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Links 02/12/2022: RawTherapee 5.9 and Camerctrls

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Kubernetes BlogFinding suspicious syscalls with the seccomp notifier | Kubernetes

        Debugging software in production is one of the biggest challenges we have to face in our containerized environments. Being able to understand the impact of the available security options, especially when it comes to configuring our deployments, is one of the key aspects to make the default security in Kubernetes stronger. We have all those logging, tracing and metrics data already at hand, but how do we assemble the information they provide into something human readable and actionable?

        Seccomp is one of the standard mechanisms to protect a Linux based Kubernetes application from malicious actions by interfering with its system calls. This allows us to restrict the application to a defined set of actionable items, like modifying files or responding to HTTP requests. Linking the knowledge of which set of syscalls is required to, for example, modify a local file, to the actual source code is in the same way non-trivial.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

    • Applications

      • OMG UbuntuCamerctrls is a Neat Webcam Settings App for Linux

        This free, open source utility puts a comprehensive suite of webcam controls at your control. The app is accessible though a clean GTK GUI or, if you roll that way, from a command line interface instead.

        Something of simpler alternative to Guvcview (the ‘gold standard’ in open source webcam tools, imo), Cameratrls lets you configure almost every aspect of a webcam’s picture output, be it from a built-in potato cam or something fancier connected through USB.

      • OMG UbuntuOpen Source Photography App ’RawTherapee’ Gets Big Update – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Xmas has come early for open-source photography enthusiasts as a brand-new version of Rawtherapee – the first update in two years — is now available to download.

        RawTherapee 5.9 introduces a new Spot Removal tool, ideal for removing dust specks and small imperfections from images, a new Local Adjustments tool, and a new Perspective Correction tool that includes a handy automated perceptive correction option.

        Alongside a new automatic white balance method in the White Balance tool there’s a new Preprocess White Balance tool (in the ‘Raw’ tab). This lets you specify if channels should be balanced automatically or if a white balance value recorded by the camera should be used instead.

      • Ubuntu HandbookRawTherapee 5.9 is out! How to Install in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        RawTherapee, the free open-source raw image converter and digital photo processor, released version 5.9 recently after more than 2 years of development.

        RawTherapee 5.9 features new “Spot Removing Tool” under Details tab for removing dust specks and small objects; Local Adjustments tool under Local tab for performing a wide range of operations on an area of the image determined by its geometry or color; Preprocess White Balance tool under Raw tab to specify whether channels should be balanced automatically or whether the white balance values recorded by the camera should be used instead; and a new Perspective Correction tool which includes an automated perspective correction feature.

      • Make Use OfThe 9 Best Linux Cloud Storage Solutions for 2023

        Need to sync to the cloud on your Linux PC? Here are the best Linux-compatible cloud services available today.

        Cloud storage is arguably the best way to back up you personal data. It takes the physical action of backing up out of your hands and leaves you with an accessible archive of data.

        But cloud storage can be expensive with the wrong provider. If you’re looking for cloud storage for your Linux PC, finding the right service can take a while. To help you out, we’ve collected the best Linux cloud storage providers for you to consider.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Learn UbuntuHow to Check Firewall Logs in Ubuntu

        UFW logs allow users to check for incoming and outgoing packets which also include origin, destination, used protocol, and many other critical details that are crucial for network security.

      • UNIX CopHow to control when daily automatic Ubuntu updates happens

        In this post, you will learn how to control when daily Ubuntu updates happens. This post although simple is quite useful if you have home test servers.

        As we know, Ubuntu 22.04 integrates several important options to automate system updates. This saves sysadmin time and effort.

        But not everything is happiness, there are also times when we need to modify some parameters of those updates to avoid some problems that may arise.

        Let’s start.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install TinyCP on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        This post is about install TinyCP on Ubuntu.

        TinyCP is web based control panel for managing linux like systems. It’s is a most popular lightweight control panel, that provides a wide range of features on a Linux system.

