12.02.22

Links 02/12/2022: Linux Mint 21.1 Beta Imminent and Linux (SUID-root) Has Bugs

Posted in News Roundup at 9:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • EIN PresswireThe Kubuntu Focus Team Announces kfocus-source – EIN Presswire

        The Kubuntu Focus team today announced the immediate availability of kfocus-source, a unified GitHub repository containing the Kubuntu Focus Suite. This software has always been published under the GPLv2 license, but now with kfocus-source, it’s easier to review and contribute within the standard GitHub interface.

        The kfocus-source repository provides the Kubuntu Focus Suite of tools, configurations, and hardware optimizations that work in harmony with standard Kubuntu 22.04 LTS. It is carefully designed to avoid reinventing the wheel and does not, for example, contain a variation of an entire operating system, or a shell on top of it. This adds unique value to an already vibrant and broadly supported ecosystem and community.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoGTOP Utility | System Monitoring Dashboard for Linux Terminal – Invidious

        What’s up, Linux Community!!! In this video, I cover Gtop, which is an alternative to top and htop. These tools are used to monitor system resources and processes within the Linux terminal.

      • Linux in the Ham ShackLHS Episode #491: Beginner Hams Deep Dive | Linux in the Ham Shack

        Welcome to the 491st installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this deep dive episode, the hosts expand on their topic from the previous episode, focusing on new radio amateurs getting into the hobby. This episode focuses on tips, tricks, insights, recommendations and resources for people new to the hobby. We hope you find this episode entertaining and informative. Have a great week.

      • VideoLinux Lite 6.2 Quick overview #shorts – Invidious

        A Quick Overview of Linux Lite 6.2.

      • VideoIffy Eufy Cameras [Ed: Will be live soon]

        This week in the Weekly News Roundup, Privacy-focused cameras Eufy are not as private as advertised. We see Windows malware scaning phones and other attached devices for anything interesting, and Linus is being hard on the developers before the holiday festivities sets in.

    • Kernel Space

      • PCLOS OfficialKernel 6.0.11 and Kernel 5.15.81 Available – PCLinuxOS

        Kernels 6.0.11 and 5.15.81 are now available in the PCLinuxOS Software Repository.

      • Linux mailing listsLinux 6.0.11
      • Linux mailing listsLinux 5.15.81
      • Linux mailing listsLinux 5.10.157
      • CollaboraTracing stateless video hardware decoding in V4L2

        Earlier this year, I joined Collabora for a six-month internship to learn how V4L2 (Video4Linux2) supports stateless video hardware decoding. My project was to build a utility that traced and replayed stateless decoding from a userspace perspective. The utility, called the v4l2-tracer, is intended to be part of v4l-utils, a collection of utilities and libraries to handle media devices. The code is currently under review on the mailing list: [PATCH v4] utils: add v4l2-tracer utility.

        Although there are many excellent tracing tools, such as strace, the v4l2-tracer traces V4L2 stateless decoding more comprehensively. It adds the ability to replay (i.e. “retrace”) the traced activity, portably, between different userspace environments. The project was inspired by another tool, apitrace, which provides the same tracing and retracing functionality for certain graphics APIs.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Google Sites

        Google has a firm grip on the desktop. Their products and services are ubiquitous. Don’t get us wrong, we’re long-standing admirers of many of Google’s products and services. They are often high quality, easy to use, and ‘free’, but there can be downsides of over-reliance on a specific company. For example, there are concerns about their privacy policies, business practices, and an almost insatiable desire to control all of our data, all of the time.

        What if you are looking to move away from Google and embark on a new world of online freedom, where you are not constantly tracked, monetised and attached to Google’s ecosystem.

        In this series we explore how you can migrate from Google without missing out on anything. We recommend open source solutions.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • BeebomHow to Install Drivers in Ubuntu (4 Easy Methods) | Beebom

        If you recently moved to Ubuntu from Windows or macOS and are looking for a way to install drivers in Ubuntu, you have come to the right place. We have added 4 detailed methods to update drivers in Ubuntu, right from downloading additional drivers to installing Nvidia’s latest graphical drivers. Apart from that, we have written separate articles on how to switch between Wayland and Xorg in Ubuntu and have compiled the best screen recording tools on Ubuntu for new users on Linux. On that note, let’s go ahead and learn how to manually install drivers in Ubuntu.

      • ID RootHow To Install FFmpeg on Fedora 37 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FFmpeg on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, FFmpeg is a collection of free software that can record, convert and stream audio and video. With FFmpeg, you can easily convert your files into the format you need without worrying about compatibility issues. FFmpeg is developed on GNU/Linux but can be compiled on most operating systems, including Windows.

        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 FFmpeg on a Fedora 37.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Google Earth Pro on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Google Earth Pro on a Chromebook.

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

      • RoseHostingHow to Setup vsftpd for a User’s Directory on Ubuntu 22.04 – RoseHosting

        In this tutorial, we are going to install vsftpd and set it up for a user’s directory on Ubuntu 22.04

        VSFTPD is a shortcut of a very secure FTP daemon and is an FTP server for Unix systems, including Linux. Vsftpd is the default FTP server in the Ubuntu, CentOS, and RHEL distributions. System administrators, daily, are adding new users to the systems and configuring the vsftpd to allow the user to upload files or folders only in their directories on the server. This scenario is mostly for resellers who want their users to have limited access.

        Installing and configuring the vsftpd for a user’s directory on Ubuntu 22.04 is a straightforward process. Let’s get started!

      • RoseHostingHow to Install Varnish on Ubuntu 22.04 – RoseHosting

        In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install Varnish on Ubuntu 22.04.

        Varnish cache is a web application accelerator that is used as caching HTTP reverse proxy. The varnish case has many advantages against other caching software and can speed up delivery up to 1000 times. Varnish offers many features such as private CDN, Gzip compression and decompression, HTTP streaming pass & fetch, etc.

        In this blog post for the installation, we are going to configure it with the Apache web server. This process is very easy and may take up to 20 minutes. Let’s get started!

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • OMG UbuntuThis New Icon Theme Offers Adwaita-Style Icons for 3rd Party Apps


        The new ‘MoreWaita‘ icon set does just that.

        This community-based icon pack seeks to faithfully craft Adwaita-style icons icons for third-party apps, tools, and services, bringing them into the visual fold to effect a more consistent, unified look across the system.

        Or to let the folks behind MoreWaita explain: “The purpose of MoreWaita is to add to Adwaita, not modify it, and to do roughly what Breeze does for KDE. This theme does not override any Adwaita icons, nor any Gnome Circle apps icons, nor icons that generally fit into the Adwaita paradigm (like Transmission GTK).”

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE OfficialKDE’s End of Year Fundraiser is Live | KDE.news

          KDE’s End of Year Fundraiser is officially live! Your donations will help us reach our goals, support our community, fund our events, and show the world how everybody can benefit from KDE software.

          Today we have the ambitious goal of raising 20,000€ for the KDE. Your donation allows KDE to continue developing the spectacular Plasma desktop and all the apps you need for education, productivity, and creative work.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • This Week in GNOME#72 Automated Testing – This Week in GNOME

          Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from November 25 to December 02.

        • Hubert FiguièreNiepce November 2022 updates – Hubert Figuière

          Before implementing drag and drop between list widgets (the grid view or thumbnail strip and the workspace), we’d better stop using the now deprecated widgets. This mean it is time to remove GtkIconView and GktTreeView as I would hate having to implement drag and drop twice.

          Now, the grid view / thumbnail strip no longer uses GtkIconView. There are still a few visual adjustments to perform, notably how to get square cells, or rethink the layout. This also got rid of the last leftovers from cbindgen.

          The workspace (the treeview that list the content of the catalog) is a bit more tricky as the API for tree view with GtkListView has a few limitations and complexities, but it’s mostly done as to have the functionality. It’s the last big patch in November.

        • GNOMEAutomated testing of GNOME Shell – GNOME Shell – Mutter

          Automated testing is important to ensure software continues to behave as it is intended and it’s part of more or less all modern software projects, including GNOME Shell and many of the dependencies it builds upon. However, as with most testing, we can always do better to get more complete testing. In this post, we’ll dive into how we recently improved testing in GNOME Shell, and what this unlocks in terms of future testability.

        • halting problem : On PyGObject

          PyGObject is currently undermaintained, even after the heroic efforts of Christoph Reiter to keep the fires burning through the long night. The Python community needs more people to work on the bindings, if we want Python to be a first class citizen of the ecosystem.

          There’s a lot to do, and not nearly enough people left to do it.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Venture BeatPyTorch 2.0 release accelerates open-source machine learning

      w known as Meta) in 2016 with the 1.0 release debuting in 2018. In September 2022, Meta moved the PyTorch project to the new PyTorch Foundation, which is operated by the Linux Foundation.

    • Help Net SecurityOpen-source tool puts machine learning dataset analysis at data scientists’ fingertips

      Comet released Kangas, an open-source smart data exploration, analysis and model debugging tool for machine learning.

      [...]

      Kangas was designed for the entire community, to be embraced by students, researchers and the enterprise. As individuals and teams work to further their ML initiatives, they will be able to leverage the full benefits of Kangas. Being open source, all are able to contribute and further enhance it as well.

    • TechSpotOpen-source antivirus ClamAV finally goes 1.0, some 20 years after launch | TechSpot

      Why it matters: ClamAV describes itself as an open-source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats. Detection levels are pretty low compared to Windows antimalware programs, yet the development has been going on for decades. The tool is available on all platforms, even though it’s targeted primarily at Linux.

      ClamAV recently released its latest version, an update that can be considered historically significant despite its lackluster changelog. The milestone is ClamAV finally reaching version 1.0.0. It’s the first major release as versioning conventions go, and it came only six months after celebrating its 20th birthday.

    • Events

      • PurismPurism at “Le Capitole du Libre” in France – Purism

        On the 16th and 20th of November, Adrien Plazas and I had a booth at the French Free Software event “Le Capitole du Libre” in the city of Toulouse. It was the first time the event was taking place since 2019. As for the previous years, this edition was a success and we have met a lot of people during the two days. In this blog post, I will give a short summary of the most frequently asked questions.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Ubuntu HandbookThe Lightweight Midori Browser Revived [official AppImage/Deb] | UbuntuHandbook

        Remember Midori? The lightweight web browser that was default in Elementary OS and Bodhi Linux revived!

        Midori was a popular lightweight web browser used the WebKitGTK rendering engine and GTK UI toolkit. The development of the project was however discontinued more than 3 years ago. And, Ubuntu even removed it from system repository since Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

        According to the Wikipedia, the Midori project has been merged with the Astian Foundation in 2019. And, Astian announced a week ago that Midori browser is still alive!

        It’s now Chromium based web browser that using Electron and React with both desktop edition for Linux, macOS, and Windows, and mobile edition for Android.

        The browser still aims to be lightweight, fast and free. It’s still an open-source app, with the source code host in gitlab project page.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)GIMP 2.10.32 on Apple Silicon – GIMP

        It is a bit of an early Christmas for people using Apple Silicon machines (Apple M1, M2…) as we release for the first time ever a stable version of GIMP for this architecture!

        It is a revision package for GIMP 2.10.32, already released a few months ago, re-built with our new MacPorts-based infrastructure on both x86_64 (“macOS on Intel” architecture) and AArch64 (“macOS on Apple Silicon”).

        Note that we provide 2 DMG packages now, one for each architecture, not a single universal package. The website will try and detect which architecture you are on, but if it fails to detect properly (detection is not as easy on some browsers), be careful to choose the version for the correct hardware (“for Intel” or “for Apple Silicon“).

    • Programming/Development

      • gbuild: LibreOffice build system – part 1 – LibreOffice Development Blog

        LibreOffice uses a build system that has the name gbuild which works on the top of GNU Make. Migrating from the old build system to gbuild is started in the OpenOffice days, but the migration took a while, and a lot of efforts, and finished around LibreOffice 4.1.

        This LibreOffice build system uses GNU Make, Perl and Python, so you need to have these prerequisites in order to be able to build LibreOffice.

      • The Register UK.NET open source is ‘heavily under-funded’ says AWS [Ed: Microsoft media operative Tim Anderson is back to promoting Microsoft stuff at The Register]

        Amazon web arm investing in Microsoft’s platform to help customers escape Windows

      • Falsehoods programmers believe about undefined behavior

        Undefined behavior (UB) is a tricky concept in programming languages and compilers. Over the many years I’ve been an industry mentor for MIT’s 6.172 Performance Engineering course, An excellent class that I highly recommend. It’s very thorough and hands-on, at the expense of also requiring a lot of work at a very fast pace. When I took it as an undergrad, that was a great tradeoff, but YMMV. I’ve heard many misconceptions about what the compiler guarantees in the presence of UB. This is unfortunate but not surprising!

        For a primer on undefined behavior and why we can’t just “define all the behaviors,” I highly recommend Chandler Carruth’s talk “Garbage In, Garbage Out: Arguing about Undefined Behavior with Nasal Demons.”

        You might also be familiar with my Compiler Adventures blog series on how compiler optimizations work. An upcoming episode is about implementing optimizations that take advantage of undefined behavior like dividing by zero, where we’ll see UB “from the other side.”

      • Lorin HochsteinCache invalidation really is one of the hardest problems in computer science – Surfing Complexity

        My colleagues recently wrote a great post on the Netflix tech blog about a tough performance issue they wrestled with. They ultimately diagnosed the problem as false sharing, which is a performance problem that involves caching.

        I’m going to take that post and write a simplified version of part of it here, as an exercise to help me understand what happened. After all, the best way to understand something is to try to explain it to someone else.

        But note that the topic I’m writing about here is outside of my personal area of expertise, so caveat lector!

      • Tim MisiakRecognizing patterns in memory // TimDbg

        Something I find frustrating is how hard it is to teach debugging skills. I think the biggest reason is because there are many things that can only be learned through experience. This is true for anything that requires pattern recognition. Our brains are great at recognizing patterns, but it often takes a large amount of practice to be able to identify useful patterns in data.

        I can’t instantly give you pattern recognition skills with a short blog post, but I can tell you about some of the patterns that I look for so you can start to train your brain to see these as well. Recognizing patterns in memory can be useful as it can give you a hint for things like memory corruption, which are often some of the hardest errors to debug from a postmortem analysis. Getting a rough idea of what type data is ovewriting other data in a process can tell you where to look next for the source of memory corruption. It can help narrow down where an issue might be because the bug is usually near the code that wrote this data.

      • Simon WillisonCoping strategies for the serial project hoarder

        I gave a talk at DjangoCon US 2022 in San Diego last month about productivity on personal projects, titled “Massively increase your productivity on personal projects with comprehensive documentation and automated tests”.

        The alternative title for the talk was Coping strategies for the serial project hoarder.

        I’m maintaining a lot of different projects at the moment. Somewhat unintuitively, the way I’m handling this is by scaling down techniques that I’ve seen working for large engineering teams spread out across multiple continents.

        The key trick is to ensure that every project has comprehensive documentation and automated tests. This scales my productivity horizontally, by freeing me up from needing to remember all of the details of all of the different projects I’m working on at the same time.

      • Stack OverflowWhy writing by hand is still the best way to retain information

        Picture this: it’s a work day at an enterprise payments processing company, and there is a critical data engineering task that needs to be completed. In this case, I’m the data engineer who needs to finish the task, but I am missing information necessary for my data model to be finished. I heard the information in a meeting. It was discussed in the daily standup. I have some vague typed notes, but I can’t recall the technical details I need to finish my work. No one is available to answer my question. It’s then that it hits me: I should have written down notes by hand during the meeting.

        Writing notes by hand would have given me several different tangible resources that could help me find the critical missing information: a stronger memory of the meeting I was in, the gaps in the details of the discussion that occurred, and the notes themselves that would help me trigger a stronger recall of the events just by reviewing them on paper. Detailed typed notes would not help my recall and retention of the information in the meetings in the same way that notes written by hand would, though they would have been helpful.

      • Ben HoytI/O is no longer the bottleneck

        When interviewing programmers, I often ask them to code a simple program to count word frequencies in a text file. It’s a good problem that tests a bunch of skills, and with some follow-up questions, allows you to go surprisingly deep.

        One of the follow-up questions I ask is, “What’s the performance bottleneck in your program?” Most people say something like “reading from the input file”.

        In fact, I was inspired to write this article after responding to someone on Gopher Slack, who said, “I also note there’s a lot of extra work happening here in splitting the entire line, etc, it’s just that typically this is all so much faster than I/O that we don’t care.”

        I’m not picking on him … before I analyzed the performance of the count-words problem, I thought the same. It’s what we’ve all been taught, right? “I/O is slow.”

        Not anymore! Disk I/O may have been slow 10 or 20 years ago, but in 2022, reading a file sequentially from disk is very fast.

      • Tyler CiprianiGit Notes: Git’s Coolest, Most Unloved­ Feature – Tyler Cipriani

        the short of it is: they’re cool for appending notes from automated systems (like ticket or build systems) but not really for having interactive conversations with other developers (at least not yet)

      • Perl / Raku

        • RakulangDay 3: Santa and the Rakupod Wranglers – Raku Advent Calendar

          Santa’s world was increasingly going high-tech, and his IT department was polishing off its new process that could take the millions of letters received from boys and girls around the world, scan them into digital form with state-of-the-art optical character recognition hardware, and produce outputs that could greatly streamline the Santa Corporation’s production for Christmas delivery.

