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  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: April 17th, 2022

       This week has been very slow in Linux news due to the Easter holidays, but sometimes we need to relax a bit and enjoy some family time. Being Easter and all that, this week brought us new Linux hardware from Star Labs, in the form of an all-AMD mini PC and an AMD Ryzen 7-powered StarBook Mk V laptop, as well as a new Ubuntu-powered laptop from Lambda and Razor for deep learning.

      On top of that, the PeaZip open-source archiving utility gets a new release, the LXQt 1.1 lightweight desktop environment brings more features and a new theme, and the Linux kernel 5.16 series reaches EOL (end-of-life). You can enjoy this and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for April 17th, 2022, below!

    • Linux Made SimpleLinux Weekly Roundup #178

      Welcome to this week's Linux Weekly Roundup.

      We had a wonderful week in the world of Linux Releases with the releases of EndeavourOS 22.1, SparkyLinux 2022.04, Bluestar Linux 5.17.2, and Manjaro 21.2.6.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Hot HardwareRazer And Lambda's Tensorbook Is A Sexy Linux Laptop With Deep Learning Chops | HotHardware
      • Razer's First Linux Laptop Called 'Sexy' - But It's Not for Gamers - Slashdot

        A headline at Hot Hardware calls it "a sexy Linux laptop with deep learning chops... being pitched as the world's most powerful laptop for machine learning workloads."

      • Android PoliceChrome OS Flex installation and hands-on: Not for the faint of heart

        Chrome OS Flex is here, and it can turn any old Mac or PC into a Chromebook. There’s just been one burning question that has been floating around since its announcement: can you use Chrome OS Flex to bring old Chromebooks back to life? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes, but it’s complicated. It might not work and Google won’t provide any support.

        One of Chromebooks' Achilles' heels is how long they receive updates. After a certain period of time, they reach what is known as the “Auto Update Expiration” (AUE) date, and updates are no longer provided (feature, security, or otherwise). Devices used reach AUE in as little as five years. In 2020, Google announced that some Chromebooks would be eligible for nine years of updates.

    • Server

      • HackadaySolaris Might Be Free If You Want It | Hackaday

        There was a time when “real” engineering workstations ran Linux Unix. Apollo and Sun were big names and Sun’s version was Solaris. Solaris has been an iffy proposition since Oracle acquired Sun, but Oracle announced last month that you can download and use Solaris 11.4 CBE free for non-production use.

        Do you care? If you ever wanted to run “real” Unix this is an option although, honestly, so is Free BSD and it probably has better community support. On the other hand, since you can virtualize a machine to spin up, it might be worth a little time to install it.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.18-rc3
        It's Sunday afternoon, and you all know what that means. It's time for
        another release candidate.

        (Yes, yes, it's also Easter Sunday, but priorities, people!)

        Things continue to look quite regular, although the diffstat may look a bit odd due to some email updates that ended up causing a lot of spread-out one-liner updates in the devicetree files.

        There's also a series to sound card probing error handling fixes ("Fix the missing snd_card_free() call at probe error") which ends up showing as a lot of few-lines across a number of sound drivers.

        But it all looks pretty small and fairly simple. Famous last words.

        Please do test, Linus
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • nixCraftHow to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS

        buntu 22.04 LTS (“Jammy Jellyfish”) will release next week. This tutorial explains how to safely upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS using the command-line and GUI options.

      • VideoHow to install Minetest on Debian 11 - Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Minetest on Debian 11.

      • ID RootHow To Install Apache ZooKeeper on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache ZooKeeper on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ZooKeeper is a software project by Apache Software Foundation that provides high-performance shared data, maintaining configuration information, naming, providing synchronization, and providing group services. In addition, distributed systems rely on ZooKeeper to implement consensus, leader election, and group management.

        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 Apache ZooKeeper 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.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Obsidian on a Chromebook - Updated Tutorial

        Today we are looking at how to install Obsidian 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!

      • nixCraftHow to install Go [golang] on Ubuntu Linux
      • How to Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        VirtualBox is a free and open-source virtualization tool for desktop and servers. It allows the users to run multiple virtual machines of different operating system at the same time. It is a type 2 hypervisor for x86 virtualization.

      • ID RootHow To Install Jupyter Notebook on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Jupyter Notebook on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Jupyter Notebook is a powerful and open-source tool for the documentation of data and scientific analysis. This tool can be used with several programming languages, including Python, Julia, Ruby, and much more. It is often used for working with data, statistical modeling, and machine learning.

