Example of Sirius Management Abusing Technical Staff That is Ill (Working in Spite of Sickness)

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 9:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

NOC for Architel
By Mike Reyher – Architel Operations Center, CC BY 2.0

Summary: Network operations centre (NOC) staff at Sirius ‘Open Source’ was subjected to intense abuse after Bill Gates had passed a bribe (even a double bribe, as we’ll explain later) and today we give another example of this

AS readers of this series are probably aware, NOC staff has always worked from home. Myself and my wife never took a day off for sickness (for 21 years), but some colleagues did. Some colleagues even worked when there were still ill. Did the management appreciate it? Not really…

“This is going back to September 30 2019, i.e. when Richard Stallman was under fired after there was a Bill Gates/Jeffrey Epstein scandal at MIT (the media shifted focus away from that).”Shown below is how one NOC colleague was treated a couple of months or so after the Gates Foundation gave the CEO money, though only after an NDA had mysteriously been signed (more on that in the upcoming video). This was the time the NOC staff was routinely being bullied, falsely accused etc. As if the company was hoping to scuttle the whole thing, or perhaps the unqualified managers were on an ego/power trip.

This is going back to September 30 2019, i.e. when Richard Stallman was under fire right after there was a Bill Gates/Jeffrey Epstein scandal at MIT (the media shifted focus away from that). It was also around the time Melinda Gates was pursuing a divorce, knowing about these scandals. Here is a message from the colleague:

Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2019 08:27:58 +0100
From: xxxx

I was ill last Monday on my shift and couldn’t find them after a cursory look

On 29-09-2019 13:17, xxxx wrote:
> If both keys were there, why the delay?
> xxxx.
>> On 29 Sep 2019, at 12:45, xxxx wrote:
>> xxxx’s key is in puppet for xxxx and Sirius, or can be grabbed from any xxxx or sirius machine where it has been pushed.
>> As was/is xxxx’s.
>> In short, you’ve had both all along.
>>> On 28/09/2019 03:34, xxxx wrote:
>>> We’ve now got xxxx’s key so should be done by Monday.
>>>> On 27-09-2019 09:37, xxxx wrote:
>>>> Ok.
>>>> Back to support. Please resolve this as soon as.
>>>> Please use your investigative skills and complete this task. Read what
>>>> xxxx has written in previous email.
>>>> It is ridiculous that xxxx and xxxx have to wait for 3 months to
>>>> get these access sorted out. I seem to be playing tennis with support
>>>> and xxxx to get this simple task completed.
>>>>> On 27 Sep 2019, at 09:21, xxxx wrote:
>>>>> Well, yes, but surely easier to just grab them from any machine
>>>>> anywhere xxxx or xxxx already have access? Or xxxx puppet?
>>>>> No need for me to spend time looking that up when Dan (or anyone on
>>>>> support) can already do that.


What’s noteworthy about the above is that unqualified or barely-qualified family members of the above managers are involved too. This is where nepotism rears its ugly head too. That alone can make people sick (metaphorically).

A followup:

….. thanks xxxx…………………..

Now xxxx are you able to follow this or will this still be an issue?….

Kind Regards,


> Like, it’s really not hard, I’d just rather spend time doing the critical things that *are* hard.
> On 30/09/2019 10:22, xxxx wrote:
>> Hi xxxx,
>> As it shows below xxxx has not been able to locate the info.
>> Can you please send this agin or direct it to xxxx where he can find these so he can do this on his shift tonight.
>> *_Support, I need this done. _*
>> Kind Regards,


What’s behind all this? Here comes the explanation:

Sorry, you misunderstand me. I had sickness & diarrhoea during my shift on Monday and when I tried to find xxxx’s key I couldn’t as it wasn’t on any of the machines I looked on. However I have since found it.

On 30-09-2019 10:22, xxxx wrote:
> Hi xxxx,
> As it shows below xxxx has not been able to locate the info.
> Can you please send this agin or direct it to xxxx where he can find
> these so he can do this on his shift tonight.
> Kind Regards,


And later this:

Is there really any need for this constant criticism? It really makes me unhappy in the workplace. I’m sorry I was ill okay?

It has already become a chronic issue at this point. It was harming a person’s health.

Here’s the reply received from the imposter ‘manager’:


There is no criticism applied. I am simply trying to get access for xxxx and xxxx for the last 2/3 months now. Every time support can’t find some information or other. Which surprises me every time with the amount for years everyone has worked with Sirius and these are not new tasks.
It’s very worrying that simple tasks like this are not being finished in time. No one simply takes responsibility and the tasks are passed over constantly. And no one looks for instructions and always waits expects xxxx to take over.
Can we follow instructions and keep things professional please.

Later on there was a more detailed explanation of the background:

Please will you supply the specific times over the last 3 months where you have asked us to do this? As far as I can tell its only over the last week. I have explained that I was ill last week when I looked for the key – and I have apologised for being ill too.

And please can you tell me what you learnt on the depression course that you and xxxx went on and how you are putting it into practice? As I have said many times to you now, there a few of us at Sirius who suffer from depression and want to work in a positive environment that is free from constant bullying.

You will get the best from your team if you treat them well and with respect. Constantly putting us down will not produce the best work from us.

This “constant bullying” (I agree) did not stop after this. We were already losing key technical people at that point and the company was thus gradually losing the ability to even maintain its own infrastructure. A lot of the time we were presented with false timelines, cushioning false accusations. The blame/fault was almost always with managers, who not only drove away (or pissed off) colleagues but also failed to take action like paying simple bills.

“It’s astounding that around that time personal assistants could suddenly be elevated to management and even act like they’re bosses, clearly incapable of handling the responsibilities.”To give one example, an important client kept having outages because the above managers didn’t even perform simple tasks like paying bills. Some NOC staff kept warning about it. In a handover to shift 2 (09/06/2021), for instance, the NOC person on duty wrote about “Third Invoice Overdue Notice” (yes, third), noting: “Concerned that they’re going to discontinue the service” (this would not be the first or last time).

The manager who did the most bullying at the time was hired not for skills or for relevant experience; it’s a former colleague of the CEO, who used to do secretarial tasks (saying anything more might give away the identity, but this is fact-checked). It’s astounding that around that time personal assistants could suddenly be elevated to management and even act like they’re bosses, clearly incapable of handling the responsibilities. Picking on ill and depressed people was their “pastime”. They fancied the idea of being in control of people vastly more qualified than them (who actually did all the real work, sometimes overnight with ‘jet lag’).

Links 21/01/2023: Johnnycanencrypt 0.13.0 and Lagrange 1.15

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          We are excited to announce that, with the support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, NumFOCUS, and the R Consortium…

        • DataGeeekThe Falling of ARK Innovation ETF: Forecasting with Boosted ARIMA Regression Model

          During the pandemic, the stock prices almost doubled, but their trends have recently declined. One of the reasons for that might be the interest rates. To examine this, we will take a consideration ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK), which is a long-term growth capital by investing mostly in tech companies.

        • Data Science TutorialsTop Data Science Skills- step by step guide

          Top Data Science Skills In 30 days! Learn the craft by following the step-by-step instructions.

          Avoid falling for these traps. It takes a lot of effort, time, and work to develop into a good data scientist. Not a cakewalk, this.

          However, if you are willing to master data science properly, this brief amount of time will serve as one of your lifetime investments.

          Recent years have seen a rise in interest in data science. It is considered to be The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century, according to Harvard Business School.

        • Economics and R

          While I am no expert in political economy, it seems intuitive that voters are happy if their representatives manage to provide federal money for local investment projects. But how large is the effect in terms of additional votes in future elections?

          In his great article Stimulating the Vote: ARRA Road Spending and Vote Share (AEJ Policy, 2019) Emiliano Huet-Vaughn studies this question for road infrastructure investments financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

          If you want to empirically explore this topic yourself, you can take a look at this nice interactive RTutor problem set that Philipp Klotz wrote as part of his Bachelor thesis at Ulm University. Besides learning about political economy, you can also hone your skills in R.

        • Mirai Solutions :: MiRiM – RiskMetrics – v1.1

          Mirai RiskMetrics (MiRiM) is a Shiny app based on the RiskMetrics methodology enhanced to analyze the market risk of a portfolio.

          MiRiM is freely available on our Website Gallery and is designed for desktop view.

          In the first release, MiRiM was mainly a PoC serving as an example for the application of the J.P.Morgan/Reuters RiskMetrics methodology to a portfolio of commodities to be provided as a CSV input, where a default portfolio of commodities from LME was initiated at the start of the app. RiskMetrics is a set of tools that enables participants in the financial markets to estimate their exposure to market risk, under what has been called the ‘Value-at-Risk framework’, in portfolios of foreign exchange, fixed income, equity and commodity products.

      • Python

        • University of TorontoMy twitch about adding a shim in front of a (shell script) interpreter

          A subtle issue is that from the perspective of the program running the script, its exec succeeded the moment your shim got loaded, even if your shim then can’t exec the real interpreter (for example, because trying to load it exceeds some resource limit). If the program would have done something different when the exec of the script failed, well, it’s too late. This is probably not too likely, though; an exec usually doesn’t fail if the program is there.

      • Rust

        • Matt RickardRebuilding in Rust [Ed: Microsoft boosters promote Rust, which is partly controlled by Microsoft through GitHub]

          Why Rust? A correct but uninteresting answer is the community – both existing libraries and the opportunity for aspiring developers to build those libraries.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchShooting Star:  Judith Leyster Shines

      Just before Christmas a Google Doodle offered tribute to the Dutch Golden Age painter, Judith Leyster (1609-1660). Leyster fell into obscurity in the centuries after her death partly because she did not sign her work. In her lifetime she had enjoyed early fame, mentioned when she was just nineteen in a guide to her native Haarlem, a city rich in artists. Later, a history of Haarlem from 1647-8 praised her by punning on her name, calling her a “leading-star in art” (Leyster=lodestar, taken from the family brewery’s brand in Haarlem).

      Leyster’s monogram, rediscovered in several paintings by the Dutch art historian Cornelis Hofstede de Groot only in 1893, overlays a curving J with the L and bisects the figure with the tail of a shooting star—a clever and confident logo.

    • Common DreamsWe Must Stop Thinking of About This as a “Border Crisis”

      Most of us agree that the U.S. immigration system is in dire need of reform. But inflammatory rhetoric and policies designed to keep immigrants away won’t get us there.

