Links 19/10/2021: MyGNUHealth 1.0.5 and Ubuntu 22.04 Now Developed

Posted in News Roundup at 6:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • A Terror So Terrifying, You’ll Swear It’s Just A Myth – Invidious

        This Halloween comes a film so terrifying that you will swear it’s just an urban legend. You think nothing bad can ever happen to you. After all, you run Linux! But what did you install on that Linux machine? And what does it want from you?

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 147

        The pros and cons of tiling window managers, and how we nearly use them. Plus your feedback about Flatpak, Firefox as a Snap, a web-based image editor, starting a FOSS career, and why we have a Telegram group instead of IRC or Matrix.

      • FOSS Alternatives For The Windows Refugee – Invidious

        When you first switch to Linux it can be hard to out what alternatives you should look into for the apps that you want to run so today we’re going to look at exactly that

      • LHS Episode #436: Bowling for Ham Radio

        Hello and welcome to Episode 436 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short-topics episode, the hosts discuss an ARDC grant for high school STEM students, a pair of intrepid amateur radio hobbyists, state-sponsored ARCs in Africa, Ubuntu 21.10, Sysmon for Linux and much more. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

    • Applications

      • Get memory use statistics with this Linux command-line tool

        In my programming work, I often need to know the memory used by web applications. A rough estimate is usually enough before getting down to details and browser profiling tools.

        To interrogate memory use on Linux or macOS, people typically use top or htop. I’d love to see a single number: How much RAM did a process take. But statistics shown by these utilities can be hard to understand. With web browsers, it’s even more complicated because they often run many separate processes. They all show up in top output as a long list, each with its own individual metrics.

      • 4 Linux tools to erase your data

        One of the best ways to keep your data secure is by only writing data to an encrypted hard drive. On a standard drive, it’s possible to view data just by mounting the drive as if it were a thumb drive, and it’s even possible to display and recover even deleted data with tools like Scalpel and Testdisk. But on an encrypted drive, data is unreadable without a decryption key (usually a passphrase you enter when mounting the drive.)

        Encryption can be established when you install your OS, and some operating systems even make it possible to activate encryption any time after installation.

        What do you do when you’re selling a computer or replacing a drive that never got encrypted in the first place, though?

        The next best thing to encrypting your data from the start is by erasing the data when you’re finished with the drive.

      • Micro – simple and feature-filled command line text editor

        Many users prefer using command line-based applications for their day-to-day work, even if there are graphical alternatives. Of course, for some use cases, it might not be a choice, like logging into a system through SSH, but in many cases, we cannot resist the speed and elegance that the command line offers.

        Many command-line text editors are reasonably popular, like Vim, Emacs, or Nano. But we will take a look at a different editor today, which is called Micro. The specialty of this editor is that it is straightforward to use, with familiar keyboard shortcuts, while also containing several advanced features. As a result, it suits beginners and power users all the same. We will introduce and explore Micro in this article.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Query NTP Server in Terminal – CubicleNate’s Techpad

        I have this desire to do as much as possible to ensure that devices on my local network do not require the Internet to function. Obviously, it isn’t ideal to be cut off from the World Wide Web but I want to ensure minimal disruption. One such disruption I had recently are some Tasmota dimmer switches that became sluggish and unresponsive when they lost access to Network Time Protocal services on the Internet. Adding a local NTP server is another step in limiting my need for Internet services.

      • Regain your Privacy and Security in Digital Era

        With privacy and security being more important today than ever, it’s essential to know how best to protect yourself in this digital era.

        Apart from avoiding the internet completely, you can regain a lot of your privacy and security by simply using the correct services. For every major service that exists today, there is a similarly functioning application that respects your privacy. Usually, the privacy-respecting applications aren’t as well known as their popular counterparts.

        This article features a comprehensive guide about what digital services a person should use to maximize their privacy and security online. Read on to see our recommendations, and why we’ve chosen them.

      • How to Install and Play Doom on Linux

        Doom is a series of PvE first-person shooters that originated in the 90s. The first game, titled “Doom” was an instant hit. The series has received numerous awards for being the best action game and having one of the best soundtracks.

      • How to install Naruto Mugen on a Chromebook

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

      • How to Format USB Drive on Linux

        A USB is a handy appendage that offers numerous options in terms of customization and allocation. However, to harness its capabilities, one needs to know how it works. We often need to change a file system for improved adaptability to a system or erasing data for any given purpose.
        In times like this, we need formatting. However, it is seen as a tedious task many don’t want to stumble upon. So in this article, we guide you step by step as to how you can format your USB drive. This can be done with the terminal or the “Disks” software. So, without further ado, let’s jump into it.

        USB formatting is seen as a strenuous task for many users. In the case of windows, there are several things one needs to look out for. However, it is comparatively easier in Linux. So, worry not, after going through this article, you will surely be capable of formatting your drive without any issues whatsoever.

      • How to play Elite Dangerous on Linux

        Elite Dangerous is a space flight simulator game developed and published by Frontier Developments. In the game, the player takes control of the “Commander” and goes on exploration missions. Here’s how to play the game on Linux.

      • How to play We Were Here Together on Linux

        We Were Here Together is a co-op first-person adventure puzzle game for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation. It was released in 2019. Unfortunately, however, there’s never been a Linux release. Thankfully, you can play this game on your Linux PC with a few tweaks.

      • How to store files on the cloud for free with Ice Drive on Linux

        Ice Drive is a cloud storage solution that has excellent Linux user support. If you’re not a fan of big cloud providers like Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Dropbox, Ice Drive is a nice option. Here’s how to use Ice Drive on Linux.

      • Install Tesseract OCR on Linux

        This tutorial explains how to install Tesseract on Linux using both the Debian apt packages manager and the git repositories for other Linux distributions.
        Tesseract is the free and probably the best OCR solution in the market. Since 2006 it has been sponsored by Google; previously, it was developed by Hewlett Packard in C and C++ between 1985 and 1998. The system can identify even handwriting; it can learn, increasing its accuracy, and is among the most developed and complete in the market.

        If properly trained, it can beat commercial competitors like ABBY; if you are looking for a serious solution for OCR, Tesseract is the most accurate one, but don’t expect massive solutions: it uses a core per process, which means an 8 core processor (hyperthreading accepted) will be able to process 8 or 16 images simultaneously.

        Tesseract is a great solution, but before thinking about it, you must know that the last Tesseract’s versions brought big improvements, some of which mean hard work. While training could last for hours or days, recent Tesseract’s versions training may be of days, weeks, or even months, especially if you are looking for a multilingual OCR solution.

      • Jenkins Set Up and Install – Anto ./ Online

        Jenkins is an open-source automation server that enables developers to build, test, and deploy software. Additionally, you can install it on various operating systems such as Linux, Windows, macOS, etc. This guide will show you the various options to set up and install Jenkins.

      • Using the xargs command on Linux to simplify your work | Network World

        The xargs command on Linux can make it easier to build and execute commands. If you want to run the same command for a group of files or users, xargs can often make that process easier. Here’s a very simple example of xargs that creates or updates the update time on some files.

      • Install GUI on Ubuntu 20.04 Server & Desktop – Linux Nightly

        Although GNOME is the default GUI, there are many different desktop environments available for Ubuntu. If you want to try a different desktop environment, or need to install a GUI because you don’t have one yet, we’ll show you how in this guide.

        These instructions will also work for Ubuntu Server, which doesn’t have a GUI by default and only uses the command line.

      • How to Turn Raspberry Pi on and Off

        If you’ve just got your Raspberry Pi, you probably noticed it lacks a power button. This might leave you wondering how to turn the miniature computer on and off. Let’s walk through it all, step by step.

      • How To Install HTTrack on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HTTrack on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, HTTrack is a web-based synchronization software for web pages. It takes any web page and fetches static content to store on the user’s local disk. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link as if you were viewing it online.

        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 HTTrack 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.

      • What is Build Essential Package in Ubuntu? How to Install it? – It’s FOSS

        The build-essential package actually belongs to Debian. It is not a piece of software in itself. It contains a list of packages that are required to create a Debian package (deb). These packages are libc, gcc, g++, make, dpkg-dev etc. The build-essential package contains those required packages as dependencies, so when you install build-essential, you install all those packages in one single command.

        Please do NOT consider build-essential to be a super package that will magically install all kind of development tools from Ruby to Go for you in a single command. It has some development tool but not all.

      • DRBD with MySQL Centos 8 – Unixcop

        Drbd is a distributed replicated storage system for the Linux platform. It is implemented as a kernel driver, several userspace management applications, and some shell scripts. It is traditionally used in high availability (HA) computer clusters. Still, beginning with DRBD version 9, can also use it to create larger software-defined storage pools focusing on cloud integration.

        If you are using the virtual kernel as part of a virtual machine, you will need to compile the drbd module manually. It may be easier to install the Linux-server package inside the virtual machine. Check drbd user’s guide and MySQL.

      • Ansible: To use the ssh connection type with passwords, you must install the sshpass program – Anto ./ Online

        Unixcop – Linux and Unix Howtos, Tutorials, Guides, News, DevOps, DRBD creation steps on Centos 8 cluster nodes

      • Prevent Software Updater Installing Firefox Snap in Ubuntu MATE 21.10

        The “Software Updater” utility in Ubuntu MATE 21.10 tries to remove native Firefox package and install the SNAP version instead. If you’ve done that, here’s how to revert to Firefox DEB package and prevent the misbehavior.

        As you may know, Ubuntu is switching Firefox from native DEB to the universal SNAP package. Ubuntu 21.10 now has Firefox SNAP out-of-the-box, while its flavors are still having the classic deb package.

    • Games

      • Still early days, though, with experimental DXR 1.1 support

        Linux gamers wanting to play big-name Windows titles with ray tracing can start getting excited, as strides have been made with getting some games up and running via the VKD3D-Proton project, which is one facet of Steam Play (and its Proton compatibility layer for running Windows offerings).

        VKD3D-Proton translates Microsoft’s Direct3D 12 to Vulkan, and with the latest release which is version 2.5, there’s opt-in (early and experimental) support for DXR 1.1 ray tracing.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Announces Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition

          KDE Plasma 5.23 marks the 25th anniversary of the KDE desktop environment.

          This release brings a fresh new theme and custom color options along with enhancements to the app launcher, the software manager, and other Plasma tools and utilities.

        • Study of Editable Strokes for Inking

          So, with Krita 5.0 nearing completion. There’s been some discussion about what we’ll do next.

          On of the proposed topics has been to replace our calligraphy tool with something that can produce nice variable width editable lines.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 5 Best GNOME Shell Extensions for Your Linux Desktop

          Not satisfied with the default GNOME functionality? Here are 5 of the best GNOME Shell extensions to make your Linux desktop shine.

          By default, GNOME Shell has a set of features that are determined by the developers. However, with the addition of GNOME Shell extensions, it’s possible to go beyond the default feature set.

          As the name suggests, GNOME Shell extensions extend the functionality of GNOME Shell desktop. They allow you to customize the default GNOME Shell interface and its parts, such as window management and application launching. You can think of extensions as browser add-ons that perform a specific task.

        • Dash to Dock is Finally Available for GNOME 40

          Dash to Dock is one of the most useful GNOME extensions for years now. With the introduction of GNOME 40, many failed to make the extension work with it.

          Of course, being a popular option, the support for GNOME 40 was expected to be added soon enough. And, finally, it is here!

          If you did not know, GNOME 40 includes a horizontal workspace view, which affected the workflow for some, but Ubuntu did not move the dock even with GNOME 40.

          So, you can still use Dash to Dock to get a horizontal dock from the overview area.

    • Distributions

      • Screenshots/Screencasts

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Protecting and storing data for a mobile bank app

          In the Secure a cloud-native application on IBM Cloud for Financial Services code pattern, I showcase how to integrate IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services in the Example Bank application to encrypt and secure data. To understand the process of integration, you must understand different terminologies such as bring your own key (BYOK), keep your own key (KYOK), key ceremony, database as a service (DBaaS) and envelope encryption. Although you can find information about these key concepts about the Hyper Protect Services scattered across the web, this blog post is my attempt to bring them together into one single point of reference.

          Sensitive data should be stored encrypted in the cloud. However, the key that is used to encrypt and decrypt the data should also be protected. Setting up on-premises hardware security modules (HSMs) can sometimes be hard to manage if you’re not already familiar with it. An inexpensive solution is to use cloud-based storage, but that has its own challenges. In this approach, you can’t be sure that the data is secured as the key that is used to encrypt the data, also known as the data encryption key (DEK), is spread in multiple computers.

          The solution that combines ease of use and cost effectiveness is to use a key management service (KMS) such as IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services (HPCS). HPCS provides access to a FIPS 140-2 Level 4 HSM that protects the customer master key and all other keys that are used to encrypt data at rest in IBM Cloud Object Storage, IBM Cloud Hyper Protect DBaaS, IBM Cloud Block Storage, and similar.

        • The NeuroFedora Blog: Next Open NeuroFedora meeting: 25 October 1300 UTC

          Please join us at the next regular Open NeuroFedora team meeting on Monday 25 October at 1300UTC in #fedora-neuro on IRC (Libera.chat). The meeting is a public meeting, and open for everyone to attend.

        • Real-time Analytics News for Week Ending October 16 – RTInsights

          In this week’s real-time analytics news: Red Hat announced updates in its portfolio of tools and programs for building applications on Red Hat OpenShift, and more.

          Keeping pace with news and developments in the real-time analytics market can be a daunting task. We want to help by providing a summary of some of the items our staff came across each week. Here are some of the news items from this week:

          Red Hat announced a series of updates in its portfolio of developer tools and programs for developers building applications on Red Hat OpenShift. The updates were to Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines, Red Hat OpenShift GitOps, and the Red Hat build of Quarkus. Additionally, Red Hat expanded the roster of training resources available on Kube By Example.

        • What I learned about Kubernetes and Knative Serverless

          If you happened to miss this year’s Kubernetes Summer Camp, there’s some good news! The sessions were recorded and are available for on-demand viewing. Along with those, you’ll also get access to a variety of downloadable content, including a free O’Reilly e-book.

        • Awards roll call: August to October 2021 [Ed: Those accolades and fake rewards/awards can easily be bought; they let you game the system for money]

          From workplace accolades to product wins, we are proud to be able to highlight some aspects of our company and the recognition they’ve received in the past few months.

          We recently published our DEI Statement, which declares our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion—not just for our associates, but for our partners, customers and open source contributors.

          Our culture is rooted in transparency, collaboration, and inclusion—open source principles that continue to drive our company forward. We see the following awards as a recognition of our open source-driven innovation, where the best ideas can come from anywhere and anyone.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish” Begins Development

          Canonical today formally opened the “Jammy” archive for development for what will be the next version of Ubuntu, 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish”.

          Ubuntu 22.04 as the “Jammy Jellyfish” is due out in April as the next Long Term Support release. The archive is now open for development to begin and auto-syncing from Debian is beginning.

          Python 3.10 changes will begin to land in Ubuntu 22.04. Also another big change this cycle is OpenSSL 3.0. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is also planning to ship with PHP 8.1, Ruby 3.0, GNOME 42.0, and an assortment of other package updates ahead over the next half-year. It’s great that they appear to jump from GNOME Shell 40 to 42 for this LTS cycle rather than aiming just for the recently released GNOME 41 components, thus returning them to the point of shipping the latest GNOME desktop components as of release time.

