11.20.21

Tor Browser Launcher on Debian is Broken and SPLC Censorship Regime Hates Tor and FOSS, Boosts Bill Gates

Posted in Bill Gates, Debian, Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 9:22 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

TThe Tor Browser Launcher is pretty neat.

It downloads the Tor Browser, verifies that it’s properly signed, so you don’t get a fake one planted on your computer, which is a possibility if you went to the wrong Web site or were the victim of a MITM attack, somehow, and then puts launchers and a settings application in your menus.

However, Debian’s package doesn’t work properly on my computer, and when I open it, an invisible window the size of the browser that can’t be closed except from the task manager, or pkill, opens up.

Well, that’s not helpful.

Fortunately, it’s available as a Flatpak too, and that works!

If all else failed, it’s downloadable from the Tor Project directly.

You can verify the bundle’s archive with the .asc key that they provide and then unpack it and then start it with ./start-tor-browser of course, but meh.

I’m lazy.

Moving right along… The Southern Poverty Law Center is probably why you can’t access the Tor Browser’s Web site.

They apparently advise libraries and schools to filter it out as “terrorist”, according to multiple sources I’ve spoken with.

God, these people….

Anyhow… If you already have the Tor Browser on your computer before you get on their WiFi, they can’t do much about that. And after you’re on, you can just use Tor…

Oddly, the library where I live lets Tor function normally even though their firewall blocks the site. I won’t tell here which library because I don’t want to give these jackbooted library thugs(?) any ideas about how to screw around with me if they’re not smart enough to do that already and happen to find this post in Google or something.

The Supreme Court ruled on the issue of Free Speech that you have to be allowed access to the Internet without the firewall in effect, _if you specifically ask for it_.

(Oddly, in Chicago, the city itself, the library doesn’t even block porn. If people are watching it and you complain, they will help you move to another computer, but they won’t stop that other person unless they start playing with themselves or something. Life in a big liberal city is just disgusting everywhere you go. Disgusting, expensive, cramped, polluted, riots breaking out unpredictably. Did I mention expensive? Glad I’m not there anymore.)

However, Tor Browser has another mode, which is intended mostly to deal with situations like the Great Firewall of China, which essentially makes it look like you’re connecting to a Web site in the Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services “cloud”. Obviously, that has privacy issues of its own, but it can’t easily be blocked without a lot of collateral damage.

So hey, there’s something positive that came out of centralizing the Web into the hands of a couple of monopolists? That being said, I’d be careful to use this to evade censorship at the library, but be on guard because your traffic is being tunneled through companies that have affiliations with the intelligence agencies in the United States.

One easy thing you can try if you run into censors and use Brave is to just load a Private Tab with Tor and see if it’s good enough.

If you don’t need a lot of privacy and just need to obfuscate what you’re doing, you can leave it at this and just use a normal browser.

And if none of this works, you can try NordVPN’s obfuscated VPN servers or their browser plug-in, which is basically a proxy that looks like HTTPS instead of a VPN.

So there’s things you can do to avoid government spying at the library and your school and break through even the most pernicious censorship regime, unless they want to do extreme damage to their WiFi network’s usability.

It’s ridiculous that network administrators at a library are stifling free speech based on the SPLC, but suddenly the SPLC’s “naughty software list” makes much more sense.

It turns out that this software gives you most of the tools to bypass authoritarian censors (including those at a public library who try block selected Wikipedia articles so that you can’t read them, on their Windows PC terminals, which tells you that nothing you connect to over HTTPS there is actually secure even if there is no malware other than Windows) such as themselves and read and view whatever you want, and talk to whoever you want, on the Web.

Ironically, they give these tools free advertising by drawing attention to them.

There’s some on there that I don’t even use, even though I knew about them, because they’re proprietary. I don’t think they even mentioned Tox clients though. Those are pretty good if you need anonymous messaging.

Politicians that want to ban your privacy, such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, use Signal (proprietary), which is also on the list. I guess Borisinaro is a terrorist and needs to be moved to UltraMax immediately and fitted for a Hannibal Lecter mask. Tried and convicted by “The Southern Poverty Law Center said so.”.

