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  • GNU/Linux

    • HackadayLinux Fu: Making Progress

      The computer world looks different from behind a TeleType or other hardcopy terminal. Things that tend to annoy people about Unix or Linux these days were perfectly great when you were printing everything the computer said to you. Consider the brevity of most basic commands. When you copy a file, for example, it doesn’t really tell you much other than it returns you to the prompt when it is done. If you are on a modern computer working with normal-sized files locally, not a big deal. But if you are over a slow network or with huge files, it would be nice to have a progress bar. Sure, you could write your own version of copy, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some more generic options?

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Sick of Microsoft? How to Make the Switch From Windows to Linux

        Microsoft has made the switch to Windows 11, but if you are sick of embedded advertisements, constant updates, data collection, and rising hardware requirements, we don't blame you. There is a very real possibility your Windows 10 machine can't even upgrade to the next iteration of Windows, so what are you supposed to do?

        If you have ever considered making the jump to a different operating system, now is the perfect time. But if you don't want to pay more for a Mac, it's important to remember that you are not stuck with the Windows-macOS binary or even have to settle for the browser-based Chrome OS.

        Instead, with a little patience and some command line acumen, you can turn to the world of Linux. Despite what you may think, it's easier to make the jump than you may think. Here's how to install a Linux distro and then download and manage apps to get you started.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Tux DigitalLinux Out Loud 64: Linux Workflow

        This week, Linux Out Loud chats about our Linux workflow. Welcome to episode 64 of Linux Out Loud. We fired up our mics, connected those headphones as we searched the community for themes to expound upon. We kept the banter friendly, the conversation somewhat on topic, and had fun doing it.

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Beebom10 Best Linux Text Editors in 2023 [Ed: Terrible list as it starts with proprietary spyware of Microsoft -- something GNU/Linux users must learn to avoid]

        A large population of Linux users are primarily software developers, enthusiasts, and people who are just getting started with Linux. One of the most popular apps for everyone on Linux is a text editor. Now, Windows comes with Notepad and other third-party text editors, and so does Linux. The difference is, because Linux is not very popular, the text editors on the platform are not very well recognized. Hence, in this article, let’s look at some of the 10 best text editors on Linux.

      • Linux Links8 Useful Bluetooth Tools for Linux

        We recommend a variety of different Bluetooth tools besides BlueZ, the official implementation of the Bluetooth protocol stack.

      • Linux LinksMachine Learning in Linux: Spleeter – source separation library

        Spleeter is a source separation library with pre-trained models written in Python. It's free and open source software.

      • It's FOSSFOSS Weekly #23.21: Pip Issue, CPU Stress Testing and More Linux Stuff

        Changes to Pip mechanism, stress testing CPU and other Linux tips and tutorials in this edition of FOSS Weekly.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Jim NielsenSingle Line Comments in CSS

        Brad Frost noted on Twitter how he recently made a website with plain HTML, CSS, JS, etc., and found himself missing some of the ergonomics from Sass.

        Having mostly abandoned Sass on personal projects, I was curious what he felt was missing.

      • University of TorontoEncryption for stream based protocols versus 'RPC' protocols

        In my views on protocols and encryption, I called SMTP and IMAP 'stream based protocols' without really explaining what I meant and why this mattered (and why NFS v3 isn't really one, even though it's also transported over TCP). While writing a comment on that entry I came to a realization about this in the context of encryption. The short version is that stream based protocols have context, or equivalently that a specific connection for such a protocol has state, state that's not explicitly specified in each of the messages that are exchanged over the connection (but instead established from the sequence of messages).

      • Net2How to Install Microsoft Teams on Ubuntu 22.04 [Ed: This is Microsoft's proprietary spyware; don't help GNU/Linux users install that, teach them how to bypass it]

        In today’s diverse workplace, Microsoft Teams has become an invaluable tool for seamless communication and effective collaboration. While commonly associated with Windows and macOS, Ubuntu users have also recognized the power€ and versatility of this platform.

      • Trend OceansHow to Fix VMware Could Not Connect ‘Ethernet 0’ to Virtual Network ‘/dev/vmnet8’
      • UNIX CopHow to set up a DHCP server on Debian 11

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to set up a DHCP server on Debian 11. The process is simple; however, many options depend on the needs of the network.

      • Popsicle – Multiple USB File Flasher for Linux

        Popsicle is a free and open-source USB file flasher for parallelly flashing multiple USB devices. It has a simple, themeable user interface with a straightforward

      • How to start XAMPP in Ubuntu using the command line?

        XAMPP is a local server environment that is useful for developers or anyone who want to test some web application locally, either to develop further or experience it before using it in production.€ It offers a complete LAMP stack that includes Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Etherpad on AlmaLinux 9

        Etherpad is a free and open-source alternative to Google Docs and Zoho Writer services. Etherpad is a collaborative and real-time text editor for your team, it's accessible from anywhere at any time because Etherpad is a web-based text editor.

      • Untangling the Web: Grasping the Kubernetes Networking Model

        Introduction Kubernetes has become the go-to platform for deploying and managing containerized applications at scale. Originally developed by Google, Kubernetes has been adopted by major organizations like Microsoft, IBM and Red Hat as a vital component of their cloud infrastructures.

      • Streamlined Connectivity: Exploring Kubernetes Networking Solutions

        Introduction Kubernetes is a powerful container orchestration system that can help organizations achieve greater efficiency and scalability in their application development processes. However, managing the networking infrastructure of a Kubernetes cluster can be challenging, particularly as the size and complexity of the cluster grows.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Elasticsearch, Fluentd and Kibana (EFK) Logging Stack on Ubuntu 22.04

        Log monitoring and analysis is an essential part of server or container infrastructure and is useful when handling complex applications. One of the popular logging solutions is the Elasticsearch, Fluentd, and Kibana (EFK) stack.

      • LinuxTutoHow to Install CodeIgniter on Ubuntu 22.04

        CodeIgniter is a fast, lightweight, and open-source PHP framework used for developing web applications.

