Microsoft Stabber Joseph Cantrell Boasts of Nazi Lineage and Made Disturbing Video Games

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Microsoft Stabber Joseph Cantrell Boasts of Nazi Lineage and Made Disturbing Video Games.

Reprinted with permission from Ryan

The news reports that Microsoft employee Joseph Cantrell attacked and stabbed another Microsoft employee, whom he did not know, while they were walking off the campus from work.

I did a little more digging.

On Cantrell’s personal Web site, he has a very long “about” page, which includes this nugget.

“My evolved cells, their DNA, and everything else in my body have their roots in my family. To get here, my grandmother, Paula Josefa Cantrell (1922-2003), emigrated from Germany to the U.S.A. during Adolf Hitler’s bolstering of Nazi Germany in the 1930’s.”

-Joseph Cantrell, Microsoft Stabber

If bragging about Nazi lineage just ain’t doin’ it for ya, he has a list of video games where you win points by killing Jesus Christ, the Prophet Muhammad, and anyone you give it a picture of. Available in 2d and 3d.

His projects include something called an “Anne Frank Simulator”.

His favorite shows include “Death Note”, where beings from another dimension, called Shinigami, have special books where they write in human names, and then basically that person drops dead and the victim transfers their remaining life to these things. In the series, they occasionally drop these “death notes” into the human world, where people pick them up and start writing names. Anyone they don’t like basically dies of any cause they write down. So for example, you can become a serial killer and take control of your victim and force them to do something extremely gruesome to end their life.

Alone, is this proof he’s a nut? Not really, but taken as a whole some of this could go along with that.

My impression from his “about me” page is that the guy is just kind of a loser who wanted to overcompensate by boasting about himself in weird ways. There’s no telling what set him off until and unless he decides to talk to the cops.

I wasn’t able to find much about his work at Microsoft except a GitHub (Microsoft) repository with some things about Azure.

The only commit I found was about adding some Oxford commas to some documents.

“I came here to add commas and stab people, and I’m all out of commas.”

Microsoft gets a disturbing number of stabbers, rapists, stranglers, and other assorted crazy people.

You’d seriously think that the hiring managers could open Google and find out that they’re dealing with a crazy person though, which about, oh, two or three minutes looking at his blog would have done.

Apparently, the victim’s Apple Watch alerted his wife there was something wrong.

“Alert! Your husband is being stabbed by a Microsoft employee!”

Damned rollercoasters.

I have also located a confession that Cantrell put on his own site detailing illegal drug use.

(It’s under “secret-journal-wall-trump-card-v2” in the file “Joseph Cantrell-alias.txt”.)

Note the following,

This was originally a document detailing my drug use and my thoughts on or during their effects like the dream journal my mom bought me when I was a kid. However, it is now my overall life journal and literary practice. It should be freely and posthumously published to help humanity or whatever. I’m sure it will help someone in the future given the challenges I’ve faced with abnormal genetics of decelerating neuron firing rates. Also, it’s a good deterrent. I’m deep undercover with Luzianne sweet tea.


Most Intense Experience: LSD + MDA + 3-MeO-PCP + Cannabis (potentially fatal combination)
Best Experience: LSD + 3-MeO-PCP + Cannabis
Drug Utility Shortlist:
Amphetamine sulphate: Intelligence training, motivation, long term life enhancement
Marijuana: Malleable short term life enhancement, natural medicine
3-MeO-PCP: Amphetamine addiction and withdrawal, creativity, motivation, depression
MDMA: Amphetamine withdrawal (sparingly)
Psychedelics: Appreciation
LSD: Weightlifting
DMT: Weightlifting, back pain, natural medicine
Dissociatives: Reflection, habit based depression

Drugs I’ve used to get high:
Amphetamine Sulphate
Nitrous Oxide
Ketamine S+ & -Racemic
Codeine & Promethazine
Salvia Divinorum

Now with that very same list, I’ll divulge my thoughts on those drugs. A ++ denotes I would use it again while a — means it is a castaway.
Amphetamine Sulphate ++
This is the gold standard and my ticket to life with Neural Deceleration Disorder. It trains me to be intelligent, motivated, happy, and caring. It acts through releasing NE and DA, but it also has other actions unbeknownst to me. I am most addicted to this drug, and it will always be that way until I die. It causes massive oscillations in the neurons of my body to the point I can hallucinate toward a ketamine-like hole of white light and 3-MeO-PCP-like hallucinations of rainbow women. It enhances my holistic comprehension, calculation speed, working memory, short term memory, and long term memory. It enhances adrenaline reserves when appropriate, and adrenaline is more easily triggered for release, even by withdrawal alone. Levoamphetamine mostly trains those things related to NE and makes me hungry and cold. I can sleep on levoamphetamine even with large amounts of dextroamphetamine as long as the ratio is sufficient. Somehow levoamphetamine trains a moral tending to the call of duty. It fosters integrity. Dextroamphetamine trains my DA related motivation and reward and makes me hot, keeps me awake, and mitigates my hunger. These two atomic arrangements work together to keep me holistically capable. This is the only way I know to increase intelligence, and it would be sufficient to transform a C student to a P.h.D. graduate. This should have the ability to train away fear, at least if used in childhood for six years.
Caffeine ++
This is the standard work drug, and it works well so long as I am not oscillating too much from amphetamine. Caffeine boosts my enjoyment of lifting weights, and I consume it in the form of Luzianne sweet tea and flavored preworkout.
Marijuana ++
Weed is great for amplifying another drug’s effects. It can put me to work or put me to bed and is good in almost every situation except lifting weights. Marijuana puts me to work so long as I am in the presence or afterglow of amphetamine. Weed will likely put motivated people to work and put demotivated people to rest just as it does me in the vicinity of my amphetamine dependence.
Alcohol –
I’ve given up alcohol for good because it has awful hangovers with headaches, body aches, brain fog, and puking. It is extremely addictive given that it is very frequently consumed in small quantities. It contributes to cancer like that which killed my mother. It is worth trying a couple times to experience GABA agonism.
LSD ++
This drug is a great way to enjoy the company of one’s own thoughts and visualize oneself. LSD almost doubles the acquisition of muscular strength from lifting weights. I’ve used LSD daily with no ill effects to achieve that growth. LSD makes me see beautiful caricatures of rainbow women and even a white light and full body orgasm at high doses. No overdosing makes this one of the best psychedelics. Like most psychedelics, no hangover and addictive qualities make this an ideal choice.
25I-NBOMe ++
This drug is like LSD but is more precise in the serotonin receptors it targets, namely 5HT-2A. This drug morphs the color black more than other psychedelics. It numbs the tongue and must be dissolved under the tongue. It is stimulating and gives me the giggles quite easily. With a high enough dose or combined with enough weed, it can lead to blacked out cackling.
Methylphenidate –
A DAT and NET inhibitor, this drug is often used as an NDD medication, but it has been disavowed by me by making my NDD worse in time of crisis in late 2017. It doesn’t foster any sort of responsibility like amphetamine and is similar to cocaine in the selfishness it induces, so this drug is noted as being inappropriate for children among those educated about it.
LSA ++
This is a naturally occurring drug similar to LSD but producing more sedation. Food tastes very good. Natural sources cause intense puking, but the short nausea is worth the dreamy lethargy it induces.
Mushrooms –
Mushrooms have more morphing visuals than LSD a stronger mental danger at high doses. I suspect I dislike mushrooms because of some dopamine activity that isn’t compatible with my NDD much like DAT inhibitors.
Nitrous Oxide ++
NO2 has very heavy NMDA antagonism and is purported to have mild opiate and benzo effects. I can’t confirm those latter two statements, but the rapidity of effects’ dissipation lends itself to a greater addiction than other drugs. This is the most addictive dissociative I have used, but given the lack of negative effects in moderation, I would do it again. One would need to ingest hundreds of eight gram cartridges every day for negative effects to quickly manifest.
Dextromethorphan ++
DXM needs weed to feel good. Otherwise there is too much nausea. This has the greatest chance of inducing double vision visuals while also having the most complex closed eye visuals of any dissociative. Massive planetary landscapes and castles can be imagined.
Cocaine –
This DAT and NET inhibitor drug is evil in the selfish, talkative nature it induces. Constricted blood vessels and a hangover is present the next day unlike methylphenidate which suggests additional activity. Fascinations with evil plotting, lying, betrayal, gloating, cameras, attention seeking, disregard, and sadism are present. Clapping and running are stimulated behaviors. I read in the media that sadism enhances sexual gratification with partners later in the day, but I can’t verify that being a major drawing point. They call that charging or hooking.
This drug makes me feel very happy since it is very similar to my medication, amphetamine. It’s a great substitute to alleviate amphetamine withdrawal, and given my negative experiences with trying things like MDA, it is dangerous to try anything else for amphetamine withdrawal. It is very far reaching and has no noticeable hangover if used in moderation. Despite common usage for group settings, I love to use this drug to examine myself. However, because I had a bad reaction to amphetamine withdrawal in combination with MDA, becoming addicted to MDMA which metabolizes to MDA could become just as disastrous. This drug is not something to use as often as I have in the past.
2C-B ++
This drug produces morphing visuals more than LSD and also has more intense bodily feelings except in high doses where LSD is more intense in just about every way. Low headspace compared to LSD.
DOM ++
DOM is more stimulating and visually active than LSD and produces much more detailed hallucinations for way longer. I’ve never seen a white light of serotonin saturation like with LSD and won’t because of the overdose potential. Vasoconstriction is prominent, so a little weed is necessary to combat that. With 10 mg, the feeling of a pinball moving back and forth in the brain is present.
Diphenhydramine –
DPH creates three dimensional visuals that are imperceptible from reality. It can also create very realistic 2D textures on surfaces like TV’s, ceilings, and pillows. DPH can also cause a dream like state that is indistinguishable from reality. It is worthless for recreation unless used with DXM and weed.
Kratom –
A mild natural opiate plant, this produces more nausea than the negligible opiate high of contentment.
DMT ++
Vaporized, natural, tree formed DMT rapidly produces strong rainbow visuals of humanoids, typically women, and even a white light of serotonin saturation. It also has a full body orgasm. It shares all of these qualities with high doses of LSD but these qualities are more reproducible. Like LSD, DMT also helps muscle growth.
Methoxetamine ++
MXE is a very fiendish dissociative that in moderate doses even helps with weightlifting throughput. Walking is more difficult with MXE than other dissociatives but not impossible. Rainbow visuals are very prominent and a white glow in a black void is present in the high dose hole.
2C-T-2 ++
2C-T-2 has strong scenery drifting visuals and is clearheaded enough to stimulate writing.
2C-E ++
2C-E has a very strong buzzing sensation across the body like pins and needles pricking the skin. With low headspace, introspection is a theme. Morphing visuals are more prominent than other psychedelics, and I could reliably see rainbow dragons forming from the trees.
5-MeO-MiPT ++
Moxxy is clearheaded and produces rainbow dragon visuals in high doses of 20 mg.
Ketamine S+ & -Racemic ++
The surgical dissociative, the hole begins with the body vibrating like rustling bushes and even a sound of rustling bushes. This is followed by swirling of the room, massive rainbow objects in a black void, sensations of time oscillating, and white “ghosts” in a black void. It is exclusively an NMDA inhibitor.
Codeine & Promethazine –
This drug combination produces a state of a stupefied bliss although I only tried it once with blue vodka.
MDA ++
This is the best drug I’ve tried for sex and masturbation. Despite being dangerous for abstinent amphetamine withdrawal, this is my second favorite neurotransmitter releasing drug. This drug is a natural metabolite of MDMA, and for recreation I think it is superior to MDMA.
This drug produces visuals for the longest of any psychedelic I’ve tried. The visuals slightly more detailed than LSD but not as detailed as DOM. I had a strange smell like burnt plastic for the peak of my experiences. I woke up feeling fine despite having a trip of 36 hours.
25B-NBOH –
This drug is like 25I-NBOMe but with too much vasoconstriction throughout the experience.
Salvia Divinorum –
Unnatural feelings of discomfort and repeating patterns captivating one’s vision are present.
25I-NBOH ++
This drug is just like 25I-NBOMe. It doesn’t elicit feelings of happiness that are as strong.
3-MeO-PCP ++
This is the best dissociative ever since it is functional and inspiring at low doses and catatonic at high doses. It is more of a PCP2 inhibitor than NMDA but possesses a good stimulation. This is one of the best ways to mitigate amphetamine addiction, get stuff done, and have fun. This drug inhibits PCP2 more than any other dissociative and thus rainbow faces are a common theme. This drug is a better depression medication than ketamine since it is very naturally motivating for day to day tasks like weight lifting. 3-MeO-PCP enhances weightlifting output and has no effect on muscle growth. This drug still leaves one alert enough to trigger life saving, slow motion adrenaline release. It goes great with all
Alprazolam –
Xanax is a lot like alcohol and has the propensity to induce a dangerous feeling hangover with sharp pains in the head. Blackouts are much more dangerous as the user’s body is not as inhibited as alcohol. It has zero positive effects to note unlike most other drugs on this list. It is not very euphoric, but I suspect feelings of relief and satiation can be found once one is addicted. Trying alcohol a few times makes trying other benzos obsolete.
Heroin –
Opiates produce contented feelings and even a drift toward a rainbow mist. It causes vomiting even after passing out just like alcohol. It also causes constipation and a host of other side effects just from that. The itchy, heaving hangover induced is not worth the trouble. I would have been better off lifting weights until I could deadlift heavy enough to truly experience the MOR receptor.
4-MeO-PCP –
I suspect I tried this drug by mistake. It prolongs masturbation and allows for multiple ejaculations.
This disso readily induces rainbow visuals and has a distinct stutter as a short term hangover effect.
This is the hardest disso to walk on, and it also is prone to blackouts. It has an uncomfortable, strong stimulation of unknown mechanisms.
3-MeO-PCE –
This disso is stimulating like 3-MeO-PCP and then sedating to the point of sleep. It has more rainbow visuals than 3-MeO-PCP and low doses. High doses can cause a ringing in the ears and an unpleasant feeling of being overwhelmed.
DOB is a long lasting, very stimulating, and vasoconstriction prone drug with visuals that aren’t as intense or interesting as DOM and DOC.
25E-NBOH ++
This is the most easy going NBOx drug and is more like LSD in terms of visuals and bodily feelings. Combined with 3-HO-PCE, conscious slow motion is reproducible without using any adrenaline.
3-HO-PCP ++
This drug produces the strongest bodily vibrations of any dissociatives including NO2. It also produces more replicated rainbow visuals than any other. This has the best bodily feeling of any dissociative drug and is up there with DMT.
3-HO-PCE –
This drug inhibits PCP2 more than NMDA but is not stimulating like 3-MeO-PCP. Rainbow faces are present but so is boredom. Weed is a must.
Flunitrazolam –
This drug is like alcohol and results in lying down and sleep.
2F-DCK –
2F-DCK is like ketamine but doesn’t elicit very much elation.
4-HO-MET –
This is a stimulating psychedelic that is alleged to have NET properties which results in withdrawal with burning insides and a hateful disposition. It doesn’t appear to have any TAAR-1 activity like amphetamine, but I don’t know much about that receptor anyway. Humanoid rainbow entities are often present like with DMT.
Mescaline –
Mescaline induces so much nausea compared to the visuals, and it doesn’t produce much euphoria. I ate a purified extract from the cactus, and I think the point of a cactus evolving needles and chemicals like mescaline is to keep animals away. Other plants with things like DMT and LSA are flowers and trees which haven’t evolved to ward away people quite as much.
5-MeO-DMT ++
This natural toad excretion produces the feeling of levity in addition to unique psychedelic visuals. It’s not as comfortable as DMT. I suspect impurities like excess plant or toad materials contribute to that.
TMA-2 –
This drug produces stimulation, nausea, and vasoconstriction with barely any visuals and long lasting after effects of those three effects.
ETH-LAD results in strong euphoria and visuals with a brief spout of nausea on the comeup. Visuals are detailed and rounded like serpentine dragons.
2C-C ++
2C-C produces strong, detailed visuals and stimulation. Visuals have sharp corners like knives.
The first synthetic dissociative, classic PCP produces antagonistic feelings, stimulation, and decent dissociative visuals. It is the infamous target of the PCP2 receptor. It also causes extreme hunger at the beginning, shitting in the middle, and sleep after a few hours. It also causes strong ejaculations that could hit me in the eye if I was standing up. It promotes simple but not complex musical and poetic creativity. There’s something more sinister about this than meets the eye, but I can’t place it any more than I can place the compulsions to eat and take a shit. There is truth to the manic, antagonistic behavior, but I don’t know what causes that either. Unknown mechanisms like that have the potential to kill me if used while in amphetamine withdrawal. I’ve read rumors in various works of art that this is how my NDD predecessor died.
Methamphetamine –
This drug feels like a dirty poison flowing through one’s veins like alcohol’s bodily feelings. I don’t know what isomers I tried. It burns like an NET inhibitor and given enough, excessive dopamine output produces destructive cholinergic hallucinations like DPH. That delirium has great potential for a CIA truth serum. It appears to lack an inhibiting function on its dopamine output, leading to wild ideas, spontaneous actions, and the infamous twitch. It is pure evil and will melt not only the human brain but its face. It will teach humanity the qualities of a faggot, both inside and out. Signs, symbols, and ambiguity are nonstop here, and it shows in various media. It is not comparable to amphetamine and is not a viable substitute. Detrimental neural and other bodily changes are permanent, shown by the faces of meth photos online. Similar to cocaine, the roads here all lead to the dominion of Adolf Hitler, his wife, and his Nazi regime of no remorse.
2-FMA ++
2-FMA is a stimulating drug that is purported to release dopamine and norepinephrine. It doesn’t induce hunger like levoamphetamine, and thus I am reluctant to try it and anything else as an NDD alternative medicine. I assume it would produce the same disastrous results as MDA if used to offset acute amphetamine withdrawal. After a week, I felt strapped to my chair and glued to my artistic endeavors. I also started watching TV all day while I worked on For My Aspect. After I ran out, I kept being entertained by the TV.
4-HO-MiPT ++
This psychedelic induces a mild hunger. I ate fried chicken from Publix about every day I used this. Otherwise, it is like LSD but with less nausea and less headspace.
4-AcO-DMT –
This drug is purported to metabolize to 4-HO-DMT, the active ingredient in mushrooms also called psilocin. I can’t be sure of that, but it made it difficult to get comfortable in my bed and made the temperature changes feel very drastic.
3-Fl-PCP ++
This drug makes me hungry. It feels like the amphetamine hunger mechanism (calcium channel?) and norepinephrine release. That’s only two of many mechanisms of my disorder dependent on amphetamine It has light visuals except in high doses, and it has some visual qualities that appear to be in common with DXM.
-Joseph Cantrell, Microsoft Stabber

