Links 02/03/2023: KDE Gear 22.12.3 and Phipps Versus Standard-Essential (Software) Patents

Posted in News Roundup at 1:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • New MakuluLinux Teaser…

        A new little Teaser showing off some new Features being worked on at MakuluLinux for our Upcoming “Max” release.

      • Jupiter BroadcastingLinux Action News 282

        FFmpeg gets new superpowers, Plasma’s switch to Qt6 gets official; what you need to know. Plus we round up the top features coming to Linux 6.3.

      • The BSD Now PodcastBSD Now: 496: Hacking the CLI

        Automation and Hacking Your FreeBSD CLI, Run your own instant messaging service on FreeBSD, Watch Netflix on FreeBSD, HardenedBSD January 2023 Status Report, How To Set Up SSH Keys With YubiKey as two-factor authentication, OpenSSH fixes double-free memory bug that’s pokable over the network, A late announcement, but better late than never, Next NYC*BUG and more

      • fossified

        Magnus, Daniel, Henrik, and I have met here and there when doing various things around open source. It can range from hanging out over beers at fosdem, to doing compliance work together at customers. Regardless of context, we always have fun and lots to talk about. So what’s better than starting a podcast — that way, we need to meet up just to talk. From this, fossified was born.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Trend OceansHow to List all Open File Descriptors

        One of the easiest ways to list all open file descriptors is to use the lsof command If you are here to list out all the open file descriptors, then you may be aware of what a file descriptor is and what the use of it is, but if you are unaware of file descriptors…

      • UNIX CopHow to install Podman on CentOS 9 Stream / Fedora?

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install Podman on CentOS 9 Stream / Fedora. What is Podman? Podman is a container engine compatible with the OCI Containers specification. Podman is part of Red Hat Linux, but it can also be installed on other distributions.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install CryptPad Collaborative Office Suite on Ubuntu 22.04

        Cryptpad is an open-source collaborative office suite that serves as an alternative to Office 365. It allows you to access office applications via the web browser. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install the Cryptpad suite on a Ubuntu 22.04 server.

      • Linux CapableHow to Visual Studio Code on Manjaro Linux [Ed: This is proprietary Microsoft spyware and sites called "linux" something ought not recommend or even mention it; it gives Microsoft power and data]

        Microsoft Visual Studio Code, commonly known as VS Code, is a free, open-source, cross-platform code editor developed by Microsoft. It was first released in 2015 and has since gained immense popularity among developers across the globe.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install yay AUR Helper on Manjaro Linux

        Yet Another Yogurt, or YAY, is a popular AUR helper written in Go programming language. AUR (Arch User Repository) is a community-driven repository of user-created packages for Arch Linux and its derivatives.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install WPS Office on Manjaro Linux

        WPS Office is a popular office suite software that provides users various tools for creating, editing, and sharing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The software was developed by Kingsoft Office Software Corporation Limited, a Chinese company, and is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS platforms.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LibreOffice Manjaro Linux

        LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite first released in 2010. It includes programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, and more. LibreOffice is available for various platforms, including Linux, Windows, and macOS, making it a popular choice for users who want a free and reliable alternative to proprietary office suites.

      • Linux Cloud VPSHow to Install Node.js on AlmaLinux

        In this guide, we will show you, how to install Node.js on Almalinux. It is an open-source JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. Nodejs also provides an event-driven architecture and non-blocking I/O that is optimized & scalable.

      • List all files in a folder in a git repository by last commit date

        $ git ls-tree --name-only HEAD foldername/ | while read filename; do echo "$(git log -1 --format="%ci " -- $filename) $filename"; done | sort -r

      • OMG UbuntuHow to Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.27 on Kubuntu 22.10

        Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.27 on Kubuntu 22.10 using the Kubuntu Backports PPA. Learn how to add the PPA to upgrade Plasma in minutes.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • 9to5LinuxXfce’s Apps Update for February 2023: Ristretto Gets Printing Support, Major Notifications Changes, and More

        February 2023 was another busy month for Xfce devs as they released many new versions of popular Xfce apps and core components to bring you new features and improve reliability and stability by fixing more bugs, crashes, memory leaks, and other annoyances preventing you from fully enjoying your Xfce desktop.

        Major changes were brought to the xfce4-notifyd notification daemon that implements the Freedesktop.org desktop notifications specification on Xfce, which received no less than four releases up to version 0.8.2. These include a new setting to never expire notifications, the ability to reposition notifications when the work area changes, and an improved Xfce panel icon when there are unread notifications.

      • It’s FOSSPop!_OS is Working on a New Text Editor, Taking Cues from Vim and VS Code

        System76 has been busy adding things to their upcoming COSMIC DE on Pop!_OS; they recently shared what they were up to for the month of February.

        A new Bluetooth applet was included with the rest of the work-in-progress applets for the ‘cosmic-panel’, with discussions about how config files and widget layering should work on COSMIC DE.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDEKDE Gear 22.12.3

          Over 120 individual programs plus dozens of programmer libraries and feature plugins are released simultaneously as part of KDE Gear.

          Today they all get new bugfix source releases with updated translations, including…

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Gear 22.12.3 Is Out to Improve Kdenlive, Ark, Kate, and Other Apps

          KDE Gear 22.12.3 is here to improve various of the included KDE apps for a better, more stable, and reliable experience. For example, it improves the Ark archive manager to properly check if there is sufficient free space available before extracting archives.

          The Kdenlive video editor received some fixes as well, such as a fix for a crash and offset when moving a group that includes a subtitle, a subtitle scrolling issue, the ability to scroll the timeline when moving a subtitle, a subtitle overlap issue on import, as well as a subtitle snapping issue.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • OpenSUSEopenSUSE Tumbleweed gains optional x86-64-v3 optimization

        Tumbleweed users who performed a distribution upgrade or zypper dup the last weeks on the rolling release with “recommended packages” enabled (the default) and matching hardware received a new package named patterns-glibc-hwcaps-x86_64_v3 automatically installed. This is a new Tumbleweed feature which will also automatically install the “recommended” package named with the -x86-64-v3 name suffix that provides the optimized version of the library.

        “The performance optimizations people will gain from this change is the result of much effort and discussion,” said Douglas DeMaio, a member of the openSUSE release team. “The x86-64 architecture thread on the mailing list really drove the discussion and the results will immediately provide performance improvements for those with x86-64-v3 hardware. It would be great if people write about these improvements so the results can be shared among users of our rolling release.”

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Which distribution to choose from the RHEL family?

        In today’s post we are going to recommend which distro use, from the RHEL family, for office environments and which one for a business environment.

      • Enterprisers ProjectPillars of resilient digital transformation: New HBR Analytic Services report
      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: From FCAIC to FCA: Evolving to Community Architect

        In January 2023, the Fedora Council approved a title change for the Fedora community role. The Fedora Community Action & Impact Coordinator (FCAIC) is now renamed to Fedora Community Architect (FCA).

        Does a title change make sense?

        Last December, I was working together with Matthew Miller and Ben Cotton on our role pages in the Council docs, as part of a planned review of our role documentation. While reviewing the FCAIC role documentation, I took a new look at the role title and whether I felt it was still right. While it does describe the role and responsibilities well, it still doesn’t feel quite right to me, in a similar way that Community Lead didn’t feel right in 2016. I spent some time thinking about the FCAIC role, how it has changed over the years, and what I feel it describes. Since I am still early in the role, it felt like a good time to consider a title change.

        I settled on Fedora Community Architect as the new title for the FCAIC role. In addition to being shorter, I feel like it better describes the role. Community work does not have an industry-accepted job ladder, as is more common with software engineering. Red Hat eventually settled on the title of community architect to encapsulate and describe community work in its pioneering open source communities. I also like Community Architect as a title. There is more literature and examples for others to understand the work.

      • Kevin Fenzi: Tracking down a bug

        I thought I’d share a fun hour or so of my afternoon and how I approached tracking down a bug in the Fedora Xfce spin.

        The bug is https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=2170682 “Updates cause Xfce to lose all menu icons”. A curious bug, on updating to the latest version icons in menus no longer were enabled (although the user didn’t disable them and they are enabled by default).

        Since the report happily had the update where it started, I went and looked first upstream (which turned out to be a mistake, but you never know). I looked through the recent commits for xfce4-settings to see if anything stood out as possibly being related to this. Nothing really did. All the changes seemed minor and unrelated.

      • Fedora MagazineFedora Magazine: 4 cool new projects to try in Copr for March 2023

        This article introduces four new projects available in Copr, with installation instructions.

      • Jakub Kadlčík: For my Fedora packaging sponsorees

        You have just been sponsored to the Fedora packager group and your
        review ticket was formally granted the fedora-review+ flag?

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareLILYGO T-TWR is an ESP32-S3 board with an SA868 Walkie-Talkie module

        LILYGO T-TWR is an ESP32-S3 development board fitted with an SA868 Walkie-Talkie module and a UHF or VHF antenna, a speaker, a microphone, a small 0.96-inch OLED, and a 18650 battery holder, plus some I/Os for expansion. Equipped with an ESP32-S3-WROOM-1-16NR8 module, the T-TWR offers WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, a dual-core processor with 16MB flash and 8MB PSRAM, and enables users to design their own Walkie-Talkie, while its expansion capabilities allow the control of devices. L

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OSI BlogWhy Open Source should be exempt from Standard-Essential Patents

      With the European Commission soon to offer the Parliament a bill relating to Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs), it is worth taking time to understand exactly why vendors requiring negotiations to use the patents they have embedded in “open” standards is antithetical to Open Source practice. The value and prosperity generated from Open Source arises from Open Source software licenses seamlessly and frictionlessly permitting anyone to use, modify, and redistribute the software for any purpose including monetization. When SEPs are licensed in such a way that bilateral negotiation with the licensors is a necessary element of software use, Open Source projects must necessarily avoid implementation of the associated standards to the extent that it is possible for them to do so. A requirement for bilateral, after-the-fact patent licensing is by definition not Open Source due to this introduction of licensing friction.

      This is not a matter of ideology but of pragmatics. Open Source developer communities operate on the assumption that the intellectual property owners – including both copyright and patent owners – have granted in advance all necessary rights to enjoy the software in any field of use and in any way. SEPs licensed on bilaterally-negotiated terms break this model and thus are naturally avoided. Further, the tendency for such bilateral negotiations to have some form of non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as a prerequisite also prevents many communities wanting to engage with them as unlike companies they do not have the mechanisms or resources to “firewall” NDA terms and thus routinely refuse NDAs.

    • It’s FOSSFOSS Weekly #23.09: Fedora 38 and GNOME 44 Features, NixOS Guide and More

      April will see the release of next versions of Ubuntu and Fedora. March will have next version of KDE and GNOME.

    • Events

      • Brendan GreggBrendan Gregg: USENIX SREcon APAC 2022: Computing Performance: What’s on the Horizon

        At USENIX SREcon22 APAC I gave the opening keynote on the future of computer performance, rounding up the latest developments and making predictions of where I see things heading. This talk originated from my updates to [Systems Performance 2nd Edition], and this was the first time I’ve given this talk in person!


        I began my tech career as a junior Unix sysadmin in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, in 1999, with no connection to the exciting world of tech in Silicon Valley, New York, or even nearby Sydney. As I was determined to become great at my new occupation regardless of my location, I read every sysadmin book, article, and magazine I could find on the shelf. This included SysAdmin magazine, which contained articles from various experts including Amy Rich, and a couple of advertisements: One was to submit your own articles to the magazine for publication (by writing to the editor, Rikki Endsley) and another was to attend USENIX conferences in the US and learn directly from the experts! I made both of these my goals, even though I’d never been published before and I’d never been to the US. Or even on a plane.

        I didn’t end up getting published in SysAdmin directly, but my performance work did make it as a feature article (thanks Matty). As for attending USENIX conferences: I finally started attending and speaking at them in 2010 when a community manager encouraged me to (thanks Deirdre Straughan), and since then I’ve met many friends and connections, including Amy who is now USENIX President, and Rikki with whom I co-chaired the USENIX LISA18 conference. USENIX has been a great help to my career and my employers, and I hope it is just as helpful for you. It’s an important vendor-neutral space to share the latest in technology.

      • Carl SchwanDigital Market Act workshop in Brussels

        This Monday, I was in Brussels to attend a stakeholder workshop for the Digital Market Act (DMA) organized by the European Commission. For those who don’t know that is the DMA, it’s a new law that the European Parliament voted on recently and one of its goals of it is to force some interoperability between messaging services by allowing small players to able to communicate with users from the so-called Gatekeepers (e.g., WhatsApp).

        I attended this meeting as a representative of KDE and NeoChat. NeoChat is a client for the Matrix protocol (a decentralized and end-to-end encrypted chat protocol).
        I started developing it with Tobias Fella a few years ago during the covid lockdown.

        I learned about this workshop thanks to NLNet, who funded previous work on NeoChat (end-to-end encryption). They put Tobias Fella and me in contact with Jean-Luc Dorel, the program officer for NGI0 for the European Commission. I would never have imagined sitting in a conference room in Brussels, thanks to my contribution to open-source projects,

      • UbuntuMeet Canonical at Embedded World 2023

        Embedded World is almost here! With 930+ exhibitors, 200 nonstop hours of knowledge sharing, and an exciting programme structured along 9 tracks with 60+ sessions and 18 classes, Embedded World is the must-attend global event for the embedded community.


        The embedded ecosystem is a key focus area for Canonical. We are fully committed to supporting device manufacturers and IoT pioneers across their deployment journeys by providing a best-in-class experience for embedded Linux in production.

        At Embedded World, you’ll connect with manufacturers engaging in large-scale, mass-deployments of Linux boards. Those forward-thinkers and innovators push the envelope of digital infrastructure by adopting Ubuntu Core, the most popular Linux-based operating system (OS) purposefully designed for the embedded world. By relying on an enterprise-grade Linux distribution supported over 10+  years, they empower their enterprise customers to focus on what drives their business, shortening time-to-market.

        Meet our experts at  Booth 4-600 in Hall 4 to learn about Ubuntu Core, the secure, application-centric IoT OS for embedded devices. Embedded devices on Ubuntu Core remain fully operational during both application and system updates, as the delta, OTA, transactional updates are either 100% successful or not installed, leaving no trace of failure other than log details. Device manufacturers are relieved of the time and effort required to implement reliable updates. 

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • LibreOffice 7.5.1 Community available for download

        LibreOffice 7.5.1 Community, the first minor release of the LibreOffice 7.5 line, the volunteer-supported free office suite for desktop productivity, is available from our download page for Windows (Intel/AMD and ARM processors), macOS (Apple Silicon and Intel processors), and Linux [1].

    • GNU Projects

    • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

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

Links 02/03/2023: diffoscope 237 and New LibreOffice Release

Posted in News Roundup at 9:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Magazine Planet Computers Launches ARM-based Linux Desktop PCs

      Planet Computers has brought to market a new line of mini Linux desktop computers. The XR Series is powered by ARM multicore processors and run Ubuntu Linux 20.04

      According to Janko Mrsic-Flogel, CEO of Planet Computers, “By productizing Linux into a mini desktop PC, the XR is another step toward creating a more open and inclusive computing ecosystem.”

      The XR series will be launching with two different units: XR1 (four-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage) and XR2 (eight-core CPU, a Mali-G610 GPU, from 4GB to 32 GB of RAM, and from 32 GB to 256 GB of internal storage).

    • LiliputingPineTab2 Linux tablet will sell for $159 and up

      The PineTab2 is a Linux-friendly tablet with a 10.1 inch display, a detachable keyboard, and a Rockchip RK3566 quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor.

      First unveiled in December, the new tablet has a faster processor, more memory, sturdier build quality and other improvements over the original PineTab. But one thing the new tablet has in common with its predecessor? It’s cheap. The PineTab2 will sell for $159 and up when it goes on sale soon.

    • Server

      • NetcraftFebruary 2023 Web Server Survey [Ed: The Web is shrinking. Many sites go offline.]

        In the February 2023 survey we received responses from 1,127,630,293 sites across 270,727,775 unique domains, and 12,142,793 web-facing computers. This reflects a loss of 4,638,508 sites, 240,148 domains and 13,907 computers.

        OpenResty had the largest percentage growth in sites this month: it is now used by 95,176,082 sites, an increase of 2,884,258 (+3.13%) since last month. This brings its share of sites to 8.44%, up from 8.15% (+0.29pp). OpenResty’s market share by domain count remained stable, with a slight 0.01pp increase this month – its small loss of 14,039 domains was counteracted by the greater loss of domains across all vendors this month.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Daniel StenbergFossified pilot episode

        We decided we wanted to try putting together a podcast and talk about all things FOSS: from lightweight news down to more deep dives and interviews and discussions with peeps who know more. With our takes and personal views applied of course.

    • Applications

      • Linux Links10 Best Free and Open Source Food and Drink Software

        The necessary requirements for life are physical conditions which can sustain life, nutrients and energy source, and water. This article relates to the last two requirements. Linux software can play a key part in helping to improve our health and quality of life. If you want to stay fit, part of the solution is to ensure that you are eating the right types of food in the right quantity. Nutrition analysis is important to ensure that you have a healthy balanced diet containing a variety of foods including fruit, vegetables and lots of starchy foods.