      • Balancing Act: Exploring Load Balancing Options in Kubernetes

        Introduction As more and more applications are deployed as microservices, Kubernetes has become a popular choice for container orchestration. One of the key features of Kubernetes is its ability to automatically load balance traffic between multiple instances of an application.

      • Custom Solutions: Crafting Your Own CNI Plugin for Kubernetes

        Introduction Kubernetes has emerged as the most popular container orchestration platform, providing a scalable and reliable infrastructure for deploying and managing containerized applications. One of the essential components of Kubernetes is its networking model, which enables the communication between different pods, services, and nodes in a cluster.

      • Mastering Helm: Effective Usage in Your Kubernetes Environment

        Introduction Kubernetes is a powerful container orchestration platform that enables the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Helm is a tool that adds another layer of functionality on top of Kubernetes by providing an efficient way to package, deploy, and manage applications in your Kubernetes environment.

      • OSTechNixUnderstanding Linux File And Directory Permissions – A Detailed Guide

        Gain a deeper understanding of Linux file and directory permissions. Master the chmod command in Linux to change file and directory permissions with our comprehensive guide.

    • Games

      • TechdirtCourt Allows Gamers’ Amended Suit To Block Microsoft, Activision Deal To Go Forward

        While we’ve talked a great deal now about Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, most of the focus has been on how three major regulatory bodies are handling approving, or not, the purchase. But those regulatory bodies are not the only ones challenging the purchase. A small group of gamers filed their own private suit to block the acquisition, arguing that they would be negatively impacted if it were approved. That was earlier this year and the judge dismissed the suit, stating that the plaintiffs had not provided enough specific evidence of harm in its complaint to allow the suit to move forward. However, the court also provided the plaintiffs with the ability to re-file the suit and told them what the court would be looking for in an amended complaint.

      • Giz ChinaGoogle is testing Steam games on Chromebooks with Intel N100/N200 chips -

        Google is testing Steam games for entry-level Intel Alder Lake N100/N200 Chromebooks in alpha. Chromebooks require specific hardware to provide a quality experience for Steam games, and not all Chromebooks are compatible with Steam. For the initial launch, Google has prepared a list of 100 Steam games they have tested on various Chromebooks. However, Steam on ChromeOS is currently only in beta testing, so there may be some issues while Google is still improving the experience.

      • GamingOnLinuxHalls of Torment is out in Early Access - a great fusion of Diablo and Vampire Survivors

        What do you get if you combine classic Diablo with Vampire Survivors? Well one developer decided to show you with an unholy combination in Halls of Torment.

      • GamingOnLinuxExil is a post apocalyptic fusion of Hollow Knight & Cuphead

        Hollow Knight and Cuphead fused together in a post apocalyptic setting? Yes please. Exil not only sounds good but it looks the part too. It will also have full Linux support.

      • GamingOnLinuxThis Unity to Godot importer has me a little excited

        There's a lot to be interested and excited about when it comes to Godot Engine, the free and open source game engine and now Unity game devs may want to keep watch. Shared on Twitter, which seems to have raised the eyebrows of and excited many developers, is a new project that aims to let you import Unity projects into Godot.€ 

      • GamingOnLinuxComet is an open source implementation of GOG Galaxy SDK that needs testing

        One sticking issue with GOG currently is GOG Galaxy, and how it has no support for Linux. Now the Comet project aims to bridge the gap.

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients with Pawperty Damage, Butterflies and Erra: Exordium – 2023-05-24 Edition

        Between 2023-05-17 and 2023-05-24 there were 36 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 312 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 11.5 % of total...

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Ricardo GarcíaWhat is the X.Org Foundation, anyway?

        A few weeks ago the annual X.Org Foundation Board of Directors election took place. The Board of Directors has 8 members at any given moment, and members are elected for 2-year terms. Instead of renewing the whole board every 2 years, half the board is renewed every year. Foundation members, which must apply for or renew membership every year, are the electorate in the process. Their main duty is voting in board elections and occasionally voting in other changes proposed by the board.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

    • Fedora Family / IBM

    • Debian Family

      • Sparky GNU/LinuxSparky Conky Manager 0.2.0

        The Sparky Conky Manager updated up to version 0.2.0. What is Sparky Conky Manager? Sparky Conky Manager is a small, Yad based tool which lets you launch or stop Conky and edit its configuration file. This version features 4 more Conky configs, alongside to the Sparky's default one, to be launched via the GUI tool.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Web Pro NewsLinux Distro Reviews: Kubuntu

        Kubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distros, especially among those running the KDE desktop environment (DE), and for good reason.

        Kubuntu is often described as the “just works” distro, earning a solid reputation for reliability and stability.

      • Web Pro NewsLinux Distro Reviews: KDE Neon

        KDE Neon is the official KDE distro and one of the more unusual Linux distros, especially among those based on Ubuntu.

      • Business Wire Corent Announces Support for Azure Linux Container Host for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) [Ed: Microsofters using "Ubuntu" to promote Microsoft]

        ...add Azure Linux node pools to existing Ubuntu clusters, or migrate your Ubuntu nodes to Azure Linux nodes.

      • Corent Announces Support for Azure Linux Container Host for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) [Ed: Attacking GNU/Linux on behalf of Microsoft]
      • VirtualizationUbuntu 23.04 'Lunar Lobster' First Look [Ed: From Microsoft site]

        Last month, I wrote an article on the release of Ubuntu 23.04 (aka Lunar Lobster). After going through the release notes and its press release, there were a few new features that I wanted to investigate further: its new installer (Flutter); its new desktop environment (GNOME 44); and its support for Azure Active Directory (AAD) for logon authentication. To get a better idea of how well these new features functioned, I worked with it a bit.

      • Make Tech EasierWhich Ubuntu Flavor Should You Choose

        If you are a fan of Ubuntu but not a fan of Gnome, what can you do? You should know that you are not stuck using the Gnome version of Ubuntu.

