Links 6/8/2021: PipeWire 0.3.33 is Out and Apple Admits Its Back Doors

Posted in News Roundup at 9:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • System76 Behind the Scenes: Production Team

        The Production Team is responsible for making our physical products a reality. In this week’s Spotlight, we talk with our Production Manager and 4th-generation machinist Chris Fielder.

    • Server

      • Pantabox offers easier frontend for Pantavisor Linux IoT container software

        Pantacor released an open source frontend called Pantabox for remotely managing IoT devices using the Pantavisor Linux framework with LXC containers. There is also a new Pantavisor.io community site.

        Pantavisor Linux, previously known simply as Pantavisor, is a device agent for building an embedded Linux project using the lightweight Linux Containers (LXC) userspace interface for Linux kernel containment. The Alpine Linux based Pantavisor Linux is built into the similarly open source PantaHub container software.

        These components are now joined by a self-contained frontend called Pantabox that has been integrated into Pantavisor Linux to provide a more intuitive interface. The open source Pantabox is said to be “inspired by” BusyBox.

      • Kubernetes 1.22: Server Side Apply moves to GA

        Server-side Apply (SSA) has been promoted to GA in the Kubernetes v1.22 release. The GA milestone means you can depend on the feature and its API, without fear of future backwards-incompatible changes. GA features are protected by the Kubernetes deprecation policy.

        What is Server-side Apply?

        Server-side Apply helps users and controllers manage their resources through declarative configurations. Server-side Apply replaces the client side apply feature implemented by “kubectl apply” with a server-side implementation, permitting use by tools/clients other than kubectl. Server-side Apply is a new merging algorithm, as well as tracking of field ownership, running on the Kubernetes api-server. Server-side Apply enables new features like conflict detection, so the system knows when two actors are trying to edit the same field. Refer to the Server-side Apply Documentation and Beta 2 release announcement for more information.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Noodlings 31 | Reflecting

        Tumbleweed Roundup

        6 snapshots during this week (0715, 0716, 0717, 0718, 0720, and 0721).

        The main changes included in those snapshots were:

        KDE Frameworks 5.84.0

        Mesa 21.1.5
        Mozilla Firefox 90.0 & Thunderbird 78.12.0

        Linux kernel 5.13.2

        GNOME 40.3

        libxcrypt 4.4.23: addition of CRYPT_SALT_METHOD_LEGACY

        meson 0.58.1

      • Ed Is The Standard Text Editor For Unix/Linux

        Anytime someone mentions any text editor (like Vi/m, Emacs, Nano, etc.), someone will make the joke that “ed is the standard editor.” While it’s a joke, ‘ed’ actually was the standard text editor for Unix in the early days of Unix. And while ‘ed’ has largely been supplanted with editors like Vi/m and Emacs, it is still worthwhile to know the basics of the original text editor for Unix-like operating systems.

      • Pushd Popd: The Power Of The Directory Stack

        I recently learnt about 2 really interesting tools known as pushd and popd as well how Linux doesn’t just remember it’s current directory but also maintains a directory stack and I thought it’d be fun to explore how it works.

    • Applications

      • PipeWire 0.3.33 Released with Some Small but Important Changes

        PipeWire 0.3.33 is here and comes with some notable new features and improvements to make the update noteworthy.

        Linux has no unified multimedia framework for exchanging multimedia content between applications or even devices. For those who are unfamiliar with PipeWire, it was originally created to only handle access to video resources and co-exist with PulseAudio, but ended up handling any kind of media, to the point of planning to completely replace PulseAudio.

        PipeWire can be used as an audio server, similar to PulseAudio and JACK. It aims to replace both PulseAudio and JACK, by providing a PulseAudio-compatible server implementation and ABI-compatible libraries for JACK clients.

        PipeWire 0.3.33 was released, marking a big step forward in the effort of making this emerging media service the core layer of all multimedia on Linux.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux 101: How to understand the Linux directory structure – TechRepublic

        Learn what is housed in each directory found under the root directory in Linux.

      • Linux tutorial: How to disable the login banner – TechRepublic

        You’ll also learn why disabling the Linux login banner helps make your Linux servers more secure.

      • How to fix corrupt WAV files [Ed: Assumes Windows, but uses Audacity and VLC, which can be used on GNU/Linux similarly]

        Audio files come in many different formats. MP3 is one of the most popular audio file formats and one of the most commonly found ones. Windows users are also fairly familiar with the WAV format.

        WAV files tend to be much larger and they’re the audio format used by Windows for OS sounds/alerts. If you want to change a system sound, you will have to replace it with a WAV file.

      • How to Install MongoDB on Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux

        MongoDB is a high-performance, highly scalable document-oriented NoSQL database that is designed to handle high traffic and huge volumes of data. Unlike in SQL databases where data is stored in rows and columns inside tables, in MongoDB, data is structured in JSON-like format inside records which are referred to as documents.

        Thanks to its schema-less architecture, MongoDB is highly flexible, and provides both horizontal and vertical scaling highly scalable, and makes it possible to only store data that is required as required by an application. At its core.

      • How to Install Elementary Tweaks in elementary OS

        When it comes to elementary OS, it is very restrictive about what you can change in the looks and experience of the system.

      • How to check what’s taking up all the storage space on your Android phone – Dignited

        A couple of times, I’ve come across pals that have issues receiving Android messages (SMS) on their phones due to the “Insufficient Storage” challenge. Something’s eating up the storage space, but they can’t decipher what’s taking up the storage.

        For some, they don’t have the message-receiving challenge; they just can’t get off the insufficient storage notification from the notification window. Worse yet, friends can’t share music, videos and other files with them because of this barricade.

      • Designing ebooks with free software

        Bruce Byfield has written Designing ebooks with free software, which teaches several methods that help you to gain control over the creation of your ebooks. All it takes is two open-source tools that are free to download: LibreOffice and Calibre, plus some trial and error to get the precision and professionalism you want.

      • Four LibreOffice 7.1 user guides

        So far this year the LibreOffice Documentation Team has produced four user guides for version 7.1: Getting Started, Writer, Calc, and Draw. They are available in free PDF, ODT, or to read in a browser, as well as low-cost printed copies. Visit the Documentation page on the website for links.

      • Change your Linux Desktop Wallpaper Every Hour [Here’s How]

        This shell script styli.sh helps to change your Linux desktop wallpaper in every hour automatically and with several options.

      • How to install OSU! Lazer on Linux Lite 5.4

        In this video, we are looking at how to install OSU! Lazer on Linux Lite 5.4.

      • Web Server: What is it, How it Works, and What it is Used for

        Web servers are used for hosting websites and data for web applications. In this article, we explain what is a web server and how does it work.

        In 1989, the first web server, known as CERN httpd, was created with the objective to exchange an information, along with a browser called WorldWideWeb. By the end of 1990, the first web page was served on the open internet, and in 1991, people outside of CERN were invited to join this new web community.

        As people began to realize the effectiveness of transferring data across what is now known as the internet, multiple operating systems began to develop so that all could exchange data using computers.

      • How to deploy an easy to use chat server on your LAN – TechRepublic

        Your business has grown considerably, and it’s necessary to empower your employees to more easily communicate with one another. The problem is, you don’t want them using third-party tools and platforms for the task. So what do you do?

      • How to install Friday Night Funkin’ StarCatcher on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Friday Night Funkin’ StarCatcher on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • Linux 101: What are the benefits of using a tiling window manager? – TechRepublic

        If you want to improve your productivity and efficiency on the Linux desktop, discover what tiling window managers can do for you.

    • Games

      • Tonight’s Game On OpenPOWER: System Shock Enhanced Edition

        Shockolate requires CMake and SDL2, and FluidSynth is strongly advised. Don’t let Shockolate build with its bundled versions: edit CMakeLists.txt and change all “BUNDLED” libraries to “ON” (don’t forget the quote marks). Once set, building should work out of the box (tested on Fedora 34): [...]

      • AMD and Valve join forces to improve Linux gaming performance [Ed: Mostly recycled text]
      • A Monster’s Expedition gets a free upgrade with over 100 new puzzles | GamingOnLinux

        Quite possible the best puzzle game from 2020 just got much bigger with A Monster’s Expedition seeing a free Museum Expansion out now for all platforms.

        This is a major content expansion for the game with over 100 new puzzle islands to explore and solve, with over a dozen new exhibits to discover too. This is so big it could easily have been a paid DLC but it’s just released as a free patch which is pretty fantastic. The native Linux version is up to date and continues working smoothly too.

        A Monster’s Expedition is a thoroughly adorable and relaxing open world puzzle adventure “for monsters who love to learn about humans”. It’s an island hoping adventure, where you need to push trees around in the correct way to create paths between each island – doesn’t sound like much but the puzzles are incredibly well designed. It’s the perfect puzzle game to kick-back with.

      • Narrative-heavy adventure game Near-Mage announced from the dev of Gibbous | GamingOnLinux

        Time to adventure through Transylvania with the upcoming Near-Mage from the developer of Gibbous – A Cthulhu Adventure. Stuck In Attic are back with what looks like another high quality adventure, this time mixing in a little RPG mechanics too. Near-Mage is set in the same universe as Gibbous as well.

        “You have been invited to stay in Transylvania for the summer… Only to find out that you come from a long line of witches. Meet your new vampyre and strigoi classmates, embrace your destiny, and enroll in the Transylvanian Institute for Magick! A supernatural adventure made in Transylvania.”

      • Pokémon for adults? Monster Crown to release in full on October 12 | GamingOnLinux

        What is the game? Inspired by the retro Pokémon games, Monster Crown from Studio Aurum and publisher SOEDESCO puts you inside a “dark story as you create your own monster legacy”. Instead of capturing creatures, you enter a special pact with them to join together and become a team. It’s an interesting spin, along with a more mature story it’s nice to see a different direction for such a game that traditionally targets a much more casual family-friendly audience.

      • Extreme sports game Descenders added new bike parks, new customization options | GamingOnLinux

        Descenders, the extreme sports downhill freeriding game recently had another big free upgrade and after a delay the Linux version is back up to date.


        Recently the developer put up a big new update so it might be time to give it another run.

      • Hands On With The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT – Phoronix

        After the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT was announced last week and ahead of the retail availability next week, today AMD’s “unboxing embargo” has expired for this new RDN2 graphics card focused on delivering high 1080p frame rates. The card we have been testing out under Linux is the ASRock Phantom Gaming RX 6600 XT.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Krita brushes 2021 bundle

          My brushes are in constant evolution, and yesterday evening I thought it was time to pack the ones that survived more than a year of production without too much mutations. I collected this way a pack of 18 brushes, cleaned a bit the thumbnails, names and created the Krita bundle.

          These brushes are now classics for my practice and part of my vocabulary. Maybe they’ll help you too? To get an idea before installing them, here under is a set of pictures to present you the brushes and where I used them (you can click on the picture to enlarge them).

          Instructions to download the brush and install them comes after. A video will follow soon to describe them better.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Chris Lord: OffscreenCanvas update

          So, a year ago, OffscreenCanvas was starting to become usable but was missing some key features, such as asynchronous updates and text-related functions. I’m pleased to say that, at least for Linux, it’s been complete for quite a while now! It’s still going to be a while, I think, before this is a truly usable feature in every browser. Gecko support is still forthcoming, support for non-Linux WebKit is still off by default and I find it can be a little unstable in Chrome… But the potential is huge, and there are now double the number of independent, mostly-complete implementations that prove it’s a workable concept.

          Something I find I’m guilty of, and I think that a lot of systems programmers tend to be guilty of, is working on a feature but not using that feature. With that in mind, I’ve been spending some time in the last couple of weeks to try and bring together demos and information on the various features that the WebKit team at Igalia has been working on. With that in mind, I’ve written a little OffscreenCanvas demo. It should work in any browser, but is a bit pointless if you don’t have OffscreenCanvas, so maybe spin up Chrome or a canary build of Epiphany.

        • An “Apps for GNOME” website

          Something like an “Apps for GNOME” website might exist pretty soon. This changes nothing about existing pages. You can have a look at the current state of the website. Feedback and contributions are more than welcome.

          Currently, most apps in the GNOME ecosystem are represented by a wiki page or README at our GitLab instance. All the information in these wiki pages has to be updated manually in parallel to the other sources like the AppStream MetaInfo file, the screenshots or the DOAP file. I was no longer motivated to do this work manually for my app and started looking for alternative solutions. I quickly wrote a small script that generates an app page. After showing the generated page around, several people proposed to provide such app pages in a centralized fashion for GNOME.

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • Deepin DE review: The most beautiful Linux DE

          The Deepin Desktop Environment, or DDE for short, is one of, if not the best-looking Linux desktop environments out there. It brings a clean, elegant, modern, and professional-looking user interface. Not only will it woo anyone who looks at it, but it also provides a super intuitive and familiar user experience.

          We have put together a detailed overview of the Deepin Desktop Environment, going over all its various features, settings, and options for this read. By the end, you will have a thorough understanding of what DDE brings to the table and whether or not it’s the right distro for you.

          So with that being said, here’s our in-depth review of the Deepin Desktop Environment.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Kafka Monthly Digest – July 2021

          The release process for Kafka 3.0.0 continued. Code freeze happened on July 20. There are currently a handful of blocker JIRAs that need to be fixed. Once these are addressed, Konstantine Karantasis will start building the first release candidate.


          In this section, I will cover releases of some community projects. This only includes projects that are open source.

          None of the projects I follow have made a release in July. If you know a popular community project that I don’t cover, please let me know.

      • Debian Family

        • Debian 11 ‘Bullseye’ is headed to Chrome OS

          I’m honestly not sure if the Linux environment on Chromebooks is actually being embraced by the masses but the fact remains that “Crostini” adds an entirely new level of productivity and capability to the Chrome operating system. In March of last year, Google updated the Linux container on Chrome OS from Debian 9 to the current Debian 10 release which is codenamed, Buster. If you have a Chromebook and you’re using Linux, this is likely the version of Debian Linux that you are leveraging. The update to Debian 10 brought a variety of features such as better kernel support, newer package versions, and a number of “under the hood” changes.

          Today, I was tinkering around in the Canary Channel on an 11th Gen Tiger Lake device when I saw a new Crostini-related flag and it’s very good news for those tracking the next release of Debian Stable. Debian 11, a.k.a, Bullseye, isn’t technically slated for a full release until later this month but Google is already preparing the Chrome OS Linux container for the upgrade. The new flag will actually allow users to pick which Debian version they want to run on their devices.


          I’m still testing and therefore not positive if the update is related but after upgrading to Debian 11, I was able to finally get vkcube running on Chrome OS for the first time. Luke Short and I have been fiddling with this for quite some time as full Vulkan support is one of the keys to getting Steam running natively and sufficiently on a Chromebook. My next steps will be to revert back to Buster and see if Vulkan is being leveraged by Linux and then I’ll give Steam a go and see if the Proton compatibility tool can use Vulkan. If so, Steam gaming is very, very close to being ready for prime time. Stay tuned for my results.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Canonical’s Design and Web team summary – 30 July 2021

          My name is Scott Mason-Nash, and I’m a web engineer. I joined Canonical’s web and design team in May 2019; initially I worked in the web squad for a year, where I had the opportunity to work on a handful of big, interesting projects, one of them being the Ubuntu Advantage store.

          I have since joined the Vanilla squad, where I get to work on the team’s CSS framework. It’s been very satisfying to get to grips with the framework, and understand how a well maintained system like this can really help achieve a consistent look across a ton of different websites and apps.

          I’m very passionate about accessibility; it’s important to me that the work we do can be readily experienced by people from all walks of life, and though there continue to be – and will always be – ways we can learn and improve, it’s been great to be able to help push accessibility forward on the Vanilla squad.

          Outside of my work, I recently moved to Cardiff from London, where I am still getting used to the incredible scenery. I am also a proud dad who loves baking, climbing, movies, and video games.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Events

        • The Call For Papers and Call For Sponsors for PGConf NYC 2021 are now open!

          PGConf NYC is back! The first major PostgreSQL Community Conference in the US in 18 months will be in New York City, NY, December 2nd and 3rd!

          PGConf NYC is a non–profit, community–run conference series in the United States focused on PostgreSQL, the world’s leading open source database. Our conference delivers two days packed with presentations about PostgreSQL and related technologies, and the usual hallway and social track.

          If you are working with PostgreSQL or related technologies and interested in submitted a talk, please see our Call For Papers here!

          If you are an organization which uses PostgreSQL and/or wishes to support the PostgreSQL Community, please see our Call For Sponsors here! We have a number of levels available for this exciting 2-day event in downtown NYC!

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Use Firefox

            Via this week’s Security Now podcast (show notes) I came across the stat that Firefox has lost nearly 56 millions users in the last two years. Nothing surprising about it as everyone’s on Chrome or Chromium based variants, and while I have no vested interest in Firefox I am saddened by the decline in its usage. This reminds me of my childhood when Internet Explorer was the default and all websites were written for it; now everything’s written for the Blink rendering engine (which is what Chrome and all Chromium based browsers such as the new Edge, Brave, Opera, Vivaldi etc. use) and no one cares about the Gecko rendering engine (which is what Firefox uses). That’s not nice. You need competition, and having multiple rendering engines is important for that.

          • Mozilla slams post-cookie ad tech proposals SWAN and UID2 – needs much more work

            Mozilla on Wednesday published an assessment of two proposed ad tracking mechanisms intended to fill the void left by third-party cookies and found that both make web privacy worse.

            Third-party cookies – files deposited by code on websites to track people online and serve them targeted ads – are on their way out, eventually. Google and the rest of the online ad industry have been working feverishly to come up with replacement technology that allows the lucrative business of ad targeting to continue in a way that preserves user privacy, at least enough to satisfy regulators.

            Google and its ad tech allies are doing so through a set of proposals referred to as the Privacy Sandbox, which have suffered some setbacks.

          • Perseid meteor shower on your mind? Check out these online resources for newbie astronomers plus 6 Firefox themes for daytime stargazing.

            Every summer I say I’m going to go watch the meteor showers, but life always seems to get in the way. This year, however, I scored a last minute midweek campsite on the Washington coast so I can take in the Perseid meteor shower away from city lights. While the Perseids are ongoing from mid-July to the end of August, they are expected to peak on the night of August 11 all around the world. This year’s Perseid event is predicted to be extra special due to the waxing crescent moon, which is to say, the moon will be a mere sliver in the sky. Less moonlight means the sky is darker, which means meteor showers appear brighter.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Fixing an Interoperability Bug in LibreOffice: Missing Lines from DOCX (part 2/3)

          In LibreOffice, interoperability is considered a very important aspect of the software. Today LibreOffice can load and save various file formats from many different Office applications from different companies across the world. But, bugs are inevitable parts of every software: There are situations where the application does not behave as it should, and a developer should take action and fix it, so that it will behave as it is expected by the user.

          What if you encounter a bug in LibreOffice, and how a developer fixes the problem? In these series of articles, we discuss the steps needed to fix a bug. In the end, we will provide a test and make sure that the same problem does not happen in the future, again.

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • The Free Software Foundation thinks GitHub Copilot should be illegal

            The open-source software advocate complains that Copilot requires closed source software such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE or Visual Studio Code editor to run and that it constitutes a “service as a software substitute” meaning it’s a way to gain power over other people’s computing.

            The FSF felt there were numerous issues with Copilot which still needed to be tested in court.

            “Developers want to know if training a neural network on their software can be considered fair use. Others who might want to use Copilot wonder if the code snippets and other elements copied from GitHub-hosted repositories could result in copyright infringement. And even if everything might be legally copacetic, activists wonder if there isn’t something fundamentally unfair about a proprietary software company building a service off their work,” the FSF wrote.

      • Programming/Development

        • Unix and Microservice Platforms

          Greer’s argument is summarized by the following image. It shows a simulation of Ritchie and Thompson implementing Unix – represented by the two red dots on the right – as compared to the many blue dots on the left implementing Multics. The rows represent types of data and the columns represent features. The cells represent implementation progress. Unix’s approach to filesystems and pipes meant that they were able to “code the perimeter.” Richie and Thompson were therefore able to fill the area in O(N+M) effort instead of O(N*M).

        • How To Learn Matlab In 2021 – Emagazine.com [Ed: But it is proprietary; uses scilab or gnu octave instead]

          It’s also important to note that you don’t need extensive knowledge of programming languages if you’re using MATLAB; it’s straightforward and non-intimidating for those who are new to coding, but you should not intimidate yourself because it’s really easy to learn if you have the time and inclination.

        • Java

          • How to Install Java on Fedora Linux

            Love it or hate it, it is difficult to avoid Java.

            Java is still a very popular programming language taught in the schools and used in the enterprises.

            If you want to use a Java-based tool or program in Java, you’ll need to have Java on your system.

            This becomes confusing because there are so many technical terms around java.

            - Java Development Kit (JDK) for creating Java programs
            - Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for running Java programs

            On top of that, you’ll come across OpenJDK and Oracle Java SE. OpenJDK is what is recommended because it is open source. If you have exclusive need then only you should go for Oracle Java SE.

            There is one more thing here. Even OpenJDK has several versions available. At the time of writing this article, Fedora 34 has OpenJDK 1.8, OpenJDK 11 and OpenJDK 16 available.

            It is up to you to decide which Java version you want.

  • Leftovers

    • ‘Like a Blowtorch’: Historic Dixie Fire ‘Catastrophically’ Destroys Greenville, California

      While the Western United States and other regions around the world endure intensifying wildfires that climate scientists have long warned of, the California town Greenville garnered global attention on Thursday after the Dixie Fire—now over 322,000 acres—”leveled” much of the tiny community.

      “I’m not going to say total [destruction] because not every structure is gone. But the town it’s catastrophically destroyed,” Dan Kearns, a volunteer firefighter, told USA Today.

    • Susan Collins, Master of Obfuscation

      Susan Collins likes to imagine that she serves in the independent-minded, country-over-party tradition of another Republican senator from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith.

    • Playing the Field

      DiMaggio’s “vaudeville” lineup includes “Jimmy Dore, Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Joe Rogan, Caitlin Johnstone, and Krystal Ball, among others.” (I’ll call them the Left-Fielders, because it will economize words, and I like cute analogies, too, and they’re way out there.) According to DiMaggio all these players have, “for all intents and purposes, thrown their lot in” with the “neofascistic Trumpian movement.” They have “driven Democratic voters toward the Republican Party,” they “send Democratic voters to the right in general elections,” and they are, DiMaggio constantly asserts, “normalizing white supremacy and the right’s neofascistic politics.”

      Whew! Hell of an indictment.

    • When a Movement Fails to Uphold its Standards of Justice

      The conflict has reached a level of intensity that has prompted some activists to move out of Portland to safer spaces for their own healing. Such is the sad state of affairs that we have to report today.

      In a community that purports to fight for justice for all, that came together after the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, it is ironic that within the Portland protest community, we have turned the proverbial blind eye toward this predatory behavior against women and femmes.

    • ‘A Half Measure’: Critics Warn Biden’s Electric Vehicle, Auto Emissions Plan Insufficiently Bold

      The Biden administration was urged Thursday to pursue more ambitious climate goals ahead of an expected order calling for half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2030 to be zero-emissions and other proposals to undo Trump administration rollbacks of tailpipe pollution regulations.

      “The science is clear,” said Union of Concerned Scientists president Johanna Chao Kreilick. “The climate is rapidly warming, and we urgently need to cut emissions to prevent even greater damage in the future. We need a national strategy, and strong clean-car standards must be one piece of that strategy.”

    • Opinion | Belief in America as the “Indispensible Nation” Is Bullshit—And Always Has Been

      “The thirty-year interregnum of U.S. global hegemony,” writes David Bromwich in the journal Raritan, “has been exposed as a fraud, a decoy, a cheat, [and] a sell.” Today, he continues, “the armies of the cheated are struggling to find the word for something that happened and happened wrong.”

    • ‘Fearless and Peerless’ Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Leader, Dead at 72

      Condolences poured in for AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who died Thursday at the age of 72.

