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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoLinux Mint 21 XFCE Run Through - Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at Linux Mint 21, the XFCE edition

      • Linux Made SimpleLinux Mint 21 XFCE

        Today we are looking at Linux Mint 21, XFCE edition. It is based on Ubuntu 22.04, Linux Kernel 5.15, XFCE 4.16, and uses about 1GB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Apple Calendar

         Apple Calendar (previously known as iCal) is a personal calendar app supporting multiple accounts, colour code work, family and personal events, event support, as well as calendar invitations.

        Calendar is free but proprietary software and it’s not available for Linux. We recommend the best free and open source alternatives.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ByteXDHow To Make a GET Request With cURL

        curl is one of the most useful command line utilities known to Linux users. curl is a free and open source tool that allow the transfer of data between a client and a server under the support of multiple protocols (HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP…), in addition of making various types of requests.

        This tool is great for testing API functionalities, downloading files, checking response headers and making HTTP requests. Though many developers are leaning towards other programs such as postman to test APIs, but curl still a strong option in this domain.

        One of the most simple form of used HTTP request among developers, is the HTTP GET method with curl.

        In this article we will keep things fairly simple and cover only the GET method using the curl command tool.

      • TecMintHow to Install LMDE 5 “Elsie” Cinnamon Edition

        Linux Mint is one of the fastest-growing desktop Linux distributions today. Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution that aims to be a home user-friendly distribution that has a sleek, clean look as well as provides as much hardware compatibility as possible. All of this is paired with a development team that constantly tries to keep the distribution moving in a forward fashion.

        While Linux Mint‘s main releases (LM Cinnamon, LM Mate, and LM Xfce) are based on Ubuntu, there is a lesser-known variant that has been making great strides over the last couple of years. Of course, Linux Mint Debian Edition is the variant and the subject of this tutorial.

      • OpenSource.comA sysadmin's guide to network interface configuration files |

        In the first article of this series, Get started with NetworkManager on Linux, I looked at what NetworkManager does and some of the tools it provides for viewing network connections and devices. I discussed using the nmcli command to view the status of network devices and connections on a host. I also mentioned that NetworkManager does not need interface configuration files for most hosts. However, it can create its own INI-style connection configuration files, and it recognizes the older and now deprecated network interface configuration files.

      • Trend OceansHow to Remove White Space from the File Name in Linux - TREND OCEANS

        When you look at your system directory structure, you’ll find that many files are stored in several ways, such as “somefilename.txt”, “some_file_name.txt”, “some-file-name.txt”, or “some file name.txt”.

        You’re probably wondering, “What’s wrong with this filename?” I don’t see a problem with it. Yes, you will not find any problems until you try to access the file from the terminal, or else some of the applications will not accept the file if it has a whitespace between filenames.

        On the other hand, operating systems like Windows and macOS allow you to access files that contain whitespace between filenames, but this is not the case with Linux.

      • TecMintHow to Fix Error: Failed to Download Metadata for Repo ‘AppStream’

        If you, for one reason or the other, are still actively using CentOS 8, you might probably have encountered the following error when trying to update your system or simply install a package.

        “Error: Failed to download metadata for repo ‘appstream’: Cannot prepare internal mirrorlist: No URLs in mirrorlist”

      • TecMintInstallation of Linux Mint 21 [Cinnamon Edition] Desktop

        Linux Mint is a modern, polished, easy-to-use, and comfortable community-driven GNU/Linux desktop distribution based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. It is a great and recommended distribution for computer users switching from Windows or Mac OS X operating system to the Linux platform.

        Linux Mint 21 code-named “Vanessa” is the latest version of the popular Linux Mint desktop operating system that is available in three versions, namely Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE. It is an LTS (Long Term Support) release that is built atop Ubuntu 22.04 and will be supported until 2027.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Java 18 on Rocky Linux 9 / AlmaLinux 9

        In this post, you will learn how to install Java 18 on Rocky Linux 9 / AlmaLinux 9. At the time of writing this post, we are in the presence of the latest stable version of Java.

        We all know that Java is a very popular programming language and a mainstay of today’s technology. This language is used for many things, from desktop applications to applications like Jenkins that are used to deploy other applications. In other words, Java is essential and for many it is the gateway to programming.

        This post is simple to do, but it can help developers to get a recent version of Java without too many problems.

        Another thing to keep in mind is that you need to have access to the root user, or the sudo command. So let’s get started.