      • UbuntuUbuntu at OSCAfest 2023

        The Open Source Community Africa Festival (OSCAFEST) is a prestigious yearly conference that garners a significant turnout of students, developers, designers, and corporate entities. It encompasses an array of talks, workshops, and initiatives aimed at promoting the growth of open source culture, contribution, development, community, etc., across the continent. This year’s event will take place in the incredible city of Lagos, Nigeria on June 15-17th.

        Canonical is a proud sponsor of OSCAfest and will be providing several workshops this year:

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: Collaboration, openness and partnership: key themes from this year’s WomenTech Global Conference

        From 9 to 12 May this year, people from 165 countries gathered virtually for the Women in Tech Global Conference. The conference is the flagship event of the WomenTech Network, a community for women in tech worldwide. Canonical was a gold event sponsor, and several team members participated as keynote speakers, networking hosts and attendees.

        When looking at the agenda in the weeks leading up to the conference, the number of speakers and sessions listed already hinted at the appetite for networking with a community of women, underrepresented groups and their allies in tech, science and engineering. A spirit of collaboration was palpable throughout the event, with close to 12,500 attendees participating across time zones. Participants’ willingness to share lessons learned and mistakes made gave many presentations a refreshing sense of authenticity.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Isn’t it About Time for a Standard RTOS API?

        There is a seemingly endless number of RTOSes used with embedded MCUs, most of which have their own proprietary functionally as well as a unique API. Some of the APIs are good, and some not quite as good. In reality, the delta between a good and less-good RTOS API is quite small — most RTOS APIs will do the trick. As I look back on my last 30+ years, I’ve come to realize propriety RTOS APIs have had and continue to have a profound negative impact on embedded development and on our industry as a whole.

      • Centerm launches new products Q7 Smart POS and B70 Linux POS in Seamless 2023

        Recently, Centerm, a core subsidiary of Star-net Group(SZ.002396), launched new products Q7 smart POS and B70 Linux POS in Seamless 2023. Its booth no. is 20, Sheikh Saeed Halls 1 - 3 & Trade Arena, DWTC.

      • CNX SoftwareSnagboot is an open-source cross-vendor recovery tool for embedded targets

        Bootlin has just released the Snagboot open-source recovery tool for embedded platforms designed to work with multiple vendors, and currently STMicro STM32MP1, Microchip SAMA5, NXP i.MX6/7/8, Texas Instruments AM335x and AM62x, and Allwinner “sunxi” processors are supported.

        Silicon vendors usually provide firmware flashing tools, some closed-source binaries, that only work with their hardware. So if you work on STM32MP1 you’d use STM32CubeProgrammer, while SAM-BA is the tool for Microchip processors, NXP i.MX SoC relies on UUU, and if you’ve ever worked on Allwinner processors you’re probably family with sunxi-fel. Bootlin aims to replace all those with the Snagboot recovery tool.

      • ROS IndustrialROS-Industrial celebrates 10 years of uniting researchers and industry to solve industrial automation challenges with open-source software

        Things started to change when the Robot Operating System (ROS) – an open-source software platform founded in 2007 by Willow Garage, the Stanford AI Laboratory, and Open Robotics – started reappearing in research papers. ROS helped open the door to R&D scalability across industry and academia, enabling a means to abstract robotics hardware, while also bringing a modularity and notion of abstraction and reproducibility to the robotic research space.

      • Linux GizmosAntSDR E200 features ZYNQ FPGA and AD936x chipsets

        CrowdSupply featured today the new AntSDR E200 software-defined radio (SDR) educational platform optimized for applications involving Wi-Fi, GSM, LTE and other wireless solutions.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoSort up to 280 coins per minute with this 3D-printed machine

        The bulk of the device is comprised of the drum which has many round slots placed around its inner circumference that coins can travel within. It is set at an angle that matches the stationary underside, and this is necessary because the coins should only fall through when the drum reaches the top half of its cycle. Since each coin denomination is slightly bigger or smaller, the series of rectangular slots have varying sizes to separate the denominations, and every drop is picked up by an infrared distance sensor when it detects a change in light levels caused by the passing coin.

      • Raspberry PiMonitoring glaciers in Peru, Nepal, and India with Raspberry Pi cameras

        Fast forward to now, and Liam and his colleagues Duncan Quincey and Mark Smith have published their full findings: Evaluation of low-cost Raspberry Pi sensors for structure-from-motion reconstructions of glacier calving fronts. They’ve also showcased their affordable Raspberry Pi-based setup at an international climate summit in Peru, and encouraged local and national governments to adopt this kind of glacial monitoring to help them adapt to climate change challenges.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Daniel Stenbergcurl user survey 2023

        For widely used, widely distributed open source project such as curl, we often have little to no relation at all with our users and therefore it is hard to get feedback and learn what works and what is less good.

        Our best and primary way is thus simply to ask users every year how they use curl.

      • TorNew Alpha Release: Tor Browser 12.5a6 (Android, Windows, macOS, Linux)

        Tor Browser 12.5a6 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

        This release updates Firefox 102.11.0esr, including bug fixes, stability improvements and important security updates. There were no Android-specific security updates to backport from the Firefox 113 release.

      • Mozilla

        • ThunderbirdMozilla Thunderbird: Introducing The Brand New Thunderbird Logo!

          Hello Thunderbird Family! After nearly 20 years, we are thrilled to share a completely redesigned Thunderbird logo that honors our history and vital connection to Mozilla, while carrying us forward into the next 20 years.