      “The labor movement, the AFL-CIO, and the nation lost a legend today,” AFL-CIO communications director Tim Schlittner said in a statement. 

    • Opinion | Generation Equality Forum in Paris: A Missed Opportunity

      On 2 July 2021, the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) concluded in Paris. Headlines trumpeted the announcement of an unprecedented funding pledge of USD$40 billion and a new set of “revolutionary commitments” to accelerate efforts for gender equality across the globe. The 3-day gathering convened by UN Women and the French government under the theme, “Moving from Rhetoric to Action,” culminated the international conference that began in Mexico City in March.

    • Vaxing and Waning
    • We Can’t Log Our Way Out of Global Baking
    • Rio Tinto Goes to Serbia: The Jadar Lithium Project

      Eyes have shifted to the Balkans.  The company is promising $2.4 billion for the Jadar lithium-borates project in Serbia provided it gets the appropriate permits.  In the coming weeks, it will transport a pilot lithium processing plant in four 40-foot shipping containers, suggesting a sure degree of optimism.  From its science hub located on the outer parts of Melbourne, the company’s research team claim to have identified an economically viable method of extracting lithium from the mineral jadarite.

      A statement from the company outlined the importance of the Jadar project.  “Jadar will produce battery-grade lithium carbonate, a critical mineral used in large scale batteries for electric vehicles and storing renewable energy, and position Rio Tinto as the largest source of lithium supply in Europe for at least the next 15 years.  In addition, Jadar will produce borates, which are used in solar panels and wind turbines.”

    • Barack’s Mar-a-Vineyard Birthday Extravaganza
    • A Hard Rain Did Fall: a Big Win in Court for Hiroshima Victims

      Just weeks before the 2021 commemoration of the August 6, 1945 US atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima, a Japanese court ruled that victims of the radioactive “black rain” who were living beyond the officially recognized contamination zone at the time, should be included in the group considered bomb “survivors” or “Hibakusha” and receive the same benefits.

      A Hiroshima high court acknowledged in its July 14, 2021 ruling that many more people suffered as a result of exposure to “black rain” than have hitherto been recognized as victims.

    • ‘Open Media,’ ‘MBK Media,’ and ‘Pravozashchita Otkrytki’ shut down citing risks for staff

      Two news outlets and a human rights rights group linked to exiled former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky have announced that they are shutting down following the Russian federal censor’s decision to add their websites to the government’s blocklist.

    • Don Cherry ‎– Om Shanti Om (1976)
    • Home Depot Tech Will Brick Power Tools If They’re Stolen. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

      We’ve noted more times than I can count how in the modern era, you no longer really own the things you buy. Thanks to internet connectivity, hardware you own can be bricked or downgraded to the point where you lose essential features. Or, just as often, obnoxious DRM means you have to jump through all kinds of bizarre hoops to actually use the thing you thought you owned, whether that’s Keurig using DRM to prevent you from using competing coffee pods, to printer manufacturers using DRM to keep you from buying cheaper cartridges.

    • Education

      • Despite Funding Threat, Florida Schools Defy DeSantis’s Ban on Mask Mandates

        Forced to make a choice between keeping schools fully funded and protecting children and educators, at least four school districts in Florida plan to defy Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’s order blocking mask mandates as the school year begins, citing the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant.

        “The fact that we were able to achieve the creation of this vaccine—a very effective vaccine in the time frame that we did—has been absolutely amazing,” the essay reads. “It just blows my mind that we can receive such a great opportunity and then, as a society, fail to take advantage of it and cause hundreds of thousands of needless deaths. The scientific community really stepped up and has done amazing things during this pandemic to try and help people keep people safe, and we ended up seeing politicians just trying to counteract and fight against that at every turn.”

      • 640 Pages in 15 Months

        My book Crafting Interpreters on programming languages is done. OK, OK. I know I said it was done like fifteen months ago. But now it’s really done. And by that I mean, the print, ebook and PDF versions are done. You can buy it. You can hold it in your hands. And I do mean “hands” plural. Because this little “handbook” turned out way larger than I anticipated:

        Look at that thing. 640 pages, eight inches wide, ten inches tall. If you get tired of reading it, it can serve as a doorstop or protect you from small-arms fire.

        Remember back on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood when he would take you to a factory and show you how pencils or umbrellas are made? I love that stuff, so I thought maybe you might like to see what I spent the past year on. You can read this as a peek behind the curtain, or maybe a long apology for why it took so long.

    • Hardware

      • Plug and Pray

        Like the term multimedia, which I covered just a few weeks ago, plug-and-play had a real moment in the sun in the early 1990s, as manufacturers fell over one another trying to make clear that their peripherals could be installed into your computer without a whole bunch of extra headaches.

        But the roots of plug-and-play are a bit more interesting in that they highlight two separate stories—a linguistic evolution and a technical evolution. At some point the two came together to tell a single story.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Phylogeographic Mapping of Newly Discovered Coronaviruses Pinpoints the Direct Progenitor of SARS-CoV-2 as Originating from Mojiang, China

        The purpose of this hunt has been to find the viruses intermediate between SARS-CoV-2 and its coronavirus relatives found in bats (Luk et al., 2019).

        The closest known wild relative of SARS-CoV-2 was found by Zheng-li Shi of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in a bat in central Yunnan province, China. This virus, called RaTG13, is 96.1% similar to SARS-CoV-2. This genetic difference (3.9%) corresponds to about 1150 nucleotide differences between the two viruses; i.e. it is quite a large gap. Finding intermediate viruses would solve two puzzles. One is geographical: By what means or in what host animal(s) did the virus get to Wuhan? The second is genetic: what viruses were the evolutionary intermediates between RaTG13 and SARS-CoV-2?

      • Fears About Delta Variant Have Boosted Vaccination Numbers, Says White House
      • Biden White House Dismisses WHO Call for Moratorium on Vaccine Boosters

        The Biden White House on Wednesday rejected the World Health Organization’s call for a temporary moratorium on coronavirus booster shots, arguing that the provision of third doses for fully vaccinated people in rich countries is not in conflict with the U.N. body’s goal of urgently getting more jabs to poor nations.

        “We feel that it’s a false choice and that we can do both,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a media briefing. “We announced just yesterday that we hit an important milestone of over 110 million vaccines donated to the world. That is more than any other country has shared, combined.”

      • New COVID Variants Threaten to Make Pandemic Permanent
      • Biden Admin Rejects WHO Call for Moratorium on Vaccine Boosters in Rich Nations
      • Tell Us About Your Experience With Life-Sustaining Medical Devices

        Hundreds of thousands of people rely on lifesaving medical devices, from pacemakers and defibrillators to implanted prosthetics. The U.S. regulatory system is supposed to protect all of them from unsafe devices and unscrupulous actors.

        But our latest investigation into the $400 billion medical device industry showed that, thanks to ineffective oversight, vulnerable people may be getting hurt. We uncovered that the FDA took no decisive action as a heart pump was implanted inside thousands of people, even though the agency knew it didn’t meet federal standards.

      • Thousands of People Were Given Heart Pumps Despite FDA Warnings of Defects
      • Thousands of Patients Were Implanted With Heart Pumps That the FDA Knew Could Be Dangerous

        John Winkler II was dying of heart failure when doctors came to his hospital bedside, offering a chance to prolong his life. The HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device, or HVAD, could be implanted in Winkler’s chest until a transplant was possible. The heart pump came with disclaimers of risk, but Winkler wanted to fight for time. He was only 46 and had a loving wife and four children, and his second grandchild was on the way.

        So, in August 2014, Winkler had surgery to implant the device. A golf-ball-sized rotor was attached to his left ventricle to pump blood through a tube and into his aorta. A cable threading out of a small incision in his waist connected to a battery-powered controller strapped to his body. If something went wrong, an alarm as loud as a fire drill would sound.

      • Markey, Levin, and Bowman Unveil Bill to ‘Get Toxic Substances Out of Schools’

        Citing the high prevalence of toxic contaminants in U.S. schools—especially in low-income districts—a trio of congressional Democrats on Thursday introduced a bill that would authorize over $52 billion in funding over the next decade to remove dangerous substances from education buildings nationwide.

        “We need a revolution in how we invest in and prioritize our school infrastructure, and that starts with getting toxins out of schools.”—Rep. Jamaal Bowman

      • Farmer Offers Stark Time-Lapse Portrait Of His Family’s Land Over A Lifetime

        Pastoral Song, like his first bestselling memoir, The Shepherd’s Tale, enchants with lush descriptions of England’s Lake District and Cumbrian hills, where Rebanks’ family has worked the land for 600 years. But it is more than a paean to fells (hills), becks (streams), and flocks. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Rebanks’ new book urgently conveys how the drive for cheap, mass-produced food has impoverished both small farmers and the soil, threatening humanity’s future.

      • Death by Disinformation: GOP Accomplices to Covid Apocalypse

        While talking heads and pundits dueled on television and social media over the CDC’s announcement, the real action was playing out elsewhere. The risks associated with the Delta variant largely depend on the proportion of your local population that is vaccinated and masked. That is, if your neighborhood, county, or state is undervaccinated and recommendations for mask wearing are ignored or discouraged, you’ve got a big problem: Delta is going to rip through your community like a California wildfire in August. In the US, public health decisions are made by governors and mayors, state legislatures and city councils. It’s not what the CDC says; it’s what your local leaders do.

      • Overwork Is Taking a Huge Physical and Mental Toll on Workers

        The statistics on overwork are grim: A global study from the World Health Organization (WHO) found that in 2016, 488 million people were exposed to long working hours, with more than 745,000 people dying that year from stroke and heart disease as a result of overworking. According to a 2019 report published by People’s Policy Project in collaboration with The Gravel Institute, in one year, the average American works more hours than the average worker in any peer nation. According to the WHO study, overwork is the single largest risk factor for occupational disease and has significant impacts on physical and mental health.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Three Problems with Two Factor Authentication

        Before you implement 2FA, think about how you are going to reset the 2F. People will lose phones. They will forget tokens at work/home and still need to get access to specific applications. This is a bit like the password reset problem but often more difficult. I have not seen a good implementation yet, and if anybody has any ideas, let me know. Most sites will create a “recovery code,” but that code may be lost as well (either for good or to an attacker). I once had a hardware token break that I use for a bank, and it came down to “answer these questions” before 2FA was disabled for my account and a new authenticator was sent. In some cases, it can help to allow the user to register multiple tokens.

      • Proprietary

        • Ransomware Gangs and the Name Game Distraction [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Cybercriminal syndicates also perform similar disappearing acts whenever it suits them. These organizational reboots are an opportunity for ransomware program leaders to set new ground rules for their members — such as which types of victims aren’t allowed (e.g., hospitals, governments, critical infrastructure), or how much of a ransom payment an affiliate should expect for bringing the group access to a new victim network.

          I put together the above graphic to illustrate some of the more notable ransom gang reinventions over the past five years. What it doesn’t show is what we already know about the cybercriminals behind many of these seemingly disparate ransomware groups, some of whom were pioneers in the ransomware space almost a decade ago. We’ll explore that more in the latter half of this story.

        • Black Hat: Microsoft’s Patch for Windows Hello Bypass Bug is Faulty, Researchers Say

          The vulnerability, tracked as (CVE-2021-34466, CVSS score: 5.7), was patched by Microsoft in July. However, according to research disclosed here at Black Hat USA 2021, the flaw still allows attackers – in some scenarios – to bypass Windows Hello and Windows Hello for Business, used for single-sign-on access to a user’s computer and a host of Windows services and associated data.

        • Step 1: Do a Google search. Ransomware [cracker] goes rogue, leaks gang’s plan. [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The files, posted to a forum frequented by Russian-speaking cybercriminals and reviewed by NBC News, include numerous instruction manuals allegedly belonging to Conti, a Russian-speaking [cracker] group that has attacked several hospitals, including health care chains in the U.S., and Ireland’s national system, the Health Service Executive.

          In one step-by-step guide, written in Russian, members are instructed how to identify and [crack] victims using Cobalt Strike, software that includes a number of known [cracking] programs. While built for defenders to test their own systems, Cobalt Strike has become a popular tool for criminal [crackers].

        • Hotcobalt – New Cobalt Strike DoS Vulnerability That Lets You Halt Operations [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Given its rampant adoption by red teams and attackers alike, we wanted to better understand the operational security of Cobalt Strike. This led us to discover the vulnerabilities reported in CVE-2021-36798 and which we describe below.

      • Security

        • Reproducible Builds: Reproducible Builds in July 2021

          Welcome to latest report from the Reproducible Builds project. In this post, we round up the important things that happened in the world of reproducible builds in July 2021. As always, if you are interested in contributing to the project, please visit the Contribute page on our website.


          Joshua also mentions our sister Bootstrappable Builds project, as well as number of other reproducible adjacent tools such as the Bazel build system.

        • Israeli Government Finally Decides To Start Looking Into NSO Group And Its Customers

          The NSO Group’s latest scandal is the gift that keeps on giving. The malware purveyor has always been controversial, thanks to its decision to sell powerful cellphone exploits to known human rights violators. That these exploits have been used to place world leaders, journalists, activists, and religious leaders under surveillance is just the expected result of choosing to do business with extremely shady governments.

        • Apple unveils plans to scan US iPhones for images of child sex abuse

          Apple will roll out an update later this year that will include technology in iPhones and iPads that allows the tech giant to detect images of child sexual abuse stored in iCloud, the company announced Thursday.

          The feature is part of a series of updates Apple unveiled aimed at increasing child safety, but security researchers and advocates are warning the scanning update — along with one that aims to give parents protective tools in children’s messages — could pose data and security risks beyond the intended purpose.

        • Apple to Scan US IPhones for Images of Child Sexual Abuse

          But in a blistering critique, the Washington-based nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology called on Apple to abandon the changes, which it said effectively destroy the company’s guarantee of “end-to-end encryption.” Scanning of messages for sexually explicit content on phones or computers effectively breaks the security, it said.

          The organization also questioned Apple’s technology for differentiating between dangerous content and something as tame as art or a meme. Such technologies are notoriously error-prone, CDT said in an emailed statement. Apple denies that the changes amount to a backdoor that degrades its encryption. It says they are carefully considered innovations that do not disturb user privacy but rather strongly protect it.

          Separately, Apple said its messaging app will use on-device machine learning to identify and blur sexually explicit photos on children’s phones and can also warn the parents of younger children via text message. It also said that its software would “intervene” when users try to search for topics related to child sexual abuse.

        • Apple’s Plan to “Think Different” About Encryption Opens a Backdoor to Your Private Life

          Child exploitation is a serious problem, and Apple isn’t the first tech company to bend its privacy-protective stance in an attempt to combat it. But that choice will come at a high price for overall user privacy. Apple can explain at length how its technical implementation will preserve privacy and security in its proposed backdoor, but at the end of the day, even a thoroughly documented, carefully thought-out, and narrowly-scoped backdoor is still a backdoor.

          To say that we are disappointed by Apple’s plans is an understatement. Apple has historically been a champion of end-to-end encryption, for all of the same reasons that EFF has articulated time and time again. Apple’s compromise on end-to-end encryption may appease government agencies in the U.S. and abroad, but it is a shocking about-face for users who have relied on the company’s leadership in privacy and security.

          There are two main features that the company is planning to install in every Apple device. One is a scanning feature that will scan all photos as they get uploaded into iCloud Photos to see if they match a photo in the database of known child sexual abuse material (CSAM) maintained by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The other feature scans all iMessage images sent or received by child accounts—that is, accounts designated as owned by a minor—for sexually explicit material, and if the child is young enough, notifies the parent when these images are sent or received. This feature can be turned on or off by parents.

        • Apple builds a universal backdoor into the iPhone.

          WGN reports that Apple has now announced a universal backdoor into the iPhone for law enforcement.

          For now, they’re saying they’ll only use it for “child abuse” and have the phone automatically rat out the user to the police. But the same article then continues that “authoritarian” governments (which are actually most of them, and the US government is certainly authoritarian in some ways even though there certainly are many worse countries to be in) can then use the technology any way they please, and Apple is unlikely to tell them no.

        • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

        • Privacy/Surveillance

          • Beware Free Wi-Fi: Government Urges Workers to Avoid Public Networks

            In a warning to all federal employees, leading defense contractors and the 3.4 million uniformed, civilian and reserve personnel serving in the military, the National Security Agency issued an unusually specific admonition late last week that logging on to public Wi-Fi “may be convenient to catch up on work or check email,” but it is also an invitation to attackers. In an eight-page document, the agency described how, in a year marked by ransomware attacks on pipelines, meatpackers and even the police force in Washington, D.C., clicking on to the local coffee shop’s network was asking for trouble.

          • When You’re Diagnosed with Autism—by TikTok

            In his 2013 book, Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life, Frances identified two broad types of diagnostic changes that he found especially concerning. First, small revisions lowered the threshold for diagnosing a variety of conditions, including major depression, ADHD, and anxiety. Under the newly expanded definitions, Frances argued, the concept of mental illness could swell to encompass everything from grief to immaturity. Second, commonly exhibited behaviors such as forgetfulness, overeating, chronic pain, and temper tantrums were linked to psychiatric issues, thanks to the inclusion of over a dozen new disorders.

            Frances didn’t object to every DSM-5 change: Plenty of uncontroversial updates reflected widespread scientific consensus. But he maintained that the net effect would be overwhelmingly negative, blurring the line between illness and health. And while TikTok wasn’t yet around when Frances offered these warnings, its effects are consistent with his predictions.

          • Zoom has to pay $85 million to people for privacy issues. Here’s how to claim your money

            Zoom will pay to settle a lawsuit claiming it violated users’ privacy rights — and you might be eligible for payment.

          • Confidentiality

            • Data on 24,000 petition signatories published by accident

              As a result of this technical problem, the names and places of residence of more than 24,000 petition signatories would have been visible between June and August 2021 on the Chamber’s main website. This publication would probably have occurred without the consent of the individuals concerned. The error was corrected on 2 August, and a detailed analysis of the problem is still underway.

  • Defence/Aggression

    • Opinion | The Pentagon Is Killing Us — and the Planet

      The dog days of summer are upon us —and the record high temperatures killing hundreds in the Pacific Northwest and bringing 118 degree heat to Siberia serve as a harbinger of even hotter, more dangerous days unless we address the elephant in the room.

    • Moral Injury and the Forever Wars

      But all the flag-waving, the homespun parades, the picnics and military bands, the flowery speeches and self-congratulatory messages can’t dispel a reality, a truth that’s right under our noses: all is not well with our military brothers and sisters. The starkest indicator of that is the rising number of them who are taking their own lives. A new report by Brown University’s Costs of War Project calculates that, in the post-9/11 era so far, four times as many veterans and active-duty military have committed suicide as died in war operations.

      While July 4th remembrances across the country focused on the symbols and institutions of war and militarization, most of the celebrants seemed far less interested in hearing from current and former military personnel. After all, less than 1% of Americans have been burdened with waging Washington’s wars in these years, even as we taxpayers have funded an ever-more enormous military infrastructure.

    • Canada Is Waging an All-Front Legal War Against Indigenous People

      Canadian politicians have said as much, adopting a motion in June calling for the government to stop fighting residential school survivors in court. A long-standing demand, it has been repeated by Indigenous advocates who have expressed amazement in the face of these horrific revelations that the Canadian government would nonetheless continue to fight Indigenous survivors of systematic child abuse by the state.

      To get a sense of the scope of Canada’s legal war on First Nations, I looked at a Canadian legal database containing decisions (case law) pertaining to First Nations. I also looked at the hearing lists of the Federal Court of Canada for ongoing cases. My initial goal was to identify where Canada could easily settle or abandon cases, bringing about a harmonious solution to these conflicts. Two things surprised me.

    • ‘We Need to Take Military Action’: Israeli Defense Minister Threatens War With Iran

      Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday that his country is prepared take military action against Iran in the wake of a reported drone strike on an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea last week—a deadly attack that Israel, the U.S., and the United Kingdom have blamed on Iran without offering a shred of supporting evidence or intelligence.

      “We are at a point where we need to take military action against Iran,” Gantz told local reporters. “The world needs to take action against Iran now.”

    • “They Killed Us from the Inside”: U.N. Inquiry Demanded into Officials’ Culpability in Beirut Blast

      One year after the Beirut port explosion, a new Human Rights Watch report implicates senior Lebanese officials in the disaster that killed 218 people, wounded 7,000 others and destroyed vast swaths of the city. The blast on August 4, 2020, was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. It resulted from the detonation of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, which had been sitting in a hangar at the port for years while multiple government officials who knew about the highly explosive chemicals did nothing. “We didn’t find any Lebanese official who took any responsibility for securing the port and removing the ammonium nitrate,” says Human Rights Watch researcher Aya Majzoub. “The levels of corruption and negligence that we found through this documentation was really just shocking.” We also speak with Nisreen Salti, economics professor at the American University of Beirut, who says the port explosion is part of a decades-long pattern of “negligence and corruption and collapse” in Lebanon. “What the port explosion has done, instead of being a turning point or a moment of reckoning, has just pushed us further into the abyss of total economic freefall.”

    • Rwanda Troops in Mozambique Claim Progress Against Jihadists

      The town, from where the first Islamist attacks were staged in October 2017, has since last year become the de-facto headquarters of the IS-linked extremists.

      Mozambican military forces have been struggling to regain control over the province, which is home to one of Africa’s biggest liquefied natural gas projects.

    • Eyewitness from Raqqa: ‘Isis plundered our lives’

      I sent her questions about what it was like living in the capital of the caliphate. She answered but also wrote that it was not easy to speak about. The nightmares persisted despite the fact that sixteen months had passed since she fled to Sweden.

      Later I got in touch with her to know more about what happened in Syria and to ask if I could include her story in my book.

    • Daniel Hale Went to Prison for Telling the Truth About US Drone Warfare

      Under any circumstances, such conditions of confinement are abhorrent. No society that values the inherent dignity of human beings would subject anyone to them, regardless of what they were convicted of. That Hale’s “crime” is telling the truth about US war crimes compounds the outrageousness of the situation. Even the federal judge who sent Hale to prison acknowledged that Hale had shown great courage in his attempts to alert the public to the drone war’s human toll.

    • How the War on Terror Undermined American Democracy

      These two attacks on the Capitol, separated by approximately two decades, bookend Spencer Ackerman’s Reign of Terror. But what connects them? In the wake of Trump’s election, two principal explanations for his victory emerged: one centered on the divisions and wounds of race, another on the divisions and wounds of economic inequality. Ackerman offers a third explanation—or perhaps, more precisely, a way of tying various threads together. “The War on Terror,” he writes, “was by no means the only factor enabling Trump’s rise.” But it created ways for the other factors, such as racism, to find powerful forms of expression: “It revitalized the most barbarous currents in American history, gave them renewed purpose, and set them on the march, an army in search of its general.” It has also misled us. The threat to democracy comes not from terrorism but the apparatus of counterterrorism, at the level of the state and at the level of politics. The book argues powerfully that the open-ended War on Terror has been an exceptionalist fantasy, a bipartisan failure, and a profound risk to American democracy. Whether ending the War on Terror would be enough to diminish that threat now is another matter.

    • ‘We’ll be extinct,’ warns West Papuan churches, call for halt to ‘racist’ Otsus

      It appealed to the Pacific and international community to stop the Indonesian government’s racism toward the West Papuans which was being perpetuated by the Otsus Law, widely condemned by Papuans.

    • Fulani Herdsmen Kill Pastor in North-Central Nigeria

      “One of his children who was kidnapped along with him was released on Sunday, July 25, and he informed us that his father died a day before his release by the herdsmen,” Shekwolo told Morning Star News by text message. “The pastor’s captors are yet to release his corpse to his family, and two of his family members are still being held captive.”

      Pastor Yakwoi’s family paid a ransom for the release of his son, Shekwolo said.

