Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXVI — The Layoffs Era Begins

Posted in Microsoft at 11:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists
  2. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement
  3. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part III — A Story of Plagiarism and Likely Securities Fraud
  4. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IV — Mr. MobileCoin: From Mono to Plagiarism… and to Unprecedented GPL Violations at GitHub (Microsoft)
  5. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part V — Why Nat Friedman is Leaving GitHub
  6. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VI — The Media Has Mischaracterised Nat Friedman’s Departure (Effective Now)
  7. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VII — Nat Friedman, as GitHub CEO, Had a Plan of Defrauding Microsoft Shareholders
  8. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VIII — Mr. Graveley’s Long Career Serving Microsoft’s Agenda (Before Hiring by Microsoft to Work on GitHub’s GPL Violations Machine)
  9. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IX — Microsoft’s Chief Architect of GitHub Copilot Sought to be Arrested One Day After Techrights Article About Him
  10. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part X — Connections to the Mass Surveillance Industry (and the Surveillance State)
  11. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XI — Violence Against Women
  12. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XII — Life of Disorderly Conduct and Lust
  13. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIII — Nihilistic Death Cults With Substance Abuse and Sick Kinks
  14. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIV — Gaslighting Victims of Sexual Abuse and Violence
  15. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XV — Cover-Up and Defamation
  16. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVI — The Attack on the Autonomy of Free Software Carries on
  17. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVII — Backsliding Into 1990s-Style Digital Slavery by Microsoft
  18. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVIII — The Story of NPM
  19. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIX — The Collapse of Team Mono
  20. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XX — Entering Phase II
  21. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXI — Rumours About How Microsoft Plans to Actually Make Money (Not Losses) From GitHub
  22. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXII — ‘Mr. GitHub Copilot’ Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley Pleads Guilty After Assaulting Women
  23. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXIII — CoPlagiarist: Microsoft’s GPL Violations and Plagiarism Tool Created by Serial Plagiarists
  24. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXIV — Using Microsoft Money as ‘Get Out of Jail’ Card After Suffocating Women
  25. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXV — Microsoft Employs Serial Strangler as a Manager, Running GitHub Copilot in Spite of Arrest for Assault on Women
  26. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The Layoffs Era Begins

GitHub: Where everything comes to die

Summary: Starting today, we intend to revisit and focus on GitHub again; no GitHub user should hastily assume that his or her code/work is safe there

MICROSOFT has officially started the GitHub layoffs (please note Microsoft spinners already try to spin this as a GitLab issue and even present the GitLab logo instead of Microsoft/GitHub; the impact on GitLab is smaller and contingencies like self-hosting exist).

There’s no job security at GitHub and neither security nor assurance that one’s code/projects (or “stars”) will remain. Microsoft is scrambling to kill or downsize anything that’s not profitable, including GitHub.

Apparently it merely starts with 10% (expect more to follow, just like in other divisions at Microsoft):

Github to lay off 10% Workforce – 300 Employees - LayoffsTracker

Microsoft attempts to derive “value” out of GitHub by attacking the GPL, using a sort of plagiarism blender falsely marketed as “HEY HI” (AI). We wrote about this quite a lot in previous parts, dating back to 2021.

A lot has meanwhile changed. Alex Graveley sent me several E-mails begging me, stating his professional and personal life is ruined (maybe think before you strangle a whole bunch of women!), and Nat Friedman has mostly vanished. He seems to be embellishing 'his' Wikipedia page using PR firms (this includes hiding his strong personal and professional ties to Graveley). His replacement is now quoted in the media: “In an email to employees, GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke acknowledged the difficulty of the layoffs and stated that the company’s priority is to approach this period with the “utmost respect” for all affected employees.”

After GitHub protected Graveley for so long, despite everything that he had done to women, pleading for “utmost respect” seems hollow.

In Part XXVII (some time soon) we’ll carry on with the series that started in 2021. Now seems like a fitting time.

The Rumours Were True. Microsoft Lays Off GitHub Staff.

Posted in Microsoft, Rumour at 10:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We’ll resume this series very soon:

GitHub: Where everything comes to die

This just in:

Microsoft booster

Weeks ago at thelayoff.com (we took note of it at the time):

Any layoffs at GitHub or do they remain unaffected?

