Mozilla Should Focus on Improving Thunderbird and Fixing Bugs Instead of Eradicating Innocuous Words

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 3:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f11ee7c879c2cd21295757c8c57d32e1

Summary: Mozilla’s leadership is too focused on politics and not on engineering, so it is alienating many existing users with unnecessary and risky changes (these changes can introduce more bugs)

As we noted here before, the origin of the word "master" shows nothing offensive as it’s not even connected to slavery. But some companies like Microsoft, Intel, and IBM want us to think they’re “woke” for eradicating the word; as we noted earlier today, "diversity" has by now been reduced into a product sold to (and sometimes by) racist corporations. Maybe GitHub will discourage a "master" branch, but it will continue working for ICE and exclude (not include) people from a handful of countries to appease racist Trump.

“Maybe GitHub will discourage a “master” branch, but it will continue working for ICE and exclude (not include) people from a handful of countries to appease racist Trump.”The video above shows these comments on an article from Microsoft Tim, obsessing (especially the headline) over some minor detail. Lots of better coverage can be found here (dynamic page that will be extended as more coverage appears).

[Meme] As ‘Azure’ (Project Red Dog) Turns 13 It Has Become Crystal Clear That It’s an Epic Microsoft Failure

Posted in Finance, Microsoft at 2:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft laying off Azure staff; Microsoft speaking to shareholders about 'Azure'

Summary: Contrary to what Microsoft will try to tell us, Azure was “announced at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October 2008″ (according to Wikipedia) so it isn’t a newcomer or new entrant or underdog; it’s a big failure, with layoffs [1, 2, 3] included, so Microsoft keeps rebranding everything "Azure" and "clown", hoping to hide the losses somehow

Links 13/8/2021: Thunderbird 91 Removes ‘Master’, New Article on ‘IBM’s Fall From World Dominance’

Posted in News Roundup at 12:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Emulate the Amiga home computer with Linux

      Emulation is the practice of using a program (called an emulator) on a PC to mimic the behaviour of a home computer or a video game console, in order to play (usually retro) games on a computer.

      Home computers were a class of microcomputers that entered the market in 1977 and became common during the 1980s. They were marketed to consumers as affordable and accessible computers that, for the first time, were intended for the use of a single non-technical user.

      Back in the 1980s, home computers came to the forefront of teenagers’ minds. Specifically, the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and Atari ST were extremely popular. They were hugely popular home computers targeted heavily towards games, but they also ran other types of software.

    • Kernel Space

      • Cirrus Logic “Dolphin” Audio Support Coming For Linux 5.15 – Phoronix

        Cirrus Logic has contributed a number of improvements to their CS8409 HDA audio driver for the Linux kernel that includes support for new “Dolphin” audio hardware.

        Cirrus Logic open-source developers have been working on a set of more than two dozen patches for their Cirrus audio driver code for the kernel. This includes reorganizing code, support for multiple companion codecs connected to the CS8409, and new hardware support dubbed Dolphin as the successor to Cyborg.

      • Linux 5.15 To Allow Reading From The Nintendo OTP Memory Area – Phoronix

        For hobbyists that enjoy tinkering around with Linux running on the Nintendo Wii or Wii U game consoles, a new driver coming for Linux 5.15 allows accessing the specialized OTP read-only memory area that contains the encryption/decryption keys and other data.

        The “nintendo-otp” driver was published by independent developers in working towards allowing this read-only memory area on at least the Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles to be exposed by Linux. This special memory area contains encryption/decryption keys and signatures. The one-time programmable area contains just 128~1024 bytes for these keys and signatures. These per-console keys can be necessary for accessing peripherals and dealing with various attached storage.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Clear RAM Memory Cache, Buffer, and Swap on Linux

        Like any other operating system, GNU/Linux has implemented memory management efficiently and even more than that. But if any process is eating away your memory and you want to clear it, Linux provides a way to flush or clear ram cache.

      • Install Any Application on Chrome OS – Invidious

        Learn to install desktop applications on Chrome OS AND install unsigned apps by sideloading on Chromebook as well!

      • How to install elementary OS 6 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install elementary OS 6

      • How To Install HardInfo on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HardInfo on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, HardInfo is a system profiler and benchmark tool used in Linux to check hardware information. Using this you can get hardware and some software information about your system. It is a clean and neat graphical UI application in this category. You can generate all your system report in HTML or in plain text.

        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 HardInfo on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How To Install vnStat on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install vnStat on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, vnStat is an open-source tool that can be used to monitor the network resources of your system by using the console. With vnStat, you can monitor network statistics over various time periods. It is simple, lightweight, and consumes a small portion of your system resources. vnStat allow you to generate the network traffic data in an hour, day, month, week, and day.

        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 vnStat network traffic monitor on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How to Install WordPress with LAMP and free Let’s Encrypt SSL on Rocky Linux

        WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) right now, it’s used by millions of people. The WordPress project started in 2003 as a fork from the CMS “b2/cafelog”, comes with a GPLv2 license, and becomes free and open-source software.

        As for now, more than 34% of websites on the internet are using WordPress. One of the reasons WordPress is so popular is because it’s simple, easy to use, and flexible. With hundreds/thousands of plugins, WordPress can be used in some different ways, such as simple blogging engine, eCommerce websites, simple company profile, online forum community, etc.

        In this guide, you will learn how to install WordPress CMS on the Rocky Linux 8.4. You will be installing WordPress under the LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache2/httpd, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP).

      • How to dual boot Windows 11 and Linux
      • How to Record Audio in Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        An audio or sound recording tool is vital since it allows you to get a voice-over on a clip or perform other jobs. Nevertheless, capturing audio using Ubuntu is constantly a topic of discussion. There have been some tools that can help you do it quickly, but rather an integrated system cannot record audio. If you’re looking for a simple way to record voices on your Ubuntu system, check out the post below. We’ve covered all of the details and solutions for recording audio using Ubuntu. Open your Ubuntu 20.04 system and log in from it. You need to open your command shell via Ctrl+Alt+T because we have to work on the command line to install an audio-recorder tool or program.

      • How to Install Ubuntu Alongside With Windows in Dual-Boot

        This tutorial will guide you on how you can perform the installation of Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 18.10, or Ubuntu 18.04 in dual-boot with a Microsoft Operating System on machines that come pre-installed with Windows 10.

        This guide assumes that your machine comes pre-installed with Windows 10 OS or an older version of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows 8.1 or 8.

        In case your hardware uses UEFI then you should modify the EFI settings and disable the Secure Boot feature.

        If your computer has no other Operating System already installed and you plan to use a Windows variant alongside Ubuntu, you should first install Microsoft Windows and then proceed with Ubuntu installation.

      • How To Backup And Restore Data Using Restic In Linux – OSTechNix

        This guide explains what is Restic, how to install Restic in various Linux distributions, and finally how to backup and restore data using Restic in Linux operating systems.

      • Deep dive into Ansible ad hoc commands | Enable Sysadmin

        Automation plays a vital role in a sysadmin’s or DevOps administrator’s day-to-day life; patching, installing, managing components, automating network devices, and dealing with containers are tasks that automation can handle. Due to the sequential behavior of scripting, many sysadmins have not considered automation to be a promising tool. Ansible, as an automation tool that executes in parallel, appears to be changing that trend and becoming widely used.

        Ansible uses ad hoc commands and playbooks to achieve automation. Ad hoc commands are mostly single linear commands that can execute from controllers. Ad hoc commands make Ansible useful even when a sysadmin needs to perform a one-time activity.

      • Test container images in Red Hat OpenShift 4 with Ansible and CI/CD | Red Hat Developer

        Several repositories offer ready-made container images for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other systems running Linux. The InterOp team at Red Hat tests these application images in Red Hat OpenShift. To simplify the integration of tests into the continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) process, we are adding Ansible playbooks to the repositories that host the container images. The Red Hat Software Collections GitHub repository currently has the first of these Ansible playbooks, but we will add playbooks to other repositories over time.

        This article shows how to submit a test to a repository, and how to download the tests if you want to run them in your own container environment.

      • Use dnf updateinfo to read update changelogs – Fedora Magazine

        If you have used any type of computer recently (be it a desktop, laptop or even a smartphone), you most likely have had to deal with software updates. You might have an opinion about them. They might be a “necessary evil”, something that always breaks your setup and makes you waste hours fixing the new problems that appeared, or you might even like them.

        No matter your opinion, there are reasons to update your software: mainly bug fixes, especially security-related bug fixes. After all, you most likely don’t want someone getting your private data by exploiting a bug that happens because of a interaction between the code of your web browser and the code that renders text on your screen.

        If you manage your software updates in a manual or semi-manual fashion (in comparison to letting the operating system auto-update your software), one feature you should be aware of is “changelogs”.

        A changelog is, as the name hints, a big list of changes between two releases of the same software. The changelog content can vary a lot. It may depend on the team, the type of software, its importance, and the number of changes. It can range from a very simple “several small bugs were fixed in this release”-type message, to a list of links to the bugs fixed on a issue tracker with a small description, to a big and detailed list of changes or elaborate blog posts.

        Now, how do you check the changelogs for the updates?

        If you use Fedora Workstation the easy way to see the changelog with a GUI is with Gnome Software. Select the name of the package or name of the software on the updates page and the changelog is displayed. You could also try your favorite GUI package manager, which will most likely show it to you as well. But how does one do the same thing via CLI?

      • Junichi Uekawa: openvpn client configuration with systemd.

        openvpn client configuration with systemd. Spent a while trying to figure out why my configuration file /etc/openvpn does not take effect. It was because I needed to tell systemd to reload the daemon stuff and trying to restart openvpn only did not have any meaningful effect. After I learnt how things work it made some sense, but I expected /etc/init.d/openvpn restart to do the right thing.

    • Games

      • AMD and Valve Optimizing Steam Deck for Linux

        According to Phoronix, AMD and Valve are working together to further optimize the AMD APU inside the Steam Deck for Linux. And while this is good news to hear, it isn’t really a surprise, given that both AMD and Valve have expressed more interest in taking Linux more seriously. Valve has been pouring resources into its compatibility layer, Proton, while AMD has been on a hiring spree for Linux engineers this summer.

        And of course, both parties also have a vested interest in making the Steam Deck as successful as possible. One key area of focus seems to be improving the CPU frequency and power scaling while using Steam Play (Proton). AMD and Valve’s combined efforts could lead to improved CPUFreq driver code based on the ACPI CPPC (Collaborative Processor Performance Control) specification.

        With AMD also beefing up development around its Linux scheduler, it’s also possible that AMD could be overhauling the Schedutil governor to better target CPU frequency scaling. As Phoronix notes, AMD will have a presence at this year’s X.Org Developer Conference (XDC), so we can expect to know more then.

      • Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu gets much improved performance and rendering accuracy

        While it’s still a real PITA to setup, the Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu has released what they call Project Hades, a massive rewrite to their shader decompiler which is a big thing for it.

        In their fresh update blog post the team notes how it took them six months of work to accomplish with around 50,000 lines of code written but it’s finally released. The result? They say it fixes “an innumerable amount of rendering bugs, reducing shader build times, improving compatibility, and increasing performance by over 30% for all GPU vendors” and is one of the biggest changes made to date.

        Right now they’re still keeping OpenGL as the default API but they’re suggesting people test with Vulkan now too, as it should have a significant boost in performance and compatibility and that “rendering and shader build performance almost always beat OpenGL”.

        One of the major changes here is how they handle shader building with Vulkan, which uses all CPU threads to do it in parallel so it works your machine harder but the result is a much smoother first-time gameplay experience while it builds up a cache to load from.

      • s&box from Facepunch ‘works great’ on the Steam Deck but no native Linux plans | GamingOnLinux

        So it’s going to entirely rely on Steam Play Proton for the Steam Deck (like most other major games will) and it won’t be supported in any way on Linux outside of being used on the Steam Deck.

