a little more advanced, like git rebase or git cherry-pick or work in a detached head state. This is where many devs start to get a bit nervous.

      • OpenSource.comLinux commands: Drop these old utilities for modern alternatives | Opensource.com

        Linux has a good track record for software support. There are about 60 commands in man section 1 of Unix 1st edition, and the majority still work today. Still, progress stops for no one. Thanks to vast global participation in open source, new commands are frequently developed. Sometimes a new command gains popularity, usually because it offers new features, or the same features but with consistent maintenance. Here are ten old commands that have recently been reinvented.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxThousands of years later, The Bible has arrived on Steam

        I had to do a double-take to ensure I wasn’t seeing things: The Bible is now available on Steam in the form of a Kinetic Novel. Yes really, a developer going by “Bible Games” has actually put it on Steam. This release supports Linux with a Native build too (Ren’py engine) because of course it needs to reach all God’s children — something like that anyway.

      • GamingOnLinuxAdvanced flight simulator X-Plane 12 set to fully release in December

        X-Plane 12, an advanced flight simulator from Laminar Research that’s currently in Early Access and has full Linux support, is set to release in full in December.

      • GamingOnLinuxFanatical has a nice build your own bundle with some good choices

        Need some more games? Fanatical have put up a fresh ‘Slayer Bundle’ where you pick from various games and get a great price on them too. I’ll list what’s included along with how you can expect to play them on Linux desktop and Steam Deck.

      • GamingOnLinuxRetro inspired RTS Rusted Warfare adds shaders, new units and other huge upgrades

        Rusted Warfare is a great RTS for people who love the classics. One I discovered years ago on Android and then it later had a PC release. A big new release version 1.15 adds in loads to it. A game built for large battles. If you loved Total Annihilation, you will love this too.

      • GamingOnLinuxGodot Engine 4.0 gets a Movie Maker

        With Godot Engine 4.0 slowly approaching release, the developers are still hooking up some huge features to this free and open source game engine like a Movie Maker. This is something other game engines have too, so it’s nice to see it land in Godot. This should make it easier for developers to make trailers of games, and use Godot for other projects too.

      • GamingOnLinuxFuture Tech Pack to bring more gadgets to Prison Architect

        Future Tech Pack is the next small DLC for Prison Architect, releasing on November 22 it will give you some new gadgets to play with. Releasing along with the Future Tech Pack is The Slam, a free patch containing some quality of life improvements, a Visitor Only zone, more categories for your Staff breaks, and more.

      • GamingOnLinuxUnreal Engine 5.1 rolled out with plenty of Linux improvements

        Epic Games announced that Unreal Engine 5.1 is now available, and along with all the usual big new features, they continued improving their Linux support in this release. You can see the official release post here, release notes here.

      • GamingOnLinuxProtonUp-Qt version 2.7.5 released for easy GE-Proton installs

        ProtonUp-Qt is a simple and easy to use application that helps you install various compatibility layers on Steam Deck and Linux desktop, with a new release version 2.7.5 out now. It makes it easy to install the likes of GE-Proton, Wine-GE, Luxtorpeda and more for Steam, the Heroic Games Launcher and Lutris.

      • 9to5LinuxValve Releases New Stable Steam Client Update with New Big Picture Mode

        If you’re an avid Linux gamer, you probably already heard that Steam Client is getting a brand-new Big Picture mode ported from the Steam Deck UI. Of course, Steam Deck owners are familiar with it by now, but now everyone can enjoy the Steam Deck UI on their personal computers.

        During the past several months, Valve tested the new Big Picture mode by releasing several beta versions of the Steam Client. While the new stable version includes the updated Big Picture mode, it’s not enabled by default.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Ubuntu Pit18 Best Gnome Themes for Your Gnome Desktop

          Gnome is among the best-looking desktop environments for Linux distributions. But sometimes, users might want to change up the feel and look of their Gnome Desktop Environment. With so many themes and extensions available, it can be difficult to find the best ones. I will help you find the best Gnome Shell Themes for you. With full Linux desktop customization capabilities, users can take advantage of themes, icons, and extensions.

          Before looking at the best Linux themes, it’s important to understand how to install and use Gnome themes and icons. A user can install a theme either by downloading the master zip file or running particular commands in the Terminal.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • H2S MediaTop 10 popular Linux distros in November 2022 – Linux Shout

      Out of hundreds of Linux distros here are some of the popular ones in November month of 2022. Some of them you might be familiar with and others would be new to experience in this list of popular Linux distros.

      If you want to use a Linux operating system, you can choose from many different Linux distros tailored to target various user groups. For beginners, Windows switchers, or professionals, everything is there. However, here we are not targeting beginners or advanced users, instead, the explorers who want to try out the popular Linux other than the one they are already using.

    • LinuxConfigKubuntu vs Fedora KDE plasma desktop

      One of the best aspects of using a Linux system is that there are many popular desktop environments to choose from. If you do not like the style or behavior of yours, it is simple enough to install a different one. When it comes to the KDE Plasma desktop environment, there are a few different ways to experience it.

      Ubuntu Linux comes with KDE Plasma preinstalled on their Kubuntu distro, and Fedora Linux has a KDE “spin” that can be downloaded and also comes with KDE Plasma preinstalled. If both sport the same desktop environment, some users may be wondering what the real differences are between the two systems.

      KDE Plasma comes not only as a graphical user interface, but also includes a slew of applications (over 200; some installed by default and some not) that integrate into the desktop environment and give the user a more unified experience that flows together. If you are ready to try out KDE Plasma, you have a few choices. First of all, you can install it the same way you would any other desktop environment – right from your system’s package manager. But you can also choose from the Kubuntu or KDE Fedora spin distributions.

      So, which one should you choose? We will go over all the details in this article and help you make an informed decision.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • 9to5LinuxAlmaLinux 9.1 Released with Security Enhancements and Updated Tools, Based on RHEL 9.1

        Based on the recently released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.1 operating system, AlmaLinux 9.1 is here a 1:1 binary compatible distro with RHEL, it’s powered by Linux kernel 5.14.0-160.el9, and it’s available for 64-bit (x86_64), AArch64 (ARM64), PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian (ppc64le), and IBM System z (s390x) architectures.

        This release was announced during the SuperComputing 2022 (SC22) HPC Conference focusing on security and open hybrid cloud innovation. It introduces Keylime, a remote machine attestation tool that uses the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) technology to let you verify and continuously monitor the integrity of your remote machines.

      • IT WireiTWire – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.1 released

        Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9.1 has now hit general availability, adding and refining capabilities for a wide range of enterprise IT needs, from helping to streamline complex infrastructure environments to improving the security stance of containerised applications.

        With cloud strategies now predominantly seeking Kubernetes-based application backbones instead of virtual machines, Red Hat says its RHEL 9.1 release continues to deliver an efficient foundation for modern apps and environments.

        Additionally, RHEL 9.1 keeps security front and centre with pre-configured operating system images to meet organisation-specific system security needs. IT teams can specify OpenSCAP security profiles in image builder blueprint files to deliver operating system images that meet IT security and compliance requirements from installation.

      • 9to5LinuxRed Hat Enterprise Linux 9.1 Adds Native Firefox Support on GNOME on Wayland Sessions

        Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.1 comes exactly six months after Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0 and introduces native support for the Mozilla Firefox web browser on the GNOME desktop environment using Wayland sessions.

        This change has been implemented in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations 9.1 edition to allow users to use more native tools. Users can still use the XWayland/X11 GTK+ backend via an additional firefox-x11 package.

      • NeowinRed Hat pushes RHEL 9.1 with updated packages and more – Neowin

        Red Hat has announced the availability of RHEL 9.1, its enterprise-oriented Linux distribution. RHEL 9 came out in May 2022 and with the latest update, users get new features and capabilities including improvements to SQL, Red Hat Smart Management with Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Insights, and Workstations. There are also updated packages.

        Among the updated packages are PHP 8.1, Ruby 3.1, Node.js 18, Apache HTTP Server 2.4.53, GCC 11.2.1, glibc 2.34, binutils 2.35.2, GDB 10.2, Valgrind 3.19, SystemTap 4.7, Dyninst 12.1.0, elfutils 0.187, PCP 5.3.7, Grafana 7.5.13, GCC Toolset 12, LLVM Toolset 14.0.6, Rust Toolset 1.62, and Go Toolset 1.18.

      • FOSS PostThings To Do After Installing Fedora 37

        Fedora releases a new version in approximately every 6 months. Each now version is supported with updates for 13 months in total. The distribution is a good place to get the latest stable software and technologies consistently.

      • TalospaceFedora 37

        Fedora 37 is out today. As I always say, it’s usually one of the first mainstream distros to incorporate new changes and was one of the earliest distros to support POWER9 at all, so you should care about it because bugs and problems show up there first (if you don’t like how the bleeding edge cuts your skin, try AlmaLinux or RockyLinux instead, which aim to occupy the niche old pre-Stream CentOS did). Chief amongst its changes is the new GNOME 43, which really does seem to have much better performance on OpenPOWER than previous releases (a big problem for the last couple) along with revised settings, toolkits and even more libadwaita-all-the-things, which means even fewer apps will respect your GTK theme. This also means Pantheon is no longer supported due to incompatibilities, so I guess I won’t bother trying it again (admittedly it was definitely buggy even with GNOME the 42nd).

      • Red Hat OfficialPodman at the edge: Keeping services alive with custom healthcheck actions | Enable Sysadmin

        New Podman feature allows you to automate what happens when a container becomes unhealthy, which is crucial for services in remote locations or critical systems.

      • Enterprisers ProjectChief engineering officer: A day in the life

        If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. It may be a cliche, but I can honestly say I love what I do.

        For the past 20+ years, I’ve held a wide variety of executive engineering roles, culminating in my current role as the chief engineering officer at Boomi, the pioneer of cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and now a category-leading global software as a service (SaaS) company.

        So, what does a chief engineering officer actually do? The CEngO is accountable for executing on the company’s product vision and delivering measurable value to customers. To do that, we hire, mentor, and lead great teams that build, test, deliver, secure, maintain, and operate the systems that help meet – and ideally exceed – customers’ requirements.

