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  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: April 30th, 2023

      This week we got a few interesting updates for the GNOME 44 desktop environment, Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system, Nitrux and Clonezilla Live distros, as well as Audacity and Ardour software.

      Last but not least, this week brought us two new Linux-powered laptops from TUXEDO Computers and Kubuntu Focus. Check out the hottest news of this week and access all the distro and package downloads in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for April 30th, 2023, below.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksTera – interactive music radio player

        In the current difficult economic times, internet radio’s virtue of having no sign-up or subscription charges is really attractive. There are a huge range of stations available from around the world. If you like classical music, pop music, folk music, news, talk radio, and much more, internet radio has something for everyone wherever you live (providing you have a stable net connection). Internet radio offers every format that is available on traditional broadcast radio stations.

        This article looks at Tera, an interactive music radio player sporting a terminal user interface. Play your radio stations, CRUD your favorite lists, and explore stations from your terminal.

        It’s free and open source software.

      • MenuLibre 2.3.1 Released

        MenuLibre's new command editor simplifies launcher creation by taking the guesswork out of commands. Additionally, missing icons are a thing of the past with the enhanced icon handling added to MenuLibre 2.3.1.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux Cloud VPSHow to Install Mailman3 on Debian 11

        Mailman is an open-source application for managing electronic mail discussions and newsletter lists. It is written in Python, and since Python 2.7 is EOL, it is important to use Mailman3, not Mailman2. Mailman 3 is actually a suite of 6 subprojects; it is known as The Mailman Suite:

      • RlangThe Perfect Setup for Ubuntu and R (and how to install/update RStudio with apt install rstudio/apt update)

        Just to save time for my future self. Hopefully, it can help people in the cyberspace too 🙂

      • Ubuntu HandbookUbuntu PPA for Installing Audacity 3.3.1 in Ubuntu 22.04 | 23.04

        For those who prefer the classic .deb package format, I've revived the Ubuntu PPA for the latest Audacity audio editor packages. I was previously maintaining a PPA for the Audacity packages. It was however discontinued. Because, the project depended its own fork of wxWidget library, that is hard to maintain.

      • Linux Email Management Command Cheat Sheet

        Email management commands allow Linux users to interact with email messages and mail servers via the command line. A variety of tasks can be performed with these commands, including reading, sending, and filtering email messages, as well as managing email accounts and servers.

      • Linux Host SupportHow to Install GitLab on AlmaLinux 9

        In this tutorial we are going to show you in step-by-step detail how to install Gitlab on AlmaLinux 9 OS. GitLab is open-source software written in Ruby, Go and JavaScript operated by GitLab Inc.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Docker on CentOS Stream 9 & RHEL 9

        Docker is an open-source platform that automates the deployment, scaling, and management of applications in containers. Containers allow developers to package an application with all its dependencies and deliver it as a single package, which can be deployed on any system that supports containerization.

      • How to install Beyond compare on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS

        Beyond Compare is a free (trial) and paid software application that allows users to compare and syn files & folders on their PC system. It is developed by Scooter Software.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install FileZilla on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        FileZilla is a popular, open-source FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client that allows users to transfer files between their computers and remote servers easily. It's an invaluable tool for personal and professional use, offering a feature-rich platform for managing files over various protocols such as FTP, SFTP, and FTPS.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Thunderbird on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        Thunderbird is a powerful, free, open-source, and cross-platform application designed for managing email, news feeds, chat, and news groups. Developed by an independent, community-driven project, Thunderbird is backed by a group of dedicated volunteers and paid staff.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor that offers a robust and feature-rich alternative to expensive proprietary software like Adobe Illustrator. It's built using the powerful Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, ensuring your artwork remains crisp and sharp at any resolution.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Geany on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        Geany is a versatile, lightweight, and efficient Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that Ubuntu users find incredibly useful for their programming and development tasks. It is a popular choice among developers due to its wide range of features, excellent performance, and ease of use.

      • Trend OceansHow to Resolve the Apt-Key Deprecation Warning When Updating a System

        When you updated your system repository, did you get an apt-key deprecation warning? If yes, then read this guide to resolve the apt-key deprecation warning message.

      • Martijn BraamDigital Aerochrome

        A long long time ago in the 70s there was a lot of interesting film being made. At this time film was used for everything, professional and consumer cameras, movies, aerial photography. A lot of time has gone into recreating film looks for digital cameras now to reproduce the color response of the old film cameras.