    • Streatham terror attacker said was ‘not finished with non-believers’ days before release from prison, inquest hears

      It came 10 days after he was released from prison after serving a sentence for terror offences, having encouraged his girlfriend to behead her parents and declared his own wish to carry out an attack.

      Detective Superintendent Dominic Murphy, of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, said Amman “appeared to retain his extremist mindset and wish to carry out an attack” while in prison.

    • Herdsmen behead father, son in fresh Plateau attack

      Spokesman for Miango Youth Development Association, Zongo Lawrence, who confirmed the Tafigana village killing, also said the hoodlums went to a nearby village in Hukke and destroyed farm produce worth millions of naira.

      “Seventeen of our people have been killed by Fulani herdsmen this year,” Lawrence said in a statement.

      “The international community should come to our aid; we are under heavy siege.”

    • Christian father and son beheaded on their way home from choir practice

      Thomas Wollo, 46, and his young son, Nggwe Thomas, were beheaded by radical Fulani herdsmen, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.

  • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • The Surprising Origins Of Those Racist England Soccer Posts

      The English Premier League’s own experts on digital abuse estimate only about 30% of the average derogatory comments Premier League players receive on a regular basis can be definitively traced to British people. Outside analysts evaluating abuse in European leagues find far more abusive posts in Spanish or French, and many are linked to “inauthentic accounts,” suggesting the possible work of astroturfing shit posters looking to whip up panic with the help of bots purely for the fun of it while keeping their real identities anonymous. Now, who does that sound like?


      So why bring all this up? Because the creepiest part is that this is fueling a truly insane movement to force every person in the UK to surrender their digital rights and personal information (in essence, forcing all users to prove their identity to get a blue checkmark) to a third party in order to maintain the right to social media accounts.

  • Environment

    • Flood risk will rise as climate heat intensifies

      A warmer world will be a wetter one. Ever more people will face a higher flood risk as rivers rise and city streets fill up.

    • ‘Unimaginably Catastrophic’: Researchers Fear Gulf Stream System Could Collapse

      While heatwaves, fires, and floods produce warnings that “we are living in a climate emergency, here and now,” a scientific study suggested Thursday that a crucial Atlantic Ocean current system could collapse, which “would have severe impacts on the global climate system.”

      “The likelihood of this extremely high-impact event happening increases with every gram of CO2 that we put into the atmosphere.”—Niklas Boers, PIK

    • Energy

      • ‘Stand With Us’: Indigenous Line 3 Opponents Seek Allies to Fight Tar Sands Pipeline

        As state and local law enforcement in Minnesota intensify their violent repression of water protectors resisting Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline, Indigenous leaders on Thursday appealed for allies in their effort to pressure the U.S. government to honor Native American treaty rights and protect the environment and climate by stopping the toxic project.

        “We are running out of time to do the right thing for future generations.”—Chase Iron Eyes,Lakota People’s Law Project

      • APPG report opposing petrol and diesel car ban is paid for by freight and haulage industry

        A new report by backbench MPs opposing the UK government’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 is funded by the freight and haulage industry, DeSmog can reveal. 

        The report out today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers attacks the cost of the ban, questions the science behind it, and warns of public unrest if it goes ahead. 

      • Bulgarian Coal-Fired Power Plant May be Under-Reporting Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Investigation Finds

        The heart of Bobov Dol power plant is a hot, dark, noisy chamber. Lumps of coal litter the floor beside pools of oil and water leaking from decades-old machinery, relics of the Soviet era when workers flocked to build one of Bulgaria’s largest coal-fired facilities.

        Stay up to date with DeSmog news and alerts

      • New Poll Shows Pennsylvania Voters Want a ‘Crackdown’ on Fracking

        Pennsylvania voters have become increasingly disillusioned with the fracking industry, with weak and declining support across all demographics, according to a new poll. By wide margins, voters in the Keystone State want “a serious crackdown on fracking operations.”

        The poll, conducted by Data for Progress for the Ohio River Valley Institute (ORVI), an Appalachian-focused think tank, shows that large majorities of voters in Pennsylvania — including from large swathes of Republicans — are concerned about pollution from fracking, oppose subsidies to the industry, and support a range of new regulations.

      • Biden to Set Goal for Half of All Vehicle Sales to Be Electric by 2030
      • Oil and Gas Inundated Facebook With Election Season Ads After Biden Released Climate Plan

        Ads promoting fossil fuels reached Facebook users in the U.S. at least 431 million times in 2020, a new analysis by watchdog organization InfluenceMap finds, with the bulk arriving after the release of then-candidate Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan and in the lead up to the presidential election. Ads specifically focused on marketing fossil fuels as clean, green, or part of a climate change “solution” were viewed more than 122 million times by Facebook users in the U.S., the report finds.

        The 25 oil and gas companies and advocacy groups covered in the report paid Facebook a total of $9.6 million to share the ads with social media users.

    • Wildlife/Nature

      • No animal left behind: Kenya holds first national wildlife census

        The preliminary data are already “very worrying,” says Fred Omengo, a scientist with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), explaining that many of the animals were spotted around watering holes close to people’s homes, a sign of extensive human encroachment into wildlife territory.

        “The little (food) that is available is basically a competition between domestic and wild animals,” he tells AFP.

    • Overpopulation

      • Hawaii Fishermen Concerned Over Growing Chinese Presence

        “You have one player that doesn’t seem to have any controls on the expansion of its fishing fleet and on its capacity to extract these renewable resources. It’s of great concern to us,” Fitchett said.

        The U.S. Coast Guard report, citing a U.N. statistic, says 93% of the world’s marine fish stocks are fully exploited, overexploited or significantly depleted. Fitchett says principal tropical tuna stocks that Pacific fisherman target — bigeye, yellowfin, skipjack and albacore — are not now overfished, but “they’re shared resources and they’re not inexhaustible.”

  • Finance

    • ‘Time Is Running Out’: Progressives Press Biden to Extend Student Loan Moratorium

      Following this week’s victory by progressives, led by Rep. Cori Bush, who pressured the Biden administration to extend the federal eviction moratorium by 60 days, lawmakers are now turning their attention to the student loan payments which have been paused for nearly a year and a half—demanding that the White House act now to avoid creating a new financial hardship for millions amid the ongoing pandemic.

      The Biden administration has signaled in recent weeks that it could announce another extension of the student loan moratorium, but Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) called on officials to avoid “[going] to the last minute.”

    • What to Expect in the July Jobs Report

      Lower Unemployment

      We should also see a drop in the unemployment rate of 0.2 to 0.3 percentage points. The household survey is always erratic, but on average, it does track the establishment survey. Last month, the establishment survey showed the economy added 850,000 jobs, while the household survey showed a loss of 18,000 jobs and an increase in the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent. It will be very surprising if we don’t see a substantial drop in the unemployment rate in July.

    • “We Don’t Want to go Back to the City”: India’s Migrant Workers, Settling for Less Work and Lesser Pay
    • The New Committee on Inequality: a Fresh Look at Economic Disparity
    • Opinion | Make the People Happy: Erase Student Debt

      House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently stated that President Joe Biden can’t cancel student debt. This is incorrect; he can. All he needs to do is sign an executive order. The Debt Collective, a group I serve as organizing director for, even drafted an executive order for him to sign.

    • Real Estate Groups Have So Far Poured Millions Into Stopping Eviction Moratorium
    • Predatory Banks at Walmarts Made Over 100 Percent of Profits From Overdraft Fees
    • As Right-Wing Dems Balk at Price Tag, Poll Shows 66% of US Voters Support $3.5 Trillion Package

      As conservatives in the Senate Democratic caucus gripe about the $3.5 trillion price tag of an emerging reconciliation package, a new poll released Thursday shows that two-thirds of U.S. voters support the sweeping proposal, which is expected to include historic investments in climate action, an expansion of Medicare benefits, universal pre-K, and higher taxes on the rich.

      Conducted by progressive polling outfit Data for Progress on behalf of the advocacy group Invest in America Now, the survey (pdf) finds that 66% of U.S. voters—85% of Democrats, 60% of independents, and 47% of Republicans—have a favorable view of the $3.5 trillion proposal.

    • To Stop ‘Life-Threatening Injustice’ of Shutoffs, Tlaib Unveils Bill to Cancel $40 Billion in Utility Debt

      To protect low-income households from utility shutoffs as the ultra-contagious Delta variant drives another surge in Covid-19 infections, Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduced a bill Thursday that would erase nearly $40 billion in water, power, and broadband debt that has accumulated throughout the U.S.

      “It’s outrageous that private fossil fuel utilities control access to these public goods.”—Jean Su, Center for Biological Diversity

    • 16 Civil Society Organizations Call on Congress to Fix the Cryptocurrency Provision of the Infrastructure Bill

      The fast-moving, must-pass legislation is over 2,000 pages and primarily focused on issues such as updating America’s highways and digital infrastructure. However, included in the “pay-for” section of the bill is a provision relevant to cryptocurrencies that includes a new, vague, and expanded definition of what constitutes a “broker” under U.S. tax law. As EFF described earlier this week, this vaguely worded section of the bill could be interpreted to mean that many actors in the cryptocurrency space—including software developers who merely write and publish code, as well as miners who verify cryptocurrency transactions—would suddenly be considered brokers, and thus need to collect and report identifying information on their users.

      In the wake of heated opposition from the technical and civil liberties community, some senators are taking action. Senators Wyden, Loomis, and Toomey have introduced an amendment that seeks to ensure that some of the worst interpretations of this provision are excluded. Namely, the amendment would seek to clarify that miners, software developers who do not hold assets for customers, and those who create hardware and software to support consumers in holding their own cryptocurrency would not be implicated under the new definition of broker.

      We have already seen how digital currency supports independent community projects, routes around financial censorship, and supports independent journalists around the world. Indeed, the decentralized nature of digital currency is allowing cryptographers and programmers to experiment with more privacy-protective exchanges, and to offer alternatives for those who wish to protect their financial privacy or those who have been subject to financial censorship. 

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • America Faces Cascading Crises. Democrats Must Act.

      Will America finally begin to address the cascading crises it faces? This week will provide an initial test. First up is the Senate’s vote on the bipartisan infrastructure deal. Too many media voices have already begun celebrating the “courage” of the negotiators, with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) taking plenty of bows. Progressives in the House and Senate are warning, however, that the infrastructure bill won’t get to the president’s desk unless Sinema and Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) help pass a budget reconciliation bill that addresses vital unmet needs. This is portrayed as a conflict pitting the left against the center but, in this battle, progressives represent the real center—the broad majority of Americans demanding action—and carry the last best hope for Democrats, and perhaps democracy itself to survive the next elections.

    • Richard Trumka, 1949–2021

      In one of his early moves as the new president of the United Mine Workers of America, Richard Trumka established a solidarity program with Black mine workers in South Africa. It was the mid-1980s. The apartheid regime was tightening its brutal grip on South Africa, and then-President Ronald Reagan was refusing to align the United States with the global movement to put economic pressure on the racist regime. As the thirtysomething leader of a union that was fighting plenty of its own battles at home, Trumka responded to the call from the National Union of Mineworkers in South Africa for a boycott of Royal Dutch Shell, a multinational oil conglomerate that had invested heavily in mining and other South African industries.

    • Democrats Introduce Right to Vote Act to Beat GOP Voter Suppression Blitz

      Amid ongoing nationwide Republican voter suppression efforts, a trio of congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill described by its lead Senate sponsor as the “first-ever affirmative federal voting rights guarantee for all U.S. citizens.”

      “In recent years, states like Georgia have launched an all-out assault on our democracy. The Right to Vote Act would stop this attack and prevent a new era of Jim Crow.”—Rep. Mondaire Jones

    • Most Voters Think Trump Running in 2024 Would Be Bad for the Country, Poll Finds
    • “This Is What America Looks Like”: Ilhan Omar on Her Refugee Journey from Mogadishu to Minneapolis

      We speak with Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar about her memoir “This Is What America Looks Like,” the Biden administration’s recent airstrikes in her birth country of Somalia and why the U.S. must remain a country of refuge for people fleeing war and poverty like she did. Omar adds that the Biden administration must stop enforcing Trump-era immigration rules that allow for expedited deportations of asylum seekers. “These policy choices have consequences. We have a moral imperative in this country to get our immigration policy right and make it a more humane system,” she says.

    • Rep. Ilhan Omar: We Need to Cancel the Rent, Not Just Postpone Evictions

      Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar was among the progressive Democrats who camped outside the U.S. Capitol to pressure the Biden administration into passing a new eviction moratorium after the previous moratorium lapsed July 31. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new two-month moratorium earlier in the week that covers areas of the country where there is “substantial” or “high” spread of the coronavirus. “As lawmakers, we have a responsibility to protect those that sent us to legislate on their behalf,” says Omar, adding that she has personal familiarity with housing precarity. “I certainly have experienced severe aspects of that as someone who not only slept on the side of roads, on beaches … but also spent a lot of time in a refugee camp.”

    • Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott Calls Another Special Session to Attack Voting Rights

      Just weeks after Texas Democrats defeated a sweeping voter suppression bill by fleeing the state to deny Republican lawmakers the quorum necessary to proceed to a vote, far-right Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced another special session, prompting pro-democracy advocates to denounce the Lone Star State GOP’s relentless assault on voting rights.

      “The decision to call a second special session is nothing more than a partisan power grab to distract us from the real challenges our communities face.”—Stephanie Gómez, Common Cause Texas

    • To the Right, to the Right: Media’s Special Election Lesson

      When establishment-backed Shontel Brown defeated Bernie Sanders surrogate Nina Turner in the Ohio special election primary to replace Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, it wasn’t hard to find media voices quick to draw the usual conclusion: Voters prefer moderate over progressive policy platforms.

    • Federal cyber agency kicks off collaborative to defend the U.S. against cyberattacks

      The new Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) will design and implement national cyber defense plans, share insights on cyber defense, help coordinate operations to reduce the impact of cyberattacks and support joint exercises to strengthen cyber defense measures.

      Groups participating in the JCDC include both private sector and government groups, such as Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Google Cloud, Microsoft, FireEye Mandiant and Verizon, along with the FBI, the departments of Defense and Justice, the National Security Agency and several others.

    • Erdogan’s mosque near Washington is a Trojan horse for Turkey’s interests

      The Center is affiliated with Pres. Erdogan and his ruling political party AKP. DCA’s website states that it “works in full coordination with the [Directorate of] Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey (Diyanet)” which receives a huge amount of funding from the Turkish government under the title of “Representation and Promotion Expenses,” an odd category for a religious institution. The Diyanet’s annual budget is $2 billion, exceeding that of most Turkish ministries. It is an official governmental institution that directs 85,000 mosques throughout the country and over 2,000 mosques overseas. It prepares a weekly sermon that must be read by imams in all mosques inside and outside of Turkey. It imposes odd practices on the Turkish public, such as bans “on feeding dogs at home, celebrating the western New Year, lotteries, and tattoos.” The Diyanet’s imams are instructed by the government’s intelligence services to monitor the activities of members of the Gulen movement and PKK (Kurdish Workers’ Party). The agency has created multiple Diyanet mosques or field offices in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.

    • All the Ways America Failed to Stop the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

      “I don’t think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center,” Condoleezza Rice famously said after the attacks. But in the month and six days preceding the attacks, just such a scenario was being discussed within the FBI. The arrest of Minneapolis-based Zacarias Moussaoui on August 16, a man who was trying to learn how to fly Boeing 747′s and whom the FBI concluded was a radical Muslim, alarmed the intelligence community and the FAA—but prompted no airline or public warnings. No laws or policies stood in the way of searching Moussaoui’s computer and belongings: the FBI simply chose not to pursue a criminal search warrant. And while various offices within the FBI fought with each other about what to do, no one outside the Bureau ever stood in their way. They just failed.

  • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • FTC Official Blasts Facebook Over Revoking Researchers’ Access

      A top Federal Trade Commission official blasted Facebook Inc. over its decision to disable the personal accounts of a group of New York University researchers studying political ads on the social network — and blaming the consent decree with the agency to justify the action.

    • Facebook’s ban of third-party researchers ‘deeply concerning’

      Facebook is being criticized by politicians and researchers for banning the accounts of academics who analyzed political ads and misinformation on the social network.

      In press statements, Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) said the company’s actions were “deeply concerning,” while Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said she was “deeply troubled” by the news. Creator of the Firefox browser, Mozilla, which conducted a privacy audit of the academics’ work, said Facebook’s justification for banning the researchers was “wrong.”

  • Censorship/Free Speech

    • From a High-School Cheerleader, a Lesson in Free Speech

      The rhetoric around the First Amendment tends to be incredibly misinformed. On one side are the First Amendment absolutists who act like proscribing any speech—even hate speech, or even when the prohibition is made by a private company—is tantamount to an assault on the very concept of freedom and liberty. Usually, these absolutists are screaming at people on the other side who haven’t actually thought through how wide-reaching government restrictions on speech—“Ban Fox News!” “Ban people who lie!”—would lead to an utter dystopia.1

    • Man Who Sued Apple For Failing To Save Him From Porn Now Suing US Attorney General To Strike Down Section 230

      Batshit litigant and armchair legislator Chris Sevier is back! The man who once sued Apple because he could access porn from his laptop (entendre intended) is still vexing courthouses with his attempts to sue his way back into the good graces of social media platforms after being asked to leave because [taps "batshit" in opening sentence].

    • Sanitising Censorship: The Twitter-AP-Reuters News Partnership

      Bringing aboard these news giants is no guarantee that the text and information provided will be authoritative, credible or reliable. News wires are not immune to being disseminators of inaccurate information, or information that is slanted in favour of a power or interest. Often, they hide behind their reputations even as they ventriloquise different interests and planted narratives.

    • Iran Internet Censorship Plan: State Media Warn About Its Consequences

      The regime is trying to approve the [Internet] censorship plan. At the same time, protest “Gatherings that do not have a definite beginning and end,” “However, they are formed under different pretexts,” According to the state-run Arman.

    • Nobel laureates accuse China of attempting to censor Taiwanese chemist

      The NAS confirms that it received communication from the Chinese embassy in Washington DC requesting that Lee and the Dalai Lama – a Nobel Peace Prize recipient – be removed as speakers at the summit. The Chinese embassy made this request to a senior NAS official in late March and again in early April, according to the Nobel laureates. After being told twice that the two would still attend, they say the embassy emailed the NAS again immediately before the summit to make the same request and it was denied again.

    • Atheist sacked by West Midlands Trains for Muslim jibe ‘is protected by law’

      A train conductor who was sacked after posting on social media that he did not want to live in a “Muslim alcohol-free caliphate” is protected by equality law, a judge has ruled.

  • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

    • Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in Pakistan

      Islamabad—Pakistan’s press, once a fertile breeding ground for reporters and activists, has become a graveyard of murdered careers. Such is the case of Asad Ali Toor, a journalist and vlogger based in the capital who is known as an outspoken critic of the military.

    • Russian Defamation Trial Threatens British Press Freedom: Activists

      Press freedom advocates say the courts are being used to silence journalists.

      “The concern here is that this could lead to — and it’s intended to lead to — a climate of fear which would inhibit investigative journalism, which would inhibit the questioning of those who exercise huge power and wealth and influence. It’s about Russia. It’s about Russian money, but it’s also about Russian influence in the U.K,” said Seamus Dooley, assistant general secretary of Britain’s National Union of Journalists, in an interview with VOA.

    • Support for Craig Murray

      Without getting into the details, Murray was said to have published enough information that it would become possible to identify said accusers. It was exactly as contrived as it sounds, and was nothing but an exercise in singling out one of the few voices a) defending Salmond, and b) reporting the obvious political machinations behind the trial in the first place.

      The eventual (unprecedented) conviction – as in all cases where the state is exerting power for its own sake – was a foregone conclusion. And Mr Murray is on his way to reside at Her Majesty’s Pleasure for eight months. The first time a British court has jailed a journalist for contempt in over fifty years.

      And he has already been denied the right to launch an appeal.

    • The end game: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is slowly dying in a UK prison, as the US maintains its fight to have him die in theirs – but there is hope

      It’s a shocking precedent: the judgement accepted US prosecutors’ arguments that national-security journalism can be considered a form of espionage no matter where it occurs, leaving other publishers and journalists open to being charged as spies.

      This chilling finding had a catch: the magistrate recognised that burying people alive in the US prison system could kill them. “I am satisfied that, in these harsh conditions, Mr Assange’s mental health would deteriorate causing him to commit suicide with the ‘single-minded determination’ of his autism spectrum disorder … I find that the mental condition of Mr Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America.”

    • Daphne Caruana Galizia: Malta responsible for journalist death – inquiry

      A public inquiry into the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has found the state responsible for her death.

      The report said the state had failed to recognise risks to the reporter’s life and take reasonable steps to avoid them.

      Caruana Galizia died in a car bomb attack near her home in October 2017.

    • Craig Murray’s eight-month prison sentence is vindictive and a sad day for Scottish justice – Kenny MacAskill

      It’ll be no surprise that I view Craig Murray’s imprisonment as harsh and oppressive, as their Lordships would opine. That this happened in Scotland and the government and its supporters have been silent speaks volumes. Imagine the outrage from the usual suspects had this been Catalonia?

    • Zambian radio station transmitter damaged in arson attack

      The fire did not damage the inside of the radio station, but the damage to the transmission cables prevented them from broadcasting for two days, he said.

  • Civil Rights/Policing

    • If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned, the Future Will Be Worse Than the Past

      If they are shrewd, the six antichoice justices on the Supreme Court will resist the urge to overturn Roe v. Wade when they decide next term on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. At issue is a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of gestation in explicit defiance of Roe, which protects abortion rights until around 24 weeks. Why hand the Democrats an issue that has worked well for them in purple states like Virginia? An attempt in 2012 to force women seeking abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds backfired against Republicans so powerfully the state is now entirely under Democratic control.

    • Dial Down the Panic Over Critical Race Theory

      If you want your concerns to be heard, first of all, start by listening. What is your school actually teaching? It probably is not actually critical race theory. It almost certainly is not Marxism.

      Despite the red-baiting you may have heard on Fox News, you’d be hard pressed to find an American anywhere who actually advocates “the abolition of private property,” as one unhinged guest recently said critical race theory was advocating.

    • A new kind of ‘foreign agent’ Russian journalists risk a dreaded designation for reporting on army hazing, space-agency corruption, and much more. Felony liability looms, as well.

      In July, the Federal Security Service (FSB) published a draft order outlining what kinds of information could be used to “threaten the security of the Russian Federation.” This document is also meant to explain in which circumstances Russian citizens and foreign nationals are expected to self-report to the Justice Ministry and register as “foreign agents.” Failure to comply with these rules risks felony charges. Meduza breaks down what’s required here and what’s at stake for potential “foreign agents.”

    • Murmansk election officials reject Violetta Grudina’s candidacy due to links to Team Navalny

      Election officials in Murmansk have refused to register opposition politician Violetta Grudina as a candidate in the upcoming elections. Grudina, who was formerly the head of Alexey Navalny’s Murmansk campaign office, said the election commission cited her links to Team Navalny as the grounds for rejecting her candidacy. 

    • ACLU Sues Over ‘Illegal and Inhumane’ Migrant Transportation Order in Texas

      The ACLU on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit challenging an executive order issued last week by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott restricting the ground transportation of certain migrants and directing state officials to “stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion of a violation,” citing the Covid-19 pandemic and the highly contagious Delta variant.

      “The order creates the perfect storm for racial profiling.”—Kate Huddleston, ACLU of Texas

    • Tlaib & Raskin Demand Answers From DHS About Rampant Racism Among Michigan CBP
    • ‘We Can’t Fight for Racial Justice if We Can’t Learn About Racial Injustice’

      Janine Jackson interviewed African American Policy Forum’s Luke Harris about critical race theory for the July 31, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

    • Rep. Ilhan Omar Backs Ballot Initiative That Would Abolish Minneapolis Police
    • Rep. Ilhan Omar Backs Ballot Initiative to Abolish Minneapolis Police & Create New Public Safety Department

      Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, whose district includes Minneapolis, says she supports a ballot initiative to abolish the city’s police department and replace it with a new “Department of Public Safety.” Local activists have already gathered tens of thousands of signatures for the move. “We’ve had a very incompetent and brutal police department for a really long time,” says Omar, who adds that while much of the world associates the city’s cops with the murder of George Floyd, local residents have witnessed the department’s violence for much longer.

