[Meme] Skinny Dipping Double-Dippers

Posted in Europe, Patents at 11:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Den of naked nepotism for imposters and political animals who study how to cheat the system while staying out of jail

I'm also in uni; Yeah, I'm in CEIPI

Summary: António Campinos and Mr. Emruli may have some subject for conversation; Campinos left CEIPI at the hands of the thug who gave him (and his many friends) jobs with a total worth of several millions of euros per year despite a lack of required qualifications, including a basic knowledge/understanding of patents

Links 17/8/2021: Go 1.17, Git 2.33, Tesseract 5.0

Posted in News Roundup at 10:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • The Best 13-Inch Laptops of 2021

        Furthermore, the ThinkPad X1 Nano is Ubuntu Linux certified so you can run many different Linux operating systems (OSes) on the X1 including Ubuntu, Pop!_OS, Debian and a host of other Windows alternatives.

    • Server

      • Transform Your Phone into A Portable Mini Workstation to Manage Your Servers!

        ​This guide will make your remote work life a lot easier by transforming your phone into a portable workstation. It helps me a lot in my day-to-day remote work activities, and so I really wanted to share how I did it with you!

        But before I start with the technical details, please allow me to share a few thoughts about the transformational shifts in remote work in these changing times.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Tesseract 5.0 OCR Engine Bringing Faster Performance With “Fast Floats”

        Tesseract as the leading open-source optical character recognition (OCR) engine that employs neural networks for converting images/scans of text into actual recognized text is nearing its 5.0 release.

        The Tesseract 5.0 Alpha has been available since the end of last year while marked this weekend was the first beta of Tesseract 5.0. Earlier Tesseract 5.0 Alpha releases have brought improved performance, support for Apple Silicon, build system improvements, an overhaul to its public API, and a lot of code improvements.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to install OnlyOffice 6.3 on your Linux PC

        OnlyOffice 6.3 is out, and with it comes new exciting features. These features include new light/dark themes, password-protected documents, support for fractional scaling, and much more. Here’s how to get it working on your Linux system.

      • Usermod Command in Linux – ByteXD

        The usermod command allows us to modify an existing user account.

      • How to install Funkin’ The Gacha Mod on a Chromebook

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

      • Retroarch for Android: The Complete Guide – Make Tech Easier

        For years, Retroarch has been the indomitable platform of choice for discerning emulation connoisseurs on PC. If you’ve downloaded Retroarch and don’t know your core from your content or just want to know which cores are best for running your favorite console games, read this Retroarch for Android guide for the instructions.

      • A beginner’s guide to Kubernetes

        This guide will introduce you to how Kubernetes works and how to get started with Kubernetes.

      • How to send Processes to the Background on Linux – VITUX

        While using any operating system, there can be multiple processes running on it. These processes are mainly categorized as the background processes and the foreground processes. As the name says, a background process is one that runs silently in the background without requiring any human intervention. On the other hand, a foreground process is the one that we can actually see and interact with continuously. We can even send a process to the background or bring a process to the foreground as per our needs and to know how this can be done, you will have to go through this article.

      • How To Install Grav CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Grav CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Grav is a modern, crazy fast, ridiculously easy, and amazingly powerful flat-file CMS. Grav uses a flat-file database for both its back-end and front-end. The main focus is on speed and simplicity instead of on integrated built-in features, which would increase the complexity of the application.

        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 Grav Content Management System 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.

      • Markdown vs reStructuredText for teaching materials – Nudged Elastic Band is my band name

        Back in summer 2017. I wrote an article explaining why we used Sphinx and reStructuredText for producing teaching materials and not a wiki. In addition to recommending Sphinx as the solution to use, it was a general praise for generating static HTML files from Markdown or reStructuredText.

        This summer I made the conversion of teaching materials from reStructuredText to Markdown. Unfortunately, the automated conversion using Pandoc didn’t quite produce the result I wanted so I ended up cooking my own Python script that converted the specific dialect of reStructuredText that was used for writing the contents of lab.miletic.net and fixing a myriad of inconsistencies in writing style that accumulated over the years.

      • How to undo Proton UI in Firefox 91 and onwards

        Firefox 91 has been released. Do you know what this means? It means you can no longer disable the Proton interface through about:config anymore. Why does this matter, you ask? Because Proton sucks. For those confused about the vehemence of my message so early on in the review, let’s recap. A while back, Mozilla announced it would change – yet again – the Firefox UI. This time around, it’s called Proton.

        I showed you what this thing looks like – and it doesn’t look good. But then, back in Firefox 89, Proton became official, you could simply toggle it off and move on with your dear life, enjoying productivity and efficiency. Now, though, this is no longer an option. So if you don’t want to put up with useless, low-contrast hipsterology, I will show you the set of changes you can use to minimize or remove the useless aspects of Proton, and go back to sane browsing. After me.

      • How to Install RockyLinux 8.4

        For the past few months, we’ve heard the news about the end of the CentOS Linux distribution project. The CentOS 8 will be the last version of the CentOS Linux project, which only gets support until the end of this year 2021. And by this time, we have a few Linux distro as an alternative of CentOS Linux 8 Stable, and among them is “Rocky Linux”.

        Rocky Linux is an open-source Linux distribution created by the Rocky Linux project, led by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of the CentOS project. It’s a fork of CentOS and designed to be 100% binary compatible with RHEL. Rocky Linux provides an enterprise-grade operating system and production-ready Linux distribution.

        In this guide, we will show you step-by-step how to install a 64-bit version of Rocky Linux 8.4 as a stand-alone server. Additionally, we will verify the installation by accessing the Rocky Linux server through SSH from another machine.

      • How to Set Up a Network Shared Folder on Ubuntu With Samba

        f you have ever wanted to easily share files on your home network across multiple operating systems, then look no further than Samba.

        This guide will show you how to set up a network shared folder on Ubuntu Linux using Samba. With the Samba server, you can easily share files on your network, regardless of whether you are using Windows, macOS, or Linux.

      • [Howto] Installing Cilium with Minikube on Fedora – /home/liquidat

        I just started with Isovalent – and since I am very much a beginner regarding everything related to Kubernetes I decided to get some hands-on experience with the technology I am going to work with for the foreseeable future.

        Isovalent’s offering is an Enterprise version of Cilium which basically manages and secures connections between containers and adds observability to it. It all runs on eBPF and thus is pretty performant. eBPF can run sandboxed programs in Linux kernel space without the need to recompile the kernel; A tiny bit like a “Kernel VM”. I always wanted to get my hands dirty with eBPF anyway, and Cilium is a very good way to approach it. But where to start? The answer is: with a small Kubernetes setup based on Minikube, a tiny Kubernetes distribution for testing and fooling around which leaves your main system almost unchanged.

      • How to Create Locally Trusted SSL Certificates with mkcert on Ubuntu 20.04

        Mkcert is a free, simple, and very useful tool that allows you to create a locally trusted certificate without buying it from the real CA. Developers usually work on the local system and it is always impossible to use the trusted certificate from CA on localhost. Mkcert allows you to manage your own certificates without any hassle.
        In this post, we will show you how to create a trusted SSL certificate for local development using Mkcert on Ubuntu 20.04.

    • Games

      • Release candidate: Godot 3.3.3 RC 2

        While we’re busy working on both the upcoming Godot 4.0 and 3.4 releases (with a dev snapshot for 3.4 beta 3 available now), we still cherry-pick important bug fixes to the 3.3 branch regularly for maintenance releases (see our release policy).

        Godot 3.3.2 was released in May, and a number of useful fixes have been queued in the 3.3 branch since then, so now’s a good time to push them in production.

        As there is no new feature and only bug fixes, this RC 2 should be as stable as 3.3.2-stable and can be used in production if you need one of the fixes it includes.

        A notable change in 3.3.2 RC 2 is that the Android builds now target API level 30 as required by Google Play, and have partial support for Android scoped storage. The minimum API level has also been increased from 18 to 19.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • A journey comes to an end

           As this year’s Google Summer of Code comes to a close, so does this series of blogposts. Since this is my last post related to GSoC I have decided to summarize my contributions to Xfce and give you a glimpse of what I’ll be working on in the foreseeable future. If you have read my previous posts, you can skip right to the end since you have already read most of the stuff that I’m going to write.


        Google Summer of Code might be ending, but my job isn’t done. I will continue working on adding a decent recursive-search. A lot of progress has been made on that front, but the performance isn’t quite there yet. Besides that, I want to give Thunar users an option to easily create Shared Thumbnail Repositories which is something that I will probably do through a new plugin.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • 9 digital transformation truths that the pandemic rewrote | The Enterprisers Project

          In the seeming blink of an eye, the pandemic changed everything: how we worked, shopped, went to school, entertained ourselves, got medical or mental health care, engaged with government agencies, and connected with friends and family. “The world shut down and everything was forced to adapt,” says MJ Johnson, managing director in the product and experience lab at business and technology consultancy West Monroe. “Every part of society was affected.”

          The pandemic has also rocked many of the core tenets of digital transformation. “With a forced change of this magnitude, we witnessed the impossible become possible,” Johnson says. “Projects that would have taken years took just weeks, business models that were dependent on being ‘in-person’ successfully pivoted to being delivered digitally, and customers ultimately adapted and found businesses that pivoted gracefully throughout the pandemic. Our assumptions and beliefs have completely changed.”

          “The result was accelerated, barrier-breaking service delivery.”

        • Building an adaptable 5G Core on an open source container platform

          5G aims to enable the delivery of highly immersive experiences for people and ultra reliable, low latency communication between devices. At the heart of each 5G network lies the 5G Core (5GC), with service providers needing to make several key decisions when building the 5G Core.

          Their platform should be able to support a wide range of use cases without adding operational complexities and cost. The proposed architecture conceives 5G Core as a set of disaggregated, cloud native applications that communicate internally and externally over well defined standard interfaces.

          Each 5GC component is implemented as a container-based application and is referred to as cloud-native network function (CNF). This requires the container platform to support functionalities and operational features like automated deployment, intelligent workload placement, dynamic scaling, hitless upgrades, and self healing.

          This post covers how to architect an open 5G Core solution with cloud-native technologies, focusing on an on-premise, stand-alone deployment approach.

      • Debian Family

        • Debian 11 “Bullseye” Now Available

          Debian is often called the “Mother of distributions,” because it is used by so many Linux variants as a base. Ubuntu is based on Debian, which is in turn used by so many developers to create other distributions, which helps to verify Debian as the mother of so many distributions. Although you might think, given Debian 10 was released in 2019, that Debian 11 would come with a massive amount of new features, don’t get too excited. Although there are a good amount of new features, the bulk of Debian 11 is updates to already-included packages.