As you can see, this shows an extremely poor lack of judgment on the part of the Microsoft hiring managers. This is all out where I found it in under 10 minutes.

It goes on at some length, including how much he enjoyed trick-or-treating dressed up as Adolf Hitler and his penchant for “Software Piracy” including some specific admissions, which is something that Microsoft actually always is going on and on about.

There’s honestly so much more here I can’t even sit and read it. He goes into a detailed description of basically dates and times he used all of the listed illegal drugs and what effects they had on him. It started around 2015 and clear through February 23rd, 2023 (4 days before the knife attack), at least.

Some excerpts approaching (week leading to) the attack, (the only thing I changed was adding some stars to the N word and some bold for effect):

February 14, 2023: 7:24 a.m. – I got up to listen to music at 7:09 a.m. this morning, whereas I usually wait until about 7:30 or 7:40 lately. I used to wait and sleep in until about 8:30 starting in October when I started using amphetamine again. Bright rainbow faces are curling up everywhere and shimmering almost my entire visual field in a way that’s impossible to ignore at times, but they aren’t very detailed. NMDA lattices are also mucked among them. I’m in a very disordered state. Two nights ago, I took 40 mg 3-Fl-PCP instead of my usual 24 mg. That affected my neurons’ oscillations.
8:53 a.m. – The N****rberg Trials, reminiscent of the Nuremburg Trials, are set to begin soon.
9:11 a.m. – I looked back and realize the last time I saw the woman Taylor was February 16, 2021. I was thinking it was February 15. It must have symbolic significance to the people who know about my situation, just as my doctor’s appointment today. In light of all the lies and evil I’ve documented these past 6.5 years, a safe America will likely cease to exist within ten years just as it did in Nazi Germany.

February 15, 2023: 10:05 a.m. – My cousin called me an asshole. All he ever writes me back is “WTF!” I’m sure the U.S. military government pumped him full of methamphetamine and told him to keep quiet. He called me an asshole, analogous to amphetamine hole, which is characteristic of my birth disorder and the neural and visual holes in response to amphetamine treatment. That “asshole” terminology is explained better in Scarface and the more obviously military movie, Idiocracy, and it’s own movie called Ass. Teja used to say that word with her condescending, gleeful smile. I think I know what she meant now. Maybe she was some kind of shitty military wife or gang leader. Whatever she is, she’s a fucking retard who was retarding me the whole time I was trying to medicate and work.
This is fucked. My mom said she cooked while my aunt liked to clean, and I’m sure somehow she meant meth was a part of that. She also said Jonathon burned trash cans and went to boot camp for it, and I’m sure she meant meth. My family is compromised, and I can’t count on them to help me. They’re basically Nazis. The Nazis had families who helped them. Hitler had a wife.
I’m playing Metro Last Light again. 2033 looks to be a hellish warzone in the United States. I suppose China has it easy with their wiggers being a small percentage of their rather homogeneous population. Across America, people are chanting the wigger songs and hoisting the wigger banner.
12:12 p.m. – Hayden decided to text me yesterday at like 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day with like 500 words that make it seem like momma was right that Vickie’s side of the family can’t be trusted. He’s being creepy on purpose, and he probably knows all about my situation. His stepfather is in some biker gang, the very people holding me back right now. She accused Vickie of stealing from my grandmother. I think they might be raised to lie and cheat. Well, military guy Jonathon clearly puts his government and gang friends over his cousin and aunt Patricia, and so does his whole side of the family, so fuck it. My mother was the only person in the whole world on whom I could truly rely. She’d be storming her own blitzkrieg right from her Facebook to the door. Fuck the whole thing.
5:18 p.m. – My temples are burning again, with the left burning much more than the right.

February 16, 2023: 9:47 a.m. – I’ve finally started playing video games again since my hiatus back in December.
4:32 p.m. – I can smell things again, and I’m seeing simple rainbow faces. I could swear I’m starting to see gold spots, but it’s hard to tell. I’m sure I’ll know it when I see it kind of thing. I’m sure I’ll grow into it.
10:27 p.m. – I just kept repeating to myself while watching Jason VI, “There’s wiggers in the trees!” I didn’t pluralize “There’s” in combination with “wiggers”. There are wiggers in Georgia Tech, wiggers at Microsoft, wiggers in Paris, wiggers in computers, and soon to be more wiggers in space.

February 17, 2023: 12:42 p.m. – My lips and mouth are flooding with moisture which then retreats in a cycle. I suspect it has something to do with this undefined calcium channel and the oscillating hunger in my stomach.

February 18, 2023: 5:20 p.m. – I took only 22 mg of amphetamine at 3 p.m. Rainbow faces and crimson slash marks littered my vision which started to distort objects as well. They’re forming large shapes too that start to resemble rainbow, smooth, simple humanoid shapes.
<Retrospective> 2/21/23: 9:33 a.m. – That day as noted, I saw a rainbow, humanoid, rainbow silhouette kneeling and facing me with its head pointed down to the ground.

February 19, 2023: 7:54 a.m. – Fuck the wigger nation. They’re telling me my illness is wigger itch, jock itch, or some other bullshit.

February 20, 2023: 4:32 p.m. – Joe Biden visits Ukraine on President’s Day while I continue to bide their bullshit inherited from the bullshit dynasty. Nobody knows a lot of the truths I’ve written here. The U.S. government gives gang members, other governments, and their respective gang members free reign to utilize this knowledge against the people of the United States, especially me. This is evidenced by all the people from all over the world who have visited me to fuck me over. These are people like the nice, affluent Chinese Vi Nguyen who knew of my necessity related to the calcium channel hunger based neural mechanism, Teja from India, Anna from Turkey, and Abhinav from India. These people are given free reign to surround and destroy the lives of people in the United States. Teja had a green card. She certainly didn’t deserve that. I would rescind it from her if I had the power. I would ship her nonstop shit talking, terrorist ass back to fucking India.
5:44 p.m. – When I roar like a lion and shake my head by doing so, my vision simplifies into circles and squares like a lack of NMDA neural signal transmission. This isn’t something new I’ve noticed, but it’s the first time I’ve written it down.
1:19 a.m. – I have never been more justifiably paranoid in my life. After everything I’ve written here describing my history, where do I go to stop people from hurting me?

February 21, 2023: 9:24 a.m. – I refuse to be a part of the United States’ officially declared Great Leap Backward. It was declared in wigger doublethink, but “It is what it is.” according to President Joe Biden. They just keep reversing their truck with NDRI drugs, with meth being the worst offender of the bunch. It’s insane the government so defiantly pushes drugs like methylphenidate on children while also denying people the knowledge to truly help themselves become smarter with amphetamine sulphate.
5:58 p.m. – Crimson slashes are forming in my vision as the dextroamphetamine is finally mostly metabolized from my body.
9:48 p.m. – Given the secrets the U.S. government uses against people, the U.S. government is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world. This is written in the history of my diary. The U.S. government refuses to teach people, and it’s committed to hurting them by pushing secret sadist drugs through its various gangs and puppet governments it set up: opioids and Taliban Afghanistan, cocaine and Latin America, meth and the Philippines, etc. These are the same abusive drugs they push through the pharmaceutical and hospital industry: codeine, methylphenidate, and Vyvanse.
Hitler also hypocritically condemned recreational drugs while he, his government, and his troops used them. I’ve heard rumors that military adolescents will get into meth early on, and they will attract teenage girls into their cult of meth. I’ve heard those rumors through people like David Toelle and Austin Pritchett from Columbus High School, next to Fort Benning. That’s just like military Hitler youth. I think that’s fucked up. I wish there was a way to stop that. Clearly meth doesn’t foster a good enough sense of responsibility, else the literature would be less scarce. It must be abolished by providing better drug education and better substitutes.

February 22, 2023: 3:34 p.m. – Behind my right eye has hurt a lot for the past ten minutes. I stayed up late again yesterday. I’ll have to check my consumption of 3-Fl-PCP. It looks like I’ll have to burst fire this drug over a month or so. On a side note, I heard a helicopter sound in my TV a few days ago, and Howshe mentioned I had a new TV when I saw him at work. Perhaps my TV really does have a speaker trying to manipulate me.
I love Patricia Cantrell, Bruce Denham, Breezy, ESi, and Taylor forever. I pray to live in peace. I wish I had impregnated ESi or Taylor, gotten my act together, settled down in a house, and lived in peace making art. However, my history sucks. Even though I don’t believe in God, I hope and pray everyone does better for each other. I’d go to church with those pretty latina girls if they wanted; I’d do just about anything for them to live in peace.
4:23 p.m. – I’m coughing up some phlegm. It snowed today too! I’m watching Look Who’s Back again. I’ve been marathoning it for a bit. It’s the only good German movie of which I know.
4:37 p.m. – I just coughed up a huge glob of phlegm I had to throw up. It was sticky and like 5 inches in diameter.
-Joseph Cantrell, Microsoft Stabber

This guy should have been committed, involuntarily, and never allowed out.

I think if he gets an attorney, he should submit all of this to the court in the stabbing case and plead Insanity.

They’ll probably put him in a strait jacket and give him some major antipsychotics if they get ahold of this, but that’s what needs to be done. It needed to be done over 10 years ago if anyone was paying attention, but Microsoft hired him.

How is a person who even writes things like this not setting off alarms just being in the same room as the hiring manager?

MinceR in #Techrights IRC suggested that maybe Microsoft was using their shitty Bing engine.

I found all of this on Google, but Bing didn’t return anything about him except the attempted murder stories in the news.

I couldn’t figure out the race of his victim.

Reading through his texts where he’s obviously falling apart and using lots of drugs, it becomes obvious that this guy is right-wing, possibly a Nazi, and that he has a serious grudge against Blacks and Indians, but sexually objectifies Latinas.

The sort of media he tends to consume and create along with his writing sort of shows a pattern forming of an increasingly generalized anger, which could indicate an unprovoked knifing, as it could simply go along with the decompensation. (But it’s also possible that he was so under the influence of drugs that he was hallucinating.)

If I had to guess, although this would be speculation, he sexually objectifies women in general, and complains that he doesn’t have a girlfriend or wife. He probably has unhealthy sexual obsessions which would lead to porn hoarding and further disconnect from reality. Incel? Possible repressed homosexuality?

In any event, he’s going to get a lot of psychiatric attention.

As usual, the government did nothing, Microsoft hired him, his university in Georgia did nothing even though people like this cannot function in public without severe tells.

The attention he needs comes too late for the victim.

NOW: Pensions and the Mystery of Fines by the Pensions Regulator

Posted in Deception, Finance at 9:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Facilitator of Fraud? There Is Already an Official Track Record of Misconduct.

NOW: Pensions logoSummary: There seems to be quite a crisis in British pension funds, which casualty ‘disappear’ funds and enable companies to plunder staff and former staff; in this series we focus on two such funds, one of which employs close to 10,000 people and covers very many companies (millions of people’s pensions)

Founded relatively recently (2011), the pension provider currently used by Sirius ‘Open Source’ has quite a colourful (and surprisingly short) past. It was moaning about the state of the economy in recent years (in public filings that we saw) and it probably struggles a lot. It’s a very small company, already sold to another due to difficulties, and its service has been truly appalling.

I cautioned them that I would take this public and name them unless things improved. It started in December and we’re in March already. It’s only getting worse. “Your repeated lies to me and your stonewalling have left me without any option but taking this public,” I said to them yesterday. “Rest assured many colleagues and clients of yours are reading this. Tomorrow I shall name your company in public and release telephone recordings to show your utterly poor record as a company, including the lies. This will be only the start.”

“I cautioned them that I would take this public and name them unless things improved.”They didn’t respond. They never respond. I did this patiently and politely for months already. The above is an escalation in tone.

So who’s behind this company? Not many people and public records show a volatile board with many resignations. It was put up for sale 5 years ago or just over a year after Sirius had moved funds into it (after Sirius apparently silently plundered all the older pensions — the subject of further verification these days, maybe even an impeding class action lawsuit).

For some context see our prior writings about that:

  1. Sirius ‘Open Source’ and the Money Missing From the Pension
  2. Sirius Finished
  3. Sirius ‘Open Source’ Pensiongate: An Introduction
  4. When the Pension Vanishes
  5. Sirius ‘Open Source’ Pensiongate (Sirius Financial Crisis): Company May Have Squandered/Plundered the Pensions of Many People
  6. Sirius ‘Open Source’ Pensiongate: Pension Providers That Repeatedly Lie to the Clients and Don’t Respond to Messages

As it turns out, NOW: Pensions is considered dodgy; according to Wikipedia (after many edits, some of which controversial): “During the three years leading up to June 30, 2017 Now:Pensions achieved a 2.8 percent annualized return, which was significantly less than the returns achieved by almost all of its competitors during the same time.[1] In November 2017 the Pensions Regulator fined the trustees of Now:Pensions £50,000 for administration problems. Followed by a fine for £20,000 in February 2018.[1][2] In February 2019 The Cardano Group acquired Now:Pensions from ATP[3] after Now:Pensions ran into multiple administration problems and years of poor performance.[1]”

“We’ll release some audio soon.”So they already got fined for breaches. Only less than a year before the fines Sirius chose this company. How come? And where did the money go?