      • Developer ehmprah gives an update on how Core Defense did a year later | GamingOnLinux

        Core Defense is a “roguelike tower defense game with a dash of deckbuilding” and now it’s been out for little over a year, developer ehmprah gives an overview of how the indie release went. This is something of a follow-on to their previous post that we covered where they went over how blown away they were by the first week sales.

        Overall, it sounds like it actually went quite well, especially for an indie Tower Defense title that was quite simplistic in many ways – although the deck-building aspect did give it a unique edge. On Steam the developer managed to gross $67,404 from 7,872 copies sold in the first year, which is quite impressive for a solo developer with very little spent on marketing – they were quite savvy with how they marketed it though across a few places but they didn’t have a big budget to spend on it.

      • Don’t Starve Together: Waterlogged is out adding a new ocean biome | GamingOnLinux

        Ready to set sail once again? Don’t Starve Together: Waterlogged is the latest free expansion for the popular gloomy survival game from Klei Entertainment.

        “Left adrift at sea in the sweltering heat, our Survivors thought they were surely done for. And perhaps they would have been if luck hadn’t landed them beneath the protective boughs of an enormous tree. A tree that, remarkably, seemed to spring from the ocean itself. Believing themselves to be saved, the Survivors began collecting the bounty of fruit and materials the great tree had to offer, not realizing that they were not the only ones to have found safe harbor beneath the canopy…”

      • CS:GO gets some fun new music and a music video from various video game composers | GamingOnLinux

        Introduced back in 2014, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) added in Music Kits to replace music in game and to play if you’re the MVP to bug everyone else with and they just released a fun sounding Tacticians Music Kit Box.

        The new box is notable as it includes the works of various video game composers like Austin Wintory (Journey, Abzu, Banner Saga 1-3, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate), Chipzel (Dicey Dungeons, Super Hexagon, Interstellaria), Freaky DNA (Retro City Rampage), Jesse Harlin (Mafia: Definitive Edition, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Wars: Battlefront II), Laura Shigihara (Deltarune, World of Warcraft, To the Moon, Rakuen) and also Sarah Schachner (Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Assassin’s Creed Origins, various films and more).

      • Proton 6.3-6 gets a Release Candidate with new game support and fixes | GamingOnLinux

        Valve and CodeWeavers are working towards a fresh release of Proton with plenty of goodies including like more games working, and plenty of bug fixes too. If you don’t know what Steam Play Proton is be sure to check our dedicated page.

        Proton 6.3-6 has a first Release Candidate build available for testing, which you can try out directly in the Steam Client on Linux. However, it comes with a major change for save files that needs testing and so any game you want to try with it – ensure you’ve looked up how to backup your save. It’s supposed to fix the Steam cloud sync feature for a number of games and should auto-migrate but it’s a test build – you’ve been warned. This save adjustment should help Guilty Gear -Strive-, Death Stranding, Katamari Damacy Reroll and Scarlet Nexus.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Gnome desktop & HD scaling tricks

          Linux desktop usage problems and challenges come in many guises and forms. Then, you find yourself with monitor that offers HD resolution (or higher), only shown on a relatively small canvas of pixels, e.g.: a laptop, and you gain a whole new set of problems and challenges.

          For a few years now, I’ve contended with the topic of HD displays, HD scaling and such. My first encounter was back in 2014, with my IdeaPad Y50-70 laptop, which has a 4K 15.6-inch display. Then and there, Unity handled scaling all right, better than Windows 8.1. Fast forward to my Slimbook Pro2. This is where things got rather serious, as I started using this laptop for day-to-day productivity work. In fact, the Plasma desktop is truly the only environment that offers really good scaling results. So the question is, if you prefer Gnome, what options do you have vis-a-vis HD scaling?

        • Sam Thursfield: Automated point and click

          I have been watching GNOME’s testing story get better and better for a long time. The progress we made since we first started discussing the GNOME OS initiative is really impressive, even when you realize that GUADEC in A Coruña took place nine years ago. We got nightly OS images, Gitlab CI and the gnome-build-meta BuildStream project, not to mention Flatpak and Flathub.

          Now we have another step forwards with the introduction of OpenQA testing for the GNOME OS images. Take a look at the announcement on GNOME Discourse to find out more about it.

    • Distributions

      • Elementary OS 6 Odin ISO Download

        Elementary OS Linux distribution is known for its beautiful interface and recently with the release of the latest version 6 new features have been added. So, if you want to try them out, here is the way to download the latest Elementary OS ISO bootable file to install on a PC or VirtualBox virtual machine.

        After two years’ hard work, the development team of Elementary OS has released the new of its Linux distribution. Elementary OS 6 code name is “Odin”. For those who don’t know about this Linux, it is also based on Ubuntu but with lots of customizations to make it beginner users friendly for those who want a macOS look.

        The developers of the OS have further refined the new version and it now enables users to adapt the given user interface more closely to their own preferences. The noticeable change is the new installer, AppCenter programs now include Flatpak packages and the OS has the updated base on Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS to ensure better hardware support. It also gives it an up-to-date kernel 5.11 including new drivers, which means better hardware support and a bug-free base as most of the glitches have already been rectified by the Ubuntu team in version 20.04.2.

      • Zorin OS 16 Pro brings a little Windows 11 flavour to Linux

        Zorin OS 16 Pro, the upcoming release that will replace Zorin OS Ultimate has been announced and one of the features they’re showing off is a pre-made style to look like Windows 11.

        It was only a matter of time of course until someone or some distribution put up an official Windows 11-like style, and surprisingly it actually looks quite nice. Only available in the Pro edition, this is their paid version of Zorin OS Linux that provides a bunch of extras.

        “The Windows 11-like desktop layout is brand-new in Zorin OS 16 Pro. It features a modern and streamlined UI that adapts well to computers with touchpads, mice, or touchscreens. The new grid menu, activities overview button, and taskbar icons are placed front and center for easy access and effortless navigation on screens of all sizes.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora Community Blog: Friday’s Fedora Facts

          Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

          I have weekly office hours on Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time) in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

        • IBM emeritus IWB: The New Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

          Following World War II and the onset of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the US undertook a series of measures to strengthen the resilience of the nation. These included a significant expansion of government support for scientific research in universities and R&D labs, leading to product innovations from the private sector and better weapons from the defense industry which contributed to making the US the most prosperous and secure nation in the world.

          In the 1950s the government enacted the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act, which led to the construction of the Interstate Highway System. The Act had a dual purpose: facilitating the economic growth of the country as well as supporting the country’s defense during a conventional or nuclear war should it be necessary.

          And, last but far from least, in the late 1960s the Department of Defense launched ARPANET, the digital infrastructure that eventually became the Internet. ARPANET was designed as a flexible digital network that would enable computers to continue to communicate with individuals and with each other following a military attack.

          Fortunately, we never had to test the Internet’s ability to keep the US going following an attack or invasion. But, who would have thought that 50 years after the launch of ARPANET, it would be a global pandemic that’s been testing the Internet’s ability to fulfill its original objective of keeping nations and economies going during arguably the biggest shock the world has experienced since WWII.

        • IBM’s Fall From World Dominance
      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Remote Desktop: How to Set Up and Connect to it

          This step-by-step guide explains how you can enable an Ubuntu remote desktop so that you can access and control it remotely.

          Remote Desktop is a service that allows you to take over and use another computer remotely. In Ubuntu, it can be enabled on a graphical client machine to control a host machine. This feature is beneficial for users who are using a GUI interface or are not familiar with a command line.

          In this tutorial, we walk you through the process of setting this up and then connecting to that Ubuntu remote desktop via the Remmina remote desktop client.

        • Open Source Robotics Challenges – Planning for Security

          Open Source Robotics Challenges is a series of blogs that will share guidelines and advice for open source companies to overcome market barriers.

          We will touch on topics regularly raised by companies in our open source community such as security awareness, prototyping strategies, safety architecture, adoption and more. Our aim is to help organisations overcome the barriers associated with open source adoption in robotics so they can experience the inherent benefits that come with open source technologies. Agility, modularity and adaptability are some of the biggest benefits that open source robotics has been bringing to the field. This first blog will talk about security and security compliance.

        • Ubuntu Blog: Snapcraft for Windows – Preview [Ed: Canonical works for Microsoft]

          Two weeks ago, Snapcraft reached its fifth milestone release, 5.0. This version brings in a number of significant changes, including the removal of the base (core) snap, which has been relegated to the 4.X channel track. For snap developers, especially those working in mixed environments, the availability of the first preview release of Snapcraft for Windows(!) will more likely be the interesting piece of good news.

          Since its inception, the goal of Snapcraft has been to provide a robust, friendly development platform, regardless of your choice of operating system. The original Linux support has since been extended to macOS and now, Windows. You can build your snaps inside a Windows system, or upload them to the store, without having to have a Linux machine handy.


          Snapcraft for Windows is an important addition to the snap ecosystem, offering developers across the operating system board to create and publish their applications with ease. At the moment, there might be some rough edges, but you can already make decent progress and test the functionality, including store-related commands and perhaps even build operations. We’d also appreciate feedback, so if you have anything to share, please join our forum and let us know what you think.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Apache News Round-up: week ending 13 August 2021

        We’re wrapping up another great week with the following activities from the Apache community…

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Thunderbird 91 lands: Now native on Apple Silicon, swaps ‘master’ for ‘primary’ password, and more

            Thunderbird 91 has been released with support for Apple Silicon and other enhancements.

            This version entered the release channel yesterday, according to the release notes, and follows the emission of Firefox 91. You can fetch Thunderbird directly from here, or wait for your system package manager to catch up and hand it out.

            Mozilla’s Thunderbird is a cross-platform, open-source email client. Its future looked uncertain in 2015 when Moz CEO Mitchell Baker said “sooner or later paying a tax to support Thunderbird will not make sense as a policy for Mozilla.” Early last year, though, matters improved, with the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary, MZLA Technologies Corporation, to manage the project.

          • Firefox 91 available in antiX

            Firefox 90 are subject to a vulnerability which is present on linux systems.
            Users are strongly advised to upgrade to Firefox 91 series.

      • Programming/Development

        • GSoC 2021 Partial Evaluation Report

          For those who don’t know me, my name is Leandro Doctors (allentiak on IRC), and I’m the Debian Clojure Team’s GSoC 2021 intern. My mentor is Louis-Philippe Véronneau[*] (pollo on IRC). My co-mentor is Utkarsh Gupta (utkarsh2102 on IRC). My ‘no-mentor’ :) is Elana Hashman (ehashman on IRC).

        • How does Google Authenticator work? (Part 3)
        • What is an API?

          If you’ve read the Contentful docs, you’ll have seen that we provide a REST API and a GraphQL API to access and manage your content. But what is an API?

          API stands for “Application Programming Interface,” which is a way to communicate between different software services. Different types of APIs are used in programming hardware and software, including operating system APIs, remote APIs and web APIs — like the APIs that Contentful provides. A web API is a set of tools that allow developers to send and receive instructions and data to and from web servers — usually in JSON format — to build applications. Read more about JSON on MDN.

        • Use local go modules

          When dealing with go modules, sometimes it’s handy to test some changes from a local repository instead of using the upstream one.

        • Arm Working On Clang C++ For OpenCL 2021 (OpenCL 3.0 Compatible) – Phoronix

          With LLVM’s Clang C/C++ compiler front-end squaring away its OpenCL C 3.0 language support, Arm engineers are now working on the C++ equivalent support.

          They are pursuing “C++ for OpenCL 2021″ as the C++ equivalent to OpenCL 3.0.

        • Perl/Raku

          • gfldex: Inequality

            As stated before, I like to read code I didn’t write myself. Flavio had trouble with triples. One line stood out to me.

  • Leftovers

    • “Should I Feel Guilty?”