        This article is not just limited to software that ensures you maintain a healthy diet. We also feature the best free Linux software for helping people to cook delicious food. Although this software will not help you turn into Gordon Ramsay, Hélène Darroze, or Bobby Flay, it will open new doors in the world of cooking. Rest assured, we have not forgotten beer lovers, as we also identify the finest beer software available.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Net2How to Uninstall NodeJS on Ubuntu 22.04

        NodeJS is pretty popular when it comes to building server-side applications with JavaScript. But, if you don’t need it anymore on your Ubuntu 22.04 system, you might want to uninstall it.

      • OpenSource.comUse your Raspberry Pi as a streaming server

        There are various reasons to stream live video transmissions from webcams. The Raspberry Pi platform is perfect for such applications. It requires little power for continuous applications such as live-streaming servers. Communication with a Raspicam camera module, USB cam, or other network video signals is possible. The system is an RTMP, HLS, and SRT server. This article shows how to set up the Raspberry Pi as a streaming server to use HLS streaming. You need a video source to use it as a streaming server.

        Even without a Raspberry Pi, you can do the steps described here. In addition, there are further installation instructions for Windows, Linux, and macOS available.


        The application is datarhei Restreamer, a graphical user interface for the datarhei Core. The datarhei Core runs the well-known media framework FFmpeg under the hood. The easiest way to start with datarhei Restreamer is to install the official Docker container. The download and installation of the program via Docker Hub are automatic with the pull command. Restreamer starts immediately after the installation. If you don’t have a Raspberry Pi, use one of the other Docker containers on the datarhei Restreamer GitHub page (e.g., AMD64 or GPU Cuda support).

        datarhei Restreamer and datarhei Core are both open source software under the Apache License 2.0.

      • TecAdminHow to Change PHP Session Timeout

        As a web developer, understanding PHP session timeout is essential to building secure and reliable web applications. A PHP session is a way to store user information across multiple pages, and session timeout refers to the duration for which a session remains active before expiring.

      • TecAdminCalculate difference between two dates in Bash

        In Bash, you can easily calculate the difference between two dates. This can be useful in various scenarios, such as calculating the number of days between two events or determining the age of a person. In this article, we’ll discuss different methods to calculate the difference between two dates in Bash.

      • Wesley MooreCreating a Podcast From a Mastodon Account With XSLT

        With my recent experience with Deno Deploy fresh in my mind I considered using it. However I opted for a decidedly late 90s solution: XSLT. According to Wikipedia “XSLT is a language originally designed for transforming XML documents into other XML documents”. The ‘originally’ refers to fact that you can now generate any text with it, not just XML. Since it was created in the era of “XML ALL THE THINGS”, XSL templates are themselves XML documents. It also makes extensive use of XPath expressions to select nodes and extract their content.

      • UbuntuSetup your own VPN server

        Why do we need a VPN server? A VPN (Virtual Private Network) server is a network server that allows users to create a secure and encrypted connection to another network over the internet. Here are some reasons why we need a VPN server: [...]

      • Linux HandbookUse the Chage Command in Linux

        It is not a typo. I’m actually talking about the chage command here!

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Plasma 5.27.2 for Kubuntu 22.10 available via PPA

          We have had many requests to make Plasma 5.27.2 available in our backports PPA for Kubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu).

          As usual with our PPAs, there is the caveat that the PPA may receive additional updates and new releases of KDE Plasma, Gear (Apps), and Frameworks, plus other apps and required libraries. Users should always review proposed updates to decide whether they wish to receive them.

        • KDE Yocto Updates

          Since I am planning to go on vacations very soonish (actually, just idling the time until I head for the airport…), I think it is good time to wrap-up the recent changes in the KDE Yocto area.

          As you might have noticed, 4 weeks ago there finally was an in-person FOSDEM again. It was great event, many interesting people were there and I had really good chats. One of the main topics for me was discussing the next steps for our Yocto efforts, in particular as Volker and Hannah were also around.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerNew logo for EasyOS

      That little dog at the beach idea was interesting, but too cluttered; couldn’t get it to scale down very well to a 48×48 pixel image. Then yesterday I remembered a logo that was created for Wary Puppy, one of our ancient puppies. That pup was cross-compiled from source using T2. Wary is long gone — had to strain my brain to recall — yes, it was released in 2010, with updates until early 2013. I was still leading the Puppy project back then. There was also Racy Puppy, and sometime in 2013 I retired from the leadership roll. Distrowatch Puppy release announcements have jogged my memory.

      I think it was ‘afgs’ who designed that logo for Wary. I searched the old forum, couldn’t find it, but I do have a couple of png images…

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • Jan-Erik Rediger: Five-year Moziversary

          I can’t believe it’s already my fifth Moziversary.
          It’s been 5 years now since I joined Mozilla as a Telemetry engineer,
          I blogged every year since then: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022.
          As I’m writing this I’m actually off on vacation (and will be for another week or so) and also it’s super early here.
          Nonetheless it’s time to look back and forward.

          So what have I been up to in the past year?
          My team changed again. We onboarded Perry and Bruno and when Mike left we got Alessio as the manager of us all.
          In September we finally met again at the Mozilla All Hands in Hawaii.
          Not everyone was there, but it was great to meet those that were.

        • MozillaMozilla Performance Blog: Improving the Test Selection Experience with Mach Try Perf

          If you’ve ever tried to figure out what performance tests you should run to target some component, and got lost in the nomenclature of our CI task names, then you’re not alone!

          The current naming for performance tests that you’ll find when you run ./mach try fuzzy can look like this: test-android-hw-a51-11-0-aarch64-shippable-qr/opt-browsertime-tp6m-essential-geckoview-microsoft-support. The main reason why these task names are so convoluted is because we run so many different variant combinations of the same test across multiple platforms, and browsers. For those of us who are familiar with it, it’s not too complex. But for people who don’t see these daily, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what tests they should be running, or even where to start in terms of asking questions. This leads to hesitancy in terms of taking the initiative to do performance testing themselves. In other words, our existing system is not fun, or intuitive to use which prevents people from taking performance into consideration in their day-to-day work.




          In May of 2022, the Performance team had a work week in Toronto, and we brainstormed how we could fix this issue. The original idea was to essentially to build a web-page, and/or improve the try chooser usage (you can find the bug for all of this ./mach try perf work here). However, given that developers were already used to the mach try fuzzy interface, it made little sense for us to build something new for developers to have to learn. So we decided to re-use the fzf interface from ./mach try fuzzy. I worked with Andrew Halberstadt [:ahal] to build an “alpha” set of changes first which had revealed two issues: (i) running hg through the Python subprocess module results in some interesting behaviours, and (ii) our perf selector changes had too much of an impact on the existing ./mach try fuzzy code. From there, I refactored the code for our fzf usage to make it easier to use in our perf selector, and so that we don’t impact existing tooling with our changes.

          The hg issue we had was quite interesting. One feature of ./mach try perf is that it performs two pushes by default, one for your changes, and another for the base/parent of your patch without changes. We do this because comparisons with mozilla-central can sometimes result in people comparing apples to oranges due to minor differences in branch-specific setups. This double-push lets us produce a direct Perfherder (or PerfCompare) link in the console after running ./mach try perf to easily, and quickly know if a patch had any impact on the tests.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • 9to5LinuxLibreOffice 7.5.1 Brings New Light/Dark Mode Switch, Fixes More Than 90 Bugs

        LibreOffice 7.5 arrived in early February 2023 as a major release to the popular open-source office suite bringing lots of new features and enhancements. But there’s always room for improvement, so LibreOffice 7.5.1 is here to introduce a new manual light/dark mode switch.

        This new switch is implemented under Tools > Options > View as a drop-down box that lets you easily and quickly switch LibreOffice’s interface to use either the Light or Dark theme. LibreOffice 7.5 introduces a new Dark Mode that’s automatically enabled to match your system settings.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

    • Programming/Development

      • Daniel MiesslerHow AI is Eating the Software World

        I don’t use the word understand lightly, it’s the most important word in this essay. But what does it actually mean for software to understand something? Here’s how I think about the progression from data to understanding, and this is the definition I’m using to back my claim that large GPT models actually understand.

      • 37signals LLCThe simplest thing that could possibly work

        I’m a programming child of the agile software movement. Just as I was starting out, Kent Beck published Extreme Programming Explained in 2000. It was a revelation. I had just enough exposure to Big Upfront Design and waterfall methodologies to appreciate what a monumental shift this was. Beck’s methodology x-rayed the ills of the traditional approach, and made the terminal diagnosis crystal clear.

      • Sean HeelanFinding 10x+ Performance Improvements in C++ with CodeQL – Part 2/2 on Combining Dynamic and Static Analysis for Performance Optimisation

        In this post we’re going to go deeper, with a static analysis that actually looks at the application’s code. When I started thinking about combinations of analyses for performance optimisation, I didn’t find much in the way of off-the-shelf static analyses that I could just use. So, I decided to build my own. We’re going to try and answer the question: can we use static analysis to find C/C++ code patterns that lead to sub-optimal machine code being emitted by the compiler?

        I’ll first describe a particular code pattern that can lead to the compiler emitting unnecessary memory reads, and failing to auto-vectorise loops. When these patterns exist they can lead to functions being 10-20x or more slower than they otherwise could be. I’ll show how we can build CodeQL queries to find the patterns, and how we can modify the code to allow the compiler to auto-vectorise. I’ll then discuss results of applying the queries to a few code bases, lay out some issues that arise, and detail some potential future work and open questions.

      • ChrisMind the Gap When Learning

        There are many models for knowledge acquisition: your lamdas, oodas, etc. I like the Shewhart cycle22 Also known under many other names, e.g. the Deming cycle, pdsa, or pdca, depending on who you ask., so that’s the one I’ll talk about here. But it doesn’t matter which one you prefer; most of these models are basically the same thing33 Except for ooda which is weird in a way I don’t understand and nobody has been able to adequaty explain to me. But then again, I have only myself to blame for not yet reading Boyd. Maybe it would be obvious if I did!: a way to operationalise the scientific method.

      • Lucas Fryzek: Journey Through Freedreno

        Android running Freedreno

        As part of my training at Igalia I’ve been attempting to write a new backend for Freedreno that targets the proprietary “KGSL” kernel mode driver. For those unaware there are two “main” kernel mode drivers on Qualcomm SOCs for the GPU, there is the “MSM”, and “KGSL”. “MSM” is DRM compliant, and Freedreno already able to run on this driver. “KGSL” is the proprietary KMD that Qualcomm’s proprietary userspace driver targets. Now why would you want to run freedreno against KGSL, when MSM exists? Well there are a few ones, first MSM only really works on an up-streamed kernel, so if you have to run a down-streamed kernel you can continue using the version of KGSL that the manufacturer shipped with your device. Second this allows you to run both the proprietary adreno driver and the open source freedreno driver on the same device just by swapping libraries, which can be very nice for quickly testing something against both drivers.

        When “DRM” isn’t just “DRM”

        When working on a new backend, one of the critical things to do is to make use of as much “common code” as possible. This has a number of benefits, least of all reducing the amount of code you have to write. It also allows reduces the number of bugs that will likely exist as you are relying on well tested code, and it ensures that the backend is mostly likely going to continue to work with new driver updates.

        When I started the work for a new backend I looked inside mesa’s src/freedreno/drm folder. This has the current backend code for Freedreno, and its already modularized to support multiple backends. It currently has support for the above mentioned MSM kernel mode driver as well as virtio (a backend that allows Freedreno to be used from within in a virtualized environment). From the name of this path, you would think that the code in this module would only work with kernel mode drivers that implement DRM, but actually there is only a handful of places in this module where DRM support is assumed. This made it a good starting point to introduce the KGSL backend and piggy back off the common code.

        For example the drm module has a lot of code to deal with the management of synchronization primitives, buffer objects, and command submit lists. All managed at a abstraction above “DRM” and to re-implement this code would be a bad idea.

        How to get Android to behave
      • Python

        • Everything Smart HomeEverything New in Home Assistant 2023.3!

          Finally, for this release, Python 3.11 is now supported!

          Again this won’t mean much to most of you as this only affects Home Assistant core users and hasn’t yet been added to Home Assistant OS or Container yet, but after speaking to the devs, this support for core will firstly allow them to start getting some feedback before making changes to OS and container as Python 3.11 is quite a big change so they want to make sure it’s fully stable first.

      • Rust

        • Maira Canal: Rust for VGEM

          In the last blog post, I pointed out that I didn’t know exactly what it would be
          my next steps for the near future. Gladly, I had the amazing opportunity to
          start a new Igalia Coding
          with a new project.

          This time Melissa Wen pitched me with the idea
          to play around with Rust for Linux in order to rewrite the VGEM driver in Rust.
          The Rust for Linux project is growing fast with new bindings and abstractions
          being introduced in the downstream RfL kernel. Also, some basic functionalities
          were introduced in Linux 6.1. Therefore, it seems like a great timing to start
          exploring Rust in the DRM subsystem!

  • Leftovers

    • Common DreamsBody Slam: FCK PTN!

      Again highlighting its tenacity, its resilience and its way with words, Ukraine marked last week’s grim anniversary of Russia’s invasion with a new postage stamp featuring an image from street artist Banksy’s recent visit there: A small boy deftly flipping to the ground a man in a judo match, with in one lower corner the words, in Cyrillic, “FCK PTN.” The “allegorical” image, says the post office, describes, “A year of resistance – painful, ragged, fierce, persistent,” but above all “Ukrainian.”

    • MeduzaPutin inaugurates (and blesses) Moscow’s brand-new Big Circle subway line — Meduza

      Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated the brand-new Big Circle Line of the Moscow subway on Wednesday, participating in the opening ceremony remotely.

    • HackadayThe Tale Of Two Broken Flukes

      Some repairs happen as if by pure luck, and [Sebastian] shows us one such repair on Hackaday.io. He found two Fluke 175 meters being sold on eBay, with one having a mere beeper issue, and another having a “strange error”. Now, theoretically, swapping beepers around would give you one working meter and a kit of spare parts – but this is Fluke we’re talking about, and [Sebastian] wasn’t satisfied leaving it there.

    • Counter PunchThe Frog in Hot Water

      Do you, as I do, find yourself looking around to the realization that things are getting a little weird around here? Do you feel that things have gotten out of hand and out of control? Do you feel like maybe we are sitting in a bit of hot water? I sure do and to the point where I often, more and more it seems, just want to throw up my hands and surrender.

      To surrender would certainly be one response to these times and an understandable response at that but let’s do keep it in mind that surrender, though it may appeal to a certain part of our personality, comes with its own set of consequences. One possibility might be that all those things that make us uncomfortable will just right themselves like a spinning top that eventually resolves its wiggle and finds balance or another possibility is that the water, getting hotter and hotter, begins to boil and the frog, poor frog, is boiled to death.

    • Science

      • [Old] uni OxfordMathematics of the Faraday Cage∗

        The amplitude of the gradient of a potential inside a wire cage is investigated, with particular attention to the 2D configuration of a ring of n disks of radius r held at equal potential. The Faraday shielding effect depends upon the wires having finite radius and is weaker than one might expect, scaling as | log r|/n in an appropriate regime of small r and large n. Both numerical results and a mathematical theorem are provided. By the method of multiple scales, a continuum approximation is then derived in the form of a homogenized boundary condition for the Laplace equation along a curve. The homogenized equation reveals that in a Faraday cage, charge moves so as to somewhat cancel an external field, but not enough for the cancellation to be fully effective. Physically, the effect is one of electrostatic induction in a surface of limited capacitance. An alternative discrete model of the effect is also derived based on a principle of energy minimization. Extensions to electromagnetic waves and 3D geometries are mentioned.

    • Education

      • LatviaAcademic grants for Ukrainians set to continue in Latvia

        Students and researchers who have come to Latvia from Ukraine following the war launched by Russia will continue to receive support – a grant for studies or for the pursuit of scientific or academic work, with a total of up to €688,000 this year, according to the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) rules approved by the government on Tuesday, February 28.

      • Derek Sivers50 conversations in Bangalore and Chennai

        So I scheduled fifty one-hour conversations with fifty interesting people over seven days. Back-to-back meetings from 9am to 10pm every day. It was one of the most intense and fascinating (and heart-warming and educational) things I’ve ever done in my life. I recorded almost every conversation into a little voice recorder, then had it transcribed. When I got home to New Zealand I spent 30 hours reading through the transcriptions to help me remember what we talked about, then made a tiny summary, below.

      • Substack IncDishonor Code: What Happens When Cheating Becomes the Norm?

        For decades, campus standards have been plummeting. The hallowed, ivy-draped buildings, the stately quads, the timeless Latin mottos—all that tradition and honor have been slipping away. That’s an old story. Then Covid struck and all bets were off. With college kids doing college from their bedrooms and smartphones, and with the explosion of new technology, cheating became not just easy but practically unavoidable. “Cheating is rampant,” a Princeton senior told me. “Since Covid there’s been an increasing trend toward grade inflation, cheating, and ultimately, academic mediocrity.”

