All of Microsoft’s Strategic Areas Have Layoffs This Year

Posted in Deception, Microsoft at 7:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The layoffs keep going and going, e.g. today’s updates [1, 2]; there’s no end in sight

Global Microsoft layoffs

More layoffs done today sadly. Even though they told security they wouldn’t be affected by the layoffs. That was a lie.

Summary: Microsoft’s supposedly strategic/future areas — gaming (trying to debt-load or offload debt to other companies), so-called ‘security’, “clown computing” (Azure), and “Hey Hi” (chaffbots etc.) — have all had layoffs this year; it’s clear that the company is having a serious existential crisis in spite of Trump’s and Biden’s bailouts (a wave of layoffs every month this year) and is just bluffing/stuffing the media with chaffbots cruft (puff pieces/misinformation) to keep shareholders distracted, asking them for patience and faking demand for the chaffbots (whilst laying off Bing staff, too)

Links 28/03/2023: Pitivi 2023.03 is Out, Yet More Microsoft Layoffs (Now in Israel)

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

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • TecMint12 Best Linux Server Distributions of 2023

        Linux is free and open-source, this has emanated from the low total cost of ownership of a Linux system, compared to other operating systems.

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      • 9to5LinuxPitivi 2023.03 Video Editor Brings Back Autoaligner, Adds More Precise Audio Waveforms

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        For example, Pitivi 2023.03 makes audio waveforms more precise when you look at them and implements automatic seeking to the start of the timeline when starting playback while the playhead is at the end to save you a click.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to get the latest stable version of GNOME Web on Linux

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      • Titus BarikMigrating from WordPress to Hugo

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      • University of TorontoMoving from ‘master’ to ‘main’ in Git with local changes

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      • Net2How to Install TensorFlow on Ubuntu 22.04

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      • TecMintHow To Install and Use Android Debug Bridge (adb) in Linux

        Android Debug Bridge (adb) is the most used command-line tool that enables communication between a personal computer and a connected Android-powered device or emulator instance over a USB cable or TCP/IP (wirelessly).

        It supports various device actions such as networking, scripting, installing and debugging apps, and file transfer. It also provides access to a Unix shell that can be used to run a variety of Linux commands on a device.

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        Privacy…we all crave it, right? Whether it’s personal space from loved ones or a colleague’s prying eyes, we all value it. 

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      • Trend OceansHow to Fix an Error Unable to Correct Problems You Have Held Broken Packages

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    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • DedoimedoPlasma, Dolphin, Downloads folder, grouping by date

          There we go, we fixed the little annoyance. I really don’t understand why the good ole menu is such a nuisance on the classic, conventional desktop. Now, we also need to remember that the Plasma desktop is highly consistent and extremely customizable. So you can easily change anything you like. But the defaults should be more desktopy, even if they are somewhat less visually pleasing so to speak. Minimalism only works for glass displays and people without a real task at hand.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Linux Magazine CarbonOS: A New Linux Distro with a Focus on User Experience

      Have you ever run a Windows update, only to have it fail and render your desktop unusable? Many have, which is one of the reasons why some Linux distributions take great pains to ensure it never occurs on the open source operating system.

      Some developers take this to the next level by using atomic updates, which means every time you go to update the operating system, it is guaranteed to succeed. Should an update fail, the system will automatically roll back the upgrade so everything continues working.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • It’s FOSSOpen-Source Model ‘Dolly’ Claims to be a Cheaper Alternative to ChatGPT [Ed: Chatbots are not news. Pointless, worthless hype intended to help Microsoft distract from mass layoffs. Why does the corporate media celebrate Microsoft wasting a lot of electricity for something people don't want or use? How much has Microsoft paid so far for all those mindless puff pieces?]

      An affordable alternative to ChatGPT? And, open-source? Looks like we’re joining the open-source race against ChatGPT.

    • Education

      • Linux GizmosHackerBox leverages dual ESP32 dev boards

        HackerBox is a monthly subscription that combines and delivers various dev kits aimed at hobbyists and students. This month’s HackerBox is based on the wardriver.uk platform and it features two ESP32-WROOM-32U modules, one GSM modem, a MicroSD card, an OLED display and many other components.

      • Raspberry PiMeet Allie Katz: 3D printing expert

        A: Start small and work your way up to bigger and more complex things. Test and calibration prints are a great way to get to know your printer’s capabilities and limitations, but if you find that uninteresting and want to be designing and printing your own things, then try tackling one difficult thing at a time, instead of trying to throw it into a single design. I also recommend reading up on the basics/theory of 3D printing before diving in too far, particularly since there are some amazing, very easy-to-digest primers out there. I highly recommend Billie Ruben’s guides.

    • FSFE

      • Simon JosefssonSimon Josefsson: OpenPGP master key on Nitrokey Start

        I’ve used hardware-backed OpenPGP keys since 2006 when I imported newly generated rsa1024 subkeys to a FSFE Fellowship card. This worked well for several years, and I recall buying more ZeitControl cards for multi-machine usage and backup purposes. As a side note, I recall being unsatisfied with the weak 1024-bit RSA subkeys at the time – my primary key was a somewhat stronger 1280-bit RSA key created back in 2002 — but OpenPGP cards at the time didn’t support more than 1024 bit RSA, and were (and still often are) also limited to power-of-two RSA key sizes which I dislike.


        In December 2022 I bought a new laptop and setup a FST-01SZ with my Ed25519 key, and while I have taken a vacation from Debian, I continue to extend the expiration period on the old RSA3744-key in case I will ever have to use it again, so the overall OpenPGP setup was still sub-optimal. Having two valid OpenPGP keys at the same time causes people to use both for email encryption (leading me to have to use both devices), and the WKD Key Discovery protocol doesn’t like two valid keys either. At FOSDEM’23 I ran into Andre Heinecke at GnuPG and I couldn’t help complain about how complex and unsatisfying all OpenPGP-related matters were, and he mildly ignored my rant and asked why I didn’t put the master key on another smartcard. The comment sunk in when I came home, and recently I connected all the dots and this post is a summary of what I did to move my offline OpenPGP master key to a Nitrokey Start.

    • GNU Projects

      • OpenSource.comUse this open source accounting app to run your small business

        GnuCash is a powerful and flexible accounting tool that can be used for small business invoicing and accounting. It has a number of features that make it particularly well-suited for this purpose, including the ability to track expenses and income, generate reports, and manage invoices. Additionally, GnuCash is free and open source, which makes it accessible to small businesses with limited resources. In this article, I discuss the features of GnuCash that make it easy for you to get started using it in your own small business.

        I began using GnuCash a number of years ago for my personal finances but found it could also function as a useful tool for my small business too. I’d been using a proprietary solution for much of the life of my business. I grew tired of being forced to upgrade periodically to get access to my invoices and statements for my small business. Moving to GnuCash gave me the ability to integrate my small business accounting with my personal finances without sacrificing any features.

    • Licensing / Legal

    • Programming/Development

      • RlangR in Finance and Accounting Sector in Korea
      • RlangThere’s a black hole in the number line
      • Elise HeinFighting inter-component HTML bloat

        Note: The examples in this post will be React-specific, but the core idea extends to most JS-based component libraries.

      • RlangHow fast does a compressed file in?

        Benchmarking is the process of measuring and comparing the performance of different programs, tools, or configurations in order to identify which one is the most efficient for a specific task. It is a critical step in software development that can help developers identify performance bottlenecks and improve the overall performance of their applications.

        In this post I create a square matrix and then convert it to a data.frame (2,000 rows by 2,000 columns) and then saved it as a gz compressed csv file. The benchmark compares different R packages and functions, including base R, data.table, vroom, and readr, and measures their relative speeds based on the time it takes to read in the .csv.gz file.

      • Bozhidar BatsovBad nREPL: 10 Things You Hate About nREPL

        Well, nREPL was never meant to be a “real REPL”. It was meant to be a REPL server that makes it easy for people to build development tools (e.g. Clojure editor plugins) upon. And framing requests and responses makes a huge difference there. Sure, it might look appealing to be relying only on eval for everything, but you still need to be able to process whatever you got from eval. It’s also pretty handy to be able to match requests and responses that originated from them.

      • Python

        • TecAdmin10 Python Examples That Will Make You a Better Programmer

          Python is a versatile and powerful programming language, known for its readability and ease of use. As a programmer, learning new coding techniques and best practices is essential for growth and skill development.

        • OpenSource.comCreate a ChatBot in Mattermost with Python

          ChatOps is a collaboration model that connects people, processes, tools, and automation into a transparent workflow. Mattermost is an open source, self-hosted messaging platform that enables organizations to communicate securely, effectively, and efficiently. It’s a great open source alternative to Slack, Discord, and other proprietary messaging platforms. This article outlines the steps to create a ChatOps bot on Mattermost, including the necessary code examples and explanations.


          Before starting, ensure that you have access to a Mattermost server, have Python installed, and have installed the Mattermost Python driver using pip.

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • LatviaMan hit by train in Ogre, Latvia

      On Monday, March 27, in Ogre, a man has been run over by a train at the Jaunogre railway station, the State Police representative Līna Bagdone told Latvian Radio.

    • New York TimesRestoring a Giant Plane: Ukrainian Resilience or Folly?

      Ukraine, with far more pressing needs, plans to rebuild the colossal Mriya cargo plane, a symbol of pride that was destroyed last year in a battle for its airfield.

    • Federal News NetworkJumbled wreckage complicates chocolate factory blast probe

      Investigators looking for the cause of a deadly explosion that leveled part of a Pennsylvania chocolate factory are facing an even more difficult task as they comb through wreckage that was picked apart and moved around during the weekend search for victims and survivors. Seven people were killed and several others wounded in the powerful blast at the R.M Palmer Co. plant in West Reading (REHD’-ing). With the recovery effort now over, attention turned to identifying the cause. Authorities say that task is even more complicated because heavy equipment was used to pick apart the wreckage.

