07.07.21

Links 7/7/2021: SteamVR 1.18 and GNOME 40 in Ubuntu 21.10

Posted in News Roundup at 1:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Leftovers

    • Mind-Stretching Summertime Book Recommendations

      2. To Be A Water Protector: The Rise of the Wiindigoo Slayers by Winona LaDuke. To readers who take water for granted, read LaDuke, indigenous leader, farmer, advocate, and inimitable storyteller about natives who, beset by ruthless extractive corporations, can’t take water for granted. Learn about water protectors in action by the few and for the many.

      3. When Reagan Sent in the Marines by Patrick J. Sloyan. A Sloyan classic of on the ground reporting in Lebanon, with broader contexts, and a historical contribution in understanding what happened, why, and the consequences. Certainly a required reading by those in the State Department, the Pentagon, Congress, and peace advocates everywhere.

    • Situation on Second

      It’s annoying to walk along Essex, yes But it’s worse on Delancey So which do you fancy And how can you know it before you go blow it Apologies Ethan If ever this happens again Instead I’ll hail a cab (How could I know it’d be so bad After all we’ve been told) And ride with you to Bellevue At least I got those medics And told them what you’d said About your meds, and your legs, And your seizures As two cops approached The scene That woman, cradling your head, You weeping That other guy And the two paramedics At four o’  clock in the afternoon Right there on Second Avenue How could they shoot you? I thought Before slipping off to the dentist Knowing, of course, That they could

    • Gayatri Spivak: ‘The Subaltern Speaks Through Dying’

      Since the mid-1980s, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has split much of her working time between Columbia University—where she holds the post of University Professor in the Humanities—and a cluster of villages in the Indian state of West Bengal. There, about a day’s travel by train and motorbike from Kolkata, she runs four elementary schools where teachers of primary school children, whose standard mode of instruction has traditionally been rote learning and memorization, develop critical thinking abilities.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Doctor: “Voting Rights Are Health Care Rights”

        Republican lawmakers in 43 states have introduced proposals that will severely limit Americans’ ability to vote, both in person and by mail. And yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s voting rules opened the door for states to impose even more restrictions on voting. As a result, our most vulnerable neighbors—primarily low-income and people of color—will not be able to freely and fully exercise their constitutional right to vote.

      • Keep the Mask On

        For a long time mask shaming has been going around. If you wear a mask, you are seen as weak and feminine. But now mask shaming is being taken up not only by conservatives, but by liberals.

        There are now two ways in which you can be shamed for not wearing a mask. The first is the old fashioned fascist way. The second is the way in which taking off the mask is now seen as a sign of cleanliness. It is the new way for the rich to distinguish themselves from the poor.

      • Water Protectors Protesting at Willow River Warn Line 3 ‘Is a Catastrophic Threat’

        The Indigenous-led fight against Line 3 continued Tuesday as water protectors descended on the area of Willow River where Canadian energy giant Enbridge is working to install a “climate-wrecking” tar sands pipeline to replace one that was built in the 1960s.

        Water protectors attached themselves to drilling equipment and built blockades on access roads in an effort to halt construction in Minnesota on Tuesday, according to a statement from organizers.

      • Maryland Says 100% of Residents Who Died of Covid in June Were Unvaccinated

        A spokesperson for Maryland’s governor said Tuesday that 100% of the state’s residents who died of Covid-19 last month were not vaccinated, a figure seen as the latest testament to the effectiveness of the shots in preventing fatal illness and further evidence of the need to ensure widespread distribution.

        “It’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable.”—Dr. Anthony Fauci

      • ‘Vaccine Equity Is Urgent,’ Say Experts as Delta Variant Ravages Poor Nations

        The rapid global spread of the so-called Delta variant—a highly contagious strain of Covid-19 now present in nearly 100 countries—has public health experts and advocates demanding immediate international action to distribute vaccines to unprotected populations amid growing concerns that the deadly virus is mutating more quickly than nations can administer shots.