Summary: The past week’s media noise from Microsoft (distracting from mass layoffs in Bing and Edge) won’t last long enough to hide the fact that GitHub, still unable to make money, is firing workers; can developers trust this proprietary GPL-violating machine to keep hosting projects/code? Same problem with GitLab, but at least people can self-host.

Microsoft Windows Falling to New Lows in Desktops/Laptops, GNU/Linux at 3%

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 9:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Windows is down to 72% this month (not counting mobile, which Android/Linux dominates):

GNU/Linux at 3%

Summary: What’s left of the “tech media” isn’t likely to cover this (no payments for puff pieces; this isn’t Microsoft trying to rebrand/hype up “Bing” after mass layoffs at Bing this past January), but GNU/Linux is growing while Windows is shrinking

Links 09/02/2023: PostgreSQL Releases, Stables Kernels, and Kdenlive 22.12.2

Posted in News Roundup at 8:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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

DRM Coming to Batteries

Posted in DRM, Hardware at 9:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Published yesterday:

Summary: Oneplus’ tablet uses an ENCRYPTED BATTERY; this is dystopian anti repair

Links 09/02/2023: Sailfish OS 4.5, LibreSSL 3.5.4/3.6.2, and Ruby 3.2.1

Posted in News Roundup at 9:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Fiction TalkMaking the Switch: Exploring the Pros and Cons of Migrating from Windows to a Linux-Based OS

      Another advantage of Linux-based operating systems is their level of customization. Linux is an open-source operating system, which means that users have access to its source code and can modify it to meet their specific needs. This level of customization allows users to tailor the operating system to their specific requirements, and make it work just the way they want.

      Linux-based operating systems are also known for their stability and security. Unlike Windows, which is often targeted by malware and viruses, Linux-based operating systems are less prone to security threats. This is due, in part, to the open-source nature of the operating system, which allows developers to quickly identify and fix security vulnerabilities. Additionally, Linux-based operating systems tend to be more stable and less prone to crashes, making them a reliable option for those who need their computers to be up and running 24/7.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Linux in the Ham ShackLHS Episode #495: Liar, Liar

        Hello and welcome to the 495th installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short topics episode, the hosts discuss ChatGPT, ARDC grants and programs, impropriety at the ARRL,

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookTransmission 4.0.0 Released with BitTorrent v2 Support

        Transmission, the default torrent downloading app for Ubuntu, announced the new major 4.0.0 release today! The new release migrated the codebase from C to C++ programming language. And now it uses the gtkmm toolkit instead of GTK for its user interface.

      • NeowinQOwnNotes 23.2.1

        QOwnNotes is a open source (GPL) plain-text file notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that (optionally) works together with the notes application of ownCloud (or Nextcloud). So you are able to write down your thoughts with QOwnNotes and edit or search for them later from your mobile device (like with CloudNotes) or the ownCloud web-service. The notes are stored as plain text files and you can sync them with your ownCloud sync client. Of course other software, like Dropbox, Syncthing, Seafile or BitTorrent Sync can be used too.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Text Expander Tools

        Do you often type the same sentences over and over? If so, this article will be of interest.

        A text expander can be extremely powerful as it detects when you type a keyword and replaces it while you are typing. People often use them to write our quick text snippets. The amount of time saves on each expansion may not, in itself, be that great. But add up the savings over time and you may be amazed at the benefit.

        Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-styled chart. We only include free and open source software when making our selection.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install AnyDesk on Ubuntu

        With AnyDesk, you can access your Linux desktop from anywhere, whether you’re using another Linux system, a Windows computer, or a mobile device. You can control your Linux system as if you were sitting in front of it, and use all of your installed applications and files just as you normally would.

      • FOSSLinuxGet Started with Iptables Firewall on Linux Systems

        Setting up a firewall on your Linux system is a crucial step in securing your network. Iptables is one of the most popular firewall tools available, and it’s easy to set up. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of setting up an Iptables firewall on a Linux system, from installation to configuration. Whether you’re new to Linux or a seasoned user, this guide will help you secure your network with Iptables firewall.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Apache (HTTPD) on CentOS Stream EL9 or EL8

        Apache, also known as HTTPD on RHEL-based systems such as CentOS, is one of the world’s most widely used web server software. With its robust features, flexible configuration options, and compatibility with many operating systems, Apache is the go-to choice for many web developers, administrators, and businesses.