      • Enterprisers ProjectHack your job search: 5 tips to amp up your resume

        Anyone looking for a new role knows that job-hunting is a job in itself. It takes a lot of time to find and apply for the roles that best align with your current and future goals. Then your patience is tested as you wait and hope to get an initial interview.

        Well, stop hoping and start hacking – starting with your resume. As the first thing hiring managers and talent scouts see, your resume can make you stand out or fade into a sea of competitors.

      • Red HatBenchmarking improved conntrack performance in OvS 3.0.0

        Open vSwitch (OvS), an open source tool for creating virtual Layer 2 networks, relies in some use cases on connection tracking. The recent 3.0.0 release of OvS included this patch series to improve multithread scalability, which makes connection tracking more efficient when OvS is run on multiple CPUs. This article shows how to measure the performance of connection tracking with OvS.

      • Red HatNew features in OpenMP 5.1 and OpenMP 5.2

        This article discusses recent features implemented in the GCC compiler version 12, the latest stable release. The new features were implemented as a joint effort between Red Hat and CodeSourcery, now a part of Siemens EDA.

        OpenMP is an API consisting of compiler directives and library routines that implement high-level parallelism in C and C++ as well as Fortran. OpenMP version 5.1 was released in November 2020, and version 5.2 was released in November 2021. Support for various OpenMP 5.1 features has been added. But GCC 12 does not yet have complete support for OpenMP 5.0, and work is ongoing in GCC 13.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxCanonical Releases New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Security Updates to Fix 16 Vulnerabilities

        The new Linux kernel security updates are about one month after the previous kernel update, which patched the recently disclosed Wi-Fi driver stack vulnerabilities, and are available only for all supported Ubuntu LTS (Long-Term Support) versions, including Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish), Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).

      • LinuxConfigUbuntu Pro vs Ubuntu Free

        Everyone in the Linux community knows all about Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions of all time. It is a free operating system developed by Canonical, and is based on Debian Linux. But did you know that Canonical also has a program called Ubuntu Pro?

        You may have seen it mentioned through Canonical literature or gotten the nag about enabling Ubuntu Pro for your system while you were using Ubuntu. In this article, we will explore the features of Ubuntu Pro, and see how it comes to regular, free version of Ubuntu. This will help you decide if the Ubuntu Pro program could be a good choice for you or your company.

      • Jeff GeerlingUbuntu’s settings won’t open after setting CPU to ‘performance’

        Recently I was doing some benchmarking on my Ubuntu 22.04 PC, and as part of that benchmarking, I tried setting the CPU performance profile to performance. In the old days, this was not an issue, but it seems that modern Ubuntu only ‘knows’ about balanced and power-saver. Apparently performance is forbidden these days!

    • Devices/Embedded

      • KlaraThe Role of Operating Systems in IoT: Right-sizing OSes for your IoT environments

        All of these smart devices have Operating Systems, regardless of how much or how little of them are exposed to the user. An Operating System is the software that runs on a device, manages the hardware, and ensures that components work together to perform some task. Some of these Operating Systems are very singular in their purpose, while others are general platforms that the owners can run custom applications on.

        This article is going to look at the role Operating Systems have in IoT from the smallest battery powered sensors all the way up to central hubs that can manage dozens of cameras. We will look at how our favorite Operating System, FreeBSD, can fit into this environment.

      • Martijn BraamFinding an SBC

        A long long time ago on a server far away there was a website called Board-DB. This website made in 2014 was a list of single board computers that became popular after the whole Raspberry Pi thing happened.

      • A Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle

        The researchers trained the robot with 4,000 clones of it in a simulator, where they practiced walking and climbing on challenging terrain. The simulator’s speed allowed the robot to gain six years of experience in a single day. The simulator also stored the motor skills it learned during training in a neural network that the researchers copied to the real robot. This approach did not require any hand-engineering of the robot’s movements — a departure from traditional methods.

      • HackadayPCB Hotplate Has Integrated Heating Element Traces

        Normally when we talk about PCBs and hotplates, we’re talking about reflowing solder. In this build from [Arnov Sharma], though, the PCB itself is the hotplate!

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Port SwiggerMastodon users vulnerable to password-stealing attacks

      Heyes found he was able to steal users’ stored credentials using Chrome’s autofill feature by tricking them into clicking a malicious element he had disguised as a toolbar.

    • EFFThe Fediverse Could Be Awesome (if we don’t screw it up)

      Something remarkable is happening. For the past two weeks, people have been leaving Twitter. Many others are reducing their reliance on it. Great numbers of ex-Twitter users and employees are making a new home in the “fediverse,” fleeing the chaos of Elon Musk’s takeover. This exodus includes prominent figures from civil society, tech law and policy, business and journalism.  It also represents a rare opportunity to make a better corner of the internet…if we don’t screw it up.

      The fediverse isn’t a single, gigantic social media platform like Facebook or Twitter. It’s an expanding ecosystem of interconnected social media sites and services that let people interact with each other no matter which one of these sites and services they have an account with. 

      That means that people can tailor and better control their experience of social media, and be less reliant on a monoculture sown by a handful of tech giants. 

    • EFFIs Mastodon Private and Secure? Let’s Take a Look

      With so many users migrating to Mastodon as their micro-blogging service of choice, a lot of questions are being raised about the privacy and security of the platform. Though in no way comprehensive, we have a few thoughts we’d like to share on the topic.

      Essentially, Mastodon is about publishing your voice to your followers and allowing others to discover you and your posts. For basic security, instances will employ transport-layer encryption, keeping your connection to the server you’ve chosen private. This will keep your communications safe from local eavesdroppers using your same WiFi connection, but it does not protect your communications, including your direct messages, from the server or instance you’ve chosen—or, if you’re messaging someone from a different instance, the server they’ve chosen. This includes the moderators and administrators of those instances, as well. Just like Twitter or Instagram, your posts and direct messages are accessible by those running the services. But unlike Twitter or Instagram, you have the choice in what server or instance you trust with your communications. Also unlike the centralized social networks, the Mastodon software is relatively open about this fact.

    • HackadayInterview: Stuart Semple On Pantone, Freetone, Colour, And Open Source

      We recently covered the removal of Pantone colour support from the Adobe cloud products, with the two companies now expecting artists and designers to pay an extra subscription for a Pantone plugin or face losing their Pantone-coloured work to a sea of black blocks. Our coverage focused on our community, and on how the absurdity of a commercial entity attempting to assert ownership over colours would have no effect on us with our triple-byte RGB values.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Daniel StenbergConsidering C99 for curl | daniel.haxx.se

        The curl project builds on foundations that started in late 1996 with the tool named httpget.

      • Jim NielsenRemix and the Alternate Timeline of Web Development

        What’s interesting about this history is how each step asked: how do we fix what’s inadequate with our current situation?

        Remix, however, came along and asked: what if, rather than fixing where we are now, we went back a few steps to the point in time where we began to disregard the role of the browser in web development and imagined a different future that leans into the strengths of the browser (and the client/server model) rather than trying to bypass or reinvent them?

    • Programming/Development

      • Kosmokaryote, the life thereof: [GNOME] GNOME Files and custom file icons: setting album art on directories!

        While playing with GNOME 43 on my recent upgrade to Fedora 37, I saw that nautilus aka GNOME Files lets me set arbitrary images as a custom icon for files and folders, replacing the default icon/thumbnail.

        I quickly hopped into my music folder and wrote a small script to replace all of the (legally purchased) folders of albums of music’s icons with images of their album art if an image was already present.

      • RlangHow to make a connected scatter plot in R?

        How to make a connected scatter plot in R?, With the help of geom_path, you can depict the relationship between any two variables in a data frame.

      • Arjen WiersmaDeployment Anxiety

        Let me tell you how it was to ship a product out to half a million people back in 1999. But before I do that, let me tell you why. Today I talked to one of my students and he mentioned that he was very nervous about a change he was making. He was afraid it would break things and that he would spend the afternoon working through his CI/CD pipeline to resolve issues.

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyI’m moving my projects off GitHub

        It’s time for me to leave GitHub behind and move to another forge. I’m not necessarily advocating for anyone else to do the same, but if my reasons resonate with you then you may want to consider it. I also don’t expect this post to… matter, if that makes sense1. I’m not a major open-source maintainer or contributor. I’m just somebody who likes to write code and likes to put it out there.

        So, why am I moving my projects off of GitHub?

      • Perl / Raku

        • Perl is Actually Portable

          After stumbling upon Gautham’s APE Python port and seeing how far along the Cosmopolitan Libc has come along, I was inspired to see what it would take to port my scripting language of choice, Perl, to the Cosmopolitan Libc and turn it into a self-contained binary. My motivation came from wanting to prove that if Python can do it, Perl can do it too, wanting a more robust Windows Perl port for running my personal media server (MHFS), and the cool factor of hacking on Perl and the Cosmopolitan Libc.

      • Python

        • AIMIs Python Slowly Eating R? The Reason Why RStudio Became Posit

          RStudio has been emphasising that its commercial products are “bilingual” for both R and Python for many years. However, the “RStudio” brand has made it difficult to convince organisations to consider its products for Python users.

          But does it bring about a belief that Python is somehow supplanting R for the data science ecosystem?

  • Leftovers

    • The NationDepartures

      In life, as in Michelle de Kretser’s novels, Australians are always traveling. If they’re not in New York or London or flooding the perimeter of Asia, you’ll find them in the bush or on the reef. It’s a settler colony whose inhabitants remain a bit unsettled. At the same time, prospective migrants from across the Indian and Pacific oceans line up at embassies or are shunted to brutal island detention facilities, where they await the dim possibility of a new Australian life. Successive governments have expressed only vicious disdain for the migrants accumulating offshore: Don’t you know you’re supposed to want to leave?

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayCrazy Bike Frame Made Out Of 147 Nuts

        Bike frames are most commonly made out of steel. If you’ve got money for something nicer though, you might go with something in aluminium or carbon fiber. [The Q] went completely off-the-wall with this build, though, constructing a bicycle frame out of 147 nuts. 

      • HackadayIs This The Smallest CP/M Machine Ever?

        If you had an office word processor in the late 1970s, the chances are it ran Digital Research’s CP/M operating system. IBM went for Microsoft in the 1980s and the once-dominant player fell on hard times, but it survives today as a popular choice on retrocomputer platforms. Even the more compact Z80 systems are a little large for 2022, so when [Kian Ryan] needed the ultimate in CP/M portability it fell on a more modern piece of silicon. Hence he’s put it on a tiny RP2040-based board from Pimoroni alongside an Adafruit micro SD card breakout.

