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Links 25/11/2022: Uruk GNU/Linux 3.0 and Ubuntu Touch OTA-24 Released

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 9to5LinuxTUXEDO Stellaris 17 and Polaris 15 Linux Gaming Laptops Get High-End NVIDIA GPUs

        If you’re in the market for a new gaming laptop, the TUXEDO Stellaris 17 and Polaris 15 Gen4 are now available for pre-order with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card and AMD Ryzen 7 6800H processor for the TUXEDO Polaris 15 model, as well as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or 3080 Ti graphics cards and AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor for the TUXEDO Stellaris 17 variant.

        The TUXEDO Polaris 15 features a 15.6-inch Full-HD (1920×1080) IPS 144 Hz 16:9 or WQHD (2560×1440) IPS 16:9 165Hz matte display options, while the TUXEDO Stellaris 17 can only be purchased with a 17-inch WQHD (2560×1600) IPS 16:10 240 Hz matte display. Both models can use TUXEDO Computers’ external, stationary TUXEDO Aquaris water cooling system.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • It’s FOSSRnote: An Open-Source Drawing App for Notes and Annotation

        We have featured numerous note-taking applications, but options that support handwritten notes are a handful.

        Rnote is one such helpful application that lets you take handwritten notes and annotate documents/pictures.

        Of course, you need a drawing tablet or a setup with a stylus to use Rnote.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • HowTo ForgeHow to access shell or run external commands from within Vim

        Vim, as you might already know, is a feature-packed and powerful editor. In this tutorial, we will focus on how you can execute external commands as well as access the command line shell from within the editor window.

      • HowTo ForgeLinux wall Command Tutorial for Beginners (with Examples)

        There are times when multiple users are logged in to a server computer, and you – the system/network admin – need to, say, restart the server to perform some maintenance task. Of course, the correct way is to inform all those who are logged in about the maintenance activity. Thankfully, Linux offers a built in command line utility for this purpose, the wall command.

      • Barry KaulerTor browser 11.5.8 SFS created

        There is a thread in the forum discussing how to get the Tor browser working in EasyOS.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install and Set Up Tor Browser on Linux

        Tor Browser is the official internet browser tool of the Tor Network project. This software is aimed at serving users who want to browse in full anonymity, preventing surveillance of any kind. This is achieved by bouncing your communications around a distributed network or relays, making eavesdropping very difficult, if not practically impossible.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Observium Network Monitoring Tool on Debian 11

        Observium is a network monitoring tool for your server infrastructure.

      • HowTo ForgeCreating your first deployment on a Kubernetes Cluster

        In this article, we will see how to create your first deployment on a Kubernetes Cluster using the kubectl command on the Linux shell….

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 43: grouping layers

        Cascade layers can be grouped by nesting layer rules.

        If you work on a large style sheet, you might want to create cascade layers to group different types of declarations. In order to give your layers even more structure and control, you can also group declarations within layers.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 42: aspect-ratio

        Yes, I know, aspect-ratio is not the hottest shit, but Safari only starting supporting it in version 15 and there’s a lot I didn’t know about the property. That’s reason enough for me to write about it. :)

      • Matt RickardWhy Do Configuration Changes Cause Outages?

        From a glance, a good percentage of outages are caused by bad configuration changes – the 2021 global Facebook outage, the $440mm bad configuration that brought down Knight Capital in 2012, numerous global outages at Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Cloudflare, and other companies with serious engineering cultures. Why do configuration changes cause so many outages?

      • Stefano MarinelliInstalling Mastodon inside a FreeBSD jail

        I’ve already installed and maganed Mastodon in the past, (as many do) as a Docker stack in a Linux machine. This time I decided to install Mastodon on a FreeBSD jail, managed by BastilleBSD.

        There’s not much documentation as everything related to Mastodon seems quite Linux-centric.

        I’ll describe a simple, one jail installation, not security oriented nor explaining any single option. If you’re managing an instance, you should be skilled enough to understand what you’re doing here. It would be better to separate the services (Redis, PostgreSQL, etc.) but, for simplicity, I’ll just put everything in a nice single (movable) jail.

      • Fred HerbertHiding Theory in Practice

        This sensitive nature makes it perhaps unsurprising that incident investigation and review facilitation come with a large number of concepts and practices you are told to avoid because they are considered counterproductive. A tricky question I want to discuss in this post is how to deal with them when you see them come up.

      • AdafruitHosting a Mastodon Instance on Raspberry Pi

        On the Raspberry Pi site, they’ve posted an article by Pete Stevens on hosting your own Mastodon Instance (aka a server) using RBpi. They have spun up their own Instance using RBpi 4.

      • TecMintHow To Deploy ONLYOFFICE Docs On Angular

        Angular is a TypeScript-based free and open-source front-end application development framework widely used for building native mobile applications and creating desktop-installed apps for Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        If you develop and run Angular-based applications, it might be a good idea to enable document editing and real-time collaboration within your service by integrating ONLYOFFICE Docs (ONLYOFFICE Document Server). Such integration is possible due to a unique component developed for the Angular framework by the ONLYOFFICE developers.

      • How to Install Docker on Ubuntu

        Looking for the easiest way to install Docker in Ubuntu? Well, here you have it.

        But before proceeding with installation, it is important to remove the old docker package (if you have any):

        sudo apt-get remove docker docker-engine docker.io containerd runc
        Now, if you don’t care about using a slightly old docker version, you can use the default repository for docker installation:

        sudo apt install docker.io
        And that’s it.

        But if you want to use the most recent docker version, you will have to use the official repository for installation, and here’s a detailed guide.

      • LinuxConfigHow to backup and restore an xfs filesystem using xfsdump and xfsrestore

        XFS is a journaled filesystem originally developed by Silicon Graphics in 1993; it was released under the GPL license in the year 2000 and ported to the Linux kernel in 2001. Due to its high scalability and performances, XFS became the default filesystem in recent versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and its clones.

        In this tutorial we see how to create and restore XFS backups using the xfsdump and xfsrestore utilities on Linux.

      • HowTo Forge16 Practical Examples of Linux Find Command for Beginners

        Find is one of the most frequently used Linux commands, and it offers a plethora of features in the form of command line options.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Lighttpd on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Lighttpd is an open-source web server that focused on simplicity and high performance. It supports several technologies, including PHP, FastCGI, Auth, SSL, URL rewriting, reverse proxy, load balancing, and much more. It has a small memory footprint usage than other popular web servers like Apache and Nginx and is capable of handling many concurrent connections.

        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 Lighttpd web server on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install ExifTool on Linux Mint

        ExifTool is a free, open-source software program for reading, writing, and manipulating metadata found in images, audio, and video files. Developed by Phil Harvey, ExifTool can read, write, and manipulate various metadata formats. In addition to the more well-known Exif and IPTC formats, ExifTool can also read and write multiple proprietary metadata formats. This makes it an essential tool for anyone working with digital media.

        The following tutorial will demonstrate how to install ExifTool on Linux Mint 21/20 release using the default repository or manually downloading the latest archive and making and installing the application with cli commands and some additional common usage examples with ExifTool.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install NVIDIA Drivers on Ubuntu Linux

        The Nouveau driver is an open-source graphics device driver for Nvidia video cards. The driver is pre-installed in most Linux Desktop systems. You may need to install the official proprietary Nvidia Linux driver if you wish to squeeze as much power as possible from the Nvidia VGA card. The installation procedure is simple and only takes a few minutes. Once the driver is installed, you will need to restart your computer. After your computer has restarted, you can use all of the features of your Nvidia VGA card.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install NVIDIA Graphic Drivers on Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu, 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish LTS, and 20.04 Focal Fossa using three methods that should suit most user requirements.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Tripwire IDS on Debian Linux

        Intrusion detection is a crucial element of any defense strategy in today’s online world. Tripwire IDS is a reliable intrusion detection system that can help to identify changes made to specified files and directories. Tripwire IDS can detect intrusions and raise an alert by analyzing operating systems and applications, resource utilization, and other system activity. This allows organizations to take immediate action to mitigate the threat and protect their data. In addition, Tripwire IDS provides a comprehensive report of all changes made to the monitored system, allowing organizations to track down the source of the intrusion and prevent future attacks.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Tripwire IDS on your Debian 11/10/Sid desktop or server using the command line terminal and first-time configuration set-up, which shows step-by-step instructions with screenshots to get you started.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxWW1 FPS ‘Isonzo’ is getting a free expansion on December 5th

        Isonzo from M2H, BlackMill Games is set to get bigger on December 5th, with the release of a free expansion featuring the Germans.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck wins Best Gaming Hardware at the 40th Golden Joystick Awards

        The 40th Golden Joystick Awards presented by GamesRadar is over and in the Best Gaming Hardware category, the Steam Deck won. While the event is mostly about individual games, it’s nice to see such a device get the recognition it deserves because it really is such a transformative device for the way people get to play PC games and for Linux gaming as a whole.

      • GamingOnLinuxEuropa Universalis IV is now finally available on GOG

        After many years being released on Steam back in 2013, Europa Universalis IV from Paradox has finally arrived on game store GOG.com. So for those of you who prefer it, for their DRM-free stance, now is your time.

      • GamingOnLinuxQuiet survival adventure Aquamarine got a big free Explorer’s Edition upgrade

        Aquamarine has some great artwork but it seems the initial release didn’t stick with a lot of people, which hopefully the new free Explorer’s Edition upgrade will solve. The developers said they have “listening to our players’ comments since the game initially released in January 2022, and have brought their feedback and suggestions to this huge, game-changing update”.

      • GamingOnLinuxGet a free copy of Garfield Kart on Fanatical in their huge Black Friday Sale

        Game store Fanatical also have their own big Black Friday Sale, and they’re giving away a copy of one of the best kart racing games on PC — Garfield Kart – Furious Racing (if you join their newsletter). I’m not even joking, it’s actually genuinely a very good kart racer and works great on Steam Deck too.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Next-Gen update to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with FSR 2.1 should be fun for Steam Deck

        The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, in case you haven’t heard, is getting a free next-gen update releasing on December 14th and it might make it even better on Steam Deck.

      • GamingOnLinuxTower-defense base-building mining game Lumencraft adds procedural maps

        Lumencraft is a really interesting game that blends together elements of tower-defense, base-building, mining and a little Deep Rock Galactic in a top-down view. A big new release is out now and it’s Steam Deck Verified with Native Linux support.

      • HackadayMeat-Space Minesweeper Game Hits The Mark

        Hackers of a certain age will remember that before the Internet was available to distract us from our work, we had to find our own fun. Luckily, Windows was there to come to our aid, in the shape of “Minesweeper” – a classic of the age that involved figuring out/occasionally just guessing where a selection of mines had been hidden on a grid of squares via numerical clues to their proximity. For those missing such simple times, [Martin] has brought the game into physical space with his 3D-printed travel-game version.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Make Use Of4 Must-Have Extensions for a More Complete GNOME Experience

          These extensions are a must if you’re looking to personalize GNOME to suit your preferences.

