[Meme] Looting Europe and Taking Away From the Office

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We know where the money goes

'It is no secret that organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.'  -Woody Allen famous quote on organised crime

I was so caught up in the idea Europe was a democracy that I thought EU officials would care about SLAPP against people who report EPO crimes

Summary: The staff of the EPO is being robbed by corrupt officials [1, 2], who arrogantly assume that they can get away with anything (because they have facilitators all over Europe)

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Formally Challenging the EPO and Microsoft for Apparent Efforts to Suppress Reporting With Evidence of Crimes, Including Violations of EPO Data Protection Guidelines

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO: What are you looking at? You think I do oversight?
The Administrative Council has been largely complicit; it’s more like an instrument of facilitation, legitimisation and collusion rather than oversight

Summary: The largest cross-institutional European den of corruption, the EPO, will be hearing from lawyers and hopefully from public officials too. The criminal behaviour is long overdue for review and the Administrative Council too should be investigated (for repeatedly abetting this behaviour, for personal gain).

IN yesterday's post we mentioned how EPO management nowadays uses “cloudwashing” tactics to pretend that outsourcing EPO data to Microsoft (American firm, spying firm) is somehow acceptable, even lawful. EPO managers know they’re lying, maybe they even receive kick-backs to lie about it. Maybe. It happens a lot with Microsoft and judging by attempts to suppress our publication it seems highly probable that the stakes are very high. They resort even to greenwashing! What next? Clouds, windmills, and rainbows?

“They resort even to greenwashing!”Either way, we’re keeping under the wraps (for now) potential legal action. For those who want the hard material, or pertinent underlying evidence (including moving of the goalposts by the Administrative Council after our publication), the following documents are included:

1. Old EPO Data Protection Guidelines [PDF] introduced (unilaterally) by Benoît Battistelli in 2014 (for comparison).

2. Proposal document [PDF] for new Data Protection Guidelines CA/26/21 (and a companion document (CA/26/21 Corr. 1) with some minor corrections [PDF]).

3. The decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 5/21 adopting the proposal of CA/26/21. [PDF]

“They moreover attempt to retroactively justify or ‘legalise’ their illegal acts.”The cover-up or ‘mop-up’ by the Administrative Council is noteworthy. They’ve long been complicit, so they want to brush all this stuff under a rug or a carpet somewhere. They moreover attempt to retroactively justify or ‘legalise’ their illegal acts.

The documents relating to the new Data Protection Guidelines can be accessed via the official Web site of the Administrative Council. If you set the year of publication to “2021″, they will appear in the list.

Seeing the repeated efforts to stop our publication, we’re moreover exploring legal action against those whose crimes have been subjected to gags/censorship. It goes well beyond Techrights and we need to end this Mafia-like culture. Once and for all

“This sort of culture, wherein gangsters disguise themselves as professionals and managers (lacking relevant skills but wearing the right ‘costumes’, equipped with buzzwords and prepared statements), must end.”Suffice to say, the EPO has many other privacy-related scandals, as well as other types of scandals, but it is hiding behind the veil of diplomatic immunity. Thousands of EPO workers are eager to put an end to these severe abuses, which European media deliberately overlooks because of SLAPP. They already sent several law firms after me to intimidate and threaten me.

Over the next few days we will transparently deposit evidence and lodge a formal complaint with relevant public officials. This sort of culture, wherein gangsters disguise themselves as professionals and managers (lacking relevant skills but wearing the right ‘costumes’, equipped with buzzwords and prepared statements), must end.

As the old adage goes: António Campinos, you’ll be hearing from lawyers soon (not yours)…

Links 20/9/2021: Linux 5.15 RC2 and pgAdmin 4 5.7 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 12:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Linux Action News 207

        Desktop Linux graphics are about to get a significant investment, Mozilla and Canonical work together on a Firefox Snap, and some key new insights into the Linux port to Apple’s M1.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15-rc2
        So I've spent a fair amount of this week trying to sort out all the
        odd warnings, and I want to particularly thank Guenter Roeck for his
        work on tracking where the build failures due to -Werror come from.
        Is it done? No. But on the whole I'm feeling fairly good about this
        all, even if it has meant that I've been looking at some really odd
        and grotty code. Who knew I'd still worry about some odd EISA driver
        on alpha, after all these years? A slight change of pace ;)
        The most annoying thing is probably the "fix one odd corner case,
        three others rear their ugly heads". But I remain convinced that it's
        all for a good cause, and that we really do want to have a clean build
        even for the crazy odd cases.
        We'll get there.
        Anyway, I hope this release will turn more normal soon - but the rc2
        week tends to be fairly quiet for me, so the fact that I then ended up
        looking at reports of odd warnings-turned-errors this week wasn't too
        There's obviously other fixes in here too, only a small subset of the
        shortlog below is due to the warning fixes, even if that's what I've
        personally been most involved with.
        Go test, and keep the reports coming,
      • [GIT pull] locking/urgent for v5.15-rc2
      • Linux 5.15-rc2 Released With Many Fixes, Addressing Issues Raised By “-Werror”

        Linux 5.15-rc2 is now available as the latest weekly release candidate for this next version of the Linux kernel. Linux 5.15 in turn should be out as stable around the start of November.

        Being just one week past the end of the merge window, Linux 5.15-rc2 has seen many fixes land in the past week. Among the post-merge-window items catching my eye this week were bumping the GCC version requirement for the baseline compiler version supported, Linux 5.15 now being slightly less broken for the DEC Alpha “Jensen” system, and an important fix for the KSMBD in-kernel SMB3 file server.

      • -Werror pain persists as Linus Torvalds issues Linux 5.15rc2 [Ed: Simon Sharwood continues to troll Torvalds. Compare the promotional language used to promote Microsoft vapourware like Vista Service Pack ’11′ and all those negative headlines about Linux.]

        Linus Torvalds has revealed that winding back the decision to default to -Werror – and therefore make all warnings into errors – has made for another messy week of work on the Linux kernel.

        “So I’ve spent a fair amount of this week trying to sort out all the odd warnings, and I want to particularly thank Guenter Roeck for his work on tracking where the build failures due to -Werror come from,” Torvalds wrote in his weekly missive about the state of kernel development.

        “Is it done?” he asked rhetorically. “No. But on the whole I’m feeling fairly good about this all, even if it has meant that I’ve been looking at some really odd and grotty code. Who knew I’d still worry about some odd EISA driver on alpha, after all these years? A slight change of pace ;)”

      • Graphics Stack

        • RadeonSI Gallium3D driver Further Optimized For Mesa3D Version 21.3

          Mesa3D, the open-source OpenGL driver for emulation of software and acceleration of hardware for recent graphics cards, as well as primarily used in Linux, has recently merged the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, further optimizing the driver to be released during the next quarter.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Install Linux Malware Detect (Maldet) on Fedora 34 – LinuxCapable

        Linux Malware Detect (LMD), also known as Maldet, is a malware scanner for Linux released under the GNU GPLv2 license. Maldet is quite popular amongst sysadmins and website devs due to its focus on the detection of PHP backdoors, dark mailers, and many other malicious files that can be uploaded on a compromised website using threat data from network edge intrusion detection systems to extract malware that is actively being used in attacks and generates signatures for detection.

      • How to Install Podman on Debian 11

        Developed by RedHat, Podman is a free and open-source daemonless container engine designed to be a drop-in replacement for the popular Docker runtime engine. Just like Docker, it makes it easy to build, run, deploy and share applications using container images and OCI containers ( Open Container Initiative ). Podman uses user and network namespaces and In comparison to Docker, Podman is considered more isolated and secure. Most commands in Docker will work in Podman. and so if you are familiar with running Docker commands, using podman will be such a breeze.

      • How to Install ArangoDB on Ubuntu Linux

        Every good application requires a database management system to match. As we know there are many of them and in many different categories. Today we will talk about how to install ArangoDB on Linux.
        In a nutshell, ArangoDB is an open-source NoSQL database system, and it is easily administered via the integrated web interface or the command-line interface.

      • How to Install Java 17 LTS (JDK 17) on Ubuntu 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        Java is a general-purpose, class-based, object-oriented multipurpose programming language that is popular due to the design of having lesser implementation dependencies, meaning that the compiled Java code can be run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation. Java is also fast, secure, and reliable, therefore. It is widely used for developing Java applications in laptops, data centers, game consoles, scientific supercomputers, cell phones, etc.