      • HackadayWill The Fax Machine Ever Stop Singing?

        Throughout the 80s and 90s, you couldn’t swing a stapler around any size office without hitting a fax machine. But what is it about the fax machine that makes it the subject of so much derision? Is it the beep-boops? The junk faxes? Or do they just seem horribly outdated in the world of cloud storage and thumb drives? Perhaps all of the above is true. While I may be Hackaday’s resident old school office worker et cetera, it may surprise you to learn that I don’t have a fax machine. In fact, the last time I had to fax something, I recall having to give my email address to some website in order to send a single fax for free.

      • HackadayBetter Sheet Metal Parts With Chemistry

        [Applied Science] wanted to make some metal parts with a lot of holes. A service provider charged high tooling costs, so he decided to create his own parts using photochemical machining. The process is a lot like creating PC boards, but, of course, there are some differences. You can see the video of the results, below.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • JURISTIndia state government bans display of firearms on social media, songs promoting gun culture

        Authorities in the Indian state of Punjab Sunday issued a restrictive order on gun ownership. The order introduces a three-month pause on new gun registration, a complete ban on the public display of weapons and a ban on songs that glorify weapons and violence. The order also applies to the display of weapons at on social media and at public gatherings, religious places, wedding ceremonies and other events. The hasty or careless use of firearms, or firing for celebration, so as to endanger human life or personal safety of others, shall be a punishable offense.

      • JURISTHawaii plaintiffs join contaminated drinking water lawsuit against US government prompted by Navy fuels leaks

        The suit was originally brought in August by four plaintiffs living in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii at the time of the contamination. The complaint states that the US Navy negligently released jet fuel and other toxic substances into the Navy water line in May 2021 and in November 2021, resulting in the contamination of the drinking water near the World War II-era naval fuel storage facility in Red Hill, Hawaii. The Navy allegedly did not report the issue until December 2, 2021.

      • NL TimesTikTok fireworks challenge leaves Ede boy with third degree burns

        According to the police, the boy from the Krenhem district participated in a challenge to set off fireworks in an unsafe way. He lit the firework and then stomped on it. The firework got stuck in his sole and exploded right through his shoe. “The boy suffered a third-degree burn,” the police said.

      • NPRMore than 1 billion young people could be at risk of hearing loss, a new study shows

        “It is estimated that 0.67–1.35 billion adolescents and young adults worldwide could be at risk of hearing loss from exposure to unsafe listening practices,” according to the study, which was published in BMJ Journal on Tuesday.

        Recommended noise limits are no more than 85 decibels throughout a 40-hour week. Young people from ages 12 to 35 using devices such as MP3 players and cellphones, actively listened to content at 105 decibels, while the average noise level at entertainment venues was 104 to 112 decibels.

      • TruthOutSheriff Retaliates Against Lawyers Scrutinizing Arrests of Water Protectors
      • Common DreamsPreserve and Restore Nature to Prevent Future Pandemics: Studies

        While public health experts—nearly three years after the coronavirus was first reported in China—are brainstorming how health systems and governments can prevent future disease outbreaks from becoming major pandemics, scientists at Cornell University published a study Tuesday showing human activity more respectful of the natural world could prevent most pathogens from reaching people in the first place.

        Researchers examined the behavior of fruit bats in Australia, combining numerous datasets collected between 1996 and 2020.

      • Common Dreams13 Senate Dems Join GOP in Voting to End Covid Emergency Declaration, Kick Millions Off Medicaid

        Thirteen members of the Senate Democratic caucus—including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer—joined Republicans on Tuesday in approving a resolution aimed at terminating the national emergency declaration for Covid-19, a move that would kick millions of people off Medicaid as experts warn of a winter infection and hospitalization surge.

        While the White House said Tuesday that President Joe Biden will veto the resolution if it passes the House and reaches his desk, the Senate vote sparked outrage among public health experts and others who stressed the far-reaching implications of the resolution.

    • Proprietary

      • AIMWhy did an E-commerce Website Buy JS Framework Remix?

        In a turn of events that has surprised many, Remix, a startup that develops open-source web frameworks was acquired by e-commerce website Shopify on October 31, 2022. But the more one reads into it, the more sense it makes. While the value of the deal wasn’t disclosed, Shopify is expected to use Remix across different projects and have more support for the framework on Shopify’s developer platform.

    • Security

      • Krebs On SecurityDisneyland Malware Team: It’s a Puny World After All [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        A financial cybercrime group calling itself the Disneyland Team has been making liberal use of visually confusing phishing domains that spoof popular bank brands using Punycode, an Internet standard that allows web browsers to render domain names with non-Latin alphabets like Cyrillic.


        Holden said the Disneyland Team domains were made to help the group steal money from victims infected with a powerful strain of Microsoft Windows-based banking malware known as Gozi 2.0/Ursnif.

      • IT WireiTWire – Lumen APAC chief says firms should be upfront in acknowledging data breaches

        Companies should acknowledge that they have suffered a data breach as soon as they can, the APAC managing director of a global technology firm says, adding that at the same time there would necessarily be some interval between discovery and making a public statement.

        Francis Thangasamy, managing director of the Asia-Pacific operations of Lumen Technology, told iTWire during an interview in Melbourne on Tuesday that there would be a different communications process in different countries.

        “I think another important [step] is first identifying what is the level of data that’s been lost,” he said. “So for that you need to do thorough forensics – a lot of organisations do not complete the full thorough forensics process and then realise that there is still a lot more data that can be compromised. Or it could be that there’s there’s still a backdoor in there.”

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • uni MichiganThe real fake IDs of UMich

          But there was something so stereotypically “college student” about that message that it was almost comical. It was a reminder of the absurdity of the fake ID phenomenon; they’re so ubiquitous that any driver’s license found left behind on the street is assumed to be a piece of fraudulent government documentation.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Hong Kong Free PressMicrochips with everything – an unpalatable taste of the future

          During my early years as a journalist the microchip was gradually taking over newspaper production. On every occasion we were told that the new technology would make lives easier and the output better. There would be later deadlines and more special editions.

          This is not what happened at all. Newspaper proprietors were able to make enormous savings by sacking a lot of typesetters and compositors. The deadlines remained the same and so did the number of editions. Profits increased.

          So if you are a waiter you need to face the possibility that you are going to be replaced by a wired litter bin on wheels.

        • Pro PublicaWhat Will UnitedHealth’s New Trove of Claims Data Mean for Consumers?

          In early 2020, executives at health care behemoth UnitedHealth Group were considering a potential acquisition that could give them the ability to access and analyze a quarter of all medical insurance claims in the U.S. The prospective target, Change Healthcare, was a largely invisible but crucial part of the country’s claims-processing infrastructure — it functions as the pipes that carry insurance claims between health care providers and insurers — and its customers often gave it permission to use their data. What could UnitedHealth Group do with that river of information?

          To help answer that question, UnitedHealth turned to McKinsey & Co. The consulting giant concluded that UnitedHealth could “utilize transactions intelligence” from Change’s claims data to “optimize benefit design” for UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealth’s insurance subsidiary, according to a January 2020 presentation that was cited in a recent lawsuit. That could help UnitedHealthcare, already the biggest health insurer in the country, gain a further edge over its rivals by giving it access to some of the most crucial information in that business: claims data from rival insurers.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • CBSIndustry ethicist: Social media companies amplifying Americans’ anger for profit

        TikTok has done that by serving up an addictive mix of short videos. Some are silly, others overtly political. It’s owned by a Chinese company called ByteDance and Harris says the version that’s served to Chinese consumers, called Douyin, is very different from the one available in the West.

        “In their version of TikTok, if you’re under 14 years old, they show you science experiments you can do at home, museum exhibits, patriotism videos and educational videos,” Harris said. “And they also limit it to only 40 minutes per day. Now they don’t ship that version of TikTok to the rest of the world. So it’s almost like they recognize that technology’s influencing kids’ development, and they make their domestic version a spinach version of TikTok, while they ship the opium version to the rest of the world.”

        The version served to the West has kids hooked for hours at a time. The impact, Harris says, is predictable.

      • TikTok in China versus the United States | 60 Minutes

        “It’s almost like [Chinese company Bytedance] recognize[s] that technology’s influencing kids’ development, and they make their domestic version a spinach TikTok, while they ship the opium version to the rest of the world,” says Tristan Harris.

      • The Washington TimesTikTok’s China-founded parent working to addict American kids, says anti-social media activist

        Mr. Harris, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, said the Chinese version of the social media site shows videos touting science, museums, education, and patriotism while limiting viewing to 40 minutes per day for young users.

        “Now they don’t ship that version of TikTok to the rest of the world,” Mr. Harris told the news magazine show “60 Minutes.” “So it’s almost like they recognize that technology is influencing kids’ development, and they make their domestic version a spinach version of TikTok, while they ship the opium version to the rest of the world.”

      • The RecordFBI Director warns of potential Chinese gov’t exploitation of TikTok

        Harshbarger and Wray spoke at length about a recent 60 Minutes piece that highlighted the massive differences in how TikTok operates in China compared to elsewhere.

        Wray said the app was a “threat to our youth online” and said the concern around it was illustrative of how the Chinese government uses its laws as a weapon against companies.

      • NPRCourt sentences Chinese spy to 20 years for trying to steal U.S. trade secrets

        Yanjun Xu was convicted by a federal jury in Cincinnati last November of conspiracy to commit economic espionage, conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, attempted economic espionage and attempted trade secret theft.

        U.S. officials say the case is an example of China’s relentless intelligence operations against American companies to steal top-flight technology.

      • JURISTTaliban leader: Afghanistan judges must enforce Shariah punishments

        Akhundzada told the judges that they must enforce the proper punishment when a case meets the Shariah standard for Hudud and Qisas laws. Hudud refers to offenses that require punishment as specified in the Quran, and Qisas are offenses that require retaliation or retribution as a punishment. The announcement did not enumerate specific punishments but may include public execution, flogging and stoning. Akhundzada claims these punishments are “obligatory” under Shariah law and will require judges to impose such punishments when the standards are met.