I’ve already cautioned former colleagues about this and if this is representative of the state of the “pension industry”, then we’re all in deep quicksand and generally in trouble. Based on recent articles in the media, more and more people nowadays realise they’re affected.

In the case of NOW: Pensions, maybe they realise that some of the money that they possess is linked to fraudsters and they’d rather protect the fraudsters than do what’s right. We’ll release some audio soon.

Links 28/02/2023: New KDE Release and Some Politics

Posted in News Roundup at 9:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Linux Links9 Best Free and Open Source Electronic Design Automation Tools

        There are a wide range of EDA tools out that are released under an open source license which let developers customize, and create their latest designs. To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we’ve compiled a list of 9 high quality free Linux EDA applications. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to design electronic systems.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Software – February 2023 Updates

        Here are the latest updates to our compilation of recommended software. Open source software at its finest.

        It’s been an extremely busy month in February with a smorgasbord of new and updated group tests published.

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

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux Shell Tips4 Commands to List Mounted File Systems in Linux

        The Linux operating system provides multiple filesystems, including ext4, xfs, tmpfs, securityfs, and many more. This guide demonstrates various ways to list all mounted

      • UNIX CopHow to automate updates on Ubuntu and Redhat-based Systems
      • UNIX CopWhat is /dev/null in Linux
      • CloudbookletBuilding an Effective ML Deployment Stack with Docker on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process of building a powerful ML deployment stack on Ubuntu 22.04, complete with step-by-step instructions and commands.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install NoMachine on CentOS 9 / RockyLinux 9 / AlmaLinux 9

        In this guide, we will show you how to download and install NoMachine on AlmaLinux, RockyLinux and CentOS systems. NoMachine is a cross-platform, fastest, and highest quality remote desktop tool that enables you to access the desktop of any other machine with NoMachine installed.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Bitwarden on CentOS 9 /AlmaLinux 9/ RockyLinux 9

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Bitwarden on your CentOS, AlmaLinux and RockyLinux systems.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Discord on CentOS 9 /AlmaLinux 9/ RockyLinux 9

        In this guide, we will show you how to install Discord on CentOS, AlmaLinux and RockyLinux Systems with two different methods.

      • Peter Czanik: Syslog-ng 101, part 9: Filters

        This is the ninth part of my syslog-ng tutorial. Last time, we learned about macros and templates. Today, we learn about syslog-ng filters. At the end of the session, we will see a more complex filter and a template function.

        You can watch the video or read the text below.


        Declaring filters

        Filters are expressions to select, or in other words, filter log messages. They make sure that the right messages reach the right destinations. For example, you can use filters to discard debug level log messages, or make sure that all authentication-related messages are routed to your SIEM system.

        A filter definition is a collection of one or more filter functions. It consists of two parts. It starts with the word “filter”, followed by an identifier for the filter which you will use later to refer to the given filter. After that, it lists the filter functions with their parameters. You can combine multiple filter functions using boolean operators. Here is how its syntax looks like:

        filter name { filterfunction(); };
        filter f_default { level(info..emerg) and not (facility(mail)); };
      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Notepadqq on Linux Lite 6.2
      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Reaper on a Chromebook
      • Barry KaulerHow to install Vivaldi browser or any DEB

        Forum member tallboy asked how to install Vivaldi web browser in
        EasyOS. Forum member kinoe replied with a link to a Vivaldi appimage.

        I also posted a couple of replies. Yes, appimages will work in Easy,
        and .deb packages can be installed just by clicking on then. There are
        some caveats though, see my replies:

      • DebugPointHow to Install LibreOffice in Arch Linux (Fresh and Still versions)

        LibreOffice comes in two variants. The latest version by number is the community edition which contains the latest features and enhancements and targets early adopters. And the business version is a little behind on features but it’s stable and solid.

        However, in the Arch Linux package repository, the names remained as “fresh” and “still”.

        Here’s how to install it.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Ubuntu PitKDE Plasma 5.27.2 Released: What’s New?

          The KDE team has announced the second point release of the Plasma 5.27 LTS desktop environment series: Plasma 5.27.2. This release brings fixes for reported user issues, as well as a more streamlined experience with improved usability and efficiency overall.

        • KDEKDE Plasma 5.27.2, Bugfix Release for February

          Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.27.2.

          Plasma 5.27 was released in February 2023 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

          This release adds a week’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include…

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

  • Leftovers

    • MeduzaBelarusian IKEA knockoff company Swed House to open in Russia — Meduza

      The Russian Union of Shopping Centers has signed a cooperation agreement with the Belarusian company Swed House, a home goods firm that sells items intended to look like IKEA products.

    • MeduzaProsecution requests 19-year prison terms for Belarusian opposition leaders, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Pavel Latushko, tried in absentia — Meduza

      Belarusian opposition leaders Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Pavel Latushko are being tried in absentia in Belarus. They have been charged with conspiracy, organizing an extremist group, and undermining the government of Belarus and its state security.

    • Meduza18 human skeletons found on Dagestan beach, where they may have been buried in 1930s — Meduza

      Human remains were found on a Caspian Sea beach in Makhachkala, Dagestan, the Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti reported on Monday, citing local law enforcement.

    • HackadayPokemon ROM Hacks Brought To The Real World

      If you were a kid anywhere in the last 30 years, it was nearly impossible to avoid at least some exposure to the Pokemon franchise. Whether that’s through games like Red and Blue to Scarlet and Violet, the brief summer everyone played Pokemon Go, or to other media such as the trading card game or anime, it seems to have transcended generations and cultures fairly thoroughly. And, if you’ve consumed all there is of official Pokemon video gaming, you may be surprised to know there are a number of slightly modified games floating around out there that can be translated onto game carts just like their official counterparts.

    • HackadayCollection Of Old Films Rescued For Preservation

      PeriscopeFilm owners [Doug] and [Nick] just released a mini-documentary about the rescue of a large collection of old 35 and 16 mm celluloid films from the landfill. The video shows the process of the films being collected from the donor and then being sorted and organized in a temporary storage warehouse. There is a dizzying variety of films in this haul, from different countries, in both color and black and white.

    • World Bank: Earthquake damage in Türkiye estimated to exceed $34 billion

      The rapid damage assessment report after the February 6 earthquakes also acknowledges that recovery and reconstruction costs will be much larger, potentially twice as large.

    • Union of bars files case against switch to remote education due to earthquakes

      Higher education will continue online, with earthquake survivors placed in university dormitories.

    • Xe’s BlogTalon is amazing

      When I was writing this post,
      I was in a unique level of flow state working with Talon. It’s
      probably gonna come across a little bit weird. Sorry!

      In my last article I discussed the voice control challenge, it is a
      very simple thing: put your hands at your sides and use only your
      voice to do your daily tasks. In essence, doing this makes you get
      exposed to what it is like for people who have to rely in these
      technologies on a daily basis.

      For many of you reading this post, this is just a thought experiment.
      This is something that you try once or twice and then go back to
      normal. It can be frustrating, none of your applications will work
      correctly. Selecting some UI elements may be difficult or even

      One way to look at a challenge like this is to help you train empathy
      for those who have to rely on this technology. it can make you feel
      powerless. This is a feeling that we rarely get to have as

      The thing that I really feel exemplifies the difficulty of the voice
      control challenge is controlling a text editor. Text editors require
      arbitrary keyboard inputs. They require pressing weird key binds.
      Doing this with voice control on a mac or iPad can be difficult to

    • Counter PunchLetter from London: Meeting at Maison Bertaux

      I made a nostalgic venture back into London’s Soho last week to meet up for a coffee and chat with writer and journalist Christopher Howse. We had arranged to meet at well loved patisserie Maison Bertaux on Greek Street, enjoyed by CNN only a few weeks ago, I noticed. It was not exactly Marlow getting the ship fixed and setting off upriver again but the drums of my past were certainly beating as I wandered up from Charing Cross. Not often these days did I meet with a broadsheet journalist, either. I have known my fair share, some also who gave up once it became impossible to make a living from it. Two I knew actually became barristers — funny, as, also last week, I had come across Harry Mount’s ‘My Brief Career’ in one of those appetising piles of free books you find at overland London railway stations. The kind you are encouraged to pluck like fruit and take back once read. As my train was late, I began reading Mount’s expose, and was immediately thankful to be taken away from news on my phone from Ukraine. It is a tidy account of how Mount travelled in the opposite direction from the two barristers by journeying instead from law to journalism. ‘A hilarious account of the splendid miseries of being a pupil in a barrister’s chamber,’ John Mortimer wrote. Mount is now editor of The Oldie, whose founding editor was former Private Eye and Soho luminary Richard Ingrams, and I wonder how the view is for him now.

      At least London seemed its usual eccentric and capricious self. I couldn’t help but notice the man in Leicester Square marching in front of me with the word ‘ELECTRICITY’ on the back of his high-vis jacket. ‘I’m shocked,’ he kept saying into his mobile phone, rather troublingly for an electricity man. ‘I am shocked!’ he repeated, perhaps too loudly this time. Leaving him to whatever power game he was playing, I sneaked a left into Chinatown and suddenly found myself beneath a marvellous sea of tethered bright orange lanterns, as if each chuckling away at the big grey sky. There were so many of them, all so light and crisp and beautiful, that I had to take a photograph. Only later did I realise each was bearing the name of a giant casino. In fact, serious gambling among London’s Chinese community is sufficiently common nowadays for the many first-time Chinese students heading to our universities being made aware of the impending risk of unlimited access to it. This sounds like something they may have once said to communists about to experience capitalism. On my left, meanwhile, was Wan Chai Corner, where many years ago I would eat delicious dim sum with a gracious backgammon-playing friend. By now I was really looking forward to seeing Christopher again. We are two quite different people who share many of the same interests — poetry, travel, the cosmos — or so I like to think. I reviewed his book ‘Soho in the Eighties’ in these pages a few years ago, and if ever a London memoir demonstrates an acute power of observation, it is this one. In equal measure, I am also a fan of his crescent-like ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’ based on years of travelling across the Castilian interior.

    • Oona RäisänenUsing HDMI radio interference for high-speed data transfer

      This story, too, begins with noise. I was browsing the radio waves with a software radio, looking for mysteries to accompany my ginger tea. I had started to notice a wide-band spiky signal on a number of frequencies that only seemed to appear indoors. Some sort of interference from electronic devices, probably. Spoiler alert, it eventually led me to broadcast a webcam picture over the radio waves… but how?

    • Science

      • HackadayMove Over Steel, Carbon-Reinforced Concrete Is Here

        Reinforced concrete is the miracle material which made possible so many of the twentieth century’s most iconic structures, but here in this century its environmental footprint makes it something of a concern. As part of addressing this problem, a team at TU Dresden in Germany have completed what is believed to be the world’s first building made with carbon-reinforced concrete, in which the steel rebar is replaced with carbon fiber.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayDIY STM32 Scope Is Simple, Cheap, And Featureful

        Would you like to have a small digital oscilloscope? Do you have a spare BlackPill (STM32F401) board and a TFT display laying around? [tvvlad1234] presents us with a simple and educational digital storage oscilloscope design that barely needs any components for you to build one, and it’s packed with features just like you would expect from a self-respecting open-source project. Not just that — it can even stream data to your computer, in a format compatible with the TekScope software!

      • HackadayWatch Time Slide By With This Electromechanical Clock

        Back in the 18th century, clockmakers were held in high esteem, as turning pieces of metal and wire into working timepieces must have seemed like magic at the time. The advent of mass production made their profession largely obsolete, but today there are several hardware hackers whom you could consider modern heirs of the craft. [Hans Andersson] is one of them, and has made a name for himself with an impressive portfolio of electromechanical clocks. His latest work, called the Time Slider, is every bit as captivating as his previous work.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • CNNAfter 959 days, this city is no longer imposing $1,000 fines for not wearing a mask

        One of the last major international cities requiring face coverings on Tuesday announced it will end its controversial Covid mask mandate nearly three years after it was enacted to prevent the spread of the virus.

      • CNNZero-calorie sweetener linked to heart attack and stroke, study finds

        A sugar replacement called erythritol — used to add bulk or sweeten stevia, monk-fruit, and keto reduced-sugar products — has been linked to blood clotting, stroke, heart attack and death, according to a new study.

      • TruthOutExposure to Chevron’s “Climate-Friendly” Fuel May Pose Severe Risk of Cancer
      • Brownstone flack Gabrielle Bauer admits that the Great Barrington Declaration was wrong

        From the vantage point of three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, at times October 2020 seems like ancient history, although I do still remember it well. The pandemic was building as the first deadly winter approached, and it was not clear when (or if) there would be safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19. There was hope, of course, because the reports coming out about the clinical trials of the mRNA-based vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna sounded promising, but even the most optimistic wouldn’t have predicted that the vaccine would receive emergency use authorization (EUA) and start rolling out to high risk frontline workers a mere two months later and then to the high risk general public not long after that. The 2020 Presidential election was in full swing, as much as it could be given the pandemic-driven restrictions on large gatherings. It was truly a bizarre election.

      • Pro PublicaMinnesota Looks to a New Approach to “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

        Anti-abortion counseling centers, often called “crisis pregnancy centers,” may soon face an existential choice in Minnesota: Leave behind their explicit agenda of dissuading people from having abortions or risk losing state funding.

        While some center operators could see that as a nonstarter, state Democrats may leave the door open for them to continue receiving taxpayer dollars — albeit under a battery of rules some Minnesota lawmakers hope could expand services for pregnant people amid the country’s rapidly shifting abortion landscape.

      • Pro PublicaHow We Found That Sites of Ebola Outbreaks Risk Facing It Again

        As a devastating outbreak of Ebola spread to Tommy Garnett’s homeland of Sierra Leone in 2014, the conservationist had a hunch.

        Garnett long lamented the deforestation from farming, mining and logging in the region and wondered if tree loss had anything to do with the outbreak that had swept into Sierra Leone from a forested area of Guinea. With activities in his country at a standstill due to the outbreak, Garnett asked the ERM Foundation, the nonprofit arm of a sustainability consulting firm in London, to help him analyze patterns of deforestation.

      • Pro PublicaOn the Edge

        Generations ago, families fleeing tribal violence in southern Guinea settled in a lush, humid forest. They took solace among the trees, which offered cover from intruders, and carved a life out of the land. Their descendants call it Meliandou, which elders there say comes from words in the Kissi language that mean “this is as far as we go.”

        By 2013, a village had bloomed where trees once stood — 31 homes, surrounded by a ring of forest and footpaths that led to pockets residents had cleared to plant rice. Their children played in a hollowed-out tree that was home to a large colony of bats.

      • New York TimesHong Kong Mask Mandate, One of World’s Last, Will End

        As of Wednesday, the city will no longer require people to wear masks indoors, outdoors or on public transportation.

    • Security

      • Patrick LouisSecure the Border and Build the Wall


        Plenty of cheesy quotes often say that total security stands on the
        opposite of total freedom.
        Undeniably, in computers and operating systems this is a fact. However,
        universal privilege used to be the norm, and restricting actions was
        a concept that wasn’t part of the vocabulary. Today, this idea is a
        must. Our machines are constantly interacting with the external world,
        exchanging information, and deliberately fetching and executing pieces
        of code and software from servers hosted in places we might never
        visit. Meanwhile, we trust and intertwine our lives with these machines.