    • QuartzWhat Thoreau had to say about meaningless work

      With talk of quiet quitters and pressure on employers to create a space where we can bring our whole selves to work, work is still work. Some of it’s great. Much of it can feel meaningless.

    • ‘Sheltering problems, outbreak risk continue in earthquake zone’

      Failure to meet water and toilet needs and lack of disinfection amid insect density increase the risk of an outbreak in the region, according to the Turkish Medical Association.

    • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyDifferent topologies for an org chart, wrong answers only

      Traditionally, an org chart is represented as a tree. You start at the top with the root of the tree, probably the CEO. And then everything comes down from there hierarchically.

      It doesn’t have to be that way, though! We can imagine other topologies for companies which would work differently. Let’s challenge assumptions one by one and see where we end up.

    • Education

      • Federal News NetworkFood for thought: New Mexico OKs meals for all students

        Lines will be getting longer for free breakfast and lunch at New Mexico public schools. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday signed legislation to provide free school meals to all students regardless of family income. The bill cleared the Legislature during the recent 60-day session. New Mexico and several other states are looking to fill the gap as federal pandemic-era benefit programs lapse and as food prices strain family budgets. Lawmakers set aside more than $22 million in the state budget to help pay for the program. Some say more money will be needed to bankroll the effort over time.

      • NPRA principal is fired, invited to Italy after students are shown Michelangelo’s ‘David’

        The squabble had been brewing for weeks in the K-12 charter school in Leon County, Fla., after students in a sixth-grade art history class were taught about the Renaissance. Alongside the Michelangelo sculpture, the lesson included images of the paintings “The Creation of Adam” and “Birth of Venus.”

      • GannettIs the David statue porn? Come see yourself, Italian museum tells Florida school board

        In a tweet, Florence Mayor Dario Nardella said he would “personally invite” the American educator to the city, home of the statue, to “give her recognition on behalf of the city,” adding that “art is civilization and whoever teaches it deserves respect.” Confusing art with pornography is “ridiculous,” Nardella wrote.

      • Associated PressIs the David porn? Come see, Italians tell Florida parents

        The board of the Tallahassee Classical School pressured Principal Hope Carrasquilla to resign last week after an image of the David was shown to a sixth-grade art class. The school has a policy requiring parents to be notified in advance about “controversial” topics being taught.

        The incredulous Italian response highlighted how the U.S. culture wars are often perceived in Europe, where despite a rise in right-wing sentiment and governance, the Renaissance and its masterpieces, even its naked ones, are generally free of controversy. Sunday’s front page of the Italian daily publication Corriere della Sera featured a cartoon by its leading satirist depicting David with his genitals covered by an image of Uncle Sam and the word “Shame.”

      • New York TimesWhat Killed Penmanship?

        She was recently going through her stack of important reminders when she found a note she had written at least a year ago. Ms. Smith said she remembered thinking at the time that she should rewrite the note so it would be discernible but never got around to it.

        Struggling to decipher it, she posted a photo of the note in a Reddit community where thousands have sought help to decode messy handwriting.

      • GannettBill would encourage Michigan schools to teach cursive handwriting again

        “Teaching cursive in our schools not only has a historical significance but it also promotes discipline, and patience as students learn to form each individual letter and then connect them in words,” said Grand Rapids Catholic Schools Assistant Superintendent Sarah Grey, over email. “It forces students to slow down and be intentional about what they are writing, and encourages them to do it beautifully.”

        Cursive handwriting is a foundational skill for students, Grey added, and teaching it allows students to improve their reading and writing skills.

    • Hardware

      • New York TimesGermany Wants More Chip Makers, but They Won’t Come Cheap

        The global competition to attract semiconductor companies is expected to cost Berlin billions. Some wonder if it’s a good use of money.

      • Ruben SchadeMy 386SX’s working Acer MIO-400 IO card

        I ruffled through my legacy parts box, and found this amazing (and dusty!) ISA Acer MIO-400 KF Multi-IO card. Rather than needing separate cards for printer ports, serial, game ports, floppy drives, and IDE controllers, this integrated them all into one card, with jumpers on the board to tune their settings and enable/disable specific functions: [...]

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • MWL“Devotion and Corrosion” Kickstarter wrap-up

        Today, I shipped the physical rewards for the Devotion and Corrosion Kickstarter. These books arrived at my house a couple days after I opened sponsorships on the mail book. Unfortunately, in those intervening days I caught covid. (Zero stars, recommend catching distemper or cercospora leaf rot instead.)

      • Hong Kong Free PressCovid-19: Hong Kong’s epidemic has ended, gov’t advisor says

        Hong Kong’s Covid-19 epidemic has ended, a government advisor has said, adding that there was “no need to worry” even in the event of a rebound.

      • LatviaEmergency services raise alarm over rising number of drug overdoses

        The number of calls to drug-related emergencies has increased significantly in Latvia. New synthetic opioids, which are more dangerous to users, are rapidly spreading to the Latvian market, and overdose is often fatal, Latvian Radio reported March 27.

      • Mexico News DailyAir quality alert puts traffic restrictions into effect in CDMX

        The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis restricted vehicle usage on Sunday due to high levels of ozone particles.

      • New York TimesNorth Carolina Expands Medicaid After Republicans Abandon Their Opposition

        The state’s Democratic governor signed a bill expanding the health insurance program for low-income people days after the measure cleared the Republican-controlled legislature.

      • Federal News NetworkTrain derails in rural North Dakota and spills chemicals

        A Canadian Pacific train derailed in rural North Dakota Sunday night and spilled hazardous materials. But local authorities and the railroad said there is no threat to public safety. There were no injuries or fire associated with the derailment, which occurred in a rural area outside Wyndmere. Several hundred people live in that town about 60 miles southwest of Fargo. Canadian Pacific spokesperson Andy Cummings said 31 of the 70 cars on the train left the tracks around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. Four cars carrying liquid asphalt and two filled with ethylene glycol spilled part of their loads. But there are no waterways near where the derailment happened and the chemicals were contained at the site. Cummings said the railroad believes a broken rail caused the derailment.

      • Federal News NetworkN. Carolina governor signs Medicaid expansion bill into law

        North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has signed a Medicaid expansion law that was a decade in the making. Cooper celebrated on Monday the passage of expansion legislation from the Republican-controlled General Assembly with the bill-signing ceremony at the Executive Mansion. Cooper has wanted expansion for years, but Republicans came around to the idea recently. North Carolina has been among 11 states who haven’t accepted expansion. Cooper isn’t thrilled with a provision in the bill that requiring the legislature to pass a separate state budget law first for expansion to be implemented. The governor said the law will be the “working families bill of the decade” once implemented.

      • Science AlertTuberculosis Deaths Creep Upwards After Falling For Decades in Europe

        Much has changed.

      • Science AlertDeath Toll Rises in Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Eye Drops

        Infections reported across 16 US states so far.

      • Science AlertGiant Study Recommends Exercise as a Serious Treatment For Depression

        This could change things.

      • AxiosAmericans hooked on Chinese apps
        Data: Apptopia; Chart: Axios Visuals

        The standoff between the U.S. government and TikTok underscores a growing problem for policymakers: Chinese apps are booming in America, but most U.S. apps aren’t able to operate in China.

        Why it matters: Mobile apps are one of the most powerful vectors for expanding trade and exporting soft power, given how widely accessible they are, how much time is spent on them, and how little regulatory oversight there is online.

      • AxiosPushback grows over mental health impacts of social media

        Social media companies are increasingly being blamed for historically high rates of depression, suicidality and other mental health issues in youths. And now, states and local governments are increasingly pursuing legislation and legal action.

        Driving the news: Utah just passed a law limiting social media for minors and school districts in Seattle and San Mateo County, California, are suing leading platforms, charging they’re delivering harmful content to kids.

        “Multiple juries are in. They’re all reaching the same conclusion,” Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at New York University Stern School of Business told the Financial Times. “When social media or high-speed internet came in, [studies] all find the same story which is mental health plummets, especially for girls.”

        The big picture: There are nearly 150 product liability lawsuits filed in the U.S. against the social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube, per the Financial Times.

      • James GGrayscale

        I have set myself a challenge to use greyscale mode on my phone for a week. My goal is to reduce usage of my phone and stop procrastinating to the degree that I have been over the last few days. If the experience proves valuable, I shall leave greyscale mode enabled. I will report back in a week to share my progress.

      • Scheerpost‘Shocking and Immoral’: Report Details Private Equity’s Stranglehold on US Healthcare

        The conflict between providers’ obligations to provide the best care and private equity investors’ insatiable appetites for maximized [returns] provides is clear. “You can’t serve two masters,” a doctor who previously worked for private equity-owned U.S. Dermatology Partners toldBloomberg. “You can’t serve patients and investors.”

    • Proprietary

      • Microsoft Israel to lay off dozens as part of global cutbacks

        Microsoft Israel is set to lay off dozens of employees as part of the global cutbacks in the company, Calcalist has learned. Microsoft announced in January that it is laying off 10,000 workers, but this will be the first time that cyber team members in Israel will also be fired.

        The local R&D center is headed by Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Corporation, General Manager of Israel R&D Center and CTO of Microsoft Security. The center employs around 2,700 people, with around half of them working in cybersecurity.

      • James GObservations designing information retrieval systems built on generative AI

        Using the information gathered through testing — both by myself and with others asking questions — I refined my information architecture, changed the prompts sent to accompany queries, and made other changes to help improve the quality of answers. The architecture of how this bot is built is outside of the scope of this post. Rather, I would like to focus on some interesting results both I and the people who tested the bot have observed. I list the common themes in bullet point form below.