      • University of TorontoOs.walk, the temptation of hammers, and the paralysis of choice

        I have a shell script to give me a hierarchical, du-like report of memory usage broken down by Linux cgroup. Even back when I wrote it, it really needed to be something other than a shell script, and a recent addition made it quite clear that the time had come (the shell script version is now both slow and inflexible). So as is my habit, I opened up a '' in my editor and started typing. Some initial functions were easy, until I got to here: [...]

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • TDE R14.1.0 released!

          After 8+ years from R14.0.0 and in line with our standard 6 months release cycle, the Trinity Desktop Environment development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of TDE R14.1.0!

          TDE is a free/libre lightweight desktop environment intended for computer users preferring a lean and efficient experience. It is available for various Linux distros, BSD and DilOS. Low on system requirements, it is also an ideal choice for dated hardware, while still providing a fully usable desktop.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

    • Debian Family

      • OMG! LinuxDebian 11.7 Delivers 100+ Security Updates & Bug Fixes

        Those thinking further ahead may be interested to know that Debian 12 “Bookworm” is due for release on June 10. It brings (aside from a refreshed set of software in its repos) Linux kernel 6.1 LTS and ongoing support until 2028.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • LinuxInsider Ubuntu 23.04 ‘Lunar Lobster’ Lands With Newly Minted Cinnamon Desktop Flavor
        Canonical on April 20 released Ubuntu 23.04, aka Lunar Lobster, with a new installer, Active Directory login, and gaming performance to enhance Ubuntu Desktop for work and play.

        This latest release is significant for enterprise users and consumers alike for several key reasons. For enterprises, it steps up deployment and customization at scale, and for consumers, it provides a desktop option missing from Ubuntu’s collection — Cinnamon.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosHackerBox #90 – Modem explores FM radio applications

        This month’s HackerBox provides a learning kit based on Arduino Nano boards and various breakout modules used for implementing user-friendly FM radio projects.€ € 

      • Linux GizmosOpen Source flight controller taps STM32H743 microcontroller

        The ARV6X by Ark Electronics is a tiny flight controller that follows the latest Pixhawk v6 set of standards. The open source device features a high-performance STM32 microcontroller along with triple synced IMUs.

      • Bunnie HuangName that Ware, April 2023
      • Jeff GeerlingFirst look: ASUSTOR's new 12-bay all-M.2 NVMe SSD NAS

        Last year, after I started a search for a good out-of-the-box all-flash-storage setup for a video editing NAS, I floated the idea of an all-M.2 NVMe NAS to ASUSTOR. I am not the first person with the idea, nor is ASUSTOR the first prebuilt NAS company to build one (that honor goes QNAP, with their TBS-453DX).

      • Tom's HardwareRaspberry Pi Gaming Rig Looks Like an Angry Watermelon

        Loebenberg explained in the original thread that his brother is a STEM teacher. He wanted a retro gaming system for his students to play with and asked Loebenberg if he was up to the challenge. After a bit of sculpting in Blender, the Melon Pi was ready to be 3D printed. For a professional finish, Loebenberg opted to use a resin printer which has yielded some seriously smooth results in the end product.

      • Andrew HutchingsSchneider Euro PC: Restoration Part 4

        I’m not an expert at restoring power supplies and I didn’t really trust this one. So, I decided to replace the internals with a Meanwell RT-50B. I have those units lying around my workshop because I use them for Amiga restorations. The voltages required by the EuroPC are the same and it is well within spec for the current requirements. I had to cut away a bit of plastic on the PSU case to make this work but I’m not really upset about that, I just wish I could have implemented some strain relief on the mains cable.

      • Connor TumblesonCamera in the Attic

        So I measured out some CAT6 and got my fishing tools in order. I got very lucky with this fishing attempt and I got my line fished from the attic into my office in one go. It was more difficult running the line down that molded cover into the switch then going through the wall.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • Barry HessDeclaring Tab Bankruptcy

        In the past 6-12 months, however, things have gone very, very wild. I'm up over 400 tabs now and it doesn't appear that there is any letting up. A friend encouraged me to simply close all tabs and move on. He's right, but I can't.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • IT TavernCurl on Linux - Reference Guide

        Curl is a powerful tool that is mainly used to transfer data. It has way more functions, but I won't be able to cover everything. This blog post is mainly a reference for later use and not a step-by-step guide. Therefore I won't cover everything in depth.

        Most of it should work on other operating systems too, but I'll use Linux as reference. I'll keep this page up-to-date and add more topics in the future.