      • Make Use OfHow to Manage Startup Applications on Ubuntu

        We often find ourselves launching certain programs immediately after logging into our systems. It is a time-consuming process to manually search and launch each of those programs every time Ubuntu boots up.

        Some of the Linux programs are set to launch at startup. However, it is also possible to set your favorite programs, script, or commands to run automatically when Ubuntu starts up.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Set Up Peer-to-Peer VPN with Tinc on Ubuntu 22.04

        Tinc is free and open-source VPN software that can be used to create mesh VPN networks. It is a small and powerful VPN daemon that can be installed on multiple platforms. In this tutorial, you will set up a peer-to-peer VPN server with tinc using multiple Ubuntu 22.04 servers.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install OpenSearch via Docker on Ubuntu 22.04

        OpenSearch is a community-driven project by Amazon and a fork of Elasticsearch and Kibana. In this tutorial, you will install and set up OpenSearch – an open-source search engine and analytics suite – and OpenSearch Dashboards – an open-source visualization tool – via Docker on an Ubuntu 22.04 server.

      • Linux CapableHow to Add a User to Sudoers on Debian 11 or 10

        Debian is a popular operating system widely used for servers and desktops. If you’re running a Debian server, it’s essential to have administrative privileges to carry out tasks like installing software, configuring services, and managing files.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Redis on Rocky Linux EL9 or EL8

        Redis is an open-source, in-memory data structure store used as a database, cache, and message broker. It is designed to provide fast and flexible data access, making it an ideal solution for applications requiring quick data processing and retrieval.

      • Linux Shell Tips7 Useful [CLI+GUI] Tools to Remove PDF Password in Linux

        Are you tired of entering passwords again and again to open protected PDF files? Or, do you just want to remove the password from

      • Red Hat OfficialWhat is a kubeconfig file?
      • The DIY LifeBuild A Raspberry Pi NAS For $35 Using All New Parts

        Today we’re going to be building a Raspberry Pi based NAS (network attached storage) device using all new parts for as little as possible.

      • Peter ‘CzP’ CzanikPeter Czanik: Installing syslog-ng 4.0.1 on FreeBSD

        Version 4.0.1 of syslog-ng was released a month ago. Unfortunately, the new release does not compile on FreeBSD. It was a temporary problem in the environment generating the source tgz. The next release is still almost a month away, but you can compile syslog-ng 4.0.1 yourself from my unofficial ports Makefile.

      • Peter Czanik: Installing syslog-ng 4.0.1 on FreeBSD
      • TecAdminSynchronizing a Linux System Clock with NTP Server

        Accurate timekeeping is an important aspect of any computing system, and especially critical for servers, where the correct time is a crucial factor for many applications, such as logging, authentication, and security. The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a widely used protocol for synchronizing computer clocks over a network.

      • TecAdminWhat is Steal Time in Linux Kernel Scheduling

        Steal time is a term used to describe a situation where a virtual machine (VM) in a virtualized environment is waiting for CPU time that is not available.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Certbot on RHEL & CentOS 9

        Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority (CA) that provides SSL/TLS certificates to secure websites and other applications.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Apache (httpd) on RHEL & CentOS Stream 9

        Apache is one of the most popular open-source web servers available today, offering a robust set of features and high performance.

      • TecAdminHow to Install LAMP Stack on RHEL & CentOS Stream 9

        LAMP is a popular open-source web development platform that stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. This acronym represents the core components of a typical Linux-based web server, and it provides a stable and reliable environment for web developers to build and deploy dynamic websites and web applications.

      • TecAdminSetting Up vnStat PHP Web Interface on CentOS and Fedora

        vnStat is a lightweight, command-line network traffic monitor that allows you to track the bandwidth usage of your network interface. While it’s easy to use, it might not be the most user-friendly option for everyone.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Sublime Text on AlmaLinux 9

        In this guide, we will show you how to install Sublime Text on Your AlmaLinux systems. Sublime Text is a shareware text and source code editor available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It natively supports many programming languages and markup languages. Users can customize it with themes and expand its functionality with plugins, typically community-built and maintained under free-software licenses.

      • UNIX CopDolphin Emulator on Centos

        Dolphin-Emulator is an open-source emulator for GameCube and Wii games. It is easily the most popular and best-supported emulator for the console on Linux.

      • DebugPointHow to Fix: cmake command not found Error [Tutorial]

        CMake is a free and open-source set of tools and packages which helps to compile, build, test applications. It uses compiler independent configuration files to which controls software compilation process using the current platform. Its very handy tool to easily build any applications from source.