          One problem had initially stymied them, but consultants from the Raku community came to their aid. (As you may recall, IT had become primarily a Raku shop because of the power of the language for all their programming needs ranging from shop management to long-range planning.) The problem was converting the digital output from the OCR hardware to final PDF products for the factories and toy makers. The growing influence of Github and its Github-flavored Markdown format had resulted in IT’s post-OCR software converting the text into that format.

          That was fine for initial use for production planning, but for archival purposes it lacked the capability to provide textual hints to create beautiful digital documents for permanent storage. The Raku consultants suggested converting the Markdown to Rakupod which has as much potential expressive, typesetting power as Donald Knuth’s TeX and its descendants (e.g., Leslie Lamport’s LaTex, ConTeXt, and XeTeX). As opposed to those formats, the Rakupod product is much easier to scan visually and, although current Raku products are in the early stages of development, the existing Rakupod-to-PDF process can be retroactively improved by modifying the existing Rakupod when future products are improved.

        • PerlThis Week in PSC (089) | Perl Steering Council [blogs.perl.org]

          Back to the full three of us. Not much needed looking at this week.

      • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Security

      • Security WeekThree Innocuous Linux Vulnerabilities Chained to Obtain Full Root Privileges | SecurityWeek.Com

        Qualys’ Threat Research Unit has shown how a new Linux vulnerability could be chained with two other apparently harmless flaws to gain full root privileges on an affected system.

      • Security AffairsA new Linux flaw can be chained with other two bugs to gain full root privileges

        Qualys researchers demonstrated how to chain a new Linux flaw with two other two issues to gain full root privileges on an impacted system.

        Researchers at the Qualys’ Threat Research Unit demonstrated how to chain a new Linux vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-3328, with two other flaws to gain full root privileges on an affected system.

        The vulnerability resides in the snap-confine function on Linux operating systems, a SUID-root program installed by default on Ubuntu.

      • Employees Don’t Care About the Data Breach Pandemic

        Throughout the last decade, data breaches have exploded in numbers, regularity, and severity. Consumer concerns around safety have similarly reached new highs, as they continue to bear the brunt of leaky databases and illicit cybercriminals. The security fabric of organizations is being stretched thinner than ever, but a worrying report has found that a concerning number of US employees simply don’t care.

      • DNA IndiaGovernment issues ‘high’ severity security alert for THESE Google users

        As per the latest CERT-In security alert, multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in the Linux-based operating system designed by Google.

      • Bleeping ComputerNVIDIA releases GPU driver update to fix 29 security flaws

        NVIDIA has released a security update for its GPU display driver for Windows, containing a fix for a high-severity flaw that threat actors can exploit to perform, among other things, code execution and privilege escalation.

        The latest security update addresses 25 vulnerabilities on the Windows and Linux GPU drivers, while seven flaws are categorized as high-severity.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • You don’t need to keep the fire on to cook pasta

        Our landlord, who lives just next door and turned 100 this year (!), told us that to cook pasta, she doesn’t keep the water boiling during the approximate ten minutes required to obtain al dente pasta. Instead, once the water is boiling, simply add the pasta, wait for the water to start boiling again, then cut the fire, cover with a lid and a towel so that the heat is kept inside the pot. It takes maybe one or two minutes longer to cook.

    • Technical

      • How I use the Internet Today

        Today’s internet is a nightmare to use and navigate, in my opinion. I have little knowledge about the old internet. So, I don’t have much to say about it, but from what I have experienced in the old internet is that it was actually decentralized. Firstly, our internet is occupied by the tech giants. When I talk about the internet, a normal person would think that it’s something that makes Facebook work or something that helps us to chat with people in WhatsApp. The concept of internet being a social, decentralized hub where people can express themselves in their own way has been shadowed by the famous monopoly, i.e. meta(in my opinion, but there’s google as well), and now it is seen as the place where we play by the rules of a company and express ourselves in short microblogs with limited number of words and a single UI where everyone is forced to be in the same place because they will be alone if they want to try something new.

      • Protocol Specification

        “String as hex” is rather vague, and computers can be mighty picky about such details. Humans who have dealt with computers can also be picky, especially if they expect to have to support, fix, or write the code involved, and where they suspect moving goalposts as the details of what exactly a “string” is are revealed, and what exactly “as hex” means.


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

[Meme] Job Ethics

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 12:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Your IT boss at Sirius Open Source

Summary: Ethical development jobs may not be easy to find; some ethical jobs can turn immoral after many years and then it’s time to leave (there’s no turnaround when HR gravitates towards immoral business and chronically relies on deceit)

The Morality of Your Clients and Suppliers Should Matter (It No Longer Matters in Sirius ‘Open Source’)

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 12:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b592f88498af1b6093b6cc3fffbb8a02
Why I Left My Job Today
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: One very important (and perhaps lifelong) lesson learned in my last job is that clients and agenda can change rapidly as a result of rotation in management and a loss of moral compass; it’s critical to check not only what employer one works for but who the upstream and downstream entities are (their nature can change for the worse when the employer becomes desperate and neglects ethics in pursuit of money)

IN INDUSTRY, there is a chain of suppliers and providers. Microsoft, for instance, gives “products” and provides “services” to companies, governments, militaries and so on.

In the case of the company where I worked (until today), we had provided services for companies in the private sector and many in the public sector too.

“What about the morality of those whom you provide for?”For software development firms, there are typically “users” or firms/people who purchase the software, license it etc.

What about the morality of those whom you provide for? Never mind suppliers, though that’s an important but separate subject (for firms that resell things and fund potentially unethical suppliers).

When Microsoft bought GitHub many employees left as they refused to work for Microsoft. Not too long afterwards many left GitHub (both users and employees) because of the ICE controversies (Microsoft insisted that GitHub should supply “services” to ICE). It quickly became a major crisis of brain drain (one colleague followed another, leaving GitHub with a lack of geeks, sort of like in Twitter last month) and Microsoft resorted to planted/seeded distractions in the media (“Arctic Vault”) in order to change the news cycle.

“For instance, do people walk into a job interview and ask who the suppliers/providers are? Or who the buyers/users are? Maybe they should.”Today, a Friday, I officially left my job. The video above explains some of the background but future videos will delve into the lessons learned, not just based on personal experience. Many of the underlying issues seem rather common and they’re worth explaining in a generalised way that many people can relate to and study when assessing potential employers.

For instance, do people walk into a job interview and ask who the suppliers/providers are? Or who the buyers/users are? Maybe they should. Also check if management actually understands the products/services offered. If not, that’s a big red warning sign.

In my personal case, the chain has changed profoundly. Instead of spreading Free software there was a bunch of stuff like AWS being promoted. Instead of working for public sector clients (very ethical and moral agencies whose functions service to protect the vulnerable people) we started to accept business from objectionable groups. Merely pointing out such problems was framed as the real problem. That transition led to tensions and confrontations, culminating in resignation. It had been planned for months.

“He does not possess wealth; it possesses him.”

Benjamin Franklin

Links 02/12/2022: Fedora Gets Sway Spin; Samsung, LG, Mediatek Certificates Compromised

Posted in News Roundup at 12:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

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

        The pwd command, like ls and cd, is one of most frequently used Linux utilities.

      • Performance Analysis Using PCP
      • [Old] Data-centric tracing

        Here we continue our series of BPF blog entries by looking at observability improvements the Oracle Linux team have worked on with the upstream BPF community.

        In particular, we will discuss how BPF – and libbpf in particular – can facilitate observability of kernel function execution, showing arguments and return values in a similar way to that supported in debuggers.

      • DebugPointHow to Find Free Disk Space in Ubuntu and Other Linux [Beginner’s Guide]

        A simple tutorial demonstrates how to find free disk space in Ubuntu and other Linux distros using the command line and GUI tools.

        Every day we create data, knowingly or unknowingly. And that directly costs disk space. A few commands in the terminal can give you a better idea about the storage situation in your Linux desktop or server.

        Here are some of the ways how you can find free disk space in Ubuntu and similar distributions.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Erlang on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Erlang is a programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. Erlang was originally developed to be used in several large telecommunication systems. But it has now slowly made its foray into diverse sectors like eCommerce, computer telephony, and banking sectors as well.

        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 Erlang programming language on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow we designed a long-lasting web-hosting service on Linux: 3 lessons learned | Enable Sysadmin

        The decisions we made in designing our Linux web-hosting service (and the tips we gathered along the way) kept it up and running for 16 years.

      • LinuxConfigHow to install OnlyOffice Desktop Editors on Linux

        OnlyOffice is an open source office suite compatible with both open and proprietary documents formats. The suite includes applications to create and edit text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The “community” version of OnlyOffice is cost-free and can be installed both as a service, or in the form of classic desktop editors.

        In this article we see how to install the OnlyOffice Desktop Editors suite on the major Linux distributions.

      • NextGenTipsHow to use PostgreSQL to perform CRUD operations in FastAPI – NextGenTips

        In the previous tutorial, we saw how to perform CRUD operations using dummy data inside your project, but that can’t help us in real-world issues. Today I will take you through using the PostgreSQL database to perform CRUD operations in FastAPI RESTful services.

        FastAPI really works well with both SQL and NoSQL databases, you can use SQL databases with the help of SQLAlchemy which is the Python SQL toolkit and Object Relational Mapper. It gives developers the full power and flexibility of SQL.

        To start our project create a folder where you will install the dependencies and create a virtual environment. I will still be using the song API I created in the previous tutorial.

      • Fedora MagazineWorking with Btrfs – Subvolumes – Fedora Magazine

        This article is part of a series of articles that takes a closer look at Btrfs, the default filesystem for Fedora Workstation and Fedora Silverblue since Fedora Linux 33.

        [...]

        Subvolumes allow for the partitioning of a Btrfs filesystem into separate sub-filesystems. This means that you can mount subvolumes from a Btrfs filesystem as if they were independent filesystems. In addition, you can, for example, define the maximum space a subvolume may take up via qgroups (We’ll talk about this in another article in this series), or use subvolumes to specifically include or exclude files from snapshots (We’ll talk about this, too, in another article in this series). Every default Fedora Workstation and Fedora Silverblue installation since Fedora Linux 33 makes use of subvolumes. In this article we will explore how it works.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Make Use OfThe 7 Best Independent Linux Distros You Can’t Miss Out On

      While the large majority of Linux distros are based on Debian, Fedora, or Arch Linux, there are several independent Linux distros that lead a new way.

      Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch Linux, and many others have continued to spawn other Linux distros. But plenty of independent distributions have no dependency on either of these base Linux distributions.

      Each distribution has its own set of features, which make them different from some of the other familiar names in the Linux ecosystem. But does their independent structure make them better than the rest?

      Here’s a list of the top seven independent Linux distros you can consider. Depending on your requirements, you can choose the one that tickles your fancy.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • The Register UKGoogle frees nifty ML image-compression model • The Register

      A new application of machine learning looks both clever and handy, as opposed to the more normal properties of being somewhere between privacy-, copyright-, or life-endangering. But before you get too excited, you can’t have it.

      The true cost of ML applications varies. Many are free to use, which means they endanger the paid income of someone somewhere. Speech recognition puts poor people in call centers out of work. “AI” image generators deprive creative artists of their income, and “AI” text generators threaten writers – in those few jobs which survived the web destroying print journalism, anyway.

      Applying ML to image compression and decompression seems like a relatively safe use. Adding more smarts to image compression has felt like it was an inspired idea waiting for its moment ever since Michael Barnsley invented fractal image compression in 1987.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • It’s FOSSPrivacy-Preserving Ads Make a Debut on Brave Search

        Brave Search is an independent search engine that claims not to track its users and provides a safe and secure search experience.

        It aims to be a privacy-friendly alternative to the extensive tech services from Microsoft and Google.

        With a recent announcement, they introduced a new feature to Brave Search. The search will now show ‘privacy-preserving’ ads as part of a global beta program.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Programming/Development

      • QtLooking for our 2022 Qt Champions!

        It’s that time of the year again, and we present the usual end-of-year question.
        Who from your peers should be recognised as a Qt Champion?

        Look back at 2022, and think about someone who helped you and the Community in general during this past year.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchCan We Say “Hallelujah” About the New Leonard Cohen Documentary?

      Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Song, A Journey. Dirs. Dan Geller, Dana Goldfine, Sony Pictures Classics, 2022. Now Available on Streaming and Blu Ray/DVD.

      Could there be any other way to make a musical documentary about Leonard Cohen’s life and work than one focused upon “Hallelujah,” a song which took on a life of its own due in no small part to [*CHECKS NOTES*] the movie Shrek?! While Martin Scorsese’s career-long dalliances with a certain Mr. Zimmerman obviate the positive response to such a query, I likewise admit that I found myself utterly astonished by this picture.

    • Counter PunchAmtraks Across America: the Myths of the Pacific War in New Orleans

      Against my better judgement, I went to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, which many friends, knowing my interest in the Pacific and European wars, had encouraged me to visit.

      I had been before, when it was just the D-Day Museum, but since that time the accumulation of all those $30 entrance fees has allowed the museum to acquire the rest of the war and enlarge “the campus” to include all sorts of exhibition halls, including one that has the Solomon (as in the Solomon Islands) Theater.

    • HackadayPly Your Craft With Tubular Origami

      Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have just published a paper on creating modular tubular origami machines which they call “Kinegami”, a portmanteau of “kinematic” and “origami”.

    • Counter PunchGrandfathers of a Just Transition

      Fifty years ago engineers working in the military-industrial complex used their skills to transition from building machines of war to developing socially useful products They designed solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps, hybrid electric vehicles, and even an improved kidney dialysis machine.

      Their vision, informed by their skills, was incredible. They published their designs as The Lucas Plan and took it around to government leaders to secure funding to manufacture their inventions. Here was a chance for the government to divert funds from armaments to socially useful goods. While they were praised for their imagination and creativity, they never got the funding that they needed.

    • MeduzaAeroflot, no longer offering streaming services, suggests passengers use flights for ‘digital detox’ — Meduza

      The Russian airline Aeroflot is no longer providing streaming services for passengers to watch films or listen to music during flights.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayThrowback: USB Hotplate Used 30 Whole Ports

        Once upon a time, USB was still hip, cool, and easy to understand. You could get up to 500 mA out of a port, which wasn’t much, but some companies produced USB cup warmers anyway which were a bit of a joke. However, one enterprising hacker took things further back in 2004, whipping up a potent USB hot plate powered by a cavalcade of ports.

      • HackadaySimple ATX Bench Power Supply Adds Variable Output

        A benchtop power supply is a key thing to have for any aspiring electronics hacker. While you can always buy one, plenty of us have old computer PSUs lying around that could do a fine job themselves. [Frugha] decided to whip up a neat 3D-printed design for converting any ATX PSU into a usable bench unit.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Antivax nonsense about “PureBloods” endangers the lives of children

        As hard as it is to believe, it’s been over a year since I first wrote about a particularly pernicious phenomenon in the antivaccine movement, the concept of “purebloods,” more specifically the concept that those unvaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines have “pure blood” and that the vaccines somehow “contaminate” the blood. As I pointed out at the time, there is nothing new about “purebloods” other than “new school” antivaxxers having chosen a name based seemingly on disturbingly fascist concepts about “purity,” sparking an obvious comparison to a character from one of my favorite movies of all time, Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper from one of my favorite movies of all time, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Specifically, the concept reminds me of how Gen. Ripper would seemingly reasonably rant about how fluoridation is a Communist plot to “sap and impurify” the “precious bodily fluids” of real Americans, noting that anti-fluoridation, antivaccine, and anti-GMO pseudoscience all tap into the alternative medicine fear of “contamination” as a cause of ill health and “purity of essence” (again, from Dr. Strangelove) as key to good health.

      • TechdirtVideo Game Addiction Is Over, Says Chinese Video Game Addiction Regulator

        We should always be wary when a government entity charged with ending [insert issue here] declares said issue ended. We should be doubly wary when a Chinese government agency says anything about anything.

    • Proprietary

      • Computer WeeklyMicrosoft 365 banned in German schools over privacy concerns | TechTarget

        Federal German data protection authorities have banned the use of Microsoft Office 365 in schools due to privacy concerns around the use of US cloud providers.

        The German Data Protection Conference (DSK) – which consists of the German Federal Data Protection Authority and 16 state regulators – said that, given the lack of transparency around how Microsoft collects and processes personal data, as well as the potential for third-party access to it, the use of O365 is not legally compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

        “Microsoft does not fully disclose which processing operations take place in detail. In addition, Microsoft does not fully disclose which processing operations are carried out on behalf of the customer or which are carried out for its own purposes,” said a report by the DSK working group looking at the issue.

        “The contractual documents are not precise in this regard and do not allow for conclusive evaluation of processing, which may even be extensive, including for the company’s own purposes,” the report continued.

    • Security

      • DiffoscopeReproducible Builds: diffoscope 228 released

        The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 228. This version includes the following changes:

        [ FC Stegerman ]
        * As an optimisation, don't run apktool if no differences are detected before
          the signing block. (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope!105)
        
        [ Chris Lamb ]
        * Support both the python3-progressbar and python3-progressbar2 Debian
          packages, two modules providing the "progressbar" Python module.
          (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#323)
        * Ensure we recommend apksigcopier. (Re: reproducible-builds/diffoscope!105)
        * Make the code clearer around generating the Debian substvars and tidy
          generation of os_list.
        * Update copyright years.