      • Adriaan RoselliNo, APG’s Support Charts Are Not ‘Can I Use’ for ARIA

        I have opinions on the ARIA Authoring Practices Guide (APG).

        I am critical of it in my Uncanny A11y post. I have campaigned against its use of menus for navigation. And its preference for grids over tables, including ARIA layout grids. I was frowny when, after being demoted from a W3C Note, it rebranded itself during Global Accessibility Awareness Day as a pattern library, spewing 404s, dropping warnings, and failing WCAG. I regularly remind people it was only ever meant to experiment with ARIA patterns in an idealized context, independent of support or HTML-first principles.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • GeshanHow to use ON DELETE CASCADE in Postgres with an example

        Postgres is one of the most popular open-source relational database systems in use today. One of the useful features of PostgreSQL is on delete cascade that simplifies the code in your application. In this guide, you will learn how to set up and use ON DELETE CASCADE in foreign keys in Postgres, let’s get going!

    • Education

      • PerlThe Perl Toolchain Summit 2023

        After a break of four years, it has been my privilege to attend the 13th Perl Toolchain Summit (née Perl QA Hackathon). This is the third time the summit has been held in Lyon and the tenth summit I have been able to attend. PTS is a really important event in the Perl calendar where those working on the Perl toolchain and in Perl QA get to meet together for four days of discussions, decisions on the future of Perl, and hacking.

    • GNU Projects

      • NeowinGnuCash 5.1

        GnuCash is a personal and small business finance application, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It’s designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible. GnuCash allows you to track your income and expenses, reconcile bank accounts, monitor stock portfolios and manage your small business finances. It is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

        GnuCash can keep track of your personal finances in as much detail as you prefer. If you are just starting out, use GnuCash to keep track of your checkbook. You may then decide to track cash as well as credit card purchases to better determine where your money is being spent. When you start investing, you can use GnuCash to help monitor your portfolio. Buying a vehicle or a home? GnuCash will help you plan the investment and track loan payments. If your financial records span the globe, GnuCash provides all the multiple-currency support you need.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Adriaan RoselliWWW Project Turns 30

        History of the Web compares and contrasts the license-free web with another internet protocol at the time, Gopher: [...]

      • The History of the WebThe web’s most important decision

        In February of 1993, the University of Minnesota made an announcement. In specific commercial usage of the protocol, they would be charging licensing fees. Not large fees, and not in all cases. But, in some small way, they would be restricting access.

        Overnight, sentiment shifted. Internet users took to BBS boards and mailing lists to express outrage about Gopher’s decision. IBM declared that they wouldn’t support internally any protocol with restrictive licensing. The world began searching for alternatives.

        Back at CERN, Berners-Lee had just the thing. He was already in early conversations with CERN about an open-source license for the platform. But after the Gopher announcement, he changed that request. He didn’t want any restrictions at all, no rights or attachments at all. The web needed to be free. Truly free.

      • Deutsche WelleThe World Wide Web turns 30

        Too vague, apparently — and so at first, nothing happened. But Berners-Lee kept working on his idea. And slowly, the individual components of what would become the World Wide Web took shape: URLs for web addresses had to be created, HTML to describe the pages as well as the first web browser.

        The result was revealed to the global public exactly 30 years ago: On April 30, 1993, the researchers at CERN launched the World Wide Web and it was the beginning of the stellar rise of the [Internet].

    • Programming/Development

      • Felix CruxHow to interpret, understand, and act on feedback

        The problem with getting a pile of comments from a “360 feedback” peer review process with your coworkers is that whatever is written is usually not Truth (with a capital “T”). It’s not that anyone is lying, but rather that the feedback you receive is the final output of a sequence of multiple lossy steps. To discern the signal within the noise, we have to try to work backwards through those stages and apply interpretation and judgement to reverse the distortion and extract useful meaning.

        By the time you’re reading a comment from a feedback document, it’s pretty far from being a direct line to objective universal Truth. It actually represents (1) someone’s phrasing of (2) an opinion that is in their mind, derived from (3) their preferences, opinions, and past experiences being applied to (4) their interpretation of events they’ve observed/data they’ve gathered, which are drawn from (5) the limited subset of your actions that have been visible to the feedback author. Phew — that’s a mouthful of a sentence. No worries if you need to re-read it a few times for it to make sense.

      • Fernando BorrettiTwo Years of OCaml

        The other day I saw this post on OCaml discussed in Hacker News and Lobsters.

        Almost two years ago I rewrote the Austral compiler from Standard ML to OCaml, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on OCaml after using it in writing a complex software project, explaining what is good and what is bad and how it compares mainly to Haskell.