        A system that is trustworthy is not the same as a system we must
        trust. This distinction is important because systems that need to be
        trusted are not necessarily trustworthy.

        This article will focus on the topic of access control on Unix-like
        systems. Sit back and relax as it transports you on a journey of
        discovery. We’ll unfold the map, travel to different places, allowing to
        better understand this wide, often misunderstood, and messy territory. The
        goal of this article is to first and foremost describe what is present,
        allowing to move forward, especially with the countless possibilities
        already present. How can we better shape the future if we don’t know
        the past.

      • WhichUKScammers are imitating HMRC in fake tax refund emails

        Government issues warning about latest tax office impersonation scam

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • AxiosWhite House: Federal agencies have 30 days to remove TikTok from devices

        The White House has mandated that federal agencies remove TikTok from phones and systems in a bid to keep U.S. data safe, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced Monday.

      • CBCFederal government banning social media platform TikTok from government phones
      • Copenhagen PostParliament urging members to avoid using TikTok

        Centre for Cyber Security warned last week that there was a risk of espionage in connection with having the Chinese app on state devices

      • CNNRupert Murdoch acknowledged that Fox News hosts endorsed false stolen election claims

        Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox Corporation, acknowledged in a deposition taken by Dominion Voting Systems that some Fox News hosts endorsed false claims the 2020 election was stolen.

      • Marcy WheelerBREAKING from Fox News: Trump Cheated … and He Still Couldn’t Beat Joe Biden

        When Rupert Murdoch is forced to answer questions about the 2020 election under oath, it becomes clear the extent to which Fox News was — is! — covering up what a loser (Rupert knows that) Trump is. 

      • Marcy WheelerThe Search For The Origins Of The State

        Were early societies “states” in the modern sense? Nope.

      • Marcy WheelerHow Holes in Ivanka’s Testimony Could Help Make an Obstruction Case against Her Father

        In testimony before the January 6 Committee, Ivanka and Eric Herschmann both failed to recall key details of Trump’s refusal to ask his rioters to leave the Capitol. For several reasons, one or both may end up remembering more of those details before a Jack Smith grand jury.

      • ACLUCrossing the Bridge Together: The Fight for Voting Rights Marches On

        On January 12, a tornado tore across central Alabama, including the historic city of Selma. Since then, community groups have been clearing roads and picking up the pieces from the damage. Simultaneously, the city is preparing for its annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee: a recognition of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery march, and the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

        As the ACLU of Alabama prepares for our annual trip to Selma to commemorate the historic bridge crossing on March 5, amidst such devastation in the city, I feel the immense tradition and history of Selma, a place where our elders accomplished so much to make voting rights possible. 58 years after the historic movement that led to the 1965 enactment of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the legal enfranchisement of Black voters, I remain struck by the duality of what voting rights in Alabama has meant for this nation.

      • The StrategistChina’s self-serving Ukraine ‘peace plan’

        On 24 February, marking one year since Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine began, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published China’s position on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis. In theory, its 12 points form the basis …

      • Common DreamsHas the GOP Lost Its Brain? Hardly.

        Timothy Noah is an incisive commentor on U.S. politics. His recent New Republic essay, “How the GOP Lost Its Brain,” nicely documents the ways that the Republican party has become both increasingly anti-intellectual and incoherent since the days of Reagan. The GOP deserves to be skewered for its inconsistencies, absurdities, and lunatics. And its very real fissures ought to be analyzed with care, for they can grow, and contribute to the party’s weakening if they do. But it does not follow from these fissures that the GOP is an agglomeration of nihilists and no longer has “ideas.” It has ideas, and they are summed up in the acronym MAGA, which now defines both the Republican base and its major leaders and presidential aspirants.

      • Common DreamsDear Gov. DeSantis: You’re a History Grad. Please Tell Me When Systemic Racism Ended

        When Ron DeSantis was asked by a Fox News host two years ago if the United States is “systemically racist,” the Florida governor quickly responded: “It’s a bunch of horse manure.” He went on to boast that he had banned such ideas in Florida’s schools.

      • TruthOutFormer Watergate Prosecutor: Trump Should Have Been Charged Upon Exiting Office
      • TechdirtGetting Kicked Off Social Media For Breaking Its Rules Is Nothing Like Being Sent To A Prison Camp For Retweeting Criticism Of A Dictator

        It’s become frustrating how often people insist that losing this or that social media account is “censorship” and an “attack on free speech.” Not only is it not that, it makes a mockery of those who face real censorship and real attacks on free speech. The Washington Post recently put out an amazing feature about people who have been jailed or sent away to re-education camps for simply reposting something on social media. It’s titled “They clicked once. Then came the dark prisons.“

      • Telex (Hungary)Budapest-based Russian “spy bank” in critical situation
      • Telex (Hungary)A battle of wills: Hungarian doctors vs the government
      • Common DreamsAnalysis Spotlights the Lasting Pain Inflicted by Reagan’s Social Security Cuts

        In 1983, just before signing legislation that cut Social Security benefits, then-President Ronald Reagan declared that “we’re entering an age when average Americans will live longer and live more productive lives.”

      • Common DreamsLeftist Elly Schlein—’Italy’s AOC’—Elected to Confront Far-Right Giorgia Meloni

        Calling her victory “a clear mandate for real change,” left-wing Italian politician Elly Schlein on Sunday was named the new leader of her country’s Democratic Party after winning against a centrist supported by the political establishment.

      • Common DreamsSanders Warns of ‘Primary Care Cliff’ as Federal Funds for Local Clinics Set to Expire

        Sen. Bernie Sanders warned Monday that without swift congressional action, the $5.8 billion in federal funding relied on each year by community health centers around the United States will expire on September 30, resulting in a devastating “primary care cliff.”

      • The NationDo Voters Really Want More CIA Analysts in Congress?

        Elissa Slotkin, the first Democratic hopeful seeking to replace retiring Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, is the sort of candidate national Democratic strategists fantasize about. She represents a closely divided district in Lansing, after initially getting elected to a solidly Republican one, and she has a solid centrist voting record likely to appeal to the highly coveted white suburban mom demographic. She’s also a former CIA analyst who served three tours in Iraq. She has the same political CV, in other words, that delivered a clutch of traditional GOP congressional seats to security-minded women during the 2018 blue wave that granted House Democrats a strong majority in the midst of the Trump years. Pundits eagerly dubbed that landmark ballot “the year of the badass woman”—and they will no doubt be closely monitoring Slotkin’s Senate bid for further confirmation of this reassuring political trendlet.

      • The NationIt’s Time to Call Out the DeSantis Deflection

        When Ron DeSantis recently threatened to end AP courses for all high schoolers in Florida, he did more than escalate the culture war that right-wing reactionaries are waging against “critical race theory” and anti-racism. DeSantis signaled his willingness to join a long line of Southern governors who have used racism to deflect attention from their failure to help people hurting in their states, especially poor and low-wealth people. Even if DeSantis never attacked Black history or trans people, moral leaders and impacted people should be standing up, speaking out, organizing, and voting because of the way his policy decisions have sacrificed the well-being of Floridians, especially the more than 10 million poor and low-wage people, be they Black, white, Latino, Asian, Native, LQBTQIA, or straight. DeSantis wants to argue about whether white students feel guilty when they learn the truth about America’s past, but he has been silent about the fact that 47 percent of Florida’s citizens are poor and low-income, including 39 percent of all white people in his state. Since 1979, income for the top 1 percent of Floridians has nearly doubled. But for everyone else, real income has actually fallen over the same four decades. That’s as true for poor white folks as it is for poor Black folks.

      • The NationWhy the Media Just Can’t Stop Whitewashing the Koch Family

        If you want to suffer through Hollywood at its sappiest, you could waste an afternoon watching Mary Pickford’s 1917 tearjerker The Poor Little Rich Girl and its 1936 remake of the same name starring Shirley Temple (the original source material being a 1913 Broadway play by Eleanor Gates). Both films, as one could guess from the titles, explore the difficulties of being the child of plutocratic wealth. Pickford plays Gwendolyn, the neglected offspring of a mother who prefers high society to her daughter and a father mired in moneymaking schemes. Growing up in a chilly household, Gwendolyn finds friendship in the rowdy company of the warm if ragged working class, including an organ grinder and a plumber. Temple’s suffering young princess, Barbara Barry, has only one, and a negligent, parent, a widowed father immersed in business. Like Gwendolyn, Barbara also discovers nurturing kindness in the company of the immiserated, including yet another organ grinder.

      • The NationArgentina, 1985 Is a Political Tale for Our Time

        Argentine President Alberto Fernández wasted no time in sounding the alarm. A little more than two weeks removed from a January 6–style insurrection in Brazil—and following a series of violent crackdowns by Peru’s newly formed government—Fernández opened the seventh summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Buenos Aires with a warning: “We believe in democracy, and democracy is definitively at risk. After the pandemic, we have seen how the ultra-right has stood up, and it is threatening each of our countries. What we can’t allow is for this recalcitrant and fascist right to threaten our institutions.”

      • The NationSara Nelson Could Be the Greatest Labor Secretary Since the New Deal

        When Sara Nelson agreed to come to Madison, Wis., to discuss the future of labor at an ideas festival on the University of Wisconsin campus in the fall of 2021, it was supposed to be just another appearance by one of America’s most engaged and energetic labor leaders. Then, Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, ended up having a pair of surgeries that required her to use a wheelchair for several months. Of course, she could have canceled the trip. But that’s not how Sara Nelson rolls.

      • Democracy NowA History of California, Capitalism, and the World: Malcolm Harris on New Book “Palo Alto”

        We speak with author Malcolm Harris about his new book, Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World, in which he writes how his hometown in the heart of Silicon Valley and home to many tech billionaires has helped to reshape the economy by exporting its brand of capitalism to the rest of the United States and around the world. “It’s important to see the internet and its history as this relation between capital and the government,” says Harris in a wide-ranging interview.

      • ScheerpostWhy Much of the Global South Isn’t Automatically Supporting the West in Ukraine

        In October 2022, about eight months after the war in Ukraine started, the University of Cambridge in the UK harmonized surveys conducted in 137 countries about their attitudes towards the West and towards Russia and China.

      • Scheerpost‘Argentina, 1985’ Is a Political Tale for Our Time

        Argentina’s nominee for Best Foreign Film offers an urgent warning to democracies in Latin America and across the West.

      • ScheerpostWest Is Out of Touch With Rest of World Politically, EU-Funded Study Admits

        A study by the elite EU-funded European Council on Foreign Relations found the West is out of touch politically with the rest of the world. Most people in China, India, and Türkiye see Russia as an important ally, and they want multipolarity, not continued “American global supremacy”.

      • Counter PunchBuilding Direct Democracy in an Atlanta Forest

        On the edge of a forest just south of Atlanta, I sat in the shade of a gazebo on a hot day in May of 2022, speaking to two activists. Parkgoers sweated in their short sleeves as they strolled past a concrete wall, on which graffiti said DEFEND THE FOREST over a fist sprouting up from roots like a squat tree trunk.

        The two activists, along with many others, had taken the graffiti’s message to heart and were trying to stop large tracts of the South River Forest from being developed into a privately owned soundstage and a sprawling training center for police, dubbed Cop City. Since that day, the gazebo has been ripped apart by heavy equipment, eighteen activists have been charged with “domestic terrorism,” and one forest defender has been shot and killed by police.

      • Pro PublicaThe Democratic Insider Who Fought the Trump Administration

        As chief U.S. House counsel for four years, Douglas Letter advised then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi through tense legal standoffs with the Trump administration. He helped shape strategy for the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, leading to contempt of Congress charges against Trump advisers Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro and subpoenas for five sitting members of Congress.

        Now, Letter, a Justice Department attorney for 40 years, has begun a new role as legal counsel for the Brady campaign, defending victims of gun violence and taking on gun laws, such as a local statute in Highland Park, Illinois, that restricts assault weapons like one used in a July 4 parade massacre. Letter said he carries with him lessons learned counseling House Democrats as they faced growing partisan hostilities and concerns for their safety.

      • Green Party UKGreen Party response to deal on Northern Ireland protocol | The Green Party

        Responding to the deal agreed between the UK and the EU on the Northern Ireland protocol, Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay said:

        “We welcome closer cooperation between the UK government and the EU. Boris Johnson had promised an ‘oven-ready’ deal which has caused pain, division and turmoil for communities and businesses in Northern Ireland.

        “Hopefully today’s agreement marks a turning point when we can begin to heal these problems and strive towards much closer relationships.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Democracy NowFree Speech on Trial: Supreme Court Hears Cases That Could Reshape Future of the Internet

        We look at two cases before the Supreme Court that could reshape the future of the internet. Both cases focus on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which backers say has helped foster free speech online by allowing companies to host content without direct legal liability for what users post. Critics say it has allowed tech platforms to avoid accountability for spreading harmful material. On Tuesday, the justices heard arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, brought by the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed in the 2015 Paris terror attack. Her family sued Google claiming the company had illegally promoted videos by the Islamic State, which carried out the Paris attack. On Wednesday, justices heard arguments in the case of Twitter v. Taamneh, brought by the family of Nawras Alassaf, who was killed along with 38 others in a 2017 terrorist attack on a nightclub in Turkey. We speak with Aaron Mackey, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who says Section 230 “powers the underlying architecture” of the internet.

      • TechdirtFCC ‘Investigating’ Repeated Broadband Industry Coverage Lies

        After years of criticism about their inaccuracy, the FCC recently spent another $50 million (on top of the $350 million they’d already spent) on supposedly better broadband maps. But the end result is still a bit of a mess, with entrenched telecom monopolies like Comcast being repeatedly caught claiming to deliver broadband in areas that can’t receive service. Often to glean subsidies the company doesn’t deserve.

      • APNICTransiting UAVs in aerial mesh networks

        Guest Post: How to maintain continuous network connectivity during movement.

      • APNICWelcome to APRICOT 2023

        APRICOT 2023 starts today in Manila, Philippines! Here are some highlights.

      • APNICIETF roundup for the APNIC community

        Guest Post: Investigating IETF activities relevant to the APNIC community at APRICOT 2023.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtSlim Shady Files Shady Trademark Opposition Over Application For ‘Reasonably Shady’ Podcast

          And if that title didn’t really confuse you all that much, then you’ve managed to get the point. Eminem hasn’t been shy about asserting his intellectual property rights in the past, though much of his efforts on that front have actually been to the benefit of artists from his fights with record labels. That doesn’t mean that Em’s team isn’t capable of some IP missteps, however.

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsZarya of the Dawn: US Copyright Office Affirms Limits on Copyright of AI Outputs

          Just this week, the United States Copyright Office (USCO) provided a bit more clarity, at least as to its views about US law and works generated by AI. While it affirms some of the limits that we articulated, it leaves open many questions about where exactly the boundaries of copyrightability lie.

        • Torrent FreakPirate Couple Got Caught Uploading, Promised to Abstain, Got Caught Again

          In 2018, Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN targeted a middle-aged couple who uploaded pirated content in breach of copyright. In exchange for a relatively small settlement and a promise not to infringe again, BREIN took no further action. After being caught for a second time, harsh financial consequences mean that the man and woman are no longer a couple.

        • Torrent FreakSony vs. Datel: Game Cheat Copyright Questions Referred to EU’s Top Court

          After more than a decade of litigation in Germany, key questions emerging from a Sony lawsuit targeting cheat maker Datel have been referred to Europe’s highest court. The lawsuit concerns cheat mechanisms created for Sony’s long-dead Playstation Portable that affected gameplay but ran alongside copyrighted code without directly modifying it.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Part Time Work

        Over the last 4 months (since my dance with c0v1d) I’ve been having ongoing health issues. So much so that I can no longer work full time. Of course the bills have to be paid so I find myself looking for alternative modes of operation.