        Now that students are back on campus, colleges are having a hard time putting the genie back in the bottle. Remote testing combined with an array of tech tools—exam helpers like Chegg, Course Hero, Quizlet, and Coursera; messaging apps like GroupMe and WhatsApp; Dropbox folders containing course material from years past; and most recently, ChatGPT, the AI that can write essays—have permanently transformed the student experience.

      • Times Higher EducationEssay mills ‘under threat from rise of ChatGPT’

        There are early signs that firms which specialise in selling assignments are already having to shift their business models in the face of more students using the likes of ChatGPT to generate answers of a similar or better quality to what they may have been tempted to buy previously.

    • Hardware

      • Daniel LemireARM vs Intel on Amazon’s cloud: A URL Parsing Benchmark

        We wrote a fast URL parser in C++. It does not do anything beyond portable C++: no assembly language, no explicit SIMD instructions, etc.

        Can the ARM processors parse URLs faster?

      • HackadaySelf-Destructing USB Drive Releases The Magic Smoke

        There were some that doubted the day would ever come, but we’re happy to report that the ambitious self-destructing USB drive that security researcher [Walker] has been working on for the last 6+ months has finally stopped working. Which in this case, is a good thing.

      • HackadayA Thoroughly Modern Serial Terminal

        The humble desktop serial terminal may have long disappeared from the world of corporate IT, but there are still plenty of moments when professionals and enthusiasts alike need to hook up to a serial port. Many of us use a serial port on our laptops or other mobile devices, but [Neil Crawforth] has gone one better than that with the VT2040. It’s an old-style serial terminal in a super-handy portable format, and as one might guess from the name, it has an RP2040 microcontroller at its heart.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • NYPostChina cryptically warns Elon Musk about sharing posts on COVID lab leak theory

        “He did it via a pass-through organization (EcoHealth),” Musk responded, referring to the nonprofit group that was awarded nearly $8 million in federal research grants to study bat coronaviruses in China.

      • NYPostAir pollutants found at Ohio train derailment site could pose long-term risks, researchers say

        An independent analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data from the Ohio train derailment site found that nine of the toxic chemicals detected could pose long-term health risks if they continue at current levels.

      • Off GuardianNo, “Covid” STILL doesn’t come from a lab

        Kit Knightly The big Covid news the last couple of days has been that the US Department of Energy, via the Wall Street Journal, has claimed that a laboratory leak is the “most likely” origin of “Covid”.

      • Off GuardianThe UK is “rationing” vegetables…& it’s all about normalization

        Kit Knightly The past few days have seen certain fruits and vegetables “rationed” by major UK supermarkets. Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s have all put limits on customer purchases of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Just yesterday, Lidl added their own name to that list.

      • Common DreamsBiden Admin Sues Petrochemical Giants Over Deadly Chemical Pollution in Cancer Alley

        The Biden administration on Tuesday sued two corporations behind a petrochemical plant in Louisiana, arguing that the facility poses “unacceptably high cancer risks” to the low-income and predominantly Black residents of nearby communities and demanding significant cuts in toxic pollution.

      • Jacobin MagazineKathy Hochul Says She’s for Safer Railroads — Right After Vetoing a Rail-Safety Law

        Less than three months ago, Hochul struck a different tone with her veto pen. The proposed two-person crew bill — which the governor rejected on December 9, 2022 — would have required most freight trains to be operated by at least a conductor and an engineer, a safety measure that both rail unions and bipartisan lawmakers supported. Railroad companies and business groups opposed it.

      • AxiosTikTok expanding time limits on app

        Details: TikTok, one of the top downloaded apps in the world, will prompt teens under 18 years of age to enter a passcode in order to continue watching beyond 60 minutes — “requiring them to make an active decision to extend that time,” TikTok head of trust and safety Cormac Keenan said in a post.

      • TwinCities Pioneer PressTikTok sets new default time limits for minors

        The update also mirrors gaming rules imposed on minors in China, where TikTok’s parent company ByteDance was formerly based. ByteDance now says it has no headquarters because it is a global business and that instead it has leaders in Singapore, New York and elsewhere managing its business. In 2021, Chinese authorities issued new rules that let minors play online games for only an hour a day and only on Fridays, weekends and public holidays — an effort to curb internet addiction.

      • Digital Music NewsTikTok Implements Screen Timers by Default for Teen Accounts

        Now every account belonging to someone under the age of 18 now has a 60-minute daily screen time limit. Teens can turn off this feature, but if they spend more than 100-minutes daily they will be prompted to re-enable it. TikTok says during its testing period, it saw increased screen time management tools usage by 234%.

      • The ScientistThe Heart Can Directly Influence Our Emotions

        During feelings of anxiety, the brain kicks the heart into overdrive. But as it races, does the heart, in turn, talk to the brain? For centuries, scientists have debated whether the heart holds sway over the mind, and now, research published today (March 1) in Nature suggests that physical states can influence emotional ones. The study found that an elevated heart rate can cause anxious behaviors in mice—but only in risky circumstances. This suggests that interventions that target the heart might be effective treatments for panic disorders, the authors suggest.

      • The AtlanticNo One Really Knows How Much COVID Is Silently Spreading … Again

        Three years later, the coronavirus is still silently spreading—but the fear of its covertness again seems gone. Enthusiasm for masking and testing has plummeted; isolation recommendations have been pared down, and may soon entirely disappear. “We’re just not communicating about asymptomatic transmission anymore,” says Saskia Popescu, an infectious-disease epidemiologist and infection-prevention expert at George Mason University. “People think, What’s the point? I feel fine.”

      • [Repeat] CBSIndustry ethicist: Social media companies amplifying Americans’ anger for profit

        TikTok has done that by serving up an addictive mix of short videos. Some are silly, others overtly political. It’s owned by a Chinese company called ByteDance and Harris says the version that’s served to Chinese consumers, called Douyin, is very different from the one available in the West.

        “In their version of TikTok, if you’re under 14 years old, they show you science experiments you can do at home, museum exhibits, patriotism videos and educational videos,” Harris said. “And they also limit it to only 40 minutes per day. Now they don’t ship that version of TikTok to the rest of the world. So it’s almost like they recognize that technology’s influencing kids’ development, and they make their domestic version a spinach version of TikTok, while they ship the opium version to the rest of the world.”

        The version served to the West has kids hooked for hours at a time. The impact, Harris says, is predictable.

      • Common DreamsBig Ag Exploiting Carbon Markets to Intensify Grip on Food System: Report

        Climate and agricultural policies aimed at bolstering carbon markets will fail to curb planet-heating emissions while enabling powerful agribusiness corporations to greenwash their polluting operations and augment their control over the food system.

      • Teen VogueTikTok Bans at Public Universities: Student Reactions and Concerns

        “Everyone’s frustrated. It’s a bit polarized,” said Eric Aaberg, a 23-year-old content creator and social media strategist, who attends the University of Texas at Dallas. “The majority of people I know are really against this recent ban.” Asked if he was concerned about TikTok’s cybersecurity risks, Aaberg made the argument that there are plenty of apps that track data and have had data breaches, including US-based companies like Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.

      • IWFWhy Ban TikTok? Same Reasons We Ban Fentanyl

        Like fentanyl, the version of TikTok China shops to Americans is addictive and destructive; it is marketed primarily to younger people. TikTok U.S. users between the ages of 10 and 19 account for 37 percent of all users, and 64 percent of users are under 30 years old. American youth are increasingly using TikTok not just for entertainment, but also as a search engine, giving the platform even more information and influence. This does not even begin to address TikTok as a “superhighway” for actual drugs or a “danger zone” for the sexual exploitation of children.

    • Proprietary

      • TechdirtOverwhelmed By All The Generative AI Headlines? This Guide Is For You

        Between Sydney “tried to break up my marriage” and “blew my mind because of her personality,” we have had a lot of journalists anthropomorphizing AI chatbots lately. 

      • Security WeekRansomware Attacks: Don’t Let Your Guard Down [iophk: Windows TCO]

        History has shown that cyber adversaries are often adjusting their tactics and techniques to account for evolutions of their victims’ defense strategies before starting a new wave of attacks. For instance, threat actors have shifted from just infecting systems with ransomware to multi-faceted extortion where they steal data and threaten to release it to the public or even sell it. In those cases, traditional ransomware defense tools are less effective.

      • Security WeekDish Network Says Outage Caused by Ransomware Attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

        However, Dish confirmed in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday that it was indeed targeted in a cyberattack, specifically a ransomware attack.

        The incident was first announced on February 23 and an investigation revealed on February 27 that certain types of data were exfiltrated from the company’s IT systems.

      • Sean ConnerI’m seriously wondering who is trolling who at this point

        Does the Sean Conner who lives in Tennesee not know his own Gmail address? I always wonder about that. But regardless, I decided to reply with a bit of surrealism.

      • Computer WorldBing’s AI chatbot came to work for me. I had to fire it.

        I began by asking the chatbot for advice about how I could use Lean Six Sigma techniques, used for streamlining manufacturing processes, to improve my factory. I told the chatbot: “I own a small factory where I manufacture office furniture. I’d like to use lean six sigma techniques to improve efficiency and cut costs but don’t know where to begin. Can you give me advice on how to do it?”

    • Privatisation/Privateering

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • LatviaDrone surveillance management system takes step forward in Latvia

          The State Civil Aviation Agency (CAA)’s open competition for the establishment of a system for the management and monitoring of unmanned aircraft or drones announced the winner on February 28. The information technology company “ZZ Dats” was recognized as the winner, the CAA said.

        • TechdirtEven After Its Own Data Protection Agency Said There’s No Safe Way To Do Age Verification, France Wants To Do Age Verification For The Internet

          It’s become the in thing to do everywhere, these days: try to institute age verification for the internet. There’s been an ongoing, unsubstantiated, moral panic that the internet is somehow “dangerous” for children, even as most of the evidence suggests… it’s actually mostly good for kids and the evidence has supported that for years.

        • India TimesYouTube accused of collecting children’s data in the UK: Report

          As per the report, an official complaint has been lodged with the ICO by campaigner Duncan McCann. He accused the popular video streaming platform of gathering data about children’s activities on the site. McCann claimed that Youtube is collecting data about the videos that are watched by children, where they are watching and what device they are watching it on.

        • Broadband BreakfastCongress Prepares to Reintroduce Privacy Law, GOP Introduces Hatch Act Expansion, $20 Million ECF Round

          The Republican-led House Oversight Committee on Tuesday passed two bills that would place new restrictions on government interactions with private companies, with GOP lawmakers claiming the measures would limit alleged government censorship of right-wing viewpoints on social media.


          “Compelling social media to carry the propaganda of big liars cannot be the meaning of free speech in the 21st century,” Raskin said.

        • Vice Media GroupAirbnb Is Banning People Who Are ‘Closely Associated’ With Already-Banned Users

          More quietly, for a decade now, the company has had background checks completed on its users. Since 2016, they have been completed by a third-party service that claims on its website to complete background checks in less than 0.3 seconds. The speed is a necessity——the site has 6.6 million active listings—but it also leads to bans over matters as trivial as a decade-old misdemeanor related to an unleashed dog.

        • GreeceNew evidence emerges in spyware probe

          The Hellenic Data Protection Authority (HDPA) has identified at least 300 text messages containing spyware-infected links and sent to around 100 individuals, the head of the agency, Konstantinos Menoudakos, told PEGA, the European Parliament committee investigating the use of Predator and other surveillance spyware, on Tuesday.

          Menoudakos said the HDPA is still trying to identify the senders and recipients of the infected SMS messages as part of its ongoing investigation into the illegal surveillance of journalists, politicians, businesspeople and others.

        • MWLSelling Direct and Customer Support

          Although I do see that the customer has four MXs, and they’re all the same priority. It might be one of them is misconfigured. I’ll send another message, see what happens. Or, maybe the customer will see this blog or my fedi post and see that they have email trouble.

          If I demanded phone numbers for ebook purchase I could text them, but that would require I collect phone numbers and I want to not have that information.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Modern DiplomacyPolicy Recommendation: Countering Russian Escalation of the Ukraine War

        So far, the Ukraine war has remained a limited war, from the standpoint of the U.S. and NATO as no troops have been committed, and both the Russian army and the fighting have been contained in Ukraine.

      • Modern DiplomacyChina’s position statement on Ukraine is nowhere near a “peace plan”

        Here, I try to make sense of the recently put-out Chinese position statement on the Ukraine crisis and why it can hardly be seen as a “peace plan” per se.

      • Modern DiplomacyImran Khan’s softening vis-à-vis U.S.

        Days before US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit to India and Central Asia, Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, stated that US was concerned about Pakistan debts vis a vis China.

      • Modern DiplomacyThe Myths Playing and Colliding in the War in Ukraine

        Myths do play in war. And legends in the history of war.

      • NYPostColumbia University grad shot dead in the West Bank amid increased violence

        The 27-year-old was in Israel for a friend’s wedding when he was gunned down while driving, according to the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

      • Counter PunchSTART or Stop: Do Nuclear Weapons Treaties Matter?

        One nuclear bomb can destroy a city and kill most of its people. (Photo: US Air Force/Wikimedia Commons)

        After writing an initial quick reaction piece about Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to suspend his country’s participation in the New START Treaty, there has been time for some logic to set in. In other words, I have thought more about this and something doesn’t add up.

      • Counter PunchWhen Seymour Hersh Strained to Keep Up With CounterPunch

        Late last week (June 29, 2008) the New Yorker released a 6,000 word story by Seymour Hersh under the vague title, “Preparing the Battlefield”. The lead paragraph ran as follows:

        Beyond the assertion in the second paragraph that secret ops against Iran by US military and CIA are being “significantly expanded”, that was about it so far as hot news was concerned. There’s actually incredibly little detail in the 6,000 words about the actual Finding. Most of the rest of Hersh’s essay led the reader in discursive fashion  through comical interludes of zero political consequence, fairly stale news, (such as the scale of differences between the White House and Admiral Fallon) and lengthy cites from Col. Sam Gardiner about the internal political situation in Iran. As traditional in Hersh’s pieces, there was a quote from Robert Baer, a former C.I.A. officer.

      • Counter PunchThe Nemesis of the Bomb in the Hanford Nuclear Wasteland

        The Bomb

        The PBS documentary on the history of atomic and nuclear weapons, The bomb, is unforgettable. It brings to light the megalomania for absolute power. We learn that from the “accidental” splitting of the nucleus of the Uranium atom in the late 1930s by German chemists, and the armies of physicists pursuing atomic fission for the development of a powerful bomb, we ended with the real McCoy. This was the atomic bomb “Trinity” the Americans dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, incinerating the Japanese by the tens of thousands and smashing the cities into dust – in 1945.

      • MeduzaRussian missile strike destroys entire section of Zaporizhzhia apartment building — Meduza

        Russia launched a missile strike on the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia early Thursday morning, the city’s acting mayor, Anatoly Kurtev, reported.

      • Counter PunchNeo-Colonialism in Ukraine

        On February 25, 2023, in response to the Chinese government’s proposal for peace negotiations in the Ukraine conflict, Joe Biden stated that the idea of China negotiating the outcome of the war was “just not rational.”  He continued, telling ABC News, “Putin’s applauding it, so how could it be any good?”  Ignoring the childishness of Biden’s statement, it seems only reasonable to ask not only whether Biden understands how negotiations work, but whether he even read the Chinese proposal before talking to the media.  Rejecting peace talks is not only dangerous, it’s stupid.  Furthermore, to quote Joe BIden, it’s just not rational.

        It’s important to remember that in the early 1990s Washington was fine (even overjoyed) with a capitalist Russia.  Washington remained at the unchallenged top of the capitalist world order and could exploit Russia’s resources and markets.  Indeed, US investors went hog wild in the wake of the Soviet Union’s demise, championing their favorite apparatchik Yeltsin as he and a fair number of other Russians sold off the public’s property and services to the highest bidder.

      • Hindustan TimesPak: U.S. warns of TTP’s ‘liberate’ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plan, establish ‘Sharia’
      • Counter PunchAvalon Militarism

        The global pandemic was not completely catastrophic in its effects.  It led to the cancellation, and postponement, of wasteful projects and events.  It spared public money.  But as the pandemic slides into the shadow of policymaking, bad habits have returned.  The profligates are here to stay.

        One such habit is the Avalon air show, a celebration of aeronautical militarism in the southern hemisphere best done without.  In 2021, the organisers announced with regret that the event would be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty.  Last October, however, organisers promised a return to form in 2023.  Those with tickets “can look forward to a whole new program with jaw-dropping aerial displays, a refreshed food and beverage offering, and live entertainment.”

    • Environment

      • BBCFire knocks out half of Argentina’s power grid

        The blackout comes in the middle of a heatwave and drought in Argentina.

        With the South American nation still in its summer months, temperatures are consistently above 35C in some parts of the country.