Where does SPLC get their money, btw? There’s a lot of Hollywood Liberals and GAFAM money in there, but enough of it is in a web of slush funds that make it hard to figure out entirely.

They may well have started out with good intentions. I’m certainly not going to argue that fighting the actual Klan is bad (Because “I hate Illinois Nazis” as much as anyone.), but like most things liberal, they have to paint everything that’s not them as the Klan, including just normal every day decent folks who are trying to raise their kids with some morality and respect for others and for, well, what’s left of the law.

It is perhaps ironic that a lot of kids couldn’t use proprietary GAFAM software if they wanted to because it’s being blocked due to SPLC’s recommendations, and so Matrix is growing.

One told me one one chatroom that their school’s Great Firewall doesn’t know what all of the domains are on which you can use Matrix.

Oddly, Matrix has a lot of kids on it because the grown ups at the school blocked “Skype” and “Facebook” and that ought to be enough, right? It’s not like there is anything other than GAFAM.

An entire generation free of Monopolysoft?

No wonder Skype is dead.

The lying bastards at the SPLC also have to lie through their teeth and accuse platforms that are not GAFAM of being pedophile strongholds.

Just a few short years ago, Microsoft Bing was the preferred place for pedophiles to go.

In at least one case I recall reading about, the police in Texas arrested a man and asked where he got it all, and he said BING. It didn’t do anything at all to filter it. Bill Gates was on the plane with Epstein a lot, trying to buy himself a Nobel Prize. And there was Rick Allen Jones, a CP-hoarder that was literally arrested in the Gates Mansion.

Where’s the warning about Microsoft and Gates?

I don’t recall there ever being one, even though it was more than a little disturbing that the biggest platform for online child sexual abuse material was the default Windows search engine and the default Windows Web browser. For years. And the police did nothing.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Gates Foundation is funding SPLC like they do to corrupt everything else.

Why else would they praise him as anything but some shyster who made good with a crap operating systems (like DOS, which was another incident, but mostly screwing Digital and IBM) called Windows NT which was actually, literally stolen from VMS (which Microsoft settled with Digital about, then betrayed shortly thereafter like they do anyone stupid enough to sign a business deal with them), while attacking his critics and lumping them all in with Alex Jones? It’s not even the first time.

Common Core is nothing more than an attack on public education by billionaires who should be in prison. One of the other promoters is Mark Zuckerberg.

Many, many parents are appalled at the dumbing down of their kids, and parents with a choice take their kids out of failing schools like the ones in Chicago which are a toxic hell stew of political correctness, gangs, drugs, guns, and fat cat public union bosses growing a big fat pension.

They demand school choice vouchers, which is the entire point, because then big business can just run those directly if you want your kids to have any hope at all.

A Chinese dissident who was hailed as a hero in Western media is now being given the silent treatment.

His mistake? Saying out loud that the US is starting to remind him of China (due to authoritarian wokeism), where if you say the wrong thing…..

Well, you don’t just get killed or disappeared….as such. Just professionally ruined.

Perhaps a better example is the concept of “dedma”, a word that Filipino people may be more familiar with, where society will “shun you” and ignore you if it becomes aware you have the wrong views.

Without going too far astray, the wrong opinions to have in America today read like something from bizarro world. If you just say criminals belong in prison and people should be entitled to keep what they earn and the government shouldn’t be throwing thousand dollar bills at people to keep the least productive the most reproductive and pretend it’s all okay for a couple more years until “Build Back Better” causes our country to collapse, and you’re in favor of the entire bill of rights, including the Second Amendment… That’s what happens to you.

They’ve gotten so good at disappearing us using GAFAM, disappearing people who are still in our right minds, that we have to stake out a new frontier and break our old habits and let companies like Facebook turn completely into an echo chamber full of crazy people with distorted thought patterns and advertising bullshit.

I’ve already started my divorce from GAFAM. I’m not replacing my Android phone when it fails, with another Android. I’ll be getting one that runs GNU/Linux.