        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 Jupyter Notebook 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 to Install Microsoft Teams on Manjaro Linux [Ed: This is malware]

        For many companies, the use of Microsoft Teams is vital. Before we had to use it only on Windows, but thanks to Microsoft’s openness we can now easily install it on Linux distributions. Today, you will learn how to install Microsoft Teams on Manjaro Linux.

      • Install, Configure, and Scan for Viruses on Linux with ClamAV - Putorius

        Many beleive you do not need an antivirus if you use Linux. I am not going to start that debate here. However, in my opinion it is always better to have one and not need it, than to need one and not have it. In this tutorial we are going to show you how to install, configure, and scan for viruses on Linux with ClamAV. ClamAV is a fully open source antimalware toolkit. It is available for almost any operating system, including Windows (ClamWin).

      • Install KVM on Ubuntu Jammy Jellyfish (Development branch)
      • How to list and attach Tmux sessions | FOSS Linux

        Tmux is a Linux software that allows you to multitask between terminal windows. It is an abbreviation for Terminal Multiplexing, based on the notion of sessions. Tmux is a terminal multiplexer that can replace the GNU screen.

        You can create a Tmux session and then launch many windows within it. Each window occupies the entire screen and is separated into rectangular panes. Tmux allows for simple switching between many apps on a single terminal and detaching and reattaching them to a different terminal.

        Tmux enables the establishment of persistent terminal sessions even when the SSH connection or the current terminal is closed. Tmux sessions can be continued in the background and subsequently listed and used again. We will cover how to list and attach Tmux sessions in this tutorial.

      • ID RootHow To Install Ntopng on AlmaLinux 8 - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ntopng on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Ntopng is a free, open-source software network monitoring solution based on commodity hardware. The main difference between ntopng and a traffic collector, is that ntopng not only reports traffic statistics but it also analyzes the traffic, draws conclusions on observed traffic type, and reports cybersecurity metrics. It is Cross-platform and runs on every Unix platform, macOS, and Windows.

        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 Ntopng network monitor on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, and Rocky Linux distributions.

      • Setting Up a VPS With Ubuntu 22.04 – ThisHosting.Rocks

        A VPS, or “Virtual Private Server,” can be an excellent choice for hosting your website. It will allow you to use a server without incurring the costs of purchasing your dedicated server and maintenance contracts.

        This article is going to teach you how to set up a VPS with Ubuntu 22.04, including setting up SSH key-based authentication, a firewall, timezone, updating Ubuntu 22.04, and creating swap space and remote desktop via VNC.

      • Linux HandbookHow to Enable Syntax Highlighting in Vim

        When you have to edit multiple files in Vim from your terminal, it is nice to have the syntax of the file contents to be highlighted.

        To enable syntax highlighting in Vim while you are using it, enter the normal mode using Esc key and then type:

        :syntax on That's easy, right? Let me provide more details on how it works and how you can make this change permanent.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • LinuxiacLXQt 1.1 Desktop Environment Is Here Based on the Qt 5.15

        LXQt is a free, open-source, lightweight, and user-friendly desktop environment built using the Qt libraries. Users looking for extreme performance in a desktop environment should consider LXQt. It is an excellent choice if you require a low-resource, nearly fully-featured desktop environment.

        The LXQt desktop environment consists of many small individual components like a panel program, session manager, hotkey daemon, and more. It was formed as a merger between the LXDE and Razor-Qt desktop environments. Here’s the project’s website.

        And now, the LXQt project has announced the release of LXQt 1.1. The following section briefly explains the most visible changes in the LXQt 1.1 release.

      • Bryan LundukeFreeGEM/XM -- The open source version of the unreleased, multi-tasking GEM

        In 1986, a project called “GEM/XM” was started within Digital Research. The idea was to bring multitasking to the GEM environment. (Which, up until then, had been strictly a “one application at a time” system… much like the Mac System Software of the day.)

        Unfortunately, GEM/XM never made it to market. Luckily, we now have the source code for it (under the GPL, thanks to the source being licensed that way and released by Caldera Thin Clients back in 1999).

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Caolán McNamara: GTK: Calling attention to a widget in LibreOffice with CSS animation

          The motivation here is Use attention-attracting cue when pressing Ctrl+F while in the find bar and do "something" to call attention to the widget. I thought I'd try some of the built-in GTK CSS support. So here we animate the widget to reduce its left and right margins inwards a little and its opacity to 50% before returning to its original properties.