        • Jammy Jellyfish is now open for development
        • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 705

          Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 705 for the week of October 10 – 16, 2021.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Ubuntu-ready Ryzen V2000 mini-PC starts at $639

        Simply NUC has launched a $639-and-up “Cypress” mini-PC with AMD’s Ryzen V2000 plus 2.5GbE, 2x HDMI, 2x DP-ready Type-C, 3x USB 3.2 Gen2, and a 128GB SSD for one of the 2x M.2 slots.

        Simply NUC (or SimplyNUC) has launched a Cypress Long Life Mini mini-PC, named for its 7-year supply guarantee. The system offers pre-installed Ubuntu or Win 10 running on AMD’s 7nm, octa- and hexa-core Ryzen Embedded V2000.

        Pricing starts at $639 for a Cypress LLM2v5Cy SKU with the hexa-core, 2.1GHz/3.95GHz V2516, $689 for the LLM2v6CY with the hexa-core, 3.0GHz/3.95GHz V2546, and $829 for the LLM2v8CY with the top-of-the-line, octa-core 2.9GHz/4.25GHz V2748. All these prices include 4GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, 1-year support, and either no OS or pre-installed Ubuntu.

      • Build A Dog Ball Launcher That Kinda Looks Like A Dog | Hackaday

        The design is straightforward. The 3D printed housing features a large funnel into which a ball can be dropped. A servo then holds the ball while a pair of rollers are spun up by brushed DC motors. After two seconds, the servo releases the ball towards the rollers which launch the ball out of the machine. A Raspberry Pi Pico runs the show, controlling the timing of the ball launch and varying the motor speed to change the distance the ball is launched on each firing.

      • Arm adds virtual testing platform for Corstone Cortex-A and -M ref designs

        Arm has launched an “Arm Total Solutions for IoT” initiative that combines its Cortex-A- and -M based Corstone SoC reference designs with a new “Arm Virtual Hardware Targets” platform for virtual, cloud-based testing.

        In 2018, Arm launched an Arm Corstone subsystem product line comprising prevalidated SoC reference designs that combine its core IP with security, debug, memory subsystems, and in some cases, NPUs. Now, Arm has expanded Arm Corstone with a cloud-based Arm Virtual Hardware Targets testing and development platform aimed at IoT. Together with a new Project Centauri ecosystem initiative for Cortex-M developers, the programs are wrapped up into an “Arm Total Solutions for IoT” umbrella platform.

      • 248: PinePhone Pro: Exclusive Interview with Pine64

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re being joined by Lukasz Ericenski of Pine64 for an Exclusive Interview about the new PinePhone Pro! Then we’re going to talk about NTFS improvements coming to the Linux kernel. Plus we’ve also got our famous tips, tricks and software picks. All of this and so much more this week on Destination Linux. So whether you’re brand new to Linux and open source or a guru of sudo. This is the podcast for you.

      • Amazon offered me half of what I paid for my Galaxy S20 FE 5G. The phone is so awful that I’m considering it. – BaronHK’s Rants

        I’m considering a Pine Phone Pro.

        My spouse laughed at me when I said it runs GNU/Linux and lets you do whatever you want. It sounds like the anti-iPhone to me. No crAPPs. No vendor lock-in. No freemium junk.

        But Samsung has been going downhill for years. Now, they don’t even want to talk to you unless you have thousands of dollars for a phone that will be obsolete or broken in a matter of 24-36 months (the Z series).

        The Pine Phone Pro is going to be $399 and Amazon is offering me a $200 gift card for this Galaxy phone.

        Which is half of what I paid for it last year, but I’m considering it.

        The stupid thing barely even works at all since T-Mobile bought Sprint and put the T-Mobile Network Experience SIM card in it. The stupid thing malfunctions the worst when I have 5G turned on, but it’s not great in LTE mode either.

        When it can get a network signal, the piece of trash is either beeping at me because it’s Samsung wanting me to agree to a new EULA or use Microsoft products that are also trash that I don’t want. (With NSA backdoors.)

        In the past 5 years, Samsung phones have gone from a couple of crapplets, just disable them, whatever, to an entire phone screaming at you that you MUST use Microsoft products.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Arduino Brings USB Mouse to Homebrew computer

          When building your own homebrew computer, everything is a challenge. Ultimately, that’s kind of the point. If you didn’t want to really get your hands dirty with the nuts and bolts of the thing, you wouldn’t have built it in the first place. For example, take the lengths to which [rehsd] was willing to go in order to support standard USB mice on their 6502 machine.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 October 2021

        Happy Friday, everyone. The Apache community has had another great week.

      • Events

        • The Intelligent Edge – Coming Soon to Arm DevSummit 2021 [Ed: What a ridiculous coredump of mindless buzzwords by SUSE]

          For those of us not keeping score, we’re at the cusp of a technology shockwave that will fundamentally change the way we live, work, and interact with each other. Some call it the fourth industrial revolution (I4). While the third industrial revolution was all about process and product automation, the fourth industrial revolution (from an IT perspective) will center on the fusion of IT and OT.

        • Five of Monday’s ‘All Things Open’ Presentations We Wouldn’t Miss – FOSS Force

          If you couldn’t make it to Raleigh, North Carolina to attend this year’s All Things Open, you’re in luck. You can go to the conference’s web site and register for the free online version of the event, which will include live streaming of all presentations happening at the event (including all keynotes), as well as a large number of prerecorded presentations that were put together specifically for the online audience.

          That’s how we at FOSS Force are planning on attending this year, although downtown Raleigh is only a couple of hours away by car.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • This Week in Glean: Designing a telemetry collection with Glean

            (“This Week in Glean” is a series of blog posts that the Glean Team at Mozilla is using to try to communicate better about our work. They could be release notes, documentation, hopes, dreams, or whatever: so long as it is inspired by Glean.) All “This Week in Glean” blog posts are listed in the TWiG index).

            Whenever I get a chance to write about Glean, I am usually writing about some aspects of working on Glean. This time around I’m going to turn that on its head by sharing my experience working with Glean as a consumer with metrics to collect, specifically in regards to designing a Nimbus health metrics collection. This post is about sharing what I learned from the experience and what I found to be the most important considerations when designing a telemetry collection.

            I’ve been helping develop Nimbus, Mozilla’s new experimentation platform, for a while now. It is one of many cross-platform tools written in Rust and it exists as part of the Mozilla Application Services collection of components. With Nimbus being used in more and more products we have a need to monitor its “health”, or how well it is performing in the wild. I took on this task of determining what we would need to measure and designing the telemetry and visualizations because I was interested in experiencing Glean from a consumer’s perspective.

          • Firefox Add-on Reviews: How to choose the right password manager browser extension

            All good password managers should, of course, effectively secure passwords; and they all basically do the same thing—you create a single, easy-to-remember master password to access your labyrinth of complex logins. Password managers not only spare you the hassle of remembering a maze of logins; they can also offer suggestions to help make your passwords even stronger. Fortunately there’s no shortage of capable password protectors out there. But with so many options, how to choose the one that’ll work best for you?

            Here are some of our favorite password managers. They all offer excellent password protection, but with distinct areas of strength.

          • Mozilla Performance Blog: Performance Sheriff Newsletter (September 2021)

            In September there were 174 alerts generated, resulting in 23 regression bugs being filed on average 6.4 days after the regressing change landed.

            Welcome to the September 2021 edition of the performance sheriffing newsletter. Here you’ll find the usual summary of our sheriffing efficiency metrics. If you’re interested (and if you have access) you can view the full dashboard.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Community Member Monday: Hlompho Mota

          I am a native of Lesotho, and a dreamer and a person who aspires to make changes. Currently I’m working in a business that serves other businesses in Lesotho to get recognition in the market, and generally grow to become more self-reliant. Other than my business, I do try and dabble in technology and try to understand how it works – and get a sense on how it can be relevant in the area of life that I live in at this moment.

          But besides that, I consider myself as lifelong learner and I hope that the learning will continue for the rest of my life. Currently, I’m a self-taught developer trying to participate in as many open-source projects as possible, with the hope of bringing much-needed development to my part of the world.

      • Funding

        • How Purism Funds Free Software

          Free software isn’t free. Free software geeks love to correct people by saying that the “free” in “free software” refers to freedom (libre), not cost (gratis). We even join in this word play at Purism by naming our laptops Librem–a combination of the words libre (freedom) and librum (book). Whether free software is written as a labor of love in someone’s free time or written as part of someone’s full-time job, even if the developer doesn’t charge for the software the cost to make it is still there. In this post I’ll talk about why Purism funds free software through hardware, and why we didn’t take some of the other popular approaches.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

      • Programming/Development

        • Use KPNG to Write Specialized kube-proxiers

          The post will show you how to create a specialized service kube-proxy style network proxier using Kubernetes Proxy NG kpng without interfering with the existing kube-proxy. The kpng project aims at renewing the the default Kubernetes Service implementation, the “kube-proxy”. An important feature of kpng is that it can be used as a library to create proxiers outside K8s. While this is useful for CNI-plugins that replaces the kube-proxy it also opens the possibility for anyone to create a proxier for a special purpose.

        • Dirk Eddelbuettel: dang 0.0.14: Several Updates

          A new release of the dang package arrived at CRAN a couple of hours ago, exactly eight months after the previous release. The dang package regroups a few functions of mine that had no other home as for example lsos() from a StackOverflow question from 2009 (!!), the overbought/oversold price band plotter from an older blog post, the market monitor from the last release as well the checkCRANStatus() function recently tweeted about by Tim Taylor.

          This release regroups a few small edits to several functions, adds a sample function for character encoding reading and conversion using a library already used by R (hence “look Ma, no new depends”), adds a weekday helper, and a sample usage (computing rolling min/max values) of a new simple vector class added to tidyCpp (and the function and class need to get another blog post or study …), and an experimental git sha1sum and date marker (as I am not the fan of autogenerated binaries from repos as opposed to marked released meaning: we may see different binary release with the same version number).

        • Perl/Raku

          • Rakudo Weekly News: 2021.42 Learning With

            Daniel Sockwell was inspired by a blog post a few weeks ago about a bouncing balls demo. The result is a new framework for learning Raku, but this time with some nice graphics: Learn Raku With: HTML Balls. Apart from the technical points, it’s also a great way (for people without much programming experience) to get involved with Raku while creating graphics and animations, rather than textual output. Check it out!

          • Russ Allbery: rra-c-util 10.0

            It’s been a while since I pushed out a release of my collection of utility libraries and test suite programs, so I’ve accumulated quite a lot of chanages. Here’s a summary; for more, see the NEWS file.

        • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Apple Announces The M1 Pro / M1 Max, Asahi Linux Starts Eyeing Their Bring-Up

        Apple today announced the M1 Pro and M1 Max as their most powerful SoCs ever built by the company. The new chips feature up to a 10-core processor, 32-core GPU, and up to 64GB of unified memory.

        While the Apple M1 was already well regarded for its speed, the M1 Pro and M1 Max are said to deliver up to 70% faster CPU performance than last year’s M1. Meanwhile the GPU within the M1 Pro is up to 2x faster than the M1 while the M1 Max’s GPU is said to be 4x faster.

      • The HP3458A: King Of Multimeters For Three Decades | Hackaday

        [Marco] looks at a lot of meters. However, he considers the HP3458A the best even though they were introduced more than 30 years earlier in 1989. Someone donated one to [Marco] but it presented some error messages on startup and exhibited erratic behavior, so he had some repairs to do.

        The error codes hinted there were issues with the multislope analog to digital converter and that’s what sets the meter apart, according to [Marco]. The meter has 8.5 digits, so a normal conversion stage won’t cut it.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • The Missouri Governor Doesn’t Understand Responsible Disclosure

            The Missouri governor wants to prosecute the reporter who discovered a security vulnerability in a state’s website, and then reported it to the state.

          • Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website • Missouri Independent

            The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and protected the private information of teachers around the state.

          • CISA, FBI, and NSA Release Joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Blackmatter Ransomware

            CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA) have released joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA): BlackMatter Ransomware.

            Since July 2021, malicious cyber actors have used BlackMatter ransomware to target multiple U.S. critical infrastructure entities, including a U.S. Food and Agriculture Sector organization. Using an analyzed sample of BlackMatter ransomware and information from trusted third parties, this CSA provides cyber actor tactics, techniques, and procedures and outlines mitigations to improve ransomware protection, detection, and response.

          • Microsoft called out as big malware hoster – thanks to OneDrive and Office 365 abuse [Ed: Microsoft Tim knows that nobody at Microsoft will ever be arrested for deliberate negligence and for serving malware]

            Microsoft has been branded as “the world’s best malware hoster for about a decade,” thanks to abuse of the Office 365 and Live platform, as well as its slow response to reports by security researchers.

            Infosec expert Kevin Beaumont, who worked at Microsoft as a senior threat intelligence analyst between June 2020 and April 2021, made the comments in response to a report by “cybersec professional” TheAnalyst.

            TheAnalyst noted that a BazarLoader malware campaign was hosting its malware on Microsoft’s OneDrive service. “Does Microsoft have any responsibility in this when they KNOWINGLY are hosting hundreds of files leading to this, now for over three days?” they asked.

          • iPhone 13 Pro, Windows, Chrome, Linux and others pwned at Tianfu Cup

            Tianfu Cup is the Chinese version of the Pwn2own in which hackers from Kunlun Lab managed to secure first place by hacking iPhone 13 through a vulnerability in the Safari mobile browser.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • EU facilitates surveillance: Access Now, PI, demand an investigation – Access Now

              Today, Access Now joins Privacy International, Sea-Watch, BVMN, Homo Digitalis, and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in calling on the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, to open an inquiry into several EU institutions’ failure to promote and respect human rights when transferring surveillance tools to third non-EU countries.

              “The European Union has a responsibility to not only uphold the rights of people within its borders, but it must work to safeguard the rights of at-risk people in the non-EU countries it works with,” said Estelle Massé, Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead at Access Now.

              The complaint follows Privacy International’s investigation last year which revealed how the European Commission and EU institutions — including the European Border and Coastguard Agency (Frontex) and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) — provided funding and trainings to non-EU intelligence and security authorities in surveillance techniques, wiretapping tech and biometric ID systems as a part of migration control and surveillance programs.

    • Monopolies

      • Rethinking Trade – Season 1 Episode 40: Apple & Google Seek U.S. Trade Attack on Anti-Monopoly Law
      • Patents

        • VGI Health Technology Limited Japanese Patent to be granted
        • VGI Health Technology Limited (NSX:VTL) Japanese Patent to be Granted [Ed: Seems like an off and insignificant thing to issue a press release about when tens of millions of dubious patents are being granted. Companies that keep boasting too much about patents typically do so because their products truly suck, so they try to compensate for it with some virtual if not fictional 'currency'.]
        • AVL and Maha dispute over after EPO destroys exhaust gas measuring patent [Ed: EPO granted fake patents again. Only the lawyers stand to gain from those.]

          EP 2 414 808 B1, which the EPO’s Technical Boards of Appeal has recently destroyed, protects a system for taking exhaust gas samples from internal combustion engines. The automotive industry relies heavily on the system, which is applied to test benches or rigs on which exhaust gas values are tested and determined. AVL owns the patent.