      • Terence EdenReddit is Dropping AMP

        Long time readers will remember that I resigned from the Google AMP Advisory Committee having been a long time critic of the project.

      • Daniel Miessler6 Phases of the Post-GPT World

        We’ve all seen the non-stop stream of news from OpenAI. First we see GPT-4, where you have the announcement on Tuesday morning and you basically have thousands of companies launched by sundown.

        And then we see chatgpt plugins drop, which are basically ways of implementing entire businesses as plugins! This is what I said when Brockman dropped the web search plugin.

    • Security

      • NVISO LabsOneNote Embedded URL Abuse

        Whilst Microsoft is fixing the embedded files feature in OneNote I decided to abuse a whole other feature. Embedded URLs. Turns out this is something they may also have to fix.


        In my previous blogpost I described how OneNote is being abused in order to deliver a malicious URL. In response to this attack, helpnetsecurity recently reported that Microsoft is planning to release a fix for the issue in April this year. Currently, it’s still unknown what this fix will look like, but from helpnetsecurity’s post, it seems like Microsoft’s fix will focus on the OneNote embedded file feature.

        During my testing, I discovered that there is another way to abuse OneNote to deliver malware: Using URLs. The idea is similar to how Threat Actors are already abusing URLs in HTML pages or PDFs. Where the user is presented with a fake warning or image to click on which would open the URL in their browser and loads a phishing page.

      • Barry KaulerApps running as spot extra secure in Puppy

        I watch what Dima (dimkr in the forum) is doing on woof-CE with
        great interest. In particular, the steps that he has implemented
        to enhance security for applications running as user ‘spot’.

        See his summary here:


      • Security WeekMicrosoft: No-Interaction Outlook Zero Day Exploited Since Last April [iophk: Windows TCO; Ed: Lies, decoys, and distraction. Microsoft is trying to offload blame to those who exploit the holes while Microsoft sits on its hands, making bug doors in everything it makes]

        Microsoft says it has evidence that Russian APT actors were exploiting a nasty Outlook zero-day as far back as April 2022, upping the stakes on organizations to start hunting for signs of compromise.


        The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-23397, was flagged in the ‘already exploited’ category when Redmond shipped a fix earlier this month and Microsoft’s incident responders have pinned the attacks on Russian government-level hackers targeting organizations in Europe.

      • Silicon AngleFortinet’s Threat Report finds attackers are retooling and leveraging more wiper malware
        One of the outcomes of war in the modern age is that it can lead to a new class of destructive tools in the hands of cyber threat actors.

      • Silicon AngleFBI warns business email compromise attacks are now targeting commodities

        BEC attacks, an attack method that involves fraud enabled by social engineering, are not new. A report in September found that one-third of all cyberattacks now involve BEC, but typically, such attacks aim to steal money. The FBI warning details that those behind the attacks are now also targeting tangible goods.

        According to a March 24 announcement by the FBI, criminal actors are impersonating the email domains of legitimate companies to initiate the bulk purchase of goods from vendors across the U.S. The email messages sent to vendors appear to come from known sources of business, which vendors assume are legitimate business transactions, so they fulfill the purchase orders for distribution.

      • Bruce SchneierHacks at Pwn2Own Vancouver 2023

        An impressive array of hacks were demonstrated at the first day of the Pwn2Own conference in Vancouver: [...]

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Scoop News GroupExecutive order sets up guardrails for US use of commercial spyware

          To date, the United States has identified devices associated with 50 U.S. personnel in ten countries across several continents that are confirmed or suspected of being targeted with spyware, a senior administration official told CyberScoop during a press call Monday. The official did not rule out additional instances and said that investigations are ongoing.

          In examining the issue, the White House found that “commercial spyware vendors were aggressively marketing, seeking to make inroads across the U.S.’s many law enforcement and intelligence components, sometimes obfuscating their business ties and practices,” according to a senior administration official.

        • The Wall Street JournalU.S. State-Government Websites Use TikTok Trackers, Review Finds

          A review of the websites of more than 3,500 companies, organizations and government entities by the Toronto-based company Feroot Security found that so-called tracking pixels from the TikTok parent company were present in 30 U.S. state-government websites across 27 states, including some where the app has been banned from state networks and devices. Feroot collected the data in January and February of this year.

          The presence of that code means that U.S. state governments around the country are inadvertently [sic] participating in a data-collection effort for a foreign-owned company, one that senior Biden administration officials and lawmakers of both parties have said could be harmful to U.S. national security and the privacy of Americans.

        • NYPostTikTok is tracking data on dozens of state government websites: report

          Canadian cybersecurity company Feroot Security found at least 27 state government websites have web-tracking code placed by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., which runs TikTok, according to an exclusive report from The Wall Street Journal.

          The report — which surveyed more than 3,500 companies, organizations and government entities in January and February — is the latest to reveal how the US unknowingly shares data with subsidiaries of the Chinese Communist Party.

        • TechRadarTikTok trackers found on multiple US government websites

          While tracking pixels – or web beacons – are typically used for collecting data to better target audiences with relevant ads, concerns have been raised about the information collected and how it may be used by the Chinese company and other entities in the country.

        • Essel GroupTikTok trackers embedded in US state-government websites

          According to a new report from a cybersecurity company, more than two dozen state governments have placed web-tracking code made by TikTok parent ByteDance Ltd. on official websites.

        • EDRIProtect My Face: Brussels residents join the fight against biometric mass surveillance

          The newly-launched Protect My Face campaign gives residents of the Brussels region of Belgium the opportunity to oppose mass facial recognition. EDRi applauds this initiative which demands that the Brussels Parliament ban these intrusive and discriminatory practices.

        • EDRISummer Academy For Global Privacy Law 2023

          The Brussels Privacy Hub is proud to announce its 2023 Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law, after 7 years of successful editions.

        • New York TimesBiden Acts to Restrict U.S. Government Use of Spyware

          The president signed an executive order seeking to limit deployment of a tool that has been abused by autocracies — and some democracies — to spy on dissidents, human rights activists and journalists.

        • Silicon AngleBiden administration bans government use of commercial spyware that may pose a security risk
          President Joe Biden signed an executive order today banning government agencies from using commercial spyware deemed to present a national security risk to the United States.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • H2 ViewSany sets out hydrogen roadmap in China

          Sany has set out its ambitions to create a comprehensive hydrogen industry chain covering green production, storage, transportation and refuelling equipment.

        • H2 ViewGentari signs MoUs to accelerate energy transition in India

          Gentari has signed Memorandum of Understanding’s (MoU) with Tata Motors, MoEVing Urban Technology and Gati KWE.

        • Silicon AngleCFTC sues cryptocurrency exchange Binance and founder Changpeng Zhao

          The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today sued Binance and its founding Chief Executive Officer Changpeng Zhao, as well as former Chief Compliance Officer Samuel Lim. The CFTC is the agency responsible for regulating the derivatives market.

        • QuartzUS regulators sued Binance for encouraging customers to buy unregistered crypto commodities

          The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) is suing Binance, alleging that the popular crypto exchange illegally sold crypto derivatives—for currencies including bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, tether, and binance USD— to retail investors.

        • LatviaGasoline price in Latvia down to pre-war level on Monday

          In Latvia, the price of band 95 gasoline has decreased to the level seen before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February, according to LETA’s information March 27.

        • Federal News NetworkCalifornia lawmakers OK potential fines for high gas prices

          California lawmakers have approved the nation’s first penalty for price gouging at the pump. The state Assembly passed a bill on Monday that would empower state regulators to punish oil companies for profiting from price spikes. The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has said he will sign it into law. The bill is in response to a price spike last year that saw the average price for a gallon of gasoline hit $6.44 in California. The oil industry says the bill will decrease supply and cause prices to increase. The bill also requires oil companies to disclose more data on their pricing.

        • LatviaLatvia’s electric vehicle stock continues to grow [Ed: Car sales have collapsed. This is a way to distract from that and spin it. In face, EVs are still a small proportion of the whole.]

          In 2021, there was a substantial increase in the number of electric passenger vehicles in the EU compared with 2020 (+76%), and Latvia’s growth rate in that regard was close to the EU average (+75%), according to Eurostat data published March 24.

        • Copenhagen PostQuarterly meter readings! Gas consumers to get a more accurate picture of how much they owe

          From June, customers will be able to determine the true extent of what they owe

        • BBCCrewless container ships appear on the horizon

          “We have situational awareness – cameras on the side, front and stern of the ship,” the captain explains. “It can decide whether to change its path because something is in the way.”

          The captain’s job will move onto dry-land, to a remote operation centre more than 80km (50 miles) away, where several ships could potentially be monitored at the same time. If necessary, humans will be able to intervene by sending commands to alter the speed and course.

        • Interesting EngineeringMaritime Cybersecurity: Protecting ships and crews from digital threats

          Both in academia and the maritime industry as a whole, cybersecurity is a hot concern. Recently, a collaborative team taught a brand-new cyber security course at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Lesund. A new course titled “Maritime digital security” has just been added to NTNU in Lesund’s maritime industry program.

          Participants in the workshop have studied digital risks for the past two months. They have conducted a realistic practice run of a cyber attack on a ship in motion and evaluated the risk of current digital threats. The main emphasis is on resilience development and risk management of cyberattacks.

        • Interesting EngineeringYou can carry this new electric moped in your trunk

          With dimensions of 1160*560*860MM, an 800MM wheelbase, a 590MM seat height, and a curb weight of 81.5 pounds (37 kg), the M One that was unveiled is described as a casual mini moped. The vehicle is powered by a 48V20Ah lithium battery pack and has a hub motor with a 400W rated power and a 1KW maximum output power. The battery has a 1-kilowatt-hour capacity, and the vehicle’s top cruising distance is 60 miles (100 kilometers).