    • Distributions

      • antiX

        After decades of Ubuntu use, I've replaced my desktop OS with antiX. It's a minimal Debian system without systemd. Boots to desktop in about 5 seconds and uses only 150Mb of RAM. It's a simple system that I can get my head around easily and administer without unlearning and relearning things all the time like I had to with Ubuntu. It feels fast and efficient, and looks good too. For similar reasons, on the server side, I'm moving from Ubuntu to OpenBSD where I can.

      • uni Toronto"Long term support" Unixes and versions of software in them

        The problem that all Unix distributions face sooner or later is that the people using them generally want the platonic ideal version of semantic versioning minor releases, namely updates that only fix bugs and improve things and never introduce backward compatibility problems or undesired changes. Apart from other problems with semantic versioning, the reality of life is that almost no modern open source project works this way for very long, including languages. Rust has stopped accepting cargo.toml files that it used to (cf), Go has significantly changed how the toolchain worked (cf), and even C compilers have broken compilation of existing things by adding new warnings (cf).

      • NeritamMilky Way V0.4 Release

        After a long and continuous period of tests and development, we are happy to announce a new release of Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre. With version 0.4, we have reached yet another major milestone: With it Hyperbola will be able to start the groundworks, per say of HyperbolaBSD. This release will serve as a transitional platform, for the continued effort to create a copyleft BSD based alternative kernel and system. For more information on this check.

      • Bryan LundukeUbuntu market-share is in a nosedive (and that's ok)

        While Ubuntu technically came into existence during 2004… it was barely a blip on the radar.

        By the very next year, 2005, Ubuntu had swooped in and claimed title of “most popular Linux distribution” — absolutely obliterating any competition. The entire Linux ecosystem shifted, in a dramatic way, in less than 12 months.

      • [Old] Kim KommandoThis alternative operating system is easier than Windows and Apple

        For the technologically inclined, trying out new operating systems can be an adventure. The rest of us, however, figure we have two choices: Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS because that’s what comes installed on our computers.

        But there’s a little secret that about 2 percent of the population has known about for a couple decades (according to NetMarketshare): The open-source operating system called Linux, which isn’t new — it’s been around since 1991 — has a new version that has techies abuzz.

        And, yes, it works on both PCs and Macs.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Top Apache projects in 2021: From Superset, to NuttX

        If you’ve moved up the food chain as a digital leader, it can be hard to keep abreast of what’s enthusing other technologists until someone starts chewing your ear about serverless* or NFTs**. A peak at some of the most active open-source projects is a good way to see what’s occupying some of the world’s developers; many of the most active projects were also spawned at digital-native companies with a track record of innovation.

      • Education

        • [Old] How I do my computing on GNU/Linux

          The flexible/tinker-able nature of GNU+Linux is one of the reasons I use this over Windows, iOS or MacOS. Heard about Android? Android is based on Linux. It can be installed in a way without Google services and I recommend you to'degoogle' your phone.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GNUUnifont 14.0.03 Released

            17 April 2022 Unifont 14.0.03 is now available. This release adds the new hex2otf program, which can convert Unifont .hex format files into OpenType fonts, as well as TrueType and other formats. See the hex2otf documentation for details.

            The font files just add several new Under ConScript Unicode Registry (UCSUR) scripts: Xaîni (U+E2D0..U+E2FF), Ophidian (U+E5E0..U+E5FF), Niji (U+ED40..U+ED5F), Sitelen Pona (U+F1900..U+F19FF), and Shidann (U+F1B00..U+F1C3F).

          • GNUGNU Mailutils - News: Version 3.15 [Savannah]

            Version 3.15 is released today. New in this version: mbox format: don't count terminating empty line as part of the message Improve performance of the Sieve fileinto action Improve efficiency of operations on flat mailboxes in append mode Bugfixes in quoted-printable and fromrd filters Variois fixes in mbox and dotmail format libraries Fix compilation with flex version 2.6.1

      • Programming/Development

        • Jim NielsenHaving Fun Writing APIs With Glitch

          So here I am, writing simple APIs for myself with Glitch: request, handler, response.

        • RlangKeeping Those SSH Keys Safe

          I threw together a small R package — {pubcheck} — to check local keys, keys in a character vector, and keys residing in GitHub. One function will even check the GitHub keys of all the GitHub users a given account is following: [...]