          In total, there are 11,294 new packages and 42,821 updated packages. Those are some pretty staggering numbers, which clearly indicate the developers have been working hard to bring this new release to life.

        • Chrome OS 94 brings Debian Bullseye to Linux on Chromebooks

          Did you hear? There’s a new major update of a desktop operating system now available. No, it’s not Windows, macOS, or even Chrome OS. It’s Debian Bullseye, which is version 11 of the popular Linux platform. And Chrome OS 94 brings Debian Bullseye to Linux on Chromebooks.

          The upgrade of the Linux container on Chromebooks is still a work in progress as there are some changes the Chromium development team has yet to make. You can read about them in this bug report. But if you have a Chromebook running the Dev Channel of Chrome OS 94 as I do, you can install and use Debian Bullseye on your Chromebook.

          On the Stable Channel of Chrome OS, currently, version 92, all new Linux containers on Chromebook use Debian 10, or the Buster version. Previously, Chromebooks used Stretch, which is Debian 9.

        • Andrew Cater: Happy Birthday, Debian!

          28 today. In a video call for Debian day earlier on, I was reminiscing about the earliest distributions: MCC Interim Linux gave instructions to turn it’s final version into Debian. Debian is the second oldest Linux distribution, just behind Slackware.

          Debian 1.2 was my first Debian: my latest is, obviously, Debian Bullseye. Debian is like a family – often discordant, sometimes dysfunctional but always full of people that care and are cared for. I wish that some of my friends and colleagues no longer with us could be here to see just how well we’re doing.

        • Debian 11.0

          Today we are looking at Debian 11.0. It comes with Linux Kernel 5.10, Gnome 3.38, and uses about 1GB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

        • Debian 11.0 Run Through – Invidious

          In this video, we are looking at Debian 11.0.

        • Debian 11 Hits The Mark With New “Bullseye” Release – Invidious

          After more than two years of development, Debian 11 (codenamed “Bullseye”) has been released. Debian is a stable GNU/Linux distribution that is supported for up to five years. And Debian’s repository of software now contains an astounding 59,551 packages.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 696

          Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 696 for the week of August 8 – 14, 2021. The full version of this issue is available here.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Yes you can play Doom on this Linux-powered desk phone

        As long as there is someone asking whether or not a particular gadget will run Doom, there will be someone else who wants to prove that, yes, it will Doom. This week’s installment: an ordinary-looking office phone!

        It’s not truly an ordinary office phone — this is a CaptionCall, an accessible phone that features a large color display that can caption phone conversations in real time.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Arduino partners with Altium and the IPC Education Foundation to launch #PCBeTheChange competition | Arduino Blog

          We’re excited to announce that Arduino has partnered with Altium and the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) to launch a student electronics design challenge to engage, educate, and enhance PCB design capabilities while developing STEM solutions to environmental challenges.

          The Innovation for Environmental Change 2021 International Student Design Competition (#PCBeTheChange) encourages student teams to help address common environmental concerns using Altium’s educational tools with Arduino hardware. Teams from high schools and colleges will be using Altium’s Upverter Modular PCB design software and the Portenta H7 to create a prototype design that will improve the environment in each team’s respective local area. The students will be challenged to tackle one or more environmental concerns, such as air pollution, water quality and solar energy capture.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Events

      • PostgreSQL Database

        • PostgreSQL: pgAdmin 4 v5.6 Released

          The pgAdmin Development Team are pleased to announce pgAdmin 4 version 5.6. This release of pgAdmin 4 includes 14 bug fixes and new features. For more details please see the release notes.

          pgAdmin is the leading Open Source graphical management tool for PostgreSQL. For more information, please see the website.

        • PostgreSQL: PGO, the Crunchy Postgres Operator v5 Released: Fully Declarative Postgres

          Crunchy Data is pleased to announce the release of PGO v5, the Postgres Operator from Crunchy Data, which automates and simplifies deploying and managing open source Postgres clusters on Kubernetes and other Kubernetes-enabled Platforms.

        • PostgreSQL: pglogical 2.4.0 Now Available

          EDB announces the release of pglogical 2.4.0, the next generation in logical replication for PostgreSQL. Implemented entirely as a PostgreSQL extension, pglogical is a logical replication system that serves as a highly efficient method of replicating data as an alternative to physical replication.

        • Alter Table PostgreSQL

          PostgreSQL allows you to modify database objects such as tables, databases, schemas, group, users, and more. In this tutorial, we will focus on how you can ALTER the structure of a table.

        • Add Column PostgreSQL

          After creating databases and populating them with information, you will rarely need to alter the database structure. The recurrent thing you will do is to add or retrieve records stored in the database. However, there are rare instances where you may need to add a new column and populate it with data.

          In this guide, we will look at how to alter a PostgreSQL table and add a column.

      • Programming/Development

        • Go 1.17 is released

          Today the Go team is thrilled to release Go 1.17, which you can get by visiting the download page.

          This release brings additional improvements to the compiler, namely a new way of passing function arguments and results. This change has shown about a 5% performance improvement in Go programs and reduction in binary sizes of around 2% for amd64 platforms. Support for more platforms will come in future releases.

          Go 1.17 also adds support for the 64-bit ARM architecture on Windows, letting gophers run Go natively on more devices.

          We’ve also introduced pruned module graphs in this release. Modules that specify go 1.17 or higher in their go.mod file will have their module graphs include only the immediate dependencies of other Go 1.17 modules, not their full transitive dependencies. This should help avoid the need to download or read go.mod files for otherwise irrelevant dependencies—saving time in everyday development.

        • Go 1.17 is released

          The Go blog has announced the release of version 1.17 of the Go programming language. The new version has some fairly small changes to the language, support for the Arm 64-bit architecture on Windows, along with other features, bug fixes, and more…

        • Git v2.33.0
          The latest feature release Git v2.33.0 is now available at the
          usual places.  It is comprised of 449 non-merge commits since
          v2.32.0, contributed by 74 people, 19 of which are new faces [*].
          As can be seen here, it turns out that this release does not have
          many end-user facing changes and new features, but a lot of fixes
          and internal improvements went into the codebase during this cycle.
          Also, preparation for a new merge strategy backend (can be used with
          "git merge -sort" today) is on its final stretch and we are hoping
          that it can become the default in the next release.
          New contributors whose contributions weren't in v2.32.0 are as follows.
          Welcome to the Git development community!
            Anders Höckersten, Andrew Berry, Andy AO, Beshr Kayali,
            dorgon.chang, edef, Fabian Stelzer, Fabian Wermelinger, Gregory
            Anders, Greg Pflaum, Hu Jialun, Jason Hatton, Julian Verdurmen,
            Matthew Hughes, Michael Schindler, Reuven Y, Stephen Manz,
            Tao Klerks, and Teng Long.
          Returning contributors who helped this release are as follows.
          Thanks for your continued support.
            Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason, Alexander Shopov, Alex Henrie,
            Anders Kaseorg, Andrei Rybak, Andrzej Hunt, Atharva Raykar,
            Bagas Sanjaya, brian m. carlson, Carlo Marcelo Arenas Belón,
            Christian Couder, Christopher Diaz Riveros, Daniel Santos,
            Dennis Ameling, Denton Liu, Derrick Stolee, Đoàn Trần Công
            Danh, Elijah Newren, Emily Shaffer, Emir Sarı, Eric Sunshine,
            Eric Wong, Fangyi Zhou, Felipe Contreras, Han-Wen Nienhuys,
            Jean-Noël Avila, Jeff King, Jiang Xin, Johannes Schindelin,
            Jonathan Nieder, Jonathan Tan, Jordi Mas, Josh Steadmon, Junio C
            Hamano, Kaartic Sivaraam, Martin Ågren, Matheus Tavares, Matthew
            Rogers, Matthias Aßhauer, Nicolas Pitre, Patrick Steinhardt,
            Peter Krefting, Philippe Blain, Ralf Thielow, René Scharfe,
            Sergey Organov, Shourya Shukla, Taylor Blau, Thomas Bétous,
            Thomas Braun, Trần Ngọc Quân, Wolfgang Müller, Yi-Jyun Pan,
            ZheNing Hu, and 依云.
          [*] We are counting not just the authorship contribution but issue
              reporting, mentoring, helping and reviewing that are recorded in
              the commit trailers.
        • Git 2.33 Released With New “merge-ort” Merging For 500~9000x Speed-Up

          Git 2.33 is out this evening as the latest stable update to this immensely successful open-source distributed revision control system.

          Git 2.33 brings the latest patches around geometric repacking, “merge-ort” as a new merge strategy for handling Git merges across branches, and a number of bitmap-related optimizations. There is also the usual assortment of fixes and smaller items.

        • Maximiliano Sandoval: Introducing Lorem

          Lorem is a new design app powered by gtk4-rs and libadwaita. It generates tasteful placeholder text for your projects. It use the classic Lorem Ipsum text as the base.

        • ATOI Function in C

          The C programming language contains a collection of useful functions that we can use to perform actions in our program. One such function is the atoi function.
          The atoi function is part of the C standard library. Its primary use is to parse a string and convert its contents to the corresponding numerical value of int type.

          This tutorial will discuss how to use the atoi function to convert strings to integer values in C.

        • LLVM Clang 14 Begins Landing Intel AVX-512 FP16 Support – Phoronix

          Last month Intel began posting the developer documentation around AVX-512 FP16 support coming with Sapphire Rapids and initially accompanied by GCC compiler patches along with LLVM/Clang. While that GNU Compiler Collection support around AVX-512 FP16 has yet to be merged, the LLVM Clang support for this next iteration of AVX-512 has begun landing.

          Next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable “Sapphire Rapids” will support AVX-512 FP16 with full-speed handling of denormal FP16 values – not to be confused with AVX-512 BF16 (BFloat16) found on Cooper Lake. AVX-512 FP16 should help with deep learning models and other cases where FP32 isn’t necessary.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Security updates for Monday

            Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (c-ares, firefox, fossil, gitlab, jupyterlab, loki, lynx, opera, prosody, and vivaldi), Debian (amd64-microcode, exiv2, ffmpeg, thunderbird, and trafficserver), Fedora (libsndfile, rust-argh, rust-argh_derive, rust-argh_shared, rust-askalono-cli, rust-asyncgit, rust-bugreport, rust-crosstermion, rust-diskonaut, rust-dua-cli, rust-fancy-regex, rust-fedora-update-feedback, rust-filetreelist, rust-git-version, rust-git-version-macro, rust-gitui, rust-heatseeker, rust-jql, rust-pulldown-cmark, rust-sd, rust-shadow-rs, rust-skim, rust-textwrap, rust-tokei, rust-tui, rust-tui-react, rust-unicode-linebreak, rust-unicode-truncate, rust-urlencoding, rust-versions, rust-weezl, and zola), Mageia (dino, firefox, glibc, libvirt, mariadb, qtwebengine5, spice, sylpheed, claws-mail, and webkit2), openSUSE (grafana, kernel, libdnf, and openscad), Oracle (.NET 5.0, .NET Core 3.1, and virt:ol and virt-devel:rhel), Red Hat (compat-exiv2-026, exiv2, firefox, sssd, and thunderbird), SUSE (cpio and kernel), and Ubuntu (mariadb-10.3, mariadb-10.5).

