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Links 20/05/2023: CodeWeavers Without Jeremy White

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Nikita ProkopovHumble Chronicles: Managing State with Signals

        After the previous post, I figured that the best way to decide on the direction for Humble UI is to make an experiment.

        And I did. I implemented a reactive/incremental computation engine (signals) and wrote a simple TodoMVC in it. Following are my thoughts on it.

      • Make Use OfHow to Improve Gaming Performance on Linux

        Linux is increasingly becoming a strong choice for PC gaming as a realistic alternative to Windows. With Wine, improved GPU driver support, SteamOS, and many other enhancements, Linux gaming is now a reality.

        But as with Windows, things may not be perfect from the off. Here’s how to improve gaming on Linux with these top tips to tweak performance.

      • PCLinuxOS MagazineGIMP Tutorial: Colorizing A Black & White Photo

        On YouTube, I have found several tutorials for colorizing a photo. Michael Davies Design has one, as well as Logos By Nick and others. I also found one by JBColourisation. I also did an article on colorizing a photo back in 2013, but there are several methods, so we'll do a different method this time.

        We'll be using layer masks for this, and I just heard an easier description of a layer mask. It's like "a window that's been blacked out" so you can't see what's inside, and when you paint the layer mask, you're "making a hole" that shows what you want seen.

      • PCLinuxOS MagazineGIMP Tip: Join Text

        When I first registered for PCLinuxOS and started getting more involved in the community, I noticed how in the artwork of the distro logo, two letters in the middle are cleverly 'joined' to look like only one letter or character. The U and the N look like they are merged or magically melted together. Being a fan of graphics, in time when I needed to use the logo, I wasn't sure how to go about joining the two letters. I asked in the forum, but the answers I got didn't yield a good enough result. There was always something sticking out of place, or something didn't look quite right. In time, I eventually figured out how to join the two letters seamlessly. Here, in this Gimp tip, we'll see how I made it work for me. I am sure there are many other different ways to accomplish the same task, but this is how I do it. (See samples A1, A2, A3)

      • HowTo GeekHow to Add and Remove Users on Ubuntu

        The system administrator role includes creating users, deleting users, and reviewing existing users. They also control who can, and cannot, use root’s elevated powers.

      • DebugPointFix “invalid or corrupted package (PGP signature)” Error In Arch Linux

        When you install or upgrade packages on an Arch Linux system, pacman checks the digital signatures of the packages against the keys in the archlinux-keyring package. This verification process ensures that the packages you download and install are unmodified and come from trusted sources.

        If you have not updated your Arch Linux system for a longer period, then the digital signatures of various packages may mismatch. The changed keys may not match what you have in your system. Here's how to fix this error.

    • WINE or Emulation

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Outlast Trials out now - amazing on Steam Deck (and desktop Linux)

        Ready to scare yourself silly? The Outlast Trials has hit Steam Early Access and it's Steam Deck Verified right out of the gate. This is a single-player and online co-op survival horror mixing together gory action with plenty of psychological stuff thrown in to really make you sweat.

      • GamingOnLinuxLast Christmas, a short and 'not so sweet' adventure gets a Linux version

        For fans of point and click adventures with a twist, you may want to take a look over at Last Christmas that recently added a Native Linux version. The game released on Steam in April, with the Linux version arriving May 17th.

      • GamingOnLinuxDo some mining with machine guns in BORE BLASTERS

        8BitSkull developer of the awesome Void Scrappers and Fates of Ort has announced BORE BLASTERS, a game all about drilling with machine guns.

      • GamingOnLinuxSci-fi colony building sim Stardeus gets a big planetary expansion

        If dwarves aren't your thing and you want to do some building in space, Stardeus is worth a look and it just recently had a pretty huge upgrade. As a reminder:€ Stardeus is a deep colony sim set on a broken starship manned by drones and hibernating human survivors. As the AI, have your drones repair your ship, save your crew and travel the stars in this beautiful simulation.

      • GamingOnLinuxDwarven colony builder Mountaincore is out now

        Enjoy games like RimWorld, Dwarf Fortress and The Settlers? You'll likely quite enjoy dwarven colony builder Mountaincore as well. It's just hit Early Access and works well on Linux desktop and Steam Deck with full support.

      • GamingOnLinuxHeroes of Might and Magic II recreation fheroes2 adds widescreen support

        Want to play the classic Heroes of Might and Magic II on modern platforms, with plenty of enhancements? Well the fheroes2 just keeps getting better - now with widescreen support.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PCLinuxOS Magazine[PCLinuxOS] Screenshot Showcase
      • PCLinuxOS Magazine[PCLinuxOS] From The Chief Editor's Desk...

        I've discussed my son, Ryan, before in this magazine. In my article in November 2020, I laid out the challenges he faces. He continues to improve in all aspects of his "challenges." Just get him talking about Transformers, Minecraft, or Sonic the Hedgehog, and he'll talk your ears off. You'll probably learn WAY more than you ever thought possible and more than you probably wanted to know about any of those topics. His reading is coming along fantastically, although we are now focused on improving reading comprehension. Math remains his favorite school subject. His new favorite reading material involves the graphic novel adventures of Dog Man and Cat Kid.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux Release Brings New Features to Streamline IT Management Tasks

        Red Hat has recently announced the general availability of Enterprise Linux 9.2 and the upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.8. The latest release brings new features to streamline complex Linux platform tasks across hybrid cloud environments.

        “The latest versions of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform bring greater automation to help IT teams extend their reach across the hybrid cloud while at the same time making it easier to embrace innovation, whether containers or new hardware architectures,” said Gunnar Hellekson, VP and GM of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

        Red Hat has introduced a new realmd RHEL system role that should make it easier for IT admins to manage security and compliance within their organizations. It allows administrators to automate the integration of RHEL systems with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Moreover, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9.2 adds support for Ansible DevOps content to improve system checks following the guidelines established by the Center for Internet Security (CIS).

      • SJVNRed Hat cuts Fedora Program Manager

        I was surprised when Red Hat laid off 4% of its staff. It was a bad move. But, I never saw Red Hat laying off community Linux distro Fedora Program Manager Ben Cotton, until I saw his blog post about leaving Red Hat.

        Cotton has played a major role in making Fedora an outstanding Linux community both for users and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) developers. He was also the CentOS Stream program manager. And, he authored Program Management for Open Source Projects. In short, he was a major mover and shaker in open-source circles and in RHEL development.

