06.28.21

[Meme] Trying to Become More Evil Than Battistelli After 3 Years in Office

Posted in Europe, Patents at 11:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

DB Week! (A TheFNAFLover Event): Who's more evil? 2 more years to outdo BB
2 years and 2 days left

Summary: In just less than 3 years António Campinos has done a truly fine job proving that he’s just as bad as Benoît Battistelli if not a lot worse

EPO Treats Staff as Disposable, Hence More Reluctant to Defy Unlawful Guidelines and Policies

Posted in Europe, Patents at 11:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Fear makes people more supine and passive; insecurity leads to obedience

On fixed-term contracts: New draft Circular 405 provides neither further clarity nor more work stability
New publication

Summary: Team Campinos continues to attack staff of Europe’s second-largest institution; amid pandemic they’re just totally misusing the crisis for PR purposes (warning: epo.org link) and also to take away rights of their very own staff

The Central Staff Committee (CSC) of the EPO has a new paper (shown above). In it, as one might expect, further erosions of staff’s protections are described.

This is bad news for everyone in Europe, not just EPO staff.

“This is bad news for everyone in Europe, not just EPO staff.”“Management has now tabled a draft Circular 405 (C405) on the conditions of conversion/extension of fixed-term contracts with the alleged intent to “give staff on fixed-term contracts greater clarity about their future prospect at the Office” (see Communiqué of 17-06-2021),” the CSC explains. “However, to us it is not apparent what in C405 could somehow help colleagues on fixed-term contracts to plan their future or could contribute to enhancing work stability.”

For those who have read this site long enough, maybe 3+ years, this ought to be familiar. Benoît Battistelli started this assault on the work security of staff and their families. António Campinos proves that he’s no better. It’s continuation of the very same agenda, including the attack on staff representatives.

The CSC adds: “Every decision appears to be at the discretion of the Office and the Office does not commit to anything regarding its employees. In addition, some points in draft C405 are unclear (e.g. on notice periods) and are likely to result in legal uncertainty. Read more in this paper.”

The letter was published and circulated yesterday, though it is dated 4 days ago. We reproduce it in full, below, as HTML:

Munich, 25.06.2021
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On fixed-term Contracts

New draft Circular 405 provides neither further clarity nor more work stability

Management has now tabled a draft Circular 405 (C405) on the conditions of conversion/extension of fixed-term contracts with the alleged intent to “give staff on fixed-term contracts greater clarity about their future prospect at the Office”.

However, to us it is not apparent what in C405 could somehow help colleagues on fixed-term contracts to plan their future or could contribute to enhancing work stability. Every decision appears to be at the discretion of the Office and the Office does not commit to anything regarding its employees. In addition, some points in draft C405 are unclear and are likely to result in legal uncertainty.

The future C405, once finalised, will have a tremendous impact on the life and families of the future generation of EPO staff. We will continue to bring forward our proposal and try to improve draft C405. We recognise the responsibility that lies with the working group members to ensure C405 is clear, comprehensive, and complete, and meets both the needs of the staff and of the Office.

A meeting of the working group on extensions/conversions of fixed-term contracts took place on Monday, June 14

The main topic of this working group meeting was a draft of the new Circular 405 (C405), which defines the procedures for the extension or conversion of fixed-term appointments. We expressed our disappointment with the draft. Indeed, none of our input seemed to have been considered. The meeting was closed after only 1.5hrs, and this was much too short for us to put forward all our concerns regarding the draft.

Arbitrary length of contracts, renewable an arbitrary number of times

The draft C405 confirms the model as initially presented based on 5 years + 5 years + conversion. However, it explicitly also permits the assignment of contracts which are shorter than 5 years. Furthermore, the initial idea of limiting the number of subsequent contracts to two contracts – one of the few aspects that was put forward by the administration which we had


welcomed – is now missing from the draft. This would allow the administration full discretion to re-new arbitrary-length contracts for an arbitrary number of times for a total duration of up to 10 years.

Notice period for conversion/extension of 6 or 12 months

The administration acknowledges that draft C405 needs to be clarified on this point, but the current draft provides for the following:

• A notice period of 6 months in case of extension
• A notice period of 12 months after 5 years of continuous service

We made a counter proposal which would provide a 12-month notice period for extension/conversion for all colleagues who would have served 5 years or more at the end date of the contract and 6 months for shorter periods of continuous service.

Conversion only after 10 years

Draft C405 states that conversion to a permanent contract should “as a matter of principle” only occur after 10 years. Although C405 does not exclude an earlier conversion in exceptional cases, it was made clear by the administration that there would be no mechanism for automatic conversion.

Possibility of internal competition for conversion

Draft C405 introduces the possibility to hold internal competitions for conversion of a contract based on qualifications, continuous years of service and/or tests. Final conversion would be subject to a set quota on conversion of fixed-term appointments to permanent employment. C405 lacks further information on how and when such a competition is organised – all seems to be at the discretion of the administration. We asked for further clarification on this point.

Conditions for extensions and conversion remain abstract

The Service Regulation states two conditions for extension/conversion: need of the service and individual performance. Draft C405 does not mention any commitment to offer alternative posts.

On needs of the service, draft C405 expands with the following:

• Continuation of the post: the post of a contract staff must continue to be relevant for the Office,
• Continued need for the specific set of knowledge, skills and competencies.

On individual performance of the employee, the draft C405 expands with the following:

• The employee’s ability, contribution and effectiveness, as well as the attitude to work and dealings with others,
• The employee’s development in knowledge, skills and competencies in respect to the
expectations as described in the performance goals.


Our preliminary view: Draft Circular 405 provides neither further clarity, nor more work stability

The intention of the administration on draft C405 was to “give staff on fixed-term contracts greater clarity about their future prospect at the Office”. However, it is not apparent to us what in C405 could somehow help colleagues on fixed-term contracts to plan their future or could contribute to enhancing work stability. Every decision appears to be at the discretion of the Office and the Office does not commit to anything regarding its employees, e.g. looking for alternative posts in case a job position is abolished. In addition, some points in draft C405 are unclear (e.g., on the notice periods), and are likely to result in legal uncertainty.

The future C405, once finalised, will have a tremendous impact on the life and families of the future generation of EPO staff. We recognise the responsibility that lies with the working group members to ensure the Circular is clear, comprehensive and complete and meets both, the needs of the staff and of the EPO.

C405 will also have an impact on the organisation as a whole. The EPO comes from a long tradition of facing future risks together as a community. In the past, a post at the EPO was a lifetime commitment, where new recruits gave up their careers to follow the mission of the Office. This created a strong feeling of belonging and pride for working at the EPO. This extraordinary “esprit de corps” was what differentiated the EPO from other patent offices, and which is the basis of its strengths that made the EPO the leading patent office in the world.

WIN-WIN counter-proposalWe will continue to bring forward our proposal and try to improve this draft C405 – for the better of our colleagues on fixed-term contracts and the Office.

Reminder: Past publications on fixed-term contracts

To raise awareness and to provide information on the issue of fixed-term contracts in the EPO, we have prepared a series of publications. We also produced a WIN-WIN counter-proposal which has been based on a principals paper.

[Redacted named and other stuff]

It’s important to fight for labour rights in general. The EPO is unaccountable and generally cash-rich; there’s no excuse for these relentless attacks on workers who not only relocated to another country for the job but also brought their family members with them (some are unable to speak the local language).

[Meme] Vapourware is Always a Sign of Weakness

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Windows at 8:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: StatCounter: In May 2021 Windows Market Share Falls Sharply to Just 28%, Whereas GNU/Linux Climbs to 2.31% in Desktops/Laptops

Users moving to GNU/Linux; Users moving to Android; Users moving to Chrome OS; WTH?

Weekend: Vista 7 was my idea, just Vista with a coat of paint

R Kelly Weekend: Vista 11 was my idea (Vapourware)

Summary: Vapourware in the media (promoting fictional things and fake ‘leaks’) is indicative of Microsoft losing control of the market, then making promises, instead

In Terms of Technical Innovation and Features GNU/Linux is Miles Ahead of Anything Apple and Microsoft Have (or Even Promise)

Posted in GNU/Linux, KDE, Videos at 6:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: We take a quick look at some of the more advanced (and scarcely known about) features in KDE; we hope to inspire some users to explore more powerful desktop environments, pushing modern machines to their full capacity without spending like $1000 on a new PC (my main PC cost just 200 pounds)

I HAVE a confession to make. I’m a desktop environments nerd. Since the 90s I’ve been messing around with just about any desktop environment I could put my hands on, tweaking the hell out of it (I went through pretty much every desktop environment that exists and on my Debian box I installed every one that was available in 2020). I love testing those things to better understand what’s available. Even Mac OS 9 back in the very old days. I like to test the limits. Right now I push the limits with 4 desktop environments that I use in tandem over Barrier and Synergy (both running in conjunction) and over the weekend I went through all the settings in the latest stable build of KDE/Plasma5 (for Debian 10). This video is far from an exhaustive tour/walk-through of features, as instead it focuses on the sorts of things no other operating system really has, except maybe FreeBSD or other BSDs with KDE built for them.

“As more and more people’s activities are shifting online (the coronavirus accelerated this trend) it’s important to use desktops that the individual users, not the vendors, control.”The learning curse may be steep for some of these features but once they’re mastered they can save a lot of time for years to come. It pays off, think of it as a long-term investment. That can also help avoid/reduce human errors/mistakes.

In order to avoid mention of (or free press for) other operating systems we might be doing more videos such as this one, showing ways to handle workflows in GNU/Linux, without a terminal or anything like that, just GUI. We don’t try to over-complicate matters. Think of it as hobby ‘marketing’ or advocacy.

This video focuses primarily in visuals and usability aspects, including window- and application-specific settings. It does mention KDE “Activities”, but we’ve not properly demonstrated them, at least not yet. Such a video would definitely require some preparation in advance.