          For some people, GNOME extensions have a reputation for being necessary to change or un-do the design choices the GNOME team has made over the past decade. But if you love the default GNOME experience, does that mean extensions aren’t for you?

          Hardly! There are some areas where GNOME remains a work in progress. Here’s how you can get an ideal GNOME experience without waiting for the current software to catch up!

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Uruk GNU/Linux 3.0 – The Uruk Project Blog

        Everything starts from dreams And each person evaluates these dreams in his own way Perhaps childish, grandiose, trivial, or impossible Lives begin with the first childhood dream, which is the dream of walking on two legs And then our dreams get bigger as we get older And when we achieve a dream The march is not over the Difficulties begin

        Hello I’m ali miracle ….. One of the directors of the Uruk project and one of the authors of this unfinished story. we Starting the project from a simple dream A 100% free simple distro that fulfills our desires We made the first release in 2016 It was a successful attempt But behind the scenes Problems and difficulties haunted us everywhere because of the small team and limited resources Then with great difficulty we launched the second version It was a masterpiece

        but The great problems started 3 years ago We lost rosa Then came the pandemic take Christina from us We lost our family, …. We lost a part of ourselves. The world has changed. None of us can go back. All we can do is our best. And sometimes the best that we can do… is to start over. Part of every journey is the end But this is not the end we starting over again in earlier of this year 2022 with new infrastructure, new plans and new base system And today in the name of freedom, in the name of our dreams and in the name of our friends who have left this strange solar system, in the name of all what we believe in, we are happy to announce the release of a new version of Uruk GNU/Linux 3.0 with a lot of changes…

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • DebugPointFedora Anaconda Web UI Preview Image is Now Available for Testing

        The upcoming Anaconda Web UI testing image is now available for everyone to download as a preview image.

        A few months back, we reported that Fedora Linux 37 was planning to introduce the new Anaconda Web UI installer, which is under development. However, the installer could not make it for Fedora 37 release due to several bugs and other issues.

        Now, the testing image is available for everyone to download and test.

        Fedora’s new Anaconda Web UI is a modern installer which is under the development/visioning stage for the past one/two years. It’s a thin installer that runs on a web browser. At its core, it is based on Cockpit, patternfly and Python.

        You might be wondering why a new web-based installer and moving away from the GTK-based Anaconda installer. Although the current installer is a little less user-friendly, it works fine.

        The primary reason is to cater to several business use cases where you need to install Fedora Linux over the network. For those remote installations, bandwidth and latency are important. And it may not be a good idea to use GTK based installer.

        Furthermore, the new web UI indeed runs on the browser (default Firefox), and it does partitioning and all those stuff. To give you a first look, we downloaded the image and gave it a spin in VirtualBox.

      • Red Hat OfficialCode Comments – Season 1, Episode 2: Tech Mahindra and Networks

        Tech Mahindra’s Sandeep Sharma explains how companies can keep pace with unforeseen changes and customer expectations.

      • The New StackRed Hat Helps Make Kubernetes Security More Accessible – The New Stack

        Red Hat is applying StackRox to provide a comprehensive security management platform and associated tools for cloud native security.

      • Enterprise TalkLeveraging Open Source Technology to Drive Digital Transformation

        Open source plays a vital role in world where software is everywhere. Enterprises aiming to achieve successful digital transformation must adopt and leverage open source software and also contribute to it. So, how intertwined is edge computing with open source and how can companies use open source technologies for their hybrid cloud plans and digital transformation initiatives? Enterprise Talk chats with Ian Hood, Chief Stratergist at Red Hat, to learn more about the advantages of switching to open source software and also how OpenShift API Management can benefit enterprises by modernizing legacy systems, accelerating the release of new apps, and boosting developer productivity.

      • Fedora ProjectFriday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-47 – Fedora Community Blog

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

        Fedora Linux 35 will reach end of life on 2022-12-13.

        I have weekly office hours on Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time) in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

      • Red Hat OfficialFind anything you need with fzf, the Linux fuzzy finder tool | Enable Sysadmin

        I’m thankful for the Linux fuzzy finder tool because it superpowers the command line by making it fast to find whatever I’m looking for.

      • Enterprisers ProjectCIOs beware: IT teams are changing

        The pandemic accelerated a trend that CIOs long knew was coming: Technology is the linchpin of a successful organization, and it is the IT team’s responsibility to manage it effectively whether the landscape is in-office, hybrid, or remote. As with any evolution, traditional IT functions such as answering support tickets, patchworking systems, and making ad hoc changes to end-user software are no longer the primary focus of their roles.

        In 2021, 94% of IT professionals agreed that their roles and responsibilities have moved away from simply provisioning IT equipment and are now focused on providing solutions that promote employee collaboration and productivity. This research highlights that only 40 percent of an IT professional’s day is spent on “keeping the lights on” – software upgrades, troubleshooting requests, etc. The rest of their day is spent developing larger organizational strategies and employee experience tasks.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Shares ― Edge computing for 5G and telecommunications
      • Future of BIOS RAID support in the installer

        Hi, I am planning to change how we support BIOS RAID (sometimes also called Firmware or Fake RAID) in the installer in the future. I plan to go through the official Fedora change process for Fedora 38, but I’d like to get some feedback first.

        We are currently using dmraid to support these types of RAIDs in blivet[1] (storage library the Anaconda installer uses) and we would like to replace it with mdadm. The main reason is that dmraid is no longer actively maintained, but it will also mean one less dependency for the installer (we use mdadm for the software RAID support) and one less service running during boot (dmraid-activation.service).

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • DebugPointUbuntu 23.04 “Lunar Lobster” daily build is now available

        And we are off to the next release & Ubuntu 23.04 “Lunar Lobster” daily build desktop ISO images are now available to download.

        Within a few weeks of the code name reveal, the daily test builds started for Ubuntu 23.04. The upcoming Ubuntu 23.04 is a short-term release from Ubuntu and will be supported for nine months. The necessary launchpad branch and documentation are now ready. Ubuntu developers now start pouring the new features, merging data from the upstream branch.

        The feature list at this stage is tentative. However, we can easily guess some of the key components.

      • Ubuntu Touch OTA-24 Release | UBports

        Ubuntu Touch is the privacy and freedom-respecting mobile operating system by UBports. Today we are happy to announce the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-24, the very latest update to the system! OTA-24 will become available for the following supported Ubuntu Touch devices over the next week.

      • 9to5LinuxUbuntu Touch OTA-24 Released for Ubuntu Phone Users, Here’s What’s New

        The UBports Foundation announced today the release of the OTA-24 software update for its Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for supported Ubuntu Phone devices.

        Ubuntu Touch OTA-24 is here almost five months after Ubuntu Touch OTA-23 and while it’s still based on the Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) upstream repositories, it introduces further improvements to increase the overall stability and reliability of the mobile OS.

        Highlights of this release include initial gesture support with double-tap to wake for selected devices, improvements to fingerprint unlock by allowing more backoff time between read retries, as well as support for media buttons on headsets for most Ubuntu Phone devices.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoWhy using 3D printing in your smart home is so useful | Arduino Blog

        3D printing, the stuff of science fiction only a few short years ago, is becoming more widely available all the time. Buying your own 3D printer to keep in your home is now fairly accessible, with entry-level printers available for just a few hundred dollars.

        But why would you buy one? It’s easy to think 3D printers are still a niche toy, exciting for a few enthusiasts but largely useless for the general population. But this couldn’t be more wrong — 3D printers have a wide range of very practical uses for everyday households.

        In this article, we’ll take a look at why 3D printing is so useful and some of the many reasons to consider adding a 3D printer to your own smart home.

      • ArduinoEnjoy the ultimate espresso machine on a budget with Gaggiuino | Arduino Blog

        There are few beverages on this planet that enthusiasts take more seriously than espresso. Aficionados care about and tune everything from steam pressure to bean roasting temperature. But espresso machines that provide both accurate and precise adjustments are very expensive — easily several thousand dollars. Fortunately, you can tackle the Gaggiuino project to upgrade an affordable Gaggia espresso machine to something comparable to a high-end machine.

        Gaggia espresso machines cost less than $500 and they’re quite good for that price point, but they aren’t a match for something like a $6,000 La Marzocco Linea Mini. However, the building blocks are there; Gaggia espresso machines have high-quality parts, they simply lack precision electronic control. Gaggiuino addresses that shortcoming with a handful of affordable components. For around $100 worth of hardware, you can dramatically upgrade your Gaggia Classic or Gaggia Classic Pro to create an exceptional machine.

      • CNX SoftwareTinyLlama x86 retro computer uses the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W as a MIDI synthesizer – CNX Software

        The TinyLlama x86 retro computer board is designed to run DOS games on a DM&P Vortex86EX 32-bit x86 processor and integrates a MIDI synthesizer based on Raspberry Pi Zero 2 running MT32-Pi firmware.

        Growing up playing games on 386/486-era computers, Eivind Bohler looked for similar recent hardware to play DOS games and after discovering the 86Duino x86 Arduino-compatible board, he decided to use the SOM-128-EX module powering the board to create the TinyLlama board with a Sound Blaster Pro-compatible Crystal CS4237B sound chip and a MIDI synthesizer.

      • Jeff GeerlingPi Cluster vs Ampere Altra Max 128-core ARM CPU

        Sometimes life has a funny way of lining up opportunities, and one presented itself when Patrick from ServeTheHome reached out and said, “Jeff, I have an Ampere Altra Max server. You wanna come see it?”

      • Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Buyers Guide 2023 in The MagPi magazine #124

        Treat yourself this holiday season with our guide to sourcing the latest Raspberry Pi hardware, official accessories and third-party kits and projects. We’ve got gifts for every budget, so whether you’re just looking to get started or dreaming of a big build for the new year; we’ve got you covered.

      • Raspberry PiSpotlight on primary computing education in our 2023 seminar series

        We are excited to announce our next free online seminars, running monthly from January 2023 and focusing on primary school (K–5) teaching and learning of computing.

      • Q42 EngineeringHacking the parking gate

        When we finally got our hands on the remote, the itch to solve our problem was immediately there. The goal: get a solution in a single day. The bonus challenge: we didn’t want the owner of the parking garage to know that we were hacking their system… 😁

      • HackadayRacing Cars On A PCB
      • Video: MiSTer FPGA Project Introduction – Nov. 2022
      • Raspberry PiCelebrating the community: Selin

        We are so excited to share another story from the community! Our series of community stories takes you across the world to hear from young people and educators who are engaging with creating digital technologies in their own personal ways.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • It’s FOSSFOSS Weekly #22.44: Mastodon, Tagging in KDE, Why Cinnamon, Linux Deals and More

      What are you thankful for?