        Or, in other words, he was not the kind of person I saw Red Hat, or any other tech company, getting rid of.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: Unravelling complexity in software-defined vehicles
        Software-defined: an industry U-turn

        With the advent of software-defined vehicles (SDVs), cars are rapidly evolving to become more connected, autonomous, shared, and electric. These four features have eventually become so prominent that everyone in the industry can recognise them as the popular acronym CASE.€ 

        Constantly growing customer expectations also drive the SDV concept and impose challenges both on automotive hardware and software. To accommodate CASE trends and consumer needs, traditional vehicle architectures need revisiting and redesigning. Along with many other requirements, the new architecture must ensure upgradability, performance, and security.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosSipeed launches Tang Nano 20K FPGA dev kit

        Sipeed launched yesterday the Tang Nano 20K development board powered by a GowinSemi FPGA from the GW2A series. This compact embedded platform offers the same amount of logic units as the Tang Primer 20K launched last year.

      • Linux GizmosComputer-on-Module with Tiger Lake CPUs runs on Linux

        The EmETX-i92U0 is an industrial Computer-on-Module designed with the 11th Generation Intel Core processors. This customizable board delivers Ultra HD display, codec support, up to 12x USB ports and wide expansion ports.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Tom's HardwareRaspberry Pi Pico Streams Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to Nintendo 64

        Konrad Beckmann is using a Raspberry Pi Pico to interface with a Nintendo 64 through the cartridge port.

      • CNX SoftwareSumolink Erhu RP2040 is a $3.60 Raspberry Pi Pico Clone with a USB-C port

        The Sumolink Erhu RP2040 is a Raspberry Pi Pico clone with the exact same features except the micro USB port has been replaced by a USB-C port that may be preferred by some people, and the Wisdpi claims it is one of the world's cheapest RP2040 MCU boards at $3.60, although that price does not include shipping.

      • CollaboraRadxa Rock-5B PCIe and RTL8125B networking in U-boot

        Work continues on the Radxa ROCK5B RK388, as PCIe and RTL8125B networking support in U-boot have now been added. Publishing code as Open Source can benefit many different other projects, and allows anyone to benefit.

      • ArduinoDIY spectrum analyzer is an easy project for beginners

        For a spectrum analyzer to work, it needs to be able to break an electrical signal down into a series of frequency ranges. In an audio signal, frequency is pitch. That means that higher frequency ranges correspond to higher notes in the audio. This spectrum analyzer utilizes an MSGEQ7 IC, which is an equalizer filter, to pull seven frequency ranges from an audio signal. It outputs the peak of each band, giving a real-time reading of each band’s amplitude.

      • Raspberry PiWhat can you buy at our May and June Raspberry Pi pop-up stores?

        We will have stock of all Raspberry Pi boards at both the Birmingham and Leeds pop-up stores. This includes incredibly limited numbers of Compute Module 4, which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to one per customer. So if you really want a CM4, we advise getting into the queue early on the first day of the pop-up you’re visiting.

      • OlimexESP32-POE and ESP32-POE now can be ordered with WROVER module with 8MB PSRAM

        ESP32-POE and ESP32-POE-ISO are the most popular ESP32 boards with Power over Ethernet features. They are supported by ESPhome, Arduino, MicroPython, PlatformIO and of course Espressif SDK.

      • Old VCRThe KIM-1 that sounds like Stephen Hawking (or: "jitbanging" DECtalk)

        The KIM-1's serial lines are connected to the last and smallest member of Digital Equipment Corporation's true DECtalk hardware speech synthesizers, the 1994 DECtalk Express. The DECtalk's classic default voice heard in this video is Perfect Paul, which (with adjustments) was the voice of Dr Stephen Hawking as produced with the 1988 Speech Plus CallText 5010.

        The 15 keys we can read off the KIM's hexadecimal keypad are polled by a "talker" program that sends the DECtalk Express words and phrases to speak. However, although the KIM-1 has 20mA current loop output you can turn into RS-232 serial, its built-in ROM routines can't reliably communicate at the 9600 baud rate the DECtalk Express demands.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • University of TorontoThe long life of Apache httpd 2.4

        This isn't entirely new in the Apache (httpd) project, since the initial releases of 2.2 and 2.4 were almost seven years apart, but it still feels like we've been using Apache 2.4 forever and are going to keep on using it for the foreseeable future. This isn't particularly a bad thing; for example, I've certainly got a lot of use over the years out of Apache 2.4 expertise. But it does feel a little bit peculiar that such a core part of the web has stayed so stable for so long (I know that Apache is no longer the trendy web server, but we love it and I think it's still reasonably commonly used).

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Silicon AngleAs ‘code pollution’ grows, licensing becomes crucial, Grafana expert says

        Every time there is an infection point in technological innovations, the licensing dynamic comes up.

        With things becoming more open with data, licensing code should be simplified using a specific method, such as a reference file, according to Richard Hartmann (pictured), director of community at Raintank Inc. (dba Grafana Labs).

    • Programming/Development

      • Bryce VandegriftStop Saying C/C++

        For as long as I can remember, I have heard people say C/C++ when referring to a project written in C and or C++. A lot of programming/developer jobs also refer to C/C++ when they need a programmer who knows either C or C++. To most people who have never touched C or C++ this might not seem like a big deal. However, the problem is that when people say this term (C/C++) they make it seem like C and C++ are similar or closely related programming languages. That is not true. Although C++ was based off of C when it was first created, these two languages have slowly drifted apart over the years to the point where they share less and less in common.

      • PulumiRead Every Single Error

        At Pulumi we read every single error message that our API produces. This is the primary mechanism that led to a 17x YoY reduction in our error rate. You’re probably wondering how reading error messages make them go away.

        Doesn’t common wisdom tell us that we need a fancy observability toolchain, or to follow the Google SRE model? I can confidently say that you don’t. I’ll go a step further and state that throughout my career, every system I’ve worked on that relied on aggregate views of errors was a complete dumpster fire. In every team where we instead chose to read all the errors, reliability naturally improved over time.

        I offer a concrete process that will drive your error rates down over time with math to back it up.

      • Daniel LemireThe absurd cost of finalizers in Go

        The Go programming language makes it easy to call C code. Suppose you have the following C functions: [...]