      • Make Use OfHow to Visualize Ping Responses on Linux With gping

        If you don’t fancy the text-based output of the ping command, consider installing gping, a CLI utility that visualizes ping responses on Linux.

        ping is a simple yet essential tool for diagnosing network issues on Linux. It can help you check your network connection, see if a remote machine is online, and play a vital part in analyzing connectivity issues, such as dropped packages or high latency.

        But as important as the ping command is, it’s not the most interesting to look at, and interpreting its output in a useful way can be difficult. gping is a graphical command-line utility with additional features which make it easy to visualize ping responses from multiple targets.

      • CitizixHow to install and use linkerd in kubernetes

        In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to install Linkerd into your Kubernetes cluster. Then we’ll deploy a sample application to show off what Linkerd can do. A service mesh is an infrastructure layer that allows you to manage communication between your application’s microservices.

      • VituxGetting Started with LaTeX on Debian 11 – VITUX

        This tutorial will show the step-by-step installation process of the LaTeX package, editor, and compiler on Debian 10 and Debian 11.

      • ID RootHow To Install PHP 8 on Fedora 37 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP 8 on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, PHP is an open-source, general-purpose scripting language mainly used in web development but has also been used as a general-purpose programming language. The new PHP 8.1 brings enums, fibers, never return type, final class constants, intersection types, and read-only properties among new features and changes.

        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 PHP 8 on a Fedora 37.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Karlson on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Karlson on a Chromebook.

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

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

      • UbuntubuzzBeginner’s Guide to Run Windows Apps and Games via Wine on Ubuntu

        This tutorial will help you to use Microsoft Windows programs and games on Ubuntu using Wine software. You will start by examples we provide (FOSS only) and getting familiar to installing, running, managing and removing programs. We also supply further references for you to learn more. Enjoy!

      • Linux Cloud VPS10 Useful tar Commands in Linux With Examples | LinuxCloudVPS Blog

        This blog post will show you the ten most used tar commands in Linux with examples.

        The tar command in Linux provides archiving functionality for compressing or decompressing archive files and modifying and maintaining them. With the tar command, we can create tar, gz, bz2 and gzip archives. Administrators use these commands when they want to save some disk space on the servers or when they are migrating files over two host machines.

        In this tutorial, we are going to execute the tar commands on Ubuntu 22.04 OS, but you can choose any Linux distro. Let’s get started!

      • Creating a modifiable gzipped disk image | Richard WM Jones

        Dusty Mabe set me a challenge yesterday. He wants to create several compressed disk images that have slightly different content, but are otherwise mostly the same. The disk images are large and compressing them takes a long time (30 minutes each, apparently), so ideally what we’d want to do is compress the disk image just the once and then do the updates on the gzipped image.

        Modifying a file which has already been compressed is not usually possible.

        However if we make some relatively uncontroversial assumptions and accept a few limitations then we can create a compressed disk image which is modifiable in this way, certainly for gzip and xz (I need to investigate zstd).

      • Linux Host SupportImprove Website Performance Using gzip and Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04 | LinuxHostSupport

        A website’s performance depends on many factors, and choosing a suitable web server is one of them. You can choose from many web servers, like Apache, LiteSpeed, Nginx, etc.

        Nginx is an open-source web server, it was initially developed by Igor Sysoev and released in October 2004. In Nginx, gzip compression can significantly reduce the size of transmitted data to website visitors.

        Modern web browsers support GZIP compression by default. However, we need to configure our server to serve the compressed resources to our website visitors properly. Without a proper configuration, it could make your server load higher and even slower. This article will show you how to improve website performance using GZIP and Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04.

    • Games

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Dev snapshot: Godot 4.0 beta 7

        Godot 4.0 has been in beta for over two months, and the overall feature completeness, stability and usability have improved a lot during that time.

        We’ve had beta snapshots every other week, and now we’ve decided to accelerate the cadence to release a new snapshot every week, to get even faster feedback on our bugfixes, and the potential regressions they may introduce.

      • 9to5LinuxLatest Steam Client Update Improves New Big Picture Mode, Fixes Borderlands 2 Crash

        The new Steam Client update is here only two weeks after the previous update that introduced the new Big Picture mode that resembles the Steam Deck UI. This update further improves the new Big Picture mode by adding confirmation dialogs for the power menu when shutting down or restarting your PC and fixing several bugs.

