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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Jupiter BroadcastingI run NixOS BTW | LINUX Unplugged 455

        We've hit a bump in the road with the NixOS challenge, and share what it might not be great at. Plus, what we didn't cover in our Ubuntu 22.04 review.

        The one where we don't talk about Ubuntu 22.04 at all.

      • Episode 320 – Security Twitter is not the real world – Open Source Security

        Josh and Kurt talk about a survey about a TuxCare patch management and vulnerability detection. Sometimes our security bubble makes us forget what it’s like in the real world for the people who keep our infrastructure running. Patching isn’t always immediate, automation doesn’t fix everything, and accepting risk is very important.

      • GNU World Order 457

        Installing software on Slackware.

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNKernel prepatch 5.18-rc4

        The 5.18-rc4 kernel prepatch is out for testing. "Fairly slow and calm week - which makes me just suspect that the other shoe will drop at some point. But maybe things are just going really well this release. It's bound to happen _occasionally_, after all."

    • Applications

      • UndeadlyLibreSSL 3.5.2 released

        Hot on the heels of OpenBSD 7.1's release, LibreSSL has been updated to 3.5.2!

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Foliate eBook Viewer on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - LinuxCapable

        Foliate is a free, open-source eBook reader that brands itself “A simple and modern eBook viewer for Linux desktops.” It is an excellent e-reader app for people who love reading and managing their books. It has an easy-to-use library view with reflowable text, which means you can read all of your favorite formats on this great device!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the Foliate on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three methods: apt package manager, flatpak package manager, and snapcraft package manager, along with some tips for maintaining or removing Foliate in the future.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Python 3.8 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - LinuxCapable

        Python is one of the most popular high-level languages, focusing on high-level and object-oriented applications from simple scrips to complex machine learning algorithms. Python is famous for its simple, easy-to-learn syntax, emphasizes readability, and reduces program maintenance costs and more straightforward conversion to newer releases. Python supports modules and packages, and one of the many is the popular PIP package manager.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Configure a Static IP Address on Alpine Linux

        In most environments, IP addressing is achieved using DHCP, which is a protocol that automatically dishes IP addresses to clients so that they can be part of a network. While convenient, sometimes, a static IP is preferred especially when you want to configure a server to serve as a web, database, or FTP server to mention a few.

        In this guide, we will illustrate step-by-step instructions on how to configure a static IP address on Alpine Linux.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Nginx Web Server on Alpine Linux

        Nginx is an open-source web server that, apart from being a web server, can also serve as a load balancer, reverse proxy, and HTTP cache. It provides a wealth of features and modules that make it better than its counterpart, Apache.

        In this article, we will walk you through the installation of the Nginx web server on Alpine Linux.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Apache Web Server on Alpine Linux

        Apache is a free and open-source web server developed and maintained by the Apache Foundation, which is satisfactorily fast and easy to install and configure.

        It provides lots of modules for customizing your site to your preference. For example, you can enable SSL for your website, configure virtual hosts, and so on.

        In this guide, we will demonstrate how to install and configure the Apache webserver on Alpine Linux.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install digiKam on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - LinuxCapable

        digiKam is a free and open-source digital photo management application on Linux, Windows, and macOS. It provides comprehensive tools for importing photos from your camera or external storage devices such as SD cards/USB disks without breaking out the manual hex editors! The app also has great features like editing remotely through Dropbox integration which means no more juggling between different screens while trying not to miss anything important.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the digiKAM on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three methods: apt package manager, flatpak package manager, and snapcraft package manager, along with some tips for maintaining or removing digiKam in the future.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - LinuxCapable

        HandBrake is an open-source video transcoder that can be downloaded for free and supports Mac, Windows, or Linux to convert videos in many different formats into more commonly used ones like MP4 with minimal file size reduction – making it efficient at reducing the amount of data consumed on your hard drive while also helping save time!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Handbrake on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal with various methods to install the transcoding software and update and remove the software if the need arises.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GIMP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - LinuxCapable

        GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is an open-source program used for many different purposes. Its primary function centers around graphic design and editing images and transcoding between various image formats, free-form drawing, and many more specialized tasks. GIMP is released under GPL-3.0-or-later license and is available for Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the GIMP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three methods: apt package manager, flatpak package manager, and snapcraft package manager, along with some tips in maintaining or removing GIMP in the future.