      • Setting up a single-board desktop replacement with Consfigurator

        The ThinkPad x220 that I had been using as an ssh terminal at home finally developed one too many hardware problems a few weeks ago, and so I ordered a Raspberry Pi 4b to replace it. Debian builds minimal SD card images for these machines already, but I wanted to use the usual ext4-on-LVM-on-LUKS setup for GNU/Linux workstations. So I used Consfigurator to build a custom image.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Mixcraft 9 on a Chromebook with Crossover

        Today we are looking at how to install Mixcraft 9 on a Chromebook with Crossover. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • Part 2: How to automate graphics production with Inkscape – Máirín Duffy

        A couple weeks ago I recorded a 15-minute tutorial with supporting materials on how to automate graphics production in Inkscape by building a base template and automatically replacing various text strings in the file from an CSV using the Next Generator Inkscape extension from Maren Hachmann.

        Based on popular demand from that tutorial, I have created a more advanced tutorial that expands upon the last one, demonstrating how to automate image replacement and changing colors via the same method. (Which, oddly, also turned out to be roughly 15-minutes long!)

      • Raise the bar with an SBAR :: 🤠 Major Hayden

        You discovered a problem at work. If left unchecked, the problem could affect customers and impact revenue. You cannot ignore it.

        What now? Who do you tell? Will they listen? Better yet, will they understand?

        I find myself in situations like these constantly. My roles over the years involved problems that demanded discussion, thought, and solutions. Some problems were simple but others required complicated fixes that took months or years.

        Communicating with other people about complex problems remains a challenge for me, but I learned a new tool that helps me kick off these discussions and share my recommended solutions as efficiently as possible. The SBAR technique shows up frequently in medical settings but it also works well in IT.

        This post covers the nuts and bolts of the SBAR format, how to use it to your advantage, and how to communicate clearly with it.

      • ID RootHow To Install LibreWolf Browser on Linux Mint 21 - idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LibreWolf Browser on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, LibreWolf provides a more privacy-conscious alternative to Firefox that still offers a good user experience. It is the community-run successor to LibreFox and is a popular web browser in the web browsers category.

        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 LibreWolf web browser on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).

      • Barry KaulerInstall to hard drive tutorial rewritten

        So much "water under the bridge" since this tutorial was originally written, in March 2019. It has been "patched" a few times, but has become increasingly wrong, so have completely rewritten it...

    • WINE or Emulation

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

  • Leftovers

    • The NationMarlen Haushofer’s Bucolic Apocalypse

      The disaster that gives Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall (1963) its name arrives with minimal fanfare in the opening pages of the novel. The unnamed narrator, who is staying in a hunting lodge in the mountains with her cousin Luise and her cousin’s husband, Hugo, remains at home while her companions head down to the nearby village for dinner. They do not return, and the next day the narrator discovers that she has been cut off from the rest of the world by an insuperable barrier. Looking through the invisible wall (“a smooth, cool resistance where there could be nothing but air”), she can see that something incredible has happened to the world below the mountain; in the little farmhouse downstream, an old man is now fixed like a statue in an eternal action, one hand cupped to bring water to his mouth. The stream beneath him is still flowing, but the man is motionless. It is as if everything living has been frozen in time. On her second trip to the wall, the narrator spots two stationary cows: “Their pink nostrils were no longer damp and smooth, and looked like prettily painted fine-grained stone.” Later, dead birds are blown into sight by a great storm: “They looked pretty, like painted toys. Their eyes shone like polished stone and the colors of their plumage hadn’t faded.”

    • Internet Freedom FoundationTelangana's Agriculture data management policy: The good, bad, and ugly.

      The Agriculture & Cooperation (A&C) Department, Government of Telangana issued the Draft Agricultural Data Management Policy, 2022 (“Draft Policy”). Issued in July 2022, the draft policy is set to be taken into consideration after August 06, 2022. The Telangana Government, through this draft policy, aims to streamline and codify the processes, responsibilities, norms, and practices relating to the management of agricultural data for the overall benefit of all the stakeholders, principally the farmers. On the bright side, it includes several provisions that establish strengthened user consent, internationally recognised principles of purpose limitation as well as data minimisation. However, the grass is not so green on the other side. Inter alia, ambiguous phrasing, absence of a state-level data protection law, perverse monetisation incentives, and undefined anonymisation standards raise several key concerns regarding privacy and security of data. Read our comments on the draft policy here, wherein we have, in a detailed clause-by-clause analysis, listed our concerns, comments and suggestions, in the format prescribed by the state government.

