Links 26/1/2022: Gamebuntu 1.0, PiGear Nano, and Much More

Posted in News Roundup at 8:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

    • Kernel Space

    • Benchmarks

      • Intel Celeron G6900 Benchmarks – Performance Of Intel’s $40~60 Alder Lake Processor Review

        At the top-end of Intel’s current Alder Lake line-up is the Core i9 12900K while at the opposite end is the Celeron G6900… The Celeron G6900 is a dual-core Alder Lake processor with a suggested customer price of $42~52 USD (though for the limited quantities available, I ended up paying $69). Curiosity got the best of me for seeing how well this lowest-end Alder Lake part performs under Ubuntu Linux.

        The Celeron G6900 launched this month along the likes of the Core i5 12400 for the expanded Alder Lake S line-up announced at CES. The Celeron G6900 is powered by two “Golden Cove” Performance cores but with Hyper Threading disabled, so it’s just a two core/thread processor and without any energy efficient Gracemont cores. The Celeron G6900 run at a 3.4GHz base frequency without any turbo capabilities. The Celeron G6900 has a 2.5MB L2 cache and 4MB smart cache. On the plus side, at least even ~$50 Celeron processors these days offer AVX2 support.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Install Brave Browser on elementary OS 6.0/6.1 – LinuxCapable

        Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. Brave is a privacy-focused internet browser that sets itself apart from other browsers by automatically blocking online advertisements and website trackers in its default settings.

        Brave claimed that its browser puts less strain on your computer’s performance than Google Chrome. Even with multiple tabs open at once, Brave uses less memory than Google Chrome, up to 66% less. Brave’s recent 2021-recap talked about how they passed 50 Million active users and grew 2x its previous size for a fifth year in a row which shows how popular the browser has become.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Brave Browser on elementary OS 6.

      • Using Ansible to install and configure docker In Rocky Linux 8/Alma Linux 8

        Docker is an open source containerization platform. It enables developers to package applications into containers—standardized executable components combining application source code with the operating system (OS) libraries and dependencies required to run that code in any environment.

        In this guide we will learn how to install docker using ansible on a Rocky Linux 8 instance.

      • Enable or Disable Automatic Login in Debian 11 Bullseye – Linux Shout

        To secure our system we generally use password to login in to a Linux and other OS. However, if you are the only person who has access to your Linux system such as Debian 11 Bullseye then you can enable the autologin feature and here we will know how?

        Systems that are in offices or in insure location need to secure with a login “password”. That a user has to enter every time he or she want to access the files and other data residing in it. Well, this happens everytime when we start our computer or logout. It is actually a good thing but if you only work with the computer alone anyway, the repeated password entry is quite annoying. If you want to boot straight through to the desktop, you can log in automatically and switch off the password prompt when the system starts. Here we will show you how to do that in Debian based systems.

      • How to make Raspberry Pi a web server

        A web server is a computer which provides its service to other users that can be on your network or outside your network. A web server has the capability to run different software and it can easily store HTML docs, videos, images and other files that can be accessed from anywhere.

        If you are really passionate about creating a web server but you are finding difficulty in creating it then look for the steps in this article, which will help you in making your Raspberry Pi a web server.

      • Install NVIDIA 510 Drivers on Fedora 35 – LinuxCapable

        Most modern Linux Desktop systems such as Fedora come with an NVIDIA driver pre-installed in the Nouveau open-source graphics device driver for NVIDIA video cards. For the most part, this is acceptable; however, if you are using your Linux system for graphical design or gaming, you may get better drivers.

        Historically, the Nouveau drivers are slower than Nvidia’s proprietary drivers, lacking the newest features, software technology, and support for the latest graphics card hardware.

        Currently, NVIDIA 510 Drivers are available to install, which bring many new features improvements to the very latest and existing supported graphic cards with better Linux Kernel support, ReBAR indicator, GBM API support, and much more.

      • Install NVIDIA 510 Drivers on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Most modern Linux Desktop systems such as Debian come with an Nvidia driver pre-installed in the Nouveau open-source graphics device driver for Nvidia video cards. For the most part, this is acceptable; however, if you are using your Linux system for graphical design or gaming, you may get better drivers.

        Historically, the Nouveau drivers are slower than Nvidia’s proprietary drivers, lacking the newest features, software technology, and support for the latest graphics card hardware.

        Currently, NVIDIA 510 Drivers are available to install, which bring many new features improvements to the very latest and existing supported graphic cards with better Linux Kernel support, ReBAR indicator, GBM API support, and much more.

    • Games

      • The legendary classic Supaplex series comes to Linux on Steam | GamingOnLinux

        Supaplex, a game originally released back in 1991 now has multiple modern versions available on Steam and it seems the developers have now added Linux support years later.

        Originally created as an extended clone of Boulder Dash, Supaplex is known for its difficulty. By modern standards, there’s probably far more exciting puzzle games to look for but as a good bit of nostalgia it seems to do the job just right.

      • The Blackwell Bundle brings all the adventures back to Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Point and click adventure fans will be happy as the complete The Blackwell Bundle is now supported on Linux.

        Wadjet Eye Games went back and upgraded all entries in the series to either upgrade the existing version and fix Linux issues, re-add Linux support or add new Linux support. On top of that, each game in the series also had an update to fix other reported issues.

        “In the Blackwell Legacy, you are introduced to Rosangela as she meets Joey Mallone for the first time and is called upon to investigate a series of mysterious suicides at a local university. An enigmatic killer and a string of seemingly unconnected accidents set the background for Blackwell Unbound. Blackwell Convergence will have you investigating a film premiere that hides a bloody past. In Blackwell Deception you’ll investigate why the customers of various street psychics seem to die under very mysterious circumstances. And finally, in Blackwell Epiphany, you will find out the true reason why Rosa became a medium, and her ultimate destiny.”

      • Ahead of Dying Light 2, the original Dying Light gets a big event | GamingOnLinux

        You have to appreciate the effort Techland has put into supporting Dying Light, giving it new updates and events 7 years after release and now a fresh big event is live.

        Spike’s Story: Last Call follows the events after the death of a major antagonist but there’s plenty of bandits left to take care of. They’re flooding Harran in a frenzy and they’ve hit a survivor shelter, which has resulted in many more Virals in your way. Spike has organised a safe zone but many need help getting there. It’s time for you to step in and help as many as possible and for your efforts, you will get a special melee weapon — the Crankshaft. You’re not alone this time either, as a bunch of friendly survivors in special protection suits will be around to fight with you. Sounds like a Zombie-smashing good time.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • An Official Yaru Theme for Cinnamon? Oh Yes — Here’s What It Looks Like

          Technically it’s been in development for a while, but I was hesitant to try it out while it was still in a formative stage. Waiting paid off as it’s now considered ready for testing — so I decided to dive in, build it, and see how it fares!

          I built the Yaru Cinnamon theme on Linux Mint 20.3 to try it out. This means there will be some modest differences compared to using it on an Ubuntu install with the Cinnamon desktop installed (while installing the Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu is relatively easy, it’s not a 1:1 experience with Cinnamon on Linux Mint as Linux Mint is a collection of tech, of which Cinnamon is just one part).

    • Distributions

      • Meet GENODE, a framework to create Operating Systems

        Genode OS Framework is a toolkit for building highly secure special-purpose operating systems written in C++.

        It scales from embedded systems with as little as 4MB of memory to highly dynamic general-purpose workloads.

        Genode is based on a recursive system structure. Each program runs in a dedicated sandbox and is given only the access rights and features necessary for its specific purpose.

        Programs can create and manage sub-sandboxes with their own resources, forming hierarchies where policies can be applied at each level. The framework provides mechanisms to allow programs to communicate with each other and negotiate their resources, but only in strictly defined ways.

      • BSD

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • [Old] The Systemd debacle

          I’m late to write this, but perhaps better late than never (and truth be told, I’ve been neglecting this blog, largely because I prefer to be writing software than complaining about it, though I recently seem to have precious little time for either). If you’re reading this then you most likely already know about Systemd, the init-system-replacement-cum-kitchen-sink brainchild of Lennart Poettering and others (yes, they want me to call it “systemd”, but I’m averse, for some reason, to proper nouns beginning with lower-case letters; something to do with having had a moderately good education, I guess). Since its inception Systemd has gone on to become the primary, if not the only, choice of init system on a number of Linux distributions, and has more-or-less become a dependency of the Gnome desktop environment. You’ll also already be aware that not everyone is happy with this state of affairs.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Gamebuntu 1.0 Launches with a Complete Redesign to Let You Install Only What You Need

          Gamebuntu developer Rudra Saraswat recently announced the new release, Gamebuntu 1.0, which comes with a complete redesign, both visual and internal, to let you install only the things you want or need for your Ubuntu gaming sessions rather than installing a bunch of packages to bloat your installation.

          As such, Gamebuntu now offers five main section where you can choose from amongst four game store launchers, including Steam, Heroic/Epic Games Launcher, Minigalaxy GOG client, and Lutris, as well as two kernels (a low-latency one and the Xanmod kernel).

    • Devices/Embedded

      • PiGear Nano – A Nano-ITX Raspberry Pi CM4 carrier board with 7-30V DC input

        PiGeat Nano is an Nano-ITX carrier board for Raspberry Pi CM4 (Compute Module 4) designed for industrial applications with a -30°C to +80°C temperature range, 7 to 30V DC input, as well as RS232, RS485, and CAN bus interfaces.

        The board also features one Gigabit Ethernet port, one HDMI port, MIPI DSI and CSI display & camera interface, M.2 SSD storage, eight USB 3.0 ports, mini PCIe and SIM card sockets for 4G LTE cellular connectivity, and various digital input and output interfaces.

      • Creating better online multiple choice questions
      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Best apps to install on Raspberry Pi

          Raspberry Pi is undoubtedly an excellent little tool whose importance is rising with each coming day. An operating system is incomplete without the apps. Though there are tons of apps, for some users finding the best apps to install on Raspberry Pi is one of the critical issues.

          Raspberry Pi comes with some inbuilt apps, but these are default apps that are necessary for an operating system. People need different apps for different tasks and the default inbuilt apps cannot fulfill all their needs. You must need other apps for your Raspberry Pi to do other tasks like listening to music, watching movies, doing programming, etc.

          Most people do not have any specific knowledge about the best apps to install on Raspberry Pi, so this article will help them choose the best apps for their beloved Raspberry Pi desktop.

        • Best Browsers for Raspberry Pi

          No desktop or operating system is complete without a web browser. All web browsers are built to perform heavy-duty computations. Thus, finding the best browser on Raspberry Pi that suits your system requirements is considered difficult for most people.

          More people are interested in working on Raspberry Pi operating systems on a regular basis. However, their working hours are compromised due to their slow system performance. They do not have a supercomputer that can complete the task in a matter of hours. As a result, they are confused when it comes to determining the best browsers for the Raspberry Pi.

        • Best Lightweight browsers for Raspberry Pi

          People are always stuck choosing the best option, which can provide them ease. The human mind is always confused with the advancement of technology. Due to hundreds of options available, they choose the one other people tell them to choose. They mostly rely on others without checking on the internet.

          Raspberry Pi is nowadays used in many sectors because it provides different applications in industries. People need to increase their working speed on Raspberry Pi, so they require applications that suit their hardware specifications. However, one of the significant challenges people face nowadays is the selection of the best lightweight browsers for Raspberry Pi.

          Different options are available on the internet that can help people in many ways. However, selecting the best requires effort and time. If you feel confused and don’t have time to search which browser best fits you, don’t worry. Here I will tell you the best lightweight browsers for Raspberry Pi, which you can select according to your requirements.

          The following are the list of some lightweight browsers for Raspberry Pi, which are the best fit to help you in increasing the web pages’ loading time and boosting the system performance.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • How are open source and cloud computing compatible?

        It seems everyone is rushing to get their software on the cloud. The rapid growth of cloud computing has empowered hyperscaler cloud providers to market various technologies to feed the growing demand.

        Hyperscalers are now providing full-stack capabilities to increase their footprint and further lock-in customers, making the cloud seem more like a threat than an open communal space.

      • Open Source Video Converters for Linux [GUI and CLI]

        Video downloads are fun until they become unplayable. So, here’s the list of top open-source video converters to help your downloads stay relevant everywhere.

        Video conversion is not the best thing you want to do with a video, but it becomes unavoidable sometimes.

        For instance, you can only upload videos in selected formats on YouTube, Facebook, etc. Similarly, media players don’t play every other format in which you download or create videos.

      • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to SAS JMP

        SAS Institute Inc. (“SAS”) is an American multinational developer of analytics software based in Cary, North Carolina. The company has around 14,000 employees.

        SAS started as a project at North Carolina State University to create a statistical analysis system used mainly by agricultural departments at universities in the late 1960s.

        SAS is the name of their software suite that can mine, alter, manage and retrieve data from a variety of sources and perform statistical analysis on it. It has more than 200 components covering areas including statistical analysis, econometrics and time series analysis, an interactive matrix language, data mining and much more.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • [Old] Twenty years on from Deep Blue vs Kasparov: how a chess match started the big data revolution

          Yet the reality was that Deep Blue’s victory was precisely because of its rigid, unhumanlike commitment to cold, hard logic in the face of Kasparov’s emotional behaviour. This wasn’t artificial (or real) intelligence that demonstrated our own creative style of thinking and learning, but the application of simple rules on a grand scale.

          What the match did do, however, was signal the start of a societal shift that is gaining increasing speed and influence today. The kind of vast data processing that Deep Blue relied on is now found in nearly every corner of our lives, from the financial systems that dominate the economy to online dating apps that try to find us the perfect partner. What started as student project, helped usher in the age of big data.

        • [Old] How IBM’s Deep Blue Beat World Champion Chess Player Garry Kasparov: The supercomputer could explore up to 200 million possible chess positions per second with its AI program

          According to Campbell, the team doubled the system’s speed by developing a new chess chip—one with the enhanced ability to evaluate positions the pawns can take. The new version of Deep Blue was able to search up to 200 million options per second, depending on the pawns’ position on the board. The researchers also increased the machine’s knowledge of the game by enabling the chess chip to recognize and evaluate chess concepts including positions and lines of attack. The chips could then search through the possibilities and figure out the best move.

        • We Taught Computers To Play Chess — And Then They Left Us Behind

          As I grew older, I grew fascinated with chess theory and studied diagrams of the intricate machine picked apart by countless tinkerers over hundreds of years. I would fall asleep reading the heavy reference book “Modern Chess Openings,” comforted and delighted by the fine- grained taxonomy and analysis of just the first few possible moves in a game, and the names they’d acquired — the Halloween Gambit, the Maróczy Bind, the Accelerated Dragon, the Hedgehog Defense.

        • [Older] FreeM History

          My mentor in computer programming and UNIX was Larry Landis, who got involved heavily in the M/MUMPS programming language ca. 1991. He hyped up the M language to me from 1991 forward, and first demonstrated FreeM to me in August 1998. In 2010, I incorporated my company, Coherent Logic Development, learned M, and began doing contract work in M through Larry’s company, Fourth Watch Software.

          Larry was the owner of FreeM’s SourceForge repository, which had not been touched in a number of years, following Fidelity National Information Services’ decision to release GT.M under a free software license. In August 2011, I downloaded the source code for FreeM and did enough work on it to get it running under modern GNU/Linux systems and posted it to the mumpster.org forums.

          In 2014, Larry gave me administrator access to the FreeM SourceForge repository and transferred maintainership of the project to me.

      • Programming/Development

        • Getting Started Guide of HTML – Introduction

          HTML acronym of Hypertext Markup Language is the backbone language behind each and every web page you see all over the internet to build the structure of the web pages. It is not a typical programming language rather a markup language as a set of specific instructions known as “tags” are used to construct the elements of a webpage.

        • Gstreamer packages compiled in OE

          Already have these compiled in OpenEmbedded…..

        • How to Embed Google Form in WordPress

          This brief tutorial shows step-by-step how to embed Google forms in WordPress.
          After reading this tutorial, you will know how to easily integrate Google forms within your WordPress content.

          To apply the instructions in this document, you will need a Google account to access Google forms. Part of the instructions focus on Google forms, while the second part takes place in the WordPress dashboard.

          All steps described in this article include screenshots to make it easy for any Google and WordPress user to apply them.

        • head tag explained | Metadata in HTML
        • Assignment Operators in JavaScript | Explained with Examples

          Assignment operators are a crucial part of computer programming that are used to allocate the value of the left operand to the right operand or in simple words assign values to variables. Assignment operators perform logical operations like, bitwise logical operations or operations on integral operands or boolean operations. Javascript makes use of multiple assignment operators. Here we have listed JavaScript assignment operators for you.

        • Arduino

          • What is INPUT_PULLUP in Arduino

            In Arduino, we have to define the behavior of the pins with the help of the pinMode() function that either pin should behave as an input or output. We can also define the behavior of the pin as an input_pullup, now the question that arises in mind is what this input_pullup does? The input_pullup adds built-in resistance to the electrical circuit.

            In this write-up, the utilization of the input_pullup has been explained with the help of an example.

          • How to use breadboard with Arduino

            We can read the analog voltage signals from the analog I/O pins of the Arduino board and this input is converted to the digital values using the ADC. In this write-up, we have demonstrated an example of reading analog voltage input and visualized the results on a serial monitor as well as a serial plotter.

          • How to read voltage in Arduino

            Read analog voltage is a technique by which we can read the analog signal of voltage from the analog I/O pins of Arduino. Analog signals are continuous signals which are varying with time like human sounds and AC(alternating current) voltage.

            In this write-up, we will discuss an example to explain how the analog voltage is read by the analogRead() function.

          • Character functions in Arduino

            The character functions in Arduino programming are used to perform operation of the character data types that are used in Arduino. These functions are used to determine what type of character is used either as a number or alphabet.

          • Arduino Input and Output functions

            To interface the Arduino board with different integrated chips, sensors, LEDs, and other peripherals different functions are used for the input and output. Similarly, to run the compiled code on the Arduino board these functions are also used. These input and output functions also define the inputs and outputs of the Arduino program.

          • Analog Read Serial Arduino

            Sometimes we have to take input of the analog values from the sensors such as to find out the temperature of the room, the input values are in analog. These values can be read by the Arduino from its specific pins and these values can be used for further use. But before understanding the analogRead(), we have to understand what is the analog value? The analog value always varies from negative infinity to positive infinity and it is not restricted to only 0 and 1 like the digital values.

            In the above discussion, we gave an example of room temperature, the room temperature can be 35 degrees or 10 degrees. It is not restricted that the room temperature should be 0 or 1. These types of values are known as analog values. In this write-up, the analogRead() function is explained in detail with the help of which we can take analog input values in Arduino.

        • C++

          • Std::move in C++

            To disregard or remove single or maybe more letters from the input buffer using the cin.ignore() method. Maybe we need to remove the undesirable buffer so that the next data is stored in the intended container rather than the preceding variable’s cache. For instance, we must provide a character array or string after inputting the cin command. Cin.ignore() in C++ is explained with examples in this article.

          • Cin.ignore() in C++

            To disregard or remove single or maybe more letters from the input buffer using the cin.ignore() method. Maybe we need to remove the undesirable buffer so that the next data is stored in the intended container rather than the preceding variable’s cache. For instance, we must provide a character array or string after inputting the cin command. As a result, we must empty the input buffer; else, the buffer of the preceding variable would be occupied. Because the cache of the preceding element lacks room to retain fresh data, hitting the “Enter” button just after the initial input ignores the container’s next input. Let’s start with the examples of the cin.ignore() function with the launch of new C++ files through the terminal shell. The file must be created through the touch instruction and the file’s name. Ubuntu’s “nano” editor has been used so far to open the file to edit.

        • Java

          • C++ vs. Java

            C++ and Java are popular programming languages used by developers and programmers. Each of these languages has its own advantages and disadvantages but before we begin to investigate the crucial differences between the aforementioned programming languages let’s first establish our basic understanding regarding the two.

          • Features of Java

            Java is a well-known high-level, server-side/backend, a class-based programming language that is easy to learn and understand. It is used in the distributed environment on the internet. The idea of java was based on creating a secure, easy-to-use, and portable programing language. This write-up will provide a detailed overview of Java features. So, let’s begin!

  • Leftovers

    • A Bold New Flavor of Tennessee Whiskey: Union-Made

      For those of us who appreciate the warm, smoky sting of a nice glass of the good stuff, Tennessee whiskey enjoys the same outsize reputation as Kentucky bourbon; there’s history in every sip, and even the not-so-good stuff ain’t that bad. The two tipples are closely related, historically, geographically, and chemically; a liquor connoisseur will tell you the main difference comes down to an extra step (the Tennessee version is filtered through sugar maple charcoal after it’s distilled, which imparts its characteristic smoothness). But there’s another key factor that differentiates the two iconically American spirits that—hopefully—will soon evaporate like an angel’s share.

    • Yet Another Really Dumb Lawsuit Filed Against Meta Because Some People Who Did A Bad Thing May Have Met On Facebook

      Everyone wants to blame internet companies for everything. A couple weeks back, a woman sued Meta over the death of her brother, claiming Facebook was to blame. This is the latest in a ridiculously long line of failed lawsuits that look to hold Facebook liable for the deaths of people, just because either the killers or people connected to them somehow communicated on social media. It’s like suing AT&T because two people plotting a crime spoke on the phone. These are nonsense lawsuits and they are nuisance lawsuits. This one is no different.

    • The Comics Cavalcade
    • American Gothic Horror
    • ‘The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba Is One of the Most Important Assassinations of the 20th Century’

      Janine Jackson interviewed Maurice Carney about the assassination of Patrice Lumumba for the January 21, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

    • A Few Last Words From Meat Loaf: In an Unpublished Interview, the Singer Reveals Secrets of ‘Bat Out of Hell’

      The song “Who Needs the Young” [finally released on “Braver Than We Are”] was originally going on “Bat Out of Hell.” And Todd (Rundgren, the producer) didn’t like it. And then he said, “Plus, you can’t put it on the record because we don’t have time.” Because we were dealing with vinyl, and vinyl, with a rock record, the maximum was like 49 and a half minutes, and we were almost 52. So they sped that record up by almost a minute and a half, because if not, you couldn’t get any volume. You could make a symphonic record 53 or 54 and still get some volume out of it, because there’s no drums and no electric guitars. So that’s how much we sped that record up. When “Two Out of Three” would come on the radio when it was a hit, man, I sounded like Alvin from the Chipmunks! It would come on the radio and I would turn it off. Usually people want to hear themselves on the radio, but “Two” would come on and I’d go, “Not gonna listen to that.” [He imitates the sound of his voice on the song, in a comically warbly way.] “Maybe we can talk all night…” I could walk out there and sing it live like that and sound just like the record, but I’d be a complete fool, because people wouldn’t believe a word of it. It drove me nuts. It still does to this day — obviously, you can tell.

    • Volkswagen and Bosch to collaborate on automated driving software

      The software and its component parts could later be used in other automakers’ vehicles, the statement said, without specifying when this could happen.

      The partnership is the second major collaboration announced so far this year by the two companies, which last week said they were setting up a joint venture by the end of this year to equip battery cell factories with machinery.

      The companies did not disclose how much they would invest in either partnership.

    • Science

      • Astronaut Says View From Above Reveals ‘Absolutely Fragile’ Planet Earth

        French astronaut Thomas Pesquet says the impacts of the climate emergency are clear from space—and worsening on his watch—and has expressed optimism that the kind of global cooperation that built the International Space Station can also be channeled to protect the planet he calls “an oasis in the cosmos.”

        “Through the portholes of the space station, we distinctly see Earth’s fragility.”

      • NASA’s new space telescope arrives at its destination after million-mile journey

        The James Webb Space Telescope has fired its thrusters and reached its orbital destination around a million miles (1.5 million kilometers) away from our planet, NASA said Monday, a key milestone on its mission to study cosmic history.

    • Hardware

      • Laser Z-Axis Table Comes Into Focus | Hackaday

        Laser cutters and 3D printers are game-changing tools to have in the workshop. They make rapid prototyping or repairs to existing projects a breeze as they can churn out new parts with high precision in a very short amount of time. The flip side of that, though, is that they can require quite a bit of maintenance. [Timo] has learned this lesson over his years-long saga owning a laser cutter, although he has attempted to remedy most of the problems on his own, this time by building a Z-axis table on his own rather than buying an expensive commercial offering.

      • Reverse Engineering: Trash Printer Gives Up Its Control Panel Secrets | Hackaday

        Many of us hardware-oriented types find it hard to walk past a lonely-looking discarded item of consumer electronics without thinking “If only I could lug that back to the car and take it home to play with” and [phooky] from NYC Resistor is no stranger to this sentiment. An old Epson WF-2540 inkjet printer was disassembled for its important ‘nutrients,’ you know, the good stuff like funky motors, encoders and switches. But what do you do with the control panel? After all, they’re usually very specific to the needs of the device they control, and don’t usually offer up much scope for reuse.

      • Better Car Hinges By 3D Printing | Hackaday

        We often use 3D printing to replicate items we might otherwise make with traditional machining methods. Fraunhofer’s new door hinge for a sports car takes a different tack: it tries to be better than the equivalent machined part. The company claims that the new part is half the cost and weighs 35% less than the normal hinge.

        Using tools in their 3D Spark software, the team analyzed different factors that led to manufacturing cost. Some of these were specific to the part while others were specific to the process. For example, orienting the part to minimize support and maximize the quantity that fit on the build surface.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • A Hegelian Case for Vaccine Mandates

        Wolff echoed a false claim that the unvaccinated are less likely to spread the virus. I don’t know where he got this information but it’s not true. Before even getting into the ‘science’ of it all simply take that the vaccines reduce the amount of time and the severity of the virus. If this is the case then in order for the virus not to be more contagious it would have to spread independently of both the severity of its infection and the time it infects an individual. I say this because Wolff accepted that the vaccine reduces these two factors, just not the third (contagiousness).

        Wolff was making a larger philosophical point here. Basically while the unvaccinated only oppose a risk to themselves for the most part it is therefore not our right to police them. Fair enough but we have to be honest about the dangers they pose to everyone, relatively speaking. I of course would agree that the far greater danger is the ruling class’s unwillingness to universally vaccinate the globe. This is a far more deadly practice than the middle class spreading propaganda against the vaccine.

      • Liberty Includes the Right to Possess and Consume Drugs

        But we also must never forget that America’s drug laws have helped to destroy the liberty of the American people. That’s because liberty necessarily entails the right to possess, distribute, and ingest anything you want, including dangerous and damaging drugs. Anyone who lives in a society that criminalizes such things cannot possibly be considered to be living in a free society.

        Consider alcohol and tobacco. They both can be damaging to one’s health. But liberty necessarily entails the right to drink booze and smoke cigarettes. Sure, people might approach a beer drinker and a smoker and warn him about how he’s harming himself, but no one has the right to initiate force, either directly or indirectly through the state, to stop someone from drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. 

      • Primetime Abortion Case Sources Lack Diversity

        Two cases the newly majority-conservative Supreme Court considered in December pose the greatest risk to Roe v. Wade in a generation. The people most in jeopardy of losing the right to end unwanted pregnancies are those without the means to travel outside of the 21 states poised to ban or severely limit abortions if Roe is overturned. But those were the people least likely to be featured on primetime news shows covering the cases. 

      • Washington Post Says Life Was Bleak for Workers on Eve of Pandemic
      • ‘The People of Flint Are Still Suffering’
      • EU Investigating Agribusiness Lobby Group Copa-Cogeca Over Potential Transparency Breach

        The European Union is investigating a powerful farming industry group which no longer officially declares its lobbying budget, DeSmog can reveal.

        Campaigners at transparency advocacy group Corporate Europe Observatory sparked the probe through a formal complaint to the EU last month, arguing that both parts of the European agricultural body Copa-Cogeca failed to provide accurate information on their activities.

      • South Carolina Lawmakers Propose Fines or Prison Time for Asking Vaccine Status
      • Covax, the UN-Backed Vaccine Initiative, Is Reportedly Out of Money
      • With Covax Out of Cash, Inadequacy of Vaccine Charity Model Further Exposed

        Since the first coronavirus vaccines were administered in late 2020, public health campaigners have been warning that trickles of charitable donations from rich countries to the developing world will never be enough to ensure equitable, worldwide access to the lifesaving shots.

        Now the vehicle through which many such donations have flowed—Covax—is reportedly out of money, a potential disaster for low-income countries that have come to depend on the United Nations-backed initiative.

      • Ocasio-Cortez Urges Biden to Expand At-Home Test Program for Multifamily Homes
      • AOC Leads Call for Improved At-Home Covid Test Program

        Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed Tuesday that she is leading three dozen House Democrats in urging the Biden administration to improve its distribution program for a billion free at-home Covid-19 tests to better serve large households and residents of multifamily units.

        “Our country can only be as safe from Covid as our most vulnerable communities are kept safe.”

      • In Purdue Pharma bankruptcy settlement, OxyContin’s many victims may receive nothing at all

        This also meant that victims’ interests were unevenly represented as well. Indeed, many of Purdue’s victims are nearly bankrupt themselves, after years of trying to pay for treatment, seek medical care for addiction, and burying family members. We are broken-hearted, with many of us mourning the deaths of our loved ones. We are waiting for the next overdose or batch of illicit fentanyl to kill off our friends. And we are saddled with the stigma of addiction, which prevents us from getting the help so many of us are dying for.

      • Howard Stern Urges Meat Loaf’s Family to Speak Out on COVID Vaccine After His Death

        Stern has used his SiriusXM radio show over the last several months to condemn anti-vaxxers. Speaking out about Meat Loaf’s death, Stern said this week (via Uproxx), “Poor Meat Loaf got sucked into some weird fucking cult. And somehow really believed that — he made a statement, ‘I’d rather die a free man than take that vaccine.’ And now he’s dead!”

      • The Tularosa Downwinders Have Waited 75 Years for Justice

        Although the US government knew about the danger posed by their bomb test, the residents of the area, most of whom are [email protected]/[email protected] with very long roots in the Tularosa Basin, were never told about the tests or informed about the risks to them, to their lands, or to their food and water supply. Residents found out only as they were awakened by a horrific blast that lit the early morning sky and experienced the subsequent radioactive white ash that fell over a 100-mile radius. Some said they thought it was “the end of the world!” Residents of the Basin and their way of life were forever changed. Their farm animals sickened and died from the contamination, warning the residents much like the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • A new Polkit vulnerability

            Qualys has announced the disclosure of a local-root vulnerability in Polkit. They are calling it “PwnKit” and have even provided a proof-of-concept video.

          • Linux system service bug gives root on all major distros, exploit released [Ed: Microsoft boosters are calling systemd "Linux"]

            A vulnerability in Polkit’s pkexec component identified as CVE-2021-4034 (PwnKit) is present in the default configuration of all major Linux distributions and can be exploited to gain full root privileges on the system, researchers warn today.

          • Linux vulnerability can be ‘easily exploited’ for local privilege escalation, researchers say | VentureBeat

            Researchers at security firm Qualys said a new Linux vulnerability, dubbed PwnKit, can be easily exploited for privilege escalation.

          • Control Web Panel Security Exploit Leaves 200K Linux Servers Vulnerable To Remote Hacks | HotHardware

            The major exploit endangers Linux servers running a common control panel tool.

          • Serious Linux privilege escalation bug lay hidden for 12 years – Security – Software – iTnews
          • Scary Fraud Ensues When ID Theft & Usury Collide

            What’s worse than finding out that identity thieves took out a 546 percent interest payday loan in your name? How about a 900 percent interest loan? Or how about not learning of the fraudulent loan until it gets handed off to collection agents? One reader’s nightmare experience spotlights what can happen when ID thieves and hackers start targeting online payday lenders.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Despite Decades of Hacking Attacks, Companies Leave Vast Amounts of Sensitive Data Unprotected

              Consider some of the episodes last year in which large quantities of personal data were stolen: 300 million customer and device records for users of a service that’s supposed to shield internet traffic from prying eyes; a 17.6-million-row database from a second organization, containing profiles of people who participated in its market research surveys; 59 million email addresses and other personal data lifted from a third company. These sorts of numbers barely raise an eyebrow these days; none of the incidents generated major press coverage.

              Cybertheft conjures images of high-tech missions, with sophisticated hackers penetrating multiple layers of security systems to steal corporate data. But these breaches were far from “Ocean’s Eleven”-style operations. They were the equivalent of grabbing jewels from the seat of an unlocked car parked in a high-crime neighborhood.

            • Attorneys General Suing Google Over Location Data Collection

              The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia has filed a lawsuit Monday against Google alleging “deceptive and unfair practices” related to obtaining consumer location data.

              Attorney General Karl Racine‘s office argues that Google has been in violation of D.C.’s “Consumer Protection Procedures Act” since at least 2014. According to the complaint, Google is alleged to have lied to consumers, intentionally giving them the impression that they can disable Google’s ability to collect and retain user location data.

              “In reality, consumers who use Google products cannot prevent Google from collecting, storing, and profiting from their location,” the complaint reads.

            • Google abandons FLoC, introduces Topics API to replace tracking cookies

              Google is walking back plans to replace third-party cookies with FLoC by instead proposing the Topics API, a new system for interest-based advertising. Topics works by pinpointing five of your interests, such as “Fitness” or “Travel & Transportation,” based on your web activity, as measured by participating sites, for one week.

              Your browser will store these topics for three weeks before deleting them. Google says that these categories “are selected entirely on your device” and don’t involve “any external servers, including Google servers.” When you visit a website, Topics will show the site and its advertising partners just three of your interests, consisting of “one topic from each of the past three weeks.”

            • Confidentiality

              • New project starting: Programmable sq

                The NLnet Foundation has granted me funding (from the NGI Assure fund, financially supported by the European Council) to improve the Sequoia sq program in three ways.

                I will add important missing functionality, especially compared to GnuPG. This work will be guided by feedback from actual and potential users and the wisdom of Sequoia developers.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Veterans For Peace Urges US to Rejoin Iran Deal and Negotiate With North Korea
      • Talkin’ World War III Blues…Again

        In 1957, the Russians seemed to have shot one across our bow by getting the Sputnik into orbit.  But in 1959, a CIA satellite, known as Keyhole, snapped startling images of Russia that should have assuaged US military fears rather than fanned the fires of future warfare.  Around the same time, and coincidentally, in October 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald, just discharged from the Marines, emigrated to Russia. In 1960, CIA pilot Gary Powers was shot down over Soviet airspace.  In April 1961, the failed Bay of Pigs, Cuba, invasion took place.  In January 1961, just before JFK’s Inauguration, President Eisenhower warned Americans of the rise of the Military-Industrial-Complex (MIC). In October 1961, the hair-trigger Checkpoint Charlie  incident occurred in Berlin. In October 1962, the world delighted in the teeth-chattering Cuban missile crisis that Daniel Ellsberg brings to astonishing clarity in his crises account, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner (2019).

        Ellsberg, a former and redeemed Master of War (off the same Dylan album) himself, points out a slew of startling insider information in his must-read TDM. He suggests strongly that available information at the time told the Pentagon that bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not a military necessity:

      • Opinion | Fighting Back When “The Blood-Dimmed Tide Is Loosed”

        Last week Donald Trump told Pennsylvania Republican officials why he is placing such emphasis this year on local races for election supervisors across the country in 2022:

      • Seeking Justice for Syrians…in Germany

        An alleged former Syrian military intelligence officer now living in Germany, Anwar R. believed that Syrian government operatives were following him in Berlin, he said. He feared being kidnapped. At the bottom of his written complaint, he signed his name using his military title, “Colonel.”

        The police were unable to find evidence he was being followed. But they did carefully note the slivers of information Anwar R. shared about his alleged intelligence career.

      • What We Miss When We Say a War Has “Ended”

        In the long and storied history of the United States Army, many young officers have served in many war zones. Few, I suspect, were as sublimely ignorant as I was in the summer of 1970 upon my arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in the Republic of Vietnam.

      • UN Officials Warn of ‘Record-Shattering Month’ for Civilian Deaths in Yemen

        As United Nations officials projected Tuesday that the civilian death toll from the Saudi-led coalition’s strikes on Yemen will break records this month, Oxfam shared the group’s difficulties providing aid in the war-torn country and urged action from the U.N. Security Council.

        “Each night we go to bed and just pray we wake up in the morning.”

      • Following “Unjustifiable” UAE Bombing of Saada Prison, US & UN Condemn Yemeni Retaliation

        In a scene rife with chaos and crying, volunteers and a rescue squad pulled the bodies of 91 prisoners from the rubble of the Sa’ada City Remand Prison in southern Yemen on Tuesday. Early last Friday morning, United Arab Emirates (UAE) warplanes supported by the United States targeted the overcrowded prison, which houses up to 3,000 inmates from across Yemen and Africa. The attack was one of the deadliest since the war began in 2015.

      • US Puts 8,500 Troops on High Alert as Tension Rises Between NATO and Russia
      • U.S. Puts 8,500 Troops on High Alert as Tension Rises Between NATO & Russia over Ukraine

        The U.S. has prepared some 8,500 troops to deploy to Eastern Europe in the event that Russia invades Ukraine, which Russian President Vladimir Putin denies is his goal. On Wednesday, officials from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany are scheduled to meet in Paris to negotiate resolving the crisis. “The security of Europe ought to be principally Europe’s business,” says Anatol Lieven, senior fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. “This whole notion of great power competition, which is embedded in the National Defense Strategy, has been used as kind of the magic key to keep Pentagon spending at near-records levels,” says national security expert William Hartung, research fellow at the Quincy Institute.

      • Nuclear Disarmament Urged by Catholic Archbishop in New Mexico, Birthplace of Nuclear Weapons

        As the Biden administration reviews U.S. nuclear weapons policy, over 60 advocacy groups, including Veterans for Peace and CodePink, recently issued a joint statement calling for the elimination of hundreds of U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles. “The notion is if you get rid of those ICBMs, you reduce the risk of accidental nuclear war, and it’s a first step towards more rational nuclear policy,” says William Hartung, research fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. We also speak with Father John Dear, longtime peace activist and Catholic priest who led a campaign for 15 years in New Mexico calling for the disarmament of the national laboratories at Los Alamos. Dear was an adviser to Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on his new pastoral letter titled “Toward Nuclear Disarmament” that calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons arsenals around the globe. The letter is part of a sea change in the Catholic Church under Pope Francis, which condemns “the mere possession of these weapons” as “totally immoral,” says Dear.

      • Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan begin to restore power after sweeping blackout

        Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan have begun to restore power following a major blackout that hit the three Central Asian countries on Tuesday, January 25. The outages were caused by accident that affected the countries’ interconnected power grid. Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have blamed each other for triggering blackout. The three countries have started to restore power seperately, though they plan to return to the integrated system later on. Authorities in Uzbekistan are also urging the population to ignore rumors circulating on social media that electricty won’t be restored for several days.

      • Russia puts Alexey Navalny and key associates on ‘terrorist and extremist’ list

        Imprisoned opposition leader Alexey Navalny and a number of his close associates have been added to Russia’s list of “terrorists and extremists.”

      • A New “March of Folly” in Europe: Can It Be Averted?

        The kings, generals, and prime ministers who controlled Europe’s armies in the summer of 1914 didn’t think that their aggressive behaviors—issuing ultimatums, calling up reserves, massing troops on each other’s borders—would result in war. Rather, they believed that their conspicuous muscle-flexing would impel their rivals to back down, delivering a bloodless victory. But each show of force on one side prompted an even more extravagant riposte by the other, until the march to war became unstoppable—and so tens of millions perished.

      • Isn’t It Obvious? Observations on the Ukraine “Crisis”

        In 2020 the dominant faction of the faceless ruling class was leery about a second Trump term. This was principally due to his handling of trade relations with China and Europe, and the threat he posed to its own precarious position, if not to world peace. Trump was certainly a representative of the ruling class—along with all 44 presidents who’d preceded him, that being the sole crucial condition for the job. But was not the ideal representative. Above the interests of the whole ruling class (as crystallized in the one percent of the one percent) he placed his own selfish interests. He was totally corrupt (a quality Wall Street respects), but was not a team-player. He was corrupt in ways that had made him as many enemies as friends in the Fortune 500. Plus, in power Trump had become a hot potato for corporate PR; CEOs had resigned from Trump’s council of business leaders in embarrassment after consumers protested such vile associations.

        The ruling class was meanwhile seized with (greater!) dread about a “socialist” becoming the Democratic candidate. While the Sanders campaign was at its height, it signaled its feelings—through its respected spokesperson, Danny Deutsch, who told the Democrats’ (on their own channel, MSNBC) that the American people “would never accept a socialist as president.” The masses were informed by certified experts—experts on politics, like the Pentagon folks are experts in war and State Department veterans experts on how to be a proper imperialist country—that they would never so vote! Because they know or at least will nod their heads when told, that free enterprise is what made our country great!

      • Opinion | We Must All Recognize That a War Over Ukraine Is Not the Answer

        As Russia threatens to move its forces across the Ukrainian border, the talk in Washington, D.C. is focused on how many weapons and troops the United States can send and how quickly, how to design the most crippling sanctions, and whether to impose them before or after an invasion occurs.

      • ‘Is Pelosi Insane?’ Dems Rebuked Over $500 Million in Military Aid to Ukraine

        Despite warnings that a dangerous war with Russia could soon be unleashed if diplomatic efforts fail, House Democrats are reportedly looking to bypass typical procedures and fast-track a vote on legislation that would send $500 million in military aid to Ukraine—a move that critics say only adds fuel to the fire.

        The Intercept reported Tuesday that “Democrats in the House of Representatives are planning to expedite a massive bill that would dramatically increase U.S. security assistance to Ukraine and lay the groundwork for substantial new sanctions on Russia—hastening a war-friendly posture without opportunity for dissent as concerns over a military invasion abound.”

      • Opinion | Voting Rights Will Be Dead Without Street Heat

        Can America be a democracy if a minority writes the rules to entrench minority rule?

      • Judges Approve Special Grand Jury for Probe Into Trump Election Tampering
      • Court Strikes Down Alabama GOP’s Racist Congressional Map

        With the midterm elections just months away, a trio of federal judges late Monday struck down Alabama’s newly drawn congressional districts on the grounds that they discriminated against Black voters, forcing state lawmakers to craft new maps.

        In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel ordered that “any remedial plan” from the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature must “include two districts in which Black voters either comprise a voting-age majority or something quite close to it.”

      • Donald Trump calls for racial violence: White supremacists are listening, but the media laughs

        Contrary to what many of the hope-peddlers, happy-pill merchants and stenographers in the mainstream news media would like to suggest, there is no significant internal conflict within the Republican Party: Donald Trump maintains nearly absolute control. Public opinion research makes clear that Republican voters now view loyalty to Trump as barometer for what it means to be a “real” Republican. Trump’s followers have also shown themselves increasingly willing to condone, endorse and even commit acts of political terrorism and violence at his command and in his name.

        Instead of warning the public about the danger that Donald Trump and his movement represent, the mainstream news media has continued to default to obsolete habits left over from an era of “normal” politics. If some strategic decision has been made, it appears to be that ignoring the problem and leaning into “normalcy” and traditional “both-sides” Beltway journalism will somehow make Trump and his fascist insurgency disappear. It hasn’t worked.

      • Crashed F-35C Fell off USS Carl Vinson Flight Deck into South China Sea

        A U.S. 7th Fleet spokesman did not immediately respond to a follow-up question from USNI News as to whether the Navy intended to recover the fighter.

        Last month, the United Kingdom and United States successfully recovered an U.K. F-35B that fell off the edge of Royal Navy carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R06) in the Eastern Mediterranean.

      • F-35C Accident Aboard Carrier In South China Sea Forces Pilot To Eject, Injures Seven Sailors (Updated)

        This new Navy mishap comes amid the debut operational deployment of Navy F-35Cs aboard the Carl Vinson. U.S. Marine Corps F-35Cs are presently on their first operational deployment, as well, embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which is also operating in the South China Sea.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • ‘Nothing like this ever happened here before’: Journalists describe covering mass protests in Kazakhstan

        Journalists working to cover the unrest were detained by riot police and targeted by mobs; they also had to contend with a nationwide internet blackout and widespread telecommunications disruptions.

        To get a sense of how journalists dealt with these obstacles – and for a look at the future of press freedom in Kazakhstan now that unrest has died down — CPJ spoke by phone and email with two journalists who covered the protests and the head of local free speech organization Adil Soz. The interviews have been edited for length and clarity.

    • Environment

      • Justice for PFAS exposure races a ticking clock

        Through her organization, also known as Concerned Citizens of North Alabama Grassroots, Hampton has been raising awareness about the severe contamination from “forever chemicals” — per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — that have for decades plagued portions of Alabama’s Lawrence County, where Hampton lives.

        PFAS are sometimes called forever chemicals because they can accumulate in the body over time, instead of breaking down, and also linger in the environment for decades on end.

      • Fridays For Future Announces Global Climate Strike for March 25

        Fridays For Future—a youth-led movement launched in August 2018 when Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, then 15 years old, skipped school to demand urgent action on the planetary emergency—announced Tuesday that the next global climate strike is scheduled for March 25.

        “Join us and strike for climate reparations and justice, demand that the people in power prioritize #PeopleNotProfit!” tweeted Thunberg, whose initial solitary school strike sparked a worldwide mobilization that has brought millions to the streets in cities around the globe over the past three and a half years.

      • Experts Say Nuclear Energy as Climate Solution Is Total ‘Fiction’

        As global scientists continue to warn of the urgent need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, a quartet of European and U.S. experts on Tuesday made a comprehensive case for why nuclear power should be not be considered a solution to the climate crisis.

        “The central message, repeated again and again, that a new generation of nuclear will be clean, safe, smart and cheap, is fiction.”

      • Air and Water Under Threat as SCOTUS Targets Environmental Laws

        Environmental advocates and congressional Democrats are raising alarm after the U.S. Supreme Court this week agreed to hear arguments in two cases regarding bedrock regulations designed to protect the quality of the nation’s air and water.

        The nine justices announced Monday that they plan to hear arguments in the case of an Idaho couple who were blocked from building a home on their land by the Clean Water Act. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chantell and Michael Sackett’s land contained wetlands and the couple needed a federal permit to build.

      • Energy

        • EU Scientists and Politicians Clash Over Gas and Nuclear as ‘Sustainable’ Investments

          The European Union’s scientific and political communities are locked in a battle over whether gas and nuclear can be considered green investments. The latest development in this years-long fight came on Monday, when the European Commission’s scientific expert group, the Platform on Sustainable Finance (PSF), pushed back against including gas and nuclear in the EU taxonomy, an official guide on sustainable investments. The expert group stated that it is “deeply concerned about the environmental impacts that may result.” 

          In December 2021, after months of lobbying, strong pushback from pro-gas and pro-nuclear supporters, and informal alliances between governments, the Commission asked the Platform on Sustainable Finance to provide feedback on a draft amendment that included gas and nuclear in the taxonomy, thereby recognizing them as sustainable. 

        • Facebook’s embattled cryptocurrency project is likely coming to an end

          More than two years after it was first announced, the Facebook-sponsored cryptocurrency formerly known as Libra appears to be coming to an end. The Diem Association set up by Facebook to manage the digital token is exploring a sale of its assets after meeting resistance by regulators who opposed the initiative, according to a new report by Bloomberg.

          The U.S. Federal Reserve “dealt the effort a final blow” by putting pressure on Silvergate, the banking partner that Diem said it was partnering with last year to launch the token, Bloomberg reports. I’ve also heard from someone involved that the Fed threatened Silvergate, putting the launch on ice.

        • BMW CE 04 review: this electric scooter impresses with style and all-round ability, but not price

          Heavy? Yes, but at 231kg without the rider, it’s 34kg lighter than the Evolution. Expensive? Well yes, at £11,700 in basic form it’s £1,700 above the qualifying rate for a plug-in grant, so no taxpayers’ money for you, then.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Graphika: The Deep State’s Beard for Controlling the Information Age

        Graphika is the toast of the town. The private social-media and tech-intelligence agency that tracks down bots and exposes foreign influence operations online is constantly quoted, referenced and profiled in the nation’s most important outlets. For example, in 2020, The New York Times published a fawning profile of the company’s head of investigations, Ben Nimmo. “He Combs the Web for Russian Bots. That Makes Him a Target,” ran its headline, the article presenting him as a crusader risking his life to keep our internet safe and free. Last year, business magazine Fast Company labeled Graphika as among the 10 most innovative companies in the world.

      • Virginia Is for Suckers

        When Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe to become Virginia governor, the media roundly hailed him as an avatar of the “post-Trump” GOP. Youngkin had made hay out of a McAuliffe debate misstep—“Parents shouldn’t tell schools what to teach”—that was in truth only talking about white parents’ efforts to get Toni Morrison’s Beloved out of advanced-placement English classes, not a declaration of intent to Sovietize public education. Youngkin and the GOP depicted it as the latter.

      • Republicans Replace Local Election Officials With Trump Loyalists

        Is this, in fact, a type of coup? Well, fears of that are mounting: It’s not just who can vote that counts. It’s who can do the counting.

      • State AGs Ask Feds to Investigate Fake Electors Scheme Led by Trump Campaign
      • Court Rejects Alabama GOP’s Congressional Map That Marginalized Black Voters
      • Danielle Allen Is Running for Massachusetts Governor to Revive American Democracy

        Danielle Allen, a prominent scholar of democracy and a political theorist at Harvard, has watched the American political system break down over time. For almost three decades, she has studied growing social and economic inequalities and declining trust among citizens in our political institutions. Yet when the pandemic hit, she was shocked anew by the realities it brought into sharp relief.

      • Want to Understand Manchin and Sinema?

        Why did they say they couldn’t support changing the filibuster rules when only last month they voted for an exception to the filibuster that allowed debt ceiling legislation to pass with only Democratic votes?

      • Boris Johnson’s Populism May be Muted, But it is Still Accelerating Britain’s Decline

        Ignore the validity of these claims for the moment and, taking Johnson loyalists at their word, consider his position against the backdrop of British history. It is not premature to do so because, even if he clings on as Prime Minister, his freedom of action will be limited which means that his political heritage is already in place. Important questions requiring an answer include how far he is a one-trick pony who rose to power thanks to his populist nationalism, which was ideally suited to political currents during the era of Brexit? Equally important, how far will his premiership be seen as an aberration rather than as a permanent transformation of British politics?

        Boozing and partying by politicians and civil servants who were simultaneously ordering everybody else to live in conditions of semi-siege is grossly hypocritical. But their behaviour was in keeping with the self-indulgence shown by populist nationalist leaders elsewhere in the world. It is always striking how, for all Johnson’s British boosterism, his actions mirror those of populists in the rest of the world.

      • Your own CIA jail? Lithuania to sell secret U.S. ‘rendition’ site

        A huge steel barn outside Lithuania’s capital, whose long corridor and windowless rooms with carpets and soundproof doors once served as a CIA detention centre, will soon go on sale.

        Washington’s so-called “rendition programme”, https://www.reuters.com/world/lithuania-pays-compensation-al-qaeda-suspect-cia-jail-it-hosted-2022-01-11 under which suspected Islamist militants from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq were spirited to jails outside U.S. jurisdiction, remains shrouded in secrecy more than a decade after it ended.

        But the European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that the 10-room building, in snowy pine forest in the village of Antaviliai outside Vilnius, was used by the CIA to hold terrorist suspects from 2005-2006.

      • ‘What have you done?’ Why the EU is slow to shield Lithuania from Chinese pressure

        According to Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, a political science professor at Vilnius University, the EU’s response is sluggish for two main reasons: China’s pressure on European companies and the bloc’s legal system.

        “China has now become one of the EU’s main trading and investment partners. For some individual countries in particular – whether it’s Germany, Greece, or countries in Central Europe – it is very important,” he said.

      • Australian Defamation Verdict Causes Google to Cry Censorship

        In 2016 George Defteros, a lawyer from Victoria, Australia, asked Google to remove an article from its search results. The article from 2004 reported murder charges against Mr. Defteros that were later dropped. He later sued Google for defamation after the search giant refused to omit the article from its engine.

        In 2020, supreme court justice Melinda Richards ruled that the article implied Mr. Defteros crossed a line from professional lawyer to a confidant and friend of criminals. This is due to the lawyer representing various gangsters in court.

        Google’s lawyers argue that a search engine is not a publisher because “a hyperlink is not, in and of itself, the communication of that to which it links”. The company’s submission adds:

        “The inevitable consequence of leaving the court of appeal’s decision undisturbed is that Google will be required to act as censor by excluding any webpage about which complaint is made from its search results, even when, as here, the webpage may be a matter of legitimate interest to the substantial portion of people who search for it and is published by a reputable news source.”

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Neil Young protests Spotify over COVID misinformation: “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both”

        In a now-deleted letter addressed to his management team and record label, singer and musician Neil Young declared that he wants all his music to be removed from Spotify, Rolling Stone reported.

        The reason for Young’s harsh demand? Spotify is also the home to Joe Rogan’s infamous podcast — “The Joe Rogan Experience” — where the controversial commentator and former television presenter spews false information regarding COVID-19 and vaccines.

      • Neil Young Posts Letter Calling for Spotify to Remove His Music ‘or Joe Rogan’

        Neil Young asked his managers to delete his music from Spotify over Joe Rogan’s vaccine misinformation.

        In a now-deleted letter posted to his website, Young told his managers why he made the decision. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” the singer writes. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”

      • Neil Young tells Spotify to remove music over Joe Rogan vaccine misinformation

        NBC News has not seen the original post and it is unclear why it was removed from Young’s website. A link to the original post labeled “A-Message-To-Spotify,” currently leads to a blank page. A representative for Young did not immediately respond to an overnight request for comment.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • OAN Throws A Hissy Fit After Being Axed By AT&T, DirecTV

        Last week, we noted how AT&T-owned DirecTV had decided to axe OAN, the conspiracy and fantasy channel, from its cable lineup. The decision came just three months or so after a blockbuster report showed that AT&T not only helped fund and set up the conspiracy theory spewing “news” outlet, but it came up with the idea. OAN has been notorious for spreading false claims ranging from non-existent election fraud to the false claim that COVID was developed in a North Carolina lab as part of a government plot.

      • Smartmatic Sues MyPillow CEO For Defamation Over His Months Of Nonstop Election Conspiracy Theories

        Hope Mike Lindell has socked away some of his MyPillow millions. Trump toadying is proving to be an expensive hobby, and it’s not as though the former president is doing anything to repay those whose support has been absurdly unwavering with anything like, you know, legal assistance. Or actual money.

      • How Israel’s ‘Facebook Law’ Plans to Control All Palestinian Content Online

        Some analysts argued that Netanyahu had feared that a law aimed at suppressing Palestinian freedom of speech online could be exploited by his enemies to control his own speech and incitement. Now that Netanyahu is no longer in the picture, the bill is back, and so is Sa’ar.

        Gideon Sa’ar is currently Israel’s justice minister and deputy prime minister. While his boss, Naftali Bennett, is moving rapidly to expand settlements and to worsen already horrific realities for Palestinians on the ground, Sa’ar is expanding the Israeli military occupation of Palestinians to the digital realm. What is known as the ‘Facebook Law’ is set to grant “Israeli courts the power to demand the removal of user-generated content on social media content platforms that can be perceived as inflammatory or as harming ‘the security of the state,’ or the security of people or the security of the public.”

      • ‘Fight Club’ ending changed in China with new fate for Tyler Durden

        In a move of steamrolling censorship, China has cut the 1999 psychological thriller film’s iconic, destructive ending and instead replaced it with a bland version where the government comes out on top.

        The twist ending of split personality Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt/Edward Norton) successfully detonating his anarchy cell’s “Project Mayhem” and bombing the Los Angeles skyline is swapped for a graphic indicating that authorities saved the day in the nick of time.

      • Cult Classic ‘Fight Club’ Gets a Very Different Ending in China

        The 1999 film by David Fincher originally ends with the Narrator (Edward Norton) killing his split personality Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). With the female lead Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), he then watches all the buildings explode outside the window and collapse, suggesting Tyler’s anarchist plan to destroy consumerism is in the works.

