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Links 29/03/2023: Parted 3.5.28 and Blender 3.5

Posted in News Roundup at 9:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • LiliputingSystem76 Meerkat mini Linux PC now available with up to Intel Core i7-1260P

        The System76 Meerkat is a compact desktop computer with support for up to 64GB of RAM, up to two storage devices (for as much as 16TB of total storage), and up to an Intel Core i7 mobile processor.

        It’s basically a rebranded Intel NUC. But since System76 is a Linux PC vendor, the Meerkat comes with a choice of Pop!_OS or Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. Previously available with a choice of 10th or 11th-gen Intel Core processor options, the Meerkat now also supports 12th-gen Intel chips.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Makulu Max Development Update

        We have updated the Development Release Highlight Notes for Makulu Max, you can Click Here to see what’s happening on the Development front. Some Really exciting things happening, especially on the AI and Widget development side of things. See the Video Below for a Demo of widgets and AI integration in MakuluLinux Max.

    • Graphics Stack

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxBlender 3.5 Released with New Sculpting Feature, Light Sampling, and More

        Highlights of the Blender 3.5 release include support for Vector Displacement Map (VDM) brushes for the Draw brush, a new Extrude Mode for the Trim tools, light sampling support for Cycles to more effectively sample scenes with many lights, as well as Open Shading Language (OSL) support for OptiX.

        It also supports non-uniform object scales for spot lights, improves adaptive sampling for overexposed scenes to reduce render time, improves GPU rendering performance on Apple devices, adds “Select Linked Vertices” to weight the paint mode, and makes it easier to add F-Curve modifiers to multiple channels.

      • DebugPoint6 Best Mastodon Clients for Ubuntu and Other Linux

        Are you planning to leave Twitter and join Mastodon? Use these free and open-source Mastodon clients for your Linux desktop.

        Mastodon is a free and open-source microblogging platform similar to Twitter. It is designed as a decentralised platform that can communicate with other Fediverse protocols such as GNU Social and Pleroma. With the recent news stories about Twitter, many users are trying Mastodon and migrating to the platform.

        With that in mind, we give you a list of free Mastodon clients for Linux desktops as well as Windows and macOS in this post.

      • TecMintHave You Tried Virtualbox Unattended Guest OS Install?

        Recently, I updated my VirtualBox installation to version 7.0.0, I noticed some nice updates on the graphical user interface (GUI). The first was the improved theme support, then the new notification center unifying most of the running processes and error reporting around the GUI. Additionally, in VirtualBox 7 you can navigate and search through the user manual easily via a new help viewer widget.

        But importantly, the new VM wizard has been reworked to integrate the unattended guest OS installation and to have a more streamlined workflow. This was the most intriguing feature for me, I had never used it before, so I decided to give it a try.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Last of Us on Steam Deck is not great

        Here we are, another big release on Steam and sadly it’s just seemingly not a good experience from my early testing. Even though it seemed like we might see good support, the result is nothing of the sort.

      • GamingOnLinuxGOG giving away another game during their Spring Sale

        Alwa’s Awakening is now up for grabs if you’re in need of a free game, plus there’s a whole lot of discounts in GOG’s Spring Sale. To claim the free game, you need to be logged in. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see the giveaway banner where you can grab it. You have until March 30th 2PM UTC to grab it.

      • GamingOnLinuxDolphin Emulator for GameCube and Wii is coming to Steam

        Giving you another easy way to download and keep it up to date, the Dolphin Emulator for GameCube and Wii is coming to Steam. Even though it’s going to be on Steam, they don’t dare mention Nintendo directly on the Steam page: “Dolphin is an emulator for the big N’s 6th and 7th generation consoles, featuring enhancements such as increased resolution, save states, and netplay.”

      • GamingOnLinuxFresh Steam Deck and Steam desktop Beta, Valve dropping old Windows support

        Steam Deck and Steam desktop both got a fresh Beta release, with plenty of bug fixing involved and Valve are dropping support for older versions of Windows.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Announcing KTechLab 0.51.0

          I’m happy to announce KTechLab release version 0.51.0.
          KTechLab is an IDE for microcontrollers and electronics.

          This new release contains the following changes:

          • updated and improved translations
          • the Serial Port component, for better compatibility, uses Qt’s QSerialPort, instead of operating-system specific library calls
          • experimental support for Windows; it requires MSVC 2019 compiler
          • various stability fixes
          • modernisation of the codebase, porting away from some deprecated APIs
  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • KlaraFreeBSD or Linux – A Choice Without OS Wars

        Pinning FreeBSD against Linux is a tale as old as time. But it removes from the necessary conversation about which technology is most suitable for its users. Both Linux and FreeBSD are mature operating systems with a myriad of resources and features to offer. At times, one will be more suitable than the other depending on the use case and aim. In this article, we take time to discuss where does it fit, and provide the audience with more reading material before making a decision.

      • Marian BoučekOpenSMTPD on FreeBSD

        Any Google account that has 2-factor authentication enabled prohibits the so-called “less secure” apps from using the standard Google password. In order to overcome this problem, navigate to the Security page in Google Account and then move to Two-factor Authentication section. Generate a new special App Password for the service here.

      • TuMFatigSelf-Hosted Calendar and Addressbook services on OpenBSD

        Once you have self-hosted email up and running, you may want to add the Calendar and Addressbook features to your service bag. Nowadays, the standard protocols regarding those subjects are CalDAV and CardDAV.

        I decided to go with Baikal, the dedicated CalDAV+CardDAV server based on the sabre/dav framework ; the same framework used in Nextcloud DAV services AFAIK.

        It relies on PHP and is available as a package on OpenBSD.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Unicorn MediaWill New CEO Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen Bring ‘Open Source Way’ Magic to SUSE?

        As Red Hat slowly loses its open culture under IBM’s ownership, SUSE might be set to finally become an important global open-source player, but only if its board allows the former Red Hatter who will take the helm on May 2 to bring “the open source way” to a secretive and “top-down” corporate culture.


        Melissa Di Donato is out as CEO of SUSE, effective immediately, and Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen is in, or will be on May 1. In the meantime, SUSE’s CFO Andy Myers will be holding the reins as he continues with his CFO role. According to a press release from SUSE, Di Donato is leaving to “embark on the next chapter of her career.” My guess is that she was let go, and gently pushed out the door with a generous separation package.

        She left quickly and without fanfare. Although a press release was written and posted online last week, the PR people at SUSE didn’t bother to notify many of the tech journalists they typically turn to when they want to get the news out about a new hire or product release. Jonas Persson, chair of SUSE’s board, praised her she was walking out the door, with something of a “the king is dead; long live the king” statement.

    • Arch Family

      • 9to5LinuxArch Linux Installer Gets Initial Swapfile Prototype, Updated Sway Profile, and More

        Archinstall 2.5.4 is here to implement an initial swapfile prototype to enable the creation of a swapfile and hibernation, an updated profile for the Sway window manager to allow you to install it with polkit or seatd, as well as the ability to generate a -fallback variant of boot entries for systemd-boot.

        This release also introduces the ability to save your entire encryption configuration, adds a sector unit for parted to make creating partitions easier, removes the archlinux-keyring package update since it’s been replaced by a service that populates keys, and adds support for using the pacstrap -K command to initialize a new pacman keyring.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • It’s FOSSUbuntu Cinnamon Gets Official Ubuntu Flavor Status

        Waiting for Ubuntu 23.04 next month?

        Well, we already mentioned that one of the exciting things about the Ubuntu 23.04 release includes a new official Cinnamon flavor (originally, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix).

        And, that is now official, as the Technical Board of Ubuntu approved it with enough votes.

    • v/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareRockchip RK3588 embedded PCs support PoE, 4G LTE, 10GbE, 2.5-inch SATA HDD, and more

        Mekotronics provides Android 12, Debian 11, and Ubuntu images, as well as support for Buildroot. The new model uses the exact same motherboard as the Mekotronics R58X-4G and as such, they rely on the same OS images. One of the images (Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy) has been built with the Armbian build system, or even by the Armbian team themselves since Mekotronics thanks Armbian…

        I could find videos of the new device in action, but they should perform the same as the Mekotronics R58 mini PC which we reviewed earlier, although the software must have improved since July 2022. However, the company did upload a video showing how the 2.5-inch SATA bay works on the R58X-HDD model.

      • Linux GizmosRAKwireless launches modules designed for LoRa and BLE5 connectivity

        This month, RAKwireless launched a LoRa/BLE5 module based on the Ambiq Apollo3 Blue SoC and the Semtech SX1262 optimized for IoT applications. These new RAK11720 modules start at $7.99 and are compatible with Arduino programming.

      • Raspberry PiHow to build your own Raspberry Pi webcam

        We slightly amended Max’s original design for the 3D-printed parts so they fit our newest Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3. You need to print just two small support pieces so that the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W and the camera module will sit nicely inside an Apple iSight shell. You can find the parts on Printables, and download them for free. We found an Apple iSight on good old eBay and we’ve made a disassembly video to show you how to remove the internals.

      • HackadayEPROM Does VGA

        If you wanted to create a VGA card, you might think about using an FPGA. But there are simpler ways to generate patterns, including an old-fashioned EPROM, as [DrMattRegan] points out in a recent video.

      • HackadayIOT Message Board Puts Fourteen-Segment Displays To Work

        We’re not sure, but the number of recognizable alphanumeric characters that a seven-segment display can manage seems to have more to do with human pattern recognition than engineering. It takes some imagination, and perhaps a little squinting, to discern some characters, though. Arguably better is the fourteen-segment display, which has been pressed into service in this just-for-funsies IOT message board.