          On test benches and rigs, a dilution tunnel calms injected air in order to measure the particle density. Diesel generally produces large, heavy particles, whereas petrol combustion emits very small particles. To test diesel engines as well as gasoline engines, test benches originally needed two dilution tunnels. EP 808 concerns the use of only one dilution tunnel for both types of engines.

          Major car manufacturers such as BMW and Daimler, as well as testing organisations such as TÜV, regularly use these test benches and rigs.

          With over 11,000 employees globally e and subsidiaries in 30 countries, patent holder AVL is one of the largest suppliers in this field. The Austrian company develops systems for CO2 reduction and tests drive systems in the automotive and other industries.

        • Software Patents

          • Parus Files Second Patent Lawsuit Against Samsung for Infringement of its Proprietary Voice-Browsing and Device Control Technology [Ed: Software patents weaponised. Rinse, repeat with another target. This isn't innovation. It's parasitic.]

            Parus Holdings, Inc., a pioneer in voice-enabled technologies, announced today that it has filed a second patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. The lawsuit alleges that Samsung infringes on Parus’ patents for voice-browsing and device control technology. The lawsuit is based on U.S. Patent No. 6,721,705, U.S. Patent No. 8,185,402, and U.S Patent No. 7,386,455. Parus is seeking all available remedies, including damages against Samsung for all of its infringing sales. The lawsuit asserts that the infringement has been “willful,” and requests that the defendant be ordered to pay treble damages and Parus’ attorneys’ fees, and be permanently enjoined from infringing the Parus Patents.

          • $3,000 Awarded for Safe Driving prior art [Ed: There's also money in squashing fake patents because such patents are a nuisance to so many]

            Unified is pleased to announce PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Arpit Jain, who received a cash prize of $3,000 for his prior art submission for U.S. Patent 9,713,994. This patent is owned by Act-IP, an NPE. The ’994 patent generally relates to a system of sensors to allow a driver to safely drive their vehicle while being able to use smart applications. This patent is currently being asserted against Ford Motor Company in the Delaware District Court.

      • Copyrights

        • IFF writes to Google India regarding copyright strikes.

          There has been a rise in instances of takedown of content owned by independent news media companies, citizen journalists, current affairs bloggers and satirists on the grounds of copyright violations by YouTube. These takedowns are usually a result of copyright complaints received from big media houses. This is a misuse of intellectual property law by weaponising copyrights to stifle political dissent and fair critique. We write to Google India highlighting that action taken upon such complaints is based on an incorrect application of copyright law and YouTube’s policies and, therefore, threatens press freedom and is in violation of the constitutional rights of digital media reporters and its audience.

[Meme] [Teaser] Thrown Under the Bus

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ah, yes; We fired Jesper

Jesper is a jolly good... wait, he did what???

Summary: Tomorrow we shall look at Danish enablers of unlawful EPO regulations, Jesper Kongstad and Anne Rejnhold Jørgensen

The World Needs to Know What Many Austrians Already Know About Rude Liar, the Notorious ‘Double-Dipper’

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Today we publish many translations (from German) about the Austrian double-dipper, who already became the subject of unfavourable press coverage in his home country; he’s partly responsible for crushing fundamental rights at the EPO under Benoît Battistelli‘s regime

IN Part 16, which we’ve just formally published (in the video above it’s an almost-final draft), we look closely at Rude Liar, a strident old backer of “le système Battistelli”.

“The video above comes in two parts, though it’s not due to length but due to technical issues as noted at the end of the first part and start of the second part.”Rude Liar, who is now retired, is still out there. Sometimes he even speaks out in articles, so it’s important to understand who he is and what he did.

The video above comes in two parts, though it’s not due to length but due to technical issues as noted at the end of the first part and start of the second part. This is the first time this happens to us.

The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVI: The Demise of the Austrian Double-Dipper

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 3:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part I: Let the Sunshine In!
  2. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part II: A “Unanimous” Endorsement?
  3. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part III: Three Missing Votes
  4. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IV: The Founding States
  5. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part V: Germany Says “Ja”
  6. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VI: A Distinct Lack of Dutch Courage
  7. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VII: Luxembourgish Laxity
  8. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VIII: Perfidious Albion and Pusillanimous Hibernia
  9. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IX: More Holes Than Swiss Cheese
  10. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part X: Introducing the Controversial Christian Bock
  11. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XI: “General Bock” – Battistelli’s Swiss Apprentice?
  12. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XII: The French Connection
  13. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XIII: Battistelli’s Iberian Facilitators – Spain
  14. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XIV: Battistelli’s Iberian Facilitators – Portugal
  15. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XV: Et Tu Felix Austria…
  16. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The Demise of the Austrian Double-Dipper

Friedrich Rödler with António Campinos
Friedrich Rödler (right) exchanging pleasantries with António Campinos (left) at the pan-European “good brother” network celebration to mark the centenary of the Estonian Patent Office (March 2012).

Summary: Friedrich ‘Rude Liar’ Rödler is notorious in the eyes of EPO staff, whom he was slandering and scandalising for ages while he himself was the real scandal

In this part we continue our in-depth look into the career of Friedrich Rödler, the head of the Austrian delegation on the EPO’s Administrative Council in 2013.

As already mentioned in the last part, Rödler managed to remain off the radar of public scrutiny for a few years following his reappointment as Director of the Austrian Patent Office in 2010.

“As already mentioned in the last part, Rödler managed to remain off the radar of public scrutiny for a few years following his reappointment as Director of the Austrian Patent Office in 2010.”However, in 2013, he was back in the headlines again when revelations surfaced about his management of serv.ip. This was a “partially autonomous” unit of the Patent Office which had been established prior to Rödler’s arrival as Director for the purpose of providing “intellectual property information services” on a commercial basis.

The serv.ip unit was initially set up without a proper legal basis. However, that particular problem was remedied retroactively by means of an amendment to the Patent Act in 2009.

“This second salary came on top of his already generous monthly remuneration as Director of the Patent Office, which amounted to € 8,900 (pre-tax).”Things started to get uncomfortable for Rödler following an audit of the Patent Office conducted in 2012, when it was revealed that since 2004 he had been receiving a second salary as managing director of serv.ip. The contract with serv.ip had been concluded in November 2014 when Rödler was acting as ad interim Director of the Patent Office.

This second salary came on top of his already generous monthly remuneration as Director of the Patent Office, which amounted to € 8,900 (pre-tax).

More precisely, Rödler’s contract with serv.ip granted him an additional monthly salary of € 6,250 (pre-tax).

These revelations prompted Gabriela Moser to submit a statement of facts to the branch of the Public Prosecutor’s Office responsible for Economic Crime and Corruption, accusing Rödler of abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds.

“These revelations prompted Gabriela Moser to submit a statement of facts to the branch of the Public Prosecutor’s Office responsible for Economic Crime and Corruption, accusing Rödler of abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds.”The Public Prosecutor discontinued the proceedings against Rödler in February 2013, on the grounds that the accusation of a paid second job “did not merit prosecution”.

Rödler for his part proceeded to file a complaint against Moser for reputational damage. He also refused to comply with an order issued in June 2013 by his Minister, Doris Bures, instructing him to refrain from taking his second salary.

The affair was reported on by Die Presse in August 2013 in an article entitled “Peinliche Posse um das Patentamt” (“Embarrassing farce at the Patent Office”). English here. [PDF]

The SLAPP proceedings which Rödler had initiated against Moser were discontinued in July 2015 on the grounds that her statements were “permissible value judgments”.

“Rödler for his part proceeded to file a complaint against Moser for reputational damage. He also refused to comply with an order issued in June 2013 by his Minister, Doris Bures, instructing him to refrain from taking his second salary.”In the meantime, Moser proceeded to submit her third parliamentary question about Rödler [PDF] in September 2013. In this submission, she quoted in full the text of the article published in Die Presse and asked a number uncomfortable questions about Rodler’s second salary.

Rödler had some initial success in defending his claim to the second salary which he had awarded to himself as “managing director” of serv.ip.

The Social and Labour Court of Vienna delivered a judgment in his favour in December 2014.

However, this turned out to be a pyhrric victory for Rödler.

The public outrage generated by his audacious “double-dipping” at the expense of the taxpayer, resulted in a government decision against renewing his appointment when his second term as Director of the Patent Office expired in April 2015.

“The public outrage generated by his audacious “double-dipping” at the expense of the taxpayer, resulted in a government decision against renewing his appointment when his second term as Director of the Patent Office expired in April 2015.”In the meantime, in proceedings which took place before the Court of Appeal on 29 March 2016, the Ministry succeeded in overturning the first instance verdict which the Social and Labour Court of Vienna had returned in Rödler’s favour.

The “stern master of the Patent Office” took his case to the Austrian Supreme Court which delivered [PDF] its judgment on 28 July 2016 – and the outcome was not in Rödler’s favour. [PDF]

The Supreme Court found that Rödler’s contract with serv.ip was null and void because he lacked any lawful authorisation to conclude such a contract.

“The Supreme Court found that Rödler’s contract with serv.ip was null and void because he lacked any lawful authorisation to conclude such a contract.”His claims for over € 150,000 – based on the assertion that he had been unlawfully stripped of his remuneration as managing director of serv.ip at the end of 2013 – were dismissed.

On 25 August 2016, Garbriela Moser submitted her fourth and final parliamentary question about Rödler [PDF]. This time she inquired about a possible reclamation of his illegal remuneration in the light of the Supreme Court ruling.

The Minister in charge of the BMVIT, Jörg Leichtfried, responded with a terse statement to the effect that “all legally required steps would be taken”.

“To this day it remains unclear whether or not the Austrian state managed to reclaim the public funds which were misappropriated by Rödler between 2004 and 2013.”The story was covered in the Austrian daily Der Standard in July 2016 and a follow-up article appeared [PDF] in the Austrian edition of the Swiss Neue Züricher Zeitung on 3 November 2016 under the title “Der Beamte Rödler will mehr Geld vom Staat” (“The civil servant Rödler wants more money from the state”).

To this day it remains unclear whether or not the Austrian state managed to reclaim the public funds which were misappropriated by Rödler between 2004 and 2013.

But whatever about that, Rödler himself has long since sailed off into the sunset of retirement.

“But whatever about that, Rödler himself has long since sailed off into the sunset of retirement.”In addition to operating his own management consultancy business, Rödler-Consult, he occupies himself with worthy causes such as the Austrian Superbrands Council and the initiative “Rettet das Bargeld” which campaigns against restrictions on the right to make cash payments. He was also nominated by the FPÖ as a member of the University Council of the University of Vienna for a five year term of office starting from 1 March 2018.

Rödler is also a leading member of the Order of St. George, a European and non-partisan “order of chivalry” under the sponsorship of the Habsburg family, which supports the transnational idea of “Mitteleuropa” and enhanced cooperation between the countries of Central and Southeastern Europe.

Rodler and Habsburg family-funded Order of St. George
Rödler (centre) is a member of the Order of St. George under sponsorship of the Habsburg family.

In the course of his active retirement, Rödler has also occasionally found time to comment on EPO affairs.

For example, in June 2018 he published [PDF] a commentary about Benoît Battistelli‘s controversial "EPO Treasury Investment Fund" (EPOTIF), inspired by an article which had appeared in the German weekly Wirtschaftswoche.

“In the course of his active retirement, Rödler has also occasionally found time to comment on EPO affairs.”This commentary starts off by announcing that “the EPO is allowed to misuse Austrian funds for stock exchange speculation with the blessing of the SPÖ”. Although it raises a number of valid points of criticism about the EPOTIF, the main tenor of the piece is an attempt to settle scores on the domestic political stage.

Rödler’s most scathing criticisms are reserved not for the Machiavellian despot Battistelli – for whom he probably had a sneaking admiration – but rather for the SPÖ Minister Jörg Leichtfried and Rödler’s SPÖ-appointed successor at the Patent Office, Mariana Karepova.

It should be noted here that Leichtfried was the Minister who promised that “all legally required steps would be taken” to recoup the public funds which Rödler had misappropriated via his unlawful serv.ip contract. That might account for Rödler’s animosity towards him.

In fairness to Rödler it must be acknowledged that he was speaking from direct personal experience when it comes to the matter of speculation with public funds. That much is clear from an article published [PDF] by the Austrian news magazine Profil in January 2013 under the title “Friedrich Rödller: The strange dealings of the Patent Office boss”.

“Rödler’s most scathing criticisms are reserved not for the Machiavellian despot Battistelli – for whom he probably had a sneaking admiration – but rather for the SPÖ Minister Jörg Leichtfried and Rödler’s SPÖ-appointed successor at the Patent Office, Mariana Karepova.”In this article it was reported that Rödler indulged in highly speculative investments with public funds from serv.ip, which at the time in question held securities worth around € 3.95 million.

Rödler entrusted the Austrian Patent Office “treasury investment fund” to the prestigious Viennese private bank Gutmann which operates under the slogan: “Money. And How to Keep It”.

According to Profil, Rödler made decisions about the investment of the funds at his own discretion, even against the advice of his advisors at Gutmann. His investments included Turkish government securities and bonds denominated in Icelandic krona.

Rodler - Gutmann banking
During his time as head of the Austrian Patent Office, Rödler speculated with serv.ip funds using the services of the prestigious Viennese private bank Gutmann.

Rödler enjoys putting himself in the spotlight and seems to have something to say about almost every topic under the sun.

“According to Profil, Rödler made decisions about the investment of the funds at his own discretion, even against the advice of his advisors at Gutmann.”But so far he has kept “schtum” about his own role in supporting Battistelli’s “reign of terror” at the EPO during his time as head of the Austrian delegation on the EPO’s Administrative Council.

Given his long-standing and well-documented animosity towards the staff of the EPO, it’s hardly likely that he will break his silence at this belated stage to offer an apology for his complicity in Battistelli’s misguided efforts to trample on the fundamental rights at the EPO.

“Given his long-standing and well-documented animosity towards the staff of the EPO, it’s hardly likely that he will break his silence at this belated stage to offer an apology for his complicity in Battistelli’s misguided efforts to trample on the fundamental rights at the EPO.”It only remains to be noted that Rödler’s departure didn’t bring any change for the better, at least as far as EPO staff were concerned.

His successor as head of the Austrian Patent Office, Mariana Karepova, seems to be more style than substance. Her voting record as head of delegation on the Administrative Council indicates that she was just as supportive of Battistelli’s “reign of terror” at the EPO as her predecessor.

Mariana Karepova
Rödler’s successor Mariana Karepova, was just as supportive of Battistelli’s “reign of terror” as her predecessor.

At the 155th meeting (warning: epo.org link) of the Council in March 2018, Karepova was elected to the Board of the Administrative Council, the exclusive “inner circle” which carries out the preparatory work for Council meetings. Presumably this little sinecure was intended as a reward for her earlier collusion with “le système Battistelli”.

In the next part we will turn our attention northwards and take a look at the delegations representing the EPO’s Nordic states.

Links 18/10/2021: Porteus Kiosk 5.3 and Ventoy 1.0.55

Posted in News Roundup at 3:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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        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 WordPress cms on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to Download & Install Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri – LinuxCapable

        Ubuntu has officially released the Ubuntu 21.10 codenamed Impish Indri. This has seen the introduction of GNOME 40 as the default desktop, and sadly GNOME 41 did not make the final cut. The release also introduces Linux Kernel 5.13 among new applications and other back-end performance improvements.