        The exact opposite happens in the edit of the same film released in China. In the version on the Chinese streaming site Tencent Video, the explosion scene has been removed. Instead, viewers are told that the state successfully busted Tyler’s plan to destroy the world.

      • Attack of the Right-Wing Thought Police

        Republicans have made considerable political hay by denouncing the teaching of critical race theory; this strategy has succeeded even though most voters have no idea what that theory is and it isn’t actually being taught in public schools. But the facts in this case don’t matter, because denunciations of C.R.T. are basically a cover for a much bigger agenda: an attempt to stop schools from teaching anything that makes right-wingers uncomfortable.

        I use that last word advisedly: There’s a bill advancing in the Florida Senate declaring that an individual “should not be made to feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race.” That is, the criterion for what can be taught isn’t “Is it true? Is it supported by the scholarly consensus?” but rather “Does it make certain constituencies uncomfortable?”

      • A Gold Medal for Censorship in China

        Human Rights Watch has launched a video series with Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao to put the Winter Olympics, which begin February 4, in context. One focuses on the Chinese government’s demand that global athletes shut up about human rights abuses in China and similar topics.

      • Keanu Reeves Faces Chinese Backlash Over Tibet Concert

        The Tibet House U.S. is linked to a coalition of organizations that there founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalai Lama. Since the annexation of Tibet in 1950 by the PRC, the Chinese government has forced the Tibet people and culture into a corner, something that has included films only being allowed into Chinese cinemas if they do not include any Tibetan references in their content, which has caused some issues.

      • Whoa: Keanu Reeves Joins Tibet House Lineup

        The 2022 Tibet House benefit show marks the second consecutive year that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the concert — now in its 35th year — from Carnegie Hall to the virtual realm.

      • Social media platforms must refuse Russia’s demands to censor media, RSF says

        Stepping up Russia’s war on reliable and independent online reporting, the federal communications agency Roskomnadzor blocked access to the OVD-Info site on 25 December and called on social media platforms to shut down its accounts, which would result in its complete disappearance.

        This media outlet, which documents detentions during protests and cases of political harassment, is used as a reference source by many publications and NGOs both in Russia and internationally, including RSF.

      • Trump’s free speech social site will censor posts with artificial intelligence

        Donald Trump’s new social media platform, set up following the former President’s ban from Twitter, is already facing backlash on the right for its reported rules around censorship.

        Truth Social is due to launch on 22 February (President’s Day), with promises of being a platform for “free speech” that will “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech” – according to Mr Trump himself.

        However, as Fox Business first reported, its partnership with a sophisticated AI firm – boasting tech which is capable of automatically detecting unsavory posts and images – has led to some backlash online.

      • ‘Sailor Moon’ and the dangers of censorship

        “Sailor Moon” started as a serialized manga anthology that ran from 1991-1997, written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi (“Toki☆Meca!”). Due to its immense popularity, it was adapted into an anime series in 1992 that ran until 1997. “Sailor Moon” did not premiere in North America until 1995 — however, the North American licensing and dub came with many unexpected changes.

      • Husband Says Iran Sentenced Activist Wife to Prison, Lashes

        Iran has sentenced a prominent human rights activist to more than eight years prison, according to her husband.

        Paris-based Taghi Rahmani tweeted on Sunday that his wife, Narges Mohammadi, was tried in five minutes and sentenced to prison and 70 lashes. He has said she is prohibited from communicating and has no access to lawyers. Last week, she was sent to Gharchak prison near Tehran.

      • UK: Abusive SLAPP case concludes against investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr

        On 21 January, the High Court concluded a five-day trial in a vexatious defamation case brought by British businessman and political donor Arron Banks against investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr, a laureate of RSF’s press freedom prize and many other prestigious awards. Cadwalladr has been sued on the basis of a TED talk and a corresponding tweet sharing a link to the talk, in which she alleged that Banks had lied about his relationship with the Russian government. Cadwalladr defended the claim on the basis that her reporting was done in the public interest.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Julian Assange Can Now Seek Appeal Against US Extradition to Top UK Court
      • Statement on the UK High Court’s ruling on Julian Assange

        We welcome the UK High Court’s decision to allow Julian Assange to appeal his extradition to the US, whose government wants him for revealing its crimes, exposing its lies and informing the public – in other words, invaluable journalistic work.

      • Why the UN’s push for a cybercrime treaty could imperil journalists simply for using the [Internet]

        The issue stems from competing definitions of cybercrime, one narrowed on malicious hacking of networks and data, the other encompassing any crime facilitated by a computer. It matters because many authorities around the world already invoke cybercrime or cybersecurity laws to punish journalists – not for secretly hacking into networks or systems, but for openly using their own to publicize wrongdoing.

      • Journalist who feared for her life murdered in Tijuana

        Lourdes Maldonado, formerly a journalist at Mexico’s biggest television news network, Televisa, told President López Obrador that she feared for her life in a morning news conference in March 2019.

        Maldonado was in a legal dispute with the former governor of Baja California, Jaime Bonilla, for unfair dismissal and the non-payment of salary and was being given protection under the federal mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists.

      • International Press Institute calls for journalist Sedef Kabaş’s immediate release

        The International Press Institute (IPI) global network and the IPI’s Turkey National Committee have called for the immediate release of journalist Sedef Kabaş, who has been arrested over the weekend for “insulting the President”. The IPI has stressed that with Kabaş’s arrest, the number of journalists in prison in Turkey rose to 38, according to the IPI figures.

        Commenting on Kabaş’s arrest, IPI Turkey National Committee Chair Emre Kızılkaya has underlined that there can be no democracy when the press is silenced and briefly stated the following: [...]

      • Woman reporter beaten by police while covering protest in DRC

        Bondeko community radio reporter Justine Lifombi had injuries to her face and was barefoot when finally released from the police station in Isangi, a town in the north-central province of Tshopo, after covering a street protest against Isangi administrator Joseph Mimbenga on 20 January that was banned on public health grounds.

        She was interviewing protesters when several police officers grabbed her by the hair, beat her and took her by force to the local police station. Her recording equipment, three mobile phones and shoes were not returned when she was freed several hours later.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The DEA Is Using A Law Created To Give It Access To Landline Records To Gather Data From Encrypted Messaging Services

        Everything old is new again. New and still abusable. Thomas Brewster reports for Forbes that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is taking advantage of a nearly 40-year-old law to obtain information about WhatsApp users.

      • Opinion | What If the Department of Homeland Security Was Aimed at the Nation It Was Created to Protect?

        A relative of mine, who works for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiling data on foreigners entering the United States, recently posted a curious logo on his Facebook profile: a white Roman numeral three on a black background surrounded by 13 white stars. For those who don’t know what this symbol stands for, it represents the “Three Percenters,” a group that the Anti-Defamation League has identified as an anti-government militia. Its members have a record of violent criminal attacks and strikingly partisan activity, including arrests and guilty pleas in connection with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque in 2017 and appearances as “guards,” carrying assault-style weaponry, at several pro-Trump rallies. Six of its members have been charged with plotting to assault the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

      • New Europol regulation: EU member states want to blindside parliament with renewed time stamps

        For years, the EU police agency has been storing dumps of data on crime victims and witnesses. New legislation will legalise this practice. An exception should now apply to information Europol collected before it comes into force.

      • Why 30 Out of 32 NFL Head Coaches are White: Pro Football’s Abysmal Record on diversity

        In other words, in a league in which most of the players are Black, 30 of the 32 NFL head coaches are white.

        I have studied diversity and inclusion in sport for more than two decades, including the ways in which race and gender intersect to affect leadership opportunities for women and men. My research shows that biased decision-making, organizational cultures that value similarity, and societal forms of bias and discrimination are all to blame for the lack of diversity among NFL head coaches.

      • ICE Is Detaining More Immigrants. Covid Is Putting Them in Danger.

        The Covid-19 pandemic has been raging for nearly two years, killing more than 865,000 people in the United States alone. The Omicron variant is here, it is a lot more infectious than previous variants, and it has reduced the effectiveness of vaccines at stemming transmission. Despite the US lead in Covid-19 deaths worldwide and Omicron’s ongoing impact, the Biden administration has prioritized a “new normal” instead of implementing federal policies to prevent Covid-19 transmission, including the mass release of people in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers.

      • Starbucks Asks Labor Board to Stop Ongoing Union Election in Mesa, Arizona
      • ‘He was clueless’ Russian DJ Denis Kaznacheev was charged with laundering $310 million. Then, unexpectedly, the U.S. authorities withdrew their extradition request.

        In early January, the American authorities withdrew a request to extradite Berlin-based Russian DJ Denis Kaznacheev. The U.S. had charged him with laundering hundreds of millions of dollars. As a result, a Berlin court placed Kaznacheev in pre-trial detention before releasing him on bail, while making it clear that Germany would not challenge his extradition stateside. In recent months, new details of the case have emerged: Kaznacheev was accused of running WebKazna — a money laundering service on the dark web, — supposedly naming the illegal business after himself. People close to the DJ think he was framed by a family friend. Meduza looks into how the story unfolded. 

      • Thich Nhat Hanh After 9/11: Ignorance, Discrimination, Fear & Violence Are Real Enemies of Humanity

        In memory of Thich Nhat Hanh, the world-renowned Buddhist monk, antiwar activist, poet and teacher who died Saturday, we reair a speech Hanh gave at Riverside Church in New York in 2001. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Hanh urged the audience to embrace peace in the face of anger, citing his experience of witnessing suffering on both sides during the war in his native Vietnam. “The real enemy of man is not man,” says Hanh. “It is ignorance, discrimination, fear, craving and violence.” We also speak with Hanh’s longtime friend and fellow peace activist, Father John Dear, former director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the organization that first brought Thich Nhat Hanh to the United States in the 1960s. “He was really an embodiment of peace and gentleness and nonviolence,” says Dear.

      • Work Culture Makes Individual Workers Feel Like a Problem

        Why are we committed to requiring people be physically present in the office if many workers report being more productive while working from home? Why do we insist on keeping video on during Zoom meetings, which causes fatigue? Why do we make people sit at desks all day when the human body simply was not biologically engineered to sit for eight-plus hours at a time? (In fact, we’re more productive when we’re moving around — a classic ADHD trait that is typically frowned upon.)

      • Tibet activists urge Allianz to drop Beijing Games sponsorship

        China seized control of Tibet in 1950 in what it calls a “peaceful liberation”. Tibet has since become one of the most restricted areas in the country. China denies wrongdoing and says its intervention ended “backward feudal serfdom”.

      • US broadcaster urged to include China’s oppression in Tibet in coverage

        “As you are well aware, the Chinese government is one of the most brutal human rights abusers the world has seen in decades.

      • Mumbai court discharges Shilpa Shetty in 2007 obscenity case, calls her ‘victim’ of Richard Gere’s act

        Almost 15 years after Shilpa Shetty landed in an ‘obscenity’ controversy when Hollywood star Richard Gere kissed her on her cheek at a public event, the actor was discharged from the case by a Mumbai court which observed that she seems to be the victim of the act of Richard Gere.

        A court of metropolitan magistrate Ketki Chavan discharged Shilpa on January 18. A detailed order was made available on Monday. In 2007, the two actors had come together for an AIDS awareness programme in Rajasthan. On the stage, Richard kissed the actress on her cheeks, causing a stir in the country.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Did We Miss Our Best Chance At Regulating The Internet?
      • Podcast Episode: Data Doppelgängers

        On this episode of How to Fix the Internet, Ethan Zuckerman, a long-time friend and tech pioneer, joins EFF’s Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien to discuss ways to fix surveillance advertising and online speech to make the internet a better place for everyone.

      • Speak Up: Reflecting On The SOPA Debate From Inside The Capitol
      • Come Join Our Fireside Chat With Rep. Zoe Lofgren To Discuss Internet Regulations: From SOPA To Now… And Looking Forward

        As you’ve probably seen, for the last couple of weeks we’ve been running our Techdirt Greenhouse series of posts looking back on the fight against SOPA from those who were there at the time, including one this morning from from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who was a key player in Congress stopping SOPA. Tomorrow at 1pm PT / 4pm ET, we’ll be having Rep. Lofgren join us for a “fireside chat” looking back at what happened with SOPA a decade ago, but more importantly looking at what’s happening today with internet regulations and where things are likely to go. If you want to attend live, please register to sign up. Like many of our recent events, we’re using the Remo platform, which has the feeling of an actual in-person event, even while it’s virtual. You’ll be able to talk to other people at your “table” as well as move around to other tables to talk to other attendees as well. During the talk with Lofgren, you’ll be able to submit your own questions as well. So please join us tomorrow…

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Why the Streamers Are (Finally) Investing in Africa

        Maroulis estimates there are now some 1.4 million subscription video-on-demand users in sub-Saharan Africa, a figure “we expect to grow to 2.4 million by 2026.” (Countries in Northern Africa, including Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, are typically grouped together with the markets of Europe and the Middle East.)

        Digital TV Research, another London-based data cruncher, is more bullish, estimating there are already 5.1 million SVOD subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa and that their numbers will nearly triple, to slightly more than 15 million, by 2027.

        Even the more optimistic figures are a fraction of the streaming audience elsewhere. Netflix alone has 73 million users in North America and about 38 million in Latin America, a region with roughly half the population of sub-Saharan Africa.

    • Monopolies

      • Deja Vu All Over Again: Microsoft, Sony Making Vague Statements About Exclusivity In Activision Titles

        And here we go again. When Microsoft acquired Zenimax/Bethesda last year, the first question that leapt to most people’s minds was whether or not Microsoft would wall off long-running franchises from Bethesda with exclusivity to Xbox and/or PC platforms. Those looking for answers were surely initially confused by conflicting statements from both sides of the deal, which was then “clarified” later by Microsoft execs saying that titles would be “first/better on Microsoft platforms” but not exclusive. That was then clarified further by Microsoft’s actual actions, which was to announce that the next Elder Scrolls game would indeed be a PC/Xbox exclusive.

      • FTC Mum on Microsoft-Activision Deal, Proposes Review of Merger Guidelines

        As per policy, the FTC and the Department of Justice, which on Tuesday jointly held a press conference on merger reform on the same day of the announced consolidation, said they could not comment on the deal, which would increase the Xbox maker’s gaming market share and allow it to better compete with Japanese behemoth Sony.

        During the press conference, Khan, installed as chairwoman in June as an already outspoken critic of certain big tech practices, announced that the organizations would be launching a review of merger guidelines. Khan stressed that the current guidelines do not adequately protect consumers and promote competition in the era of the digital economy.

      • Union Calls for Regulator “Oversight” of Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Buy

        On Monday, Polygon senior reporter Nicole Carpenter reported on a staff email from Raven Software studio head Brian Raffel announcing an “organizational change” at the Activision Blizzard-owned studio that would “embed” quality-assurance workers in various teams, including those for animation, audio and production. The email said that the restructuring “has been carefully considered and is a next logical step in the planned process that began several months ago,” and that other studios at Activision Blizzard utilize this approach. (In a statement to Carpenter, Activision Publishing said the move “continues the work the studio began in November.”)

      • Patents

        • ‘Historic Turning Point’: Cuba Issues Plan for Vaccine Internationalism

          At a Tuesday press conference convened by Progressive International, individuals from Cuba’s medical community explained their plan to deliver 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to low-income nations in the Global South—along with technology to enable domestic production and expert support to improve distribution.

          “Cuba’s achievement in creating effective vaccines is immense, and if we can use this know-how to build a better system, not driven by the greed of the few, it will be truly world-changing.”

        • Software Patents

          • Patent Applications Hint That Facebook’s VR World Might Just Be Web Mutton Dressed Up As Metaverse Lamb

            The unexpected rebranding of Facebook’s holding company as “Meta” has prompted a good deal of head scratching. Was it because Mark Zuckerberg is now a true believer in the metaverse religion, as the rather cringe-worthy video released at the time of the name change is meant to suggest? Was it perhaps an attempt to change the conversation in the wake of the damning testimony and leaks of Frances Haugen? Or maybe it was just a desperate bid to find a way of attracting younger users now that Facebook is increasingly an old person’s social network, as the New York Times pointed out recently:

          • Apple fires back in Ericsson 5G legal battle

            Apple has countersued Ericsson and is seeking an important ban on the import of the Swedish telecoms equipment manufacturer’s base stations into the US as part of a long-running legal dispute over the use of 5G patents.

            The two companies previously signed a seven-year licensing agreement for the use of Ericsson’s Standards Essential Patents (SEPs) in Apple’s products such as the iPhone but have been in the courts ever since negotiations about an extension broke down.

          • Ericsson and Apple patent dispute escalates into Europe

            Ericsson’s initial suits were filed in both the Western US District of Texas, and at least one unknown European country. Juve Patent now says that the European suits were filed in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil.

          • Ericsson Sues Apple Again Over 5G Patent Licensing Infringements

            In 2021, both companies sued each other in the US after negotiations failed over the renewal of a seven-year licensing contract for telecom patents covering 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies that was established in 2015.

            Despite long negotiations, the two companies have been unable to reach a new patent-licensing agreement that also covers 5G, and in October, Ericsson sued Apple claiming that the company was unfairly trying to reduce royalty rates. Two months later, Apple countersued Ericsson, accusing the Swedish company of using “strong-arm tactics” in its bid to renew patents.

          • Ericsson sues Apple again over 5G patent licensing

            Both companies have already sued each other in the United States as negotiations failed over the renewal of a seven-year licensing contract for telecoms patents first struck in 2015.

            Ericsson sued first in October, claiming that Apple was trying to improperly cut down the royalty rates. The iPhone maker then filed a lawsuit in December accusing the Swedish company of using “strong-arm tactics” to renew patents.

          • Ericsson is suing Apple over 5G patents after licensing negotiations fall through

            There are two new suits, one relates to four patents, the other to eight. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents suggests that the former suit is paired with a complaint to the US International Trade Commission, asking it to ban imports of infringing devices (it’s not entirely clear what those are at the moment).

          • Ericsson sues Apple again over 5G patent royalties

            In the latest suit filed in the US, Ericsson claims that Apple devices are using its patented 5G inventions without paying for them. The Swedish company has more than 57,000 patents and gets around a third of its operating profit from patent royalties.

          • New Apple Patent Hints at Voice-Activated Noise Cancellation

            The patent itself is defined as an “interrupt for noise-canceling audio devices.” The patent details allow authorized users who speak a codeword to break through the active noise cancellation feature on AirPods. The patent also details some processing work the AirPods themselves would do to avoid false positives.

            Volume information and time-of-arrival differences are just some of the data points that could be used to decide whether to turn off noise cancellation. The technology would also use processing power on the user’s iPhone to help make that decision. Being able to switch between transparency mode at a codeword is an interesting approach. The patent itself deals with identifying the speaker of the codeword to make sure it’s an authorized interruption.

      • Copyrights

        • ‘Now it belongs to everyone’: Australia buys copyright to Aboriginal flag, making it free to fly

          The government has paid $20 million to Thomas and to extinguish licences held by a small number of companies which have stirred controversy since 2018 by demanding payment for the flag’s reproduction.

          A parliamentary inquiry in 2020 said the licence holder had demanded payment from health organisations and sporting clubs, which could lead to communities stopping using the flag to avoid legal action.

        • Tor Project Mounts Legal Challenge to Oppose Russian Blocking

          After moves to block access to the Tor network, last month Russian authorities ordered the blocking of TorProject.org, the main domain of the privacy-focused anti-censorship tool Tor. With assistance from digital rights activists at Roskomsvoboda, Tor has now mounted a legal challenge to have the blocking reversed.

        • Google Drive Flags Text Files With “1″ or “0″ As Copyright Infringements

          Google Drive is flagging text files that only contain a “1″ or “0″ as copyright infringements. These seemingly harmless bits are automatically targeted by the storage platform’s filtering algorithm, apparently for a terms of service violation. As if that’s not drastic enough, there is no option to challenge this arbitrary decision.


Links 26/1/2022: No ARM for Nvidia, End of EasyArch, and WordPress 5.9 is Out

Posted in News Roundup at 9:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • The Software Upgrade Threadmill and Life’s crazy chain of dependencies — an epic tale about Firefox, GTG, Python, and Linux distros – The Open Sourcerer

      Modern software development happens at a breakneck pace, and while staying on ancient versions (hello, Debian Stable / Ubuntu LTS / Android users) is not really a safe and realistic option anymore (try reporting bugs without getting laughed out of the room by upstream maintainers), it is becoming a challenge for users to keep up. When it works, it works… but when something breaks down in the upgrade threadmill, the chain of dependencies to get back on track can become absolutely ludicrous and throw your digital life in turmoil. Just like needing to replace that one light bulb…

      Case in point: I’m finally publishing this article in 2022, while I initially meant to blog about this way back in 2017… but more stuff kept breaking all the time, resetting my productivity and accidentally adding more potential content for this blog post. More value for you, dear reader!

      As someone who has been running Linux for 19 years (as of 2022), I think I know my way around most hurdles you can possibly encounter. Undoubtedly, running Linux-based operating systems on desktop/laptop computers has overall gotten incredibly easier compared to 2003, but also, as one gradually becomes highly dependent on specific tools and committed to well-oiled workflows, the upgrade threadmill can become a real high-stakes pursuit.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • NXP Continues Work On Linux Driver Bring-Up Of “Amphion” Video Encoder/Decoder – Phoronix

        NXP engineers continue persevering for bringing up a mainline-suitable, open-source kernel driver for their Amphion video encoder/decoder hardware. Out today is their 15th revision to the Amphion driver patches.

        The Amphion v15 driver patches were posted this morning for handling this video encoder and decoder found via the video (VPU) block with the NXP i.MX8Q platforms. Initially the IMX8QXP and IMX8QM SoCs are supported by this Amphion driver work.

      • Graphics Stack

        • A Pixel’s Color & new documentation repository

          My work on Wayland and Weston color management and HDR support has been full of learning new concepts and terms. Many of them are crucial for understanding how color works. I started out so ignorant that I did not know how to blend two pixels together correctly. I did not even know that I did not know – I was just doing the obvious blend, and that was wrong. Now I think I know what I know and do not know, and I also feel that most developers around window systems and graphical applications are as uneducated as I was.

          Color knowledge is surprisingly scarce in my field it seems. It is not enough that I educate myself. I need other people to talk to, to review my work, and to write patches that I will be reviewing.

        • Initial Bits Land In Mesa 22.0 For Intel Raptor Lake – Phoronix

          In addition to Mesa 22.0 landing Vulkan 1.3 support today with the Radeon RADV and Intel ANV Vulkan drivers, Mesa today also received initial support for next-gen Raptor Lake S processors.

          With the in-development Linux 5.17 kernel there is the initial i915 kernel driver support for Raptor Lake S so now that the DRM/KMS side has initial RPL-S support, Mesa has landed its dependent support.

    • Vulkan

      • Open-Source Intel & Radeon GPU Drivers Ready With Day-One Support For Vulkan 1.3

        For the just-announced Vulkan 1.3, the open-source Intel “ANV” and Radeon “RADV” Vulkan drivers within Mesa are prepared to land support for this updated specification.

        On the same day as the graphics vendors shipping beta proprietary drivers with Vulkan 1.3 support, the open-source ANV/RADV drivers within Mesa are good to go too with their Vulkan 1.3 support.

        Granted, Vulkan 1.3 is about making official various extensions as part of the core specification that previously were optional. The Intel and Radeon Vulkan Mesa drivers have supported the 23 extensions already promoted to core, so the hurdle today isn’t too extremely challenging. In any case, this same-day support is a remarkable difference compared to the old days of Mesa where it was months/years behind the upstream OpenGL driver specification for its hardware drivers.

      • NVIDIA, AMD & Intel Announce Day One Driver Support For Vulkan 1.3 API on Windows & Linux Platforms

        With the release Tuesday of Vulkan 1.3, NVIDIA continues its unparalleled record of day one driver support for this cross-platform GPU application programming interface for 3D graphics and computing.

        Vulkan has been created by experts from across the industry working together at the Khronos Group, an open standards consortium. From the start, NVIDIA has worked to advance this effort. NVIDIA’s Neil Trevett has been Khronos president since its earliest days.

        “NVIDIA has consistently been at the forefront of computer graphics with new, enhanced tools, and technologies for developers to create rich game experiences,” said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research.

    • Applications

      • Albert and Catfish – search tools, and horses for courses – Real Linux User

        One of the superpowers of computers is being able to find what you are looking for quickly and efficiently. Finding a needle in a haystack may have been an impossible challenge in the pre-computer days, but the advent of the computer has made finding things a lot easier, faster and more effective. For us Linux enthusiasts, there are plenty of alternatives available to make finding specific files, such as documents, photos, videos and applications, easier and faster. In this article, written by Paul Surman, one of the readers of this website, two powerful search applications for Linux are described based on his personal experiences. Paul shares his enthusiasm for Albert and Catfish and the way these tools makes his life in Linux easier, so enjoy and see if these powerful tools can be something for you as well.

        The question as to which is the best program for any specific purpose depends on the program, but also on the person who is going to use it. Exceptional programs tend to rise in popularity, like the ones that most often come with Linux distributions. But what works best for you is what really matters.

        This article is about Albert and Catfish, but I am not about to tell you they are the best, only that they have best suited me, and the reasons why. You may have different, perfectly valid reasons, for an entirely different choice. It’s a question of horses for courses. Linux offers diverse choices, and that is one of its many strengths.

      • Free technology in housing and construction

        When building, self-building, renovating or extending a home, software and hardware products are almost indispensable.

        For floorplans and CAD drawings there is FreeCAD and LibreCAD. The former, FreeCAD, appears to offer more features for 3D and a BIM workbench for Building Information Modelling. Even if you use architects and engineers to do most of the drawing and design work, it can be really helpful being able to view their drawings at home using one of these tools.

        Once you have a plan for a building it is important to make calculations about energy requirements. One of the most well known tools for this is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). Some web sites refer to it as open source software but it is neither free nor open source. It is a spreadsheet and there is a charge for downloading it. There are discussions about an equivalent feature for FreeCAD and another discussion in OSArch.

        For the construction phase, some of the tools promoted by Open Source Ecology offer the possibility to help with everything from earthworks to decorating.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Learn about Virtual memory statistics using vmstat – TREND OCEANS

        We can use multiple tools to monitor system statistics, but if you are looking for virtual memory, use vmstat, which support numerous options and parameters.

        And you can set vmstat with screen or any other screen multiplexer for best usage.

      • openSUSE 15.4/15.3/Tumbleweed NVIDIA [510.39.01 / 495.46 / 470.94 / 390.147 / 340.108] Drivers Install Guide – If Not True Then False

        This is guide, howto install NVIDIA proprietary drivers (manually using .run files) on openSUSE Leap 15.4 Alpha/15.3/Tumbleweed and disable Nouveau driver. This guide works with GeForce 8/9/200/300/400/500/600/700/800/900/10/20/30 series cards.

      • How to Use XBPS Package Manager on Void Linux

        XBPS is the default command line package manager tool in Void Linux. Here’s how to use it to install, remove, update, and upgrade packages in Void Linux in a breeze.

      • How to install Sublime Text on Zorin OS 16 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Sublime Text on Zorin OS 16.

      • How I Enabled a Translucent Blur Effect on Ubuntu 21.10 – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Glance at Windows 11, macOS, or even customised KDE Plasma desktops, and you’ll quickly learn that blurred window effects are a real vibe.

        But did you know that you can get a similar look on your GNOME-based Ubuntu desktop? Oh yes, all thanks to the third-party, unofficial, no-warranties, use-at-your-own-risk mutter-rounded repository on Github.

        Translucent app windows on Linux is not a new idea. The road to a feted desktop is littered with code from projects that have, in one form or another, tried to bring this feature to the fore, for all, over the years.

      • How to install Elasticsearch and manage with docker

        Elasticsearch is a distributed search and analytics engine built on Apache Lucene. It provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with an HTTP web interface and schema-free JSON documents. Elasticsearch has quickly become the most popular search engine and is commonly used for log analytics, full-text search, security intelligence, business analytics, and operational intelligence use cases.

        In this guide, we will learn how to install Elasticsearch using docker.

      • How to install Shotcut video editor on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Shotcut video editor on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

      • How to Install ZOOM on Ubuntu – buildVirtual

        Over the last couple of years Zoom has become extremely popular, either as a tool to use whilst working from home, or to keep in touch with friends and family. It’s available on many platforms – typically I use it on a Mac but recently had a need to install Zoom on my Ubuntu 20.04 system.

        This article covers a couple of ways in which you can install Zoom on Ubuntu using the Linux terminal / bash.

      • How To Install Envoy Proxy on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Envoy Proxy on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Envoy is an open-source edge and service proxy, designed for cloud-native applications. Built on the learnings of solutions such as Nginx, HAProxy, hardware load balancers, and cloud load balancers, Envoy runs alongside every application and abstracts the network by providing common features in a platform-agnostic manner.

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

      • How PetaSan Can Help To Manage Your Data

        Welcome Back! today we are going to discuss PetaSAN. A storage management solution for day to date backups and data protection. While looking for some good article material, I was able to find a decent and dedicated NAS OS that not only comes with Ubuntu OS as backed but is also easy to manage and install. A storage device that is based on modern storage technology. Highly scalable storage which provides agility and elasticity. Let’s discuss features and installation processes one by one.

      • How to install and upgrade OpenSSH server on FreeBSD

        Another day I wrote about setting up ssh public key password-less authentication for FreeBSD server version 12/13 with an optional 2FA hardware USB key (FIDO 2) for additional protection. However, FIDO2 and key type ecdsa-sk and ed25519-sk are not supported by the OpenSSH client and server version shipped with FreeBSD 12 or 13. But, fear not, we can safely upgrade the OpenSSH version using ports collection. This page explains how to install and configure the latest portable version of the OpenSSH client and server on FreeBSD 13.

      • How to Use the findmnt Command on Linux

        Discover everything about your file system mount points with the Linux findmnt command. It’s an all-in-one tool with a very easy syntax. We show you how to use it.

      • The idea of a tutorial

        Sooner or later, almost everyone who looks at some software that they or their team have created imagines a user getting to grips with it, and a pang of empathy for that unknown person prompts them to think: what we need here is a tutorial.

      • Linux Uptime Command Examples – buildVirtual

        The Linux uptime command is often used when troubleshooting a Linux system. One of the first puzzles to solve when investigating an outage may be to check if a system has been rebooted, or how long it has been available for. Quite often its as simple as running the uptime command, but there are a few additional options that it is useful to be aware of.

        First of all – do you have the uptime command? The answer is most certainly yes! The uptime command is present on all Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu, Red Hat, Centos etc), and many other operating systems including Unix and VMware ESXi. It can generally be found at /usr/bin/uptime.

    • Games

      • Valve Rolling Out Dynamic Cloud Sync For Moving Between The Steam Deck & PC – Phoronix

        Ahead of the Linux-based Steam Deck hopefully shipping around the end of February, Valve announced a new Steamworks feature called Dynamic Cloud Sync.

        Steam’s Dynamic Cloud Sync can simply be summed up as, “This feature allows players to seamlessly move between Deck and PC instances of the game without needing to worry about exiting the game on the Steam Deck.”

      • Cities: Skylines – Airports DLC is out now with some extra DLC packs | GamingOnLinux

        Paradox and Colossal Order have today release a number of DLC packs including Cities: Skylines – Airports.


        “The teams at Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order are excited to give fans an all new transportation option to integrate into their designs” said Magnus Lysell, Cities: Skylines Product Manager at Paradox Interactive. “Fans have long been requesting the possibility to integrate airports into their cities, and we can’t wait to see the things our community delivers with these new tools.”

      • New Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-01-25 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-01-18 and 2022-01-25 there were 34 new games released on Steam with native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 281 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 12.1 % of total released titles. Here’s a quick pick of the most interesting ones…

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNOME 42 Lands DRM Privacy Screen Support – Phoronix

          Now that Linux 5.17 has prepared DRM privacy screen support, the GNOME 42 is ready with its user-space side support for making use of this new standardized interface.

          A growing number of newer laptops are having built-in electronic privacy screens for helping prevent others from viewing your screen contents. With Linux 5.17 the exposing of this support to user-space has been standardized for Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) / Kernel Mode-Setting (KMS) drivers plus there is x86-specific initialization code and other related infrastructure work for privacy screens. For user-space is a new privacy screen property for capable GPU/connector combinations so it can be easily toggled.

    • Distributions

      • Stopped work on EasyArch

        Yes, have a working desktop, and even have the bin and lib folder symlinks just like it is in Arch. Actually, most of the issues are resolved I think, but it has been “dependency hell”. To build a distro with everything builtin, Scribus, OBS-Studio, Shotcut, LibreOffice, Inkscape etc., I ended up with a download file over 800MB — compared with about 580MB for the Dunfell img.gz file.

        Could create a smaller build with minimal apps, like peebee has done, but have decided cannot see the point of it.

        Yes, there is a big package repository, and I tested it by installing Shotcut video editor, and it works. But that is not giving me enough reason to keep working on it. Takes away too much time that could be spent working on improving EasyOS itself.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Charmed Kubeflow 1.4 Brings Smart, Agile MLOps to any Cloud – LinuxInsider

          Canonical is pushing the limits on its MLOps platform to automate the full lifecycle of feature engineering, training, and release workflows for machine learning (ML) models.

          The Canonical Data Platform team on Tuesday announced the release of its MLOps platform Charmed Kubeflow 1.4. The new free release enables data science teams to securely collaborate on AI/ML innovation on any cloud, from concept to production.

          Charmed Kubeflow is an open source MLOps platform released under the Apache License 2.0. The platform helps data scientists automate the workflow from ideation to production.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Purism 2022 Roadmap

          Looking back on the road we have already traveled, Purism has pioneered many areas. These include securing boot firmware (PureBoot), manufacturing in the USA (Librem Key and Librem 5 USA), and creating the first truly convergent operating system (PureOS) by authoring the foundational pieces for mobile GNU/Linux (Phosh, Phoc, Squeekboard, Calls, Chats, etc). These innovations and growth have happened due to the unflinching support of our team, early backers, supporters and customers. As we look ahead to 2022, we wanted to share where we are going next.

        • Nano-ITX carrier extends RPi CM4 with eight USB ports, M.2, and mini-PCIe

          UUGear’s $201-and-up “PiGear Nano” carrier for the Raspberry Pi CM4 provides 8x USB 3.0, 4x COM, HDMI, MIPI-DSI/CSI, GbE, CAN, ADC, DIO, M.2 for NVMe, and mini-PCIe with SIM.

          UUGear has launched a full-featured, 120 x 120mm Nano-ITX carrier board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. The PiGear Nano starts at $201 without the CM4 module or case. The board ships with UWI (UUGear Web Interface) software for mobile access.

          UUGear started in Prague, Czech, but last year moved to the Netherlands, incorporating the company as Dun Cat B.V, but continuing with the UUGear branding. The company has produced a bevy of Raspberry Pi add-ons, such as the Witty Pi RTC/PMIC board, the Mega4 4-ort USB 3./1 hub, and Zero2Go OMINI power supply.

        • RAKwireless introduces 16 new WisBlock modules with LoRaWAN, NFC reader, etc… – CNX Software

          RAKwireless will add new modules to its WisBlock IoT modular system every quarter. Last July, WisBlock family welcomed 14 new modules, and in September 2021, RAK11310 Raspberry Pi RP2040 LoRaWAN core was introduced together with a new baseboard and various sensor modules.

          This time around, the company launched 16 new Wisblock modules with two wireless modules, one adding LoRaWAN to an ESP32 core module, the other acting as an RFID and NFC card reader, as well as six sensor modules, and eight “interface” modules ranging from barcode scanners to keypads.

        • Capture macro photos with this Arduino-powered platform | Arduino Blog

          Getting that perfect up-close macro shot is touch, especially since even the smallest movement can throw off a focused image or make the subject leave the frame. This need for stability and precision is what drove Kike Glez (AKA ‘TelekikeG’ on Instructables) to build a motorized photography platform that would be able to gradually move closer/further away relative to the subject with extreme levels of granularity.

          The device utilizes an Arduino Uno as its primary microcontroller and its job is to generate pulses for the DRV8825 stepper driver, which turns the stepper motor as well as accepts user inputs from a series of five buttons — all mounted on a custom PCB shield. The board also features several TIL331 seven-segment modules for a more vintage appearance. Rather than constructing the entire platform from scratch, an old CD-ROM drive was repurposed in order to use the laser head gantry to move the subject instead. Lastly, a pair of bright lights were placed in front of the subject that provided plenty of illumination.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Mullvad VPN

        There is a new application available for Sparkers: Mullvad VPN

      • Events

        • Waag founder Marleen Stikker to keynote LibrePlanet 2022

          The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced Marleen Stikker as its opening keynote speaker for LibrePlanet 2022. The annual technology and social justice conference will be held virtually on March 19 and 20, 2022, with the theme “Living Liberation.”

        • Covid Concerns Push Scale 19x to July and to a New Venue – FOSS Force

          Scale, otherwise known as the Southern California Linux Expo, announced in an email sent yesterday that due to Covid concerns this year’s conference has been pushed back to July 28-31. In addition, the event will be returning to its original home, Los Angeles, at a facility that’s yet to be named.

          The event, which is one of three major community-focused Linux and open source conferences held on the U.S. West Coast each year (along with LinuxFest Northwest and Seattle GNU/Linux Conference), was originally scheduled to take place March 3-6 at the Pasadena Convention Center, where it’s been held since Scale 14x in 2016. Before that it was held at various venues in Los Angeles, mostly at facilities located near the city’s international airport. Last year’s event was canceled entirely due to the pandemic.

          Yesterday’s announcement was brief and to the point, evidently primarily intended to make the organization’s email subscribers aware of the change before they made travel and hotel arrangements, which might be costly to cancel or reschedule.

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • Google Chrome 97 media playback pausing randomly on Windows & Linux

            In recent weeks, Google Chrome users have been suffering from an annoying problem that directly affects the playback of videos through the popular browser.

            Apparently, Google Chrome 97 (the most recent stable update) is causing media playback pausing randomly on Windows and Linux for many users (1, 2, 3).

        • Mozilla

          • Use Mozilla DeepSpeech to enable speech to text in your application

            One of the primary functions of computers is to parse data. Some data is easier to parse than other data, and voice input continues to be a work in progress. There have been many improvements in the area in recent years, though, and one of them is in the form of DeepSpeech, a project by Mozilla, the foundation that maintains the Firefox web browser. DeepSpeech is a voice-to-text command and library, making it useful for users who need to transform voice input into text and developers who want to provide voice input for their applications.

          • Firefox Nightly Begins Activating Wayland For Capable Systems – Phoronix

            In recent days Mozilla has begun activating Wayland support by default on Firefox Nightly for configurations capable of running Wayland.

            Mozilla tweeted a notice that “Wayland was activated by default on Firefox Nightly (only) for eligible configurations last week.”

            They encourage those Firefox Linux users on Wayland to check this bug ticket and connected dependent tickets regarding the Wayland port for known issues. There have been recent new bugs submitted around crashes, WM_CLASS handling changes, dragging tabs sometimes freezing Firefox, and menu alignment issues.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • Database Management and Hosting | ObjectRocket

          MongoDB is one of the most extensively used databases on the market. There are three parts to it: Express, Angular, and Node. Developers choose NoSQL databases since data is stored in documents rather than relational tables; this has dramatically boosted its appeal. NoSQL databases include pure document databases, key-value stores, wide-column databases, and graph databases.

          Unlike SQL relational databases, MongoDB databases can be dispersed over multiple servers. The structure’s flexibility and efficiency make it useful in various situations. MongoDB cloud hosting is an excellent and cost-effective choice for your company. The database organizes all of the data so that the user can access it quickly when needed.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Using a Matrix Bridge with LibreOffice IRC Channels

          Ever wondered about using modern chat tools to discuss LibreOffice? Here we will discuss using a Matrix bridge to connect to the LibreOffice IRC rooms, to participate more efficiently in LibreOffice-related discussions.

          Traditionally, IRC has been the preferred way of communication for the FOSS communities including the LibreOffice community. There are multiple IRC rooms that you can join, and the one related to the LibreOffice development is #libreoffice-dev at Libera Chat network.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • WordPress 5.9 Josephine

          Introducing 5.9, Joséphine. Named in honor of acclaimed international jazz singer Joséphine Baker, this latest, most versatile WordPress release is here: download it or update it directly from your dashboard.

          As a lifelong civil rights campaigner, Joséphine Baker believed that all people could live in harmony together, just as different instruments in a jazz band blend together to make a whole piece. Turn on a playlist from your favorite music service and enjoy her famous renditions of “You are the greatest love”, “Sans Amour”, and “Love is a Dreamer” as you discover all the features of this brand-new WordPress release.

        • NZ’s Catalyst IT delivers open-source system for uni library – Services – Software – CRN Australia

          Kiwi open-source cloud solutions provider Catalyst IT has completed the rollout of the Koha Library Management System for Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

          The Linux-based system is one of the most widely used open-source library management systems in the world, and it was first developed in NZ.

          “Koha is open source software which connects us to an international community of over 15,000 libraries working collaboratively to continually improve it,” AUT research and learning director Ben Conyers stated in August when the project began.

          “It’s great that the best system for AUT was first developed in New Zealand, and in Catalyst, we have a New Zealand-based company to implement and support it. Our collective team is keen to embrace the ways we can approach the project and ongoing system support in a te ao Māori way, which we have not had the opportunity to explore before now.”

          The project began with two in-person workshops between Catalyst and AUT. After an interruption due to lockdowns, the rest of the project was delivered remotely.

          It was delivered by Catalyst’s Koha team and included server setup and configuration, data migration, development, training, and consulting, a statement said.

      • Programming/Development

        • Git 2.35.0 released [LWN.net]

          Version 2.35.0 of the Git source-code management system has been released. There are a lot of changes, as usual; see the announcement and this GitHub blog entry for details.

        • QT Lets Devs Embed ADS In Desktop & Mobile Apps – Invidious

          QT recently announced the qt digital advertising platform to make it easier than ever for developers to embed ads into both their mobile and desktop qt apps but is this going to lead to a horrible result/.

        • Create Your Apps Faster With Qt

          If you could create your app in 5 instead of 6 months, would it matter? If you could build the first prototype within 4 hours instead of one week, would it matter?

          We as Product Managers always have had three dimensions to play with when steering a software development project: Scope, Time, and Quality. The number of developers is most of the time fixed for multiple reasons. The amount of quality issues customers are willing to tolerate is limited. That leaves us typically with two dimensions to manage the expectations of management and customers: Scope and Time. But there is another way to increase R&D velocitywithout cutting down the Minimum Viable Product to a bare minimum.

        • Qt Quick 3D: interactive 2D content

          Qt Quick 3D has some new features in 6.2. One of them is that you can map interactive Qt Quick scenes onto 3D objects.

          During a hackathon last year, we developed the Kappa Tau Station demo: a model of a space station in which you can use the WASD keys to walk around (as in many games), but also containing some 2D UI elements on some surfaces.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Functional hypering | Playing Perl 6␛b6xA Raku

            In my last post I used a one-shot-operator to improve neatness. Sadly, by defining custom operators we also improve Rakudo’s slowness. After staring at the code form quite some time, I realised that hyper- and meta-operators are code generators. They produce a new operator in-place, which is then used with two operands. In functional programming we do the same thing by returning a sub from a sub.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Scripting a temperature notifier

            My wife and I go for an early morning walk by a nearby river every day. I like to know in advance how cold it’s been overnight, so I can wear suitably warm clothing. There’s no local weather station recording the riverside temperature, but a fair approximation is the minimum overnight temperature at Devonport Airport here in northwest Tasmania. The airport reports its temperature data to the Bureau of Meterorology (BOM; Australia).

            Previously, to get the minimum and current temperature I would open a browser, go to the BOM website page with Tasmanian observations, then look for the Devonport Airport figures: see screenshot.

        • Java

          • Oracle Releases GraalVM 22.0 With New Features – Phoronix

            GraalVM 22.0 has been released for this Java VM/JDK that also supports other programming languages and run-times / execution modes. GraalVM continues to be performant and showing promising results not just for Java with JIT’ing but also ahead-of-time Java compilation to Native Image as well as for its Python implementation, WebAssembly run-time, and other targets.

            GraalVM 22.0 is the newest quarterly release from Oracle. The free, open-source community edition of GraalVM 22.0 is available alongside its GraalVM Enterprise variant.

          • Creating and initializing lists in Java and Groovy | Opensource.com

            I like the Groovy programming language a lot. I like it because, in the end, I like Java, even though Java sometimes feels clumsy. And because I like Java so much, I don’t find many other JVM languages especially attractive. Kotlin, Scala, and Clojure, for example, don’t feel much like Java, pursuing their own perspectives on what makes a good programming language. Groovy is different; in my view, Groovy is the perfect antidote to those situations when a programmer who likes Java just needs something a bit more flexible, compact, and sometimes even straightforward.

            A good example is the List data structure, which is used to hold an ordered list of numbers, strings, or objects, and allows the programmer to iterate through those items in an efficient fashion. Especially for people writing and maintaining scripts, “efficiency” is mostly about clear and brief expressions that don’t require a bunch of ceremony that obscures the intent of the code.

  • Leftovers

    • The Road Is Peppered With Rock Salt Alternatives | Hackaday

      Every winter, millions of tons of rock salt is sprinkled across roads in the US, mostly in the Midwest and Northeast regions. It’s a cheap and effective way to prevent accidents. Rock salt is chemically the same as the stuff that sits next to the pepper, except it isn’t as finely ground, and it doesn’t have sodium or potassium iodine added to it to prevent goiters. Both table salt and rock salt melt ice by lowering the freezing point of water. So does sugar.

      Much of what we salt the Earth with every winter comes from underground networks of salt crystal that formed when various ancient seas dried up. As natural as it may be, rock salt is bad for the environment. For one thing, chloride is forever, and can’t easily be decoupled from the soil and water it taints when it washes away. Rock salt also corrodes concrete, makes its way into the groundwater, and is bad for pets. Worst of all, its efficacy drops along with the temperature. At 15° F (-9° C), rock salt loses more than 86% of its melting power.

    • Building A Lightsaber And Scoring A World Record, Too | Hackaday

      As we all know, the lightsaber is an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age. [Alex Burkan] is doing what he can to bring that technology to fruition, and even secured a Guinness World Record in the process.

    • Tiny Homemade Injection Molder | Hackaday

      With 3d printing continually gaining ground, some hackers might not see the need for traditional injection molding. After all, you can tweak the code or the model and print dozens of different iterations with fairly minimal lead time. Things get trickier when you need to print hundreds or thousands of the same thing and that ten-hour print time adds up quickly. [Actionbox] built a tiny injection molder they dubbed INJEKTO to speed up their manufacturing.

      The design was optimized to be accessible as it is held together with brackets and cheap aluminum flat stock. The hardest part to source is the heating chamber, as it is a piece of turned aluminum. A PID controller keeps the temperature relatively stable and heats the plastic pellets you can dump in the top. Next, you’ll need an external air compressor to power the dual 2″ pneumatic pistons. The pistons push the plastic out of the spring-loaded extruder nozzle. [Actionbox] is already planning on a version 2 with 4″ pistons that provide significantly more force to extrude larger amounts of plastic as the current version tops out at about 27 grams.

    • Science

      • Saving Martian Colonists Using Table Salt And Rocket Science | Hackaday

        Imagine for a moment that you are a member of an early Mars colony. You’re stranded, and the only way to get a message home is to launch a radio well above the surface. To make matters worse, you’ve got no rockets! It was this thought experiment that has motivated [Thoisoi2] to experiment with making a rocket motor using only ingredients and methods available to your average Martian colonist. The methods he has chosen can be seen in the video below the break.

        If you skipped Rocketry 101, a quick refresher might help: Rockets work by burning a fuel in an enclosed chamber and then expelling it at high speed in one direction. To get the fuel to burn more quickly (and therefore adding more oomph to the angry end) a compliment to the fuel called an Oxidizer is added. It serves to create an oxygen rich environment for the fuel to burn in. It’s the same reason a oxy-propane torch burns hotter than propane by itself.

    • Hardware

      • NVIDIA Reportedly Close To Admitting Defeat In Arm Acquisition

        According to a report this morning from Bloomberg, NVIDIA is communicating to their partners that they face the real possibility their deal to acquire Arm will not come to pass.

      • Nvidia Quietly Prepares to Abandon $40 Billion Arm Bid

        Nvidia Corp. is quietly preparing to abandon its purchase of Arm Ltd. from SoftBank Group Corp. after making little to no progress in winning approval for the $40 billion chip deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

        Nvidia has told partners that it doesn’t expect the transaction to close, according to one person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. SoftBank, meanwhile, is stepping up preparations for an Arm initial public offering as an alternative to the Nvidia takeover, another person said.

        The purchase — poised to become the biggest semiconductor deal in history when it was announced in September 2020 — has drawn a fierce backlash from regulators and the chip industry, including Arm’s own customers. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued to stop the transaction in December, arguing that Nvidia would become too powerful if it gained control over Arm’s chip designs.

        The acquisition also faces resistance in China, where authorities are inclined to block the takeover if it wins approvals elsewhere, according to one person. But they don’t expect it to get that far.

      • Young Maker Mixes Traditional Japanese Construction With Modern Art | Hackaday

        We’re Makers. By definition, we make things. Some of us prefer to build from scraps, while others like to make their own IC’s in their garage. [Make With Miles] on the other hand prefers one of the oldest types of making around: woodworking. And in this build, he goes a step further by using a very old Japanese method of woodworking called Kumiko to build a Stratocaster style electric guitar. The results are absolutely stunning as you can see in the video below.

        Inspired by a challenge put forth by [The Modern Maker Podcast] to build a woodworking project that ties into another hobby that isn’t related to woodworking, [Miles] knocked it out of the park by including several art forms in this one-off Strat.

      • 555 Teardown Isn’t Just A Good Time, It’s To Die For | Hackaday

        It seems only appropriate that hot on the heels of the conclusion of Hackaday’s 555 Timer Contest that [Ken Shirriff] posts a silicon die teardown of an early version of a hacker’s favorite chip, the 555.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Swollen lymph nodes after Covid booster

        There is a lot that happens in life that puzzles me. For example, the Australian authorities do not recognize “natural immunity” of someone who has already caught Covid-19. Instead, they are insisting everyone has to be vaccinated.

        There was recently a very high-profile case, a tennis star was issued with a visa to enter Australia, but it was revoked when he arrived at an Australian airport, and he was deported. He had, apparently, cought Covid-19 twice before, but they did not recognise that and made a big fuss about him being unvaccinated.

        There is a lot that happens, that the authorities are insisting on, that I don’t think is justified, or is not entirely rational. Our State Government for example, insisting that everyone has to have the new SecureWA app on their phone.

        Ha ha, better stop now.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Security updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by CentOS (java-11-openjdk), Debian (aide, apr, ipython, openjdk-11, qt4-x11, and strongswan), Fedora (binaryen and rust), Mageia (expat, htmldoc, libreswan, mysql-connector-c++, phpmyadmin, python-celery, python-numpy, and webkit2), openSUSE (kernel and virtualbox), Red Hat (etcd, libreswan, nodejs:14, OpenJDK 11.0.14, OpenJDK 17.0.2, and rpm), Slackware (expat), SUSE (java-1_7_1-ibm, kernel, and zxing-cpp), and Ubuntu (strongswan).

          • Linux kernel bug can let hackers escape Kubernetes containers [Ed: Kubernetes and containers do not mean Linux kernel, but when a site is determined to boost Microsoft everything will always be blamed on “Linux”]

            A vulnerability affecting Linux kernel and tracked as CVE-2022-0185 can be used to escape containers in Kubernetes, giving access to resources on the host system.

          • Major Linux PolicyKit security vulnerability uncovered: Pwnkit | ZDNet [Ed: ZDNet does not know the difference between Linux and systemd]

            If it’s not one thing, it’s another. After one real Linux problem — the heap overflow bug in the Linux kernel’s fs/fs_context.c program — is found and fixed, then a new security problem is discovered. This time security company Qualys has uncovered a truly dangerous memory corruption vulnerability in polkit’s pkexec, CVE-2021-4034.

            Polkit, formerly known as PolicyKit, is a systemd SUID-root program. It’s installed by default in every major Linux distribution.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • US services, EU privacy rules

              Our brief history begins at the end of the ’90s when the EU and the US agreed on the International Safe Harbor Privacy Principles. On the 26th July 2000, the European Commission (EC) formalized it with the Commission Decision 2000/520/EC, where it was defined that data could be freely moved from the EU to the US. The assumption was that the data on US soil would have comparable (or better) protection than the same data on EU soil, and therefore the privacy of European citizens was not at risk. On 6th October 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated this decision on the basis that in the US laws were authorizing public authorities to have access on a generalized basis to the content of electronic communications, and this was deemed to be “compromising the essence of the fundamental right to respect for private life” (the quote is from the ECJ decision).

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Would Nuclear Winter Cancel Out Global Warming?

          Nuclear war was very much a front-of-mind issue during the fraught political climate of the Cold War era. Since then, atomic sabre rattling has been less frequent, though has never quite disappeared entirely.

          Outside of the direct annihilation caused by nuclear war, however, is the threat of nuclear winter. The basic concept is simple: in the aftermath of a major nuclear war, the resulting atmospheric effects could lead to a rapid cooling in global temperatures.

          Some say it couldn’t ever happen, while others – including Futurama – suggest with varying degrees of humor that it could help cancel out the effects of global warming. But what is the truth?


          The effect would not last forever, either. Following the models, within a decade or two, any cooling effect from lofted soot would likely have passed, while humanity would be left with huge swathes of burned-out areas for its trouble and likely a not-negligible contribution to CO2 levels from the multiple firestorms. Along the way, if the effect was overdone, excess cooling would still cause trouble for agriculture which could lead to widespread starvation. The answer to the question of which catastrophe would win out is: short term, nuclear winter; long term, global warming.

          Other methods of generating high-altitude aerosols are being explored to these ends, all of which would prove far less destructive and more maintainable than the idea of a nuclear winter.

          Humanity’s current problems need more complex solutions than simply blowing everything up. It was ever thus! Regardless, it is important to understand the science, in order to know how we may best preserve our lifestyles today, and into the future beyond.

    • Finance

      • Average Tech Salary Breaks Six Figures, Some Workers Still Feel Underpaid [Ed: Misleading headline. Not everyone in the world lives in the same country.]

        The average salary for a tech worker reached US$104,566 in 2021, yet nearly half still feel they’re underpaid.

        Forced to digitize operations and move to virtual work because of a worldwide pandemic, as well as address increased security concerns raised by those developments, organizations were hungry for tech talent in 2021 and willing to pay for it, Dice, a technology-focused employment website, noted in its annual tech salary report released last week.

        According to the survey, technologists in IT management — CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and such — made the highest average salary ($151,983) in 2021, followed by systems architect ($147,901) and cloud architects and engineers ($140, 571).

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Can Bahrain predict a protest? – Coda Story

        Abuses of technology happen in the dark. We’re turning on the light. Welcome to Authoritarian Tech, Coda Story’s newest newsletter. Each week, we’ll bring you stories from around the world on how people in power are abusing technology — and what it means for all of us. I’m Caitlin Thompson, a reporter at Coda and self-proclaimed surveillance nerd, and I’ll be on this journey with you as the curator/author of this newsletter. Sign up to make sure you get the newsletter each week.

        It’s only a matter of time before authoritarian governments start using predictive AI to crush protests before they even begin. Bahrain might be ahead of the curve.

        Data provided to Coda Story by The Markup showed Geolitica, the American predictive policing company formerly called PredPol, used their predictive analytics to show where past protests in Bahrain took place as a proof of concept. It seems to have just been a demo, and it’s not clear who the potential clients were or whether a deal progressed. But it marks a potential pivot to preemptive surveillance of protests.