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Stacey on IoTMatter 1.1 is here, but it’s not a big deal

        The first update to the Matter smart home interoperability standard is here. When the Matter standard launched in October of last year, the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) promised that it would release updates every six months or so. Surprisingly, they delivered (it took much longer to get the initial standard out).

  • Leftovers

    • LatviaMuseum admission prices up 5% in 2022

      In 2022, the prices of visiting€ visiting€ museums, libraries and zoological gardens€ in Latvia rose by 5.3%, according to data published May 18 by Eurostat.

    • Science

      • Vice Media GroupThe Oldest Recorded Kiss Happened 4,500 Years Ago, Scientists Say

        “In the earliest texts in the Sumerian language, kissing was described in relation to erotic acts,” according to researchers.

      • Scientific AmericanPhysicists Create Biggest-Ever Schrödinger's Cat - Scientific American

        Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

      • Raw StoryFormidable asteroid to hurl past Earth Sunday, 4 others approaching this weekend

        An asteroid by the name of 2023 JK is expected to zip past Earth on Sunday, missing our planet by just a little more than a million miles. According to NASA, 2023 JK is roughly the size of a commercial jet. Or, as The Jerusalem Post measures it, the length of 18 adult male Pacific walruses.

      • VOA NewsFirst Full-Size 3D Scan of Titanic Reveals Wreck Like Never Before

        Unveiled on Wednesday, the 3D scan was the result of a six-week expedition to the North Atlantic wreck site in summer 2022, during which researchers used two remotely operated submersibles — named Romeo and Juliet — to map the entire shipwreck and the surrounding 3-mile debris field.

        The researchers took more than 700,000 images from every angle to create a virtual, exact 3D reconstruction.

      • NBCFirst full-size scan reveals Titanic wreck as never seen before

        The first full-size digital scan of the Titanic has revealed the world’s most famous shipwreck as never seen before, and experts hope that it will provide more insight into how the liner came to sink in 1912.

        Created using deep-sea mapping, the unique 3D view of the entire vessel could break through “a century’s worth of human interpretation” about what happened to the liner as it made its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, Parks Stephenson, a Titanic analyst and historian, told NBC News on Wednesday.

    • Education

      • New YorkerThe Fight for the Soul of a School Board

        In a small Missouri town, a campaign to remove literature from the high-school library forced members of the community to reckon with the meaning of “parents’ rights.”

      • LatviaNearly a third of Latvian teachers plan to leave job, survey shows

        A survey "Teachers' voice" on how teachers feel and see themselves in the profession has been carried out in Latvia for the second time.€ The survey data, published on May 18, show that in 2022, the number of teachers who do not feel good in their job and are planning to leave has risen significantly.

      • Federal News NetworkNew College of Florida students attend ‘alternative commencement’

        Hundreds of New College of Florida students, family members and friends gathered at an off-campus art gallery for an “alternative commencement” in defiance of state officials working to change the character of the traditionally progressive school. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Thursday evening's ceremony preceded Friday’s official graduation on the school’s Sarasota campus. The college had less than 700 students enrolled this year. It has become the focal point of Gov. Ron DeSantis to rid higher education in the state of what the Republican governor calls left-leaning “woke” indoctrination on campuses ahead of his expected presidential candidacy.

      • Jim NielsenGet You Some Practical Accessibility

        I watched Chapter 1 last night and, if it’s foreshadowing the rest of the course, my expectations have already been exceeded.

        Here are a few of the things I took notes on through Chapter 1: [...]

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • Vice Media GroupDebt Collectors Want To Use AI Chatbots To Hustle People For Money

        The collections industry is pushing GPT-4 as a dystopian new way to make borrowers pay up, replicating the debt system’s long history of racial bias.

      • Brad TauntMy Robotic Mower Woes

        I'm no stranger to robotic lawnmowers. When my wife and I moved into our rural home just over five years ago, we picked up the Husqvarna 450X Automower since I was far too lazy to manually mow my property and the cost was equal to that of a standard riding mower. It was a no-brainer.

        Fast-forward five years. Everything is still going great with the Automower. Some minor repairs were needed but that was mostly my fault since I was allowing the mower into places it shouldn't have been (ie. root systems and dirt "craters"). Then lightning struck our backyard at the beginning of April this year. The mower was fine, since we stow it away inside for the winter but the charging station, charging brick and perimeter wire we not so lucky...

        The lightning traveled along the main perimeter wire and went straight to the charging station. Boom. The charging dock was quite literally blown up into a million tiny pieces and scattered across my backyard. Giant trenches were carved up where the perimeter wire had been embedded in the lawn. This surge also followed the path towards the main power adapter and exploded that as well. All of this happened even with the charging station / adapter turned off and unplugged from any outlet. At least my mower was safe...

      • ABCTwitter accuses Microsoft of misusing its data, foreshadowing a possible fight over AI

        In other respects, the letter primarily laid out a series of vaguely worded allegations. For instance, it noted that while Microsoft was required to inform Twitter about its intended use of the data, it failed to do so for six of the eight Microsoft apps that drew on information from the Twitter database.

        Similarly, the letter asserted that at least one Microsoft app had supplied Twitter data to a number of virtual locations that “reference a government entity or agency.” That apparently violated Microsoft's agreement with Twitter, the letter stated, which prohibited the company from retrieving Twitter data “on behalf of ‘any government-related entity’” without first notifying Twitter.

      • Matt RickardOn Regulating AI

        ChatGPT just turned 6 (months old). So why does Sam Altman want OpenAI to be regulated? A few hypotheses.

      • Windows TCO

        • CNNApparent cyberattack forces Philadelphia Inquirer office to close ahead of mayoral primary

          An apparent cyberattack forced the Philadelphia Inquirer to close its office through Tuesday, the newspaper’s spokesperson Evan Benn told CNN in an email on Monday.

          That means the Inquirer’s journalists won’t be in the office on Tuesday as they cover a key election: Philadelphia’s Democratic primary for the mayoral race.

        • The Philadelphia InquirerThe Philadelphia Inquirer’s operations continue to be disrupted by a cyber incident

          The Inquirer had been unable to print its regular Sunday newspaper, and it was not clear until late Sunday afternoon that it would be possible to print Monday’s editions of The Inquirer and Daily News newspapers. Online posting and updating of stories to continued, though sometimes slower than normal.

