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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Carson City Linux Users Group

        The Carson City Linux Users Group will be meeting Saturday, June 17 at 10:00 AM at the Carson City Public Library. Upstairs in Meeting room 1.

      • HowTo GeekMALIBAL Aon S1 Review: A Sleek and Slim Linux Laptop [Ed: How-To Geek REVOKED this article about a GNU/Linux laptop. Cached version still online.

        The Aon S1 from MALIBAL is a custom-built ultraportable laptop that you can order with Linux pre-installed. While I hadn’t heard of the MALIBAL brand, I mostly enjoyed computing around the house and around town with this Linux laptop—mostly.

        After spending two weeks with it, what stood out to me most was the portability and premium feel. There’s an accompanying premium price, and for your money, you get a solid but lightweight build that’s also easy to upgrade and repair. However, the Aon S1 is by no means perfect, with the battery and speakers bringing down the value a little bit. That said, customized with the maximum specs, the Aon S1 impresses with its capabilities as a commuter Linux laptop that approaches being a great general-purpose computer.


        Overall I enjoyed using the Aon S1. Some annoyances came up, like the poor speakers, the panel needing frequent wipe-downs, and the privacy shutter’s noticeable absence. But for the on-the-move open source enthusiast, the highly portable MALIBAL Aon S1 with its solid build is certainly worth consideration.

        There are other Linux laptops out there, including Purism’s security-focused Librem 14. It has a similar form factor but also a weaker CPU and no dedicated GPU option and is more expensive at that. If instead of the Aon S1’s base configuration you went with our favorite laptop, the Dell XPS 13, you could save $210 but get a lesser CPU, a smaller and lower-res screen, and fewer ports. That said, the XPS 13 notably includes Wi-Fi 6E support, a fingerprint reader, and better speakers.

        The real value in any Linux laptop, though, is freedom from being locked in anyone’s ecosystem. You also have the freedom to repair and modify your laptop how you see fit (the XPS 13’s parts are soldered together). This also lets you spread out costs: you can choose the most inexpensive configuration and upgrade incrementally when you can afford it or with parts you already have. If you want to get on the road with your PC while getting away from Microsoft and Apple’s reach, the MALIBAL Aon S1 just might be your ticket.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Jupiter BroadcastingLinux Action News 294

        Microsoft's new Linux server distro, Red Hat Summit 2023 highlights, big changes at CodeWeavers, and Podman catches up to Docker Desktop.

      • The BSD Now PodcastBSD Now 508: Foundational Proceedings

        FreeBSD Foundation Welcomes New Team Members, OpenZFS the Ideal Storage Solution for University Environments, SCaLE20X Conference Report, 916 days of Emacs, XTerm: It's Better Than You Thought, NetBSD Annual General Meeting 2023, and more

    • Graphics Stack

      • CollaboraWeston 12.0: Highlights and changes for Wayland's reference compositor

        Last week, on May 17, Weston 12.0 was released. Here's a look at some of the changes that have landed in this new version.

        In terms of features we have two new backends, support for multiple scanout devices, and have added a couple of new protocol implementations. Alongside these features, we also have been adding multiple fixes and internal changes that would further facilitate integration of functionality like color management or the ability to load up multiple backends at the same time.


        Some further improvements towards multi-head support has been added to the backend-rdp, while backend-headless now makes use of output decorations as to be able to test out the color-lcms plugin. Resizing of windows is now possible for the nested, backend-wayland.

        A short-form for loading backends, shells, and renderers has been added, while still supporting the older command invocation. For instance, for the headless backend we can load it with "--backend=headless", for desktop shell, we can load it with "--shell=desktop" while specifying the pixman renderer can now be done with "--renderer=pixman".

        With this release, the color-lcms plugin has seen various improvements in color transformation precision and performance.

      • LWNWeston 12.0: Highlights and changes for Wayland's reference compositor

        Over on the Collabora blog, Marius Vlad looks at the Weston 12.0 release. Weston is the reference compositor for the Wayland project. The highlights include two new backends and support for multiple scanout devices, along with ""multiple fixes and internal changes that would further facilitate integration of functionality like color management or the ability to load up multiple backends at the same time"".

      • Samuel Iglesias: Closing a cycle

        For the last four years I’ve served as a member of the X.Org Foundation Board of Directors, but some days ago I stepped down after my term ended and not having run for re-election.

        I started contributing to Mesa in 2014 and joined the amazing freedesktop community. Soon after, I joined the X.Org Foundation as an regular member in order to participate in the elections and get access to some interesting perks (VESA, Khronos Group). You can learn more about what X.Org Foundation does in Ricardo’s blogpost.

        See you in A Coruña!

    • Applications

      • Make Use OfThe 6 Best Voice-Over Apps for Linux

        The right audio workstation can make editing your voice-over clips significantly easier. While Linux doesn't have all the same applications commonly recommended for Windows and macOS users, there are many amazing and compatible tools you can use to make your work pitch-perfect.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install GnuCash on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GnuCash on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Are you looking for powerful and free accounting software to manage your personal or small business finances on Ubuntu 22.04? Look no further than GnuCash!

      • Trend OceansHow to Install ZSH Shell along with OhMyZsh and Powerlevel10k on Ubuntu 22.04

        Don’t you feel Bash Shell looks stale compared to ZSH, which has a number of extra features that Bash Shell is missing if you do, then let’s find out the steps to install ZSH on Ubuntu.

      • Jonathan Carter: Upgraded this host to Debian 12 (bookworm)

        I upgraded the host running my blog to Debian 12 today. My website has existed in some form since 1997, it changed from pure html to a Python CGI script in the early 2000s, and when blogging became big around then, I migrated to WordPress around 2004.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Install Burp Suite on Linux

        Web application security is crucial in today's interconnected world. It has become increasingly important, as the number of cyber threats and vulnerabilities continues to rise. Burp Suite is a powerful tool to help you find and fix these security flaws. This tool is popular among developers, QA testers, and web security experts. This tutorial shows how to install Burp Suite on Linux.

      • Linux BuzzHow to Install Apache Maven on Ubuntu 22.04

        Apache Maven is a powerful build automation tool widely used in Java-based projects. It simplifies the build process, manages dependencies, and facilitates project management. If you’re working on Ubuntu 22.04 and need to install Maven, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of installing Apache Maven on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Orchestrating Federation: Managing a Kubernetes Cluster Federation Effectively

        This is where Kubernetes Cluster Federation comes in as a solution.

      • Cultivating Success: Introducing the Gardener Project for Kubernetes

        The Power of Kubernetes in Modern Software Development Kubernetes, commonly referred to as K8s, is a container orchestration platform designed to automate the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.

      • A Journey Through Time: The History of Cluster Federation in Kubernetes

        As organizations continue to adopt Kubernetes, many are faced with the challenge of managing multiple clusters across different regions and environments. This is where Cluster Federation comes in.

      • Uniting Forces: Gaining Insight into Kubernetes Cluster Federation

        This is where Kubernetes Cluster Federation comes into play.

      • TecAdminDNF Command in Linux with Practical Examples

        Linux, the backbone of many computer systems around the world, is known for its versatility and robustness. An integral part of mastering Linux involves becoming familiar with its package management systems.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Shotcut in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Shotcut is a powerful and open-source video editing software that offers a range of features for creating and editing videos. If you're using Ubuntu 22.04 and want to install Shotcut, follow this step-by-step guide to get started.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Redshift (Screen Temperature Adjuster) on ubuntu 22.04

        Redshift is a popular screen temperature adjustment tool that helps reduce eye strain and improve sleep quality by adapting the color temperature of your screen according to the time of day.

      • Linux LinksAlternatives to popular CLI tools: locate

        This article spotlights alternative tools to locate.

      • OMG UbuntuHow to Streamline Your Quick Settings Sound Menu

        Being able to quickly switch between different audio devices is one of my favourite things about GNOME Shell's Quick Settings menu. No longer do I have to fire up Settings -- Sound to quickly switch from my laptop's built-in speakers to my (not exactly amazing) USB-C speakers, or to my Bluetooth sound bar. However… There is one rub in this otherwise easy-going experience: my list of sound output is quite long.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Fix the Ubuntu Login Loop

        The Ubuntu login loop is a frustrating problem that makes it impossible for you to log in. We describe six different issues that can cause this behavior and how to fix them.