        If this seems overwhelmingly negative, it’s because the things OCaml does right are really just uncontroversial. They’re obviously right and hardly worth pointing out. It’s actually a weirdly optimistic thing: that a language with so many glaring deficiencies stands far above everything else.

      • ChrisLearning Some Logarithms

        A colleague asked how many digits of \(\pi\) I can recite from memory. I realised I still remember the 27.3 digits I memorised in my childhood11 Wait, what does it mean to remember 0.3 digits? I know the digit after the last one is in the range 0–4, which is one bit of information, and the full digit would be just over three bits. Hence, 1/3 or 0.3 digits. Okay but why do I know the digit after the last is in the range 0–4? I deliberately picked a cut-off point that didn’t force me to round the last digit up, so that if I wanted to expand and learn even more digits later I wouldn’t have to re-learn the last rounded digit.. I was slightly embarrassed to admit this, because of how useless it is to know more than, say, four significant figures of \(\pi\).

        There are many other useful values to memorise, e.g. some logarithms would be neat.

      • Thorsten BallDo papercuts matter?

        Papercut – a small annoyance in a piece of software, a rough edge, something that shouldn’t be there, a little issue that makes you say “ugh” out loud or roll your eyes. It’s usually not a bug, since functionality is not impeded, but it is something that should be fixed.

        Lately I’ve started to wonder: does it even matter whether piece of software has papercuts?

      • Mark DominusWhy use cycle notation for permutations?

        So the cycle structure is exactly the structure of a permutation that remains if you ignore the actual labels, and the cycle notation brings that structure to the foreground.

      • Nicolas FränkelServer-side rendering in Rust - a Dall.E use-case

        Last week, I decided to see the capabilities of OpenAI’s image generation. However, I noticed that one has to pay to use the web interface, while the API was free, even though rate-limited. Dall.E offers Node.js and Python samples, but I wanted to keep learning Rust. So far, I’ve created a REST API. In this post, I want to describe how you can create a webapp with server-side rendering.

      • Lee Yingtong LiElectronic medical record auto-text templates

        The templates on this page are released under the CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

      • Jim NielsenCircles and Momentum

        Sometimes your path looks exactly like circle, from point A back to point A. But when your path returns to point A, you are not the same person as when you started — and so, from that perspective, neither is point A. To paraphrase T.S. Elliot, the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

        I’m going to try and be more mindful of noticing the directional momentum of seemingly circular paths.

      • Linux HintArray of Structs in C++

        Tutorial on how to declare the array of structures in the C++ programming language to manage and store a group of connected data elements in a single variable.

      • Valhalla's Things: Programming the ESP32-C3-DevKit-Lipo with Arduino

        A few months ago we may have bought a few ESP32-C3-DevKit-Lipo boards from Olimex.

        Since every time I go back to working with them I’ve forgotten how to do so, and my old notes on the fediverse are hard to find, this is the full procedure.

      • Python

        • Linux HintFilter NaN Pandas

          To filter out the rows having the NaN values in Python, the “dataframe” functions, such as “dataframe.notnull()”, and “dataframe.dropna()” functions are used.

        • Linux HintNumPy Save Dict

          To save the dictionary into a file in Python, the “dump()” function is used and the “load()” function is used to read the saved dictionary from a file.

        • Linux HintPython OSError

          The OS is a built-in exception error module’s class in Python known as “OSError”. To handle these errors, the exceptional handling technique can be used.

        • Didier StevensUpdate: Version 0.0.25

          Some changes to the translate option: now it supports this format (like some of my other tools): i=codec[:error],o=codec[:error] i= is input and o= is output. If you don’t specify an error handling mode, strict will be used.

      • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayHackaday Links: April 30, 2023

      Cloudy with a chance of concrete? The “success” of last week’s brief but eventful Starship launch has apparently raised some regulatory eyebrows, with the Federal Aviation Administration launching an investigation into the destruction wrought by the mighty rocket. And it’s not just the hapless Dodge Caravan that they’re concerned with — although we found some fantastic POV footage that shows the kill shot as well as close-ups of the results — but also the damage rained down upon residents around the Boca Chica launch complex. Tons of concrete and rebar were excavated by the 33 Raptor engines during the launch and sent in all directions, reportedly landing up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the pad. What’s worse, a lot of debris ended up on beaches that are home to endangered species, which has the Sierra Club also taking an interest. The FAA has apparently nixed any launches from the Texas facility until they complete their investigation.