          It was unclear when systems would be fully restored, and Inquirer publisher Lisa Hughes said in response to emailed questions that “we are currently unable to provide an exact time line.” The incident was the greatest publication disruption to Pennsylvania’s largest news organization since the blizzard of Jan. 7-8, 1996, and it came just days before Tuesday’s mayoral primary election.

        • New York TimesPossible Cyberattack Disrupts The Philadelphia Inquirer

          Ms. Mastrull, who was working as an editor over the weekend, said that staff members had noticed on Saturday that they could not log on to the content management system.

        • ABCPhiladelphia Inquirer hit by cyberattack causing newspaper's largest disruption in decades

          The cyberattack has caused the largest disruption to publication of Pennsylvania's largest news organization since a massive blizzard in January 1996, the Inquirer reported.

          The cyberattack precedes a mayoral primary election scheduled for Tuesday. Hughes said the operational disruption would not affect news coverage of the election, although journalists would be unable to use the newsroom on election night.

          Hughes said other Inquirer employees will not be allowed to use offices through at least Tuesday, and the company was looking into coworking arrangements for Tuesday, the Inquirer reported.

        • Data BreachesAttempted cyber attack responsible for 3-week Newport News library computer outage

          A failed cybersecurity attack is responsible for Newport News Public Library branch computers being out of operation the past three weeks.

        • Scoop News GroupFIN7 returns with new ransomware attacks

          FIN7 has a long history in the cybercrime world. According to the FBI, the group’s operations date to at least 2015, and FIN7 has targeted some 100 U.S. companies with attacks designed to steal payment credentials and other data that can be used or sold for profit. The group is believed to have developed the ransomware strain that was used to attack Colonial Pipeline in 2021, an incident that resulted in fuel deliveries being disrupted along the Eastern Seaboard and drew attention to the widespread problem of ransomware attacks.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • FuturismFacebook Has Crowbarred Open the Pandora’s Box of AI, Experts Warn

          Meta is cracking the AI arms race wide open. Literally.

          According to a report from The New York Times, Meta-formerly-Facebook is doubling down on its decision to make its large language model called LLaMA (Large Language Model Meta AI) — which competes with the likes of OpenAI's GPT-4 — open source.

        • New York TimesIn Battle Over A.I., Meta Decides to Give Away Its Crown Jewels

          Its actions contrast with those of Google and OpenAI, the two companies leading the new A.I. arms race. Worried that A.I. tools like chatbots will be used to spread disinformation, hate speech and other toxic content, those companies are becoming increasingly secretive about the methods and software that underpin their A.I. products.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • CyberRisk Alliance LLCNew Linux flaws included in CISA vulnerability catalog [Ed: These are very, very old; is the Microsoft-connected CISA misusing its perceived authority for FUD?]

        Seven actively abused Linux-related security flaws, most of which are years old, have been added by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities catalog, according to SiliconAngle.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday []

        Security updates have been issued by Fedora (cups-filters, kitty, mingw-LibRaw, nispor, rust-ybaas, and rust-yubibomb), Mageia (kernel-linus), Red Hat (jenkins and jenkins-2-plugins), SUSE (openvswitch and ucode-intel), and Ubuntu (linux-azure, linux-azure-4.15, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.15, linux-gke, linux-gke-5.15, linux-gkeop, linux-oracle-5.15, linux-ibm, linux-oracle, and linux-oem-6.0).

      • Dark ReadingMicrosoft Azure VMs Hijacked in Cloud Cyberattack

        A threat actor known for targeting Microsoft cloud environments now is employing the serial console feature on Azure virtual machines (VMs) to hijack the VM to install third-party remote management software within clients’ cloud environments.

        Tracked as UNC3844 by researchers at Mandiant Intelligence, the threat group is leveraging this attack method to skirt traditional security detections employed within Azure with a living-off-the-land (LotL) attack ultimately aimed at stealing data that it can use for financial gain, Mandiant researchers revealed in a blog post this week.

      • Bleeping ComputerKeePass exploit helps retrieve cleartext master password, fix coming soon

        The popular KeePass password manager is vulnerable to extracting the master password from the application’s memory, allowing attackers who compromise a device to retrieve the password even with the database is locked.

        The issue was discovered by a security researcher known as ‘vdohney,’ who published a proof-of-concept tool allowing attackers to extract the KeePass master password from memory as a proof-of-concept (PoC).

      • Attempted cyber attack responsible for 3-week Newport News library computer outage

        A failed cybersecurity attack is responsible for Newport News Public Library branch computers being out of operation the past three weeks.

        Public computers and printing, faxing and scan-to-email services have all been unavailable since April 25. Library patrons who tried to use public computers at library branches were greeted with signs taped over the screens that say “out of order.”

      • Data BreachesPhishing attack affects Texas patients; at least 130,000 impacted has noted some reports this week involving an unnamed business associate that discovered a phishing attack in January of this year. The most recent disclosure was spotted on the website of South Texas Health System for its South Texas Health System – Edinburg facility.

      • Data BreachesHealth Breach Notification Rule: FTC wants your insights into proposed changes

        The Health Breach Notification Rule has been in place since 2009. Given the pace of innovation, that seems like a century in tech years. Since then, we’ve seen an explosion in the popularity of health apps, fitness trackers, and other health-related monitors. To keep up with technological developments and evolving business practices, the FTC is proposing changes to the Rule and welcomes your comments.

        The Health Breach Notification Rule applies to certain businesses that aren’t covered by HIPAA – specifically, vendors of personal health records (PHR), PHR related entities, and third party service providers. When there’s been an unauthorized acquisition of a person’s unsecured, personally identifiable health information, PHR vendors and PHR related entities must (among other things) notify the FTC, consumers and, in some cases, the media. If your company is a third party service provider to a PHR vendor or a PHR related entity, you have notice requirements under the Rule, too. (Read Complying with FTC’s Health Breach Notification Rule for details.)

      • Hearst CommunicationsRackspace gets San Antonio federal judge to toss proposed class-action suit over ransomware attack

        Rackspace Technology Inc. won’t have to face proposed class-action litigation in San Antonio over a December ransomware attack that hobbled the cloud computing company.

        U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez on Thursday sided with Rackspace in dismissing litigation that had been brought by 37 plaintiffs from across the U.S. who lost access to email and related data as a result of the attack. More than 30,000 customers were allegedly affected, the judge noted in his ruling.