      • Open Source For Ucgroups: The Key to Effective Resource Management in Linux Systems

        Imagine you have a server that hosts several applications. Each of these applications has different requirements, and you would like to allocate resources fairly to all of them for optimal performance. While containerisation and orchestration tools are a great boon to help simplify these tasks, having fine-grained control over individual processes and threads is preferable for high-performance computing or real-time applications. Let’s see how cgroups can effectively manage and allocate resources in a Linux system!

        cgroups, also known as control groups, allow you to manage, allocate and monitor system resources, such as CPU, memory, network and disk I/O, in a group of processes. cgroups are useful for a variety of tasks, such as limiting the resources that a process can use, prioritising certain processes over others, and isolating processes from each other.

      • University of TorontoThat people produce HTML with string templates is telling us something

        One of my fundamental rules of system design is when people keep doing it wrong, the people are right and your system or idea is wrong. A corollary to this is that when you notice this happening, a productive reaction is to start asking questions about why people do it the 'wrong' way. Despite what you might expect from its title, Hugo Landau's [[Producing HTML using string templates has always been the wrong solution (via) actually has some ideas and pointers to ideas, for instance this quote from Using type inference to make web templates robust against XSS: [...]

      • Fernando BorrettiTyping Persian in Emacs

        A gentleman need not know Persian, but he should at least have forgotten it. And to learn it you have to type it. You could change your computer’s input method, or buy a Persian keyboad, but it’s inconvenient.

      • [Repeat] APNICNetwork design: Dual ISP, DMZ, and the network edge — Part 1

        What is the network edge? The network edge is where your network and outside networks connect. In the enterprise world this is your path out to the Internet; in the provider world this is generally where you connect to upstream providers or peers. In this three-part post, we will cover high- and low-level designs, different types of topologies such as SMB, enterprise and Service Provider (SP), and look at the building blocks, redundancy options and other considerations.

      • [Repeat] APNICNetwork design: Dual ISP, DMZ, and the network edge — Part 2

        Reviewing what we listed for edge network challenges, SPs and enterprises face a lot of the same problems, but often in different ways. SPs don’t always have to worry about NAT or asymmetric routing since they accept the hot potato routing behaviour and the customer equipment NATs. However, like enterprises, the SP must delineate between different parts of their network for better control. Either way services are increasingly being brought closer to the border of the network so having high-performance edge POPs is becoming more important for the service provider.

      • APNICNetwork design: Dual ISP, DMZ, and the network edge — Part 3

        Previously in this series, we laid the foundation of network design for the edge and looked at various high-level edge connection examples. In this post, we will look into low-level designs, focusing on the enterprise-oriented dual single-homed setup as that will probably apply to most of the readers here. It provides just enough to cover multiple scenarios and is a proven design, but it isn’t too complex.

      • APNICPrivacy and networking: Part 4 — Logging

        Guest Post: What are the the privacy considerations for logged data?

      • MJ FransenUsing org-attach in Emacs org-mode

        org-attach links the file to the header of the current node. It offers several different ways to create a connection between your org-file and the file to attach, like copying the file, moving the file, creating a symlink, or a hard link, and others.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Eclipse IDE on Linux

        Eclipse IDE is a platform for developing applications, particularly in Java and other programming languages such as C, C++, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc. It is one of the most powerful and feature-rich IDE used by millions of developers around the world.

        Eclipse is a cross-platform IDE that you can install on Linux as well as on Windows and macOS. Let’s see how to install Eclipse IDE on various Linux distributions.

      • BeebomHow to Access Linux Files from Windows 10/11

        In this article, let’s look at how to access Linux files from Windows 10/11.

      • Trend OceansHow to Fix Android Emulator Not Showing in Android Studio

        >If you are having issues with the Android emulator, like it not showing up on screen, then this guide will help you to fix it up. Suppose you are developing an Android application, and when you run the application, it shows your Android app is successfully installed on a virtual device.

      • Trend OceansInstall Selenium on Ubuntu/Debian with a ChromeDriver for Python

        Here you will learn how to install Chromedriver on Ubuntu or other Linux distributions and test its functionality with Selenium using a short Python script.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Metabase on Ubuntu 20.04|22.04 LTS

        In this article, we will walk you through the process of installing Metabase on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Metabase is an open-source business intelligence and analytics tool that allows users to easily visualize, analyze, and share data.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Mesa Drivers on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        Mesa is an open-source graphics driver used to support hardware acceleration for GPUs on Linux. It provides OpenGL, Vulkan, and other graphics APIs support for Linux. In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing Mesa drivers on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • UNIX CopHow to Install GnuCash (Personal Finance Manager) on Ubuntu 22.04

        GnuCash is a powerful open-source personal finance manager that allows you to track your income, expenses, investments, and budgets. If you’re using Ubuntu 22.04 and want to install GnuCash, follow this step-by-step guide to get started.

      • Linux BuzzHow to Install Apache Maven on Ubuntu 22.04

        Apache Maven is a powerful build automation tool widely used in Java-based projects. It simplifies the build process, manages dependencies, and facilitates project management.

      • ZDNetHow to easily install a cloud service at home in an hour or less

        Linux belongs on your home network, and setting up an on-premises cloud is simpler than you'd think.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • GamingOnLinuxWine and Wayland take another step closer with more code merged

        The ongoing work bit by bit to get Wine and Wayland to fully work together on Linux has taken another step, with a third big merge request accepted. Wine 8.4 from mid-March was the first development release to actually have some of the initial Wayland work in it.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxIf You Like... Left 4 Dead

        What’s this? An entirely new genre, you say? Well, arguably that’s exactly what Valve presented to the public in 2008 with the original Left 4 Dead, and its superlative sequel the following year. But was it really a new genre?

      • GamingOnLinuxHelp fund Fish Folk, an ever-growing bundle of open source multiplayer games

        Fish Folk is an in-development and constantly growing bundle of multiplayer games. All open source and they want your help to grow bigger and better. The first game they're focusing on is Fish Folk: Jump, a spiritual successor to the popular Duck Game, with Fish Folk being created out of their love for it. They want the basic idea to continue on but be open to the community which is why it's open source with modding in mind too.

      • Godot EngineDev snapshot: Godot 3.6 beta 2

        Another beta build for Godot 3.6, implementing important bug fixes and some new features for existing games in production.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Plasma 6 Will Support Night Color on Wayland for NVIDIA Users

          The upcoming KDE Plasma 6 desktop environment series looks to offer support for the Night Color feature that automatically adjusts the color temperature of your screen to protect your eyes during long night computing sessions for users with NVIDIA graphics cards when using the Plasma Wayland session.

          KDE Plasma 6 is shaping up nicely lately and looks like it gears up to become the best Plasma release ever. Last week, I told you that Plasma 6 promises basic HDR support and it will adopt the Plasma Wayland by default.

        • Linux MagazineKDE Plasma 6 Looks to Bring Basic HDR Support

          The KWin piece of KDE Plasma now has HDR support and color management geared for the 6.0 release.

        • Montana LinuxVideo: First Round of KDE Plasma 6 Features and Changes
          Video: First Round of KDE Plasma 6 Features and Changes
        • Adriaan de GrootCore Distractions

          KDE runs everywhere. Remember when it got ported to the DEC Alpha and SPARCv8? Heady times, because that was the time that a whole bunch of 32-bit assumptions got wrestled out of KDE code. And then there was a long boring period where all the world was amd64. No more! There are ARM-based SBCs, which are a world of frustration all their own for board bring-up. No more! As of today KDE e.V. – and so the KDE community – has a new core to work with. The RISC-V architecture, and the VisionFive 2 board in particular.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • Web Pro NewsLinux Distro Reviews: Pop!_OS

        Pop!_OS is something of a unicorn in the Linux world, a distro that a hardware maker develops in an effort to offer a fully integrated experience.

        For the rest of this review, I will refer to Pop!_OS as Pop OS or merely Pop. The distro has many positives, but how it is spelled is not one of them. With that out of the way, let’s delve into what makes Pop OS so special.