        • Linux LinksExcellent Free Tutorials to Learn Pony - LinuxLinks

          Pony is an actor-model, capabilities-secure, high-performance programming language. It’s object-oriented because it has classes and objects, like Python, Java, C++, and many other languages.

          By capabilities-secure we mean that the language is type safe, memory safe, exception-safe, data-race free, and deadlock-free.

          Pony is an ahead-of-time (AOT) compiled language. There is no interpreter nor virtual machine. It’s compatible with C.

          The language is published under the BSD 2-Clause “Simplified” License.

        • Perl/Raku

        • Rust

          • Coherence and crate-level where-clauses

            Rust has been wrestling with coherence more-or-less since we added methods; our current rule, the “orphan rule”, is safe but overly strict. Roughly speaking, the rule says that one can only implement foreign traits (that is, traits defined by one of your dependencies) for local types (that is, types that you define). The goal of this rule was to help foster the ecosystem — we wanted to ensure that you could grab any two crates and use them together, without worrying that they might define incompatible impls that can’t be combined. The rule has served us well in that respect, but over time we’ve seen that it can also have a kind of chilling effect, unintentionally working against successful composition of crates in the ecosystem. For this reason, I’ve come to believe that we will have to weaken the orphan rule. The purpose of this post is to write out some preliminary exploration of ways that we might do that.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayDrill Press Piece Fastening 101

      What are the options you have for securing your workpiece to the drill press table? [Rex Krueger] shows us that there’s plenty, and you ought to know about them. He goes through the disadvantages of the usual C-clamps, and shows options like the regular drill press vice and a heavy-duty version that even provides a workpiece tilting mechanism, and points out small niceties like the V-grooves on the clamps helping work with round stock. For larger pieces, he recommends an underappreciated option — woodworkers’ wooden handscrew clamps, which pair surprisingly well with a drill press. Then, he talks about the hold-down drill press clamps, a favourite of his, especially when it comes to flat sheets of stock like sheet metal or plastic.

    • I Guess I'm Mr Tea

      Tea really is a great thing. When one speaks of self-reliance and homesteading my first thought is "I could never grow enough tea for my own consumption."

    • Hardware

      • HackadayMeasuring Electromagnetic Fields With Just An Arduino And A Piece Of Wire

        Electromagnetic interference problems can be a real headache to debug. If you need to prove what causes your WiFi to slow down or your digital TV signal to drop, then the ability to measure electromagnetic fields (EMF) can be a big help. Professional equipment is often very expensive, but building an EMF detector yourself is not even that difficult: just take a look at Arduino expert [Mirko Pavleski]’s convenient hand-held electromagnetic field detector.

      • HackadayLaptop USB-C Charging Hack Lets You Leave The Brick At Home

        At their best, laptops are a compromise design. Manufacturers go to great lengths to make the slimmest, lightest, whatever-est laptops possible, and the engineering that goes into doing so is truly amazing. But then they throw in the charger, which ends up being a huge brick with wire attached to it, and call it a day.

      • HackadayThe 555 Gives The CarolinaCon Badge Life

        For the electronic badge enthusiast, these last two years have seen something of a famine. While the pandemic may not be over yet, we’re learning to live with it in 2022, and there’s the prospect of a flush of new badges even if not all events are in-person yet. First to reach us is the Carolinacon Online 2 badge, a fairly simple affair which naturally has us pleased as punch because it incorporates the only chip that’s guaranteed to get you through the semiconductor shortage, an NE555 timer. It’s got everything, a flashing LED, and, well, that’s it because with the best will in the world a 555 is no powerhouse on its own. As a memento and a way to support the event it fits the bill, but it’s fair to say that this is no electronic tour de force.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ontario Premier Ford Plays High-Stakes Game of Vaccine Poker

        And the winner is … no, not Will Smith. Someone even less deserving – Tamara Lich and the folks from the trucker convoy.

      • US News And World ReportNew Apiary Creating Buzz at Mississippi State University

        To bring awareness to the insects' importance and offer beekeeping classes and workshops, Mississippi State University constructed a new apiary, which will officially open in a few weeks. It will be housed at the Clay Lyle Entomology Complex as a partnership between MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

        MAFES researcher Priya Chakrabarti Basu, who will be the primary teacher for beekeeping classes, said it will enhance bee research and teaching activities, while giving bees a permanent home at MSU.