      • SANSA Quick Survey of .zip Domains: Your highest risk is running into Rick Astley., (Thu, May 18th)

        A week ago, I wrote about Google starting to offer ".zip" domains and the possible risks associated with this. Earlier today, I quickly surveyed registered .zip domains to see what people are doing with them.

      • Silicon Angle‘Infostealer’ malware evolves to become even more lethal
        The class of malware called infostealers continues to evolve into a more lethal threat. These threats are software that can steal sensitive data from a victim’s computer, typically login details, browser cookies, saved credit cards and other financial information.

      • TechSpotGoogle's new registered domains include .zip and .mov for a more "exciting" and insecure internet | TechSpot

        Google Registry has recently introduced 8 new top-level domains for "dads, grads, and techies," adding .dad, .phd, .prof, .esq, .foo, .nexus, .zip, and .mov...

      • TechTargetCrowdStrike warns of rise in VMware ESXi hypervisor attacks

        As enterprise adoption of virtualization technology increases, CrowdStrike has observed a rise in ransomware attacks on servers running VMware's ESXi bare-metal hypervisors.

      • Computer WeeklyScality pushes anti-ransomware features in Artesca object storage

        Object storage specialist announces v2.0 of Artesca, with a heavy focus on functionality that can protect against ransomware such as object locking, sharding, backup to object etc

      • TechTargetSBOMs and security: What IT and DevOps need to know

        By integrating software bill of materials creation into the software development lifecycle, IT and DevOps teams can build more secure and maintainable applications.

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • OpenRightsGroupDon’t use Beyonce to normalise live facial recognition

          Its deployment is nothing more than our demise from democracy. It may be all anyone can talk about this morning, but Beyonce’s nothing short of incredible performance (I’m sure) in Cardiff was marred by the disappointing news that Cardiff police were deploying live facial recognition to “support” the concert. What is live facial recognition?

        • Hong Kong Free PressHong Kong press group chief Ronson Chan feared privacy breach when asked for ID by police, court hears

          The head of Hong Kong’s largest journalists’ group said he feared a privacy breach when he was asked to show his identity card by a plainclothes officer, a court has heard.

        • The North Lines INCCTV Cameras in mini & school buses being made mandatory in Doda

          Taking in account certain complaints and apprehension raised in the DRSC meeting, Chairman (DC) ordered the installation of CCTV cameras in all the School buses, and Matadors registered with ARTO Doda.

          The executing agencies were directed to install glow signage, speed limit boards and boards with Emergency Response Team contact numbers on all the roads. The DRSC also instructed the concerned authorities to raise memorials at accident sites to alert the commuters. The agencies were also asked to remove the encroachments from all the roads.

        • YLEFinnish police unveil new traffic sign

          Finnish police announced on Friday that they will increase technical surveillance and use the newly unveiled road sign I16 to designate when it is in use.

          The police said that the new sign — which is blue and white with a device that appears like a camera — will notify drivers when the police and other authorities are using technical surveillance in a given area.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • GizmodoRead the Facebook Papers for Yourself

        In November 2021, Gizmodo partnered with a group of independent experts to review, redact, and publish the Facebook Papers. This committee serves to advise and monitor our work and facilitate the responsible disclosure of the greatest number of documents in the public interest possible. We believe in the value of open access to these materials. Our collective goal is to minimize any potential harms that could result from the disclosure of certain methods by which Meta tackles sensitive issues like sex trafficking, disinformation, and voter manipulation. The documents, which have not previously been published, additionally contain both personal and private details about low-level Facebook employees and many of the users included in the company’s studies and internal discussions. The risks associated with publishing this information outweighs the value of disclosure.

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • YLEFinnish nuclear plant throttles production as electricity price plunges

          Electricity production must also be profitable for nuclear power plants, according to the facility's operator Teollisuuden Voima (TVO).

        • Michael West MediaChevron tallies new investment for Gorgon carbon trap

          Australia’s biggest carbon capture project is working but not at the rates Chevron promised, leaving the gas giant open to criticism. The vast Gorgon project on Barrow Island about 60 kilometres off the northwest coast of Western Australia is the largest single-resource project in Australia’s history.

        • Silicon AngleUK Treasury report asks government to regulate crypto as gambling
          Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and Ethereum should be regulated as gambling, according to a committee of lawmakers in the United Kingdom who claimed that the assets “pose significant risks to consumers.”

        • Digital Music NewsCongress Introduces Bill to Keep AM Radio In Every Vehicle

          Congress is considering mandating automakers to include AM receivers in vehicles as a safety issue. The news comes as many automakers have plans to phase out AM receivers on vehicles sold in the U.S.

        • H2 ViewCalifornia submits Hydrogen Hub funding proposal

          California has its hydrogen hub wheels in motion with fuel cell-powered buses spearheading its funding proposal.

        • ScheerpostWhy is AOC Parroting Nuclear Industry Propaganda?

          During a visit to Japan, including to the destroyed Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant site, US Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an outspoken Democrat from Queens, New York, made a series of Instagram posts.

        • H2 ViewItaly, Austria, Germany tie up on hydrogen pipeline project that could deliver 40% of Europe’s imported hydrogen demand

          Companies in Italy, Austria and Germany have revealed plans to combine hydrogen pipeline projects to establish a 3,300km hydrogen-ready corridor which they say could deliver 40% of Europe’s imported hydrogen demand in 2030.

        • The NationBP Is Posting Its Highest Profits
        • Eesti RahvusringhäälingMinistry: Rail Baltic route will not be changed

          "It (using existing Tartu or Pärnu railways – ed.) would require changing all domestic and international decisions and launching a completely new planning process," Sander Salmu, the ministry's undersecretary for transport, said in a reply to NGO Eesti Metsa Abiks.

          He explained that it was found in the planning process in 2018 that having Rail Baltic follow the existing 1,520-mm track gauge railway between Tallinn and Pärnu would not be justified, while earlier analyses (AECOME 2011) had not supported having it run through Tapa and Tartu.

        • Russell GravesIdaho Power Proposed Solar Net Metering Changes 2023 - IPC-E-23-14

          If you’re in the process of having solar installed in Idaho Power’s territory, or already have it installed, you recently got a letter in the mail informing you about their proposed changes to net metering for “non-legacy” systems under Schedule 84. This is the Idaho Public Utilities Commission case IPC-E-23-14. It relates to changing from kWh for kWh net metering to a new, generation-credit based system. And while the documents are fairly easy to read, they’re also quite long - so I thought I’d be helpful and summarize the changes and my thoughts on them here!