People tend to judge the quality of an operating systems based on media coverage, so they wrongly assume what the media isn’t mentioning can’t possibly be any good. That’s totally false. It shows a misunderstanding of how the mass (corporate) media works. All that fluff about Microsoft vapourware is predominantly paid-for PR, not news. It helps distract from Microsoft blunders and scandals (many of them exist lately).

Chrome OS is a very dumbed down and locked down environment, even if it’s built on top of Gentoo GNU/Linux (originally). We encourage people to explore and examine freedom-respecting alternatives, not just for freedom’s sake but for purely practical/pragmatic reasons; they’re just technically better, maybe not for companies that want users to upload everything to them (including keystrokes, as in keylogging). As more and more people’s activities are shifting online (the coronavirus accelerated this trend) it’s important to use desktops that the individual users, not the vendors, control. The users also collectively control them because they can exercise choices by forking (owing to the more technically skilled among them). At the moment KDE is not controlled by large vendors.

Links 28/6/2021: Mircea Popescu Dies, Tuxedo Stellaris 15 is Available

Posted in News Roundup at 10:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Tuxedo Stellaris 15 is a Linux gaming laptop with Intel or AMD processors, NVIDIA graphics

        Linux PC company Tuxedo Computers is taking orders for a new gaming laptop called the Tuxedo Stellaris 15 Gen 3. It’s a 4.9 pound notebook with up to a 2560 x 1440 pixel display featuring a high refresh rate, support for up to a 150-watt NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.

        It’s also available with three different processor options: Intel Core i7-11700H, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, or AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX.

        Those are all 45-watt, 8-core, 16-thread processors designed for laptops. When paired with a high-performance GPU, the Tuxedo Stellaris 15 will likely be rather power hungry when running at full blast, and it does have a 230 watt power supply. But it also has a 92 Wh battery that Tuxedo says should allow you get up to 8 hours of battery life for less-demanding tasks.

      • The TUXEDO Stellaris 15 laptop launches with Intel and AMD options

        Here we are again, TUXEDO continuing to roll out new models to try and capture Linux users attention and the latest with the TUXEDO Stellaris 15 sounds pretty great. Part of what makes the TUXEDO Stellaris 15 interesting is the split options between AMD and Intel CPUs, giving you more control and choice on what you can buy.

        Before getting too excited, keep in mind it’s yet another high-end gamer and high performance workstation model. We have something of a lack of low-mid end devices since these high-end options seem to be what gets people talking, even though we would love to see more low end stuff too.

      • Too little, too late: Linux app support is finally coming to Skylake Chromebooks

        Chromebooks are incredible tools for school and home use, and although they’re often thought of as simple machines, they can do a variety of tasks beyond surfing the web. When Google launched Linux support for Chrome OS in 2018, it unlocked access to thousands of desktop applications. While modern Chromebooks have had access to Linux apps for years, capable Skylake-powered systems like the Samsung Chromebook Pro got left in the dust. It seems the wait may finally be over thanks to recent updates — but it may be too late to matter.

        Google broke its silence via the Chromium bug tracker last Friday, confirming that the work to run Linux apps on Skylake Chromebooks is complete. This should finally close the curtains on this issue, with support arriving in subsequent updates without flipping on the “Enable VMs on Experimental kernels” Chrome flag. It’s unclear how much longer users with a Skylake device will have to wait, but it could appear in the next major Chrome OS update (M92).

    • Server

      • SD Times news digest: Red Hat OpenShift 4.8 now available, GitHub Container registry generally available, MongoDB achieves FedRAMP status

        OpenShift 4.8 helps organizations quickly create new cloud-native applications without having to abandon their existing environments and IT investments.

        One new feature is IPv6/IPv4 dual stack and IPv6 single stack support, which provides applications with interoperability and communications for environments that use IPv6 and IPv4 such as in Cloud-Native Network Functions.

        Also, OpenShift Pipelines now allow users to declaratively define, version and track changes to their applications next to their source code in Git repositories. Users also get an enhanced developer experience within the OpenShift console, an OpenShift Serverless functions capability, and OpenShift sandboxed containers.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • The Right Mindset For Growing As A Linux User

        Having the right mindset is important in growing as a Linux user, and it also important for growing as a person. Generally, you can break down people into being in one of two camps depending on their mindset. And it tells you a lot about the person, including how they handle challenges in life, how well they navigate obstacles, etc.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux Kernel 5.13 rolls out with early Apple M1 support

        Another Linux Kernel release is out now with Linux 5.13 bringing with it, amongst plenty of other things, initial and early support for the new Apple M1 chip.

        In the announcement Linus Torvalds mentioned that while they had a “calm week” since the seventh release candidate, the Linux Kernel 5.13 is “actually fairly large” and “one of the bigger 5.x releases” with over sixteen thousand commits from over two thousand developers so it’s a “big all over” sort of thing with new features , fixes and improvements everywhere.

      • Linux Kernel 5.13 officially launches with support for M1 Macs

        It took a few months, but Linux has now received support for M1 Macs with Linux Kernel 5.13. This comes after several months of testing, including its Release Candidate version first being announced more than a month ago.

        The new 5.13 Kernel adds support for several chips based on the ARM architecture — including the Apple M1. This means that users will be able to run Linux natively on the new M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac.

        It was already possible to run Linux on M1 Macs via virtual machines and even with a port from Corellium, but none of these alternatives run natively — which means they don’t take advantage of the maximum performance of the M1 chip. However, some developers had been working to include native support for M1 in the Linux Kernel, and now this has become a reality.

        As spotted by Phoronix, Linux 5.13 brings “initial but early support for the Apple M1 with basic support but not yet accelerated graphics and a lot more to iron out moving ahead.”

      • Apple’s M1 now supported by Linux kernel in version 5.13
        The newest update of the Linux kernel, version 5.13, has been released with support for the Apple Silicon system-on-chip, the M1.
        
        Previously available in May as a release candidate for public testing, the final version of Linux 5.13 has been released. Announced by Linus Torvolds on Monday, the newest version is said to be one of the bigger releases in the version 5 range, with over 16 thousand commits made by over 2 thousand developers.
        
        For Mac users, the key addition to the kernel is support for a number of ARM-based chips, which crucially includes the M1. The new kernel is therefore able to be run natively on Apple Silicon hardware, including the M1 Mac mini and the 24-inch iMac.
        
        While the ability to use M1 is included, Phoronix reports there's still more work to be done, including adding support for accelerated graphics. Other changes include a variety of updated drivers, architecture and file system improvements, and changes to process handling and tooling.
        
      • Linux 5.1.3 adds official support for Apple’s M1 chip but it’s only the start

        A year after Apple announced its transition to Apple silicon, Linux now officially supports the only chip to have been released since that date — the Apple M1. As of the newly released Linux 5.1.3, early support for the chip has been added. But there is still some work to be done.

        First reported by Phoronix, the new Linux update adds initial support for Apple’s M1 chip, but that doesn’t mean that everything will work to its full potential. Accelerated graphics aren’t yet enabled, for example.

      • GNU Linux-libre 5.13-gnu Released For The Latest Kernel Deblobbing

        Following yesterday’s release of the Linux 5.13 kernel, the GNU folks have released GNU Linux-libre 5.13-gnu as their downstream that strips out support for loading binary-only firmware/microcode, blocks the ability to load binary-only kernel modules, and other sanitization work in the name of software freedom.

      • Hantro VPU Driver With Linux 5.14 Adds G2 Decoder Support With HEVC – Phoronix

        The Hantro media driver within the Linux kernel for supporting the Hantro IP-based VPU found in Rockchip and NXP i.MX8M SoCs is seeing improvements with the in-development Linux 5.14 kernel.

        The Hantro VPU driver with Linux 5.14 brings support for the second VPU found with the NXP i.MX8MQ SoC. To date only the first VPU (G1) has been supported by this driver while now support for the G2 is also wired up. With the G2 VPU support there is now basic HEVC/H.265 decoding support in place.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • 5 Ways to find a Linux User ID (UID) in Ubuntu 20.04

        The User ID or UID in Linux is a unique entity through which a user is identified on a system. Every user on a Linux system has a dedicated UID. There are several ways of finding the UID of a Linux user and we are going to share with you all those ways for an Ubuntu or Linux Mint system.

        [...]

        By picking out any method of your choice from this tutorial, you will be able to find the UID of any user you want while using Ubuntu 20.04. All the commands and utilities that we have used for this tutorial are built-in. Therefore, you will not have to waste your precious time in installing anything while following this tutorial.

      • How To Install SonarQube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install SonarQube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, SonarQube is an open-source web-based tool to manage code quality and code analysis. SonarQube includes features like bug and vulnerability detection and code tracking. SonarQube can integrate into GitHub, Azure DevOps, Bitbucket, GitLab, and Docker. If you happen to have an on-premise Linux server, or a cloud account with the likes of AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure, handy, you can deploy the community edition of SonarQube for free.

        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 SonarQube 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 Clone a Git Repository with Ansible

        When configuring remote servers with Ansible, you may encounter instances where you need to get files from a Git repository. This could be a software package from public repositories or configuration files on a private repository.

        To clone a git repo remotely using Ansible, you may add entries like this to your Playbook.

      • How to Install Shlink URL Shortener with Nginx on Ubuntu 20.04

        Shlink is an open-source and self-hosted URL shortener written in PHP. It is used to generate and manage short URLs from the command line. It allows you to track all visits of your short URLs including, location, browser or referrer. It can be integrated with third-party tools using the Shlink API. It provides a command-line interface to shorten URLs.

        In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Shlink on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • Peering into binary files on Linux

        Any file on a Linux system that isn’t a text file is considered a binary file–from system commands and libraries to image files and compiled programs. But these files being binary doesn’t mean that you can’t look into them. In fact, there are quite a few commands that you can use to extract data from binary files or display their content. In this post, we’ll explore quite a few of them.