          It’s no secret that after many years of being viewed as stagnant, Thunderbird is enjoying a resurgence. Our project is thriving with a renewed sense of purpose, and we see an invigorating energy bubbling up from our users, our community of contributors, and our core team.€ 

          Just like the software, the current Thunderbird logo has seen small, iterative improvements throughout the last 20 years. But now the software is evolving into something more modern (while retaining its powerful customization) and we believe it deserves a fresh logo that properly represents this revitalization.€ 

          But you should never forget your roots, which is why we asked Jon Hicks, the creator of the original Firefox and Thunderbird logos, to re-imagine his iconic design in light of Thunderbird’s exciting future.€ 

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Access/Content

        • Jon UdellWhen the rubber duck talks back

          Here was the problem. The pre-release version of the plugin consolidated pagination for many tables in one place. That was a good thing, but the downside was that there was only one Steampipe table which represented what should have been many of them. So you could say select * from mastodon_timeline but then you had qualify with where timeline = 'home' or where timeline = 'local' and so on. For a user of the plugin this was awkward, you’d rather say select * from mastodon_timeline_home or select * from mastodon_timeline_local, and reserve the where clause for more specific purposes. The v1 plugin made separate tables, but duplicated the pagination logic on a per-table basis. It worked, and was good enough to ship the plugin in time to demo at FediForum, but it obviously needed improvement.

    • Programming/Development

      • Python

        • Linux HintPython Get File Size from System

          There are several ways to get the file size in Python such as using the “os.path.getsize()”, “os.stat()”, or “pathlib.Path().stat()” method.

        • Jussi PakkanenAdvanced dependency management and building Python wheels with Meson

          Everything here uses only Meson. There are no external dependency managers, unix userland emulators or special terminals that you have to use.

          In theory this could work on macOS too, but the code is implemented in C++23 and Apple's toolchain is too old to support it.

        • MedeveldupeGuru: Fine and Remove Duplicated Files in Any System

          dupeGuru is a cross-platform (Linux, OS X, Windows) GUI tool to find duplicate files in a system. It’s written mostly in Python 3 and has the peculiarity of using multiple GUI toolkits, all using the same core Python code. On OS X, the UI layer is written in Objective-C...

        • LWNFaster CPython at PyCon, part two

          In part one of the tale, Brandt Bucher looked specifically at the CPython optimizations that went into Python 3.11 as part of the Faster CPython project. More of that work will be appearing in future Python versions, but on day two of PyCon 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mark Shannon provided an overall picture of CPython optimizations, including efforts made over the last decade or more, with an eye toward the other areas that have been optimized, such as the memory layout for the internal C data structures of the interpreter. He also described some additional optimization techniques that will be used in Python 3.12 and beyond.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayOwn More Than One ‘Scope? You’ve Got Nothing On This Guy!

      We’re guessing that quite a few of our readers have a surprising amount of redundant test gear, and we ourselves have to admit that more than one instrument adorns our benches. But we are mere dilettantes, amateurs if you will, compared to [Volke Kloke]. He’s got 350 of them in his average American home, and we have to say, among them are some beauties.

    • Common DreamsParanoia Strikes Deep: Our Loss Of A Peaceful Commons

      Jordan Neely was a (black) "normal nerdy kid" who loved street performing as Michael Jackson; after he "lost it" from seeing his mother murdered, he became an unhoused, under-served, mentally ill man whose distress one day was so discomfiting that (big, white) Daniel Penny - who "love(s) all people" - saw fit to choke him to death on the floor of a subway car. In a stand-your-ground country of fear and rage and self-appointed judge, jury and executioner, thus do we become "a people without empathy."

    • HackadayAutomatic Coin Sorter Brings Order To Your Coin Jar

      Few things hold as much promise as the old coin jar. Unfortunately, what’s generally promised is tedium, as one faces the prospect of manually sorting, counting, and rolling the accumulated change of cash transactions past. Unless, of course, you’ve got a fancy automatic coin sorter like this one.

    • Hackaday3D Printing Bio-Inspired Microphone Designs Based On Moth Ears

      If many millions of years of evolution is good for anything, it is to develop microscopic structures that perform astounding tasks, such as the marvelous biology of insects. One of these structures are the ears of the lesser wax moth (Achroia grisella), whose mating behavior involves ultrasonic mating calls. These can attract the bats which hunt them, leading to these moths having evolved directional hearing that can pinpoint not only a potential mate, but also bat calling sound.

    • HackadayGlass Robot From A Solarpunk Future

      You may have heard of a heart of glass or have a glass jaw, but have you ever seen a glass robot?

    • Science

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • 4Square Media Pty LtdLenovo Slash Headcount As Profits Slump 72% In The Last Quarter - channelnews

        Days after releasing one of the most innovative notebooks ever released by a PC Company, Lenovo Group has moved to slash their workforce after reporting that net profit of the world’s largest personal-computer maker dropped 72% off the back of a 24% fall in revenues in the last quarter.

        Between five and nine percent of the Companies head count is set to be retrenched including staff in Australia, where the business is still looking for a new CEO following the promotion of former local CEO Matt Codrington.

        Net profits for the quarter slumped to US$114 million while revenue fell 24% to $12.635 billion.

      • GamingOnLinuxAMD Radeon RX 7600 announced for $269 with 8GB VRAM

        Even with all the talk about 8GB VRAM simply not being enough now for all the new games coming out, we're still seeing multiple launches with it. Now with the AMD Radeon RX 7600 priced at $269.

      • HackadayAdding Variometer Functionality To A GPS

        Flying a glider, or similarly piloting a paraglider or hang glider, can all be pathways into aviation with a lower barrier of entry than powered flight. Sacrificing one’s engine does generate a few complexities, but can be rewarding as the pilot searches for various means of increasing altitude like ridge soaring or thermaling. You’ll need a special instrument called a variometer to know just how much altitude you’re gaining though, like this one which is built into commercially-available handheld GPS units.

      • Ruben SchadeThe enforceability of boilerplate

        If you haven't been watching the controversy surrounding Asus recently, the company's high end AMD motherboards have been implicated in a series of catastrophic CPU failures.

      • HackadayBattery Bot Makes Sure Cordless Tool Packs Are Always Topped Up

        There was a time not that long ago when every tool was cordless. But now, cordless power tools have proliferated to the point where the mere thought of using a plain old wrist-twisting screwdriver is enough to trigger a bout of sympathetic repetitive injury. And the only thing worse than that is to discover that the batteries for your tools are all dead.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • Microsoft's Nuance Communications prepares for layoffs in healthcare AI division

        Layoffs are underway at Nuance Communications, the speech-recognition company acquired by Microsoft for $19.7 billion, as the company directs its attention towards its healthcare business.