      • CNX SoftwareConvert your 3D printer into a metal cutting machine with an Electrical Discharge Machining kit (Crowdfunding)

        Rack Robotics’ Powercore is an Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) kit that converts your existing 3D printer (or CNC router) into a machine capable of cutting high-precision and detailed metal parts. We’ve already seen 2-in-1 3D printers and laser engravers such as the Creality Ender 3 S1 Pro, but while this type of machine can usually cut plywood or engrave stainless steel, the laser is not powerful enough to cut through aluminum.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Daniel Stenberga Bloomberg donation

        Hi curl admins, Alyssa here from the Bloomberg Open Source Program Office. I wanted to let you know that curl was selected as a winner in our inaugural FOSS Contributor Fund! We wanted to let you know of the results before we transferred funds via Open Source Collective. Can you confirm you’ve received this message? Again, we’re super excited to support your work and excited that you were selected in our inaugural vote! Please let us know if we can be of any further support. All best, Alyssa.

        The quote above was received by the curl team on March 27, 2023 and…

      • Daniel Stenbergcurl code coverage

        A few years back we actually did a build and a test run in our CI setup that used one of those cloud services that would monitor the code coverage and warn if we would commit something that drastically reduced coverage.

    • Education

      • HackadayThe 2023 Hackaday Prize Is Ten, First Challenge Is Educational

        If you were anywhere near Hackaday over the weekend, you certainly noticed that we launched the tenth annual Hackaday Prize! In celebration of the milestone, we picked from our favorite challenges of years past and came up with four of our favorite, and even one new one just to keep you on your toes. But the first challenge round is running right now, so get your hacking motors turning.

      • Creative CommonsCreative Commons Open Education Platform: 2022 in Review

        We ran a successful French translation, as well as the first ever Spanish language sprint for the CC Certificate course reading content. Thanks to the efforts of CC Certificate graduates and additional translators,2 569 million more people will have access to CC Certificate open educational resources (OER) in their native languages. These published works enable 493 million native Spanish speakers and 76 million native French speakers to access translations in their languages — not to mention others who have Spanish or French as a second language.

      • Common DreamsWhy We Must Defend Against the GOP Plan to Destroy Public Education

        The following are the prepared remarks by American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten delivered on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at the National Press Club.

      • Common DreamsTeachers Union Leader Calls for Defending Public Education From ‘Dangerous’ GOP Attacks

        American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten on Tuesday defended the egalitarian legacy and goals of public education and outlined a participatory plan to strengthen it nationwide as right-wing lawmakers intensify their long-standing assault on the institution.

    • FSF

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUparted @ Savannah: parted-3.5.28 released [alpha]
        I have released an alpha version of parted-3.5.28
        Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:
        Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:
        Here are the SHA256 checksums:
        af8a880df2e7b577c99ed9ee27a38e3f645896de8354dbfc05d8e81179a6d6dc  parted-3.5.28.tar.xz
        49e8c4fc8aae92d8922f39aaae1fcdb0c8be3f3a80d34e006916e93a4a4852fc  parted-3.5.28.tar.xz.sig
        [*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
        .sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
        and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:
          gpg --verify parted-3.5.28.tar.xz.sig
        If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
        or that public key has expired, try the following commands to update
        or refresh it, and then rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.
          gpg --locate-external-key bcl@redhat.com
          gpg --recv-keys 117E8C168EFE3A7F
          wget -q -O- 'https://savannah.gnu.org/project/release-gpgkeys.php?group=parted&download=1' | gpg --import -
        This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
          Autoconf 2.71
          Automake 1.16.5
          Gettext 0.21
          Gnulib v0.1-5949-g480a59ba60
          Gperf 3.1
        Noteworthy changes in release 3.5.28 (2023-03-24) [alpha]
        ** New Features
          Support GPT partition attribute bit 63 as no_automount flag.
          Add type commands to set type-id on MS-DOS and type-uuid on GPT.
          Add swap flag support to the dasd disklabel
          Add display of GPT disk and partition UUIDs in JSON output
        ** Bug Fixes
          Fix use of enums in flag limits by switching to using #define
          Fix ending sector location when using kibi IEC suffix

    • Licensing / Legal

      • JoinupGalileo HASlib Service

        Funded by European Commission DG-DEFIS, the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) distributes and share under the European Union Public Licence the HASlib program, an open-source software package intended to facilitate the implementation of the Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS).

      • National Land Survey of FinlandHASlib: an open-source decoder for the Galileo High Accuracy Service

        HASlib is available for download at the GitHub platform under the European Union Public License (EUPL). Its design is described in the Master’s thesis by Oliver Horst, and a shorter description can be found in the publication Horst et al. 2022. HASlib was developed in the project Precise and Authentic User Location Analysis (PAULA), funded by European Commission DG-DEFIS contract DEFIS/2020/OP/0002.

    • Programming/Development

      • 9to5LinuxQt Creator 10 Open-Source IDE Released with LLVM 16 Support, CMake Improvements

        Qt Creator 10 comes more than four months after Qt Creator 9 and introduces new features like the ability to temporarily drag the progress details out of the visible area and support for the “Open as Centered Popup” option to remember the last search term typed into the input field.

        This release also adds support for the latest LLVM 16 compiler infrastructure to further improve C++ 20 support in Clang, as well as the interaction between Qt Creator and Clangd. Also for C++ support, Qt Creator 10 enables the ClangFormat plugin by default for indentation.

      • Yoshua WuytsLinear Types One-Pager

        This post represents an overview of an MVP “linear types” design which we could probably start implementing and validating today if we wanted to. What I’m sharing here is a combination of conversations I’ve had with Gankra and Jonas Sheevink.

  • Leftovers

    • TechdirtTechdirt Podcast Episode 348: Sci-Fi & Silicon Valley

      Science fiction has always served as a source of inspiration for real technological progress. Sometimes that’s great, but other times it enables abuse or leads people to make terrible assumptions that result in harmful decisions. This week we’re joined by the hosts of the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct, authors Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, who recently began tackling this very subject, to discuss the relationship between Silicon Valley and science fiction.

    • HackadayMagic 8 Ball Provides Tech Support
    • The NationThe Puzzle of Ryan Lee Wong’s Activist Autofiction

      Over the din of a Korean barbecue restaurant in Los Angeles, Reed, the hero of Ryan Lee Wong’s debut novel, Which Side Are You On, tells his parents that he plans to drop out of Columbia University after spring break. Guilt-stricken after Peter Liang’s killing of Akai Gurley, Reed (of Korean-Chinese heritage) argues that “everything in college is designed to insulate us from the world.” It is 2014. Politically awakened through protests and the left-wing corners of Twitter, he decides he wants no part of “the great American ladder climb, where East Asians hoard resources and try to become white at the expense of Black and Brown people.” This impending change forces his parents to divulge more about their own pasts as activists—admitting that they faced the same choice in university, only to realize life is easier in the long term when you’re not a partisan.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayA New Gaming Shell For A Mouse

        For some gamers, having a light fast polling mouse is key. [Ali] of [Optimum Tech] loved his 23-gram mouse but disliked the cord. Not seeing any options for a comparable wireless mouse, he decided to make one himself.

      • HackadayKino Wheels Gives You A Hand Learning Camera Operation

        Have you ever watched a movie or a video and really noticed the quality of the camera work? If you have, chances are the camera operator wasn’t very skilled, since the whole point of the job is to not be noticed. And getting to that point requires a lot of practice, especially since the handwheel controls for professional cameras can be a little tricky to master.

      • HackadayHistory Of The SPARC CPU Architecture

        [RetroBytes] nicely presents the curious history of the SPARC processor architecture. SPARC, short for Scalable Processor Architecture, defined some of the most commercially successful RISC processors during the 1980s and 1990s. SPARC was initially developed by Sun Microsystems, which most of us associate the SPARC but while most computer architectures are controlled by a single company, SPARC was championed by dozens of players.  The history of SPARC is not simply the history of Sun.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • CS MonitorNew Mexico tackles food insecurity with free school meals for all

        New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed a bill to provide free school meals to all students, setting aside more than $22 million to fund the program. The legislation aims to combat food insecurity rates, boost local agriculture, and reduce food waste.

      • Off GuardianBellies of the Rich Swell Further on the Back of Hunger

        Colin todhunter It’s a zero-sum situation. The rich are robbing the poor to swell their coffers – and their bellies. In April 2022, Oxfam reported a terrifying prospect of more than a quarter of a billion people falling into extreme levels of poverty in 2022 alone.

      • Common DreamsBaltimore Blocks EPA Plan to Dump Toxic Wastewater From East Palestine

        A local Democratic lawmaker in Baltimore on Tuesday credited community members and clean water advocates for helping to secure an environmental victory, as the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to block shipments of contaminated wastewater from East Palestine, Ohio.

      • Deutsche WelleUN warns of ‘imminent’ global water crisis

        About 26% of the global population does not have access to safe drinking water and about 46% of people lack access to safely managed sanitation services, according to a new report by the United Nations.

        The UN World Water Development Report 2023 was released right before the first UN conference on global water scarcity in nearly a half-century, which is set to start on Wednesday. While launching its new report, the United Nations warned of an “imminent” international crisis.

      • Deutsche WelleItaly investigates TikTok over ‘dangerous content’

        The Italian antitrust authority on Tuesday accused TikTok of breaching its own guidelines by failing to remove content related to suicide, self-harm and poor nutrition.