      • Linux CapableHow to Upgrade Mesa Drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS - LinuxCapable

        With the release of modern graphics cards, it’s easy to forget that before they were standard in most gaming laptops and consoles – there was Mesa. The open-source software implementation translates API specifications into vendor-specific drivers so you can use high-end applications with your PC even if it has older hardware!

        Most Linux distributions feature Mesa drivers, given they are free and open-source before any proprietary drivers options, however for most Linux distributions that focus on stability first, you may find your Mesa drivers needing an update when new releases support newer graphic card hardware and technologies.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to upgrade or install Mesa Drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish with Obigaf PPA for the latest drivers to support Intel Radeon, NVIDIA, etc.

      • UNIX CopHow to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04

        We already have Ubuntu 22.04 with us, which makes us happy. We already know that the best way to get this system is to do a clean installation. But we can also simply upgrade from a previous version. That’s why today I will show you how to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04 without dying trying.

        Ubuntu 22.04 is just out of the oven, and we can already enjoy all its advantages and all its splendor. That is why many users are already wondering how to have it now.

        One of the ways to do this is to upgrade directly via the terminal. This method is effective for servers or minimal Ubuntu installations. Let’s get started.

      • How do I find the IP address of an networking interface in Linux | FOSS Linux

        An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a unique identifier identifying a device connected to the internet or a local network. It acts as an identifier that permits data to be sent between devices on a network. They contain location information and make devices accessible for communication.

        This article will look at the various ways to find the IP address of a network interface in Linux.

      • How to kill all the Tmux sessions | FOSS Linux

        Tmux is a free and open-source terminal multiplexer that allows you to manage many terminal windows simultaneously. It allows you to effortlessly switch between numerous applications in one terminal, detach them, and reconnect them to another. People who have used the Terminator application before will be familiar with tab management in Linux Terminal.

      • How to restart network interfaces on Linux | FOSS Linux

        Once you make changes in the network interface, they affect the network services manager of your system. To enable the system or machine to connect to the network, one needs to restart the network interface to apply the changes without rebooting your server.

        This article will guide you on restarting the network interface in various Linux distributions.

        Note: When running SSH/ VNC or other remote-based sessions, you should take precautions since restarting the network interface or service can result in network disconnectivity, resulting in connection loss.

    • Games

      • Release: PS4 Firmware Downloader for Windows/Linux/Mac -

        For those of you too lazy to click the “download” link on PlayStation’s page, developer SmallPP420 (sic) has released a utility that lets you download the latest PS4 Firmware directly from Sony’s servers.

        Select whether you’d prefer the regular firmware, or the recovery one, and the file will be downloaded locally to your computer.

      • Overgrowth Open Source Announcement - Wolfire Games Blog

        We have worked on Overgrowth for 14 years. It is our longest running, ongoing project, and a massive reason why we have continued to work on the game is the fantastic fan response and following. Not only have people all over the globe continued to play and enjoy Overgrowth for years, but the community has had an enormous impact on the project as well. From the helpful feedback that led to better updates, to the amazing modders who expand what you can do in the game, to the talented artists and creators who expand upon Overgrowth’s style and lore. This game has been shaped and crafted in no small part by the people who play it.

        So what's the next step? How do we honor the community that helped build this game? We are pleased to announce that Overgrowth’s code is now open source! Not only that, but we're also permanently reducing the game’s price by a third worldwide, from $29.99 to $19.99 in the US.