        JDK 17 (JDK 17) has brought forward new language enhancements, updates to the libraries, support for new Apple computers, removals and deprecations of legacy features, and work to ensure Java code written today will continue working without change in future JDK versions.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest Java 17 (JDK 17) on Ubuntu 20.04.

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • Review: Obarun 2021.07.26

          The distribution is available in two flavours, Minimal and with JWM as the default window manager. The Minimal edition is an 837MB download while the JWM edition is 1.3GB in size. I chose to download the JWM edition for x86_64 computers.

          Booting from the provided ISO brings up a menu offering to start the distribution in Live, Persistent, or Run From RAM modes. This gives us some flexibility in how we wish to use the live media. I chose to take the default, plain live mode. The live session boots to a text console where we are shown login credentials for both the root user and a regular user account. Signing in as the regular user, oblive, automatically launches a graphical environment.

          The JWM-powered desktop places a panel along the bottom of the screen. The panel holds an application menu, task switcher, and system tray. On the desktop we find icons for opening a README file and for launching the system installer. The README file is a short text file with login credentials, links to on-line resources, and tips for launching programs from within JWM.

          Shortly after signing into the live desktop a network management window opens. This provides us with a utility for getting us on-line with minimal effort. The network manager window makes it straight forward to connect to wired and wireless networks.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

      • Debian Family

        • Backplane Systems Technology Presents Neousys’s IGT-22-DEV Industrial-grade IoT gateway Development Kit

          IGT-22-DEV provides a ready-for-use software environment featuring Debian Buster, Docker CE, Node-RED, Python3, GCC, and IoT platform agent configured with sensors and cloud connection. With minimum provisioning on the IoT platform, a web-based dashboard becomes available and can be accessed on a desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone, wherever you may be. IGT series supports various programming languages, such as Python and GCC. On top of that, IGT-22-DEV has Node-RED pre-installed for intuitive graphical and local logic control of the built-in DO, allowing prompt responses. Unlike the standard IGT-22, the USB port of IGT-22-DEV is specifically set to OTG mode to provide serial and LAN functions over USB, so you can choose to connect to IGT-22-DEV with a USB cable.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • ASUS Tinker Board 2S is finally orderable in a Raspberry Pi form factor

        The Tinker Board 2S is finally available to purchase, with ASUS announcing it and the Tinker Board 2 last year. Currrently, SmartFly sells the single-board computer (SBC) on Amazon and AliExpress, starting at US$119.99 for the version with 2 GB of RAM. Alternatively, the company has the 4 GB of RAM model in stock for US$134.39.

        ASUS has equipped the Tinker Board 2S with a Rockchip RK3399 chipset that has two ARM Cortex-A72 cores, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores and an ARM Mali-T860 MP4 GPU. All RAM is LPDDR4 and is complemented by 16 GB of eMMC flash storage. Additionally, the SBC has four USB ports, a single HDMI 2.0 connection, RJ45 Gigabit LAN and an M.2-2230 slot populated by Bluetooth/Wi-Fi card.

      • Arm PSA Level 3 certified Sub-GHz wireless SoCs support Amazon Sidewalk, mioty, Wireless M-Bus, Z-Wave…

        Silicon Labs has announced two new sub-GHz wireless SoCs with EFR32FG23 (FG23) and EFR32ZG23 (ZG23) devices adding to the company’s Gecko Series 2 Cortex-M33 platform.

      • Top 10 IoT Boards for Development and Prototyping in 2021

        This is one of the popular IoT Boards based on IoT Technology. The newest version of the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer is the all-new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. This electronic board, which is the size of a credit card, has several enhancements. For starters, the power connector is USB-C, which may accommodate an additional 500mA of current, providing 1.2A for downstream USB devices. A pair of type-D (micro) HDMI connections have been installed instead of the type-A (full-size) HDMI connectors, allowing for dual display output within the existing board footprint. In Raspberry Pi 4, the Gigabit Ethernet magjack is now on the top right of the board, rather than the bottom right. It has a new operating system based on Debian 10 Buster, which will be released soon. The user interface has been modified, and new programs such as the Chromium 74 web browser have been included. Additionally, the Mesa “V3D” driver has replaced the legacy graphics driver stack used on previous models, allowing for the removal of nearly half of the platform’s closed-source code, as well as the ability to run 3D applications in a window under X, OpenGL-accelerated web browsing, and desktop composition.


        The NanoPi NEO Plus2 is a FriendlyElec-developed all-winner-based ARM board that is less than half the size of the Raspberry Pi. But that doesn’t make it any less capable in terms of storage and performance. Its operating system is Ubuntu Core 16.04, a strong Linux distro. It has a 64-bit quad-core Allwinner A53 SoC with Hexa-core Mali450 GPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 8GB eMMC storage, Wi-Fi, 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth, and 1 MicroSD slot, 10/100/1000M Ethernet based on RTL8211E-VB-CG. In comparison to the Raspberry Pi, the NanoPi NEO Plus2 has gigabit Ethernet, 8 gigabytes of eMMC storage, and two USB ports. It is powered by a micro-USB port and, despite its little size, offers expandable memory owing to a microSD card. It also has additional benefits, such as low cost, fast speed, and high-performance computation.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Astro Pi 2: New Raspberry Pi hardware with updated camera, sensors to head to the ISS this year

          Good news for earthbound Pi-tinkerers hoping to get their code into orbit: a follow-up to 2015′s Astro Pi is due to head to the International Space Station (ISS) this year.

          Time has moved on a bit since the Principia mission of Tim Peake where the first units were installed aboard the orbiting outpost. While over 54,000 participants from 26 countries have since had code run on the hardware, the kit has fallen somewhat behind what is available on Earth.

          To that end, some new units are due to be launched, replete with updated hardware. In this case, heading to orbit will be Raspberry Pi 4 Model B units with 8GB RAM, the Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera (a 12.3MP device) and the usual complement of gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, humidity, temperature and pressure sensors for users to code against.

        • Tracking Maximum Power Point For Solar Efficiency | Hackaday

          This build is incredibly extensive and goes deep into electrical theory and design choices. One design choice of note is the use of an ESP32 over an Arduino due to the higher resolution available when doing analog to digital conversion. There’s even a lengthy lecture on inductor core designs, and of course everything on this project is open source. We have also seen the ESP32 put to work with MPPT before, although in a slightly less refined but still intriguing way.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Firefox Experiment is testing Bing as the default search engine [Ed: Mozilla is trying to just kill Firefox and be over with it already]

            Mozilla is running an experiment on 1% of the Firefox desktop population currently, which sets the default search engine to Bing in the web browser.

            Firefox ships with different search engines by default, and one of these is set as the default search engine. The default search engine is used when users type into the browser’s address bar or use the search field on the browser’s new tab page.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQL: pgAdmin 4 v5.7 Released

          The pgAdmin Development Team is pleased to announce pgAdmin 4 version 5.7. This release of pgAdmin 4 includes 26 bug fixes and new features. For more details please see the release notes.

          pgAdmin is the leading Open Source graphical management tool for PostgreSQL. For more information, please see the website.

        • PostgreSQL Weekly News – September 19, 2021

          Pgpool-II 4.2.5, a connection pooler and statement replication system for PostgreSQL, released

          Database Lab 2.5, a tool for fast cloning of large PostgreSQL databases to build non-production environments, released.

          pgexporter 0.1.0, a Prometheus exporter for PostgreSQL, released

        • SQLite Linux Tutorial for Beginners

          This SQLite Linux tutorial is intended for beginners who wish to learn how to get started with SQLite database. SQLite is one of the world’s most widely-used Database programs. So, what is a Database, and what is SQLite?

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • 9 free software copycats that work better than the real expensive programs

          A great no-cost alternative is LibreOffice. This open-source office suite is especially great because its creators continually update it. You’ll get six programs, including Writer, Impress and Calc, which work just like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, respectively.

          LibreOffice allows you to edit documents created in the official MS Office and save new files in Office formats, too. Someone on the receiving end of your .docx file won’t know you used a program other than Word to save it.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • Gimp 2.10.28

            GIMP is a digital photo manipulation tool for Windows (and many other platforms) that’s considered to be the open source (free) answer to Adobe Photoshop. Like Photoshop, GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, image construction, and has many other capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, and so much more.