    • BSD

      • FreeBSDBSDCan 2023 Trip Report: Jake Freeland

        I am grateful to report that the FreeBSD Foundation offered to fund my trip to Ottawa, Canada for the 2023 FreeBSD Developer's Summit and BSDCan conference. I boarded my flight and arrived at the YOW airport on May 16th late at night.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • The Power of Red Hat Enterprise Linux [Ed: On Red Hat, by Red Hat... some impartiality not needed?]
      • GamingOnLinuxFedora Onyx voted in as a new official Fedora Linux immutable variant

        Much like Fedora Silverblue, Fedora Kinoite, and Fedora Sericea there's going to be a new immutable version of Fedora coming called Fedora Onyx.

      • 9to5LinuxFlatpak App of the Week: Cartridges, a Simple Launcher for All of Your Games

        Written in Python using GTK+ 4 and libadwaita, Cartridges started as a simple game launcher that only supported a couple of game distribution platforms, including the popular Steam game service and Bottles, a free and open-source software that lets you run Windows games and apps on Linux based on Wine.

        Today, Cartridges has matured and it supports importing games from many popular game distribution platforms, such as Lutris, a free and open-source game manager, Heroic, an open-source launcher for GOG and Epic games, as well as, an independent store for indie games.

      • CentOSCentOS Connect at Flock 2023

        The CentOS team is excited to announce that we will be hosting a CentOS Connect event at Flock to Fedora on August 2, 2023. CentOS Connect is a series of mini-conferences that showcase the latest developments across the Enterprise Linux ecosystem.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Wrapping up the Fedora Websites and Apps Community Initiative: Part IV

        This is the fourth post in a€ series€ covering details about the journey of the Fedora Websites and Apps community Initiative, those who were involved in making it a grand success, and what lies ahead down the road for the team. If you have not already,€ read the€ previous post€ before delving into this one.

        Promising community diversification

        By October 2022, the experiment of me stepping away to assess the team’s strength began to show promising results. Niko Dunk, Jefferson Oliviera, Deepesh Nair, and many others, joined the development efforts. Likewise, Madeline Peck, Jess Chitas, Dawn Desmarais, and numerous others contributed to the design aspects. Hari Rana also participated in testing, alongside others who were already involved. I am immensely grateful to Ashlyn Knox, Francois Andrieu, and Niko Dunk for their effective collaboration with members from Fedora Infrastructure, Fedora Design, Fedora Marketing, and other teams. Together, they gathered requirements and provided valuable feedback. This development initiative commenced on GitLab itself, making it the first project to be entirely developed there. The team utilized planning tools such as epics, stories, issues, and timelines. In addition to Fedora Websites 3.0, we began collecting testimonials to gauge community interest in maintaining Fedora Badges.

      • Silicon AngleRed Hat makes large strides in developer experience and supply chain security [Ed: Red hat purchasing fake coverage about itself from SiliconANGLE]

        Several announcements headlined this week’s€ Red Hat Summit€ event, one of which was Ansible Lightspeed, an offshoot of last year's Project Wisdom, geared toward the artificial intelligence-driven automation of IT workloads. On the backend, Red Hat Inc. has also invested in improving the overall experience for Ansible developers, in addition to securing critical software supply chains.

      • Red Hat3 patterns for deploying Helm charts with Argo CD

        Argo CD provides numerous ways to deploy resources from a Helm chart. In this article, you will learn about three patterns used to manage and deploy Helm charts, including when and where to use each pattern in your GitOps environment and the advantages and disadvantages.

    • Debian Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: Secure containerised Ceph with Ubuntu container images

        As we announced at Cephalocon 2023 in Amsterdam, Canonical has started to make container images for Ceph available.€  We received lots of questions at the booth about what it means to the average Ceph user who has or wants to deploy Ceph on Ubuntu.€ € 

        In this blog post, we will cover the benefits to users who are running containerised Ceph on Ubuntu, and specifically how these images can provide an improved security posture.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Andrew HutchingsAcorn Archimedes: Running PC Software

        It is the early to mid 90s and you just forked out for an Acorn Archimedes or RiscPC machine, which was arguably a superior choice over PCs at the time. But you have some old DOS software you want to run. What do you do? It turns out that there were a few ways of solving this.

      • HackadayHacking The IKEA OBEGRÄNSAD LED Wall Lamp

        The IKEA OBEGRÄNSAD is a pixel-style LED wall lamp that comes with a few baked-in animations, and [ph1p] improved it immensely with an ESP32 board and new firmware. The new controller provides all kinds of great new abilities, including new modes and animations, WiFi control, and the ability to send your own images or drawings to the panel. All it takes is desoldering the original controller and swapping in a programmed ESP32.

      • Raspberry Pi SSH Guide for Beginners

        SSH is an awesome protocol for any network. It’s secure, easy, and cheap. Any Raspberry Pi SSH network can be made to include almost any I/O peripheral. In fact, you'd be amazed at how you can control most things wirelessly with an OpenHABian server running SSH.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • HackadayA Mobile Phone From 1985

        It might seem quaint through the lends of history we have the luxury of looking through, but in the mid 1980s it was a major symbol of status to be able to communicate on-the-go. Car phones and pagers were cutting-edge devices of the time, and even though there were some mobile cellular telephones, they were behemoths compared to anything we would recognize as a cell phone today. It wasn’t until 1985 that a cell phone was able to fit in a pocket, and that first device wasn’t just revolutionary because of its size. It made a number of technological advancements that were extremely impressive for its time, and [Janus Cycle] takes us through some of those in this teardown video.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaAdvancing the future of the internet with Adam Bouhenguel

          More than ever, we need a movement to ensure the internet remains a force for good. This post introduces the Mozilla Internet Ecosystem (MIECO) program, which fuels this movement by supporting people who are looking to advance a more human-centered internet. With MIECO, Mozilla is looking to foster a new era of internet innovation that moves away from “fast and breaking things” and into a more purposeful, collaborative effort that includes voices and perspectives from many different companies and organizations.


          “As a kid, I would go to museums and fairs and see machines that people had built, or reproductions of famous machines throughout history, and then I would go home and build them out of Legos,” Adam said of his childhood in South Florida.€ 

          Once, a friend told him that their cousin built games on calculators, so Adam carried around programming books until he learned how to program. “I spent a lot of time writing the things that I wanted to play,” Adam recalled. “So that was always a strong motivator for me.”€ 

          Adam participated in programming and math competitions in high school. Before graduating, he interned at Motorola’s robotics group, where he developed software that ended up shipping with the company’s phones. Adam went on to attend MIT, during which he continued to work for Motorola.

          “I realized how powerful tools can be,” Adam said. “If you have the right tools and the right ideas about what those tools should do, you can get much farther than you otherwise would.”

        • MozillaData@Mozilla: This Week in Data: Reading “The Manager’s Path” by Camille Fournier [Ed: Mozilla is Big Surveillance company and it is outsourced by Microsoft/NSA (GitHub)]

          (“This Week in Glean Data” is a series of blog posts that the Glean Team at Mozilla is using to try to communicate better about our work. They could be release notes, documentation, hopes, dreams, or whatever: so long as it is inspired by Glean. You can find an index of all TWiG posts online.)

          Recently I’ve been granted the role of “tech-lead” of the Glean SDK, where I find myself responsible for more of the direction and communication regarding Glean.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL 16 Beta 1 Released!

        The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces that the first beta release of PostgreSQL 16 is now available for download. This release contains previews of all features that will be available when PostgreSQL 16 is made generally available, though some details of the release can change during the beta period.

        You can find information about all of the features and changes found in PostgreSQL 16 in the release notes:

        In the spirit of the open source PostgreSQL community, we strongly encourage you to test the new features of PostgreSQL 16 on your systems to help us eliminate bugs or other issues that may exist. While we do not advise you to run PostgreSQL 16 Beta 1 in production environments, we encourage you to find ways to run your typical application workloads against this beta release.

      • Phil EatonImplementing a distributed key-value store on top of implementing Raft in Go

        As part of bringing myself up-to-speed after joining TigerBeetle, I wanted some background on how distributed consensus and replicated state machines protocols work. TigerBeetle uses Viewstamped Replication. But I wanted to understand all popular protocols and I decided to start with Raft.