I don’t care about “apps”. They’re dumb. They’re put there to control people and spy on them by companies who ruined the Web and yet still think its users have too much freedom.

Those companies, including Apple (which fundraises for SPLC), can pay off SPLC through slush funds and proxies to help their assault on your alternatives.

Did you know that there are 7 tracking libraries now in the text messaging app on a Samsung Galaxy phone. One of them even contacts Facebook. Even if you don’t use Facebook! That’s in addition to the Facebook stub apps and the Facebook system service whose only purpose is to wake up and tell Facebook which apps you’re signing into so their tracking libraries can associate them with you, even if “Facebook” isn’t on your phone.

Tracker Control neuters them and I pried out the stubs and disabled the “service”. But this has to be a stop gap solution.

The madness will not end until we shut them down and refuse to use their stinking products.

Oddly enough, Facebook was on SPLC’s list of platforms of concern, but I think it’s mostly to call for more censorship than there already is.

11.19.21

Techrights is for Whistleblowers and Suppressed Information Which Other Sites Refuse (or Are Afraid/Shy) to Publish

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Site News at 11:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7aa038459e0ccd86155b67511e793914

Summary: We strive to publish material that other sites cannot or would not; our focus is software patents and Free software, but we’re open to anything else in the realms of tech, rights, and law

AT the start of this year we published Intel leaks, some EPO leaks (on the very first day of the year) and right now we do a series about GitHub leaks, refuting revisionism by the mainstream media (parroting Microsoft instead of actually investigating the facts).

What’s particularly interesting about these GitHub leaks is that some mainstream sites turned down the source, for reasons we’ll show in the coming months (we shall also name the culprits). The Web needs a place that’s willing to protect sources and publish what they have to say, even in the face of incredible pressure, including threats. Having successfully published 32,000 blog posts (and retracted not a single one in 15 years; also, no source was compromised) we’re probably well equipped to do more of the same. We’ve made ourselves relatively robust to censorship or takedown requests (related to pressure from hosters, including ‘Clown Computing’ providers).

As people can see in our IRC channels, we shun ClownFlare and aren’t interested in CDNs. They come at a (hidden) cost. In the video above I meant to refer to a company that’s not actually Singaporean but also operates in Singapore (notorious for oppressive Internet censorship). Well, the company I wanted to allude to is Imperva, which is connected to Incapsula and is generally “dodgy” for a number of reasons (many so-called ‘security’ companies are connected to states).

If you have something to send us discreetly, we do have encrypted means of communications, albeit some aren’t publicly advertised (it’s not just PGP, we can do voice as well). Get in touch with us. IRC is typically a good start (direct message or public).

11.18.21

Why We’ve Been Writing More About Software Freedom Lately

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 9:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 3591ba4caf41a7adc93b3cebb10d87d2

Summary: At this moment in time we prepare more parts of ongoing series about the EPO and GitHub (awaiting more feedback and fact-checking of Microsoft affairs); this means we have more of an opportunity to improve the site/capsule and write about Software Freedom

WITH Vista 11 failing at adoption (hence Microsoft keeps quiet about metrics; one needs to turn elsewhere for statistics) and Microsoft boosters openly complaining about bugs and about user-hostile behaviour we’re already staring at a dying operating system or languishing old monopoly, taken not exactly by surprise as many people shift to newer form factors. They just don’t use computers the way they used to…

“…quite a few people are also quite aware of what is happening and threatening to leave for GNU/Linux or actually leaving…”
      –psydruid
“I am quite sure that the main reason for the existence of Vista11 is to push TPM chips into all consumer notebooks and desktops,” an associate noted this morning. “That will then get daisychained to UEFI in Vista12.”

As psydruid put it, “quite a few people are also quite aware of what is happening and threatening to leave for GNU/Linux or actually leaving…” (see links above)

Well, UEFI ‘secure’ boot will give them a harder time; that was the whole point of it.