        “Our volunteers are working alongside health authorities to accelerate vaccinations, but a crippling shortage in supply is hurting progress.”—Feroz Salah Uddin, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Why Is Microsoft Suspending SQL Server And Recommending Linux Server In Containers Beta Program? – Research Blaze [Ed: This isn't really a "Linux" version but Microsoft in 'Linux' clothing]
        • Microsoft discontinues SQL Server on Windows Containers – MSPoweruser
        • Pentagon Cancels Microsoft’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract

          The US Department of Defense said today that it was canceling Microsoft’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which was valued at $10 billion over five years. It will now undergo a new procurement process.

          “With the shifting technology environment, it has become clear that the JEDI cloud contract, which has long been delayed, no longer meets the requirements to fill the DoD’s capability gaps,” a Defense Department statement explains. “The project, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure and intended as a sole-source contract, had been fiercely disputed from the start.”

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation Launches Open 3D Foundation, Let the Game Begin [Ed: Windows only... from 'Linux' Foundation. After it received money from Microsoft. It defected on many fronts and it abuses the brand now.]

                The Linux Foundation announced an intent to form the Open 3D Foundation to accelerate developer collaboration on 3D games and simulation technology.

                This days 3D engines are used to create a range of virtual experiences, including games and simulations, by providing capabilities such as 3D rendering, content authoring tools, animation, physics systems, and asset processing.

        • Security

          • Microsoft issues emergency Windows patch to fix critical ‘PrintNightmare’ vulnerability[Ed: Though not before telling NSA how to exploit it]

            Microsoft has started rolling out an emergency Windows patch to address a critical flaw in the Windows Print Spooler service. The vulnerability, dubbed PrintNightmare, was revealed last week, after security researchers accidentally published proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit code. Microsoft has issued out-of-band security updates to address the flaw, and has rated it as critical as attackers can remotely execute code with system-level privileges on affected machines.

            As the Print Spooler service runs by default on Windows, Microsoft has had to issue patches for Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and a variety of supported versions of Windows 10. Microsoft has even taken the unusual step of issuing patches for Windows 7, which officially went out of support last year. Microsoft has not yet issued patches for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, and Windows 10 Version 1607, though. Microsoft says “security updates for these versions of Windows will be released soon.”

          • Emergency OOB Update Is Out to Fix PrintNightmare Windows Bug

            Microsoft acknowledged a remote code execution vulnerability that affects Windows Print Spooler last week. Tracked as CVE-2021-34527, the PrintNightmare zero-day impacts all versions of Windows 10 along with older Windows operating systems, pushing the company to deliver an out-of-band update to fix this security issue.

            Windows update KB5004945 is now available for all the supported versions, including version 21H1, version 20H1, v2004, v1909, v1809, v1803, v1507. This fix is also available for older operating systems, including Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2. The company added that it will deliver updates for the “remaining affected supported versions of Windows” in the coming days.

          • Tips for Managing Encryption Keys | IT Pro

            Strategies for managing encryption keys should address whether to leverage “bring your own key” services.

          • Sophos Acquires Capsule8 to Bring Powerful and Lightweight Linux Server and Cloud Container Security to its Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem (ACE)
          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

          • Privacy/Surveillance

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Leaving Bagram

        Over the years, the base, originally built by the Soviets in the 1950s and known to US personnel as Bagram Airfield, became a loud statement of occupation, able to hold up to 10,000 troops and sprawling across 30 square miles.  It was also replete with cholesterol hardening fast food restaurants (Pizza Hut, Burger King), jewellers, car dealerships and such amenities as swimming pools, spas and cinemas.

        Bagram also had room to accommodate the unfortunates captured in that anomalously worded “War on Terror”: detainees, many al-Qaeda suspects, faced torture in what came to be known as Afghanistan’s Guantanamo.  US forces relinquished control of the prison, now sporting the benign name of Parwan Detention Facility, to Afghan security forces in December 2014. Ill-treatment of prisoners continued.