        The sweltering conditions coupled with the power outage have brought daily life to a halt in some regions, with classes suspended and businesses closed. Many are also having to go without air conditioning or refrigeration.

      • Energy/Transportation

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Omicron LimitedMoose could play a big role in global warming

          “Moose are an ecosystem engineer in the forest ecosystem, and strongly impact everything from the species composition and nutrient availability in the forest,” said Gunnar Austrheim, an ecologist at the NTNU University Museum who was one of the study’s co-authors. “A grown animal can eat 50 kilograms of biomass each day during summer.”

          That consumption represents roughly 10 percent of what the Norwegian forest industry itself harvests, he said.

    • Finance

      • ForbesSysdig Wireshark Foundation, We’re Gonna Need A Safer Cloud

        Wireshark is a traffic protocol analyzer with more than 2,000 contributors and over 60 million downloads in the last five years. Sysdig, as Wireshark’s current corporate sponsor, encouraged the creation of the new Wireshark Foundation. The nonprofit will now be home to SharkFest, Wireshark’s developer and user conference, as well as the Wireshark source code and assets.

        This summer, Wireshark will celebrate its 25th anniversary as an open source project. Over the years, Wireshark has been sponsored by several companies. Most recently, in January 2022, Sysdig assumed responsibility for the project. The move into the Wireshark Foundation donates Wireshark to the community and (hopefully) ensures that Wireshark has a long-term home that goes beyond a specific company or sponsor.

      • Sysdig IncSysdig announces new Wireshark Foundation to foster open source innovation and development

        Sysdig Inc., the unified cloud and container security leader, today announced a new foundation that will serve as the long-term custodian of the Wireshark open source project. Wireshark is the world’s foremost traffic protocol analyzer, with more than 2,000 contributors and over 60 million downloads in the last five years. Sysdig, as Wireshark’s current corporate sponsor, encouraged the creation of the foundation. The nonprofit will be home to SharkFest, Wireshark’s developer and user conference, and the Wireshark source code and assets.

      • India TimesStripe continues to cut valuation, now valued at $55 billion down from $63 billion: report

        This is at least the third time since June that the payments startup has cut its internal valuation. Stripe had cut the internal value of its shares by about 11%, implying a valuation of $63 billion, in January.

      • New York TimesTech Is Allowing Businesses to Overcharge You in Tips

        Tipping practices may become part of a broad government crackdown on so-called junk fees, extra costs that businesses tack on to products and services while adding little to no value. The Federal Trade Commission, which announced an investigation into the practices last year, said people could experience “junk fee shock” when companies used deceptive tech designs to inflate costs at the end of a purchase.

      • Counter PunchA Union Takes on the Housing Crisis

        You can’t have a living wage without sufficient affordable housing, and you can’t afford decent housing without a living wage.

        These claims are being championed by the workers of one local, UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents more than 32,000 workers in hotels, restaurants, food service facilities, and concessions throughout Southern California and Arizona.

      • Counter PunchSavings, Taxes and Share Buybacks

        Many people who should know better have been saying silly things about households running down their savings and being forced to cut back consumption. The problem with these sorts of comments is that savings in our national income accounts have little to do with how most of us think about savings in our lives. Less of the former does not necessarily mean that people will have less money to buy things.

        Before going into the specifics, let me just make a point to orient people. Saving in the national income accounts is almost entirely a story of the top half of the income distribution, and largely the top 10 percent.

      • TruthOutConservative Supreme Court Justices Question Biden’s Student Debt Plan
      • Common DreamsWhy Far-Right Republicans Cannot Be Trusted on the Pentagon Budget

        Since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives earlier this year, the so-called “Freedom Caucus” — the badly misnamed right-fringe of the congressional GOP — has been flexing its influence.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchThe Proposed TikTok Ban Goes Too Far. The Current TikTok Ban Doesn’t Go Far Enough.

        On February 27, Reuters reports, the White House gave federal agencies a 30-day deadline to ensure that all government-owned devices are  TikTok-free.

        The supposed, but seemingly evidenceless, reason: Because a Chinese company owns TikTok — a smart phone app for creating and sharing short videos — the Chinese government may be using  it to spy on Americans.

      • Modern DiplomacyLatin America will be the Global Gateway’s proving ground in 2023

        To build lasting partnerships against climate change in a fragmenting international order, Europe should demonstrate the ambition of the Global Gateway in Latin America, where China’s Belt and Road Initiative has the advantage. The EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell is saying all the right things about Latin America.

      • Common DreamsFirst Biden Veto Expected After Senate Votes to Sacrifice Pension Rule to Corporate Greed

        U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to issue his first veto after two Democrats—Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana—partnered with the GOP on Wednesday to pass legislation that would block his administration’s rule allowing retirement plan managers to consider climate and other factors in investment decisions.

      • Counter PunchA National Divorce? Separating the Red and Blue

        When Marjorie Taylor Greene recently tweeted, “We need a national divorce,” she set off a furor. “We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government. Everyone I talk to says this,” the Georgia congressional representative said.

        Subsequent tweets clarified she was not calling for a new civil war or creation of two separate nations, but a radical devolution of federal power that would leave states in control of domestic policy and retain a common national defense. While her statements might seem extreme, they represent a substantial element of the political right that even has reflections on the left. The sense we no longer have much in common as a country, but as Greene puts it, suffer from “irreconcilable differences,” spans the spectrum.

      • Counter PunchJimmy Carter is a Liberal Saint Now, Was a War Criminal Then…

        For a deeper discussion of this issue, check out Green and Red Podcast’s episode on Jimmy Carter as Liberal Saint/Neo-Liberal War Criminal.

      • Broadband BreakfastNearly 80 Service Providers Engaged Equipment in Secure Networks Blacklist: FCC Report

        In a publicly released report on Wednesday, the OEA identified 79 companies, listed below, in its 2022 Supply Chain Annual Report that have engaged equipment on the list. The order emanates from the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019.

        The providers must report equipment that has been obtained on or after August 14, 2018, with subsequent additions to the blacklist requiring reporting if the equipment was obtained 60 days or more after the date they were added to the list.

      • India TimesAlphabet’s Waymo cuts 137 jobs in second round of layoffs this year

        Including the latest job cuts, the division has let go of 8% of its workforce, or 209 employees, this year.

      • IT WireEdith Cowan University WA Cyber Security Innovation Hub officially opened

        Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University (ECU) has officially launched the WA Cyber Security Innovation Hub, to be known as CyberWest, as the state’s newly revamped,cyber security centre.

      • India TimesAmazon’s cloud unit to invest $6 billion in Malaysia by 2037

        This marks the company’s latest move in its plan to build AWS Infrastructure Regions across southeast Asia.

      • Federal News NetworkHere are the countries that have bans on TikTok

        TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company Bytedance, has long maintained that it does not share data with the Chinese government and that its data is not held in China. It also disputes accusations that it collects more user data than other social media companies, and insists that it is run independently by its own management.

        Despite TikTok’s claims, many countries around the world remain cautious about the platform and its ties to China. Here are the countries and regions that have implemented partial or total bans on TikTok.

      • Security WeekWhy TikTok Is Being Banned on Gov’t Phones in US and Beyond

        So how serious is the threat? And should TikTok users who don’t work for the government be worried about the app, too?

        The answers depend somewhat on whom you ask, and how concerned you are in general about technology companies gathering and sharing personal data.

      • India TimesEuropean Parliament latest EU body to ban TikTok from staff phones

        The European Commission and the EU Council last week banned TikTok from staff phones due to growing concerns about the company, which is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, and whether China’s government could harvest users’ data or advance its interests.

      • CBCWhat does TikTok know about you? What should you know about it?

        It’s voluminous terms of service lay out what you’re agreeing to; access to personal data like contacts, calendars, information about which device you’re using, which operating system and your location.

        Like other platforms, including Facebook and YouTube, TikTok also monitors the content you engage with and for how long.

        But TikTok also monitors how you use your device and how it functions, including “keystroke patterns or rhythms, battery state, audio settings and connected audio devices,” according to those terms.

        It’s also able to identify “the objects and scenery that appear [in your videos], the existence and location within an image of face and body features … and the text of the words spoken.”

        Ninety-nine per cent of people are not going to read the dozens of pages of terms of service,” said Heidi Tworek, the Canada Research Chair and Director, of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia.

      • Hollywood ReporterTikTok Facing Increasing Prospect of National Ban in New Bill Passed by House Committee

        The legislation directs the Treasury Secretary to issue a directive prohibiting Americans from engaging transactions with entities that could transfer sensitive personal data to entities directed or influenced by the Chinese government. It also empowers the President to impose sanctions on certain transactions relating to connected software applications controlled by entities that could facilitated China’s intelligence, censorship or surveillance activities, including efforts to steer U.S. policy and regulatory decisions. Under the bill, the president can waive certain sanctions and make a decision on whether TikTok or any of its affiliated companies meet the criteria for sanctions.

      • India TodayWhatsApp banned over 29 lakh Indian accounts in January 2023, here is why

        WhatsApp has banned these user accounts under Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The latest report from the instant messaging platform reveals that WhatsApp banned over 2,918,000 accounts of Indian users between January 1 – January 31, 2023.

        The accounts were banned after receiving grievances from users in India. WhatsApp actioned against these accounts following its prevention and detection methods for violating the laws of India or WhatsApp’s Terms of Service. The report further quotes that out of 2,918,000 banned accounts, WhatsApp has banned around 1,038,000 proactively before receiving any reports from users.

      • Michael GeistBill C-18, Google and Mandated Payments for Links: My Appearance on CBC’s Power and Politics

        As the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage summoned Google to appear next week before committee (and implausibly provide all internal documentation related to Bill C-18 by tomorrow), media coverage of the bill and Google’s response has intensified. I was pleased to appear on CBC’s Power and Politics to discuss the the bill, Google’s response, and the implications of mandated payments for links that the government expects could fund 35% of news expenditures in all news outlets in Canada.

      • Counter PunchThe Coup in Israel

        Israel has always been touted as America’s most reliable friend in the Middle East, a bastion of democracy in a region dominated by autocracies. Now that picture is fraying as the far-right coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes power.

        Beholden to the bloc called Religious Zionism, Netanyahu is pursuing a far-right agenda on two fronts: further chipping away at the Palestinians’ fundamental rights of citizenship and property, and pushing for so-called judicial reform. Let’s look more closely at the latter issue, the most dangerous threat today to Israel as a democracy.

      • Counter PunchShowdown in Nevada as Democratic Establishment Targets Party Chair

        To understand the current fierce attacks on the progressive leadership of the Nevada Democratic Party, it’s helpful to recall the panicked reaction from political elites three years ago when results came in from the state’s contest for the presidential nomination. Under the headline “Moderates Hustle to Blunt Sanders’ Momentum After Nevada Win,” the Associated Press reported that “Bernie Sanders’ commanding Nevada caucus victory made him a top target for his Democratic rivals and a growing source of anxiety for establishment Democrats.”

        Such anxiety spiked for Nevada’s establishment Democrats a year later, in early March 2021, when a progressive slate, headed by activist Judith Whitmer, won every officer seat in the state party, stunning its entrenched leaders. As sheexplained at the time, “what they just didn’t expect is that we got better and better at organizing and out-organizing them at every turn.”

      • Counter PunchLeftist Governance Work

        A famous quotation — often dubiously attributed to Winston Churchill — claims that “history is written by the victors.” More accurately, history is written by the powerful. This underscores the need for dissident voices to counter any lies present in mainstream historiography.

        One such lie is that the economic successes of leftist governments in Brazil, Venezuela, and elsewhere are mostly attributable to commodities. In reality, they have far more to do with progressive social programs. But liberals and reactionaries argue the reverse. Common are allegations that Venezuela is merely a “petro state.” And mainstream sources often insist that Lula’s successes in Brazil were the inevitable byproduct of a commodities boom.

      • Counter PunchGrowing Backlash to Montana’s GOP-Controlled Legislature
      • TruthOutCritics Decry “Fascist” GOP Bill That Would Dismantle Florida Democratic Party
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • TechdirtTechdirt Podcast Episode 345: The Supreme Court Takes On 230

        After all these years, the Supreme Court is finally weighing in on Section 230 in the Gonzalez and Taamneh cases, and the outcome could have a very significant impact. Our organization, the Copia Institute, filed an amicus brief in the case, as did many other parties. This week, we’re joined by Jess Miers from the Chamber of Progress and lawyer Cathy Gellis (who wrote our amicus brief), both of whom attended the Gonzalez hearing in person, to discuss the status of both cases and what they could mean for the future of the internet.

      • The Telegraph UKNow that Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming have been censored, I’m next for the chop

        Self-censorship because everyone’s so terrified of getting in trouble on the internet. A couple of years ago, Sebastian Faulks declared that he was no longer going to describe the appearance of female characters in his novels because he didn’t believe he had the right.

        It’s so silly and pandering, much of this. I fear the online mob, like many writers now, but if we try to write without upsetting a single person we might as well hand over the reins to the AI robots immediately.

        The trouble is, while remaining anxious about the mob and accusations of racism or sexism or any other -ism, we writers are increasingly expected to reflect diversity in our books.

      • RFERLRussian Anti-War Teen Jailed For Interview With RFE/RL Mistreated, Threatened, Lawyer Says

        An 18-year-old Moscow anti-war activist arrested last week for giving an interview to RFE/RL’s Russian Service, has been threatened and mistreated, his lawyer says. [...]

      • uni EmoryHow we can re-obtain the lost humor?

        Unfortunately, it is becoming more difficult for younger generations to obtain that sense of humor and accept who they really are. We have developed a cultural consensus that those who have high self-esteem should be rewarded by the system instead of those who recognize, laugh at and grow out of their shortcomings in public (in other words, humorists). According to Timothy Keller, an American theologian, pride is the implicit driving force behind that culture. Contemporary education, for example, is one of those systems that can confirm it. Colleges admit those who acquire more leadership roles at a school, more academic rewards and better grades. In such a competitive environment, students delight in becoming prominent figures in their schools.To obtain that pride and pleasure, they can only present their flawless images of themselves on their college applications or during any public display instead of true bruised images. They must hide away from the scenarios that require publicly reflecting on things they need to improve upon or their genuine selves, the very process of becoming a humorist. Therefore, pride takes away students’ opportunities to obtain a sense of humor since they are too invested in being supposedly perfect instead of facing their true selves.

      • Digital First MediaSchiraldi: Free speech means freedom to disagree

        An unfathomable number of “free-thinking” liberal universities keep free speech on campus under lock and key. Most recently, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “free speech” policies were exposed. Turns out that MIT’s faculty are self-censoring. Not as in, refraining from blurting out every thought — self-censoring as in actually restricting controversial speech.

        This should be disturbing to the average American because MIT is a cutting-edge research institution where it’s presumed that broad exploration and unfettered discussion of scientific possibilities help make our country and the world better off.

      • TruthOutBillions Are Available to Tackle Environmental Racism. Where Is the Money Going?
      • TruthOutTrump Supporters Reportedly Banned from DeSantis Book Signing
    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • The DissenterThe Difficulty of Destiny: ‘Ithaka’ And A Father’s Struggle For His Son’s Freedom
      • BBCHow fake copyright complaints are muzzling journalists

        At least five such articles have been subject to fake copyright claims, including one by the respected South African newspaper Mail & Guardian, according to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

        The claims – which falsely assert ownership of the stories – have been made by mystery individuals under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a law meant to protect copyright holders.

      • CPJCPJ, press freedom groups express support for Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr following libel verdict

        The Committee to Protect Journalists and 12 other international press freedom organizations reiterated their support on Wednesday for journalist Carole Cadwalladr after the U.K. Court of Appeal ruled in a libel lawsuit against her on February 28. Cadwalladr reports for the Guardian newspaper and its Sunday sister paper, the Observer.

        Millionaire businessman and political donor Arron Banks sued Cadwalladr for saying that he was lying about his relationship with the Russian state in a TED Talk and a comment posted on Twitter. Yesterday’s judgement upheld an earlier court decision dismissing the claim in respect of the tweet, but ruled that Cadwalladr should pay damages over claims made in the TED Talk.

      • NL TimesHalf of journalists have been threatened with legal action

        Half of journalists have at least once in their careers faced the threat of legal action as a result of a proposed publication, according to a survey of over 800 journalists carried out by Persveilig. Three-quarters of those surveyed have been working in journalism for more than ten years. A quarter of those journalists say they are wary about what they publish to avoid the risk of legal threat.

        Six percent of those surveyed have modified a publication at least once because of the risk of legal action. Four percent have in some cases refrained from publishing. Journalists receive threats of legal action most often from a lawyer representing a private individual or a company. In smaller numbers, legal threats come from the government or a government lawyer.

      • Hong Kong Free PressForeign journalists in China restricted, harassed and constantly tracked in 2022, says press group

        Nearly half of foreign journalists in the country were ordered to leave a place or denied access on health and safety grounds last year despite presenting “no health risk by China’s own standards”, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) said in its annual report.

        A similar proportion said problems with smartphone “health codes” rendered them unable to travel at some point last year.