        These bug fixes improve displaying of the new Big Picture Mode window with GPU accelerated rendering disabled, improve the on-screen keyboard to show when it’s requested by a game or Proton, improve the “show password” toggle to show or hide the password, and improve the new Big Picture Mode overlay when switching Virtual Menus with an action set, layer, or modeshift.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Xfce 4.18 Pre2 Released

        Dear Xfce community, I am happy to announce the release of Xfce4.18 pre2.

        This platform pre-release consists of the Xfce core components and will be followed by the final Xfce4.18 release soon. We fixed some quirks which were found in Xfce4.18 pre1, did some further polishing and the result is now released as Xfce4.18 pre2.

        Early adopters are invited to give it a try and to check for compatibility before the final release, which is planned for 15. December.

      • Wallpaper Contest for Xfce 4.18 – End of submissions

        The submission deadline for the Xfce 4.18 wallpaper contest just ended, and I am happy to see that many submissions!

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Adriaan de GrootKDE e.V. board sprint, Berlin | [bobulate]

          In two weeks, the board of KDE e.V. – and take note that photo of me is before 3 years of COVID-hair – will convene in Berlin for one of our board sprints.

          The board meets weekly online, using the Big Blue Button infrastructure that KDE has for meetings, online get-togethers, virtual sprints and hybrid conferences. In an hour or two we get through the week’s “needs doing now” and “approve this request from the membership or community” items. But some things are not very well suited for online discussion. Sometimes we need to physically sign papers (Germany, old-fashioned, etc.). And of course, drinking tea together is what really makes a team.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Updates for November, 2022 ⋅ elementary Blog

      Folks running OS 6.1 rejoice, because a new version of Files is here with a long-asked-for new feature! You can now choose to have a single-click select folders instead of open them, Windows style. Secondary-click anywhere in a folder view and select “Select Folders with Single Click” to switch to the new file selection mode. We now also only show the overlay bar with more info when a selection is made, so no more fiddly hover behavior. There are also fixes for several reported possible crashes, so make sure to grab this update!

    • New Releases

      • LinuxiacNixOS 22.11 “Raccoon” Released with Security in Mind

        One of the most software-rich Linux distributions, NixOS, has released v22.11 with a strong focus on security and updated software versions.

        Many of you are probably thinking, “Yet another new version of one of the many Linux distros.” However, the story is different because we are dealing with a one-of-a-kind beast.

        So, before we go into the dry and dull “statistics” of Linux kernel versions, desktop environments, and software in this NixOS release, we’d like to explain why this Linux distro is exceptional and deserves your attention.

        NixOS is a unique Linux distro due to the concept upon which it is built. However, to avoid further confusion, two key terms should be first defined: Nix, which is a cross-distro package system, and NixOS, which is the Linux distribution itself.

      • IPFire Official BlogIPFire 2.27 – Core Update 172 is available for testing

        Despite being currently busy with an IPFire 3 hackathon, we found the time to release the next Core Update for testing: IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 172. It comes with cryptography improvement for IPsec and OpenVPN, as well as security improvements under the hood, a plethora of package updates and various bugs fixed across the place.

    • BSD

      • JRG Systems – Migrating to Vultr from Oracle Cloud

        After a bit of “soul searching” and annoyances from Oracle Cloud that began to pile up (the traffic management layer is very Oracle-ish), I migrated away from the free tier of Oracle Cloud’s offering to a small VM from Vultr. This time I installed OpenBSD.

        Running a small webserver with OpenBSD is a breeze! I always knew this in an abstract sense but never deployed one myself. Basically, all it took was spinning up the instance on vultr.com, installing a couple packages, setting up the webserver httpd in base, and using acme-client (also in base) to pull down a certificate for the website.

      • TuMFatigGoToSocial on OpenBSD, a Fediverse adventure

        In early 2019, I got fed up with Twitter Ads and recommendations etc. So I started looking for alternatives and read about Mastodon. As I was especially looking for OpenBSD news, tricks etc, I finally landed on bsd.network. It turned out to be a really nice place to hang out ; and not BSD-centric at all. People there are great. And MastoAdmins are kind and caring people.