        At first I though that freelancing might be the answer but that lacks stability.Some weeks you have income and others you don’t. One might think that a higher hourly rate is the answer but that approach is getting harder and harder to do in such a competitive market. A part time role could be the answer.

      • Collecting links about skills

        I feel like I’m going overboard with the references. When I listen to podcasts, I practically never check the pages with references. But in this case, the four of us bring so much stuff to the table that deserves a link. If you can think of more stuff that needs to be added, please do so.

        One link I was unable to find was a post by James Raggi where he first mentioned the specialist class in Lamentations of the Flame Princess and ditching percentage thieves’ abilities for X-in-6 rolls with the d6.

      • Christians Speaking out against Christian Nationalism

        I was born and spent the first 32 years of my life in Oklahoma. I hate the place with a passion. For an example of how terrible it is: a couple years after I left, the governor called for a statewide day of prayer for the petroleum industry. I still try and keep an eye on the place. Occasionally I browse the r/okc and r/oklahoma subreddits, to get an idea of what’s going on down there. Last night, I stumbled on a very wonderful article, that I’m going to reproduce in full here.

      • Moon/Star Gazing 2023-02-27 Evening (Fairbanks, AK, USA)

        Fairbanks was inside a high-pressure bubble last night, and skies were clear. Not knowing how many more such opportunities I would get before we were overwhelmed by Alaska’s increasing daylight hours, I decided to head out to the boat launch for some stargazing. I was dressed quite stiffly in multiple layers of artic gear, expecting the temperatures to get extremely cold, and in fact they did drop down to -26 deg F at my viewing location.

      • Tuesday

        As I enter the Midnight, along the counter a few new heads turn to see, who’s coming in. It’s only me. As I carefully close the door to leave the cold wind outside, a whizzing sound can be heard — apparently emanating from my backpack. Ya ya, I know, it’s my trusted notebook grinding away on a build of emacs 29 …
        I turn to my favorite table in the corner, because it has a power outlet close. Hastily I retrieve the machine from my backpack and plug in the power supply. That very moment the whizz dies. make completed. Puh. No errors. Lucky me, I guess.

      • On being an ally

        Sometimes I read posts on Mastodon about allyship and it always reminds me of a longer discussion I had with my wife about the rights of women and microagressions and related topics and she didn’t care much about all that. The main point she came back to again and again was: I don’t care about this, I just want equal pay for equal work.

        I think what she was getting at is that the finger pointing at the moon is not the moon: Talking about being an ally is not the same as actually being an ally for real people in your life.

      • gemini://rawtext.club/~deerbard/glog/2023-02-28-back-to-flow.gmi

        As a child, I entered the flow state naturally. Simply by attending to what interested me.
        Then I gradually lost access to it. Now, having passed the halfway point of my life expectancy, I’m regaining it again.

    • Technical

      • Decimal watch, short update

        Of course it is not exactly as I would have imagined. I had meant to only work with decimal time directly when using the watch. My plan was to memorise a handful of decimal equivalents to my regularly daily events and just use the watch to compare how close I was to them throughout the day. As a secondary usage the watch gives me something to glance at and see the day pass without really caring about the specific time.

        My assumption was that the above two use cases would account for the overwhelming majority of my watch usage. The other use case I imagined was ad hoc times, like catching a bus and needing to compare against a time table that uses traditional time. Here I had already decided I would just use other time sources, like pulling out my phone (or looking at nearby clocks). I was OK with this because I suspected it would not do it often.

      • Notes on tldr hosting

        I wasn’t sure if this was worthwhile, and although I’ve used it occasionally myself, I largely forgot about it. But recently I got email from someone who found it helpful, which put it back in my mind.

      • Alt-Text & Link Rot — How Accessibility Features Benefit Everyone

        Links rot. It’s unfortunate, but it’s just a part of the web. Content disappears and links rot; if you don’t host your own images, then you can’t guarantee that your images will always appear. In this situation, alt-text can be the difference between your piece still making sense and it being completely useless. This is because many browsers show the alt-text with the missing image icon, so descriptive alt-text can make sure your audience still gets the necessary information.

      • Punking PCB layout with GEDA-PCB

        I’ve spent most of my adult life laying out PCB boards (not all the time…). I go through phases when I do a lot of PCB layout. I’ve used various software to do so, but in the end, my favorite way to do it is punking it with PCB.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Certificate Change on skyjake.fi

          Sometime in the next few days I will be updating the server certificate on skyjake.fi with a new one that includes “*.skyjake.fi” as a DNS wildcard.

          The private key of the certificate will remain the same, so your client may trust the new certificate automatically.

      • Programming

        • Unlikely Unicode, Episode MMCMVIII

          English has zoning rules against placing the sound represented by ŋ at the head of the word–that would be using English wrongly, you see. The discussion spawned from NixOS and nginx and whether the two alliterate, or not. Probably it’s just that nginx is popular, and is favored by certain perhaps too vocal commentators who also happen to use NixOS. These words alliterate by regular expression, qr/\b(?i)n/, which we might term a visual alliteration, just as one can have visual rhymes, “I love that stove”.

          A leading ŋ could make an appearance in comic-book, perhaps the Penguin was preparing to pontificate when that protector of peace, Batman, punched him in the paunch. Speaking of children’s materials, I am informed that /vr/ is likewise verboten at the start of a word–vroom, vroom! But these are not serious examples, and doubtless they will be grown out of in good time. After all, Don Quixote put an end to the sale of chivalric romances.

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

Links 28/02/2023: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.13 and GIMP 2.10.34 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 10:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux Gizmos Rockchip RK3588 based Mini-PCs feature touch screen display and dual GbE

        Indiegogo recently featured two Mini-PCs integrating the Rockchip RK3568 multi-core processor. The PlanetPC XR series Mini-PCs can be configured with up to 32GB RAM, 256GB Flash, 2x GbE, Wi-Fi/BL connectivity, SSD support and both models run on Ubuntu 20.04.

        The XR1 is described as an entry level Mini-PC integrating a Quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 RK3568 processor clocked at 2.0GHz, an ARM G52 2EE GPU and a [email protected] NPU.

      • PlanetPC XR’s series of computers are a Linux-powered alternative to the Mac mini

        Computers come in all shapes and sizes, where there are some who prefer having a PC with a large chassis for better cooling, the ability to fit larger motherboards and GPUs, while others might prefer something small that can just sit on their desk and don’t take up too much room.

      • Geeky GadgetsPlanetPC XR touchscreen Linux mini PC

        If you are in the market for a Linux mini PC you might be interested in a new Indiegogo crowd funding campaign launched by the team at Planets Computers based in the United Kingdom. Their latest creation features a 16 LED RGB light array and integrated HD color touchscreen together with microphone and stereo speakers.

        Before pledging your funds however it might be worth your while checking out the previous projects by the company which still seem to be outstanding for some even years after funding was successfully raised. If you are still interested in risking your hard earned cash more details are available over on the official Indiegogo project page by following the link below.

      • Is Linux a Good Alternative to Windows?

        Choosing an operating system is one of the most important decisions a user has to make. And whereas it is pretty easy when it comes to mobile devices – you are basically forced to use iOS on iPhones or Android on (almost) every other phone – on the desktop the case is not that simple.

        In a nutshell, the OS market gives you 3 main options: Windows, MacOS and Linux. Of course, every ‘family’ of operating systems has many distinctive versions, but to put it simply, it is safe to say that within a Windows or Linux brand, all of them are based on the same virtues and their heart pumps similar digital blood.

      • UbuntubuzzCollection Of System76 Laptop Reviews 2009-2014

        This is a list of reviews of System76 laptop and desktop computers by different authors for five years from 2009 to 2014. We managed to collect reviews of several System76 models ranging from Serval, Galago, Gazelle, Lemur, Pangolin, to Bonobo Pro with various Intel technologies from Core 2 Duo to generations of i7 with various graphics processors from HD Graphics, Iris Pro to NVIDIA GTX Mobile. We summarized every review by its specifications, battery hour, and the author’s conclusion and linked to every original website so you can read further. We hope this really helps everyone considering then purchasing GNU/Linux-preinstalled branded computers suitable for them. Please read on and look forward for the next collection too. Happy reading!

      • GamingOnLinuxKubuntu Focus announce the second-gen mini desktop Focus NX

        Need some power in a small box with full Linux support? The Kubuntu Focus team recently revealed their second-generation Focus NX. This is a small form factor desktop that comes with Kubuntu (KDE Plasma desktop) 22.04 LTS.

    • Server

      • The Next PlatformJapan Buys Supercomputer Just To Predict Torrential Downpours

        You know that climate change is a problem when a supercomputer to do short-term prediction of the formation of linear rainbands and the torrential downpours that they cause is 3.4X as powerful as the machines that do the day-to-day weather forecasting in a country.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • SlashdotAsahi Linux Disputes Report That Linux 6.2 Will Run on Apple M1 Chips [Ed: ZDNET spreads lies.]
      • LWNA Linux-on-M1 update [LWN.net]

        The Asahi Linux project has posted an update and reality check on the status of Linux support for Apple’s M1 hardware.

      • Asahi Linux

        There is an ongoing news cycle about Linux 6.2 being the first kernel to support the M1, started by ZDNET. This article is misleading and borderline false.

        You will not be able to run Ubuntu nor any other standard distro with 6.2 on any M1 Mac. Please don’t get your hopes up.

      • Ars TechnicaLinux is not exactly “ready to run” on Apple silicon, but give it time

        It’s an odd thing to see the leaders of an impressive open source project ask the press and their followers to please calm down and stop celebrating their accomplishments.

        But that’s the situation the Asahi Linux team finds itself in after many reports last week that the recently issued Linux 6.2 kernel made Linux “ready to run” on Apple’s M-series hardware. It is true that upstream support for Apple’s M1 chips is present in 6.2 and that the 6.2 kernel will gradually make its way into many popular distributions, including Ubuntu and Fedora. Work on Apple’s integrated GPU by the four-person Asahi core team has come remarkably far. And founder Linus Torvalds himself is particularly eager to see Linux running on his favorite portable hardware, going so far as to issue a kernel in August 2022 from an M2 MacBook Air.

        But the builders of the one Linux system that runs pretty well on Apple silicon are asking everybody to please just give it a moment.

      • It’s FOSSSSDFS is a New Linux Filesystem for NVMe ZNS SSDs

        ZNS stands for ‘Zoned Namespaces’; it is a relatively new command set for NVMe SSDs that exposes a zoned block storage interface between the host and the SSD, allowing it to align the data better.

        To complement that, a new Linux file system ‘SSDFS’ has been proposed to be included in the kernel by a developer that aims to leverage ZNS for lower I/O latency, reduced write amplification, prolonged SSD lifetime, and more.

        Let’s take a look at it.

      • Ubuntu PitXanMod Linux Kernel 6.2.1 Released: What’s New

        If you’re searching for an exceptional Linux kernel distribution that will guarantee a steady and efficient desktop experience, look no further than XanMod.

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxFFmpeg 6.0 “Von Neumann” Released with Radiance HDR Image Support, New Decoders

        Dubbed “Von Neumann,” FFmpeg 6.0 is here more than a year after FFmpeg 5.0 “Lorentz” and introduces several new features like support for the Radiance HDR (RGBE) image format, VA-API (Video Acceleration API) decoding and encoding for 10bit and 12bit 422/444 HEVC and VP9 streams, as well as a new mode to the cropdetect filter to allow it to detect crop-area based on motion vectors and edges.

        FFmpeg 6.0 also introduces support for the WBMP (Wireless Application Protocol Bitmap) image format, NVEC AV1 encoding support, oneVPL support for QSV, and support for the filtergraph syntax in FFmpeg’s command line interface to pass file contents as option values by prefixing the option name with ‘/’.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • H2S MediaHow to install PHP Imagemagick on Ubuntu 22.04

        Are you a web developer looking for ways to enhance your PHP scripts with image manipulation capabilities? If so, then the Imagick PHP module is likely one of the tools you should add to your arsenal.

      • H2S MediaLearn ROS Noetic installation on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        Introduction Robotics is one of the fastest-growing areas which will change everything around us and also it not showing any signs of slowing down.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Setup IKEv2 IPSec VPN Using strongSwan and Let’s Encrypt on Rocky Linux 9

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up an IKEv2 IPSec VPN using strongSwan using EAP-MSCHAPv2 authentication along with Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates on a Rocky Linux 9 server. You will also learn how to connect to the VPN using Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android clients.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Fedora Linux

        Cinnamon is a free, open-source desktop environment developed by the Linux Mint team. It is based on the GNOME desktop environment but comes with a unique and intuitive user interface designed to be user-friendly and customizable.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install and Enable SSH on Fedora Linux

        Secure Shell, commonly called SSH, is a network protocol that allows secure remote access and management of Linux servers. Its strong encryption and authentication features have gained popularity over older unsecure methods such as Telnet and FTP.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GitLab on Debian 11 or 10

        GitLab is a web-based Git repository management tool that provides a complete DevOps platform, enabling teams to collaborate on projects easily. It is an open-source application that offers various features, such as continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD), version control, and issue tracking.

      • Linux CapableImproving MySQL Performance: A Guide to Using MySQL Tuner

        MySQL Tuner is a popular open-source tool for analyzing and optimizing the performance of MySQL servers. The tool provides recommendations for improving the configuration of your MySQL server based on its analysis of key metrics and statistics.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Slack on Fedora Linux

        Slack is a cloud-based team collaboration tool that has gained widespread popularity for its ability to streamline communication and increase productivity in the workplace.

      • Ubuntu HandbookKDE Plasma 5.27 Available to Install in (K)Ubuntu via PPA

        The latest KDE Plasma Desktop 5.27 was released 2 weeks ago. (K)Ubuntu 22.10 based systems can now get it via KUbuntu Backport PPA. And, KUbuntu 23.04 will ship with Plasma 5.27 by default.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Python 3.8 on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        Python 3.8 is an older release of the Python programming language that is now in security maintenance. Despite being an older release, Python 3.8 is still widely used and is known for its simplicity, flexibility, and readability.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Prometheus on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        Prometheus is an open-source monitoring and alerting system that helps you track the performance and health of your systems, applications, and services. Originally developed at SoundCloud, Prometheus has become one of the most popular monitoring tools in the industry, used by companies such as Airbnb, DigitalOcean, and Red Hat.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Display Information on Your Linux Desktop With Conky

        If you’ve ever spent time browsing a Linux community on Reddit, Twitter, or other social networks, you might have noticed some beautifully-made screenshots of sleek-looking systems where the time, date, and other information about the system are on full display in the desktop. To do this on your system, you need to to master one of the most useful applications in Linux: Conky.

      • ZDNetHow to enable guest sessions on an Ubuntu desktop | ZDNET

        Your privacy is important and nearly every Linux distribution is filled with features, tricks, and underpinnings that take the security of your information very seriously. Take, for instance, the idea of the guest session.

        The concept is a special login for your operating system that allows others to use the machine, without having access to any of your data. At the same time, no information would be saved between guest sessions. In other words, anyone could use your computer, and — once they logged out of the guest session — any and all data collected during the session would be automatically trashed.

      • XDACan the HP Dragonfly Pro run Linux?

        Unlike other laptop lineups, the HP Dragonfly Pro series uses both ChromeOS and Windows 11. There’s the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook which runs ChromeOS, and then the HP Dragonfly Pro, which runs Windows. But what about Linux? While you can run Linux on both of these great HP laptops, you’ll need some workarounds.