      • VOA NewsChinese Intelligence Official Sentenced to 20 Years in US Prison

        Xu was convicted in November 2021 on two counts of attempting economic espionage, two counts of attempted theft of trade secrets and one count of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft.

        Prosecutors have described Xu as a “card-carrying intelligence officer” for the Chinese government and said he was part of a multiyear effort to steal aviation technology from American companies.

        According to court documents, Xu used a variety of aliases to contact ethnic Chinese employees at several companies and trick them into sharing “highly sensitive information.”

      • The NationThe “International Community” Is an Ineffectual Fantasy

        Washington’s vaunted “rules-based international order” has undergone a stress test following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and here’s the news so far: It hasn’t held up well. In fact, the disparate reactions to Vladimir Putin’s war have only highlighted stark global divisions, which reflect the unequal distribution of wealth and power. Such divisions have made it even harder for a multitude of sovereign states to find the minimal common ground needed to tackle the biggest global problems, especially climate change.

      • Telex (Hungary)Only Russia is responsible for the war – Gulyás
      • The Gray ZonePoland WWIII scare shows why top US general wants peace (w/ Doug Macgregor)
      • Counter PunchCongressional Amendment Opens Floodgates for War Profiteers and a Major Ground War on Russia

        Reed and Inhofe’s idea is to tuck their wartime amendment into the FY2023 National Defense Appropriation Act (NDAA) that will be passed during the lameduck session before the end of the year. The amendment sailed through the Armed Services Committee in mid-October and, if it becomes law, the Department of Defense will be allowed to lock in multi-year contracts and award non-competitive contracts to arms manufacturers for Ukraine-related weapons.

        If the Reed/Inhofe amendment is really aimed at replenishing the Pentagon’s supplies, then why do the quantities in its wish list vastly surpass those sent to Ukraine?

      • Counter PunchThe Secret Wars of the US Imperium

        In a report released by the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center of Justice titled Secret War: How the US Uses Partnerships and Proxy Forces to Wage War Under the Radar, there is little to shock, though much to be concerned about.  The author of the report contends that the list of countries supplied by the Pentagon on US military partnerships is a savagely clipped one.  The list is so wrong that 17 countries have been omitted.

        Katherine Yon Ebright, counsel in the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, betrays a charmless naivete in remarking that the “proliferation of secret war is a relatively recent phenomenon”, something she regards as “undemocratic and dangerous”.  She is certainly right about the last two points, but distinctly wrong about the novelty.

      • Counter PunchAgainst War? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

        Our group, made up of mostly New York University students, left Washington Square South in front of the NYU student union and as evening approached, we rolled out our sleeping bags and camped on a hillock in West Potomac Park within sight of the Lincoln Memorial, where the next morning we were driven by DC police and found temporary sanctuary among the city’s tourists.

        The May Day protests, a more sedate demonstration took place in DC one week earlier, was the high-water mark of protest against the war. In two years, with an end to the draft, and the so-called Vietnamization of the war, the war seemed less urgent an issue to the minds of many and the mass murder in Southeast Asia finally ended in 1975, with the specter of US helicopters flying away and out to sea from the rooftop of the US embassy. To the empire and to those in power, this was not an inspiring sight and it would take about a decade to reverse the distaste for war among millions of people, a phenomenon called the Vietnam Syndrome.

      • Counter PunchMusings on Adam Hochschild at the Mechanics Institute

        Hochschild ought to be forgiven for saying that his new book American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis 1917-1921, tells the story of a missing chapter in our history. Some of us haven’t missed or forgotten the crisis of 1917-1921, the political repression, censorship, and the deportation of radicals like Emma Goldman, plus the misdeeds of our racist President Woodrow Wilson, who, Hochschild said, oversaw the assault on civil liberties during World War I.

        Some of us have read the history books, including texts like Eric Foner’s The Story of American Freedom, which exhumes the crisis of 1917-1921 and explores its many twists and turns and that journalist Nat Hentoff called “an indispensable book that should be read in every school in the land.” Foner’s text isn’t the first to tell it like it is. W. E. B. Du Bois, Charles and Mary Beard and Richard Hofstader to name just a few, aimed to raise awareness about some of the darkest days of our Republic.

      • Common Dreams‘Unfortunate Accident’: Polish President Says Missile That Killed Two Likely Fired by Ukraine

        Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday said the missile that killed two people in Poland the previous day was likely fired by Ukrainian defense forces as they attempted to respond to a massive barrage of Russian airstrikes.

        “Ukraine’s defense was launching their missiles in various directions and it is highly probable that one of these missiles unfortunately fell on Polish territory,” Duda said, calling the incident an “unfortunate accident.”

      • Telex (Hungary)Orbán and Szijjártó react to missile in Poland, calling for “strategic calm”
      • Scheerpost‘Unfortunate Accident’: Polish President Says Missile That Killed Two Likely Fired by Ukraine

        “There is nothing, absolutely nothing to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland,” Polish President Andrzej Duda told reporters.

      • MeduzaZelensky on the missile strike in Poland: ‘I have no doubt, it was not our missile’ — Meduza

        President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claims that the missile which struck Poland near the Ukrainian border was not launched by Ukrainian Armed Forces.

      • Meduza‘Likely an accident from Ukrainian air defenses’ The latest on the missile strike that killed two in Poland — Meduza

        On November 15, Polish media reported that two missiles had hit the village of Przewodów in the country’s Lublin province, just three miles from the Ukrainian border. One missile hit a grain elevator, killing two people. Polish authorities, NATO leadership, and world leaders at the G20 summit in Bali held emergency meetings to discuss the incident. Ukrainian authorities believe Russia, which spent all of the day of the strike shelling cities throughout Ukraine, is responsible for the missiles, while Moscow has denied responsibility. On Wednesday, however, Poland’s president said the incident was probably an accident from Ukrainian air defense forces working to intercept incoming Russian missiles. Here’s what we know so far.

      • MeduzaUkrainian President’s Office says murdered mercenary willingly took part in prisoner swap — Meduza

        Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said in an interview on Wednesday that Yevgeny Nuzhin, the former prisoner and Wagner PMC fighter who was brutally killed as a “traitor” after allegedly defecting, willingly agreed to be returned to Russia as part of a prisoner exchange.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Did Ukraine Just Quietly Drop Its Bid for NATO Entry?
      • TruthOutChomsky: Options for Diplomacy Decline as Russia’s War on Ukraine Escalates
      • ScheerpostFTX Partnership With Ukraine Is Latest Chapter in Shady Western Aid Saga

        The Ukrainian government mysteriously disappeared online records of its fundraising arrangement with the FTX crypto scam just days before the scandal erupted. The initiative claims to have raised $60 million for Ukraine, but where did the money go?

      • ScheerpostWhite House Asks Congress for $37.7 Billion in New Ukraine Aid

        If approved, it would bring total US spending on the war in Ukraine to about $105 billion.

      • TruthOutKevin Johnson Speaks From Death Row About His Impending Execution This Month
      • MeduzaRussian TV executive promises to deliver New Year’s Eve ‘emotions,’ no matter what — Meduza

        Russia-1 and other state television channels are promising to deliver a festive mood to viewers, “in spite of all the changes in the world and in the country.”

      • Meduza‘We were just dodging bullets’: Mobilized men from Novosibirsk refused to fight after they were sent to the front with no training — Meduza

        30-year-old Aleksey (his name has been changed) from Novosibirsk served in the army around 10 years ago. He was mobilized on September 26, 2022, and a month later he was put in a train alongside other draftees and promised that training would continue when they reached their destination. Instead, reports online Novosibirsk outlet NGS.ru, they were stationed in a village (its name has not been disclosed) and spent the next four days building a camp in a nearby forest. On November 1, said Aleskey’s wife Elizaveta (her name has also been changed), the mobilized men were given bulletproof vests and helmets. Then they lost touch for 10 days. The next time Aleksey called his wife was November 12.

      • Meduza200 troubled teens from Russia and annexed Ukrainian regions sent to Chechnya for ‘military-patriotic training’ — Meduza

        The Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has announced the arrival of 200 teenagers for “military-patriotic training” in Chechnya.

      • MeduzaRussia denies shelling Kyiv on Tuesday, blaming Ukraine itself for documented damage — Meduza

        Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday that Russia carried out high-precision strikes on Ukraine’s military administration system and related energy targets on Tuesday, but claimed it did not hit Kyiv.

      • MeduzaRussian man pleads guilty to attempting to pass off banya burns as combat wound to obtain financial benefits — Meduza

        A military court in Penza has convicted a Russian soldier of fraud after he allegedly tried to pass off injuries he received off of the battlefield for combat wounds. The Russian newspaper Kommersant called the decision “arguably the first fraud conviction against a soldier in connection with the special military operation” (Kremlin parlance for the war in Ukraine).

      • MeduzaDeputy head of Vladivostok Pacific Naval College found dead in his office — Meduza

        Vadim Boyko, the deputy director of the Vladivostok Pacific Naval College (“TOVVMU”) was found dead in his office at the school.

      • MeduzaMoscow’s Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo airports on maximal security alert due to ‘direct threats’ — Meduza

        Three key Moscow airports — Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo — are operating on maximal security alert since November 10. Izvestiya was first to report this on November 16. Rostransnadzor, the Russian state transportation agency, confirms this information.

      • Meduza‘They made me put on makeup and say we were fine’: How a Ukrainian doctor survived Azovstal with her four-year-old daughter — followed by months in a POW camp — Meduza
    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • TechdirtDocs Freed With FOIA Lawsuit Show FBI Misled Congress About Plans For Deploying NSO Spyware

        Thanks to a steady stream of reports of abusive uses of its powerful Pegasus malware, Israel’s NSO Group saw its reputational stock drop precipitously as it became more and more apparent the company didn’t really care who it sold its products to. The list of customers included several notorious human rights abusers and leaked data suggested NSO’s customers were deploying phone malware against journalists, lawyers, religious leaders, political opponents, and government critics.

    • Environment

      • FuturismNASA Scientists Suggest The Reason We Haven’t Found Aliens Is They All Killed Themselves

        What resulted is a variation on the famous “Great Filter” theory: that other civilizations that may have existed in the duration of the universe’s history have likely “filtered” themselves out by blowing themselves up or otherwise destroying themselves. In an ominous twist, they point out that whatever terrible event has been weeding out aliens from the cosmos would logically strike before these civilizations made it off-world — meaning that if the argument applies to us, disaster would be poised to strike soon.