    • The DissenterFriday Coffee #2
    • Common Dreams‘Open Admission of Fraud’: United CEO Says Airlines Are Scheduling Flights They Can’t Fulfill

      Three unidentified U.S. airlines are under federal investigation for potentially scheduling flights the companies know they ultimately will not be able to fly—a revelation The New York Timesreported Friday, just two days after United Airlines’ CEO suggested competitors are doing just that.

    • HackadayOne-Piece Tank Chassis Pushes Print-in-Place To New Heights

      What’s better than 3D printing a tank chassis with working tracks? How about 3D printing the entire thing, moving parts and all, as a single piece? That’s [3D Honza]’s PiPBOT-1, and it’s the culmination of a whole lot of design work.

    • HackadayExtrusion For The Pottery Shop

      Extrusion is a process for forming materials by forcing them through an opening, which can allow for complex shapes. Aluminum extrusion beams are what most of us are probably thinking of, but plenty of other things are made from extruded material like pipe, heat sinks, and even macaroni. Extrusion can also be used for modelling clay to create uniform sections of rounded clay as a starter material for producing other pottery, and [Justins Makery] has built a custom extruder to do just that.

    • HackadayWormhole Coffee Table Takes Woodworking To Another Dimension

      While some people are happy with a simple coffee table to hold their snacks while watching Star Trek reruns, others want their furniture to go where no furniture has gone before. [Olivier Gomis] has definitely satisfied this need with his Wormhole Coffee Table. [YouTube]

    • Science

    • Hardware

      • HackadayRP2040 DMA Hack Makes Another ‘CPU Core’

        [Bruce Land] of Cornell University will be a familiar name to many Hackaday readers, searching the site for ‘ECE4760′ will bring up many interesting topics around embedded programming. Every year [Bruce] releases yet more of the students’ work out into the wild to our great delight. This RP2040-based project is a bit more abstract than some previous work and shows yet another implementation of an older hack to utilise the DMA hardware of the RP2040 as another CPU core. While the primary focus of the RP2040 DMA subsystem is moving data between memory spaces, with minimal CPU intervention, the DMA control blocks have some fairly complex behaviour. This allows for a Turing-complete CPU to be implemented purely with the DMA hardware and a sprinkling of memory.

      • HackadayRC Car Gets F1-Style DRS Rear Wing

        DRS, or the Drag Reduction System, has become a key part of Formula 1 in the past decade. [Engineering After Hours] decided to implement the same system on an RC car instead.

      • Hackaday3D Printed Triptych Shows Trio Of AI-Generated Images

        Fascinated by art generated by deep learning systems such as DALL-E and Stable Diffusion? Then perhaps a wall installation like this phenomenal e-paper Triptych created by [Zach Archer] is in your future.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • 5 Email Best Practices to Mitigate the Rising Threat of Cyber Attacks

        One of the more unfortunate trends that have been taking shape in recent years is the increasing prevalence of cyber attacks. As businesses have become more reliant on digital platforms, hackers and other malicious actors have been quick to take advantage of any weakness they can find in a company’s system.

      • University of TorontoSome weird effects you can get from shared Let’s Encrypt accounts

        To get TLS certificates from Let’s Encrypt, you must create and register an ‘account’, which is really a keypair and some associated information. The normal practice is to have a separate LE account for each machine that you use to get TLS certificates, and I think this is a good idea, because authorization to issue TLS certificates for a given name is tied to the account, not to a host. If you move a (HTTPS) website from one host to another, there are two interesting effects that can happen.

      • PowerDNSSecurity Advisory 2023-01 for PowerDNS Recursor 4.8.0 | PowerDNS Blog

        Today we have released PowerDNS Recursor 4.8.1 due to a high severity issue found.

        Please find the full text of the advisory below.

      • MandiantNavigating the Trade-Offs of Cyber Attribution | Mandiant

        Attribution matters, but to what extent? The game of cyber whodunit is often perceived as a clean and binary question, where threat activity is either attributed or it is not. Yet, it is typically a more complex process that regularly involves difficult trade-offs.

        Different forms of attribution—ranging from simply linking threat clusters together to identifying the names and faces of an adversary—present vastly different challenges and resource requirements. Analysts making attribution judgements must also weigh up several competing priorities, including the deadlines set by stakeholders, the completeness of data, and the confidence level behind their assessments.

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • RachelSetting the clock ahead to see what breaks

          One thing I particularly wanted to see was how my smaller systems would work. It’s basically a given that my 64 bit Linux boxes are going to be fine since time_t is already wider, and it won’t explode in 2038. But that’s far from the whole story. 32 bit machines still exist, and are more common than some would think thanks to the existence of things like Raspberry Pis.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • NPRShe was denied entry to a Rockettes show — then the facial recognition debate ignited

          The issue was her law firm was involved in litigation against Radio City Music Hall’s parent company, Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE). As a result, Conlon — as well as lawyers at other firms pursuing litigation against MSGE — had been placed on an “exclusion list” at a string of popular venues owned by the group.

          The story has become a flashpoint in the debate around facial recognition technology. While proponents say it has the ability to keep people safer, critics counter that there is little to support this idea, and warn that unchecked use of the technology could have untold consequences.

        • TechdirtAnother Israeli Exploit Developer Caught Selling Malware To Blacklisted Countries

          Maybe it’s time for the Israeli government to put a moratorium on Mossad-based startups. Israeli intelligence services have been the petri dishes for a particular strain of techbro — ones who have the smarts to create zero-click exploits but none of the common sense needed to cull baddies from their customer lists.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The NationNothing Is Worse Than Silence in the Face of Aggression

        The announcement of the Ukraine Solidarity Network is a small step in breaking a strange combination of silence, ambivalence, and complicity within some left-leaning circles regarding the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Code Pink, for instance, which is outspoken on international affairs, falls into the “ambivalent” category, criticizing the Russian invasion—but not supporting Ukrainian resistance. Black Alliance for Peace is an example of a group that is complicit through its support of the invasion.

      • The NationThe Tragedy of Ukraine

        Legendary Ukrainian film director Alexander Dovzhenko had a keen eye for scenarios. His diary contains an idea for the film Ukraine in Flames, which he was working on in 1943. He imagines a concentration camp guard and an inmate, both Ukrainians, striking up a conversation across the barbed wire that separates them, a conversation made “all the more terrible” he writes, “because of its fervent hatred.” In the final scene, they seize each other through the barbed wire, the guard trying to choke the prisoner, the prisoner refusing to let go for fear of being shot.

      • The NationWho Benefits Most From a Bloated Pentagon Budget? The Weapons Industry.

        Late last month, President Biden signed a bill that clears the way for $858 billion in Pentagon spending and nuclear weapons work at the Department of Energy in 2023. That’s far more than Washington anted up for military purposes at the height of the Korean or Vietnam wars or even during the peak years of the Cold War. In fact, the $80 billion increase from the 2022 Pentagon budget is in itself more than the military budgets of any country other than China. Meanwhile, a full accounting of all spending justified in the name of national security, including for homeland security, veterans’ care, and more, will certainly exceed $1.4 trillion. And mind you, those figures don’t even include the more than $50 billion in military aid Washington has already dispatched to Ukraine, as well as to frontline NATO allies, in response to the Russian invasion of that country.

      • Common DreamsA Lesson for America 90 Years After Hitler’s Ascension to Power

        January 30 this year marks the 90th anniversary of the corporate-facilitated appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of a deeply divided Germany. There is an alarming lesson in this disastrous historic development for a deeply divided America today: Cutting deals with fascists to catapult a voraciously power-hungry politician to high national office places a nation in grave peril.

      • ScheerpostUS Announces Massive $2.5 Billion Weapons Package for Ukraine

        The package will include more Bradley armored vehicles and for the first time, Stryker armored vehicles.

      • Declassified UKAshes of empire: Britain’s burning injustice in Kenya

        Two years ago, British soldiers were cooking on an army exercise in Kenya when things suddenly spiralled out of control. Sparks from their small stove ignited the grass at Lolldaiga, on the foothills of Mount Kenya.

        This might have been a minor incident, had the area not been so dry. Unfortunately, these were “tinderbox” conditions, as Britain’s high commissioner Jane Marriott would readily admit. The grass went up in smoke. Trees exploded from the heat. Before long, what started as a cooking accident was a full blown forest fire.

        At least 7,000 acres, an area larger than the 11 square mile London borough of Lambeth, was torched. Water turned black as smoke rained down on the nearest town, Nanyuki. “The roads were thrown into darkness,” environmental activist James Mwangi Macharia recalled. “You had to drive with your headlights on – in the middle of the day.”

        At the centre of the inferno, headlights were not enough to stop accidents. As one truck carried volunteers to fight the fire, it collided with Lolldaiga ranger Linus Murangiri, crushing him to death. “If it was not for the fire, Linus would still be alive,” his widow Karen Gatwiri told me.

        Sitting with her two small children in a dark tin shack, she confided: “Linus used to complain that anytime the British army visited Lolldaiga they were rowdy, causing explosions and lighting fires that the workers had to extinguish.”

      • Declassified UKWhen journalists act as state propagandists

        Twenty years ago, Tony Blair provided the British public with false information about Saddam Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction in order to make the case for the illegal invasion of Iraq.


        Meanwhile, those who revealed the illegality and barbarism of the war have suffered. Julian Assange, who revealed so many of the war crimes committed by US forces, now languishes in jail.

      • Omicron LimitedViolence was widespread in early farming society, says new study

        More than ten percent showed damage potentially caused by frequent blows to the head by blunt instruments or stone axes. Several examples of penetrative injuries, thought to be from arrows, were also found.

        Some of the injuries were linked to mass burials, which could suggest the destruction of entire communities, the researchers say.

      • MeduzaRussian lawmaker thanks Evgeny Prigozhin for sending him a sledgehammer, a reference to Wagner defector’s murder — Meduza

        Sergey Mironov, the chairman of the party A Just Russia, posted a tweet on Friday in which he thanked Wagner Group founder Evgeny Prigozhin for sending him a sledgehammer as a gift.

      • Meduza‘They guaranteed he was inside’: Russia’s Wagner mercenary group is reportedly sending empty coffins to its fighters’ families — Meduza

        The Wagner Group is sending empty coffins to the families of its mercenaries in Ukraine, according to a new report.