      I am thankful for Linux and other open source projects. These projects gave power to the people.

      Think about it. Linus Torvalds had to develop his own operating system because he could not afford to purchase a UNIX license. From ls to grep, Richard Stallman’s GNU project rewrote the implementation of various UNIX commands.

      We might take these things for granted today in 2022 but look closely, and then you’ll realize how these projects changed the course of technology simply by putting it in the hands of people.

    • MedevelWhoogle Search: Create your Private Meta Search Engine

      Whoogle is a free open-source self-hosted metasearch engine that allows you to search and get your Google results without ads, JavaScript trackers, or AMP links.

      It also ignores cookies, and does not perform any IP address tracking.

      To get your Whoogle ready, all you need to do is deploy it using Docker. You can also choose to deploy it manually or install it directly on Arch Linux, Heroku, and Fly.io.

      Whoogle also offers a straightforward configuration using a single configuration file.

    • Nolan LawsonThoughts on Mastodon

      Five years ago, I was all-in on Mastodon. I deleted my Twitter account, set up a Mastodon instance, and encouraged my friends to join. A year later, I wrote my own Mastodon client in an attempt to make Mastodon faster and easier to use.

      So with the recent Twitter exodus, and with seemingly every news outlet and tech blog talking about Mastodon, you’d think I’d be pretty pleased. And yet, I’m filled with a deep ambivalence.

    • JCSSubtext 1.0 Released

      This is the initial public release of the Subtext BBS server for Classic Mac OS. It represents a full year of development and testing while operating the Kludge BBS on my Macintosh Plus.

    • OpenSource.com9 holiday gift ideas for open source enthusiasts in 2022
    • Events

      • Daniel Stenberg89 operating systems | daniel.haxx.se

        I occasionally do talks about curl. In these talks I often include a few slides that say something abut curl’s coverage and presence on different platforms. Mostly to boast of course, but also to help explain to the audience how curl has manged to reach its ten billion installations.

        This is current incarnation of those seven slides in November 2022. I am of course also eager to get your feedback on the specific contents, especially if you miss details in them, that I should add so that my future curl presentations include more accurate data.

        curl runs in all your devices

        curl is used in (almost) every Internet-connected device out there, and I try to visualize that with this packed slide. Cars, servers, game consoles, medical devices, games, apps, operating systems, watches, robots, TVs, speakers, light-bulbs, freezers, printers, motorcycles, music instruments and more.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • It’s FOSSExcellent News! Midori Browser to Integrate its Own Open Source Engine for a Strong Comeback

        Midori was a decently popular lightweight open-source web browser a few years back.

        Some of us thought it was discontinued and did not know if it was active.

        Good news!

        Midori web browser is active (in beta) and available as a free and open-source offering.

        It is an electron-powered browser based on Chromium without Google stuff and privacy protection features.

        In 2019, the project got discontinued and merged with Astian as a mobile browser, where we did not get immediate clarification if the browser would be making a comeback or remain open-source.
        Additionally, with the upcoming update to the browser, they plan to integrate their own open-source search engine AstianGO with it.

        This is somewhat similar to Brave (and its search engine), but Brave Search is not open-source.

    • Education

      • Terence EdenZotero citations in Markdown – publishing to ePub or PDF

        Mostly notes to myself – I hope you find them useful.

        So, you want to write your dissertation or thesis in Markdown. But how do you manage all your citations?

      • Austin Z HenleyMy future teaching statement

        Now that I have several years of teaching experience and have moved to industry, I’ve been reflecting on how I could be a better teacher (and how I should have written my teaching statement).

    • FSF

    • Programming/Development

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Develop Android Apps in Linux

        It can be intimidating if you’re just starting out to develop an app for Android. Here you will find everything you need to know about building, publishing, and releasing an app on Android.

      • Jim NielsenNatural Language Inputs

        The argument against this approach is likely: it’s difficult to accept and parse user input. But you know what else is hard? Building user inputs that are sophisticated, usable, accessible, progressively-enhanced, and format-specific, not to mention needing them to work across varying inputs and device types.

      • [Repeat] EarthlyBullshit Software Projects

        This was my introduction to busy work: work to be done for no other reason than to keep yourself looking busy. It fits into a larger category of bullshit work: work that the worker must do despite having no purpose.

      • Matt WelshUsing Rust at a startup: A cautionary tale

        I hesitated writing this post, because I don’t want to start, or get into, a holy war over programming languages. (Just to get the flame bait out of the way, Visual Basic is the best language ever!) But I’ve had a number of people ask me about my experience with Rust and whether they should pick up Rust for their projects. So, I’d like to share some of the pros and cons that I see of using Rust in a startup setting, where moving fast and scaling teams is really important.

      • Andy DoteChangelog Driven Versioning

        Versioning is one of the many hard problems when it comes to writing software. There is no one correct way to do it, and all have various tradeoffs.

        After reading keep a changelog, I was inspired to implement this into a couple of CLI tools that I am working on at the moment: Flagon (feature flags on the CLI, for CI usage), and Cas (Content Addressable Storage for Make), but I also wanted to solve my versioning and release process.

      • Armin RonacherA Better Way to Borrow in Rust: Stack Tokens

        As a Rust programmer you are probably quite familiar with how references work in Rust. If you have a value of type T you can generally get various references to it by using the ampersand (&) operator on it. In the most trivial case &T gives you just that: a reference to T. There are however cases where you can get something else. For instance String implements Deref which lets you also get a &str from it and that system also can be extended to work with mutable references as well.

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyMeasuring the overhead of HashMaps in Rust

        While working on a project where I was putting a lot of data into a HashMap, I started to notice my hashmaps were taking up a lot of RAM. I mean, a lot of RAM. I did a back of the napkin calculation for what the minimum memory usage should be, and I was getting more than twice what I expected in resident memory.

        I’m aware that HashMaps trade off space for time. By using more space, we’re able to make inserts and retrievals much more efficient. But how much space do they trade off for that time?

        I didn’t have an answer to that question, so I decided to measure and find out. If you just want to know the answer, skip to the last section; you’ll know you’re there when you see charts. Also, all the supporting code and data is available if you want to do your own analysis.

      • Tim KelloggSprint Driven Development

        Agile talks about doing work in sprints, but it never felt like a “sprint” to me. It just feels like we’re chopping work up arbitrarily into 2-week chunks. When I run, sprinting is a top-speed run focused on getting to a clear destination as soon as possible. I need a long rest before I can sprint again. The agile version of this doesn’t seem like it has much in common.

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungarian developer receives $70,000 reward from Google
      • HackadaySquish That Stack With Rampart

        [P B Richards] and [Aaron Flin] were bemoaning the resource hunger of modern JavaScript environments and planned to produce a system that was much stingier with memory and CPU, that would fit better on lower-end platforms. Think Nginx, NodeJS, and your flavour of database and how much resource that all needs to run properly. Now try wedge that lot onto a Raspberry Pi Zero. Well, they did, creating Rampart: a JavaScript-based complete stack development environment.

      • Red Hat OfficialA new constant expression interpreter for Clang

        In this blog post, I explain the upstream work I have been doing on a new constant expression interpreter for Clang.

      • PerlKephra: Select All | lichtkind [blogs.perl.org]

        To continue my previous post about Kephra, please let me ramble about just one seemingly little feature.


        Repeating the same key stroke doesn’t cost much finger movement and expanding selection is kinda the same thing over and over.

      • Qt

        • QtQt for Android Automotive 6.4.1 is released

          We are happy to announce that the latest Qt for Android Automotive is out, based on Qt 6.4.1. This is a minor fix release where several qmake example projects can be correctly built.

      • Python

        • [python] Generate ranges from items | Pablo Iranzo Gómez blog

          Some years ago, I added a script for updating headers for (C) in the python files I was developing for Risu.

          In this way, the header got the list of authors and years working on the files updated automatically.

          With the pass of the years, the list started to became a bit too long, so I worked on creating code for getting ranges instead.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchOne Practical Way to Make Art Museum Exhibitions More Accessible

      Usually histories of the art museum discuss the successive directors, additions to the collection, and expansions of the architecture. We learn how these institutions are governed, what they display and the changing setting for their displays. The history of the exhibition catalogue, also an important part of this story, has been less examined. A private collection doesn’t have to have a catalogue. (But once in New Zealand when I joked that a grand private collector deserved a catalogue, she gave me hers.) The collector can display whatever he or she desires. But we expect a catalogue for a public collection, because the presence of art testifies to a certain consensus about its value. And the catalogue is a way of permanently documenting a temporary exhibition. Catalogues show that the visual art displayed is a subject for serious research. And in some cases, but not in all, a catalogue is essential to understanding the show. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, at “The Tale of Genji. A Japanese Classic Illuminated”, in 2019, unless you were familiar with that extremely long novel, the meaning of many images was elusive. And if you didn’t know the history of Islamic Africa, understanding the objects in that museum’s more recent “Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara” required the catalogue. In general, then, the less you know about the artifacts on display, the more you need the catalogue. And since almost no one knows all of the cultures represented in our multicultural world museums, even scholars and reviewers have a real importance to this documentation. Sometimes also exhibitions of familiar art are driven by the catalogue analysis. To take another example from the Metropolitan, the current exhibition “Cubism and the Trompe l’Oeil Tradition” would be puzzling if you didn’t have access to the catalogue.

      As the comparison of my two examples of Caravaggio-catalogues demonstrates, this documentation has become steadily more weighty. Often catalogues are so massive that it’s best to pick them up only after you exit, so as not to have to carry them through the exhibition. But of course, it’s useful to have them in hand when you are in the show. A large exhibition curated by Okwei Enwezor, “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965” at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, adapted a smart solution to this dilemma. Two catalogues were provided, a light document to carry through the show and a full, very heavy book, which you could lug home.

    • [Old] Marcus RohrmoserHave I been pwned? – DIY style

      But how would you know? Troy Hunt maintains a set of leaked passwords you can test your password candidate against online or download and test locally. (Online testing does not involve uploading your password).

      I show how to handle such a large dataset and have fast lookups using cheap computers, djb’s cdb and some shell/awk scripting.

    • [Old] 100 Days To Offload100 Days To Offload: Can you publish 100 posts on your blog in a year?

      Posts don’t need to be long-form, deep, meaningful, or even that well written. If there are spelling and grammar mistakes, or even if there’s no real point to the post, so what? What’s important is that you’re writing about the things you want to write about.

      Your posts could be how-to guides, or links to another post you have found interesting. They could include your own thoughts about that post, or a response to it. It could be a simple update about what you have done that day. Tell us about your dog, your cat, your fish tank, or whatever hobbies you have. Someone will find it interesting.

      Just. Write.