          • How to Stop WordPress Brute Force Attacks

            Do you wish to prevent brute-force attacks on your WordPress site? These attacks can cause your website to slow down, become unreachable, or even install malware by cracking your passwords. We’ll show you how to prevent brute force attacks on your WordPress site in this article.

          • Linux glibc security fix created a nastier Linux bug

            The GNU C Library (glibc) is essential to Linux. So, when something goes wrong with it, it’s a big deal. When a fix was made in early June for a relatively minor problem, CVE-2021-33574, which could result in application crashes, this was a good thing. Unfortunately, it turned out the fix introduced a new and nastier problem, CVE-2021-38604. It’s always something!

    • Monopolies

      • Hard label: GSK edict forces generics to ‘reassess position’ [Ed: If generics save loads of lives and patents kill generics, then it means these patents kill a lot of people instead of making society better off]

        The Federal Circuit’s latest decision that Teva induced infringement has stakeholders worried that US skinny label law has been thrown out the window

      • Career series: Alicia Instone, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys [Ed: CIPA are patent extremists who lobby for illegal and utterly unconstitutional agenda, but World Intellectual Property Review helps them hijack "diversity" to whitewash their image (reputation laundering)]
      • The People’s Courts’ Judicial Protection Plan for Intellectual Property Rights (2021-2025) (Mainland China) [Ed: No, there's no such thing as "Intellectual Property" as it is not even a properly and definitely not "Rights", so one may conclude that a law degree or bar exam certifies one to tell lies without shame]
      • Patents

        • IP and R&D: Should you search before research? [Ed: Well, just another worthless activity to give lawyers a job]

          While every organisation and industry sector will have differing IP policies and R&D priorities, they each share the same challenges when it comes to considering and capturing IP. The question is: at what point should they start?

          Typically, businesses consider IP after R&D activities have yielded a conceptual technical solution. Likewise, academics, while excellent early searchers of published papers, rarely search patent literature.

          However, with much R&D activity focused on crowded technical areas, companies and academics are beginning to recognise the need to incorporate IP strategy into their R&D approach. Managed appropriately, IP can help drive and focus R&D efforts, and mitigate the risk of investing in the development of technical innovations that may unnecessarily overlap with existing prior art.

        • BEST MODE: Did You, or Are You Just Going To, Test that Invention? [Ed: In the distant past you had to actually demonstrate that some invention actually worked before receiving a patent on it; now we have some people pursing patents on science fiction]

          A patent must teach one skilled in the relevant art how to make and use the claimed invention, as required by 35 U.S.C. §112(a). The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) 608.01(p) explains that unless an invention is disclosed such that one skilled in the art will be able to practice it without undue experimentation, at least one operative example of the invention must be set forth. On July 1, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will publish a reminder to patent applicants and patent practitioners that to satisfy the enablement and written description requirement, a patent application must properly present examples in a manner that clearly distinguishes between “prophetic” examples, which describe predicted experimental results, and “working” examples, which report actual experimental results. Failure to do so raises an inequitable conduct issue related to the applicant’s duty of disclosure, as discussed in our related posts here and here.

        • FCA upholds reconsideration decision maintaining $100M+ award against Apotex for cefaclor patent infringement [Ed: Who needs to work when you can get lawyers to pull money off other people's work?]

          On July 23, 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) dismissed Apotex’s appeal of the Federal Court’s (FC) reconsideration decision on the quantum of damages owed by Apotex for its infringement of eight Eli Lilly process patents related to the antibiotic cefaclor: Apotex Inc. v. Eli Lilly and Company, 2021 FCA 149.

        • Judge Tosses Patent Infringement $308M Jury Verdict Against Apple
        • Patent Protection and Access to COVID-19 Medical Products in Developing Countries [Ed: Patents over patients because to some people a pandemic is a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to "make loads of money!"]

          Several new vaccines that have been developed for COVID-19 are patent protected. The patentees control the production, supply and pricing of these vaccines. Most people in low-income countries have been unable to access the vaccines. India and South Africa supported by a large number of developing countries have submitted a proposal to the TRIPS Council of the WTO requesting a temporary waiver to eliminate patent and other intellectual property barriers for the development, production and supply of all COVID-19 medical products. Nine months have passed since the proposal was first made in October 2020 but still no decision could be taken because of the opposition from developed countries. The disagreements essentially revolve around four issues: whether suspension of patent rights will act as a disincentive for the development of new medical products; whether patented products can be manufactured in the absence of manufacturing capacities; whether voluntary initiatives are better than a patent waiver; and whether a waiver is necessary in view of compulsory licensing and other measures which TRIPS permits. The paper briefly reviews these issues and also provides some suggestions about what developing countries can do to make COVID-19 medical products affordable and accessible.

        • Intellectual Property 101: What is a Patent? [Ed: Patents are patents and should not be mislabelled "Intellectual Property" because they're not properly, just some time-limited monopoly]

          The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) provides extensive online resources on its website. While much of the content may be directed to patent and trademark practitioners to perform filings and access regulations, some of the more general information is geared to the general public for educational and practical use. Recently, the PTO updated a general information page that includes excellent discussions of the various aspects of Intellectual Property law. This webpage is extensive, but we have reproduced some of the most relevant sections of interest.

          Some people confuse patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Although there are similarities among these kinds of intellectual property, they serve distinct purposes.

        • [GuestPost] Opinion: Patent trolling threatens the market of taxi aggregators in Kazakhstan

          Friend of the Kat and Legal Head of Delivery for Gett in Moscow, Konstantin Voropaev has been following some developments out of Kazakhstan relating to an uptick in litigation in the taxi-app space.
          Over to Konstantin for the story and his take on the developments:

          “Some may associate businesses whose primary aim is to assert patents in litigation to obtain license revenue with the Eastern District of Texas or the Unwired Planet decision in the UK, and not think about cases further afield from Marshall, Texas or London. However, many such business have been popping up in Kazakhstan. One such business appears to be that of G-Taxi, whose presence in Kazakhstan has only been made public in connection with litigation. So what is going on? Let’s start at the beginning.


          The term “patent trolling” – which can be used interchangeably with the less vivid “Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) or “Non Practicing Entity (NPE)” – is used worldwide to refer to situations when individuals or legal entities buy and issue patents in their own name, without being involved in the production and use of intellectual property. After that, the business model is that they wait until the point in time when certain technologies develop on the market to the required level of revenue and entrenchment to make licensing demands profitable. That is when these entities start demanding compensation from market players for the use of the technology. A patent or trade mark troll’s strategy consists of finding potential defendants who find it less expensive to negotiate a settlement rather than litigate.

          “Patent trolling” has been used actively since the beginning of the 1990s in the territory of the post-Soviet space, especially in Russia, when large corporations were served with several lawsuits from patent holders for already well-known and popular items. For example, in October 1999, a patent was published in Russia for the invention of the “Glass vessel”, the description of which fully corresponds to an ordinary glass bottle. The patentee tried to demand from the companies producing beer and soft drinks, licensing fees in the amount of at least 0.5% of the proceeds. That patent was canceled by the decision of the Chamber for Patent Disputes. The second well-known history of patent trolling in the Russian Federation is associated with a patent for an invention and three patents for useful models with the general name “Vehicle shock absorber”. This entrepreneur tried to get substantial sums in euros from foreign companies – manufacturers of automobile shock absorbers. Among the infringers of the entrepreneur’s patent rights were: the Japanese company Kayaba, the German company ZF Trading and the American company Gates.

        • Texas transfer pleas rise 120% – counsel reveal how to win them [Ed: People flee Afghanistan and companies flee Texas because the courts there have been taken over by hacks who think courts are for-profit corporations (with trolls as "clients")]

          The Federal Circuit has already ruled on more than twice as many transfer petitions for the Western District of Texas in 2021 as it did in 2020

        • Legal battle brewing over AI’s potential status as a ‘nonhuman inventor’ [Ed: Today's patent systems are jumping the shark because of inane buzzwords and judges who don't know what they're talking about or what patents are really for]

          If humans and only humans can be named inventors on U.S. patent applications, some AI developers are going to be disincentivized from innovating.

          Within healthcare and the life sciences, algorithms that could help save or enhance lives may never arise.

          So contends one such developer who is suing the Commerce Department’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its Office of the Undersecretary for Intellectual Property.

        • Impossible inventions [Ed: Too many fake patents on fictional 'inventions' now that the patent bars have been lowered to benefit monopolists and law firms]

          Every now and then, a patent attorney will come across an invention which seems too good to be true, for example, inventions which purport to ‘disprove’ or ‘violate’ various well-established theoretical laws of physics such as Newton’s laws of motion. These ‘impossible inventions’ are most closely associated with individual inventors who may not have the resources to experiment and prototype extensively before filing an associated patent application. In this article, we will visit three ‘impossible invention’ hearings at the UK IPO, before diving into some practical tips for those thinking of filing a patent application.

        • Entera Bio Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results [Ed: Entera does not seem to know many European Patents aren't legitimate anymore (EPC violations)]
        • Entera Bio Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Clinical Updates

          Foundational Patent Received in Europe for Platform Technology: The European Patent Office granted a patent titled “Methods and Compositions for Oral Administration of Proteins” to Entera addressing its oral PTH formulations currently in advanced clinical stages for osteoporosis and hypoparathyroidism. This patent, combined with others issued in key markets including the U.S., China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel, fortify Entera’s leadership position in the oral delivery of proteins.

        • Artificial Intelligence system as inventor in South African patent application: The case of DABUS [Ed: When you ask litigation firms and patent lawyers about so-called 'Hey Hi'...]