      Quick background. My first ESL job was in 1982 but quickly laid off due to Reagan budget cuts to social services, with Democratic Party acquiescence and submission. Had some years off in-between then and now but have been in the field for most of my career. I have never been an in-school leader (such as a department chair) but have been an in-school agitator. I have served as president of my state’s ESL affiliate as well as taken leading roles in international circles, with the expected workshop presentations, articles, etc.

      But right now students and teachers are more on the chopping block then ever before. This time, the chopping block is almost literal. I have known teachers and others who have died due to the Trump pandemic and I would be afraid to return, even though I am fully vaccinated. But hell, I’m old. That’s enough to scare me from returning. But am I abandoning my comrades?

    • Ghost Canaries in the Amerikaner Mine

      Cancel Culture and Calling the Capitalist Obama Catastrophe

      Call me one of the unheard leftist canaries in the capitalist, imperialist, and fascist mines. I started warning in published essays that Barack Obama was a disastrous, deeply conservative neoliberal imperialist as early as the summer of 2004. My judgement was based on years of close observation in Chicago and Springfield (the state capital of Illinois) and no small amount of empirical research on Obama’s unseemly life and career.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Dems in Congress Urged to ‘Go Big’ as Biden Endorses Bold Reforms to Slash Drug Prices

        Congressional Democrats on Thursday faced calls to resist pharmaceutical industry lobbying and take action to lower sky-high prescription drug costs after President Joe Biden voiced support for several major reforms, including a popular proposal to allow Medicare to directly negotiate prices.

        “American families have been getting mugged at the pharmacy counter while Medicare has one hand tied behind its back.”—Sen. Ron Wyden

      • Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Indiana University’s Vaccine Mandate

        After losing two rounds in lower federal courts, a group of Indiana University students challenging the school’s coronavirus vaccine were dealt a final blow Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the college’s vaccination requirement.

        In the first coronavirus vaccine mandate challenge of its kind before the nation’s highest court, the eight Indiana University (I.U.) students requested an emergency order, arguing that they are adults who are “entitled to make their own medical treatment decisions, and have a constitutional right to bodily integrity, autonomy, and of medical treatment choice in the context of a vaccination mandate.” 

      • Silicon Valley, New Zealand and Pandemic Exceptionalism

        Google’s co-founder was granted residency under New Zealand’s wealthy investors scheme, requiring an investment of at least NZ$10 million (US$5 million) over a period of three years.  Immigration New Zealand enthusiastically promotes the “Investor Plus” visa as giving the applicant a chance “to come to New Zealand with your family and enjoy our unique lifestyle”.  The successful applicant is also permitted “to bring your car, boat and household items to New Zealand, free of customs charges.”

        Page’s application was lodged in November, though it could not be processed as he was offshore at the time.  This changed in January, when he was permitted to land in New Zealand because his son faced a medical emergency.  “Once Mr Page entered New Zealand, his application was able to be processed and it was approved on 4 February 2021,” Immigration New Zealand stated.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • After Pegasus Exposé, UN Rights Experts Urge Moratorium on ‘Life-Threatening’ Spyware

          Echoing calls from advocacy organizations and other surveillance critics after the Pegasus exposé broke last month, a group of United Nations human rights experts on Thursday called for a global moratorium on the sale and transfer of surveillance technology.

          “International human rights law requires all states to adopt robust domestic legal safeguards to protect individuals from unlawful surveillance, invasion of their privacy, or threats to their freedom of expression, assembly, and association.”—U.N. experts

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Sandboxing in the Linux kernel: eBPF gets organization from the Linux Foundation [Ed: Translation from German]

                The companies Facebook, Google, Isovalent, Microsoft and Netflix have founded the eBPF Foundation under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. The announcement will be made shortly before the free online event eBPF Summit, which will bring lectures on the use of eBPF on August 18 and 19, 2021

        • Security

          • Security updates for Friday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (commons-io, curl, and firefox-esr), Fedora (perl-Encode), openSUSE (golang-github-prometheus-prometheus, grafana, and python-reportlab), Oracle (.NET Core 2.1, 389-ds:1.4, cloud-init, go-toolset:ol8, nodejs:12, nodejs:14, and rust-toolset:ol8), SUSE (aspell, firefox, kernel, and rpm), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-lts-xenial and postgresql-10, postgresql-12, postgresql-13).

          • Security updated kernels in antiX

            Latest security fix kernels should now be in the repos.
            All users are strongly advised to upgrade (via synaptic, cli-aptiX or package-installer).

          • Apple’s Rotten Scanning | Self-Hosted 51
    • Defence/Aggression

      • Time to Suspend the US-ROK Joint Military Exercises?

        While the resumption of regular communications between the two Koreas might be thought to signal potential progress toward regional reconciliation, perennial US dominance of inter-Korean relations makes this far from a foregone conclusion.  After three rounds of US-North Korea summits, the Trump administration intensified rather than softened its maximum pressure campaign against the North and blocked Seoul’s attempts to implement inter-Korean agreements on exchange and cooperation. The new Biden administration, in spite of promising a more “practical and calibrated” policy toward the North, has made it clear that peace negotiations are not a top priority. Meanwhile, amid the ongoing cycle of US – North Korea tensions, experts warn that the intensifying regional rivalry in East Asia between the US and China is increasing the risk of conflict between the US and the nuclear-armed North. American dominance of South Korea, which has remained under virtual US military occupation for seven decades, guarantees that Seoul would be on the front line of any such conflict.

        Washington has historically dismissed inter-Korean engagement as a sideshow, derided by US hawks and their conservative collaborators in South Korea, who react to any signs of progress with maximalist aggressiveness. Inter-Korean reconciliation is perceived as a threat to the network of interconnected US interests that works to perpetuate the permanent state of war in the Korean peninsula, which in turn rationalizes the ongoing military occupation of the South as a forward US base against China. According to Tim Beal:

      • ‘It Should Be Unthinkable’: EU Nations Told to Immediately End Deportations to Afghanistan

        As Taliban insurgents continue to capture provinces throughout Afghanistan en route to the capital city of Kabul, the International Rescue Committee on Thursday urged all countries in the European Union to stop deporting Afghan asylum-seekers to the embattled Central Asian nation.

        “E.U. countries should re-examine all final negative decisions for Afghan asylum-seekers still present in European countries in light of the current situation and the very real risk of future persecution.”—IRC

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Study Warns ‘Blue Hydrogen’ Funded in Bipartisan Plan More Polluting Than Coal

          While celebrated as a climate victory by the Biden administration, the large infrastructure bill passed in the U.S. Senate this week includes billions of dollars of funding toward “blue hydrogen,” which new research published Thursday finds is more polluting than coal.

          The $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure package passed Tuesday includes $8 billion to develop “clean hydrogen” via the creation of four regional hubs.

        • Massive Payouts to Bankrupt Oil and Gas Firm Execs Are ‘Fueling Failure’: Report

          Dozens of executives at U.S. fossil fuel firms that failed during the recent surge in oil and gas company bankruptcies nevertheless reaped massive payouts before taking their leave, a new report published Thursday by Public Citizen and Documented revealed.

          “The fossil fuel industry has been a poster child for ill-conceived corporate welfare for decades, benefiting from numerous subsidies, tax breaks, and regulatory favors.”—Robert Weissman,Public Citizen

        • Evaporating evidence Russian investigators conduct search at Caspian Pipeline Consortium following Black Sea oil spill

          Russian investigators began carrying out searches at the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) on August 12 — the day after media reports emerged about an oil spill in the Black Sea that took place over the weekend. The criminal investigation regarding the spill was also reclassified under more serious marine pollution charges, which carry punishments of up to two years behind bars. At the same time, the CPC’s chief executive insists that a slick in the Black Sea identified by Russian scientists is not oil, and the regional governor says there are no visible oil spills along the coastline. Scientists refute these claims. As one environmental expert told Meduza, oil residue on the water’s surface has likely evaporated due to heat, but there’s still a risk of environmental damage from the spill.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Wisconsin on Track for Another ‘Wolf Slaughter,’ Sparking Calls for Federal Protections

          Less than a year after a February wolf hunt condemned as “an outright slaughter,” conservation advocates are warning that the animals in Wisconsin are at risk of being wiped out after state officials voted Wednesday to approve a kill quota of 300 wolves for the fall 2021 hunting season—more than twice the number proposed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

          “Authorizing another aggressive hunt this year creates a real risk of nearly wiping out Wisconsin’s wolves.”—Collette Adkins, Center for Biological Diversity

        • Defanging Nature: How Human Exceptionalism is Destroying the Wild

          Together, the states of Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming rake in billions of dollars in tourism revenue, much of it coming from outdoor—as opposed to cultural—attractions.  “If Utah don’t got it, you don’t need it,” Utah. Com’s website assures.  “Open your mind and invigorate your senses. Because some things can’t be explained, only experienced,” travelwyoming.com says. Idaho’s marketers skip the metaphysics and say only that “there’s an adventure for you in Idaho.”  For insight into what these experiences and adventures entail, look at the photo galleries on these states’ various tourism websites, which typically feature images of individuals and families engaged in wholesome, low-intensity activities—walking, canoeing, fly-fishing, and horseback riding—as well as images of tranquil landscapes and wildlife, with distant mountains, rivers, trout, elk, and bison as the clear favorites.

          Effective advertising (which is just hyper-abbreviated, dopamine-triggering story telling) depends on the manipulation of human emotions and desires, so depicting smiling people surrounded by clear skies, open landscapes, and non-predatory wildlife makes sense. Humans (especially humans with young children) want to feel safe when they are in nature, even when they are not.  “There’s a dark and a troubled side of life,” one song goes.  “But there’s a bright and a sunny side, too.”  Tourists usually (and understandably) desire the latter; images that signal danger of any kind (and thus inspire fear or unease) are therefore verboten from a marketing perspective.

    • Finance

      • Limits to Growth Now Undeniable and Inescapable

        But now the continent is covered coast to coast and the once abundant resources have been seriously diminished through over-use, pollution, outright destruction and unbridled consumption. The old myth that continuous growth was not only possible, but necessary, has hit the wall of our current state, national and global reality. We are running out of water, clean air and livable habitat not only for the once-abundant wildlife and fish but for humans as well. As this desperate summer of climate-change induced and exacerbated drought, wildfires, insect infestations and extreme weather events bluntly portends, we have “hit the wall” on our myopic approach to how much more we can squeeze from already over-extended systems.

        Montana’s Upper Missouri River Basin had the lowest run-off in 123 years. To put that number in perspective, it’s less water that ran off the east slope of the Continental Divide since eight years after Montana became a state and is a shocking 34% of average — which has been falling consistently as the drought years stack up.

      • Neoliberalism: America Has Arrived at One of History’s Great Crossroads

        Milton Friedman began selling neoliberalism to America in the 1950s, and we fully bought into it in the 1980s.  Most Americans had no idea, really, what this new political/economic ideology meant; they just knew it involved free trade, economic austerity/tax cuts and deregulation/privatization.

        The free trade part, we were told, would bring about the end of great-power wars because countries that were economically interdependent wouldn’t dare ruin their own economies by going to war with a significant trading partner.

      • DOJ Announces Investigation Of Phoenix PD’s Use Of Excessive Force And Abuse Of Homeless People

        With a new Attorney General in charge and a new President in the White House, the Department of Justice is getting back to taking care of the uncomfortable business of investigating local law enforcement agencies. This part of the DOJ’s responsibilities was largely abandoned under Trump, who opened up his presidency by declaring he would “end” the “dangerous anti-police atmosphere.”

      • What’s Good and What’s Dangerous in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

        Let the record reflect: On Tuesday, I was proven wrong twice.