        A couple of years later, I decided that I would host my own instance on the Fediverse. And the journey began.

        There were no particular reasons to host my on instance server. And as one say: only because you can does not mean you should. But this is how I learn things.

        So I created a bunch of accounts in various Fediverse instances using Mastodon, Friendica, PixelFed, Misskey, GNUsocial, Pleroma. I also installed Honk and GoToSocial. Then I started testing how they all worked together. And I finally decided to go with GoToSocial .

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • IBM Old TimerIrving Wladawsky-Berger: The Current State of Service Science

        On October 17, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) conducted an online forum on Service Systems Engineering in the Era of Human-Centered AI. “With AI advances poised to drive service system productivity and quality – similar to the way previous generations of technology revolutionized agriculture and manufacturing productivity and quality – it is time to take stock for industry-academic-and-government stakeholders on this important topic,” wrote the NAE in its website.

        The agenda included an opening keynote by retired IBM executive Nick Donofrio. It was followed by four panels on various aspects of service systems, and concluded with an open discussion of the way forward. I was a member of the panel on Evolving Engineering Education. In my prepared remarks, I reflected on the current state of service science and related sociotechnical systems. Let me share my remarks, slightly edited for clarity.

        Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME) is an initiative launched in IBM’s Almaden Research Lab in the early 2000s in partnership with a number of universities as an interdisciplinary field of study aimed at applying science, technology and innovation to the service sector of the economy. The service sector is the largest in most economies around the world. At the time, services already accounted for over 70% of GDP and jobs in advanced economies, as well as an increasing portion of the revenues of many companies, including close to 60% of IBM’s revenues.

    • Debian Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxUbuntu Users Get New Linux Kernel Security Updates, 10 Vulnerabilities Patched

        The new Ubuntu Linux kernel security update is here after the previous one, which addressed up to 16 vulnerabilities, and it’s available for Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu), Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish), Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), as well as the Ubuntu 16.04 and 14.04 ESM releases.

        The biggest threat patched in this release is CVE-2022-43945, a security flaw discovered in Linux kernel’s NFSD implementation leading to a buffer overflow that could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service (system crash) or execute arbitrary code. This vulnerability affects Ubuntu 22.10 systems running Linux kernel 5.19, as well as Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS systems running Linux kernel 5.15 LTS.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • HacksterEdge Impulse on Kria KR260 – Hackster.io

        This project walks through how to install Edge Impulse on the Ubuntu 22.04 image of the Kria KR260 and the development of a basic ML model.

      • Siemens streamlines medical standards compliance for Linux OS based systems

        Siemens Digital Industries Software today introduced the first software documentation package developed to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) streamline compliance with stringent standards for medical device manufacturers deploying either of Siemens’ embedded Linux distributions, Sokol™ Flex OS software or Sokol™ Omni OS software.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX Software$6 Pine64 Ox64 SBC features BL808 64-bit/32-bit RISC-V multi-protocol WiSoC with 64MB RAM – CNX Software

        Pine64 Ox64 is a single board computer powered by Bouffalo Lab BL808 dual-core 64-bit/32-bit RISC-V processor with up to 64MB embedded RAM, multiple radios for WiFi 4, Bluetooth 5.0, and 802.15.4 (Zigbee), as well as an AI accelerator.

        The board also features up to 16MB XSPI NOR flash, a MicroSD card socket, a USB 2.0 OTG port with support for a 2-lane MIPI CSI camera module, and two 20-pin GPIO headers for expansion. It measures just 51 x 21mm, or in other words, is about the size of a Raspberry Pi Pico W.

      • HackadayUsing I²C Sensors With Any Linux Via USB And IIO | Hackaday

        Hooking up I2C sensors is something which is generally associated with microcontrollers and SBCs, yet it’s very easy to use such I2C sensors from basically any system that runs Linux. After all, I2C (that is, SMBus) is one of the interfaces that is highly likely to be used on your PC’s mainboard as well as peripherals. This means that running our own devices like the well-known BME280 temperature, pressure and humidity sensor, or Si1145 light sensor should be a piece of cake.