        Only the code is getting open sourced, not the art assets or levels, the reason is that we don't want someone to build and sell Overgrowth as their own. We're using the Apache 2.0 license, which allows you to do whatever you want with the code, with very few obligations. It’s easy to compile and run the official Overgrowth game using the open source code, so you don't need a lot of technical knowledge to get started.

      • Wolfire Games Open Sources 'Overgrowth' After 14 Years of Development - Slashdot

        "We have worked on Overgrowth for 14 years," begins their new announcement. Development first began in 2008, and the game runs on Windows, macOS and Linux platforms. Overgrowth's page on Wikipedia describes the realistic 3D third-person action game as "set in a pre-industrial world of anthropomorphic fighter rabbits, wolves, dogs, cats and rats."

    • Distributions

      • Here are Linux app distribution methods explained

        Linux is still pretty fragmented as an ecosystem. Not only are there countless distros or distributions, but also a number of different ways to get apps installed on your system.

        In this post, we shall be looking at some of the most popular ways of installing and getting apps on your Linux system, talking about the pros and cons in a bid to get you more informed.

      • Reviews

        • Distro WatchReview: Peppermint OS 2022-02-02

          Peppermint OS was, until recently, a Linux distribution based on Lubuntu which featured a hybrid desktop comprised of LXDE and Xfce components. Peppermint gained a reputation for being lightweight with a focus on making it easy to set up site specific browsers (SSDs) using a tool called ICE. A site specific browser is basically a minimal web browser window which is typically used to visit just one website or web app, making the website look like just another local application window.

          The latest version of Peppermint has made a few changes. The base of the distribution has transitioned from Lubuntu/Ubuntu to Debian. The desktop has been altered too, shifting from a hybrid to a pure Xfce 4.16 experience. These were the main highlights talked about when Peppermint OS 2022-02-02 first arrived on the scene and, at first, the shift didn't appeal to me enough to explore the new version. However, a little time went by and people wrote to me to tell me how much they disliked the new version of Peppermint. I became increasingly curious to see what drastic changes had occurred to so upset people. My curiosity engaged, I found myself downloading the project's new 1.4GB ISO built for x86_64 computers.

      • BSD

        • Vacation almost over

          I saw on twitter that OpenBSD 7.1 came out, so I fired up the Aspire 3690 and did a sysupgrade. Everything went smoothly, but then I could not open chromium, its window just did not appear. As I do not have anything important on this machine I just deleted ~/.config/chromium and it worked again. Did the same for NetSurf and that browser also started working again. I know I previously messed up the config of NetSurf, but it was not important to fix it.

          Then I realized that I can install rust on OpenBSD. Not with rustup, but there is a package. And it is fairly recent containing version 1.59.0 (the current version is 1.60.0 from April 7).

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • [Old] Vintage Computing And GamingWhy the Apple II Didn’t Support Lowercase Letters

          Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs with an Apple III truly would have wanted lower case on a keyboard, but I was still totally cash strapped, with no spare money. After already starting a BASIC interpreter for my computer, I would have had to re-assemble all my code. But here again, I did not have the money to have an account on a timeshare service for a 6502 interpreter. The BASIC was handwritten and hand-assembled. I’d write the source code and then write the binary that an interpreter would have turned my code into. To implement a major change like lower case (keeping 6 bits per character in my syntax table instead of 5 bits) would have been a horrendous and risky job to do by hand. If I’d had a time-share assembler, it would have been quick and easy. Hence, the Apple I wound up with uppercase only.

          I discussed the alternatives with Steve Jobs. I was for lower case, but not for money (cost). Steve had little computer experience, and he said that uppercase was just fine. We both had our own reasons for not changing it before the computers were out. Even with the later Apple II (as with the Apple I), the code was again hand-written and hand-interpreted because I had no money. All 8 kB of code in the Apple II was only written by my own hand, including the binary object code. That made it impossible to add lower case into it easily.