“At the moment we prepare a bunch of improvements for Gemini.”Moreover, Microsoft is nowadays shamelessly manipulating Windows users and “that was also apparent in the post on Thurrott’s site,” psydruid noted. “Microsoft (and Intel) are going to be experiencing a death by a thousand cuts. Microsoft isn’t going to survive the transition to ARM and RISC-V and the little market share it will still have is going to be eroded the same way it is on x86 [...] it’s just another branch of the battle to bring games to Linux + OpenGL/Vulkan but gaming is often the only reason why people still run Vista at home…”

At the moment the EPO is exceptionally quiet, as I note in the video above, but we have a lot more coming (The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion and Microsoft GitHub Exposé, where we’ve only scratched the surface thus far).

At the moment we prepare a bunch of improvements for Gemini. It helps ensure that Techrights does not depend on the Web more than it needs to.

The EPO’s site remains a source of lies and paranoia. The management at EPOnia is afraid of the media actually investigating things instead of parroting press releases.

RTL Nieuws programme

11.17.21

Bruce Schneier: Microsoft Edge is Apparently a Password Stealer Too, Even on GNU/Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security at 1:43 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Bruce Schneier: Microsoft Edge is apparently a password stealer too, even on GNU/Linux.

According to people who have contacted Bruce Schneier, Microsoft Edge is a password stealer on top of all of the other nasty things it does (It’s as private as a dodgy browser from a Russian search engine, as I discussed yesterday.).

Mr. Schneier added that Microsoft Edge encourages the user to also add their passports and other sensitive documents and trust the company with all of the major security breaches in personal and “cloud” computing with those too.

Check Your Inputs (Including Microphone) to Avoid Disaster

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 3:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f0c1543d7b0c93f548668e77ec4e07dc

Summary: It’s far too easy to lose audio data when it is not visible (while recording it), so we’ve embraced glfer

YESTERDAY was the first time in a very long time (maybe half a year) that we lost work or lacked some sound in a recording. The protocols were meant to be robust, but if during a recording something happens to the sound it is hard to see it (visually). We we’ve decided to embrace or to move to adopt signal (such as microphone) visualisation software (spectrogram). It’s widely used in some studios which record extensively not for posing but for purely practical purposes. A lot of mistakes and accidents can be prevented this way.

Hopefully yesterday was the very last time such an incident happened. In the video above I show the software as it appears on my desktop (Debian 10 with KDE).

11.16.21

EdgeDeflectorGate is Turning Into a Major Scandal for Microsoft

Posted in Antitrust, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:29 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Although Microsoft is now directly responding to this, as are their paid mouthpieces, it is clear now the scope of the EdgeDeflector PR disaster.

Here’s two such paid trolls defending Edge while at the same time claiming they’re not happy.

Microsoft Calls Firefox’s Browser Workaround “Improper,” Will Block It

I like Edge — too bad Microsoft is being a jerk about it

I don’t know what’s to like. Edge is basically just Chrome with Google’s spyware scooped out and Microsoft’s spyware put in.

On GNU/Linux it is even more absurd. We didn’t stop using Windows so we could start using the browser that Windows users don’t open unless it’s with one of these damned accidental clicks that’s all over Windows “11”.

Windows “11” is the most malicious OS Microsoft has ever released, just like every new version is.

Their official statement on breaking EdgeDeflector is basically that it’s their operating system, and if you don’t like it, up yours.

With Windows “11” barely a month old and not even registering in stat counters yet, over 500,000 people had already downloaded EdgeDeflector, according to Daniel Aleksandersen, the author of the program.

Given numbers like these, it’s obvious why Microsoft is being a bag of dicks and heading it off at the pass. This would have been where Edge stalled out and bled to death. Millions would have used EdgeDeflector because it’s easier to stuff a cork in it if Microsoft leaves this “issue” unaddressed than it is to make Windows take its medicine and put a real OS on the PC, like GNU/Linux. Edge only has 4% of users now, even with all of these ports.

EdgeDeflector users are a lot of people compared to the paltry number of Windows “11” victims so far. Some get conned into ‘free bait’ downgrade offers, some wake up and it found its way onto their computer, and OEMs will ship computers with it and not offer a choice at some point…..this is the only way new Windows versions gain any serious traction…Everyone knows they’re worse than the thing they already have and puts them off as long as possible.