        We'll implement two key components of Raft in this post (leader election and log replication). Around 1k lines of Go. It took me around 7 months of sporadic studying to come to (what I hope is) an understanding of the basics.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Education

      • FreeBSDBSDCan 2023 Trip Report: Jake Freeland

        I am grateful to report that the FreeBSD Foundation offered to fund my trip to Ottawa, Canada for the 2023 FreeBSD Developer’s Summit and BSDCan conference. I boarded my flight and arrived at the YOW airport on May 16th late at night. I took OCTranspo’s 97 bus line to the Hurdman station where I rode the Hurdman East light rail to the uOttawa University. I had arranged to share a double suite with Mark Johnston, so I headed over to the U90 Residences to find my room. After arriving, I set my alarm for the next morning and quickly fell asleep.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • QuartzJust one company is allegedly responsible for 7.5 billion nuisance calls

        Dozens of state attorneys general have banded together to sue a telecommunications company, alleging that the company is solely responsible for 7.5 billion calls to people on the US’s federal Do Not Call registry.

        The lawsuit claims (pdf) that Avid Telecom, which provides voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services, illegally facilitated robocalls, violating federal telemarketing, spoofing, and robocalling laws, as well as calling numbers on the Do Not Call list.

    • Programming/Development

      • OSTechNixCodefresh – The Best CI/CD Platform With GitOps

        Codefresh is a continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform specifically designed to support the development and deployment of cloud-native applications.

      • Alexandru NedelcuScala 3 Enums

        In Scala, how do we model enumerations of values? What are the possible issues? How does Scala compare with Java? What are the changes in Scala 3?

      • Raspberry PiAntarctic Picam | The MagPi #130

        “[I really] wanted to see what laid in the river outside of my house,” Oliver explains. “After I first deployed the camera, I told Autun, who said that he could take it with him to Antarctica on his next mission.” With the camera tested, Autun stood by his word, took it on the RV Polarstern, a research icebreaker ship, and deployed it during two helicopter missions.

      • QtCommercial LTS Qt 5.15.14 Released

        We have released Qt 5.15.14 LTS for commercial license holders today. As a patch release, Qt 5.15.14 does not add any new functionality but provides bug fixes and other improvements.

      • QtQt Contributor Summit: Nov 30th-Dec 1st
      • QtTop Tips for Great Figma Exports

        When Qt Design Studio was in its infancy we recognized the need for Designers to be able to import their work into Qt Design Studio (QtDS for the rest of this piece) from other tools. This was before Figma existed and the whole concept of design systems with atomic components was not so well known. At the time we targeted Photoshop, as it had a large user base in the industry and was considered to be an industry standard for UI and UX design. At first our idea idea was that the Bridge, as we called it, would be mostly useful as an asset importer, a way to get the graphical assets across from one tool to the other, retaining the position and composition, so the Designers would be able to skip the tedious work of exporting and rebuilding the screen design piece by piece.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: qlcal 0.0.6 on CRAN: More updates from QuantLib

        The sixth release of the still new-ish qlcal package arrivied at CRAN today.

        qlcal delivers the calendaring parts of QuantLib. It is provided (for the R package) as a set of included files, so the package is self-contained and does not depend on an external QuantLib library (which can be demanding to build). qlcal covers over sixty country / market calendars and can compute holiday lists, its complement (i.e. business day lists) and much more.

        This release brings updates to a few calendars which happened since the QuantLib 1.30 release, and also updates a several of the (few) non-calendaring functions.

      • The Linux Foundation Announces WasmCon Event Focused on WebAssembly Technologies
      • Python

        • Linux HintComplex Numbers in Python

          Complex numbers in Python consists of a “real” and an “imaginary” component that represent the quantities that cannot be described solely with real numbers.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

    • Education

      • Adriaan ZhangThe Parable of the Blue Curtains

        For some, this is an all-too-familiar experience, a symptom of exposure to the production-line mode of education. Pretend to read the book, struggle to stay awake as the teacher pontificates about what some dead author meant by something or the other, and regurgitate those sacred words when it comes time for testing. But this is not how things out to be, and it is a real shame that so many wonderful insights and revalations are crushed under the heel of such drudgery. A simple miscommunication leaves students with a warped perception of literary criticism for life.

      • The Age AUTexas children given Winnie the Pooh books on how to react to school shooters

        The book is not an official production. It is able to use the characters of Winnie-the-Pooh in its material as they have been in the public domain in the United States since the beginning of 2022.

      • The NationStanford’s Title IX Policies Fail to Protect Student Survivors

        In October 2021, a freshman at Stanford University, whom we will call Sarah, went to an on-campus party. She met another freshman, whom we will call Alex, and they danced and talked. The next day, they met up again, walked around campus, and then went back to his dorm room. They both consented to having sex, and Sarah asked him to wear a condom. They argued about it. She told him she’d leave if he didn’t wear a condom, so he eventually put one on. As things progressed, she says, she asked him to stop and to slow down because she was in pain, but he wouldn’t. She left bleeding and with hickeys that lasted for nine days.

      • RFERLThousands Of Striking Romanian Teachers March To Protest Low Salaries, Underfunded Education System

        Some 15,000 Romanian teachers took to the streets of Bucharest on May 25 on the fourth day of a strike over low salaries and insufficient funding for education with no sign of a deal with the coalition government in sight.

    • Hardware

      • IT WireAustralian smartphone shipments fell 7.6% in 1Q23 reflecting global trend

        "Consumers are willing to hold on to their phones longer, even if they must spend more on a premium handset.”

      • Hackaday3D Model Subscriptions Are Coming, But Who’s Buying?

        We’ve all been there before — you need some 3D printable design that you figure must be common enough that somebody has already designed it, so you point your browser to Thingiverse or Printables, and in a few minutes you’ve got STL in hand and are ready to slice and print. If the design worked for you, perhaps you’ll go back and post an image of your print and leave a word of thanks to the designer.

      • HackadayHackaday Prize 2023: Hearing Sirens When Drivers Can’t

        [Jan Říha]’s PionEar device is a wonderful entry to the Assistive Tech portion of the 2023 Hackaday Prize. It’s a small unit intended to perch within view of the driver in a vehicle, and it has one job: flash a light whenever a siren is detected. It is intended to provide drivers with a better awareness of emergency vehicles, because they are so often heard well before they are seen, and their presence disrupts the usual flow of the road. [Jan] learned that there was a positive response in the Deaf and hard of hearing communities to a device like this; roads get safer when one has early warning.

      • HackadayThe Voltaic Pile: Building The First Battery

        In the technologically-underpinned modern world, most of us interact with a battery of some sort every day. Whether that’s the starter battery in a car, the lithium battery in a phone, or even just the coin cell battery in a wrist watch, batteries underpin a lot of what makes society possible now. Not so in the early 1800s when chemists and physicists were first building and experimenting with batteries. And those batteries were enormous, non-rechargable, and fairly fragile to boot. Not something suited for powering much of anything, but if you want to explore what it would have been like to use one of these devices, follow along with [Christopher]’s build of a voltaic pile.

      • CNX SoftwareSMARC 2.1 system-on-module is powered by an Intel Alder Lake-N Atom x7000E, Processor, or Core i3 processor

        TQ-Embedded TQMxE41S is a SMARC 2.1 system-on-module (SoM) powered by an Intel Alder Lake-N Atom x7000E, Processor Nxxx, or Core i3 processor with a TDP ranging from 6W to 15W TDP, up to 16GB LPDDR5-4800 memory and up to 256GB industrial iNAND eMMC flash.

      • CNX SoftwareReolink E1 Outdoor Pro 4K smart security camera supports WiFi 6 connectivity

        Reolink E1 Outdoor Pro is a 4K smart security camera with PTZ and auto-tracking like the Reolink TrackMix, but instead of relying on PoE or WiFi 4/5, the camera comes with WiFi 6 connectivity for a faster and more stable network connection with less latency. Most of the WiFi security cameras I’ve been using come with 2.4GHz WiFi 4, and I’ve found connectivity to the solar-powered Reolink security cameras I’ve been using to be somewhat unreliable with difficulty connecting to them through the mobile app, although uploads to the cloud don’t suffer from those issues. So I typically prefer PoE or 4G LTE security cameras since the connectivity is more stable, but Reolink E1 Outdoor Pro security camera’s WiFi 6 support could help depending on the environment.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • TechdirtTwitter Keeps Breaking In Dangerous Ways: Deleted Tweets Reappearing

        A whole bunch of media articles are noting that Twitter users who deleted tweets have noticed in recent weeks that the deleted tweets have magically returned. There seems to be little rhyme or reason for which deleted tweets have returned, but it’s definitely happening to many users. In some cases, people said they had deleted tens of thousands of tweets, only to find them all come back.