    • Jason SwettIn defense of productivity

      In my career I’ve noticed that a lot of developers have a distaste for the idea of “productivity”. They view it as some sort of toxic, unhealthy obsession. (It always has to be an “obsession”, by the way. One can never just have an interest in productivity.)

    • Computers Are Badlos alamos - compound to county pt I

      This weekend, I found myself staying in Los Alamos for a volunteer role in which I judge children on the quality of their software. Clearly this is not the kind of opportunity I would turn down, but I also always take an excuse to drive back up the hill. I only lived in Los Alamos briefly, but it left a big impression. It's a unique place in many ways, born of a rather unusual history.

    • Computers Are Badlos alamos - compound to county pt II

      In 1963, shortly after the addition of Los Alamos to the AECA, the AEC started the process of transferring public resources. The schools were a relatively simple case, as a county school board had existed since the creation of the county in 1949, but it still took until 1966 for the AEC to give the school board title to the real estate the schools occupied. A case that seemed more complex, but also moved faster, was the electrical supply.

    • Science

      • HackadayAdd A Little Quindar To Your Comms For That Apollo-Era Sound

        If there’s one thing that ties together all the media coming out of the Apollo era, it’s probably the iconic Quindar tones. These quarter-second beeps served as control tones for the globe-spanning communications network needed to talk to the Apollo astronauts, and any attempt to recreate the Apollo-era sound would be glaringly wrong without them. And that’s why [CuriousMarc] whipped up this Quindar tone system.

      • SYFYYesterday's stunning aurora could happen again as geomagnetic storms increase

        Fortunately for those of us in the real world, a CME won’t explode the atmosphere, but they can and do create stunning visual displays in the night sky. If you happen to live somewhere in the northern hemisphere, you might have had a front row seat to one of those displays on April 23, 2023. Earlier in the day, the Space Weather Prediction Center issued a Moderate (level 2 out of 5 on NOAA’s space weather scale) Geomagnetic Storm Watch with the possibility of developing into a Strong (level 3) storm later in the night.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayLiquid Neural Networks Do More With Less

        [Ramin Hasani] and colleague [Mathias Lechner] have been working with a new type of Artificial Neural Network called Liquid Neural Networks, and presented some of the exciting results at a recent TEDxMIT.

      • HackadayHigh Voltage Power Supply From USB

        Those who work in different spaces may have different definitions of the term “high voltage”. For someone working on the GPIO pins of a Raspberry Pi it might be as little as 5 volts, someone working on a Tesla coil might consider that to be around 20 kV, and an electrical line worker might not reference something as HV until 115 kV. What we could perhaps all agree on, though, is that getting 300 volts out of a USB power supply is certainly a “high voltage” we wouldn’t normally expect to see in that kind of context, but [Aylo6061] needed just such a power supply and was eventually able to create one.

      • HackadayWhen Your Smart Light Switches Stop Working, Build Your Own

        If you want smart light switches in your house, you can buy from any one of hundreds of manufacturers. [Brian Boyle] had kitted out his home with TP Link devices, but after a few years of use, he found they all suddenly failed within a few months of each other. Decrying the state of things, he set about building his own instead.

      • HackadayEmbed Hardware Into 3D Prints, But Not In The Way You’re Thinking

        [Christopher Helmke] is doing fantastic work in DIY systems for handling small hardware like fasteners, and that includes robotic placement of hardware into 3D prints. Usually this means dropping nuts into parts in mid-print so that the hardware is captive, but that’s not really the story here.

      • Ruben SchadeKeeping computer stuff open or closed

        Aside from a few reckless years in my early 20s (we all act out in our own ways at that stage), I’ve always guarded system resources like a hawk. Maybe it was due to my early childhood upbringing on DOS and Windows 3.x, or maybe I find it an affront to waste resources in general.

        It means I keep applications I have open down to an absolute minimum. Granted, I’ll run desktop environments like KDE on FreeBSD because it makes my machine more functional and fun. But terminal windows, browsers, text editors, and file managers will only have enough tabs, buffers, or windows open to do the task at hand, before being bookmarked, saved, and/or closed as soon as possible.

      • Monday NoteIntel: Just You Wait. Again

        Once upon a time, the Wintel portmanteau evoked images of world hegemony by Microsoft with its Windows operating system, and Intel with its x86 processors chips. The two companies came to dominate what we now see as modern technology’s Second Revolution, Personal Computers, machines we could lift with our arms, brains and credit cards.