      • MeduzaGeorgian president calls for more stringency towards Russians living in Georgia — Meduza

        Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has issued a statement expressing disapproval over the government’s move to resume direct flights between Russia and the Republic of Georgia. 

      • Meduza‘Take me instead of her’: Chechen human-rights advocate tells Kadyrov to imprison him instead of his mother — Meduza

        Challenging the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, the man behind the unlawful case against his mother Zarema Musaeva, Musaeva’s son, the human rights advocate Abubakar Yangulbaev invited Kadyrov to release his mother and arrest him instead.

      • MeduzaChechen car factory will start producing military ‘Jihad-mobiles’ — Meduza

        Chechen officials have announced a plan to begin manufacturing military “Jihad-mobiles” at the ChechenAuto car assembly plant in Argun, Chechnya.

      • MeduzaPutin administration says mobilization order ‘remains in effect,’ contradicting past statements — Meduza

        At a press briefing on Friday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov responded evasively when asked about a statement from the Putin administration uncovered by journalists this week that said Russia’s mobilization order is still in force.

      • ScheerpostGive Peace a Chance

        Is There a World Beyond War?

      • ScheerpostPrince Harry’s PR Firestorm Creates Opportunity to Rethink Militarism

        The criticism Harry has faced about his comments on Afghanistan is an opportunity to dig deeper and take on the dominant narratives in our society about war more broadly.

      • MeduzaMoscow police try to ban photographs of memorial to Dnipro missile strike victims — Meduza

        Police in Moscow have prohibited taking photos near the city’s monument to Ukrainian writer Lesya Ukrainka, where an unofficial memorial for those killed in the January 14 missile strike on Dnipro has appeared in recent days.

      • The NationKeenan, Dnipro, Liz, Bernie, and Deborah
      • Democracy NowKeenan Anderson: BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Demands Justice for Cousin’s Death After LAPD Tasing

        We look at calls for police accountability in Los Angeles, where officers killed three men of color within 48 hours earlier this month, including 31-year-old Black school teacher Keenan Anderson, who died hours after he was repeatedly tasered. We speak with Anderson’s cousin Patrisse Cullors, a Black Lives Matter co-founder, who has joined in protests over the police killings. “The last two weeks have been a nightmare,” says Cullors. “No human being deserves to die in fear, to die publicly humiliated and without their dignity.”

      • MeduzaSinger Monetochka among new additions to the list of ‘foreign agents’ — Meduza

        The Russian Ministry of Justice updated its list of “foreign agents,” which now includes the singer Monetochka (Elizaveta Gyrdymova) and Vladimir Osechkin, founder of the anti-corruption and anti-torture project Gulagu.net.

      • Project CensoredUS Law Enforcement Kill More People in 2022 Than Any Previous Year on Record – Validated Independent News

        Nevertheless, the scope of the problem as reported is large, and increasing. Since 2013, when researchers at the Mapping Police Violence project began aggregating reports of law enforcement killings, the number has always been more than 1,000 per year. In 2017 it was 1,089; in 2018, 1,140; in 2019, 1,097; in 2020, 1,152; in 2021, 1,145. Between 2013 and 2022, 98.1 percent of law enforcement personnel involved in these killings went uncharged and only 0.3 percent of law enforcement personnel were convicted of any crime for their conduct. All this resulted in there being only twelve days in 2022 when law enforcement did not kill at least one person. Furthermore, killings by sheriffs are on the rise, making up 36 percent of all killings by law enforcement in 2022. In 2013, these types of killings made up 26 percent of the dataset.

      • ScheerpostActivists Demand Independent Investigation After Cops Kill Protester in Atlanta

        The protester was shot and killed on Wednesday during a chaotic raid of the “Stop Cop City” forest defense camp.

      • TruthOutHonoring Manuel “Tortuguita” Teran, the Activist Killed by Police in Atlanta
      • Democracy NowAtlanta Police Kill Forest Defender at Protest Encampment Near Proposed “Cop City” Training Center

        We get an update on calls for an independent investigation into the Atlanta police killing of an activist during a violent raid Wednesday on a proposed $90 million training facility in a public forest, known by opponents to the facility as “Cop City.” Law enforcement officers — including a SWAT team — were violently evicting protesters who had occupied a wooded area outside the center when they shot and killed longtime activist Manuel Teran, who went by the name “Tortuguita.” Police claim they were fired on, though protesters dispute this account. We hear a statement from an Atlanta forest defender about what happened, and speak with Kamau Franklin, an anti-“Cop City” activist and the founder of the Atlanta organization Community Movement Builders.

      • ScheerpostMassive Evidence Storage Facility Fire Sheds Light on Sloppy NYPD Practices

        The NYPD maintains poor storage practices because there is no law stopping them from doing so.

      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: Japan Reenlists as Washington’s Spear-Carrier

        It is always the same when Japanese premiers travel to Washington to summit at the White House. Nothing seems to happen and nobody pays much attention even when important things happen, when we should all pay attention, and, when we do pay passing attention, we usually get it […]

      • TruthOut3 Active-Duty Marines Arrested, Charged for Roles in Jan. 6 Capitol Attack
    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Taylor Francis GroupPolarisation vs consensus-building: how US and German news media portray climate change as a feature of political identities

        Attitudes to climate-friendly policies often align with individual political leaning and associated media consumption patterns, but the mechanisms explaining this relationship are not well understood. This study presents an in-depth qualitative analysis of portrayals of political actors from 229 articles published in six German and US news outlets during May–July 2019. The results show that the outlets consumed by left- and right-leaning audiences emphasise oppositional identity portrayals, portraying features that are likely to trigger a negative response towards political identities typically opposed by their recipients. The outlets with a more balanced or centrist audience offer a wider array of identity portrayals and emphasise policy questions over fundamental beliefs. Observed patterns differ considerably between Germany and the US, reflecting political and media system differences. The results offer insight into how media reporting can contribute to political polarisation and consensus-building regarding climate change.

      • Another Year of Record Heat for the Oceans | SpringerLink

        Changes in ocean heat content (OHC), salinity, and stratification provide critical indicators for changes in Earth’s energy and water cycles. These cycles have been profoundly altered due to the emission of greenhouse gasses and other anthropogenic substances by human activities, driving pervasive changes in Earth’s climate system. In 2022, the world’s oceans, as given by OHC, were again the hottest in the historical record and exceeded the previous 2021 record maximum. According to IAP/CAS data, the 0–2000 m OHC in 2022 exceeded that of 2021 by 10.9 ± 8.3 ZJ (1 Zetta Joules = 1021 Joules); and according to NCEI/NOAA data, by 9.1 ± 8.7 ZJ. Among seven regions, four basins (the North Pacific, North Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea, and southern oceans) recorded their highest OHC since the 1950s. The salinity-contrast index, a quantification of the “salty gets saltier—fresh gets fresher” pattern, also reached its highest level on record in 2022, implying continued amplification of the global hydrological cycle. Regional OHC and salinity changes in 2022 were dominated by a strong La Niña event. Global upper-ocean stratification continued its increasing trend and was among the top seven in 2022.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Common DreamsWhen I Comes to Gas Stoves vs. Induction, I Stand With the Children

          This is an essay about the long-standing evidence that gas stoves harm children and why so many of us persist in liking them anyway. But it begins with pesticides.

        • uni YaleCan induction stoves convince home cooks to give up gas? » Yale Climate Connections

          You walk into your kitchen to make pasta. After filling a pot with water, you place a small silicone mat in the middle of your counter, then set the pot above it and open a stovetop app on your phone. A short time later the water is boiling, although there’s no heat source in sight.

          Sound like science fiction? The products that enable this scenario are available on the market today. Florida-based InvisaCook is one of several companies selling cooking hobs designed to be installed directly under porcelain or granite countertops, freeing up workspace in the kitchen and creating a clean, modern aesthetic.

        • DeSmogTory-Linked Think Tank Appoints ‘Brazen’ Climate Denier as Director

          A think tank with ties to senior Conservative politicians has appointed a businessman who claims environmentalism is part of a “totalitarian” plan to control the public, and says there is “no causal link” between human-made carbon emissions and global warming. 

          Michael John Cole, chairman of a Newcastle-based health foods distributor, joined the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s (GWPF) board of trustees on December 30, according to Companies House documents filed last week. 

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • WiredChina’s Declining Population Can Still Prosper

          Low fertility presents China not only with challenges, but also with opportunities. Low fertility and shrinking population size can reduce overcrowding and resource use, and make it more feasible to meet climate targets and reduce pollution. Low fertility makes it easier to reduce poverty, as more resources can be invested in each child born. Increased competition for labor could potentially drive an improvement in wages and working conditions. Low fertility also provides women the freedom to invest their time, energy, and talent in things other than childbearing, and thus help to advance the position of women in society. An older population may also contribute to less violence and crime.

        • Common DreamsWhy Understanding Limits Is the Key to Humanity’s Future

          Recent news articles about a breakthrough in nuclear fusion research heralded the potential for “limitless” energy. Whenever I read that word limitless I wince, because I’ve learned to view it as a subtle instruction to readers to “please stop thinking now.” After decades of false promises to deliver limitless energy, we need to start thinking instead, and search for limits both obvious and hidden. Doing so usually leads to a better understanding of how things really work.

    • Finance

      • Project CensoredA Near Majority of Unhoused People Are Employed – Validated Independent News

        Unhoused people in shelters earned more on average than those who were both unsheltered and unhoused. In 2015, the mean pre-tax income excluding benefits for the former group was $8,169, while the mean income for the latter was $6,934. Even the top income earner in each group, when accounting for inflation, could neither afford a one, nor two bedroom apartment in 2022. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Out of Reach Report, as cited by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, one would need to make approximately $23 an hour, or $46,967 per year, to afford an average two-bedroom apartment, when paying fair, market rate rent.

      • Telex (Hungary)Inflation of food prices in Hungary highest in EU
      • Telex (Hungary)Database exposes Hungarian oligarchs hiding huge fortunes
      • Common DreamsAnalysis Shows Corporate Prosecutions Hit Record Low in 2022 Under Biden

        Despite the Biden administration’s pledge to crack down on corporate crime, a new analysis of Justice Department data shows that business prosecutions fell to a record low in fiscal year 2022 even as there appeared to be no shortage of wrongdoing—from healthcare fraud to large-scale price gouging.