            GIMP is amazingly expandable and extensible – it is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

      • Public Services/Government

        • EU open source study highlights economic benefits but says Union is ‘on the back foot’ with industrial policy [Ed: By Microsoft Tim, with this slant]

          A new EU study of the economic impact of open source has mixed news. The economic benefits are huge, it said, but the EU is “on the back foot” when it comes to implementation.

          The study comes from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect), and was written by a team from Fraunhofer ISI and think-tank OpenForum Europe. Its focus is on the impact of open source software and hardware on technological independence, competitiveness, and innovation.

      • Programming/Development

        • Break point: Prometheus, JFrog, GDB, Boundary, Serverless Framework, Eclipse, Delphi, Kubermatic, and DataSpell

          The team behind monitoring system Prometheus has pushed version 2.30 into the wild, and with it some improvements to the scrape functionality. Amongst other things users can now adjust the scrape timestamp tolerance to save TSDB disk space in cases where a higher ms difference isn’t a problem. They also have access to an experimental way of configuring a scrape interval and timeout through relabeling, and new metrics behind the extra-scrape-metrics flag that expose the per-target scrape sample_limit value and scrape_timeout_seconds.

        • Java

          • Java 17 arrives with long-term support: What’s new, and is it falling behind Kotlin? [Ed: By Microsoft Tim]

            JDK (Java Development Kit) 17 was released today, the first long-term support release since JDK 11 three years ago.

            A new version of Java appears every six months, in March and September. According to the Oracle Java SE support lifecycle, these are supported only for six months until the next one appears, whereas LTS releases are supported for eight years.

            Java 8 (the last before a major revamp of the JDK in Java 9 with many breaking changes) has extended support until December 2030, while extended support for Java 11 runs up to September 2026.

            Suppliers of free OpenJDK editions of Java generally match and may sometimes exceed these support dates, but it is only the LTS editions that are intended for long-term use.

  • Leftovers

    • Revealed: Dancing monkey and raccoon attempting a break-in among wildlife photo finalists

      The winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards will be announced next month – click through our gallery below to see the finalists’ photographs

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Covid-19 and the new merchants of doubt

        On 9 April 2021, Open Democracy reported that Oxford University professor Sunetra Gupta, a critic of public health measures to curb covid-19 and a proponent of “natural herd immunity,” had “received almost £90,000 from the Georg and Emily von Opel Foundation.” The foundation was named after its founder, Georg von Opel who is the great-grandson of Adam Opel, founder of the German car manufacturer. Georg von Opel is a Conservative party donor with a net worth of $2 billion. “Gupta’s arguments against lockdowns—and in favour of ‘herd immunity,’” the report further noted, “have found favour…in the British government.”

        This is not the first time billionaires aligned with industry have funded proponents of “herd immunity.” Gupta, along with Harvard University’s Martin Kulldorff and Stanford University’s Jay Bhattacharya, wrote the Great Barrington Declaration (GBD), which, in essence, argues that covid-19 should be allowed to spread unchecked through the young and healthy, while keeping those at high risk safe through “focused protection,” which is never clearly defined. This declaration was sponsored by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), a libertarian, climate-denialist, free market think tank that receives “a large bulk of its funding from its own investment activities, not least in fossil fuels, energy utilities, tobacco, technology and consumer goods.” The AIER’s American Investment Services Inc. runs a private fund that is valued at $284,492,000, with holdings in a wide range of fossil fuel companies (e.g. Chevron, ExxonMobil) and in the tobacco giant Philip Morris International. The AIER is also part of “a network of organizations funded by Charles Koch—a right-wing billionaire known for promoting climate change denial and opposing regulations on business” and who opposes public health measures to curb the spread of covid-19.

      • Novo Nordisk Foundation, Harvard, MIT launch research center with focus on diabetes

        The Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have launched an initiative to gain insights into disease mechanisms.

        To accelerate efforts to mine genetic data for insights into mechanisms — and eventually rationally design treatments — the trio of entities launched the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Genomic Mechanisms of Disease based at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

      • Multi-omics analysis to decipher the molecular link between chronic exposure to pollution and human skin dysfunction
      • EU Nations Split Over Need to Renew Vaccine Export Controls [Ed: With all these patent monopolies and further restrictions it seems clear the goal isn't and was never to eradicate this virus; they've turned it into a profiteering and social control framework, plus nationalism]

        Several European Union governments are pushing back against a proposal by the bloc’s executive arm to extend controls on vaccine exports, according to people familiar with the matter.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • How a glitch in the Matrix led to apps potentially exposing encrypted chats

            The Matrix.org Foundation, which oversees the Matrix decentralized communication protocol, said on Monday multiple Matrix clients and libraries contain a vulnerability that can potentially be abused to expose encrypted messages.

            The organization said a blunder in an implementation of the Matrix key sharing scheme – designed to allow a user’s newly logged-in device to obtain the keys to decrypt old messages – led to the creation of client code that fails to adequately verify device identity. As a result, an attacker could fetch a Matrix client user’s keys.

            Specifically, a paragraph in Matrix E2EE (end-to-end encryption) Implementation Guide, which described the desired key handling routine, was followed in the creation of Matrix’s original matrix-js-sdk code. According to the foundation, this SDK “did not sufficiently verify the identity of the device requesting the keyshare,” and this oversight made its way into other libraries and Matrix chat clients.

          • How to use iPerf3 to test network bandwidth

            Admins must measure the throughput of their WAN links to ensure they are working properly. One way to do that is by using iPerf, the open source benchmarking utility. The latest version, iPerf3, is a complete rewrite of the code first developed by the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research in the 2000s.

            Like its predecessors, iPerf3 tests the bandwidth between any two networked computers to determine if the available bandwidth is large enough to support the transmission of an application.

            IPerf3 is built on a client-server model and measures maximum User Datagram Protocol, TCP and Stream Control Transmission Protocol throughput between client and server stations. It can also be used to measure LAN and wireless LAN throughput.

          • How to: Run OpenVPN on Windows, Mac, and Linux/Unix – Wi-FiPlanet.com

            Learn what it takes to get an OpenVPN Ethernet tunnel set up between a laptop computer and an office or home machine acting as an OpenVPN server.

          • Josh Bressers: Episode 289 – Who left this 0day on the floor?

            Josh and Kurt talk about an unusual number of really bad security updates. We even recorded this before the Azure OMIGOD vulnerability was disclosed. It’s certainly been a wild week with Apple and Chrome 0days, and a Travis CI secret leak. Maybe this is the new normal.

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • EFF protesting Apple CSAM identification programs on Monday evening | AppleInsider

              The Electronic Frontier Foundation is sponsoring a nationwide protest of Apple’s CSAM on-device protections it announced, then delayed, for iOS 15 and macOS Monterey. The protest is being held in several major US cities, including San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago.

              A post from the EFF outlines the protest and simply tells Apple, “Don’t scan our phones.” The EFF has been one of the largest vocal entities against Apple’s CSAM detection system that was meant to release with iOS 15, citing that the technology is no better than mass government surveillance.

            • China’s new proposed law could strangle the development of AI [Ed: Dumb 'journalism' which calls everything "hey hi" deserves ridicule and condemnation; who writes nonsense such as this?]

              China’s internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), recently issued a draft proposal of regulations to manage how technology companies use algorithms when providing services to consumers.

            • ExpressVPN bought for $1bn by Brit biz with an intriguing history in adware • The Register

              UK-headquartered Kape Technologies announced on Monday it has acquired ExpressVPN in a $936m (£675m) cash and stocks deal, a move it claims will double its customer base to at least six million.

              In a canned statement, Kape said combining the two companies would “create a premium consumer privacy and security player,” and that the acquisition “further positions Kape to define the next generation of privacy and security protection tools and services to return greater control over the digital sphere to consumers.”

            • Australia gave police power to compel sysadmins into assisting account takeovers – so they plan to use it

              Australia’s Federal Police force on Sunday announced it intends to start using new powers designed to help combat criminal use of encryption by taking over the accounts of some social media users, then deleting or modifying content they’ve posted.

              The law also requires sysadmins to help those account takeovers.

              The force (AFP) stated its intentions in light of the late August passage of the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2021, which was first mooted in December 2020. While the Bill was subject to consultation, few suggestions were incorporated and in August the Bill sped through Australia’s Parliament after two days of superficial debate with many suggested amendments ignored.

            • Confidentiality

              • Your car knows too much about you. That could be a privacy nightmare.