        Some of the other features.

      • How to Install Docker Engine on Debian 11 (Bullseye)

        Docker is an open platform tool which provides container run time environment. With the help of docker, developers can build, ship and run their code as a container anywhere like on-prem or public cloud. Docker makes use of OS-level virtualization to spin up the containers. The host on which docker is installed and containers are spun are called as ‘Docker Engine’.

        In this post, we will cover how to install Docker Engine (Community Edition) on Debian 11 (Bullseye) step by step.

      • How to Install GNOME 41 Desktop Unstable 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 41 desktop, many would be looking for an opportunity to install and test or permanently use the latest on offer from GNOME.

        GNOME 41 introduces many changes from visual changes, new apps, and overhaul back-end changes to improve performance. Overall, it is vastly different from what previous GNOME versions have looked before.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the new GNOME 41 desktop from the unstable (sid) repository on your Debian 11 Bullseye operating system.

      • How to Install Odoo 15 on Ubuntu 20.04 – SpeedySense

        In this article, we explain you how to install Odoo 15 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Follow 8 easy steps for install Odoo 15 on Ubuntu. Odoo 15 was released on Oct 06, 2021. It is very easy to install Odoo in Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.

        Odoo is a most extensive open-source ERP that provides all business related application. Such as Accounting, CRM, Sales, Purchase, Project, Point of Sale, E-Commerce and many more. So Let’s start how to install and configure Odoo 14 in Ubuntu. Every year Odoo comes up with more new features and make platform more user-friendly.

      • How to Install Slack on Fedora 35 – LinuxCapable

        Slack is one of the most popular collaboration communication platforms in the world. From it was initial launch in 2013, it has grown. It is now favored amongst development teams and corporations to integrate many services, run groups, meetings, etc. The way Slack works is to create channels for your teams, topics, customers, or co-workers. Slack also features voice and video calls, file sharing.

        In the following tutorial, you will know how to install the Slack communication platform on Fedora 35.

      • How to Install and Configure Postgres 14 on Debian 11

        In this guide we are going to install Postgresql 14 in Debian 11.

        Postgresql is an open source object-relational database system with over 30 years of active development that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, feature robustness, and performance. Postgres, is a free and open-source relational database management system emphasizing extensibility and SQL compliance. It was originally named POSTGRES, referring to its origins as a successor to the Ingres database developed at the University of California, Berkeley. PostgreSQL is used as the primary data store or data warehouse for many web, mobile, geospatial, and analytics applications. PostgreSQL can store structured and unstructured data in a single product.

      • How to Perform a Remote Linux Backup Using SSH

        Secure Shell or SSH is responsible for successful network communication between two remote computers. For a Linux system administrator, this networking tool is the perfect solution for remote server/machine access over unsecured networks.

      • How to manage wireless connections using iwd on Linux

        Iwd is the acronym of “iNet wireless daemon”. As the name suggests, it is a free and open source wireless management daemon written by Intel for Linux. It is designed to avoid the usage of external libraries it just relies on the functionalities integrated into the kernel. It can be used together with NetworkManager as a substitute for wpa_supplicant, or in standalone mode. In this tutorial we will explore the latter option.

      • Linux Uptime Command with Examples

        The uptime command displays how long the system has been up (running) along with the current time, number of logged-in users, and the system load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes.

        In this tutorial, we learn the Linux uptime command.

    • Games

      • Valve launches Deck Verified, to show off what games will work well on the Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        We’ve been wondering what Valve had planned to show off Steam Deck compatibility for games and now they’ve launched Deck Verified as their answer.

        Valve say they are reviewing the entire Steam catalogue on the Steam Deck, with each of them gaining a category that it falls under that will show up across Steam from the store to your own Steam Library. The ratings will be split across Verified, Playable, Unsupported and Unknown. This is good because there’s a lot of reasons why games will mix between perfect and unplayable on Steam Deck and the Arch Linux-based SteamOS it ships with.

      • Valve Launches “Steam Deck Verified” Program For Games That Run Well On The Steam Deck – Phoronix

        Valve is introducing a Steam Deck Verified system for helping gamers find out what games have been verified to work well on their forthcoming AMD+Linux-powered handheld game console.

      • VKD3D-Proton v2.5 is out for Direct3D 12 on top of Vulkan, improving DirectX Raytracing | GamingOnLinux

        VKD3D-Proton is the project that translates Microsoft’s Direct3D 12 to Vulkan, another big part of Steam Play Proton and there’s a new release out. If you wish to know more about Steam Play and Proton do check out our dedicated section.

        A continued focus of VKD3D-Proton is bringing up support for DirectX Raytracing (DXR). As of this version 2.5 the developer notes that DXR 1.0 “is more or less feature complete”. A few weird issues are left and eventually the config variable to enable it will be removed when it’s stable enough.

        Further work went into improving DXR 1.1 and it’s now experimentally exposed, with it being enabled by setting VKD3D_CONFIG=dxr11. They say that DXR 1.1 cannot be “fully implemented” just yet, although the feature support missing doesn’t seem to currently be used by games. As of now DXR 1.1 inline raytracing is also fully implemented.

      • VKD3D-Proton 2.5 Released With Experimental DXR 1.1, More Games Working – Phoronix

        VKD3D-Proton as Valve’s Direct3D 12 over Vulkan implementation for Steam Play’s Proton is out with a big feature update.

        VKD3D-Proton 2.5 brings experimental, opt-in support for DXR 1.1 ray-tracing. DXR 1.1 isn’t yet fully implemented but does add inline ray-tracing support and other features. DXR 1.0 ray-tracing meanwhile is now considered effectively feature complete with VKD3D-Proton 2.5.

      • Timberborn: a cute beaver colony sim with an unrewarding late game

        The game only supports Windows. However, it runs excellently on Linux in Steam Proton compatibility mode.

      • Swarming RTS Age of Darkness: Final Stand is in Early Access and works great on Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Age of Darkness: Final Stand is like a fantasy version of They Are Billions, and compared with the latter it runs great on Linux thanks to Steam Play Proton. No native Linux version here but honestly it runs so well you can’t tell the difference, it’s click and play thanks to Proton and as such a massive fan of real-time strategy games I couldn’t resist playing this one myself. Note: key provided by Team17.

        The world in Age of Darkness is one of constant fear. Darkness brings out Nightmares, strange hellish creatures with a taste for flesh and destruction. It’s a constant battle of preparation. Right now it only has a survival mode, which sees you build up a village as you attempt to survive each night. All the traditional elements of a base-building RTS are here with population management, resource gathering, army building and more. A game very much for those of you who like “turtling”, where you focus on building up a heavy defence.

      • Playing Deltarune: Chapter 2 natively on Linux | GamingOnLinux

        So, some time ago Toby Fox released the second chapter of the Deltarune series. Sadly, as was the case with the previous chapter, this one too comes without official Linux support. However, if the [HeartShapedObject] is willing, there is a way to play the game natively on Linux, albeit without official support.

        The trick is essentially the same as I described back in 2018 when the first chapter of Deltarune was released. Essentially, Deltarune is made with the GameMaker engine, and you can do a “port” of games like that as long as you can find a compatible GameMaker runner binary to pair up with the game data.

      • War Thunder is getting more terrain deformation in the upcoming ‘Ground Breaking’ upgrade | GamingOnLinux

        Ground Breaking is the name of the next major update for War Thunder and it sounds quite exciting, with some game engine upgrades to allow for more terrain interactions and deformation.

        Not only will you see huge craters left over from some of the more explosive ordinance, you will also be able to push around the ground. Soil, sand and snow will be movable with your tanks, allowing you with a little patience to create your own little protective barriers. That’s right, self-entrenching is going to be a thing. In the Ground Breaking update the developers will add in a new animation for vehicles digging in.

      • Hugely popular mobile roguelike Shattered Pixel Dungeon is coming to Steam | GamingOnLinux

        For the PC release the developer now has a Steam page live and they’ve confirmed it will have a native Linux version.

      • Steam Play tool Luxtorpeda for running games in native Linux engines sees a major upgrade | GamingOnLinux

        Steam Play allows Linux gamers to use many different compatibility layers like Proton for running Windows games but Luxtorpeda instead makes games use an available native Linux game engine. It’s a thoroughly clever and awesome project, as there’s a number of games that just run better (regardless of the platform) on an up to date native game engine.

        Quite a few games are supported with it including: Arx Fatalis, Caesar 3, Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion, multiple Doom games, Descent 1 / 2, Freespace 2, Ocean’s Heart, PowerSlave, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Warzone 2100 and the list goes on.

        The new version 40 that’s out now moves over to a more modern Steam Runtime (Soldier). The developer mentions that this “leads to better tooling with the newer starting point, less extra dependencies, and will be much more future proof”.

      • Marci from the DOTA: Dragon’s Blood anime will join Dota 2 later this year | GamingOnLinux

        Valve has announced that the next hero joining the ranks in Dota 2 will be Marci, the silent companion to Mirana from the DOTA: Dragon’s Blood anime. It’s not a big surprise as Marci ended up being quite the fan favourite.

        Not much is known about the Marci update, as the official post from Valve was short and to the point simple confirming Marci is coming along with an animation by Studio Mir. The only other thing we actually know is that Marci will drop into Dota 2 “this Fall”.

      • OpenTTD 12.0 is out now improving multiplayer for fans of Transport Tycoon Deluxe | GamingOnLinux

        Based on Transport Tycoon Deluxe, the free and open source OpenTTD has release version 12.0 as the multiplayer update.

        The big thing with this new release is improved multiplayer and it’s much less of a hassle to setup. You no longer need to mess with port-forwarding. The game now does pretty much everything for you. All you need to do now is setup a server, share a code and your friends can join in – nice.

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • OpenBSD 7.0 adds 64-bit RISC-V, improves Apple Arm silicon support

          OpenBSD 7.0, the 51st release of the UNIX-like operating system, was outed on October 14, 2021, with the introduction of 64-bit RISC-V support for HiFive Unmatched and PolarFire SoC Icicle Kit boards, as well as further improvements to ARM64 targets, notably for Apple Silicon Macs, although it’s not quite ready for general use yet.

          You’ll find the complete list of new features and updates on the OpenBSD website, but here are some of the highlights…

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • Gentoo Family

        • Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 5.3 Released with Hardware Video Decoding, Virtual Keyboard

          Porteus Kiosk 5.3 is here about six months after Porteus Kiosk 5.2 to add several new features, including experimental hardware video decoding support and virtual keyboard for both Mozilla Firefox ESR and Google Chrome web browsers.

          While the hardware decoding feature can be enabled in remote config with the hardware_video_decode parameter, the virtual keyboard feature comes as an extension and will pop-up automatically when clicking an input field on a web page. Users can control the virtual keyboard in remote config with the virtual_keyboard parameter.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Use and contribute to a new Open Source Cloud Guide

          Today, at All Things Open, IBM is releasing the Open Source Cloud Guide, which highlights various use cases that are important in hybrid cloud environments, features the important open source projects in those areas, and discusses how various clouds are using open source in their offerings. By open sourcing the guide, developers are able to both use and contribute to the learnings and use cases

        • Announcing Cryostat 2.0: JDK Flight Recorder for containers

          Cryostat is a container-native JVM application that provides a secure API for profiling and monitoring containers with JDK Flight Recorder (JFR). JDK Flight Recorder collects profiling and diagnostic data from applications using JFR events stored in binary flight recordings. When requested, Cryostat can retrieve, store, and analyze flight recordings from containerized Java virtual machines (JVMs) to assess overall application health. Users can download recording files and upload them to JDK Mission Control (JMC) or Grafana for further analysis.

          This article introduces Cryostat and shares new features in the 2.0 release, including example use cases, tips for getting started, and additional release notes. For more information about Cryostat fundamentals, visit Introduction to Cryostat: JDK Flight Recorder for containers.

        • Kafka Monthly Digest: September 2021

          Welcome to the 44th edition of the Kafka Monthly Digest. In this edition, I’ll cover what happened in the Apache Kafka community in September 2021.

          For last month’s digest, see Kafka Monthly Digest: August 2021 on IBM Developer.

        • Sensitive information detection using the NVIDIA Morpheus AI framework

          The growth of cloud-native applications has driven an explosion of east-west network traffic within a datacenter where applications can create hundreds of thousands of network connections among virtual machines and containers. As a consequence, the ability to track, monitor, and secure a datacenter in a timely manner has risen above that of any individual or team, thus requiring the help of AI and machine learning (AI/ML) to enable ITOps, infrastructure security, and DevSecOps teams to manage the complexity of modern cloud-native applications and the underlying platforms.

          Red Hat and NVIDIA have been working together to bring the security analytics capabilities of the NVIDIA Morpheus AI application framework to Red Hat infrastructure platforms for cybersecurity developers. This article provides a set of configuration instructions to Red Hat developers working on applications that use the NVIDIA Morpheus AI application framework and NVIDIA BlueField data processing units (DPUs) to secure interservice communication.

        • DevSecOps: 11 questions to ask about your security strategy now

          It’s the fourth and final quarter of 2021, believe it or not. That makes it time for IT leaders to review and evaluate how things are going – and plan for 2022. Security sometimes gets left out of those conversations. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen, with an extensive list of questions worth asking as you assess your security posture and look for ways to improve.

          We’ll start with a series of topics that are particularly relevant for teams that are considering or already implementing a DevSecOps strategy, then we’ll cover a series of fundamental questions worth asking in any organization – especially those currently struggling to modernize their security approach.

        • How Podman runs on Macs and other container FAQs | Enable Sysadmin

          As the Podman machine function becomes more used—particularly on Macs—there have been many questions about how this all works. Some of what is tossed around on the internet is pure speculation, so this article aims to eliminate any speculation.

          Many people do not realize that containers are really Linux. As such, Linux containers cannot run natively on macOS. Therefore, the containers must run in a Linux virtual machine (VM), and a Podman client interacts with that VM. This is in line with all solutions for running containers on macOS.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 21.10: Plan to do yourself an Indri? Here’s what’s inside… including a bit of GNOME schooling

          Canonical has released Ubuntu 21.10, or “Impish Indri” as this one is known. This is the last major version before next year’s long-term support release of Ubuntu 22.04, and serves as a good preview of some of the changes coming for those who stick with LTS releases.

          If you prefer to run the latest and greatest, 21.10 is a solid release with a new kernel, a major GNOME update, and some theming changes. As a short-term support release, Ubuntu 21.10 will be supported for nine months, which covers you until July 2022, by which point 22.04 will already be out.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 Radeon Gaming With KDE Plasma vs. GNOME Shell + Wayland vs. X.Org

          With last week’s release of Ubuntu 21.10, here are some fresh benchmarks looking at the Linux gaming performance on this new release while testing both the GNOME Shell 40 default desktop to that of its KDE Plasma 5.22 based option. Both the X.Org and Wayland sessions for KDE and GNOME were benchmarked for seeing how the Linux gaming performance compares with the Radeon open-source GPU driver stack.

          In the past we’ve seen the GNOME Shell Wayland-based Linux gaming experience to be in very good shape and in some games performing even better than the X.Org based environment. With GNOME / Mutter continuing to mature as well as running the latest open-source Radeon drivers, now with the Ubuntu 21.10 release it’s a good time to re-test the performance. Additionally, the KDE Plasma Wayland experience has matured a heck of a lot this year and is now in much better shape for day-to-day use so it’s been also included for this comparison.