        In a blog post from a few years ago, [Peter Molnar] explains in detail how to wire up a physical adapter to add a USB-connected I2C interface to a system. At its core is the ATtiny85 AVR-based MCU, which provides a built-in USB interface, running the I2C-Tiny-USB firmware.

      • ArduinoDetect vandalism using audio classification on the Nano 33 BLE Sense | Arduino Blog

        Having something broken into and/or destroyed is an act that most people hope to avoid altogether or at least catch the perpetrator in the act when it does occur. And as Nekhil R. notes in his project write-up, traditional deterrence/detection methods often fail, meaning that a newer type of solution was necessary.

        Unlike other glass breaking sensors, Nekhil’s project relies on a single, inexpensive Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense and its onboard digital microphone to record audio, classify it, and then alert a property owner over WiFi via an ESP8266-01 board. The dataset used to train the machine learning model came from two sources: the Microsoft Scalable Noisy Speech Dataset for background noise, and breaking glass recorded on the device itself. Both of these were added to an Edge Impulse project via the Studio and split into two-second samples before being processed by a Mel-filterbank Energy (MFE) algorithm.

      • CNX SoftwareArducam OCam AI camera adds context to video streams in real-time with the PhysicO platform – CNX Software

        Arducam OCam, whose name stands for Object Camera, is an AI camera with 3 TOPS of AI performance and designed to work with OStream‘s PhysicO Edge AI media platform that adds context to MP4 video streams in real-time.

      • ArduinoBinbot 9000 moves to where the trash is | Arduino Blog

        Our modern societies create a lot of garbage, which we can fortunately remove from our homes thanks to local waste management services. But the garbage people won’t come sift through your house for refuse, which forces you to utilize trash bins. Those bins never seem to be nearby when you need them, which is why James Bruton built the Binbot 9000.

        The Binbot 9000 is exactly what it sounds like: a robotic trash can. No longer must the bin remain stationed in some out-of-the-way location. Instead, Binbot 9000 can drive around a home in search of people who need to throw things away.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Software – November 2022 Updates – LinuxLinks

      Here are the latest updates to our compilation of recommended software. For November, we have updated a few existing articles and expanded our collection. Given the fallout of Twitter and the increasing popularity of Mastodon, we’ve recommended both the best text-based and graphical clients.

      We’ve also published a few new articles in the fields of utilities, video, web apps, and graphics.

      As always, we love receiving your suggestions for new articles or additional open source software to feature. Let us know in the Comments box below or drop us an email.

  • Leftovers

    • Sabine HossenfelderSabine Hossenfelder: Backreaction: Science News Nov 30

      Today we’ll talk about Trouble at ITER, robots that build robots, air pollution, AI that classifies supernovae, a small asteroid that hit Canada, Super GPS, a new supercomputer simulation of the sun, a quantum thermometer. And of course, the telephone will ring.

    • Proprietary

      • The Register UKMicrosoft 365 faces more GDPR headwinds in Germany • The Register

        Germany’s federal and state data protection authorities (DSK) have raised concerns about the compatibility of Microsoft 365 with data protection laws in Germany and the wider European Union.

        According to the German watchdog’s report [PDF], which was written after two years of negotiations with Microsoft, the body says that the product “remains in breach” of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

        The 2020 working group was put together to bring the cloud service into line with the Schrems II decision of the European Court of Justice – and relates to ongoing European concerns about cloud data sovereignty, competition, and privacy rules.

        Under the GDPR, children below the age of 13 are incapable of consenting to their data being collected, while consent may be given by those with parental responsibility for those under 16 but not younger than 13. When platforms do store data on adults, those customers are meant to be able to request the deletion of their records.

        The report adds (translated from the German): “Many of the services included in Microsoft 365 require Microsoft to access the unencrypted, non-pseudonymized data.”

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • USCERT#StopRansomware: Cuba Ransomware [Ed: The problem is Microsoft Windows, not "Cuba"]

        Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and CISA released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) #StopRansomware: Cuba Ransomware to provide network defenders tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with Cuba ransomware. FBI investigations identified these TTPs and IOCs as recently as August 2022.