        But some of Intel’s chiefs were hesitant about the Microsoft congress. While they enjoyed the torrents of dollars and could lull themselves with feelings of superiority. But not of eternity, they were always looking for other mother lodes.

      • US News And World ReportSaudi's United Electronics Co Shelves Plans for Egypt Expansion
    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsFor a World Without Hunger, We Need Food Sovereignty

        Imagine being able to provide food, shelter, medicine and clean drinking water for the 230 million most vulnerable people on Earth, and still having a cool $2bn in spare change. That’s the equivalent of the entire economic output of Gambia rattling around in your pocket.

      • Lee Yingtong LiElectronic medical record auto-text templates

        Warning! The intended audience of this article is medical professionals and students. I am not your doctor. This article is not medical advice.

      • LatviaSugar prices up by two thirds in a year

        Latvia is one of the countries in which sugar prices have risen the most during the last year, according to Eurostat data published April 28.

      • HackadayA Microneedle Vaccine Patch Printer For Thermostable MRNA Vaccines

        What if you could get vaccinated with the ease of putting on an adhesive bandage? This is the promise of microneedle patches (MNP), which are essentially what they sound like. These would also have uses in diagnostics that might one day obliviate the need for drawing blood. The one major issue with MNPs is their manufacturing, which has been a laborious and highly manual process. In a recent paper€ in Nature Biotechnology researchers detail the construction and testing of a MNP printer, or microneedle vaccine printer (MVP) that can print dissolving polymers containing stabilized mRNA vaccine.

      • New York TimesAs Hospitals Close and Doctors Flee, Sudan’s Health Care System Is Collapsing

        The medical professionals who remain face meager supplies and harrowing conditions, even setting up field hospitals in living rooms amid the fighting.

      • Federal News NetworkCongress eyes work rules for millions covered by Medicaid

        More than half a million of the poorest Americans would be left without health insurance under legislation passed by House Republicans that would require people to work in exchange for health care coverage through Medicaid. The bill is unlikely to become law, though, with Democrats strongly opposing the idea. It’s one of dozens of provisions tucked into a GOP bill that would an increase the debt limit but curb government spending. Democrats say work requirements won’t incentivize people to get a job and will drive up the number of uninsured in the country.

      • New York TimesNeeding Younger Workers, Federal Officials Relax Rules on Past Drug Use

        As more states legalize marijuana and competition for talent grows fiercer, the U.S. government is loosening guidelines from the “Just Say No” era.

      • New York TimesLoneliness Is an Epidemic in America, Writes the Surgeon General

        I have a plan to rebuild social connection and foster healthy relationships.

    • Proprietary

      • Common DreamsApple Should Be a Leader in Charitable Giving

        Here is a letter that Steve Clifford and I sent to the CEO Tim Cook of Apple corporation, whose percentage of charitable giving relative to its taxable income is astoundingly low as compared to other corporations noted below. Apple should increase its charitable giving.

      • MandiantMagniber Ransomware Wants to Infect Only the Right People [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The first reappearance of Magnitude EK on Oct. 15 came as a malvertising redirection from the domain: fastprofit[.]loan. The infection chain is shown in Figure 2.

      • LatviaConcerns about election IT systems in Latvia: LTV's De Facto

        Politicians agreed months ago that the Central Election Commission (CVK) could no longer secure elections, so it needs reform. The problems swelled last November when the CVK's€ work was actually paralyzed by a criminal case regarding the procurement of the IT system development. There is currently no solution to the IT issues, so next European Parliament elections could be quite cumbersome for voters, Latvian Television's De Facto reported on April 30.

      • Chris HannahMy current experience of using Twitter

        The majority of tweets I see now, are usually about AI, growth, or people sharing their expertise. All nicely packaged in annoying threads.

    • Security

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsClimate Campaigners Stage Blockade at White House Correspondents Dinner

        Members of the corporate media were greeted by hundreds of climate action organizers Saturday night as they arrived at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

      • ScheerpostBlackRock Security, NYPD ‘Brutalize’ Climate Protesters

        Eleven out of 75 activists were arrested after storming the headquarters of the world's largest fossil fuel investor with pitchforks and fake oil.

      • Federal News NetworkDeadly heat waves threaten older people as summer nears

        As heat waves fueled by climate change arrive earlier, grow more intense and last longer, people over 60 who are more vulnerable to high temperatures are increasingly at risk of dying from heat-related causes. That’s especially true for people of color. Deaths like these are challenging community health systems, utility companies, apartment managers and local governments to better protect older people when temperatures soar. Many U.S. cities have action plans for extreme weather like heat waves, opening cooling centers and distributing bottled water to people outdoors. But many older people need personalized advice and assistance to stay safe.