      • Behind the Crisis in Lebanon, a Vast Bank-Run Ponzi Scheme

        I left Beirut on the anniversary of the explosion that tore a giant gash through the center of the city, killing hundreds of people and shattering Lebanon’s often-tested faith in itself. The third-largest explosion ever recorded (exceeded only by the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) was the outcome not of enemy action but of sheer administrative incompetence. Despite all the warnings of port inspectors, those in positions of authority had allowed thousands of tons of abandoned, unstable, and highly explosive ammonium nitrate to deteriorate for years in a warehouse in the middle of Beirut, until the fire that set it off. Not a single official has yet been held accountable.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • American Seismographies

        That is, the somewhat inchoate times of “Sleepy Joe”, the nature of which is still in the course of being determined, as Biden and his team gauge which parts of the Bernie Sanders’ agenda can be cannibalized while still keeping neoliberalism safe.

        This seems to be the underlying context of this emerging Bidenism—he is not fashioning an updated facsimile of the New Deal, at least not yet, but the Covid pandemic has impelled a level of state intervention, both social and economic, that was unthinkable even in the Obama years—not that Obama set a high bar when it came to putting neoliberalism on a leash.

      • The War on Wokeness

        The Democratic Party has long used identity politics to mobilize certain sections of its base, whether they are women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, etc. By speaking directly to and promising to address the unique challenges and injustices that each group faces, the Democrats have been able to ignore other, more unifying issues such as economic class disparity, the lack of universal healthcare, corporate crimes, the lack of affordable housing, increased surveillance and policing, never ending war and rampant environmental degradation.

        It is a cynical, but rather effective, method. And many liberals, as well as Democratic Party officials, have used it to tar the reputation of anyone who dissents from their neoliberal policies. For example, many leftists who opposed Barrack Obama’s drone wars, record deportations, or attacks on whistleblowers were labeled racists. Progressives and leftists who refused to support Hillary Clinton were often labeled misogynists. The Republican Party, too, has used identity as a way of uniting their traditional base. Evangelical Christians, the white middle class and white men, to be exact. But lately, there has been a growing backlash against “wokeness culture.” On the right, the paranoid hysteria being peddled is about the ludicrous threat of censorship and “cultural Marxism.”

      • Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, and the Epidemic of New York Strongmen

        I have some idea of what it means to be “New York tough.” When I was young, I was holding my mother’s hand as we rushed through Penn Station and a man walking in the opposite direction hit me with his very impressive briefcase right between the eyes, opening up a blood vessel. The man never slowed down, and neither did my mother. I was wailing and bleeding, and my mom said, “We can still make the train,” without breaking stride. I appreciate that tristate area commuters have little time for such niceties as “Sorry I brained your child” or “Mommy can take a later train.”

      • The Wake-Up Call of Nina Turner’s Loss

        Nina Turner has been criticized for a lot of things in the wake of her loss in the Cleveland, Ohio, special election last week. The conventional wisdom is that her politics were too leftist, and that she was too confrontational, to win in a time when Biden-like moderate politics are the order of the day. Those takes are nonsense; the race was eminently winnable. If there is a single critical mistake Turner made, it was placing her campaign in the hands of strategists who squandered her financial firepower on ineffective and ill-conceived expenditures.

      • Pussy Riot activist Rita Flores detained immediately upon release from jail

        Pussy Riot activist Rita Flores was released from jail on August 12, after serving a 15-day sentence, only for Moscow police officers to detain her at the detention center’s gates. The reason for her arrest remains unknown.

      • Pskov activists sentenced to more than 10 years in prison on drug charges

        A Russian court has sentenced activists Liya Milushkina and Artyom Milushkin to more than decade behind bars each on drug charges, the local news outlet Pskovskaya Gubernia reported on Thursday, August 12. 

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Shiva Ayyadurai Drops His Potentially Interesting Lawsuit About Massachusetts Officials Complaining To Twitter About Tweets

        Just last week we had Prof. Genevieve Lakier on our podcast to talk about the 1st Amendment and the concept of “jawboning”: government officials using informal pressure and wink-wink-nudge-nudge efforts to pressure companies into doing things that they are allowed to do as private companies, but which the government is forbidden from doing under the 1st Amendment. The key court case on this is the Bantam Books Supreme Court ruling in 1963. But there are questions about how this applies in a social media era, when you have politicians on both sides of the aisle leaning on social media companies to remove or punish speech they dislike.

      • Twitch Finally Gets Around To Letting Banned Streamers Know Why They Were Banned

        We’ve covered Twitch’s no good, very bad time for many months now, which should give you an indication just how bad this time has been. If you need a brief background, the major points of contention have been the Amazon-owned company having a laughably one-sided approach to DMCA takedowns of content, its complete inept method for temp-banning its own creative community over copyright claims, and its totally vague approach to banning creators over various rule-breaking when it comes to Twitch’s indecipherable guidelines and the capricious manner in which it applies them.

      • Content Moderation Case Study: Twitter Temporarily Locks Account Of Indian Technology Minister For Copyright Violations (2021)

        Summary: In late June 2021, Twitter briefly suspended the account of Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Indian government’s Technology Minister because his content violated copyright. Although Prasad was given a copy of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown request, he posted a short Twitter thread that claimed this moderation action was Twitter silencing him, rather than simply responding to a takedown notice targeting alleged copyright violations.

      • Why Banning Free Porn Would Hurt, Not Help, the US

        To be fair, this is far from the first time a nation has banned porn. Currently, 37 countries in the world have sweeping bans against pornography, with many others having heavy censorship and restricted access, including some surprise nations such as the United Kingdom and Australia. But from Playboy Magazine to Pornhub, explicit adult materials have been a part of the American media industry dating back to the early 20th century. By many accounts, the first pornographic film produced in the United States is 1915’s “A Free Ride,” a 9-minute piece of history dating back to the days of World War I. However, today’s pornographic industry isn’t constrained to 35mm film and movie theaters, all you need is the internet and device to access it.

        Many Americans conflate their personal morals and objective views of the law of the land. However, one only has to look to The Supreme Court of the United States to understand the difficulty in regulating what some would consider “obscenities.” It has been held that sex and obscenity are not synonymous, and that the State has no business in telling a person sitting alone in their own home what books they may read or what films they may watch. Yet here we are today with calls for regulations to do just that. In fact, in the state of Utah such regulations are already being put in place.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Sexual Abuse and the Committees of the Elite

        The puppet masters of the committees of the elite would rather have the mild-mannered Joe Biden at their helm than the embarrassment that is Donald Trump. They accepted Trump, but would much rather paint the face of empire with a Biden. Biden’s a better cover.

        Some may believe that there is a world of difference between a Biden and a Trump. Look at their foreign policy overlaps and it’s discernible just how alike these two committeemen are.

      • Judge Orders FBI To Return $57,000 Seized From A US Private Vaults’ Customer Since It Apparently Can’t Justify Keeping It

        The judge, who blocked the FBI from moving forward with forfeiting property from certain US Private Vaults’ customers who haven’t been accused of crimes, is now ordering the FBI to return money to one of the people contesting the seizures.

      • Family of John Lewis Joins Demand That Biden Kill Filibuster to Defend Voting Rights

        “All these petition signatures represent voters across the political spectrum who want to see Congress pass the ‘For the People Act.’”—Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause

        “If President Biden and Senator Schumer truly care about ending the war on voting rights they have to use their political will to abolish the filibuster and pass the For the People Act immediately,” added Sciales.

      • ACLU Sues DC, Cops Over Attacks on Journalists at 2020 Racial Justice Protests

        Noting that Washington, D.C. police violently attacked reporters whose job was covering officer brutality during last summer’s racial justice protests, the ACLU on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and Metropolitan Police on behalf of two photojournalists who were accosted with “less-lethal” weapons during the demonstrations.

        “I found a voice photographing protests against police brutality but ended up fleeing it myself.”—Oyoma Asinor, journalist and plaintiff

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • AT&T CFO Wants A Cookie For Screwing Up The Time Warner, DirecTV Mergers

        We’ve noted more than a few times how the AT&T Time Warner and DirecTV mergers were a monumental, historical disaster. AT&T spent $200 billion to acquire both companies thinking it would dominate the video and internet ad space. Instead, the company lost 9 million subscribers in nine years, fired 50,000 employees, closed numerous popular brands (DC’s Vertigo imprint, Mad Magazine), and basically stumbled around incompetently for several years before recently spinning off the entire mess for a song.

The Grave Dangers of Politicised Patent Offices and a Politicians-Run EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f9b31c78ce1c951f2993bc638a842788

Summary: We have come to the point where the needs of science — and specifically technology/engineering/health — aren’t met by certain patent offices because they’re not run by scientists; instead they’re run by dishonest, highly ambitious and self-serving politicians who view top positions (visibility) as a route to power grabs and self-promotion

THE EPO‘s tyranny isn’t just the work of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos. They’ve long had facilitators and some of them will be named. In fact, some of them are still around. Battistelli himself used to be one of those facilitators (he had managed to spearhead the Council owing to his political connections in France).

“At the moment the EPO is run by a bunch of unqualified or grossly under-qualified people. They overcompensate for it by bullying ordinary staff and misusing buzzwords.”It seems safe to say that politicians are, on average, more prone to mischief, lying, and bribery. There are of course some exceptions, but those are rare. At the moment the EPO is run by a bunch of unqualified or grossly under-qualified people. They overcompensate for it by bullying ordinary staff and misusing buzzwords. This is the typical by-product of insecurity or inferiority complex (intimidation and deterrence). The EPO should never have come to this despotic state and a few rogue appointments are now irreversible (nepotism cements power). They’re moreover protected by the (in theory/principle) overseeing body, which is itself in need of hiding some skeletons in its cupboard.

We’ve published memes and articles, videos and outlines, and we’re just getting started. There’s plenty more to come. Here is the index of all core parts published so far:

  1. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part I: A New EPO Balkan Affair?
  2. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part II: A Mysterious Fist-Bumping Masquerade in Skopje
  3. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part III: A Longtime Associate of the Doyen
  4. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part IV: A Party Political Animal
  5. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part V: Sharing Out the Spoils of Public Office
  6. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part VI: A Learned Legal Luminary
  7. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part VII: An Academic Institution With a Political Mission
  8. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part VIII: An Inspector Calls

There’s plenty more to come this weekend. The video at the top discusses parts 7 and 8 (both published in the past 24 hours). We’ll try to do a video for almost every part, however demanding this can be when we publish almost one part per day or even more sometimes.

When Did Diversity Become a Product Sold to Corporations and to Privileged Autocrats?

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, OSI at 6:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 559f8d40880af88fbacaebfe0f9b2072

Summary: The Free software community needs to get more vocal about opportunism in an ongoing corporate coup; it calls its resistors (to the coup) all sorts of “isms” while the said corporations are dishing out money to form a misleading narrative (inversion of accusations)

TWENTY odd hours ago we published this video about EPO pinkwashing. A bunch of gangsters — outright criminals (like Benoît Battistelli with his Vichy family roots) — are hijacking gay people to make themselves seem ethical.

“…$6,000 is not a small amount of money when your target audience is at most a couple hundred people.”Last night we published Open Source Initiative: Pay Us $6,000 and We'll Present You as Supporting Diversity, citing similar behaviour from the Linux Foundation. They’ve literally turned gay people into a commodity to be sold while crushing online communities.

They they have the extreme audacity to gag/censor people using inflated accusations of bigotry and intolerance — the very thing those corporations do for profit! What an incredible reversal of narratives!

As we noted last month, even LibreOffice started selling keynotes (keynote talks/speaking slots) and we know who can afford these; $6,000 is not a small amount of money when your target audience is at most a couple hundred people.

[Meme] EPO Needs D & I in Opinions and Representation, Too

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 5:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Don’t even bring up ethnic cleansing…

We should have no union; Because 'diversity and inclusion'; Geddit?