    • Games

      • The KenShape and Asset Forge tools from Kenney both got enhancements in new releases | GamingOnLinux

        KenShape is a tool to create 3D models from 2D pixel art which is really clever, while Asset Forge allows you to create 3D models from various parts. Both aimed at game developers not normal users but still fun to play around with, created by Kenney who is well known for producing tons of high-quality public domain art assets.

        Recently Asset Forge had a version 2.2 release which added colour map (UV mapping) export option, along with 33 new blocks to use for the standard version and a further 21 if you have the Deluxe edition along with a number of bug fixes.

        [...]

        I tried to make a Floppy Disk icon in it, if that wasn’t clear…really interesting software though, even for someone who is not an artist or particularly good at making models, it can be a wonderful stopgap. In fact, both the applications mentioned are great for prototyping.

      • How to use old regions with SimCity 4 on Steam + Linux

        Not that long ago, SimCity 4 was resurrected. It became alive on Steam, a game you could buy and download and play and enjoy. I recently tried it – but not as you think. I actually installed it in Linux, using the Proton compatibility layer, and things were swell. Which brought about some sweet memories.

        I had spent months of my time creating a beautiful mega-region, with 4.5 million people in some 60+ cities. This endeavor took a lot of work, I was using half a dozen mods to make SimCity 4 do some extra wonders for me, and once I was done, I copied my game save into a special backup folder. I didn’t want to lose such a precious achievement. That was 2008-ish or so. Now, I had the game on Steam, but how does one go about loading those old region saves?

    • Distributions

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • BABA’s Drives Agility and Efficiency into Food Manufacturing with SUSE | SUSE Communities

          “In SUSE Linux Enterprise, we found the right platform to help us make this pivotal transition and transformation. The cutting-edge features, expertise and support during every step of this process contributed to the ROI immediately; well-positioning us to capitalize on new business opportunities.” Ilaventhan Vijaya, head of finance, BABA’s Group of Companies.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • RHEL for Edge: update infrastructure quickstart

          Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.4 brings a set of new features that make it easier to manage image updates for edge systems. RHEL for Edge uses Image Builder as the engine to create rpm-ostree images. This model provides advantages around the long life cycle and package flexibility of RHEL combined with A/B transactional updates, rollbacks controlled by application health-checks, and network efficient updates over the wire. In this post, we will walk through how to set up a simple yet powerful staging environment for edge image updates.

        • Open source and collaboration propel RHEL to the top of the TOP500

          Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) provides the operating system cornerstone for the top three supercomputers in the world according to the June 2021 TOP500 ranking.

          The biannual list showcases the 500 most powerful computer systems in the world to provide a better understanding of the high-performance computing market, and encourage collaboration and the exchange of data and software throughout the tech industry, academia and research organizations.

        • IBM Adds AI-Powered Automation Software To Networking
        • From 5G to the future: How Red Hat supports Verizon in the drive for greater connectivity

          The past year has truly stressed the importance of connectivity to modern life, as the COVID-19 pandemic delivered layers of isolation that were simply unthinkable a few months before its onslaught. Connected devices, from mobile phones and tablets to computers and smart TVs served as a window to the world and a link to the “old normal,” helping us retain our human connections while also keeping the world moving during the height of the pandemic.

          This same connectivity provided a linkage between the machines and services driving crucial industries and organizations. From the factory floors that fueled the global supply chain to the emergency rooms that adapted to surging demand, being connected wasn’t about “digital transformation;” it was about survival.

      • Debian Family

        • The Many App Stores Before the App Store

          — Michael Robertson, the software developer best known for his creation of MP3.com, in a blog post discussing his work on “Click-N-Run,” an early attempt at creating a digital download store along the lines of the App Store in the early 2000s. Click-N-Run (CNR), which was an aspect of the commercial Windows-like Linux distribution Linspire that Robertson helped build, was a commercial GUI-style interface for Debian’s apt package manager. It was eventually made available to other distros to much interest, though the results were reportedly a mixed bag. While no longer made, Linspire’s work on CNR (one of a few stabs at the GUI-based software distribution interface in Linux) likely inspired the graphical package managers now commonly offered with many Linux distributions, which largely work the same way.

          [...]

          The year StarCode Software, a developer of software for the BeOS operating system, was formed. The company built PackageBuilder and SoftwareValet, which combined together to become one of the first graphical package managers purpose-built for an operating system—and one Be acquired in 1998 and integrated into the operating system.

          [...]

          Mobile phones have been built with this expectation that the whole experience is seamless and managed by the hardware developer—and at one point, the mobile provider even played a significant role. In some cases, it still does.

          But one wonders how strong Apple’s case against sideloading will actually be, given that, y’know, it also sells desktop computers that allow sideloading … or as we call it over that way, downloading and installing apps from the Web.

          [...]

          But prior art is prior art, and one hopes that the technology industry takes a step back to learn the lessons from both the Apple App Store’s strengths and weaknesses going forward. After all, so many others got there first.

        • Jaminy Prabaharan & Debian: the GSoC admin who failed GSoC

          Moreover, in 2019, Chris Lamb appointed Jaminy as an administrator in Debian’s GSoC program, alongside his ex-girlfriend Molly de Blanc and Pranav Jain. We looked at Pranav’s lack of contributions to Debian in a previous blog. Jaminy has contributed even less, in fact, the contributors report doesn’t even include her name.

          Below we copied the comments from the Google documentation about the role of an Administrator in GSoC. Is it possible for an intern who failed and made no other technical contributions to the organization to provide this level of leadership?

          Jaminy first met Chris Lamb and other Debian Developers at FOSSASIA in early 2016. Jaminy didn’t subsequently meet her mentors at any other events. Why did Lamb appoint Jaminy as an administrator? Why did Debian continue to fund her travel for so long?

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GnuCash 4.6

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

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Finance

      • Billionaire Bitcoiner Mircea Popescu Reportedly Dead by Drowning

        Popescu lived in several countries including United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Egypt. He sold SatoshiDice, a Bitcoin gaming site in July 2013 for a fee of over 125,000 BTC. In January 2014, the Bitcoin pioneer offered to sponsor the operating system ‘OpenBSD’, which was about to close down due to a lack of funds. Wired Magazine described Popescu’s decision and the whole process that time as a “Bitcoin Baron Keeping a Secretive Open Source OS Alive.” Popescu later revealed that he paid all the bills of the OpenBSD operating system to pay homage to its developers for their “clamped down security approach.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • U.K.’s Labour Party Fights to Keep Blue-Collar Voters From Moving to the Right

        For nearly a quarter of a century, Britain’s Labour Party could count on the support of blue-collar workers in this northern English town once famed for its textile industry.

        Today, the party is fighting to win a crucial local election here following the resignation of a Labour parliamentarian who represented the district. A victory could help shore up support among working-class voters who have defected in much of the country to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party.

        But if—as opinion polls predict—the district of Batley and Spen does flip to the Conservatives in Thursday’s vote, it would be the latest brick in Labour’s once-formidable postindustrial voting base to crumble, further highlighting what has become a historic slump for the party.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Concerns Rise in Iran over Internet Access

        A group of Iranian lawmakers are working on a draft bill that could further restrict access to the internet, a reformist newspaper said Sunday.

        The bill calls for “organizing social media” and the banning of virtual private network (VPN) software used widely by Iranians to bypass internet restrictions and blocks imposed on several social media websites, according to Etemad.

        Over the past few days, internet users in Iran have expressed concern over the draft bill proposed by some conservative lawmakers, who hold the majority in parliament since 2020, according to AFP.

    • Monopolies

      • The coming antitrust revolution
      • Patents

        • Next Generation Labs Granted European Patent for TFN® Synthetic Nicotine Manufacturing Process Further Strengthening IP Enforcement Efforts Against TFN® Violators [Ed: EPO just granting lots and lots of lousy patents, taking advantage of total lack of oversight of any kind]
        • Munich Regional Court creates third patent chamber [Ed: Germany trying to become Texas when it comes to patent litigation]

          Today, the President of the Munich Regional Court, Andrea Schmidt, announced a new civil chamber will begin work on 16 August 2021. Half of cases heard by this 44th chamber will be patent infringement suits, thus relieving the established 7th and 21st patent litigation chambers.

          Georg Werner will chair the new civil chamber. He brings with him a great deal of experience in technically complex patent disputes. For example, he sat on the bench in the proceedings between British American Tobacco and Philip Morris concerning e-cigarettes and the proceedings between Wago and Molex concerning LED technology.

          [...]

          The regional court was recently in the spotlight because of the anti-suit injunction (ASI) battle between Interdigital and Xiaomi and IP Bridge and Huawei. The chairman of the new civil chamber, Georg Werner, also played a role in this decision.

          Up to now, only Düsseldorf Regional Court has three patent chambers with the civil chambers 4a, 4b and 4c. Mannheim Regional Court has two patent chambers.

        • FOSS Patents: BREAKING: Munich I Regional Court creates third patent litigation division under Presiding Judge Dr. Georg Werner

          The Landgericht München I (Munich I Regional Court) just announced that its president (chief judge) Dr. Andrea Schmidt decided today to create a third Patentstreitkammer (patent litigation division). To be precise, this one is–for the time being–not a full-time division, but has one-half of the regular capacity.

          The court already has two patent litigation divisions: the Seventh Civil Chamber under Presiding Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann, who is widely expected to take over the patent-specialized division of the Munich appeals court next year, and the Twenty-First Civil Chamber under Presiding Judge Tobias Pichlmaier. Presiding Judge Dr. Georg Werner will chair the third patent-specialized division, which will commence its operations on August 16, 2021. His side judges have not been announced yet.

          Less than two weeks ago, when I noticed that Judge Dr. Werner had been promoted to Presiding Judge, I wrote that the Munich court would now be able to set up a third patent litigation division anytime. I had no inside track. I just know that ever more patent holders consider Munich their first choice for bringing infringement complaints. And indeed, the court’s press release attributes this decision to “weiter ansteigenden Eingangszahlen in Patentstreitsachen” (continually increasing numbers of new filings in patent infringement matters).