      • Overpopulation

        • GizmodoThe World's Lakes Are Shrinking

          Lake and reservoir levels can change quickly and significantly, something the U.S. has experienced recently—drought last year emptied many critical lakes, but extreme winter storms refilled them this year. The water loss noted in the study was attributed to climate change and increased human activity, including greater water demands.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The Telegraph UKTikTok influencers file lawsuit to block Montana ban

        Under the state’s ban, TikTok will be fined if it operates within the state, while app store providers such as Google and Apple also face fines if they allow Montana-based users to download it.

      • ABCWhat to know about the Montana TikTok ban

        The Montana ban, which takes effect in January 2024, does not prevent current users from accessing the app or penalize them for doing so.

        Instead, the ban targets the availability of the app by threatening entities such as TikTok, Google and Apple with a $10,000 fine for each day that the platform remains accessible in app stores for users in Montana.

        "This is not doing anything with respect to existing users," Sarah Kreps, director of Cornell University's Tech Policy Institute, told ABC News, noting however that the law will hinder current users eventually as they fail to download new updates to the app.

      • The HillMontana is banning TikTok. But can the state enforce the law and fend off a lawsuit?

        Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed it into law Wednesday expecting a legal fight would follow. The law, which isn’t scheduled to take effect until Jan. 1, 2024, also faces a litany of questions over whether the state can even enforce the law.

        The new rules in Montana will have more far-reaching effects than TikTok bans already in place on government-issued devices in nearly half the states and the U.S. federal government. There are 200,000 TikTok users in Montana as well as 6,000 businesses that use the video-sharing platform, according to company spokesperson Jamal Brown.

      • MeduzaMoscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin to run for re-election on United Russia ticket for first time — Meduza

        Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin will run on the ticket of the ruling United Russia party in the city’s upcoming election in September, Russian state media reported on Friday. The party will reportedly nominate him at a conference whose date has not yet been finalized.

      • The Register UKUK government prays that size doesn't matter as it chips in €£1B for semiconductor sector

        The official strategy coincided with the G7 Summit in Japan, where Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Japan premier Fumio Kishida unveiled a global strategic partnership on semiconductors between the two nations.

      • India TimesEU regulators' group sides with Big Tech against telcos' network fee push

        The comments from The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) to the European Commission which is now looking into the issue underscores the high-stakes battle between Big Tech and Europe's major telecoms operators.

      • TechdirtThe Verge Rightly Calls Out Online Age Verification Laws As A Threat To Your Privacy & The Open Internet

        It’s frustrating how few news organizations these days are willing to call out nonsense for being nonsense. Too many feel they need to do one of those “view from nowhere” things where they pro/con everything. That’s why I appreciate The Verge, a news site that has spent years actually taking a stand. Its latest is a piece by Emma Roth, calling out the spate of age verification laws, and what a disaster they are for privacy online.

      • MeduzaFormer Yekaterinburg Mayor Evgeny Roizman fined 260,000 rubles for ‘discrediting’ military — Meduza

        A Yekaterinburg court imposed a fine of 260,000 rubles ($3,260) against the city’s former mayor Evgeny Roizman on Friday for allegedly “discrediting” the Russian military, granting the request made by prosecutors on Thursday.

      • New York TimesLiberals Balk at G.O.P. Push for Stricter Work Requirements in Debt Limit Talks

        A G.O.P. demand to impose stricter work requirements on recipients of food stamps and other public benefits has drawn a Democratic backlash, underscoring the tricky politics at play in the negotiations.

      • CS MonitorThe kindredness of kindness

        The persistence and breadth of generosity, a new study shows, matter far more than identity in shaping human interaction.

      • Marcy WheelerJohn Durham, High Priest of the Cult of the Coffee Boy

        In an attempt to sustain his argument that the FBI was overly hasty in opening an investigation into Trump's Coffee Boy, John Durham whitewashed many of the details about George Papadopoulos, including that he himself found the Coffee Boy's communications with Sergei Millian to be "creepy."

      • New YorkerWhy ErdoÄŸan Prevailed in a Battle of Competing Turkish Nationalisms

        As the country heads to a Presidential runoff, will the aftermath of a devastating earthquake hold more sway than old narratives of grievance?

      • RFERLDespite Challenges, Negotiators Optimistic About Next Steps Of Western Balkan Countries Toward EU

        Top U.S. negotiators who have been working to de-escalate tensions and implement reforms in the Western Balkans told a U.S. Senate committee on May 18 that they remain optimistic about progress in the region toward EU membership despite "considerable" obstacles.

      • RFAMyanmar’s junta shuts down 3 Mandalay hospitals

        It claims the institutions used members of the civil disobedience movement.

      • JURISTUS civil and disability rights groups ask federal court to block provisions of Georgia voting law

        A coalition of civil and disability rights organizations filed an emergency injunction with the Northern District of Georgia on Wednesday asking the court to block two provisions of a Georgia voting law, SB 202, due to their impact on people with disabilities’ access to voting.

      • JURISTNamibia Supreme Court rules in favor of recognizing foreign same-sex marriages

        The Supreme Court of Namibia ruled the country’s authorities must recognize foreign same-sex marriages for immigration purposes, potentially signaling a major policy shift in a country where homosexuality is criminalized. The decision came out of a consolidated appeal involving two foreign nationals in same-sex marriages with Namibian citizens.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • SalonBeware Joe Biden, Donald Trump has got his hands on AI

          The obviously faked video of President Biden is part of a much larger operation by the Republican Party and larger neofascist movement to use AI and other disruptive technologies to undermine the very idea of objective reality and empirical truth as part of their broader war on democracy and civil society.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Stockholm Center For FreedomTurkish court bans access to 2021 report on [Internet] censorship in Turkey

        A Turkish court has banned access to the 2021 annual report of the Freedom of Expression Association’s (Ä°FÖD) EngelliWeb initiative, which focuses on the growing [Internet] censorship in Turkey in 2021, Turkish Minute reported, citing EngelliWeb.

        The report, which was drafted by Professor Yaman Akdeniz from Ä°stanbul Bilgi University’s law faculty and researcher Ozan Güven, was published in October 2022. It said Turkish courts blocked access to 107,706 websites and domains, including 5,436 URLs containing news items, in Turkey in 2021.