        On the standard HP Dragonfly Pro, you can virtualize Linux, run Linux apps with the Windows Subsystem for Linux, or try to run it in place of Windows with the risk of driver issues and certain parts of your device not running right. Then, with the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook, you can run Linux apps on top of ChromeOS apps. Here’s everything else you need to know.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Display Information on Your Linux Desktop With Conky

        If you’ve ever spent time browsing a Linux community on Reddit, Twitter, or other social networks, you might have noticed some beautifully-made screenshots of sleek-looking systems where the time, date, and other information about the system are on full display in the desktop. To do this on your system, you need to to master one of the most useful applications in Linux: Conky.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • GamingOnLinuxScummVM 2.7.0 ‘The Real Slim Shader’ supports even more classics

        ScummVM 2.7.0, The Real Slim Shader, is officially out now bringing more compatibility for retro titles to modern platforms so here’s what’s new. What exactly is ScummVM? To put it simply: it’s a whole set of different open source game engines under one roof, with each focusing on a different type of retro games.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Plasma 5.27.2 Is Out with Lots of Plasma Wayland Improvements

          Coming only a week after KDE Plasma 5.27.1, the KDE Plasma 5.27.2 point release is here to improve the first-time setup experience of your Plasma desktop by omitting apps that are pinned to the Task Manager by default but aren’t installed on your GNU/Linux distribution so you won’t end up with broken icons.

          KDE Plasma 5.27.2 also brings lots of improvements for the Plasma Wayland session, including a fix for a recent regression causing line artifacts to appear around panels when using a fractional scale factor, as well as support for correctly rendering the mouse cursor in XWayland-using apps when using a fractional scale factor.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • On February 27, 2023, EmmaDE4 1.03 focused on parental control – Emmabuntüs

        On February 27th 2023, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.03 update (32 and 64 bits), based on the Debian 11.6 Bullseye distribution and supporting both Xfce and LXQt desktop environments.

        This distribution was originally designed to facilitate the reconditioning of computers donated to humanitarian organizations, starting with the Emmaüs communities (which is where the distribution’s name obviously comes from), to promote the discovery of GNU/Linux by beginners, as well as to extend the lifespan of computer hardware, in order to reduce the waste induced by the over-consumption of raw materials.

        This new update of our distribution adds the CTparental control, as well as a script to help install and configure it. This will greatly simplify the deployment of CTparental for the parents who want to protect their children against unsuitable content on the Internet, see our tutorial presenting the parental control.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

    • Debian Family

      • CNX SoftwareArmbian 23.02 out with Linux 6.1, DietPi 8.14 adds experimental RISC-V support

        Two of the most popular projects providing images for Arm and RISC-V single board computers have released new updates with Armbian 23.02 adding Linux 6.1-based Debian and Ubuntu images, and DietPi 8.14 adding experimental RISC-V support for the StarFive VisionFive 2 SBC and new Arm boards.

        Linux 6.1 is the latest LTS kernel, so Armbian is now providing Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy and Debian 11 Bullseye images based on Linux 6.1.y for boards that support it, as well as the first development images based on Debian 12 Bookworm and Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar.

        I could not find any new boards added in the changelog, but the release brings several improvements and bug fixes to some of the already supported SBCs including the Raspberry Pi 3, Orange Pi R1 Plus LTS, ROCK Pi S, ROCK Pi 4, NanoPi R2S, NanoPi NEO3, and Banana Pi BPI-M2 Pro. The announcement also highlights that Armbian OS works well on RK3588 with official support for Radxa Rock 5 and Orange Pi 5, albeit some are still using Linux 5.10.x.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxLinux Mint 21.2 Promises Better Support for Flatpak Apps, Faster File Management

        In Linux Mint 21.2 “Victoria”, the devs promise better support for Flatpak apps, as well as for apps using GNOME’s libadwaita library by implementing support for the xdg-desktop-portal desktop integration portal and frontend service for Flatpak and other similar containment frameworks.

        This change will make Flatpak and libadwaita-based apps work seamlessly on all supported desktop environments, including Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE, even if they’re usually written only for the GNOME desktop environment, and support features like dark mode and screenshots.

      • ZDNetUbuntu 22.04.2 is as predictable as an operating system can be… and that’s a good thing | ZDNET

        When the latest point release of Canonical’s Ubuntu desktop operating system was made available, it made me realize that this particular take on Linux (as well as the mother of all distributions… Debian) is totally antithetical to much of society.

        Let me illustrate this by way of a mobile phone metaphor. For a very long time, anyone who designed, created, and manufactured smartphones understood that every release had to have a serious “wow” factor. Without that, no one would pay attention. Why? Because society wants to be wowed, wooed, and impressed. Society is always looking for the “latest and greatest,” the thing that makes the biggest splash and has the most impressive set of new features.

        Those who embrace technology came to expect projects to come out with new features that would blow them away. They wanted pomp, circumstance, and cake (because who doesn’t want cake?).

      • FOSSLinuxUbuntu backup and recovery: Keeping your data safe and recovering lost data

        Backup and recovery are crucial components of any data management strategy, regardless of whether you’re dealing with personal files, business data, or mission-critical applications. Accidental deletion, hardware failure, theft, cyber-attacks, and natural disasters are some factors that can lead to data loss. The consequences can be severe, ranging from the inconvenience and financial losses to reputation damage and legal liabilities.

      • FOSSLinuxUbuntu gaming: A comprehensive guide to playing games on Linux

        Gaming on Linux has come a long way in recent years, and Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions for gaming enthusiasts. With the right setup, Ubuntu can provide an excellent gaming experience, offering access to a broad range of games, including popular titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and Rocket League.

      • Ubuntu NewsUbuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 776

        Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 776 for the week of February 19 – 25, 2023. The full version of this issue is available here.

      • Ubuntu FridgeThe Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 776
    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • UbuntubuzzKiCAD 7 Released

        KiCAD is a professional free software application for electronic design automation (EDA). It is mainly used for electronic purposes like designing schematics, electronic circuits and drawing printed circuit board (PCB). Drawing circuitry with electronic components like resistors, capacitors, diode, switch etc. is easy with KiCAD. It includes important tools to create a bill of materials (BoM), artwork, Gerber files, and 3D views of the PCB and its components. It is licensed under GNU GPLv3 or later license. Its website is https://www.kicad.org.

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Helps TRS-80 Model 102 Deploy Kubernetes

        The TRS-80 Model 102 is a classic computer from the mid-1980s and with the help of a Raspberry Pi and an ESP32 it is capable of much more exciting things.

      • Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Backpack

        Portability is one of the great benefits of owning a small, yet powerful, computer such as Raspberry Pi. So long as you have a screen and keyboard to hand, you can pop one into your bag and take it on your travels. Or, as Nicholas Hacault has shown, you can actually make Raspberry Pi a feature of your bag and gain instant access to it wherever you go.

        Nicholas came up with the idea when he was looking for a way of transporting a Linux device. At first, he considered running a virtual machine on his laptop. “But that sounded like too easy a solution,” he says. “Since I was already bringing a bag to school, I figured that a backpack would be the perfect housing for my project.” With the idea in the bag, he was ready to get going.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • LibreOffice installer improvements coming, thanks to Ximena Alcaman, Rachael Odetayo and Outreachy

        Today we’re talking to Ximena Alcaman, who is working on LibreOffice installer improvements as part of the Outreachy programme. Outreachy provides internships to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living.

        Ximena is working alongside Rachael Odetayo on the LibreOffice installer, and is being mentored by Marina Latini and Jussi Pakkanen, with support from sponsors SUSE and The Document Foundation. Let’s learn more…

      • UbuntubuzzLibreOffice 7.5 ReleasedLibreOffice 7.5 Released

        LibreOffice is a cross-platform, free libre open source software (FOSS) office suite from Germany developed by worldwide community under stewardship of a non-profit organization. It was originally developed from OpenOffice.org in 2010, first released in 2011 and the latest version 7.5 released in 2023. It is consisted of six applications namely Base (database), Calc (spreadsheet), Draw (illustrator), Impress (presentation), Math (equation editor), and Writer (word processor). It is mostly viewed as an alternative to Microsoft Office or Google Docs. It is the de facto office suite on all GNU/Linux operating systems especially Ubuntu. Its website is https://libreoffice.org.

      • AOO 4.1.14 Release Notes

        Apache OpenOffice 4.1.14 is a Maintenance release, incorporating bug fixes and little enhancements. All users of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.13 or earlier are advised to upgrade. You can download Apache OpenOffice 4.1.14 here. Windows 10 and 11 users can now also get Apache OpenOffice for selected languages in the “Microsoft Store” App.

        Please review these Release Notes to learn what is new in this version, as well as important remarks concerning known issues and their workarounds.

        Only use the original website “https://www.openoffice.org/download/” to download. The installed software can be verified with the About box (see menu “Help – About OpenOffice”) by comparing the numbers with the reference data on the download webpage (see the text in the light green box). For Apache OpenOffice 4.1.14 it has to be “AOO4114m1 | Build ID 9811 | Rev. a0d24fb625″.

    • GNU Projects

    • Licensing / Legal

      • [Old] The VergeThe lawsuit that could rewrite the rules of AI copyright

        Microsoft and OpenAI are far from alone in scraping copyrighted material from the web to train AI systems for profit. Many text-to-image AI, like the open-source program Stable Diffusion, were created in exactly the same way. The firms behind these programs insist that their use of this data is covered in the US by fair use doctrine. But legal experts say this is far from settled law and that litigation like Butterick’s class action lawsuit could upend the tenuously defined status quo.

        To find out more about the motivations and reasoning behind the lawsuit, we spoke to Butterick (MB), Manfredi (TM), and Zirpoli (CZ), who explained why they think we’re in the Napster-era of AI and why letting Microsoft use other’s code without attribution could kill the open source movement.

    • Programming/Development

      • QtQt Project: Top Contributors of 2022!

        So, 2022 was a successful year for Qt – and we highlight the Qt 6.3 and Qt 6.4 releases, Qt World Summit, and Qt Contributor Summit.

        And our community members keep up with the activity by writing diligent bug reports, contributing patches, giving technical advice, or helping out other users in forums and mailing lists.

      • EarthlyGo with the Gin Framework

        The Gin framework is one of the popular web packages in the Go ecosystem for building web applications. Gin provides most of the functionalities you’ll need in a web framework featuring a martini-like API with high performance and easy error management.

      • Perl / Raku

        • RakulangRaku™ documentation

          Welcome to the official documentation of the Raku™ programming language!

    • Standards/Consortia

      • uni MichiganMy love for physical media will never die

        If my current position as a writer on The Michigan Daily’s Arts section hasn’t already made it obvious, I love art. Whether it’s books, music, movies, TV shows or anything in between, chances are that I have made the media I consume a part of my personality at some point in my life.

  • Leftovers

    • Tim BrayTwo ongoing Decades

      Today is the 20th anniversary of the first-ever public post on this blog (Spoiler: Not that interesting). Some posts mark milestones: Is This Thing On? (one day), One ongoing Year, 730 ongoing Days, Thirty-six ongoing Months, and for the ten-year mark, Birthday!

      I just re-read that last ten-years note and I think it’s good. If you care about this subject at all, do me a favor and go read it. I’ll wait. Then, a few more words about doing this in 2023 and into the future.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: YLNOPTC Wordo: NOVAE
      • Self-involved egocentric bullshit

        My support worker is excellent. They’re 26, a kinky enm nonbinary/transmasc dyke; i’ll refer to them as ‘Z’. Z’s been doing this sort of work for at least a few years now. They often have lived experience of the sort of issues i blab about, and i regularly find that i don’t need to explain certain things because it’s very clear to me that they _get it_, that they very much know what i’m talking about. i’m very grateful for this, given my decades of shitty experiences with various health and allied workers.

        During our session today, Z mentioned a recent experience with one of their other clients (without, of course, giving any identifying information). The client is 19, and told Z that Z is ‘queerphobic’ and ‘transphobic’, and that they thus want to take a few weeks’ break from seeing Z. Why? Because in the short period since their last session with Z, they’d changed and/or added identities and/or pronouns, and Z hadn’t somehow automatically known this, and had thus got language wrong. According to the client, Z “should be able to keep up”.

      • i don’t belong to the queer/tgd communities

        i don’t feel i ‘belong’ to the queer/tgd communities. i am, of course, a ‘member’ of those communities by virtue of being queer and transgenderqueer. But decades of experience and activism involving these communities have led me to feel that they project themselves in ways i don’t, and can’t, relate to. In some cases, they can feel actively marginalising.

        The primary example of this is being ‘fabulous’, i.e. outgoing and colourful (both literally and figuratively). Both the queer and tgd communities are apparently _very_ invested in representing themselves as ‘fabulous’. No, i don’t think there’s anything wrong with someone being ‘fabulous’; i’m here for it. Yes, i understand this is at least partly a response to being expected (at best) to remain in the closet, instead being ‘out, loud and proud’.

      • What was the last book you read?

        What was the last book you read?

        Why did you choose it? What did you get from reading it?

        Under what circumstances would you recommend it to someone else?

      • Daily life

        On work days a Casio F-91W wristwatch, draped over
        the clock radio, beeps me awake at 0415. It cost
        $15 at walmart, survived a month under mud, water,
        & snow when I lost it in the backyard. Its battery
        lasts 10 years and is replacable. It goes on my
        wrist before I leave the house.

        Shower, eggs & greens, maybe yoga, scrubs on, chant
        a psalm because it’s Lent, drive 100km to hospital
        for work. I listen to St Thomas Aquinas’s Summa
        Theologica on a busted old offline Android discard-
        ed by my friend Kirsa on the way. Thanks Librivox &

    • Technical

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

Links 28/02/2023: qBittorrent 4.5.2 and Godot 4.0 RC 6

Posted in News Roundup at 4:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • HackadayMorphOS: A Modern Operating System for PowerPC

      When it comes to modern operating systems for PowerPC-based systems like pre-Intel Macs, or other PowerPC-based systems like older or newer AmigaOS-compatible systems, there is an increasing lack of options. For 32-bit PPC, official Linux support has been dropped already, leaving only unofficial builds and of course AmigaOS as well as AmigaOS-like operating systems. So what do you do if you have a PPC-based Mac system lying around which you do not simply want to run the same old, unsupported copy of MacOS on? In a recent video, [Michael MJD] decided to give MorphOS 3.17 a shot on a Mac G4 Cube.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comDelegate common tasks with an open source automation tool

      Rundeck is an open source software used to quickly automate manual tasks. Use it to create workflows consisting of commands, scripts, and APIs. These workflows might include software management, configurations, and scheduled events. Rundeck logs these activities for transparency and troubleshooting. How can Rundeck address the example of a developer needing an environment in the organization’s cloud? Consider the following points.

    • Medevel10 Open Source Solutions, Hospitals Need

      In today’s digital age, hospitals increasingly rely on technology to provide quality patient care and manage operations. However, the high cost of proprietary software solutions can be a significant barrier for hospitals, particularly in low-resource settings.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaMozilla Performance Blog: The Firefox Profiler team was at FOSDEM 2023

          The Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) 2023 took place on the 4th and 5th of February. This was the first in-person FOSDEM since 2020, and for this reason, coming back to the good ol’ ULB building felt very special. The event was just like we left it in 2020: lots of people, queues in front of the most popular rooms, queues for the food trucks, mud, booths, many many developer rooms and talks to see, and this was just like a reunion between old friends.

          As the Profiler team is very distributed, just like the rest of Mozilla, it’s been also great seeing each other again, living this event together, and strengthening our relationships around some carbonade flamande, meatballs, waffles, and (edible) mushrooms.

          The Firefox Profiler was very much represented there, with no less than 5 talks in 3 different rooms!

          Here is a quick overview of these talks as well as links to the slides and videos.