      • Federal News NetworkTakeaways about heat deaths and vulnerable older people

        Heat waves fueled by climate change are starting earlier, growing more intense and lasting longer. It creates a higher risk of illness and death for older people who are especially vulnerable to hot weather. Older people in Phoenix accounted for most of those who died last summer in broiling heat inside their homes. Almost all of them had no air conditioning. The dangers from high temperatures so well known in greater Phoenix, America’s hottest big metro, are becoming known familiar nationwide as extreme heat becomes more common in places used to milder weather. Here are takeaways about heat deaths and vulnerable older people

      • uni MichiganUMich study finds offshore gas and oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has double estimated climate impact

        A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering program found that methane and carbon dioxide emissions in the Gulf of Mexico are double what has been reported by official inventories. This study was conducted alongside researchers from Stanford University, Scientific Aviation, Carbon Mapper and the Environmental Defense Fund.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsTrump's Indictment Won't End 21st Century Fascist Movement He Unleashed

        Donald Trump is the first American president to be indicted. No matter where you see yourself on the political spectrum, that is a very big deal.

      • ScheerpostWhere U.S Weapons For Ukraine Are REALLY Going! w/ Sy Hersh

        The rampant corruption in Ukraine is no secret, but now more details are emerging about just how little of the U.S. tax dollars sent to Ukraine are winding up in grifters’ pockets.

      • ScheerpostMarjorie Taylor Green Challenged on Populist Bona Fides

        The Hill Briahna Joy Gray Challenges Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA.) on right wing populism and her true establishment bona fides, pressing her on issues like taxing the rich, military spending, corporate contributions, and wealth inequality.

      • New York TimesEchoes of History in New National Push to Shield Children Online

        The A.C.L.U. contended that the [Internet], where users typed or clicked to get to a web page, was more like a book or newspaper than radio or TV, recalled Ann Beeson, a former assistant legal director for the group. Language in printed material, which individuals freely perused, was more lightly regulated than in broadcast media, where audiences had less control over what they were exposed to.

      • New York TimesStates’ Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet

        The proposed restrictions, introduced by at least two dozen states over the last year, could alter not only the online experiences of children and adolescents. They could also remake the [Internet] for millions of adults, ushering in a tectonic cultural shift to a stricter, age-gated online world.

      • France24Uzbekistan passes constitutional reform that extends president's tenure

        Voters in Uzbekistan have overwhelmingly backed constitutional changes in the Central Asian country that could allow President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to remain in power until 2040, according to preliminary results released on Monday.

      • Federal News NetworkGOP election officials walking fine line on fraud, integrity

        The Republican secretaries of state in Ohio, West Virginia and Missouri all have promoted their states’ elections as fair and secure. Yet each also is navigating a fine line on how to address election fraud conspiracies, as they eye campaigns for U.S. Senate or governor in 2024. The split-screen messaging of Ohio's Frank LaRose, West Virginia's Mac Warner and Missouri's Jay Ashcroft shows just how deeply election lies have burrowed into the Republican voter base. Even election officials who tout running clean elections at home are routinely pushing more voting restrictions and additional scrutiny as they brace for GOP primaries.

      • Off GuardianThis Week in the New Normal #62

        This Week in the New Normal is our weekly chart of the progress of autocracy, authoritarianism and economic restructuring around the world.

      • New York TimesParaguay Voters Elect Conservative Economist as President

        The election of Santiago Peña keeps the right-wing Colorado Party in control of Paraguay, which it has run for all but five of the past 76 years.

      • New York TimesParaguay Picks a New President: What You Need to Know

        The South American nation is deciding between a candidate from the entrenched conservative party and two opposition candidates: an anti-corruption crusader and a far-right firebrand.

      • Hong Kong Free PressTaiwan ties in balance as Paraguay votes

        Future ties with Taiwan are in play as Paraguayans go to the polls Sunday to pick a president they hope will tackle endemic corruption, rising crime and economic inequality. A center-left coalition is aiming to end the almost unbroken, seven-decade hegemony of the ruling conservative Colorado Party in the closest race in many years.

      • JURISTUN Special Rapporteur: Japan key to supporting crisis response in Myanmar

        Japan’s leadership would be vital in restarting a failing international response to the crisis in Myanmar, a UN-appointed independent rights expert urged Friday.