          So, in the end, the basic reason for no lowercase on the Apple I and Apple II was my own lack of money. Zero checking. Zero savings.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Remy Van ElstSelling my own GPL software part 3, prior art (existing GPL software for sale)

            In my earlier posts I described the hurdles I faced with my plan to sell my own GPL software and I described how to embed the source code directly inside the app (for mobile platforms). This post looks at a few other projects that sell GPL software and it's a bit of a progress update regarding my plans and software.

      • Programming/Development

        • Peteris KruminsDeploy or Die

          Our deployment system, which is a 30 line bash script, lets us deploy in 0.1 seconds.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • uni TorontoThe temptation of writing shell scripts, illustrated

            It's an article of faith in many quarters that you shouldn't write anything much as a shell script and should instead use a proper programming language. I generally agree with this in theory, but recently I went through a great experience of why this doesn't necessarily work out for me in practice, as I wrote (and then rewrote) a shell script that really should be a program in, say, Python.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayDIY Laptop Stand: Why Stop At One When You Can Slot Three?

      We make the tools we need, and that’s definitely the case with [Marco Schulte]’s laptop stand. It slots not one, not two, but three laptops at once.

    • Hackaday2022 Sci-Fi Contest: CyberGlove Tests Your Reactions

      Since the 1980s, we’ve seen innumerable attempts to revolutionize the way we interact with computers. Since the advent of keyboards and mice, we’ve seen everything from magic wands to electric gloves, with [Deemo Chen]’s project fitting into the latter category.

    • Postponing for good

      I think I opened the article in about every Gemini client I use … yet I did not take the time or focus to read it from beginning to the end – never each time I came across the tab.

    • Education

      • Teen VogueOver Half of Student Loan Borrowers Can't Afford to Restart Payments

        Of those surveyed, 40% said they wanted the administration to just decide already, one way or another; 28% didn’t even know about the most recent extension; and 55% said they believe there will be yet another one. Critics like the Debt Collective responded to the announcement of the latest extension as inadequate; on April 5, when the news broke, the group tweeted, “Pausing a crisis doesn’t end it.”

        Perhaps unsurprisingly, 64% said they wouldn’t be making payments on their loans until forced to do so. When considering how student loans disproportionately burden the marginalized, specifically women and especially Black women, it’s safe to assume that many couldn’t if they wanted to. As reported by Teen Vogue’s Aiyana Ishmael, women hold two-thirds of American student loan debt, and Black women, on average, carry about 22% more student debt than white women.

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareESP32-C2 WiFi & Bluetooth LE 5.0 chip to support Matter WiFi protocol - CNX Software

        The ROM code is said to be optimized to reduce the need for flash, but no details were provided. The Tx performance of an ESP32-C2 client device is similar to that of single antenna routers, and it can transmit as much output power as a typical router, leading to reduced transmission times and improved connection quality when several devices are in the vicinity. Espressif says those improvements will also show in the upcoming ESP32-C6 WiFi 6 and BLE 5.2 IoT chip that is now slated for launch in Q3/Q4 2022.

      • HackadayIBM PCjr Types Again, Thanks To KeybJr

        Most of us think of keyboards — even vintage ones — as being fairly standardized and interchangeable, but that isn’t the case for the IBM PCjr. Its keyboard was quite unlike most others of its time, which means that a PCjr without an original keyboard is pretty much a dust collector. That’s what led [Jozef Bogin] to create the KeybJr, a piece of hardware that allows one to use any AT, XT, or PS/2 keyboard with the IBM PCjr.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • ABCGuns were No. 1 killer of children and adolescents in 2020, CDC data shows

        As firearm deaths for all Americans reached a new peak in 2020 -- 45,222 -- researchers said the numbers were particularly troubling among people under 19 years old.

        Gun deaths in that age group saw a 29.5% jump from 2019 to 2020, which was more than twice as high as the relative increase in firearm deaths seen in the general population, according to the CDC.