In fact, there’s a perverse incentive to stay on an unsupported release of Windows. Microsoft will stop bricking it every month with crap updates they test on you.

Microsoft is minimizing (the number of users who think Edge is a dodgy spying piece of junk), denying, and blaming others. Which are the hallmarks of an abuser, as any victim of domestic violence will know if they’ve gone to a therapist about it.

“Microsoft isn’t a good steward of the Windows operating system. They’re prioritizing ads, bundleware, and service subscriptions over their users’ productivity,” developer Daniel Aleksandersen added in his blog.

For what it’s worth, the Free Software Foundation sent Microsoft a hard drive asking them to open source Windows 7 so that the community could correct it and maintain it. No reply. 😉 It read like a WTF moment, but they were being flippant, pointing out that Microsoft will never share Windows as open source, so the only wise move is to leave it.

Alexsanderson continue to pontificate, as if this were news to anyone who had driven a PC lately…..

“Microsoft still charges 200 USD for a Windows license while simultaneously filling the operating system with ads and crapware. Weeks before launch, Windows 11 wouldn’t even show the taskbar when it failed to display an advertisement dialog. Just last week, first-party apps and features of Windows 11 stopped working due to an expired encryption certificate.

For users, the best action is to complain to their local antitrust regulator or switch to Linux. Your Web browser is probably the most important — if not the only — app you regularly use. Microsoft has made it clear that its priorities for Windows don’t align with its users’.”

In the US, the antitrust regulators are going after Google, and to some extent Apple, and inexplicably (at least on the surface) leaving Microsoft alone.

While these other companies certainly have issues, neither of them are as nasty as Windows. Microsoft managed to water down the aftermath of US v. Microsoft so much that the consent decree eventually expired, and they said they’d behave.

This is much like the southern US states suing to overturn the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The law required them to get “pre-clearance” from the Department of Justice before enacting new election restrictions.

They went to the courts and said things had changed since 1965 and they would behave now, and then as soon as the law got struck down, they enacted hundreds of new voting restrictions, aimed largely at minorities and the poor, and criminalized black churches gathering votes from their congregants.

It’s simply revolting that all a bad actor has to do is promise to behave and then whether they’re a convicted criminal monopolist or want to bring back the Jim Crow south, they’re off the hook.

The court systems at the federal level are completely broken, obviously, and with so many Trump holdovers that he packed them with, I really doubt anything will happen to Microsoft there, so States need to take the initiative in enforcing their own laws, and citizens of the several States need to petition their State government to do so.

In 2016, I filed an antitrust and consumer fraud complaint against Lenovo in the State of Illinois, and if anyone wants the emails, I’ll release the damned emails. Nothing else I did got their attention. I posted about them locking GNU/Linux out of the Yoga 900-ISK2 series on Reddit /r/linux (full of Microsoft shills) and was banned and called deceptive, I went to the “tech news” naively, and was dismissed by Microsoft propagandists at ZDNet and elsewhere, which are even more a shitposting outfit now than they were then.

When they did post anything at all before I went to the Attorney General, it was some sort of PR blurb about how Lenovo designed the “360 degree hinge” for Windows 10 and “Linux couldn’t possibly work” with, you know, a hinge. Only, it did. As soon as you flipped it over into tablet mode, GNOME activated the virtual keyboard, screen orientation worked, the touchscreen worked, the physical keyboard was disabled until you put it in laptop mode again.

Actually, Windows 10’s on screen keyboard was a complete nightmare. If I tried using it in Firefox, nothing happened at all. It only worked in Edge (Legacy). Dirty tricks even then!

Nothing worked, until I complained in 16 pages of detail, to Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Attorney General, and THEN Lenovo quickly offered a BIOS repair for the affected models and not to do that again.

That laptop is blacklisted from running Windows “11”. It runs Kubuntu 20.10 fine.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had to take action against a company for things like this. There was also GPL compliance problems at Samsung. I sent them a letter and they refused to comply, and I got the SFLC after them regarding their infringements against BusyBox, and a source code tarball for my Blu Ray player appeared very soon after that.