    • uni TorontoTwitter’s ‘quoted tweets’ feature and how design affects behavior

      Twitter’s ‘quote tweets’ feature is back in the news in my circles because the Fediverse’s Mastodon software famously deliberately doesn’t have them. I find ‘quote tweets’ to be a fascinating example and case of how what looks like relatively neutral technical or design ‘solutions’ can drastically change the social side of a service. But to understand this, I need to cover the path that Twitter took to having quote tweets, because they didn’t spring out of nowhere.

    • Josh JusticeShutting Down TypeLink

      After 11 years I am going to be shutting down TypeLink, the personal wiki notepad. Important logistics first, then reflections.

    • [Repeat] RachelFeedback: environments, old BBSes, Honda’s 2022 bug

      Oh wow, thank you for mentioning that, unnamed reader! I definitely read that post on LWN at some point in the past couple of days when the pkexec thing started going around. It must have really worked its way into my head, and then eventually stirred up the memory of everything getting “nicely infected” at $OLD_JOB.

    • Common DreamsOpinion | Let’s Talk Turkey

      It’s time to talk turkey!

    • ScheerpostHaving a Blast
    • Counter PunchAn Historian in History: Staughton Lynd (1929-2022)

      When I got off the subway I hurried to my parents’ bookshelves to find the answer to Burnham. I looked, for example, at Emile Burns’ Handbook of Marxism. I couldn’t find an answer then or for decades afterwards.

      I tried to respond to Burnham’s thesis in a different way at the end of the 1960s.

    • Counter PunchHow Should We Deal with the Past When Visual Artworks are Becoming Monuments?

      A memorial celebrates or commemorates in public some individual or cause we want to celebrate. It may be a figurative sculpture or painting but nowadays it can also be a minimalist work. An art world artwork is a different sort of thing. In the public art museum, a Catholic altarpiece doesn’t celebrate Christianity, nor do a Hindu sculpture or a Buddhist painting commemorate religious themes, for people don’t pray in museums. And in that neutral setting, we can admire an Aztec ritual dagger without espousing the values of that culture. Sometimes art works are also shown in public spaces. But it’s important then to distinguish these public artworks from memorials. Jeff Koons’ Split-Rocker (2000), temporarily installed at Rockefeller Center about a decade ago, was a public work, a shrewd comment on Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, that did not memorialize anything. And Alexander Calder’s mobile Pittsburgh (1958), which hangs above the entrance to the gates at the Pittsburgh airport, a marvelous comment on flying, doesn’t celebrate anything. A great memorial may not be even a very good work of art, and usually an artwork does not function as a memorial. More exactly, when it was painted Rembrandt’s The Night Watch (1642) commemorated the men who commissioned it, but now it is just a work of art. Conversely, Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial (1981), a great monument, is perhaps not an important work of art; at any rate, that’s not why it matters, however much its design was influenced by study of artworks.

      We take down memorials to the Confederate generals, Stalin and imperialists because they supported pernicious men and institutions whose effects still remain significant. They harm people here and now. Southerners (especially if they are Black) shouldn’t have to walk past statues of Confederate heroes. Nor should East Germans live with statues of Stalin or English people (especially emigrants) with sculptures celebrating Rhodes. And we do have monuments to Presidents Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and to Martin Luther King, Jr. because we value and so want to celebrate their political roles. By contrast, to display Catholic, Hindu and Buddhist art in a museum isn’t to take any stand on the moral values of those religious cultures. A museum is not a house for monuments.

    • Telex (Hungary)Navracsics didn’t refute that the EC is expected to suspend 7.5 billion euros of funding from Hungary
    • Telex (Hungary)Cannonball from Ottoman times found in Kőszeg while gardening
    • HackadayMaking Paper Strandbeester

      We love the artistry of paper mechanisms.  Simple tools and techniques creating humor, beauty, and amazement.

    • Counter PunchAmtraks Across America: Hurricane Katrina Sinks the Bush Presidency

      Before taking an Amtrak train to Chicago, I spent several nights in New Orleans. I had not been since 2006, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which came ashore on August 29, 2005.

      On that occasion the playwright and novelist John Biguenet drove me around the flood zones, where—beyond the ever-so-slight high ground of the French Quarter, which was spared—I saw waves of water-damaged neighborhoods and families living in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailers. In the high waters, John, himself, had lost 2,000 books and much of his house.

    • Counter PunchRevisiting the Goals of Sustainable Development

      When the eight Millennium Development Goals[2] (2000 to 2015) were proclaimed by the GA on 14 December 2000, there was hope that the goals would be met. The time was right and the level of political will seemed present.  Much credit goes to SG Kofi Annan and later to USG Wu Hongbo[3].

      Unfortunately, on 11 September 2001 the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and a series of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and throughout the Middle East adversely impacted the world’s priorities and relegated development to the back burner. The road-map to development was lost as the so-called “war on terror” sabotaged the expectations which hitherto we had so fondly harboured.

    • Counter PunchMake Anarchism Great Again: A Call for a Stateless Form of Populism

      What in the high holy fuck is going on here? The state has clearly flunked every existential test of faith you can possibly conceive of, from Covid to climate change, but the same kids with a front-row seat to these epic gorings just keep on lining up to ride that feral bull. This is precisely the kind of polluted ecosystem that should be ripe as rabies for another rise in anarchism, but no one can seem to relate to salvation. So, they lose themselves in the electoral market for saviors instead.

      Some of this sickness is just good old-fashioned partisan hysteria. While people may be increasingly aware that both parties are in league with psychopaths, as long as one party can convince them that the other party is just a little bit more psychopathic than they are then they can frighten them into voting to stop the other guy’s serial killers with serial killers of their own, so long as they can convince them that their own serial killers have a slightly lower body count. It’s a degenerative mental disorder in the form of a time-honored American pass time known as the lesser of two evils. Vote Bundy and keep that rancid cannibal Dahmer out of the White House!

    • The NationFavorite Season
    • Counter PunchThe Foreboding Hyperthreat Looms Large

      A major exposé of the hyperthreat is the essence of a recently released book by E.G. Boulton, PhD: Cancelled Woman, Destination Safe Earth Publishing, 2022.

      Dr. Boulton introduces the concept of hyperththreat by reflecting on how “people in the past responded when their worlds started to descend.” Now society once again is at a crucial crossroads like what brought on The Ballarat Reform League Charter of 1854 and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Both documents “rejected unfairness and brutality and set a new ethical baseline for human society.”

    • Counter PunchWatching the Global Disaster Unfold

      Much of the New Left moved beyond tired liberalism, and a tiny minority acted as if it was the reincarnation of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral. The larger O.K. Corral, however, were and are violent military and economic interventions across the world as the late William Blum documents in Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II (2004).

      But just as the Old Left was decimated by the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1940s and 1950s, so was the New Left destroyed by its faith in liberalism that crumbled faster than the walls of Jericho once the Vietnam War and larger war in Southeast Asia was over and the alliance of major powers solidified their social, economic, and political power across the globe. Globalization and a predatory system of capitalism left millions of people without the means to support themselves and their families, and there were no effective mass organizations that could offer more than a band-aid approach to human suffering and the destruction of the environment. If a radical group did surface that sought to improve serious societal problems, it would either self-destruct or face draconian government sanctions and harassment.

    • Science

      • IBM Old TimerIrving Wladawsky-Berger: Culture: The Software of the Mind

        Several weeks ago I listened to a very interesting Freakonomics podcast hosted by Stephen Dubner. “According to a decades-long research project, the U.S. is not only the most individualistic country on earth; we’re also high on indulgence, short-term thinking, and masculinity,” said Dubner. The podcast included comments from a number of social scientists but was particularly focused on the work of Gert Jan Hofstede, social sciences professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, whose research is focused on artificial sociality, – the study of human social behavior based on computational models. He’s continued to lead a major research project on national cultures started more than 50 years ago by his father Geert Hofstede who passed away in 2020.

        “Every person carries within him- or herself patterns of thinking, feeling, and potential acting that were learned throughout the person’s lifetime,” wrote the Hofstedes in their 2011 book Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, coauthored with Michael Minkov. “Much of it was acquired in early childhood, because at that time a person is most susceptible to learning and assimilating. As soon as certain patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting have established themselves within a person’s mind, he or she must unlearn these patterns before being able to learn something different, and unlearning is more difficult than learning for the first time.”

    • Hardware

      • HackadayWeasley Clock For Magically Low Cost

        For those unfamiliar with the details of the expansive work of fiction of Harry Potter, it did introduce a few ideas that have really stuck in the collective conscious. Besides containing one of the few instances of time travel done properly and introducing a fairly comprehensive magical physics system, the one thing specifically that seems to have had the most impact around here is the Weasley family clock, which shows the location of several of the characters. We’ve seen these built before in non-magical ways, but this latest build seeks to drop the price tag on one substantially.

      • HackadayHomebrew LED Bulbs Keep Your Circadian Rhythms Steady

        There was a time when LED light bulbs were a premium product that commanded a premium price, mainly because of limited supply and the usual marketing tricks. But now is not that time, since you can pick up an LED bulb for a buck or two at pretty much any store. So why in the world would you go to the effort to make your own light bulb?

      • HackadayElectroplated 3D Printed Sword: Shiny!

        We all want to 3D print metals, but the equipment to do that is still beyond most home workshops. However, [HEN3DRIK] takes resin 3D-printed items and electroplates them. Might not be as good as printing in metal, but it sure looks metallic. As you can see in the video below, the sword looks like it was crafted from highly-polished steel.

      • CNX SoftwareSony ALT1350 5G cellular IoT chip supports NTN connectivity, integrates sub-GHz and 2.4GHz radios

        Sony ALT1350 is a new ultra-low-power 5G LPWA LTE-M/NB-IoT chip that supports Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) for satellite connectivity and also integrates sub-GHz and 2.4 GHz radios for short-range communication and improved efficiency.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Counter PunchThe Political Economy of Dead Meat

        There’s a sour irony to the fact that it’s took the extremely rare mad cow disease, which has killed a very small number of people in England, to raise the alarm about the consequences of intensive meat and milk production. Over the past 150 years the demands of such production have destroyed much of the world’s ecological balance and impoverished millions.

        Start today with one giant U.S. corporation, Monsanto, which makes chemicals and agribusiness products. It has spent many years and a billion dollars or two developing recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone. The purpose of this product is to increase milk yield in dairy cattle. Inject BGH into cows twice a week and the milk yield goes up by some 10 to 20 percent. But crucially, with the artificially increased milk production, the cows need the infamous protein supplements made from rendered cows and sheep, thus opening the way to diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease), which can transfer to humans.

      • Common DreamsCovid Disruptions, ‘Rising Anti-Vaccine Activism’ Linked to Growing Measles Threat

        The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday that tens of millions of children around the globe are “dangerously susceptible” to measles infection as vaccination against the deadly but preventable disease has steadily declined since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

        “Behind every statistic in this report is a child at risk of a preventable disease.”