        • EPO: DOUBLE PATENTING; G 4/19 [Ed: This fails to mention that the Enlarged Board of Appeal is crooked and cannot be relied on for anything anymore]

          On 22 June 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued decision G 4/19 (Double patenting), in which it held that a European patent application can be refused if it claims the same subject-matter as a European patent (i.e., not just a co-pending EP application) which has been granted to the same applicant and has the same effective date. The application can be refused, irrespective of whether it (a) was filed on the same date as, or (b) is a parent application or a divisional application of, or (c) claims the same priority as the European patent already granted.

          In other words: if an applicant already achieved grant of an EP patent on a certain subject-matter, the Examining Division will deny grant to claims on the “same” subject-matter in later examination proceedings pertaining to an application having the same “effective date” as the granted patent.

        • Court hears Bayer Pharma challenge to liability for lifted preliminary injunction

Links 28/6/2021: Torvalds FUD and EasyOS 2.8.3

Posted in News Roundup at 7:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • TUXEDO Stellaris 15 Linux Gaming Laptop Launches with AMD Ryzen 9, NVIDIA RTX 3080, and 3K Display

        Meet TUXEDO Stellaris 15, the newest member of the ever-growing line of Linux computers from TUXEDO Computers, and the second to ship with a 3K display, after TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 14, featuring a generous and sharp 15.6-inch size with a 2560×1440 pixels resolution, 350 nits brightness, 800:1 contrast, and an 165 Hz refresh rate.

        But TUXEDO Stellaris 15 is a high-performance gaming laptop, and its best feature is that it lets you customize it with either AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, or Intel Core i7-11800H “Tiger Lake” H45 processors with 8 cores and 16 threads, as well as a power consumption of 45 watts.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux kernel now officially supports Apple M1 [Ed: Clickbait again; how to make a LINUX release all about APPLE]

        The latest Linux kernel release, version 5.13, has become the first official kernel to support Apple M1-powered devices.

        In the works for two months, the larger-than-usual release had a relatively uneventful development cycle. For reasons that continue to remain a mystery, the codename for this release has been changed to “Opossums on Parade”.

        In addition to the usual round of improvements, the highlight of the release is initial support for Apple’s homebrewed Arm-based M1 system on a chip (SoC), thanks primarily to the efforts of Hector Martin’s Asahi Linux project.

      • Torvalds dismisses Register claim of 5.13 release deviating from the norm

        “So over the years the seven release candidates have become the ‘expected number’ when things go normally, and then occasionally we have an extra week and an extra release candidate if there’s some question about late fixes,” he added.

        “The last time we had more than that was 4.15, which went to nine, but that’s over three years ago, so it’s rare.

        “So 5.13 looks normal. Of course, there might be some surprises lurking that we just didn’t catch, but on the whole it looks smooth, particularly considering how big the merge window was.”

      • Major Update: Linux Kernel 5.13 Released, This is What’s New

        Announcing the release on the Linux kernel making list Linus Torvalds commented that: “[Linux] 5.13 overall is actually fairly large. In fact, it’s one of the bigger 5.x releases, with over 16k commits (over 17k if you count merges), from over 2k developers”.

        What makes the latest Linux kernel update so big?

        Read on to find out.

      • Linux Kernel 5.13 Released. New Features and Download Details inside.

        Linux Torvalds announced the release of Linux Kernel 5.13. Here’s a recap of the new features and we give you the details on downloading this Kernel.

      • Linux 5.13 Release – Notable changes, Arm, MIPS and RISC-V architectures

        The previous release, Linux 5.12, added support for the ACRN hypervisor designed for IoT & embedded devices, Playstation DualSense & Nintendo 64 game controllers, as well as Nintendo 64 data cartridges, implemented dynamic thermal power management via a subsystem that allows the power usage of groups of devices to be capped to meet thermal constraints, and said goodbye to O-profile, replaced by perf events, among many other changes.

      • Bootlin contributions to Linux 5.12 – Bootlin’s blog

        Yes, Linux 5.13 was released yesterday, but we never published the blog post detailing our contributions to Linux 5.12, so let’s do this now! First of all the usual links to the excellent LWN.net articles on the 5.12 merge window: part 1 and part 2.

        LWN.net also published an article with Linux 5.12 development statistics, and two Bootlin engineers made their way to the statistics: Alexandre Belloni in the list of top contributors by number of changesets, with 69 commits, and Paul Kocialkowski in the list of top contributors by number of changed lines, with over 6000 lines changed.

      • Core-Scheduling For Linux 5.14 To Reduce SMT/HT Information Leak Risks, Side Channels – Phoronix

        Among the early pull requests for the just-opened Linux 5.14 merge window are the scheduler updates that includes the introduction of Core Scheduling. The Core Scheduling functionality has been in the works for the past few years by multiple vendors for better securing SMT systems following various vulnerabilities coming to light around Hyper Threading.

        Core-Scheduling is finally going mainline for Linux 5.14. Linux core scheduling has been worked on by hyperscalers and public cloud providers to improve security without disabling Hyper Threading. The functionality amounts to what resources can share a CPU core and ensuring potentially unsafe tasks don’t run on a sibling thread of a trusted task. By ensuring trusted/untrusted tasks don’t share a core by way of HT/SMT, they can more comfortably keep Hyper Threading enabled, which for public cloud providers is particularly important with the amount of “vCPUs” they can offer per server.

      • KVM With Linux 5.14 Brings ARM MTE, Hyper-V Optimizations – Phoronix

        The KVM changes were submitted early ahead of the now-open Linux 5.14 merge window.

    • Applications

      • Fotoxx: An Open Source App for Managing and Editing Large Photo Collection

        When it comes to photo management software in Linux, Shotwell is perhaps the most famous of them all. No wonder it comes preinstalled in many distributions.

        But if you are looking for a Shotwell like application which is a bit faster, Fotoxx could be a good choice.

        It may not have a modern user interface, but it is fast in handling a large collection of photos. And it matters because indexing and showing thumbnails for thousands of photos could take considerable time and computing resources.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The School for Sysadmins Who Can’t Timesync Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, part 1 – the problem with NTP

        In this series, I’ll describe a few best practices for setting up NTP in a standard 64-bit Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS environment. Bear in mind this quite limited scope; this advice will not apply in all circumstances and intentionally ignores the less common use cases. Further caveats: [...]

      • How to Delete File in Linux by using command and GUI Guide for beginners

        Are you new for Linux and even don’t know “how to delete file in Linux Ubuntu 20.04″? Or Do you want to learn more options to delete files? Don’t worry.

        As you know the graphical environment is growing day by day, And now you can use a graphical interface to delete the file.

        Trust me Command line interface is more interesting then GUI. Once you will be habitual of commands you never like press right/left click on objects through mouse of your computer.

      • How to archive files on FreeDOS | Opensource.com

        On Linux, you may be familiar with the standard Unix archive command: tar. There’s a version of tar on FreeDOS too (and a bunch of other popular archive programs), but the de facto standard archiver on DOS is Zip and Unzip. Both Zip and Unzip are installed in FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 by default.

        The Zip file format was originally conceived in 1989 by Phil Katz of PKWARE, for the PKZIP and PKUNZIP pair of DOS archive utilities. Katz released the specification for Zip files as an open standard, so anyone could create Zip archives. As a result of the open specification, Zip became a standard archive on DOS. The Info-ZIP project implements an open source set of ZIP and UNZIP programs.

      • Du Command to get Size of Directory in Linux a Complete Guide for beginners

        Have you noticed “how can you see the size of directory in Linux?” where have you seen the size of a directory in Linux?

        Don’t you remember?

        But in fact, you can’t see the directory size in a general way. You must do some extra effort for completing this task.

        I will cover everything in this article.

        It is quite easy in windows, You just move the cursor over the directory and you will see the file and directory size. and It is the total size of the directory.

      • How to install skype On Ubuntu 20.04 Complete Guide for beginners [Ed: This is technically spyware. Use something like Signal instead.]
      • How to parse Bash program configuration files | Opensource.com

        Keeping program configurations separate from code is important. It enables non-programmers to alter configurations without having to modify the program’s code. With compiled binary executables, that would be impossible for non-programmers because it not only requires access to source files (which we do have with open source programs) but also a programmer’s skill set. Few people have that, and most people don’t want to learn.

        [...]

        So placing configuration items into easily maintained text files provides separation and allows non-programmers to edit configuration elements without the danger of making unintentional changes to the code. Many developers do this for programs written in compiled languages because they don’t expect the users to be developers. For many of the same reasons, it also makes sense to do this with interpreted shell languages.

    • Games

      • Near, the creator of bsnes, higan and more has died

        The highly respected developer known as Near, creator of emulators like bsnes, higan and more has died. Near has a long history in the emulation scene, working with others and often alone to create some really important software focused on accuracy and also contributions to translating some really popular titles.

        Please be aware the following links have some disturbing content that touches on bullying, suicide and more.

        In the early hours of June 27, Near (whose real name is Dave and identifies as non-binary) posted a very concerning thread on Twitter, explaining how they’ve suffered their whole life from bullying, harassment and more. This wasn’t just in early life but across the internet too from the likes of 4chan and later a site called Kiwi Farms. The Twitter post was very alarming and painted a concerning picture of their declining mental health. Later that same day, respected security consultant and hacker Hector Martin posted on Twitter a Google Document file to explain that Near has died.

      • After the recent patches, Team Fortress 2 hit an all-time high

        It’s been a long road for Valve fighting against bots in Team Fortress 2 but it looks like the community has been overall quite happy with the latest changes.

        This has led to Team Fortress 2 seeing a popularity explosion in users playing, with it hitting a new all-time peak of 151,253 around 3 days ago with the previous peak being 147,360 back in December 2020 which you can see (along with much more) on the useful SteamDB website.

      • Is Linux Now a Viable Platform for Gaming?

        This is the reason why gaming on Linux, an operating system that currently holds a market share of just 2.38%, has been a difficult task for most players.

        [...]