Summary: Bigoted EPO managers who engage in pinkwashing (very notorious tactic in the Balkan region) worked hard to crush the EPO’s staff union; maybe they don’t truly value “diversity and inclusion” after all…

Links 13/8/2021: Mabox Linux 21.08 and Istio 1.11

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

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • More Details on the AMD dGPU-powered Chromebook Arise

        A few of our tech-savvy readers (thanks @Cooe, @Locuza_, and others!) have written in to let us know about a big detail we missed when first talked about the AMD dGPU Chromebook in the works: the Vega 12 being tested for it does exist. In fact, it has already been shipped in the older MacBook Pros from 2018 as the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 and 20.

    • Server

      • Istio 1.11 Change Notes
      • Istio 1.11 Upgrade Notes

        When you upgrade from Istio 1.10.0 to Istio 1.11.0, you need to consider the changes on this page. These notes detail the changes which purposefully break backwards compatibility with Istio 1.10.0. The notes also mention changes which preserve backwards compatibility while introducing new behavior. Changes are only included if the new behavior would be unexpected to a user of Istio 1.10.0.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15 To Add Graphics Support For Qualcomm Adreno 680, 7c3

        The MSM DRM kernel updates to this open-source Qualcomm Adreno driver have been sent in to DRM-Next ahead of the upcoming Linux 5.15 merge window.

        There are a variety of updates and fixes to this drm-msm-next update but most notable is new Adreno 600 series support. Qualcomm’s Adreno 680 is now supported as well as the 7c3.

        The 7c3 is the Adreno 7c Gen 3 GPU found within their new Snapdragon compute platform. The 7c3 is similar to an Adreno 660 GPU but with some driver programming changes.

      • Graphics Stack

        • AV1 VA-API Acceleration Coming For AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Linux Users

          With AMD RDNA2 GPUs such as the Radeon RX 6000 series there is hardware support for AV1 decoding while the Linux support has been slow to materialize. Fortunately, that’s now changing.

          Going back to last year there has been kernel patches around AV1 video decoding for the AMDGPU kernel driver with Navi 2 / VCN 3.0 hardware. But to user-space it’s been lacking for exposing the AV1 accelerated video decode.

          Opened this week is now a merge request for introducing AV1 video decode support to the Video Acceleration API (VA-API).

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Install Java 16 (OpenJDK 16) on Rocky Linux 8

        Java is a general-purpose, class-based, object-oriented multipurpose programming language that is popular due to the design of having lesser implementation dependencies, meaning that the compiled Java code can be run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation. Java is also fast, secure, and reliable, therefore. It is widely used for developing Java applications in laptops, data centers, game consoles, scientific supercomputers, cell phones, etc.

      • Install Pantheon Tweaks on elementary OS 6 to Access Hidden Settings – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Planning on taking elementary OS 6 for a spin this weekend? If so, there’s a handy third-party tool I want you to keep in mind. See, some Linux distros

      • How to Install Elementary OS 6.0 (Odin) Step by Step

        Finally, the wait is over! The much-awaited Elementary OS 6.0 “Odin” is now available for download. Elementary OS enthusiasts have been waiting patiently for more than a year now after the release “Hera”, Elementary OS 5.1 in December 2019.

        Elementary OS 6.0 is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and comes packed with a lot of new and exciting features, UI improvements, performance updates along with some new apps too.Without any further wait, let’s look at all the new features along with detailed installation guide with screenshots.

      • 2 Ways to install Webmin on Rocky Linux 8 Server – Linux Shout

        Webmin is a web-based tool meant to install on a Linux server to manage it using a graphical user interface. It is open source and can be installed on popular Linux distros using few commands. It is used to administer Linux systems running without a graphical user interface (GUI) via the network, e.g. servers. This type of access is also sometimes referred to as “headless”.

      • How to Download Files from Remote Linux Servers

        The mechanism of a computer user accessing different directory files on different hard disk partitions is comparatively similar to how SSH is used to access remote machines existing under a common or different network.

      • How to Delete Empty Lines in Files Using Grep, Sed, and Awk

        An experienced Linux user knows exactly what kind of a nuisance blank lines can be in a processable file. These empty/blank lines not only get in the way of correctly processing such files but also make it difficult for a running program to read and write the file.

        On a Linux operating system environment, it is possible to implement several text manipulation expressions to get rid of these empty/blank lines from a file. In this article, empty/blank lines refer to the whitespace characters.

      • Install Linux with LVM | Opensource.com

        A couple of weeks ago, the good folks at Linux Mint released version 20.2 of their open source operating system. The installer built into the live ISO is excellent and only requires a few clicks to install the OS. You even have a built-in partitioner if you want to customize your partitions.

        The installer is mainly focused on a simple install—define your partitions and install into them. For those wanting a more flexible setup—logical volume manager (LVM) is the way to go—you benefit from setting up volume groups and define your logical volumes within them.

        LVM is a hard drive management system that allows you to create storage space across multiple physical drives. In other words, you could “tether” a few small drives together so your OS treats them as if they were one drive. Beyond that, it has the advantages of live resizing, file system snapshots, and much more. This article isn’t a tutorial on LVM (the web is full of good information on that already.) Instead, I aim to keep this page on topic and focus solely on getting Linux Mint 20.2 working with LVM.

      • JQ Command in Linux with Examples – TecAdmin

        JSON is a data representation format that is used to store and transfer data between different layers of an application; it stores data in key: value pairs.

        The syntax of JSON was derived from JavaScript but it itself is language independent. It is compatible with many programming languages; these languages include code that can be used to integrate JSON into the program; but unfortunately, we cannot work with JSON directly in Linux shell as it cannot interpret it. To work with JSON in the Linux shell we use a mixture of tools such as JQ and sed.

        In this post, we will learn to use the JQ command to manipulate and work with JSON data in a Linux shell.

      • Fix Linux mint 20 – Cannot add PPA: ”This PPA does not support focal”.

        If you are adding PPA repo in Linux mint 20.02 and getting an error Cannot add PPA: ”This PPA does not support focal”. Then follow the simple command given in the article that will solve this error.

        PPA stands for “Personal Package Archive” offered by developers and package maintainers on a service called Launchpad. The developers can upload Debian source packages into a PPA that is used by Launchpad automatically to build binary packages for different architectures and Ubuntu versions that can be used on Linux Mint as well.

        It helps beginners to installing various programs in an easy way without compiling them manually from the source code that is not included in the official package sources or only in an older version.

    • Games

      • What is SteamOS? Everything Important You Need to Know About This “Gaming Distribution”

        SteamOS is a Linux distribution from the game distribution platform Steam. It is not a generic desktop operating system like Debian, Linux Mint or Ubuntu though you could use the desktop features. By default, SteamOS gives you a console like interface because SteamOS is intended to be the operating system on Steam devices like Steam Machine (discontinued) and Steam Deck.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Hybrid work: 5 tips to build a vibrant culture | The Enterprisers Project

          For years, organizations and their managers have dictated where work should be done. COVID-19 changed that. We now know that productive work is possible outside an office, and many employees are now able to demand greater choice when it comes to working arrangements.

          While some senior managers remain skeptical, those who resist embracing the opportunities that hybrid work offers may lose key people who are looking for greater workplace autonomy.

        • Agile strategy: 3 hard truths | The Enterprisers Project

          Even before the pandemic, the concept of being more agile – i.e., able to adapt quickly to changes in the market – had been gaining serious traction in the business community. Since the term “agile” was coined about 20 years ago by people sympathetic to the need for an alternative to documentation-driven, heavyweight software development processes, people all over the world have been intrigued by the concept. Hundreds of businesses of various sizes and across a variety of verticals and countries have adopted agile frameworks like scrum in hopes of creating products and services that delight customers, speeding up their teams’ response times, creating a more collaborative work environment, increasing transparency, and much more.

          And while the road to a complete agile transformation is often paved with good intentions, implementing agility within an organization is no simple task. It requires changes that cannot be magically generated by any plug-and-play package or achieved in a few simple steps. A true lasting transformation requires time, patience, and full buy-in across the enterprise.

        • 40 years of the PC
        • Why the IBM PC Used an Intel 8088

          One of the big decisions IBM made in creating the original IBM PC was choosing to use the Intel 8088 processor as its central processing unit (CPU). This turned out to be hugely influential in establishing the Intel architecture—often called the x86 architecture—as the standard for the vast majority of the personal computer industry. But there are many stories around how the decision was made.

        • Balancing Supply And Demand For Impending Big Power10 Iron – IT Jungle

          It is always an exciting time when Big Blue is rolling out a new processor generation – well, with the exception of the Power6+, which IBM did not really talk about at all and tried to pass off as a Power6 until I figured that out. And I have to admit, IBM used the Power6+ architectural tweak and a refinement of the 65 nanometer chip manufacturing process (as opposed to an expected 45 nanometer process shrink) to still cram two whole processors into a dual chip module to radically expanding the throughput performance per socket, and it was impressive at the time.

          Bringing chips to market is always tough. Always. There are always design issues and there are always manufacturing issues, and the fact that these ever-increasingly complex and ever-shrinking devices come to market at all is a bit of a miracle. A CPU socket is what we would have called an entire system (minus its main memory and storage) two decades ago. It’s amazing, and we owe the engineers of all chip designers and chip manufacturers some applause for the hard work they do and the engineering feats they pull off, always against the odds.

      • Mabox

      • Debian Family

        • The Debian Project mourns the loss of Robert Lemmen, Karl Rammer and Rogério Theodoro de Brito

          The Debian Project has lost several members of its community in the last year.

          In June 2020, Robert Lemmen passed away after a serious illness. Robert had been regularly attending the Debian Munich meetups since the early 00s and helped with local booths. He had been a Debian Developer since 2007. Among other contributions, he packaged modules for Raku (Perl6 at that time) and helped other contributors to get involved in the Raku Team. He also put effort into tracking down circular dependencies in Debian.

          Karl Rammer passed away in June 2020, after complications due to metastatic colon cancer. He had been a Debian Developer since 2001 and packaged several components of MIT’s Project Athena. He was passionate about technology and Debian, and always interested in helping others to find and promote their passions.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • MiTAC introduces Intel Elkhart Lake & Comet Lake thin Mini-ITX motherboards – CNX Software

        MiTAC has unveiled three industrial thin mini-ITX motherboards based on Elkhart Lake and Comet Lake processors with respectively MiTAC PD10EHI with a choice of low-power Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium Elkhart Lake processors, and two more powerful motherboards with MiTAC PH11CMI & PH12CMI based on up to an Intel Core i9 Comet Lake processor, and which are virtually identical except for a different chipset allowing vPro features and RAID support.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • This strange robotic fish swims like a lamprey | Arduino Blog

          Roboticists often look to nature for inspiration. That makes sense, because animals are very efficient machines, thanks to millions of years of evolution. Even our most sophisticated technology doesn’t come close to matching a common housefly. But we can get closer to mimicking nature at larger scales, as with this robot created by researchers at EPFL that does a great job of swimming like a lamprey.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Mozilla Thunderbird: Thunderbird 91 Available Now

            The newest stable release of Thunderbird, version 91, is available for download on our website now. Existing Thunderbird users will be updated to the newest version in the coming weeks.

            Thunderbird 91 is our biggest release in years with a ton of new features, bug fixes and polish across the app. This past year had its challenges for the Thunderbird team, our community and our users. But in the midst of a global pandemic, the important role that email plays in our lives became even more obvious. Our team was blown away by the support we received in terms of donations and open source contributions and we extend a big thanks to everyone who helped out Thunderbird in the lead up to this release.