      • Common DreamsMusk Stock Sale Ahead of Bad Tesla News ‘Should Be of Great Interest to the SEC’

        Experts said Friday that Elon Musk’s large sale of Tesla shares shortly before the company announced lower-than-expected vehicle deliveries should draw scrutiny from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that has previously investigated and charged the billionaire for fraud.

      • Common DreamsSpraying of Homeless Woman Reflects Larger Violence Against Unhoused People

        In the 14-second video now seen by millions, San Francisco gallery owner Collier Gwin stands nonchalant yet intent, his legs crossed casually, his age-folded face glaring as he pummels a Black homeless woman on the sidewalk with cold water spray.

      • Common DreamsA Fresh Plea for the Very Rich to Make a Truly Wise Investment for a More Just Society

        The super successful mega-investor, Warren Buffett, CEO of the giant conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, was heard to say: There are only 535 members of Congress, why can’t 300 million Americans control them? That’s a pretty fundamental question since our senators and representatives are given their sovereign power by the people. Remember the preamble to our Constitution?

      • Project CensoredWall Street Bonuses have Risen 1743 Percent Since 1985 – Validated Independent News

        In 2021 alone, Wall Street bonuses rose twenty percent, far outpacing inflation at seven percent, and nominal private sector earnings at 4.2 percent. That year Wall Street bonuses, in aggregate, amounted to $45 billion, much higher than the $37.1 billion in bonuses paid out in 2020, even as employment in the sector remained essentially flat at about 180,000 workers. It’s important to note that while only five percent of New Yorkers who work in the private sector work in securities, these workers make twenty percent of all private sector earnings in New York City. The bonuses paid out in 2021 are the highest since 2006, which is likely fueled by banking industry lobbyists successfully delaying the implementation of Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act. This legislation prevents large financial institutions from awarding pay packages which encourage “inappropriate risk.”

      • Project CensoredEarnings of Top 0.1% Have Increased 465 percent Since 1979 – Validated Independent News

        The very rich are getting wealthier at a faster rate even than their merely wealthy peers. The top 0.1 percent made about 1.6 percent of all annual earnings in 1979, though by 2021 that number had increased to 5.9 percent, about a 3.7 fold increase. Furthermore, the EPI report explained, “Of the 7.3% point rise in the share claimed by the top 1% [between 1979 and 2021], 4.3 percentage points (roughly 60%) can be explained by the rise of the top 0.1% share.” This is despite the 0.1 percent being definitionally, only 10 percent of the top 1 percent.

      • ScheerpostWhen the People Have Nothing More to Eat, They Will Eat the Rich

        On 8 January, large crowds of people dressed in colours of the Brazilian flag descended on the country’s capital, Brasília. They invaded federal buildings, including the Congress, Supreme Court, and presidential palace, and vandalised public property. The attack, carried out by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, came as no […]

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Project CensoredUnions Won More Than 70 Percent of Elections in 2022 – Validated Independent News

        Large scale union activity took place at Starbucks, which held 354 union elections, this number being more than a quarter of all union elections held. Workers at Starbucks prevailed in four out of every five elections. Workers at Chipotle, Trader Joe’s, and Apple unionized for the first time, while workers at Microsoft and Wells Fargo also had wins. These trends make sense in light of  labor history, as union activity most often spikes in times of societal upheaval. During the Great Depression from 1934 to 1939, the percentage of American workers in a union rose from 7.6 percent to 19.2 percent, while during World War Two between 1941 and 1945 it rose from 20 percent to 27 percent.

      • TruthOutUChicago Grad Students Fought for a Union for 15 Years. Now They May Win It.
      • Common DreamsOutraged Peruvians Demand Boluarte’s Resignation During Tumultuous ‘Takeover of Lima’

        Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets of the nation’s capital on Thursday demanding the resignation of Dina Boluarte—the unelected U.S.-backed president—justice for the more than 50 people killed during the six-week uprising, the return to power of jailed former President Pedro Castillo, and the dissolution of the Congress that ousted him.

      • Common DreamsKansas GOP Pushes Local Abortion Bans After Voters Rejected State Law

        Kansas voters left little room for interpretation when a sizable majority voted in August to reject a ballot measure that would have paved the way for a statewide abortion ban—but that isn’t stopping Republicans from attempting to force residents to continue unwanted pregnancies by imposing city-by-city bans.

      • Common Dreams250+ Groups Call On El Salvador to Drop Charges Against Water Defenders

        More than 250 organizations from 29 countries came together Friday to pressure the Salvadoran government to drop the charges against and release five water defenders who were instrumental in achieving a 2017 legislative ban on metal mining in El Salvador.

      • Common DreamsBiden Admin Still Pushing Trump-Era Legal Positions After Two Years in White House

        Two years after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, his administration continues to advance Trump-era legal positions in dozens of court cases, a progressive watchdog group revealed Friday.

      • VoxRussia 2016 election interference: What’s real, what’s overhyped? – Vox

        The Russian trolls were overhyped.

        That’s the implication from a new study in Nature Communications, written by a team of six academics who tried to assess whether the Russian government’s Twitter propaganda effort during the 2016 campaign actually changed users’ minds. “We find no evidence of a meaningful relationship between exposure to the Russian foreign influence campaign and changes in attitudes, polarization, or voting behavior,” the authors wrote.

        This isn’t a surprise to me — I’ve long believed the Russian troll farms had little impact. But with the afterlife of the Trump-Russia scandal remaining fiercely contested — with many on the right and some “heterodox” leftists continuing to question whether Russia did anything at all of significance — it’s worth looking back and taking stock of what the Russian government did do that year. Because it wasn’t nothing.

      • Musk’s Twitter Saw Revenue Drop 35% in Q4, Sharply Below Projections — The Information

        Twitter’s fourth quarter revenue fell about 35% year over year to $1.025 billion, a top ad executive revealed at a staff meeting Wednesday, the most detailed sign yet of how much revenue has fallen. That was 72% of Twitter’s internal goal for the quarter, according to a slide showed to employees.

        The executive, Twitter’s global sales and marketing chief Chris Riedy, also said the company is hoping to generate $732 million in revenue in the first quarter, which would be a drop of 39% from the first quarter of last year.

      • TechdirtTwitter’s ‘Fixed’ Blue Verification Program Still Horribly Broken, As The Taliban Gets Verified

        As you’ll recall, Elon Musk’s first “big idea” for “saving Twitter” was to get rid of the existing verification program, oddly and uncomfortably merge it with Twitter’s subscription program, Twitter Blue, and… um… profit? Lots and lots of people (including Twitter’s existing trust and safety team) explained why this was a stupid idea, but Musk insisted that the team of developers he was likely going to fire anyway had to get it ready in a week or he’d fire them.

      • Ars TechnicaLooming Twitter interest payment leaves Musk with unpalatable options

        The bill for Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is coming due, with the billionaire facing unpalatable options on the company’s enormous debt pile, ranging from bankruptcy proceedings to another costly sale of Tesla shares.

        Three people close to the entrepreneur’s buyout of Twitter said the first installment of interest payments related to $13 billion of debt he used to fund the takeover could be due as soon as the end of January. That debt means the company must pay about $1.5 billion in annual interest payments.

        The Tesla and SpaceX chief financed his $44 billion deal to take Twitter private in October by securing the huge debt from a syndicate of banks led by Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Barclays, and Mitsubishi. The $13 billion debt is held by Twitter at a corporate level, with no personal guarantee by Musk.

        Since the takeover, Musk has raced to cut costs, such as firing half the company’s staff, while seeking new revenue streams, such as launching its Twitter Blue subscription service.

      • NDTVGoogle Announces 12,000 Job Cuts, Hours After Delaying Bonuses

        Alphabet’s job losses affect teams across the company including recruiting and some corporate functions, as well as some engineering and products teams.

        The layoffs are global and impact U.S. staff immediately.

      • WiredTwitter’s ‘Vox Populi’ Is a Lie

        But before we can get at the prospect of more durable solution, it’s worth understanding why the Twitter polls are such charlatanry.

        First, Musk’s polls are more like push polls—surveys designed to produce a specific result by using manipulative or biased questions. In his first of two polls about unbanning several journalists whom he had suspended from the site for reporting critically on him, he framed the question by asking: “Unsuspend accounts who doxxed my exact location in real-time: now, tomorrow, 7 days from now, longer?” When none of the four options received above 50 percent, he scrapped the poll, though “now” won the plurality with 43 percent. The next poll offered only two options: now or seven days. But the brazen question remained, presenting it as axiomatic that the journalists doxxed his exact location when none of them did. It should be obvious why such framing is coercive and frowned on by reputable pollsters and statisticians.

      • TechdirtTwitter Makes It Official: No More 3rd Party Clients Allowed

        Last week, Twitter (with no notice or explanation) seemed to cut off API access to the most popular 3rd party Twitter clients. It was unclear if this was done on purpose or not. Earlier this week, it became pretty damn clear that it was done on purpose, after one of those providers, Tweetbot, dug up an old unused API key and tried to switch it in… only to have it cut off soon after.

      • Common DreamsBen-Gvir Escalates Religious War Against Palestinians

        In a self-congratulatory article published in the Atlantic in 2017, Yossi Klein Halevi describes Israeli behavior at the just-conquered holy Muslim shrines in Occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 as “an astonishing moment of religious restraint”.

      • Common DreamsMogadishu Redux: Bring In the  Malignant Clowns

        Hoo boy. Now that Kevin McCarthy’s sold the farm and House Oversight Committee to a ragtag band of shouty MAGA “chuckleheads” – Gym, Lauren, MTG who’s finally gonna get Hillary for killing RFK – the House is working hard to expose “the Biden crime family,” shred the safety net, and ignore news that serial fabulist George Santos was a drag queen. Their buffoonery offers black comic relief, but many warn the chaos also signals a perilous “slow civil war.” Jon Stewart: “We cannot mistake absurdity for lack of danger.”

      • The NationThe Left Was Missing in Action From the McCarthy Spectacle

        If you rely on the corporate media, the 15 ballots it took to elect Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House might seem like a triumph for the Democratic Party, whose “quiet competence and unity,” NBC declared, “is a stark contrast not just to GOP fecklessness” but also to the usual media storyline of “Dems in disarray.” For once, Bloomberg noted approvingly, Democrats flexed their “unity muscles.”1

      • ScheerpostPromoting Falsehoods and Marginalizing Truth-Tellers

        WaPo’s Revelations About Russiagate Reporting Failures Typify Legacy Media Failures.