      • Pen Test PartnersConsumer advice for buying smart IoT devices this Christmas | Pen Test Partners

        Rightly or wrongly there’s plenty of fear, uncertainty, and downright doom associated with the IoT and devices.

        So, is it safe to buy these things as gifts or even as a treat for yourself this year? In our opinion it probably is, as long as you follow some basic advice.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (snapd), Fedora (firefox, libetpan, ntfs-3g, samba, thunderbird, and xen), SUSE (busybox, emacs, and virt-v2v), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.15, linux-gcp, linux-gkeop, linux-hwe-5.15, linux-ibm, linux-intel-iotg, linux-kvm, linux-lowlatency, linux-lowlatency-hwe-5.15, linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.15, linux-raspi, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.4, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.4, linux-gkeop, linux-hwe-5.4, linux-ibm, linux-ibm-5.4, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.4, linux-raspi, linux-raspi-5.4, linux, linux-aws, linux-dell300x, linux-gcp-4.15, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon, linux, linux-aws, linux-gcp, linux-ibm, linux-kvm, linux-lowlatency, linux-oracle, linux-raspi, linux, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-lts-xenial, linux-aws-hwe, linux-gcp, linux-hwe, linux-oracle, and tiff).

      • The Register UKIntruders gain access to user data in LastPass incident • The Register

        Intruders broke into a third-party cloud storage service LastPass shares with affiliate company GoTo and gained access to “certain elements” of customers’ information, the pair have confirmed.

        LastPass did not define what it meant by “certain elements,” saying it was unsure what data was looked at: “We are working diligently to understand the scope of the incident and identify what specific information has been accessed this morning.”

        Last night’s statement also confirmed the attackers obtained the information to carry out the current intrusion using information stolen in an August attack, which we covered here.

      • Bruce SchneierLastPass Security Breach – Schneier on Security

        The company was hacked, and customer information accessed. No passwords were compromised.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsOpinion | 8 Reasons Why Now Is a Good Time for a Ukraine Ceasefire and Peace Talks

        As the war in Ukraine has dragged on for nine months and a cold winter is setting in, people all over the world are calling for a Christmas truce, harkening back to the inspirational Christmas Truce of 1914. In the midst of World War I, warring soldiers put down their guns and celebrated the holiday together in the no-man’s land between their trenches. This spontaneous reconciliation and fraternization has been, over the years, a symbol of hope and courage.

      • Counter PunchEight Reasons Why Now is a Good Time for a Ukraine Ceasefire and Peace Talks

        As the war in Ukraine has dragged on for nine months and a cold winter is setting in, people all over the world are calling for a Christmas truce, harkening back to the inspirational Christmas Truce of 1914. In the midst of World War I, warring soldiers put down their guns and celebrated the holiday together in the no-man’s land between their trenches.This spontaneous reconciliation and fraternization has been, over the years, a symbol of hope and courage.

        Here are eight reasons why this holiday season too offers the potential for peace and a chance to move the conflict in Ukraine from the battlefield to the negotiating table.

      • Counter Punch“I am Vanessa Guillen”, New Film Recounts Latina-Led Fight Over Military Sexual Abuse

        Two years ago, city hall plaza in our hometown, Richmond, CA., was the scene of a protest vigil organized by Estefany Sanchez and her two sisters. Estefany is a Richmond resident and an Army veteran whose experience of sexual harassment in the military led her to identify strongly with the tragic case of Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year old soldier at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

        Guillen was sexually harassed by fellow soldiers, at a base with one of the highest rates of sexual assault, sexual trafficking, suicide, and murder anywhere in the military.  Her complaints to superior officers were repeatedly ignored before she was killed while at work in an armory on the base. Guillen’s assailant, Aaron Robinson, then secretly moved, dismembered, and buried her body, with the help of a civilian accomplice still awaiting trial. After escaping from military custody, Robinson became one of more than 70 suicides at Fort Hood since 2016.

    • Environment

      • Project CensoredCommunity-Based, Cross-National Responses to Climate Change – Validated Independent News

        As Jena Brooker reported for Nexus Media News in October 2022, community activists in Detroit have long sought solutions to their city’s waste management problems. In 2019, Brooker reported, Breathe Free Detroit and other community groups succeeded in a campaign to shut down the city’s waste incinerator, which was one of the largest in the United States.

      • Energy

        • HackadayCar Batteries: More Than Just Wet Lead

          Working on car electrical systems used to be easy. The battery simply provided power for the car’s starter motor when starting or to run the small number of accessories when the engine wasn’t running. The rest of the time, the alternator charged the battery and provided power for the rest of the vehicle and the ignition system. While very early cars didn’t have batteries, and some old cars had 6 V positive ground systems, most of us have lived our entire lives where car batteries come in several sizes (controlled by Battery Council International) and cars have a 12 V, negative ground system.

        • Common DreamsThree UK Universities Ban Fossil Fuel Industry Recruiters From Campus

          University students campaigning for climate justice in the United Kingdom celebrated a victory Thursday as three institutions announced they will no longer welcome fossil fuel company recruiters to seek new employees through their career services, with one university official noting the decision will support “the development of a sustainable workforce for the future.”

          Under pressure from groups including People & Planet, the University of the Arts London, University of Bedfordshire, and Wrexham Glyndwr University have all adopted new policies barring fossil fuel companies from working with their student recruitment services.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchThere Won’t be Much Left of Our Public Forests After the Forest Service Gets Done “Restoring” Them
        • Common DreamsExperts Warn ‘Doomsday Scenario’ for Colorado River Basin Possible in 2023

          The catastrophic chain of events that water and power authorities are working to prepare for amid the desertification of the Colorado River basin would amount to a “complete doomsday scenario,” harming water and electricity supplies for millions, according to new reporting from The Washington Post.

          While the Biden administration earlier this year ordered water use cuts in Arizona, Nevada, and parts of Mexico that use water from the rapidly shrinking Colorado River, officials in the region are examining how they can keep Lake Powell and Lake Mead—the largest human-made reservoirs in the U.S.—from reaching dangerous “dead pool” status, in which water levels would drop so low that water no longer flows downstream.

        • Counter PunchThe Eerie Silence of Elder Trees

          Well, that’s not entirely true; some years ago I visited Muir Woods with friends, but was distracted from any sense of awe by a combination of infinite tourists and the trail barriers that forbid any aimless wandering. Recently my housemate told me about Montgomery Woods state park up north in Ukiah, home to redwood elders. We decided to make the trek.

          One of the many unfortunate ironies of our mechanical dystopia is that you need a car to get to places where you don’t have to be around cars… or other humans. It took us nearly three hours to drive from Oakland up highway 101 and then negotiate the winding, narrow road out to the park. It was worth every second.

      • Overpopulation/Overheating

        • Counter PunchPaying for an Overheating Earth

          Having endured 19 years of suffering inflicted by the brute force of imperialism during America’s “Global War on Terror,” Paracha, along with all of Pakistan, will now suffer through the climatic devastation wrought by the invisible hand of economic imperialism. Indeed, even as his family members were embracing him for the first time since that fateful day in 2003 when he was seized in an FBI sting operation in Thailand, governments and corporations throughout the Global North were sharpening their knives, preparing to reassert their dominance as they do at every year’s U.N. climate conference — this one being COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

          But delegates from climate-vulnerable, cash-poor countries like Pakistan and Egypt, along with members of climate-justice movements from across the planet, were also there. Tired of being pushed around, they had other plans.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchThe Defrocking of St. Ron DeSantis

        Like Donald Trump and a gaggle of other GOP governors, DeSantis has used the phony bugaboo of an illegal voting epidemic as a political ploy to keep true believers believing. They spend millions of taxpayer dollars on partisan wild goose chases — DeSantis even created a new police bureaucracy, the “Office of Election Crimes,” to snoop on voters.

        It was all just silly political nastiness, but then Ron’s dragnet scooped up 20 of the diabolical culprits — about one 10,000th of a percent of the state’s over 14 million registered voters. Vindication!

      • Counter PunchRight or Wrong Polls Aren’t Good

        The vast majority of political journalists were suckered, swayed, and misled by “an extraordinary profusion of bad partisan polling,” wrote Milbank. He wasn’t. He had doubts about a “red wave” early on, of course.

        It’s not that he’s wrong, or so self-congratulatory, that makes this exasperating. The media’s misplaced predictions of a Democratic rout have been the subject of solipsistic discussion for dreary weeks now.

      • Counter Punch10 Suggestions for Lula, New President of Brazil

        When I visited you (Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) in prison on August 30, 2018, in the brief time that the visit lasted, I experienced a whirlwind of ideas and emotions that remain as vivid today as they were then. A short time before, we had been together at the World Social Forum in Salvador da Bahia. In the penthouse of the hotel where you were staying, we exchanged ideas with Brazilian politician Jacques Wagner about your imprisonment. You still had some hope that the judicial system would suspend the persecutory vertigo that had descended upon you. I, perhaps because I am a legal sociologist, was convinced that this would not happen, but I did not insist. At one point, I had the feeling that you and I were actually thinking and fearing the same thing. A short time later, they were arresting you with the same arrogant and compulsive indifference with which they had been treating you up to that point. Judge Sergio Moro, who had linkswith the U.S. (it is too late to be naive), had accomplished the first part of his mission by putting you behind bars. The second part would be to keep you locked up and isolated until “his” candidate (Jair Bolsonaro) was elected, one who would give Moro a platform to get to the presidency of the republic later on. This is the third phase of the mission, still underway.

        When I entered the premises of Brazil’s federal police, I felt a chill when I read the plaque marking that President Lula da Silva had inaugurated those facilities 11 years earlier as part of his vast program to upgrade the federal police and criminal investigation system in the country. A whirlwind of questions assaulted me. Had the plaque remained there out of oblivion? Out of cruelty? Or to show that the spell had turned against the sorcerer? That a bona fide president had handed the gold to the bandit?

      • Common DreamsLula Aims to Create New Federal Police Unit to Curb Environmental Crimes in Brazil

        The administration of leftist Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wants to establish a new Federal Police unit focused on deterring environmental crimes, Reuters reported Wednesday.

        “The crimes that happened during the current government will now be combated.”

      • Counter PunchSpeaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer – Use the Lame-duck Session for the People

        On July 23, 2022, twenty-four prominent civic advocates and leaders, many of whom you know, made a Zoom presentation for congressional candidates and staff about how to readily defeat the worst GOP – by numerous measures – in history. These presenters were brought together by Mark Green and I. It was not easy to get through the screen of corporate-conflicted political/media consultants to reach candidates. This is a problem the Democratic Party has to confront as it looks back and to see why winnable congressional contests were lost or just narrowly won.

        Visit winningamerica.net and judge for yourselves how effective these policies, strategies, tactics, messaging, rebuttals, slogans and techniques for GOTV would have been if they were applied before the election on November 8, 2022.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Message to Chuck and Nancy: Use the Lame Duck for People!

        Dear Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,

      • Counter PunchThere is Nothing Left in the Democrats
      • MeduzaAlexey Navalny back in penal cell, this time for ‘violating dress code’ — Meduza

        Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is once again in a penal cell (the so-called “ShIZO”). This is the eighth of the politician’s back-to-back stays in penal confinement, which brings his total time in the ShIZO to 73 days. The maximal legal length of penal confinement is 15 days.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common DreamsStarbucks Violated Law and Must Bargain With Union in Seattle: NLRB

        After months of lawbreaking, Starbucks must swiftly begin negotiating with a union formed at one of its locations in Seattle, the federal agency that enforces labor law reaffirmed Wednesday.

        The unanimous decision from three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) comes after employees of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery at 1124 Pike St. in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood voted 38-27 in April to form a union—which the company has been fighting against since.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | FDR, Georgia, and Social Security: A Relationship Worth Protecting

        The name Franklin D. Roosevelt and the town of Warm Springs, Georgia, are forever linked in history. He spent so much time there between 1924 and 1945 that it became known as the “Little White House.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Racists Return to Kindergarten

        Damn those Marxists!

      • Common DreamsPutting ‘Profits Over People’, Senate Rejects Paid Sick Leave for Rail Workers

        Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor Thursday before votes on a trio of bills affecting the nation’s freight rail employees, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he had one “simple question” to ask: “Are any Republicans prepared to stand with rail workers who have zero paid sick days or are they instead going to back the outrageous greed of the rail industry?”

        Sanders (I-Vt.) got his answer a short time later when 42 Republicans—and serial Democratic obstructionist Joe Manchin of West Virginia—voted down Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s (D-N.Y.) proposal to include seven paid sick days in the tentative contract being foisted upon rail workers by Congress and the Biden administration under the terms of the Railway Labor Act of 1926 in order to avoid a strike that experts say could cost the nation’s economy $2 billion per day. The White House-brokered tentative contract was previously rejected by more than half of the nation’s unionized freight rail employees.

      • Counter PunchUS Tax Dollars at Work: Neocolonial Dictatorship, Paramilitary and Police Terror in Haiti Today

        The Biden Administration argues that such foreign intervention is a “humanitarian” necessity given the weakness of the Hatian police force to effectively deal with the “gangs,” more accurately described as highly weaponized paramilitaries indispensable to maintenance of the PHTK regime and the US/UN occupation of Haiti. The Biden Administration calls for both strengthening this police force, through enhanced US aid and training, alongside the deployment of foreign troops to Haiti in order to allegedly restore “law and order” and alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. This argument reproduces the racist stereotype that the Haitian people are incapable of governing themselves, that they will devolve into “gangs’” without proper supervision by a foreign-funded and trained police force buttressed by foreign occupation troops.

        Some liberal critics of the Biden Administration’s position, such as former Special Envoy to Haiti Daniel Foote, disagree with the call to send in more foreign troops, but agree with the Administration’s policy prescription to strengthen the Haitian police. US funding of the Haitian police continues to be accepted and legislated by the US Congress at the behest of the Biden Administration.

      • Common DreamsCiting ‘Unprecedented Crisis,’ House Dems Push Biden to Protect Haitians From Deportation

        The Biden administration faced fresh pressure Thursday to protect Haitians who are in the United States from being deported to a country that has endured increasing economic and political turmoil since a presidential assassination and devastating extreme weather last year.

        “Given the deteriorating situation in Haiti, this administration should prioritize humanitarian relief.”

      • Meduza‘Critical but stable’: Jailed Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava is in the ICU. Here’s what we know. — Meduza

        Maria Kalesnikava, the Belarusian opposition figure who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for her role in the country’s 2020 anti-government protests, is in intensive care. The press service of the opposition politician and banker Viktar Babaryka, who is also in prison, reported Kalesnikava’s hospitalization on November 29, citing her lawyer. According to Babaryka’s Telegram channel, on November 28, Kalesnikava was transported by ambulance from a women’s penal colony in Gomel to the city hospital. After undergoing surgery, she was reportedly moved to the hospital’s ICU. “She’s currently in a critical but stable condition and improving,” the channel reported on November 29.

      • MeduzaRussian authorities add former Memorial lawyer Ilya Novikov to federal wanted list — Meduza

        The Russian Interior Ministry has put a federal warrant out for lawyer Ilya Novikov’s arrest. According to the wanted list on the agency’s official website, the lawyer is the target of a criminal case.

      • MeduzaRussian Justice Ministry publishes unified ‘foreign agent’ roster — Meduza

        The Russian Ministry of Justice has published a unified roster of individuals and organizations designated as “foreign agents.” The new roster merges four different “foreign agent” lists that existed earlier.

      • Meduza‘Three years down the drain’: Artist Yulia Tsvetkova, who fled Russia after being acquitted of felony charges over her art, reflects on her case — Meduza
      • Counter PunchNew Portland Police Oversight Board, Could be Strongest in the Nation and Create a National Model

        Through the protests, Portland police engaged protesters with batons, rubber bullets, other impact weapons and tear gas. Over 6,000 excessive force complaints were filed with the city. The visible brutality against largely peaceful demonstrators inflamed public opinion against the cops. Advocates for police accountability, long frustrated in their efforts by a oversight process that almost uniformly cleared police of brutality complaints, knew this was their moment. They rapidly assembled an effort to place a measure for a police oversight board with real teeth on the November ballot.

        Former City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, spearheaded the effort. Hardesty has long been concerned about horrifying and unpunished incidents of police brutality in her African-American community. She took the proposed measure to City Council, which unanimously put it on the ballot.  With broad community backing from political leaders, citizen groups and local media, Measure 26-217 secured an overwhelming victory with 82% of the vote. What they passed is seen as what could be the strongest police oversight system in the nation, and a model for other jurisdictions.