          Late last month, South Africa’s Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) became the first Patent Office in the world to award a patent that names an artificial intelligence as the inventor of a product. In the application by Dr Thaler, an artificial intelligence system (AI system), which has been described as a device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience (DABUS), was named as the inventor. The decision is significant considering that the applicant’s previous applications in the UK, EPO and at the USPTO were unsuccessful because DABUS was named as inventor.

          In each of these jurisdictions, the question was whether the relevant patent laws may be interpreted as permitting an AI system (i.e. a machine/device) to be named as the inventor in a patent application. This question is also relevant in the case of South Africa.

        • In a world first, South Africa grants patent to an artificial intelligence system [Ed: This is a patent CRISIS as it should the system has been hijacked by clueless judges who don't understand patents and some patent profiteers who mislead them]
        • In a world first, South Africa grants a patent listing AI as the inventor [Ed: Notice how media captured by the patent industry more or less ignores what large patent offices (e.g. UK, US, Europe) say about so-called ‘Hey Hi’ inventors’ to just make it seem like South Africa sets the standards]
        • CVC Files Opposition to ToolGen’s Substantive Preliminary Motion No. 2 [Ed: It's pretty incredible what greed does to people; Kevin E. Noonan et al still insist that patents should be granted on life, nature, genes]

          In June, Senior Party ToolGen filed its Substantive Preliminary Motion No. 2 to deny Junior Party the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Vienna; and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively, “CVC”) priority benefit to its U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/757,640, filed January 28, 2013 (“Provisional 3″), pursuant to 37 C.F.R. §§ 41.121(a)(1)(ii) and 41.208(a)(3) and Standing Order ¶ 208.4.1. CVC has filed its Opposition to this Motion.

        • Mylan Fights For Invalidity Case In Neurim Melatonin Battle [Ed: When the EPO just rushes to grant fake patents and "the European Patent Office later invalidated it."]

          Generic-drug maker Mylan has argued it shouldn’t be blocked from challenging Neurim Pharmaceuticals Ltd.’s melatonin patent just because a London court previously upheld the parent patent for the insomnia medication, as the European Patent Office later invalidated it.

          Mylan UK Healthcare Ltd. fought back in its Thursday defense filing with the High Court against Israel-based Neurim’s assertions that it shouldn’t be allowed to contest the validity of the divisional patent — derived from the parent patent — in new litigation brought by the Israeli drug developer.

Media Participates in Cover-Up — and Thus Enablement — of Rogue Representatives and Mischievous National Delegates Inside the EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 574bc31f38ff264e25185d57d8f240b1

Summary: The lack of participation by the media, which conveniently ignores almost every EPO scandal these days, has enabled a culture or recklessness and a lack of accountability, which generally breeds corruption

THE above video is longer than usual and it’s a bit of a rant about how the media treats the EPO regime. Even those who blasted Benoît Battistelli for his illegal acts are either saying nothing about António Campinos or pretending that he’s some nice guy (or that the Battistelli abuses are a thing of the past). This sort of revisionism or just outright apathy has enabled the rigged courts to persistently issue rulings in violation of the EPC (e.g. 'ViCo' or European software patents in 'simulation' clothing).

“This sort of revisionism or just outright apathy has enabled the rigged courts to persistently issue rulings in violation of the EPC…”The video goes through this article and meme. We have quite a bit more on the way.

In the meantime or meanwhile we’ve receive more input about the status quo. “Thinking about EPO coverage in the mainstream press,” an associated has told us, “it seems that one of the obstacles is the way the member state politicians exploit the EU. The local press never covers what’s going on in the EU and the member state politicians use that as cover for making problems, which they then vote through. Then after voting the problems through they go back to their country and whine that their hands are tied and that the EU is ‘forcing’ them to make problems. They have some kind of symbiosis with the mainstream press in that the early developments are never covered, except by a few outliers.”

“EPO, being the second largest institution (not in the EU though) in Europe, gains a bit of shelter from the above symbiosis, as far as I can tell.”

“Other groups of politicians seem to play on all of the above to flirt with the populist / nationalist vote and rile subpopulations up against the EU. Yet they are involved in creating the very situations they then exploit all the while pretending to be absolved of involvement in the process.”

[Meme] EPO’s Captured Nations as Bought and Paid-for Votes

Posted in Europe, Patents at 11:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Goran Gerasimovski and Safet Emruli - captured state

Summary: Goran Gerasimovski and Safet Emruli discuss EPO affairs

An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part XII: Captured Delegates on the Administrative Council?

Posted in Deception, Europe, Fraud, Patents at 11:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series index:

  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
  9. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part IX: “There Are Indications of a Violation of the Law…”
  10. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part X: A “Fall Guy” For the Deputy Minister?
  11. An EPO Administrative Council Exposé — Part XI: Captured States in the EU’s Waiting Room
  12. You are here ☞ Captured Delegates on the Administrative Council?

Elvin Lako with Safet Emruli and Goran Gerasimovski
Captured delegates? Elvin Lako (Albania) with Safet Emruli and Goran Gerasimovski (North Macedonia) attending the 2019 European Inventor boondoggle in Vienna.

Summary: António Campinos continues to enjoy ‘captured’ delegates voting for his highly controversial proposals instead of actually doing their job

By a curious irony of history, three of the West Balkan countries which have so far failed to establish their “rule of law” credentials to the satisfaction of the European Commission have nevertheless managed to enter into the ranks of the EPO‘s contracting states, namely:

• North Macedonia (1 January 2009),
• Albania (1 May 2010) and
• Serbia (1 October 2010).

Their admission into the EPO occurred during the organisation’s phase of eastwards expansion pursued under the presidency of Alison Brimelow.

“Both the North Macedonian and Albanian delegations invariably supported Battistelli’s despotic and liberticidal agenda at the EPO in an entirely subservient and unquestioning manner.”Although those states – or at least their governing elites – have undoubtedly benefited from EPO membership in the form of “cooperation project” funds, it remains an open question as to whether their accession has produced any positive contribution to the governance of the organisation.

In the case of North Macedonia and Albania it can safely be said that they belonged to the “large group of smaller countries” which Benoît Battistelli had under his sway and was able to influence to the detriment of good governance and the rule of law at the EPO, as publicly reported by the Netherlands delegation back in April 2017.

“At the same time, it is by no means inevitable that states which have so far failed to qualify for EU membership will end up being represented by “captured delegates”.”Both the North Macedonian and Albanian delegations invariably supported Battistelli’s despotic and liberticidal agenda at the EPO in an entirely subservient and unquestioning manner. There is no record of them ever having voiced dissent or expressed criticism or concern in connection with his excesses and abusive treatment of EPO staff.

At the same time, it is by no means inevitable that states which have so far failed to qualify for EU membership will end up being represented by “captured delegates”.

For example, on the EPO’s Administrative Council, the Serbian delegation frequently took issue with Battistelli’s proposals.

Regional rivalry between Serbia and Croatia may have played a role here.

“For example, on the EPO’s Administrative Council, the Serbian delegation frequently took issue with Battistelli’s proposals.”Rumour has it that the Serbian delegation was piqued by the controversial preferment of Željko Topić as EPO Vice-President in 2012.

Following this perceived affront, it is reported that they often opposed Battistelli and even voted against some of his proposals, or at least abstained from giving a positive vote as an expression of their discontent.

Non-captured delegate: Branka Totić, head of the Serbian delegation, known to have opposed Battistelli on a number of occasions.

In the meantime, Željko Topić has departed from the EPO and returned to his old stomping ground in Zagreb where he now masquerades as a "European Patent Attorney", despite the fact that official records confirm that he never actually managed to pass the European Qualifying Examination.

As the present series shows, the EPO’s "Balkan Express" still manages to chug along merrily, even if there are occasional mishaps with someone ending up under the wheels as happened in the case of Safet Emruli.

Of course, it goes without saying that when attempting to discuss the issue of corruption in the context of international organisations, one should take care to remain as objective as possible and to avoid inappropriate generalisations and prejudices based on national stereotypes.

“In the meantime, Željko Topić has departed from the EPO and returned to his old stomping ground in Zagreb where he now masquerades as a “European Patent Attorney”, despite the fact that official records confirm that he never actually managed to pass the European Qualifying Examination.”Human nature being what it is, no country or region can be accused of having a monopoly on corruption just as none can claim to be immune. Corruption is present in all societies. The real issues at stake here are what forms of corruption typically exist, and whether the societal mechanisms for countering them are sufficiently robust and effective in practice.

In the case of the EPO and its Administrative Council, the facts on the ground confirm that the problem of “captured delegates” is not restricted to representatives from specific regions or countries.

Delegates from fledgling democracies which lack a functional rule of law, such as the states of the Western Balkans, are likely to be more susceptible to “capture”. But as the case of Serbia shows, exceptions to this general rule have been known to exist.

“In the next part, we will take a look at some further instances of “irregularities” which have led to the sudden and unexpected disappearances of Administrative Council delegates.”On the other hand, there are plenty of indications that delegates from more developed states with mature democratic rule of law traditions are just as susceptible to “capture”, although their sense of entitlement and “asking price” are likely to be significantly higher.

In the next part, we will take a look at some further instances of “irregularities” which have led to the sudden and unexpected disappearances of Administrative Council delegates.

As we shall see in due course, the delegates in question came from a wide range of countries among the EPO’s 38 contracting states.

Links 16/8/2021: Kdenlive 21.08 is Out and Slackware 15.0 is on the Way

Posted in News Roundup at 11:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Mediatek MT8167 DRM Driver Support Coming For Linux 5.15

        The Mediatek Direct Rendering Manager driver updates slated for Linux 5.15 were sent out this weekend.

        Besides implementing mmap support as a GEM function option, MT8133 AAL support, and other low-level changes to this Direct Rendering Manager driver, there is new hardware support in the form of MT8167 bring-up. The Mediatek mmap code as a GEM function now allows for the driver to use DRM helpers for different mmap callbacks and does save a few lines of code.

      • Graphics Stack

    • Applications

      • Converseen – A Free Batch Image Processor for Linux

        Do you work in a field that requires you to handle a lot of media files for editing, resizing, rotating, etc.? Whether you’re a social media manager, photo wall curator, etc., I’m happy to tell you about a batch image processor that recently got my attention. It’s called Converseen.

        Converseen is a free and open-source application for batch image conversion for Linux and Windows computers. This means that you can use it to convert multiple images into over 100 different formats at once. It can also edit their size, change their aspect ratio, flip them, and rotate them at once.

      • Automatically Synchronize Subtitle With Video Using SubSync

        Let me share a scenario. You are trying to watch a movie or video and you need subtitles. You download the subtitle only to find that the subtitle is not properly synchronized. There are no other good subtitles available. What to do now?