      • The NationWhat Do Young People Want?

        The Democratic Party went into the midterm elections uncertain. Over the summer, President Biden hit his lowest approval rating with young people, a crucial part of the Democrats’ coalition, after a year and a half of his perceived inaction. Yet it was young people who eventually prevented a Republican sweep, showing up with the second-highest turnout in three decades and higher youth voter registration than in 2018. With this support, a potential Democratic blowout was converted to an undeniable victory—defying historical precedent.

      • MeduzaState Duma deputies submit new bill enabling National Guard to attach troops to any organization or company — Meduza

        Deputies for the United Russia and New People parties have submitted to the State Duma a new bill, whose aim is to enable the National Guard to temporarily attach its troops to the staff of any state-run organization, facility, or institution, as well as companies in the country.

      • TruthOutDemocrats Introduce “Desperately Needed” Legislation to Overturn “Citizens United”
      • TruthOutJudge Orders Trump and His Lawyer to Pay Nearly $1 Million for Clinton Lawsuit
      • Craig MurrayScottish Independence and Political Logic

        Logic often appears in short supply in politics. This is because great decisions of state are not taken on the merits of the ostensible subject matter, but according to what best advances the career interest of the politicians with the power to decide.

      • FAIRMaurice Carney on Patrice Lumumba
      • TechdirtLetting Autocrats Win: Sweden’s Prime Minister Apologizes For Anti-Erdogan Protests

        For a political leader who’s so transparently self-serving and incredibly thin-skinned, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan sure seems to have a knack for bending other parts of the world to his will.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Common Dreams‘Freedom for Assange and Journalism Are at Stake’: Belmarsh Tribunal Comes to DC

        As Julian Assange awaits the final appeal of his looming extradition to the United States while languishing behind bars in London’s notorious Belmarsh Prison, leading left luminaries and free press advocates gathered in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the fourth sitting of the Belmarsh Tribunal, where they called on U.S. President Joe Biden to drop all charges against the WikiLeaks publisher.

      • Project CensoredJanuary 2023 – Censored Notebook

        Look for Guilty of Journalism: The Political Case Against Julian Assange, by Kevin Gosztola, which will be published by The Censored Press and Seven Stories Press on February 21, 2023. And, looking ahead to March, Going Remote: A Teacher’s Journey, by Adam Bessie with illustrations by Peter Glanting, drops on March 14, 2023. Publishers Weekly has already published a prestigious starred review of Going Remote. Stay tuned for more exciting news about Going Remote in the near future!
        In the meantime, our publishing partner, Seven Stories Press, is currently offering fantastic deals on the Ebook versions of The Media and Me, our new book on critical media literacy, and State of the Free Press 2023. The Ebook version of The Media and Me is now on sale for just $5.39, and State of the Free Press 2023 is discounted to $7.79 when you order either book directly from Seven Stories. Both of these publications are great for the classroom and come with expert accompanying teaching guides. Grab a bargain and support independent book publishing at the same time!

      • The DissenterTUNE IN: Belmarsh DC Tribunal – Case of Julian Assange
      • ScheerpostEx-CIA Agent John Kiriakou: The Deep State’s Attack on Dissent Beginning With MLK

        The FBI, CIA, NSA and other agencies have historically exploited their power but their limits appear boundless in the modern age.

      • Democracy NowU.K. MP Jeremy Corbyn on Freeing Julian Assange, the Working Class, Brazil, Peru & Ending Ukraine War

        In Washington, D.C., human rights and free speech advocates gather today for the Belmarsh Tribunal, focused on the imprisonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been languishing for close to four years in the harsh Belmarsh prison in London while appealing extradition to the United States on espionage charges. If convicted, Assange could face up to 175 years in jail for publishing documents that exposed war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five major news organizations that once partnered with WikiLeaks recently called on the Biden administration to drop charges against Assange. We speak to British MP and former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is in Washington, D.C., to participate in the Belmarsh Tribunal, about Assange and freedom of the press. We also cover the state of leftism around the globe, from labor rights in the U.K. and Europe to the war in Ukraine, to political unrest in Brazil and Peru.

      • ScheerpostLIVE: Belmarsh Tribunal on Julian Assange, Press Freedom & More

        On Jan. 20, Democracy Now! will live-stream the Belmarsh Tribunal from Washington, D.C. The event will feature expert testimony from journalists, whistleblowers, lawyers, publishers and parliamentarians on assaults to press freedom and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Watch here live at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 20. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Srecko Horvat, […]

      • ScheerpostThe Chris Hedges Report: Julian Assange and the US Government’s War on Whistleblowers

        WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to stand trial this year. His case is emblematic of how far the US government will go to hide the truth.

      • ShadowproofTUNE IN: Belmarsh Tribunal DC – Case Of Julian Assange

        Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola, along with Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Steven Donziger, Stella Assange, Jeffrey Sterling, and several other distinguished panelists, will be speaking as part of the Belmarsh Tribunal. The event on the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, at 2pm ET. It is sponsored by Progressive International, and the tribunal will be chaired by Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” and Srećko Horvat.The tribunal is modeled after the Russell-Sartre tribunals that were convened by activists during the Vietnam War to call attention to war crimes committed by the US government. (See this video for example.)

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • JURISTIran executes British-Iranian citizen on espionage charges – JURIST – News

        Iranian authorities Saturday executed dual British-Iranian national and former public official Alireza Akbari on charges of “corruption in the land and extensive action against the internal and external security of the country through espionage” for the UK. The execution was reported by the state-run judicial news outlet Mizan Online.

        The report laid out various unsubstantiated allegations against Akbari. Officials accused Akbari, among other things, of obtaining information training and anti-prosecution training from the British Intelligence Service MI6. Akbari allegedly carried out espionage activities with the incentive of gaining British citizenship and a vast sum of more than $2 million in various currencies.

      • Pro PublicaWashington State Launches Investigation of Private Special Education Schools

        Washington education officials have launched an investigation into the state’s largest network of privately run schools for students with disabilities, following a series of stories by The Seattle Times and ProPublica that documented poor conditions at the schools, the state disclosed Thursday.

        The investigation was revealed in a seven-page letter from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on the same day lawmakers considered a sweeping reform bill that would give the state greater oversight of the publicly funded system of private special education schools, known as “nonpublic agencies.”

      • Pro PublicaPressure Mounts for Hospice Reform

        Last week, the four largest hospice trade associations jointly sent a detailed memo of policy proposals to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates the end-of-life care benefit. Their 34 recommendations, which span eight pages, directly address the alarming business practices outlined by a recent ProPublica-New Yorker investigation.

      • Papers PleaseThe #NoFly list is a #MuslimBan list

        In news first reported by Mikael Thalen and David Covucci of of the Daily Dot, Swiss hacker maia arson crimew has found versions of the Transportation Security Administration’s “No-Fly” and “Selectee” lists dating from 2019 on insecure Amazon Web Services cloud servers used by the airline CommuteAir for software development and staging.

        CommuteAir is little known in its own name, but operates as a subcontractor to United Airlines for flights by regional jets between United hubs and secondary airports marketed under the “United Express” brand with United Airlines flight numbers.

      • The NationRikers Just Had Its Deadliest Year. Two Authors Explain Why It’s Still Open.

        New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has regularly made headlines for its outrageously inhumane conditions, brutal violence, many overdoses, and record number of deaths. Since 2015, a federal monitor has been assigned to oversee the jail, but the chaos, violence, and deaths have continued unabated. The year 2022 was the jail’s deadliest, with 19 deaths; the year before, another 16 died.

      • TruthOutLet’s Abolish Systems That Criminalize and Punish Survivors of Abuse
      • Project CensoredDr. King’s Real Legacy and the Biden Administration’s “Updates” to Immigration Policy – The Project Censored Show
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtTelecom Giants Head To Court To Kill NY State’s Demand They Give Poor People $15 Broadband

        Recently, New York State passed a new law (pdf) demanding that regional broadband providers (Verizon, Charter Spectrum, and Altice) provide low-income consumers $15, 25 Mbps broadband tiers to help them survive COVID. The goal: to try and help struggling Americans afford the high cost of broadband during an historic health crisis. Under the proposal ISPs are also allowed to offer $20, 200 Mbps tiers, with any price increases capped at two percent per year.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TechdirtActivists Blast NY Governor Hochul For Screwing up State’s Right To Repair Efforts

        The good news: New York State recently passed landmark right to repair legislation that should improve consumer access to independent repair options. The bad news: despite passing the state assembly 147–2 and the senate 59–4, lobbyists managed to convince NY Governor Kathy Hochul to dramatically water down the legislation before it was passed, rendering it largely useless.

      • The NationWhy Is Governor Kathy Hochul Waging War on Her Own Party?

        Early 20th-century popular writers like Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs loved writing about lost worlds: strange hidden kingdoms tucked away in the concealed and uncharted folds of the earth where antediluvian monsters like dinosaurs still stomped around or where the breakaway remnants of ancient Egyptian or Roman civilization continued unaware of the passage of the ensuing centuries.

      • EFFRight to Repair Advocates Have Had Good Victories. We Have To Keep Fighting.

        Thank you to everyone who wrote in to support these bills, and especially to our allies in the Repair Coalition who lead this fight. Despite these wins, however, it’s important that those who care about the right to repair keep pushing to build on these steps. Because while there are many victories to celebrate, there is still a long way to go. And the hard-won fights for the steps forward we took have exposed just how much opposition there is to the basic idea that you should be able to tinker with your own stuff.

        Take the New York law, for example. While it is indisputably a milestone, the law signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul took a huge step back from the version of the bill that had passed both houses of New York’s state legislature. It was significantly weakened at the last hurdle. Why? The Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) reported that TechNet, which represents tech industry groups, launched a targeted lobbying assault on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, asking for her to veto the bill, to modify the bill, and exempt specific types of companies from being covered under it.