      • Nations With Nukes Told to Agree ‘A Nuclear War Cannot Be Won and Must Never Be Fought’

        In the wake of key meetings last month featuring leaders of three nations with nuclear weapons, global leadership groups on Tuesday urged the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to jointly affirm that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

        “The permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council have a particular responsibility to reduce the risks of nuclear war and uphold international peace and security.”—Leadership groups

      • We Need to Build Economies—Not Walls—to Stop Migration

        If you speak to farmers in El Salvador, many will tell you about the time they were driven to head north across Central America towards the US. The routes to the border are many, but the origins are so often the same: desperation and hope that better employment opportunities can be found elsewhere.

      • 28 feared dead in Russian plane crash The tragedy in Kamchatka comes almost a decade after a similar incident that claimed 10 lives

        On July 6, an Antonov An-26 passenger jet crashed in Russia’s Kamchatka territory. The plane’s communications cut out and it disappeared from radar while flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the town of Palana. The plane left Elizovo Airport at 12:57 p.m., local time (8:57 p.m., the previous day, EDT), and should have landed in Palana, roughly two hours later. Flight control officials lost contact with the plane about 10 minutes before it was expected to land. The company that owns the plane says it disappeared about nine kilometers (about six miles) shy of Palana. The owners also say the aircraft, built in 1982, was in good condition.

      • Gaza Is Still Under Attack—but You Wouldn’t Know It From the Media

        In mid-May, as the Israeli military pummeled the Gaza Strip with shattering force, a medical student in the southern city of Rafah sent a plea to a friend, who shared it with another friend, who shared it with The Nation. The students name was Noor Alshaer, and she was desperate to to speak up—“for our voices to be heard, for our story to be out,” as she wrote.

      • Xinjiang Denialists Are Only Aiding Imperialism

        Opposing American empire should never justify supporting perpetrators of atrocities, and yet that’s exactly what some anti-imperialists are doing with their analysis of events in China’s Xinjiang region. These pundits claim that efforts to expose human rights abuses in Xinjiang are really aimed at generating consensus for a “new Cold War” against China. It is only the latest manifestation of American denialism, and instead of challenging US empire, it only helps to cover up US government complicity in the oppression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

      • Haiti Has Been Abandoned—by the Media, the US, and the World

        The last time I was in Haiti, in December 2019, there had been several kidnappings before I arrived—and there would be many, many more after I left—but my two-week visit was blessedly free of kidnappings, murder, etc. Back then you could imagine you were semi-safe driving at night—if you had a car full of male friends driving behind you, and another one in front of you.

      • Warren and Khanna Demand Probe Into Undercounting of Civilians Killed by US Military

        Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday called on the U.S. Department of Defense to review “significant discrepancies in civilian casualty counts,” a month after the Pentagon released its annual report on civilian deaths and injuries as a result of U.S. operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, and Somalia. 

        The Massachusetts Democrat spoke out on social media days after joining Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) in writing (pdf) to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III regarding the annual report.

      • For Nuclear Disarmament, the Long Run Is Here

        Twenty-five years ago this month, the International Court of Justice issued its Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat and Use of Nuclear Weapons. In a closely divided ruling, the Court found that the threat or use of nuclear weapons would “generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law.”  In the same divided ruling, however, the Court found that it could not “conclude definitively whether the threat or use of nuclear weapons would be lawful or unlawful in an extreme circumstance of self-defense, in which the very survival of a State would be at stake.”

    • Environment

      • House Democrats Unite in Urging Biden to Keep Climate Goals in Infrastructure
      • ‘Nature and Physics Are Not Entertained nor Distracted by Your Theater.… The Show Is Over’

        The Nation, we believe, was the first US magazine to put Greta Thunberg on its cover. This was back in March 2019, shortly after the Swedish teenager delivered a scientifically impeccable tongue-lashing to global elites at their annual talk-fest in Davos. “I don’t want your hope,” she told them. “I want you to act as if the house is on fire. Because it is.”

      • Energy

        • Stop the Enbridge Ecocide!