                As Jon Callas, the Electric Frontier Foundation’s director of technology projects, explained to Mashable, newer cars — and Teslas in particular — are in many ways like smartphones that just happen to have wheels. They are often WiFi-enabled, come with over a hundred CPUs, and have Bluetooth embedded throughout. In other words, they’re a far cry from the automobiles of even just 20 years ago.

                If your car knows where you go, and how long you stay there, it, like your cellphone, also hypothetically knows whether you’re a churchgoer, attend AA, or made a recent trip Planned Parenthood. And, depending on what features you’ve enabled, it may not keep that information to itself.

                But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


                “All of these things are at least theoretically able to be logged,” cautioned Callas. “And there is a port that you can connect something to — and there’s lots of hardware and software that you can connect to your car and get all sorts of telemetry information about how the car is running — and just like there are people who hack their computers there are people who hack their cars.”

                In fact, there’s an entire industry built around monitoring, logging, analyzing, and monetizing this type of data. Dubbed telematics, the average consumer may know it as the technology insurance companies use to provide good-driver discounts.

                Progressive calls its driver-tracking program Snapshot. Allstate’s program is branded as Drivewise. And Farmers Insurance dubbed its version — which comes in the form of an app with access to drivers’ location data — Signal.

    • Environment

      • NSF EPSCoR grant will advance manufacturing of renewable and recyclable plastics

        Plastics are an indispensable part of today’s society. These nimble polymers help keep foods fresh, cars safe, arteries clog-free and have countless other uses. But the benefits come at a cost. Each year millions of tons of discarded plastic pollute ecosystems, harm animals and exacerbate climate change.

        Now, a $4 million award from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR RII Track 2 program will bring together researchers from Kansas and Delaware and fund work to improve how plastics are manufactured and recycled.

        “We’re excited to advance technologies that will help society transition to a more sustainable plastic economy,” said lead investigator Bala Subramaniam, Dan F. Servey Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas and director of KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Walmart says crypto payments announcement is fake. Litecoin tumbles after spike

        Cryptocurrency litecoin gave up a 20% gain and tumbled back to Earth following a fake press release sent out by GlobeNewswire that referenced a partnership with Walmart.

        Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove confirmed that the press release is not authentic. He also said the retailer has been in touch with the newswire company to investigate how the false press release got posted.

      • Wikipedia blames pro-China infiltration for bans

        Wikipedia has suffered an “infiltration” that sought to advance the aims of China, the US non-profit organisation that owns the volunteer-edited encyclopaedia has said.

        The Wikimedia Foundation told BBC News the infiltration had threatened the “very foundations of Wikipedia”.

        The foundation banned seven editors linked to a mainland China group.

        Wikimedians of Mainland China accused the foundation of “baselessly slandering a small group of people”.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Beijing orders Alibaba, Tencent, more Big Tech to stop blocking links to rivals

        Beijing has yet again slapped regulations on Big Tech in China. This time, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has told app makers and web sites to stop blocking links to their rivals, or face the consequences.

        In a Q&A session at the start of the week on manufacturing and cyber development, MIIT spokesperson Zhao Zhiguo said this practice of restricting access to external services damages the rights of users and unfairly disrupts the market.

        The g-man said the action was prompted by complaints logged by the Ministry, and added that companies would be allowed to self-examine and correct their policies before any punishment is decided.

      • Apple, Google yank opposition voting strategy app from Russian software stores

        A tactical-voting app built by allies of Vladimir Putin’s jailed political opponent Alexei Navalny is now unavailable in Russian Apple and Google app stores following threats from the Kremlin.

        According to state-owned news agency TASS, Russian lawmaker Andrei Klimov told reporters on Thursday that the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office sent statutory notices to Google and Apple ordering a takedown of the Navalny app on the grounds it was collecting personal data of Russian citizens and sought to interfere in the nation’s elections. Refusal to do so would result in penalties, or perhaps worse.

        “The app particularly deliberately and illegally spreads election campaign materials in the interests of some candidates vying for positions in elective agencies or against the interests of such,” Klimov said.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • Amazon abuses dominance to keep wholesaler prices high, says DC AG in updated antitrust complaint • The Register

        Amazon has been accused of pressuring wholesalers into selling goods at inflated prices on rival marketplaces through anticompetitve agreements, thus unfairly cementing its market dominance.

        The allegations were made in an amended antitrust complaint that was first filed in May by Washington DC’s Attorney General Karl Racine and widened this week.

        In his updated lawsuit [PDF], Racine stated Amazon requires wholesalers, aka first-party sellers, to sign Minimum Margin Agreements before they supply goods to the web titan to resell on its marketplace.

        These agreements, it is said, set the minimum amount of profit Amazon expects to receive from reselling the items. The wholesalers must make up the difference if Amazon fails to get the agreed minimum amount of margin from people’s purchases, it is claimed. The prices of these products for shoppers can be varied by Amazon, according to the lawsuit.

      • Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on Traditional Knowledge: Idealistic Expectations or Unworkable Ideas? [Ed: India needs to understand that these rules exist to colonise and oppress Indians rather than help them get ahead]

        The Committee Report’s observations on TK start off with a lament on how TK and indigenous inventions by grassroot level innovators often do not meet the criteria of patentability and how the lack of a proper statute renders such inventions without protection. It notes the lack of awareness about IP rights amongst communities that hold substantial TK which has led to practitioners not gaining monetary benefits from the system.

        The Report’s first target is Section 3(p) of the Patents Act, 1970 which says that “an invention which in effect, is traditional knowledge or which is an aggregation or duplication of known properties of traditionally known component or components” will not be considered an invention for the purposes of the Act. The Report notes that this Section is too prohibitively worded. Thus, it suggests that this provision should be revised to ensure that TK-based research and development is incentivized. Further, it suggests that there should also be provisions, when this revision takes place, to ensure the investigation of patent claims concerning TK in order to prevent its misuse/exploitation.

        Focusing on cases of misappropriation of TK, the Report notes the absence of a proper mechanism for documentation of TK and also notes the shortcoming of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) in being effective as a source of TK and its protection. The blog has seen posts noting certain shortcomings of the TKDL in the past, such as here. For this, the Report recommends strengthening the database, without delving into what exactly the shortcomings are or the measures to be taken to correct them. Another intriguing suggestion in this respect is the proposal to make the Government a joint owner in claiming IP rights alongside creators/communities to restrict misappropriation.

        The Report also recommends the “registration of traditional knowledge as Geographical Indication” (pg. 76 of the Report) if it is closely linked to a specific location. This, it suggests, would be “highly beneficial to consolidate traditional knowledge into IPRs”. The Report then discusses the need to study Utility Models / short-term patents as an alternative form of patents that may be a viable means to protect TK in the country.

      • Around the IP Blogs

        India’s Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on IP reform drew further attention from Spicy IP, with a post covering the report’s recommendations on IPR and traditional knowledge.

      • Patents

        • Federal Circuit Reaffirms That Section 287 Requires Actual Notice of the Infringement

          In a precedential decision handed down last week, Lubby Holdings LLC v. Chung, a panel of the Federal Circuit reaffirmed the long-standing interpretation the the patent marking statute, 35 U.S.C. § 287(a), precludes an award of damages for infringing conduct pre-dating the defendant’s receipt of either actual notice of the infringement or, though marking, constructive notice. (There are more nuances to these rules than I will repeat here, but if you’re interested, see, e.g., here and chapter 2.9 of my casebook on Patent Remedies.) From the majority opinion (authored by Judge Dyk, joined by Judge Wallach):

        • Alfred E. Mann Foundation sells insulin infusion pump IP to Medtronic [Ed: It is really bad when patents are described as something they're not (IP or "property") and moreover sold]
        • Most Common Design Patents 1842-2021 | Patently-O [Ed: Patent litigation firm-funded Dennis Crouch is pushing one of the most ludicrous form of patents: design patents]

          This is a remake of a video I made a few weeks ago. This time, I was able to go back to the 1840s and show the most-common design patent titles from each era. To make the chart, I used a 14 year rolling average. Thus, for example, the top-10 list shown for 2000 is actually the top-10 based upon the period 1987-2000. The bulk of the data also comes via OCR of images and so there are some artifacts (although I did read-through the first 1,000 design patents). One example that shows up in the data are the “island” patents — that word was somewhat randomly picked-up. Enjoy.