    • Monopolies

Links 25/1/2022: Vulkan 1.3 Released, Kiwi TCMS 11.0, and antiX 19.5

Posted in News Roundup at 2:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Some Old Linux Journal Articles: MacOS to Linux Guides

      Way back when in June of 2019, Linux Journal published one of its final issues of the digital magazine. The publications ceased its operations in the beginning of August. Anyway, some articles were not able to make it online and to the Linux Journal website. I just realized that two of those articles were mine. So, I took the liberty of posting the PDF versions of those articles here.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Jrnl: Your Digital Diary in the Linux Terminal

        Imagine this: somebody has broken your heart and what you want is to write your feelings in a journal without distraction. Did you get the idea? No? Neither do I. I am not heartbroken (or maybe I am and I don’t want to tell you).

        But I would still like to show you a wonderful minimalistic open-source, note-taking application to keep journal entries.

      • Framework Laptop Now Enjoys Open-Source EC Firmware

        While just one part of the overall equation for a system with open-source firmware, the Framework Laptop has joined the ranks of the Linux-focused laptops these days being backed by open-source firmware for its embedded controller (EC).

        Framework announced last month that as part of “open sourcing our firmware” they have now published the EC firmware.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Linux Essentials – htop – Invidious

        There’s no shortage of monitoring tools available for Linux servers and workstations, but htop is a a classic. By installing htop, you can see an overview of your resource usage, including meters for CPU, RAM, Swap, and more.

      • Pop!_OS 21.1 Quick overview #Shorts – Invidious
      • Destination Linux 262: Do You Need An Anti-Virus On Linux?

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to discuss the increase in Malware on Linux and ask the question – do you need anti malware software now that Linux is growing in popularity? Then we’re going to discuss some nice enhancements to Microsoft Office alternative OnlyOffice. Plus we’ve also got our famous tips, tricks and software picks. All of this and so much more this week on Destination Linux. So whether you’re brand new to Linux and open source or a guru of sudo. This is the podcast for you.

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

        • Vulkan 1.3 Released with Dynamic Rendering, Improved Synchronization API

          More than a year in development, the Vulkan 1.3 API is here to introduce dynamic rendering through the VK_KHR_ extension as a streamlined path to start rendering and to significantly reduce application complexity, as well as additional dynamic state through the VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state2 extension to further reduce the number of pipeline permutations.

          Vulkan 1.3 also introduces the VK_EXT_pipeline_creation_cache_control and VK_EXT_pipeline_creation_feedback extensions to give developers more control over how and when pipelines are compiled, as well as to provide them with information about the compiled pipelines, and makes the buffer device address support mandatory to allow devs to start using pointers across the ecosystem.

        • Vulkan 1.3 Released With Dynamic Rendering In Core, New Roadmap Guidance For Modern GPUs – Phoronix

          It’s crazy to think that in a few days it will already be six years since the debut of Vulkan 1.0, but here we are. The Khronos Group is continuing on their two year major update regiment for Vulkan and today debuting Vulkan 1.3 with more extensions moved to core as well as introducing a new “profiles” concept.

        • Vulkan API 1.3 released, new roadmap and profiles feature | GamingOnLinux

          Today is the release of the Vulkan API 1.3 specification update and The Khronos Group has put up a press release going over the changes. A vital API for the future of Linux gaming and the Steam Deck of course, with Steam Play Proton using Vulkan for the translation from Direct 3D for DXVK and VKD3D-Proton.

    • Applications

      • The 5 Most Useful Linux Text-Manipulation Commands

        Want to up your Linux game and learn more about text-manipulation? Here are the top five Linux command-line tools to begin your journey.

        Linux developers follow the philosophy of creating small programs that do one task and do it well. Take Linux text processing tools as an example, they are lightweight and have modular functionality. Even though these text manipulation tools differ in complexity and functionality, they come in handy in an environment where the graphical user interface isn’t available.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Sending logs to Elastic Cloud using syslog-ng – Blog – syslog-ng Community – syslog-ng Community

        The Elastic Cloud is a service by Elastic providing Elasticsearch and related services in an easy-to-use package. Last year someone reported an issue that it does not work properly with syslog-ng. I did not have time to investigate at that time. Now I started a free trial and soon my log messages from syslog-ng started to appear in Kibana in Elastic Cloud.

        From this blog you can learn how to configure syslog-ng for the Elastic Cloud. I go with the most basic settings: exploring Elastic Cloud and syslog-ng Elasticsearch features are both out of scope, as both are very well documented on their respective websites.

      • Fast backups of Fedora with btrbk – Lukáš Zapletal

        Last year, I did full reinstall of my workstation in order to change from XFS to BTRFS file system, which is now the default in Fedora Workstation. The plans were simple – I wanted to achieve fast backups. And one year later, I finally got to setting it up. Here is how to do it.

        Scenario is simple, a host with BTRFS filesystem, a USB drive connected and also formatted as BTRFS for ultra-fast snapshots/backups.

      • How to Solve the Most Common WordPress Errors | RoseHosting

        Today we are going to explain and give you some instructions on how can you fix the most common WordPress errors that may occur on your WordPress website.

        There is no strict rule to fix the issues since we need to debug first and understand what the problem may be, but sometimes some errors are very common and there are quick fixes, that all WordPress users need to know.

      • Snowflake Role Based Access Control (RBAC) Explained – OSTechNix

        Access control is one of the crucial concepts in all the Database environments. In this article, we will learn about Snowflake Role based Access Control (RBAC) and how to create custom roles and grant access to the roles from Snowflake WebUI and using SnowSQL CLI client.

      • How to Install Enlightenment Desktop 0.25.1 in Ubuntu 20.04, 21.10, 18.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        For Ubuntu and Linux Mint users, the latest Enlightenment DR 0.25 now is easy to install via an unofficial Ubuntu PPA.

        Enlightenment (aka, E) released version 0.25 (then v0.25.1) as well as Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) 1.26 a few weeks ago. Here’s how to install them in Ubuntu via PPA.

        E 0.25 series comes with lots of minor bug fixes, flat look to match new flat theme, new touchpad gesture recognition bindings, new Procstats module can show mem/CPU usage in titlebar, and many more other changes.

      • How to get started with the Vi editor | Enable Sysadmin

        The Vi application is the default text editor on most Linux systems, so it’s the primary interface you will use when you need to edit a configuration file. If you’re used to a graphical text editor, such as Notepad++ or VS Code, Vi can be confusing at first.

        In its default form, Vi launches and runs in a terminal and is entirely keyboard-driven. But once you learn the basics of Vi, you’re likely to find that it’s a fast, efficient, and flexible editor.

      • Install Git 2.35.0 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Rocky Linux & Fedora | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install git 2.35.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 21.10, LinuxMint 20.3, Rocky Linux 8, AlmaLinux 8, and Fedora 35.

        Git is the most popular Free and Open-source distributed version control system in the world. It is easy to learn and has a lightning-fast performance.

        Git is fast and built to work with the Linux kernel, the latest version of GIT is 2.35.0 and it is a stable version released on 24-JAN-2022.

      • How to install MongoDB 5 on Debian 11 – NextGenTips

        MongoDB is an open-source NoSQL database that provides high throughput for data-driven applications. Unlike relational databases such as MySQL, Oracle, and SQL servers which store data in tables according to a rigid schema, MongoDB stores data in documents with flexible schema.

      • Enable or Disable Automatic Login in Debian 11 Bullseye – Linux Shout

        To secure our system we generally use password to login in to a Linux and other OS. However, if you are the only person who has access to your Linux system such as Debian 11 Bullseye then you can enable the autologin feature and here we will know how?

        Systems that are in offices or in insure location need to secure with a login “password”. That a user has to enter every time he or she want to access the files and other data residing in it. Well, this happens everytime when we start our computer or logout. It is actually a good thing but if you only work with the computer alone anyway, the repeated password entry is quite annoying. If you want to boot straight through to the desktop, you can log in automatically and switch off the password prompt when the system starts. Here we will show you how to do that in Debian based systems.

    • Games

      • Heroic Games Launcher for Epic Games on Linux adds gamepad support | GamingOnLinux

        Making things even easier for the upcoming Steam Deck, the unofficial Heroic Games Launcher for Epic Games can now be navigated with a gamepad. Testing it out today, it works really nicely too. Just goes to show what amazing things a community can do, even when Epic doesn’t support Linux directly with their store.


        Work is still in progress to support Flatpak / Flathub, once that is done installing this on a Steam Deck or any other Linux distribution should be super-simple.

      • Heroic Games Launcher 2.1 Now Supports Gamepad Control in the Interface – Boiling Steam

        A quick post today following the recent release of the new version of Heroic Games Launcher, the unofficial (and FOSS) client for the Epic Games Store on Linux (and other platforms). The latest update brings several changes but the most interesting one is the addition of gamepad support. You can now control most of the interface using a connected Gamepad (I tried it with Xinput and it was recognized instantly) and modify settings and launch your games with it. This makes for a better experience a la Big Picture Mode, and this is a very welcome addition as the Steam Deck is about the be released!

      • DXVK 1.9.4 is out as Valve prepares Proton 7.0 | GamingOnLinux

        The Vulkan-based implementation of D3D9, D3D10 and D3D11 for Linux / Wine named DXVK (used with Proton) has a 1.9.4 version release, plus it appears that Proton 7.0 is closing in. More info on Steam Play Proton on our dedicated page.

      • Dynamic Cloud Sync to let you easily switch between PC and Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Valve has announced the latest upgrade to help players with a Steam Deck. It’s called Dynamic Cloud Sync and will let you easily switch between your PC and a Steam Deck.

        The idea is that when you enter suspend mode on the Steam Deck, like you might with other consoles, the Steam Deck will then upload any modified save data to the Steam Cloud ready to be picked up anywhere else. When you wake the device, it will then automatically download any changes ready for you to carry on.

        Valve say this is not a requirement but they “recommend” developer use it to give players the best experience possible. Without it though, there may be problems as Valve say: “Without Dynamic Cloud Sync enabled, Steam will still track when save game data is changed on the Steam Deck. However, any user who suspends their Deck while your game is running and then tries to resume that game on a different device, will be prompted to first return to their Deck to close the running process or continue without their most recent save game progress”.

      • We’re living in a weird world with Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida excited about a Linux handheld | GamingOnLinux

        Sometimes it feels like I’ve somehow fallen through the multiverse into a very different and thoroughly weird world. When Valve put Steam on Linux back in 2013 (see our full history), who could have imagined what that would bring us many years later?

        At the end of February the Steam Deck should be releasing to the lucky first few who managed to get their reservation in (not me), ushering in a new era of PC gaming on the go. A Linux handheld. Powered by SteamOS 3, Valve’s latest bundling of Steam with open source based on Arch Linux. Excitement levels keep rising every time Valve announce something new, but its the posts from developers we keep seeing with units that really gets us excited.

        When you have the likes of Shuhei Yoshida, the Head of Sony PlayStation Indies (and former President of SCE Worldwide Studios), putting up a clearly very excited Twitter post showing off a previously PlayStation exclusive running on a Linux handheld (the Steam Deck), you know something big is brewing that’s about to be unleashed on the world.

      • SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE fixes up Steam Deck support | GamingOnLinux

        SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE had a small patch released today and it seems they’re another developer hoping to see their game fully verified for the upcoming Steam Deck handheld from Valve.

        This first-person shooter is built on the foundation of the original hit SUPERHOT, where time moves in slow motion until you make a move. It’s a huge amount of fun and it’s highly replayable thanks to it having basically more of everything. It seems like a game that would be great to have on the go.

      • Lutris game manager getting Ubisoft Connect integration | GamingOnLinux

        Is any service safe from Lutris? Apparently not. This impressive free and open source game manager will gain support for another way to install games on Linux in an upcoming update.

        Just like the previous article highlighting the upcoming Origin support, this newly introduced Ubisoft Connect is not available in a released build as they code has only recently been added to the GitHub development area.

    • Distributions

      • Arch Family

        • 5 Arch Linux Distros That Are Easier to Install and Use

          Arch Linux is probably one of the most “for geeks” Linux distributions, with a delightful experience for every aficionado seeking to push the bleeding edge of what Linux can do. Its nature and target user make it challenging to use and install, with a steep learning curve that can put off even seasoned Linux users. Your computer becomes a project, you become the engineer in charge of it, and Arch hands you a magic wand to achieve your wildest dreams – provided you learn how to use it.

          If you’d like to harness the power of Arch Linux but don’t want to have to build everything from the ground up, the good news is that there are plenty of Arch-based Linux distributions that offer varying levels of granularity to your experience. Nearly all of them offer the simplicity of GUI-based installation, and each provides its own unique take on Arch Linux.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • 14 years old and changing the world: how Red Hat is supporting one girl’s mission to diversify coding

          Diversity, equity and inclusion is a key commitment of Red Hat. We aim to reflect it in our people and also want to help improve representation and inclusivity in the tech industry for women, people of color, and other marginalized groups. More diversity produces a broader spectrum of ideas, and ensures everyone progresses further, faster. So given the opportunity to support a new coding movement for girls, we jumped at the chance. What’s extraordinary about this movement is that it’s being led by a London schoolgirl.

          When Avye Couloute started attending coding workshops, aged just seven, she was struck by two things: how much she loved them, and how few girls there were. She wasted no time putting the latter right. Since launching her Girls Into Coding (GIC) movement in 2018, the London schoolgirl has shared her knowledge and passion with more than 900 girls. “I just want to give other girls the chance to feel the way that I do about this stuff,” she says.

        • The disadvantages of microservices | Red Hat Developer

          Microservices have many benefits—but they come with downsides, too. Learn what trade-offs to keep in mind when using them in your applications.

        • Cockpit 261

          Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly.

        • IT careers: 5 soft skills for engineering teams in 2022 | The Enterprisers Project

          2021 showed the tech industry that we have to think long-term. We can’t afford to hire all of our talent based on one specific hard skill, because things change fast, and today’s in-demand hard skills will eventually be tomorrow’s outdated skills.

        • Digital transformation: 5 future and 3 fading trends for 2022 [Ed: "Digital transformation" was mocked as a buzzword by Red Hat yesterday. Today it's back to this meaningless garbage.]

          Digital transformation is nothing new. Depending on your definition, it can go back as far as the middle of the twentieth century. Even by the most conservative interpretations, leading enterprises have been on the digitalization path for a couple of decades.

          Over the last two years, however, digital transformation has taken on a new urgency. As organizations have weathered the upheavals instigated by the pandemic, digitization has become integral to their responses and also their future plans. Looking ahead to the next year, it’s clear that digital technologies will continue to play a seminal role in enterprise strategy and success.

          However, certain aspects of digital transformation are likely to increase in importance while others will diminish. Following are some of the trends IT leaders can expect to become more prevalent in 2022 – and others that are more likely to fade.

        • Outreachy Project “Improve NeuroFedora’s user consumable artifacts” progress update

          Vanessa Christopher is working with the NeuroFedora team as an outreachy Intern. This blog post is her experience and project update so far.

      • Debian Family

        • Coronor’s Report: Lucy Wayland & Debian Abuse Culture

          Molly de Blanc couldn’t do any technical work. She decided to use her new status to intimidate other people. On 17 December 2018 she was involved in the plot that secretly expelled Dr Norbert Preining. They began to blackmail him: he must bow down before them or they would tell everybody he was expelled.

          Dr Preining and other victims bravely spoke out publicly. For several weeks, Debian volunteers were exposed to hundreds of negative emails about Molly’s blackmail recipes.

          Christmas is normally a season when organizations thank their volunteers and give them the time and space to relax. Debian stole this rest from people including Lucy Wayland. Wayland started 2019 stressed.

        • antiX-19.5 point release update – antiX Linux

          antiX-19.5 is a point release update of our 19 series based on Debian buster.

          As usual we offer the following completely systemd-free (and for this particular upgrade – elogind-free) flavours for both 32 and 64 bit architecture. Available iso files for sysVinit or runit.

          antiX-full (c1.2GB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full libreoffice suite.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Kubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) Reaches End of Life

          Kubuntu Hirsute Hippo was announced on April 22, 2021 with 9 months support.

          As of January 20, 2022, 21.04 reached ‘end of life’.

          No more package updates will be accepted to 21.04, and it will be archived in the coming weeks.

          You can read the official end of life announcement for Ubuntu as a whole.

        • The Next Ubuntu Wallpaper Contest Needs to Focus on Quality

          A new long-term support release of Ubuntu is on the way, and so too is a brand new Ubuntu wallpaper contest.

          In recent years long term support releases of Ubuntu have tended to include a “greatest hits” package of supplementary wallpapers, often sourced from those that won wallpaper competitions in the preceding three releases.

          That approach has a logic to it as an LTS release, is, in many ways, a “best of” itself. Plus, there’s some real honour for those whose art is selected to ship in a version of Ubuntu that gets used across tens of millions of desktops, as opposed to just a few hundred thousand (which is still a pretty awesome feat, as is).

          But for the next LTS Ubuntu’s community team is going back to basics. They’re going to run a wallpaper contest that community artists, professional and amateur alike, can take part in. Further details on the contest are going be be announced at some point, but they’ve already begun hyping it up on their social media.

        • Smart, agile MLOps on any cloud – Canonical releases Charmed Kubeflow 1.4 | Ubuntu

          Today, the Canonical Data Platform team announced the release of Charmed Kubeflow 1.4 – the state-of-the-art MLOps platform. The new release enables data science teams to securely collaborate on AI/ML innovation on any cloud, from concept to production.

          Charmed Kubeflow is free to use: the solution can be deployed in any environment without constraints, paywall or restricted features. Data labs and MLOps teams only need to train their data scientists and engineers once to work consistently and efficiently on any cloud or on-premise. Charmed Kubeflow offers a centralised, browser-based MLOps platform that runs on any conformant Kubernetes – offering enhanced productivity, improved governance and reducing the risks associated with shadow IT.

          The latest release adds several features for advanced model lifecycle management, including upstream Kubeflow 1.4 and support for MLFlow integration.

          Data scientists can get started today with Charmed Kubeflow 1.4 using Juju, the unified operator framework for hyper-automated management of applications running on both virtual machines and Kubernetes. The new release is in the CharmHub stable channel now, and can be deployed to any conformant Kubernetes cluster using a single Juju command.

        • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 719

          Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 719 for the week of January 16 – 22, 2022. The full version of this issue is available here.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • Kiwi TCMS: Kiwi TCMS 11.0

          IMPORTANT: This is a new major release which contains security related updates, several improvements, API changes, bug fixes and new translations!

        • Kiwi TCMS: Properties, Environments and test matrix generation

          The upcoming Kiwi TCMS v11 contains new functionality around TestCase properties and TestRun environments which has an impact on how your final test execution matrix will look like. This article provides detailed information about these features but have in mind that they are still considered to be a technology-preview.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • An Entire Computer In ICMP Packets | Hackaday

        The earliest stored program computer in the modern sense was not one of the names such as ENIAC or Colossus that you might expect, but the Manchester Baby, an experimental prototype computer built at the University of Manchester in 1948. Its 550 tubes gave it the multi-rack room-filling size common to 1940s machines, but its architecture makes it a comparatively simple processor by the standards of today. So simple in fact, that [Hrvoje Čavrak] has recreated it using ICMP packets as its storage, and a custom packet filter as its processor emulation. It’s a project that’s simultaneously both elegant and gloriously pointless, but as he says, “It’s still better than doing drugs or JavaScript”.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • This sneaky ransomware is now targeting Linux servers, too | ZDNet [Ed: It's not a Linux issue; ZDNet is a very Linux-hostile site, funded partly by Microsoft]

            One of the most prolific families of ransomware now has additional Linux and VMware ESXi variants that have been spotted actively targeting organisations in recent months.

            Analysis by cybersecurity researchers at Trend Micro identified LockBit Linux-ESXi Locker version 1.0 being advertised on an underground forum. Previously, LockBit ransomware – which was by far the most active ransomware family at one point last year – was focused on Windows.

          • Vulnerabilities that aren’t. Cross Site Tracing / XST

            This is the first of my posts that explain why some common security vulnerabilities are most likely not real threats. They should be treated as security enhancements rather than vulnerabilities. Bearing in mind the number of scanning tools that rate such vulnerabilities as “high” it’s no wonder people make the mistake of reporting them. It’s also a reminder to mistrust the output from something until you’ve verified it.

            I’m going to start with the not-a-vulnerability mother of them all, the HTTP TRACE (and TRACK) method. Something that could lead to an attack called Cross Site-Tracing (XST). In 20 years I have never seen a real-world exploit for it.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Joint statement on the UAE’s adoption of Federal Decree Law No. 34 of 2021 on Combatting Rumours and Cybercrime – Access Now

        We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to express our deep concern regarding the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) recent adoption of a new Law on Combatting Rumours and Cybercrime, which severely threatens and unduly restricts the right to freedom of expression (both online and offline) and the rights to freedom of association and of peaceful assembly in the UAE.

        The new Cybercrime Law, adopted by Federal Decree Law No. 34 of 2021, went into effect on January 2, 2022, replacing the Emirates’ former Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combatting Cybercrime. However, the new text does not address the problematic provisions of its predecessor and, on the contrary, further restricts civic space and free speech within the UAE and maintains the criminalisation of acts that are protected under international law.

        We are concerned that the overbroad and vague terminology used, particularly on “national security” related issues, provide the authorities with excessive discretion to criminalise and impose lengthy prison sentences on individuals exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. The law further enables the criminalisation of the work of journalists, whistleblowers, activists and peaceful critics, subjecting those engaged in lawful activities to harsh prison sentences and excessive fines. As such, we call on the Emirati authorities to immediately repeal the law or sufficiently amend its provisions so that it is brought into line with international human rights standards.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Facebook critics call for release of its India human rights report – The Economic Times

        About 20 organisations, as well as whistleblowers Frances Haugen and Sophie Zhang, and former Facebook Vice President Brian Boland, have urged the world’s largest social network to release its long-delayed India Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) report, which allegedly highlights the company’s role in spreading hate speech and inciting violence in India.

        The group sent a letter to Facebook’s Director of Human Rights Miranda Sissons on Jan. 3, arguing that the India human rights report was an important element of Facebook’s human rights due diligence and—at a minimum—should be made public.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Revealed: Over two thousand news publishers furnished their details to the MIB, despite Bombay HC’s stay

        Recently, we were informed by digital news publishers that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (“MIB”), has issued notices to digital news media publishers under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (“IT Rules 2021”), asking them to furnish their details. Accordingly, IFF filed an RTI Application to find out whether the MIB has indeed issued such notices, and to which publishers. The MIB has admitted that it has indeed issued two such notices, and that more than two thousand publishers have responded to these notices!


        Some of our requests for information were denied, refused or flat out ignored, such as our question regarding how many publishers furnished their information after the Bombay High Court’s order. Other than this, we also sought a list of publishers to whom these notices were issued, and a list of publishers who responded to this notice with their details. Not only were reasons not provided for MIB’s refusal to provide these lists, but the MIB did not even explicitly refuse to provide these lists – the MIB simply ignored those parts of our questions!

        When we asked for information regarding the authority under which the MIB could issue such communications after the Bombay HC’s order, the MIB simply stated that this information does not fall in the definition of information in Section 2(f) of the RTI Act. We have thus been provided no details regarding how and under what legal authority the notices were issued.

Links 25/1/2022: Git 2.35 and New openSUSE Hardware

Posted in News Roundup at 7:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • 3 Best SSH GUI Client Tools for Linux distros – Linux Shout

        If you are using a Linux Desktop such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, CentOS, RedHat… and want to access SSH using a GUI client then here are some best ones to try.

        The Secure Shell (SSH) is a protocol that allows programs (clients) to access a remote computer and execute commands or actions on it. This is very common in PCs and servers running Linux or any other Unix-like operating system and is the preferred choice for many administrators for remotely configuring and maintaining a computer. Due to its high functionality and efficiency, SSH has established itself as one of the most popular tools for accessing a computer over the network. In addition, the majority of Internet Service Providers (ISP) offer their customers web hosting with SSH to provide an easy and flexible way to access their files. Well, operating ssh is pretty easy, however, the remote server or pc must have an active SSH server such as OpenSSH, then only we can access them remotely using any SSH client.

      • Best Skype Alternatives for Linux Desktop

        There’s no doubt that Skype is arguably one of the most popular instant messaging and video calling applications there is out there. Whether it’s keeping in touch with your friends and family or having conversations with clients or team members, Skype is a widely used tool.

        However, not everyone fancies Skype, and some users would prefer other applications to Skype. In this guide, we feature some of the widely used Skype alternatives for Linux desktops.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • [Old] On SSDs – Lifespans, Health Measurement and RAID

        Solid State Drive (SSD) have made it big and have made their way not only in desktop computing but also in mission-critical servers. SSDs have proved to be a break-through in IO performance and leave HDD far far behind in terms of Random IO performance. Random IO is what most of the database administrators would be concerned about as that is 90% of the IO pattern visible on database servers like MySQL. I have found Intel 520-series and Intel 910-series to be quite popular and they do give very good numbers in terms of Random IOPS. However, its not just performance that you should be concerned about, failure predictions and health gauges are also very important, as loss of data is a big NO-NO. There is a great deal of misconception about the endurance level of SSD, as its mostly compared to rotating disks even when measuring endurance levels, however, there is a big difference in how both SSD and HDD work, and that has a direct impact on the endurance level of SSD.

        I will mostly be taling about MLC SSD, now let’s start off with a SSD primer.

      • My requirement for DNSSEC: a napkin

        I’m regularly made fun of when teaching DNSSEC because I tell people I use a “napkin” when creating DNSSEC keys to jot down the key tags (or key IDs), and it’s true: also during trainings I have the “napkin” – to be precise it’s a sheet of A4 paper on which I note modifications to schedule, timezones, whether I still owe answers to questions, and of course, the key IDs of DNSSEC keys.

      • How to install and configure pCloud on Linux Mint | FOSS Linux

        PCloud offers a range of affordable storage plans that are pocket-friendly to anyone. It also provides a compelling size of free cloud storage and gives users complete control over their privacy, something many, if not all, users are looking for.

        Since pCloud is a Swiss-based application, it must adhere to strict Swiss privacy laws, meaning more protection for your files. However, it also puts forward a superb option for most personal and business users, hence an excellent option for all users. This software also interfaces with your browser via pCloud “save,” an extension for Opera, Firefox, and chrome. This extension allows you to directly save images to your particular “pCloud save” folder by only right-clicking on them.

        To add on, this app offers a pCloud web service for users who want to access their files but are away from their PCs. It works exactly like the pCloud app; there are menu links for browsing your files, accessing your public folder, pCloud rewind, backups from other cloud services, and your trash folder.

        Under this are links for accessing your shared folder, download links, crypto folder, and your audio files. To add a file to your web browser interface of pCloud, drag and drop the files into the specific folder by hovering over them, and pCloud will open an upload screen that displays your files uploading to the specified folder.

      • Quickly add a new user to all groups the default user is in
      • How to Create Fillable PDF Forms on Linux with ONLYOFFICE

        PDF (Portable Document Format) was invented many years ago by Adobe. It is currently the most popular format for sharing information due to its ease of use, security, reliability, and compatibility with all devices we use on a daily basis.

        This format ensures that a file does not alter its original structure under no circumstances when we open it on, for example, computers, tablets, smartphones, etc. Moreover, PDF makes it possible to add fields that other users can fill out with the required information.

      • Install LAMP Stack on Rocky Linux 8 – LinuxCapable

        LAMP is a collection of open-source software commonly used to serve web applications that have been around since the late 1990s. LAMP is an acronym that stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP and provides the components needed to host and manage web content and is still arguably the most utilized stack deployment for developers and web applications today.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the LAMP stack (Apache, MariaDB/MySQL, PHP) on Rocky Linux 8 Workstation or Server.

      • Install UNRAR on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        UNRAR is widely known and used amongst Windows users. RAR files are much smaller archives and compress better than ZIP for most files by compressing files “together,” saving more space. UNRAR does not come pre-installed natively on Ubuntu, but it is available to install from its repository.

        The following tutorial will show you how to install UNRAR on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Desktop or Server, along with the most commonly used commands.

      • Install R Programming Language on Linux Mint 20 – LinuxCapable

        R is an open-source programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphical representation created and supported by the R Core Team and the R Foundation. R’s popularity is widely used among statisticians and data miners for software developers’ statistical and data analysis.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install R using the CRAN repository and install packages from R’s CRAN repository or PPA cran2deb4ubuntu on Linux Mint 20.

      • How to Count Number of Files and Sub-directories inside a Directory

        Hi guys, In this article we will show you how to count the number of files and sub-directories in a directory using a tree command.

      • Find Top 10 IP Addresses Accessing Your Apache Web Server – Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

        In this post, you will learn how to Find Top 10 IP Addresses Accessing Your Apache Web Server-

        The monitoring access to your web server is the existence of access log files that store information about every access activities happen in the server.

        Working with log files is always very important, because they give you an account of everything that has happened within a system or application in this case your Apache web server. In case of any performance or access related problems, then log files can help you point out what could be wrong or is happening.

        In this article, we will show you how to find the top 10 addresses that accessing your apache web server.

      • How to Install and Use Telnet on Linux Systems

        Telnet can perform a few things that can be very helpful for Linux network administrators, like testing the open port over the remote system for troubleshooting, which is not possible in SSH protocol.

    • Games

      • HITMAN 3 Runs Well On Linux With Steam Play – Open-Source Radeon Performance Especially Good – Phoronix

        After being an Epic Games exclusive for its first year, HITMAN III launched on Steam last week. While there isn’t a native Linux port for HITMAN 3, it does run wonderful under Steam Play with Proton for enjoying this Windows game on Linux complete with Vulkan API rendering. Here are some initial benchmarks of HITMAN 3 on Linux with NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards.


        Most fascinating with the results is how well the performance is out of the Radeon “RADV” Vulkan driver with HITMAN 3 and stronger than NVIDIA RTX 30 series with their proprietary Vulkan driver. While not having a Radeon RX 6900 XT for testing (never received a review sample), the RX 6800 XT with HITMAN 3 could even outperform the GeForce RTX 3090.

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • Why we’re migrating (many of) our servers from Linux to FreeBSD

          There are many alternative operating systems to Linux and the *BSD family is varied and complete. FreeBSD, in my opinion, today is the “all rounder” system par excellence, i.e. well refined and suitable both for use on large servers and small embedded systems. The other BSDs have strengths that, in some fields, make them particularly suitable but FreeBSD, in my humble opinion, is suitable (almost) for every purpose.

          So back to the main topic of this article, why am I migrating many of the servers we manage to FreeBSD? The reasons are many, I will list some of them with corresponding explanations.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • openSUSE Gains New Hardware

          The openSUSE Project added an enormous amount of compute power for its projects this past year thanks to SUSE, which is the project’s main sponsor. The added hardware will help with open-source development.

          The project now uses around a thousand build workers for x86, which will help with creating and distributing software for major Linux distributions in the Open Build Service.

      • Debian Family

        • To Byzantium and Beyond – Purism

          PureOS 10, codename: Byzantium, is the new stable release of PureOS. PureOS 10 is likely not a newcomer to everyone, it’s been around for a while as a rolling release or a “testing” release. It has been shipping on Purism’s new hardware. We’ve moved our kernel forward. We prefer to take the upstream, mainline, package kernel as that offers more stability and features for PureOS users.

          In 2021, we moved from one stable distribution to another stable distribution, from PureOS 9 to PureOS 10. This is a milestone for PureOS as previously we moved from testing distributions to stable. We strongly recommend upgrading to PureOS 10, but it is not a requirement. PureOS 9 will still get limited updates, but most users will want to upgrade to the new stable release to receive the benefits it brings.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Hot Free and Open Source Application Servers for Lua

        An application server is computer software which provides the business logic for an application program. It offers services such as management of large distributed systems, data services, load balancing, transaction support, and network security. The application server is one part of a three-tier application, consisting of a graphical interface server, an application (business logic) server, and a database / transaction server. Many application servers support the Java platform, but they can be found in other environments.

        There are good reasons to deploy an application server in a corporate environment. At a high level, an application server enables updates and upgrades to applications to be distributed to all users. System administrators also benefit from the fact that changes to application configuration can take place centrally, which greatly simplifies technical support and ultimately the end user experience. Application servers also simplify user management, avoiding the need to set up and maintain user-management systems for applications. This type of software also enhances scalability and resource usage, and exposes business components via different deployment wrappers.

      • Events

        • Linux User Group of Mauritius meets Luboš Kocman

          We had a meetup in the conference room of Flying Dodo, Bagatelle, on Saturday 22 Junuary 2022. Luboš Kocman, the Release Manager for openSUSE, who came to Mauritius on vacation was kind enough to spare a few hours and meet us.


          Luboš told us about some new things that will be coming to Leap in the future. He explained his role as a Release Manager for openSUSE and how the community as a whole is regarded as a SUSE partner. He explained the relationship between SUSE and the openSUSE community. He also talked about SUSE Liberty Linux, a new offering by SUSE which offers support for mixed Linux environment, like RHEL, CentOS and SLES.

          Luboš showed us code.opensuse.org/leap/features/issues where community members can request the features they want most in openSUSE Leap. Hence, contributing to making openSUSE distributions better.

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Settlement with Patrick McHardy [Ed: Settlement over GPL]

            This settlement establishes that any decision-making around netfilter-related enforcement activities should be based on a majority vote. Thus, each active coreteam member [5] at the time of the enforcement request holds one right to vote. This settlement covers past and new enforcement, as well as the enforcement of contractual penalties related to past declarations to cease-and-desist.

            The netfilter project continues to endorse “The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement” [6]. Therefore, this settlement does not release third parties from their obligations to comply with the license [7] hereinafter.

      • Programming/Development

        • Git 2.35.0
          Git 2.35 Release Notes
          Updates since Git 2.34
          Backward compatibility warts
           * "_" is now treated as any other URL-valid characters in an URL when
             matching the per-URL configuration variable names.
           * The color palette used by "git grep" has been updated to match that
             of GNU grep.
          Note to those who build from the source
           * You may need to define NO_UNCOMPRESS2 Makefile macro if you build
             with zlib older than 1.2.9.
           * If your compiler cannot grok C99, the build will fail.  See the
             instruction at the beginning of git-compat-util.h if this happens
             to you.
          UI, Workflows & Features
           * "git status --porcelain=v2" now show the number of stash entries
             with --show-stash like the normal output does.
           * "git stash" learned the "--staged" option to stash away what has
             been added to the index (and nothing else).
           * "git var GIT_DEFAULT_BRANCH" is a way to see what name is used for
             the newly created branch if "git init" is run.
           * Various operating modes of "git reset" have been made to work
             better with the sparse index.
           * "git submodule deinit" for a submodule whose .git metadata
             directory is embedded in its working tree refused to work, until
             the submodule gets converted to use the "absorbed" form where the
             metadata directory is stored in superproject, and a gitfile at the
             top-level of the working tree of the submodule points at it.  The
             command is taught to convert such submodules to the absorbed form
             as needed.
           * The completion script (in contrib/) learns that the "--date"
             option of commands from the "git log" family takes "human" and
             "auto" as valid values.
           * "Zealous diff3" style of merge conflict presentation has been added.
           * The "git log --format=%(describe)" placeholder has been extended to
             allow passing selected command-line options to the underlying "git
             describe" command.
           * "default" and "reset" have been added to our color palette.
           * The cryptographic signing using ssh keys can specify literal keys
             for keytypes whose name do not begin with the "ssh-" prefix by
             using the "key::" prefix mechanism (e.g. "key::ecdsa-sha2-nistp256").
           * "git fetch" without the "--update-head-ok" option ought to protect
             a checked out branch from getting updated, to prevent the working
             tree that checks it out to go out of sync.  The code was written
             before the use of "git worktree" got widespread, and only checked
             the branch that was checked out in the current worktree, which has
             been updated.
           * "git name-rev" has been tweaked to give output that is shorter and
             easier to understand.
           * "git apply" has been taught to ignore a message without a patch
             with the "--allow-empty" option.  It also learned to honor the
             "--quiet" option given from the command line.
           * The "init" and "set" subcommands in "git sparse-checkout" have been
             unified for a better user experience and performance.
           * Many git commands that deal with working tree files try to remove a
             directory that becomes empty (i.e. "git switch" from a branch that
             has the directory to another branch that does not would attempt
             remove all files in the directory and the directory itself).  This
             drops users into an unfamiliar situation if the command was run in
             a subdirectory that becomes subject to removal due to the command.
             The commands have been taught to keep an empty directory if it is
             the directory they were started in to avoid surprising users.
           * "git am" learns "--empty=(stop|drop|keep)" option to tweak what is
             done to a piece of e-mail without a patch in it.
           * The default merge message prepared by "git merge" records the name
             of the current branch; the name can be overridden with a new option
             to allow users to pretend a merge is made on a different branch.
           * The way "git p4" shows file sizes in its output has been updated to
             use human-readable units.
           * "git -c branch.autosetupmerge=inherit branch new old" makes "new"
             to have the same upstream as the "old" branch, instead of marking
             "old" itself as its upstream.
          Performance, Internal Implementation, Development Support etc.
           * The use of errno as a means to carry the nature of error in the ref
             API implementation has been reworked and reduced.
           * Teach and encourage first-time contributors to this project to
             state the base commit when they submit their topic.
           * The command line completion for "git send-email" options have been
             tweaked to make it easier to keep it in sync with the command itself.
           * Ensure that the sparseness of the in-core index matches the
             index.sparse configuration specified by the repository immediately
             after the on-disk index file is read.
           * Code clean-up to eventually allow information on remotes defined
             for an arbitrary repository to be read.
           * Build optimization.
           * Tighten code for testing pack-bitmap.
           * Weather balloon to break people with compilers that do not support
           * The "reftable" backend for the refs API, without integrating into
             the refs subsystem, has been added.
           * More tests are marked as leak-free.
           * The test framework learns to list unsatisfied test prerequisites,
             and optionally error out when prerequisites that are expected to be
             satisfied are not.
           * The default setting for trace2 event nesting was too low to cause
             test failures, which is worked around by bumping it up in the test
           * Drop support for TravisCI and update test workflows at GitHub.
           * Many tests that used to need GIT_TEST_DEFAULT_INITIAL_BRANCH_NAME
             mechanism to force "git" to use 'master' as the default name for
             the initial branch no longer need it; the use of the mechanism from
             them have been removed.
           * Allow running our tests while disabling fsync.
           * Document the parameters given to the reflog entry iterator callback
             (merge e6e94f34b2 jc/reflog-iterator-callback-doc later to maint).
           * The test helper for refs subsystem learned to write bogus and/or
             nonexistent object name to refs to simulate error situations we
             want to test Git in.
           * "diff --histogram" optimization.
           * Weather balloon to find compilers that do not grok variable
             declaration in the for() loop.
           * diff and blame commands have been taught to work better with sparse
           * The chainlint test script linter in the test suite has been updated.
           * The DEVELOPER=yes build uses -std=gnu99 now.
           * "git format-patch" uses a single rev_info instance and then exits.
             Mark the structure with UNLEAK() macro to squelch leak sanitizer.
           * New interface into the tmp-objdir API to help in-core use of the
             quarantine feature.
           * Broken &&-chains in the test scripts have been corrected.
           * The RCS keyword substitution in "git p4" used to be done assuming
             that the contents are UTF-8 text, which can trigger decoding
             errors.  We now treat the contents as a bytestring for robustness
             and correctness.
           * The conditions to choose different definitions of the FLEX_ARRAY
             macro for vendor compilers has been simplified to make it easier to
           * Correctness and performance update to "diff --color-moved" feature.
           * "git upload-pack" (the other side of "git fetch") used a 8kB buffer
             but most of its payload came on 64kB "packets".  The buffer size
             has been enlarged so that such a packet fits.
           * "git fetch" and "git pull" are now declared sparse-index clean.
             Also "git ls-files" learns the "--sparse" option to help debugging.
           * Similar message templates have been consolidated so that
             translators need to work on fewer number of messages.
          Fixes since v2.34
           * "git grep" looking in a blob that has non-UTF8 payload was
             completely broken when linked with certain versions of PCREv2
             library in the latest release.
           * Other code cleanup, docfix, build fix, etc.
           * "git pull" with any strategy when the other side is behind us
             should succeed as it is a no-op, but doesn't.
           * An earlier change in 2.34.0 caused JGit application (that abused
             GIT_EDITOR mechanism when invoking "git config") to get stuck with
             a SIGTTOU signal; it has been reverted.
           * An earlier change that broke .gitignore matching has been reverted.
           * Things like "git -c branch.sort=bogus branch new HEAD", i.e. the
             operation modes of the "git branch" command that do not need the
             sort key information, no longer errors out by seeing a bogus sort
             (merge 98e7ab6d42 jc/fix-ref-sorting-parse later to maint).
           * The compatibility implementation for unsetenv(3) were written to
             mimic ancient, non-POSIX, variant seen in an old glibc; it has been
             changed to return an integer to match the more modern era.
             (merge a38989bd5b jc/unsetenv-returns-an-int later to maint).
           * The clean/smudge conversion code path has been prepared to better
             work on platforms where ulong is narrower than size_t.
             (merge 596b5e77c9 mc/clean-smudge-with-llp64 later to maint).
           * Redact the path part of packfile URI that appears in the trace output.
             (merge 0ba558ffb1 if/redact-packfile-uri later to maint).
           * CI has been taught to catch some Unicode directional formatting
             sequence that can be used in certain mischief.
             (merge 0e7696c64d js/ci-no-directional-formatting later to maint).
           * The "--date=format:" gained a workaround for the lack of
             system support for a non-local timezone to handle "%s" placeholder.
             (merge 9b591b9403 jk/strbuf-addftime-seconds-since-epoch later to maint).
           * The "merge" subcommand of "git jump" (in contrib/) silently ignored
             pathspec and other parameters.
             (merge 67ba13e5a4 jk/jump-merge-with-pathspec later to maint).
           * The code to decode the length of packed object size has been
             (merge 34de5b8eac jt/pack-header-lshift-overflow later to maint).
           * The advice message given by "git pull" when the user hasn't made a
             choice between merge and rebase still said that the merge is the
             default, which no longer is the case.  This has been corrected.
             (merge 71076d0edd ah/advice-pull-has-no-preference-between-rebase-and-merge later to maint).
           * "git fetch", when received a bad packfile, can fail with SIGPIPE.
             This wasn't wrong per-se, but we now detect the situation and fail
             in a more predictable way.
             (merge 2a4aed42ec jk/fetch-pack-avoid-sigpipe-to-index-pack later to maint).
           * The function to cull a child process and determine the exit status
             had two separate code paths for normal callers and callers in a
             signal handler, and the latter did not yield correct value when the
             child has caught a signal.  The handling of the exit status has
             been unified for these two code paths.  An existing test with
             flakiness has also been corrected.
             (merge 5263e22cba jk/t7006-sigpipe-tests-fix later to maint).
           * When a non-existent program is given as the pager, we tried to
             reuse an uninitialized child_process structure and crashed, which
             has been fixed.
             (merge f917f57f40 em/missing-pager later to maint).
           * The single-key-input mode in "git add -p" had some code to handle
             keys that generate a sequence of input via ReadKey(), which did not
             handle end-of-file correctly, which has been fixed.
             (merge fc8a8126df cb/add-p-single-key-fix later to maint).
           * "git rebase -x" added an unnecessary 'exec' instructions before
             'noop', which has been corrected.
             (merge cc9dcdee61 en/rebase-x-fix later to maint).
           * When the "git push" command is killed while the receiving end is
             trying to report what happened to the ref update proposals, the
             latter used to die, due to SIGPIPE.  The code now ignores SIGPIPE
             to increase our chances to run the post-receive hook after it
             (merge d34182b9e3 rj/receive-pack-avoid-sigpipe-during-status-reporting later to maint).
           * "git worktree add" showed "Preparing worktree" message to the
             standard output stream, but when it failed, the message from die()
             went to the standard error stream.  Depending on the order the
             stdio streams are flushed at the program end, this resulted in
             confusing output.  It has been corrected by sending all the chatty
             messages to the standard error stream.
             (merge b50252484f es/worktree-chatty-to-stderr later to maint).
           * Coding guideline document has been updated to clarify what goes to
             standard error in our system.
             (merge e258eb4800 es/doc-stdout-vs-stderr later to maint).
           * The sparse-index/sparse-checkout feature had a bug in its use of
             the matching code to determine which path is in or outside the
             sparse checkout patterns.
             (merge 8c5de0d265 ds/sparse-deep-pattern-checkout-fix later to maint).
           * "git rebase -x" by mistake started exporting the GIT_DIR and
             GIT_WORK_TREE environment variables when the command was rewritten
             in C, which has been corrected.
             (merge 434e0636db en/rebase-x-wo-git-dir-env later to maint).
           * When "git log" implicitly enabled the "decoration" processing
             without being explicitly asked with "--decorate" option, it failed
             to read and honor the settings given by the "--decorate-refs"
           * "git fetch --set-upstream" did not check if there is a current
             branch, leading to a segfault when it is run on a detached HEAD,
             which has been corrected.
             (merge 17baeaf82d ab/fetch-set-upstream-while-detached later to maint).
           * Among some code paths that ask an yes/no question, only one place
             gave a prompt that looked different from the others, which has been
             updated to match what the others create.
             (merge 0fc8ed154c km/help-prompt-fix later to maint).
           * "git log --invert-grep --author=" used to exclude commits
             written by the given author, but now "--invert-grep" only affects
             the matches made by the "--grep=" option.
             (merge 794c000267 rs/log-invert-grep-with-headers later to maint).
           * "git grep --perl-regexp" failed to match UTF-8 characters with
             wildcard when the pattern consists only of ASCII letters, which has
             been corrected.
             (merge 32e3e8bc55 rs/pcre2-utf later to maint).
           * Certain sparse-checkout patterns that are valid in non-cone mode
             led to segfault in cone mode, which has been corrected.
           * Use of certain "git rev-list" options with "git fast-export"
             created nonsense results (the worst two of which being "--reverse"
             and "--invert-grep --grep=").  The use of "--first-parent" is
             made to behave a bit more sensible than before.
             (merge 726a228dfb ws/fast-export-with-revision-options later to maint).
           * Perf tests were run with end-user's shell, but it has been
             corrected to use the shell specified by $TEST_SHELL_PATH.
             (merge 9ccab75608 ja/perf-use-specified-shell later to maint).
           * Fix dependency rules to generate hook-list.h header file.
             (merge d3fd1a6667 ab/makefile-hook-list-dependency-fix later to maint).
           * "git stash" by default triggers its "push" action, but its
             implementation also made "git stash -h" to show short help only for
             "git stash push", which has been corrected.
             (merge ca7990cea5 ab/do-not-limit-stash-help-to-push later to maint).
           * "git apply --3way" bypasses the attempt to do a three-way
             application in more cases to address the regression caused by the
             recent change to use direct application as a fallback.
             (merge 34d607032c jz/apply-3-corner-cases later to maint).
           * Fix performance-releated bug in "git subtree" (in contrib/).
             (merge 3ce8888fb4 jl/subtree-check-parents-argument-passing-fix later to maint).
           * Extend the guidance to choose the base commit to build your work
             on, and hint/nudge contributors to read others' changes.
             (merge fdfae830f8 jc/doc-submitting-patches-choice-of-base later to maint).
           * A corner case bug in the ort merge strategy has been corrected.
             (merge d30126c20d en/merge-ort-renorm-with-rename-delete-conflict-fix later to maint).
           * "git stash apply" forgot to attempt restoring untracked files when
             it failed to restore changes to tracked ones.
             (merge 71cade5a0b en/stash-df-fix later to maint).
           * Calling dynamically loaded functions on Windows has been corrected.
             (merge 4a9b204920 ma/windows-dynload-fix later to maint).
           * Some lockfile code called free() in signal-death code path, which
             has been corrected.
             (merge 58d4d7f1c5 ps/lockfile-cleanup-fix later to maint).
           * Other code cleanup, docfix, build fix, etc.
             (merge 74db416c9c cw/protocol-v2-doc-fix later to maint).
             (merge f9b2b6684d ja/doc-cleanup later to maint).
             (merge 7d1b866778 jc/fix-first-object-walk later to maint).
             (merge 538ac74604 js/trace2-avoid-recursive-errors later to maint).
             (merge 152923b132 jk/t5319-midx-corruption-test-deflake later to maint).
             (merge 9081a421a6 ab/checkout-branch-info-leakfix later to maint).
             (merge 42c456ff81 rs/mergesort later to maint).
             (merge ad506e6780 tl/midx-docfix later to maint).
             (merge bf5b83fd8a hk/ci-checkwhitespace-commentfix later to maint).
             (merge 49f1eb3b34 jk/refs-g11-workaround later to maint).
             (merge 7d3fc7df70 jt/midx-doc-fix later to maint).
             (merge 7b089120d9 hn/create-reflog-simplify later to maint).
             (merge 9e12400da8 cb/mingw-gmtime-r later to maint).
             (merge 0bf0de6cc7 tb/pack-revindex-on-disk-cleanup later to maint).
             (merge 2c68f577fc ew/cbtree-remove-unused-and-broken-cb-unlink later to maint).
             (merge eafd6e7e55 ab/die-with-bug later to maint).
             (merge 91028f7659 jc/grep-patterntype-default-doc later to maint).
             (merge 47ca93d071 ds/repack-fixlets later to maint).
             (merge e6a9bc0c60 rs/t4202-invert-grep-test-fix later to maint).
             (merge deb5407a42 gh/gpg-doc-markup-fix later to maint).
             (merge 999bba3e0b rs/daemon-plug-leak later to maint).
             (merge 786eb1ba39 js/l10n-mention-ngettext-early-in-readme later to maint).
             (merge 2f12b31b74 ab/makefile-msgfmt-wo-stats later to maint).
             (merge 0517f591ca fs/gpg-unknown-key-test-fix later to maint).
             (merge 97d6fb5a1f ma/header-dup-cleanup later to maint).
        • Git 2.35 Released With “git stash –staged” mode, Other Developer Additions – Phoronix

          Git 2.35 is out today as the newest update to this widely-used, open-source distributed version control system.

          There is a wide assortment of changes in Git 2.35, including items such as:

          - The git stash sub-command now has a “–staged” mode to make it easier to stash changes into a staging area and nothing else.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Intro – Modern Bash (Zsh) Scripting

            Writing shell scripts used to be a major, major pain for me. I remember many frustrating sessions, where I tried to find a misplaced quote or a missing backtick. I cursed shell script and only used it as a last resort.

            In those days, I would never, ever have thought, that I would write 100K lines of shell script code for a project and not even mind very much doing so.

            The main reason for this change of mind is ShellCheck. Combined with a colorizing syntax highlighter in an editor like Sublime Text ShellCheck makes the previously tedious search for that elusive missing backtick or doublequote super easy, barely an inconvenience: [...]

  • Leftovers

    • Rainwater Storing Gojo Is A Stroke Of Genius

      The traditional Ethiopian Gojo is a circular domed dwelling constructed from a central vertical beam, and a surrounding structure of curved beams made from wood or bamboo. A covering of dried grass and mud completes the outer structure. These buildings are found everywhere in rural areas, due to their ease of construction, and availability of cheap materials. One major problem living in rural areas in developing countries is access to water. Ethiopian inventor [Anteneh Gashaw] knows a thing or two about the practicalities of living in a developing nation, and has come up with an ingenious take on the traditional Gojo. The idea is to replace the outer structure with pipes capable of storing rainwater. A collector plate on the top of the roof directs rain water into the pipes — with some small balancing tubes connecting them at the bottom — distributing the stored water evenly. A tap at the bottom of structure allows the pipes to be emptied on demand. Another interesting point about this design, is that the water adds some extra weight, for free, which gives the structure much improved stability in high winds, increasing safety.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • Heart-Shaped Heartwarming Valentine’s Day Pendant | Hackaday

        This is no ordinary heart-shaped PCB pendant project! To us, it’s also symbol representing the striking amount of love that [SaltyPaws] has put into its design and documentation. He tells us that he designed it for the two daughters he is raising, as an electronics and general STEAM introduction – with outstanding educational and aesthetic qualities, giving insights into a wide range of topics while looking . The PCB is mostly through-hole, making for easy soldering and quick return on the effort investment. The project is thought-out beyond the PCB, however – this pendant is designed to be wearable day-to-day, which is why it’s accompanied by a 3D-printed frame, protecting its wearer from sharp PCB edges and through-hole lead ends!

      • One-piece Geared Hinge Can Take the Weight

        3D printers have come a long way from cranking out things like bottle openers and coat pegs, and [E. Soderberg]’s Print in Place Geared Hinge is a pretty nifty demonstration of that. This hinge is designed as a print-in-place part, meaning it is 3D printed as a single piece, requiring no assembly. Not only that, but the herringbone gears constrain the sturdy device in a way that helps it support heavy loads.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • My Disabled Life is Worthy

        This is true, and it needs to factor into our public health response. Instead, it’s often used to suggest that the loss of these lives is somehow less serious — and more acceptable.

        “The overwhelming number of deaths” among vaccinated people, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told Good Morning America about a recent study, “occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities, so really these are people who were unwell to begin with.”

      • Virginia Schools Sue Youngkin Mandate Making Masks Optional

        School districts serving more than 350,000 students in Virginia filed a lawsuit against Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Monday, the day his executive order making face coverings optional in schools—against the guidance of public health experts—took effect.

        Seven districts filed the lawsuit in the Circuit Court for the County of Arlington, arguing that the governor cannot “unilaterally override” the authority given to local school boards by Article 8, Section 7 of the state constitution and accusing Youngkin of endangering students and school staffers by revoking an earlier mask mandate for public schools.

      • How the Pandemic’s Unequal Toll on People of Color Underlines US Health Inequities

        Even though non-Hispanic white people make up 60% of the population, racial and ethnic minorities in the United States have borne significantly higher risks of COVID-19 infections than white people, as well as hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

        So a conversation is raging among doctors, health researchers, public health officials, policymakers and activists about how to address the social determinants of health that are driving this unequal toll on communities of color.

      • WHO Chief: ‘Dangerous’ to Assume Omicron Is Last Variant

        The director-general of the World Health Organization on Monday cautioned the international community against accepting the increasingly common view that peaking Omicron cases signals the approaching end of the global Covid-19 pandemic, which is still killing more than 8,000 people a day.

        “Eighty-six percent of the population of Africa is yet to receive a single dose of vaccine.”

      • “If These Demands Are Not Met, We Will Be Striking by Not Attending School”

        At the end of the first week of January, as Covid-19 surged through the country’s newly reopened schools, a group of students at the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) came together to demand “a safe learning environment.” In a public letter, the students made it clear that they are “not comfortable going to school with the rising cases” and demanded that the district provide them with basic Covid protections—including KN95/N95 masks for every student, twice-weekly PCR and rapid tests, and more outdoor spaces so kids could eat safely—or let them return to online learning. “If these demands are not met, we will be striking by not attending school,” the letter reads. “We will be striking until we get what we need to be safe.”1

      • The Making of a Coronavirus-Criminal Presidency

        The United States is the product of an accountability movement that was never fully realized. Thomas Paine called the country into being with Common Sense, a pamphlet that invited the beleaguered residents of 13 British colonies on the eastern shore of North America to indulge their fury at the imperial abuses of King George III. He ridiculed the “men of passive tempers” who “look somewhat lightly over the offences of Great Britain, and, still hoping for the best, are apt to call out, ‘Come, come, we shall be friends again for all this.’” Rejecting the prospect of reconciliation with “the power that hath carried fire and sword into your land,” Paine encouraged Americans to ask themselves pointed questions: Adapted from John Nichols’s new book, Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers: Accountability for Those Who Caused the Crisis (Verso).Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? Have you lost a parent or a child by their hands, and yourself the ruined and wretched survivor? If you have not, then are you not a judge of those who have. But if you have, and can still shake hands with the murderers, then are you unworthy the name of husband, father, friend or lover, and whatever may be your rank or title in life, you have the heart of a coward, and the spirit of a sycophant.

        This was about more than refusing to shake hands with the murderers, however. It was, Paine recognized, about forging a new mentality that would see beyond the lie of reconciliation with those who abused positions of authority to the detriment of the people.