      • TechdirtActivision Shutters ‘CoD’ Fan Servers, Which Were Better, More Secure Than The Official Servers

        Here we go again. We’ve talked several times in the past about game publishers and studios going out of their way to shut down fan-run servers for online play. The excuses for doing so mostly amount to either claims that intellectual property laws require this sort of policing action (it doesn’t), that the publisher needs to shut down servers for older versions of games to get people to buy newer versions (objection: asserting facts not in evidence), and some just seem to want to play strongman for whatever reason.

      • The poisoning of ChatGPT

        The problem, in market terms, is that if buyers don’t have enough information to tell the two groups of goods apart—Akerlof worked with the used car market as a test case—they will price all goods as if they were potentially defective. The seller of the defective car gets more for it than if they were upfront—especially at the beginning before market dynamics kick in—but the seller of the non-defective car gets less. This drives the good sellers out of the market.

        AI language models aren’t used goods. We don’t buy and sell language models on Etsy. But information asymmetry is still an issue because, as with the “lemon” cars, we have no way of telling a defective good from a non-defective one.

        Except this time, the defects are security vulnerabilities and it looks like they are all quite defective.

      • Bruce SchneierOn the Poisoning of LLMs

        Interesting essay on the poisoning of LLMs--ChatGPT in particular:


        They’ll also have to update their training data set at some point. They can't leave their models stuck in 2021 forever...

      • Microsoft’s Healthcare AI Arm Announces Layoffs

        Nuance Communications, a company working with AI for speech recognition has decided to hand over pink slips as it intends to focus on the healthcare sector.

        As reported by Boston Globe, the company informed the employees through an internal memo.

        While the exact number of impacted employees is not known, macroeconomic variables and inflationary pressures have seemingly made the company prioritise the core healthcare segment going forward.

      • QuartzWhy are Chinese hackers targeting Guam? [Ed: Why is Microsoft speaking on behalf of the US government now and why does Guam use Microsoft stuff with back doors in it?]
      • France24US, Microsoft warn Chinese hackers attacking 'critical' infrastructure and Guam [Ed: Microsoft is at fault here, it's not a spokesperson on security matters.]

        A state-sponsored Chinese hacking group has been spying on a wide range of US critical infrastructure organisations, from telecommunications to transportation hubs, Western intelligence agencies and Microsoft€ MSFT.O€ said on Wednesday. China's foreign ministry on Thursday said the reports were a disinformation campaign initiated by the US.

      • Hong Kong Free PressUS, Microsoft warn Chinese hackers attacking ‘critical’ infrastructure as Beijing denies allegations [Ed: Stop distracting from the fact that Microsoft is at fault for making stuff with back doors]
      • The VergeMicrosoft’s Surface Pro X cameras have stopped working for everyone

        Surface Pro X owners are reporting that the cameras on their devices have stopped working this week.

      • Biometric UpdateRecFaces facial recognition now available on Linux [Ed: Malicious software gets associated with the "Linux"]

        Facial recognition technology maker RecFaces is making its flagship products available on Linux operating systems and plans to allow end users to choose operating systems while upgrading.

        The company’s two main products are access control solution IdGate, and IdGuard, which allows facial recognition through video streams. Using IdGate on Debian-based OS will provide customers more flexibility, while IdGuard users will be able to deploy facial recognition technology in a broader range of environments to enhance security, the company said in a release.

        “This is just the beginning of a new RecFaces’ strategy of updating all our product lines, says Eugenia Marina, business development director for MENA at RecFaces. “We believe it will lead to a more efficient way of providing our solutions to end-customers all over the world”.

      • Tom's HardwareWindows 11 Moment 3 Update: Isolated x32 Apps, No RAR Support Yet [Ed: "No RAR Support Yet". People actually pay for this thing?]

        But a new feature that isn't even a part of the update takes up the crown for most wanted: baked-in RAR file support.

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Fixing Buick Airbag Code B0092 With the Handyman's Secret Weapon | BaronHK’s Rants

        Spilling a drink on the seat. GM suggests: “Taking apart the seat and allowing the PPS mat to dry for 48 hours.”

        Placing a bag of groceries, some books, or a backpack on the seat. GM suggests: “Remove the shit.”

        Interfering with the electronics in the PPS mat by having an MP3 player, cell phone, laptop, or other electronic device on or too close to the seat, including in your pocket. Even if the device is off. GM Suggests: “Don’t come too close to it with electronic devices.”

        You’re sitting “wrong”. (Thanks Apple!) GM Suggests sitting up straight, taking it like a man, be nice to your little sister. Don’t drive on the railroad tracks.

        Your ass is abnormal. No seriously…..Your ass is abnormal. I don’t know. Replace ass and try again.

      • Windows TCO

        • Data BreachesChinese hackers spying on US critical infrastructure, Western intelligence says [Ed: Intentionally conflating Microsoft with the US government. Did people elect Microsoft to govern the US?]

          China’s response to the accusations is to claim that this is all a disinformation campaign from Five Eyes countries.

        • France24China-backed hackers 'spying on US critical infrastructure and Guam' [Ed: Actually, Microsoft is to blame here; Guam should never have deployed this back-doored stuff from Microsoft]

          A state-sponsored Chinese hacking group has been spying on a wide range of US critical infrastructure organisations, from telecommunications to transportation hubs, Western intelligence agencies and Microsoft€ MSFT.O€ said on Wednesday.

        • Silicon AngleMicrosoft warns alleged Chinese hacking group is targeting critical infrastructure [Ed: This publisher admits taking bribes from Microsoft. Now it helps Microsoft deflect the blame from Microsoft to "China".]
          Researchers at Microsoft Corp. today detailed a€ sophisticated cyberattack aimed at critical U.S. infrastructure, orchestrated by an alleged China-based state-sponsored actor. The hacking group, known as Volt Typhoon, has been active since€ mid-2021 and is suspected of preparing to disrupt U.S.-Asia communication networks in potential future crises.

        • Data BreachesMorris Hospital investigating attack by Royal ransomware group

          On May 22, the Royal ransomware group added Morris Hospital to their leak site with a small sample of files as proof of claims.

        • Silicon AngleVeeam: Ransomware keeps rising, and paying fraudsters is still not the right approach [Ed: Windows TCO]
          Veeam used its annual user event, VeeamON, in Miami this week to release the results of some research on ransomware highlighting some alarming statistics that raise concerns for businesses of all sizes. Veeam is a backup and recovery company, so one might wonder why it’s releasing research in cyber security.

        • Data BreachesThe Vascular Center of Intervention breach — what their notification says and what it didn’t say

          On May 24, the Vascular Center of Intervention (VCI) in California submitted a breach notification to California and posted a substitute notice on VCI’s website.

          The notification, signed by Dr. James Lee, states that on March 29, VCI became aware of unusual activity on its network. An investigation revealed that some patient-related files had been accessed or exfiltrated between February 25 and March 29. The letter notes that the types of information involved might include one or more of the following for any affected patient: medical history, mental or physical condition, medical treatment or diagnosis by a healthcare professional, date of birth, health insurance information, Social Security Number, and Driver’s license information.

        • Data BreachesNorton Healthcare didn’t call it a ransomware attack. Then BlackCat claimed responsibility for it.

          On May 20, DataBreaches reported that Norton Healthcare in Kentucky and Indiana had disclosed what sounded like a ransomware incident that they discovered on May 9, but they never called it a ransomware incident, even though they stated that they had received faxed threats and demands.

    • Security

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Citizen LabConfirmation & Research Note 1: Pegasus infections in Armenian Civil Society

          The Citizen Lab examined the devices of a number of individuals in Armenia for evidence of spyware infections including Pegasus, as part of an investigative collaboration with Access Now, CyberHUB-AM, Amnesty International’s Security Lab, and independent mobile security researcher Ruben Muradyan.