        You can synchronize subtitles in VLC by pressing G or H keys. It adds a delay to the subtitles. This could work if the subtitle is out of synch by the same time interval throughout the video. But if that’s not the case, SubSync could be of great help here.

        SubSync: Subtitle Speech Synchronizer

        SubSync is a nifty open source utility available for Linux, macOS and Windows.

        It synchronizes the subtitle by listening to the audio track and that’s how it works the magic. It will work even if the audio track and the subtitle are in different languages. If necessary, it could also be translated but I did not test this feature.

        I made a simple test by using a subtitle which was not in synch with the video I was playing. To my surprise, it worked pretty smooth and I got perfectly synched subtitles.

      • Updated: NewsFlash is an Awesome RSS Feed Reader for Linux

        This app is described as the “spiritual successor” to the great (but-never-quite-perfect) FeedReader, a feature-packed GTK RSS app for the Linux desktop that I covered many times in the past.

        NewsFlash is an entirely new app, though. It’s built in Rust, runs on a new codebase, and has a modern GNOME-orientated appearance.

        In this post we’ll show you more of this app’s features, its design, and how to install it on your desktop.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Install FTP with SSL in Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux

        File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is needed for seamless transfer or exchange of data between machines and computers defined on the internet or a private network.

        Through TCP (Transmission Control Protocol), an FTP application makes uploading and downloading file data easy. This article will help you achieve secure file transfer on an FTP server through Very Secure FTP Daemon (vsftpd) in Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux (same instructions also works on RHEL and CentOS).

      • How to Install Icinga2 on Ubuntu 20.04

        Icinga2 is a free, open-source, and cross-platform monitoring tool written in PHP and C++. It can monitor network resources, notifies outages, large complex environments, generate performance data for reporting. Icinga is scalable and extensible.

        Icinga capabilities include monitoring SMTP, POP3, HTTP, NNTP, ping, CPU load, disk usage, switches, routers, and more.

        The Icinga stack consists of Icinga2 – which monitoring server and Icinga Web 2 – is the web interface to keep monitoring.

        In this tutorial learn how to install Icinga2 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. We also configure the Icinga Web 2 interface.

      • How to Install Python 3.10 on Fedora Linux – LinuxCapable

        Python is one of the most popular high-level languages, focusing on high-level and object-oriented applications from simple scrips to complex machine learning algorithms. Python 3.10 is the latest release and is not classed as stable compared the Python 3.9, but the final candidate is expected to be completed on the 4th of October 2021.

      • Barrier: an introduction – Fedora Magazine

        To reduce the number of keyboards and mice you can get a physical KVM switch but the down side to the physical KVM switch is it requires you to select a device each time you want to swap. barrier is a virtual KVM switch that allows one keyboard and mouse to control anything from 2-15 computers and you can even have a mix of linux, Windows or Mac.

        Don’t confuse Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) with Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) they are very different and this article will be covering the former. If the Kernel Virtual Machine topic is of interest to you read through this Red Hat article https://www.redhat.com/en/topics/virtualization/what-is-KVM that provides an overview of the latter type of KVM.

      • How to Install Tor Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Tor, also known as The Onion Router, is open-source, free software that enables anonymous communication when using online services such as web surfing. The Tor network directs the Internet traffic through a free worldwide volunteer overlay network with over six thousand relays and continues to grow. Many users want to find more ways to keep their information and activities anonymous or at least as private as possible, which has led to Tor Browser growing quite popular in recent years as it conceals a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

      • How to download and add Google fonts to your Ubuntu desktop – Techzim

        I am constantly preaching about how Ubuntu and Linux in general is awesome. The truth though is that no desktop operating system is perfect and one area in which Windows has Ubuntu beat is the number of fonts you get by default.

        Most people who use Windows never even stop to think about it, but the fonts you see when you are for example doing graphic design or Word processing are bundled by Microsoft to make sure you have a great out of the box experience. It’s something Ubuntu and most Linux distros never do.

        If you want extra fonts from the paltry default collection you have to roll up your sleeves and install them yourself. Yes, just like applications, fonts have to be installed too. Thanks to Google’s wonderful fonts collection it’s now easier to find and install free fonts on Ubuntu in order to augment the few that come installed by default.

      • How to Upgrade to Gnome 40 on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Many Debian 11 users know that Gnome 38 is the default version that ships with the codename Bullseye operating system. However, as much hype has been built around the new Gnome 40 desktop, many would be looking for an opportunity to install and test or permanently use the newest on offer from Gnome.

      • 13 Basic Cat Command Examples in Linux Terminal

        The cat (short for “concatenate“) command is one of the most frequently used commands in Linux/Unix-like operating systems. cat command allows us to create single or multiple files, view content of a file, concatenate files and redirect output in terminal or files.

        In this article, we are going to find out the handy use of cat commands with their examples in Linux.

      • 15 Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS 6 Odin

        Elementary is a Ubuntu LTS based Linux distribution. It’s well known for its privacy settings and elegant custom software. Elementary OS out of the box is fast, pretty looking, and solid.

        In this tutorial, we learn 15 things to do after installing elementary OS 6 Odin.

      • How to Find Disk Usage of Files and Directories in Linux

        The Linux “du” (Disk Usage) is a standard Unix/Linux command, used to check the information of disk usage of files and directories on a machine.

        The du command has many parameter options that can be used to get the results in many formats. The du command also displays the files and directory sizes in a recursive manner.

      • Chown Command in Linux with Examples – TecAdmin

        Management of Files and resources can quickly become a headache for Linux administrators as it is a multi-user OS. The administrators have to manage all the resources available on the system. They have to ensure that only the authorized users have the permissions to access and modify certain files.

        The administrators can take advantage of many built-in commands like chattr and chown to help them in file management:

      • Top 14 Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS 6 (Odin)

        Elementary OS is one of the most beautiful Linux distros out there and user-friendly as well. One of the main highlights of this linux distro is that it provides added support for user security and privacy. Now that you have successfully completed the installation of Elementary OS 6.0 “Odin” using our step-by-step installation guide, it is time to check what to do after installation.

        If you have noted, Elementary OS setup is not complete without a few tweaks including installing some apps, drivers and codecs etc. Let’s look at the top 14 things to do after installing Elementary OS 6.0.

      • How to install Teamviewer on Elementary OS 6 Odin – Linux Shout

        Teamviewer on Elementary OS 6 allows you to remotely access the Desktop of this Linux OS or others, in case you need some support remotely.

        Elementary OS 6 is the recently launched latest version of Linux meant to target consumers who don’t want a much complicated Linux system. It is beginner-friendly and offers a macOS-like look. Whereas the Teamviewer which is also a free-to-use application available for Linux can be easily installed on it using the steps given here.

      • Linux Tee Command Tutorial With Examples For Beginners

        When working with the terminal in Linux, there are many command line utilities available to make your life easy. One such utility is Tee. In this brief guide, we will learn what is Tee and the usage of Tee command in Linux with practical examples.

      • How to kill a process in Linux – guide for beginners

        In some situations, processes in Linux can prevent users from starting tasks or installing applications for instance when an apt command is invoked , an error similar to ’could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock-frontend’ might occur. This might be due to the fact that the apt command is being used by another process and in such circumstances killing that process might solve the issue. Killing a process actually means to force it to quit. This makes it possible for users to sort out problems without actually rebooting.

        In this tutorial you we will first briefly describe what processes are in Linux before delving into how to kill a process in linux properly.

      • How To Install Netdata on Debian 10 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Netdata on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Netdata is an open-source real-time Linux server performance monitoring tool with a beautiful web front-end. Netdata comes with simple, easy to use and extensible web dashboards that can be used to visualize the processes and services on your system. You can monitor CPU, RAM usage, disk I/O, network traffic, and Postfix using Netdata

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

      • Enable Hardware Video Acceleration (VA-API) For Firefox in Ubuntu 20.04 / 18.04 & Higher | UbuntuHandbook

        This tutorial shows how to enable hardware video acceleration (VA-API) for Firefox, so it uses the video card to decode/encode video to save power.

        Hardware video acceleration is a computer technology to make the graphics card to encode and decode video, thus offloading the CPU to save power. And compared to CPU, GPU are normally more efficient at the job.

      • Linux Fu: Walk, Chew Gum | Hackaday

        If you ever think about it, computers are exceedingly stupid. Even the most powerful CPU can’t do very much. However, it can do what it does very rapidly and repeatably. Computers are so fast, they can appear to do a lot of things at once, too and modern computers have multiple CPUs to further enhance their multitasking abilities. However, we often don’t write programs or shell scripts to take advantage of this. However, there’s no reason for this, as you’ll see.

    • Games

      • Stellaris set for a big ‘Lem’ update in September with ‘The Custodians’ initiative | GamingOnLinux

        It appears that Paradox will continue to push ahead with upgrading Stellaris with a new team formed to help with free upgrades for all players every few months.

        This was actually announced back in June that we missed as it was in a regular developer diary post. What they’ve done is split the teams working on Stellaris so there’s now the “Custodians” team to work on free updates approximately every three months with the “expansion team” focusing directly on new content. Paradox mentioned they’re in it for the long run and there’s no quick-fixes. Here’s some of what the new Custodians team will work on over time through many different free updates…

      • OpenTTD gets a first 12.0 version Beta to make playing with others easier | GamingOnLinux

        After the release of OpenTTD on Steam recently, the popularity of the game got a healthy boost but it came with a lot of feedback about some parts that could be improved so this is the first step with OpenTTD 12.0 Beta 1.

        What is OpenTTD? It’s an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game “Transport Tycoon Deluxe”, written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.

      • Fortune’s Run is an upcoming retro-styled hard-scifi shooter worth watching | GamingOnLinux

        Announced during the recent Realms Deep 2021 event, Fortune’s Run is an upcoming retro-styled first-person shooter set in a hard science fiction universe.

        “Fortune’s Run is a retro-styled first-person shooter developed on Unity inspired by Deus Ex, EYE: Divine Cybermancy and Build Engine titles. It is set in a hard-scifi universe where entrepeneuring colonists have left countless worlds bereft of resources and opportunity. You play as Mozah Lydd’sekh, an ex-con stuck working for the soul-crushing mega-corp du jour as a result of their conditional release terms. You will lurk through rusted industrial spires and over-populated residential warrens, trying to make sense of a world long forgotten by those who built it.”

      • OpenRazer 3.1 Released with New Razer Peripherals Support

        OpenRazer, open-source driver and user-space daemon to manage Razer peripherals on Linux, released version 3.1.