      • Advocacy Group Urges Pfizer to Combat Paxlovid Inequality

        Public health experts on Monday urged Pfizer to prioritize the equitable distribution of its highly effective Covid-19 treatment and warned the pharmaceutical giant that if it refuses to provide a timely and adequate supply of its lifesaving antiviral pill to low-income nations, it will replicate the injustice of global vaccine apartheid.

        “No African country has yet to purchase the treatment at all.”

      • Earthquakes. Drought. Geysers. Permian Oilfield Water Woes Pile up in West Texas

        At 8:00 a.m. Eastern on January 21, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake shook Culberson County in West Texas midway between Odessa and El Paso, the U.S. Geological Society reported. That’s the kind of earthquake that’s generally strong enough to be felt, but not rattling enough to cause damage.

        Texas is not known for its seismic activity – or it wasn’t historically. Nearly 4,000 quakes, the majority relatively minor, have swarmed the oil-rich state over the past year. The most powerful among them was a 4.5 magnitude quake that rattled Midland in late December, tying for the second-strongest in a decade.

      • The people deciding to ditch their smartphones

        The 36-year-old decided at the end of last year that getting rid of her handset would improve her mental health. So, over Christmas she told her family and friends that she was switching to an old Nokia phone that could only make and receive calls and text messages.

        She recalls that one of the pivotal moments that led to her decision was a day at the park with her two boys, aged six and three: “I was on my mobile at a playground with the kids and I looked up and every single parent – there was up to 20 – were looking at their phones, just scrolling away,” she says.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Apple fails to satisfy requirements set by ACM

          Apple has failed to satisfy the requirements set by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) regarding payment systems for dating-app providers. ACM has come to this conclusion following an investigation into Apple’s statements of January 15, 2022. This means that Apple now has to pay ACM the first penalty payment of 5 million euros.

          Apple must adjust its conditions for access to the Dutch App Store for dating-app providers. In the App Store, dating-app providers must also be able to use payment systems other than Apple’s payment system. In addition, dating-app providers must have the ability to refer to payment systems outside of the app. This had been laid down in an order subject to periodic penalty payments that ACM imposed on Apple in August 2021. On December 24, 2021, the court ruled that this part of the order could be published.

        • Security

          • Linux Servers at Risk of RCE Due to Critical CWP Bugs [Ed: It’s not a Linux issue but a program that can run on top of it; FUD pattern?]
          • CWP bugs allow code execution as root on Linux servers, patch now [Ed: Microsoft boosters make a bug in CentOS Web Panel sound like it's an issue with Linux]

            Two security vulnerabilities that impact the Control Web Panel (CWP) software can be chained by unauthenticated attackers to gain remote code execution (RCE) as root on vulnerable Linux servers.

            CWP, previously known as CentOS Web Panel, is a free Linux control panel for managing dedicated web hosting servers and virtual private servers.

          • CISA Publishes Infographic on Layering Network Security Through Segmentation

            CISA has published an infographic to emphasize the importance of implementing network segmentation—a physical or virtual architectural approach that divides a network into multiple segments, each acting as its own subnetwork, to provide additional security and control that can help prevent or minimize the impact of a cyberattack.

          • LHS Episode #449: Insecurities Everywhere

            Hello and welcome to the 449th installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short-topics episode, the hosts discuss results from the 2021 QSO parties, the FCC tech advisory council, the proliferation of Linux malware, SDR++, programming in Python and much more. Thank you for listening and have a fantastic week.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Biometric Tech Company ID.Me Continues To Swallow Gov’t Agencies, Cause Problems For People Trying To Access Their Gov’t Benefits

              A private company, that leveraged a bold (unproven) claim about $400 billion in pandemic unemployment fraud into government contracts allowing it to (mistakenly) lock people out of their unemployment benefits, is hoping to use both of these dubious achievements to secure even more government contracts.

            • UK Gov’t: Encryption Endangers Kids. Also UK Gov’t: No, Encryption *Protects* Kids

              What’s the greatest threat to children since the invention of contraceptives? Why, encryption, of course. Just ask (almost) anyone. FBI directors have pointed to device and end-to-end encryption as an aider and abettor in child sexual abuse. Government leaders from around the world have claimed the addition of end-to-end encryption to Facebook’s messaging service will result in millions of abused kids. Others who find the chanting of “national security concerns” just isn’t getting the job done have often chosen to lean on abused children to make their points (badly) about the “dangers” encryption poses.

            • Bombshell Decision That Use of Google Analytics in Austria Violates Top EU Court’s Ruling Boosts GDPR Impact Again

              Given the continuing importance of transatlantic data transfers, it’s not surprising that the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which coordinates the application of the GDPR across the EU, has tried to clarify the current situation with a series of recommendations for companies. It’s striking that the best it can come up with is “you must verify on a case-by-case basis whether (or not) the law or practice of the third country of destination undermines the safeguards” of the GDPR, and whether “supplementary measures may fill the gap”. If you can’t do that, well, “you must not start transferring personal data to the third country concerned on the basis of your chosen transfer tool”. If that advice all seems a bit vague, the Austrian Data Protection Authority has kindly provided a practical demonstration of just how far-reaching it is in reality.

            • State AGs Allege Google Deceived Users to Profit From Location Data

              Attorneys general from Washington, D.C. and three states plan to sue Google on Monday, accusing the tech giant of deceiving consumers about the security of their location data in order to boost its digital advertising profits.

              “Google uses tricks to continuously seek to track a user’s location,” said D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D). “This suit, by four attorneys general, on a bipartisan basis, is an overdue enforcement action against a flagrant violator of privacy and the laws of our states.”

            • UK Online Safety Bill Set to Weaken Encryption and Put UK Internet Users At Risk

              The Internet Society joins the UK England Chapter in calling for a redraft of the UK’s Online Safety Bill so that it protects strong encryption and recognises its vital role in protecting users online.

              Despite claims it seeks to protect users online, the recent draft of the Bill threatens to drive strong encryption from the market and place UK Internet users at greater risk than ever before.

              The draft Online Safety Bill will force service providers to weaken or remove encryption to meet new content identification and removal requirements. A newly published Internet impact brief co-authored by the Internet Society and UK England Chapter identifies how, by weakening encryption, the Bill will undermine critical elements that make the Internet an open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy resource for everyone.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Gitmo’s Shameful 20th Anniversary

        President Biden has so far failed to take consequential action during his first year in office to fulfill his pledge of closing the prison before his term ends. His administration has in fact done the opposite and is now reportedly spending millions of dollars to upgrade it.

        Without taking bold action, Biden risks following in President Obama’s footsteps of empty promises that ultimately perpetuate an untenable status quo. Meanwhile, the remaining 39 prisoners and our nation’s rule of law still languish.

      • Trump Calls Jan. 6 Committee’s Request to Speak With Ivanka “Very Unfair”
      • Biden Is Considering Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe
      • Who is Yevhen Murayev? The UK claims that Russia wants to impose this ex-MP as a puppet leader in Ukraine. He says that’s nonsense.

        “The Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine,” the UK Foreign Office said in a statement released on Saturday, January 22. The British authorities pointed to former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevhen Murayev as a “potential candidate,” while also claiming to “have information that the Russian intelligence services maintain links with numerous former Ukrainian politicians.” Commenting on this information, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab warned that there would be serious consequences should Russia try and invade Ukraine and install a puppet government. However, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken declined to comment on the British intelligence report. In turn, Yevhen Murayev himself vehemently dismissed the allegations as “nonsense and stupidity.” Meduza examines what is known about Murayev and the other former Ukrainian politicians the UK Foreign Office named.

      • The latest vis-à-vis Ukraine Western countries withdraw families from Kyiv embassies and the Kremlin blames NATO for escalating tensions

        The United States, UK, and Australia have started to withdraw the family members of embassy staff in Ukraine, as tensions between Russia and NATO countries continue to rise. On Monday, January 24, NATO confirmed that member countries had sent additional ships and jets to enhance deployments in Eastern Europe. In turn, the Kremlin’s spokesman accused the alliance of provoking “an escalation of tensions.” Meanwhile, the ruble’s exchange rate against the U.S. dollar dropped significantly, prompting Russia’s Central Bank to halt foreign currency purchases.

      • NATO as Religion

        The 2021/22 crisis is a logical continuation of the expansionist policies that NATO has pursued since the demise of the Soviet Union, as numerous Professors of international law and international relations have long indicated — including Richard Falk, John Mearsheimer, Stephen Kinzer and Francis Boyle.  NATO’s approach implements the US claim to have a “mission” to export its socio-economic model to other countries, notwithstanding the preferences of sovereign states and the self-determination of peoples.

        Although the US and NATO narratives have been proven to be inaccurate and sometimes deliberately mendacious on numerous occasions, the fact is that a majority of citizens in the Western World uncritically believe what they are told.  The “quality press” including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Times, Le Monde, El Pais, the NZZ and FAZ are all effective echo chambers of the Washington consensus and enthusiastically support the public relations and geopolitical propaganda offensive.  I think that it can be said without fear of contradiction that the only war that NATO has ever won is the information war.  A compliant and complicit corporate media has been successful in persuading millions of Americans and Europeans that the toxic narratives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs are really true. We believe in the myth of the “Arab Spring” and “EuroMaidan”, but we never hear about the right of self-determination of peoples, including the Russians of Donetsk and Lugansk, and what could easily be called the “Crimean Spring”.

      • Goodness Gracious, David Ignatius: Why Do You Want More War?

        Ignatius engages the commandant of the Marine Corps, General David Berger, and files a column seconding Berger’s claim of success in creating a “force of the future, not the past.”  Berger contends that his Marines have the systems and capabilities to “combat a modern, high-tech rival such as China.”  Then Ignatius spends time with some of Berger’s senior commanders and echoes their claims for newer systems that are “small, elusive, and sometimes unmanned” and harder-to-find.  Ignatius ignores the high technology of the Chinese military and seems to believe that the island-hopping strategy against Japan in World War II can be successfully deployed against China in East Asia.  The fact that the Marines haven’t conducted an amphibious operation since the Korean War more than 70 years ago begs the question of whether we even need a Marine Corps.

        The Post makes sure that Iganatius’ views are bolstered by guest writers.  On January 21, it featured an oped by Michael Vickers, a former CIA operations officer and assistant secretary of defense for special operations, that called for “moving U.S. combat aircraft and ships forward to Europe” to add to Putin’s uncertainty and to “change his strategic calculus.”  Does Vickers actually want to risk an air war on Russia’s borders that could lead to a European conflagration?  Vickers also wants to support the resistance to Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and to engage in covert action to “undermine Putin’s rule in Russia.”  Ukraine and Belarus represent vital interests to Russia, and Putin isn’t bluffing.  Vickers, meanwhile, is prepared to risk a major war in Europe that would have untold strategic consequences.

      • Biden Considering Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe

        U.S. President Joe Biden is reportedly weighing a Pentagon proposal to deploy thousands of American troops to the Baltics and Eastern Europe as progressive anti-war analysts and activists warn such a move would further inflame tensions in the region—and risk a full-blown war with Russia.

        “Ukraine demands a diplomatic and political resolution.”

      • US Puts Troops on Standby as War Tensions Over Ukraine Mount

        Despite warnings that U.S. actions not focused on diplomacy with Russia risked setting the stage for an “exceedingly dangerous quagmire,” the Pentagon announced Monday that roughly 8,500 U.S. troops have been put on “heightened preparedness to deploy” to Eastern Europe amid rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

        Speaking at a news briefing, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the “steps to heighten the readiness of… forces at home and abroad” were aligned with U.S. commitments to NATO.

      • Leaked Report Suggests Impunity for IDF Soldiers in Killing of Elderly Man
      • SOPA To The Future: Reclaiming Collective Internet Power
      • Roles of F.B.I. and Informants Muddle the Michigan Governor Kidnapping Case

        Before five men stand trial in March, prosecutors and defense lawyers are examining more than 1,000 hours of secretly recorded conversations.

      • Taliban 2.0 aren’t so different from the first regime, after all

        The Taliban have undertaken a systematic media crackdown to achieve their contradictory goals of presenting a softer face to the international community while violating Afghans’ rights.

        The group is forcing media to follow two of the Taliban’s dogmatic and moral regulatory bodies’ guidelines.

        The Taliban also announced the “11 journalism rules,” which include forbidding journalists from publishing or broadcasting stories that are “contrary to Islam” or “insult national figures.”

        About 40% of the country’s media sources have shut down, 6,400 journalists lost their jobs, including 84% of female journalists. Violence against media and journalists has again become widespread.

        Many other journalists have left the country.

      • What’s China up to in Central America?

        Few regions in the world wobble the tension of the tightrope governments walk between raw interests and principle in foreign and strategic policy more than Central America. And few have mattered less to Canberra over the decades, generally for sound, realist reasons going to Australia’s negligible commercial and strategic interests there.

        Nonetheless, it warrants a momentary excursion into the region’s exotic, intriguing if often tragic environs because it matters so much to the United States, and because of China’s changing relationship with it. This is especially evident in the spate of defections from Taipei—which until recently had enjoyed the recognition of virtually all the region’s nations—to Beijing, reshaping Central America’s economics and international policy settings.

    • Environment

      • One Year In, Biden Fails to Boost C- Grade on Environment

        After campaigning on a historic climate and environmental agenda that went well beyond vowing to undo the Trump administration’s damage, President Joe Biden had a disappointing first year in office, the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund concluded Monday.

        “Biden’s environmental agenda is at a precipice.”

      • Tonga Remains Covered in Ash Following Volcanic Eruption
      • “The Whole Country Is Covered with Ash”: Tongan Journalist Describes Devastation from Volcano

        We go to Nuku’alofa, capital of Tonga, to speak with Tongan journalist Marian Kupu on the humanitarian relief efforts underway after an undersea volcano erupted on January 14, blanketing the South Pacific island nation with ash and triggering a tsunami. Kupu was able to flee the worst effects of the initial eruption by driving to higher ground but now reports lingering aftereffects such as water tanks polluted by ash. Although the islands have prepared for hurricanes, climate change has exacerbated a newly volatile environment. “We have never been prepared for volcanic eruptions,” says Kupu. “This is something really new for us.”

      • Dangerous Heat Across the Globe

        According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) July 2021 was the hottest month in recorded history for the world. The European Union (EU) satellite system also confirmed that the past seven years have been the hottest on record.

        Too much heat brings unanticipated problems of unexpected scale, putting decades of legacy infrastructure at risk of malfunctioning and/or total collapse. Nobody expected so much trouble to start so soon. Nobody anticipated such massive record-breaking back-to-back heat, north and south, to hit so soon on the heels of only 1.2C above estimated baseline for global warming.

      • Energy

        • Nuclear Waste Risks Can be “Minimized” and Other Myths

          This observation comes within an AP story headlined: “Majority of US states pursue nuclear power for emission cuts”, and which has garnered significant pickup in numerous media outlets. (However, we never do learn the secret to precisely how nuclear waste risks can be “minimized”.)

          The agency surveyed “the energy policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” finding that “about two-thirds” plan to use nuclear power to replace fossil fuels.

        • 260+ Companies Demand ‘Big, Bold Action’ on Clean Energy

          As Democrats sketch out a path forward for at least parts of President Joe Biden’s flagship Build Back Better Act, a group of over 260 companies on Monday called on Congress to urgently finalize negotiations on the legislation and seize “a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to deliver the “big, bold action to deliver the clean energy future Americans want and deserve.”

          “The time to act is now,” the energy firms wrote in a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

        • Three Electric-Jaguar Years

          Range · So, here’s the thing: Range doesn’t matter. No, really, it doesn’t. What that linked piece explains, in 1,300 or so words, is that range only matters for long-hauling, that most modern EVs have plenty, and that charging speed matters way more. So…

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • The Silent E: The Extinction of Experience and Empathy
        • How Logging Contributes to Climate Change

          The problem with such ebullient pronouncements is that they fail to provide a full accounting of the carbon losses and emissions.

          A number of studies that reviewed carbon emissions conclude that logging and wood processing emits far more carbon than a fire.

        • PG&E’s War Against Trees

          Government leaders in San Jose and San Francisco have called for PG&E to be taken out of investor control, and to be run by the  government or  its customers.

          PG&E  often refuses to respond, an increasingly frequent reaction to government authorities  among the nation’s giant corporations and monied interests. It claims it needs no permits since vegetation management is mandated by state law.

      • Overpopulation

        • Middle East: Running out of water

          According to the paper, the projected average temperature increase for these countries in the Middle East and North Africa will be 2.0 to 2.7 degrees C between 2040 and 2059.

          In specific areas, it may even become up to 3.3 degrees hotter.

          Moreso, since four-fifths of the region is desert or desert-like areas, the Mideast is already suffering from considerable drought, and additional environmental problems will exacerbate the situation further.

        • Golden State tarnished: Ex-pats reveal ‘why we left California for good’

          Kelly: “We moved to El Segundo when it was the perfect fit for us — it was known in the area as ‘Mayberry.’ But with the popularity of the Silicon Beach area just north of us, crowds and high-density housing in the surrounding areas made the freeways impossible.”

    • Finance

      • Are Used Car Prices Bankrupting Workers?
      • Why Student Body Leaders are Calling on Biden to Cancel Student Debt
      • Henry Cuellar’s Corporate Ties

        It’s no secret that Representative Henry Cuellar, the conservative Texas Democrat whose home and campaign office were raided as part of an FBI investigation this week, has deep corporate ties. Cuellar, a nine-term incumbent, is known as “Big Oil’s favorite Democrat.” He’s a top congressional recipient of oil and gas money, as well as private prison industry cash, and has been caught providing favors to lobbyists. Business interests, from Koch-linked groups to the immensely powerful US Chamber of Commerce, prop up Cuellar. And he returns the generosity, using his power in Congress to cater to their preferences and safeguard capital.

      • Opinion | Larry Summers Is Wrong: Corporate Consolidation Fuels Inflation

        In the face of rising inflation, the Biden administration has moved to use antitrust powers to combat corporate price hikes. This has led to pushback from prominent macroeconomists, including the disgruntled tweeting of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.

      • ‘A No-Brainer’: Lawmakers Urge Pelosi to Hold Vote on Stock Trading Ban

        A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Monday urged the top Democrat and Republican in the House of Representatives to “swiftly bring legislation to prohibit members of Congress from owning or trading stock” to the floor.

        “This common-sense, bipartisan legislation is unfortunately necessary in light of recent misconduct.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Opinion | Biden Missed Big Opportunities in His Very Long Press Conference

        President Joe Biden last week broke the record for the longest presidential press conference ever – going nearly two hours fielding question after question. He stood that long to prove his stamina and dispel bigoted charges of ageism.

      • Opinion | Is All This “Polarization” a Cause or a Symptom?

        “We are a polarized nation!”  Seems self-evident, right? 

      • American Roulette
      • Lost Opportunities in Joe Biden News Conference

        How did he do by his own standards? First, his opening remarks naturally touted the bright spots in the economy and the administration’s efforts to control Covid-19 during his first year in office. However, he missed an important opportunity to connect with the public and focus the tunnel-vision media on the serious legislation he wants to advance.

        For example, early on Biden proposed reversing some of the tax cuts for giant corporations and the super-wealthy that Trump rammed through Congress in 2017. Biden did not say why it is urgent for Congress to act on this matter or explain that these taxes are necessary not just for fairness, but to pay for the major proposals he has on Capitol Hill. Therefore, the media will not pay attention and assume he has given up.

      • Biden’s Pledges to Palestinians—a Year of Disappointment

        As we mark the end of the first year of the Biden presidency, pundits and interest groups of all sorts will be evaluating how successful he has been in advancing the agenda he set for his administration. Because I was involved in negotiations with the Biden team over the language that would shape its platform on Middle East–related issues, I want to focus on some of the commitments the Biden campaign made both in its platform and directly to Arab Americans—specifically those related to addressing the Israel/Palestine conflict.

      • A Fascist World is Breathing

        I mean it. Have you checked where you stand on the idea that the United States is inherently different from other nations, and that the ghastly things that happen elsewhere, like fascism, or authoritarian rule, can’t happen here?

        I thought about this recently when I had the pleasure of interviewing Arundhati Roy, the renowned Indian novelist, essayist and activist. This spring, the good people at Haymarket Books are publishing a second edition of Roy’s latest collection of essays. It’s called Azadi, Fascism, Fiction and Freedom in the Time of the Virus, and in it she brings readers up to date on, among other things, the state of democracy in India.

      • 25 House Democrats Urge Pelosi to Bring Congressional Stock Trading Ban to Vote
      • Sanders Says Arizona Democrats’ Decision to Censure Sinema Was “Exactly Right”
      • Voter turnout in county elections a bleak sign for democracy, views researcher

        “It’s bleak for democracy that the majority of people opted not to vote,” Sami Borg, an election researcher at Tampere University, remarked to YLE on Sunday.

        “This was hardly a surprise,” he added. “The most popular guess before the elections was that the turnout would land somewhere between the European and municipal elections. The European elections here have had a turnout of 40–42 per cent.”

        He also drew attention to the fact that voter turnout exceeded 50 per cent in only three of the 21 counties. The turnout rose the highest, to 53.8 per cent, in Ostrobothnia but fell short of even the 40-per-cent mark (39.2%) in the well-being services county of Vantaa and Kerava.

      • Iran’s UN Rights Restored After Paying Off Membership Arrears

        South Korea confirmed that it has paid Tehran’s membership delayed dues, amounting to US$18 million, to the UN from Iranian funds frozen in the country.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • No License for Disinformation: Why are doctors so threatened?

        I’ve long lamented how physicians can practice quackery and promote pseudoscience and spread medical conspiracy theories while state medical boards only rarely do anything concrete to stop them. Indeed, so uncommon is it for a state medical board to suspend or revoke the license of even the worst quacks that, when a quack does suffer sanctions from his state medical board, we tend to write about it here. Examples include when Florida revoked the license of a “Lyme literate” doctor and New York sanctioned other promoters of the fake diagnosis that is “chronic Lyme disease“. Surprisingly to me, even pediatricians and other doctors who are leaders of the antivaccine movement have largely escaped discipline from their state medical boards, to the point that it is noteworthy when they are actually disciplined, with the example of Dr. Bob Sears and Dr. Paul Thomas coming to mind.

      • [Old] Pseudo local news sites in Michigan reveal nationally expanding network

        First reported Oct. 20 by the Lansing State Journal, nearly 40 websites have appeared this fall, masquerading as local Michigan news outlets and maintaining a conservative-leaning tone.

        The different websites are nearly indistinguishable, sharing identical stories and using regional titles such as the Ann Arbor Times, Grand Rapids Reporter and Lansing Sun. The only articles with named authors contain politically skewed content. The rest of the articles on the sites are primarily composed of press releases from local organizations and articles written by the Local Labs News Service.

      • Opinion | How the US and NATO Could Settle Dispute Over Ukraine Without War

        We have been bombarded by news reports and announcements from President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is imminent. On January 18, as he prepared to leave for Kyiv, Berlin and Geneva, Secretary of State Blinken, said “We’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine.” A day later President Biden announced that he expected Russian President Vladimir Putin to order an invasion. And both backed their fear inducing warnings with the less than fully accurate claim of NATO unity and the threat that a Russian invasion of Ukraine will be met with “severe, and united response.”

      • Opinion | One Very Long War From Vietnam to Afghanistan

        In the long and storied history of the United States Army, many young officers have served in many war zones. Few, I suspect, were as sublimely ignorant as I was in the summer of 1970 upon my arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in the Republic of Vietnam.

      • Disarming Putin’s history weapon

        Putin’s central message is the idea that Ukraine has always been part of Russia and must remain so. He routinely refers to Russians and Ukrainians as “one people” and frequently blames outside influences for manufacturing what he regards as an artificial divide between the two modern nations.

        In reality, while today’s Russia and Ukraine do indeed share long periods of common history, they have spent considerably more time apart than together. Ukraine’s experience of Russian rule is also much darker than Putin cares to admit and makes a mockery of his attempts to sanitize the imperial past. Far from being fraternal nations, many Ukrainians see their historical relationship with Russia as being more akin to that of an abused spouse in a forced marriage.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Internet disrupted in Burkina Faso amid military uprising

        Network data from NetBlocks and third-party traffic data confirm significant disruptions to internet service in Burkina Faso on the morning of Sunday 23 January 2022. The incident comes amid reports of an uprising and gunfire at military camps on Sunday morning, and is ongoing as of Monday afternoon.

        Authorities initially denied a military coup attempt, however later on Monday state TV announced the resignation of President Roch Kabore and the suspension of the country’s constitution by the army.

      • Measuring HTTP/3 censorship with OONI Probe

        Last year, QUIC emerged as a new internet protocol for creating reliable connections and encrypting communications between clients over the new HTTP/3 protocol. Observing the emergence and growing deployment of HTTP/3, we want to enable OONI Probe to measure HTTP/3 censorship and monitor how censors respond and adapt to technical innovation.

        We therefore added HTTP/3 support (in early 2021) into OONI Probe (through our urlgetter research tool) to conduct measurements in China, Iran, India and Kazakhstan to investigate the state of HTTP/3 censorship in these countries.

        We discovered that the deployment of HTTP/3 censorship varies significantly between the observed countries and networks. While some censors do not filter HTTP/3 traffic at all and some collaterally block HTTP/3 hosts, we uncovered HTTP/3-targeting censorship in Iran.

        We collaborated with Kathrin Elmenhorst, who has described and analysed the measurements thoroughly in her Bachelor thesis. We have summarized the results in a short research paper and submitted it to AMC Internet Measurement Conference. Our paper was published and presented by Kathrin at the conference.

      • 217 artists stand in solidarity with Sezen Aksu

        Artist Sezen Aksu’s song “Living is a Wonderful Thing” was brought up 5 years after being written and used by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to threaten the singer. The president said: “We’ll cut your tongue off”.

        Sezen Aksu responded to the threats from the government and its supporters with the poem “Hunter”. This poem was translated into dozens of languages ​​in a short time.

        217 people, including Latife Tekin, Nur Sürer, Pınar Aydınlar, Elif Şafak, Ece Temelkuran, Birhan Keskin and Sema Kaygusuz, supported Sezen Aksu with a joint statement.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • British Court Rules Assange Can Appeal US Extradition

        This is a developing story… Check back for possible updates…

        A U.K. court ruled Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal a December decision permitting his extradition to the United States, where the Department of Justice is attempting to prosecute the journalist for publishing classified information that exposed war crimes.

      • Assange extradition argument certified for UK Supreme Court appeal

        In an extremely brief court hearing in London this morning, the UK’s High Court announced that it has certified a point of law for Julian Assange to be able to apply to appeal to the Supreme Court. The High Court ruled not to allow the appeal itself but to certify the question of what stage in the extradition hearing process ‘assurances’ can or should be introduced. Assange is now allowed to apply to appeal on that specific point to the UK Supreme Court.

      • Explanatory Background Note: High Court Decision in USA v Julian Assange Extradition Proceedings
      • Julian Assange’s Supreme Court Certification Application
      • Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day Oh God It Never Ends

        It feels like a recurring nightmare. On the sadly misnamed sleeper train once again, down to London and a dash to the Royal Courts of Justice to hear yet another judgement intoned. Julian not in court again and not in good health; Stella battling on but fighting to keep her health as well; Gareth Peirce her calm and unstoppable self; my friends from Wikileaks marshaling legal and media resources and remaining determinedly resolute and cheerful.

      • British High Court Opens Door For Assange To Appeal To Supreme Court

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        WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prevailed in his effort to obtain certification from the British High Court of Justice, which would allow him to appeal their prior decision to the Supreme Court.

      • British High Court Opens Door For Assange To Appeal To Supreme Court

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      • Julian Assange Wins Right to Appeal Extradition; Stella Moris Blasts “Politically Motivated Prosecution”

        A British judge has ruled that political dissident and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal his extradition to the United States. The ruling dealt a major blow to the Biden administration’s efforts to put Assange on trial for espionage charges. Assange has spent over 1,000 days locked up in the Belmarsh high-security prison in London, where he recently suffered a mini-stroke. The “politically driven” prosecution of Assange is punishing “a publisher for doing his work, for having published evidence of U.S. crimes,” says Stella Moris, Assange’s fiancée. “For every win that we get, Julian’s situation doesn’t change. And this is punishment through process.”

      • Trial of Assange friend starts in Ecuador

        The trial of Swedish programmer and internet activist Ola Bini, a friend of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is accused of hacking the computer systems of Ecuador’s public telecommunications company CNT, has kicked off in Quito.

        “After almost three years (and) more than 100 violations of Ola’s rights, and thanks to the support of more than 100 organisations at the national and international level, including the United Nations, the Inter-American human rights system… we finally have the opportunity to appear before a court,” the defendant’s lawyer Carlos Soria said.

      • WikiLeaks founder Assange wins right to appeal against US extradition

        But lawyers for Assange then challenged the decision, arguing that the country’s highest court should rule on “points of law of general public importance”.

      • British High Court to rule on whether Assange can appeal extradition

        The British High Court will reveal on Monday, at 10:45 a.m. UK time, whether WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is permitted to challenge its December ruling allowing for his extradition to the United States.

      • Julian Assange Can Appeal Decision to Extradite Him to U.S., U.K. Court Rules

        A British court ruled on Monday that the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal a decision that would allow for his extradition to the United States to face charges under the Espionage Act in connection with obtaining and publishing secret government documents.

        The latest twist in the long-running case comes after a decision last month that he could be extradited to the United States to face the charges, a reversal of a lower-court decision.

      • Second Mexican journalist killed in Tijuana in less than seven days

        A journalist was killed in Tijuana Sunday, the local prosecutor said, the second media worker murdered in less than a week in the northern Mexican border city.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Toward a New Bill of Human Rights

        Williams proposed “a firm commitment to basic rights as a condition of membership in the federation. We can begin with the Bill of Rights and move on through other political, and social and economic foundations of a democratic socialist community.”[1]

        There’s that scary word, to many at least. Socialism. Even buffered by “democratic,” it still raises images out of the Cold War, of repressive police states requiring gulags, and inefficient economies with lines for poorly made consumer goods. Having grown up in a conservative Roman Catholic family in the 1950s and ‘60s, I had it hammered into me. So I understand how people recoil from the word.

      • John Roberts Gets an F on His Annual Report

        Every December, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States composes a “Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.” Despite the apparent ambition indicated by its title, it is meant to be boring. It is meant to be anodyne. It is not supposed to be the judicial version of the State of the Union so much as a trite message about how “great” things are going on the bench, usually with some boilerplate stats that show how hard judges are working.

      • Right-Wing Supreme Court Takes Up Challenge to Affirmative Action

        The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a pair of affirmative action cases related to college admissions, giving its right-wing supermajority an opportunity to strike down race-conscious selection policies in higher education.

        “Without programs like affirmative action, my whole life could have gone in an entirely different direction.”

      • We Are Still Here

        Driving down international boulevard, East Oakland’s main inner-city thoroughfare, it’s hard to miss the Intertribal Friendship House. With its mural-rimmed courtyard featuring larger-than-life portraits of Natives, both famous and unknown, the community center, which some call the “urban rez,” stands apart from its surroundings in Oakland’s Little Saigon. And like pretty much everything involving Indigenous Americans, it’s been here a while.

      • “The Janes”: Meet the Women Who Formed a Collective to Provide Safe Abortions Before Roe v. Wade

        As conservative justices on the Supreme Court threaten to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortions nationwide, we speak to the filmmakers and a subject of “The Janes” about life before Roe, when a collective of women in Chicago built an underground service for women seeking an abortion. Heather Booth, who founded the Jane Collective as a college student, speaks about adopting lessons from the civil rights movement and antiwar sentiments of the time. “You have to stand up to illegitimate authority,” says Booth. The directors of the film, Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin, speak about their motivation to encourage others to take action in the face of human rights under threat.

      • Gingrich Tells Dems to Prepare for “Jail” Over January 6 Inquiry
      • Snapshots from Sakharovo One year ago, thousands of people were arrested at pro-Navalny rallies across Russia. This ‘special’ detention center became a symbol of those protests.

        In the winter of 2021, Russia was rocked by large-scale protests demanding the release of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. After spending months abroad recovering from chemical nerve-agent poisoning, Navalny had returned to Russia only to be thrown in jail. During the ensuing pro-Navalny rallies, thousands of people were detained. Police in Moscow made so many arrests that the capital’s detention centers were overflowing. As a result, many detainees were sent to a migrant detention center in Sakharovo, a village just outside of Moscow. The detainees shared striking accounts of how they were held on freezing buses outside the detention center for hours on end, only to be placed in overcrowded cells without bedding and basic hygiene products. Photographs taken inside the detention center drove these experiences home. At the same time, the detainees themselves recall the special atmosphere inside those same cells. One year later, Meduza reached out to those jailed in Sakharovo and asked for photographs of what went on there. Here are their snapshots.

      • Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, Hailed by MLK as “Apostle of Peace & Nonviolence,” Dies at 95

        World-renowned Buddhist monk, poet, teacher and antiwar activist Thich Nhat Hanh has died in his native Vietnam at the age of 95. He was exiled from Vietnam for decades beginning in the 1960s after he spoke out publicly against the war. In 1966, he traveled to the United States and met with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helping to persuade King to speak out against the U.S. War on Vietnam. King went on to nominate Thich Nhat Hanh for a Nobel Peace Prize a year later, calling him an “apostle of peace and nonviolence.”

      • Opinion | Around 1 in 3 Child Care Workers Are Going Hungry

        Of the nearly one million child care workers in the United States, in a recent white paper, my colleagues and I found that 31.2% – basically 1 out of every 3 – experienced food insecurity in 2020, the latest year for which we analyzed data. Food insecurity means there is a lack of consistent access to enough food. This rate of food insecurity is anywhere from 8 to 20 percentage points higher than the national average.

      • FL District Scraps History Lecture Over “Red Flag” Fears of Critical Race Theory
      • REI Retail Workers in Manhattan File to Form Company’s First Union
      • An Afghan woman says a Taliban gunman struck her mom across the face and left a bruise because she was outside without a male escort

        An Afghan woman said a Taliban gunman once struck her mom across the face and left a bruise because she was outside without a male escort.

        A woman identified as Pahlawan said was walking with her mother in Kabul in November 2021 when a pickup truck pulled up next to them, the Washington Post reported.

      • Girl, 8, fatally struck by stray bullet while walking with mom in Chicago

        An 8-year-old girl was struck and killed by a stray bullet while walking with her mother on a Chicago street Saturday afternoon, reports said.

        Melissa Ortega was struck in the head by one of several rounds fired by a male suspect toward a 26-year-old known gang member near the intersection of 26th Street and Pulaski Road in Little Village just before 3 p.m., the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Correcting Error 402: Rethinking The Web And Monetization

        We’re excited today to announce that we’ve received a grant from Grant for the Web to create a content series on Techdirt exploring the history (and future?) of web monetization, entitled “Correcting Error 402.” We’ll get more into this once the series launches, but lots of people are aware of the HTTP 404 Not Found error code — and some people are at least vaguely aware of 403 Forbidden. What most people probably don’t know about is the Error Code 402: Payment Required. It’s been in the HTTP spec going back decades, with “This code is reserved for future use.” But no one’s ever actually done anything with it.

      • Yet Another Telecom-Backed Think Tank Insists U.S. Broadband Is Great, Actually

        U.S. broadband suffers from significant regional monopolization, which directly results in the country being mediocre on nearly every broadband metric that matters… be it broadband prices, coverage, speeds, and customer service. This isn’t something to debate; the data is everywhere, and anybody who has spent much time dealing with giants like AT&T or Comcast knows the sector has major problems. By developing national standards U.S. broadband is slow, expensive, inconsistently available, with terrible customer support. The cause has always been regional monopolization and the state and federal corruption that protects it.

      • The Internet Infrastructure’s SOPA/PIPA Silver Lining

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    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Movie Companies Use DMCA ‘Shortcut’ To Expose Alleged CenturyLink Pirates

          Personal data and other records held by ISPs on their customers are highly sensitive and as such, can only be handed over to third parties when the law requires it. In movie piracy cases, judges often order this type of disclosure after consideration but in a new case involving CenturyLink customers, customer details could already be in the hands of some extremely litigious copyright holders.

        • RIAA Discards EFF’s YouTube-DL Letter, Notes That it ‘Regularly Sides With Infringers’

          YouTube rippers FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com are contesting Magistrate Judge Buchanan’s recommendation to award $82 million in piracy damages to the RIAA. The YouTube-rippers cited a letter where the EFF defends the non-infringing nature of the youtube-dl software. The RIAA, however, argues that this letter is irrelevant and suggests that the EFF is far from a neutral expert.

        • Creative Commons Receives $1M Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Advance Better Sharing

          The internet has global ownership with people sharing more information and ideas than ever before; but not all sharing supports equity and the public’s best interests. Better Sharing involves a concerted effort and dedication to building a globally produced, open commons of knowledge, data, culture, and innovation that is universally applicable and accessible.

        • The Internet Wins: Adblocking (And Other Extensions) Don’t Violate Copyright Law In Germany

          For way too long now, short sighted publishers have insisted that ad blocking is “stealing.” That’s always been bullshit. Back before we turned off all our 3rd party ads last year, we were perfectly fine with people using ad blockers (and we even let you just turn off ads in your preferences, if you preferred that approach).


Links 25/1/2022: GPL Settlement With Patrick McHardy, Godot 4.0 Alpha 1, and DXVK 1.9.4 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 8:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • MINISFORUM DeskMini UM700: Mini-PC re-launches with Manjaro Linux, starting at US$499 – NotebookCheck.net News

        MINISFORUM has re-released the EliteMini UM700 as the DeskMini UM700, a mini-PC that it launched in November 2020. Initially, the mini-PC arrived for US$539 running Windows 10 Pro, an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H APU, along with up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. Now, MINISFORUM sells the DeskMini UM700 with Manjaro Linux and for cheaper than its Windows sibling.

        Currently, the Linux version of the DeskMini UM700 costs US$499, US$70 less than the cheapest Windows model that MINISFORUM sells. However, it is worth noting that the Linux model starts with 8 GB of RAM, not 16 GB like the Windows version. MINISFORUM sells a comparable 16 GB of RAM SKU too though, US$40 cheaper than the Windows version. Additionally, MINISFORUM offers the DeskMini UM700 with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for US$569.

      • Lenovo Will Not Enable Microsoft’s Pluton Processor by Default [Ed: Microsoft operative Paul Thurrott downplaying Microsoft’s attacks on Linux]

        Lenovo recently announced that it would be the first hardware maker to ship PCs with Microsoft’s Pluton security chipset. But now it says that it will not enable this functionality by default.

    • Server

      • 5 distributions of Linux to consider for your server in 2022

        Linux servers are everywhere. There’s a good chance a number of your favorite websites are running on infrastructure that’s powered by Linux, not to mention streaming services, social media platforms, gaming networks, the list goes on. The only thing more staggering than the number of Linux servers there are in the wild, is how many distributions you have to choose from. The distros that are available for download are countless, and the purpose of each ranges from general purpose operating systems, to task-oriented tools such as Clonezilla. If you’re just getting started with deploying Linux in your data center, choosing the right distribution can be confusing. If you utilize a cloud provider for your Linux infrastructure, the number of choices is at least somewhat curated, but you still have a choice to make. Which distribution is right for your environment? In this article, we’ll discuss some important concepts to keep in mind – and we’ll go over the finer points of some of the more popular options. There’s no shortage of opinions online regarding desktop distros, but in this article – we’re going to focus on server deployments.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 161

        Why some people use Mint instead of Ubuntu, and your feedback. Plus all sorts of discoveries including programming lights, Ceefax, and a FOSS alternative to Sonos.

      • GNU World Order 444

        The **kde** software series continues with the **Akregator** RSS feed reader.

      • Five Screenshot Applications For Linux – Invidious

        Which screenshot tool do I use? Well, today I will discuss several screenshot programs that I have used on Linux. While they all have some similar functionality, there are small differences that may make one of these apps the right tool for you. ERRATA: When I show the region select with Flameshot, I was using the appimage version of Flameshot. he appimage was messed up, which is why I switched to the standard package, but I forgot to re-record the clip with the region select. Oops. So all of the circles surrounding the rectangle selection should have displayed icons. Those icons let you do things to edit the image.

      • Flatseal: Control Flatpak Permissions With Ease – Invidious

        It’s not often you have to change flatpak permissions but when you do doing so can be a little bit annoying so how about with simplify it with a GUI, and that’s exactly what Flatseal does.

    • Kernel Space

      • Netfilter project: Settlement with Patrick McHardy

        The netfilter project, which works on packet-filtering for the Linux kernel, has announced that it has reached a settlement (English translation) with Patrick McHardy that is “legally binding and it governs any legal enforcement activities” on netfilter programs and libraries as well as the kernel itself. McHardy has been employing questionable practices in doing GPL enforcement in Germany over the last six years or more. The practice has been called “copyright trolling” by some and is part of what led to the creation of The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement.

      • Linux 5.17 Is Bringing Big Improvements For AMD Hardware – Phoronix

        Thanks to hiring more Linux developers and preparing to ramp up for next-generation hardware support, the in-development Linux 5.17 kernel is going to be another exciting step forward for AMD Linux customers.

      • UDP/IPv6 Optimization Patches Pending For ~5% Improvement In CPU Bound Test – Phoronix

        Among the many new features in Linux 5.17 are several notable network optimizations. Optimizing network performance is a never-ending game and already for a future kernel are a new set of UDP/IPv6 optimizations being worked on.

        Developer Pavel Begunkov recently posted a set of Linux kernel networking patches focused on UDP/IPv6 optimizations but some of the patches also benefit TCP. In CPU-bound testing at least, these patches have shown to provide measurable benefit.

      • New ASUS Sensor Driver For Linux Aims For Greater Flexibility & Faster Sensor Reading – Phoronix

        It’s just with the in-development Linux 5.17 kernel that the “asus_wmi_ec_sensors” is making its debut for greatly expanded sensor support for modern ASUS desktop motherboards. However, there is already a new driver that has been in development that ultimately aims to be superior to this still-new driver.

        The “asus_wmi_ec_sensors” driver relies upon the WMI interface (Windows Management Instrumentation) for sensor reading on a wide-range of modern ASUS motherboards. As with most desktop sensor drivers, this code was developed by the community.

    • Applications

      • SimpleX Is a Chat Network That Preserves Metadata Privacy

        SimpleX is an open-source decentralized client-server network that uses disposable nodes to asynchronously pass the messages, providing receiver and sender anonymity.

        Messaging apps make it easy to communicate and connect with people around the world. However, with new ways to communicate and connect via technology, there are also new ways for your privacy and security to be breached.

        SimpleX is one of the most private and secure chat and applications platform that you can find out there. The main difference of SimpleX Chat is that it does not use any form of identity at all for message routing, requiring to establish initial connection either out of band or via some touch points that do not participate in the message routing, so the only way to build connections of SimpleX network is by observing IP packet times.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Observing the difference between kernel configs after make config was executed to see if anything was changed from last kernel config (Gentoo)
      • Confused of Debian versions? Read this. | FOSS Linux

        Debian is one of the most versatile Linux distributions as the functionality and services are unmatched. It is one of the most stable distros of Linux, supported by a large community, open-source and 100% free, supports several computer architectures, and is ideal for Desktops and Servers.

        If you have been confused about various releases of Debian versions over the years and want to clarify how and when different versions were released, then you have come to the right place. This article will explain the release pattern and the order of release of the major Debian versions.

      • How to install and configure MongoDB on Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

        MongoDB is a well-known open-source NoSQL document-oriented database written in C++. It is a schema-less DB making it easier to add new fields. In MongoDB, files can vary from doc to doc since the stored data is flexible and is presented in JSON-like docs. Besides, MongoDB does not need a predefined schema, and their data structures can be altered over time. Data recovery in Mongo DB is instant and reliable since it is a distributed system.

        This article guide is tailored to illustrate step-by-step how to install MongoDB on Ubuntu. as you might already know, Ubuntu is one of the widely known robust Linux-based OS. It is open-source. Hence, you can try it out without fear of incurring additional costs. Before diving into the installation process, please ensure you have all the prerequisites mentioned herein:

      • How to Fix Error 404 Not Found on WordPress | RoseHosting

        When visiting a website, we might ever see an Error 404 Page Not Found message in the web browser. The issue is usually on the webserver, on the server level, or on the application level. Like any other HTTP status code, for example, error 502 on WordPress, an Error 404 page not found message is fairly easy to fix.

      • How a Hypercore P2P innovation could bring more privacy to IPFS

        The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), like many other peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks, has a privacy problem. IPFS clients constantly broadcast what they want to download and what is available for upload. Anyone that can observe your network traffic, like an internet service provider (ISP) or other snoops, can see what you’re sharing.

        IPFS clients exchange data over encrypted connections. That’s currently a meaningless privacy precaution when it’s so trivial to determine what’s being transferred. This is a fundamental problem with how IPFS is implemented.

      • Here’s how to update a tar file from the Linux file manager – TechRepublic
      • How to Install Apache Solr on Rocky Linux

        Apache Solr or Solr is a free and open-source search platform based on the Apache Lucene library. Solr is stands for Searching On Lucene with Replication, it is an enterprise-grade search platform written in Java.

        Solr is a highly scalable and reliable search platform with fault-tolerant and distributed indexing. Also, it comes with replication and automated failover and recovery.

        In most cases, Solr is used to build enterprise-grade applications that deliver high performance. Solr is used by some internet large sites like Adobe, Bloomberg, AT&T, Magento, Netflix, Instagram, etc.

        In this guide, you will learn how to install Apache Solr on the Rocky Linux system, enable Solr basic authentication, set up max open files limit and max processes limit for Solr deployment, and how to create the first Solr core from the command line.

      • How to Install Adminer on CentOS – Linux Stans

        In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to install Adminer on CentOS. This tutorial will work for any CentOS version, including CentOS 7 and CentOS 8, as well as Rocky Linux and Alma Linux.

        Adminer is a database management editor in a single PHP file. A great alternative to phpMyAdmin. You can use Adminer with MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL, Oracle, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, and others.

      • How to Create Fillable PDF Forms on Linux with ONLYOFFICE

        PDF (Portable Document Format) was invented many years ago by Adobe. It is currently the most popular format for sharing information due to its ease of use, security, reliability, and compatibility with all devices we use on a daily basis.

        This format ensures that a file does not alter its original structure under no circumstances when we open it on, for example, computers, tablets, smartphones, etc. Moreover, PDF makes it possible to add fields that other users can fill out with the required information.

      • How to Install PHP on CentOS – Linux Stans

        In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to install PHP on CentOS. Beginner-friendly, step-by-step instructions on how to install different versions of PHP on different versions of CentOS.

      • How to Install OpenStackClient in Rocky Linux | AlmaLinux 8 – Linux Shout

        OpenStack Client (aka OSC) is an open-source tool developed by the OpenStack community to provide a set of command-line tools. That will help the users to manage various elements of OpenStack such as Computing, Identity, Image, Object Storage, and Block Storage APIs together in a single shell with a uniform command structure.

        This program is written in python, hence we need it and its package manager PIP already installed on our system. Hence, let’s quickly see the commands required to install OpenStackClient on Rocky Linux or Almalinux 8.

      • How to Install MongoDB in CentOS 8 – Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

        MongoDB is a source-available cross-platform document-oriented database program. Classified as a NoSQL database program, MongoDB uses JSON-like documents with optional schemas. MongoDB is developed by MongoDB Inc. and licensed under the Server Side Public License (SSPL).

        MongoDB is a popular document-based and general-purpose NoSQL database engine that stores data in JSON format.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install MongoDB on CentOS 8.

      • How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Any Android Device

        You probably take screenshots all the time, but what if you need to send a screenshot of an entire web page that is beyond your mobile’s screen size? Instead of bombarding your friends with multiple screenshots, you can take and send a scrolling screenshot on Android, which is one long screenshot that covers an area that you have to scroll through to see in full. Doing this is not as hard as you think, especially now that you can do it natively on Android 12. Follow this guide to learn how to take a scrolling screenshot on any Android device.

      • How to Set Up External Drives in the Chromebook Linux Environment

        You may access external drives from the Files app on your Chromebook, but if you want to access them in the Linux environment, also known as Crostini, you may look in a directory like /media, and they aren’t there. What gives?

        It’s easy to set up any external optical, USB, or SD media for command-line access on your Chromebook. Here’s how to do it.

      • How to Install an Optimized WordPress Stack with SlickStack

        In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to install a fast, secure, and optimized WordPress stack on an Ubuntu server with SlickStack. The tool is easy to use and beginner-friendly.

        SlickStack is a great alternative to Centmin Mod and EasyEngine.

      • How to Install Portainer CE in standalone Docker on Linux

        Portainer Community Edition is a lightweight service delivery platform for containerized applications that can be used to manage Docker, Swarm, Kubernetes and ACI environments. It is designed to be as simple to deploy as it is to use. The application allows you to manage all your orchestrator resources (containers, images, volumes, networks and more) through a ‘smart’ GUI and/or an extensive API.

        Portainer consists of a single container that can run on any cluster. It can be deployed as a Linux container or a Windows native container. It works seamlessly in the cloud, on prem and at the edge to give you a consolidated view of all your containers.

        Portainer consists of two elements: the Portainer Server and the Portainer Agent. Both run as lightweight containers on your existing containerized infrastructure. The Portainer Agent should be deployed to each node in your cluster and configured to report back to the Portainer Server container.

      • How to set up a Private Ethereum Blockchain (Proof of Authority) with Go Ethereum – Part 1 | HackerNoon

        This article will go through the steps necessary to set up a Private Ethereum Blockchain using Go Ethereum (Geth) – the official Go implementation of the Ethereum protocol. This is useful when developers do not want to rely on the public testnets such as Rinkeby, Ropsten, Goerli.

        The private blockchain will be deployed on the cloud Ubuntu server (AWS). We will also integrate with Metamask by creating a custom RPC URL, and look at some important web3 JSON RPCs. The Metamask integration and RPCs will be covered in Part 2 of this article.

      • How to install mlocate on CentOS8

        locate command is one of the best tools for quickly finding files by filename. The locate command reads one or more databases prepared by updatedb and writes file names matching at least one of the patterns to standard output, one per line.Pre-Flight Check

      • How to install Olive video editor on Zorin OS 16 – Invidious
      • How to install Albion Online on a Chromebook in 2022

        Today we are looking at how to install Albion Online on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

      • 1 Nagios xi server container Fast and Easy

        Provides monitoring of all mission-critical infrastructure components, including applications, services, operating systems, network protocols, systems metrics, and network infrastructure. In addition, hundreds of third-party addons provide for monitoring of virtually all in-house applications, services, and procedures. Provides a central view of your entire IT operations network and business processes.

        Nagios Xi has powerful dashboards that provide at-a-glance access to robust monitoring information and third-party data. Statements provide users with quick access to the information they find most useful. Automated, integrated trending, and capacity planning graphs allow organizations to plan for infrastructure upgrades before outdated systems catch them by surprise.

        Alerts are sent to IT staff, business stakeholders, and end-users via email or mobile text messages, providing them with outage details to start resolving issues immediately.

      • Quick Install Your Webserver With OpenLiteSpeed

        Welcome Back! Today we will see how to configure your webserver with OpenLiteSpeed. Without putting any extra costs on hardware or infrastructure, OLS servers can perform in a real-time production environment. The server is 100% open-source and compatible with WordPress.

        Both enterprise and community server editions of the webserver are developed by the same team and come with similar features. We can describe the server as a “Secure, Scalable, Optimized and reliable server with good speed”.

      • Hosting my static sites with nginx

        Originally I thought that running my own servers would require a lot of maintenance and be a huge pain, but I was chatting with Wesley about what kind of maintainance their servers require, and they convinced me that it might not be that bad.

        So I decided to try out moving all my static sites to a $5/month server to see what it was like.

        Everything in here is pretty standard but I wanted to write down what I did anyway because there are a surprising number of decisions and I like to see what choices other people make.

      • How To Install Wireshark on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Wireshark on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Wireshark is a free and open source software (FOSS) allows users to easily capture and analyze packets. In real scenarios Wireshark was useful to detect anomalies in network traffic. Wireshark can be also used to sniff traffic. Wireshark is a cross-platform software that is available for various Linux/UNIX distributions, Mac-OS, Solaris, BSD & Windows, etc.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Wireshark network protocol analyzer on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to Install Python 3.10 (or 3.11) on CentOS – Linux Stans

        In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to install Python (the latest version) on CentOS with step-by-step instructions. This tutorial includes instructions for Python 3.10 and Python 3.11 on CentOS 7 and CentOS 8.

      • How to Route Traffic to Docker Containers With Traefik Reverse Proxy – CloudSavvy IT

        Traefik is a leading reverse proxy and load balancer for cloud-native operations and containerized workloads. It functions as an edge router that publishes your services to the internet.

        Traefik routes requests to your containers by matching request attributes such as the domain, URL, and port. The proxy incorporates automatic service discovery so you can add new containers in real-time, without restarting the Traefik service.

        In this guide, we’ll put together a simple Traefik v2 deployment that will publish multiple Docker containers. This lets you use one Docker installation to provide several services over the same port, such as a web application, API, and administration panel.

      • How to convert Centos 8 Linux to Alma Linux 8

        CentOS Linux 8 was discontinued at the end of 2021. Check out more information about that in this in this article CentOS Linux 8 will end in 2021 and shifts focus to CentOS Stream.

        The team at CentOS decided to shift focus to CentOS stream, an upstream version of RHEL. CentOS stream places itself between Fedora Linux and RHEL. It is not 100% RHEL clone but ahead of RHEL development. Other distros that are 100% compatible with RHEL 8 have come up including Rocky Linux and Alma Linux.

        In this guide, we will learn how to convert an existing CentOS 8 distribution into Alma Linux without reinstalling a new operating system. The Alma Linux team provides an automated script for this purpose. An in-place upgrade does not require formatting of hard disk and due to that fact all settings, programs, and files on your current CentOS 8 system will be preserved.

      • LFCS – Creating LDAP on Ubuntu | Linux.org

        I hope you have looked over the previous article to set up OpenLDAP on CentOS 7 system found here. This will build on that article somewhat.

        We are going to install and configure OpenLDAP on Ubuntu and create an initial database. I did not do some things done here in the previous article, so you may learn something useful here for CentOS or Ubuntu.

      • Easy pairing and shell session sharing with tmate – Invidious

        tmate allows you to share your shell sessions with friends! It gives you a local tmux session that someone can connect to from anywhere, which makes pairing and troubleshooting easy.

      • How to install PrestaShop on Ubuntu/Debian

        PrestaShop is an e-commerce solution which allows you to create a beautiful online shop easily. It provides an efficient solution and let users create an e-commerce platform to sell their inventory or products. It provides many solution like inventory management, shipping tracking, support for multiple payment gateways, ,auto invoicing etc.

      • Why choose Rocket.Chat for your open source chat tool | Opensource.com

        Created in 2015, Rocket.Chat is a fully open source and customizable communications platform designed for communities and organizations with high standards for data protection. Rocket.Chat enables communication through federation, and over 12 million people are using it for team chat, customer service, secure file sharing, and much more. Rocket.Chat is in many ways the world’s most comprehensive open source communications platform.

      • How to install Minikube on Rocky Linux – NextGenTips

        In his tutorial, we are going to learn how to install Minikube on Rocky Linux. I am going to use Docker as a containerization platform. You can either VirtualBox, Podman, KVM, etc.

        Minikube is a tool that makes it easy to run Kubernetes locally. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a VM on your local machine. Kubernetes quickly set up a local Kubernetes cluster on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        It is always advisable before diving into Kubernetes, you will need a minimal Kubernetes setup. Such a setup should spin up fast and integrate well with other tools.