        • Ubuntu Studio: Ubuntu Studio 21.10 Released

          The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 21.10, code-named “Impish Indri”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 30th release. This release is a regular release, and as such it is supported for nine months until July 2022.

          Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list of changes and known issues.

          You can download Ubuntu Studio 21.10 from our download page.

        • Lubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri) Released!

          Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 21.10 has been released. With the codename Impish Indri, Lubuntu 21.10 is the 21st release of Lubuntu, the seventh release of Lubuntu with LXQt as the default desktop environment.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Results from the Survey about LibreOffice Calc

          Earlier this year we run a survey on LibreOffice Calc. It was inspired by a similar questionnaire for LibreOffice Draw (see first and second blog post). The Calc survey was used to learn about how Calc is being used, what features are most important to users and where they expect to see the improvements to the software. The work was done by Maria Berg, thanks a lot for your contribution.

          This blog post shows some results in detail. You may also watch the recording of the presentation at the LibreOffice conference at http:// (link will be added later)

          In total 1797 people started the survey and 1229 completed all questions. Many thanks to everyone!

          We started with a couple of demographic questions that demonstrated the limits of online surveys: most participants were middle age (65% between 33 and 65 years old), technology-affine (60% use Linux as operating system), and power users (45% run the application every day). We advertised the survey on our blog and social media such as Twitter (you may also follow the design team), Reddit, and Facebook. And while LibreOffice has roughly 200 millions users, most of those who are following us are technology enthusiastic.

      • Programming/Development

        • Play DOOM Using Web Browser Checkboxes (Finally) | Hackaday

          While the resolution and color palette aren’t what we have come to expect from DOOM, it’s likely that the graphics could be further improved by tinkering with the dithering and threshold settings. Higher resolutions may also be possible with further optimization.

  • Leftovers

    • Opinion | I Hear America Screeching

      In the weeks since the 20th anniversary of 9/11, sensory memories of that disastrous day — things I haven’t thought about in years – came flooding back.

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Microsoft admits to yet more printing problems in Windows as back-at-the-office folks asked for admin credentials
        • Security

          • Former Microsoft Security Analyst Claims Office 365 Knowingly Hosted Malware For Years

            Malware on Windows devices has become a real problem in the last few years, specifically with a recent uptick in ransomware. It appears that Microsoft has been trying to combat this issue, though, with updates to Microsoft Defender, so it has more teeth than ever before. However, what if Microsoft is part of the problem too?

            On Friday, cybersecurity researcher TheAnalyst explained on Twitter how BazarLoader malware leads to ransomware that can severely affect healthcare, among other industries. He then called out Microsoft, asking if the company has “any responsibility in this when they KNOWINGLY are hosting hundreds of files leading to this,” alongside an image of what appears to be malicious files being hosted in OneDrive.

          • Windows 10, Linux, iOS, Chrome and Many Others at Hacked Tianfu Cup 2021

            Windows 10, iOS 15, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Ubuntu 20 were successfully broken into using original, never-before-seen exploits at the Tianfu Cup 2021, the fourth edition of the international cybersecurity contest held in the city of Chengdu, China.

          • Security updates for Monday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (amd64-microcode, libreoffice, linux-4.19, and nghttp2), Fedora (chromium, libopenmpt, vim, and xen), openSUSE (firefox, kernel, krb5, libaom, and opera), Oracle (thunderbird), SUSE (firefox, firefox, rust-cbindgen, iproute2, javapackages-tools, javassist, mysql-connector-java, protobuf, python-python-gflags, and krb5), and Ubuntu (nginx).

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • CIA Funding Arm Gave Encrypted App Wickr $1.6 Million

              In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit investment firm started by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), recently poured more than $1.6 million into encrypted messaging platform Wickr, according to public disclosure records reviewed by Motherboard.

              The $1.6 million was transferred before Amazon purchased the company, but highlights Wickr’s continuing position as an end-to-end encrypted messaging app for government agencies. Beyond the In-Q-Tel investment, Wickr also has a specific product approved by the Department of Defense, and as Motherboard reported last month, a new $900,000 contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

              Jack Poulson, executive director of Tech Inquiry, first flagged the money transfer to Motherboard. As he pointed out, one of In-Q-Tel’s Form 990s, which describes compensation paid to outside contractors, mentions a payment to a company called “W I.” That company’s address—1459 18th Street, San Francisco—is identical to that of Wickr Inc., according to other public corporate records.

            • Fingerprint biometrics and IDV set for rapid growth, big players consider blockchain | Biometric Update

              Forecasts of rapid growth in fingerprint sensors and digital identity verification are backed up by reports from technology providers of market progress in both areas, with Fingerprint Cards moving forward with PC deployments and a biometric payment card project, and new deals for FSS, Blinking, FacePhi, Socure, HooYu and Ondato, and a launch for ComplyCube. Digital identity decentralization, at least in terms of computation, also continues to gain steam, while centralized national ID projects in India and Pakistan are considered for the lessons, positive and negative, they can provide.

            • Give us your biometric data to get your lunch in 5 seconds, UK schools tell children
    • Environment

      • Opinion | Beyond Science: Art and the Environment

        In 1871 photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran joined an expedition to the Yellowstone region of the United States, which they documented in a series of powerful and moving creative works. Soon after, Jackson’s and Moran’s images became the catalysts for Congress to designate the very first national park at Yellowstone.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

      • Opinion | A Smiling Sayonara from Private Equity’s Pioneers

        The billionaire founders of KKR, America’s first nationally celebrated “private equity” giant, have just announced they’re stepping down as the company’s co-CEOs. Henry Kravis, now 77, and George Roberts, 78, helped found KKR in 1976. They opened up shop with $120,000 in capital to invest. Their KKR portfolio currently holds assets valued not all that far from half a trillion.

      • Mondaire Jones Warns Against Watering Down Human Infrastructure Proposals

        Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones on Sunday criticized efforts to include means-testing requirements on programs in his party’s reconciliation package as an approach that is not cost-effective and that could exclude those most in need.

        The vocal opposition to means-testing from Jones and other progressive Democrats came amid a push by conservative Democrats including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia to pare back the climate and safety net package by imposing income limits on proposals like Medicare expansion.

      • Why Everything is Suddenly Getting More Expensive — And Why It Won’t Stop

        It’s not just me. It’s probably you, too. Have you noticed that it’s starting to be hard to just…get stuff? If you’ve tried buying a car lately, you might have observed that even used car prices have climbed to relatively astronomical levels. The same is beginning to hold true for good after good — from electronics to energy. What’s going on here?
        I have some bad news, and I have some…well…worse news. We’re at the beginning of of an era in economic history that’ll probably come to be known as the Great Inflation.
        Prices are going to rise, probably exponentially, over the course of the next few decades. The reason for that’s simple: everything, more or less, has been artificially cheap. The costs of everything from carbon to fascism to ecological collapse to social fracture haven’t been factored in — ever, from the beginning of the industrial age. But that age is now coming to a sudden, climactic, explosive end. The problem is that, well, we’re standing in the way.
        Let me explain, with an example. I was looking for a microphone for a singer I’m working with. I was shocked to read that a well-know German microphone company had just…stopped making them. And furloughed all its workers. It didn’t say why — but it didn’t need to. The reason’s obvious. Steel prices are rising, and they’re going to to keep rising, because energy prices are rising. Then there’s the by now infamous “chip shortage,” chips they probably rely on, too. Add all that up, and bang — you’ve got an historic company suddenly imploding.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

[Meme] [Teaser] More to Life Than Patents

Posted in Europe, Finance, Patents at 11:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

'Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.' -Thomas Harris

Gieriger Mann

Summary: Greedy sociopaths oughtn’t be put in charge of patent offices; this is what’s dooming the EPO in recent years (all they think about is money)

Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement

Posted in Deception, GPL, Law, Microsoft at 5:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists
  2. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement

GitHub: Where everything comes to die
Get out while you still can…

Summary: Microsoft contemplated buying GitHub 7.5 years ago; the goal wasn’t to actually support “Open Source” but to crush it from the inside and that’s what Microsoft has been doing over the past 2.5 years (we have some details from the inside)

THE latest series we have is expected to last months, not weeks. Our in-depth investigation started yesterday as we began fact-checking and verifying claims. Some of them are quite astounding and the challenge will be splitting the revelations into separate logical bits.

As a bit of a teaser, last week we showed what Miguel de Icaza really thinks of the CEO of Microsoft GitHub (Nat Friedman, a rich spoiled boy like Bill Gates). Remember that it was Miguel de Icaza himself who more than 15 years ago worked on the wedding between Microsoft and Novell (the very reason this site exists in the first place) and it’s mostly about patents, enabling Microsoft to basically dominate if not commandeer GNU/Linux. Also, for those who are not aware, Miguel de Icaza met Nat Friedman as a Microsoft employee (intern); both still work for Microsoft and Miguel de Icaza actually co-founded GNOME after he had attempted to work for Microsoft (but failed for immigration reasons).

“They say a fish rots from the head down; here too, as we shall see, rich spoiled boy Nat Friedman is the mastermind.”This series won’t be focusing on aspects that we covered before, e.g. how GitHub renders Free software projects mere “slaves” of Microsoft (Microsoft is the master of everything in GitHub, no matter what it says about the word) or why it’s a huge danger (we consider it to be the biggest threat to Free software). Instead, we shall focus mostly on how GitHub is being weaponised against millions of Free software projects, especially those that use reciprocal licences. We’ll see who and what is behind that plot, based on insiders’ accounts. We don’t want to give any spoilers away. They say a fish rots from the head down; here too, as we shall see, rich spoiled boy Nat Friedman is the mastermind. He’s so vain that he’s blocking, not just stonewalling, many of his critics. He’s insecure if not paranoid because he has so much to hide.

“GitHub is another problem,” an associate of ours has explained, as “it was only half bad at first but after it got bought out / sold out then it is all bad. I figure it was a defensive maneuver by Microsoft to also gain surveillance over competitors, but more to shut them down and control them. Similar to Mojang.”

In the case of Mojang, think of the poor frog inside the warm/hot water that starts boiling and gradually kills the frog in a very cruel fashion. In the case of Minecraft (of Mojang), they stopped the Java version and made a variant of the flagship product that was Windows-only, then they went all in on that. Apparently they also require a Microsoft account to continue using the product. Bundling and social engineering [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. In GitHub’s case, they try to steer people away from the GPL and change users’ practices; moreover, they promote a proprietary IDE, NSA-friendly hosting, and a “better” Git tool (basically pulling an E.E.E. on the original project, which was created by Linus Torvalds). The bundling increases over time. Use it the way Microsoft wants or be left behind..

Remember that ongoing scandal in .NET Foundation (as recent as this month). Microsoft constantly misuses its power in GitHub and it’ll only get worse in the future because the fist tightens. The currency is control [1, 2]. That’s just Microsoft being Microsoft. Robert X. Cringely once said that Microsoft “have the deepest of pockets, unlimited ambition, and they are willing to lose money for years and years just to make sure that you don’t make any money, either. And they are mean, REALLY mean.”

GitHub does not make money, but it gives Microsoft a lot of unjust power that it is — as always! — happy to abuse/misuse.

“They’ll never recover that money,” our associate has said about GitHub and Mojang, “but they did shut down a gateway for kids to learn about GNU/Linux and the very existence of non-Microsoft systems.”

“Microsoft itself is only about 4/5 of the problem. On top of what it does itself, there is also the fact that various nation states exploit it as a vehicle for nefarious works.”

“Hence the continued bailouts via “contracts”, like JEDI.”

“Microsoft constantly misuses its power in GitHub and it’ll only get worse in the future because the fist tightens.”We casually mentioned this in yesterday's Daily Links. Expect this series to also cover Pentagon and/or NSA connections. They do exist. Microsoft is more about politics than about technology.

As we focus intensely on the EPO we cannot promise daily or even weekly posts in the GitHub series. But we certainly expect this series to go on for a very long time.

In Part III we’ll begin to examine some verified new evidence. In later parts we’ll name some of the players (culprits) and illuminate their dark past.

Links 18/10/2021: Linux 5.15 RC6 and 7 New Stable Kernels

Posted in News Roundup at 3:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux Weekly Roundup #152

        Welcome to this week’s Linux weekly roundup and wow! What a full week in the world of Linux releases with KDE Plasma 5.23 and Linux releases like Ubuntu 21.10, Devuan 4.0.0, KaOS 2021.10, Bluestar Linux 5.14.11, Manjaro 21.1.16, and Sparky Linux 2021.10.

      • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: October 17th, 2021

        This week was all about Ubuntu 21.10, but we also saw some big announcements starting with the release of the KDE Plasma 5.23 desktop enviornment and the launch of the PinePhone Pro Linux smartphone, and continuing with several great distro releases like the systemd-free Devuan GNU+Linux 4.0 and KaOS 2021.10.

        You can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for October 17th, 2021, below. Last but not least, this week I also managed to do some further optimization to the website so that it runs faster, and cleaned up the bottom part of the posts pages to make the comments section more accessible.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • KDE Plasma 5.23 Run Through – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at KDE Plasma 5.23.

      • KDE Plasma 5.23

        Today we are looking at the newly released KDE Plasma 5.23, we use the KDE Neon user edition to look at it (which is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS). Enjoy!

      • Zoomers Don’t Understand Computer Folders – Invidious

        As computers get easier to use and more people are using computers from a young age you’d think that computer literacy would increase, well in some instances that may not actually be the case.

      • I Can’t Use Free Software. Proprietary Software Is BETTER! – Invidious

        I often talk about the advantages of free and open source software (FOSS) versus proprietary software (aka “proprietary poo”). But many people have messaged me saying that they could never switch to FOSS because: (1) I have to use proprietary software, or (2) proprietary software is just inherently better than free/cheap software, or (3) there is no FOSS software for the stuff I do.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15-rc6
        So here we are, slightly later on a Sunday than usual due to travel,
        but rc6 is out.
        I'd love to say that it's all looking average, but rc6 is actually
        bigger han rc5 was, and larger than normal for this time in the
        release cycle.
        It's not _enormously_ larger than normal, and it's not the largest rc6
        we've had, but it's still slightly worrisome. By rc6 I really do
        expect things to have started calming down.
        I'm hoping it's just one of those random timing effects, with a couple
        of slightly bigger pulls having come in the last week, and we'll see
        the next week being extra quiet because rc6 got some of the stuff that
        would normally have hit rc7. It happens. But let's see how this goes.
        The 5.15 cycle over-all remains one of the smaller cycles (at least
        counting commits), so I wouldn't have expected this to be one that
        requires an extra rc, but that may be what ends up happening unless
        the upcoming week is really nice and calm.
        That said, nothing in here looks _particularly_ worrisome. It really
        smells like just random timing effects to me, with networking, GPU
        drivers, and ntfs3 all having had a somewhat active week.  Other than
        that it all really looks fairly normal.
        Full details in the shortlog below.
        Please give it a whirl. And let's hope for a nice calm next week and a
        smaller rc7.
      • Linux 5.14.13
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.14.13 kernel.
        All users of the 5.14 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.14.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.14.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • Linux 5.10.74
      • Linux 5.4.154
      • Linux 4.19.212
      • Linux 4.14.251
      • Linux 4.9.287
      • Linux 4.4.289
    • Applications

      • Free Software Review: Yoga Image Optimizer. Google Guetzli? WHY!? – BaronHK’s Rants

        Many programs that write JPEG files don’t do the best job at using the format efficiently.