      • ADFGhana Fights Overfishing To Preserve A Way Of Life

        Locals blame the lack of fish on large industrial trawlers, mostly Chinese. For years, the vessels practiced “saiko,” the illegal transshipment of fish at sea. The trawlers typically transfer their massive catch to a large canoe capable of carrying about 450 times more fish than an artisanal fishing canoe. The transfers at sea help trawlers avoid catch limits.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | US Antagonism Towards Russia and China Deters Climate Progress

        The leaders of the United States are prioritizing great power competition with China and Russia at a time when much of the world is demanding that the world’s great powers cooperate to address the climate crisis.

      • Common DreamsAs COP27 Failure Looms, Climate Movement Demands: ‘Phase Out All Fossil Fuels’

        As the United Nations Climate Change Conference winds down in Egypt, and with little progress apparent on key issues from loss and damage compensation to a clean energy transition, activists on Wednesday underscored the imperative to include a fossil fuel phaseout in the summit’s final text and keep oil, gas, and coal in the ground.

        “By 2030, we need to reduce emissions by between 30% to 45%, but since COP26 we’ve shaved off 1%.”

      • Democracy Now“Climate Collateral”: How Military Spending Fuels Environmental Damage

        As the U.N. climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, is underway, we look at how military spending accelerates the climate crisis. Wealthy nations’ investments in armed forces not only exacerbates pollution but also often surpasses their climate financing by as much as 30 times, according to a new report by the Transnational Institute. It shows the money is available, “but it’s been dedicated to military spending,” says co-author Nick Buxton. Governments that import arms, like Egypt, are motivated by the desire for legitimacy and the “power to crack down on the civil society,” adds Muhammad al-Kashef, human rights lawyer and migration activist.

      • DeSmogClimate Diplomacy’s Biggest Meeting of the Year Needs to Be Insulated From Fossil Fuel Influence

        By Alice Harrison, Pascoe Sabido, and Rachel Rose Jackson

        Tobacco lobbyists wandering around a conference on lung cancer. Arms dealers selling weapons at a peace conference. Drinks companies at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. 

      • DeSmogCanadian Oil Companies ‘Lying’ About Their Net-Zero Targets, Says COP27 Delegate

        For the past two weeks, delegates from Canada’s tar sands have been spreading a deceptively reassuring message at the United Nations COP27 climate talks in Egypt: the oil and gas producers responsible for causing the climate crisis are also capable of fixing it.

        “There’s a recognition that there’s a massive decarbonization challenge ahead of us as Canadians and globally. No one party can do that on their own, we have to be working together,” Kendall Dilling, president of an industry organization known as the Pathways Alliance, told the Canadian Press. Alliance companies, which represent 95 percent of tar sands production, are promising to slash the industry’s annual emissions by 22 million tonnes within the decade.

      • DeSmogFossil Fuel-Linked Companies Dominate Sponsorship of COP27

        Eighteen of the 20 companies sponsoring U.N. climate talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh either directly support or partner with oil and gas companies, according to a new analysis shared with DeSmog. 

        The findings underscore concerns over the role of the fossil fuel industry at the negotiations, known as COP27, which have become a focal point for deals to exploit African natural gas. 

      • Counter PunchAnother COPOut: Kerry Uses “Last Chance” Climate Summit to Push Nuclear Power

        “Russia’s seizure earlier this year of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy facility is shining a new light on the safety and security risks of the atomic export policies of the United States and other technologically advanced countries,” began a promising November 8 article in Roll Call.

        However, that light seems to have blinded those in power to any common sense.

      • The RevelatorFrogs vs. Climate Change: How Long Can They Stand the Heat?
      • Democracy Now“A Carbon Bomb”: Movement Grows Against EACOP East African Pipeline Funded by France’s Total & China

        COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, has been called the African COP, but many African climate activists cannot afford to attend. Broadcasting from the summit, we speak to Omar Elmawi, campaign coordinator for Stop the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, about the push to stop the construction of a major pipeline that would stretch 900 miles from Uganda to Tanzania. Key financial backers of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline include the French company Total and the China National Offshore Oil Company. “It’s a project that is strongly being opposed by people in Uganda and the whole world, because it’s going to be displacing over 100,000 people in East Africa, and it’s also going to be causing a lot of impacts to nature,” says Elmawi. He adds that the region should transition instead to renewable energy such as solar.

      • Democracy NowWho Should Pay for Climate Crisis? Global South Demands “Loss and Damage” from Wealthy Nations

        We are broadcasting from COP27, the U.N. climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where poorer countries in the Global South that are weathering the worst effects of the climate crisis are calling for wealthy nations to pay reparations in the form of climate financing. “We need a global plan to phase out fossil fuels in a just and equitable manner,” says Harjeet Singh, head of global political strategy with Climate Action Network and global engagement director of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. He adds that the United States is the main impediment to “loss and damage” climate financing. “Money is available, but [the] U.S. has always blocked money going to poor people who are suffering from climate impacts,” he says.

      • ScheerpostClimate Action Is Still Disconnected From Developing Country Realities

        Gaye Taylor reports on a COP27 panel about developing nations and their frustrations about climate action.

      • ScheerpostThe Most Important Climate Talk Happened Thousands of Miles From COP27

        Mitchell Beer reports that 9,550 km away from COP27 U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping may have changed our future.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Do Not Confuse Industry-Backed ‘Carbon Capture’ With the Urgent Need for Carbon Removal

        In 2015, I visited Fiji, Kiribati, and Tuvalu, which had just been hit by a cyclone. There, I learned a slogan—”1.5 to stay alive”—which refers to the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold for global warming that, in theory, would avoid disastrous consequences. People living on the Pacific islands are well aware of the grave threat to humanity posed by climate change.

      • Common DreamsIn COP27 Speech, Lula Vows to Make Amazon Destruction ‘A Thing of the Past’

        Leftist Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva vowed Wednesday to halt deforestation of the Amazon and to establish a special ministry to protect Indigenous forest dwellers from human rights abuses.

        “The planet, at every moment, warns us that we need each other to survive.”

      • Common Dreams‘A Moral and a Strategic Responsibility’: Bowman, Omar Lead Call for Loss and Damage Funding

        “As you know, the United States is the world’s largest historical contributor to climate change.”

        “Our leadership in supporting loss and damage financing would pave the way for transformative improvements in the global response on climate.”

      • Energy

        • NL TimesDutch to spend €7.5 billion boosting railway, roadway infrastructure; Schiphol metro planned

          The Cabinet laid out plans for 7.5 billion euros in infrastructure spending that includes 4 billion euros to improve rail service, and 2.7 billion euros for roads. The majority of this money will be spent in the Randstad region and Noord-Brabant, according to plans that the Cabinet sent to the Tweede Kamer on Monday. Included in the project is the money needed to extend the Noord/Zuidlijn, a metro line running from Amsterdam-Noord to the city’s Station Zuid, to give people another connection to Hoofddorp and Schiphol Airport.

        • New York TimesLithium-Ion Batteries in E-Bikes and Other Devices Pose Fire Risks

          Lithium-ion batteries show signs that they need to be replaced if they get hot, expand or take longer than usual to charge, Ms. Hutchison said. Immediately before failure, a battery will make a popping noise and then a hiss in which gas is released. Experts recommend storing them in fireproof containers.

          Even a battery that complies with safety guidelines when it’s first purchased can become dangerous if it’s damaged, said William S. Lerner, a hydrogen expert and delegate for ISO, an organization for global standardization.

        • Positech GamesI finally have a home battery!

          This has been a long process because just when I started to ask a company to install one, UK electricity prices went absolutely insane, and everyone and their dog suddenly wanted a home battery installation. Getting a Tesla powerwall would have meant possibly an even longer wait, and to be honest, they were quite pricey compared with what I eventually chose (a Givenergy 9.5kwh one), but even when I found an installer, and agreed to have a battery installed, there were endless delays. Initially I was going to have a 9.5kwh (latest model) battery, then it became obvious they were hugely delayed, so opted for a single 8.4kwh one, then at the very last minute it turned out a 9.5kwh one was available, and as this was the latest tech, that allowed 100% depth of discharge and unlimited cycles (basically you can fully fill/empty the battery whenever you like without affecting the warranty), so we went with that.

        • Mexico News DailyDigital payment giant Mercado Pago enters cryptocurrency market in Mexico

          In an interview this week in Forbes México, Pedro Rivas, the director of Mercado Pago, said his Paypal-like service already has 150,000 cryptocurrency users in Mexico, and now wants to reach the 1 million mark it has obtained in Brazil in only a few months.

        • DeSmogNew Tory Peer Ditches Embattled Truss-Allied Think Tank

          Conservative donor Michael Hintze has resigned from the IEA – an influential free-market think tank criticised for inspiring Liz Truss’s ill-fated economic policies – days after joining the House of Lords.The Australian hedge fund manager, who has donated millions of pounds to the Conservative party over the years, resigned as a trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs after a 17-year stint.

          The news follows increased scrutiny of the libertarian groups clustered around Tufton Street, located a short walk from parliament, after Truss’s budget of unfunded tax cuts led to market turmoil and her swift resignation as prime minister.

        • The NationShould Governments Reinvest in Nuclear Power to Fight Climate Change?

          Even before Russia invaded Ukraine, governments should have been investing in nuclear power. Demand for electricity was still growing, and the climate crisis was still accelerating. Now, with Europe trying to wean itself off Russian gas as quickly as possible, we find ourselves in a situation reminiscent of the 1970s oil crisis, when European countries built nuclear power plants to reduce their dependence on Middle Eastern oil. That period in Europe remains the fastest-ever expansion of clean energy.1

        • HackadayReverse Engineering Reveals EV Charger Has A Sense Of Security

          As more and more electric vehicles penetrate the market, there’s going to have to be a proportional rise in the number of charging stations that are built into parking garages, apartment complexes, and even private homes. And the more that happens, the more chargers we’re going to start seeing where security is at best an afterthought in their design.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchCourt Grants Temporary Reprieve for Montana’s Wolves

          Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced wolf hunting and trapping regulation changes as required by a Montana State Court granting a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the State of Montana, and the Fish and Wildlife Commission. These changes significantly curb the number of wolves permitted to be killed in hunting and trapping districts adjacent to Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, reduce the annual “bag limit” of individual hunters by 75%, and stop the use of strangulation snares once trapping season begins later this month.