Back to Edge…. We need a “Don’t use Edge!” campaign. We really do. If people refuse it and boycott it and even change operating systems over it, it will die.

If people really want a Chromium browser, recommend Brave to them instead.

On a strictly technical level, it’s hard to be much more terrible than Microsoft Internet Exploder. The reason “Edge” seems to crash less and get better security fixes is that Microsoft just brings all of those in from Chromium without doing much of anything. To the extent it’s better, it’s because they’ve gotten out of their own way there.

But with all of that spyware in there, and this “shove it in your face” attitude, it’s like, why do it?

Brave has all of the same important rendering engine features, it’s more secure, it’s the most private major browser out there. The same 2020 study found that Microsoft Edge and Yandex (a Russian search engine) were tied for the worst browsers.

We need to gravitate towards Free and Open Source Software, which doesn’t need your private information and doesn’t want it. We need to encourage these programs for others too.

Right now, the only browsers I’m recommending by name to people who ask are Brave, GNOME Web, and LibreWolf. The rest of them deserve each other.

Mozilla in 2021 is so pathetic that they removed support for setting your Windows “11” default browser in one click from the installer you could download from their Web site, and then said it’s because they wanted it to be just as crippled as the Windows Store version. (Mozilla’s blog has also gone straight to hell. They keep talking about things like magic fairy dust called “AI”, which doesn’t exist. They also clearly won’t be around when it does. It’s buzzword bullshit bingo at this point.)

Windows Store is a joke. Most of the apps are fake or are hobbled in some way. Everyone should avoid it.

With GNU/Linux we have real applications, secure applications, from sources like Debian’s Apt repositories, and FlatHub. No fakes in here.

I developed a hobby of collecting Web browsers when I was a child, and switching back and forth, and I still do that quite a bit, on Debian GNU/Linux now.

People would ask me why I tore apart Windows 98 (with a program called “Revenge of Mozilla” by Bruce Jensen, based on a demonstration tool written by Professor Ed Felten to demonstrate Microsoft’s lying to the court) and gutted it of Internet Exploder, the Trident engine, Outlook, and dozens of other things, and put in the FAT32-aware Windows 95 OSR 2.1 shell.

“I like browsers. I just don’t like theirs. Plus, my operating system doesn’t crash anymore now that it’s not causing the shell to leak out until there’s a Blue Screen of Death.”.

-Me (circa 1998)

Bill Gates testified in court that my operating system was broken.

I found that it ran what I wanted it to just fine.

Far from going deep, deep into the plumbing of the OS, an INF file could run through things in 2-3 minutes, unregistering COM objects, deleting files, cleaning registry keys, asking for the Windows 95 Shell, and you reboot and you’re running this greatly improved OS that’s much faster in less memory.

Microsoft added gratuitous dependencies on IE into programs that never needed it before, and created bloat and security hazards in things like Office 97, just to push Windows 95 users into giving up and embracing the horrors, so I switched to Star Office. I bought it at Staples the same day I bought MandrakeLinux.

What does go deep deep into the bowels of Microsoft is the sleazy, disreputable, lying scumbags.

“Creepy Uncle Bill” handpicked his successors and many of them are still there. Who do you think a guy who cheated on his wife every day with a different woman and flew around with Jeff Epstein trying to buy a Nobel Prize is going to pick to replace him?

How much could they have changed? Obviously not much.

Bonus: Here’s a tour of Windows 98 without Internet Explorer and with a Windows 95 shell patched to say Windows 98. Nathan Lineback at ToastyTech used a similar program called 98Lite, which was not freeware. I used RoM because it was freeware and I was a broke kid.

Microphone Visualisation/Spectrograms for GNU/Linux (Real-Time Status for Audio Input)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 5:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

noisetorch and glfer

Summary: When you are recording something and cannot be entirely sure that input from the microphone is indeed being registered/saved it can be helpful to use a spectrogram; today’s data loss was a motivator for exploring what’s out there for GNU/Linux users

Earlier today I recorded a video, which about third-way from the start simply stopped getting any sound (only video/screen persisted). I did not even notice this until half a day after the upload (someone reported it to me) because I don’t double-check whole videos, I only do a sanity check on the edges (start and finish). I had 3 video files left from this whole process and they seem to indicate the error had nothing to do with conversions/transcoding. It happened at the time of recording.