      • MeduzaSumma Group chairman Ziyavudin Magomedov convicted of fraud, sentenced to 19 years — Meduza

        Moscow’s Meschansky District Court sentenced Summa Group founder and chairman Ziyavudin Magomedov to 19 years in a penal colony. The former billionaire and his brother, Magomed Magomedov, were found guilty of embezzling 11 billion rubles ($180 million) through land, real estate, and other transactions.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtComcast’s Bullshit ‘Broadcast TV Fee’ Surges To $27 A Month

        Back in 2014, Comcast introduced a new $1.50 per month surcharge on cable bills it called its “Broadcast TV Fee.” Said fee was really just a portion of the cost of doing business for Comcast (programming costs), busted out of the full bill and hidden below the line — designed specifically to let the company falsely advertise a lower price.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Techdirt‘Deus Ex Go’ To Be Completely Disappeared With Studio Shutdown

        It’s a lesson that apparently keeps needing to be re-learned over and over again: for far too many types of digital purchases, you simply don’t own the thing you bought. The arena for this perma-lesson are varied: movies, books, music. And, of course, video games. The earliest lesson in that space may have been when Sony removed a useful feature on its PlayStation 3 console after the public had already begun buying it, which is downright insane. But while that was an entire console being impacted, the lesson has been repeated in instances where games and mobile apps simply stop working when the maker decides to shut their servers down, or purchased DLC disappearing for the same reason.

      • TechdirtUbisoft Runs Away From Epic Store And Back To Steam

        It’s been a long while since we last discussed the platform war that started between Steam and Epic several years back. The crux of the situation was that Epic began offering a far better revenue split for game publishers compared with Steam, with something like a 10-20% delta in how much of the revenue Epic takes versus Steam. This led to all kinds of public reactions, particularly as Epic began gobbling up game and publisher exclusives as part of that revenue split offering. In general, the public sentiment was essentially: yes, pay publishers more, but to hell with your exclusives.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • TechdirtCongress Trying To Sneak Through Internet Link Tax To Funnel Cash To Private Equity Firms That Are Destroying Local Journalism

          Congress has a bad habit. They have stopped passing substantive legislation through normal procedure, debate and votes. The legislative process as designed by our Founders is not happening. Instead, Congress is saving most of its actual policy-making legislation for large end-of-the-year bills that can combine hundreds of separate pieces of legislation. And if reports are accurate, we could be shaping up for the granddaddy of them all this December. This process must change, particularly for bills as highly controversial and constitutionally concerning as the misleadingly named Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA).

        • TechdirtPublished Author Decries Feds Seizing Online Site Full Of Unauthorized Digital Books

          A few weeks ago the FBI and DOJ seized a bunch of domain names associated with Z-Library, an online repository of millions of unauthorized copies of ebooks. The DOJ also issued an indictment of the two Russian nationals (who were arrested in Argentina), who were accused of running the site. I still have significant reservations about the constitutionality of seizing domain names over copyright infringement claims, but if you’re going to run a site like that, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that eventually the US government is going to go after it.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: DILNOUT Wordo: ARUMS
      • Cider making

        This is a record of the cider we made in 2022.

        We picked and pressed the apples on the 1st October. We collected 3 wheelbarrows full of apples. 1 Lady Sudeley[1] from the West Farm Orchard. 1 green eating apple and 1 green cooking apple from a neighbour’s garden.

      • just when you thought it was safe: the pillow protector

        i made a pillow protector using the same pillow case process that i used to make the case.

        well why not? the point was to practice the pillow case process and also protect the pillow better.

    • Technical

      • Large fonts for terminals

        I created a program called `termfont` to display strings with large characters like below in terminals, it is similar to `figlet`.


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

[Meme] Sirius Open Wash Ltd.

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 11:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ken Griffin + Ethical advice commission: It says you're open source; Yes, it says that; But are you? No

Summary: Limited openness or pure openwashing; the company formerly known as SIRIUS CORPORATION LIMITED (03633198) and now known as SIRIUS OPEN SOURCE LTD (11014042) is not what it says on the tin

Sirius Open Source is No Longer Open Source and It’s Simply Unethical to Stay There

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 11:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Article crossposted (from my personal site)

Sirius Open Source

2011-2022: thank you and goodbye

Summary: The company where I’ve worked since my twenties is going under; now it’s trying to find excuses to deny compensation to staff while failing to pay very basic bills and liabilities; there are many other issues that deserve the light of day

SO IT finally happened. I’m liberated. Liberated to speak out and liberated to work around the clock as best suits me.

So what exactly happened? My employer is going under, and in my informed assessment it is going under partly due to its own incompetence. It’s basically its own fault. I did what I could to prevent it. I spent years cautioning against decisions that would make staff recruitment — and retention — very difficult. I even studied documents and laws, hoping to make a case for my stances/positions. But they would not listen. The managers put in charge were clueless; heck, “clueless” is an understatement.

“It is important for me to state upfront and very frankly that the company I leave is not the company I joined.”The way things stand at the moment, the employer is too broke to pay the salaries or pay compensation in case of staff cuts. We know that. We can see the statements from the company; its finances make it quite a miracle that it’s still running at all, based perhaps on prospects of netting some very major client in the imminent future. But that won’t happen. In fact, the staff still left in the company is incapable of dealing with major clients; lies and cover-up from management won’t keep such clients around; no major client would fall for it. ‘Our’ company cannot even find someone skilled at GNU mailman and ninja-style management with “tweets” instead of job advertisements are a symptom or a hallmark of severe weaknesses.

The company was trying to convince people to leave voluntarily (it’s all on record) while treating people poorly, in effect treating them as disposables. To quote an E-mail that my wife Rianne sent to the “Office Manager” earlier this year (failing to do the most basic job!):

Hi ██████,

The same issue (as before) is happening again and I’m really baffled as to why the same mistake would keep repeating itself over and over again. I guess I deserve to have an explanation regarding this matter, because if the NOC shifts wiki page is the only source or basis for your accounting, why can’t you count the number of shifts correctly? I’m starting to look at it as if you are neglecting your responsibility. I have had 13 shifts in total for the month of February, 8 were regular shifts and 5 more are the extra shifts. I got paid for the regular shifts but not for the additional shifts. If you could add the additional shifts to my account, I would be grateful.

Best,

Of course it fell on deaf ears, as usual.

We might do a separate series about Gates Foundation and its sneaky moves, apparently trying to sneak in a bribe at a very critical time (as if it needed a British company to do a simple task thousands of American firms can do). That merits a lot more discussion.

As later posts will explain (in greater depth), the company I joined almost 12 years ago was very, very different. It was run by knowledgeable and compassionate people; not the company run by reviled, unqualified and demotivational people (since 2018 or thereabouts).

So why not leave earlier? Well, a pandemic is not a good time to seek alternative employment, especially when already working from home (many advantages during lock-downs and a lingering epidemic-turned-pandemic), though times are now changing and the clock is ticking. The company is simply running out of time and sinking deeper and deeper into debt (the ‘overdraft’ is like $100,000 per permanent member of staff).

“From supporting and advancing Free software it turned into using proprietary “clown” disservices to help other companies run their proprietary “clown” disservices.”It is important for me to state upfront and very frankly that the company I leave is not the company I joined. I worked alongside some very skilled individuals in 2011 and now it’s just a drag. Turning the job into “bullshit job” is the legacy of years of failing managerial style. It’s akin to the way this blog post described it a few weeks ago: “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.”

That’s basically what much of the job became. From supporting and advancing Free software it turned into using proprietary “clown” disservices to help other companies run their proprietary “clown” disservices. Sometimes not even for a profit but a loss! Yes, imagine taking clients onboard only to lose money on them! That happened again very recently and it was not the first time bosses decided to underwrite, in effect undercharging, just to get a “client”. About 8 years ago, at the instructions of the boss, I tried to get the client to pay for the time we spent; eventually the company was so frustrated with the contacts that it tried to block them from moving to another provider (or to hold the work ‘hostage’), using technical means. What an embarrassment.

Those proprietary “clown” disservices aside, imagine stuff like Microsoft/Azure and various proxies of Microsoft, for whom we were meant to act like clerical staff, reading from scripts and then writing into GUIs (for staff to relay), in essence cheapening the workforce and wrongly assigning roles/tasks — all this in a pathetic pursuit of business. Not to mention several unethical clients, which won’t be named as the rants aren’t about any particular company except the one I know best (it is unfair to pick on pertinent clients as it’s not about them).

“Looking at the current staff page, it’s fair to say that half or perhaps a majority of those listed aren’t in fact in the company.”Having said that, here’s a recent example, which intentionally omits any names; some months ago the company’s founder asked me to look into Web/Apache logs of some ‘Christian’ fundamentalist (anti-abortion) site, trying to reaffirm it had come under DDOS attack (barely!) after Roe getting overturned. Well, at that point I knew already it was time to leave. I think it was around March that the decision had been finalised, at least in my mind. The issue isn’t a monetary one; it’s just that we don’t filter potential clients, we’re even desperate to get some that yield losses rather than profit, or don’t involve any actual projects. If there’s no filtering, you risk letting staff do unethical stuff in a company that has “Open Source” in its name; in the above example, the supposedly ‘Christian’ fundamentalists were trying to demonise those “Evil” and “Extreme” people who support a woman’s right to choose whether to bear a child. Why would I want to help them? No way!

There were other unethical clients (one was even a loan shark) and highly unprofitable contracts that ended up losing the company 4 times more than the actual revenue. Imagine working for a desperate company that’s under-selling itself, telling the staff to study stuff like Kafka (in a hurry) just to claim to potential clients that we possess such skills as if a few days messing about with some software is the same as proper experience. This was about getting business based on false claims of skills possessed by the workforce.

Looking at the current staff page, it’s fair to say that half or perhaps a majority of those listed aren’t in fact in the company. Some left about 3 years ago. They’re in no way associated with the company:

Not in the company for years; Dr Roy Schestowitz/Support Engineer/Roy is a 10-year veteran at the company, having joined Sirius after completing a doctoral degree in Medical Biophysics and worked in postdoctoral positions studying medical applications of computing. Roy also runs the site Techrights, which was founded in 2006 to advocate ethics in the context of technology. He participated in various fitness competitions in the more distant past and still goes to the gym routinely. At work, Roy leverages Free-as-in-Freedom software to accomplish various tasks for clients and in his spare time he is researching and analysing news. Rianne Schestowitz/Support Engineer/Rianne has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and has been with Sirius since 2013 working as a support engineer. She works during weekends and sometimes covering weekday shifts for the colleagues. During weekdays and after the shifts of the weekend she co-edits Tux Machines, the website that covers Linux, Android and Open Source-related news. Rianne is environment-conscious, an animal lover and her most loved animal is the panda bear (you can read some of her blog posts in Tux Machines). As much as she loves learning about different cultures, she likes to learn different languages too. As of this date she speaks five!

In terms of communications, an abyss widened too. Replies weren’t being sent (or selectively sent), not even a reply to message about aggressive cancer of a loved one (little sympathy is a sign of sociopathy) in addition to lying about not receiving important E-mail. Sometimes clients would not receive replies for months; it was a failure at the very top! More recently, we witnessed a manager probably lying about a client making a complaint (I could ask the client directly to prove this too was a lie, but it’s not fair to the client) and misrepresenting/distorting what I actually said. Suffice to say, pointing out a lie or a pattern of lying is not the offense; the offence, or even repeated offence, is repeatedly lying to people. In the business context, lying has financial and sometimes legal consequences. When I actually said flattering things about a client, without any names, that was used against me. How dare I praise someone? When attempting to weaponise anything against someone, even flattery is used negatively.

“Of course spending all day spying on staff (activity outside of work) instead of actually running the company is also not a sanctionable offence. There are some rules that are only applicable to those who aren’t enforcing them.”Lies often go hand in hand with cover-up, so of course an inappropriate romantic relationship was becoming a taboo; you cannot even ask, “is there a relationship or not?” That in itself is considered a problem, but not the nepotism. In fact, pointing out a potential conflict of interest (that is rather obvious to everyone inside the company) is not abusive, it’s the relationship itself, which doesn’t predate the hiring, that seems inappropriate to say the least.

Of course spending all day spying on staff (activity outside of work) instead of actually running the company is also not a sanctionable offence. There are some rules that are only applicable to those who aren’t enforcing them.

A rush to finger-point is instinctive and convenient; it’s not unprecedented, either. A professional company with a thick enough skin would ask questions first; they should be “chilling” and finding composure again (maybe get a lawyer, ask for an actual lawful action; it’s harder to mess about when instructed based on legal grounds).

But “I suspect there is no involvement of HR here,” one person advised me, as “they don’t have money or they don’t have HR as they would find out it’s just a fishing venture or expedition” (causing embarrassment to the company, obsessing over chats where there’s no actual damage done, except ‘damage’ to one man’s ego).

I’ve had enough. This message was sent today:

Resigning screenshot: I am hereby handing in my resignation from Sirius, effective immediately.

Links 02/12/2022: GNU/Linux Growing Fast in Steam, Twitter Crumbling

Posted in News Roundup at 6:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Open Source Startup PodcastE65: Bringing Designers – Developers Together with Open Source Penpot by Open Source Startup Podcast

        Penpot received a lot of attention from the spike in growth following the Figma / Adobe acquisition announcement. They’ve since announced an $8M fundraise led by Decibel Partners.

        In this episode, we discuss the importance of open standards in getting developers excited about design, why Figma users have been excited about Penpot, building a community with design and developer personas & more!

    • Graphics Stack

      • GamingOnLinuxMesa 22.3 open source graphics drivers released

        Mesa 22.3 is the latest and greatest the open source community has to offer for graphics drivers, and it’s now available with lots of improvements. Announced yesterday, the open source drivers cover the likes of AMD, Intel, ARM and more on Linux.

    • Applications

      • TecMint22 Best Slack Alternatives for Team Chat [Free & Paid] [Ed: Lousy list for a "Linux" blog, starting with proprietary spyware like Microsoft and Google and nothing like IRC]

        Developed and maintained by Slack Technologies, Slack is an instant messaging platform that ranks among the best communication platforms for organizations and companies. It offers a plethora of features to allow users to easily communicate and work as a unified team on various projects.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecMint11 Linux Chown Command Examples to Change File Ownership

        In this beginner’s guide, we will discuss some practical examples of the chown command. After following this guide, users will be able to manage file ownership effectively in Linux.

        In Linux, everything is a file, which means, all input/output resources, such as files, directories, disk drives, printers, etc are exposed as files through the file system namespace. In addition to this, there is ownership associated with each and every file in Linux.

        The ownership is represented by two entities – user and group. The combination of access permissions and ownership allows Linux to implement an access control mechanism in an effective way.

        In this guide, we will learn about the chown command. As the name suggests, the chown command is used to change the ownership of the files. After following this guide, beginners will be able to use the chown command effectively while working with Linux systems.

      • Austin GilPX or REM in CSS? Just Use REM

        CSS has a lot of different units that you can choose from. In many cases, there is one unit that’s clearly better than any others.

        However, one question that seems to come up throughout my career is whether you should use pixels or rems on certain properties where it doesn’t seem to make a clear difference.

        Today I’m going to answer that question.

      • Matt RickardDo Cold Starts Matter?

        But how much do cold starts matter? For the heaviest use cases, there are probably optimizations that you can make directly in the serverless runtime (see AWS’s newly announced Lambda SnapStart for Java Functions that reduces startup time for Spring apps from 6 seconds down to 200ms).

      • James GThe IndieWeb (according to ChatGPT)

        Earlier today, I was playing around with OpenAI’s new ChatGPT model. I have thus far asked ChatGPT what coffee is, how to boil a kettle, what microformats is, and what the IndieWeb is. I thought I’d share the result I got for the prompt “What is the IndieWeb?”: [...]

      • University of TorontoUsing Dovecot 2.3′s ‘events’ system to generate log messages

        Dovecot 2.1 and 2.2 had a relatively straightforward statistics system (which I believe may still be supported in 2.3 for now, although you have to rename settings in your configuration). In v2.3, Dovecot introduced a new, more flexible system based around the idea of events, which can be used to generate either or both of statistics or log messages. Today I’m going to talk about log messages, because they’re simpler.

      • EFFHow to Make a Mastodon Account and Join the Fediverse

        The recent chaos at Twitter is a reminder that when you rely on a social media platform, you’re putting your voice, your privacy, and your safety in the hands of the people who run that system. Many people are looking to Mastodon as a backup or replacement for Twitter, and this guide will walk you through making that switch. Note this guide is current as of December 2022, and the software and services discussed are going through rapid changes.

        What even is the fediverse? Well, we’ve written a more detailed and technical introduction, but put simply it is a large network of independently operated social media websites speaking to each other in a shared language. That means your fediverse social media account is more like email, where you pick the service you like and can still communicate with people who chose a different service.

        EFF is excited and optimistic about the potential of this new way of doing things, but to be clear, the fediverse is still improving and may not be a suitable replacement for your old social media accounts just yet. That said, if you’re worried about relying on the stability of sites like Twitter, now is a good time to “backup” your social media presence in the fediverse.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxGodot Engine 4.0 is approaching release, future plans detailed

        Godot Engine 4.0 is so close now, with an overhauled and powerful Vulkan rendering system and now their developers have a new blog post up detailing some plans.

      • Raspberry PiMake a Monkey Island-style adventure game | Wireframe #69

        Our scripting system is straightforward in concept, but it’s flexible enough to allow us to add extra options as we go along. The script is held in a text file, data.txt. In it, we’ll have commands such as Background:clifftop, which we’ll interpret as meaning, “set the scene background to be the image called clifftop”. We’ll have one command per line, each separated from its action with a colon. We may need to vary the format depending on what the command is.

        To start our scene, we load in our data file, set our default background image to be a title screen, and then start reading lines from the script list. Our processScriptLine() function breaks up each line of the script into commands and action data. For example, our first line of script is Pause:8 – Pause is a command and 8 is the data. This sets a countdown lasting eight seconds before the next line of script is read. Then we can set the background image with a Background command, and in this scene, we’ve set a foreground image of a wall so that our characters can move behind it.