        • VoxHow to save America’s public transit systems from a doom spiral

          When Covid-19 arrived three years ago, most transit passengers stopped riding, shrinking transportation agencies’ fare revenues. Today, ridership remains far below pre-pandemic levels. Unless they can quickly find new sources of funding, big transit systems will be forced to drastically curtail service, which would drive away still more passengers and place those systems in an even deeper financial hole.

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)I’m Back After WordPress.com Deleted My Blog Over the Weekend.

        Automattic (WordPress.com) refuses to say what led to the ban, but it’s quite obvious through my history of posts about Apple’s censorship, proprietary software, the Microsoft Stabber, etc. that there are probably outfits that would rather that I just go away and not come back.

        Automattic says that there’s no robot going around killing blogs without human review, but beyond this, I have no idea and I’ll never be able to prove anything.

      • Turkey’s popular social network applies to top court against ban

        Access to Ekşi Sözlük has been blocked for over a month now.

      • YLEPolice remove Erdogan effigy from Helsinki protest

        The demonstration took place in front of the Turkish embassy on Sunday, and was attended by less than 100 people.


        Although the right to demonstrate in Finland is enshrined in the constitution, the Criminal Code prohibits defamation.

        Aside from the Erdogan effigy, police said the demonstration passed off peacefully and was allowed to continue after it was removed.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • YLESomali journalist: Immigrants talked about, but not heard, during Finnish elections

        Yle TV1 will host a series of minority language election discussions this week, beginning on Monday at 3pm with a show in Easy Finnish. The English language discussion will be broadcast on Thursday at 3pm.

      • Two journalists detained while covering attack on theologian

        A group of people attempted to attack those who gathered outside of the home of the theologian who had been attacked. The police detained the journalist filming the incident.

      • CPJIndian journalist Jaspal Singh arrested in Haryana

        Police arrested Singh after a first information report was filed earlier that day by the Ratia Sadar police station in the state’s Fatehabad district, which opened an investigation into Singh and an unnamed journalist based on a complaint by the son of a local official, according to those sources and a copy of the report reviewed by CPJ.

      • Hindustan TimesTV journalist held in Haryana’s Fatehabad on MLA’s son’s complaint

        The police arrested Fatehabad-based TV journalist Jaspal Singh after booking him under Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000, Sections 384 (extortion) and 500 (defamation) of the IPC and various sections of the SC/ST Act on the complaint of BJP MLA from Ratia Lakshman Napa’s son Sumit Kumar on Saturday.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • New York TimesNY to Pay Broadwater $5.5 Million After Wrongful Conviction for Sebold’s Rape

        Anthony J. Broadwater spent 16 years in prison after being wrongly convicted in the assault in Syracuse, N.Y., which Ms. Sebold, a well-known novelist, described in her memoir “Lucky.”

      • Copenhagen PostBrexit reprieve for late submissions: Brits handed new deadline by which to apply for residence in Denmark

        31 December 2023 the new date by which applications need to be received

      • CS MonitorSafety for refugees: President Carter’s legacy lives on in rural Georgia

        Thanks to legislation signed by President Carter in 1980, a Christian group rooted in faith and compassion has hosted thousands of refugees in rural Georgia.

      • Mexico News DailyFrom Canada to Cabo part 5: Becoming immigrants

        In part five of her series, Christina Whiteley shares tips on immigration requirements if you decide to make Mexico your new home.

      • ACLUThis Law Could Criminalize Everyday Conversations About Immigration

        At rallies across the country, community members have been chanting “Sí, se puede!” to demand that the U.S. fulfill its moral obligation to undocumented immigrants by expanding their access to life-saving medical care, job-loss benefits, driver’s licenses, and much more. However, this political advocacy — critical to our democracy’s debate about our immigration policies — could constitute a crime under federal law.

      • Three police officers arrested for torture of child in Diyarbakır

        A 14-year-old child was hospitalized after being beaten by officers in the Kurdish-majority city.

      • Atlantic CouncilThe future of women in India: Barriers, facilitators and opportunities

        This issue brief describes cross-cutting themes, a proposed theory of change, and recommendations that emerged from the Atlantic Council and US Department of State expert convening, “Future of Women and Work in South Asia” on how to foster cross-sectoral collaboration and catalyze knowledge sharing to support women’s economic empowerment in South Asia.

      • New York TimesWho Is Itamar Ben-Gvir?

        The influence of Itamar Ben-Gvir, a rising far-right lawmaker, was underscored when he said he would agree to a delay of the divisive judicial overhaul.

      • New York TimesNetanyahu Attempts Another Juggling Act, Maybe His Toughest Yet

        Israel’s prime minister, who has long thrived by pitting one force against another, is caught between his far-right coalition and public anger over the government’s plan to weaken the judiciary.

      • EDRIRepression is really something different than prevention

        In 2021, a 17-year-old boy in the Netherlands was arrested for inciting of riots. The boy had called for people to come to Utrecht with fireworks as a protest against the corona policy and the fireworks ban. The boy received a so-called “online area ban” from the municipality, even though the mayor does not have a legal basis for such an order. He was no longer allowed to make statements online that could lead to disorder in the city. Local rules do not provide majors the authority to curtail the freedom of expression as prevention, online or otherwise.

      • About 60,000 refugees returned to Syria after Turkey quakes, says minister

        The defense minister refuted the allegations that there was a new refugee influx from syria to Turkey after the February earthquakes.

      • Second hearing to be held of case over suspicious death in prison

        It was claimed that Yılmaz Ekinci committed suicide by hanging himself on an iron part of the door in the cell which is 1 meter and 20 cm high from the floor. Ekinci’s then-prison mate is now a witness in the case over Ekinci’s death.

      • Police prevent automotive workers’ march from İstanbul to Ankara

        Workers of Mata Automotive, a firm manufacturing parts for high-end car brands such as Bentley and Jaguar, demand improved working conditions and a 25 percent additional pay rise.

      • New York TimesPaul Rusesabagina, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Dissident, Lands in Qatar

        His release ended more than two and a half years of captivity, during which he was tried on terrorism charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

      • The Register UKEarth is running out of places for stargazers to do dark deeds in the name of science

        Artificial light emitted from buildings, streetlights, and reflected from satellite constellations are making the night sky brighter for earth-bound skywatchers. The Milky Way was visible to pretty much everyone less than 100 years ago, but is now drowned out by human-made light to most, according to the International Dark Sky Association.

      • [Old] arXivWhitening the Sky: light pollution as a form of cultural genocide [PDF]

        Light pollution is actively destroying our ability to see the stars. Many Indigenous traditions and knowledge systems around the world are based on the stars, and the peoples’ ability to observe and interpret stellar positions and properties is of critical importance for daily life and cultural continuity. The erasure of the night sky acts to erase Indigenous connection to the stars, acting as a form of ongoing cultural and ecological genocide. Efforts to reduce, minimise, or eliminate light pollution are being achieved with varying degrees of success, but urban expansion, poor lighting design, and the increased use of blue-light emitting LEDs as a cost-effective solution is worsening problems related to human health, wildlife, and astronomical heritage for the benefit of capitalistic economic growth. We provide a brief overview of the issue, illustrating some of the important connections that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia maintain with the stars, as well as the impact growing light pollution has on this ancient knowledge. We propose a transdisciplinary approach to solving these issues, using a foundation based on Indigenous philosophies and decolonising methodologies.

      • [Old] Kalmback Media CoLight Pollution Threatens Millennia-old Indigenous Navigation Methods

        Now, a group of scientists and other space stakeholders is working to preserve these stories. The Satellite Communications (SATCON) workshop, which is organized by the National Science Foundation and the American Astronomical Society, aims to mitigate satellites’ effects on our sky-viewing experiences.

        Aparna Venkatesan, a cosmologist at the University of San Francisco, served as a co-chair at the 2021 event. While she and her colleagues sought to consult Indigenous scientists on sustainable space practices, they acknowledged that it wasn’t an all-encompassing discussion. “Everyone who spoke at the meeting was very clear that they were not speaking for their whole tribe, or for all sovereign tribes and nations or just the U.S. alone,” says Venkatesan.

        She sees space as an ancestral global commons, as described in her 2020 article published in Nature Astronomy. But the task of regulating space is a complicated one. Astronomers and entrepreneurs should be careful not to appropriate Indigenous perspectives to serve their bottom line, she adds.

      • [Old] The ConversationThousands of satellites are polluting Australian skies, and threatening ancient Indigenous astronomy practices

        Each of these companies is taking to the skies to increase internet access across the globe. But even if they deliver on this, sky gazers — and especially Indigenous peoples — are left to wonder: at what cost?

      • Copenhagen PostI should Cocio! The criminal world’s equivalent of being caught with chocolate milk moustaches

        The manufacturers, who tended to carry out their transactions in the same carpark, signalled their presence to business partners, including the Dutch duo, by placing a bottle of Cocio on the roof of their car.

        The NSK were able to find out about this by cracking encrypted messages sent and received by the drug-importing Dutchmen and their colleagues.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • March Update

        I’m a little bit late with my update this month. It’s been a pretty crazy month to be quite honest, so this is a slightly longer entry than usual.

        I’ll start with the good news. First off, I’ve got a new job (yay!). It’s at a nearby prominent heritage site, which is a really big deal for me and has pretty much been my main goal since graduating from Uni in 2021. I’m so beyond excited and can’t wait to start next month. Plus, I’m finally leaving my current job which is uh…worse than ever, to be quite honest. I won’t go into it too much but let’s just say that place is a sinking ship and I can’t be out of there soon enough. They’re not even planning on hiring a replacement for me. They’re just expecting everyone else to work harder and pick up the slack – like what?

      • None Dare Call It Conspiracy

        This book was written over 50 years ago by Gary Allen, and while it was written from a US centric point of view I still found it an interesting take on what happens in the world.

        When reading books (or, listening in this case) I try to have an open mind and find what might be applicable or relevant to my world and life.