        Almost 40 percent said at least one of their sources had been harassed, detained, questioned or suffered other negative consequences from speaking to foreign media, while 45 percent reported similar official pressure on Chinese colleagues.

      • BIA NetTürkiye sentences a journalist under ‘disinformation law’ for first time

        Özgür Öğret, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) representative in türkiye, and Ülkü Şahin, a lawyer with the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS), also followed the hearing.

        In protest of the “disinformation law,” Aygül refused to make a defense at the hearing.

      • FAIRDeSantis’ War on Florida’s Press Is Designed to Hit Nationwide

        The trick of executives projecting their policy mishaps on the press is as old as politics itself. But DeSantis is far more dangerous than your average governor, not just because he is seeking the presidency, but because he is actively trying to legally neuter the free press in the same way he is trying to destroy academic freedom and freedom of speech in his own state. And he could win, because he has much of the conservative movement behind him.

        The Florida state legislature is considering a bill that seeks “sweeping changes to Florida’s libel and defamation law,” the Orlando Sentinel (2/21/23) reported. It would presume “information from anonymous sources to be false and removes protections that allow journalists to shield the identity of sources if they are sued.” And the bill “limits the definition of who would qualify as a public figure,” which means that more people would be able to sue news outlets without having to show that the outlets displayed a reckless disregard for the truth.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • LatviaRīga Holocaust memorial vandalized again

        Vandals have struck for the second time in a week at a memorial to victims of the Holocaust in Rīga, reported LTV February 27.

      • Common DreamsHistoric Labor Ruling Slams ‘Egregious and Widespread Misconduct’ by Starbucks

        Building on a series of blows to Starbucks on Wednesday, a federal administrative law judge found the coffee giant “committed hundreds of unfair labor practices” at stores in and near Buffalo, New York, the origin of a national unionization wave.

      • TruthOutSanders Moves to Subpoena Starbucks CEO Over Rampant Union Busting
      • TruthOutIowa Republicans Propose Amendment That Would Ban Same-Sex Marriages
      • Common DreamsRail Labor Leader Calls Norfolk Southern’s Business Model ‘Dangerous to America’

        A rail labor leader on Wednesday sent a scathing letter to Ohio’s Republican governor warning that Norfolk Southern’s business model poses a threat to communities across the U.S.—one that must be met with swift regulatory action.

      • Common DreamsNYC to Pay Millions to Police Brutality Protesters Violently Arrested by NYPD

        Hundreds of people who were trapped, beaten, and wrongfully arrested by New York City police officers during a nonviolent 2020 racial justice protest in the Bronx will each receive $21,500 if a judge approves the terms of a settlement filed in federal court late Tuesday.

      • The NationThe New Era of Backlash in Sports and Politics

        Douglas Hartmann, a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies protest movements among athletes, believes that the Black Lives Matter movement that followed the 2020 police murder of George Floyd launched a new era in sports and politics, and I’m inclined to agree. The years of 2012 to 2020 saw players trying to organize a protest-oriented, progressive political intervention inside the sports world. Examples of this abound, from the Miami Heat posing in their hoodies after the murder of Trayvon Martin to the kneeling of Colin Kaepernick, to the retirement of Maya Moore, to the WNBA players helping to swing the US Senate. I could go on and on, and not just with star athletes but also with legions of young people who took a knee, raised a fist, and became emboldened because their agency as athletes mattered in the fight against police violence.

      • BW Businessworld Media Pvt LtdTotal Contribution Of Unpaid Women To India’s GDP Almost 7.5%: SBI

        The State Bank of India (SBI) in a report indicated that the total contribution of unpaid women to the economy is around Rs. 22.7 lakh crore which is almost 7.5 per cent of India’s gross domestic product (GDP).

        The report from the SBI’s Economic Research Department stated that the total contribution of unpaid women to the economy is around Rs 14.7 lakh crore in rural India and Rs 8.0 lakh crore in urban areas.

      • ReasonOhio Woman Says Cops Broke Her Wrist for Recording During Traffic Stop

        According to the suit, Mills was left with a broken wrist and other injuries to her arm and breasts. The complaint alleges that the officers’ excessive force violated Mills’ Fourth and 14th Amendment rights. The complaint also says that the Walton Hills Police Department’s practices are the “moving force behind the injuries suffered by Amanda,” and the department is guilty of “failing to adequately train, adequately supervise, as well as failing to investigate and discipline, its police officers when it comes to the excessive use of force.”

        While Mills’ claims and the video she recorded are chilling, she faces an uphill battle in receiving restitution due to the specter of qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that protects government officials from civil liability even when their actions are unconstitutional.

        In Mills’ case, police seemed to have been enraged in particular by her attempt to film them—an activity which has consistently been ruled to be protected by the First Amendment.

      • BBCIran: Dozens of schoolgirls taken to hospital after new gas poisonings

        Research by BBC Persian established that at least 830 students, mostly schoolgirls, had been poisoned as of Sunday, while a member of parliament put the figure at 1,200 in Qom and the western city of Borujerd alone as of Tuesday.

      • France24Poison attacks hit at least 26 girls’ schools in Iran on Wednesday

        Iranian officials have said they are investigating the mysterious poisonings of schoolgirls around the country over the past three months. One official has blamed the attacks on unspecified groups opposed to education for girls, but many Iranians believe that the state is itself behind these “chemical attacks”, to intimidate women and girls and keep them at home and out of school. Photos and videos shared online show the impacts of these widespread attacks, resulting in as many as 800 poisonings.

      • TruthOutA 4-Day Work Week Bill Is Being Reintroduced in the House as Idea Gains Speed
      • Common Dreams‘Oxygen for the Fire’: White-Collar Starbucks Workers Blast Union-Busting

        Dozens of white-collar Starbucks employees have endorsed a petition calling out the Seattle-based coffee chain for requiring them to return to the office and interfering with a national unionization push by baristas, Bloombergrevealed Wednesday.

      • New York TimesHundreds of Schoolgirls Fall Sick in Iran, and Officials Suspect Poisoning

        Hundreds of schoolgirls in Iran have been hospitalized in over 10 cities after falling sick with respiratory, cardiac and neurological symptoms, and senior officials said they might have been deliberately poisoned.

      • France24Dozens of Iranian schoolgirls treated in latest mystery poisoning

        Tehran says hundreds of people have been killed and thousands arrested in connection with the protests, which the authorities generally describe as “riots”.

      • RFACzech minister meets Tibetan counterpart

        Lipavský is the first minister of a European nation to openly meet with the CTA’s foreign ministry officials. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ongoing G20 foreign minister gathering in India.

      • JURISTUS appeals court holds employers can discriminate against employees who obtain abortions

        The case now goes back to the district court on remand to reconsider the freedom of expressive association claim.

      • IdiomdrottningAn even-handed and restrained criticism of police

        “But not all cops are killers”, some say. “Moderate policemen have a responsibility to watch their own police community and stop this radicalization process.” They say “I don’t criticize all police, just ‘policists’, those who dress in those old-fashioned uniforms, those who carry weapons, those who want to turn all of Europe to a ‘Europolis’ police state.”

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • MacRumorsiPhone 15 USB-C Cables Without MFi Badge May Have Data Transfer and Charging Speed Limits

        Since being introduced in 2012, first-party and MFi-certified Lightning ports and connectors have contained a small integrated circuit that confirms the authenticity of the parts involved in the connection. Non-MFi-certified third-party charging cables, for example, do not feature this chip, often leading to “This accessory is not supported” warnings on connected Apple devices.

    • Monopolies

      • India TimesEU antitrust regulators narrow charges against Apple

        However, the victory for the US tech giant will be short-lived as a new EU tech law known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which will apply from May, bans both of the Apple practices investigated by the Commission, with fines of up to 10% of a company’s global turnover for infringements.

        The Commission said Apple’s so-called anti-steering obligations, which prevent developers from informing users about other purchasing options, violate EU rules against unfair trading conditions.

      • TechdirtMicrosoft Inks 10 Year Deal To Bring Xbox Games To Nintendo Consoles [Ed: Sometimes it seems like Techdirt isn't just running Microsoft ads but it also habitually lobbying for GAFAM interests, including for Microsoft, while bagging "deregulation" Koch money]

        What amazing timing! Merely a few weeks back we were discussing the major regulatory hurdles the United States, the EU, and the UK were putting in front of Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68 billion. Agencies from all three governing bodies, while differing on some specifics, generally had the same concerns: lessening the competitive marketplace through industry consolidation, that the deal will incentivize Microsoft to start making AAA game franchises exclusives to Microsoft systems, and the idea that the only bulwark thus far offered against those concerns has been Microsoft’s promises.

      • Patents

        • Michael West MediaThe Big Mac of avoidance: how intellectual property payments eat our tax revenue [Ed: Patents as tax evasion ploy, created by the looters to serve the looting class]

          The most expensive thing in a McDonald’s Big Mac is not the patty or the labour cost, but the intellectual property that McDonald’s uses to minimise its tax in Australia. Callum Foote reports on one of the methods the multinationals use to shift profit to tax havens and the government’s response.

          The shifting of profits through fees paid on intangible assets such as intellectual property royalties and service fees takes billion of dollars out of the Australian taxation system yearly, and some of the biggest household names are in on the scam: Amazon, Oracle, E-Bay, Accenture, Microsoft.

      • Software Patents

        • GizmodoFord Tries to Patent a Dystopian Future Where Self-Driving Cars Repo Themselves

          Ford has filed a patent for theoretical tech that would, among other things, allow its vehicles to repossess themselves if a driver falls behind on car payments. In Ford’s version of the future, delinquent customers’ cars could drive themselves back to a dealership (or to an impound lot or even a scrap yard) if the owner fails to pay up in time. Unfortunately, this is not joke.

          The U.S. Patent Office published the company’s application last Thursday, February—about 1.5 years after Ford first filed it. The patent, titled “Systems and Methods to Repossess a Vehicle,” hasn’t been officially granted (yet), but is nonetheless an unsettling peek into an alternate universe where private companies have even more of a say over our day-to-day lives.

        • Interesting EngineeringFord’s latest patent enables vehicles to repossess themselves and drive away

          According to previously released patent filings, the new system, which can disable one or more vehicle functions, could be installed in any Ford vehicle. It claims that everything on the car, including the air conditioning and engine, can be turned off. It continued by stating that with the new system in place, autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles might be transferred from their initial location to a secondary location, making it easier for them to be towed.

      • Copyrights

        • Michael GeistCanadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Six: A Fair Reading of Fair Dealing

          As this series has shown, institutions have a range of options for clearing copyright, far beyond the traditional models of textbooks, course packs and photocopying. Given the diversity of institutions and programs across Canada, there will never be a “one size fits all” approach for every post-secondary student and the materials they need. Not everyone is studying Canadian literature. In fact, few do. It is stating the obvious that the materials for a university nursing student fundamentally differs from what students in a college automotive program needs during their studies. The nursing student may rely on digital e-books, while the automotive student will need access to the latest technical manuals on working with electric vehicles. This means that where their respective institutions go to find the best materials to support their learning will likely be different as well.

        • Torrent FreakPirate IPTV: Police & Sky Nationwide Crackdown, Four Arrested

          The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, Police Scotland, and Sky TV, say they have carried out nationwide raids against suspected pirate IPTV suppliers in the UK. Four people have been arrested and police say that 200 ‘cease and desist’ notices have been issued to individuals suspected of running illegal streaming services.

        • TechdirtDocuments Expose Yet Another Reputation Management Company Abusing Copyright Law To Bury Negative Content

          For years, companies have been offering questionable services to downrank and bury information their customers don’t want surfacing during Google searches. And for years, these tactics have routinely involved abuse of copyright law, forged/faked court orders, and the filing of bogus lawsuits in hopes of securing default judgments from inattentive judges.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

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      • # Rewilding Music

        Apologies for the long-windedness, Pub-goers. This does feel a bit like a two-beers-too-many undergraduate rant, but it’s been on my mind. Many things have been, lately.

        I have been thinking about the role of music in the lives of both non-civilized peoples and in our own pre-industrial past.

        My mind’s idea of the shape of music is mostly that of industrially-produced ‘professional’ music. Singers are supposed to sound like -this-, rhythms are -that-, acceptable melodies and structures span -this- particular area, carefully mapped out by musical theorists, tastemakers, record labels, and most recently streaming service algorithms. Certain genres are allowed to stretch those boundaries, but it doesn’t change the fact that _making_ music is largely the province of an army of specialists, and simply not a thing the majority of modern humanity does…Ours is but to purchase and consume.

      • Hello for the first time

        Hello I’m bashful-script and I probably won’t be posting much here. I’m a lifelong internet lurker and that is unlikely to change. The idea of commenting a lot and interacting with people online sounds really cool in my head but it’s hard to pull off in practice… at least for me. But who knows maybe I’ll try something new.

    • Technical

      • Customizing My Pinetime

        Another quick post about the Pinetime, this time about how I’ve modified the firmware to customize one of the default watch faces.

        Since I’ve been wearing my Pinetime I’ve settled on the standard digital watch face. It’s one of the cleaner and more straightforward options, plus I really like its font. There’s just a couple minor things about it that I wish were different.

        So far the only way to add or modify a watch face is through flashing new firmware. It’s a little more of a hassle than it ideally should be, but if all you’re wanting to do is make tweaks to an existing face and you’re not put off by a little code then it’s not that scary.

        I set out by forking the InfiniTime repository. The only file I had to modify was /src/displayapp/screens/WatchFaceDigital.cpp. The code, at least for this watch face, is fairly easy to understand so I didn’t have to go looking for documentation to make the quick changes I was wanting. Altogether I touched maybe 3-4 lines.

      • Pentester for Socials

        Cynicism. It runs rampant in me. Mostly due to long stretches of isolation at my apartment, speaking only to my 70+ year old neighbor once per morning, if that, for weeks on-end. Also, because I’ve experienced so much emotional/isolation-sourced trauma, that I cease to *need* significant communication with others, let alone respect the life of those communicating with me. Can’t find “bonding”? Then devalue those who will, make it a “non-issue”.

      • Enabling a simple-but-good minibuffer completion experience in Enabling a simple-but-good minibuffer completion experience in Emacs

        I mentioned on [emacs.ch] that to use Emacs effectively, you don’t actually have to memorize all of the cryptic multi-chord keybindings for every mode you use. If you know the basics, you can pretty much always do anything you need in just a few keystrokes using M-x and a decent minibuffer completion system. I recommended the lightweight completion stack of `vertico `, `marginalia `, `orderless `, and `prescient `, a set of packages that work well together and with Emacs’ built-in completion systems. Someone requested that I post my config, and it took me a while to get to it, but here it is.

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Hard Times for Microsoft (Not Just the Waves of Layoffs)

Posted in Microsoft, Windows at 1:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Windows is down to almost 70% on desktops/laptops while GNU/Linux is rising above 3% globally

Client side
Windows down
Down it goes (the above shows [1, 2])

Summary: With no data showing for March (just yet), it’s worth noting that this past month was awful for Microsoft; maybe it was pushing Vista 11 “upgrades” to incompatible PCs not by accident but out of desperation; months ago a firm reported that only 2.6% of the desktop/laptop market was Vista 11 (it’s not helping that far fewer people are buying new PCs)

Links 02/03/2023: Arti 1.1.2 and Guile-CV 0.4.0

Posted in News Roundup at 12:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Red HatWhat is Podman Desktop? A developer’s introduction

        I’m a developer. Well, I like to think that I am; I spent twenty-odd years as a software engineer before joining Red Hat ten years ago, and since then, I’ve been evangelizing the company’s tools and products from a developer perspective. I’ve seen the agile revolution and the rise of containers, and I was there when Kubernetes crawled out of the sea and into our hearts.

        Developing locally in the container era

        But for the last four or so years, I’ve found developing containers locally a bit of a challenge. I’m used to being able to just log onto an OpenShift cluster and do my builds, normally through Source-2-Image or just by pointing the system at a Git repo with a Containerfile. But this isn’t an option for a lot of developers.

        I also used Docker a lot in the early days, but had a problem when I switched to developing on my Mac instead. To get around that problem, I actually hosted a Fedora virtual machine (VM), amusingly named ‘builder’, on which I did all my Docker builds. I would prepare all my source, create a Git repo, fire up the VM, ssh into it, clone the repo, build, test. Any problem I had, I would have to drop back to my Mac desktop, fix the code, git add, git commit, rinse and repeat.

        Podman benefits for developers

        Then along came Podman. Podman is, put simply, Docker with some security enhancements—it solves the old problem of having to run your containers as root, which was always a worry for me when using Docker. The Podman project actually defines Podman as “a daemonless container engine for developing, managing, and running OCI Containers on your Linux System. Containers can either be run as root or in rootless mode.”

      • Red HatHow a manual intervention pipeline restricts deployment

        It is important to consider multiple factors when deploying production code. Later on, we will deploy, such as securing permission, pulling requests, testing the robustness of the application, and making sure it is tested thoroughly. Deployments will occur in the production cluster after a manual intervention step is added for management approval.