        A recent face-marking challenge, dubbed “French scar,” has taken the app by storm. The challenge involves pinching one’s face until it bruises.

      • Teen VogueOccupational Disease and Women: From the Radium Girls to Garment Workers

        All occupational diseases start somewhere. Sometimes they have a well-known history and treatment, as with certain cancers, tuberculosis, and more common stress-related ailments and fractures. Coal miners develop pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung. Meatpacking and poultry-plant workers get repetitive stress injuries. Other occupational ailments are so specific they almost sound comical: Mad hatter’s disease, which afflicted Victorian-era hat makers who fell victim to mercury poisoning that damaged the nerves and brain (“mad as a hatter,” get it?); workers and artists who used lead-based paint and found themselves poisoned and in pain had painters’ colic; and as potters worked at their kilns, they breathed in tiny shards of silica dust, which lodged in and scarred their lungs, giving them potters’ rot.

        No matter what an occupational disease is called, the reality has always been uglier. Sometimes capitalism extracts its pound of flesh metaphorically, and sometimes more literally, but it’s always the workers who pay the price.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingstatezMinister Järvan: TikTok to be banned on state officials’ work phones

        In response to an EPL question, in an interview with the daily, asking whether the Estonian state has weighed up banning apps such as TikTok on official phones, Järvan said: “This will be closed down on all centrally managed devices, this month.”

      • The AtlanticMy 6-Year-Old Son Died. Then the Anti-vaxxers Found Out.

        I’m a North Carolina–based journalist who specializes in countering misinformation on social media. I know that Twitter, Facebook, and other networks amplify bad information; that their algorithms feed on anger and division; that anonymity and distance bring out the worst in some people online. And yet I had never anticipated that anyone would mock and terrorize a grieving parent. I’ve now received thousands of harassing posts. Some people emailed me at work.

      • Helsinki TimesOver 40% of Finns received private healthcare reimbursements from Kela in 2022

        40 percent of Finns received Kela reimbursements for private healthcare in 2022, according to a press release from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela). This represents a slight increase from the drop caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of those receiving Kela reimbursements for private healthcare were located in Varsinais-Suomi, Satakunta, and Helsinki.

    • Proprietary

      • India TimesPrasenjit Saha, LTIMindtree on the need of cyber resilient ransomware protection [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Legacy backups are no longer a reliable defence mechanism against ransomware attacks, the evolving threat landscape calls for more advanced security measures. Attackers can now infiltrate systems and remain undetected for long periods, giving them ample time to encrypt backup data too. Relying solely on legacy backups could lead to businesses losing critical data permanently. Legacy data backup contains a lot of weaknesses, and lacks the following elements: [...]

      • Terence EdenInterview: Open source is good for AI but, is AI good for open source?

        We’re at a weird time with AI and Intellectual Property. Well, IP has been in a weird place since Napster launched at the turn of the century! None of the issues around sharing, remixing, and controlling have been properly resolved. Copyleft is a noble goal – but seems more honour’d in the breach than the observance.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Site36Europol coordinates armed special forces and now also surveillance teams

          With the Atlas group, the EU has a powerful police network of 38 member states. On Germany’s initiative, a „surveillance group“ has now been added.


          However, the governments have decided in the Council that the agency may coordinate its special units. Since 2019, a „support office“ for the so-called Atlas Group has been located at Europol’s Counter-Terrorism Centre in The Hague. It organises 38 special task forces from the Schengen states as well as Great Britain, which will be allowed to continue participating in police cooperation in Europe even after Brexit.

        • Vice Media GroupU.S. Hardware Is Fueling Russia’s Facial Recognition Crackdown on Anti-War Dissidents

          Not everyone in Russia is happy with Moscow’s war in Ukraine, but protesting can be dangerous. On March 4, 20022—a week after it launched its full scale invasion of Ukraine—Russia made it illegal to publicly criticize the war. Some protesters even found themselves rounded up and sent to the frontlines. The father of a 13-year old girl who drew an anti-war picture was recently sentenced to a year in a penal colony.

          The report from Reuters details how facial recognition software has aided the Kremlin in its crackdown against dissidents. There are more than 160,000 cameras in Moscow and 3,000 of them are connected to facial recognition software. According to Moscow court records, the technology has aided in the arrest of hundreds of protestors.

        • ReasonThe Government Is Turning Border Surveillance on Everyday Americans

          “By viewing these towers on the map,” says Maass, “you can really get a sense of how these towers are installed in residential communities, be it urban or rural, and not just in the remote expanses of the Southwest.”

          The government hasn’t disclosed much about the towers beyond their expense, leaving the people who study and live in the borderlands with incomplete information. Sam Chambers, a geography and migration researcher at the University of Arizona, says that those studying surveillance in the borderlands previously “had to rely on documents such as environmental impact statements or other public records to know where a tower may be or had been built—and that was limited to specific districts and had to be verified.” Otherwise, researchers had to “learn by word of mouth or searching for them themselves.”

        • Stacey on IoTAmazon opens up its Sidewalk Network to all

          Amazon has opened up its Sidewalk low power wide-area network for all developers Tuesday, touting coverage for 90% of the U.S. population. The online retailer will provide free test kits so developers can suss out where Sidewalk has coverage, and how robust that coverage is.

        • Emmanuel MaggioriAmazon’s cashierless stores: artificial intelligence or major deception?

          When I walked into the shop for the first time, it did indeed feel a bit like science fiction. You first pass your phone through a scanner at the turnstile to log in as an Amazon customer. You then pick up products while cameras over the ceiling film you; there are many of them and they seem to cover every inch of the store. The shopping experience is rather smooth, as there is no protocol to follow and no one tells you what to do—you can put products in a shopping bag, place them in a backpack, or carry them in your hands. Once you’re finished, you head to the exit and the gate opens automatically—no payment, no cashier, no app.

          But then something sketchy happens: Almost immediately after walking out of the store, you receive a message from Amazon saying “thank you for your shopping” and explaining that they’re “preparing your receipt,” which you should receive soon. It usually takes a couple of hours until the itemized receipt is delivered to you and the payment is taken. The waiting time varies and can be as long as 50 hours according to some reports. If Amazon Fresh was truly powered by artificial intelligence, why the delay?

        • MeduzaRussian FSB seeks ‘constant remote access’ to Russian taxi service databases — Meduza

          The Russian FSB has developed draft legislation that would give intelligence agencies “constant remote access” to the databases kept by taxi companies that are included on the government’s registry of “organizers of information dissemination” (which includes Yandex).

        • NYOBMajority of credit bureau “CRIF” database illegal

          Decision by Austrian DPA in noyb case: Data of millions of Austrians have to be deleted

        • TechdirtUS And EU Nations Request The Most User Data From Tech Companies, Obtain It More Than Two-Thirds Of The Time

          Most tech companies handling data requests from governments now publish transparency reports. As everything moves towards always-online status (including, you know, your fridge), social media platforms and other online services have become the favored targets of government data requests. It just makes sense to look there first rather than out there in the real world, where people (and their communications) are that much more difficult to locate.

      • Confidentiality

        • Chris FerrisPublic Access Key – 2023

          Earlier this week, I did a big no-no. I deliberately published an AWS Access Key and its associated secret to GitHub.

          While I suspect many of you now think, “what a horrible cloud security person he is”, I figured I’d share my learnings.

          Timeline of events & quarantine

        • The Age AUFinancial, health, contact information exposed in Meriton data breach

          The property giant contacted around 1900 staff and guests to inform them their data may have been accessed in the latest cyber incident involving an Australian company.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Vice Media GroupArms Manufacturer Says TikTok ‘Cat Videos’ Are Keeping It From Making Ammo

        The Norwegian defense company Nammo said it can’t expand its factory and make new ammunition because TikTok’s new data centers nearby are using up all the electricity.

      • VOA NewsUnseen Taliban Leader Wields Godlike Powers in Afghanistan

        Except for some senior Taliban officials who claim to have seen him in person, Akhundzada, believed to be in his 70s, is an enigma to Afghans — and the world — because there is no information about the man who rules Afghanistan without being seen, elected or accountable to anyone.

      • VOA NewsPakistan to Skip US Summit for Democracy

        A Foreign Ministry statement in Islamabad thanked Washington for the invitation but did not specify any reasons for skipping the event. However, critics attributed the exclusion of longtime ally China from the event as a likely reason for Pakistan to opt out, as it did when Biden hosted the first summit in December 2021.

        Islamabad does not want to upset its “all-weather friend” Beijing, Pakistani English-language Dawn newspaper reported. Turkey, which maintains close ties with Pakistan, also has not been invited to this week’s gathering in Washington.

      • VOA NewsChina Accused of Meddling in Canada’s Elections

        Chiu, who was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada, said he later found out through Disinfo Watch, Quebec-based McGill University and the Atlantic Council that he was smeared by a disinformation campaign that sought to influence ethnic Chinese voters. He said false rumors started spreading online and on the Chinese instant messaging app WeChat, that the Conservative Party and Chiu himself were going to ban the platform in Canada.

        WeChat is the only messaging service that many in Canada’s Chinese community can use to communicate with friends and family in China.

      • Common DreamsWill the US-Backed War in Yemen Ever End?