      • Herman ÕunapuuHoloISO: the unofficial Steam Deck experience on your PC

        Although I’ve thought about buying a Steam Deck myself for tinkering and testing purposes, I could not justify that purchase. But thanks to videos from the ETAPRIME YouTube channel I learned about the existence of HoloISO, an unofficial SteamOS 3 installer.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Jingle Jam 2022 Games Collection is live and another awesome deal

        Help spread a little cheer this holiday season, with The Jingle Jam 2022 Games Collection live now.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe best Linux distribution for gaming in 2023

        Back in 2020 I pointed out what were the best Linux distributions for gaming, so here’s the current state and what you should go for in 2023.

      • GamingOnLinuxVictoria 3 is another clear hit for Paradox hitting half a million sales

        Paradox Interactive sure know their strategy games and their audience, as Victoria 3 has already sold over half a million in the space of a month. Victoria 3 is a sandbox simulation of the world between 1836 and 1936, a century of rapid technological innovation, social transformation and political revolution ICYMI: read our review.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamHelp KDE hire more people! – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          KDE’s 2022 year-end fundraiser is now live! Please go donate if you can.

          It’s been several years since we did a fundraiser at the end of the year, and we’re going to be more on the ball about this going forward, given how much the KDE e.V. is expanding hiring. This year’s fundraiser sets the fairly modest goal of 20k €, which will help offset the cost of some of that hiring.

          But of course… there’s no reason not to exceed the goal! The more money raised, the more contributors the KDE e.V. can hire directly, effecting the kind of professionalization needed to take KDE to the next level! We have big plans and we can’t do it without your help!

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • FreeBSDThe Foundation and the FreeBSD Desktop | FreeBSD Foundation

        The Desktop experience can be formative. I got my first PC in 1990 as an 8th Grade graduation gift. (Thanks Dad!) It helped instill my interest in computers and it got me through high school. I used it mostly for playing Zork, Jeopardy and, of course, writing papers on Word Perfect. The interface was rather clunky, but for the purposes of a small town high school student in the 90s, it worked quite well. Once college came about, a new machine came my way and a GUI that made things work so much better. Using a computer became part of everyday life. In fact one of the selling points of my university was that every dorm had its own desktop. Fast forward 20+ years and the standards for a usable desktop are quite high. Intuitive, fast, pretty graphics, and speedy wi-fi are all expected. FreeBSD’s desktop experience over the years definitely has had its ups and downs. Twenty or so years ago FreeBSD and Linux were mostly neck and neck in terms of desktop usability. Unfortunately, as time went on, FreeBSD did fall behind. The desktop experience became a lower priority. However, catch up eventually ensued and within the last 10 or so years, focusing on the desktop has increasingly become of greater importance for many members in the community. To help understand more about the Foundation’s work on the desktop experience, we sat down with Ed Maste, Senior Director of Technology.

        Unsurprisingly, one question the Foundation often gets is where does the desktop experience fall in our list of priorities. The answer: Well, it varies. Because the Foundation’s main goal is to support the Project in technical areas that aren’t being fully addressed by the community, the desktop sponsored work ebbs and flows. When work stagnated about 10 years ago and the Project began to fall behind in terms of hardware support, the Foundation funded Kostik Belousov to work on Intel Graphics Drivers. More recently though, the Project has moved to using the Linux Kernel Interface (KPI) to help keep drivers up-to-date. The Foundation funded Bjorn Zeeb to work on the wireless side and about 2 years ago, they funded Emmanual Vadot to work on graphics drivers.

      • FreeBSDInvest in FreeBSD on Giving Tuesday

        Tomorrow, November 29 is #GivingTuesday. Now in its 11th year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that brings together diverse communities to foster generosity.

      • Mailing list ARChivesOpenIKED 7.2 released

        OpenIKED is known to compile and run on OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, macOS and the Linux distributions Arch, Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu.

        It is our hope that packagers take interest and help adapt OpenIKED to more distributions.

      • UndeadlyHelp the OpenBSD Foundation Reach Its 2022 Funding Goal

        The OpenBSD Foundation, which is central to funding the OpenBSD project, needs your help to reach its 2022 Fundraising Goal of $300,000.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Tom’s HardwareRadxa Taco Turns a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Into a NAS | Tom’s Hardware

        Building a NAS box is one of the most popular things to do with a single-board computer, and this newly available carrier board from Radxa – known as the Taco (opens in new tab) – features plenty of SATA ports for you to connect hard drives too. Powered by a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (opens in new tab) or a compatible board such as the Radxa CM3 (opens in new tab), it just needs a suitable case to make a fine storage device.

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Pico LoRa Module Used for Underwater Communication | Tom’s Hardware

        Maker and Developer Abdullah Yıldırım, also known as Ronin, has created a custom LoRa module that works with one of our favorite microcontrollers, the Raspberry Pi Pico. This custom module also integrates with Arduino and introduces Wi-Fi connectivity with the help of an ESP8266.

        If you’re unfamiliar with LoRa (Long Range) devices, this is a type of wireless frequency that can be used for a variety of applications, including underwater communication. There are two different LoRa modules used in this project. Yıldırım designed one to use an RFM95 LoRa module and the other uses an RA-01 module. A Pico is connected to one along with a screen to display details about the communication status with the other LoRa setup.

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Christmas Village Brings Winter Wonderland to Life | Tom’s Hardware

        We’re well into the holiday season, and makers in the Raspberry Pi community are already making some beautiful holiday projects. Today we’ve got an amazing project to share from maker and developer Omantn. Using our favorite SBC, the Raspberry Pi, he’s created a way to automate his wife’s model Christmas village.

        According to Omantn, his wife has collected models for this Christmas village for a long time but never had a dedicated place to display them. So instead of fighting with cables and leaving them on a shelf, Omantn went the extra mile and created a Pi-powered solution. The project is built around a custom table with a system underneath that controls the lighting for the model’s LEDs.

      • Andrew HutchingsAcorn RiscPC: Restoration Part 4 – LinuxJedi’s /dev/null

        Now that we have things running properly in part 3, I figured I should work on the casing a bit. Especially since the current postal strikes in the UK mean that parts I have ordered are getting heavily delayed.

        [...]

        There are still a couple of minor issues to solve. The first is the IDE cable is a bit sensitive. If it gets knocked slightly the drives no longer exist. So I’m going to replace the cable. Also the CD-ROM drive is an old single-speed affair, it really struggles with some CDs that have even the slightest scratch on them. I therefore intend to upgrade this to a faster, more reliable drive.

        I have not dared try to clean the keyboard yet, I’m saving that for a few hours one weekend in the future due just how dirty it is. I have a simple PS/2 keyboard connected for now which works just fine with it.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • It’s FOSSMonica: An Open-Source App for Personal Relationship Management

      You probably know what CRM stands for – Customer Relationship Management. We already have a list of open-source CRM software that helps small businesses.

      Here, I talk about an interesting open-source web application that takes the same concept for personal relationships. Sounds unique, right?

      Monica is an application that enables you to organize and record your interactions with loved ones. It is free if you self-host it and needs a subscription if you need the hosted version.

    • Linux Handbook🐧LHB Linux Digest #22.13: Classic AWK and SED Tools, Docker Alternatives, Linux Certification and More
    • It’s FOSSFOSS Weekly #22.45: Midori Browser, Microsoft Gets Booted in Germany, Terminator and More

      Microsoft kicked in Germany, Midori Browser makes a comeback are the highlight of this edition of FOSS Weekly.

    • OpenSource.com8 ideas for measuring your open source software usage

      Those of us who support open source project communities are often asked about usage metrics — a lot. The goal of these metrics is usually to demonstrate the software’s importance as measured by its user base and awareness. We typically want to know: how many people use the software, how many installations are there, and how many lives are being touched.

      To make a long story short: We cannot answer these questions directly.

      Sorry to disappoint you if you were hoping for a definitive solution. No one has the perfect answers to questions about usage metrics. At least, no precise answers.

      The good news is that there are approximations and alternative metrics that can satisfy your thirst for knowledge about the software’s usage, at least partially. This article explores these alternatives including their benefits and shortcomings.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • TorNew Alpha Release: Tor Browser 12.0a5 (Android, Windows, macOS, Linux) | The Tor Project

          Tor Browser 12.0a5 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

          Tor Browser 12.0a5 updates Firefox on Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux to 102.5.0esr.

          This version includes important security updates to Firefox and GeckoView.

          [...]

          As of Tor Browser 12.0a4, all supported languages are now included in a single bundle, and can be changed without requiring additional downloads via the Language menu in General settings on the about:preferences page.

          What to test: Tor Browser Alpha should default to your system language on first launch if it matches a language we support. Alpha testers are also encouraged to test changing language within about:preferences#general, and to report any new bugs with localization in general (in particular instances of ‘Firefox’ appearing instead of ‘Tor Browser’ or other similar branding issues).

          We would also appreciate if users on all our Desktop platforms attempted a build-to-build upgrade from an older version of Tor Browser Alpha to help us validate the update path.

    • Programming/Development

      • Raspberry PiObserving trees through the seasons with ForestryPi

        Ed returned to university to study aquaculture and fisheries, where he was struck by the number of examples of academic papers detailing “really cheap bits of computer equipment to monitor XYZ” in poor parts of the world. “I was always really interested in those papers, and how little, cheap computers really can democratise science and give everyone the chance to do fairly complicated stuff that would have, a few years ago, required thousands of pounds worth of kit.” Having read a paper last year about monitoring a forest canopy, Ed decided he could do something similar, despite being “no expert coder.” A Raspberry Pi Zero, Witty Pi 3 real-time clock, fish-eye lens, 20,000 mAh battery pack, and a 32GB SD card, plus a plastic casing, formed the basis of the ForestryPi setup.

      • JMPWriting a Chat Client from Scratch

        There are a lot of things that go into building a chat system, such as client, server, and protocol. Even for only making a client there are lots of areas of focus, such as user experience, features, and performance. To keep this post a manageable size, we will just be building a client and will use an existing server and protocol (accessing Jabber network services using the XMPP protocol). We’ll make a practical GUI so we can test things, but not spend too much time on polish, and look at getting to a useful baseline of features.

        You can find all the code for this post in git. All code licensed AGPL3+.

      • Frank DelporteSchedule your holiday for 2038

        The end of the year is approaching, so it’s time to start scheduling your holidays for the next year. But I decided to go a step further and already planned those for 2038! Why? Well, a few weeks ago I gave a presentation to students, when I realized they had no idea what I was talking about when mentioning the Y2K-problem. Most of them weren’t even born yet in the year 2000! I also realized at that moment that I’m probably becoming a grumpy old man, but that’s a subject for another post… ;-) But I also found out a new similar problem is approaching in … 2038!

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyTech systems amplify variety and that’s a problem

        I recently read “Designing Freedom” by Stafford Beer. It has me thinking a lot about the systems we have in place and something clicked for why they feel so wrong despite being so prevalent. I’m not sure what any solutions look like yet, but outlining a problem is the first step, so let’s go.

      • RlangOur First Peer-Reviewed Statistical R Packages!

        These packages were peer-reviewed by statisticians and developers to conform to a set of standards we’ve developed with community input. These standards cover areas such as documentation, testing, algorithm design and interoperability. As part of the review process, authors have also annotated their source code to document how and where they comply with these standards.

      • Java

        • OpenSource.comTry this Java file manager on Linux

          Computers are fancy filing cabinets, full of virtual folders and files waiting to be referenced, cross-referenced, edited, updated, saved, copied, moved, renamed, and organized. In this article, we’re taking a look at a file manager for your Linux system.

          At the tail end of the Sun Microsystem days, there was something called the Java Desktop System, which was strangely not written in Java. Instead, it was a (according to sun.com at the time) “judicious selection of integrated and tuned desktop software, most based on open source and open standards.” It was based on GNOME, with an office suite, email and calendaring apps, instant messaging, “and Java technology.” I found myself musing about what it would take to create a desktop in Java. Objectively, a desktop doesn’t actually consist of all that much. The general consensus seems to be that a desktop is made up of a panel, a system tray, an application menu, and a file manager.

          It’s an interesting thought exercise to imagine an actual Java desktop. Not enough to start an open source project with that as its aim, but enough for a quick web search for the necessary components. And as it turns out, someone has written and maintains a file manager in Java.

      • Rust

        • Armin RonacherA Better Way to Borrow in Rust: Stack Tokens | Armin Ronacher’s Thoughts and Writings

          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.

          [...]

          I maintain a crate called fragile. The purpose of this crate is allow you to do something that Rust doesn’t want you to do: to send a non Send-able type safely to other threads. That sounds like a terrible idea, but there are legitimate reasons for doing this and there are benefits to it.

          There are lots of interfaces that through abstractions require that your types are Send and Sync which means that it needs to be send-able to another thread and self synchronized. In that case you are required to provide a type that fulfills this purpose. But what if the type does not actually cross a thread boundary or not in all cases?

  • Leftovers

    • Terence EdenOther pixel-level meta data you could put in an image format

      Different layers could have different resolution (Infrared is typically lower res than the image it is overlayed on). Different layers might be compressed more efficiently by different algorithms.

      We’re used to layered images in formats like PSD and XCF – so why not in a future version of JPEG or AVIF?

    • Counter PunchWhat’s the Manhattan Institute Doing In San Francisco?

      In San Francisco, the far right used minority props to do their dirty work. Siva Raj, an Indian immigrant and non-citizen, began the recall effort. He headed an astroturf group called Neighbors for a Better San Francisco, which was funded by Republican billionaire William Oberndorf. The San Francisco Examiner reported Oberndorf gave $600,000 to a political action committee (PAC) that is largely funding both the school board recall and the Chesa Boudin recall attempt. The San Francisco Examiner reported they’ve put up two-thirds of Boudin recall money: “Our own look at SF Ethics department filings show that Neighbors for a Better San Francisco is also responsible for nearly 25% of the school board recall contributions.”

      Another minority prop is Diane Yap. Collins writes: Friends of Lowell Foundation leader, Diane Yap, is a “policy analyst” for Manhattan. Institute, a billionaire-backed right-wing think tank in New York City. This same organization also employs Chris Rufo as their senior fellow. He is credited with the anti-CRT panic sweeping the nation. The same panic is responsible for efforts to remove Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Virginia curriculum and books on Ruby Bridges from Texas classrooms.

    • Counter PunchThe Permanent Disaster Economy

      Order a copy of Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America from the CounterPunch Book Shop.

    • TruthOutWe Need Harm Reduction With a Liberatory Vision
    • Education

      • [Old] SourcehutMailing list etiquette

        Some email clients have popularized email usage patterns which are considered poor form on many mailing lists, including sr.ht. Please review some of our suggestions for participating more smoothly in discussions on the platform. This advice will likely serve you well outside of sr.ht as well. Thank you for taking the time to adjust your habits!

        Plain text

        Please make sure that your email client is configured to use plain text emails. By default, many email clients compose emails with HTML, so you can use rich text formatting. Rich text is not desirable for development-oriented email conversations, so you should disable this feature and send your email as “plain text”. Every email client is different, you should research the options for your specific client. HTML emails are rejected by all sr.ht services. [...]

      • [Old] Use plaintext emailUse plaintext email

        There are two main types of emails on the [Internet]: plaintext and HTML. The former is strongly preferred, but often isn’t set up by default. We’ll get you set up right.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingGallery: Jõhvi coding school’s new facility formally opens

        Karin Künnapas, co-head of Kood/Jõhvi, said: “We have come to realize that this teaching methodology, which doesn’t use teachers as such, is highly suitable for some people; it constitutes self-learning, plus there is a lot of teamwork.”

    • Hardware

      • Linux GizmosAXE300 is a Quad-Band 16-Stream Wi-Fi6 Router with 2x 10G ports

        The Archer AXE300 from TP-LINK is a Quad-band Wi-Fi6/6E router supporting up to 15.6Gbps, OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology to provide fast connectivity to several devices at the same time. The device is also equipped with 4x GbE LAN ports, 1x 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port and 2x 10Gbps WAN/LAN ports.

      • HackadayTaking (Good) Pictures Of PCBs

        Snapping pictures is not technically difficult with modern technology, but taking good photographs is another matter. There are a number of things that a photographer needs to account for in order to get the best possible results, and if the subject matter isn’t particularly photogenic to start with it makes the task just a little more difficult. As anyone who’s posted something for sale online can attest, taking pictures of everyday objects can present its own challenges even to seasoned photographers. [Martijn Braam] has a few tricks up his sleeve for pictures like this in his efforts to photograph various circuit boards.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • Krebs On SecurityConnectWise Quietly Patches Flaw That Helps Phishers

        ConnectWise, which offers a self-hosted, remote desktop software application that is widely used by Managed Service Providers (MSPs), is warning about an unusually sophisticated phishing attack that can let attackers take remote control over user systems when recipients click the included link. The warning comes just weeks after the company quietly patched a vulnerability that makes it easier for phishers to launch these attacks.

      • NPRMajor password manager LastPass suffered a breach — again

        LastPass, a major password manager, says it has suffered its second breach in three months by the same unauthorized party.