          On the morning of Monday, June 28, without warning, Sheriff Cory Aukes of Hubbard County, Minn., began an armed blockade of the Namewag camp on Indigenous-owned private property south of Park Rapids, where Anishinaabe water protectors and allies resisting the Biden-approved, treaty-violating Enbridge Line 3 pipeline are based. In early June, thousands of resisters had converged on the Line 3 route nearby, and close to 200 were arrested engaging in nonviolent direct action to stop construction. More than 700 have been arrested in the resistance campaign thus far, with more arrests each week.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Livestock Abuse of the Sonoran National Monument

          On June 29, 2021, Advocates for the West filed suit against the Arizona office of the Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect the Sonoran Desert National Monument from the destruction of native plants, wildlife, and cultural resources by livestock.

          I have visited the Monument several times since it was first designated. It is located south and west of Phoenix, Arizona. Interstate 8 splits the Monument into a north and south half. The south half of the Monument has not been grazed by livestock for many years. The Sand Tank Mountains in the Monument’s southwest corner is part of the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range and has been cow-free for fifty years. (It seems that only the military can get rid of cows on public lands).

        • Scientist Says BC Heat Wave Caused Over 1 Billion Tidal Creatures to Cook to Death

          It’s “a frightening warning sign,” said one observer.

          “Heartbreaking,” another commented.

    • Inequality

      • Cheap Fun: Job Growth Under Biden and Trump

        So, here’s the latest, the economy has created more than 3 million jobs in the first five months of the Biden administration. It lost almost 2.9 million jobs in the four years of the Trump administration. Biden has now created more jobs than Trump lost.

        This first appeared on Dean Baker’s Beat the Press blog.

      • Showdown in Connecticut: Fighting Inequality in One of the Nation’s Most Unequal States

        As the converging crises over the last year and a half have underscored, Connecticut has become a microcosm of the extreme racial and economic disparities in the United States. It consistently ranks as the wealthiest state here in the world’s wealthiest country. But it also ranks among the most unequal.

        On a mission to end this injustice and create a more equitable state, nearly 50 labor, community, and faith organizations have formed a statewide coalition named Recovery For All. The coalition aims to unite progressive forces and reshape how Connecticut approaches the state budget: rather than perpetuate failed austerity policies that exacerbated inequalities over the last few decades, the state must actively eliminate inequalities by making dramatic investments in working-class communities and working-class communities of color in particular.

      • Sanders Denounces ‘Morally Obscene’ Wealth as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Steps Down

        Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday marked Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s last day as CEO of the company by reiterating his call for a wealth tax and denouncing the fortune amassed by the world’s richest person as “morally obscene.”

        “Jeff Bezos makes some $2,537 every second of the day…nearly three times more in one second than the median worker in this country makes in an entire week,” said Sanders.

      • ‘Program Integrity’ Is a Cruel Attack on Social Security Beneficiaries

        “Program integrity” is the sort of technical term that sounds good. Who wouldn’t want to run Social Security with integrity? But unfortunately, in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of Washington-speak, the phrase doesn’t mean what you think.

      • Poor People’s Campaign Announces ‘Season of Nonviolent Direct Action’ Targeting US Senate

        The Poor People’s Campaign announced Monday that over the next several weeks, it will hold a series of nonviolent demonstrations aimed at pressuring members of the U.S. Senate to end the 60-vote filibuster, protect voting rights from the GOP’s nationwide suppression efforts, and approve a $15 federal minimum wage—progressive goals that Republicans and conservative Democrats have repeatedly thwarted in recent months.

        “We cannot declare the immoral reality that democracy is in peril and then not engage with the moral challenge of nonviolent direct action.”—Rev. William Barber II, Poor People’s Campaign

      • A Banking App Has Been Suddenly Closing Accounts, Sometimes Not Returning Customers’ Money

        The day after Jonathan Marrero’s federal stimulus payment landed in his bank account, he took his 5-year-old twins out for lunch at an Applebee’s near where he lives in New Jersey. When he went to pay, his only means of payment, a debit card issued by the hot financial technology startup Chime, was declined.

        He didn’t understand why. Marrero had checked his account earlier that day and saw a balance of nearly $10,000. With the Applebee’s server standing next to him, he quickly pulled out his phone to check his Chime app, just as he had hundreds of times since he signed up in January.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • America’s 245th Birthday Includes a President in Exile

        Trump set out to break the idea of viable elections. Without trustworthy elections, America as it was founded will stop existing.