        They succeeded in a few major ways. The bill passed by the legislature would have covered all digital electronics, such as phones, tablets, and IT equipment. The law, as modified by the governor, will only cover products made after July 1, 2023. It also walked back language from the bill passed by the legislature by excluding products sold under “business-to-government” or “business-to-business” contracts. That could mean that schools, hospitals, and other organizations that manage a lot of devices will not benefit from the law. There are also a couple of loopholes added to the law, such as one that allows companies to offer assemblies of parts rather than the individual parts. Manufacturers may see this as an invitation to circumvent the spirit of the law, by making consumers buy unnecessary bundles of parts rather than just the one they need.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • HackadayBeehive In A Bottle

          One of the most common types of beekeeping hive is based around the Langstroth hive, first patented in the United States in 1852. While it does have some nice features like movable frames, the march of history has progressed considerably while this core of beekeeping practices has changed very little. But that really just means that beekeeping as a hobby is rife with opportunities for innovation, and [Advoko] is pioneering his own modern style of beehive.

      • Copyrights

        • The NationDon’t Blame Students for Using ChatGPT to Cheat [Ed: Microsoft promotes plagiarism for gain and for distraction from the layoffs]

          The latest higher-ed discourse is positively flooded with worries about ChatGPT, a free chatbot developed by the OpenAI research lab that produces fluent, if not always correct, responses to user prompts. Though there are anecdotal reports that it provides highly plausible and polished answers on occasion, ChatGPT still demonstrates obvious limitations and generally fails to provide perfectly coherent or accurate prose that meets academic standards of research and citation. But the technology is improving, and with a little fact-checking and revision, texts generated by current-generation AIs can be made to resemble original student submissions. Over winter break, many professors quickly revised their syllabi, anticipating a wave of machine-made writing that cannot be caught using conventional plagiarism checkers.

        • Torrent FreakHollywood’s Relentless Pursuit of Piracy Giant Cuevana3 Has No Obvious Effect

          Cuevana is not only South America’s most popular pirate streaming site, it’s one of the most visited in the entire world. In 2022, the MPA said that a recent iteration of ‘Cuevana3′ enjoyed more than 130 million visits in a single month. To date, Hollywood hasn’t been able to take the site down but could it be damaged by relentless DMCA notices and domain changes?

        • Torrent FreakMajor Labels Obtain Stream-Ripping Site Blocking Order in India

          Worldwide music industry group IFPI has obtained an interim order from the High Court in Delhi that requires local ISPs to block subscriber access to 18 YouTube-ripping sites. The action, coordinated by IFPI on behalf of Sony, Universal, and Warner, will attempt to encourage almost three-quarters of India’s music pirates to use legal sources exclusively.

        • Creative CommonsCC’s #BetterSharing Collection | January: Open Palms, Not Clutching Fists

          Each month throughout 2023, we will be spotlighting a different CC-licensed illustration from the collection on our social media headers and the CC blog. For January, we’re excited to showcase “Open Palms, Not Clutching Fists” by illustrator and visual artist, Burcu Köleli. The piece, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0, was inspired by a quote from Maria Popova, founder and editor of The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings): 

        • EFFFor Would-Be Censors and the Thin-Skinned, Copyright Law Offers Powerful Tools

          Yesterday, we wrote about the importance of fair use as a safeguard for free expression. But all too often, fair use and other legal limits on copyright are not enough to stop copyright enforcement from serving as cover for silencing critics.

           Time and again, we see copyright claims getting textbook fair uses erased from the internet, taking particular advantage of the Digital Millenium Copyright’s (DMCA) takedown regime. One culprit, the ironically named No Evil Foods, went after journalists and podcasters who reported on accusations of union-busting, claiming copyright in a union organizer’s recordings of anti-union presentations by management.

          Whether the presentations were even copyrightable was doubtful. And even if they were copyrightable, using such material to verify and strengthen news reporting is a textbook example of fair use. The public not only has an interest in this information; being able to hear the sources also helps us determine for ourselves how accurate the reporting is. By trying to silence critics using copyright, No Evil Foods was setting itself up for a lawsuit for its bad-faith use of the takedown system. So we sent a letter telling them to knock it off, explaining all of this in clear terms. The takedowns stopped after that.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: FGHULTI Wordo: REFLY
      • Creation Stories R

        I’ve read somewhere or other that there is solid evidence that the universe is still expanding. Perhaps the flipside of the big bang is a big crunch, where the universe reaches a certain size and then begins to contract? Maybe there have been infinitely many bang-crunch cycles before this one, and there will be many such cycles after our own big crunch has happened.

        To be honest, there are lots of unanswered questions here. Even closer to home, right here on Earth, there are unanswered questions. Like, what got life started here in the first place? There are proposed answers, but there are none that we can say is definitively correct. What we can say from the evidence is that life evolved from lower forms to higher forms over a process of billions of years.

    • Technical

      • Programming

        • Lisp is Spawning Programs Weirdly

          Recently I was learning a little bit of Lisp for something I may reveal in a few months. But a few days ago I hit a major roadblock, Lisp is running programs weirdly.

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

Links 21/01/2023: Sparky 2023.01 and ArchLabs Release

Posted in News Roundup at 4:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • PR NewswireMALIBAL Unveils Aon S1: A Next-Gen Ultraportable Laptop

        sIt offers the flexibility to run multiple OSs via dual-booting or virtual machines, with OS options that include Windows 11, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, and Fedora, supplying users with all the tools necessary for any project or job.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoSelf Driving Tesla Causes 8 Car Pileup – Invidious

        In this video I discuss the Tesla Model S that caused an eight-car pileup on the Bay Bridge last Thanksgiving. The vehicle was in “full self-driving mode” when it abruptly braked, injuring nine people including a 2-year-old boy. I also discuss how the “phantom braking” phenomenon is much more common in Tesla’s than any other car manufacturer.

      • VideoHow Is This for Apple Privacy? – Invidious

        This week in the Privacy News, Google now wants to enter the stalking business, and they just settled another privacy lawsuit. Also, two states create new COPPA rules, and Apple has a security and a privacy snafu. We also look at security news.

      • VideoYou get a layoff! And you get a layoff! – Invidious

        The Lunduke Journal of Technology Podcast – Jan 20th, 2023 You can’t throw a rock without hitting news of a Tech Company doing yet another round of layoffs. Every day a new one. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Salesforce, Meta… layoff after layoff after layoff. Let’s talk about exactly why this is happening — it’s been a long time in coming.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • LibreOffice Draw Guide 7.4 updated – The Document Foundation Blog

        The Documentation team is happy to announce the availability of the LibreOffice Draw Guide 7.4, an update of the 7.3 guide.

      • ID RootHow To Install Telnet on Fedora 37 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Telnet on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Telnet is a protocol that allows a user to remotely access and manage a device or computer over a network using a command-line interface. It is widely supported, and simple to use, but less secure than more modern protocols like SSH. It sends data, including the username and password, in clear text, which makes it vulnerable to eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks.

        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 Telnet network protocol on a Fedora 37.

      • Learn UbuntuInstall Angular on Ubuntu

        Angular is a JavaScript framework written in typescript and developed by google for one-page applications.

      • Linux CapableHow to Build NGINX from Source on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        NGINX is a powerful open-source web server capable of serving dynamic web content and handling high-traffic loads while acting as a reverse proxy. Its reputation is built on high performance, stability, and low resource consumption. Building NGINX from the source and compiling it with additional modules can enhance its capabilities and make it more suitable for specific needs. This guide will explain the advantages of building NGINX from the source and list some of its key features and benefits.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PHP-ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        The PHP-ImageMagick extension is a powerful tool for manipulating images within PHP scripts. It allows you to perform operations such as resizing, cropping, and format conversion on images using the command-line ImageMagick library. This article will discuss two ways to install the PHP-ImageMagick extension on Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04 using the command-line terminal. We will also include extra steps for configuring the extension with the nginx web server.

      • Linux NightlyHow to Change File Permissions in Linux – Linux Nightly

        Learn how to change Linux file permissions using the chmod command in absolute and symbolic mode, and change the owner and group of a file.

      • Trend OceansHow to Enable – Disable the Universe, Multiverse, and Restricted Repositories – TREND OCEANS

        By turning on and off the Universe, Multiverse, and Restricted repositories on your Ubuntu machine, you can get access to many software packages that aren’t in Ubuntu’s default repositories.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LibreWolf on Linux Mint 21 or 20 – LinuxCapable

        Librewolf is a free and open-source web browser based on Mozilla Firefox. It is designed to provide a more privacy-respecting alternative to Firefox by removing features that compromise user privacy and security. Incorporating Librewolf into your daily Linux Mint desktop can bring several benefits, including improved privacy and security, better control over your browsing experience, and access to a wide range of privacy-enhancing add-ons and extensions.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Skype on Linux Mint 21 or 20 – LinuxCapable [Ed: SKype is spyware of Microsoft, which uses it for wiretapping along with the NSA. Don't use this.]

        Skype is a popular communication tool that allows users to make voice and video calls, send instant messages, and share files with others. Incorporating Skype into your daily Linux Mint desktop can bring several benefits, including easily connecting with friends, family, and colleagues, no matter where they are located. Skype also offers a wide range of features that can improve productivity, such as screen sharing and group calls.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Telegram on Manjaro Linux – LinuxCapable

        Telegram is a popular free cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging system. Telegram is famous for providing end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, and file sharing, amongst many other features. The following tutorial will teach you how to install Telegram on Manjaro Linux with cli commands and utilizing either the default repository, which often has the most up-to-date version, or using the Arch Linux user repository with Manjaro’s package manager.

      • UNIX CopHow to export from MariaDB table to Calc / Excel?

        Hello, friends. In this short post, you will learn how to export from MariaDB table to Calc / Excel. It is simple, but this trick, especially in enterprise environments, can be very useful.

      • nixCraftHow To Set Up SSH Keys With YubiKey as two-factor authentication (U2F/FIDO2)

        All Linux and Unix servers are managed manually or by automation tools such as Ansible using ssh. For example, say you have a server at Linode or AWS. Then you copy your public ssh key to a remote cloud server. Once copied, you can now login to those servers without a password as long as ssh keys are matched. It is the best practice. Unfortunately, you are not protecting ssh keys stored on a local desktop or dev machine at $HOME/.ssh/ directory. If your keys are stolen, an attacker can get access to all of your cloud servers, including backup servers. To avoid this mess, we can protect our ssh keys stored on local dev/desktop machines using physical security keys such as YubiKey.