        • Anonymous oppositions to continue at EPO [Ed: But the problem is that the tribunals are rigged]

          Following the grant of a European patent, there is a window of nine months during which oppositions can be filed against a granted patent and the revocation of the patent can be requested. The current practice of the EPO allows an opposition to be validly filed by a “straw man” – that is, by an opponent filing the opposition not in their own interest, but in the interest of an anonymous third party. This article discusses a recent case that challenged this practice.

        • Exclusive: AT&T chief reveals plans for new Global IP Alliance [Ed: Ridiculous corporate puff piece in "report" clothing. Seems to be sponsored: "For more information on the Global IP Alliance, listen to Managing IP’s corner office podcast with Frank, due to be published next week."]
        • Looking to LATAM: how in-house manage IP in a changing region [Ed: Some imperialism by patents in LATAM]

          Counsel at Novartis, Volvo and three other companies reveal which countries they prioritise and the challenges they encounter in Latin America

        • Wind power boom is fanning high-stakes international patent activity [Ed: Total nonsense. Instead of tackling climate issues some lawyers and firms have a gold rush over patents of monopolies, which in turn restrict access to lesser-polluting advancements. This uses EPO greenwashing for propaganda.]

          In April 2021, the European Patent Office and International Energy Authority (IEA) released a joint report, “Patents and the Energy Transition” surveying global trends in low-carbon and clean-energy technology. The report identified patenting trends across a variety of low-carbon energy (LCE) technologies, using an international patent family (IPF) metric to measure patenting activity, each IPF covering a single invention, de-duplicating patents filed across different countries.

        • Understanding The Different Types Of Patent Claims

          A patent claim can be defined as a sentence in a patent application that elucidates an invention’s features and components. In other words, a patent claim describes the functionality of an invention and its corresponding features which has to be patented. Typically, patent claims are enlisted at the end of a patent application. As per section 10(4) (c) of the Patents Act, 1970, every complete specification must end with a patent claim or patent claims which aims to define the scope of the invention for which the protection is claimed. Patent claims play a pivotal role in a patent application. For one, it prevents unauthorized parties from duplicating or commercially exploiting the features, components, and functionalities enlisted in the claims. Patent claims must be described in detail, leaving no room for ambiguities or speculations. Apart from comprehensive descriptions, diagrams, flow charts or graphical representations of the invention would immensely strengthen and support the claims that are enlisted in an application.

        • Euro-PCT Patent Application Route[Ed: Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP failing to mention any of the corruption at the EPO and the misuse of granting authority to issue loads of fake patents]

          A European patent application can be obtained by entering the European regional phase from an International PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) application, commonly referred to as the “Euro-PCT route”.

          A European patent obtained through this route provides the applicant with the same protection and rights as a European patent obtained through a direct filing at the European Patent Office (EPO). With the Euro-PCT route, the first phase of the procedure (the International phase) is subject to the PCT, while the second phase (the regional phase) is before the EPO and is governed by the European Patent Convention (EPC).

        • KFC Is Taking on Vegan Chicken Tenderloins [Ed: A lot of this "plant-based" marketing became little but a patent trap, with patents controlled by people who eat meat]
        • electroCore Announces New Patent Expanding Claims Related to Delivery of Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy Using Mobile Devices [Ed: Issuing entire press releases about nothing but a patent instead of actual products]
        • Software Patents

      • Trademarks

      • Copyrights

        • Ghosts in the machine learning pipeline will be impossible to exorcise • The Register

          There is, of course, no law explicitly covering this. You can’t copyright, trademark or patent a real-life personality. Impersonating the living is a valid career, free of licensing requirements. And the law seems reluctant to be inventive just because there’s technology involved. Last week in the US, a judge decided that AIs cannot patent their inventions, much like monkey selfies can’t be copyrighted, so whatever an AI output is, it’s not going to be easy to legally control.


[Meme] Warning – Tree Felling in Progress

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Summary: Warming up for our next EPO series

Links 19/9/2021: Sparky 2021.09, Whisker Menu 2.6.0, HarfBuzz 3.0, and gThumb 3.12

Posted in News Roundup at 6:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Weekly Roundup #148

      We had a busy week in the world of Linux Releases with Bluestar Linux 5.14.2, Manjaro 21.1.3, Ubuntu 18.04.6. and SparkyLinux 2021.09. Kdenlive 5.23 Beta, has also been released.

      As I mentioned last week, we are closing in to the 150 release of this weekly roundup, and I plan, to celebrate it, a bit more background about me and how I started to use Linux in 2013. If it might be interesting for you?

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • That Didn’t Take Long: KSMBD In-Kernel File Server Already Needs Important Security Fix – Phoronix

        It was just a few weeks back that KSMBD was merged into Linux 5.15 while now it’s seeing its first important security fix.

        When KSMBD as an in-kernel SMB3 file server was first talked about, many expressed concerns in the name of security even though NFS exists within the kernel, etc. This weekend’s security vulnerability for KSMBD is an issue leading to files outside of the SMB3 file share being accessible to clients…

      • Linux 5.16 To Support Sensor Readings On More ASUS Motherboards – Phoronix

        With a change to the nct6775 hardware monitoring sensor driver, more ASUS motherboards should enjoy working sensor support come Linux 5.16.

        The changed queued up this week via the “HWMON” hardware monitoring subsystem’s “for-next” branch for Linux 5.16 allows the nct6775 driver to access the ASIC using ASUS WMI functions. The driver’s existing functionality doesn’t work on ASUS motherboards since ACPI marks the I/O port as used so instead the ASUS WMI functions will be used in such case.

      • Graphics Stack

        • An OpenCL frontend written in Rust is being developed for Mesa

          Red Hat’s Karol Herbst, who is involved in the development of Mesa, the Nouveau driver, and the OpenCL open stack, has published rusticl , an experimental software implementation of OpenCL (OpenCL frontend) for Mesa written in Rust. Rusticl acts as an analogue of the frontend already present in Mesa OpenCL Clover and is also developed using the interface provided in Mesa Gallium .

          The development was presented on September 17 at the conference XDC 2021 (X.Org Developers Conference). The goal of the development was to study Rust, work out the best ways to integrate Rust into Mesa, try out creating API implementations in another language, and test the compatibility of Rust components with the rest of the C code. Development is not yet fully completed – CL CTS tests related to copying, reading and writing buffers are already successfully running, but compiler integration is not yet provided and there is no support for external crate packages in the build system. To generate bindings for Mesa and OpenCL, allowing cause Rust-functions in C code and vice versa, is involved rust-bindgen .

    • Applications

      • The 7 Best RSS Feed Readers for Linux

        RSS or Really Simple Syndication is a web feed that keeps you up to date with the latest updates from your favorite websites on the internet. However, to read these feeds, you need what’s called an RSS reader.

        An RSS reader is a feed curator, which aggregates content from your favorite sources on the internet and organizes it into a digestible feed, so you don’t have to visit those sources manually to keep up with what’s new.

        If you’re on Linux, here are our picks for the best RSS feed reader apps you can use to improve your content consumption.

      • gThumb 3.12 Released with HEIF/HEIC & AVIF Image Support

        AVIF and HEIF images can now be opened and edited in gThumb, the open source photo manager for Linux desktops.

        The new gThumb 3.12 release includes the ability to load .avif, .heif (including Apple’s .heic) and .jxl images, as well as the ability to save images in the .avif format.

      • New tag management capabilities, usability improvements, and a bunch of fixes — Kalendar devlog 15 – Stuff I wrote down

        This week, we have once again included a big number of little UI changes that should make Kalendar easier to use and prettier to look at than ever.

        Building upon our tag work from last week, we have also made tags far more feature complete this week. Let’s take a look!

      • HarfBuzz 3.0 Released With Unicode 14.0 Support, More APIs Considered Stable – Phoronix

        HarfBuzz 3.0 has been released as a new version of this widely-used, open-source text shaping library that is used by the major Linux desktop environments along with Chrome OS, Java, Android, Chrome, and a plethora of other software projects and UI toolkits.

      • Whisker Menu 2.6.0 released

        Whisker Menu is an alternate application launcher for Xfce. When you open it you are shown a list of applications you have marked as favorites. You can browse through all of your installed applications by clicking on the category buttons on the side. Top level categories make browsing fast, and simple to switch between. Additionally, Whisker Menu keeps a list of the last ten applications that you’ve launched from it.

        Favorites are easy to add and reorder. When browsing through your applications, right-click on any of them and select “Add to Favorites”. Simply drag and drop your favorites list to arrange them to suit your needs. You can remove them at any time from another right-click option.