      • CISACISA Releases Three Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA

        CISA has released three (3) Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on December 1, 2022. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • GoogleGoogle Online Security Blog: Memory Safe Languages in Android 13

        For more than a decade, memory safety vulnerabilities have consistently represented more than 65% of vulnerabilities across products, and across the industry. On Android, we’re now seeing something different – a significant drop in memory safety vulnerabilities and an associated drop in the severity of our vulnerabilities.

      • LWNMemory Safe Languages in Android 13 (Google security blog) [LWN.net]

        Over on the Google security blog, Jeffrey Vander Stoep writes about the impact of focusing on using memory-safe languages for new code in Android.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Coin DeskFTX’s Collapse Was a Crime, Not an Accident

          Perhaps most perniciously, many outlets have described what happened to FTX as a “bank run” or a “run on deposits,” while Bankman-Fried has repeatedly insisted the company was simply overleveraged and disorganized. Both of these attempts to frame the fallout obfuscate the core issue: the misuse of customer funds.

          Banks can be hit by “bank runs” because they are explicitly in the business of lending customer funds out to generate returns. They can experience a short-term cash crunch if everyone withdraws at the same time, without there being any long-term problem.

          But FTX and other crypto exchanges are not banks. They do not (or should not) do bank-style lending, so even a very acute surge of withdrawals should not create a liquidity strain. FTX had specifically promised customers it would never lend out or otherwise use the crypto they entrusted to the exchange.

          In reality, the funds were sent to the intimately linked trading firm Alameda Research, where they were, it seems, simply gambled away. This is, in the simplest terms, theft at a nearly unprecedented scale. While the total losses have yet to be quantified, up to one million customers could be impacted, according to a bankruptcy document.

        • John Gruber‘FTX’s Collapse Was a Crime, Not an Accident’

          So in a sense FTX’s implosion had nothing to do with cryptocurrency directly, beyond the fact that no one would have given FTX a nickel if not for the vague belief that “something something crypto” would lead to a windfall.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Mark DominusThe Universe of Discourse : Wombat coprolites

          I was delighted to learn some time ago that there used to be giant wombats, six feet high at the shoulders, unfortunately long extinct.

          It’s also well known (and a minor mystery of Nature) that wombats have cubical poop.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • John GruberToday, in Twitter-Apple Drama

        I heard from a source who spent time working in Twitter’s ad products organization that Apple, until recently, was not just a big advertiser on Twitter, but the largest. The @apple account never posts regular tweets but frequently posts promoted tweets, and Apple heretofore had been a big spender on things like hashflags and custom like buttons, to promote major product introduction events.

      • Michael West MediaIs Murdoch – commercial media losing their influence? – Michael West

        After years of running straight vitriol and opinion masked as news, Dan Andrews was returned as the Premier of Victoria leaving us to ask if Murdoch and the commercial media is losing their influence on swaying elections.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Declassified UKFour British ministries refuse to say if they’ve discussed Assange with U.S.

        Four of Britain’s most powerful government ministries are refusing to say if their officials have met with US authorities to discuss the case of Julian Assange.

        The Home Office, Cabinet Office, Foreign Office, and Ministry of Justice all recently failed to tell parliament about any potential contact with their US counterparts on the issue of the WikiLeaks founder.

        The refusals raise further suspicions about the politicisation of Assange’s legal case. Britain is part of the US-dominated “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance and very close to the American government, which is demanding Assange’s extradition.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Bryan LundukeSideloading is the most important feature of any SmartPhone

        I’ve written serious articles about the issue. I’ve written satire mocking Apple’s undeniable fear of “Sideloading”. I’ve joined with the Free Software Foundation Europe in signing an open letter about it.

        Now, let me be crystal clear: “Sideloading” is the most critical and valuable feature of any smartphone or computer. Period. Full stop.

        [...]

        Sideloading is the act of installing software, whatever software you want, on a real computer (which includes pocket computers, like smartphones).

        Seems simple and obvious, right? If you own a computer (or a smartphone), you should be able to install software on it.