        One of the things that’s most frustrating about building a new computer for Linux is peripherals, especially for gamers who are looking for lots of functionality out of their peripherals.

        However, there are currently no official drivers for any Razer peripherals in Linux. But if you have Razer peripherals, you may be in luck, because the OpenRazer project has a solution for you.

        OpenRazer is a collection of Linux drivers for the Razer devices, providing kernel drivers, DBus services and python bindings to interact with the DBus interface. It is an entirely open source driver and user-space daemon that allows you to manage your Razer peripherals on Linux.

      • OpenRazer 3.1 rolls out with new Razer device support and bug fixes | GamingOnLinux

        OpenRazer is the excellent free and open source driver collection for a big growing list of Razer devices. A big new release is out with OpenRazer 3.1. When paired up with the Polychromatic front-end, it gives you a really simple way to properly manage Razer devices on Linux.

      • Stardeus is an exciting and expansive space colony management game up on Kickstarter | GamingOnLinux

        Stardeus from studio Kodo Linija (Bloody Rally Show) is an upcoming space colony management game inspired by the likes of RimWorld, Factorio, Dwarf Fortress, Oxygen Not Included, Prison Architect and FTL. The developer has been dedicated working on it for over a year, to try and create a level of depth not often seen in such building sims.

        In the game you play as an immortal AI, armed with a bunch of robots and drones your task is to build up a working ship. It sounds a bit like Starmancer on the basics of the story (although the original idea came about from the film Passengers), with earth destroyed humankind looked to the stars for a new hope with people placed into stasis for you, the ships computer, to bring them all back to life. Something tears apart the ship and you get placed in control to deal with it.

      • It’s hard to believe Selaco is running on GZDoom in the latest 3 minute trailer | GamingOnLinux

        We’ve seen plenty of gamepacks and mods for various things running on GZDoom and some are pretty awesome but the upcoming Selaco looks like it’s going to be one of the absolute best. To think that GZDoom started off its early life as the somewhat simple ZDoom, another source port of the old Doom engine that eventually added more advanced features over time and now it’s spawned a massive community of people making entire games with it.

        Selaco may not have a real release date yet but that doesn’t stop us being excited about it because it looks awesome. Inspired by the F.E.A.R game series while still mixing in traditional retro-FPS elements from the likes of Quake and Doom but still having plenty of modern features. The developers say “Selaco is a fully fleshed out world full of character, action, and mystery”.

      • I’m Running A Game On Steam on Ubuntu Linux With Intel HD 4000, It Worked or Failed?

        I have a laptop with specs: Core i5 3th Gen, 8GB RAM, GPU Intel HD 4000 and using Ubuntu Linux. I want to play my favorite game that I used to play on Windows(Super Mecha Champions). I once tried running it on Ubuntu using Wine, but it didn’t work.

        After editing the configuration on Ubuntu, finally, it can run on Wine. However, the gaming experience when using Ubuntu on my favorite games was very bad. Because when on Windows I can play this game smoothly.

        When I tried it on Linux, in the tutorial section, the game was very laggy and didn’t run smoothly. I suspect that the driver in Ubuntu is not running optimally by default, and at that time I was lazy to find a way to maximize graphics from Intel HD 4000 in Ubuntu.


        After installing the Game, I tried pressing the “PLAY” button on Steam and…. The game won’t run. Okay, maybe Intel HD 4000 is not suitable for playing this game. Finally I read some of the posts of people on ProtonDB and found posts discussing the Super Mecha Champions game.

        Some users ask why this game won’t run. In fact, many users there are using a GPU that is much better than mine (based on the specifications info on the right of the user’s post). I thought, if they can’t run it on a PC with such cool specs, what about the specs of this potato? Definitely can’t either.


        The conclusion is finally I can play my favorite game(Super Mecha Champions) on my Ubuntu laptop and it runs fine. Hopefully in the future many game developers will also build their games for Linux.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Maui 2 released (open source, cross-platform app UI framework)

          The Maui Project has announced the release of Maui 2, a major update to the open source, cross-platform user interface framework for applications that can run on phones, tablets and desktops.

          Maui 2 includes an updated MauiKit framework with new common widgets and utilities, as well as new and updated Maui Apps including a file manager, music player, text editor, terminal emulator, image and document viewers, web browser, and more.

        • Maui 2 Release

          This version of Maui brings new features and bug fixes to Maui’s applications and the frameworks they rely on. The changes introduced in this release will make your experience with apps like the Index file manager, Vvave music player, and Nota text editor much more enjoyable and fun.

          Read on to find out how Maui’s software has improved and what new features to look out for…

        • Maui 2 Released For Open-Source UI Framework

          The Maui open-source user interface framework and Maui Apps are out with a new release for those interested in this framework and applications that are designed to work well cross-device as well as largely working cross-platform too.

          Maui 2 was announced on Sunday with a number of improvements to the framework itself as well as the Maui 2 Apps.

        • Kdenlive 21.08 is out

          Kdenlive 21.08 is out with an upgraded engine, bug fixes and many interface and usability improvements. Although the highlights are mostly under the hood we managed to add some nifty new features as well. This version now requires MLT7, which comes with a new time remapping feature and a more stable and concise code base. (MLT7 sets the foundation for long awaited features like GPU processing, multicore support and improved color management to name a few, all expected in MLT8.)

          The Automask effect has been removed in MLT7 (along with many other legacy and buggy modules) but it will eventually be replaced with more powerful OpenCV tools. The Region module is also removed and it has been replaced with a new Effect Masking feature. Taking the opportunity of these changes we have also cleaned up the code base and removed old and unmaintained tools like the DVD Wizard (yes, some people still used it) and the Preview Compositing mode.

          We do not recommend to open old projects with Kdenlive 21.08 due to the aforementioned changes.

        • Kdenlive 21.08 Released For KDE’s Video Editor

          Kdenlive 21.08 is now available as the newest feature upgrade to KDE’s non-linear video editor.

          Kdenlive 21.08 comes with some performance improvements thanks to various “under the hood” improvements, several UI/UX improvements, a new time remap feature, support for masking effects just to specific regions of a clip, and a variety of other refinements for this one of several prominent open-source video editing solutions.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Maximiliano Sandoval: Decoder 0.2.0 Released

          It has been a few months since last release in February, and quite a lot has changed, GTK 4 had many issues back then and had to be manually included in the Flatpak manifest, libadwaita was still a WIP merge request for libhandy and didn’t include changes to the Adwaita stylesheet, ASHPD didn’t have an asynchronous API, and gtk4-rs was in a state of constant flux, to the point where making the required API changes when updating the app took hours, just due to the massive number of improvements in gtk-rs-core. Just updating those dependencies makes a big difference.

          The worst offender was that the gstreamer plugging used for the camera depended on gstreamer/gst-plugins-good/!767 for GTK 4 support, and to make everything bad, a bug in the Intel drivers made the app crash in Wayland when initializing the camera so it had to be released without Wayland support.

    • Distributions

      • 15 Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS 6 Odin

        Elementary is a Ubuntu LTS based Linux distribution. It’s well known for its privacy settings and elegant custom software. Elementary OS out of the box is fast, pretty looking, and solid.

        In this tutorial, we learn 15 things to do after installing elementary OS 6 Odin.

      • Top 14 Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS 6 (Odin)

        Elementary OS is one of the most beautiful Linux distros out there and user-friendly as well. One of the main highlights of this linux distro is that it provides added support for user security and privacy. Now that you have successfully completed the installation of Elementary OS 6.0 “Odin” using our step-by-step installation guide, it is time to check what to do after installation.

        If you have noted, Elementary OS setup is not complete without a few tweaks including installing some apps, drivers and codecs etc. Let’s look at the top 14 things to do after installing Elementary OS 6.0.

      • Slackware Family

        • Current (pre-release) ChangeLog for x86_64
        • Slackware 15.0 Coming Soon With RC1 Released

          Not only did Debian 11 make it out this weekend, but Slackware 15 is finally up to its release candidate phase as the next major installment of this long-running Linux distribution.

          While Slackware is one of the oldest still-maintained Linux distributions out there, it doesn’t often see new updates and doesn’t have nearly the manpower of more modern alternatives. It’s been nearly one decade since Slackware 14 but Slackware 15 is about to ship.

          Back in February marked the release of Slackware 15.0 Alpha and then in April was the Slackware 15.0 Beta. Now in August is the first release candidate of Slackware 15.0 while the stable release shouldn’t be too far out.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora 35 To Support Restarting User Services On Package Upgrades

          While Fedora currently allows restarting of system services automatically when upgrading the packages for those services, there hasn’t been that capability for user services to automatically restart as part of RPM package upgrades. But now approved for Fedora 35 is that change.

        • Explore new features in SystemTap 4.5.0 | Red Hat Developer

          SystemTap uses a command-line interface (CLI) and a scripting language to write instrumentation for a live, running kernel or a user-space application. A SystemTap script associates handlers with named events. When a specified event occurs, the default SystemTap kernel runtime runs the handler in the kernel like a quick subroutine and then resumes.

          This article lays out the new features in SystemTap 4.5.0. This version will appear in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0. The features fall into three general categories: context variable access, aliasing, and the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) back-end.

        • Next Open NeuroFedora meeting: 16 August 1300 UTC | NeuroFedora: Blog

          Please join us at the next regular Open NeuroFedora team meeting on Monday 16 August at 1300UTC in #fedora-neuro on IRC (Libera.chat). The meeting is a public meeting, and open for everyone to attend.

        • Popular Ansible Alternatives

          Ansible enables automation at scale and is a vendor-agnostic open-source software. Additionally, it allows you to work with a wide variety of operating systems, devices, and platforms.

        • How to install software packages with an Ansible playbook | Enable Sysadmin

          Ansible is a popular automation tool used by sysadmins and developers to get computers in a specific state. Ansible modules are, in a way, what commands are to a Linux computer. They provide solutions to specific problems, and one common task when maintaining computers is keeping them updated and consistent. In this article, I show you how to install software packages with Ansible.

      • Debian Family

        • Linux: Stable Debian 11 ‘bullseye’ arrives with five years of support

          The project behind the Debian Linux distribution has released stable Debian 11, codenamed ‘bullseye’. It’s a version that was two years, one month and nine days in the making.

        • Debian 11 formally debuts and hits the Bullseye

          The Debian project has released the eleventh version of its Linux distribution.

          Code-named “bullseye”, the new distro emerged on Saturday and will be supported for five years – a lifecycle made possible by its use of version 5.10 of the Linux kernel, which is itself a long-term support release that will be maintained until 2026.

        • Debian celebrates our 28th Anniversary!