        However, cmake is not always available in your Linux distributions. You need to install it. If you try to compile any source code without cmake, you should get this error.

        Here’s how to fix it.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamPackaging recommendations

          I’d like to draw attention to a fairly new wiki page that might be of interest to both packagers and users of DIY-style distros like Arch Linux: ourPackaging Recommendations. This page is a reference for how Plasma developers would like to see Plasma set up, and it goes over topics like packages to pre-install by default, packages to avoid, and recommended system configuration tweaks.

          This data comes from years of experience with distros that didn’t ship a complete Plasma experience, not out of malice or neglect, but rather because it’s really hard to know the full list of things to do and install! Most of us have had the experience of distro-hopping, only to discover that some issue that was solved in one distro is present in another. Maybe you gained video thumbnails by default after switching, but KDE Connect stopped working, or maybe color Emojis started working but Samba sharing broke. Not fun! This page aims to solve that by providing a reference of how to ship and configure Plasma vis-a-vis these topics for an optimal user experience.

          So if you’re a KDE packager, pleasehave a lookand adjust your packaging if you find that you’re currently missing anything!

        • How to report Multiscreen bugs

          As announced previously, Plasma 5.27 will have a significantly reworkedmultiscreenmanagement, and we want to make sure this will be the best LTS Plasma release we had so far.

          Of course, this doesn’t mean it will be perfect from day one, and your feedback is really important, as we want to fix any potential issue as fast as they get noticed.

          As you know, for our issue tracking we use Bugzilla at thisaddress. We have different products and components that are involved in the multiscreen management.

          First, under New bug, chose the “plasma” category.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • It’s FOSSGNOME is (kind of) Bringing Back a Feature It Had Removed a Few Years Ago

          GNOME removed the application menus and indicators a few years back.

          If you are curious, app indicators were a way of interacting with the apps running in the background from the top panel.

          Yes, you can add an extension for app indicators to get the same functionality. But, you will no longer find the ability by default on distributions using stock GNOME desktop environment, like Fedora.

          However, Ubuntu, some of its official flavors, and other distributions like Pop!_OS support the system tray icons even though GNOME dropped them.

          Now, after years of design changes, it looks like we might be seeing something similar.

        • Updates from inside GTK

          Some of the core GTK developers recently got together for a few days to do some focused work and talk about current and future plans.

          It is difficult to summarize three days of discussions in a blog post, but here are some of the highlights.

          The GtkIconTheme code has been with us for a long time. It implements the icon theme spec, and comes from an era when we were shipping big sets of icons with the desktop and themes were expected to switch them out. That is not really how icons are made or used today.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • UndeadlyLibreSSL 3.5.4 and 3.6.2 released

      Hot on the heels of syspatches for OpenBSD 7.1 and 7.2, Brent Cook (bcook@) announced the release of versions 3.5.4 and 3.6.2 of LibreSSL: [...]

    • OpenSource.com3 types of leadership for open organizations

      In the classic movie Born Yesterday, a crime boss repeatedly demonstrates his leadership style by bellowing, “Do what I’m tellin’ ya!” in a loud, threatening voice. It’s entertaining in a comedy, but it would be a recipe for failure and getting ignored in an open organization.

      In this article, I review forms of leadership that can be effective in an open organization. Remember that these leadership forms do not exist in a vacuum or silos. To be an effective manager, you want to mix and match techniques from each leadership style based on the requirements of a situation.

      These three approaches to leadership are helpful for open organizations.

    • TechdirtLazy Reporters Claiming Fediverse Is ‘Slumping,’ Despite Massive Increase In Usage

      There’s been this weird series of articles lately, trying to frame the rapid growth of the fediverse (mainly Mastodon), as somehow now failing. It started last month, with the Guardian’s Josh Nicholas leaping in with a provocative headline: “Elon Musk drove more than a million people to Mastodon – but many aren’t sticking around” and now Wired has a similar article, by Amanda Hoover, declaring “The Mastodon Bump Is Now a Slump.“

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • WordPressWordPress 6.2 Beta 1

        WordPress 6.2 Beta 1 is here and ready for download and testing.

        This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it is recommended that you test Beta 1 on a test server and site.

    • Programming/Development

      • Ruby 3.2.1 Released

        Ruby 3.2.1 has been released.