      • nixCraftLinux iotop Check What’s Stressing & Increasing Load On Hard Disks

        he iotop is a Linux command. It is a top-like utility for disk input and output (I/O). Use this command to see I/O usage information output by the Linux kernel. It displays a table of current I/O usage by Linux processes or threads on the Linux system. This post explains how to install and use the iotop command to discover what’s stressing (or program names) on your hard drives under Linux operating systems.

      • Solving the ’tail: inotify resources exhausted’ Error on Ubuntu – Anto ./ Online

        The “tail: inotify resources exhausted” error usually occurs when you are using the tail command to follow a file that is being actively written to, and the inotify watch limit has been reached.

      • Solve The “Cannot Read Properties Of Undefined (Reading ‘Type’)” Error With These Simple Fixes

        If you’ve encountered the “jquery.min.js:2 Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read properties of undefined (reading ‘type’)” error, you’re likely trying to access a property of an object that is undefined. This error occurs when you try to access a property of an object that is undefined or null.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WINE Project (Official)The Wine development release 8.0-rc5 is now available.

        The Wine development release 8.0-rc5 is now available. This is
        expected to be the last release candidate before the final 8.0.

        What’s new in this release:
        – Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.

        The source is available at:


        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:


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

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

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

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Jack’s Blog – Revisiting KDE

          Looking back I’m not sure the Oxygen theme has aged particularly well, but this picture fills me with nostalgia and so will always have a special place in my heart.

          Over the years KDE has (unfairly in my eyes) had a fairly negative reputation, and stereotyped for being quite buggy and resource hungry. I don’t recall being effected by these issues described first hand, but hearing critical sentiments like this left me with a negative impression and drove me away from using KDE. So although I do have fond memories of this desktop, they were tainted by the opinions of a few vocal Linux enthusiasts at the time. I was young and impressionable, and wanted to use to use the ‘best’ thing, even if that meant not being able to form my own independent assessment.

          Consequently I was content to stay on Gnome desktop (and various forks) for most of my time on Linux. But that all changed pretty recently. I wanted to revisit KDE and see if this reputation was still warranted. I think part of me wanted to make amends and give some love to a Desktop environment I felt I’d never really given an honest chance.

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: The best Plasma 5 version ever – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          Plasma 5 has officially branched for the beta version of its 5.27 release. Go check out the announcement and test out the beta! You’ll probably have noticed the number of 15-minute and very high priority Plasma bugs creeping up, and during this 3-week beta period, we’re going to be focusing on those to ensure that 5.27’s release is as bug-free as possible. Beyond that, Plasma 5.27 will continue to get periodic bugfix releases until and a bit beyond the release of Plasma 6, which we are very much hoping to have ready by late this year! Exciting times.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

    • Arch Family

      • ArchLabs 2023.01.20 Release

        ArchLabs Release 2023.01.20 is now available.

        Welcome to 2023, is it too late into January to say “Happy New Year”? Either way, Happy New Year!

        This is our first release of 2023 and comes a couple of weeks after our 6th Birthday. Six years of ArchLabs, who would have thought?

        There isn’t a lot new with this release, we have added dwm back to the installer and you will see that booting the ISO no longer will take you to a live session.

        The live session was always just an experiment and to try something new really. Our live session still exists, so for those of you who want to check out dk in all its glory, just type startx and hit enter.

    • Fedora / Red Hat / CentOS

      • Timothée RavierTimothée Ravier: Introducing Kinoite Nightly (and Kinoite Beta) – Siosm’s blog

        As announced during the Fedora Kinoite “Hello World!” talk (slides) last year at the Fedora 35 release party, one of the goals for Fedora Kinoite is to make it easier for everyone to try and test the latest KDE Plasma desktop and Apps, without having packaging, compiler or development knowledge.

        We are now much closer to that goal with the introduction of Kinoite Nightly, an unofficial variant of Fedora Kinoite based on stable Fedora plus nightly packages for KDE software (Plasma desktop and a base set of apps).

        Alonside Kinoite Nightly, we are also introducing Kinoite Beta, which is also an unofficial variant of Fedora Kinoite, also based on stable Fedora but with KDE Plasma Beta packages. This variant is based on fresh release of KDE Plasma 5.27 Beta.

        While the Nightly variant will be built daily and will always be available, the Beta variant will only be built and available during KDE Plasma Beta testing phases.

      • Fedora MagazineFedora Project at FOSDEM 2023 – Fedora Magazine

        Fedora Project will be present at FOSDEM 2023. This article describes this gathering and a few of the events on the agenda. I assume if you are reading the Fedora Magazine, you already know what FOSDEM is, but I’ll start with a small intro anyway.

      • Fedora ProjectCPE Weekly Update – Week 3 2023 – Fedora Community Blog

        This is a weekly report from the CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team. If you have any questions or feedback, please respond to this report or contact us on #redhat-cpe channel on libera.chat.

        We provide you both infographics and text version of the weekly report. If you just want to quickly look at what we did, look at the infographic. If you are interested in more in depth details, look below the infographic.

      • Fedora ProjectFriday’s Fedora Facts: 2023-03 – Fedora Community Blog

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

      • Enterprisers ProjectHybrid work: How to maintain employee engagement

        Despite recent layoffs in Silicon Valley, most of the country is grappling with an ongoing labor shortage that threatens bottom lines. As this recent survey of popular online employment sites shows, a shrinking candidate pool will make it harder for employers to attract and keep top talent in the years ahead.

    • Debian Family

      • Sparky GNU/LinuxSparky 2023.01 + Persistence – SparkyLinux

        There is a new, an extra release of Sparky 2023.01 of the (semi-)rolling line out there.

        A next, regular rolling released is planned in March, as every 3 mounts I do, but I decided to publish 2023.01 MinimalGUI to let you test a new feature just implemented to Sparky rolling only so far.

        The Sparky tool that creates Live USB disk (sparky-live-usb-creator) has gotten a new feature which lets you make a live USB disk with persistence. It means, you can boot Sparky Live system from a USB disk and save your work, new installed applications, etc. to the same USB disk.

        The ‘sparky-live-usb-creator’ 0.2.1 is available to Sparky rolling (7) users so far, and it works with Sparky 2023.01 MinimalGUI iso image only so far.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Itel strengthens its Smart TV portfolio- launches new line of Linux TVs – Sangri Today | News Media Website

        itel has announced the launch of the L series of Linux televisions, which includes two unique models that deliver an immersive and vibrant watching experience. The L3265 and L4365 models, available in 32 and 43 inches respectively, feature a frameless design and cutting-edge color technology for incredibly realistic images and vibrant colors. The L series also includes a 24W box speaker with Dolby audio for an immersive audio experience and comes with pre-installed OTT apps. Both L3265 and L4365 are respectively priced at INR 8999 and INR 16599.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareZSWatch open-source hardware nRF52833 smartwatch runs Zephyr RTOS – CNX Software

        ZSWatch is an open-source hardware smartwatch based on an u-Blox ANNA-B402 module with Nordic Semi nRF52833 Bluetooth 5.1 SoC and running Zephyr real-time operating systems.

        We’ve seen several open-source hardware smartwatches over the years, as well as open-source firmware projects such as AsteroidOS or InfiniTime with the latter used in the PineTime smartwatch, and the ZSWatch adds to the list of interesting open-source wearables with all source files made public.

      • CNX SoftwareHPMicro HPM64G0 – A 1 GHz RISC-V microcontroller – CNX Software

        Yesterday, I ended up on the HPMicro website showing the illustration above about a 1 GHz MCU called HPM64G0. It looked interesting enough so I clicked on the link to a page with some documentation for the company’s HPM6700/6400 microcontrollers. But in typical Chinese fashion, I was asked for a mobile phone number to download the documents. No luck this time since a Chinese mobile phone number is required. If anybody can set up a mirror on Mega or other websites easily accessible outside of China that would be appreciated.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • The Register UKIndian official reveals ‘plan’ to build a national mobile OS • The Register

        India’s government has reportedly teamed with academia and startups to create its own mobile operating system dubbed IndOS, in the name of competition.

        Local outlet Business Standard revealed the initiative, quoting a senior government official as saying “India is one of the largest mobile device markets in the globe. Our objective is to create a secure Indian mobile operating system that could also create choices and competition for Android’s dominance in the Indian market.”

        Government sources have since gone quiet on the plan. Probably because the plan is not very detailed or serious, as India’s government surely understands two important things about the operating system market.

      • MedevelWomen Fertility Test Analyzer App: Ovulation – Pregnancy for Android

        It may be the best free and open source fertility app to help you interpret both pregnancy and ovulation test strips by giving you the % of pigmentation. It provides you with fertility charts based on your hormone levels, so you can pinpoint your fertile window and track your early pregnancy days.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • We invested 10% to pay back tech debt; Here’s what happened

        Anyone who has maintained software for a while knows that it tends to rot over time. It takes deliberate effort to prevent that from happening. In this post I will talk about a story how one team successfully dealt with it and conclude with some practical tips.

      • Use.GPU Goes Trad — Acko.net

        I’ve released a new version of Use.GPU, my experimental reactive/declarative WebGPU framework, now at version 0.8.

        My goal is to make GPU rendering easier and more sane. I do this by applying the lessons and patterns learned from the React world, and basically turning them all up to 11, sometimes 12. This is done via my own Live run-time, which is like a martian React on steroids.

        The previous 0.7 release was themed around compute, where I applied my shader linker to a few challenging use cases. It hopefully made it clear that Use.GPU is very good at things that traditional engines are kinda bad at.

      • Barry KaulerTTF text in titlebar gui_engine

        There are two functions used to draw text on the screen; characterRGBA() and stringRGBA(). These are part of SDL_gfx. The SDL_gfx package is mostly for drawing shapes, such as lines, polygons, circles, etc.; however, it also has some bitmap fonts builtin, of various sizes. The default size is 8×8 pixels. These are basic 256-character ASCI fonts.

      • Barry Kaulergui_engine fully converted to TTF

        The down-arrow in the drop-down list was previously a character from the gfx 8×8 set. I changed it to a “trigon”, which is a triangle, a shape that is available in SDL_gfx — might make it a bit smaller. The “x” in the checkbox is still from the gfx 8×8 set.