          Today is Debian’s 28th anniversary. We send all of our gratitude and love to the many Contributors, Developers, and Users who have helped this vision and project.

          There are many celebrations of #DebianDay happening around the world, perhaps one is local to you? Later this month the celebration continues with #DebConf21 which will be held Online during August 24 through August 28, 2021.

        • Upgrade Debian 10 Buster to Debian 11 Bullseye From Command Line

          Debian 11, codenamed Bullseye, was released on August 14, 2021. This tutorial is going to show you how to upgrade Debian 10 to Debian 11 from the command line. You can follow this tutorial on a Debian 10 desktop, or Debian 10 server. As with every Debian release, Debian 11 will be supported for 5 years. The codename “Bullseye” is named after the toy horse in the Toy Story movie.

        • Debian Edu / Skolelinux Bullseye released

          Following the Debian “Bullseye” release is a new Skolelinux distribution for a school near you.

        • Debian Edu / Skolelinux Bullseye released
          Are you the administrator for a computer lab or an entire school
          network? Would you like to install servers, workstations, and laptops to
          work together? Do you want the stability of Debian with network services
          already preconfigured? Do you wish to have a web-based tool to manage
          systems and several hundred or even more user accounts? Have you asked
          yourself if and how older computers could be used?
          Then Debian Edu is for you. The teachers themselves or their technical
          support can roll out a complete multi-user multi-machine study
          environment within a few days. Debian Edu comes with hundreds of
          applications pre-installed, and you can always add more packages from
          The Debian Edu developer team is happy to announce Debian Edu 11
          "Bullseye", the Debian Edu / Skolelinux release based on the Debian 11
          "Bullseye" release. Please consider testing it and reporting back
          (<debian-edu@lists.debian.org>) to help us to improve it further.
    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Ackee: The Google Analytics Open-source alternative for 2021

        Ackee is a free real-time web analytics tool built on top of Node.js and MongoDB. It comes with a fancy simple user-interface which summarize all insights in a clear organized dashboard.

        While there are a dozen of open-source free website analytics solutions, Ackee is built upon modern technologies and offers a real-time tracking for multiple domain and website at the same time.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Open Badges for awesome Czech documentation contributors!

          LibreOffice’s documentation team is driven by volunteers around the world. Today, we want to say a special thanks to members of the Czech LibreOffice community, who’ve worked hard to translate and proof-read the software’s documentation.

          So we’re sending out Open Badges – special, customised badges with embedded metadata, describing their achievements. The badges can be verified using an external service, and are a great way to show off contributions and use as proof of participation.

        • Week #10 – GSoC Weekly Report – 100 Paper Cuts
      • Programming/Development

        • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppBDT 0.2.4 on CRAN: Updates

          …the last time RcppBDT was released, anytime did not yet exist. And some of the changes now finally released here in this version are some of the first steps made towards what became anytime. RcppBDT is broader in scope and provides a wider range of functionality but in a somewhat rougher form as we never sat down writing higher-end wrappers in R for all the potential use cases. When we wrote the first RcppBDT versions, many other popular date/time packages were all in R code and not compiled, and this package showed how things could be done at the compiled level. Now other packages, including anytime have filled the void so fully polishing RcppBDT may never happen. In any event, this release refreshes the package and brings it to full R CMD check –as-cran compliance.

        • Daniel Vrátil: Initial release of QCoro

          I’m happy to announce first release of QCoro, a library that provides C++ coroutine support for Qt.

        • DIY 3D Printed IoT Weather Station Using an ESP32

          Today we’re going to be building a wireless outdoor weather station that takes temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, light and wind speed readings. The data is then posted to the cloud and can be accessed through a Thingspeak dashboard on an internet-connected computer, tablet, or mobile phone.

        • Let’s write a compiler, part 1: Introduction, selecting a language, and doing some planning

          Today we will begin writing a compiler for a real high-level language. It will be a simple language for sure. But let’s not let simplicity stand in our way. We will be able to write real programs with our compiler. How real, you ask? Let’s plan on writing a compiler for our selected language and then being able to write a compiler in that same language the compiler compiles using our compiler to compile it! From zero to compiler to self-hosted compiler. It will take a good bit of work for sure, but I think we are up to the task. We’ll spend this series writing our initial, non-self-hosting compiler. We’ll take some time to enjoy our work, then we’ll come back and embark on a second series that develops the self-hosted compiler using the compiler we will write in this series.

        • Hello Isovalent!

          In my new position I will be a technical marketing manager and thus working on technical content, messaging and enablement. With Cilium Enterprise Isovalent offers an eBPF based solution for Kubernetes networking, observability, and security – and since I am rather new to Kubernetes, I expect a steep learning curve.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Rakudo Weekly News: 2021.33 Cucumbering

            Some weeks just have sad news: And the saddest part about this, is that it wasn’t until this week to become known that Robert Lemmen has died in June 2020 already. Robert Lemmen mostly worked on Debian, in the Raku context specifically about packaging Raku on Debian. They also had a number of modules in the Raku ecosystem, and also blogged about them (The Surprising Sanity of Using a Cache but Not Updating It).


            The past week saw the publication of two articles in “mainstream” online media about events related to The Perl Foundation: TheRegister (HackerNews comments), ArsTechnica (HackerNews comments), which sadly also involved members of the Raku community (including yours truly). You should probably skip the comments.

          • Post hoc apt-listchanges

            Yesterday I upgraded a machine from Debian “buster” to “bullseye” without apt-listchanges installed, oops. Here’s a way to get new NEWS.Debian entries after the fact.

          • Perl Weekly Challenge 125: Pythagorean Triples

            These are some answers to the Week 125 of the Perl Weekly Challenge organized by Mohammad S. Anwar.

        • Python

  • Leftovers

    • Mercator Misconceptions: Clever Map Shows the True Size of Countries

      In a more globally connected world, geographic literacy is more important than ever. As people become more accustomed to equal area maps and seeing the Earth in its spherical form, misconceptions about the size of continents may become a thing of the past.

    • Pierre’s Razor

      Pierre had a roving intellect that ranged across many disciplines. You might call him a polymath, though the word sounds much too Greek for that old blues aficionado. To read this article, log in or or Subscribe. In order to read CP+ articles, your web browser must be set to accept cookies.

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • India’s New IT Rules Paving Way for Legitimised Surveillance

              While the central government claims that the new laws are aimed at quelling the crisis of misinformation in the country by targeting sources, social media giants, alternative media platforms and privacy activists claim that the laws will bring them under direct government oversight giving enormous power to the executive to crackdown on privacy and dissent–leading to increased censorship.   To read this article, log in or or Subscribe. In order to read CP+ articles, your web browser must be set to accept cookies.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The Gunning of America
      • US Founders Demonized Indigenous People While Coopting Their Political Practices
      • After 20 Years of Lies and War, US Retreat Underway as Taliban Retake Control of Afghanistan

        Nearly two full decades of lies and wishful thinking from U.S. generals, politicians, liberal interventionists, and neoconservative talking heads came into full view Sunday as the Taliban in Afghanistan surrounded Kabul while American military forces and diplomatic personnel rapidly evacuated the U.S. Embassy and the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani negotiated a surrender and transition government with opposition forces.

        “What is happening in Afghanistan isn’t like the fall of Saigon. It’s like the United States lost another war after destabilizing a country that will likely be a failed state for decades, something which has happened multiple times in the ‘War on Terrorism.’”

      • Opinion | Trillions Spent on Disastrous Afghan War vs. Just $25 Billion to Vaccinate World’s Poor

        The collapse of Afghanistan’s U.S.-installed government has been swifter and more precipitous than the “experts” predicted. Our multi-trillion-dollar “Global War on Terror” has also led to the collapse of Libya, the agony ISIS inflicted on countless civilians, the murder of innocents by U.S. drones, and other misdeeds that have made this country less safe, rather than more.

      • Over 700 Dead From Earthquake as Powerful Storm Heads Toward Haiti

        More than 700 people were confirmed dead Sunday and many thousands more injured and left homeless due to the large earthquake which struck Haiti on Saturday.

        The Haitian government has declared a state of emergency following the 7.2 quake and the Office of Civil Protection put the official death toll Sunday afternoon at 724 individuals with approximately 2,800 injured—though both numbers are almost certain to rise.

      • Opinion | Obama’s Election Night From My Cell in Guanatanamo Bay

        The author, a citizen of Yemen, was detained by the U.S. military from 2001 to 2016 without charges, collateral damage of the American “war on terror” that began 20 years ago after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The following article is an adapted excerpt from his book “Don’t Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo,” which will be published Tuesday.

      • Iran’s nuclear program – and averting a Middle East war nobody wants

        Until recently, hopes for a breakthrough had been rising. But talks held in June over Iran’s nuclear program have not since resumed, and Israel now says the Iranians’ “breakout point” – when they will have sufficient fissile material to make a bomb – is around 10 weeks away.

      • The global will to reform is lacking

        We easily interpret globalisation as a ‘Westernisation’ of the world as our values, technology and free trade philosophy spread. Others may likewise perceive it as a Western, capitalist invention. Positive globalisation must also have an Asian and African face.

        Migration is a sensitive and difficult chapter in the globalisation process. Progressive Westerners like open borders and are for free movement – this as a moral position. That would mean no less than a world revolution. Surveys show that between 13 and 14% of the world’s population want to emigrate, which means at least seven hundred million emigrants. If this is would be in the cards, it would put an end to a positive globalisation trend. It can be safely stated that public opinion in no country is prepared for that revolution.

    • Environment

      • The U.N.’s Terrifying Climate Report

        In 1988, the World Meteorological Organization teamed up with the United Nations Environment Programme to form a body with an even more cumbersome title, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or, as it quickly became known, the I.P.C.C. The I.P.C.C.’s structure was every bit as ungainly as its name. Any report that the group issued had to be approved not just by the researchers who collaborated on it but also by the governments of the member countries, which today number a hundred and ninety-five. The process seemed guaranteed to produce gridlock, and, by many accounts, that was the point of it. (One of the architects of the I.P.C.C. was the Reagan Administration.) Indeed, when the scientists drew up their first report, in 1990, the diplomats tried so hard to water down their conclusions that the whole enterprise nearly collapsed. Every five or six years since then, the group has updated its findings, using the same procedure.

      • Opinion | We Know What to Do on Climate. We Know How to Do It. Only Question: Will We?