          Read the Access Now report on the civil society cases: Hacking in a war zone: Pegasus spyware in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

          Our forensic analysis of the following individuals’ devices found evidence of Pegasus spyware infection with a high degree of confidence.

        • TechdirtThe Massive Fine The EU Hit Meta With… Is Really About The NSA, Not Meta

          You may have heard the news that the EU hit Meta with a $1.3 billion fine for violating EU “data privacy rules” and assumed that this was just Meta being Meta and being bad about your privacy. But that’s not really an accurate portrayal of what happened, and it hides how this fine is actually pretty problematic for a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with Meta whatsoever, and a lot to do with the NSA.

        • TechdirtJudge Tosses Evidence After Government Took More Than Three Years To Crack A Suspect’s Phone

          A robbery/kidnapping case allegedly implicating business owner and immigrant Evgeni Kopankov has resulted in the government losing the evidence it took it oh so long to obtain. And the government has only itself to blame for how this went down.

        • EFFCivil Liberties Groups Demand California Police Stop Sharing Drivers’ Location Data With Police In Anti-Abortion States

          The letters from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU NorCal), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) gave the agencies a deadline of June 15 to comply and respond. A months-long EFF investigation involving hundreds of public records requests uncovered that many California police departments share records containing detailed driving profiles of local residents with out-of-state agencies.

          ALPR camera systems collect and store location information about drivers, including dates, times, and locations. This sensitive information can reveal where individuals work, live, associate, worship—or seek reproductive health services and other medical care.

          “ALPRs invade people’s privacy and violate the rights of entire communities, as they often are deployed in poor and historically overpoliced areas regardless of crime rates,” said EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Pinsof. “Sharing ALPR data with law enforcement in states that criminalize abortion undermines California’s extensive efforts to protect reproductive health privacy.”

        • OpenRightsGroupORG report finds that ICO failed to hold the government to account over use of public health data during pandemic

          ORG’s new report exposes failures by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in protecting the public privacy and data rights during the Covid-19 pandemic. Failure to act Data privacy and the Information Commissioner’s Office During a Crisis analyses the ICO’s role in relation to three key Covid-19 health programmes...

        • OpenRightsGroupData privacy and the Information Commissioner’s Office during a crisis: Lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic

          A new report exposes failures by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in protecting the public privacy and data rights during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report analyses use of data in three key Covid-19 health programmes NHS Test and Trace, NHS Contract Tracing App and the NHS Datastore.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Vice Media Group5,000 Wild New Species Discovered in Region That Ocean Mining Will Soon Devastate

        To that end, scientists led by Muriel Rabone, a deep-sea ecologist at the Natural History Museum in London, U.K., have now unveiled the first comprehensive checklist of “benthic metazoans” meaning seabed animals, in the CCZ, which was compiled from more than 100,000 records of expeditions to the seabed.

        The researchers identified 5,578 different species in the checklist, of which 92 percent are new to science, which clearly demonstrates that “the CCZ represents significant undescribed biodiversity” and illustrates “the novelty of the region at deep taxonomic levels,” according to a study published on Thursday in Current Biology.

      • ScheerpostHow Big Oil is Manipulating the Way You Think About Climate Change

        A logic professor explains how a persistent, subtle fallacy has infected public discussion of climate change.

      • DeSmogHoboken Lodges First State-Level Racketeering Charge in Big Oil Climate Lawsuit

        In a first at the state level, the City of Hoboken, New Jersey recently added racketeering charges to its climate lawsuit against major petroleum producers and their national trade group the American Petroleum Institute (API). Hoboken is making this claim against fossil fuel companies under the state-level equivalent of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, a federal law used successfully to prosecute organized crime groups such as the Mafia starting in the 1970s and later the tobacco industry. Puerto Rico lodged federal racketeering charges against the industry in a class action climate case last November.

        “These racketeering cases should be viewed as a new legal front against the oil and gas industry,” Richard Wiles, president of the Center for Climate Integrity, which advocates for climate accountability from polluters, said by email.€ 

      • Energy/Transportation

        • uni Michigan$9.8M to boost connected vehicle research at U-M

          The U.S. Department of Transportation funding is part of its Advanced Transportation Technology and Innovation Program created to promote new technologies that improve safety and reduce travel times for drivers and transit riders. This ATTAIN grant will update one of the largest connected vehicle pilots in the world, formerly known as the Safety Pilot Model Deployment program, with the latest connected vehicle and infrastructure technologies.

        • ReasonMichigan Has Given the E.V. Industry $1.4 Billion and Counting

          In December 2021, Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation establishing the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) program—"a $1 billion economic development fund to ensure the state can compete for billions of dollars in investment and attract tens of thousands of jobs to bolster our economy," according to the press release. Michigan's legislature apportioned an initial $1 billion for the program. SOAR grants would be disbursed to companies that invested in the state, or to state-affiliated entities for the benefit of those companies; all transfers would require approval first from the state Senate Appropriations Committee and then from the entire legislature.

        • YLEFinland should ban domestic flights less than 400 km, expert says

          There are two possible ways to ban short-distance domestic flights, according to a Finnish researcher.

          One option, they say, would be to decrease the amount of airline subsidies handed out. The other would be to make laws to limit flights based on distances, like in France.

        • Business InsiderFrance has banned air travel between cities that can be reached easily by train

          France banned air travel between cities that are 2.5 hours apart by high-speed rail on May 23.

        • BBCFrance bans short-haul flights to cut carbon emissions

          France's Citizens' Convention on Climate, which was created by President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 and included 150 members of the public, had proposed scrapping plane journeys where train journeys of under four hours existed.

          But this was reduced to two-and-a-half hours after objections from some regions, as well as the airline Air France-KLM.

        • India TimesFrance Implements Ban On Short Flights For Journeys Possible In Under 2.5 Hours By Train

          Critics have pointed out that the cutoff time for comparable train journeys falls short of the approximately three-hour duration it takes to travel from Paris to the Mediterranean port city of Marseille by high-speed rail.

        • RFIFrance brings in watered-down ban on short-haul domestic flights

          France has officially introduced a ban on domestic flights for journeys that can be made by train in less than 2.5 hours, a much-hyped measure aimed at cutting carbon emissions from the aviation industry. But the fine print means that only a handful of routes will be affected.

        • QuartzShell paid a $10 million fine to restart a Pennsylvania plant that is bound to keep polluting

          Shell has agreed to pay for breaching emissions limits at a plant in Pennsylvania—but not to stop polluting altogether.

        • HackadayVehicle-to-Grid Made Easy

          As electric cars continue to see increased adoption, one associated technology that was touted long ago that still hasn’t seen widespread adoption is vehicle-to-grid or vehicle-to-home. Since most cars are parked most of the time, this would allow the cars to perform load-levelling for the grid or even act as emergency generators on an individual basis when needed. While this hasn’t panned out for a variety of reasons, it is still possible to use an EV battery for use off-grid or as part of a grid tie solar system, and now you can do it without needing to disassemble the battery packs at all.

        • CS MonitorMy Oregon Trail: Trekking from Boston with $200 and a bike

          I was young and needed a fresh start, our essayist writes. So I headed to Oregon from Boston on a bike.

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • Bridge MichiganGov. Whitmer plans group to tackle Michigan’s population crisis

          Whitmer's office is not disclosing details until next week but confirmed that reversing decades of population stagnation is top-of-the-mind for the second-term Democrat as she approaches the annual conference of lawmakers, business leaders and policymakers hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber.

        • France24US states reach 'historic' deal to save drought-hit Colorado River

          Seven US states that depend on the overused Colorado River on Monday reached agreement to cutconsumption and help save a river that provides drinking water for 40 million people and irrigation for some of the country's most bountiful farmland.

    • Finance

      • ForbesSpring 2023 Layoff Tracker: JPMorgan Cuts 1,000 First Republic Employees

        JPMorgan Chase laid off roughly 1,000 employees from failed lender First Republic, three weeks after JPMorgan—the country’s biggest bank—acquired the collapsed regional bank, marking the latest in a round of layoffs this spring as recession fears and high inflation continue to push employers to reduce their head counts.