      • SalonWhy Japan's beloved toddler-errand show "Old Enough!" could never be replicated in America

        Indeed, the show has sparked many conversations about safety in America, and prompted some rumination over how American cities aren't kid-friendly — or pedestrian-friendly, for that matter. It wasn't too long ago that most children walked to school; today, the number who walk to school is estimated to be about 10 percent. Physician's groups even warn against children walking around alone, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which writes: "children should not be unsupervised pedestrians before 10 years of age, except in limited situations."

        Notably, some states and municipalities — like Maryland and Kansas — have laws defining when a child can be left alone without adult supervision. If such laws are violated, parents can have Child Protective Services called on them.

        "Children are most likely to be struck by a motor vehicle in an urban area on a residential street close to their home," AAP states "The most common type of pediatric crash is the pedestrian "dart-out" or "dash," in which a child walks or runs into the road, either at midblock or at an intersection, often from a position out of view of the motorist." This kind of crash accounts for 43 percent of crashes that involve 5- to 9-year-olds.

        Meanwhile, Japan has been ranked one of the top ten safest countries in the world, and has experienced a steady decline in road fatalities: between 2000 and 2019, the number of annual road fatalities fell by 62 percent. Pedestrians account for 36 percent of road fatalities in Japan, or 1,434 people in 2019, out of 3,920 road fatalities overall in 2019.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • HackadayXiaomi Cryptographically Signs Scooter Firmware – What’s Next?

            [Daljeet Nandha] from [RoboCoffee] writes to us, sharing his research on cryptographic signature-based firmware authenticity checks recently added to the Xiaomi Mi scooter firmware. Those scooters use an OTA firmware update mechanism over BLE, so you can update your scooter using nothing but a smartphone app – great because you can easily get all the good new features, but suboptimal because you can easily get all the bad new features. As an owner of a Mi 1S scooter but a hacker first and foremost, [Daljeet] set up a HTTPS proxy and captured the firmware files that the app downloaded from Xiaomi servers, dug into them, and summarized what he found.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • GizmodoA Surveillance Firm Reportedly Tracked NSA and CIA Spies as a Product Demo

              The Intercept has not independently verified A6's capabilities, nor has Gizmodo. However, the firm’s supposed capabilities have been written about before. A previous investigation by The Wall Street Journal showed that A6 had embedded tracking software in hundreds of mobile apps as a means of collecting location data on millions of phone users. The Intercept reports that, according to the company’s marketing materials, it surveils approximately 230 million devices per day.

              We reached out to A6 for comment and will update this story if they respond.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsOpinion | It's Wrong to Think of the South Pacific as a US Sphere of Influence

        The U.S. is scrambling to check the growth of Chinese influence in the Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands after Beijing struck a security pact with the islands that would allow China to dock their ships, deploy security forces to protect Chinese-built infrastructure, and help the government restore order.

      • MEMRIProminent Salafi Cleric Ali Al-Salabi: Major Islamic Conquests Took Place During Ramadan; Muslim Conquest Of Iberian Peninsula Was Natural Outcome Of Muslim Strategy During Invasions – Protecting Borders, Spreading The Religion, And Waging Jihad Beyond Borders

        In an April 12, 2022 article on the website of the Qatar- and Turkey-backed International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), titled "The Islamic Conquest Of Al-Andalus Was Part Of Victories Attained During Ramadan," Ali Al-Salabi, a prominent Libyan Salafi cleric and an IUMS member, emphasized that major Islamic conquests took place during the month of Ramadan, including the conquest of Al-Andalus (Spain). In his article, he described the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula as a "natural outcome of the strategy that the Muslims followed during their conquests: to secure their borders to promote their religion and to continue to wage jihad beyond these borders to spread the religion of Islam – which necessarily meant the advancement of Islam as long as there was a driving force."

        The following is the full translation of the article

      • Suff NZAuckland man accused of threatening to kill 'non-Muslims' denied bail

        An Auckland man charged with threatening to kill “non-Muslims” has been declined bail and will remain in custody until a future court date.

        The 20-year-old, who has interim name suppression, was charged in September days after the LynnMall terror attack.