      • IT WireRed Hat lowers barriers to hybrid cloud adoption with expanded AWS Marketplace offerings

        Red Hat has announced an expansion of its open solutions that are publicly available in the AWS Marketplace, including Red Hat OpenShift Data Science and Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka. AWS customers can now use committed AWS spend to purchase and run Red Hat offerings directly through the AWS Marketplace.

      • Canva Engineering BlogFrom Zero to 50 Million Uploads per Day: Scaling Media at Canva

        In designing the migration process, we needed to migrate all old, newly created, and updated media to DynamoDB. But we also sought to shed load from the MySQL cluster as soon as possible. We considered numerous options for replicating data from MySQL to DynamoDB, including: [...]

    • Security

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • AyerChecking if a Certificate is Revoked: How Hard Can It Be?

          This simple-sounding feature was obnoxious to implement, and required dealing with some amazingly creative screwups by certificate authorities, and a clunky system called the Common CA Database that’s built on Salesforce. Just how dysfunctional is the WebPKI? Buckle up and find out!

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • VOA NewsEl Salvador Journalists Sue NSO Group in US Over Alleged Pegasus Surveillance

          Salvadoran digital newspaper El Faro’s employees filed a lawsuit in a U.S. federal court on Wednesday against NSO Group, alleging the Israeli firm’s controversial Pegasus software was used to spy on them.

          The lawsuit was filed in California by 13 El Faro journalists and two administrative staff, represented by lawyers from the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

          Pegasus was used to breach the phones of at least 22 people associated with El Faro, including the plaintiffs, compromising their communications and data, according to the complaint — a copy of which was released by the Knight Institute.

        • New YorkerA [Cracked] Newsroom Brings a Spyware Maker to U.S. Court

          Gressier is one of at least thirty-five journalists and civil-society members [breached] with Pegasus in El Salvador between July, 2020, and November, 2021, according to the analysis by Citizen Lab, which was verified by Amnesty International. The [cracking] campaign comprised at least two hundred and sixty Pegasus attacks. Because it is more difficult to confirm Pegasus infections on Android phones, which predominate in El Salvador, experts said that the true number was likely far higher. “Their [breach] was not only extensive but also intensive,” Paolo Nigro Herrero, of Access Now, a nonprofit group focussed on digital rights, told me. “Normally, people get [cracked] once or twice or three times in rare situations. But, in this case, we saw a really intensive use.”

          Many of the targeted individuals—including Gressier, who now lives elsewhere in Central America—have been forced to flee El Salvador. In interviews conducted in the United States and Central America, more than a dozen members of the El Faro newsroom told me that the Pegasus hackings had impaired their ability to work as journalists and maintain sources’ trust. “It’s a shitty feeling,” Óscar Martínez, El Faro’s executive editor, whose phone was infected with Pegasus forty-two times between July, 2020, and October, 2021, told me. “Sources, they were very upset with me. And they have the right to be. They just trusted me. And I failed them.”

        • Patrick BreyerPolitical advertising: EU lawmakers to reign in on surveillance-based targeting of political advertising

          Today, the European Parliament’s LIBE committee voted to restrict the use of personal data to target online political advertisements to data explicitly provided for this purpose by citizens with their consent, excluding the use of behavioral and inferred intelligence on citizens. LIBE has the exclusive competence on the articles dealing with data protection (the targeting). However, the position will be subject to trilogue negotiations with EU governments.

          [...]

          If a data protection authority such as the Irish DPA fails to enforce the rules against large online platforms, the European Data Protection Board would be able to take over. In cases of illegal political ads targeting it will not only be able to impose financial sanctions but can also temporarily suspend the targeting of ads by advertisers who seriously and systematically violated the rules. This ensures that more affluent sponsors are not able to factor-in the price of financial sanctions in their budget.

        • The Washington PostMusk claims Apple threatens to remove Twitter from App Store – The Washington Post

          Elon Musk on Monday went on a tear against Apple, Twitter’s top advertiser, after he said the company threatened to block the social network from its App Store without explanation and mostly had stopped advertising on Twitter.

        • John GruberApple’s Ad Spend on Twitter: $48M in Q1

          How many marketing departments are having meetings today along the lines of “If Apple pulled its ad spending on Twitter, why shouldn’t we?”

        • TruthOutNumber of Immigrants Under Punitive Surveillance Quadrupled on Biden’s Watc
      • Confidentiality

        • GhacksMicrosoft Office in trouble in Germany due to GDPR

          Microsoft’s suite of productivity apps, Microsoft 365, is in hot water with German authorities due to an alleged incompatibility with the data protection laws of Germany and the rest of the European Union.

          Microsoft has been in negotiations with Germany’s state and federal data protection authorities since 2020 about the compatibility of its 365 utility with the EU’s data protection laws. According to a report written by the Datenschutzkonferenz (DSK), Microsoft is still in breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    • Defence/Aggression

      • MandiantAlways Another Secret: Lifting the Haze on China-nexus Espionage in Southeast Asia

        Following initial infection via USB devices, the threat actor leveraged legitimately signed binaries to side-load malware, including three new families we refer to as MISTCLOAK, DARKDEW, and BLUEHAZE. Successful compromise led to the deployment of a renamed NCAT binary and execution of a reverse shell on the victim’s system, providing backdoor access to the threat actor. The malware self-replicates by infecting new removable drives that are plugged into a compromised system, allowing the malicious payloads to propagate to additional systems and potentially collect data from air-gapped systems.

      • Declassified UKBritain stole their land to plant tea. Now they want it back

        Wilson Kiget’s mother Lydia was just 13 years old when she was first raped by a white farmer in Kenya. The assault came during British colonial rule in the 1930s, after the settler helped himself to the family’s fertile land.

        “My mother worked on his tea plantation for ten years,” Wilson explains nervously. “She was raped continuously. Three of us were conceived by him. But when he wanted to marry a European woman, we were chased away and had to live in an abandoned hut.

        “The horrible thing was whenever she went out with my siblings, who were lighter skinned than me, other children would run away because they were scared of their appearance. My mother died a miserable death.”

        Wilson’s family languished in poverty for decades, while the tea planted on their land made a fortune for its British growers, Brooke Bond. The company would be acquired by UK food giant Unilever in 1984, who marketed the tea to millions of customers under the brands PG Tips and Lipton.

      • Newsquest Media Group LtdChannel crossings top 43,000 for the year so far

        The latest crossings take the provisional total for 2022 to date to 43,500, according to PA news agency analysis of Government figures.

      • NPRThey ran a voter suppression scheme. Now they’re sentenced to register voters

        The robocaller, who claimed to be with a non-existent group called “the 1599 project,” falsely said that voters’ information would go into a database accessible to police, debt collectors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would use the information to impose vaccine mandates. The caller cited no evidence to support these claims.

        [...]

        On Tuesday, Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court sentenced them to two years of probation, six months of monitoring with a GPS ankle bracelet, $2,500 each in fines and 500 hours of registering voters in Washington, D.C.

      • Hollywood ReporterElon Musk Confirms Kanye West’s Twitter Account Suspended After Posting Swastika

        After a chaotic day that saw Ye appear on Alex Jones’ Infowars show and repeatedly say he liked Adolf Hitler, the rapper posted a series of controversial tweets, including supposed text messages between himself and Twitter CEO Elon Musk. Among the tweets, which included praise and support for Balenciaga following the recent backlash against the company, Ye posted a picture of a swastika merged with a Star of David. Twitter deleted the offending post and Ye’s tweet storm came to an abrupt end.

      • BBCElon Musk suspends Kanye West from Twitter for inciting violence

        Kanye West has been banned from Twitter again and accused of “inciting violence” over offensive tweets – a month after his account was reinstated.

      • ScheerpostCops Are Asking To Kill People With Robots. What Could Go Wrong?

        The Appeal The U.S. military has been killing people with robots for decades now, and the nation’s local police now seem eager to get in on the action. Drone strikes abroad have become so commonplace that the mainstream news media barely bothers to cover them anymore. For years, the military has […]

      • ScheerpostHouse, Senate Agree to Add $45 Billion to Biden’s 2023 Military Budget Request

        Congress is still finalizing the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

      • ScheerpostUkraine’s Nurses Face Brutal Winter as Health Austerity Collides With War

        Key workers told openDemocracy they are being paid months late or not in full due to a controversial healthcare reform.

      • Democracy NowOath Keepers Founder Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy for Plotting to Violently Overthrow U.S. Gov’t

        Jurors in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday found Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes guilty of seditious conspiracy for plotting to keep Donald Trump in power after the 2020 election, resulting in the deadly January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Kelly Meggs, who led the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers, was also convicted of seditious conspiracy, and three other insurrectionists were found guilty of other felonies. The case marks the first time in nearly three decades that a federal jury has convicted defendants of seditious conspiracy, the crime of conspiring to overthrow, put down or destroy by force the government of the United States. “It’s a win for the Justice Department, and it also sends a message that illegal actions against the government will not go unpunished,” says Kristen Doerer, managing editor of Right Wing Watch. Doerer also discusses other upcoming trials for insurrectionists and how extremist groups have infiltrated military and law enforcement circles.

      • Counter PunchZapatistas Versus the “Neoliberal War Against Humanity”

        This specter of destitution loomed over the Zapatistas, and indeed millions of indigenous people because of NAFTA. After a 12-day war against the Mexican state in 1994, Zapatistas agreed to a ceasefire, maintaining control of their lands in Chiapas. Thus the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) is always ready for combat. Its soldiers may spend their days planting corn and beans, but at a moment’s notice they drop their hoes and grab their rifles. That’s because government paramilitaries could reappear at any time, and with them, the threat of reinstituting the near slavery of the abominable finca plantations. These fincas were the Zapatistas’ original target in 1994. The revolutionaries overran the fincas, expelled the owners and empowered the indigenous peons, thus ending the systematic rape of indigenous women and girls and the hanging of indigenous men who refused to hand over their daughters. The practice of whipping these serfs for the slightest infraction also stopped. In every way, life improved for these peons, who had previously been treated like dirt.

        Women constitute a third of the Zapatista army, according to the introduction to a new book, Zapatista Stories for Dreaming An-Other World, by Subcomandante Marcos, their leader, if they could be said to have one. And women became pivotal to the Zapatista effort to create a new social-political-economic arrangement on their lands. “The proclamation of the Women’s Revolutionary Law before the 1994 uprising was an insistence that women’s rights cannot wait until after the revolution; they are part of the revolutions.” The Women’s Revolutionary Law included, for example, the right to drive; thus it enables women better to participate in what the Zapatistas accurately call “the neoliberal war against humanity.”

      • Counter PunchWar is the Greatest Evil, An Interview with Chris Hedges

        Steve Skrovan: Welcome to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. My name is Steve Skrovan, along with my co-host, David Feldman. Hello, David, how are you?

        David Feldman: Very good. Hello.

      • Counter PunchNotes on Ukraine

        For this, one cannot fail to appreciate the joy on the part of the Ukrainian inhabitants of that city, many of whom had been forced to live without running water, electricity and a good few basic food staples.  When the Russians withdrew, Ukrainian citizens took to the streets of Kherson in a spontaneous outbreak of joy; for someone like myself, who has known neither war, torture nor starvation, it is hard to imagine what the people in Kherson had gone through. Seeing those images in real-time of people weeping with happiness, however, it was easy to understand their relief at having secured some measure of freedom again.  Even if it is possible that such freedom will only be enjoyed for a preciously short period of time.

        Most people, I think, share this sensibility.   They understand we are dealing with a vastly powerful country and a tyrannical dictator at its head, reigning down fire on a smaller country in a violent attempt to occupy and annex it.  In England, where I live, it is quite common to see images of the Ukrainian flag adorning cars or houses as an expression of solidarity.  I appreciate that some of this will inevitably be an expression of anti-Russian prejudice channelled through bellicose British patriotism.  There are deep seams of that to be mined here in a post-Brexit, post-empire UK, for sure.  Russia is a country that our politicians are forever urging us to revile while allowing the financial wares of its billionaire oligarchy and those connected with it to fill the coffers of the Conservative and Labour parties alike.  Not to mention the grip that Russian finance has on London and the elite property market there.

      • Counter PunchThe Silent Failure of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine

        Zelensky finished this part of his speech with a most powerful indictment against the institution legally and morally responsible for assuring respect for international humanitarian law (IHL): “And such self-elimination is the self-destruction of the Red Cross as an organization that was once respected.”

        “Self-destruction” of the “once respected” ICRC? Zelensky’s accusations conflated Russia’s violations of humanitarian law with the role of the ICRC as the guarantor of IHL. The ICRC’s silence in the face of egregious violations has once more called into question the institution’s insistence on discretion and confidentiality.

      • TruthOutJan. 6 Committee Will Likely Decide on Criminal Referrals to DOJ This Friday
      • TruthOutHouse Ways and Means Committee Obtains Trump’s Tax Records
      • The NationAmerican Authoritarianism Isn’t Going Away

        Just in case you didn’t notice, authoritarianism was on the ballot in the 2022 midterm elections. An unprecedented majority of candidates from one of the nation’s two major political parties were committed to undemocratic policies and outcomes. You would have to go back to the Democratic Party–dominated segregationist South of the 1950s to find such a sweeping array of authoritarian proclivities in an American election. While voters did stop some of the highest-profile election deniers, conspiracy theorists, and pro-Trump true believers from taking office, all too many won seats at the congressional, state, and local levels.

      • FAIRNATO Narratives and Corporate Media Are Leading to ‘Doorstep of Doom’

        A popular cartoon aptly expresses the political angst provoked by media pundits today as they chatter on about nuclear war: Two people, both a little hunched over, burdened with the world, are walking down a city street. The woman says to the man, “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”

      • MeduzaUkrainian General Staff: Individual Russian military units are leaving Zaporizhzhia — Meduza

        Certain units of the Russian army are leaving their positions in several locales in the annexed part of Zaporizhzhia. This was reported by the Ukrainian General Staff in its evening digest on December 1.

      • MeduzaTwo Ukrainian embassies receive threatening letters following Madrid letter-bomb incident — Meduza

        Following the letter-bomb delivery to the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, two other Ukrainian embassies received letters with “highly specific threats.” The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this to the Ukrinform news agency, at the meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which took place today in Lodz, Poland.

      • Common DreamsPentagon Fails Another Audit, Yet Congress Poised to Approve $847 Billion Budget

        Anti-war advocates blasted U.S. lawmakers on Thursday, one day after it was reported that Congress is expected to pass an $847 billion military budget for the coming fiscal year even though the Pentagon recently failed its fifth consecutive annual audit and nearly 40 million people nationwide are living in poverty.

        Last month, “the Pentagon once again failed to pass a basic audit showing that it knows where its money goes,” the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies said in a statement. “And instead of holding out for any kind of accountability, Congress stands ready to give a big raise to an agency that failed to account for more than 60% of its assets.”

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • QuilletteIslamist Terror; Journalistic Error

        In Can “The Whole World” Be Wrong?, Richard Landes, a historian of apocalyptic movements in medieval Europe, re-examines the reporting of Palestinian attacks on Israel, starting with the Second Intifada that began in September 2000. Principally, he looks at the ways in which postcolonial ideology and the intimidation of journalists have been used to obscure the links between Islamist ideology and terrorist practice, and how this process disfigures public discourse and understanding.

    • Environment

      • NPR3 tribes dealing with the toll of climate change get $75 million to relocate

        Three Tribal communities in Alaska and Washington that have been severely impacted by the effects of climate change on their homes are getting $75 million from the Biden administration to help relocate to higher ground.

        The Quinault Indian Nation, located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington; the Newtok Village, located on the Ninglick River in Alaska; and the Native Village of Napakiak, located on Alaska’s Kuskokwim River will each receive $25 million, the Interior Department announced on Wednesday.

        In addition to those funds, FEMA is also awarding approximately $17.7 million to help these three communities buy, demolish and build new infrastructure.

      • Common DreamsCampaigners Demand Deep Cuts to Plastic Production as Global Treaty Negotiations Ramp Up

        Climate campaigners attending the first negotiations for a global plastics treaty in Punta Del Este, Uruguay this week are reporting that discussions have had a strong emphasis on protecting the rights of communities that are severely impacted by plastic pollution, but they warned that policymakers must avoid producing a “Paris agreement for plastics.”

        The international movement Break Free From Plastic said Wednesday night that several of the more than 150 assembled countries have expressed support for an agreement which would allow individual governments to “establish their own standards rather than global control measures.”

      • Counter PunchLife Beyond 1.5C

        At issue, nation-state commitments to reduce CO2 emissions routinely fail. It’s been over 30 years. As a result of inaction, the impact of global warming at only 1.2°C above pre-industrial is already disrupting ecosystems. Meantime at COP27 the rallying cry was “Keep 1.5 Alive” with the delegates all voicing the same slogan, smiling, joining hands, thumbs up.

        The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has already informed the world that it’s necessary to hold global temps below 1.5°C pre-industrial or all hell will break lose. Moreover, the IPCC, does not yet see a clear pathway out of the morass. In fact, based upon several analyses, it’s starting to look like 1.5C is in the cards. So, get used to it… it’s coming this decade!

      • Energy

        • New York TimesHow the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.