      • CollaboraFOSDEM back in full force for 2023

        FOSDEM is back and ready to mingle! After two years of hosting the event virtually, Brussels will once again welcome attendees on February 4 & 5 for this free event on the old stomping grounds of the ULB Solbosch Campus.

        This two-day event is renowned worldwide as one of the best open source conferences, with over 8,000 people in attendance. With such a reputation and large crowd to impress, we are excited to be presenting 8 different talks, in 7 devrooms as well as on the main track. To get the full picture on each presentation, check out the details below. For those unable to make it, there will be live streams for all track. We’ll be sharing the links on our social media channels as soon as they become available.

      • Python

        • How to improve Python packaging, or why fourteen tools are at least twelve too many | Chris Warrick

          There is an area of Python that many developers have problems with. This is an area that has seen many different solutions pop up over the years, with many different opinions, wars, and attempts to solve it. Many have complained about the packaging ecosystem and tools making their lives harder. Many beginners are confused about virtual environments. But does it have to be this way? Are the current solutions to packaging problems any good? And is the organization behind most of the packaging tools and standards part of the problem itself?

          Join me on a journey through packaging in Python and elsewhere. We’ll start by describing the classic packaging stack (involving setuptools and friends), the scientific stack (with conda), and some of the modern/alternate tools, such as Pipenv, Poetry, Hatch, or PDM. We’ll also look at some examples of packaging and dependency-related workflows seen elsewhere (Node.js and .NET). We’ll also take a glimpse at a possible future (with a venv-less workflow with PDM), and see if the PyPA agrees with the vision and insights of eight thousand users.

  • Leftovers

    • [Old] Writing Is Magic – Marc’s Blog

      Sometimes when folks ask me for advice at work, I write them very long emails to answer their question. Sometimes, those emails are generally interesting and not work-specific, so I share them here. A couple days ago somebody asked me about how to get better at communicating their ideas and opinions, how to extend their influence, and how to drive consensus. This was my reply.

      There are many ways to be influential. You can form 1:1 relationships with people, have small group meetings, do talks, send out a code review, or argue in Slack. All of those can be valuable at the right time. But there’s one tool that I choose most often: long-form writing. Writing is the closest thing I know to magic.

      Nearly every time I need to drive a difficult, subtle, or contentious decision, I write a document. Sometimes that’s half a page, sometimes its six pages. Sometimes much longer, although brevity is valuable. I see a few benefits to this approach that keep me coming back it it again and again.

      First, clarity. I’m sure you know the quote “Writing is nature’s way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is”1, and knowing how sloppy your thinking is allows you to sharpen it, test your arguments, and test different explanations. I find, more often than not, that I understand something much less well when I sit down to write about it than when I’m thinking about it in the shower. In fact, I find that I change my own mind on things a lot when I try write them down. It really is a powerful tool for finding clarity in your own mind. Once you have clarity in your own mind, you’re much more able to explain it to others.

    • Science

    • Proprietary

      • AI’s Jurassic Park moment – by Gary Marcus [Ed: Mass plagiarism "potentially dangerous", owing to Microsoft misframing what it actually is]

        New systems like chatGPT are enormously entertaining, and even mind-boggling, but also unreliable, and potentially dangerous.

      • TimeExclusive: OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic [Ed: Microsoft sweatshops/slavery, plagiarism and ripoffs presented as "HEY HI"]

        Content warning: this story contains descriptions of sexual abuse

      • Daily DotU.S. No Fly List Left on Unprotected Airline Server

        CommuteAir, a regional carrier, left a copy of the U.S. No Fly List on an unsecured server that could be viewed by anyone.

      • ReutersMicrosoft loses lawsuits against IRS over tax audit records [Ed: Lost in the news of Microsoft layoffs]

        - Microsoft Corp on Wednesday lost its bid in Seattle federal court to force the IRS to release tens of thousands of records tied to an audit that the agency is conducting of the technology company.

        U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez in a pair of opinions ruled against Microsoft, after concluding in one lawsuit that the Internal Revenue Service was properly shielding 49,400 pages from disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act and in the other lawsuit that Microsoft was not entitled to additional records pertaining to the firm’s audit-related contracts with law firms Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Boies Schiller Flexner.

        Microsoft had accused the IRS of taking “extraordinary lengths to keep its agency records in the dark” and questioned “outsourcing” work to private law firms.

    • Security

      • CISADrupal Releases Security Advisories to Address Multiple Vulnerabilities | CISA

        Drupal has released security advisories to address vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to access sensitive information.

      • Diffoscopediffoscope 233 released

        The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 233. This version includes the following changes:

        [ FC Stegerman ]

        * Split packaging metadata into an extras_require.json file instead of using

        the pep517 and the pip modules directly. This was causing build failures if

        not using a virtualenv and/or building without internet access.

        (Closes: #1029066, reproducible-builds/diffoscope#325)

        [ Vagrant Cascadian ]

        * Add an external tool reference for GNU Guix (lzip).

        * Drop an external tool reference for GNU Guix (pedump).

        [ Chris Lamb ]

        * Split inline Python code in shell script to generate test dependencies to a

        separate Python script.

        * No need for “from __future__ import print_function” import in setup.py


        * Comment and tidy the new extras_require.json handling.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Walled CultureFinnish Parliament reminds us that copyright should not trump fundamental human rights – Walled Culture

          One of the key dogmas the copyright industry fights hard to impose on the world is that copyright should trump all other considerations, and in all situations. For its supporters, copyright should even be placed above basic human rights, if ever a clash arises between them. For the most part, legislators and judges have allowed this distorted viewpoint to be spread unchallenged, as Walled Culture noted with regret in November last year.


          Sadly, though, there have been few attempts to take that approach in practice. White mentions the challenge of the Polish Government to Article 17 of the EU Copyright Directive. Although the Court of Justice of the European Union underlined the importance of respect for the right to freedom of expression and information, its unclear ruling may still allow upload filters to censor lawful material.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • The power of questions

        The guiding principle used in this section is the power of questions. Questions can inspire us to think about issues and they make it clear that our input is required. When preparing for the game, you need to use their imagination – reading a setting or an adventure book is less useful because it takes so long and when you’re in trouble, your instinct will be to turn back to the book you’ve been reading. This slows you down and you’ll feel inadequate. Don’t do it. Questions let you know that whatever you come up with is OK. Questions let you know that your input is required.


        Once we know about success or failure, and having established the consequences, you can move on – or you can linger for a bit. Give that character a little spotlight and ask about how they did it, why they did it, how they felt as they did it. Why did that speech fail, was it something they did? Perhaps the player doesn’t have an answer. No problem, you already agreed on the consequences. But maybe the player feels like embellishing it or putting their own spin on it. This is the moment! You ask them a question and they get to tell us about their character. It’s an entertaining moment of character exposition at the table.

      • RE: Creation Stories

        I feel that there is one core issue here that must be addressed first: everyone has a creation story, or if you prefer, an origin story, a narrative which purports to explain the existence of the universe, and why it is the way that it is. There is always involved some Power, Being, or Force, or many of them. I believe what the Bible teaches, namely, that there is a being ʏʜᴡʜ, a first cause, who has no beginning or ending, infinite power, and unfathomable knowledge and wisdom. He who spoke the universe into being was also capable of providing us with a record of it, and did so.

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

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[Meme] Pressuring Staff Into Contract-Signing as Part of a Longstanding Pattern

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 12:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Don’t let employers stack everything against their technical staff, i.e. people who do all the actual work (in the absence of unions, lawyers, or HR professionals that are actually impartial)

Andrew Bucknor meme: Do what I say, take this phone; Sign this new contract without a lawyer's advice

Summary: As we shall show later in the series, 2019 wasn’t the last time Sirius ‘Open Source’ would compel people to do some dubious and likely illegal things (without having a chance to seek professional or legal advice); that’s what likely led to the fishing expedition and witch-hunt last October/November

Sirius ‘Open Source’ Truly Rogue Since 2019 (Deceiving Everyone, Even Its Own Staff)

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Law at 12:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Sirius ‘Open Source’ developed a culture of chronic lying (managers lying to technical people) and even tricking people into signing contracts stacked against their interests; this must be exposed to the world

THE part just published is explained a little further in video form above, adding additional information to what we put in textual form. Expect another fortnight or so before the series ends.

“If the company wasn’t “in hiding”, this would merit a more formal investigation by appropriate regulators.”I still try my best to most accurately explain the situation and any possibilities obscured by the NDA with the Gates Foundation. The video discusses yesterday’s meme and article before proceeding to the latest part. It notes that yesterday I spoke to NHS staff (there’s a very poor opinion about the Gates Foundation among health workers) and how Microsoft targeted a boss above the boss (CEO), sending its faux “open source” people (under false pretexts) to complain about me even more than half a decade ago. Yesterday I spoke to a lawyer again, forming progressively better explanations of what had actually happened as there are many angles to cover (and write down in simple words). It is all factual. Neither speculative nor defamatory. I know this company all ‘too’ well from the inside. I spent nights at the home of the CEO.

The company is in a state of panic. The brand is ruined. As noted in the latest part, apparently a relative of management was invited* while the CEO was absent. The technical staff had not seen him in person since around 2017 or 2018! Who would take such a company seriously?
* Such nepotism (relatives as staff; no experience or qualifications need to be met!) would only become a lot worse over time. This one relative was hired to work on technical things in a technical role. He could never solve issues, he was young and inexperienced, he had no access capability (to actually tackle issues); to be fair, for Sirius it was very hard to recruit at this price point (very low salaries for a highly demanding set of skills). This kind of nepotism harmed morale in the company, as it always eventually leads to ruinous (but truthful) gossip among colleagues. It wasn’t just this one person either; imagine seeing one colleague kissing on the mouth a colleague who is not his wife, who also used to work in the company (or bracing in public two girls at once; not good… unsociable optics). Suffice to say, there is a “toxicity” associated with the realisation that the Support Manager already brought into the company three sexual partners as members of staff, none of whom qualified in a relevant field and/or with no relevant work experience, likely just to be shadowed by the partner. And it’s even worse for workers’ morale when owing to connections they have higher level access compared to far more senior staff (who is not sleeping with the manager). The girlfriends of the manager were not invited for contract-signing as they did the same behind the scenes, no pretences were needed. They were part of the “family”. If the company wasn’t “in hiding”, this would merit a more formal investigation by appropriate regulators.

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