        This past Saturday marked the eighth anniversary of the launch of Operation Decisive Storm, the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

      • Common DreamsTed Cruz AUMF Amendment Would Authorize War With Iran
      • Telex (Hungary)Parliament approves Finland’s application for NATO membership after eight months of delay
      • TruthOutPentagon Leaders Admit Defense Funding “Wish Lists” Are a Bad Practice
      • Atlantic CouncilThe real definition of victory for Ukraine

        Genuine Ukrainian independence will only come with the country as a member of the European Union and NATO, writes Victor Pinchuk.

      • Common DreamsCould the Final Surprise in Russia’s War in Ukraine Be a Mushroom Cloud?

        Some wars acquire names that stick. The Lancaster and York clans fought the War of the Roses from 1455-1485 to claim the British throne. The Hundred Years’ War pitted England against France from 1337-1453. In the Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648, many European countries clashed, while Britain and France waged the Seven Years’ War, 1756-63, across significant parts of the globe. World War I (1914-1918) gained the lofty moniker, “The Great War,” even though World II (1939-1945) would prove far greater in death, destruction, and its grim global reach.

      • TruthOutHouse Republican’s Vow After School Shooting: “We’re Not Going to Fix It”
      • Helsinki TimesHungary ratifies Finland’s Nato bid, Turkey expected to follow suit shortly

        THE HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT on Monday approved the Finnish application to join Nato by a vote of 182 in favour and 6 against.

        Helsingin Sanomat on Monday reported that all the ratification was opposed only by members of Our Homeland Movement, a far-right opposition party that believes expanding the defence alliance would geographically escalate Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.

      • ScheerpostCongress Has Been Captured by the Arms Industry

        And We’re Paying the Price (and What a Price It Is!)

      • Site36Libyan Coast Guard: Again shooting instead of rescue

        The EU Commission supports the Libyan Coast Guard financially and with equipment. In at least five cases, the units have used firearms in maritime distress cases outside their territorial waters.

      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: China and Russia Deepen Ties To Oppose US’s Destabilizing Actions

        The recent accord between Saudi Arabia and Iran, facilitated by China, signifies a seismic shift in geopolitical dynamics. This was followed by a three-day summit between the presidents of China and Russia in Moscow where they signed agreements that deepen their cooperation.

      • ScheerpostICC Charges Putin With War Crimes While US and Israeli Leaders Enjoy Impunity

        The U.S. celebrates the charges against Putin, but pressures the ICC to refrain from prosecuting Israelis and Americans.

      • MeduzaTwo police officers injured in shooting at patrol post between Ingushetia and North Ossetia — Meduza

        Two police officers were injured in a shooting at a patrol post between Ingushetia and North Ossetia, the North Ossetian Investigative Committee reported on Tuesday.

      • Meduza‘Dad, you are my hero’: A Russian court sentenced a single father to two years in prison for his daughter’s antiwar drawing. But the defendant fled from under house arrest the night before. — Meduza

        Alexey Moskalev is a single father from Yefremov, a town in Russia’s Tula region. Back in April 2022, his 12-year-old daughter Masha “shocked” her school teachers and principal by drawing an antiwar picture in art class. The girl’s drawing depicted a woman with a Ukrainian flag defending her child from flying missiles. Above the picture, the sixth-grader had written two slogans: “Glory to Ukraine!” and “No to war.”

      • Meduza‘Now there’s just emptiness’ Residents of Dnipro’s 118 Victory Embankment apartment complex recall the airstrike that killed dozens of their neighbors — Meduza

        On the afternoon of January 14, Russian troops subjected Ukraine to yet another round of shelling. One of the missiles they fired, a five-ton Kh-22, hit a nine-story apartment building on Dnipro’s Victory Embankment, completely destroying 63 apartments and damaging more than 200. The strike killed at least 46 people, six of whom were children, and injured 81, while nine people were still unaccounted for as of the authorities’ last public report in late January. While many of the survivors found new homes after the incident, others have continued living in the building, where they can still see the wreckage of neighboring apartments from their windows. Meduza traveled to Dnipro to speak to residents of Building No. 118 about what it’s like to live in the aftermath of such a devastating attack.

      • MeduzaThree cadets at military academy in St. Petersburg die of unknown causes — Meduza

        Three cadets at the Budyonny Military Academy in St. Petersburg recently died at the institution, according to the Russian news outlet Fontanka and multiple Telegram channels.

      • Common Dreams‘Noah’s Wounds Were Not Survivable’: Parents Allow Detailed View of AR-15 Carnage

        On Monday morning, The Washington Postpublished a series of 3D animations to show “how bullets from an AR-15 blow the body apart.”

      • New York Times2 Killed in Knife Attack at Ismaili Center in Lisbon, Portugal

        The police shot and wounded the assailant at the Ismaili Center in Portugal’s capital. His motive was not immediately clear.

      • Copenhagen PostDanish ship overrun by pirates

        Danish-owned tanker Monjasa Reformer has been attacked and potentially hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea. The ship, which belongs to Danish oil trading company Monjasa, is currently located roughly 100 kilometres from the southerly coast of Cameroon.

      • New York TimesHow to Lift the Fog of War in Ukraine? Try These Playing Cards.

        To help soldiers quickly distinguish friend from foe, the Pentagon is issuing playing cards with pictures of 52 different NATO weapons systems.

      • New York TimesTorture and Turmoil at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Plant: An Insider’s Account

        The former director of Europe’s largest nuclear facility describes abuse of Ukrainian workers and careless practices by the Russians who took control of the plant.

      • New York TimesSome Ukrainians Refuse to Leave Avdiivka Despite Russian Bombardment

        In Avdiivka, as in Bakhmut and other devastated places on the front lines, most residents left long ago, but there are holdouts.

      • New York TimesRussia’s Push in Eastern Ukraine Leaves Avdiivka in Ruins

        Moscow has struggled to capture new ground in eastern Ukraine but its bombardment has laid waste to cities and towns.

      • Common DreamsWith US Opposed, UN Security Council Rejects Russia-Led Push for Nord Stream Probe

        The United Nations Security Council on Monday rejected a Russia-led effort to launch a fresh international probe into last year’s sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines in the wake of investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s reports accusing the U.S. of carrying out the attack.

      • MeduzaBlue-and-yellow wooden drone crashes in Moscow suburb — Meduza

        The remnants of a handcrafted drone have been discovered in New Moscow, part of the Moscow metropolitan area.

      • New York TimesRussian Girl Sent to Orphanage After Father Criticizes War

        Rights activists worry that the separation of a teenage girl and her father after they criticized the war in Ukraine might signal a toughening of the crackdown on dissent.

      • New York TimesKamala Harris, at Former Slave Port in Ghana, Ties Past to Present

        The vice president leaned into her heritage during a three-nation trip to Africa to strengthen U.S. relations on the continent.

      • Democracy NowNashville Mourns 6 Killed in 129th U.S. Mass Shooting This Year, After Tennessee Loosens Gun Laws

        Nashville is in mourning after a gunman killed six people at a private Christian elementary school Monday before being killed by police. The victims were three adults who worked at the school and three 9-year-old students. Police identified the shooter as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, a former student, who entered the school through a side door armed with two assault-style weapons and a handgun. The shooter had written a manifesto laying out plans for the attack that included maps of the building, but no motive has been established. Monday’s massacre was the 129th mass shooting in the United States this year alone, including 13 school shootings. “People here are still just in shock,” says Holly McCall, the editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Lookout. “It’s just not difficult at all in Tennessee to get any type of weapon. Over the last six or seven years, we’ve seen the Legislature increasingly passing laws that even law enforcement officials and law enforcement organizations oppose.”

      • The NationThe End of the World Has Always Been Just Around the Corner

        Indulge me for a moment. This is how “The Prophecy” in my 1962 high school yearbook began. It was written by some of my classmates in the year we graduated from Friends Seminary in New York City. Being an historian, I am jotting down these notes out of habit, but what I saw and experienced two days ago I am sure no one else as civilized as I am will ever see. I am writing for those who shall come a long time from now. First of all, let me introduce myself. I am THOMAS M. ENGELHARDT, world-renowned historian of the late twentieth century, should that mean anything to whoever reads this account. After the great invasion, I was maintaining a peaceful, contented existence in the private shelter I had built and was completing the ninth and final volume of my masterpiece, The Influence of the Civil War on Mexican Art of the Twentieth Century, when I was seized by a strange desire to emerge from my shelter, have a look at the world, and find some companions. Realizing the risk I was taking, I carefully opened the hatch of the shelter and slowly climbed out. It was morning. To my shock, I was in a wide field overgrown with weeds; there was no sign of the community that had been there…

      • The NationPutin’s Nuremberg Moment

        The decision by the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin over the deportation of thousands of children from Ukraine to Russia is by far the boldest assertion of international justice in history. Faced with Russia’s naked aggression in invading Ukraine, followed by a daily stream of brazen war crimes, the world, or at least part of it, is living a Nuremberg moment, pushing the boundaries of the possible.

      • Common DreamsOh Look, More Dead Kids

        What to say. More gun carnage, this time in Nashville, where three children and three adults were shot dead at a private Christian school – so much for God’s protection – in America’s 90th school shooting this year. But GOP legislators and Gov. Bill Lee are on it: They’ve eliminated permits, licenses, registration or background checks to get more guns, they’ve banned drag shows and trans health care, and they’re praying with all their hearts (and bloody hands). One more time: #ItsTheFuckingGuns.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • ScheerpostFrom Media Outlet to ‘Non-State Hostile Intelligence Service’

        By designating WikiLeaks a spy outfit, the U.S. government has stacked the deck against Julian Assange and leveled an unprecedented threat against journalism.