        The first response many of us have to a cancer diagnosis is terror, horror and the conviction that we’re doomed. For those who haven’t been paying serious ongoing attention to climate chaos, reminders that we are facing catastrophe can bring the same kind of response. But if you’ve been through cancer or been close to people who have, you know that the usual next phase is figuring out what the treatment options are and, in most cases, going all out for them. The good news is going to be that you got approved for a promising new treatment, are responding well, you are in remission, feel healthier, have a good prognosis. That there are things worth doing that make a difference.

      • Overpopulation

        • Why more women are deciding not to have kids

          Since 2007, the nation’s birth rate had been declining about 2% each year on average. Despite early speculation about a pandemic baby boom, the coronavirus crisis accelerated the decline even further, with births falling by 4% last year.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Chair of Committee Overseeing Postal Service Brands DeJoy and Bloom as “Bandits”
      • Facebook shut down research on Instagram algorithm: Report

        According to the report, the researchers ultimately chose to shut down the project, believing they would face legal action from the company if it continued.

        The report mentioned that a Facebook representative confirmed the meeting but denied threatening to sue the project, saying the company was open to find privacy-preserving ways to continue the research.

      • Rahul Gandhi: Twitter restores Congress party member accounts

        As Mr Gandhi refused to delete the image, the micro-blogging site locked his account. Not long after, the official account of the Congress party, several of its leaders and “about 5,000 volunteers” who had retweeted Mr Gandhi – were also locked.

      • Twitter unblocks Indian politicians’ accounts after suspending them for violating disclosure law

        However, Indian law prohibits the disclosure of the identities of children and sexual assault victims. According to a notice posted on the Lumen database, India’s National Commission for Protection of Child Rights requested Twitter take action. A Twitter spokesperson said in an email to The Verge that Gandhi submitted a copy of an authorization letter from the people in the image to the company’s India Grievance Channel, and his account was reinstated. But the tweet in question, which has been shared more than 15,000 times, will remain withheld in India even though it is visible globally.

      • KP Oli resigns as Prime Minister of Nepal

        Nepal caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigned on Tuesday as opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is set to be sworn in as the new PM after the Supreme Court’s verdict. “Our party abides with the order given by the Supreme Court,” Oli said.

        The apex court in its verdict ordered President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to appoint Deuba as the successor of now caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. Sources from President’s Office told ANI that preparations for the oath-taking ceremony are underway. However, the time for the event will be announced shortly.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Fired Tennessee vaccinations director planning to leave state with her family

        “We’re in an age of misinformation, distrust, and quick to be angry, and quick to protest. And we have sort of shifted out of a timeframe of collaboration, understanding and empathy,” he added. “I think maybe the pandemic has turned that up somewhat.”

        Michelle Fiscus formerly served as medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health. She said the state’s elected leaders put politics over the health of children by firing her for her efforts to get more Tennesseans vaccinated.

      • Misinformation at public forums vexes local boards, big tech

        Videos of local government meetings have emerged as the latest vector of COVID-19 misinformation, broadcasting misleading claims about masks and vaccines to millions and creating new challenges for internet platforms trying to balance the potential harm against the need for government openness.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • TikTok becomes next social media company to introduce new child safety features

        TikTok said in a blog post that from now on, 16- and 17-year-olds will have their direct messages set to “No one” by default when they sign up for the app. If they want to message someone, they’ll have to go into their settings and make the change. Users already signed up will now also receive a prompt asking them if they want to use the messaging feature. As it stands, no one under the age of 16 can use direct messaging.

        The company is also addressing the issue of young folks spending too much time on the app, a concern that has been shouted from the rooftops for years now. Users who are aged 13 to 15 won’t receive any push notifications after 9 p.m. The same thing will happen to 16- and 17-year-olds, but not until after 10 p.m.

      • Hong Kong democracy group behind massive protests disbands

        A pro-democracy group that organized some of the biggest protests during months of political upheaval in Hong Kong in 2019 is dissolving, the group said Sunday.

        The Hong Kong Civil Human Rights Front, made up of a slew of member organizations, said it could no longer operate. The decision comes as the group faces a police investigation for possible violation of a national security law, according to local media.

        The group, which also organized an annual protest march marking the semiautonomous territory’s handover to China in 1997, is the largest to disband amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in the city. Earlier this week, the city’s largest teachers’ union disbanded in light of what it said were drastic changes in the political environment.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Russia Says It Will Expel a BBC Journalist

        Russia is expelling a BBC correspondent based in Moscow, Russian state television reported, the first time in years that a high-profile Western journalist has been publicly forced out of the country as part of a political dispute.

        The BBC condemned the move to expel the reporter, Sarah Rainsford, while holding out hope that the decision could still be reversed.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Turkish LGBTQ Activists Counter Oppression With Art, Solidarity and Radical Hope
      • Minnesota GOP rocked by top donor’s sex trafficking scandal, as party chair faces calls to resign

        According to federal charges unsealed Thursday, 30-year-old Anton ‘Tony’ Lazzaro is accused of conspiring with others to recruit six underage victims to engage in “commercial sex acts.” He was taken into custody in Minnesota just a few hours after the indictment was made public, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

        Lazzaro is also reportedly a close friend of state Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan, spurring calls for her resignation from a number of state lawmakers.

      • This Innocent Man Spent 23 Years Behind Bars. He’s Suing the Police Who Put Him There.

        Ricky Kidd seemed strangely confident for a man who had languished behind bars for 23 years. “While I may fall in the cracks of legal terms or certain legal impediments, my facts will hold up,” Kidd told Reason in 2019. “I’m certain of that.”

        They did, in fact, hold up. His confidence makes more sense in the context of his 1997 convictions for a double-murder, which were only secured after police in Kansas City, Missouri, left a trail of misconduct. In August of 2019, a judge granted him habeas corpus relief and vacated those convictions, with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office dismissing the charges shortly thereafter.

        Kidd is now suing, alleging that the government should pay for the incompetence it displayed in imprisoning him for over two decades, even though the evidence consistently pointed to his innocence.

      • AFRINIC Court Case — Disappointment!

        I expected the AFRINIC legal team to be much better prepared and not have their request rejected due to incorrect procedures.

      • Go read this story of tech workers who secretly work multiple remote jobs

        The workers who spoke to the WSJ (anonymously) seem to go to great lengths to work for two companies simultaneously; from keeping extremely organized calendars, to juggling overlapping Zoom calls and project deadlines. And while it’s not necessarily illegal to work for more than one company, the WSJ reports, such arrangements may run afoul of employment contracts.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • NOW the web is 30 years old: When Tim Berners-Lee switched on the first World Wide Web server

        Today, most of us live, work, fall in love, and buy our goods over the web. To us, it’s as natural as breathing. It wasn’t always like that. In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee came up with his own take on creating a unifying structure for linking information across different computers. He called it, “Information Management: A Proposal.” Later, Berners-Lee would call it the World Wide Web. It wasn’t a new idea, you can trace it back to Vannevar Bush in 1945, who described a Memex: A desk, which would let users search microfilms to display documents from a library via trails of linked pages. Sound familiar? It should.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Hilco-linked NPE is the latest to take on Apple in Texas | IAM

          Having already been hit with a $300 million damages ruling in Texas, Apple must now do battle against another NPE with seemingly strong IP and a team of mobile IP heavy hitters

        • Compulsory License: India [Ed: How about just not granting such controversial patents in the first place?]

          The legal basis for compulsory licenses can be found under the Indian Patent Act, 1970 (Indian Patent Act), Chapter XVI, read with Indian Patent Rules, 2003 (Indian Patent Rules).

          Requirements for obtaining a compulsory license

          Compulsory licensing under the Indian Patent Act is well codified and is in line with international agreements. The purpose behind granting a compulsory license is to maintain the working of patented inventions on a commercial scale in India so that the interest of any person working or developing an invention is not prejudiced.

      • Trademarks

        • Ford asks court to dismiss GM’s lawsuit over ‘BlueCruise’ driver assist feature

          Ford said in its motion that the term “cruise” has been been in “ubiquitous use” over the past 50 years to refer to driver-assist features. “Consumers understand “cruise” to refer to a feature in their vehicle that performs part of the driving task or assists them in driving, and they do not associate that term with any one company or brand,” Ford argued in its complaint.

      • Copyrights

        • Microsoft Envisions a Blockchain-Based Bounty System to Catch Pirates

          A new paper published by Microsoft’s research department proposes to tackle piracy with a blockchain-based bounty system titled “Argus.” The system allows volunteers to report piracy in exchange for a reward. It uses the Ethereum blockchain and is transparent, practical, and secure, while limiting abusive reports and errors.

Microsoft’s Assimilation Attacks

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 7:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 222e31eb1be9bcf035ab23d462b7e969

Summary: Microsoft’s cult tactics can be seen inside the Linux Foundation and the media which Microsoft pays; they basically help Microsoft hijack and misappropriate the “Linux” brand while Microsoft continues to actively attack GNU/Linux in a number of ways

THE previous post mentioned the latest twist or the evolution of Microsoft’s attack on GNU/Linux. They’ll never stop. Microsoft boosters try hard to make Microsoft look relevant (it helps Microsoft defraud its shareholders) by interjecting Microsoft brands into everything they can, even Linux.

“…we’re meant to think Debian is something Windows or a Microsoft thing…”This morning we saw Microsoft’s booster at ZDNet (one of many), Liam Tung, finding a way to make the Debian release a something about “Microsoft” (hence this meme). And what’s it all about? Well, simply because Debian comes with a Linux version that adds some filesystems’ support (it happened ages ago) we’re meant to think Debian is something “Windows” or a “Microsoft” thing… and that’s their objective: take some story about our competition and make it all about us, somehow.

See the screenshot below (then compare it to all this other coverage about the release of Debian 11).

Debian spam
This is what readers see when they open the article. What do Vista 10 and Nadella have to do with Debian???

[Meme] Pretending Everything is Microsoft’s

Posted in Deception, Microsoft at 6:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

First rule of the Fight Club; Welcome to ZDNet, chums; Rule #1: everything is Microsoft

Summary: ZDNet is a reality distortion zone where the sponsor, Microsoft, gets to paint everything with the "Microsoft" brush; it’s not journalism but a gross and deliberate misuse of the label

“Steve Jobs threatened to sue me, too. [and also] Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. They’d flown in over a weekend to meet with Scott McNealy. [...] Bill skipped the small talk, and went straight to the point, “Microsoft owns the office productivity market, and our patents read all over OpenOffice.” [...] Bill was delivering a slightly more sophisticated variant of the threat Steve had made, but he had a different solution in mind. “We’re happy to get you under license.” That was code for “We’ll go away if you pay us a royalty for every download” – the digital version of a protection racket.”

Jonathan I. Schwartz, Sun

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