        So, there are many suboptimal JPEGs floating around the internet, and many are up to 20-30% bigger than they need to be, because some programs do all sorts of ridiculous and unnecessary things when they write them, and also fail to use Huffman Coding correctly.

        Unfortunately, JPEG is a lossy compressed format (and not even a great one), and so like an MP3 file, if you re-encode it, even back into itself, you suffer further loss in quality.

        However, lossless optimization doesn’t do this. You may not get enormous improvements in file size, but it’s more like using a more aggressive dictionary search in a ZIP file.

        (As lossy compression schemes broadly have two parts. One that discards data that it considers perceptually irrelevant, and then another part that does lossless compression methods on what’s left.).

        I looked around to see if Debian had MozJPEG, but it didn’t. There was a open discussion about it, which is one of the bright sides of Debian. At least you know the discussions leading up to the decisions they make.

      • 6 Best Command Line Music Players for Linux in 2021

        Linux terminal is used for performing administrative tasks without having any issues. However, many people don’t know that we can play music through the command line. Linux provides different CLI music players by which users can play the audio files from the terminal.

        CLI music players are simple to use and consume lesser memory. This article briefs about the 6 best command line Music players for Linux in 2021.

      • 31 Best Linux Performance Monitoring Tools

        Linux Performance Monitoring tools are the tools that allow you to keep track of your Linux system’s resources and storage usage, as well as the state of your network. The tools can be used to troubleshoot and debug Linux System Performance issues.

        In this tutorial, we will learn the best tools for Linux performance monitoring and troubleshooting.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to install Thinkorswim Desktop on a Chromebook in 2021

        Today we are looking at how to install Thinkorswim Desktop 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.

      • Gaze at the stars on your Linux PC with Stellarium

        Stellarium is a digital planetarium that is free and open source. Anyone can install it and use it to gaze at stars in the sky in real-time. It also shows detailed information on planets, moons, and even constellations. Here’s how you can use Stellarium to gaze at the stars on your Linux PC.

      • How to Install Checkmk Monitoring Agents on Linux – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Checkmk monitoring agents on Linux. Monitoring agents enables remote monitoring of system metrics such as system load, memory and disk usage e.t.c.

        In our previous tutorial, we learnt how to install Checkmk monitoring tool on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

      • How to play Dead Space on Linux

        Dead Space is a survival horror game developed by EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released on PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows. Here’s how to play Dead Space on Linux.

      • » kvm-qemu – where to set the bios and chipset? | dwaves.de

        it is actually like this, in virt-manager, that chipset and bios can only be changed during first setup “begin installation”

      • [Gentoo] Quick and dirty way to fix broken pam on a machine that runs fine otherwise | LordVan’s Page / Blog

        Due to some unfortunate events I ended up with a broken pam library on a VM I am running. Everything else worked just fine .. except that login of course (so a bit of an issue if you need to do stuff like update letsencrypt certificates quickly cuz you forgot and are on holiday…

      • How to use terraform to Launch an AWS EC2 Instance

        Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as code software tool created by HashiCorp. To use terraform, you define the resources you want to create using a declarative configuration language created by Hashicorp known as HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL), or optionally JSON.

      • How to play Gunfire Reborn on Linux

        Gunfire Reborn is an adventure FPS game with RPG and roguelite elements. The game was published and developed by Douyi Games. Here’s how to play the game on Linux.


        Gunfire Reborn has an excellent rating on ProtonDB, so it should run great on Linux. However, if you’d like to play the game, you’ll have to first install the Steam app for Linux on your computer.

    • Games

      • Pnevmo-Capsula: Domiki rolls onto Windows, Mac and Linux

        Usually the term “on rails” refers to a highly linear experience over which the player has little control. But sometimes it’s meant far more literally than that, as is the case in Pomeshkin Valentin Igorevich’s recently released steampunk adventure, Pnevmo-Capsula: Domiki.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Dash to Dock (Finally) Adds GNOME 40 Support

          Dash to Dock now supports GNOME 40 — officially.

          Work to get the popular desktop dock extension jiving with GNOME 40 desktop got underway back in April. Progress was, as we reported, swift and functional, but to try it out users needed to manually install a development version from Github.

          Well, no more.

          You can now install Dash to Dock on GNOME 40 from the GNOME extensions site using a compatible web browser.

          Version 70 of the add-on gains official support for GNOME 40 and its horizontal workspace and application launcher. The dock can be placed on different sides of the screen, and remain accessible once exiting the overview (unlock GNOME Shell’s native dock).

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • Review: Auxtral 3

          At the beginning of this review I mentioned Auxtral reminded me of Linux Mint Debian Edition. The theme, the Cinnamon desktop, and general look of the project certainly held that first impression. However, the default applications and tools (apart from the Cinnamon desktop and command line utilities) felt quite a bit different. Linux Mint has been around for several years and has earned a reputation for being beginner friendly, polished, and shipping with a lot of top-notch open source applications.

          Auxtral appears to have a similar approach – similar base distribution, the same desktop environments, and a similar look. However, Auxtral does have its own personality under the surface. It ships with a quite different collection of applications, sometimes using less popular items (Brave in place of Firefox, SMPlayer instead of VLC, etc.) It has also gone its own way with software updates, preferring classic tools like APT and Synaptic over Mint’s update manager.

          Auxtral is off to a good start. This was my first time trying the distribution and the experience was mostly positive. The operating system is easy to install, offers multiple desktop environments, and walks a pretty good line between hand holding and staying out of the way. The application menu is uncluttered while including enough programs to be useful. Some of those programs are a bit more obscure or less beginner friendly than what you might find in Linux Mint, but otherwise it’s a good collection. Virtually everything worked and worked smoothly. I was unpleasantly surprised by this distribution’s memory usage, most projects consume about half as much RAM, but otherwise I liked what Auxtral had to offer. I might not recommended it to complete beginners, especially since the project does not appear to have any documentation or support options of its own, but for someone who doesn’t mind a little command line work or who likes the idea of an easy to setup distribution that combines Debian with the Cinnamon (or Xfce desktop) this seems like a good option.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

        Adobe is a large multinational computer software company with over 22,000 employees. Its flagship products include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, XD, Acrobat DC, as well as the ubiquitous the Portable Document Format (PDF). Their products are wrapped up and marketed as the Creative Cloud, a subscription-only way of accessing more than 20 desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more.

        We are long-standing admirers of Adobe’s products. They develop many high quality proprietary programs. It’s true there are security and privacy concerns in relation to some of their products. And there’s considerable criticism attached to their pricing practices. But the fundamental issue regarding Adobe Creative Cloud is that Linux isn’t a supported platform. And there’s no prospect of support forthcoming.

      • Events

        • All Things Open: Diversity Event Today – Big Top Goes Up Monday! – FOSS Force

          By now things are going full tilt boogie in downtown Raleigh, as the All Things Open conference is well into its “pre” day.

          Keeping with the trend set by other conferences, All Things Open opens a day ahead of time, partially to stage free event’s that aren’t officially a part of the main show, but which offer attendees from out-of-town a reason to fly in a day early to settle in.

          This is good for the travelling attendees, because they don’t spend the first day suffering for jet lag or other forms of travel fatigue, and good for the event, because it means that more people are in place to fill seats and attend presentations, beginning with the opening keynote.


          At ATO, the registration desks are open on Sunday from noon until 5:30 Eastern Time, and the pre-conference is a free Inclusion and Diversity Event that started at noon and will run until 5pm, emceed by Rikki Endsley, formally with Red Hat and now a community marketing manager at Amazon Web Services.

      • Programming/Development

        • pam-krb5 4.11

          The primary change in this release of my Kerberos PAM module is support for calling pam_end with PAM_DATA_SILENT. I had not known that the intent of this flag was to signal that only process resources were being cleaned up and external resources should not be (in part because an older version of the man page doesn’t make this clear).

        • QB64 Hits Version 2.0, Gets Enhanced Debugging | Hackaday

          Despite the name, BASIC isn’t exactly a language recommended for beginners these days. Technology has moved on, and now most people would steer you towards Python if you wanted to get your feet wet with software development. But for those who got their first taste of programming by copying lines of BASIC out of a computer magazine, the language still holds a certain nostalgic appeal.

  • Leftovers

    • Education

      • Libraries today: digital futures and Renaissance ideals

        There is a fairly standard image of the university library. At least in affluent Western countries, they are generally open long hours, run by professionals with their own acquisitions budgets, and fairly comprehensive in their coverage of major disciplines. And, until recently, they have been notable for a solemn silence.

        Yet much of this model is relatively new and now coming under pressure. A recently published book, The Library: A Fragile History (Profile), offers some striking insights into the past and future of university libraries. Its authors are Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen, the founding director and deputy director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue, the leading resource for the study of early printed books, at the University of St Andrews, where they are also, respectively, professor of modern history and British Academy postdoctoral fellow.

    • Hardware

      • The Wireless PS/2 Keyboard That Never Was | Hackaday

        The PS/2-style port was once about as ubiquitous on PCs as USB connectors are today, and more than a few of us accumulated a fair collection of keyboards and mice that sported the 6-pin mini-DIN plug. They’re not nearly as common today, but when you need one, you need one, so if your stockpile of PS/2 keyboards has dwindled to nothing, you might want to look at rolling your own PS/2 remote keyboard dongle.

      • Electronic Covid Test Tear Down Shows Frustrating Example of 1-Time-Use Waste

        The latest video from [TheSignalPath] is a result of his purchase of a home COVID-19 test. He found an electronic version that connects to your cell phone and displays the results on the phone. The device is an antigen test and, internally, works like the home tests that show the results using lines similar to a pregnancy test. So, somehow, the phone version reads the lines and communicates with the phone. But how? That’s the point of the video, which you can see below.

        In a traditional test, there’s a control line that has to appear to show that the test was done correctly. Then a line under that indicates detection of the virus. The circuit board inside the electronic test has a plastic unit onboard that contains a similar strip and has optical sensors for both the reference line and the detection line. Since it is essentially an optical device — there are some lenses in the strip assembly that look like they are detecting the dye as it moves through the strip with LEDs onboard to shed light on the situation.

      • A Redesigned ZX Spectrum Desktop Computer That Works Surprisingly Well | Hackaday

        Retrocomputer enthusiasts will quite often be found pondering the great what ifs of their hobby. What if Commodore had had a half-way decent marketing division is a popular one, but the notoriously penny-pinching ways of Sinclair Research are also a plentiful source. What if Sinclair had won the competition for a computer in UK schools, not only the first time around when Acorn’s BBC Micro scooped the prize, but also what if they’d entered the fray once more in 1983 when there was another chance? [10p6] investigates this possibility, and comes up with a Spectrum desktop computer that you can see in the video below the break.

        The first two-thirds of the video is devoted to renders which, while pretty to look at, offer nothing of substance. In the later part though we see a build, putting a Spectrum 48k board, Interface 1, and two Microdrives in a slimline case along with a power supply. Meanwhile a ZX rubber keyboard is mounted stand-alone on the end of a cable. It’s a computer that we know would have been an object of desire for many kids back in the day, and we agree with the video that it could have been integrated onto one board without the need for a separate Interface 1. We feel it’s inevitable though that Sinclair’s cost-cutting would have caused something to go astray and there would certainly have been only one Microdrive, even though we like that separate keyboard a lot.

      • Machining Wood Inlays, No CNC Required | Hackaday

        It’s almost hard to remember a time when the obvious answer to most questions about manufacturing wasn’t “Throw it on the CNC.” CNC machines have become so entrenched that the acronym has become a verb; few people would misunderstand a statement like “Let’s just CNC that.”

        But before CNC machines became so ubiquitous, there were plenty of clever tricks for cutting material in a controlled fashion, as [Pask] shows us with this tool to machine wood for inlays. The tool is called a parser (or passer) drill, and is designed for use in conjunction with a steel template. [Pask]’s version seems pretty easy to make; a pair of mild steel bars are forged flat into spade shapes before having a cutting surface ground into them. The two halves of the drill are welded together and ground down to fit in the chuck of a hand drill, a modern nod to the fact that few people will want to use the traditional bow and breastplate that drove the original parser drills.

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Facebook disputes report that its AI can’t detect hate speech or violence consistently

              Instead, he said, the company believes focusing on the prevalence of hate speech people actually see on the platform and how it reduces it using various tools is a more important measure. He claimed that for every 10,000 views of a piece of content on Facebook, there were five views of hate speech. “Prevalence tells us what violating content people see because we missed it,” Rosen wrote. “It’s how we most objectively evaluate our progress, as it provides the most complete picture.”

            • Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its ‘Pipeline’: Young Users

              By last year, the issue had become more urgent, according to internal Instagram documents obtained by The New York Times. “If we lose the teen foothold in the U.S. we lose the pipeline,” read a strategy memo, from last October, that laid out a marketing plan for this year.

              In the face of that threat, Instagram left little to chance. Starting in 2018, it earmarked almost its entire global annual marketing budget — slated at $390 million this year — to targeting teenagers, largely through digital ads, according to planning documents and people directly involved in the process. Focusing so singularly on a narrow age group is highly unusual, marketers said, though the final spending went beyond teenagers and encompassed their parents and young adults.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • How Social Media Became a Battleground in the Tigray Conflict

        When Ethiopian federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) started fighting in November 2020, a second front quickly opened online, where both sides seek to control the narrative.

        Social media became a battleground, with the Ethiopian government and its supporters on one side and Tigrayan activists and supporters on the other. Each side tried to present its version of events to English-speaking audiences, according to The Media Manipulation Casebook. Created by the Shorenstein Center’s Technology and Social Change project at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Casebook group has been researching Tigray-related information campaigns since the conflict began.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Kurm: Ferry Estonia probe difficult due to wreck’s shifting on seabed

        The former state prosecutor said that approximately 25,000 photos were taken of the wreck, on the basis of which a 3D model of the wreck will be put together. The model will enable investigators to see the wreck as a whole and measure the size of the injuries.

        “The model will also reveal penetrating injuries,” Kurm said. He added that some areas of the wreck have not been photographed, but these are not relevant when it comes to the disaster. According to Kurm, the 3D model will take three to four weeks to complete.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Don’t Blame Workers for Inflation

        Part of that story is true: There are more than 10 million unfilled jobs in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The percentage of people quitting their jobs — a measure of confidence in being able to find work — hit a record high in August.

        But for whatever reason, workers overall are not managing to extract much more money from their employers.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Facebook Is Creating 10,000 Jobs in EU to Help Develop a Metaverse

        Target markets for the hiring include the Republic of Ireland, which unlike Northern Ireland remains part of the European Union, as well as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Netherlands. A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to Bloomberg the U.K. wasn’t being included.

      • Over three million Afghan refugees trying to reach Iran, Pakistan

        Numerous members of Al Qaeda and Islamic States have broken out of Afghan prisons amid fighting that toppled the Kabul government last month, the Interfax quoted Anatoly Sidorov, head of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation joint staff, as saying.

      • Chinese social media targets satirical duet by Namewee with Taiwan-based singer

        Chinese social media outlet Sina Weibo blocked the accounts of Malaysian rapper Namewee (黄明志) and Taiwan-based Australian singer Kimberley Chen (陳芳語) after they released a duet satirizing the country’s communist regime, reports said Saturday (Oct. 16).