    • ‘In Belarus, it’s dangerous to be human’ How civil society organizations became the Lukashenko regime’s latest target

      In late July, the Belarusian authorities shut down 50 nonprofit organizations simultaneously, targeting human rights activists, as well as environmental, educational, and cultural groups. Dozens of other organizations are facing liquidation, but their members continue working despite police raids and criminal cases. Alexander Lukashenko (Alyaksandr Lukashenka) has openly accused human rights defenders, journalists, and environmentalists of organizing opposition protests — and even boasted to Vladimir Putin that his regime has started “actively” targeting civil society organizations and independent media. Meduza looks into why the Belarusian authorities are still carrying out large-scale repressions, despite the fact that there haven’t been mass protests in Belarus for some time now.

    • SpyCops: How the UK Police Infiltrated Over 1,000 Political Groups
    • Guns, Desperate Migrants, and Dangerous Drugs

      Mexico has tried just about everything to stop the flow of firearms from the north – passing strict gun control laws, imposing stiff penalties on traffickers, and pleading with U.S. authorities to stop the trafficking – but nothing has worked. So now it’s doing what any litigious American would do: it’s suing.

    • The Murder of Anna Politkovskaya Is Still Not Solved

      Whenever the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was asked if she feared losing her life as a result of the dangers of her job, the courageous war reporter said she’d rather not answer. Politkovskaya was superstitious and (even if half-heartedly) believed that voicing her fear of dying in the line of duty would make it a reality.

    • ED’S DESK: Newsbot At Murdoch Tabloid Helps Sum Up Quality Of #BLM Hit Piece Better Than Any Human Ever Could

      A few months ago, Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post rolled out a hit piece that even by its own appalling standards, stunk like sh*t. Literally. Chris Graham reports.

    • We Have Questions for DEF CON’s Puzzling Keynote Speaker, DHS Secretary Mayorkas

      If you’re less than optimistic about getting satisfying answers to these from the Secretary, here are some organizations who are actively working to protect the rights of people targeted by the Department of Homeland Security:

    • Low income leaves 35 million without holiday

      While access to holidays has grown over the last decade, the majority of low income families remain excluded. Overall, 28% of EU citizens can’t afford a one week holiday away from home – but that rises to 59.5 for people whose income is below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold (60% of the median).

    • Amazon Unlawfully Confiscated Union Literature, NLRB Finds

      Amazon illegally prohibited an employee from giving workers pro-union literature, confiscated that literature, and gave workers the impression that their organizing activity was being surveilled at the company’s Staten Island fulfillment center in New York, according to National Labor Relations Board charges and other documentation reviewed by Motherboard.

      An NLRB investigation found that Amazon illegally prohibited Connor Spence, a Staten Island employee involved in union organizing, from distributing pro-union literature in a break room on May 16—and then confiscated the literature—also in violation of U.S. labor law, according to evidence provided by the NLRB to the union’s attorney.

    • He was locked up and drugged in hospital for 2 years. Police got the wrong guy

      “Yet, the more Mr. Spriestersbach vocalized his innocence by asserting that he is not Mr. Castleberry, the more he was declared delusional and psychotic by the H.S.H. staff and doctors and heavily medicated,” the petition said.

      “It was understandable that Mr. Spriestersbach was in an agitated state when he was being wrongfully incarcerated for Mr. Castleberry’s crime and despite his continual denial of being Mr. Castleberry and providing all of his relevant identification and places where he was located during Mr. Castleberry’s court appearances, no one would believe him or take any meaningful steps to verify his identity and determine that what Mr. Spriestersbach was telling the truth — he was not Mr. Castleberry.”

    • Iran Sentences German And British Dual Nationals To More Than 10 Years In Prison

      In recent years, Iranian authorities have jailed dozens of dual nationals, including journalists, academics, and human rights defenders.

      Rights activists accuse Iran of trying to win concessions from other countries through such arrests. Tehran, which does not recognize dual nationality, denies holding people for political reasons.

      “The noticeable accumulation of cases in which dual nationals are imprisoned without specific allegations of offenses indicates that the intent is to put pressure on the governments concerned,” said Dieter Karg, an Iran expert at Amnesty International in Germany, in February.

    • Indonesian army set to remove gender-based health checks, end so-called ‘virginity testing’

      “Health checks on prospective soldiers of the Women’s Army Corps must be the same as medical examination requirements for male TNI AD soldiers,” he said in a video uploaded to the military’s official YouTube channel.

    • Zola and the Limits of the Internet Movie

      Zola was anticipated. This is in part because the film, based on a viral 2015 Twitter thread written by blogger and stripper A’Ziah (“Zola”) King, faced delay after delay. Its original director, James Franco, dropped out in 2017 and was replaced by Janicza Bravo, who rewrote the script with playwright Jeremy O. Harris. After the film finally premiered at Sundance in January 2020, its theatrical release was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Zola is also something of a test case. As a cinematic adaptation of a story first told on social media, it features at its center unresolved questions about how to translate into film true-ish stories of contemporary life, particularly life online. What do writers and actors owe to their characters’ real-life analogues? When can embellishments bring a story closer to communicating truth? And, most important for understanding Zola, how can a movie depict the dizzying feeling of falling in love with an augmented persona, and then the disappointment in discovering its falseness?

    • Zola: How a road trip became a viral story of sex trafficking

      Despite its serious undertone, the original story – now deleted on Twitter, but preserved elsewhere on the [Internet] – was told with such humour that the thread went viral and was retweeted by celebrities including Missy Elliott and Solange Knowles. Bravo, the director, also became aware of it – and immediately saw it as a film.

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Why Community Broadband Matters

      It is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected. Yet, by one definition, more than 30 million Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds.

      Going further, it warned, “Americans in rural areas and on tribal lands particularly lack adequate access.”

  • Monopolies

    • Patents

      • Australian Court Ridiculously Says That AI Can Be An Inventor, Get Patents

        There have been some questions raised about whether or not AI-created works deserve intellectual property protection. Indeed, while we (along with many others) laughed along at the trial about the monkey selfie, we had noted all along, that the law firm pushing to give the monkey (and with it, PETA) the copyright on the photo was almost certainly trying to tee up a useful case to argue that AI can get copyright and patents as well. Thankfully, the courts (and later the US Copyright Office) determined that copyrights require a human author.

      • [Old] British American Tobacco burnt by Patents Court judgment on heat-not-burn devices

        We review the High Court’s decision in Philip Morris Products, SA & Philip Morris Limited v Rai Strategic Holdings, Inc & Nicoventures Trading Limited [2021] EWHC 537 (Pat). The court conducted an assessment of the validity of two patents held by British American Tobacco for heat-not-burn (“HNB”) tobacco products. The court held that the patents were invalid both for lack of inventive step and for added matter.

      • [Old] If You Can’t Build it, They Won’t Come: No Obviousness Based on Fanciful Engine Design

        Reaffirming that a person of ordinary skill in the art must have been able to actually create a disclosure at the time of invention in order for it to serve as an obviousness reference, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a decision by the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (the Board) in an inter partes review (IPR), concluding that a patent covering certain turbofan engine technology was not rendered obvious by a prior art publication that could not be realized into practice. Raytheon Techs. Corp. v. General Electric Co., Case No. 20-1755 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 16, 2021) (Chen, J.)

    • Trademarks

      • Oatly Loses Trademark Suit Against Glebe Farm Foods’ PureOaty Product

        A couple of months back, we discussed something of a silly lawsuit overseas between Oatly, a large oat-milk manufacturer, and Glebe Farm Foods over its own PureOaty drink. At issue were Oatly’s own trademarks and its claims that PureOaty infringed on those marks. As we noted at the time, because the word “oat” is descriptive of the products in both cases, and with PureOaty using the “pure” as a differentiator among other things, this was a trademark claim that essentially came down to the letter “y”. And, yes, that is dumb. Especially when you consider that there are significant differences when it comes to PureOaty’s trade dress.

    • Copyrights

      • Same Old Spin: Why Access Copyright Needs a Reality Check on Canadian Copyright

        Access Copyright and its allies owe it to their members to provide them with a reality check but instead they simultaneously downplay the decision and immediately lobby for legislative reform. Here’s the reality: the Supreme Court says in this case that “increasing public access to and dissemination of artistic and intellectual works, which enrich society and often provide users with the tools and inspiration to generate works of their own, is a primary goal of copyright”, the copyright review already rejected reforms, and the world is moving on with more licensing choices and greater flexibility. This leaves Access Copyright increasingly irrelevant without an effort to compete in the marketplace alongside a failed litigation and lobbying strategy. Rather than going back to the same playbook yet again, it should consider that its legal theories have been rejected by the Supreme Court in multiple cases and a new approach based on legal realities is long overdue.

      • New License Enforcement Principles for Public Comment

        There are several elements to our plans, but the centerpiece today is a draft Statement of Principles Around License Enforcement. We recognize that these principles have limited legal “bite,” given that CC does not hold the copyright to community works. However, we believe there is value in articulating what CC believes is license enforcement that upholds the spirit and intent of the licenses. We also foresee other possible mechanisms for these principles to be useful, including integration of the principles into community codes of conduct and adoption by major rights holders. 

      • Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit has unearthed a huge problem with streaming

        But with the shift to streaming, things have had to change. Actors and producers working with a streamer like Netflix are typically paid a set fee, an industry attorney who negotiates contracts for top-level talent told The Verge. (The attorney asked not to be named so as to speak freely about the topic.) If they’re lucky enough to have significant leverage, they could also potentially secure a bonus premium fee that’s a contractual dollar amount paid out over months or quarters. But it’s not performance-based like box office bonuses are. Netflix often pays out this prenegotiated sum in eight quarterly installments following a title’s release, the attorney said, while Apple tends to pay out a little quicker over 12 months.

        Because the space is changing so quickly, part of this attorney’s role in contract negotiations now is to “read the tea leaves and project where the deals are going to go.”

        The old way of negotiating talent earnings has changed rapidly. According to Johansson’s complaint, terms of her Black Widow release were initially finalized in 2017 — early enough that Disney Plus hadn’t been announced, and Johansson’s team evidently didn’t think it was necessary to negotiate terms around streaming. Her contract specified Black Widow would debut with a “wide theatrical release,” but that it would be exclusively theatrical appears to have been only an understanding.

      • Record Labels Sue Charter Again For Failing to Disconnect Pirating Subscribers

        A group of major music publishing companies has filed another copyright infringement lawsuit against Charter Communications. The companies argue that, despite repeated warnings, the ISP still fails to take action against pirating subscribers. The new lawsuit covers more recent infringements that started in 2018.

      • Olympics Piracy: Taiwan Lawmakers Criticize Public Figures For Set-Top Box Use

        In common with many countries, Taiwan is hoping to deter its citizens from using piracy-configured set-top boxes. In recent days, however, public figures including the former mayor of New Taipei City and the CEO of the country’s first professional basketball league have been accused of using pirate devices to view the Olympics. Lawmakers are not impressed.

      • Olympics Copyright Insanity Rules Again: Gold Medal Winner Blocked From Sharing Her Own Victory

        Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won both the women’s 100 meter and 200 meter gold medals at the Olympics this year, and then did the super piratey thing of… excitedly posting snippets of her victories to Instagram, which responded by blocking her account for copyright violations. She wrote the following in a now deleted tweet:

‘Hacker’ ‘News’ ‘Flags’ Accurate and Factual Article About Mozilla, So Let’s Say More About Mozilla…

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 8:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d85e1f4518b39a3bcd18acac3937bb6f

Summary: We’ve decided to confront censorship by saying more of what’s being suppressed, in this case about Mozilla and Firefox (which seem to have become more about politics, not the technical things they once were)

THE fine line between moderation and censorship has been blurred to the point where editorial control becomes political, self-serving, or a product/service on sale (like keynotes).

The EPO exploits its cash to shape the narrative in the media, Bill Gates worries about his Epstein ties becoming widely known and thus bombards the media with revisionism/PR this week (even paying Twitter to dominate people's timelines), so maybe we should not be surprised to see mass censorship or a ‘cull’ in sites like Facebook and Reddit..

“…facts when they’re not convenient to some companies/editors tend to just vanish, “flagged” without as much as a reason, let alone an explanation.”This new video speaks of last night’s censorship in ‘Hacker’ ‘News’; it is part of a pattern.

Those who have followed us long enough are probably aware of other (prior) examples; facts when they’re not convenient to some companies/editors tend to just vanish, “flagged” without as much of a reason, let alone an explanation.

Would you like some facts? We're 'Hacker' 'News'! Corporations are 'Hackers'
If they insist that Corporations are “Communities”, then why can’t we say that Corporations are “Hackers”?

IRC Proceedings: Thursday, August 05, 2021

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:13 am by Needs Sunlight

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Links 5/8/2021: Kubernetes 1.22, Alpine 3.14.1, Cutelee 6

Posted in News Roundup at 4:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Web and Servers

      • Best Commenting Systems for Websites That You Can Self-Host

        Isso is a free and open source commenting server similar to Disqus. Users can write comments in Markdown. There is also the option to edit or delete own comments within 15 minutes.

        It uses Python and SQLite in the backend and you can deploy it on any website using a single 40kb JavaScript.

        Isso also allows you to import comments from Disqus and WordPress. That’s an additional benefit.

      • Kubernetes 1.22: Reaching New Peaks

        We’re pleased to announce the release of Kubernetes 1.22, the second release of 2021!

        This release consists of 53 enhancements: 13 enhancements have graduated to stable, 24 enhancements are moving to beta, and 16 enhancements are entering alpha. Also, three features have been deprecated.

        In April of this year, the Kubernetes release cadence was officially changed from four to three releases yearly. This is the first longer-cycle release related to that change. As the Kubernetes project matures, the number of enhancements per cycle grows. This means more work, from version to version, for the contributor community and Release Engineering team, and it can put pressure on the end-user community to stay up-to-date with releases containing increasingly more features.

        Changing the release cadence from four to three releases yearly balances many aspects of the project, both in how contributions and releases are managed, and also in the community’s ability to plan for upgrades and stay up to date.

        You can read more in the official blog post Kubernetes Release Cadence Change: Here’s What You Need To Know.

      • Why Service Mesh Architectures Are Kubernetes’ New Traffic Cop | IT Pro

        From Linkerd to Istio, service mesh architectures are increasingly being harnessed by enterprises to make managing container clusters easier.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • The JingPad A1 – Hands-on Preview!

        JingLing sent a development version of their new JingPad A1 tablet to the LearnLinuxTV studio, and in this video I’ll give you my thoughts. Since this is a preview unit and not the final version, I will not give you my final opinion in this video. Instead, I’ll go over my first impressions of this new Linux tablet.

      • Lilbits: 3dfx is back (but not really) and more JingPad A1 Linux tablet performance notes

        …and the JingPad A1 tablet, which is up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign, ships with an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, but it will also run Android apps. A few new hands-on photos and videos have emerged, with one showing the current state of Android app support and another providing some clues to overall performance.

      • BSDNow 414: Running online conferences

        OpenZFS 2.1 is out, FreeBSD TCP Performance System Controls, IPFS OpenBSD, tips for running an online conference, fanless OpenBSD laptop, and more.

      • Ubuntu Podcast S14E22 – Common Terms Season

        This week we’ve been migrating to Vault Warden and erasing data. We discuss the web browsers we use and bring you a command line love.

        It’s Season 14 Episode 22 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

    • Kernel Space

      • FUTEX2 Patches Sent Out In Simpler Form For Helping Windows Games On Linux – Phoronix

        The ongoing FUTEX2 work for making the futex handling more like Windows to in turn help Windows games on Linux via Wine (with a focus on Steam Play’s Proton) has taken a new turn.

        While the FUTEX2 patch series has gone through multiple rounds of review for adding new functionality that can’t be accomplished as well by the existing FUTEX, the patch series has been trimmed down to the core functionality that originally motivated this work: the ability to wait for multiple locks at once, similar to Windows’ WaitForMultipleObjects. This ability to cleanly wait on multiple locks simultaneously can lead to lower CPU utilization for Windows games running via Proton/Wine and help the overall performance for some games. On the kernel side this can be accomplished with the futex_waitv() system call (futex vectorized wait).

      • Samsung Revs Its In-Kernel SMB3 Server Focused On Fast Performance, New Features – Phoronix

        While Samba is well known for SMB/CIFS server support on Linux and other platforms for supporting Microsoft’s SMB networking protocol for file and print services, Samba is implemented in user-space while Samsung has been pursuing an SMB server implemented in kernel-space for better performance and wiring up new features that can be more easily accomplished within the kernel.

        Samsung has been developing “KSMBD” (formerly also known as CIFSD) as an in-kernel SMB3 file sharing server. Their focus is on delivering better performance and more quickly implementing new features some of which can’t be easily achieved in user-space with Samba. Samsung is interested in RDMA support and other features that can be implemented with ease in the kernel and for their server having a much smaller footprint and focus than Samba.

      • A look forward to Linux Plumbers 2021

        The annual Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) is a gathering of a relatively small subset of the developers working on the low-level (plumbing) details of Linux systems. It covers topics from below the kernel through the user-space components that underlie the interfaces and applications that most Linux users interact with. This year’s event will be held virtually September 20‑24; it is shaping up to be another great edition of one of the premier open-registration Linux technical conferences on the calendar.

        LPC is known for its “microconferences” that typically feature face-to-face discussions, planning, and development work in a wide variety of topic areas. As with most of the rest of the conferences over the last year or so, it was turned into a virtual event last year; that continues this year. With any luck, the COVID-19 pandemic will subside enough to resume more in-person events—cautiously—in 2022.

        In the meantime, the BigBlueButton-based videoconferencing system that was used in 2020 will return, but there are plans to use Matrix for the text chat piece. A request for quotes (RFQ) for some of the work to make that happen was posted in March; the LPC committee was looking to fund projects to improve BigBlueButton and to integrate Matrix with it. Unfortunately, all of the companies that might have been able to do so were already fully occupied by their existing customers, who had increased needs for videoconferencing due to the pandemic, LPC committee member Guy Lunardi said in an email exchange. So committee members will be working on parts of those plans as time allows, he said.

      • Hastening process cleanup with process_mrelease()

        One of the fundamental invariants of computing is that, regardless of how much memory is installed in a system, it is never enough. This is especially true of systems with tight performance constraints, where every page of memory is allocated and in use, making it difficult to find more when it is badly needed. One way to make more memory available is to kill one or more processes, freeing their resources for other users. But that often does not work as quickly or reliably as users would like. In an attempt to improve the situation, Suren Baghdasaryan has proposed the addition of a system call named process_mrelease().

        Systems running mixed workloads, where some tasks are more important than others, are not uncommon. If the system is being run near its maximum capacity, the relatively unimportant tasks may end up using memory that is needed by the more important work, at which point it might be better if the unimportant processes went away. Such systems often run process managers that will kill off the low-priority processes in these situations; perhaps the most widespread example of this pattern is Android, which will kill background apps if the available memory is insufficient for whatever is running in the foreground. Cloud-computing systems will also kill low-priority, best-effort workloads if their memory is needed by more important work.

        Killing a process should, in principle, make its memory immediately available for other users. In the real world, though, things are not so simple. The killed process is, itself, responsible for cleaning up and freeing its resources, a task that is carried out in kernel context. If, however, the killed process finds itself blocked in an uninterruptible sleep, that cleanup work could be delayed indefinitely. There are other factors that can slow down the freeing of memory, including how busy the relevant CPU is and whether that CPU is running in a slow, low-power state.

        When this happens, the system has paid the cost of killing the process (which was presumably doing something useful) without receiving the benefits from that action. Unfortunately, those benefits tend to be needed urgently; the system would not be killing processes otherwise. Delays in process cleanup can have immediate and visible effects on the higher-priority workloads; these can include jerky response on a handset or a delay in the delivery of a cat video to an impatient viewer.

      • Using DAMON for proactive reclaim

        The DAMON patch set was first covered here in early 2020; this work, now in its 34th revision, enables the efficient collection of information about memory-usage patterns on Linux systems. That data can then be used to influence the kernel’s memory-management subsystem; one possible way to do that is to more aggressively reclaim memory that is not being used. To that end, DAMON author SeongJae Park is proposing a DAMON-based mechanism to perform user-controllable proactive reclaim.

        The core idea of DAMON is to use a sampling technique to determine which memory is in active use and which is sitting idle. A process’s virtual address space is broken down into regions which vary in size depending on activity; the busiest regions are then subdivided over time for more fine-grained monitoring. Within each region, a randomly selected page is watched for activity, with the results being considered representative of the whole region. On demand, DAMON will produce a report in the form of a histogram informing the reader of how busy each memory region is.

      • The core of the -stable debate

        Disagreements over which patches should find their way into stable updates are not new — or uncommon. So when the topic came up again recently, there was little reason to expect anything but more of the same. And, for the most part, that is what ensued but, in this exchange, we were also able to see the core issue that drives these discussions. There are, in the end, two fundamentally different views of what the stable tree should be.
        The 5.13.2 stable update was not a small one; it contained an even 800 patches. That is 5% of the total size of the mainline 5.13 development cycle, which was not small either. With the other stable kernels going out for consideration on the same day, there were over 2,000 stable-bound patches in need of review; that is a somewhat tall order for even a large community to handle in the two days that are allowed. Even so, Hugh Dickins was able to raise an objection over the inclusion of several memory-management patches that had not been specifically marked for inclusion in the stable releases. Those patches, he thought, were not suitable for a stable kernel and should not have been selected.

        Stable-kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman responded that the size of the update was due to maintainers holding onto fixes until the merge window opens. Once the -rc1 release comes out, those fixes all land in the stable updates, which are, as a result, huge.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Open source Linux GPU drivers Mesa 21.2 released

          Here we go, we have another big upgrade for open source graphics drivers with Mesa 21.2 officially out now.

          Announced by the developer Dylan Baker, they noted in the announcement “This has been a pretty smooth release cycle so far, and we’ve had very few release-blocking issues, as such We’ve actually released on time with no additional RCs! As usual, this is a .0 release, and those of you seeking stability over features likely want to wait 2 weeks for 21.2.1.”.

    • Applications

      • 11 of the best diagramming tools for Linux

        Diagrams and flowcharts help designers or teams communicate relationships, present abstract ideas in brainstorming sessions, visualize concepts, or formalize a new project. The open-source community provides various diagramming tools to help you create basic workflow diagrams, complex network diagrams, organization charts, ERD diagrams, UML diagrams, and much more.

      • 22 Best Free Internet Radio Software

        Internet radio (also known as web radio, net radio, streaming radio, and online radio) is a digital audio service transmitted via the Internet.

        Why do we like internet radio? There’s no sign-up or subscription charges. There’s a huge range of stations available from around the world. If you like classical music, pop music, folk music, news, talk radio, and much more, internet radio has something for everyone wherever you live (providing you have a net connection). Internet radio offers every format that is available on traditional broadcast radio stations.

        There’s a wide range of free and open source software that lets you listen to internet radio. With so many different possibilities available it’s easy to get lost trying to find the right one for you.

        Here’s our verdict on internet radio software. Features that are highly desirable include, but are not limited to, access to the community radio browser API or similar, recording streams, the ability to import/export a list of radio stations, good search functionality, station logos, reordering stations, as well as an attractive and easy-to-use interface. Other factors that help to determine our rating include things like the program’s stability, speed, memory usage, and more.

      • power-profiles-daemon: Follow-up

        The project was born out of the need to make a firmware feature available to end-users for a number of lines of Lenovo laptops for them to be fully usable on Fedora. For that, I worked with Mark Pearson from Lenovo, who wrote the initial kernel support for the feature and served as our link to the Lenovo firmware team, and Hans de Goede, who worked on making the kernel interfaces more generic.