        This is the first TEENY version release of the stable 3.2 series.

      • Xe’s BlogVideo Compression for Mere Mortals

        I’m not just an internet streamer, I’m aVTuber. I end up streaming every other weekendon Twitchwhere I work on a variety of things and attempt to explain my process as I am doing them. I started doing this as a way to help be more comfortable with public speaking and it has beenabsolutely catalyticto get over that fear.

        This website is intended to be my professional portfolio, and I haven’t really had a good way to encode things like the events I’ve attended or the streams I have done. As I progress deeper and deeper into the craft of developer relations, these things are becoming more obvious and I need something like this.

      • OpenSource.comLearn Tcl by writing a simple game

        My path to Tcl started with a recent need to automate a difficult Java-based command-line configuration utility. I do a bit of automation programming using Ansible, and I occasionally use the expect module. Frankly, I find this module has limited utility for a number of reasons including: difficulty with sequencing identical prompts, capturing values for use in additional steps, limited flexibility with control logic, and so on. Sometimes you can get away with using the shell module instead. But sometimes you hit that ill-behaving and overly complicated command-line interface that seems impossible to automate.

        In my case, I was automating the installation of one of my company’s programs. The last configuration step could only be done through the command-line, through several ill-formed, repeating prompts and data output that needed capturing. The good old traditional Expect was the only answer. A deep understanding of Tcl is not necessary to use the basics of Expect, but the more you know, the more power you can get from it. This is a topic for a follow-up article. For now, I explore the basic language constructs of Tcl, which include user input, output, variables, conditional evaluation, looping, and simple functions.

      • OpenSource.comStart developing for WebAssembly with our new guide

        Over the past few decades, the web browser has endured as the most popular cross-platform application. Looking at the browser from a different angle, it is one of the most popular platforms for application delivery. Think of all the websites you use that take the place of activities you used to do with software running on your desktop. You’re still using software, but you’re accessing it through a browser, and it’s running on somebody else’s Linux server. In the eternal effort to optimize the software we all use, the world of software development introduced WebAssembly back in 2019 as a way to run compiled code through a web browser. Application performance is better than ever, and the options for coding go far beyond the usual list of PHP, Python, and JavaScript.

        In the eternal effort to optimize the software we all use, the world of software development introduced WebAssembly back in 2019 as a way to run compiled code through a web…

      • Godot EngineRelease candidate: Godot 4.0 RC 1

        This has been a long road, but the exciting times are upon us! Thanks to our excellent contributors and our brave volunteer beta testers we are reaching the biggest milestone in the history of Godot so far. We are about to release Godot 4.0 stable. We are very proud of how it has shaped up, the features and enhancements that have been implemented, and most of all, we are proud to have collected such a brilliant team of talented individuals who have carried this major release on their wide and mighty shoulders.

        But before we can cut the ribbon and break out the champagne, there are still a few preview releases we must go through, to establish, with your help, that we are truly ready. What you can expect from the next couple of weeks is the same cadence of official builds, aiming to minimize the iteration time between fixing bugs and checking for regressions. We will no longer make any breaking changes or include further enhancements. New features will have to wait for Godot 4.1 later this year. Instead, we will be coming down on the last critical issues we want to be resolved before we ship the first stable release of Godot 4.

      • Python

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • HackadayLinux Fu: The Shell Forth Programmers Will Love

          One of the most powerful features of Unix and Linux is that using traditional command line tools, everything is a stream of bytes. Granted, modern software has blurred this a bit, but at the command line, everything is text with certain loose conventions about what separates fields and records. This lets you do things like take a directory listing, sort it, remove the duplicates, and compare it to another directory listing. But what if the shell understood more data types other than streams? You might argue it would make some things better and some things worse, but you don’t have to guess, you can install cosh, a shell that provides tools to produce and work with structured data types.

        • Fernando BorrettiShells are Two Things

          The fundamental problem of shells is they are required to be two things.

          1. A high-frequency REPL, which requires terseness, short command names, little to no syntax, implicit rather than explicit, so as to minimize the duration of REPL cycles.

          2. A programming language, which requires readable and maintainable syntax, static types, modules, visibility, declarations, explicit configuration rather than implicit conventions.

          And you can’t do both. You can’t be explicit and implicit, you can’t be terse and readable, you can’t be flexible and robust.