      • Tibet activists arrested in Greece for Bejing Olympics protest

        The activists waved the Tibetan flag and Hong Kong’s revolution flag atop the historic monument, chanting “Boycott Beijing 2022” and “Free Tibet”, “just 48 hours before the Olympic Torch will be handed to Beijing in the very same place”, according to a statement from the New York-based organisation Students for a Free Tibet.

      • Stop China from Erasing ‘The Heart of the World’

        In pursuit of Xi Jinping’s theory, “to govern the nation, govern the borders; to govern the borders, strengthen the development of border regions”, China has given a concrete shape to the new Great Helmsman’s slogan by building some 600 “model” villages, many in sacred areas on the Tibetan side of the Indian border.

        Whether it is with the hydropower plants or the new villages, the hallowedness and pristine purity of these areas are being lost forever.

      • China’s Covert Invasion of India

        China, referred to in the report as a “manipulative adversary”, has allegedly been targeting “the bright impressionable minds, the tech savvy youth, the opinion makers and the intelligentsia present in India” through investments by Chinese companies including Alibaba and Tencent in Indian multinationals such as BYJU’s, the Educational technology company based in Bangalore. The appearance of Bollywood megastars Shah Rukh Khan and Kabir Khan at the Beijing International Film Festival in 2019 is interpreted by the report as a covert intelligence mission by the Chinese to “make inroads into Bollywood for its influence operations through the mechanism of co-productions.” The selection of Sha Rukh Khan’s film Zero to close the festival is referred to as a “calculated step” by the Chinese Communist Party.

      • The Chinese film beating Bond and Marvel at the box office

        The biggest movie in the world right now is not the latest Bond film No Time To Die or even Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

        It’s a Chinese propaganda film about the 1950s Korean War, centred on a story of Chinese soldiers defeating American troops despite great odds.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • YouTube’s stronger election misinformation policies had a spillover effect on Twitter and Facebook, researchers say.

        Researchers at the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University found a significant rise in election fraud YouTube videos shared on Twitter immediately after the Nov. 3 election. In November, those videos consistently accounted for about one-third of all election-related video shares on Twitter. The top YouTube channels about election fraud that were shared on Twitter that month came from sources that had promoted election misinformation in the past, such as Project Veritas, Right Side Broadcasting Network and One America News Network.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Internet shutdowns have become a weapon of repressive regimes

        Shutdowns have become more sophisticated in recent years. Authorities have learned to take out specific platforms, such as WhatsApp or Twitter, to discourage political mobilisation. They may also ask internet services providers to throttle, or deliberately slow down, network traffic or hit only mobile internet connections. Shutdowns may affect individual cities or entire countries; they may last a few hours or drag on for months. In Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where the army and rebel forces have clashed for nearly a year, residents have been cut off for over 300 days.

      • “Cut off their heads like in the times of the Prophet”: Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour are threatened with beheading on the [Internet]

        He directed his video at another [Internet] user, whom he called ”my brother”. This person recorded himself on camera on the TikTok network. The video was published by journalists from CNews on Friday October 15. In this sequence, which lasts less than a minute, the orator did not hesitate to threaten Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour with beheading. [...]

      • A Year Later, a Schoolteacher’s Beheading Still Haunts France

        As a history teacher, Mr. Paty was responsible for teaching civics. To illustrate the right to blasphemy, free speech and freedom of conscience, he showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, setting in motion a swirl of lies and rumor that ended in his beheading.

        The police investigation revealed that the girl who told her father, Brahim Chnina, a false version of what had taken place in the class and prompted the online frenzy that led to the killing had not been in the class at all.

        The girl told the police that Mr. Paty had questioned all students on their religious allegiance, let Muslims know that they could leave because “they would be shocked” and then ordered her out of the class for causing a ruckus while images of a naked Prophet were shown. But the story, it emerged in March, was made up; she was never there.

        The judicial investigation is continuing, and no trial is expected for at least a year.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Life as a ‘foreign agent’: Inside Russia’s crackdown on free speech

        Instead of overt brutality, the campaign is being waged quietly with a vague legal tool: a law regulating the activities of so-called foreign agents.

        It was first used against a media outlet in 2017, when several U.S.-government funded outlets, such as the Voice of America, were declared foreign agents. But, last year, the state began to deploy it against independent Russian journalists.

      • ‘Slow moving coup’ — journalists need to do a better job than comedians

        A grim phrase burst into the political conversation this past week: “slow-moving coup.” And it didn’t come from journalists — it was delivered by a late-night comedian.

        The “coup” label drove an eight-minute monologue by HBO’s Bill Maher, laying out in detail efforts by Donald Trump’s allies to oust the GOP old guard and lower election guard-rails through a hundred small actions, from Capitol Hill to towns and counties beyond the Beltway.

        Maher’s routine exploded on social media because it was a compelling story that gathered scattered pieces of reporting from around the country together into a cohesive narrative. That’s something the mainstream press has not been able to do.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • India’s high-tech governance risks leaving behind its poorest citizens

        Given India’s immense scale and complexity, and with its deep pool of highly skilled workers, its governments have increasingly turned to high-tech solutions for all sorts of problems. Generally these have eased burdens on both rulers and the governed, despite some expected glitches. Administrative infrastructure such as Aadhaar has propelled such conveniences as digital payments, internet shopping and online schooling. Yet precisely because of India’s size and poverty, tens of millions still are left out—because they are poor, illiterate, disabled, lack electricity, do not possess a smartphone or cannot connect to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.

      • A brief chat with the fired #AppleToo organizer

        On October 14th, Apple fired a leader of the #AppleToo movement for allegedly failing to comply with an internal investigation. The employee, Janneke Parrish, has been working behind the scenes for months to organize fellow employees who’ve faced harassment and discrimination.

        Now, Apple appears to be cracking down on those efforts — under the guise of trying to stop internal information from leaking to the press. In September, Apple fired Ashley Gjøvik for allegedly violating her confidentiality agreement. Then, it placed software engineer Cher Scarlett on medical leave.

      • Leader of Apple activism movement says she was fired.

        Ms. Parrish, 30, said she believed Apple was retaliating against her for helping to organize the activist group. In recent months, Apple employees have uncharacteristically spoken out and said the company’s culture of secrecy — meant to prevent product leaks — pervaded other aspects of the company and discouraged workers from coming forward about issues like sexual harassment and wage disparities.

      • Restoring virginity: Controversial fatwa on hymen repair reveals the hypocrisy of Egyptian society

        During a live broadcast on the official Facebook page of Dar Al-Ifta – the institution tasked with issuing religious fatwas [Islamic edicts] – Ahmed Mamdouh, head of the Islamic Sharia law research department argued in late August that hymen repair was “permissible and necessary,” for example, where a girl has been raped or deceived [by a man] and wished to repent and turn a new page.”

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • EU Must Be Speedy to Catch Tech Giants, Antitrust Watchdog Warns [Ed: A lot of those are funded (or subsidised at a loss to taxpayers) by the Pentagon, which eats up over a trillion dollars (in national debt) each year to maintain increasingly-elusive "world domination"; EU must not do the same; it kills the economy and puts people in tent cities with rifles -- not roofs -- over their heads]

        The European Union’s top antitrust official warned that enforcers must move faster to tackle big tech’s bad behavior, hinting at how they may try to fix future problems.

        “We must intervene promptly” Olivier Guersent, director general of the European Commission’s competition unit, said at an online conference. If you are too slow, “you impose a very high fine but the damage is done and there’s nothing you can do to repair the harm” when tech giants take over a market.

      • Patents

        • Unified Defeats Constitutional Arguments; Arthrex Remand Granted

          On October 13, 2021, the Federal Circuit (2-1 majority) ruled in favor of Unified Patents, rejecting Mobility Workx’s arguments that the PTAB has a financial interest in instituting IPRs. All of Mobility Workx’s constitutional arguments were found to be “without merit.”

          In line with other Arthrex cases, the PTAB’s finding the patent is unpatentable has been remanded back to the Acting Director for the limited purpose of determining whether review is warranted. The arguments, which appear copied verbatim from another appeal, were not raised below.

        • Blockchain’s IP future promising but far off, say sources [Ed: What a load of nonsense and misnomers; the author is drowning in a sea of misleading buzzwords and hype waves, repeating what her sponsors in litigation firms tell her to print. Do not write whole articles about topics you do not understand; inserting quotes from vested interests that claim to know better does not compensate for an inability to judge and fact-check.]

          Counsel from Asia and elsewhere discuss the reasons behind blockchain’s slow implementation in IP, but highlight use cases from China and promising trends

        • Disclaimer in Prosecution cannot be Recaptured in Litigation

          The patentee primarily these cases on claim construction on two simple terms — based largely on statements made during prosecution to skirt the prior art.

          “Location” – some of the asserted claims take various actions related to the “location of [a] mobile wireless device.” During prosecution the patentee had argued that its location ability was not limited to “a position in a grid pattern” and did not require a grid pattern overlay. Rather its location sense was more “adaptable” and “refined.” The courts found this clear prosecution history disclaimer and so the location term is properly construed to require “not merely a position in a grid pattern.” This construction excused Nokia from infringement, since the accused Nokia system is arranged in a grid of 50-meter-by-50-meter bins.

          “A Computer” – the claims all required “a computer” or “first computer.” The problem was that the accused devices performed the various functions across a set of computers. The district court construed “first computer” and “computer” to mean a single computer that can perform each and every function. That construction was affirmed on appeal after the Federal Circuit reviewed the claims and specification for supporting evidence.


          Indefiniteness: Some of the claims were also invalidated as indefinite, even after a certificate of correction. In particular, the those claims required a “means for … suggesting corrective actions . . based upon . . . location” but the specification did not disclose how that might take place. On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed. “Although Traxcell demonstrated that the structure makes corrections based on other performance data, it hasn’t shown that any corrections are made using location.”

          The Federal Circuit uses a simple if-then shortcut for its indefiniteness analysis of claims that include means-plus-function language. If the specification lacks sufficient structure to support the claimed means; Then the claim is invalid as indefinite. This approach is probably too rule based. Rather, each time the Federal Circuit should use its lack-of-structure analysis to ask does the claim at issue “particularly point[] out and distinctly claim[] the subject matter which the inventor or a joint inventor regards as the invention.” 35 U.S.C. 112(b).

        • How does the USPTO Decide the Discretionary Aspect of Institution? [Ed: Dennis Crouch is feeding crackpots again]

          In February 2021, US Inventor and others collectively sued the USPTO asking the court to order the USPTO to issue rulemaking regarding discretionary considerations at the institution stage of AIA Trials. That case is now on appeal.

        • Latest Ruling On PTAB Constitutionality Tees Up More Fights [Ed: Patent extremists with their captured (biased) media already look to twist a big blow to their agenda as something positive]

          The lengthy string of challenges to the constitutionality of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board appears set to continue after a dissent by a Federal Circuit judge on Wednesday identified another potential flaw in the board that seems likely to spur more litigation, attorneys say.

          A 2-1 majority of a panel of the appeals court rejected arguments by Mobility Workx LLC that the PTAB has a financial interest in the outcome of cases that makes it biased against patent owners. However, U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman’s dissent raised a separate issue to suggest the way the board institutes reviews does not comport…

        • Artificial Intelligence The New Inventors [Ed: Loaded headline full of nonsense because every single large patent office (and court) rejects this lunacy/fantasy. The body is no better. Pure propaganda from patent lunatics, looking to make a buck from junk.]

          From the inspirational intergalactic films to science fiction we have always wanted, computers and robots to be able to talk to us, understand us, helps us in ways a human brain cannot process and materialize. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a computer source code which behaves like a cluster of neurons communicating electromagnetically and basing their actions on self-learning algorithms. One can brainstorm on the fiction of Avengers where, Jarvis and Friday, the AI systems that Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man uses, are undoubtedly his intellectual property. So given the situation where the former develops some benefiting and novel invention would the legal system consider the AI as inventor or its human developer? And who would be the patentee?

        • Split Federal Circuit rejects constitutional challenge to patent board structure [Ed: Joe Biden needs to make PTAB great again after mobster Trump gutted it with his corrupt appointee, Iancu]
        • Three reasons why the SurgiSil design patent case is important [Ed: Design patents are an absolutely insane thing (trademarks already cover designs), but when the publisher is sponsored by litigation fanatics guess who the ‘journalists’ consult… their sponsors]

          Counsel say the Federal Circuit’s decision could encourage design patent applicants to strive for broader claim language, among other things

        • Strategies in response to the new Patent Examination Guidelines in Taiwan [Ed: In Taiwan, law firms use changes in law to push more disservices in pursuit of monopolies that likely benefit nobody except the lawyers (it's like a pyramid scheme or MLM)]

          The Taiwan Patent Examination Guideline was revised and announced on July 14, 2021, and the major revisions include Part II Chapter 6 Amendments, Part V Invalidations, as well as clarification of disclosure requirements. From now on, patentees shall be careful that the invalidation procedures are different from the past, and that there are now more limitations to the amendment of claims. We set out the revised regulations below and offer our strategies.

        • The path to Wall Street is paved with patents for Biotech companies [Ed: Patent profiteers (lawyers) promoting the self-serving fiction that exhausting one's budget pursuing worthless patents will make one "big"]

          Building a useful patent portfolio requires the company to define quantity and quality targets, for the short, medium, and long terms. It would be no exaggeration to see the past year as a golden age of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) for Israeli startups and tech companies. The prominent offerings over the past year include Kaltura, monday.com, WalkMe, Global-e, Playtika, SimilarWeb, SentinelOne, Taboola, ironSource, and Payoneer. Together they have raised more than $2 billion and are traded with combined market caps of more than $50 billion.

        • Ai inventors: Do they exist, and does it matter? [Ed: Hey Hi nonsense and "HI" BS (buzzwords) have turned lawyers into cucumbers, unable to grasp how insane a position they've taken in the name of profit. Following sites of lying 'law' firms and lying lawyers you might think that patents can now be granted to 'bots' as if they're "inventors" and "natural persons"; reality is, only two rather insignificant patent islands (AU, SA) said OK and the rest all reject that.]
        • Divided Fed. Circuit Panel Rejects Patent Board Bias Attacks (1) [Ed: CAFC has no patience left for the anti-PTAB lobby because lousy and fake patents need to go for good]

          The Federal Circuit accepted patent owner Mobility Workx LLC’s argument that its case should be sent back to the patent office for director review in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case finding administrative patent judges were unconstitutionally appointed.

          In a precedential opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit remanded Unified Patents LLC’s challenge to Mobility’s wireless patent under United States v. Arthrex, which gave the patent office director the power to overturn decisions the Patent Trial and Appeal Board makes in the inter partes review process.

          Two judges of the three-member appellate panel rejected Mobility’s broader arguments that the board is structured in a way that creates due process concerns for patent owners.

        • How to navigate complex IP issues in European tech M&A [Ed: Truly laughable nonsense and a torrent of lies from a law firm 0litigation machine) pretending to be a "news" site, Out-Law.com]

          That task is complicated, however. Developing case law around the licensing of patents ‘essential’ to standardised technology, the fallout from Brexit, and possible reforms to IP law, including in the context of artificial intelligence (AI), will all play into due diligence exercises.