      • Angelic Glow

        You know…I’m becoming myself again.

      • Duck Season Wabbit Season

        Just once in life I would like to get involved in a super heated “duck season”, “‘wabbit season” style argument with someone where I manage to pull it off and get my way by, in the heat of the moment, reversing position to trick the other person into also reversing their position.

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


Links 27/03/2023: GnuCash 5.0 and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on Phones

Posted in News Roundup at 8:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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

Links 27/03/2023: Twitter Source Code Published (But Not Intentionally)

Posted in News Roundup at 6:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: March 26th, 2023

      This week we got a lot of cool stuff, starting with the release of the GNOME 44 desktop environment and continuing with a new Linux laptop from Kubuntu Focus, a new major NVIDIA graphics driver release, and new security updates for Ubuntu users.

      Several new distro releases were also out this week including Tails 5.11, Trisquel GNU/Linux 11.0 LTS, and OpenMandriva Lx 23.03. Check out the hottest news of this week and access all the distro and package downloads in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for March 26th, 2023, below.

  • Instructionals/Technical

    • Connor TumblesonHomelab Software Recap

      Roughly a year ago I redid my entire home network and could then officially call it a homelab. Unfortunately the insane delays in acquiring Raspberry Pi’s has put quite the delay in finishing this setup. So while I continue to sit and wait on available pieces – I want to recap all the software I’ve come to love and run on this network.

    • Adriaan RoselliCSS-only Widgets Are Inaccessible

      Interactive widgets powered with only CSS are relatively common as people are playing with all the ways CSS can respond to, or create, interactions. CodePen contests are a great venue to see these experiments (which hopefully are never moved to a live human-facing project).

      The problem with many of these examples is they need to convey their state (such as expanded or not), properties (think of relationships), or values, and (sometimes) dynamic names. While CSS is ideal to show these visually, they need to be passed to accessibility APIs so they can be conveyed to users of assistive technologies.

    • IdiomdrottningEmphasis vs Italics

      Emphasis is what you use italics for most of the time. When you need cite, you can type <cite> and when you need a more generic italic, for example for foreign language words or Linnaean names, you can type <i>. But on user-writable forums that disable fallthrough HTML, i is the better default. It’s never “wrong”, per se (em is just more specific) and it matches how many people sometimes use * and _ on these forums, when they think “I want to make this look cursive” rather than “I need to semantically emphasize this”.

    • LinuxTechiHow to Install Kubernetes (K8s) Metrics Server Step by Step
  • Games

    • The EconomistAs video games grow, they are eating the media

      New business models are another source of growth. Gaming’s latest boom was propelled by free-to-play games, which suck users in before monetising them with ads and in-game purchases. A new phase of expansion is coming from game-library subscriptions, which already show signs of increasing consumption and accelerating discovery, much as the cable bundle did in television. These new distribution mechanisms and business models promise more choice for consumers—which is why regulators should allow Microsoft’s $69bn acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a big gamemaker whose titles Microsoft would make available for streaming and subscription.

      All this holds lessons for other industries—chiefly that, if you are in media, you need to be in gaming. Apple and Netflix are scrambling to complement their streaming offerings with games. Others are already there. In August Sony Pictures will release “Gran Turismo”, a film based on a Sony game which features songs by artists from Sony Music. Media firms that ignore gaming risk being like those that decided in the 1950s to sit out the tv craze.

  • Desktop Environments/WMs

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

Links 26/03/2023: OpenMandriva ROME 23.03, Texinfo 7.0.3, and KBibTeX 0.10.0

Posted in News Roundup at 12:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Open Source Security (Audio Show)Free Software Security/Josh Bressers: Episode 368 – The Sovereign Tech Fund with Fiona Krakenbürger

        Josh and Kurt talk to Fiona Krakenbürger about the Sovereign Tech Fund. This is a fund created by Germany to fund important open source projects. Fiona has amazing insight into how this fund was created, what it’s doing today to help fund open source. She discusses where we go from here and what the future will look like. The Sovereign Tech Fund is a forward thinking program to fund open source across the world. This episode is a window into the future.

      • GNU World Order (Audio Show)GNU World Order 505

        **polkit-kde-agent** , **powerdevil** , **poxml** , **print-manager** ,

        **prison** , **pulseaudio-qt** , **purpose** from the Slackware **kde**

        package set.

        shasum -a256=533bba40acd690d666ad17934dd66c073ea61784eaf85eacd398220cf0051a94

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux mailing listsLinux 6.3-rc4
        Things are looking pretty normal for this time of the release process.
        All the stats look very regular, and the diffstat mostly does too.
        I say "mostly", just because we had a bunch of xfs fixes last week,
        which makes the diffstat skew that way more than usual. But even that
        is mainly for a self-test addition. The actual code changes are much
        So instead of the usual 50+% drivers, the rc4 diffstat is about "one
        third drivers, one third filesystems, one third rest". Not all of the
        filesystem stuff is xfs, of course - we have cifs, btrfs and ksmbd
        fixes too.
        On the driver side, it's a mix, but networking and gpu shows up as
        usual. With USB and thunderbolt fixes showing up, and the rest being
        fairly random.
        And "the rest" is all the normal stuff. Self-tests, core networking,
        architecture updates, nothing odd there.
        Let's hope things stay normal. And, as normal, testing and reporting
        issues is appreciated,
    • Graphics Stack

      • Free Desktop[ANNOUNCE] libinput 1.23.0
        libinput 1.23 is available!
        Thanks to Yinon Burgansky, this version has a new pointer acceleration
        profile: the "custom" profile.
        This profile allows users to tweak the exact response of their device
        based on their input speed.
        On X11, the code required to configure a custom acceleration profile
        was already merged [1].
        In the Wayland world, now that libinput 1.23 has been released,
        compositors are able to expose this feature to their users. 
        Peter Hutterer already covered how this feature works on his blog in
        detail, so make sure to have a look at his article [2].
        In addition to the new acceleration profile, this release includes a
        set of new quirks for different hardware. The work done for Razer
        hardware is especially noticeable.
        Finally, various bugs has been fixed and the CI has been improved.
        [1] https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/xorg/driver/xf86-input-libinput/-/merge_requests/39
        [2] http://who-t.blogspot.com/2023/01/libinput-and-custom-pointer.html
        Thanks to everyone involved for making this new version possible:
        Aksel Stokseth (1):
              add quirks for Logitech MX Master 3B
        Benjamin Tissoires (1):
              CI: bump b2c and kernel
        Bill A (1):
              quirks: add generic quirk for Dell 2-in-1 models for side volume buttons
        Cyril LEVIS (1):
              fix: add apple m2 keyboard quirks
        Diep Pham (1):
              quirk: Lenovo P14s Gen 1 AMD Trackpoint
        José Expósito (13):
              test: remove unused variable
              tablet-pad-leds: fix compiler warning when -Dlibwacom=false
              tablet: fix compiler warning when -Dlibwacom=false
              test: fix compiler warning when -Dlibwacom=false
              test: fix uninitialized variables
              sparse: make some variables static
              quirks: add quirks for Positivo-Vaio touchpad
              tools/record: fix quirk error message
              quirks: touchpad: add ModelPressurePad
              doc/user: fix trackpoint quirks path
              quirks: fix DWT on Legion 5i
              quirks: add a note to not quirk the Bolt Receiver
              libinput 1.23.0
        Lucas Zampieri (1):
              Allow rotation on all mice and for any angle
        Marge Yang (1):
              quirks: Dell Mayabay (Pressure Pad).
        Peter Hutterer (36):
              doc/user: explicitly specify language as en
              test: print the usage from the symbols-leak-test
              Remove trailing whitespaces in the tree
              Remove a few empty lines with nothing but a lonely tab
              Remove duplicate empty lines in our source
              tools: fix a tab after space whitespace issue
              gitlab CI: add a job to check for whitespace issues
              quirks: allow overriding of AttrEventCode and AttrInputProp
              evdev: only read the trackpoint multiplier on trackpoints
              tools: add a libinput list-kernel-devices tool
              tools: add a --hid toggle to libinput-list-kernel-devices
              doc/user: document the new list-kernel-devices tool
              meson.build: fix a deprecation warning
              CI: give the meson-build.sh script a proper license tag
              CI: make the meson-build.sh script even more generic
              CI: use meson compile over ninja directly in meson-build.sh
              filter: add helper functions to create/destroy a delta smoothener
              doc/api: set HAVE_DOT to YES
              doc/user: fix sphinx warning
              tools: add --replay-after and --once to libinput replay
              CI: bump to use Fedora 37
              gitlab CI: drop comment about weekly rebuild of images
              gitlab CI: remove a leftover use of a fedora image
              gitlab CI: explicitly run the test in the systemd service
              CI: update to latest ci-templates
              CI: add new workflow rules
              test: give the generic MT touchscreen realistic ranges
              quirks: fix duplicate section names
              quirks: change all 3-digit matches to zero-prefixed 4-digit matches
              tools: honor FDO_CI_CONCURRENT in the tools option parser
              test: drop the explicit -n auto to the tool options test
              CI: make the ci-fairy commit check verbose
              test: comment two tap tests
              test: add a quicks file validation test
              test: add a test to make sure we don't accidentally add Logitech receivers
              quirks: add a bunch more Razer internal keyboards
        Richard Stefun (1):
              Improve X280 support
        Tobias Bengfort (3):
              filter: simplify speed_factor()
              doc/user: fix tap in palm exclusion zone
              touchpad: rm dead tp_palm_tap_is_palm
        Yinon Burgansky (3):
              Introduce custom acceleration profile
              filter: validate custom acceleration function's points size
              filter: add scroll movement type to the custom acceleration profile
        Zhangyuan Nie (1):
              quicks: invert horizontal scrolling for Logitech MX Master 3S
        gogogoghost (1):
              quirk: Google Chromebook Atlas (Pixelbook go)
        hrdl (2):
              evdev-tablet: clip touch arbitration rectangle
              evdev: apply calibration for touch arbitration
      • Free Desktop[ANNOUNCE] mesa 23.0.1
        Hi list,
        I know this email is going out a little late, but better late than
        never. Which may also be the name of the 23.0.1 release. I must
        apologize, I was running behind to start with, and then the troubles
        with the CI pushed me even further behind. As such, there are still a
        great number of patches nominated that are not in the release. I
        basically got what I could in by the end of day Friday, and cut that as
        the release, and I'll continue to pull in patches over the next week and
        half to have a normally scheduled release on April 5th.
        There's a lot here, covering a wide swath of the mesa codebase,
        especially Intel, AMD, and Zink.
    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Use OfHow to Install IDLE Python IDE in Ubuntu

        When starting out in Python, setting up a coding environment can be challenging. IDLE (Integrated Development Learning Environment) is a Python IDE that simplifies the process for the same. You can start coding immediately after you install it.