        More generic, but in a good way

        With the initial kernel support written for (select) Lenovo laptops, Hans implemented a more generic interface called platform_profile. This interface is now the one that power-profiles-daemon will integrate with, and means that it also supports a number of Microsoft Surface, HP, Lenovo’s own Ideapad laptops, and maybe Razer laptops soon.

        The next item to make more generic is Lenovo’s “lap detection” which still relies on a custom driver interface. This should be soon transformed into a generic proximity sensor, which will mean I get to work some more on iio-sensor-proxy.

        Working those interactions

        power-profiles-dameon landed in a number of distributions, sometimes enabled by default, sometimes not enabled by default (sigh, the less said about that the better), which fortunately meant that we had some early feedback available.

        The goal was always to have the user in control, but we still needed to think carefully about how the UI would look and how users would interact with it when a profile was temporarily unavailable, or the system started a “power saver” mode because battery was running out.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Steghide tutorial for beginners – Linux Hint

        Steganography is preferable to cryptography since the latter allows an opponent to discover what was hidden in a text or file. In Steganography, the third party is completely unaware that a seemingly innocuous image or audio clip contains a hidden message or file. Steghide is a steganography tool that uses a passcode to hide private files within the image or audio file. BMP and JPEG picture types are supported, as well as AU and WAV audio formats. The file is encrypted by default using the Rijndael algorithm, with a key size of 128 bits.
        Many people have personal secrets that they want to keep secreted from others. Steghide is the greatest tool for people who want to keep their data private. Everyone can use this tool for free. Steghide offers a wide range of applications, and its unique features, such as file encryption, make it one of the best steganography tools available.

        We will study Steghide in this article. There is a range of steganography programs accessible, but the element that sets it apart is that it encrypts data using various techniques.

        On the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system, we used the tools and methods mentioned in this article. We will need to use the Terminal application to download the steganographic utilities. You can access the terminal via the system applications area or the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut.

      • Configure your OpenVPN server on Linux | Opensource.com

        OpenVPN creates an encrypted tunnel between two points, preventing a third party from accessing your network traffic. By setting up your virtual private network (VPN) server, you become your own VPN provider. Many popular VPN services already use OpenVPN, so why tie your connection to a specific provider when you can have complete control?

        The first article in this series set up a server for your VPN, and the second article demonstrated how to install and configure the OpenVPN server software. This third article shows how to start OpenVPN with authentication in place.

      • Rename a file in the Linux terminal | Opensource.com

        To rename a file on a computer with a graphical interface, you open a window, find the file you want to rename, click on its name (or right-click and select the option to rename), and then enter a new name.

        To rename a file in the terminal, you actually move the file with mv, but you move the file from itself to itself with a new name.

      • Getting Started With Docker Containers: Beginners Guide – Front Page Linux

        Container technology is not exactly new, but it is a big topic in IT. Many enterprise Linux distributions do their best to let you know that they also have all the tools for you to be successful with container technology. If you want official description and documentation, please see the Reference Articles at the end of this tutorial. I will use my own words to give you a brief description of Docker containers. Also, I will be focusing on the basics of Docker and Docker-Compose here, not going into the more enterprise tools such as Kubernetes.

        This Tutorial is for all Linux users that have some basic understanding of terminal usage, virtualization, and would like to dip their toes in container technology. No Docker mastery required, we are going to start from the very basics here.

      • How To Fix Rust “linker ‘cc’ not found” Error On Linux – Unixcop

        Today I was testing a Rust programming language on my CentOS VM. so I tried to install it and use it with correctly installation in the installation guide article.

      • How To Install Hyper Terminal on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Hyper Terminal on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Hyper Terminal is an open-source command-line interface written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which makes it more versatile and easier to use. In addition, Hyper Terminal also provides you with a variety of different customization options, which is why it is favored by most users.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Hyper Terminal on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How To Install Jitsi Meet on Debian 10 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Jitsi Meet on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Jitsi Meet is a free and open-source video-conferencing application that can be used as a standalone application or embed in your web application. It is based on WebRTC and provides multi-person video conference rooms without installing additional software or browser extensions.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Jitsi Meet open-source video conferencing on a Debian 10 (Buster).

      • How To Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL 8) – OSTechNix

        This step by step guide explains how to download latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL 8) for FREE using Red Hat Developer account, and then how to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 with screenshots.


        It used the Linux source code and created one of the first commercial Linux distribution named Red Hat Linux (RHL) in 1994. In March 2003, Red Hat Linux is renamed into Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The latest stable RHEL version is 8.4 at the time of writing this guide.

      • How to Install Lumina Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        The Lumina Desktop Environment is a simple and compact interface that works with any Linux-based operating system. Lumina is built on the usage of plugins that also allow every user to personalize their interface. A system-wide standard style is also supplied, that the system administrator can alter. This enables each system to be tailored to enhance the performance of each unique user. Lumina’s functionalities are quite comparable to those found in commonly used windows computers. Certain modifications are also accessible, such as the ability to change the color theme and select an icon style out of accessible templates. Lumina provides an excellent desktop atmosphere for Linux users. You would go over the specifics with you if you are interested in acquiring it.

      • How to Install WebVirtCloud KVM Management on Ubuntu 20.04

        WebVirtCloud is a web-based management tool for KVM virtualization. It allows administrators and users to create, manage and delete Virtual Machines running on KVM hypervisor from a web interface. It is built on Django and supports user-based authorization and authentication. With WebVirtCloud, you can manage multiple QEMU/KVM Hypervisors, Manage Hypervisor networks and Manage datastore pools from a single installation.

        In this tutorial, I will show you how to install the WebVirtCloud KVM Management tool on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to install KDE NEON 20210729

        In this video, I am going to show how to install KDE NEON 20210729

      • How to use man command in Linux, important options for beginners 2021

        man command in linux is short form of manual of any tool, utility, and commands. man command is used to giving information and instruction of particular command. Instruction would be what are the possible way and option to use that command.

        You will find very useful and essential command, which helps you explore other command as well as troubleshoot.

        You get a detailed view of the command which includes NAME, SYNOPSIS, DESCRIPTION, OPTIONS, EXIT STATUS, RETURN VALUES, ERRORS, FILES, VERSIONS, EXAMPLES, AUTHORS and SEE ALSO by using man command.

      • How to Install and Use Tor Browser in Linux

        If you are a Linux user, especially one on a Debian-based or Ubuntu-based operating system environment, then the legend of the Tor browser has certainly crossed your mind from time to time.

        Maybe you have thought of it and its power of anonymity but never got to implement it. Reason? You never fully conceptualized how to install and use this powerful Tor browser application correctly.

      • How to Install PHP on Rocky Linux 8

        PHP is a server-side scripting language. PHP is used to develop static or dynamic websites or web applications. Many popular CMS such as WordPress, Magento, and Joomla is written in PHP. Frameworks such as Laravel, Symfony, and CodeIgniter is also using PHP.

      • How to Configure Apache Virtual Hosts on Rocky Linux

        This is an optional step intended only for those who wish to host multiple sites on the same server. So far, our LAMP setup can only host one site. If you wish to host multiple sites, then you need to set up or configure virtual host files. Apache virtual host files encapsulate the configurations of multiple websites.

        For this section, we will create an Apache virtual host file to demonstrate how you can go about setting your virtual hosts in Rocky Linux.

      • How to Add User to Sudoers in Debian-Based Linux

        During your continued usage of an Ubuntu or Debian-based operating system environment, you probably encountered terminal-bound errors like “permission denied” or something like “user is not in the sudoers file”.

        Such circumstances can be frustrating to a system user who is yet to fully grasp the rules that define the metrics of the Linux operating system. To kick off this article, we first need to understand the definition of Sudo and Sudoer from a Linux operating system perspective.

      • How To Install Mono Tool on Linux Distributions (Ubuntu, Arch & Red Hat)

        Mono is a free, open-source, and platform-independent implementation of Microsoft’s Dot Net framework. The Mono project was built to compile and test applications of C, C++, and other object-oriented languages. In most cases, developers use the dot net parts through the Mono tool for building cross-platform programs.

        The Mono tool is available for Linux systems. Using the dot net core on Linux is quite heavy, while the Mono is simple, easy to understand GUI, and lightweight. It supports most of Dot net native libraries and functions.

        Of course, the place of Microsoft’s dot net core and Mono software is not the same for all sectors; they both have different roles to play in development. In some cases, Mono is overwhelmed over the dot net core. However, if you’ve been using the Dot net core and the framework, using Mono would be an easy task for you.

      • Vim command not found after Linux install, how to resolve – Linux Hint

        As people migrate from completely GUI-based operating systems to Linux or Unix-like systems, they often have difficulty dealing with the command line. Using the Terminal is a foreign idea to them, and it’s very easy to run into common errors, much like the one that is our subject today. So, if you happen to be one of the people having trouble using Vim, this article is for you.

      • What does dot backslash mean in Linux? – Linux Hint

        As Linux users, we all have to turn to the Terminal at one point or another to carry out some system tasks, whether they may have to do with installing new programs or removing old ones. For those that are fond of using the command-line, slash operators will be very familiar. But those who are not have come to the right place as we will be discussing this feature in great detail in this article.

      • Where does apt-get install packages to? – Linux Hint

        Whether you are a Linux veteran or just starting with Linux, you must have used apt-get or seen it being used somewhere. It is the primary way to install packages and dependencies on Ubuntu. In simpler terms, apt-get is the go-to of every Linux user when looking to set up software on their computer. This gives rise to a new question – where does apt-get install these packages to? Where do the files go, and how can one access them? In this guide, we will find out the answers to these questions.

      • What is the difference between useradd and adduser? – Linux Hint

        Linux comes embedded with many Terminal commands, each having its own purpose. Some of them perform the same function but go about different ways when executing them. Such is the case with adduser and useradd. Both are used for creating a new user but follow different ways to execute it. This article is meant to educate the reader on the key differences between the two commands, with examples on how and when to use them.

      • Squid proxy configuration on Linux – Linux Hint

        This tutorial explains how to configure Squid proxy in Linux.

        After reading this tutorial, you will know how to configure Squid port and hostname, block access to specific websites, and allow internet access to specific devices.

      • Show Image in Terminal Ubuntu

        Most Linux users are big fans of the Terminal and therefore use it to perform everyday tasks on their operating system. However, the Terminal isn’t able to show graphical images like applications with full GUI interfaces. This brings us to the purpose of this guide – we will demonstrate how you can show images in the Terminal on Ubuntu.

        Getting started

        We will show you several different methods you can use to display images in the Terminal. Mostly our focus will be on installing and using third-party utilities, except for one method where you can use a built-in command to achieve the same task. Let’s break down our discussion in the form of a list for the sake of accessibility.

      • Set SELinux enforcing mode with Ansible | Enable Sysadmin

        It’s recommended to ensure that Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is running in enforcing mode on all your systems. However, some people in your organization may set it to permissive mode (or worse, disabled) rather than troubleshooting and fixing issues. You must reset it back to enforcing mode and make sure that all hosts are similarly configured. Ansible is your solution.

    • Games

      • AMD and Valve Are Working to Improve the ACPI CPUFreq Driver for Better Gaming Performance on Linux

        AMD and Valve are working together to improve the ACPI CPUFreq driver, which should improve gaming performance on Linux and AMD hardware.

      • Relax and rebuild a campsite in the chilled-out Haven Park out now | GamingOnLinux

        Haven Park is a short and casual experience for people who love to do a little exploring, while also doing a little building and repair work too. It joins a list of games like A Short Hike that combine simple themes with top-down adventuring and it’s a thoroughly sweet experience.

        Following in your family’s footsteps, your Grandma mentions the park is in need of fixing up and they were your age when taking over and so now it seems it’s down to you. So off you go as a little bird. running around making “pew pew” noises while hunting for items to rebuild everything.


        Haven Park is exactly what you expect from it and that’s great. Super charming, colourful visuals and a lovely family-friendly theme make it worth a play if you love these casual experiences. It being not particularly long is good as it doesn’t overstay its welcome.

      • Space station building sim Starmancer has entered Early Access | GamingOnLinux

        After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2018, Starmancer from Ominux Games and Chucklefish is now actually out and available for all to buy in Early Access. I’ve been waiting some time on this, as a backer of the crowdfunding campaign it’s been wonderful to see it grow into something sci-fi sim fans will appreciate. Nice to have yet another game to tick off our crowdfunding list.

        “After a catastrophe on Earth, humanity launches the Starmancer Initiative in a desperate attempt to seek refuge among the stars. Millions of refugees upload their consciousness into your memory banks–entrusting their minds and the future of the human race to an Artificial Intelligence, a Starmancer. To you.

      • Cosmic horror, fleshy monsters and the post-apocalypse meet in Death Trash out now | GamingOnLinux

        After many years in development Crafting Legends have now released Death Trash into Early Access, and it’s one of the most promising games we’ve seen all year.

        Fusing together elements of cosmic horror with the post-apocalypse, this RPG will take you through an interesting and thoroughly horrifying world full of mutants, punks with shotguns, massive otherworldly fleshy creatures and plenty of puke. With it now in Early Access it opens up about a third of the game, with approximately 5+ hours of content to play through, with their plan in place to expand it to around 20 hours once it’s finished.

      • Total War: WARHAMMER II The Silence & The Fury out now for Linux
      • Feral Interactive confirms Total War: WARHAMMER III for Linux is in progress

        After recently mentioning that A Total War Saga: TROY for Linux was no longer happening, the other side of the coin here is that Total War: WARHAMMER III is still coming to Linux officially from Feral Interactive.

        Only just today Feral hooked up the recent Total War: WARHAMMER II – The Silence & The Fury DLC for the Linux version along with the last huge upgrade, and we noted how we weren’t entirely sure now if Total War: WARHAMMER III was still happening. Feral spotted this and reached out to confirm with no ambiguity that the port of Total War: WARHAMMER III to Linux “is in progress and we will share more info at a later time”.

      • Steam Deck Popularity Leads to Spike in Linux Use

        Given that the upcoming hand-held PC by Valve has its operating system based on Linux, it’s not too surprising that the Steam Deck crew are keen to make use of the open-source system, even if it’s not the powerhouse that Windows is. Recently, both Valve and Nvidia teamed up to bring DLSS to Linux systems. Now, it seems as though the OS has another reason to celebrate, possibly thanks to the developer and publisher’s upcoming hand-held device.

        In a recent report, it’s been announced that interest in Linux has risen, showing that more people are now starting to use the operating system, according to a survey on Steam hardware. While there doesn’t seem to be any way to know for sure, it’s entirely possible that this increase has occurred thanks to the announcement of the Steam Deck. The report goes on to estimate that if the number of Steam users a month has averaged around 120 million since the start of the year, then just over 1.2 million of them were active Linux users. This puts the open-source software into the 1% market share.

      • Total War: WARHAMMER II – The Silence & The Fury DLC Is Out Now for Linux

        Officially released on July 1st, 2021, the Total War: WARHAMMER II The Silence & The Fury DLC is the final Legendary Lords Pack for the Total War: WARHAMMER II turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms.

        Of course, the Linux and macOS versions were ported by renewed Feral Interactive, which today they bring The Silence & The Fury DLC for Linux gamers. The DLC adds two unique Legendary Lords who lead their own factions, namely Oxyotl, He Who Hunts Unseen, for the Lizardmen, and Taurox the Brass Bull for the Beastmen.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Cutelee 6 released

          Cutelee is templating engine forked from Grantlee. This major release was created to support both Qt5 and Qt6, it was not an easy port due Qt6 changes to QVariant, we got some patches for this port, and I finished the remaining issues.

          It differs from Grantlee in which it already has support for more Django template tags, a few performance optimizations, and most importantly to me is the ability to extend without the hassled of creating a plugin and have it installed in some magical place. You can just register it with the engine and be done with it.

    • Distributions

      • 2021 hardcore list of linux distributions without elogind and other systemd parts

        This list is going to be short and there may be a sublist of distros with a medium strict standard. We shall explain what the object is, below the short list (which we hope the community will assist in making longer as we have not been able to currently review the work of every distro and fork.

      • New Releases

        • Alpine 3.14.1 released

          The Alpine Linux project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 3.14.1 of its Alpine Linux operating system.

          This release includes a fix for apk-tools CVE-2021-36159.

          The full lists of changes can be found in the git log.

      • Arch Family

        • Best Arch Linux Based Distributions in 2021

          Arch Linux has a reputation for being a do-it-yourself Linux distribution. The notable features of Arch Linux are rolling upgrades, Pacman, AUR, and its speed. It’s meant for x86-64 processors.

          Usually, it requires the installation of applications and configuration of the system from the ground up, which calls for high expertise and experience.

          Thankfully, the open-source community has provided some cutting-edge, and user-friendly Arch-based distributions that are tailored for a wider user base including desktop users, developers, gamers, and even beginners transitioning to Linux from Windows or Mac. These distros provide essential applications, out of the box, to help you hit the ground running.

          In this guide, we list the 6 best Arch Linux based distributions in 2021.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Your one-on-one meeting doesn’t have to be this way

          Whenever I’m speaking with colleagues and clients near the end of a quarter, I often hear from managers rushing to squeeze their one-on-one meetings with employees into tight deadlines. Every time I ask an employee if they’ve enjoyed their one-on-one with a manager, the answer is unanimously “no.” And every time I ask a manager if they’ve enjoyed their one-on-one with an employee, the answer is unanimously “no, but I have to do it.”

        • Fedora Community Blog: Would you use this as your homepage?

          The Design team have been working to revamp start.fedoraproject.org which is the default homepage in a fresh Fedora Linux installation. We are super excited to show you the progress we have made so far.

        • Troubleshooting application performance with Red Hat OpenShift metrics, Part 5: Test results

          This is the final article in a series demonstrating the process of performance testing Service Binding Operator for acceptance into the Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift. In Part 4, I explained how I gathered performance metrics for the Developer Sandbox team. I also discussed the additional metrics we used to measure the developer experience using Service Binding Operator.

          The payoff comes in this final article, where I present the test rounds I undertook as the application developed and how I interpreted the results.

        • IT leadership: 4 team-building tips for the next normal

          These days, enterprise executives are pondering many questions around hybrid and remote work models: When should they bring their teams back to the office – if at all? How will they onboard new hires in a remote or hybrid environment? The list goes on.

          At the same time, employees are still experiencing the ripple effects of disruptions brought on by COVID-19. Digital burnout, feeling disconnected and overworked, and general exhaustion are among employee complaints in the 2021 Work Trend Index by Microsoft. Additionally, the report anticipates a mass exodus of team members in search of roles that better align with their priorities, predicting that 41 percent of the workforce is likely to consider leaving their current employer by the end of the year.

        • Hybrid work model: 5 advantages

          As the pandemic starts to subside in some parts of the world, many employees expect to see more flexible work options. However, 68 percent of organizations have no plan or detailed vision in place for hybrid work, according to a study by McKinsey.

          Here are five advantages of the hybrid work model to keep in mind as you plan your return-to-office policies.

        • The state of enterprise open source in the financial services industry

          We conducted interviews with 1,250 IT leaders worldwide, who weren’t necessarily Red Hat customers, to get an unbiased picture of how, where, and why they use enterprise open source. The results were shared in the third installment of Red Hat’s “The State of Enterprise Open Source” report earlier this year.

          The survey included respondents from 13 different countries, who indicated enterprise open source has become a default choice of IT departments around the world. Industries that have historically been more associated with proprietary technology are also embracing open source technology. Take financial services, for example. Let’s dive into key findings from IT leaders hailing from banks, insurance providers, and other financial services.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 21.10 Finally Removed “Standard” Theme-box, Only Light & Dark Mode Now

          Ubuntu 21.10 daily build got an update for its gnome-control-center package(System Settings) recently. The ‘Standard’ mode is finally removed from the Appearance settings.

          The Yaru theme developer team submitted the request to remove the ‘Standard’ theme when in June, since both GTK3 and GTK4 do NOT support having different background / text colors for headerbar than in the rest of the window.

          The development build of Ubuntu 21.10 finally apply the change in the recent update. The ‘Window colors’ options under Appearance settings are now only fully dark and fully light. There’s no longer dark header bar with light window color called ‘Standard’.

        • Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” Has Been Released: See What’s New [Ed: Late article]

          ​​​​​​Linux Mint is one of the most popular distros for home users. It’s a community-developed effort that provides a modern yet highly customizable OS for users looking for a hassle-free Linux experience. The developers recently released the latest stable version, 20.2, codenamed Uma.

          This new LTS release will be supported until 2025 and brings many refinements to the distro. Check out what new features you will get in Linux Mint 20.2 below.

        • Unlock the Chromecast with Google TV bootloader to run LineageOS or Ubuntu (older models only)

          The $50 Chromecast with Google TV is a dongle that hangs from the HDMI port of a TV, allowing you to stream video, listen to music, or play games using Google’s software.

          Want to use it for something more? A team of developers have just released a method for unlocking the bootloader. That makes it possible to replace Google’s software with alternate operating systems such as the open source, Android-based LineageOS or even a GNU/Linux distribution like Ubuntu. But before you get too excited, you should know that the bootloader can only be unlocked on some Chromecast units.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Coreboot 6 Open-Source Firmware Is Now Available for Star Labs’ Linux Laptops

        The Coreboot 6 open-source firmware is now available for the Star LabTop Mk III, Star LabTop Mk IV, and StarBook Mk V notebooks, along with an updated Coreboot Configurator utility, bringing lots of new features and improvements.

        Highlights include a new Boot Graphics Resource Table (BGRT) logo, updated Firmware Support Package (FSP), updated microcode, new Video BIOS Tables (VBT) that prioritize performance over power consumption, as well as the use the libgfxinit graphics initialization (aka modesetting) library for embedded environments for the Star LabTop Mk III and Star LabTop Mk IV laptops.

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • Hurrah, Chrome for Linux Now Supports CSD Properly

            The latest development builds of Google Chrome fix several of the browser’s extant CSD issues on Linux desktops.

            Those of you mouthing “What CSD related issues?!” at your screens (and thus me) probably run Google Chrome maximised on the desktop.

            However, those of us who run the browser windowed have to endure (hyperbole) Chrome’s cranky client-side decoration support which draws a thick border around the entire window. This is highly noticeable in GTK themes with dark header bars, like Ubuntu’s Yaru.

            Compare the current stable version of Google Chrome for Linux (v92 at the time of writing) against the current unstable build (v94) by dragging the divider in the image below (if you read from an RSS reader or a scraper site you won’t be able to do this because hey: the internet doesn’t work like that, honey).

        • Mozilla

          • Data@Mozilla: This Week in Glean: Building a Mobile Acquisition Dashboard in Looker

            As part of the DUET (Data User Engagement Team) working group, some of my day-to-day work involves building dashboards for visualizing user engagement aspects of the Firefox product. At Mozilla, we recently decided to use Looker to create dashboards and interactive views on our datasets. It’s a new system to learn but provides a flexible model for exploring data. In this post, I’ll walk through the development of several mobile acquisition funnels built in Looker. The most familiar form of engagement modeling is probably through funnel analysis — measuring engagement by capturing a cohort of users as they flow through various acquisition channels into the product. Typically, you’d visualize the flow as a Sankey or funnel plot, counting retained users at every step. The chart can help build intuition about bottlenecks or the performance of campaigns.

            Mozilla owns a few mobile products; there is Firefox for Android, Firefox for iOS, and then Firefox Focus on both operating systems (also known as Klar in certain regions). We use Glean to instrument these products. The foremost benefit of Glean is that it encapsulates many best practices from years of instrumenting browsers; as such, all of the tables that capture anonymized behavior activity are consistent across the products. One valuable idea from this setup is that writing a query for a single product should allow it to extend to others without too much extra work. In addition, we pull in data from both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store to analyze the acquisition numbers. Looker allows us to take advantage of similar schemas with the ability to templatize queries.

          • Mozilla Addons Blog: Thank you, Recommended Extensions Community Board!