        This Fourth of July we’re facing a strange President-in-exile situation that’s very dangerous.  How improbable that an individual so simplistic and crude should exert such pull from afar.

      • Deported Veterans Initiative Could Fulfill Biden Promise to ‘Bring Them Back’

        Veteran and immigrant rights advocates this week applauded a Biden administration initiative acknowledging the injustice of deporting noncitizens who served in the U.S. military and seeking to return them and their relatives to the United States.

        “We are committed to bringing back military service members, veterans, and their immediate family members who were unjustly removed, and ensuring they receive the benefits to which they may be entitled.”—Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

      • Joe’s Mansion
      • ‘Democracy Will Be on the Ballot’: Analysis Shows 1/3 of GOP Midterm Candidates Embrace Trump Election Lies

        Underscoring the extent to which the increasingly anti-democratic GOP has embraced former President Donald Trump’s groundless and dangerous accusations of widespread voter fraud in last year’s presidential race, a new analysis by the Washington Post shows that hundreds of Republican candidates expected to compete in upcoming contests have endorsed Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.

        “What’s really frightening right now is the extent of the effort to steal power over future elections.”—Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold

      • Calls for Bolsonaro’s Impeachment Grow Amid Embezzlement Allegations, Massive Protests

        Following massive nationwide weekend protests against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his administration’s mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic, bombshell reporting this week personally implicating the right-wing leader in yet another alleged corruption scheme has heightened calls for his impeachment.

        “The Bolsonaro family has always been corrupt, [it] embezzles funds via rachadinha as a hereditary political practice.”—Erika Hilton, São Paulo City Council

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Ron Johnson Needs to Come With a Warning Label

        Ron Johnson was back at it last week, spreading misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. At a media event in Milwaukee, the senior senator from Wisconsin raised doubts about the safety of vaccines by misrepresenting data in order to suggest that the shots tens of millions of Americans have received are more dangerous than physicians are telling us.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The UK Government is Launching a Multi-Front Attack on Freedom of Expression in the Name of National Security

        Unfortunately, the government has launched a carefully targeted multi-front offensive to hide its activities more effectively. Among measures being considered or already under way are a reformed Official Secrets Act that will conflate investigative journalism and whistleblowing with espionage. On another front, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is being crippled by rejecting requests and under-resourcing. At an individual level, ministers and senior officials escape scrutiny by using encrypted messaging services that can make conversations disappear from the record.

        Hancock himself was apparently so concerned over the contents of his emails that he used a private email account. Any enquiry into the test and trace debacle or the mass deaths in care homes may find it difficult to discover with whom the former health secretary was in contact.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Law Enforcement Officer Openly Admits He’s Playing Copyrighted Music To Prevent Citizen’s Recording From Being Uploaded To YouTube

        Law enforcement officers are no longer pretending they’re such big fans of recorded music they can’t help but start playing their favorite tracks while interacting with citizens who are recording them.

      • Republican Attacks on Voting Rights Are Racist and Hostile to Democracy

        The Republican Party’s assault on constitutional democracy continues unabated. Over 20 restrictive voting laws have already been enacted this year (the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights Roundup is an indispensable resource for monitoring ongoing developments). And in the past two weeks two further Republican body blows were delivered to democratic equality. 

      • What Oakland Wrought: From Gertrude Stein to the Black Panthers and Beyond

        In the process, they gave the lie to Gertrude Stein’s notorious 1937 comment about Oakland: “There is no there there.” Stein lived in Oakland for more than a decade near the end of the nineteenth century, before moving to Baltimore and then to Paris where she collected great art and famous artists and attracted famous writers to her salon. Also, she published books that helped move modernism from bohemia to Middle America. During the Nazi occupation of France, she continued to live her lifestyle. After the liberation of France, she praised Nazi collaborators.