        IDLE is an easy-to-use IDE with features that make it easier for you to write and run Python code. It comes pre-installed with some operating systems, but on Linux, you need to install it. Learn how to install IDLE on Ubuntu and how to use its interactive shell.

      • How to Write a Simple Linux Bash Honeypot

        The first step in a malicious hacker attack is scanning. This means that an attacker will scan its target for open ports and vulnerabilities.

      • Linux CapableHow to Delete MySQL User Accounts

        MySQL is a widely used open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) that allows you to store, organize, and retrieve data efficiently. User account management plays a crucial role in maintaining the security and integrity of your database.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Kdenlive on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        When it comes to video editing, Kdenlive stands out as a versatile and user-friendly solution for Linux users. Developed on the KDE platform, this open-source video editor has gained widespread popularity among multimedia enthusiasts and professionals alike.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install KTorrent on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        KTorrent is an efficient and feature-rich BitTorrent client designed for the KDE Plasma desktop environment on Linux systems. Built with user-friendliness and flexibility, KTorrent offers advanced features catering to beginners and experienced users.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MyPaint on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        MyPaint is a highly versatile and user-friendly open-source digital painting application designed to cater to artists of all levels. With its powerful, dynamic brush engine and sleek, intuitive interface, MyPaint has become a go-to tool for creatives looking for a seamless digital painting experience.

      • Linux CapableHow to Check the MySQL Version

        MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) that is widely used for web applications and content management systems. Knowing the MySQL version you are running can be essential for compatibility, security, and performance reasons.

      • ID RootHow To Install LibreOffice on Linux Mint 21

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LibreOffice on Linux Mint 21.

      • ID RootHow To Install MyPaint on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MyPaint on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MyPaint is a free, open-source graphics application designed specifically for digital painting and drawing.

      • ID RootHow To Install ProcessWire on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ProcessWire on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • ID RootHow To Install Audacity on Rocky Linux 9

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Audacity on Rocky Linux 9.

      • Linux ITEmanuele Rocca: EFI and Secure Boot Notes

        To create a bootable EFI drive to use with QEMU, first make a disk image and
        create a vfat filesystem on it.

        $ dd if=/dev/zero of=boot.img bs=1M count=512
        $ sudo mkfs.vfat boot.img

        By default, EFI firmwares boot a specific file under /efi/boot/. The name of
        such file depends on the architecture: for example, on 64 bit x86 systems it is
        bootx64.efi, while on ARM it is bootaa64.efi.

        Copy /usr/lib/grub/x86_64-efi/monolithic/grubx64.efi from package
        grub-efi-amd64-bin to /efi/boot/bootx64.efi on the boot image, and that
        should be enough to start GRUB.

      • LinuxiacHow to Install VMware Workstation Player on Debian 11 (Bullseye)

        Install VMware Workstation Player on Debian 11 (Bullseye) and easily enjoy virtualization. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to get started.

      • FOSSLinuxMaximize functionality with these tmux plugins & extensions

        In this article, we will explore valuable tips and tricks for using Tmux plugins and extensions, including how to install them, configure them, and use them to streamline your workflow. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced user, this guide will provide you with the knowledge you need to take your Tmux experience to the next level.

      • FOSSLinuxSimplifying virtualization on Ubuntu with GNOME Boxes

        In this guide, we will provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to install and use Gnome Boxes on Ubuntu. We will cover the steps involved in installing Gnome Boxes, creating and managing virtual machines, and configuring virtual machine settings. We will also explore some popular use cases for Gnome Boxes.

      • FOSSLinuxExploring the Pop!_OS Desktop Environment

        In this guide, we will provide an introduction to the Pop!_OS desktop environment. We will cover its features, customization options, and differences from other popular desktop environments. We will also explore some popular tools and applications for working with Pop!_OS.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Building Plasma against Qt6

          As you probably have heard by now the lastest development versions of Plasma and KDE Frameworks require Qt6. This transition has been in the works for a few years by now, but it was only somewhat recently that we took the plunge and started relying on Qt6 exclusively for Plasma. Plasma 5.27 is the last Plasma 5 release and continues in bugfix-only mode.

          For people who want to hack on Plasma features this raises the obvious question: How do I build Plasma 6 to hack on it?

          Before diving into this, a word of warning: Current Plasma master is in no way “ready for production”. There are known-broken things and things may temporarily regress at any time. That said, the only way to get towards a stable thing is to dig in and fix things. So let’s see how to do that.

          For this explanation I’m assuming you have build KDE software with kdesrc-build before. If not we have some extensive documentation for that. First you need at least Qt 6.4 installed. The usually best way to get that is from your distribution. If your distribution does not have Qt6 packaged yet please complain^Wtalk to them. CMake should complain about any missing Qt6 modules/development files, but make sure you have the qtpaths tool installed beforehand. It should be named something like qtpaths6 or qtpaths-qt6.

        • KBibTeX 0.10.0 released

          After the recent release
          of KBibTeX
          as the last release of the 0.9.x branch, it is
          now time to make a stable release of KBibTeX 0.10.0.
          Tar-balls are as usual available at KDE’s
          download mirrors
          . Some of the changes were documented
          more than two years ago in a pre-release (0.9.90)
          , but here are the
          highlights taken from the ChangeLog: [...]

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • It’s FOSSblendOS Aims to Replace All Linux Distributions

      Sounds too far-fetched?

      Well, blendOS pitches itself to be the ultimate distro-blend.

      blendOS is a new project by Rudra Saraswat, known for Ubuntu-based remixes, and Ubuntu Unity in particular (which is now an official Ubuntu flavour).

      I would say the project has a pretty accurate name for what it wants to achieve.

      But, how does blendOS aim to be a replacement to all? What is it all about?

    • Arca NoaeI want ArcaOS 5.1!

      ArcaOS 5.1 is complete and ready for release. The holdup is really related to our distribution system, which is based on the WooCommerce platform.

    • Boiling SteamTime to Stop Using (and Recommending) Solus

      I’ve complained in the past about Solus (Linux distro) when they could not be bothered to fix their Steam Linux client packaging after Proton 5.13 was long out (they eventually did)…

    • Reviews

      • Distro WatchReview: siduction 22.1.1

        I like Debian and run it on almost every computer I own, so siduction felt very familiar to me. In some ways it was a preview of Debian 12, and in other ways, it was an interesting look at some advanced features that go beyond the conservativeness of vanilla Debian. The three major features covered in its release notes — chroot helper, Nala, and snapper — are all great features. I just wish the chroot helper worked with my eMMC drive, but siduction would not be the first distribution that had issues when the only storage available is eMMC storage.

        If Debian-based distributions are your preferred Linux distributions, I highly recommend giving siduction a try. It offers many interesting things while remaining familiar. There are certainly plenty of Debian-based distributions out there, but siduction provides a lot of features that make it different from other distributions. Sure, it lacks the conservativeness of Debian Stable, but aside from the issue with the siduction-btrfs package on an ext4 install, I ran into no major issues when working on this review. Though, I am somewhat amused by absurdity of the root password issue, but that was 99% on me for doing something I knew would likely end up ending in the situation that it did.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • LinuxiacOpenMandriva ROME 23.03 is Here: Get Ready to be Impressed

        Shining with KDE Plasma 5.27.3 and vanilla GNOME 43.3, OpenMandriva ROME 23.03 will impress and satisfy every user’s taste.

      • 9to5LinuxOpenMandriva Lx 23.03 Released with Linux 6.2, Mesa 23, and KDE Plasma 5.27

        OpenMandriva Lx 23.03 is here almost three months after the introduction of OpenMandriva Lx 23.01 ROME as OpenMandriva’s first-ever rolling-release edition where you install once and receive updates forever.

        This release bumps the kernel to the latest Linux 6.2, ships with the latest and greatest KDE Plasma 5.27 LTS desktop environment series, which is accompanied by the KDE Frameworks 5.104 and KDE Gear 22.12.3 software suites, and features out-of-the-box support for the Flatpak universal and sandboxed binary format.

      • PCLOS OfficialOpera Browser 97.0.4719.28

        The Opera Browser has been updated to 97.0.4719.28 and available through our software repository. No need to go hunting all over the internet to find your favorite web browser when they are in the PCLinuxOS software repository!

      • PCLOS OfficialVivaldi Browser 5.7.2921.65

        The Vivaldi Browser has been updated tp 5.7.2921.65 and shipped to our software repository.

      • PCLOS OfficialPaleMoon Browser 32.1.0

        The PaleMoon Browser has been updated to 32.1.0 and available from the software repository.

      • PCLOS OfficialChromium Browser 111.0.5563.64

        The Chromium Browser has been updated to 111.0.5563.64 and available from the software repository.