      • How To Install Cloudron With Ubuntu 20.04 Server

        Welcome again! Today we will see how to install Cloudron with Ubuntu 20.04 Server (Headless). This turn-key solution lets you run apps such as WordPress, Rocket.Chat, GitLab, OpenVPN, and many more. App deployment services provided by this server include provisioning databases, automated DNS setup, certificate management, centralized user management, and periodic backups. The out of the box hosting server is an ideal solution for modern days application deployment and management. Applications like WordPress, rocket chat, and the next cloud can be installed quickly. Here, in our example, we will be using Ubuntu headless server for better performance. Let’s go through the features first.

      • How to install ExpressJS on Debian 11?

        In this post, you will learn how to install ExpressJS on Debian 11.

        Hello, developer friends and all. If you are just starting in front end development it is convenient some tutorials that may seem easy but at the beginning to a novice is complicated.

      • How to Install Python on Ubuntu – Linux Stans

        In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to install the latest version of Python on Ubuntu. Step-by-step, beginner-friendly instructions.

      • 3 Best SSH GUI Client Tools for Linux distros – Linux Shout

        If you are using a Linux Desktop such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, CentOS, RedHat… and want to access SSH using a GUI client then here are some best ones to try.

        The Secure Shell (SSH) is a protocol that allows programs (clients) to access a remote computer and execute commands or actions on it. This is very common in PCs and servers running Linux or any other Unix-like operating system and is the preferred choice for many administrators for remotely configuring and maintaining a computer. Due to its high functionality and efficiency, SSH has established itself as one of the most popular tools for accessing a computer over the network. In addition, the majority of Internet Service Providers (ISP) offer their customers web hosting with SSH to provide an easy and flexible way to access their files. Well, operating ssh is pretty easy, however, the remote server or pc must have an active SSH server such as OpenSSH, then only we can access them remotely using any SSH client.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • DXVK 1.9.4 Enables Performance Optimizations and DLSS Support for God of War

        Coming less than two weeks after DXVK 1.9.3, the DXVK 1.9.4 release is here to enable performance optimizations and DLSS support for the God of War video game, which needs the Proton Experimental branch of Valve’s compatibility tool for Steam Play based on Wine.

        To improve both accuracy and GPU-bound performance, DXVK 1.9.4 also enables strict D3D9 float emulation by default on future versions of of the Radeon Vulkan (RADV) graphics driver. Moreover, this release improves memory allocation behavior to further reduce memory usage in games that create multiple processes or D3D devices.

      • DXVK 1.9.4 Released With Better Support For God Of War – Phoronix

        DXVK 1.9.4 is now available for this Direct3D 9/10/11 over Vulkan API implementation used by Valve’s Steam Play (Proton) and other software.

    • Games

      • GOG have a big New Year Sale now live with tons of good deals | GamingOnLinux

        Looking for something to keep you warm during these cold weeks? GOG.com might have the answer with their New Year Sale.

        It starts off with a Flash Deal on the epic Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition that has 85% off and there will be new Flash Deals every couple days. No giveaways this time though it seems.

      • Linux game development on Ubuntu: Godot and Unity | Ubuntu

        A new year, a new instalment of our gaming on Ubuntu blog series! This month we’re covering Linux game development tools on Ubuntu Desktop, something that may be particularly useful for anyone taking part in the upcoming Global Game Jam.

      • Godot Engine – Major milestone ready for testing: Godot 4.0 alpha 1 is out!

        The new year is often the time for new beginnings, and 2022 is on schedule to mark a new chapter in Godot’s history. Slowly but surely we are getting to the release of the new major version of the engine — Godot 4.0. But to get there, we first need to test the new version rigorously, and like many times before we are looking to our amazing community to help with the efforts.

        This marks the start of the alpha development phase, and we invite everyone to start experimenting with upcoming preview versions of the engine. Be aware that during the alpha stage the engine is still not feature-complete or stable. There will likely be breaking changes between this release and the first beta release. Only the beta will mark the so-called “feature freeze”.

        As such, we do not recommend porting existing projects to this and other upcoming alpha releases unless you are prepared to do it again to fix future incompatibilities. However, if you can port some existing projects and demos to the new version, that may provide a lot of useful information about critical issues still left to fix. There will be frequent alpha releases and the engine will gradually become more stable along the way, as our contributors fix the issues reported by alpha testers.

      • Godot Engine 4.0 Alpha 1 is out with Vulkan support, rendering overhaul | GamingOnLinux

        Free and open source game dev tech Godot Engine is jumping up a few levels today with the absolutely massive release of Godot Engine 4.0 Alpha 1. This is going to change the game in huge ways.

        This version has been in development for multiple years, with an aim to bring Godot closer to the graphical power and standards being set by the bigger lot (Unity / Unreal etc). All work being done has been in addition to the usual updates to the 3.x branch that is still ongoing too. Godot 4 though brings with it massive changes to the very core of Godot.

      • Godot 4.0 Alpha 1 Released With Vulkan Renderer & Other Shiny Features – Phoronix

        The first alpha release of the huge Godot 4.0 is now available! Godot 4.0 has been shaping up to be a massive update for this open-source game engine.

        In development for over two years, Godot 4.0 brings Vulkan API support, many improvements to its graphical rendering system, OpenGL improvements, new physics capabilities, GDScript scripting enhancements, better audio support, many multi-player improvements, and a hell of a lot more.

      • Lutris game manager adds support for Origin integration | GamingOnLinux

        The free and open source game manager Lutris continues expanding the stores it supports installing games from, with Origin now being added into the mix. Currently Lutris supports installing games (both native Linux builds and Windows games with Wine) for Humble Bundle, GOG, Steam, Epic Games and Emulators so adding Origin sounds like a good idea.

      • Valve sponsors more work to improve Linux graphics drivers | GamingOnLinux

        More improvements will be coming to Linux graphics drivers, as Valve have sponsored work towards continuous integration (CI) testing. Focused on AMD GPUs of course, since that is what the Steam Deck will be using so it’s good news for both the Linux desktop and Valve’s upcoming handheld.

      • LTT says Linux isn’t good for online gaming… but what IS it good for? – Invidious

        I’m still not over the LTT Daily Driver Challenge. There’s a lot we can still learn from that series. So here we are. Talking about it. I would love to know what you guys think Linux is good for! Lemme know in the comments.

      • Them’s Fightin’ Herds developer Mane6 acquired by Maximum Games | GamingOnLinux

        The team at Mane6 will now be part of Maximum Games, as the official announcement from the Them’s Fightin’ Herds developer has confirmed. Maximum Games own Modus, a “full-service publishing label focused on bringing AAA publishing services to the best independent developers around the world”.

        Sounds like it will be good news for players though, as it will give Mane6 more resources to grow their team and improve the game as a whole. There’s some big plans to expand the game too including new characters, a finished story mode by the end of 2022, translations into other languages, level 3 super moves and plenty more.

      • RetroArch 1.10.0 out with Vulkan fixes, Wayland improvements, GameMode support | GamingOnLinux

        The RetroArch frontend application for emulators, game engines and media players has a new release up and there’s plenty of great sounding improvements for Linux users. This should make it play even better with the Steam Deck!

        Netplay was a particular focus for RetroArch 1.10.0. Their relay system to help players connect together is now online, along with some improvements like adding custom relay server support. uPnP support also had a “complete overhaul”.

      • The 2012 strategy game Oil Rush from Unigine is now free | GamingOnLinux

        Released all the way back in 2012, Oil Rush from Unigine is a naval strategy game and they’ve now decided to set it free by removing the price. Back at release, it was probably one of the most graphically demanding games available for Linux at the time, feels like it’s part of our history at this point.

        Why is it free now? Tomorrow, January 25, it’s the tenth anniversary of the release. Writing about it the developers said: “It’s been 10 years since the release of UNIGINE’s first game. We want to pay tribute to the thing that showed the world not only what our product is capable of, but also became an evidence of our team’s abilities. Oil Rush made us acknowledge our potential, opened a lot of doors for us and showed us opportunities that we’ve been taking ever since.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNOME Shell ‘Extensions Manager’ App Gets a Big Ol’ Update – OMG! Ubuntu!

          Remember that new app for installing GNOME extensions I wrote about earlier this month? Well, it just got its first major update.

          And it adds a ton of much-requested features.

          For those unfamiliar with it, Extension Manager is a desktop app that lets you search, browse, manage, and install GNOME extensions without having to use a web browser. The app is built in GTK4 and libadwaita and is available to install from Flathub.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Windows box won’t boot? SystemRescue 9 may help • The Register

          The latest version of an old friend of the jobbing support bod has delivered a new kernel to help with fixing Microsoft’s finest.

          It used to be called the System Rescue CD, but who uses CDs any more? Enter SystemRescue, an ISO image that you can burn, or just drop onto your Ventoy USB key, and which may help you to fix a borked Windows box. Or a borked Linux box, come to that.

          SystemRescue 9 includes Linux kernel 5.15 and a minimal Xfce 4.16 desktop (which isn’t loaded by default). There is a modest selection of GUI tools: Firefox, VNC and RDP clients and servers, and various connectivity tools – SSH, FTP, IRC. There’s also some security-related stuff such as Yubikey setup, KeePass, token management, and so on. The main course is a bunch of the usual Linux tools for partitioning, formatting, copying, and imaging disks. You can check SMART status, mount LVM volumes, rsync files, and other handy stuff.

          Usefully, there’s also a full local copy of the website and all documentation, including a console-mode web browser to read it with.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • They see us Cinnamon Rolling, they’re rating: GeckoLinux incorporates kernel 5.16 with familiar installation experience

          Most distros haven’t got to 5.15 yet, but openSUSE’s downstream project GeckoLinux boasts 5.16 of the Linux kernel and the latest Cinnamon desktop environment.

          Some of the big-name distros have lots of downstream projects. Debian has been around for decades so has umpteen, including Ubuntu, which has dozens of its own, including Linux Mint, which is arguably more popular a desktop than its parent. Some have only a few, such as Fedora. As far as we know, openSUSE has just the one – GeckoLinux.

          The SUSE-sponsored community distro has two main editions, the stable Leap, which has a slow-moving release cycle synched with the commercial SUSE Linux Enterprise; and Tumbleweed, its rolling-release distro, which gets substantial updates pretty much every day. GeckoLinux does its own editions of both: its remix of Leap is called “GeckoLinux Static”, and its remix of Tumbleweed is called “GeckoLinux Rolling”.

          In some ways, GeckoLinux is to openSUSE as Mint is to Ubuntu. They take the upstream distro and change a few things around to give what they feel is a better desktop experience. So, while openSUSE has a unified installation disk image, which lets you pick which desktop you want, GeckoLinux uses a more Ubuntu-like model. Each disk image is a Live image, so you boot right into the desktop, give it a try, and only then install if you like what you see. That means that GeckoLinux offers multiple different disk images, one per desktop. It uses the Calamares cross-distro installation program.

        • Brazilian telecoms giant accelerates innovation with SUSE | SUSE Communities

          “SUSE Rancher makes it easier for our IT staff to manage and scale a large container environment. As a result, we can spend less time on repetitive manual tasks and more time on value-added development.” Marcos Borges, Telco/DC Application Manager, Algar Telecom.

      • Arch Family

        • Am getting the hang of it…. [Ed: archbang-winter-2201-x86_64.iso has been released]

          With a bit of spare time on my hands between decorating and cooking, been slowly setting up dk tiling window manager. Did try lemonbar as a panel but I soon lost interest and went back to tint2, more the fact I am used to it more. One thing I have added is super + a which fires up rofi showing open windows, not only that it tells you which workspace window is on. Was trying out floating windows and just moved them to workspace 10 to test them out only they would not return to full screen. Found it very odd so tried them on 9 and they worked fine. So thought I would take a look at dkrc file and sure enough there is a line that sets windows, gaps and borders on workspace 10.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Budgie Sets its Sights on Gamers

          Ubuntu Budgie is already a well-designed Linux desktop distribution. With a pleasant UI that makes interacting with Linux incredibly simple. But with the upcoming release of 22.04, the developers are adding a new layer of goodness to the platform.

          First and foremost, the new release will include tools to vastly improve the gaming experience. Gamers will find things like MangoHUD (a Vulkan and OpenGL overlay for monitoring FPS, temperatures, CPU/GPU load, and more), CoreCtrl (allows you to control computer hardware with application profiles), Polychromatic and OpenRGB (RGP lighting management).

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Apache Weekly News Round-up: week ending 21 January 2022

        We’re wrapping up another great week with the following activities from the Apache community…

      • Programming/Development

        • DIY “Solid State Drive” Puts Four Bytes In Your Pocket | Hackaday

          In a relatively short amount of time, the average capacity of USB flash drives has skyrocketed. It wasn’t so long ago that two and four gigabyte drives were considered to be on the high end, but today you can grab a 512 GB drive for less than $50 USD. In fact they’ve gotten so large that it can feel wasteful using them for some tasks, and we occasionally find ourselves wishing we could find some modern USB drives that didn’t rival the storage capacity of our whole computer.

          That said, this USB-C tetrabyte drive created by [Glen Akins] might be slightly too small for our tastes. No, that’s not a typo. As in the Greek tetra, this drive can hold a massive four bytes at a time. Even better, you don’t need a computer to write to it: the 32 DIP switches let you key in the content on the fly, bit-by-bit.

        • TSDgeos’ blog: Okular: Signing of unsigned signature fields has landed

          Up to today, Okular would kind of error out when opening a PDF file that contains a signature field that was unsigned (think like the old space in paper forms saying “sign here”)

        • LLVM Clang Now Defaulting To The DWARFv5 Debug Format – Phoronix

          Following GCC, the LLVM Clang C/C++ compiler front-end is now defaulting to using the DWARFv5 debugging data format.

          DWARFv5 was published in 2017 and offers faster symbol searching, better debugging for optimized code, improved data compression, improve descriptions for some elements of the code, new language codes, and other improvements over the decade old DWARFv4. The DWARFv5 specification and more details can be found at dwarfstd.org.

        • Perl/Raku

          • gfldex: Iterative golfing
          • Rakudo Weekly News: 2022.04 Unsigned Merge

            This week’s good news is that the about 2 months of work of Stefan Seifert to properly support native unsigned integers, was merged. This work, and Daniel Green‘s work on using the mimalloc memory allocation library, however caused some unexpected ecosystem fallout. Instead of reverting all of this work (which would have been a big task in itself), it was decided to move forward by skipping the 2022.01 Rakudo Compiler release: the next release will be 2022.02. Which has an odd symmetry to it!

        • Python

          • Matthieu Caneill: Debsources, python3, and funky file names

            Rumors are running that python2 is not a thing anymore.

            Well, I’m certainly late to the party, but I’m happy to report that sources.debian.org is now running python3.


            While transitioning to python3 and juggling left and right with str, bytes and unicode for internal objects, files, database entries and HTTP content, I stumbled upon a bug that has been there since day 1.

            Quick recap if you’re unfamiliar with this tool: Debsources displays the content of the source packages in the Debian archive. In other words, it’s a bit like GitHub, but for the Debian source code.

            And some pieces of software out there, that ended up in Debian packages, happen to contain files whose names can’t be decoded to UTF-8. Interestingly enough, there’s no such thing as a standard for file names: with a few exceptions that vary by operating system, any sequence of bytes can be a legit file name. And some sequences of bytes are not valid UTF-8.

            Of course those files are rare, and using ASCII characters to name a file is a much more common practice than using bytes in a non-UTF-8 character encoding. But when you deal with almost 100 billion files on which you have no control (those files come from free software projects, and make their way into Debian without any renaming), it happens.

            Now back to the bug: when trying to display such a file through the web interface, it would crash because it can’t convert the file name to UTF-8, which is needed for the HTML representation of the page.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • How To Optimize Your Workspace: Analyze How You Work | Hackaday

        [Jay Carlson] has shared some fantastic guidance on how to optimize one’s home workspace, and you just might want to emulate some of his layout, especially if you routinely juggle multiple projects. He makes the important point that different people have different needs, so one size does not fit all. Optimizing one’s workspace must first take into account what kind(s) of work one does, and many of his tips and tricks are pretty broadly applicable.

      • Silicone Devices: DIY Stretchable Circuits | Hackaday

        Flexible circuits built on polyimide film are now commonplace, you can prototype with them at multiple factories, at a cost that is almost acceptable to your average hacker. Polyimide film is pretty tough for something so thin, but eventually it will tear, and with larger components, bend radii are quite restricted. But what about stretchable circuits, as in circuits you can flex, twist and stretch? Let us introduce silicone devices. A research group from Hasselt University, Belgium, have been prototyping making truly flexible, silicone-based circuit substrates, managing to integrate a wide range of SMT component types with a dual layer interconnect, with vias and external contacts.

        It should be possible to reproduce the process using nothing more special than your average Makerspace CO2 laser cutter, and a couple of special tools that can be easily made — a guide for that is promised — it is purely a matter of gathering a few special materials, and using off-cuts you have lying around for the rest. The interconnect uses Galinstan, which is a low melting point alloy of gallium, indium, and tin. Unfortunately, this material is fairly expensive and cannot be shipped by air due to the gallium content, without specialised handling, at considerable expense. But that aside, other than some acrylic sheets, some vinyl, copper foil and a few sprays, nothing is beyond reach.

      • Domesticating Old Server Hardware In The Age Of Shortages | Hackaday

        Our own [Dave Rowntree] started running into bottlenecks when doing paid work involving simulations of undisclosed kind, and resolved to get a separate computer for that. Looking for budget-friendly high-performance computers is a disappointing task nowadays, thus, it was time for a ten-year-old HP Proliant 380-g6 to come out of Dave’s storage rack. This Proliant server is a piece of impressive hardware designed to run 24/7, with a dual CPU option, eighteen RAM slots, and hardware RAID for HDDs; old enough that replacement and upgrade parts are cheap, but new enough that it’s a suitable workhorse for [Dave]’s needs!

      • Portable Pizza Oven Has Temperature Level Over 900 | Hackaday

        While it’s possible to make pizza from scratch at home right down to the dough itself, it’ll be a struggle to replicate the taste and exquisite mouthfeel without a pizza oven. Pizzas cook best at temperatures well over the 260°C/500°F limit on most household ovens while pizza ovens can typically get much hotter than that. Most of us won’t have the resources to put a commercial grade wood-fired brick oven in our homes, but the next best thing is this portable pizza oven from [Andrew W].

      • Can Robots Give Good Hugs?

        We could all use a hug once in a while. Most people would probably say the shared warmth is nice, and the squishiness of another living, breathing meatbag is pretty comforting. Hugs even have health benefits.

        But maybe you’re new in town and don’t know anyone yet, or you’ve outlived all your friends and family. Or maybe you just don’t look like the kind of person who goes for hugs, and therefore you don’t get enough embraces. Nearly everyone needs and want hugs, whether they’re great, good, or just average.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Atlassian Bitbucket

          Atlassian Corporation Plc is a software company founded in 2002 that develops products for software developers, project managers and other software development teams. It employs over 7,000 people and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

          Atlassian produces a range of proprietary software including software for collaboration, development, and issue tracking software for teams. Atlassian dominates several markets where it still has intense competition.

          Broadly speaking, they offer software in three large buckets: These are software development tools; help desk software, or IT service management; and workflow management software. When you think of Atlassian, think project management and collaboration tools.

          Many of their programs use a number of open source components. And their GitHub repositories hold lots of open source code. But their main range of software is proprietary. This series looks at free and open source alternatives to Atlassian’s products.

        • Obsidian is a Notion Alternative for Hardcore Markdown Users for Creating Knowledge Graph of Notes [Ed: Why does a site that calls itself "It's FOSS" so enthusiastically promote non-FOSS? And not the first time, either]

          Initially, I thought that Obsidian was an open source software. It was only when I was looking for their source code repository (after I finished writing this article) that I realized it is free-to-use application but not FOSS (free and open source software). Which is a shame because it’s a damn good application and hence I continued to feature it here.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation launches Open Source Software Development, Linux, and Git certification [Ed: Paid-for LF spam by SJVN at ZDNet. ‘Obligatory’ articles for sponsors.]

                Want a good-paying programming job? By ZipRecruiter’s count, the average annual pay for an open-source developer in the United States is $123,411. That’s not bad.

                There’s also a lot of demand for Linux and open-source pros. The Linux Foundation and edX, the leading massive open online course (MOOC) provider, reported in their 2021 Open Source Jobs Report that the pair found more demand for top open-source workers than ever.

        • Security

          • Security updates for Monday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, golang-1.7, golang-1.8, pillow, qtsvg-opensource-src, util-linux, and wordpress), Fedora (expat, harfbuzz, kernel, qt5-qtsvg, vim, webkit2gtk3, and zabbix), Mageia (glibc, kernel, and kernel-linus), openSUSE (bind, chromium, and zxing-cpp), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (java-11-openjdk and kpatch-patch), Scientific Linux (java-11-openjdk), SUSE (bind, clamav, zsh, and zxing-cpp), and Ubuntu (aide, dbus, and thunderbird).

          • LogJ4 Security Inquiry – Response Required

            On Friday January 21, 2022 I received this email. I tweeted about it and it took off like crazy.

            The email comes from a fortune-500 multi-billion dollar company that apparently might be using a product that contains my code, or maybe they have customers who do. Who knows?

            My guess is that they do this for some compliance reasons and they “forgot” that their open source components are not automatically provided by “partners” they can just demand this information from.

            I answered the email very briefly and said I will be happy to answer with details as soon as we have a support contract signed.

            I think maybe this serves as a good example of the open source pyramid and users in the upper layers not at all thinking of how the lower layers are maintained. Building a house without a care about the ground the house stands on.

            I believe this email is genuine and my reply was directed to a big-company .com email address domain that did not bounce. In my tweet and here in my blog post I redact the name of the company. I most probably have the right to tell you who they are, but I still prefer to not. (Especially if I manage to land a profitable business contract with them.) I suspect we can find this level of entitlement in many companies.

          • Trend Micro : Analysis and Impact of LockBit Ransomware’s First Linux and VMware ESXi Variant [Ed: Ransomware is predominantly a Windows issue, but there attempts are to shift attention and manipulate perceptions]

            The release of this variant is in line with how modern ransomware groups have been shifting their efforts to target and encrypt Linux hosts such as ESXi servers. An ESXi server typically hosts multiple VMs, which in turn hold important data or services for an organization. The successful encryption by ransomware of ESXi servers could therefore have a large impact on targeted companies. This trend was spearheaded by ransomware families like REvil and DarkSide.

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

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • As Myanmar junta extends control over telcos, surveillance and privacy risks increase – Access Now

              Norway’s Telenor is obligated to mitigate the human rights risks of its sale to local operators before the telco imminently changes hands and passes on the private information of millions of people in Myanmar to a military-linked operator, Shwe Byain Phyu Group.

              “It is clear the military wants control over Telenor’s Myanmar private customer data through proxy ownership,” said Dhevy Sivaprakasam, Asia Pacific Policy Counsel at Access Now. “This decision to sell to an operator who may well sit in the military’s back pocket — made without transparency or accountability — is its latest effort to extend surveillance through domination of the telecom sector. Telenor and all other operators must push back to protect people’s rights to privacy, free expression, and security.”

              On January 21, Reuters reported that the Myanmar military had privately approved the partnership of M1 Group and Shwe Byain Phyu Group, with the latter as majority shareholder in the entity that will be taking over Telenor Myanmar’s operations. This decision was not made public, but is a clear indicator that the Myanmar military is continuing to tighten control of the country’s telecommunications. The risk of surveillance and the abuse of people’s privacy are extreme, and all actors in the telecom sector in Myanmar must urgently act to enforce data protection and privacy safeguards.

            • What your doormat, body odor, or wandering gaze can tell us that we don’t already know. [Ed: Some sorts of surveillance should be considered a crime and their purveyors prosecuted.]

              Regardless of the accuracy of its assessment, FaceCode represents the frontier of biometric applications for the recognition of body features for personal identification. Rather than seeking just to recognize a person’s face, the creators of FaceCode go beyond the superficial markers to develop an AI application that—so they claim—can uncover something of a person’s genetic makeup and map the facial physiognomy of their expressions to their DNA.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Floating Solar Farms Are Taking The World’s Reservoirs By Storm | Hackaday

          Photovoltaic solar panels are wonderful things, capable of capturing mere light and turning it into useful electricity. They’re often installed on residential and commercial rooftops for offsetting energy use at the source.

          However, for grid-scale generation, they’re usually deployed in huge farms on tracts of land in areas that receive plenty of direct sunlight. These requirements can often put solar farms in conflict with farm-farms — the sunlight that is good for solar panels is also good for growing plants, specifically those we grow for food.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Burkina Faso must immediately end its internet shutdown

        The government of Burkina Fast must stop any and all attempts to control expression, communication, and access to information through arbitrary internet shutdowns.

        Yesterday, January 23, authorities made the decision to shut down the internet for the third time within months, targeting mobile internet in the country. The shutdown was implemented amid reports that the country’s president is allegedly being detained by mutinying soldiers, with gunfire allegedly heard last night around the presidential palace and at barracks in the capital, Ouagadougou. The government has denied the arrest of the president and ruled out any coup attempt according to media reports.

        Mobile internet was again disrupted in Burkina Faso on January 10 at approximately 15:30 local time without any explanation from the government or internet service providers operating in the country. Although access was restored the following day, reports indicated that Facebook remained blocked. Last week, the government confirmed that they shut down Facebook for “national security” reasons.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Digital Right to Repair Coalition Letter of Support: SMART

        On behalf of the Digital Right to Repair Coalition (“The Repair Association”), an organization representing over 400 member companies across a variety of industries, I’m writing to ask for your support of consumer choice and right to repair by advancing H.R.3664 – Save Money on Auto Repair Transportation (SMART) Act. The Repair Association is centered around a simple principle: consumers should have the right to repair the products they own. We believe that competition is an essential component of any market, including automotive repairs, and is better for consumers. We are dedicated to fighting against anti-competitive practices that stifle innovation, restrict small businesses, and disadvantage consumers, regardless of industry.

        Right to repair is a growing, consumers-first movement that is expanding as more people recognize that the law should put consumers first. The growing momentum around repair restrictions for electronics and consumer appliances has spurred companies like Microsoft and Apple to commit to taking action to expand their repair offerings. There’s much more work to be done. According to a new national survey from the CAR Coalition, an overwhelming majority (78%) of vehicle-owning voters support the federal right to repair legislation that protects against design patent abuse in the automotive industry, such as the SMART Act, and makes vehicle data more readily available. The Repair Association believes the SMART Act is an essential step forward in answering consumers’ call for stronger right to repair protections in the automotive repair industry and would serve as an example to other industries.

Links 24/1/2022: Scribus 1.5.8 and LXLE Reviewed

Posted in News Roundup at 5:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: January 23rd, 2022

      This week has been a bit slow in releases, but we did got a few gems, including a major Wine release for your Linux gaming, a new VirtualBox release for your virtualization needs, as well as a new Scribus release for your desktop publishing and page layout needs.

      On the distro side of things, we got a new GeckoLinux ROLLING release for openSUSE Tumbleweed aficionados, a new Deepin Linux release for fans of this beautiful distro, and a new Ubuntu MATE release for the GPD Pocket 3 mini computer. Also, Ubuntu 21.04 reached end of life and EdeavourOS ARM now offers 64-bit installs for the Raspberry Pi 4.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • There’s now an official Ubuntu MATE build for GPD Pocket 3

        The GPD Pocket 3 is a fully-featured modular pocket PC and now you can happily run Linux on it with an officially released build of Ubuntu MATE. Something of a tradition for the MATE team who have produced builds for previous versions of the GPD devices.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Desktop-deprived Linus Torvalds releases first release candidate of ‘not huge’ kernel 5.17 [Ed: Latest clickbait garbage from Simon Sharwood]

        The first release candidate for version 5.17 of the Linux kernel has rolled off the production line – despite fears that working from a laptop might complicate matters.

        Emperor Penguin Linus Torvalds is currently on the road and, when announcing the release of Linux 5.16 predicted that the version 5.17 release merge window would be “somewhat painful” due to his travels, and use of a laptop – something Torvalds said “I generally try to avoid.”

        Torvalds’ laptop aversion comes from the fact that he likes to do lots of local testing on his beastly workstation powered by a 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper. Linus’ lappie appears not to match his desktop, so he ends up using more automated build testing in the cloud.

        “And so [i] really hope that everything has been properly cooking in linux-next so that there are no unnecessary issues that pop up when things hit my tree,” he wrote.

      • LVFS Exploring Alternate, Open-Source Firmware For Capable End-Of-Life Devices – Phoronix

        The Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) with Fwupd for firmware updating on Linux could soon be making it easier to transition older, end-of-life devices off official firmware packages and onto the likes of open-source Coreboot for capable aging PC hardware. This not only would make the system run on more free software but would extend the life of the hardware with firmware updates where the vendor has ceased their support.

        Lead LVFS/Fwupd developer Richard Hughes of Red Hat stoked a community question, “Hypothetically, if a legal entity (like the LVFS) started distributing Coreboot firmware security updates for EOL hardware like the ThinkPad X220 (with the vendors blessing) how does that feel? You’d have to explicitly opt-in and it would be clear all OEM warranty is gone.”

    • Applications

      • Scribus 1.5.8 Powerful Desktop Publishing App Brings More Improvements, Qt 6 Porting Begins

        Scribus is powerful program that brings professional page layout to Linux, supporting professional publishing features like color separations, ICC color management, versatile PDF creation, as well as CMYK and spot colors.

        The new release, Scribus 1.5.8, is here with a focus on mostly fixing nasty issues present in previous releases and code optimizations that lead to improved reliability and speed of the software.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Modern public TLS is a quite different thing than it used to be

        If you’re not deeply involved with TLS, it probably seems that the state of public TLS today is much the way it used to be a decade ago, or even five years ago, including things like the fundamental problem with TLS on the web (which is that your browser trusts a ton of Certificate Authorities). This is not actually the case, for at least three reasons. Two of them are logistical changes, while the third is a dramatic change to the security of TLS in practice.

      • How to Create Sudo User on RHEL | Rocky Linux | AlmaLinux

        Sudo user is the regular user in Linux which has admin or root privileges to perform administrative tasks. But, by default all regular users in Linux are not sudo users, root user has to manually assign sudo rights to the user by adding it to wheel group.

        In RHEL distributions like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux, a group with name ‘wheel’ is created during the installation and its entry is already defined in system’s sudoers file.

      • How to Install and Configure NFS on Ubuntu 22.04/20.04

        The concept of NFS (Network File System) empowers a user on a client computer to have read and write privileges on shared file directories on a server computer.

        This over-the-network file-sharing concept is implementable by anyone due to its open-source attribute. Before this article guide teaches us how to implement the NFS protocol, we first need to understand some of the NFS footprints.

        Since it is the server computer that hosts the shareable files, it is also the one that decides the implementable depth of file-sharing permissions and access rights.

        This article guide assumes that you have access to an Ubuntu 20.04/22.04 server and a client computer. It also assumes that you have root or Sudo user access on both operating system environments.

      • Install GNOME Tweaks on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        GNOME is a popular desktop used on many Linux distributions, including Debian. The GNOME Tweaks tool allows users to modify and change the cosmetics in their GNOME desktop environment, which is popular amongst users that are not satisfied entirely with the GUI.

        Some of the things you can do with GNOME Tweaks are edit font colors and scaling, disable animations for desktop speed improvement, change themes, manage GNOME extensions, bar changes, and much more.

        Depending on the installation you choose when installing Debian 11, this may already be installed on your desktop.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install GNOME Tweaks on Debian 11 Bullseye.

      • Getting started with Tkinter for Python tutorial

        Tkinter stands for “Tk interface”: the package with the same name on many Linux distributions provides the Python bindings for the Tcl/Tk GUI toolkit. Although other graphical toolkit can be used from Python, like Qt or GTK, Tkinter is the standard (the Python IDLE editor and development environment is written using this toolkit, for example) and probably the easiest to work with. In this tutorial we see the basic concepts behind the usage of Tkinter and how to create and interact with some of the most used widgets.

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    • Games

      • Playing Wordle in R

        The logic behind the game is pretty simple, so I thought I’d code up an R version so that those of you who can’t get enough of it can play it on your own! The full code is available here.

      • Valve playing with open-source Radeon Linux GPU drivers for Steam Deck | TweakTown

        Valve is helping out developers with more funding to research open-source Radeon Linux GPU drivers for the Steam Deck handheld, with more testing of Mesa commits + Radeon GPU drivers.

        Charlie Turner, programming consultant for Igalia, created a merge request on FreeDesktop’s Mesa site for more dEQP runners. The agency itself “specializes in the growth of innovative projects and solutions” with the new request asking Valve to help with AMD Radeon GPU Linux drive testing, and since the Steam Deck is powered by an AMD RDNA 2-based GPU it makes sense for Valve to commit more resources to Radeon Linux GPU drivers.

      • Quake II RTX 1.6.0 adds AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) | GamingOnLinux

        Quake II RTX from Lightspeed Studios and NVIDIA just recently gained another big upgrade, this time with some AMD tech thanks to community-provided code. This is possible since it’s open source. Still quite surprising though but goes to show how people just want to make gaming better, regardless of hardware vendor politics.

        With the release of Quake II RTX 1.6.0 it didn’t just bring AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) but upgraded many parts of the game with new features too.

      • Borealis on Chromebook (Steam Gaming): All the Things You Need to Know!

        Gaming on Chromebook is something that no one talks about, and rightly so. However, with the advent of cloud gaming platforms such as Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now, things have gotten a lot better. But now, Google is aiming to bring native desktop-level gaming to Chromebooks, thanks to a project called Borealis. It’s a new Linux container that will host Steam with all the packages, latest drivers, and dependencies for seamless gameplay, just like Windows PCs. So if you want to learn more about Borealis on Chromebook, follow our in-depth explainer on Steam gaming below.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • LXLE Review: A Lightweight Linux Distro for Older Computers

          When you visit the official LXLE official site its mantra – ‘Revive that Old PC’ – is boldly captured. And this is exactly what LXLE aims to do.

          Based on the Ubuntu/Lubuntu LTS release, LXLE is a lightweight Linux distribution that is resource-friendly and ideal for old PCs or systems with low system specifications. In fact, LXLE features prominently among the best Linux distributions for old machines.

          Out of the box, LXLE ships with an optimized LXDE desktop environment, which is a lightweight and minimal desktop environment that is easy on system resources while providing a neat, elegant, and intuitive UI for a smooth experience.

    • Distributions

      • Booting Linux from CD, in 2022

        Ubuntu Oneiric ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso, at 695MB, is the newest 32-bit graphical Ubuntu live image that will fit on a 700MB CD-R.

        If I was doing this again, I’d consider: Puppy Linux, far more up-to-date, supports 32-bit, fits on a CD, can choose to be based off Debian packages.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to IBM SPSS Modeler – LinuxLinks

          International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York. They sell computer hardware, middleware and software employing over 370,000 people.

          IBM acquired Red Hat in 2019. But you can trace IBM’s history of open source far further back. They were one of the earliest champions of open source, backing influential communities like Linux, Apache, and Eclipse, advocating open licenses, open governance, and open standards.

          IBM also collaborates with Linux organisations. For example, IBM works with Ubuntu in areas like containers, virtualization, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, big data analytics and DevOps to provide reference architectures, support solutions and cloud offerings, both for enterprise data centres and cloud service providers.

          The company is involved in many open source projects. For example, they helped to create the Apache Software Foundation, and were also a founder member of the OpenJS Foundation, responsible for the development of the Node.js platform, Appium, Dojo, jQuery and many other products.

        • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to IBM’s Products

          International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York. They sell computer hardware, middleware and software employing over 370,000 people.

          IBM acquired Red Hat in 2019. But you can trace IBM’s history of open source far further back. They were one of the earliest champions of open source, backing influential communities like Linux, Apache, and Eclipse, advocating open licenses, open governance, and open standards.

        • Digital transformation: 3 do’s and 2 don’ts | The Enterprisers Project

          Digital transformation has been the buzzword du jour for the last several years, and for good reason. With benefits from automation, improved workforce management, and better business insights, its value is clear. And whether it was expedited by the sudden need for remote work or building on initiatives already in place, the discussion around digitizing modern business won’t end anytime soon.

          But digital transformation can become problematic when it’s viewed as a fix-all for the enterprise. In fact, when not implemented properly it can cause problems from day-to-day frustrations to costly system errors and downtime.

          So how do businesses take advantage of the gains while avoiding the potential mishaps of digital transformation? Start by taking a hard look at some best practices – the do’s – along with common missteps – the don’ts.

        • IT talent and the Great Resignation: 8 ways to nurture retention

          Experienced IT leaders know that skilled technology professionals are hard to find. And these days, they’re even harder to keep.

          It’s the anticipated Great Resignation writ large in record-high turnover numbers reported by technology organizations and functions. More than a third of respondents to an August 2021 survey conducted by Everest Group had seen their attrition rates increase more than 11 percent over the previous quarter, with the average rise in attrition across respondents coming in at 10.5 percent.

          Technology employees have never had more opportunities than they do right now to advance their skills online, network at virtual events, and work remotely without relocating to tech hubs. They can dip their toes in multiple pools and switch streams relatively easily. And after months of toiling to keep their organizations going amid turbulent times, the urge to seek out calmer (or more rewarding) seas is strong.

        • Git hooks: How to automate actions in your Git repo | Enable Sysadmin

          If you administer a Git server, you know that lots of unexpected tasks come up over the lifecycle of a repository. Contributors commit to the wrong branch, a project manager might want to implement an approval process, developers may need a specific review process, you might call for certain actions to be taken after a successful push. There are lots of little convenience features that Git can provide, but to take advantage of them, you need to learn about Git hooks.

          Git hooks are shell scripts found in the hidden .git/hooks directory of a Git repository. These scripts trigger actions in response to specific events, so they can help you automate your development lifecycle.

          Although you may never have noticed them, every Git repository includes 12 sample scripts. Because they’re shell scripts, they’re extremely flexible, and there are even some Git-specific data you have access to within a Git repository.

        • Create entitled builds for Red Hat subscriptions in OpenShift | Red Hat Developer

          Entitlements add security to deployments in Red Hat services and Red Hat OpenShift. However, entitled builds require extra work. This article details the process step-by-step. We will start with getting the entitlements, certificate authority (CA), and configuration files, and end with a BuildConfig in OpenShift.

          Recently, I was engaged in a project where I had to create a Jenkins Maven agent with Selenium Server and Google Chrome. I realized that to install the Chrome client, I needed several repositories on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS. I followed the official OpenShift documentation and did other research to achieve the deployment. This article shows my process.

        • Travis CI enhancements for IBM Power – IBM Developer

          Travis CI announced build support for the IBM Power architecture (ppc64le) in November 2019. Since then, the IBM Power Open Source Ecosystem Team, in partnership with Travis CI has striven to provide additional support for Power. As a result, we are happy to announce that Power builds now run faster and more reliably on Travis CI.

        • I’m using journalctl’s –since option now to speed up checking logs

          I’ve probably had an ambient awareness of journalctl’s –since option to show the systemd journal since some particular time ever since I read enough of the manpage to find options like ‘-u’ (used to see only logs for a single unit) and ‘-b’ (used to select which system boot you want to start from). But for a long time I didn’t really use it, even when I mentioned it in my entry on ‘-u’. Recently that’s been changing and I’ve been finding myself using –since more and more often, generally in two different situations.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Add Playback Controls to the Spotify Dock Icon in Ubuntu

          Admittedly, we’re not short of ways to control Spotify in Ubuntu. There is the MPRIS2 music applet in the notification shade, the app itself has player controls, and like most distros Ubuntu support keyboard media keys too (though mine don’t work).

          But this is also true of Rhythmbox, Ubuntu’s default music app. Yet that app also comes with a right-click “quick list” menu in its dock item that makes it easy to skip forward, back, or pause music entirely.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Coral Dev Board Micro combines NXP i.MX RT1176 MCU with Edge TPU in Pi Zero form factor

        Coral Dev Board Micro is the latest iteration of Google’s Edge AI devkit with an NXP i.MX RT1176 Cortex-M7/M4 crossover processor/microcontroller coupled with the company’s 4 TOPS Edge TPU, a camera, and a microphone in a board that’s about the size of a Raspberry Pi Zero SBC.

        The new board follows the original NXP i.MX 8M-based Coral Dev board that was introduced in 2019, and Coral Dev Board mini based on MediaTek MT8167S processor launched in 2020, and keeps with the trend of providing more compact solutions with lower-end host processors for edge AI.

      • Building a NanoPi M4V2 based All-in-One Linux PC running Armbian (Ubuntu/Debian)

        At the end of my review of “RPI All-in-One” PC with Raspberry Pi 4, I noted the system also appeared to be compatible with NanoPi M4V2 single board computer. I’ve now tried it out, and assembling the board inside the 10.1-inch display is even easier than I initially thought. That means I now have a NanoPi M4V2 All-in-One PC running Ubuntu Hirsute or Debian Buster with XFCE desktop environment from Armbian, and most features work including the display and wireless connectivity, but I still have an issue with the touchscreen function.

      • Raspberry Pi RP2040 Discovered in 3D Printer Control Board

        It’s hard to believe, but the Raspberry Pi RP2040 microprocessor has already been a part of our lives for an entire year. One of the most exciting aspects of the RP2040 is the potential for its use in third-party boards. Today we’re sharing one of the first RP2040-based 3D printer control boards we’ve ever seen, known as the BTT SKR Pico V1.0 Control Board by Big Tree Tech.

        The RP2040 is acting as the main processor for the control board. So even though the board has Pico in the name, it’s only using the RP2040 processor and not a complete Pico module.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Brief thoughts on right to repair issues people don’t think about

          While making devices more repairable is pretty much seen as universally a good thing, right? Unfortunately, engineering involves tradeoffs, but some of those tradeoffs that are seen as bad for repair (or are actually desirable in spite of it), or actually improves reliability. These are some things I suspect right to repair advocates forget.

          This article is intended to unify some disparate thoughts on the subject I’ve had on Lobsters comment, this blog (i.e. the ThinkPad one), etc. as one post. I intend to do this more often for other things…

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • 7 strategies for success when contributing to open source

        I was in college when I learned about the Linux operating system. That was also when I first heard about open source. Hoping to understand more about Linux and how it came to be, I got involved with a Linux user group called DGPLUG, where I learned the extent of open source projects. This was more than just an operating system. There was a whole world of collaborative coding out there.

        It didn’t take much. I quickly acquired a deep interest in writing code, meeting amazing people, and joining communities that motivated me to contribute to open source projects.

        I started to learn new programming languages and technologies. I also began implementing what I was learning in my Computer Science Bachelor course hands-on. I got involved with the Fedora community through IRC and contributed to the Fedora Infrastructure project codebase, Fedora Tests. I also got the opportunity to contribute to many other projects simultaneously as I came across more bugs and features, and I connected with developers worldwide.

      • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Atlassian’s Products

        Atlassian Corporation Plc is a software company founded in 2002 that develops products for software developers, project managers and other software development teams. It employs over 7,000 people and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

        Atlassian produces a range of proprietary software including software for collaboration, development, and issue tracking software for teams. Atlassian dominates several markets where it still has intense competition.

        Broadly speaking, they offer software in three large buckets: These are software development tools; help desk software, or IT service management; and workflow management software. When you think of Atlassian, think project management and collaboration tools.

        Many of their programs use a number of open source components. And their GitHub repositories hold lots of open source code. But their main range of software is proprietary. This series looks at free and open source alternatives to Atlassian’s products.

      • Education

        • The Basics of R (in Spanish!)

          Hello everyone! This blog post is a bit different from usual posts in that I’d like to make a very exciting announcement about an upcoming course launch.

          Part of my vision with R for Ecology is to make as accessible as possible to as many people as possible—especially ecologists and other scientists. Understanding how to work with, organize, visualize, and analyze data is essential for doing good science. Either way, I’m very fortunate to have partnered with a fantastic biologist and ecologist from Argentina named Joaquin Cochero who has done an outstanding job translating my entire Basics of R (for ecologists) course into Spanish!

        • 10 New books added to Big Book of R

          We’re off to a great start (book wise!) for 2022. Here’s 10 new additions to Big Book of R. Quite a few more paid versions of books in this round and they look good.

          Thanks to Burak Aydin, Manika Lamba, Mauricio Vargas Sepúlveda, Samrit Pramanik , Kurt Taylor Gaubatz for some of the additions.

      • Programming/Development

        • [Old] ldd arbitrary code execution

          The ldd utility is more vulnerable than you think. It’s frequently used by programmers and system administrators to determine the dynamic library dependencies of executables. Sounds pretty innocent, right? Wrong!

          In this article I am going to show you how to create an executable that runs arbitrary code if it’s examined by ldd. I have also written a social engineering scenario on how you can get your sysadmin to unknowingly hand you his privileges.

          I researched this subject thoroughly and found that it’s almost completely undocumented. I have no idea how this could have gone unnoticed for such a long time. Here are the only few documents that mention this interesting behavior: 1, 2, 3, 4. [...]

        • The best free, open-source supply-chain security tool? The lockfile

          tl;dr: Lockfiles often protect you from malicious new versions of dependencies. When something bad happens, they empower you to know exactly which systems were affected and when, which is critical during incident response. This posts discusses “why lockfiles” and the details of setting them up properly across ~9 different package managers.

        • SWAR explained: parsing eight digits

          It is common to want to parse long strings of digits into integer values. Because it is a common task, we want to optimize it as much as possible.

          In the blog post, Quickly parsing eight digits, I presented a very quick way to parse eight ASCII characters representing an integers (e.g., 12345678) into the corresponding binary value. I want to come back to it and explain it a bit more, to show that it is not magic. This works in most programming languages, but I will stick with C for this blog post.

  • Leftovers

    • Just one in 20 young adults watch BBC programmes live

      The BBC is facing a “demographic time bomb” as young people ignore its programmes at a time when the broadcaster must carry out swingeing cuts and its entire funding model is under threat.

      Only one in 20 of those aged 18-30 said that they watched any BBC television channels live every day, compared with close to half of the over-65s, according to a YouGov poll for this paper.

    • Education

      • 3 New Books About Dark Skies On Our Reading List

        Whether to spark a child’s imagination or educate and inspire an adult to take action against light pollution, books are a fantastic tool in the fight to protect the night. So naturally, we’re always on the lookout for new books about dark skies and light pollution. Here are three recently released books that are on our reading list: [...]

      • [Old] Ronald Reagan stuck it to millennials: A college debt history lesson no one tells

        Had anyone at my reunion complained about the complacency of today’s students or bragged about how they got through school without taking on staggering debt, I could have reminded them that the class of ’84 was the last to have a higher percentage of grants than loans. Today’s imbalance leads too many students to buy the lie that the humanities are exclusively for rich kids. They worry that those in the 99 percent studying Aristotle or Virginia Woolf are destined for permanent residency in their parents’ basements and, if they are lucky, positions as baristas.

      • [Old] The war on public education

        The war on public education began when Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, gutted one of the best university systems in the U.S. Cutting funding for higher education by 20 percent and ending free tuition, Reagan famously said California “should not subsidize intellectual curiosity.” He also cut funding to public kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) schools in the state, devastating already poor and inner-city schools.

        Once he became president, Reagan tried to shut down the Department of Education. Failing that, he appointed William Bennett to head it. That heartless reactionary relentlessly attacked teachers’ unions.

        Reagan cut federal funding to education by half. The most destructive part of his legacy came from his creation of a so-called “blue ribbon” commission that produced a 1983 report entitled “A Nation at Risk.” The report promoted the lie that the U.S. educational system was a “rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people.”

      • Ronald Reagan’s ghost runs the UC system. Expect strikes until that changes

        This trend, in line with nationwide hiring patterns, is often decried as an existential threat to higher education. And it is true that the increasing presence of a class of underpaid and overworked lecturers operating without the guarantees of tenure indicates an ominous subordination of American higher education to the prerogatives of the market. But in California and elsewhere, nontenured faculty are here to stay. This workforce deserves its own protections and the opportunity to educate students with stability and support.

        In November, the UC system took a major step in this direction. After nearly three years of negotiations and nearly two without a contract, a deal reached Nov. 17 between the institution’s administration and UC-AFT — the union representing the University of California’s lecturers — averted a strike planned across the state-wide system. The union hailed the agreement signed with UC, as the “best contract in its history.” Lecturers received a 30% raise in wages over the six years of the contract, along with guarantees of greater job stability year over year.

      • How Being a Stalled Novelist Led to an Unexpected Career in Data Science

        I took mathematics courses at a local university. Instead of writing in the evenings after work, I studied math. On a whim, I enrolled in a computer science course, and I was hooked. I loved the theory and its broad applicability. A computer scientist, I thought, could contribute to any field. It also helped that writing code reminded me of the good parts of writing fiction. They both begin with a goal. There are many ways to accomplish it, and the quality of the end-product lies in part on the virtue of those decisions. As a bonus, the functionality of a completed computer program can be verified. You won’t have one beta reader telling you to change the very thing another beta reader loved.

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Toxic PCBs Festered at This Public School for Eight Years as Students and Teachers Grew Sicker

        For Michelle Leahy, it started with headaches, inflamed rashes on her arms and legs, and blisters in her mouth.

        Some students and staff at Sky Valley Education Center, an alternative public school in Monroe, also had strange symptoms: cognitive problems, skin cysts, girls as young as 6 suddenly hitting puberty.

      • Navy cites ‘operator error’ in fuel spill linked to families’ tainted water

        The November Navy fuel spill linked to the water contamination affecting thousands of military families in Hawaii was likely the result of “operator error,” a Navy official told lawmakers Tuesday.

        The Navy will also comply with the Hawaii Department of Health’s emergency order to drain the fuel tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, which is at the center of the water crisis, officials said.

        The crisis has affected more than 9,000 Navy, Army and Air Force households at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Army’s Aliamanu Military Reservation and Red Hill communities, which are on the Navy water system, said Vice Adm. Yancy Lindsey, commander of Navy Installations Command.

      • Vaccine Hucksterism: VAERS and the War on Medical Science

        Anti-vaxxer disinformation activists are intensifying their attacks on medical efforts to combat the pandemic, utilizing pseudoscience to manipulate public opinion. One example is the perversion of the VAERS database, which is used to drum up opposition to vaccination against Covid-19. VAERS – the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System – is a data tool run by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. It was created in 1990 to provide citizens with one central location to report their experiences with potential side effects of vaccines. This database has become a key piece of “evidence” used by anti-vaxxers to cultivate public distrust of vaccines.

      • Hungary allows 4th jab, Orbán caps food prices, Völner sinks deeper, and Lakmusz is launched

        The Hungarian government allowed the 4th vaccine against the Covid-19, in a bid to curb the fifth wave of the pandemic, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s office declared in a press conference.

        “Anyone who asks can get the fourth vaccine,” Gulyás said. “Anyone can get his or her fourth vaccination following a medical consultation,” Gulyás added.

      • Pandemic Accommodations Proved We Can Vastly Expand Disability Access If We Try
      • Poz.com and Peter Staley are drug company shills, and here’s yet another article that proves it. – BaronHK’s Rants

        Peter Staley fashions himself as an activist, because he used to be one, but the drug companies turned him a long time ago, and today he’s little more than a salesman covering for bad actors who are profiteering off of the AIDS crisis.

        Years ago, he started some websites like one called AidsMeds.com, is affiliated with Poz.com as a “blogger” and “editor” since the two organizations merged.

        The problem is that these websites refuse to point out the facts about HIV/AIDS medication, such as that it’s absolutely scandalous and morally bankrupt for such medicine to cost over $120 per pill.


        The patents will make sure that we go forever and most people won’t see any of the usual price benefits of drugs going generic. I know many people with HIV, and none of them take anything that’s generic. As soon as drugs go generic, dirty doctors stop prescribing them.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • WhatsApp may soon let you transfer your chats from Android to iOS

          WhatsApp might be working on a feature that lets you migrate your chat history from Android to iOS, as reported by WABetaInfo via (Android Central).

          The feature was first spotted in the latest WhatsApp beta version 22.2.74 for iOS, and appears to corroborate WABetaInfo’s previous discovery in beta version for Android. Both updates point towards a feature that may let you transfer your WhatsApp chats from Android to iOS using the Move to iOS app.

        • Court orders YouTuber to stay off Roblox

          An Oakland, California court has ordered Roblox YouTube creator Ruben Sim to stay off the popular gaming platform from which he’s been banned for several years, according to court documents obtained by Polygon.

          The Roblox Corporation filed a lawsuit against Sim in November, accusing the YouTuber of leading a “cybermob” that terrorized the platform. The company was originally looking for $1.6 million in damages, but decreased that amount to $150,000 in a dually agreed-upon stipulated order and final judgment by the court.

        • Pervasive Apple Safari Bug Exposes Web-Browsing Data, Google IDs

          A security vulnerability in Apple’s browsers for macOS, iOS and iPadOS can lead to information disclosure, researchers have warned. Apple has just marked the issue as “resolved,” but it will take some time for the fixes to roll out, they said, so users should implement mitigations.

          According to researchers at FingerprintJS, the bug is a same-origin policy violation. Typically, a web browser permits scripts on one web page to access data on a second web page only if both pages have the same origin/back-end server. Without this security policy in place, a snooper who manages to inject a malicious script into one website would be able to have free access to any data contained in other tabs the victim may have open in the browser, including access to online banking sessions, emails, healthcare portal data and other sensitive information.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • US athletes told to use burner phones at Beijing Winter Olympics

              The advisory was reportedly sent out twice last year to warn athletes about the possibility of digital surveillance while in China. “Every device, communication, transaction and online activity may be monitored,” the bulletin states. “Your device(s) may also be compromised with malicious software, which could negatively impact future use.” As noted by the WSJ, Great Britain, Canada, and the Netherlands have also cautioned athletes against bringing their personal electronics into the country.

            • Security researchers spot flaws, surveillance in official Beijing Olympics app

              As the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gears up to host the 2022 Winter Olympics from Feb. 4, security researchers in Canada have highlighted “serious security flaws” in a compulsory app for all participants.

              The app, “MY2022″, is mandated for use by all attendees of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, and contains a “simple but devastating flaw” where encryption protecting users’ voice audio and file transfers can be trivially sidestepped, the Toronto-based Citizen Lab reported.

            • Data breach in Malta: 65.000 € fine for C-Planet

              Following a complaint by noyb, the Information & Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) imposed a fine of 65 000 € on the IT company C-Planet. The company had illegally collected data of 98% of Maltese voters, including political preferences and failed to take appropriate data-protection measures. C-Planet notified neither the users nor the data protection authority about the data breach.

            • Many ‚tracking-free‘ apps in iOS secretly track users

              It reads like a fairly simple statement: „Data not collected“. Apple introduced such clear privacy labels for apps on its mobile operating system iOS over a year ago. They are supposed to show whether and which data the app passes on to its operators or third parties.

              A sizeable portion of apps claim not to collect any data from users. But many of these labels are clearly false, as a technical analysis shared exclusively with netzpolitik.org has shown. Computer scientist Konrad Kollnig from Oxford University examined 1,682 randomly selected apps from Apple’s App Store. 373 of the apps tested (22.2 percent) claim not to collect personal data. However, four out of five, 299 apps in total, contacted known tracking domains immediately after the first app launch and without gaining user consent. (Data to be published soon, more details on the method here.)

            • Army wife uses AirTag hack to track her movers while PCSing

              Military families in the midst of moving continue to suffer as shipping disruptions leave them without their household goods for extended periods of time after they’ve arrived at their new duty stations.

              One Army wife, Valerie McNulty, deployed a brilliant solution to help track down her family’s household goods as they made a permanent change of station move from Fort Carson, Colorado, to Fort Drum, New York. Concerned about lost or delayed items, McNulty attached an Apple AirTag to one of the boxes prior to the move.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Leaked Report Suggests Impunity for IDF Troops in Deadly Stop of Palestinian-American Elder

        Human rights advocates reacted angrily Sunday to a leaked report suggesting that no Israeli soldiers are likely to be charged in connection with the fatal detention of an elderly Palestinian-American man by occupation forces in a West Bank town earlier this month.

        “Yet another example of why Israel cannot be trusted to investigate its own violations.”