        • ‘Radical’ Optis decision shuts door on SEP hold-out [Ed: It is only "radical" if you bother asking nobody except the lawyers who sponsor your propaganda (lobbying or propaganda mill). This is incomplete and one-sided 'journalism' (agenda being money).]

          Legal and industry sources agree Justice Meade has taken a radical step, but are split on whether it gets the balance right

        • Hexicon : The European Patent Office intends to grant Hexicon patent for a floating wind power platform with tilted towers | MarketScreener

          The European Patent Office (EPO) has confirmed its intention to grant Hexicon a European patent for the company’s floating wind power platform with tilted towers. EPO has also examined a third-party submission, similar to the objection filed against the patent already granted in Sweden, and did not find it relevant, in accordance with Hexicon’s previous assessment.

        • European Patent Office to grant Hexicon patent for a floating platform
        • Global Wind Energy Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Patent Review Report 2021: 7095 Patents and Patent Applications Prepared by Applicants from 28 Countries and Registered in 43 Patent Offices [Ed: Seems like junk methods, such as patent tallies]

          The review provides data relating to the patenting activity in the leading patent offices, including USPTO (US), EPO (States to the European Patent Convention), CNIPA (CN), KIPO (KR), JPO (JP), CIPO (CA), IP Australia (AU), DPMA (DE), TIPO (TW), DKPTO (DK).

        • RenovaCare Establishes Leadership Position in Cell Isolation and Spray Technology with Newly Awarded U.S. Patent [Ed: A whole press release devoted to just one US patent among more than 11 million]
        • Samsung set to overtake Google as most-sued US patent defendant in 2021 [Ed: The Trump regime gutted some of the programme responsible for quashing fake patents that should never have been granted at all]

          US district court patent litigation levels are about the same now as they were in 2017, while PTAB filings have dropped, and ex parte re-examinations are trending upwards

        • Senate IP committee to hold Pride in Patent Ownership hearing [Ed: Litigation lobby-funded politicians still lie in public about patent policy for no reason other than enriching parasitic law firms. Notice how Kappos is still lobbying, misusing his USPTO connections to promoting IBM and Microsoft profits.]

          The Senate IP subcommittee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, October 19, to discuss the Pride in Patent Ownership Act, which – if passed – would compel patent owners to disclose their identity to the USPTO when a patent was issued or when patent ownership changed.

          Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis introduced the act on September 21, along with the Unleashing American Innovators Act, which would require the USPTO’s satellite offices to conduct outreach to increase participation in the patent system from underrepresented groups.

          The hearing will start at 2.30pm EST on October 19 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 226, with Leahy presiding. It will be available to watch online via the Senate Judiciary Committee website.

          Former USPTO director David Kappos will serve as a witness at the hearing, as will Allon Stabinsky, deputy general counsel at Intel, Abigail Rives, IP counsel at Engine, and Robin Feldman, a professor at the Hastings College of the Law, University of California.


          The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected arguments from non-practising entity Mobility Workx on Wednesday, October 13, ruling that the structure of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was constitutional.

          In Mobility Workx v Unified Patents, the appellate court dismissed the argument that administrative patent judges (APJs) had an interest in instituting proceedings to fund the USPTO and ensure job stability.

          The court pointed out that the chief APJ, deputy chief APJ, and vice chief APJs were not responsible for the USPTO’s finances. It added that Congress set the USPTO’s budget, which meant that any agency interest in fee generation was too tenuous to be a due process violation.

          The Federal Circuit also disagreed with the NPE’s assertion that APJs had an interest in instituting proceedings to earn better performance reviews and bonuses.

          It did, however, remand the decision to the PTAB to allow Mobility to request director rehearing of the final written decision, which it was entitled to under US v Arthrex.

          The appellate court declined to review the merits of the PTAB decision until Drew Hirshfeld, who was performing the functions and duties of the USPTO director, determined whether a rehearing was warranted.

          Mobility sued T-Mobile and Verizon for patent infringement in 2017 in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. One of the disputes settled and the other was stayed pending this appeal. Unified Patents – of which both telecoms companies were members – filed an inter partes review in June 2018.

          In 2019, the PTAB found that some of Mobility’s claims were unpatentable because they were obvious. Mobility then appealed to the Federal Circuit.

          US Copyright Office to study ancillary copyright for publishers

          The US Copyright Office announced on Tuesday, October 12, that it would conduct a study of ancillary copyright protection for publishers, or the rights of publishers to prohibit third-party online services from reproducing press publications.

          The office said in a notice published on the Federal Register that it would investigate the issue at the request of Congress, noting that there were concerns that online news aggregators – which included search engines and social media platforms – allowed readers to get news without visiting publishers’ websites.

          The copyright office also acknowledged arguments that news aggregators drove readers to new websites and got them to click on more articles than they would normally.

          Comments are due by November 26. The office wants to know how effective current protections are for press publishers, whether more protections are desirable and how new protections would interact with existing rights and international treaty obligations.

          The office will hold a virtual roundtable to discuss this issue on December 9.

        • Rating the world’s top patent offices [Ed: Joff Wild preparing more propaganda for his sponsors/paymasters. Lying as a service. That’s IAM.]

          We are very grateful for the many responses we have already had to our annual benchmarking survey focusing on the efficiency, quality and value provided by the IP5 patent offices – the China National IP Administration, the European Patent Office, the Korean IP Office, the Japan Patent Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

        • FOSS Patents: OPPO outperformed Daimler and its numerous suppliers in litigation with Sharp, will likely give Nokia a run for the money now

          Like my previous two posts (also published today) on IP Bridge v. Ford and Thales v. Avanci & Nokia, this one stems from my research into high-profile Munich patent cases.

          Six days ago, Sharp announced a global cross-license agreement with Chinese smartphone maker OPPO. In connection with the Chinese part of the dispute, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China had made an interesting jurisdictional decision. Sharp was suing OPPO over alleged infringements in Germany, and it appears that OPPO defended impressively well.

          The Munich I Regional Court has confirmed to me that Sharp’s complaint over EP2854324 on a “communication system and mobile station apparatus (case no. 21 O 3514/20) was dismissed: the patent was not found to be infringed by OPPO.

        • French industrial conglomerate Thales suing Avanci and Nokia in Munich over alleged antitrust violations by refusing to grant component-level patent licenses

          Just like my previous post (on a newly-discovered IP Bridge v. Ford Motor Company case pending in Munich), this post relates to automotive standard-essential patent (SEP) licensing issues.

          The Nokia v. Daimler dispute lasted almost two years, and only toward the very end did French industrial giant Thales intervene. Thales makes network access devices (NADs), which other companies then incorporate into their telematics control units (TCUs). Thales is a tier 2 supplier by automotive supply-chain terminology, and its customers are tier 1 (i.e., direct) suppliers.

          A couple of weeks ago, OffshoreAlert listed a U.S. discovery request that Thales made from InterDigital in order to use the information so obtained in an antitrust litigation in Munich against the Avanci patent pool and Nokia. InterDigital is an Avanci licensor (as are Nokia and roughly three dozen other companies).

        • Snyders Heart Valve LLC v. St. Jude Medical, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2021)

          The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Arthrex, Inc., 141 S. Ct. 1970 (2021), at the end of its last term resulted in many cases with pending certiorari petitions that were based on Appointment Clause challenges to be remanded to the Federal Circuit, and many (if not most) of those were remanded back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The decision handed down by the Federal Circuit on Tuesday in Snyders Heart Valve LLC v. St. Jude Medical, LLC is an exception, the Court considering the appeal on the merits and reversing the Board’s determination that St. Jude had shown by a preponderance of the evidence that challenged claims 1–3, 8, 9, 22, 23, 31–35, 37–39, and 45 of U.S. Patent No. 6,821,297 were invalid as being either anticipated by U.S. Patent No. 5,855,601 to Bessler or obvious over the ’601 patent “in combination with other prior art references.”

          This is the second appeal of several IPRs between the parties; in an earlier case, St. Jude Medical, LLC v. Snyders Heart Valve LLC (Fed. Cir. 2020), the Board found Snyders’ U.S. Patent No. 6,540,782, directed to an artificial heart valve and systems for introducing the valve, to be neither anticipated over U.S. Patent No. 5,957,949 nor rendered obvious over a combination of the ’949 patent with U.S. Patent No. 4,339,831 to Johnson and U.S. Patent No. 5,413,599 to Imachi. The Federal Circuit affirmed this decision. In the same appeal, the Federal Circuit reversed the Board’s finding that certain of the challenged claims of the ’782 patent were anticipated by the Bessler ’601 patent based on erroneous claim construction.

        • European Union: Paediatric Extensions To Supplementary Protection Certificates In The EU / EEA And UK [Ed: Patents now 'on steroids' because Big Pharma moneyheads hire lobbyists to buy them new laws, ensuring their continues enrichment at everybody else's expense]

          Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPCs) for medicinal products are intellectual property rights intended to compensate patent holders for the loss in effective patent term that results from the time taken to receive marketing authorisations for such products. An SPC takes effect at the expiry of the normal term of the patent on which it is based, and expires at whichever is the earlier of (i) 15 years from the first marketing authorisation in the EU/EEA, and (ii) 5 years from the expiry of the basic patent.

        • Federal Circuit Holds That the PTAB Does Not Have an Impermissible Incentive to Institute IPRs [Ed: CAFC backs PTAB again; patent extremists lose their minds! Also a message patent reformists: the patent battle isn’t lost; the judges are happy to know that not only aggresive patent trolls, monopolies, and litigation firms get to speak about them. They could use our support. Anywhere online. Blog about patents and show them there’s millions of us. We’re bigger than they are! We support judges who knock down the patent extremists.]

          After inter partes review (“IPR”), the Board found Mobility’s patent claims invalid. Mobility appealed the decision to the Federal Circuit, arguing that the structure and funding of AIA review proceedings violates due process. Particularly, Mobility argued that the Board and the individual administrative patent judges (“APJs”) have impermissible financial incentives to institute IPRs.

          The Federal Circuit rejected Mobility’s due process challenges. First, the Court distinguished the Board from the mayor’s court found impermissible in Tumey v. Ohio, 273 U.S. 510 (1927) where the mayor presiding over the proceedings received compensation if the defendant was convicted and used the fees to finance the town. The Federal Circuit explained that Congress, not the APJs, is responsible for setting the USPTO’s budget, and thus held that the fee-funded structure of IPRs does not violate due process. Second, the Federal Circuit held that individual APJs did not have an impermissible incentive to institute IPRs based on the APJ bonus structure because any interest in instituting IPRs for a bonus was too remote to violate due process.

        • Attorney fees awarded since patentee knew it had a losing case. [Ed: A warning to fake 'inventors' with fake patents from USPTO]

          In a prior appeal in this case, the the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court’s holding that Heat On-The-Fly’s U.S. Patent No. 8,171,993 was unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. By the critical date (1-year-before-filing), the patentee had done about $2 million in jobs using the invention, but did not disclose those sales/uses to the USPTO during prosecution.

          On remand, the district court awarded attorney fees to the defendants — finding the large number of undisclosed sales sufficient to constitute “affirmative egregious conduct” and then pursued aggressive litigation despite knowing that the patent was invalid.

          The patent act provides a district court with discretion to award “reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party” in “exceptional cases.” Once you have a prevailing party, the district court needs to determine whether the case is “exceptional.” If so, the district court will then determine whether to award attorney fees, and the amount to award. These determinations are within the district court’s equitable discretion based upon a broad “totality of the circumstances” test. On appeal, the district court’s factual and equitable determinations are given deference and only overturned based upon an abuse of discretion. Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., 572 U.S. 545 (2014); Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc., 572 U.S. 559 (2014).

        • Opinion: COVID drug prices will only fuel patent scepticism [Ed: Now they say “patent scepticism”; what next? Maybe “patent hesitation”? Or “patent deniers”? Maybe they should just admit it’s unethical to get patent monopolies during pandemics; they also say “weaken faith in the patent system as a whole,” inadvertently admitting it’s like a religion only? Faith? Not evidence/facts?]

          Charging high prices on life-saving drugs, as Merck Sharp & Dohme has done, may weaken faith in the patent system as a whole

        • Patenting fees cut by 80% to spur university innovation [Ed: Does India not understand patents and innovation? Does it conflate the two by repeating lies from patent litigation firms and their lobbyists? In many cases patents actively curtail and suppress innovation.]

          India’s commerce ministry last month announced an 80% fee cut for educational institutions in India and abroad applying for patents in India in a bid to drive up research, encourage more industry-university collaborations and make it globally competitive in the development of research into patented innovations.

        • ToolGen Reply to Broad Opposition to ToolGen Preliminary Motion No. 1 [Ed: The latest wave in the truly insane battle to somehow call nature or life an "invention" and then get a monopoly (patent) on things that predate humans]

          On May 20th, Senior Party ToolGen filed its Substantive Motion No. 1 for benefit of priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/837,481, filed June 20, 2013 (“P3″ or “ToolGen 5 P3″), or alternatively, International Application No. PCT/KR2013/009488, filed October 23, 2013 (“PCT”). Junior Party the Broad Institute, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (collectively, “Broad”) filed its Opposition to this motion, and on September 24th ToolGen filed its Reply.

          As set forth in ToolGen’s motion, the Board had granted ToolGen the benefit of its U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/717,324, filed October 23, 2012 (“P1″), resulting in ToolGen having an earlier priority date than Broad. ToolGen submitted this motion to be accorded benefit of priority to two later-filed, related applications: U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/837,481, filed June 20, 2013 (“P3″ or “ToolGen 5 P3″), or alternatively, International Application No. PCT/KR2013/009488, filed October 23, 2013 (“PCT”). In its motion, ToolGen explains that it is submitting this motion contingent on the Board granting CVC’s Substantive Motion No. 2, which attacks ToolGen’s entitlement to priority to the P1 priority document in Interference No. 106,127.

        • Software Patents

          • En Banc Petition: Counting to Two Alice Style [Ed: Software patents are being crushed to death and Dennis Crouch, funded by a patent litigation firm which lobbies for such patents in the open, pushes back]

            In August, the Federal Circuit sided with Apple and affirmed the district court determination that USR’s asserted claims were all directed to abstract ideas — and thus ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. When I first wrote about the original decision, I noted the high correlation between the two steps of Alice: “if a claim fails step one, it usually fails step two as well.” However, this particular decision stood-out because of the extent that the step-one analysis “borrow heavily from typical step two analysis.” Crouch, When Two become One, Patently-O (Aug 29, 2021).

            USR has now petitioned for en banc rehearing, and focused-in on the panel’s overlapping analysis regarding step one and step two.

          • Auto IP conflict heats up; Honor nets BlackBerry patents; Unprecedented Japanese patent battle; MPEG-LA claims HEVC leadership; China’s 6G IP focus; plus much more [Ed: IAM pushing software patents agenda for massive troll]

            MPEG-LA has hit back at recent IAM analysis which found that Access Advance’s HEVC patent pool provides the most compelling offering to prospective licensees.

      • Trademarks

      • Copyrights

        • Anti-Piracy Outfits Still Target Pirate Sites That Shut Down Years Ago

          Pirate sites such as ExtraTorrent, KickassTorrents, and isoHunt disappeared from the web more than half a decade ago. Intriguingly, that hasn’t stopped some anti-piracy groups from going after them, as they’re still asking Google to remove ‘infringing’ URLs of these sites.

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