      • PCLOS OfficialBrave Browser 1.49.128

        Brave Browser has been updated to 1.49.128 and has been shipped to the software repository. Brave Browser is one of the best Chromium based browsers on the market.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Art

      • Libre ArtsLibreArts Weekly recap — 26 March 2023

        Week highlights: new releases of topologicpy and LSP plugins, new features and
        improvements in GIMP, Inkscape, FreeCAD, Olive, automatic generation of
        subtitles from audio is coming to Kdenlive.


        There’s some minor porting of various file support plugins to
        GimpProcedureDialog API going on. Other than that, no major changes.

      • David RevoyFa Bd Comics books on SCAMazon: don’t buy them

        Achievement unlocked: we found with the Pepper&Carrot community Fa BD Comic, the publisher of the worst derivations of Pepper&Carrot made so far.

        Unfortunately, the product’s are published under my name and also in the name of artists who sent fan-arts of Pepper&Carrot… That’s why I write this article to describe a bit this scam and desktop publishing carnage happening right now on Amazon and inform the audience of Pepper&Carrot to not buy them.

        Brace yourself, cause we are going in the territory of the zero absolute of quality, graphic designs horrors, colorimetry nightmares and bad layout.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Bryan Quigley: Email list to Ghost site – PastaDollar.com

        From a pricing perspective, the platform scales with your audience size. Importantly, Ghost does not take a cut of your membership subscription revenue. For this reason, the pricing incentives mean your Ghost site is more cost-effective when you have 100% paid members and 0% free members. I’m sure that ratio is a pipe dream for most publications, but that’s how the business model works. Pricing is currently $9/mo for any site with 500 or fewer subscribers, including web hosting.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUTexinfo 7.0.3 released
        We have released version 7.0.3 of Texinfo, the GNU documentation format.
        This is a minor bug-fix release containing minimal changes from the
        previous release (7.0.2).
        This package contains tools to produce documentation in various
        formats, including HTML and PDF, from source files in the Texinfo
        format.  Texinfo is a text-based format with commands for marking text,
        document structuring and indexing.
        If automatic redirection fails, the list of mirrors is at:
        Failing that, you can use the main server:
        Please email any comments to bug-texinfo@gnu.org.
        The Texinfo web page: https://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/
        Support free software ~ https://www.fsf.org/ ~ https://www.gnu.org/
        * texi2any
          . fix performance regression when Perl binary extension (XS) modules
            are not being used (e.g. with TEXINFO_XS=omit)
        * info
          . further fix of recoding of UTF-8 files to ASCII to avoid text
            disappearing from nodes
          . avoid possible freeze at start of a file with `-v nodeline=pointers'
      • GNUtexinfo @ Savannah: Texinfo 7.0.3 released

        We have released version 7.0.3 of Texinfo, the GNU documentation format. This is a minor bug-fix release.
        It’s available via a mirror (xz is much smaller than gz, but gz is available too just in case):
        Please send any comments to bug-texinfo@gnu.org.
        Full announcement:

      • GNUa2ps @ Savannah: a2ps 4.15.3 released [stable]
         GNU a2ps is an Any to PostScript filter.  Of course it processes plain
        text files, but also pretty prints quite a few popular languages.
        For more information, see https://www.gnu.org/software/a2ps/
        This release is a minor bug-fix release; no pressing need to update unless
        you’re affected by a bug it fixes (see the end of this message for details).
        Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature:
        b2ae4016b789a198c50a2f1dc0fefc11bda18ebe a2ps-4.15.3.tar.gz
        0A6B4OtNy/LUlj2J4d8rtm9x5m1ztBUsQ8+YOOaq98c a2ps-4.15.3.tar.gz
        The SHA256 checksum is base64 encoded, instead of the
        hexadecimal encoding that most checksum tools default to.
        gpg --verify a2ps-4.15.3.tar.gz.sig
        pub rsa2048 2013-12-11 [SC]
        2409 3F01 6FFE 8602 EF44 9BB8 4C8E F3DA 3FD3 7230
        uid Reuben Thomas <rrt@sc3d.org>
        uid keybase.io/rrt <rrt@keybase.io>
        gpg --locate-external-key rrt@sc3d.org
        gpg --recv-keys 4C8EF3DA3FD37230
        wget -q -O- 'https://savannah.gnu.org/project/release-gpgkeys.php?group=a2ps&download=1' | gpg --import -
        gpg --keyring gnu-keyring.gpg --verify a2ps-4.15.3.tar.gz.sig
        Gnulib v0.1-5892-g83006fa8c9
        * Noteworthy changes in release 4.15.3 (2023-03-26) [stable]
        * Bug fixes:
        - Fix fixps to use GhostScript’s ps2write device instead of defunct
        * Build:
        - Fix a problem building PDF version of manual.
    • Programming/Development

      • Geeks For GeeksHow to Implement OTP View in Android?

        An OTP View or PinView in android is a widget that allows users to enter their PIN, OTP, etc.

      • RlangLittle useless-useful R functions – Transforming dataframe to markdown table

        Writing markdown documents outside RStudio (using the usual set of packages) has benefits and struggles. Huge struggle is transforming dataframe results into markdown table, using hypens and pipes.

      • RlangReading Remote Data Files

        Sometimes data arrives as a series of individual files each of which is organized in the same way—which is to say, each of which has the same variables, features, or columns.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: littler 0.3.18 on CRAN: New and Updated Scripts

        The nineteenth release of littler as a
        CRAN package
        landed this morning, following in the now seventeen year history (!!) as
        a package started by Jeff in 2006, and joined
        by me a few weeks later.

        is the first command-line interface for R as it predates
        Rscript. It allows for piping as well for shebang
        scripting via #!, uses command-line arguments more
        consistently and still starts
        . It also always loaded the methods package which
        Rscript only began to do in recent years.

        lives on Linux and Unix, has its difficulties on macOS due to
        yet-another-braindeadedness there (who ever thought case-insensitive
        filesystems as a default were a good idea?) and simply does not exist on
        Windows (yet – the build system could be extended – see RInside for
        an existence proof, and volunteers are welcome!). See the FAQ
        on how to add it to your PATH. A few examples
        are highlighted at the Github repo, as well
        as in the examples

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Sunset! 2023-03-25 (Fairbanks, AK, USA)

        I felt bad that my wife is not usually able to come along on these sunset chasing adventures, since one of us has to stay with the kids, so I decided to bring the whole family along this evening. I could only think of a few decent parking spots with the right view for this, so I settled on Hot Springs Gas, a gas station a little east of Fairbanks, which has a decent view to the west, and also a bathroom and snacks for children. It almost goes without saying that trying to watch the sunset while trapped in a vehicle with three young children for 50 minutes is far from a tranquil experience.

      • Rain, rain, rain

        It rained most of Wednesday and Thursday, and all day yesterday and today. I’m
        wondering if it’s going to wash away all the cherry blossoms. The trees are out
        in full bloom now.

      • Do I need Windows

        Not the operating system, but the display concept. Do I actually need them?

        I’ve been thinking a bit about my computing setup, primarily, how I plan to reconfigure my desktop machine to move off of Manjaro. It has been “fine”, but I’ve found delays and fuck ups from their end, and some “choices” they’ve made to just not align with my personal computing preferences.

        // FWIW, I’m the type of gal that expects my computer to work the same every time I boot it. If you, computer, decide to update something that I didn’t explicitly authorize in the updater? See Ya!! And Ubuntu, and now Manjaro have broken that rule. Which is often why I stick to mainline distros like Debian, or Arch + a DE and not get “out of the box” type stuff, since that’s someone/group controlling the direction, and I’m perfectly capable of doing nothing thanks :)

      • What a nice day

        It was a really nice 22c/71f today; it was nice and sunny and HOT. I had to run
        to the store around lunch time and I was hot wearing a thin jacket. Kids on the
        street were in T-shirts and shorts. Too bad it’s going to rain the rest of the
        week :/

        Also at lunch was the news that Japan won the WBC (World Baseball Classic.) It
        was, of course, all over the TV on most of the channels. I checked the news
        back home but the only bit there was this story way down the page. It took a
        while to find it cnn.com, too.

    • Technical

      • Gave up TWTXT

        After some time of trying I have decided that TWTXT is not for me. In its current form it shares many negatives of other social networks while almost nothing to offer (for me). Unlike the Gopher, it’s useless on older computers (SSL is required for most people’s files).

        I don’t say I will not try it once more in future but at the moment I have no use for it.

      • systemd, a Retrospective

        Ah, systemd. More or less this was Linux under new management, same as the old management. For example, systemd on RedHat Enterprise 7 (2014) had a charming feature where, sometimes, it would fail to shutdown a host, and one would eventually stride to the server room and apply the Paperclip of +3 System Slaying. Such already unbent paperclips had been hung on the racks for exactly this purpose. RedHat 7 (2000) also had this feature. Folks with money might have remote management, or maybe a data centre tech would be wandering about Europe at 2 AM as one kept the Sev-1 line informed of their progress. Regardless, there was a manual reset because of a wedge at shutdown. Different clowns, same act.


        That systemd generated more than 20 log lines by default for each and every mailman cron job on RHEL7 was charming. What was the point of all that log spam? I forget how I squelched it; RedHat Linux is fairly maintenance heavy.


        The past tense means I haven’t really touched Linux in a while; there is an Alpine Linux virt under vmd(8) somewhere, gently unused. And a big-endian Debian MIPS qemu thing used even less to test that code does not assume little-endian. OpenBSD gets the complexity and maintenance needs just about right.

      • Monitor your remote host network quality using smokeping on OpenBSD

        If you need to more the network quality of a link, or the network availability of a remote host, I’d recommend you to take a look at Smokeping.

      • Emphasis vs Italics

        Same goes for strong and b.