      • Start the Steal: New MAGA Emails Reveal Plot to Hand Arizona to Trump

        The emails show how a group of fringe election sleuths pressed state legislators on a plan to disrupt the 2020 election certification and potentially change the vote count in a battleground state that helped deliver Joe Biden the presidency. The emails also reveal that several Trump advisers, including campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis and legal adviser Bernie Kerik, were included in the discussion.

      • Tibetan monks beaten, arrested for sharing Buddha statue destruction news

        Authorities in western China’s Sichuan province are beating and arresting Tibetan monks suspected of informing outside contacts about the destruction of a sacred statue, Tibetan sources say.

        The 99-foot tall Buddha which stood in Drago (in Chinese, Luhuo) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Region was targeted for demolition in December by officials who said the statue had been built too high.

      • France: Man with a Qur’ an in his pocket intends to kill passers-by and police officers with a knife

        The police were called at around 10 am. According to this relative, the 30-year-old was in possession of a knife and a Qur’ an and intended to “kill policemen and civilians”.He was so far not known for any alleged radicalisation, but was already known to the police for committing a number of offences.

      • Jihadi video shows child fighters executing Nigeria soldiers

        The video, she said, “demonstrates the immense focus ISIS is placing on Africa” and puts a “spotlight on Nigeria as one of its strongholds and projecting itself as an adaptive, enduring force to the world.”

        The 27-minute video also shows child fighters training in open fields and classrooms. In one scene, masked fighters who looked as young as 10 are seen in a classroom as an older scholar takes them through the Islamic State’s teachings and doctrines. In another scene, the fighters are seen training with rifles.

      • EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram Mounts Checkpoints On Borno Highways, Now Collects ‘Taxes’ From Travellers

        Military sources told SaharaReporters that the terrorists mounted roadblocks in the Gubio Local Government Area on Wednesday, issuing tax receipts to travellers.

        SaharaReporters gathered that defaulters were forced by the insurgents to pay while the mobile phones of those who didn’t have money were seized.

    • Environment

      • Opinion | Ending the Fossil Fuel Era Is the Only Way to Halt Global Warming and Stop Environmental Injustice

        Environmental justice is a crucial component of the broader struggle for a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future. So is the end of the fossil fuel era; in fact, decarbonization and environmental justice go hand in hand.

      • Wildfire in Big Sur Forces Residents to Evacuate

        The blaze swept through an area with little or no fire history, according to the National Weather Service. “Pictures on social media suggest some pretty surreal fire behavior given the wet Oct and Dec that was observed across the region,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

      • ‘Surreal’ wildfire burning near iconic California coastal highway prompts evacuations

        A section of California’s famous Highway 1 was closed Saturday morning as a fire burning near the Pacific Ocean prompted evacuations close to the state’s Big Sur region.

      • California wildfire forces evacuations between Carmel, Big Sur

        Firefighters on Saturday were battling a wildfire that broke out in the rugged mountains along Big Sur, forcing hundreds of residents on this precarious stretch of the California coast to evacuate and authorities to shut its main roadway.

        The fire started Friday night in a steep canyon and quickly spread toward the sea, fanned by strong winds up to 50 mph. The blaze burned at least 2.3 square miles of brush and redwood trees, said Cecile Juliette, a spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

      • Wildfire along California’s Big Sur forces evacuations

        The fire broke out Friday night in a steep canyon. Fanned by wind gusts of up to 50 mph (80 kph), it quickly burned at least 2.3 square miles (6 square kilometers) of brush and redwood trees, said Cecile Juliette, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

      • Exxon Is Using an Unusual Texas Law to Intimidate Critics of Its Climate Denial
      • Opinion | Why Climate Justice Must Transcend Borders

        We are not drowning, we are fighting” has become the rallying call for the Pacific Climate Warriors. From UN climate meetings to blockades of Australian coal ports, these young Indigenous defenders from twenty Pacific Island states are raising the alarm of global warming for low-lying atoll nations. Rejecting the narrative of victimization – “you don’t need my pain or tears to know that we’re in a crisis,” as Samoan Brianna Fruean puts it – they are challenging the fossil fuel industry and colonial giants such as Australia, responsible for the world’s highest per-capita carbon emissions.

      • Alaska Tribes Are Fighting Back Against Plans to Open Colossal Gold Mine
      • Energy

        • The Revenge of the Hot Water Bottle

          Imagine a personal heating system that works indoors as well as outdoors, can be taken anywhere, requires little energy, and is independent of any infrastructure. It exists – and is hundreds of years old.

        • Two Looming Battlegrounds for NFTs

          It is impossible to move an NFT bought on a proprietary blockchain to a private wallet. While that’s a savvy business move ensuring that the minter takes a share of any future sale of NFT trading cards — the smart contract being put into full corporate effect — this means that NFT collectors will have multiple wallets in the future with no way to collate their collection into one place.

        • Why are people falling for NFTs?

          Twitter recently introduced the misguided feature of NFT avatars. The move has been championed by scammers and the duped, and met with howls of derision by everyone else. Twitter didn’t jump the shark, they launched it into space.

          Given NFTs consist only of a hashed URL to an image that can be arbitrarily changed, are backed by technology that’s easily and regularly manipulated, aren’t a legal contract, nor confer any ownership, their popularity is bizarre. But then, if people were informed, no blockchain-backed technology would be taken seriously.

        • Cryptocurrency Is a Giant Ponzi Scheme

          This should surprise no one who understands how cryptocurrency works. Blockchains are, at their core, simply append-only spreadsheets maintained across decentralized “peer-to-peer” networks, not unlike those used for torrenting pirated files. Just as torrents allow users to share files directly, cryptocurrency blockchains allow users to maintain a shared ledger of financial transactions without the need of a central server or managing authority. Users are thus able to make direct online transactions with one another as if they were trading cash.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Cruelty to animals. I found a dog in the road. Someone left him tied up in the cold, then someone else ran over him and fled.

          On Thursday morning, I got up to take my spouse to work. On the way back, I noticed a Husky dog dragging himself down the street by his front legs.

          I turned the car around and called 911, seeing that the dog was in trouble and that someone ran him over. I explained to the dispatcher where I was and asked that they please send animal control out to help the dog.

          Unfortunately, it was too late, and the dog’s injuries were far too severe. He suffered for about 45 more minutes before they could get down there, while looking in my eyes and occasionally howling because of the pain.

          He was dragging a leash with him that was connected to a stake that someone tied him into their yard with. The temperature was about 2 degrees F according to my car, and all I could do was take the leash off of him and wait with him.

          I called later to see if they were able to help him and was told he had to be euthanized.

          People who tie a dog up in the cold are not only assholes, but they’re breaking the law. That dog is their responsibility, and they should consider him their family and their friend. But there’s also something seriously wrong with whoever hit the dog and didn’t call the cops and at least report that they hit him.

          We live in a world full of criminals and people with no respect for anything, and it sickens me what has happened to this country of ours.

          Ever since I moved from Indiana to Illinois, I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of depravity over here like I’ve never seen before. In Indiana, you tend to know your neighbors. Most people are at least polite.


          I doubt whoever left that poor Husky dog on the road will ever get their day in court because our system is so overwhelmed with crime that the case will never get worked, and the state itself is off assisting murderers and stating that it’s not a crime if you do it quickly enough.

          I can’t imagine that a government like this would prioritize a dog if it doesn’t care about children.

          I wonder how Illinois can be so close to Indiana and yet so far away. Illinois is stacked from top to bottom with degenerates, and I actually really do miss my home state.

    • Finance

      • Opinion | Is Woke Capitalism the New Trickle-Down Economics?

        Just like the trickle-down economics of a generation ago, stokeholder capitalism provides a moral justification for the pursuit of corporate self-interest while inequality gets worse and worse.

      • Digital cash gets a look from the Fed

        The paper is meant to act as “the first step in a discussion,” and doesn’t advocate for actually creating a “central bank digital currency” (or CBDC). Still, the creation of a digital dollar would be a massive shift in how big a role the government would play in our finances. Potential downsides could include making commercial banks less attractive to consumers, and affect the Fed’s ability to influence the financial system. The Fed is now inviting comments, including on anything the paper may have missed.

      • Fed releases long-awaited study on a digital dollar but doesn’t take a position yet on creating one

        The Federal Reserve on Thursday released its long-awaited exploration of a digital dollar but took no position on the issuance of a central bank digital currency.

        Instead, the central bank’s 40-page document explores a plethora of issues and notes that public comment will be solicited.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • America’s deepest and most dangerous divide isn’t between Democrats and Republicans

        Other surveys around that time told a similar story. In 2011, Time magazine reported a poll showing that the U.S. was going through “one of its longest sustained periods of unhappiness and pessimism ever,” adding that it was “hard to overstate what a fundamental change this represents.” Two-thirds of Americans believed the past decade was one of decline, not progress, for the U.S. (68%), and that the greatest threat to the long-term stability of the U.S. came from within, not from outside, the country (66%).

      • European Parliament approves initial proposal to ban some targeted ads

        On Thursday, the European Parliament voted to approve the initial draft of a bill that aims to curb Big Tech’s invasive advertising practices (via Bloomberg). The Parliament adopted the draft with 530 votes of approval, 78 against, and 80 absentations.

        The Digital Services Act, which was first introduced in 2020, will prevent platforms, like Google, Amazon, and the Meta-owned Facebook, from using sensitive information, such as sexual orientation, race, and religion for targeted ads. It will require services to give users the ability to easily opt out of tracking, and pressures platforms to remove illegal content and products online, including hate speech or counterfeit goods.

      • Turkish Twitch streamer Pqueen investigated for dancing to a nationalist song

        Famous Turkish Twitch streamer Pelin Baynazoğlu, known by her nickname Pqueen, has announced that an investigation was launched against her over a dance move she made in one of her streams.

      • Smedley Butler Helped Build American Empire. Then He Turned Against It.

        Butler published a short book, War Is a Racket, collecting the key themes of his orations in 1935. Later, in an essay in the socialist magazine Common Sense, Butler confessed to having been a “racketeer for capitalism,” elaborating that, as “a member of our country’s most agile military force,” he had served as “a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers.” In 1936, Marine Corps informants sent to spy on the ex-general observed him speaking on a panel alongside self-identified Communists and reported that “the General appeared to us to be either insane or an out and out traitor.”

      • ‘Exactly Right’: Progressives Back Arizona Dems Censure of Sinema

        Citing Kyrsten Sinema’s obstruction of her own party’s pro-democracy agenda, a pair of progressive U.S. lawmakers said Sunday that they support the Arizona Democratic Party’s decision to censure the stymying senator.

        “I think what the Arizona state party is saying is that ‘Kyrsten Sinema no longer reflects our values.’”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Governor looks to target Missouri Sunshine Law during legislative session

        Amending Missouri’s open records law to permit government agencies to withhold more information from the public — and charge more for any records that are turned over — is among Gov. Mike Parson’s priorities for the 2022 legislative session.

        The changes, which were outlined in a presentation to Parson’s cabinet that was obtained by The Independent through an open records request, include a proposal to allow government agencies to charge fees for the time attorneys spend reviewing records requested by the public.

        Such a change would reverse a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling against Parson’s office that found attorney review time was not “research time” under the Sunshine Law and thus could not be charged.

      • Thousands Sign Petition Supporting Assange Release

        Led by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), more than 26 antiwar groups and 2,500 individual peace and justice advocates have cosponsored a statement (tinyurl.com/2p9fb4es) calling for the immediate release of publisher Julian Assange and commending him for his contributions toward global peace.

      • Southern Africa: A preview of FoE trends to pay attention to in 2022

        In the year 2022, it is highly likely that the press will experience another wave of attacks in the region.

        Gauging from the 2021 Reporters Without Borders Index, the attacks and threats on media freedom are going to escalate.

        Only three Southern African countries made progress according to the 2021 Index, namely, Botswana, Malawi and Zambia, moving up by one, seven and five steps, respectively, compared to previous rankings.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Beware the Cult of Cadwalladr
      • ‘Lying Flat,’ ‘Antiwork’ And The ‘Great Resignation’ Spreads Worldwide As Young People Protest Against System

        The younger generation may be the first group in modern history that won’t do better financially than their parents. With tens or hundreds of thousands in student-loan debt, young adults find it almost impossible to purchase a home, get married and start a family. The debt burden, along with rising home prices and inflation, doesn’t leave them with sufficient funds to afford the lifestyle that Baby Boomers took for granted.

      • Days After Microsoft Deal, Workers at Activision Blizzard-Owned Developer Announce Union

        Just three days after the news broke that Microsoft will buy Activision Blizzard, workers at a developer owned by the video game holdings company, Raven Software, announced that they were forming a union.

        Quality assurance workers at the Wisconsin-based developer, which is behind Call of Duty: War Zone and Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, have aligned themselves with labor giant the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and are calling their group the Game Workers Alliance Union. The CWA is also behind the union at Vodeo Games, recently voluntarily recognized by management, which the CWA called the first certified union at a video games studio in North America.

      • A cop fatally struck a nurse. His actions after the crash shock the victim’s loved ones.

        In those two hours, Santiago drove home with Dymka’s body in the back seat and then returned to the crash site having never called 911 or attempted to render aid to the man, prosecutors say.

        “Put that body back where you hit it,” Annette Santiago allegedly told her son when he showed up at their home, according to prosecutors.

        He’s now facing 12 felony charges, including reckless vehicular homicide and endangering an injured victim. Guzman and Santiago’s mother were also charged with allegedly tampering with evidence and other offenses.

      • Taliban storm Kabul apartment, arrest activist, her sisters

        The Taliban stormed an apartment in Kabul smashing the door in and arresting a woman rights activist and her three sisters, an eyewitness said Thursday. A Taliban statement appeared to blame the incident on a recent women’s protest, saying insulting Afghan values will no longer be tolerated.

        The activist, Tamana Zaryabi Paryani, was among about 25 women who took part in an anti-Taliban protest on Sunday against the compulsory Islamic headscarf, or hijab, for women. A person from the neighborhood who witnessed the arrest said about 10 armed men, claiming to be from the Taliban intelligence department, carried out the raid on Wednesday night.

        Shortly before she and her sisters were taken away, footage of Paryani was posted on social media, showing her frightened and breathless and screaming for help, saying the Taliban were banging on her door.

      • Chechnya’s Kadyrov Says ‘Real Prison’ Awaits Prominent Lawyer’s Mother

        Zarema Yangulbayeva, the 52-year-old mother of Abubakar Yangulbayev, a lawyer of the Committee Against Torture NGO, was taken from her apartment in Nizhny Novgorod on the evening of January 20 by masked men who introduced themselves as Chechen police officers.

      • Khamenei’s Niece Kept Incommunicado In Tehran Prison, Brother Says

        A civil activist and niece of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is being held in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison following her detention last week after she took part in a celebration praising the widow of the ousted shah, her brother has told RFE/RL.

        Farideh Moradkhani, a daughter of Khamenei’s sister known for her activism against the death penalty, was detained on January 14 at her home in the Iranian capital.

      • My Son Was Incarcerated at 13. Six Years Later, It’s Clear the State Failed Him.
      • No Justice in Case of Elderly Christian Woman Stripped Naked Publicly

        In mid-December 2020, the Minya Criminal Court acquitted the three defendants in the case of Thabet. An appeal was set forth in January 2021 and submitted in February 2021 for the Court of Cassation to challenge the ruling that set her assailants free. To date, no hearings have been set, no reparation has been provided, and no courts have sought to move the case forward.

      • ‘Now There Is No One’: The Lament of One of the Last Christians in a Syrian City

        The past decade has been particularly brutal as the upheavals have left Christians in parts of Iraq, Syria and beyond under the control of Islamist militants. They were subject to the whims of their new rulers, who banned their religious practices, seized their properties and even singled them out for death at times.

        Over nine decades, Mr. al-Jisri went from being a member of a Christian community in Idlib that blended easily into the city’s social fabric to one of only three known Christians who remain there.

      • Abortion Rights Defenders Are Calling on Legislators to Codify Roe
      • It’s Time for Biden to Fulfill His Pledge to End the Federal Death Penalty
    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • WOW! Must Share Personal Details of Most Prolific ‘Pirates’ with Filmmakers

          Internet provider WOW! must share the personal details of hundreds of subscribers with a group of filmmakers. The requirement, signed off by a Colorado federal court, is part of the discovery process in an ongoing legal battle. The targeted accounts are limited to the IP addresses that were most frequently flagged for alleged copyright infringements.


Links 24/1/2022: pgBadger 11.7 Released, Catch-up With Patents

Posted in News Roundup at 9:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Weekly Roundup #166

      Welcome to this week’s Linux Weekly Roundup in the world of Linux releases. We had another great week with plenty of new releases and updates, like Deepin 20.4 (also they have a nightly build ISO of Deepin V23), Qubes OS 4.1.0 RC4, and Linuxfx 11.1.1103.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.17 Features From New AMD P-State To Xilinx Drivers, Lots Of New Hardware

        This morning marked the release of Linux 5.17-rc1 that officially ends the merge window for this next stable kernel series. Linux 5.17 won’t see its stable debut until around the end of March but there is a lot to get excited about for this open-source kernel in 2022.

        Linux 5.17 is exciting for mainlining the AMD P-State driver that has been under review/testing for the past several months in cooperation with Valve for the Steam Deck, initial Intel Raptor Lake bring-up bits, Intel Alder Lake P graphics being promoted to stable, lots of preparations for future AMD processors, initial support for the recently launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, many tablet / laptop support improvements, x86 straight line speculation mitigation support, support for a low-cost RISC-V platform, and a whole lot more.

      • Linus Torvalds Announces First Linux 5.17 Kernel Release Candidate

        Linus Torvalds just announced today the first Release Candidate of Linux kernel 5.17, which looks to be a normal release with a normal amount of changes and new features. Nothing fancy, and nothing that stands out. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone.

        According to Linus Torvalds, the bulk of it is various driver updates, and there’s also architecture, documentation, and tooling updates. However, the random number generator work and the rewrite of the fscache persistent local cache tool stand out in the upcoming Linux 5.17 kernel series.

      • Kernel prepatch 5.17-rc1

        The first 5.17 kernel prepatch is out for testing, and the merge window is closed for this release.

    • Applications

      • 5 Best Free and Open Source Stock Tickers

        A stock ticker is a report of the price of specific securities, updated continuously throughout the trading session by the various stock market exchanges.

        The term “tick” refers to a change in a security’s price from one trade to the next. A stock ticker displays these ticks, along with other relevant information, like trading volume, that investors and traders use to stay informed about current market conditions and the interest in that particular security.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Enable MySQL/MariaDB Query Logging

        In this short and easy to follow guide, we cover how to enable MySQL/MariaDB query logging and save queries to a file.

        When using a database, it often happens that developers want to know what’s going on behind the scene. Whether it is for troubleshooting, performance tuning, or out of sheer curiosity.

        General query logs remain one of the most popular sources of auditing and diagnostic information in MySQL/MariaDB databases. After logging is enabled, the database server will write information to the log file when clients connect or disconnect, and it will log each SQL statement.

      • How to install Zotero on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Zotero is a reference management system and academic network, here we learn the steps to install Zotero in Linux such as Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.

        Zotero is an open-source and free tool that helps in collecting, organizing, citing, and sharing research. It consists of two components: Zotero standalone (Mac, Windows, Linux) with a plugin for Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari; Zotero web application: computer-independent access to your library, finding and setting up groups on specific topics (see collaboration), making contacts with others. The two components of this tool can be synchronized with each other.

        If you are often involved in extensive projects at work or have to write a large-scale work during your studies, you quickly lose track of the sources used. With Zotero, you keep all information together and create a clear library for your project without much effort. It is particularly suitable for literature research on the Internet and the direct transfer of the researched data and works in groups that want to manage literature together.

      • How to Copy Directory in Linux: (Beginner to Advance)

        While working in several operating systems, we use to add files and folders, cut, copy, edit and delete them as per our choice. Just like all these, the Linux system provides us the opportunity to copy a single folder to another folder even though the folder is empty or not. Therefore, we will discuss some easy methods to copy one directory to another in Ubuntu 20.04 system. Let’s have a fresh start by using the different ways to copy a directory from one place to another in Linux.

        For this particular purpose, we must open up the terminal shell as we are going to do all things in it. There are two ways to open it. One is from the activity search area and the other is the shortcut key “Ctrl+Alt+T”. Practice one of the mentioned methods to open it and start implementing the commands in it one by one.

      • How to Change Default Torrent Client for Magnet Links in Ubuntu 20.04+ | UbuntuHandbook

        When clicking a magnet link in Chrome browser, it pops-up with “Open xdg-open” option allows to launch the default app to start the downloading.

        Unlike Firefox, Google Chrome does not offer an option to choose which app to handle the link. Instead, it launches the default app directly. For those want to change this default app to handle magnet links, here’s how to do the trick in Ubuntu.

      • How to install Microsoft Fonts on Elementary OS 6.0 – Invidious
      • How to install VCV Rack 2 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install VCV Rack 2 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Changing the icon theme on Ubuntu is an easy way to give your desktop a new look and feel. In this post we show you how to install Papirus icons on Ubuntu from a PPA.

        Why use the Papirus icon set? Because it’s good — in fact, it’s one of the best icon themes for Ubuntu not to mention other Linux distros like Linux Mint, Zorin OS, and Manjaro. Thousands of users use this set, and several Linux distributions ship it as their default.

      • Exploring GIT Commit Hashes & Generating Cryptographic Zeros – Jon’s FOSS Blog

        So I was trying to research what goes into generating a GIT commit hash and I thought I would try to personalize the cryptographic hash output a little bit. My computer isn’t that powerful but it may be possible to generate more zeros!

      • Shows a specific process memory usage
      • How to install Minikube on Ubuntu 20.04 – NextGenTips

        In his tutorial, we are going to learn how to install Minikube on Ubuntu 20.04. I am going to use Docker as a containerization platform. You can either VirtualBox, Podman, KVM, etc.

        Minikube is a tool that makes it easy to run Kubernetes locally. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a VM on your local machine. Kubernetes quickly set up a local Kubernetes cluster on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

      • How To Install Brave Browser On Ubuntu / Fedora / Rocky Linux & Manjaro Linux | Tips On UNIX

        Brave is a free and open-source web browser designed by the Brave team and it is based on chromium.

        Brave Browser comes with default AD blocker and blocks all type of ads from every website and it also has multiple extensions available from chrome web store and can be added to it.

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install brave browser on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS , Ubuntu 21.10 , Rocky Linux 8 , Fedora 35 and Manjaro Linux.

      • How To Install PHP 8 on Linux Mint 20

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP 8 on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. The PHP language is released under open-source standards, also object-oriented and interpreted scripting language that can be executed at the server-side. With this release, there are many new features, improvements, and deprecations from its predecessor (PHP 7).

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of a PHP 8.1 on a Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).

      • Chrome Clear DNS Cache

        Domain Name System (DNS) is the actual directory of the internet in which the domain names of the sites containing information that the user requires or searches for are stored in the DNS servers. All the web browsers use Internet protocols (IP) addresses to look for resources and services available over the internet. The Domain name system interprets the human-friendly domain names into Internet protocol (IP) addresses, usually consisting of complex numbers and alphanumeric characters so that the browser can locate the services and devices present on that certain address. The DNS cache acts as a boost to speed up the lookup process of the Domain Name System. DNS cache, also known as DNS Resolver cache, is the temporary storage on independent devices which stores the frequently visited sites on that device and assists the Domain name system by suggesting the visited sites and resources.

      • How Do I Initialize a Drive in Synology NAS?

        Each of the drives of your Synology NAS will have different Allocation status depending on the state the drive is in.
        The drive Allocation statuses are:

        i) Initialized: When you install the DSM operating system on your Synology NAS, it creates a system partition in all the available drives installed on your NAS. A drive will have the allocation status Initialized if the DSM system partition is installed on the drive and the drive is not used by any storage pools.

        ii) Not Initialized: If a drive does not have a DSM system partition, it will have the Not Initialized status. If you install a brand new drive on your NAS, it will have the Not Initialized status as well.

      • How to Check Folder Permission Linux

        Linux is a multi-user operating system. It can handle multiple users accessing the system at the same time. This is one of the key reasons why Linux is so popular in mainframes, servers, supercomputers, etc. Being a multi-user system, it’s paramount to have functional user permission management. It’s the fundamental that defines what user/group can access what part of the system.

        For file access, this user permission is managed as the file permissions. In this guide, we’ll have a deep dive into the file and folder permissions in Linux.

      • How to Install Gvim on Ubuntu 20.04

        If you are a programmer, you understand the importance of a good text editor application. Many of us spend a lot of time sitting in front of a PC and hitting the keys of the keyboard all day long. A text editor with great features can significantly boost your productivity. There are plenty of text editors available on the web, and choosing one that suits you is generally not an easy task. But if you are looking for an efficient solution, we suggest you try the Vim text editor.

        Vim, which stands for “Vi Improved”, is a classical text editor which is mainly used by programmers. It is generally called “programmer’s editor”. Although built long ago, it is still a popular editor and outruns many competitors. It can be used from general text editing jobs to managing configuration files.

        Vim is available for major operating systems like Mac, Windows, Linux, or Unix. Vim can run in the GUI and non-GUI console mode. For example, on Mac, you can install MacVim for the GUI version of Vim. Similarly, for Windows, you can use the “gvim” executable installer. Linux also has a graphical version of Vim known as gvim. Similar to other clones of the “vi” editor, Gvim on Linux has many powerful GUI features.

    • Games

      • More Details About Half Life 2 Running on Pinephone Pro – Boiling Steam

        I came across this video earlier today, showing the Pinephone Pro running Half Life 2 at very decent framerates. Sure, Half Life 2 is an old game (2004), but it’s still a very impressive feat to see it run on a phone that does not even use the same architecture. The Pinephone Pro has an ARM processor, while Half Life 2 is made for x86 (Intel and AMD) CPUs in the first place.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Check Out GNOME Shell’s New Look in GNOME 42 – OMG! Ubuntu!

          GNOME Shell looks a little different in GNOME 42, which is currently in active development.

          I wasn’t able to showcase the shell theme tweaks in my GNOME 42 alpha post but, over the weekend, fuelled by coffee 😉, I managed to get the correct branch up and running on my Fedora install. I figured I’d write a short post to share some screenshots of the changes I’ve spotted thus far.

          Just keep in mind GNOME 42 is under active development. Everything shown here is a work in progress and very much subject to change.

          GNOME 42 embraces libadwaita and its rounder, softer look. So it’s no surprise that the latest GNOME Shell theme tweaks echo these changes within the Shell UI. That said, while the overall effect of the changes is pronounced (i.e. you’ll notice it’s change) we are still talking subtle refinement on what went before, rather than a wholesale departure.

          For example, most Shell elements now use a

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • Review: UBports on the PinePhone

          At the end of 2021 I posted a review about the PinePhone and what it was like running the device’s default operating system: Manjaro Linux featuring the Plasma Mobile interface. While I’ve had decent experiences with Plasma Mobile in the past, the combination of Manjaro, the PinePhone, and this interface left a lot to be desired. It was slow, it was unstable, and there were issues with the battery charge indicator. To make matters worse, the default applications were not polished or well named. It was a rough experience and, though I can see where there is hope for Manjaro on the PinePhone, I was eager to try something different.

          In the past I have had mostly good experiences with the UBports distribution. UBports is a community project which has continued Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch operating system for smart phones and tablets. Since I’ve run UBports on devices which didn’t have any more memory or processing power than the PinePhone, I was optimistic about trying out the PinePhone with this alternative distribution.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Keyboards and Open-Source – Ignorance is bliss…

        In my Keyboard Fun post from last year I talked a bit about my interest in mechanical keyboards.

        Since then, I played around with a few more keyboards/switches/keycaps/…

        Interesting enough, beside the actual hardware, naturally there is some software component to all these keyboards, too.

        Whereas most commercial keyboards still come with proprietary firmware, there is the trend within the keyboard enthusiast scene to go for open-source firmware.

        This allows you to properly update the firmware even from your Linux machine and do proper configuration of e.g. the keymap, too.

      • Multilingual blink for Raspberry Pi Pico – Raspberry Pi

        A year ago today we launched our Raspberry Pi Pico board, the first product powered by the RP2040 microcontroller, a brand-new chip developed right here at Raspberry Pi. A year later we’ve sold nearly 1.5 million Picos, and thousands of you have used RP2040 in your own electronic projects and products.

      • Hackaday Links: January 23, 2022

        Sandy Macdonald from York quickly cobbled together a Raspberry Pi and a pressure/humidity sensor board and added a little code to create a recording barometer.

      • Perl/Raku

        • Display Your Speech In Realtime To Help Lipreaders In The Mask Era

          The system consists of a small screen that can be worn on the chest or other part of the body, and a lapel microphone to record the wearer’s speech. Using the Deepgram AI speech recognition API running on a Raspberry Pi Zero W, the system decodes the speech and displays it on the Hyperpixel screen.

        • Open Hardware/Modding

          • W5100S-EVB-Pico: A Raspberry PI Pico with Ethernet port – peppe8o

            Hands on a W5100S-EVB-Pico board. Let’s discover this microcontroller and its main features

            In this tutorial, I’m going to show you what is the W5100S-EVB-Pico microcontroller board and how to use it.

            I’ll explain the main features of this IoT board, then show a few usage examples with the basic Ping example and a Mosquitto (MTTQ) example to interface an MTTQ broker like Thingsboard.

          • Arduino data types

            When writing an Arduino code to perform a task or working on a project the data has to be classified in different types. The microcontroller understands the information in the form of 0 and 1 and it is difficult for a user to declare the number of bites for each data. To organize and categorize the data in different forms is quite helpful for programmers to understand the data given and perform the assigned task. For these different data types are used in the Arduino programing.

            There are two basic data types that are used in Arduino programming: one is variable data type and the other is constant data type.

          • Arithmetic Operators in Arduino

            Arithmetic operators in Arduino programming are used to calculate the mathematical operations taking two or more numbers as operands.The use of operators in Arduino programming plays an important role as it defines the conditions on the basis of which the program works. There are different types of arithmetic operators that are used in Arduino programming.

          • Arduino if-else statement

            In Arduino programming when there is a need to determine on which conditions the code will work, we use an if-else statement. In other words, the if-else statement determines the working flow of the Arduino program based on conditions.

          • Explain the while loop in Arduino with the help of examples

            In Arduino programming, many times we have to write a code in which a repeated cycle of execution of the code is needed, to execute it we use conditional loops, and the “while loop” is one of the conditional loops. In this write-up, we will understand what is the while loop and how it works in Arduino programming.

          • Arduino Comparison Operators

            In Arduino programming there are different types of operators. These operators play an important role in functioning of any specific task or working of a code. Most of the decisions in the code are taken on the basis of results given by these operators, in other words they have a direct influence on the output. The comparison operators are used where the conditions of the Arduino code are made for deciding the flow of the program by comparing the values.

          • Arduino Boolean Operators

            When writing an Arduino code for any specific project different operators will be needed for performing various functions, they can either be mathematical or logical operations and for each type of functions there will be specific operators. Here in this article the Boolean operators are discussed briefly.

          • Arduino Bitwise Operators

            There are multiple types of operators used in Arduino programming for making different conditions. These conditions then regulate the flow of the code designed to perform a specific task. One of the most important types of operators used in Arduino programming are bitwise operators and, in this article, bitwise operators and their types are explained briefly.

          • Arduino Compound Operators

            To determine the flow of a program or a code in Arduino Programming the compiler should understand how to perform multiple operations which can be either mathematical or logical. For this, different types of operators are used. Here in this article the compound operators will be briefly discussed.

          • Getting started with the Arduino Web Editor

            To access your work on an Arduino board from anywhere on any system Arduino Web Editor can be used.This web editor is just like the online version of the Arduino IDE used for writing, editing and compiling codes in C and C++ languages. To use the web editor, follow the given guidelines

          • Printed Circuit Bird Family Calls For Us To Consider Analog | Hackaday

            Kelly’s work takes a concept that would have many of us get the digital toolkit, and makes it wonderfully life-like using a small bouquet of simple parts. It’s a challenge to our beliefs and approaches, compelling in its grace, urging us to consider and respect analog circuits more when it comes to modelling consciousness and behaviours. If it’s this simple to model sounds and behaviour of a biological organism, a task that’d have us writing DSP and math code to replicate on a microcontroller – what else are we missing from our models?

            Kelly has more PCBs to arrive soon in preparation for her NYC exhibit in February, and will surely be posting updates on her Twitter page! We’ve covered her work before, and if you haven’t seen it yet, her Supercon 2019 talk on Electronic Naturalism would be a great place to start! Such projects tend to inspire fellow hackers to build other non-conventional projects, and this chirping pendant follows closely in Kelly’s footsteps! The direction of this venture reminds us a lot of BEAM robotics, which we’ve recently reminisced upon as something that’s impacted generations of hackers to look at electronics we create through an entirely different lens.

          • Top 5 Microcontrollers You Should Get to Know in 2022

            Microcontrollers are also known as mini-computers; they consist of a microchip on which a small CPU and other components are embedded. Microcontrollers have a wide range of applications, the most common ones are the automation of electronic equipment, robotics, and industries to control the temperature. The microcontrollers are of different types like 8-bits, 16-bits, and 32-bits.

            In the market, there are a lot of microcontrollers that are used for different purposes and have different architectures. In this article, the top microcontrollers are discussed with their architectures and applications.

          • What are the Conditional Operators in Arduino? Explain with Examples.

            Conditional operators in Arduino are used to decide the output on the basis of conditions. For different applications, conditional operators can be utilized. For example, they can be used in making the logic of street lights, such that the lights remain off during day time and on otherwise. In this write-up, we will discuss the conditional operators in Arduino and also understand its usage with the help of an example.

          • What are the Arrays in Arduino? Explain with the Examples.

            An array is a data structure used to store multiple values of the same data type in it; for example an array declared with the integer data type can store multiple integers in it. In Arduino, sometimes we have to use multiple values, for example, we are supposed to blink five LEDs, we will declare an integer array that will store the 5 pin numbers where we will attach the LEDs.

            The use of Arrays in Arduino is similar to the other programming languages so in this write-up, we will explain the arrays and the way of utilizing them in Arduino.

          • What are the Strings and String Functions in Arduino? Give Examples.

            Strings are the data types that are used to store the characters and a series of characters in them. The working of Strings in Arduino is similar to “char” in C programming. The values stored in the Arduino can be displayed on the LCD as well as on serial monitor output.

            The Strings used in Arduino are of two types which are discussed in this write-up. We will discuss the functions of Strings with the help of examples.

          • How to Generate the Pseudo-Random Numbers in Arduino

            To generate the pseudo-random numbers in Arduino, we use the built-in functions random(), first, understand why we need to generate the pseudo-random numbers? In real life, we have to generate random codes for verification purposes. Similarly, in digital gaming, we have to generate random passwords. For this purpose, we have to generate the random numbers in Arduino.

            In this article, we will discuss the techniques by which we can generate random numbers with the help of examples.

          • How to Convert String into the Int Data Type in Arduino

            In many Arduino projects, we often extract data from some devices like raspberry pi, or a web database for some arithmetic commutation, but the data is in the form of strings. There is a function in Arduino through which we can convert the strings into integers so that we can perform arithmetic operations on them.

            In this write-up, we will conversion of the string to integers in Arduino by using a built-in function toInt().

        • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

        • Switching from OpenNTPd to Chrony – anarcat

          A friend recently reminded me of the existence of chrony, a “versatile implementation of the Network Time Protocol (NTP)”.

        • SaaS/Back End/Databases

          • PostgreSQL: pgBadger v11.7 released

            pgBadger is a PostgreSQL performance analyzer, built for speed with fully detailed reports based on your PostgreSQL log files.

            pgBadger 11.7 was released today, this release of pgBadger fixes some issues reported by users since past five months as well as some improvements.

        • FSF

        • Programming/Development

          • C: getsockname Function Usage

            Socket programming is well-known and common in C programming between developers and users. Within this kind of programming, we tend to connect two endpoints. These endpoints can be two servers, one server, one socket, etc. As the name suggests, the “getsockname” function is utilized to get the name of a socket working in the network. It may or may not be the socket name, but the address of that particular socket would be displayed using this function. Therefore, we have tried a simple method to illustrate the getsockname() function in C within this guide. Let’s take a fresh look at its example while working on the program using Ubuntu 20.04 Linux system.

          • How Do I Use Keyboard Shortcuts in Jupyter?

            Jupyter Notebook is a client-server application in which users can edit and run their notebook documents through a browser. The notebook documents that are created in Jupyter notebook consist of python or programming code and rich text elements such as paragraphs, images, links, and equations. When you work as a programmer, you like to use quick keyboard shortcuts to solve the routine work. These shortcuts help you to complete the programming code easier and quickly.

            In Jupyter notebook, various functions and notebook cell options are available that you can manage efficiently using the keyboard shortcuts. Most of the users do not know how they can find and use these shortcuts in the Jupyter notebook. However, today you will learn about all the keyboard shortcuts used in the Jupyter notebook.

          • How to Enable and Use Autocomplete in Jupyter Notebook

            No matter how good you are at writing computer programs, it is hard to remember all function names, syntax, and function parameters. So, programmers are required to use the auto code completion or IntelliSense menu feature in the Jupyter notebook. Usually, programmers and developers are familiar with different auto-completion tools.

            The code autocomplete feature by default included in most of the source code editors through which you can view IntelliSense menu or code suggestions inside the drop-down in a program file. The code autocomplete functionality saves you time for writing complex programs, receives fewer bugs, and you can quickly include methods, attributes, and classes in your code using drop-down suggestions.

        • Python

          • How To Install Django on Fedora 35 – idroot

            In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Django on Fedora 35. For those of you who didn’t know, Django is a free and open-source high-level Python Web framework built by experienced developers to encourage rapid development and pragmatic design of web applications for programmers and developers. Its main goal is to ease the creation of complex applications and take care of the internal structure.

            This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Django Python Framework on a Fedora 35.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Cables Too Long? Try Cable Management Via DIY Coiling

        Annoyed by excessively-long cables? Tired of the dull drudgery and ugly results of bunching up the slack and wrapping it with a twist-tie? Suffer no longer, because the solution is to make your own coiled cables!

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Is That The Moon Worming Its Way Into Your BIOS?

            When facing a malware situation, the usual “guaranteed solution” is to reinstall your OS. The new developments in malware world will also require you to have a CH341 programmer handy. In an arguably inevitable development, [Kaspersky Labs] researchers have found an active piece of malware, out in the wild, that would persist itself by writing its bootstrap code into the BIOS chip. It doesn’t matter if you shred the HDD and replace it with a new one. In fact, so-called MoonBounce never really touches the disk at all, being careful to only store itself in RAM, oh, and the SPI flash that stores the BIOS code, of course.

            MoonBounce is Microsoft-tailored, and able to hook into a chain of components starting from the UEFI’s DXE environment, through the Windows Loader, and finishing as a part of svchost.exe, a process we all know and love.

            This approach doesn’t seem to be widespread – yet, but it’s not inconceivable that we’ll eventually encounter a ransomware strain using this to, ahem, earn a bit of extra cash on the side. What will happen then – BIOS reflashing service trucks by our curbsides? After all, your motherboard built-in BIOS flasher UI is built into the same BIOS image that gets compromised, and at best, could be disabled effortlessly – at worst, subverted and used for further sneaky persistence, fooling repairpeople into comfort, only to be presented with one more Monero address a week later.

          • Episode 307 – Got vulnerabilities? Introducing GSD – Open Source Security

            Josh and Kurt talk about the Global Security Database (GSD) project. This is a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) effort to build community around vulnerability identifiers.

    • Finance

      • MetroMile: Cheap car insurance, but the OBDII dongle doesn’t actually report Check Engine codes. – BaronHK’s Rants

        I use MetroMile for my car insurance.

        With what my ex did to ruin my credit, they’re the only car insurance company that isn’t taking it out on me with really sky high insurance premiums for minimum coverage.

        But one feature they claim their OBDII dongle can do is detect engine trouble codes and report on them to you.

        Earlier this month, my Check Engine Light came on and it turned out it had been storing a pending code for three cylinders misfiring and just not displaying the light yet, and what finally made it come on was the upstream O2 sensor totally failing, which caused the engine to run so poorly that the computer went ahead and turned on the light.

        For two days until I could get the car towed down to the shop, I kept waiting on MetroMile’s insurance dashboard to give me the engine codes, but it kept saying nothing to report, and then I noticed in tiny letters that it may not detect everything.

        If it can’t detect three cylinders misfiring and a dead oxygen sensor, what will it detect?

        And it’s not even the first time this has happened. It also didn’t detect any problems any of the times my ABS warning light was on or when my EGR valve failed.

      • Bank of America Merrill Lynch “Wealth Manager” charged with Felony Hate Crime, trespass, and disorderly conduct after racist tirade at a coffee shop.

        with Felony Hate Crime, trespass, and disorderly conduct after racist tirade at a coffee shop.

        On the most serious offense, intimidation as a Hate Crime, a Class D Felony, James Iannazzo faces up to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine, in addition to two misdemeanors on the indictment.

        Bank of America Merrill Lynch claimed that they were shocked by his behavior and took immediate action. However, the pattern of big banks employing people like this is disturbing.

      • James Iannazzo Case: Fairfield Man Arrested for Racist Smoothie Tirade, Cops Say – NBC New York

        A Connecticut man in a rage over the inadvertent use of peanuts in a smoothie went on a threatening, racist tirade against a shop’s young employees, leading to his arrest, Fairfield police said.

        James Iannazzo, 48, of Fairfield, faces charges of intimidation based on bias, breach of peace and criminal trespass.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum

        Today, the new European Union Agency for Asylum starts work with its reinforced mandate, building on the achievements of its predecessor, the European Asylum Support Office. The new agency is a key deliverable under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It will help ensure that asylum decisions are taken in a fast and fair manner and that reception standards converge across the EU, bringing more uniformity in decision making and alignment between Member States’ asylum systems.

    • Monopolies

      • Market definition is strongest part of Epic’s opening brief on appeal of Apple’s App Store antitrust acquittal

        In the Epic v. Apple App Store antitrust case, Epic Games filed its opening brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yesterday.

        I already shared some thoughts on the Epic Games v. Apple appeal earlier this month and it’s really only going to get interesting when Apple responds, but I’d like to share a few observations now.

      • Urgent requests for declaration of non infringement (DNI)? Frequently DeNIed… – The IPKat [Ed: They should quit using misnomers like "Intellectual Property"; even the most prominent scholars increasingly reject this propaganda term]

        Similarly, many business cats would like to know in advance whether or not one of their products could be considered to infringe the intellectual property rights of a competitor. For domestic cats, the only way to know whether a certain activity is infringing is to use a try-and-see approach. On the other hand, (business cats and) commercial operators, at least in Italy, have the possibility of bringing an action for negative infringement (being an activity doesn’t infringe) before a competent Court, so that a third and impartial judge can possibly settle the matter.

        In particular, when a company wants to receive a rapid response it may file a precautionary action for negative declaratory relief (an urgent ‘declaration of non infringement’, or ‘DNI’). In Italy such a request must be supported by three fundamental requirements. First of all, there must be a legal interest in bringing the action (the negative assessment of infringement presupposes a situation of objective uncertainty caused by a dispute with another party, so that a conflict may arise – subjective uncertainty is not sufficient), then there must be a danger of delay (the so-called periculum in mora or urgency requisite, i.e. an urgent need for the petitioner to obtain a provisional measure in order to prevent irreparable harm from occurring or consolidating in the time needed for an ordinary case to reach its outcome), and finally, of course, there must be a substantial prerequisite (i.e. the Court must consider that the product is not actually infringing).

        In the light of these prerequisites, the path for the party fearing infringement to obtain an urgent DNI is not a very easy one to follow.

      • Gruyere cheese and Tennessee whiskey: A trade story | TheHill

        On Dec. 15, 2021, a U.S. district judge ruled that American fromagers are allowed to make gruyere cheese, despite the product’s Swiss pedigree. A week later, Japan became the 44th country to formally recognize Tennessee whiskey as a “distinctive product” of the United States. These aren’t just names, they’re intellectual property. But just as trade deals are helping to proliferate these geographical indications (GIs) around the world, the judge’s ruling on gruyere suggests that, for many of them, trade may also be their Achilles’s heel.

        The battle over gruyere cheese has been heating up for years. In 2020, U.S. dairy claimed a victory when gruyere was denied trademark protection. Swiss vendors wanted American fromagers to call their product “Alpine cheese,” arguing that real gruyere can only be had from Switzerland. Well, not quite. The production of gruyere reached across the French border long ago, and since the early 2010s, Brussels has recognized it as being from both Switzerland and France. Yet, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany, among a host of other European countries, also make the stuff. So, too, do Egypt and Tunisia.

      • Congress Moving Forward with Open App Marketplace Legislation | Patently-O

        Senate Judiciary Committee is considering two bipartisan legislative proposals focusing on the operation of “app stores” and requiring that large app stores allow for a competitive marketplace without the tight controls that we see today…

      • Patents

        • [Older] Post-AIA Patents Are Not Shielded from Interferences [Ed: Interferences is the wrong term because revoking phony, bad patents is something that ought to have been done by USPTO before issuance]

          Addressing the applicability of interference proceedings to patent applications filed after the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was enacted, the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (Board) found it proper to declare an interference between a patent application with a priority date before March 16, 2013, the AIA implementation date, and a patent with a priority date after March 16, 2013. SNIPR Technologies Limited v. The Rockefeller University, Pat. Interf. No. 106,123 (DK) (PTAB Nov. 19, 2021) (Katz, APJ).

          The AIA switched the US patent system from a “first to invent” to a “first inventor to file” system. In line with this change, the AIA eliminated the patentability requirement under 35 U.S.C. § 102(g), regarding whether another inventor made the invention first, and the interference proceeding under 35 U.S.C. §135 for determining who invented the claimed invention first. Section 3(n)(2) of the AIA provides a timing provision relating to this change. Under this section, the interference proceeding “shall apply to each claim of an application for patent, and any patent issued thereon, for which the amendments made by this section also apply, if such application or patent contains or contained at any time, a claim [having a priority date before March 16, 2013].”

        • ‘Exasperation’ over European deadlock on grace period [Ed: Rory O’Neill, salaried by patent extremists, wants us to think that it’s desirable to promote patent maximimalism under the old misleading guise of “harmonisation”]

          European businesses can’t agree on how to move forward with talks on harmonising international patent laws

        • Five Patents In Nanotechnology [Ed: Glorified fields of science and monopolies on them as framed by liars who work for Keltie]

          Nanotechnology: building materials and devices by controlling matter at the atomic and molecular level. An interdisciplinary field with far-reaching applications. Monica Patel explores five particularly interesting patents in this area…

        • Finally, the Unified Patent Court becomes a reality [Ed: Graham Burnett-Hall, who has long spread falsehoods for his convicted corrupt employer, is advancing illegal agenda using more of the fake news that floods the Web]

          The Unified Patent Court has today, the 19th January 2022, officially come into existence as an international body, following the deposit by Austria of its ratification of the protocol on the provisional application of the UPC Agreement.

        • UK: Protecting And Rewarding Inventions Devised By Artificial Intelligence: UK IPO Calls For Views [Ed: UKIPO will only listen to patent maximalists, including liars from Keltie (author)]

          The consultation describes how AI has and can play a positive role in the development of innovation and new technology. It also acknowledges that AI will be capable in the future of inventing and creating things that have no discernible input from humans. When this happens, and some feel it has happened already, an IP system needs to be in place that strikes a balance between protecting the human benefit of the invention while also supporting AI-led technical innovation and artistic creativity.


          The UK Government previously called for views on AI and IP in September 2020, releasing a follow-up response in March 2021 to the 92 contributions that were lodged. In that response, the Government acknowledged that there were mixed views on whether AI could be considered an inventor. There were many respondents who were both for and against a change in inventorship criteria. Some felt that all inventions would need human input at some point and couldn’t be devised solely by AI while others said that ruling out the recognition of AI as an inventor would discourage innovation and technological advancement.

        • Three Type of U.S. Patents and When to Use Them [Ed: So-called ‘design patents’ should not even exist at all; trademarks cover that already]

          Have you heard of a “design” patent? Maybe someone you know mentioned this as a less expensive alternative to a “regular” U.S. patent. The U.S. patent laws actually define three basic types of patents: utility patents, design patents, and plant patents.

        • UK: Insufficient Evidence To Support Change To UK Exhaustion Regime [Ed: Since when is UK patent policy designed to actual benefit the general public?]

          As reported previously, the UK government has been consulting on the future regime for exhaustion of intellectual property rights following the UK’s departure from the EU.

          In an update posted on 18 January 2022, it was indicated that the government has completed an initial analysis of the responses to the consultation, but found that there is not enough data to understand the economic impact of any of the potential alternatives to the current post-Brexit system (the so-called “UK+ regime”). Given the potential of any change to affect a wider variety of business sectors and end consumers, the government has decided to defer making any changes pending further evidence and policy developments.

        • Diamyd Medical patent for intralymphatic injection of GAD in autoimmune diabetes to be granted in China [Ed: They know there's barely any quality control for patents in China; it's gaming the system (WIPO) to make the system obsolete]

          Patents for intralymphatic administration of GAD to treat and prevent autoimmune diabetes including type 1 diabetes and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) have already been approved in Europe, Japan, Russia, Australia and Israel, with additional countries pending.

        • Working today for the tourism of the future [Ed: Promoting a fake, false ‘study’ from corrupt EPO and EUIPO, reversing causes and effects]

          A new study published by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that companies that own at least one patent, registered design or trademark generate, on average, 20% more income per employee than companies that do not have any of these industrial property rights (IPR). In addition, it was found that these IPR-owning companies pay 19% more wages on average than other companies*.

        • Divisional Applications in India – A Guide for Applicants and Foreign Practitioners [Ed: "Practitioners" is a euphemism for parasitic entities such as patent lawyers]
        • MAB Discovery to Appeal Against European Patent Office’s Favorable Decision on Cantargia’s Patent [Ed: EPO corruption and maladministration will cause legal chaos]
        • EU Intellectual Property Office Launches SME Fund For 2022 [Ed: EUIPO harms SMEs and breaks the law; this is just a PR campaign, reputation laundering by which to manufacture shallow, misleading articles]

          The European Union Intellectual Property Office (the “EUIPO”) has implemented ‘The Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund’ (the “Fund”), a European Commission initiative, for the year 2022. The first version of the Fund was launched during 2021. Unlike the previous initiative which only covered the re-imbursement of administrative fees relating to trademark and design registrations (at both national and EU level), the Fund now also covers the administrative fees associated with the registration of patents on a national level.

        • Update on Artificial Intelligence as a Patent Inventor [Ed: Can we stop this lunacy of equating computer programs with human beings? This is infantile and dishonest.]

          Our previous blog posts, Artificial Intelligence as the Inventor of Life Sciences Patents? and Update on Artificial Intelligence: Court Rules that AI Cannot Qualify As “Inventor,” discuss recent inventorship issues surrounding AI and its implications for life sciences innovations. Continuing our series, we now look at the appeal recently filed by Stephen Thaler (“Thaler”) in his quest to obtain a patent for an invention created by AI in the absence of a traditional human inventor.

        • Update on Artificial Intelligence as a Patent Inventor [Ed: Can we just stop collectively calling all computer programs or bots "Hey Hi"? That would make debates far more meaningful, but the patent extremists look to advance an agenda using the deception]

          Our previous blog posts, Artificial Intelligence as the Inventor of Life Sciences Patents? and Update on Artificial Intelligence: Court Rules that AI Cannot Qualify As “Inventor,” discuss recent inventorship issues surrounding AI and its implications for life sciences innovations. Continuing our series, we now look at the appeal recently filed by Stephen Thaler (“Thaler”) in his quest to obtain a patent for an invention created by AI in the absence of a traditional human inventor.

          As we previously reported, on September 3, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that an AI machine cannot qualify as an “inventor” under the Patent Act, in a case that Thaler filed seeking, among other things, an order compelling the USPTO to reinstate his patent applications. Those patent applications name an AI system called “Device for Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience” aka “DABUS,” as the sole inventor. Thaler, who developed DABUS, remains the owner of any patent rights stemming from these applications. The first application is directed to a design of a container based on fractal geometry. The second application is directed to a device and method for producing light that flickers rhythmically in a specific pattern mimicking human neural activity. According to Thaler, he could not list himself as the inventor, as he did not contribute to the conception of the inventions; instead DABUS performed what is traditionally considered the mental part of the inventive act.

        • Eurasian Industrial Design – The List Of Countries Is Expanding [Ed: Such globalisation with patents for monopolies (in effect banning competition) is an international problem]

          Since June 1, 2021 the Eurasian Patent Office has started accepting and examining applications for the issuance of Eurasian patents for industrial designs, which allows obtaining legal protection for an industrial design simultaneously in several member states of the Eurasian Patent Convention.

          On December 31, 2021, the President of Belarus signed the Law No. 137-Z “On the Accession of the Republic of Belarus to the Protocol on the protection of industrial designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention of September 9, 1994″. The Protocol on the protection of industrial designs will enter into force for Belarus three months after the deposit of the relevant Act of accession with the depositary.

        • PTAB Discretionary Denials Escape High Court Review

          The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review a highly controversial U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rule allowing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to deny patent challenges based on the timing of related litigation.

          The justices denied both Mylan Laboratories’ and Apple Inc.’s petitions asking the court to evaluate whether the USPTO improperly implemented a rule defining factors for when PTAB judges can use their discretion to deny challenges. While the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that PTAB institution decisions are not appealable — which doomed these cases at the Federal Circuit — the companies say they should be allowed to challenge an…

        • A brief guide to patenting surgical inventions in Europe: part two [Ed: This author wants us to believe that the EPO honours and follows the European Patent Convention; in reality it violates it all the time without any consequences for these violations]

          The European Patent Convention excludes from patentability “methods for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery”. The intention behind this exclusion is to leave medical and veterinary practitioners free to act in the best interests of their human or animal patients without fear of patent infringement.

        • Sustainable Polymers: Finding the sweet spot [Ed: Convicted corrupt firm Marks & Clerk playing along with the EPO’s greenwashing campaign, which helps distract from EPO crimes and the harms done to actual environmentalism by such patent monopolies]

          A recent report from the European Patent Office (EPO) – Patents for tomorrow’s plastics: Global innovation trends in recycling, circular design and alternative sources – provides an in-depth review of patenting trends across various aspects of polymer-related technologies that can help guide us towards a more sustainable future.

          It is, of course, important to reduce our reliance on plastics, but the report recognises that plastics are an essential material for many industries – not least in the health sector where the recent pandemic has seen an exponential increase in the use of PPE, testing kits, etc. (all relying on plastics). Innovation in recycling technologies and alternative plastics has a critical role to play as we move towards a more sustainable society.

        • 2021 Artificial Intelligence and Automated Systems Annual Legal Review [Ed: Meaningless garbage and buzzwords like “Hey Hi” have opened up loophole to portray what’s illegal as needing inclusion]

          2021 was a busy year for policy proposals and lawmaking related to artificial intelligence (“AI”) and automated technologies. The OECD identified 700 AI policy initiatives in 60 countries, and many domestic legal frameworks are taking shape. With the new Artificial Intelligence Act, which is expected to be finalized in 2022, it is likely that high-risk AI systems will be explicitly and comprehensively regulated in the EU. While there have been various AI legislative proposals introduced in Congress, the United States has not embraced a comprehensive approach to AI regulation as proposed by the European Commission, instead focusing on defense and infrastructure investment to harness the growth of AI.

        • Mechanical insufficiency: how to avoid the elephant trap [Ed: Almost all patents used to be like this; now they give patents on mere thoughts… and things that have existed for millions of years, predating humans; this cites rigged EPO tribunals]

          When drafting patents for mechanical inventions, insufficiency issues are rare. The majority of insufficiency case law relates to chemical inventions, however, there are still some nasty traps that one can fall into accidentally. In this article, we look at a few examples and discuss potential issues when filing patent applications directed to mechanical products and processes.