        When Yahoo News sought comment from Pompeo, the former CIA director did not respond to requests. However, during an event at Hillsdale College following publication, a student questioned him. “Don’t believe everything you read in Yahoo News,” Pompeo replied, as he scratched his forehead nearly the same way Director of National Intelligence James Clapper did when he lied to senators about NSA warrantless surveillance.

      • The NationBicyclists Deserve the Right to Free Movement

        At the same time, I find bike advocacy in the United States to be extremely frustrating. Our cities deserve better bike infrastructure because cyclists deserve to live and to go about their lives free of mortal danger. That, it must be remembered, is the central task. The numbers are unacceptable. In 2018 alone, a bicyclist was killed approximately every third day in the greater Chicago area. Each of these unnecessary deaths is blood on the hands of feckless politicians who refuse to do the necessary work to create streets that would ameliorate the carnage because it requires inconveniencing a certain type of crank who thinks the city exists as a place to park their car. When the life of a bike rider is torn from their friends and families, often nothing is done because infrastructure requires money, and funding things like bike lanes (or, while we’re at it, other public goods like schools or transportation) means diverting money from other interests (like, say, violent, lawless police forces who terrorize the poor and protect only private property). In America, a bicyclist is usually not envisioned as being on par with someone who drives a car. They are stereotyped as either a rich hobbyist in spandex or as drunks who lost their driver’s license and have to rely on a lesser form of transport. While in Ljubljana, everyone rides their bike because the space has been made for them to do so. It is that simple.

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • CS MonitorTurning point: More US electricity generated by renewables than coal

          In 2022, electricity generated from renewable energy passed coal electricity production in the United States for the first time. Experts say renewables are now the most affordable source of new electricity for much of the country.

        • TruthOutThe US Has Seen 50 Chemical Spills or Fires This Year, and It’s Only March
        • Common DreamsA ‘Landmark Victory’ for Consumers and Climate as California Passes Big Oil Price Gouging Law

          Climate and consumer advocates on Tuesday hailed California lawmakers’ passage of legislation aimed at tackling Big Oil price gouging as the proposal headed to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said he will sign the measure into law.

        • DeSmogCrypto Mining at Gas Wells Sparks Regulatory Headaches, Outcry in Northwestern Pennsylvania

          By Audrey Carleton This story originally appeared in Capital & Main, and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.

          Longhorn Pad C is located about half a mile south of a small cemetery and a little over a mile north of a Methodist church in Elk County, in northwestern Pennsylvania. With a population of around 30,000, this county sits squarely in the center of the path the Marcellus Shale formation takes as it curves through the commonwealth.

        • NBCHow is bitcoin still trading (for now) at $27,000?

          It’s a reasonable answer. Amid the smoldering crater that is the [cryptocurrency] market, bitcoin has somehow made maybe not a comeback, but at least a stand. For all the tokens, coins, forks, chains and NFTs, bitcoin remains the gold standard in cryptocurrency.

        • Alaska BeaconU.S. Senate panel probes how crypto mining increases energy consumption

          “Bitcoin mining in the United States uses as much power as we need to light every single home in our country, and that demand on our grid is only going to grow,” Markey said in opening remarks.

          Markey’s bill, introduced Monday, would require cryptocurrency asset operators to report emissions to the Environmental Protection Agency, and would mandate the agency to conduct a study of energy usage required by thousands of robust, special-use computers to add new transactions to the decentralized digital accounting ledger, he said. The text of the bill was not yet published.

        • Scoop News GroupNorth Korean hackers turn to ‘cloud mining’ for [cryptocurrency] to avoid law enforcement scrutiny

          Unlike other North Korean hacking units engaged in cryptocurrency-related cybercrime, researchers at Mandiant believe that APT 43 is using its loot to fund its own hacking and cyberespionage activities, not sending it back to the regime for a nuclear weapons program. Instead, the group takes the cleaned funds to purchase infrastructure such as website domains to further espionage activities.

          “They don’t need $100 million to rent servers to run C2 nodes. They need much smaller amounts,” said Joe Dobson, Mandiant Principal Analyst. “We see them targeting everyone. I like to say, ‘There’s no fish too small.’ If someone has funds in their [cryptocurrency] wallet, they will get targeted.”

        • Security WeekMandiant Catches Another North Korean Gov Hacker Group

          Mandiant flags APT43 as a “moderately-sophisticated cyber operator that supports the interests of the North Korean regime.”

        • Security WeekNigerian BEC Scammer Sentenced to Prison in US

          Solomon Ekunke Okpe was sentenced to four years in prison in the US for his role in a BEC fraud ring.

        • MandiantAPT43: North Korean Group Uses Cybercrime to Fund Espionage Operations

          Tracked since 2018, APT43’s collection priorities align with the mission of the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), North Korea’s main foreign intelligence service. The group’s focus on foreign policy and nuclear security issues supports North Korea’s strategic and nuclear ambitions.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • CS MonitorFor the love of nature: Outdoorspeople help lawmakers bridge divides

          Climate action can be politically divisive. But a love for nature is bringing people together – even in Washington.

        • Pro PublicaSalmon Hatcheries Get More Federal Funding, Tribes Say It’s Not Enough

          The federal government has announced plans to increase funding for the Columbia River Basin’s salmon hatcheries, the often-crumbling facilities that maintain the river’s dwindling salmon populations. But tribes and state agencies say the influx of funds is only a fraction of what is needed.

          The Bonneville Power Administration, the federal agency that’s required to pay for salmon recovery using proceeds from selling power generated by hydroelectric dams, is putting an additional $50 million toward repairs at hatcheries operated by tribes and states. The agency also plans to increase annual funding for hatchery upkeep from $500,000 to $2.7 million.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Patrick BreyerOpenRequest: Pirates launch citizen participation website and seek suggestions on preventing corruption

        The Pirate Party Members of the European Parliament are launching OpenRequest, a unique participatory tool giving citizens the opportunity to suggest issues that should be raised in the European Parliament. For example, citizen suggestions can trigger parliamentary questions to Commission or Council, research tasks to the European Parliament’s Research Service or the sending of an open letter by Members of the European Parliament. On top of that, the OpenRequest website publicly documents the status of the proposals.

        The European Pirates have long advocated for more direct democracy and transparency in the European project, which this new tool promotes. In view of the recent Qatargate corruption scandal, Pirates specifically seek citizen suggestions on how the EU could better prevent corruption, conflicts of interest and intransparency.

      • The AtlanticAI Is Exposing Who Really Has Power in Silicon Valley

        The result is an uncomfortable disparity between who does the work that enables these AI models to function and who gets to control and profit from them. This sort of disparity is nothing new in Silicon Valley, but the development of AI is shifting power further away from those at the bottom at a time when layoffs have already resulted in a sense of wide-ranging precarity for the tech industry. Overseas workers won’t reap any of these profits, nor will the people who might have aspects of their work—or even their entire jobs—replaced by AI, even if their Reddit posts and Wikipedia entries were fed into these chatbots. Well-paid tech workers might eventually lose out too, considering AI’s coding abilities. In the few months since OpenAI has blown up, it has reminded Silicon Valley of a fundamental truth that office perks and stock options should never have been able to disguise: Tech workers are just workers.

      • Mullvad VPNThe chat control proposal does not belong in democratic societies

        The European Commission is working on a legislative proposal called chat control. If the law goes into effect, all EU citizens will have their communications monitored and audited. Now is the time to stop it.

      • CNBCElon Musk says only verified users will show up in Twitter’s recommendation feed in further shake-up

        Elon Musk said that only verified accounts will appear in Twitter’s “For You” recommendation feed, as the billionaire further shakes up the social media platform.

      • BW Businessworld Media Pvt LtdJob Platform Indeed To Lay Off Over 2,000 Employees

        US-based job search platform Indeed on Wednesday said it will let approximately 2,200 people go. This is roughly 15 per cent of the company’s headcount.

      • VarietyDisney Shuts Down Metaverse Unit as Part of First Wave of Layoffs

        The elimination of Disney’s Next Generation Storytelling & Consumer Experiences group, led by company veteran Mike White, affects about 50 employees, Variety confirmed. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. A Disney rep declined to comment.

        The shutdown of Disney’s metaverse group came Monday with the first wave of the company’s move to slash 7,000 jobs under interim CEO Bob Iger, which is part of its attempt to reduce $5.5 billion in costs. Following this week’s layoffs, there will be a larger second round of cuts next month, Iger told employees in a memo Monday. A final round of layoffs will hit “before the beginning of summer,” according to Iger.

      • VarietyElon Musk Says Only Verified Twitter Accounts Will Appear in For You Timeline Starting in April

        Musk’s verification policy has raised concerns about misinformation on the site, as virtually anyone willing to pay the price could attempt to impersonate a public figure under the guise of verification. However, Twitter has taken steps to prevent this by reviewing Twitter Blue accounts before granting them verification.

      • India TimesGitHub fires 85% of its India workforce

        The tech industry has been hit hard by a wave of job cuts as companies try to adjust to new market realities. GitHub, the world’s leading code-hosting platform for software development, has fired about 85% of its workforce in India. Out of 216 employees, 183 have been asked to leave, including the entire engineering team responsible for building GitHub for the world, said a source on condition of anonymity.

      • 37signals LLCWhy is paid social media a bad idea?