      • Digital Music NewsMeta Slashes Another 6,000 Jobs — Including Instagram’s Head of Music Partnerships

        Meta conducts its latest round of layoffs as part of its ‘Year of Efficiency,’ cutting approximately 6,000 jobs, including Instagram’s Head of Music Partnerships. As part of Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta’s so-called “Year of Efficiency,” — restructuring en masse to save money — the company is waging its latest round of layoffs.

      • LRTIncome growth lags behind inflation in Lithuania – SoDra

        Lithuanian residents saw their income grow in the first quarter of 2023, but growth lagged behind inflation, the latest data from the country’s social insurance fund SoDra showed on Thursday.

      • France24Germany falls into recession as inflation, higher interest rates curb demand

        Germany fell into a recession around the turn of the year, official figures published Thursday showed, as inflation and higher interest rates curbed demand in Europe's largest economy.

      • Scoop News GroupBrazilian hackers target Portuguese financial institutions

        The sophisticated hacking effort is the latest in a long line of financially motivated malware campaigns emanating from Brazil.

      • France24France at risk of 'décivilisation',€ Macron tells cabinet meeting

        French President Emmanuel Macron told ministers at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the country is seeing a trend towards "décivilisation", government sources said.€ Macron's remarks followed the deaths of a nurse and three policemen in the past week as well as a fatal shooting in Marseille.

      • Michael West MediaEU aims to seal Australia trade deal in a few months

        The European Commision aims to conclude negotiations on free trade agreements with Australia and Kenya in the next couple of months, as the war in Ukraine and a desire to reduce reliance on China drive a European Union push for partnerships.

      • CS MonitorDebt talks run down to the wire: Does it have to be like this?

        Even as congressional negotiators near a deal with the White House on raising the U.S. debt limit, avoiding default isn’t a foregone conclusion. That’s stirring criticism of the debt limit process itself.

      • ScheerpostThe Post Office Can Bring People-Centered Public Banking to Evert ZIP Code

        The private banking industry either can’t or won’t do what needs to be done to stop preying on vulnerable people.

      • ScheerpostThe Human Consequences of Economic Sanctions: Event Summary

        On May 19, 2023, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) brought together leading experts in the study of economic sanctions to help to answer a critical, but often-ignored, question: What are the human consequences of US economic sanctions?

      • CS Monitor16 weeks to a new job: Can certificate programs be game changers?

        Adult learners can’t always devote two or four years to a degree. Can certificate programs help bridge the gap to better employment, and help companies fill labor shortages?

      • Michael West MediaCrown vs Shannon: a tangled web of lies and collusion, or a Commbank and ASIC vendetta?

        Why are the corporate regulator (ASIC) and the Commonwealth Bank so deeply immersed in a simple case of collecting a fine for a misdemeanour? After four days in court, the Magistrate is not the only one that is confused. Lisa-Jane Roberts reports from Southport.

        The case of Crown v Shannon seemed straightforward on paper. After investigating bank victims advocate Mr Geoffrey Shannon, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) was suing him for $8500, a fine imposed on the advocate for allegedly operating as the director of a company – Business and Personal Solutions (BAPS) – while bankrupt.

      • Michael West MediaAust shares set for worst week in 12 amid US debt drama

        The local share market is edging higher this morning amid reports that Republicans and Democrats in the United States were closing in on a deal to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a catastrophic default. At noon AEST on Friday, the ASX200 was up six points, or 0.08 per cent, to 7,1442. B

      • AxiosDemocrats are dreading a potential debt ceiling deal

        Congressional Democrats are dreading a potential debt default. They are also dreading a potential debt ceiling deal.

        Why it matters: What’s good for President Biden – and the economy – might not feel so good for congressional Democrats, who are largely in the dark on the deal's specifics and concerned they'll be forced to support a bill that eviscerates programs they have long championed.

      • France24Biden, McCarthy meeting ends with no agreement on US debt ceiling

        President Joe Biden and€ House Speaker Kevin McCarthy could not reach an agreement Monday€ on how to raise the U.S. government's $31.4 trillion debt€ ceiling with just 10 days before a possible default that could€ sink the U.S. economy, but vowed to keep talking.

      • France24France to remove homeless from Paris ahead of Rugby World Cup, 2024 Olympics

        The French government plans to move homeless people out of Paris ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in the capital, sparking criticism from some mayors of regional towns and villages which are expected to house them.

      • Michael West MediaJapanese stocks sparkle as US debt talks continue

        Stocks were subdued on Friday, apart from standout gains in Japan, as an artificial intelligence rally took a breather and as time ticked out on high-stakes talks to avoid a US debt default. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan drifted 0.3 per cent higher in trade thinned by a holiday in Hong Kong.

      • QuartzThe average American voter wants a $26 per hour minimum wage

        Americans are in favor of raising the minimum wage well above $20, according to a new poll.

      • QuartzTo attract parents back to the workforce, companies are paying cash

        Employers are battling the labor shortage by ratcheting up retention incentives, and some are focusing on a demographic more likely to leave their jobs: Parents.

      • Democracy NowOxfam: G7 Countries Owe the Global South More Than $13 Trillion in Development & Climate Assistance

        A new Oxfam analysis released as the leaders of the Group of 7 nations met in Hiroshima, Japan, shows G7 countries collectively owe poor nations in the Global South more than $13 trillion in development and climate assistance. But instead, these countries are saddled with daily debt repayments of $232 million, deepening the global chasm of inequality. That debt burden “is essentially the money that could have been invested in education, in health, in gender justice programs, in ensuring safe drinking water, in climate resilience,” says Amitabh Behar, the interim executive director of Oxfam International, speaking from New Delhi.

      • Michael West MediaWorld stocks in debt ceiling danger zone

        Markets are stuck in US debt ceiling limbo, while Europe largely shrugged off news that its biggest economy, Germany, had sagged into recession and that all the wrangling in the United States could cost it an AAA credit rating.

      • RFERLRomanian President Calls On German Companies To Invest In His Country

        Romanian President Klaus Iohannis would like to see more investment by German companies in his country, he said on May 25 during a visit by the German president.

      • AxiosReturn of working moms defies pandemic expectations
        Data: Misty Heggeness using Current Population Survey (CPS), U.S. Census Bureau/Bureau of Labor Statistics via; Chart: Axios Visuals

        The percentage of women with children who are working is back to a peak level last seen in 2019.

      • AxiosBiden administration working to finalize executive order on China investments

        The Biden administration is working to finalize an executive order to restrict outbound investments in China’s defense industry, aiming to release it later this summer, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

        Why it matters: The proposed regulations represent a novel approach by the Biden administration to prevent China from gaining a military advantage in certain targeted technologies. But new regulations are always complicated, and the administration wants to avoid unintended consequences and uncertainty for U.S. investors.

    • New York TimesWhite House and GOP Close In on Deal to Raise Debt Ceiling

      The details were not finalized, but negotiators were discussing a compromise that would allow Republicans to point to spending reductions and Democrats to say they had prevented large cuts.

    • New York TimesDebt Ceiling Is First Big Test for Hakeem Jeffries, the Top House Democrat

      Hakeem Jeffries, the New Yorker who succeeded Nancy Pelosi this year as the House’s top Democrat, is getting a trial by fire.

    • New York TimesThe Bad, the Weak and the Ugly of U.S. Debt

      Biden must do something. There are no riskless options.

    • New York TimesMinnesota Governor Vetoes Gig Worker Pay Bill

      Gov. Tim Walz said the legislation would have raised costs for ordering an Uber or Lyft too high, potentially pricing out Minnesota customers.

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

  • Censorship/Free Speech

  • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

  • Civil Rights/Policing

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

  • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • TechdirtNetflix’s Dumb Password Sharing Crackdown Will Cost You $8 Per Moocher

      We’ve noted more than a few times that Netflix’s password sharing crackdown is a€ dumb cash grab, and illustrative of the company’s inevitable transition from innovative disruptor to the type of nickel-and-diming cable company Netflix originally disrupted.

    • TechdirtMinnesota Passes Helpful But Lobbyist Limited ‘Right To Repair’ Law

      Despite industry best efforts to prevent it, the “right to repair” movement shows no sign of slowing down.

    • Right to RepairMinnesota Fair Repair Act – What just happened?