        Linux gamers get the best experience when software developers create titles that are programmed to natively run on the operating system. This may be through coding it to run on the Linux kernel from the ground up or porting it over to be compatible with how it works.

        The first ported game was Doom 1994, thanks to the efforts of Dave D. Taylor who worked on it in his spare time. However, little progress would be made until the late 2000s when Humble Bundle began selling its Humble Indie Bundles which supported Linux. Users of the operating system account for 25% of revenue, and this helped developers to see the potential of the market.

        In 2012, Valve announced it would port its game engine to Linux, making it easy for developers to create Linux versions of games. The following year, the company released SteamOS, a Linux distro designed specifically for gaming.

        Valve was quickly followed by Unity Technologies, Feral Interactive, GOG, and Epic Games who have also since begun supporting Linux. This helped titles like Insurgency: Sandstorm and Borderlands get released on the OS.

      • Unvanquished gets a small bug-fix release for graphical issues and a Flatpak

        Unvanquished, the free and open source humans vs aliens strategic shooter had another update recently, although mostly a cleaning up build from the recent big release.

        To make things easier and to ensure people across different distributions can access it easily and keep it up to date, Unvanquished is now available on Flathub as a Flatpak package. Nice to see more games do this officially as it’s a good solution for so many distributions.

        For bug fixes they solved a really rendering old bug with stray lines appearing across the screen, a bug causing weapon models to disappear was also solved and an NVIDIA big affecting all OpenGL3+ hardware on proprietary drivers across all operating systems that caused z-fighting (you would see weird black artifacts) has been solved. So now most users will see a much nicer gameplay experience, except Intel UHD who are advised to stick to the Medium graphical preset as there may be a driver bug resulting in graphical issues.

    • Distributions

      • The 4 Most Used Operating Systems for NAS Devices, In Case You’re Thinking of Getting It

        Hear more and more about NAS servers or “Network Attached Storage Devices”, a specific class of computers that allow us to do this Setting up our personal cloud Even hosting backups, a medical center, or a torrent download client.

        However, what sets it apart is that, whether we use a commercial device or configure our NAS at home to reuse an old computer, The operating systems and/or distributions we will use are not the same we are used to For use in home computers.

        So we compiled Four Most Used NAS Operating Systems (two in the “open source” category, and two more in the commercial [sic] solutions category), so we can start to get to know them a little better.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • How to migrate Java workloads to containers: 3 considerations

          Containers and orchestration make up a growing part of IT’s present and future. The majority of IT leaders surveyed in Red Hat’s 2021 State of Enterprise Open Source report said they anticipated increasing container usage in their organizations during the next 12 months: 30 percent expect a significant increase, and 42 percent expect a slight increase. Kubernetes adoption is rising alongside that trend.

          Containerization and orchestration also overlap two other key trends right now: Application migration and application modernization. Migration typically refers to moving workloads from one environment (today, usually a traditional datacenter) to another (usually a cloud platform.) Modernization, often used as an umbrella term, refers to the various methods of migrating applications to a cloud environment. These run the gamut from leaving the code largely as-is to a significant (or total) overhaul in order to optimize a workload for cloud-native technologies.

          Red Hat technology evangelist Gordon Haff notes that this spectrum bears out in Red Hat’s enterprise open source research: The 2020 report found a healthy mix of strategies for managing legacy applications, including “leave as-is” (31 percent), “update or modernize” (17 percent), “re-architect as cloud-enabled (16 percent), and “re-architect as cloud-native” (14 percent).

        • Digital transformation: 10 more ways DevOps can help [Ed: IBM is all about buzzwords these days because substance is lacking]

          Digital transformation today is intertwined with processes and tools that foster speed, agility, flexibility, and experimentation. “The goal of digital transformation is to evolve a business to compete in a digital landscape,” says Helen Beal, chief ambassador for DevOps Institute. “This necessitates becoming a technology- or software-led business.”

          That’s why DevOps and digital transformation go hand in hand.

          DevOps emerged more than a decade ago, borrowing a page from the manufacturing industry. Instead of focusing on the discrete and — for many years, disparate — tasks involved in the development and ongoing operations of software, DevOps took a more integrated product-centric approach that eliminated a significant amount of overhead and rework and improved quality, speed, and overall outcomes.

        • FESCo Says “Yes” To Fedora 35 Using Yescrypt For Hashing Shadow Passwords – Phoronix

          The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee has said “yes” to using Yescrypt for hashing shadow passwords with this distribution’s next release. Using Yescrypt in place of SHA256/SHA512 should lead to greater security for new user accounts.

          For a few weeks there has been a change proposal to use Yescrypt as the default hashing method for new user passwords stored in /etc/shadow. Yescrypt should be more secure and other Linux distributions like Debian Testing, Kali Linux, and ALT Linux have also been switching over to it.

        • How to remove an unneeded GUI from a Red Hat Enterprise Linux server

          GUIs are nice pieces of software. They often help with a lot of daily tasks. For example, they let you visualize what you’re doing on the system, surf the internet, and much more, but they don’t belong on servers. The reason for this strong claim comes from the fact that sysadmins shouldn’t be using a server as a desktop, and generally speaking, a server can be administered completely via the command line interface (CLI).

          A full-fledged desktop environment is also resource-heavy. It can easily require 2 GB of RAM and three gigabytes or more disk space just to exist. Yes, you can install lightweight GUIs, but again, resources are unnecessarily wasted.

      • Debian Family

        • There’s now a Debian User Repository in the style of the Arch User Repository

          Are you on Debian and keep missing packages or want some of the latest applications on top of your stable system? Say hello to the brand new Debian User Repository in the style of the Arch User Repository. It only got announced a couple of days ago so it’s very fresh-faced and so there’s not many packages yet, but it could end up being something revolutionary for Debian – perhaps anyway.

          The creator, Hunter Wittenborn, mentioned how they initially started off developing makedeb, which makes Debian packages from Arch PKGBUILDs as they loved “Arch Linux’s simple and efficient PKGBUILD format for creating packages”. Another project, mpm, came later as a package manager for makedeb to make it even easier. So the Debian User Repository seems like the natural evolution of their ongoing work.

        • EasyOS 2.8.3 released

          Version 2.8.1 was released on June 10, see blog announcement:

          https://bkhome.org/news/202106/easyos-dunfell-series-281-released.html

          I was intending to wait until SeaMonkey 2.53.8 is released for building the next release of EasyOS. However, it could be tomorrow, or it could be a few weeks away, so decided to bring out Easy 2.8.3 now (there is no 2.8.2).

        • About future of EasyOS Buster-series

          I have received 4 or 5 emails asking when there will be another release of the Debian-based Buster-series.
          I had announced that want to consolidate, and only develop the Dunfell-series, for x86_64 PC and aarch64 Pi4, however, given the interest in the Buster-series, I suppose can keep it going, with the occasional update.
          I would, however, encourage newcomers to choose the Dunfell-series, as that is where most development effort is happening.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 20.04/21.04 64-bit RISC-V released for QEMU, HiFive boards

          Let’s a lot of excitement around RISC-V open architecture, but a lot of work still needs to be done to bring the ecosystem to level with Arm or x86 architecture from the silicon to the software. Progress is made step-by-step and one of these steps is Canonical released Ubuntu 64-bit RISC-V (RISCV64) images for some of SiFive HiFive boards, as well as QEMU open-source emulator.

          Specifically, Canonical released an Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS image for HiFive Unleashed & QEMU, and an Ubuntu 21.04 image for HiFive Unleashed, HiFive Unmatched, and QEMU. Note those are only server images, and there’s no desktop image yet like for Ubuntu 21.04 on Raspberry Pi 2/3/4.

        • Design and Web team summary – 28 June 2021 | Ubuntu

          The web team at Canonical run two-week iterations building and maintaining all of Canonical websites, product web interfaces and much more. Here are some of the highlights of our completed work from this iteration.

        • Vision-based robotic apple picker features novel deep learning algorithms

          The same UR5 robot arm and Intel RealSense D-435 deployed on a customized four-wheeled vehicle. (Figure 3) The system runs on a Dell (Round Rock, TX, USA; www.dell.com) Inspiron PC with Intel i7-6700 CPU and NVIDIA GT-1070 GPU, again running the Kinetic version of ROS and Linux Ubuntu 16.04. A RealSense communication package connects the camera, robot, and PC.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • [Old] Declouding my life – Replacing Google Photos

        Over the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to reduce my dependence on cloud services. This is purely ideological, I have no real reason to distrust the cloud, nor am I going to attempt to convince you to. I just made a decision a while ago that all my mission critical/sensitive stuff needed to be moved off of centralised cloud storage. The stories of people losing their Google accounts for practically no reason scare me.

        One particularly scary change that happened recently was Google Photos deciding to change their ‘unlimited’ storage plan to not be unlimited anymore. This was obviously going to happen at some point, but frankly I feel like companies need to stop pretending like they can offer unlimited use of something unless they plan to honour that for the lifetime of the service. Either way, I’ve always felt pretty uncomfortable with having my photos being hosted and managed by someone else, so I started to explore alternatives.

      • Events

        • openSUSE.Asia Summit 2021 Call For Paper
        • openSUSE.Asia Summit Call For Paper
        • Samuel Iglesias: My experience in esLibre 2021

          This year, I decided to participate as speaker in esLibre 2021 conference. esLibre is a Spanish free software conference that covers a lot of different topics related to open-source projects: from the technical point of view to its social impact.

          This year the conference had talks about game development with Godot, KDE, LibreOffice, Free Software in Universities among many others. Check out the program.

          [...]

          My talk was an introduction to Mesa where I covered things like where is Mesa in the open-source graphics stack, a summary of what it does, the drivers implemented in Mesa, how our community is organized and how to contribute to it. If you know Spanish, you can check it out here (PDF). But in case you want an English version of it, this talk is very similar to the one I gave at Ubucon Europe 2018.