            Given the broad visibility of Recommended extensions across addons.mozilla.org (AMO), the Firefox Add-ons Manager, and other places we promote extensions, we believe our curatorial process should include a wide range of perspectives from our global community of contributors. That’s why we have the Recommended Extensions Advisory Board—an ongoing project that involves a rotating group of contributors to help identify and evaluate new extension candidates for the program.

            Our most recent community board just completed their six-month project and I’d like to take a moment to thank Sylvain Giroux, Jyotsna Gupta, Chandan Baba, Juraj Mäsiar, and Pranjal Vyas for sharing their time, passion, and knowledge of extensions. Their insights helped usher a wave of new extensions into the Recommended program, including really compelling content like I Don’t Care About Cookies (A+ cookie manager), Tab Stash (highly original take on tab management), Custom Scrollbars (neon colored scrollbar? Yes please!), PocketTube (great way to organize a bunch of YouTube subscriptions), and many more.

          • Jeff Klukas: Deduplication: Where Apache Beam Fits In

            This session will start with a brief overview of the problem of duplicate records and the different options available for handling them. We’ll then explore two concrete approaches to deduplication within a Beam streaming pipeline implemented in Mozilla’s open source codebase for ingesting telemetry data from Firefox clients.

          • Firefox Add-on Reviews: Read EPUB e-books right in your browser

            For many online readers you simply can’t beat the convenience and clarity of reading e-books in EPUB form (i.e. “electronic publication”). EPUB literature adjusts nicely to any screen size or device, but if you want to read EPUBs in your browser, you’ll need an extension to open their distinct files. Here are a few extensions to help turn your browser into an awesome digital bookshelf.

          • Mozilla Performance Blog: Performance in progress

            In the last six months the Firefox performance team has implemented changes to improve startup, responsiveness, security (Fission), and web standards.

          • An update from Firefox

            Selena Deckelmann, SVP of Firefox shares an update of how Firefox is re-imagining what more the browser can do to help you navigate today’s Internet and get to the good stuff. We started with a redesign, but that was only the start. Firefox is out to unlock the power of the open and independent web for everyone.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • Apache Cassandra 4.0 Features Increased Speed And Scalability

          Nearly six years on from the release of Apache Cassandra 3.0, the community behind the popular open-source distributed database has announced the release of v4.0 of Apache Cassandra. Patrick McFadin, VP of Developer Relations at DataStax, and Ben Bromhead, CTO of Instaclustr, join TFiR Newsroom to talk more about the release.

          The first issue to be addressed is the importance Cassandra holds in the modern world. McFadin starts off by talking about what workloads Cassandra is focused on, i.e. websites and mobile applications. McFadin says, “When you use a mobile app on your phone, you’re probably using Cassandra.”

      • FSFE

        • Dutch authority enforces Router Freedom

          The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has published new rules that will move Router Freedom forward in the Netherlands. Within 6 months Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have to comply and offer the option for consumers and companies to connect a modem or router of their own choice. The FSFE acknowledges this decision as a major win for consumer rights.

          Router Freedom is the right that consumers of any ISP have to choose and use a private modem and router instead of equipment that the ISP provides. In its publication (.pdf) the Dutch Authority cites the BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation of the Open Internet Regulation as the reason for stating the new rules. These guidelines came about with the persistent effort of the FSFE to draw attention to the importance of and right to Router Freedom. As another motivation the ACM explicitly mentions the “significant” group of users wanting to take control of their personal data and network devices.

          The new regulation clarifies which part of the infrastructure falls under the governance of the ISP and for which part the user is free to choose their own solution. Router Freedom also implies a user is still free to choose a modem or router offered by the ISP. It is an important step forward that this practice will be the norm from 27 February 2022 and will be enforced by the Dutch regulator. Although the legal aspects have been defined now in the Netherlands, in practice Router Freedom was already tolerated in the country. Most ISPs indicated that they allow consumers to connect their own preferred devices. One even gives consumers a discount if they use their own router or modem.

      • FSF

        • The threat of software patents persists

          At the Free Software Foundation (FSF) we have reported extensively on many issues concerning user freedom. In this article, we will reintroduce a problem that has plagued the free software community for many years: the problem of software patents. In the past, we had several successful campaigns against them, and people have mistakenly assumed that the threat has gone away. It has not. Patents have steadily been dominating the software sector, and the situation is bound to get worse.

          Before we delve into the complexities of this issue, it’s important to know the basics: a patent is a legal tool that gives its owner the right to prevent others from using an invention in any way for a limited period of years. A software patent is a patent that applies to software.

          What follows will answer a number of questions: what software patents are; what their history is; what their legal status is today; what problem is posed by their enforcement; how our past successful campaigns were not enough to eliminate them; and finally, how you can help us fight against them, today. Unfortunately, for a proper explanation we ought to get a bit technical, but please bear with us.

        • GNU Projects

          • GCC 12′s Static Analyzer Gaining Initial Assembly Support

            Merged into the GNU Compiler Collection development code on Wednesday was an initial implementation of Assembly support for its analyzer.

            With the GCC 12 compiler release due out early next year there will now be at least initial support for Assembly within this growing static analyzer functionality. Like with much of GCC’s static analyzer support, this initial ASM support was worked on by Red Hat’s David Malcolm.

          • mailutils Version 3.13

            Version 3.13 of GNU mailutils is [https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/mailutils/mailutils-3.13.tar.gz available for download.

            New in this version:

            Improved mailbox locking.
            Changes in the ‘locking’ configuration statement.
            Important changes in mail utility.

          • July GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: Fifteen new GNU releases!

            15 new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 26, 2021):

      • Programming/Development

        • Use of at() Function in C++ Vector – Linux Hint

          The vector is used in C++ to create the dynamic array and the size of the vector can be changed by adding or removing the elements. The at() function of the vector is used to access the element of the particular position that exists in the vector. It throws an exception if the position value is invalid. The uses of the at() function in the C++ vector have shown in this tutorial.

        • 2-Dimensional Vector in C++ – Linux Hint

          The vector is used to create a dynamic array and the size of the vector can be increased and decreased by adding and removing elements from the vector. When a vector is declared inside another vector then the vector is called a 2-Dimensional vector that works like a 2-Dimensional array. The 2-Dimensional vector contains multiple numbers of rows where each row is another vector. The uses of a 2-Dimensional vector in C++ have shown in this tutorial.

        • Use of C++ unique_ptr – Linux Hint

          The smart pointers are used to allocate the resource dynamically. Many types of smart pointers are used in C++ for various purposes, such as auto_ptr, unique_ptr, and shared_ptr. The auto_ptr pointer is deprecated in the new version of C++. The unique_ptr is used in replacement of the auto_ptr. The object of this pointer can take ownership of the pointer. The object of this pointer owns the pointer uniquely, and no other pointer can point to the object. The unique_ptr deletes the objects automatically. This pointer manages those objects if the objects are destroyed, or the value of the object is changed or the reset() function is called. The features of the unique_ptr and the uses of this pointer are discussed in this tutorial.

        • Using & Operator in C – Linux Hint

          Operators are the fundamental concepts of every computer language, and they are used to provide the groundwork for new programmers. Operators are basic symbols that assist us in performing scientific and analytical processes. In C and C++, operators are instruments or characters used to execute mathematical, analytical, probabilistic, and bitwise arithmetic computations. Bitwise operators, often recognized as bit-level coding, have been utilized to manipulate data only at the consolidated level. Bitwise performs operations on one or even more data bits or decimal digits only at bit level. These are used to speed up the calculating procedure in arithmetic operations. Bitwise functions cannot be used directly to the primitive data types like float, double, etc. Constantly keep in mind, bitwise operators have been most commonly employed with numerical data types due to their comparability. The bitwise logical operators act a bit at a time on the information, beginning with the lowest relevant ones (LSB), which would be the right side bit, and finding their way to some of the most likely values (MSB), which would be the leftmost piece.

        • C++ shared_ptr – Linux Hint

          The shared_ptr is one type of smart pointers of C++ that contains the shared ownership of the object created by the pointer. It shares the ownership of the object when storing the pointer into another object, and the shared reference counter counts the number of owners. The shared_ptr increases the reference counter by one after copying the object and decreases the reference counter by one after destroying the object. The memory owned by the object is reallocated if the object owned by the last shared_ptr is destroyed, or the reset() function is called to assign another pointer for the object. When the shared_ptr does not own any object, then it is called an empty shared pointer. Different uses of the shared_ptr have been shown in this tutorial.

        • Sorting C++ Vectors

          The C++ vector is like an array with member functions (methods). The vector’s length can be increased or be decreased in the program execution. The vector has many member functions. Among all these member functions, non-sorts the vector. However, C++ has a library called the algorithm library. This library has a lot of general-purpose algorithmic functions. One of these is the sort() function. This function can be used to sort C++ containers such as the vector. All values of a vector are values of the same type.

          A programmer can write his own sort() function. However, the sort() function from the algorithm library is likely to perform better than what the ordinary programmer writes.

        • The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: June 2021 [Ed: Microsoft-funded 'analyst' basing its 'study' of programming languages on Microsoft; or based on a set of projects that chose Microsoft proprietary software for code hosting; is this scientific? Of course not.]

          The data source used for the GitHub portion of the analysis is the GitHub Archive.

        • Godot Engine – Multiplayer in Godot 4.0: On servers, RSETs and state updates

          It’s time for the first update on Godot 4.0 multiplayer and networking changes.

          In this post, I’ll focus on the new “headless” display, and the removal of multiplayer RSETs (read below before despairing!), along with keeping you hyped with some of the new features planned or in the work.

        • Board for 60 ESP-01 modules that update firmware from Github, mine “Duino Coins” [Ed: GitHub is the wrong platform and choosing it is a hallmark of bad taste and irrationality]

          That is why he designed a board to make it neater, and easier to manage. Each ESP-01 module can update firmware from the Internet, more especially from Github, as each time a new firmware version is uploaded to Github, the wireless module will automatically download and upgrade to the latest firmware.

        • Python

          • Python gets a “Developer-in-Residence”

            Backlogs in bug triage, code review, and other elements of the development process are nothing new for free-software projects; there is clearly a lot more interest in creating new features (and the bugs that go with them, of course) than in taking on the less-satisfying bits. For a large project like CPython, though, the backlog can seriously impede progress—potentially chasing off contributors whose work falls through the cracks. In order to address that, the Python Software Foundation (PSF) has raised some funds to hire Łukasz Langa as the CPython “Developer-in-Residence”. Langa will be working to help clear the backlog, while also looking into other areas of interest to the PSF and the Python steering council.

            Langa is a longtime CPython core developer and the release manager for Python 3.8 and 3.9; he is also the creator of the Black code formatter for Python. But, beyond all of that, he has been advocating for more full-time Python developers for a while now, so this is something of a dream come true for him personally.

          • GL announces T1 E1 Analyzer Client/Server Scripting for

            GL Communications Inc., a global leader in telecom test and measurement solutions, addressed the press regarding their T1 E1 Analyzer which supports Python Client/Server scripting for both Windows and Linux operating systems.

          • Python Wrapper for C++ solving the recent YandexQ problem
        • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Cameron Kaiser: And now for something completely different: Australia needs to cut the crap with expats

        I am an Australian-American dual citizen (via my mother, who is Australian, but is resident in the United States), and my wife of five years is Australian. She is legimately a resident of Australia because she was completing her master’s degree there and had to teach in the Australian system to get an unrestricted credential. All this happened when the borders closed. Anyone normally resident in Australia must obtain an exemption to leave the country and cite good cause, except to a handful of countries like New Zealand (who only makes the perfectly reasonable requirement that its residents have a spot in quarantine for when they return).

        It was already difficult to exit Australia before, which is why, for the six weeks that I’ve gotten to see my wife since January 2020, it was me traveling to Australia. Here again many thanks to Air New Zealand, who were very understanding on rescheduling (twice) and even let us keep our Star Alliance Gold status even though we weren’t flying much, I did my two weeks of quarantine, got my two negative tests, and was released into the hinterlands of regional New South Wales to visit that side of the family. Upon return to Sydney Airport, it was a simple matter to leave the country, since it was already obvious in the immigration records that I don’t normally reside in it.


        I realize as (technically) an expat there isn’t much of a constituency to join, but even given we’re in the middle of a pandemic this crap has to stop. Restricting entries is heavyhanded, but understandable. Reminding those exiting that they’re responsible for hotel or camp quarantine upon return is onerous (and should be reexamined at minimum for those who have indeed gotten the jab), but defensible. Preventing Australian citizens from leaving altogether, especially those with family, is unconscionable and the arbitrary nature of the exemption process is a foul joke.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Strong Issues with MacOS BigSur on MacBook Pro M1

          After switching from my Intel-based MacBook Pro from 2019 with I9 to the MacBook Pro M1, the fun didn’t last very long. Since then, I spend a lot of time maintaining and analyzing Mac problems and don’t get to work.

        • Security

          • Security updates for Thursday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (jetty9 and openexr), openSUSE (mariadb and virtualbox), Red Hat (go-toolset-1.15 and go-toolset-1.15-golang), SUSE (djvulibre and mariadb), and Ubuntu (opencryptoki).

          • Linux Security Improvements Needed

            Linux security expert Kees Cook says more investment is needed in “bug fixers, reviewers, testers, infrastructure builders, toolchain devs, and security devs.” He notes, for example, that “the stable kernel releases (“bug fixes only”) each contain close to 100 new fixes per week.”

          • Google slams Linux kernel, says it needs major security investment | TechRadar

            Google has highlighted what it says are shortcomings in the Linux kernel from a security perspective, and the issues these create for downstream vendors who roll the kernel into products.

            In a blog post, Kees Cook from Google’s Open Source Security Team compares the Linux kernel to the US automotive industry of the 1960s in order to drive home the point that while the kernel runs flawlessly, when it fails, it falls apart miserably.

            “The huge community surrounding Linux allows it to do amazing things and run smoothly. What’s still missing, though, is sufficient focus to make sure that Linux fails well too,” wrote Cook.

          • NSA, CISA release Kubernetes hardening guidance following Colonial Pipeline, other attacks | CSO Online

            Earlier this week, the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint document entitled Kubernetes Hardening Guidance. Kubernetes is an open-source orchestration system that relies on containers to automate the deployment, scaling and management of applications, usually in a cloud environment. According to the most recent State of Kubernetes Security report by RedHat, more than half the security professionals surveyed said they delayed deploying Kubernetes applications into production due to security.

          • NSA, CISA Report Outlines Risks, Mitigations for Kubernetes

            Two of the largest government security agencies are laying out the key cyberthreats to Kubernetes, the popular platform for orchestrating and managing containers, and ways to harden the open-source tool against attacks.

            In a 52-page report released this week, the National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) noted the advantages to enterprises using Kubernetes to automate the deployment, scaling and managing of containers and running it in the cloud, citing both the flexibility and security benefits when compared to other monolithic software platforms.

            “However, securely managing everything from microservices to the underlying infrastructure introduces other complexities,” the report’s authors wrote. “Kubernetes clusters can be complex to secure and are often abused in compromises that exploit their misconfigurations.”

          • Qualys, Red Hat To Drive Greater Security For Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS, Red Hat OpenShift

            Qualys has joined hands with Red Hat to drive greater security for both the container and host operating system for Red Hat OpenShift. The Cloud Agent for Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS on OpenShift combined with the Qualys solution for Container Security provides continuous discovery of packages and vulnerabilities for the complete Red Hat OpenShift stack.

          • Researchers Find Significant Vulnerabilities…

            Attacks require executing code on a system but foil Apple’s approach to protecting private data and systems files.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Austria continues to play steady role in European patent litigation [Ed: JUVE is spamming or link-farming for Austrian patent litigation giants, but it is disguised as news]

          Despite the turbulence of the past year, Austria’s patent courts have steadily ticked over. Not only did the courts clarify the possibilities of gathering evidence in preliminary injunction proceedings, but an initial court decision reflects the new rules of the EU Trade Secrets Directive. Now, in the new JUVE Patent Austria ranking, we showcase the rising stars of the Austrian patent market.

          Aside from the landmark ruling on preliminary injunctions, Austrian courts only decided on a few Europe-wide pharma and biosimilar disputes. Nevertheless, Austrian law firms were repeatedly involved in individual questions in such proceedings. One example is the pemetrexed case, which involves questions of patent infringement by equivalents.

          Also currently pending is the Illumina vs. MGI case concerning DNA sequencing technology. The French courts have also handed down initial rulings in the dispute, as has the UK when the High Court grappled with issues of sufficiency in its first judgment.


          Sandoz produces biosimilars at its Tyrolean plant, including the antibody rituximab. The company has central European approval for the product.

          In addition to the application for a search of premises, the case also sought the release of certain documents to disclose the manufacturing process. Now, the threshold for such disclosures in preliminary injunction proceedings is clearer.

        • Software Patents

          • WSOU ’770 patent challenged

            On July 2, 2021, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 7,333,770, formerly owned by Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc. (Nokia Corporation) but now owned by WSOU Investments, LLC. The ‘770 patent is generally related to broadcasting data in a telecommunications system and is being asserted against TP-Link Technology Co.

          • EPO challenge filed against another ETRI patent

            On July 27, 2021, Unified Patents filed an opposition in the EPO against EP 3448036. The EP ‘036 patent is owned by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). The patent is part of a large family with related patents designated as essential to the H.265 and AV1 standards by HEVC Advance and SISVEL, respectively. It is also related to U.S. Patent 9,781,448 against which Unified has filed an IPR in April 2021.

Then They Censor You… and Then You Win (Not Windows)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 10:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related (old): Negative Review of MS Surface Published, Microsoft Contacts Blogger and Has It Removed

Here we go again... No, it's new; Like Vista 7 to Vista?
So-called ‘upgrade’ to Vista 11 = Vista 10 + paid-for media hype (PR/marketing and censorship of dissenting/objective views) + additional restrictions (vendor lock-in)

Summary: Microsoft’s expensive vapourware marketing campaign (whitewash or powercycle of Vista 10) isn’t going according to plan

THERE is not much to say about Vista 11 (notice we’ve barely mentioned it, even in Daily Links) because it’s mostly a branding move. It’s designed and timed to cover up Vista 10′s failures amongst other things.

Yes, Vista 10 and the “version inflation” (“11″) are pretty much the same thing. Under the hood it’s the same spaghetti. We saw that before with Vista and the hyped-up “7″, which boiled down to a massive media propaganda campaign. Including bribed bloggers.

“If you’re still using Windows, give GNU/Linux a go; it’s free and if you like it, then you can keep it perpetually.”As always, we strongly urge people to examine real alternatives, including GNU/Linux distros (Apple is just a brand change). In technical terms, freedom aspects put aside, GNU/Linux has been ahead of Windows for well over a decade. We put together some video demos of GNU/Linux about 13 years ago in this page. A lot of things have improved since then and in terms of functionality KDE is vastly ahead of Windows (Microsoft only ever copies all the good features — stuff already inherent and integrated into GNU/Linux distros). If you’re still using Windows, give GNU/Linux a go; it’s free and if you like it, then you can keep it perpetually. It will also respect your freedom, which is something money cannot buy.

With keyloggers, “telemetry” and other malicious ‘features’ (like listening devices) becoming ‘standard practice’ in the proprietary world we need to urge people to make the switch. The sooner, the better. Our dignity sometimes depends on our peers’ choice of technology. We need to eradicate malicious technology and if the companies that make such technology collapse, then so be it and good riddance.

More in Vista 11: So, let me get this straight... You added more restrictions and you want me to pay for it again?

KDE does far more and costs nothing:

Video download link

Firefox Cannot be Trusted at the Hands of Today’s Mozilla Management

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 8:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 9e42c0316f9d4fcea8394775866d9abd

Summary: Mozilla’s managers are a big part of today’s problem/s; they aren’t resigning, instead they lay off loads of technical staff that has worked on Firefox (while rewarding themselves with further pay increases) and Firefox users aren’t treated with respect; the way things are going, this is just commercial suicide

FOLLOWING the controversy about Audacity's management with its ‘telemetry’ ambitions (they always try to say it is for users’ benefit) we don’t see much of a controversy over Mozilla’s hiring of surveillance capitalists from Facebook and data collection from Firefox users.

In the video above I explain some of the background and history, knowing that it started a very long time ago. I then look at 3 Mozilla posts from less than 24 hours ago. To quote from our Daily Links of yesterday: “Mozilla needs to block ads/advertisers, not suck up to them, but Mozilla is funded by Google and Google profits a lot from targeted (spying-based) advertising, so we get blog posts like these; do what users of Firefox want, not [Mozilla’s sponsors” (the post this comment refers to has since then been removed, but these other two [1, 2] are still online).

Mozilla says: “Yet Facebook has again taken steps to shut down this exact kind of research on its platform, a troubling pattern we have witnessed from Facebook including sidelining their own Crowdtangle and killing a suite of tools from Propublica and Mozilla in 2019.”

And around the same time Mozilla hired managers from Facebook. How are we supposed to trust this company if it’s still run by those very same people? Concerns are growing and are spreading in blogs/vlogs this week.

We need to make Firefox better. What about minorities? Firefox is for everybody.
Mozilla should have focused more on the Web browser, Firefox, and its users/developers

Links 5/8/2021: More AAA Games for GNU/Linux, Firefox Loses 50M Users in Two Years

Posted in News Roundup at 7:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Pantavisor Linux Brings Container Portability and Agility to Embedded Systems on IoT

        The Pantacor team is excited to announce the release of Pantabox and Pantavisor.io. Inspired by other open source projects like Busybox, Pantabox is a self-contained frontend for managing Pantavisor Linux directly on IoT devices. In addition to this, we launched a new home and community for Pantavisor Linux – our open source framework for containerized embedded Linux development. In this post, we discuss the evolution of Pantavisor Linux and where it’s heading. Then we’ll show you Pantabox as the optimal developer experience for your embedded Linux IoT container projects.

      • Grafana Enterprise Logs 1.1: Access control for log lines with sensitive data [Ed: Automated translation]

        Grafana Enterprise Logs only found its way into the Grafana Enterprise Stack at the beginning of the year, and version 1.1 is now available. The software provider Grafana Labs has added some new features to its tool, including label-based access control (LBAC).

      • Best Linux VPS Hosting – Comparison and Guide

        If you’re looking for your next Linux VPS hosting provider, this guide will help you find it. We’ll go into details of what Linux VPS is, what makes a provider “the best”, explore all the options, and compare the best Linux VPS hosting providers.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to reduce PDF size in Ubuntu

        All of us use LibreOffice or Microsoft Word programs to create documents that can be exported in PDF format. Sometimes, however, these PDF files tend to get too large and unwieldy in size. Many websites have size restrictions on the files you upload; therefore, it causes a real headache when the file is too big. There are several solutions to this problem, which we will discuss and discuss in this article.

      • What Is Kali Undercover? How to Install It on Linux

        Imagine that you’re using Kali Linux, your favorite penetration testing OS, in public. You don’t want someone to give you strange looks while you’re performing a network scan through the terminal, right?

        Offensive Security, the company that maintains Kali Linux, has developed a quick solution for this. Kali’s undercover mode can change the appearance of your desktop, making it look like a traditional Windows system, the one which is familiar to most people.

        In this article, you will learn more about Kali Undercover, how to use it, and the steps to install it on your Linux system.

      • How to install MetaTrader 4 with the KOT4X Broker on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install MetaTrader 4 with the KOT4X Broker on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to Execute Curl With Kubectl – Linux Hint

        The command-line tool cURL or Curl, which refers to client URL, is used by developers to transport data to and from a server. At its most basic level, Curl allows you to communicate with a server by defining the destination in the form of a URL and the data you wish to transmit. Curl operates on practically every platform and supports a variety of protocols, which include HTTP and HTTPS. This makes Curl suitable for testing connectivity from a local server to most edge devices or from practically any device. Curl is nearly ubiquitous, whether it’s for validating an API’s output before sending it to production or just requesting a response from a website to ensure it’s not down. Curl is a popular and powerful command. It comes in handy when you are reliant on the command line. It comes with a variety of features and supports a range of protocols. That’s a compelling reason to master this command. Curl commands are intended to be used as a technique to test URL connectivity and a data transmission tool. On the client-side, Curl is driven by libcurl, a free URL transfer library. Because it is developed to function without user interaction, this technology is preferred for automation. Curl can transport several files at once. In the following guide, we are going to check out the usage of the curl command using kubectl in Ubuntu 20.04 operating system.