          Using the Firefox Profiler for web performance analysis, by Julien Wajsberg

          The talk took place in the JavaScript room, at the very last slot on Sunday.

          This was mostly an introduction talk about the Firefox Profiler. Julien talked about what a profiler is, described how to capture a profile, and showed how to navigate in the Firefox Profiler UI like a pro. He explained that measuring is always better than guessing in the performance world.

        • Exple.Tive.OrgMike Hoye: Never Work In Theory, Spring 2023

          Indulge me for a minute; I’d like to tell you about a conference I’m helping organize, and why. But first, I want to tell you a story about measuring things, and the tools we use to do that.

          Specifically, I want to talk about thermometers.

          Even though a rough understanding of basic principles of the tool we now call a thermometer are at least two thousand years old, for centuries the whole idea that you could measure temperature at all was fantastical. The entire idea was absurd; how could you possibly measure an experience as subjective and ethereal as temperature?

    • Programming/Development

      • Evan HahnThe lone developer problem

        In short: in my experience, if a single programmer builds something, it’s often hard for others to maintain later. There are several possible reasons why. Even great programmers fall into this trap!

        This post is anecdotal from my own experience, so it might not be right or apply to you. But here goes:

        A lot of software is built by one person. It might be an entire product built by a lone developer or a significant piece of a system.

        When this happens, I’ve observed that code written by a single developer is usually hard for others to work with. This code must’ve made sense to the author, who I think is very smart, but it doesn’t make any sense to me!

      • Godot EngineRelease candidate: Godot 4.0 RC 6

        One more time! We’ve now fixed all critical regressions we are aware of, so things are looking great for the stable release!

      • J PieperUART tunneling with moteus

        With the release of more flexible I/O support, the moteus controller auxiliary port can be used to monitor encoders using an onboard UART. Now, with firmware release 2023-02-01, those UART pins can be used as an arbitrary logic level serial port controlled by the application!

      • Kev QuirkMy Static Site Workflow

        I’ve managed to come up with a static site workflow that I think is as good as WordPress. Here’s the details…

        Cast your mind back to January 2022, dear reader, when I wrote a post about managing content with Jekyll. Shortly after writing it, I realised it was bloody hard to do, so I went back to WordPress.

        I didn’t make the decision to go back to WP lightly; I considered my options (of which there were many) but decided, at the time, that good old WP was the best of the bunch.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Rakulang2023.09 Docu Renewed

          The Raku Programming Language Documentation Team has released the newly reformatted documentation site after what has been a multi-year project in separating content from presentation, and bringing a more modern outlook to the documentation.

      • Python

    • Standards/Consortia

      • DEV CommunityBilly Warren: My take on IRCs – let’s rest from Slack and Discord for a while.

        I want to interest those that haven’t used IRCs for a while through this article. This article generally leans toward the Debian Community but I hope it gives you some perspectives into IRCs and also interests you in joining the Debian Community as well.

        Most Generation Z developers I know have at least used slack, discord, discourse and so many other communication tools but so few have used IRCs so heavily and this could be because they find it boring and limited to what kind of content they can share and what community they are participating in. I got interested in using IRCs when I joined Debian and was able to navigate my way through using some online resources. While IRC may not be as popular as other communication tools like Slack or Discord, it remains a valuable tool for communication and collaboration within the open-source community. Its open-source nature and lightweight protocol make it a flexible and customizable tool that can be used in various settings.

        Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a communication protocol that has been around since the late 1980s. Despite its age, it is still a popular tool for communication and collaboration, especially within the open-source community. It is mostly known to be used by people that work on ‘boring’ projects or maintain legacy code (I can’t state how true this is though). Interesting facts about IRC include that it was created by a Finnish developer named Jarkko Oikarinen, who wanted to create a communication tool that would allow him to chat with his friends in real-time (the FaceBook of those days). The first IRC network was called EFnet, and it quickly grew in popularity as more and more people began to use the protocol for communication and collaboration.

        IRC allows users to connect to servers and join channels (chat rooms) where they can communicate in real time with other users who have also joined the same channel. Many open-source projects use IRC channels for communication and collaboration among developers. The Debian project has a number of IRC channels that are used for communication and collaboration among developers and users. I have at least interacted with three of them which include;-

  • Leftovers

    • QuartzShould a workplace have a soundtrack?

      Imagine this: you walk into an office building on the day of a big client meeting. You’re feeling anxious, apprehensive. As you approach the receptionist and check in digitally for your appointment, you see a new option to receive a “personalized bio-soundscape” while you wait. You could use a distraction, so—why not?

    • Modern DiplomacyHow to make a nuclear clock tick

      While not primarily useful for telling the time, nuclear clocks could allow scientists to test humankind’s fundamental understanding of how reality works.

    • Ruben SchadeA rattling truck of the mind

      Last week I’d rushed back to my desk for a client meeting, when I heard the sound of a large truck idling outside. A driver had decided the street under our balcony was a fabulous place to stop and idle their behemoth while they did who knows what.

    • Thomas Vander Stichele: Meet Me in the Bathroom

      Welcome to pre-9/11 New York City, when the world was unaware of the profound political and cultural shifts about to occur, and an entire generation was thirsty for more than the post–alternative pop rock plaguing MTV. In the cafés, clubs, and bars of the Lower East Side there convened a group of outsiders and misfits full of ambition and rock star dreams.

      Music was the main reason I wanted to move to New York – I wanted to walk the same streets that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the National, Interpol, the Walkmen, the Antlers and Sonic Youth were walking. In my mind they’d meet up and have drinks with each other at the same bars, live close to each other, and I’d just run into them all the time myself. I’m not sure that romantic version of New York ever existed. Paul Banks used to live on a corner inbetween where I live and where my kids go to school now, but that is two decades ago (though for a while, we shared a hairdresser). On one of my first visits to New York before moving here, I had a great chat with Thurston Moore at a café right before taking the taxi back to the airport. And that’s as close as I got to living my dream.

      But now the documentary “Meet me in the Bathroom” (based on the book of the same name) shows that version of New York that only existed for a brief moment in time.

      Meet Me In The Bathroom — ??inspired by Lizzy Goodman’s book of the same name — chronicles the last great romantic age of rock ’n’ roll through the lens of era-defining bands.

    • OpenSource.comEssential tips and tricks for your first tech job

      First days at work are scary. I still recall many instances where I lay awake at night before my first day at work, having an internal meltdown over what would happen the next day. Starting a new job is uncharted territory for most people. Even if you’re a veteran in the industry, there’s no denying that there can be a part of you that’s a bit terrified of what is to come.

      Understandably, a lot is happening. There are new people to meet, new projects and technologies to understand, documentation to read, tutorials to sit through, and endless HR presentations and paperwork to fill out. This can be overwhelming and, coupled with the considerable degree of uncertainty and unknowns you’re dealing with, can be quite anxiety-inducing.

      Two reasons motivated me to write about this subject. The first one being that back when I was a student, most of the discussion revolved around getting a job in tech, and no one talked about what happened next. How do you excel in your new role? Now that I look back, I think I assumed that the hard part is getting the job, and whatever comes after, I could probably figure out myself.

      Similarly, once I started working in the industry, most of the career-related content I came across was about how to go from one senior level to another. No one really talked about what to do in the middle. What about the interns and the junior engineers? How do they navigate their early careers?

      After completing three years of full-time professional experience as a software engineer (and a couple of internships before), I reflected on my time. I put together a list of tips and tricks I’ve employed while settling into a new tech role. I wanted to look beyond just the first couple of months and prioritize helping achieve long-term success.

    • Science

    • Education

      • Mexico News DailyUniversity for Indigenous languages to begin classes in 2023

        The National University of Indigenous Languages will teach Indigenous tongues using immersion and initially offer four related degrees.

      • ButtondownTeaching Implication Better

        Hello everyone! It’s finally March, or at least close enough to March for my purposes. First thing, we’re a month off from April Cools! April cools is a less-cringe version of April fools, where content creators like me publish content that is both genuine and totally out of genre. Last year I took a break from software engineering to write about microscopy. Other people wrote about singing church music, marathon food, and how to read rot13. If you’ve got a blog, I’d heartily recommend joining! It’s a lot of fun.

        Anyway, between that and a bunch of work obligations, this is going to be a real busy month for me. I’m still committed to updating the newsletter six times a month, but it might be a bit erratic: instead of the alternating 1-2-1 schedule I’ve been on, it might be 2-2-0-2 instead. Just a heads up.

    • Hardware

      • Ruben SchadeDaniel Aleksandersen on split keyboard accessibility

        He suggests split keyboards duplicate certain keys that straddle the split, such as B and Y. Alternatively, they could be made detachable.

        Like Daniel, I have an injury on one of my fingers that makes typing difficult. The damaged nerves and muscle in my right pinkie make it hard to strike Return or colon reliably, so over the years I adapted by using my ring finger to perform double duty.

      • CNX SoftwareUP Squared Pro 7000 SBC features up to Intel Core i3-N305 Alder Lake-N processor, up to 16GB LPDDR5

        AAEON UP Squared Pro 7000 is an upcoming single board computer (SBC) based on a choice of Alder Lake-N SoCs up to the Core i3-N305 octa-core processor, up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 64GB eMMC flash. The board supports up to three displays and comes with a MIPI CSI port, dual 2.5GbE networking, three USB 3.2 ports, two RS232/RS422/RS485 interfaces, as well as several M.2 sockets for storage and wireless expansion that makes it suitable for machine vision solutions for smart factories, robotics applications, and retail/digital signage.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Security

      • NVISO LabsOneNote Embedded file abuse

        In recent weeks OneNote has gotten a lot of media attention as threat actors are abusing the embedded files feature in OneNote in their phishing campaigns.

        In this post we will analyze this new way of malware delivery and create a detection rule for it.

      • Security WeekLastPass Says DevOps Engineer Home Computer Hacked

        LastPass DevOp engineer’s home computer hacked and implanted with keylogging malware as part of a sustained cyberattack that exfiltrated corporate data from the cloud storage resources.

      • Security WeekCyberattack on Boston Union Results in $6.4M Loss

        A cyberattack on the Boston-based Pipefitters Local 537 union’s health fund resulted in the loss of $6.4 million.

      • Security Week‘PureCrypter’ Downloader Used to Deliver Malware to Governments

        Threat actor uses the PureCrypter downloader to deliver malware to government entities in Asia-Pacific and North America.

      • Security WeekQNAP Offering $20,000 Rewards via New Bug Bounty Program

        New QNAP Systems bug bounty program covers vulnerabilities in applications, cloud services, and operating systems.

      • Security WeekMedia Giant News Corp Discloses New Details of Data Breach

        News Corp says a threat group, previously linked to the Chinese government, had access to its systems for two years before the breach was discovered.

      • Daniel LangeDaniel Lange: Thunderbird gpg key import

        5MB (or 4.8MiB) import limit. Sure. My modest pubring (111 keys) is 18MB. The Debian keyring is 28MB.

        May be, just may be, add another 0 to that if statement?

        So, until that happens, workarounds …

        Option 1:

        Export each pubkey into a separate file. The import dialog allows to select them all in one go. But – of course – it will ask confirmation for each. So prepare some valerian tea.

      • Daniel LangeDaniel Lange: Getting gpg to import signatures again

        Now the changed defaults in gpg to “mitigate” this issue are trickling down to even the conservative distributions. Debian Bullseye has self-sigs-only on gpg 2.2.27 and it looks like Debian Bookworm will get gpg 2.2.40. This would add import-clean but Daniel Kahn Gillmor patched it out. He argues correctly that this new default could delete data from good locally store pubkeys.

        This all ends in you getting some random combination of self-sigs-only and / or import-clean depending on which Linux distribution and version you happen to use.

      • Port SwiggerPassword managers: A rough guide to enterprise secret platforms

        The second part of our password manager series looks at business-grade tech to handle API tokens, login credentials, and more

      • Port SwiggerChromium bug allowed SameSite cookie bypass on Android devices

        Protections against cross-site request forgery could be bypassed

      • Silicon AngleNews Corp reveals hackers had access to internal network for two years
        Media conglomerate News Corp has disclosed that attackers behind a data breach revealed in February 2022 had access to parts of its internal systems for two years. The initial attack was first detected in January last year, affecting News Corp. publications and business units, including The Wall Street Journal and its parent company Dow Jones…

      • Silicon AngleLockBit 3.0 remains the most active threat actor as ransomware attacks drop in January [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]
        In a surprising finding, a new report from NCC Group plc finds that the number of ransomware attacks dropped in January from December, but the number of attacks was still the highest for January in three years.

      • Scoop News Group‘A year of cyberwar’ with Russia: An inside look from a top Ukrainian cybersecurity official [Ed: Reliance on Windows has done them a lot of harm and the "solution" was outsourcing to Microsoft, which worsens things and helps Microsoft grab taxpayers' money]

        Victor Zhora has been at the forefront of coordinating Ukraine’s cyberdefense and describes lessons learned from fending off Russian attacks.

      • Scoop News GroupCISA director urges tech sector to stop shipping unsafe products

        Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly said the cybersecurity burden should no longer be placed on consumers.

      • Data Breaches553 days from discovery to notification? DataBreaches asked Dental Health Management Solutions why.

        Why did it take 553 days from discovery to notify patients? Is the delay acceptable? Applying the standards for HIPAA-covered entities, and having reported on many breaches by now, DataBreaches believes a delay that long is not acceptable unless there are factors we do not know about in play. DataBreaches sent inquiries to both DHMS and their external counsel at Wilson Elser to ask for an explanation for the serious delay. No replies have been received.

        There is currently no notice on HHS’s breach site (but they often have a delay in posting), and there is nothing on the Texas Attorney General’s breach site. Nor is there any notice on DHMS’s website.

      • How Offensive Action is Countering Ransomware [Ed: So does deleting Windows, and that's a lot cheaper.]

        Ransomware attacks have crossed a red line for many countries with continued merciless attacks. The threat to national economies and critical infrastructure marked a turning point. Governments are fighting back, and one of the strategies now routinely employed is infiltrating the servers and infrastructure of ransomware gangs. A recent offensive action against a top ransomware gang shows it can be a powerful tool both to rattle ransomware groups and provide real-time help to victims.

        The latest occurred last month. Top U.S. prosecutors revealed Jan. 26, 2023, a law enforcement operation involving 13 countries that infiltrated the Hive ransomware group’s infrastructure starting in July 2022. As a top U.S. law enforcement official characterized it: “Simply put, using lawful means, we hacked the hackers.” Hive was one of the most prolific ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) groups, with affiliates using its ransomware to execute attacks and extort more than 1,500 victims. For seven months, investigators had “clandestine, persistent” access to Hive’s control panel and database. That enabled investigators to swipe decryption keys without Hive’s knowledge and distribute those keys to 336 victims actively under attack. More than 1,000 decryption keys were provided to previous Hive victims, and authorities estimated the action meant US $130 million was not paid to the gang. What does this mean for the Hive gang, and what influence will this action have with respect to the broader ransomware environment?

      • The RecordDanish hospitals hit by cyberattack from ‘Anonymous Sudan’

        The websites of nine hospitals in Denmark went offline on Sunday evening following distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from a group calling itself Anonymous Sudan.

        Copenhagen’s health authority said on Twitter that although the websites for the hospitals were down, medical care at the facilities was unaffected by the attacks. It later added the sites were back online after “a couple of hours.”

      • Dallas NewsThousands of Asian Texans targeted in driver’s license breach

        The state shipped thousands of Texas driver’s licenses to an international organized crime group in a security lapse that is still under investigation, Department of Public Safety Chief Steve McCraw said Monday.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Federal News NetworkUN will struggle to unify Libya with elections this year

        The United Nations is making a new push to convince Libya’s rival factions to hold presidential and legislative elections this year. But any optimism was dampened Monday by a lack of details and continued disputes. Abdoulaye Bathily, the top U.N. diplomat for Libya, told the Security Council in New York that the latest initiative aims for elections within 10 months.