      • FSFE

        • Dutch Digital Autonomy is undermined; demands for Free Software are rising

          The Netherlands is becoming dependent on a digital infrastructure that is dominated by a small number of monopolistic companies. Although the Dutch Cyber Security Council recognises the consequent risk, their report neglects focusing on Open Standards and Free Software, the proven best practices to face this problem. The FSFE calls on the Dutch government to stand firm and get a grip on their digital security and autonomy by adhering to Open Standards and Free Software, in line with their earlier commitment to use Free Software by default.

          Our team emphatically defends digital rights in the Netherlands. In 2018, Jos van den Oever noticed that the ‘Debat Direct’ app could not be downloaded to his Firefox OS phone. In other words, the official application for parliamentary debates was not available under a Free Software license. Jos’ request to get the app’s source code was denied, and he brought the case to court. The Council of State ruled on 31 March 2021 that the Parliament does not have to publish the source code. As a result, the participation app remains closed to those who wish to use only Free Software apps.

          Jos van den Oever, the person behind this initiative, is a FSFE volunteer and part of our country team Netherlands. Its members kept in touch even during the pandemic, when they had to replace booths for online meetings. Nico Rikken, one of the two coordinators, shares his experiences about this transition in a blogpost, and calls anyone interested to join the FSFE community based in the Netherlands..

      • Programming/Development

        • How to Use Ada to Insulate Software from Hardware Updates

          One area in which Ada excels is that the language was designed specifically to solve the problems faced by long-lived embedded projects, which means portability is a primary concern. To achieve (among other benefits) improved portability, Ada has rich specification semantics that give the programmer the tools to precisely control how data is represented in memory, down to the bit!

          This feature of the Ada language is known as the record representation clause. To understand this feature, we’ll quickly introduce the concepts of a machine scalar and storage element. Simply put, a storage element is the smallest amount of addressable memory (typically a byte) and a machine scalar is an integer multiple of storage elements that can be efficiently loaded, stored, or operated on by the hardware.

        • Why Security is Paramount in a Digital-First Economy? [iophk: The end of Microsoft Windows]

          In today’s digital-first world, businesses are rethinking their approach to security. Instead of a traditional reactive approach of band-aid security solutions, CISOs are now looking for scalable, long-term strategies that could proactively protect their enterprise environment and prevent cyber criminals from taking advantage of vulnerabilities that got exposed during crisis situations like the one we all are currently going through.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • 5 Ways to Count the Number of Lines in a File

            On Linux, you can do a single task in several ways. Likewise, if you want to count the number of lines in single or multiple files, you can use different commands. In this article, I’ll share five different ways including that you can use to print a total number of lines in a large file.

          • Query your Linux operating system like a database | Opensource.com

            Linux offers a lot of commands to help users gather information about their host operating system: listing files or directories to check attributes; querying to see what packages are installed, processes are running, and services start at boot; or learning about the system’s hardware.

            Each command uses its own output format to list this information. You need to use tools like grep, sed, and awk to filter the results to find specific information. Also, a lot of this information changes frequently, leading to changes in the system’s state.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Does the web still need HTTP Deflate?

        Compressing webpages to make them smaller is crucial to ensure fast webpage load times. Gzip and Brotli are the web’s two most used compression formats. A third contender, HTTP Deflate, has been around as long as Gzip, but it never caught on. Do you still need to support it on your websites and apps? or is it time to retire HTTP Deflate from the web platform?

        Every major web browser and all sorts of other tools and apps send an Accept-Encoding: deflate, gzip header to every web server they connect to. The request header advertises to the server that the client support the listed compression formats (“encodings.”) Both HTTP Deflate and Gzip have been supported since HTTP version 1.1 back in 1999. Most modern web browsers also announce support for the newer Brotli (br) format.

        The Gzip format is much more common than HTTP Deflate, despite their similar history. The 2020 Web Almanac analyzed more than 7,5 million website homepages to study compression trends. If found that only 0,015 % of servers returned an HTTP Deflate encoded response. Roughly 30 % of responses used Gzip, and about 10 % used the newer Brotli compression format.

      • Best Free Alternatives to Google Public DNS – LinuxLinks

        Google has a firm grip on the desktop. Their products and services are ubiquitous. Don’t get us wrong, we’re long-standing admirers of many of Google’s products and services. They are often high quality, easy to use, and ‘free’, but there can be downsides of over-reliance on a specific company. For example, there are concerns about their privacy policies, business practices, and an almost insatiable desire to control all of our data, all of the time.

        What if you are looking to move away from Google and embark on a new world of online freedom, where you are not constantly tracked, monetised and attached to Google’s ecosystem.

        In this series, we explore how you can migrate from Google without missing out on anything.

  • Leftovers

    • Music is Our Special Friend—1971 With a Bullet
    • Science

      • Cellular Automata

        The awesomeness of this program is acceptable, I suppose. However I wrote it when I was just starting to get the hang of Mathematica. For a more idiomatic approach to the geometry (one using Position), see my more recent cellular automata 3D 1. And for a more methodical approach to structuring larger programs of this kind, see my matrix replacement 2.

    • Education

      • Woman teacher in Bihar mentors peers towards digital empowerment

        “Creating emails and PPTs, handling social media, and understanding cyber security rules are most common features of digital space. But rural women were hardly aware of such facilities,” says Priyanka.

      • India fails in cybersecurity literacy test: Study

        The study evaluated digital habits as the way people understand digital terms of service and app permissions, privacy awareness was assessed based on how people use digital devices and passwords, and the digital risk tolerance was judged based on how people react to phishing emails or online blackmail. Globally, digital security awareness has a long way to go, the study adds, adding that almost half of respondents polled globally believe that deleting the browsing history wipes out their digital footprint. “Websites, internet service providers, and even governments can monitor your browsing data long after you’ve cleared your history,” it notes.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • As COVID Recedes in US, Housing Activists Demand More Than a Return to Shelters
      • Health policies should recognize environmental factors

        The global natural environment has become very dangerous for our health, as we breathe hazardous air, eat toxic food, watching extreme weather episodes and every coming year more warmed than the previous one, yet the health policies and death records all over the world do not document these facts. Death records reflect different injuries, lung failure, heart attack, and failures of the different organ that occur at the end of life, however, they do not indicate environmental issues that are mainly responsible for these lethal factors.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • A driver containing rootkit malware was certified by Microsoft

          Microsoft tests drivers before assigning them a digital certificate that approves them to be installed by default. Somehow, a driver called Netfilter that redirects traffic to an IP in China and installs a root certificate to the registry managed to make it through that testing without being detected as malware.

          Karsten Hahn, a malware analyst at G Data, found the malicious driver and notified Microsoft, “who promptly added malware signatures to Windows Defender and are now conducting an internal investigation.” Microsoft also suspended the account that submitted the driver, and is currently going over their previous submissions.

        • Zyxel Warns Customers of Attacks [sic] on Security Appliances

          The company did not say whether the attackers are targeting known or new vulnerabilities in the enterprise appliances.

        • Splunk Gets $1 Billion Investment From Silver Lake

          The investment comes in the form of convertible notes and Splunk says it plans on using the money to “fund growth initiatives and manage its capital structure.” This includes a share repurchase program of up to $1 billion that will be executed over time.

          The convertible senior notes purchased by Silver Lake will have an initial conversion price of $160 per share, and they will mature in July 2026, with an annual interest of 0.75%.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Openwashing

            • Everyone wants to invest in open-source startups now

              The Exchange caught up with Mike Volpi of Index Ventures, an early backer of Confluent, on the company’s IPO day. During our chat, we got to nibble on the open-source (OSS) startup world, which Volpi said changed dramatically in recent years. From his telling, venture investors back in 2015 weren’t too hyped about open-source startups, arguing that there already was one (Red Hat), and that that was going to be roughly about it.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Our third year of fighting for privacy: Annual Report 2020 out now

              After successfully setting up our team, office and processes in the past years, 2020 marks the year in which we could truly focus on our legal work and enforcement strategy. Our team in Vienna grew to 15 people from 10 countries by the end of the year and was responsible for more than 125 complaints and six cases before courts, as well as our home-made wiki GDPRhub and keeping our processes up and running. In July 2020, we celebrated our biggest success so far when the European Court of Justice invalidated Privacy Shield and ultimately changed how data transfers need to be handled in the future. Furthermore, substantial fines have been imposed based on our complaints.

            • European Center for Digital Rights: Annual Report 2020

              In 2020 we were able to fight back and show our teeth: In our long lasting case on EU-US data transfers (“Schrems II”) the European Court of Justice invalidated the Privacy Shield and substantially changed how data transfers need to be handled in the future. We filed 101 complaints against controllers still forwarding data to the US in August 2020 which lead to a specific task force of the EDPB, we provided information for EU companies on how to comply with the ruling and informing users about their options to stop data transfers to the US. Furthermore, noyb is fighting a legal battle with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, the responsible authority for Facebook, to enforce the judgment and stop Facebook’s data transfers to the US. Representatives of noyb were participating in hearings and discussions on future data transfer mechanisms. We commented on a draft by the European Commission on Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) to have an impact on how future data transfer mechanisms will be designed. But our work was not limited to data transfer, we also filed numerous complaints to fight against infringements of the GDPR, being it violations of data subject rights or online tracking.

            • Messaging app Signal not in compliance with new rules, say officials

              End-to-end encrypted messaging application Signal is not in compliance with the new social media and intermediary guidelines, officials aware of the matter said. The privacy-focused app is also likely to be liable under the Information Technology Act and the provision of safe harbour in it is unlikely to be applicable to it due to the non-compliance, they added.

              The officials said the app, developed by the Silicon Valley based nonprofit Signal Foundation, has not shared the details of a compliance officer with the government under the new guidelines.

              Signal is a significant social media intermediary as it has over five million users in the country.

            • As lockdowns lift, media firms brace for an “attention recession”

              The average full-time worker gained about 15% more spare time during the pandemic, according to a survey by MIDiA of consumers in America, Australia, Britain and Canada. Not only did they have more time, but those who kept their jobs had more money, too. Americans’ spending on recreation such as sports, theme parks and holidays, fell by 30% in 2020.