      • ScheerpostThe US Spends Almost as Much on Healthcare as the Rest of the World Combined and Has One of the Worst Outcomes

        Esteemed physician Dr. Stephen Bezruchka explains why spending the most in the midst of inequality and flawed politics produces an unhealthy prognosis.

      • Counter PunchThe Overdose Crisis

        But no matter how cold it gets, we always look forward to seeing family and friends over the holidays. We all want our homes to be filled with joy, comfort, and the people we love the most.

        But many of us will miss someone at the holiday table, because our country’s overdose crisis now touches almost every family and community. Overdoses took over 108,000 lives this year, more than any year on record. Overdose deaths affect all of us — whether we are Black, brown, or white, and whether we live in a big city or a small town.

      • Counter PunchThe Befouling of Point Reyes National Seashore

        My guide on this safari is Jocelyn Knight, wildlife photographer. We’re stalking a toxic waste dump hidden from public view behind a hill at “Historic E Ranch, established circa 1859” land lorded by the National Park Service.

        Park regulations require Seashore pastures to remain open to the public, but the dump is inside the E Ranch “core” of barns and dwellings, and the public is disallowed.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • Marcus RohrmoserTLS may not be what you think it is.

          By that the unpopular, de-central, self-signed certificates became even less known while a central infrastructure became mandatory (HSTS[4]). The winner took it all, again.

          Today TLS is a de-facto-central requirement which must be totally trusted by everybody.

          But now: “CA could open backdoor for US spies” https://netzpolitik.org/?p=390138

          Seems we escaped out of the frying pan into the fire.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Garrit FrankeSmart Move, Google

          Congratulations, you now have permission to geo-track me across all of your services.

        • Extreme TechAmazon Alexa Deemed ‘Colossal Failure’ Following $10 Billion Loss

          Amazon’s “Worldwide Digital” unit, which manages Alexa’s AI and various hardware, lost over $3 billion in the first quarter of 2022 alone, reports Business Insider. According to the internal data Insider obtained, this loss was “by far” the largest of all Amazon’s divisions—and most of it was associated with Alexa specifically.

          Alexa (and the hardware it operates through, like Echo, Fire TV, and Kindle) are products in and of themselves, but they’re not exactly major money-makers on their own. Instead, they serve as loss leaders, or unprofitable products that exist to get a customer’s foot in the door. Amazon isn’t shy about wanting you to use Alexa to place more Amazon orders; in fact, many of the company’s TV and web ads depict this exact capability. But no one’s doing that.

      • Confidentiality

        • Dhole MomentsTowards End-to-End Encryption for Direct Messages in the Fediverse

          And while that fact makes Mastodon DMs no less safe than Twitter DMs have been this whole time, there is clearly a lot of value and demand in deploying end-to-end encryption for ActivityPub (the protocol that Mastodon and other Fediverse software uses to communicate).

    • Defence/Aggression

      • ReutersAnnual UK net migration hits record of more than 500,000 – data

        Net migration to the United Kingdom rose to a record of around 504,000 in the year to June 2022, official statistics showed on Thursday, driven by an increase in the number of non-European Union nationals.

        The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said a recovery of travel following COVID-19, and an increase in arrivals of international students who had been studying remotely during the pandemic had contributed to the rise.

      • New York TimesInside the Saudi Strategy to Keep the World Hooked on Oil

        The kingdom’s plan for keeping oil at the center of the global economy is playing out around the world in Saudi financial and diplomatic activities, as well as in the realms of research, technology and even education. It is a strategy at odds with the scientific consensus that the world must swiftly move away from fossil fuels, including oil and gas, to avoid the worst consequences of global warming.

      • Counter Punch1972: The Year I Figured out the USA

        In the wake of the attacks on the US military infrastructure, the German and US authorities tightened security at all US installations. What this meant in practice was that streets that were once open passing through US-controlled areas were less open. Some were manned by military police checking identification and sometimes searching vehicles and bags. Protests in downtown Frankfurt and in the university district were monitored by more police who were often much more heavily armed than before. I remember going to a meeting where Ulrike Meinhof, one of the RAF’s leaders, was supposed to appear. There were dozens of police, many of them carrying automatic weapons. As the police searched each individual wanting to enter the lecture hall, I managed to slip in unnoticed. I didn’t stay long after realizing the potential trouble I could end up in if discovered at the meeting. I was in class when the German authorities raided an apartment near the US military commissary and arrested RAF leader Andreas Baader.

        Anyhow, the autumn began quietly enough. The summer had seen George McGovern get the Democratic nomination for president and Nixon get the Republican one. It had also seen the brief candidacy of Thomas Eagleton as McGovern’s Vice President and his dismissal from the ticket after it was revealed that he had received electroshock treatments. The GOP convention in Miami, Florida was the scene of multiple protests and lots of police. Perhaps the most memorable protest was one where Vietnam Veterans Against the War member Ron Kovic got onto the convention floor in his wheelchair. After shouting a slogan and holding up a sign, he was quickly and harshly escorted from the hall by Nixon’s brutish security guards. Meanwhile, we were told that the last official US combat troops had left Vietnam in August. There were still thousands of US forces in the country. Nixon won reelection in a landslide in November. The world was as bad as I thought it was.

      • Counter PunchMy 10 Years as a Military Spouse in America’s Post-9/11 World

        While I hadn’t seen the person under investigation for years, my memories of him and of some of the things he’d done scared me. For example, when we were young teens, he threatened to bury me alive over a disagreement. He even dug a hole to demonstrate his intent. I knew that if I were to cooperate with this investigation, my testimony would not be anonymous. As a mother of two children living on an isolated farm, that left me with misgivings.

        There was also another consideration. A neighbor, herself a retired police officer, suggested that perhaps the investigation could be focused not just on him, but on me, too. “Maybe it’s because of stuff you’ve written,” she suggested, mentioning my deep involvement in Brown University’s Costs of War Project, which I co-founded as a way of dealing with this country’s nightmarish wars of this century.

      • Counter PunchPossible Lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis for Ending the Ukraine Conflict

        Nine months into the Ukraine war, are we allowed to imagine some diplomatic solution to end the carnage? While President Volodymyr Zelensky has put forward terms of a peace settlement highly favorable to Ukraine, most reports on the war merely describe the horrors taking place. There have been no formal negotiations between Russia and Ukraine or between the United States and Russia. Analogies with another major crisis and the process in finding its solution might clarify how an agreement could be reached.

        The first situation that comes to mind is the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. Although there are numerous differences between the two crises – Cuba was a direct confrontation between two global nuclear powers while the Ukraine crisis, for the moment, is merely a regional conflict – we are interested in how the Cuban crisis was settled from an American perspective. We know that the final resolution was the withdrawal of the Soviet missiles, the guarantee that the United States would not invade Cuba, and the eventual and publicly undisclosed removal of U.S. missiles in Turkey. By what internal process did President Kennedy reach that agreement?

      • MeduzaDutch parliament declares Russia a state terrorism sponsor — Meduza

        The House of Representatives of the Netherlands — the lower house of the Dutch parliament — has declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, citing the war in Ukraine.

      • Meduza‘The Kremlin’s escalating acts of terror against Ukrainian civilians’ The European Parliament declared Russia a state terrorism sponsor. Will this change anything? — Meduza

        On November 23, the European Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. The document accuses Russia of destroying civilian infrastructure and committing serious violations of international and humanitarian law, which the legislators say amount to acts of terror and constitute war crimes. The deputies also called on the European Council to add the Wagner Group, the 141st Special Motorized Regiment (the “Kadyrovites”), and “other Russian-funded armed groups, militias and proxies” to the EU’s list of terrorists.

      • MeduzaEstonia revokes residence permit of Russian citizen who has lived there for decades — Meduza

        Estonian authorities have revoked the residence permit of Sergey Neprimerov, a 66-year-old Russian citizen who has lived in Estonia for almost his entire life. According to the Russian news outlet Fontanka, on September 30, Neprimerov traveled from Narva, Estonia, to Ivangorod, Russia, to attend a friend’s funeral. When he tried to return home, Estonian border authorities refused to let him enter the country and notified him that he was banned from Estonia and the rest of the Schengen Area for five years.

      • MeduzaUkrainian military warns Belarusians of possible Russia false-flag attack to ‘drag Belarus into the war’ — Meduza

        Ukraine’s military command has released a new video address to the people of Belarus. The three-minute-long, Russian-language clip was posted on the Ukrainian General Staff’s Facebook page.

      • ScheerpostHow Terror Came Home and What to Make of It

        Co-founder of the invaluable Costs of War Project and military spouse Andrea Mazzarino considers how extremism has indeed come home to roost.

      • Telex (Hungary)Our report from Kherson: „The Russians did everything they could to teach us to be afraid”
      • MeduzaRussian UN ambassador says strikes on Ukraine will continue until Kyiv ‘returns to the negotiating table’ — Meduza

        Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that Russia’s missile attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure on Wednesday were launched in response to Western countries’ supplies of weapons to Ukraine, Interfax reported.

      • MeduzaKyrgyz authorities deport investigative journalist Bolot Temirov to Moscow — Meduza

        On November 23, a Bishkek court ruled to deport Kyrgyzstan-born investigative journalist Bolot Temirov from the country. Temirov was forcibly flown to Moscow immediately after the ruling.

      • Counter PunchChina, Russia, and the Bomb

        An illustration of this point occurred recently, after Vladimir Putin once again threatened Ukraine and other nations with nuclear war. “To defend Russia and our people, we doubtlessly will use all weapons resources at our disposal,” the Russian president said. “This is not a bluff.”

        In response to this statement and to sharp UN condemnation of Russian nuclear threats, Chinese president Xi Jinping issued a public statement early this November, assailing “the use of, or threats to use nuclear weapons.” To “prevent a nuclear crisis” in Europe or Asia, he insisted, the world should “advocate that nuclear weapons cannot be used” and “a nuclear war cannot be waged.”

      • MeduzaAir defenses reportedly activated in northern Crimea — Meduza

        Russian-backed Armiansk city administration head Vasily Telizhenko reported Friday that an air defense system was activated near the city, according to TASS.

      • MeduzaDispatch from Demydiv North of Kyiv, a village flooded to stop the Russian advance in February fears a wet winter — Meduza
      • MeduzaKyiv’s mayor tells residents to consider temporarily moving to city’s outskirts as Russian missiles target basic utilities — Meduza

        Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Thursday that Kyiv residents who can should consider temporarily leaving the city due to power, water, and heat outages.

    • Environment

      • TruthOutWe Are Running Out of Time to Use Failing Strategies Against the Climate Crisis
      • Counter PunchCopout In Cairo: ‘They’ Just Don’t Care

        These cups give the impression ‘happy to be recycled’, but on the whole they cannot be; and even if they could, most staff and customers would likely throw them in with general rubbish, to be buried. Probably in the ground of a poorer country, that needs the trade, albeit in environmental vandalism.