        The bet is this: Can you fund a social network with user payments? In contrast to the current established wisdom that only targeted ads will do it. We don’t know! Nobody has ever tried to do it at this scale. All the attempts have usually been baked in from the beginning, thus posing a real challenge to reaching critical mass. But Musk is now going to try the experiment on a network that already has critical mass. THAT’S INTERESTING!

      • Common Dreams‘We’re Not Gonna Fix It,’ Says GOP Congressman After Nashville Mass Shooting

        U.S. Congressman Tim Burchett was accused of saying “the quiet part out loud” after the Tennessee Republican responded to the massacre in Nashville on Monday by arguing there’s not much Congress can do to prevent mass shootings.

      • Common DreamsCorbyn Expected to Run as Independent After Starmer’s Move to Bar Him From Labour

        Former U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to seek reelection as an independent next year after current Leader Keir Starmer and his establishment allies on Tuesday made good on their pledge to formally block the leftist member of Parliament from running under the party’s banner.

      • TechdirtForget Shadow Banning, Now Elon Is Shadow Boosting Accounts He Likes, While Trying To Drive Away Users Who Won’t Pay

        Elon Musk says he’s against a “lords and peasants” system on Twitter.

      • TruthOutChris Christie Grilled at Town Hall After Positioning Himself as Anti-Trump
      • TruthOutYouth Organizers Are Uniting Marginalized Communities to Stop Atlanta’s Cop City
      • Atlantic CouncilFostering a Fourth Democratic Wave: A playbook for countering the authoritarian threat

        This report seeks to catalyze support for nonviolent pro-democracy movements fighting against authoritarian rule by proposing new approaches and tools to support civil resistance movements, advancing a new international norm — the “Right to Assist” pro-democracy movements — and developing strategic and tactical options to constrain authoritarian regimes.

      • New York TimesCarlos Moreno Wanted to Improve Cities. Conspiracy Theorists Are Coming for Him. [Ed: When the term "Conspiracy Theorists" is used in the press it might be a straw man (to distract from the real issues). This awful article is moreover trying to insinuate that critics of "Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates", a notorious serial criminal, are just dangerous, violent cranks.]

        Researchers like Carlos Moreno, the professor behind a popular urban planning concept, are struggling with conspiracy theories and death threats.


        For high-profile figures, such as the infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, misinformation and the hostility it can cause have long been a part of the job description.

      • New York TimesWhat’s Hot on TikTok? Defending Its C.E.O.

        After lawmakers grilled TikTok’s chief executive last week, the app’s users argued that the platform should not be banned in the United States over national security concerns.

      • Democracy NowPalestinians to Pay the Price as Netanyahu Pauses Judicial Overhaul While Further Empowering Far Right

        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to delay a push to overhaul and weaken Israel’s judiciary until the next parliamentary session. The retreat came after months of unprecedented mass protests and a general strike on Monday that shut down much of Israel. Netanyahu had earlier fired his defense minister, Yoav Gallant, for suggesting a delay to judicial changes. In a concession to his far-right governing allies, Netanyahu has also agreed to establish a new national guard under the control of Itamar Ben-Gvir, the ultranationalist national security minister who was once convicted of racist incitement against Palestinians and supporting a terrorist group. “He already has an immense amount of power over police forces that regularly inflict violence on Palestinians. Now there is talk of him having this national guard,” journalist Natasha Roth-Rowland, an editor with +972 Magazine, says of Ben-Gvir. We also speak with Palestinian American analyst Yousef Munayyer, who says the public outrage over the judicial plan is due to many Israelis seeing their own rights threatened for the first time. “The rights of Palestinians … have not been upheld by these courts for a very long time,” says Munayyer.

      • TruthOutNetanyahu Delays Judicial Overhaul While Further Empowering Israel’s Far Right
      • CS MonitorWhere the accent is on merit

        Scotland’s new leader, the first Muslim to lead a Western European state, adds to a growing embrace of values over personal identity.

      • Off GuardianPutin & Xi’s Moscow agreements

        Riley Waggaman It was a big week for Russia-China experts, who collectively managed to write 10,000 hot takes about what happened in Moscow without explaining what actually happened in Moscow. Is there a reason why all Russia-China commentary disintegrates into esoteric abstractions by the second paragraph?

      • Common DreamsTlaib Leads Call for $1.2 Billion in Humanitarian Assistance for Yemen

        U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Monday led two dozen House Democrats in urging Congress to allocate at least $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen—whose people have suffered eight years of U.S.-backed Saudi war—in next year’s budget.

      • Common DreamsDem Lawmakers Back Coalition’s Call for US Human Rights Institution

        Progressive U.S. lawmakers including Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Katie Porter on Tuesday joined a call for the Biden administration to take steps to form a national institution that would monitor and promote human rights within the United States, noting that the U.S. considers itself an arbiter of human rights standards across the globe.

      • Michael West MediaSolar Rorts – Federal Labor caught in $200 million pork barrelling scheme

        Independent MP Rebekha Sharkie has just dropped a bombshell in Federal Parliament. The Labor Government has been caught in a blatant pork barrelling. Rex Patrick explains the corruption that is “Solar Rorts”.

        Pork barrelling is defined by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption as “the allocation of public funds and resources to targeted electors for partisan political purposes”. It’s corruption. It’s taking taxpayers’ money and directing it at projects that are intended to ‘buy’ votes to allow people to stay in power. That is, using taxpayers’ money for personal benefit.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • The AtlanticWhy You Fell for the Fake Pope Coat

          Pope Francis’s rad parka fooled savvy viewers because it depicted what would have been a low-stakes news event—the type of tabloid-y non-news story that, were it real, would ultimately get aggregated by popular social-media accounts, then by gossipy news outlets, before maybe going viral. It’s a little nugget of internet ephemera, like those photos that used to circulate of Vladimir Putin shirtless.

        • New ScientistShould you be worried that an AI picture of the pope went viral?

          Should we be worried? Web culture expert Ryan Broderick has called the pope image “the first real mass-level AI misinformation case”. But the issue has actually been brewing for a few weeks, following an update to Midjourney that significantly improved the standard of output. Earlier in March, Midjourney-created images of former US president Donald Trump being arrested similarly went viral. Those images were generated from prompts provided by Eliot Higgins, the founder of Bellingcat, an investigative journalism group.

        • The Telegraph UKQuarter of 5-year-olds watch TikTok videos that ‘blur fact and fiction’

          Children are drawn to “dramatic” content online and videos made by professional “influencers” but often fail to distinguish between what is real and what is fake. “For the children in this study, it often seems that it matters more whom something has been said by than whether it’s true,” Ofcom said in its annual Children’s Media Lives report.

          The authors of the study said: “Much of the content the children were consuming seemed designed to maximise stimulation and minimise the investment required of them. Videos were fast-paced, short-form, with deliberately choppy editing.


          For some children, TikTok is replacing Google as a primary source of information. [sic]

        • The Age AUObama warns about dangers of AI, polarisation and Murdoch at Sydney event

          “So much of who we are and how we understand the world is related to the stories we receive. If we are vulnerable to bad stories, we can do horrendous things,” he said.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • QuilletteAn Auckland Mob Shut Down a Women’s Rights Activist—And Proved Her Point

        British women’s rights activist Kellie-Jay Keen, also known as Posie Parker, is the prototypically impolite gender crit, often engaging in aggressive and confrontational tactics that, at times, have turned her into something of a pariah. Yet by sheer doggedness, Keen now has managed to thoroughly discredit her trans-activist opponents, by rousing them to scenes of misogynistic violence that are even now circulating on social media as viral sensations.

      • Helsinki TimesRoger Waters: We are on the road to Frankfurt / Concert in Frankfurt to be secured by interim injunction

        Roger Waters has noted with pleasure the decision of the Munich City Council that his 21.05.2023 concert in the Olympiahalle Munich will take place as planned :

        “I am very happy to be able to perform in Munich for my fans. A ban on my concert would have been illegal. The City of Munich’s decision is good news for freedom of speech in Germany.”

      • CNNAn influential Chinese blogger disappeared from the internet. This woman says she knows why

        Program Think had so closely guarded their identity that no supporters knew who the blogger was – except that they had been a programmer inside mainland China with a decade-long career in information security.

        Now, almost two years later, the wife of a blogger recently sentenced to seven years in a Chinese prison for “inciting subversion of state power” believes she has the answer to the question: What happened to Program Think?

      • New York TimesA Child’s Drawing, a Dad’s Antiwar Posts, and Russia’s Latest Orphan

        Aleksei Moskalyov did not wait to hear his sentence for “discrediting the Russian Armed Forces” on Tuesday. Years behind bars for posts on social media seemed like a foregone conclusion in contemporary Russia. So Mr. Moskalyov slipped off his geotracking ankle bracelet and fled from house arrest.

        In escaping, Mr. Moskalyov, a single parent, left behind not just his home but his 13-year-old daughter, Maria — though even before the verdict had been read, she appeared lost to him. For the past month, the child, known as Masha, has been in a state-run orphanage, forbidden to communicate with her father.

      • TechdirtIn Internet Speech Cases, SCOTUS Should Stick Up For Reno v. ACLU

        It was by no means certain that the internet would enjoy full First Amendment protection. The radio is not shielded from the government in that way. Nor is broadcast television. Both Congress and the President supported placing online speech under some degree of state control. In Reno v. ACLU (1997), however, the Supreme Court could find “no basis for qualifying the level of First Amendment scrutiny that should be applied to this [new] medium.” Liberty won out.

      • Telex (Hungary)Academic freedom is structurally compromised only in Hungary in the EU, according to an EP study
      • YLEPolice Board to investigate Erdogan effigy removal

        An effigy of Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan was confiscated at a demonstration in Helsinki on Saturday.