        The advantages of manual intervention are avoiding accidental deployments and achieving governance over the production environment and security. Our goal in this article is to create a manual intervention pipeline. In the middle of the pipeline are the CI and CD.

        We are creating a series of articles about complete CI/CD pipelines on the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform using Jenkins and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. This 3-part series will cover the following topics:

        An overview of the architecture and workflow

        This article is the third installment of the series. Assuming you have already read the previous articles on continuous integration and continuous deployment, proceed with the demonstration.

        The architecture diagram in Figure 1 illustrates the multiple clusters we will use in this demonstration. Adding manual intervention in CI/CD flow restricts the deployment on production. The purple line represents the production workflow. The workflow triggers when the release manager logs in to the Jenkins dashboard and clicks on approval. Then the Ansible Automation Platform triggers and fetches the playbooks from Git to do the deployment on the production cluster using the token and certificate of that cluster.

      • Red HatHow to employ continuous deployment with Ansible on OpenShift

        In our previous article, we learned how to create a continuous integration pipeline on Red Hat OpenShift using Jenkins. In this article, we will learn how to perform continuous deployment on OpenShift using the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

        Follow the series:

        This article assumes that you have basic knowledge of Jenkins, OpenShift, and Ansible Automation Platform. You will need administrator privileges for your Openshift cluster to execute this blog.

        The CD pipeline architecture

        The architecture diagram in Figure 1 illustrates all actions that occur after developers push and when Jenkins detects the changes to help with polling or webhooks. When Jenkins triggers the Ansible Automation Platform, continuous integration will occur. The Ansible Automation Platform fetches the playbook and configuration files over Git, which are required for the deployment of game applications. With the help of a template, Ansible Automation Platform deploys the application to the OpenShift cluster.

      • Red HatHow to use continuous integration with Jenkins on OpenShift

        In this article series, we will set up a CI pipeline to compile and package a JavaScript game application into a Docker image using Jenkins on Red Hat OpenShift. Once we build the image, it will be pushed to the external Red Hat Quay container registry, Quay.io. When the developer pushes the changes into the Git repository, all these actions trigger.

        This is a series of complete CI/CD pipelines on OpenShift using the Jenkins and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. We will cover the following topics:

        This article is based on the assumption that you have basic knowledge of Jenkins, OpenShift, and Ansible Automation Platform. You will also need administrator privileges for your Openshift cluster.

        The CI pipeline architecture

        The developer commits and pushes the changes after initiating the action, as shown in the architecture diagram (Figure 1). Jenkins will detect the changes with the help of polling or webhooks. We build the image in the OpenShift cluster and push it to the Quay.io container registry using buildconfig.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Stacey on IoTHow to name your smart home devices in the age of Matter [Ed: There is nothing "Smart" about it]

        Now that the official Matter rollout has come and gone, more and more new devices will start to support the multiplatform standard. So too will some older smart home products, with software upgrades.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • HackadayAaron Christophel Brings DOOM To Payment Terminal

        Payment terminals might feel intimidating — they’re generally manufactured with security in mind, with all manner of anti-tamper protections in place to prevent you from poking around in the hardware too much. But [Aaron Christophel] thinks that level of security isn’t aren’t always in practice however, and on his journey towards repurposing devices of all kinds, has stumbled upon just the terminal that will give up its secrets easily. The device in question is Sumup Solo terminal, a small handheld with a battery, LTE connection and a payment card slot – helping you accept card payments even if you’re on the go.

      • ArduinoRecreating a century-old Argentinian rainmaking machine

        You’ve heard about the many different snake oil concoctions shilled by con men over the centuries, but did you know that inventors created a variety of machines for similar purposes? The most well-known example is probably the belt vibrator, which purported to induce weight loss.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • TorArti 1.1.2 is released: HsDir groundwork and cell handling improvements

      Arti is our ongoing project to create a next-generation Tor client in Rust. At the start of this month, we released Arti 1.1.1. Now we’re announcing the next release in its series, Arti 1.1.2.

      Since our last release, our primary focus has been preparation for onion service support in Arti. Since the last release, we’ve implemented the parsing logic for the various layers of onion service descriptors, and the various computations needed to maintain a directory ring to decide where to find those descriptors.

    • TorThe Results Are In: Furthering Our Mission In The Global South

      In 2017, the Tor Project developed and launched its Global South Strategy (GSS) which was conceived as a means to establish closer ties and build better relationships with at-risk communities in the Global South and to understand how we can remove common barriers to the adoption of our services. The goal is to empower people to be more secure on the internet by prioritizing a user-centric approach for the development of Tor technologies and products.

      Following the success of the first five years of the program, we engaged Firetail, a strategy consultancy working to achieve social progress, to conduct a thorough assessment of our approach. We wanted to track and measure progress towards the above goals. Today, we are pleased to share this evaluation report, its findings and recommendations with our community.

    • Giving Voice to the Future: Support OpenVoiceOS in establishing a non-profit association.

      OpenVoiceOS (OVOS) is a collective of programmers and hardware enthusiasts who produce an open-source voice assistant. We formed in 2019-2020 as an offshoot of the Mycroft community, bringing a handful of third-party projects under one roof. Our projects have been an extension of MycroftAI projects and core technologies itself, which slowly became independent of its parent.

      Over the years, We’ve been operating in a manner of an soft fork and a non entity for over two years without giving the arrangements much thought.

    • CubicleNateNheko | Matrix Client written in Qt on openSUSE

      Matrix is a secure, decentralised, real-time, communication protocol that allows you to send messages and pictures free from the encumberments of a centralized authority. You can look at Matrix as an alternative to using Telegram, WhatsApp, Discord, etc. Confusingly, Matrix is a protocol not a client.

    • Events

      • HackadayFOSDEM 2023: An Open-Source Conference, Literally

        Every year, on the first weekend of February, a certain Brussels university campus livens up. There, you will find enthusiasts of open-source software and hardware alike, arriving from different corners of the world to meet up, talk, and listen. The reason they all meet there is the conference called FOSDEM, a long-standing open-source software conference which has been happening in Belgium since 2000. I’d like to tell you about FOSDEM because, when it comes to conferences, FOSDEM is one of a kind.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

    • GNU Projects

  • Leftovers

    • uni Stanford‘Be your own rockstar’: Entrepreneurs and influencers explore social tech

      Entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at Stanford on Feb. 23 for APARC’s conference on social tech futures. Keynote speaker YOSHIKI, leader of rock bands The Last Rockstars and X Japan, encouraged members of the Stanford community to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact.

    • CNNAt least 32 dead, 85 injured as trains collide in Greece

      At least 16 people have been killed and 85 injured after two trains collided near the city of Larissa in Greece late Tuesday night, Reuters reported, citing authorities.

    • Updated earthquake toll in Türkiye is 45,089

      Over 11 thousand aftershocks followed the February 6 earthquakes according to the announcement made by AFAD.

    • The NationDeath, Destruction, and Lars Von Trier

      In the first episode of Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom Exodus, there’s a gag that hews closely to The Office (the Danish show’s distant relative in cringe-inducing workplace comedy) at its worst. Stig Helmer Jr. (Mikael Persbrandt), the imperious new surgeon at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, condemns the neurosurgical ward’s all-white staff, calling its lack of diversity “beneath contempt.” But wait—the Black doctors are simply running behind. The other lead surgeon, Pontopidan (Lars Mikkelsen), sends for two Black custodians, who are given lab coats and no explanation for their sudden promotion. They look confused. Helmer Jr. grumbles. On to the next item on the agenda.

    • Counter PunchThe War on Positivity

      The populist left seems to think cancel culture, rather than environmental catastrophe is our biggest threat to freedom. While I certainly do not support the editing of Roald Dahl’s books it is worth looking into what his defenders get wrong when they try to paint our modern world.

      First of all there is a narrative out there that body shaming is out. It isn’t. It’s in and it has never been more in. Look at the suicide rates of young girls. Anyone who defends people of all body types is canceled. One author who writes about fat or ugly people gets his words changed a little and the Prime Minister comes to his defense.

    • Telex (Hungary)Soft armour, mythical figures and ripped jeans – Hungarian brands showcased at Milan Fashion Week
    • HackadayMorse Code Clock For Training Hams

      It might seem antiquated, but Morse code still has a number of advantages compared to other modes of communication, especially over radio waves. It’s low bandwidth compared to voice or even text, and can be discerned against background noise even at extremely low signal strengths. Not every regulatory agency requires amateur operators to learn Morse any more, but for those that do it can be a challenge, so [Cristiano Monteiro] built this clock to help get some practice.

    • Science

      • HackadayThe Die Is Cast!

        We all know the basics of how metal casting works, a metal is heated up to melting point and the resulting liquid metal is poured into a mold. When the metal sets, it assumes the shape of the mold. It’s a straightforward way to reliably replicate a metal item many times over, and the basics are the same whether the metal is a low-temperature alloy in a silicone mould or a crucible of molten steel poured into a sand mould.

    • Education

      • The NationRon DeSantis’s War on Florida Students

        Empty bookshelves in classrooms. Teachers afraid to display rainbow flags. School board members subjected to ideological purity tests. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s ongoing assaults on the K-12 education system provide a look not just at what is becoming a statewide dystopia for those of us who live here but also at how he would lead the nation.

      • Common DreamsNew College of Florida Students and Faculty Protest DeSantis’ Right-Wing Assault on Education

        Roughly 300 students and faculty at the New College of Florida, along with their supporters, gathered before a board of trustees meeting on Tuesday to demonstrate against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ takeover of the small public liberal arts college and his broader attack on public education.

      • Counter PunchGov. DeSantis: You’re a History Grad. 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.   

        Boisterously banning books, educational curricula and college programs that address racism or LGBTQ dignity – or both (with added bigotry toward writers like James Baldwin and Audre Lorde) – DeSantis is building his national “anti-woke” profile as he seems to be readying a presidential campaign against his former hero Donald Trump.   

      • TechdirtNew DeSantis-Endorsed Florida Bill An Outright Attack On The 1st Amendment And Free Speech

        Florida governor Ron DeSantis likes to proclaim himself a defender of free speech, but time and time again he’s looked to stifle, suppress, and silence speech. He’s done it with his social media bill that limits the 1st Amendment rights of social media sites, with his Stop WOKE Act which literally bars speech, and with his various retaliation bills against Disney for daring to criticize him. And a few weeks ago he made it clear that he wanted to undermine a core bedrock 1st Amendment Supreme Court case, arguing that the finding in NY Times v. Sullivan should be done away with. We’ve already explained why that ruling is so important, because without it, powerful politicians like DeSantis would be able to constantly tie up critics in court with SLAPP suits.

      • TruthOutDeSantis Pivots Right on Abortion, Laying Groundwork for Presidential Primary
      • Common DreamsBurning Books and Education on the Path to Fascist Dictatorship

        Widening the lens on the escalating assault on education and those who teach it offers chilling thoughts on the future of U.S. democracy.

      • The NationBlack History Isn’t One Month
      • uni StanfordAcceptance rate drops to 3.62%, majority enrolled are non-white students

        The Class of 2026 had the lowest acceptance rate in the University’s history, dropping from 3.95% in the previous year. The newly admitted class consists of more female, FLI, and non-white students compared to previous years.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayA More Expressive Synth Via Flexure

        Synthesizers can make some great music, but sometimes they feel a bit robotic in comparison to their analog counterparts. [Sound Werkshop] built a “minimum viable” expressive synth to overcome this challenge. (YouTube)

      • HackadayBrand New Colecovision Console – On A Breadboard

        The Colecovision console from the early 1980s is probably not the most memorable platform of its era, but it retains a retrocomputing following to this day. The original hardware can be a bit pricey in 2023, so [nanochess] has built one of his own on a breadboard. It’s fully functional from original Colecovision cartridges, and we see it in the video below the break running Frogger.

      • HackadayArc Overhangs In PrusaSlicer Are A Simple Script Away

        Interested in the new hotness of printing previously-impossible overhangs? You can now integrate Arc Overhangs into PrusaSlicer and give it a shot for yourself. Arc overhangs is a method of laying filament into a pattern of blossoming concentric rings instead of stringing filament bridges over empty space (or over supports).

      • Ruben SchadeAliExpress anime and electronics comments

        AliExpress can useful for buying certain components I can’t get from anywhere else, but the comments are the real gems. You’ll see people complaining that heatsinks get too hot, that a function generator couldn’t “detect” anything, and that a MiniPRO IC tester didn’t come with any EPROMs.

        I suspect if the site sold electric cars, people would complain that all the petrol spilled out when they tried to pour it into the charging port, or that a DIMM stuck to the side of their phone didn’t offer any additional capacity. I suppose you self-select for such people when you compete so aggressively on price over anything else.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • The NationChat GPT Gets Real
      • TechdirtRovio Delists Last Paid ‘Angry Birds’ Game Because The Free Version Is More Profitable

        You have to love a story that comes full circle after all these many years. For a long, long time, we at Techdirt have been advocating for business models that make use of free content. The idea, which can certainly be counterintuitive, is that if you make parts of your product free to the customer, particularly the parts that are reproducable at zero marginal cost, then you can build in value-adds one way or another that you can charge for. Whatever you lose in not charging for some content, you can make it up via an increase in reach and/or market share, assuming you do it well. At this point, the examples of such business models are ubiquitous, but it wasn’t all that long ago that you would hear executives from various industries flatout state publicly that “nobody can make money from ‘free’.”

      • Container JournalPrinciple of Shared Responsibility in Cloud-Native Applications

        Using the cloud means you can focus on your application and use a third party for most of your infrastructure. The cloud provides virtual interfaces that abstract away the details of operating infrastructure. That’s great for convenience, but what about security? Who is responsible for keeping your cloud-native application safe

      • Container JournalVMware Extends Kubernetes Reach to Bare Metal Platforms

        At the Mobile World Congress conference, VMware today extended its Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) framework to make it possible to run disaggregated and virtualized radio access network (RAN) functions directly on a bare metal server using the VMware Tanzu distribution of Kubernetes. The extension, available as a technical preview

    • Security

      • Silicon AngleLastPass says malware used to hack DevOps engineer in 2022 password vault breach
        Password manager LastPass US LP reeled from multiple data breaches in 2022 when hackers accessed sensitive information from databases, and today the company revealed how attackers used that information to target a senior DevOps engineer with malware to “launch a coordinated second attack” that breached password vaults.

      • APNICAPOPS 1 at APRICOT 2023 / APNIC 55

        Attacks on DNS infrastructure, Space Division Multiplexing, and last mile connectivity at APRICOT 2023.

      • NVISO LabsCortex XSOAR Tips & Tricks – Leveraging dynamic sections – number widgets

        Introduction Cortex XSOAR is a security oriented automation platform, and one of the areas where it stands out is customization. A recurring problem in a SOC is data visualization, analysts can be swarmed with information, and finding out what piece of data is currently both relevant and significant can become hard. O

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Site36Western Balkans test field: Frontex already operates in four non-EU states

          Frontex was once established to support EU Member States with an external border in their surveillance. The tasks of this European Border and Coast Guard have always included improving controls on land and at EU airports and seaports. However, with the increasing externalisation of European migration defence from 2015 onwards, this scope of responsibility soon proved to be too narrow. In 2016, the governments therefore decided with the EU Parliament to allow „operations on the territory of third countries“ in the Frontex Regulation for the first time – subject to the consent of the government there.

        • TechdirtGerman Court Places Limits On Mass Surveillance Enabled By Peter Thiel’s Palantir Software

          Big data has always been big business but, in recent years, it’s also become big government business. The stuff advertisers like is also stuff the government likes. Millions of tax dollars have been fed to private companies offering government agencies a wealth of information they’ve never had access to before. Everyone carries a computer in their pockets these days, and the always-on nature of the internet creates a wealth of data that can be obtained, stored, and analyzed for less than pennies on the byte.

        • TechdirtLegislation Aiming To Give Law Enforcement Access To More ALPR Data Dies In Virginia

          Legislating from the bench is always problematic. People who like what courts have decided will claim this was the right thing to do. People who don’t like the decision will claim this is an overstep.

        • The DissenterDenmark Justice Minister Approves Secret Charges Against Former Defense Minister Who Discussed NSA Spying With The Press
        • EFFWin for Government Transparency and Immigrant Privacy Rights at Second Circuit

          As government agencies increasingly use digital tools to track citizens and immigrants, we need to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to make that surveillance transparent. But while the government opens its databases to public scrutiny, it must also protect individual privacy.

          Late last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must be transparent and respect privacy by producing deidentified data on how it arrests, classifies, detains, and deports immigrants. The court agreed with plaintiff American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that ICE must also replace Alien Identification Numbers (A-Numbers), exempt from FOIA because they would identify individual immigrants, with unique but random identifiers.

        • EDRIPoland: the government declares no further extension of data retention obligation

          Data retention obligation will not be further extended in Polish law on electronic communication. However, the current, unlawful scope of telecommunication data retention remains unchanged.

        • EDRIEuropean Commission must have greater ambition in combating sexual violence

          Last year, the European Commission made a far-reaching proposal to protect children against sexual violence. But a study by Delft University shows that there is a lot wrong with the substantiation of the proposal.