        Mitchell Schwarzer, an historian of architecture, landscape and urbanism, is the author of Hella Town: Oakland’s History of Development and Disruption (University of California Press, $26.95). His new book might be called an unofficial biography of the city where Stein lived from age 6 to 17, and that she lambasted on a visit decades later. It’s also the city where the Oakland As slugged their way to several World Series, the Raiders were once the champs of American football and the Golden State Warriors the reigning kings of basketball. There must be something about Oakland that has led to that kind of sports success. It probably has something to do with the raucous crowds that reflect the city’s demographics.

      • ‘Overwhelming Success’: Researchers Praise Iceland’s Four-Day Work Week Trials

        A new study demonstrates that working fewer hours for the same pay—long a central aim of the left—has “transformative positive effects” for both employees and employers alike, with researchers calling trials of a four-day work week in Iceland an “overwhelming success.”

        “The Icelandic shorter working week journey tells us that not only is it possible to work less in modern times, but that progressive change is possible too.”—Gudmundur Haraldsson, ALDA

      • Before You’re Done Reading This, Someone Will Die of Political Neglect

        While you are reading these words, somebody in this country will die needlessly. Under cause of death, the coroners’ report should read, “political neglect.” We made the political choice to let them die.

      • America’s Drug Wars: Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism

        Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the White House press corps, staffers at his side, to announce “a new, all-out offensive” against drug abuse, which he denounced as “America’s public enemy number one.” He called on Congress to contribute $350 million for a worldwide attack on “the sources of supply.” The first battle in this new drug war would be fought in South Vietnam where, Nixon said, “a number of young Americans have become addicts as they serve abroad.”

      • Judge Blocks FBI From Moving Forward With Forfeitures Of Property Seized In US Private Vaults Raid

        Earlier this year, the FBI raided a privately owned safety deposit box business in Los Angeles. The business provided secure storage for customers’ valuables, which were only accessible via biometric scans. The DOJ accused the company of engaging in drug trafficking and money laundering, but has yet to bring charges against any of the company’s employees or its customers.

      • Supreme Court Rejects Another Questionable Qualified Immunity Decision By An Appeals Court

        The Supreme Court appears to be continuing to make amends for the mess it’s made of qualified immunity over the years. Having tilted the playing field so far in favor of law enforcement even appeals court judges started making audible noise about the injustices encouraged by this doctrine, the Supreme Court seems to be trying to make things a bit more level.

      • Family Reunification: Tearing Down the Razor Wire

        Forcible separation of immigrant parents and children in United States custody was the signature practice of the Trump régime to enforce its Zero Tolerance policy. The action Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would not tolerate was seeking asylum by crossing the border between official ports of entry and turning oneself into the Border Patrol. Sessions said he would bring criminal charges against all who did this, whether or not they were seeking asylum. When families were detained, Customs and Border Protection separated kids from their parents, without effectively tracking the connected cases or notifying the parents where their youngsters were being held.

        At the same time, the Trump administration was “metering” the flow of asylum seekers at official border crossings down to a trickle, and sometimes shutting them out completely. This left tens of thousands of mainly Central Americans trapped in dangerous Mexican borderlands controlled by organized crime.

      • Grace Lee and James Boggs Showed How We Can Unite Our Struggles for Justice
      • Activists complain to Russian Health Ministry over medical workers refusing to vaccinate people with HIV against COVID-19

        Some medical workers in Russia are refusing to vaccinate people with HIV against the coronavirus, the Moscow-based AIDS Center Foundation wrote in a letter to Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko. As reported by RBC, the letter underscores that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) isn’t a contraindication for the use of the coronavirus jab. 

      • Lukashenko rival Viktor Babariko sentenced to 14 years in prison

        On July 6, the Belarusian Supreme Court sentenced ex-Belgazprombank executive and former presidential hopeful Viktor Babariko (Viktar Babaryka) to 14 years in a maximum security prison. The verdict was handed down during a mobile court session at the Moskovsky District Court in Minsk.