        Apple and Google both (strongly) disagree with that. While Google has allowed “sideloading” on Android since the beginning, they have recently begun taking steps to limit that in the future.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • I cast “Cleave”

        One of the optional rules we’ve been using since the DMG first came out in 2014 has been cleave. Sometimes we go long stretches of not remembering it, other times it is used a lot.

      • Advent jam 🕯️

        When I was a child, opening a door on an advent calendar didn’t get you any loot. It just revealed a seasonal picture: some holly, perhaps, or an angel. By the time I was an adult, chocolate was expected. When I had children, we got them one with Lego. More recently I was given one with whisky miniatures (and so drank far more whiskey in a month than I ordinarily would do in a year).

      • Bonus-action potion quaffing

        Some people use a house rule that potions of healing only take a bonus action to quaff. Don’t they know how painful it is to get healed by such drinks? It hurts like a mother as your body relives the injuries backwards and digs you up, yanks out the coffin nails, knits you up, stitches you up, burns you up like a modern swindler.

        Brewing the potions from the petals of blood viola flowers is a time-consuming process, too, and expensive. You need twenty-five petals for a single small bottle. But then it glints like dawn gold over the red seas of a mothworld. A sickly-sweet taste of root celery, jasmine, cardamom-thrice-steeped, and above all a lingering red viola aftertaste that takes days to go away.

    • Technical

      • Authentication gateway with SSH on OpenBSD

        A neat feature in OpenBSD is the program authpf, an authenticating gateway using SSH.

        Basically, it allows to dynamically configure the local firewall PF by connecting/disconnecting into a user account over SSH, either to toggle an IP into a table or rules through a PF anchor.

      • Science

        • The pandemic is over [Ed: The pandemic is not over because of massive excess deaths that governments don't even want to explain (instead testing levels are reduced; a self-fulfilling prophecy)]

          I got a french press a few weeks after the start of the pandemic.

          I loved the thing, but since it takes quite a bit of time to brew with it and it’s extremely manual for each step, I worried when life got back to normal I wouldn’t be able to replace my pour-over with it for my morning coffee. Little did I know the pandemic was going to last a couple more years.

      • Programming


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  1. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 28, 2023

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 28, 2023



  2. Unmasking AI

    A guest article by Andy Farnell



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

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



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

    Links for the day



  5. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 27, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, January 27, 2023



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

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



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

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan



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

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



  9. European Patent Office Staff Losing Hope

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



  10. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 26, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 26, 2023



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

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



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

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



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

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



  14. [Meme] Modern Phones

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



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

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



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

    Links for the day



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

    Links for the day



  18. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 25, 2023



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

    Links for the day



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

    Links for the day



  24. New Record Low: Only One 'Linux' Article in ZDNet in More Than Two Weeks

    Only a few years ago ZDNet published about 3 “Linux” stories per day (mostly FUD pieces); now it’s a ghost town, painted in ‘alien green’; considering ZDNet’s agenda (and sponsors) maybe it’s better this way



  25. Links 25/01/2023: Pale Moon 32.0 and DXVK 2.1

    Links for the day



  26. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 24, 2023



  27. ISO Certification Hardly Tackles Any of the Real Issues

    The real-world threats faced by private companies or non-profit organisations aren't covered by the ISO certification mill; today we publish the last post on this topic before proceeding to some practical examples



  28. [Meme] Medical Data Sovereignty

    What happens when your medical records/data are accessible to a company based abroad after a mysterious NDA with the Gates Foundation? The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) does not mind.



  29. The ISO Delusion: Sirius Open Wash Ltd. and Medical Data/Projects at Risk/Peril

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ was good at gloating about “ISO” as in ISO certification (see our ISO wiki to understand what ISO truly is; ISO certification needs to be more widely condemned and exposed) while signing all sorts of dodgy deals and lying to clients (some, like the Gates Foundation, were never mentioned because of a mysterious NDA); security and privacy were systematically neglected and some qualified as criminal negligence (with fines/penalties likely an applicable liability if caught/reported)



  30. Links 24/01/2023: Wine 8.0 is Ready, FSF Bolsters Copyleft

    Links for the day


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