              Instead, people turned to their screens. In Britain, the time people spent online last year (including television streaming services) rose by more than half an hour a day, to nearly five hours, according to Ofcom, a communications regulator. Being connected became essential. At the start of the pandemic one in ten British homes lacked internet access, but since then about half of those have got online. Seeking new distractions, smartphone users around the world installed 143bn new apps on their devices, a quarter more than in 2019 (and more than double the previous year’s rate of growth), according to Craig Chapple of Sensor Tower, which monitors app stores.

            • Facebook Tried to Ban Myanmar’s Military. But Its Own Algorithm Kept Promoting Pages Supporting Them, Report Says

              In April, Facebook introduced new Myanmar-specific rules against praising or supporting the military for arrests or acts of violence against civilians. It also banned praise of protesters who attack the military or security forces. But according to Global Witness, Facebook’s own recommendation algorithms have been inviting users to like pages that share pro-military propaganda that violates the platform’s rules.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Anti-War Crusader Mike Gravel Dead at 91

        Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, most well known for putting the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record to make them available to the American public, has died at the age of 91, according to multiple news reports on Sunday.

        He died on June 26 in his Seaside, Calif. home, the Washington Post reported.

      • Iran stops sharing images with nuclear watchdog

        Iran has been reducing its cooperation with the UN watchdog that formed part of the 2015 deal with world powers to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

        But the two sides had agreed on a three-month deal in February to share some images so as to maintain at least some monitoring of its atomic activities.

        Parliamentary speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf told lawmakers that “nothing has been extended after the three-month period and following that, none of the information subject to recording will be given to the IAEA, but will remain at the disposal of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

      • Blinken to Meet with Pope, Discuss Defeating IS with Allies

        Patrick Worman, acting director of the U.S. Office of the Special Envoy to Defeat ISIS, told reporters a particular focus of the meeting will be “new challenges ISIS is posing in Africa,” particularly West Africa and the Sahel.

        The United States launched a coalition effort, now involving 83 members, aimed at defeating the Islamic State group in 2014 after the militants seized control of a large area across northern Syria and Iraq, and in 2019 declared the militants had been ousted from their last remaining territory.

      • Classified Ministry of Defence documents found at bus stop

        One set of documents discusses the likely Russian reaction to the ship’s passage through Ukrainian waters off the Crimea coast on Wednesday.

        Another details plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan after the US-led [NATO] operation there ends.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Child Care Should Be Universal and Well-Paid — Not Just Affordable
      • Why So Much Wealth at the Top Threatens the US Economy

        Seventy percent of the US economy depends on consumer spending. But wealthy people, who now own more of the economy than at any time since the 1920s, spend only a small percentage of their incomes. Lower-income people, who were in trouble even before the pandemic, spend whatever they have – which has become very little.  

      • The Privatization of Medicare

        When it comes to assaults on Medicare, the same thing happens. Medicare Advantage, originally called Medicare Choice, introduced in 1997 during the Clinton administration, got its even slippery monicker in 2003. It neither improves choice nor is an advantage. Presented to Medicare enrollees as a better option than the government’s traditional Medicare Parts A and B and D, it actually reduces the choice of doctor and can leave patients without any protection from huge health costs or any ability to buy supplemental insurance.

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      • Umberto D.: Refugees From Capitalism
    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Leaves Must be Canceled. All Hands on the Congressional Deck.

        Readers of the Washington Post this past Sunday, many of whom work at least a 40-hour week with short vacations, were informed by reporter Paul Kane about the large number of recess days the Senate and the House are taking this summer. In the midst of a huge backlog of critical legislation – as with the multi-trillion-dollar public and human infrastructure bills and other responsibilities deferred under prior periods of Republican control – these recess periods constitute reckless abandon and endangerment to the country.

      • Black and Latinx Americans Have Seen “Catastrophic” Declines in Life Expectancy
      • ‘Our One Big Shot’: After Biden Walk-Back, AOC Warns Against Being ‘Limited’ by GOP

        Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday urged President Joe Biden against being “limited by Republicans” in moving infrastructure legislation forward, calling the political moment “our one big shot” on issues from Medicare to the climate emergency.

        The New York Democrat’s remarks in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” came a day after Biden walked back his vow of a two-track approach to infrastructure in which, to progressive praise and GOP ire, he would sign a $579 billion bipartisan deal if it came with a separate Democratic reconciliation bill “in tandem.”

      • Bill Barr’s Rehabilitation Tour Begins. Let’s Not Fall for It.

        ABC News’s Jonathan Karl played a fairly lurid role in the Benghazi nontroversy of 2013 (and beyond). He was one of several reporters stovepiping distorted “evidence” from constantly leaking House GOP investigators directly into the mainstream media.

      • GOP Isn’t Holding Back on Voter Suppression. Democrats Must Go on Offensive.
      • Twitter interim grievance officer for India quits

        The development comes at a time when the micro-blogging platform has been engaged in a tussle with the Indian government over the new social media rules. The government has slammed Twitter for deliberate defiance and failure to comply with the country’s new IT rules.

        The new rules which came into effect from May 25 mandate social media companies to establish a grievance redressal mechanism for resolving complaints from the users or victims.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Ashish Jha: Doctors must train for the new battlefield of information—social media

        During this pandemic, I have… at some point I realized: There’s all the complexity around the virus itself and understanding the science and understanding how to respond to it. But the misinformation and the disinformation that was in the ecosystem was unlike anything I had ever seen or read about from history or experience. And it really ended up becoming a very large part of what I think hobbled us as a country and as a globe and continues to plague us today. It really is stuff we’ve seen before, but at a very, very different level.

      • How to spot the latest trends in digital disinformation

        eloped countries. What you’ll find is a dynamic that New York Times reporter Sheera Frenkel likened to a car thief who perfects a strategy in less-policed areas before taking it to better-patrolled Beverly Hills. “In some ways, [what you see is] so much more egregious than what happens here in the United States,” Frenkel said Thursday at the 360/Open Summit, hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab.

        Frenkel, author of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination, joined Casey Newton, the founder of Platformer, to discuss recent shifts in the spread of disinformation, how tech platforms can enhance accountability and transparency, and how journalists can work to foster trust with their audience.

        Below are some of the key takeaways from their conversation. [...]

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Google to warn users about unreliable information during ‘rapidly evolving’ events

        Google will start warning users about potentially unreliable information for search results during breaking news or emerging topics, the company said Friday.

        The search engine said its systems have been trained to now detect when a topic is rapidly evolving and a “range of sources hasn’t yet weighed in,” according to a blog post.

        In those cases, Google will show users a notice indicating to check back later when more information may be available.

      • Behind the European Union’s plan to rewrite the rules of online life

        Prabhat Agarwal, head of the Commission’s Digital Services and Platforms unit, and Gerard de Graaf, director for the digital transformation in the Commission’s Communications Networks, Content and Technology directorate-general, were the leading drafters of the Digital Services Act (DSA). The bill is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive regulatory framework for governing digital services proposed by the European Commission to EU lawmakers in December. Aimed at making the internet safer while protecting fundamental human rights and freedoms, the DSA takes on modern digital challenges from content moderation to transparent data reporting and oversight.

        The DSA is currently being considered by the European Parliament and European Council for revision, with the goal of passing it in early 2022. And its wide-ranging scope makes it “more than just an EU regulation; it’s a potential model and the only fulsome democratic standard with which to engage at the moment,” said moderator Rose Jackson, director of the Democracy & Tech Policy Initiative at the Digital Forensic Research Lab.

        Below are some of the highlights from their discussion. [...]

      • China Manipulating American Businesses to Serve Beijing’s Interests, House GOP Investigation Finds

        The probe also found that U.S. corporate executives and employees practiced “self-censorship,” adjusting their business strategies “due to concerns of Chinese opposition.”

        Some of China’s influence came from inside U.S. companies. CCP members, either sitting on the boards or holding executive positions in American firms, are known to be “advancing China’s initiatives in acquiring technology and penetrating U.S. markets,” according to the interim findings.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Key witness in Assange case admits to lies in indictment

        A major witness in the United States’ Department of Justice case against Julian Assange has admitted to fabricating key accusations in the indictment against the Wikileaks founder. The witness, who has a documented history with sociopathy and has received several convictions for sexual abuse of minors and wide-ranging financial fraud, made the admission in a newly published interview in Stundin where he also confessed to having continued his crime spree whilst working with the Department of Justice and FBI and receiving a promise of immunity from prosecution.

        The man in question, Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, was recruited by US authorities to build a case against Assange after misleading them to believe he was previously a close associate of his. In fact he had volunteered on a limited basis to raise money for Wikileaks in 2010 but was found to have used that opportunity to embezzle more than $50,000 from the organization. Julian Assange was visiting Thordarson’s home country of Iceland around this time due to his work with Icelandic media and members of parliament in preparing the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a press freedom project that produced a parliamentary resolution supporting whistleblowers and investigative journalism.

      • Hong Kong’s Apple Daily staff should get a medal, says US senator

        On June 17, Hong Kong police raided Apply Daily’s newsroom and arrested its top executives while freezing the paper’s assets, which totaled US$2.32 million, forcing the paper’s closure.

        “The Apple Daily journalists exposed (Chinese) Chairman Xi as a man afraid of the people he seeks to hold down. The free world owes them our gratitude, and the least we can do is award them the Congressional Gold Medal,” the Nebraska senator said in a statement.

        The Congressional Gold Medal is the American legislature’s highest expression of national appreciation for individuals and institutes. Past recipients include the crew of the Apollo 11 spaceflight and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Conversion Therapy Increases Suicide Risk, But Many States Have No Bans in Place
      • American Democracy Will Remain a Mirage Without a Dramatic Overhaul of the Political and Economic System

        It is no longer an unknown fact or a view propounded by a handful of radical historians and political scientists: the American political system has such severe structural flaws that it is potentially antithetical to democracy and surely detrimental to the promotion of the common good.