        In the UK an estimated 2.5 billion takeaway cups are annually thrown away; it’s more than 50 billion in the US apparently, mostly going to landfill. In addition, half a litre of water and 61 g of carbon dioxide are used in the manufacture process. They are an environmental sore, one of many daily irritants that together constitute a chronic planetary disease, The Environmental Crisis.

      • Energy

        • New York TimesFTX Assets Still Missing as Firm Begins Bankruptcy Process

          But more than a week into the legal process, Mr. Bankman-Fried’s poor management of FTX has left lawyers with limited information about the firm’s finances, Mr. Bromley said at the hearing.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Has the FTX Debacle Discredited Effective Altruism?

          In the wake of the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, and amid reports that FTX’s founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, diverted billions of dollars of clients’ funds, some observers have linked the alleged financial malpractice to ideas widely held within the “effective altruism” movement, which Bankman-Fried says inspired him. More specifically, they point to the ethical view that the end justifies the means.

        • Terence EdenWhat is the user need for cryptocurrency?

          One of the (many) failures of Cryptocurrencies is that they have a weak to non-existent set of user-needs. Very few of the “whitepapers” even discuss users, except in the abstract. They ones that do talk about specific needs are really just addressing the fact that the USA has an antiquated financial system – they are mostly ignorant about the financial services which exist in the modern world.

        • Meduza‘The energy terrorism continues’: Russian missile attacks leave three Ukrainian regions without power as winter sets in — Meduza

          On November 23, Russian troops launched large-scale missile attacks on multiple regions of Ukraine. Deputy Head of the Ukrainian President’s Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said that Russian forces were “trying to destroy Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.” According to Ukrainian authorities, the strikes left the Kyiv, Odessa, and Chernihiv regions completely without power. Russian shelling also caused Internet outages across the country. “The energy terrorism continues,” Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak said of the attacks. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as of Wednesday evening, 67 missiles had struck Ukraine. Police reported Wednesday night that 10 people had died as a result of the day’s missile strikes.

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • NBCCatalonia limits water use as Spain prays for rain

          Barcelona and large swathes of Spain’s northeast are going under water restrictions as a months-long drought that has devastated crops starts to put the pinch on human activities in the Mediterranean country.

          The measures will affect 6.7 million people, 80% of the population in the Catalonia region, Patrícia Plaja, spokeswoman for the Catalan administration, said Tuesday. Plaja said, for now, it will not be necessary to limit of the use of water inside homes for washing, cooking or drinking, but her government urged citizens to “be aware the exceptional situation the country is facing.”

    • Finance

      • Matt RickardThe Cloud Tax Implications

        While some companies will run their own data centers, most companies will use the cloud. It’s the age-old trade-off of CAPEX vs. OPEX, but the convenience and flexibility come at a premium. I usually call this the cloud tax.

        The cloud tax usually eats into margins – especially true the closer your service is to an underlying cloud primitive (the case for repatriation). But there are other interesting downstream effects of the cloud tax on how we buy, run, and architect software. A few implications: [...]

      • Scheerpost‘Historic Win’: UN Members to Start Talks on ‘Inclusive and Effective’ Global Tax Standards

        Applauding African nations that led the new resolution, one activist argued that “shifting power from the OECD is paramount to end the exploitation and plunder of developing countries.”

      • Counter PunchSilicon Valley Fake: Elizabeth Holmes and the Fraudster’s Motivation

        Pursuing the steps of the college drop-out turned billionaire, Holmes claimed that her company had remarkable technology, capable of diagnosing a number of medical conditions from a mere drop of blood.  The ruse of the blood analyzer known as the Theranos Sample Processing Unit (TSPU), Edison or minilab, worked – at least for a time.  All the way, Holmes was very consciously promoting herself in the mould of Steve Jobs, initially mocked only to become mighty.  Investment flowed into the company coffers.  By 2014, Theranos was valued at $10 billion.

        Some noses were detecting a strange smell in such success.  The Wall Street Journal picked up a scent in 2015.  Unreliable results arising from ineffectual blood-testing technology from Theranos, made available across dozens of Walgreens stores, actually posed a risk to patients.

      • Counter PunchThe Retail Carrion Feeders of Rural America

        – The Kinks

        For the last month and a half I’ve driven the backroads of southern Indiana, crisscrossing the unglaciated hill country 40 miles south of Indianapolis and 40 miles north of Louisville. It’s mostly forested here, large remarkably unbroken stretches of deciduous woodlands, thick with red oak and shagbark hickory, tulip poplar and black walnut, white ash and wild cherry, American beech and sugar maple. The soil is largely red clay, not productive for farming (or septic systems), but quite satisfactory for morel mushrooms, homegrown weed, and copperheads. The towns are small, little more than villages, clustered near the railroads and old blue highways.

      • ScheerpostMark Fiore: Thanksgiving for Billionaires

        Mark Fiore’s Thanksgiving animation demonstrates why we should be grateful for all that American billionaires have given us.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • [Old] European CommissionCyber Resilience Act

        While existing internal market legislation applies to certain products with digital elements, most of the hardware and software products are currently not covered by any EU legislation tackling their cybersecurity. In particular, the current EU legal framework does not address the cybersecurity of non-embedded software, even if cybersecurity attacks increasingly target vulnerabilities in these products, causing significant societal and economic costs.

      • [Old] European CommissionProposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on horizontal cybersecurity requirements for products with digital elements and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1020

        (10) In order not to hamper innovation or research, free and open-source software developed or supplied outside the course of a commercial activity should not be covered by this Regulation. This is in particular the case for software, including its source code and modified versions, that is openly shared and freely accessible, usable, modifiable and redistributable. In the context of software, a commercial activity might be characterized not only by charging a price for a product, but also by charging a price for technical support services, by providing a software platform through which the manufacturer monetises other services, or by the use of personal data for reasons other than exclusively for improving the security, compatibility or interoperability of the software.

      • NLNet FoundationOpen-source software vs. the proposed Cyber Resilience Act

        But wait, isn’t there an exception for open-source?

        Yes*, but with a very big asterisk. Quoting CRA, recital 10:

        In order not to hamper innovation or research, free and open-source software developed or supplied outside the course of a commercial activity should not be covered by this Regulation. [..]

        Let’s first acknowledge and appreciate that the European Commission created an exception at all. That means we can now argue about the specifics of the chosen exception and its implications and not about the merits of open-source.

      • [Old] Informa PLCUAE to host COP28 climate change conference in 2023

        Following the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announcement that the UAE would host the 28th COP conference, Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, tweeted about the UAE’s selection as host in two year’s time.

      • NBCSome adult content creators are worried about losing their community if Twitter dies

        Twitter is one of the few platforms that allows explicit content. In recent years, it has become the center of a flourishing community of sex workers who connect with fans, advertise their content and educate other “Not Safe For Work” creators. But with Twitter’s future in question after Elon Musk’s takeover, sex workers who spoke with NBC News said they are worried that the community they built and depend upon will be fractured across social media platforms that don’t tolerate explicit content.

      • [Repeat] Document FoundationSign the open letter about the universal right to install any software on any device

        Earlier in 2022, together with more than 100 European organisations and companies, The Document Foundation has signed the #OpenLetter about the universal right to install any software on any device. Join us and sign the letter today.

      • New York TimesAs Elon Musk Cuts Costs at Twitter, Some Bills Are Going Unpaid

        Mr. Musk, 51, has told Twitter employees that “the economic picture ahead is dire” and that bankruptcy might be in the cards for the company.

      • The EconomistIs the World Cup a giant waste of money?

        The Lausanne data only includes expenses related to venues, such as constructing a stadium, and logistics, such as staffing costs. It ignores the value of indirect projects, like Qatar’s metro infrastructure and new hotels. Some infrastructure projects make economies more productive in the long term. But many costly stadiums eventually go unused, and the events rarely spark economic development in surrounding areas.

        Residents of host cities have begun questioning the benefits of their governments spending billions of dollars on large sporting events. As a result, fewer countries are volunteering as hosts. Seven cities bid to host the summer Olympic Games in 2016; for 2024 there were only two eventual bidders.

      • Counter PunchThe Anti-Oliver: NPR Sandpapers FIFA and Qatar Human Rights Abuses

        On his show “Last Week Tonight” (Sunday, November 21), Oliver made no bones about stating that FIFA officials were paid off to award the tournament to Qatar. Now here’s NPR reporter Aya Batrawy, interviewed by Morning Edition host Leila Fadel (Monday, November 22), answering the question “How did Qatar end up being the host of the World Cup in the first place?”:

        She goes on to mention the migrant workers this way:

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Colombia’s First Leftist President Charts a New Path on Venezuela

        New Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s plan to reestablish diplomatic relations with Venezuela was officially completed this November when Petro met his counterpart Nicolás Maduro in Caracas.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ubuntu or Collective Suicide

        I stroke the killer’s hatred and certainty, knowing the answer we all ache for—why?—will not be forthcoming.

      • Counter PunchUbuntu or Collective Suicide

        Yes, there was another mass shooting the other day, at Club Q in Colorado Springs. A young man clothed in body armor entered the nightclub carrying an assault rifle and started shooting as a drag queen danced. In maybe two minutes he killed five people and wounded, according to some accounts, 18. Then a patron risked his life, tackled the shooter, held him immobile till police arrived.

        Five people killed, a few more critically injured. This time the minority group targeted — “the enemy” — was the LGBTQ community.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Giving Thanks for Social Security

        Over its more than 87 years, Social Security has given Americans a lot to be thankful for. 

      • Counter PunchVictory in Ohio?

        DeWine had wide support from the Republican establishment, and was also endorsed by former President Donald Trump, despite their past differences. While DeWine did receive the endorsement of a couple state-wide buildings trade unions, along with the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police and the Trump-supporting National Border Patrol Council (the union for federal Border Patrol Agents), it’s rare that a major conservative politician, such as DeWine, is endorsed by the Teamsters.

        The Teamsters endorsed Governor Mike DeWine largely because of his opposition to Ohio adopting Right-to-Work (RtW) legislation. Battles over RtW have periodically broken out in the upper Midwest since the early part of the last decade, when the Republicans gained control of state governments throughout the region and passed anti-union laws. RtW laws are particularly damaging to public sector unions but also to private sector unions. But, they have proved to be politically unpopular.

      • Counter PunchSymbolic but Significant: Why the Decision to Investigate Abu Akleh’s Murder is Unprecedented

        Based on the long trajectory of US military and political support of Israel, and Washington’s constant shielding of Tel Aviv from any accountability for its illegal occupation of Palestine, one can confidently conclude that there will not be any actual investigation.