      • The Straits TimesSupport for Japan PM Kishida tops 50% amid speculation on early election

        Renewing his mandate sooner might help Mr Kishida keep control of his ruling party.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • New Eastern EuropeHow effective is Russia’s information war?

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    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • MeduzaSiberian actor who slashed his wrists on stage in protest reportedly fled Russia — Meduza

        Artur Shuvalov, a theater actor from Ulan-Ude, has fled Russia, reports the independent outlet OVD-Info. According to the actor, he was threatened with forced psychiatric hospitalization after slashing his wrists on stage in protest against the pro-war theater management in March.

      • ANF News13-year-old child sued for insulting ErdoÄŸan

        Charges have been brought in Istanbul against a 13-year-old child for insulting Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan. According to the Birgün newspaper, the public prosecutor's office in the GaziosmanpaÅŸa district accuses the child of attacking "the honour, dignity and reputation of the President of the Republic". The case apparently stems from a complaint filed on CIMER, a web service of the Communications Centre of the Turkish President's Office, through which citizens can send complaints, messages and requests to the president. A juvenile court has accepted the indictment against the child, who was born in 2009.

        According to the newspaper report, the background to the complaint filed with CIMER by ErdoÄŸan supporters is a statement made by the child in a group chat on WhatsApp.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • LatviaEspionage trial of former Saeima deputy continues

        In the trial of former Saeima member Jānis Ä€damsons, accused of espionage, continued this week, according to€ Latvian Television's€ program De Facto€ on April 30.€ The prosecution believes that Ä€damsons provided information to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) over a long period.

      • ANF NewsJournalists detained in Amed taken to Ankara

        A few weeks before the May 14 elections, Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against 49 people and many were taken into custody as a result of police raids in 15 cities on April 29.

        The Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG) co-chair Dicle MüftüoÄŸlu, Mesopotamia Agency (MA) Editor Sedat Yılmaz and his wife Selma Yılmaz are among those detained in Amed (Diyarbakır) on Saturday. Sedat Yılmaz’s sister, Filiz Yılmaz, was detained in Istanbul in the scope of the same operation.x

      • RFERLBiden Meets With Parents Of U.S. Journalist Detained In Russia On Spying Charges

        Details of the conversation were not released, but Biden mentioned the meeting during his speech to an estimated audience of 2,600 people, including some guests wearing buttons reading “Free Evan.”

        Gershkovich, a Moscow-based reporter for The Wall Street Journal, has been imprisoned in Russia since March on the spying charges, which he, his newspaper, and the U.S. government have strongly denied.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • NPR30 years ago, one decision altered the course of our connected world

          "The web setting out as something which was universal, something which anybody could use, I felt was very important," he said. "It's no good having something which will run on any platform if, in fact, there is a proprietary hold on it."

          Berners-Lee eventually convinced CERN to release the World Wide Web into the public domain without any patents or fees. He has since attributed the runaway success of the web to that single decision.

      • Copyrights

        • Digital Music NewsCoachella Threatens Legal Action Against Frank Ocean Filmmaker

          Coachella parent company AEG is threatening legal action against a filmmaker who created a concert film using found footage of Frank Ocean’s April 16 performance at the festival.

        • The Register UKEU legislates disclosure of copyright data used to train AI

          The AI Act is the first major government effort to regulate the technology with new laws. It was first drafted over nearly two years ago and is still being debated and finalized.

        • ReutersEU proposes new copyright rules for generative AI

          Companies deploying generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, will have to disclose any copyrighted material used to develop their systems, according to an early EU agreement that could pave the way for the world's first comprehensive laws governing the technology.

          The European Commission began drafting the AI Act nearly two years ago to regulate emerging artificial intelligence technology, which underwent a boom in investment and popularity following the release of OpenAI's AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT.

        • Torrent FreakWhy Linus Tech Tips' Pirate Box Video Got 2.3m Views & Official PSAs Get Ignored

          In recent years numerous campaigns have attempted to scare pirates into submission by linking their habit with malware that suddenly empties their bank accounts. For various reasons these messages are largely ignored yet a Linus Tech Tips video on avoiding cheap, piracy-configured set-top boxes has been viewed 2.3 million times in two weeks. So what's the secret sauce?

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Linux Gaming

        I’ve been an enthusiastic Linux user since encountering it at Uni; so, how about some gaming?

        It’s always been possible to run some games on Linux. After switching it was nice to be encouraged to try some, shall we say, older games, like NetHack; various open source games; and all the different emulator and not-emulator options.

        I seem to remember that Doom 3 ran particularly well.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It's like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

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