      • CBCI'm a radio journalist who is passionate about sound. Now I'm losing my hearing
      • Taiwan NewsTaiwan bans import of pesticide tied to neurological harm in children

        In addition to an entry ban for chlorpyrifos, the government is demanding that border control agencies combat smuggling of the hazardous chemical compound, which eradicates insects like mosquitos and cockroaches. It is also used in Taiwan's agricultural and livestock sectors, with minimal residue limits of 2 ppm for beef, 0.01 ppm for dairy products, and 0.05 ppm for eggs.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • How to recover Windows files using Linux Live USB

          You have a shiny new PC running Windows 10. It’s been using it for a while now, and everything is fine. Then, without any sign, the hard drive or SSD moves south. The problem is that you haven’t backed up to OneDrive, any other cloud storage service, or an external device. Sure, you can bring your device if it’s still under warranty and get a replacement, but the warranty won’t restore your files. so what are you doing?

        • IT WireDoubts over mitigation advice for Microsoft remotely exploitable flaw

          The flaw in question, CVE-2022-26809, an RPC Runtime Library Remote Code Execution Vulnerability, was given a CVSS rating of 9.8 and required no user interaction to be exploited, meaning it was wormable.

        • The Washington PostU.S. warns newly discovered malware could sabotage energy plants [iophk: Windows TCO]

          That combination makes the discovery of the system, dubbed Pipedream by industrial control security experts Dragos, the realization of the worst fears of longtime cybersecurity experts. Some compared it to Stuxnet, which the United States and Israel used more than a dozen years ago to damage equipment used in Iran’s nuclear program.

        • [Old] A Census of Minecraft Servers

          I'm not a very patient person, so I knew that much of my time spent working on this project would be devoted towards making it go fast. I had actually built a primitive Minecraft server scanner using NodeJS about a year ago; however, trying to scale it up to whole-Internet scanning rates quickly ended up becoming a nightmare. I did end up scanning the entirety of (even though it took five days); however, I accidentally deleted half the data in a stupid blunder which I will never forgive myself for, prompting me to fall into a deep depression. This time, I started by finding the fastest TCP port scanner available, which brought me to MASSCAN.

        • India TimesOil India cyberattack: IB & central cyber security agencies join probe [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Oil India cyberattack: IB & central cyber security agencies join probeDibrugarh: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and country’s two leading cyber security agencies — Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) — have joined the probe into the ransomware attack on state-run explorer Oil India Limited’s (OIL) headquarters at Duliajan in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • SDx CentralVerizon SDN Strategist Sees Big Open Source Savings - SDxCentral

                Telecommunication operators and their vendors can save millions of dollars in testing and certification by using the numerous open source tools and platforms lying under the Linux Foundation umbrella, according to Beth Cohen, SDN product strategist at Verizon.

                More specifically, Cohen was referring to those projects under the Linux Foundation’s Networking group. Those projects include the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Tungsten Fabric, and Anuket.

        • Security

          • Episode 319 – Patch Tuesday with a capital T – Open Source Security

            Josh and Kurt talk about a lot of security vulnerabilities in this month’s Patch Tuesday. There’s also a new Git vulnerability. This sparks the age old question of how fast to patch? The answer isn’t binary, the right answer is whatever works best for you, not what someone tells you is best.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Protocol[Reposted] Top House lawmakers want to turn over government business records

              Two top Democratic House lawmakers want to produce extensive records about its government business and accuracy following outrage about the IRS' use of the company's facial-recognition systems.

              Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight Committee, issued the extensive requests in a letter with Rep. Jim Clyburn, who chairs a subcommittee on COVID-19 and is the No. 3 Democrat in the House. The letter said the two lawmakers' panels had "serious concerns about the efficacy, privacy, and security of’s technology ... being used to verify the identities of millions of Americans seeking to access essential government services."

              The information requests, which were first reported by the Washington Post, come after backlash to the IRS' plan to have Americans upload a selfie for verification by's software before they could access tax information online.