    • HackadayA Classic TV Trope For An Escape Room

      No spooky mansion is complete without a secret passage accessed through a book shelf — or so Hollywood has taught us. What works as a cliché in movies works equally well in an escape room, and whenever there’s escape rooms paired with technology, [Alastair Aitchison] isn’t far. His latest creation: you guessed it, is a secret bookcase door.

    • Science

      • Quanta MagazineTwo Weeks In, the Webb Space Telescope Is Reshaping Astronomy

        In the days after the mega-telescope started delivering data, astronomers reported exciting new discoveries about galaxies, stars, exoplanets and even Jupiter.

      • Synthetic Data in Machine Learning: What, Why, How?

        In this episode, Nicolai Baldin (CEO) and Simon Swan (Machine Learning Lead) of Synthesized are welcoming the founder of Data Science Central and Vincent Granville to discuss synthetic data generation, share secrets about Machine Learning on synthetic data, key challenges with synthetic data, and using generative models to solve issues related to fairness and bias.

      • Penn Engineers Create Chip That Can Process and Classify Nearly Two Billion Images per Second - Penn Engineering Blog

        Artificial intelligence (AI) plays an important role in many systems, from predictive text to medical diagnoses. Inspired by the human brain, many AI systems are implemented based on artificial neural networks, where electrical equivalents of biological neurons are interconnected, trained with a set of known data, such as images, and then used to recognize or classify new data points.

        In traditional neural networks used for image recognition, the image of the target object is first formed on an image sensor, such as the digital camera in a smart phone. Then, the image sensor converts light into electrical signals, and ultimately into the binary data, which can then be processed, analyzed, stored and classified using computer chips. Speeding up these abilities is key to improving any number of applications, such as face recognition, automatically detecting text in photos, or helping self-driving cars recognize obstacles.

      • Sweet research: UC chemist unlocks secrets of molten salts | University Of Cincinnati

        A chemist at the University of Cincinnati has come up with a novel way to study the thermodynamic properties of molten salts, which are used in many nuclear and solar energy applications.

        UC College of Arts and Sciences research associate and computational chemist Yu Shi and his collaborators developed a new simulation method to calculate free energy using deep learning artificial intelligence.

        Molten salt is salt heated to high temperatures where it becomes liquid. UC researchers studied sodium chloride, commonly known as table salt. Shi said molten salt has properties that make it a valuable medium for cooling systems in nuclear power plants. In solar towers, they can be used to transfer heat or store energy.

      • Scientists expand entomological research using genome editing | Hiroshima University

        Genome sequencing, where scientists use laboratory methods to determine a specific organism’s genetic makeup, is becoming a common practice in insect research. A greater understanding of insect biology helps scientists better manage insects, both those that are beneficial to the ecosystem and those that damage the food supply and threaten human health by carrying diseases.

        Researchers have developed a work-flow method, called Fanflow4Insects, that annotates gene functions in insects. In functional annotation, scientists collect information about a gene's biological identity. The team’s new method uses transcribed sequence information as well as genome and protein sequence databases. With Fanflow4Insects, the team has annotated the functional information of the Japanese stick insect and the silkworm, including gene expression as well as sequence analysis. The functional annotation information that their workflow provides will greatly expand the possibilities of entomological research using genome editing.

        The team, with scientists from Hiroshima University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, has published their Fanflow4Insects method on June 27 in the journal Insects.

        Insects are so diverse and abundant that scientists need a way of studying them on a large scale. This is what led scientists to begin work on sequencing the genome of insects. As of May 2022, scientists had decoded and registered the genomes of around 3000 insect species. They are also using long-read sequencing technology to further accelerate the pace of insect genome sequencing.

      • Robots Learn Household Tasks by Watching Humans
    • OSTechNixHow To Add External USB Storage To Proxmox

      The default Proxmox local storage location is /var/liz/vz. This is where all the Proxmox containers, VMs, and their VZdump backups, ISO images, disk images, snippets and templates are stored. If you run Proxmox on production, you should not keep all containers and VMs in the local disk itself. You must add an additional backup storage to regularly backup Proxmox containers and virtual machines. Just in case if your Proxmox system is crashed, you will still have your containers and VMs. In this brief tutorial, we will see how to add an external USB storage to Proxmox VE.

  • Hardware

    • Linux GizmosFull-size PICMG 1.3 slot CPU Card supports 10th/11th Gen Intel processors

      The PCIE-Q470 is a slot CPU card that supports Intel 10th/11th Gen Core, Pentium and Celeron processors. This embedded device features several USB ports, dual GbE ports and one HDMI port with 4K support.