        A real investigation into the killing of Abu Akleh could open up a Pandora’s box of other findings pertaining to Israel’s many other illegal practices and violations of international – and even US – law. For example, the US investigators would have to look into the Israeli use of US-supplied weapons and munitions, which are used daily to suppress Palestinian protests, confiscate Palestinian land, impose military sieges on civilian areas and so on. The US Leahy Law specifically prohibits “the US Government from using funds for assistance to units of foreign security forces where there is credible information implicating that unit in the commission of gross violations of human rights.”

      • Counter PunchThe World According to CPAC

        The program featured all the ultraconservative international luminaries and wannabes—Steve Bannon, chief international operator; Donald Trump, and his former ambassador to Mexico, Christopher Landau: Ted Cruz;  José Antonio Kast of Chile; Santiago Abascal of the political party Vox in Spain, Eduardo Bolsonaro of Brazil, Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei; Hungarian minister to Victor Orban, Gergely Gulyás; and Javier Milei, who recently announced his candidacy for the presidency of Argentina in 2023.

        Most, however, sent video messages rather than traveling to address the scant audience. The event was held at the Westin Hotel in Mexico City’s Santa Fe business district. Located in the hills high above the nation’s capital, Santa Fe is a wealth-drenched corporate enclave– separated geographically and every other way from the sprawling Latin American city below.

      • Counter PunchThe Far-Right Freedom Caucus Will Run the House for the Next Two Years

        If the Republicans end up with 222 seats in the House, the caucus will comprise only 20 percent of its membership. Best estimates are based on self-declarations; since membership is not published, the caucus has 44 members. It’s most likely that the 31 Republicans who voted in their private conference against McCarthy as the new House Speaker meeting were from the Freedom Caucus. The challenge to McCarthy was led by Freedom Caucus members led the challenge to McCarthy, and afterward several would still not support him.

        The Freedom Caucus has a track record of deep-sixing any Republican Speaker who presents a problem for them. Two prior Republican speakers, John Boehner and Paul Ryan were pushed out as Speakers by the Freedom Caucus. Ryan failed to get a critical Republican bill replacing Obama’s Affordable Care Act due mainly to the caucus’s opposition. In a Vanity Fair published interview, Boehner described the caucus as “anarchists. They want total chaos. Tear it all down and start over.”

      • Meduza‘Health problems aren’t the only reason’: The Kremlin’s top elections organizer, a pioneer of voting fraud, is being forced out by security officials — Meduza

        Alexander Kharichev, a longtime associate of Kremlin domestic policy czar Sergey Kiriyenko, has an extensive resume. He oversaw Russia’s 2018 presidential elections, the 2020 vote to amend the Russian Constitution, and the 2021 State Duma elections, not to mention dozens of lower-level elections. And to ensure the Kremlin got the results it needed, Kharichev introduced new tools such as “corporate mobilization” (which supplemented older strategies like ballot stuffing). But according to multiple sources who spoke to Meduza, during Russia’s chaotic sham “referendums” in Ukraine’s occupied territories, high-ranking security officials looked more closely than before at the amount of money was being spent under Kharichev’s leadership — and didn’t like what they saw. As a result, Kharichev’s days are reportedly numbered — and his likely successor is under the influence of some “exotic” thinkers.

      • Counter PunchThe Politics of Love Obliges People To Get High

        I repeat, it felt sooo good, that “flush of victory.” Then I sobered up. I remembered Orin’s mention yesterday of the several trillion dollar rehab of our nuclear armaments system, supported bi-partisanly, that we-the-people do not get to vote on. Of course, keep your head on, kid! My heart switched over to gratitude for the journalists like Chris Hedges and the Counterpunch writers who willingly – sacrificially? – play that parade-raining role of pointing to the Emperor’s nakedness, over and over. But recalling that instance in which I had felt the “high”of, if not beating the bastards, of their failure to win big, I was aware of the powerful allure of that heady feeling of victory! I’m quite as vulnerable to it as anybody else. It feels like safety and gives me a delicious something to celebrate in common with a vast number of others. I understood why liberals, keeping within the mind-frame of the good-vs-evil contest, limit politics to simple opposition, rather than speaking, dissentingly, from within an unwavering peace-and-justice-committed perspective.

        Whereas, for somebody like me, who intends to keep faith with the peace-and-justice-committed perspective (regardless of how well I do at it), joyful “V-Day”-type celebrations are exceedingly rare; I’m fairly consistently deprived of this kind of high that, though it’s a sort of “junk food,” not actually good for you, is awesomely tasty! Thus, not for the first time, I appreciated the role of dissent and those who keep that faith, their eyes on what is actually happening that morally should not, or not happening that ought to, instead of on the neoliberal shadows dancing alluringly on the cave wall. I appreciate those who are willing to live outside that consensual solidarity – summed up in Vote Democrat! – that provides its believers shared (but bogus) certainty in an uncertain universe!

      • Counter PunchWhy Warnock’s Reelection Could Tip the Balance for America’s Economic Future

        He wrote numerous postcards and made countless phone calls urging Congress to step in and safeguard his future. But not until he and fellow Georgians elected Raphael Warnock to the Senate in 2021 did the Democrats have the final vote needed to pass legislation stabilizing that plan and other multiemployer pension funds on the brink of collapse.

        Warnock saved McMullen’s retirement and that of 1.3 million other Americans—then cast scores of other votes that helped to shift the nation’s trajectory from peril to progress. Now, reelecting Warnock in Georgia’s December 6 runoff is crucial to continuing the country’s hard-fought path forward.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Marcel KolajaThe benefits and shortcomings of the Media Freedom Act

        In mid-September, the European Commission published a proposal for the long-awaited legislation to strengthen the freedom and independence of media. The proposal focuses on a series of binding rules and recommendations on media independence from politicians, state funding of advertising and cross-border mergers. This legislation has been long awaited at the European level and its arrival is welcome. However, in its current form, the proposal has a few flaws that need to be fixed.

      • Don’t Extradite AssangeNight Carnival for Assange

        At the end of the Night Carnival for Assange on Saturday 11 February there will be a rally in the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 3DW. Speakers will include Stella Assange, Kristinn Hrafnsson, and others.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • VOA NewsProtesting Workers Beaten at Chinese iPhone Factory

        Police beat workers protesting over a pay dispute at the biggest factory for Apple’s iPhone, whose new model is delayed by controls imposed as China tries to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases.

        Foxconn, the biggest contract assembler of smartphones and other electronics, is struggling to fill orders for the iPhone 14 after thousands of employees walked away from the factory in the central city of Zhengzhou last month following complaints about unsafe working conditions.

      • Common DreamsIndigenous People Push Back Against US ‘Thanksgiving Mythology’

        The United American Indians of New England and allies gathered at noon Thursday at Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts for the 53rd National Day of Mourning—an annual tradition that serves as “a day of remembrance and spiritual connection, as well as a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide.”

        “It has continued for all these years as a powerful demonstration of Indigenous unity and of the unity of all people who speak truth to power.”

      • TruthOutThanksgiving Can Never Be Redeemed From Its Colonial Past. Let’s Abolish It.
      • The NationFDR Served Up a Critique of Capitalism With His Thanksgiving Proclamations

        Franklin Delano Roosevelt wasn’t a socialist. But, like Abraham Lincoln before him, the 32nd president enjoyed the company of radical thinkers and often borrowed ideas from them. The New Deal was never the utopian socialist experiment that its right-wing detractors claimed it was, but it did deliver Social Security, a federal jobs program, rural electrification, and the opportunity to form unions that were strong enough to challenge even the most powerful corporations. Eventually, FDR’s administration developed the sweeping industrial policies that allowed the United States to create the “arsenal of democracy” that was essential to crushing fascism.

      • Democracy NowLakota Historian Nick Estes on Thanksgiving, Settler Colonialism & Continuing Indigenous Resistance

        Lakota historian Nick Estes talks about Thanksgiving and his book “Our History Is the Future,” and the historic fight against the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock. “This history … is a continuing history of genocide, of settler colonialism and, basically, the founding myths of this country,” says Estes, who is a co-founder of the Indigenous resistance group The Red Nation and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

      • The NationDesmond Meade on Why Love Is “the Most Powerful Word in the Universe”

        In 2019, Time magazine named Desmond Meade one of its 100 most influential people after he helped secure the passage of Florida’s Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, which granted 1.4 million formerly incarcerated Floridians the right to vote. It was the largest expansion of the franchise since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

      • Scheerpost[rewind] Robert Scheer: Three Antidotes to America’s Toxic Thanksgiving Myth

        This Thanksgiving, we’re reposting three critical “Scheer Intelligence” episodes that highlight the country’s original sins of white settler colonialism and Native American genocide.

      • ScheerpostIndigenous People Push Back Against US ‘Thanksgiving Mythology’

        Jessica Corbett reports on the National Day of Mourning and how Indigenous Peoples are responding to the Thanksgiving celebrations.

      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: Why Do Nations Erase the Past?

        A recent  report by the German news agency DPA has had me thinking ever since about various small, inconsequential matters: war, nationalism, identity, history, memory. It seems the people who manage the German gravesites of those who fell fighting the German army during World War II propose to draw distinctions among the Red Army’s dead […]

      • The NationWe’re Thankful for Our Abortions

        This time of year is… complicated. For many people, this season calls for reflection and gratitude. This year I find myself reflecting not only on all the people I love and cherish but also on the outcomes and impact of the midterm elections, and on why our nation celebrates the complicated holiday of Thanksgiving at all.

      • ScheerpostMy Thanksgiving: How Testifying for Native Americans Made Me a Witness to History

        As an expert witness, my role has been to bring the experiences of this continent’s first peoples into legal proceedings where their rights as tribal citizens and as Americans were being challenged. Here’s a confession: I never adjusted to courtroom maneuvering and combat. Still, even in the rancor of litigious lawyering, I have had the privilege of compiling and conveying the special history of indigenous communities, of uncovering human stories that shaped a narrative marked by suffering, resistance and undaunted courage. The totality of that narrative has flowed back into my own life, demonstrating the insistent humanity of a people who were so often ignored or cast aside. These experiences that began in the role of an expert, reshaped me as a participant.

        I unknowingly entered those dual roles in 1977 when I was asked to be part of a case arising from a challenge to the boundaries of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in central South Dakota. A group of white political leaders incensed by the rise of assertive Native leaders in the “Red Power” era had embarked on a campaign to limit the reach of tribal governments. At Cheyenne River, they claimed that a 1905 act of Congress, which made a portion of the reservation eligible for public homestead entry, had implicitly “diminished” the reservation. By chance, lawyers in the Department of Justice learned that a part of my recently completed doctoral dissertation in Indian history included a discussion of such “homestead laws.” A white academic with no experience in Indian country, I was suddenly an expert.