          The TRO was issued in response to a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order filed by conservation groups WildEarth Guardians and Project Coyote, a project of Earth Island Institute, on November 10, 2022. The order expires on November 29, 2022 and a hearing is scheduled in Helena for November 28 at 1:30 pm, which is the same day that the wolf trapping season is set to start.

    • Finance

      • Pro PublicaThe Landlord & the Tenant: A House Fire Reveals One Kind of Justice for Those Who Own and Another for Those Who Rent

        In West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb once dominated by a factory that long ago manufactured steam engines, ore crushers and kilns, a man living on West Hicks Street opens his back door to let the dog out and sees smoke.

      • Pro PublicaWhat to Know About Sheltered Workshops in Missouri

        Kerstie Bramlet is 30 years old. She is autistic and has intellectual disabilities. Intellectual disabilities are disabilities that affect the way people think and learn.

        Bramlet works at a place called the Warren County Sheltered Workshop. Warren County Sheltered Workshop is near St. Louis, Missouri.

      • FAIR‘Who Do We Want to Own Our Neighborhoods?’

        Janine Jackson interviewed CSG Advisors’ Gene Slater about the affordable housing crisis for the November 11, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • Counter PunchDodging the Health Care Cost Horror Story of the Austerity Gang

        As some of us pointed out at the time, the heart of the austerity gang’s scare stories was not actually Social Security or the aging of the population, but rather projections of rapid growth in per person health care costs continuing for many decades into the future. This rapid growth was projected for both public and private sector costs.

        If health care costs actually followed the projected growth path, it would devastate the economy, regardless of whether we paid for it through public programs like Medicare and Medicaid, or through private health care insurance and out-of-pocket spending. (Per person spending in public programs was actually rising less rapidly in the public sector programs than in the private sector.) The real issue had nothing to do with the government budget, it was fixing the health care system.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Raising Interest Rates and Tightening Monetary Policy Is Not the Answer

        The Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana famously warned that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But sometimes even those who can recall the past have a selective memory and draw the wrong conclusions. This is how the global policy response to the current bout of inflation is playing out, with governments and central banks across the developed world insisting that the only way to tame soaring prices is by raising interest rates and tightening monetary policy.

      • Common Dreams‘A Massive Mistake’: Alarm as Dems Cast Doubt on Lame-Duck Debt Ceiling Deal

        With Republicans widely expected to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2023, Democrats are under pressure to make the most of the lame-duck session—but raising the debt ceiling doesn’t seem to be on the table, increasing fears of what that means for social programs in the GOP’s crosshairs.

        The Senate Democratic whip, the party’s second-ranking member in the chamber, told Bloomberg they don’t plan to use the budget reconciliation process that was employed earlier this year to avoid a filibuster and pass the Inflation Reduction Act without any GOP support.

      • Common Dreams‘The Left Beat the Money’ as Karen Bass Defeats Billionaire to Become LA Mayor

        Karen Bass on Wednesday was projected the winner of Los Angeles’ mayoral race, defeating billionaire developer Rick Caruso, a former Republican who outspent the Democratic U.S. congresswoman by 11-to-1 while enlisting the aid of Hollywood A-listers including Snoop Dogg, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kim Kardashian.

        “Angelenos chose someone who has devoted her life to helping her community become healthier, safer, and more just.”

      • Common Dreams‘Break Up Ticketmaster,’ Chorus of Lawmakers Demands Amid Taylor Swift Fiasco

        Without explicitly mentioning pop star Taylor Swift and her upcoming tour, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke up for fans who spent hours on Monday trying to get concert tickets only to wait in a queue of thousands of people and in some cases be automatically logged out by ticketing giant Ticketmaster before they could make a purchase.

        The significant technical glitches, as well as price-gouging on Ticketmaster’s resale platform, are the result of the 2010 merger between the company and Live Nation, which was approved by the Obama administration’s Justice Department, suggested Ocasio-Cortez and other critics.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | A Note of Apology to This Nation’s Younger Generations: We Failed You

        Dear Millennials and Zoomers: back in the 1980s a lot of us worked like hell to try to stop the Reagan revolution. We failed. The next two years may be our last chance to save American democracy, our environment, and what’s left of the American middle-class.

      • IT WireApple ignoring requests to resume pay deal talks, union claims

        The union representing a majority of workers at Apple retail units in Australia says the company has not responded to requests to return to the bargaining table to discuss an agreement.

        In response to a query, Josh Cullinan, secretary of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, said members were getting ready to escalate bans and other industrial action.

        Talks over a wage deal began in August with Apple putting forward a proposal for locked-in wage rises and conditions which unions say will lead to cuts in real wages.

        The unions want wage rises that reflect inflation and two-day weekends rather than one day at a time.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • New York TimesHow to Prepare for Life After Twitter

        Sheer chaos has surrounded Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter over the past few weeks. More than half of Twitter’s employees have been fired or have resigned. The verification system no longer means much. And some users have reported problems with security features. So if you have an account on the social network, what do you do?

        Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. But this continuing spectacle presents an opportunity for us to learn how to have healthier relationships with social platforms so we are not dependent on any one of them.

      • TechdirtElon’s Big Moneymaker Plan… Doesn’t Appear To Be Paying Off

        So far, the biggest genius idea from Elon Musk for Twitter was to try to make people pay for blue checks. He keeps insisting that this will somehow solve the “bot/spam” problem, but no one has come up with a credible explanation for how or why. Musk himself has compared it to a spam filter: saying that with Twitter Blue, tweets will be given priority, and that like with a spam filter users can choose to look through the un-blued dreck if they so choose.

      • AIMTwitter Blue Tick Fiasco: Eli Lilly, Lockheed Martin Lose Billions

        The coveted Twitter blue tick – the new monetisation model for Twitter – might be a big win for the company, but has managed to single-handedly bring massive losses to the tune of billions of dollars for companies like Eli Lilly and Company, Lockheed Martin and others. These companies witnessed their stock prices nosedive last week. The reason? Fake tweets from “verified” accounts claiming to be these companies.

      • TechdirtIf You Thought The FTC Was Going To Fuck Over Elon, Just Wait Until He Learns About The EU

        We’ve already pointed out that the new Twitter under Elon Musk may be facing some big challenges from the FTC in the US. The company is under a consent decree, and it’s not clear that Musk is complying with the terms of the consent decree. And unlike SEC violations, violating an FTC consent decree can hurt. Between the FTC and the DOJ, they can make it hurt. The fact that basically all of the remaining Twitter execs whose necks were on the line for potentially violating the FTC consent decree quit at the same time should tell you something (I guarantee it told the FTC something).

      • The NationDonald Trump Knows How to Win the Republican Presidential Nomination

        Forbes featured a headline last week that announced, “Less Than Half of Republicans Would Back Trump in 2024 Primary, Poll Finds.”

      • Common DreamsHouse Democrat Leads Charge to Bar Trump From Office, Citing 14th Amendment

        As former President Donald Trump prepared to announce his 2024 presidential campaign Tuesday, Rep. David Cicilline was circulating a letter to his fellow Democratic lawmakers calling on them to support legislation that would bar Trump from running, citing his involvement in the January 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

        “This language in our Constitution clearly intended to bar insurrectionists from holding high office in the United States.”

      • The NationI’m Not Leaving Twitter. Neither Should You.

        It has been only two weeks since Elon Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter, and barely a day has gone by without controversy. Mass layoffs, botched rollouts, and Musk’s own chaotic and conspiratorial tweeting have encouraged some users to preemptively jump ship to Mastodon, an open-source (and seemingly complicated) alternative—or to nowhere at all.

      • TruthOutWarnock’s Campaign Sues Over GOP’s Ban on Saturday Voting in Georgia Runoff
      • Counter PunchElection 2022: Time for the “Spoiler” Whining

        Libertarian Chase Oliver garnered a little more than 2% of the vote in Georgia’s US Senate race. His efforts prevented either incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock or Republican challenger Herschel Walker from winning the election with a majority. Georgia’s election laws require such a majority, so now the election goes to a Warnock-Walker runoff.

        That’s how democracy works, at least in Georgia. And every time a “major party” candidate loses an election or is forced into a runoff by a Libertarian, Green, or other third party or independent candidate, a festival of tears and butt-hurt ensues.

      • Counter PunchDahmerism: The Highest Stage of Liberal Identitarianism

        In the penultimate episode of the Netflix series Monster: the Jeffrey Dahmer Story, the eponymous serial killer—who sexually abused the corpses of his victims before devouring them— receives a letter from a fan girl telling him he has become a Halloween costume. This Halloween,  about a month after Netflix has renewed interest in, and sympathy towards the serial killer, ebay had to take down Dahmer-themed costumes and a number of LGBTQ bars felt the need to prohibit their customers from dressing up as the notorious serial killer. It is indeed a curious phenomenon that many of the series’ viewers found themselves sympathizing with the Dahmer!

        America’s love affair with mass murderers has a long history – whether it unfolds as empathizing with Ted Bundy or as the canonization of town destroyer George Washington as a founding father. This love affair is evidently not unrelated to the mass murder committed by the USA domestically and abroad, and the role that metaphorical and literal cannibalism played in founding this country. It is also telling in this context that one of the most extreme cases of Dahmer sympathy, wherein a woman tattooed the murderer’s face on her body, comes from Australia: another genocidal settler colony once famed for hunting aborigines for sport, and which continues to refuse to let go of this bloody hobby, especially when the US carnage in Afghanistan provided the Australian death machine with a new terrain for hunting natives.

      • Counter PunchThe End of the Road for Trump
      • The NationIn the War Against Voting, Poll Workers Are on the Front Lines

        During the midterm elections, millions of polling stations operated across the United States, helping citizens register to vote and submit their ballots. The state of Ohio alone held hundreds of stations, with dozens often located in a single county. For the average person, a polling station is the most accessible representation of democracy, and these locations couldn’t function without the teams of overworked and underappreciated poll workers staffing them.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Midterm Voters Decisively Rejected Election Deniers
      • Common Dreams‘Democracy Is Not Out of the Woods Yet’: Trump Announces 2024 White House Run

        Less than two years after fomenting a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally announced that he will be making another run for the White House in 2024, delivering a characteristically lie-filled speech replete with bigotry and attacks on the election process.