          Their investment was part of a quiet and quixotic effort to explore and mitigate the dangers of artificial intelligence, which many in Mr. Bankman-Fried’s circle believed could eventually destroy the world and damage humanity. Over the past two years, the 30-year-old entrepreneur and his FTX colleagues funneled more than $530 million — through either grants or investments — into more than 70 A.I.-related companies, academic labs, think tanks, independent projects and individual researchers to address concerns over the technology, according to a tally by The New York Times.

          Now some of these organizations and individuals are unsure whether they can continue to spend that money, said four people close to the A.I. efforts who were not authorized to speak publicly. They said they were worried that Mr. Bankman-Fried’s fall could cast doubt over their research and undermine their reputations. And some of the A.I. start-ups and organizations may eventually find themselves embroiled in FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings, with their grants potentially clawed back in court, they said.

        • Broadband BreakfastSenators Join CFTB’s Chairman in Calling for [Cryptocurrency] Regulation in Light of FTX Implosion

          Rostin Behnam, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, told the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee his agency needs further statutory authority to protect consumers from harms in the digital assets space. The continued solvency of LedgerX, the only FTX affiliate subject to CFTC scrutiny, testifies to the efficacy of regulatory oversight, Behnam argued.

    • Finance

      • A Deficit Spending Scam Destroyed UK’s Prime Minister—Who’s Next? – RDWolff

        With its disguises as “high finance” for the mystified and “Keynesian fiscal policy” for those “in the know,” deficit spending by the government was quite a successful scam for a long while. When the UK’s ex-prime minister opened her new government in September, Liz Truss followed tradition by trying to run the oft-used scam again. But this time it did not work. Eventually, even successful scams stop working. Its failure became hers but also her party’s, the Conservatives.’ Neither of them understood the scam’s limits. Perhaps its disguises had worked best on those who repeated them most in thought and word.

        In its UK version, the deficit spending scam entailed the Conservative (but also some Labor) governments repeatedly cutting taxes on corporations and the rich. Serving their donors explains most of this. Without this scam, such behavior would have forced governments to act in traditional ways they now sought to avoid. One way would be to raise taxes on others to offset tax cuts for corporations and the rich. Governments only dared to do that partially, never enough to compensate for revenues lost from the tax cuts benefiting corporations and the rich. The other way would be to cut government spending. Governments did that also, especially when the Conservatives recast public services as unnecessary, wasteful, counterproductive, or in short, “socialistic.” But doing so angers the masses and risks losing votes for the government. Even when the masses could be distracted by campaigning against select foreigners (via Brexit against Europe and via Ukraine against Russia), public service cuts never compensated for what corporations and the rich were saving by having their taxes cut.

      • Pro PublicaFintechs Made “Massive Profits” on PPP Loans and Sometimes Engaged in Fraud, House Committee Report Finds

        Financial technology firms at the front lines of approving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program — intended to help small businesses survive during the pandemic — lacked fraud controls, chased high fees to the detriment of some borrowers and sometimes exploited their business relationships to arrange suspect loans for the companies’ own executives. One such executive falsely claimed in loan documents to be a Black veteran and received loans through multiple business entities.

        These are among the findings in a report released Thursday by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which investigated the role financial technology firms, known as fintech companies, played in propagating PPP loan fraud. The committee referred its findings to the Department of Justice and to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Inspector General.

      • Democracy NowDavid Dayen on Rail Contract Bill, Respect for Marriage Act, Debt Ceiling & What a GOP Congress Means

        With a new Congress being sworn in next month, Democratic lawmakers have a busy lame-duck session during which they will try to pass as many bills as possible before losing their majority in the House of Representatives. The Senate has just passed the historic Respect for Marriage Act in a 61-36 vote that protects marriage equality, and lawmakers are also moving to impose a controversial contract on the freight rail industry to avert a possible strike by thousands of rail workers who are demanding sick days and other improvements. Meanwhile, a fight is looming over a funding bill to avoid a government shutdown. For more, we speak with journalist David Dayen, whose recent piece for The American Prospect is headlined “Reconciliation Is Available to End Debt Limit Hostage-Taking.”

      • Democracy NowRights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can’t Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

        New York Mayor Eric Adams announced this week that police and emergency medical workers will start hospitalizing people with mental illness against their will, even if they pose no threat to others. Rights groups and community organizations have slammed the move as inhumane and are demanding better access to housing and other support for people struggling with mental illness and homelessness. “That does require funding. That does require investment. Unfortunately, we don’t get that,” says Jumaane Williams, New York City’s public advocate, who says officials are too quick to use policing as a solution to social inequality. We also speak with Jawanza Williams of social justice group VOCAL-NY, who says Mayor Adams and his administration are intent on obscuring issues of homelessness and mental illness rather than solving them. “Hiding, disappearing people experiencing homelessness, dismantling encampments, preventing people from taking photographs inside of the shelters will not prevent the truth from coming out,” he says.

      • TruthOutCritics Slam NYC Plan to Involuntarily Hospitalize Those With Mental Illness
      • TruthOutNew Bill Targets Hedge Fund Stranglehold on Housing Market
      • Common Dreams‘We Must Cancel Student Debt,’ Activists Argue as SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Case in February

        Student debt cancellation advocates renewed calls for relief Thursday after the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments for a case challenging President Joe Biden’s forgiveness plan in February.

        “It is up to SCOTUS to grant borrowers the greater opportunity for upward mobility that is so often out of reach for those burdened with student debt.”

      • Counter PunchPakistan Demands Debt Cancellation and Climate Justice

        The scale of the destruction in Pakistan was still making itself apparent as the world headed to the United Nations climate conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in November. Pakistan was one of two countries invited to co-chair the summit. It also served as chair of the Group of 77 (G77) and China for 2022, playing a critical role in ensuring that the establishment of a loss and damage fund was finally on the summit’s agenda, after decades of resistance by the Global North.

        “The dystopia has already come to our doorstep,” Pakistan’s Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman told Reuters.

      • Counter PunchUS Capitalism’s Bully Boys

        Fortunately for those who aren’t comfortable with the so-called great man theory of history, recent years have seen a few books published providing a more rounded view of the so-called industrial revolution in the United States. In other words, they dismiss the idea that only great men make history. Instead, they argue that the role of the regular folks is at least as important as those few who control the wealth. The authors of these books consider the role of labor organizers and unions, the roles of farmers and indigenous peoples, women, and the land itself. Of course, given the power of the exploiter class, much of this history is a history of resistance to that class. As historian Chad Pearson’s latest book Capitalist’s Terrorists: Klansmen, Lawmen, and Employers in the Long Nineteenth Century makes clear in is the latest book, the employer class was (and is) not afraid of using brutal violence to get its way.

        From tame-sounding organizations like employers’ associations to less tame groups like the so-called Concerned Citizens Alliances composed of employers, vigilantes, off-duty police officers, and hired thugs, the history Pearson relates is one of conspiracies and violence. Both of these phenomena were directed at working people fighting for a living wage. These groups’ intention was to keep the people working for them in poverty and fear; poverty because lower wages increased employers’ profits and fear because that kept workers from organizing to get their fair share. The tactics of fear included everything from blacklisting workers associated with organizing their fellows or agitating for better working conditions and pay to beatings, threats of beatings, running workers out of town, and even murder.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Robert ReichDoes Elon Musk Have a Right to Destroy Twitter?
      • New York TimesElon Musk Says ‘Misunderstanding’ With Apple Is Resolved

        Apple declined to comment. Mr. Musk did not respond to a request for comment.

        The meeting appeared to sidestep what had threatened to become a big spat between two of tech’s titans. Mr. Musk had taken aim at Apple’s power over the App Store, which is the only distributor of apps on more than one billion iPhones worldwide. His complaints — about Apple’s policies for approving apps and its practice of taking a cut of the sale of apps — resurrected an issue that had been raised by other companies, such as Spotify and Epic Games. Lawmakers and regulators around the world have been scrutinizing Apple’s power over software distribution.

      • India TimesTelecom companies vs OTT companies: The ‘letter war’

        According to the COAI, telecom service providers have contributed an amount of nearly Rs 17,627 crore towards licence fee and Rs 7,073 crore towards spectrum usage charge (SUC) for FY 2021-22 alone. This is besides the mammoth amounts invested towards spectrum acquisition and network infrastructure.

      • The EconomistElon Musk is showing what a waste of time Twitter can be

        Yet Twitter has also proved to be a lousy medium for discussing important news and big ideas. It disdains nuance, amplifies misstatement and rewards conflict, cruelty and trolling. These are reasons Twitter’s most adept user was probably Donald Trump. (In “Confidence Man”, Maggie Haberman reports that an aide compared the moment Mr Trump first pecked out his own Tweet, rather than dictating it, to the scene in “Jurassic Park” when dinosaurs discover they can open doors themselves.)

      • RTLTwitter could be banned in Europe and fines will follow if rules are not respected

        The possibility of banning Twitter in Europe was raised during a video conference, with European Commissioner Thierry Breton, calling on Elon Musk to comply with EU rules on content management.

        Meanwhile, US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen indicated that Washington was reviewing his purchase of the social network.

      • American University RadioElon, Twitter And The Decline Of The Social Media Era

        Diane spoke with Ian Bogost, director of the film and media studies program at Washington University in St. Louis and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. In a recent essay Bogost asks if the age of social media is ending, and explains why he thinks that might not be such a bad thing.

      • The AtlanticTwitter’s Slow and Painful End

        In recent days, I’ve had conversations with three former Twitter employees, all with varying knowledge of the platform’s infrastructure. They each argued that Musk appears to know very little about how the company he purchased actually works—that Twitter has its own, custom-built and self-hosted infrastructure, which runs out of multiple data centers, for example. And they were uncertain whether those crucial and complex parts of the company were still adequately staffed: Thousands of people have been laid off from Twitter in recent days, and remaining employees were offered buyouts yesterday. (“We will need to be extremely hardcore,” Musk reportedly wrote to staffers. “This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.” If that promise somehow fails to entice, workers can opt for three months’ severance instead.)

      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: Railroaded, Again

        The DLC was founded by the likes of Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden, after Mondale’s loss. The DLC cynically titled their “think tank” the Progressive Policy Institute, although the only thing “progressive” about it was how it progressively moved away from the New Deal political programs which had come to define the modern Democratic Party.

        Justified as a reformation of the party to attract white working class voters (the so-called Reagan Democrats), the “free” trade policies of the DLC and the Clinton/Gore administration hit the working class harder than almost any policies of the Reagan/Bush era. As the job losses from NAFTA took hold, Clinton (with Biden’s support) slashed the social safety net that would have cushioned the blows.

      • VOA NewsUS Senators Warn China Against Violent Crackdown on Protests

        The 42 senators, led by Democrat Jeff Merkley and Republicans Mitch McConnell, Dan Sullivan and Todd Young, said in a letter to China’s Washington Ambassador Qin Gang that they were following the protests in China very carefully.

      • Hollywood ReporterKanye West Will No Longer Buy Social Media App Parler

        The announcement comes the same day that West appeared on Alex Jones’ Infowars, in a segment which West continued to make antisemitic statements and expressed an admiration for Adolf Hitler.

      • Counter PunchTrump Might be Done: So What?

        Yes, Donald Trump’s chances of being the Republicans’ 2024 presidential candidate have taken a hit. On top of and related to all his, um, legal problems, there’s the defeats suffered by numerous candidates he backed in the 2022 mid-term elections. Even before that, the open QAnon fan Trump had lost the support of some key far-right billionaires, including no less of an ideological force than FOX News owner Rupert Murdoch. Then came Trump’s post-midterms and pre-Thanksgiving Mar a Lago dinner with the notorious anti-Semite “Ye” (the far-right narcissist formerly known as Kanye West) and Ye’s pal the revolting white supremacist and Holocaust-denier Nick Fuentes.

      • The NationHow Did Arizona Turn Purple—and What’s Next?

        Arizona has officially become America’s newest battleground state. With Democrats winning the statewide contests for governor, senator, and secretary of state this year, a state that was once solidly red is now decidedly purple, if not trending blue. How did it happen? What lessons can we learn, and how do we hasten the journey toward the promised land of progressive politics?

      • The NationBeverly Gage on J. Edgar Hoover, Plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Originalism

        We know a lot about the bad things J. Edgar Hoover did, but it it turns out there’s a lot we didn’t know. Historian Beverly Gage joins the podcast to explain. her new book is G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover & the Making of the American Century. Powered by RedCircle

      • TruthOutWalker-Warnock Race Most Expensive in 2022 Cycle as Runoff Intensifies
      • The NationThe Polycrisis at the Border

        In a 2019 article, Mexican sociologist Amarela Varela Huerta wrote that Mexico is no longer simply a vertical border but a bottleneck in which a multitude of migrants are geographically and bureaucratically stuck. Whether in journalistic or academic discourses, it’s rare to see Central American asylum seekers, Mexican nationals displaced by drug war violence, and deportees from the US considered alongside one another. But Varela Huerta argues that these discrete groups are all part of a single system of forced displacement in the Americas, one that is creating new “legal, semi-legal, and illegal forms of managing human movement,” along with various intersecting humanitarian crises.

      • The NationTrump Cube
      • Insight HungaryRussian spy allegedly tried to smuggle a flash drive containing classified data to Budapest

        A  Russian spy allegedly took a flash drive containing sensitive military data to Hungary hidden in his anus, Balkan Insight reports. The Russian man suspected of espionage was arrested on the Ukrainian-Hungarian border. According to the  SBU’s statement, the man planned to personally take the flash drive to the Russian embassy in Budapest. According to the report, the incident illustrates how Hungary has become a hub for Russian intelligence.

        The data on the flash drive was partly personal information on SBU and GUR officers, leaders of the Azov movement, and military personnel of the 72nd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. I also contained sensitive military information on Ukrainian army bases, arsenals, warehouses, and their locations.

        Hungary 🇭🇺has been supporting Ukraine 🇺🇦 on bilateral level. Today I announced in #Kyiv that we financially support the #GrainFromUkraine initiative, because we #Hungarians have a strong affiliation to life and survival, know perfectly the importance of being in #solidarity. pic.twitter.com/7ZjTJl2yiB

      • Counter PunchPolarization and Paralysis

        Most of the Democrats that won were centrists, not “progressives,” and certainly not “democratic socialists.” However, the outcome of referenda on abortion rights, increased minimum wages, union rights, and marijuana legalization demonstrate that there is significant support for policies that benefit working-class and oppressed people.

        After all the votes were counted, the election essentially ended in a draw, splitting the government right down the middle and denying both parties any mandate. The Republicans, despite their less than stellar performance, remain determined to roll back every progressive reform of the last century, including Social Security pensions and Medicare.

      • Counter PunchAmerica’s Moral Neo-Imperialism

        We’ve been here before. In 1917 Democratic president Woodrow Wilson took his country into the first world war, a conflict which was all about imperial rivalries, claiming he wanted to ‘make the world safe for democracy’. This did not stop him being a Ku Klux Klan sympathiser. Later, during the cold war, Republican and Democratic presidents took turns defending the ‘free world’ against the ‘evil empire’ of atheist communism. With the Soviet Union gone, along came the ‘war on terror’, which President George W Bush promised would end ‘tyranny in the world’.

        The democratic crusades in Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that Korea and Vietnam, claimed millions of victims, curtailed public freedoms (with McCarthyism and the persecution of whistleblowers), and associated Washington with a succession of big-time criminals who had little regard for checks and balances. But as long as they belonged to the American camp, none of them — not General Suharto in Indonesia nor the apartheid regime in South Africa nor Augusto Pinochet in Chile — lost their power (or their lives) as a result of Western military intervention.

      • Project CensoredThe Sordid Past of Ron DeSantis Revealed / The Delicate Topic of Zionism and Apartheid – The Project Censored Show
      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • NPRSchool principals say culture wars made last year ‘rough as hell’

          In many places, according to the survey, misinformation sparked fires of conflict.

          “We had a group of parents that went bananas on us on the masking, and believed that we were encouraging kids to get a shot that surely had a microchip in it because the government wanted to control their brains,” remembers one Nevada principal.

          This same principal, who says he is a registered Republican in a predominantly conservative district, worries that parents’ belief in misinformation has had a chilling effect on schools’ ability to talk about current events and even recent history.

          “You can’t [use newspapers] anymore. You can’t use CNN because the parents will go nuts on you. You can’t use Fox because it’s so out there. It’s hard to teach kids about what’s going on in any kind of context, because there is no context anymore.”

        • VOA NewsChina Blames Foreigners for Inciting Protests

          China’s rulers are accusing “hostile forces,” including foreigners, of inciting street demonstrations in more than three dozen Chinese cities and many more universities in the biggest domestic political challenge for Beijing since 1989′s Tiananmen Square protests.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • CrickeyWhite paper and ‘Good, good, good’: how China’s protesters are evading Beijing’s censorship on social media

        The country’s top social media platforms, WeChat, an all-in-one app with messaging and semi-public posting options, and Weibo, a microblogging website, are tightly controlled by the government and posts can be pulled down in a matter of seconds.