      • Java

        • TecAdminThread.sleep() Method: Using Sleep/Delays in Java Programs

          In Java programming, it is often necessary to introduce a delay or pause in the execution of a program. This can be achieved through the use of the Thread.sleep() method. In this article, we will discuss what Thread.sleep() is, why it is used, and how to use it in your Java programs for controlled delays.

  • Leftovers

    • France24Live: Search for survivors intensifies as Turkey-Syria quake death toll tops 11,000

      Rescuers worked through the night into Wednesday to reach survivors trapped in the rubble of Monday’s devastating earthquakes before they succumb to cold weather in southern Turkey and war-ravaged northern Syria. As the death toll climbed to more than 11,200, despair and anger were growing over the pace of rescue efforts. Follow the latest developments on our live blog below.

    • France24‘Can anybody hear me?’: In Turkey’s quake-hit Kahramanmaras, a desperate hunt for survivors

      In the quake-stricken Turkish city of Kahramanmaras, locals and rescue workers are digging through the rubble, some with their bare hands, clinging to hopes of a miracle as they hunt for survivors of Monday’s devastating earthquakes in a frantic race against the clock – and the bitter cold.

    • France24Turkey-Syria earthquakes: NGO calls for ‘wider access to reach those most in need’

      As the desperate search for survivors continues after the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, the WHO warns that up to 23 million people could be affected across the region. Our Perspective guest is Louise Bichet, Middle East Manager at Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World), which has been working in the region for many years. She tells us more about the humanitarian response to the disaster, particularly in Syria. “There is a need for much wider humanitarian access so that we are able to reach those who are most in need, without any consideration of political agenda or military agenda,” she said.

    • LRTLithuania to send rescue team and supplies to earthquake-hit Turkey

      Lithuania will help earthquake-hit Turkey by sending a team of rescue workers with supplies and will transfer 200,000 euros of aid.

    • ‘This place seems abandoned to its fate. There is no state or government here’

      Anger is mounting in Türkiye, with many in the country criticizing that the authorities’ response to the Maraş earthquakes is slow and inadequate.

    • YLEFinland re-takes world ice carousel record

      The world’s largest rotating ice carousel has a diametre of 516 metres and can carry 100,000 people.

    • France24Paris Olympics committee unveils ‘joyful’ designs for 2024 sporting events

      Paris Olympic organisers unveiled the ‘visual identity’ for the 2024 Games on Wednesday including a purple athletics track and a fresh set of pictograms for Olympic sports.

    • New York TimesLive Updates: Quake Death Toll Passes 15,000 in Turkey and Syria as Desperation Builds

      The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria rose as rescuers faced shortages of trucks, fuel and time. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey visited the area near the epicenter.

    • RFAUyghurs assist earthquake relief efforts in Turkey

      Abdullah Alim, a recent Uyghur university graduate, was one of the thousands killed

    • US News And World ReportEarthquake Recovery Continues on Northern California Coast

      Humboldt County authorities have released the latest statistics on recovery from the December earthquake and aftershocks that struck the Northern California coast

    • Counter PunchBallonacy

      Can an empire sink itself through self-generated ridicule?  Will America’s floating a daffy, brainless notion so shallow and infantile that its only intention seems to have been the wish to humiliate itself have consequences?  One wonders, since even the Noise Makers of the Ministry of Information and our Federal Confederacy of Dunces have backed this moronic pratfall.

      The Empire has managed to continue intact to date, dispensing sleazy, transparent lies and howling fabrications to its sadly hoodwinked, floundering, irascible people, without dissolving in its corrosive bile.  This affirms that selling lies and deceptions is effective as national policy but we may be excused for wondering if it can sell rank absurdities quite as easily.

    • Common DreamsSyrian Relief Leader Urges US to Lift Sanctions Hindering Post-Earthquake Rescue Effort

      A disaster response expert has implored the United States to lift its economic sanctions against Syria, warning that the restrictions are hampering rescue and relief operations in the earthquake-ravaged country.

    • Counter PunchWho Killed David “Gypsy” Chain?

      The shooting of Manuel Esteban Paez Terán (known as Tortuguita) on 18 January by Atlanta police has garnered international headlines as the first killing of an environmental activist by police in the US. This may or may not be true. But Terán’s shooting (we now know he was shot at least 13 times) was not the first killing of a forest activist in the US. I have profiled two previous deaths: Navajo activist LeRoy Jackson and redwood forest defender David Chain. This piece ran in the Texas Observer in January 1999.