        According to the Boston Globe, Nuance CEO Mark Benjamin informed employees about the job cuts through an internal memo, without providing specific details regarding the number of affected staff members or departments.

      • The Business JournalsMicrosoft reportedly faces employee backlash over raises, layoffs

        Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is facing criticism from employees over its decision to forego salary increases for full-time workers this year, according to Business Insider.

        The Redmond tech giant told employees on May 10 that it wouldn't give raises or increase its budget for bonuses and stock awards, according to an email from CEO Satya Nadella.

        The same day, Microsoft disclosed in a filing with Washington state that it was laying off 158 workers at its Redmond headquarters, after completing its 10,000-employee companywide workforce reduction between January and March.

      • Microsoft’s AI Ethics Team Have All Been Let Go

        There seems to be news from the AI world every single day. It’s often confusing and almost always super technical, so I’ve been assuming (or at least hoping) that some folks with ethics were keeping tabs on everything from the inside.

      • NVIDIA CorporationNVIDIA and Microsoft Drive Innovation for Windows PCs in New Era of Generative AI [Ed: This illustrates how WSL is in fact an attack on GNU/Linux]
      • TechdirtSam Altman Wants The Government To Build Him A Moat

        For my final post of last year, I wrote about the many reasons to be optimistic about a better future, one of which was that we were seeing the crumbling of some large, bureaucratic (enshittified) companies, and new competitive upstarts pushing the boundaries. One of those areas was in the artificial intelligence space. As I noted in that piece, a few years ago, if you spoke to anyone about AI, the widespread assumption was that there were only four companies who could possibly even have a chance to lead the AI revolution, as (we were told) it required so much data, and so much computing power, that only Google, Meta, Amazon or Microsoft could possibly compete.

      • NPRRon DeSantis debuts presidential bid in a glitch-ridden Twitter 'disaster'

        Its staff has been whittled down to just about 10% of what it was before Musk's acquisition, following mass layoffs and hundreds of others quitting. Outages have become far more common. Overall system bugginess has also become the norm for many users.

      • Scott FeeneyIt's time to leave Twitter

        Note: I wrote the following post on November 4, 2022, the day I deleted my Twitter account, but decided not to publish it. It seemed unnecessary because there was already a huge wave of migration off Twitter. Unfortunately, lots of people I know have stayed on, too, and seem in denial about what Twitter now is. Charlie Warzel’s piece, Twitter Is a Far-Right Social Network, made me reread this draft and realize it’s only become truer in the past half year. I still prefer Mastodon and compatible fediverse services, but Bluesky, despite its issues, is now another less-bad alternative.

      • The AtlanticTwitter Is a Far-Right Social Network

        In December, I argued that if we are to judge Musk strictly by his actions as Twitter’s owner, it is accurate to call him a far-right activist. As a public figure, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the right’s culture war against progressivism—which he refers to as “the woke mind virus”—and his $44 billion Twitter purchase can easily be seen as an explicitly political act to advance this specific ideology. Now the site itself has unquestionably transformed under his leadership into an alternative social-media platform—one that offers a haven to far-right influencers and advances the interests, prejudices, and conspiracy theories of the right wing of American politics.

      • El PaísRon DeSantis suffers technical problems while launching campaign with Elon Musk on Twitter

        At first, Musk launched the Twitter Space from his account, but it never worked properly. After just over 21 minutes, the broadcast was cut off. Those who stayed tuned to that link would not have been able to hear the candidate. David Sacks, who was acting as moderator, opened another broadcast and after another three minutes, for those who found out that the initial link was not valid and went to the new one, the rebroadcast was available.

      • Rolling StoneDeSantis’ Twitter Campaign Launch Was a Glitch-Filled Disaster

        Later in the botched event, Musk seemed to be discussing technical issues with the broadcast. “So just to simplify this, we’re just going to use—” he said at one point, the audio then shutting off. He commented that there were “just so many people” on the call, and that Twitter was “reallocating” server resources to deal with the exceptionally large audience. As the troubleshooting continued for 20 minutes, instrumental music occasionally played.

      • Windows TCO

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • LWNDemocratizing AI with open-source language models [Ed: Openwashing and surveillance all-in-one]

          Meta trained LLaMA on publicly available data sets, such as Wikipedia and Common Crawl. The code to run LLaMA is GPLv3-licensed, but to obtain the full weights of the model, users were required to fill out a form and agree to a "non-commercial bespoke license". Moreover, Meta proved to be quite selective in granting access. But within a week, the weights were leaked on BitTorrent, and LLaMA kickstarted the development of a lot of derivatives. Stanford University introduced Alpaca 7B, based on the LLaMA model with seven billion parameters and supplemented with instructions based on OpenAI's text-davinci-003 model of the GPT-3.5 family. Both the data set and the model were released under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license and thus do not permit commercial use. One reason for this is that OpenAI's terms of use disallow the development of models that compete with OpenAI.

    • Security

      • QtSecurity Advisory: Qt Network

        Qt Network incorrectly parses the strict-transport-security (HSTS) header, allowing unencrypted connections to be established, even when explicitly prohibited by the server. This happens if the case used for this header does not matching directly. Unencrypted connections are susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks. Those connections could be established by using URLs with the http instead of the https scheme. With HSTS, the https scheme must be used regardless.

      • Open Source For UVulnerability Testing Using Kali Linux

        Kali Linux is a popular distribution of Linux, most famously used in the field of cybersecurity. This article is about vulnerability testing using Kali Linux. We go through how to install the uniscan vulnerability scanner, and then test the vulnerabilities of a website using this tool.