        • Arecor Therapeutics Provides Business Update [Ed: Arecor seems unaware that nowadays the EPO grants loads of fake patents, based on EPO insiders]

          Arecor is also pleased to announce that the European Patent Office has granted patent EP3496734B, with claims protecting novel compositions of insulin glargine with improved thermostability. This grant further demonstrates the strength of the patent portfolio protecting the Group’s proprietary ArestatTM technology.

        • Unified Patent Court: Protocol on Provisional Application enters into force [Ed: This is very clearly illegal, but patent litigation companies don’t care what’s legal, they just smell money and cooperate with criminals]

          Following yesterday’s deposit by Austria of its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court, the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union has just declared that the Protocol has now entered into force. Similar statements were issued by the European Patent Office and the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court.


          The Preparatory Committee also announced that the inaugural meetings of the governing bodies of the Court, namely the Administrative Committee, the Advisory Committee and the Budget Committee, will soon take place. It is unclear whether these meetings will be preceded by the signing ceremony of the draft Declaration on the authentic interpretation of Article 3 of the Protocol, which had been anticipated by the Preparatory Committee to address the uncertainties following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Unitary Patent System (for additional details, see here) and support the view that Article 3 of the Protocol is to be interpreted as mirroring Article 89 of the UPCA.

        • Brexit boom: UKIPO filings soar but address suspicions remain [Ed: UKIPO granting monopolies is of no actual use to the British population; a lot of this gets assigned to foreign companies]

          As attorneys report huge increases in filing numbers, suspicion over the address for service provision has arisen

        • The European Unified Patent Court: Coming Soon to a European Patent Near You [Ed: More lying and fake news about the UPC; they’ve been saying it since 2014]

          The Unified Patent Court is a new European Union court with jurisdiction over infringement and revocation actions for a new Unitary Patent as well as…

        • Exporting Patents: Boiled, Broiled, Barbecued or Fried [Ed: What an utterly, totally strange kind of patents]

          We know that U.S. patents are territorially limited. Although Deepsouth was barred from using Laitram’s patented inventions throughout the United States, Deepsouth began selling its deveining machine to folks outside of the US in a partially constructed form.

        • EPC, UPCA: First impacts of the start of the UPCA provisional application period on EPO proceedings [Ed: She neglects to say that this is illegal; she’s cheering a clear violation of the law because she’s looking to financially gain from the corruption, deeply connected to the EPO and EC]

          In view of the forthcoming introduction of the Unitary Patent, the European Patent Office (EPO) has now declared that it will allow requesting a delayed grant and early requests for unitary effect, and has provided the rules applying to such requests.

          By publishing two Notices and one Decision of the President on 19 January 2022, the EPO provided an immediate reaction to the start of the provisional application of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) that was triggered by Austria´s deposit of ratification on 18 January 2022.

        • Sec­ondary patents prove to be key in biosim­i­lar block­ing strate­gies, re­searchers find [Ed: As if the ultimate goal is to actually reduce access to medicines and to falsely claim life/nature is a human "invention"]

          While the US biosim­i­lars in­dus­try has gen­er­al­ly been a dis­ap­point­ment since its in­cep­tion, with FDA ap­prov­ing 33 biosim­i­lars since 2015, just a frac­tion of those have im­me­di­ate­ly fol­lowed their ap­provals with launch­es. And more than a hand­ful of biosim­i­lars for two of the biggest block­busters of all time — Ab­b­Vie’s Hu­mi­ra and Am­gen’s En­brel — re­main ap­proved by FDA but still have not launched be­cause of le­gal set­tle­ments.

          Part of the rea­son that many of these brand-name bi­o­log­ic com­pa­nies have proven suc­cess­ful at block­ing biosim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tion is through their use of patent fortress­es, de­signed to make it im­pos­si­ble, or ex­treme­ly ex­pen­sive, to wage le­gal bat­tle.

        • 19th Century Patent Law: Initial Disclosures for the Defense [Ed: Patent law before it became a laughing stock and rigged game controlled by monopolists that buy the politicians, the patent office officials etc.]

          Patent Act of 1836, Section 15. Thus, the defendant is required to automatically identify the names and residence of the people with prior knowledge as well as the location where the item was used.

          In Wise v. Allis, 76 U.S. 737 (1869), the Supreme Court was asked to opine on the level of specificity required by the statute. The case involved an improvement in balancing millstones for grinding grain. The defendant had provided notice that the invention had been previously used in “Utica, Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, New York City, and Brooklyn, in the State of New York.” At the time, New York City had about 1,000 different mills where the millstone might have been used, and so that part of the notice did not really provide much information. The plaintiff complained that the notice was thus insufficient and that the defense should be barred.


          Wise v. Allis, 76 U.S. 737 (1869). Today, Rule 26(a)(1)(A)(i) operates in parallel to this old patent rule, but for all civil actions. It requires automatic disclosure of the name and address and phone number “of each individual likely to have discoverable information … that the disclosing party may use to support its claims or defenses, unless the use would be solely for impeachment.”

        • From disruptive tech to IP access: top 2022 trends [Ed: Sukanya Sarkar now legitimising outright frauds and scams in the name of “increased democratisation of IP” [sic]; this is really appalling, but only to be expected when the media in this domain is controlled by liars/lawyers]

          Counsel list the top tech trends for 2022, saying the likes of NFTs and the metaverse will lead to increased democratisation of IP

        • IP [sic] owners [sic] urge customs to embrace new tech [Ed: Buzzword puzzle for pseudo-novelty by patent extremists and their media operatives]

          Use of blockchain and metadata analysis to track e-commerce sales could help modernise customs authorities, say IP owners

        • Are you getting ready for the 2022 Mobile World Congress? [Ed: Alicante and other Spanish places (like Barcelona) rapidly became notorious for raids and thefts by authorities in such events; this isn't about the law, it's about mobster mentality at the behest of corporations that aren't even European]

          After the disruption brought on by the pandemic, it seems that this year the Mobile Word Congress (“MWC”), the largest mobile trade event in the world and one of the most significant trade fairs held in Barcelona, will take place from 28 February to 3 March 2022 under normal conditions. Against this background, on 10 January 2022, the Boards of the Commercial Court Judges of Barcelona and the Judges of the EU Trademark Courts in Alicante held a joint meeting where they approved a Protocol setting out a number of measures aimed at expediting judicial proceedings related to the MWC. This is the 8th Protocol adopted so far (the 4th, in the case of the Alicante Judges).

        • Breaking: UK sticks with exhaustion status quo … for now

          The UKIPO opts to keep the EEA exhaustion regime but does not rule out future change

        • Energy storage will play a crucial role in the green transition [Ed: Another appalling puff piece that helps a deeply corrupt institution, EPO, with greenwashing PR]

          According to the European Patent Office, patenting in low-carbon emitting supply technologies such as renewables (wind, solar, geothermal or hydroelectric power) has been falling since 2012 and accounted for only 17 percent of all clean energy technology patents in 2019. Since 2017, the key drivers of innovation in this sector have been technologies that cut across these fields, like batteries, hydrogen and smart grids, as well as carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). These crucial enablers of the energy transition all involve some form of energy storage.

        • Brussels Behind the Scenes: Looking after the little guy [Ed: This title is a disgusting lie; this is the EC breaking the law and attacking SMEs]

          Innovators and entrepreneurs received some welcome news this week, as a plan that promises to slash costs and protect IP throughout most of the EU came closer to fruition. It has been a long time in the making.

          Nearly fifty years ago, the idea of a single patent within the then European Communities was on the drawing board of officials and diplomats in Brussels. The concept was simple: if you were granted protection for your intellectual property in one EU member, you would get it everywhere else.

          This week, the EU finally took a step towards fulfilling at least the fundamental principles of that project.

        • The Unified Patent Court comes back to life [Ed: The title is false because UPC is still illegal, but they hope that a lot of fake news will compensate for the illegality; the Team UPC law firms are drowning the Web with misinformation about the UPC.]

          The long-awaited Unified Patent Court (the UPC), which will provide a new forum for patent litigation in 24 EU countries, is finally getting ready to open its doors. With the UPC will come the new unitary patent, a single validation of a granted European patent application that will take effect as a single patent spanning the participating countries. All European patent holders will need to review their patent portfolios and their patent prosecution strategies during the coming months, in particular to decide whether to “opt out” existing European patents from the jurisdiction of the new court.

          The provisional application period of the Unified Patent Court Agreement has begun, with effect from 19 January 2022, following Austria’s deposit of its instrument of ratification of a protocol to the UPC Agreement. Technical and legal judges will now be appointed and trained, court buildings fitted out and IT systems completed. A lot of preparatory work has already been completed, such as the drafting of detailed rules of procedure for the new court. However, it cannot be said with any certainty how long the provisional application period will last. It appears that it is likely to be at least 6 months, perhaps nearer to a year. As well as completion of the administrative preparations, the participating countries will need to agree where the new location will be for the branch of the court’s Central Division that was originally to be in London. Various options have been suggested, including locating the branch in Italy or the Netherlands, or splitting the work of the branch between Paris and Munich, where the two other branches of the Central Division are already located.

        • Exclusive: UKIPO asked to assess possible AFS breaches

          Prominence of UKIPO actions emanating from Chinese firms prompts fears that hard-fought AFS rules could be being flouted

        • Fintiv challenged in SCOTUS Amicus by Unified — Unified Patents

          On January 14, 2022, Unified Patents filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the petition for certiorari in Intel Corp. v. VLSI Tech. LLC, challenging the USPTO’s reliance on their own NHK-Fintiv ruling, as well as the reviewability of such a de facto rule on appeal.

        • The Service of Electronic Transmission of Priority Documents between EPO and CNIPA Is Migrated from Bilateral Exchange Platform to WIPO DAS System
        • Patent Awarded to Nanoprecise Sci Corp for its Automated Predictive Maintenance Solution
        • A First: AI System Named Inventor [Ed: Misleading title. Only some almost-obsolete patent office in South Africa fell for this scam for serial provocateur Stephen Thaler misusing buzzwords]

          The South African patent office made history in July when it issued a patent that listed an artificial intelligence system as the inventor.

          The patent is for a food container that uses fractal designs to create pits and bulges in its sides. Designed for the packaging industry, the new configuration allows containers to fit more tightly together so they can be transported better. The shape also makes it easier for robotic arms to pick up the containers.

          The patent’s owner, AI pioneer Stephen L. Thaler, created the inventor, the AI system known as Dabus (device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience).

          The patent success in South Africa was thanks to Thaler’s attorney, Ryan Abbott.

        • Appleton v. Bacon (1862) | Patently-O

          John North was an employee of American Book and Paper Folding Company, hired to design and improve various paper folding machines. That company ceased operation in 1857 and Bacon purchased all the patents, including one issued to North.


          On appeal, Bacon argued that he owned the invention based upon the prior employment agreement. However, the Supreme Court sided with Appleton, concluding that the keys to the invention came-about after North’s contract had ended.

        • Provisional application of the UPCA to start [Ed: Criminals who hijacked the EPO, Europe's second-largest organisation, add another crime to a long list of their crimes]

          The Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (PPA) enters into force today, following the deposit of the instrument of ratification by Austria yesterday. The final preparations for the Unified Patent Court will now start.


          The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) are the building blocks of the Unitary Patent package which will supplement and strengthen the existing centralised European patent-granting system. Unitary Patents will make it possible to obtain uniform patent protection in up to 25 EU Member States by submitting a single request to the EPO, making the protection of inventions for patent holders simpler and more cost effective.

          The UPC will be an international court with jurisdiction for infringement and revocation actions concerning patents granted by the EPO. This specialised court will make the Europe-wide enforcement of patents easier, offer greater legal certainty and reduce litigation costs. The Court is based on an international treaty, the UPCA.

        • FOSS Patents: Ericsson has requested preliminary injunctions against Apple in Brazil, declared intent to do so in the Netherlands: 5G patent royalty dispute picks up speed

          I thought I had covered the Ericsson v. Apple 5G patent royalty dispute pretty exhaustively during the course of this week, only to find multiple informative filings in the Eastern District of Texas, all of which were made on Wednesday (January 19). So let me recap what was already known before the weekend and add what I’ve just found out from the Wednesday documents

        • FOSS Patents: Third Ericsson ITC complaint against Apple discovered — a potentially unprecedented number of simultaneous filings with the U.S. trade agency

          I hadn’t seen three simultaneous ITC complaints (requests for U.S. import ban) by one party against another in more than ten years of watching smartphone patent disputes. Then I looked up the electronic docket of the United States International Trade Commission, a trade agency with quasi-judicial powers, and just found Ericsson’s third complaint against Apple (this post continues below the document). So there are two non-SEP complaints and one SEP complaint.

          The number of the most recently-discovered complaint is 337-TA-3597 and the title is In the Matter of Certain Mobile Phones and Table Computers, All With Switchable Connectivity, and Products Containing Same.

          Earlier today I noted that three patents were asserted in the 22-cv-61 case in the Western District of Texas but not in the 337-TA-3596 ITC complaint. Those three non-standard-essential patents, which have not previously been asserted against any party, are now at the heart of Ericsson’s third ITC complaint against Apple.

        • Apple Countersues Ericsson Seeking Base Station Import Ban – The Mac Observer

          Apple countersues Ericsson in the latest move in the Ericsson v Apple battle. The company seeks a U.S. import ban on mobile base stations from Ericsson, reports FOSS Patents.

        • FOSS Patents: Ericsson’s two ITC complaints against Apple: one over four SEPs, another over five non-SEPs (two of them from same family)

          This is my third post on Ericsson v. Apple in a row. Not only does it feature an additional ITC complaint I had not previously seen (because it surfaced on the U.S. International Trade Commission’s electronic docket more than an hour after the first one) but it also provides some context relating to the two federal lawsuits (Western District of Texas) and the other USITC complaint (the one over four standard-essential patents (SEPs)). This is a monumental patent dispute (that has all the ingredients for further escalation), so litigation watchers like me have to put the mosaic together step by step.

          This is the current landscape of Ericsson-Apple cases pending in the United States, just so we have a forest here and not just a lot of trees…

        • Ericsson sues Apple, alleging 5G patent infringement

          Ericsson files new suits against Apple in patent-friendly Western District of Texas

          Ericsson and Apple are back in court in Texas, months after firing a volley of lawsuits against each other in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Ericsson picked a different venue to file two new 5G patent lawsuits against Apple: the Western District of Texas.

          In new filings on Monday, Ericsson alleged that Apple is in violation of essential patents for 5G. Ericsson cited a total of twelve patents between the two. In a previous statement provided to the press, Ericsson said that Apple using its technology without a license, following the expiration of a 2015 settlement. The companies have fired lawsuits back and forth since last October, after talks to renew that 2015 settlement went nowhere.

        • Ericsson Seeks to Block U.S. Imports of Apple Phone, Watch (2)

          Ericsson AB filed U.S. trade complaints seeking to block imports of Apple Inc. devices, escalating a legal battle that shows licensing talks between the two over 5G telecommunications technology are going poorly.

          In complaints filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, Ericsson targets a wide swath of Apple products — the iPhone, tablets, smartwatches, smart speakers and digital media players — that it says infringe some of its patents. Ericsson also lodged suits Monday in a west Texas district court known to be friendly to patent owners, claiming Apple…

        • Ericsson escalates patent war against Apple in Europe

          Swedish manufacturer of network technology Ericsson has filed further lawsuits for patent infringement against Apple. So far, the market was only aware of patent and ITC lawsuits of both companies in the US.

          However, Ericsson has now confirmed to JUVE Patent that the company also filed lawsuits against Apple in Düsseldorf, Mannheim and Munich earlier this week. The party also filed additional lawsuits in the Netherlands and Brazil, with Ericsson accusing Apple of infringing several patents, including 5G patents.

        • Intel Wins Backing for High Court Review of Patent Board Rule

          Carmaker and cable industry groups are joining Unified Patents LLC in supporting Intel Corp.‘s bid for U.S. Supreme Court review of a much-debated U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rule that makes it harder to initiate patent challenges.

          Intel is challenging the agency’s Fintiv rule—which allows the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to deny review based on the state of a parallel infringement case—and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s refusal to hear appeals of denied petitions.

          Unified Patents LLC, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, and Cable Television Laboratories Inc. argue in an amicus brief in support …

        • Priority For Brand Protection – SME Fund To Offer Reimbursements [Ed: Whilst viciously attacking European SMEs the EU does a bunch or PR stunts to pretend the opposite is happening]

          In today’s digital age an entity’s intellectual property (IP) is of significant value, which ought to be adequately protected. The registration of EU and national trade marks, domains, patents and / or designs offers safeguards against free-riding and copying by third parties, which in turn brings about dilution of the brand or design and unfair advantage to competitors.

          The European Commission, the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the Maltese Commerce Department have issued a scheme to encourage the registration of trade marks, designs and patents by offering partial refunds on fees.

        • Nicox Provides Fourth Quarter 2021 Business and Financial Highlights [Ed: Masking too much of a big deal after getting European Patents, despite many of them being bogus]
        • Calfee’s Intellectual Property Practice Adds Four Attorneys From Respected IP Law Firm That [Ed: Companies trying to twist the hiring of a few people as major news; maybe if they pay JUVE they'll have puff pieces and storytelling about the hiring of just one such worker]
        • Cantargia reports third party appeal against EPO decision in favor of Cantargia patent
        • Cantargia reports third party appeal against EPO decision in favor of Cantargia patent [Ed: EPO’s nee approach of just allowing patents on anything thrown at it causes resentment and actions; even the tribunals are all twisted now]

          Cantargia AB today reported that a third party has filed a Notice of Appeal after their previous unsuccessful attempt to challenge the validity of one of Cantargia’s European patents. The appeal concerns the decision by the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office (EPO) to reject the opposition of Cantargia’s patent, EP 3020730, for treatment of solid tumors by IL1RAP-targeting antibody. This patent is part of Cantargia’s robust IP portfolio and as it is based on a divisional application, the parent patent is not subject of the appeal.

          “As Cantargia is reporting new results supporting the commercial value of IL1RAP-targeted antibody treatment of cancer, we have noted increased activity from potential competitors. Based on previous unsuccessful attempts to invalidate our patent portfolio around IL1RAP, and the clear decision by the European Patent Office, we anticipate the appeal to be groundless.” said Göran Forsberg, CEO of Cantargia.

        • Balmain x Barbie – Not Just Your Traditional Collaboration [Ed: Convicted corrupt firm Marks & Clerk legitimising online scam would be consistent with their promotion of illegal software patents and illegal UPC]

          Barbie and Balmain recently launched a new 50 piece ready-to-wear collection. This is not the first time that Barbie has collaborated with a fashion brand, with the first designer to dress Barbie being Oscar de la Renta, but what is interesting here is that this collaboration also sees the two brands come together to launch a series of NFTs.

          Rather than these being digital versions of the ready-to-wear collection, these NFTs will be Balmain-clad Barbie and Ken avatars and the winners of these exclusive NFTs will receive a matching Barbie-sized Balmain outfit.

        • Provisional Application of UPC Agreement Goes Into Effect [Ed: This is illegal and this very litigation giant (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP) knows it; but it wants to profit from this illegality]
        • Provisional Application of UPC Agreement Goes Into Effect
          [Ed: This is illegal and any half-decent journalist would point out that it’s illegal; but this is what happens when patent litigation firms (conflict of interest obvious) write the so-called ‘news’]
        • European Union: Provisional Application Of UPC Agreement Goes Into Effect [Ed: Spreading yet more lies for Team UPC; it doesn’t seem to bother these patent lawyers that this is clearly illegal, they all sing those lies in perfect harmony, as it’s their lobbying strategy]

          On 18 January 2022, the Austrian government deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the Unified Patent Court. Austria’s formal ratification of the Protocol means that sufficient member states have now ratified the Protocol, and thus the Protocol has now come into effect.

          Ratification of the Protocol is a key step in the creation of the Unified Patent Court because it allows the Preparatory Committee to interview and appoint judges to the Court on a preliminary basis so that the Unified Patent Court itself can come into existence. The exact date when the Court will open is still uncertain. However, the Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court has previously indicated that they expected the interviewing, training and appointment of judges to the Court would take around 8 or 9 months. In practice, now that provisional application has been approved, the Unified Patent Court is likely to come into existence at the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023.

        • Gibson Dunn Named a 2021 Firm of the Year [Ed: Law360 and other sites that claim to be news sites (but aren't; it's not their real product) are dishing out fake awards for marketing/PR purposes; their Webspam is then used like this]

          Law360 named Gibson Dunn a Firm of the Year for 2021 in its January 17, 2022 article “The Firms That Dominated in 2021,” featuring nine firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards. The publication noted that “Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP led the pack, picking up the top Firm of the Year spot with eight wins.”

        • Unified Patent Court milestone reached as preparatory work begins [Ed: This intentionally omits any mention of the illegality of the move and impending barrier, legal challenges etc. It only destroys the credibility of the whole system]

          Final preparations to establish the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe will ramp up in 2022 after an important legal treaty entered into force. It is now expected the new court system will become operational early next year.
          The Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (PAP-Protocol) was formally ratified by Austria, which deposited its instrument of ratification on Tuesday, meaning the number of ratifications from participating UPC system members had reached the required threshold – 13 – to enable the PAP-Protocol to enter into force on Wednesday.

        • Patenting Alloys At The EPO: Clarity [Ed: EPO seems to be granting patents even illegally these days, and nobody is stopping it]

          The European Patent Office has developed a consistent approach to the examination of patent applications relating to alloys, taking into consideration the unique nature of these important industrial materials.

        • Edging towards a circular model: recent innovation in the design and recycling of plastics [Ed: Despite all the greenwashing, the EPO, by granting patents on these things, makes the planet worse off]

          But thanks to scientific advancements, there may be hope still. The recent report from the European Patent Office (EPO) Patents for tomorrow’s plastics describes promising innovation over the last decade in two key areas

        • The European Unitary Patent And Unified Patent Court – January 2022 Update [Ed: No, UPC is not just “delayed”; it’s illegal, it’s still being challenged in numerous fronts, but patent litigation firms keep lying about it]

          After years of delay caused by legal challenges in Germany to ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (also known as the “UPC Agreement” or “UPCA”), it now seems that the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the European Unitary Patent (UP) will come into effect in 2022. Indeed, the UPC and the European Patent Office are indicating that the UPC is expected to commence operations in mid-2022.

        • IP Funding For SMEs In The EU [Ed: There is no such thing as "IP" and whatever he actually refers to is designed to protect monopolies at the expense of SMEs]

          Protecting your intellectual property (IP) is essential to ensure that your brand, ideas, products and services are not used or copied without permission. IP rights, including patents, trade marks and designs, can form valuable assets for a business, and can be an important consideration for investment in, or valuation of, a business.

          The ‘Ideas Powered for Business’ SME Fund is a European Commission initiative implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EU IPO), through which successful applicants can receive grant funding towards intellectual property costs.

        • beDRP: admissibility and probative value of documents from the Wayback Machine

          Are web archives stored in Wayback machines (including Archive.org) admissible in legal proceedings and, if so, what would be their probative value? Lawyers specializing in settlement of disputes relating to domain names constantly utilize this mine of information, as evidenced by the following examples:


          Whether it is a question of demonstrating the bad faith of the holder of a domain name or, on the contrary, proving the legitimate right/interest of the latter, the Wayback machines can be of considerable help.
          A remarkable CEPANI decision recently demonstrated, once again, the efficacy of the Wayback Machine (CEPANI, 444149, La SRL ASBL / La SA Perceval Technologies, December 8 2021, <asbl.be>, denied, sole panelist Emmanuel Cornu). A Belgian company called ASBL planned to obtain control of the domain name <asbl.be>, held by Perceval Technologies since 2000. ASBL claimed that Perceval Technologies had registered the domain name in bad faith. According to the complainant, the passive holding of the domain name for more than twenty years revealed the Respondent’s bad faith. However, the latter established a legitimate use of the domain name, at least for a time. Indeed, Perceval Technologies had effectively used <asbl.be> to offer Internet services (including subdomains, such as <name.asbl.be>) to non-profit associations (Associations Sans But Lucratif, in French).

        • CAFC reigns in obvious-try-attack against dosage patent (Teva v Corcept) [Ed: EPO breaks its own rules]

          The reasoning of the CAFC makes a striking contrast to how the doctrine of “obvious-to-try” is applied by the EPO and the national courts of Europe.


          As directed, Corcept conducted a clinical trial of mifepristone and strong CYP3A4 inhibitors combination therapy (Nguyen et al.). The patent (US10195214) was based on the results of this clinical trial, which was carried out in healthy volunteers. The patent particularly claimed a method of treating a patient by reducing their mifepristone dose from 1200 mg or 900 mg per day, to 600 mg in combination with a strong CYP3A inhibitor.

          Teva brought post-grant review proceedings against the patent, arguing that the invention would have been obvious-to-try in view of the KORLYM label, alone or in combination with the FDA’s guidance on drug-drug interaction studies. From Teva’s point of view, the case was “an uncommonly clear-cut obviousness case”, given that the prior art disclosed the problem, the solution and the way to find the solution.


          In Europe, the obvious-to-try hurdle for dosage regime cases is thus much higher than the standard set by the CAFC in Teva vs Corcept. Whilst the fact of the cases differ, the PTAB and CAFC reasoning in Teva vs Corcept is markedly different, for example, to the reasoning of the UK High Court in Bayer v Teva [2021] EWHC 2690 (Pat) (IPKat) and Actavis v ICOS (IPKat), in which inventions arising from multi-step drug development programs were found obvious-to-try in view of a known treatment effect for a particular drug, regardless of whether there was an unpredictable technical effect. By contrast, in Teva v Corcept, a direct and public instruction from the FDA to carry out a clinical trial at the claimed doses was not considered detrimental to the inventiveness of the claimed doses.

          From a US perspective, the decision in Teva v Corcept appears to incentivise later filing for dose inventions. Nonetheless, for global filings, the trickier challenges to patentability of dose claims in Europe cannot be ignored.

        • Provisional Phase Of The UPC Can Now Begin [Ed: UPC is patently illegal, so what Team UPC boasts about here is a violation of the law; they’re just eager to spread fake news to distract from simple facts]

          With the deposit on 18 January 2022 by Austria of its instrument of ratification for the Protocol on Provisional Application Period (PAP- Protocol; see here), the UPC’s Provisional Phase can now begin. The Provisional Phase allows for the finalisation of secondary legislation and Rules of Procedure, the Court filing system and IT infrastructure, financial budgets, and most importantly, the hiring of the UPC’s staff, including the appointment of judges.

        • Intelligent digital assistant in a multi-tasking environment

          I held a contest and Apple wins–for having the patent with the largest number of cited prior art references (patents issued 2005-2021). Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 11,037,565 is directed to a version of Siri that works across devices – an “Intelligent digital assistant in a multi-tasking environment.” The total, 9,441 cited references — 3 of which were cited by the examiner. Apple.Patent.


          in accordance with a determination to continue providing the media output at the second electronic device: cause the second electronic device to continue providing the media output by resuming the media output based on where the media output was previously stopped at the first electronic device.

        • Upcoming changes to the European patent system: The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court [Ed: More misleading nonsense from Team UPC; spreading fake news about illegal campaigns to start something in spite of many legal barriers will leave these lawyers' reputation bruised as before]

          The European patent system is undergoing major changes that will impact all patent filers in Europe. After years of legal and political hurdles, the long-awaited Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court should soon see the light of day, and possibly by the end of 2022.

        • The UK Call for View on Standard Essential Patents and the Case for Arbitration [Ed: “UK Intellectual [sic] Property [sic] Office (UKIPO) is nakedly plutocratic]

          Recently, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has launched a call for views in order to better understand how effective the current Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) framework is in encouraging creativity, innovation, and promoting competition. Ultimately, the call aims to determine whether legislative changes are required. An interesting aspect of this call is that an emphasis is made on arbitration as an alternative to litigation.

        • KOL373 | Against Intellectual Property (audiobook #2)

          This is an audiobook version of my Against Intellectual Property.

        • AutoStore, Ocado Fight Over Status Of High Court IP Claim [Ed: Instead of giving of food and jobs to people they give money to lawyers and patent offices, then sue one another; so part of the price of food will be "litigation tax"; ain't that just lovely?]

          Norwegian robotics company AutoStore has said it will add two more patent claims to an ongoing intellectual property battle with Ocado, rebutting claims by the online grocery chain that it is abandoning its lawsuit.

          AutoStore said on Wednesday that it has focused on three of its patent claims in its High Court row with Ocado Group PLC, which has contracts with British high street chains including Marks & Spencer, over automated warehouse technology. The company said it plans to widen the lawsuit by bringing two more patents into the mix.

        • How ‘best method’ became a major pitfall for foreign (and domestic) patent owners in Australia [Ed: Patents do not have owners and they're not property; but more to the point though, Australia seems to have fallen for British charlatans who successfully conned a court into thinking "bots" are "inventors"]

          Failure to disclose the best method known to the patentee of performing the invention[1] has proven to be a powerful ground of attack in Australia – if successful, it is capable of rendering all claims of the patent invalid. While other key jurisdictions have abandoned the best method requirement (it was abolished in the US in 2011, the UK in 1977, and is not a consideration under European laws), it is still a requirement under Australian patent law – despite calls for its abolition.


          In the case of Les Laboratoires Servier v Apotex Pty Ltd [2016] FCAFC 27 (Servier) Servier’s patent was found to be invalid on the sole basis that it did not disclose the best method known to it of performing the invention. The primary judge found that the patentee’s description of its best method was “wholly inadequate’,[2] and the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia upheld the primary judge’s findings. The patentee had provided a high level description that the invention directed to arginine salt of perindopril was ‘prepared according to a classical method of salification of organic chemistry’ (emphasis added).[3] While it was common ground between the experts that it was possible to produce an embodiment of the invention claimed, this was insufficient to meet the requirement of best method as the skilled person would have had to engage in ‘extensive trial and error experimentation’.[4] The Court found that even though the invention was for a product and not a process, the best method obligation was not met by simply identifying the claimed compound.

        • Sigma-Aldrich Files Substantive Preliminary Motion 1 to Change the Count in Interference No. 106,133 [Ed: Here come the patent extremists who seriously want you to believe that life and nature are human inventions and some robber baron should monopolise it all]

          On November 19th, Senior Party Sigma-Aldrich filed its Substantive Preliminary Motion No. 1 in CRISPR Interference No. 106,133 (where the University of California, the University of Vienna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, collectively “CVC” is Junior Party) asking the Board to substitute the Count pursuant to 37 C.F.R. §§ 41.121(a)(1)(iii) and 41.208(a)(1).


          Citing 37 C.F.R. § 41.201, Sigma-Aldrich maintains that an interference count should not encompass two patentably distinct inventions. This principle is supported by Judge McKelvey’s and subsequent Board decisions, citing Ashurst v. Brugger, Int’f No. 105,482 (McK), 2008 Pat. App. LEXIS 5953, *51-52 (BPAI July 16, 2008), and Edelman v. Stomp, Int’f No. 105,261 (SGL), 2006 Pat. App. LEXIS 17, *18-19 (PTAB Apr. 14, 2006). CVC’s portion of the Count as declared encompasses “cleaving or editing the target DNA molecule or modulating transcription of at least one gene encoded by the target DNA molecule” whereas Sigma-Aldrich’s portion of the Count as declared is expressly limited to “modifying a chromosomal sequence in a eukaryotic cell by integrating a donor sequence” (emphasis in brief). (And, facing inventors who were awarded the Nobel Prize for their achievements it is perhaps understandable that Sigma-Aldrich characterizes “its” portion of the Count as “this final integration step represents a milestone accomplishment in CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering—not simply cleaving a DNA strand, but thereafter actually modifying the chromosomal sequence by integrating into that cleaved strand a donor polynucleotide by HDR.”) And importantly for arguments set forth later in the brief (and the non-obviousness argument supporting patentable distinctiveness), Sigma-Aldrich states that at the time of its first filing date, December 6, 2012, “while . . . a POSITA would have hoped that this advance in genome engineering could be accomplished, whether such an achievement would be accomplished remained speculative.”

        • Netlist, Inc. (OTCMKTS: NLST) Major Reversal brewing (912) Seminal Patent (JDLA Update) | Micro Cap Daily

          The move up came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision upholding the validity of Netlist’s U.S. 7,619,912 (‘912) patent that applies to DDR server memory modules. The (‘912) patent is a seminal patent; an invention so impactful that it creates or shifts the technology space.

        • After more than 12 years, HTC and Fortress’s IPCom settle standard-essential patent dispute over former Bosch and Hitachi patents [Ed: IPCom should not even exist; it's a parasite and a yoke on the economy, curtailing not only science but also Germany and the EU at large; if the patent system submits to such an agenda, no sane person will respect it anymore]

          What an understatement. In the standard-essential patent (SEP) space, any dispute that last more than two years is already “long-running” by my definition–and I doubt anyone watching that space would dispute that a four- or five-year patent spat is “long-running.” This one here lasted more than a dozen years–an eternity that has finally come to an end.

          Over the years I attended several IPCom v. HTC trials in Germany, mostly in Mannheim, where Deutsche Telekom recently sued for a refund to the tune of 270 million euros. HTC and Nokia were the first two smartphone makers IPCom sued after acquiring a 3G SEP portfolio from Bosch, a company that used to make phones but exited that business even earlier than the likes of Nokia and Ericsson. The fact that HTC and Nokia had to defend against many of the same patents turned those two competitors–otherwise rivals–into brothers-in-arms. In-house and outside counsel of both companies coordinated their defenses like they were one company. Even when Nokia sued HTC over non-SEPs in 2012 (and ultimately got HTC to pay some additional royalties), their friendship survived. They were seen drinking beer on high-speed trains from Mannheim to the Cologne-Dusseldorf region just hours after fighting hard in court.

          While I occasionally disagreed with him and disapproved of a couple of remarks he made at the Nokia-HTC settlement party (after inviting me as a surprise keynote speaker), I do wish to give credit to the late Manuel Chakraborty, a Hogan Lovells partner and HTC’s outside counsel against IPCom and Nokia at the time.

        • IPCom settles 15-year SEP dispute with HTC [Ed: IPCom is just a massive patent troll from Germany; of course JUVE won't mention this because it's in the pocket of firms that profit from the trolling]

          The Bavaria-based NPE has announced that HTC signed a licence agreement covering all of IPCom’s assets. IPCom holds over 200 patent families involving mobile communications, with over 1,000 patents registered in Europe, the US and Asia. Most of these patents have been granted.

          IPCom and HTC end dispute

          The companies have not released financial details of the agreement. However, it ends their patent litigation which began in 2007 when IPCom sued Nokia and HTC. Later, the NPE added lawsuits against Apple, Samsung and other mobile phone manufacturers in Germany. IPCom tried to enforce former UMTS patents from Bosch.

          According to a report by IAM, Apple is also said to have recently accepted a licence from IPCom. However, the parties have not yet confirmed this.

          About two years later, IPCom also sued Nokia in the UK over the former Bosch patents. Later, the NPE launched lawsuits against HTC for infringement of the 100a patent.

        • Over $100 million Patent Damages Decision [Ed: How truly absurd patent law can become]

          Back in October 21, 2021, the Court of Federal Claims decided to award over $100 million dollars concerning patent infringement against the United States Transportation Security Adminsitration (TSA) in SecurityPoint Holdings v. United States. Independent claim 1 of the patent

        • Engle Grange patent held invalid [Ed: USPTO issues fake patents and PTAB confirms that these should never have been granted in the first place (but only because lawsuits were being filed; millions of fake patents remain unchallenged)]

          On January 19, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in Unified Patents, LLC v. Engle Grange, LLC holding all challenged claims of U.S. Patent 8,548,645 invalid. The ‘645 patent is generally directed towards a two-step key fob authentication system for an automobile. The patent was asserted against Ford in early 2020.

          View district court litigations by Engle Grange. To read the petition and view the case record, see Unified’s Portal. Unified was represented by in-house counsel, David Seastrunk and Roshan Mansinghani, in this proceeding.

        • Final UPC preparations begin after Austria decision [Ed: Of course the patent maximlaists are failing to note that UPC is illegal and unconstitutional; they help relay fake news for litigation conglomerates that sponsor the fake news.]

          The Unified Patent Court entered into its final preparatory phase on Tuesday, January 18, meaning that the court could open by the end of the year.

          Austria confirmed on Tuesday that it had completed its ratification of the protocol to the UPC Agreement, allowing the court’s provisional application period (PAP) to begin.

          The PAP protocol lets the UPC become a legal entity and allows organisers to complete their remaining work. Outstanding tasks include the hiring of staff and judges, as well as the completion of a new IT system.

          The UPC Preparatory Committee estimates that this process will take at least eight months.

          The UK’s withdrawal from the UPC threatened the success of the project at one point, as did a series of constitutional challenges in Germany. But the decision from Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court last year to dismiss two complaints cleared the way for the UPC to move forward.

          Not all signatories to the UPC Agreement have finished ratifying it, meaning countries such as Ireland are now under pressure to complete this process by the time the court becomes operational.

        • US trends and events patent counsel should watch in 2022 [Ed: Patent maximalist (funded by litigation firms) Patrick Wingrove only ask lawyers about Microsoft Vidal; any other opinions? Not welcome…]

          In-house lawyers in pharma, tech, telecoms and NPE businesses say they’re keeping an eye on Kathi Vidal, litigation funding and western Texas

        • CMS rebuilds London patent practice with Allen & Overy hire [Ed: Amy Sandys is marketing spam disguised as “journalism”; in this case, the hiring of one relatively low-level person is spun as “news”; but it’s PR spam and you can follow the money to realise what motivates such fake news; that’s what JUVE became. Firms hire people all the time; but for JUVE, if that’s a client, then it’s time for storytelling and marketing disguised as “reporting”.]

          Toby Sears (36) has joined the IP team at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang as a partner. Previously, Sears was at Allen & Overy, where he was a senior associate for four years. Prior to this, he spent six years at Bird & Bird.

        • FOSS Patents: Ericsson seeks U.S. import ban against iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch; accuses Apple of ‘reverse hold-up’ in 4G/5G patent licensing negotiations

          I’ve just been able to obtain the complaint Ericsson filed against Apple yesterday with the United States International Trade Commission, seeking a U.S. import ban of 4G and 5G Apple products (iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches; I’ll provide the full list further below). As I speculated in my previous post on Ericsson v. Apple, one of the two patent infringement lawsuits Ericsson filed yesterday with the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas is a companion complaint to an ITC complaint–and as I figured, it’s the one in which Ericsson is asserting four patents:

          U.S. Patent No. 8,102,805 on “HARQ [Hybrid Automatic Repeat reQuest] in spatial mutiplexing MIMO [multiple-input multiple-output] system”

          U.S. Patent No. 9,532,355 on “transmission of system information on a downlink shared channel”

          U.S. Patent No. 10,425,817 on a “subscription concealed identifier”

          U.S. Patent No. 11,139,872 on “codebook subset restriction signaling”


          In principle, Ericsson can try to add to that list any Apple products released in the coming months.

        • FOSS Patents: Apple countersues Ericsson, seeks U.S. import ban against mobile base stations, and proposes that both parties withdraw all patent infringement actions, let Texas court set license fee

          The flurry of Ericsson-Apple filings with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC, or just ITC), a U.S. trade agency with the quasi-judicial power to U.S. import bans, continued yesterday. For information on Ericsson’s three compaints against Apple, may I refer you to my most recent post on the dispute, which contains a hierarchical overview of the seven U.S. cases I had previously discovered (one FRAND action by either party, two federal lawsuits by Ericsson, and three ITC complaints by Erisson).

          As I wrote, it was a given that Apple would countersue, though the wide discrepancy in the parties’ exposure to patent assertions makes it unlikely that Apple can gain decisive leverage that way. And indeed, Apple has now also brought a request for a U.S. import ban against Ericsson’s mobile infrastructure products, asserting three mmWave-related patents…

        • FOSS Patents: Ericsson sues Apple in three German courts, the Netherlands, and Brazil over 5G and other patents (in addition to handful of U.S. cases)

          For an overview of Ericsson’s U.S. patent infringement actions against Apple (three USITC complaints and two federal lawsuits in the Western District of Texas), may I refer you to a very recent post. Apple filed a countercomplaint with the ITC over three patents and all of a sudden declared itself a big fan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

          The choice of the three German courts is unsurprising, and if I interpret Juve Patent correctly, Ericsson filed two cases each in Dusseldorf and Mannheim, but more than two in Munich (as would I in their shoes).

          One or more filings with the Dutch court were also more than predictable, given that Ericsson sought an anti-antisuit injunction there last year. And just like the three German courts, the Dutch court is also one of the venues Ericsson chose for last year’s dispute with Samsung (which got settled pretty quickly).

          In Brazil, Apple is not the first company against which Ericsson enforces patents: the Swedish company already did so against TCL, as articles from Brazil like this one confirm.

        • FOSS Patents: Ericsson sues Apple over infringement of 5G and other patents upon expiration of license agreement–Apple now facing an ‘Epicsson’ dilemma

          Ericsson’s patent cross-license agreement with Apple has expired, and no renewal has been agreed upon, which is why infringement litigation became inevitable. IAM was first to spot two filings by Ericsson against Apple in the Western District of Texas over four patents in one case and eight in the other. Apple will predictably retaliate, but Apple’s exposure to patent assertions dwarfs Ericsson’s. When there was no announcement of a renewed license agreement or renewed litigation after the turn of the year, I thought the middle of the month was going to be when we would hear more.


          Having seen Ericsson enforce patents against Apple and other parties in the past, I assume that one of the two complaints is a companion complaint to a Sec. 337 complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”), seeking an exclusion order (aka import ban). Most likely the 22-cv-60 case (over four patents) is the companion complaint as the ITC urges complainants to focus on a small number of patents so it can keep its schedule (it is also possible to start an ITC case with many patents and to then narrow it by dropping most of the patents-in-suit, but I doubt that that is the plan here). I’m also pretty sure that Ericsson has near-simultaneously filed complaints with courts in other jurisdictions, among them almost certainly Germany, where Munich is the new number one and Mannheim continues to be a key venue.

        • Final hurdle cleared for UPC preparations to start [Ed: Everything here, including the Bristows headline, is a lie; many legal obstacles remain and some are entirely untenable, impossible to clear; Team UPC is just engaging in criminal behaviour now, boosted by its own fake news]

          It appears that yesterday, as recorded here, Austria finally deposited with the Council of the EU its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on the Provisional Application (PPA) of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). This means that sufficient countries have now met the requirements for the PPA to commence (see here). In this provisional application phase, the UPC’s legal capacity and organisational capability is established and final preparations for the opening of the Court can be made. The Preparatory Committee has estimated that these preparations may take about 8 months, with the work including assembly of the Court’s governing bodies, adoption of all the secondary legislation, and finalisation of the budget, the IT systems and the recruitment of the judges. The EPO will also make final preparations for the introduction of the unitary patent.

        • Off we go! The Unified Patent Court is officially born. [Ed: Even the compromised IP Kat is promoting fake news at the moment]

          The entry into force of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement has been a major milestone for the actual birth of the Unitary Patent Court.

        • UPC – Provisional Application Period enters into force [Ed: Thorsten Bausch (Hoffmann Eitle) could do a lot more to explain — as commenters do — that what’s happening here is illegal; this harms the image of law firms, as they’re engaging in organised crime]

          According to the Commission’s Website, Austria has deposited its instrument of ratification yesterday, which means that the Period for Provisional Application begins today.

        • [Market Eye] Korean tech giants fall prey to patent trolling [Ed: Korea gets Karma for KIPO; all that patent maximalism in the overworked Kingdom is harming the 'Kapital']

          Though the pandemic has driven record-breaking profits for tech firms, as demand for at-home leisure and communications hardware rises, it has also brought a growing threat from patent trolls.

          Companies specializing in exploiting patent rights have been buying up intellectual property from firms struggling with the pandemic and using it as ammunition against Korean firms.

          The approach is often seen as a “file-and-settle” strategy, as their targets often prefer to avoid fighting a time-consuming court battle and the costs associated with it, even if they are likely to win the case.

        • UPC preparation phase officially begins [Ed: JUVE‘s Mathieu Klos is still a mouthpiece of Team UPC (follow the money), in effect promoting a crime using a “journalist” hat]

          Austria was the 13th member state that still needed to deposit its instrument of ratification and trigger the PAP. At the beginning of December 2021, the Austrian parliament ratified the UPC protocol. At the time, it did not deposit the instrument with the European Council. However, from today, the UPC can officially begin its preparatory phase.

          Protocol dictates that 13 UPC countries must ratify and deposit the instrument in Brussels, in order for the protocol to enter into force.

          The next interesting decision is the selection of judges. Furthermore, it must be decided where the UPC Central Divisions will locate its pharmaceuticals and chemicals parts, following the UK’s departure from the project.

        • UPC Preparatory Committee confirms provisional application period has started [Ed: Boosted by parent networks, Gregory Bacon from lying firm Bristows is now a megaphone of fake news from Mr. Ramsay, pursuing an illegal agenda, based entirely on lies and abuses]

          Following Austria’s deposit of its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on the Provisional Application (PPA) of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) (reported here), the UPC Preparatory Committee has reported here that the PPA came into force today. The Committee has outlined the final work for establishing the Court that can now start and states this period will last at least 8 months.

        • Opinion: Irish UPC saga one to watch in 2022 [Ed: The UPC is not pressing ahead (it is still illegal), but this corrupt publisher, bribed by Team UPC, is paid to produce loaded headline and mislead politicians et al with fake news]

          The UPC is pressing ahead, but Ireland has plenty left to do if it wants to take part

        • Watch Party Moves to N.D.Cal. [Ed: Texas has received nothing short of international notoriety for its crooked patent courts where the goal isn't justice but money]

          This was an easy mandamus transfer. The plaintiffs, CA Inc. and Avago Technologies Int’l, are both subsidiaries of Broadcom Corp. The plaintiffs are both headquartered in San Jose and Broadcom is down in Southern California. Netflix is also Silicon Valley. Still, the plaintiffs sued Netflix for patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas. Although Netflix itself does not have a place of business in EDTex, the district court found that its intimate relationship with ISPs to provide local content delivery was sufficient. The vast majority of Netflix content is delivered directly from local residential Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

        • [Older] Patent Owner Loses Everything at PTAB [Ed: Patent bubbles bursting aplenty in recent years; it's mostly a cartel system for large corporations that cross-license, in bulk, a whole lot of junk]

          In Mati Therapeutics, Inc. v. Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., the Federal Circuit issued a Rule 36 opinion affirming the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB’s”) Final Written Decision (“FWD”) holding all challenged claims unpatentable. Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. v. Mati Therapeutics, Inc., IPR2019-00448, Paper 56 (P.T.A.B. June 18, 2020), aff’d (Fed. Cir. Nov. 8, 2021).

        • [Older] Thaler v Comptroller General of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs: Court of Appeal Judgment on Machine Inventors [Ed: This provocateur is being spurned and humiliated by patent offices and courts for trying to insinuate patents are something a computer can just spew out]

          The Court of Appeal (Arnold LJ, Laing LJ and Birss LJ) handed down its judgment in Thaler v Comptroller General of Patents Trade Marks And Designs on 21 September 2021. The court held, with Birss LJ dissenting, that the judge of first instance (Marcus Smith J) was correct in his dismissal of the appeal.

          The appellant, Dr. Thaler, had originally applied for two patents at the UKIPO, listing his artificial intelligence (“AI”) machine DABUS as the inventor for both. The UKIPO found that DABUS is not a person as envisaged by s. 7 and s. 13 of the UK Patents Act 1977 (the “1977 Act”) and so cannot be considered an inventor, and that Dr. Thaler had not provided a satisfactory derivation of his right to be granted the patents. The patent applications were therefore deemed withdrawn. Dr. Thaler then appealed this decision to the High Court, where his appeal was dismissed by Marcus Smith J.

        • [Older] Federal Circuit Affirms Invalidity of Method of Treatment Patent for Lack of Written Description in Hatch-Waxman Case [Ed: More fake patents, as confirmed by a regional and high court alike in the US]

          On November 30, 2021, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Northern District of West Virginia’s invalidity finding as to a method-of-treatment patent, based on a lack of written description.

          Plaintiffs Biogen International GmbH and Biogen MA Inc. alleged Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. infringed several patents listed in the Orange Book for Tecfidera®, a dimethyl fumarate capsule indicated for the treatment of certain forms of multiple sclerosis. Among the asserted patents was U.S. Patent No. 8,399,514, which claims a method of treating MS with DMF and which was the sole patent addressed in the opinion.

        • [Older] China’s Supreme People’s Court Rules No Accounting for Profit for Joint Patent Ownership [Ed: Technically patents are not owned but assigned, and moreover they are never property]

          In decision no. (2020)最高法知民终954号 dated November 25, 2021, China’s Supreme People’s Court ruled that if the co-owners of a patent or patent application right do not make an agreement on the exercise of the right and one of the co-owners independently practices the patent, the other co-owner cannot claim the distribution of the proceeds from the separate practicing of the patent on the grounds of co-ownership of the patent right.

        • [Older] Apple wins latest round of UK patent dispute with Optis [Ed: Optis exists for nothing but lawsuits, so no matter who it is suing, it deserves no sympathy or support]

          US technology giant Apple has successfully argued that it is not responsible for infringing a patent for technology that supports continued connectivity during mobile phone calls.

          Although the Court of Appeal in London rejected Apple’s claims that the patent owned by telecoms company Optis Cellular Technology was invalid, it accepted its case that the patent was not ‘essential’ to a communications standard and that it had not infringed the patent.

        • [Older] USPTO To Propose Paperless Patents [Ed: Greenwashing of patents and patent offices whose output contributes to waste and pollution for monopolies’ sake]

          In a Director’s Forum blog post published December 10, 2021, the USPTO announced plans to issue proposed rule changes relating to the format in which U.S. patents are issued, making electronic patents the norm, with something akin to today’s ribboned copies available upon request (and for a nominal fee). Many of you reading this may wonder what took so long, but as with many government agency practices, it turns out there’s a statute that had to be reckoned with before the USPTO could go paperless.

        • Software Patents

          • [Older] The Dust Settles Further in Relation to Patents for Computer Implemented Inventions in Australia [Ed: Australian courts have already struck down, rejected software patents, so some greedy law firms are adopting misleading terms from the EPO, e.g. CII]

            Last month we wrote about the Full Federal Court’s decision in Commissioner of Patents v Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd [2021] FCAFC 202 (Aristocrat), which concerned the patentability of computer implemented inventions (CIIs).

            This month, the Full Court determined another appeal regarding CIIs: Repipe v Commissioner of Patents [2021] FCAFC 223. The decision concerned two patent applications by Repipe Pty Ltd that disclosed systems and methods for providing information to field workers by way of a central computer server connected to a GPS-enabled mobile device (i.e. a smartphone). The applications were treated as the same for all relevant purposes at trial and during the appeal.

          • $4,000 for prior art on another set of Big Will Enterprises patents

            On January 4, 2022, Unified Patents added two separate PATROLL contests with an opportunity to collect up to $4,000 in cash for prior art on at least claim 1 of two patents – U.S. Patent 8,559,914 and U.S. Patent 8,737,951. The patents are owned by Big Will Enterprises, Inc., an NPE. The patents generally relate to an interactive personal surveillance and security (IPSS) system for users carrying wireless communication devices. The patents have been asserted against Montblanc, Unaliwear, and Kronoz.

          • Causam Enterprises patent challenged

            On January 18, 2022, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 10,396,592. The ‘592 patent is owned by Causam Enterprises, Inc., an NPE. The ’592 Patent relates to active load management systems and has been asserted in district court and the ITC against Ecobee, Resideo, Alarm.com, Xylem, and Itron.

          • WSOU ’770 patent likely invalid

            On January 11, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 7,333,770, owned by WSOU Investments, LLC. The ‘770 patent is generally related to broadcasting data in a telecommunications system and is being asserted against TP-Link Technology Co.

          • FOSS Patents: ‘Access Advance’ patent pool can rename itself ‘Suffer Setback’ after Dusseldorf court ruling: flagrant FRAND abuse concerning video codec patents [Ed: These are abstract patents or fake patents leveraged in bulk by aggregate or cartel, HEVC Advance]

            The most recent IAM Sunday Digest mentioned the Access Advance pool firm’s VVC Advance announcement as well as the Dusseldorf Regional Court’s conclusion that the HEVC Advance pool’s terms are non-FRAND. I had mentioned the latter in a recent post on a wireless SEP dispute. While I haven’t been able (yet) to obtain a copy of the Dusseldorf decision, I have meanwhile seen reports by IAM (as I mentioned) and Juve Patent, and would like to add some observations.

            This is not going to be my last post on that set of cases and the underlying conduct, which I find egregious. A few organizations’ greed threatens to bring the very concept of patent pools into disrepute unless we all make the proper distinction between the vast majority of pools that serve their purpose–and an abusive outlier like Access Advance. It is equally important to understand that just because a company joined that pool as a licensor doesn’t necessarily mean that it has unclean hands. They aren’t all wrongdoers, but the Dusseldorf disaster should give the more reasonable ones among those Access Advance licensors pause, above all with a view to the latest and greatest in video codec standards: VVC.

            There’s a certain complexity and some specialized terminology, so let’s get an overview first.

          • How and why to protect algorithms and software – ClarkeModet [Ed: This firm profits from patent litigation so of course it’ll ignore rules against this kind of thing]
          • The EPO and UKIPO approaches to AI and patentable subject matter [Ed: EPO propaganda arm IAM keeps promoting illegal patents on algorithms, nowadays disguising these with buzzwords like “Hey Hi”]

            There are important ways in which the European and the UK patent offices differ when assessing the patentability of AI inventions, write Gemma Robin, Greg Ward and Ariana Sadr-Hashemi of Haseltine Lake Kempner in this co-published article

            Inventions relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI), and more particularly to machine learning, have been raising questions for the patent community since they first started appearing as the subject of patent applications.

          • Germany: Optimized Load Management: Technical [Ed: Bardehle Pagenberg continues promoting bogus patents like software patents; nothing will stop such greedy lawyers ]

            This decision relates to a European patent regarding a method for optimizing a chronological developing of consumption of electric energy by a group of different consumers with regard to a supply of electric power. The patent has been unsuccessfully opposed after grant and the opponent has filed an appeal. Here are the practical takeaways from the decision T 0199/16 of 27.8.2021 of Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.02:

          • Women in Business Law Awards Americas 2022: open for submissions [Ed: These fake awards are the real business model of this fake news propaganda mill, which takes money in exchange for Webspam and phony "endorsements" (false marketing)]

            We are delighted to announce the launch of the Women in Business Law Awards Americas 2022 research.

            Please follow the link below to nominate leading women practitioners, rising stars, firm initiatives, and in-house counsels and teams.

          • Dallas Invents: 71 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 21 [Ed: More bogus software patents in breeding ground of patent trolls, who exercise "fake economy" "free market" 'parasitisation']

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

          • The EPO and UKIPO approaches to AI and patentable subject matter [Ed: Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP is pushing software patents agenda using buzzwords, in a propaganda rag bribed by the EPO to spread fake news, to lie to politicians, and to promote patent trolls, cover up EPO crimes etc.]

            There are important ways in which the European and the UK patent offices differ when assessing the patentability of AI inventions, write Gemma Robin, Greg Ward and Ariana Sadr-Hashemi of Haseltine Lake Kempner in this co-published article

            Inventions relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI), and more particularly to machine learning, have been raising questions for the patent community since they first started appearing as the subject of patent applications.

      • Trademarks

        • Dutch court rejects claims for sui generis database protection of national company register – The IPKat

          In the era of fake news, reliable sources of information are more valuable than ever. When it comes to official registers held on a governmental level, administrative bodies are often tasked to ensure such registers are accurate and complete. Accessing those registers usually comes at a cost, prompting some commercial parties to offer the same information at a lower price.