            • arXivAre You Really Muted?: A Privacy Analysis of Mute Buttons in Video Conferencing Apps

              Video conferencing apps (VCAs) make it possible for previously private spaces -- bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens -- into semi-public extensions of the office. For the most part, users have accepted these apps in their personal space without much thought about the permission models that govern the use of their private data during meetings. While access to a device's video camera is carefully controlled, little has been done to ensure the same level of privacy for accessing the microphone. In this work, we ask the question: what happens to the microphone data when a user clicks the mute button in a VCA? We first conduct a user study to analyze users' understanding of the permission model of the mute button. Then, using runtime binary analysis tools, we trace raw audio flow in many popular VCAs as it traverses the app from the audio driver to the network. We find fragmented policies for dealing with microphone data among VCAs -- some continuously monitor the microphone input during mute, and others do so periodically. One app transmits statistics of the audio to its telemetry servers while the app is muted. Using network traffic that we intercept en route to the telemetry server, we implement a proof-of-concept background activity classifier and demonstrate the feasibility of inferring the ongoing background activity during a meeting -- cooking, cleaning, typing, etc. We achieved 81.9% macro accuracy on identifying six common background activities using intercepted outgoing telemetry packets when a user is muted.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • BBCClimate change: Key UN finding widely misinterpreted

        In their summary for policymakers, the scientists said it was still possible to avoid the most dangerous levels of warming by keeping the rise in global temperatures under 1.5C this century.

        This will take a herculean effort, with carbon emissions needing to shrink by 43% by the end of this decade to stay under this threshold of danger.

      • uni MichiganEnvironmentally-friendly ways to die

        If traditional secular funerals aren’t for you, or if you want to leave the most minimal environmental impact after you die, here are a few alternative, green burial methods.

      • Energy

        • RTLThe mystery of the disappearing bike lanes

          If you have been lucky enough to reach the city center without needing an ambulance or getting a police ticket, you’ll be rewarded with… cycle lanes. Yay! Unfortunately, the celebration is short lived as these lanes can just as quickly disappear, go up in thin air, dissolve, if you will. I can’t even begin to count how often I would suddenly be stuck at the ‘spontaneous’ end of a cycle path and had to search if and where it would continue (which it usually didn’t). As if some drunken painter without any patience or persistence has randomly drawn a few short cycle lanes here and there. Just for fun.

        • Taiwan NewsGaming marketplace enables in-game item trading with Dogecoin [cryptocurrency] wallet

          With the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and, most recently, Dogecoin, a web-based marketplace for in-game goods is also tapping the [cryptocurrency] boom.

 is a marketplace that gives users access to a wide variety of games with heavily discounted prices and perks. Users can get access to boosting, new accounts, currency, and in-game items for their accounts in games such as Final Fantasy XIV Gold and Minecraft.

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Mark Pocan’s 100% for Taxing the Billionaire Class

        When a business publication posted an article several years ago called “Weird Things Top Billionaires Have in Common” — eg., less likely to wear glasses, more likely to be bald — Rep. Mark Pocan responded on social media with an addition to the list: “Another weird thing billionaires have in common? Not paying their taxes.”

      • Counter PunchCorporate Greed Keeps the Pandemic Alive

        The elevation of the private profit of a few over the welfare of the many is, sadly, the ordinary course of events in a capitalist world. This is brightly illustrated by the failure of the world’s governments to prioritize health care over money as exemplified by the ongoing failure to make vaccines available to the Global South.

        Business as usual, yes, and it would be easy enough to lament the standards of the United States and its wildly expensive health care system being exported to the rest of the world. The U.S. does play a role here, but this time the U.S. is not the biggest villain. The European Union, with its obstinate refusal to waive any intellectual property rule because of fealty to Covid-19 vaccine makers, has been the biggest roadblock.

      • Hollywood ReporterActivision Blizzard Cooperating With Regulators’ Asks About Alleged Insider Trading

        Activision Blizzard is cooperating with a federal lawsuit and investigation into suspected insider trading that allegedly may have been facilitated by chief executive Bobby Kotick just days before the video game publisher was acquired by Microsoft, according to a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ukraine: Republican Disinformation

        As the war in Ukraine drags on, it becomes increasingly apparent that one of the major parameters is disinformation. For example, the attitude inside Russia seems to be that Vladimir Putin's military operations are justified because Putin is protecting "the fatherland" from neo-Nazis. Pro-Putin propaganda has been disseminated throughout the world; It has infected Republican legislators.

      • NPRFake sexual material targets the only woman running for president in the Philippines

        "This is gutter politics at its lowest. And the most debased act any partisan can engage in," he says. "However, this is the social media ecology that has developed over the last almost six years."

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Broadband BreakfastResearcher: Algorithms Cannot Be Blamed for Disinformation, But They Contribute to It

        François spoke on a panel with Karrie Karahalios, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, that was focused on the power of algorithms.