        During his address, Trump called for a complete end to early and absentee voting—methods that he has used in the past—and said elections should be conducted via paper ballots only, a demand fueled by baseless claims about U.S. voting machines that became commonplace in right-wing circles following the 2020 presidential election.

      • ScheerpostDeaf to History’s Questions

        A Tale of Two Elizabeths, One Joe, One Donald, and Us.

      • TruthOutDon Jr. and Ivanka Were Noticeably Absent During Trump’s Big Announcement
      • TruthOutTrump’s Refusal to Testify Before Jan. 6 Panel Could Result in Contempt Charges
      • ScheerpostThe Real Reason the US Is Against the Entire World on Cuba

        What is the point of the embargo on Cuba? What are we hoping to achieve? To punish a dead Fidel Castro for his sins? Maybe to punish a dead Che Guevara for his sins? Perhaps punish Cuban cigar makers for being so damned good?

      • Telex (Hungary)Portrait of pro-fascist wartime Supreme Court head on display again after ten years
      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Marcy WheelerThree Things: The Early Bird Got Wormed

          Which is why during Sunday’s night’s mass shooting at University of Virginia, students as well as the public following the story were reportedly confused about UVA’s emergency message. They couldn’t be sure after Elon Musk’s back-and-forth changes to its verification system whether the message they read in Twitter from UVA-Emergency Management was legitimate.

        • ADFDoctors Warn Against False Information On COVID-19’S Impact On Immune System

          By some estimates, about a quarter of people who recover from COVID-19 develop symptoms connected to long COVID. Long COVID appears to involve a range of about 200 different symptoms involving several organs of the body. It has been linked to heart problems, breathing difficulties and blood clots.

        • NBCFalse claim about Iran protester executions goes viral with help from celebrities and politicians

          An image that has circulated widely on social media falsely says 15,000 protesters have been sentenced to death. That claim is not true, but it has been amplified by major public figures, including the actors Viola Davis and Sophie Turner and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Representatives for Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Turner declined to comment.

        • Dr. Vinay Prasad whines about the “misinformation police.” Hilarity ensues.

          When last I wrote about Dr. Vinay Prasad, the apparently 0.2 FTE academic oncologist at UCSF turned COVID-19 contrarian and misinformation amplifier, he had teamed up with another, more senior and prominent academic turned contrarian, Dr. John Ioannidis, to whine about the “obsessive criticism” they and their fellow contrarians encounter on social media. As I noted at the time, one couldn’t help but note the irony of two tenured academics at very respected institutions complaining about “obsessive criticism” on social media in a peer-reviewed journal for which one of them (Prof. Ioannidis) had served until fairly recently as editor-in-chief while the other author (Dr. Prasad) had never been a slouch at rather nasty attacks against his critics himself. I won’t dwell on that aspect other than to note that the article by Dr. Prasad that caught my attention yesterday strikes me as more of. the same. However, the real reason Dr. Prasad’s article rose about the usual noise of his daily efforts to cast fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) on public health interventions against COVID-19 was the central premise of it, which was very much like the central premise of an attack he had launched before the pandemic—and then doubled down on a year later—on “quackbusters”; i.e., skeptics, often physicians and scientists like me, who devote their primary efforts to countering medical pseudoscience, conspiracy theories, misinformation, and disinformation, particularly antivaccine propaganda.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • RFAPopular Tibetan video-sharing app to be shut down

        The creator of a popular Tibetan language video-sharing app abruptly announced on Thursday he was shutting it down for financial reasons, a source inside the Tibetan Autonomous Region said.

        But a group advocating for greater rights for Tibetans said it was more likely that the Chinese government ordered the app’s closure because it has ratcheted up efforts to restrict Tibetans from using their own language.

      • BBCQatar World Cup: TV 2 Denmark reporter forced off air

        TV 2 Denmark’s Rasmus Tantholdt was reporting on the World Cup when he was approached. The journalist said security threatened to break his camera.

      • JURISTHRW: Musk ownership of Twitter appears ‘outright alarming’ for human rights, free speech

        Human Rights Watch (HRW) Saturday warned of the potential impact on free speech and human rights following Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, calling the developments “concerning at least, and in some cases outright alarming.” HRW Director for Business and Human Rights Arvind Ganesan called attention to updates that Musk has already brought to Twitter, including layoffs of critical staff, Musk’s own history of sharing “noxious conspiracy theories” and plans to monetise Twitter’s verification system.

      • NetblocksSocial media restricted in Turkey after blast in Taksim, Istanbul

        Real-time NetBlocks metrics show that social media and communications platforms Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and some Telegram servers were restricted from Sunday afternoon. The measure was initially implemented on leading network operator Turk Telekom, and subsequently extended to cover most major internet providers. Metrics are taken from an initial set of 50 vantage points across the country and corroborate user reports of service unavailability.

      • BBCGermany at a crossroads: Nazis, pacifism, and why the lessons of All Quiet on the Western Front still matter today

        It took nearly a century for a German movie production of Remarque’s seminal novel to be made, recently launched on Netflix. Dr Akil N Awan explores why Germany’s collective memory of the First World War has long been corrupted by the trauma of the Nazis, but that now the anti-war masterpiece may be needed more than ever amidst the rise of the far right

        When the American-made war epic All Quiet on the Western Front was released in Germany in December 1930, it was greeted with outrage – but carefully manufactured outrage orchestrated by a rising and intolerant Nazi Party; a grim portent of the bleak future that awaited the country over the coming decade. Enraged by the temerity of an impudent foreign film that had dared to question Germanic ideals of militarism, honour, valour, and sacrifice for the Fatherland, the Nazis strove to have the movie shut down.

      • VOA NewsChinese Dissidents Mourn Death of Top Official Turned Critic

        Both men were ousted from the government in 1989 for being seen as sympathetic to nationwide protesters whose demands for democracy culminated in the Tiananmen Square massacre. Bao served a seven-year jail term followed by one year in a halfway house.

        While still under heavy surveillance in 1998, Bao gave an interview to Scott Pelley of CBS News around the time of a visit to China by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton. Pelley, whose career with the American network includes years as the “CBS Evening News” anchor and now as a senior correspondent for “60 Minutes,” devoted a chapter to Bao in a 2019 memoir titled “Truth Worth Telling.”

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • ANF NewsJournalists protest government crackdown in front of Diyarbakır Courthouse

        “Governments have always targeted free press workers, detained, arrested, murdered them and bombed their offices… Despite all these attacks, free press workers have never stepped back. The AKP, which came to power promoting democracy, human rights and a civil constitution, also attacked the free press with well-known methods. After the arrest of our 16 colleagues on June 16, 10 more journalists were arrested in a new operation on October 25. Moreover, our offices were raided, and all our materials were confiscated in a way reminiscent of crackdowns in the notorious 1990s, 2011 and 2016.”

      • Rolling StoneDOJ Investigated Journalists for Insider Trading, Stalking … and Worse

        These contrasting facts leave skeptics with concerns: Could any of the recent criminal investigations against journalists mask payback for unwanted reporting?

        The new regulation from the Department of Justice — effective Nov. 3 — directs federal law enforcement to stop issuing warrants and subpoenas against members of the media who are engaged in news gathering, including on leaked classified information. Introducing the policy Garland insisted that reporters must have “the freedom to investigate and report the news.” Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, helped shape the new regulation, and heralded it a “watershed moment” in “protecting the rights of news organizations.”

      • Computers Are Badlocal newspaper

        Some readers probably know exactly where this is going by now, and the names Cameron and Timpone might have been just a bit familiar to them. Cameron and Timpone run Metric Media, Locality Labs (formerly Local Labs), and the Local Government Information Service (LGIS), several organizations accused in the press of operating large numbers of websites that appear to be local news sources but actually operate as advertising for conservative political interests. While the line between news, opinion, and advertising can be somewhat thin in the world of politics, the most damning aspect of this operation is its volume. It’s no coincidence that this newspaper seems hastily prepared, and probably mostly by the use of freelancers and automation. Cameron and Timpone operate over a thousand such websites according to an article in CJR, each of which is superficially a local operation but is in fact run out of Austin. The Guardian has reported on this group as well.

        Indeed, printed versions of these papers are apparently not unique, as an article details that some printed copies were produced at the printing plant of the Des Moines Register. While it’s common for newspapers to run commercial print jobs for smaller publications and marketing, this situation certainly has a bit of a smell to it.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The NationWill Players Help Raise Awareness About the Horrors Surrounding the World Cup?

        Qatar has come under criticism for its kafala system for migrant workers. This worker-sponsorship program had long forced migrant laborers to surrender their passports to their employers and rendered them unable to change jobs, let alone organize a strike. Under immense pressure, Qatar agreed in 2017 to start working with the International Labor Organization to reform the kafala system. In 2020, the country passed a new labor law that increased the minimum wage and allowed workers to move to a new employer without permission. Vigorous implementation is the hard part, though, and numerous human rights groups have slammed Qatar for its lack of commitment to enforcing the new law. In addition, Amnesty International says Qatar has dragged its feet in investigating worker deaths, failing to provide proper compensation for workers’ families.

      • ReasonPolice Killed an Autistic Teenager. Then They Filed Search Warrants Looking for Past Bad Behavior.

        Despite the legal requirement that warrants only be approved when there is probable cause for a crime, judges in Jefferson, St. Charles, and Orleans granted the warrants. The Lens reports that “none of the affidavits for the warrants that were sought related to Parsa’s death identified a specific crime that JPSO was investigating. On some of the warrants, where a crime could have been listed, JPSO wrote ‘No charge at this time.’ On others, it was left blank.”

      • NPRThese companies ran an experiment: Pay workers their full salary to work fewer days

        Fortunately, she found 73 companies to give it a shot. They include financial firms, recruiters, consultants, health care companies and even a fish and chip shop (this is Britain, after all). And while the data on the study hasn’t been released yet, the anecdotal feedback from these firms appears to be positive. Fully 86% said they will likely continue the four-day workweek policy. The same pay for less time at work? Sign us up!