        I like that it gives you a choice between _ and *, that they mean the same thing, and that you can mix and match them, and that double means stronger. That was a good design decision that was a lot easier to remember than the other markup formats I was using before. So solutions where “_ is cite and * is em” are no good, especially when they don’t fix things like Linnaean names.

        I suggest that Markdown installations that do allow fallthrough HTML should stick with em and strong as the default, since those are the most common cases and fallthrough HTML can handle the special cases, but Markdown installations on online forums that disable fallthrough HTML (i.e. where Markdown is used in lieu of bbcode or Wiki syntax), it should generate i and b instead of em and strong. It’s less wrong.

      • Announce: release of run-many=1.0.0

        I just uploaded first release of “run-many” tool that is standalone implementation of colored interleaved output like “docker-compose up” or “devenv up”.

      • Signal Corps Sergeant 1st Class

        I was just looking at an old photo of my great grandfather. He was in the 99th aero squad in WWI, which I think I’ve written about previously. Maybe not.

        In any case, I noticed that in this photo, he had handwritten the names and ranks of the people around him, who were all officers. But, none of them had sleeve insignia, except him. He didn’t bother writing his own name or rank, of course. Saving the memories for himself, I think.

      • Will I outlive NetBSD?

        I was recently reading a detailed account of Apple UNIX, a Macintosh-compatible UNIX operating system published by Apple for Macintosh computers with m68k CPUs. The account appeared to have been written in 2001, based on one screenshot of the author’s PC desktop. The account concludes by recommending that operators of m68k-based Macintosh computers who wish to run UNIX on their machines find an alternative to Apple UNIX for a number of reasons. They recommend NetBSD.

      • Fedora Deprecates Legacy BIOS Installs

        As of release 37, Fedora has deprecated legacy BIOS installs [0] -
        you can still boot and presumably upgrade an existing OS install
        over the network, but you can no longer install it fresh.

        I think the biggest issue with this decision for me is the lack of
        awareness around e-waste and re-purposing of old hardware that may
        have many years of useful life left. I know I am not alone in that
        I mostly buy refurbished or older computers. I keep them for years
        and maintain them or replace parts in them as needed, and only junk
        them when they are truly dead.

      • Trisquel 11 on a New Desktop

        I needed to replace my aging desktop, which is my daily driver for
        work, so last week I purchased a refurbished “business desktop” with
        four CPU cores, a large SSD and plenty of RAM (32GB), which is more
        computing power than I have ever had. My old desktop has half that
        amount of RAM with a SATA HDD, and was beginning to groan under the
        weight of all the web-based and other apps I’m forced to use while
        at work. Things like Google apps and Slack were noticeably sluggish.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • What happened to index.gmi?

          I am quite sure that Gemini server on tilde.pink user to serve directory index automatically, now I have to regenerate “index.gmi” manually. I understand that it makes server simpler which is good, but that broke by dist/ directory, which is bad. Did I miss an announcement?

        • Tinylog

          I had a feeling looking at my capsule that there should be a last time stamp for every section. Because without that reader must check every link if there was any change. So I implemented a script for that…

        • Gophersphere is (still!) volatile

          Gophersphere was crowded at the beginning of the 90s. And it was empty
          at the end of the same decade. We are aware that most of that content
          was lost. The only archive which is available is from 2007 and we are
          naming it The Wayback Machine. The same as that from Internet
          Archive. But Internet Archive which is operating The Wayback Machine
          for WWW has 802 billion web pages, not some small amount of final
          stage content of Gophersphere. Probably there isn’t any other backup
          of Gophersphere from the earlier years. And we can only weep for that.

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


The World Wide Web is a Cesspit of Misinformation. Let’s Do Something About It.

Posted in Deception, Site News at 9:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Social control media is a culmination of that and by far the worst, a principal culprit

Roy baby

Summary: It would be nice to make the Web a safer space for information and accuracy (actual facts) rather than a “Safe Space” for oversensitive companies and powerful people who cannot tolerate criticism; The Web needs to become more like today's Gemini, free of corporate influence and all other forms of covert nuisance

ABOUT four months ago I left my job at Sirius ‘Open Source’ (one of the first FSF sponsors) after nearly 12 years at the company. I will be publishing a lot more about how this company robbed its own staff, probably posting an update just once or twice per week. The company is under investigation at the moment; it’s also losing some very big clients.

“My plan is to devote a lot more time/energy to these Internet issues; they’re about as important as Software Freedom and are arguably a prerequisite.”I left my job when I was 40 and since then I’ve focused on many other things. I didn’t lack projects to work on and I finally had a lot more time in my hands. As noted here last night, one aspiration of ours is to curate what’s left of the World Wide Web algorithmically, seeing that a lot of today’s Web is spam or sponsored propaganda. Gemini does not have this issue (yet).

Another issue is censorship; Ryan just wrote about that, based on his own experience. My plan is to devote a lot more time/energy to these Internet issues; they’re about as important as Software Freedom and are arguably a prerequisite. The photo at the top is me by the way, I stumbled upon it last night when searching old photos because my sister gets married later today. She’s a Debian user and programmer, leading a small team despite being in her mid 20s. She is also my closest sibling.

Civil Liberties Threatened Online and Offline

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 7:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 388650e7d4e9f734a4572fd0265c3c95
Free Speech Online, Banking Digitally, and More
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: A “society of sheeple” (a term used by Richard Stallman last week in his speech) is being “herded” online and offline; the video covers examples both online and offline, the latter being absence of ATMs or lack of properly-functioning ATMs (a growing problem lately, at least where I live)

THE video above is an outline of topics we’ve been covering, dealing with, barely coping with (like struggling to get cash out of ATMs where I live), and may cover some time soon. One recurring theme will be “online” banking or banking with “apps”.

The video starts by discussing online censorship. Days ago a longtime contributor, Ryan Farmer, had his blog suspended for no sane reason! None at all! If one tries to access anything on his blog it says “baronhk.wordpress.com is no longer available. The authors have deleted this site.”

This deletion was actually a protest after he had been unjustly suspended, having published this article (OMG! Someone call the cops! The headline had the string “porn” in it!).

There will be a lot more details in IRC scrollbacks, including today’s (to be publish shortly). As an associate noted on the day of the suspension, “hugo or jekyll or pelican would be a better choice than wordpress.com” (where the ban/suspension happened; we’re in discussion with them about restoring the blog).

“The video starts by discussing online censorship.”Free speech online is threatened. Self-hosting is one way to curb this trend. We’ve spoken strongly in favour of self-hosting for several years already, cautioning about the inflation of censorship in the COVID-19 era. Yes, it predates COVID-19, but it has been getting a lot worse in recent years.

After discussing Ryan’s situation I pivot to a completely different topic, namely ATMs (or “cash machines” as we call them here). Our ATM journeys are over for now because machines that dispense cash have become less dependable. We’ve surveyed quite a few machines over the past fortnight. Got cash? One nearby shop let an ATM run out of it (it already had a chance to restock when it cautioned it had run low) and there are a lot fewer bank branches/offices in the city, so contingencies are very limited and overcrowded, maybe by intention. They try to herd all the “clients” into their “apps” and “sites”. The video above speaks of some recent experiences of mine. It focuses on NatWest, but I tried in 3 different banks. They’re all acting similarly. They used to offer actual services, but they are “consolidating” though (fewer staff, fewer services, fewer places you can go). In the case of NatWest, they have just 2 branches left in the centre of town. There used to be a lot more.

In some places it’s even worse; some banks “have only a single office with highly restricted visiting hours,” somebody recently told me. Speaking of this from a surveillance/tracking perspective, there’s much to be said about the “war on cash” and what happens when clients cannot withdraw physical money. More people need to protest this “war on cash”; one person mentioning the problem is better than zero people naming the problem, e.g. cashless ATMs (literally no cash in them, one can just do an account’s balance check!).

“A society that cannot pay anonymously is a society that’s easier to censor, surveil, and abuse in all sorts of other ways.”These things won’t be improving. We’re heading down a dark path.

“Once people accept that there is no cash in the ATMs they will get removed because few will complain at that point,” one person told me. “That’s an other problem which Microsoft has provided: getting people to accept abuse without complaining and a general learned helplessness about the situation. Worse, many people have become Microsoft sympathisers due to disinformation and just plain “magical thinking” about the situation. [...] there is a lot of disinformation out there combined with wishful, unrealistic thinking and denial of empirical facts. Then there is the learned helplessness which is even more harmful. Microsoft [leads to] incompetence. Their sales pitch is that it is so simple that trained monkeys can run it, but then when it inevitably fails to work as advertised, whine that it is too hard and that they lack the knowledge and skill to make it work. In truth those products only have to look good enough to make the sale to the manager with purchasing authority. After that, it is the fault of the “IT” dept for not making it work, even though it doesn’t have the possibility to work. Managers love Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange because the latter loses mail left right and center, giving them plausible deniability for their claims that the mail was lost when they neglect a task. [...] hey love Microsoft Exchange because then people have to give them the benefit of the doubt about the mail having been lost whenever they use that excuse.”

Either way, back to ATMs, we need to encourage people to still use them and still pay with cash. Otherwise, we’re going to lose them. A society that cannot pay anonymously is a society that’s easier to censor, surveil, and abuse in all sorts of other ways.

Techrights Develops Free Software to Separate the Wheat From the Chaff

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Site News at 12:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: In order to separate the wheat from the chaff we’ve been working on simple, modular tools that process news and help curate the Web, basically removing the noise to squeeze out the signal

THE concept behind Free Software emanates from many programmers’ desire to not only produce useful software but also to share this usefulness with many other people, either in exchange for recognition or further improvements to that software.

Lately we’ve developed a number of programs (Free Software of course, GPLV3-licensed) that help produce/curate Daily Links. Some time later this month or next month we’ll properly explain what they are and how they work. Other people too deserve access to the toolsets.

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