      • How to Enable ZFS Compression – Linux Hint

        The file system compression feature compresses the files stored on the file system automatically to save the precious disk space of your storage device.
        Like many other file systems, the ZFS file system also supports file system-level compression.

        The benefits of ZFS file system compression are:

        i) Saves Disk Spaces: As I have mentioned, when ZFS compression is enabled, the files you store on your ZFS pool/file system are compressed to save disk space.

        ii) Reduces File Access Time: Processors these days are very fast. They can decompress files in real-time. So, it takes less time to decompress a file than to retrieve it from a storage device (i.e., hard drive). As compressed files take less storage area, they can be retrieved faster from the storage device (i.e., hard drive) than uncompressed files and can be decompressed on the fly. Overall, this reduces file access time and improves the file system performance.

        This article will show you how to enable compression on your ZFS pool and file systems. I will also show you how local and inherited compression of ZFS pool and file systems works. So, let’s get started.

      • How Do I Check My UFW Log? – Linux Hint

        This tutorial explains how to enable UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) logging and how to read the logs. A firewall is critical to maintain security on your linux and ubuntu systems.

        After reading this tutorial, you will know how to find and read UFW logs. For a complete UFW tutorial, you can read Working with Debian Firewalls (UFW).

      • How to open Google Chrome from the Terminal in Ubuntu? – Linux Hint

        Although most versions of Ubuntu come with Mozilla Firefox installed as the default browser, having Google Chrome installed has its fair advantages. Google Chrome has been the superior choice when it comes to browsing on a desktop, having support for most plugins and a variety of add-ons, the likes of which cannot be found on any other browser.

        This makes Google Chrome an ideal browser and a must-have no matter which operating system you are running. This guide will help you install Google Chrome on Ubuntu and instructions to use it with the help of the Terminal.

        Although this guide is meant for versions of Ubuntu, it should work the same way for any Linux Distribution.

      • How to limit ssh with UFW – Linux Hint

        This tutorial explains how to limit the ssh access using UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall), denying connections from IP addresses who failed to establish a minimum of 6 connections within 30 seconds.

        This feature is very useful for protocols supporting login authenticated connections such as ssh or ftp among others, preventing brute force attacks.

      • How to add secondary IP address on RHEL/CentOS 8

        Sometimes, you might have to assign a secondary IP address to a single Network Interface Card (NIC) on RHEL 8 and CentOS 8 systems.

        There are numerous reasons for this and some of them, such as application requirement or installation of SSL certificate.

        There are two ways to add a secondary IP address to the RHEL 7 and CentOS 7 network interface.

      • Avoid Head Spinning

        If you’re like me and constantly keep triggering it by accident (Blender zooming being Inkscape’s panning having to do with it), you’ll be happy to learn it can be completely disabled. Sip on your favorite beverage and dive into the thick preferences dialog again (Edit>Preferences), this time you’re searching for Lock canvas rotation by default in the Interface section. One more thing that might throw you off is that you need to restart Inkscape for the change to have any effect.

    • Games

      • Total War: WARHAMMER II – The Silence & The Fury out now for Linux | GamingOnLinux

        After a few weeks of waiting, porter Feral Interactive has updated Total War: WARHAMMER II to support The Silence & The Fury DLC along with the latest huge free update. Originally released on July 14, Feral ported it over to macOS on July 29 so we’ve had a bit of an extra wait here.

        The Silence & The Fury introduces new Legendary Lords for the Lizardmen and the Beastmen, each leading their own factions with new characters and units, as well as unique gameplay mechanics and narrative objectives.

      • Embracer Group swallows up even more developers and publishers | GamingOnLinux

        Embracer Group has announced today that they (or their direct subsidiary companies) have acquired a bunch more developers and publishers and so the concerning consolidation continues.

        For those that don’t know Embracer Group already own the likes of THQ Nordic GmbH, Koch Media GmbH/Deep Silver, Coffee Stain AB, Amplifier Game Invest, Saber Interactive, DECA Games, Gearbox Entertainment and Easybrain. It goes further since there’s also over 60 game studios owned all together with the likes of Aspyr Media, Volition, Warhorse, Flying Wild Hog, 4A Games, New World Interactive and the list just goes on.

      • Unbound: Worlds Apart is a gorgeous platformer where you open portals between worlds | GamingOnLinux

        Become the mage Soli and travel through a dangerous world in Unbound: Worlds Apart, a platformer that has you spawn portals between two different worlds to overcome many challenges. Note: key provided by the developer.

        “Teleport in as Soli, a young mage with the power to open portals and control the properties of each world – such as inverse gravity, time manipulation, super strength and more. There are 10 different portals with unique mechanics to discover.

        On the journey to master Soli’s ever-growing powers, players will traverse ethereal hand-drawn environments, complete quests, collect ancient lore, outmaneuver enemies and meet a cast of otherworldly characters – all while unraveling the mysterious story of Unbound: Worlds Apart.”

      • Check out how co-op will work in Book of Travels the tiny online RPG | GamingOnLinux

        Book of Travels is the upcoming TMORPG (Tiny Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game) from the Meadow developer Might and Delight. It’s releasing this month and now we can see a bit of what co-op will be like.

        It’s supposed to be a bit like an anti-answer to MMORPGs, with a focus on small player counts and you don’t even directly chat with others. Instead, you master a special in-game language. The whole idea in Book of Travels is quite fascinating and with it entering Early Access on August 30 they’re showing off a little more now too.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Get More of Everything With the “Get New” Button in KDE Plasma

          KDE Plasma is a desktop tweaker’s dream come true. You can virtually change every aspect of the desktop, from adding widgets and changing fonts, to trying out over-the-top effects and transformative themes.

          With most interfaces, you need to know where to look online to find these sorts of tweaks, but KDE spares you the effort. There’s a handy little magic button that delivers the goods right to your desktop.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • Developing A Real-Time SDR System

            As telecommunication technologies evolve there is an on-going drive for the development of high-performance systems for radio communications. Part of that evolution involves implementing components in software functions that had traditionally been implemented in hardware.

            Software-defined radio (SDR) is a prime example. Significant amounts of signal processing have been handed over to the general-purpose processor, opening doors for new opportunities for high-quality signal processing systems.


            To prove this, GNU Radio was integrated with Aldec’s Riviera-PRO simulator and an Aldec HES FPGA board.

          • The Biggest Software Flops of All Time

            Unix was first developed in the 1970s, and by 1990 the GNU Project decided it was time to replace it with a free offering called GNU Hurd. Thirty years after work on the project started, GNU Hurd has yet to be released as a working operating system for public use. Still, many of the components from GNU were moved over to create the Linux operating system.

      • Programming/Development

        • Leap seconds: Causing Bugs Even When They Don’t Happen

          Up to now, all leap seconds have been positive, and they reflect that the rotation of the Earth has been slowing down. Lately however, things have shown signs of speeding up. This might lead to the need for an unprecedented negative leap second.

          Some people, especially non-programmers, assume this will all be fine. Meanwhile, some more battle hardened infrastructure developers have been trying to call attention to the pressing need to start testing negative leap seconds. The assumption is that anything that hasn’t happened before will break spectacularly.

          On this entirely non-fishy looking URL https://565851109.xyz/ we can read that based on IERS Bulletin A Vol. No. 30, and making some very large, probably unjustified assumptions, at the end of June, 2029, there will be a negative leap second.

        • 5 Underrated Apps for Programmers

          Programmers use many auxiliary programs and applications in their work. Don’t be limited to the familiar tools in a world where new ones are constantly appearing. Here are some overlooked but very useful apps for a developer to install.

  • Leftovers

    • Opinion | Will the ‘Bipartisan’ Infrastructure Plan Really Deliver for Our Water Needs?

      The details of a bipartisan infrastructure compromise have finally emerged, as Senate leaders like Chuck Schumer push for a vote on the bill that many Democrats see as a down payment on the kind of major spending and jobs package the country needs. As policy wonks and Senate staffers pore over details, it does not appear that much has changed from what we knew days before. But it’s still important to understand where we started, and where we ended up.

    • Opinion | Peace On Earth, Good Will Toward High Jumpers
    • Your Crown Won’t Fall
    • Opinion | The Beauty—and the Global Tragedy—of the Olympic Refugee Team

      The Olympic Refugee Team filing into the stadium during Tokyo’s opening ceremonies provided a powerful, moving sight: almost 30 athletes, carrying the Olympic flag, striding alongside the delegations of almost every country in the world.

    • Luchita Hurtado’s Spiritual Modernism

      In 1988, feminist art agitators the Guerrilla Girls produced a poster that listed the so-called advantages of being a woman artist. The bullet points included: “working without the pressure of success”; “being included in revised versions of art history”; and “knowing your career might pick up after you’re eighty.” Luchita Hurtado, it can be stated, had to wait until she was nearing her 100th year for the art world to take note of her. The Venezuelan-born American painter, who was influenced by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism without fitting snugly into either category, took nature and the cosmos as the basis of her work, often depicting her body as an extension of these realms. She painted prolifically, in relative obscurity, for 70 years before a Los Angeles gallery show put her on the map in 2016. By the time she passed away in 2020 at the age of 99, she was represented by Hauser & Wirth, and had been booked for solo exhibitions in London, Mexico City, and her adopted hometown of Los Angeles. Now, her gallery has released a book about her work, Luchita Hurtado.

    • Eurovision 2021 finalist Manizha joins Meduza’s summer music festival

      For the past two months, musicians from around the world have joined Meduza’s summer music marathon, sharing video clips and special performances in support of our news outlet and independent media in Russia. This has been absolutely incredible — and we’re not done yet! Throughout the month of August we will continue to publish new songs specially recorded for Meduza’s readers. And we’re enormously grateful to the artists who are taking part, thank you!

    • Bourdain’s Wake

      Anthony Bourdain left no suicide note when he took his life in 2018, a fact that adds to the numbing bafflement produced by his death. Bourdain was many thing: among others, a chef, a traveler, an activist, a celebrity. But he was also first and foremost a writer. While he won his greatest fame as a host of TV travel shows, it was as a writer, for The New Yorker and then in his candid cook memoir Kitchen Confidential, that he first staked out his claim on the public’s attention

    • Should Progressives in Congress Oppose Biden’s Infrastructure Deal If Reconciliation Bill Is Blocked?

      The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is making its way through the Senate this week. The outcome of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which calls for $550 billion in new spending and reuses some unused COVID-19 relief aid, will set the stage for debate on Biden’s much larger $3.5 trillion package, which Democrats hope to pass with a simple majority using the reconciliation process in the Senate. Jacobin staff writer Branko Marcetic says progressives must fight for the larger package and be willing to block the bipartisan bill, if needed. “If that reconciliation bill looks like it’s actually going to get blocked, then progressives need to use their numbers and use their leverage and wield power that they really have in this Congress,” he says.

    • Everyone Being Dumb About IP: McDonald’s No Longer Offering Dope Custom PS5 Controllers In Australia

      If you search for stories about McDonald’s on Techdirt, you will come away with the impression that the company, like many large corporate entities, puts heavy emphasis on its intellectual property rights. Sony, the company responsible for the PlayStation consoles, exudes a similar reputation, despite some recent moves to loosen its IP grip as of late. So, just to be clear, everyone involved in this story tends to trend toward the more restrictive end of the IP spectrum.

    • How Ernesto Guevara Became “Che”: The Motorcycle Diaries Revisited

      Only with the benefit of hindsight and after seven eventful months on the road that altered his life, did Guevara begin to change his mind about heroism, heroes and heroic feats. At the start of his narrative—that’s based on the journal he kept along the way, and originally titled Notas de Viaje—he wrote of himself and Alberto: “Distant countries,  heroic deeds and beautiful women spun around and around in our turbulent imaginations.”

      At the age of 23, while still a medical student and not yet a doctor, Ernesto was imbued with many of the ideas and values of the Argentine middle class into which he was born. In 1951 when he and Alberto launched their romantic adventure, Ernesto wanted to be a swashbuckling hero, not a Marxist revolutionary or a guerrilla fighter. On the road, he became another person. He decided that “the poor” were the “unsung heroes” of Latin America.

    • Whatever Happened to Internationalism?

      A sponsored post, “What is intercultural competence? And 4 reasons why employers value it”, offers one of the most general and widely accepted definitions of intercultural competence and then proceeds to explain why employers value intercultural competence and list its benefits, including how it “prepares you to work for international companies, it shows you’re proactive” and it is “something to talk about in interviews”, all of which emphasise the utilitarian value of this skill set.

      International education, including intercultural competence, is often ‘sold’ on the basis of the extent to which it contributed to US economic growth and national security, both Ameri-centric goals whose pursuit is too often to the exclusion of the interests and aspirations of other peoples. This approach is limiting and antithetical to the true mission of the profession.

    • Glen Ford ¡Presente!

      In the two decades since those words were first published, though a great deal has changed both domestically and internationally for the Left (the implosion of American imperial unipolarity in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pink Tide in Latin America, the economic ascendancy of China, acceleration of climate catastrophe, the evisceration of privacy by the surveillance state and Silicon Valley, the social democratic upsurge around Bernie Sanders and DSA, the full-throated embrace of white nationalism by the GOP leadership, et. al.), absolutely nothing in Zizek’s statement is changed. Whilst his progeny have taken on afterlives of their own, Lenin is still the ultimate persona non grata in radical politics.

      American anarchists and social democrats shun him as the authoritarian nightmare’s author, failing to recognize how American liberals have built a monstrosity that would make the Stasi envious. Anglophone Trots, Maoists, “anti-revisionist” Stalin nostalgics, and Che/Fidel aficionados wandered off a long time ago into their own strange ghettos of religious worship, populating never-ending blogs and paper periodicals with polemics catered to a demographic that would comfortably fit their sum toto membership into a telephone booth, valorizing an idol as opposed to what Lenin actually believed at the close of his life. In the former Socialist Motherland, Putin has revitalized Stalin as the modernizing Tsar of All Russias, the slayer of the Hitlerite dragon who, despite his carceral failings, salvaged the nation and dragged it into the new century. Simultaneously, the Russian president demonizes Lenin, saying he “planted an atom bomb under the building called Russia” by supporting national self-determination to the point of granting the right of Soviet republican secession.

    • Science

      • Why scientists are leaving social media

        When facts are agreed upon socially, confirmation bias takes hold. People follow, like, and retweet content that confirms what they already believe. Truth becomes subjective, and people talk of “my truth” when they mean “my experience”. On Twitter, they may hear of a treatment successfully tested in trials and say: it didn’t help me. Who can blame them for putting their experience first?

    • Education

      • The Charter School Juggernaut

        Somehow, as if by magic, public schools were failing kids in the US and A Nation At Risk would be the foundation to attack those schools. What was actually happening behind the curtain in the land of Oz was that the economy had stopped functioning for masses of working class and lower middle-class people who depended on manufacturing jobs and jobs in the public sector. Attacks against teacher unions and public schools were not far behind.

        Even a casual observer could see the trends in the demise of jobs, the growth of prisons, the growth of charter schools, and the decline in support for public schooling in the US. In many places, largely in urban areas, public schools were in decline. School buildings in many places were relics of the past and deteriorated along with the general public infrastructure. Drive across any major highway where snow falls in the winter and see the deteriorating bridges: public schooling was like those bridges.

      • Will a Facebook-style news feed aid discovery or destroy serendipity?

        Google Scholar does not only return search results, however. It also recommends new papers through its alert system. It has this in common with a number of scholarly platforms: ResearchGate, Mendeley and Semantic Scholar also offer both a way to search and a recommendation tool. And although those two functions are distinct, they are both algorithmically driven ways to find new articles.


        Academics have always been more inclined to cite previously popular articles, of course. But algorithms risk exacerbating that tendency, Jordan argues. Not only that, but given there is already bias towards citing academics who are male and from high-income countries, the use of citations to help calculate which papers to recommend carries a “risk of compounding the inequalities that are already baked into academic publishing”, she warns.

        One study from 2016 found that an increasing share of citations is accruing to older articles. It suggested that this could be because of a feedback loop generated by the appearance of these papers at the top of Google Scholar searches: an effect dubbed by the study’s authors as the “first-page results syndrome”.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • More Than Two-Thirds of US Adults Support Mask Mandates as Variants Spread

        Amid news of numerous Covid-19 variants circulating and reports of “breakthrough” cases in fully vaccinated people, a poll released Wednesday showed that a majority of adults in the U.S. think policymakers should impose mask mandates to protect public health.  

      • ‘Time for Medicare for All’: US Healthcare System Ranks Dead Last Among Rich Nations—Again

        The United States spends far more of its GDP on healthcare than other rich countries yet still has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates, the lowest life expectancy at age 60, and the most glaring inequities, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund.

        “Single-payer Medicare for All would address some of our most pressing problems by establishing no-cost access to care for all Americans.”—Physicians for a National Health Program

      • Opinion | If a Vaccine Resistant Covid Strain Develops, Will Dr. Fauci Pay Any Price?

        This is a very serious question, even if I’m using a bit of clickbait here. I’m not out to get Dr. Fauci, who deserves some sort of Nobel Prize for trying to give straight information to the public, even as Donald Trump was doing everything he could to minimize the pandemic. But there is an important issue of both, our current failings in vaccinating the world, and a system that almost always allows those at the top to escape responsibility for their failures.

      • A Quick Reminder That Mandating Vaccines Is Totally Constitutional

        Anti-vaxxers and anti-mask people are loud and wrong all the time. It’s a devastating combination. They’ve got an entire white-wing media echo-sphere that amplifies their wrong ideas. They have social media algorithms that elevate their ignorance and misinformation, such that even calling them out boosts their uninformed or willfully false takes.

      • WHO Calls for Moratorium on Covid Booster Shots as Billions Go Without Single Vaccine Dose

        The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday called for an immediate moratorium on the provision of coronavirus booster shots until at least the end of September, a demand aimed at redressing the massive and persistent inoculation gap between rich and poor countries.

        “We need an urgent reversal, from the majority of vaccines going to high-income countries, to the majority going to low-income countries.”—Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

      • We Are Releasing the Full Video of Richard Sackler’s Testimony About Purdue Pharma and the Opioid Crisis

        A settlement close to being finalized in a bankruptcy case would provide a shield from civil litigation to the members of the Sackler family who own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. The development means that family members will be significantly less likely to be questioned under oath about their role in the marketing of the potent prescription painkiller blamed for fueling a nationwide opioid epidemic.

      • As COVID Roars Back in Arkansas, Governor Says He Regrets Banning Mask Mandates
      • CDC Issues 60-Day Eviction Moratorium After Progressives Pressured Biden & “Moved Mountains”

        The Biden administration has issued a new two-month moratorium on evictions, covering much of the country, after facing public pressure from progressive lawmakers led by Congressmember Cori Bush of Missouri, who was once unhoused herself and slept on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in protest after the moratorium on evictions lapsed on July 31. The new moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will cover areas of the United States where there is “substantial” or “high” spread of the coronavirus. The belated renewal of the eviction moratorium shows that “people need to be willing to criticize this administration,” says Jacobin staff writer Branko Marcetic. “People want the administration to succeed, but treating them with kid gloves is not necessarily going to be the best way to get these kinds of progressive and just outcomes in policy.”

      • Calling New Eviction Ban ‘Just a Start,’ Omar Says Rent Should Be Canceled Until End of Pandemic

        While applauding the CDC’s new eviction moratorium as a “life-changing” reprieve for the millions of people across the U.S. who are facing imminent eviction, Rep. Ilhan Omar warned late Tuesday that the order will merely delay a looming housing crisis unless Congress takes additional action.

        “We can already predict another housing crisis will occur, which is why it’s so imperative we pass bold, long-term solutions.”—Rep. Ilhan Omar

      • A Doomsday COVID Variant Worse Than Delta and Lambda May Be Coming, Scientists Say

        “It’s going to be very difficult to stop it from happening with masks and social distancing at this point,” says Preeti Malani, a physician and infectious disease researcher and chief health officer at the University of Michigan. “Vaccines are the key, and vaccine hesitancy is the obstacle.”

      • Your future sushi dinner could be cultivated, not caught

        That was followed by years of scientific work to determine what mix of nutrients and environmental cues were needed to coax the base cells into the mix of muscle, fat and connective tissue a finished product needs.

        “The second part is creating a plant-based scaffold, essentially a mesh for the cells to grow within,” says Elfenbein.

        The end result isn’t a live fish but what looks like a block of edible salmon fillet.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • ASWF Adds Maxon and Tangent Animation, Reveals Open Source Days Event Lineup

                “We are pleased to welcome Maxon and Tangent Animation as new members to the Academy Software Foundation,” commented ASWF executive director David Morin. “Maxon is joining us with a robust portfolio of software products already using our projects, and Tangent Animation with a strong track record of using open source software in animation production. We look forward to working with both companies to accelerate the adoption and development of open source software in filmmaking, motion design and animation.”

        • Security

          • Demystifying the 18 Checks for Secure Scorecards

            What are Secure Scorecards for open source projects? And how they help you produce secure software.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • American Airlines will let you watch 30 minutes of TikTok in the air for free

              The move to make TikTok available to travelers comes as airlines are trying to get attention back on flying, after the number of people traveling by air dropped during the pandemic. One of its competitors, United, has also been adding tech upgrades to its fleet, allowing passengers to pre-order in-flight snacks and adding planes that support bluetooth audio for the in-seat screens. American has recently allowed passengers to use Facebook Messenger for free in-flight, giving them at least some connection to the outside world — something that some of its competitors have done for years for it and other messaging apps.

            • TikTok, your new in-flight entertainment option

              Passengers traveling with the airline on Viasat-equipped narrowbody aircraft can now get 30 minutes of access to the app for free, American Airlines said Monday. The promotional offer is available to people who already have the app and those who want to download it in flight. American says the length of the trial will depend on customer response.

              Last year, American Airlines launched a trial that gives passengers access to free in-flight Facebook Messenger. (Other airlines, such as Southwest and Delta, also offer free in-flight messaging options). To get access to in-flight TikTok, passengers need to enable airplane mode and connect to the AA-Inflight signal. After they’ve connected, they’ll be redirected to a Wi-Fi portal and can access TikTok for free from there. Those without the app in flight can connect to the portal and download it without paying for Wi-Fi.

            • ‘It has to be known what was done to us’: Natick couple harassed by eBay tell their story for the first time

              After Whitman left in 2007 and was replaced by former Bain & Co. consultant John Donahoe, eBay began to cater to larger sellers and established retailers, a trend that continued when Devin Wenig was promoted to CEO in 2015. The couple had pivoted their newsletter from how-to tips to reporting more on the changing strategy and new policies of the company. Their take on the new eBay was often, though hardly exclusively, critical.

              And criticism didn’t go down well at the firm. Prosecutors said the harassment campaign, starting with the fence spray-painting incident, was directed by James Baugh, who headed eBay’s Global Security and Resiliency unit. Along with other participants in the scheme, Baugh was charged last year with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to commit witness tampering. He is awaiting trial.

              Prosecutors said the 2019 campaign was sparked by complaints about articles in EcommerceBytes from eBay chief executive Wenig to his senior vice president and communications director, Steve Wymer. Wymer in turn complained to Baugh, who directed the team of eBay employees who worked for him to move against the Steiners, according to the federal criminal complaints.

            • Srsly Risky Biz: Thursday, July 29

              A small Catholic publication using commercially available data to out a US Catholic priest as a Grindr user highlights the security and intelligence risks posed by the data broker industry to — in particular — the United States and its interests.