        Vulnerability testing is basically a software approach to test a system and evaluate the risks that are there in the system function, in order to take measures to mitigate and prevent these from actually happening. Now let us get started.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Wednesday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (libssh and sofia-sip), Fedora (cups-filters, dokuwiki, qt5-qtbase, and vim), Oracle (git, python-pip, and python3-setuptools), Red Hat (git, kernel, kpatch-patch, rh-git227-git, and sudo), SUSE (openvswitch, rmt-server, and texlive), and Ubuntu (binutils, cinder, cloud-init, firefox, golang-1.13, Jhead, liblouis, ncurses, node-json-schema, node-xmldom, nova, python-glance-store, python-os-brick, and runc).

      • PyPI was subpoenaed

        In March and April 2023, the Python Software Foundation (PSF) received three (3) subpoenas for PyPI user data. All three subpoenas were issued by the United States Department of Justice. The PSF was not provided with context on the legal circumstances surrounding these subpoenas. In total, user data related to five (5) PyPI usernames were requested.

      • LWNPyPI was subpoenaed

        It is, it seems, a week of Python Package Index (PyPI) news. On the PyPI blog, Director of Infrastructure at the Python Software Foundation (PSF), Ee Durbin, has posted an admirably detailed description of the organization's response to three subpoenas it received for PyPI user information in March and April. The requests for information were quite broad and the PSF did produce the requested material (to the extent possible), which involved five PyPI user accounts, under the advice of counsel.

      • Bleeping ComputerMicrosoft: Notorious FIN7 hackers return in Clop ransomware attacks [Ed: Microsoft is the security culprit and Windows is full of holes. The Microsoft sites try to paint Microsoft as security champion. That's an outrageous lie.]

        “Financially motivated cybercriminal group Sangria Tempest (ELBRUS, FIN7) has come out of a long period of inactivity,” the company said in a series of tweets from the Microsoft Security Intelligence Twitter account.

      • Data BreachesNYS settles charges against PracticeFirst stemming from 2020 ransomware incident [Ed: 95% of the time ransomware means Windows]

        In July 2021, Professional Business Systems, Inc. d/b/a Practicefirst Medical Management Solutions and PBS Medcode Corp., a medical management company that processes data for health care providers, issued a press release about a hacking incident that occurred in December 2020. As DataBreaches noted at the time, it appeared that they likely paid ransom because one line in their statement was, “The actor who took the copy has advised that the Information is destroyed and was not shared.”

      • Bleeping ComputerCuba ransomware claims cyberattack on Philadelphia Inquirer [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        The Cuba ransomware gang has claimed responsibility for this month’s cyberattack on The Philadelphia Inquirer, which temporarily disrupted the newspaper’s distribution and disrupted some business operations.

        The Philadelphia Inquirer is Philadelphia’s largest (by circulation) newspaper. It is the third-longest continuously operating daily newspaper in the U.S., founded in 1829, and it has won 20 Pulitzer Prizes for its journalistic excellence.

      • Dorchester school's IT system struck by cyber attack [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        A Dorchester school’s been hit by a cyber attack, with hackers demanding a ransom.

        The Thomas Hardye School’s IT systems and website went down on Sunday night (21st May) with the problem discovered before lessons started on Monday morning.

      • Data BreachesApria Healthcare notifies 1.2 million patients of hacking incidents in 2019 and 2021

        HIPAA requires that covered entities notify HHS and affected patients of a reportable breach within 60 calendar days of discovery of a breach. Exceptions are made if law enforcement asks an entity to delay notification so as not to interfere with an investigation, but such requests are infrequent.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • QuartzThe fossil fuel industry owes at least $23.2 trillion in reparations for climate change

        A new study by the environmental research group One Earth estimates the world’s top fossil fuel companies have emitted around 36% of all global emissions since 1988. That amounts to 403,092 metric tons of CO2 emissions, based on the group’s 2023 analysis that builds on the Carbon Majors 2018 data set.

        The aim of the study is to provide, for the first time, a methodology to quantify the economic impacts of individual companies’ damage to the climate. Estimates for the reparations are conservative, as they do not take into account factors including lives and livelihoods lost, species extinction, and biodiversity loss.

      • Deutsche Welle'Time is not on our side' — Islands urge climate action

        Tuvalu, a small island state in the Pacific, is facing disaster due to rising sea levels. The island nation's special envoy told DW there could be "total inundation" of the island within the century.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • India TimesFacebook owner Meta slashes business teams in final round of layoffs

        Meta Platforms Inc, owner of Facebook, slashed jobs across its business and operations units on Wednesday as it carried out its last batch of a three-part round of layoffs, part of a plan announced in March to eliminate 10,000 roles.

        Dozens of employees working in teams such as marketing, site security, enterprise engineering, program management, content strategy and corporate communications took to LinkedIn to announce that they were laid off.

      • Vice Media GroupMinnesota Passes Right to Repair

        The Minnesota law is part of an omnibus bill and state legislators added the portions about repair to it on May 17. The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2024 and covers all electronics except video game consoles, cars, medical devices, cybersecurity tools, and farm and construction equipment.

      • European CommissionExtension of the date of applicability of the RED delegated act on cybersecurity, privacy and protection from fraud

        This draft act is open for feedback for 4 weeks. Feedback will be taken into account for finalising this initiative. Feedback received will be published on this site and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules.

      • VoxRon DeSantis’s very online and very disastrous 2024 campaign announcement

        To put it mildly, it was a disaster. The audio feed cut in and out, users were continually kicked off the app, and, for the first 20 minutes, all anyone could hear was feedback, wait music, and occasional crosstalk as Sacks and Musk tried to figure out just what was going on. It was chaos and anarchy.

      • New York TimesElon Musk’s Event With Ron DeSantis Exposes Twitter’s Weaknesses

        Instead, the event began with more than 20 minutes of technical glitches, hot mic moments and drowned-out and half-said conversations before the livestream abruptly cut out. Minutes later, the livestream restarted as hundreds of thousands of listeners tried to tune in. Mr. DeSantis had not said a word at that point.

      • GannettFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis' presidential announcement on Twitter plagued by technical problems

        Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign got off to a rocky start Wednesday when his announcement event on Twitter was plagued by technical difficulties, which persisted for more than 20 minutes before the governor was able to deliver his speech and participate in a question-and-answer session.

      • The HillFive takeaways from Ron DeSantis’s glitch-ridden campaign launch

        It was beset with technical difficulties from the start. Many users reported being unable to log onto the event, and those who did had to struggle with audio that was interrupted, garbled, or dropped out entirely.

        For those who were able to listen live, the event turned into a cringe-fest.

      • The HillAir Force general selected to lead NSA, Cyber Command

        President Biden has nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh to serve as the new head of the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command, according to an Air Force notice seen by Politico.

        If confirmed, Haugh will replace Gen. Paul Nakasone, the current leader of the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command. Haugh currently serves as the deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

      • Telex (Hungary)EU Commissioner: Hungary not even close to the finish line on EU money

        Hungary is not even close to the finish line on EU money, according to the EU's budget commissioner, Johannes Hahn, Euronews reports.

      • Telex (Hungary)European Commission gives green light to Paks II contract modification

        The European Commission has approved the amendment to the contracts for the construction of the new units of Hungary's Paks nuclear power plant, which will allow the acceleration of the Paks investment, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced on his Facebook page.

      • Telex (Hungary)Conciliation on education bill a political puppet show according to opposition leader

        Ferenc Gelencsér, president of Momentum said at a joint press conference of the parties and the teachers' trade unions after Wednesday's conciliation on the status law, which was convened by Interior Minister Sándor Pintér half an hour before the student protests last Friday.

      • ScheerpostCorporate Media Ignores True ‘Crisis of Democracy’ in Israel: That It Isn’t One

        What mainstream outlets just can't seem to see that is so glaringly obvious.

      • AxiosElon Musk displaces Rupert Murdoch, Fox News to be king of conservative media

        Elon Musk has displaced Rupert Murdoch and Fox News as the king of conservative media in recent weeks.

        Why it matters: Fox News used to be the place where conservatives went to break news. But the right-wing ecosystem has turned on the network, leaving Twitter as the center of media gravity for the Republican Party just as the 2024 election heats up.

      • ReasonDissecting the Durham Report

        Join Reason on YouTube Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern with Eli Lake to discuss what the Durham report tells us about the FBI, the media and U.S. politics.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Deutsche WelleFact check: Turkey's Erdogan shows false Kilicdaroglu video

          Research by DW's fact-checking team in cooperation with DW's Turkish service shows that the video at the campaign rally was manipulated by combining two separate videos with totally different backgrounds and content.

          This video presented by Erdogan comes after experts warned of increased manipulation on Turkish social media ahead of the election.

        • Rolling Stone‘It’s Disgusting’: Rosalía Fires Back at Artist Who Shared Photoshopped Nude Photos of Her

          According to screengrabs circulating on social media, Reyes, or someone with access to his Instagram account, shared the photographs on his Stories. They appeared to be altered versions of photos Rosalía had originally taken and shared of herself.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • New York TimesPublic Criticism Might Be the Best Way to Reform the Supreme Court

        In past instances of public criticism, the court has occasionally changed its ways.

      • RFAVietnamese activist known as ‘Onion Bae’ sentenced to 5 €½ years in prison

        He was convicted of propaganda under Article 117 of the country’s Penal Code, which carries a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 12, after being found guilty of criticizing the government online.

        Bui, 39, who ran a beef noodle stall in Danang, achieved notoriety in 2021 after posting an online video mimicking the Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, known as “Salt Bae.”

      • TechdirtArizona Judge Overturns Incredibly Stupid Restraining Order Against A Journalist Who Dared To Knock On A Politician’s Door

        For a brief moment of time, a judge in Arizona conspired with a vindictive politician to pretend the First Amendment didn’t exist. Senator Wendy Rogers — who was censured by the state senate last year for stating her political opponents should be hanged — took litigious offense at the methods deployed by journalist Camryn Sanchez, who covers the state senate for the Arizona Capitol Times.

      • TechdirtThe Stupidity Of Making Porn Filters Mandatory On Mobile Devices (And Other Musings On Reality)

        Lawmakers in the Alabama state legislature have voted for a bill that would require parental controls and NSFW content filters to be enabled on every phone and tablet sold in the state. House Bill (HB) 298, or the Protection of Minors from Unfiltered Devices Act, cleared the state House with an overwhelming 70-8 vote, with two dozen members abstaining from voting, last week. Now in the Senate, HB 298 is seeing success after the bill’s sole sponsor, state Rep. Chris Sells, failed in some previous legislative sessions to push this legislation to approval.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • ReasonJesse Singal: How To Stay Honest While Doing Journalism

        The Blocked & Reported cohost talks about cancel culture, activism vs. truth, and why he quit Twitter.

      • EFFTo Save the News, We Must Shatter Ad-Tech

        Once, tech platforms promised that “behavioral advertising” would be a bonanza for both media companies and their tech partners. Rather than paying commissioned salespeople to convince firms to place ads based on a publication’s reputation and readership, media companies would run ads placed by the winners of a slew of split-second auctions, each time a user moved from one page to another.€ 

        These auctions would offer up the user, not the content, to an array of bidders representing different advertisers: “What am I bid for the right to show an ad to a depressed, 19 year old male Kansas City Art Institute sophomore who has recently searched for car loans and also shopped for incontinence pads?” In an eyeblink, every ad-slot on the page would be filled with ads purchased at a premium by advertisers anxious to reach that specific user. And that user will like it! They will be grateful for the process and all the “highly relevant” advertisements it dangled under their nose.

        Such an arrangement has numerous moving parts. The “ad-tech stack” includes [...]

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • CS Monitor‘The Digital Gulag’: Kremlin’s new technology to control Russia

        Russian activists face escalating government scrutiny through digital surveillance, social media monitoring, and facial recognition systems. President Vladimir Putin's administration utilizes technology to control and censor citizens.