      • MeduzaSources tell Forbes Russia that VK server expansion could herald YouTube ban — Meduza

        Ever since the Russian authorities cracked down on independent news outlets, foreign social networks, and all manner of anti-government speech in the wake of their full-scale invasion of Ukraine, observers have been anticipating a ban on YouTube, one of the country’s most popular sites and a haven for anti-war content. More than a year later, Russians can still access the service freely, but according to sources from the country’s telecommunications industry who spoke to Forbes Russia, the homegrown social media site Vkontakte recently began expanding its network of servers — possibly in anticipation of a future YouTube ban. Here’s what we know.

      • MeduzaTove Jansson heirs won’t renew Moomin product licenses in Russia — Meduza

        Moomin Characters, the Finnish branded goods company run by the heirs of the popular artist and writer Tove Jansson, has declined to renew or extend Moomin product licenses for partners in Russia.

      • MeduzaSt. Petersburg court forces Russian communists to take down Jean-Paul Sartre anti-anticommunist meme — Meduza

        Jean-Paul Sartre’s essay “Maurice Merleau-Ponty est vivant,” written after the death of his philosopher friend, contains the following maxim: “Tout anticommuniste est un chien.” “Every anticommunist,” that is, “is a dog.”

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • CS MonitorErasing stigmas: Women workers’ unique right, and an inclusive census

        Progress roundup: Spain passes Europe’s first menstrual leave law, Chile’s fishers sacrifice catch for marine refuges, Singapore makes a High Line.

      • Common DreamsBush, Pressley to Co-Chair Congressional Equal Rights Amendment Caucus

        A coalition of Democratic U.S. lawmakers led by Reps. Cori Bush and Ayanna Pressley on Tuesday announced the launch of a new caucus aimed at realizing the centurylong goal of adding an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

      • Common DreamsWest’s Uneven Response to Human Rights Crimes Exposes Broken Global System: Amnesty

        Hypocrisy and humanity’s failure to “unite around consistently applied human rights and universal values” expose a system unfit to tackle global crises, according to a report published by Amnesty International on Monday, the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      • FAIR‘Objectivity’ Obliterates Empathy and Curiosity

        FAIR’s commentary by Conor Smyth (2/28/23) on former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr.’s anti-objectivity manifesto (Washington Post, 1/30/23), and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens’ overwrought response to it (2/9/23), was right on point.

      • Common DreamsFire Kills Nearly 40 at Migrant Detention Facility Near US-Mexico Border

        At least 39 migrants were declared dead Tuesday after a fire was started overnight at a detention facility in Ciudad Juárez, close to the U.S.-Mexico border.

      • Democracy NowRandall Robinson (1941-2023) on Haiti’s Unbroken Agony, from U.S. Coups to Haiti’s “Debt” to France

        We continue to remember the lawyer and human rights activist Randall Robinson, the founder of the racial justice group TransAfrica, who died last week at age 81. Robinson was a leader in the U.S. movement against South African apartheid and was a prominent critic of U.S. policy in Haiti, including the U.S.-backed coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. Democracy Now! spoke to Robinson in 2007 about that episode and how foreign powers have interfered in Haiti throughout the country’s history, beginning with the slave revolt against France that established Haiti as the first free republic in the Americas in 1804. “The Haitians believed that anybody who was enslaved anywhere had a home and a refuge in Haiti. Anybody seeking freedom had a sympathetic ear in Haiti. But because of that, the United States and France and the other Western governments, even the Vatican, made them pay for so terribly long,” said Robinson, who had just published the book An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President.

      • Common DreamsThe Rule of Law Is Under Attack by the Republican Judges

        As someone who regularly writes about the courts and the law, I often feel more like an obituary writer. Hardly a week goes by without Republican judges killing a fundamental right of Americans, often inventing a reactionary new legal doctrine from whole cloth to do so.

      • Common Dreams‘Huge Blow to the Rule of Law,’ Donziger Says of Supreme Court Decision on Chevron Case

        Environmental attorney Steven Donziger was joined by a number of U.S. Supreme Court observers on Monday in denouncing a decision by seven of the nine justices, who refused to consider Donziger’s case regarding the appointment of three special prosecutors after he was charged with criminal contempt of court.

      • TruthOutSCOTUS Denies Steven Donziger’s Request for Appeal of Conviction in Chevron Case
      • ScheerpostYou Strike the Women, You Strike the Rock, You Will Be Crushed

        What constitutes a crisis worthy of global attention? When a regional bank in the United States falls victim to the inversion of the yield curve (i.e., when short-term bond interest rates become higher than long-term rates), the Earth nearly stops spinning. The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) […]

      • New York TimesWhat the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights’ Is Really About

        The culture war that conservatives are currently waging over education is, like the culture wars in other areas of American society, a cover for a more material and ideological agenda.

      • MeduzaRussian court overturns acquittal of LGBT rights activist and artist Yulia Tsvetkova — Meduza

        A Vladivostok court has overturned the acquittal of Yulia Tsvetkova, an LGBT rights activist and artist who was charged with “distributing pornography” for sharing art that depicted vulvas, a popular Russian Telegram channel reported on Tuesday, citing Tsvetkova’s lawyer.

      • BBCSwiss court case ties human rights to climate change

        More than 2,000 women are taking the Swiss government to court claiming its policy on climate change is violating their right to life and health.

        The case is the first time the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will hear a case on the impact of climate change on human rights.

      • CNNTaliban arrests prominent girls’ education activist as repressive clampdown continues

        Some of its most striking restrictions have been around education, with girls barred from returning to secondary schools and universities, depriving an entire generation of academic opportunities.

        The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Wesa was arrested in the capital Kabul on Monday and called on the Taliban to clarify his whereabouts.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Internet Freedom FoundationClimb off the mandatory activation TRAIn

        In this post, we analyse the 40 comments submitted in response to TRAI’s consultation paper titled ‘Consultation Paper on Introduction of Calling Name Presentation (CNAP) in Telecommunication Networks’, highlighting privacy concerns, especially in the absence of a data protection law.

      • James GI’m working on a new version of my printed blog

        In 2021, I embarked on a journey to print out the content on my blog. The scope of the project was limited. I decided to print all of my coffee posts published both on this blog as well as Steampunk Coffee, for whom I had written numerous blog posts. I decided to print only the coffee posts so that the printed version would have a theme. I was excited by the prospects of being able to hold my writings on coffee in my hands, and looked forward to a day where I could print another volume. That time has come.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TechdirtConsumers Aren’t Buying Automaker Plans To Make Everything A Subscription

        For numerous years, automakers have been keen to boost consistent monthly income by pushing users subscription services. The problem: whether it’s a specific in-car 5G wireless broadband connection (made kind of irrelevant by the fact everyone has a tetherable smartphone), or subscriptions for app-based services like remote starting: consumers aren’t really interested.

    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtMicrosoft Yanked Forthcoming Game’s PlayStation Port To Make It Exclusive

        Timing, as they say, is everything. We’ve been talking about Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard a lot lately and for good reason. It’s a huge deal, both in terms of the size of the purchase relative to the video game industry, but also because of what it could mean for the overall competitive marketplace in the industry as well. The regulators have expressed varied levels of concern and Microsoft’s rebuttal to those concerns has mostly been to ink 10-year deals with other platforms to keep the key series Call of Duty non-exclusive, at least for that timeframe. All the while, throughout this and previous acquisitions taking place in a climate of market consolidation, Microsoft executives have made vague, non-committal statements about how it doesn’t actually want to go the exclusivity route with its titles generally.

      • Patents

        • Kluwer Patent BlogBrazil: leading case allows revival of a patent application

          The Brazilian Patent Statute (Federal Law #9,279/96) establishes that foreign applicants must appoint and maintain a representative in Brazil for each patent application filed with the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BRPTO). Only through a patent agent—be it a person or a legal entity—can a foreign application file and prosecute an application.

      • Software Patents

        • Kluwer Patent BlogEPO Patent Index 2022: most applications concern digital communication [Ed: Software patents basically]

          The European Patent Office received 193 460 applications last year, an increase of 2.5% compared to 2021 and a new record. Digital communication (+11.2% over 2021) was the field with the highest number of patent applications, followed closely by medical technology (+1.0%) and computer technology (+1.8%). These are some numbers from the EPO’s Patent Index 2022, which was published today.

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewBlights of the Bookish: An Essay on Diseases Incidental to Literary and Sedentary Persons (1768)

          In this essay on the ailments of sedentary lifestyles, reading and scholarly study have tragic and sometimes fatal consequences.

        • TechdirtThe Soft Corruption Of Link Tax Bills: Enriching The News Orgs Politicians Want To Endorse Them

          Okay, this is just getting silly. We just explained why the various attempts to tax Google and Meta to fund the owners of news organizations (often hedge funds who have a long history of pocketing any cash and cutting jobs) is a clear attack on the open web. And yet, many people keep pushing these laws.

        • Creative CommonsEric Luth — Open Culture VOICES, Season 2 Episode 8

          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. Eric Luth is a Project Manager at Wikimedia Sweden where he organizes collaborations, events, and exchanges of practices in the cultural sector. Wikimedia Sweden also organizes edit-a-thons for Wikipedia articles.