        He is also facing two charges of distributing objectionable publications and possessing objectionable material between August and September 2021.

      • New Indian Express33 killed in bombing at mosque and religious school in Afghanistan's Kunduz Province

        No one immediately claimed responsibility, but Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate on Friday claimed a series of bombings that happened a day earlier, the worst of which was an attack on a Shiite mosque in northern Mazar-e-Sharif that killed at least 12 Shiite Muslim worshippers and wounded scores more.

      • The Hindu40 arrested for violence in Hubballi over provocative post

        Hubballi which witnessed violence on Saturday night over a provocative post remained calm on Sunday. Violence erupted in the city with a mob indulging in stone throwing over a provocative “WhatsApp status” of a youth on Saturday night. The post showed a morphed image of a saffron flag flying on a mosque. Public property was damaged and several policemen were injured in the incident.

        Forty people have been arrested for the violence and security has been tightened. Prohibitory orders have been clamped in the city till April 30. The police took out a route march in the areas which witnessed violence.

      • NPRCollege life isn't always Ramadan-friendly. Some schools want to change that

        This year also marks the first time in over a decade that Ramadan has fallen squarely during the traditional school year, and that school year hasn't been disrupted by the pandemic.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Robert ReichHow We Stand Up to Putin and Stop Climate Catastrophe

          The best way to contain Russia, and build a sustainable future, is with a carbon dividend.

        • HackadayAll Dressed Up And Nowhere To Flow: Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

          At over 1230 km (764 mi) in length, $10 billion in cost, and over a decade in the making, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was slated to connect the gas fields of Russia to Western Europe through Germany. But with the sanctions against Russia and the politics of the pipeline suffering a major meltdown, this incredible feat of engineering currently sits unused. What does it take to lay so much underwater pipe, and what challenges are faced? [Grady] over at Practical Engineering lays out out nicely for us in the video below the break.

    • Finance

      • The EconomistThe finance secrets of big tech

        America’s tech giants make ungodly amounts of money. In 2021 the combined revenue of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft reached $1.4trn. These riches come from a wide and constantly expanding set of sources: from phones and pharmaceuticals to video-streaming and virtual assistants. Analysts expect the tech quintet’s combined sales to have surpassed $340bn in the first three months of 2022, up by 7% compared with the same period last year. In a quarterly ritual that kicks off on April 26th, when the big five start reporting their latest earnings, the staggering headline numbers will once again turn into headline news.

        Big tech firms are understandably eager to trumpet these impressive figures, as well as their diverse offerings. They are considerably more coy about how much many of their products and services actually make. Annual reports and other public disclosures tend to lump large revenue streams together and describe them in the vaguest terms. Last year, for example, the five giants’ sales were split out into 32 business segments in total. That compares with 56 segments for America’s five highest-earning non-tech firms.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingEstonia rejects Pfizer's covid drug offer, awaits joint EU procurement

        "It is essentially up to the member states to decide whether to conclude a bilateral agreement directly with a pharmaceutical company or to participate in the European Union joint procurement, which will likely have more favorable terms," she said.

        Rajamäe said Estonia plans to stick with the joint procurement because it is believed the price will be lower.

      • India TimesTwitter, under shareholder pressure, begins deal talks with Elon Musk

        Twitter Inc kicked off deal negotiations with Elon Musk on Sunday after he wooed many of the social media company's shareholders with financing details on his $43 billion acquisition offer, people familiar with the matter said.