      • ABCLA deputies won’t be charged for killing Black bicyclist

        The deputies told investigators they didn’t know there was a gun in the clothes, and they fired at Kizzee after he picked up the handgun when it fell out during a struggle with one of them.

        An autopsy found that Kizzee had been struck 16 times by bullets in the front and back. Attorneys for the family have said witnesses described a volley of shots being fired as he lay on the ground, although an autopsy didn’t indicate the position of his body when he was shot.

      • Times Higher EducationTaliban’s call for academics to return met with scepticism

        This October, the Taliban prohibited female students from choosing some majors, including engineering, agriculture and journalism.

        On 10 November, the government banned women from parks and gyms, further pushing them out of public spaces. Days later, the group ordered judges to impose sharia – which could mean public executions, amputations and floggings, according to reports.

        Amid this backdrop, the minister’s comments struck a dissonant chord with academics.

      • [Old] RFAChina Says Marriages Between Tibetans, Chinese Will Strengthen ‘Ethnic Unity’

        Chinese officials in public meetings held in Tibet’s Shigatse prefecture are promoting marriages between Tibetans and Han Chinese, as a new “ethnic unity” law goes into effect in what Tibetans say is another assault on their cultural identity, already weakened by decades of Chinese migration into the region.

      • [Old] The Washington PostChina promotes mixed marriages in Tibet as way to achieve ‘unity’

        During their controversial six-decade-rule of Tibet, China’s Communist Party leaders have been accused by human rights groups of trying to tame the restive region by imprisoning Tibetan political prisoners, keeping in exile their leader the Dalai Lama and repressing Tibetan religion and culture.

        Now, China has turned to interracial marriage in an apparent attempt to assimilate Tibetans and stamp out rebellious impulses.

      • The NationAbortion and the Election

        The midterm election of 2022 is almost over, with only some counting and the Georgia runoff remaining. But its seismic impact will be felt for years to come. It was the first nationwide election since the Supreme Court eviscerated the right to reproductive choice in the Dobbs decision. The election confirmed that this has sent a shock wave through the electorate, energizing pro-choice voters to deliver a stinging rebuke to Republican ambitions.

      • Counter PunchMidterms Reveal Progressive Possibilities in a Changing Nation

        It is clear Roevember happened, that women enraged by the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade abortion rights came out in numbers not captured by polls. In addition, younger people, also underrepresented in polls, swung heavily toward the Democrats. Trump’s presence in the election turned into a minus for Republicans, as extreme right candidates endorsed by him were defeated across the country. This election very likely signals that the kind of far right politics signified by Trump has reached its high water mark and is receding in a demographically changing nation.

        “In a midterm election where issues largely centered on inflation and rising prices, about a quarter of voters said the Court’s decision was the single most important factor in their midterm vote,” reports KFF. “This share increases to more than three in ten among some groups that tend to be pro-choice, including Democratic voters (37%), younger women voters (34%), first time voters, and those who say they are angry about the Court’s decision . . . Majorities of Black and Hispanic women also report the Supreme Court decision impacted their voting behavior. . . “

      • The DissenterSenate Investigation: Doctor Contracted By ICE Medically Abused Dozens Of Women
      • TruthOutVideo Footage Shows Asylum Seeker in ICE Detention Being Force-Fed
      • Common DreamsSenate Report, Hearing Confirm ‘Systematic Medical Abuse’ of Migrant Women in ICE Detention

        After 18 months of bipartisan investigation, the United States Senate on Tuesday published a report and held a hearing on the medical abuse of women jailed in Georgia by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has been accused of covering up the widespread mistreatment by deporting survivors and witnesses.

        “Irwin is the worst place I have ever been in my life.”

      • Common DreamsAs GOP Claims House Majority, Jayapal Warns of ‘Republicans in Ruin’

        As major election watchers on Wednesday officially announced that Republicans had secured a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives by winning at least 218 seats, top Democrats—whose party maintains control of the White House and Senate—tried to send a message of hope.

        Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday night, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) highlighted progressive candidates who won and the state-level ballot measures that passed, including initiatives legalizing marijuana, protecting abortion rights, expanding Medicaid, and raising the minimum wage.

      • The NationClose Rikers
      • TruthOutJudge Strikes Down Title 42, Which Helped Expel Millions of Asylum Seekers
      • TechdirtImmunity Denied To Deputies Who Tried To Turn Muscular Dystrophy Into Reasonable Suspicion

        Courts are cool with pretextual stops. As long as a cop can make up a reasonably good excuse for pulling someone over, they can start casting their lines in hopes of bigger fish. Given enough time and bullshit, cops can often talk people into warrantless roadside searches.

      • Common DreamsNLRB Requests ‘Nationwide Cease and Desist Order’ to Stop Union-Busting at Starbucks

        The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday asked a federal court in Michigan for a “nationwide cease and desist order” prohibiting Starbucks from firing workers for union organizing.

        Federal prosecutors also asked the court to reinstate and reimburse a pro-union worker who was fired from one of the coffee giant’s Ann Arbor stores and to require a high-ranking Starbucks official to publicly inform the store’s employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act to pursue representation and collectively bargain for better conditions without fear of retaliation.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Broadband BreakfastSenators Push Bill to Make Broadband Grants Non-Taxable By Year-End

        Tax-exempt funding programs would include middle-mile grants, the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program, and the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program. The BEAD program will distribute $42.45 billion – about two thirds of the IIJA’s broadband funds – to the states.

      • TechdirtNYC’s Once Bold Broadband Plan Now A Jumbled Mess Of Half-Measures

        Back in 2020, New York City officials unveiled an aggressive plan to revolutionize broadband in the city. The centerpiece of this Internet Master Plan involved building a $156 million open access fiber network that competitors could easily join at low cost, driving some much needed competition — and lower rates, faster speeds, and better coverage — to New York City residents.

      • AccessNowOpen letter: Kazakhstan and ISPs must ensure free, open, and secure internet access throughout the presidential elections – Access Now

        We, the undersigned organizations and members of the #KeepItOn coalition — a global network that unites over 280 organizations from 105 countries working to end internet shutdowns globally — write to urgently appeal to you, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, to publicly pledge your support to maintain free, open, and secure internet access in Kazakhstan before, during, and after the presidential elections scheduled for November 20, 2022.

        As the people of Kazakhstan prepare to vote, it is essential that your government adopts and prioritizes measures to ensure that the election process is inclusive, free, and fair by providing everyone with unfettered access to information and avenues for free expression, assembly, and association — both offline and online.

        Access to the internet and social media platforms enables people to exercise their right to engage in public discourse, and to hold their leaders accountable — all important tenets of any democratic society. The internet is increasingly essential in delivering access to economic, social, and cultural rights, especially amidst the pandemic.

      • AccessNow#KeepItOn in Kazakhstan: empower people, uphold democracy – Access Now

        Authorities in Kazakhstan must stop the cycle of abusing internet shutdowns during critical national moments, and instead ensure people across the country have unfettered internet access throughout the presidential election period.

        “We need the government of Kazakhstan to put an end to its attacks on freedom of expression and meticulously-timed attempts to silence people,” said Anastasiya Zhyrmont, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Outreach Coordinator at Access Now. “When millions head to the polls to elect their next president, authorities must guarantee fair and open internet access.”

        The government of Kazakhstan has weaponized internet shutdowns since 2018, particularly during critical political moments such as elections and protests, including as recently as January 2022. With the presidential election scheduled for November 20, 2022, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition have reached out to authorities, laying out the concrete steps needed to ensure they, along with internet service providers, uphold people’s rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and more.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Internet ArchiveDigital Books wear out faster than Physical Books

        Mega-publishers are saying electronic books do not wear out, but this is not true at all. The Internet Archive processes and reprocesses the books it has digitized as new optical character recognition technologies come around, as new text understanding technologies open new analysis, as formats change from djvu to daisy to epub1 to epub2 to epub3 to pdf-a and on and on. This takes thousands of computer-months and programmer-years to do this work. This is what libraries have signed up for—our long-term custodial roles.

        Also, the digital media they reside on changes, too—from Digital Linear Tape to PATA hard drives to SATA hard drives to SSDs. If we do not actively tend our digital books they become unreadable very quickly.

        Then there is cataloging and metadata. If we do not keep up with the ever-changing expectations of digital learners, then our books will not be found. This is ongoing and expensive.

        Our paper books have lasted hundreds of years on our shelves and are still readable. Without active maintenance, we will be lucky if our digital books last a decade.

      • TechdirtGoogle Begins Refunding Years Of Stadia Purchases

        The somehow both long-running and surprisingly quick death of Stadia is now complete. We have been covering Google’s attempt at a video game cloud-streaming service for several years now. Frankly, it’s been a mess from the jump, from a banal launch that was rife with user experience issues, to poor game performance, and a laughably limited game library. It was all the way back in early 2021 that the trouble became more serious and public. First, Google disbanded Stadia’s game developers. Then other Stadia employees voluntarily headed for the exit. Then, after briefly pitching Stadia as a backend for other platforms to deliver game-streaming, Google eventually said it was just going to shut the whole thing down.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakACE Takes Aim at 9anime, Soap2day, Flixtor & Other High-Profile Piracy Targets

          Anti-piracy coalition ACE has set its aim on several new targets. The group has obtained a series of DMCA subpoenas targeting popular streaming sites including 9anime, Soap2day, and Flixtor. Along with Cloudflare and the .to registry, hosting provider Zenlayer is also asked to hand over data. Meanwhile, the ACE coalition’s reach continues to expand.

        • Torrent FreakU.S. Registrars Failed to Disable Pirate Site Domains, Judge Orders Action

          In August, an Indian court ordered domain registrars including NameCheap, Tucows, Dynadot, and Sarek Oy to disable several pirate site domains. They failed to comply so the judge has just ordered two government agencies to take immediate action. Among other things, they must determine if the domain companies should even be allowed to do business in India.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Open Harassment Period

        For the past month we’ve been inundated with a dozen or so phone calls per day (except Sundays) from ever-so-helpful folks who are offering to guide us through the confusion of selecting an insurance provider to supplement or replace our Medicare health care benefits. These calls begin as early as 6:30 in the morning — interrupting our sleep when we’ve had a difficult night — and continue throughout the day and into the evening.

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

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