      David “Gypsy” Chain, originally from Pasadena, was killed on September 17 , 1998 on Pacific Lumber land, near Grizzly Creek off Route 36 in Humboldt County, California, because he formed part of the last line of defense in a battle plan fatally betrayed by Democratic politicians and environmental executives cringing before a corporate predator from Texas. A.E. Ammonds, the 52-year-old faller who put the tree down on Chain, crushing his skull, was the party immediately responsible for the young man’s death – but if Ammonds ever has to face charges of involuntary manslaughter, the people who put him in the woods that day should bear the full brunt of penalties consequent upon a wrongful death.

    • Common DreamsAs Always, Poorest Hit Hardest When Calamity Strikes

      On February 6, massive earthquakes struck southern Turkey and northern Syria, inflicting ghastly damage across a geographic region that has already borne a great deal of earthly devastation in recent decades. The ongoing war in Syria has produced millions of refugees, many of whom have now found themselves victims of seismic activity in the Turkish south.

    • uni MichiganThe secret of ‘The Secret History’ is that it’s not good

      Donna Tartt’s “The Secret History” feels like a 30-minute walk on a treadmill with the incline set to max. Is it fun? No. Does everyone tell you that you just have to try it? Yes. Is there a slight rush of endorphins afterward that makes you rethink your earlier hatred of it? Yeah, unfortunately.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • ughhhh laundry

        have a whole pile of laundry that i need to get to but i have been procrastinating. need to get on it tho because martin gave me shit once about “stinking like a college student” and i don’t feel like unpacking that one again

      • A Death in the Family

        My father died peacefully today at 3:16 pm. He was 77. I stepped out for a chat with the chaplain, and he went during. He is survived by my ma and me.

      • Life update

        I am engaged and my fiancé is very nice to me
        I got my Canadian license to cook
        And I got a job in a food store
        I’m working on culinary and baking
        I quit gaming

      • After the trip

        It’s been a little while since I updated my gemlog (actually not that much, but time flies when you’re always online.) Things have been good by me.

        Taking that train trip allowed me to refocus and get back into the swing of things. I’ve applied for a few jobs and have some other plans on the horizon, both in the short term and in the long term. I have an inkling that the professors from the grad program in music theory won’t email me about getting in, as the program is set to begin soon and I don’t have any word from them.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: CDOSYUT Wordo: BRONX
    • Politics

      • Populism

        It’s weird how the shift from workers vs owners to pluralists vs populists has been presented as this new phenomenon by commentators like Norris and Inglehart, the latter arguing that it’s because of how the new generation has new values.

    • Technical

      • The End of Privacy

        I’ve been a bit of a privacy nut my whole life. Sure, sometimes I have nothing to hide, but I still prefer to. I have yet to think of a single occasion where being deanonymized was helpful, and oh, so many times when I cursed myself for providing my real name! I don’t care about fame…

        And so I was pretty annoyed when I realized that my IP address was used to track me. No problem, I will VPN. Cookies? I will install an add-on to block or wipe them. Supercookies? Shit, those Adobe cookies I did not know about – and when I got a look I was horrified. Another add-on. And then there were these DNS leaks. And now the VPN guy in Bulgaria has access to all my traffic. Also, turns out my browser has a unique signature thanks to all the privacy add-ons.

      • A week in the terminal

        So it’s been around a week that I’ve been working mainly in the terminal, and I have to say it’s been pretty good! I haven’t really settled into where it’s a less-intrusive and less stimulating way of computing, because I have a driving urge to tinker with it. But I think that’s starting to come to an end as I get stuff working.

      • Two versions of Link’s Awakening on Switch

        Link’s Awakening DX was released on Switch (the version with depressing color scheme and the can’t-skip-dialog–bug for Pieces of Power and Guardian Acorns, and some other de-charm tweaks like how dialog changes and stone tablets are now that annoying owl) but comparing DX to the remake on the same device, it’s remarkable how much better all of the DX audio is (instrumentation is crisp and clear, compared to the more muddled sound on the Switch Remake, with “the dropping a toyshop down six flights of stairs” instrumentation of Animal Village a nadir of the latter) and how much faster and more fluid the DX controls are. And also shorter—albeit non-zero—loading times on DX.

        The remake only lets you use stick to move, the DX version you can play with either stick or D-pad.

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