      Depending on the CPU selected, this slot CPU can support up to 10 cores and 20 threads for multitasking applications. The device can also handle up to 128GB of DDR4 memory (2933MHz) and features four SATAs with speeds of 6GB/s.

    • HackadayRC Lawnmower Is Built To Last

      Mowing the lawn is one of those tasks that someone will always be optimizing or automating. To allow him to mow the lawn while seated comfortably in the shade, [Workshop from Scratch] built an RC Lawnmower in his signature solid steel frame style.

    • HackadayThe Rollercoaster Of Developing The Ultimate Hackable Keyboard

      When designing anything with “hackable” in the punchline, scope creep is an integral part of the process. You end up trying to create something to potentially be an infinite number of things for an infinite number of users. [Zack Freedman] is going really deep down the rabbit hole with his MiRage keyboard and has been documenting the progress in his usual entertaining style, with some cautionary notes included.

  • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • The NationThis Is Life in Paranoid America

      I have a brother with chronic schizophrenia. He had his first severe catatonic episode when he was 16 years old and I was 10. Later, he suffered from auditory hallucinations and heard voices saying nasty things to him. I remember my father reassuring him that the voices weren’t real and asking him whether he could ignore them. Sadly, it’s not that simple.

    • The NationThe US Is Bad at Handling Epidemics. Monkeypox Is the Latest Example.

      We have yet to put the coronavirus pandemic behind us, and already we are facing another public health crisis. New York has declared monkeypox a public health emergency as US cases of the disease tick upward. Once again, the United States is unprepared to keep an emerging virus at bay—and just as unprepared to talk about it.

  • Proprietary

    • The VergeUber receipt emails are crashing Microsoft Outlook

      Microsoft has acknowledged an issue where Outlook on Windows will stop responding or crash when you view Uber receipt emails. The issue started recently in what Microsoft calls the Current Channel Version of Outlook that’s available for Microsoft 365 subscribers. Microsoft is developing a fix, but it won’t be available until Patch Tuesday on August 9th.

      In a support note, spotted by BleepingComputer, Microsoft explains that opening, replying to, or forwarding an Uber receipt email will cause this issue. Uber uses “complex tables” in its emails, and it appears that Microsoft Word, which Outlook uses to view emails, is struggling to render these tables.

  • Security

    • Privacy/Surveillance

  • Defence/Aggression

    • ScheerpostNATO-Backed Network of Syria Dirty War Propagandists Identified

      Defaming journalism on the OPCW’s Syria cover-up scandal, The Guardian and its NATO-funded sources out themselves as the real “network of conspiray theorists.”

    • The NationFree Jeef Kazadi!

      On July 13, Nicolas Niarchos, a journalist on assignment for The Nation, along with his colleague and translator Joseph “Jeef” Kazadi, were extrajudicially detained in Lubumbashi, in the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. They were reporting on connections between separatists in the region and artisanal mining for cobalt, a mineral that is a key ingredient in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. Both are fully accredited journalists and were conducting normal journalistic activities, interviewing key players related to their stories, setting up interviews, and taking photographs.

  • Environment

  • Finance

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Frontpage MagazineGoing to Mosque vs. Going to Church

      The sermons were usually in English, a language that I actually know and understand, so I was actually able to learn something useful and valuable. One of the churches I attended had a Farsi service for Iranian converts to Christianity, which I sometimes attended, and the interesting thing is that even though I was in the minority of English speakers who attended the Farsi service, there was always a translator who would translate the Farsi into English.

    • Court House NewsIn a 3rd test, Facebook still fails to block hate speech

      The ads, which the groups submitted both in English and in Swahili, spoke of beheadings, rape and bloodshed. They compared people to donkeys and goats. Some also included profanity and grammatical errors. The Swahili language ads easily made it through Facebook's detection systems and were approved for publication.

      As for the English ads, some were rejected at first, but only because they contained profanities and mistakes in addition to hate speech. Once the profanities were removed and grammar errors fixed, however, the ads — still calling for killings and containing obvious hate speech — went through without a hitch.

    • Michael West MediaPauline, Pauline, we're begging of you please don't break our hearts - Michael West

      Pauline Hanson surprised exactly nobody on Wednesday when she flounced out of the Senate when respects were being paid to Indigenous Australians.