            There are a ton of changes in the new Thunderbird, you can see them all in the release notes. In this post we’ll focus on the most notable and visible ones.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • OnlyOffice Desktop Editors review: All your Microsoft Office editing needs in one app

          Like most Office alternatives, OnlyOffice hews to the Microsoft ribbon interface. The tabbed toolbars are uniform across all three editors. Home is where you’ll find editing and formatting tools; Insert allows you to add images, shapes, and other elements to your document/spreadsheet/presentation; Layout tools controls page margins, orientation, and size; and so on. Each editor also includes tool tabs specific to its document type—the document editor’s References toolbar includes options for adding a table of contents, footnotes, hyperlinks, and image captions, while the spreadsheet editor has tabs dedicated to formulas, data, and pivot tables.

        • Is LibreOffice a Good Microsoft 365 Alternative for Writers?

          Most authors—especially indie authors—don’t do their writing with a large group of co-workers. They may still collaborate with others, though, but on a much smaller scale. That could be worked out without having to pay for upgraded levels of Microsoft 365.

          Read on to see why I believe LibreOffice is a viable alternative for Microsoft 365 for most indie authors.

      • Programming/Development

        • Code memory safety and efficiency by example | Opensource.com

          C is a high-level language with close-to-the-metal features that make it seem, at times, more like a portable assembly language than a sibling of Java or Python. Among these features is memory management, which covers an executing program’s safe and efficient use of memory. This article goes into the details of memory safety and efficiency through code examples in C and a code segment from the assembly language that a modern C compiler generates.

          Although the code examples are in C, the guidelines for safe and efficient memory management are the same for C++. The two languages differ in various details (e.g., C++ has object-oriented features and generics that C lacks), but these languages share the very same challenges with respect to memory management.

        • 0x0G CTF: gRoulette (Author Writeup)

          gRoulette is a simplified Roulette game online. Win enough and you’ll get the flag. The source code is provided, and the entire thing is run over a WebSocket connection to the server.

        • David Tomaschik: 0x0G CTF: Authme (Author Writeup)

          0x0G is Google’s annual “Hacker Summer Camp” event. Normally this would be in Las Vegas during the week of DEF CON and Black Hat, but well, pandemic rules apply. I’m one of the organizers for the CTF we run during the event, and I thought I’d write up solutions to some of my challenges here.

          The first such challenge is authme, a web/crypto challenge. The description just wants to know if you can auth as admin and directs you to a website. On the website, we find a link to the source code, to an RSA public key, and a login form.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Session switching with the tmux menu

            I thought that using a context menu like this to present a list of sessions to switch to would be fun and teach me more about the display-menu command. Basically I just wanted to have the menu display the sessions I had, and when I’d selected one, switch me to it. So, this is what I did.

        • Java

          • Parse command options in Java with commons-cli | Opensource.com

            When you enter a command into your terminal, whether it’s to launch a GUI app or just a terminal app, there are often options (sometimes called switches or flags) you can use to modify how the application runs. This is a standard set by the POSIX specification, so it’s useful for a Java programmer to know how to detect and parse options.

  • Leftovers

    • The Finders: Harmless Cult or CIA-Linked Child Traffickers? A Discussion with Elizabeth Vos
    • Jake Paul will not face federal charges after FBI raid

      These particular legal troubles began when Paul was filmed in and around a mall in Scottsdale, AZ, which was being looted in the wake of police brutality protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd. Paul denied participating in the looting (and wasn’t seen doing so in the videos that circulated on social media), but was still charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly by the Scottsdale Police Department.

    • Science

      • NASA blames the wrong kind of Martian rock for Perseverance sample failure • The Register

        Mars rover Perseverance failed in its first attempt to collect a sample of rock from the Red Planet because the material crumbled to dust, NASA scientists have said.

        Last week, the nuke-powered science lab extended its robotic arm to bore 7cm into the seemingly hard surface, gather a core of material, and bottle it in a sample tube. Although its equipment appeared to be working fine, Perseverance came up empty handed.

    • Hardware

      • The ‘Itanic’—Intel’s ill-fated Itanium processor—finally sinks | Network World

        After two decades of failure and endless jokes, the Intel Itanium is officially no more. Intel has finally stopped shipping its doomed-from-the-start 64-bit processor, two years after saying it would cease shipments.

        Really, the end came some time ago. The last Itaniums were the 9000 series “Kittson,” which shipped in 2017. It’s a bane of technology firms to support technologies they would much rather ditch but can’t due to customer investment, and for years Intel was obligated to support the paltry market that existed for Itanium.


        The project was dubbed “Itanic” for the amount of cash being spent on it, its ambition, and the disaster that followed.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • Russia sees record number of daily coronavirus deaths amid spike in cases

        Russia’s coronavirus headquarters reported 808 deaths over the past day on the morning of August 12, marking a pandemic record.

      • Can Covid Survivors Become a New Political Force?

        When I log in to Zoom on a Thursday night in mid-July, the three dozen other participants are talking about honeymoons. Kevin, one of the people on the call, recently got married and is planning his. Their ages and races run the gamut; some are sitting on couches, a few with dogs next to them, while others sit in home office chairs.

      • US Could Fund Vaccines for Whole World by Taxing Billionaires’ COVID-Era Profits
      • Opinion | War, Herbicides, and Moral Disengagement

        And the least secret agent of all . . . Agent Orange!

      • Trump Politicized Basic COVID Safety Measures. It’s Still Killing Us.
      • One-Time 99% Tax on Billionaires’ Pandemic Profits Could Fund Vaccines for the Entire World

        A one-time 99% tax on billionaires’ massive pandemic wealth gains would raise enough revenue to pay for coronavirus vaccines for every adult on Earth—and provide each of the hundreds of millions of unemployed workers around the world with a $20,000 cash grant.

        “Governments need to tax the rich for us to stand any chance of reversing the inequality crisis we’re in.”—Njoki Njehu, Fight Inequality Alliance

      • Rand Paul Just Disclosed That His Wife Bought COVID Drug Stock in February 2020
      • ‘Rand Paul Must Resign’: Republican’s Wife Bought Stock in Company Behind Covid Drug in Feb. 2020

        Sixteen months after Congress’ 45-day reporting deadline, Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday disclosed that his wife bought stock in the pharmaceutical company that makes remdesivir, an antiviral drug used to treat Covid-19, on February 26, 2020—weeks after the Trump administration briefed the Senate Health Committee, of which the Kentucky Republican is a member, on the coronavirus but before the public had been made fully aware of its danger.

        A spokesperson for Paul told the Washington Post that “the senator attended no briefings on Covid-19… [and] completed a reporting form for his wife’s investment last year but learned only recently, while preparing an annual disclosure, that the form had not been transmitted.”

      • My Kids’ School Won’t Reinstate Masks Despite a Recent Surge in COVID Cases. Here’s What I Chose to Do.

        My second grader’s almond-shaped brown eyes widened over the doubled-up N95 and cloth masks I’d instructed her and her older sister to wear that day. There, in the foyer of her school, stood her unmasked principal, greeting the hundreds of families who were flocking to a July 29 open house.

        We passed by the front office staff, also mostly unmasked. In the crowds we observed, there were as many unmasked parents and children as masked ones.

      • As Delta Variant Drives Surge in New Cases, History Shows It Could Get Worse Before It Gets Better

        More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, over 3.5 million people have died around the world, including nearly 500,000 in the United States. Historian and writer John Barry says the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus was a predictable development based on how previous pandemics have developed. “This is not unusual, what we’re going through,” he says. “The question is whether the next variant is going to be even more transmissible and possibly more virulent, or whether it’s going to be toned down.” He says it’s likely that people will continue to need booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines in the months and years to come.

      • “There Just Isn’t Enough Supply”: Vaccine Gap Between Rich & Poor Countries Fuels Indonesia’s COVID Crisis

        As the World Health Organization warns over 100 million more people will be infected with COVID-19 by early next year as the Delta variant continues to rapidly spread, we look at Indonesia, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Asia. Over the past 28 days, Indonesia has recorded 43,000 deaths, more than anywhere else in the world. More than half of the deaths have occurred in the past two months as the Delta variant overwhelmed hospitals across the country. Sana Jaffrey, director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta, says the public debate is largely focused on whether to protect public health or allow economic activity to continue. “It is unfair that we are still stuck in this discussion when, in Western countries, people are getting vaccinated or choosing not to get vaccinated,” Jaffrey says. “Indonesia is not able to break out of this trap of these two options because there just isn’t enough supply of vaccines in the country.” We also speak with Dr. Dicky Budiman, an Indonesian epidemiologist, who says it’s important to combine vaccination with other measures such as testing, tracing and isolation. “We have to combine the strategies,” he says.

      • “First World White Privilege”: Indian Journalist Slams U.S. Anti-Vaxxers as World’s Poor Lack Access

        The official COVID-19 death toll in India is reported to be around 429,000, but many researchers believe it is at least five times higher. India experienced a devastating wave of infections in April and May, and less than 10% of the population has been fully vaccinated. “When we watch what’s happening in the U.S. … it is astounding that people who have access to vaccines are choosing not to get jabbed,” says Barkha Dutt, an award-winning Indian television journalist and author. “It’s anti-science. It’s self-indulgent. It’s a very First World white privilege.”

      • Metabolism peaks at age one and tanks after 60, study finds

        The study, of 6,400 people, from eight days old up to age 95, in 29 countries, suggests the metabolism remains “rock solid” throughout mid-life.

        It peaks at the age of one, is stable from 20 to 60 and then inexorably declines.

      • Metabolism in adulthood does not slow as commonly believed, study finds

        Researchers found that metabolism peaks around age 1, when babies burn calories 50 percent faster than adults, and then gradually declines roughly 3 percent a year until around age 20. From there, metabolism plateaus until about age 60, when it starts to slowly decline again, by less than 1 percent annually, according to findings published Thursday in the journal Science.

      • Amazon delays return to office work until 2022 at the earliest • The Register

        Amazon has delayed staff returning to its offices around the world from September this year to January 2022, as the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus continues to spread.

        “As we continue to closely watch local conditions related to COVID-19, we are adjusting our guidance for corporate employees in the U.S. and other countries where we had previously anticipated that employees would begin coming in regularly the week of Sept. 7,” the online bazaar said on Thursday. “We are now extending this date to Jan. 3, 2022. Our return-to-office timeline will vary globally in accordance with local conditions.”

      • Facebook now says it won’t recall staff to its offices until 2022 due to delta variant
    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • The Massive Army of Volunteers That Built AOL in the 90s

          Whatever the case, during the 1980s and 1990s, it was very common for many online networks to rely on the unpaid services of their users to help onboard or support others within their communities, a role that would later be taken on instead by paid individuals.

        • Ransomware attacks increased by 64% in last one year: Report [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Barracuda, a cloud-enabled security solutions provider, in its latest Threat Spotlight, analysed 121 ransomware incidents between August 2020 and July 2021.

          They found many attacks are being led by a handful of high-profile ransomware gangs.

        • Why No HTTPS? The 2021 Version

          More than 3 years ago now, Scott Helme and I launched a little project called Why No HTTPS? It listed the world’s largest websites that didn’t properly redirect insecure requests to secure ones. We updated it December before last and pleasingly, noted that more websites than ever were doing the right thing and forcing browsers down the secure path. That’s the good news, the bad news is that there are still some really wacky, unexplainable anti-HTTPS views out there, but those voices are increasingly less relevant as the browsers march forward: [...]

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • The control plane has landed

                That’s what Upbound, the company behind the open source Crossplane project (now donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) in full) thinks.

        • Security

          • All your DNS were belong to us: AWS and Google Cloud shut down spying vulnerability

            Until February this year, Amazon Route53′s DNS service offered largely unappreciated network eavesdropping capabilities. And this undocumented spying option was also available at Google Cloud DNS and at least one other DNS-as-a-service provider.

          • Black Hat security conference returns to Las Vegas – complete with hacks to quiet the hotel guest from hell • The Register

            After a year off due to a certain virus, the Black Hat and DEF CON security conferences returned to Las Vegas last week, just in time for the US government’s attempts to foster more collaboration across the infosec industry.