      • A ‘heroic’ man who fatally shot a gunman was himself killed by a responding officer, Colorado police say

        The man hailed as a hero for preventing further bloodshed after a gunman fatally shot a police officer in Arvada, Colorado, on Monday was himself fatally shot by police, Arvada police said in a statement Friday afternoon.

        Police say Johnny Hurley, 40, confronted the gunman, identified as Ronald Troyke, after Troyke had shot and killed Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley near Arvada’s Olde Town Square on Monday afternoon.

      • Another 13-Year-Old Girl Forced to Marry/Convert to Islam

        Nayab claimed in her May 21 application that she was an adult, “unmarried woman,” yet her alleged Islamic marriage certificate (Nikah Nama) was registered on May 20, the day she went missing. The judge ignored these conflicting claims as he ignored other evidence, Gill said.

        Nayab’s family met her at the shelter on May 26, and she told her grandmother that she wanted to return home and was willing to state this in an application to the court, Gill said.

      • ISI to ISIS: How marriages in India are being exploited for religious conversion

        In the Sarla Mudgal case, the court had held that the religious conversion into Islam by a person from non-Islamic faith is not valid if the conversion is done for the purpose of polygamy.

        In the Lily Thomas case it was observed that marrying another woman after converting to Islam is punishable under the bigamy laws.

      • German Islamic teacher’s license revoked for being too liberal

        Ourghi touts a liberal form of Islam, which conflicts with the views of many conservative practitioners.

        For example, he has published a book of theses for peaceful and gender-equitable religious practice, and warned future religion teachers in his seminars against political Islam and what he called the “outdated views of conservative scholars.”

        His books include You Don’t Have to Wear a Headscarf and Reform Islam: 40 Theses.

        “Because I stand up for a secular and liberal Islam, they want to get rid of me,” Ourghi told Die Welt newspaper on Friday.

    • Monopolies

      • California Democrats clash over tech antitrust fight

        The only bill the three Democrats supported was legislation that would increase filing fees for mergers. A companion measure was recently included in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act passed by the Senate earlier this month.

      • Patents

        • College counsel share notes on how they choose to litigate [Ed: All about patent litigation, not innovation, from a ‘news’ (lobbying/spin) site funded by the litigation industry [sic]]

          Sources from MIT, the University of Florida and the University of Pennsylvania say relationships, reputation and budgets are key considerations for patent cases

        • Kilburn & Strode hires chemistry partner in London [Ed: This is yet another truly ridiculous puff piece/ads/spam from Amy Sandys, who wants us to think that one firm hiring one person (not even high level) is some sort of major news. JUVE keeps doing this…]

          Kilburn & Strode continues to expand its partnership across Europe with the hire of Jo Bradley. She specialises in life sciences and chemistry, which includes fuel cell technology, batteries, gas sensors, solar cells and LED technology.

          Bradley has a particular interest in speciality-performance chemicals in a variety of areas. This includes consumer-facing products such as anti-wrinkle cream, battery and fuel cell technology. She also focuses on upcoming areas, such as 3D printed materials.

        • PTAB survival guide: in-house set out how to save patents [Ed: Misleading and very backward narrative wherein fake patents need to be “saved” and are under attack, even though the patents themselves are the attack]

          Five in-house counsel from Sanofi, USG and other companies reveal how to sway the board to deny IPR institution

        • Saudi Arabia Compulsory Licensing [Ed: Usually patents that ought not even exist in the first place, so these concessions are made, instead.]

          The legal basis for patent law in Saudi Arabia is contained in Law no. 159 – Patents, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties and Industrial Models Law of 2004.

          The provisions for compulsory licenses are contained in Articles 24 to 30 of the Saudi Arabia Patent Law Decree.

          [...]

          Compulsory license disputes are submitted to a Committee which is made up of three law specialists and two technical experts pursuant to Article 35. The Committee looks into all matters relating to infringements, appeals, oppositions to compulsory licensing and validity of same. The committee’s decision may then be appealed to the Board of Grievances (a civil judicial system) whose decision is final.

        • After Natco, Bajaj Healthcare Files Compulsory License Against Eli Lilly; EPO Enlarged Board Of Appeal Issues Decision On ‘Double Patenting’… [Ed: It's rather appalling that just copy-pasting verbatim the hogwash from epo.org is now considered "news"; the EBA is illegal and operates under the control of corrupt Office management]

          The Enlarged Board of Appeal which is the highest judicial authority under the European Patent Convention (EPC), on the 22nd of June issued Decision G4/19 holding that a European patent application can be refused by reason of the prohibition on double patenting. The principle of the prohibition on double patenting excludes two patents being granted to the same applicant for one invention. The examining division applied this principle and refused European patent application 10718590.2 under Articles 97(2) and 125 EPC on the ground that the applicant already had a patent for the same invention.

          “In April, white supremacist slogans were painted on the MLK display by parties still unknown. Reclaiming the space, the community gathered peacefully placing flowers and artifacts in remembrance of those who had been killed by police and white supremacists.” https://www.centredaily.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article252401513.html

      • Copyrights

        • Movie Pirates Beware: Does ‘The Marksman’ Have You In His Crosshairs?

          When internet subscribers receive a letter through the mail demanding cash settlements for alleged movie piracy, these can come as a shock. But what if it was possible to predict whether a specific movie is being monitored and therefore more likely to result in legal action? Today we dust off the crystal ball, look into the future, and see nothing good.

[Meme] The Collapse of IBM

Posted in IBM, Red Hat at 5:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM in May 2021 and June 2021

Voluntary redundancy plan in France - Update

Summary: Compare IBM promises (May) to IBM layoffs (June), with many more ‘voluntary’ redundancies (to reduce panic and negative press associated with layoffs) — the latest example of which posted 6 days ago (it’s not limited to France)

IBM cutting 84 jobs at Fountain Plaza tech hub that is part of Buffalo Billion

Red Hat exec: 500 new jobs to focus on expanding its cloud computing punch

The Media is Trolling Linus Torvalds Again… But Torvalds Responds

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 4:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Linux kernel 5.13 is now officially released, but hostile media is trying to brew unnecessary panic or scandals, spicing up with drama an otherwise banal and mundane situation

ALTHOUGH we have been critical of him for a number of years if not decades, Mr. Linus Torvalds is nowhere as problematic as the Linux Foundation, which is abusing his trademark and handing over control to corporations which dislike the GPL, don’t really care about Linux, and basically view that kernel of his as a zero-cost commodity to be exploited.

“Official messages about the release of Linux 5.13 are totally innocuous, technical, and one might say not interesting.”The way the media treats “Linux” remains very frustrating, aside from the lack of attribution to GNU. It seems to be thinking that Microsoft (e.g. GitHub/NPM) sending malware to GNU/Linux servers is in fault of “Linux”, it pretends that Microsoft loves Linux, and it misuses the term “Linux” to promote Vista 10, WSL, and Vista 11. It’s grotesque. But the video above deals with another kind of negative slant.

Last night, just before midnight, Torvalds released Linux 5.13, as expected. We kept track of media coverage in [1, 2] — pages we’ll keep updated as more media coverage arrives.

The release of Linux 5.13 was very calm and normal, but once again, just like years ago, a certain writer from 'El Reg' (whom I confronted over his sensationalist coverage of kernel releases just a few years ago), decided to publish a provocative headline. It’s also worth noting that around the time of the release, maybe just minutes apart, an anti-Torvalds article was republished (yes, just minutes apart, yet again). It’s obviously timed to cause damage to Torvalds, who was likely ‘entrapped’ by a hostile interviewer, a journalist who slants a technical project as some sort of political endeavour where gender diversity is more important than technical excellence (gender diversity in Linux kernel development is actually a lot better already… compared to the average Free software project).

All those straw man arguments and personal attacks need to be pointed out if they’re ever to stop. In my personal take, the video focuses on the ITwire article. Sam doesn’t write there so much anymore (not this month anyway), but this article is appreciated. It’s very much needed. Last night’s 81-minute video response to the a new article about Mr. Torvalds and about Linux isn’t related to the latest from a British tech ‘tabloid’, but in days to come we might see loose connections. These people have long been trying to cause instability and maybe weaken the leadership of Linux (making ways for corporations to fill up a vacuum of ‘cancel culture’ and/or fatigue).

Official messages about the release of Linux 5.13 are totally innocuous, technical, and one might say not interesting. What’s a lot more interesting is how a certain large publisher has published with the headline “Profile of Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux Operating System” an actual ATTACK on Linus Torvalds. Then they REPUBLISHED it, only minutes apart from the Linux release (to coincide with the Linux 5.13 release! No way the timing was a coincidence; it’s a Sunday and a holiday!). As noted or alluded to in the video, the same person who is attacking Torvalds right about now (behind paywall; maybe the intention is to sell subscriptions) also boosts the illusion of Microsoft Azure ‘success’ (even amid Azure layoffs that Microsoft is trying hard to hide). With promotional Microsoft tweets and headlines such as “Microsoft is closing the gap with Amazon’s cloud” (basing it on “a survey of 750 professionals,” which isn’t scientific at all!) one might as well assume that Rosalie Chan’s objective is sinister. She waited until the day of the Linux release (this happens only once in 2-3 months), and then hours beforehand she published the ‘hit piece’ (and again minutes after the actual release!). They pushed out a misleading headline, “Profile of Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux Operating System” though it is not a profile at all but an ATTACK on the guy, starting with a list of vulgarities from Torvalds (to cast him in a negative light on a Sunday and a holiday).

The corporate media (whose real owners are known; it’s in the public record) won’t be happy until Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman (RMS) are dead or at least retired, leaving their projects at the hands of corporations like Microsoft and Google (that's what happened to Python). Torvalds is only 51. By the time he’s flirting with retirement (a decade and a half from now) the age threshold for pensions might be 70. RMS is already in his retirement age and he still works tirelessly. But Chan has decided to write Torvalds off as a dead or dying horse! At 51. How very nice and polite…

Young Linus Torvalds

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