      • RFERLRussian Scholars Say Ancient Icon Will Be Damaged If Transferred To Orthodox Church

        Russian scholars have urged Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova not to transfer the ancient Holy Trinity icon by medieval painter Andrei Rublev from Moscow's state-run Tretyakov Gallery Arts Museum to the Russian Orthodox Church's premises, saying the artifact will be damaged during the process.

      • NBC95-year-old Australian woman dies after police shoot her with stun gun

        Clare Nowland, who had dementia, had been hospitalized in Coma in New South Wales state since her skull was fractured when she fell on May 17 after Constable Kristian White shocked her with a stun gun.

      • Hollywood ReporterAs Writers Strike, AI Could Covertly Cross the Picket Line

        Once again, a strike is happening during a period of widespread economic uncertainty spurred by inflation, concerns of a recession, and mass layoffs in media and entertainment. But this time around, there’s a twist: the ascension of generative artificial intelligence. If half the internet can be tricked by an AI-created Drake and The Weeknd collab, could that same tech write scripts and enable studios to create more content for less money?

      • The NationFreedom
      • ShadowproofProtest Song Of The Week: ‘La Banda Más Chingón en Wyoming’ By No-No Boy Featuring Mariachi Los Broncos

        No-No Boy released their debut album “1942” in 2018, but it has since evolved primarily into a Saporiti project. Saporiti followed it up in 2021 with the album “1975,” which featured considerable vocal, musical, and production contributions from Emilia Halvorsen. The album title referred to the year Saigon fell.Similar to “1942,” Saporiti explored his own family heritage and connected that heritage to the. experiences of those in WWII Japanese internment camps. He linked this history to modern-day immigrant detention centers and refugee camps.

      • EFFCongress Must Exercise Caution in AI Regulation

        Congress should be paying attention to AI technologies. Many are tools with extraordinary potential. They can help users distill large volumes of information, manage numerous tasks more efficiently, and change how we work – for good and for ill, depending on where you sit. Influential corporate and government actors recognize the ability of AI to redistribute power in ways they can’t control, which is one reason so many are seeking Congressional intervention now.

        But Congress should regulate with extreme caution, if at all, and focus on use of the tools rather than the tools themselves. If policymakers are worried about privacy, they should pass a strong privacy law. If they are worried about law enforcement abuse of face recognition, they should restrict that use. And so on. Above all, they must reject the binary thinking that AI technologies are going to lead to either C-3PO or the Terminator.

        Unfortunately, policymakers seem more inclined to move fast and break things.

    • Internet Policy/`utrality

      • TechdirtBiden Tries Again: Picks Anna Gomez For Long-Empty FCC Spot

        By now we’ve talked at length about the hot mess that has been the Biden administration’s attempt to properly staff the FCC. After an inexplicable 8 month delay, the Biden administration picked popular consumer advocate Gigi Sohn for the spot. But a relentless, often homophobic, multi-year smear campaign by telecom/media giants and their GOP allies scuttled Sohn’s chances.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • CBCPeloton rebrands in bid to be known as 'more than a bike company'

        The company rolled out new pricing for tiered membership that ranges from $12.99 US to $24 US per month, and said that its app now offers the largest number of free classes since its launch in June 2018.

      • CBCNetflix to start charging U.S. customers an extra $8 for sharing account outside the house

        In an email to its 70 million U.S. customers on Tuesday, Netflix said it will limit viewership of its programming to people living in the same household. Those who subscribe to Netflix's standard or premium plans — which cost $15.50 US to $20 US per month — will be able to allow another person living outside their household to use their password for an additional $8 per month, a $2 discount from the company's standard stand-alone plan.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • YLEPoll: Illegal streaming on the rise in Nordic countries

          A new survey finds that nearly half of 15-24 year olds have engaged in some form of content piracy.

        • Torrent FreakSharp Rise in Piracy Rates Across Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Norway

          A Mediavision survey reports a sharp rise in piracy rates across the Nordic region. Movie and TV show consumption, whether streamed or downloaded, is up in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. The largest number of pirates can be found in Sweden, where a quarter of 15 to 74-year-olds pirate content, levels last seen in 2016.

        • Torrent FreakEuropean Commission Calls for Pirate Site Blocking Around the Globe

          The European Commission has published its biannual list of foreign countries with problematic copyright policies. One of the highlighted issues is a lack of pirate site blocking, which is seen as an effective enforcement measure. Interestingly, the EU doesn't mention the United States, which is arguably the most significant country yet to implement an effective site-blocking regime.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Games Showcase: One Minute Chess

        It’s a game you almost certainly know. Let me tell you about it.

        By “one minute chess” I mean the standard game, but with about the fastest time control that’s playable: one minute on the clock. Total. For all of your moves.

        It’s a variant I discovered at Uni, and it makes the game fast, furious and a little bit insane. I’ve only played it online, I don’t know if it’s feasible on a physical board.

      • Let’s Play The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

        Gameplay spoilers for Tears of the Kingdom start on Day ≤1, and plot spoilers start on Day 1. The introduction, right below, has minor gameplay spoilers for Breath of the Wild, the previous game. You should also expect even more plot and/or gameplay spoilers for BotW later on.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: ABCFTKI Wordo: LUPUS
      • In the Land of Invented Names

        In Ursula K. Le Guin's "A Wizard of Earthsea", names are power. The child-wizard Duny is given his true name, Ged, by his mentor Ogion. But thereafter he adopts the name Sparrowhawk, a self-selected name which acts as a shield, preventing a wizard from being seen and known as he truly is.

        The first time I remember using a name for myself that wasn't my given one was at a jamboree in the early 90s. The tuck shop had facilities for making nametags. When I decided what I wanted to be called, I went with what some of the other campers called me. The name short-lived. Based on my appearance. I don't think I've been called that before or after. But it was my first experience trying on a name that didn't, in a legal or societal sense, belong to me. What is it? Doesn't matter, it's gone.

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

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