            The newly appointed Security Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency Jen Easterly took to the virtual Black Hat stage last week (although there was a limited and well-spaced physical conference this year) and announced the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), which she claimed would be a true public/private partnership to try to lock down security incidents by sharing data and skills.

          • A Critical Random Number Generator Flaw Affects Billions of IoT Devices

            A critical vulnerability has been disclosed in hardware random number generators used in billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices whereby it fails to properly generate random numbers, thus undermining their security and putting them at risk of attacks.

          • What are Command Injection vulnerabilities?

            Command injection vulnerabilities are probably one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities that can happen in an application.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Why Data-Sharing Mandates Are the Wrong Way To Regulate Tech

              For example, take-out apps such as GrubHub and UberEats have grown into a hundred-billion-dollar industry over the past decade, and received a further boost as many sit-down restaurants converted to only take-out during the pandemic. Small businesses are upset, in part, that these companies are collecting and monetizing data about their customers.

              Likewise, ride-sharing services have decimated the highly-regulated taxi industry, replacing it with a larger, more nebulous fleet of personal vehicles carrying passengers around major cities. This makes them harder to regulate and plan around than traditional taxis. Alarmed municipal transportation agencies feel that they do not have the tools they need to monitor and manage ride-sharing.

              A common thread runs through these emerging industries: massive volumes of sensitive personal data. Yelp, Grubhub, Uber, Lyft, and many more new companies have inserted themselves in between customers and older, smaller businesses, or have replaced those businesses entirely. The new generation of tech companies collect more data about their users than traditional businesses ever did. A restaurant might know its regular customers, or keep track of its best-selling dishes, but Grubhub can track each user’s searches, devices, and meals at restaurants across the city. Likewise, while traditional taxi services may have logged trip times, origins, and destinations, Uber and Lyft can link each trip to a user’s real-world identity and track supply and demand in real time.

            • It’s Time for Google to Resist Geofence Warrants and to Stand Up for Its Affected Users

              The Fourth Amendment requires authorities to target search warrants at particular places or things—like a home, a bank deposit box, or a cell phone—and only when there is reason to believe that evidence of a crime will be found there. The Constitution’s drafters put in place these essential limits on government power after suffering under British searches called “general warrants” that gave authorities unlimited discretion to search nearly everyone and everything for evidence of a crime.

              Yet today, Google is facilitating the digital equivalent of those colonial-era general warrants. Through the use of geofence warrants (also known as reverse location warrants), federal and state law enforcement officers are routinely requesting that Google search users’ accounts to determine who was in a certain geographic area at a particular time—and then to track individuals outside of that initially specific area and time period.

              These warrants are anathema to the Fourth Amendment’s core guarantee largely because, by design, they sweep up people wholly unconnected to the crime under investigation.

            • The Tiny Nation of Luxembourg Slaps Amazon with the Biggest GDPR Fine Yet: Nearly $900 Million

              In six weeks, more than 12,000 people signed up to the joint legal actions, which were submitted on 28 May 2018 against Facebook, Google (separate actions for Gmail, YouTube, and Google Search), Apple, Amazon and LinkedIn (hyperlinks to the full legal documents can be found at the bottom of this LQDN post). As LQDN explained, because of the way that the GDPR works, the French data protection authority CNIL would pass on the joint complaints to the relevant authorities. LQDN expected most of them would go to the Irish Data Protection Commission, while the one against Amazon would end up with the authorities in Luxembourg, which is where the company has its European headquarters. In fact, CNIL imposed directly a fine of 50 million euros (about $57 million) on Google in January 2019, as this blog reported. At the time, this was the highest penalty imposed under the still-new GDPR, but LQDN wrote that it hoped this was just the start of a series of even larger fines:

            • [Older] ABC puts off compulsory registration for iview service

              The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has postponed by at least six months its move to introduce compulsory registration for its online iview service from 1 July onwards.

              An ABC spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday that the company, which is a fully taxpayer-funded entity, had intended to introduce the mandatory registration during July and August.

              “[We] decided to slow things down to ensure our audiences understand the benefits they will receive from creating an ABC account and the ways we manage and protect their personal information,” the spokesperson added.

            • $2.15 For Privacy Violations: Google+ Class Action Members Receiving Payout
            • Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users’ devices for banned content, warns professor • The Register

              Apple infamously refuses to talk to The Register, so asking it to comment on this is a fruitless exercise.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Antiwar Group Blocks Entry to Raytheon Facility to Protest Killing of Civilians
      • Anti-War Group Blocks Entrance to Raytheon Facility to Protest US Killing of Civilians Worldwide

        A group of anti-war activists blockaded the entrances to a Raytheon facility in Portsmouth, Rhode Island on Thursday morning to protest the role the weapons-maker plays in the killing of civilians in Yemen, the occupied Palestinian territories, and elsewhere around the world.

        The demonstration was organized and live-streamed on Facebook by Resist and Abolish the Military Industrial Complex (RAM INC) and The FANG Collective, a direct-action organization based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Watch the stream here.

      • Taliban seize key provincial capital of Ghazni near Kabul

        The Taliban captured a provincial capital near Kabul on Thursday, the 10th the insurgents have taken over a weeklong blitz across Afghanistan as the US and NATO prepare to withdraw entirely from the country after decades of war.

      • Mali violence threatens country’s survival

        Rapidly spreading violence in Mali is threatening the State’s very survival, the UN independent expert on the human rights situation in the country said on Friday.

        At the end of an 11-day official visit, Alioune Tine recounted stories of increasing extrajudicial executions, civilian kidnappings and gang rapes, saying that the “serious and continuing deterioration of the security situation has exceeded a critical threshold”.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Third, Oh Really? ABC News swallows Coalition data spin

        ABC News is showing its extensive audience that growth in gross domestic product (GDP) currently ranks third in the world. The ABC knows this is false. Yet this “news” is still visible on the ABC’s website. Alan Austin reports on another case of politically compromised data.

    • Environment

      • ‘The Lorax’ Warned Us 50 Years Ago, But We Didn’t Listen

        “He wanted a book that captured the effects of pollution on ecosystems and I would say it was really ahead of its time,” says anthropologist and evolutionary biologist Nathaniel Dominy, who teaches at Dartmouth. “The different species disappear from the narrative in succession,” he notes. “The Bar-ba-loots leave because they run out of food. The Swomee-Swans leave because the air is polluted. The humming fish leave because the water’s polluted. He’s describing what we would now call a ‘trophic cascade,’ and for me, as a scientist, I just find that genius that he anticipated that concept by a decade or more.”

        While it might be a children’s book, The Lorax’s ominous message of what happens when you harvest nature to death made it an icon of the environmental movement, spawning movie and stage adaptations not to mention a gazillion school projects.

      • Coverage of the “Code Red” Climate Report Was Good. Here’s How to Sustain It.

        This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration cofounded by The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

      • Ancient sea level rises may have been fairly minimal

        Maybe ancient sea level rises were not so dramatic. But they’d still have been pretty frightening.

      • CO2 Storage Plans Risk Leaving Future Generations with ‘Carbon Bombs’, Energy Expert Warns

        By Tracy Keeling

        Developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) capacity is a key feature of the UK’s strategy to reduce emissions and hit its climate targets. And as the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted, emissions pathways that limit global warming to 2°C or below generally assume that some form of carbon dioxide removal, such as CCS, is necessary, alongside reducing emissions.

        Stay up to date with DeSmog news and alerts

      • Opinion | Our Not-So-Slow-Motion Apocalypse

        Admittedly, I hadn’t been there for 46 years, but old friends of mine still live (or at least lived) in the town of Greenville, California, and now… well, it’s more or less gone, though they survived. The Dixie Fire, one of those devastating West Coast blazes, had already “blackened” 504 square miles of Northern California in what was still essentially the (old) pre-fire season. It would soon become the second-largest wildfire in the state’s history. When it swept through Greenville, much of downtown, along with more than 100 homes, were left in ashes as the 1,000 residents of that Gold Rush-era town fled.

      • Sicily Reports Highest Temp Ever Recorded in Europe as Wildfires Scorch Mediterranean

        As wildfires swept through the Italian island of Sicily, fueled by an extreme heatwave, officials in one city recorded a Wednesday recorded what is believed to be the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe.

        Local meteorologists in Siracusa reported that temperatures reached 48.8ºC or 119.8ºF, breaking the continent’s previous record of 118.4ºF, which was set in 1977 in Athens. 

      • Opinion | Consumerism, Inequality, and the Climate Crisis

        Is it possible to build a society where people have enough to live well and also feel that they have enough? Or are we doomed as a species to stay on the hedonic treadmill that keeps us wanting more consumer goods, even as we destroy the natural world to get those things? Are we doomed to make ourselves miserable trying to make ourselves happy? 

      • Chomsky: Biden’s “Radical” Proposals Are Minimum Measures to Avoid Catastrophe
      • Energy

        • After Decades, Oil Giant Shell Agrees to Pay $111 Million for Destruction in Nigeria

          Following decades of protests and demands over the damage done, Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday finally agreed to pay $111 million for oil spills that have polluted Nigerian communities for more than a half-century.

          “They ran out of tricks and decided to come to terms.”—Lucius Nwosa, lawyer for Ejama-Ebubu community

        • Crude estimates Russian scientists say Black Sea oil spill is 400 times larger than pipeline consortium reported

          An oil spill off Russia’s Black Sea coast has contaminated an area at least 400 times bigger than initially estimated, scientists say. The spill took place on Saturday, August 7, at a Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) oil terminal near the port city of Novorossiysk. The CPC, which pumps in oil from Kazakhstan, addressed the spill two days later, claiming that an equipment breakdown caused 12 cubic meters of oil (12,000 liters) to spread over 200 square meters (2,153 square feet). Though the consortium claimed that the situation was “normalized” as of August 8, Russian scientists later reported that on that same day, the oil spill covered an area of 80 square kilometers (31 miles). Russia’s natural resources regulator is currently working at the site of the accident to establish just how much oil spilled into the sea. Russian investigators also opened a felony case for environmental damage.

        • Foxconn buys chip factory off Macronix in bid to break into the electric vehicle market

          Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn has purchased a chip plant for $90.8m from its compatriot, Macronix International.

          “Macronix is pleased to see the subject 6-inch wafer fab continue to make its contribution to Taiwan as Foxconn commits to have the fab be used as an important base for Foxconn to reinforce its semiconductor development plan and to meet the demand of electric vehicles,” said Miin Wu, chairman and CEO of Macronix, in a canned statement on Foxconn’s website.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • ‘Courage and Leadership’: Texas Dem Praised for 15-Hour Filibuster to Defend Democracy

        A Democratic Texas state senator on Thursday morning ended a 15-hour filibuster to oppose and delay what she called a “voter suppression” bill put forth by Republicans in the state.

        State Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) began the filibuster just before 6:00 pm local time Wednesday and stopped talking just before 9:00 am Thursday. The measure then promptly passed the measure in an 18-11 vote.

      • AIPAC Accused of ‘Putting Rep. Omar’s Life at Risk’ With New Islamophobic Ads

        A spokesperson for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar warned Wednesday that AIPAC is endangering the Minnesota Democrat’s life by running a fresh round of ads falsely accusing her of sympathizing with terrorist organizations, a claim the pro-Israel lobbying group has made and amplified repeatedly in recent years.

        “Congressional leaders must condemn AIPAC for continuing to incite Islamophobic hatred against Rep. Omar and Muslim women.”—Jaylani Hussein, Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota

      • Inspector General Urges Ethics Review at Federal Election Commission Following ProPublica Report

        The inspector general for the Federal Election Commission is calling on the agency to review its ethics policies and internal controls after a ProPublica investigation last year revealed that a senior manager openly supported Donald Trump and maintained a close relationship with a Republican attorney who went on to serve as the 2016 Trump campaign’s top lawyer.