        If you’re not sure exactly where a program is listed, instead of browsing through each category you can simply enter a search term. The search field is focused when opening the menu, so you can just start typing. Application descriptions as well as names are searched, which allows you to find a program by using a general word (such as “browser” to find all web browsers installed on your computer).

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The Best Ways to Know Which Process Listening on a Specified Port

        A port is a communication endpoint. At the software level, within an operating system, a port is a logical construct that identifies a specific process or a type of network service. A port is identified for each transport protocol and address combination by a 16-bit unsigned number, known as the port number. The most common transport protocols that use port numbers are the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the User Datagram Protocol (UDP).

        Also port is a logical entity that represents an endpoint of communication and is associated with a given process or service in an operating system. In previous articles, we explained how to find out the list of all open ports in Linux and how to check if remote ports are reachable using the Netcat command.

      • How to install Skype on Linux Lite 5.4 – Invidious [Ed: Microsoft turned it into NSA spyware by changing the topology]

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Skype on Linux Lite 5.4. Enjoy!

      • Ventoy: How to Create a Multiboot USB Drive with Multiple ISO Files

        With Ventoy, you don’t need to format the USB drive for each new installation, you just need to copy the ISO file to the USB drive and boot it.

        Whenever you want to try a new Linux distribution, you download the ISO image from the distributions website and write this to your USB flash drive using the dd command or with the help of some other tool, such as Balena Etcher.

      • Introduction to Ngrok: A Tutorial for Beginners

        If you are into web development, at times, you might have wondered how people on a different network can access your locally hosted website. Say you are developing a website for a client on your PC, and you want them to view it and track the progress without you having to host it online. If so, Ngrok is the perfect solution for you to do that.

        Ngrok is a dev tool to that allows you to expose a server running on your local machine to the internet. In this tutorial we’ll go through how to use the Ngrok utility from installation to deploying an HTML or a React JS website, on a Linux machine.

      • Creating Quality Backtraces for Crash Reports – Michael Catanzaro’s Blog

        Hello Linux users! Help developers help you: include a quality backtraces taken with gdb each and every time you create an issue report for a crash. If you don’t, most developers will request that you provide a backtrace, then ignore your issue until you manage to figure out how to do so. Save us the trouble and just provide the backtrace with your initial report, so everything goes smoother. (Backtraces are often called “stack traces.” They are the same thing.)

        Don’t just copy the lower-quality backtrace you see in your system journal into your issue report. That’s a lot better than nothing, but if you really want the crash to be fixed, you should provide the developers with a higher-quality backtrace from gdb. Don’t know how to get a quality backtrace with gdb? Read on.

      • Set up Virtual Box on top of Server F35 (pre release) via rpmfusion (VENV)

        First I’ve installed the most recent nightly build of Fedora 35 Server on Fedora 34 Bare metal KVM Virthost as Guest OS with “Fedora Workstation” desktop, like virtual machine seating on the Linux bridge been created via Web Cockpit Console. When done issued the following set of commands on F35 Guest…

      • Feeding Dinosaurs: Keeping Ancient HP LaserJets alive

        The world’s first laser printer was built by Gary Starkweather at Xerox PARC in 1971, hooking up a Xerox photocopier and an early Xerox computer. The first commercial laser printers were huge data-center-scale monsters, the IBM 3800 and the Xerox 9700. It took most of a decade, and the crossover from cameras to computers by Canon, for the laser printer to become affordable for home and small…

      • Using RADIUS For WLAN Authentication, Part II – Wi-FiPlanet.com

        There’s a lot of RADIUS options, from doing it yourself, to skipping it, to outsourcing. We invesitigate them all and put a focus on what it takes to outsource with a service like WSC Guard.


        Install an Open Source RADIUS Server: If you’re not a Windows shop and have a penchant for breaking your knuckles on open source code, you may want to check out FreeRADIUS. This 802.1X-capable open source Server is still beta code, so caveat emptor. To go this route, you’ll need spare time, UN*X know-how, and a box running Linux, Free or OpenBSD, OSF/Unix, or Solaris to host your Server.

      • IPRoyal Proxy Testing: How It Works

        A proxy is an essential tool for online privacy and security. But not every proxy is created equal, and not all offer the same protections. How can you distinguish a high-quality proxy from standard mediocrity? It’s critical to examine your proxy to ensure that you’re getting the performance and security that you expect.

        This article will delve into the details of proxy testing and how to verify that your proxy is up to the task of keeping you safe.

      • Here’s how to boot Microsoft’s own Linux distribution: CBL-Mariner [Ed: Why would anyone want Microsoft in control of one's Linux?]
      • How to install Rocky Linux 8 on Amazon AWS Ec2 Instance – Linux Shout

        Rocky Linux 8 is the latest Linux operating system to replace CentOS 8 but with long-term support that has been dropped by its parent company RedHat. Hence, if you are an Amazon cloud user and want to start with Rocky Linux then here are the steps to install it on AWS Ec2 Instance.

      • How to tweet from the Linux Command Line

        Today there are many Twitter clients available for Ubuntu, but if you are someone who prefers to use a CLI to view and share tweets from Ubuntu , this article is for you.

        Using the terminal makes certain tasks more efficient and even faster than a graphical interface. This is because the command line tools do not use too many resources , making them a great alternative to graphical applications, especially if you use older hardware.

        You will see below how any user can tweet directly from the Ubuntu command line through the Rainbow Stream application. In order to carry out the whole process, you will learn how to install the application by giving it access to use your Twitter account before starting to tweet through it.

      • How To Install Apache Flink on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Flink on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Flink is a framework and distributed processing engine for stateful computations over unbounded and bounded data streams. Flink has been designed to run in all common cluster environments, perform computations at in-memory speed and at any scale. Apache Flink provides data-source and sink connectors to systems such as Amazon Kinesis, Apache Kafka, Alluxio, HDFS, Apache Cassandra, and ElasticSearch where Apache Flink does not provide its own data-storage system.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Apache Flink on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

    • Games

      • SB Game Hacker APK Download 2021 – #1 Game Hacker App

        The best source of entertainment these days are Android games since we have moved on streaming web series season one by one. These series are endless and the drawback is that we need to wait for a lot of time for the next one to show up. What we love about these games is their petite size, unique privileges as well as and exclusive premium plan. We get addicted to these games once we begin playing. This is where SB Game Hacker APK download 2021 is useful for your phone.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Testing and Download the KDE Plasma 5.23 Beta Desktop Environment

          A available beta version of the custom Plasma 5.23 shell is for testing. You can test the new release through the Live build from the openSUSE project and the build from the project KDE Neon Testing edition . Packages for various distributions can be found on this page . The release is expected on October 12th.

        • Spyware: KDE Plasma, like Gnome, the anti-FOSS eye-candy blackmail

          The terminology used by such corporations is very deceptive on its own. Spying on the user and collecting data without really his conscious consent, is just spying. Whether you call it telemetry, or user feedback, or kuserfeedback-1.0.0, it is still spying. The software that is written for spying is called spyware. ms-Windows users pay dearly to other spyware sellers to clean their machines from spyware. While you are at it, looking at the source, also take a look at Ksystemstats as well.

          So what distributions promote and co-sign the safety of using free open software that are spyware?

          Better ask which distributions DON’T and will come out saying it that they condemn such practices and the use of such software.

          Why is this so important? Why is it that you, or anyone else, gave up on closed source non-free non-libre software to come to Linux or BSD, or Solaris, ot any unix?

          Exactly! This crap doesn’t belong in linux or any computer. If you volunteer to provide your data or report a bug with your own intention and choice, that is different, than some sub-system in the background copying and feeding your data to some datacenter KDE/plasma has setup to do data-mining.

          Alternatively someone can criticize us being superficial and hypocritical, because KDE has the decency to advertise they are officially doing this, while others are doing it secretly. We are not all knowing all catching of all problems and issues on FOSS, we report on what we find important.

    • Distributions

      • 12 Best alternatives to replace Windows 10 to some extent

        It is undeniable that Windows 10 captures the largest market for operating systems in computer users. But if you’re considering getting windows 10 then you need to also consider other alternatives which also give a good user experience and an easy-to-access interface. Below is the list of best alternatives to Windows 10.

      • Arch Family

        • The 8 Best Arch-Based Linux Distributions

          Arch Linux’s flexibility and customization options make it a primary choice of an operating system for Linux users. The performance-boosting features of Arch make it an absolute delight for the end-users.