        • EDRIEDRi-gram, 1 March 2023

          In this edition of the EDRi-gram, we celebrate the success of EDRi’s member in the Czech Republic against the use of Google analytics in state services.

          We are also exploring the consequences of internet restrictions for people imposed by the Turkish government to silence criticism. You will also find the Stop Scanning Me movement’s recently launched petition enabling people to fight against the European Union’s attempt to scan every move we make online.

        • EDRIThe secret services’ reign of confusion, rogue mayors, racist tech and algorithm oversight (or not)

          Have a quick read through January’s most interesting developments at the intersection of human rights and technology from the Netherlands.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsConservative US Jewish Groups Issue Rare Rebuke of Israeli Settler Violence

        The leading Conservative and Orthodox Jewish organizations in the United States on Monday issued rare condemnations of Sunday’s deadly rampage by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the illegally occupied West Bank, joining U.S. and Israeli human rights groups in decrying the violence.

      • Counter PunchEnd the War with an Armistice

        President Joe Biden needs to start saying no to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But it’s not easy and it’s complicated.

        The adversaries in the Russo-Ukrainian war, and I include the United States and its allies in their proxy superpower conflict, seem determined to carry on the conflict to its bitter end, whatever that will be. At least that’s what they say publicly. It’s Ukraine, not Russia, that’s being physically destroyed.

      • Counter PunchThe Cost of the Nation’s Endless Wars

        Oh, the hypocrisy.

        To hear President Biden talk about the Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, you might imagine that Putin is the only dictator bent on expanding his military empire through the use of occupation, aggression and oppression.

      • Counter PunchThe US Navy is More Than Just Broken, Careerism is Tearing It Apart

        Last year, Major General John Ferrari, US Army (Ret.), a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute penned an article titled “The Navy is broken. Congress must launch a commission to find the path forward” in which he described the Navy as being beset by very serious problems caused by several factors:

        Furthermore, “As a result of all these factors, the Navy has broken people, broken ships, and broken readiness — and now faces an inflation crisis, once again echoing the Army of the late 1970s.”

      • Counter PunchWelcome to the Predator State

        To residents of Memphis’s resource-poor, predominantly nonwhite neighborhoods, the Scorpions were easy to spot. The plainclothes patrols were known for driving their unmarked Dodge Chargers through the streets, often all too recklessly, sowing fear as they went, spitting venom from their windows, jumping out with guns drawn at the slightest sign of an infraction.

        On the night of January 7th, Tyre Nichols was two minutes from home when members of that squad pulled him over. Probable cause: reckless driving (if you believe the official story). Five Scorpions, all of them trained use-of-force specialists, proceeded to take turns hitting him with everything they had, including boots, fists, and telescopic batons.

      • Counter PunchLessons Not Learned From the Pentagon Papers

        In June 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, a US government military analyst with the Rand Corporation and senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Daniel Ellsberg[1], released to the New York Times and Washington Post what became known as the “Pentagon Papers”, 47 volumes of confidential records comprising some 7000 pages of secret government reports that documented the US involvement in “dirty tricks” and illegal actions under the Presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.  The documentsdemonstrated that successive US Presidents had lied to the American people, that false flags had been organized, “fake news” disseminated, phoney narratives issued by successive Secretaries of Defense.  As a New York Times editor wrote, “the Johnson administration had systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress about a subject of transcendental national interest”[2].

        The rational implications of the Pentagon Papers were succinctly articulated to the then President Richard Nixon by his chief of staff H.R. Haldeman.  Bottom line was that through such disclosures the American people would feel that “ You can’t trust the government; you can’t believe what they say; and you can’t rely on their judgment; …the implicit infallibility of presidents, which has been an accepted thing in America, is badly hurt by this, because it shows that … the president can be wrong.”[3]

      • The DissenterMarch To Iraq War, 20 Years Later: March 1, 2003
      • Counter PunchFifty Years of Resistance

        If only for a short time, the forces of good and evil and all of the shades in between came together. The protester and Yippie cofounder Abbie Hoffman was right about symbolically jumping on the Earth in the 1960s and the Earth jumping back in answer and that it would never happen again. The epoch of the great changes is now so far behind that even a distant look over a person’s shoulder can’t exactly bring it back again the way it really was. We were there as a segment of the generation of baby boomers when all of the forces coalesced and for the briefest of moments we made a difference. Many in the generation of baby boomers knew the distinction between a just war and a just cause in war and the wars in Southeast Asia were neither.

        July 2023 will mark 50 years since my arrest by the FBI for my resistance to the Vietnam War. A search of the Internet yields the result of the first attempt to have the record of my arrest expunged. Yet no record exists of the successful expungement of the FBI arrest record. If a search is completed today, the unsuccessful attempt with its pejorative description of my military status in 1973 remains. It’s like an endless, though pretty much ineffective, reminder of all of the horror and negativity of those days, except for the resistance. The issue of two attempts at appealing for an expungement of my record was stymied by incorrect advice about what federal court jurisdiction in which to file the case, which is not the fault of the government. As a former chaplain at Brown University observed: “I can’t believe this is still going on.” Once the government has a hold on a person, it generally won’t let go.

      • Telex (Hungary)NATO enlargement: President Novák urges Parliament to make a wise decision
      • MeduzaDrones and closed airspace A close succession of UAV strikes against oil and gas facilities deep inside Russia could mark a new phase of the war — Meduza

        Multiple drone strikes have occurred across Russia since Monday evening, in what some sources say is one of the more extensive air attacks on the country in the past year. While there is no conclusive evidence of coordination among these incidents, the pattern of military drones crashing near Russia’s oil and natural-gas facilities has already led many to speculate about Ukraine’s involvement. Neither Russia’s Defense Ministry nor the Ukrainian authorities have yet issued any statements about the extensive pattern of attacks, however. Here’s what we know, so far.

      • MeduzaPodolyak: Drones crashing around Russia signal internal ‘panic and decay.’ Peskov: ‘We don’t believe him.’ — Meduza

        Following a series of isolated drone strikes around Russia on February 27–28, Mykhailo Podolyak, publicity advisor to the Zelensky administration, tweeted that Ukraine has nothing to do with these incidents, since it’s only defending its own territory in the war with Russia.

      • MeduzaC-4 explosive reportedly found on drone that crashed outside of Moscow on Tuesday — Meduza

        The Russian FSB reportedly found the explosive plastic compound C-4 affixed to the drone that crashed in the village of Kolomna, about 75 kilometers (about 47 miles) from Moscow, on Tuesday.

      • MeduzaRussia’s Defense Ministry reports its air defense prevented ‘massive drone strike’ in Crimea — Meduza

        In its Wednesday briefing, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that an “attempted massive drone strike” had been prevented by Russia’s air defense forces in the annexed Crimea.

      • ADFM23 Aiming Brutality Along Ethnic Lines

        ADF STAFF Violence in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to rage, as rebels are trying to exploit ethnic divisions. Recent reporting by international advocacy organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed attacks by the group known as the M23 Movement were intended to exacerbate ethnic tensions…

      • ADFWagner Mercenaries Remain a Barrier to Peace in Libya

        ADF STAFF Nearly five years after they first arrived in Libya, Wagner Group mercenaries show no signs that they’re willing to leave the country, despite a joint demand by representatives of Libya’s rival governments for them to do so.

      • ADFISS Report: Iran Funnels Weapons that Arm Horn of Africa Extremist Groups

        ADF STAFF For years, Iranian weapons have wound up in Somalia, where they are sold to violent extremist groups such as al-Shabaab and the Islamic State. Through financial incentives, Iran established a proxy network in Somalia and has used the country to funnel weapons to the Houthi militia in Yemen since around 2016.

      • Silent anti-war movements offer hope and solidarity for protesters

        Flowers, plush toys, silence, mourning people and green ribbons are not usually associated with a protest. However, anti-Russo-Ukrainian War protesters have embraced this silent rebellion in the face of strict censorship from the Russian government. Protesters no longer take to the streets and gather with marches, signages or oral advocacy. 

      • MeduzaPutin signs New START nuclear treaty suspension into law — Meduza

        Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that officially suspends Russia’s cooperation with the New START Treaty, the sole nuclear arms control agreement between Russia and the U.S.

      • MeduzaRussia’s vanished combatants: Thousands of Russian servicemen are MIA in Ukraine. Most of them are likely dead, but their families can neither bury them nor file for state compensation. — Meduza

        Russia’s wartime casualties in Ukraine include a large class of personnel who are missing. Most of these troops have likely been killed, but their families can neither get ahold of their bodies nor file for the compensation promised by the state. Often, they try to find their loved ones through dedicated social media groups, and by querying hospitals, morgues, and the Defense Ministry. Novaya Gazeta Europe has analyzed 9,905 posts on the popular social network VKontakte (VK), discovering references to 1,365 Russian troops whose relatives are fruitlessly trying to locate them. Although this is only a fraction of all the missing army personnel, this limited data points to systemic problems in Russia’s military record-keeping.

      • Democracy NowCould Lula Help End the War in Ukraine? Brazil’s President Vows to Pursue Diplomacy, Won’t Arm Kyiv

        We speak with Celso Amorim, the foreign adviser to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, about how Brazil could play a key role in peace talks to end the war in Ukraine. Lula recently met with President Biden, who has unsuccessfully pushed Brazil to send weapons to Ukraine. Lula says he told Biden, “I don’t want to join the war, I want to end the war.” “If you only talk how to defeat Russia, how to enfeeble or weaken Russia, that will not come to a positive conclusion,” says Amorim, who also previously served as Brazil’s foreign minister, as well as its defense minister. “You have to talk to everyone, including your adversaries.”

      • MeduzaRecruiters on social media seek attendees for ‘concert-rally’ to mark ninth anniversary of Crimea annexation, promising speech from Putin — Meduza

        Recruiters have begun searching on social media for potential attendees for an upcoming “concert-rally” at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium to mark the ninth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, according to the Telegram channel Sirena.

      • uni Stanford‘A civilization war’: Ukrainian leaders discuss a year of Russian invasion

        A year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, four Ukrainian political and civic leaders discuss Ukraine’s future.

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsSales of SUVs—Responsible for More Carbon Pollution Than All But 5 Countries—Still Rising

        Although the total number of automobiles sold globally fell slightly last year, worldwide sales of sport utility vehicles rose significantly, with 330 million SUVs now on—and off—the world’s roads emitting more planet-heating greenhouse gases than all but five nations, an analysis published Monday revealed.

      • uni StanfordEarth on the verge of crossing critical climate thresholds, Stanford study finds

        Artificial intelligence provides new evidence for global warming thresholds, with temperatures projected to cross 1.5 degrees Celsius in 10-15 years. Further warming beyond 2 degrees is possible even with significant emissions reductions, according to the Stanford study.

      • Common DreamsExtinction Rebellion Protesters Target Law Firm for ‘Defending Climate Criminals’

        Dozens of protesters on Tuesday gathered at Eversheds Sutherland offices in four U.K. cities—Birmingham, Cardiff, London, and Nottingham—to call out the corporate law firm’s work for major polluters fueling the climate emergency.

      • DeSmogFrench NGOs Sue BNP Paribas, Europe’s Largest Financier of Fossil Fuel Expansion

        French environmental organizations Notre Affaire à Tous, Friends of the Earth France, and Oxfam France last week filed what they say is the world’s first climate lawsuit against a commercial bank, suing BNP Paribas over its continued funding of fossil fuels. The lawsuit is part of a burgeoning movement to pressure financial institutions to end their funding of the fossil fuel sector due to the climate emergency. And if these funders refuse to stop their polluting investments, the movement aims to hold them accountable through strategies such as direct action and litigation.

        The new lawsuit against BNP Paribas, filed February 23 in the Paris Judicial Court, claims that the French bank is in breach of France’s “duty of vigilance” law. That groundbreaking 2017 law requires large companies to assess risks and impacts of their business activities on human rights and the environment and develop plans to identify and mitigate those risks. The law has been invoked in other lawsuits against corporate polluters including French oil major TotalEnergies and most recently against French food company Danone over its contribution to plastic waste.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • The NationHow Nuclear Power Plants Became Tools of War

          In 1946, Albert Einstein shot off a telegram to several hundred American leaders and politicians warning that the “unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” Einstein’s forecast remains prescient. Nuclear calamity still knocks.

        • Common DreamsNuclear Power Plants as Dangerous Tool of War

          In 1946, Albert Einstein shot off a telegram to several hundred American leaders and politicians warning that the “unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” Einstein’s forecast remains prescient. Nuclear calamity still knocks.

        • TruthOutThe Nuclear “War” in Ukraine May Not Be the One We Expect
        • New York TimesFTX Co-Founder Nishad Singh Pleads Guilty in Fraud Inquiry

          Nishad Singh, an FTX founder, pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors investigating Sam Bankman-Fried.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Omicron LimitedElephants in US zoos? Without breeding, future is uncertain

          Over the past year, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo has been pulled into a growing global debate over the future of elephants in zoos. In recent years, some zoos have phased out elephant exhibits due to the complexity of the animals and their needs. Still, others, like Fresno’s zoo, say they are committed to keeping elephants and are turning to breeding, arguing that a sustainable population of zoo elephants will help spur a commitment to wildlife conservation among future generations of visitors.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Craig MurrayThe Cheats’ Election

        It is over ten years since I allowed a guest post on this blog. This is because I never listen to anybody except myself. That way I avoid hearing anything disagreeable.

      • MeduzaVK bans fully remote employees from living and working abroad, insists all staff must be in Russia

        In January, independent Russian media reported that VK had decided to fire the employees who had left Russia after Vladimir Putin had announced the mobilization. A company insider said the decision was motivated by information security concerns.

      • CBCJagmeet Singh will deactivate TikTok account in response to security, privacy concerns

        Singh has nearly 879,000 followers on TikTok. Singh said his party plans to deactivate the account by the end of the day Tuesday.

        He said he’s not worried the move will cost him political support in spite of his large following on the popular video-sharing platform.

      • Common DreamsCalling Out ‘Hypocrisy and Censorship,’ Campaign Aims to Prevent US TikTok Ban

        Data privacy and free speech advocates on Tuesday sounded the alarm about “hypocrisy and censorship” as U.S. House Republicans pushed for a bill to effectively ban TikTok, a video-sharing platform created by the Chinese company ByteDance, across the country.

      • AxiosRepublicans want to help Biden ban TikTok

        Momentum against TikTok is brewing in Congress, where House Republicans are marking up legislation to empower President Biden to ban the app.

        Why it matters: The U.S. government’s security review of TikTok has dragged on for years, and lawmakers are growing impatient to appear strong against potential Chinese threats.

      • TechdirtOur Growing TikTok Moral Panic Still Isn’t Addressing The Actual Problem

        The Biden administration has given all federal agencies 30 days to ensure staffers do not have TikTok on any federal devices. All agency vendors are to adhere to the same rules within 90 days. It’s the latest evolution in a growing planetary moral panic that’s gotten well out ahead of its skis, resulting in often-performative solutions that don’t fix the actual problem.

      • JURISTCanada bans TikTok on government mobile devices as security precaution

        Fortier reiterated the Government of Canada’s commitment to maintaining the security of government information through this ban. While the Canadian government does not have evidence that government information was compromised through the use of TikTok, it says there are clear security risks that arise from TikTok’s data collection methods.

      • TechCrunchMore layoffs at Twitter, and loyalist Esther Crawford isn’t spared

        The layoffs came this weekend after Twitter employees realized they had been cut off from using Slack. While it later came out that Twitter hadn’t paid its Slack bill on time, that’s not why the platform went down. The Platformer reported that someone at Twitter manually shut off access. Many employees worried that this was the first sign of layoffs to come, and while correlation does not equal causation, an entire company being cut off from their main mode of communication as layoffs started dropping like bombs caused confusion and panic all around.

      • The NationWhen There’s a Communist Running City Hall

        To get an idea of how Elke Kahr understands her job, you only have to wait at her office. When I visited the communist mayor of the Austrian city of Graz one morning in early February, her two secretaries were busy taking calls from locals. “Would you want an appointment with the mayor?,” one of them asked an apparently upset caller. “What about tomorrow, 6:30 pm?” A few minutes later, the other secretary picked up the phone. “You sent us an e-mail,” she started. “I wanted to ask if you are free later this week.” Graz is no metropolis, but with nearly 300,000 inhabitants, it’s Austria’s second-largest city. As result of her approach to politics, Kahr’s workdays are almost always longer than 12 hours. Nearly every day, she meets with constituents from all backgrounds.

      • Common DreamsRejecting Lightfoot, Chicago Picks Progressive to Face School Privatizer in Mayoral Runoff

        Chicago voters rejected Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s bid for a second term on Tuesday, elevating progressive Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson to face conservative candidate Paul Vallas—an ardent school privatization advocate—in an April 4 runoff.