      • NPRPenguin Random House and 5 authors are suing a Florida school board over book bans

        A new federal lawsuit alleges that recent decisions by officials in a Florida county to ban and restrict access to books in school libraries violates constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.

        Over the past year, officials in western Florida's Escambia County have banned more than a dozen books in the county school district's libraries and classrooms in response to a wave of challenges by conservative teachers and parents.

      • VOA NewsIran Executes 3 Linked to Amini Protests

        Iranian authorities on Friday executed three men convicted of violence against the Islamic republic's security forces during protests triggered by Mahsa Amini's death in custody last year, the judiciary said.

      • VOA NewsHong Kong Libraries Ax Books Amid National Security Fears

        Hundreds of political books have been pulled from Hong Kong libraries in a move that analysts say is part of an ideological drive to purge “harmful” influences from the city that was once the bastion of freedom in Asia.

        This week, Hong Kong media reported that a number of books related to the 1989 military crackdown on the Tiananmen pro-democracy movement in Beijing, along with books by authors seen as pro-independence or pro-democracy, can no longer be found in libraries.

      • The Telegraph UK'I've left cycling – losing to a trans rider hurts on a million different levels'

        And so today, she is finally speaking out, too scalded by the sense of injustice to choose the path of least resistance. It is a move of considerable courage, given the febrile climate in which sport’s trans debate is conducted. The fear of being denounced as transphobic is so acute that at the elite level, no active female athletes dare put their names to their disquiet over fairness. Only last week, Inga Thompson, a retired three-time US Olympian, found herself accused by cycling team Cynisca of “affecting its brand and reputation” for opposing the presence of post-puberty males in female sport.

      • RFERLBelarusian Police Detain Singer Who Refused Lukashenka Scholarship In 2020

        Police in Belarus have detained singer Patrytsia Svitsina, who in 2020 refused to accept scholarship from authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka, citing her moral principles.

      • Hong Kong Free PressHong Kong has a duty to identify books with ‘bad ideologies’, leader John Lee says as political titles purged from libraries

        The Hong Kong government has a duty to identify books with “bad ideologies,” Chief Executive John Lee has said at a Q&A session at the legislature on Thursday, after hundreds of political titles were purged from the city’s libraries.

      • Silicon AngleSupreme Court declines to address Section 230 in new rulings
        The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t discuss the question of whether Section 230 should be reinterpreted in two closely anticipated rulings it issued this morning.€  Section 230 is part of the Communications Decency Act, a law that Congress enacted in 1996.

      • Public KnowledgeSupreme Court Decision in Gonzalez Confirms Section 230’s Value in Promoting Free Expression

        Court rules that there is no reason to consider the case further. Congress should take note and focus their attention on addressing the power of digital platforms.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The NationThe Supreme Court Has Decided Not to Break the Internet—Yet

        The two cases were called Google v. Gonzales and Twitter v. Taamneh. Both cases were brought by the families of victims of ISIS terrorist attacks who claimed that social media companies (namely Twitter and the Google-owned YouTube) helped the group carry out the attacks. Normally, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 protects Internet companies from liability for defamatory or illegal content posted on their platforms. In the Google case, families argued that YouTube’s algorithm actively promotes terrorist content to users it thinks might be interested in such activity, and thus the company should not be protected by Section 230. In the Twitter case, families argued that a different law, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), allowed them to sue Twitter for “aiding and abetting” terrorism and “providing substantial assistance” to ISIS.

      • VarietySupreme Court Hands Tech Industry Win by Leaving Section 230 Internet Shield Law in Place

        The decisions left untouched Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. As currently interpreted, Section 230 grants [Internet] companies broad legal protections for user-posted content on their services.

        The two related cases, which had been appealed to the Supreme Court, threatened to erode the protections of Section 230. In the first case, Twitter v. Taamneh, plaintiffs claimed that Twitter was liable for allegedly “aiding and abetting” an attack in Istanbul by ISIS because Twitter failed to adequately block or remove content promoting terrorism (even though Twitter had no specific knowledge that any particular post furthered a terrorist act). In its ruling, the Supreme Court held that hosting, displaying and recommending videos, without more, is not aiding and abetting terrorism. The court noted that all content is sorted by algorithms and that using content-agnostic recommendation algorithms is insufficient to create liability.

      • Broadband BreakfastSupreme Court Sides With Google and Twitter, Leaving Section 230 Untouched

        In Twitter v. Taamneh, the court ruled that Twitter could not be held liable for abetting terrorism by hosting terrorist content. The unanimous decision was written by Justice Clarence Thomas, who had previously signaled interest in curtailing liability protections for online platforms.

        “Notably, the two justices who have been most critical of Section 230 and internet platforms said nothing of the sort here,” said Ari Cohn, free speech counsel at TechFreedom.

      • NPRSupreme Court unanimously sides with Twitter in ISIS attack case

        The U.S. Supreme Court handed social media companies a major victory Thursday in the first test case involving the immunity from lawsuits granted to [Internet] platforms for the content they publish online.

        In two separate cases, one against Twitter, the other against Google, the families of people killed in terrorist bombing attacks in Istanbul and Paris sued Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube, claiming that the companies had violated the federal Anti-Terrorism Act, which specifically allows civil damage claims for aiding and abetting terrorism.

        The families alleged that the companies did more than passively provide platforms for communication. Rather, they contended that by recommending ISIS videos to those who might be interested, the internet platforms were seeking to get more viewers and increase their ad revenue, even though they knew that ISIS was using their services as a recruitment tool.

      • Vice Media GroupGoogle’s Plan to Delete Inactive Accounts Shows the Internet Isn't Forever

        The company’s strategy of killing inactive accounts after two years shows the real risk of having one account for everything if the goal is to keep your content online forever.

      • ZimbabweEconet – full statement on power failures that caused network challenges

        We discussed that Econet’s recent outage was caused by multiple power failures at their network operations centre. Here is their full statement on what happened. We sincerely regret the challenges that our customers experienced over the past week, which were precipitated by power outages at our National Operations Centre (NOC) in Harare.

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Applauds FCC Vote To Find More Spectrum for Digital Inclusion

        The FCC moves to potentially open 1000 MHz of spectrum to new commercial uses.