        During the discussion, Karahalios commented on proposed legislation in the House of Representatives to remove Section 230 protections for online content which is promoted algorithmically – thus subjecting them to legal liability. She stated that content regulation truly must be done on a case-by-case basis rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach to regulation in all settings.

      • Marcy WheelerJohn Durham Continues To Hide How Michael Sussmann Helped Kill The NYT Story

        Which is to say Martin uses DNS data but is not as expert as a number of the possible witnesses at trial he would be suggesting were part of some grand conspiracy (note, this summary is silent on his Tor expertise, which is both a more minor part of the evidence but will be a far more contentious one at trial).

        The more remarkable claim that Durham says Martin will make in rebuttal if Sussmann affirms the authenticity of the data is that, because the data was necessarily a subset of all global DNS data, it’s like it was cherry-picked, even if it was not deliberately so.

      • QuartzIndia is among the 10 countries with the worst freedom of expression

        India continues to rank among the top 10 countries to have imprisoned the most number of writers and journalists, according to the Freedom to Write Index 2021. The index was released on April 13 by PEN America, a US non-profit working to defend freedom of expression across the world. The organisation lists the number of writers, activists, and journalists that countries have put behind bars every year.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsMalawi Police Accused of [Cracking] Website of Investigative Media Group

        Police could not get Gondwe to reveal the information; however, they did confiscate a mobile phone and laptop belonging to him and forced him to reveal passwords.

      • The Sunday Times UKCensorship forces Russian paper to publish abroad

        Russia’s independent journalists are taking desperate measures to continue working, including emigration and working anonymously, as the country’s harsh war censorship law effectively outlaws independent reporting.

        Under a law pushed through shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, journalists face 15 years in prison for spreading “fake news” about the Russian army, including for using the words “war” or “invasion” to refer to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

      • Banning literature isn’t a new or clean-cut concept

        The reasons behind calls for book bans are not all on the same coin. Some adults dub certain books too inappropriate or even harmful for young students, which displays that their requests for bans aren’t necessarily of ill intent. For instance, some schools have banned “To Kill a Mockingbird” because of its tackling of racial injustices from a white protagonist’s perspective and the peppered-in racial slurs. Others feel more of a moral calling to object to certain books, especially those with racial or LGBTQ+ themes, which some say is the result of conservative states’ desires to have more of a say in their children’s learning.

      • The Washington PostCensorship battles’ new frontier: Your public library

        With these actions, Llano joins a growing number of communities across America where conservatives have mounted challenges to books and other content related to race, sex, gender and other subjects they deem inappropriate. A movement that started in schools has rapidly expanded to public libraries, accounting for 37 percent of book challenges last year, according to the American Library Association. Conservative activists in several states, including Texas, Montana and Louisiana have joined forces with like-minded officials to dissolve libraries’ governing bodies, rewrite or delete censorship protections, and remove books outside of official challenge procedures.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • My common Gemini crawler pitfalls

        Martin Chang [2] has some views of crawlers from the crawler's perspective, but I still have some views of crawlers from the receiving end that Martin doesn't cover. I finally got fed up with Gemini crawlers not bothering to limit their following of redirects [3] that I removed not only that particular client test from my site, but the entire client test from my site. Martin does mention a “capsule linter” to check for “infinite extending links,” but that's not an issue a site author should fix *just to apease the crawler authors!* It's an actual thing that can happen on the Inernet. A crawler **must** deal with such situations.

        Another issue I'm seeing with crawlers is an inability to deal with relative links. I'm seeing requests like `gemini://` or `gemini://`. The former I can't wrap my brain around how it got that link [4] (and every request comes from the same IP (Internet Protocol) address—, while the second one seems like a simple bug to fix (generated by only three different clients—,,

      • Re: Stepping away from Gemini

        I agree that most of the technical content hosted on Gemini is about Gemini itself, and usually repeating the same points, because I guess there are bits from Gemini that are not ideal and there is a lot of conversation around them. And also, as I wrote here back in November, I'm not interested in the heated discussions -and gatekeeping- around them.

      • RSS/Atom Feeds on the Web

        Here's are just a whole bunch of RSS feeds, loosly grouped, that I think are worth subscribing to over on the Web.

      • Re: Stepping away from Gemini

        But what is the main thing in the Geminispace? I’m always repeating that the answer is people. Gemini protocol gathered people who were attracted by its idea. It isn’t only loving to the protocol specification. It needs to explore the forgotten world, of the so-called, small-net. We won’t find each other on the big-net. It’s hard to find any old-school bloggers there. Big-net is dominated by products of GAFA monopolies. That products are creating needs of people in the natural for commerce way. There is not much space for ideas that people are attracted here.