This didn’t upset me as much as previous incidents of this kind, probably because that was just 13 minutes in total (lost audio). Prior to that I lost the sound of very long videos (about an hour long). It happened several in the past, so I became more pedantic about testing stuff before recording. It’s just really frustrating trying to redo or recreate things from memory, not to mention that this whole experience can be a bit boring.

“It happened several in the past, so I became more pedantic about testing stuff before recording.”Spectrograms, which are not to be mistaken for spectrometers (confusing terminology that may deceive people outside those professional fields), can be implemented easily in software and as it turns out many implementations already existed a decade ago. Many are freely available also for GNU/Linux. Many studios like the platform.

They say the best way to improve is by learning from past mistakes and prevention of disaster is better than trying to mitigate (typically an impossibility in this context). I’ve tried alsa tools, hoping to find something handy (command line software) to no avail and later on I found a couple of different programs which are Free software. One did not work (friture, latest build), whereas the other one did (glfer). Picking up its input from noisetorch, it helps display the microphone’s input in waves or heat maps. It still assumes one uses older sound systems, so for pulseaudio a compatibility redirection is needed: padsp glfer

glfer is in the Debian repositories and also in Ubuntu’s. Maybe it’ll turn out to be a waste of time and CPU; but if there’s a chance it can prevent disaster or salvage lost work (the latter is unlikely), then it’s probably worth a try. I’ll have a go at it. I’m trying to record videos every day (Daily Links and general articles take up a lot of time too), so anything that can make the process smoother will be added to the workflow/pipeline. Much of this is automated or semi-automated already. Extra sanity checks cannot hurt.

11.15.21

Guest Article: Michael Larabel at Phoronix is Getting Desperate With the Daily Spam

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 7:55 am by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Summary: Today, Ryan takes a look at Phoronix benchmarks that served to embolden many Microsoft-connected sites which proudly herald Vista 11 is a lot better/faster than “Linux” (we saw many such articles, citing Phoronix); the problem is, Phoronix is comparing apples to oranges (or crude code/misconfigured kernel to a final release), as people already point out in the comments, so this is misleading to say the least and it is part of a pattern which worries us

Phoronix has been a joyless cash grab for a while, but is getting worse.

Not only has Michael Larabel been posting many articles about Windows or Microsoft which aren’t GNU/Linux-related in the slightest and are not of interest to people who want genuine news, but now he resorts to just plain old shitposting.

Moments ago, he declared that Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs have a major performance issue on Linux 5.16.

What’s the problem? There is no Linux 5.16!

Linux 5.15 was released today, and in the article he mentions he tested 5.16-rc1, which no distribution is pushing to their users, and few people other than kernel developers would ever try to compile and run.

In the headline, which I won’t link to, he doesn’t mention that it’s an rc (release candidate) kernel at all. He makes it sound like the sky is falling in on a stable kernel that someone is using in production.

It’s not uncommon, or anything to be alarmed about, that a kernel at this very early stage, might have a bug like this. There’s usually 6-8 release candidates before a stable kernel series goes out, and a week or so passes between them.

Look, I hate Intel as much as anyone, but AMD got caught up in this as well, and it will be fixed before you ever see the 5.16 kernel.

In #techrights we’re starting to call him MicroLarabel because of all of the Microsoft posts.

He has no credibility anymore.

Years ago, I used to read Phoronix because it was always mildly interesting, but now I barely skim over it. This is one example of why.

Another is the Microsoft shitposting.

Another, is if you go in without an ad blocker for whatever reason, you’ll have about 1×1 of screen left and won’t be able to read it anyway.

We live in a world where the US CDC has to warn people not to put condoms in a dishwasher, so even though it goes without saying, don’t put too much faith in Phoronix.

Some people, in the comments, act like this guy is contributing to Linux with his self-serving articles that are just vehicles for ads and Microsoft puff pieces.

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