        The company's decision to engage with Musk, taken earlier on Sunday, does not mean that it will accept his $54.20 per share bid, the sources said. It signifies, however, that Twitter is now exploring whether a sale of the company to Musk is possible on attractive terms, the sources added.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsOpinion | DeSantis Spars With Disney to Make Straight White Christians Think the GOP Is Protecting Their Kids

        Gov. Ron DeSantis' attack on the Disney Corporation may seem odd, coming from a pro-business governor in a state where Disney is one of the largest employers.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Once Trump's Asylum Ban Became Biden's, Corporate Media Outrage Faded Away

        "Facing Coronavirus Pandemic, Trump Suspends Immigration Laws and Showcases Vision for Locked-Down Border," a Washington Post headline (4/3/20) announced in April 2020, reporting on the administration's invocation of Title 42, a public health code provision that allows the government to take emergency action to prevent communicable disease. The lede explained:

      • Common DreamsNeoliberal Macron Wins French Election But Far-Right Le Pen Increases Vote Share

        French President Emmanuel Macron won a second five-year term on Sunday, but the neoliberal incumbent's victory over far-right challenger Marine Le Pen was significantly closer than it was in 2017—portending an ominous future for the country in the absence of far-reaching egalitarian reforms.

        Macron received a projected 58% of the vote to Le Pen's 42%, becoming the first French president since 2002 to be reelected. Macron's 16-point margin of victory, however, underscores how much ground Le Pen's openly xenophobic and Islamophobic party has gained since the previous election when both candidates faced off in the runoff round for the first time. Just five years ago, Macron beat Le Pen much more soundly—66% to 34%.

      • CoryDoctorowDon't believe Obama's Big Tech criti-hype

        Obama's Stanford University speech this Thursday (correctly) raised the alarm about conspiratorial thinking, and (correctly) identified that Big Tech was at the center of that rise – and then (wildly incorrectly) blamed "the algorithm" for it.

        Obama was committing the sin of criti-hype, Lee Vinsel's incredibly useful term for criticism that repeat the self-serving myths of the subject of the critique. Every time we say that Big Tech is using machine learning to brainwash people, we give Big Tech a giant boost:

        You may have heard that the core of Big Tech's dysfunction comes from the ad-supported business model: "If you're not paying for the product, you're the product." This is a little oversimplified (any company that practices lock-in and gouges on repair, software and parts treats its customer as the product, irrespective of whether they're paying – c.f. Apple and John Deere), but there's an important truth to it.

      • NYPostIndia slams Rep. Ilhan Omar over ‘condemnable’ visit to Pakistan

        “We have noted that she has visited a part of Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir that is currently illegally occupied by Pakistan,” ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said of the Minnesota Democrat during a Wednesday press conference. “Let me just say that if such a politician wishes to practice her narrow-minded politics at home … that may be her business.”

        “But violating our territorial integrity and sovereignty in its pursuit makes it ours,” he continued. “And we think this visit is condemnable.”

      • India TimesEU law targets Big Tech over hate speech, disinformation

        European Union officials clinched the agreement in principle on the Digital Services Act after lengthy final negotiations that began Friday. The law will also force tech companies to make it easier for users to flag problems, ban online ads aimed at kids and empower regulators to punish noncompliance with billions in fines.

        The Digital Services Act, one half of an overhaul for the 27-nation bloc's digital rulebook, helps cement Europe's reputation as the global leader in efforts to rein in the power of social media companies and other digital platforms.

      • MedforthFrance: Advertising companies stop campaign for book on Muslim Brotherhood because they fear acts of violence by Muslims

        Advertising companies refrained from promoting a book on the Muslim Brotherhood because they considered the topic too “political” for the election period or saw the risk that it could lead to vandalism targeting their business partners. Global Watch Analysis, the press publisher that originated the campaign, criticised an unjustified decision that was tantamount to “censorship”.

      • SFGateInept 'People's Convoy' chased out of Bay Area by egg-throwing kids

        The trucker [blockade], which aimed to emulate the disruptive Canadian protests against COVID-19 restrictions, has failed spectacularly at every turn. During a few weeks of driving around Washington, D.C., the [blockade] was held up by a single bicyclist, and some [blockade] members said they were having difficulty finding places for bathroom breaks and, as a result, were forced to urinate in their pants.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • NBC'Robert Pattinson' TikTok account is latest unlikely celebrity profile raising questions

        The account is the latest unlikely celebrity profile to show up on the app and cause mass confusion, and experts say it's highly likely that it could be what's known as a deepfake.