      • AntiWarNine More Ukraines

        Joe Biden must think that he’s the world’s Rich Uncle. In a meeting with the so-called Bucharest Nine today he promised these former Warsaw Pact nations – which should never have been admitted to NATO in the first place – unlimited economic and military support. Nine more Ukraines if need be.

      • AntiWarWhat if the West Can’t Put Ukraine Back Together?

        America’s twenty-year involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrated that nation building is often more expensive, prone to failure, and politically unpopular than expected at the outset.

      • AntiWarUkraine: The Violence Before the Violence

        The violence in Ukraine is unimaginable. But before the violence, there was violence. The military conflict in Ukraine has received an unprecedented amount of media coverage. The major US networks have given more coverage to Russia’s war in Ukraine than they did to America’s war in Iraq.

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      • Security WeekUS Sanctions Several Entities Aiding Russia’s Cyber Operations

        US Department of Treasury has announced a fresh set of sanctions against entities helping Russia in the war against Ukraine.

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        Tesla may receive over $300 million in tax abatements over the next two decades for a massive new expansion of its northern Nevada facility, the product of a 2014 deal for when the company first came to the area on the promise of new jobs and major investments in the area. The long-awaited sum will be voted on Thursday by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Tesla projects it will bring in 3,000 jobs at an average rate of $33.49 per hour and invest $3.6 billion into the economy.

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        A Tesla deal may come to fruition for its facility in Nevada on Thursday, which may allocate more than $300 million in tax abatements to the company. The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development will hold a vote on Thursday to decide whether the company will receive the sum over the course of two decades.

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        If Congress wants to spend taxpayer money on child care services, it should pass a bill authorizing that.

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        Enterprise software provider Workday Inc. beat expectations on earnings and revenue today as it posted its fourth-quarter financial results, but its guidance for the coming quarter came up light and its stock fell almost 3% in extended trading.

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        Dear NYT,

        Because of your repeated transphobia and your doubling down by silencing your internal critics, I can no longer support your publication.

        I tolerated you continuously giving the anti-choice Douthat a platform, or Dowd’s anti-Clinton hatred and your biased coverage in 2016 contributing to the decline of US democracy (that you never did a mea culpa on) … but now you are just ganging up against one of the most vulnerable groups in our society, and showing your own illiberalism in doing so.

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        $CHATBOT was trained in writing that already exists on the internet up to the year 2021. When you type in your question or prompt, it reacts with lightning speed.

        The journalist can’t even write a factual sentence without immediate embellishment. Ruben is a handsome, well-respected genius who’s wit and modesty are matched only by the delightful freshness imparted by his regular bathing regime and impeccable aftershave choices. AI clearly stands for awesome-smelling individual.

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        First, I made an 11-point list of topics/suggestions that people can take “queue” from in regards to *what* should be submitted, but additional topics and suggestions are welcome, and are welcome for submission. Tech-oriented content is what this zine is going for, but it’s not set in stone.

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

Sirius ‘Open Source’ Pensiongate: Pension Providers That Repeatedly Lie to the Clients and Don’t Respond to Messages

Posted in Deception, Finance, Fraud, Free/Libre Software at 3:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


  1. Sirius ‘Open Source’ and the Money Missing From the Pension
  2. Sirius Finished
  3. Sirius ‘Open Source’ Pensiongate: An Introduction
  4. When the Pension Vanishes
  5. Sirius ‘Open Source’ Pensiongate (Sirius Financial Crisis): Company May Have Squandered/Plundered the Pensions of Many People

Pension letter 1

See more: Evidence of Sirius ‘Open Source’ (or Sirius Corporation) Failing to Pay Pensions, Failing to Inform Staff, Not Responding to Staff

Summary: Sirius ‘Open Source’ has chosen rather questionable pension providers that ‘cover up’ for the company's abusive behaviour

TODAY we resume the series not because of progress but due to a lack of progress. We set some deadlines or ultimatums and those have already been missed/exceeded by over a week. The short stories, as we shall tell them in the coming days, might not be applicable to all pension providers in the UK, only at least two of them — the ones I’ve dealt with personally for months already (as did former colleagues).

Before we share some audio of conversations (likely some time tomorrow or later this week) let’s just say that this is still an ongoing investigation. At least 2 people were saying they cannot find anything about me on their system. Upon escalation, however, a “Standard Life” supervisor or line manager or whatever (Leah Brown) said the pension had been transferred (why could her colleagues not see the name?) but still refused to give all sorts of critical information. This was done without any authorisation from those impacted and, yet worse, without even notifying them that it happened.

This investigation of ours follows some pension-related abuses at Sirius, as covered here back in December (we shared some letters too). It was escalated further in light of two revelations: 1) the older pension ‘vanished’. 2) the existing one is being elusive, the provider evasive, and those who phone to ask about it are being provided with only “template” responses.

At first, I had to submit complaints to them at least twice only to finally receive a phonecall (about 3 weeks late). At a later stage they sent out an E-mail:

Dear Roy,

Thank you for contacting [redacted].

Following on from our conversation on Friday the 6^th of January 2023, I can confirm your employer has now sent us over the contributions for October and November.

I’ve arranged for a contribution history to be sent to your home address within 10 working days.

If you need any more help, we have a new alternative way for you to make your request digitally. You can securely confirm your details and send your request to our team *here.*

We would also appreciate if you could click on the link below and let us know how we did today.

Kind Regards,


[redacted] Helpdesk

I then responded:

Dear [redacted] (or colleague),

There seems to be about 5000 pounds missing. The statement was received by post, but it lacks about 5 years of my pension — money passed to you from another provider back in 2016. Please phone us, as before, to clarify why the statement omits this. I’m on [redacted]

My reference number is [redacted]


They never responded to this. They never followed up at all.

After a long while (maybe days) I said:

Please phone me and my wife ASAP. We both have pensions with you and it is a matter [that's] urgent because:
a) there seems to be a lot of “missing” money
b) the employer may be committing fraud
c) I am a whistleblower (see (b)), so they might try to retaliate


PS – call me today, it is very urgent.

There were several more messages like this (about 5 in total, sent days apart).

They did not reply to this either. Days later I phoned them up and they lied to me. They gave false, empty assurances. I sent the following:


Your handling of clients is totally irresponsible and completely unacceptable. You did not reply to any of my urgent E-mails (about 5 of them), so after a week I phoned you up, at my expense, and spoke for nearly an hour with [redacted]. He later spoke to my wife as well.

We both demanded written assurances that the former employer cannot plunder the pension like it did with our previous one. You said you would send us written assurances within 10 working days. Today we finally received two letters, but those are just balance statements (like a template reply) and nothing else. It’s a repeat of what you sent us before. It’s redundant. Nothing at all was written for us. In other words, [redacted] gave us false verbal assurances and you gave us nothing at all.

Hence, I hereby demand that you send us the money of our current balance (yes, I am aware of the very high taxes). Phone us immediately. We live nearby and will come to collect our money ASAP.

You failed us repeatedly. You failed numerous times. You gave false assurances. You moreover fail to heed our warning about an employer (your client) that plunders people’s pensions. This bodes well for the pension sector as a whole.

Please phone us now to arrange collection of our funds.

At this stage we already spoke to other victims; we suspected they had paid us salaries using our own money (our pensions) without telling us. Or maybe someone paid his mortgage using our pension money. Whatever it is, many people’s money seems to have gone “missing”.

I wrote to them again:

Hi [redacted],

My wife and I still wait for the letters you promised us. If we don’t hear back in the next day or so, we’ll take this public.

That was over a week ago. They just lied over the telephone (we have that recorded as proof) and they never responded to any E-mail. It’s as if their policy became, “do not speak to the client” (if the client phones us, lie to the client).

And we just got the phone bill 4 days ago. We paid almost 20 pounds for phonecalls (to just one pension provider, not even counting the other one).

A financial firm that kept lying or made false promises would typically not survive, would it?

Among the other expenses in the phone bill:

08 Feb
Calls to UK landlines

27 Jan
Calls to UK landlines

27 Jan
Calls to UK landlines

This story isn’t over and it’s still an ongoing dispute. The other pension provider is even more scandalous, but we’ll cover that separately (some former colleagues are also “on the case”).

As one former colleague put it, “I was in the [redacted] one and got the weird e-mails saying some payments were missing but when I got a statement from them they had all been fixed” (or so we’re told; there are other issues).

The bottom line is, if you work for a company that has gone rogue and is acting ‘dodgy’ (British slang), then you might want to check what pension provider it chose and what happens ‘behind the scenes’. They may be arranging the looting of staff’s salaries (or partial wage theft) under the guise of “pension”.

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EPO Has ‘Guidelines on Rewards’, But Promotions Are Down Sharply and Potential to Recruit is Very Low (Except Scabs)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Finance, Patents at 1:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The Central Staff Committee at the EPO has a new publication which reveals dishonesty about the EPO’s budget, staff prospects, and so much more

THE OTHER day we mentioned how the EPO crisis had happened and what it looks like from the inside. The short story is, there’s brain drain and the EPO can barely recruit. It’s barely even trying to. From the looks of it, Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos only sought a ‘production line’ of monopolies and now they pursue a kangaroo court to blindly accept these monopolies as “valid”, in effect bypassing national courts in many countries (that’s both illegal and unconstitutional). EPO stakeholders aren’t exactly happy about this and they're complaining.

“Lying and mischievous violations of the law have become so routine that nowadays they’re simply expected.”The ‘production line’ mindset/mentality impacts European software patents, based on EPO leaks, so something must be done about this.

Examiners are meanwhile warning that the regime keeps lying, typically relying on nice-sounding titles (e.g. “Teams Together”) to do ruinous, harmful things. One new example of that is described in a newly-circulated paper from the Central Staff Committee. We’re reproducing it in full below (HTML, text, GemText):

Zentraler Personalausschuss
Central Staff Committee
Le Comité Central du Personnel


Reward Exercise 2023

Taking away with the other hand

Dear Colleagues,

In his Communiqué of 14 February 2023, Mr Campinos presented his Guidelines on Rewards 2023 as an improvement. However, in real terms, the number of potential steps and promotions decreases (-8,2%) compared to 2022 and the budget for steps and promotions decreases (-6,4%) compared to the budget approved by the Administrative Council (CA/D 1/22). The focus on bonuses rather than on career progression confirms that management is not willing to invest in EPO staff in the long term. This policy seems unsustainable at a time when production is behind plan, quality has decreased to unbearable levels for our users and the “Bringing Teams Together” project causes staff disengagement. This paper gives more details.

Budget: real decrease of the envelope for steps and promotions

The draft budget1 for 2023 contained an envelope for steps and promotions of EUR 14,690 million. The envelope was then reduced in the final budget2 approved by the Council to EUR 14,380 million. Instead of following the Council’s decision, Mr Campinos has further reduced3 the envelope to EUR 11,700 million.

The table below shows the evolution between the budget approved by the Council and the budget proposed by Mr Campinos:

EPO budget

60% of among eligible staff, but in practice?

1 CA/50/22, p. 168
2 CA/D 1/22, p. 166
3 GCC/DOC 3/2023, p. 6

Two obvious comments come to mind:

Firstly, salaries have been adjusted by +10,8% as of 1 January 2023 to reflect the evolution of the purchasing power and the salaries of national civil servants. Steps and promotions are therefore “more expensive” in the same proportion. However, the envelope for steps and promotions will only increase by 1,7% for 2023. This means, all else unchanged, that about -8.2%4 less steps / promotions can be granted. In contrast, the budget for bonuses has increased very slightly in real terms.

Secondly, when setting the envelope, the Council budget took into account the salary adjustment as well as departures, replacements and recruitments foreseen in 2023 resulting in a calculated increase of +8,6%. In 2022, Mr Campinos had already proposed an envelope significantly below the one approved by the Council. One would expect him to increase his envelope at least by the same percentage as the one decided by the Council. This is however not the case. By increasing his envelope by only +1,7% instead of +8,6% the ratio between the two reveals that Mr Campinos has arbitrarily decreased his envelope by -6,4% compared to the envelope approved by the Council.

Quota: 60% among eligible staff

Steps or promotions are available for up to 60% of eligible staff, which remains the lowest level since the introduction of the New Career System in 2015. As explained below the effect is that, in absolute numbers, fewer and fewer colleagues are receiving a step or promotion and thus fewer and fewer colleagues are progressing in their career.

To justify his policy, Mr Campinos still dares to refer to5 the baseline scenario of the Financial Study 2019 corresponding to granting a pensionable reward to 60% of eligible staff. Management should refrain from referring to a study which has now proven undeniably fundamentally wrong as it predicts deflation6 instead of inflation. It is also questionable whether the 60% can even be reached in view of the President’s cut in the envelope.

After eight reward exercises, the demotivating aspects of the New Career System have also become obvious:

Staff in service on 31.12.2022 and still in service on 01.07.2023 may be considered for steps or promotion, provided that they are not yet in the last step of the highest grade of the respective job group or “off-scale”. (section II, 1. 2)

The number of staff members who have reached the last step (G9(5) for JG6, G10(5) for JG5 and G13(5) for JG4) has increased and they are now deprived of any pensionable reward. This could create some possibility of granting more pensionable rewards to the younger colleagues if the envelope as approved by the Council were used. However, the rigid 60%-quota combined with the arbitrary decrease of the envelope prevents this. The reward exercise is more of a budget-based and quota-based exercise than a merit-based one.

4 100%-(101,7%/110,8%)
5 GCC/DOC 3/2023, p. 6
6 CA/83/19, p. 20


At a time when production is a matter of concern for management, a new amendment is

The pensionable and non-pensionable envelopes are initially distributed to the DGs on the basis of the demographic structure (number and grading of staff). Each VP may then calibrate them within the DG considering unit performance and collaborative achievements. However, no transfer of the different amounts between the different envelopes is allowed. (section I, par. 3)

This new amendment now formalises the practice of arbitrarily reducing the percentage for the teams considered less productive without duly considering the specificities of their work. A COO, a PD or a VP may further reduce the percentage to show that he or she is acting more “sustainably” than other managers.


In his Christmas speech of 12 December 2022, Mr Campinos stated that the salary method is now delivering on an initial promise with a significant “pay rise”. However, in real terms, his envelope for steps and promotions now presumably allows for -8,2% less pensionable rewards and decreases by -6,4%. This gives the feeling that what Mr Campinos had to (reluctantly) give with one hand, he is now taking with the other.

Indeed, the Financial Study 2019 wrongly predicted deflation and limited salary adjustments to Eurozone inflation + 0,2% in the hope this cap would remain low. It was however not the case due to historically high inflation. The new salary adjustment procedure led after three years to a cumulative result similar to the previous procedure. Management is now trying to “repair” what it sees as a mistake with a real decrease in the envelope for steps and promotions.

Salary adjustment and rewards serve different purposes: the former is meant to maintain the purchasing power and parallelism with national civil servants, the latter are meant to reward staff’s performance in the previous year based on merit. The policy of the administration appears to link both with purely financial considerations.

Staffing levels are already too low, production is behind7 plan, quality has decreased 8 to unbearable levels for our colleagues and for users, and the “Bringing Teams Together” project is further disengaging staff. How does the management intend to motivate staff, if they only propose more of the same?

The Central Staff Committee

7 DG1 Beats – January 2023
8 “Concerns about deteriorating patent quality at the EPO”; Kluwer Patent Blog, 11 February 2023


As the above helps show, nothing that the EPO’s management says can be trusted. Lying and mischievous violations of the law have become so routine that nowadays they’re simply expected. There’s no oversight, only complicity from the outside.

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