        • Torrent FreakChina Shuts Down Major Manga Piracy Site Following Complaint From Japan

          Anti-piracy group CODA is reporting the shutdown of B9Good, a pirate manga site that targeted Japan but was operated from China. In response to a criminal complaint filed by CODA on behalf of six Japanese companies, which were backed by 21 others during the investigation, Chinese authorities arrested four people and seized one house worth $580,000

        • Torrent FreakSony Music Has Serious Concerns About AI-Synthesized Vocals

          Artificial intelligence is now a mainstream topic but while most people focus on the positives, the music industry is concerned about potential threats. In IFPI’s latest Global Music Report, insiders stress that music’s ‘human’ element should stay at the forefront. According to Sony, the same applies to AI-synthesized voices, which should not replace human vocals.

        • Torrent FreakMPA, Amazon & Apple Win $30m in Damages Against Pirate IPTV Services

          In 2021, Universal, Disney, Paramount, Warner and Columbia, partnered with Amazon and Apple in a lawsuit targeting two U.S-based pirate IPTV services. After the operator of AllAccessTV and Quality Restreams put up an early fight, including allegations that one of his services was disguised as a VPN provider, the studios have walked away with a $30 million damages award.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Lasagna

        My friend told me she was making spaghetti while her boyfriend was watching hockey. The point was the normalcy of it all, even if she should be in a bit of a culture shock.

        My girlfriend made a lasagna for our daughter and I. She said, “Someone said that lasagna is the way to a man’s heart.”

      • 🔤SpellBinding: ADGLUSR Wordo: GLOAT
      • Fun with Artificial Intelligence: AI-generated art 1
      • She took her sweet time making sense to me.

        She took her sweet time making sense to me.
        But finally, in that fluorescent interrogation chamber, she put words to what came out as a groan a year prior.
        I listened defensively.
        And shut out grimey thoughts meant for someone I knew better.
        Who leaves the country in a fit?
        I should’ve seen the signs.
        Not a renegade or a wanderer.
        She came here running.

      • do i enjoy debating?

        Short answer: it’s complicated
        Usually I would prefer sitting back and just let argument go on their own, unless the conversation gets to the point where either side points out something that’s very obviously just incorrect (not necessarily when the person is being highly emotional).

      • Re: Bullet Points vs Prose

        Luke Gearing generously posted some side-by-side comparisons of bullet points vs prose.

    • Technical

      • Switching the US to the Metric System

        I’ve taken to stating measurements in metric, and then restating them in legacy units. “It’s 10 degrees, or 50 degrees in legacy units”. “It’s about a kilometer walk from here to there, or 3/5 of a mile in legacy units”.

        On another subject, everyone should definitely use YYYY-MM-DD (AKA big endian) for dates. Europeans seem to use little endian, DD/MM/YYYY. The US uses middle endian, MM/DD/YYYY, which is absolutely bonkers.

      • def-briefly-mode

        Here’s an Emacs macro that lets you easily make modes turn on briefly and then turn themselves off after a while.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • I moved, and other major life events

          Actually, I moved twice since my last update, but this should be a more permanent location, I’m now a mortgage-haver.
          Often errantly referred to as “homeowner”, I’ve signed the next 15 years of my life away, so I think I’m a lot less likely to have another 10-month vacation to work fulltime on open source.

          I also got engaged and married to the beautiful woman who has been so encouraging over the last two years. (We met shortly after I started this capsule, so if you’ve also started writing in Gemini-space, maybe there are nuptials in your future?)

        • web, gemini, ftp, open, distributed

          I want to close my tabs, and it seems like a waste to just close them.

          So here we go.

          This started with someone on IRC bringing up an old topic we talk about
          every so often. They want some decentralized way to search the internet
          and my original reaction was something like, getting site authors to
          implement search on their own site using some common API, then users
          can search all of those sites through it. Usually my brain went into
          the OpenSearch direction where people

to xml documents that
define a format for searching the site, with various output formats
that clients can then parse reliably, like rss, or atom.

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  2. Links 10/06/2023: libei 1.0.0 and Qt Creator 11 Beta

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  3. Jim Zemlin Boasting in 2022: Linux Foundation Has Revenue of Over 200 Million Dollars; IRS in 2022: Linux Foundation Has Revenue of 139 Million Dollars

    As noted here months ago, the Linux Foundation is run by a lying, manipulative charlatan who merely milks the brand “Linux” to enrich himself; where is that anomaly coming from?

  4. 'Linux' Foundation: Spendings on Salaries Increased More Than 20% in One Year

    As per the document just published after it had been submitted 7 months ago, salary-related expenditures rose from 49,386,990 to 59,791,694 in one year

  5. Links 09/06/2023: JDBC FDW 0.3.1 and Godot 4.1 Beta

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  6. Gemini Links 09/06/2023: Thoughts on Flatpak and Apple Cultists

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  7. Trying to 'Finish the Job' of Bully de Blanc and Deb Nicholson by Rewriting History (and Even Terms) for Microsoft

    Heather J. Meeker is trying to rewrite history and now we can see who her financial masters and hosts are (lots of Microsoft); The media portrayed her as some kind of historian for Free software a few months ago (as funding had been secured), but she already outsources everything to proprietary software controlled by Microsoft. This will be corporate revisionism; moreover, there’s employment history with Microsoft. As an associate put it: “The employment history with Microsoft is a dead give away that she will only spew lies and disinformation” (using books and such; the revisionism is well funded); the latest blog from the OSI is also sponsored by Microsoft (both the blog post and the person who wrote it)

  8. Links 09/06/2023: Tor Browser 12.0.7 and Many Linux Devices

    Links for the day

  9. Linux Foundation Demotes Mr. Linux, Linus Torvalds, to Third (in Salaries), Only Uses Him for the Name

    The Linux [sic] Foundation‘s tax filings (divulged by the Nonprofit Explorer) show that it now pays “CHRIS ANISZCZYK” and “JAMES ZEMLIN” more than it pays “LINUS TORVALDS”, sans bonuses. Torvalds fell to third place already. Mr. Zemlin pays himself over $1.2 million a year. He doesn’t even use Linux. He lacks credentials and accomplishments (except for selling out to companies like Microsoft), but he keeps pandering to power and money (Bill Gates). It should be noted that the Torvalds bonus was added only after backlash had erupted.

  10. HMRC is Just Taking Taxpayers' Money and Not Enforcing the Law (or Selectively Enforcing It for the Political Masters)

    What we've been demonstrating or highlighting so far this year is a defunct system of accountability, wherein the government officials and their associates are essentially above the law; can they endure the negative press that entails?

  11. GNU/Linux Decade in India: From 1.5% to 13.5%

    The world's largest population is quick to move away from Windows; not many adopt Apple (Indians don't care for overpriced junk), so GNU/Linux is growing fast

  12. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 08, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, June 08, 2023

  13. Links 09/06/2023: Microsoft's 'Online' ("Clown"/OneDrive) Storage Goes Down Again, Files Cannot be Reached

    Links for the day

  14. What Will Happen After All Major News Sites Die Isn't Pretty

    With webspam, chaff, sponsored puff pieces and worse things being presented as "the news" we're running out of actual purpose for the World Wide Web

  15. HMRC 3 Weeks Later: No Action, Same as 'Action Fraud' (Your Tax Money 'at Work')

    When people need police enforcement against a crime it turns out that police is “MIA” (missing in action); it might matter that Sirius worked with the British government, so there’s a reduced incentive to affirm crimes were committed and then arrest the perpetrators

  16. Links 08/06/2023: Istio 1.18 and FreeIPMI 1.6.11

    Links for the day

  17. Gemini Links 08/06/2023: Sourcehut, Gemini Identity, and BBS Comments on Cosmos

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  18. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, June 07, 2023

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  19. The Need to Evolve on the Internet

    Tux Machines is one year away from its twentieth birthday and its increased focus on protocols aside from HTTP/S is paying off; Tux Machines also weaned itself off all social control media, including Mastodon and Diaspora (they're not the future, they're the past)

  20. EPO Management is Still Bullying the Staff (While Breaking the Law and Violating the European Patent Convention)

    Overloaded or overworked EPO workers are complaining about further deterioration at the workplace and their representatives say "this management style may well contribute to feelings of disengagement, depression, or even burn-out"

  21. His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Not Responding After 20 Days (Well-Founded Report of Tax Fraud) and British Police Pretending Not to Exist

    The crimes of Sirius ‘Open Source’ have helped unearth a profound problem in the British law enforcement authorities; What good is a monopolistic taxman (called after the British Monarchy even in 2023) that cannot assess its own tax abuses? Or abuses connected to it via a contractor? Meanwhile, as per what I was told, the police is not responding to my MP and that’s ANOTHER scandal (police not only refusing to act against crimes, committed against many people, but moreover not responding to elected politicians)

  22. Links 08/06/2023: Cinnamon 5.8 and Leap 15.5 Release Mature

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  23. Gemini Links 08/06/2023: Emacs and Thoughts on Bubble

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  24. Links 07/06/2023: Reddit Layoffs and OpenGL 3.1 in Asahi Linux

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  25. Gemini Links 07/06/2023: Jukka Charting Geminispace

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  26. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, June 06, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, June 06, 2023

  27. NOW LIVE: Working for the Public — Universities, Software and Freedom - a Talk by Richard Stallman at Università di Pisa (Italy)

    As noted a few hours ago, Richard Stallman is delivering a talk at Università di Pisa this morning

  28. Richard Stallman's Talk is in Two Hours and There's a BigBlueButton Livestream

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  29. Links 06/06/2023: Angie 1.2.0, New EasyOS and EndeavourOS Released

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