          In a recent case before the Dutch (district) court of Midden-Nederland, the question arose whether database rights can be invoked to prevent third parties reusing and offering data retrieved from the national company register. For those Kats accessing a company register frequently, the decision is certainly worth the read.


          According to VVZBI, database right protection is based on the ‘economical incentive theory’, entailing that database protection should only be granted to risk bearing investments in a database. Without database protection, so the theory assumes, the database would not have been created in the first place, as an economical incentive to do so would be missing.

          Given that the KvK is statutorily tasked with creating and maintaining the company register, VVZBI argued that the investments could never qualify as risk-bearing economical investments. Consequently, the KvK had not substantially invested in the database in the sense of article 7(1) Database Directive, which is a prerequisite to exercise any rights over it.

        • TTABlog Test: Is SCOOPERFEST Confusable With SCOOPER BOWL for Ice Cream Festivals?

          The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute opposed an application to register the mark SCOOPERFEST for “organizing community festivals featuring primarily ice cream and also providing entertainment,” alleging a likelihood of confusion with the registered mark SCOOPER BOWL for “charitable fundraising by means of an ice cream festival.” Applicant Craig Marquardo claimed that the SCOOPER BOWL mark is conceptually weak, that the parties provide their services on opposite sides of the country, and therefore that confusion is not likely. How do you think this came out? Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. v. Craig Richard Marquardo, Opposition No. 91255611 (January 20, 2022) [not precedential] (Opinion by Judge Melanye K. Johnson).

        • Anne Gilson LaLonde Agrees with Professor McCarthy’s Criticism of CAFC’s Brooklyn Brewery Decision and Adds Her Own

          Trademark expert Anne Gilson LaLonde, author of Gilson on Trademarks, has provided her comments on the CAFC’s recent Brooklyn Brewery decision [here], with errata [here], agreeing with Professor J. Thomas McCarthy’s criticism of the court’s view on standing [TTABlogged here] and adding her own criticism regarding the CAFC’s misinterpretation of its role in reviewing a TTAB decision.

        • TTABlog Test: Is PISSTERINE Confusable with LISTERINE for Mouthwash?

          J & J opposed an application to register the proposed mark PISSTERINE for non-medicated mouthwash, claiming likelihood of confusion with, and likely dilution of, its registered mark LISTERINE for, inter alia, medicated mouthwash, toothpaste, and dental floss. J & J established that its mark is famous for Section 2(d) purposes. The goods are overlapping or related, but what about the marks? What about parody? Johnson & Johnson v. Pissterine, LLC, Opposition No. 91254670 (January 18, 2022) [not precedential] (Opinion by Judge Jyll Taylor).


          Applicant did not submit any testimony or evidence, nor did it file a brief. In its answer, however, it did raise the issue of parody, claiming no likelihood of confusion and fair use. The Board observed that “Applicant’s intention for its mark to be a parody does not necessarily negate a finding of likelihood of confusion.” In short, “parody is not a defense if the marks would otherwise be considered confusingly similar.” Nike, Inc. v. Maher, 100 USPQ2d 1018, 1023 (TTAB 2011) .

        • Precedential No. 3: TTAB Grants Motion to Supplement Notice of Opposition to Add Post-Filing Trademark Applications

          Topco Holdings opposed registration of READY4LIFE for sanitizers for personal use, alleging a likelihood of confusion with its registered marks READY FOR LIFE and SIMPLY DONE READY FOR LIFE for various personal goods and cleaning products. On August 3, 2021, after Applicant Hand 2 Hand had answered, Topco filed a motion to amend and supplement its notice of opposition to add to its Section 2(d) claim by pleading two applications filed after this opposition was commenced (March 4, 2021), and also pleading common law rights, in the mark READY FOR LIFE for “[a]nti-bacterial hand wipes for personal use” and for “disposable sanitizing personal wipes,” claiming use of its mark since 2017. The Board granted the motion. Topco Holdings, Inc.v. Hand 2 Hand Industries, LLC, 2020 USPQ2d 54 (TTAB 2022) (Order by Interlocutory Attorney Katie Bukrinsky).


          “Affirmative Defenses”: Finally, The Board sua sponte struck the applicant’s “affirmative defense” of failure to state a claim because is “not a true affirmative defense.” See John W. Carson Found. v. Toilets.com, Inc., 94 USPQ2d 1942, 1949 (TTAB 2010). It allowed several other purported affirmative defenses to remain in the Answer, although they were merely amplifications of the applicant’s denials. See, e.g., ProMark Brands Inc. v. GFA Brands, Inc., 114 USPQ2d 1232, 1236 n.11 (TTAB 2015). And the Board struck as improper the applicant’s claimed “reservation of right” to assert additional affirmative defenses, since such addition would require a motion for leave to amend. See Philanthropist.com, Inc. v. The Gen. Conf. Corp. of Seventh-Day Adventists, 2021 USPQ2d 643, at *4 n.6 (TTAB 2021).

        • TTABlog Test: Is FLOREO (Spanish) Confusable With FLOURISH HOMES & Design for Real Estate Services? [Ed: Dictating monopolies on words from dictionaries is a slippery slope for trademark law]

          The USPTO refused to register the mark FLOREO for “real estate management services for properties owned by third parties” and for “reservation of temporary accommodations for vacation real estate properties that are owned by third parties,” finding confusion likely with the registered mark FLOURISH HOMES & Design (shown below) for “Providing temporary housing accommodations” [HOMES disclaimed]. The Board found that the services are either related or overlapping. But what about the marks? Applicant Unsalted argued that the marks differ in sound and appearance, and that the Spanish word “floreo” has many translations and meanings and in any case has not been significantly used in almost 200 years. How do you think this came out? In re Unsalted Vacations LLC, Serial No. 90312784 (January 12, 2022) [not precedential] (Opinion by Judge Christoper Larkin).


          The Board acknowledged that “flourish” is not the only translation of “floreo,” but “it is the translation that Applicant alludes to in its specimen.” The Board found that “the existence of meanings of ‘floreo’ in addition to ‘flourish’ does not preclude the application of the doctrine of foreign equivalents to Applicant’s mark because ‘flourish’ is the literal and direct translation most likely to be associated with it.”

        • Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court asks CJEU regarding the role of alternative designs in establishing functionality

          While this Kat was inquiring about the role of alternative designs in examination of Art. 8(1) Regulation 6/2002, the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court (OLG Düsseldorf) sent a referral to the CJEU on just this issue (C-684/21). The case goes as follows.

          The claimant in the national case, Papierfabriek Doetinchem, is the owner of Community Design No 001344022-0006 for a “packaging device” i.e., a holder for paper rolls (see the image to the right). The claimant filed an infringement suit against a competitor, Sprick GmbH & Ho, in the Düsseldorf District court (LG Düsseldorf). The competitor, filed a counterclaim, seeking a declaration that the claimant’s Community design was invalid, on the ground that it is dictated by its technical function per Art. 8(1) Regulation 6/2002.

        • Turkish Patent And Trademark Office Updates The Guidelines Relating To Trademark Examination

          On August 18, 2021, TPTO published and updated guidelines pertaining to examination of trademark applications laying down principles/standards to be followed for assessment of confusing similarity between rival marks including evaluation of the likelihood of confusion as per Article 6(1) of IP code.

        • Around the IP Blogs

          Following a public consultation that took place between June and August 2021, the UKIPO recently announced that the government is not proposing to change the current IPRs exhaustion regime in the UK. MARQUES has provided further insight and commentary on this announcement.

        • UK’s future exhaustion of intellectual property rights regime: Summary of responses to the consultation [Ed: It's not property and these are not rights; the British government lies right from the headline...]

          In June 2021 the UK government launched a public consultation on the UK’s future exhaustion of intellectual property (IP) rights regime.

          The system of exhaustion of rights means that distributors and other traders are able to move goods (including component parts that make up goods) around a specified territory without the rights holder’s permission. This supports a market of secondary sales of legitimate goods, also known as parallel trade.

          Now that the UK has left the EU, the UK has an opportunity to decide its future regime for the exhaustion of IP rights. This decision is vitally important for the UK as it will govern future rules on parallel imports into the UK.

          The purpose of the consultation was to seek evidence and views from respondents to understand what the most appropriate exhaustion of IP rights regime would be for the UK. There were 4 options tested through consultation, with evidence and views required on what regime should be implemented, and if there were to be a change, how a new regime should be implemented.

        • UK to retain current exhaustion regime for now [Ed: That’s not because UKIPO cares about the actual interests or needs of the British population; it is a force of class occupation]

          The UK IPO has announced that the government is not proposing to change the current exhaustion regime, following a consultation held last year.

        • EU Trademark Body Hands Louis Vuitton a Loss in Fight Over Lookalike Mark [Ed: Bernard Arnault thinks he ‘owns’ the whole world and its culture, too. Rich people don’t keep getting richer because they’re smart or “successful” but because they write/pass/buy the laws. In other words, they write all the rules in their own favour.]

          Louis Vuitton has been handed a loss in its attempt to block the registration of a trademark that it claims looks a bit too much like one of its most well-known indicators of source. On the heels of initiating an opposition proceeding with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) in November on the basis that a mark that consists of an interlocking “N” and “L” is likely to confuse consumers about the source of the products upon which it appears (primarily, clothing, as well as belt clasps, zippers, and closures/buttons for clothing), the EUIPO’s Opposition Division has sided with the filing party, an unaffiliated individual named Aina Yang.

        • What Indian startups want from IP counsel, and how to help them [Ed: This cult of "IP" has already slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Indians, who died because of the patent cartels amid pandemic; and here come charlatans salaried by the patent profiteers (Sukanya Sarkar) cheering for those who hurt the country]

          Counsel from four tech-based startups in India discuss how IP is perceived in-house, its role in raising funding and why businesses must scale up IP capabilities

        • Top IP trends in LATAM’s biggest economies revealed: counsel | Managing Intellectual Property

          Brazil’s backlogs are getting better, Mexico’s IP office is preparing to decide damages, and Chile, Argentina and Colombia are going through other shakeups

        • UK: Pharmaceutical Trade Marks – Top Tips

          Pharmaceutical products can often attract patent protection. This affords the owner a monopoly in that product; however, the monopoly will only last a fixed period, after which it is open season for competitors. Choosing a strong, resilient brand name will help foster brand loyalty and encourage customers to continue purchasing your product even when other (potentially cheaper) products have become available. Obtaining a trade mark registration for your brand name allows you to stop other businesses cashing in on your brand loyalty/success. It also affords protection against inferior products tainting your hard-earned brand recognition.

          Pharmaceutical trade marks require regulatory approval. In the UK, the appropriate body is the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA will reject a proposed pharmaceutical brand name if they believe that: (i) consumers will confuse the chosen name with the name of an existing medicine; (ii) the chosen name is misleading; or (iii) the chosen name is considered unsafe. Regulatory approval is required before a pharmaceutical product can be sold under the chosen name.

        • The Danger Of Using Your Name As A Trade Mark – Intellectual Property – UK

          Registering your own name as a trade mark for your business may seem a good way to build up a reputation in your chosen industry. However, business owners should also be aware of the potential danger of doing so.

          If a business owner registers their own name as a trade mark and eventually wants to, or needs to sell that business, it is likely this will involve selling the trade mark rights in their name. This is because much of the value of a business is often in the name itself, particularly in the creative industries, such as fashion design. As a result, ex-owners may be prevented from conducting business under their own name in the future, as this may amount to trade mark infringement.

      • Copyrights

        • Digital Services Act: regulating platforms for a safer online space for users [Ed: This has nothing at all to do with safety; it's about safeguarding the wealth of the super-rich, ensuring they just get richer and richer over time, at everybody else's expense]

          MEPs agreed a draft set of measures to tackle illegal content, to ensure platforms are held accountable for their algorithms, and improve content moderation.
          The text approved today by Parliament with 530 votes to 78, with 80 abstentions, will be used as the mandate to negotiate with the French presidency of the Council, representing member states.

          After the vote, Christel Schaldemose (S&D, DK), who is leading the Parliament’s negotiating team, said: “Today’s vote shows MEPs and EU citizens want an ambitious digital regulation fit for the future. Much has changed in the 20 years since we adopted the e-commerce directive. Online platforms have become increasingly important in our daily life, bringing new opportunities, but also new risks. It is our duty to make sure that what is illegal offline is illegal online. We need to ensure that we put in place digital rules to the benefit of consumers and citizens. Now we can enter into negotiations with the Council, and I believe we will be able to deliver on these issues”

        • European Copyright Society (ECS): Comment on Copyright and the Digital Services Act Proposal

          On 15 December 2020, the European Commission submitted a proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act, DSA) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC. In November 2021, the Council of the European Union reached agreement on an amended version of this proposal, and on 20 December 2021, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) released a draft for an EP legislative resolution. The legislative project “seeks to ensure the best conditions for the provision of innovative digital services in the internal market, to contribute to online safety and the protection of fundamental rights, and to set a robust and durable governance structure for the effective supervision of providers of intermediary services”. To achieve these aims, the DSA sets out numerous due diligence obligations of intermediaries concerning any type of illegal information, including copyright infringing content.

          Copyright enforcement online is a major issue in the context of the DSA, and the DSA will be of utmost importance for the future of online copyright in the EU. Against this background, the European Copyright Society (ECS) issued on 17 January 2021 a comment on “Copyright and the Digital Services Act”. We reproduce below the Executive Summary of that comment.

        • YouTube’s first Copyright Transparency Report 2021 – A step towards “factfulness”

          In 2012, US NASA’s robotic rover touched down on Mars. NASA uploaded a video of this historic event onto YouTube. It was taken down after one hour, as it was subject to a copyright notice by a news channel relying on the US DMCA. This news channel had used the (open source) NASA video for its own news video and ended up raising unjustified claims against other copies on YouTube, including NASA’s original video. A commentator noted that “NASA’s new rover arrives on Mars, crash lands in YouTube’s DMCA hell”. Another – more recent – example involves the video of a 2020 copyright panel at New York University where music was played to explain the application of the US fair use rules. The video was caught by a takedown – but ended up being put back online on YouTube.

          These and other well-known examples tend to create the public impression that abusive or otherwise unjustified copyright takedown requests are the general rule on YouTube. But is this really true? To answer this question, it seems important not to rely on illustrative single stories. “We are naturally drawn to extreme examples, and they are so easy to recall”, says Hans Rosling in his book Factfulness (2018, p. 42). Rather, it is necessary “to learn about the world as it really is”, to quote Rosling again (p. 255).

        • Not Invincible: A Cautionary Tale for Creators

          As a new lawsuit involving the popular comic book and animated series “Invincible” shows, the failure to properly document the copyright status of a jointly-created work at the beginning can lead to messy consequences later.

          Can someone be tricked into giving up copyrights he may never have owned in the first place? That’s just one of the interesting questions raised by a new lawsuit filed by William Crabtree, colorist of the first 50 issues of the comic book series “Invincible,” against the series’ writer and co-creator Robert Kirkman.

        • Whoever controls the DAO, controls the book: The strange tale of Jodorowsky’s Dune

          Please gather around, and listen to this cautionary tale of schadenfreude and greed. This is not a tale for the faint of heart; it involves a cabal of crypto-enthusiasts involved in a decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO), a failed film adaptation by Alejandro Jodorowsky of the classic book Dune , and industrial amounts of misunderstanding about copyright.

          Frank Herbert’s Dune is a science fiction classic that speaks to audiences across cultures and time, it was published in 1965 and became an instant hit, winning the Nebula and Hugo Awards in 1966, and it’s been declared the best selling sci-fi novel of all time. The intricate world building, the political intrigue, the memorable characters, the worms, and the ecological angle have made it a fan favourite. Personally, I have loved the book since I was a teenager, and I have used the litany against fear in some of the most stressful times of my life. It’s been put on screen by none other than David Lynch in a flawed masterpiece in 1984, then it was turned into a miniseries in 2000, and more recently it became a global hit in 2021 directed by Denis Villeneuve. It has spawned several books, Frank Herbert wrote a number of sequels, and his son Brian Herbert published a much derided series of prequels with author Kevin J Anderson (which I have tried to remove from my memory, but I digress).

        • Book review: Performers’ Rights [Ed: Richard Arnold writes a book]

          This is a review of Performer’s Rights by the Rt Hon Sir Richard Arnold, Judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The book covers the rights of performers, particularly the rights conferred under Part II of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended). Recognising the challenges for performers in the position and enforcement of their rights, the book also includes discussion on other forms of protections and remedies for performers, such as moral rights, contracts, passing off and copyright infringement.

Links 23/1/2022: First RC of Linux 5.17 and Sway 1.7 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 8:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Server

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.17-rc1
        I've tagged the rc1 release a couple of hours earlier than usual, and
        in a timezone 10 hours before the usual one, so this merge window was
        technically a bit shorter than usual. But if somebody didn't get their
        pull request in in time, they shouldn't have left it so late - and
        there's always 5.18. Never fear - we'll not run out of numbers.
        I was nervous that this merge window would be more painful than usual
        due to my family-related travels, but I have to give thanks to people:
        a lot of you sent your pull requests early in the merge window, and
        while there were a couple of hiccups I hit early on, that was all
        before switching my main workstation to a laptop. Everything seems to
        have gone fairly smoothly.
        Knock wood.
        5.17 doesn't seem to be slated to be a huge release, and everything
        looks fairly normal. We've got a bit more activity than usual in a
        couple of corners of the kernel (random number generator and the
        fscache rewrite stand out), but even with those things, the big
        picture view looks very much normal: the bulk is various driver
        updates, with architectures updates, documentation, and tooling being
        the bulk of the rest. Even with a total rewrite, that fscache diff
        looks more like a blip in the big picture.
        And hey, it may not be a huge release, but the full shortlog would
        still be much too big to post - or scan through. So as is traditional,
        I'm just appending my mergelog as a highlevel view of what's been
        going on.
        Please give it all a test,
      • Linux 5.17-rc1 Released A Little Bit Early But With Shiny New Features

        Linux 5.17 also bring a lot of new hardware support, prompt support for Qualcomm’s latest SoC, a new real-time analysis tool, x86 straight line mitigation handling, noteworthy network optimizations, and much more. I’ll have out my usual Linux 5.17 feature overview later today.

        I’ve already been running benchmarks of Linux 5.17 Git the past few days and it’s been looking good so far with no scary regressions detected yet. More Linux 5.17 benchmarks on the way.

      • AMD Preps for Zen 4: Different Types of Cores Now Supported in Linux | Tom’s Hardware

        Tech sleuths are following AMD as it prepares its new Zen 4-based architecture. As the prepares its next-gen CPU, some eagle-eyed individuals have found details about the next-gen parts on Linux and other platforms.

        AMD has quietly uploaded temperature sensor driver support for Zen 4 and Zen 4C cores, reports Phoronix. While these two cores share the same microarchitecture, they are different and will power AMD’s 96-core Genoa and 128-core Bergamo processors, respectively, so it is not surprising to see separate drivers. The CPUs are marked as AMD Family 19h Models 10h-1Fh and A0h-AFh.

        Perhaps, a more intriguing innovation is a new Scalable Machine Check Architecture (SMCA) of some future AMD platforms that could use different types of SMCA and therefore cores.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Sway 1.7 Released With VR Headset DRM Leasing, Renames “–my-next-gpu-wont-be-nvidia”

          After working its way through the release candidate process, Sway 1.7 is out this weekend as the newest feature release for this i3-inspired, lightweight Wayland compositor.

          Sway 1.7 is notable in that it offers better zero-copy direct scanout support thanks to making use of the DMA-BUF feedback protocol. Other Wayland desktop compositors have also been quick in supporting the DMA-BUF feedback extension as well. The enhanced zero-copy direct scanout support for full-screen windows is easily one of the best features of Sway 1.7.

    • Applications

      • Cloud Hypervisor 21.0 Offers More Efficient Local Live Migration: 3s Down To 50ms – Phoronix

        Cloud-Hypervisor 21.0 was released this past week as its first feature release since this open-source Intel project moved to the Linux Foundation with backing from Microsoft and Arm. Cloud-Hypervisor 21.0 brings new features and fixes to this Rust-written hypervisor.

      • How I use Linux accessibility settings | Opensource.com

        When I started using Linux in the 1990s, I was in my mid-40s and accessibility was not something I gave much thought to. Now, however, as I’m pushing 70, my needs have changed. A few years ago, I purchased a brand new Darter Pro from System76, and its default resolution is 1920×1080, and it’s high DPI, too. The system came with Pop_OS!, which I found that I had to modify to be able to see the icons and text on the display. Thank goodness that Linux on the desktop has become much more accessible than in the 1990s.

        I need assistive technology for seeing and hearing in particular. There are other areas that I do not use but are useful to folks who need help typing, pointing, clicking, and gesturing.

        Various systems, like Gnome, KDE, LXDE, XFCE, and others, handle these assistive technologies differently. These assistive tweaks are mostly available through the Settings dialog box or from keyboard shortcuts.

      • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Base SAS

        AS Institute Inc. (“SAS”) is an American multinational developer of analytics software based in Cary, North Carolina. The company has around 14,000 employees.

        SAS started as a project at North Carolina State University to create a statistical analysis system used mainly by agricultural departments at universities in the late 1960s.

        SAS is the name of their software suite that can mine, alter, manage and retrieve data from a variety of sources and perform statistical analysis on it. It has more than 200 components covering areas including statistical analysis, econometrics and time series analysis, an interactive matrix language, data mining and much more.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to create, show and drop Collections in MongoDB | FOSS Linux

        MongoDB is an open-source NoSQL database which means that, unlike relational databases, it does not accept input values in table format. Data is stored in collections and documents since MongoDB is a document-oriented database. Rows in an SQL table have been replaced with documents in MongoDB.

        This article assumes that you’ve already installed the MongoDB server on your computer and connected a shell to the server. If you have already done so, we can explore a few features of MongoDB but first, a few terminologies: If not, you can check out the article on how to install MongoDB on Ubuntu.

      • How to add missing ifconfig command on Debian | FOSS Linux

        In this article, we will be tackle how to add the missing ifconfig command on Debian. We will run all this on Debian version 11, “bullseye.” This Debian version ships with the new package ipp-usb, recommended by cups-daemon, and utilizes the vendor-neutral IPP-over-USB protocol reinforced by multiple modern printers. This, in turn, allows a USB device to be treated as a network device, expanding driverless printing to include USB-connected printers.

        The ifconfig (interface configuration) command is a vital utility to configure the kernel-resident network interfaces. It is used to initialize the interfaces as required during the boot time. On the flip side, it is also used when debugging or when you need system tuning. Furthermore, this command is used to assign the IP address and netmask to an interface or enable or disable a given interface. The command is available under the net-tools package.

      • What are Upstream and Downstream in Linux Terminology?

        The terms: upstream and downstream are rather ambiguous terms and, I think, not really used by the general public. If you are a Linux user and do not write or maintain software, chances are pretty good that these terms will mean nothing to you, but they can be instructive in how communication between groups within the Linux world works.

        The terms are used in networking, programming, kernel, and even in non-computer areas such as supply chains. When we talk about upstream and downstream then, context is important.

        In its simplest form, upstream and downstream is the direction of the flow of information.

        Since we are all reading this article while we’re connected to the Internet, let’s look at an upstream/downstream example as it applies to Internet Service Providers (ISP). Here, the ISP is concerned with traffic. Upstream traffic is data is coming in from a user from a different ISP. For example, if you have a website that offers a subscription to a newsletter, the information I send, to subscribe, is upstream data.

      • How to create desktop shortcut for an AppImage – Linux Shout

        Have you downloaded any AppImage and now want to create a Desktop entry? Then here is the command line tutorial to create a Desktop shortcut and Application launcher for an AppImage of some software.

        AppImage desktop integration is not going to happen automatically. It is because this is a kind of portable executable file meant to run on almost all Linux distros. Hence, using developers don’t need to write a single software, again and again, to make it compatible with various Linux systems.

      • 5 Great Kali Linux Books – buildVirtual

        If you’re new to Kali Linux, or looking to pick up some more skills then there are some great Kali Linux books available. The aim of this page is to show you some of the best Kali Linux books currently available to help you on your journey to become a Kali Linux expert! If you are looking to learn Kali Linux then each Kali Linux book listed here should help!

      • Running Ubuntu on Raspberry Pi 4? Here’s How to Boost Performance

        Raspberry Pi 4 is a tiny device packed with useful features like support for dual monitors and fast ethernet connection. If you are looking for a simple yet reliable solution for your next DIY project, a Raspberry Pi can be an excellent base for that. Moreover, you can now easily run Ubuntu desktop on your Raspberry Pi 4, even with 2GB of RAM.

        Read below to learn how to improve Ubuntu’s performance on a Raspberry Pi 4 with only 2GB RAM. You can use this method to set up a full-fledged Ubuntu environment with access to a keyboard, mouse, and networking.

      • How to replace libinput with evdev for sane mouse control | Hund

        I try to be pragmatic and open to new things, but some things are just hard to embrace. Especially when they’re bad. One of these things are libinput.

        I tried giving libinput a chance, but I couldn’t come close to finding some sane mouse settings for it. I strongly dislike silly things like mouse acceleration. If I want to quickly move my mouse cursors across the screen, I’ll just quickly move my arm…

        Thankfully, it’s possible to go back to evdev, and it’s not that difficult either. You just have to install the package for it. In Fedora the package is named xorg-x11-drv-evdev.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Enabling EAC Support on Linux Through Proton is Now Even Easier – Boiling Steam

        Going from this explanation, this is the probable reason why there’s been so few titles with EAC to work through Proton so far. But yesterday, Valve wrote a new post regarding EAC. The post said that the company has been working with Epic to make supporting EAC titles on the Steam Deck or through Proton even easier. Game binaries no longer have to be updated, neither does the developer need to opt-in to the latest SDK or use Epic Online Services.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 10 Great Apps to Improve Your GNOME Experience [Part 3]

          We present the next set of great GNOME Apps that brings multitude of productivity boost while using your favorite GNOME desktop.

        • Daniel García Moreno: Twitch: GNOME live coding streaming

          This year I’ve started with something that I wanted to do since the first COVID lockdown, but never did. So as a first year resolution I decided to start streaming and I created my Twitch channel Abentogil.

          I’ve been thinking about streaming since lockdown, when a group of Spanish people created a nice initiative to teach kids how to code and other tech stuff. I never participated on that initiative, but it was the seed of this.

          This year I’ve seen other GNOME streamers doing live coding, like ebassi and Georges and, at the end, I pluck up the courage to start.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Vanessa’s Blog | Week7 Blog Post

          Week 1-2: Learn the Fedora package maintainer process, and improve existing packages via pull requests to practice the workflow.

          Week 3-5: Go over the NeuroFedora packaging queue and identify a list of tools for packaging

          Week 6-9: Follow the Fedora package maintaining process, and submit packages for review.

          Week 10: Follow the review process and make necessary improvements to submitted packages.

          Week 12: Submit packages for QA, test them, update documentation.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu is the most popular distribution of 2021

          We finished with the review of our end-of-year survey with the result related to distributions, the cornerstone of this world in which we live, although as expected, Ubuntu is crowned one more year as the average user’s favorite. No surprises, right? Not completely, as we will see below delving a little into the data.

          In fact, there are some other surprises in the table and more specifically, in the top positions; and even in the place of honor occupied by Ubuntu since we did this survey, there are changes that are worth commenting on, because as is the case with Firefox, the parish’s unshakable totem, there are trends that are not declining, but quite the opposite.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Experimental PineNote E-Reader Now Available for $399

        The 10.3-inch PineNote e-reader is now available to buy, but this isn’t a device ready to compete with the Kindle just yet.

        Last year, Pine64 announced it was developing an e-reader that runs Linux called the PineNote. As Liliputing reports, an experimental version of the PineNote has now gone on sale for $399, but it’s called “experimental” and the Developer Edition for a good reason.

        A note on the PineNote product page states, “The PineNote is an experimental device. PineNote software is still in it’s infancy and therefore it is ONLY suitable for experienced developers. At present time, there is no default OS for the PineNote.”

      • PineNote E Ink tablet now on sale for all even as developers continue refining the product

        The PineNote tablet is now on sale, which means anyone having $399 to spare, can order the E Ink tablet right away. The company known for its PinePhone and PineBook devices had put on sale limited quantities of the PineNote device in December though that was limited to the developers only. However, the e-note is now available for all to buy, and barring the Chinese New Year celebrations in February, there isn’t likely to be any disruption in supplies in the foreseeable future, the company revealed via its Jan. 2022 update.

        That said, the PineNote is still very much a work-in-progress thing so that the device right now is shipping without any operating system installed. There is going to be just the bootloader, which means buyers have the liberty to install the OS of their choice. Here again, there aren’t very many options as well though developers have been able to run the Alpine and Debian Linux to run on the tablet. A NixOS port too is being readied and should be available sometime soon.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Web-Centric Gabuino Has Compiler, Will Travel | Hackaday

          Arguably the biggest advantage of the Arduino platform is its ease of use, especially when compared to what microcontroller development looked like before the introduction of the open source board and its associated software development environment. All you need to do is download the IDE for your platform, plug in your Arduino, and you can have code running on the hardware with just a few clicks.

          But can it get even easier? [Gabriel Valky] certainly thinks so, which is why he’s developed the cloud-based Gabuino platform. As of right now it only supports the DS213 pocket oscilloscope and LA104 logic analyzer, but he says the code is lightweight enough that it should work with any STM32 board that has the appropriate bootloader. Using Gabuino requires no software to be installed on the computer, just plug in the board, and you’re already half way there.

        • Printing In Silicone | Hackaday

          When you think of making something out of silicone, you usually think of using a mold and injecting it with the material. Can you 3D print it? [Kimberly Beckett] answers that very question in a recent post. The short answer is yes, but you need specialized printing equipment.

          Most consumer or hobby printers use either filament deposition or photoresin. Neither of these processes are good for printing silicone. For one thing, silicone doesn’t melt and reform like a thermoplastic. After all, that is why we like making hotend socks and oven utensils with the material. If you do melt silicone, you get a gooey mess, not a nice fluid you can push through an extruder nozzle. As for resin printing, silicone is resistant to UV so the chances of coming up with UV curable silicone are pretty small.

          So how do you print silicone? There are a few methods. Aceo is a technique that is sort of like an inkjet. It deposits a solution of silicone and a binder that activates on exposure to UV. After placing a layer, a UV light activates the binder and you repeat for the next layer. There is also a technique for drawing a layer of silicone liquid and then curing it with a halogen lamp.

        • Another DPS5005 Alternative Firmware | Hackaday

          The firmware has some interesting features, such as programmable pre-sets intended for battery charging applications. In fact, there is a dedicated battery charge mode screen. We want to warn, however, that charging lithium ion batteries with this might not be at all wise, not in the least because of a lack of protection hardware in place. It would be very easy to destroy the unit or overheat a battery this way! However, if you must do this, there are a few features to help you out, such as a handy ‘counters’ screen showing approximate charge delivered.

          Remote programmability is, as usual, via the easily hacked in serial port, with firmware support for Bluetooth serial modules if wired USB serial doesn’t suit. For those who like to mount things differently, the screen can be rotated by holding a key on power-up, or if you hook up a MPU6050 accelerometer/gyro module it will even do it automatically!

        • Using 4G LTE wireless modems on a Raspberry Pi

          There doesn’t seem to be any good central resource for “4G LTE and Linux” out there, just a thousand posts about the ABC’s of getting an Internet connection working through a 4G modem—but with precious little explanation about why or how it works. (Or why someone should care about random terms like PPP, ECM, QMI, or MBIM, or why someone would choose qmi_wwan over cdc_ether, or … I could go on).

          Hopefully you can learn something from my notes. Or point out places where I’m glaringly wrong :)

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Education

        • Moodle: Working together to strengthen education – our obligation to future generations

          At Moodle, we support open education as crucial to reimagining and renewing education for our collective benefit. At its core, this movement recognises that an empowered teacher or educator requires access to quality resources, skills and tools in order to facilitate the education of a group of people. This includes open methods in accessing resources, an equitable approach in how to use resources and tools effectively and an open ed tech infrastructure that is reliable and accessible to all. Moodle supports the open education movement in three key ways.

      • Programming/Development

        • Mold 1.0.2 Released For This High Performance Linker – Phoronix

          For those interested in compilers, Mold as the “Modern Linker” is one of the interesting projects to watch in 2022.

          Mold 1.0 came at the end of 2021 for this project developed by Rui Ueyama who is also known as the original developer of LLVM’s LLD linker. Mold 1.0 is considered stable and production ready while delivering very promising results compared to LLVM’s LLD or GNU’s Gold linkers. Mold has been generating interest among developers and now Mold 1.0.2 is out this Sunday with fixes and minor updates.

          While Mold is working towards native link-time optimization (LTO) support, for the moment Mold 1.0.2 will now fall-back to using ld.bfd or ld.lld if GCC/LLVM LTO support is requested. This at least will not break builds and so should work out fine until Mold’s LTO support is ready.

        • Wordle With Grep

          i Let us solve a Wordle with the Unix grep command and the Unix words file. The Wordle game published on 22 Jan 2022 is solved in this post. The output examples shown below are obtained using the words file /usr/share/dict/words, GNU grep 3.6, and GNU bash 5.1.4 on Debian GNU/Linux 11.2 (bullseye).

          In this post, we will solve the Wordle in a quick and dirty manner. We will not try to find the most optimal strategy. The focus is going to be on making constant progress and reaching the solution quickly with simple shell commands. The steps below show how to solve a Wordle in this manner.

        • New Professional Certificate Program Teaches Essentials of Open Source Software Development
  • Leftovers

    • Underwater Drone Films, Is In Film | Hackaday

      Having a drone that can follow you running or biking with a camera isn’t big news these days. But French firm Notilo Plus has an underwater drone that can follow and video an underwater diver. The Seasam has been around since 2019, but recently made an appearance in a French film, The Deep House about a couple exploring an underwater haunted house, as reported by New Atlas. You can see a video about the drone — and a trailer for the movie — in the videos below.

      To follow a diver, the robot uses an acoustic signal from the user’s control unit to find the approximate location of the user. This works even in dark conditions. Once close enough, computer vision zeros in on the diver while a sonar system allows safe navigation.

    • Science

    • Education

      • Infosec Skill Sets

        Everybody’s career path into and within “Information Security” — about as broad and ill-defined a field as any — is different. We all come from different backgrounds with different experiences, and even if our job titles may be the same, in practice we are bound to perform different tasks.[1]

        But some skill sets tend to intersect. I’ve tried to compile a list of primarily technical “core competencies” before, but that only covered so-called “hard skills”. “Soft skills”, on the other hand, are actually a lot harder, but of course there’s overlap here indicating a conceptual difficulty in categorizing “technical” and “non-technical” skills. Overlap, you say? To the Venn Diagramminator!

    • Hardware

      • Arm releases experimental CHERI-enabled Morello board as part of £187M UKRI Digital Security by Design programme

        Professor Robert N. M. Watson (Cambridge), Professor Simon W. Moore (Cambridge), Professor Peter Sewell (Cambridge), Dr Jonathan Woodruff (Cambridge), Brooks Davis (SRI), and Dr Peter G. Neumann (SRI)

        After over a decade of research creating the CHERI protection model, hardware, software, and formal models and proofs, developed over three DARPA research programmes, we are at a truly exciting moment. Today, Arm announced first availability of its experimental CHERI-enabled Morello processor, System-on-Chip, and development board – an industrial quality and industrial scale demonstrator of CHERI merged into a high-performance processor design. Not only does Morello fully incorporate the features described in our CHERI ISAv8 specification to provide fine-grained memory protection and scalable software compartmentalisation, but it also implements an Instruction-Set Architecture (ISA) with formally verified security properties. The Arm Morello Program is supported by the £187M UKRI Digital Security by Design (DSbD) research programme, a UK government and industry-funded effort to transition CHERI towards mainstream use.

      • ToolsGroup: Overcoming supply chain sustainability fears

        Though we’re hearing much about the circular economy today, the idea has been kicking around since 1976, when it was first introduced in a research report to the European Commission. Recently organisations, most notably, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, have reinvigorated the model and (if you’ll pardon the pun) “put wind in its sails”.

        The Ellen MacArthur Foundation states that the circular economy “is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems”.

        Supply chains, which manage every aspect of the goods production lifecycle, are arguably in the best position to make meaningful, measurable contributions to a sustainable circular economy. According to a report Gartner published last December “Supply Chain Executive Report: Close the Loop to Create Future-Fit Raw Material Strategies”, 51% of supply chain professionals expect the focus on their circular economy strategies to increase over the next two years.

      • Running Methanol RC Engines On Gasoline | Hackaday

        Methanol is a popular fuel for small engines used in radio-controlled models, but comes at a higher price than gasoline. It’s also harder to source and can be a mite corrosive, too. Gasoline comes with some benefits, but running it in a methanol engine usually requires some mods. [David] and [Bert] worked together to build a mixture controller for just this purpose.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Zhengbang Pick & Places Your Confidential Data In The Bag, Slowly | Hackaday

          It didn’t end here! After installing the “clean” files, they also ran a few anti-malware tools, and all seemed fine. Then, they plugged the flash drive into another computer again… to encounter even more alerts than before. The machine was equipped with some sort of mechanism to infect every .exe touching it with the same aforementioned malware, and the “clean” files were nothing more than a distraction – the infection got added to all .exe files on sight, even .exe‘s of the anti-malware tools they put on that USB drive. By this point, ZhengBang’s intentions are pretty clear – getting data from as many of your devices as possible. To add to that, all of these discoveries don’t count as violations of Aliexpress Terms and Conditions – so if you’d like to distribute a bunch of IoT malware on, say, wireless routers you bought in bulk, now you know of a platform that will help you!

        • I Broke My MacBook User Profile By Deleting A Single Folder

          The OS on my M1 MacBook Air was completely trashed when I tried to use it this morning. All because I deleted a single folder from my home directory.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • Cyber conflict and mixed signals. Nation-state cyberespionage, privateering, and direct theft. [Ed: Ongoing efforts to shift attention away from Microsoft back doors to something else]

            Russo-Ukrainian tension has moved US authorities to issue an alert on the threat of Russian cyber operations. That alert came as the continuing effort to address Log4j vulnerabilities has raised concern about open-source software security.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Tracking corona infections: German Luca app in a downfall

              Five Länder no longer renew their contracts with culture4life, the company’s new business model could also run into turbulence

            • How to Use SSH Agent Safely

              The SSH agent (ssh-agent) is an SSH key manager that stores the SSH key in a process memory so that users can log into SSH servers without having to type the key’s passphrase every time they authenticate with the server. In addition to the key management feature, SSH agent supports agent forwarding, which helps to authenticate with servers that sit behind a bastion or jump server. As the agent works as a password manager for SSH keys, incorrect usage or faulty configuration can cause security risks.

              In this article, we’ll explore how to avoid potential SSH agent pitfalls and recommend best practices to keep your SSH agent secure.

            • Farewell, G Suite legacy free edition

              Today I saw the news that Google are pulling on the plug on the G Suite legacy free edition (a.k.a. Google Apps for custom domains). If you don’t recall the story – originally the service was free for up to 50 users (making it quite popular with small companies), then up to 10 users, then up to 5 users, and finally it was made paid for everyone. The people who started to use the service before the terms were changed were kept on what Google called “G Suite legacy free edition”. I am (was?) one of them.

            • China’s Olympics App Is Horribly Insecure

              China is mandating that athletes download and use a health and travel app when they attend the Winter Olympics next month. Citizen Lab examined the app and found it riddled with security holes.

            • Israeli police accused of using Pegasus malware to spy illegally on citizens

              Israeli police are under fire after a report accused them of using the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware to access the devices of the public, it was reported today.

              The claims were made by the Israeli newspaper Calcalist, which contends that its investigation proves that the spyware was used on critics of the former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The technology, which has been called “the most powerful piece of spyware ever developed,” is said to have been used on activists, politicians and journalists around the world.

            • Government funds charity campaign to warn big tech over the risks of encryption to children [Ed: Well, the threat to children is the perpetrators of these policies]

              The government is funding a campaign that will put pressure on Facebook and other tech companies over their plans to introduce encrypted messaging services, warning that millions of cases of child abuse could go undetected.

              The Home Office-backed campaign, known as No Place to Hide, warns that social media sites are “willfully blindfolding” themselves to child sexual abuse by introducing end-to-end encryption on messaging services.

              The campaign, coordinated by M&C Saatchi, aims to bring together charities and experts to warn parents over the risks of end-to-end encryption.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • The “Doomsday Glacier” Is Irreversibly Melting, Researchers Say

        Just as the Thwaites may unleash inland ice into the ocean — much like a cork pulled from a bottle — others are dumping concerning amounts of fresh water near penguin populations. According to a new study published by researchers at Cambridge and the University of Leeds, iceberg A-68a was the world’s largest before it shattered into nearly a dozen mini-bergs.

      • Defend Chernobyl During an Invasion? Why Bother, Some Ukrainians Ask.

        The Chernobyl zone covers about 1,000 square miles straddling the shortest direct route from the Belarusian border to Kyiv. While it is not necessarily the most likely invasion route from the north, because it is swampy and densely forested, Ukraine has not ruled it out.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • A Mass Extinction Has Already Started, Scientists Say

          The team led by Robert Cowie, a research professor at the University of Hawaii, argues that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species was too focused on the loss of bird and mammal species — and not focused enough on invertebrates, a much larger group.

          The organization’s Red List, founded in 1964, is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of endangered species and their extinction risk. It has been used by other researchers to argue that we are not in fact facing a sixth mass extinction event.

        • Untangling the roots of plant genomes| EurekAlert!

          The article, “Green Plant Genomes: What We Know in an Era of Rapidly Expanding Opportunities” underscores the significance of this massive endeavor. “Nearly half a million species of plants inhabit the Earth today and the secrets to understanding nearly everything about them is hidden in the sequences of their DNA (the plant genome),” said Dr. W. John Kress, senior author of the paper and Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian. “Plants are the foundation of environments across the planet and deciphering their genomes will be a game changer for understanding nearly all aspects of our own lives, from improving foods and medicines to inspiring artists and enhancing ecosystem stability.”

        • Ecological niche divergence between extant and glacial land snail populations explained | Scientific Reports

          The presence of Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) biotic communities without modern counterparts is well known. It is particularly evident in central European fossil LGM land snails whose assemblages represent an odd mix of species that are currently limited to either xeric or wetland habitats. Here we document a genetically verified discovery of the modern calcareous wetland species Pupilla alpicola on Iceland, where it is limited to dry grasslands. This species also represents a common European LGM fossil, and its new records from Iceland help explain puzzling shifts of some glacial land snails of xeric grassland habitats to open wetlands today. Similarities between the climates of modern Iceland and LGM Eurasia suggest that this species did not become limited to wetlands in continental Europe until after the Late Pleistocene–Holocene climate transition. These results are a strong reminder that assumptions of ecological uniformity must be questioned and that the quality and robustness of palaeoecological reconstructions is dependent upon adequate knowledge of the full autecological range of species over time.

    • Finance

      • Islamism meets inflation and Turkey teeters

        While Erdoğan and his government make these terrible mistakes, many in the West are making a related mistake. Our experts and opinion leaders are far too accustomed to looking at leaders around the world as so-called rational actors. Possibly evil, possibly ignorant, but still rational. History shows something different. Plenty of world leaders are irrational and willing to follow irrational ideologies right over a cliff, taking their own and possibly other countries with them. Case in point: Venezuela. The more wreckage the policies of the Hugo Chavez and Nicolás Maduro governments created, the more those leaders kept and keep pursuing the same policies. Erdoğan may be such a one.

      • Holes in the Social Safety Net Leave Millions Without Access to Needed Benefits

        The pandemic has shone a bright light on our country’s social safety net. Record numbers of Americans applied for unemployment. The federal government issued hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus checks. Federal and state programs like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), mortgage relief, rental assistance, even free vaccine delivery—all of which had trouble gaining bipartisan support in previous years—were quickly implemented as the crisis unfolded and millions of Americans lost jobs, fell ill or were sidelined at home caring for children whose schools and day care facilities were closed due to COVID.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Biden signs memorandum to secure sensitive national security systems

        The order specifies how national security systems, the most sensitive information technology systems within the government, should comply with a May 2021 executive order designed to improve cybersecurity across the federal government.

        While that executive order laid out a broad set of tasks for managers of national security systems, the new memorandum establishes specific timelines and guidance for implementation. This includes requiring multifactor authentication and encryption.

        The memorandum also requires agencies to develop a plan to implement zero trust architectures, a move considered critical to protecting systems and information from both inside and outside threats.

      • The European Commission Timidly Commits to Opening it’s Source Codes and Contributing to Free Software

        Following its “Open Source Software Strategy 2020 – 2023″, published in October 2020, the European Commission formalizes its goals and practices in its decision “on the open source licensing and reuse of Commission software” – an important document, as the Commission can be held accountable for it. Like the above-mentioned strategy, this decision doesn’t demonstrate much political ambition, nonetheless it sets a useful baseline and confirms the Commission’s will to amplify its use of free software, and contribute more to it.

      • [Old] COMMISSION DECISION of 8.12.2021 on the open source licensing and reuse of Commission software

        This Decision determines the conditions for the reuse and licensing of software produced by the Commission or on its behalf, and for which the Commission holds the intellectual property [sic] rights [sic].

      • Howie Hawkins Blasts “Bipartisan Biden” on Inauguration Anniversary

        The 2020 Green Party Presidential Candidate Calls for Independent Progressive Politics

        Howie Hawkins, the Green Party’s 2020 candidate for President, issued the following statement on the first anniversary of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. It is being published on the CounterPunch website today as “Bipartisan Biden Builds Back Bupkis: Reflections on Biden’s Inauguration Anniversary.”

        It is not surprising that President Biden is failing on his Build Back Better and voting rights agendas. It is not surprising because Biden campaigned as the candidate who could work with the ultra-conservative, Trump-infatuated Republicans to build unity and “restore the soul of America.” Biden continued to pursue bipartisanship even after the anti-democratic Republicans tried to overthrow his election.

        Bipartisan Biden’s political strategy has been as reality-challenged as Trump’s 30,000 lies in office. It is not surprising that as Biden approached the January 20th anniversary of his inauguration a Quinnipiac Poll showed that Biden’s job approval is 33% and a 58% to 37% majority of Americans believe our democracy is in danger of collapsing.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • The sky is falling for Netflix

        Although price increases will probably help to offset its sluggish sign ups, they could also lead to more stagnation for Netflix.

        For some consumers, price increases — even small ones — are a lot to ask considering that so many competitors are at Netflix’s gates. Rivals like Disney+, Peacock and HBO Max from CNN parent’s company, WarnerMedia, are also vying for a share of consumer’s streaming budget. A dollar here or there matters to consumer’s wallets.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • AstraZeneca and Hoyng avert damages payment to health insurer Menzis [Ed: AstraZeneca is a bunch of monsters, but mouthpieces of AstraZeneca and the other patent profiteers (Amy Sandys in this case) frame this as a case of innocence ]

          The Court of Appeal of The Hague has found AstraZeneca not guilty of enforcing an invalid patent against generic drug companies in the Netherlands. Overturning a first-instance decision, the court ruled that it is not unlawful for a patent holder to maintain an invalid patent if unaware that a court could invalidate the patent. As such, AstraZeneca is no longer obliged to compensate third-party health insurer Menzis.

          For Menzis, the decision is a blow in its quest to gain damages from pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in the Netherlands. This is in contrast to a District Court of The Hague decision, which it handed down in 2020. It is also the first such claim made by a health insurance company.

        • Companies got fewer patents in 2021 – in-house explain why [Ed: Rani Mehta, de facto lobbyist for the patent cartel that sponsors her, treats this like bad news; as if monopolies are desirable and they're moaning about "patent eligibility challenges" (read: patent quality)]

          Counsel at Siemens, HPE, Honeywell and IBM say COVID and patent eligibility challenges are to blame for the drop in issuances last year and in the future

        • What are the challenges in developing information around mixing-and-matching COVID-19 vaccines and therapies?

          The FDA has now authorized three vaccines and several treatments (including both monoclonal antibodies and small-molecule drugs) for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. But the initial evidence supporting these products’ introduction into the market did not include information about how they might work together. Nevertheless, information about mixing-and-matching COVID-19 vaccines and therapies would be highly valuable not only to physicians and their patients, who must already make decisions about what treatment options to pursue under conditions of uncertainty (if the treatments are available), but also for policymakers, who want to know what products to prioritize for investment. Why is it so difficult to obtain this information? How can policymakers encourage its development?


          The CDC currently advises that vaccines are not interchangeable for the initial two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines, but that mix-and-match dosing (more formally known as “heterologous” dosing) is allowed for booster shots. People who received non-FDA-authorized vaccines can also receive a heterologous primary dose and booster. The agency cites preliminary results from a pre-Omicron study by the NIH-funded Mix and Match Team, which found that heterologous boosters resulted in similar or higher antibody responses in the first month after boosting. But short-term antibody responses may not indicate clinical outcomes, and the study authors caution that the study was not designed to compare different booster regimes (given the sample size and lack of controls for relevant variables). Last week, the Mix and Match Team posted very preliminary results that most booster combinations (heterologous or homologous) increase antibody response to the Omicron variant, but these results have similar limitations.

        • Medlab receives grant to develop NanoCelle nasal vaccine for Covid-19 [Ed: EPO thinks or wants us to believe that giving monopolies or patents on COVID-19 would help rather than exacerbate the crisis, ensuring it never ends because it's more profitable to keep the virus circulating]

          Furthermore, the platform provides a market-ready delivery solution with patent protection until 2036 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and Europe.

        • Greenville entrepreneur helps police bring down $4.5M patent scam
        • [Older] Texas Patent Litigation Monthly Wrap-Up – October 2021 [Ed: When patent law is turned into "business" by judges, who disregard the actual law to attract lawsuits]

          Texas courts facing pushback on multiple fronts.

        • [Older] China to Revoke Patent Agencies’ Licenses for Filing Abnormal Patent Applications [Ed: Patent applications in China are of low quality, but to stuff WIPO they’ll grant anyway]

          On November 10, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the Notice of the CNIPA on Further Severely Cracking Down on Abnormal Patent Application Agency Acts (国家知识产权局关于进一步严厉打击非正常专利申请代理行为的通知). CNIPA will halt new business intake or even revoke licenses of patent agencies that file relatively large amounts of abnormal (also translated as irregular) patent applications. Previously, Chinese patent agencies have been warned and fined such as a Shenzhen firm that was recently fined 50,000 RMB for filing a total of 1,264 irregular applications and a Hangzhou firm was recently fined 20,000 RMB for filing a total of 1,192 abnormal patent application.

        • [Older] Federal Circuit Disinfects PTAB’s Obviousness Finding for MRSA Inactivation Patent

          The University of Strathclyde recently found relief at the Federal Circuit when a unanimous panel reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“the Board”) final determination that their method patent for photoinactivating MRSA bacteria was obvious. The Federal Circuit found that due to a lack of substantial evidence in the prior art, the patent was not shown to be obvious/unpatentable.

        • [Older] Chinese Patent Office Announces Record 1.04 Million RMB Fine for Unauthorized Practice of Patent Law

          On November 29, 2021, the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced a record fine of 1.04 million RMB (~$163 thousand USD) against a Sichuan entity for engaging in the patent agency business without authorization. Per CNIPA, “The amount of fines and forfeiture is the most for an unqualified patent agency violation case that has been investigated and punished.”

        • Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent Moving Ahead in Europe [Ed: Totally and intentionally ignoring the fact that this is illegal and many obstacles remain]

          Final preparations by sixteen EU member states for their Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) began on 19 January 2022, following Austria’s deposit on the previous day of its ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement (PPA). The PPA permits the organization of the UPC before it opens to accept cases, including establishment of its Administrative, Advisory and Budget Committees, hiring of judges and staff, etc. The new court is expected to open in late 2022 or early 2023.

          Poland and Spain have not signed the UPC Agreement and currently do not plan to participate in the UP and UPC. Croatia joined the EU after the Agreement was signed. Seven additional EU member states have signed the UPC Agreement, but have not yet ratified. Those states and Croatia may participate in the UP and UPC later.

        • The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court Move Forward [Ed: No, it is illegal and it will be stopped; but the lobbying tactic is to endlessly lie and make it “too late” to stop something illegal]

          The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union yesterday declared that the Provisional Application Period (PAP) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has started, following deposit by Austria of its instrument of ratification. The Unified Patent Court will oversee the Unitary Patent (UP) which is intended to be a single patent right having effect in the territories of participating EU members and European patents granted in participating countries. The beginning of the PAP means that the UPC Preparatory Committee can begin work to establish the Court, which is expected to take at least eight months.

        • After almost 50 years, EU unitary patent edges closer to becoming reality [Ed: This publisher is promoting falsehoods; of course it’s in the EPO’s pocket, too; it’s really bad when EPO puff piece factories are also producing UPC propaganda for lobbying purpose, peddling unlawful agenda and to make matters worse, the EPO’s propaganda outlets also cherry-pick voices to help a patent cartel that kills millions of people for vaccine patent profits]
        • Intellectual property: Statement by Commissioner Breton [Ed: Thierry Breton openly and flagrantly promotes illegal agenda]
        • How John Quinn Built The World’s Largest Litigation Specialist [Ed: Why does Forbes champion thugs and bullies? They contribute nothing to the planet.]
      • Copyrights

        • Heuking embarks on mixed approach with patent attorney hire [Ed: This is truly ridiculous marketing spam from Christina Schulze, who used to do actual journalism. JUVE wants you to think that some firm hiring a relatively ‘low-level’ person is noteworthy “news” (follow the PR money)]

          Engineer and patent attorney Isabella Sommer-Zhang (31) has joined Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s four-lawyer-strong patent litigation team in Düsseldorf. She previously worked for patent attorney firms Farago and Jostarndt in Aachen, passing her European patent attorney examination last year

          As part of her education and training in electrical engineering and information technology, Sommer-Zhang worked for clients such as OLEDWorks. She also gained experience with AI patents through work for technology company Komet, and 3D metal printing manufacturer Aixway.

        • [Guest post] The new German competition tool in action – Ensuring the effectiveness of the new press publisher’s neighbouring right against Google

          On 12 January 2022, the German Competition Authority (Bundeskartellamt) announced that it would hold consultations in the press publishing sector on the Google News Showcase online service (see press release here). Already in June 2021, the Bundekartellamt had initiated proceedings against Google following a complaint by Corint Media concerning Google’s licensing and presentation practices i.a. in the News Showcase service. Corint Media is the German Collective Rights Management Organisation (CMO) responsible for the management of the neighbouring rights of broadcasters and press publishers, including the German press publisher’s neighbouring right under Section 87g of the German Copyright Act.


          Google has now declared that it will not include the Showcase content in its general search results and has proposed further measures to respond to the competition concerns, such as to modify the Showcase contracts and to clearly separate them from the negotiations between Google and the press publishers or their CMOs with regard to their neighbouring rights. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt stated: “Google has proposed measures to respond to our competition concerns relating to Google News Showcase. The company no longer plans to include Showcase content in the general search results. The conditions for participating in Google News Showcase are not intended to prevent publishers from enforcing their general ancillary copyright. Access to Google News Showcase is based on objective criteria. We rely on the assessment of the market players affected to ensure that the measures proposed by Google are effective. In view of the wide variety of interests the publishers may have we are thus conducting broader consultations in the sector.”

          Google’s proposed commitments are not publicly available, and it will be interesting to see the outcome of the Bundeskartellamt’s consultations in the sector. Certainly, as the consultation and negotiations progress, we will learn more details on what Google is offering exactly.

        • Pirate IPTV Reseller Ordered to Pay TV Companies $164,000 in Damages

          A 58-year-old man has been ordered to pay four Swedish TV companies more than $164,000 in damages after being found guilty of selling illegal IPTV service subscriptions. He claimed that a third party was responsible for the sales but a local court found him guilty of copyright infringement offenses, also handing down a four-month suspended prison sentence.

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