    • Monopolies

      • Will Amazon have to ground its drone program?

        Speaking on Bloomberg TV, journalist Spencer Soper described problems with the Amazon drone design. In a test last summer, an Amazon drone experienced a motor failure while in flight and plummeted to the ground despite anti-crash safety features and caused a 25-acre brush fire with the explosion of its lithium battery.

        The crash of the drone, which weighs about 85 pounds, gave Federal regulators pause. Still Amazon has not abandoned drone R&D. Mr. Soper sees the ongoing investments as part of Amazon’s desire to shorten package delivery time beyond what has been possible so far.

      • Patents

        • Unified Patents' IPR filings shrink, but case outcomes show impact on NPEs - IAM [Ed: The mole at the USPTO (Iancu) did its damage]

          Unified Patents struggles more than others to get IPRs instituted, Docket Navigator data reveals, but when it does, the firm has the third-highest win rate among the top 10 PTAB petitioners

        • USPTO stops fast-track patent examinations from Rospatent

          The US Patent and Trademark Office has announced that it will no longer grant requests from Russia’s IP office to participate in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway.

        • MondaqWhat Are Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Programmes – And Should You Be Using Them? - Intellectual Property - France [Ed: They've managed to put patent litigation ahead of actual innovation as the priority]

          PPH programmes are collaborative arrangements between two (bilateral) or more (multilateral) patent offices. Their objective is to accelerate the granting of a patent application filed in an office of second filing (or second application) under priority of a patent application or patent filed in an office of first filing (or first application).

        • Samsung and Solas seek to settle patent dispute

          South Korea-based Samsung and Irish company Solas OLED have agreed to settle a patent suit, less than half a year after Samsung lost challenges against the finding that it owes approximately $77 million.

        • Continental loses automotive patent pool suit [Ed: Nokia is operating via patent trolls these days; this is what Microsoft turned Nokia into...]
        • MondaqEPO To Increase Official Fees From 1 April 2022 [Ed: Charging you even more for legally-invalid patents]

          The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that the official fees charged for European patent applications will be increasing from 1 April 2022. More details of the fee increases can be found here and here.

          The majority of official fees are increasing, including the application fees, search and examination fees, and renewal fees. In each case, the increase will be an “inflationary” amount of around 2 to 5%. A small number of the more modest official fees are not increasing in April 2022.

        • MondaqComparing Apples With Pears (Again?)

          It seems that Apple is on the wrong side of another Pear - this time in a patent dispute involving 2 lapsed patents, the Swiss Supreme court and the iMessage service. We'll have to see where that one goes.

          Previously Apple sued Prepear over their Pear logo in 2020 - see here: Apple sues Pear - Prepear is a small US food business and uses a pear logo as part of its branding. As well as being the name of a global digital business giant, 'apple' is also the name of a kind of food - a fruit. Apple (the global business) uses a logo featuring an apple (the fruit) with a bite taken from it.

        • Software Patents

          • Topia Technology patent challenged — Unified Patents

            On April 15, 2022, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 10,067,942, owned by Topia Technology, Inc., an NPE. The ‘942 patent relates to automatic file sharing across a distributed network. It has been asserted against Box, Dropbox, and Egnyte.

          • Flexiworld patent challenged — Unified Patents

            On April 8, 2022, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 9,836,257, owned by Flexiworld Technologies, Inc., an NPE. The ’257 patent relates to transmitting digital content from a mobile apparatus to a wireless output device and has been asserted against Roku.

      • Trademarks

        • MondaqRocky Opposition Knocked Out By Concept Of Trademark Neutralisation [Ed: Watch out, Rocky Linux?]

          Oppositions to EU trademark applications that included the word 'Rocky' have been rejected on the grounds that any likelihood of confusion with the titular film character has been neutralised by the obvious conceptual differences. Pierre Coppin explains the concept of trademark neutralisation in the context of the Rocky ruling.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakDelayed Megaupload Lawsuits Get Assigned to Ninjavideo Judge

          More than ten years after Megaupload was shut down, the RIAA and MPA are still waiting for their chance to request damages in their civil lawsuits. With the criminal prosecution still pending, another delay has been granted. In a new twist, both cases are now reassigned to the judge who also convicted several NinjaVideo staffers.

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