      It might have been the least surprising political intervention since Malcolm Turnbull assured us that independent candidates in Liberal-held seats were good for democracy. The new Senate president, Labor’s Sue Lines, acknowledged the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as traditional custodians of the Canberra area and paid respect to elders past and present at the opening of the session. Hanson interjected, yelling “No, I won’t and never will”, before exiting the chamber.

    • CoryDoctorowPluralistic: 02 Aug 2022 – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

      The high cost of "self-funded" Democrats

      It costs a lot to win a US election – even if it's just a race for (formerly) low-stakes offices that have emerged as culture-war battlegrounds (like school and election boards). In the 12 years since Citizens United, the dark money firehose has turned many races into plute-on-plute economic warfare, where cash from the 1% matters far more than votes from the 99%.

      Republicans have a structural advantage when it comes to moneyball elections, because they are the party of rich people (or, more specifically, the party of rich farmers who convince poor turkeys to vote for Christmas by appealing to racism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny and other forms of bigotry).

      It's easy to make good on a campaign consisting of: "i) I will punish the people you hate and fear; ii) I will cut taxes for me and my rich pals; and iii) If governments were ever capable of doing good, that wisdom is lost to the ages, a forgotten art of a fallen civilization, like the secrets of pyramid-building. Today, the evil of governments is matched only by their incompetence."

      It's really easy to govern incompetently, especially if you're committed to defunding all the agencies that protect regular people so that you can save enough on your taxes to send your failsons to The Citadel at $35k/year.

      For Democrats, this poses a problem. Decades of declining union membership (abetted, it must be noted, by Democratic leadership) has all but eliminated unions as a source of campaign funding and volunteers. But for the Democratic faction that wants the party to stand for the interest of the professional/managerial class, there is a solution: "decent" rich people who can self-fund their own campaigns.

      This is a terrible idea, even by the standards of the Democrats' neoliberal technocrat wing. The self-funded candidates who enter primary races are, at best, idiot dilletantes whose inherited wealth is derived from their having won a lottery by emerging from an extremely lucky orifice.

    • ScheerpostBoris Johnson’s (Far From Final) Bill for Damages

      While the elderly white men who run Britain’s Conservative Party chose between two deeply depressing choices for new leader, let’s take a minute to reckon just how much ruin the disgraced prime min…

    • The NationBy Attacking Brittney Griner, Trump Signals to His Base: “I’m Still Racist”

      Donald Trump, contrary to widespread belief, does in fact have a core set of values and has lived by this moral code for 50 years. It’s not love of country, family, religion, or business ethics. He has treated these pillars of right-wing morality like a frat treats a freshly cleaned bathroom.

    • Telex (Hungary)Hundreds returned to Romania – thousands decided to stay

      Every year, more and more students are crossing the border into Hungary from Romania's Hungarian-inhabited settlements to continue their secondary education. The Hungarian-language high schools in the once Hungarian region of Partium (present-day Romanian regions of Crişana and Banat) have been hit hard by the brain drain. In the long term, these communities in the Hungarian Diaspora may also face challenges if the educated population of the future decides to permanently settle in the land of their ancestors. A year and a half ago 16-year-old Örs started high school in Gyula, and although he loves his home village of Zerind, which is on the other side of the border, he says he now feels more at home in the Hungarian town than in his Romanian village. With the aid of his example, we present the story of the teens who are making the commute from Romania to Hungary.

  • Censorship/Free Speech

  • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Middle East EyeA Saudi Arabian woman built a new life in hiding. Then she disappeared

      In an effort to get answers, MENA Rights Group, a Geneva-based legal advocacy NGO, submitted her case to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) last month.

      Albugamy's case would be the latest disappearance at the hands of the Presidency of State Security (SSP), a force set up by royal decree in June 2017, a month before Mohammed bin Salman replaced his cousin as crown prince.

    • The NationWhy Human Rights Advocates Won’t Stop Fighting for Freedom in the Philippines

      On June 1, 1981, two Filipino-American union leaders from the Local 37 branch of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, were murdered in their union office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

  • Monopolies

    • Windows CentralSony says Xbox’s Call of Duty acquisition could ‘influence users’ console choice,’ Microsoft responds

      Sony has responded to Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, providing further insight into the $68.7 billion deal set to bring Call of Duty and other hit video game franchises under the Xbox owner. Sony stated that Microsoft’s ownership of the Call of Duty brand could “influence users’ console choice,” pushing back on the deal first announced in early 2022.

      Sony’s latest comments come via filings from Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), detailing various questions surrounding the acquisition and responses from direct competition.

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