    • Monopolies

      • CoryDoctorowVenture predation

        For monopolists and other predators, the Manne Seminar was an excellent return on investment. After attending a Manne Seminar, the average judge's legal decisions tipped decidedly in favor of monopoly, operating on the Chicago bedrock assumption that monopolies are "efficient," and, where we see them in nature, we should celebrate them as the visible manifestation of the entrepreneurial genius of some Ayn Rand hero in a corporate boardroom: [...]

        A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Even as post-Chicago economists showed that predatory pricing was both possible and rampant, a "rational" and effective strategy for cornering markets, suppressing competition, crushing innovation and gouging on price, judges continued to craft tortuous, unpassable tests that any predatory pricing case would have to satisfy to proceed. Economics moved on, but predatory pricing cases continued to fail the trial-by-ordeal constructed by Chicago-pilled judges.

      • The Register UKMicrosoft to let Internet Explorer 11 haunt Windows some more

        Microsoft hinted as much in February when it began pushing a patch to disable IE 11 via a Microsoft Edge update. It exempted the IE platform – IE11's Trident/MSHTML browser engine, Web Object Control (WebOC), and Component Object Model (COM) automation – in order to permit the continuance of IE mode, a way to render websites that depend on the legacy browser using the IE platform. And that exemption is scheduled to last until at least 2029.

      • Patents

        • European CommissionIntellectual [sic] property [sic] – revised framework for compulsory licensing of patents

          EU countries currently regulate and implement the framework for compulsory licensing of patents in the EU using different, fragmented procedures. This means it is not efficient enough to tackle EU-wide crises.

          Also, the efficiency of the current EU procedure on compulsory licensing of patents for export to countries with public health problems (Regulation 816/2006) should be examined.

          This initiative aims to revise the framework so it is adequately prepared & coordinated to tackle future crises.

        • Information on UPC CMS capacity and availability [Ed: UPC is illegal, but promoters of illegal agenda try to distract from it with bogus little niggles such as "CMS capacity and availability"]
      • Copyrights/Music

        • uni MichiganMemories and media: Remembering loved ones through art

          My sister does this thing where she creates playlists for every season of her life.

        • Digital Music NewsBattle Over Lisa Marie Presley’s Estate Resolved — “There Was Never Any Lawsuit”

          Following the death of Elvis' only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, a dispute ensued over control of the family trust. Now that "dispute" has been resolved.€  Priscilla Presley and her granddaughter Riley Keough reached a settlement over the control of the family trust.

        • Torrent FreakPiracy Bots Channels Are Rampant on Telegram, But For How Long?

          Telegram is an essential communication tool for millions of people. For some, it's a source of the latest piracy releases too, with channels reaching hundreds of thousands of pirates each. Chasing Telegram pirates remains a cat-and-mouse game but behind the scenes, progress is being made.

        • Torrent FreakAnti-Piracy Program Accused of Violating Citizens' Fundamental Rights

          Since 2010, France has monitored and stored data on millions of internet users as part of anti-piracy scheme featuring warning letters, fines, and ISP disconnections. Europe's highest court will soon decide whether the program is permissible under EU law. Digital rights groups insist that as a general surveillance and data retention scheme, it violates fundamental rights.

        • Hackaday3D Printing Blueprints And Other Wall Art

          Today if you want to reproduce a big schematic or a mechanical drawing, you just ask it to print or plot from the CAD model. But back in the day, you drew on big sheets at a drafting table. How do you make copies? Sure, there were a few large-format copiers, but they were expensive. A more common method was to use a heliographic copier which, often but not always, resulted in a blueprint — that is a blue page with white lines or vice versa. These days, you are more likely to see a blueprint as an artistic wall hanging, and since [Basement Creations] wanted some, he figured out how to make them with a 3D printer.

        • Hollywood ReporterAndy Warhol Ruling Limits Fair Use for Copyrighted Images, With Far-Reaching Hollywood Implications

          After Prince died in 2016, Vanity Fair’s parent company Condé Nast ran an image from the series on the cover. It paid the Andy Warhol Foundation, which assumed ownership of the series, $10,250. Goldsmith got nothing. When she claimed that the work infringed on her copyright and asked for compensation, the foundation sued her seeking a court declaration that the work is protected by fair use.

        • HackadayEarly Computer Art From The 1950s And 1960s

          Modern day computer artist, [Amy Goodchild] surveys a history of Early Computer Art from the 1950s and 1960s. With so much attention presently focused on AI-generated artwork, we should remember that computers have been used to created art for many decades.

        • HackadayBuilding A Breath-Controlled MIDI Device

          When we think of MIDI devices, we typically jump straight to drum machines, rack synths, and keyboard controllers. However, there’s nothing saying you can’t build your own MIDI controllers that use the magic of breath to do their musical duty. That’s precisely what [Xavier Dumont] did with this unique 3D printed build.

        • PCLinuxOS MagazineAltered Reality: AI Generated Images

          We've all most likely heard at least one of the above common sayings in describing images or pictures, if not all of them. And, until just very recently, there was a high level of "truth" in those sayings. But now, that line between what's real and what's not real has been blurred beyond distinction, blurring our perception of what is real and what is "Memorex."

        • PCLinuxOS MagazineHow We Think About Copyright & AI Art

          Artists are understandably concerned about the possibility that automatic image generators like Stable Diffusion will undercut the market for their work. We live in a society that does not support people who are automated out of a job, and being a visual artist is an already precarious career.

        • PCLinuxOS MagazineAI Art Generators & The Online Image Market

          Now that computer-generated imaging is accessible to anyone with a weird idea and an internet connection, the creation of "AI art" is raising questions—and lawsuits. The key questions seem to be 1) how does it actually work, 2) what work can it replace, and 3) how can the labor of artists be respected through this change?

        • PCLinuxOS MagazineICYMI: Musk, Tech Leaders Call For AI "Pause"

          A portion of the Twitter site's source code was posted on GitHub shortly after widespread layoffs at Twitter, according to an article on TechRepublic. Twitter has taken down a GitHub listing in which a significant amount of the social media site's source code was leaked, according to a legal finding on March 24, 2023 acquired by The New York Times. The leaked code appeared to have been available on GitHub for several months before Twitter sent a copyright infringement takedown. It included "proprietary source code for Twitter's platform and internal tools," according to the filing. The code is no longer available on GitHub since that time. Meanwhile, one week earlier, on March 17, 2023, Musk tweeted that all code used to recommend tweets would be open sourced on March 31.

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