              The story was broken by The Pillar, a Catholic Substack publication, and relied on “anonymous” app data supplied to it by a third party.

            • The mobile, the ultimate spy weapon that we carry in our pocket

              “Mobile phones are Stalin’s dream,” says Richard Stallman, father of the software free and living legend for many programmers.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Major Companies Donate to Republican Group Despite Its Role in Jan. 6
      • Mexico Files Historic Lawsuit Against US Gun Companies Fueling Cartel Carnage

        In a historic move welcomed by U.S. gun control advocates, the Mexican government on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Massachusetts against American weapons manufacturers and suppliers, accusing them of negligent business practices enabling the illegal cross-border arms flow that contributes to Mexico’s record homicide rate.

        “Almost all guns recovered at crime scenes in Mexico—70% to 90% of them—were trafficked from the U.S.”—Lawsuit

      • War Is Anything but Sacred. Ask Those Who Fought.

        This summer, it seemed as if we Americans couldn’t wait to return to our traditional Fourth of July festivities. Haven’t we all been looking for something to celebrate? The church chimes in my community rang out battle hymns for about a week. The utility poles in my neighborhood were covered with “Hometown Hero” banners hanging proudly, sporting the smiling faces of uniformed local veterans from our wars. Fireworks went off for days, sparklers and cherry bombs and full-scale light shows filling the night sky.1

      • Amnesty Follows House Dems’ Letter by Imploring Biden to Close Gitmo ‘Once and for All’

        The global human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday followed up a letter by 75 House Democrats to President Joe Biden urging him to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba by reminding him that the 20th anniversary of the extrajudicial lockup is approaching, and that he has the political support needed to close the facility.

        “It’s time to shutter this horrific symbol of torture, indefinite detention, and injustice, once and for all, and pursue a national security strategy that is rooted in human rights for all.”—Daphne Eviatar, Amnesty International

      • After Decades-Long Grassroots Push, Key Senate Panel Votes to Repeal Iraq War Authorization

        Anti-war organizers credited a decades-long grassroots effort on Wednesday after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to repeal two authorizations for the use of military force in Iraq, putting the chamber further on the path to ending the United States’ “forever wars” that have seen the U.S. military fighting in the Middle East for over three decades.

      • Robert Moses: An Equal Rights Militant in a Land of Unfulfilled Promises

        A brief summary of his life and achievements is a reminder of how the United States has changed in the past seventy years. Republican attacks on voter registration and the voting process are the exact opposite of all Bob Moses worked for.

        Born in Harlem, Bob was an excellent student who easily made his way through the selective public Stuyvesant High School, Hamilton College and a master’s at Harvard Graduate School in Philosophy. He was working towards his PhD when he returned to New York City because of family illness.

      • How a network of UK intel-linked operatives helped sell every alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack
      • Living in a Political Laboratory: an Interview with Rita Anwari Soltani on the Future of Afghan Women

        Progress has been made in education since the 2000s, but the money spent by the United States on war-making could have paid for five years of education at Roedean, the top English girls’ public school, for every single girl in Afghanistan. You’d still have $500 billion change rattling around in your pocket.

        There has however been one very major change in Afghan society: the turning of the generations. Today’s youth cohort is very different. A new generation of Afghan girls believe that women have an extended role to play in their society, and are unwilling to give up the precious gains they have struggled for in the last two decades.

      • Article 370: Why more locals in Kashmir are becoming militants

        There has been an insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989.

        But experts say the resistance is now becoming increasingly homegrown – a worrying trend for the geopolitically sensitive region.

        Kashmir has been ravaged by conflict and unrest for decades.

        Both India and Pakistan claim the territory in its entirety but control only parts of the region. The nuclear-armed neighbours have gone to war twice over it.

      • Is it too late to stop Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold?

        After being caught out in 2002, Iran hid Amad in plain sight by rebranding its weapons-related sites and activities as a ‘civilian’ program to produce fissile materials for energy and scientific uses under the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). The regime then claimed that its NPT-violating activities were based on its ‘undisputed’ right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the treaty.

    • Environment

      • ‘Polluters Should Pay’: Draft Bill Could Raise Half a Trillion From Big Oil’s Climate Wreckers

        Amid unrelenting heatwaves, droughts, fires, and floods, congressional Democrats are seeking to tax roughly two dozen oil, gas, and coal corporations to ensure that the carbon polluters most responsible for the fossil fuel-driven climate emergency pay for some of the destruction.

        “It’s based on a simple but powerful idea that polluters should pay to help clean up the mess they caused, and that those who polluted the most should pay the most.”—Sen. Chris Van Hollen

      • Resisting Nuclear Weapons in a Climate Crisis

        In previous days we had visited the entrance gates to the base with our signs and banners and two days before we participated in a “Digging for Life” action outside the fences, near the other end of the runway, where the German pilots liftoff and land their Italian made PA200 Tornado jet fighters, daily training to drop US nuclear bombs on Russia when the order is given. This day we hiked to the other, less accessible, end of the runway, through a forest of dead and dying trees decimated by recent years of drought, unprecedented heat and a massive bark beetle infestation affected by climate change.

        In the clearing near where the runway begins, we noticed a couple of “spotters,” hobbyists who got there before us looking to get dramatic photos of the jets taking off. In their company, while we were scouting and imagining potential future protests at the site, we also knew that some action was imminent.

      • Ailing Earth can’t cope as human demands soar

        Climate physicians who have re-checked global heating say the Earth’s condition is critical, worsening as human demands soar.

      • Biden Made Big Compromises on Climate — and Movements That Backed Him Are Livid
      • Biden Interior Dept Denounced for Giving Big Oil Green Light to Harass Polar Bears, Walruses

        Wildlife defenders on Wednesday denounced the Biden administration after the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a rule allowing fossil fuel companies operating in northern Alaska to harass polar bears and walruses while searching or drilling for oil and gas.

        “The Arctic should be protected, not turned into a noisy, dirty oil field.”—Kristen Monsell, CBD

      • As EPA Forced to Finalize New Rules, Report Details Widespread Use of Neurotoxic Pesticide Across US

        Two decades after the Environmental Protection Agency ended household use of chlorpyrifos over concerns about its impact on the brains of children, the neurotoxic pesticide is still widely applied to crops across the United States, according to a report published Wednesday.

        “The review of these data shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that people, most alarmingly young children, are being exposed to unsafe levels of chlorpyrifos in their food and water.”—Rashmi Joglekar, Earthjustice

      • Energy

        • Joe Biden Is Blatantly Ignoring An Easy Climate Victory

          The Biden administration has signaled its commitment to tackling the financial risks posed by climate change through executive orders and key appointments. But advocates say the president is missing an easy opportunity for big climate progress: divesting the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the federal employee pension fund.

          The TSP is the largest defined contribution plan in the world, with assets worth nearly $700 billion. It has also steadfastly refused to embrace the growing trend of pensions divesting from fossil fuels, since its governing body, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) says it does not have the authority to divest from fossil-fuel assets.

          But other public pension funds have done exactly that. In June, Maine became the first state to order its public pension funds, worth about $17 billion, to divest from fossil fuels through legislation. Earlier this year, three New York City pension funds announced that they would be divesting about $4 billion worth of assets following years of activist pressure.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Wildfires Ignite Mental Health Concerns
        • What Are Other Species For?

          Living things develop amazingly unique ways to adapt to the demands of life and their range of behaviors stretches human imagination. Environmentalists care about each of the hundreds of species we lose every day because each is complex, unique, precious and irreplaceable. A frog incubates its young in its stomach to protect it from predators. A tidal creature incorporates minerals into its tongue so it can scrape algae off rocks. Some develop complex processes and molecules that are very useful to humans. Yew trees, for example, were routinely cut and burnt as by-process of logging until scientists discovered a complex molecule found in the tree that could cure breast cancer. If the giant penguin was not extinct, we might be able to figure out how it dove to depths of thousands of feet without harm. Plants and animals with fast reflexes and creatures that can walk on ceilings with dry feet give us new ideas about mechanical triggers and adhesives. The list of new medicines being found in tropical areas seems endless. But once any species is gone, their secrets can be lost to us forever.

          In addition to losing the physical information when species go extinct, we also lose the ability to study the interactions of other species with them because species affect each other, and us, in little-understood ways. Three hundred years after the Dodo went extinct, people noticed there were few trees from a local hardwood species that were less than 300 years old. Apparently, the chances for seeds from this tree to germinate improved from passing through a Dodo’s gullet, where they were bruised and buffeted by the stones inside the gullet. Today the tree’s seeds must be run through gem tumblers to get them to germinate. Every day sees new discoveries about problems we create when we simplify the environment. Lyme disease may be on the increase because eliminating foxes increases the range of mice and causes more of them to carry Lyme disease. 1 Removing wolves from Yellowstone made elk more likely to graze willows in the open along streams which increased stream erosion and sped up flow which eliminated beavers.2

        • 19 Water Protectors Arrested

          On Tuesday evening, 19 water protectors were arrested as they made a stand against the Line 3 pipeline, a fossil fuel project owned by the Canadian oil distributor Enbridge , which began construction in December of 2020 and promises to pump nearly one million barrels of oil from the Tar Sands in Canada.

          Meanwhile, Indigenous members of the Red Lake nation, representatives from nearby nations, and their allies prayed in ceremony within the Red Lake Treaty Camp, an ongoing protest and occupation honoring the agreements of the 1863 Old Crossing Treaty. This celebration of treaty rights exists next door to the path of the pipeline that is currently drilling under Thief River.

        • HS1 line between Chatham and Bromley home to rare Lizard Orchid found growing in north Kent for first time in 100 years

          The line previously used by Eurostar is now run by Network Rail and Southeastern sits within an area where HS1 wants to increase biodiversity by 20%.

          Now the orchids have been found, they will be monitored and cordoned off in a one-metre radius and maintained to give the best protection and chance of thriving.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Trump Sues to Block Congress From Seeing Taxes After DOJ Memo Says They Can
      • US Peace Groups Call for Biden and Congress to Adopt ‘No First Use of Nuclear Weapons’ Policy

        The 76th anniversary of the U.S. military’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is coming up, and in an effort to prevent such mass murder from reoccurring, a broad coalition of peace, religious, and community groups launched a national campaign on Wednesday to urge President Joe Biden and Congress to adopt a policy of “No First Use of Nuclear Weapons.”

        “Our long-term goal is total nuclear disarmament.”—Pamela Richard, Peace Action of Wisconsin

      • Media and the Permanent War State: Top National Security Reporters Linked to US Government
      • Levada Center: Number of Russians in support of Stalin monument has doubled since 2010

        Nearly half of Russians — 48 percent — support the idea of putting up a monument to Joseph Stalin to mark the next anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II, according to a survey conducted by the independent Levada Center.

      • Should Progressives Oppose Infrastructure Deal If Reconciliation Is Blocked?
      • Opinion | Nina Turner’s Loss Is Oligarchy’s Gain

        The race for a vacant congressional seat in northeast Ohio was a fierce battle between status quo politics and calls for social transformation. In the end, when votes were counted Tuesday night, transactional business-as-usual had won by almost 6 percent. But the victory of a corporate Democrat over a progressive firebrand did nothing to resolve the wide and deep disparity of visions at the Democratic Party’s base nationwide.

      • Conceding Defeat in Ohio Special Election, Nina Turner Says ‘Our Justice Journey Continues’

        Promising to continue the fight for justice that animated her campaign, Nina Turner conceded defeat Tuesday night to establishment opponent Shontel Brown in the special election to fill a vacant seat in Ohio’s 11th congressional district, marking the close of a heated Democratic primary fight that drew national attention and a late torrent of super PAC cash.

        “Tonight my friends, we have looked across the promised land, but for this campaign, on this night, we will not cross the river,” Turner, a former Ohio state senator, said in her concession speech. “Tonight, our justice journey continues, and I vow to continue that journey with each and every one of you.”

      • Nina Turner Says “Our Justice Journey Continues” After Conceding Defeat
      • The Establishment Beat Nina Turner. What Does It Mean?

        There will be a lot of loaded national “narratives” spun about the Ohio-11 special election Democratic primary. Mainly, we’ll hear that the race was the establishment vs. the Bernie Sanders insurgency and the establishment won, with Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chairwoman Shontel Brown besting progressive former state senator and Sanders campaign cochair Nina Turner.

      • Biden Calls on Andrew Cuomo to Resign Following Damning Harassment Report
      • Cuomo Must Go: Sexual Harassment Report Prompts Demands for NY Gov. to Resign or Face Impeachment

        Pressure is growing on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, released the damning findings of an independent investigation Tuesday about how Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women in violation of the law. “The report is devastating, and it is disturbing. And unfortunately, it’s not surprising to anyone who has spent time in Albany,” says New York state Senator Julia Salazar. We also speak with Sochie Nnaemeka, state director of the New York Working Families Party, who says removing Cuomo must include a wider reckoning with how Albany operates. “We need to usher in a post-Cuomo moment,” says Nnaemeka. “We need a full transformation of New York state.”

      • Nina Turner’s Loss is Oligarchy’s Gain

        One of the candidates — Shontel Brown, the victor — sounded much like Hillary Clinton, who endorsed her two months ago. Meanwhile, Nina Turner dwelled on the kind of themes we always hear from Bernie Sanders, whose 2020 presidential campaign she served as a national co-chair. And while Brown trumpeted her lockstep loyalty to Joe Biden, her progressive opponent was advocating remedies for vast income inequality and the dominance of inordinate wealth over the political system. Often, during the last days of the campaign, I heard Turner refer to structural injustices of what she called “class and caste.”

        A major line of attack from Brown forces was that Turner had voted against the party platform as a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Left unsaid was the fact that nearly one-quarter of all the convention delegates also voted ‘no’ on the platform, and for the same avowed reason — its failure to include a Medicare for All plank.

      • The Far Right’s Manufactured Meaning of Critical Race Theory

        In an opinion piece for the Federalist (6/22/21), contributor Nathanael Blake argued that “Yes, Critical Race Critics Know What It Is”—while simultaneously failing to offer up a definition himself. Nor did he quote any proponents of critical race theory (CRT) describing what it is or explaining their ideas.

      • The Case Against Cuomo—and Those Who Enabled Him

        Seventy-four thousand documents, 200 interviews, 168 pages, and five months after the Office of the Attorney General launched its investigation into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the report confirmed what nearly a dozen women told us from the start: Cuomo is hot garbage.

      • Parlimentary mission supports open source

        As a response to these challenges, the report proposes 66 recommendations aiming to strengthen French and European digital sovereignty in different areas such as cybersecurity, deeptech, infrastructure, software and others, and introducing several regulatory and funding mechanisms. The most significant proposal regarding open source software is as follows:

        Proposal No. 52: Enforce within the administration the systematic use of free software, making the use of proprietary solutions an exception.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Yes, Actually, The 1st Amendment Does Mean That Twitter Can Kick You Off Its Platform, Wall Street Journal

        Back in February, we did a thorough debunking of Columbia Law Professor Philip Hamburger arguing (bizarrely, and blatantly incorrectly) that Section 230 violates the Constitution in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. It was a nearly fact free opinion piece that got so much wrong I was vicariously embarrassed for anyone who ever got a law degree from Columbia University. In the intervening months, it does not appear that Prof. Hamburger has done anything to educate himself. Instead, he appears to be digging in, with the help of the Wall Street Journal again. Leaving aside the fact that the Wall Street Journal’s parent company has been lobbying against Section 230, and its various news properties have been among the most vocal in spreading blatantly false information about the law, I guess this is no surprise. But if the Wall Street Journal really believes this nonsense, then why won’t it let me publish my op-ed in their pages about how the WSJ is the worst newspaper ever, and regularly prints lies and nonsense to please its scheming owner in his hatred of the internet?

      • Man Sues Multiple Social Media Services, Claims Banning His Accounts Violates The Civil Rights Act

        Everybody wants to sue social media platforms for (allegedly) violating the First Amendment by removing content that most platforms don’t feel compelled to host. Most of what’s sued over is a mixture of abusive trolling, misinformation, bigoted rhetoric, and harassment. Plaintiffs ignore the fact that private companies can’t violate the First Amendment. The First Amendment does not guarantee anyone the right to an audience or the continued use of someone’s services.

      • Federal censor blocks Russian news websites ‘MBK Media’ and ‘Open Russia’ without identifying unlawful content

        Russia’s federal censor, RKN, has blocked the Russian investigative news outlets Open Media and MBK Media, adding their websites to the government’s blocklist. Spokespeople for Open Media say they received no advance warning that their website would be blocked in Russia. Based on the information available, RKN blocked Open Media on orders from the Russian Attorney General’s Office, which determined that Open Media “incited riots, extremism, or participation in unpermitted demonstrations.”

      • Hong Kong Pop Star Anthony Wong Arrested for Singing at a Rally

        In 2018, the cantopop singer Anthony Wong Yiu-ming sang two songs at an election rally. The rally was held in favor of the pro-democracy candidate for Hong Kong’s legislature. Yesterday, Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption arrested the singer. He is charged with violating campaign laws over his performance.

      • Spotify CEO Says Joe Rogan Won’t Be Getting Censored Anymore: “We Have a Lot of Really Well-Paid Rappers on Spotify, Too — We Don’t Dictate What They’re Putting In Their Songs, Either”

        The CEO recently discussed how podcasting has changed the music streaming company in a podcast interview with Axios. At one point, Axios asked Ek if he thought the company should have any editorial responsibility for podcasts like ‘The Joe Rogan Experience.’

        Spotify has deleted a number of Rogan podcasts it deemed objectionable. But Ek responded that the company isn’t planning to scrub further episodes — just like it doesn’t police rappers or other musical content. “We have a lot of really well-paid rappers on Spotify too, that make tens of millions of dollars, if not more, each year from Spotify. And we don’t dictate what they’re putting in their songs, either,” Ek relayed.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • First Look: Assange’s New Book of Musings

        You might wonder: Why read about a book not publicly available for a couple more months? Well, to keep alive his words and perceptions of power, to fight The Man by continuing to resist their full court press of his mind and the isolation of his voice (we never hear from him) at a time when we could use a guy savvy to Deep State machinations and MSM misdirection.  As we build up the marching bands and parades (did you see where she caught that baton!?) in tribute to the coming spectacle of horror known as the 20th Anniversary of 9/11™, you might want to re-read some Assange material and re-consider the value of his journalism in Keeping the Bastards Honest with the sunshine of his wicked revelations.

        Remember. They did Julian. With all that dark irony they so love. Sweden’s strong whistleblowing laws would be used to trap.  A publicized intentionally leaky condom showed how reckless Assange was with data he posted (an attempt at hoisting him on his own petard).  Yanks would be waiting to escort him back to the US to face a show trial.  So, he broke bail and went on the llama across town to Ecuador (more or less) and was given political sanctuary. Then they took him out, confirmed that a secret US indictment wanted him in the US. And now he waits for a British court to free him or hand him over. A process which could take another year to complete. In the meantime, he’s silent, and journos have stopped looking at his leaks, and some have taken on a sinister patina reflected in the surface of their fallow minds.

      • Craig Murray joins Julian Assange behind bars

        Like Assange, who was targeted via state manufactured sexual assault allegations in Sweden, Murray is a victim of the state’s utilisation of gender politics to suppress fundamental democratic rights, aimed above all at silencing those who expose the crimes of imperialism.

        The sentencing of Murray has set a dangerous precedent above all in its singling out of independent media. The judges’ June 8 High Court ruling insisted, “it is relevant to distinguish his [Murray’s] position from that of the mainstream press, which is regulated, and subject to codes of practice and ethics in a way in which those writing as the applicant does are not.”

      • Russian authorities label The Insider a ‘foreign agent,’ search editor’s home

        Russian authorities should remove The Insider and all other media organizations and journalists from the country’s register of foreign agents and stop harassing the outlet’s editor-in-chief Roman Dobrokhotov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • FCC Blocks Elon Musk From Getting Millions In Subsidies For Delivering Broadband To Traffic Medians

        Late last year consumer group Free Press released a report showing how numerous broadband providers had been gaming the FCC’s RDOF (Rural Digital Opportunity Fund) subsidy program to get money they didn’t really deserve. The program doles out roughly $9.2 billion in subsidies paid for by money paid by consumers into the Universal Service Fund (USF). The study clearly showed that during the last RDOF auction a long list of ISPs gamed the system to gain millions in subsidies to deliver broadband to areas that didn’t make any coherent sense.

      • Despite 20 Years Of Experience, Comcast/NBC Still Sucks At Olympics Coverage

        NBC (now Comcast NBC Universal) has enjoyed the rights to broadcast the US Olympics since 1998. In 2011, the company paid $4.4 billion for exclusive US broadcast rights to air the Olympics through 2020. In 2014, Comcast NBC Universal shelled out another $7.75 billion for the rights to broadcast the summer and winter Olympics in the US… until the year 2032. Despite years of practice, we’ve repeatedly noted how the company has done a consistently terrible job at its core responsibility as the holder of those rights: namely, showing people things they actually want to see in a way that isn’t annoying.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • What Will Happen to My Music Library When Spotify Dies?

        By contrast, he told me, many of today’s younger listeners are accustomed to hearing brief excerpts of songs on social media, and to collaborative playlists that shapeshift as they and their friends add to and subtract from the track list. They may not expect, or even desire, the permanence that I grew up with. Still, Mulligan said, they have just as much of an urge as previous generations did to express their identity through music—but in our era of easy accessibility, just saying you’ve heard an album doesn’t mean much. As a result, he sees many young listeners turning to comparatively costlier merchandise as a means of indicating the depth of their fandom.

    • Monopolies

      • Democrats Demand Amazon and Facebook End Efforts to ‘Sideline’ FTC Chair Lina Khan

        In a Wednesday letter to the CEOs of Amazon and Facebook, four congressional Democrats called on the tech giants to stop trying to “strip Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan of her authority to enforce antitrust law.”

        “The real basis of your concerns appears to be that you fear Chair Khan’s expertise and interpretation of federal antitrust law.”—Democrats’ letter

      • Patents

        • Artificial intelligence is allowed to register patents [Ed: This should settle the debate about whether patents are innovation of pure nonsense and nuisance]

          Was that about man’s ingenuity? The Artificial Inventor Project achieved two important successes in quick succession.

          Initially, the patent authority of South Africa accepted a patent application, in which an AI was listed as an official inventor. Only a few weeks later, the Australian Federal Court of Justice dismissed an objection from the Australian Patent Office against a very similar application and thus decided in principle that an artificial intelligence can be an inventor within the meaning of Australian patent law.

        • Aussies decide that AI can invent stuff [Ed: Patents for bots is an all-time low for the patent system. Who would take it seriously anymore?]

          Welcome to the era of the AI patent troll

          An Australian Court has decided that artificial intelligence can patent inventions.

          Australia’s Federal Court last month heard and decided that the nation’s Commissioner of Patents erred when deciding that an AI can’t be considered an inventor.

          Justice Beach reached that conclusion because nothing in Australian law says the applicant for a patent must be human.

      • Copyrights

The Patent Quality Song

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Coil Texture
Not everything is an invention; life and nature, for example, are naturally-recurring, SCOTUS has insisted

Summary: Ample room for introspection now that patents are being assigned to bots

MOAR patents!

A patent for each child!
MOAR monopolies
For every animal in the wild!

Monopolies mean business
Business needs monopoly
Some amass 100,000 of them
Protecting oligopoly

Let them eat patents
Supplementary protection certificates for dessert
A diet of monopolies
On every pig and rat

The numbers are up
Says Vichy from EPOnia
Monopolies on everything
Even coronavirus and pneumonia

“Monopolies on everything”‘Social’ dialogue with litigation firms
Assures the Orange One
The examiners are fleeing
Oh, what have we done?

Patents on mathematics too
Simulations and ‘Hey Hi’
Call them "SaMD" or "MedTech"
As if without them people will die

Growth in monopolies secured
More patents than people
Bots need patents too
The effect yet to ripple

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