      • Pierre EquoyAccessibility for the language-handicapped

        Needless to say, these image are not accessible at all. I cannot easily select the text inside, and cannot easily translate it. Sure, there are other tools (like OCR) that might help me, but this is a laborious task that does not yield very good results with tiny or slanted Chinese characters mixed with drawings and logos…

        Sorry, Lin Bai Xun! Your political propositions look cool, but I cannot decipher them easily!

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Indigenous, Black Communities Find Solidarity in Efforts to Reclaim Stolen Lands

        Land creates people, and, as ancestral herbalist Ayo Ngozi says, “Land is a true source of power.” This understanding of land as living spiritual power itself is a shared experience across Indigenous nations. There is an emotional and mental power that comes with knowing there is a home to return to. In contemporary capitalist societies, the economic power of owning land is critical, allowing the building of equity to access resources to fund education, businesses, more land ownership, and more self-determination for one’s descendants.

      • Common DreamsPoor People’s Campaign Mobilizing Low-Income Voters in Georgia Ahead of Senate Runoff

        Economic justice advocates in Georgia are mobilizing ahead of next month’s runoff U.S. Senate election in the state, working to convince low-income residents who lack access to healthcare and living wages to back Democratic Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock.

        The Georgia Poor People’s Campaign announced late Wednesday that it is launching a statewide canvassing, text-banking, and social media campaign to reach out to millions of Georgia voters who are low-income, calling the push their “If We Ever Needed To Vote, We Sure Do Need To Vote Now Tour.”

      • Common DreamsUN Human Rights Council Launches Probe of Iran’s Deadly Protest Repression

        A United Nations body voted Thursday to create a fact-finding mission to investigate and report on the ongoing deadly repression of protests in Iran, a move welcomed by human rights advocates.

        “The cries of people in Iran for justice have finally been heard.”

      • ScheerpostAfrican and Indigenous Peoples: An Alliance for Defense, Survival and Revolution

        The Thanksgiving Holiday Is An Opportunity To Remember How The Settler Colonial State Began Its Genocide Against Both Indigenous People And Enslaved Africans.

      • Telex (Hungary)Can the newly established Integrity Authority be a real weapon against corruption?
      • MeduzaRussian State Duma passes law banning LGBT ‘propaganda’ among all ages — Meduza

        The Russian State Duma voted to pass a law banning LGBT “propaganda” among all ages in the final reading on Thursday.

      • Democracy NowDr. Gabor Maté on “The Myth of Normal,” Healing in a Toxic Culture & How Capitalism Fuels Addiction

        In an extended interview, acclaimed physician and author Dr. Gabor Maté discusses his new book, “The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture.” “The very values of a society are traumatizing for a lot of people,” says Maté, who argues in his book that “psychological trauma, woundedness, underlies much of what we call disease.” He says healing requires a reconnection between the mind and the body, which can be achieved through cultivating a sense of community, meaning, belonging and purpose. Maté also discusses how the healthcare system has harmfully promoted the “mechanization of birth,” how the lack of social services for parents has led to “a massive abandonment of infants,” and how capitalism has fueled addiction and the rise of youth suicide rates.

      • Counter PunchDavid Baddiel’s Hollow Racism Apology to Jason Lee

        You may not have heard of the Jewish comedian David Baddiel or the black ex-footballer Jason Lee. You may not care about either of them. But their first-ever meeting – aired in two different formats this week – should interest anyone concerned about how the discursive battle on racism and identity politics is manipulating our political life in increasingly malevolent ways.

        The meeting ostensibly took place so that Baddiel could offer an apology to Lee 25 years after he repeatedly lampooned and bullied him in a BBC TV show called Fantasy Football League – in ways that even then were obviously racist. Baddiel blacked up as Lee, wearing a pineapple on his head to ridicule Lee’s appearance because he wore dreadlocks tied atop his head for matches.

      • AccessNowIran and the Digital Security Helpline

        Thank you for your interest in contacting the Helpline. Due to the very high volume of requests we are receiving, we unfortunately do not have the capacity to serve people in Iran directly.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • CNETWatching ’1899′ on Netflix? Make Sure You Change This Setting

        This is where things get weird. In the dub, English-speaking characters have their original actors. Characters who speak other languages are dubbed in English by different actors. That’s weird. It sounds weird, it feels weird. It sucks.

        Make sure your settings look like this on Netflix before watching 1899. Or the show won’t really make sense!

        Worse still, it stops large parts of the show from making any kind of sense.

    • Monopolies

      • Counter PunchTaylor Swift’s Superfans Strike a Blow Against Monopolies

        But now there are exciting new possibilities to rein them in.

        This November, legions of new anti-monopolists were born. They’re Taylor Swift’s superfans — and they just might be the reason the government breaks up Ticketmaster.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakMan Arrested Following “Large Scale” Pirate IPTV Investigation

          UK police are reporting the arrest of a 43-year-old man as part of a “large-scale” TV piracy investigation. Officers from Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit teamed up with South Yorkshire Police to execute warrants on Tuesday. The arrest arrives in the wake of stronger-than-usual rumors that police were preparing to hit pirate IPTV entities during the World Cup.

        • Torrent FreakPiracy Relic ‘Putlocker.com’ Auctioned Off For $102,499

          Putlocker is a familiar name among piracy watchers. The original platform’s .com domain was retired many years ago after its operators felt Hollywood breathing down their necks. That doesn’t mean their old domain is worthless though. The Putlocker brand remains popular and just recently the putlocker.com domain sold at auction for more than $100k.

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      • you’ve been blogroll’d, Midnighters (and Happy Thanksgiving)

        Over on `write.as/tmo/blogroll` I updated stuff to reflect ALL places online that I enjoy/read.

        Blogs, The Midnight, Smol.pub, Mastodon accts, forums, small projects, etc. Also a few individual Midnight accts that are nice folks (honestly, everyone here is nice – if you would like to be added, comment here :))

        And it is Turkey Day, but I am homebound (homeside, been home all day), and avoiding many of certain folks as usual. I cannot stand most relatives, so…

      • 🔤SpellBinding: DYLSTUI Wordo: SCALE
    • Technical

      • Science

        • Table Salt Crystals

          I took a few more pictures of the table salt crystals I had grown, before moving on to the next crystal project. They are a little wet still.

      • Announcements

        • Lagrange v1.14: Pinned Identities, CLI Options

          Looks like the becoming-father-for-the-2nd-time hiatus is ending since I’ve been able to make some progress with Lagrange. This release has nothing radically new, but there are a few useful improvements and a handful of bug fixes.

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    Links for the day

  7. The Hey Hype Machine

    "Hey Hype" or "Hey Hi" (AI) has been dominating the press lately and a lot of that seems to boil down to paid-for marketing; we need to understand what's truly going on and not be distracted by the substance-less hype

  8. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 28, 2023

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 28, 2023

  9. Unmasking AI

    A guest article by Andy Farnell

  10. The ISO Delusion/Sirius Corporation: A 'Tech' Company Run by Non-Technical People

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ was hiring people who brought to the company a culture of redundant tasks and unwanted, even hostile technology; today we continue to tell the story of a company run by the CEO whose friends and acquaintances did severe damage

  11. Links 28/01/2023: Lots of Catching Up (Had Hardware Crash)

    Links for the day

  12. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 27, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, January 27, 2023

  13. Microsoft DuckDuckGo Falls to Lowest Share in 2 Years After Being Widely Exposed as Microsoft Proxy, Fake 'Privacy'

    DuckDuckGo, according to this latest data from Statcounter, fell from about 0.71% to just 0.58%; all the gains have been lost amid scandals, such as widespread realisation that DuckDuckGo is a Microsoft informant, curated by Microsoft and hosted by Microsoft (Bing is meanwhile laying off many people, but the media isn’t covering that or barely bothers)

  14. This is What the Microsoft-Sponsored Media Has Been Hyping Up for Weeks (Ahead of Microsoft Layoffs)

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan

  15. [Meme] António Campinos Wants to Be F***ing President Until 2028

    António Campinos insists he will be EPO President for 10 years, i.e. even longer than Benoît Battistelli (despite having appalling approval rates from staff)

  16. European Patent Office Staff Losing Hope

    The EPO’s management with its shallow campaign of obfuscation (pretending to protect children or some other nonsense) is not fooling patent examiners, who have grown tired and whose representatives say “the administration shows no intention of involving the staff representation in the drafting of the consultant’s mandate” (like in Sirius ‘Open Source’ where technical staff is ignored completely for misguided proposals to pass in the dark)

  17. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 26, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 26, 2023

  18. Sirius Relegated/Demoted/Destined Itself to Technical Hell by Refusing to Listen to the Technical Staff (Which Wanted to Stay With Asterisk/Free Software)

    In my final year at Sirius ‘Open Source’ communication systems had already become chaotic; there were too many dysfunctional tools, a lack of instructions, a lack of coordination and the proposed ‘solution’ (this past October) was just more complexity and red tape

  19. Geminispace Approaching Another Growth Milestone (2,300 Active Capsules)

    The expansion of Geminispace is worth noting again because another milestone is approached, flirted with, or will be surpassed this coming weekend

  20. [Meme] Cannot Get a Phone to Work... in 2022

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ wasted hours of workers’ time just testing the phone after it had moved to a defective system of Google (proprietary); instead of a rollback (back to Asterisk) the company doubled down on the faulty system and the phones still didn’t work properly, resulting in missing calls and angst (the company just blamed the workers who all along rejected this new system)

  21. [Meme] Modern Phones

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ is mistaking “modern” for better; insecurity and a lack of tech savvy typically leads to that

  22. The ISO Delusion: Sirius Corporation Demonstrates a Lack of Understanding of Security and Privacy

    Sirius ‘Open Source’, emboldened by ISO ‘paperwork’ (certification), lost sight of what it truly takes to run a business securely, mistaking worthless gadgets for “advancement” while compelling staff to sign a new contract in a hurry (prior contract-signing scandals notwithstanding)

  23. Links 26/01/2023: LibreOffice 7.4.5 and Ubuntu Pro Offers

    Links for the day

  24. Links 26/01/2023: GNU poke 3.0 and PipeWire 0.3.65

    Links for the day

  25. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  26. Companies Would Collapse Upon Abandoning Their Original Goals (That Attracted All the Productive Staff)

    Staff with technical skills won't stick around in companies that reject technical arguments and moreover move to proprietary software in a company that brands itself "Open Source"

  27. [Meme] Listen to Your Workers, Avert Disaster

    Companies that refuse to take input from staff are doomed to fail

  28. The ISO Delusion: When the Employer Doesn’t Understand the Company's Value Proposition (Building Systems) and Rejects Security

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ has failed to sell what it was actually good at; instead it hired unqualified people and outsourced almost everything

  29. Links 25/01/2023: NuTyX 23.01.1 and GNU Guile 3.0.9 Released

    Links for the day

  30. Links 25/01/2023: Stratis 3.5.0 and Many Political Links

    Links for the day

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