          If you are battling with Arch’s complex installation procedure, you can always delve deeper into how Arch-based distros work and then take it on from there.

          Here are a few top choices of Linux distros for Arch lovers who want to make the most out of this flexible operating system.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

      • Debian Family

        • Sparky 2021.09

          Sparky 2021.09 of the (semi-)rolling line is out; it is based on Debian testing “Bookworm”.

          – repositories set to Debian “Bookworm” and Sparky “Orion Belt”
          – all packages updated as of September 17, 2021
          – new backgrounds: desktop, login manager, plymouth & boot screen, etc.
          – Linux kernel 5.10.46 (5.14.6 & 5.15-rc1 in Sparky unstable repos)
          – GCC 10 still as default, but GCC 11 is also installed
          – no more Sparky Advanced Installed GUI; the Advanced installer works in text mode only now; the first window lets you choose the standard version of the installer or DEV version with disk encryption and LVM support;
          – ‘sparky-upgrade’ text based tool is also preinstalled in CLI iso
          – packages removed from iso: mc, gparted
          – new package installed: lfm
          – Calamares 3.2.43

        • SparkyLinux 2021.09 Rolling Paves the Way for Debian Bookworm-Based SparkyLinux 7 “Orion Belt”

          SparkyLinux 2021.09 is the first release in the semi-rolling line to move to the new upstream Debian Testing repositories, which are now prepared for the next major release of one of the oldest and most acclaimed GNU/Linux distributions, Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm.”

          As such, SparkyLinux 2021.09 is here to pave the way for the next major stable series of the Debian-based distro, SparkyLinux 7.0 “Orion Belt,” which will be based on the Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” series.

        • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, August 2021

          In August I was assigned 13.25 hours of work by Freexian’s Debian LTS initiative and carried over 6 hours from earlier months. I worked 1.25 hours and will carry over the remainder.

          I attended an LTS team meeting, and wrote my report for July 2021, but did not work on any updates.

        • SFSget improved and folder hierarchy reconsidered

          Just a short note, that I have been working on “sfsget”, the SFS downloader and installer. Various refinements, including much more aware of installing to the main desktop instead of as a container.
          This revamp was triggered with Chromium, which is not really suitable for running in a container. It has its own sandbox, which is effectively a container. Easy Containers are “crippled root” and the Chromium sandbox does not work in a container — it would be a sandbox-within-a-sandbox. So Chromium would have to run with “–no-sandbox” in a container.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • SD Times news digest: Android for Cars App Library 1.1, MariaDB announces a technical preview of NoSQL listener capability, and Rezilion funding – SD Times

          MariaDB released the technical preview of the NoSQL listener capability to define a port and protocol pair that accept client connections to a service.

          “We’ve opened up a port on MaxScale to listen for traffic that contains NoSQL data that we then store and manage in a MariaDB database,” Rob Hedgpeth, Director, Developer Relations at MariaDB, wrote in a blog post.

          When the MongoDB client application issues MongoDB protocol commands, either directly or indirectly via the client library, they are transparently converted into the equivalent SQL and executed against the MariaDB backend. The MariaDB responses are then in turn converted into the format expected by the MongoDB client library and application.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GIMP 2.10.28 Released! How to Install via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04

            GIMP announced the 2.10.28 release of the popular image editor. The release includes mainly bug-fixes and stability improvements.

            The source tarball of version 2.10.26 is available to download 2 weeks ago. Due to a build bug, the project team skipped it and announced GIMP 2.10.28 as the latest stable release with fixes.

          • Weekly recap — 19 September 2021

            This is a brown paper bag release: 2.10.26 was inadvertently released with a tiny annoying bug, so the team skipped that version entirely. Either way, if you are a Windows user, I definitely recommend upgrading.

            This version comes with a bunch of fixes for this platform, especially for cases when GIMP used to be slow with a network drive being temporarily unavailable (not GIMP’s fault, but rather a 3rd party component used by the program).

            In other news, GIMP 2.99.x now has a Preferences switch between various Windows APIs for graphic tablets support, thanks to Luca Bacci. Basically, this means support for more tablets. Oh, and Jehan’s patch to support cloning on multiple layers at once has been merged and will be part of 2.99.8, hopefully in the coming October.

      • Programming/Development

        • Rust

          • The future of Rust

            Despite its name, the Rust programming language has never looked so shiny and new. Way back in 2016, Stack Overflow’s annual survey of developers crowned Rust the “most loved” programming language. They voted their love again in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Presumably, when 2022 rolls around, that devotion to Rust will persist.

        • Java

          • All the changes between JDK 11 and the Java 17 LTS release

            If you were to look at the features in Java 17, the most recent long-term support (LTS) release from Oracle, you’d probably be disappointed. There’s only 14 JDK enhancement proposals (JEP) included in the release, and none of them are particularly exciting. In fact, some of the JEPs are downright depressing, such as the deprecation of the Applet API for removal or the removal of the experimental AOT and JIT compilers.

            There are no ‘big bang’ JDK releases anymore. In the past, there would be a highly anticipated feature such as Java modules or Lambda expressions that would delay a release until the feature was complete. The Java world doesn’t work like that anymore. Releases now happen every six months. If a feature is complete, it goes into the release. If not, it gets targeted to the next release. But a new release happens every six months, and feature enhancements happen incrementally over time. So if you want to know what’s new in the latest LTS release, you really need to look over the various changes that were made and enhancements that were added between Java 11 and 17. Starting with Java 12, here is a list of them:

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Environment

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Wait To Rule On Hirshfeld’s Arthrex Authority, Fed. Circ. Told

          The Federal Circuit should hold off on deciding whether acting U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Drew Hirshfeld has the authority to review Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions, the agency said Wednesday, saying any challenge to its procedures was still “premature.”

          Earlier this month, Vilox Technologies Inc. urged the appeals court to remand a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling that invalidated a data display patent challenged by Unified Patents under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Arthrex ruling, which held that PTAB judges were unconstitutional and that giving the USPTO director the authority to review the board’s rulings fixes the problem….

        • How Koh might sway SEP law and cut backlogs at Ninth Circuit

          Seven IP lawyers say the judge from California’s northern district court would change the appellate venue for the better if her nomination went through, this time

        • European Biotech Patent Law Webinar [Ed: Giant patent litigation firm pushing for patents on life and nature in Europe]

          D Young & Co will be offering its next European biotech patent law update on September 21, 2021. The webinar will be offered at three times: 9:00 am, noon, and 5:00 pm (BST). D Young & Co European Patent Attorneys Simon O’Brien and Antony Latham will provide an update of new and important EPO biotechnology patent case law.

        • FCBA Remote Program on Gender Inequality Among Federal Circuit Advocates [Ed: Misusing feminism to make lobbyists [1, 2] seem beneficial or benign]

          The Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) Rules, Nexgen, and Diversity Committees will be offering a remote program entitled “Gender Inequality Among Federal Circuit Advocates” on September 23, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET). Jenny Wu of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP will moderate a panel consisting of Paul R. Gugliuzza and Rachel Rebouche of Temple University Beasley School of Law, Heidi Keefe of Cooley LLP, and Neema Kumar of Sandoz. The panel will discuss a recent empirical study regarding gender disparity among the advocates who appear before the Federal Circuit in its patent cases and discuss what can be done to improve diversity in patent litigation.

        • Program Commemorating 10th Anniversary of America Invents Act [Ed: This was a step in the right direction for the USPTO, but corrupt Trump with his longtime ally Iancu worked to sabotage this progress]

          The US*MADE Coalition and Alliance for Automotive Innovation will be hosting an in-person and virtual program “Honoring the 10th Anniversary of the America Invents Act” from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm (ET) on September 22, 2021. The event will take place at the Ballroom at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, DC.

        • Op Ed: Reflections on the American Invents Act on its Tenth Year Anniversary [Ed: So Michelle Lee now works for Jeff Bezos. Talk about revolving doors...]

          The America Invents Act (AIA), which passed on September 16, 2011, brought about some of the most significant changes to our patent system in over 50 years. The Act included an assortment of reforms from a transition to first inventor to file in the United States, the establishment of processes for third party challenges to granted patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the creation of the first regional offices of the USPTO, providing inventors the option for accelerated patent examination, and more.