      • AOC Calls Out “Racist and Colonial” Cannabis Policy in Olympic Games
      • Jailed former Kirov Governor and erstwhile Navalny ally Nikita Belykh faces new felony charges

        Nikita Belykh, the former governor of Russia’s Kirov region who once employed Alexey Navalny, has been behind bars since 2016, when he was arrested for allegedly accepting 400,000 euros ($473,460) in bribes from a local businessman. In 2018, a judge sentenced him to eight years in prison. Now federal investigators have opened a new felony case against Belykh on charges of abusing his authority while in office.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • DRM Strikes Again: Ubisoft Makes Its Own Game Unplayable By Shutting Down DRM Server

        It’s not exactly a secret that we’ve been very anti-DRM here at Techdirt for some time. It’s honestly perplexing how anyone can be otherwise. DRM has shown time after time to be of almost no hindrance whatsoever for those seeking to pirate video games, but has done an excellent job of hindering those who actually bought the game in playing what they’ve bought. Ubisoft, in particular, has had issues with this over the years, with DRM servers failing and preventing customers from playing games that can no longer ping the DRM server.

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    Microsoft is, as usual, aggressively manipulating/bribing the media (hyping up a shallow version inflation along with paid-for vapourware advertising) while strong-arming the market; there’s no other way they can compete anymore



  15. IRC Proceedings: Monday, August 02, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, August 02, 2021



  16. Links 3/8/2021: Nitrux 1.5.1 and Gerbera Media Server 1.9.0

    Links for the day



  17. Links 2/8/2021: XEyes 1.2 and Fwupd 1.6.2 Released

    Links for the day



  18. Freenode is IRC... in Collapse

    Freenode is now down to just 13,194 online users, which makes it the 6th biggest IRC network. Months ago it was #1 with almost 6 times as many users as those below it. The graph above shows what the latest blunder has done (another massive drop in less than a week, with a poem and the all-time chart at the very bottom).



  19. Barrier and Synergy Can Work Together, Connecting Lots of Different Machines

    Barrier and Synergy can be configured to work properly in conjunction, though only provided different port numbers (non-default) are specified; in my current setup I have two computers to my right, working over Barrier, and two older ones on the left, working over Synergy; the video explains the setup and the underlying concepts



  20. Links 2/8/2021: Open Science in France and Zoom Pays to Settle Privacy Violations

    Links for the day



  21. It Almost Feels Like Battistelli Still Runs the EPO (by Extension/Proxy)

    The "Mafia" that destroyed the EPO is still being put in charge and is using the EPO for shameless self-promotion; it is never being held accountable, not even when courts demand remediatory action and staff seeks reparations



  22. [Meme] Vichyite Battistelli Committed Crimes and His Buddy António Snubs Courts That Confirm These Are Crimes

    Staff of the EPO is coming to realise (or reaching acceptance of the fact) that the spirit of Battistelli — not just people he left in charge of the EPO — dooms the Office and there’s no way out of this mess



  23. Links 2/8/2021: Linux 5.14 RC4 and 20% Growth in Steam

    Links for the day



  24. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, August 01, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, August 01, 2021



  25. Links 1/8/2021: LibreOffice 7.2 RC2 and Lakka 3.3

    Links for the day



  26. Was Microsoft Ever First in the Market?

    Confronting the false belief that Microsoft ever innovates anything of significance or is "first" in some market/s



  27. Links 1/8/2021: 4MLinux 37.0, IBM Fluff, and USMCA Update

    Links for the day



  28. Microsoft Knows That When Shareholders Realise Azure Has Failed the Whole Boat Will Sink

    The paranoia at Microsoft is well justified; they've been lying to shareholders to inflate share prices and they don't really deliver the goods, just false hopes and unfulfilled promises



  29. [Meme] Nobody and Nothing Harms Europe's Reputation Like the EPO Does

    Europe’s second-largest institution, the EPO, has caused severe harm/damage to Europe’s economy and reputation; its attacks on the courts and on justice itself (even on constitutions in the case of UPC — another attempt to override the law and introduce European software patents) won’t be easily forgotten; SUEPO has meanwhile (on Saturday, link at the bottom in German) reminded people that Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have driven away the EPO’s most valuable workers or moral compass



  30. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, July 31, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, July 31, 2021


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