      • The NationThe Social Explosion of China’s Pent-up Pain

        It is not that urban wealthy classes have been quiescent in the decades since the last urban upheaval in 1989. Rather, it is that the mode of voicing discontent among urban wealthy classes is different from the labor and peasant unrest of recent decades. As first-tier cities and their legal residents have seen their own fortunes skyrocket in absolute terms and in comparison to the rest of the country, competitive access to desired services and goods has provoked much grumbling and many makeshift individualized protests, yielding, to be sure, exceptionally creative adaptations of language and expression that proliferate on the Internet so as to evade censors. Yet, what we see today is an extension of and different from these forms. The shared iconography of the white A4 paper, blank or with some sort of commemorative writing, has spread through the protests, giving them a sense of unity that they almost certainly lack in reality. There are efforts now to name the protests “the White Paper Movement” (白纸运动) or “the A4 Revolution” (A4 革命). It is unclear if those efforts at defining and naming are coming from within China or from the diaspora abroad.

      • The EconomistWhat happened to the man who led the chants against Xi Jinping?

        Wang (a pseudonym) didn’t even know that he’d been waiting for this moment. Like most young Chinese out on the street in Shanghai, this was his first protest, aged 27. After completing his shift at a cocktail bar, it had been a quick bike ride to join the gathering. People were laying flowers and lighting candles. Many held up blank sheets of paper, a silent protest against covid lockdowns, to represent all that they wanted to say but felt they couldn’t. “We don’t need to write anything,” one person said. “It’s a symbol of the people’s revolution.” (“Blank sheet of paper” and “white paper” were soon among the many terms censored online.)

      • 9NEWSHow protesters dodge China’s massive censorship machine

        Others posted sarcastic messages like “Good good good sure sure sure right right right yes yes yes,” or used Chinese homonyms to evoke calls for President Xi Jinping to resign, such as “shrimp moss,” which sounds like the words for “step down,” and “banana peel,” which has the same initials as Xi’s name.

        But within days, censors moved to contain images of white paper.

        They would have used a range of tools, said Chauncey Jung, a policy analyst who previously worked for several Chinese internet companies based in Beijing.

        Most content censorship is not done by the state, Jung said, but outsourced to content moderation operations at private social media platforms, who use a mix of humans and AI.

      • PBSChinese users work to save protest content against massive censorship

        Chinese authorities maintain a tight grip on the country’s internet via a complex, multi-layered censorship operation that blocks access to almost all foreign news and social media, and blocks topics and keywords considered politically sensitive or detrimental to the Chinese Communist Party’s rule. Videos of or calls to protest are usually deleted immediately.

      • The EconomistThe Chinese government exercises control through local busybodies, explains Lynette H. Ong

        Mobilising the masses to control society—which I call “outsourcing repression” in my research—has imperial roots. In the baojia system, introduced in the Song dynasty and perfected in the Ming and Qing dynasties, the government would bundle together a few households into a group and make them spy on each other. Mutual surveillance also entailed collective punishment: deviant or subversive behaviour of any individual would implicate all the other families. Mao Zedong found this kind of grassroots spying useful, too. He used the so-called Red Guards in the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s to defeat supporters of his enemies. Outsourcing repression works because it draws on dense social relations. Anyone who refuses to comply risks becoming an outcast. Social reprimand is arguably worse than fines or formal punishment as China runs on guanxi, or connections.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • New York TimesGannett Starts Another Round of Staff Cuts

        The largest newspaper chain is cutting roughly 6 percent of its 3,440-person U.S. media division.

      • New York TimesLayoffs Hit CNN as Cost-Cutting Pressure Mounts

        In a memo to employees, the network’s chairman, Chris Licht, said some people, primarily paid contributors, would be notified of the cuts on Wednesday. Others will be notified on Thursday, he wrote, with additional details to follow that day.

      • The Washington TimesCNN begins layoffs for paid contributors, employees

        Much of the job cuts are driven by a sharp drop in advertising revenue, according to the network.

        CNN isn’t alone in experiencing layoffs. Disney, AMC Networks and tech giant Meta all announced recently that either layoffs or restructurings were coming to their corporations.

      • The Washington PostThe Washington Post will end its Sunday magazine, eliminate positions

        The Washington Post will stop publishing its stand-alone print magazine, one of the last of its kind in the country and which has been published under different names for more than six decades, the newspaper’s executive editor, Sally Buzbee, announced Wednesday.

        The Sunday magazine has 10 staff members, who were told in a meeting that their positions have been eliminated, according to Shani George, The Post’s vice president for communications.

      • The HillWashington Post to end Sunday magazine

        Several of the 10 magazine staffers who were informed in a Wednesday meeting their positions would be eliminated told the newspaper that Buzbee said the decision was “no reflection on the quality of your work,” but rather a result of “economic headwinds.”

      • Boston GlobeYes, hyperlocal newspapers are dying. But here’s what’s rising up to fill the void.

        Rumbling press plants and the vibrant orchestra of ringing phones, incessant keyboards, and the booming voices of nosey characters have long faded to silence in many of the local newsrooms that once brought word of the essential and eccentric to the people of Massachusetts.

        The story of how it happened, for those reporters left to write it, is well known: The Internet killed advertising revenues for traditional print media.

        And that’s true. But there’s always more to the story.

      • VOA NewsTaliban Defend Ban on VOA, RFE/RL Broadcasts in Afghanistan

        The ban on VOA and Azadi Radio, an Afghan extension of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, or RFE/RL, went into effect Thursday, a day after the Taliban’s ministry of information and culture said it had received complaints about programing content but shared no specifics.

        It is unclear whether the ban will apply to other international broadcasters that have used the same system for FM broadcasts in Afghanistan.

      • ReasonProsecuting Julian Assange Poses a Grave Threat to Freedom of the Press

        “Publishing is not a crime,” the editors and publishers of The New York Times and four leading European news outlets say in an open letter released on Monday. While that statement might seem uncontroversial, the U.S. Department of Justice disagrees, as evidenced by its prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for obtaining and disseminating classified material.

        In urging the Justice Department to drop that case, the Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El País implicitly acknowledge that freedom of the press is meaningless when the government decides who is allowed to exercise it. Although that point also might seem obvious, journalists who take a dim view of Assange have long argued that attempting to imprison him for divulging government secrets poses no threat to their work because he does not qualify as a member of their profession.

        That position is profoundly ahistorical. As scholars such as UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh have shown, the “freedom…of the press” guaranteed by the First Amendment protects your right to communicate with the public through the printed word and other tools of mass communication, regardless of whether you do that for a living or work for a mainstream news organization.

        The Assange exception to the First Amendment is also dangerously shortsighted. As the Times et al. emphasize, the conduct at the center of the case against him is indistinguishable from what professional journalists do every day when they reveal information that the government wants to conceal.

      • US News And World ReportAustralian PM Albanese Raises Assange’s Detention With U.S. Officials

        Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has raised the issue of the continued detention of Julian Assange in meetings with United States officials and seeks to bring the matter to a close, he said on Wednesday.

        In June, Britain approved the extradition to the United States of the Wikileaks founder, who is an Australian citizen, to face criminal charges on the release of confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables.

        Albanese said he would continue to advocate for Assange’s release, even though he disagreed with him on “a whole range of matters”.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • International Business TimesFamily finally reunites with woman who was kidnapped as a baby 51 years ago [Ed: Puff piece to sell DNA surveillance?]

        A woman who disappeared when she was just a 21-month-old baby has finally been reunited with her family.

        Melissa Highsmith was allegedly kidnapped by her babysitter 51 years ago in August 1971 from her home in Fort Worth, Texas.

        Her mother, Alta Apantenco, reportedly came under suspicion by the police who accused her of killing her daughter. However, the family maintained that the baby was taken by a babysitter who had answered their newspaper advertisement seeking help.

        Apantenco asked her roommate to hand over the baby to the babysitter as she had to leave for work, and that was the last time she saw Highsmith. The babysitter and the baby were nowhere to be found when she came back. It would be 51 years before the woman could be reunited with her daughter.

      • Pro PublicaSt. Louis Can Banish People From Entire Neighborhoods

        Inside the Enterprise Center, the St. Louis Blues hockey team was losing a home game to the Edmonton Oilers. Outside, a man named Alvin Cooper was lying on a venting grate on a 38-degree night.

        A St. Louis police sergeant asked him to move, according to an officer’s December 2018 report. Cooper refused. The sergeant and the officer pointed to signs that said “No Trespassing” and “No Panhandling.” Cooper said, “I ain’t going nowhere.” The officers tried to handcuff Cooper, one of them using “nerve pressure points on his jaw and behind his ear,” the other delivering “several knee thrusts” to Cooper’s right leg.

      • NPRMedical bills remain inaccessible for many visually impaired Americans

        But some blind patients told KHN that the letters they receive can be impossible to read. Some websites contain coding that is incompatible with screen reader technology, which reads text aloud. Some health care systems and insurers fail to mail documents in Braille, which some blind people read by touch. And others who are visually impaired can read large print, with the possible aid of glasses or magnifying lenses, but the small-print medical bills they get are indecipherable.

      • The HillSenate rejects proposal to give rail workers seven days of paid sick leave

        The proposal to give workers seven days of sick leave, which was championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other liberal lawmakers, failed to pick up enough Republican support to overcome a 60-vote threshold set for adopting the measure and fell in a 52-43 vote.

      • Common DreamsBiden Urged to Sign Executive Order Guaranteeing Rail Workers Paid Sick Leave

        As the U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation brokered by President Joe Biden denying freight rail employees any compensated sick leave, labor advocates implored the president—who called himself the “most pro-labor” president ever—to sign an executive order guaranteeing at least seven days of paid days off for illness to railroad and other workers.

        The upper chamber voted 52-43 Thursday—eight votes short of the 60 needed for passage—for a House-approved proposal by Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) to give rail workers seven paid sick days as part of a tentative contract being forced upon rail workers by Congress and the Biden administration under the terms of the Railway Labor Act of 1926 in order to avoid a crippling strike.

      • Counter PunchFascism: Israeli Style

        The new minister for national security (formerly internal security) will be Itamar Ben Gvir, who will control the Border Patrol units in the West Bank that have participated in numerous violent acts against innocent Palestinians.  Ben Gvir is an acolyte of Meir Kahane, a fascist who committed numerous crimes against Israelis before he was assassinated.  Ben Gvir’s party, Jewish Power, will control the Ministry for Development of the Negev and the Galilee.  His party’s new Ministry of Heritage will be responsible for historical and archeological sites in the West Bank.

        The new minister for finance will be Bezalel Smotrich, who will try to control the West Bank Civil Administration that is currently directed by the Defense Ministry.  Smotrich and Ben Gvir will do their best to limit the powers of the Defense Ministry, particularly on the West Bank.  Their policies will undermine Israeli relations with those Arab states that recognize Israel, particularly the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco.  According to Yossi Alpher, a distinguished Israeli security analyst, they may even try to annex the West Bank while the global community is concentrating on Ukraine, Russia, and Iran.

      • Counter Punch‘Deliberate Ambiguity’: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Are Greatest Threat to Middle East

        ‘The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction’ was held between November 14-18, with the sole purpose of creating new standards of accountability that, as should have always been the case, be applied equally to all Middle Eastern countries.

        The debate regarding nuclear weapons in the Middle East could not possibly be any more pertinent or urgent. International observers rightly note that the period following the Russia-Ukraine war is likely to accelerate the quest for nuclear weapons throughout the world. Considering the seemingly perpetual state of conflict in the Middle East, the region is likely to witness nuclear rivalry as well.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Deliberate Ambiguity’: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Are Greatest Threat to Middle East

        As western countries are floating the theory that Russia could escalate its conflict with Ukraine to a nuclear war, many western governments continue to turn a blind eye to Israel’s own nuclear weapons capabilities. Luckily, many countries around the world do not subscribe to this endemic western hypocrisy. 

      • TruthOutStarbucks Must Bargain With Hometown Union After Breaking Law, Labor Board Rules
      • Common DreamsA Labor Revolt Is Brewing… Inside the National Labor Relations Board

        Workers at the federal agency tasked with enforcing U.S. labor law are directing their ire at their own bosses and members of Congress.

        “Fund the NLRB. Support our staff. Protect the agency’s mission.”

      • The NationShould a Single Trump Judge Have the Power to Void Biden’s Policies?

        I don’t know if lower-court judges should be able to vacate executive agency rules on their sole authority—and then be able to apply those legal rulings to the whole nation. I think the issue is legitimately complicated, and it makes me sit on the fence while staring at quicksand and scorpions on either side. The judiciary is supposed to check the Congress or the Executive Branch when they stray too far from established laws or constitutional principles. But allowing one random, unelected district court judge to void federal policy enacted by the people’s representatives also seems deeply wrong, antidemocratic, and even corrupt.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Poorest Still Paying the Biggest Price on a Burning Planet

        On October 29th, 75-year-old Saifullah Paracha, Guantánamo Bay’s oldest detainee, was finally released by U.S. authorities and flown home to his family in Karachi, Pakistan. He had been incarcerated for nearly two decades without either charges or a trial. His plane touched down in a land still reeling from this year’s cataclysmic monsoon floods that, in July, had covered an unparalleled one-third of that country. Even his own family’s neighborhood, the well-heeled Defense Housing Authority complex, had been thoroughly inundated with, as a reporter wrote at the time, “water gushing into houses.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | It’s Time to Rethink Our Reliance on the Supreme Court

        The U.S. Supreme Court went after reproductive autonomy in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and based on recent oral arguments affirmative action could be next on the chopping block. But there’s another landmark case being heard this month that also deserves our attention for its potential to not only roll back anti-discrimination protections for millions of LGBTQ+ Americans but also gut civil rights laws nationwide.

      • Project CensoredSin una Casa: Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsened by US Immigration Policy – Validated Independent News

        Although the Biden administration’s extension of Title 42 allowed for the acceptance of as many 24,000 Venezuelans, this only applied to migrants entering through US airports who could meet stringent requirements. Beyond that exception, the result of the administration’s decision to extend Title 42 was “havoc at the US-Mexico border,” the breakup of migrant families, and “a ripple effect in the region,” Venezuelanalysis reported.

      • Project CensoredOvercrowded Atlanta Jail Raises Justice Concerns – Validated Independent News

        As Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg reported for The Appeal, the ACLU study found that 45 percent of the inmates at Fulton County Jail had not been formally charged. Georgia law states: “Any person who is arrested for a crime and who is refused bail shall, within 90 days after the date of confinement, be entitled to have the charge against him or her heard by a grand jury having jurisdiction over the accused person.” Most of the inmates being held were arrested for misdemeanor cases, according to the ACLU, which also found that 90 percent of those held at the Fulton County jail were Black.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakBungie’s Relentless Pursuit of Destiny 2 Cheaters Now Spans Three Continents

          Game developer Bungie is showing patience and determination in its pursuit of cheat creators and distributors. A lawsuit targeting people behind the ‘Wallhax’ operation has already produced a $13.5m settlement and in an amended complaint filed this week, Bungie identifies several people who previously enjoyed relative anonymity. It’s a chase that now spans three continents.

        • Torrent FreakPopular File-Sharing Service Refuses to ‘Filter’ Content as it Fears Overblocking

          Czech file-sharing and hosting platform Ulož.to refuses to deploy a ‘dumb’ upload filter. The company reiterates this stance after rival platforms Hellshare and Hellspy signed piracy filtering agreements with local rightsholders. According to Uloz, these measures will likely result in overblocking, something that should be avoided according to EU law.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Minimum support for webmentions

        I just now realized I’ve released a version of `mod_blog [8]` during the holiday season going back as far as 2016. With that in mind, and with the fact that I finally received my first webmention [9] on my blog couple of days ago, I have just released the latest version for this Christmas season. The big change this release is that I now show webmentions per post, even though I’ve only so far received one.

        Hey, it’s a start with the webmentions.

        You can also see from the sidebar list I have, that I changed versioning schemes a few years back. I used to use semantic versioning [10] but upon reflection, I didn’t feel it’s not really fit for applications and instead switched to a monotonic version number. While the code has changed dramatically over the past 23 years (come this Debtember 4^th) the data format has not changed one bit. It’s still the “one HTML (HyperText Markup Language) file per entry, using the file system as database” scheme, which has worked quite well for me over the years.


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 QmaBpxNj6VFv3pZ5oh7mZUimEAAT2EALf6AdnUAibwof2i IRC log for #boycottnovell
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 QmaSNdULFQPBBRD4ffBUFm32dy6gpLL9AGzNqPvMnWuoLN IRC log for #boycottnovell
(full IRC log as plain/ASCII text)
text logs
 QmUJTk5TCrcTJeP9cdX8rDSrsvDJXKXNVgzehq1UGpXGBV IRC log for #boycottnovell-social
(full IRC log as HTML)
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 QmXULebTfvtf5jxnuon5A7SQ7jTTRAEtbdx5yzhvWp3Mr3 IRC log for #boycottnovell-social
(full IRC log as plain/ASCII text)
text logs
 QmXLsJiACTpSCpM2FVp4MKsVQiQY3zn2zzhfqHPZwAg8B4 IRC log for #techbytes
(full IRC log as HTML)
HTML5 logs
 QmUxZ15hWXYFhwWnX8urFKkJruxTkvCLPTdUTZK5VWhirc IRC log for #techbytes
(full IRC log as plain/ASCII text)
text logs
 QmZcAwVaqmkUTWt9x6o7kHR7RQYYWfjd1J375W2QUdbYPR IRC log for #techrights
(full IRC log as HTML)
HTML5 logs
 QmWLZrwWqaT9pgLkxDZLSx9bQVokHAQsRtoZEKvZpN6aKc IRC log for #techrights
(full IRC log as plain/ASCII text)
text logs

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