      • Democracy NowChicago Mayor Lightfoot Loses Election; Candidates Backed by Police & Teacher Unions Head to Runoff

        Chicago-based Democracy Now! co-host Juan González gives an update on the Chicago mayoral race after incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot failed to advance to a runoff election. The two top candidates are now Paul Vallas, the former head of Chicago Public Schools, who has been endorsed by the local police union, and Brandon Johnson, an organizer with the Chicago Teachers Union. González says the race pits progressives in the city against centrist and conservative forces and could be a bellwether of where the Democratic Party goes.

      • Telex (Hungary)‘You may ask a question, just don’t expect an answer!’
      • QuartzBola Tinubu is the new president of Nigeria

        After four days of vote tallying, Nigeria has a new president in Bola Tinubu—the All Progressive Congress party candidate who campaigned on the slogan “it’s my turn.”/p>

      • RFERLRussia Fines Wikipedia Over Military ‘Misinformation’

        The Wikimedia Foundation was fined 2 million rubles ($27,000) by a Russian court on February 28 after the authorities accused it of failing to delete “misinformation” about the Russian military from Wikipedia, the courts service said. [...]

      • ReutersRussian court fines Wikipedia over military ‘misinformation’

        Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine last year, Russia introduced sweeping new laws restricting what people can report about the conflict, fining or blocking websites that spread information at odds with the Kremlin’s official narrative.

      • National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence OnlineSafety Tech Challenge Fund

        The REPHRAIN research centre are pleased to announce to release of “Towards a Framework for Evaluation CSAM Prevention and Detection Tools in the Context of End-to-end encryption Environments: a Case Study”.

        Through the Safety Tech Challenge Fund, the UK Government awarded funding to five projects to prototype innovative, automated technologies to help keep children safe in E2EE environments, such as online messaging platforms, while ensuring user privacy is respected.

      • EDRIChildren deserve a secure and safe [Internet]

        Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) need to hear from you. They are now discussing a law that will endanger everyone’s privacy and safety. The proposed law promises to protect children from sexual abuse by breaking encrypted, secure communications.

        But experts show that breaking encryption will turn the internet into a space that is dangerous for everyone’s privacy, security and free expression. This includes the very children that this legislation aims to protect.

        The United Nations and UNICEF state, online privacy is vital for young people’s development and self-expression, and children should not be subjected to generalised surveillance.

      • Silicon AngleTwitter updates violent speech policy with ‘zero tolerance’ for the worst cases

        It should be pretty obvious that users should not “incite, promote or encourage” other users to commit violence or promote “genocide” or “war crimes,” but the “coded language” Twitter says that is a masked threat is also verboten on the platform. Twitter says users will also face the music if they “glorify, praise or celebrate” acts of violence that have caused someone obvious harm.

      • Common Dreams‘Fantastic News for the Country!’ Biden Nominates Julie Su for Labor Secretary

        Progressives on Tuesday applauded as U.S. President Joe Biden nominated Julie Su to succeed outgoing Labor Secretary Marty Walsh—a choice the nation’s largest federation of unions said will “continue the Department of Labor’s historic legacy of pro-union leadership.”

      • AxiosBiden to nominate Julie Su to head Labor Department

        President Biden announced Tuesday that he plans to nominate Julie Su, a longtime advocate for workers’ rights, to lead the Labor Department.

      • Pro PublicaArizona Child Welfare Director Dismissed Amid GOP Attacks Speaks Out

        Arizona’s newly elected Democratic governor, Katie Hobbs, has given up on another of her Cabinet nominees in the face of misleading attacks from Republicans in the state Legislature. Matthew Stewart was forced out last Wednesday after serving just a month and a half as Hobbs’ director of the Department of Child Safety, the state child protective services agency.

        When Hobbs selected Stewart in December, she called him one of “the best minds Arizona has to offer” and a leader on racial justice issues who would “transform” a child welfare system that ProPublica and NBC News had found investigated the families of 1 in 3 Black children in metro Phoenix during a recent five-year period.

      • TruthOutRepublicans Are Working on Making 70 the New Social Security Retirement Age
      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Türkiye sentences a journalist under ‘disinformation law’ for first time

          Sinan Aygül had tweeted about allegations of child abuse against security, but deleted the tweets a few hours later, apologizing for sharing unconfirmed information.

        • Telex (Hungary)The latest from Arte Weekly: Inflation, refugees and propaganda – what the war in Ukraine brought to European countries
        • El PaísMurdoch testified Fox News hosts endorsed idea that Biden stole election

          The recently unsealed documents include excerpts from a deposition in which Murdoch was asked about whether he was aware that some of the network’s commentators –Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro and Sean Hannity –at times endorsed the false election claims. Murdoch replied, “Yes. They endorsed.”

          The Murdoch deposition is the latest filing in the defamation case to reveal concerns at the top-rated network over how it was handling Trump’s claims as its ratings plummeted after the network called Arizona for Joe Biden, angering Trump and his supporters.

        • TruthOutRupert Murdoch Admits Fox Hosts “Were Endorsing” False Election Fraud Claims
        • France24Murdoch admits some Fox News hosts ‘endorsed’ false election fraud claims

          Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch acknowledged that some Fox News commentators endorsed the false allegations by former President Donald Trump and his allies that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that he didn’t step in to stop them from promoting the claims, according to excerpts of a deposition unsealed Monday.

        • The NationRupert Murdoch Admits That Fox Pushed Trump’s Election Lies for Profit

          “It’s not red or blue—it is green.”

        • Rolling StoneTrump Melts Down Over Murdoch Admitting Fox Lied About Election Fraud

          In his testimony, Murdoch admits that hosts on the network aired false claims about the election and alleged voter fraud, and that company executives could have intervened to prevent their broadcast.

        • El PaísThe Nord Stream sabotage: conspiracy theories, suspicions and silence

          Another reason for the investigations’ secrecy is the intelligence-collecting methods and data being used. Western countries do not want to reveal clues about the technology they use to monitor the Baltic Sea or the sensors and other military equipment they have deployed in a sensitive European security area. This is why a joint inquiry was immediately ruled out, and independent investigations are underway. With war raging in Europe, some information cannot be shared – not even with allies.

        • RFERLRomania Warns Of ‘Fake News’ About It Massing Troops On Moldovan Border

          Russia has falsely claimed that Ukraine is planning to invade Transdniester, raising suspicions that Moscow is looking for a pretext to annex the separatist region, as it did with Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.

        • The Kent Stater‘It’s all a lie’: Russians are trapped in Putin’s parallel universe. But some want out

          Draconian new censorship laws targeted any media still operating outside the controls of the Kremlin and most independent journalists left the country. A digital Iron Curtain was reinforced, shutting Russians off from Western news and social media sites.

          And as authorities rounded up thousands in a crackdown on anti-war protests, a culture of fear descended on Russian cities and towns that prevents many people from sharing their true thoughts on the war in public.

        • NPRHow Russia is losing — and winning — the information war in Ukraine

          Russia’s war in Ukraine isn’t just being fought on the ground and in the air with tanks, artillery and fighter jets. It’s also playing out online, where the Kremlin and its allies are using propaganda, fake social media accounts, forged documents and manipulated videos and images to push false narratives, in an effort to deflect blame from Moscow and undermine support for Ukraine.


          Like the claim that Ukraine was developing biological weapons with the assistance of the U.S. government, which was picked up and amplified in the U.S. by far-right online influencers, followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and even Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

        • The NationA Comic That Captures the Antic Energy of a Post-Truth World

          The Department of Truth is set in a world where, if enough people believe it, a conspiracy theory will manifest and become reality. For example, in one storyline, the characters have to hunt down Bigfoot, who wanders the world as a hazy cryptid because cryptozoologists have spread the word about his existence. The comic book series centers on Cole, an FBI agent recruited into the Department of Truth, a US agency tasked with trying to rein in this alternative reality.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common DreamsSanders, Democrats, and a Lone Republican Revive PRO Act to Strengthen Workers’ Rights

        Following a year in which strike activity surged and public approval of unions reached its highest point in nearly six decades, Sen. Bernie Sanders joined Democratic lawmakers and a lone Republican on Tuesday in reintroducing legislation that would strengthen workers’ organizing rights and crack down on corporate union-busting.

      • TruthOutBernie Sanders Reintroduces PRO Act as Labor Activity Is on the Rise
      • TruthOutImmigrants Win “Unprecedented” Settlement Over Violent ICE Workplace Raid
      • AxiosMajority of countries guarantee paid paternity leave — but not the U.S.
        Data: World Policy Analysis Center; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

        Sixty-three percent of countries around the world provide guaranteed paid parental leave for fathers, according to a report out Tuesday morning from the World Policy Analysis Center.

      • EDRI2023: Important consultations for your Digital Rights!

        Public consultations are an opportunity to influence future legislation at an early stage, in the European Union and beyond. They are your opportunity to help shaping a brighter future for digital rights, such as your right to a private life, data protection, or your freedom of opinion and expression.

      • Democracy NowLongest Alabama Strike Ends as Warrior Met Coal Miners Return. Record Coal Prices Help Break Strike

        In Alabama, hundreds of striking miners are set to return to work Thursday after nearly two years spent on picket lines in the so-called right-to-work state. This was the longest strike in Alabama history. Its end comes after the Warrior Met Coal company successfully used replacement workers to keep its mines running, reporting large profits to shareholders due to the skyrocketing price of coal. At the same time, the company told miners they would only retain their jobs if they agreed to a 20% pay cut and to relinquish various benefits relating to weekend pay and healthcare. We go to Birmingham, Alabama, for an update from independent labor journalist Kim Kelly, who has covered the Warrior Met strike since it began and says many of the workers felt abandoned.

      • Democracy NowDeath Toll from Migrant Shipwreck Reaches 67 While Italy Cracks Down on MSF & Other Rescue Groups

        At least 67 people, including children, died in a shipwreck Sunday off the coast of southern Italy, and rescue workers fear the death toll could climb above 100 as they recover more bodies from the sea. It is believed to be the deadliest migrant shipwreck of its kind in almost a decade. Almost 26,000 people have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean since 2014, but many governments have responded by criminalizing rescue efforts by humanitarian groups. Just days before this latest shipwreck off the coast of Italy, the Italian government of far-right leader Giorgia Meloni approved a new law making it harder for humanitarian aid rescue vessels to carry out their missions. For more, we speak with Caroline Willemen, a search and rescue leader with Médecins Sans Frontières, which has had one of its ships detained by Italian authorities as part of the new measures, blocking it from going to sea to save lives for at least 20 days.

      • Site36EU states against civilian rescue: Ships should meet higher standards

        The German Federal Minister of Transport wants to tighten the Ship Safety Ordinance and thus put obstacles in the way of sea rescuers. Behind this is a master plan by an EU group in which three German ministries participate

      • Counter PunchGee It’s Nice Your State is Blue, the War on Abortion’s Still Coming for You

        Let’s have a look at the latest development in the Christian fascist Amerikaner campaign to re-impose the full pre-Roe v.Wade female bondage of forced motherhood, paying special attention to the sickening “Weimar” role of the Democratic Party and its allied “choice” organizations/NGOs.

        Recall how the dismal Dems and their friends in Indivisible, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood,  and countless mainstream liberals and supposedly left “repro” groups across the country, justified their abject failures to:

      • Pro PublicaAnti-Abortion Activists Are Fighting to Change Election Law

        For decades, lawyers at the Thomas More Society have backed provocateurs and long shot causes in hopes of winning severe restrictions on abortion in the U.S.

        As others in the anti-abortion movement distanced themselves from clinic protestors accused of trespassing, vandalism and sometimes violence, the Thomas More Society defended them in civil and criminal court. The legal nonprofit once sided with a Wisconsin pharmacist who refused to fill a birth control prescription on religious grounds.

      • Democracy Now“Alone and Exploited”: NYT Exposé Shows Migrant Kids in U.S. Forced into Brutal Jobs for Major Brands

        We speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Hannah Dreier, who revealed in a major New York Times investigation the widespread exploitation of migrant children in some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In response, the Biden administration on Monday announced it would carry out a broad crackdown on the use of migrant child labor in the United States, vowing stricter enforcement of labor standards and better support for migrant children. “These kids are just on their own in these situations, with very little resources and very few ways out,” says Dreier. We are also joined by Gregory Chen, senior director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, who says migrant children need better protection from unscrupulous employers and others who would seek to exploit them. “Children don’t have any knowledge or understanding of what their legal rights are,” says Chen.

      • TruthOutDeSantis Targets Immigrants in Lead-Up to Likely Presidential Run
      • Common DreamsBe Afraid of Rick Scott’s Reactionary Plan, But Thank Him for Saying It Out Loud

        Florida Senator Rick Scott is perhaps the leading policy voice in today’s Republican Party. His proposed “Rescue America Plan” outlines detailed policies that would supposedly address our shared national challenges and crises. They do not.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • EDRIInternet restrictions in Turkey violate fundamental rights

        After the major earthquake that took place in Turkey on 6 February, covering 10 provinces and a population of approximately 15 million, bandwidth restriction for social media platforms such as Twitter and Tiktok was implemented. Whenever the current government was criticised for not meeting its obligations, throttling was used as an option to filter and prevent the flow of information.

      • Ruben SchadeNewsletter spam… out of nowhere!

        Until this morning, I’d been subscribed to an email newsletter for an event organiser. It was more of an announcement feed than anything else, which probably could have been better serviced by RSS.

        Is there a gmane-like service, but that converts bulk email received in a special inbox to an RSS feed? Now there’s an idea! But I digress.

        Opening the floodgates

        Having emailed me one a month, or even once a quarter on occasion, this event organiser decided that escalating this to one to three emails a day was a good idea. This represents a thirty-fold increase at minimum, which is quite the feat given their emails printed on paper could barely achieve a tenth of that. They’ve now cumulatively sent me more email in the last week than the last three years, combined.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Zombie Patents! Can Expired Innovation Patents Still Be Examined and Certified?

          The Australian Patent Office recently issued two decisions on the examination and certification of innovation patents owned by UK company Diogenes Limited: Diogenes Limited [2023] APO 5 concerning innovation patent no. 2020104437 (‘Diogenes 1’); and Diogenes Limited [2023] APO 8 concerning innovation patent no. 2021103809 (‘Diogenes 2’).

        • Kluwer Patent BlogSome light for the sunrise: 5 questions for 5 French UPC Judges [Ed: Team UPC continues to promote an illegal and unconstitutional system with loaded headlines, meaningless puff pieces, and lobbying designed to mislead]

          Although the sunrise period starts today, the UPC remains in the shadows for the moment.

      • Software Patents

        • TechdirtStupid Patent Of The Month: Clocking In To Work—On An App

          What if we told you the Stupid Patent of the Month has a sponsor, but we don’t know who it is? That would seem shady, wouldn’t it? 

        • EFFStupid Patent of the Month: Clocking In To Work—On an App

          This month’s stupid patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,986,435, was brought to you—to all of us, really—from the murky depths of the litigation finance industry. Originally assigned to a shell company linked to giant patent troll Intellectual Ventures, this patent was sold off and is now in the hands of Mellaconic IP LLC, a recently-created Texas shell company. Mellaconic has sued more than 40 companies over claims that a vast array of HR software infringes their patent.

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsCC’s #BetterSharing Collection | March: Better Sharing, Brighter Future

          Each month throughout 2023, we will be spotlighting a different CC-licensed illustration from the collection on our social media headers and the CC blog. For March, we’re excited to showcase “Better Sharing, Brighter Future” by Mexican illustrator and cartoonist, David Espinosa. The piece, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0, was inspired by a quote from Catherine Stihler, Creative Commons CEO:

        • Creative CommonsCharles Riondet — Open Culture VOICES, Season 2 Episode 4

          Open Culture VOICES is a series of short videos that highlight the benefits and barriers of open culture as well as inspiration and advice on the subject of opening up cultural heritage. Charles is the Digital and Open Data Project Manager at Mucem where he works to increase the usability and engagement of the museums collection.

        • Torrent FreakBitTorrent Seedbox Provider Handed Criminal Conviction Over Users’ Piracy

          A man who rented out servers configured for BitTorrent file-sharing use has been handed a three-month suspended sentence in Denmark. Known as ‘seedboxes’, these pre-configured servers are not illegal per se, but when customers used the devices to break copyright law on known pirate sites, rightsholders held the server provider liable.

        • Torrent FreakUS Court Denies Bungie’s $2.2m Claim Against UK ‘Ring-1′ Cheat Seller

          Bungie and Ubisoft’s request for default judgment in a prominent cheating lawsuit has been denied by a California federal court. The companies sought $2.2 million in copyright-related damages from a UK defendant they described as a key player in the “Ring-1″ group. The court concluded that the man was little more than a customer support staffer.

        • Torrent FreakU.S. Govt: Omi in a Hellcat Should Serve 15.5 Years For Pirate IPTV Scheme

          Three U.S. government attorneys say that Bill Omar Carrasquillo, aka Omi in a Hellcat, should serve 15 years and 8 months in prison for crimes related to his pirate IPTV service, Gears TV. The YouTuber agreed to plead guilty to felony copyright infringement, device fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion, among other crimes. Restitution: $30.2 million.

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