        A deepfake is synthetic digital content that uses artificial intelligence and visual effects to visually or audibly manipulate a video. From crude face-swap videos made using mobile apps to sophisticated software that can make a person appear to do or say something they never did, deepfake videos are increasingly common online.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Meduza‘It creates the intended effect — fear’: Russia's wartime crackdown on higher education

        The invasion of Ukraine had immediate consequences for Russia's higher education system. At first, foreign universities opted out of partnerships with Russian ones, teachers were forced to stay in Russia and give lectures “explaining” the war, and state propaganda began spreading stories of Russians being “persecuted” in Western universities. Soon, professors who managed to emigrate were declared “foreign agents,” and anonymous groups on social media began harassing students and university faculty who dared to oppose the war publicly. Together with Komi-based independent news outlet 7×7, Meduza took a close look at how higher education in Russia has changed since February 24.

      • NBCThe Twitter account giving a window into China’s internet

        Russia plunged China into a predicament when its forces rolled into Ukraine in February, weeks after the two nations reaffirmed their “no limits” friendship. On the global stage, Beijing has avoided openly supporting or condemning the invasion.

        But on China’s heavily censored social media platforms, pro-invasion sentiments seemingly run rampant, with many posts and comments cheering on Russian President Vladimir Putin and condemning the West. Within the last two months, a fast-growing online translation campaign has emerged to make such content more visible to non-Chinese speakers — to the chagrin of the Chinese government, which experts say often has different messages for audiences at home versus abroad.

      • MIT Technology ReviewWeChat wants people to use its video platform. So they did, for digital protests.

        The intensity of the censorship happening so late at night in China was surprising, says Eric Liu, a former [Internet] censor in China who’s now working with the US-based outlet China Digital Times. “The speed in which posts are censored, within seconds [of publishing], made it seem really uncommon to me. It requires ordering many [censorship] employees to work overtime.”

        Two screenshots showing leaked orders from local governments to remove content relevant to the video also appeared online. While worded differently, the orders both asked tech companies to “clean up” any video, screenshot, or derivative content “without exceptions.” It’s hard to confirm the screenshots’ authenticity, but Liu, having once worked in China’s censorship machine, said the terminology used suggests the screenshots are likely legitimate.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Gemini Radio 2022

        In a bid to restart Gemini Radio, I ordered a professional USB microphone for my computer at the suggestion of my friend jdtron. This will probably be a step up from my old headset, but we will see. I plan to test it on Tuesday when it arrives.

        My gemlog script is still behaving a little oddly on ChromeOS/Debian. For some reason the text file it prepares for my log entry begins with "-e " inside the text file, which is wrong and I thought stemmed from the fact that I use `echo -e` to prepare the file, but after reading the script again I couldn't figure out where it's going wrong.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TediumCNN’s Record on Innovation Before CNN+

        The announcement this week that CNN+ was getting shut down after a matter of weeks means that Quibi is no longer the most embarrassing footnote in the history of media. A new channel has gained the unfortunate crown, and a mixture of bad timing, bad strategy, and unexpected executive departures is to blame for the demise of the streaming network. But don’t let the relative timidity of the current saga fool you: CNN, throughout its history, has been willing to take pretty bold bets around the way it distributes its news. Some of those experiments, like Headline News (now HLN), paid off in a big way; others were here and gone in about a year. But all of them share a single historic thread: They started from the roots of a network that itself was a wild bet when it first started. Rather than kick CNN when it’s down, in today’s Tedium, let’s talk about the boldness of the network’s strategic approaches over the years.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakGoogle Voluntarily Removes More Pirate Sites From its Search Results

          Over the past months, it has become clear that Google is voluntarily helping rightsholders to tackle online piracy. The search giant has now removed another batch of 'pirate site' URLs from its results in the Netherlands, just days after a local ISP was ordered to block them. While it's a big step to take, Google hasn't yet commented on the matter.

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