          Many of the AIA reforms strengthened our patent system. For example, as a former Director of the USPTO, I cannot overstate the importance of the Agency’s ability to set its own fees and create an operating reserve. This enabled the USPTO to get through periods of government shutdown and to invest in longer-term initiatives such as much-needed information technology upgrades, hire more examiners to reduce the patent application backlog and provide additional training for examiners. The transition to a first inventor to file system was needed to harmonize the U.S. with the rest of the world. The establishment of the first regional offices of the USPTO made our intellectual property system more accessible to all, and of course, prioritized examination, allowing inventors to accelerate the examination of certain patents, makes business sense.

          After passage by Congress, the attention turned to the USPTO, and its massive effort to implement the AIA. Then-USPTO Director David Kappos and his dedicated team at the Agency worked hard to implement the AIA in view of numerous proposed rules, soliciting input from stakeholders along the way. By 2013, the USPTO had completed substantially most of the initial AIA rulemaking, including for the post-patent grant review proceedings.

          In 2015, I became Director of the USPTO, and the AIA changes had been in place for barely a few years. Leading the USPTO is a great honor that comes with a tremendous responsibility. As a result, I undertook as a priority to assess how these fledgling and complex reforms were going, and to make improvements where needed. Under my leadership, the USPTO continued to solicit feedback on the AIA reforms via numerous requests for comments to proposed rules and stakeholder engagements. This resulted in the implementation of multiple changes, including to the claim construction standard of soon-to-expire patents to be consistent with the (Phillips) standard used in district court litigation, submission of new testimonial evidence with a patent owner’s preliminary response, the addition of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11-type certifications requiring a duty of candor in papers filed in AIA trials to prevent misuse of the proceedings, and more.

        • U.S. Says It Supports a Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver, But Document Reveals It Is Dragging Feet at WTO [Ed: Nations governed by patent cartels that willingly kill millions of people, needlessly, just to artificially inflate the prices of needles with juice in them]

          On September 14, the United States declined to support as-is a proposal at the World Trade Organization (WTO), put forward by South Africa and India in October 2020, to suspend key intellectual property rules that relate to the Covid-19 vaccine. While the United States expressed frustration about ​“lost momentum” around negotiations over the intellectual property waiver, global health advocates say they are disappointed that the Biden administration has declined to take an active role in pushing such negotiations forward.
          The developments come despite the Biden’s administration’s much lauded pledge that it supports waiving intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines. ​“This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures,” U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on May 5. ​“The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for Covid-19 vaccines. We will actively participate in text-based negotiations at the World Trade Organization needed to make that happen.”

        • Design Patent Term: 3½, 7, 14, and now 15 years? [Ed: Zero. Design patents ought not exist at all. They’re already covered by trademarks.]

          New design patents have a term of 15 years from patent issuance — that is a 1 year bump from the 14 year term familiar to many patent attorneys. The straight 14-year term took hold in 1982. In the years leading up to 1982, most design patents also had a 14 year term, but applicants had the option of instead obtaining a term of 7 years or 3½ years at a lower fee. In 1980, all design patents had an application fee of $20, and the issuance fee was $10, $20, or $30, depending upon whether the applicant wanted 3½, 7, or 14 years of patent term. In 1930, the prices were $10, $15, and $20.

        • Software Patents

          • Dallas Invents: 143 Patents Granted for Week of Aug 31 [Ed: Lots of these are just bogus software patents which courts (or PTAB) would toss out]

            Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC).

          • Parus Files Second Patent Lawsuit Against Apple for Infringement of its Proprietary Voice-Browsing and Device Control Technology
          • PTAB Affirms Patentability of Parus Claims

            Parus Holdings, Inc., a pioneer in voice-enabled technologies, is pleased to announce today that it has won an important victory against Apple in a patent dispute over its voice-user interface technologies for retrieving information. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected in its entirety Apple’s attempt to invalidate key Parus patents.

      • Trademarks

        • Mariah Carey can’t sell ‘Black Irish’ in Ireland due to earlier patent [Ed: Fantastic example of the mischievous, lying "IP" crowd (litigation profiteers) leaving people totally incapable of telling the difference between patents and trademarks, which are very different]

          Singer Mariah Carey is not able to sell her new liquor, called Black Irish, in Ireland or the EU because the name has been previously patented by an Irish company.

          Carrie said the name was derived from her father, who is Black, and her mother’s Irish heritage.

          For more than a year, Carey’s Irish cream liqueur has sought to use the Black Irish name, but been barred because Darker Still Spirits, an Irish liquor company, owns the name Black Irish European.

          Richard Ryan, co-director of Darker Still, is critical of Carey’s continually trying to use the name.

EPO Management is Hiding Under the ‘Cloud’ While Violating Privacy Laws

Posted in Deception, Europe, Microsoft, Patents at 5:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 8ba68be0bc49f72049d0d1edbb9a3d61

Summary: Facing a barrage of scrutiny for outsourcing the EPO’s systems to Microsoft, the EPO has just arranged yet another expensive PR stunt, looking to somehow ‘normalise’ the unacceptable and the likely illegal

Earlier this year we published a long series about the EPO’s biggest privacy violation. See the last part with that series' index (“EPO Administrative Council Still Asleep at the Wheel”); this was hardly the first privacy scandal at the EPO because we’ve covered such scandals for years. The EPO is aware of a perceptual problem, so it keeps name-dropping ‘privacy’ and ‘data protection’ just like oil companies keep mentioning words like sustainable and renewable (greenwashing).

“We’ve currently aware of potential legal action over this matter; some greenwashing and buzzwords as headlines won’t weaken such lawsuits, but they can help change the media’s (or public) perception of any imppending/ongoing lawsuits.”Towards the end of last week the EPO reaffirmed its concern about the perception of privacy. It did a PR stunt, as explained in the video above.

We’re currently aware of potential legal action over this matter; some greenwashing and buzzwords (even as headlines!) won’t weaken such lawsuits, but they can help change the media’s (or public) perception of any imppending/ongoing lawsuits.

“They keep writing press releases about it and the supposed ‘media’ sometimes reprints every single word.”All this cloudwashing (outsourcing disguised as advancement) won’t impress privacy professionals, who look at underlying facts rather than pseudo-technical jargon. The EPO managers asking their provider on the subject is akin to a government accused of war crimes interviewing a bunch of mercenaries; the fact that the EPO is inviting other patent offices to this brainwash/marketing session is rather telling, especially considering the timing.

Days ago we wrote about Azure back/bug doors, which aren't a new problem. It’s part of the design. It was never about security but US national security (remote access, espionage); the EPO adding lots of Microsoft links to sidebars, not to mention some acronyms and legalese, is akin to proactive legal defence. They keep writing press releases about it and the supposed ‘media’ sometimes reprints every single word. Fact-checking? None. Astoundingly enough, JUVE‘s Amy Sandys is still lying for EPO management like she keeps lying for Team UPC. She seems to be under the impression that copy-pasting press releases from thugs who hijacked the EPO is “journalism”… with the same being done for Team UPC. It comes to show what happened to so-called ‘journalism’ about patents (where conflict of interest is so prevalent and supposed ‘experts’ cheer for ‘Hey Hi’ patents or patents for bots, as if patents for pets and insects are next, calling spiders “inventors” with patents on their webs and web-weaving).

“As noted in the video above, there are good reasons to suspect the issue might trickle out to what’s left of the media.”That the EPO is defensive of its Microsoft outsourcing deal isn’t surprising. They’re colluding with them in the abuse; only the EPO is legally immune from prosecution, but Microsoft bribes officials to look the other way and focus on other companies (mostly Google).

As noted in the video above, there are good reasons to suspect the issue might trickle out to what’s left of the media. The media that’s not already bribed by the EPO for puff pieces or silence…

We are going to write a lot more about that separately as it merits more attention. Maybe this coming week…

Maintenance and Development Updates

Posted in Site News at 10:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum c233dd0a979fd83c8688258ee12ec4b6

Summary: We’ve been doing a lot of work on the back end (or operations) of Techrights, more so this past month, and we’re almost ready to resume the normal publication pace

OVER this past weekend (and last weekend as well) we focused a lot on site-building and maintenance of Gemini, Git etc. We did something similar two years ago. It was a long process and a worthwhile investment of time/effort.

“We did something similar two years ago.”Today’s posts (and videos) will resume our focus on the EPO and we hope more people will join us over at Gemini space (gemini://) as it is growing in popularity and general viability. In the video above I discuss some of the topics we would have written about had we enjoyed more time. We’re preparing for some high-impact publications instead.

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