      The era of disposable tech is coming to an end.

      Minnesota has just surpassed New York as the best place to fix your stuff.€  The Minnesota Fair Repair Act is now law – adding access to repair materials to just about everything high-tech used in education, business, government, and industry to the consumer electronics law passed only a few months ago in New York.€  This, paired with the new law in Colorado covering Agricultural equipment, has dramatically altered the repair landscape to take effect in the next 6 to 12 months.€  More legislation in more states is still advancing.€  “Fair Repair” is on a roll.

  • Monopolies

    • Patents

      • Unified PatentsThe Economic Impact of Codifying Fintiv

        As part of the efforts of Unified Edge, Korok Ray, an Associate Professor at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University and Research Director of the Mays Innovation Research Center, published a paper on the economic impact of codifying “Fintiv”. Read the abstract below and follow the link to download the paper.

      • JUVE10x Genomics and Bardehle achieve rare AASI in biotech dispute against NanoString [Ed: European Patents and a malicious company that promotes illegal software patents]

        In mid-May, the Munich Regional Court ruled against US company NanoString Technologies and its German subsidiary for indirect infringement of the German part of European patent EP 2 794 928 B1 (case IDs: 7 O 2693/22 and 7 O 5812/22).

      • Unified Patents$4,000 for Freedom Patents MIMO patents prior art

        Unified added two new PATROLL contests, with a $2,000 cash prize for each, seeking prior art on the list below. The patents are owned by Freedom Patents LLC, an NPE. The contests will end on July 31, 2023.

      • Kluwer Patent BlogHard copy opt-outs accepted in case CMS Unified Patent Court ceases to function [Ed: Bristows, the liars who promote illegal things, seem to have taken over this blog. Now they make phony issues up; helps distract from the criminal aspects.]

        In view of the problems with opting out patents from the Unified Patent Court’s jurisdiction, the court will temporarily accept opt out applications in hard copy€ in case the CMS ceases to function.

      • Kluwer Patent BlogThe EPC in motion [Ed: The European Patent Convention (EPC) has long been violated by the European Patent Office (EPO) and now it's becoming a growing liability/risk to the stability of the EU. The patent litigation cartel is discrediting the law.]

        The European Patent Convention (EPC) is used daily by many patent practitioners and is essential reading for the thousands of candidates taking the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) each year.

      • Reintroduction of Advancing America’s Interests Act is a Welcome Development for Innovators

        Last week, Representative David Schweikert (AZ-01) and Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced the Advancing America’s Interests Act (AAIA). If passed, this legislation would help prevent the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) from being manipulated by patent trolls, protecting both American consumers and U.S. industries.

      • Dennis Crouch/Patently-OGuest Post: Piers Blewett, Bridging the Gap: IP Education for All with SLW Academy

        (This post is part of a series by the Diversity Pilots Initiative, which advances inclusive innovation through rigorous research. The first blog in the series is here and resources from the first conference of the initiative are available here.)

        Hello! I’m Piers Blewett, a principal at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner (SLW), and a patent attorney who started in a place once known as Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. My personal journey exposed me to the nuances of systemic change and the gap that can often exist when it comes to universal access to opportunities.

      • Dennis Crouch/Patently-ODevil’s Dictionary of Patent Law

        The Devil’s Dictionary of Patent Law and Beyond by Martin Abramson fills a long-standing humor gap in patent law. It contains diabolical definitions, hilarious cartoons, and amusing anecdotes on patent law and the general law environment in which it exists. Where there’s satire, clarity follows, and as in the original Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, the droll definitions in the present book have the “ring of truth.” The author has more than 40 years of IP experience and a deep knowledge of its history, so along with the patent law are showcased the little known gems of patent lore.

        Also a great gift for those fortunate enough to have a patent attorney in your life.

      • Dennis Crouch/Patently-OChallenges of Proving Inventorship: Corroboration of All Inventive Facts

        The case involving Medtronic and Teleflex centered on five patents related to a coaxial guide catheter used in interventional cardiology procedures. These patents, US Patents 8,048,032, RE45,380, RE45,776, RE45,760, and RE47,379, cover inventions devised to offer an “enhanced backup support” in contrast to using a guide catheter individually.

    • Trademarks

      • TTAB BlogTTAB Reverses Functionality Refusal of Rocking Chair Design But Finds Acquired Distinctiveness Lacking

        The Board reversed a Section 2(e)(5) functionality refusal of a product configuration mark (shown below) comprising the side of a rocking chair (not including the high back and curved base). Applying the Morton-Norwich factors, and giving some weight to applicant's design patents, the Board concluded that the USPTO failed to make a prima facie case of functionality. However, Applicant JBL failed to prove that this design has acquired distinctiveness, and so registration was refused on the Principal Register, but the Board accepted JBL's alternative amendment to the Supplemental Register. In re JBL International, Inc., Serial No. 88941388 (May 22, 2023) [not precedential] (Opinion by Judge Thomas W. Wellington).

    • Copyrights

      • Creative CommonsJoin us for ‘Disruption: Creator Edition’ — An Event Exploring Generative AI's Impact on Creators

        This year, we kicked off a public consultation with CC community members and a wide range of stakeholders. We believe AI can work in the public interest, and want to be part of the solution in navigating to that reality.

      • EFFVictory in California! Police Instructors Can’t Claim Copyright Protections to Block Release of Use-of-Force and Other Training Materials

        The immediate impact of this victory for transparency is the public will be able to visit the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) website to inspect 19 previously unseen training outlines. These documents cover a variety of sensitive issues, such as police shootings and internal affairs investigations, and were developed by the California Peace Officers Association, which represents more than 23,000 law enforcement officers across the state. The longer term impact is that law enforcement agencies across California will no longer be able to rely on POST's practices to justify their own decisions to withhold their training records on copyright grounds.

        The story behind this case dates back to 2018, when California State Senator Steven Bradford introduced legislation that recognized a key ingredient to police accountability is allowing the public to scrutinize what kind of training officers receive when it comes to practices such as police stops, use-of-force, and surveillance. SB 978 requires all local law enforcement agencies and POST to publish their policy manuals and training materials on their websites, at least to the extent that those records would be releasable under the California Public Records Act. With EFF's support, the California legislature passed the bill and it went into effect in January 2020.

        However, when EFF went to the POST's OpenData hub to review training materials for issues such as police shootings, automated license plate readers, and face recognition, we found that the documents were completely redacted. Even the training on California public records requests was ironically redacted. All that was left was a single line: “The course presenter has claimed copyright for the expanded course outline.” While courses developed by California agencies are by default in the public domain, third-party private entities can also seek POST certification for their training materials.

      • TechdirtThe Warhol Decision: How SCOTUS Forgot The First Amendment & Turned Copyright Into A Liability Time Bomb

        In his concurrence, Justice Gorsuch called the Supreme Court’s decision last week in the Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith case a narrow one of statutory interpretation, ostensibly doing nothing more than interpreting the breadth of the first fair use factor (“the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes”) the copyright statute lists for determining whether the use of an existing copyrighted work is fair.

      • Torrent FreakPirate IPTV Data Center Raid Took Down Several Innocent Websites

        This week, the Dutch fiscal police took down one of Europe's largest illegal IPTV operations, which acted as a supplier to many smaller services. The action centered around a local data center where 1,200 servers were pulled offline. Many of these servers were allegedly used to serve IPTV, but the action also took down several legitimate websites operated by entirely innocent companies.

      • Torrent Freak'Trusted Flagger' Anti-Piracy Tools Raise Concern at US Chamber of Commerce

        In response to rising levels of online infringement, major rightsholders have promoted the use of so-called 'trusted flaggers'. These entities would have permission to interface with online services and directly flag content to be rendered unavailable, minus the usual friction. In its 2023 IP Index report, the US Chamber of Commerce suggests that the introduction of 'trusted flaggers' in the EU may actually represent a new barrier to effective enforcement.

      • Digital Music News4 Lessons Musicians Can Learn From One of the Biggest YouTubers

        €  As I write this, Casey Neistat has 12.5 million subscribers on YouTube, over 3.1 billion total views, and 1,000 videos uploaded. Pretty much everyone in the YouTube world knows his name. He hustled like crazy, posted a ton of content, and grew his now-huge following.

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