        The report by ProPublica raised questions about the impartiality of the FEC official, Debbie Chacona, a civil servant who oversees the unit responsible for keeping unlawful contributions out of U.S. political campaigns. The division’s staffers are supposed to adhere to a strict ethics code and forgo any public partisan activities because such actions could imply preferential treatment for a candidate or party and jeopardize the commission’s credibility.

      • WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook are reportedly blocked in Zambia during its presidential election

        WhatsApp and other apps are reportedly blocked in Zambia during ongoing general elections being held in the country Thursday, according to digital rights organization Access Now and [Internet] monitor NetBlocks. The block, affecting state-owned [Internet] providers and other private networks, could be cutting off voters from a vital form of communication during a contentious election.

      • Young Afghan general takes fight against Taliban to social media

        And as the insurgents flood social media with images of surrendering Afghan soldiers and snap selfies with locals, the young general is also using Twitter and Facebook as a slick public relations tool in the fight against the hardline Islamists.

        He and the 20,000 men under his command in the Maiwand 215th Corps have garnered thousands of followers, with their Twitter accounts awash with images of the general among the troops, posing for selfies with young civilians and meeting local shopkeepers.

      • Facebook’s Attack on Research is Everyone’s Problem

        Taken as a whole, Facebook’s sordid war on Ad Observer and accountability is a perfect illustration of how the company warps the narrative around user rights. Facebook is framing the conflict as one between transparency and privacy, implying that a user’s choice to share information about their own experience on the platform is an unacceptable security risk. This is disingenuous and wrong.

        This story is a parable about the need for data autonomy, protection, and transparency—and how Competitive Compatibility (AKA “comcom” or “adversarial interoperability”) should play a role in securing them.

      • Shopping for legislation? Why Utah’s part-time Legislature may be vulnerable.

        At ALEC, a national conservative organization that’s been criticized for matchmaking state and local policymakers with corporate interests, you will find a few speciality government software providers staffing tables, but mostly people are there to sell ideas. Legislation. From opponents of human trafficking to proponents of legalizing sex trade, leading conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and fresh local upstarts such as Utah’s own libertarian Libertas Institute.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • California dad killed his kids over QAnon and ‘serpent DNA’ conspiracy theories, feds claim

        A missing person’s report was filed Sunday, and officers asked her to use Apple’s Find My iPhone feature to see whether she could find Coleman, the complaint said. The program showed Coleman’s last known location in Rosarito, Mexico, it said.

      • Man says he killed his kids over QAnon conspiracy theories and “serpent DNA,” fearing they’d become “monsters”

        Coleman was detained at the border checkpoint, where during an interview with an FBI agent “he explained that he was enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories and was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife, A.C., possessed serpent DNA and had passed it on to his children,” according to the affidavit.

      • Bay Area woman reportedly admits she helps run site hugely popular in anti-vaccine circles

        Or, as Logically explains: “If you give everyone in the U.S. a lollipop and then publish data about how many of them die within 24 hours, you may create the false impression that lollipops are dangerous. The key thing to remember is that correlation does not mean causation, and until a link has been proven, such assumptions can be dangerous.”

        Instead of providing this critical context, OpenVAERS emphasizes raw numbers of reports. The homepage blares at readers that over 12,000 people have died after receiving a COVID vaccine. There is no evidence those deaths were directly caused by the vaccine, and the site does not also show that 350 million doses of the vaccine have been administered across the nation.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Zambia may shut down [Internet] during voting period if Zambians fail to correctly use cyber space-Malupenga

        The government has admitted that it may shut down the [Internet] if Zambians fail to correctly use cyberspace during this year’s election. Lusaka Times last week exclusively revealed that the government has resolved to shut down the [Internet] from Thursday, the voting day until Sunday, a day after vote-counting is are expected to be concluded

        Government through Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga immediately issued a statement dismissing the report and described it as malicious.

      • Social media and messaging apps restricted in Zambia on election day

        The legal status of planned or potential election-period [Internet] restrictions in Zambia is disputed. A week prior to the elections, word spread of potential government plans to shut down [Internet] service during the elections. Authorities initially rejected the claims.

      • China is banning karaoke songs that endanger national unity

        China will create a “blacklist” of karaoke songs, banning those that contain “harmful content” from entertainment venues.

        According to interim rules outlined by the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, karaoke must not endanger national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity, incite ethnic hatred or undermine ethnic unity, promote cults or superstition or violate the state’s religious policies.

        Songs must also not encourage obscenity, gambling, violence, drug-related activities or crime, nor should they insult or slander others, the ministry said

      • Naughty karaoke is China’s next tech crackdown target
    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • A Day in the Death of British Justice

        I sat in Court 4 in the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday with Stella Moris, Julian Assange’s partner. I have known Stella for as long as I have known Julian. She, too, is a voice of freedom, coming from a family that fought the fascism of Apartheid. Today, her name was uttered in court by a barrister and a judge, forgettable people were it not for the power of their endowed privilege.

      • Julian Assange Could Be Extradited to the US

        The United States was, however, blocked from appealing the judge’s conclusions based on the medical evidence presented at trial. Specifically, the United States wanted to argue that evidence from a defense witness should have been deemed inadmissible or granted little weight, and that the judge erred when assessing Assange’s risk of suicide. After today’s ruling, prosecutors will be able to raise those issues as well. An appeal hearing is scheduled for October 27 and is set to take two days.

        Thanks to the 2003 US-UK extradition treaty, the United States is represented by UK prosecutors, with the British people footing the bill. This is in addition to the millions the UK spent surveilling the Ecuadorian embassy where Assange sought refuge for seven years.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The Long History of American Cruelty

        At the heart of Adam Serwer’s The Cruelty Is the Point: The Past, Present and Future of Trump’s America is a sustained attempt to pinpoint the ideological and social currents that brought Trump to the White House. There are, of course, conflicting interpretations of what constitutes the essential appeal of Trumpism. Some prioritize economic factors, like white working-class reactions to expanding income inequality. Others look to geopolitics and see a decade-long global disillusionment with democracy that has given rise to the election of right-wing nationalist leaders around the world. Still others point to philosophical explanations, such as the rise of the “post-truth society,” in which propaganda, social media, and rampant conspiracy have replaced research, expertise, and objective truth when it comes to explaining the election of Trump in 2016. Although Serwer is mindful of some of the explanations, his book—which is primarily composed of essays he wrote covering the Trump presidency as a staff writer at The Atlantic—offers a historical and cultural explanation for Trumpism. In particular, he defends a “backlash thesis” in which Trumpism must be seen as the white supremacist reaction to a segment of society’s cultural and political decline.1

      • Abolishing Police Surveillance In NYC: Will Transparency Help Or Make It Harder?
      • House’s Hyde Amendment Vote Advances Abortion Justice and Racial Equity
      • Right-Wing Cop-Bashing Didn’t Start With Trump

        For the past year and  a half, a large part of the schism between left and right in US politics has been on the question of policing. The Black Lives Matter protests that erupted last year after the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd affirmed the idea that a radical overhaul of policing was a central platform of the anti-racist left. Solidarity with police, summed up in the phrase “blue lives matter,” has become a rallying call for the right against rising left-wing criticism of police (Boston Globe, 11/1/20), particularly the movement to “defund police” by transferring resources to agencies that are better suited to meet community needs.

    • Monopolies

      • A New Bill Would Protect Indie Video Game Developers and App Developers

        The Open App Markets Act sets out a platform competition policy that embodies a few basic ideas: the owner of an app store should not be allowed to control the prices that app developers can set on other platforms, or to prevent independent developers from communicating with their customers about discounts and other incentives. App store owners should not be able to require developers to use the store owner’s own in-app payment systems. And app store owners who also control the operating system they run on won’t be allowed to restrict customers from using alternative app stores.

        Importantly, the bill would cover app stores with 50 million or more US users, which includes not just the Apple and Google app stores but also the largest online game stores.

        The high-profile case of Epic Games vs Apple has drawn attention to practices such as Apple’s 30% commission on app sales and in-app purchases and its gag rule on advertising lower prices out of the App Store, but Apple is not alone here. Valve, the owners of the Steam platform for PC gaming, has been accused of similar practices in an ongoing antitrust lawsuit by Wolfire Games and a group of Steam users.

      • Party Like It’s 1979: The OG Antitrust Is Back, Baby!

        To a casual reader, this may seem like a dry bit of industrial policy, but woven into the new order is a revolutionary idea that has rocked the antitrust world to its very foundations.

        US antitrust law has three pillars: the Sherman Act (1890), the Clayton Act (1914), and the FTC Act (1914). Beyond their legal text, these laws have a rich context, including the transcripts of the debates that the bills’ sponsors participated in, explaining why the bills were written. They arose as a response to the industrial conglomerates of the Gilded Age, and their “robber baron” leaders, whose control over huge segments of the economy gave them a frightening amount of power.

        Despite this clarity of intent, the True Purpose of Antitrust has been hotly contested in US history. For much of that history, including the seminal breakup of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil in 1911, the ruling antitrust theory was “harmful dominance.” That’s the idea that companies that dominate an industry are potentially dangerous merely because they are dominant. With dominance comes the ability to impose corporate will on workers, suppliers, other industries, people who live near factories, even politicians and regulators.

      • China plans laws for ‘healthy’ development of tech companies

        The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the nation’s State Council have sketched out a direction for new regulation of its technology industry – and indeed the entire nation.

        An Implementation Outline for the Construction of a Government under the Rule of Law, published in full in State-controlled organ Xinhua offers the formulation by which the Communist Party of China intends to govern between now and 2025.

      • Patents

        • FOSS Patents: Fortress-funded VoiceAge EVS recently won German patent injunction against HMD and apparently settled with Apple

          This here is a follow-up to both yesterday’s post on VLSI Technology inching closer to a final (though appealable) judgment against Intel and earlier reports on VoiceAge EVS v. Apple. Both VLSI Technology and VoiceAge EVS are funded by Fortress Investment.

          The Mannheim Regional Court confirmed to me today that VoiceAge EVS won a case against HMD (which makes phones and has a license to the Nokia trademark for that purpose) on July 23 over EP2707687 on a “transform-domain codeblock in a CELP coder and decoder” (case no. 7 O 116/19; the Presiding Judge of the Seventh Civil Chamber in Mannheim is Judge Dr. Peter Tochtermann).

        • Dynamic IP Deals subsidiary, AuthWallet, patent challenged

          On July 23, 2021, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 9,292,852, owned by AuthWallet, LLC, an NPE and subsidiary of Dynamic IP Deals. The ’852 generally relates to transaction processing services. It is currently being asserted against CitiGroup, Square, and American Express.

        • Software Patents

      • Copyrights

        • Applications for the 2021 CC Global Summit Access Fund are open now

          Over the years, Creative Commons has built a diverse and globally representative Summit audience by dedicating resources to increasing diversity and accessibility. This year being virtual is no different – we are pleased to offer the Summit Access Fund to tackle accessibility issues in the virtual space. 

        • Jake Paul Fight Piracy: Judge Dismisses Triller’s Main Lawsuit, Others On The Brink

          A court in the United States has dismissed Triller’s original lawsuit that targeted a site alleged to have pirated the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight. In another lawsuit, Triller failed to inform a court that an investigation was underway and faces a case dismissal. In another, Triller faces dismissal due to lack of prosecution.

        • ThePirateBay.com Goes Up For Sale, But Renting is an Option Too

          ThePirateBay.com has been listed for sale this week. The domain was bought at an auction last year after The Pirate Bay team accidentally let it expire. The buyer initially planned to turn it into a legal download portal but that never got off the ground. They’re now willing to let it go for $38,000, but interested parties can rent it too.

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